Looking Back

EMCS cheerleaders in 2003 - File
EMCS cheerleaders in 2003
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A look through the Sooke News Mirror archives:


March 4, 2009

Fisheries lowers halibut quotas

Mike Hicks is worried the new halibut quota imposed by Fisheries and Oceans will impact Port Renfrew’s economy.

Effective March 1, halibut fishing will be open coast-side, but the daily limit at the start of the season will be one per day with a possession limit of two.

Hicks is a fishing guide and Area Director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.

The Canadian quota for halibut has been drastically reduced overall with the commercial fisher getting 88 per cent of the quota, and spotters fishers getting 12 per cent.

A Year in Review report by the B.C. government in 2006 put a value of $53.9 million on the halibut catch.


March 3, 2004

Sooke teen honoured

A cadet from the Royal Roads 848 Air Cadets Squadron received the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award from B.C. Lieut. Gov. Iona Campagnola on Nov. 15 at a ceremony at Government House.

“Receiving the award was a very proud moment,” said Alex Osbourne, a Sooke teenager who is already well on his way to earning the Gold award next year when he is old enough to qualify. “There’s quite a selection process involved.”

Osbourne, a member of the squadron for the past five years, had to complete a number of qualifications to earn the award, including demonstrating aptitude in physical education, a survival training expedition, community service and first aid training.


March 3, 1999

Sooke awaits lights, cameras and action

Sooke was among Vancouver Island locales that were promoted as great places to shoot movies at a File Locations Expo in Los Angeles last week.

The Vancouver Island Film Association had a representative, along with a glossy brochure featuring scenes and descriptions from communities up and down the Island.

The brochure featured a picture of Sombrio Beach in the summer sun to illustrate the natural beauty of the region to movie scouts.


March 2, 1994

Centra explores gas pipeline for Sooke

Sooke could soon be the next Vancouver Island community to be able to tie into natural gas.

Representatives of the Centra Gas company were in town last week to examine the potential for the extension of a line out into our area.

If an economic feasibility study show the company can make a profit extending the line out this way, it could be here some time in 1995. If it doesn’t, Centra will continue monitoring the situation until it improves to a point where they can act.

Centra currently has lines extending along Sooke Road as far as Lilydale Poultry, and out through Metchosin to William Head.


January 29, 1970

Rockhounds Meet

Members of the Rockhound club ere disappointed to learn the proposed geology course had to be postponed to a future time as Mr. M. Gibson was unable to secure an instructor.

We hope to hear that he has someone before too long and can only assure those who had shown interest in taking the course that they will be notified.

Several new members have joined the group recently, and all enjoyed a showing of slides taken on a recent holiday by Dot Robertson. The raffle rock, a large piece of unpolished tiger-eye, was won by Don Morrison. A “mystery” stone, which had all guessing, was revealed as a crystal of gypsum, found at Morden, Manitoba.

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