A trip through the Sooke News Mirror archives:
Feb. 6, 2008
Putting friendship in writing
A symbolic and festive event took place last Saturday with a formal expression of lasting friendship passed along through the area.
The East Sooke Community Association was pleased to host the signing of the Friendship Book — an initiative of the Sooke Regional Museum designed to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of B.C. becoming a Crown colony.
Feb. 5, 2003
Pay-to-park will rule in popular provincial parks
Last week the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection (WLAP) announced new park and recreation fees. Reaction was swift to the new $3 to $5 parking fee for 28 of the most popular southern Island and Lower Mainland parks.
Joyce Murray, WLAP’s minister, reminded users that the pay-to-park fees will affect only 28 parks, representing three per cent of the province’s parks.
Feb. 4, 1998
Pub owner vows to fight Capital Health Region’s clean air bylaw
A Sooke businessman is fuming after receiving notice from a Capital Health Region clean air bylaw enforcement officer that his bar does not comply with the region’s no smoking policy.
Sooke River Hotel owner Don Rittaler was cited in a report Wednesday for not having a no smoking area or posted signs.
Amendments to the Clear Air Bylaw requiring all public places to have at least 60 per cent non smoking seating came into effect in September 1996. In 1992 all work places were to be 100 per cent smoke free.
Feb 3, 1993
Sooke wants a pool, but at what cost?
The results of a Sooke swimming pool survey have left the Sooke Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission with both an answer and a question.
The answer is yes, the majority of Sooke residents like the idea of a pool in their town.
The question is, how much are they willing to pay for it?
The information gathered by the committee will be used by regional director Lorna Barry and SEAPARC to decide if the time is right for a pool feasibility study.
Feb. 3, 1988
Sooke man seeks better relations with U.S.
Ken Warren of Sooke is doing his bit to improve relations between Canada and the United States.
Mr. Warren, who teaches at Edward Milne, is the founding member of Friends of Canada, United States, better known as FOCUS, an organization based in Sooke. This week Mr. Warren will be mailing 500 copies of a letter addressed to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney “and all friends of free trade” to introduce the birth of his new organization and a monthly journal.
On March 10 a debate on free trade will be held at Edward Milne community school.