This and That, January 14, 2015

A few briefs stories of interest to Sooke News Mirror readers

  • Wed Jan 14th, 2015 10:00am
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The aftermath of an outbuilding fire along West Coast Road

Head on crash leads to impaired charge

 

A Sooke man in his 50s is facing charges of impaired driving after a head-on collision in Metchosin on Monday  afternoon, January 5.

According to West Shore RCMP spokesperson Const. Alex Berube, the man was driving a Honda CRV westbound on Sooke Road near Kangaroo Road at approximately 4:30 p.m., when the vehicle struck an eastbound Ford Escape. Both drivers sustained only minor injuries from the crash, but were transported to hospital for observation as a precautionary measure before being discharged.

No information was available at press deadline in regards to court appearance dates for the alleged impaired driver.

Outbuilding destroyed in fire

An early afternoon fire along West Coast Road on Saturday, January 10 resulted in total destruction of the building but no injuries.

Sooke Fire and Rescue responded to the call  to 6978 West Coast at 3:15 p.m. but the building was fully engulfed at that time.

Firefighters from Metchosin and Otter Point responded along with Sooke. The cause of the fire is undetermined but it is not deemed suspicious.

West Coast Road was closed while firefighters got the fire under control and was reopened at about 5 p.m.

Scam alert

Readers are advised to be on the watch for scams where fraudulent emails are sent requesting personal information, especially social insurance numbers, birth dates and banking information. The Canada Revenue Agency would never send an email, and they would never close with “Best Regards.” The emails and documents look authentic but they are not. Scams are often laden with numerous grammatical and spelling errors.

This is an example:

Dear customer,

A tax refund of 731,00 CAD. (Still Pending) Du to invalid account record we were unable to credit your account.

Please sumbit a verified tax refund request.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.

For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

Click The “Refund Me Now” link below and follow the on screen step in order to have us process your request.

Refund Me Now

Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time, Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.

Best Regards,

Canada Revenue Agency.

Critical need for blood donors

Save up to three lives by using an hour of your time

Every 56 days, Sooke has a two-day clinic installed at Holy Trinity Church for the donors to come and give blood.  There are many remarkable repeat donors who have taken the time and made appointments every 56 days. It is not unusual to see some donor’s cards record their 150th visit to donate. One individual making the difference to the lives of so many others. However, despite many incredible and  regular donors, Sooke is the clinic with the lowest participation rate of any of the 13 Vancouver Island clinics.

When a person donates whole blood it is approximately half a litre. Blood may be required for;

– Heart surgery (using up to 5 blood donations)

– Car accident (using up to 50 donations)

– Cancer treatment (using up to 5 blood donations).

One hour of a donor’s time may save up to three lives

In recent months extremely low attendance due to in part, appointment cancellations/no shows, at blood donor clinics across Canada in combination with the constant need for blood has caused national inventory to be used faster that it can be replenished resulting in the lowest national blood inventory since 2008.

Canadian Blood services is working closely with it’s partners within provincial and territorial health systems to ensure the safe , optimal and equitable supply of blood and blood products.

Quick Facts:

Approximately 52 per cent of  Canadians say they, or a family member needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood.

To meet anticipated hospital demand, Canadian Blood Services regularly collects 17,000 units of blood per week. On top of that regular requirement , we now need an immediate 7,500 blood donations to replenish our lower than required inventory.

Soon Canadian Blood Service may have less that three (3) days worth of inventory of our major blood groups on hand. The ideal level of inventory for blood products is between five and eight days.

To book an appointment, visit blood.ca, or call 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or download the Give Blood App.

Please consider your participation along with Sooke donors at the January clinic to be held at Holy Trinity Church on January 14 and 15, and March 11 and 12, 2015.

Celebration of life

A celebration of life will be held for Pia Carroll on Saturday, January 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sooke Harbour House.

News?

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