April 16, 2008
Taking the lead on the environment
Two students from the Leadership Class at Edward Milne community school want to make a difference.
Jennifer Emery and Justin Ilien, both in Grade 11, are organizing a Community Clean-up Day. They want people in the community to grab a bag and help clean up the downtown core of Sooke.
If cleaning up the town isn’t enough, the students are also also organizing a Park Your Car Day.
April 16, 2003
Schools should submit ‘needs’ budget
The Sooke Teachers’ Association wants its employer to submit not one, but two budgets, to the holders of the purse.
At the April 8 Sooke school district committee of the whole meeting, STA past-president Kathryn Sihota asked the seven member board to send the Ministry of Education a ‘needs’ budget along with its mandatory balanced document.
The school district has to come up with $1.2 million in cuts for the 2003-04 school year, which means another year of extreme cuts to programs and services.
April 15, 1998
Unarmed auxiliary officers continue to boycott uniformed service
Unarmed RCMP auxiliary constables will carry on with some duties in Sooke, but nothing that requires them to be in a uniform, Sooke RCMP report.
Staff Sgt. Don Brown said the six auxiliary constables met Thursday after learning that the Attorney General and RCMP brass had stripped them of their firearms until a review of the program is completed in September.
April 14, 1993
Traffic count rises
People are coming to — and leaving — the Sooke area in droves.
The volume of traffic passing in and out of Sooke is up by nearly 50 per cent since 1987.
According to Ministry of Highways statistics taken at a point .5 kilometres east of the Sooke River bridge in 1991, 12,100 cars pass by on a typical summer day.
That’s in contrast to the same spot in 1987 which showed a total of 8,400 vehicles.
April 13, 1988
Botanical Beach our newest park
Botanical Beach at Port Renfrew will soon become British Columbia’s newest provincial park.
The announcement was made last week by Environment and Parks Minister Bruce Strachan, who said negotiations had been completed to acquire 240 hectares of land at the site. Price of the land was not revealed.
The park will be established soon after the province takes possession in late April, joining the purchased land to an existing foreshore reserve and a small but critical parcel leased from the Nature Trust.