A look back through past events that shaped Sooke and area.
March 25, 2009
$200 million development proposed
A 340-unit townhouse and condo development is being proposed for Sooke. Mariners Village, which will be located on close to 12 acres in the centre of Sooke, is being proposed by Mike Barrie and a group of investors.
The site is located in proximity to the Manuel Quimper Motel and Mariner’s Motel and Marina along Sooke Road.
Spokespersons from Merrick Architectural and the Focus Group, along with Barrie, were on hand at a public information meeting held at the Sooke Community Hall on March 19 to answer questions from the public.
Barrie said the development would be a big boost to the city and the economy.
“Sooke is fairly under-served and under-developed. We see an opportunity here, there hasn’t been much happening.”
The project is in six phases and is expected to take 10 years to complete.
March 24, 2004
Resident miffed over office closure
Exactly two years later, Sooke social assistance clients are being forced to travel further afield to reach a welfare office.
Effective march 31, Langford’s Ministry of Human Resources office on Goldstream Avenue will close, requiring clients to go to Saanich or Victoria.
On March 31, 2002, Sooke’s Human Resources office on West Coast Road shut its doors. That closure meant approximately 430 welfare clients from Sooke had to visit Goldstream Avenue.
The latest move came as a surprise to welfare rights advocate and disability claimant Ruth Montaldi.
“We’ll get our notice one week before it closes,” the Sooke resident said, referring to information that will be sent with March’s welfare cheques. “I’m cheesed.”
Part of the ministry’s service delivery shift is to provide effective services not only for clients, but for taxpayers, said ministry spokesperson Mike Long.
March 24, 1999
Reports from stakeholders expose school system in crisis
Sooke school board trustees were painted a grim picture of what it’s like in the trenches by their employees and clients at a recent school board meeting.
Parents, principals and CUPE members told trustees they are exhausted from years of “working harder and smarter with less.”
Parents speak of their frustration and anger over fundraising for basic supplies while principals speak of being demoralized.
While the reports describe the effects of the $2.3 million cut from the budget last year, all are painfully aware that this spring trustees must cut over $830,000 in order to retire their deficit.
March 23, 1994
Police issue scam warning
Sooke residents are being warned about a telemarketing scam which promises spectacular prizes, but delivers empty pockets.
Those targeted receive a call telling them they’ve qualified for some amazing prizes (usually cars, boats or money), but before they get the prize they are supposed to send a Quebec-based company catalog and registration fees in the $500 range. The company will not send prizes C.O.D.
“If the offer seems to be too good to be true, then it probably is,” Cpl. Garry Kretzul of the Nanaimo RCMP said. Don’t be caught by the promises of fantastic prizes.”
March 11, 1987
AIDS education at EMSS
Information about sexually transmitted diseases such as syphillis and gonnorhea has always been passed on to students as part of the school guidance program and now AIDS has been added to the list, says Edward Milne Secondary School principal Jim Gauley.
Mr. Gauley said that currently as part of the Grade 10 guidance program, the public health nurse and the classroom teacher will be discussing AIDS, among a number of topics.
However, he said that any parents who do not wish to have their children participate in such a discussion can have them excused.