Back in 2010

Back in 2010

Looking Back – December 17, 2014

A brief look at what made the news in Sooke in years past

  • Dec. 17, 2014 3:00 p.m.

A brief look at what made the news in Sooke in years past.

 

December 16, 1969

SPCA Takes Over

The condition of the sheep and cattle on the Gordon’s Beach farm, the estate of the late H.O. Rogerson, has been the subject of discussion for a considerable time.  Investigations were carried on during the summer months by the SPCA.  At that time there was a reasonable amount of feed and these tough Highland Sheep and Highland Cattle were able to forage for themselves.  Certainly conditions were far from ideal, but there was nothing on which the SPCA could act.

Over the months the manager of the SPCA, David Beeching, has kept a careful check on conditions, with the assistance of a veterinarian and and experienced cattleman.  Food has been getting scarce, which has led to increased wandering of the stock.

December 15, 1979

Christmas Shopping in Sooke

The following is a small sample of what is available and where, and prices are approximate.

For the festive occasion, a dress, lapel, or hairdo could be adorned with a silk flower, priced at $1 to $6, from He & She Style Shop.  Also in stock are cordless curling irons at $26.50 and glimmering Disco Eye Powders at $4.50.

Linda’s Toys & Crafts offers many playthings for children and some very interesting ideas for the “grown up” child in the family as well, such as models of the 1914 Prince Henry Vauxhall and the 1920 Rolls Royce Fire Engine, at $7.50 each.  For the bar, a “Laffun Head” gives you a surprise by laughing, rolling its eyes and wagging its tongue when its tie is pulled.  It costs $34.

Although the selection of glazed fruit is now diminished, local food stores are offering some very competitive buys.  K&R Your Food Store has Christmas mixed nuts for $1.39 a pound and filberts for 99 cents a pound.  At Village Food Markets, you’ll find Christmas candy at $1.39 and $1.59 per pound.

Cedar Grove Bakery, in addition to festive gingerbread men and mince tarts, have beautifully-decorated fruitcakes at $4.99.

December 20, 1989

Victory for Wildlife

Chalk up one for the wildlife that inhabit the Sooke River estuary.

The decision of the CRD directors, on the recommendation of Sooke Director Bob Clark, to rescind a bylaw to rezone the Sooke flats for 100 RVs each summer is as much a victory for the wildlife and for our environment as much as an indictment of bureaucratic bungling that raised doubts in the minds of CRD lawyers as to whether or not CRD bureaucrats followed the proper procedures in informing residents of the proposed rezoning.

December 22, 1999

Experts say nothing to fear about Y2K bug but fear itself

Human panic, not computers, seem to be the real Y2K story as less than two weeks separate one epoch from another.

“The biggest problem won’t’ be the computers, it’ll be people’s hysteria,” local Capital Computers manager Ivan Bjornholt said.

Bjornholt said although he anticipates some minor computer glitches, they will be worked out.

However, he fears people’s reaction to the threat of Y2K bug will create problems.

December 16, 2009

Solar kudos for T’Sou-ke Nation

A recent trend of cool, sunny weather was still in effect last Tuesday as honour was bestowed upon the local First Nation.  Sharing the recognition was the energy outfit that helped T’Sou-ke become considered for the award granted by the Canadian Solar Industries Association.

The local partnership had to have been a prime candidate for the award considering it had created what’s been described as the largest such solar installation in the province.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Royal Roads University president Philip Steenkamp said they are aware of hateful graffiti spray-painted in an area of the forest surrounding the campus. The graffiti in question includes anti-Semitic content and a racial slur towards Black people. (Facebook/Royal Roads University)
Anti-Semitic, hateful graffiti spotted in forest near Royal Roads University

Royal Roads working with West Shore RCMP to remove graffiti “as soon as possible”

A cougar was spotted at Royal Roads University on Sunday, Jan. 24. The sighting was reported on the western edge of the campus. (File photo)
Cougar spotted at Royal Roads University Sunday afternoon

Animal reported on western side of campus near Colwood Fire Department

Saanich-based St. Luke’s Players community theatre company has been making the most of their opportunities to keep busy during the pandemic, including staging a Christmastime panto of Alice in Wonderland on Zoom. (Courtesy St. Luke’s Players)
Saanich’s St. Luke’s Players: Bringing the stage to the people

Community theatre company holding online auditions Jan. 23-24 for March production

Frank Bourree was awarded the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s first Governors’ Award of Distinction for his leadership in the business community. (Courtesy of Frank Bourree)
Frank Bourree receives award of distinction from Victoria chamber

Award recognizes positive role model in business community

The Habitat for Humanity Meaning of Home contest is open to students in Grades 5 to 6. (Screenshot/Habitat for Humanity video)
Habitat for Humanity launches national writing contest

Entries accepted from students in Grades 4 to 6 until Feb. 19

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

The sky above Mt. Benson in Nanaimo is illuminated by flares as search and rescuers help an injured hiker down the mountain to a waiting ambulance. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Search and Rescue)
Search plane lights up Nanaimo mountain with flares during icy rope rescue

Rescuers got injured hiker down Mt. Benson to a waiting ambulance Saturday night

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

From the left: Midway RCMP Csts. Jonathan Stermscheg and Chris Hansen, Public Servant Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters. Pictured in the front are Mclaren’s dog, Lincoln and Peters’ dog, Angel. Photo courtesy of BC RCMP
B.C. Mounties commended for bringing firewood to elderly woman

Cpl. Phil Peters said he and detachment members acted after the woman’s husband went to hospital

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

An Uber driver’s vehicle is seen after the company launched service, in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Several taxi companies have lost a court bid to run Uber and Lyft off the road in British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Taxi companies lose court bid to quash Uber, Lyft approvals in British Columbia

Uber said in a statement that the ruling of the justice is clear and speaks for itself

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Nanaimo hospital

Two staff members and one patient have tested positive, all on the same floor

Most Read