Looking Back December 3, 2014

A brief look at what made the news in Sooke in years gone by

  • Dec. 3, 2014 7:00 p.m.
In 2010 the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra sold promotional scarves.

In 2010 the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra sold promotional scarves.

December 2, 1969

Douglas queries possible oil pollution

Tommy Douglas, leader of the NDP and MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan-Islands, attempted last week to have the issue of potential oil pollution arising from the proposed exploratory debated in the House of Commons.

His motion for the debate arose, he said, “out of the fact that the government of British Columbia has granted seismic testing permits for drilling in the coastal areas of B.C., in particular Georgia Strait.

“The people in those areas are fearful that they will be subjected to the same kind of oil pollution which has been experienced by people living in the coastal areas of California. If the seismic tests prove to be favourable the oil companies will be applying to the federal government for oil drilling permits.”

December 5, 1979

Spring salmon making a comeback in Sooke River

Spring salmon are making a comeback in the Sooke River.  Last year they seemed to be facing extinction, with only six of them seen, but this year fisheries officer John Stephen estimates a run of 50.

This year’s return of DeMamiel Creek coho are also good and fisheries officer Denis Burnip credits this in part to the Sooke Conservation Society’s salmon enhancement program.

In general, however, Stephen describes Sooke area runs over the last few years as “depressed, nothing to what they were in the past.”

December 6, 1989

Blue boxes coming to Sooke this week

The Blue box collection for recyclable materials in Sooke was officially inaugurated on Saturday.

The ceremony, originally scheduled to take place in front of the Evergreen Shopping Centre, had to be moved inside to the Community Hall because of heavy rain.

December 1, 1999

New Milnes Landing store expected to rise from ashes of former building

A new Milnes Landing Store is expected to rise from the ashes of the former landmark building destroyed by a fire last July.

Property owner Dennis Tottenham has received approval from the Capital Regional District to build a new convenience store on the property next to Fred Milne Park.

Money from fire insurance will cover the cost to rebuild the store which will take on the same configuration as the previous building.

However, Tottenham said he won’t be operating the new store.

“It’ll go to the person who buys it.”

Tottenham said he had tempting offers by franchises like Tim Hortons, for the property, but he decided not to go that route.

“I didn’t want that.  It wouldn’t reflect the community.  It would be a corporation. You’ve got to look after history,” he said.

December 2, 2009

Preservation groups alarmed by clear cut

The Muir Creek Protection Society is one component of a joint media event held last Monday at the Best Western Hotel in Victoria.

The publicity effort was held in concert with the Wilderness Committee and the Sierra Club of B.C. and the main point made was the urgent nature of establishing regional park status for the Muir Creek Watershed.

The area is said to be home to “the most magnificent stand of old-growth forest on private land near Victoria and the CRD.”

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