June 11, 2008
School site stays open
A tied vote by District of Sooke council left David Mallett saying, “Shame,” on a recommendation to authorize staff to move the new Sunriver school and sports field site to an alternative location pending approval from the Agricultural Land Commission.
Discussion ensued on why the location should be changed and on the potential closure of two elementary schools if the new school became a reality.
Council felt they were not presented with all of the facts. The vote came in at three for and three against the move.
Another vote can take place only if members of council may want to reconsider their vote.
June 11, 2003
Minor Hockey nets $5,000 instead of $25,000 from electoral area
Instead of scoring a grant-in-aid of $25,000, Sooke Minor Hockey will only get $5,000 this year from the Juan de Fuca electoral area.
Last November, as one of his last acts of office, Juan de Fuca area director Brian Henson decided to give the sports organization $25,000. The money was to be used over five years to subsidize young hockey players who hailed from the East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jorden River and Port Renfrew areas.
Now Henson’s successor, Erik Lund, has pulled back the five-year money and instead provided the minor hockey with $5,000 for this year alone.
June 10, 1998
Pool passes by narrow margin
Regional director Diane Bernard said she intends to “aggressively” go after the provincial and federal government to relieve the tax burden created by Saturday’s successful pool referendum.
Local MLA Rick Kasper said it will be tough for senior levels of governments to come to taxpayers’ aid now that residents have agreed to foot the entire $4.4-million bill for the pool.
The vote was 1,951 to 1,827.
June 9, 1993
Squatters clear out of Muir Creek camp
Muir Creek has been declared squatter-free.
But the Sooke RCMP don’t expect the group that has been residing there for over a month to completely disappear.
The squatters were chased off the Fletcher Challenge property by a court-ordered 6 p.m. deadline. They were gone by Friday afternoon.
The group, which called themselves the Stepping Stone Society, first appeared in the area in mid-April.