A lot back at what made the news in the Sooke area in past years.
October 1, 2008
‘Tough battle’ ahead, says Martin
Incumbent Esquimalt-JDF MP seeks sixth term
With no big-ticket items and little chance for a significant shakeup in Parliament, former environment minister David Anderson wonders why there’s a federal election at all.
“The public isn’t focused on the election. There’s not really that much interest,” Anderson said at Keith Martin’s campaign office. “Clearly there’s no need for an election.”
Voters may be lukewarm on going to the polls Oct. 14, but well-wishers and politicians old and new corded Dr. Keith Martin’s Colwood Corners office last Thursday.
Martin admits this campaign will be “a tough battle,” notably with Conservative challenger Troy DeSousa already taking swipes with the five-term MP.
October 1, 2003
Survey: More than two-thirds support sewers
Residents still worried about costs.
A phone survey shows 76 per cent of people residing in the proposed specified area are in favour of the District of Sooke’s proposed sewer project, but Mayor Janet Evans said Monday night unless there is a drastic change residents are headed to the polls Dec. 16.
The survey, which also showed people are worried about the system’s cost, was recently conducted by Victoria’s Venture Market Research Corp. at a cost of $8,500. The concept was to get an idea of people’s understanding of and feelings about the proposed $17.4 million system for the downtown core and such areas as the Broom Hill subdivision. The result seemed to be people want the system to happen as 42 per cent in strong support and 34 per cent “somewhat supported it.”
September 30, 1998
Police issue warning about canvasser
Sooke RCMP are on the trail of a fake canvasser coming to area homes asking for donations in the name of a Sooke school advisory committee and an RCMP missing kids program.
The man, estimated to be in his forties, has been canvassing at homes in the Sooke and Colwood areas.
Police have received complaints because he has been collecting but not giving receipts.
September 29, 1993
Province wants Beecher Bay Band to hold off on casino
A meeting between Beecher Bay Indian Band officials and the B.C. Gaming Commission last week yielded only mass frustration, band chief Patty Chipps said.
Chipps met with a policy analyst from the gaming commission Sept. 20 to discuss the Beecher Bay band’s intention to set up a temporary gambling casino on the reserve within two months.
Currently illegal under provincial law, the casino could be raided by RCMP and shut down.
The band also plans to erect a $10-$20 million hotel-casino complex on the reserve within the next year.
Chipps said gaming commission officials want the band to hold off until the Native gaming committee has recommended policy for B.C. Native bands.