September 3, 2008
Backyard burning issue still smouldering
An amendment to the Fire Protection Services Bylaw (Bylaw No. 353) which would have seen fines for burning offences in the District of Sooek rise to $200 with fines doubling for repeat offences was defeated by council at the regular council meeting on August 25.
The proposed bylaw amendment also included a restriction on backyard burning for the entire district to dry residential yard waste only during “good” ventilation indexing for a period of six months starting in October 2008 through to April 2009.
Each of these recommendations were carried unanimously at the COW meeting but defeated at council.
September 3, 2003
Sooke crews back from fighting fires
Sooke firefighter Ross Reid was showing photos of and discussing the local department’s recent involvement in battling the province’s recent involvement in battling the province’s ongoing fires.
Sooke deputy fire chief Steve Sorensen said in a Monday interview he was pleased with the local crew’s work.
All of the Sooke firefighters are back now. A crew of six went on Aug. 16 and four of them returned the next week, replaced by a quartet including Sorensen and Reid.
According to information on the Ministry of Forests website, there have been 18 wild land fires that have threatened houses and communities. Almost 43,000 people were evacuated and more than 180,800 hectares were consumed by wildfires.
Sorensen said the first local crew started working to protect houses in Kelowna and was later moved to Grand Forks where they worked alongside Langford firefighters. They were also in Penticton before being moved to Naramata.
September 2, 1998
Beecher Bay Band intends to press ahead with resort/casino plans
The Beecher Bay native band is upping the stakes in its gamble to develop a casino and resort on reserve land.
The band will apply to the courts to assert its view that it has had the right to govern gaming on its reserve since 1995, lawyer Rory Morahan said.
“We have the right to regulate things that are on our own land,” Band manager Patty Chipps said.
Morahan expects to have a resolution within six to eight months.
September 1, 1993
Work crews defuse explosive situation
Workmen on the Beecher Bay Indian Reserve made a potentially explosive discovery Sunday.
While clearing the land for a sub-division going in on Speyside Road they stumbled upon a forgotten cache of dynamite.
The Navy Fleet Diving Unit cleared the potentially dangerous material from the site Monday without incident, but Sooke RCMP Sgt. Wayne Watson said with that the activity ongoing at the building site the result could have been a lot different.
He said similar discoveries are not unusual to the area.