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Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Peter Fassbender address reporters at a press conference in Vancouver

B.C. says teachers’ ruling was wrong

B.C. says court ruling at heart of teachers' dispute wrong, denies bad faith

  • Sep 7, 2014
Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Peter Fassbender address reporters at a press conference in Vancouver
BCTF President Jim Iker (right) speaks with teacher Troy Hardwick

B.C. rejects arbitration with teachers

B.C. government will not enter binding arbitration to end teachers' strike.

BCTF President Jim Iker (right) speaks with teacher Troy Hardwick
BCTF president Jim Iker responds to the government and Premier Christy Clark

Updated: Fassbender rejects BCTF arbitration call

Education Minister calls union proposal 'empty effort' giving false hope for end to B.C. teachers strike

BCTF president Jim Iker responds to the government and Premier Christy Clark

Sooke Councillor Maja Tait announces run for mayor

Two-term Sooke councillor will vie for mayor's chair

  • Sep 5, 2014
B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender.

Province eyes longer school year to offset strike

Education Minister could make Grade 12 students 'whole' by adding days to calendar or carving into holidays

B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender.
Premier Christy Clark has been criticized in recent days for keeping a low profile as the teachers strike rolled into September without a deal.

Updated: BCTF rejects premier’s call to suspend school strike

Christy Clark insists union's demands remain too high, urges pause in picketing to allow schools to open (WITH VIDEO)

Premier Christy Clark has been criticized in recent days for keeping a low profile as the teachers strike rolled into September without a deal.
A large hand carved wooden hand was stolen from Sooke and the artist is offering a reward.

Carving of Sooke artist’s hand goes missing

Driftwood Steve's handcarved hand was pilfered from local inn

A large hand carved wooden hand was stolen from Sooke and the artist is offering a reward.
Paul McTavish

Canadian flag disappears from the Sooke Legion

On July 1, Canada Day someone stole the flag from atop the Legion in Sooke

Paul McTavish
Playing it forward!

Play it forward

Sooke SEAPARC staff and others take the ice bucket challenge

Playing it forward!

Campfire ban lifted

Campfires are now allowed in the Coastal Fire Centre's jurisdiction

  • Sep 3, 2014
Leah Braithwaite with the SPCA flyer entitled “10 Minutes to Disaster.” This flyer provides well-intentioned pet owners of how quickly an animal can suffer fatal consequences when shut in a car on a warm sunny day.

Local preventing 10 minutes to disaster

Sooke woman on crusade to prevent over-heated pets in cars

Leah Braithwaite with the SPCA flyer entitled “10 Minutes to Disaster.” This flyer provides well-intentioned pet owners of how quickly an animal can suffer fatal consequences when shut in a car on a warm sunny day.
More than 500 Nelson residents marched down Tuesday as part of the Parents Etc. for Public Education March on what was supposed to be the first day of public school classes.

Arbitration unlikely path to end teachers strike

Too risky for government as negotiators take different tacks on legal battle overhanging labour dispute

More than 500 Nelson residents marched down Tuesday as part of the Parents Etc. for Public Education March on what was supposed to be the first day of public school classes.
Mediator Vince Ready arrives to meet with B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker and B.C. Public School Employers' Association negotiator Peter Cameron in Richmond

Teachers strike at ‘impasse’ after talks fail

Parents told to brace for long shutdown of schools as strike blocks start of classes

Mediator Vince Ready arrives to meet with B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker and B.C. Public School Employers' Association negotiator Peter Cameron in Richmond
Mediator Vince Ready arrives to meet with B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker and B.C. Public School Employers' Association negotiator Peter Cameron in Richmond

School in B.C. will not begin on time: negotiator

Mediator walks away, ending hopes teachers' strike will end before school starts

  • Aug 30, 2014
Mediator Vince Ready arrives to meet with B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker and B.C. Public School Employers' Association negotiator Peter Cameron in Richmond
The government's latest step in liquor policy reform is to contemplate altered penalties for bars and stores that run afoul of the regulations.

B.C. eyes looser liquor penalties for bars, stores

Industry seeks more flexible system for punishment as province takes next step in liquor regulation reform

The government's latest step in liquor policy reform is to contemplate altered penalties for bars and stores that run afoul of the regulations.
A 'fire tornado' erupts from the Chelaslie River fire in west central B.C.

Updated: 2014 wildfire season now ranks sixth for most area burned

No homes lost in B.C. fire season but 338,000 hectares burned now exceeds 2010 tally (WITH INFOGRAPHIC)

A 'fire tornado' erupts from the Chelaslie River fire in west central B.C.
The teachers’ strike may or may not continue. Preparing for either eventuality is a sombre reality for parents of school-age children.

How to prepare for back to school issue

A few tips on how to handle things if school doesn't reopen on time

The teachers’ strike may or may not continue. Preparing for either eventuality is a sombre reality for parents of school-age children.

Borrowing bylaw gets another third reading

Change to wording leads to another council vote on bylaw

Doreen Effa shows the rat she found on her doorstep.

A rat in a bag is better than…

Sooke woman keeps finding dead rats on her doorstep

Doreen Effa shows the rat she found on her doorstep.

Looking Back, Aug 27, 2014

A look through the stories that made the news in Sooke in years past.

  • Aug 27, 2014