This and That December 3

Some brief stories of interest to Sooke News Mirror readers

  • Dec. 3, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Operation Counter Attack begins.

Operation Counter Attack begins.

SHOP SOOKE!

SHOP LOCAL!

Sponsored by Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in Shop Sooke! Shop Local! Event. We will be placing entry boxes at several locations in Sooke for shoppers to enter the draw. Draws will be held Dec 6, 13 and 20. Winners will receive Sooke Shopping Dollars to redeem at participating merchants. The value of the weekly draw will depend on the number of participating merchants. Your cost is only $40.

The event will be advertised weekly in the Sooke News Mirror, first advertisement Dec. 3 announcing the SHOP SOOKE! SHOP LOCAL! Event. The following weeks will list the participating merchants as well as announcing the winner of the weekly draw. Winners will be notified via telephone, Sooke Shopping Dollars to be picked up at the chamber office.  Sooke Shopping Dollars will be in denominations of $5 and $10 and have no cash value.

Here is how it will work:

Winners shop with Sooke Shopping Dollars at participating merchants.

Merchants accept Sooke Shopping Dollars for purchase, face value, no cash back.

Merchants exchange Sooke Shopping Dollars at the chamber office.

This is not a fundraiser, it is to help local Sooke merchants.Chamber Membership not required to participate.

For additional information:

Jeannette Wilford at 250 642-6331

Or  Nel Burger at 250 642-3231.

Counter Attack launched

The B.C. government, police and ICBC have launched the December CounterAttack campaign to urge drivers to plan ahead for a safe ride home if their holiday festivities involve alcohol.

While attitudes toward drinking and driving have changed considerably over the years, an average of 86 lives are still lost every year in B.C.

“Getting home safely should be part of everyone’s holiday planning but the reality is that impaired driving remains a leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C.,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Do your part this Christmas season and look out for family and friends – take a stand and don’t let them get behind the wheel impaired.”

Take your turn as the designated driver, call a taxi, take transit or use Operation Red Nose.

ICBC’s helping to prevent impaired driving this December through a month-long education campaign, funding for CounterAttack roadchecks and promotion of designated drivers with businesses, sports facilities and community groups.

ICBC also supports Operation Red Nose, a volunteer service in 25 B.C. communities that provides safe rides to drivers who have been drinking or feel too tired to drive during the holidays.

It will cost you approx. $4,500 for an impaired driving conviction.

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