A lighting display on Whiffin Spit Road

A lighting display on Whiffin Spit Road

This and That, December 31, 2014

A few items of interest to Sooke News Mirror readers

  • Dec. 31, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Make a list and check it twice

Thousands of British Columbians will hit the highway to visit friends and relatives or to head to the hills for winter sports.

People travelling over the holiday season should be prepared for winter driving conditions. Here’s a list of links to check before heading out:

• Look ahead at the route and weather. Drive BC has information on all highways in the province, including weather forecasts and highways cams: http://bit.ly/1x6HLM6

For the most up-to-date information, please check:

http://www.drivebc.ca/

• Prepare for an unexpected delay in cold temperatures by keeping warm clothing and food handy and a full gas tank:

http://bit.ly/1qBjbk2

* Highways can be closed to traffic for avalanche control, extreme weather or motor vehicle incidents – and there may not be a detour available: http://bit.ly/1zC9UtI

* Is the driver rested and ready? Snow, ice and long distances can be trying for drivers whose experience in these conditions may be limited: http://bit.ly/1whcxjA

• Expect the unexpected – such as wild animals crossing, or loss of traction, or needing a lot more stopping room. Always drive to the conditions, keep alert and leave space to stop safely: http://bit.ly/1x6K0ip

• Is the vehicle ready for the road? Winter tires are required on highways outside southern coastal areas Oct. 1 to March 31: http://bit.ly/1AlP6ow

In good condition, these tires have a minimum 3.5 mm tread depth to provide the traction needed to drive safely on highways where winter weather can be expected – when drivers slow their speed for the conditions. Ensure the vehicle is mechanically sound and has good wipers, as well as working headlights and taillights.

News Years Levee

The levée is a New Year’s Day social event hosted by the Governor General of Canada, the lieutenant governors, military establishments, municipalities and other institutions.

Over the years the levée has become almost solely a Canadian observance.

Today, levées are the receptions (usually, but not necessarily, on New Year’s Day) held to mark the start of another year and to provide an opportunity for the public to pay their respects.

Sooke’s levee takes place on January 1, 2015 at the District of Sooke municipal hall from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Light refreshemenrs will be served.

No composting facility

David Laing, who was proposing a compositing facility in the Sandcut Beach area has withdrawn his application to the Capital Regional District.

The move likely came about after the fierce opposition from residents in the Shirley, Jordan River, Sooke area.