This and That, January 14, 2015

A few briefs stories of interest to Sooke News Mirror readers

  • Jan. 14, 2015 10:00 a.m.

The aftermath of an outbuilding fire along West Coast Road

Head on crash leads to impaired charge

 

A Sooke man in his 50s is facing charges of impaired driving after a head-on collision in Metchosin on Monday  afternoon, January 5.

According to West Shore RCMP spokesperson Const. Alex Berube, the man was driving a Honda CRV westbound on Sooke Road near Kangaroo Road at approximately 4:30 p.m., when the vehicle struck an eastbound Ford Escape. Both drivers sustained only minor injuries from the crash, but were transported to hospital for observation as a precautionary measure before being discharged.

No information was available at press deadline in regards to court appearance dates for the alleged impaired driver.

Outbuilding destroyed in fire

An early afternoon fire along West Coast Road on Saturday, January 10 resulted in total destruction of the building but no injuries.

Sooke Fire and Rescue responded to the call  to 6978 West Coast at 3:15 p.m. but the building was fully engulfed at that time.

Firefighters from Metchosin and Otter Point responded along with Sooke. The cause of the fire is undetermined but it is not deemed suspicious.

West Coast Road was closed while firefighters got the fire under control and was reopened at about 5 p.m.

Scam alert

Readers are advised to be on the watch for scams where fraudulent emails are sent requesting personal information, especially social insurance numbers, birth dates and banking information. The Canada Revenue Agency would never send an email, and they would never close with “Best Regards.” The emails and documents look authentic but they are not. Scams are often laden with numerous grammatical and spelling errors.

This is an example:

Dear customer,

A tax refund of 731,00 CAD. (Still Pending) Du to invalid account record we were unable to credit your account.

Please sumbit a verified tax refund request.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.

For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

Click The “Refund Me Now” link below and follow the on screen step in order to have us process your request.

Refund Me Now

Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time, Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.

Best Regards,

Canada Revenue Agency.

Critical need for blood donors

Save up to three lives by using an hour of your time

Every 56 days, Sooke has a two-day clinic installed at Holy Trinity Church for the donors to come and give blood.  There are many remarkable repeat donors who have taken the time and made appointments every 56 days. It is not unusual to see some donor’s cards record their 150th visit to donate. One individual making the difference to the lives of so many others. However, despite many incredible and  regular donors, Sooke is the clinic with the lowest participation rate of any of the 13 Vancouver Island clinics.

When a person donates whole blood it is approximately half a litre. Blood may be required for;

– Heart surgery (using up to 5 blood donations)

– Car accident (using up to 50 donations)

– Cancer treatment (using up to 5 blood donations).

One hour of a donor’s time may save up to three lives

In recent months extremely low attendance due to in part, appointment cancellations/no shows, at blood donor clinics across Canada in combination with the constant need for blood has caused national inventory to be used faster that it can be replenished resulting in the lowest national blood inventory since 2008.

Canadian Blood services is working closely with it’s partners within provincial and territorial health systems to ensure the safe , optimal and equitable supply of blood and blood products.

Quick Facts:

Approximately 52 per cent of  Canadians say they, or a family member needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood.

To meet anticipated hospital demand, Canadian Blood Services regularly collects 17,000 units of blood per week. On top of that regular requirement , we now need an immediate 7,500 blood donations to replenish our lower than required inventory.

Soon Canadian Blood Service may have less that three (3) days worth of inventory of our major blood groups on hand. The ideal level of inventory for blood products is between five and eight days.

To book an appointment, visit blood.ca, or call 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or download the Give Blood App.

Please consider your participation along with Sooke donors at the January clinic to be held at Holy Trinity Church on January 14 and 15, and March 11 and 12, 2015.

Celebration of life

A celebration of life will be held for Pia Carroll on Saturday, January 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sooke Harbour House.

News?

If you have a news tip, a great photo you want to share or a letter that needs writing, contact the editor at 250-642-5752 or email: editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Just Posted

More than 2,700 units of affordable homes underway in Greater Victoria

Units part of 20,000 that are underway in B.C.

Hundreds rally in support of horse carriages outside Victoria City Hall

Crowd angry with Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion to ban local horse carriage industry

Forbes Group proposes a new medical clinic for Sooke

Four doctors will have space adjacent to a new pharmacy

Five-month bridge closure poses early impacts on drivers during rush hour

Construction began Tuesday on the crossing commonly known as the Bay Street bridge

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Court to rule on B.C.’s pipeline permit law in crucial case for Trans Mountain

A panel of B.C. Court of Appeal judges has been mulling B.C.’s constitutional reference cas

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

B.C. man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

Nanaimo’s James Farkas, who broke his hip in a fall, saves eagle on same beach months later

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Don’t tax what is normal

There’s not a person in the world that can show me with… Continue reading

Young Victoria distillery earns prestigious Scotch awards

Scottish influences range from techniques to ‘kilted tours’ at award-winning business

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

Most Read