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A little bit of this and a little bit of that in the news in Sooke

  • Feb. 15, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Sooke Road

Anyone who regularly drives Sooke Road knows about the seasonal flooding that happens on the stretch between the 17 Mile Pub and Kangaroo Road. Road closures due to flooding may now become a thing of the past.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1 the Ministry of Transportation announced that $1-million would go towards raising part of the road and widening the shoulders to help prevent flooding along Veitch Creek, which runs along the highway. The project is expected to be complete by March 31. Drivers are reminded to drive carefully and to pay attention to construction road signs.

Currently, in British Columbia fines for speeding in a construction zone can cost the offender up to $483.

 

Military Families invited to new group

The Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is inviting military families living in Sooke to a community group on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex (2168 Phillips Road).

The group will be of interest to those that want to meet other military families living in the area. It also gives people the opportunity to learn more about the programs and services at the Military Family Resource Centre.

The MFRC will use the night to assess the needs and interests of the community and plan future efforts in the Sooke area for military families.

To register or learn more, call the 250-363-2640 (toll free: 1-800-353-3329).

 

Superheroes for the greater green

From paving the way for accessible local food options, rethinking conventional fuel sources or restoring ecologically sensitive watersheds, it is clear that heroic Canadians are using their superpowers by taking action at the local level to effect global change.

Through the Hometown Heroes Award Program, Earth Day Canada (EDC) is recognizing these heroic Canadians with three awards. The Individual and Group Award winners will receive a $10,000 cash-prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice and the Small Business Award winner will have permission to use the Award and the EDC logo for one year to market and promote the business and/or an approved product. All winners will attend the annual EDC gala in Toronto, ON for an awards ceremony in June.

You can find more information about the program and the nomination package by visiting earthday.ca/hometown. Nominations are due March 30, 2012.

About Earth Day Canada

Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world’s largest association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada’s “Outstanding Non-profit Organization” by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada. www.earthday.ca.

For program information, please contact Stephanee Passant at 416-599-1991 ext.114 or heroes@earthday.ca

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