Editorial: All talk and no action

Little town of Sooke needs to make changes to attract tourists and retirees

A conversation ensued recently about “the little town that should.” That town would be Sooke.

A video was produced about the efforts being made to make Sooke into a retiree’s dream community. Sure, Sooke has some things going for it, like clean air, a harbour and the great outdoors close by. But, what else does it have, what does it lack? We have a few places to eat, a hotel, inn and some B&Bs. This is all good. Unfortunately what we lack is something for people to do once they get here. We  have no theatre, bowling lanes, community centre or “unique” shops and stores.

If Sooke really wanted to become a destination stop  then it is imperative to start making that happen. A few ideas would be to ensure the golf course remains, turn the community hall into a movie theatre a few times a week (they do this in a small hall on Saltspring, so it can be done), get a community centre where the young and old can have some place to gather and do things like take classes and play/dance, whatever. Perhaps the Sooke Community Association should turn over the hall to the district, thereby alleviating the financial responsibility from the association. The district is subsidizing it already, as it is the Sooke flats and other holdings.

For a community to be attractive, it needs to give as much as it gets. We need to encourage businesses to update and modernize their exteriors to create that seaside community feel. We can’t wait until it may or may not happen down by the waterfront. Get the developers to start throwing money into a pot for a recreation/seniors centre, get serious about design guidelines and realistic planning and start making it happen. We have nothing to lose.

Just Posted

320 years since the ‘Big One’ doesn’t mean it’s overdue: Canada Research Chair

‘It could happen today, tomorrow or 100 years from now’

Night construction means closures for Interurban Road

Traffic interruptions at Interurban Road near Wilkinson Road from Dec. 9 to 20

Decision on Victoria’s bid for 2022 Invictus Games expected next month

Greater Victoria is competing against Germany’s Düsseldorf to host the games

Oak Bay police searching for missing man

Nicholas Hasanen has not been seen in a couple of weeks, is known to sleep in local parks

VIDEO: Led by ‘Marriage Story,’ Netflix dominates Golden Globe noms

Netflix flexed its muscles across all categories, just as it is girding for battle with a host of new streaming services

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

74% of 911 calls are from cellphones, so know your location: E-Comm

Cell tower triangulation generally only narrows location down to the block someone is calling from

No negligence in RCMP actions in B.C. teen’s overdose death: IIO

Police acted properly when they responded to the first reports of the boy being in distress

Would you leave your baby alone to go to the gym? This Canadian dad did

The man identifies just as a divorced dad with a nine-month-old baby

Time for serious transit talk

There was something disheartening about B.C. Transit’s return to Sooke last week.… Continue reading

B.C. coroner asking for help identifying man found dead in Peace region

Mounties have deemed the man’s death not suspicious and believe he died earlier this year

Lawyer competence includes knowledge of Indigenous-Crown history: B.C. law society

All practising lawyers in B.C. will be required to take a six-hour online course covering these areas

Wealth of Canadians divided along racial lines, says report on income inequality

One interesting finding was that racialized men have a higher employment rate than non-racialized men

Most Read