Editorial: Change came in 2011

We look forward to the new year and the news makers.

Another year is about to be a part of Sooke’s history. It has been a tumultuous year, with many folks wanting change — and change is what we got.

Wendal Milne took the mayor’s chair and three new faces came onto the District of Sooke council. We welcomed Kevin Pearson, Kerrie Reay and Rick Kasper to the table and welcomed back Herb Haldane, Maja Tait and Bev Berger. This should allow council to have some knowledge of the past while looking to the future. Former Mayor Janet Evans, Councillors Ron Dumont, and Dave Bennett, and Sheila Beech did not return to the council table and we thank them for their years of community service.

We lost some old-time community members while gaining some newcomers.

Sooke is a terrific community by all definitions of the word. We have our quarrels and our spats but in the end we embrace the community and the people in it.

We print your letters with your opinions as well as your photos, which is what makes this YOUR community newspaper. Your contributions are appreciated and we endeavor to get all of them into print.

In the next edition we will be highlighting the news makers and the issues which came before the community in 2011.

We look forward to the new year and the news makers.

The staff and management at the Sooke News Mirror wish you all a Happy New Year.

Just Posted

Haber nets strong comeback in Pacific FC home game win

Vancouver Island team takes 2-0 win over Valour FC

Improvements to Sinclair Road coming

Development comes after Cadboro Bay Residents Association (CBRA) raised concerns

Saanich councillor open to more commercial operations in local parks

Coun. Ned Taylor had raised the issue during his election campaign

Langford’s Sarah Beckett Memorial playground opens

Life of West Shore RCMP Constable honoured with new playground

Search for missing Saanich Peninsula pair ends in tragedy

Vehicle found with two deceased occupants inside

VIDEO: Here’s the news you missed this weekend

Some of the top weekend headlines from your community and beyond

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

Island murder victim’s mom expresses outrage over mental fitness decision of the accused

Smith vows to keep fighting until justice served for Descoteau

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Most Read