Sooke

Runners prepare for the Westcoast Sooke 10K, the 2022 edition of which happens this Sunday (March 27). (Courtesy of Vancouver Island Runners Association)

Fifth race in Island Race Series comes to Sooke this Sunday

Signups end Friday for Sooke River Run 10K, based at Edward Milne School on March 27

Runners prepare for the Westcoast Sooke 10K, the 2022 edition of which happens this Sunday (March 27). (Courtesy of Vancouver Island Runners Association)
Librarian Sharon Walker greets passing motorists Thursday while on picket duty outside the Sidney-North Saanich branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library, which is closed for a third straight day. Negotiations held Wednesday failed to produce an agreement between BCGEU representing librarians and VIRL. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Vancouver Island Regional Library strike to ramp up after talks fail to produce deal

Sidney/North Saanich branch closed again; Sooke, four other branches shut Thursday

Librarian Sharon Walker greets passing motorists Thursday while on picket duty outside the Sidney-North Saanich branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library, which is closed for a third straight day. Negotiations held Wednesday failed to produce an agreement between BCGEU representing librarians and VIRL. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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  • Mar 24, 2022
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The District of Sooke said it’s working to understand the causes behind a recent increase in traffic delays along Highway 14 for commuters. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke said it’s working to understand the causes behind a recent increase in traffic delays along Highway 14 for commuters. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sergeant of Arms Joe Danyleyko and past president Richard Steele raise the Ukraine flag above the Sooke branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Sooke legion branch raises Ukraine flag

The move needed approval from national HQ in Ottawa

Sergeant of Arms Joe Danyleyko and past president Richard Steele raise the Ukraine flag above the Sooke branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The new Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library was set to have a grand opening celebration this Saturday (March 26), but strike actions by librarians around the system have postponed the event. (Facebook/VI Regional Library Sooke)

Sooke library grand opening postponed as rotating strikes impact VIRL system

Unionized librarians demanding higher wages, better working conditions

The new Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library was set to have a grand opening celebration this Saturday (March 26), but strike actions by librarians around the system have postponed the event. (Facebook/VI Regional Library Sooke)
Rainy, or T011A, was spotted in the Sooke Basin on Monday. (Courtesy of Mollie Naccarato/Pacific Imagery)

Orca named Rainy spotted in Sooke Basin

Local wildlife photographer hasn’t seen him in the Sooke Basin since September 2019

Rainy, or T011A, was spotted in the Sooke Basin on Monday. (Courtesy of Mollie Naccarato/Pacific Imagery)
Joan Hughes of Sooke plans to save her winnings from a lottery scratch ticket. (Courtesy BCLC)

Sooke woman celebrates $100,000 lottery win, plans to stash it in savings

Crossword scratch ticket worthy of coffee and cake celebration

Joan Hughes of Sooke plans to save her winnings from a lottery scratch ticket. (Courtesy BCLC)
Diane Bernard outside Seaflora’s office on Otter Point Road in Sooke. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Diane Bernard: municipal matriarch turning a bailiwick into a Sooke success

Bernard has been an integral cog in Sooke’s politics and the business community

Diane Bernard outside Seaflora’s office on Otter Point Road in Sooke. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
The last remaining payphone in Sooke is in its last days. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Hanging up Sooke’s last payphone

Loss of service could impact residents without means to own a cellphone, councillor says

The last remaining payphone in Sooke is in its last days. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
OPINION SIG

EDITORIAL: Time to get serious about broom busting

Scotch broom is a scourge in Sooke

  • Mar 17, 2022
OPINION SIG
The incident in East Sooke was the third was the third wolf attack in the Sooke area since Jan. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

East Sooke dog killed in another wolf attack

The incident was the third since Jan. 8 in the Sooke area

The incident in East Sooke was the third was the third wolf attack in the Sooke area since Jan. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke is not participating in this year’s Communities in Bloom program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pulls out of Communities in Bloom provincial competition

‘It’s a year to take a pause for applause,’ mayor says; Sooke has won six of the last nine years

Sooke is not participating in this year’s Communities in Bloom program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Scotch broom is an invasive plant introduced to Vancouver Island in the mid-1800s. The plant spreads rapidly on rights-of-way, trails, forest roads, under power lines and any disturbed land. (Shutterstock)

Spring blooms in Sooke a sign of unwanted Scotch broom

Volunteers, council call for all hands on deck this spring to help remove noxious weed

Scotch broom is an invasive plant introduced to Vancouver Island in the mid-1800s. The plant spreads rapidly on rights-of-way, trails, forest roads, under power lines and any disturbed land. (Shutterstock)
A construction worker balances on a roof beam. The District of Sooke is streamlining its building permit process to allow for quick turnaround times. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke makes ‘huge headway’ on reducing building permit delays

Municipal staff has approved 40 applications in the last three weeks

A construction worker balances on a roof beam. The District of Sooke is streamlining its building permit process to allow for quick turnaround times. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Fire Rescue Station No. 1 is undergoing a major building renovation this spring. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke council OKs $106,761 electrical contract for fire hall

It is part of a $500,000 project to correct deficiencies

Sooke Fire Rescue Station No. 1 is undergoing a major building renovation this spring. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Lora de Vries with some of her collection of sea glass. “I got hooked on the thrill of finding these little pieces of history,” she says. (Contributed - Lora de Vries)

PHOTOS: Sooke collector perfects beauty in sea glass

Lora de Vries finds treasure in gift from the sea

Lora de Vries with some of her collection of sea glass. “I got hooked on the thrill of finding these little pieces of history,” she says. (Contributed - Lora de Vries)
Patrons and vendors enjoy the Sooke Night Market in this file photo from 2018. The market will start on June 2 this year. (Sooke News Mirror File Photo)

Sooke set for suite of summer events

Some details are still to be confirmed, but a number of annual events returning

Patrons and vendors enjoy the Sooke Night Market in this file photo from 2018. The market will start on June 2 this year. (Sooke News Mirror File Photo)
The District of Sooke wants to do more public consultation before proceeding with its official community plan. Council requested staff to schedule an open house on the OCP for this spring. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke looks to have more in-person public input on community plan

Mayor says council connecting with residents important; spring open house on OCP proposed

The District of Sooke wants to do more public consultation before proceeding with its official community plan. Council requested staff to schedule an open house on the OCP for this spring. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
One of Sooke’s former library locations on Sooke Road. Sooke’s newest library, which opens officially on March 26 is located at Waddams Way. (Sooke Region Museum)

HISTORY: Sooke’s first library started in a bookmobile

Community has hosted library in five different locations

  • Mar 10, 2022
One of Sooke’s former library locations on Sooke Road. Sooke’s newest library, which opens officially on March 26 is located at Waddams Way. (Sooke Region Museum)