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Sooke is a fishing hotspot for five species of salmon and halibut. (Contributed - Fishing-Booker)

Sooke one of the best places to fish in Canada: survey

‘Fishing is on fire practically all year’

Sooke is a fishing hotspot for five species of salmon and halibut. (Contributed - Fishing-Booker)
HMCS Calgary returns to CFB Esquimalt from an overseas operation. The ship will be one of many using Whiskey Hotel to conduct surface gunnery training beginning this year. (Cpl. Jay Naples – Canadian Armed Forces)

Navy resumes surface gunnery training in Juan de Fuca after years-long whale study

The Whiskey Hotel firing range located between Sooke and Port Renfrew

HMCS Calgary returns to CFB Esquimalt from an overseas operation. The ship will be one of many using Whiskey Hotel to conduct surface gunnery training beginning this year. (Cpl. Jay Naples – Canadian Armed Forces)
Lorelee Parker, Vancouver Island Regional Library manager for Sooke and Port Renfrew, was excited to see the opening of the new Sooke branch in June. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Lorelee Parker, Vancouver Island Regional Library manager for Sooke and Port Renfrew, was excited to see the opening of the new Sooke branch in June. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

YEAR IN REVIEW: Pandemic shadow followed Sooke into 2022

How does one begin to unpack a year like 2022 in Sooke?…

Lorelee Parker, Vancouver Island Regional Library manager for Sooke and Port Renfrew, was excited to see the opening of the new Sooke branch in June. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Lorelee Parker, Vancouver Island Regional Library manager for Sooke and Port Renfrew, was excited to see the opening of the new Sooke branch in June. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
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Sooke bylaw change opens door to ‘economic diversity’

New law provides more uses for retail, office, health and personal services

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The serval is a wild cat native to Africa. It is widespread in sub-Saharan countries, except in rainforest regions. (Shutterstock.com)

Escaped exotic cat spotted roaming Sooke neighbourhood

African serval cat missing since Sunday

The serval is a wild cat native to Africa. It is widespread in sub-Saharan countries, except in rainforest regions. (Shutterstock.com)
Ryan Albert was last seen on May 11. His family continues to search for him. (Handout)      Shutterstock.com

‘We have no idea where he might be’: Sooke woman searches for missing son

Family hasn’t been in contact with the man since May

Ryan Albert was last seen on May 11. His family continues to search for him. (Handout)      Shutterstock.com
Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Baye Pearson is tearing up the track in go-kart racing. (Contributed photo)

Sooke teen’s future in the fast lane

Charlotte Pearson, 15, among top go-kart racers in province

Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Baye Pearson is tearing up the track in go-kart racing. (Contributed photo)
Wreaths adorn the cenotaph in Sooke after Remembrance Day ceremonies in Sooke on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

District, Legion to formalize upkeep of Sooke cenotaph

Groups will sign a memorandum of understanding

Wreaths adorn the cenotaph in Sooke after Remembrance Day ceremonies in Sooke on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
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Budget forecast shows Sooke on track

Operating revenues up about $1 million

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Sooke extends interim CAO contract to end of March

Financial services director Raechel Gray promoted to deputy CAO

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Devon Mills (left) and Linda Love of the Providence Valley Housing Society present a $30,000 cheque to Sooke Region Communities Health Network reps Andrew Moore, Annemieke Holthuis, Rick Robinson and Anne Bell. The money will be used to fund senior housing at The Gathering Place. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, organization contributes $30,000 to seniors’ housing

Providence Village Housing Society helps fund The Gathering Place

Devon Mills (left) and Linda Love of the Providence Valley Housing Society present a $30,000 cheque to Sooke Region Communities Health Network reps Andrew Moore, Annemieke Holthuis, Rick Robinson and Anne Bell. The money will be used to fund senior housing at The Gathering Place. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
The Winter Market and Moss Cottage Christmas return to Sooke Region Museum on Dec. 3. (File - Metro Creative)

Winter Market and Moss Christmas Cottage return to Sooke Region Museum

Visitors can enjoy festive museum grounds and support local artisans

The Winter Market and Moss Cottage Christmas return to Sooke Region Museum on Dec. 3. (File - Metro Creative)
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Sooke students focus on cash donations for 10,000 Tonight

Campaign runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 9

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Sooke council rezones property to increase commercial space

The applicant would like to develop a commercial node complementary to the residential development.

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Canadian Forces members provide guard duty at the Sooke cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies on Friday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror).
Canadian Forces members provide guard duty at the Sooke cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies on Friday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror).
Firefighters have ratified a new collective agreement with the District of Sooke, which sees increases in pay, the hiring of more firefighters and a boost to mental health benefits. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke, firefighters sign new four-year deal

Collective agreement comes with pay and benefit increases

Firefighters have ratified a new collective agreement with the District of Sooke, which sees increases in pay, the hiring of more firefighters and a boost to mental health benefits. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke’s new council includes Mayor Maja Tait and councillors Al Beddows, Jeff Bateman, Dana Lajeunesse and Tony St-Pierre. Missing Kevin Pearson and Megan McMath. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

New Sooke council takes oath of office at inaugural meeting

Committee appointments selected by councillors

Sooke’s new council includes Mayor Maja Tait and councillors Al Beddows, Jeff Bateman, Dana Lajeunesse and Tony St-Pierre. Missing Kevin Pearson and Megan McMath. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
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Letter: Olympic mountains keep Victoria drier

Re: Islanders brace for rainy November (Online, Nov. 3) The numbers shown…

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Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents to higher ground during November 2021 flooding in the Duncan area. The 845 mm of rain Victoria sees annually is well below many other parts of the Island, including Tahsis (4,261 mm) and Port Renfrew (3,455 mm). (Black Press Media file photo)

Islanders brace for rainy November

The gloomiest month of the year is also the wettest

Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents to higher ground during November 2021 flooding in the Duncan area. The 845 mm of rain Victoria sees annually is well below many other parts of the Island, including Tahsis (4,261 mm) and Port Renfrew (3,455 mm). (Black Press Media file photo)
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Letter: If we don’t vote democracy erodes

Democracy is when people take an active interest in their communities –…

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