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Tia Nunn spars during a practice Feb. 23 at the Sooke Boxing Club’s new location. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Boxing Club back in ring despite recent blows

A new home means the club will be in better shape when it sends a team to Mexico in March

Tia Nunn spars during a practice Feb. 23 at the Sooke Boxing Club’s new location. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
Crews continue work on improvements to Highway 14 just east of Sooke on Feb. 23. The province said the project remains on budget and on schedule to be mostly complete come the fall. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Highway 14 improvements to be ‘significantly complete’ by fall: Province

The province said the project near Sooke remains on time and budget

Crews continue work on improvements to Highway 14 just east of Sooke on Feb. 23. The province said the project remains on budget and on schedule to be mostly complete come the fall. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
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LETTER: Let’s show compassion to each other

We recently received good news from the B.C. government and other provincial…

  • Feb 23, 2022
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Artist talks and demonstrations will be part of the Sooke Fine Arts Show when it returns on July 21. (Serena Haley Photography)
Artist talks and demonstrations will be part of the Sooke Fine Arts Show when it returns on July 21. (Serena Haley Photography)
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Sooke council approves climate change plan

Strategy targets a 50 per cent reduction by 2030 for corporate emissions

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The Sooke Region Museum is developing a play which will tell the stories of interesting Sooke historical figures using a mix of videos, live performance and shadow puppets. (Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre/YouTube)

Sooke historical figures star in new museum play

Production features vignettes exploring the community’s interesting past

The Sooke Region Museum is developing a play which will tell the stories of interesting Sooke historical figures using a mix of videos, live performance and shadow puppets. (Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre/YouTube)
Choral Evolution practiced outdoors and over video calls in the lead-up to their upcoming debut performances, but their dedication to the craft means the shows will go on. (Photo Courtesy of Doug Titchkosky)

Choral Evolution bringing Mozart and Metallica to West Shore

The new choral group is set to debut in a series of performances in Sooke and Colwood next month

Choral Evolution practiced outdoors and over video calls in the lead-up to their upcoming debut performances, but their dedication to the craft means the shows will go on. (Photo Courtesy of Doug Titchkosky)
Construction continues on an affordable housing complex on Drennan Street in Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke aims to slash building permit delay

Council approves staff request to hire another building inspector, clerical support

Construction continues on an affordable housing complex on Drennan Street in Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
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LETTER: Conflict and contention only result in turmoil

The trucker protest demonstrates the fragility of our economy. A minority of…

  • Feb 16, 2022
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The Sooke District Lioness Lions Club is gearing up for its largest-ever fundraising sale at the end of the month, featuring three trailers full of antiques and collectables. (Photos Courtesy of Gunny Tennese)

Sooke Lioness Club hosting largest-ever fundraiser sale

On Feb. 26 and 27, three trailers worth of antiques and collectables will be up for sale

The Sooke District Lioness Lions Club is gearing up for its largest-ever fundraising sale at the end of the month, featuring three trailers full of antiques and collectables. (Photos Courtesy of Gunny Tennese)
The District of Sooke is in the process of updating its official community plan. The document sets guidelines, policies, and expectations for community development. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke mayor seeks more public input on official community plan

Maja Tait willing to delay passage of planning document until after fall election

The District of Sooke is in the process of updating its official community plan. The document sets guidelines, policies, and expectations for community development. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke’s new iconic circular design public library will open by month’s end. It features 13,412 square feet of space and 35,000 items in its collection. (Contributed - Vancouver Island Regional Library)

New hi-tech public library branch set to open in Sooke

The library will contain unique features such as a 3D printer and laptop bar

Sooke’s new iconic circular design public library will open by month’s end. It features 13,412 square feet of space and 35,000 items in its collection. (Contributed - Vancouver Island Regional Library)
Sooke Shelter staff and residents are ready to get to work. Each day for the past two years, residents head out to perform simple acts of community service such as picking up litter and tidying up areas around the community. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Shelter residents help keep Sooke clean

Each day, residents at the Sooke Shelter Society are walking the community to pick up trash

Sooke Shelter staff and residents are ready to get to work. Each day for the past two years, residents head out to perform simple acts of community service such as picking up litter and tidying up areas around the community. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser is back again on Feb. 26 to raise funds for the Sooke Shelter Society. (Facebook - Sooke Shelter Society)

Coldest Night of the Year back to raise $20k for Sooke Shelter Society

Taking place on Feb. 26, the walk will raise funds to help buy food, blankets and clothes

The Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser is back again on Feb. 26 to raise funds for the Sooke Shelter Society. (Facebook - Sooke Shelter Society)
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Ethan Ostropolski has been finding great success in his first two years in the workforce, securing jobs at Pizzability and as a newspaper carrier for the Sooke News Mirror. (Contributed - Melissa MacEwan)

Sooke man, 20, with autism gets job boost

Ethan Ostropolski is finding purpose and connection through work

Ethan Ostropolski has been finding great success in his first two years in the workforce, securing jobs at Pizzability and as a newspaper carrier for the Sooke News Mirror. (Contributed - Melissa MacEwan)
Mayor Maja Tait and Coun. Jeff Bateman checking out features of Sooke’s new library, currently under construction, in this 2021 file photo. Tait said projects such as the new library were planned in anticipation of Sooke’s population growth, which the latest census data shows roase by 16 per cent between 2016 and 2021 and now sits at 15,086. (File - Black Press Media)

Census 2021: Sooke grows 16 per cent, tops 15,000 residents

Mayor Maja Tait said the increased population will bring increased costs, but the district is ready

Mayor Maja Tait and Coun. Jeff Bateman checking out features of Sooke’s new library, currently under construction, in this 2021 file photo. Tait said projects such as the new library were planned in anticipation of Sooke’s population growth, which the latest census data shows roase by 16 per cent between 2016 and 2021 and now sits at 15,086. (File - Black Press Media)
The Sooke Potholes is a series of deep, naturally carved rock pools. A small parking area with facilities is managed by the District of Sooke. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Sooke Potholes receives $350,000 upgrade

Provincial funding to include accessible toilet, signage and visitor information kiosk

The Sooke Potholes is a series of deep, naturally carved rock pools. A small parking area with facilities is managed by the District of Sooke. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
The Sooke Arts Council gallery will close its doors this month as the building’s new owners have served an eviction notice. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke art gallery forced to close after 18 months

The Sooke Arts Council will continue its mission, however, and is on the hunt for a new location

The Sooke Arts Council gallery will close its doors this month as the building’s new owners have served an eviction notice. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke is again dealing with a building permit delay issue. “I find it all very frustrating,” says Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke building permit application backlog hits three months

District’s chief administrative officer expected to address issue at Monday’s council meeting

The District of Sooke is again dealing with a building permit delay issue. “I find it all very frustrating,” says Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)