Sooke

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)
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)
Tara Munro’s counselling business has been expanding by adding more in-person and online counsellors. (Contributed - Tara Munro)

Sooke counselling centre expanding to meet community needs

Tara Munro said she wasn’t able to keep up with community’s needs on her own

Tara Munro’s counselling business has been expanding by adding more in-person and online counsellors. (Contributed - Tara Munro)
The concrete pour on Sooke’s new multi-sport box begins March 14. (District of Sooke)

Work resumes on multi-sport box

$1.3-million project delayed due to weather, pandemic

The concrete pour on Sooke’s new multi-sport box begins March 14. (District of Sooke)
Firefighters respond to a house fire on Church Road on Wednesday afternoon. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Six people flee Sooke house fire

Residents heard a loud bang, saw smoke

Firefighters respond to a house fire on Church Road on Wednesday afternoon. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Canada Day celebrations return to the Sooke River Flats on July 1. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Canada Day celebrations returning to Sooke

Canada Day celebrations will return to Sooke this year after a two-year…

Canada Day celebrations return to the Sooke River Flats on July 1. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
On-road transportation was the biggest causer of emissions in Sooke. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke GHG emissions dropping, but too slowly

Emissions dropped 2.6 per cent between 2018 and 2020, below the 5.5 per cent target

On-road transportation was the biggest causer of emissions in Sooke. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke is planning a three-week-long road closure for Charters Road beginning on March 7. (District of Sooke)

Construction of underground services leads to spring road closures in Sooke

A section of Charters Road will be closed to traffic until March 25

The District of Sooke is planning a three-week-long road closure for Charters Road beginning on March 7. (District of Sooke)
Vital Vittles opens its doors to the dining room on March 18. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Vital Vittles reopens doors after pandemic

First meal served up on March 18

Vital Vittles opens its doors to the dining room on March 18. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke hopes a zoning bylaw amendment will encourage developers to build underground parking. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s density bonus program being tweaked

Bylaw change aims to increase underground parking, housing options

The District of Sooke hopes a zoning bylaw amendment will encourage developers to build underground parking. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke wants to thank volunteers with a recognition program. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke looks to establish volunteer recognition program

Aim is to acknowledge residents contributing to community through volunteer efforts

The District of Sooke wants to thank volunteers with a recognition program. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The new library is for all ages. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

PHOTOS: Sooke residents explore new library for first time

The new $7.5-million, circular venue had a soft opening on Feb. 21

The new library is for all ages. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)