Sooke

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)
Feral cats tended to by the Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society. The society celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. (Contributed - SAFARS)

Sooke animal rescue group celebrates 10th anniversary

SAFARS helps make a difference to abandoned cats in the region

Feral cats tended to by the Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society. The society celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. (Contributed - SAFARS)
Maria Marciano and Steve Deschamps running along Highway 14, on one of the legs of the Wounded Warrior one-day event, from Sooke to Sidney on Feb. 6. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

One-day Wounded Warrior runners go from Sooke to Sidney

The run is a prelude to the main event, with runners going from Port Hardy to Victoria

Maria Marciano and Steve Deschamps running along Highway 14, on one of the legs of the Wounded Warrior one-day event, from Sooke to Sidney on Feb. 6. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Sooke Lions Club volunteer Gerry St. Laurent helps cleanup and maintain the Sooke Harbour Cemetery several days a week. The club has been maintaining it for free since 1989. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Sooke Lions club lends helping handy at local cemetery

Service club works weekly in Sooke Harbour Cemetery to keep property ‘neat and tidy’

Sooke Lions Club volunteer Gerry St. Laurent helps cleanup and maintain the Sooke Harbour Cemetery several days a week. The club has been maintaining it for free since 1989. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Fred Parker, 88, has retired from Sooke Fire Rescue after nearly seven decades of fire service in Calgary, Sooke and as a private fire investigator in the U.S. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
Fred Parker, 88, has retired from Sooke Fire Rescue after nearly seven decades of fire service in Calgary, Sooke and as a private fire investigator in the U.S. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
Conservation officer says the Feb. 1 attack on an off-leash dog is likely the Sooke area’s second involving a wolf in recent weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke sees second wolf attack on pet in less than a month

While the dog was killed, conservation officer says wolves pose no direct risk to humans

Conservation officer says the Feb. 1 attack on an off-leash dog is likely the Sooke area’s second involving a wolf in recent weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)
A wildfire in July 2017 on Mount Manuel Quimper destroyed more than a hectare of forest land. The fire was likely human-caused. (File - Sooke Fire Rescue)
A wildfire in July 2017 on Mount Manuel Quimper destroyed more than a hectare of forest land. The fire was likely human-caused. (File - Sooke Fire Rescue)
Sooke RCMP say the community saw a significant spike in property crime in January, especially thefts from vehicles, but recent arrests appear to have had a positive impact. (File - Black Press Media)

Three arrested in Sooke following string of property crime

Thefts from vehicles saw especially large increases, but recent arrests appear to have helped

Sooke RCMP say the community saw a significant spike in property crime in January, especially thefts from vehicles, but recent arrests appear to have had a positive impact. (File - Black Press Media)
The tiny warty jumping-slug, found only on Vancouver Island, is about two centimetres in length. (Contributed - Kristiina Ovaska)

Mapping project aims to save rare jumping-slugs in Sooke region

Warty and dromedary jumping-slugs are a rare find on Vancouver Island

The tiny warty jumping-slug, found only on Vancouver Island, is about two centimetres in length. (Contributed - Kristiina Ovaska)
A group of vaccine mandate demonstrators make their way up Highway 14 to the Evergreen Centre Wednesday afternoon in response to SD62’s newly announced vaccine requirement. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Demonstrators take to Sooke streets against pandemic-driven mandates

Wednesday event organized in response to impending SD62 staff vaccination/testing requirement

A group of vaccine mandate demonstrators make their way up Highway 14 to the Evergreen Centre Wednesday afternoon in response to SD62’s newly announced vaccine requirement. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Homeless people in Sooke will receive a helping hand to find mental-health support, thanks to the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation. (File - Metro-Creative)

Grant benefits Sooke homeless with mental health support

Fund through Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation provides $5,000

Homeless people in Sooke will receive a helping hand to find mental-health support, thanks to the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation. (File - Metro-Creative)
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LETTER: Biofuels plant raises concern

I was appalled to read of the proposed organics and plastics waste…

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Work will begin on a $500,000 renovation of Sooke Fire Hall No. 1’s administrative area in February. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke to spend $500,000 on fire hall renovations

New administrative area will take six months to complete

Work will begin on a $500,000 renovation of Sooke Fire Hall No. 1’s administrative area in February. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building fewer buildings, preserving green spaces for growing food and as a carbon sink, and adapting our community to a changing climate will result in a more resilient community. (Contributed - Stephen Hindrichs)

OPINION: Why pausing some development in Sooke is a good idea

Transition Sooke wants council to evaluate what growth is possible while still meeting climate goals

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building fewer buildings, preserving green spaces for growing food and as a carbon sink, and adapting our community to a changing climate will result in a more resilient community. (Contributed - Stephen Hindrichs)
Mike Menard, the owner of Menard Plumbing and Heating, was sworn in to the board’s top position on Jan. 25, taking over from Karen Mason, who held the position since 2020. (Contributed - Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce)

Sooke chamber elects new president

Mike Menard takes reins from Karen Mason

Mike Menard, the owner of Menard Plumbing and Heating, was sworn in to the board’s top position on Jan. 25, taking over from Karen Mason, who held the position since 2020. (Contributed - Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce)
Sooke councillors have moved to make the availability of electronic participation permanent at council meetings. (YouTube)

Sooke amending bylaw to allow online council meetings to continue

First three readings given to amendments of council procedure bylaw

Sooke councillors have moved to make the availability of electronic participation permanent at council meetings. (YouTube)