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The Sooke School District Board of Education had a busy first meeting on Nov. 29 which among other things saw the creation of a staff affordability fund and a public reaffirmation of district’s commitment to using teaching materials which destigmatize gender identity and sexual orientation discussions. (Black Press Media file photo)

SD62 creates fund to help staff struggling with rising cost of living

Board of education reaffirms support for gender identity classroom materials

 

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

 

RCMP picked up this e-scooter Nov. 28 near the 300-block of Bonaparte Street after it sat there for weeks. Police hope to return it to its rightful owner. (Courtesy West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP seek owner of electric scooter abandoned in Colwood

Two-seater sat for weeks before police picked it up

 

The Royal Bay Secondary School community came out in full force Wednesday (Nov. 30) for the school’s 10,000 Tonight food drive in support of the Goldstream Food Bank. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Royal Bay Secondary School shoots for 10,000 food items

The school’s annual 10,000 Tonight food drive returned to its full program Wednesday

The Royal Bay Secondary School community came out in full force Wednesday (Nov. 30) for the school’s 10,000 Tonight food drive in support of the Goldstream Food Bank. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Two inmates who escaped William Head prison in Metchosin were caught after commenting on the size of Lewis the Great Dane. He was being walked by John Ferguson, who was an off-duty officer at the time. (Black Press Media file photo)

Court hears of off-duty officer’s encounter with Metchosin inmates, and their arrest

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage charged with killing 60-year-old Metchosin man

Two inmates who escaped William Head prison in Metchosin were caught after commenting on the size of Lewis the Great Dane. He was being walked by John Ferguson, who was an off-duty officer at the time. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Budget forecast shows Sooke on track

Operating revenues up about $1 million

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Walk seems the safe way to travel as the snow accumulates in downtown Duncan on Tuesday (Nov. 28). (Sarah Simpson/Black Press Media)

Watch for ice as temperatures plunge across Vancouver Island

Cold is probable, snow for Friday a maybe, say forecasters

Walk seems the safe way to travel as the snow accumulates in downtown Duncan on Tuesday (Nov. 28). (Sarah Simpson/Black Press Media)
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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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West Shore RCMP continue to investigate the September sexual assault of a teenager. (Black Press Media file photo)

Suspect search ongoing as West Shore RCMP identify sex assault case’s person of interest

Police say young teenager assaulted at View Royal Park on Sept. 6

West Shore RCMP continue to investigate the September sexual assault of a teenager. (Black Press Media file photo)
Traffic is backed up on the slippery Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway Tuesday afternoon, pictured looking south at the intersection with South Shawnigan Lake Road. (Courtesy of Drive BC)

Slippery commute continues on the Malahat

Motorists are being warned of slippery conditions and delays

Traffic is backed up on the slippery Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway Tuesday afternoon, pictured looking south at the intersection with South Shawnigan Lake Road. (Courtesy of Drive BC)
Zachary Armitage, charged along with James Lee Busch in killing Metchosin’s Martin Payne, is no longer a part of a trial associated with the case. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Metchosin murder trial continues without one of the escaped inmates

Jury hears Zachary Armitage no longer part of these court proceedings

Zachary Armitage, charged along with James Lee Busch in killing Metchosin’s Martin Payne, is no longer a part of a trial associated with the case. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)
The Sooke Lions Club has paused plans to build a community centre and other public amenities at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)

Sooke Lions Club proposal for John Phillips Memorial Park on hold

Divided council and community cause pause in Lion’s plans

The Sooke Lions Club has paused plans to build a community centre and other public amenities at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)
West Shore RCMP attended multiple crash scenes on a snowy Nov. 29 morning. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore crews attending multiple crashes after snowy morning

Police say motorists should give themselves extra time and slow down amid winter road conditions

West Shore RCMP attended multiple crash scenes on a snowy Nov. 29 morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
Quebec-native Pierre Lamothe joins Pacific FC from Halifax Wanderers. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)

Pacific FC sign Halifax Wanderers midfielder Pierre Lamothe

Lamothe scored the winner against PFC when they played the Wanderers in August

Quebec-native Pierre Lamothe joins Pacific FC from Halifax Wanderers. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)
Pharmasave Sooke’s Christmas Trees of Wishes is on again to support those in need. You can also get a photo of your child with Santa on Dec. 23 for $10 in support of the Sooke Food Bank. (File - Sooke New Mirror)

In Sooke, Christmas charities shine for those in need

Many businesses and organizations have stepped up with fund-raising initiatives

Pharmasave Sooke’s Christmas Trees of Wishes is on again to support those in need. You can also get a photo of your child with Santa on Dec. 23 for $10 in support of the Sooke Food Bank. (File - Sooke New Mirror)
Laura Myers, Taylor Trapp, and their pup Sitka take in one of the final days of the 2022 salmon run in Goldstream Provincial Park, during a visit from Thunder Bay on Nov. 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Visitors take in last days of salmon run at Goldstream Provincial Park

Salmon are at the end of their journey, spawning in the same stream they were born in

Laura Myers, Taylor Trapp, and their pup Sitka take in one of the final days of the 2022 salmon run in Goldstream Provincial Park, during a visit from Thunder Bay on Nov. 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
From left: Avery Lister, Madison Simoneau, Ariana Robertson, Julie Forslund, Jamie Page with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club. The club has been enjoying plenty of success this fall season, both in terms of competition and in terms of recovery from two years without regular events. (Courtesy of Mary Jane Howland Photography)

JDF Skating Club enjoying success on and off the ice as sport returns to normal

The club has earned competitive victories and has nearly returned to pre-pandemic membership

From left: Avery Lister, Madison Simoneau, Ariana Robertson, Julie Forslund, Jamie Page with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club. The club has been enjoying plenty of success this fall season, both in terms of competition and in terms of recovery from two years without regular events. (Courtesy of Mary Jane Howland Photography)
Belmont Secondary School music students Hongye Lin, Mac Johnston, Jay Lausman and Nihitha Pottumutu are gearing up for this year’s Winter Concert, set for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Belmont students aim to hit the perfect notes at winter concert

Dec. 8 event showcases hard work of dozens of students in multiple bands

Belmont Secondary School music students Hongye Lin, Mac Johnston, Jay Lausman and Nihitha Pottumutu are gearing up for this year’s Winter Concert, set for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of Martin Payne after their escape from William Head Institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Blood spatter analyst explains where Metchosin man was struck in his home

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of Martin Payne

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of Martin Payne after their escape from William Head Institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)
Bad Dog Brewing Company co-owners Rosie and John Lyle earned the Business of the Year award for 2022 from the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and placed second in the People's Choice category. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, local brewery earns the nod as ‘top dog’

Bad Dog Brewing Company takes home chamber’s best business award

Bad Dog Brewing Company co-owners Rosie and John Lyle earned the Business of the Year award for 2022 from the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and placed second in the People's Choice category. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)