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  • BENEFIT FOR BOBBIE JO Local musicians are rallying

    to support local woman. Page 13

    COURT ACTION There is talk about forming a

    mens basketball league. Page 24

    Your community, your classifi eds P26 75Wednesday, FEBRUARY 1, 2012

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 13Sports/stats Page 24

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    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O RSooke man lucky to be alive after watery car crash Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Ron Hamilton knowshe is lucky to be alive and he isgrateful.

    Hamilton, was travellingalong Sooke Road, at the four lanes, when his life tookan unexpected turn.

    It was Jan. 26 at 8:30 a.m. when Hamiltons Ford Fusion hit black ice. There was no salt, no sand to pre-vent his car from skidding off the highway into a creek. The recent rains had likelywashed it all away.

    I went across two lanesand my car was air borne. I hit my head and my car wascompletely submerged, said Hamilton days after thecrash.

    He was knocked out briefly and when he came to his car was underwater and he was struggling to breathe. The creek itself is not that deep, but deep enough to bury the front of his car in the water.

    His thoughts were fuzzy but he knew he didnt want to die drowning. He had popped into the back seat after the collision and when he realized the water was staying in the car, he strug-

    gled to find an air pocket.Dont panic, was his

    first thought, he said. I dont know how long I was out but I was within two sec-onds of drowning.

    Luckily for Hamilton,

    there were other drivers out on the road and a call was made to 9-1-1.

    Just as things looked really bleak Hamilton man-aged to kick out the window and find the door handle to

    let himself out.My hands were so numb

    it was hard to feel things, he said.

    He may have gotten out by himself but he is foreverthankful to the West Shore RCMP and a civilian whocame onto the scene and jumped into the creek with-out hesitation.

    This is what they are all about jumping in with-out hesitation, said Ham-ilton. The cops reacted, they didnt take anything off, even their guns.

    By this time Hamilton wasvibrating he was shaking so bad.

    He was lucky, he missed a telephone pole by about sixto seven feet and the fact that his car was a four-door.

    Hamilton moved to Sooke last July from Mission and is amazed at the selfless actions of the RCMP team who came to his aid. He knows that a number of factors allowed him to survive.

    He talked about the need not to panic in such situa-

    tions.My dad always said to

    me, dont panic. And his father knew what he wastalking about. Hamiltons father was a bush pilot andwas once lost for a month in the bleak and barren reaches of northern Sas-katchewan.

    He was flying from gas depot to gas depot and he went off course.

    Black ice is dangerous and is present on many cold and clear mornings. You cant see it and you cant stop on it. Even the ambulancedriver who showed up at the accident scene came toa sliding stop.

    Everybody tells me thatis a vicious part of the high-way, said Hamilton.

    Hamilton was taken to hos-pital and checked out. He was hypothermic and had a large bump on his head but other than that he was okay and lucky to be alive.

    I just want to say thank you to the police and the other guy.

    Submitted photo

    Ron Hamilton is rescued from the icy creek by West Shore RCMP members and a passerby.

    TSou-ke Nation will lead the

    way in food security and sustainability

    with new project

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Sustainability and food security are paramount in the lives of the TSou-ke people, says Chief Gordon Planes.

    On Jan. 29 Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing, Rich Coleman, announced $1-million in funding for the Sustain-able Community Greenhouse Proj-ect being initiated by the TSou-ke First Nation.

    The project involves the construc-tion and operation of a commercial-sized greenhouse on four acres on TSou-ke land. The project will dem-onstrate and introduce a new heat-ing and cooling technology which is an extension of the solar project on

    the reserve.Since time immemorial, food

    security has been an essential part of Coast Salish peoples everyday lives, says Planes.

    We knew that staying in balance with Mother Earth and the gifts she has given us, insured our survival for our children and our children not yet born.

    Andrew Moore, speaking for the band, said they wanted their own energy and to be self-sufficient in food production and for it to fit in as culturally appropriate.

    All of our projects involve train-ing and economic development, said Moore.

    The project, once fully financed, will result in a combination com-mercial greenhouse and a place to

    grow native plants which are cultur-ally appropriate for the band. They will grow and market tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and flowers.

    The band will need to raise another $3-million through a mix of public and private funding sources.

    This project is part of TSou-ke Nations aim to become more sus-tainable and economically self suffi-cient. The project will create 25 full-time employment positions during construction and 40 full-time jobs on completion in growing, market-ing and distribution.

    The technology that will be uti-lized will help shift large fossil fuel users to transition to clean renew-able power.

    Today we have the opportunity to give back to Mother Earth again,

    to practice the ways of our ances-tors and the teaching of walking lightly on the land through energy conservation and local food pro-duction. That we can do this and create much needed jobs and train-ing makes this an exciting project for the whole TSou-ke community, said Planes.

    On Vancouver Island only about four per cent of the food consumed is grown on island and most food travels over 1,000 kms to get to the table.

    Moore said they are pleased with the Ministry of Energy Mines and Minister Responsible for Housings contribution to the project.

    Its a vote of confidence, said Moore.

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    OOpen House Sunday 1-3

    P21 75

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  • Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    The regular January 23 meeting of the Dis-trict of Sooke council brought forth the fol-lowing decisions:

    DelegationsSid Jorna came for-

    ward representing the Juan de Fuca Commu-nity Trails Society to introduce the society to council. They cur-rently have 215 mem-bers. Hikes are regularly scheduled on the first Sunday of each month and new participants are welcome to join.

    Phoebe Dunbar, rep-resenting Sooke Food CHI and the Sunriver Allotment Garden, came before coun-cil to request support for a funding request from Walmart Ever-green and Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). The group also needed, in writing, the districts permission to be on the site. Council agreed to write a letter of support.

    Delegation Bylaw Amendments

    Council adopted Bylaw No. 515 as pre-sented and waived the public hearing.

    Mayor Wendal Milne said he saw the amend-ment as an administra-tive change.

    The bylaw reduces the spending authoriza-tion of the Chief Admin-istrative Officer from $75,000 to $7,500.

    BylawsCouncil adopted

    Bylaw No. 513, Zon-

    ing Amendment Bylaw (500-1). The purpose was to correct duplic-ity between two zones in Bylaw No. 500, Sooke Zoning Bylaw 2011.

    Council gave first, second and third read-ing to Bylaw No. 516, Sooke Core Sewer Spec-ified Bylaw. The appli-cants applied to be included into the Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area because of a fail-ing septic field. This issue brought up the changes in zoning on a number of properties in the area. Some proper-ties were downzoned from R1 to RU4 which left the property own-ers unable to subdivide if they chose to.

    Councillor Herb Hal-dane said it, seems like a bit of a money grab, and he didnt see the rationale for changing the properties to RU4 zoning. He said the old zoning allowed a prop-erty owner to subdi-vide on a property of 1,000 sq. metres and the new zoning RU4 meant the property had to be at least one hectare before it could be subdivided.

    ReportsCouncil granted the

    Sooke Hospice Society $100 to go towards the application fee to erect a wooden sign at their Goodmere Road loca-tion. The sign bylaw does not allow a waiver of fees for non-profit groups and the only way to waive the fee was to give them the $100 from the Council

    Contingency Fund.A report on the gar-

    bage collection on municipal property and transit stops initi-ated discussion among council members. The District of Sooke pays $654.50 plus HST per month ($7,854/year) for garbage collection from parks, trails and tran-sit stops. Island Adver-tising Inc. pays Sooke $700/year to offset gar-bage collection costs on the 13 receptacles at transit stops. The report states that the district had to add on $200/month ($2,400/yr) to empty those recep-tacles.

    Councillors Rick Kasper and Herb Hal-dane questioned the decision that was made to install the benches and garbage recep-tacles for such a small benefit to Sooke.

    This wa...