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April 22, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror


  • SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015 11SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, april 22, 2015 11

    Help promote Sooke and area

    I had 4,727 readers for the 13 reviews I personally (important point) wrote on Sooke businesses, activities, scenic places, etc in Sooke and our Sooke region.

    I still think the chal-lenge needs to be for-malized to help every-one understand how easily we can make Sooke and the Sooke region more in the mind of people so they think Sooke more often than any other place like Tofino, etc. We will get more visitors, more dol-lars will flow through our region and into the local businesses, etc easy and at no cost!

    It is not only through Trip Advisor but with Yelp and Google + that we can market our region for free.

    Also use through Facebook (every time you notice something about Sooke) com-ments, likes, share, etc. that highlight every time what is about Sooke and the region.

    Frederique PhilipSooke

    Paper is getting out of touch

    Really, that Big Bad Oil cartoon in the April 8 edition of the Sooke News Mirror was seri-ously out of touch with the community. The protestors shown in the cartoon are nothing like the people active on the no more tank-ers issue. Satire needs a little spice of truththat cartoon seems closer to slander.

    There is a little truth in the cartoon. That placard showing envi-ronmental issues from the past? Acid rain, the ozone hole and green house gas emissions: each of these issues was identified by sci-ence, brought to gov-ernments attention by citizens and has resulted in legislated changes to production and use of materials to lessen the environmen-tal effects of pollution. Perhaps this nod to informed citizen pro-tests was unintended.

    The editorial themes in Our View recently also seem a little out of touch. After lectur-ing Sookes volunteer community on how to

    behave one week, the next week they are asked to use less of their energy to protect the environment and more to lobby for side-walks.

    The mayor, council and staff are competent to sort out planning and funding sidewalks. When I connect the dots, I see that getting a competent mayor and council is huge and I thank the idealists and altruistic people who voted in District of Sooke.

    Heather PhillipsOtter Point

    Illegal dumping concerns EMCS students

    We are 25 Edward Milne community schools Environmental Studies students who would like to see an end to the illegal dumping of wastes in and around our beloved Sooke.

    Our exploration of Sookes supernatural backyard has revealed some horrific dumping grounds. Weve seen everything from appli-ances and mattresses to run of the mill household garbage. All of these sites have been near rivers and creeks and we worry about toxins leaching into local water sys-tems, harming salmon spawning grounds and transporting plastics into the ocean. We are also concerned for

    local wildlife that might consume bits of plas-tic or be poisoned by leaching toxins.

    Our class decided to clean-up Sookes worst dumpsites located at the gate to Butler Main Road. Sooke Dis-posal kindly donated a massive bin for us to use. At first glance, we thought the clean-up would entail haul-ing out the mattresses, plastics and drywall on the side of the road. However, when we moved into the bush, we were mortified by the amount and type of refuse there. We pulled out more than 20 tires, gallons of paint cans and used motor oil, furniture, bags of household garbage including kitchen and toilet waste, hundreds of Keurig coffee cups and aerosol cans. We

    removed layers of gar-bage unearthing older layers beneath.

    How could some-body do this? we asked ourselves.

    Our class feels good about our clean-up efforts but we also know that we must stop future dump-ing. Presently, there is a maximum $2,000 fine from the CRD for dumping if a culprit is caught. Capturing indi-viduals can be difficult as the dumping occurs late at night and CRD resources are limited.

    It is our hope that bringing public aware-ness to this problem may help hinder illegal dumping. Sooke resi-dents can recycle elec-tronics at the Salvation Army for no charge. Also for free, Sooke Disposal will take appli-ances, automotive bat-

    teries, paint and aero-sol cans. EMCS is also collecting scrap metal in our parking lot for the next month.

    We are asking our community to help bring better awareness to this issue so that we might preserve Sookes natural beauty for all!

    EMCS Environmen-tal Studies Class 2015

    Math mistake bypassed

    Your front page on oil spills while interest-ing contains an awful mistake by the Kinder Morgan speaker and, apparently, not noted by any one. As reported increased pipeline capacity to Burnaby

    will go from 300,000 barrels of oil to 900,000 per day; an increase of three times. Yet the number of tankers transporting the stuff in the article goes from five to 34; an increase of nearly seven times.

    Did no one attend-ing not speak up about this wild discrepancy of simple math?

    What happened to the Sooke News Mirror reporter and /or its edi-torial staff in not notic-ing the error?

    This sort of article while important-shoots itself in the foot by reporting such silliness.

    Fred WhittakerSooke


    Deliver by mail or hand to our office, or e-mail editor@sooke

    Letters should be 300 words or less, and we may edit for length, tone and accuracy. Please include contact information, tele-phone number and place of resi-dence for clarifica-tion purposes.


    We asked: What is your favourite thing to do in the spring?

    I like to go out and do photog-raphy.

    Mathew PeterSooke

    Everything out in the sun.

    Eric Day Sooke

    Go hiking in the hills.

    Petra SieloppSooke

    Get out and go for a walk, to the beach, the park, enjoying the

    great outdoors in general.

    Margit HartSooke

    Submitted photo

    the edward Milne community schools environmental studies class has been cleaning up sooke.

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  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Editorial ...................... Page 8 Entertainment ........... Page 15Classifides ................. Page 37Sports/stats............... Page 39

    44 Pages in one section


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    C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

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    Wednesday, April 22, 2015


    Editorial Page 8

    Entertainment Page 15

    Sports/stats Page 39

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    C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

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    Port Renfrew sets sights on new vision for village New developments will raise visibility of Port Renfrew

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Things are happen-ing in Port Renfrew. The sleepy little hamlet that has been home to fish-ers, loggers and surfers is changing - rapidly. Rapidly in Port Renfrew terms.

    Back in 2006 there were 270 residents, in 2013 there were 268. But with the 60 vaca-tion homes (West Coast Cottages) devel-opment by Jack Julseth of Three Point Proper-ties, the population in the summer months expands considerably.