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COMMUNITY NEWS MEDIA Black Press Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Agreement #40110541 Editorial Page 9 Community All Pages Sports/stats Page 33 36 Pages MERRY CHRISTMAS From all of us at the Sooke News Mirror Hope Centre holds its official opening Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror I t’s been occupied and open for the past cou- ple of months and on Wednesday, December 17, the Hope Centre held its official ribbon cutting. The 25-unit development came together through the partnerships of government and community. The M’akola Housing Society owns and operates the affordable rental housing component of the Hope Centre whine the Saint Vincent de Paul Soci- ety owns and operates the commercial part of the building, which includes the thrift store. The opening was preceded by a blessing from Shirley Alphonse and representatives Chief Gor- don Planes of the T’Sou-ke First Nation and Rus- sell Chipps from the Sc’ianew First Nation. Speakers included: Roger Butcher, Vancouver Island Regional Director for BC Housing; District of Sooke Mayor Maja Tait; Nils Jensen, Chair of the CRD and Mayor of Oak Bay; Angela Hudson, Exec- utive Director , Society of Saint Vincent de Paul; and Kevin Albers, Chief Executive Office, M’akola Housing Society. Nils Jensen probably encapsulated what every- one else was saying, “Housing affordability is a regional priority… it’s the people behind the scenes who made it happen. Perseverance, vision and dedication got us where we are today.” There is a long list of partners who came together and they include: • The Government of Canada $1.8 million through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, along with a $10,000 Seed grant; Continued on page 3 Pirjo Raits photo The traditional Christmas tree on Whiffin Spit, that gets decorated by elves or such, has moved a little further down the spit. It was felt the other tree needed a break and this new tree is getting all the attention. A Sooke tradition Classifieds 27 • 75 ¢ No more overnight camping at Jordan River Camping is suspended until further notice at Jordan River Regional Park, the Capi- tal Regional District (CRD) announced today. The deci- sion comes following the BC Hydro seismic study released on December 5, which iden- tified potential hazards from the Jordan River Diversion dam in the event of a major earthquake. BC Hydro has declared its interest in working with the Capital Regional District to gain support to prohibit over- night camping on land owned by the CRD within the inun- dation zone. A large scale earthquake could result in an inundation of the area due to an uncontrolled release of upstream reservoir water. The Jordan River campground is located 10km southwest of the dam. The CRD regrets the impact on parks campers and is reviewing the information pro- vided by BC Hydro to better understand the danger posed to the park. Day use areas of the park remain open to the public. The park was established in 2010, when the CRD acquired 180 hectares of land at Jordan River from Western Forest Products for $9.9 million. CRD Regional Parks manages the park, which includes a year- round self-contained camp- ground. The CRD has spent $107,000 on park improve- ments since purchasing the land, including campground upgrades, trail building and parking lot development. For updates visit: www.crd. bc.ca/parks or call: 250-478- 3344. [email protected] www.ShellyDavis.ca Shelly Davis 778-352-3535 Ellen Bergerud 250-818-6441 #1 Real Estate Company in Canada for Sales last 4 Consecutive Years Lorenda Simms 250-217-5787 [email protected] RealEstateSooke.com [email protected] LorendaSimms.com Happy Holidays! We are very blessed to live here in peace... with abundant clean air and a wonderful community spirit. Thank You to each one of you this Christmas Season… for your business & your friendship. We wish you good health, happiness & me to enjoy what is ours in 2015. Shelly Lorenda and Ellen 250.642.6361 TAMMI DIMOCK Personal Real Estate Corp. Merry Christmas!

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December 24, 2014 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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

    Black PressWednesday, December 24, 2014Agreement#40110541

    Editorial Page 9

    Community All Pages

    Sports/stats Page 33

    36 Pages

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

    From all of us at the Sooke News Mirror

    3.125x1.2Dimock

    Hope Centre holds its official openingPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Its been occupied and open for the past cou-ple of months and on Wednesday, December 17, the Hope Centre held its official ribbon cutting.

    The 25-unit development came together through the partnerships of government and community.

    The Makola Housing Society owns and operates the affordable rental housing component of the Hope Centre whine the Saint Vincent de Paul Soci-ety owns and operates the commercial part of the building, which includes the thrift store.

    The opening was preceded by a blessing from Shirley Alphonse and representatives Chief Gor-don Planes of the TSou-ke First Nation and Rus-sell Chipps from the Scianew First Nation.

    Speakers included: Roger Butcher, Vancouver Island Regional Director for BC Housing; District of Sooke Mayor Maja Tait; Nils Jensen, Chair of the CRD and Mayor of Oak Bay; Angela Hudson, Exec-utive Director , Society of Saint Vincent de Paul; and Kevin Albers, Chief Executive Office, Makola Housing Society.

    Nils Jensen probably encapsulated what every-one else was saying, Housing affordability is a regional priority its the people behind the scenes who made it happen. Perseverance, vision and dedication got us where we are today.

    There is a long list of partners who came together and they include:

    The Government of Canada $1.8 million through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, along with a $10,000 Seed grant;

    Continued on page 3

    Pirjo Raits photo

    The traditional Christmas tree on Whiffin Spit, that gets decorated by elves or such, has moved a little further down the spit. It was felt the other tree needed a break and this new tree is getting all the attention.

    A Sooke tradition

    Classifieds 27 75

    No more overnight camping at Jordan RiverCamping is suspended

    until further notice at Jordan River Regional Park, the Capi-tal Regional District (CRD) announced today. The deci-sion comes following the BC Hydro seismic study released on December 5, which iden-tified potential hazards from the Jordan River Diversion dam in the event of a major earthquake.

    BC Hydro has declared its interest in working with the Capital Regional District to gain support to prohibit over-night camping on land owned by the CRD within the inun-dation zone. A large scale earthquake could result in an

    inundation of the area due to an uncontrolled release of upstream reservoir water. The Jordan River campground is located 10km southwest of the dam.

    The CRD regrets the impact on parks campers and is reviewing the information pro-vided by BC Hydro to better understand the danger posed to the park. Day use areas of

    the park remain open to the public.

    The park was established in 2010, when the CRD acquired 180 hectares of land at Jordan River from Western Forest Products for $9.9 million. CRD Regional Parks manages the park, which includes a year-round self-contained camp-ground. The CRD has spent $107,000 on park improve-ments since purchasing the land, including campground upgrades, trail building and parking lot development.

    For updates visit: www.crd.bc.ca/parks or call: 250-478-3344.

    [email protected]

    Shelly Davis778-352-3535

    Ellen Bergerud250-818-6441

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    Happy Holidays!We are very blessed to live here in peace...

    with abundant clean air and a wonderful community spirit.Thank You to each one of you this Christmas Season for your business & your friendship.

    We wish you good health, happiness & ti me to enjoy what is ours in 2015.

    Shelly Lorenda and EllenThank You to each one of you this Christmas Season for your business & your friendship.

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    Merry Christmas!

  • Paying tribute

    December 19 marks 50 years since the on-duty death of Cst. Regi-nald Williams in Sooke, in 1964.

    At 21 years old, Regi-nald was stationed at the Sooke Detachment following his gradua-tion from the RCMP Depot Training Acad-emy, Regina, Saskatch-ewan. Originally from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Reginald had served only 15 days in Sooke at the time of his tragic death.

    At approximately 10 p.m., he was on routine patrol when his police car slid off the end of the government wharf in icy conditions, into the frigid waters below. Cst. Williams was unable to free himself from the vehicle, and drowned before help could arrive.

    It is important that those of us serv-ing in the RCMP today remember those who

    have gone before us, says S/Sgt. Jeff McAr-thur, Detachment Com-mander of the Sooke RCMP. While the way we police has changed and evolved, the com-mitment and dedica-tion of our officers remains the same.

    At 1 p.m. on Decem-ber 19, 2014, officers

    and staff from the Sooke RCMP Detach-ment held a short cer-emony to mark the 50th anniversary of Cst.Wil-liams death. The cer-emony took place at the Sooke Detachment, before a memorial dedi-cated in Cst. Williams memory.

    2 www.sookenewsmirror.com Wednesday, december 24, 2014 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    THIS AND THAT

    Dan Ross photo

    Left to right: Cst. Steve Martindale, Firefighter Cam Norris-Jones, Cst. Jason From, Firefighter Vince Schutte, Cpl. Andrew Baylis, Chief Steve Sorenson, Deputy Chief Rick McLeod, Supt. Jim Faulkner (RCMP), Chaplain Gordon Kouwenberg, S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur.

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    upShe was here and

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    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    The last official func-tion for former mayor Wendal Milne was on December 1 when he placed the chain of office around mayor elect Maja Taits neck.

    Perhaps there was a sigh of relief but for cer-tain there was a sense of pride in what trans-pired in the last three years.

    No, there wasnt new community buildings or perfectly placed sidewalks, but there was a sense of comple-tion in nailing down the priorities and mak-ing some headway on the districts connector road.

    Milne sat down to chat about his last three years as the mayor for the District of Sooke.

    In 2011 he easily trumped his opponent

    and took on the role without having held a seat on council. Not an easy task by any means, but his business experi-ence and willingness to learn served him well.

    It was a good experi-ence and Im glad I did it, said Milne. If I was younger I would have stayed at it.

    He said the mayors role is a challenge and one has to be on it all the time. The high-light of his term, he said, would have to be getting everything in order.

    Our fiscal house is in order and all of coun-cil and staff understood where we stand finan-cially. It forms the basis of going forward.

    The connector road known as Wadams Way became a reality just this year and the plans for further expansion are making their way through the channels.

    He is disappointed the roundabout wasnt completed in the three years but he said the town is well situated for the next five years or so with rezoning.

    He has concerns that new provincial build-ing codes could raise the cost of building by making codes more

    stringent.He would like to see

    the connector road completed from Phillips to Charters Roads and he said the designs are 70 per cent done and infrastructure grants have been applied for from the federal gov-ernment. He would also like to see back access

    from Evergreen Centre. The issue of side-

    walks always comes up in any question put to the community and Milne said the stretch between Otter Point Road/Murray Road and the area in front of Vil-

    Some timeS a great lotion

    Shauna Becvar TOOK it upon herself to raise money among her co-workers at coast capital and raised enough money to purchase 49 lotions for the womens shelter.

    ThaTS The chriSTmaS spirit!

    neW YearS leVee

    The TradiTiOn Of holding a new Years Levee is being reinstituted this year. On January 1, between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, head on ober to the municipal hall and mix and mingle.

    LighT refreShmenTS wiLL be served.

    meeT The maYOr and council, listen to the bagpipes.

    office cloSed

    The SOOKe newS mirrOr Office wiLL be closed for the christmas holidays. we will be open until noon on december 24 and re-open monday, december 29.

    The B.C. govern-ment $1 million in grant funding and $781,897 in construction financing towards the residential capital costs;

    THE CRD Regional Housing Trust $375,000;

    Miskowaao Devel-opment Society $375,000;

    Society of Saint Vin-cent de Paul provided land worth $370,500 and $1.2 million in long-term financing through a third party for the commercial construc-tion;

    Makola Housing Society and the SVDP $34,532;

    The District of Sooke waived approx. $80,000 in development cost charges.

    Having a safe and secure place to call home is the first step in ensuring all individu-als, including youth, have the best possible opportunity to live up to their full poten-tial Im very happy to hear that Hope Cen-tre is already making a positive difference in the lives of people in Sooke, said Honour-able Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development.

    Hope centre

    Continued from page 1

    Pirjo Raits photo

    Cutting the ribbon for the official opening of the Hope Centre on December 17 are: left to right, District of Sooke Mayor Maja Tait; Nils Jensen, Chair of the CRD and Mayor of Oak Bay; Roger Butcher, Vancouver Island Regional Director BC Housing; Kevin Albers, CEO, Makola Housing Society; and Angela Hudson, Executive Director, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

    Thumbs Up

    UpSooke

    a Big ThanKS to the person who laid sprigs of holly on all the graves at the muir cemetery off maple avenue. it was touching and thoughtful.

    Wrapping it up and calling it a day

    Continued on page 4

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    lage Food Markets is in the plans. Money to be used from that comes from funds leftover from the Wadams Way project. He said Coun-cillor Rick Kasper was involved and helped get infrastructure money from the prov-ince for the road.

    Milnes personal campaign and advo-cacy is the health and well being of the com-munity. He believes it is a municipal responsi-bility, and with his influ-ence and involvement doors were opened resulting in more beds at Ayre Manor for hos-

    pice and a physicians recruitment package.

    We need to continue this process its about time not money and advocacy. As local gov-ernment we have the ability to make some changes and thats really important to the community. I think Sooke is interested in its citizens.

    Advocating for health is his pet project and he hopes to con-tinue being involved on a personal and commu-nity service level.

    If he could change anything, one of the things would be the mayors salary. The mayor receives $20,000/year and he thinks they

    should be paid a little more, as there are lots of demands on the mayor.

    The biggest job is quarterbacking, mov-ing issues through council in line with what the community wants. They need to seriously think of sal-ary levels.

    As far as being mayor is concerned, Milne said he is disappointed in the way people were treated and that some-times you just have to say no but give them the reasons why and not to make knee jerk promises.

    If he has any advice for the new council that would be to be serious

    about working together.Its okay to have dif-

    ferences but they need to do their homework, get on with it and not be sidetracked by per-sonal agendas.

    So, hes put away that part of his life, but it doesnt mean he still wont be involved and volunteering in the community. After him and Wendy have done some traveling, Char-ters River Salmon Inter-pretive Centre is on his radar and Wendy will return to her position on the board of the Sooke Region Museum.

    Sooke is a great place to live, we raised our kids here. Being mayor was a good

    experience and Im glad I did it.

    December 23, 1969Women Rule Christ-

    mas 1885A picture of a beauti-

    ful woman on a current Christmas card would seem inappropriate to many. But feminine beauty enjoyed great popularity in Christmas cards during the late 1880s.

    Until 1880, children and elderly women were most often pictured. Or, if adult young women did appear, they were shown as tenders of the hearth. with their hus-bands, children or pets.

    Later, classic Greek and Roman feminine fig-ures were used to con-vey ideals of feeling and beauty.

    In 1885, fashion figures of elegant women were a typical subject of Christ-mas cards.

    Later Christmas cards depicted women as fash-ion plates, sportswomen, cyclists and, in general, growing participants in the life of their times.

    December 20, 1979

    Christmas PoemSome things stay the

    same: the sudden, gildedflight ow winter birds;

    the grey, insistent frenzy of a

    December storm; the borage

    in the frosted garden. Or take, for instance,

    the way winter announces itself. The water

    sweeps down the cliff-side, the creekbeds fill,

    the pond fills and finally, the well. Then I

    know that winter has arrived and that the

    wild roses that bloomed last winter will

    bloom again; a certain benediction.

    Wendy Morton 1979December 20, 1989Christmas as it used to

    be in SookeMay the good Lord

    Rest his soul, thought Tilly Gordon, as her mind dwelt on memories of her husband, who had been gone from them now for

    almost a year.How hard it had been

    for her, with little Alice and Harry, to lose her dear husband to con-sumption. The year was 1902 and Tilly bustled about the kitchen of Moss Cottage, making ready for Christmas. With the help of her relations, she

    would make Christmas as happy a time as she could manage, for the sake of the wee ones.

    With her little Alice proudly helping her to make mincemeat tarts, Tilly paused to boil a ket-tle on the big old stove and make a pot of herbal tea for her uncle John Muir, who sat in the par-lour, nursing his chest cold.

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    Bites, Bulls & BulletsAuthor: Maywell

    WickheimSelf-published290 pages, softcover

    There isnt a person who has lived in Sooke for any length of time that hasnt heard of Maywell Wickheim. Wickheim is a mod-ern pioneer who has learned to fashion what he needs, keep his wants at a minimum and accomplish all he sets out to do.

    Wickheim is a breed apart, the type of per-son you dont see much anymore. He knows or can figure out how to do just about every-thing needing doing - and he does it in his own humble way seek-ing neither recognition nor pats on the back. He has purpose and pride in a job well done.

    In Bites, Bulls & Bul-lets he tells stories of life in Sooke and area drawn from the well of memories he has. Whether it is about the characters or the times, his memory hasnt been tarnished by time.

    Its an enjoyable book and many will recognize his sardonic

    humour in the telling of the tales. In his quiet humble way, Wickheim is Sooke. His life on and around the water is full of anecdotes and wis-dom gained from his 89 years. His lifes adven-tures are sure to appeal to anyone who knows Maywell or people like him. These men of their generation are manly men strong, princi-pled and rare.

    Bites, Bulls & Bul-lets is a very enjoyable read highly recom-mended.

    And typical of May-well, $2 from the pur-chase price of the book goes to the Sooke Food Bank. Get it while you can.

    Heart & Soil: The Revolutionary Good of Garden

    Author: Des Ken-nedy

    Harbour Publishing224 pages, softcover

    Gardeners in and around Sooke are likely familiar with Des Ken-nedy. Kennedy is a respected gardener and a passionate advocate for the environment.

    In his latest book, Heart & Soil: The Revo-lutionary Good of Gar-dens, Kennedy writes about his experiences gleaned from 40 years of gardening.

    His sense of humour and wit gives a warm and playful tone to the book. This isnt a how-to book but rather one mans connection to the earth and the roots and rhizomes that transform our sacred spaces.

    Along the way Ken-nedy offers up his extensive knowledge in a sometimes comi-cal way and makes the reader seek out the next short story. The titles of the stories give a small hint to what will be said. For exam-ple, Going to the Dark Side is a story of the voodoo lily, a less than pretty plant with exotic properties. Seeing the Light deals with chal-lenges of light and how to use it effectively in the garden.

    Other stories talk about the philosophy of gardening and the simple joys of putting ones hands in the dirt.

    Photos of Kenne-dys garden on Den-man Island are sure to inspire all who aspire to grow things.

    Des Kennedy is the author of five books of essays, including his memoir, The Way of the Gardener, and three novels. Hes an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and envi-ronmental activist, and a three-time Stephen Leacock Award nomi-nee.

    Theres no better way to spend the days waiting for the plants to sprout than reading Heart & Soil and enjoy-ing a few laughs.

    Shore to ShoreThe Art of

    Tsutstmutl Luke Mar-ston

    Harbour PublishingAuthor: Suzanne

    Fournier128 pages, softcover

    Probably the most strikingly emotional piece of First Nations art to represent the survivors of the resi-dential school system is Luke Marstons bent-wood box. The image emerging on one of four sides is Marstons grandmothers black tears with her crippled fingers held up to her face. The other sides are of a Woodlands aboriginal boy with red hands held to his mouth representing the children who were for-bidden to speak their own languages. Add to that an Inuit man looking at the North-ern Lights to a Thun-derbird, the symbol of all First Nations. It is just one of the carved pieces from the hands of Luke Marston.

    The book is meant to commemorate his 16.5-foot bronze cast cedar sculpture now in Stan-ley Park. Shore to Shore depicts Marstons great -great -grand-parents, Portuguese Joe Silvey and Kwatl-eematt, a Sechelt First

    Nation matriarch. Mar-ston tells the stories through his art. The powerful pieces are tes-tament to his heritage and his future. He was chosen to carve The Healing Pole through a juried competition by then Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point. The pole tells the cre-ation story of how the 12 people fell from the sky. The message of remembering the past yet acknowledging the responsibility to move forward is a motif for Marston. He is guided by his ancestors. This is a beautiful book with gorgeous colour plates of Marstons art.

    Marston began his career carving totems for the public at the Royal BC Museum and studied under Haida artist Robert Davidson and jewellery master Valentin Yotkov.

    The book is written by Suzanne Fournier, who has been writing about First Nations top-ics for over 40 years. She co-authored Sto-len from our Embrace: The Abduction of First Nations Children and the Restoration of Aborigi-nal Communities.

    From the West Coast to the Western Front

    British Columbia and the Great War

    Harbour PublishingAuthors: Mark For-

    sythe and Greg Dick-son

    259 pages, softcover

    When two guys sat down for coffee and discussed their per-sonal quests to find out more about their relatives who had been on the Western Front, they never thought oth-ers would be doing the same thing.

    Mark Forsythe is no stranger to those who listen to CBC and BC

    Almanac which he has hosted since 1996. Greg Dickson was a journal-ist and producer at CBC radio and television for over 20 years.

    Together they put out the call for other British Columbians to send in their stories to BC Almanac. Those stories became From the West Coast to the Western Front. It is a book written by every-one who contributed. There are letters, pho-

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    A little fireside reading: Some books of interest

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  • Its not often we find a Christmas theme among the 9,000 archival pho-tographs in our col-lection, but this shot of Harry Vickers pet squirrel at Sheilds Lake just seemed to fill the bill. Harry Vickers was a naturalist who in the 1930s and 1940s acted as caretaker for the Alpine Club of Canada and for Claude L Harri-son who owned a large tract of land between Harbourview Road and Mt Empress.

    When as a youngster I hiked with my fam-ily up into those hills and lakes, we looked forward to visiting with Mr. Vickers, if we were lucky enough to encounter him along the trails and lake-shores. His quiet and patient nature and love of wildlife had resulted in a wonderful series of photographs of deer, raccoons, squirrels and birds. For artsy effect, he would patiently arrange to have the small animals photo-graphed alongside a domestic scene, such as a pair of knitting nee-dles half way through knitting a sock. Colour film was not yet avail-able, so he used water-colours to tint his pho-tos.

    This image taken in

    the 1940s was shared with us by Bert Acre-man who at that time was driving logging truck for Eric Bernard, who was logging for Harrison. On weekends Bert Acreman would take his wife Annie (the legendary school teacher) and his son

    John up to the lakes with him for canoeing and picnicking.

    For a decade Ber-nard harvested poles and logs in the Sooke Hills, his truckers haul-ing down Mt. Shepherd Road and Harbour-view Road to dump at Coopers Cove. At the

    museum we have often been asked the ques-tion, how come the logging road up into the lake country was paved? It was really simple. Eric Bernard did a lot of industrial hauling on the route, plus weekend trips to the lakes with his wife, so to save wear and tear the road was paved for easier vehicle maintenance.

    Many years later, when Mr. Vickers was in a mobile home at Col-wood, he allowed me to have his collection cop-ied. I am sure that each of us who had the good fortune to know those hills and trails so well, treasure the memory of the kindly quiet gentle-man, Harold Vickers, whose great joy was sharing the beautiful setting with his wildlife friends, and who left us his photographic legacy, celebrating not only summer but win-ter scenes as well.

    Elida Peers, Historian

    Sooke Region Museum

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    Christmas at Sheilds LakeAnswers:

    1. Jingle Bells

    2. Walking in a Winter

    Wonderland

    3. Santa Claus is Com-

    ing to Town

    4. Joy to the World

    5. Rudolph the Red-

    Nosed Reindeer

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    7. Im Dreaming of a

    White Christmas

    8. Oh, Christmas Tree

    9. What Child is This?

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    11. Deck the Halls

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    13. O Holy Night

    14. Noel

    15. Away in a Manger

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    17. I Saw Mommy

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    18. All I Want for

    Christmas is My Two

    Front Teeth

    19. Chestnuts Roast-

    ing on an Open Fire

    20. It Came Upon a

    Midnight Clear

    21. Let it Snow, Let it

    Snow, Let it Snow

    22. Silent Night

    23. OLittle Town of

    Bethlehem

    24. Silver Bells

    SRHS photo

    Harry Vickers pet squirrel spoke of his patient and quiet nature.

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    Shirley Lowe has gra-ciously agreed to write a regular column with items and stories of interest to our local baby boomers and seniors.

    The community volunteers are add-ing Christmas spirit to the pleasure and gifts they give all year long. Organizations are all contributing and pre-paring to make Christ-mas in Sooke memo-rable for another year. A craft fair was held in Ayre Manor Lodge assisted living lounge on November 29. Handmade crafts, knit-ting and jewelry that

    was created by resi-dents, families and the activity department were displayed for the sale. There was a very good turnout and many friends and fami-lies paid a visit to this jewel in Sooke. Bever-ages and homemade loaf cakes was served by volunteers. All pro-ceeds were donated to the activity department to help with programs.

    There is a festive feel-ing at Ayre Manor, with the lovely decorating residents, staff and vol-unteers created for the Christmas season. The kitchen staff ensure the residents have a tradi-tional Christmas. Fam-ilies can share a meal in the dining room with some limit to numbers. Music, carols, games and entertainment are ongoing.

    The Drop In Center volunteers served a sumptuous lunch to a full house on Decem-ber 11th at the Commu-

    nity Hall. It is an event that Sooke seniors look forward to and they were not disappointed. In the midst of cuts to Veteran Affairs across Canada Sooke veter-ans have a local angel to help with red tape all year. Camile Tkacz retired service officer, helps 17 veterans a month with paperwork and doctor visits. Vic-toria Veterans Affairs office remains open but Camiles wish list is more personal doctors for young veterans. It is time consuming to manage the health paperwork and lack of a doctors assess-ment can mean loss of a much needed cheque.

    Sooke was extra gen-erous to the Legion Poppy fund this year. The Poppy fund allows the local Legion to donate money for beds and furnishings at Cock-erell House for home-less veterans. The fur-niture leaves with the

    veteran when they are ready to move on.

    Sooke Legion pro-vides a friendly social meeting place in the community, with the help of volunteers.

    The community spirit of giving is a Sooke tradition all year. The Volunteer Center continues to carry on the good work of sup-porting local organiza-tions and connecting people. They are sug-gesting people buy memberships this sea-son to the valuable organizations Sooke is so fortunate to have.

    The Sooke Legion Branch 54 is located at 6726 Eustace Road, across from the Sooke Community Hall.

    The local elves are working toward a Merry Christmas to all with the generous gift of time.

    Shirley Lowe

    Later Life rambLings

    Pirjo Raits photo

    Art enhancesIsabelle St. Pierre was honoured as an contributing artist at the Hope Centres official grand open-ing. She painted the whale in the entrance way to the centre.

    May All Your Christmas Dreams Come TrueMay your house be fi lled from rafter to rafter,

    with love and joy and lots of laughter,Have a wonderful holiday!

    John Vernon642-5050

    Bruce & Linda MacMillan642-4100

    Cheri Sutherland642-5050

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    Our lives are richer because of you

    Sooke is a very generous community not just with money but with energy. People give of their time and knowledge to make the wheels turn in service organizations, social and community groups and every other association in between. It is what makes Sooke Sooke and we are all grateful for the generous spirit of the people who choose to live here and give of their time.

    What would we have without them? For starters, an organization such as the Christmas Bureau would not exist, nor would the Sooke Food Bank. Which would mean that the disadvantaged living among us would be worse off. Its not like the government doles out any extras other than for a very, very basic barely subsistence existence. There are a lot of families who live from pay cheque to pay cheque and the extra help they get allows them to make it. So many are only a pay cheque away from poverty themselves and that includes seniors and youth.

    Every single organization, from the arts groups to the salmon enhancement groups make a difference to the quality of our lives in Sooke. This holiday season we thank them and if there were space it would be wonderful to give recognition to each and every volunteer group. You just have to look at the back of the Sooke Lions phone book to see the long list of organizations mostly run by volunteers. Its truly amazing.

    So, in this season of giving, we would like to thank all of you who do so much in the community because without you it would not be such a great place to live. Our heartfelt thanks for making our lives richer and fuller because of your dedication and giving spirit.

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Seasons Greetings to all from us at the Sooke News Mirror.

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    B.C. Views In case you missed the outcome

    of the latest United Nations climate change conference in Lima, Peru, it was another costly, embarrassing failure.

    This one is likely to be remem-bered mostly for a staggeringly stu-pid stunt by Greenpeace employees, who were threatened with prosecu-tion for defacing the Nazca Lines, a world heritage site in the Peruvian desert.

    These vast 1,500-year-old petro-glyphs, visible from space, are among the great mysteries of archaeology. Time for a change! blared huge yellow letters dragged across the sacred site by paid pro-testers trampling the delicate ter-rain. Ill say its time for a change, starting with scratching Greenpeace off your Christmas card list.

    Earlier there was the spectacle of Canadas national media, reflex-ively denouncing Ottawas sup-posed inaction on greenhouse gases after U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a surprise climate agree-ment with China in advance of Peru.

    Over to you, Mr. Prime Minister, chirped CBC anchor Wendy Mesley, joining other TV networks in falsely portraying the U.S. deal as a break-through.

    This non-binding gesture soon produced many cartoons, one of which shows Obama stripped to his underwear in a poker game with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is

    surrounded by a pile of chips and an American flag.

    The U.S.-China announcement served as a preview of Peru, where developing countries would again refuse any substantive restrictions on their fuel use. China graciously agreed to continue ramping up its world-leading greenhouse gas emis-sions until 2030, while lame-duck Obama pretended he could commit the U.S. to further reductions.

    Between them, the U.S. and China account for about half of global human-caused carbon emissions. Due mostly to the surge from China and India, Canadas share has fallen from two per cent to 1.5, which should help put all those tar sands protests into perspective.

    Days later, Environment Canada released its latest national emission statistics, an event ignored by most media.

    Between 2005 and 2012, total Canadian GHG emissions decreased by 5.1 per cent, while the economy grew by 10.6 per cent over the same period, the report states.

    B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak joined the throngs who jetted to Lima. There she met officials from California and other U.S. states to re-announce their modest efforts to put a price on carbon emissions. TV anchors and other wide-eyed inno-cents might have been left with the mistaken impression that the huge U.S. petroleum industry is cutting back, when in fact it has grown enor-

    mously thanks to shale oil and gas production.

    And California continues to pro-duce, by its own state government measure, the most carbon-intensive heavy crude in North America.

    Overshadowing all of this is the drop in the world price of oil, mainly the result of Saudi Arabia flooding the market in an effort to push com-petitors out of business. In the latest sign of the U.S. publics lack of inter-est in reducing emissions, sales of larger vehicles immediately spiked up as gasoline prices fell.

    Im still receiving criticism for a recent column in which I declared myself an agnostic on human-caused global warming. Agnostic means searcher, and my search has continued for real signs of climate change and its potential causes.

    Our glaciers are receding, no ques-tion, but the current trend started around the 1850s, when a sport util-ity vehicle had one horsepower in leather harness and B.C. was about to be declared a British colony.

    But amid the noise, there is seri-ous evidence being put forward that our province is undergoing a climate shift with major consequences. And there are calls for action.

    Ill discuss that next week.

    Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twit-ter: @tomfletcherbc Email: [email protected]

    Climate talks end 2014 in disarray

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    Making assertions unfair

    Helene Harrison (let-ters Dec. 10) is proud of Shirley residents whose career and life experiences, skill sets, levels of education, information and intel-ligence who acted as one in rejecting com-posting in the Sooke Hills.

    Her belief that she writes On behalf of everyone who lives here is not true. Her assertion that Mr. Laing a big bad wolfvillainyoung man who behaved deceit-fully, is not universally accepted.

    Fortunately there are citizens who can lis-ten to opposing views, treat their opponents with dignity and rebut without rancor. Such citizens are the real worth of any commu-nity, Shirley included.

    Dan AdamsShirley

    Taking issue with editorial

    I have read the news regarding the servals as pet and I would like to let know every-one some little things. There is completely two different worlds who breed serval or just have servals as pets.

    The serval is domes-ticated 10,000 years ago and all serval pets are from those lines, they dont traffic servals

    directly from Africa and force them to be pets. In all different species and breeds we have good and bad breeders and I know lots of good breeders of Savannahs or servals and they have wonderful pets. I am very sorry for what happened to this serval and I will tell to all ser-vals owners to use pet tracker collars 24/7 and keeping them exercised and socialized well.

    As pets servals are declawed and Samson was declawed too, I saw on Ebay someone is selling Samsons car-cass this is just dis-gusting, can we know if Samson had really been

    hit by a car? Why the guy doesnt want to let the carcass go to the conservation? I dont want to blame anyone but the article is show-ing only one side of the story and it is more an opinion not a fact cause there is mistakes and if you want we (as the other side) can possi-bly give you another article for explaining that some breeders and servals owner are won-derful.

    For sure there is many things you have to consider before adopting a kitty strong like a serval, but they are adorable pets and most of owners in Can-

    ada are very good and this is an isolated case. We have many videos or pictures proving that as well.

    I am French Canadian and I live on the Island in Sooke since six years and English is not my first language I can not do it myself but if you have someone or I can look my self.

    Catherine CloutierSooke

    Dam held in last big quake

    Have to agree with M r. B e n s o n , t h e r e

    appears to be some kind of back door scheme/scam going on out in Jordan River these days.

    I was living out there in the early sixties when the earthquake/tsunami that damaged Port Alberni happened. We were told at the time by the experts that it was very improb-able that a tsunami of any size or force could find its way into the Straits of Juan De Fuca without having its force and size grossly diminished. No tsunami hit the beach and the hydro dam held strong.

    BC Hydros corpo-rate track record of sup-pressed information and dispersal of miss-information has been ongoing of late.One only has to look at the Site C dam negotiations and thesmart meter program to confirm that. Site C is a project that local residents and municipalities want no part of and the smart meter program has failed and is in a state of recall anywhere else

    We asked: What is your favourite Christmas/holiday memory?

    Driving around with my son looking at all the magical Christ-

    mas displays.

    Cathi CouttsSooke

    Waking up at five in the morning with my siblings, every year, and

    going to my stocking alone to open it up.

    Mike WarnhoffSooke

    Sleighriding at my grandmother's house.

    Mora CunninghamSooke

    I woke up and looked at the chalkboard that said, Merry

    Christmas Kaitlyn, love Santa.

    Kaitlyn MannSooke

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    Incredible Sookesooke fire fighters raised $14,500 which was deposited to the sooke Christmas Bureau. Prior to that the Christmas Bureau had $5,500 in the account through donations in collection boxes around sooke and mailed in cheques. the firefighters also collected $90,000 worth of food on the santa run making their contributions total more than $100,000. Now thats amazing.

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    in North America that it has been tried. To try to say that both of these projects are being put forth to us for our own good is an insult to personal intellect.

    Now B.C Hydro has another project on its mind at Jordan River for the good of the peo-ple. Its true intentions are once again hiding behind the suppression of information and the dispersal miss-informa-tion. My guess is they are trying to use scare tactics to force sale on lucrative coastal water-front properties to fill their coffers on resale to developers or Parks Canada. Theyll need it to build the Site C dam and to finance the recall of all the smart metres.

    The dam has already withstood one earth-quake and been upgraded in the mid-eighties. The Jordan River drainage system

    has room for plenty of water, they dried it out with their dams. B.C Hydro should stop the scare tactics and maybe consider another upgrade on the dam if their concern for local residents is so high.

    I hope the Jordan River residents that this edict affects stand fast and all tell B.C Hydro to hit the road. Its doubtful whether their game would stand up to full scrutiny in a court of law.

    I really enjoyed liv-ing on the beach at Jor-dan River as a kid.I was never fearful of poten-tial tsunamis or the dam exploding from an earthquake. If I had a chance I would joyfully move back there in a heartbeat.

    Rodney NybergSooke

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    Q: My husband passed away in March of this year. It was unexpected and devestated the entire family. I have been working through my grief and doing well but then the Holidays hit and I find myself quite sad again. Do you have any advice on how to cope.

    A: The holidays are usually a time for fun and celebration, but when youve experienced the loss of a loved one, the festive season can be tough.

    For some families, making a few changes to traditional festivities helps everyone to better cope with the absence. For example, if you and your spouse always had a big tree and lots of presents, even after the kids left home, instead try a simple wreath and a few well-chosen gifts, or make a donation to charity in your familys name. If dinner is always at your house, ask another family member to entertain this year.

    Throughout the season, make an effort to accept invitations to holiday events. You may be surprised by how an evening out can lighten your spirits even while you are missing someone special.

    If you are concerned with the prospect of facing long, empty days, then why not share your time with others while doing some good? Volunteer at your local food bank, church group or homeless shelter. Youll feel the warmth of good company, and your help will be appreciated.

    You may find some solace in acknowledging your loss at this special time by embracing the good memories, rather than focusing on the grief

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    Tues Dec 30Y BABY TALKCues - Whats my baby telling me? At the Child, Youth and Family Centre, from 10-11:30 a.m. 250-642-5464.YOUTH CLINICAges 13 - 25, 4-7 p.m. Family Medical Clinic.KNITTING CIRCLESooke Library, 6:308:00 p.m. Free, all levels. Drop-in. 250-642-3022.STORYTIMEResumes January 13

    Thurs Dec 25 HOME ALONE AT CHRISTMAS?Community Christmas Dinner, no charge. Dec. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. at CLA Pentecostal Church, 6851 West Coast Rd. No reservations necessary but preferred. 250-642-4464 or 642-6858.

    Fri Dec 26VITAL VITTLESFree lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holy Trinity Church.ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONSteak Night, 6-7:30 p.m.Karaoke 8-11 p.m. SOOKE SENIORS BUSLunch and shopping trips to Victoria. Call Celia 250-642-5828 for information.DROP IN HOCKEYSEAPARC, 7 to 8:15 p.m. all ages.

    Mon Dec 29PARENT & TOT DROP-IN Child, Youth, & Family Centre, 9:30-11. 250 642-5152.CALLING ALL QUILTERSKnox Pres. Church. All welcome. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 250-642-0789 for info.ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONEuchre 6:30 p.m.SOOKE SENIORS BUSAyre Manor Residents trips.DROP IN HOCKEYAt SEAPARC, all ages from 3 to 3:50 p.m.

    Sun Dec 28ROYACANADIAN LEGIONSunday breakfast brunch, 9-12:30 p.m., $5, kids welcome.Blue Grass Music, 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Wed Dec 31WALKING GROUPPeoples Drug Mart hosts a walking club, 9:15 a.m.PARENT DISCUSSION GROUPSooke Child, Youth, and Family Centre, 9:30-11:00 a.m. (250) 642-5152 for info.ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONDominos 10 a.m.Shuffleboard, 6:30 p.m.

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    Gingerbread House winnersThis year, there were

    12 participants, all dis-played in the lobby of the Prestige hotel since Dec 1st.

    The draw for the winners was done on December 16 and the winners have been announced.

    This year, we wanted to raised more funds and the winners were qualified by having the highest bid on their cre-ation.

    So the first place goes to : House #6 Kay McGlennon,

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    Honorable men-tioned for the 4th place to EMCS Culinary pro-gram Students: Allison and Joy.

    We thank all of our participant for help-ing us raise $485 for the Sooke Christmas Bureau.

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