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January 23, 2013 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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  • TEEN ANGEL Young teens feed the hungry

    homeless.

    Page 17

    SOOKE ROCKS ITHockey team plays a perfect

    tournament in Cowichan Valley.

    Page 26

    Your community, your classi eds P22 75Wednesday, JANUARY 23, 2013

    Editorial Page 8 Community Page 26Sports/stats Page 29

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    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O RPirjo Raits photo

    Gie her a haggis

    The Royal Canadian Legion was the venue for the annual Robbie Burns Dinner on Sunday night.

    Toasting the haggisare, from left to right. Angus Stanfield, StuartFerguson, Calvin Whyte, Caroline Ciesek and Peter McBride.

    Whyte who delivered the address to the haggis memorized the entire Burns address whileworking on a back hoe.

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Bylaw 600 passed one more hurdle towards becoming Sookes new zon-ing bylaw at a public hearing on Jan. 15. After two open houses, letters, four meet-ings over four months and referrals from 22 agencies, District of Sooke council gave the bylaw third read-ing.

    Council made the decision to revamp Bylaw 500 after it came to light that proper due process with the public was not carried out.

    During the public hear-

    ing a number of residents came forward to express their opinions and concerns in regard to some of the changes to zoning brought about in Bylaw 600.

    Opposition to zoning changes to a property on Dufour Road brought a comment from a neighbour. He felt the change from W2 to Marina W3 would impact his quiet enjoyment. The resident stated the bylaw change was trampling on all our rights from people who have not followed the rules from the beginning.

    Rick Gates gave a lengthy address to council stat-

    ing that these tweaks may result in situations that are worse than youve got now. He mentioned conflicting visions between the Official Community Plan and Bylaw 600, as did resident Robert Martin.

    Gates mentioned the vision of a small town atmo-sphere in conflict with pro-jected growth figures.

    Gail Hall felt there was nothing in the bylaw that benefitted the community.

    There is a lot of non-sense in the zoning bylaw you did not put there, but did not take out, said Hall. She thinks council should

    start over, stating council has got the cart before the horse.

    Councillor Kerrie Reay said she was opposed to the rezoning on Dufour and the amalgamation of CTC1 and CTC2 zones and vehicle sales on the south side.

    Councillor Maja Tait did not support first and second reading and said she would not support Bylaw 600. She said she was fine with the housekeeping measures but not the material changes.

    Mayor Wendal Milne stated this was a lengthy process and I dont know what more a committee could have done than we did.

    He said there were things

    in the bylaw he didnt agree with.

    People dont seem to have an interest unless it affects them, he said. I see this as a democratic, open process.

    Milne said the OCP was well intentioned and needs a second look.

    Council gave third read-ing to Bylaw 600. Coun. Maja Tait was opposed.

    Bylaw 600 will need approval from the Minis-try of Transportation and Infrastructure before it is adopted.

    Zoning Bylaw 600 passes third reading

    Maja TaitCouncillor

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  • 2 LIFESTYLES www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    Read to celebrate Family Literacy DayFamily Literacy Day

    takes place across Can-ada every year on Jan. 27 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Cana-dians to spend at least 15 minutes enjoying a learning activity as a family every day.

    This year Family Lit-eracy Day is celebrating 15 years! More informa-tion about this nation-wide event is available

    at http://abclifeliteracy.ca/fld/family-literacy-day.

    The theme for 2013 is 15 minutes of fun. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a childs development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a childs liter-acy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

    Every year branches of Vancouver Island Regional Library cel-ebrate Family Literacy Day with a variety of fun activities for fami-lies; visit www.virl.bc.ca for details.

    Join other families at the Sooke Branch Library (2065 Anna Marie Road) on Friday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. for a special family storytime featuring fun, hands-on literacy activities, sto-

    ries, a craft and more. You will also discover lots of great ideas on how to make literacy an enjoyable and worth-while part of your daily lives. For children and their families; no regis-tration required.

    For more information contact:

    A d r i e n n e Wass, Library Manager, Sooke and Port Renfrew Library branches office a t 2 5 0 - 6 4 2 -

    0358, email: awass@virl.bc.ca

    Where in the World?

    Submitted photoa

    The Sooke News Mirror loves to travel. Left, Ron and Glenda Bilinsky took their local newspaper to Blackbeards Castle on the island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean on Nov. 13, 2012, one of many stops during their fabulous 21-day Holland America Caribbean cruise. Jackie and David Matland and the Sooke News Mirror in the hills above St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on News Year's Day, 2013. Send good quality jpeg photos of your travels to: editor@sookenewsmirror.com with a brief description and we will print them as space permits.

    New Student Registra on Grades K-12January 28 February 1, 2013

    8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

    2013 - 14 Student Registra on2013 - 14 Student Registra on

    Please Bring: Proof of Age Proof of Residence

    Student registra on takes place at your local Neighbourhood schoollocal Neighbourhood school..

    NEW FRENCH IMMERSION (Grade K or 1) register at:cole Millstream Elementary School (parent informa on night is Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m. at the school)cole Poirier Elementary School (parent informa on night is Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m. at the school)cole John Stubbs Memorial School (parent informa on night is Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m. at the school)

    LATE FRENCH IMMERSION (Grade 6) register at:cole John Stubbs Memorial School (parent informa on night is Jan. 24, 7:00 p.m. at the school)

    NATURE KINDERGARTEN (at Sangster Elementary School):Parent Informa on sessions:

    Sat., January 12, 10:00 a.m. 12 noon at Sangster Elementary SchoolWed., January 16, 7:00 8:30 p.m. at Sangster Elementary School

    Nature Kindergarten applica ons will be accepted star ng at 8:00 a.m., Tues., February 5 at the Sooke School Board O ce. Applica on forms will only be available at parent informa on sessions and a er 8:00 a.m. on February 5.

    Please Note: Registra on a er these dates will be subject to space availability in each school.

    Find your neighbourhood school online under the Catchment Area Mapswww.sd62.bc.cawww.sd62.bc.ca

    District Bus Transporta on: Any students requiring school bus transporta on to and from school next fall must pre-register. Registra on forms will be made available at schools, the School Board O ce on Jacklin Road and on our website.

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  • Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    At the regular District of Sooke council meet-ing on Jan. 14, the fol-lowing agenda items were dealt with:

    B