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July 22, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror



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    INDEX NEWS SPORTSNews 2Opinion 8Arts 31

    Grieving parents take solace in celebration of Always and Forever Birthday Party at Jeneece Place.

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    Sooke soldier named best reservist riflemen in the world at international competition in England.

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    Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    A small section of road has flared into controversy with the B.C. Transportation Ministry and the District of Sooke.

    The ministry is refusing to upgrade a 100-metre section of road in front of Sooke Centre Mall because the district is insisting that the two access points onto Sooke Road remain.

    The work was earmarked as part of the $9-million roundabout project.

    In a letter to Sooke Centre Mall owners Bruce Logan and Jerry Liedtke, Transportation Ministry district manager Janelle Erwin said the ministry is willing to maintain existing accesses, but it will necessitate a change of design to allow access to remain open.

    The design changes will result in a reduced scope of project work undertaken out front of your property, wrote Erwin.

    Proposed new curb, gutter and sidewalks planned for the road will no longer be constructed by the province.

    The decision does not sit well with Sooke Mayor Maja Tait, who said council has not been informed of the decision, calling it unacceptable. Tait is seeking a meeting with Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.

    Continued / 28

    100 metres of roadwork left undone Artwork is a family affair

    Sooke family has three entries in this years Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    When the Sooke Fine Arts Show opens tomorrow (July 24), three members of one family will be front and centre.

    Joan Morgan and two of her children Samuel Martin, 18, and Bryn Martin, 16 will see there art showcased in the annual arts festival.

    Its the first time in recent memory that three members in one family have had their work displayed, and in different genres. The childrens father, Rob Martin, is a woodworker and has also been in the show in the past, and supports the show as a sponsor through Island Vacation homes.

    Morgans work will be displayed in glass mosaic, Bryn will exhibit in digital art and Samuel focuses in on photography.

    We were pretty excited, said Morgan when the three found out their work had been accepted by the show.

    Weve spent time reflecting on how we got here, knowing that there was a bit of luck in it with the judges all wanting something from each of us at the same time. There are many good artists who dont get in.

    This year the Sooke Fine Arts Society received more than 1,400 submission for the show. Only 375 were accepted by the judging panel. Of those, about 50 came from the Sooke area.

    Continued / 28

    Its the combination of creating an environment where messes were just fine and about doing your own thing.

    Joan Morgan

    Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror

    Alan Graves and Catherine Keogan prepare the opening of this years Sooke Fine Arts Show at Seaparc Leisure Complex. We dont scrimp on the details, Keogan says.


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  • 2 I NEWS I wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Sookes Most Wanted

    Robert BARKERAge: 41Wanted: Be in dwelling/possession of weapon/breach

    Josh LaFLEURAge: 24Wanted: Obstruction/personation/possession stolen property

    The following individuals are wanted by the Sooke RCMP as of July 17. If you have any information on these individuals or their crimes, you are asked to call the RCMP at 250-642-5241.

    Police used a Taser on a man at a construction site off Sooke Road after a volatile situation occurred Thursday.

    Officers responded to a 911 at 7 p.m. at a residence on Seagirt Road in East Sooke where a 47-year-old man was allegedly threatening to harm himself.

    Police believed the man could be in possession of a firearm, and had sequestered himself inside the residence with several containers of gasoline.

    The RCMP Emergency Response Team was deployed to the house, along with dog teams and police negotiators, about 40 police officers were involved in the incident.

    After further investigation, police believe the man had left the residence in a pickup truck prior to their arriva.

    At approximately 8:40 p.m., the RCMP negotiator observed the

    suspect vehicle travelling westbound on Sooke Road and followed it to a construction site.

    Police attempted to persuade the driver to voluntarily leave his vehicle.

    Despite the de-escalation attempts of this highly-trained negotiator, the suspect remained agitated and non-compliant, said Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur, commander of Sooke RCMP.

    At one point, the suspect began moving back towards the cab of the truck, forcing officers to move in to prevent him accessing any weapons that may be inside or attempting to drive away.

    A Taser was used and RCMP arrested the man. A large hunting knife was found in the cab of the truck.

    The man remains in custody. No charges were laid at the News Mirrors presstime.

    Sooke Mounties use Taser to subdue man

    Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    Sooke has a hero in its midst.

    Six-year-old Gavin Lerik was recognized for his heroic actions Monday at the District of Sooke council meeting by Mayor Maja Tait and Fire Chief Steven Sorenson for the quick action that may have saved his familys lives.

    Gavin was awarded the districts Little Hero award.

    He was sneaking out to watch cartoons when he spotted the fire, said Sorenson.

    In the early morning hours of July 2, Sooke Fire Rescue responded to a call of a dryer fire in the family home.

    Upon arrival, fire personnel learned that young Gavin had been the one who observed the fire in his familys laundry room and alerted his parents, banging on their bedroom door until they awoke.

    Because of Gavins awareness and bravery, his father was able to quickly extinguish the fire with a fire hose.

    Damage to the home was contained to the laundry room.

    Young boy lauded as hero

    West Coast Trail to get upgrades: bridges, ladders

    The 75-kilometre West Coast Trail is getting repairs to bridges, ladders and other sections, as part of $33.6 million in funding announced for Parks Canada.

    The money is the largest federal i n f r a s t r u c t u r e investment in Parks Canada since its formation 104 years ago, said Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan.

    Other money will

    be used for upgrades to the Fisgard Lighthouse, Fort Rodd Hill in Colwood, Pacific Rim National Park, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and coastal lighthouses. John Duncan

    He was sneaking out to watch cartoons when he spotted the fire.

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