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July 30, 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, July 30, 2014 Agreement#40110541

    Editorial Page 8

    Entertainment Page B1

    Sports/stats Page 20

    Two sections in 32 pages

    FINE ARTAnnual fine art show draws art

    lovers from all over.

    Page B1

    3.125x1.2Dimock

    Mayor irate over decision made in his absencePirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Mayor Wendal Milne said that as elected officials there are only one or two things in life they have and that is integrity, the perception of honesty and being up front with people. He said this in response to rezoning of properties for waste transfer stations.

    At issue are properties on Idlemore Road where transfer stations are being operated without proper zoning and without proper process.

    He said he was approached in January by representatives of Dale Arden who wanted to put in a transfer station on the property he owns on Idlemore Road. Milne said he told him no as the property was not zoned for it.

    This thing stinks, he said referring to how the business got approval and was up and running by the time he returned from holidays.

    How can this happen when Im away? questioned Milne.Milne said transfer station designations should be site specific and if there

    was a perimeter around the Arden property and he went through proper pro-cess, that would be acceptable.

    Transfer stations, said Milne, have a certain perception and the use causes controversy and angst among people and there was a need to be careful where these are located.

    At a special council meeting on July 21, council voted in favour of rescind-ing Bylaw 596 and 597 and giving it first and second reading. The bylaws had previously gone to third reading at the council meeting on July 14.

    CAO Gord Howie advised council that these was the steps which needed to be taken because of an error in dealing with five Goodridge Road properties.

    It puts the property zoning in collision with the community plan, said Howie.

    There are currently 19 properties in the district with M2 zoning. The amended bylaw would exclude 2040 and 2050 Idlemore Road from the pro-posed bylaw changes, as well as the five properties along Goodridge Road including Goodridge Peninsula.

    Mayor Wendal Milne and Councillor Kerrie Reay were opposed. Councillor Maja Tait had previously stated her opposition.

    A new public hearing will be held, most likely in September before final adoption of the bylaws.

    At a special council meeting on July 24, Mayor Milne notified council that he would be asking for reconsideration of Bylaws 596 and 597 in accordance with Section 131 of the Community Charter. This will be brought back for reconsideration in September.

    In other news, council unanimously passed third reading to place a bylaw on the November ballot giving the district authority for long-term borrowing of $1.5-million for a community public space. It was necessary to push this item through as the province is requesting all submissions to be in by August 5, 2014. A committee will be struck in September to gather local input and suggestions.

    The whole community would have input into what the building would look like, said Milne. There are several options including; a new build, partnering or leasing from a new library or renovating the Sooke Community Hall.

    Pirjo Raits photo

    On tip toeArt lovers filled the Sooke Fine rts Show on Thursday, July 24 for the Buyers Preview Night. Some even slipped out of their shoes for a better look. The show runs until August 4 at the SEAPARC arena.

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  • Long before world travel had become the normal way of life for young people, John Martin responded to that lure, travelling on his own throughout Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, besides Great Britain, the land of his forefathers.

    The youngest of three children of John and Sheila Martin of Sooke River Road, John graduated from Milnes Landing High school in 1954, when the gradu-ating class totaled five students. He went on to apprentice as a machin-ist at Yarrows Limited in Victoria, and it was on completion of his apprenticeship that he began taking time out for international travel.

    As his travel adven-tures were somewhat of a novelty at that time, John would get invited to entertain by showing the slides hed taken, along with his amusing commentary.

    Growing up on a country farm in a fam-ily with wholesome and traditional values, per-haps John became a living example of that early influence, for like his parents, he contrib-uted his time gener-ously towards his com-munity throughout his life. A Boy Scout as a youngster, he enjoyed the outdoors and camping.

    John married an Aussie nurse, but not-withstanding his world travels, it was in Sidney B.C. that he met Ingrid. The two were married in 1972 and made their first home on Wright Road. Two children were born, Ed Toby and Kristi, graduating from the same school as their dad, now called Edward Milne commu-nity school.

    Throughout the years, participating in Sookes foremost tra-dition, All Sooke Day, was lifeblood to mus-cular John. He helped prepare the grounds, setting up for the com-petitions, participated in chopping and buck-ing and served for years as a judge. He was on the director-ship of the Sooke Com-munity Association for decades, helping maintain the hall, and working at the log-ging sports convention entertainment evenings that brought money into the coffers to keep the hall afloat.

    Later on, when John and Ingrid moved to

    wooded property that fronted on the river, they built a lovely home situated where they could watch wild-life on all sides, a partic-ular joy to them both. John was very keen on history, had listened to many tales of early pioneering life told by his dad, and treasured the old growth trees and vegetation that had stood for centu-ries along his riverside domain.

    Within the river itself, at salmon spawn-ing time, the waters churned with homing fish. Ever faithful to nature, John shared his river access with the Sooke Salmon Enhance-ment Society, and each year men in waders, trucks and nets gath-ered there, harvesting the next years supply for their hatchery.

    Johns community interests extended to helping wherever he was needed, and a par-ticular focus was help-ing record history for the museum. Even a year ago, while in failing health, he spent much time assisting with accurate documenta-tion, wanting to make sure we got it right. He also particularly cher-ished the visits with his and Ingrids three grandchildren.

    Jack McLeod, another nature-lover, who met John when he and Jean arrived in Sooke 25 years ago, sais, Weve enjoyed knowing and working with John in the church and in the hatchery. He was an all-round good friend. We just recently visited him in the care home and had a good chat.

    John is survived by Ingrid, by his son Ed (Jannie) daughter Kristi (Pierre) and the three grandchildren. Prede-ceased by elder brother Rob and sister-in-law Ann, he is survived by sister Beth and brother-in-law Jerry Van Ek.

    A celebration of Johns life will take place on September 5 at the family home by the riverside.

    Elida Peers, Historian

    Sooke Region Museum

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    John D. Martin 1936-2104

    Submitted photo

    John MartinBritt SantowskiSooke News Mirror

    Mid-afternoon on Wednesday, July 23, saw a small fender-bender just east of Sooke. An east-bound vehicle stopped to turn left on Woodlands Road. Unfortunately, the vehicle behind it did not stop. According to Fire Chief Steve Sorensen, the injuries were minor, limited to soft tissue damage.

    This incident serves as a gentle reminder to keep a safe distance between vehicles. ICBC rec-ommends a minimum following distance of two-seconds. A $109 fine and penalty points can result.

    You need at least two seconds of space in front in good weather and road conditions, reads the ICBC driver trainer manual (Chapter 5: See-Think-Do). Increase your following distance to three seconds on high-speed roads and to four seconds in bad weather conditions or on uneven or slip-pery roads.

    Following too closely behind the vehicle in front is a major cause of crashes.

    Britt Santowski photo

    Emergency personnel attend to a fender-bender on Wednesday, July 23.

    Following too close

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