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March 20, 2013 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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  • ECO SPOKESMAN David Suzuki concludes his

    cross-Canadabicycle tour.

    Page 4

    GOING WITH THE FLOWYour guide to martial arts

    in Sooke, Part 2Page A 16

    Your community, your classi eds B12 75Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Editorial Page 6 Entertainment Page 26Sports/stats Page 29

    Agreement#40110541

    SOOKESOOKE NEWSM I R R O R

    Sidewalks still a distant dreamBritt SantowskiSooke News Mirror

    The Land Use and Envi-ronment Committee held their monthly meeting on Monday, March 18.

    The first item for dis-cussion, the impact oflogging on Strata 5352, presented by Dr. ParvezKumar. The neighbouring land is owned by BeecherBay First Nations, also known as Scianew, and there is some indication that logging might occur. It came up during this conversation that Sooke does not have a Steep Slop Development plan.

    By the end of the discus-sion, members of the Stratawere encouraged to start a dialogue with the Beecher Bay First Nations to dis-cuss their concerns. Maja Tait made the motion that staff should investigate a steep slope bylaw for pre-sentation to council so that council can follow up with this. The motion was seconded and it passed.

    The next item on the agenda was the Silver Spray development in East Sooke. A presentation was made by Michael Thorn-ton, where he requested approval for a temporary cottage to be built on a rocky area within the required 15

    metre horizontal setback, subject to an engineer-ing assessment. Council agreed with his proposal.

    Once the presentations were done pre-application meetings with potentialdevelopers and property owners was discussed.

    Randy Clarkston, a Sooke resident who owns andruns West Coast Design and Development Ser-vices, said that the Sooke process is immature and cumbersome, and that he advises his clients to wait until Sooke matures as a municipality. One time, said Clarkston, it took eight months for a variance request for one inch in a garage to be sent out, fromthe time of application.

    Council agreed that the conversa-tion needs to continue.

    The discussion of Bylaws 65 and 70 was tabled for another meet-ing, possibly a special meeting, as this committee meets only once a month.

    There was also some discussion on the require-ment of amenities that developers are required to bring into a development (sidewalks, services and other amenities). The issue of amenties was ultimately referred back to staff for more research and input.

    Judy Burgess photo

    Dinner time!A photograph of a Coopers Hawk, taken this week in our plum tree on Broom Hill. The Coopers Hawk is one of the smaller hawks. Beautiful but deadly if one happens to be a Pine Siskin. This Coopers Hawk waits near our bird feeder to catch meals, often an unaware Pine Siskin. His hunting skills are fast and effective. We call him Zap. Sad for the small bird, but Zap has to eat!

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  • A2 NEWS www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    Arthritis not just for adultsDisease doesnt

    discriminate with age

    Britt SantowskiSooke News Mirror

    When one hears a medi-cal diagnosis of arthritis, they might fairly assume the patient is elderly.

    This was not the case when Sandra Cameron of Sooke first heard the diagnosis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Her first response was Yeah, right!, in utter disbelief, fol-lowed by a sharp, This cant be right!

    In this case, the patient being diagnosed was not elderly quite the opposite. The patient being diagnosed was Sandras one-and-a-half-year old daughter, Kailen. For Sandra, it was inconceivable that her toddler could have arthritis.

    It all started with a visit to the beach. Last year [Kailen] was with my in-laws. They have a trailer down at the beach, explained Sandra, When she came back the next day, she was limping. We thought she had rolled her ankle. We took her to the doc-tor, and the doctor said it was just a mild injury.

    Sandra and her husband Scott have two other chil-dren (Paiton 12 and Averie 5). They were used to the normal aches, tumbles, and growing pains. But this time around things were different. Young Kailens pain was not subsid-ing.

    A week later it still hadnt gone away, Sandra contin-ued, So we went back to the doctor who then said there is something more to this, and she referred us to an orthope-dic surgeon.

    It took two months to get in to see the surgeon a long time when you are watching your young child in constant pain. She was really stiff in the morning. She couldnt walk properly, and she really was in pain, said Sandra. Bearing

    witness was difficult, espe-cially in one so young. You dont know what shes going through. You dont know how much pain she is really in.

    By the time the surgeons appointment came around, Kailens foot had completely turned out at the ankle. Even though the two-month wait seemed painfully long, the diagnosis from the surgeon came relatively quickly. Many are not that lucky. According to the Arthritis Societys web-site (arthritis.ca), It may take longer for children and teen-agers with JIA to be diagnosed because many people (even doctors) do not realize that children and teenagers can get arthritis!

    Kailen had whats known as oligoarticular JIA. Accord-ing to the Canadian website, aboutkidshealth.ca, this is the most common type. It affects up to four joints in the first six months of symptoms. The most affected joints are knee, ankle, wrist and elbow, comes with a high risk of eye disease called uveitis, and tends to affect girls more than boys. When the joints are seri-ously affected for a prolonged period of time, growth can be impeded.

    Kailen has the eye disease, and has three joints on her left side that are affected: her

    index finger, her knee and her ankle, said Sandra.

    Her family doctor confirmed the diagnosis, and it was then a relatively short two-week wait to see the pediatrician, Dr. Roxana Bolaria, from the Victoria Arthritis centre.

    Having a diagnosis often helps put suffering into con-text a manageable frame-work. But when something unexpected hits you, it often hits full-force. For Sandra, the additional emotions were overwhelming.

    One of the hardest things Sandra had to cope with was the sense of guilt the belief that there was some-t h i n g she as a m o t h e r c o u l d h a v e done dif-ferently. W h e n we first got diag-n o s e d , I ques-t i o n e d e v e r y -t h i n g . I ques-t i o n e d f o o d

    choices, medications Id given her when she was sick, immu-nizations. A whole host of things go through your head, like How could I have stopped this? There was the impend-ing sense that the choices that Ive made have done this.

    But, as the Arthritis Soci-ety explains on their website (arthritis.ca), idiopathic means the cause is not known.

    After a time trying to find the right treatment, Sandra and Scott settled on an oral medicine. When they went to a type of autoimmune medi-cine that also acts as a chemo drug, Sandra broke down. You feel bad and you want to be strong, and you want to be able to handle it all ... you cant. And I completely broke down. And they [at the Victo-ria Arthritis Centre] said, This is a normal response, its ok.

    Sandra was told that it takes time for the medicine to work. After three months, the change came ... literally over-night. At first, Sandra was cau-tiously optimistic, as it may have been just the euphemis-tic good day.

    But the change was real. In one day, she became a differ-ent kid, said Sandra. These good days have continued, and now Kailen is jumping, skipping and singing as a two year old should.

    submitted photo

    Two-year-old Kailen Cameron was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis six months ago.

    Continued on page A3

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  • SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS A3

    Up Sooke

    GARAGE SALETHE SOOKE DISTRICT

    Lioness 10th annual Garage Sale takes place Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sooke Community Hall (2037 Shields Road). For tables or info, contact Anne at 250-642-2359 or Jo at 250-642-3885.

    FUNDRAISERA MUSICAL THEATRE

    group called Show Time is holding a silen t auction fundraiser at the Holy Trinity Church on Friday March 22 starting at 6 p.m.

    John Muirs students worked hard to raise funds for the Sooke Food Bank, not the Sooke News Mirror as we mistakenly wrote on Pg. 11 in last weeks paper! The money did indeed go directly to the intended destination. Were sorry for any distress this error may have caused. The kids worked hard, and both they and their beneficiary the Sooke Food Bank deserve proper recognition.

    Thumbs Up!

    SOOKE R.C.M.P. FOR keeping our roads safe from distracted and impared drivers! They had a road block Saturday night on Grant at West Coast Road.

    Its been an incredible journey thus far, and its getting easier. The nicest thing is seeing Kailens change, the day-to-day not being so difficult. She jumps downstairs now, she runs more than she used to. Kailen is now doing great.

    Sandras words of advice cut to core of maternal guilt: The biggest thing is, its nothing you did. Its not your fault. And that with the help [of whatever resources are available to you] that it will get eas-ier. She adds that parents should Watch for the signs, and be persistent. You will have to be your childs advocate.

    Resources that are available include the web-sites mentioned above (arthritis.ca and aboutkid-shealth.ca) as well as the Victoria Arthritis Cen-tre, located at 2680 Richmond Avenue in Victoria. There are currently 1 Rheumatology, 5 Physiother-apists and 1 Pediatrician available to assist you. Dial Toll-Free (888) 549-5651 ext. 40709

    Juvinile arthritisContinued from page A2

    Arthritis 101Just the facts

    March is Childhood Arthritis Awareness Month. The following information comes from the Canadian Arthritis Society, (arthritis.ca). If you have any concerns, speak with your doctor.

    Childhood arthritis, or juvenile arthritis (JA), occurs among boys and girls under the age of 16. It can be defined as continuous inflam-mation (pain, stiffness and swelling) of one or more joints lasting at least six weeks for which no other cause can be found.

    Symptoms of JA include joint pain, morn-ing stiffness, joint swelling and problems with mobility. These symptoms interfere with regu-lar activities, such as being physically active, playing with friends and going to school.

    The pain of arthritis affects a childs quality of life and overall well-being.

    The onset of JA may follow an event that turns on the immune system, causing it to be overactive by perhaps responding inappropri-ately to an infection or mistakenly identify-ing something as an infection, thereby causing continuous inflammation.

    The warning signs of JA include any of the fol-lowing symptoms occurring over a few weeks:

    Inflamed joints (red, swollen and warm to the touch).Stiffness in the morning or after waking from naps.Limping or difficulty using an arm or leg.

    JA differs from arthritis that affects adults. The unique features associated with JA are:

    a) irregular growth problems that cause dis-comfort;

    b) an increased likelihood for chronic uveitis, which is inflammation of the eye caus-ing reduced vision; and

    c) painful flare-ups and disease remission that can come and go without warning.

    POLICE BEAT

    Steve Arnett photo

    Police held a roadblock Saturday, March 16 on the corner of Grant and West Coast Roads.

    The Sooke RCMP have no major incidents to report. The police were out on Saturday evening performing road checks at Grant and West Coast Road. They will be performing safety checks on a regular basis throughout the spring, where they will be looking for alcohol consumption and seat-belt compliance. They will also be looking for driv-ers who are talking, texting or tweeting.

    Drivers are reminded that using hand-held

    devices while driving is illegal, even when you are stopped at a red light. According to ICBC, dis-tracted driving is the third leading cause of fatal card accidents in B.C. There are an average of 94 deaths per year due to someone using a personal electronic device (aka a cell phone) while driving. Keep your eyes upon road, your hands upon the wheel has never made more sense.

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