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November 05, 2014 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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<ul><li><p>C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A</p><p>Black Press</p><p>Wednesday, November 5, 2014</p><p>Agreement#40110541</p><p>Editorial Page 8 </p><p>Entertainment Page B1</p><p>Sports/stats Page 21</p><p>Election Page 17, 18</p><p>32 pages in two sections</p><p>3.125x1.2Dimock</p><p>Classifieds 19 75</p><p>Two fatalities in East Sooke house fireTwo fires keep regional firefighters busy</p><p>Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>Two elderly people perished in a house fire in the early morning hours of November 1.</p><p>The couple, who had immigrated to Canada 20 years ago to be closer to their grand-children, were Leonard and Brenda Grundy, 85 and 83 years old respectively. They had been married for 65 years.</p><p>Members of the Sooke RCMP responded to a call of fatalities from the house fire on Copper Mine Road.</p><p>The call came into the East Sooke Volun-teer Fire Department around 4 a.m. from a woman driving by who saw flames com-ing through the roof at 1355 Copper Mine Road. The fire depart-ment responded very quickly after the call but it was too late as the home was engulfed.</p><p>RCMP say there is no evidence of foul play. Sooke detachment members are continu-</p><p>ing to investigate and assist the BC Coroner and the BC Fire Com-missioner.</p><p>The early morning fire brought out fire departments from East Sooke and Sooke, with about 30 volunteer firefighters battling the blaze. The fire is thought to have started in the living room. It is believed that the couple was unable to escape the blaze due to the location of their bedroom and the hall-way.</p><p>The couples son, Steve Grundy, had stated that his father was a retired draftsman and his mother worked for a real estate com-pany, then for local gov-ernment before coming to East Sooke.</p><p>The fire department recommends people check the batteries in their fire and smoke alarms by pressing the test button. Changing the batteries is a good precaution.</p><p>Two days earlier, on October 29, the Sooke Fire Department, along with the Otter Point and Metchosin fire depart-ments attended an electrical fire at Sooke elementary school at around 4 p.m. </p><p>The fire started in an electrical connec-tion that fed one of the light fixtures in the </p><p>room, said Fire Chief Steven Sorensen via email. These lights were installed 17 years ago. Took this long for the short circuit to develop. The subse-quent fire burned along the ceiling, scorching about 10 of the roof joists.</p><p>If not for the action of the custodian who happened to do his rounds early that night, it is quite likely that the fire would have took hold of the ceiling and </p><p>spread rapidly through that wing of the school. It would have been very similar to what happened to the Ever-green Mall. Fortunately quick action by the fire department in locating the seat of the fire and then knocking it down quickly prevented a major event. The crews did a remark-able job last night and should be very proud of their efforts. </p><p>Mutual aid was given by the Metchosin and Otter Point Fire Depart-ments, along with the Sooke Ambulance and the RCMP assisting.</p><p>Great support by Otter Point and Metcho-sin FDs at the fire and the Sooke Ambulance and RCMP in assisting in other duties, said Sorensen.</p><p>Classes resumed the next day.</p><p>Sooke Elementary dates back to 1891 when the first school in Springside area became too small and Mr. William Bell Char-ters donated land for a new school. Since then the school has had new buildings, been rebuilt, then added to and more recently ren-ovated. a claim to fame of being the oldest school in B.C. situated on the original site. </p><p>Currently they have 241 children.</p><p>Pirjo Raits photo</p><p>Firefighters on the roof of Sooke elementary check to make sure the electrical fire has not spread, while others gather at the entrance while checking out the interior of the school. Below, firefighters organize.</p><p>250.642.6361</p><p>Sooke is Selling!2013 Sooke Home Sales: 3042014 Sooke Home Sales: 259</p><p>TAMMI DIMOCKPersonal Real Estate Corp.</p><p>Two fatalities in East Sooke house fire</p><p>Weloveeverything</p><p>localCelebration!</p><p>...check inside ad fo</p><p>r details</p><p> *DynamicDuos </p><p>for only $27</p><p>OLIVER KATZ Personal Real Estate Corporation </p><p>250 642 6480 </p><p>310-2059KALTASIN ROAD OCEANFRONT $249,900 </p><p>18-7871 WEST COAST RD WEST COAST $149,900 </p><p>6771 FOREMAN HEIGHTS BROOMHILL $323,000 </p><p>TOP FLOOR OCEANFRONT 2BEDROOM 2 BATH 1259 SF </p><p>FULLY REMEDIATED COMPLEX UNOBSTRUCTED OCEANVIEWS </p><p>6709 CHARLENE PLACE BROOMHILL $339,900 </p><p>SOLD COMPLIMENTARY </p><p>MARKET EVALUATIONS </p><p>CHOICE BROOMHILL LOCATION HUGE 2980 SF 5 BR HOME </p><p>SUNNY WRAP-AROUND DECK SHOWS WELL </p><p>NO PAD RENT OCEANFRONT PARK 2 BR 920SF </p><p>STRATA PARK ONLY $50/MTH IMMACULATE ISIDE &amp; OUT </p><p>GREAT LOCATION </p></li><li><p>2 www.sookenewsmirror.com Wednesday, november 5, 2014 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR</p><p>SUPERSPECIALSSUPERSUPERSUPERSUPERSUPERSUPERSUPER</p><p>250-642-35961831 Maple Avenue S. Sooke, BC</p><p>Open forDinner</p><p>Tues - Satfrom 5:30 pm</p><p>Licensed patio with views of Sooke Harbour</p><p> AG &amp; Joico Products Gift Certi cates available Coming Soon: Kids Birthday Parties</p><p>Ladys Night OutOpen 6 days a week, walk ins welcome</p><p>Open Mon-Sat 778 350 MELO (6356)</p><p>Mel O Hair</p><p>MelissaOwner/Professional Stylist</p><p>Open Mon-Sat 778 350 MELO (6356)#2 6631 Sooke Road</p><p>250-642-65096852 West Coast Road</p><p>Sooke, BC V9Z 0V2www.sookemarinecentre.com</p><p>Sales, Service &amp; Parts for all Outboard and Sterndrives</p><p>Book now for Winter Service</p><p>GORDS FIREWOODSALES</p><p>Fir Spruce Hemlock MixCut lengths of 14-16 or</p><p> The wood is not seasoned,although it was cut 3-4 months ago</p><p> Full cords delivered on fl at bed truck</p><p>Mention this ad and receive $10 00 o One per household per week</p><p>250 883 8837</p><p>$195</p><p>Standing Cedars Acupuncture Standing Cedars Acupuncture ___________________________ </p><p>Private Sessions &amp; Community Acupuncture Clinics ___________________________</p><p>Appointments &amp; walk ins welcome.</p><p>www.standingcedars.ca 250-893-5621 202-6750 West Coast Rd. </p><p>Its Fall Garden Clean-Up Time! </p><p>Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm2810 Ramsden Road (in the 3300 block of Otter Point Road, a block west of Sooke Business Park)</p><p> Garden waste drop-off</p><p> Soil &amp; Mulches</p><p>See our price list at:www.sookesoil.com</p><p>Come see us for: Compost &amp; Manure Decorative Rock Sand and Aggregates</p><p>2054 Otter Point Road at Sooke Road barkingdogstudio.ca</p><p>Barking Dog Studio250-642-6677</p><p>Along with the work of 55+ local artists,</p><p>We upcyclefurniture!</p><p>Along with the work of 55+ local artists,</p><p>We upcycle</p><p>On November 15</p><p>Brenda ParkinsonELECT SOOKE COUNCILLORI am committed to</p><p>carefully managing the taxpayer money.</p><p> Living within our meansAuthorized by Sandy Jarvis nancial agent sandra.jarvis@shaw.ca</p><p>On November 15</p><p>BrendaParkinson</p><p>ELECT</p><p>SOOKE COUNCILLOR</p><p>I pledge to always moveforward with the bestinterests of the communityin mind.</p><p>X marks the spot</p><p>PARKINSON BrendaAuthorized by Sandy Jarvis nancial agent sandra.jarvis@shaw.ca</p><p>Black Press cares</p><p>B.C. communities care.</p><p>So do the Black Press newspapers that directly serve those communities. Reflect-ing and raising aware-ness of that caring spirit is part of the core mandate of every Black Press community news-paper.</p><p>This publication is now part of an exciting new initiative under-taken by Black Press in British Columbia that works to further communicate the good work being done in communities, and pro-vide a new opportunity for organizations and individuals to tap into that fountain of caring.</p><p>Last decisionsThe District of Sooke </p><p>council, on November 3, adopted Bylaw No. 534, Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw (400-2) and Bylaw No. 535, Zoning Amend-ment Bylaw (600-14) Sun River Develop-ment Exchange of Lands for School Site. It also changes the zon-ing from Agricultural to Community Residen-tial.</p><p>The bylaw will see $400,000 come to the district, which will be used for playing fields. </p><p>This will be ensured by Bylaw No. 608, Play-ing Field Reserve Fund Bylaw, 2014 Playing Field Reserve Account, </p><p>which was given first, second and third read-ing.</p><p>In other council news, council approved the naming of 15 trees along Wadams Way to be named after pioneer families as suggested by local historian Elida Peers.</p><p>Council approved </p><p>the awarded of a con-tract to Allterra Con-struction Ltd. for the building of sidewalks to extend from Church Road to Otter Point Road on both sides of the highway. Their bid was the lowest at $209,984. The highest bid came in at $336,000.</p><p>Advance Polls</p><p>Sooke residents who wish to vote in the advance poll have an opportunity on Novem-ber 12. Voting takes place at the Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Sheilds Road from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.</p><p>It should be noted that general voting on November 15 takes place at Edward Milne community school at 6218 Sooke Road, not at the community hall.</p><p>If you are not a reg-istered elector you can register on Novem-ber 15 providing you are 18-years-of-age or older, a Canadian citi-zen, resident of B.C. for six months by November 14, resident or registered owner of real property in the District of Sooke for at least 30 days prior to November 15, and not disqualified under the Local Government Act. You need to bring two pieces of identification to prove residency and identity.</p><p>2 www.sookenewsmirror.com Wednesday, november 5, 2014 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR</p><p>This and ThaT</p><p>Daniel Chauvin photo</p><p>The salmon are here The salmon have returned to the rivers. drop in anytime on november 8 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for fishy-fun activities, a craft and guided walks with CRd Regional Parks naturalists along the Charters River. a close-up look at these magnificent fish as they return to spawn and complete their life cycle awaits. Meet at Charters River salmon interpretive Centre off sooke River Road.</p><p>Youre Invited!Annual </p><p>Winter Art ShowGala Opening</p><p>Meet the artists, enjoy delicious nibbles and drinks at the Reading Room Cafe</p><p>November 3rd to 8th 6 pm</p><p>Sooke Community Arts Council (SCAC)</p><p>Details atwww.sookecommunityarts.com</p><p>For more stories and web exclusives visit sookenewsmirror.com</p><p>2052 Otter Point RoadCome in and enjoy both stores.</p><p>25% OFF SALEon selected STERLING SILVER/SEMI PRECIOUS STONE RINGS</p><p>FROM NOVEMBER 1-10/14</p></li><li><p>SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, november 5, 2014 www.sookenewsmirror.com 3SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, november 5, 2014 www.sookenewsmirror.com 3</p><p>Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>The first opportunity for council candidates to answer questions from the public hap-pened on Thursday night, October 30.</p><p>All candidates for both mayor and coun-cil met at the Sooke Community Hall for an evening of questions and answers from a room full of about 120 people. It was stand-ing room only, which pointed to the obvious - people wanted to see how each candidate conducted themselves and responded to ques-tions.</p><p>Each had their turn to make a brief open-ing statement. In atten-dance were mayoral candidates Maja Tait and Herb Haldane. Vying for council were: Incumbents Bev Berger, Rick Kasper, Kevin Pearson and Kerrie Reay. New faces running for councillor include; Jeff Bateman, Justin Hanson, Ebony Logins, Brenda Parkin-son, Kel Phair and Mark Whiteson. Mayoral can-didate David Shebib did not attend.</p><p>The first question from the public came from Ellen Lewers who asked if the can-didates felt they were capable of looking after such things as upcom-ing sewer, staff and the Prestige contracts, and the roundabout. Each of the candidates said they felt capable and those without experi-ence on council said they were willing to lis-ten and learn from the professional staff at the municipal hall. </p><p>Other questions posed were: How would you curb the excessive wages being paid at the municipal level?</p><p>Both Haldane and Tait stated that council had taken great steps </p><p>to curb and contain wages.</p><p>Margarita Domin-quez came to the mic asking why council would not give SAFARS land for a cat shelter. Basically each of the candidates stated that they could not give or rent land when there was none, and this would set a precedent.</p><p>When asked if some of the public standing committees would be reinstated, all of the candidates said yes.</p><p>Haldane and Tait were asked how much time they would be able to dedicate if they were both working full time.</p><p>Tait answered first saying that 80 per cent of people in Sooke work in Victoria and she had a very flexible sched-ule which allows her to work from home, tele-commute, and respond via modern technology such as email or text. She said she would meet with residents on Saturdays. </p><p>Haldane said that even as a councillor and working he went to the office six or seven times a week and he </p><p>would be able to spend a lot of time in the office.</p><p>All candidates said they were team play-ers and would work together when asked by Deb Johnston what character traits would make them a good leader.</p><p>Gail Hall asked Hal-dane if he ever gained financially for projects he voted for on council. He said no he had never gained financially.</p><p>Other questions relating to more engagement with the </p><p>TSou-ke First Nation, how would Sooke ben-efit from amalgamation, how can people get together in Sooke at an indoor space and what would be done with the proposed 2 per cent hotel tax - and how can it benefit tourism and youth? Sewers on Kalta-sin and what their pas-sions were and invest-ing in Sooke all drew responses from the candidates but no real answers.</p><p>The Sooke News Mir-ror has asked each of the councillor candi-</p><p>dates questions and their answers which appear in this issue on pages 17 and 18. The school board trustee </p><p>candidates will have a brief statement in next weeks edition (Novem-ber 12).</p><p>7x3peoples</p><p>4x3marlene arden</p><p>2x2EMCS 2x2</p><p>LEST WE FORGET</p><p>The CandlelighT Ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. on monday, november 10. </p><p>The remembranCe day ceremony and parade take place november 11. </p><p>The parade begins at 10:45 and ends at the sooke legion just before 11 when a two-minute silence will start the formal wreath laying. refreshments in the legion after the ceremonies.</p><p>SanTa PaRadE</p><p>if you wish to participate, contact the sooke region Chamber of Commerce at: info@sookeregionchamber.com or call 250-642-6112. There is no charge to enter. The parade happens on november 30.</p><p> FLU CLInICfree vaCCine for </p><p>those eligible on november 6 (1 to 6 p.m.) and 13 ((:30 to 3:30 p.m.) at sooke Child, youth and family Centre (Casa), 6672 wadams way. bring your care card.</p><p> UpSooke</p><p> Thumbs Up</p><p>To all of our veterans, from the past and in the present. </p><p>Council candidates respond positively</p><p>Pirjo Raits photo</p><p>Council candidates from right to left are: Kel Phair, Kerrie Reay, Kevin Pearson, Maja Tait, Justin Hanson, Brenda Parkinson, Herb Haldane, Ebony Logins, Mark Whiteson, Bev Berger and Jeff Bateman. Missing is Rick Kasper, who arrived after the photo was taken.</p><p>Are you looking for something to do on those </p><p>dark winter nights?</p><p>Dont forget to like us on Facebook!</p><p>Check out our program guide online! </p><p>www.emcsprograms.ca</p><p>Did You Know? Sooke to Sidney residential sales are up 15% this October over October 2013. Sooke was also strong with an increase of approximately 35% over October 2013. Sooke had 37 sales. 8 b...</p></li></ul>