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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 PressWednesday, September 9, 2015 Mail Agreement #40110541</p><p> INDEX COMMUNITY SPORTSNews 2Opinion 8Arts 29</p><p>Amy Chwojka has been part of the Sooke Fall Fair for more than 50 years from participant to judge</p><p>Page 3</p><p>Sooke Minor Hockey hopes to shut out harassment with new programs for parents and players </p><p>Page 27</p><p>75</p><p>BY THE NUMBERSA snapshot of Sooke School Districts public education system</p><p>The average per pupil funding from the provincial </p><p>government a 42% increase since 2001-01</p><p>$8,902The number of full-time teachers employed in </p><p> the Sooke School District this year</p><p>500Estimated number of </p><p>students expected to be enrolled in Sooke district </p><p>schools in September</p><p>9,200Slow down.Thats the message </p><p>Sooke Mounties are urging drivers as school returns this week.</p><p>Speed limits in school zones during school hours is 30 km/h, which starts </p><p>at 8 a.m. and remains in effect until 5 p.m. </p><p>Another reminder, in or out of school times, is there is no texting or use of mobile devices while driving. </p><p>Story Page 7</p><p>Police urge caution in school zones</p><p>Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror</p><p>As public school begins this week, parents and students alike are scrambling to get everything ready for a new academic year.</p><p>Only, this year things are going to be different as the Sooke School District embarks on several new programs emphasizing hands on learning.</p><p>The new school year in B.C. is the start of a three-year transition to a new curriculum that allows more flexibility and individual learning. </p><p>The basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic will remain, but students will also be taught life skills, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.</p><p>Two areas of emphasis for the new curriculum are environmental education and an aboriginal perspective.</p><p>Local schools are encouraged to work with aboriginal communities across the province to represent the full diversity of aboriginal experience.</p><p>Next up is widening the updated grade configuration across all schools, which is kindergarten to Grade 5 in elementary, grades 6 to 8 in middle school and grades 9 to 12 in secondary school. </p><p>The idea is to allow things such as having students from multiple schools be part of the same sports team or compete in the same league. </p><p>Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror</p><p>Edward Milne Community School teacher Ian McKenzie prepares his classroom for this weeks new academic year, which began yesterday. </p><p>STUDENTS FACEYEAR OF CHANGEPrograms emphasizing hands on learning just a number of changes coming to class</p><p>SEE SCHOOLS PAGE 6</p><p>250.642.6361</p><p>Sooke is Selling!2015 Sooke Home Sales: 2902014 Sooke Home Sales: 300TAMMI DIMOCK</p><p>Personal Real Estate Corp.</p><p>OLIVER KATZ Personal Real Estate Corporation </p><p>250 642 6480 </p><p>2125 FRENCH ROAD BROOMHILL $299,900 </p><p>106-2057 KALTASIN ROAD BILLINGS SPIT $169,900 </p><p>6463 WILLOWPARK PL. 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If you have any information on these individuals or their crimes, you are asked to call the RCMP at 250-642-5241 or anonymously through Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.</p><p>Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror</p><p>The federal government has rejected a grant application from Kemp Lake Water Distribution to connect to the Capital Regional District waterworks system.</p><p>KLWD needs to improve its water system to meet the Vancouver Island Health Authoritys drinking water guidelines. </p><p>The project would see the Kemp Lake water main extended along West Coast to the CRD water system at Erinan Boulevard.</p><p>Im deeply saddened that the government didnt see this as a worthwhile project and give us the grant, said Mike Hicks, CRD director for Juan de Fuca and a member of the water commission.</p><p>We still have to fix the water system. We either go it alone or </p><p>wait for another round of grants.</p><p>The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million of which $1.6 million would likely be covered by senior governments.</p><p>Kevan Brehart, chair of the KLWD board, said the Small Community Grant application met all the criteria, but wasnt OKd for funding.</p><p>Another round of grant applications is expected in the new year, but no date has been set.</p><p>Kemp Lake Water Distribution has been working with the CRD and VIHA for more than five years on the project with several engineering and water quality studies undertaken. </p><p>The KLWD looked at several options including building a new water treatment plant and hooking up to the CRD system. Two years ago it was decided to work within the CRD system.</p><p>Its been an ongoing process, and the whole time weve been working with VIHA, Brehart said.</p><p>The Health Ministry wants to standardize </p><p>community drinking water throughout the province. It will meet with the CRD and KLWD officials soon to discuss what the next steps are for the Kemp Lake system.</p><p>Its not a case of the water being deadly, and we have to do something about it tomorrow, Brehart said. Its just a case that our system doesnt meet the new standards for treatment.</p><p>Brehart said if a second intake of grant applications begin early next year, it would likely be another year if the grant is successful before work could begin on the project.</p><p></p><p>Kemp Lake water plan shut out of federal grantsWater board will likely reapply in new year</p></li><li><p>WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM 3</p><p>NEED TO GET SHARPER CONTROL OF YOUR BLOOD SUGAR?</p><p>Debbie Sullivan</p><p>PEOPLES DRUG MART... Where People Come First</p><p>PEOPLEFIRST</p><p>Cedar Grove Centre I 250.642.2226PEOPLES DRUG MART... 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Over the years, she won numerous prizes for everything from baking to vegetables and fruit and rug making.</p><p>But the winning wasnt always easy, especially in the first few years.</p><p>Chwojka moved to Sooke in 1964 and a year later was </p><p>entering veggies and other goods in the fair. It wasnt until an elderly neighbour took her under his wing and taught her how to grow vegetables that she started seeing the fruits of her labour.</p><p>The neighbour even talked her into putting a hooked rug into the fair, and Chwojka won the event.</p><p>You need to learn what the judges want and understand what you are placing in front of them, she says. </p><p>If you do that you certainly provide yourself with a tremendous amount of education and understanding.</p><p>Over the years, Chwojka has held many positions with the fall fair. This year she is an assistant in the photography section. She was also involved with the commitee that helped put together the fall fair cookbook a few years ago.</p><p>Now she gets the most enjoyment teaching those entering items in the fair how best to do it and be successful.</p><p>I feel the reward is in just working with people. I appreciate it when people say I didnt know that, Chwojka says.</p><p>I feel kids have so many talents that they can produce all these lovely things. What the children put out at the fair is </p><p>magnificent.Along with Amy, the Chwojka </p><p>family has been involved with the fair. Her husband and children have entered many items over the year.</p><p>Chwojka hasnt only let her talents go to the fall fair. Shes volunteered with other groups in Sooke including Knox Presbyterian Church, salmon enhancement, blood donor clinics and girl guides.</p><p>Earlier this year she received a award for her long service helping with the churchs annual strawberry tea. Two years ago she got a similar honour from the Sooke Fall Fair.</p><p>Ive dug my roots into Sooke very permanently, Chwojka says.</p><p>Sooke Fall Fair president Ellen Lewers calls Chwojka a real gem.</p><p>Amy is a true supporter with the fair. Shes always there when you need her.</p><p>The Sooke Fall Fair is Saturday (Sept. 12) from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday (Sept. 13) from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Sooke Community Hall and the Royal Canadian Legion.</p><p></p><p>SCHEDULE / Page 21</p><p>Excitement grows for Sooke Fall FairMark your calendarn EVENT: Sooke Fall Fairn WHEN: Saturday (Sept. 12), 1 to 6 p.m.; Sunday (Sept. 13), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.n WHERE: Sooke Community Hall and Royal Canadian Legion</p><p>My key to success in the fair is to start early, not a week before the event.</p><p> Amy Chwojka</p><p>Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror</p><p>After much prayer to the rain gods, Vancouver Island received a good bath of rain in the last two weeks, allowing fire departments to finally lessen their brow and lower fire conditions but does that mean its OK to burn piles of stuff again?</p><p>Absolutely not. In fact, fire restrictions, which </p><p>can go in effect as early as April, can remain in effect until late October even if the weather has been soaking wet. </p><p>In other words, regardless that some local fire departments, such as Sooke, Otter Point and Metchosin, changed their fire status from extreme to low fire restrictions on open burning (outside of camp fires and incin-</p><p>erators) remain in full effect. In addition, provincial fire </p><p>restrictions differ from those set by municipal fire departments who have their own unique set of bylaws and fire enforcement.</p><p>So naturally, with bylaws being different for each municipality, theres been some recent confu-sion in the public on what it can or cant burn. As a result, Sooke Fire Chief Steven Sorensen noted that fire trucks were dispatched last week to at least a dozen open burning fire complaints.</p><p>Youre still not allowed to burn in September, and always check with your local municipal-ity, because it is different every-where, he said. </p><p>Even between Sooke and Otter Point the bylaws are not the same, said Otter Point Fire Chief Kevan Brehart, who pointed out </p><p>that the bylaw for Shirley, Otter Point, East Sooke and Port Ren-frew (which is set by the CRD) strictly says that regardless of the weather, there is no open burning. </p><p>This was particularly confus-ing for contractors working this summers extreme periods, as the bylaw prohibits the use of machinery such as excavators and chainsaws in Otter Point, but is otherwise allowed in Sooke. </p><p>For Otter Point, there is no open burning until Oct. 1, and at that point residents still need permits. At the end of October, you only need a permit for larger piles (over six feet in diameter).If youre doing a major cleanup, then you need a permit all winter. For a small garden, refuge piles, you only need a permit for shoul-der seasons in the fall and spring.</p><p>Rain doesnt wash away fire fears</p></li><li><p>4 I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015</p><p>NaturallyDairyFrozen</p><p>Deli</p><p>Check out a complete list of our weekly specials online or in our in store yer</p><p>Bakery</p><p>COME IN ANDENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN</p><p>1 OF 2 SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 4 10 TABLETS OR1 OF 3 $100 VILLAGE FOOD MARKET...</p></li></ul>