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September 09, 2015 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, September 9, 2015 Mail Agreement #40110541

    INDEX COMMUNITY SPORTSNews 2Opinion 8Arts 29

    Amy Chwojka has been part of the Sooke Fall Fair for more than 50 years from participant to judge

    Page 3

    Sooke Minor Hockey hopes to shut out harassment with new programs for parents and players

    Page 27

    75

    BY THE NUMBERSA snapshot of Sooke School Districts public education system

    The average per pupil funding from the provincial

    government a 42% increase since 2001-01

    $8,902The number of full-time teachers employed in

    the Sooke School District this year

    500Estimated number of

    students expected to be enrolled in Sooke district

    schools in September

    9,200Slow down.Thats the message

    Sooke Mounties are urging drivers as school returns this week.

    Speed limits in school zones during school hours is 30 km/h, which starts

    at 8 a.m. and remains in effect until 5 p.m.

    Another reminder, in or out of school times, is there is no texting or use of mobile devices while driving.

    Story Page 7

    Police urge caution in school zones

    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    As public school begins this week, parents and students alike are scrambling to get everything ready for a new academic year.

    Only, this year things are going to be different as the Sooke School District embarks on several new programs emphasizing hands on learning.

    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.

    The basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic will remain, but students will also be taught life skills, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.

    Two areas of emphasis for the new curriculum are environmental education and an aboriginal perspective.

    Local schools are encouraged to work with aboriginal communities across the province to represent the full diversity of aboriginal experience.

    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.

    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.

    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Edward Milne Community School teacher Ian McKenzie prepares his classroom for this weeks new academic year, which began yesterday.

    STUDENTS FACEYEAR OF CHANGEPrograms emphasizing hands on learning just a number of changes coming to class

    SEE SCHOOLS PAGE 6

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  • 2 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015

    Publisher: Rod Sluggett publisher@sookenewsmirror.comEditor: Kevin Laird editor@sookenewsmirror.comReporter: Octavian Lacatusu news@sookenewsmirror.comAdvertising: Joan Gamache sales@sookenewsmirror.comCirculation: circulation@sookenewsmirror.comClassifieds: Vicky Sluggett classifieds@sookenewsmirror.comOffice Manager: Deb Stolth office@sookenewsmirror.com

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    2 I NEWS I sookenewsmIrror.com wednesday, sePTemBer 9, 2015

    Sooke Senior Drop in Center urgently needs volunteers for its kitchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sooke Community Hall.

    Helpers can volunteer weekly, every two weeks or monthly, says

    coordinator Carol Pinalski.Kitchen helpers serve a light lunch

    during seniors bing and dinner for special occasions.

    For further details, please contact Carol Pinalski at 250-664-6612 or email QEO@shaw.ca.

    Helpers needed for seniors kitchen

    Sookes Most Wanted

    Gabriel CHARLESAge: 23Wanted: Breach of undertaking

    Dylan HOLSTEINAge: 25Wanted: Theft under $5,000

    Jamie DOLPHINAge: 21Wanted: Failing to comply, breach of probation

    The following individuals are wanted by the Sooke RCMP as of Sept. 8. 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.

    Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    The federal government has rejected a grant application from Kemp Lake Water Distribution to connect to the Capital Regional District waterworks system.

    KLWD needs to improve its water system to meet the Vancouver Island Health Authoritys drinking water guidelines.

    The project would see the Kemp Lake water main extended along West Coast to the CRD water system at Erinan Boulevard.

    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.

    We still have to fix the water system. We either go it alone or

    wait for another round of grants.

    The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million of which $1.6 million would likely be covered by senior governments.

    Kevan Brehart, chair of the KLWD board, said the Small Community Grant application met all the criteria, but wasnt OKd for funding.

    Another round of grant applications is expected in the new year, but no date has been set.

    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.

    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.

    Its been an ongoing process, and the whole time weve been working with VIHA, Brehart said.

    The Health Ministry wants to standardize

    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.

    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.

    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.

    klaird@blackpress.ca

    Kemp Lake water plan shut out of federal grantsWater board will likely reapply in new year

  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM 3

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