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September 23, 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 23, 2015 Mail Agreement #40110541

    INDEX POLITICS ARTSNews 2Opinion 10Community 9

    The four political candidates hoping to get your vote for MP tell you their plans to save the environment.

    Story page 6

    East Sooke resident Guy Rimmer builds castles, chairs and diorama masterpieces with Lego.

    Story page 23

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    Fruit and the tastes of fall will be front and centre Sunday (Sept. 27) for the second annual Apple Fest at Sunriver Community Gardens.

    The event will be part celebration, part education about apples, says organizer Phoebe Dunbar.

    Its a harvest celebration, says Dunbar. Its a celebration of the orchard.

    Story page 36

    The Sooke Thunderbirds are hoping to one better their 2015-15 season by bringing home a provincial championship.

    Head coach Kevin Berger says all the pieces are in place for the Midget A club to repeat as Island champions and take the next step to the B.C. crown. Itll just take a little luck and perseverance.

    Story page 31

    Festival brings apple treats to gardenMidgets have big plans for season

    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    With a record number of bear-related calls to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service this month, Sooke residents are a little spooked and on the defensive, but if they feel theyve got it bad, Yogis got it a lot worse.

    Lets put it this way: if a bear becomes habituated to an urban environment due to easy access to garbage or human-sourced food, the bear is almost always guaranteed a sad and pointless death: either due to starvation, or by the hands of a less-than-riveted conservation officer who has no other choice but to put the bear down due to its imminent danger to the public.

    Still, 50 calls since Sept. 1 shows otherwise, so are there more bears out there?

    Not necessarily, said Debbie

    Read, coordinator of Wild Wise Sooke, adding 300 to 500 bear calls is common in Sooke.

    What hasnt been so common was the hot and dry summer, which, as Read said, has disrupted the rhythm of how bears feed themselves.

    We had a very warm summer, so berries and skunk cabbages ripened early this year, which gave them [the bears] plenty of food up in the hills, but when everything started drying up and that food source was depleted, then they started coming down here, she said.

    And since fruit trees are still ripening and berries are plentiful in town, Sooke has become an interesting food hot spot. If you add some garbage, which serves as a huge attractant for bears, then you got yourself an all-star bear buffet.

    BEAR COMPLAINT CALLS HIT RECORDBruins find feast in region due to complacent homeowners unwilling to be bear-aware

    Judy Burgess photo

    This black bear was found walking through a yard above Saseenos last week. The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has received more than 50 bear calls so far this month from Sooke. Photographer Judy Burgess safely snapped the picture through a dining room window.SEE BEARS PAGE 33

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  • 2 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

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    Walter and Gail Cook would like to announce the marriage of their daughter Wendy to Ian Beer.

    e coulple was married on August 1st 2015 at the Prestige Hotel.

    e ceremony was attended by family and friends. Ian and Wendy will continue to reside in Vancouver for the next 5 years then they will move to Sooke.

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    2 I NEWS I sookenewsmIrror.com wednesday, sePTemBer 23, 2015

    Faces for JordanZephyr Beckers, Nesika Burley

    and Calala Beckers had fun with face painting on Sunday

    at Ed Macgregor Park for Jordanfest. The event was a

    fundraiser for Jordan Robinson, an 18-month Sooke youngster,

    battling cancer.Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Octavian Lacatusu Sooke News Mirror

    Victoria city council has backed a plan asking the Capital Regional District to borrow $50 million to house the homeless, but how this will affect Sooke is still unknown.

    Sooke Mayor Maja Tait said more clarity is needed on the proposal.

    When they broke down what the requisition was per household, its a bit tough on Sooke residents because its another piece added to the cost, Tait said. How do they end up breaking it out, and

    how it all funnels out in the end? Im not all clear on that.

    The proposal consists of a region-wide levy of $11.18 per household for a duration of 15 years that would ultimately contribute to 367 units of housing for homeless people and end homelessness in Greater Victoria by 2018.

    But as much as it sounds like a morally-attractive idea, Tait pointed out that the levy would otherwise be detrimental to groups already struggling in the local community.

    Theres always

    a case to have affordable housing, but would putting a large [housing] facility in Victoria be of benefit to those people in Sooke that are in these situations? No, likely not, she said.

    Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan said the problem of housing goes much further uphill than the municipal level.

    The underlining issue here is the absence of appropriate support from the senior levels of government, such as the federal government, who has been out of

    housing for almost 20 years now, and the provincial government that hasnt focused on the challenges here on the Island, he said.

    CRD Juan de Fuca director Mike Hicks had his doubts too on pushing forward such an initiative without a more thorough consultation.

    As far as Im concerned, these [homeless people] arent necessarily

    regional people, or even JDF people, or Victoria people, theyre Canadian people, coming from across Canada, so it should be federally-sponsored, or at least, be provincially-sponsored, he said, adding that he wont be making any decisions on the subject until he consults with his electoral area ratepayers.

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    Local politicians lukewarm on $50-million homeless plan

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    District earns green designation

    The District of Sooke has been recognized by the joint Provincial-Union of B.C. Municipalities Green Communities Committee for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    For its efforts, the district received a Climate Action Community 2014 logo for use on websites and letter head.

    As a signatory to the Climate Action Charter, you have demonstrated your commitment to work with the province and UBCM to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in your community and corporate operations, wrote Gary MacIsaac, executive director of the UBCM to council.

    $5,000 earmarked for negotiations

    Sooke will pay $5,000 this year to the Temexw Treaty Advisory Committee to help pay legal costs for First Nations negotiations.

    Member municipalities on the advisory committee include Colwood, Esquimalt, Highlands, Metchosin, North Saanich, Saanich, Sooke, View Royal, Victoria and the Capital Regional District.

    Elderly celebrated with special day

    Sookes Age-Friendly Committee will host International Day of the Elderly on Oct. 1 at Ayre Manor Lodge, from 1 to 4 p.m.

    The event will feature a mocktail party, activities, cake, refreshments and recorded music featuring TSou-Ke First Nation elders. The music was recorded by TSou-Ke youth.

    International Day of the Elderly is sponsored by a $1,000 from the provincial government.

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