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Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents to higher ground during November 2021 flooding in the Duncan area. The 845 mm of rain Victoria sees annually is well below many other parts of the Island, including Tahsis (4,261 mm) and Port Renfrew (3,455 mm). (Black Press Media file photo)

Islanders brace for rainy November

The gloomiest month of the year is also the wettest

Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents to higher ground during November 2021 flooding in the Duncan area. The 845 mm of rain Victoria sees annually is well below many other parts of the Island, including Tahsis (4,261 mm) and Port Renfrew (3,455 mm). (Black Press Media file photo)
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Letter: If we don’t vote democracy erodes

Democracy is when people take an active interest in their communities –…

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Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks (second from left) and Mayor Maja Tait joined Royal Canadian Legion members Joe Danyleyko, Murray Lambert and Ted Davies in launching the annual poppy campaign on Friday at the Sooke cenotaph. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)

Poppy campaign kicks off in Sooke

Money raised from fundraising helps veterans

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks (second from left) and Mayor Maja Tait joined Royal Canadian Legion members Joe Danyleyko, Murray Lambert and Ted Davies in launching the annual poppy campaign on Friday at the Sooke cenotaph. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council hosts its inaugural meeting on Nov. 7. Mayor Maja Tait returns for a third term. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Inaugural meeting kicks off new Sooke council term

Swearing-in ceremony for councillors takes place on Nov. 7

Sooke council hosts its inaugural meeting on Nov. 7. Mayor Maja Tait returns for a third term. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Juan de Fuca ElectoralArea has elected a new director for the first time in 14 years. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Al Wickheim wins in Juan de Fuca

First-time politician took 62% of the popular vote

The Juan de Fuca ElectoralArea has elected a new director for the first time in 14 years. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Mayor Maja Tait with newly elected councillor Kevin Pearson. Tait won 72 per cent of the popular vote to win a third term on Saturday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke mayor trounces challengers

Maja Tait returns for third term

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait with newly elected councillor Kevin Pearson. Tait won 72 per cent of the popular vote to win a third term on Saturday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The water quality of the Sooke Basin will improve with the expansion of the wastewater facility, say district officials. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke set to break ground on wastewater plant expansion, easing capacity woes

Facility will receive upgrades, and collection system extended to increase sewer capacity

The water quality of the Sooke Basin will improve with the expansion of the wastewater facility, say district officials. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council faced many challenges in its four-year term, said Mayor Maja Tait. The municipal election is on Saturday. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council faced many challenges in its four-year term, said Mayor Maja Tait. The municipal election is on Saturday. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke district council is seeking a $500,000 provincial grant to upgrade the Charters Road Corridor from Golledge Avenue to Highway 14. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke council seeks $500,000 in grants to improve Charters Road

$2-million project will see upgrades between Golledge Avenue and Highway 14

Sooke district council is seeking a $500,000 provincial grant to upgrade the Charters Road Corridor from Golledge Avenue to Highway 14. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke swimmers Rhonda MacIntyre, left, Rhonda Henry and Janet Rayner Thorn captured 13 medals at the 55+ B.C. Games. The trio swim with SEAPARC’S Swim Fit program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke senior swimmers top podium at +55 B.C. Games

Trio competes out of SEAPARC’s Swim Fit program

Sooke swimmers Rhonda MacIntyre, left, Rhonda Henry and Janet Rayner Thorn captured 13 medals at the 55+ B.C. Games. The trio swim with SEAPARC’S Swim Fit program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
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Sooke mayoral candidates debate development and green space at election forum

Issues of development and green space dominated a civic election forum on…

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Master of ceremonies Monique Pat (centre) welcomes those attending Friday’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Sooke on Friday. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)

Hundreds mark Orange Shirt Day in Sooke

‘I encourage all of you to be allies in the journey,’ says mayor

Master of ceremonies Monique Pat (centre) welcomes those attending Friday’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Sooke on Friday. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke district council is putting a hold on approval of its controversial official community plan until after the civic election. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Community plan facing further delays in Sooke

Council pushing approval into next term

Sooke district council is putting a hold on approval of its controversial official community plan until after the civic election. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Mayor Maja Tait is seeking a third term as the mayor of Sooke. In addition to her mayoralty duties over the last eight years, she’s also served on the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (File - UBCM)

Maja Tait hopes for third term as Sooke’s mayor

‘Local government is all about the people,’ she says

Mayor Maja Tait is seeking a third term as the mayor of Sooke. In addition to her mayoralty duties over the last eight years, she’s also served on the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (File - UBCM)
A pair of all-candidates meetings are planned for Sooke on Oct. 1 and 2. (Shutterstock.com)

Sooke groups host all-candidates meetings with a twist

Chamber, Transition Sooke, EMCS Society introduce candidates to the community

A pair of all-candidates meetings are planned for Sooke on Oct. 1 and 2. (Shutterstock.com)
Hand of a person casting a vote into the ballot box during elections

Sooke Municipal Election 2022: Who’s running?

Nominations for the civic elections on Oct. 15 closed Friday. Here’s a list of candidates.

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The clouds move among the old-growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Vancouver Island First Nation, logging company strike forest deal

Pacheedaht First Nation and Teal Jones sign memorandum of understanding

The clouds move among the old-growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
The construction of seven towers to expand cellular service on a 70-kilometre stretch of Highway 14 from Sooke to Port Renfrew has begun, says Rogers Communications. (File - Shutterstock)

In Sooke, Highway 14 cellphone service upgrade begins

First cell tower west of Sooke went into service at the end of May.

The construction of seven towers to expand cellular service on a 70-kilometre stretch of Highway 14 from Sooke to Port Renfrew has begun, says Rogers Communications. (File - Shutterstock)
The Sooke Quilt Show and Sale is set for Oct. 15 at the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Quilt show sewn into fabric of Sooke

First-time event planned for Sooke Community Hall on Oct. 15

The Sooke Quilt Show and Sale is set for Oct. 15 at the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Anna Russell is running for Sooke district council in this fall’s municipal election. (Submitted)

Anna Russell announces bid for Sooke council

She wants to represent those who want to protect community’s rural nature, small-town feel

Anna Russell is running for Sooke district council in this fall’s municipal election. (Submitted)