Kevin Laird

The Sooke Region Communities Health Network will unveil plans for the future elders’ complex on Wadams Way at an open house on June 30. (Contributed - SRCHN)
The Sooke Region Communities Health Network will unveil plans for the future elders’ complex on Wadams Way at an open house on June 30. (Contributed - SRCHN)
Bands, magicians and family events will return for Sooke's first in-person Canada Day event in three years. (File - Blasck Press Media)
Bands, magicians and family events will return for Sooke's first in-person Canada Day event in three years. (File - Blasck Press Media)
RCMP are trying to determine why a woman fled the scene of an accident in Sooke. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Crash closes Highway 14 near Sooke

Traffic diverted via Parkland Road and Harbourview Road

RCMP are trying to determine why a woman fled the scene of an accident in Sooke. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Sooke Lions Club hopes to build a community centre and other public amenities and John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)

Sooke Lions will host town hall meeting to discuss park proposal

Plan includes a community centre, daycare, clubhouse, offices, outdoor stage and concession

The Sooke Lions Club hopes to build a community centre and other public amenities and John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)
Fine Brew will perform at a benefit concert for Ukraine families in Sooke on June 25. (Contributed - Fine Brew)

Sooke musicians host benefit concert for Ukrainian families

Fine Brew and Willis Taylor headline fundraiser on June 25

Fine Brew will perform at a benefit concert for Ukraine families in Sooke on June 25. (Contributed - Fine Brew)
The Sooke Horseshoe Club offers residents a chance to learn the game with a special event on June 25. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Horseshoe Club hosts community challenge

June 25 event offers the community a chance to try out horseshoe pitching

The Sooke Horseshoe Club offers residents a chance to learn the game with a special event on June 25. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The official opening of the new Sooke library on Wadams Way was finally celebrated on June 11. Public health restrictions had prevented the event from happening sooner. (File-Sooke News Mirror)

New Sooke library boasts more space, larger collection, learning spaces

Hundreds turn out to celebrate Vancouver Island Regional Library branch

The official opening of the new Sooke library on Wadams Way was finally celebrated on June 11. Public health restrictions had prevented the event from happening sooner. (File-Sooke News Mirror)
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Council this week: Sooke staff urge councillors to deny variance for housing project

Developer wants to build two six-storey buildings with 161 residential rental units

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A distinctive-looking yellow wheelbarrow and blue shovel was left behind by thieves. (Contributed - Brian Holowaychuk)

Thieves target Ukrainian refugee centre in East Sooke

Owner offers $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest

A distinctive-looking yellow wheelbarrow and blue shovel was left behind by thieves. (Contributed - Brian Holowaychuk)
Twenty-three cats ranging in age from newborn to five weeks old were rescued from a Sooke-based animal welfare group. (Contributed - SAFARS)

23 kittens rescued from ‘hoarding situation’ in Port Renfrew home

Cats left without water and food, says animal welfare group

Twenty-three cats ranging in age from newborn to five weeks old were rescued from a Sooke-based animal welfare group. (Contributed - SAFARS)
The grand opening of a multi-use community sports box opens in Sooke on June 26. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Multi-purpose sports court set to open in Sooke

New facility accommodates various sports, including lacrosse and basketball

The grand opening of a multi-use community sports box opens in Sooke on June 26. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
The B.C. Coroners Service reported 719 sudden deaths during last summer’s heat wave, triple the number that would typically be expected in the province in a week. (Shutterstock)

Sooke steps up preparations for hot weather

Extreme weather plan for this season includes public education

The B.C. Coroners Service reported 719 sudden deaths during last summer’s heat wave, triple the number that would typically be expected in the province in a week. (Shutterstock)
Reconstruction of a staircase is among the improvements coming to the lower Sooke Potholes area. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Potholes renovations begin this fall

Officials hope to have projected completed by next May

Reconstruction of a staircase is among the improvements coming to the lower Sooke Potholes area. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke’s police budget is $2,443,607 but only covers the regular operations of the RCMP. Major crimes, such as murders, terrorism and cocaine trafficking, are handled differently, say officials. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Hefty bill for homicide investigation could lead to tax hike, warns Sooke mayor

‘We’re a growing community, and our problems grow with it,’ says Mayor Maja Tait

The District of Sooke’s police budget is $2,443,607 but only covers the regular operations of the RCMP. Major crimes, such as murders, terrorism and cocaine trafficking, are handled differently, say officials. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
In two years since the pandemic began, Sooke is holding its first full fair. The fall fair is on Sept. 10-11 at the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Volunteers needed for Sooke Fall Fair

Community event set for Sept. 10-11

In two years since the pandemic began, Sooke is holding its first full fair. The fall fair is on Sept. 10-11 at the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
RCMP have received at least six different reports of vehicles being vandalized from French Beach to Port Renfrew. (File - Black Press Media)

Gas tanks drilled, fuel stolen from vehicles between French Beach and Port Renfrew

At least six vehicles have been vandalized in past two weeks, police say

RCMP have received at least six different reports of vehicles being vandalized from French Beach to Port Renfrew. (File - Black Press Media)
Sooke district council is continuing its review of the official community plan. The OCP is expected to go to public hearing by this summer. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke council reviews draft OCP chapter by chapter

OCP blueprint for community development

Sooke district council is continuing its review of the official community plan. The OCP is expected to go to public hearing by this summer. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The private-use of fireworks are only permitted in Sooke on Halloween. (File - Black Press)

Sooke council eyes rework of fireworks bylaw

Councillors want more clarification on permitting

The private-use of fireworks are only permitted in Sooke on Halloween. (File - Black Press)
A plan to build seven multi-family rental units in the downtown core has moved forward after Sooke council approved a requested variance. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

New housing development for Sooke moves closer to fruition as council approves variance

One-storey cluster dwelling includes seven units, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms

A plan to build seven multi-family rental units in the downtown core has moved forward after Sooke council approved a requested variance. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Numerous clusters of Scotch bloom are visible along Phillips Road. The District of Sooke is offering free broom drop-off at the parks yard on May 21 and June 4. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Chipped Scotch broom to help gardens grow in Sooke

Free broom drop-off available for Sooke residents on May 21 and June 4

Numerous clusters of Scotch bloom are visible along Phillips Road. The District of Sooke is offering free broom drop-off at the parks yard on May 21 and June 4. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)