Kevin Laird

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)
Grants are available to encourage programs that enhance the quality of life for Sooke residents. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Council approves $83,440 in community grants for local non-profits

Each year a portion of the Sooke municipal budget is set aside for community support funding

Grants are available to encourage programs that enhance the quality of life for Sooke residents. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Fine Arts Show returns to SEAPARC Leisure Centre in July. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Jury selected for Sooke Fine Arts Show

Deadline to submit work is May 24

The Sooke Fine Arts Show returns to SEAPARC Leisure Centre in July. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
A pilot program that allows seniors 80 and older to renew their driver’s licenses in Sooke has been extended through 2022. (File - Black Press Media)

Province extends pilot program for senior driving tests in Sooke

Pandemic measures have resulted in fewer referrals for drivers for on-road assessments

A pilot program that allows seniors 80 and older to renew their driver’s licenses in Sooke has been extended through 2022. (File - Black Press Media)
Sooke council is delaying a plan for a tree-protection bylaw until after the municipal election. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke tree bylaw likely delayed until after fall election

‘The community needs time to look at all the options,’ says councillor

Sooke council is delaying a plan for a tree-protection bylaw until after the municipal election. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council has received three pay raises since 2019. The mayor’s salary is $31,500, with councillors earning $15,750. (Sooke News Mirror file photo)

Sooke politicians’ pay to be tied to consumer price index

District approves pay bumps for councillors, mayor

Sooke council has received three pay raises since 2019. The mayor’s salary is $31,500, with councillors earning $15,750. (Sooke News Mirror file photo)
Sooke RCMP released its first-quarter crime statistics this week. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke RCMP report significant jump in theft from vehicles, mischief incidents

Three individuals accounted for much of January’s spike in thefts from vehicles

Sooke RCMP released its first-quarter crime statistics this week. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
A new District of Sooke recruitment and retention program includes boosts in pay and a goal of supporting firefighters and their families. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Pay boost, other supports part of Sooke plan to recruit and retain firefighters

District program includes a goal of supporting firefighters and their families

A new District of Sooke recruitment and retention program includes boosts in pay and a goal of supporting firefighters and their families. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Jeff Reid cuts out troublesome weeds during an invasive plant removal event at Broomhill Park on Friday. The day was sponsored by the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society and the District of Sooke. (Kevin laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Invasive weeds taken out on Earth Day

Broomhill targeted for weed action by district and volunteers

Jeff Reid cuts out troublesome weeds during an invasive plant removal event at Broomhill Park on Friday. The day was sponsored by the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society and the District of Sooke. (Kevin laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Homeless Coalition wants to work with the District of Sooke to offer stable, safe places for homeless people to park recreatioal vehicles. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Homeless Coalition seeks safety for people sleeping in cars

Emergency billeting idea would link homeless with property owners

The Sooke Homeless Coalition wants to work with the District of Sooke to offer stable, safe places for homeless people to park recreatioal vehicles. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The public will get a chance to offer more input on Sooke’s draft official community plan at a May 7 open house and later at a June 10 public hearing. (Courtesy of District of Sooke)

District of Sooke OCP passes first reading

Open house, public hearing set for this spring

The public will get a chance to offer more input on Sooke’s draft official community plan at a May 7 open house and later at a June 10 public hearing. (Courtesy of District of Sooke)
More people are stepping forward to resume volunteering in Sooke, say officials. (Metro-Creative)

Volunteers return after the pandemic

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre sees new interest in volunteering

More people are stepping forward to resume volunteering in Sooke, say officials. (Metro-Creative)
Sooke’s new fire truck will feature artwork from T’Sou-ke Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke sets aside $2,500 for Indigenous art on fire truck

Sooke’s new fire truck will feature artwork from T’Sou-ke Nation. The decals…

Sooke’s new fire truck will feature artwork from T’Sou-ke Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council continues to debate its draft official community plan. (Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke eyes first reading, more public input on community plan

Sooke’s OCP heads to first reading

Sooke council continues to debate its draft official community plan. (Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke district council gave three readings to a motion that amends a zoning bylaw to reinstate an additional 10 units per hectare for increased underground parking in developments. (Metro-Creative)

Sooke councillors consider support for incentives to boost housing density

Developers urged to build underground parking in exchange for more units

Sooke district council gave three readings to a motion that amends a zoning bylaw to reinstate an additional 10 units per hectare for increased underground parking in developments. (Metro-Creative)
Despite the province investing a record $2 billion in school capital projects over the next three years, the need for new and upgraded facilities in Sooke continues to rise.

Sooke School District still struggling to keep up with population growth

New Sooke elementary school planned for 2027

Despite the province investing a record $2 billion in school capital projects over the next three years, the need for new and upgraded facilities in Sooke continues to rise.
The last remaining payphone in Sooke is in its last days. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Hanging up Sooke’s last payphone

Loss of service could impact residents without means to own a cellphone, councillor says

The last remaining payphone in Sooke is in its last days. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke is not participating in this year’s Communities in Bloom program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pulls out of Communities in Bloom provincial competition

‘It’s a year to take a pause for applause,’ mayor says; Sooke has won six of the last nine years

Sooke is not participating in this year’s Communities in Bloom program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Scotch broom is an invasive plant introduced to Vancouver Island in the mid-1800s. The plant spreads rapidly on rights-of-way, trails, forest roads, under power lines and any disturbed land. (Shutterstock)

Spring blooms in Sooke a sign of unwanted Scotch broom

Volunteers, council call for all hands on deck this spring to help remove noxious weed

Scotch broom is an invasive plant introduced to Vancouver Island in the mid-1800s. The plant spreads rapidly on rights-of-way, trails, forest roads, under power lines and any disturbed land. (Shutterstock)
A construction worker balances on a roof beam. The District of Sooke is streamlining its building permit process to allow for quick turnaround times. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke makes ‘huge headway’ on reducing building permit delays

Municipal staff has approved 40 applications in the last three weeks

A construction worker balances on a roof beam. The District of Sooke is streamlining its building permit process to allow for quick turnaround times. (File - Sooke News Mirror)