Tim Collins

Conservation officers and dogs track a cougar in Saanich. As urban areas expand, animal encounters become more common. (Wolf Depner/Black Press)

From cougars to poachers, Vancouver Island conservation officers see it all

Officers combine a love of nature with passion for law enforcement

Conservation officers and dogs track a cougar in Saanich. As urban areas expand, animal encounters become more common. (Wolf Depner/Black Press)
A local organization is forming to protect wildlife in the Sooke Region. (Contributed)

Vancouver Island fawning season warrants driver caution

Group works to preserve wildlife corridors

A local organization is forming to protect wildlife in the Sooke Region. (Contributed)
Bill Pedneault, left, Mike Hicks and Wally Vowels announce plans for a new hatchery in Sooke. “I think it’s the greatest thing, as far as fisheries, that’s ever happened in this area,” Hicks said. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)

Developer’s plan to protect wildlife an expensive proposition

Plan to help wildlife forces Sooke builder to pay an extra $27,000

Bill Pedneault, left, Mike Hicks and Wally Vowels announce plans for a new hatchery in Sooke. “I think it’s the greatest thing, as far as fisheries, that’s ever happened in this area,” Hicks said. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)
Kindra and Michael Hodgkinson survey the part of their Sooke Road property that will be the site of a new four-lane portion of Highway 14.

Sooke residents expecting four-lane highway on their doorsteps

Talks indicate Transporation Ministry far beyond investigation stage for Highway 14 expansion

Kindra and Michael Hodgkinson survey the part of their Sooke Road property that will be the site of a new four-lane portion of Highway 14.
Flu shots are always a good idea, particularly if you plan to visit a care home. (File photo)

Quarantine at Sooke care home set to be lifted

One patient at Ayre Manor was found to have influenza type A

Flu shots are always a good idea, particularly if you plan to visit a care home. (File photo)
The B.C. RCMSAR service is made up of roughly 1,000 volunteers who give up their own time to serve the communities in which they live. (RCMSAR)

Search and rescue volunteers work to keep waterways safe

Over 1,000 volunteers help keep mariners safe; headquarters based in Sooke

The B.C. RCMSAR service is made up of roughly 1,000 volunteers who give up their own time to serve the communities in which they live. (RCMSAR)
Mayor Maja Tait, Councillor Al Beddows and CAO Don Schaffer listen intently as local builders express their concerns. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke mayor vows to fix building permit delay

Maja Tait describes the current process as ‘a mess’

Mayor Maja Tait, Councillor Al Beddows and CAO Don Schaffer listen intently as local builders express their concerns. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)
It’s estimated that more than 40 perr cent of internet posts are created by bots. The average person is 70 per cent more likely to re-post false posts than the truth. (Pexels)

COLUMN: It’s time to change our approach to the internet

The web is a largely unregulated wasteland

It’s estimated that more than 40 perr cent of internet posts are created by bots. The average person is 70 per cent more likely to re-post false posts than the truth. (Pexels)
A builder checks out some lumber at the construction site of the Knox Centre complex on Church Road. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

Building permit frustration at boiling point in Sooke

Builders plan a mass meeting to protest three-month bureaucratic delays

A builder checks out some lumber at the construction site of the Knox Centre complex on Church Road. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)
Highway 14 has been the site of spectacular accidents that, at times, have closed the highway and cut off access to between Sooke and Langford. (file photo)

Highway 14 improvements lead to speculation of land buys

Some landowners have already been approached

Highway 14 has been the site of spectacular accidents that, at times, have closed the highway and cut off access to between Sooke and Langford. (file photo)
The reaction of a Sooke high school to cyberbullying has been inadequate, according to an expert in the field. (file photo)

Cyberbullies attack during Pink Shirt celebrations

Bullying expert calls response from Sooke school district inadequate

The reaction of a Sooke high school to cyberbullying has been inadequate, according to an expert in the field. (file photo)
Peter Salk gets a polio shot from his father in the spring of 1953, as his mother looks on. Jonas Salk assured the public that he’d vaccinated his own family first, adding, “I will be personally responsible for the vaccine.” (March of Dimes)

COLUMN: It’s time to stop being nice to anti-vaxxers

Mandatory vaccinations provide a simple solution to preventable illness

Peter Salk gets a polio shot from his father in the spring of 1953, as his mother looks on. Jonas Salk assured the public that he’d vaccinated his own family first, adding, “I will be personally responsible for the vaccine.” (March of Dimes)
17 Mile House is an iconic destination for Sooke residents (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

Chimney fire at 17 Mile House sends staff scrambling outside

No damage is reported to the structure

17 Mile House is an iconic destination for Sooke residents (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)
Terence Fitzgerald, Sheringham vice-president, was on hand in London to recieve the award for the world’s best gin. The local distillary is attracting international attention for it’s artisnal products. (Contributed)

Vancouver Island distillery wins an international award for best gin

After less than four years, Sheringham is racking up the awards

Terence Fitzgerald, Sheringham vice-president, was on hand in London to recieve the award for the world’s best gin. The local distillary is attracting international attention for it’s artisnal products. (Contributed)
There have been eight confirmed measles cases in Vancouver and more than 30 in Washington State. (Contributed)

School trustee and Island Health official call for vaccine education in schools

A renewal of cultural memory is needed, says trustee

There have been eight confirmed measles cases in Vancouver and more than 30 in Washington State. (Contributed)
Video game addiction has been recognized by the World Health Organization who estimates that three per cent of gamers will become addicted. (file photo)

‘It consumed my life’: Inside the world of gaming addiction

World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition

Video game addiction has been recognized by the World Health Organization who estimates that three per cent of gamers will become addicted. (file photo)
Sooke RCMP cooperated with military police to execute a search warrant in Sooke that resulted in the discovery of drugs, guns, and stolen property. (File photo)

One arrested, weapons, drugs, and stolen property seized in Sooke bust

During the Feb. 6 raid, police found firearms, ammunition, drugs, and brass knuckles

Sooke RCMP cooperated with military police to execute a search warrant in Sooke that resulted in the discovery of drugs, guns, and stolen property. (File photo)
Sooke local, Mary Galloway has made her mark on the film world with ther two previous short films. She has just recieved funding for her third venture, entitled “Spirit Glitch”. (Galloway)
Sooke local, Mary Galloway has made her mark on the film world with ther two previous short films. She has just recieved funding for her third venture, entitled “Spirit Glitch”. (Galloway)
Funding for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue units in B.C. have come under scrutiny after a serious accident of one of the Sooke Stations boats during a training accident. (file photo)

Funding policies for Vancouver Island search and rescue units under scrutiny

Time better spent on training than bottle drives, volunteers say in wake of Sooke training accident

Funding for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue units in B.C. have come under scrutiny after a serious accident of one of the Sooke Stations boats during a training accident. (file photo)
Only tires with the snowflake symbol are truly designed for winter driving. (File photo)

Highway 14 to Port Renfrew reopened

Downed trees and power lines caused lengthy closure

Only tires with the snowflake symbol are truly designed for winter driving. (File photo)