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  • C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

    Black PressWednesday, December 24, 2014Agreement#40110541

    Editorial Page 9

    Community All Pages

    Sports/stats Page 33

    36 Pages

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

    From all of us at the Sooke News Mirror

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    Hope Centre holds its official openingPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Its been occupied and open for the past cou-ple of months and on Wednesday, December 17, the Hope Centre held its official ribbon cutting.

    The 25-unit development came together through the partnerships of government and community.

    The Makola Housing Society owns and operates the affordable rental housing component of the Hope Centre whine the Saint Vincent de Paul Soci-ety owns and operates the commercial part of the building, which includes the thrift store.

    The opening was preceded by a blessing from Shirley Alphonse and representatives Chief Gor-don Planes of the TSou-ke First Nation and Rus-sell Chipps from the Scianew First Nation.

    Speakers included: Roger Butcher, Vancouver Island Regional Director for BC Housing; District of Sooke Mayor Maja Tait; Nils Jensen, Chair of the CRD and Mayor of Oak Bay; Angela Hudson, Exec-utive Director , Society of Saint Vincent de Paul; and Kevin Albers, Chief Executive Office, Makola Housing Society.

    Nils Jensen probably encapsulated what every-one else was saying, Housing affordability is a regional priority its the people behind the scenes who made it happen. Perseverance, vision and dedication got us where we are today.

    There is a long list of partners who came together and they include:

    The Government of Canada $1.8 million through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, along with a $10,000 Seed grant;

    Continued on page 3

    Pirjo Raits photo

    The traditional Christmas tree on Whiffin Spit, that gets decorated by elves or such, has moved a little further down the spit. It was felt the other tree needed a break and this new tree is getting all the attention.

    A Sooke tradition

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    No more overnight camping at Jordan RiverCamping is suspended

    until further notice at Jordan River Regional Park, the Capi-tal Regional District (CRD) announced today. The deci-sion comes following the BC Hydro seismic study released on December 5, which iden-tified potential hazards from the Jordan River Diversion dam in the event of a major earthquake.

    BC Hydro has declared its interest in working with the Capital Regional District to gain support to prohibit over-night camping on land owned by the CRD within the inun-dation zone. A large scale earthquake could result in an

    inundation of the area due to an uncontrolled release of upstream reservoir water. The Jordan River campground is located 10km southwest of the dam.

    The CRD regrets the impact on parks campers and is reviewing the information pro-vided by BC Hydro to better understand the danger posed to the park. Day use areas of

    the park remain open to the public.

    The park was established in 2010, when the CRD acquired 180 hectares of land at Jordan River from Western Forest Products for $9.9 million. CRD Regional Parks manages the park, which includes a year-round self-contained camp-ground. The CRD has spent $107,000 on park improve-ments since purchasing the land, including campground upgrades, trail building and parking lot development.

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  • Paying tribute

    December 19 marks 50 years since the on-duty death of Cst. Regi-nald Williams in Sooke, in 1964.

    At 21 years old, Regi-nald was stationed at the Sooke Detachment following his gradua-tion from the RCMP Depot Training Acad-emy, Regina, Saskatch-ewan. Originally from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Reginald had served only 15 days in Sooke at the time of his tragic death.

    At approximately 10 p.m., he was on routine patrol when his police car slid off the end of the government wharf in icy conditions, into the frigid waters below. Cst. Williams was unable to free himself from the vehicle, and drowned before help could arrive.

    It is important that those of us serv-ing in the RCMP today remember those who

    have gone before us, says S/Sgt. Jeff McAr-thur, Detachment Com-mander of the Sooke RCMP. While the way we police has changed and evolved, the com-mitment and dedica-tion of our officers remains the same.

    At 1 p.m. on Decem-ber 19, 2014, officers

    and staff from the Sooke RCMP Detach-ment held a short cer-emony to mark the 50th anniversary of Cst.Wil-liams death. The cer-emony took place at the Sooke Detachment, before a memorial dedi-cated in Cst. Williams memory.

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    THIS AND THAT

    Dan Ross photo

    Left to right: Cst. Steve Martindale, Firefighter Cam Norris-Jones, Cst. Jason From, Firefighter Vince Schutte, Cpl. Andrew Baylis, Chief Steve Sorenson, Deputy Chief Rick McLeod, Supt. Jim Faulkner (RCMP), Chaplain Gordon Kouwenberg, S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur.

    Filming wrapping

    upShe was here and

    now she has left. Pamela Anderson said to have been spotted shopping in Sooke, is finishing her role in the independent film The People Garden, directed by Canadian actress Nadia Litz. The woods around Camp Barnard were said to be just what the direc-tor was looking for. The film also stars Dree Hemingway.

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