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An artists rendering of the proposed Aragon Properties development in Sooke’s town centre shows a friendly, walkable neighbourhood. (Contributed - Aragon Properties)

Sooke council approves development permit for 132 housing units

The development service permit is dependent on several conditions

An artists rendering of the proposed Aragon Properties development in Sooke’s town centre shows a friendly, walkable neighbourhood. (Contributed - Aragon Properties)
Sooke district council eyes a development plan for John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Lions eye community centre at John Phillips Park in Sooke

Council cannot OK a lease without the approval of electors

Sooke district council eyes a development plan for John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
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Sooke councillors bill district $6,381.95 for expenses

Local governments must disclose expensesa and salaries by June 30

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Sooke councillors have met virtually since Nov. 23 due to COVID-19 pandemic regulations. Council meetings have occurred without the public in physical attendance since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. (YouTube)

Sooke council meetings will return to Municipal Hall starting July 12

Meetings conducted remotely since Nov. 23

Sooke councillors have met virtually since Nov. 23 due to COVID-19 pandemic regulations. Council meetings have occurred without the public in physical attendance since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. (YouTube)
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FITNESS: Food for thought: carb or no carb

The body will store any type of calorie as fat if you are eating more than you need

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Man, 49, drowns in Kemp Lake, near Sooke

Body found Friday morning

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A contestant on the U.S. game show The Price is Right on Friday won a trip to Sooke, including a six-day stay at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke. (Contributed - Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke)

Trip to Sooke featured as prize on popular U.S. game show

Price is Right contestant wins a six-night stay at Prestige Oceanfront Resort

A contestant on the U.S. game show The Price is Right on Friday won a trip to Sooke, including a six-day stay at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke. (Contributed - Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke)
Two orca pods were spotted in both Sooke harbour and basin Wednesday (Contributed: Paul Pudwell - Sooke Whale Watching)

Two orca pods spotted in Sooke harbour in one day

Visit by transient killer whales ‘one of the largest displays’ in recent memory

Two orca pods were spotted in both Sooke harbour and basin Wednesday (Contributed: Paul Pudwell - Sooke Whale Watching)
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Man arrested in Sooke after work crew threatened with a knife

Police recommending charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats

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The District of Sooke is looking to revamp its business licence bylaw. Council agreed recently that all businesses must hold a business licence to operate in the community. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pushes ahead with new business licence bylaw

Proposal calls for all forms of business to require licensing, but bylaw can stil be tweaked

The District of Sooke is looking to revamp its business licence bylaw. Council agreed recently that all businesses must hold a business licence to operate in the community. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Fire Rescue firefighters evacuate an injured hiker on Mount Manuel Quimper in March 2021. Sooke will soon be moving to a new fire dispatch service. (Facebook – Sooke Fire Rescue)

Proposed fire dispatch deal could save Sooke thousands of dollars

New dispatch needed after Langford drops out of CRD service

Sooke Fire Rescue firefighters evacuate an injured hiker on Mount Manuel Quimper in March 2021. Sooke will soon be moving to a new fire dispatch service. (Facebook – Sooke Fire Rescue)
The First Shift program offered by the Sooke Minor Hockey Association hopes to become a launching point for young newcomers to the sport. (Metro Creative)

Sooke hosting First Shift hockey program

Hockey program for beginners starts in October

The First Shift program offered by the Sooke Minor Hockey Association hopes to become a launching point for young newcomers to the sport. (Metro Creative)
Sooke is one of eight RCMP-serviced municipalities in the southern Vancouver Island being asked by the province to start paying the bills for E-Comm’s police dispatch service by 2022. (File - E-Comm 911)

Sooke taxpayers face $300,000 bill for police dispatching

Mayor says service should be a federal and provincial government responsibility

Sooke is one of eight RCMP-serviced municipalities in the southern Vancouver Island being asked by the province to start paying the bills for E-Comm’s police dispatch service by 2022. (File - E-Comm 911)
Major road construction of Highway 14 in Sooke has caused long lineups. Sooke Mayor Maja Tait called a recent traffic delay ‘horrible’ for commuters. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Highway 14 traffic delays pave way for work plan review

Recent delays left Sooke commuters in lineup for up to three hours

Major road construction of Highway 14 in Sooke has caused long lineups. Sooke Mayor Maja Tait called a recent traffic delay ‘horrible’ for commuters. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal Victoria Marathon returns with in-person racing this fall

41st annual event sees half marathon, 8K race scheduled for Oct. 10

The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pickleball players are shown in a file photo. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Plans afoot for more pickleball courts in Sooke

Council considers location at new sports box facility

Pickleball players are shown in a file photo. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Police arrested two people following a drug bust in Sooke on May 21. (File - Black Press Media)

Two charged after weapons, drugs seized in Sooke bust

Several weapons were also located and seized

Police arrested two people following a drug bust in Sooke on May 21. (File - Black Press Media)
Ready to do battle. Sooke Fire Rescue firefighters prepare to practice search and rescue techniques at a local home slated for demolition in March 2021. (Sooke Fire Rescue photo)

Sooke’s volunteer fire department faces firefighter retention challenges

Eleven firefighters have left the department in the last two years

Ready to do battle. Sooke Fire Rescue firefighters prepare to practice search and rescue techniques at a local home slated for demolition in March 2021. (Sooke Fire Rescue photo)
Sooke councillors debate the issues online during a May 10, 2021 council meeting. (YouTube/District of Sooke)

Sooke mayor eyes provincial plan to keep online council meetings

Province wants online council meetings expanded in B.C.

Sooke councillors debate the issues online during a May 10, 2021 council meeting. (YouTube/District of Sooke)
Emergency crews are at the scene of a serious accident on Sooke Road. (Sooke News Mirror)
Emergency crews are at the scene of a serious accident on Sooke Road. (Sooke News Mirror)