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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)
Dog trainer Sharon Labossiere at play with her dogs. AnimalKind, the BC SPCA’s animal welfare accreditation and referral program, has granted accreditation to Sooke's Hanging with Hounds. (Contributed - BC SPCA)

Hanging With Hounds digs its paws into AnimalKind accreditation

Local dog trainer earns special BC SPCA status

Dog trainer Sharon Labossiere at play with her dogs. AnimalKind, the BC SPCA’s animal welfare accreditation and referral program, has granted accreditation to Sooke's Hanging with Hounds. (Contributed - BC SPCA)
Some Sooke businesses don’t need to pay for this year’s business licence after district council approved a freeze on annual fees. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke forgives some business licence fees

Council’s decision affects 185 businesses

Some Sooke businesses don’t need to pay for this year’s business licence after district council approved a freeze on annual fees. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
(BLack Press Media)

Uttering threats increase by 47% in Sooke: police

RCMP release monthly stats

(BLack Press Media)
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Policing amid pandemic challenging, says Sooke’s top cop

Mounties document reduction in property crime and impaired driving

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A fire destroyed a commercial building on Idlemore Road early Tuesday. The fire is under investigation. (Kenn Mount photo)

Early morning fire destroys new Sooke distillery

Firefighters still investigating cause of Island Shiners Distillery blaze early Tuesday

A fire destroyed a commercial building on Idlemore Road early Tuesday. The fire is under investigation. (Kenn Mount photo)
The Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society (SAFARS) helps make a difference to more than 50 feral cats in the region. (Contributed - SAFARS)

Feral cat rescue group looking for support

SAFARS helps make a difference to abandoned cats in the region

The Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society (SAFARS) helps make a difference to more than 50 feral cats in the region. (Contributed - SAFARS)
Sooke district council has approved $88,925 in community grants to be shared between 24 local not-for-profit and community organizations for 2021. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke council earmarks $88,925 in grants for community groups

Mayor Maja Tait this has been an ‘extraordinary time’ due to the pandemic

Sooke district council has approved $88,925 in community grants to be shared between 24 local not-for-profit and community organizations for 2021. (Pixabay.com)
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LETTER: Hospice coordinator earns a big thank you

Every day our community thrives through the work of volunteers. The physicians,…

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(Graeme Roy - The Canadian Press)

Mental health calls up in March: Sooke RCMP

Mental Health Act calls mark a 32.5 per cent increase from a year ago

(Graeme Roy - The Canadian Press)
District of Sooke council will enter into a two-year service agreement with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce for a host of economic development work. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke renews service agreement with chamber of commerce

The contract is set to pay out $28,150 in 2021 and $28,713 in 2022

District of Sooke council will enter into a two-year service agreement with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce for a host of economic development work. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Art of Kindness youth arts exhibition opens May 5 at the Gallery by Sooke Arts Council. The exhibition runs through to May 16. (Contributed - Diane Moran)

Student artists explore the meaning of kindness

Sooke Arts Council hosts The Art of Kindness youth arts exhibition

The Art of Kindness youth arts exhibition opens May 5 at the Gallery by Sooke Arts Council. The exhibition runs through to May 16. (Contributed - Diane Moran)
The District of Sooke has launched a new online community engagement platform, letstalksooke.ca, where residents can share feedback and stay up to date on projects and initiatives that are happening in their community. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke launches online engagement portal

The District of Sooke has launched a new online community engagement platform…

The District of Sooke has launched a new online community engagement platform, letstalksooke.ca, where residents can share feedback and stay up to date on projects and initiatives that are happening in their community. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke will continue to flower with Communities in Bloom. (Pixabay)

Sooke will bud but not bloom in provincial competition

Council scales back participation in Communities in Bloom

The District of Sooke will continue to flower with Communities in Bloom. (Pixabay)
Sooke plans to begin construction of the $4.9-million Church Road corridor project this summer. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke hopes to start Church Road Corridor project this summer

Road upgrade includes a roundabout, sidewalks, bike lanes and boulevards

Sooke plans to begin construction of the $4.9-million Church Road corridor project this summer. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The site of the proposed rental housing development at 2197 Otter Point Rd. (District of Sooke)

District of Sooke approves development with 77 rental units

New parking lot for John Phillips Memorial Park included in project

The site of the proposed rental housing development at 2197 Otter Point Rd. (District of Sooke)
Many youth in Sooke feel disconnected and unrepresented, and want more diverse recreation options, a new study found. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke youth want more recreation options

Young people feel disconnected and unrepresented: study

Many youth in Sooke feel disconnected and unrepresented, and want more diverse recreation options, a new study found. (Pixabay.com)
Shawna Knight operates the Buddha Box in and around the Sooke region. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke approves food truck pilot program for local parks

The program begins May 1 and runs through summer season

Shawna Knight operates the Buddha Box in and around the Sooke region. (File - Sooke News Mirror)