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The District of Sooke wants to thank volunteers with a recognition program. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke looks to establish volunteer recognition program

Aim is to acknowledge residents contributing to community through volunteer efforts

The District of Sooke wants to thank volunteers with a recognition program. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke is reviewing its building permit approval process. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Bylaw change could hold key to building permit backlog in Sooke

It currently takes district planners up to three months to approve permits

The District of Sooke is reviewing its building permit approval process. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Secret Garden Tour returns in 2023. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s beloved secret garden tour cancelled for another year

New version expected to flower in 2023

The Sooke Secret Garden Tour returns in 2023. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Artist talks and demonstrations will be part of the Sooke Fine Arts Show when it returns on July 21. (Serena Haley Photography)

Sooke Fine Arts Show eyes return to community centre

In-person show returns after two-year hiatus

Artist talks and demonstrations will be part of the Sooke Fine Arts Show when it returns on July 21. (Serena Haley Photography)
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Sooke council approves climate change plan

Strategy targets a 50 per cent reduction by 2030 for corporate emissions

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Construction continues on an affordable housing complex on Drennan Street in Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke aims to slash building permit delay

Council approves staff request to hire another building inspector, clerical support

Construction continues on an affordable housing complex on Drennan Street in Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
Janice, left, and Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe receive congratulations from Karen Mason and Maya Maja Tait during a trophy presentation of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on Thursday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

PHOTOS: Mayor, chamber personally deliver business awards

Business Excellence Awards announced online by chamber last December.

Janice, left, and Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe receive congratulations from Karen Mason and Maya Maja Tait during a trophy presentation of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on Thursday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke is in the process of updating its official community plan. The document sets guidelines, policies, and expectations for community development. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke mayor seeks more public input on official community plan

Maja Tait willing to delay passage of planning document until after fall election

The District of Sooke is in the process of updating its official community plan. The document sets guidelines, policies, and expectations for community development. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke’s new iconic circular design public library will open by month’s end. It features 13,412 square feet of space and 35,000 items in its collection. (Contributed - Vancouver Island Regional Library)

New hi-tech public library branch set to open in Sooke

The library will contain unique features such as a 3D printer and laptop bar

Sooke’s new iconic circular design public library will open by month’s end. It features 13,412 square feet of space and 35,000 items in its collection. (Contributed - Vancouver Island Regional Library)
The District of Sooke is again dealing with a building permit delay issue. “I find it all very frustrating,” says Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke building permit application backlog hits three months

District’s chief administrative officer expected to address issue at Monday’s council meeting

The District of Sooke is again dealing with a building permit delay issue. “I find it all very frustrating,” says Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The tiny warty jumping-slug, found only on Vancouver Island, is about two centimetres in length. (Contributed - Kristiina Ovaska)

Mapping project aims to save rare jumping-slugs in Sooke region

Warty and dromedary jumping-slugs are a rare find on Vancouver Island

The tiny warty jumping-slug, found only on Vancouver Island, is about two centimetres in length. (Contributed - Kristiina Ovaska)
Work will begin on a $500,000 renovation of Sooke Fire Hall No. 1’s administrative area in February. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke to spend $500,000 on fire hall renovations

New administrative area will take six months to complete

Work will begin on a $500,000 renovation of Sooke Fire Hall No. 1’s administrative area in February. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke councillors have moved to make the availability of electronic participation permanent at council meetings. (YouTube)

Sooke amending bylaw to allow online council meetings to continue

First three readings given to amendments of council procedure bylaw

Sooke councillors have moved to make the availability of electronic participation permanent at council meetings. (YouTube)
Municipal firefighters are trained and licensed to administer an enhanced level of emergency medical care to patients, including in the event of attending an overdose call. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke mayor worries for firefighters in opioid crisis, despite low call numbers

‘Our firefighters are put into many tragic circumstances,’ says Maja Tait

Municipal firefighters are trained and licensed to administer an enhanced level of emergency medical care to patients, including in the event of attending an overdose call. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Reconstruction on Church Road will continue for another six to eight weeks, according to the District of Sooke. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Road improvement projects in Sooke hampered by lengthy delays

Weather-related repairs, remaining corridor work have set projects back by about eight weeks

Reconstruction on Church Road will continue for another six to eight weeks, according to the District of Sooke. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
A trash collector making his daily rounds. Calgary-based VDQ-NRG hopes to build a plant in Sooke and take household waste and produce biofuels. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke eyed for new $55-million biofuels plant

Calgary-based company plans to convert garbage to energy

A trash collector making his daily rounds. Calgary-based VDQ-NRG hopes to build a plant in Sooke and take household waste and produce biofuels. (File - Black Press Media)
Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Charters Road construction will trigger traffic delays in Sooke

Repairs underway on weather-damaged roadway this week

Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. Temporary measures are in place and the sites will be monitored for any further maintenance until repairs can be completed later this year, say district officials. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke promises to fix potholes as cold, wet weather creates road issues

Biggest areas of concern reported on Otter Point and Charters roads

Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. Temporary measures are in place and the sites will be monitored for any further maintenance until repairs can be completed later this year, say district officials. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Natori is located on the east coast of Japan. Sooke and Natori municipal councils hope to sign a sister city agreement in March 2023. (File - iStock)

Sooke asks Natori, Japan to join the family

Communities with longstanding relationship set to become sister cities

Natori is located on the east coast of Japan. Sooke and Natori municipal councils hope to sign a sister city agreement in March 2023. (File - iStock)
The highest assessed property values in the District of Sooke ranged from $2.8 million to $3.9 million. None of the properties in the upper echelons fell in value last year, according to B.C. Assessment. (File - Metro-Creative)

Sooke’s priciest properties jump significantly in assessed values

B.C. Assessment valued a property at 5921 Sooke Rd. at just under $4 million

The highest assessed property values in the District of Sooke ranged from $2.8 million to $3.9 million. None of the properties in the upper echelons fell in value last year, according to B.C. Assessment. (File - Metro-Creative)