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The District of Sooke is expecting to hand residents a six per cent tax increase this year. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke residents urged to share their views on budget

Draft document contains $19.8 million in operating expenses, $11.7 million in capital projects

The District of Sooke is expecting to hand residents a six per cent tax increase this year. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Christmas Bureau is gearing up for another busy campaign. Applications for the Christmas Bureau hamper campaign are available at the Sooke Food Bank or the Sooke Family Resource Centre. (File - Thinkstock)

Sooke Christmas Bureau preparing for increased demand

Application deadline Dec. 3 for families in need

The Sooke Christmas Bureau is gearing up for another busy campaign. Applications for the Christmas Bureau hamper campaign are available at the Sooke Food Bank or the Sooke Family Resource Centre. (File - Thinkstock)
A map of the Sooke Santa Claus Parade, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 5. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Santa Claus Parade returns to Sooke streets

Popular parade returns after a two-year absence

A map of the Sooke Santa Claus Parade, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 5. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
Road projects in Sooke will impact drivers in the coming days, says the District of Sooke. (Kevin Laird- - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke motorists will face more delays due to road projects

Short-term traffic disruptions at Church and Otter Point roads

Road projects in Sooke will impact drivers in the coming days, says the District of Sooke. (Kevin Laird- - Sooke News Mirror)
The EMCS Wolverines begin their 2021-22 season on Dec. 7, with a rookie roster and many expectations. (File - Metro-Creative)

Sooke high school squad eyes start of basketball season

EMCS hopes to top senior boys division this year

The EMCS Wolverines begin their 2021-22 season on Dec. 7, with a rookie roster and many expectations. (File - Metro-Creative)
Sooke district council is opening the door to email voting with alternative approval process elections. (Image - Facebook)

Sooke allows email ballots on alternative approval process voting

The policy decision comes on the heels of a controversial APP held last summer

Sooke district council is opening the door to email voting with alternative approval process elections. (Image - Facebook)
District of Sooke council is searching for ways to help local entrepreneurs find retail space. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Lack of retail space hampering Sooke business community

‘Finding space is a challenge,’ says Mayor Maja Tait

District of Sooke council is searching for ways to help local entrepreneurs find retail space. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council has begun discussions for the 2022 budget. (File - YouTube)

Sooke council likely looking at tax increase for 2022

Over the last 10 years, Sooke property owners have paid an average of 2.16 per cent annually in municipal taxes

Sooke council has begun discussions for the 2022 budget. (File - YouTube)
Gerald Kearney, 61, has not been in contact with family or friends. (Contributed - RCMP)
Gerald Kearney, 61, has not been in contact with family or friends. (Contributed - RCMP)
Sooke Mayor Maja Tait at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in 2019. She announced last week she plans to seek a third term as mayor. (Scott McAlpine photo)

Mayor Tait says she will seek re-election in Sooke

‘I really do enjoy the work,’ mayor says

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in 2019. She announced last week she plans to seek a third term as mayor. (Scott McAlpine photo)
Conservation photographer TJ Watt has won the Trebek Initiative grant and named a National Geographic Explorer and Royal Geographic Society Explorer for his work to protect B.C.’s old-growth forests. (Contributed - TJ Watt)

Champion of old-growth forests wins prestigious awards

Program aims to promote emerging Canadian explorers, scientists, educators and photographers

Conservation photographer TJ Watt has won the Trebek Initiative grant and named a National Geographic Explorer and Royal Geographic Society Explorer for his work to protect B.C.’s old-growth forests. (Contributed - TJ Watt)
The District of Sooke is on track to meet its 2021 budget, thanks in part to a building boom that has increased permitting revenues. (Sooke News Mirror files)

Construction boom padding Sooke revenues for 2021

Building permit revenues on track for 50% increase

The District of Sooke is on track to meet its 2021 budget, thanks in part to a building boom that has increased permitting revenues. (Sooke News Mirror files)
The water off Port Renfrew could be threatened without a federally-funded search and rescue and environmental response service in Port Renfrew, says the Pacheedaht First Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Pacheedaht First Nation wants feds to expedite plans for marine rescue centre

Chief Coun. Jeff Jones says talks stalled on $22-million project for Port Renfrew

The water off Port Renfrew could be threatened without a federally-funded search and rescue and environmental response service in Port Renfrew, says the Pacheedaht First Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Food trucks in Sooke face new regulations. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke cooks up new regulations for food trucks

Bylaw amendment targets wastewater disposal

Food trucks in Sooke face new regulations. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Quimper Park, near Whiffin Spit, could soon be a home for a memorial area in Sooke. Council has instructed municipal staff to complete a design concept next year that will incorporate a bench, look-through design and other amenities. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke council mulls design concept for memorial area in park

Design concept expected to include bench and look-through portal

Quimper Park, near Whiffin Spit, could soon be a home for a memorial area in Sooke. Council has instructed municipal staff to complete a design concept next year that will incorporate a bench, look-through design and other amenities. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Timothy Durkin is pictured in a photograph filed in Federal Court. The B.C. Securities Commission claims the Sooke man defrauded an investor out of $1 million. (Federal Court)

Vancouver Islander accused of selling fake ownership in world-renowned Sooke Harbour House

Timothy Durkin faces B.C. Securities Commission in November

Timothy Durkin is pictured in a photograph filed in Federal Court. The B.C. Securities Commission claims the Sooke man defrauded an investor out of $1 million. (Federal Court)
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Councillors’ absenteeism cause for concern

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Victoria man arrested after alleged indecent act near Sooke high school

Man in custody until his next court appearance on Thursday

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RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire that gutted a vacant building in Sooke on Oct. 13. (Graeme Roy - The Canadian Press)

Sooke RCMP seek public’s help in fire investigation

Dash-cam video footage sought

RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire that gutted a vacant building in Sooke on Oct. 13. (Graeme Roy - The Canadian Press)
Sooke RCMP is investigating a series of suspicious fires in the downtown area. (Black Press Media file photo)

Arsonist on the loose: Four suspicious fires unsolved in Sooke

Sooke RCMP seeks information from public

Sooke RCMP is investigating a series of suspicious fires in the downtown area. (Black Press Media file photo)
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