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January 27, 2016 edition of the Sooke News Mirror




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    Black PressWednesday, January 27, 2016 Mail Agreement #40110541

    INDEX NEWS COMMUNITYNews A2Arts A23Sports B1

    A fire early Friday morning just East of Sooke forced the closure of Sooke Road for several hours. The Metchosin house was destroyed in the incident.

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    Sookes Hard Times Dance returns to the community hall this weekend. The annual tradition helps Sookies party away their dreary winter.

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    Word challenge

    Christine Bossi, left, and Lindy Philip prepare for tonights Scrabble tournament at Edward Milne Community School. The tournament, hosted by the EMCS Society, runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Entry fee is $10 and each player is guaranteed three games. The tournament is part of Family Literacy Week in B.C., and helps fund local literacy programs operated through EMCS Community Association.Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror

    Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    The District of Sooke will amend its firearms discharge bylaw to allow the expanded hunting of geese on farm-land.

    There is an estimated population of 6,000 non migra-tory geese in the Capital Regional District many resid-ing in the Sooke area and that num-ber is estimated to grow to 60,000 over the next 20 years, said Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks in a presentation to council Monday night.

    These 6,000 geese are already caus-ing tremendous harm to our farmers crops 60,000 would be devastating, Hicks said.

    Hicks is proposing that if rural municipalities amend their bylaws to allow farmers already possessing crop-protection per-mits to hunt on their land, the number of geese could be reduced.

    The move would allow hunters and farmers to hunt on their land using decoys and blinds. The hunters could eat the geese they shoot.

    Farmers and hunters taking part in the program would need to follow federal rules and have the proper permits, Hicks added.

    Other methods are also used to manage the numbers of geese, including egg addling and sanctioned kills. Last year, the CRD OKd an organized hunt, which can only be held during molting season, and 43 birds were killed at a cost of $31,200.

    Hicks, with the blessing of the CRD, has also written North Saanich Central Saanich, Saanich and Metchosin asking them to amend their firearm bylaw.

    DISTRICT EYES BYLAW FIX FOR GEESE SHOOTINGBurgeoning bird population must be slowed: CRD director

    Mike Hicks


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    Council does housekeeping

    The District of Sooke cleaned house Mon-day, slightly tweaking the term of reference for a commission and a committee.

    The newly created Sooke Fire Services Commission will now report directly to the chief administrative officer, instead of coun-cil and the hiring com-mittee is responsible only for the hiring of the CAO.

    The CAO will hire all staff.

    Technically, council has only employee: the CAO.

    Job skills program set

    Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is offering a free job skills program, beginning Feb. 11.

    The seven-session program will assist people with significant barriers to employment, and is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. until March 3.

    The job skills program is at Hope Centre, 6750 West Coast Rd.

    For more information, please contact Margaret MacIntyre by email at mmacintyre@ or phone 250-727-0007.

    Mounties probe property damage

    Sooke RCMP inves-tigated 20 incidents of property damage and 14 thefts from vehicles in December, Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur reported to District of Sooke council Monday.

    There were also 19 investigations opened under the Mental Health Act.

    In total, the local detachment responded to 5,789 calls or occur-rences 444 in Decem-ber.

    Halibut openingset for Feb. 1

    Fisheries and Oceans will have a limited opening for halibut, beginning Feb. 1 running to March 31.

    Halibut is one of the most attractive of a host of sport fishing opportunities available in local waters.

    The maximum size limit for a halibut is 133 centimetres. The daily limit is one fish. The annual limit is six halibut.

    CorrectionsA story in the Jan.

    20 Sooke News Mirror misidentified a com-missioner on the Sooke Fire Commission. The three commissioners are Kenneth Ebbs-Canavan, Cameron MacIntyre and Murray Lambert.

    A photo in the Jan.

    20 Sooke News Mirror misidentified a player with the Sooke Thun-derbirds. The player was Sean MacDonald, not Steven Piatkowski.

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    Brian Rundle photo

    Take that!Sooke wildlife photographer Brian Rundle captured this crow mobbing an eagle near the Sooke Basin. Mobbing is an obvious form of behaviour that birds engage in to defend themselves or their offspring from predators. To see more of Rundles work, please go online to

    Some Sooke residents question efficiency, costOctavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    With the Capital Regional District recently awarding a new kitchen scraps con-tract to D.L. Bins Ltd., the program is here to stay and possibly grow in the coming years.

    But despite the pro-grams extension in the municipality, concerns among Sookies continue about its environmental impact, efficiency and cost.

    Number 1 is proper dis-posal and where the organic refuse ends up; a concern that, technically, shouldnt really be that concerning, noted Tom Watkins, CRDs solid waste operations manager, pointing out that there are consequences for those who either mix gar-bage with kitchen scraps, or treat scraps as garbage.

    Anyone who wants to dump it as garbage is run-ning the risk of coming against the bylaw, he said, adding that regardless of whether it gets mixed up in different bags or different garbage trucks, the viola-tion will be caught anyway at the Heartland landfill in

    Saanich, where everything gets processed.

    And its not even a matter of saving money either.

    We take it in at the same load that we would take garbage at, so there is no incentive for anybody to mix the two together to try to save money, because youre paying the same thing, Watkins said.

    If the haulers them-selves are dishonest about what theyre bringing in, they run the risk of getting caught and ticketed by the municipality on a load by load basis, ranging between $100 and $200.

    Not that such practices are encouraged among haulers, said Mike Winters, co-owner of Sooke Dis-posal, who uses two sepa-rate trucks one for waste and one for kitchen waste when servicing the local community.

    People have a choice if they want garbage or