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Welcome to the first edition of The Discourse’s West Shore This Week newsletter! I’m so happy to be able to provide you with a weekly roundup of news and events from the West Shore. If you’d like to learn more about me (the person who’ll hopefully be visiting your inbox each week), have a look at my recent Q&A here. If you enjoy today’s update, help us out by spreading the word to your friends and family on the West Shore and remind them to subscribe. Your help in growing this community is much appreciated.
News and announcements
The West Shore RCMP has teamed up with Capital Regional District Parks bylaw officers and View Royal Fire Rescue to operate boat patrols at Thetis Lake and patrols at other popular summer spots. See the RCMP news release here.
Visitors to Thetis Lake Regional Park are being advised by the Capital Regional District to avoid swimming in the lake and keep pets out of the water due to a toxic blue-green algae bloom.
A proposal to reduce the District of Highlands boundary and transfer the Bear Mountain Resort lands to the City of Langford was brought to Highlands Council by Ecoasis Developments LLP. According to a letter to residents, council unanimously decided to not support the boundary reduction.
The City of Langford is reminding the public that the Jordie Lunn Bike Park is not yet open for safe public use. An opening date is expected to be announced shortly.
Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop is reminding visitors and residents again to be mindful of parking laws and restrictions after a busy weekend at local beaches and parks. Dunlop told The Discourse that fire trucks are unable to make it down roads where vehicles are parked on both sides or parked on the travelled surface of a roadway.
West Shore drivers heading southbound on Highway 1 may find some changes at the McKenzie Interchange as the southbound exit loop is now officially open, the Saanich News reports.
Posters of illustrated wild animals wearing a mask will be popping up around Sooke as the Chamber of Commerce seeks to encourage the use of masks in local businesses, the Sooke News Mirror reports.
- Thursday, Aug. 20: 🎶 Enjoy a cold brew and some tunes by Peter McMaster on the V2V Black Hops Brewing patio in Langford.
- Friday, Aug. 21 to Sunday, Aug. 23: 🍦Head down to Colwood’s Esquimalt Lagoon for some Beach Food with the family. There are different food trucks each day.
- Saturday, Aug. 22: 🥖Shop for some unique local items at the Sooke Country Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 22: 🌽The Goldstream Farmers Market is going strong every Saturday until October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.
- Saturday, Aug. 22: 🍽 Spend the night in and enjoy a Virtual Feast At Home Dinner Party. Tickets include a complete ingredient kit and a cooking lesson from local celebrity chef Dan Hayes of The London Chef. There’s also dessert!
- Saturday, Aug. 22: ⚽️Watch Pacific FC face off against Forge FC as part of the Canadian Premier League’s The Island Games series taking place in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Games can be watched online.
- Sunday, Aug. 23: 👩🌾 Find local produce, food and other goodies at the Metchosin Farmers’ Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you’re planning an event that I should consider for an upcoming list, send me an email and let me know.
Photo of the week
High temperatures on Sunday created the perfect conditions for a lightning storm. Doug Clement of Doug Clement Photography was photographing a beautiful sunset in Metchosin and three hours later, captured a shot of lightning striking from the same spot. Thanks, Doug, for sharing the photo.
Have an awesome photo of life on the West Shore? Send it to email@example.com. I’d love to see how you view your community!
In your words
My first few weeks at The Discourse have been met with some lovely words of welcome from community members. Beverly sent me an email saying:
“Welcome to The Discourse team! I am a supporter, and love the items that come through my inbox.”
Thanks, Beverly! I’m so glad to be part of this team and hope our new West Shore readers enjoy our stories too!