West Shore news … through the decades
West Shore municipalities are relatively young in terms of years, but the Western Communities, as some still call our area, have been populated for decades.
This week, the Gazette begins a new feature spotlighting the top stories from past decades. It’s amazing how some stories on topics such as sewage treatment or amalgamation, continue to be issues today.
We hope you enjoy this look into the past pages of the Gazette and its predecessors.
– Don Descoteau, editor
10 years ago -- View Royal encounters sewage line pump problems it says are being caused by Victoria General Hospital flushing “obstructive waste” into the sanitary sewer system. Among the items found by staff unblocking the pumps are “anatomical parts” including flesh, linen and other non-biodegradable items.
Also in July of 2004: Highlands announces administrator Bruce Woodbury is leaving his post, and the Victoria Shamrocks clinch the Western Lacrosse Association regular season title.
20 years ago -- Langford Mayor Stew Young gets into it with residents at a council meeting during discussions about a planned expansion of Glen Lake Park along the shoreline. Members of the public argued they hadn’t been given ample chance to give input before the decision was made, to which Young shot back that 30 Langford residents sit on the committees that inform council on proposals.
Also in July 1994: A report states that the Colwood RCMP detachment needs more officers to police Langford, and the province decides running Royal Roads University is not an option.
35 years ago -- Securing a site for a district recreation facility is becoming more of a priority as the population in and around Colwood and Langford grow. Sites being considered for development are the area around Centennial Pool, the nearby Colwood racetrack lands and various school grounds.
Also in July 1969: Linda Acres and Ronald Aubrey were engaged and the Glen Lake Merchants, coached by Ken Plante, won the Triangle Pony League baseball championship.