Pages of the Past
Five years ago
• French Creek residents found themselves being hustled out of the area to avoid an explosion on Sept. 11, but this incident had nothing to do with terrorists. Oceanside RCMP report that a contractor excavating at a building lot on Mallard Road dug a little too deeply in the wrong spot and ruptured a buried natural gas line.
10 years ago
• Local MLAs were recalled in Victoria on 48-hours notice to approve a $390 million infusion into the province’s ailing health care system. Included in Minister of Health Mike Farnsworth’s supplementary funding estimates for the province’s $8.2 billion health budget was $70 million from Ottawa,
20 years ago
• Pressure to comply with local loading limits led school trustees to support a request for emergency funding to buy up to five new buses. Alan McAskile cited at least 18 district routes running overloaded on a regular basis. Children were having to contend with long waits, delays getting home and long walks to and from bus stops.