Changes for the better

Well,  some good news after a hellish 2009,  Michelle,  my wife and co-founder has found a new job that will allow her more time to get back to group activities including research,  I have assigned her some reading and to mark the occasion we have dropped the flowery look we had before,  we are always looking for fan input to add to existing stories so keep them coming,  I hope myself to be hanging out a little more in the facebook group.

We keep getting emails from people wanting to join the group and we appreciate the interest and the best way to be a part of the group is to send us your stories,  thoughts on the paranormal and experiences.

We met with John Adams during “Tourist in your own town” week and he said we should stay in closer contact so we have emailed him and hope to hear back from him,  I really recommend checking out the ghost tour he runs,  he is a great guide,  he has a natural talent.

Also a little bit of a new look for the better in the design of the site.

Saanich News – Camosun hauntings tracked by intrepid ghostbuster

By Vivian Moreau – Saanich News

Published: October 29, 2008 1:00 PM
Updated: October 30, 2008 8:56 AM

“Ghosts are sensitive to renovations.”

It’s the kind of comment that makes you check to see if the person is yanking your chain. But Camosun college student Ed Sum is serious. He’s talking about the outside east wall of the Young building, a 1914 three-storey brick structure said to have ghosts. The building was renovated in the 1990s, which likely annoyed some spirits, Sum says. The first-year applied communications student is a self-professed “paranormal enthusiast.” He talks about ghosts as easily as others might speak of eccentric relatives.

“Ghosts don’t perform for us,” he says about why he doesn’t try to capture apparitions on film. Instead, with electromagnetic field detector in hand, he scouts out the halls of the Young building late at night. He’s checking out stories he’s heard from former and current students as well as staff. Tales of unusual sounds and events that take place in the building that has served as a schoolhouse and a military hospital before becoming a university and college campus. Sounds of shuffling feet in the building’s clock tower and mysterious background voices in media students’ recordings are just some of the odd happenings Sum and others have run into.

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Val Mieras was a communications student in the early 1980s. She stayed on with the college and is now a spokesperson. She remembers working with classmates into the wee hours in the Young building.

“You’d hear thing, mostly creaks and bangs. We always thought the third floor was haunted,” she says. “But honestly it was probably pigeons walking on the skylight or the wind.”

Sum knows there are other explanations for readings that appear on his detector, a device said to pick up on energy fields emitted by ghosts.

“From a sceptic’s point of view, there is a window that points straight down Hillside and Shelbourne,” Sum says about background voices that show up in tape playbacks. But one voice, recorded in a late night scrum that Sum and fellow paranormal buddies took part in, defies explanation. Scouring a floor of the Young building used for surgery during the Second World War, the group paused. One of them asked what time it was. On playing the tape back later, an ethereal voice can be heard sharply breathing out the hour: “Eleven!”

Another floor once housed a morgue. Another houses a cemented-in swimming pool. It all adds up for Sum, who thinks the Young building is a logical place for ghosts to reside. That ghosts exist also seems logical, he says.

“It’s mostly just (me looking for) a validation that there is something in the next emanation of life,” he says. “I’m just trying to find out if there is something more than simply us.”

vmoreau@saanichnews.com

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