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START YOUR ENGINES! (continued): • Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss auto racer who went into partnership with William Durant to produce automobiles. Chevrolet had already been in the news as a frequent race winner, driving his Buick up to 72 miles per hour. He wanted to build a luxury car, while Durant’s idea was to produce inexpensive cars to compete with the Ford Model T. Chevrolet won the debate and lent his name to the Classic Six. However, a few years later, while Louis was on a European vacation, Durant introduced a smaller, cheaper car. Upon Chevrolet’s return to Michigan, the two men’s dispute grew, and Chevrolet sold out his shares and left the company. Durant went on to control General Motors, acting as president until 1920. • The names of Edward Murphy and Alanson Brush are probably not familiar ones, but you’ve certainly heard of their business venture, the Pontiac Buggy Company. First manufacturing horse-drawn carriages in Pontiac, Michigan, the business evolved into producing twocylinder engines. When Murphy died unexpectedly at age 45, General Motors bought the company. Production of Pontiacs in America continued until 2009, when a G6 model became the final car produced. • Ford is not America’s oldest automobile company, as many believe. That distinction belongs to Buick, ahead of Ford by one month. Founded by Scotsman David Dunbar Buick, it was incorporated in 1903. Mr. Buick had previously been in the plumbing business, successfully inventing a process for creating white porcelain bathtubs and inventing an innovative lawn sprinkler. He invested his earnings in a new business venture, producing two-cylinder engine automobiles. Almost from the start, the company had financial problems, and David Buick signed his company over to William Durant in 1904. Soon afterward, Buick became part of General Motors.



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Canadian Trivia

Humour in the Workplace

My mother in law is from Chilliwack and she ran a produce stand outside her home for 25 years. Her most popular selling produce was Chilliwack Jubilee corn. Many of her long time and loyal customers were people from Vancouver going to their summer places at Cultus Lake. One day a late model luxury car pulls up to the stand and inquires about the price of a dozen cobs of corn. She told the customer that she charged $5.00 a dozen and he replied “$5.00 a dozen, I could have bought corn for $3.00 a dozen right in Vancouver”. Unphased, but the rermark, she asked why he hadn’t bought the corn in Vancouver. “Because they were all sold out”, he said. “Well, I’ll tell you what, the next time I’m out of corn I’ll give it to for nothing.”

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My grandmother was a grand old Victorian lady. She lived to a ripe old age but when she was about 85 she became quite humorous if not short tempered. One day when my mother was visiting, she asked my grandmother if she had enjoyed her supper. My grandmother replied – ahh, it was the same thing I had yesterday. Trying to humor her mother, my mom asked her what she had for supper yesterday. My grandmother replied, Don’t ask me, I can’t remember” Send us your “good news” stories and pictures. We would love to have our readers contribute to our paper. If you have a “good news” story that you would like to share, please email us at

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1. Whose face is on the Canadian hundred-dollar bill? a. Wilfred Laurier b. John A. Macdonald c. William Lyon Mackenzie King d. Robert Borden 2. What is the population of Canada?. a. 30 million b. 23 million c. 32 million d. 37 million 3. What are the two most multicultural cities in Canada? a. Toronto and Montreal b. Victoria and Toronto c. Vancouver and Toronto d. Vancouver and Montreal 4. What is Canada’s national sport? a. Hockey b. Lacrosse c. Curling d. None of the above e. Both a and b 5. When did O Canada officially become Canada’s national anthem? a. 1880 b. 1920 c. 1950 d. 1980

ANSWERS TO CANADIAN TRIVIA 1) D. Robert Borden is on the Canadian hundred-dollar bill? 2) C. According to 2006 census, Canada’s population is 31,612,897 (about 32 million). This is an increase of 5.4 per cent since 2001 census 3) C. Statistically, Vancouver and Toronto are the most multicultural cities in Canada. According to the 2006 census, 51 per cent of Vancouver’s population and 46.9 per cent of Toronto’s population were visible minorities. Statistics Canada has predicted that people of non-European origins will become the majority in both of these cities by 2012. 4) E. Canada has two national sports. Hockey is Canada’s national winter sport and lacrosse is Canada’s national summer sport. The “National Sport Act” was created in 1994 and states, “An act to declare hockey and lacrosse as the national sports of Canada.” 5) D. O, Canada didn’t officially become Canada’s national anthem until 1980 – 100 years after it was written.


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ORGANIC GARDENING IN GREATER VICTORIA Year Round Gardening by Linda Gilkeson (excerpts from her Newsletter) If you haven’t done so already, pull the mulch back from garlic shoots, leafy greens, strawberries, artichokes and other plants that need to see the light of day. Keep a thick mulch over any carrots, beets and celeriac still in the garden to prevent them from starting to grow again as long as possible (this doesn’t apply to leeks). Right now the soil is cold enough that a good insulating layer of leaves completely covering over the plants will keep them in good condition. I usually dig up remaining roots up by the end of March in a typical year to make sure I get them out before they begin to lose their sweetness and grow little hairy roots. This year is starting out with early warmth so if it continues to be warmer than average, I might dig the last of my roots sooner this year. With this warm weather, the sprouts on the Brussels sprouts plants are starting to grow and become looser. So to preserve their solid little heads, I have just harvested all of my remaining sprouts to keep them in the refrigerator. This will also stop further damage from various critters that are chewing on leafy greens and other overwintered plants. There are slugs afoot now, of course, but climbing cutworms are also doing a lot of damage. Look for these greyish to greenish caterpillars on leaves in the evening or dig around in the mulch or soil at the base of plants where they hide during the day. They are quite large after feeding on and off all winter and we can expect them to continue chomping large holes in plants until late April-early May--so catch them now if you can. I hope you are finishing up with dormant pruning of fruit trees by now. Pruning as late as March is OK for grape vines as they can be pruned later than other fruit (they leaf out later too). Starting Seeds: If you are growing your own vegetable starts, now is the time to start seeds of leeks for next winter’s harvest, as well as onions and shallot seed. It is also time to sow celery and celeriac indoors as these tiny seedlings take a long time to grow to transplant size.

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FAMOUS LANDMARKS Craigdarroch Castle is a historic, Victorianera Scottish Baronial mansion. The mansion was designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its landmark status in Victoria. Craigdarroch Castle has 39 rooms and over 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2). It was constructed in the 1890s as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan. Robert died in April 1889, more than a year before construction on the castle was completed. His sons Alexander and James took over the role of finishing the castle after his death. The initial architect of the castle, Warren Heywood Williams, also died before completion of the castle. His work was taken over by his associate, Arthur L. Smith, in 1890. Craigdarroch Castle is believed to have cost as much as $500,000 when it was built, and included granite from British Columbia, tile from San Francisco, and an oak staircase prefabricated in Chicago. When originally constructed Craigdarroch stood in grounds comprising 27 acres (110,000 m2) of formal gardens in Victoria’s Rockland neighbourhood. The four-story Craigdarroch Castle still has lavish furnishings from the 1890s and is known for its stained-glass and intricate woodwork. The Castle is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, which is a private non-profit society, and is open to the public. The castle is a tourist attraction, and receives 150,000 visitors a year. The Institute for stained glass in Canada has documented the stained glass at Craigdarroch Castle

Adoptables Victoria Pet Adoption Society Batman is a senior rat who recently lost his brother. He is recovering from a respiratory infection & from some sores on his feet. Batman is a little bit shy when first meeting new people but he becomes quite social as he gets to know you. Batman will do best in a home that has rat experience and because he has a respiratory infection he should be housed on his own, at least for the time being. Silver is a friendly, social, and active bunny. She is not shy about investigating new people or places and seems comfortable being held and being pat. Silver is used to living indoors as part of a family; she is litter trained. She can be bossy with other rabbits so Silver will do best in a home without other rabbits or with her sister Dandelion who is also for adoption. Silver’s ideal home will be one with rabbit experience. Silver is a spayed female & is 2 years old. She is a standard-sized rabbit. Cherie & Samba are a beautiful pair of flame point, Siamese kitties that would like to find a home together. Although they are not litter mates, they are siblings and have been together their whole lives. Samba is the shy girl and Cherie is the socialite. They are used to living with other cats & they may be OK with a quiet, respectful dog, but they are not comfortable around children. They have always lived in a very quiet home with a single older woman and since they are now seniors themselves they would like to find a forever home that has a similar environment. They are indoor cats. Start your Easter shopping now and help support Victoria Pet Adoption Society. Purchase your Easter chocolates and candies through a popular, Vancouver-based chocolatier and they will donate 25% of the proceeds back to VPAS to help provide care for homeless pets. To learn more about the range of Easter products offered, and how you can help support us, please visit our website at

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continued from Page 3 I sow leek seeds fairly densely in one small flat on bottom heat. When the leeks come up they look like a thin stand of grass blades. Keep them in the brightest possible light on a south windowsill or under grow lights if you have these set up. When the weather is warm enough, put them out in a cold frame or greenhouse during the day. They should be ready to plant out in late April or early May. Onions: You can also start onions from seed right now (same method as for leeks). I like to grow big sweet onions (‘Walla Walla’, ‘ Sweet Spanish’, ‘Ailsa Craig’ ) and red torpedo onions (‘Tropeana Lunga’) as well as some storage onions that aren’t available as sets. Onion ‘sets’ are those miniature onions that you can buy at nurseries in the spring. They are meant to be planted out directly in the garden in April-May. When choosing sets, go for the smallest onions in the bin. The biggest sets (the size of a nickel) are likely to reward your efforts by going to seed instead of growing a bulb if they experience a spell of cold weather after they are planted. Celeriac and Celery: Celery transplants are usually available from nurseries, however, celeriac is harder to find. The seeds of both celeriac and celery are very tiny and take a long time to grow to a useful transplant size so I start mine indoors in February. They are slow to germinate and need the best of care to get going: germinating the seeds on bottom heat is a good idea and move them to excellent light levels as soon as they come up. When planting either of these vegetables out in the spring, wait until the soil is quite warm and the weather stable. Otherwise they may do the same thing large onions sets do and go to seed if they experience a cold spell once they are in the garden. For more information on my books or to check my 2012 schedule for talks, workshops and gardening classes in your area see:

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’re correct to want to help someone who seems to need assistance. But be careful that he or she isn’t pulling the wool over those gorgeous Sheep’s eyes. You need more facts. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your Bovine optimism will soon dispel the gloom cast by those naysayers and pessimists who still hover close by. Also, that good news you recently received is part of a fuller message to come. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Feeling jealous o ver a colleague’s success drains the energy you need to meet your own challenges. Wish him or her well, and focus on what you need to do. Results start to show in mid-March. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You’re likely to feel somewhat Crabby these days, so watch what you say, or you could find yourself making lots of apologies. Your mood starts to brighten by the weekend. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your pride might still be hurting from those unflattering remarks someone made about you. But cheer up, you’re about to prove once again why you’re the Top Cat in whatever you do. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A misunderstanding with a co-worker could become a real problem unless it’s resolved soon. Allow a third party to come in and assess the situation without pressure or prejudice. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Call a family meeting to discuss the care of a loved one at this difficult time. Be careful not to let yourself be pushed into shouldering the full burden on your own.

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SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) An upcoming decision could open the way to an exciting venture. However, there are some risks you should know about. Ask more questions before making a commitment. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Personal matters need your attention during the earlier part of the week. You can start to shift your focus to your workaday world by midweek. Friday brings news. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You’ve been going at a hectic pace for quite a while. It’s time now for some much-needed rest and recreation to recharge those hardworking batteries. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) This is a good time to upgrade your current skills or consider getting into an entirely different training program so that you can be prepared for new career opportunities. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Keep a low profile in order to avoid being lured away from the job at hand. Focus on what has to be done, and do it. There’ll be time later to enjoy fun with family and friends.] BORN THIS WEEK: You can be a dreamer and a realist. You dream of what you would like to do, and then you face the reality of how to do it. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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