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Sidney Summer Market begins Market starts its 13th year this week Devon MacKenzie News staff

The Sidney Summer Market kicks off this week and organizer Laurie McDermid is excited for a new season full of fun and festivities. “I’m really looking forward to it, there seems to be so much buzz and excitement around the market this year,” she said. McDermid was appointed the new organizer of the Sidney Market last fall after she was chosen through a RFP process. The Town of Sidney issued the RFP after they terminated their agreement with the Sidney Business Association in April of 2012. “We have some new and exciting vendors as well as many of the usual favourites,” McDermid said. “There’s also going to be lots of new entertainment and the food stands are going to be spread throughout the market. “There’s definitely something for everyone. I always say people should come to shop and prepare to linger,” she laughed. The market, which has been a tradition in Sidney for 13 years, will run for 13 weeks this year. It is starting a week earlier than usual, McDermid said, and will run every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. until August 29.

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Parks Interpreters Athena George (left) and Robyn Sealy roast marshmallows over a campfire in McDonald Park Campground. The campground will host a camping kick off event June 2.

Camping kick-off at McDonald Park Parks Canada offering a hands-on day of fun

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Those looking to learn more about camping or introduce their families to camping need to look no further than McDonald

Park this weekend. On Sunday, June 2 Parks Canada is teaming up with Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), the Alpine Club of Canada and the Girl Guides of Canada to offer a hands-on day of activities and fun related to camping. “It’s going to be a great event with something for everyone,” explained Gulf Island

National Park Reserve Interpreter Athena George. “The kick-off will get people excited about camping and getting out to our parks and it will also give people a taste of what the Gulf Island National Park Reserve has to offer.” PleaSe See: Camping-related activities, page 3

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Walk for Hearts June 2 First Open Heart Society event hopes to raise $13,000 Steven Heywood News staff

For people undergoing or who have undergone heart surgery or other procedures to do with the heart, the First Open Heart Society provides resources to help answer question and offer support options. Society member George Coldwell of Sidney, who had his own open heart surgery some 26 years ago, says the group exists to support patients and their families as they go through the trauma of heart related surgery. And to support the society, they are holding their annual Walk for Hearts in Sidney on Sunday, June 2. “We usually get around 100 people out,” Coldwell said. “Not all of them walk but they come to support us and to check out the silent auction.”

He said the silent auction always receives a tremendous amount of positive support from the community and this year is no different. There are around 70 great items on the auction table this year, Coldwell said, including a whale watching trip and gift baskets from a variety of local businesses. The goal of this year’s Walk for Hearts is to raise $13,000. Coldwell said the money raised at the event will be split between the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Saanich Peninsula Hospital and the Victoria Heart House — a bed and breakfast close to the Jubilee Hospital offering comfortable and low-cost accommodation for the family of out-of-town heart patients. Money raised at the Walk goes to the Jubilee’s hearth health unit and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation

services. During the rest of the year, Coldwell said the society relies on other donations, the support of society members and bequests to keep them running. This weekend’s Walk for Hearts starts with registration at 11 a.m. at the Sidney Scout Hall at 9732 Third St. The Walk itself gets underway at 12 noon. There will be two routes for walkers. The first runs down Bevan Avenue to the Seaside Walkway, around to First Street and back up Bevan to the Scout Hall. The second starts at the Scout Hall, goes along Bevan and down Ocean Avenue to Fifth Street, past Tulista Park to a turn-around point, back along Fifth to Bevan and returning to the Scout Hall. Details about the event and about the Society can be found by calling 250-595-2123.

Free tele-workshop for dementia caregivers SIDNEY — Are you having difficulty talking about dementia with the children and teens in your family? Wondering how much you should say? The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. can help. Area residents can sign up for a free tele-workshop for family

caregivers that explains what children and teens need to know to better understand dementia, and offers suggestions on how to help them interact with the person. Children, Teens and Dementia runs on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. Visit www.alzheimerbc. org or phone toll-free 1-866-396-

2433 to register. Tele-workshops are learning sessions designed for family caregivers, but also open to health-care providers. For more on Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Society website at — Submitted

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SIDNEY — An Elections B.C. official count of the results of the May 14 provincial election is due today — as is a recount of the result in Saanicg North and the Islands. This riding saw the NDP’s Gary Holman win by only 52 votes over B.C. Liberal Stephen Roberts. The Green’s Adam Olsen was only 387 votes off the leaders. Watch for the results at www. and in Friday’s Peninsula News Review.

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Parks Interpreter Athena George examines a crab claw underneath a microscope. George and other Parks interpreters will be running summer programs this June, July and August in and around the Peninsula and the Gulf Islands.

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The day will feature mini-workshops including Tents 101 offered by MEC, how to string up a tarp and light a fire offered by local Pathfinders from the Girl Guides of Canada and a course on backwoods camping taught by the Alpine Club of Canada. “This day is for everybody,” continued George. “There’s activities for families, children, beginning campers and even experienced campers and there will also be lots of information available about local parks in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.” Promotions Officer for the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Francine Burnett, said many locals often forget they have such a park in their very own backyard. “It’s easy to forget that we have these great places so close to home,” she said. “The kick-off event will offer lots of great information on camping

but we will also have lots of other information and pamphlets about other new and exciting programming going on the parks this summer including some new camping opportunities at Fort Rodd Hill,” she added. The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve includes land in Sidney (and on Sidney Island), Pender Island, Saturna Island, Mayne Island, Russell Island and Tumbo Island, among others. New land was added to the reserve in 2012, which now totals over 60 square kilometers of protected land and water. “We’re excited to be offering some new programming this summer to get more people out and using the parks,” said Burnett. The Camping Kick-Off event at McDonald Park Campground (10740 McDonald Park Rd.) runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine on Sunday, June 2. Parking is limited on-site, so those attending are asked to park at Blue Heron Park located next to the campground. For more information, visit www.pc.gc. ca/gulfislands or call 250-654-4000.

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SIDNEY — The Town of Sidney paid a total of $31,000 for all five of its new electric vehicle charging stations — not $31,000 each, as was reported in the May 22 Peninsula News Review. Seventy-five per cent of the town’s overall cost was covered by a provincial grant and more costs were covered by inkind labour by the town’s electrician. — Editor



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VICTORIA — Premier Christy Clark says the B.C. legislature will be recalled this summer to pass the government’s pre-election budget, which promises to balance the books after four years of deficits. Clark spoke to a gathering of B.C. Liberal candidates at a Vancouver hotel Thursday, May 23, including those who didn’t join the 50-member caucus. Thanking the unsuccessful ones, she reminded them that she too lost her bid to win a seat in Vancouver-Point Grey. Clark indicated earlier that the legislature would not be recalled until she has a seat, which would require a by-election. She has said several B.C. Liberal MLAs have offered to step aside to give her a seat, but the decision won’t be made until the final vote tally is in for all 85 constituencies at the end of May. Preliminary results

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Sister Cities group goes digital SIDNEY — The Sidney Sister Cities Association (SSCA) now has a website for sharing up-todate information about its activities with members and supporters, and of course, the Town’s three sister cities: Niimi, Japan; Cairns, Australia, and; Anacortes, Washington state. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of such relationships for Sidney, beginning back then with Cairns. SSCA president Lesley Nicholls says the website has been developed with website designer Catherine Poitin.

“We realized how much news there is to share. For example, Anacortes offers many attractive tourist events, including in June an open golf tournament organized by the Anacortes Sister Cities Association that supports their student and cultural exchange programs. “Cairns offers an Artists in Residence programme that we want to make known to the local arts community and the website is an ideal platform to get this information out. There are also links to information on tourism around Cairns and the Great Bar-

rier Reef.” The Sidney group have been active in arranging for an assistant language teacher for the town of Niimi. “The website will feature a blog to keep us informed of the teacher’s experiences,” says Lesley. SSCA events and membership information are included in the site, as well links to information about each Sister City and an e-mail link to the Association. The new website address is

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stays in the vicinity of where it was spent and is then spent again (usually by my lovely wife). Our industry is going through a huge change at present. Big box store bodyshop’s and banner organizations from America and Eastern Canada are sweeping through local communities where profits are shipped off the island and in some instances out of the country. Our local dealerships are getting bought out by big conglomerates, and of course the money leaves and doesn’t come back. What is happening is alarming and unfortunately irreversible. The new world I guess. Please support local business. They are the backbone of EVERY small community. Or maybe I’m turning into my father. Isn’t that what happens?

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Needs budget seems needless

For large organizations, creating a wish list can sometimes be a good exercise to help with goal-setting and determining future direction. In the case of the Greater Victoria School District, the exercise has become an annual event that indicates what the district could accomplish with more funding from government. In the years since dramatic cuts to the education ministry budget forced districts to do the same, school trustees around B.C. have had to balance district budgets with lower than historic levels of funding from the province. To be fair, the needs-based budget, as the trustees call their wish list, accurately reflects the difficulties the board has in balancing its budget. But with no signs on the horizon that districts will receive significant financial relief from the province, using staff and trustee time yet again to assemble such fantasy budgets and submit them to the minister of education seems to us a large waste of precious resources. Similar to department heads in a medium to large-sized private company, administrators at every school in the district must submit their own budgets. And if the overall numbers don’t work, the managers get sent back to find more savings. Using the needs budget as a subtle reminder to government that more money would be put to good use has become a tired show of political will that most taxpayers would rather do without. Making education of our children a motherhood issue is fine when there’s plenty of resources to go around. But with B.C.’s economy still stumbling along – a scenario created by far more forces than the provincial government – more education funding from government could only mean higher taxes for all of us. Many people are struggling to make ends meet these days and doing their best to get through this tough financial time. We expect the same approach from school trustees and ask that they stop acting like dreamers waiting to win the lottery jackpot.

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BCTF digs in for an endless war union demands into the classroom Like those Japanese soldiers in the form of posters, buttons and who didn’t hear about the end of black armbands that to some selfthe Second World War, the militant absorbed teachers symbolize the fringe that controls the B.C. Teach“death” of education. ers’ Federation is digging in for During the election campaign, endless battle against the B.C. govThe Globe and Mail carernment. ried a story on one of Their nemesis, Premier those mock elections held Christy Clark, reiterated in schools around the last week that seeking a province. An elementary10-year agreement with level student was quoted the BCTF is a top priority as saying she voted when the legislature is against the B.C. Liberals recalled this summer. because Clark “caused a The current one-year teachers’ strike.” truce ends June 30. The If this kid was talking BCTF grudgingly agreed about the most recent to that extension last Tom Fletcher strike, I wonder where year, then ran TV ads B.C. Views she got that idea. In a calling for an NDP govnegotiating performance ernment that promised that was appalling even by BCTF concessions and union bosses on standards, Lambert and her team both sides of the negotiating table. conducted months of disruptive “You know, I may be a lame work-to-rule action before they duck,” outgoing BCTF president could even articulate a wage and Susan Lambert crowed to cheering benefit demand. When they finally classroom-warfare radicals at the union’s convention in March, “but I did, it was outrageously out of touch with reality. think Christy’s goose is cooked.” An indication of how the union’s We’ll never know how much this ruling class wants to conduct itself sort of gloating contributed to the epic collapse of the NDP, champion in the classroom can be found in the latest issue of the BCTF newsof public sector union members whose pay and benefits make them letter to its members. Joanna Larson, president of the Prince Rupert the new upper class. union local, contributes an article But I can tell you the prospects headlined: “What kind of citizen do for sparing children from this ideowe hope to graduate from our K-12 logical warfare are not good. public schools?” Last week the B.C. Court of Larson first quotes the educaAppeal handed down an ivorytion ministry’s current goals. They tower decision that upheld the include preparing citizens who are “right” of teachers to bring their

“creative, flexible, self-motivated, and who have a positive selfimage.” Another goal is citizens who are “skilled and who can contribute to society generally, including the world of work.” Larson then mocks these goals, as follows: “Essentially, the Ministry of Education has a vision of citizens who will maintain the status quo, not rock the boat, and participate on a superficial level in aspects of political and societal change. It doesn’t challenge individuals to take direct action against exploitation, marginalization and violence.” In case you missed the political message, Larson later asserts: “The educated citizens we graduate from our schools cannot just be content to wear a pink shirt once a year…. Educated, engaged citizens must be willing to take direct action to change and shape our society for the better.” What is this ghastly “status quo” that must be challenged by “direct action”? In these campus-radical screeds, the final answer is generally the same: capitalism. This call to arms is a blend of the NDP election platform and a rant from the Occupy Vancouver squat of a couple of years ago.  It’s no wonder we hear of students making BCTF picket signs in art class. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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Done deals and power tools in North Saanich


wo questions from North Saanich residents about council’s decision to proceed with 40-80 units on the four acres at 9395 East Saanich Road are worthy of

response. Commenting on whether to participate in the May 13 public hearing, one said: “This was all a done deal and did I really want an exercise in futility and frustration? When the council is really asking for input before making their decision, I would love to come and put in my two pennyworth!” Another asked, “Is there no higher power that can require council to adhere to the official community plan?” The short answer to both queries is no.

No one need experience the frustration and futility, the impotent feeling of speaking to closed minds. And there is no statutory power or legal recourse to support residents in enforcing the current provisions of the OCP. I would offer a more encouraging response to these citizens. Although the input of some residents at the May 13 public hearing was described as pearls before swine, as one of the porcine councillors, I found much of value in the presentations, both pro and con, and attempted to reflect that in my motion (unsuccessful) to postpone the decision until this new information could be incorporated into the picture.

Nevertheless, I still encourage folks to present council with their opinions, views and values for North Saanich. Opportunities for communication must not be wasted; council cannot be allowed to take positions without hearing the full range of residents’ perspectives and the valuable additional information they provide. While there may be no immediate statutory relief for residents worried about undermining the OCP, there is indeed the ultimate higher power of the ballot box. In the next election, voters will have a more clear understanding of the density implications of the affordable housing euphemisms that were tossed into the

2011 campaign and the outcome of the 2014 trip to the polls will give a more honest picture of where people in North Saanich want their community to go. So, my plea to all concerned citizens: please come to council and give voice to your vision for North Saanich. Share your views with your neighbours and local media. Don’t let council have a free ride to development. The election of 2014 is not far off: your opportunity to use a pencil as a power tool to shape the future of North Saanich. Elsie McMurphy, Councillor District of North Saanich

Readers respond: Electric vehicles, pollution and roundabouts Are electric vehicles the only answer? While I applaud any move to reduce our carbon footprint I wonder if electric vehicles are the answer. Given that the mining of the special metals required for the batteries causes high levels of pullion, and the smelting of the ore uses vast amounts of water that is allowed to contaminate the ground, I think that this issue deserves a second look.   It would be a real shame if we inadvertently increased our carbon footprint and increased green house gasses while trying to do the right thing. Could this aspect of the electric car be thoroughly examined before spending thousands of dollars to maybe do more harm than good?   

Neville Winters Sidney Editor’s Note: To correct erroneous information in the PNR story of May 22, the Town of Sidney paid only $31,000 for all five of its new electric vehicle charging stations. Most of the cost was covered by a provincial grant and the town found other cost savings through in-kind donations.

Pollution abatement needs a lot of help Thanks for your article Sidney doing its part (PNR May 24, 2013). One of the largest sources of pollution in Sidney is the intersection of Beacon Avenue and the highway. Four lanes of traffic grinding to a halt and accelerating back to highway speed is

a significant waste of energy and a source of pollution. I realize to build an interchange is also a provincial matter. The highway into Victoria is a 1950s embarrassment, given all the tax money that is collected in the name of motoring. While the reduction of all pollution must be strived for, Canada’s contribution at two per cent is not significant. Until America/China/India/Russia/Brazil are really on board and the 200 active volcanoes are capped it would be unwise to waste any of our tax dollars on pollution abatement. Barry W. Pengelly Sidney

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BC Children’s Hospital helps kids get care closer to home Keira Caillet’s parents have reason to smile when their six-year-old daughter jumps on her bicycle to go for a ride, particularly when her destination is the office of Victoriabased pediatric cardiologist Dr. Brian Sinclair. Sinclair, a partner of BC Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Heart Center, and his team provide Vancouver Island children and families with many aspects of cardiac care from diagnosis on. Those children requiring cardiac surgery or procedures receive that critical care at Children’s and return to Vancouver Island for follow up. Seeing Keira today, it’s hard to believe her life once hung in the balance. Born with a major heart defect, she received lifesaving heart surgery at BC Children’s Hospital when she was two weeks old. During the next four years, she and her parents made frequent trips to BC Children’s Hospital for specialized care. “It’s so much easier now that we have access to most of the care Keira needs here in Victoria,” says Cherie Caillet, Keira’s mother. “No more 6 a.m. ferry rides. The trip to the doctor now takes less than five minutes, or perhaps a bit more if Keira wants to go by bike.”

Sinclair sees BC Children’s Hospital patients in Victoria and in a pediatric ambulatory clinic at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, which was established with support from Child Health BC, an initiative of BC Children’s Hospital aimed at ensuring all BC children have access to a consistent standard of care no matter where in the province they live. Sinclair also sits on the steering committee of Child Health BC, evaluating issues such as provincewide access to specialty care. “The fact that Keira is able to receive specialized care so close to home is exactly what we’re looking for,” says Dr. Maureen O’Donnell, executive director of Child Health BC. Child Health BC’s activities took off after Overwaitea Food Group became the lead benefactor with a pledge of $20 million in support in 2007. TELUS and Scotiabank later made gifts of $5 million and $1 million, respectively. This support had an immediate impact, says O’Donnell. Pediatric clinics established with Child Health BC’s support in Nanaimo and Prince George have thousands of patient visits annually; additional travelling clinics are staffed by BC Children’s caregivers in communities across the province; and over 1,000 health professionals have participated in Child Health BC’s workshops. O’Donnell credits Overwaitea Food Group’s donation with Child Health BC’s growing reach across the province, noting that it’s a perfect fit for an organization with a presence in so many BC communities. Overwaitea Food Group President Darrell Jones agrees. “We’re committed to

the health and wellness of kids and families in BC,” says Jones. “We’ve been proud to support BC Children’s Hospital for more than two decades – and with the help of our communities, we’ve contributed millions of dollars toward hospital improvement projects, advocacy programs and important research initiatives. We’re grateful for the amazing support of our local communities, team members, customers and supplier partners who have all played a key role in making this fundraising success possible.” Child Health BC is part of a larger transformation in the way BC’s children receive care, says Larry Gold, president of BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. The transformation also includes the construction of a new BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. “We want to ensure children have access to a consistent standard of care, whether they live in Smithers, Campbell River or Castlegar; and there will always be children who need care that’s only available in a children’s hospital,” says Gold. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has raised close to $170 million, including Overwaitea Food Group’s gift and $25 million from Teck Resources Limited, in its $200-million capital campaign to support construction of the new hospital and Child Health BC. Gold says that the new hospital, which will open in 2018, will be family-friendly, making it easier for families from outside the Lower Mainland to remain with their children. Beyond the money being raised for the new hospital and Child Health BC, Gold says the hospital also counts on donations of about $14 million a year to support research, equipment purchases and training. On June 1 and 2 BC Children’s Hospital Foundation will hold its annual Miracle Weekend celebration on Global BC, to raise the millions the hospital needs to cover its urgent annual needs. “Every year people from across the province make donations in support of the hospital and it makes a huge difference,” says Gold. “Keira Caillet is proof of that.” Cherie Caillet couldn’t agree more. “When we got to Dr. Sinclair’s office it was so great to hear Keira tell him how awesome she is, that she rode her bike to his office without training wheels and that mommy was running really fast and could barely keep up,” she says. “There was a time when I couldn’t imagine that I would ever hear that.”

last year, 2,236 children from Vancouver island made 6,615 visits to BC Children’s hospital. Five hundred of those children came from Victoria.

JUNE 1 & 2, 2013 On June 1 and 2, tune in to Miracle Weekend, broadcast live from BC Children’s Hospital, on Global BC from 7:00pm on Saturday, June 1 until 5:30pm on Sunday, June 2 The 26th annual BC Children’s Hospital’s Miracle Weekend is a two-day celebration that showcases the best of BC Children’s Hospital: patients, their families, caregivers and supporters who come from every corner of BC. BC Children’s Hospital receives over 200,000 visits from patients from across the province every year. Donations help the hospital deliver the best in care every day, and are helping to prepare for the future by supporting the construction of a new BC Children’s Hospital and better access to care for children in or close to their home communities. Please support BC Children’s Hospital.

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• Murray Hatfield and Teresa at the Mary Winspear Centre Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Mary Winspear box office at 250-656-0275 or

Last Jazz Vespers before summer NORTH SAANICH – The Victoria Chamber Jazz Quartet (VCJQ) will be performing Claude Bolling’s hugely

SODC’s Christina Smethhurst. People of a Feather tells the story of Inuit people of the Sanikiluaq community living on Hudson Bay’s Belcher Island and their cultural relationship with the Common Eider, a diving duck that overwinters in their region. In recent years, mass die-offs of the birds caused by changes to ocean currents due to hydroelectric projects have drastically affected the quality of life of the Inuit of Belcher Islands who have spent generations relying on the Eider to survive. The film won many accolades,

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SIDNEY – The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (SODC) is gearing up to host guests for another night at the movies in the aquarium. SODC will be showing the film People of a Feather, a documentary that examines a people’s past and present connection to a marine bird species that has kept them alive for hundreds of years. “We chose to screen the film People of a Feather not just for its brilliant storytelling and showcasing of the outstanding arctic Canadian landscape, but also because of its focus on how human technology can directly impact the ocean’s ecosystem and in turn, how a flailing ocean ecosystem can be detrimental to the survival of mankind,” said

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Taking care of those pests The gruesome business of tent caterpillars, rats, wasps


hear there are hordes of those horrible “tent” caterpillars infesting fruit trees (and a lot of other trees as well) but we’ll have to let Mother Nature deal with the latter while we attempt to rid our trees of these hairy, hungry pests who build nests where we don’t want them. It sounds pretty unkind and primitive but Jim, using my long handled loppers, would cut the nests free and when they dropped to the ground, put the whole horrible thing in the incinerator and fry them. It wasn’t pretty. When the infested branch was too important to be removed, he used to tie a strip of an old bathtowel on the end of a long pole, soak it with either wax or oil and light it. It made an effective torch which demolished both the nests and their inhabitants. While we are on this nasty topic I should tell you about a rat trap that is pretty horrible but probably no worse than a bought rat trap.

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“You have to convince yourself that rats are vermin and carry terrible diseases. It never helped me that much, either.” – Helen Lang You’ll need to get a tall plastic pot. If necessary oil the inside walls to make them slippery. Fill your pot about six or a few more inches with water. On top of the water sprinkle flour, and in the centre float a slice of bread well covered with peanut butter. Lean a board from

the ground to the top of the pot. I suppose you might call this walking the plank. Since this lethal trap is usually used at night you should be safely asleep when brother rat goes swimming. You have to convince yourself that rats are vermin and carry terrible diseases. It never helped me that much, either. Now, to finish this ghastly topic off, I’d like to suggest that you blow up a brown paper bag, tie it closed and fasten it to a branch or just something close to an unwelcome wasp nest. The wasps believe it to be another wasp nest and since they are very territorial they will give up and move elsewhere. Now that suggestion wasn’t so bad, was it? Sorry about the others. It’s not pleasant but they do work. Jim used to put the dead rats in the garbage can and that way they ended up in a place where there are already a lot of their living relatives (or so I am

told). • • • • A happier suggestion and it seems to work wonders. You seem to get a lot more fruit from fruit trees using this trick. Tie a piece of nylon stocking (or similar) holding a stone (size of stone depending on the need for weight) to a fruit tree branch, close to its end, to draw it down so that it ends up level with the ground. I can’t tell you why this should work, I only know it does. Helen Lang has been the Peninsula News Review’s garden columnist for more than 30 years.

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Museum will be holding their special parking lot sale on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. All proceeds go to the museum. For more information, call 250655-3300. No early birds please.

welcomes writers who Cove Elementary wish to develop their teacher Liz Lebel A RetRospective writing in a supportive will be held at the Exhibition of environment and school Thursday, Sculpture by Duncan meets Thursday, May June 20 at 3:30 p.m. Currie titled Figures 30 from 6:30 to 8 Any past or current will take place at p.m. Free. To register, students, parents Tulista Park Arts call 250-656-0944.           and colleagues are Centre (9565 Fifth welcome to attend. St.) June 10 to 16. folk cARving With Open 10 a.m. to 4 Norma Lofthouse. p.m. doWnloAdAble Beginners and ARtists And cRAfts books at the Sidney intermediate carvers people are invited North Saanich Library. have the opportunity to participate in the Learn how you can to learn techniques popular Artisans download ebooks and in this three-week Summer Gift Gallery audiobooks to your course. Thursdays, at Tulista Park. The computer, eReader June 13, 20 and 27 show runs June 28 or mobile device. from 11 a.m. to 1 to August 28. Last Tuesday, June 4 p.m. at the SHOAL year over 4000 from 6:30 to 7:15 Activity Centre people visited the p.m. for Kobo, Sony (10030 Resthaven show and sales were and similar readers. Dr.) Cost is $48.75, excellent. Entry forms Friday, June 7 from participants are also are available at www. 10 to 11:15 a.m. asked to bring $5 or at for iPad, iPhone and to the first class for Tulista Arts Centre.        other tablets. Free. To materials. Call 250cRitique WRiteRs register, call 250-656656-5537 to register. gRoup at the Sidney 0944. the bRitish North Saanich Library. RetiRement teA columbiA Aviation The Critique group in honour of Deep



centRAl sAAnich lAWn Bowling club is having a giant garage, craft and bake sale Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the club (1800 Hovey Rd. in Centennial Park.) Everyone welcome. timeless tReAsuRes III, a sale of “Art in Clothing” to benefit the children of Syria, happens Saturday, June 1 from 10 a. m. to 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall (2319 Mills Rd.) All proceeds will go

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and learn to think quickly and clearly? Contact Mary at 250544-1819 for more information. just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join the Peninsula Newcomers Club and make new friends and explore the community. We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month in Sidney with an invited speaker. For more information check our website: peninsulanewcomers. ca.

victoRiA theRApeutic Riding Association provides a riding program for children and adults with disabilities. If you enjoy horses and people, this would appeal to you. No experience is necessary, (we provide training), however, volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Classes are held Monday through Thursday in the mornings and Tuesday through Thursday in the afternoons. Please contact volunteer@ or call 778426-0506 for more information. the second AnnuAl Believe in People Summer Celebration at Woodwynn Farms is on the horizon and volunteers are needed. It will take place Saturday, August 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the minimum commitment requested from volunteers is five hours (plus attending a volunteer orientation session, TBA). If you are interested in volunteering, email volunteering@ summeR bRings visitoRs to the Saanich Peninsula and the Visitor Centres on the highway and in Sidney are staffed by volunteers — you could be one of them! Meet people from all over the world while promoting and supporting your local communities. No experience necessary and training is provided. Interested? Call Carol at 250665-7362 or drop in to 2281 Beacon Ave. today.


bingo eveRy WednesdAy at 1 p.m. at The Centre for Active Living in Brentwood Bay (1229 Clarke Rd.) Cash prizes, special games and a progressive jackpot. Refreshments are available during the games. Open to everyone. Proceeds go to operating costs for The Central Saanich Senior’s Centre.


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JOIN OUR team and earn up to $85,000 a year. Journeyman technician: proven producer, good attitude, quality workmanship a must. Minimum 4 years experience. Full benefit package available. Braby Motors Salmon Arm. Fax resume 1-250-832 4545, email

ASSORTED GARDEN pots, (10, $7 ea). Wheel barrel, rough cedar for flowers, $10. Call (250)595-5734.

THE LEMARE GROUP is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Coastal Certified Hand Fallers -camp positions • Coastal Certified Bull Buckers (Falling) – Includes Vehicle/Accommodations • Grapple Yarder Operator • Boom Boat Operator • Chasers • Hooktenders • Hand Buckers – dryland sort experience an asset • Log Loader Operator • Grader Operator • Heavy Duty Mechanics • Off highway truck drivers Fulltime camp with union rates/benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-9564888 or email to

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES A+DRINK SNACK plus Healthy Vending machine Route. Turn Key Business. Invest With Confidence, $4,000 Up. Training and Secured profitable Locations. Limited Must Sell. 1-888-979-8363. BARBER SHOP Business for sale in Whitehorse, Yukon. Excellent opportunity. Includes all equipment, in good location, leased premises. Contact Murd for details, 867-667-6873 or 867-667-7467. MAKE A FORTUNE with $3000, we know how. Free info pack. Call (250)590-9634.






June 26, 1930 – May 19, 2013 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Audrey Bondar, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She is predeceased by her husband Fred, son Barry, sisters Merri Cameron and Marjorie Jeffes, and brother Hugh Cameron. Survived by her son Greg, daughter-in-law Cecelia and grandchildren Laura and Derek, sister-in-law Rose, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In 1930 Audrey and her brother Hugh were the first twins ever born in the Hanna Hospital in Alberta. Audrey was a devoted wife and mother, and an active member in the Knox Presbyterian Church in Calgary. Due to Fred’s job, he and Audrey were able to live in many diverse locations around the world. Semi-retirement brought them to North Saanich, where they built their dream house. For several years, Audrey was a dedicated volunteer in the extended care ward at Saanich Peninsula hospital. Always a great conversationalist, Audrey enjoyed visiting by phone or in person with her many friends and relatives that were scattered across Canada. Positive-minded and with a huge heart, she always made people around her feel comfortable and at home. Audrey especially loved to spend time with her two grandchildren. She has touched the lives of many with her compassion and generosity. She will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on June 1, 2013 at First Memorial Funeral Services, located at 4725 Falaise Drive in Victoria. Condolences may be offered @ by searching Bondar. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation at 2166 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton, BC V8M 2V2.

Emergency Road Service Drivers Totem Towing is looking for drivers for Victoria and Westshore areas. Must have knowledge of Victoria, good driving record, mechanical knowledge and customer relation skills. No towing experience req’d. Shift work with potential of $40,000+/yr. Benefits after 6 months. Please apply in person with drivers abstract at 3333 Tennyson.



Van Kam’s Group of Companies require Owner Ops. to be based at our Sidney terminal for runs throughout Van. Island. We offer above average rates and an excellent employee beneďŹ ts package. To join our team of Professional drivers, email a resume, current driver’s abstract & details of truck to: or call John @ 250-514-2432 or Fax: 604-587-9889 Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility We thank you for your interest, however only those of interest to us will be contacted.

HELP WANTED An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators, Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson,Alta. CANCEL YOUR Timeshare. No risk program. Stop mortgage and maintenance payments today. 100% money back guarantee. Free consultation. Call us now. We can help! 1-888-356-5248. GUARANTEED JOB placement: General Laborers and Tradesmen for oil and gas industry. Call 24hr free recorded message for information: 1800-972-0209 HAIRSTYLIST WANTED $1000 Hiring Bonus. Full time/part time for First Choice Hair Cutters in their Victoria location. Guaranteed $11/hour, 25% profit sharing, paid overtime, benefits, paid birthday, vacation pay, annual advanced training and advancement opportunities. Call 250360-1923 today for an interview.



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TRADES, TECHNICAL AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIANS. Licensed, 4th year and 3rd year Technicians required. Signing/moving allowance, full company benefits, very aggressive bonus/pay plan. Ford experience preferred, but not required. Denham Ford, Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Email resume: Attention: Dean Brackenbury;




EDDIE BAUER child’s car seat, slightly soiled, $40. Call (250)656-1640.


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PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO RETOUCH, RESTORE, Edit Photos. Portraiture, Baby +Family, Maternity. Home Movies to DVD. 250-475-3332.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE BUILDING SUPPLIES METAL ROOFING & siding sales. Seconds avail. Custom roof Flashings. 250-544-3106.

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE AT LAST! An iron filter that works. IronEater! Fully patented Canada/USA. Removes iron, hardness, smell, manganese. Since 1957. Visit our 29 innovative inventions. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division. RESTLESS LEG Syndrome and Leg Cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660. SAWMILLS FROM only $3997. Make money & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT 400OT STEEL BUILDING - Blowout clearance sale! 20x22 $4,188. 25x26 $4,799. 30x34 $6,860. 32x44 $8,795. 40x50 $12,760. 47x74 $17,888. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. STEEL BUILDINGS, Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x 40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x 150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED ANTIQUES, BOOKS, collectibles, furniture, china, jewelry. Estates/private libraries purchased. Galleon Books & Antiques, 250-655-0700

REAL ESTATE APARTMENT/CONDOS 2-BEDROOM CONDO ground floor in desirable Saanichton. Open concept, electric fireplace, custom kitchen. Carpets & laminate. En suite laundry, small pet ok. Low strata fee. Great starter, $235,000. By appointment 1-250-652-1218

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GARDENER’S PARADISE 1 acre. 4-bdrm character home, 1800 sq.ft. Wired shop, Shed. 1720 Swartz Bay Rd., $555,000. (250)656-1056.

Sidney luxury Condo- beautiful 2 Bdrms, 2 full baths, close to downtown, ocean views. #201-9942-Third St. $498,000. 778-351-1239 ID#192331



TOWNHOUSE $389,500. Motivated sellers! Will pay 3%/1.5% to buyers agent. MLS #320099. 20-1950 Cultra Ave, Saanichton. For viewing call 250-818-7038 online: id# 192357.




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Incredible 5 acre treed PARK-LIKE PROPERTY with Well-Maintained Furnished Home 1500 sq.ft, 3-bdrm, 2 bath. Extremely close to Pristine Cowichan Lake, in the town of Caycuse. Perfect for recreational property or full time living. Motivated seller $378,800. Exceptionally low yearly cost. Not leased land. Call 250-745-3387







SIDNEY- DELIGHTFUL Garden suite, furnished. Walk to work, amenities & ocean. NS/NP. $795. (250)656-9194.

SIDNEY: SPACIOUS 3 bdrm. Large yard, quiet cul-de-sac. N/S. $1375. (403)852-1115.

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TOWNHOUSES BEAUTIFUL LIVE / WORK Loft-style townhouse, Reflections Building, Langford. 1629 sq.ft. 19’ ceilings, 3-bdrm + den. 2 baths, laundry rm, huge kitchen, 4 SS Appl’s, granite c tops, F/P, patio, dbl garage. 2 ground lvl entrances, rooftop pool and running track. Close to schools, Colwood Golf Club. All amenities incl. NS/NP. $1850./mo. I year lease. Avail July 1st. Call (250)516-6813. SIDNEY- 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath w/garage, gas F/P new, sunroom. NS/NP. $1550+ utils. Avail July 15. (250)656-7456.


SPORTS & IMPORTS 2004 FORD MUSTANG Convertible, 40th anniversary Special Edition. Black Beauty! 56,000 km, V-6 automatic, new soft top, fully loaded. $11,500 obo. Serious inquiries only. 250-474-1293, Barb.

SIDNEY. FURN’D room. Satellite, laundry, heat, hydro. No drinking. $400. 250-654-0477.



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SIDNEY. PATIO condo 45+, 1100 sq.ft. Upgraded 2-bdrm, 2 bath. N/P. Heat, H/W, locker, parking. $1350.(250)654-0230

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL Formerly Curves in Coldstream. 1800 & 1400 sq.ft or sell all including 3000 sq.ft residence, heart of Coldstream Vernon BC. Near schools, store & lake. 250-542-6261

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GOLDSTREAM AREA: 1400 sq ft, newly furnished, w/d, d/w, a/c, big deck & yard, hidef TV, parking. $650 inclusive. Ray 778-433-1233. LANGFORD MOBILE home in Seniors Park, upgraded interior, fully furnished, A/C, fenced yard & 2 sheds. REDUCED to $35,000. 250-590-2450.



SUITES, LOWER BRENTWOOD BAY- 1 bdrm grd level suite, priv entrance, NS/NP. D/W, W/D. $800+ utils. Call (250)652-1725. MARIGOLD AREA- 1 bdrm, shared lndry, quiet. NS/NP. $850, May 1. 250-727-6217. QUADRA/MCKENZIE, newer grd level 2 bdrm, 2 full baths, F/S, lndry, part use of dbl garage, N/P, N/S, $1200 + part utils. Avail now. (250)658-5123 SIDNEY: 2 bdrm, lrg backyard, gardens. 12x12 insulated shed. N/S. $1100+ utils. Avail. June 15th. Call 250-888-5972. SIDNEY: BRIGHT 1Bdrm grnd level, private entry, $700 incls utils. No laundry. Avail now. NS/NP. 250-893-2622. SOOKE 1 br + office, large quality walk-in + private storage, laundry rm, F/P, all included, sm pet, quiet N/S, refs, $835. Phone 250- 589-5337

SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES A1 AUTO Loans. Good, bad or no credit - no problem. We help with rebuilding credit & also offer a first time buyer program. Call 1-855-957-7755. 2000 JEEP Grand Cherokee Ltd. Gold, with tan leather. New Michelin, new brakes, service records avail. 193,000 km.$5500. Rob (250)517-0885


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TOTAL PACKAGE now! 39’ Tradewinds Asp Cabin Crusier, twin Cummins diesels, enclosed sundeck & bridge, 2 heads sleeps 4-6. Very well maintained, boat house kept in North Saanich Marina. Asking $116,000. 50’ x 25’ enclosed boathouse available as part of complete cruising and moorage package. Ready to go! Call (250)361-7343.


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LAPWING CARPENTRY. Decks, fences, quality repairs, renos & insulation. 10 years experience. Call 778-967-1246

ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637.

250-216-9476 ACCEPTING new clients, From the Ground Up, custom landscapes, finish carpentry, garden clean-ups.


SPRING CLEANups, complete maintenance. Residential & Commercial. 250-474-4373.

McGREGOR HOME Repair & Renos. Decks to doors. Small jobs OK. WCB. (250)655-4518


$20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279. CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164. FAMILY MAN Hauling. Prompt, Courteous. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463. GARY’S HAULING. One call does it all. Small demos & yard clean-up. Vehicle & metal recycling. Call (778)966-1413.

CLEANING SERVICES PAULA’S HOUSECLEANING $20./hr. Reliable, honest. Sidney, N.Saanich. 250-656-2401

ELECTRICAL 250-361-6193 Quality Electric Reno’s, res & comm. No job too small. Lic# 22779. AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550. KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991.


FURNITURE REFINISHING. Specializing in small items, end-tables, coffee tables, chairs. Free pick-up & delivery. References available. 250-475-1462.

GARDENING 20+ YEARS Experience. Landscaping, Lawns, Pruning, Maintenance & more. Reliable. WCB. Andrew (250)656-0052. 22YRS EXP Garden clean-ups weeding, etc. All areas of city. $25/hr. No tax. 250-656-7045. (250)208-8535 WOODCHUCK Lawn or moss? No job too big. Aerating, pwr raking, pruning. Weed, moss, blackberry, stump & ivy rmvl. 25yrs exp. ACTION YARD CARE. 15 + years exp. Honest & reliable. Quality work. 250-744-6918.

Clean ups, Lawn and Garden Care, Landscaping Projects, Horticultural.

778-678-2524 250-479-7950 FREE ESTIMATES • Lawn Maintenance • Landscaping • Hedge Trimming • Tree Pruning • Yard Cleanups • Gardening/Weeding • Aeration, Odd Jobs NO SURPRISES NO MESS AURICLE BSC 250-882-3129 For lovely lawns-spectacular hedges-healthy garden beds & reno’s. J&L Gardening yard clean-up and maintenance. Master gardeners. Call John or Louise (250)891-8677.

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS (250)889-5794. DIAMOND Dave- window, gutter cleaning, roof-de-moss, gutter guards, power washing. Free est.

HANDYPERSONS AL’S AVAILABLE to update your home. Kitchens, baths, basements, etc. Licensed & Insured. Al 250-415-1397.

HANDYMAN SERVICES. Lawns, fences, pruning, flooring, painting, drywall, small reno’s. Mike/Chris 250-656-8961

PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774


BIG BEAR Handyman. Decks, Stairs, Painting, General household repairs. Free estimate. Call Barry 250-896-6071 HANDYMAN DAN. Quality workmanship. Free estimates. Call 250-656-6789.

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SMART GUYS Hauling. Garden waste, junk removal, clean-ups, etc. Reliable, courteous service. 250-544-0611 or 250-889-1051.


NO JOB too small. Multi unit to Home Renos. Free Est’s. Call Green Bird Development. (250)661-1911.


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M&S OXFORD Home/Commercial Reno’s & Painting. Patio’s, Decks, Sheds, Hardwood and Trim. 25 yrs exp. Quality Guar. 250-213-5204.

CUSTOM WOODWORK: Recovered wood; wine racks, shelving, picture framing and more. Built in or mobile at reasonable prices. (250)812-8646

1ST MOVING- 1 ton 2 ton. Prices starting at $80/hr. Call 250-220-0734.

B L Coastal Coatings. Quality, reliable, great rates. All your Painting needs. (250)818-7443

FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376.

RE-STUCCO & HARDY Plank/Painting Specialist. 50 years experience. Free estimates. Dan, 250-391-9851.

NORM’S WINDOW Cleaning. 250-812-3213. WCB.



CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Natural & Veneered Stone. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! “Quality is our Guarantee”. Free Competitive Estimates. (250)294-9942/(250)589-9942.

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re you looking for that great place to get a new shirt, pair of shoes, fabulous meal or great cup of coffee? If you want to know where on the Peninsula to go for these things and many more, look no further than the Peninsula News Review’s annual Readers’ Choice awards. You hold in your hands the eighth Readers’ Choice awards booklet. It’s a collection of what our readers think are some of the top places to be in Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney. These places range from outdoor recreation areas and art galleries, to dining hot spots and stores where the customer service just can’t be beat. Throughout April and May, the Peninsula News Review asked its readers to weigh in on the places and stores in our communities that they think are tops. We ran full-page entry forms in the paper and had the contest questionnaire on the PNR website. Hundreds of people let us know what they think are the best places on the Peninsula — and now we are passing that knowledge on to you. The Readers Choice awards booklet is a great way to recognize those individuals and businesses that have impressed someone. They have gone over and above the day-to-day to offer excellent service — enough to prompt readers of the local community newspaper to make the effort to share their positive experiences with their neighbours. As well, readers were asked to tell

us about the special places on the Peninsula — the parks, the beaches and the facilities — where they feel most at home and love to go, time and again. These awards, then, are an excellent resource for anyone — whether you are new to the area or have been here for years — who wants to know where to find the absolute best in the community. This guide is only the starting point. Votes were received for a variety of businesses and places in our community. On many levels, people here love what they are finding on the Peninsula —and that’s one of the many reasons why they live here or are coming back time and again to enjoy all that the Peninsula has to offer. The Readers’ Choice awards hopes to give those businesses, individuals and facilities recognition for a job well done. In many cases, they have set the bar pretty high and the resulting feedback from their customers is something that anyone can strive for. We thank those people behind the counters, behind the scenes and right out in front for their tireless efforts to make a positive impression here on the Peninsula. We also thank our readers who are proud of their community and all that it has to offer — and made the time to respond to our annual Readers’ Choice awards questionnaire. Congratulations and enjoy this look at the best. Steven Heywood, editor Peninsula News Review

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Park yourself in one of these great playgrounds Peninsula News Review readers love to take their families out to play in Tulista Park, Panorama Recreation Centre and Iroquois Park The readers have spoken: their favourite playgrounds are at Tulista Park, Panorama Recreation Centre and Iroquois Park. These are the hot spots for the kiddies, offering a variety of equipment on which to climb, slide, crawl and run. Both Tulista Park and Iroquois Park can be found in the Town of Sidney — in fact, they are right across the street from each other. That’s Fifth Street/Lochside Drive, to be precise. Tulista Park, which earned the most votes this year, is next to the waterfront walkway and is adjacent to the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. Iroquois Park was refurbished recently by the Town of Sidney and is also a popular playground area. Panorama Recreation Centre on East Saanich Road offers a great playground space as well, near the centre’s entrance and in a green area next to the main parking lot.

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or almost 70 years, Marigold Nurseries has been serving the Saanich Peninsula and beyond for all their gardening needs. The business, a fourth-generation family owned and operated garden centre, supplies both retail and wholesale customers on the Saanich Peninsula, all over Greater Victoria as well as up and down Vancouver Island. Marigold was started in 1944 by founder Les Smith and is now operated by his son Ray Smith along with his three kids Brooke, Rayanne and Randy who all help out in different aspects of the business. The nursery carries a wide-range of products for year-round gardening including soil, shrubs, trees, hanging baskets and even insects which can be used for organic pest control. Marigold has close to 30 locally-hired staff members all year round and up to 60 staff members during the February to June peak season. Marigold has over 100,000 square feet of greenhouse space where they grow almost all their own annuals, including 22,000 garden mums and 20,000 poinsettias a year. During the year they offer seminars for customers on topics like bulb planting and container gardening. For more information on Marigold Nurseries, visit

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Peninsula Winners ATTRACTIONS: SPORTS & LEISURE: BEST ART GALLERY 1. Peninsula Gallery 2. Village Gallery 3. Community Arts Council

CHOICE FOR BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION 1. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre 2. Butchart Gardens 3. Sidney Waterfront


1. Sidney Thursday Night Market 2. Sidney Summer Sounds 3. Sidney Days


1. Sidney Fine Art Show 2. Touch of Salt Spring Christmas Craft Show 3. Mary Winspear Centre


1. Panorama Recreation Centre 2. Walking along the Sidney Waterfront 3. VI Fitness


1. Ardmore Golf Course 2. Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club 3. Island View Golf Centre


1. John Dean Provincial Park 2. Horth HIll 3. Tod Inlet

SHOPPING: FAVOURITE BOOK STORE 1. Tanner’s Books 2. Beacon Books 3. The Haunted Book Shop


FAVOURITE FLOWER SHOP 1. Brown’s The Florist 2. Thrifty Foods 3. Fiorenza Flowers

FAVOURITE VITAMIN/HEALTH FOOD STORE 1. Sidney Natural Foods 2. Lifestyle Markets 3. Thrifty Foods

FAVOURITE GROCERY STORE 1. Thrifty Foods 2. Fairway Market 3. Sidney Safeway

FURNISHING AND HOME DECOR 1. Capital Iron 2. Lilaberry Home Decor 3. Muffet & Louisa

FAVOURITE JEWELLERY STORE 1. Christine Laurent Jewellers 2. Cameron Rose 3. Knickerbocker’s



1. Beacon Community Services Thrift Shops 2. Connections 3. Repeat Boutique

FAVOURITE MEN’S CLOTHING 1. Mark’s Work Wearhouse 2. d.g. Bremner & Co 3. Cottons & Blues


1. Miss Bliss Boutique/Cottons & Blues 2. Mark’s Work Wearhouse 3. Suzanne’s & Jenny’s

FAVOURITE GARDEN SHOP 1. Marigold Nurseries 2. Dig This 3. Russell Nursery


1. Triangle RV Centre 2. Peden RV 3. Arbutus RV & Marine Sales

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1. Walking along the Sidney Waterfront 2. Haven Spa/Panorama Recreation Centre 3. Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa


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1. Sabhai Thai 2. Maria’s Souvlaki 3. Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant


1. White Spot 2. Smitty’s Family Restaurant 3. Maria’s Souvlaki


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1. Wine By You 2. Wine Kitz 3. Peninsula U Brew

1. DFH 2. Holmes Realty 3. Remax

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1. Travelodge Centre Liquor Store 2. Beacon Landing Liquor Store 3. Prairie Inn 1. Thrifty Foods 2. Cottons & Blues 3. Cameron Rose

FINANCIAL SERVICES 1. Coast Capital 2. TD Canada Trust 3. RBC

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1. Saanich Fair 2. Oldfield Farm Octoberfest 3. Peninsula Country Market

BEST CUP OF COFFEE 1. Starbucks Coffee 2. Alexander’s Coffee Bar 3. Toast Cafe


1. Starbucks Coffee 2. Alexander’s Coffee Bar 3. Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe


1. Alexander’s Coffee Bar 2. Toast Cafe 3. Roost Farm Centre


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1. Beacon Inn at Sidney 2. Corbett House B & B 3. Orchard House B & B

1. Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa 2. Travelodge 3. Cedarwood Inn & Suites

CHOICE OF MOTEL/HOTEL 1. Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa 2. Beacon Inn At Sidney 3. Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

PET CARE: BEST BOARDING/GROOMING 1. Puppy Love Pet Care Centre 2. K9 Country Cottage 3. Peninsula Pet Grooming


1. Sidney’s Pet Centre & Aquatics Ltd. 2. Bosley’s Pet Food Plus 3. Buckerfield’s


BEST VETERINARY CLINIC 1. Sidney Animal Hospital 2. Beacon Cat Hospital 3. Anicare Veterinary Hospital

BEST PLACE TO WALK YOUR DOG 1. Sidney Waterfront 2. Cy Hampson Park 3. Island View Beach




1. Beacon Avenue 2. Sidney Waterfront 3. Sidney Thursday Night Market

FAVOURITE PLACE TO SHARE A KISS 1. Sidney Pier 2. Sidney Waterfront 3. Island View Beach


1. Haro’s Restaurant & Bar 2. Starbucks Coffee 3. Beacon Landing Restaurant & Lounge

FAVOURITE PLACE TO CATCH BEST PLACE TO READ A BOOK UP WITH FRIENDS 1. Sidney Waterfront 2. Island View Beach 3. Vancouver Island Regional Library

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1. Sidney Waterfront 2. Island View Beach 3. John Dean Provincial Park


1. Sidney Summer Sounds 2. Haros Restaurant & Bar 3. Mary Winspear Centre

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Peninsula Winners PENINSULA’S CHOICE FOR CHILDREN: FAVOURITE KID FRIENDLY ESTABLISHMENT 1. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre 2. Panorama Recreation Centre 3. Buddies Toys

FAVOURITE PLAYGROUND 1. Tulista Park 2. Panorama Recreation Centre 3. Iroquois Park


1. Discovery House 2. Gingerbread Preschool 3. The Playhouse/Parachute Express Preschool


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1. Beacon Community Services at the SHOAL Centre 2. Amica at Beechwood 3. Panorama Recreation Centre


1. SHOAL Centre 2. Norgarden/Amica At Beechwood Village 3. Resthaven Lodge


1. Beacon Community Services at the SHOAL Centre 2. Saanich Peninsula Hospital 3. Sidney Senior Care



FAVOURITE PEOPLE: FRIENDLIEST FIREFIGHTER 1. Gary Wilton 2. Sean Lillis 3. Jim Tweedhope

COOLEST COP 1. Ravi Gunasinghe 2. George Phipps 3. Dan Steffes

FAVOURITE LOCAL BAND 1. The Timebenders 2. The Archers 3. The Islanders

FAVOURITE VETERINARIAN 1. Dr. Nigel Bass 2. Dr. Jonathan Smith 3. Dr. Shelley Breadner

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Thank you for voting for us! Please continue to enjoy our services and programs. Volunteer Services: Provides drives to medical appointments, friendly visitors, income tax filing, disability parking permits, information and referrals. Youth Employment Program: Offers Peninsula Youth opportunities in volunteering, paid work and certification to build their resumes. Food Services, Rentals and Catering: The Tides at SHOAL Dining Room is open to the public seven days per week. Rental facilities and catering are available for groups of all sizes. NEW! Introducing Afternoon High Tea in the Tides at SHOAL Dining Room, for groups of15 to 60 members. Please book in advance. NEW! Strawberry Tea with SILK ROAD – Thursday, June 27 at 2pm Cost: $10 Please call or drop-in to book in advance.



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Clients come first at Sidney Animal Hospital Sidney Animal Hospital and Dr. Nigel Bass earn Readers’ Choice top marks

Dr. Nigel Bass voted favourite vet

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Great staff and great clients are the major contributing factors to the ongoing success of the Sidney Animal Hospital. For the fourth year in a row, the Sidney Animal Hospital has won top spot in the Peninsula News Review’s Readers’ Choice awards for best veterinary clinic. Owner Dr. Nigel Bass says they must be doing something right. “We have great clientele,” he said. “I couldn’t wish for any better.” For him, that means better communication between staff and pet owners who visit the clinic. One of the most important aspects of his business, Bass said, is being able to include pet owners in the treatment of their dogs and cats and ensure that they know what’s going on every step of the way. “We deal with happy and healthy animals as well as those animals that are in distress,” he said. “We try to educate people to ensure they are involved in making the decisions about their pets.” Bass said he feels that helps set

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Staff at the Sidney Animal Hospital, from left, Lisa Hughes, Ali Nielsen, Dr. Nigel Bass and his dog Wally and Meghan Kope. the Sidney Animal Hospital apart — as well as working to have great staff at the front desk, meeting people and helping ensure a customer’s visit is as positive as it can be. “Our front-end staff are the first and last people that our clients see,” said Bass. “So we look for our staff to be friendly, personable, intelligent and willing to learn the job.” While he does have some excellent long-term staff at the clinic,

Bass said they do have regular turnover as university students finish their schooling and develop their careers. The Sidney Animal Hospital has been around for 50 years. Bass bought it in 2001 and has been operating it with his wife ever since. It was, he said, a one-vet operation at the time and over the last 12 years it has grown to a busy three-vet clinic. But not too busy. Bass said he has only expanded the business due to need and

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keeps his focus on providing the best service possible. “We do get pretty busy as a result,” he said, “but I do try to avoid that so our quality of service isn’t affected.” His effort seems to be paying off in local popularity. Bass thanked his clients for taking the time to vote for the Sidney Animal Hospital in the Readers’ Choice awards. “When you get that kind of feedback, you do have to acknowledge it. You have to listen to your cli-

Dr. Nigel Bass joked that his staff will have a buy him a larger hat rack for his ego, after he learned he was voted favourite vet in the Peninsula News Review’s 2013 Readers’ Choice awards. The vet with the great sense of humour said communicate and education are the keys to his success as a vet — as well has having a good demeanour with his clients. Bass has been a vet for more than 20 years, buying the Sidney Animal Hospital in 2001. Running his own small business in Sidney is a lot of work, he admitted. “It’s the same for all small business owners,” he explained, “the more work and heart and soul you put into it, the better the experience is and the more successful the business.” ents in regards to their animals from their own experiences.” Just behind the Sidney Animal Hospital in Readers’ Choice award voting for best veterinary clinic were the Beacon Cat Hospital and Anicare Veterinary Hospital.

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Muse Winery continues to win for their wine

“We use as much grape product as we can from the Island,” Peter explained. “Of course, we grow grapes right here on our property, along with some across the road at the [Deep Cove] Chalet, and an acre of Ortega off Sayward Road. We even have some on the Gulf Islands. “What we can’t grow here we buy from the Okanagan and that allows us to have a broad spectrum and blend of all types of fruit.” Muse most recently won gold for their 2012 Gewürztraminer at the All Canadian Wine Championships, one of many awards they’ve received for their wines. “I think what sets Muse apart is that we’re hands on,” said Peter, who’s been in the industry for over 30 years. “We do everything ourselves and I’m not afraid to ask for help.” For more information on Muse Winery, visit

Jane and Peter Ellmann have owned the North Saanich winery since 2008 Devon MacKenzie News staff

Since 2008, Jane and Peter Ellmann have been busy running Muse Winery in North Saanich and racking up the medals for their famous blends. Prior to the Ellmann’s purchasing Muse, it was known as Chalet Estate Winery. “It was a well run, small winery with a tasting room and when we saw it we knew we could turn it into something more, and we did,” Peter said. “Now it’s not only a winery and a tasting room, but we also have the bistro, we host Peninsula Players in the summer, we’re in negotiations to bring a ballet here this summer. “We’re really proud of what we’ve built it into,” continued Peter, who added that the name Muse came from his wife Jane, who is his daily inspiration. “She’s really the face of Muse,” said Peter. “She’s behind the tasting bar every day and she deals with every person that comes into the winery, which is really unique. It’s

Category winners for Favourite Local Winery: Peter and Jane Ellmann, owners of Muse Winery, and their dog True. not often you go to the winery and the owner is taking care of you. I mean, who better to show the

place?” Peter is the wine maker and takes care of much of the behind

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the scenes workings at the winery with the help of his right hand man, Richard Gore-Langton.

1. Muse Winery 2. Church and State Wines 3. Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse


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Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 • B15

Timebenders take the top spot among bands Devon MacKenzie News staff

The Timebenders have been a fixture on the Saanich Peninsula music scene for many years. A crowd favourite during the Sidney Summer Sounds concerts and regular appearances and shows at community events have put the Victoria-based band on the map, and they’re not stopping any time soon. “It all started with the idea of doing something with a theme,” explained Tom Watson, the band’s founder and long time front man. “I wanted to do something that incorporated a theme, costumes, anything to get the crowd engaged in the show.” The band was created in 1992 and has since grown exponentially. Now performing for thousands of people a year in concerts, shows and corporate bookings, they are undergoing yet another metamorphosis to ensure they keep engaging their fans. “Like any band, we’ve undergone changes but the root of it all is in the framework of the shows,” explained Watson. “We may change the music a bit and update some of the sets to keep it fresh, but we always want to keep that element of performance. It’s the show, with the costume changes and characters, that make our performances what they are.”

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The Timebenders were voted the Peninsula’s Favourite Band in the PNR’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. The biggest change for the sixperson band (Aaron Scoones, Bryan Kelly, Brendan O’Byrne, Dave Mills, Jennie Tuttle and Vaughn Stokes) came in the spring of 2012 when Watson himself stepped back from the front of the stage. “I wanted to move the band for-

ward and I knew that Brendan was the guy for the new vision of The Timebenders,” said Watson, adding that new popular music will be added into the band’s repertoire. “Brendan is a great person to take The Timebenders into the next 20 years,” Watson finished. O’Byrne joined The Timebend-

ers five years ago and over the last few months he has taken the reins of the group. Lead vocalist and guitarist Aaron Scoones became the emcee and frontman of the group after Watson stepped back from performing last year. “I think we’re all looking forward to this next phase of The Time-

benders,” said O’Byrne. “The group has been around for 20 years now and we’re looking to continue on the same spirit, just with updated music. It will still be all about the costumes and the personalities, and we have a commitment to the legacy of The Timebenders. “There’s going to be some new music added to the shows, we’ve updated our ‘80s set and added more music from the ‘90s, 2000s and now. It’s not about getting rid of the oldies, we’ll still have those, but we’ll be adding to it to keep it accessible for all ages.” The Timebenders will be hosting their 18th Annual Shake Rattle and Roll concert in benefit of the 24-Hour Relay for Camp Shawnigan on Saturday, June 15 at the Victoria Curling Club. “This is our biggest show of the year and we look forward to it each spring,” said Watson. Tickets for Shake Rattle and Roll are $25 and can be purchased online at

Category winners for Favourite Local Band: 1. The Timebenders 2. The Archers 3. The Islanders

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