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CONTENTS March 2013 Issue 03, Volume XXIl
20 The Master of metalab By Adrien Sala
24 FASHION: THE SHAPE OF SPRING By Lia Crowe
HOT PROPERTIES Layers of antiquity in a modern home By Carolyn Heiman
56 What’s cooking with raw food? By Anne Mullens COLUMNS 16 HAWTHORN A social policy revisited By Tom Hawthorn 18
STATE OF THE ARTS We’re meant to sing together By Alisa Gordaneer
14 EDITOR’S LETTER
DESIGN MATTERS Before and after By Sarah MacNeill
46 PERSONAL FINANCE How to minimize income tax payments By Tess van Straaten
FRONT ROW Black Grace dance; Love Letters; Leonard Cohen and more By Robert Moyes
61 TRAVEL NEAR Feasting locally at Wild Mountain By Pirjo Raits 64
FOOD & WINE The spud is NOT lowly! By Cinda Chavich and Sharon McLean
HEALTH & WELLNESS Men, don’t dance the beer belly polka By Shannon Moneo
CAR CULTURE New safety gadgets deconstructed By Stuart Eastwood
WRY EYE A wake-up call for a cell-phone addict By Lauren Kramer
SECRETS & LIVES Murray Rankin, MP By Shannon Moneo
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YOUR LETTERS On! On! Here’s to Victoria’s Hash House Harriers I was thrilled to recently read in an old Boulevard that hashing is alive and well in Victoria (September: Health & Wellness). It brought back great memories of our regular hash runs through the rainforests of Brunei, when I was working there in 1994-95 as a teacher. My (now-grown) children Sheenagh and Callum became accomplished hashers over two years. They thrived on the physical challenges that the tropical rainforest presented. Great bonding activity! ON! ON!! Keith Morrison
PSA test must be an individualized choice I take exception to Alan Cassel’s potentially lethal advice (January) about avoiding the PSA test. Had I not had one, my prostate cancer might have taken my life. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, in 2012 about 26,500 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. On average, 11 men in Canada will die of prostate cancer every day. PSA tests, while medically controversial, can lead to early detection and may prevent some of those deaths. I encourage all men to explore in full depth the pros and cons of the PSA test. It must be an individualized choice, but I am glad I chose to have one. Geoff Johnson
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A high school yearbook is a familiar object from our teenaged years. The photographic formula is so conventional as to be a cliché — teachers at blackboards, pimply undergrads with classmates, mugshots of grads in black gowns with the young women cradling roses. Add pages for clubs and the school play, not to mention sports teams, and you have a standard yearbook. Towards the back, one sometimes finds a page that is out of place amidst all the youthful exuberance and promise. The “in memoriam” page usually salutes a classmate fallen to lengthy illness, or killed suddenly in a car wreck. The most recent edition of The Camosun, the annual Victoria High School yearbook, includes a memorial page to a classmate whose absence from graduation ceremonies was keenly felt. On a warm June evening nearly three years ago, Justin Wendland stood waiting for a bus with about a dozen other people in front of the Times Colonist building on Douglas Street. An agitated man with a dog on a leash approached. In the ensuing commotion, some would mistake an altercation for a hug. Instead, as the court learned earlier this year, Justin suffered two stab wounds to the chest. He never made it home. The Grade 10 student was just 15 years old.
ROLL CALL OF THE FALLEN The death of the young man was one of a handful of local crimes involving the killing of teenagers. A simple roll call of the fallen immediately conjures the terrible details of unspeakable crimes. Kimberley Proctor. Reena Virk. And, now, poor Justin Wendland.
The man accused of attacking Justin has been on trial on a charge of second-degree murder. (The outcome of the trial was pending at this writing in early February.) At issue was the 41-year-old defendant’s mental state. Whatever the outcome in court, the case is a reminder of a disastrous social policy. About 30 years ago, the provincial government began closing mental hospitals. A program launched with the best of intentions — in the wake of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and patient advocacy in behalf of greater independence — was not followed with sufficient supervision and assistance for those released to the streets. Successive provincial governments saw a savings.
LEAVING THE ILL TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES The result is all too obvious in any urban setting: disturbed and desperate people are all too often left to fend for themselves. The mentally ill need doctors and nurses and social workers, not cops and judges and jailers. They need medication and supervision, not self-medication and a failed War on Drugs. When matters go awry and an untreated person goes haywire, the outcome can be tragic for them — and sometimes for others. A quiet apartment block in Vancouver’s West End was the scene recently of a series of unprovoked attacks involving a knife and hammer. The accused was described as a “nice, charming guy” struggling with mental illness. Or the result can be a teenage boy bleeding to death in the arms of a police officer on a downtown sidewalk. The spot where Justin was stabbed became a shrine in the now-familiar ritual — balloons, flowers, stuffed animals. Many left notes at the scene, including a heartbroken mother who wrote words her son could never hear. Her employer, a tow-truck company, offered to cover the cost of the youth’s funeral, an expense for which no family budgets. On Facebook, a memorial page has 1,313 members who share memories of the boy they knew as Pudgy. Last December 8, his sister and several classmates gathered at the bus stop to mark what would have been his 18th birthday. Justin’s grad photo would have appeared between classmates named Welch and Wenger on page 106 of The Camosun. Instead, his photo is shown three pages later on a page dedicated to his memory. “We miss your sense of humour and your positive outlook on life,” the yearbook staff wrote. “This was our year to have fun and be free and we all wish you could have spent this last year with us.” Justin Wendland could have been your son, or mine. Sadly, the same can be said of the man charged in the killing. VB Tom Hawthorn is a freelance newspaper and magazine writer who lives in Victoria. Deadlines, a collection of his favourite obituaries for The Globe and Mail, was released by Harbour Publishing in October. 17
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“Doh, doh, doh, doh… weh-weh-weh!” And again: “Doh, doh, doh, doh… weh-weh-weh!” No, not the cry of an endangered bird, but rather the somewhat unified voices of 70 intrepid singers taking a stab at a new vocal arrangement of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. It’s not only the first time the group has sung together, it’s the first time many of us have sung in a group at all. On this rainy night, crammed into the Larsen Music instrument showroom, we’re jumping into the deep end of a musical adventure. As members of The Choir, Victoria’s newest vocal ensemble, we’ve signed up (and paid $125) for this 10-week participatory experience led by Victoria singer-songwriter Anne Schaefer. If we weren’t making odd noises by now, we might feel something wasn’t quite right. As it is, we’ve already sort-of sorted ourselves into vocal sections. “If you can sing this note, you’re definitely a bass,” Schaefer instructs, playing a low E on an electric piano. If you can hit a high G, you’re on the other end of the scale: soprano. But because participants are mainly women of all ages, including one with a baby in a sling, the vast majority gathers in the centre as altos. Schaefer explains that if it feels bad to sing a note, it is bad — for your voice and your throat. Who knew there was also an element of danger?
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There’s also an element of surprise. While many of the dozens of choirs in town tackle traditional music, typically based in the classical or religious repertoires, this one is all about contemporary pop music, from Radiohead to Björk, specifically arranged to take advantage not only of participants’ singing voices, but, well, our basic sound-making abilities: the sheet
music we’re handed includes “waka-waka-waka” in the lyrics. It’s strangely enticing, and not a little intimidating for those of us who, like me, are pretty new to the whole choir experience. Schaefer encourages the more experienced singers to buddy up with the newbies, and we quickly sound better. “We forget we know a lot,” she explains later. “Everyone there knows how to sing. Some people are more experienced, some have more natural ability, but everyone has an ear that can take in information. It’s a bit of practice, that’s all it is.”
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VULNERABLE AND PERSONAL Even so, it’s scary. Singing brings out our vulnerability — there’s something so personal about it, coupled with the fact that it’s impossible to ever really hear our own voice. We’re fragile when we sing, and confidence can easily be undermined. But not here. “I believe in you,” Schaefer tells the group, more than once in the evening. “Now, try again.” By the second rehearsal, we’re a bit more confident, even those of us who haven’t practiced much beyond the shower stall. We’ve also moved to a more spacious, and less secular, venue. The stage of the Hope Lutheran church is made for a choir, and it occurs to me that, given how few people go to churches now, and how many people watch television shows like Glee, it’s not surprising that a growing number of people are looking for any chance to get out to sing. If part of the joy in church-going comes from singing hymns as a group, clearly singing together in any context, from campfire to arena concert, can make people feel good — and there’s nothing like singing with a group to get over that individual feeling of vulnerability. “We’re meant to sing together,” Schaefer tells me later. “It’s good for our cellular makeup. We should vibrate those cells. It’s therapeutic, it makes us happy!” While some choirs only invite experienced singers who must audition to join, the Getting Higher Choir, led by Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly, the Joy of Life Choir, led by Daniel Lapp, and others encourage the less-experienced. Any of them are a way to get involved, and to learn more about music from the singers’ perspective. “At some point, choirs did the music of the day, not delving into music from centuries ago,” says Schaefer, who’s created all the original arrangements, and even wrote one piece especially for The Choir. “I got really inspired at the prospect of having such new, innovative stuff on the go. I’m testing out all my creative choir ideas with this great group of people.” So, we all win, it seems. Schaefer gets to try a new musical challenge, audiences will get to hear something new and unusual, and we participants? We get to build skills and have fun, just “weh-weh-weh”-ing along. VB The Choir performs at the Church of Christ the Scientist, 1205 Pandora, on Sunday, March 10, at 7:30 pm. New members can join beginning in April. See larsenmusic.ca. You can also find out more about other choirs in the Capital Region at bcchoralfed.com.
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alking through the large glass doors on the thirdfloor entrance of a multimillion-dollar company in downtown Victoria, you might expect to encounter someone at a front desk to greet you, perhaps take your coat and show you into a waiting room. But at MetaLab, a successful web and design company run by its 27-year-old founder, Andrew Wilkinson, there is no such person. In fact, there isn’t even a front desk — or receptionist for that matter. Instead, one is greeted only by a faint but savoury smell of a recently microwaved lunch that has likely fed one of the 20 or so twenty-somethings sitting alongside each other in front of rows of Apple computers. Bright and open with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and windows, the recently renovated office space is one of two floors MetaLab leased 14 months ago to accommodate a staff that swelled from 15 people in 2011 to 55 by the end of 2012 after finding increased success with projects that included an interactive phone app for the 2012 TED conference in California, and a task management system called Flow, which generated over $20,000 in revenue on its first day alone. The third-floor office of MetaLab is divided, with one half of the room separated from the other by a long dry-erase board filled with sketches of ideas and design illustrations. On one of the few perimeter walls not made of glass, a large, iconic image of Apple founder Steve Jobs looms as if challenging the staff to raise their game; opposite that, an arcade game older than the majority of the employees sits waiting for someone to take hold of the controls, which at MetaLab can happen whenever the mood
“Why would I want someone at work who isn’t being productive?” asks Wilkinson, who at 9 am on any given day is unlikely to be at the MetaLab office himself. Most mornings, if the tall and angular CEO is in Victoria and not on one of his many trips to San Francisco, Vancouver or New York, he is still in bed, sleeping like a teenager at home in his own house in Oak Bay, bought in the last year with some of his MetaLab earnings. Despite running a company that can boast Apple, Google and Disney, as well as a host of Fortune 500 companies as clients, Wilkinson doesn’t usually arrive until 1:30 pm. “It works for me,” he says over a late-afternoon coffee at Caffé Artigiano on Government Street, shrugging his shoulders unapologetically. It’s hard to argue otherwise. In the past six years, his company has grown from a small, coffee-shop enterprise hunting for clients, into a company that doubles its business every year and now enjoys revenues of $6 million annually. For Wilkinson, who dropped out of journalism school at Ryerson University after one semester because the prospect of a reporter’s salary seemed bleak, it is a dream come true. “Originally I thought if I could work alone in my underwear in my apartment and get up whenever I wanted, I’d be happy,” he jokes. “I got that and then thought if I could just have an office with people in it — that would make me so happy. And then I got that, too.”
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WEBPAGES, INTERFACE DESIGN, AND YOUR IDEA, HERE Divided into three main divisions, MetaLab’s scope is wide-ranging. Pixel Union, its design division, creates themes (customizable webpages) for Tumblr that are hugely popular with people all over the world, including major celebrities like Zooey 21
Deschanel, John Mayer and Snoop Dogg, who all use them for their own sites. (To date, Pixel Union has the most popular themes on Tumblr, with over two million downloads.) MetaLab also has an interface design division, which focuses on the interaction point between humans and computers. (If you’ve ever visited a website or used a software or phone app that is confusing or clunky, you might well understand the importance of interface design.) What really makes Wilkinson tick, however, is the consulting division of MetaLab. “I like the challenge of helping people turn their ideas into something great,” he says, stressing that large challenges don’t always need complicated solutions. Wilkinson prefers websites and applications that are intuitive and easy to understand so the ideas behind them can speak for themselves. “That’s what Andrew loves,” says Luke Seeley, the 26-year-old product director of MetaLab’s software division, who was Wilkinson’s first-ever employee. “His passion lies in creating something, a business, and seeing it grow. Bringing people together is one of his best skills.”
FROM MACTEENS TO STEVE JOBS HIMSELF The passion for developing businesses began early in Wilkinson’s life, shortly after his parents moved with him and his two younger brothers to Oak Bay from Vancouver in 2001, when he was just 15 years old. Uninterested in sports and recreational activities at school, he collaborated with a friend living in Hawaii to create a website called MacTeens, which was a forum for young fans of Apple computers. It quickly grabbed a wide audience and evolved into a site where teens could read reviews of products and discuss the latest technology. “We were getting stuff FedEx-ed to us every day because of MacTeens,” recalls his father, architect David Wilkinson. “He became a tastemaker and reviewer.” The site grew to the point where Wilkinson started receiving invites to major technology conferences,
“I think that what Victoria needs to sustain great businesses is not just people who give young people money, but opportunity.”
including one at MacWorld in New York. “I got to meet Steve Jobs and all these senior Apple people,” says Wilkinson proudly. Following his experiences with MacTeens and his short stint at Ryerson, Wilkinson returned to Victoria in 2005 without any major plans, other than to pay rent. After realizing that working for minimum wage at a local espresso bar wasn’t going to cut it, he looked for other options, teaching himself how to build websites through online video courses. “Within two weeks I [talked] my way into a job,” he says. Confident and perhaps a bit cocky, he decided after couple months that he might be better suited to working on his own. “I realized I could do it myself,” he says. So he quit. “I managed to really quickly get two kind of big clients: one in San Fran and one in NYC,” he explains. It was enough work that he needed to contract out some of it, so he hired a friend and MetaLab was born.
EMPLOYER TO VICTORIA’S CREATIVE YOUNG “We’re one of the companies that not only employs young people — is full of young people — but also gives great salaries and gives them the opportunity to really move up,” says Wilkinson. “I think that what Victoria needs to sustain great businesses is not just people who give young people money, but opportunity.” Despite his company having predominantly international clients, Wilkinson is firmly set on remaining in Victoria and growing his business with the talent pool that is here. He has even hired both of his younger brothers to work for him and is open to anyone who is keen and willing to learn. Wilkinson continues to look for new opportunities and has branched out into other side projects, recently working with Steve Job’s widow, Laurene Powell, on her Dream is Now project. He’s also involved with an online medical service (essentially a virtual walk-in clinic) called Medeo that has the support of the BC Ministry of Health. He has had inquiries from those wishing to buy MetaLab, reportedly in the millions, but he has refused to sell, and has no plans to take the private company public with an IPO. “Ultimately I don’t want to follow the traditional route of building and flipping companies because what if these are my best ideas? And these are the best people?” And now that he finally has the money to do what he wants, Wilkinson has had a realization that will hopefully keep him here, contributing as a job creator for the young people he talks about. “I’ve realized that I actually love Victoria,” he says. “I now have a bunch of employees and I love it here.” VB
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Christopher: Denham coated grey denim jeans, $210; Altru Polariod lens graphic tee, $38; Converse Chuck Taylor All Star canvas shoes, $55. All at Citizen Clothing. Leah: Joseph Ribkoff jacket, $205, at W&J Wilson; Minimum sigma print dress, $79, at Still Life for her; Fiel, “Thompson” acid-wash cow hide heel, $260, at Footloose; Orly Genger by Jacklyn Mayer “Brian” collar, $275, and “Annabelle” bracelet, $136, both at Public Boutique. Myki: Finders Keepers shattered geo print pant, $145, at Suasion; La Poeme silk tee, $115, at Bernstein & Gold; Fiel, “Thompson” acid-wash cow hide heel, $260, at Footloose; Isharya black pyramid luxe earrings, $108, at Public Boutique. Artwork: Alison Norlen's Glimmer (Zeppelin), 2009, chalk, charcoal, 2.9 x 1.8 m, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2013.
Myki: Locally-designed Olivia Coat by Tatum and Olivia, $375, at Tatum and Olivia. Artwork: Alison Norlen's Glimmer (Zeppelin), 2009, welded/soldered wire, 1.06 x 1.2 x 1.5 m, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2013.
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Leah: Judith & Charles “Dizzy Dress,” $395, at Scala Boutique; Robert Clergerie for Barney’s NY shoes, $250, at Verve Fashions; Isharya nude pyramid luxe flat cuff, $278, Isharya black pyramid luxe stackable ring set, $118, and Orly Genger by Jacklyn Mayer “Brian” collar, $275, all at Public Boutique. Myki: Judith & Charles “Dizzy Dress,” $395, at Scala Boutique; Marie Turnor “lunch clutch,” $205, at Public Boutique; Miu Miu shrug, $165, Nine West shoes, $40, both at Verve Fashions. Artwork: Ed Pien's Play Rope drawing, 2012, rope, 2.7 x 3m, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2013. 27
Leah: Joe Fresh print dress, $49. Artwork: Ed Pien's Twelve, 2012, ink on cut 3M film, laminated on Kegon paper, 2.4 x 3.6 m diameter, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2013.
Christopher: Wings + Horns navy knit blazer, $490, Ingram red gingham shirt, $165, both at Outlooks for Men. Denham coated grey denim jeans, $210, at Citizen Clothing. Sunglasses, stylistâ€™s own. Ben: Sand, from Denmark, checked blazer, $575; Omega slim blue dress shirt, $175; Dion wool tie, $110. All at Outlooks for Men. Jeans, modelâ€™s own.
Credits: Styling and editorial Lia Crowe Photography Dean Azim Hair Ila Meens for Hive Hair and Barber & Fritz Makeup Jen Clark Models Myki Engelland-Swift, Leah Meens, Christopher Lawry, and Ben Wilson Styling assistant Danielle Janess Lunch provided by The Mint for Lunch TRACES | Fantasy Worlds & Tales of Truth: Daniel Barrow, Alison Norlen & Ed Pien Curated by Nicole Stanbridge, January 18 – April 21, 2013, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street, Victoria BC
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unique [juːˈniːk] adj 1. being the only one of a particular type; single; sole 2. without equal or like; unparalleled 3. informal: very remarkable or unusual
nique is the singular word that best describes a waterfront home whose interior has been metamorphosed from classic English-style formality to casual, eclectic internationalism. Everything about this home — from the Moroccan sconces lighting the passageway upstairs, to the porcelain chandelier nostalgically acquired in a small Italian town where the owner’s grandmother lived — has been guided by personal panache. Gone are the sleek kitchen cabinets and granite-topped island and counters installed by a previous owner. In their place are roughhewn tables, open-plank shelves, Grecian columns, and beefy-wooden archways. Trendsetting pronouncements do not guide the esthetics in this home. Its interior director, Sabrina Jardine, wife and mother of three children eight and under, is sure-footed when describing the result of a more than year-long renovation. “I knew from the beginning that I wanted a more eclectic home that reflected me, my love, my travels and my family ... it is definitely not a home that goes by the book. It is not structured, but we love it.” 34
No rules bind the comfortable, eclectic interior of this house, which has furnishing collected from at least 10 countries.
Clusters of bulbous Murano glass fixtures drip from the living room ceiling.
Country kitchen and thickened walls At the top of the Jardines’ must-have list was an open, countrystyle kitchen that seamlessly connected to the dining and living rooms, which was achieved by blowing out formal doors and widening archways. Next, conventional-width walls were given a mega-thick plastered look, lending the space the centuries-old feeling of an Italian or possibly Moroccan villa. Ultra-modern furnishings — a purple Roche Bobois sofa — rests comfortably alongside other décor touches from at least 10 countries that speak of ancient antiquity: fine metal filigree pendants, French chandeliers, Murano glass light fixtures, Syrian dressers, and Iraqi chairs. Taken as a list of ingredients, it logically should create a “Tower of Babel” effect, but instead peace and harmony emerge from this globalized mash-up. It’s as if generations have occupied this space and with each passing century the legacy of their travels and acquisitions has been lacquered in layers onto their physical space.
Children Keano, Isabella and Angel feel right at home in the familycentred kitchen. Granite countertops and tidy cabinets were removed for a more rustic look.
should represent what you love and you will always feel blessed in it.”
Aged oak beams, imported from Montana, add to the feel of a centuries-old villa.
Unique design decisions Sabrina admits the contractors, Abstract Developments, who took her direction on transforming the home once owned by a Hollywood star, often seemed puzzled by her requests, which were counter to current design thinking. “They all thought I was crazy.” “The Jardine family was extremely committed to their vision for the home in their requests,” says Mike Miller, president and founder of Abstract Developments Inc. “At various stages throughout the process, our project team ‘took a step back’ from the renovation to regroup and ensure all of these components would come together. There were
a few key ‘ah-ha’ moments during the project process where we were finally able to see all the various parts of the home come together synergistically.” Husband Kevin Jardine notes Abstract was “flexible enough to execute our desires.” Now the home is “the most comfortable house we have ever lived in,” says the founder of the Sport Mart chain, who has lived in a number of houses. He credits this to its authenticity, derived from its nearly century-old existence and from their choices to create their own signature space influenced by global travels.
No matching drawer pulls are in this kitchen. Instead, there's a whimsical collection of mismatched hardware.
The master bathroom features a deep, lounging tub overlooking the ocean. Natural light is enhanced by a Moroccan pendant light and beeswax candles beside the tub and on pillars.
Stories among the storeys As Sabrina shows off the threestorey home, each space tells a story. The biggest chapter involved two shopping trips to Marrakesh, where in a series of 12-hour shopping days she combed the souks for carpets, finelypierced wrought iron lanterns, dressers and desks inlaid with mother of pearl, and even an assortment of building materials such as doors, arches, and distressed cabinetry. “I didn't have a plan when I went to Morocco other than I knew I wanted lighting and antique doors” from the country that “has earned the reputation 38
as the hub of interior design.” A 12-metre shipping container was required to get the treasure trove home. Other pieces were acquired over numerous trips to Europe, the US and Mexico. If anything was missing, she turned to the web, where Berbere World Imports offered the wares of 40 some countries (berbereworldimports.com). Then came the daunting task of figuring out how the items would be incorporated into the home. Her brother-in-law Gary Jardine, an interior designer, helped with the
architectural renderings. More than 100 imported light fixtures for the interior and gardens had to be adapted and brought up to the Canadian Standards Association’s requirements. “Whenever you find something from abroad that you fall in love with, when you take it home, the memories of the place, the people you met, or the tagine that you shared, you are surrounding yourself with love even through home décor,” says Sabrina. “I definitely recommend doing this. Your home should represent what you love and you will always feel blessed in it.”
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A set of ancient doors, shipped from Morocco, are repurposed as a headboard. Some 100 light fixtures were imported and upgraded.
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A home where light shines There is no shortage of things in this 10,000-square-foot home to limit Sabrinaâ€™s blessed feeling. At the front entrance a Middle Eastern bench from a mosque in Syria serves as a place to rest while putting on shoes. Immediately across a casement of distressed double wooden shutters, a Juliet balcony has been cleverly and creatively repurposed to hold wet umbrellas. Sabrina turned to a craftsman, now returned to Mexico, to adapt many imported architectural building materials and to artistically distress other contemporary built-ins for cohesion. Her favourite acquisitions are silver crosses now sitting on top of the refrigerator, which she later learned likely came from Ethiopia, the home country of the coupleâ€™s middle, adopted child named Angel. The once-dim smoking room is now a cheerful and bright childrenâ€™s room. Vibrant and distinctive tables and dressers by Sticks (sticks.com) play off the Roch Bobois Mah 40
A basement area was converted into a wine cellar with exotic flare.
Jong modular sofa featuring padded floor cushions. This is a happy room where Isabella, Angel and Keano romp with other children or curl up to watch a movie with mom and dad. The master bedroom, now pillared and beamed, is a place of calm family retreat. In the corner a metal shrine — Sabrina believes of Jewish significance — encases photos and other family memorabilia. It’s not a functional furnishing, but is definitely mystical. A large tub in the master bath overlooks the ocean and is big and roomy enough so her children can join her. It’s a reminder of a comment Sabrina made earlier: “We are all about family and about being together ... I wanted our home to be loving to my children.” Carolyn Heiman explores beautiful Island homes each month for Boulevard. If you know of a gorgeous home you’d like to see profiled she can be contacted at email@example.com. VB
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lean, contemporary, open and fresh describe the makeover
received by the kitchen and dining area of this Rockland house. Designer Jenny Martin considered her clients’ requests to modernize and open up the dated, peach-walled 1950s home, and implemented her vision and prowess to turn the homeowners’ wishes into a bright and elegant reality. A spacious kitchen allows for two large islands with polished granite “Bianco Toscano” countertops. Two-tone cabinetry is a creative feature that juxtaposes finishes (wood grain and smooth acrylic). The dining area is posh and sophisticated, while a nearby architectural fireplace can take a dinner party from cool to cosy in an instant. Colour is used sparingly throughout the space, and reserved instead for floral arrangements and fruit bowls. Renos like this are more complex than just choosing cosmetic elements like fixtures and finishes. Architectural and structural challenges in need of problem-solving included a load-bearing wall between the original kitchen and dining area that was removed to achieve the open floorplan but required the addition of an engineered steel beam. “It’s a wonderful and exciting process,” says Martin, the recipient of several CARE and Georgie awards. “No two projects are ever the same!”
Designer Q&A functional fireplace Gone is the old mantel and hearth. Now cool turns to cosy instantly.
Q: What was the inspiration for two kitchen islands? A: It came from the understanding that parties always end up in the kitchen, so let’s plan for it! Q: How was light — both natural and artificial — used in the transformation of the space? A: Lighting is always one of the most important factors when working through the design process. The skylights and large patio doors bring in lots of natural light and the recessed fixtures create overall general lighting. We wanted to keep the rectilinear lines of the kitchen uninterrupted by island pendants but chose to suspend a feature pendant over the dining table to define the space. Q: What is your favourite element in this project? A: The polished stone countertops. They make such a statement against the neutral backdrop of the cabinetry. VB Interior Design: Jenny Martin Design Cabinetry: Swiftsure Woodworkers Countertops: Jivko Stone & Tile 43
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COMMON and COSTLY MISTAKES The most common mistake accountant Rod Munro sees is missing information slips, “especially T3 slips,” which come from mutual fund and trust companies. “They have investment accounts all over the place and they don’t realize they’re missing the slips, but if you don’t include them the Canada Revenue Agency charges a 20 per cent penalty for not declaring the income.” KPMG tax expert Dave Denley agrees that reporting investment income is an error-prone area, particularly when it comes to publically traded stocks and bonds. If you sell those investments or other assets and realize a capital gain, it can be even more complex. “Capital gains are an area where things really get complicated,” Denley says. “It makes life a little more difficult for the
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ARE WE MAXING OUT OUR RRSPS? For most of us, the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) deduction can yield the largest benefit. According to the latest BMO RRSP study, 65 per cent of British Columbians have an RRSP, up from 51 per cent in 2011. Since company pension plans are becoming
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DANCING BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company, Black Grace, performs March 15 and 16 at the Royal Theatre.
Few artists have had to negotiate as many opposing worlds as bankerturned-dancer Neil Ieremia. Born in New Zealand of Samoan parents, Ieremia was all set to be fitted for a closet’s worth of three-piece suits when he chucked it all for a life onstage. There, too, he faced stark choices: the primal rhythms and ceremonial dance forms of Samoa and his adopted Maori homeland versus the modern choreography of Balanchine and Ailey. Ieremia looked to his roots and started Black Grace, an earthy, percussive, and explosively powerful troupe that became wildly successful. That first group totally fell apart just as they were achieving international fame, and Ieremia had to rethink the why and wherefore of his path. According to Dance Victoria producer Stephen White, he was averse to being pigeonholed as a brown-skinned, anthropological dance novelty. And so Ieremia — now more a choreographer than a dancer — took the DNA of his Pacific heritage and infused it into a framework that emphasized contemporary dance. The resulting hybrid turned Black Grace into New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company, one that increasingly commands the world stage. They dazzled at the 2010 Winter Games “Cultural Olympiad” and are making their Victoria debut with a 90-minute program that covers the gamut of their power and expressiveness. “Grace are so gutsy and yet technically skillful,” says White. “They’re the sort of troupe that is loved by both audiences and critics,” he adds. “The work of theirs I’ve seen on video is remarkable.” Performing March 15-16 at the Royal Theatre. For tickets, call 250-386-6121.
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Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish founded Digging Roots.
THE ‘GLOBAL BLUES’ OF DIGGING ROOTS They’ve played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, opened for Creedence Clearwater Revival, and jammed with the indigenous Sami reindeer herders of Norway. For Ontario’s genre-straddling Digging Roots, it’s all part of pursuing their musical truth while trying to earn a living playing non-commercial music in an iTunes world. One of the most remarkable First Nations bands in North America — they’ve been tagged as everything from “aboriginal alternative” to “global blues” — Digging Roots is funky, layered, eclectic, and very, very good. Whether it’s a bohemian blues shuffle à la Tom Waits, a jolt of rockabilly, or touches of reggae and hip-hop, this is music that grabs you by the throat and makes you feel things (or maybe just feel like dancing). “I saw them at Pacific Contact [a presentation event for promoters] and they were a rockin’ great band ... they impressed me the most of 24 acts I saw,” says Ian Case, director of UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. “I couldn’t wait to book them.” The hardtravelling quartet is currently on the road in support of their just-released CD Love Drive. “We’ve been touring pretty incessantly since 2009, and the new CD contains both love songs and stories about being on the road,” explains Raven Kanatakta, who co-founded the multiple award-winning band with his now-wife ShoShona Kish back in 2004. “Our music has an aboriginal core, but then we take it into a modern context,” says Kanatakta. “Much of what we write is based in tradition, but ultimately we’re a product of the world we live in.” Performing March 10 at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. For tickets, call 250-721-8480.
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Hollywood star Bruce Greenwood joins Janet Wright, of Corner Gas, in Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s production of Letters, running March 26 to 30 at the McPherson Playhouse.
Playwright A.R. Gurney, esteemed bard of the middle class, was nominated for a 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Love Letters. Pulitzer buzz notwithstanding, Letters should really have received an award for being a surefire theatrical moneymaker: it’s a crowd-pleaser requiring nothing more than two chairs and side tables, with a pair of actors who sit facing the audience. “It’s poignant and genuinely wonderful,” says Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s artistic director Brian Richmond. “And it’s also what we need right now to help us eliminate a deficit that we built up over the summer.” This so-called “epistolary” play has the actors read out a series of cards and letters that represent 50 years of correspondence between two soul mates who never quite managed to have a life together. Letters is usually a star vehicle and some of the more notable performer pairs have been James Earl Jones with Elizabeth Taylor, and Jeff Daniels with Sigourney Weaver. Although Richmond can’t quite compete with that wattage of star power, he has secured suave Hollywood leading man Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Thirteen Days) for the role of Andrew. Noted Canadian performer Janet Wright will play Melissa. Most famous for her role on CBC’s Corner Gas, Wright regularly appears at Stratford and has been in numerous movies ranging from Perfect Storm to McCabe & Mrs. Miller. “I think the play reaches people because this extraordinary and haunting bond makes such a profound statement about the possibilities of malefemale relationships,” says Richmond. Running March 26 to 30 at the McPherson Playhouse. For tickets, call 250-386-6121.
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“SAINT LEONARD” — HE’S YOUR MAN For most people, having your life savings plundered by a sleazy financial planner would be devastating. For revered singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, it was also a harsh lesson in the Zen of non-attachment. Ultimately, though, it sparked a latein-life renaissance that began with a new CD and led to a triumphant world tour that’s still going strong four years in. Cohen delivered a three-hour Rolls-Royce of a show in Victoria back in 2010 and is returning to give fans another chance to hear those classic songs of love and loss. I’m Your Man, Ain’t No Cure For Love, the now-immortal Hallelujah — the song list is a catechism, and “Saint Leonard” invariably inspires a quasi-religious experience wherever he performs. Sporting his trademark dark suit and fedora, Cohen embodies a unique spirit of class, wit, and humility that is light years away from anyone else on the arena circuit. “You may never see him again ... so you have to go,” says local music veteran Joe Scarfone, who caught Cohen two years ago in Victoria, then saw him in Vancouver last November. Is Scarfone going to this latest show? “He’s worth it,” is the emphatic reply. Performing March 6, 8 pm, at Save-On Foods Memorial Centre. For tickets, see selectyourtickets.com, the Save-On Foods box office, or phone 250-220-7777.
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The incomparable Leonard Cohen performs March 6 at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre.
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ARTISTS WITH A GOLDEN TOUCH
Anthony Thorn’s Midnight Garden, 16” x 12,” ink and acrylic on watercolour paper, dewaxed shellac and 22-carat fine gold leaf, with over-glaze and second gilding.
Gilding — the art of using gold leaf or powder as a decorative accent on solid surfaces — goes back many centuries. Its medieval beauty, as well as some surprisingly modern expressions of this unique art form, are presented in Three Gilders at Eclectic Gallery. “I wanted the exhibition to be an expansive look at gilding, one that showed the work itself but where you also got a sense of the history of it,” says gallery co-owner John Taylor. His most senior gilder is Anthony Thorn, a master now in his 80s who uses techniques that are literally 1,000 years old. “His intricate and minutely detailed pieces are in significant collections around the world,” says Taylor. Aside from paintings, Thorn also creates tiny “wall jewels,” exquisite sculptural pieces comprising unusual materials such as bone, ivory derived from piano keys, and parts of antique Asian umbrellas. Georgia Angelopoulos has a very different practice, specializing in calligraphy and illuminated letters. “Georgia is an amazing artist, one who’s widely respected internationally,” notes Taylor. Well known from Oxford University to Russia (land of the gilded icon), the Greek-born Angelopoulos expresses the purest traditions of this ancient art form. The third member of the trio is Horst Molleken. Although world renowned as a glass sculptor, Molleken will mostly be showing his paintings at this exhibit. These works incorporate gilding, with the gold lying beneath the pigment and subtly illuminating it. “Horst’s work is beautiful, layered, and very modern, almost like abstract landscapes,” explains Taylor. “You feel the brightness of the gold.” Running until March 23 at 2170 Oak Bay Avenue. For information, see Eclectic Gallery, eclecticgallery.ca. 53
The classic melodramatic tale, The 39 Steps, is now a madcap, comic play, which Langham Court Theatre presents March 7 to 23.
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Although best known in its 1935 incarnation as a spy thriller by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps was reinvented in 2005 as a wacky stage play with a large debt to Monty Python (it won many awards in the process). Aside from an actor playing only the hero, and another actor performing the three female leads, there are two “clowns” tumbling their way through more than 70 different roles that rely on split-second changes in costume and accent to cue the audience. “It’s a maelstrom of madness,” chuckles theatre veteran Keith Digby, who is co-directing the play with his creative (and life) partner, Cynthia Pronick. The script follows the narrative outlines of the melodramatic original, but contains within it a multitude of frenetic sequences that are crazy-funny and so fast-paced that the audience can barely keep up. “It’s the theatricality I like as much as the absurdist humour,” says Digby, who has codirected a half-dozen plays at Langham Court over the last decade. “The trick is to make it seem as though it’s almost being improvised on the spot — which of course takes an enormous amount of rehearsing.” VB Running from March 7-23 at 805 Langham Court. For tickets, see langhamtheatre.ca.
Side by Side By Sondheim: A retrospective of composer Stephen Sondheim's greatest works. Cast includes Victoria's sensational Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Mike Delamont and Alison Roberts. March 1-3, 2013; Metro Studio, 250. 590.6291; saltwaterinc.ca. All over the map: The Greater Victoria Concert Band presents works from Broadway to Middle Earth, featuring music from Les Miserables, Lord of the Rings, and more. March 2, 8 pm, Alix Goolden Hall, gvcb.ca. Visiting artist series: Research-based conceptual artist Dave Dyment and multimedia artist Sarah Anne Johnson appear at UVic’s long-running Department of Visual Arts Visiting Artist series. March 6 (Dyment), March 13 (Johnson), 8 pm, UVic Visual Arts building, room 162, 250.721.6222, finearts.uvic.ca. Tom Green: The outrageous comedian who paved the way for today's MTV comedy shows is on a world tour. March 9, 8 pm, Club 9one9, tomgreen.com. games without frontiers: A showcase of UVic faculty and local high-tech companies using videogaming techniques for research and positive social impact, with talks, demos, panels, screenings, and a Kid Zone. March 9, 11:30 am-6 pm, UVic David Strong building, gameswithoutfrontiers.uvic.ca. Martha wainwright: Returning to Canada for a headline tour for her new Come Home To Mama album, she brings her captivating sound to Victoria. March 10, 8 pm, St. Ann’s Auditorium, marthawainwright.com. spark festival: The Belfry’s annual Spark Festival features new plays and new ideas. Shows this year include A Brimful of Asha, Oh My Irma, One, and Little One. March 11-24, Belfry Theatre, belfry.bc.ca. you’re a good man, charlie brown: Good grief! Twice a runaway hit on Broadway, this popular musical brings Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang to life. March 1423, Phoenix Theatre, 250.721.8000, finearts.uvic.ca. culinaire victoria: Victoria’s premier food-tasting experience. Discover new restaurants and sample a variety of food and beverages from around our region. March 21, 5-10 pm, the Crystal Garden at the Victoria Conference Centre, culinairevictoria.com. a Captain’s journal: The Victoria Historical Society presentation on The Private Journal of Captain G.H. Richards (1860-1862) provides new insights into the work of the Royal Navy in the colonial period. March 28, 7:30 pm, James Bay New Horizons Centre, victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca. wine islands spring tasting: Sample offerings from 30 winemakers, cidermakers, meadmakers and distillers from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Crystal Ballroom. March 29, 6-8:30 pm, Fairmont Empress, wineislands.ca. Visit our website, victoriaboulevard.com, to submit event details online. Listings for the April issue must be received by March 8 to be considered for inclusion. 55
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Is it a passing fad or a return to our ancient roots, shoots and leaves? by anne mullens illustrations by pip knott photos courtesey of café bliss/ariel rubin
n a drizzly Victoria day, the bone-cold dampness calls for curling one’s hands around a steaming bowl of stew. A friend has invited me, however, to join her at Café Bliss, on Pandora Avenue, for a raw food lunch. “I’m craving it,” she texts. “I like my food cooked,” I reply. “You’ll love it — it’ll make you live longer,” she says. “Or does it just feel longer?” I quip. The place is packed. As suspected, I see hemp-wearing, dreadlocked clients sipping frothy green drinks from Mason jars. But also at the handful of plain wooden tables are middle-aged women in business attire like us, some zippy
retirees fresh from kayaking, hip genXers relating to iPhones, moms with babes. In fact, people of all ilks and ages steadily line up for take-away or swoop in to snatch vacated tables. The chalk-written menu notes everything is wheat-, meat-, dairyand gluten-free. Fruit, veggies, sprouted nuts and seeds in various combinations populate the choices. There are salads — I like salads — but what’s with the raw “burgers” and “pizza?” And those yummy-looking chocolate cakes and goodies in the glass dessert case, you’re telling me those are raw, too? “I know,” whispers my friend, a local lawyer. “I thought it was nuts
at first, but a client loves the place and brought me here, and now I’m hooked.” I order the pizza while watching the bustling staff, all reed thin, with well-defined biceps and ridiculously glowing skin. I’m skeptical about this whole raw thing — until I bite into my “pizza,” a dehydrated vegetable crust, laden with mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes and other goodies. It is delicious, bursting with fresh and prominent flavours. I have never tasted anything quite like it. This is raw food? And so my exploration into the growing raw food movement — its facts and fallacies — begins.
Fiery debate Chimpanzees, from whom we parted some five million years ago but with whom we still share 99.4
Fact: humans are the only species that cooks its food.
per cent of our genes, eat raw. We know that Lucy and her Australopithecus pals some three million years ago ate raw. Some two million years ago, when homo erectus, our nearest biological ancestor, stood up in the African savannah, it was likely to reach for a tasty raw leaf, or crawling raw cricket.
So just when did homo sapiens start doing that? The question is hotly debated.
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UK primatologist Dr. Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Makes Us Human (2009), argues that around two million years ago it was the use of cooking fires that liberated enough calories in our diet to increase our brain size, enabling us to spend less time foraging, chewing and digesting and more time dreaming up tools, language, music â€” and recipes. But most other anthropologists argue that charred bones only start appearing in hominid habitations from about one million years ago â€” and those may have been accidental, say a tasty roasted rabbit leg found after a brush fire. In fact, widespread use of controlled fire may be relatively recent in our evolution. In 2011 two archaeologists, Wil Roebrooks of Leiden University, and Paola Villa of
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the University of Colorado, studied 141 ancient sites in Europe dating back one million years. They found that the habitual use of cooking fires emerges only about 400,000 years ago. Stated another way, if the last two million years of hominid evolution were a 24-hour clock, we have spent almost 19 hours eating our food raw and just five hours eating it cooked. That, in a sprouted nut shell, is the argument raw foodists use for promoting the lifestyle: it is the fuel our bodies have been designed to run on, enzymes, nutrients and all. Feed it cooked fuel and we gunk up with disease, proponents say. One hundred years ago Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner, the inventor of Muesli, was the first in modern times to argue that he could cure diseases by
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feeding patients a diet of raw fruits and vegetables. Since then, many have followed, including Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Dr. Brian Clement, Dr. Douglas Graham and more. Now dozens of books on raw food and its purported miracles of healing and improved vitality line the health food bookshelves. Websites abound. Some of the celebrities who promote the lifestyle include Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, model Carol Alt, Sting (of course Sting!) and singer Jason Mraz. Zealous adherents prepare and consume all foods at temperatures below 60Â°C, believing higher temperatures destroy natural enzymes. Some raw foodists are strictly vegan, while others consume raw fish and meat, too. A dehydrator, set to low temperatures, is often used to help prepare many of the foods.
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When I bring up the raw food diet as a story idea in an editorial meeting, staffer Scott Simmons admits he tried it: “I lasted three weeks. I was starving. It’s insane,” he says. At my yoga class, one of the teachers, a buff, fatless noodle named Scott Erickson, 29, exudes radiant good health. He’s been eating raw for more than two years, consuming veggie smoothies, huge salads, and dehydrated concoctions. “I used to get chronic colds, now I never get sick,” says Erickson, who has written a Khalil Gibran-like treatise on the virtues of the raw life. (See www. foodwisdomaparable.com.) Over lunch at Bliss he tells me he was an Alberta meateating boy with skin problems and fatigue, who went vegetarian at age 20, then raw at age 27. For 18 months he ate 100 per cent raw but now is about 80 per cent. His parents think he is crazy, “but I have never felt better in my life.” Neil Tran, owner of Leap Web Solutions, believes he has cured his degenerating discs and arthritis by his conversion to a primarily raw diet. Tran, 38, says he was so ill a year ago that he was unable to push open a door or pick up his young child. He took high doses of pain killers and anti-inflammatories. A neurosurgeon told him he needed a spinal operation. When a friend sent him a link about how raw food’s alkalinity can help build bone, reduce inflammation, and cure back pain, “I was so desperate I would try anything,” says Tran. He now eats two of his three meals raw, with simple steamed fish or chicken and vegetables for dinner. Within three months of changing his diet, his discs had improved, he’d eliminated his inflammation and his need for daily pain killers. “I am a changed person,” says Tran, whose wife just started eating raw. “She has seen my transformation.”
Medical science weighs in Okay, enough of the anecdotes, what does medical research say? Very few well-designed studies exist, but the few that do show that compared to the regular population, long-term subjects on raw food diets had much lower BMIs and healthier blood lipids profiles, with high rates of circulating carotenes and folates — known to help prevent cancer — but deficiencies in vitamin B12 and lycopene. Women adherents often stop menstruating because of low body weight. A few medical papers raise the theoretical risk of food poisoning or the risk of malnutrition, particular from low levels of B12 and low protein.
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The American Dietetic Association advises that anyone on a raw food diet should ensure they get enough iron, B12, vitamin D, calcium and omega 3 and should take these as supplements.
Healthy, mindful food “Everyone eats raw food — apples, salads, celery, carrots — it is not that different,” says Joe Cunliffe, 31. He and his sister Heather are the co-owners of Café Bliss. We are sitting in the booth in the window, talking about the café’s philosophy and the people who frequent it. “We are not a strictly raw café, we always have some cooked food, like steamed brown rice or steamed root vegetables. It is about healthy, mindful eating of good, wholesome foods,” says Heather, 33. Growing up on Salt Spring with earth-conscious parents, the Cunliffes were raised on fresh, local food. When Heather was 27 she apprenticed for three months at Dr. Gabriel Cousen’s Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona, where patients with serious illnesses like cancer and diabetes are fed raw food diets. “It changed my life,” she says. She opened Café Bliss in 2008. She creates all the menu items, changing them every two months. Her brother left a job in Boston to help her with the business. They now employ 11 people and in 2012 alone, their sales increased by 30 per cent. They don’t like to put a number on the population that might be eating raw in Victoria, but it’s likely a few hundred. “We have a solid clientele who come often, but new people walk through the door every day,” says Joe. Heather’s self-published cookbook, Blissful: Raw Food Recipes from Café Bliss, has sold 2,000 copies in just eight months. It’s sold in the café, as well as at most bookstores, and even London Drugs and BC Ferries. I try a “Sherpa Burger.” It’s a raw curried coconut yam patty, with apple goji berry chutney, cucumber, lettuce, sprouts, and cashew “sour cream” on Bliss onion bread. It’s spicy, a bit crunchy and delicious. The flavours are pronounced and fresh. Joe cuts off a slice of the raw, dairy-free chocolate “cheez” cake. “Try this,” he says. Back at the office, I and two others gobble it down in disbelief and near rapture. “It’s so silky,” says our business manager Janet Dessureault. And so it is that on a recent drizzly day I find myself texting a friend I’m meeting for lunch. “Let’s go to Bliss for raw food. I’m craving it,” I say. “Are you nuts?” she texts back. VB
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e stand on the spacious veranda savouring canapés as we wait for the rest of our dinner companions to arrive. The first appetizer for this evening’s feast in the historic Metchosin farmhouse is the extraordinary view: mossy outcroppings, meadows with arbutus and Garry oak, and unobstructed views of Pedder Bay. Our group of 18 has come together, strangers for the most part, to experience the pleasure of sharing conversation and good, locally sourced
food. We are seated at a fine table set for being involved in the entire process, with fresh flowers, linens and sparkling from garden to the table. “Our mandate glassware, as succulent aromas emanate is to do wild foods with a modern twist,” from the kitchen. says Kienast. We are joining a Wild Mountain We move to the one long table, and dinner or “farm table feast,” essentially soon our diverse backgrounds (and BC a private party organized for paying wine) have conversations flowing about diners by Glenrosa Farm owners Brooke Fader and her chef husband, U pco m i n g f easts Oliver Kienast. The idea of Lunch at Glenrosa Farm preparing food from the Sunday, March 10 & April 7 at 1pm freshest sources available Pop-up Dinner at Ulla in Chinatown is not new, but the couple Sunday, March 24, at 6pm doing it here has a passion 61
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C REATIVE PARTN ERS H I P Kienast, 32, and Fader, 36, are a creative team both in their work and their marriage. As a chef, Kienast is a forager. He gathers plants in the wild, grows the produce he uses and cures his pork products. He can be seen along the shoreline out in Sooke gathering sea asparagus, or in the blackberry patches picking fresh berries. Fader, cellar master at Sooke Harbour House, finds the perfect wine pairings for each dish. Kienast worked for free at Café Brio to gain experience, eventually working up through various resorts and restaurants before creating Wild Mountain dinners. “It was a huge shift in our ideals and the way of dealing with food,” says Kienast. “My dream was a one-menu, one-setting scenario. I knew there was something that could happen at a big table. It’s a lot of work and a lot of reward.” Along the way, he has forged friendships and done business with people who share his farm-to-table mandate. “It’s about knowing your environment and what’s out there. There is so much great produce grown,” he says. “Local hands, local foods.” Wild Mountain dinners are $65 per person with a $25 charge for wine pairings. Afternoon lunches will be held Sunday, March 10 and Sunday, April 7. A pop-up dinner is taking place at Ulla in Chinatown on March 24. Vegetarian options are available. For more information go to wildmountaindinners.com. VB
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he potato may be ubiquitous, but I’ve never understood why it’s so often called “lowly.” I prefer to think of the potato as a foundation food, essential in famous dishes from steak frites and shepherd’s pie, to chowder and vichyssoise, frittata, gnocchi and mixed with cauliflower in aloo gobi. Today, when we can opt for basmati rice or risotto, corn grits, bulgur or even quinoa on the side, choosing potatoes is intentional. Unique, tasty and heirloom varieties are the new darlings of local growers and, finally, the potato is getting the respect it deserves. Check out Victoria restaurant menus and you will see what I mean — potato pancakes stuffed with Hungarian goulash, Kennebec fries for poutine, New York steak with crushed Yukon Golds, pork cheeks with cheddar whipped potatoes, Pacific Rim chowder with red jackets, fresh market fish with warm fingerling salad. You’ll often see Pemberton potatoes mentioned on these menus now. The potato may have originated in the Andes but in BC, Pemberton is the centre of the potato universe. Once Canada’s main seed-potato-growing region — thanks to its isolated valley where diseases were kept at bay — it’s now home to some of the province’s most creative growers. Helmer’s Organic Farm, for instance, grows 16 to 18 varieties of specialty potatoes, from banana fingerlings and Bintje, to Chieftain, Desiree, La Ratte and Seiglinde. At Across the Creek Organics, Bruce Miller has about 20 hectares of organic potatoes, his German butter potatoes bagged and shipped to city grocers. Five varieties of Pemberton potatoes are also used in Schramm Organic Potato Vodka, a velvety spirit they say evokes the local terroir with flavours of coffee, vanilla and natural sweetness. Now back to putting potato to plate:
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With all of the options, it’s wise to choose the right spud for the job. Most potatoes fall into one of two broad categories: good for baking, as they are dry, mealy and starchy, or better for boiling, because they are firm, waxy and less starchy. Among the dry varieties are White Rose and tasty Purple Viking, though the all-purpose Yukon Gold is great for baking and mashing. The Russet Burbank (aka Netted Gem) is a dry variety, too, and a nice shape for baking and fries. Red-skinned Pontiac and Chieftain are good for boiling or roasting, as are white Warba. Chefs love yellow Bintje, a Dutch potato that absorbs the flavour of whatever it’s cooked with, or waxy Banana and French fingerlings, which slice nicely for salads and make artful additions to baby vegetable garnishes. For ethereal gnocchi, they choose the starchy varieties — Idaho Russets, Yukon Gold or Desiree — and for French fries, Kennebec.
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You’ve picked your spud: Now how to cook them? For the silkiest mash, potatoes are boiled or steamed in their jackets (unpeeled), then peeled while still hot, pressed through a ricer, and mixed with butter and cream. It’s the same technique for gnocchi — dry, riced potatoes are spread on the work surface, sprinkled with flour and mixed with a light hand to form a soft dumpling dough. Dry varieties are best for fries, too, and are fried twice — blanched in 325-degree oil for three minutes, then drained well and fried a second time at a higher temperature until crisp. Potatoes have always been the classic side dish — roasted, baked, mashed or layered with cheese in classic French gratins. But don’t be afraid to experiment with potatoes. Make a mash of white and orange sweet potatoes with sautéed onion and ginger; mash new potatoes with their skins on to include their healthy fibre and a nice, rustic texture; or season roasted potatoes with garam masala and cilantro. I like to lightly steam fingerlings or baby potatoes, crush them lightly, just to flatten and break the skins, then drizzle them with olive oil and bake in a hot oven until crispy and golden. Great with aioli, or toss them with a spicy tomato sauce for Spanishstyle patatas bravas. In Ireland, where potatoes were once the staple crop, potatoes go into breads, scones, and Irish stew, champ, and, as featured on the right, colcannon and boxty pancakes.
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This traditional Irish dish is related to champ (potatoes mashed with green onions) but adds kale, for extra nutrition and taste. Feel free to substitute chopped green cabbage, and serve it alongside lamb shanks braised in dark Irish ale.
6 medium potatoes (Russet or Viking), peeled and quartered 3 cups finely chopped kale or shredded cabbage 1 large onion (or a bunch of green onions), chopped 2 cups water seasoned with 1 teaspoon salt ¼ cup cream ¼ cup butter freshly ground pepper
In a large, heavy saucepan, layer the vegetables — half the potatoes, kale and onions — then repeat. Dissolve the salt in the water and pour over top. Cover the pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, tightly covered, until soft. Drain well and use a potato masher to mash everything together, forming a chunky purée. Stir in the cream and butter. Season with pepper. Serves six.
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Wine pairing wisdom says match intensity and weight. The potato, with low flavour intensity and lots of weight, illustrates the difference. Wine intensity comes from the sheer power and complexity of the aromatics and flavours. Some varieties — Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc — have naturally pronounced aromatics. Other varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc are more neutral, but can pick up intensity through winemaking options such as malolactic fermentation (adds buttery and popcorn notes) or the use of oak (adds spice and vanilla notes). Complexity layers on top of this. A
wine can pack an aromatic punch but be one-dimensional. A $12 bottle of Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon likely has a powerful hit of black fruit, but not much else. A highend Pinot Noir, however, likely has many distinct fruit flavours, floral notes, nutmeg and forest floor. Weight — or body — describes how the wine feels in your mouth. High alcohol, low acidity, sweetness and the use of oak all add body. A Californian Zinfandel with 16% abv seems much fuller than a Beaujolais Nouveau with 12% abv. A sweet Chenin from the Loire has more weight than its dry counterpart. Oak builds body and mouthfeel — think of a Sauvignon Blanc versus a Fume Blanc (an oaked Sauvignon).
Now to the potatoes. Served straight, pair with a relatively neutral wine with a fuller body like a lightly-oaked Chardonnay. The 2009 Rodney Strong, Chalk Hill, Sonoma ($26.99) is heavenly with butter-laden mashed potatoes. Fried with lashings of vinegar, forget about neutrality and reach for a wine with crisp acidity, like the 2011 Dog Point, Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough ($27) with lime, gooseberry, melon and smoky notes. The spicy Patatas Bravas moves us into reds and the 2010 Yalumba, Bush Vine Grenache from Barossa ($24.99) is perfect with its plum, red cherry, pepper, spice and clove notes.
These Irish potato pancakes make a classic Irish breakfast, served with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, or with rashers, sausages, black pudding and fried eggs. Some make a batter-style boxty, but I like a soft, rollable dough for these tasty flatbreads to enjoy hot or cold with sweet fruit spreads.
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Sprinkle the flour and baking powder over top and mix well. Stir in the remaining milk to form a soft dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface, divide into eight smaller balls and pat or roll into flat cakes. You can make thinner pancakes for rolling, or cut thicker pancakes into quarters and cook like griddle scones. Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add a little butter or oil to the pan, swirl to coat, cook the boxty four to five minutes a side, until there are brown spots on each side. Serve warm. Serves four to six. VB
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Whatever it’s called — beer belly, potbelly or spare tire — that telltale sign on middle-aged men has a way of creeping up and staying put. But the paunch need not be a permanent belly ache. The Vancouver author of the 2009 book Beer Belly Blues says men’s bellies begin to inflate when testosterone levels deflate, usually starting when they’re in their 30s. “Men have to wake up and realize they also suffer from hormones. It’s called andropause,” says Brad King, in his mid-40s and the author of 10 health-related books. After age 30, men lose about 1 per cent of their testosterone each year, which causes muscle loss, which slows down metabolism. By age 60, King says men have half the testosterone they had in their 20s. Combined with testosterone loss, men also begin producing more estrogen, which causes weight gain around the waist and the dreaded “man boobs,” King notes. Not only do men gain weight, their
risk of diabetes and heart disease substantially increases, along with one other potent aspect. “When you talk about lost libido, you get men’s attention,” King quips. The “blues” part of his title, meanwhile, refers to depression and moodiness linked to testosterone loss. TAME THE BELLY BEAST A nutritional adviser and media commentator, King advises reducing stress; maintaining a positive attitude; getting at least seven hours of sleep nightly; reducing caffeine consumption; exercising; eating enough protein; and consuming good fats found in olive oil, nuts and avocados. Perhaps not surprisingly for a creator of nutritional products, he also advises taking supplements (Peruvian maca, chrysin with bioperine, stinging nettle root). Dr. Dave Hepburn, one half (with Dr. Rob Sealey) of the well-known WiseQuacks radio hosts and a syndicated newspaper columnist, characterizes beer bellies as visceral or truncal obesity. “It has nothing to do with beer,” says
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sleep is crucial. But as you age, you sleep less well, Hepburn notes. With less testosterone, more ghrelin is produced, which means more hunger. Lower T levels also cause the loss of muscle, libido and robustness. AN EPIPHANY, THEN SUSTAINED EFFORT Like women, some men battle the belly bulge with hormone (testosterone) replacement therapy via injections or gels. Hepburn encourages lifestyle changes in the form of an intermittent, low-carbohydrate diet and dedicated exercise. Kim Reynhoudt knows about busting a gut. The 51-year-old franchise owner of the View Royal Canadian Tire found out eight years ago he had Type 2 diabetes. At 5-foot-10, he weighed over 250 pounds, had a 44-inch waist, couldn’t do a push-up, ate take-out food, rarely ate fruits or vegetables, drank beer and had serious back problems. One morning, lying in bed, Reynhoudt had an epiphany. “I had no energy. I saw, if I kept doing what I did, I wouldn’t be healthy.” Thus began his transformation. Via exercise and a healthy diet, he lost over 40 pounds, much of that from his belly. His waist is now 36 inches, his loud snoring has stopped, he no longer uses Metformin for his diabetes, the back problems are gone and red wine is his alcohol of choice. “But it hasn’t been all roses. I’m a guy that loves food. Don’t put a pizza in front of me,” he advises. THE REWARDS OF A TAMED GUT Helping Reynhoudt has been Narina Prokosch, owner and trainer at Victoria Wellness Professionals. Prokosch, a registered nurse, works often with men, busy with their careers, who leave little time for exercise. Most clients are 40 to 60, about 40 per cent of them male, and half have belly concerns. When they show up for fitness evaluations, they often wonder how they got the paunch, Prokosch says. Poor nutrition and no exercise are the culprits, combined with testosterone loss. “You can’t out-train a bad diet. If you don’t eat well you won’t lose weight,” says Prokosch. Her credo? Eliminate packaged and junk food, don’t eat anything white (like flour), and limit wheat products (breads and pasta). One-hour workouts at least three times per week are recommended, with a warm-up, weight-training and aerobic exercise. Prokosch advocates high-intensity exercise punctuated with short rest periods. Vigorous cycling, stairrunning and running uphill are suitable outside options. Reynhoudt, who admits he has to be vigilant about weight gain, visits Victoria Wellness four times a week, where he builds core muscles and does cardiovascular workouts. The married father of three daughters has no intention of going back to his old self. “I remember a picture of me on a boat in Shuswap. I had on an orange shirt and there was a big gut there,” he recalls. “Now, I have a huge amount of energy.” VB Shannon Moneo is a freelance journalist who graduated from the University of Regina’s School of Journalism in 1990. She’s lived in Sooke since 1992 with her family.
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New safety systems may reduce accidents, but are no substitute for a skilled driver By STUART EASTWOOD
Innovative automotive safety technologies frequently enter the marketplace, making it difficult for people to make informed choices when buying unfamiliar systems. They are expensive too, underscoring why we need to understand them. To appreciate just how clever some of these systems are, let’s take a look at some new technologies. Just remember: cool systems won’t save a bad driver. Active Parking Assist (APA): Drivers who fear parallel parking will find support through the APA system. Once engaged, APA ultrasonic sensors begin the parking sequence by measuring the intended parking space. Approving the dimensions of the space, APA asks for permission to continue. The driver retains responsibility for shifting the transmission and operating the gas and brake pedals. Once under way, the steering system guides the car into the space, hands-free. But parallel parking isn’t that difficult. Learn how to do it from a driving instructor, or even the Internet, and save the cost of what may be an unnecessary feature. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) reduces the demands on the driver by helping to maintain a predefined minimum distance to the leading vehicle. Forward-facing sensors provide the ACC with the necessary information to maintain the desired speed set by the driver and then adapts it to the traffic situation by accelerating or decelerating automatically. Front Collision Avoidance Technology (FCAT)
systems feature a camera that scans the road ahead. Audio and visual alerts warn drivers of any impending collisions likely to occur if corrective action isn’t taken. Predictive Emergency Braking (PEB) is often combined with the FCAT
system, which automatically begins emergency braking to reduce impact speed when a collision is imminent. Blind Spot Detection Systems use radar or rear-facing cameras to warn of vehicles travelling in the driver’s blind spot. The system will typically illuminate a warning light mounted inside the appropriate door mirror. Further warning may include the steering wheel vibrating if the driver tries to move into a space occupied by another vehicle. Driver Alert Systems are intended to warn the driver of tiredness or distraction. By comparing a stored reference of the driver’s normal driving style against data supplied from steering commands, the system can determine when the driver should take a break. A dash-mounted warning light gives the alert. Lane Departure Warning systems monitor road position and warn against a deviation from the lane of travel. A dash light or, in some cases, a shaking of the driver’s seat, alerts the driver. Research from the US Institute for Highway Safety last year found, however, that vehicles fitted with this feature had more crashes than vehicles without. Why? They aren’t sure. However, a similar spike in accident rates occurred when antilocking braking systems debuted. Traffic safety experts largely agree that drivers didn’t fully appreciate what ABS was intended to do, and tended to drive more aggressively, believing the system offered extra margins of safety. Education is the answer.
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SYSTEMS IN DEVELOPMENT Car-to-X technology is being developed in Frankfurt by engineering and electronics company Bosch. The “X” in the equation represents a vehicle’s ability to connect with other cars, emergency services, and traffic control systems. Intended to improve traffic congestion, and enhance safety, Car-to-X may include convenience functions such as locating available parking spaces. Bosch now has a 120-vehicle test fleet. Autonomous Cars ask little of the driver except the desired destination. The car senses its surroundings and navigates through a GPS system. Interpreting sensory inputs, an autonomous car identifies appropriate routes, and recognizes relevant street signs. Google, Nissan, Toyota, and Audi have all developed successful cars. Nevada issued the first licence to an autonomous car in May, 2012. The belief is that it may be possible to increase both traffic density and flow by having groups of cars travelling closely together, creating more space on roads, and reducing travel times. The Google research team found during testing that when accidents did occur, a human was driving the autonomous car in normal mode. In the end though, as driving education instructors rightly point out, lack of knowledge and skill in a driver cannot be solved by technology. While advanced automobile technologies have a role to play, roads would be much safer if more people understood and applied the rules of the road. VB 79
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The DESPER ATE wife of a cellphone addict has a MESSAGE for him By LAUREN KRAMER
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Some women fantasize about handsome, muscle-sculpted men, others about luxurious, tropical resorts. Me, I fantasize about dropping my husband’s iPhone into a tall glass of water and watching the bubbles as it drifts slowly to the bottom. Of course, the repercussions of such an act would be serious, so I keep this fantasy under wraps for the most part. But what I can’t contain is my loathing for this portable device, the symbol of technology’s control of our lives, our dialogue and our freedom. How can you be in the present moment when you are being beeped and buzzed with incessant messages? “I need it for work,” he argues on a Saturday morning as we head to synagogue and I wonder out loud why IT is joining us. “What if something urgent comes up? I need to be available.” It’s hard to come up with a counter for that argument, especially when your husband is a doctor. But the truth is that the messages are not terribly important. “Play poker 80
Wednesday night?” a friend texts. “Check out this song on iTunes,” another emails. Each message is diligently read and responded to.
A CELLPHONE IS NOT FOR ME A little history: after using a cellphone for a few months some six years ago, I paid up my account and pressed the little button that would turn it off forever. I hated being constantly available and distracted by a telephone. Friends wonder how I can be a good mother without a cellphone (“what if something happens to the kids and they need to reach you?”), but the kids have been just fine. I capitulated recently when my husband upgraded his iPhone to a newer model and implored me to take over the old one. “Just stick it in your handbag,” he insisted. “If there’s ever an emergency, at least you’ll have it.” It’s there, in my bag, usually with a dead battery and a slew of old messages I haven’t checked. It is not an accessory I truly want in my life. What I yearn for is peacefulness, especially the peacefulness of life we had in the days before IT joined the family. I know I’m not alone. “My husband is addicted to his cellphone,” my friend Mickey confesses when he’s out of earshot. “We can’t go anywhere without it. When it rings, it takes precedence over any conversation we have. It drives me crazy.” My friend Belinda sat silently at my dinner table a few weeks ago, watching her husband’s fingers splayed across the keyboard of his cellphone all through the meal. Yes, he made conversation. But the entire time, his eyes were riveted to the screen. He wasn’t truly with us at all. IT somehow gives permission to defy social niceties.
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THE PHONE COMES FIRST Connectivity has become a pure addiction, blurring the lines between necessity and desire, fuelling feelings of self importance, power and control. Whatever may be going on at the time a message or call comes in — be it the questions of a curious child or the teary confessions of a frustrated spouse, IT comes first. My fear is that it has the potential to change relationships irrevocably through the power of distraction, teaching those we love that they are less important than a digital device. I’m picturing myself 40 years from now in a home for the aged. There are no visits from the kids or grandkids, only digital messages with abbreviated words and a screen capture so I know what they look like. Even on the screen, they’re not making eye contact. They’re too busy sending and receiving new messages that are more important than the one in which they are presently engaged. If the phones have their users in such a stranglehold today, what does that bode for tomorrow? Me, I have my eye on that tall glass of water. VB 81
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We are talking by Skype from Ottawa. What are you doing today as a new member of Parliament? I’m interviewing potential staff. I’m going out later to look at possible apartments. I hope to bike to work, except in the winter. Last week, it was -30. I’ve been living in Victoria too long to bicycle in -30.
as Victoria Harbour, water pollution. I’m very concerned about housing in Victoria, of the homeless and how the federal government needs to find solutions. And also, housing for the rest of us. I’m also concerned with the local economy … providing jobs of the future, green jobs.
Your initial Ottawa impressions? My impressions are coloured by the fact that we’re in full winter mode here. I had to buy a winter coat, one of those parka coats, the Canada goose jacket. It’s surprisingly cold.
What’s happening with sewage treatment? My bottom line is, sewage treatment is the law and has been ordered by the BC Liberal government, been ordered by the federal Conservative government. We need to get on with it but we need to do so in the most cost-effective way. I’m meeting with federal ministers and community leaders in Victoria to find less expensive ways to comply with the law.
Have you used your French yet? Yes. It’s wonderful to be part of a caucus that has 58 or 59 members who are from Quebec, most of whom speak French as their first language. I’m committed to being a strong member of the team so I’m using my French every day now, which is fun. What are the top issues on your agenda? I’m very concerned about environmental issues, and specifically, the Enbridge pipeline. When I knocked on all those doors during my election campaign, it was astounding the one issue that came up constantly. British Columbians are utterly opposed to this project and I intend to do as much as I can to stop it. There’s also the environmental impact where federal activities are involved, such
In January you were named Official Opposition Critic for National Revenue. Why not Environment? I joined the caucus mid-stream: the 100-plus members had already been appointed to positions for over a year and a half since the last election. Megan Leslie of Halifax is the environment critic and doing a terrific job. I am really looking forward to my new role. I’ll be dealing with things like the government’s policy on tax havens and its attacks on the charitable status of certain environmental organizations. Any tips from Denise Savoie? Her best advice to me was to make sure I listen to people and demonstrate concern for their interests.
You advised Liberal Bob Rae, right? Should the NDP and Liberals merge? Many years ago, I was a classmate with Rae at law school so I knew him when he was an NDP person and we’ve continued our friendship. I’m not in favour of a merger of Liberals and NDP. I’m in favour of the NDP becoming a place where people, centrist, left of centre, environmental values, come under the big tent of the modern NDP. What do you do to unwind? I’m a yoga addict. I’ve found a place in Ottawa. I attempt to go three times per week. There’s also a gym on Parliament Hill, in the same building as my office so I’m hoping to take advantage of that. I bicycle a lot. You had an interesting classmate growing up in Thunder Bay. I was in the same class as Paul Shaffer, music director on the Letterman show. Even then he was an amazing piano player. I remember he consistently beat me in Rotary Club piano competitions when we were in elementary school. It got quite demoralizing! We had a crush on the same girl in Grades 5 and 6. A few years ago I tried to see him when I was in New York but tickets to the Letterman show weren’t available. Dropping his name didn’t seem to do any good either! Your most prized possession? My old bicycle, a 15-speed Norco. It’s a wreck. No one wants to steal it. I don’t need to lock it when I’m downtown, but I do. Every time I see it, it reminds me of the places we’ve been to together. It’s had better days, but I love it. VB This interview has been condensed and edited.
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