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June 2019 Issue 127 Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine Publisher Richard Badman Editor Sheila Badman Contact us at: 250 746 9319 6514 Wicks Rd, Duncan BC V9L 5V2 Visit us online at Distribution Proofreading Calendar Abby Diana Pink Angela Sheppard Advertising Enquiries Please Contact Adrienne Richards 250 510 6596 e-mail Next Ad Deadline June 15 for July 2019 Issue 128 *Non Profit Community Ad Rates available please enquire. COMMUNITY CALENDAR LISTINGS ARE FREE! Next EVENTS DEADLINE June 15 for July 2019 Issue 128 E-mail events in ONE SENTENCE with Date, Event Title, Time, Location and Cost w/ subject “EVEN TITLE to: Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine reserves the right to omit and/or edit submitted listings due to space or time limitations. SPECIAL THANKS TO FOLLOWING VALLEY VOICES Kinga Heming, Cari Burdett, Quinn Bachand, Any Baty, Aaron Scally, Shani Farboud, Penny de Waal, Don Skerik, John Stewart, Sheila Badman, Massi Munn, Victor Vesely, Paul Ruszel, Kurtis Howes, Monica Dockerty, Nora Ajas, Tina Moizer, Suzan Kostiuck, Craig Spence, Valerie Bob, John Scull, Grant Easterbrook, Dr. Lyn Pascoe, Alistair MacGregor, Libby Hunns, Jean Cardino, Alison Moorwood, John Mowat Steven, Karen Trickett, Cam Russell, Tracey Hanson, Paul Robinson, Peter Gibson, John Magdanz, Joanne Sales, Pat Amos, Venita Chow, Carolina Brand, Henry Landry, Debbie Wood, Shawn Buckley, Jenni Lewis, Mark Holford, Nigel Yonge, Brandy Mandrusiak, Franziska Ditter, Colleen Underwood, Hilary Huntley, Marty Dovick, Peter Gibson, Cindy Jolin, Nicolette Genier and The Wonderful Staff at The Community Farm Store and The Lovely Georgia Nicols Cover Photo: Image Sheila Badman End of school! Floating wooden boats on the Koksilah River at Bright Angel Park. We welcome your story ideas and photo submissions, however Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine reserves the right to omit and/or edit all submissions for space, clarity, content and style. The opinions expressed in Valley Voice Magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, publishers or other contributors. Please send a query e-mail with your suggested topic prior to sending your article as space is limited and may not always be available.

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OUR COMMUNITY June Events 6-7 Cowichan Wheels 15th Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament 13 Reconciliation Manifesto 33 Downtown Duncan 34-41 Let’s Create A Zero-Waste Canada 40 Opportunities on Habitat Build Site 41 Glenora Farm Day Program is expanding! 53 The Dark Mountain Project 60 What Dad Wouldn’t Love a Big Mug for Father’s Day? 57 Community Farm Store Pages 64-65 Georgia Nicols May Forecast 69 Directory 70-71 LOCAL FOOD & DRINK Get Hiking with West Coast Kitchen from Fat Chili Farm 14 Spirulina From Sunsorya Fair Trade Co Operative 15 Summer Solstice Sippers 16 Musings From the Vines 17 Cowichan Valley Cider Release 18 Cowichan-Grown Farm Map Turns 10 Years Old! 19 Tea Terroir 25 HOME, FARM & GARDEN Permaculture With Kurtis Howes 24 Planting Roses 26 Mulch More, Water Less! 27 Where to start when looking for window coverings 28-29 Custom Framing For Your Home 35 Let the Sun Shine In 58 Water Quantity 59 I Hear That You Want Bees 61 Building With Scotch Broom 63 LOCAL ARTS Kinga Heming Sultry Vocals With a Dash of Swing 5 The Unfaithful Servants w/ Juno Nominee Oliver Swain 9 Sing For The Trees : Lila Community Choir 10 Music in the Park to Start 4th Season 11 Brishen Live In The Chapel 12 FORK OFF: Animals, Art and Advocacy 20 The Power of 13 Art Show 21 Chemainus Tuning Up For Summer Of Music In The Park 30 35 Years of Islands Folk Festival 43 Conventry Woodworks: Art For Dad 56 BODY, MIND & SOUL Beautiful Skin 22 Lexington Spa - Enjoy a Pedicure In Your Own Home 23 Shoes for Men 34 Men & Medical Aesthetics 39 Kundalini – Healing Energy 54 What’s so great about Celery Juice? 55 Crystal Water 65 Health Canada’s Aim to Remove Our Access to Natural Health Products 68 PETS, RECREATION & NATURE Low Tide Day 32 Work Off The Chocolate By Going Geocaching With The Family 37 A Hidden Paradise 49 Summer Camp Guide 44-48 How do you get your dose of Vitamin Sea? 52 Don’t Spread The Seeds 62 Lumber Ships of Genoa Bay 66

Steeped in the music of Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Sarah Vaughan, Natalie Cole and especially Ella Fitzgerald, Heming originally studied classical piano and voice before fully exploring the world of jazz while at Toronto’s Humber College. In her final year there, she won the Duke Ellington Honoree award. She has gone on to perform with pianist Renee Rosnes, flugelhornist Guido Basso and Don Thompson’s jazz ensemble. She has also sung anthems for the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors and the Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts.

Kinga Heming Sultry Vocals With a Dash of Swing


inga Heming on tour from the Okanagan appears June 2 for the first time at Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub. Heming brings her smooth and sophisticated vocals to the stage as part of the regular Sunday jazz series. Describing her style as “jazz, with a twist of soul and R & B” Heming will feature jazz standards such as Almost Like Being in Love, latin hit No More Blues, and pop anthem Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

For her debut release Guess Who I Saw Today, Heming says she selected music that reflects a time or point in her life when she experienced an emotional roller coaster — whether it was love, happiness, heartache, anger or frustration. It includes new interpretations by Duke Ellington’s Mood Indigo and songs associated with Nancy Wilson, Bill Withers, Mose Allison and Randy Newman.

The performance on June 9 is one of the Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented each Sunday at 2 p.m. by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society in the all-ages Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton. Reservations are recommended for this show. Call 250-324-2245 or visit http://osbornebaypub. com for more information. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. Admission is $15.

Celebrate PRIDE Celebrate PRIDE and support for the LGBTQ2SIA+ community at the Cowichan Valley Youth Pride Parade! Meet at 1pm, Saturday June 8th, at Cowichan Secondary School. Parade finishes at Charles Hoey Park. Celebration to follow! All ages welcome! No motorized vehicles. Bicycles, skateboards, and anything for accessibility is of course welcome!


Amazing Mark Lewis on sax


On tour from the mainland Sophisticated jazz vocals


Andrew Homzy brings New Orleans big band swing

June 23 * 2PM $15 RALPH BARRAT QUARTET Old blue eyes revisited

Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton

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The Power of 13 Art Show & Sale 11-5pm 2687 James St, Duncan www. FREE Runs to 06/14 Mamma Mia! Chemainus Theatre Festival 18005657738 Runs to August 31


Love is All Around Songs of Love Then & Now The Medford Singers 2pm St. Christopher’s Church 70 W Cowichan Ave, Lake Cowichan Tickets $17/$20 children free Medicine Gathering w Elder Della Rice Sylvester 10-12pm Cowichan Library 2687 James St, Duncan FREE Vintage Market Blue Grouse Winery 11-4pm 2182 Lakeside Rd, Duncan $2 Admission Tropic Mayhem Beach Band Music 9pm 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton www.osbornebaypub. com $10


Love is All Around Songs of Love Then & Now The Medford Singers 2pm Duncan United Church 246 Ingram St, Duncan children free Chemainus Classical Concerts DieMahler Trio Ensemble 2pm St Michael’s Church 2858 Mill St, Chemainus $25/$10/$18 Tom Vickery Quartet featuring sax player Mark Lewis 2pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton 250 324 2245 $15


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Workshop w/ Dr. Alison Hazelbaker 9-5pm Glenora Hall www.alisonhazelbaker. com $325


Elder College AGM 1011am all welcome Island Savings Center 2687 James St, Duncan FREE And So I Was Book release & reading poems writings & drawing John Mowat Steven 5-6pm Ten Old Books 330 Duncan St.


Concert For A Summer’s Eve 7:30pm Brentwood College School 2735 Mt. Baker Rd, Mill Bay $10 Children of the Wave w/ Los Borrachos 8-10:30pm The HUB at Cowichan Station, 2375 Koksilah Rd https://barelynorth. Kundalini Yoga w/ Hayley Salmons 6:30-8:00pm Sol Centre 5380 TCH, Duncan no experience necessary cowichankundalini@hotmail. com $15 also June 13/20/27 Shift into Summer Ayurvedic Wellness Seminar w/ Asrael Zemenick 5-6:30pm The Community Farm Store 5380 TCH, Duncan Mezzanine FREE


Concert for a Summer’s Eve Award winning bands & choirs fundraiser 7:pmT Gil Bunch Theatre 2735 Mount Baker Rd, Mill Bay $10 Friday Night Flights open to 7pm Blue Grouse Winery 2181 Lakeside Rd, Duncan also

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14/21/28 Black Angus Traditional & Contemporary Celtic Music & Dancing 9pm 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton www.osbornebaypub. com $10


Sing For The Trees Lila Community Choir Annual Fundraising Concert 2pm Duncan United Church 246 Ingram St $208 Youth Pride Parade 1pm Meet in front of Cowichan Secondary School FREE Low Tide Day Shoreline cleanup11:30-3pm lunch music critter count everyone welcome Kil-Pah-Las Beach Longwood Rd, Cowichan Bay 250 715 5261 FREE Psychic Fair free refreshments 11-3pm Mercury Theatre 331 Brae Rd, Duncan $20/$30 private readings pre-book contact Sandy 250 748 0723 Big Pacific Blues/Rock Old school Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $10


Cowichan Wheels 15th Annual wheelchair rugby tournament 11-3:30pm Red Arrow Brewing 5255 Chaster Rd, Duncan Kinga Heming Sultry jazz singer 2pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton 250 324 2245 $15 New Heritage Museum 12-4 pm 2851 Church Way, Mill Bay FREE also 16/23/30

Cuban Baseball Meet & Greet Dinner & Dance 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton osbornebaypub. com $20


Misha Piatigorski Trio… New York comes to Duncan with this must witness, fantastic jazz piano player $30 adv/$35 Duncan Showroom


Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group Coffee Hour 2pm Canadian Cancer Society 103–225 Canada Ave, Duncan FREE


Warmland Book & Film Collective 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation w/ Indigenous Peoples a Reality Bob Joseph 5-8pm VIRL 2687 James St, Duncan FREE


Sons of Guns Classic Rock/R&B/Pop/Reggae 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton www. $5


Renovation Blues Band high energy music 9pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $10 Valley Cider Release Party 2-8pm Small Block Brewery A Jazz Evening w/ Misha Piatigorsky 7-9pm Blue Grouse Winery 2182 Lakeside Rd, Duncan $35 Walter Hall Community Fishing Derby everyone welcome weigh in closes 2pm Malahat Legion 1625 Shawnigan LakeMill Bay Rd $25/$8 includes

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Jazzy Father’s Day Westholme Tea Farm 1-3pm 8350 Richards Trail NOLA Nighthawks Swinging big band 2pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $20 Father’s Day Bocce Tournament 12-3pm Blue Grouse Winery 2182 Lakeside Rd, Duncan $25/ $50


New Harvest Solstice Release tea garden tours & tastings begin 10-5pm 8350 Richards Trail www.


Fork Off Animals Art & Advocacy Opening Reception 1-4pm Waterfront Gallery 610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith Runs 06/30


Magical Terracotta Clay Fairy House & Garden Workshop w/ TreeFrog Tropicals 2-4pm, $75/ singles $65 w/friend, email


Brishen live in the Chapel Cowichan CD release concert 7pm Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd, Duncan $20

Haida-language film Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) 6:30-8:30pm VIU Cowichan 2011 University Way, Duncan FREE Seaweed Sensations w/ Angela Willard 4:306:30pm The Community Farm Store 5380 TCH, Duncan Register at Customer Service


Aboriginal Day 4th annual celebration of Indigenous heritage dance music food art craft 125:30pm Waterwheel park 3828 Croft St, Chemainus Surfrider Foundation 4:306:30pm The Community Farm Store Mezzanine 5380 TCH, Duncan FREE


Summer Imagination! Encountering the Space Between eurythmy colour tone consciousness studies Sol Centre 5380 TCH, Duncan barbarah@ $125


Ralph Barrat old blue eyes revisited 2pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $15 Sacred Chant Circle w/ Sadie Bartram 7-8:30pm Rivendell Yurt 5215 Bills Rd, Duncan by donation sdbartram@gmail. com/250-748-2089

Community Farm Store 5380 TCH, Duncan FREE Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group — Monthly Group 2 pm 103–225 Canada Avenue (Canada Building) FREE


The Unfaithful Servants w/ Juno Nominee Oliver Swain Album Release Party 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $15/$20 HUB Film Club Stan & Ollie 2018 Rated PG 7pm The HUB 2375 Koksilah Rd, Duncan hubfilmclub@gmail. com by donation


Deb Rhymer Band funky soulful blues 9pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $10


1 Pancake Breakfast Malahat Legion & Mill Bay Lions 8:3011am 1625 Shawnigan LakeMill Bay Rd Followed by Flag Raising & parade everyone welcome $6


Dark Mountain Project cultural response to changing realities in climate & environment 7:30am Queens Cup Café Queens Rd, Duncan


Cowichan Valley Cancer Support Group 10:30–12pm Canadian Cancer Society 103-225 Canada Ave, Duncan FREE


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The Monday Morning Music Society In 1994, Phil Newns, the Late Lori Carroll and the Late Bev Medford founded the “Choirs in Concert Society”. Since then, the name of the society has been changed and registered as the “Monday Morning Music Society”. Over the past 25 years, the society has raised over $90,000 for special needs people in the Cowichan Valley and beyond. Specifically, the MMM society helps fund a music therapy program for special needs people, held every Monday morning of the year at the Moose Hall in Duncan. The MMM society also funds Educational Bursaries for special needs graduates from Cowichan Valley secondary schools. Our “Concert for a Summer’s Eve” on June the 7th, featuring our award winning bands and choirs, is our annual fund raiser for the MMM society. Come and support this “special” cause and enjoy some top quality entertainment at the same time. Our suggested donation is $10, and the show starts at 7.30 p.m. in the T.Gil Bunch Theatre.


Misha Piatigorsky AT BLUE GROUSE Blue Grouse Winery will be hosting jazz pianist Misha Piatigorsky for a cabaret style piano concert in our upstairs lounge. Misha Piatigorsky- Vibrant jazz pianist, composer and producer, hailed by the Boston Globe as the artist who “beautifully merges the worlds of serious jazz and pop,” — Misha blends powerful melodies with an unusual harmonic sensitivity. It’s a sound with a deeply personal yet cosmopolitan dimension, reflecting his experience as a Russian-Jewish émigré growing up in urban America. The great nephew of legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, with international upbringing followed by international acclaim, he works in New York City to advance the modern jazz sound beyond the standards. Doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm. Tickets are $35 plus gst. Charcuterie boards and wine by the glass or bottle are available all evening. Saturday June 15 from 7-9pm 2182 Lakeside Road Duncan 250.743.3834

Album Release Party The Unfaithful Servants w/ Juno Nominee Oliver Swain


he Unfaithful Servants have quickly gained a reputation in Western Canada as an in demand festival band and a must-see act. With an original and exciting approach to traditional music, the group serves up explosive instrumentals, compelling story-telling and high powered vocals. Formed in the fall of 2017, the band garnered the attention of local music lovers and the music industry with an opening slot for Canadian folkie and Juno nominee Lisa Leblanc, and performances at the Islands Folk Festival, element Music Festival and the Canada 150 celebrations in downtown Victoria. The Servants are pushing forward the limits of traditional music and have a strong foundation of experience and skill to boast. Yet it’s the effort they put in together as a group that moves audiences and attracts their fans. The depth and talent of this group are undeniable and the journey they are embarking upon will

be an exciting one to watch. Joining The Servants will be the amazing Juno Nominee Oliver Swain. Award winning and Juno Nominee roots artist Oliver Swain Has as been a celebrated musician for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music styles for both his astonishing instrumental and vocal abilities, though he seldom gives the genre a fully traditional treatment. Oliver Swain strays towards the whimsical, the spiritual, and the socially conscious side of what he likes to refer to as “chamber folk odyssey”, and it’s these beguiling and provocative elements that make him unique as an artist and songwriter. Devon Leger even called him “The Zen Rock Garden of old time music”. The Unfaithful Servants w/ Juno Nominee Oliver Swain Album Release Party Friday, June 28th - 8pm $15 advance tickets $20 door 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton, 250-324-2245, 9

Sing For The Trees: Lila Community Choir Annual Fundraising Concert


oin Lila Music Centre’s Community Choir and share the joy of music in our annual fundraising concert, “Sing for the Trees”. We are raising funds in support of the “Where Do We Stand” advocacy group, a grass roots movement of dedicated individuals who believe in ecological, citizeninvolved stewardship of our Community Forests on the Six Mountains. Choir director Cari Burdett and the choir members are inspired by this cause to continue the tradition of singing together in a fun and friendly atmosphere to help keep our community healthy, thriving and alive. The repertoire contains songs in support of the forests, mountains and trees sung in a wide range of genres including; gospel, world, folk and pop. Special guests


this year include soloist Sami, singing Xavier Rudd’s song ‘Follow the Sun’ and our local vocalist, Hanna Seinen, will sing one of her new originals. Rising folk fiddle star, Quin EtheridgePedden, will add harmonies and musical flair to the choir songs. We are thrilled to have local pianist, Tanya Gillespie, join us again to add groove and harmony. We are excited to have an enchanting children’s choir from the Nature Homeschooling Group bring their delightful energy, sharing their joy of the beauty and importance of the Trees surrounding our beautiful valley. Sing For The Trees Lila Community Choir Annual Fundraising Concert Directed by Cari Burdett With Special Music Guests: Tanya Gillespie, Hanna Seinen, Quin EtheridgePedden, Sami Al-khalili, Swallowtail Nature School, Robert George Qwiahwultuhw and Cellobride. Saturday June 8th, 2pm Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St. Duncan Tickets $20.


Music in the Park to Start 4th Season


ES, is the answer to our many fans who have been asking if Music in the Park is happening. Thursday nights will come alive again at the Commons in Cobble Hill as Music in the Park enters its fourth season with 10 great concerts. Arbutus Roots

Arbutus Roots will kick off the season. They play west coast rooted, high energy, acoustic guitar driven music with a love for lyrics and harmonies. Their music has been compared to The Tragically Hip, Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews Band and The Barenaked Ladies. Featuring some returning and some new professional circuit musicians from Cowichan Valley and other parts of Vancouver Island, Music in the Park is one of South Cowichan’s key summer events. On Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 pm, fans of all ages scatter over the lush grass with their lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Thanks to the generous support of

numerous sponsors, the concerts are no cost to, but a free will donation is greatly appreciated. Last year, our audiences totalled 4000. Here are some impressions from Facebook: brought us closer to neighbours, friends and the broader community . . . casual fun atmosphere . . . amazing music . . . way to foster love of live music and enjoy the outdoors . . . opportunity to spend downtime with friends . . . lovely way to meet new people . . . love how all the kids run around together . . . something my family looks forward to every week . . . wholesome family community evening . . . every age laughing, smiling, dancing . . . engaged with each other.



Pack a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy both solo and band acts with your friends and neighbours! Music nights are brought to you by No entry charged but donations accepted

As an extra attraction this year, the Cobble Hill Farmers’ Market will set up Thursday evenings on the lawn of the Cobble Hill Hall. Watch for road signs and Facebook postings by Cobble Hill Events Society. We hope to see you at the best ‘big backyard party’ of the summer in the South Cowichan Valley! Kick off concert - June 27, Arubutus Roots, 6:30-8:30pm. Cobble Hill Village Commons Family friendly Submitted by Ann Baty 11


rishen, Romany for ‘bringer of the storm’, is what 23 year old Quinn Bachand, one of Canada’s most outstanding young musicians, and his band serve up with their original western and euro-gypsy swing homage. With a tight grasp on the music that embraces

the swing tradition, Quinn Bachand’s Brishen takes audiences on an inventive quest which, through its technical virtuosity, brings together a spellbinding range of musical history to reinvent the categories of swing jazz, pop and country, celebrating the music of the ‘30s, up to and including the ‘60s. Quinn Bachand’s Brishen creates a space where virtuosity meets vibe, leaving you with a sense of jubilance and nostalgia. The LIVE IN THE CHAPEL band has toured across Canada, the United States and Europe, performing 1843 Tzouhalem Rd., Duncan at major folk, jazz ALL SHOWS (Except Noted) and gypsy jazz Doors 7pm I Performance 7:30pm festivals. They’ve been nominated for THURSDAY JUNE 6 • $20 8pm five Canadian Folk AT THE HUB•COWICHAN STATION Music Awards, two Children of the Wave Western Canadian w/ Los Borrachos A night of surf rock goodness with Music Awards and Children of the Wave (Prince in 2018 won an George) and Los Borrachos Independent Music (Cowichan) Award in the Jazz category for their SATURDAY JUNE 22 • $20 sophomore album, Brishen Live in the Chapel Blue Verdun. Cowichan CD release concert Their third, and for Gypsy-Jazz virtuso Quinn much anticipated Bachand’s Brishen’s new album, “Tunes in a album “Tunes In A Hotel” Hotel Room” was released in Europe Tickets available at Duncan Music earlier this year and through and will have it’s

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Brishen Live In The Chapel official Canadian release this summer! Here’s what Quinn has to say about the recording: In the midst of planning this record and a European release in January 2019, I got phone call from Berklee College of Music informing me that there had been a major fire and I would be evacuated from my residence. I was at the time on tour with Grammy nominated Kittel & Co. and there was nothing I could do but ask my friend Josh Litton to pick up a few of my things after the fire… my violin, electric guitar and oud were in the room along with all my recording gear. When I returned, I found my room had been destroyed by the fire department, but my instruments were amazingly intact (but smelled and still

smell like smoke.) We were fortunately put up at the Sheraton Hotel in Back Bay, Boston. This record was made in room 737 of the hotel with old analog gear and features some of Berklee’s top jazz musicians. We hope you’ll come and share with us what is surely going to be an epic night of music! Saturday, June 22 7:30pm $20 Live In The Chapel at Providence Farm Chapel.

Cowichan Wheels 15th Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament


ooking for an enjoyable way to spend a familyfriendly Sunday afternoon? Come down to Red Arrow Brewing for Cowichan Wheels 15th Annual wheelchair rugby tournament. This day of inclusive family fun starts with 16 teams that will smash and roll for the championship Red Arrow Cup. Enjoy food trucks, cold beer, and a Caesar bar while listening to County Line and the McCandless Family Band. There will be water guns and activities for kids while everyone cheers on their favourite costumed team. We always have room for more players, so if rolling in an armored chair sounds appealing, come ready to score! Cowichan Wheels Association is a local society that provides accessibility

infrastructure in our beautiful Cowichan Valley. We aim to make Cowichan accessible for everyone with the money raised from our annual rugby tournament. Some of our past projects include the lift at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre, wheelchair accessible swings at neighbourhood playgrounds, and annual bursaries for youth. This year we are creating a bursary for a locally owned businesses that could use some help with making their services more accessible with an automatic door. Our next big goal is creating water access in the Valley for all abilities, but this is still in the planning stages. We would love to hear your ideas on what businesses and parks could be more accessible, so please come share your input at the tournament! We know all bodies deserve access to team sports, community parks, and facilities, and so does Red Arrow. Our rugby tournament is the grand opening of their community accessible Red Arrow Sports Court. Come check out the highly anticipated court where your ball hockey or basketball game could take place all summer long. The local quad rugby team will be holding their summer practices at this location, and Red Arrow invites any other sports team to contact them to do the same.

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Get Hiking with West Coast Kitchen from Fat Chili Farm


ounded in 2011 by Shani Farboud and Penny de Waal, Fat Chili farm is well known in the Cowichan Valley as a grower of chilies, and producer of all things hotsauce. Their unique varieties and high quality of product has built them an excellent reputation in the community. Penny states that she loves what she does because it allows her creative freedom, and she is certainly exercising this freedom with Fat Chili’s new line of freeze dried products: West Coast Kitchen. Shani and Penny believe that their original products can be enjoyed by anyone, but with their West Coast Kitchen line they hope to target a far more specific audience. They offer a range of freeze dried meals and snacks, from Dill and Lentil Basmati Rice to Guacamole to Italian Sausage and Quinoa, perfect for, as Penny explains, “Hiking in the wilderness, hunting and fishing or camping or working in remote places”. All you need to do is add boiling water, and you will have access to meals crafted with Shani’s 30 years of culinary


experience. Penny says that when they first moved to the area, they saw dehydrated and freeze dried meals, but none that were produced with local ingredients, which is what spawned their initial idea for West Coast Kitchen. But the local ingredients aren’t the only factor that sets their products apart from the rest. Taste and nutritional value are far better in freeze dried food as opposed to dehydrated foods; the weight of freeze dried is very low, and perfect for travel; shelf life can be up to 25-30 years when packaged and stored correctly. And of course, West Coast Kitchen from Fat Chili Farm offers unbeatable quality, flavour and uniqueness, just as with their hot sauces people have come to love over the years. West Coast Kitchen Products can be found at Farmers Markets in Duncan (year round), Sidney, Nanaimo, and Parksville, at www., and of course online at the region’s only online farmers’ market:

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Spirulina From Sunsorya


or centuries people have consumed Spirulina knowing that it was beneficial to their health. It was originally thought the Aztecs were the first to discover spirulina. They were harvesting it from Lake Texcoco and drying it into cakes for eating. But further research has shown it was in use as far back as the ninth century in Chad. It is still consumed in that country where they dry it into cakes and is used in broths or sold in markets. It is harvested from small lakes and ponds around Lake Chad. Spirulina grows naturally in lakes and ponds that are more alkaline, with a range of 8 to 11 ph and temperatures of 32 to 45 C. These lakes cannot sustain other forms of microorganisms and the water is too salty for fish or for drinking. Ordinary lakes that we know of will not grow spirulina. We now know the chemical makeup of spirulina and know the health benefits because of chemical analysis done by various companies and organizations. Spirulina is high in proteins, vitamins and minerals. Proteins consist of 6070% of its dry weight. It

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1 1/2 oz greens 5 oz grapes 1/2 avocado - pitted 1/2 lime - juiced 3 tbsp almonds - sliced 1/2 tsp spirulina 1 cup water

is a rich source of vitamin B12, B6, B2, B1 and a high concentration of pro vitamin A. It also has a very high iron content. Often called a Superfood, spirulina provides essential nutrients for malnourished children in Cambodia. A French/Swiss NGO in Cambodia called Antenna Foundation is providing it in pill form to malnourished children as part of their school program. The Antenna Foundation helped to set up the Maren family in a sustainable business of growing spirulina as part of their malnutrition programs. This provides work for four members of the Maren family. The spirulina is grown in large tanks and is processed by hand. During my many times volunteering in Cambodia I met the Maren family and over the years we have

SPIRULINA SUPPORTS THE MAREN FAMILY of CAMBODIA Spirulina is very rich in micronutrients which are easily absorbed by the body, including beta-carotene, iron, vitamin B12, gammalinolenic acid and essential fatty acids.

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become good friends. Since they can now grow more spirulina than the Foundation can use we are helping them grow their business by bringing the nutrient rich spirulina to Canada. We formed a workers coop called Sunsorya to transact our business. The word sun in Cambodia is “sorya”, so we combined the two together to create the name of the coop. The members of the coop are Don Skerik, Kim Dibb, Tom Devereaux, Ana Gomez, Kimron Ran. Ana lives in Spain and provides communications and marketing support. Kimron lives in Cambodia and provides logistic support from there. The rest of us are Cowichan Valley residents. Try spirulina sprinkles on

pizza, chocolate, popcorn, ice cream, salads, cookies and of course smoothies. Sprinkles available at Community Farm Store, Lifestyle Markets in Victoria Now you can get the health benefits of spirulina as well as help a sustainable business in Cambodia. Sunsorya spirulina can be found at the Community Farm Store in Duncan, Lifestyle Markets in Victoria, Chemainus Health Food Store, Ladysmith Health Food Store and Nanaimo’s Health Shop. Don Skerik, founder member of Sunsorya Coop and international development volunteer.


Summer Solstice Sippers Unsworth Vineyards Averill Creek Vineyard Joue Red 2018

Juicy, fragrant, and remarkably pleasurable. Averill Creek’s new field blend, Joue Red, delivers cool-climate vibrancy with plenty of structure and texture to counterweight generous fruit. Treat your Father to this wine and many others at Averill Creek’s Wild Fermentations Long-Table Dinner on June 29th. $25

10th Anniversary Sunnydale Rose

The single vineyard, extra pale colour, extra texture and extra dry finish highlight some of the differences between the 2018 Sunnydale Rose and our classic 2018 Unsworth Vineyards Rosé. More specifically, on the nose, you will find cherry, peach and sage brush. A mouth-filling body on the palate is followed by bone-dry, crisp finish. This very limited production Rosé can only be found in Unsworth tasting room. $28 including tax and bottle deposit

Rocky Creek Winery TLC – White blend

Blue Grouse Winery Quill Rosé 2018

Our winemaker’s favourite, this Rosé is made from 100% Cowichan Valley Gamay Noir, which boasts aromas and flavours of wild forest strawberries. A complex, full flavoured wine that will pair perfectly with grilled fish, chicken or pizza. Come to the winery on a warm summer day and enjoy our Quill Rosé as a wine slushy too! $22


This is our summer sipper and we describe this so. “It tastes like happiness” as some say. This is a unique blend that showcases our regions whites. It has the floral notes of summer from Siegerrebe and the subtle minerality from Albarino. It has that mouthfeel from the Viognier and then a field blend of other varieties such as Ortega, Madeleine Sylvaner, and more. It has slight sweetness to give it the flavour to enjoy it alone at your favourite summer spot. $22

Musings From The Vines

Rather then fighting this, we’ve put her in charge of several wines, to make whatever way she wants with total autonomy. So, she’s going to put her own spin on several of our wines, including her own Robin’s Rose which will have a very interesting twist in the coming vintage.


ow. What a start to 2019. In my last article I mentioned the fir trees that fell from our neighbors’ property onto our vineyard in the December windstorm. Well, after a major battle with our insurance company over coverage, and digging out from the February snowfalls, we finally got the debris removed and posts and trellising repaired. Unfortunately, this put us over six weeks behind in our winter pruning. In fact, we didn’t finish our winter pruning until mid-May! It really illustrated to us the flaws in the insurance system. We pay every year for insurance against such unforeseen circumstances, but when it happens the insurance company tries every trick in the book to deny coverage even for things that are clearly covered in the policy. It took months and many phone calls and emails to finally have them admit that our losses were covered by

here’s a shot of our vines during pruning. first time prunimg with flower clusters showing.

our policy. In the middle of all this my partner in crime Linda came down with pneumonia, which further put us behind the eight ball as she does all the sales and marketing for the winery, which shut down completely for six weeks while she recovered. So, the first 3 months of the year were a complete disaster. Fortunately, things picked up

in April. Our daughter Robin has completed her degree in viticulture and enology (grape growing and wine making). She finished her degree and has joined us for the rest of the year to help in the vineyard and winery. It’s been a fun experience working with her, as she now has more education in this field then I have, and as predicted has started to tell me what I’m doing wrong already.

Now you ask, does finishing our winter pruning so late affect our year? Well yes and no. When our grapes were well past bud break while pruning they were very fragile and we risked losing young shoots as we pruned the vines. Fortunately, with Robin and I taking great care during the pruning we didn’t lose shoots and overall it looks like we avoided any losses. Now we just have to catch up on bottling and get our 2018 vintages ready to release. Robin has started her own blog, and will be highlighting progress in the vineyard all summer long so you can catch her updates on our website.

Mark Holford, Winemaker/OwnerRocky Creek Winery


John Stewart, Project Participant reFRESH Cowichan Food Recovery Project & Marketplace


of value-added-products. The remainder is donated to our region’s food banks, schools, and other local programs in need of fresh fruit.

he Cowichan Valley has a climate well-suited for growing fruit, a fact easily visible when touring around the valley in Spring witnessing the rainbow of fruit-tree blossoms. True to this, our region is steeped in a rich apple history with many rare heritage trees being managed to this day. But as one property holder moves along and a new owner comes in, the ability to manage these orchards can sometimes be lost. Or, for a home buyer, the apple trees that came with their new property may very well be more of a nuisance than a perk. So much fruit potentially falling to waste…

Last fall we gathered with our friends and community partners from McBarley’s Duncan, who allowed CGC the use of their apple press to process a portion of the apple pick. The result: one-thousand litres of raw apple juice that formed the basis for one of our latest partnerships with the newly established Valley Cider Company. Owned by Bruce McKinlay, the Valley Cider Company is “an exercise and commitment to discover an apple’s potential” who, after two years of planting fields and setting up operation, released their first cider in July of 2018.

In 2018, CGC’s Food Recovery Project joined forces with FruitSave, a program that relies on a community of volunteers who, in 2018, gathered nearly 11,000 lbs of local, fresh fruit that may have otherwise went to waste. The property owner and volunteers both receive a share and a small amount is reserved for CGC staff to process into a variety

For CGC this new partnership offers another way to manage the huge amount of potentially wasted, locally grown fruit, while also supporting a local business. Bruce has also generously agreed to direct all profits from Community In-Cider to CGC, all the while donating his time, knowledge, and experience. Revenue generated from this partnership covers a portion


of ongoing CGC programming costs, allowing FruitSave and the reFRESH Cowichan Food Recovery Project to continue operating with less reliance on grant funding. We asked Bruce how he would describe Community In-Cider. “Plants aren’t unlike people”, Bruce states. “We all change as we get older. And as we get older, we get richer in character. The semi-wild and heritage trees that grew the apples for this cider make it richer and unique. This cider is so unique that it is unreplicable; the year, the weather, the storage time of the apples. These are all part of the story that is its flavour: notes of green apple, sweet grass, and even papaya. In short, it tastes like summer. All thanks to the wide variety of apples that came from all around our valley.”

Cowichan Valley Cider Release

CGC and the Valley Cider Company are excited to host a launch party at Small Block Brewery from 2-8pm on June 15. Featuring live music, food trucks, and a cask of Small Block beer brewed with fruit donated through the Food Recovery Project, this is sure

to be an amazing community event. We hope to see you there! You can currently enjoy Valley Cider products here in the Cowichan region at Alderlea Farm and Café, Providence Farm’s The Farm Table Restaurant, Small Block Brewery and The Ainslie Restaurant. Or if you’d prefer to take some home, stop on by the Beverly Corners Liquor Store. For an even more intimate option, pay Bruce and team a visit at their tasting room at 7661 Mays Road from 1-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment. Feel free to call ahead, you might just get a tour: 250-510-1018. Visit their website at

A Decade Of Local Food Lovin’: Cowichan-Grown Farm Map Turns 10 Years Old!


or 10 years, the Cowichan-Grown Farm Map has been helping local Cowichan residents and visitors to the region, search out Cowichan-grown food, drink, and valueadded products throughout out beautiful Valley, from Shawnigan Lake to south of Nanaimo. Blessed with Canada’s only Maritime-Mediterranean climatic zone, the Cowichan is continually making a name for itself as a region capable of producing a wonderfully diverse range of high-quality farm-fresh produce, artisanal foods, and beverages. The Cowichan-grown farm map showcases this bounty and the talented and hard-working producers behind it – this year, 52 unique farms and agri-businesses all with something distinctive, fresh, and delicious to offer consumers. From seasonal fruits and veggies, wines, ciders, baked goods, honey, tea, seafood, nuts, berries, and meats, local ingredients and products can be easily found by browsing listings on the map or using the online search component at cowichangreencommunity. org/foodmap. Search by farm name, product type, production method, or location. Print maps are also available at Cowichan Green Community’s office at 360 Duncan Street in Duncan (or phone 250-748-8506 for other pickup locations near you). Learn more about these great producers by picking up a copy of the map or visiting:

COWICHAN-GROWN NEWCOMERS: Every year, we welcome new farms to the map. Here are some great foodproducing folks who have joined the Cowichan Grown map for this year’s growing season: Page Point Farm (Ladysmith) – A variety of naturally grown vegetables, fruits and veggie starter plants. Free range eggs and wildflower honey. Garden Surplus-to-table farm stand (Crofton) – Assorted root vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, beans, squash, culinary herbs, seasonal fruit and berries, delicious salad greens. Doli Acres (Duncan) – Tasty Cherry Tomatoes, Everbearing Albion Strawberries, Hot’n’Spicy Salad Mixes, Salonova Lettuce Mixes, Arugulas and Mustard Greens, Many varieties of Microgreens, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Carrots, Beets. Little Zimbabwe Farm (Lake Cowichan Rd) – Kale, Baby Kale, Kale Powder, Kale Curry Spice Kale Chile Spice, Dried Kale Strips, Dried Kale Strips and Sundried Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Pumpkins, Garlic, Sunflower Seeds. 19

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FORK OFF: Animals, Art and Advocacy


eople are moving toward a plant-based diet for many reasons including personal health as well as environmental disquiet; but for a group of visual artists featured in an upcoming exhibit at Ladysmith’s Waterfront Gallery, a large part of their decision to not eat animals rests with the animals themselves. Fork off: Animals, Art, & Advocacy will showcase the work of nine accomplished and award-winning artists all of whom place themselves firmly on the vegan/ vegetarian continuum. Dianna Bonder, Heather Cameron, Tammy Hudgeon, Caroline James, Judy Mountjoy, Leslie Norgate, Sheila Norgate, Zena Rogak and Mia Tremblay, may be diverse in their choice of mediums but they are united in their concern for the plight of animals. Each has created new artwork specifically for this exciting and ground-breaking


exhibition. The show, proudly presented by Gabriola-based Vegeteers and generously supported by donors, will feature a talk by artist/performer Sheila Norgate recounting her own meandering path towards a plant-based life (2:00 pm Saturday, June 29). Please join us for this stimulating, challenging, and heartfelt exhibition. For more info, please call Sheila Norgate @250.247.7308 or email FORK OFF: Animals, Art, & Advocacy Art exhibition opening Saturday June 22, 1-4pm running daily 11-4pm until Sunday June 30. Talk by Sheila Norgate Saturday June 29 2pm. Waterfront Gallery 610 Oyster Bay Drive Ladysmith

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The Power of 13 Art Show

uess what happens when thirteen artists join forces to celebrate their work? An exciting and energizing sampling of their individual creativity in the form of The Power of 13! Come and join us at The Power of 13 art show opening reception where you can meet the artists in person. The Power of 13 art show takes place at the Arbutus Gallery and runs for three weeks ending on June 14. Enjoy opportunities to meet host artists during the three week run. “Last winter, I decided that it would be timely to do something a little different within my world view, being a newbie (very little art training but terrific imagination) and really not all that confident in my artful ways, thought that taking the plunge with an exhibition was necessary in bolstering confidence, so reached out to fellow artists to take them along on a journey of self elevation, some of our artists are well renowned and other are like myself. We bolster each other. Give strength and confidence to our works of art. Artists whose tools are paint and brush are a special breed, communicating with visuals

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rather then the written word, so please come and enjoy what we have to say.� shares artist Carmen Stanek Special thanks to Wanda Fraser and Susanne Pink for all their hard work and assistance in this undertaking and all the artists for participating in this wonderful event. With thirteen individual styles there will be something for every taste. To get to know more about the artists, current news updates and more follow us at: www.thepowerof13. The Arbutus is a sister gallery to Portals, both run by non profit Cowichan Valley Arts Council inside the Cowichan Community Centre (Island Savings Centre) 2687 James St. Duncan. 21

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fter 16 wonderful years in Victoria, Lexington Spa, owned and operated by Nail Tech and Certified Reflexologist Cindy Beam, has moved to the Cowichan Valley bringing her warm demeanour and expertise to our community. For the comfort of her clients, she offers a unique mobile spa that is unparalleled in convenience. We both book in for morning appointments after the kids head out for school. Each appointment is an hour long and Lexington Spa brings everything needed to create a professional pedicure station in your living room. Just like the spa, the treatment begins with a warm foot soak to soften the cuticles and nails as I relax with a cup of tea thinking about my work day ahead. For many, people pedicures aren’t just for pampering but a necessity for maintaining healthy feet. Regular foot care helps keep to feet looking young and lessens the chances of nails developing common fungi. Cindy shudders when she describes how she often sees teenage girls at the pool with

unhealthy fungal infections. “I see people in the grocery store or in yoga class with infected feet and I just want to hand them my card!” she shares. “Do you?” Richard asks. “No, of course not!” she laughs. “Cracked heels can be very painful and draw bacteria. If people just removed the dead skin cells instead of ignoring it, fungus and nail diseases can easily be avoided. We learn that over time untreated nails can grow thick and misshapen eventually causing discomfort and pain. Other symptoms includes discolouration or brittleness where the nails begin to chip easily, crumble or even fall off. “Fungus is more common for sporty people as it likes to breed in moist, warm spots like sweaty shoes and is easily picked up at the pool. Always wear flip flops at the pool!” Cindy adds. After the soak, my feet are dried and rubbed with Cindy’s own blend of natural shea cream. My foot and calves are massaged stimulating blood circulation and joint mobility. The nails are softly buffed to remove ridges and any discolouration. Followed by a

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detailed under nail cleaning and thorough trim with various tools for precision. Finding some dead skin around the nails, she gently removes it before applying special cuticle softener. “You have to be careful not to push the cuticle back too far on the feet” she explains “as it can break the seal and let bacteria in. Skin can also grow up the nail and sometimes even cover the nail if left un attended.” Rough calluses are worked on next, and bunions if you have them and eventually the heels which she leaves to the end to allow the skin to fully dry. While she works, I choose from her selection of OPI polishes for some summer colour. Polish is applied twice for richness and topped with a clear coat for durability. They look beautiful and ready for flip flops and my trip to visit my mum next week. As my appointment ends, Richard walks into the room ready for his footcare. He has been working in the chicken coop and sits down with a cup of tea. Cindy greets him as she prepares his foot soak to begin. “It was lovely.” he relays “Being outdoors all the time farming or in the water I had grown some pretty tough calluses that I didn’t even know about. Cindy worked on them and now my feet are smooth and healthy. She expertly trimmed my nails and it wasn’t as excruciating as I had feared. It didn’t tickle at all! The appointment took exactly an hour and the cat sat with me the whole time.” Available throughout the Cowichan Valley, Cindy brings her mobile spa to hospital

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patients, independent living seniors, homes and offices. She has done many wedding parties, ladies get togethers and stagettes. She has special training for diabetic footcare and still services clients in Victoria who gather 3 -4 clients in a room so they can all visit while having their feet done. Regular footcare is advised at intervals of 5 weeks and with the ease of her coming to our house, I can’t imagine maintaining healthy feet being any easier or more wonderful! Gift certificates available. Lexington Spa Cindy Beam 250 514 1380 Sheila Badman, happy wife and mother of two, loves experiencing the treasures of Cowichan, both indoors and out.



urtis Howes grew up around many beautiful gardens, but his professional interest began with Urban Gardening in Vancouver. His avid passion for gardens and quickly acquired talents earned him a scholarship for a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), which he trained for at Terra Nova Farm in Richmond. “The training was oriented around food production and how to not only be inspired by, but also harness energy from the land to create efficient, self-sustaining food bearing landscape systems. The emphasis for which permaculture is based on is to mimic naturally occurring patterns in nature into human created gardens & ecosystems as a blueprint for sustainable cultures.” Upon returning to

Vancouver Island he enriched his professional skills with more courses related to Food Forestry, Medicinal Herb & Fungi Cultivation, an Organic Master Gardening Certification through Gaia College and the Cowichan Green Community and a year long Herbal Apprenticeship Program through Fireweed Farm in Saanich. It wasn’t until I worked on a large-scale herb farm in the Valley that I started to see the interconnectedness of people, plants and the land. He and his co-workers used the permaculture principles to create a large herbal medicine & perennial food bearing plant system – a food forest. “Essentially, working with and becoming immersed in the land there helped ingrain

a lifelong course & connection to the Earth and its elements – it was while working there I learned to appreciate all the seasons for their beauty & role in the larger ecological picture” smiles Kurtis, owner and operator of Lunar Bloom Landscaping. His gardening philosophy is to help himself and others reconnect to nature. He describes it as Raw Tranquility – Internally and Externally – to have a balance between being observant & active when interacting with Mother Nature.

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His signature garden services include: Eco-design, Food Forests, Herbal Medicine Gardens & Zen-like Ornamental Gardens to provide tranquil environments for people to enjoy. He also provides Habitat Restoration and Erosion Control methods to help preserve natural ecosystems.

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“I would love to see more people become engaged in eco-design, permaculture, regenerative agriculture etc. as a way to reduce the systemic, human-centric

stress load on the planet, support bio-diversity/soil ecology, feel grounded & engaged in one’s environment, become stewards of the land and enjoy the benefits provided from the potential bounty of Mother Nature – including physical, emotional, energetic & spiritual nourishment. There’d also be opportunity to become collectively selfsufficient and have more leisure time, all while having a chance to regenerate barren or disturbed landscapes into vibrant, diverse ecosystems.”


our hot summers and down to -7C to -15C during some very rough winters. This also shapes the terroir in the tea garden. What we have discovered over the years of our experiment is that wind is actually one of most challenging elements in the growing of tea. Protective oils on the leaf become compromised with wind more than freezing or sun. The effects of climate change and extreme weather patterns are creating the need to protect and reinforce the plants from heavier snow falls and longer heat waves.

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Tea Terroir

hen you think of the word ‘terroir’ what comes to mind? For many, terroir is associated with wine. This is mainly because French winemakers originally developed the concept of terroir, which became the basis for the French wine appellation d’origine controlee (AOC). This is the model for wine appellation and regulation in France, which over time spread around the world. Today, the concept of terroir is applied to many artisanal products in the food and beverage industry. Climate, agricultural practices, soil conditions, altitude and longitude are some of the primary factors in the development of the terroir of tea. Similar to wine, tea takes time to evolve its terroir and the environment that tea grows in will directly affect the taste and flavour of the Camellia sinensis plant that all tea (black, green, white, oolong) comes from. Our oldest tea bushes are 9 years old. Others were planted in 2014 and 2015. They have weathered extreme temperatures from 38C in

All of these factors combine to create a very unique and rare terroir tea that we are proud to share with the Cowichan and the tea world. Our Spring Harvest Tree Frog Green is a steamed green tea that evokes vegetal qualities with hints of asparagus. Swallow Tale Oolong is a highly oxidized oolong style tea with deep sweet peppery notes. White Mist is a graceful and richly flavoured white tea that truly captures the essence of our Westholme tea farm terroir. We invite you to experience



Thank you to all the Volunteers and Artists who made the show so awesome! Congratulations to Best in Show Winner Sue Fenwick with “Thai Fishing Village Congratulations to People’s Choice Winner Angela Anderson with “Queen

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the terroir of the Cowichan in a whole new way with our New Harvest Solstice Release beginning June 21+22+23 with tea garden tours and tastings. You can find more information about the event and sign up for our newsletter

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prune in the fall, and one more prune in the spring when the forsythia is blooming. Like most other roses, landscape roses will benefit from deadheading but it is not a necessity. Plant en masse for high impact, use as a colourful hedge, or as a hit of colour in a summer border. If you are a laidback gardener that loves colour, and wants it all summer long, without the effort of fertilizing, constant deadheading and watering, consider planting a landscape rose. Dinter Nursery has an excellent selection of landscape roses, and knowledgeable staff to help you choose the best rose for your garden! Monica Dockerty, Dockerty Gardens horticulturist and Dinter Nursery employee.

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Get ready for a toe tapping, hand-clapping summer at the Waterwheel Park band shell as the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society kicks off another season of Music in the Park, and Tuesday Evening Concerts. From June 21 through to August 27 things will be hopping with seven festivals and nine Tuesday evening performances booked. The lineup features local musicians and guest performers from near and far.

Chemainus Tuning Up For Summer Of Music In The Park from noon to 5:30 pm; the Tuesday Evening Concerts will be kicked off July 2 by Vancouver Island’s Kept Company, whose repertoire includes folk, jazz, swing, and pop music according to the CVCAS’s promo material.

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From there, the lineup reads like a catalogue of musical genres and styles. There’s rock, the blues, C&W, bluegrass, funk, Latin and more. Bringing all those acts together is a major operation, pulled off

by Kathy Wachs, Bev Knight, Bob Johns and “an army of volunteers,” Wachs said. They do it for the love of music, and the joy of building community spirit for the crowds who pull up their lawn chairs, or take a seat on the band shell’s benches, under the forest canopy of Waterwheel Park. “I see our events as community building because they break down barriers,” Wachs said. It’s an ideal setting for outdoor performances. “We’ve had musicians performing from all around the world, there on the band shell, and a lot of them say this is the best outdoor venue they’ve performed at.”

Wachs said Chemainus and area is home to a deep pool of talent, and that celebrating creativity by bringing artists and the community together is the mandate of the CVCAS. “We want to promote our local musicians, provide that venue for them to get exposure, and pay them, which is always nice for musicians.” She praised the Legion Branch 191, the Lions, the Chemainus Business Improvement Association, the Municipality of North Cowichan and the Cowichan Valley Regional District for supporting Music in the Park and the Tuesday Concerts… and of course, the people of Chemainus, who attend the shows and make their generous contributions (the concerts are free, with payment by donation). Wachs, who has helped organize the summer music program for 13 seasons, says it’s going to keep on getting better. “We’re going to keep growing, and keep changing and doing new things as long as the community is interested in participating,” she said. More information at

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‘Elvis’ And Aboriginal Day! What’s Up With That? An award-winning Elvis impersonator – Ron Peacey from Klahoose Nation on Cortez Island – will be featured at the Aboriginal Day festivities at Waterwheel Park in Chemainus on Friday, June 21. But before he dons his $1,500 jumpsuit and cranks up his guitar, a full afternoon of celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage will be on display at the downtown park.

Committee member Valerie Bob from Penelakut said that CVCAS has been working to recognize the original inhabitants of the traditional Hul’qumi’num territory of Halalt, Lyackson, Penelakut, Stz’uminus and other Coast Salish nations. “Aboriginal Day is just one day out of the year,” she said. “I am also working with the CVCAS run Rainforest Arts gallery here to feature more Coast Salish artists and we’ll be doing other things to work towards meaningful partnerships and understanding of our history and future together.” After the opening ceremony at noon that includes the Tzinquaw dancers from Cowichan, other performers will take to the stage including Mbira Spirit, Nate Harris from Stz’uminus, Ms Panik and Cindy Sioux before Elvis makes his appearance.

Why We Should Read The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land and Rebuilding the Economy by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson, Preface Naomi Klein

Some Canadians believe Canada “has no history of colonialism” (Stephen Harper, 2009). Arthur Manuel explains Canada’s complex colonial structures in accessible language. He details the preceding racism, and the The event is hosted by the resulting economic dependency, newly formed First Nation poverty, violence and human committee of the Chemainus suffering as essential elements There will also be a variety of Valley Cultural Arts Society of a colonial system. food vendors as well as arts, (CVCAS) that puts on music Manuel explores issues crafts and information booths. involving constitutional and performances in the park through the summer. international law. He connects colonization to financial arrangements, title, land and forced assimilation. He identifies the two-tenths of one percent (0.2 %) of Canada, the “land reserved for Indians”, as “holding pens” unable to expand as need for space increases. Without means to live on their own land while building an Indigenous economy, culture and custom, Manuel describes the consequences as “dispossession, dependency, economic exploitation and Jewelery • Vases • Journals • Guestbooks oppression”. He asks, are Frames • Bookmarks • Magnets • Lightswitch Plates we outraged by a document that refers to “Jews and land Available locally at: Imagine That Artisans reserved for Jews”, “Negroes Rainforest Arts • Artzi Stuff • TOSH and land reserved for Negroes”? 1 8/8/2011 3:23:00 PM Indigenous Peoples reject the 250 746 8446 idea that Canada has a moral or

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legal right to seize or destroy their land. Treaties, United Nations and Supreme Court of Canada rulings recognize Indigenous Peoples rights and titles to their lands. The Canadian government, in their quest for land and resources, overlooks these decisions. They make a “Canadian definition” of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Manuel shows how environmental issues and Indigenous issues are coming together. Manuel defines the crucial components of the Indigenous struggle as decolonization, selfdetermination and economic independence. The Indian Act (IA) and its many mutations since 1876 have accomplished the opposite. From 1926 – 1951, Indigenous Peoples were prohibited by law to organize around land rights. Canada’s own studies, commissions, reports and Supreme Court, as well as international organizations acknowledge the need for a greatly expanded land base. Citizens revere Nelson Mandela’s work but fail to sharpen their own sense of justice and decency around like issues in Canada. This book is a step along the path to justice and prosperity for Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledgement that there are many outstanding cases of Aboriginal title and rights to the land to be resolved. It is a map to decolonize Canada and make a better place for all. The Warmland Book and Film Collective – explore, celebrate and learn from Indigenous authors and film – meeting the 2nd Wednesday/each month. VIRL 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Next meeting is June 12th and the next book is 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality, by Bob Joseph.

everyone can learn about the many creatures that live there. The animals are returned to the sea and and we move on to the “critter count”, a quadrat survey of the animals living in the mud.

Low Tide Day In Cowichan Bay Junk and trash along the shore needs to be collected, but there is more to a beach than flotsam, jetsam, and refuse -- clams in the mud, fish in the eelgrass just off shore, and strange and interesting creatures everywhere. Low Tide Day is on Saturday, June 8 at Kil-pah-las Beach just east of Cowichan Bay Village. This is a free family-friendly event combining environmental stewardship, science education, food, and music. Everyone is

welcome at this opportunity to have fun while learning about, celebrating, and caring for the shore and the intertidal Zone. The day begins at 11:30 with the beach cleanup check in. Teams are assigned sections of shore and trail to clean, then at 1:00 pm they return to Kil-pah-las beach for lunch and live music. The citizen science activities begin at 2:00. Volunteer biologists use a seine net to collect creatures from the near offshore environment so

Once the animals are returned to the mud, everyone goes home with a new understanding of the diversity of life on, off, and under the beach and the importance of being mindful of what we do to the water and near the shore. To keep in the spirit of caring for the environment, the lunch at Low Tide Day is a zero-waste event. We are grateful to Cowichan Tribes for the use of Kil-pah-las Beach. International Low Tide Day began in 1995 with an “Eco Fayre” in Brighton, England, celebrating “One tide on one day around the world.” In 1999 Cowichan Bay became the first Canadian community to join the world-wide event. This is our 21st Low Tide Day in Cowichan Bay.


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The first Cowichan Bay Low Tide Day was co-sponsored by the Marine Ecology Station, Cowichan Land Trust, Cowichan Estuary Preservation Society, Cowichan Bay Improvement Association, and Cowichan Valley Naturalists, with support from Cowichan Tribes. The event was founded by the late Dr. Bill Austin of the Marine Ecology Station. Cleaning the beaches and doing hands-on science have been at the core of Low Tide Day, but there has been pure fun, too. Every year has included a community lunch, live music, and displays by community organizations. Sometimes there have been art activities and games. In 2000 CBC television’s Country Canada did a short documentary about Low Tide Day that can be viewed at entry/low-tide-day. June 8. Low Tide Day in Cowichan Bay 250-715-5261

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Shoes for Men - Downtown Duncan Submitted by Jean Cardino

Mens shoes are relatively new at Cardino’s. It all started with the Blundstone boots which we carry in 10 different styles. Blundstone boots are the perfect work boot with the pull-on elastic gusseted sides designed to prevent anything entering your boots and pull on tabs for easier access. Once a work boot these Tasmanian booties are the West Coast’s most popular boot. We sell to Men, Women and Children all year round.


Naot, has been a good brand for women for years. More recently the introduction of men’s shoes and sandals has transformed the brand into our number 2 mens line. Essentially the Naot

comfort features include the removeable cork and rubber insole… Beautifully tanned leathers and colours, it’s stylish with a dress pant or jeans. Made in a Kibbutz, in Israel, Naot has consistently delivered a great product and are known the world over.


Mens Ecco, will go anywhere and keep you straight! Foot wise that is! Designed with three different adjustments you can walk, swim, hike a little, and it’ll dry out overnight! Ecco have their own factories and adhere to strict biological guidelines making them one of the cleanest ‘off shore’ production plants. Danish owned and operated, we love our Ecco’s summer and winter. Ten Points, a Swedish footwear company started in 1983. They’re dedicated to creating natural leathers while using sustainable production


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methods resulting not only in a shoes that looks great but make you feel great wearing them. Removeable insoles will take an orthotic if needed, Generally though these shoes are super comfortable and long lasting given the full grain leathers used. Birkenstocks in men’s sizes… Made in Europe, perfect for getting around in if you want that slip on, hot weather kind of sandal. Also


worn with socks and coveted by Blundstone wearers everywhere. Cardino’s Shoes 165 Craig St Downtown Duncan

Custom Framing For Your Home Suzan Kostiuck Owner of Excellent Frameworks, Home of the EJ Hughes Gallery


s a local custom framing and gallery owner, we see a lot of folks in our shop. Some people want custom framing, some want to enjoy images, and some share stories of art. Art brings everyone together in a universal way thankfully. From the color of the palette, to the subject matter at hand, art connects us to our cultural and community values. Whether you know an artist or are an artist, art is a massive part of our lives. Everything around us is designed by an artist. Landscape art, architecture, and art in our homes are all part of this. When clients bring in their art for custom framing, we are given stories of travels, memories, ambitions, and historical knowledge, just to name a few. This year, if you are looking for a gift for the father in your life, look around at your walls. If you need some memories up there, bring up some photos on your phone, bring out some family heirlooms, or even think about his favorite jersey or shirt.

Know a local artist? Support their skills and talent. Custom framing can preserve all of these things. Still have that painting from a street vendor in Cuba? Bring it in to be stretched onto canvas bars and add a shot of color to your home. Have those rolled up prints tucked away? Now is the perfect time to bring them in and prep them for his office, den, bedroom, or shop. By placing special works of art around you in your home, you create your own personally curated gallery for your family. Let us help you design your gallery space if you need ideas, and remember to think about what is special to you and why. Happy Father’s Day from Excellent Frameworks – Home of the EJ Hughes Gallery.

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Sticky Balsamic Ribs

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3-4lb Baby Back Pork Ribs 4 cloves Galic (minced and smashed) 2 tablespoons Rosemary (finely chopped) 2 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar (packed) 2 tablespoons 18 Year old Original Olive Station Dark Balsamic Vinegar (May substitute with Maple Infused Balsamic or Espresso Infused Balsamic 2 teaspoons Cayenne 1 cup Water 1 teaspoon Sea Salt 1 teaspoon Black Pepper


1/2 cup 18 Year-Aged Balsamic (may substitute with Maple Infused Balsamic or Espresso Infused Balsamic) 1 tablespoon Sea Salt 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar

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Directions Ribs 1. Mince and smashed garlic to a paste with 1 tsp salt. Stir together with rosemary, brown sugar, balsamic, cayenne, seasalt, and Black pepper. Rub evenly all over ribs and transfer to roasting pans. Marinate in refrigerator 6 to 24 hours. 2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place seasoned ribs side by side in roasting pans. Add 1 cup water and tightly cover pan with foil. Roast ribs, rotating pans halfway through, until meat is very tender, about 1 3/4 hours. Remove pans from oven and transfer ribs to a platter.

Glaze 3. Add 1 cup hot water to each roasting pan and scrape up brown bits. Skim off and discard fat, then transfer liquid to a 10-inch skillet. Add Balsamic and brown sugar and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer until reduced to about 1 cup, about 15 minutes. 4. Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas). 5. Brush glaze onto both sides of rib racks. Grill, turning occasionally, until ribs are hot and grill marks appear, about 6-10 minutes. 6 Brush ribs with more glaze and serve remaining glaze on the side.


Nigel, Spencer and Austin Yonge geocaching in Cowichan

Work Off The Chocolate By Going Geocaching With The Family


ello Valley Voice readers. At press time, Chocolatier Cheryl is away in England with her mother and sister enjoying a well-earned, albeit, brief vacation. As such, she’s left this month’s column in the hands of me, Nigel – husband, helper and father of our two lads. Rather than go on at length about our chocolate, of which I am merely a server and not a maker, I’m going to tell you about something that’s equally sweet and the perfect pastime for fathers of young kids. It’s called “Geocaching”, a healthy and highly addictive outdoor pastime in which participants use GPS-enabled smartphones to locate

“treasure” in cleverly placed caches. Typically, these “geocaches” are hidden in publicly accessible places, such as parks and other recreation areas. Many geocaches contain trinkets that you can keep or trade, plus a log book which you’re encouraged to sign. Some are even micro in size, which requires acute searching. Where can you find them? Well, if you visit the official Geocaching website you’ll see there are millions upon millions of geocaches hidden in nooks and crannies on every continent around the globe. As aficionados ourselves, we’ve found them all over North America and more recently on Vancouver Island. According to the official Geocaching website, there are now more than 2,000 geocaches in the Cowichan Valley alone. Hint: there’s one at the eastern end of the Somenos Marsh boardwalk and more than a few on the

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trails atop Mount Tzouhalem. Dads, this Father’s Day (June 16th), after you’ve heartily enjoyed your Father’s Day Chocolate from Chocolate Pearl, consider going Geocaching with the family in the Cowichan Valley. It’s free, fun and a great family pursuit. For more info, visit

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Men & Medical Aesthetics Dr. Lyn Pascoe Viva Medical Aesthetics


here is an increasing number of men interested in evidence based medical aesthetic procedures to improve the health of their skin, keep facial lines at bay, and correct the volume loss that occurs as we age. Below are some suggestions for men who are keen to maintain a strong, youthful appearance. Skin Care Everyone benefits from sunblock that contains Zinc or Titanium Dioxide. The good news is that the greasy formulations that used to drip into eyes and cause irritation have been replaced with nano formulations that are

lightweight and easy to use. Men with acne will benefit from an AHA cleanser and those with rosacea should use a more gentle cleanser and topical Vitamin C. Rosacea Many men come into Viva Medical Aesthetics looking for solutions to red cheeks and veins on their nose. The remedy is simple and effective thanks to lasers such as Excel V and IPL photo-rejuvenation. Skin care products that are gentle to sensitive skin are also an important part of a rosacea reducing regime. Sunblock containing Zinc is essential as well. Acne And Acne Scarring These conditions can take an emotional toll on teens and young men. There are effective treatments for both active acne and the scarring it can produce. I am always dismayed to see acne in a young person because there are such effective treatments now. Prevention of scarring is very possible and all steps should be taken to make sure it does not occur. CHEMICAL PEELS AND HYDRAFACIAL MD With busy lives, men’s skin can suffer from a lack

of exfoliation and deep cleansing. For men who are prone to active acne breakouts, deep cleaning treatments can be very helpful as they gently exfoliate and deliver powerful AHA’s into the skin. A Hydrafacial MD treatment will have your face glowing after just one treatment and this result can be maintained with simple regular appointments. Botox I see a lot of men who want their forehead and smile lines relaxed. This is easy to achieve with small amounts of Botox. With regular treatments, these lines can be prevented from becoming ‘etched’ into the face. Botox can also be used for effective prevention of migraines and to treat Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in the underarms, hair line, and hands. Some extended benefit programs will cover the cost of the Botox for these treatments.

Dermal Fillers Fillers are used as a non surgical way to smooth lines and wrinkles. They are also used for face contouring and in men can be used to augment and strengthen the jaw line. Treatments can be maintained for a more youthful, manly look. The field of medical aesthetics is advancing all the time. Men as well as women are embracing the techniques to achieve the look and thereby the confidence they want. Viva Medical Aesthetics 177 4 St, Duncan www.vivamedical


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lmost everything we buy comes with some sort of packaging: food, furniture, clothing, toys, etc. Most of this packaging is plastic and determining what can and cannot be recycled presents difficult choices to families. Shockingly, only 11% of plastics are recycled in Canada; the rest ends up landfills or our oceans. This excessive waste is causing severe environmental and ecological damage in Canada and around the world. Landfills are costing municipalities over $3 billion a year. Over the last 10 years, we have produced more plastic than the entire 20th century, and every year, about 8-million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans. This is why my NDP MP colleague Nathan Cullen introduced the Zero Waste Packaging Act. I was pleased to welcome Nathan to our riding last month to talk about the importance of this bill and the positive impact it could make for our future. The Act would require the packaging of consumer products be made from recyclable or compostable material. Producers would be accountable for the waste they generate and not leave responsibility to reduce waste solely on consumers. The aim is to reduce plastic waste, cut

the cost that municipalities pay for landfills, and help Canadians recycle. We’ve already heard from many recycling groups how much this could help them recycle. By setting clear standards on what materials can be used to package a product, our hope is that we can eliminate a massive stream of waste. It’s time to make the transition to a zero-waste Canada. This is an idea that came straight from BC, where residents understand that urgent change is needed to stop the damage to our precious oceans and coastline caused by plastic pollution. Canada led the creation of the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter committing to 100% reusable, recyclable or recoverable plastics by 2030, but we currently lack federal legislation in support of this waste reduction target. Real action is needed now to move towards a zero-waste Canada. This bill will soon be voted on in Parliament and we need your help to make this change a reality. Please sign the petition to let the government know that you’re part of the movement to create a zero-waste Canada: http:// Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament 126 Ingram St #101 Downtown Duncan

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Opportunities For Community Involvement And Learning On Habitat Build Site (Pictured: L-R Tammy, future homeowner; Morgan, Family Selection Committee member; Mayor Al Siebring; Jessie Magee-Chalmers, Build Committee Chair; Marcel Aubin, Executive Director) Libby Hunns, Executive Assistant for Habitat for Humanity MidVancouver Island.


abitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island is excited to be working with the Cowichan Valley community for its first home building project in the area. The not-for-profit society which runs the ReStore on Government Street, Duncan, is building a duplex on the corner of Cowichan Lake Road and Glenn Field’s Road near Berkey’s corner

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and expects it to be a truly community based project. The two homes will be the 21st and 22nd homes built by Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island since it became a society in 1994. They will be built by a combination of local businesses and contractors as well as a team of community volunteers. Following a rigorous application process, two families were chosen for the Duplex by an independent selection committee. The families will receive the home with a deposit free, interest free mortgage through Habitat and in return will give 500 hours of volunteer time,

known as sweat equity. This means they and their team of family and friends can actually help build their home which is something very unique to Habitat. Volunteers are vital to Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island builds, not only for the hours of help they provide but the skills they bring with them. Habitat builds are also a great place for volunteers to learn! On site they are provided with safety equipment, briefings and training in a variety of skills from foundation work through to finishing and landscaping. This means

our build sites are not only a community hub but a learning hub too! HFHMVI always welcomes new volunteers on the build site. If you’re interested in helping to build affordable homes for families in your community and learning new skills at the same time then please visit www.habitatmvi. org /get involved or email for an application form Habitat for Humanity Restore 251 Government St, Downtwon Duncan


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relationship continue to prosper and respect the growing needs of both organizations.

Tad, Lorna Paul and Al at first Islands Folk Festival


elcome to another milestone in Folk Music history here in the Cowichan Valley. I was part of the Cowichan Folk Guild team that brought you the 30th Anniversary Islands Folk Festival, but I am even more excited about our 35th! Recently re-elected to the CFG Board, I am honoured to be working with a very creative, energetic and confident team who are our next generation of Festival organizers. My apologies to the other relics on the Board, but to have the children of past members and their friends now at the steering wheel is wonderful. It truly speaks to the family centered nature of this Festival and to the strength and commitment of community volunteers. Whether on the Board or at the Festival, this sense of community is what brings in the hundreds of people, young and old, who help make the Festival a reality year after year. We are grateful to all our volunteers, some who stay briefly and others who have been with us for years. Music is the inspiration and reason for the Festival. Music unites people to work together, to create a weekend of magic and music and activities for everyone, including young folk. There is nothing as heart-warming as the annual

35 Years of Islands Folk Festival Tad, Lorna Paul and Al at Islands Folk Festival 2014

Children’s Parade, where youngsters boldly display the costumes they have made in our Kid’s Zone. Children raised on this Festival are now bringing their children to the music. It’s a wondrous circle and worthy of a folk song! The world has seemingly gone bonkers, the pace of life often frantic and relentless. A weekend of music is the cure

for slowing down: camping, enjoying music, dancing, food and activities: with your family, your neighbors, and your community. The perfect place is one of the jewels of the Cowichan Valley, Providence Farm. We are blessed to have a 35-year history with the Farm. Both societies have grown up together and The Farm is an integral part of the Festival experience. May that

The foundations of this festival were laid by our previous Artistic Director Kelly Nakatsuka and have been brought to beautiful fruition by our new A.D., Andrew Brown. The welcoming ceremonies on Friday evening signal the start of the festivities, where five acts take to the Main Stage. This is the first evening to dance and get together in one place to meet your fellow festival go’ers. On Saturday and Sunday you can attend music at any of the other four stages then more dancing at the Main Stage Saturday night. That’s not all people come for. There are the impromptu parking lot jams, open stages, spontaneous song circles, campground sing-a-longs, our enclosed beer garden, the interactive workshops and food and merchandise vendors as well. Take a break from the stresses of life, school and work. Rejuvenate, reconnect, celebrate and lose yourself in the music. Weekend passes available at Paul Ruszel, Veteran Performer, MC, and organizer and of the Islands Folk Festival

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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Coastal Bliss Adventures

COASTAL BLISS KIDS & YOUTH CAMPS Coastal Bliss Kids Day Kayak camp (ages 9 – 12) years begins 8:30 am. The children put on their life jackets and head to the dock. Kayaks, canoes, SUP boards or paddle boat are selected for the mornings paddle FUN. The group head off with their guides to one of the near by bays to play

games and learn kayaking skills. During the 3 hours on the water in the morning the children break for a snack before returning to eat lunch at picnic tables on the Blue Nose Marina around 12:30, The children engage in one of the afternoon activities: sword fencing, archery, circus skills (juggling, uni-cycle, high stilts, diabolo), nature walk), before being picked up at 3 pm from the Cowichan Bay Marine Gateway Park Coastal Bliss Adventures

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Musical Theatre, Brentwood Summer Camps

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SUMMER CAMPS Nestled on the pristine oceanfront of Mill Bay, Brentwood College School summer camps offer a wide range of day and overnight options this year. This July and August, Brentwood is a beehive of activity as it hosts 9 diverse and fun camps offering a summer experience rich in fun, friendship, learning and adventure for kids from 7 to 17. The vibrant hum of activity permeates the campus accompanied by laughter and excitement made possible by everything from debate to robotics to music. These camps range from half and full-day to overnight, and are designed to cover everything from academics to arts and athletics. Campers can pick from: Academics Camp Canada, Debate Camp Canada, Kingswood Study Camp Canada, Musical Theatre, Rowing, Rock Band and Soccer! For more information visit” July – August http://camps. Ages 7-17

WESTVIEW LEARNING SUMMER CAMPS Sew a fabric basket and a simple apron, create a hand stitched image using different stitches and colourful threads and learn to hook a recycled fabric doll. Participants will learn and practice basic hand sewing, embroidering, material preparation, machine sewing, and hooking with fabric. Students will create a digital binder of their sewing journey to take home as well as a collection of fabric projects. Participants require a packed snack and lunch. This class is heavy in hands on work with individual and group instruction in techniques. Check out our summer camps in Lego Robotics and Engineering for Girls. Sewing Circle 9am - 1pm 9 -12 years old Minimum: 3 - Maximum 6 Students WestView Learning’s Classroom at Somenos Elementary School 3039 Sprott Rd.July 29 August 3 or August 12-16 $165. (Includes materials) summer2019L2S

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CGC KIN PARK KIDS CAMP KinPark Kids Camp is based at Cowichan Green Community’s KinPark Youth Urban Farm. Campers have full access to the farm. Hands-on experiences include planting, seed saving, composting, and building/ mending, PLUS cooking classes taught in CGC’s commercial kitchen, using veggies tended & harvested by campers. The daily schedule includes games, gardening, crafts, and yoga. Each day features something different e.g. swimming, bowling, Storytime in the Park, & visits from sustainability experts. We eat lunch together on blankets in the shade of a tree beside the playground. Campers get to take home seeds, plants, recipes, pickles, plus their own upcycled crafts. KinPark is a convenient location, & an incredible outdoor venue for children to play & experiment. Camp starts July 2 and runs 5 days a week until August 30. Ages 6-12 https://cowichangreen kinpark-kids-camp-2/

Kayak Kids in Maple Bay Wilderness Kayakng

WILDERNESS KAYAKING KAYAK KIDS Join us for FUN and Adventure this summer on the water at Maple Bay. When you join the camp come prepared for group paddling (touring kayaks, sit on top kayaks and SUP’s), kayak games, relays and more. You will learn the basic skills needed for safe paddling, learn about the weather and how to make a barometer, you will practice how to rescue yourself and others. Come with your friends, make new ones and explore the shores and coves of Maple Bay. Camp runs Monday to Thursday 9-1 and is ideally suited for those 8-12years old Pack your lunch and sign up now! Many other Summer Youth programs offered from Wilderness Kayaking out of Maple Bay. Register now at 250.746.0151 www.wilderness-kayaking. com

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Art Camp, The Hive Art Studio

GYMNASTIC CAMP Duncan Dynamics is offering Preschool (3-5) and BigKid (5-12) camps throughout the summer for Tiny Tumblers and Big Kids! Camps include skills training, games, circuits, crafts. Full Day camps include lunch time supervision. Meal is not included Full week, full day or half day rates available for summer camps. To register visit or call 250-746-0193.

ALIVE IN THE HIVE ART CAMPS Hello kiddos join us and bee inspired this summer at the Hive Art Studio! We have so many mediums to excite the senses, from clay to spin art to mix media. Come try them all! Our new kiln is ready and awaiting your summer art ideas and creations. We will have outside time with sketching and playing at

Centennial’s water park and visiting our Bee Garden! There will be take home art each day or at the end of your week. Children can come one day or as many as you like. Also, the first 10 registered

will by put into a draw for a free day! Cost $50/day Monday- Friday 9am-3pm June 24th - July 19th August 5th-16th Register early by email


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Summer Youth Programs From Maple Bay • KAYAK KIDS - INTRODUCTION TO SEA KAYAKING July 8-11; July 22-25; Aug 6-9 Sessions Monday - Thursday 9am - 1pm • YOUTH TOUR N’ LEARN - GULF ISLANDS 3 DAY OVERNIGHT TRIP July 17-19; Aug 12-14 AGES 13-16 • YOUTH DAY TRIP ADVENTURES - LEAD BY EXPERIENCED GUIDES - July 12, July 26 Fridays 9am - 3pm

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CAMP PRINGLE SUMMER CAMPS Camp Pringle has many camps to choose from for all ages but for the adventurous tween - Calling all Tarzans… If you’ve always wanted to master the high ropes, this is your chance! Our ultimate camp is for the high energy camper with a sense of adventure. This extremely popular camp will run the first week of the summer and is expected to fill up quickly. This exciting camp has everything, including; a canoe trip to Memory Island, orienteering, rock climbing, night games and all your favorite waterfront activities like sailing, paddleboarding and exhilarating Tubing! Ages: 10 to 14 July 28-August 2 $505

SUMMER CAMPS AT ISLAND SAVINGS CENTRE Island Savings Centre offers exciting camps all summer long for children and youth ages 4 – 14. Join us for a summer of fun and adventure, with many opportunities to try something new, or enjoy 48

a familiar activity. For children and youth looking to develop their skills in sports, check out our Cowichan Hoops Camp, led by the senior coaches at Cowichan High, British Soccer Camp, Tennis Camps, and a variety of Lacrosse Camps led by former professional players. For children ready to explore their more creative side, we have Portals Art Camps led by experienced artists, Dance Camps, and Byte Camps; including Claymation Movie Production, Music Video Production, and 3D Animation. For a full listing of all our great camps and to register, stop by Island Savings Centre to pick up our Recreation Guide, call 250.748.7529, or visit

The legendary Nitinat Fog Bank. If you see this hold onto your hats!

A Hidden Paradise Marty Dovick is the manager at Strong Kiteboarding as well as an avid kiter himself.


s days get longer and the sun starts to shine more this spring, another great thing is happens: the wind at Nitinaht Lake starts to blow. A soon as temperatures start approaching 20C the wind junkies begin migrating up the 40km of dirt road in specialized camping rigs to their own windy paradise. Many of us had never heard of Nitinaht Lake until we read about it in this article. Nitinaht Lake is located at the west coast of Vancouver Island. You drive into the wilderness through old growth temperate rain forests while keeping your eyes peeled for elk, bear, eagles and deer to name a few. After passing huge logging trucks and dodging potholes you come out of the dust and the site of the gorgeous lake opens up the view. The Ditidaht people live in a small aboriginal village at the shores of the lake. There is a motel, restaurant, small store with a gas station and a tourist information center. There have been big changes at Nitinaht in the past few years as they are now a mid-station point for the world famous West Coast Trail. You can now start in the middle and go either way, or finish hiking at Nitinaht Lake. The campsite has been under construction this spring, and

will be almost doubling in size in the near future as it gets very crowded up there mid summer. There is also internet access now available at the campsite as part of the many upgrades. These changes will benefit all campers as well as the hordes of kiteboarders that flock to the Lake. Another great thing about Nitinaht Lake is that it happens to be one of the best places in North America to learn how to kiteboard. The steady predictable wind, the warm (20C+ by Aug!) calm water, and great kiteboarding schools make for the best learning environment around. Strong Kiteboarding is based out of Nitinaht Lake and can be found on the beach in front of the campsite. It is the only International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) certified school in western Canada so you know you will be getting top quality instruction from highly trained and insured Instructors. Strong Kiteboarding is already open for the season and will be teaching until September. They use Seadoos to assist with their lessons so you always have your instructor very close for safety and comfort. Whether you are interested in learning to kiteboard, or you are already an avid kiteboarder/windsurfer, Nitinaht Lake is your spot. The campsite is kid and dog friendly with endless opportunities for both. There is also a great community up

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Dine In on our heated patio or Take Out! Cowichan Bay there with regular potlucks and even a giant margarita machine. You can meet people from all over the world and all walks of life as the blustery wind and tranquil environment tends to melt away all other concerns. If you have never

been to Nitinaht Lake, never tried kiteboarding, or just want to see this spectacular place then don’t hesitate and make your way up! “ For more info or to book a lesson (250) 813 0035

Marty Dovick takes Jacob Ens for his first tandem hydrofoil ride.


With Solstice quickly approaching, the energy is building and beginning to come into full expression. Nature is already teeming with such abundance and life force- flowers in full bloom, lush coastal greenery, and our waters inviting us cleanse our body and mind. ~ CFS for the Soul, is also overflowing with this bounty and vibrancy! Our new shipment of locally made eco-clothing from Elsewear has us looking forward to Summer- with beautiful new designs and gorgeous jewel tone colours- clothing that looks and feels so good, you may not want to take it off! Venus Rose has us stocked with a wonderful selection of exquisite gemstone beaded bracelets- each one intentionally crafted with love, so you can wear and feel the good vibes all day long! ~ Looking for unique and soul-full gifts to honour achievements and milestones? Our stunning collection of Vitajuwel gemstone water bottles, would make unforgettable graduation or teacher gifts! We also carry a wonder-full variety of semi-rare crystals and gemstones, Autumn Skye art cards, oracle decks and more! Find us on Instagram@ cfsforthesoul and Like us on our ‘CFS for the Soul’ Facebook Page for product details, announcements and more.

Located in the Sol Centre Adjacent to the Community Farm Store 5380 Hwy 1, Duncan, BC To be notified by email of Waldorf and Steiner inspired events in the Valley, email


Summer has come! Time for outdoor fun and nature based learning! Come see our vast selection of books with ideas, activities and inspiration for celebrating summer. We have something for all ages, all stages. Lots of great summer reading too!

The Wonder of Trees

This colourful book by Andrea Frommherz and Edith Biedermann tells us many of the mysteries and traditional ritu-als of 13 common trees—Activities include stories, songs, games, and craft ideas, as well as traditional rituals associated with trees; simple recipes for food and the med-icine cabinet. For school or home, for all ages.

Earth, Water, Fire & Air

by Walter Kraul. This wonderful book encourages children’s interest in the natural world, illustrating a broad range of activi-ties, games, and toys to make, each involving one of the four elements … projects introduce children to basic scientific princi-ples, such as gravity, momen-tum, and light refraction with full instructions and diagrams for children 6 to 12.

Making Woodland Crafts Findus, Food & Fun Using green sticks, rods, Seasonal crafts and poles, beads and string by nature activities for every Patrick Harrison. Stunning,

hand-drawn illustrations and instructions us-ing simple tools for building masks, puppets, night torches, staffs, arrows, ladders, shelters and chairs for stargazing…. guar-anteed to get children as well as parents, siblings, grandparents out and about , enjoying nature.

season, some indoors, some out-doors. This is a book the whole family will enjoy -- fully illustrated and so much fun! We carry the full Findus collection of the much loved stories by Sven Nordqvist. .. One of the most popular book series we carry.

Here at the Freya-Sophia Waldorf store we are inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner and committed to meeting the soul needs of our children and our community by providing books, toys, supplies, resources, classes, workshops, instruction, support and conversation to all those who visit our store. We are here to help and to support. To be on our email list for Steiner and Waldorf inspired events and study groups here in the Cowichan Valley please email Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, playwright and artist who lived between 1861 and 1925. He founded a spiritual movement called Anthroposophy, which works on the basis that children’s creative, spiritual and moral dimensions need as much attention as their intellectual ones. The influence of Steiner’s multi-faceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, education, philosophy, religious renewal, movement (eurythmy, spacial dynamics, bothmer gymnastics), agriculture (biodynamics) and the arts. We carry a vast selection of titles on these subjects and much more at the Freya-Sophia Waldorf Store.

Rudolf Steiner 1861 - 1925


How Do You Get Your Dose Of Vitamin Sea?


he ocean can have such

a positive impact on our physical, emotional & mental wellbeing. By just gazing at the blue expanse of water, our five senses can be satisfied; be calmed by the repetitive rolling of the waves, smell & taste the fresh, salty air, and feel invigorated by the cool splash of water on your skin. My favourite way to get a fix of Vitamin sea is by paddle board. As soon as I stand on the board I feel a sense of happiness & relaxation. The repetitive sweep of the paddle in the water invokes a soothing, meditative feeling of calm. Paddle boarding can be a solitary or shared experience. Use it as a way to relax or as a full aerobic body work out. I love the accessibility of paddle boarding as it fits all shapes & sizes & there are no age limits. There are lessons available for any level,


beginner to advanced touring or even SUP surfing. Spend a couple of hours exploring the shore line or go on a multiday adventure. A paddle board can really take you anywhere you want to go. It is interesting that the history of stand up paddling dates back thousands of years with roots all over the world. It is possible that it originated with the ancient Peruvian fisherman over 2000 years ago. They used basic boats made of tightly bound reeds & would stand up in these boats when returning from a trip using their paddle to steer their way through the surf. Also the famous gondoliers of Venice also propelled their vessel through the water while standing up with a paddle. Israel also had a form of canoe type paddle board used by fisherman called the “hasake.� Years later in the 1940s the practice of standing up on a board while surfing a wave in Hawaii reinvented this practice. Initially a paddle was held while surfing the waves, but this practice became less popular a few years later. Now SUP (Stand Up Paddle board) surfing is gaining popularity all over the

world. However you experience your time by the ocean, be open to what the water has to teach you. Reap the benefits of being immersed in nature and being close to the water. Soak in the natural healing qualities, give yourself time to shut off from the bustle of your daily life and experience the moment.

Ensure you prescribe yourself a regular dose of Vitamin sea, you truly are worth it.

Alison Moorwood Paddle Canada SUP instructor Co-owner, Blue Dog Kayaking

and the candles hung properly to cool. The warmth and fragrance of melted beeswax make this a favourite place to be, especially in the cooler months! .


Glenora Farm Day Program is expanding!


lenora Farm’s slogan, ‘A Place Where Special Needs Are Met’, remains as true today as when it began almost 30 years ago. Through hard work and dedication, it has flourished into a bustling community where adults with a variety of developmental challenges live and work with volunteers in extended family-type homes. Each person contributes what they can, from skilled labour to simple friendly company, and in return receives whatever is needed in order to experience a joyful and purpose-filled life. The community began offering a day program about 10 years ago, and is ready to expand and welcome new friends! This June, we are opening up 4 new places in our wonderful day program, for adults over 18 years of age.

Day Program Details

The day program runs from 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday (except public holidays) and consists of seven regular

workshops; felting, candlemaking, weaving, gardening, herbs, farm and estate, forestry and firewood. There are also often small groups cooking in each of the four houses, preparing meals for hungry workers. Each of these workshops provides meaningful and rewarding work for people of varying abilities. There is a tea-and-healthy-snack break in the middle of each morning and each afternoon. Each member of the day program is connected with a specific house, which is where they have lunch and a period of quiet time resting, reading or playing games.

Felting And Candles

In the felting workshop, which runs two afternoons a week, wool from the farm is carded, cleaned and hand-dyed, then made into felt-covered soaps, decorative balls, seasonal decorations, and phone, tablet and laptop cases. The candle workshop produces 5 sizes of beeswax candles, plus rainbow candles, birthday cake candles and fire-starters of dipped fir cones The candles are each hand dipped, with weights tied to each wick, and all the weights need to be cut off, melted clean, rehung,

The weavers produce scarves, tote bags, tea towels and bath towels, as well as decorative book covers and shawls. These products are sold next door in the Glenora Store and Café, and are known for their bright colours and fine craftsmanship. Weaving is something which can be adapted for all levels of physical ability, and has a wealth of therapeutic benefits, such as hand-eye coordination, patience, repetitive action and range of motion. For anyone interested in a demonstration, the weavery is open to visitors Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm.


The herb workshop is kept busy filling tea bags with herbs harvested on the farm, as well as preparing oils, tinctures, ointments, and our famous herb salt and garlic powder. During the summer there is herb harvesting and drying to do outside, but during the cold months, the workshop is held indoors. All Glenora Farm products can be found for sale at the Glenora Store and Café.

onions, flowers and more to the community, as well as a small weekly CSA box program, the Duncan Farmers Market, and local restaurants and stores. The people who work in the garden are involved in every aspect of the vegetable growing, from composting to ploughing, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing and packing. The farmyard is also a busy place, with daily mucking and feeding the herd of registered Friesian dairy sheep, and the small herd of Dexter cattle. The farm crew is also responsible for estate work, clearing paths, planting and maintaining flower beds around community buildings, and fixing fences after winter storms. In our next article, we will share the artistic and cultural aspects of our day program, as well as our seasonal festivals.


Interested parties are invited to contact us at admissions@ or by phone at 250-715-1559 to arrange a tour and an initial interview. We look forward to welcoming you for a visit and a chance to see our workshops in action!

Submitted by Jenni Lewis


Outdoor workshops provide for the community by caring for the animals, plants and land. The three-acre garden provides delicious organic root vegetables, salads, garlic,

Image above courtesy Kyle Vamvakas Happy Helios House baking crew


Traditional Chinese Exercise for Health Wild Goose Qigong (Chi Gong) Gentle movement Calms your mind Heals internal organs Develops flexibility Tuesdays 7:15pm-8:30pm Wednesdays 10:15am-11:30am Thursdays 8:45am-10am (HUB) Fridays 10am-11:15am (Victoria) Northern Shaolin Chun Yuen Quan Dynamic movement Improves posture Increases energy Strengthens bones Tuesdays 6pm-7:15pm Wednesdays 9am-10:15am

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Kundalini – Healing Energy


n our current times most are aware of the need to eat healthy and to exercise the body. Yet, few realize how to take care of the inner self, the nervous energy system that gives us the ability to be fully developed in mind, body and spirit. Kundalini metaphorically means energy exchange of a spiral nature. Making communion with our bodily elements of: earth, water, fire. air, sound, mindfulness and Oneness. Seven Cakras, levels of our consciousness. The task of Kundalini, is the realization of inner self development, self empowerment assisting with living a dynamic life of health, happiness, prosperity. How does the empowerment of manifesting bodily energy exchange work in our life? One branch of Hatha Yoga embraces the polarity in which all beings function. This of course includes

breathing exercises, walking meditation and other physical exercise. When we become aware of how the human body is enlivened we are able through Insight kundalini exercise to balance our central nervous energy system towards excellent health. Here is the challenge and the opportunity to practice one of the Treasures of Life. The ability to meditate on the inner body in a reflective manner. Here we practice the interdependent compliments of listening, tasting, smelling, touching, seeing; taking us to a high level on mindfulness and Oneness of body, mind and spirit. Come experience Kundalini - Healing Energy! Nichiren Peace Center, a Buddhist Community is pleased to offer a one day Retreat on Saturday, June 15 as one of its annual Retreats; Kundalina - Healing Energy. For full details text or call 250. 710. 7594 visit www.VIRetreats. com/2019Retreats Submitted by Henry Landry

What’s so great about Celery Juice? Brandy Mandrusiak Owner of Glow Juicery cafe Duncan


f you haven’t heard about the newest health movement that Medical Medium, Anthony Williams has popularized, let me introduce it to you. Celery Juice! Celery is one of the healthiest vegetables around, but why drink it instead of eating it? Celery contains a lot of fiber so you would not be able to eat enough of it to get the health benefits of it for medicinal purposes. You will get full quickly. Celery also contains a high amount of water. This water acts as a diuretic and is great for your kidneys by pushing excess water out of the body, resulting in a less toxic body. Vitamins C, K and A are a 3 vitamins celery is high in. Vitamin C is a great immune booster, specially when fighting off a cold. Vitamin K is a vitamin that does not get enough attention and is essential for healthy bones while vitamin A is great for the eyes. Folate, also found

in celery, is a B vitamin beneficial for a healthy pregnancy (folic acid is the synthetic form and can be harmful to us). We’ve now covered some basics on how wonderful Celery juice is for us, but this juice has so much more to offer. Celery contains bioactive flavonoids: apigenin and luteolin. Flavonoids are naturally occurring plant pigments that work as antioxidants, has strong antiinflammatory properties which helps combat free radicals in the body and balances our PH. Flavonoids help the body fight cancer cells and Apigenin has been used in Chinese medicine to treat gout and arthritic conditions. So, what is Celery juice good for? Pretty much everything. Fad or not, Celery juice is a great item to add to your daily diet. Food is our real medicine! You can pre-order or drop into Glow Juicery in Duncan for an organic cold-pressed celery juice. Open 7 days/week. Glow Juicery and Raw Food Cafe Sol Centre - #3 5380, Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan, (250) 597-2595

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Cam Russell & Karen Trickett Coventry Woodworks 250-929-4396


oventry Woodworks is a custom woodworking shop that specializes in Furniture, Architectural built-ins and Automotive Woodworking. Coventry Woodworks was begun by Karen Trickett in 1996 as a part-time venture in Victoria. Her client base grew gradually but steady demand allowed Karen to turn it into a full-time business several years later.

Karen’s husband, Cam Russell, began the Fine Furniture Program at Camosun College in 1987 which is where the couple met when Karen was a student in 1990. In 2010, the two of them sold-up in Victoria and designed and built their home and adjoining workshop in Cobble Hill. Cam helped out at Coventry Woodworks on a very part-time basis until he retired from Camosun in 2017, when he joined Karen full-time in the workshop. Furniture design and making is in the heart of both their training, so that forms the backbone of the business. They do some pieces on speculation but nearly all of their work is bespoke to the clients’ particular needs. “We often get folks coming to us who have looked for pieces in retail stores but can’t quite find the item they want in terms of size, type of wood, or finish”. Karen says. The two of them work with prospective clients to gradually come up with a design drawing and samples that meets client approval in all respects including budget. An example of just such a collaboration was a card table completed for an avid bridgeplaying couple in Nanaimo. Their old table had been badly damaged in a flood, so they were looking for one to replace it that had to have a green baize (felt)


This bar cabinet was designed to hold various bottles and accessories , glasses and 12 wine bottles and include folding doors and flaps that became work surfaces for uncorking and mixing. It is made of our local big leaf Western Maple with accents in Yew.

Conventry Woodworks: Art For Dad surface but would fold up to reveal a wooden top and fold again to form a semi-circle that could live against a wall. The completed table, built of Sapele Mahogany with accents in Holly, was the result. Another commission was for a couple who had just 42” diameter Card Table in Sapele Mahogany with Holly accents. The top relocated from Calgary to is green baise (felt), a special fabric especially made for playing cards on. a condo in Victoria and were looking for a spacePerhaps the quirkiest element saving liquor cabinet. “They of Coventry Woodworks (and provided us with several the origin of the business sketches and clippings from name) is the automotive magazines” Cam explained. woodworking side of the “They also wanted us to use business. Coventry is the city local woods”. The resulting in the midlands of England piece has a built-in wine where Jaguars were made. bottle rack, glass storage and This was an offshoot that fold out table-tops for mixing began when the couple’s and is made of local Western own sports car needed a new Maple with Yew accents. dashboard and a wooden trunk to hold camping In addition to furniture, Karen equipment on long road trips. and Cam complete built-ins The bespoke wooden items of various forms in their shop garnered interest from other and install them in client’s hobbyists at British car meets. homes. They have recently At any given time dashboards completed a kitchen in phases and structural parts from so the clients lives wouldn’t Jaguars and Rolls Royces to be unduly interrupted with a Minis and Morris Minors can major renovation. be found in the workshop.


Franziska ditter

I definitely adjust size including handle size for my “Man Mugs” as I call them. Handles are made bigger and the mug is usually taller and has a more robust shape, a little less feminine than most of my other mugs. Lately I have been experimenting a lot with different shapes and I found that “Man Mugs” are more bold and heavier in the design. Colour wise I tend to go to the earthier, darker glazes, instead of the light cream and subtle light blue glazes I often use. I find men are often more drawn to the smoky dark greys or rusty golden browns. My most popular image on my “Man Mugs” is by far the snake, which is one of my favourite newer designs. Find Ceramics by Franziska at Home Studio Gallery on Mountain Road south of Duncan (Part of Vision Artisan Tour) Chemainus Theatre Gallery and Excellent Frameworks Home of The E.J. Hughes Gallery in Duncan. Mugs $49

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is a popular feature. I work with a wide range of glaze colours so that there is something for everyone. My sea creature mugs with carved crab, octopus, rockfish etc. are definitely a favourite with the Dads! I aim for a good mug that holds lots of coffee or tea to get Dad through his day can also double as a beer stein when he is ready to relax in the evening. The Mud Room Clayworks 1725 Cowichan Bay Road (down the alley beside True Grain Bread) www.cowbaymudroom. com Mugs range $17-$35

Mugs for DAD! • Plates • Bowls •Vases • Vessels • Honey Pots • Tea Pots • Urns • Shakers & more!

The Mud Room Clayworks Potter Colleen Underwood 250 710 7329 1725 Cowichan Bay Road

Men tend to like a bigger mug. I try to make the handle beefier and with more space for a larger hand. The thumb rest that I add at the top of the handle


I make really big mugs for everyone because I have: a) 3.5 year old twins and a grade one-ster so I need a LOT of coffee b) folks have told me they like big handles on big mugs for their menfolk since I started potting full time c) a lot of tea drinkers skip the teapot and brew a huge mug instead My glazes are very smooth and pleasant to touch and the colours are quite subdued. A lot of my customers say they like my work because it is calm and comfy. My work is very sturdy, I mean one customer lost their mug in the garden for 6 months and found it in the spring—sturdy. The travel mugs are especially tough as they are meant to be hauled around outside! Trial By Fire PotteryMugs range from $25 to $65. Available at Imagine That! Artisan Gallery in downtown Duncan and at Shawnigan Coffee and Chocolate in the heart of Shawnigan Village.


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here is nothing better in springtime than the sun shinning into your home or office through crystal clear windows. Windows are often neglected throughout the winter months. The outsides are constantly dirtied from our lovely weather and the window tracks can build up mold from the condensation caused by the difference in temperature inside and out.

Let the Sun Shine In

So, how to get those beautiful streak free windows? Our green method of choice is any of the peroxide based cleaners. Available at janitor supply stores as well as most natural health product stores. What we like about these products is that they are effective at breaking down any film, dirt or debris on the glass. (also super handy for the toothpaste splatters on bathroom mirrors) If you choose a concentrated peroxide product be sure to dilute it according to instructions, if it is too strong your windows will not dry clear. Use a microfiber cloth for glass and mirrors to avoid any lint from being left behind. Or you can use a more professional approach and purchase a good squeegee with replaceable blades (12” is a good size for most windows) and microfiber window scrubber, both available at janitor supply stores. Buy good ones they’re well worth the investment. We use an eco-friendly dish soap , very diluted in hot 58

water, about 1 tablespoon per gallon of water. Be sure to remove any screens and spray them clean with a gentle garden sprayer nozzle. You can use this method indoors as well, just squeeze the water out of the scrubber over your bucket by running your closed hand down it to drain the excess water. Tip: if you’re needing to wash exterior windows in cold weather add a little automotive windshield washer fluid to your water. Don’t forget to clean your window tracks at the same time. Clean with any all purpose cleaner and a toothbrush, then if there is mold, spray with a diluted tea tree (1 tsp/1 cup of water) solution and leave it to sit to inhibit re-growth.

Tracey Hanson, proud Cowichan Valley community member and business owner www.cleanchoice

Different types of well formations

Water Quantity


Paul Robinson has been servicing wells and water systems for 30+ years. Paul’s Pump and Treatment

ith the summer off to a dry start homeowners may be concerned about water quantity in their wells. Wells draw water from aquifers, which are zones of saturated permeable soil or rock. Some types of soil make for good aquifers, such as gravel and fractured bedrock that can support high water pumping rates, while other types of soil make for poor aquifers, such as silty sand and clay that cannot support high water pumping rates. Wells can run dry for the following reasons: • The pumping rate is higher than the groundwater recharge rate. • The water table (level of saturated water in the soil) has dropped to below the pump suction or inlet • The well screen has become plugged by find sand, mineral precipitation, bacterial fouling

or corrosion. If a well vent becomes blocked, a negative pressure may occur in the well during draw down and reduce or stop the pump from drawing water. If there is a water supply problem, a registered well contractor should be consulted. Solutions may include: water conservation in the home, digging/drilling a deeper well, unplugging a fouled well screen or replacing a corroded well casing or screen. There are three sources of information to help determine if a well can produce a sufficient quantity of water: 1. Local Knowledge The best indication of whether there is sufficient water supply is to ask the owner, neighbors or local well drillers if there have been any problems with wells running dry on the property and in the area. Generally, shallow wells are more likely to have problems with water shortages than deeper wells, as shallow wells draw water from surface aquifers, which can

fluctuate upon the amount of precipitation and season. 2.Well Records It is useful to obtain a copy of the well record from the previous owner, driller or pump installer or the Ministry of Environment. The site address and/or legal lot description may be required. Some well logs are not on file, as they may not have been submitted to the M.O.E. In such cases, a short flow test of the well may be performed to approximate the well yield if so required. 3.Water Recovery Test A registered contractor can be hired to conduct a recovery test which involves pumping water out of a well and then giving it time to recharge. This can help you determine how much water you can

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draw from the well. As a rule of thumb, industry standard is +/- 60 US gallons per day per person (227 litres per day/ person) Water Quantity Checklist • Ask the previous owner, neighbours or a local contractor if there have been any problems with the well or area wells running dry. • Verify the depth of the well and pumping rate from the well record. A surface well is more likely to run dry in times of draught. • Have a registered well contractor conduct a recovery test, if necessary. For more information or a consultant for your well call Paul 250 510 7006

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The Dark Mountain Project: A Cultural Response To Reflect Changing Realities

The project began life in 2009 with the publication of a manifesto entitled Uncivilisation. The document grew out of a feeling that contemporary art and literature were failing to respond honestly or adequately to the scale of our entwined ecological, economic and social crises. We believe that writing and art have a crucial role to play in coming to terms with this reality, and in questioning its foundations.


During Dark Mountain’s Uncivilization Festivals (2010-13) in the UK, artists, performers, writers, and other cultural leaders participated in a variety of events addressing issues arising amidst the consequences of climate change. Since then, the project has produced several anthologies of current writings and artwork.

eople in the Cowichan Valley are meeting to share in our experience of global crises arising from Climate Change and from humankind’s many forms of pollution damaging Earth’s living systems. Our interests include the spirit and activities of the Dark Mountain Project.

From their website https:// and on Facebook: The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. We believe that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unravelling, and we want our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it.

In our community, there have been several initiatives in recent years, people meeting to face and deal with the grief, despair, whatever is the reality of their experience of climate change and pollution of our natural environment. In community, one can be freed from the hindrances of denial; it is a way of liberation. One of the teachers who

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inspired The Dark Mountain Project spoke of people troubled by the now rapid degradation of the natural world. He illustrated some people approaching a cloud of despair, but many deciding that they do not want to go there, so they turn back. With that response, nothing has changed, and despair remains an influence, unresolved. Similarly with Joanna Macy, he taught that to go into that cloud, to know honestly the despair that one truly knows, about the losses we know, then we can be free of it. Facing impending catastrophe, rather than denying it, is a beneficial way of care, both of oneself and of others. There is opportunity for creative and compassionate spirits in the Cowichan Valley to contribute to our community’s adaptation to the oncoming crises, recognizing impending realities and giving voice and vision to our experience. It is a way of acknowledging and moving through despair. We are interested to meet, including with others of the fine and performing arts community in the Valley, interested to know what interest there might be to join in conversation, to create events related to climate

Painting by Rima Staines

change and the degradation of the natural world, the future arising before us, and the effects that people experience amidst such prospects. Our small group will meet again on Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30am, at the Queens Cup Café, on Queens Road in Duncan, and on the fourth Tuesday of each month following. Let’s create a conversation. For further information, please contact: jmowatsteven@

John has benefitted from living in the Cowichan Valley community for over twenty years.

I Hear That You Want Bees John Magdanz President of the Cowichan Beekeepers


very year I am told by people that they would like to keep bees. The reasons for keeping bees are many. Some people want bees for honey, others for pollination and others because bees are in trouble. Keeping bees is not an easy thing and a person needs to consider whether or not to get them carefully. If you do decide to get bees you need to know what is involved to keep them healthy and to be successful. Unfortunately a lot of people think that you purchase your bees in the spring and collect the honey in August and that you do not have anything to do with them for the rest of the year. Honey bees are not native to North America and as such they need to be looked after like any other livestock. Failure to do so will result in the death of your bees. If you want to keep bees for honey there is a lot to consider. It will cost you approximately $700 to purchase the equipment and bees for one hive. You then have the

additional costs of feeding your bees during the dearth months and the cost of treating them for mites. You must also be willing to put in the time to check them regularly for mites and honey resources. For the cost of starting in bees you can purchase sixty 500g jars of honey from a local producer. Many people want bees for pollination. It is important to note that there are many species of bees. Mason bees are a good choice as they are not prone to many of the problems that honey bees are. Mason bees also stay close to their home unlike honey bees that will fly up to five miles and pollinate someone else’s plants. Mason bees also require very little care. It is also worth noting that wild bees may be your best choice for pollination. An example of this is that it was found that bumble bees were responsible for 90% of the pollination of blueberries even though honey bees were brought in for pollination. Maybe you want honey bees because bees are in trouble. Yes bees are in trouble, but the bees that are the most in trouble are not honey bees that can do quite well with our help. The bees that are in trouble are the wild bees. The use of pesticides and herbicides have had a big impact, but the greatest impact has been habitat loss. Wild bees are adapted to our climate and do not need our help with pest control or feeding in dearth times. There are about 210 species of native solitary bees living on Vancouver Island scattered over the whole land as ground nesters, wood tunnel and hollow stem nesters and the underground cavity nesting social bumblebees. Most are solitary, but most are better pollinators than honey bees because they focus on pollen not nectar. If you would like more information on helping wild bees please

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t’s June. The bright yellow flowers of Scotch broom have started to develop small green seed pods. How does broom spread so quickly and densely? Because of those prolific, long-living seeds! Other invasive plants spread from their roots, like Himalayan blackberry, gorse and Japanese knotweed. But broom roots die easily, which is why it is better to kill broom by cutting than by pulling out the roots. Disturbing the soil just gives hundreds of seeds an opportunity to see the sun and germinate. Pulling small broom may work in winter, in wet soil, but not now.

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What can you do now? Broom in shadier areas may not have gone to seed. Cut off the flowers – quick! We used to say, “Cut Broom in June”, but climate change has changed that. Now we say, “Cut Broom in Bloom” If broom is cut in June, the plant will still die in the summer’s dry heat. So, on private property and in the brush, you can still cut – carefully. But don’t spread the seeds!

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If you cut broom now, cut the branches shorter and stack on top of itself in an already infested area. If you prefer, you can burn after the rains return. You can stash a few branches under the forest canopy. But please, be seed safe and fire safe. Never leave piles of cut broom near people or traffic.

Broombusting season ends so quickly. But next spring will come again, and we’ll be ready. You will be amazed how much broom you can remove by yourself, and how good you will feel about it. It’s even more amazing what happens when you have two people or a team. We’ll never be free of broom completely. We need participation from private land owners and especially BC Hydro. Scotch broom is highly flammable because of its high oil content and dry branches. The transmission lines should be a fire break, not a highway of flammable broom. But until the laws are changed, we are the only ones who can stop this plant from taking over. Many hands make light work. We can tame this plant and that is the only wise, respectful, fire-safe idea. Because we love where we live. Joanne Sales Director of Broombusters Invasive Plant Society 250-752-4816

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s a natural builder, I am often pondering ways to help restore balance between humanity and the natural world. Cob masonry heaters, clay plasters, composting toilets, earthen-stored solar heating systems, multidimensional sauna-solariumbathhouses... to name a few. When building the perimeter wall-envelope of a dwelling, my favorite technique is ‘light-clay’. This involves a mix of locally sourced clay and plant fibre for the infill (think bird’s nest...), tamped lightly into place within a rough timber or stud frame (think bird’s nest with a skeleton). Traditionally, this ancient bulding technique involved the use of straw from the farm fields, but here on the we(s)t coast good straw can be a little hard to come by. So for the past 18 years I have been using woodchips (douglas fir coarse planer shavings) as the infill fibre. This technique is sometimes called ‘chip n slip’ - the slip being the liquified clay glue. A local trucking company gathers the material up from various woodworking shops around the lower island and delivers us 50 yards per load at a very reasonable cost.

From there on we invite all ages to gather in community work parties and get their hands in the mud. Over the years I have also experimented with hemp fibre but that stuff is mega tough and difficult to shred down to the size that best suits my modified mortar mixer (aka, the salad tosser). For many years I have also wondered about scotch broom, but with so many ideas on the list... well, you know. Then, finally, after reading an article in the Valley Voice last year by Doug from Wee Chip Cowichan, I decided to connect with him, make a few test bricks, and observe how they behaved through the winter of moisture cycling. The great news is : later this month of May my friend Brent and I are going to build a cabin made with scotch broom light clay walls. If you would like to find out more about this natural building practice (and maybe get your hands a little muddy...) give us a shout at: amosclayworks. ca. Patrick Amos is an educator and natural builder living in Glenora


June is Water Month at The Community Farm Store!

Water is life. Everything that lives on this planet requires it, and there is a great deal of nutrition and medicine to be found in it. Here at the Farm Store we are grateful for the abundance of health-giving gifts that come from our local waters. Water Month demonstrates that appreciation and celebrates companies who share those values. It also lets us look at the ways we are harming water and its inhabitants, and gives us the opportunity to shift our habits From sustainably harvested sea vegetables and seafoods to reusable wares to eliminate single use items from ending up in our water ways, we only carry goods that are kind to our Earth.

We are pleased to offer a series of Water Workshops on the CFS Mezzanine during the month of June, including:

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Thursday, June 20th from 4:30-6:30pm Herbalist Angela Willard of Harmonic Arts will teach us about the phenomenal nutritive & medicinal benefits of these water world wonders. Take a closer look at red, brown & green algae, and learn how to add local seaweeds into your diet with simple recipes. Angela will discuss the traditional uses for seaweeds and how they can help regenerate the planet. Pre-register for this workshop at Customer Service.

Surfrider Foundation Friday, June 21st from 4:30-6:30pm This is a free presentation by our Surfrider Vancouver Island chapter. Everyone is welcome. Follow us on Facebook for more event updates!

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rystalline minerals and water are two of the most essential elements on our planet. Both are abundant and intimately connected to nature. Our bodies are made up of over 70% water and water can form crystalline structures. This interrelatedness unites us with these seemingly inanimate elements. Crystals have been used for centuries because of the healing properties they possess. Clear Quartz is known to receive, transmit, store and expand positive energy. It is also highly noted for its ability to bring strength and clarity to the

Based on the studies of Dr. Emoto, there is a theory about the ability of water to transform when it is exposed to words, thoughts, sounds and intentions. He discovered that when water received loving intentions or was exposed to a beautiful piece of music, the water would create aesthetically pleasing ‘crystal’ structures. It seems as if our most precious element has the awareness of a living organism and evolves with its environment. Crystal water is a great way to integrate the energy of a crystal into your body on a physical, mental and cellular level. To prepare your own crystal water you will need: - Clear Quartz* (approximately 1/8th the size of the container that you are going to use) -A clean transparent glass container with lid (a mason jar works well) -Spring water (Filtered water will work as well). Prepare your crystals by cleaning them very well. You may wish to infuse them with specific intentions ( help bring more clarity to your life or enhance your energy)- you can do this by simply holding the crystals in your hands, while thinking about your intentions. Place the crystals into the jar, fill with water and seal with a lid. Find a sunny windowsill and set the container there, undisturbed for 1- 3 days. When ready, carefully strain into a vessel to remove the crystals and enjoy your magical mixture!


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Although the Genoa Bay saw mill operated from 18751925, it was during the First World War that it reached its peak. The mill, which cut much of the first timber taken from Cowichan Lake, actually ranked second in the province for a year during World War I, only behind Vancouver’s Hastings Mill. The Cowichan Valley Museum Archives has a wonderful collection of photographs of ships at Genoa Bay between 1917 and 1921, carrying lumber from the Genoa Bay Mill to many ports. Many of these ships’ names reflect the large Canadian merchant fleet at the time: SS Alberta; SS Canadian Raider; SS Canadian Volunteer; SS Canadian Importer; SS Canadian Inventor and so on. Others are more specifically evocative of the era: War Cariboo, War Nanoose, War Ewan etc.

There were American ships such as the Honoipu (a schooner built in 1898 in Alameda, California specifically as a lumber carrier); and the West Harland (which in 1921 collided with and caused the sinking of the passenger ship SS Governor); there were French ships C-47, Frontenac and Cap Horn (the latter a five-masted schooner built in Vancouver in 1917 for French interests). The names Vancouver Maru, Koshun Maru and Kaikyu Maru show that Japan was a significant customer. Even New Zealand was represented with the Waiotapu (formerly the Stolberg, acquired by New Zealand in 1919 as war reparations). Many were steamships, but even steamships of the era still included many wooden hulls. Surprisingly there were still a good many sailing ships too, like the Alta, the Bianca, the Conqueror or

Turnbull photo, Schooner Esquimalt, August 1917, CVMA 2015.

Lumber Ships of Genoa Bay, 1917-1921 the Esquimalt pictured here loading lumber for Australia.

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Esquimalt was a five-masted schooner built in Victoria BC in 1917, one of several hastily built in response to a provincial government subsidy program to encourage local shipbuilding. Esquimalt made the one voyage to Australia for which she’s being loaded in this picture, before being sold to French interests, renamed the Mecktoub and wrecked off Haiti in 1923.

The Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives are owned and operated by the Cowichan Historical Society. The Society welcomes new members. General meetings are held at 7:30 pm the third Thursday at St. Peter’s Quamichan Church Hall on Church Road in Duncan, January-June and September-November. The next meeting will be a field trip for members only, so the next meeting open to the public and new members will be September 19, 2020.

If you are interested in photographs of ships at Genoa Bay or others in the collection of the Cowichan Valley Museum Archives, call 250-746-6662 to arrange an appointment. The Cowichan Valley Archives, located on the top floor of Duncan’s City

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had the pleasure of visiting local herbalist Annie Fulton on her one-acre plot of paradise in Crofton. It was a beautiful Spring morning and Annie toured me through the mossy trails between the dozen or so flower and herb beds, pointing out and naming the dozens of plants, many by their Latin botanical names. Some of the beds are fenced in to keep the deer from eating the tastier herbs, but for most of her garden, Annie prefers to share her medicine with the deer and plants extra in several locations for them to graze on. Her remedies are made under the name Maple Mountain Apawthacary. I first used her blue vervain tincture for my hot flashes with much relief. I got to sit down with Annie in her cozy kitchen and ask about what I had specifically come to see her: The prevalence of Candida in dogs. What is candida?

Candida is characterized as a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast. There are seventeen types of yeast that are on and around our dogs all the time. What does a candida overgrowth look like on a dog? Red, sore, inflamed skin. The dog will be itchy with a yeasty smell. Goopy, stinky ears. The candida called Malassezia Pachydermatitis causes the skin to get an elephant like appearance. Why do some dogs get an overgrowth of candida? The most common cause of candida overgrowth is the use of antibiotics. Good bacteria keep the candida in check. Antibiotics kill all bacteria giving the candida free reign. Poor diet also helps feed the candida; yeasts love carbs and sugars. How long should someone use your anti-candida tincture? With systemic infections it’s not a quick cure. It could take eight weeks. The candida has taken years to develop. Should one expect a healing crisis? Definitely. When using any herbal remedy, it’s likely that the symptoms will get worse before they get better. The body has to expel the excessive yeast, this is why healing can take some time. Is there any time you shouldn’t give this tincture? No. If you use the tincture and it turns


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Shawn Buckley is a lawyer with expertise in the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations.

n early 2018, Health Canada introduced a new “Regulatory Initiative: SelfCare Framework Plan for 2018-2020.” [1] Health Canada’s plan with the ‘Self Care Framework’ is to regulate natural health products under the same regulations as chemical nonprescription drugs. Natural products and chemical drugs would then both be called ‘Self-Care’ products.

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Under this framework, traditional uses of herbs or supplements will no longer be allowed to support most claims. This will have major impacts on Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western Herbal Medicine, not to mention the publications that share this information with the public. Currently, anyone in the natural health community who breaches a provision of the Food and Drugs Act or Regulations faces a maximum fine of $5,000. Under the Self-Care Framework, fines will increase to $5,000,000 a day for any transgression. Claims will be restricted to conditions for which a person would not need to seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner licensed by a


province. If it is a condition for which you would seek the advice of a nurse, nutritionist, naturopath, etc., it is not a condition appropriate to use a natural product for. It will happen gradually, but this is a clear signal that professional lines of natural health products used by practitioners will be restricted. It will be illegal to treat anything but the most minor of conditions with natural products. Manufacturers of natural products will for the first time have to pay licensing fees. This is called ‘cost recovery’ and will lead to a loss of products currently on the market. Costs to manufacturers, distributors, stores, and practitioners will also increase with new administrative penalties. Health Canada inspectors will be able to issue fines for any violation, for example, sharing truthful health information, found during an inspection and cannot be disputed in court. This will be a powerful tool to ensure that such information is not shared with consumers. Eventually, natural products will have to provide the same type of evidence to be sold as chemical drugs. Because natural products do not have intellectual property rights, this will kill innovation. Visit to see details of the three-part plan and other resources to help you take action. This is an edited version of the original article by Shawn Buckley that was published in Vitality Magazine March 26, 2019. To read the full article: https://vitalitymagazine. com/article/health-canadasproposed-regulations-aimto-remove-our-access-tonatural-health-products/

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Aries (March 21-April 19) This month ushers in a big shift! The pace of your days will accelerate and you will start to be booked with appointments, errands, tasks, visits, conversations with siblings and relatives plus increased reading, writing and studying. You’ll be Alice’s White Rabbit, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!” You will be curious. You will meet new people and see new places. Many will read new books and delight in learning new facts. Accept this and let the dishes and the laundry pile up – a bit. Something might be delivered to your home. You might rearrange your furniture. Taurus (April 20-May 20) You’re the financial wizard of the zodiac. (Incidentally, you are also the collector of the zodiac because you appreciate beautiful things.) This month, your focus shifts to money, cash flow and earnings. You will give more thought to money-making ideas and how to boost your income. You’ll be more hands-on about how you earn your living. (Note: This is also a marvellous time to buy wardrobe treasures for yourself.) Meanwhile, pay attention to everything you say and do. Stay on top of things. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Ta da! The Sun is in your your sign this month, which is the only time all year that this happens. It will stay for four weeks boosting your energy and attracting

favourable opportunities and important people to you. Obviously, this is your turn to howl! Since things are going your way – use this to your best advantage! Mercury is also in your sign making you talkative, chatty and eager to meet others. It’s an excellent time to give a talk or explain or sell something. Because this is the beginning of your personal year – make some goals – with deadlines. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Because your birthday is a month away, your personal year is drawing to an end. This means this month is the perfect time to think about what you want for yourself in your new year ahead. How do you want it to be different from last year? What changes would you like to see? This continues to be your year to improve your job and your health. If this hasn’t happened yet – get on it! This is also a significant time because Saturn is opposite your sign creating a strain on partnerships. (Many Cancers stay in the wrong relationship too long.) Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Every sign has a ruling planet and your ruler is the Sun. This is why you bring energy to every situation and relationship. This month the Sun is in your House of Friendships, which means you will be more popular! You’re eager to socialize and be active with clubs. You might take the helm and direct the activities of a group. You will also hang out with younger people, and will give thought to your hopes and dreams for the future. Venus encourages warm relations with bosses and VIPs, perhaps even a secret romance.

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close friendships. You will be more engaged, more talkative and more observant about your style of relating to those who are close to you. Meanwhile, Mars will amp your sex drive! Relations with coworkers are lovely due to Venus. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You’re the real deal because you face reality. This month you will set high standards for yourself. You want to be efficient; you want to be effective; you want the most bang for your buck! This is why you will give more thought to how you manage your life. You hate waste and likewise, you hate to waste your energy. You’re not afraid of hard work because “no pain no gain” is your motto. However, fiery Mars is opposite your sign making you impatient. Note: The impatience is on your part. Yes, they seem annoying but it’s through your eyes. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This month might be the most fun-loving month of the year! It’s a fantastic time for a vacation. It’s also fantastic for all kinds of fun-loving, playful situations. Accept invitations to party. Enjoy the arts, movies and musical performances. Visit galleries and museums. Have fun activities with kids. Sports will appeal – and yes, romance will be toujours l’amour! This is also a wonderful time to redecorate and make your home more attractive, especially because you will entertain. Not too shabby! Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) This is a month of mixed energy so you can pick and choose what you want to do. The Sun and Mercury will pull your attention to home, family and your personal life. Many will cocoon at home and relax among familiar surroundings. You might tackle home repairs you’ve been avoiding. Venus promotes schmoozing, and makes you appreciate your daily surroundings and feel affectionate to everyone. Mars urges you to play and flirt!, It also amps your sex drive! Yup, you’re in the driver’s seat!



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My father, in a day or two Could land big thieves in jail; There’s nothing that he cannot do, He knows no word like “fail.” “Our confidence” he would restore, Of that there is no doubt; But if there is a chair to mend, We have to send it out.

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June 2019 Issue 127  

For those who love to eat, live, play and shop in the Cowichan Valley.

June 2019 Issue 127  

For those who love to eat, live, play and shop in the Cowichan Valley.