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Expressive Colour Metal Sculpture Brad Allen Josie Bennett Cowan Imagine That! 251 Craig St, Duncan Runs to Nov 29

The Pretzel Logic Orchestra Steely Dan Tribute 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $20/$25 door

Lazy Mike & Carson Mallon Traditional Electric Blues 7pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton No Cover



Quaker Friends silent meeting 10:30am St. Ann’s Garden Club Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd, Duncan open to all FREE

Cowichan Eat Stay Play Exclusive packages & promotions Runs to Nov 30


Cowichan Artisans Fall Studio Tour 14 professional full-time artists 105pm


Soup Saturday 12-3pm Blue Grouse Estate Winery 2182 Lakeside Rd, Duncan $16 Also Nov 9/16/23/30 Yoga Flow 10am The Hub 2375 Koksilah Rd www. Also Nov 16/23/30 Christmas Pet Photography Fundraiser Just Doggin’ It 678 Shawnigan Lake Rd reserve spot Sahtlam Greenway Trail Building Preparation 10-1pm Hanks Rd & Cowichan Lake Rd cvrd. FREE Unsworth Eat Play Stay Saturday 2 or 3 course menu 5pm 2915 Cameron Taggart Rd, Mill Bay $35-$45 Also Nov 9/16/23/30 Yoga Flow by donation At the Cowichan Hub, East Heritage Room Saturdays 10am Also 16, 23, 30

Manage Pain Naturally Rebecca Llewellyn Herbalist 6:307:30pm Lynn’s Vitamin Gallery 180 Central Rd, Duncan FREE

Heritage Museum 12-4 pm 2851 Church Way, Mill Bay Free Also Nov 10/17/24 Winemaker’s Brunch 10-2pm Blue Grouse Estate Winery 2182 Lakeside Rd, Duncan bluegrouse. ca $40


Changing Kelp Forests of BC’s Coast Rebecca Martone 9:30am Fish Health Building 1080 Wharncliffe Rd, Duncan $2 bring a mug Community Acupuncture Mondays w/ Amanda Knapp RTCMP 4-7 Pestle & Pins Whippletree Junction 4705 TCH $30-$50 Also Nov 11/18/25 Kaiut Yoga, 9.30 - 10.30am, 7999 Glenhurst Drive, Crofton, New Students 3 classes $15 Tel 250 416 9916 also 18/25


Mostly Men - Kaiut Yoga for men 4 week block 6.30pm 7.30pm, 7999 Glenhurst Dr, $48 (plus 3 bonus classes for $15) Tel 250 416 9916 also 12/19/26


Hear them Roar Lecture on Stellar & California Sea Lions Marine Naturalists Tasli Shaw & Gary Sutton 7-8:30pm Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre 1845 Cow Bay Rd by Donation Unsworth Eat Play Stay Thursday 2 or 3 course menu 5pm 2915 Cameron Taggart Rd, Mill Bay BC $35-$45 Also Nov 14/21/28 Community Acupuncture Thursdays w/ Amanda Knapp RTCMP 4-7pm Pestle & Pins Health Solutions Whippletree Junction 4705 TCH pestleandpins. com Also Nov 14/21/28


Taggart Rd, Mill Bay $35-$45 Also Nov 22/29

Sunday Eats 12-3pm Blue Grouse Estate Winery $5-$15 bluegrouse. ca

Traditional Square Dance live fiddle music Shady Grove Dance Band The Hub 2375 Koksilah Rd All dances all ages welcome $10 children free 250-818-7358

Veteran Cemetery Tour Tea & Display 2-4 pm St. Peter’s Church Hall 5800 Church Rd, Duncan $5




Chemainus Art Group Artsy Craftsy Xmas Show 10-3pm Saltair Centre 3850 S. Oyster School Rd FREE

Fiesta Ethical Trade Fair Over 30 vendors Global Crafts 10-4pm Queen Margaret’s School, 660 Brownsey Ave, Duncan $2

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


Bed & Breakfast: Arts Club on Tour 7:30 pm Cowichan Performing Arts Centre $36 Dance Temple Cowichan: Juniper // Mother Rising Video Debut & Dance 7-10:30pm, Cowichan Station Hub, 2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan, $20 presale, $25 at door

Dark Mountain Cowichan Valley Planning Meeting Multi-media Art Show & Community Theatre on Climate Ecology Society 4:30pm Duncan Garage Café 330 Duncan St


Soul Escape Holiday Party Spa treatments refreshments 10% off 3-6pm Soul Escape 2673 Beverly St, Duncan reservations

Orca Song Community Celebration Dance Music Video Screening 7-10:30pm The Hub 2375 Koksilah Rd Big Smoke Classic Rock Covers 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton no cover Harvest Wine Maker’s Dinner 6pm 5 course menu paired w/ wine Unsworth 2915 Cameron Taggert Rd, Cobble Hill $125

Building Understanding in a World of Hate & Division 7-9pm Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St, Duncan Free lecture


Planter Mask Class 6:30-9pm The Clay Hub Collective 2375 Koksilah Rd, Duncan $120 Also 21/28 The Original Tribute to the Eagles, 7:30 pm Cowichan Performing Arts Centre $42.50 cowichanpac. ca


Harpdog Brown Live for Love & Money Tour 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $20/$25 door Duncan Eagles Christmas Craft fair over 30 tables wood crafts baby linens jewelry knitting crochet & more 10-4pm 2965 Boys Rd, Duncan FREE

The Connection Between Stress & Your Adrenal Glands & Kidneys 5-6:30pm The Community Farm Store 5380 TCH, Duncan FREE


Crofton Art Group Fall Show & Sale 10-4pm Crofton Seniors Centre 1507 Joan Ave by donation Two Hoots Gift Gallery 3rd Anniversary Sale prizes free cookies 1490 Fisher Rd, Cobble Hill FREE

Duncan Christian School Christmas Bazaar/Fun Fair 3-7pm 495 Beech Ave, FREE Rotten Little Kings Rockabilly Originals 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton no cover CFS for the SOUL Artisan Market oracle readings live music & more 4-6pm Community Farm Store 5380 TCH Also 1Nov 16 11-6pm Unsworth Eat Play Stay Friday 2 or 3 course menu 5p 2915 Cameron

Christmas Pet Photography Session Saturday, November 2

Just Doggin’ It - 678 Shawnigan Lake Rd, Malahat Proceeds go to Broken Promises Rescue I Book your session at:


Garden Gnome Workshop 1-5pm The Clay Hub Collective 2375 Koksilah Rd, Duncan $100 Also Nov 17

Mugs in Evolution 6:45-8:45pm The Clay Hub Collective 2375 Koksilah Rd, Duncan $40 Also Nov 30


Allow Be Surrender Meditation & sound healing Morgan + Venita1-3:30pm Harmony Yoga 360 Duncan St $35

Where Have all the Flowers Gone? Carolyn Prellwitz, Remembrance Day speaker Cowichan Historical Society 7:30 pm St. Peter’s Church Hall 5800 Church Rd, Duncan FREE


Burger & Beer Fundraiser: Cowichan Valley Capitals 6pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton for tickets Amanda 250 732 2090 $25 HUB Film Club The Peanut Butter Falcon Rated PG 7pm 2375 Koksilah Rd hubfilmclub@gmail. com by donation


Sunrise Waldorf Winter Faire magical day festive food music family friendly crafts 10-3pm Sunrise Waldorf School 2148 Lakeside Rd, Duncan Yin Yoga Class w/ Nadia 6-7:30pm Harmony Yoga Centre 360 Duncan St HarmonyYogaDuncan. com FREE

Quaker Friends silent meeting 10:30am St. Ann’s Garden Club Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd, Duncan open to all FREE

Emandare Christmas Open House kick off the Christmas season new wine releases 11-5pm Emandaare winery 6798 Norcross Rd, Duncan Also Nov 24 12-5pm

Chemainus Classical Concerts From Spanish to Pastiche Andrei Burdeti guitar & Jannie Burdeti piano 2pm St.Michael’s Church 2858 Mill St $20/$10/$18

Stocking Creek Ivy Pull 10-1pm 11014 Finch Pl Volunteering FREE


Naturalist Michael Layland speaks & signs his book In Nature’s Realm 7pm Fish Health Building 1080 Wharncliffe Rd, Duncan $2 bring a mug


Ladies Night Cowichan Bay Village Specials Shopping Treats Scavenger Hunt 5-8pm Unravel the World of Essential Oils 5-6:30pm The Community Farm Store 5380 TCH Duncan, FREE

Art Opening Return Address Fern Long uses everyday materials to explore home 5-7pm 3091 Agira Rd, Duncan FREE Cowichan Consort Orchestra & Choir present Kodaly Elgar & Schubert 7:30pm CR Church 930 Trunk Rd,Duncan $20/$10 Tickets Volume One & door Big Hank’s Tribute to the Blues songs of Christmas 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $15/$20 door


Customer Appreciation Day 15% off Lynn’s Vitamin Gallery 180 Centre St, Duncan


Toxic Masculinity & Violence Against Women 6:30-8pm Sands Reception Centre 187 Trunk Rd, Duncan kthomas@ warmlandwomen. org FREE


Cowichan Valley Cancer Support Group 10:30-12pm Canadian Cancer Society 103–225 Canada Ave, FREE Serena Ryder Christmas Kisses Tou 7:30 pm $49.50


Burger & Beer Fundraiser: Arcadian Early Learning Centre 6pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $25

Christmas Open House November 23, 11am - 5pm November 24, 12pm - 5pm

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Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group Monthly Group 2pm Canadian Cancer Society 103–225 Canada Ave FREE


Christmas Kick Off live music horse wagon rides fireworks 5:30-8:30pm Downtown Duncan The Kirtanigans & Friends call & response Kirtan 7-8:30pm 2505 Alexander St, Duncan


Blue Grouse Holiday Open House New wine food seasonal live music 11-5pm Blue Grouse Winery 2182 Lakeside Rd, Duncan Cowichan SPCA Pet Photos w/ Santa 10-3pm Buckerfield’s 5410 TCH Duncan by donation


Senior’s Day 15% off & Purica Demo 10:151:15pm Lynn’s Vitamin Gallery 180 Centre St, Duncan

Stocking Creek Native Planting 10-1pm 11014 Finch Pl cvrd. FREE Adrian Chilfour Joy Album Release Tour w/ Old School Rebel 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton $15/$20 door

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November 2019 Issue 132 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 Abigail Smith

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Advertising Enquiries Please Contact Adrienne Richards 250 510 6596 e-mail Next Ad Deadline November 15 for December 2019 Issue 133 *Non Profit Community Ad Rates available please enquire. COMMUNITY CALENDAR LISTINGS ARE FREE! Next EVENTS DEADLINE November 15 for December 2019 Issue 133 E-mail: Date, Event Title, Time, Location and Cost w/ subject “EVENT” to Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine reserves the right to, omit and/or edit submitted listings due to space limitations SPECIAL THANKS TO FOLLOWING VALLEY VOICES Joy Emmanuel, Bill Jones, Christy Greenwood, Anita Willis, Gloria Solley, Jenny Bradford, Lyn Pascoe, Kendra Thomas, Denise D’Fantis, Colleen Underwood, Michelle Evans, Clair Morgan, Chantey Dayal, Julie Carere, Evelyn Koops, Craig Spence, Dan Caird, John Weyermars, Kaili Pigott, Jacqueline Ronson, Carolyn Prellwitz, Monica Dockerty, Asrael Zemenick, Dana Green, Amanda Crowston, John Magdanz, Tracey Hanson, Lauren Bosch, Debbie Wood, Carolina Brand, Elizabeth Aitken, CMHA –Cowichan Valley Branch, Evelyn Koops, Azam Khan, Michael Shipley, Lauren Cartmel, Hannah Sophia, Chantel Jutras, Christine Reimer, Kathy White, Sarah Cosman Cover Photo: Live Edge Design Walnut OneTree table, Photo by Joshua Lawrence We welcome your story ideas & 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. Valley Voice Magazine is distributed through 450 + select locations throughout the Cowichan Valley- Malahat, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cherry Point, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Crofton, Chemainus and Salt Spring Island and to Cowichan Lake, Ladysmith, Victoria, Tofino and Parksville

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band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his new Uptown Blues Band. Harpdog says “Blues has a healing power. It’s a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they might just realize that we all have our issues, and that’s OK.”

OUR COMMUNITY November Events 4-5 Cowichan Valley to Host Eat. Stay. Play Event 10 Fiesta World Craft Bazaar Gifts that Give Back 11 Three Years and Three Cheers for Two Hoots 24 Women’s Contributions in War 25 Christmas Kick off 27 Defining Toxic Masculinity & Violence Against Womens 34 Ladies Night Cowichan Bay 36 Duncan Christian School Annual Christmas Bazaar 38 Nature and Nurture Sunrise Waldorf School ECE Open House 42 Sunrise Waldorf Winter Faire 43 École Cowichan: A potential New school 43 Parent and Child Program 44 Advent Spiral 45 9th year for the annual Toys Toiletries and Toques Holiday Fundraiser 46 Small Towns Deserve In-Depth News, Too 52 Where Have All the Flowers Gone? 53 The Community Farm Store Pages 64-65 Helping the Homeless in The Cowichan Valley 68 Georgia Nichols November Forecast 69 Directory 70-71 LOCAL FOOD & DRINK Local Holiday Catering 14-15 Community Supported Restaurant 16 Cowichan Mushrooms 17 Blue Grouse Holiday Open House 18 Getting Vegan Mincemeat Ready 29 HOME, FARM & GARDEN Legendary Dining Tables 21 Obasan Beds Made in Canada 30 Does Your Glass Need Rescue? 49 Our Solar Story 50 Wreathes: History and How-To Guide 51 Winter Planters 54-55 Wintering Honey Bees 61 Fall & Winter Gardening 62 LOCAL ARTS Harpdog Brown and the Uptown Blues Band 7 Cowichan Artisans Fall Studio Tour 8-9 Annual Clay Hub Pottery Sale 12 Arts Club on Tour Bed & Breakfast is full of Charm & Quiet Humanity 20 Orca Song 22 Painter Christine Reimer 33 Local Art Makes for A Great Gift 47 Fern Long 58 BODY, MIND & SOUL Why do we Dance? 23 It’s Laser Season 32 Acupuncture: What’s he Point? 35 A DIY Shop for Home Crafters and Herbalists 39 Mudras 56 Mineral Deficiency 57 Al Pais De Los Sueños Con Celestita 59 Men and Yoga 60 Scheduled Sanity 62 Hannah and the Spindle Whorl by Carol Anne Shaw 68 PETS, RECREATION & NATURE Pet Photography Fundraiser 13 Mount Washington 60 Lucky Dog Kids and Dogs… 63 What to do if you see a Bear or Cougar 66 CVRD Launches Parks & Trails Volunteer Program 67

Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band


arpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40’s and early 50’s. These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band - a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring, piano,clarinet/sax, upright-bass and drums. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show! He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it is”, he was recently quoted. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues

Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player. Piano man Dave Webb has been working with Harpdog over the years and they share an intuition that only comes with many hours and miles shared on and off stage. Billy Joe Abbott learned his craft first hand from some of the greatest Clarinetists in New Orleans.Newest and youngest member of the band is Riley Bartlett on Trumpet from Winnipeg. Drummer extraordinaire Bob Grant will be laying down the groove. Harpdog has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016, he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues. Travelin’ With The Blues released in 2016 is still sitting in the top roots and blues charts and follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums). Get off the couch and some see some seriously vintage blues that’s lots of fun! Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band! Saturday, November 9th, 8pm $20 advance tickets $25 at the door


their studio doors to share experiences and showcase their work.


Catherine Fraser An award winning artist, Catherine Fraser has exhibited in over 35 onewoman shows, and her artwork has received many awards. Catherine’s work is inspired and informed by an interest incolour, design, spirituality and exploring inner and outer sacred space. She works in oils, acrylic, watercolour, graphite and pastels, and is constantly exploring and experimenting with new artistic responses to the world around her. Catherine has a love of nature and plein air painting using oils, watercolours and acrylic paints. 5412 Gore-Langton Rd, Duncan

Live Edge Design

Jennifer Lawson

“I hope to share with you my fascination for the tree’s beauty. I look with wonder on its longevity in withstanding natural disasters, living through historic moments, and continuing its presence in your home.” John Lore. Founder and front man of Live Edge Design. 5195 Mearns Road, Duncan

Jennifer owns ‘Vancouver Island’s most historic gallery’ - a warm and welcoming log house overlooking Cowichan Bay and river. She lives the life she paints at her warm and welcoming historic home overlooking the Cowichan Estuary. Her art reveals her as an optimist who is absorbed in the beauty around her, whether it is a quaint cerulean blue bench nestled under a blossoming tree, a highland cow standing kneedeep in luxuriant grass, an inviting tea service laid out on a wheelbarrow, or idyllic-looking home set in a bucolic countryside. 1516 Khenipsen Rd. Duncan

Showcasing Nature. We love trees. We love their beauty. We love their curves, crooks and crannies. These ‘features’ create incredible grain and focal points in our furniture but they don’t make great surfaces for a fine dining experience.

Each artist member of the Cowichan Artisans aims to inspire those that tour their studios, each piece of work is original and each, a labour of love reflecting the highest standards. “A few years ago, we had a mother/son pair show up late in the afternoon. It turns out she had pulled him from school for the day to do the tour. The son was 12 years old and interested in lots of different things, all to do with creativity. They did the whole tour and by the end of the day November 2-3 they had toured potters studios, cut glass, seen a wood turning 10 a.m. to 5 p.m shop, painters studios and ended up at our shop. I think he was pend a day or two heading into a new school the experiencing the art and next year and shop classes were studios of 14 professional, to be an option for him, he full-time artisans dotted around just didn’t know which to do. the Cowichan Valley. See how Seeing people actually making art is born as each artist opens their living from creativity I think was very helpful for him, he left us with lots of ideas..” Says Cam Russell of Coventry Woodworks. Laurel Hibbert shares this tour tale… “I had a painting titled “ Make A Joyful Sound”. It was a NEW PAINTINGS FROM MY TRIP TO THE UK group of mismatched musicians playing instruments that had no business being together. After one studio tour I decided to rework the piece. I painted out three of the musicians and a Annual 25% off SALE howling dog leaving Sat Nov 2 and Sun Nov 3 10-5pm one lonely mandolin player singing her 1516 Khenipsen Rd, Duncan heart out. I renamed 250 748-2142 the piece ‘Gone Solo’.

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During another studio tour a visitor was transfixed by the painting. She told me she played the mandolin but she used to play with three friends. They had all died and ‘Now I’ve Gone Solo’. True.”

To find out more about the tour, the artsists and the map please see the latest Cowichan Artists brochure or website at See you on the Tour!


Cowichan Valley to Host Eat. Stay. Play. Event


rom November 1 – 30, select Cowichan Valley restaurants, hotels and business owners will be offering exclusive packages and partner promotions on amazing local eats and adventures. As part of Tourism Cowichan Society’s year-round promotional strategy, Eat. Stay. Play. celebrates the amazing experiences on offer in the region during the shoulder seasons and off-peak seasons. “This region is incredible year-round,” said Pizzeria Prima Strada Marketing Manager, and Tourism Cowichan Society Board Member, Vanessa Johnson. “Our goal is to showcase all there is to do, see and eat in Cowichan during our fall and winter months. By creating memorable experiences with the best we have to offer in the region, we’re confident people will fall in love with Cowichan no matter the season.” Eat. Stay. Play. initiatives include participating restaurants providing fixed-priced menus and hotels offering unique accommodation and dining packages as incentives to fully experience what the


Cowichan Region has to offer. “When you think of Cowichan, you often think of summer, but it’s incredible here during the fall and winter seasons,” said Tourism Cowichan Society Chair and Owner of Merridale Cidery & Distillery, Janet Docherty. “Our long growing season allows for a robust autumn harvest, and our unique microclimate and breathtaking views can’t be beat.” Eat. Stay. Play. kicks off Friday, November 1 with a launch party at 6:00 p.m. at Brentwood College School. Guests will be able to sample food and drink from several Eat. Stay. Play. makers, meet with local business owners and artists, and speak with Tourism Cowichan Society board members. The event will be open to ticketed guests and local media. Tickets for the event can be purchased through Eventbrite. Situated less than an hour north of Victoria, British Columbia, Cowichan is a region that’s as renowned for its natural beauty and breadth of activities as it is for its culture and friendly locals. Cowichan consists of a vast belt that extends all the way across southern Vancouver Island and features a kaleidoscope of vistas, villages and opportunities for adventure.


Uganda; jewelry made by street youth from Ethiopia or by a women’s circle in Colombia; handmade baskets from South Africa; African Aids Angels; scarves from Guatemala, pottery from Nicaragua; handcrafted textiles from Zimbabwe and Peru; tea, coffee and spices from India and Central America. There will also be on-site food vendors Photo Joy Emmanuel serving delicious Mexican tacos and Syrian falafel wraps, fair trade tea, coffee and homemade sweets, along with locally-made, frozen Zimbabwe meat pies you can he SEVENTH annual take home and cook. Duncan FIESTA showcases artisans from When you purchase goods at around the world. Fiesta Fiesta, you are vendors are a mix of nonparticipating in profits, educators, local international, groups, and small fair trade ethical trade, businesses, but all of them embracing have a direct link to the producers and artisans whose principles of empowerment goods they sell. and respect. Fiesta vendors With over 30 vendors at the directly November 10th Fiesta, you support will find indigenous crafts projects in from around the world, the countries including household items where and organic cloth from they trade,

Fiesta World Craft Bazaar Gifts that Give Back!


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including scholarship programs, access to land for growing food, building health care and educational infrastructure, sponsoring clean water projects and ensuring proper cooking facilities and endorsing the basic right to earn a livelihood. FIESTA is “commerce with a conscience” offering gifts that give back. At Fiesta, you will find something special for everyone on your shopping list and for yourself, too! You will find woolen products from Nepal, unique toys for the kids, amazing jewellery, scarves and shawls and so much more! So, come for a global adventure and make

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yourself and the people on your Christmas list happy with a gift that gives back! Fiesta World Craft Bazaar November 10, 10am -4pm Queen Margaret’s School, 660 Brownsey Ave, Duncan

Joy Emmanuel, Working for a more Just, Caring and Sustainable World

his Fall the Clay Hub Collective is celebrating 5 years of clay play in the Cowichan Valley. We continue to offer a variety of classes for people of all ages and level of experience. If you’ve ever wanted to play with clay, there are many different opportunities being offered by our instructors as well as our drop-in studio times. A brief overview of classes this Fall gleans Patti Parkyn’s classes creating and glazing your own personal mug. Val McCubbin will guide you through the process wheel throwing, trimming and glazing a clay piece in a 3-week introductory class. Susan Faulkner is offering a Wednesday morning handbuilding class. Franziska Ditter is providing an 8-week course on surface decorating and making clay molds. Hilary Huntley and Heather Lepp continue to provide classes in teaching wheel throwing. This month, Cathi Jefferson continues to support a children’s hand-building and wheel throwing class on Wednesday afternoons class for children. In November, our playful Gnome class returns with Tanis Humeny. The Clay Hub also offers individually designed birthday parties and opportunities for groups of

people with varying needs to enjoy clay play. Our website provides further information on instructors, upcoming classes as well as on-line registration, please visit us at or drop into the studio during open studio hours. This November 2nd and 3rd, the Clay Hub Collective will be hosting our 4th Annual Pottery Sale at the Cowichan Hub. There will be a range of pottery from both beginners to advanced potters and a large selection of items from our talented teachers. The annual sale evolved from a few Hub members looking to showcase the range of creations produced by the members. The Clay Hub looks to invite the public to this event to see what we teach and meet the range of individuals engaging in clay play at the Hub. It also gives members of all levels, an opportunity to showcase and sell their work. For the last 3 years we have involved the kids in the Show from the ‘kid’s classes’. The vision is that the show will inspire and provide a fun event for friends and families. We hope to see you there. November 2 & 3, The Clay Hub Collective at Cowichan Station, 2375 Koksilah Rd, Duncan

Pet Photography Session Fundraiser We are super excited to announce that we will be hosting a Christmas Pet Photography session on Saturday, November 2nd at Just Doggin’ It Adventures & Training’s location with Kim Yanick Portraits. This is a fundraising event and $50 of the session sitting fee will be going to Broken Promises Rescue. Spots are limited and it is first come first serve so check out the link for details, and reserve your session time! We are really hoping the event is a huge success. A wait list will be taken with

the possibility of more sessions on the 3rd of November. To book your session, click on the link here: https://www. just-doggin-itfundraiser. If you have questions you can reach Kim at: photos@ Saturday, November 2, Just Doggin’ It Adventures & Training, 678 Shawnigan Lake Road, Malahat


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Ma Maison Catering focuses on creating perfection for each client. Our friendly and professional service staff bring the event to life while you enjoy our delicious food. Ma Maison Catering is a chef owned and operated company focusing on custom seasonal menus for each client. Chef Lauren Cartmel has worked at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay one of London’s top restaurants and the Beverly Hills Hotel for many years before returning to Vancouver Island where she grew up. Lauren now owns Ma Maison Restaurant located in beautiful Saltair. 10445 Chemainus Rd, Chemainus


Red Seal Chef George Gates & Hostess Evelyn Koops

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The Farm Table Inn at Skutz Falls is the perfect venue for your Christmas gathering with friends, family and co-workers. However, if you are hosting your event elsewhere then consider our On The Go Menu! We offer a variety of seasonal dishes to choose from such as turkey, ham or their own farm raise pork. Each dinner also comes with the Farm’s own bannock bread and seasonal vegetables with potatoes or rice and two choices of holiday desserts. On The Go Dinner catering menu requires a minimum of 8 people and 48 hours pre order time. Food is ready for the oven and will require 30 to 40 minutes cooking time.



Chef Daniel Shipley & Michael Shipley

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Thoughtful, Nourishing Food. At Farm’s Gate Foods and Catering, Chef Daniel Shipley has created inventive menus to suit any occasion. Our mission is to support the Cowichan Valley’s agriculture and local economy. We invite you and your guests to join us on this endeavor while we exceed your taste and service expectations. We offer different options for different budgets and party sizes. Whether it’s a staff party, a community event, or a family gathering, Farm’s Gate can offer something for every event this holiday season!




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We specialize in small catered events, usually less than 100 people. Our food is based on local seasonal products, globally inspired and very tasty. For a special dinner or celebration we offer the dining room at the farm (maximum 30 guests). For farmhouse dinners we can offer multicourse plated menus that reflect the best cuisine the region has to offer. Our dinners use only the finest local ingredients including pasture-raised meats and sustainably harvested local seafood. Dates are subject to limited availability, so call or email to discuss.

Chef Azam Khan

We are a full-service catering company with deep roots in the cowichan Valley offering a large variety of foods as well as services to accommodate the specific needs of each customer. Our catering services include: professionally trained servers, equipment rentals, full setup and takedown, special event planning, and entertainment. We have the capacity to provide on-site fresh from scratch foods with our mobile catering kitchen or you may choose to have it in our restaurant overlooking the beautiful Mount Brenton golf course in chemainus that can accommodate a 100 people. Either way we strive to provide excellent food and service from the heart.

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Glow Juicery is now offering healthy organic food to eat in or take out. With a wide range of organic and vegan options to choose from including: salads, bowls, soups, bagels, pizzas, hot dishes and desserts, you and your guests will be amazed at how delicious and satiating professionally prepared raw food can be. Make your next meal the talk of the town! Our food is organic and gluten, dairy and peanut free. Minimum 4 days advance notice for catering orders. Minimum 5 people, maximum 10. Glow Juicery 3-5380 Trans Canada Hwy Duncan.

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Community Supported Restaurant


nsworth Community Supported Restaurant program began in 2014 as a way to grow the newly opened Unsworth Restaurant. It was an opportunity to ensure business in the slower winter months and get to know our regular customers over their multiple visits. Five years later the program is still going strong and growing.

The CSR program not only offers members a great deal but also an opportunity to have that designated date or family night, we even have a group of couples who join every year together to ensure they have an opportunity to connect throughout the winter. Chef Maartyn Hoogeveen is excited to start another CSR

season with the opportunity to create special menus with amazing farm produce which continues to be available throughout the winter season in the Cowichan Valley. Some examples of dishes that will be featured this fall are: Chestnut and Wild mushroom Soup with Grilled Sourdough and Truffle Oil. Main courses include PanSeared Pork Loin with Salt Roasted Beets, Kale, Pommes Anna and Apple Cider Jus. A fall dessert creation of Old Fashioned Apple Cake with Walnuts, Cinnamon Streusel and Espresso Ice Cream.

These are just a few examples of what guests can expect to enjoy on their CSR menu. The 2019-2020 program is running from October 17th - April 18th 2020. Memberships cost $225 and provides 5 x three course dinners or 10 x 2 course lunches or a combination of both. To sample some of Chef Maartyn’s creations and become a member of our CSR program, guests can sign up at Unsworth Restaurant or online at unsworthvineyards. com.

We would like to introduce our Community Supported Restaurant or CSR Membership. Our CSR program is modeled after the Community Supported Agriculture program which offers a membership in exchange for a share of the farm’s produce.

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Unsworth Restaurant is entering it’s fifth season of the program with members returning year after to year as well as the addition of many new members. Membership cost is $225 and provides 5 x three course dinners or 10 x 2 course lunches or a combination of both from October 17th 2019 to April 18th, 2020. Dinners and lunches to be enjoyed Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information or to purchase your membership go to

hedgehogs and oyster to name a few. Only one other mushroom has a significant impact on the valley mushroom scene – the famous Pine Mushroom. Known as the Matsutaki in 1lb pine button Japan, the pine has Image Bill Jones had a colourful history on the coast in recent years. Locally it has nothing to do with Pine trees (its favoured n my 19 years in the habitat in Japan) and likes our Cowichan, I’ve been mixed forest of Douglas Fir observing the ebb and flow of and Hemlock. When it was first the mushrooms culture in the discovered here and exported valley. This year has been rather to Japan, the prices climbed exceptional in the mushroom to astronomical levels. Three foraging scene. We have been hundred dollars a pound (retail) getting regular doses of rain was not an uncommon price and the mushrooms appeared for these morsels. When other several weeks ahead of schedule. sources opened in Korea, Russia, The warm rains of late October Eastern North America (to name have given us bumper crops of a few), the price dropped, in mushrooms (particularly the good production years, to about porcini) and the season will ten dollars a pound. This years be strong until we get the hard harvest is just starting, but a frosts of winter. The forests of strong season up north (Prince our region are a rich source of Rupert and area) has kept the good edible mushrooms with volumes up and the prices down many more dangerous or simply for local pickers. inedible fungi thrown into the mix. The most abundant edible Why the fuss over a small mushroom is probably the mushroom? The Japanese put Chanterelle. There are several great cultural significance forms of the chanterelle present into the pine mushroom. It’s in the mossy forests floors of a treasured part of their fall our region. Scientists have celebrations and beloved for recently decided that the Pacific its crisp texture and spicy Golden Chanterelle (cantharellus (cinnamon-like) odor. I enjoy formosus) is actually different them in chowders, soups, rice from the European chanterelle dishes and noodle dishes. It also and deserves its own name. has a reputation as an aphrodisiac This really illustrates how little which, lets face it, doesn’t hurt. we know about the world of mushrooms. Old ideas are being We are lucky to be able to enjoy reevaluated as new technology a delicacy that might cost the like DNA analysis is brought consumer hundreds of dollars per to bear on things like our local serving in Tokyo. Mushrooms mushroom crop. are a world-class treat from our

Cowichan Mushrooms


In our area, the main edible chanterelles are the yellow variety mentioned above and the white chanterelle – a close cousin with a pale cream appearance and a thicker structure. The white is a great mushroom for chowders and I appreciate it for its mild flavour and abundance. It has been a strong year for both types of chanterelles. There are lots of other good edible mushrooms out there, porcini, cauliflower fungus,

Tomato Pine Mushroom Compote Courtesy Bill Jones, Deerholme Farm

Ingredients 2 cups chopped tomato 1 medium onion, peeled and diced 1 stalk celery, trimmed and diced ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup vinegar 1 Tbsp pickling spice 1 Tbsp minced ginger 2 cups minced pine mushrooms salt and pepper taste drizzle of olive oil (optional)


In a saucepan, combine the tomato, onion, celery, brown sugar, vinegar, pickling spice and ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the tomato breaks down, the vegetables are soft and the mixture has thickened. Add the minced pine mushrooms and cook for a further 15 minutes, or until the mushrooms have softened and the mixture is thick. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. You can now stir a little olive oil into the compote for extra richness. Transfer to a glass jar with tight fitting lid. Can be stored in the fridge for up to one month. Excellent as a condiment for meats, roasted vegetables or on top of steamed rice.

local forests – with the potential for significant economic impact. We have to view the forest as more than lumber farms to make this a reality. Enjoying the fungal bounty here in the Cowichan might be as easy as a trip to the woods - or the local farmers market. Bill Jones is an author, chef and food consultant


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Join Wine Maker Dan Wright for a special harvest dinner featuring Unsworth Vineyard new wine releases. Chef Maartyn has created a very special menu featuring seasonal ingredients to pair perfectly with our new releases. 5 course menu paired with special new wine releases $125 per person includes tax and gratuity. Friday, November 8, 6 pm Tickets to be purchased in advance from Unsworth Restaurant 250-929-2292 ext 1

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Blue Grouse Holiday Open House


lue Grouse Estate Winery kicks off holiday celebrations with a weekend of new wine releases, delicious food, and live seasonal music on November 30th and December 1st. The annual Holiday Open House is a tradition at Blue Grouse, where wine lovers gather around the fireplace to taste new wine releases (including the coveted Black Muscat) and enjoy tasty special food offerings and charcuterie boards prepared with local ingredients.

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This year the party is even more special with the release of the highly anticipated 2017 Estate Pinot Noir, Blue Grouse’s most popular small batch wine, and the exclusive 2017 Black Muscat, the only wine of its kind in the country. These are two of the winery’s most beloved wines that sell out fast, so the weekend is the best opportunity to stock up on holiday gifts, stocking stuffers and wines to share with friends over the holidays.

On Saturday, Nov 30th, Candlelight Victorian Carolers will be on site spreading holiday spirit while guests enjoy our house made potato leek soup, charcuterie from Cure and Tourtière from Saison bakery. On Sunday, Dec 1st, guests will listen to holiday tunes and Christmas carols by Phil Newns on the piano, and a enjoy a bit of spice with chef Pam Stiles of Holy Cow, preparing British-Indian style food. The Open House happens from 11 am to 5pm on both days and more information can be found on the website ( or by calling 250 743 3834. Join Blue Grouse’s team to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year cozying up with a good glass of wine and delicious food. There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season in the Cowichan.

Emandare Christmas Open House Our annual Christmas Open House is coming! This is the perfect way for you and your family to begin getting into the spirit of Christmas with a warm fire, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, tons of decorations and of course delicious new wines. We are releasing a limited edition Traditional Method Sparkling Rosé, our very popular MarechalCabernet Foch and of course our ever so delicious Pinot Noir, plus more! Emandare Vineyard, 6798 Norcross Rd. Duncan November 23, 11 - 5pm, November 24, 12 5pm.

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Fun Fun Fun! We love to be able to do these events,. Ladies Night has been an exciting tradition that we started years ago! We are grateful to be able to offer complimentary treatments to our lovely clients, as a thank you for supporting us all year long and to celebrate years of friendship with our community. The event is a great time to try new products, ask questions, learn pro tricks, and discover some of the other services we offer. Enjoy Nadine’s delicious vegan baking, win gift baskets, signature treatments and shop and save on beautiful products. Wednesday, November 13, 3-6pm 2673 Beverly St Duncan (Thrifty’s Plaza)

Cure Anniversary Tasting Event

pate terrines, dry cured meats, local and imported cheeses. We make many in house condiments to accompany our products as well as carry a wide range of imported products too. Join us in celebrating the past 5 years! We are offering a tasting of many of our products. Come in and taste your way thru the shop. November 28, Valley View Centre, 5-1400 Cowichan Bay Rd.

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Arts Club On Tour Bed & Breakfast Is Full Of Charm And Quiet Humanity


reak up the hum drum grey of November with a rom-com romp as the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre presents the first of its Arts Club on Tour productions, Friday, November 8 at 7:30 pm. When Brett inherits a family estate, he and his partner Drew, move to a quiet little tourist town to set up a B & B. But will these big city boys face friction in their new community? With dozens of hilarious characters all portrayed by two actors, Bed and Breakfast is a heartfelt comedy about being out and finding a place to call home. The Arts Club, one of the largest not-for-profit theatre companies in the country, is the principal gathering place for the theatrical arts in British Columbia. Comprising three unique venues across Vancouver, the Arts Club welcomes

more than a quarter million guests annually, tours provincially and nationally, engages students and artists alike through education and professional programs. Above all, the Arts Club is dedicated to the advancement of local artists telling stories from around the globe, and, in particular, those of our region. From this, we believe that culture expands, an understanding of differences is nurtured, and art bursts forth. The Arts Club was founded in 1964 and is currently led by Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran and Executive Director Peter Cathie White. Purchase with Kim’s Convenience on March 28 and save $6. Both shows $68 or individual at $36 and $38. Tickets available in person at Cowichan Ticket Centre, 2687 James St., online at or by phone 250-746 2722.


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Legendary Dining Tables

f a home has a heart, surely it is the dining table. A single place all inhabitants gather to plan or re-hash each day over a shared meal. Where every holiday feast is shared amongst family and friends. Rituals, and rightsof-passage; birthdays, bar mitzvahs, engagements and graduations. Here at least, religion, politics and rumor are not taboo over a cup of tea and a scone. Tastes and smells bring up the memories of a life built around the dining table. For Live Edge Design, the dining table is the most precious of design pieces to be entrusted with as it is the centre of so many memories. Taking the visions of a homeowner, their surroundings, their family and dining style all come into play in building just the right, legacy piece. Each slab of a tree has its own story to tell and the way that it is shaped and crafted into a table can

help the way stories are told around it for generations to come. Taking a gently curved piece of wood and pairing it with its book-matched twin can create a beautiful dining shape where diners are curved in towards each other, facing one another, where conversation and camaraderie can flow. Tour the studio and workshop at Live Edge Design during the Cowichan Artisans studio tour November 2nd and 3rd, 10 – 5pm 5195 Mearns Rd, Duncan.

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Orca Song

rca Song began in the summer of 2018, as we watched Tahlequah, the orca mother lose her newborn baby and carry the body of that baby for 17 days before letting go. We were in the midst of bringing our own beautiful babies into this world, and grief found us in a deep way. We grieved together, for the waters, for the orcas, for this collapsing world. We spent that winter season with felting needles in hand, gathering after the children were asleep, crafting and dreaming. Using the I.D. books released by the Centre for Whale Research, we felted each individual orca in the endangered Southern Resident orca population, each with their own unique markings and fin shape. All 76 of the orcas were then suspended, in their matriarchal family groups, from driftwood frames, forming a giant mobile. We have since then had the great joy of sharing this orca temple with so many beautiful people, traveling to different events and festivals. We have shared with people the threats that these orcas are facing in the Salish Sea, the declining salmon stocks, the acoustic disturbances they struggle with. We have shared the campaigns that we

are supporting, the people on the front lines of each of these issues. But more than that, we have shared tears, we have heard stories about the heartbreak and grief that so many of us are carrying right now. The orca temple has been a teacher in the need for sacred space to both honour and grieve the beauty and wildness of the earth. One of our members, Fienn River, is also a musician in the local fae-folk duo Juniper. She wrote a song for Tahlequah, from one mother to another. This summer we gathered on a Saltspring beach to weave these two projects together, and create a music video for the track ‘Orca Song’ featuring our orca temple. Come and join us on November 8 for a screening of the new music video, and a community celebration. We are collaborating with the Dance Temple Cowichan crew to bring you all a night of dance and music. Juniper will be doing a live performance, and we will be bringing the temple to share with all of you. November 8th, 7pm-10:30pm The Hub at Cowichan Station. We are Mother Rising and we are rising for our mother.

Why Do We Dance?


e dance to drop in between the layers of endless doing and shake free from the masks that hide us. Dance invites us to embody what is eternal and give presence to our evolving consciousness that unwaveringly keeps waking up. We dance to let go and receive the breath that inspires our very existence. Our bodies are a gift from the bonds of our ancestors and we dance to reclaim wholeness while unwinding the conditioning and trauma that has been overlaid on our lineages. We dance to shed centuries of oppression that cage the muscles in rigidity and to allow the death of what is ready to dissolve. We dance to grieve the losses that live within the cells of our hearts and to sweat out the well of held tears. Here we can gently breathe with the emotions from our travels through the eye of suffering’s needle. Here we celebrate the delight of our ancient birthright of aliveness. Dancing can unleash and harmonize our wildness that gets confused and fragmented in the modern world. Dancing grounds, centres and returns us home to our storytelling bodies that reveal the inner mysteries. We dance to feel what’s under the surface and awaken our wild genius. We dance into the dark to cultivate

courage and into the light to blossom with full colour. We dance to love, share and shake it up. We dance to rejuvenate our authentic blueprint of uniqueness and creatively explore the earth and sky that cradles us in life. The healing power of music helps us to integrate what is and embody what wants to be birthed. We dance to purify, play and connect to our core true nature. We dance to rise and shine like the morning sun on the Cowichan River. We dance to meditatively move in devotion to rewilding rhythms. We dance to ignite the soul fire on the horizon of endless change. At Dance Temple, you’ll find a dedicated community of people that love to dance to a wide range of music in a conscious, familyfriendly, non-verbal space. Are you feeling called to dance to awesome beats & harmonious melodies? Dance Temple Cowichan Upcoming events: November 8, 7 pm Cowichan Station Hub, 2375 Koksilah Rd

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in 2016. “So many regulars come in with friends and family members, proud to show off their local shop.”

Three Years, and Three Cheers, for Two Hoots!


wo Hoots Gift Gallery in Cobble Hill is marking its third year in business with a customer appreciation event on Saturday, November 9. There will be free cookies, HootBucks cash rewards, and great savings, including a “We Pay Your Taxes” discount on all purchases. “We have the best customers a small business owner could hope for,” says Anita Willis, who opened the gift gallery with her husband, potter Michael Giles,

The Cobble Hill business has earned a reputation for its fun atmosphere, affordable pricing, and genuinely unique, local, and handmade gift items. Customer reviews on the Two Hoots’ Facebook and Google pages are studded with exclamation marks. “It’s fun watching people visit for the first time,” says Willis. “I can see them strategizing how to make their way through the store without missing anything—which is impossible,” she laughs. “Then, I hear them moving through the sections, laughter bubbling up at the greeting cards or funny tea towels, exclamations of “awww” at the whimsical and handmade items. My favourite is hearing their pleasant surprise when they start checking prices: ‘Hey, that’s not bad at all!’” The couple’s vision for Two Hoots was to create a bright, welcoming space that would combine their love of good humour and handmade art.


formed a volunteer organization and at their own expense learned Morse code, signalling map reading, regulation infantry drills, firstaid, motor mechanics and military clerical duties. They repeatedly lobbied Ottawa to follow British military to form an official women’s auxiliary services claiming that their members would make excellent recruits.

Women’s Contributions In War They change their stock and displays frequently to keep the experience fresh. “When repeat customers bring others in to share the store with them,” Willis says, “we consider that the greatest compliment they could give us.” The last year has brought unexpected challenges. Giles no longer teaches students in his attached pottery studio due to speech impairment brought on by PLS, a motor neuron disease. His own pottery making has slowed, but he continues to take joy in creating every piece. “We focus every day on the positive,” says Willis, “on what we have and love to do. We’re determined not to let PLS rob us of our joy. That’s how we’re managing this thing.”


e do not usually associate war with women, but women have long been called on to play important roles alongside men in times of war. At first they served as military nurses, but over time they have gradually come to occupy roles that were traditionally reserved for men. In 1885, Canadian women served as nurses to care for troops injured during the West Rebellion. During World War 1, 2,500 of the 3,000 women were stationed close to front line hospitals, on ships or combat zones. In 1938 a group of women from Victoria,

During the Second World War, the role of women changed dramatically. Canada needed women to support war efforts from their homes doing jobs that were traditionally held by men, and serve in the military. In 1941, with a manpower shortage, the Canadian government announced a Women’s Division created for all branches of the military: Women’s Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Women’s Army Corps.

was code breaking and espionage. Over 200 women died in the line of duty over this period. In 1989 Canada opened military positions to women except for submarines, which was admitted in 2000. By 2001, women made up 11.4 % of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF); today they make up over 15%. “We recognize the importance of a military that reflects the diversity of Canada, a country where over 50 percent of the population are women. Women continue to make their mark in the military. Not because they are women, but because they are members of the Canadian Armed Forces. May 31, 2019” Submitted by Gloria Solley PR – Malahat Legion:

They worked in repairs, communication, drafting or as drivers, clerks, mechanics, parachute riggers, wireless operators and photographers. Another important role

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Downtown Duncan’s annual Christmas Kick-off takes place this year on Friday, November 29th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.


e there to welcome Santa as he arrives by fire truck, and be sure to visit him in his Santa Station under the big red tent. The Smiley Family Band will once again be entertaining the crowd from City Square stage and community singers, musicians, and dancers will be performing at the Community Stage. Chestnuts will be roasting and lights will be sparkling from the community

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carol singalong, then treat yourself to a hot beverage or bite to eat from one of our downtown eateries or from one of the concessions set up for the evening by various local non-profit organizations. At 8:00 pm the evening’s finale begins as fireworks light up the sky from the roof of City Hall.

holiday season. Our little downtown sparkles with lights and shops stay open late to warmly welcome you in from the cold the charm of Downtown Duncan truly shines on this special night. Friday, November 29th join us downtown for this magical evening!

Christmas Kick-off is always a special evening as the community gathers downtown in a festive spirit to welcome in the

Christmas trees. Spread holiday cheer as you hitch a ride on the horse-drawn wagons for a Christmas

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France adopted Italian cuisines in the centuries since the colonization of Quebec.) Mixing finely chopped meat with sweet fruits and alcohol also had the advantage of preserving the meat somewhat.

Butter Olive Oil Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe courtesy Grant Easterbrook, The Olive Station, 225 Canada Avenue Downtown Duncan

Ingredients 5 Cups all purpose flour 1/3 Cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon salt 2 packages rapid rise yeast 2 Cups warm water 1/4 Cup The Olive Station Natural Butter Flavored Olive Oil 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons The Olive Station Natural Butter Flavoured Olive Oil 1/2 Cup walnuts (optional) 1/2 Cup raisins (optional)

1/2 Cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/3 Cup The Olive Station Natural Butter Flavoured Olive Oil 1/2 Cup brown sugar For Frosting 12 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix the water, sugar, 1/4 cup Natural Butter Flavored Olive Oil, salt and eggs. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours. When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9 inch rectangle. Spread 2 tbs. Natural Butter Flavored Olive Oil all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts and raisins, if desired. Beginning at the 15 inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat the bottom of baking pan with Natural Butter Flavored Olive Oil and sprinkle with 1/2 cup brown sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

For Frosting

Combine all ingredients in bowl and beat at low speed with a paddle attachment until sugar is incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and beat until frosting is light and whipped, about 3 to 4 minutes.


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By the time Queen Victoria was on the throne, not much meat was in mincemeat any more; but it did usually contain chopped suet and the pies had shrunk from enormous medieval boats to lovely little one person treats that were ubiquitous for Christmas feasting. The fruits, sugar, and spices were still in there, though!

Getting Vegan Mincemeat Ready Submitted by Jenny Bradford


hristmas is coming, and preparations for it are well underway at the Duncan Garage. Right now our mincemeat is aging, which doesn’t sound so nice, but what it means is that the flavours are getting well acquainted with each other and harmonizing. Mince MEAT, you say? No, there’s no meat in it; it’s entirely vegan. Back in the middle ages in England, when you had a feast, you’d break out all the most expensive, luxurious ingredients, which in those days were spices that came halfway around the world, and imported dried fruits, and sugar, and wines. There wasn’t much of a tradition of eating a sweet thing after a savoury meal back then; everything hit the table at once. Pies and spiced meats were common (if you think of the classic French Canadian tourtiere; that’s spiced meat pie, a tradition the Quebecois kept while

Now Open 161 Kenneth St., Duncan 250-597-3695 We put a North American twist on our mincemeat by starting with a base of green tomatoes (which give it a nice meaty texture) from Wendy at West Wind farm, and apples from various trees around the Cowichan Valley. We cook these with certified organic raisins, currants, cranberries, and spices, with a little organic citrus zest and juice. The

mincemeat is then sealed into 500 ml jars for sale so that you can make your own tarts (just spoon it into pastry shells and bake until the pastry is done) or just eat it with ice cream if that’s your pleasure. We’ll be baking some tarts, too, in our vegan wheat pastry and also our no gluten ingredient pastry.

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Obasan - Made In Canada


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basan is a Canadian organic mattress company based in the heart of Ottawa, Ontario. Curated by Jean Corriveau, Obasan’s beginning in 1985 was driven by his passion for clean sleep and the benefits that a nontoxic bedroom provides. The company produces organic rubber latex mattresses, made exclusively with GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified materials. Everyone has distinct sleep preferences and needs, whether it be a firmer or softer mattress or the need to target certain pressure points. Obasan’s creators knew that a “one size fits all” mattress wasn’t enough, and with all sleepers in mind they created a line-up of mattresses that are fully customzable on both sides.

The layers of organic rubber latex inside an Obasan mattress are individually wrapped in organic cotton casings. The density of these layers can be tailored to suit your comfort preference and are easily moved around to be flipped and rotated. These mattresses are available in multiple depths which begin at a kids 6”, into 8”, 9”, 10” and all the way up to a 12”. With added depth comes further customization options. The 10” and 12” have multizone latex cubes for precision support under shoulders, back, hips and lower body. Resthouse is happy to announce we are hosting a very special Obasan promotion. With the purchase of any Obasan mattress, you will recieve a free gift of an organic wool comforter to compliment it. These comforters are valued up to $899.00.

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Laser Therapy For Skin Healing


hether you are interested in permanent hair reduction, treatment of vascular lesions, removal of unwanted pigment or general collagen-building / skin rejuvenation, there is a laser or light device that will work for you. Since laser technology has advanced rapidly in the last several years, it can be a challenge to figure out which lasers or light-based therapies are effective for which conditions. To help clear things up, I have compiled some information to help you decide which kind of laser is appropriate for you. Cold Laser Therapy Cold laser therapy uses low levels of light in the 600 to 700 nm range. It is often used to stimulate healing in soft tissue. It can also be used to treat minor injuries and sprain/strains.



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Intense Pulsed Light IPL uses high-intensity pulses of visible light applied to the skin. IPL machines are used in medical aesthetics to treat pigment, vascular lesions, and for permanent hair reduction. The light energy is absorbed by particular target cells with color to heat and cause damage to the specific target area. IPL systems use filters to specifically target different treatment areas. Usually, a series of treatments are required to achieve the desired results. IPL machines have advanced considerably in the last 20 years and are now able to deliver excellent results with minimal downtime. For best results, a medical-grade device supervised by a physician should be utilized. True Laser Therapy A true laser uses one band of light waves to selectively target and heat structures in the dermis that need repair. Lasers are the most efficient way to treat vascular lesions, improve collagen production, and treat pigment. There are many types of laser machines. At Viva Medical

“Fly Away”, 24 x 36, acrylic on canvas, 2019

Aesthetics, we use a Cutera Laser with a 532 and 1064 nm wavelength. This laser can very effectively treat vascular lesions, brown pigment, and improve collagen production with minimal downtime. All medicalgrade lasers such as a Cutera should be used under physician supervision. Laser Genesis Laser Genesis is an application of a 1064 nm laser that gently heats the dermis and stimulates collagen production. It feels fabulous and there is absolutely no downtime. Your skin will feel plumper and tighter directly after treatment. Laser Genesis can be used by people who would like some improvement to the texture and tightness of the skin without using injectable products such as fillers. A series of treatments are required for best results. Laser Genesis can also be used to treat acne scarring, reduce the redness of rosacea, and treat active acne breakouts. The topic of which laser or light therapy is best for you should be discussed with your aesthetic physician. From permanent hair reduction to treating browns and reds and improving collagen production, there is a technology able to deliver fabulous results! Dr. Lyn Pascoe Viva Medical Aesthetics

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Exquisitely hand-crafted works of art Christime Reimer


hristine Reimer is an established BC artist whose professional career spans 40 years. She has a BFA in Visual Arts and a Diploma in Education (Art) from the University of Victoria. While Reimer has embraced a wide variety of genres over the years, her best known Ophelia”, 36 x 36, acrylic on canvas, 2019 works are stylized landscapes of coastal and possess the unique qualities of interior BC and the Rockies. the artist just as handwriting Since the mid 1980’s her does. However, the nuances paintings have been acquired of meaning are more open to by private and corporate interpretation in a painting. collectors in Canada, the USA Like music, some pieces & internationally. resonate more than others with the viewer. Subtle gestures, Beginning in 2014 Reimer’s mark-making and colour paintings became increasingly shifts may reflect the personal complex and are now sensibilities of the viewer when best described as Abstract open to this interaction. Just as Expressionist. Most of her a language can be acquired, so works have a highly textured too, can the ability to perceive surface and incorporate the mood, or subtext, of an multiple layers of glazing abstract painting.” combined with distinctive mark-making. Thoughout View Christine’s paintings, past her painting career energetic and present, at brushwork and a vibrant colour palette have distinguished her unique style. Her inspiration is rooted in the spectacular landscape we are privileged to enjoy in British Columbia and Canada. “I have always considered painting a discrete language, not of words but of perception or feeling. Paintings

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Defining Toxic Masculinity & Violence Against Women


e are all perilously affected by our hyper sexualized society. Online gaming, music videos, fashion magazines – we are bombarded by the sexual objectification of women. We have social problems never before imagined like male youth ages 9-13 recovering from pornography addictions. Does this astound you? It astounds me! Given the fact there isn’t effective legislation regulating access to internet pornography our children are walking around with pocket porn on their smart phone – not so smart. And we aren’t talking about 70’s porn with romps in the hay, plaid shirts and moustaches. Today’s accessible porn is violent and degrading. No shades of grey there. And what about hyper masculinity? With young men wearing their ‘tough guise’, toxic masculinity cheats men of true manhood. “Man up!” “Boys don’t cry!” “You throw like a girl!” “You’re such a momma’s boy!” “Dude, you’re still a virgin?” “Nice guys finish last.” “Don’t be a little b*tch!” “She has you whipped!” “All men cheat. They’re programmed that way.” This installs early misogyny and combined with the sexual objectification of women hyper masculinity justifies violence against women. The weight of masculine bravado and a culture that prides aggressive, emotionless and often violent male behaviour hurts women – obviously. But less obvious is the impact on men and more crucially young boys. We invite you to find out how violence against women is not a women’s issue – it’s a men’s issue. Join MANifesting Change ~ Promoting a Culture of Respect Nov. 26th


Acupuncture: What’s The Point?

in a community discussion to define toxic masculinity and begin erasing its toxic effect. A program of Warmland Women’s Support Services Society sexual assault advocacy centre, MANifesting Change seeks to create a visible presence of allied men addressing rape culture and relationship violence in the Cowichan Valley. Guided by feminist values our intention is to be visible in the community for men who want to end violence against women, show allyship for the benefit of women’s recovery from men’s use of violence, define true masculinity, and become MENtors to other men to develop relationships with women based on equality, respect and dignity. Open to all genders, our workshop will examine how toxic masculinity upholds rape culture and promotes attitudes of male privilege. November 26th 6:30 pm Sands Reception Centre 187 Trunk Rd. Duncan, entrance off Ypres St., by donation kthomas@warmlandwomen. org 250-710-8177 Warmland Women’s Support Services Society Sexual Assault Advocacy Centre 331 St. Julien St. Downtown Duncan Submitted by Kendra Thomas


any of us have heard “success stories” of acupuncture helping a friend’s back pain or a co- worker who insists that the acupuncture treatments she received resolved her shoulder pain. But why did their acupuncture treatments help? What exactly happens when an acupuncturist inserts a tiny stainless steel needle into seemingly random areas of the body? Is it a result of the placebo effect? Upon insertion of an acupuncture needle into the skin, a cascade of signalling throughout the connective tissue (fascia) involving blood, nerves, and the immune system occurs. There is both a local and centralized reaction. Locally, sensory neurons are stimulated, and the central reaction occurs when the signals reach the brain and spinal cord.

Endorphins, which are substances produced in the brain, block the sensation of pain. Studies have shown that beta-endorphin is released in patients while receiving acupuncture, whereas the control group (participants who did not receive acupuncture), did not experience an increase in this neuromodulator. (Clement-Jones V, et al. Increased beta-endorphin but not met-enkeph-alin levels in human cerebrospinal fluid after acupuncture for recurrent pain. Lancet, 1980 Nov 1;2(8201):946949.) Another mechanism by which acupuncture can influence the perception of and response to pain involves the limbic system, a deep part of the brain thought to be involved in the “emotional” aspect of the brain, including a so-called “pleasure centre”. Acupuncture treatments have been shown to stimulate the limbic system, encouraging and promoting a sense of well being. (Hui K, Liu J, et al. Acupuncture modulates the limbic system and subcortical grey structures of the human brain: Evidence from fMRI studies in normal subjects. Human Brain Mapp, 2000;9(1):13-25.)

So how do these biological responses effect a positive response in the patient? One explanation involves a biomedical phenomenon known as “Neuromodulation”. Neuromodulators are opiod peptides, and four of them have been confirmed to release during an acupuncture treatment. (Han J, Terenius L. Neurochemical basis of acupuncture analgesia. Annual review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 1982;22:193220.)

Studies have also shown how acupuncture influences the area surrounding the needle insertion site, namely that a neuropeptide known as Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide (CGRP) gets released at the site, causing vasodilation and perfusion to the affected local injured tissues. This mechanism speeds up the healing process. (Dawidson I, Angmar-Mansson B. The influence of sensory stimulation (acupuncture) on the release of neuropeptides in the saliva of healthy subjects. Life Sciences, 1998;63(8):658-674.)

One of these opiod peptides, beta-endorphin, plays an important role in acupuncture analgesia, or pain relief.

Other studies have found that blood flow increased in patients as soon as the needle is inserted, thus facilitating healing of the

local tissues. (Sandberg M, Lundeberg T, et al. Effects of acupuncture on skin and muscle blood flow in healthy subjects. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2003 Sept; 90(12):114-119.) Acupuncture can stimulate a variety of biological processes in the body, promoting homeostasis and self-healing. It can influence the Nervous System (muscles, nerves, internal organs), the Cardiovascular System, (blood flow, distribution of nutrients, hormones), the Endocrine System, (major pathways for homeostatic regulation), and the Immune System (strengthens the immune function of the body.) While more research is still needed to learn about the biological mechanisms by which acupuncture lessens pain, stimulates the immune system, increases homeostasis, etc., it is clear that science is increasingly backing up what chinese doctors knew thousands of years ago, namely that acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment

modality that can address many acute and chronic conditions. According to Stephen Janz, co-author of the Acupuncture Evidence Project, “It is no longer possible to say that the effectiveness of acupuncture can be attributed to the placebo effect or that it is useful only for musculoskeletal pain.”

Denise D’Fantis, Cowichan Valley Acupuncture Matraea Centre

Denise D’Fantis Cowichan Valley Acupuncture 170 Craig St - Matraea Centre, Downtown Duncan 250 -715 -5649



Cozy up with Stoker eaude-parfum! Notes of Vanilla, Coffee, Maple Syrup, Sandalwood, Mandarin & Patchouli. Wild Coast Perfumery, 1721 Cowichan Bay Rd.

Homemade preserves from Cowichan Bay made with love using local Cowichan Valley produce. Available at True Grain. 1725 Cowichan Bay Rd,

Our Ethos is Natural Sustainable - Meaningful. We have you covered for beautiful, unique gift ideas! 1725 Cowichan Bay Road

Functional gifts! Beautiful handmade mugs, plates, bowls and more handcrafted, glazed and fired by potter Colleen Underwood. Mudroom Clayworks, 1725 Cowichan Bay Rd

Junior Shipwrights Stocking Stuffer. Everything you need to build your own sailboat. Perfect stocking stuffer for boat lovers. 1761 Cowichan Bay Rd

Belgian inspired restaurant overlooking Cowichan Bay. Creperie with fine soups and more. Daily specials Open 7 days a week. Gift Certificates available. 1765 Cowichan Bay Rd

Rob’s Lighthouse Eatery & Art Gallery Fresh, friendly, affordable and pet-friendly! OpenED Daily 8am-6pm Heated patio or take out

*Award Winning Chowder* Grilled Seasoned Fish & Chicken Great Burgers, Fries, Wraps & More!

Dine In on our heated patio or Take Out! Cowichan Bay 36


oin the Merchants of Cowichan Bay for a Ladies Night experience you won’t want to miss! Gather your friends and wander through our sparkling seaside village, check out the best in local shopping, stop for an appy and a drink, take part in the super fun scavenger hunt to win amazing prizes! (gift baskets filled with local goods, gift certificates, even a one night stay at the Dreamweaver B&B!) There will be special treats, food & drink specials, in store deals, wine tasting and more! If you want something fun for the kids to do while you are shopping the strip the Maritime Centre will offering Christmas boat-building. Hot apple cider & goodies will be served ($5 per child). And the Oceanfront Hotel has generously offered free parking! (underground lot only please) These are the places you will be able to check out: True Grain Bread, Mud Room Clayworks, Cow Cafe, Radway Studio, Cow Bay’s Pirate Shack, Maritime Centre, Beachology, Wild Coast Perfumery, Arthur Vickers Gallery, Claire Crowfoot Collective,


Ladies Night In Cowichan Bay Odessey’s End, Rob’s Lighthouse Eatery, Rumours Boutique, Peter Miller Cowichan Real Estate, Bay Pub, Classic Marine & Cafe, Sathian Thai Food, Puddle Jump Bags, Rock Cod Cafe, Masthead Restaurant, Invisible Sun Gallery, Pier 66 Store, Estuary Nature Centre, Oceanfront Hotel and Cowichan Bay Spa + Salon. SO MUCH FUN! Come out for full on merriment making your spirits bright! Thursday, November 21 5-8PM. For more information please find our Facebook event “Ladies Night Cowichan Bay Village” Submitted by Colleen Underwood

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


The Mud Room Clayworks • Potter Colleen Underwood 1725 Cowichan Bay Road, 250 710 7329 37

One of our many vendors ready to welcome Christmas shoppers with a big smile and his beautiful woodworking!

A DIY Shop for Home Crafters and Herbalists



Sands Funeral Chapel

Cremation & Reception Centre-Duncan by Arbor Memorial

Janice Winfrey Funeral Director

tel: 250-746-5212 • fax:250-746-7034 187 Trunk Road, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 2P1


Saturday & Sunday Brunch Featuring our famous crêpes & bennys!

1765 COWICHAN BAY RD • 250 597 7373 38

Duncan Christian School Annual Christmas Bazaar

CS has such rich history! Duncan Christian School was physically moved from 930 Trunk Road, the home of the Christian Reformed Church, when its founding fathers picked up what was the one room school house on their shoulders, walked it down Beech Avenue and set it in place on the site where the elementary campus is today. Parts of that school still remain to this day! The families loved to get together for the Christmas Bazaar/Auction where they would bring their livestock, baked goods, handmade wares, share a meal and enjoy a live auction where they could sell their prize cows, chickens and pigs. Here we are so many years later, with 2 campuses, the elementary and the high school. Although there is no more livestock being brought and no live auction at the Christmas Bazaar, we have so many talented local vendors and this is such a great place to get your Christmas shopping done! Our many different vendors will include: Jewelry, Local Artwork, Essential Oils, Hand Crafted

Items, Candles, Food and so much more! The DCS Christmas Bazaar is a family event with a Fun Fair for the kids from 3:30-7:00 pm, so the adults can shop while the kids are well looked after and having fun! A White Elephant Sale starts at 3:00 pm, ever-popular Scholastic Book Fair, Bake Sale and a Cake Walk where you can win an entire cake will all be underway!

ocal owners Clair and Paully Forshaw have designed a shop with you makers, crafters and essential oilers in mind, it is essential that you stop by for a visit! Cosmo is a local packaging boutique located in beautiful old town, across from the Thetis Island ferry terminal Touch, test, and query over 200 products that include a broad range packaging for your homemade lotions, potions,

concentrates, essential oils, supplements, cosmetics, salves, and household cleaning supplies you enjoy making from scratch. Cosmo not only carries a large permanent collection that you can rely on, it also offers Canadian-certified, food grade, fully warrantied containers, with no surprises and competitive price points. “It is important to both us and our clients that we support local Vancouver Island printers, and Canadian suppliers. Much time and effort has gone into developing these strong relationships which have grown into a very positive experience all around.” - Clair and Paul Forshaw From their small business to yours, Clair and Paully look forward to helping you get rolling.They enjoy working with the naughty and the nice! “We would like to thank all of our positive, happy and cheerful makers that have been coming into the store, and re-assuring us

we are on the right track. It is because of you and your advice that has helped us from the very beginning.” Our Favourite Autumn Diffuser Blends A diffuser releases humidity into the air. Use these essential oil recipes to create a positive aromatherapy experience in your space at work on in the home. People love using essential oils to enhance their mood, or as a natural way to clean germs and prevent colds. Check out our website for info on our “make and take” classes. Learn to make your own natural cleaning supplies and fun Christmas gifts to share with loved ones. Just fill your diffuser with water, and the essential oil recipe as described below! If you don’t have oils, or a diffuser you are welcome to stop by and we will show you how it works! All materials available in the store.

First Frost 2 Drops Cypress 3 Drops Fir 1 Drop Sandalwood Falling Leaves 4 drops Lime 2 drops eucalyptus 1 drop thyme Pumpkin Spice 2 drops cinnamon 3 drops orange 1 drop cardamom 2 drop clove 1 drop ginger

Thank you and happy Holidays! Open seven days a week in December. 2863 Oak St, Chemainus, 250 210 7777

This wonderful Bazaar takes place on Friday, November 15 from 2 – 7 PM at 495 Beech Avenue, Duncan. We’d love to have you! Any questions don’t hesitate to ask: or visit our website

Submitted by Michelle Evans, Educational Assistant. Duncan Christian School


“Sol-Centre ~ A Community Farm Store Initiative”

We are open

10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday Closed Sundays And Stat Holidays

• All things natural and beautiful for you and your children • Beautiful and inspiring books for all ages and levels of interest • Wonderful organic merino/silk, wool clothing from age 0 - adult • Wooden toys, puzzles, games, silks, dolls, cards, calendars, prints • Birthday rings, craft kits, musical instruments and much more. • Painting, drawing, knitting wool, beeswax & handwork supplies • Resources for Parents, Teachers, Carers and Homeschoolers

Our store and it’s selection of all things warm and wonderful is growing and growing! More clothing, toys, books, cards, prints and handwork supplies. Bring your questions and your children. We have a lovely gnome-home where your children can play while you browse. Ongoing handwork and doll making classes, please inquire.

Ask about our bestselling Uriel Aurum Lavender Rose Cream with Peat, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

Winter Woolens have arrived!

Come see our huge selection of Disana wool leggings, sweaters, baby wear as well as the wonderful boiled wool coats, skirts, hats and outer wear. Many beautiful new colours and sizes to choose from. Come soon for best selection!

We are located in the Sol Centre ~ Adjacent to the Community Farm Store 5380 Hwy 1, Duncan, BC Find us on Facebook@ freyasophiawaldorfstore Follow us on Instagram

Such a wonderful time of year as the temperatures drop and the light outside dims; a chance to shine our inner lights brighter than ever. Nature’s rhythms provide us a time for expansion and contraction. After all the light and warmth of the summer sun, it’s time now for us to turn inwards. A time to tend the fires, dress warm, wear wool, cook soup, drink tea, do handwork, make gifts, study, read more, sleep more. A time for winter activities, crafts, advent celebrations and Christmas preparations. Come see our great selection of wool clothing and great books on every subject for every age. We have everything you need to bring warmth and light and magic into your homes ~ and your hearts.

Proudly featuring Disana’s 100% organic merino wool clothing for the whole family Disana’s knitted and boiled clothing line feature classic designs that are both warm and wonderfully lightweight. Merino Wool is great for indoor or outside play as it breaths and modulates body temperature, unlike synthetics and cotton fibres. For more information about the benefits of wool and details about this remarkable clothing line visit the warmth and weather website:



Warmth is one of the basic building blocks of existence; without it, there would be no life or growth. As parents we want our children to be warm - physically and emotionally. We raise them to be warm people full of compassion and hope. In the first book of its kind, anthroposophical therapist Edmond Schoorel explores the role of warmth across many aspects of child development, including: physical warmth and what children should wear; the role of warmth in bodily processes such as growth, energy and health; the importance of emotional warmth; warmth of spirit, or enthusiasm. This fascinating and practical book gives parents and caregivers valuable insight into how to nurture different aspects warmth in everyday family life, and will also be useful for teachers and anyone who works with children.

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 those who visit us. We are here to help and to support.

*applies to existing stock only


Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, playwright and artist who lived between 1861 and 1925. influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, education, philosophy, religious renewal, movement, speech, drama, agriculture (biodynamics), beekeeping and the arts. We carry a vast selection of titles on these subjects and much more at the Freya-Sophia Waldorf Store. To be notified by email of Waldorf and Steiner inspired events in the Valley, email Nicolette


Nature and Nurture Sunrise Waldorf School ECE Open House


n the Sunrise Waldorf School Early Childhood Education programs puddle jumping days are everyone’s favorite! With an emphasis and reverence for nature, our little ones spend a great deal of time outdoors every day, rain or shine. The outdoor activities include walking, digging, swinging, jumping, splashing, and rolling, just to name a few. Our early childhood education programs emphasize open ended learning, and we believe that the work of the child is to play. Opportunities for exploring through

Sunrise Waldorf School Winter Faire one’s imagination and for moving the body are foundations of the Waldorf Early Childhood Education philosophy. Strong daily rhythms and repetition allow the children to sink deeply into their play. Teachings are offered through the lens of daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythms, all of which creates the foundation for the young child to feel safe and free to explore. In an ever changing and fast paced world, the Waldorf Preschool and Kindergartens are a place where simplicity is celebrated and where childhood is preserved and held with love. If you are interested in hearing more


magical day of wonderful winter celebrations with festive food, music and crafts. Upon entering the grounds the spirit of holiday magic abounds. Cedar boughs, fresh green holly, handcrafted gnomes, paper stars and twinkling lights adorn the school for a day of festivity, wonder, creative crafts and food.

about why Waldorf Education works, or to register for one of our upcoming Open House events, please contact Chantey Dayal – Director of Admissions today. 250.743.7253 or email admissions@



Sunrise Waldorf School is an independent school, supporting choice in education for discerning parents. We welcome your family to visit our beautiful classrooms and to learn more about our programs. Open House space is limited. Please RSVP to



Wednesday, November 27 - 2:15pm - 3:30pm

2148 LAKESIDE RD, DUNCAN RSVP 250 743-7253

Please enquire about our PARENT and CHILD Program currently running Saturdays from 9:30 - 12:00 A wonderful program for parent and child up to age 3.5

(siblings up to 8.5 years may come along)

• Nature Based Programming • Inspirational Environment • Imaginative Play • Childhood Honoured


Dip beeswax candles, paint some silk or make a Christmas wreath for the door with your little ones. Children can venture into the Cookie Cave filled with delightful treats to suit all diets to choose from. Explore the Enchanted Garden and meet felted angels and gnomes friends to take home.

Experience the serenity of Blow the Boat where a candle is lit and placed inside a half walnut shell and set to float over a watery wonderland pond. The fair takes place both indoors and outdoors so be sure to dress everyone for the weather. Visitors can warm up with a bowl of delicious soup, hot bbq delights, sit down with a hot drink or cider and enjoy an array of fresh baked goodies. There will be music by the bonfire and entertainment throughout the day. While at the faire don’t forget to stop by the SWS Silent Auction room. A room filled with fantastic experiences and items to bid on ranging from spa treatments, yoga

classes and body work to locally made gifts, art and services. Lots of gift certificates for local food, cafes, restaurants and more plus many other surprises to bid on. This event is free with fair-style tickets for food and activities. All money raised goes directly to benefit the students and our school. Also onsite is the Winter Faire Artisan Marketplace. Through the market doors you will find an abundance of the finest local artisans and crafters of the Valley. Natural gifts, artisan foods, toys, housewares, homeware, clothing and onsite Waldorf supplies store and more! The Artisan Marketplace will be open from

11am-3pm. Sunrise Waldorf School is in its 39th year in the Cowichan Valley with a mission to educate and inspire students to reach their full potential through a rich and artistic Waldorf curriculum. The Waldorf approach is three-fold, bringing concepts to life through the use of the the heart (feeling), the head (thinking) and the hands (doing). Annual Sunrise Waldorf Winter Faire November 23, 10am - 3pm 2148 Lakeside Rd in Cowichan Station. Parking shuttle available for overflow parking.


Winter Faire 2019

A delightful day of winter celebration with festive food, music and crafts.

& Winter Faire Artisan Marketplace

Saturday, November 23 10am - 3pm

Sunrise Waldorf School in Cowichan Station 2148 Lakeside Rd, Duncan I 250 743-7253 43


board is provincially run and federally funded.

unrise Waldorf School in Cowichan Station offers a wonderful Parent and Child program lead by a long term Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Ms. Polly.

What’s required to get the project off the ground?

École Cowichan A potential new school

Parent and Child is a wonderful and gentle introduction to the Waldorf ways of early childhood education and development. “I have been in Miss Polly’s Parent and Child class with two of my children and loved it. The calm and flowing class rhythm provided the children with ample opportunities for safe exploration and play with natural toys and materials. There were many opportunities for parents to do seasonal crafts, learn fingerplays, sing, and engage in group activities like cooking and baking. I found the environment welcoming and felt safe to share questions and insights about parenting, child development and my own growth as a parent. The conversations provided a safe space to reflect on parenting experiences and to find new ways to nourish and enrich our family life from within.” M. Lohsen, mother of three


Parent And Child Program

“Parent and Child was one of the most enriching and magical experiences of our family life. As new parents figuring it all out, coming once a week to Parent and Child with Ms Polly was a wonderful place to learn about raising mindful Enamelling on Copper and Steel and happy preschoolers and to feel ask questions about many things under the sun. We often came together, but sometimes I or my husband would come on our own. Parents, grandparents, siblings and caregivers of the other children we met in Parent Jewelery • Vases • Journals • Guestbooks and Child are still friends to Frames • Bookmarks • Magnets • Lightswitch Plates this day! We always felt so welcome and our children Available locally at: Imagine That Artisans enjoyed playing with all the beautiful wooden and felted Rainforest Arts • Artzi Stuff • TOSH toys. We sang songs, folded 250 746 8446 ate soup and watched 1 8/8/2011 3:23:00 napkins, PM

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puppet plays that Ms. Polly put on for the kids. We weren’t that familiar with Waldorf education and being part of Parent and Child was a nice way to peek into the ways of this land. I treasure our time there and all that we learned. We enjoyed attending the program for many years until the boys were ready for kindergarten.The special crafts that we made beeswax bowls, felted eggs, wax window stars, natural dolls and the silks we dyed are still part of our playbox. “ S. Badman, mother of twins Rhythmical and seasonal activities are introduced in a warm and beautifully held environment. Parents, grandparents, and guardians with children 3.5 years of age or less are welcome to register. Siblings up to 8 years of age are welcomed to join if this allows families with little ones the ability to join the program. Parent and Child Program is hosted by Sunrise Waldorf School on Saturdays from 9:30 am – 12pm. Fall session runs until December 14th Contact admissions@ or phone 250-743-7253 to register.

group of organized Francophones in our community has begun working with the French School Board to start a new school in the Cowichan Valley where students would be educated uniquely in French. The French immersion system in the Cowichan Valley has historically served the needs of the francophone community. However, the purpose of a French immersion school is to teach French as a second language. In 2017, the English school board put a lottery system in place for both École Cobble Hill and École Mt. Prevost. The high demand for these two immersion schools has potentially excluded many francophone families from having their children educated in French. The purpose of a fully French school is to teach French as a first language. BC currently has forty-two French schools in operation, five of which are on Vancouver Island: Victoria, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Courtenay, and Campbell River. Unlike French immersion schools which are run by the English school board, this new French school would be run by the French school board. The French school

The French School Board has approved the preliminary steps of starting a school in the Cowichan Valley. The Cowichan group needs to now prove to the French school board that there is enough interest in our community. Not only does there need to be enough students to start a school, there needs to be enough students to keep the school populated in the coming years. Should enough names be gathered by the end of 2019, the application can then go to the provincial government for approval. The intended start date would be September 2020. The Cowichan group is looking for Francophone families who would like to have their children educated in French to add their names to the list. Students currently in the French immersion system who would like to join the French school would be welcomed. Families who have toddlers or infants are encouraged to show interest early. If you have interest in learning more, or you would like to add your name to the list, please contact the group by emailing ecolecowichan@ More information is available at https://www. which takes you to the Conseil Scholaire Francophone de la ColombieBritainique (CSF).

Traditional Chinese Exercise for Health Wild Goose Qigong (Chi Gong) Gentle movement Calms your mind Heals internal organs Develops flexibility Mondays 9~10:15am (Rivendell) 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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November marks the 9th year for the annual Toys Toiletries and Toques Holiday Fundraiser to help build the Holiday Hampers of the 5 Valley Food Banks with new non-food items.


oys, Toiletries & Toques was founded by Cori McCaw and Brenda Burch in 2011. They noticed that few organizations in the Cowichan Valley concentrated on collecting new non-food items desperately needed by the five local food banks. In an effort to fill this gap, Cori, Brenda, along with other volunteer community members, have committed to work together to help make a difference in our community during the holiday season. The goal is

During the month of November, approximately 26 local businesses are designated drop-off locations where people can drop off new non-food items as well as cash donations. There is also a stand-alone collection day

outside of Duncan Walmart on Saturday November 30th where the general public can drop off their donations. In addition, Santa will be on hand for photo opportunities and there is also a gourmet hot dog sale, requesting a minimum donation for both. All cash donations collected goes towards purchasing experiences such as bowling, swimming or movie passes.

Some of the suggested donation items include educational toys, baby toys, warm clothing such as socks, gloves, and blankets, gift cards, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soaps, lotions, toilet paper, pet supplies and more. For a complete list of suggested donation items as well as a full list of drop off locations, please visit their website at www.

Submitted by Evelyn Koops

Local Art Makes For A Great Gift What is it you look for in a Christmas present?


f course, you want something unique, something that will delight and surprise, and in that department, few presents top original art. So, with more than fifty artists displaying paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery and more at Rainforest Arts, it’s a great place to find gifts that will add a bright touch to someone’s home and holiday. There will be an even greater choice of original art to enjoy and buy this season. A special floor-to-ceiling salon style exhibition, opening in early November, will bring in an expanded selection of locally produced works. And if you aren’t sure what might suit the tastes of friends or loved ones, you can always give them a gift certificate, knowing there’ll be a terrific selection for them to browse. Many of the artists showing at the gallery are from the Chemainus area, so their works often touch on local themes and scenes. And since Rainforest Arts is a non-profit, run by volunteers on behalf of the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society, when you buy


a Christmas gift, you’ll be making a contribution to the arts and artists in your community. Rainforest has an excellent selection for every budget. From art greeting cards, and colorful accessories, to large format prints and original art, you’ll find something memorable to put under the tree.



9752c Willow St


250 324 2227 Open 7 days a week

Best prices on the island • HUGE Selection • Workshops & Classes Beading I Kumihimo I Bead Weaving I Viking Knit I Herringbone and more!

As a bonus, November and December shoppers will have a chance at something extra-special: with every purchase, they can enter their names to win a basket packed with art gifts valued at hundreds of dollars, donated by Rainforest’s artists. The draw for prizes will take place in late December, in time for you to add a few extras to your gift list… or give yourself a fantastic present. The friendly volunteers at Rainforest Arts are always happy to answer questions and show shoppers around. So, when you’re making your list, and checking it twice, be sure to visit Rainforest Arts this holiday season. You’re sure to discover some great ideas and see some wonderful art. Find out more at

Submitted by Craig Spence



Sheena Davies Photography

Our innovative custom closets, walk-in wardrobes and cabinets solutions ensure that we utilize all of the space available to its best advantage. Choose from a wide range of colours and finishes, we provide a superior product manufactured here in Canada.


In these busy times, many of us live our days in our sympathetic nervous systems - flight and fight mode - often leaving us drained and strung out. Learning tools and designating time to live in the parasympathetic nervous system - rest and digest mode - is important for our health and wellness. Come experience the parasympathetic-nurturing practice of Yin Yoga for FREE at Harmony Yoga Centre with Nadia on Saturday, November 23rd from 6:00-7:30pm



COWICHAN VALLEY Heronwood Custom Cabinetry Inc. Is a local custom cabinetry shop located in the Cowichan Valley.

CHANGING KELP FORESTS Recently, the distribution, abundance, and condition of kelp forests throughout the North Pacific have been declining due, at least in part, to the absence of sea otters, climate change, and other local factors. Rebecca Goldman Martone is a marine ecologist with over 15 years of experience in applying scientific research to help solve complex challenges facing marine ecosystems and the services they provide to people. Monday November 4th, Rebecca Martone talks on Changing Kelp Forests of BC’s Coast, 9:30am, Fish Health Building 1080 Wharncliffe Rd. Bring a toonie and mug.

Does Your Glass Need Rescue?


lear Renewal Glass Services, owned by Dan Caird, began operations in the Spring of 2016 in Cowichan Bay. Dan was so impressed with the restoration of the hard-water-stained glass shower in their own home that he knew this line of work would be a great opportunity as he wound down his professional career in Human Resources. Clear Renewal Glass specializes in restoring and protecting new or existing glass shower enclosures, windows, railings and deck panels, porcelain fixtures, plus granite and quartz countertops marred by hard water deposits, soap scum, salt spray, and other staining to like-new clarity.

And it works just as well on auto, truck, RV and boat windshields! After a thorough cleaning (and gentle polishing to remove deposit buildup, as required) a water-repellent sealer from DiamonFusion® is applied to keep the surface clearly renewed for years to come. This patented coating significantly reduces maintenance time and cost. Using a chemical ‘nanotechnology’ to create a super strong bond that forms an ultra-thin protective layer of optically clear material, surfaces are made significantly easier to clean and resistant to spotting, clouding and weathering. Like to see a Canadian connection? VIA Rail’s

“Canadian” glass-domed observation cars are treated with Diamon-Fusion®, as is the exterior glass of Montreal’s Palais des Congrès. With frustrating hard water issues all over southern Vancouver Island, Clear Renewal Glass is proud to be your local Certified Dealer and Authorized Applicator of Diamon-Fusion® to help make your life easier -reducing mold and bacteria, less frequent cleanings, and no more need for harsh chemical cleaners – it’s Eco-friendly cleaning! Once your glass is treated, cleaning becomes a lot easier because significantly less water (or rain) remains on your glass to create spots. It only takes

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have long been an enthusiast of renewable energy. Several years ago I took a leap and made a career change to contribute to the growing renewables industry. Suffice to say, powering my own home with solar has long been a dream. I deeply believe that we must all do our part to build a more sustainable future for each other, our children and generations to come. Here in the Cowichan Valley, many of us (and some reluctantly) rely on fossil fuels like wood or propane to heat and power our homes. Our rural home has baseboard heating and a wood stove. With hydro rates continuing to climb, we wanted to consider a different option in alignment with our values. Our goals were to know where our power comes from, reduce our impact, and lower our electricity costs. When we moved to our small acreage in Cobble Hill three years ago, I began to construct a shop with roof designed for solar panels included in the plan. It’s not a perfect southern facing building but it still has plenty

of exposure. We requested quotes from different solar providers and two took the time to come to our home to discuss the options available. It was through this process that I came to meet the founder of Viridian Energy Co-operative. A quick site visit turned into a much longer informative and transparent discussion about the many facets of solar and back-up power. I knew at this point that I would choose Viridian - knowledgeable, professional and experienced were the qualities I was looking for.

First, select a base. It can either be a pre-made wire frame or one created using plants such as willow or grapevine.

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Because the shop went a little over budget (whoops!), the installation took place nearly a year later. We now have an array of 30 solar panels with micro-inverters which will generate around 12,000kWh per year, or 60% of our current usage. The cost of the system was $21,600 (lower than the other quote I was considering). There are other benefits too. Often, my two children huddle round while I pull up the app on my phone that shows how much power we have generated that day. I also feel good knowing my

is that you love your wreath!

Solar panels installed on the shop roof

The kids interested to see how much power was generated in a day

property value has increased substantially. Last, but certainly not least, I have developed such a keen interest in solar that I began

working with Viridian last spring. The values I have including resilience and sustainability are shared by the company. Today, I’m fortunate to help others in our community create their solar story and advance the transition to a clean economy. John Weyermars is a sustainable energy manager and father of two gratefully living in the Cowichan Valley.

Kailli Pigott, owner at Dancing Dandelion Farms with a Bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology.

hat do you think of when you hear the word ‘wreath’? For many people, the first thought that springs to mind is Christmas! But wreaths come in several forms and can be used for many different occasions, like dried flower wreaths, funeral wreaths, wreaths worn as crowns, and modern eucalyptus wreathes. Typically wreaths are constructed using hardy evergreens in a circle and represent immortality and strength. When used in funerals, wreaths symbolize eternal life. They have a long and complex history; for example, in ancient Greek and Roman times, wreaths were worn on the head to represents a person’s successes or occupation. Lutherans in Germany during the 16th century were the first to use wreaths during the Advent season. When making wreathes, there are an infinite number of combinations of florals and greeneries that can be used to create something unique and extraordinary. What matters most

Next, you’ll need tools, most importantly a sharp pair of snippers and paddle wire.

After that, you’ll select your greenery of choice. Don’t be shy! Wreath foliage can range from cedar, to rosemary, to magnolia and beyond. Now comes the fun part: the adornments! Personally, my favourite accessories are dried flowers grown in my garden, but you can also use ribbons, ornaments, feathers or jewels to name a few options. Once you have all your pieces assembled, attach the paddle wire to your wreath base. Form a small bundle using the greenery and accessories, then place it on the wreath base and wrap the wire around it a couple times to secure it tightly. Repeat by adding another bundle overlapping the first bundle and wire it into place. Repeat several times until the wreath is complete. Cut the wire and tie it off. Now you have a beautiful wreath all your own! If you’d like to learn more about wreath making, Dancing Dandelion farms will be hosting a wreath-making workshop with Bezaire Events at the Fishbowl Café on December

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very town in Canada deserves highquality, independent news. Journalists can help make sense of what’s going on. At best, we’re part of the social fabric that unites communities. That is the work that I am doing with The Discourse Cowichan. My small team and I, located here in Cowichan with support in Vancouver, are focused on providing the community with in-depth local coverage that you can’t find anywhere else. Why? Because the Cowichan Valley has seen multiple newspaper closures in the last five years. Across Canada, hundreds have been lost. And this matters. There is a connection between local news and civic engagement. American research shows that municipal governments in communities that have lost their local newspapers are less fiscally efficient. Scientists have warned that it’s harder to track and control the spread of diseases in communities without local news. The Discourse Cowichan covers local news and events from the Malahat to Ladysmith, and out to Nitinaht. We don’t decide what’s newsworthy on our own — we ask the public to tell us what we should investigate, and then we dig deep. Last year, I told the story of how the Cowichan Valley Citizen put advertisers ahead of the public in its coverage of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit controversy. And this year, I told the story of what really happened when police showed up at a young man’s door in Mill Bay, and shot him dead.


I’ve looked deeply at issues of housing, homelessness, mental health and the environment, all because people told me these topics matter, and are too often overlooked in the news. Now, my team and I are digging into development and growth in Cowichan, because we heard from readers who want to better understand how this place is changing. How do we pay for it? So far, The Discourse Cowichan has scraped together funds from foundations, investors and our audience. But our goal is to be primarily funded by our audience, because it’s important that we stay accountable to our community, not advertisers or anyone else. We believe that people will contribute to support news that matters, and we strive to create stories worthy of your support. The best way to stay in the loop is to subscribe to The Discourse Cowichan email newsletter. Every Thursday, we send Cowichan This Week, a quick update on the latest local news and events. And on Tuesday, you get Curious in Cowichan, a newsletter that dives deeper into our community’s curiosities. You can sign up by visiting


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ast November 11, 2018 was the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I. Two local residents, Carolyn Prellwitz and Priscilla Lowe, joined a group of Canadians from across the country for a 15-day comprehensive exploration of the battlefields of the Great War in Belgium and France as well as the site of the signing of the Armistice. Final resting places of soldiers on both sides of the conflict were also visited. Canadian contributions at Vimy Ridge, the Somme, Mons, Passchendaele and, of course, Flanders Field were primary focuses of the tour. Carolyn has put together a PowerPoint Presentation to share her experiences and impressions of that tour as a Remembrance Day talk to the general meeting of the Cowichan Historical Society set for 7:30 pm, Thursday, November 21, 2019 at St. Peter’s Church Hall. Coffee, tea and cookies will be available at

the conclusion of the presentation along with an opportunity to mingle and chat with both Carolyn and Priscilla, as well as other Society members in attendance. NonSociety members are welcome to attend; donations to the Society are much appreciated.

The Cowichan Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that owns and operates the Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives. The museum is located in the former Duncan train station on Canada Avenue and the archives are located on the third floor of the Duncan City Hall. The aim of the Society is to gather and preserve information and records connected with the history of the Cowichan area. Both the museum and archives are regional in terms of collections, displays, archival photos and archival documents. New members are encouraged to join the Society. Membership fees are $20 annually and come with such benefits as select previews of new exhibitions at the museum, e-newsletters and a $5 discount off a subscription to the quarterly BC History Magazine. Submitted by Carolyn Prellwitz Director, Cowichan Historical Society

Regardless of what you decide, the most important and meaningful thing you can do is acknowledge the person in front of you. When you foster a belief that the homeless are somehow less valuable or less human, you prevent them from reaching out and getting help when they need it. The gift of human connection provides the opportunity to acknowledge our shared humanity.

Helping The Homeless In The Cowichan Valley


t’s early morning and you’re walking your child to school, you see a woman slumped in the corner of a building, alone and forgotten. People ahead of you walk by without acknowledgement forgetting that beneath that roughened exterior lies a person who was likely once just like you. You glance over and hear a voice “spare any change?” What do you do? Do you stop and see if you have any change and teach your child the lesson of giving? Do you smile and tell her you’re sorry you don’t have any change but that you hope she has a good morning or offer a granola bar from your purse and teach your child the meaning of compassion? Or do you follow those before you and walk by pretending that women hiding behind the mass of tangled and matted hair was never there at all teaching your child that this woman doesn’t matter? If you decide to give the person money, you have to be ok with what they choose to do with it. If you’re not willing to give money but you want to provide food, socks or gloves – people will be happy with that too.

Approximately 170 individuals are homeless, precariously housed, using the shelters or are living on the streets or camps in the surrounding areas in the Cowichan Valley. What’s happening in our community is happening across North America. If you’re not comfortable giving the homeless money or don’t have anything to give at that moment, it is also an option to donate money or goods to the local homeless shelter, Warmland House, or other programs that serve the homeless every day. The Canadian Mental Health Association-Cowichan Valley Branch is a registered charity that works on the front lines with persons experiencing homelessness and struggling with substance use. Donations to support their work are welcome at www.cowichanvalley.cmha. The CMHA-CVB charitable business number is #13990 5772 RR0001. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20.00. Submitted by the CMHA – Cowichan Valley Branch

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ardening hasn’t necessarily come to a halt! There is always something to be doing in the colder seasons. Stay warm and try to keep your soil and plants warm as well using a few different techniques outlined below. Amending Soil: Soil nutrients become depleted when plants have grown in it and reaped the benefits of the healthy soil. The fall is a good time to add compost, manure, and seaweeds to the garden beds. It’s a great time to harvest seaweeds sustainably as well, as they get washed up on shore during storms. Compost can be added to the garden beds all year, so don’t let the cool months hold you back from adding nutrients to the soil. Decomposition slows and could stop during the winter, but will speed up and continue in the spring as the soil warms up.

Compost: Kitchen greens, seaweeds, and manure are nitrogen-rich and aid in increasing the internal temperature of the compost. Anaerobic (bacteria due to lack of air) compost is not beneficial and smells foul, so the pile must be turned or aerated on occasion throughout the fall and winter, when possible. Interchange the green waste with brown waste; which could be straw, cardboard, dry leaves, or shredded paper. Mulching: • Insulates roots from freezes • Prevent nutrient loss from weather erosion • Prevents soil texture compaction from heavy rains Add 4-6 inches of leaves, straw, or leaf mulch around plants before (during if not done) cold weather sets in. Protective Covers: • Extends season by insulating soil • Retains humidity • Protects from harsh weather Stretch plastic over PVC pipe to make a “cloche”, grow in a greenhouse, or cold frame. Lauren Bosch, Ceres Edible Landscaping staff and Medical Herbalist.

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offer colour and cheer. Plant up a container now for colour all winter long. Planting a winter container is a fun activity, and easy to do. Here are some helpful tips to get you started. Your container will need to be frost-proof. Fiberglass, stone, heavy plastic, and iron are great weather-proof options. Terracotta holds water, and in freezing temperatures it will expand and can crack. Remember to consider plant hardiness when designing your planter. Plants in containers have cold air circulating around their roots, unlike plants in the ground, so a plant hardy to -10 degrees Celsius in the garden will probably only be hardy to 0 degrees Celsius in a container. There are plenty of plant options that are hardy and will provide superior winter interest, so don’t let this deter you from getting creative. Soil in containers can act like a sponge and hold water. Soil in the ground is much more freely draining then soil in containers. Containers need to have drainage holes and be sure they do not become clogged with soil. For those new to container gardening, follow the demystifying thriller-filler-spiller design method. This threeingredient recipe is a fail-proof way to create a beautiful container garden! Begin with your thriller. This will be your centerpiece and provide a focal point or

vertical interest. Filler plants are mounding plants that surround and enhance your thriller. Use these plants to fill the empty space in your container. You can use one filler, or two or three. Spiller plants complete the planting by cascading and tumbling over the sides of the containers. Here are some of our favourite plants for winter containers. Remember, depending on the size and style of your container a plant could fit into more than one thriller-filler-spiller category. ● Skimmia ‘Rubella’ – This evergreen, deer resistant, shade tolerant shrub grows 3 feet tall and wide and has vibrant glossy, green leaves. This male clone bears red buds all winter long opening to fragrant white blossoms in spring. ● Dwarf Alberta spruce – A hardy conifer, this dwarf spruce gives containers structure and a Christmas appeal. Eventually this spruce will outgrow the container, but it performs just as well in the garden, providing excellent winter interest. ● Sky Pencil Japanese holly – This narrow, upright broadleaf evergreen is a staple filler, providing structure in a container. An excellent choice for a formal design. ● Heuchera – An excellent foliage plant for the shade container. From deep purple, to chartreuse heuchera’s offer containers a cheerful burst of colour. ● Winter blooming heather – Providing containers an early splash of colour, and evergreen

foliage, this deerresistant subshrub offers is an excellent filler in a container. Prefers full sun to partshade. ● Carex ‘Prairie Fire’ – This evergreen sedge is ideal for modern designs. Upright slender green-bronze foliage does well in full-sun and is deer resistant ● Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) – A staple in winter containers, wintergreen holds bright red berries above glossy green evergreen foliage. Perfect for spilling over container edges, the groundcover is an essential in winter containers. ● Sedum Angelina – The chartreuse, evergreen, succulent leaves of the sedum are tough and drought tolerant. Perfect for low-maintenance, full sun containers.

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● Pansies and Cyclamen – Don’t forget to add some eye-candy. Pansies and cyclamen offer pops of colour and are great at filling those patches of bear soil in containers. ● Be Creative! Adding cut branches, lights, and your own touch will make your winter container that much more fun and personal Follow these tips to plant a winter container with colour and interest. Brighten up your front door, porch or that corner of your garden you are always looking at from your kitchen window. Have fun and be creative!

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ne of my favourite tools to work with in my daily practice and yoga classes are Mudras. Mudras are energetic connections made with our hands that support and illuminate energy flow and healing on all levels of being. These sacred seals create flow, balance and restore the energy level of our body to its natural intelligence and health. Mudras range from very simple to very complex, and can be done during your yoga asana practice, meditation or at any time of day that your hands are free. Each finger of each hand is a pathway to an elemental energy that creates a direct line of healing when activated by touch. These elemental energies are attuned to the organs, chakras, meridians and nadis in the body, and effortlessly bring what is needed for balance to the area that is being enlightened. The best way to learn about mudras, is to practice them. Here are a few of my favourite simple mudras to try. Bhu Mudra: Grounding & Nourishing. Place the fingertips of your right index and middle fingers on the floor, pressing them gently against the Earth, while the other fingers can naturally

curl into the palm of the hand, to be held in place by the thumb (like a peace sign). The palm of the left hand rests on the top of the left knee facing downward. Matangi Mudra: Awakening Inner Power. Interlace the fingers in front of the solar plexus. Extend the middle fingers, pressing them together. Hakina Mudra: Connection. Place the tips of all the fingers together with space between the fingers. Hands in front of the solar plexus. Some Tips For Working With Mudras The number one “rule” for mudra practice is to just allow. The more we allow the more the energy will flow. At first your hands may feel tight, and after a few minutes it may be time to let it go, but with practice you may be able to hold the mudra for much longer, Most Mudra’s can be held for up to 45 minutes, or more if you are enjoying it. Remember to be gentle with your fingers. There is no need to push or press hard. Allow the connection to be enough. Most of all be curious and enjoy. Asrael Zemenick is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Counsellor and Yoga Teacher who lives in beautiful Cowichan Bay. www.ayurvedicbliss. com

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s a nutritionist, when I see mental and physical fatigue, cardio-metabolic problems, cramping or twitching muscles, cold hands and feet, brittle nails and hair, or bad sleep, I think of mineral deficiencies. They are a modern problem, even for those eating well. For optimal health and energy, ensure you and your loved ones get your essential minerals. Minerals are vital for body movement and function, fluid balance, and hormone release. They protect us from osteoporosis and heart disease. Lacking minerals in childhood restricts our developmental potential, both mentally and in terms of our physical growth. But even health-conscious adults are frequently deficient in iron, calcium and magnesium. In B.C., more than 10% of menstruating females are iron deficient. Those who avoid red meat, have poor

digestion or heavy periods, and endurance athletes are at higher risk. In Canada, 80% of our elders are deficient in calcium. Amongst those 70 years of age and older, 70% fall short in magnesium too. Taken alone, calcium can end up in arteries (where it can cause trouble) instead of in bones (where it belongs). Magnesium is like a calcium taxi, taking it where it needs to go. Vitamin D is also needed, and a whopping 90% of Canadians fail to get enough! For optimal absorption and assimilation, take minerals in solution, with fruit juice. Pair calcium with magnesium and vitamin D, but always take iron separately. I like the Calcium, Magnesium & Vitamin D tonic from Salus or their iron formulas; Floradix and Floravit. Submitted by Dana Green Remedios, RHN, RNCP, NNCP

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ern Long is a Victoria based contemporary artist. Her sculptural work and paintings explore the intersection of architecture and personal history, fluctuating between recognition and abstraction, physical construction and storytelling. Each begins with a house, beguilingly simple yet experienced so uniquely. What does it mean to have a home? A prison or a refuge, a place of

belonging or no more than a suitcase; it is a physical space but also an emotional landscape inextricably bound with memory. Artist is present November 23 from 5-7pm. The Ou is an artist run contemporary art space and residency located in the old Ash Boatworks building just outside of downtown Duncan. ‘Return Address’ is our last exhibition until the Fall of 2020 with local artists and mother-daughter duo Coco Jones and Enya Jones. Connect with us on our website or Facebook for updates about creative events and workshops: www.

Show open November 23, 30, December 7 & 14 from 1-5pm. The Ou Gallery. 3091 Agira Rd.

on la llegada del Otoño las noches se hacen más largas y dormir bien se vuelve primordial para recuperar energía en fríos días. Por eso debemos llenar nuestro dormitorio de silencio, paz y energía positiva. Ya que nuestro sueño podemos recibir respuestas a problemas, mensajes desde nuestro subconsciente y resoluciones de eventos del pasado, es aconsejable escribirlos en un diario y así reconocer patrones que nos ayudarán a descubrir el verdadero significado de nuestros sueños y hacer cambios positivos en nuestra vida.

Una de las herramientas para ayudarnos a dormir y acceder a esta información es crear una “Rejilla de Cristal” la cual es una figura de geometría sagrada en donde ponemos un grupo de cristales con propiedades similares sobre ella para potenciar el poder de nuestra intención, luego uniendo cada cristal con una pequeña punta de cristal de cuarzo y poniendo en el centro de esta figura geométrica una punta de cristal de cuarzo que amplificará el poder de este conjunto de cristales. A esto pueden agregar, si desean, tesoros de la naturaleza encontrados en caminatas o alrededor de sus casas. Para que un buen y merecido descanso se cumpla, necesitamos:


Es importante primero limpiar los cristales quemando salvia y pasar el humo bajo cada uno, luego pensar en la intención de obtener un sueño reparador. Cuando los cristales estén sobre la Rejilla de Cristal ponerla cerca de la cama y mantenerla ahí hasta que comiencen a dormir mejor. Siempre pueden repetirlo más tarde si aún sienten que necesitan apoyo de sus cristales.

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When lots of men are active, why don’t many of them do yoga?


t’s a puzzling question when most of the ancient yogis were men, but in the western world most studios have a 70% - 80% population of women students. I think it’s because of the images that men see of yoga students (especially all over the internet) who all seem to be a certain age, gender and level of flexibility. You see an image of a young 20 something bendy wendy and if you are a guy over the age of 30 you probably think – Nah not for me! But calling all men, you ignore yoga at your peril! If you are a man who loves to regularly golf, hike, ski, cycle, garden, run, sail, fish, hunt or do sports then you probably would love to keep doing it for as long as you can. But what do you believe happens as you get older? You believe that knees, hips, shoulders or back are destined to “wear out”. Your body might start to be painful, stiff or arthritic. Joints will get stiff, pain can increase and mobility might be lessened. Possibly there was an injury. Or an operation. With scar tissue, damage and inflexibility it can become harder and harder to do that activity that you once loved to do, you think you just can’t do it anymore and then it’s over Thankfully that doesn’t have to be the case. Yoga can be likened to putting oil in your truck. You wouldn’t dream of driving for 1000s of kilometers in your truck without changing the oil. So with your body, you shouldn’t think you can push it for thousands of miles without stopping to service it. And I teach Kaiut which targets


and works specifically on giving a regular service to your joints, it will help you keep or regain mobility and is designed to meet you where you are at. When you go to a yoga class and you are very stiff, you start there. Can’t bend and touch the ground? Not an issue. Can’t touch your toes? Not a problem. That is where you start. If your knees are injured, your hips prevent you from sitting cross legged, with a skilled teacher you can learn how to meet all those restrictions and over time release them. In a society that runs for painkillers at the first touch of discomfort, you maybe very unaccustomed to exploring a restriction, a tightness, an old injury in order to heal it yourself. Most people don’t understand pain, or how to approach it, until it’s so intense you are grabbing for the drugs ( little wonder there is an opiate crisis in our world). In Kaiut Yoga, what I teach, you are invited to welcome and gently touch into any pain, discomfort or restriction. You are taught how to properly meet your body, perhaps for the first time, without fear, and to gently and safely discover for yourself more about the bio-feedback your body is giving you. Kaiut Yoga – developed by a Brazilian Chiropractor Francisco Kaiut who self-healed from a childhood injury to his hip using this method. It has been taught in Brazil for the past three decades with extraordinary results. Kathy White is a Kaiut Trained yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for nearly 20 years. Her studio is in Crofton and she welcomes all men to come and try the method.

Kathy White is a mother of two and a Crofton yoga teacher at Kaiut Yoga www.kathy

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arely North Entertainment presents musician/author/artist and esteemed Canadian story teller Tom Wilson aka LEe HARVeY OsMOND for an unforgettable evening of music and stories at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Nov. 23. This will be a “DO NOT MISS” event and the ONLY Island show! Tickets available at https:// lee-harvey-osmond and the CPAC Box Office. “Over the course of discovering my true identity, the intention of my writing, my music and my art is to reduce the gap between my indigenous culture and colonialists to make a more patient, loving community.” – Tom Wilson aka LeE HARVeY OsMOND

When Tom Wilson created the moniker Lee Harvey Osmond he wasn’t entirely certain if this was a new stage name or merely a provocative handle for the musician/ artist collective assembled by producer Michael Timmins to record a collection of Tom Wilson songs that would become “A Quiet Evil”. This was the first of four albums bearing the featured artist Lee Harvey Osmond. “The Folk Sinner” was next, followed by the break through “Beautiful Scars”. It was during this time between releasing “Beautiful Scars” and recording “Kings and Kings” with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings that Wilson went public with his recent discovery. He was not exactly the person he thought he was.

own distinct vision for his solo career. It was through his connection with the kindred creative spirit of producer and Cowboy Junkies founder Michael Timmins that the sound, the voice and the alter personae Lee Harvey Osmond came to life. Wilson reasoned that many Tom Wilsons were making records BUT there could only be one Lee Harvey Osmond. The name evoked early memories for Wilson, growing up in Hamilton, Ontario in the 1960s.

A couple of decades have passed since Wilson’s major label foray as the leader of his rock band Junkhouse. There were follow up solo releases, “Tom Wilson’s Planet Love” (Columbia) and “Dog Years” (True North). Both of these albums featured songs that were clearly an extension or evolution of the sound that Junkhouse had established over three albums with Columbia Records. Although, his collaborations with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings were thriving, Wilson was wandering in the musical wilderness searching for his

In mid-life, in his 50s, Wilson learned that the parents who raised him were not his birth parents; that, in fact, he was adopted and that his biological mother and father were Mohawk from the Kahnawake reserve, just outside of Montreal. Grappling with this newfound sense of himself plunged Wilson into a quest for his heritage and his truth, and led to the writing of his bestselling autobiography, Beautiful Scars (Doubleday

Canada). The book is a colourful and truthful tale of this quest, and his life’s tribulations and successes along the path.

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Scheduled Sanity

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ast your mind back to a time without structure, days free to unfold as they may, sunshine and beaches, no time restrictions imposed running back and forth to school, music lessons, practices, games……alright already - snap out of it! It’s November and we have 8 months to get through before the carefree days of summer return. Life these days is busy and days feel full. While it doesn’t sound as exciting as sunshine and beaches, schedules and calendars can be your key to maintaining your sanity. Creating a schedule for house keeping tasks helps ensure things don’t get too far behind as well as makes it easier for all household members to get involved. Pick a day of the week for weekly tasks like laundry, room clean up, dusting, bathrooms, changing bedding, etc. Assign a colour to each family member and write the task on your calendar in the person’s colour that is responsible for completing it. Same goes for daily tasks such as feeding the dog, dishes, packing lunches, sweeping and setting the table. You can even add, “shower”, for

your reluctant teen who claims “but I just showered yesterday”, nope you did not so get in there! We use a whiteboard calendar hung on the wall in the kitchen to help organize everyone’s activities, appointments, events and special reminders. Same goes with the colour coding, that way you don’t have to write “John - hockey 5:00” you can just use John’s colour and add “hockey 5:00” on the day. I know a white board seems a little archaic but it is easily accessible to everyone and gives a whole picture at a glance. Hubby won’t miss little Jane’s recital and you’ll remember not to send a lunch on pizza day. I love our whiteboard! The other helpful schedule can be for meal planning. Pick a theme for each dinner of the week, Monday = Mexican, Tuesday = Pasta, Wednesday = BBQ, etc. Or assign a meal to each family member and its their choice. The deal at our house is if one of the kids chooses mac and cheese on their “choice” day we all eat it without complaining but same goes when I choose steamed veggies and poached fish on my “choice” day. You can assign themes or names to breakfast and lunch too depending how your household functions, we did this when the kids were small and found it saved a lot of arguing because everyone knew what to expect. With older kids take it a step further and involve them in the meal planning, shopping, budgeting, and preparing the meals when its their choice. Good life skills and eventually less work for you!


Wintering Honey Bees


ow that it is November the bees are clustering in their hives to keep warm. The sole job of the winter worker bees is to keep the queen warm and fed so that she will survive the winter and ensure the survival of the colony. There is very little for the beekeeper to do until the end of January. In January the queen will begin to lay a few eggs. As the weather warms up the bees will also go out on defecating flights. Bees will not defecate in their hive and have waited for this moment for a long time. If you don’t see your bees on these warm days you may have lost them. Check by rapping on the side of the hive and you should hear a dull roar. As the bees become more active the beekeeper should check on their food supply. If the bees have or are close to using up their food supply put some white cane sugar on a piece of cardboard on top of the top frames above the bees. The moisture in the hive will liquify the sugar so that the bees can use it. As I mentioned before cold is not the worst winter enemy of bees on the west coast. Humidity plays a much greater role and the bees can get chilled if they

are damp. If you put a moisture wicking box over your top frames you should replace the wet material with dry. Be sure to work quickly as it is important to not cool the hive down. In March the bees will become much more active as the weather warms. It is important to keep monitoring the food supply as the bees will consume more as they become active and the colony grows. Some beekeepers will feed a one to one sugar syrup solution at this time to encourage the queen to lay eggs so that the colony grows larger before the spring flush of flowers. During the winter the Cowichan Beekeepers also take a break from their monthly meetings. Our last meeting of the year is on November 20th. We will resume our meetings on February 19th. Please check our website for more information. www. John Magdanz President of the Cowichan Beekeepers

Lucky Dog Kids and Dogs…


he idyllic vision of children with dogs running free through a daisy field in slow motion having the days of their lives just doesn’t happen. Kids and dogs are spending more time indoors now because of real and perceived threats. Kids and puppies are natural friends. They think the same way and have lots of energy. Young children don’t have the empathy yet that they will learn with age, so keep an eye on your youngsters and teach them that the dog is not a toy and does feel pain. And puppies need uninterrupted sleeps to rest and grow. Adult dogs are adults and may not want to join in “baby games” with your toddlers. Adult dogs require respect and space when they want it. Allowing a child free reign over your pet dog can stress the dog. A stressed dog will try to get away, look away from the offending nuisance, hold his ears back, lick his lips, yawn, sneer, growl, and then bite if all of the previous cues were ignored. Dogs never suddenly bite. They always give several warnings. We need to pay attention to them to avoid disaster.


The ”perfect photo” can be horrifying for your dog. While writing this article I Googled “kids and dogs” images and there were hundreds of photos of stressed out dogs being hugged by children. I saw dangerous photos of toddlers leaning over the faces of some very large dogs. The dogs are looking away from the child, ears back, lips tight, eyes slightly squinting. These are bite situations. Work on getting the perfect natural, unforced candid photo instead. As cute as you may think it is, never let your baby or toddler maul, sit on, chase, hug, pinch, bite, hit, or bully your dog. When the child gets bit, the dog will be blamed and bad things happen. Children must learn that the dog is a respected member of the household. Dogs feel pain, get tired of shenanigans, and need sleep. Dogs should be polite about their food, but do not tempt disaster by allowing your child to bother the dog while she’s eating or chewing a bone. Ultimately, we want our children to grow into nice dog guardians and teaching those skills begins right away. Boundaries, respect, and patience. And of course, the odd tea party with tiaras and necklaces is mandatory…

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This family-run company is based on Cortes Island, directly trading hand-harvested organic spices & salts, dried fruit, olives, superfoods, and teas from across the world. They connect face-to-face with the family farms behind their goods, ensuring fair trade practices, gender equality, and good treatment of both their employees and the planet. Visit to learn more.

As we transition into longer, colder nights we naturally begin craving heartier meals. We turn from light fare to soups and stews, looking for foods that will fill us up and keep us warm. Eating fresh, seasonal produce has many benefits. Not only is it more cost effective to purchase products that are in season, but there is much more nutrition and flavour in freshly harvested vegetables. Come see our selection of organic and wildcrafted goods to keep you nourished and healthy.

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The Duncan Fiesta Bazaar showcases unique products & crafts made by over 30 producers and artisans from around the world. The vendors are a mix of educational organizations, non-profits, small businesses and local groups. Each has a direct relationship with the producers and crafts people whose goods they sell. Commerce with a conscience.

Enjoy this nutritious, healing broth on its own, or use it as a base for your favourite soup. Ingredients: 2 lbs bones from a healthy source 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 onion 2 carrots Our crystal shop, CFS for the Soul, is coming home 2 stalks celery 1 bunch parsley to the CFS Mezzanine! Optional: Salt, peppercorns, garlic, herbs Our Crystal Keepers have hand-selected hundreds of beautiful new items to fill the new space. We’re warming the new store with a Pop-Up Cover bones with fresh water & vinegar, let Artisan Market on Friday, November 15th from 4-6pm and Saturday, soak 30 minutes. Add chopped veggies to pot, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 8 November 16th from 11-6pm. There will be handmade goods, live hours. Add garlic & parsley in the last half music, Oracle readings, snacks & drinks. hour of cooking. Strain before using.

CFS Wellness Seminars

Join us for free talks on the CFS Mezzanine. The Connection Between Stress and Your Adrenal Glands & Kidneys Thursday, November 14th from 5-6:30 Unravel the World of Essential Oils Thursday, November 21st from 5-6:30

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The Community Farm Store is proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Fiesta World Craft Bazaar on Sunday, November 10th from 10-4!

It’s the perfect time to start shopping for meaningful, handmade holiday gifts that create opportunities for artisans to improve their communities, standard of living, and future outcomes.

Over 30 Vendors featuring unique Global Crafts and Handmade Products: Scarves for Stoves EcoMamas Global The Gathering Place Batique Aldea Maya African Fair Trade Society Cowichan Intercultural Society Resilient Generations Mosqoy Aldea Maya African Aids Angels Nica Ceramics The Widow’s Garden Project For the Love of Africa The Community Farm Store Didi Bahini Harvest Hands Mondo Trading Company

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Mosqoy is a grassroots organization that works towards global sustainability and resilience by empowering local cultures in the Andean mountains of Peru. Their fairly traded textiles are handwoven & naturally dyed by talented weavers in rural Quechua communities, and contain symbols that carry the traditional knowledge of each community. Visit to learn more.

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Advent Spiral Please join us for our annual Advent Spiral, a celebration

culminating on the Winter Solstice. Participate in this contemplative walk as an antidote to the commercialism that swamps us each year at this time. Enjoy the magic of this indoor wander through the natural world with your children. Rekindle your own inner light to sustain you for the rest of the year. Everyone is welcome. Sunday, December 1st 3 sessions: 11am-12, 1-2pm, 3-4pm. Please arrive 20 minutes early Rivendell Yurt, 5215 Bills Road in Glenora By donation, winter road conditions permitting No cell phones or devices please For more information: Lorna at 250 748-0734 or Lee at 250 748-7372

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What to do if you see a Bear or Cougar


ancouver Island has some of the densest populations of black bears and cougars in the world, with an estimated 7,000 black bears and 870 cougars. Outdoor recreation is a big part of life on the Island. Whether we are camping, hiking, mountain biking or out taking pictures we are going to be carrying out these activities in bear and cougar country. It is important to know what to do if you see either of these animals. If you encounter a black bear:


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- Stop, stay calm, and back away slowly without turning your back on the animal. - Do not yell or run as this can trigger and attack. - Bring children close and group together. - If the animal continues towards you then move off the trail and let the animal pass. - If the bear continues to approach then you must hold your ground and become more aggressive. Speak to the bear in a loud and low voice. If you have bear spray, prepare to deploy it. Make yourself appear large and if with others then group together. - A bear defending a cub, food source or its personal space my charge and then retreat. Back away and let the bear know you are not a threat. - While rare, a predatory black bear will approach with confidence and determination. In these attacks always fight back.

If you encounter a cougar: - Stop, stay calm. Never run or turn your back as this can trigger an attack. - Pick up small children and dogs; for older children place them in front of you so you can control their actions and not trip on them. - Back away slowly and seek shelter. - If the cougar follows or shows aggression then you must respond aggressively. Make yourself look big and maintain eye contact. Yell with a low and loud voice. - If a cougar attacks, always fight back. Deploy your bear spray or use rocks and sticks. Focus on the facial area. Convince the cougar that you are not easy prey. Learn more by reviewing the different species you may encounter at www.wildsafebc. com Please report all wildlife conflicts or sightings of bears, wolves, and cougars in urban areas to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

Amanda Crowston, BSc. Cowichan Valley WildSafeBC Community Coordinator “Keeping Wildlife Wild and Communities Safe”

CVRD Launches Parks & Trails Volunteer Program


he Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is home to many amazing parks and trails. Rich with forests, rivers, beaches, meadows and community playground parks there are many wonderful natural places and outdoor recreation opportunities to enjoy. Beginning this Fall there will also be many opportunities to get involved with initiatives that will improve the ecosystems and outdoor recreation opportunities through the CVRD Parks & Trails Volunteer Program. The mission of this new program is to provide increased stewardship and community engagement in CVRD parks and trails through volunteer involvement recognizing that parks and trails are key contributors to the quality of life and cultural fabric of the CVRD. Activities that volunteers will have the opportunity to

participate in include removal of invasive plants, planting of native plants, working on trail projects, and doing park clean ups. There are several volunteer events coming up this Fall for those who love the outdoors and want to get involved. These include invasive plant removal and trail building preparation for the Sahtlam Greenway project, invasive plant removal and native planting events at salmon-bearing Stocking Creek in Saltair, and more to come.

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Sahtlam Greenway Trail Building Preparation Saturday November 2, 101pm, Hanks Rd @ Cowichan Lake Rd

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The Sahtlam Greenway initiative when constructed will provide for connectivity and active transportation as a multi-use system running north/south to link both sections of the Cowichan Valley Trail. This event will focus on preparing the area around Hanks Road for future trail construction by clearing the area of invasive plants and transplanting native plants out of the trail right of way.

Stocking Creek Native Planting Friday November 29, 101pm, 11014 Finch Place Many forested parks have been hit hard with tree losses during winter storms in recent years. Join this event to help replant native trees and a variety of under story vegetation in this special park. This event is taking place on a School District 79 Pro-D Day.

Stocking Creek Ivy Pull Saturday November 23, 101pm, 11014 Finch Place Stocking Creek Park is a beautiful and ecologically sensitive area. Help us keep this riparian area of a salmonbearing waterway healthy by assisting with the removal

There are many benefits to volunteering. You will be greatly appreciated for your contributions to the community. You will gain skills, knowledge and experience associated with parks and trails. You will meet great people,

Diana Pink I 250 597-2102 I get opportunities to socialize, network and build community. Volunteering is also a great way to support individual and community mental and physical wellness. If you want to find out more about the program and how to get involved please visit the website or reach out to us! We look forward to working with you on the parks and trails of the Cowichan Valley. Website: https://www.cvrd.

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Why We Should Read Hannah and the Spindle Whorl by Carol Anne Shaw


pproximately 150 years ago, 12-year-old Yisella lives in her village on what is today called “Cowichan Bay”. In 2010, 12-year-old Hannah and her father live on a houseboat on the bay. Hannah stumbles upon an intricately carved cedar spindle whorl hidden in a cave, and the story unfolds. Hannah is magically transported to the village where the spindle whorl originated, to Yisella and her village.


Having dreamed of each other, Yisella is waiting for her. They magically understand each other’s language, and they share some similar life experiences as young girls. Yisella’s mother is the spinner. Hannah observes her skillfully spin the yarn needed for a blanket. This part of the story is easy to follow. Character-building feels real; dialogue is natural. Young people might have a sense of what daily life could have been for the families in the village. Shaw shows the terrible time of smallpox and the Hecate Settlers forcing the Quw’utsun People from their villages. Prior to Hannah’s time travel, she, along with family and friends, decide to take the spindle whorl to the museum in Victoria for “safekeeping”. There is no discussion as to whom the spindle whorl may

implies there are no current speakers. The book is identified as fiction. Young people’s fiction, particularly fiction naming neighbours, relatives and geographical locations that exist has a special responsibility. Lack of acknowledgment of the Quw’utsun People and consultation for resources is an unfortunate omission.

Shaw’s Juvenile Fiction book has missed opportunities. The author did not name Quw’utsun people as resource for history and language, though she painted vivid descriptions of the Quw’utsun people’s time past. A brief glossary states “The Hul’qumi’num dialect was spoken in the Cowichan area.” This

The Warmland Book and Film Collective – explore, celebrate and learn from Indigenous authors and filmmakers – meeting the 2nd Wednesday/each month. VIRL 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Next meeting is November 13th and the next book is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer - Questions?

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ee and butterfly larvae are asking you to please leave the leaves. They make homes in them over the winter. How cozy! Leaves also help build up soil, reduce the need for lawn and other fertilizers, and provide great insulation for garden plants over winter. Less time raking, more time for fun things! Don’t Smoke Us Out, Compost Burning yard waste creates smoke harmful to human health. Make use of fallen leaves and other yard waste by creating a

backyard compost. If you cannot compost, drop off your yard waste – accepted free of charge – at a recycling centre. Before you decide to burn – a last resort – make sure you know the rules, including CVRD’s Bylaw 3716, whereby burning is only allowed at certain times of the year (e.g. Oct 15 to November 15), AND when the venting index* is good. Failure to comply with CVRD’s burning bylaw may result in a $750 fine. *What is the Venting Index?

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rightfully belong – as if there were no Quw’utsun people with awareness of their culture and history. Cowichan Valley is known world-wide for its Quw’utsun spinners and knitters. Returned from the village, Hannah could have a transformed understanding, determined to find the descendants of the carver and spinner. She could have come back with intention to give the spindle whorl to Elders of the village on which Cowichan Bay sits today.

Here are the top 4 things you need to know about the venting index: • The venting index (VI) is a measure of atmospheric turbulence and tells us how well the atmosphere can disperse smoke. The Cowichan Valley is part of the area described as the ‘BC Southern Vancouver Island’. • When the VI is rated “POOR”, smoke from backyard burns and woodstoves does not dissipate. As a result, air quality degrades. • During CVRD’s “open burn window” (e.g. Oct 15 to Nov 15), backyard burning is only allowed during the daytime on days when

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the VI is rated “GOOD”. This is to ensure that smoke dissipates and does not hang around and make people sick. (Local health data show a correlation between poor air quality days and hospitalization rates). • You can find out what the VI is today and tomorrow by checking out CVRDs website www.cvrd. “Taking steps to improve air quality has benefits for the whole community, especially the young, elderly or those who have respiratory conditions” says Dr. Shannon Waters, Medical Health Officer in the Cowichan Region.

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Aries (March 21-April 19) This month, you’re intense about everything, especially your urge to improve yourself. (You want a makeover!) You also might meet someone who provokes you to scrutinize yourself. They might challenge your values. Meanwhile, you will have an increased concern about finances, shared property and the wealth of others, especially a spouse or partner. Happily, your intimate relationships will be sexy and memorable! A romance that begins now will be intense and have a big impact on your life (for better or worse). Taurus (April 20-May 20) The Sun is opposite your sign this month. This is your chance to learn more about yourself through your closest one-toone encounters. Examine these relationships to see where they do or do not fill your needs. And how well do you fill your partner’s needs? (Obviously, for your own benefit, you must be as good for your partner as he or she is for you.) This is an excellent time to express your affection for someone, which is why relationships will be cozy. (Smoochie-boochies!) Gemini (May 21-June 20) Ths month you will give more thought to how you should manage your life and what duties and responsibilities this entails. You’re ready to work and you want to be efficient and effective! Nevertheless, you will have to work on behalf of someone else and might not get the credit you deserve. Expect to give more thought to your health. Guard against a tendency to overindulge in sweets and desserts. (Sadly, it’s not true that if you eat in the dark, the calories don’t count.) Cancer (June 21-July 22) Whoa Nellie! It’s party city! Because you feel free to express yourself and be who you are, you won’t let others push you around. Your focus is on amusements and recreation because you want to get out

and have a good time. Enjoy the arts, musical performances and sports events, as well as playful times with kids. You’ll feel prankish, playful and will love mental games. This is the perfect time for a vacation. Romance will be light hearted and fun-loving because you don’t have to pretend to be what you are not. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) This month, the Sun travels along the bottom of your chart making you focus on your personal life and family. You’ll enjoy being at home and will love to redecorate and make your home feel grander, fitting a royal Leo. (More velvet!) Do some repairs. Obviously, all this effort must have its rewards, which is why you will invite people over. Even though you’ll enjoy quiet hours at home, you will also love to entertain and show off your ideas. This strong emphasis on home will attract real-estate opportunities for some. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) This month the pace of your days will accelerate as you get busy with short trips, errands, appointments, spending more time with siblings, relatives and neighbours plus reading, studying and writing more. (Fear not because it will be fun busy.) You will love exploring intellectual ideas and conversations with others.. In a more subtle way, you will discover how much love there is in your world. As if a veil was lifted from your eyes, you realize that you have overlooked the beauty of your everyday surroundings. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) “Show me the money!” This month is you attract money and material possessions

to you! Ka-ching! It’s va favourable window for financial negotiations. (Even borrowing money will be easy.) Investments, especially in art and objects of beauty, might be wise. Expect to spend more money on clothes, jewelry and art objects to beautify your home. Fortunately, you have moneymaking ideas! At a subtle level however, you’re wondering what really matters in life? If the purpose of life is to be happy – what makes you happy? Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Ta da! The Sun, Mercury and Venus are in your sign, which means it’s your chance to recharge yourself for the year to come. It’s okay to be more self-centred -- it’s allowed. It’s your birthday! This is why you project yourself with more force than usual, making a fabulous impression on others. You have a great need to express yourself because your mind is bursting with ideas! You also want to get out and travel. This is a great month to buy wardrobe goodies. It’s also a wonderful time to make friends and socialize with others because pleasure will rank above work. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You love the outdoors and meeting new people. However, this month, you will choose to be more private because you will be in touch with your subconscious mind (oh yeah) and to do this, you need time alone. Because your personal year is ending, this is an excellent time to look back over the last year to see how well you are doing at managing the art of living. What do you want to do that is different in your new year ahead? Meanwhile, you might have to care for someone at this time.

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You might also help charitable activities and organizations, especially related to animals. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You’re more popular this month because everyone wants to see your face. Enjoy hanging out with younger people, plus creative, artistic types. You might also be more involved with clubs, groups and organizations because the bottom line is you want to socialize! (Study the people you’re with because they are a reflection of yourself. What is true of you is true of your friends and vice a versa.) You will be loving and affectionate to others. This is the perfect time to share your hopes for the future with someone because their feedback will help you. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This month the Sun is at the top of your chart. It creates a “spotlight” shining down on you that is flattering, which is why people are impressed with you, especially bosses, parents and teachers and even the police. This is the best time to examine your life as a whole to see if it’s going in the direction you want to go. It’s a fine time to make plans and study anything that helps your career. Regardless of what you do for a living, someone might seek out your advice about artistic matters like design, layout, office redecorating or PR work. Meanwhile, romance with a boss might begin. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) This month you want to travel! You will love to study or explore a new hobby or any intellectual discipline that allows you to learn something exciting. Some of you will be more involved with the law. Travel for pleasure is your main desire. Meanwhile, because your appreciation of beauty is heightened, enjoy art exhibits, museums, and pristine places -- anyplace beautiful and inspiring. People who are unusual or different will intrigue you; and a romance with someone from another culture might begin. (Fun way to learn a new language!) @end



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Did you know? It’s not so much WHAT you eat that affects you, but what’s EATING YOU! Lifestyle Mentor I Certified Eating Psychology Coach


778 678 1705 I

The good news is that Eating Psychology can help you understand.

Hidden Gem Reiki Studio

Judy Johnstone, Reiki Master 250-661-0192

STOP SMOKING, LOSE WEIGHT, REMOVE FEARS Helena Jehnichen, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Call 250.929.0202 for a free consultation

Restore your digestive system with Colon Hydrotherapy. Your health is the only wealth that matters!

Michelle Bird Colon Hydrotherapist

250-510-3540 Sol Centre 5380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan I


Restoring Fascia Health and Wellbeing

Advanced Rolfer™ Visceral Manipulation Practitioner

“Courage in danger is half the battle.” —Plautus

Kathryn Lowther - Biomagnetism & HUE Energy Healer 250-891-5138

Sunday 11-4pm, Monday to Thursday 10-5pm Friday 10-5:30pm • 155 Craig Street, Downtown Duncan

250 749 6263

* Boost the immune system *

Prevent illness & fatigue * Feel healthier


Natural Skincare & Cosmetics


Bioenergetic Balancing with Magnets & Energy Healing

Indian Head Massage Enabling your body to heal itself, naturally.

Clearwater Studio, on Clearwater Farm

4705 Trans Canada Hwy I 250-889-9066 I

BRETT HOLLAND I 250.920.8818

Reflexology by Joy Relax and rejuvenate each and every part of your body, including the glands and organs. specializing in toes•calves•lower legs• knees I 250 246 1401


Lexington Spa

• MANICURES Cindy Beam, Owner • PEDICURES • REFLEXOLOGY 250 514-1380 I

Discussion Group on 5G

Help Wanted Mt. Brenton restaurant & lounge looking for servers. Please call 250-701-8593 or send resume to

A concerned group of citizens in the Cowichan Valley are looking for a moratorium on 5G until proven safe for our communtiy. If you are interested in more discussion on this topic with others please contact

Food & Nutrition More than a Meat Shop Gluten Free/Organic Pasta’s, Organic Meat, Homemade Sausage, International Foods. The Duncan Butcher 430 Trans Canada Hwy 250 748 -6377 70

Customizable Organic Mattresses, Pillows, Linens Locally made Platform Beds and Furniture 126 Station St. 250-597-REST (7378)

Artist Studio

A practice focused on health solutions through Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Online booking & direct billing.

That Cat Hotel

Health and Healing

Pet Care & Grooming Lucky Dog U-Bath, Duncan Now accepting new grooming clients. Book online Or call 250-597-7364


Modern Day Oracle * Spiritual Mediumship * Energy Healing

* Card Readings * Empowerment Sessions

Call Sacred Silence 250-710-5287 or facebook: Sacred Silence 71

Are you concerned about the water quality in Somenos and Quamichan Lakes?


ince the beginning of time, Nature has provided us with food, shelter and medicine. It has inspired and facilitated one’s connection to the World. And yet, we easily forget how delicate

and fragile Nature’s balance is. For the past thirty years, the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society has been monitoring and protecting one of Cowichan’s most incredible jewels: The Somenos Marsh and its watershed. As a result of our restoration efforts, the Clean Water Action Project (CWAP) was launched last fall in partnership with the Cowichan Land Trust. Through targeted restoration practices involving invasive plant removal, shading of the creeks and native species planting, the CWAP aims to increase landowners’ capacity to improve fresh-water and habitat quality around

Somenos and Quamichan Lakes. Since July 2019, 28 landowners benefited from our expertise and restoration recommendation reports were produced for each site. This Fall, we begin hands-on restoration efforts with property owners and volunteers from the community. On October 24th, we will be celebrating International Climate Action Day with a Native Biodiversity Planting event in partnership with the Wildwings Nature and Art Festival (www. (10am-1pm, meet at Somenos Creek Dog Park on Beverly Street, Duncan). This November, Feel-GoodFridays volunteer event series is coming back! Four Fridays of hands-on habitat restoration at various locations throughout the Somenos watershed! And don’t miss the Wildwings Nature and Art Festival starting October 6th and running for three weeks. For its 10th anniversary, the festival will feature some of the most remarkable artists and traditional knowledge


holders. Don’t miss a chance and flag your calendars! Whether you are a property owner hoping to improve your riparian area’s health, or a keen volunteer looking for opportunities to engage in ecological restoration work and water monitoring. Visit our Facebook page, website or contact us at programs@ for dates, times and more details for each event and activity. Come join us!

Elodie Roger | Program Manager, Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society


Profile for Cowichan Valley Voice

November 2019 Issue 132  

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

November 2019 Issue 132  

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