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4 September 2022 Issue 166 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 Proofreader Calendar Stephanie Sayers Diana Pink Stephanie Sayers Advertising Enquiries Please Contact us at for A rate card, monthly offers and print ad specials. Next Ad Deadline September 15 for October 2022 Issue 167 *Non Profit Community Ad Rates available please enquire. COMMUNITY CALENDAR LISTINGS ARE FREE! Next EVENTS DEADLINE September 15 for October 2022 Issue 167 E-mail: Date, Event Title, Time, Location and Cost w/ subject “EVENT” to Cowichanevents@cowichanvalleyvoice.comValleyVoiceMagazinereserves the right to, omit and/or edit submitted listings due to space limitations SPECIAL THANKS TO FOLLOWING VALLEY VOICES Tousilum and Michelle, Ranji & David, Bernice Ramsden-Firth, Brad Boisvert, Guy Johnston, Bill Jones, Mark Nagtegaal, Madeleine Greey, Grant Easterbrook, Carolyn Morris, Laura Boyd-Clowes, Tilman Hainle, Phil Reilander, Shari Patterson, Michelle Laszczyk, Robin Round, Liz Williams, Kate Woodland, Madelaine MacLeod, DeAnna Cross, Khanh, Jennifer Shepherd, Genevieve R. Singleton, Craig Spence, Jack Anderson, Tamara Dinter, Bernie Dinter, Amy Luck-MacGregor,Tina Foster, Sonia Furstenau, Gina Malkin, Jude Wong, Debbie Shkuratoff, Brittany Taylor, Kathleen Code, David Suzuki, Kristy Landry, Sarah Downey, Dr. Goetz Schuerholz, Diana Pink, Alistair MacGregor, Debbie Wood, Shiloh Badman, Merv Bowman, The lovely Georgia Nicols, Nicolette Genier, Cindy Jolin, and the Wonderful Staff at the Community Farm Store. 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 email 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 INTERESTED IN MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS IN THE VALLEY VOICE? Contact us for more information on ad rates, business features, specials and deadlines. call 250 746 9319 / text 250 info@cowichanvalleyvoice.com709-8846 OUR COMMUNITY September Events 5 Reflections on Reconciliation 6 Tales from the Sea 16 Drivers Needed to Help Deliver Meals and Smiles 24 4H Youth Clubs 27 Fall Fundraiser at St Peters 29 Bad River Collective 30 Le Le Fashions Designed, Sewn and Made in Duncan 37 Reel Alternatives 43 CVRD seeking Community Input - Internet and Cellular Connectivity 64 New Public Complaints and Review Commission - RCMP and CBSA 72 July Forecasts 77 Directory 78-79 LOCAL FOOD & DRINK Pairing Sparklers 12-13 Polenta. Peasant or Posh? 14 Recipe: Basic Polenta 15 Hunting the Elusive Porcini 17 Recipe:Wild Salmon Tartar (Japanese style) 17 Recipe: Cherry Tomatoes in EVOO 20 Abundance of local produce at Cow-op 22 HOME & GARDEN Skill Building: The Heart of Homesteading 21 Planting a Vineyard 23 Dally with the Dahlias 28 Back to School Plastic-free Lunch Helpers 35 How does soil store carbon? 49 Fall Gardening 56 Of Nematodes and Nightshades 57 Soil Workshops at CGC 57 LOCAL ARTS Cultural Connections Cowichan presents Thu-It 7 CVAC Art and Culture Immersion 8 Anneda on Tour 9 Join Jack & friends at the 2022 Cowichan Exhibition 26 Downtown Duncan Arts Pages 38-39 Comic Strip - Ratty 74 BODY, MIND & SOUL Why We Should Read “Manikanetish” 10 CVAS Valley Voices Excerpt from “Once Upon a Future Earth” 11 Why go organic? 18-19 Chemainus Health Food Store 31 ‘Remedial’ Reading Lessons Defined 33 Helping Kids Cope 34 Q & A with Melodie Reynolds of Elate Cosmetics 36 Fall is Here - Time to Register 50-55 Natural Immune System Strength 58-59 Putting Health at the Centre 60 Staying Healthy Close to Home 61 What’s in a Memory 62 Fall is a Great Time to Detox 63 Topical Stamp Collecting 68 Strategies to Save for Your Children’s Education 69 Akashic Record Readings with Sarah Downey 70 Presents in Presence 74 PETS, RECREATION & NATURE Deathtrap Lights: Insects are Dying by The Millions 40 Celebrate Rivers on September 25 at Bright Angel Park 45 Quw’utsun Sta’lo’ Skweyul (Cowichan River Day) 46 Seagull Mating Behaviours Truly Romantic 47 Innovative Green Building Construction 48 The Shawnigan Lake Rail Trail Saga: Mourning An Ecosystem 65 Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society’s GreenStreams Project 66 There’s hope in seeing the forest and the trees 67 Lucky Dog - Using Our Words 75 Cover Image; Promise Dairy produces grass-fed, cream-top milk, yogurt, and cheese from their own herd of heritage. 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They are saying to strong up your mind and heart. I was strong in a negative sense with all aspects of life. I was feeling the pain in the very breathe of life, in my very sacred Tsele (heart). My Tsele’ was saying in a loud way, “I can’t look after you all by myself I need help”. My physical self was crying and saying – “look at me”. I was way overweight. My physical self was saying to me “look at me, you are not caring or looking after me”. My Spiritual being was crying out “The message the songs and drumming are your home to the Heart and Soul of who you truly are.” Our Elders have been looking at the truth which created a lot of pain and Itears.have learned the way of forgiveness. For a long time REFLECTIONS ON RECONCILIATION

Proudly featuring locally made creations from both Indigenous & non-Indigenous artists in our Gallery! Open Mon-Sat 10 - 5 Tousilum and Michelle it was just a word for me. It took a long-time for me to say I Love You, it’s so powerful to say to friends and Wouldrelatives.Idoall this over again, I strongly say YES. I say, it is so worth it. It is so worth it. For the many of you we say please look after yourself we are worth it Hwunitum (Non-IndigenousSlheniWoman): I reflect back on what I didn’t know What I never understood What I was never told When I was shown the truth I couldn’t comprehend What had been done What had taken place in the country that I loved The country of peace keepers and kindness My tears filled with disbelief, despair, shock, betrayal, anger A puddle beneath my feet and as I walked back my footsteps followed me, leaving imprints of shame and leavinggriefpools for others to drown in Elders sat me down, gently, sternly, “this is not your shame to carry, lay it down or it will drown us both.”

I reflect back to the echoes of our old One’s in saying loud and clear Tu’ Kwum Kwum tun sqwaluwun.

I did as I was told yet still it would rise through me, flow from me time and time again Until I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t speak, and one day I looked up and saw an Elder smiling at my struggle, with love, compassion and acceptance Don’t pretend it isn’t thereLay it down or it will drown us both It hurts - Lay it down or it will drown us Pick up learning and accepting the truth – it will honour us Pick up Understanding it will set us free of judgment Pick up love in shames’ place – it will heal us all And as you walk on this journey remember that what happened is not your fault but now that you know, it is your responsibility. The dam crumbled beneath her look, over time, the pools dried up around me – my voice grew stronger, firmer, my thoughts kinder and my heart began to fill – would I do this all over again? Every single time. Copper Steel


“The Thu-it project is a beautiful piece of art that is a crucial tool to understanding the true events in history and in the present. It is storytelling through an Indigenous point of view, it is reclaiming the space that is rightfully ours, it is using our voices that have been silenced for too long, it is pain, it is forgiveness, it is healing, and much more. This is only the start and we hope that it brings understanding, empathy, critical thinking/ analyzing and inspiration as well as an opportunity to look within oneself. We encourage our fellow friends, neighbours, and community to partake. Remember, this beautiful project isn’t about blame, it is about working together as one, aka “Naut’sa mawt”.”

THU-IT [Truth] starts with THU-ITSTUHW [Telling the Truth]

Isaiah Harris, Thu-it Co-Creator and VisitorsWriter will leave with a desire to learn more and a commitment to personal action. We welcome you to be a part of this journey of our generation and help us co-create the next chapter of our shared story. For more information please visit our website:

“There will be many things you must remember. Not only to help you in life, but for what I teach you now to be passed on. You must remember so that they can’t take away your thu-it...”

Thus begins the journey of Thu-it [Truth] - in a time prior to the arrival of the settlers to Quw’utsun’ territory. Thu-it [Truth] is equal parts installationexperiencesound,digitalstorytelling,imageryandparticipatoryandartthatwill run at the Cowichan Valley Art gallery from September 6th to October 6th.

Mariah Thomas, Thu-it Co-Creator and Researcher Thu-it [Truth] tells the story of our colonial history in a visual and sensory multimedia experience that uses historical and current imagery as well as the personal stories and experiences of a unique group of Indigenous Elders. They know that for us to walk forward together we must know and understand the truth of our shared history. “Thu-it has been an opportunity for me to learn about this history in an up close way. I’ve learned mostly from my Elders in their personal stories. It’s been very interesting and cool to be a part of this communitybased project and creating in a collaborative way. I hope that everyone can learn this history and be open to learning and hearing what this storytelling project has to say.”

Art and Culture Immersion

Some of the studio settings are as inspiring as the art. For example, watercolourist Catherine Fraser and painter/sculptor Goetz Schuerholz have breathtaking Cowichan Bay studios; Janet Magdanz and guest artists are on a small farm; and veteran abstract artist Susan Collacott has a waterfront studio in the Arbutus Ridge area. So grab your coffees, jump in the car and follow our interactive map on the CVAC website Thu-It A very different show in the CVAC Gallery starting September 6 is Thu-it (Truth) , an immersion, a journey in a multi-media experience that takes you through time. Viewers travel through over 150 years of colonial history and its impacts. As they see a variety of archival materials, news and the stories and experiences of a group of Quw’utsun’ Elders, participants will have the opportunity to reconsider learned history and discover Thu-it - Truth. Tickets online:

Working the Land Finally, don’t miss a twoweek watercolour show, BC’s Grassland Cowboys, in the CVAC Annex, September 6 -20.


Seeing a finished piece of art, no matter how fabulous, only tells part of the story. Many gallery viewers want to witness the creative process that leads up to the final results. Meeting the artists and visiting their studios can explain the layers of effort and inspiration behind it.

That’s why the Cowichan Valley Arts Council had set up a self-guided art studio tour on Saturday September 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. The doors are open to 25 studios on the tour (from Mill Bay to Chemainus), home to some well-known and award-winning artists, potters, and photographers. You will see: Blue Seed Studio/Brenda Isaak Takao’s intriguing metal sculptures; Melanie Cossey’s large-scale delicious realist paintings; thought-provoking abstracts (Georgina Montgomery, Susan Collacott, Karen Severson, Heidi Summer and Carmen Stanek); exceptional landscapes by Catherine Taron, Cheryl Painter and Roger Jackson and Carol Borrett; delicate watercolours by Sheila Karrow; digital photography by Neil Fatin; Klimt-style mixed media trees by Laila Jensen; glasswork by Terry Harrison and Karen Bottcher; whimsical animal portraits by Pauline Dueck; Metis artist Adele Arseneau’s wood, glass and animal hide pieces; acrylics by Darelene Allan; vibrant art earrings by Robert Cerins; pottery by Jane Wolters and Janet Magdanz at Shades of Green; FCA member Jeanne Aten’s works in pastel, watercolour and more; acrylics by Ann Antonides; and eclectic work by Donna Birtwistle and Carey Pallister.

Award-winning watercolour painter Harold Allanson captures the soul of the working ranches he saw while growing up in BC’s Interior. A full-time painter for more than 20 years, Allanson now lives in Crofton. Allanson will also be giving a three-day watercolour workshop in October on populating your own scenes. It’s a thoughtful month exploring art and culture at CVAC!

Meteors and Aurora Borealis, acryl ic on canvas, by Susan Collacott Gathering at Portland, watercolour by Harold Allanson

About Us CVAC operates two community art galleries, hosting up to 30 shows annually at its art space in the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. Founded in 1971, CVAC programs workshops for youth and adults in its studio space. 2687 James Street, Duncan


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A slight hiss made her turn. Squatting behind her, saliva drooling from its jaws, a huge black reptile with large yellow eyes flicked its tongue at her, as if this sensitive organ smelled the scent of prey.

Turning suddenly toward the cat the huge reptile made a dash for her with a speed Sooley wouldn’t have thought possible for so heavy an animal.

Athor’s eyes were like saucers. “Soo Soo!” he cried, reaching for her. But now only a few feet away, the reptile was between Sooley and the baby: it turned to stare at him. “Get away from him, you filthy beast!” Sooley screamed, frantically looking for her spear. But it was on the other side of the huge creature, and even if she tried to reach Athor, she had seen how fast it could move—she had to make a distraction. Dashing forward, she threw her bolas, curling it around the animal’s heavy neck.

It had been seven days since they had found their double-hulled ‘cat’. It was nearly ready for the crossing and Sooley, feeling restless, went for a walk-a-bout in case she had missed something they could use. As his eye was still healing, she left Rufus with Peri and set out with Athor on her back, taking Chlo’e and Fussie for company. She felt relaxed, and though on the lookout for wolfdogs since arriving, they had neither seen nor heard anything to concern them. Even so, she took her spear and bolas with her. Not daring to go too far on her own, she peered over parts of old walls and into dried up gardens but saw only more ruins and de bris. She thought of the people who had lived here—who were they? What had happened to them? Her grandfather had told her of a giant quake when his father was young, but she wondered if it was the terrible sickness that came afterward that killed them all, though the city was certainly destroyed by something bad. It was all such a puzzle. As she moved down the heaved roads and torn up streets, a few edible plants caught her eye. She put Athor down to play in some sand and gathered the plants, stuffing them into her sachel. Chlo’e was sniffing about while Fussie chewed on weeds, but she saw no other signs of life. Other, that is, than the ubiquitous rats scurrying through the rubble. She thought she heard a strange huffing sound but again she saw nothing. Keeping an eye on Athor, she carried on gathering plants. She didn’t notice Chlo’e’s nose twitching.Hersachel filled, it was not yet dark when she was ready to return to camp. She went to pick up Athor, but before she reached him, she heard Chlo’e growling deep in her throat—and then a smell of rotten meat assailed her nostrils, making her skin crawl.



With an angry hiss, it made for her, twisting on its own body length so quickly she barely had time to jump out of the way. She scooped up her spear and with a mighty yell, threw it with all the force she had in her, transfixing the animal through the heart and sending it rolling over in the dust. Without waiting for its struggles to diminish she picked up a large rock and crushed its skull.

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Italians started making polenta in Certainly, in Italy, Friulians were the first people to use grain, around 1550 AD. Polenta originated in Northern Italy where it was essential to many peasants and workingclass families—a simple yet satisfying dish. In those days, it often was made with more than just corn, but also beans and legumes. Some time later it was Columbus who informed the Italians that the indigenous Americans made a similar dish by adding water to cornmeal and serving it with various sauces, cheeses, and fresh meat. Over time Europeans discovered that the corn plant was easy to grow, Corn grew best in northern Italy, where polenta was served boiled, it became a staple for the poor. But more elaborate dishes arose too, and polenta topped with rich sauces became popular with the wealthy. Polenta takes a long time to cook, simmering in four to five times its volume of liquid (I prefer stock) for about 45 minutes with near-constant stirring; this is necessary for even release of gelatinization of the starch. Some alternative cooking techniques have been invented to speed up the process, or to not require constant supervision. Quickcooking (pre-cooked, instant) polenta is widely used and is prepared in just a few minutes; it is considered inferior to polenta made from unprocessed cornmeal and is best eaten after being baked or fried. I choose this basic recipe for polenta as a starting point for you. Polenta is so versatile, you can add different cheese such as a smoked cheddar or a truffle pecorino, truffle oil, roasted garlic or chopped herbs. Chopped up preserve lemon is nice too. The possibilities are endless it just depends on what you are putting the polenta with. Come see us at Cure we have all the ingredients for the recipe plus many accompaniments, meats and sauces to go with. Polenta. Peasant or Posh?

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Rifflandia welcomes over 40,000 music lovers to Victoria BC for performances by top international and national acts alongside new and emerging artists.

Rifflandia Festival is thankful for support from The Province of BC, FACTOR, Music BC, Creative BC, City of Victoria and Destination Greater Victoria. Established in 2008, Rifflandia Festival is one of the longest running large-scale music & arts festivals in Western Canada.

The Park, a licensed all ages venue, will once again feature two stages and host some of the festival’s biggest performances. Music lovers of all ages can take in the performances and experience a full array of exciting festival amenities including local food vendors, artisan makers, and the unveiling of RiffCity presented by Aryze Developments. Electric Avenue, a licensed 19+ venue, will host the evening line-up, featuring the legendary Phillips Backyard and five new stages located in Club KWENCH and the surrounding Arts & Innovation District.


Rifflandia Festival - BC’s

Astaple in the BC music scene, Rifflandia Festival has been engaging local audiences since 2008. The perfect close-out to the summer season, its unique style as a decentralized festival leverages a variety of venues across Victoria, BC and hosts over 40,000 music lovers with performances from emerging to national and international acts. After a four year absence, Rifflandia is making waves as the biggest little festival in BC. Showcasing music in some of the smallest venues, but boasting what is arguably the biggest and best artist lineup from anywhere across the province this festival season, this is a must-attend summer event for locals and visitors alike! This year music-lovers will hear from Lorde, Charli XCX, Lauv, Cypress Hill, Ben Harper, DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), Cat Power, DJ Shub, and so many “Itmore!feels amazing to be bringing this event back to the city we love! Our lineup is exceptional this year, and we are working hard to create an elevated festival experience that celebrates our past while launching us into the future!” - Nick Blasko, President & CEO, Rifflandia Festival

Definitely not to be missed this year is the immersive geodesic Withdome!VIP Passes, Super Passes, and 3-Day Park Passes already sold out, festival attendees are encouraged to snag their tickets soon, before it’s too late! Find Single Day Park, Single Night Electric Avenue, and 3-Night Electric Avenue Passes at Forrifflandia.comalistofticket options, complete event information and updates, visit Follow Rifflandia on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


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The Summer Nights Market is a sweet neighbourhood market that began during the pandemic as a small group of makers. They gathered together and ran a series of POP UPS in the art space at 4 corners owned by Uretreat. This soon grew into an outdoor market along the wide stretch of sidewalk against the retro building and into the parking lot and green spaces. Over the past 2 years the SUMMER NIGHTS market celebrates close to 40 vendors along with free music performances by talented musicians. Septembers market will feature the musical talent of Sarah Rhude whose holds a voice as powerful as Patsy Klein. Sarah Rhude is also an Aunty from Aunty Collective, a talented group of teachers that practise their traditional art forms. MAIIZ will bring fresh tamales, made from locally sourced ingredients. Cold Comfort and Kid Sister, two locally women run frozen treat company’s that are all friends. Stay tuned on our Instagram @ thefernwoodmakersparty to see the amazing line up of artists we have coming for September. Summer Nights Saturday Market, September 10, 4-8pm, 1508 Haultain, Victoria. Maiiz nixtamal tortilliera Chaiis tees Clothing Studio Division




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16 40 Ingram Street Downtown Duncan (250) 597-3473 JOIN US toWEDNESDAYSATURDAYlookforourdailyspecialson 4830 Stelfox Rd, Duncan For ReservationS 250 748 7450 For full details www.deerholme.comvisit BY RESERVATION ONLY September 24 Italian (forageMushroom(Roman)DinnerOctober8&9ForagingWeekend&cookingclass)UpcomingEvents After 5 days enoughdeterminetestwaitingsouthFrasersockeyethereyear.haveoptimisticWe’resalmon.pinkswe’llHaidatheweekSEmarinetheWednesdaysalmonBay,fromtravelCowichanwestartedfishingonalongA-Bline(theborderwithAlaska).Inawe’llmovetonorthshoreofGwaiiwherefishforcoho,andspringcautiouslywe’llsockeyethisEvery4yearsisasubstantialrunfortheRiveronthecoast.We’reformorerunsthatwillifthere’ssockeyeinthe Fraser for the fishery to open for us. Good news for the CSF. We’re very happy that filleting is returning to Hub City fisheries in Nanaimo. They’ve done all the filleting except for last year, when due to the pandemic they did not have the staff to process our salmon and thus, the quality of fillets was not quite as good as usual. We know Hub City has the skilled crew to provide top quality fillets.

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Elsewhere there have been great sockeye runs: Bristol Bay in Western Alaska had its biggest run in recorded history, the Skeena is having its biggest run of sockeye in 30 years and the Barkley Sound sockeye run is about double what was expected. Ocean survival for sockeye has been very good all along the West coast. This is how a natural system works. There are ups and down, with harvests very low some years to very large other years, with all harvesting done in a sustainable manner throughout these cycles. What is different with climate change and other evolving factors is the lows now mean no harvest some years and the highs are beyond anything I experienced in the first 25 years of my career. Added to this are human-made problems like a number of indigenous fishermen from the Northern Native Fishing Corporation not being able to fish the 1st week of the bountiful Skeena sockeye run, because of the time it takes to issue licenses and other paperwork. We only received our license to fish salmon in the north 2 days before we Ileft.hope this gives you a glimpse into the life of fishermen from coastal communities. There’s optimism for this year’s sockeye run along with the difficulties and uncertainties.


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Courtesy Chef Bill Jones, Deerholme Farm Ingredients:

1 tsp mirin (or maple syrup)

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It is not recommended to eat raw salmon that has not been flash frozen, occasionally worms exist in the flesh that are killed by freezing or cooking.

1 tsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 Tbsp pickled ginger

1 cup raw wild salmon, chopped finely 1 tsp capers, finely chopped 1 green onion, finely minced

1 tsp rice wine vinegar

Sesame seeds for garnish salt and pepper to taste Directions In a bowl, mix all ingredients until they just come together. Season well with salt and pepper. Chill until needed. Serve with crackers, toasted baguette or grilled flatbread.

dark brown in colour. Younger specimens will be very firm and the sponge will appear pale almost whitish in colour, turning yellow, then greenish as it ages. If you find one, search online or find a good guidebook to verify the species. And of course cut it open before you get too excited - to make sure the worms haven’t beat you to the punch.

One of my favourite local mushrooms is a beauty called the Boletus edulis. Around the world it has many names, Porcini (piglet) in Italy, Cepe in France, the Steinpilz (stone mushroom) in Germany and variations in many other countries. It also occurs in China, South America, New Zealand and South Africa to name a few more countries. It is considered the king of mushrooms and sometimes referred to the King Bolete locally. The mushroom tends to grow large with a beefy stem and thick cap, under lain by a soft sponge like substance under the cap. The sponge is actually a series of many tubes which provide a mechanism for the fungi to release spores into the Whyenvironment.isitsobeloved around the world? Because it has an incredible, sweet and nutty flesh that is aromatic and soft in texture. Most often people will have come in contact with the dried mushroom pieces. Dehydrating concentrates the flavour into something deep, rich and smoky, with a hint of caramel and spice. The fresh mushroom is relatively perishable, so drying is a necessity to preserve the mushroom beyond it’s short season. The fresh mushroom is a rare and wonderful treat. The taste is one of the best things I know and the texture is soft and sensual. It is the stuff of culinary dreams. In the field, you will find porcini in a range of Vancouver Island environments. On the east side of the island, they favour low areas near treed areas above the beach. Usually there are plants like Douglas Fir and salal around to shade it. In the higher altitude hills of the central island, look for steep slopes with a mixture of trees like Douglas Fir, Hemlock and Sitka Spruce. As you head toward the west coast of the island you will see increasing numbers of Sitka Spruce and cedar - probably the prime habitat for porcini on Vancouver Island. And finally when you reach the shore of the west coast, look for porcini above beaches, near the treeline of salal, hemlock and Sitka Spruce trees, nestled in the salal but loving patches where a little sunlight shines through. If you hunt for the Porcini, be prepared for a little heartbreak. The aromatic quality of the mushroom also attracts insects like the fungus gnat which lays eggs on the mushroom as a future home for the larva that will hatch and tunnel throughout the flesh. The best luck will be in sunny days after a rainy stretch in September and early November. The cool nights of the fall will limit (or at least delay) the onset of insects devouring the fruiting mushrooms. There are also a few other boletes around the island, some cause gastric upset when eaten in quantity. These trouble boletes usually stain blue when cut or bruised. There are also cousins like the suillus and leccinium species and recent science has split off some of the other sponge capped fungi into a number of new categories. But back to the porcini - it is defined by the enlarged and firm base, the top can be light brown to Wild Salmon Tartar (Japanese style)

Hunting the Elusive Porcini

Why go organic?


While organic dairy products have been available on Vancouver Island for many years, all were shipped by ferry from the mainland. We are the first to produce and process certified organic milk right here in the Cowichan Valley. Perhaps you’re wondering what all the hoopla is surrounding organic certification and why we were willing to face all the rules, regulations and paperwork?

According to the National Standard of Canada, “Organic production is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of diverse communities within the agro-ecosystem, including soil organisms, plants, livestock and people. The principle goal of organic production is to develop operations that are sustainable and harmonious with the Theenvironment.”standardgoes on to say: “Under a system of organic production, livestock are provided with living conditions and space allowances appropriate to their behavioural requirements and organically produced feed. These practices strive to minimize stress, promote good health and prevent disease.”

By Mark Nagtegaal and Madeleine Greey

A big myth surrounding organic dairy practices is that cows don’t get the medicines they need when sick. While there are specific limitations, as well as withdrawalextendedtimesfor drugs, certified organic production does not stop a producer from treating animals that are sick in order to bring them back to health. Typical antibiotic withdrawal time for milk is 96 hours or 4 days, while certified organic production requires twice the label requirement or 30 days — whichever is longer. Yes, organic certification allows our cows antibiotics but limits an animal to only two treatments within a 12-month period. If one of our cows needs more treatment than that, she will be taken out of production and must re-enter a 12-month transition back to certification. As you’d expect, organic standards forbid not only antibiotics, but the administration of any other drugs or chemicals to our Indeed,cows. organic certification standards are complex and time consuming but how do you, the consumer, know that dairy farmers like myself and Caroline are sticking to the Enterrules? Ecocert Canada, a third party governing body that does an annual audit at Promise Valley Farm and Creamery to verify compliance. Look out for the Ecocert logo printed on all of our certified products now. At Promise Valley we care deeply about food security and sustainability. We have invested in this three-year certification process to ensure that future generations on Vancouver Island have access to locally produced, organic dairy products. We believe certified organic food production provides a framework that is not only sustainable, but regenerative. Our journey to organic started with such as ‘The Third Plate’ by chef and New York State farmer Dan Barber. ‘In Defence of Food’ and ‘Omnivore’s Dilemma,’ by Michael Pollan, as well as ‘Dirt To Soil’ by Gabe Brown have been instrumental in

We are thrilled to announce that Promise Valley Farm and Creamery has recently become Vancouver Island’s first and only certified organic dairy. We’ve dedicated three long (and not exactly stress-free) years to reach this goal and want to share what organic means to our community and you, the consumer.

In order for our farm to become certified, we had to comply to standards applied to both our land use and cattle. Certified organic land transition is a three-year process stipulating that no synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides or herbicides be used on pasture or in feed

Cattle,production.onthe other hand, are managed under organic principles for the final 12 months of the three-year process. Certification governs the amount of space cattle are raised in. That means our cows enjoy more space compared to that afforded to conventionally reared cattle. Moreover, pasture access is granted to the cows from April to October (weather permitting). The standards forbid the use of synthetic reproductive hormone use and naturally, only certified organic forage and grains are fed to our cows.

19 Milk on tap at 7088 Richards Trail, Duncan I Small Batch Pasteurized Whole Guernsey Milk Thick and Creamy Yogurt Fresh BakedFetaGranolaCheese helping us to understand some of the perils of an industrialized food system and strategies to chart a better path forward. For us, the vision is holistic, starting at ground level. We steward the land and soil which provides our Guernsey cows with an optimal environment to produce milk, yogurt and cheese that is not only organic, but incredibly delicious. And finally, if there is one more thing we’ve learned: To go small. More small farms means food travels shorter distances to consumers. As stewards of the land, small farmers build resilience and diversity into our food system. Our farming landscape on the island benefits from less monoculture and more companion cropping. We welcome you to come see our small farm, draw some organic milk at the tap and purchase yogurt and cheese at our farm store open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm. 7088 Richards Trail, www.promisevalley.caDuncan Providing professional, eco friendly cleaning services. 250 929 www.cleanchoicecleaners.com8381Licensed-Insured-Bonded Giving you back the luxury of time and a naturally clean home to enjoy it in!

4. Cover completely with olive oil and store in the refrigerator for up to 20 days, just make sure they stay completely submerged in the oil. The olive oil will harden in the refrigerator, which is fine, just let sit out before serving and it will return to liquid.

Cherry Tomatoes in EVOO

Courtesy Grant Easterbrook, The Olive Station

6-8 basil leaves torn

½ teaspoon salt

3. Taste one and sprinkle with a little more salt if needed. Remove garlic and herbs, as they can spoil and are not safe for preserving, then add the tomatoes to a sterilized jar.

3 sprigs of fresh thyme


1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Rinse and dry the tomatoes, then spread onto a large baking sheet. Add the thyme, basil and garlic to the pan, then drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil and toss with your hands, making sure everything is coated, especially the garlic and herbs to keep them from getting crispy.

3/4 cup of The Olive Stations Extra Virgin Olive Oil or enough to cover, divided ( rosemary or Basil or Garlic Olive oil works )


2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then give a good stir to coat everything. Roast for 2 1/2 hours, stirring a few times throughout, or until tomatoes are blistered and shrunken as shown above.

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2 pints cherry tomatoes I use heirlooms of all colours

The annual Homesteading Fair is about moving forward and fostering skills that support Earth conscious, self-reliant living. We eagerly welcome presenters, vendors & volunteers, and hope that many will join us for this free, family-friendly event on September 17th at the Hub at Cowichan Station.

Skill Building: The Heart of Homesteading

Carolyn Morris Rental and Event Coordinator Cowichan Station Area Association


While ideals can be grand, and visions of an off-grid homestead still linger strongly in my heart, I’m adamant that Earth conscious living comes in many shades of green.

There is an endless diversity of skills that we can support and develop to integrate into our daily lives. Any little conscious’‘Earthsteps we can take in our daily actions are steps in the right direction. There are so many skills that can be practiced, supported, and shared to support these healthy connections with our livelihood. Skills related to energy use & efficiency or building with materials and structures that align with our surroundings. Food is an undeniable part of our daily sustenance that we can engage with on many levels from growing, harvesting, foraging, hunting, preparing, preserving as well as purchasing.

It was many years ago, at a monastery, that I first learned how to make yogourt. I watched carefully as the Vietnamese Buddhist nun put her finger in the heated culture. She counted mindfully to ten. At ten, she quickly pulled her finger out, shaking it to cool and release pain, then smiling, she said with great assurance, “It’s perfect.” I have continued to make yogourt since that day, though now use a thermometer to support the accuracy of the curing temperature. It is the mindfulness and appreciation of core skills that I was introduced to, that I will never forget and ever hope to foster. When things are slowed down, and each interaction is approached with heightened awareness, further insight blossoms regarding the choices we make each day. As I returned to my daily, active life as a then 20-something year old, the appreciation and gratitude flourished for many things. I was also sharply awakened to the challenging impacts of our choices. The clothing made where? and by who? Large factory output or locally made? What core skills were being lost in our community? That awareness fostered dedication and persistence to live more gently on the Earth.

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Eating local food is a fantastic way to connect us to the rhythms of nature. As a local food lover, I appreciate that connection even more, knowing that those rhythms are becoming increasingly unpredictable.

Abundance of local produce is here

are only just now starting to become available. Many of our member-farmers have shared the observation that it feels as if all their plants are a month behind ‘schedule’, and many crops have also been struggling against an array of’s not all bad! Lettuces, leafy greens, and fennel all grew beautifully thanks to the extended Spring weather, so we have benefitted from an abundance of perfect salads. And the best part is, Cowichan Valley growers don’t have to worry about drought this year. That is welcome relief from the anxiety that has, sadly, become the norm over the last few Summers in our region. Cow-op harvest Day at Wishing Well Farm, in the Somenos area north of Duncan.

Now, after the August heat, things are finally catching up, and the incredible diversity of our local foods is on full Atdisplay.Cow-op, we are thrilled to see sweet and hot peppers coming in, along with beans, tomatillos, kohlrabi, cucumbers, and all the squash! Some of our newest member-farms are offering elderberries, and even oyster mushrooms. Wow! What a bounty! Let’s give thanks for this fertile land and its stewards.

Kristen of Feeling Radish Foods

The growing season has been quite different this year for farmers in the Cowichan Valley. Unusually high June precipitation and cooler temperatures at crucial times have resulted in delayed flowering or ripening, and poor germination for some crops. We are really seeing the effects of these delays now in September, when harvests beansastheonseehavethatandSeasonalvolumes.normallywouldbeatpeakfruitsvegetablesyouwouldexpectedtoatmarketsorCow-op.cainSummer,suchblueberries,andfigs,


otherassistself-assessment,useyoufirstleaf.caEmailproceeding.scalesandoffactorplanning,yourOncebeginning.dotoreplant.untilimpossiblenowChoicesheadache.easilymadewillbenearlytochangeit’stimetoIt’sworthitspendtheefforttoaproperplanattheyou’vedonevineyardyoucanintheromancebeingavigneronseeifthattipstheinfavourofmeattilman@tosendachecklisttoforapreliminaryandtowithanyofthetasksinvolvedin making your venture a success. “Come taste the di erence kindness makes.” 4354 Howie Rd, Duncan I Open 11-5 Fri-Sun Cowichan Station Creamery Submitted by Tilman Hainle I 250-266-2464250-266-2464 Charcuterie, Grazing Boxes and Entertaining Ideas Find us at theSaturdays!MarketFarmer’sDuncanon

Is owning a vineyard as romantic as in books and movies? Mostly, the answer is no, but there are certain intangible benefits, like sunrise in the vineyard, or walking down rows of vines you’ve planted and tended, and tasting the flavour of a future wine-to-be in the fully ripe berries. A bit of planning and careful thought can make it not only beautiful, but also profitable. For some years you’ve toyed with the idea of having your own vineyard. You live on a scenic little acreage in the Cowichan Valley, and understand that our Maritime Mediterranean climate is suitable for many desirable grape varieties, especially aromatic whites and lighter reds. Your curiosity is piqued by hearing there is a shortage of quality wine grapes on Vancouver Island. With prices increasing substantially recently, your daydream has grown the roots of a viable business plan. It is essential to do a feasibility assessment, even if it is a very brief and simple one, mostly done by yourself. Following this, you should have your property’s suitability for wine grapes assessed by a professional winery consultant, who may also help draw up a business plan. For a couple of acres you don’t need to expend a large effort, but a written forecast of expenses and income is always a good idea. For a larger operation, do a fullfledged business plan.

Also think about whether you want to minimize the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, or even go certified organic. There are planning considerations that help make your patch of grapevines have a lighter environmental footprint, like row orientation and optimized airflow to minimize disease pressure.

Now the fun part – actually planning the vineyard. One of the first questions is the choice of grape varieties, since plants often need to be ordered a year in advance. Is your site among the best in the Cowichan, and suited for the likes of Pinot Noir or Pinot Gris? Perhaps it’s cooler, and a better choice would be an earlier-ripening white? Also check to see which varieties are in demand locally. In addition to grape variety you will have dozens of other choices to be made, including varietal clone and rootstock, soil preparation, subsurfacing, drainage, trellising system and materials, water storage and irrigation system, fencing, and necessary equipment.

Planting a Vineyard

Aplans.good vineyard plan avoids what I call the 30 year

Finally, consider climate change. Your planting, if successful, should still be producing high quality grapes in 25 or 30 years. What are the growing seasons likely to be then? Make sure you include this in your

Recently, Meals on Wheels celebrated a significant milestone with one of our dedicated and long-term volunteers. This past July, Marian Van Wieren reached her ninth consecutive year as a volunteer driver. When asked about her thoughts on her experience as a driver, Marian says she loves the interaction with the clients, the other volunteers, plus the kitchen and office staff. She finds great personal reward when helping others and giving back to the community. When asked Phil Reilander, Communications and Marketing Coordinator Cowichan Green Community Cowichan Valley Garden Club On Show

One of the many ways Cowichan Green Community Foundation continues its mission to keep everyone in the Cowichan Valley fed is through its Meals on Wheels program.

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The Cowichan Valley Garden Club will be the featured temporary exhibit for the entire month of September at the Cowichan Valley Museum in the former stationstoforpsychological)emotional,benefitsgardeningforConfederationgardenclub’swilltheme,bethisCowichanyearsHighlightingDuncanheritage-designatedfederally1912TrainStation.theClub’s69ofactivitiesintheValleycommunity,isoneexhibitionnottomissed!Theirexhibition“TheGrowingYears”depictthelocalgardenrootsinCanada-widemovementssince–gardeningnecessitybypioneers,forscientific(physical,mental,intellectual,andandgardeningsocialreforms(campaignsbeautifycities,railwayandpublicbuildings). Cowichan Valley Museum, 130 Canada Avenue, Duncan. Open seven days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is by donation.


Sylvia Scot Each day the CGC kitchen cooks 80-120 meals for the community.

if she would recommend volunteering for Meals on Wheels, she said, “I would highly recommend it! The clients and staff are awesome. It’s fairly flexible and not a huge time commitment. I love the interaction with the clients, and there have been many instances of when we have been a palpable help to the clients and their families.”

Since taking on Meals on Wheels in April of 2021, CGC has combined our brilliantly creative kitchen staff with our outstanding team of volunteer drivers to deliver delicious, nutritious and environmentally friendly meals to some of the more vulnerable members of our Ourcommunity.Mealson Wheels drivers don’t just deliver food. They’re also an essential touchstone for some who would otherwise be quite isolated. For some, this is the only human contact they’ll get all day. A friendly smile and a quick chat are just as essential as the hot meal, and it’s always a positive experience for everyone involved. Our drivers tell us this is one of the best parts of their day too.

If you would also like to deliver a difference and join our team of Meals on Wheels volunteers, we would love to hear from you. Please call us at 250715-5312 or email forcowichangreencommunity.orgmow@moreinformation.

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Exhibition.&Joinwho’,CheckDancers&Brothers,RowUnplugged,Stage:lineentertainTheandpanningraces,activitiesmealswares,’sfestivitiesbevendorsmarketingtheirfoodtrucksofferingtastyorsnacks,andkid-friendlysuchasthezucchiniabarnyardscramble,forgoldwithYukonDanSunday’spetshow.ExhibitionisallsettoyouwithaterrificupofmusicaltalentontheEagleEyes,BeatlemaniaBackyardElephant,ofCrowz,thePorterDayofEmbers,AlyssaEricWhite,theKathyWhiteandCarlson’sDance.thefair’swebsite,www.forthescheduleofperformingandwhen.usonSeptember16,1718forthe154thCowichan Help Fight Child Hunger in our Community WWW.NOURISHCOWICHAN.CA I 250 597-7760 Duncan Office: #101-126 Ingram Street www.alistairmacgregor.ndp.ca1-866-609-9998 See you at the 154th Cowichan Exhibition - a true Cowichan grown celebration for families of all ages. Image above; 154th Cowichan Exhibition cover artist, Carolina Vazquez.

26 Join Jack & Friends at the 2022SeptemberExhibitionCowichan–16,17&18

Who’s Jack? When you see the cover of the Exhibition’s Official Catalogue, you’ll recognize him as the lad from “Jack & the Beanstalk”, the fair’s 2022 theme. That image is the creative work of 13-year-old Carolina Vazquez, one of the Exhibition’s Junior exhibitors. This is not Carolina’s first foray into print; last year she illustrated a delightful Christmas tale by local author Donna Hert. In addition to art, the home-schooled student enjoys math, science, literature and music. She plays the violin in the Cowichan Camerata String CarolinaOrchestra.will not be the only one to draw inspiration from Jack. As many of the challenge classes in Mellor Hall are based on the story, it’ll be interesting to see how others interpret it. One ‘From the Kitchen’ challenge calls for a baked treat made with beans – your favourite recipe for Black Bean Brownies perhaps? – and in ’Fine Arts’, look for stamps with “Jack & the Beanstalk” designs. In ‘Hobbies & Crafts’, there is a very special challenge. The check out the next barn to see the 4-H dairy, beef and dog projects. Returning for a second year are a pair of draft horses, always a big attraction in their stalls and out in the ring demonstrating their horse power. Another ‘mane’ event will be the Coastal Cowgirls putting their horses through some fast-paced manoeuvres every day of the fair. Expect a more stately ride when you watch the American Saddlebred presentation by Valley View Farms. Down in the Lumber Yard, a couple of attractions adjacent to the Duncan & District Vintage Machinery Society won’t be keeping their feet, nor their machines, on the ground! The Laughing Logger is back and as usual will be wearing climbing spurs as he heads up to that lofty perch atop the pole. Also going to great heights will be the Freestyle X-Games competitors on their snowmobiles. Who needs snow when you’ve got Forair!!more thrills, take in the sights and sounds of the midway; tickets for the carnival rides can be purchased online at

Elyssa Olson with Fenrir Elyssa Olson with Fenrir Miriam Olson with Tippy


It has been an exciting year for both Miriam and Elyssa Olsen. Throughout the course of the year both members have participated in many of the activities 4-H has had to offer, including public speaking, making an educational display board, participating in both the local judging rally, as well as provincial judging rally; where Elyssa placed 3rd overall in her age division! As well as participated in some fun events such as rock climbing with their local club, as well as a district scavenger hunt.

Both girls are taking on dog projects this year. This entails them learning how to care for their pet, keeping records of monthly expenses related to their project animal among other records, and encouraging their furry canine friends to get off the sofa and “work for their biscuits” by participating in training. Miriam and Elyssa have been working alongside trainers from local 4-H Sponsor; Cowichan Canine throughout the course of the year; where they have been working on agility training, as well as obedience with their project animals. The Cowichan Exhibition will offer these two young 4-H members a chance to show off what they have learned to the general public on Saturday, September 17 in a 4-H Written by Michelle Laszczyk Leader of the Cowichan 4-H Holstein Club Cowichan 4H Club show that includes an obedience class, as well as a showmanship class. It will also give them the opportunity to answer any questions the public may have about dogs, caring for their pets, or 4-H in general. Be sure to watch for Elyssa and her dog Fenrir, and Miriam and her dog Tippy at the local Cowichan fairs this Youfall! can learn more about the many local 4-H youth clubs offered in our area by checking out “Cowichan District 4-H” on Facebook.

Dally with the Dahlias

Dahlias are challenging but rewarding work as you must lift the tubers every fall after the frost (and generally in the pouring rain here on the island), store them over the winter above freezing and replant every spring. When I walk through the garden in the summer and fall, however, all that effort is rewarded with thousands of long-lasting blooms covered in happy We’dbees. love you to come tour the dahlia garden this month. Botanical Bliss will host a “Dally with the Dahlias’ FREE public event at our farm on Sunday September 18 between 10 – 2 pm. Come wander the garden, have a cold cup of herbal tea, pick your favorites and take home a bouquet. I will also take orders for dahlia tubers for next spring so you can plant your own. Bring your camera but not your dog and note that the garden is not wheelchair accessible at this time. We will also have dahlia bouquets at the Duncan Market on Saturdays (9am –2pm) and the Cedar Market on Sundays (9:30am – 2pm –except September 18).

September is the month when dahlias in the flower garden truly shine. Most flowers are tired or finished by now, but dahlias are just hitting their stride and they won’t quit until frost. I started with one dahlia about 5 years ago … I have over 300 plants and 50 varieties (yes, I have joined Dahlias Anonymous).

28 Imagine That! Artisans’ Designs 251 Craig St., Downtown Duncan I 250-748-6776 Tuesday - Friday 11amSHOP4pm WITH10amUSSaturday-3pm

Our Parish hall is a busy place once more as we have Art Shows, Tai Chi , Quilters, Spinners and Weavers, Lace Makers Bridge players, Musicians and Choral singers all back using our delightful air conditioned facility. Our site is also the home of the Maple Bay Preschool and Crescent Homes. We are excited to welcome patrons back, after our successful Spring sale, to another Book Sale, this time with the added attractions of a Garage Sale and Concession thrown into the mix. This event takes place on Saturday September 24th 2022 from 9 am’til 2 pm. Funds raised will be used for Parish Ministries and outreach into the community. If you would like to be a vendor at our Garage Sale, please contact the church office to reserve a space (a $25 charge will be collected). Space is outdoors and limited , so you must call ahead to reserve. Contact the Parish Office at or call 250-746-6262 for more information.


Liz Williams, Warden Anglican Parish of St Peter Quamichan

Nestled in a Garry Oak woodland, just east of the Cowichan Lodge property off Tzouhalem and Maple Bay roads, stands the more than 160 year old Anglican Church of Saint Peter Quamichan. Weekly worship services are held in the Church , Thursdays at 10 am, and Sundays at 8 am and 10 am. There are regular fellowship and fundraising events held regularly, and we continue to recommend mask wearing at our services and gatherings. Since the easing of Covid restrictions we have had a busy few months. The cemetery has been busy fulfilling its purpose, and the church has also hosted two weddings. Our outreach programs are beginning to resurface, and we gather donations for the local food bank each week.

Bad River Collective

“So far, we have Paper Quilling, Paper Embroidery, Tooled Pewter, Knitting, Dot Painting, Zentangle, Acrylic Pour, Acrylic Painting and a Cross-stitch Club which run September through to the end of May every year. You can sign up with an email address to receive monthly calendar with a list of the classes available or enquire in the shop.”


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In addition to retail, Barb now hosts a variety of art classes.

Since opening the doors to Bad hasBarbyearsCollectiveRivertwoago,artistRivoirewatchedthe Chemainus Public Market come to life. Part of the space since the beginning she designed her own space within it, beginning with 150 square feet and then expanding to over 700 square feet to show all the artists. She has since added a classroom for workshops and a gourmet food section. “I have participated in many artisan fairs with my Badriver Design artwork over the years. This helped ignite my desire to open my own artisan shop. I wanted not only a space for my own artwork, but a space that I could give many talented artists the same chance to be showcased.“ shares Barb, artist and designer. In the beginning she reached out to artists that she met at artisan fairs to come show at her shop, now they come to her and her roster boasts 28 local artists represented in the boutique. “I try not to have too much of the same type of artwork and try to find unique creations to fill in what people may be looking for. I have 28 talented Island artists on the team so far.” The top sellers at the moment are Carol’s Cottage Creations – Machine embroidered blankets, pillows, tea towels, stuffed animals, 3D décor, and ornaments. Artcrylicebb – Acrylic pour & resin artwork on canvas, coasters, jewelry boxes, trinket dishes, wrought iron, rocks, magnets, ornaments, and art kits. Magic Moments Artwork – Acrylic & Pebeo paintings, folk and garden art, tooled pewter décor, and colored pencil drawings. “These three are the most popular sellers because they are multi-talented and do a wide array of mediums and “think outside the box”. They have been with me since the beginning and have paid close attention to what customers are attracted to and what sells well. This adds to their success.”

The new gourmet food area sells The Olive Station’s oils and vinegars, Ed’s Soup Shack’s soups and meals and Snowden House’s bread mixes, dips and brie toppers. A truly one stop shop for going to a celebration or hosting one! Drop in on Saturday, September 24, from 1pm to 4pm, for an in-house visiting artist with multi-talented artist Cid from Froghairs, who will showcase her acrylic paintings, clay creations and felt work. Watch her work on one of her newest creations or answer any questions that you may have.

Chemainus Health Food Store 9738 Willow St, Chemainus 250 fb:chemainushealthfoodstore246-9838 Join the Chemainus Health Food Store to Celebrate 15 Years!

31 9738 Willow St, Chemainus 250-246-9838 Hours Mon-Sat 930-530 • Sun 12-4 Closed Stat holidays Come in for great natural products, organic produce and so much more! JOIN US ON SEPTEMBER 15-17 FOR CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYS! THANK YOU FOR BEING THE CHANGE FOR A CLEANER AND MORE NATURAL WORLD! • sustainable fashions • vegan make up • organic bodycare • natural mens products • healthy pet supply • fair trade snacks • eco friendly bulk foods • bio degradable cleaning • pesticide free produce • organic vitamins • sustainable household • ZERO WASTE Refill Bar and more! DEMOS • GIVEAWAYS • ENTER TO WIN • SAMPLES & FUN! NEW STORE LAYOUT! We’ve been busy re arranging! Come in and see the new feel and look. We super love it and so will you! Avisit to Chemainus is never complete without popping into the Chemainus Health Food Store. The cheerful atmosphere at the store is always vibrant with locals and visitors alike sharing community news, opinions on specialty products or just passing on a friendly smile. It is no surprise that this shop is celebrating their 15th Anniversary this year as co owners Sherry and Lulu have created a beautiful spot in Chemainus for mindful people looking for quality organics, natural foods, housewares and beauty products. “ Sherry and I have known each oher for almost 25 years. We started working together 23 years ago at the Goat Shed Market in Duncan and Wild Earth Organics which then was an organic produce box program in Duncan.” smiles Lulu “We both eventually ended up together again at the Ladysmith Health Food Store.” Then as fate would have it, Janice Peters, the original owner of the Chemainus Health Food Store decided to sell and Lulu and Sherry with over 40 years combined expertise in natural food retail partnered up to buy it together. They have expanded the store in the last year to carry more lines and add a fresh organic produce section. Though all the customers have their favourites, their top sellers change with the seasons. When it is hot out, their frozen treats are a hit. Staff and customers are grateful for their selection of beautiful natural fibre clothing in Chemainus. Each year their clothing and accessories selection grows and grows. When it’s back to school time and the weather gets cold their range of immune support products are highly sought after. They carry a plentiful array of food for people with dietary restrictions - gluten free, dairy free, vegan groceries. Their zero waste refill centre is one of the busiest in the Valley to keep your plastic in check. In appreciation of all the support Lulu and Sherry are hosting a customer appreciation event September 10 & 11. The event will have demos, demos, giveaways, samples, and you can enter to win one of many great gift baskets.


What is the difference between ‘tutoring’ and ‘remedial reading’ work?

Whereas tutoring is normally known as “help with school work”, remedial reading tailors each lesson to the individual’s specific needs after informal assessments in reading and other developmental areas. Usually a tutor will work with materials at the child’s grade level to reinforce what is being taught at school. The remedial reading teacher will begin at the child’s instructional level (the level at which a person can read with understanding with a teacher’s assistance), which may be quite different from their actual grade level. There is nothing to be gained by working at a child’s frustration reading level, which is determined by either frustration in word recognition skills, or in comprehension skills.

Identifying a child’s specific areas of strengths and weaknesses, and then personalizing the program, addresses the remedial needs of the student. Once the child’s instructional reading level meets their actual grade level, reinforcement tutoring can take place more successfully.

be done. However, there are exercises that can be done to help integrate reflexes.



Developing a relationship of trust with their teacher is often a first step. Once a student experiences some success with new reading skills, selfconfidence begins to bloom and the teacher can begin to challenge the student to strive for higher reading levels.

‘Remedial’ Reading Lessons Defined (Remember that a child may appear to be reading fluently, yet not actually understand what they are reading.) In its most basic form, the term ‘reading’ means: a complex system of deriving meaning from print. In a remedial reading program, the approach, materials, and exercises are re-evaluated after each session, adjusting as needed to work along-side the child’s progress.

Remedial reading sessions should work therapeutically with the needs of the whole child. When anxiety, selfconfidence, mixed dominance, auditory discrimination, visual tracking, or reflex integration issues exist, they should be addressed along-side any reading skills development program. For example, if a child has a retained infant reflex, such as the asymmetric tonic neck reflex, he or she is not free to take in what is being taught. The ATNR is a reflex that the child (or adult) has no control over. Every time they turn their head (such as when seated at a desk and trying to write), the leg and arm on that side extend and the hand wants to open. This makes holding a pen or pencil difficult and creates fatigue, limiting the amount of writing that can

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Counsellors who work with children teach them it’s ok to have confused or conflicted feelings and give them skills to manage. They offer a safe space for kids to process thoughts and emotions, and can help children find the strength to cope in a world that is not always ok. Using different activities such as art or play therapy, journaling, physical exercise, they learn to name emotions and engage in positive Cowichanself-talk.

Life presents many challenges for our children, and some may be too hard for them to cope with: a change in routine such as a move or a new baby in the family; a traumatic event including being bullied; grief from loss or change in the family structure. The build up to excitement for the first day back to school can often bring with it anxiety, fear, stress, and other emotions, complicated by new changes in routines for Whenfamilies.someone is struggling with to cope with change, or is stressed from anxiety, it may show in behavioural changes. Adults, for example, might work longer hours or develop addictive behaviours; teens tend to escape by extending time on social media or video games. It’s changes in a child’s general behaviour that can indicate that they are struggling to cope. Changes might appear as unprovoked outbursts, being overly defiant, shift in interests, social isolation, difficulties with sleeping, excessive anxiousness or worry. Parents are emotionally invested in making sure their children are happy and confident, but when the challenges become too much for a child to cope, or when problems affect how our kids feel, or act, or what they do, it could be time to get support from those with expertise.


Family Life’s Child & Family Counselling services start again in September, thanks in part to funding support from Pacific Blue Cross. Our counsellor will support children ages 5-12 who are having trouble coping with issues including family changes, separation, grief or loss, bullying, negative peer influence, or exhibiting challenging behaviours. Support is also available for the parents and caregivers of the children, through building skills around positive foremotionalandredirectingcommunication,misbehaviours,understandingachild’sneeds.Contactusanintakeappointmentat no charge. One on one sessions are one hour long and held weekly for 8 weeks. Cost is $30 per session with some subsidizing possible.

COWICHAN FAMILY LIFE #28, 127 Ingram Street (next to Merit Home Furniture) Phone 250-748-8281 email: Visit our website and our Facebook page! Starting in September 2022 Child and Family Counselling Services Contact us for a no-charge intake appointment, or for more information. We gratefully acknowledge funding support for our Child & Family Counselling services from Pacific Blue Cross Madelaine MacLeod Executive Director, Cowichan Family Life Association VALLEY DENTAL DMDDr.reception@valleydentalclinic.caCLINICGordonLevinDentist # 101-321 Festubert St Duncan, British Columbia V9L 250-746-96973T1 Qualified Dentist American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Please see our YouTube Video: “How We Made Our Dental Office Completely Safe for Patients and Staff “ NEW PATIENTS WELCOME Helping Kids Cope LOOKING MICROGREENS?FOR We grow plenty of them! t.250-710-6135 A&S MICROGREENS

35 Back to School Helpers Back to Makingschool!plasticfree lunches a priority this year? We have all the tools to make it easy, no matter your lunch style.... what kind of luncher are you? Snackers Munchers:& Meet PlanetBox and their best selling line of plastic free lunch boxes. These top quality bento style containers take your lunch game up a notch with thoughtfully divided compartments, allowing for playful variety and plenty of tasty bites. Crafted from durable stainless steel, these will see you through your child’s school years, and beyond! Customizable with magnets, water bottles and totes, the options are endless. Oh, and these are not just for kids.... great for charcuterie picnics and office lunches too! Sandwich Fans: Silicone reusable bags in all shapes, sizes and colours make it simple to ditch the single use plastic options. Durable and easy to clean, they’ll last for years to come! Or try all natural beeswax wraps for a multi purpose, compostable option. Leftover Lovers: Stojo collapsible containers and travel utensils make packing up leftovers or salads convenient and portable, so lunch is always ready to go! Check out these and all the other waste free lunch solutions at plentiFILL On Cloud 9 Cleaning • Full Service Cleaning • Move ins or Move Outs • Vacation Rental Services • Pet Friendly Cleaner BACK TO SCHOOL DEEP CLEAN SPECIAL Full Day Clean $250 Half Day Clean AM/PM sessions $150 NOWNEWBOOKINGCLIENTS Eliza: 250 715-3182 PlentiFill, 163 Kenneth St, downtown Duncan

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With Autumn approachingfastitis time to start thinking about how the change in weather will affect us, and the best practices to ensure healthy glowing skin. Every woman has unique concerns about her personal skincare regime and what is right for her, so we are so excited to have Melodie Reynolds of Elate Cosmetics and Foster Skincare coming to Duncan to give one on one skincare consultations.

Melodie: Definitely the renew toner – the combination of rose hydrosol as well as witch hazel helps to smooth the skin and prepare it for your moisturizing oil, as well as the nourish face oil, this has a powerhouse combo of moisturizing oils and essential oils that help to penetrate the Popskin.into Prudence in September to take Foster


36 155 CRAIG STREET, DOWNTOWN DUNCAN SPECIAL BEAUTY EVENT - SEPTEMBER 28 Complimentary Foster Skincare Consultations By appointment at Prudence Natural Beauty 250 597-1188

Q A with Melodie Reynolds of Elate Cosmetics

DeAnna: Is there any particular skincare regime (or perhaps a chance in regime) using Foster Skincare that you would recommend for the fall season?

space,towards*($5PrudenceindividualSkincare,innovatorMelodiealsocomplementarySkincare’squiz.We’reveryexcitedtobehostingReynolds,talentedandownerofFosteronSeptember28forconsults.Comeintotobookyourspot*feeforconsult,appliedpurchase,verylimitedbooksoon) Prudence Natural Beauty and Fashion 155 Craig Street, www.prudencenaturalbeauty.cDuncana LeLe Fashion 250 746 0036 I 47 Station Street, Downtown Duncan • Custom Designs • Custom Fits • Alterations We design and produce all of our clothes on site. Custom ts are our specialty! Beautiful Ladies Wear For All Sizes

DeAnna: Are there any ingredients in Foster Skincare that you feel are particularly important for fall skincare? Melodie: Yes! In the fall as the season begins to change and thinks start to slow down from the heat of the summer, it’s particularly important to have equal amounts of moisture and hydration. Adequate oil in the skin helps to keep water in the skin which means that moisture and hydration actually depend upon one another. My go-to is a good toner and facial oil combo.

Our Skincare consultant DeAnna Cross asked Melodie about Foster Skincare: DeAnna: Are there any plantbased ingredients in Foster Skincare that are harvested locally? Melodie: Yes! We focus on using ingredients that have as transparent a supply chain as possible from farmer all the way to the person that we buy it from. We also work with local suppliers as much as we can as long as the supply chain is transparent. So for instance our Shea butter comes from a collective in Ghana and is sold to us by distributor that’s actually in Millbay. Our apple cider vinegar is distilled right here in Victoria from local orchards at Spinnaker’s, and our honey also comes directly from bees here on the island. All of our products are handmade at our Victoria location and shipped using carbon neutral courier, so from farm all the way to your skin every step is a sustainable as possible.


37 GENTLY USED CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Looking for high end, current and classic apparel. Now booking for spring and summer appointments. SUITE 4 - 225 CANADA AVE I DOWNTOWN DUNCAN (250) 748-0251 Khanh Le celebratingis ten years at Lele Fashions. heart,shapeforpieceTooeventseasycoversizes.sewnwilltooriginal,herregularhasSinceshop.”ahere,getswelcoming,“TheStreetFashionsowneronthatindustry,inforpreviouslytoAsiastyleandtoyoungandpassionfromquality.herefromPavkerLavercustomerspiecessewspatterns,designs,herNoKhanhandfashionentrepreneur,Andesignerseamstress,doesitall!fastfashioninboutique.ShecreatescutsandallherownandloyallikeRobinandGerrywhodriveVictoriatoshopcanattesttoherOriginallyVietnam,herforclothingdesignfromaageledherstudyingdesigndevelopingherandskillsinuponcomingCanada.“IworkedothercompaniestheclothingbutthenIdecidedIwantedtobranchoutmyown.”sharesKhanh,anddesignerofLelelocatedonStationindowntownDuncan.communityhereisveryandeveryonetoknoweachotherwellsoIthoughtitwouldbeperfectplacetoopenmyopeningherdoorsshegainedafollowingofclientelewhocometoeachseasontoshopherlocallymadefashionstheirwardrobes.Hereyoufindhighquality,locallywomen’sclothinginallHerrangeoffashionscasualoutingsandsportyweartospecialandformaloccasions.longortooloose?Eachcanbetailoredonsiteaperfectfitforeveryorsize.CreativeatKhanhexpertiseskills

Le Le enable her to custom tailor fits to any person, whether it is a design in store, or even an individual’s own design they’ve brought in. “Because our studio is in the store we can do any custom size for our customers, ranging from petite to plus size. We do all measurements right here, which will allow us to make the perfect fit”. smiles Khanh

LeLe Fashions 47 Station St, downtown Duncan (250) 746-0036 Image above Le Le Fahsions; poly ester/rayon knit tops can be paired with pants or skirt. Available in 4 colours, blue, purple. black and grey. Image below; Designer Khanh


Aside from custom orders and tailoring of her own fashions, Khanh also offers hemming and alteration services for customers who have pieces just purchased or at home that they would like altered. Pre pin hemlines at home or come in with your garments and Khanh will be happy to assist you between customers.

From a delightful twist on Tumble, Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 60” by Kristina Boardman her fascination with round, smooth objects comes Boardman’s exquisite hyperrealistic series, starring shiny, larger-thanlife marbles. In “Tumble,” set against dramatic black background, their Fiddler,VictoriastarrealismContemporaryvibe.withelegant,ofappearanceontwirls,upherself.glimpsessurfacereflectiveoffersrareattheartistWrappedinplayfulribbontheytakeabejewelledinformashowstopping,workofartacosmopolitanhasarising-atalentedartist,Cadenwhomwe are pleased to introduce through his realistic drawings, rendered with impeccable attention to detail and mastery of his chosen medium. As a self-actualized artist, with ongoing passion for the hyperrealistic style and a significant focus on wildlife and human subjects, Caden creates exquisite drawings using charcoal, graphite and carbon on paper. Yet, his ability to produce compelling works extends beyond his exceptional drawings. In recent years, Caden has hand-crafted, from premium materials, all of the complementing wooden frames used to display his Bypieces.producing short timelapse videos of his drawing process and uploading them to his Mantle Of Rebirth, Compressed Charcoal and Carbon Pencil on Paper (Framed), 36” x 24” by Caden Fiddler Youtube channel, he further delights his growing fan base. Although only 25 years old, Caden Fiddler has already carved out a presence on the regional art scene, having been juried into major regional art shows, and honoured with “People’s Choice Award” in Sooke Fine Art Show and Campbell River’s Winter Wonderland Show in 2018, followed by “Best Work On Paper” and “Peoples Choice Award” at the Sidney Fine Arts Show in 2019. In April 2021 he was also a featured guest artist for the Federation of Canadian AquamarisArtists. Art Gallery Upstairs in the historic Duncan Garage Building (Level entry from the back) Suite 202 - 330 Duncan Street (250) aquamarisartgallery.com597-2798



A Thriving Arts and Cultural Community

With over three decades of her full-time artist career and her steadfast presence on the Canadian arts scene, the mere mention of Kristina Boardman’s name leads to an instant connection many an art lover makes with her sublime, realistic paintings of stones.



Art is made to be seen, so it’s no surprise that framing is of central importance to a work of art’s final presentation. At Excellent Frameworks, we have over 1000 frame mouldings – and for the month of September, our popular Kanso wood mouldings are 20% off! Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you frame an 1.artwork.Finda Framer – Of course, we proudly offer custom framing services here at Excellent Frameworks alongside the EJ Hughes Gallery and over twenty island artists. Understanding the mediums of art requires knowledge and skill, and this affects the type of framing 2.used.Think Long Term –Framing not only protects art, it can also preserve it. Custom framing is also a commitment to a piece of art that may be in your home for the next twenty to fifty years and may also be passed down to the next 3.generation.KeepitSimple – Each work of art dictates a different framing design. Choose one or two elements to emphasize in the art. Shapes, sizes, colors, and textures are all parts of art, so focusing on a reduced style will help accent what you want to bring out in a 4.piece.Gobig – Ok, this one can be tricky! While we love thin lines, an oversized work of art must have a frame physically strong enough to hold the art, the backing, the glass, and any other components used. A too-thin frame can bend and wear out easily. In a worst case scenario, the frame will bend enough to make the glass edge pop out, which is very unsafe.

5. Upcycle – A solid vintage frame is a wonderful way to reduce waste. If reusing a frame, make sure it isn’t too dry and splintered. Replace the matboard to a conservation grade quality to reduce yellowing, and update the glass if needed. We are happy to do this for you!




ThisARTAQUAMARISGALLERYSeptember, as Canada’s Culture Days cast a spotlights on the creatives among us, join us in celebrating the arts and culture in our community and visit us to see inspiring works of art by more than 20 talented artists we represent. Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 10 am - 5pm Suite 202-330 Duncan St. Downtown Excellent Frameworks Home of the EJ Hughes Gallery 115 Kenneth St, THESE DOWNTOWN DUNCAN GALLERIES Art Gallery in the historic Duncan Garage Building Suite 202 - 330 Duncan aquamarisartgallery.com250-597-2798Street VISIT

When night falls, many insects struggle to survive. Street lamps, car headlights, neon signs, floodlights in parking lots, petrol stations and sports facilities, spotlights on construction sites, commercial areas, and monuments - such light sources can become death traps for nocturnal insects because they lead to the collapse of their innate ability to orientate Ofthemselves.specialconcern to the Cowichan Estuary, Restoration and Conservation Association (CERCA) are the Lights in the Cowichan Estuary originating from the Cowichan Bay Village, the Western Forest Products (WFP) Mill, and the Westcan Terminal, lightening up the sky 365 nights per year. No impact studies of light pollution on flying insects with their home in the estuary and neighbouring Mount Tzouhalem forest habitats have been conducted to date, and no baseline data on their distribution and relative abundance before these lights were installed are available.

40 Deathtrap Lights: Insects are Dying by The Millions

Research data from other estuaries and near-shore habitats suggest that impacts can be extremely severe even leading to local extinctions. Most affected may be Mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies often found in estuarine habitats as both larvae and adults. They rely on good quality habitats directly in the water as well as in the terrestrial surroundings to complete their life cycles and sustain healthy populations. All three species provide important ecosystem services that include nutrient cycling, and the prevention of algae and detritus build-up in water bodies by grazing. Their importance in the diet of game fish means that fly-fishers are keenly interested in these groups and this enthusiasm and interest can be harnessed to further promote their conservation. And not to forget all the other creatures directly and indirectly affected by light pollution in the estuary such as migratory and resident birds, fish and their predators, and many more such as human beings. Night hawks, where have they gone? Having lived at the estuary for almost 50 years, I can’t recall when I last have seen a night hawk in the Bay. Abundant in the seventies and eighties in the Cowichan Estuary, they could be observed any evening in the summer. Is it the lack of nocturnal flying insects, their major prey, which caused them to disappear? Is it the result of light pollution in the estuary causing the death of flying insects? Many open questions still need answers.

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If insects have discovered an artificial light source, they fly around it until they are completely exhausted, or they collide with the lamp, and are singed and fatally injured in the process. Those who have collapsed from exhaustion often fall victim to their predators. Night hunters such as bats, shrews, toads, ground beetles, and spiders have an easy time with exhausted insects. At daybreak, the birds then clean up under the still frozen insects that are resting on walls or lying on the ground. Entire insect populations in cities or illuminated sites in remote locations can collapse in a short time. The mass extinction of the animals lured to the light cannot be compensated for. Even seemingly natural habitats are becoming impoverished like Researchthat. has shown that light at the wrong time changes the daily and seasonal behavior of insects. In late autumn, insects cannot prepare for winter in time. They don’t hole up or they go out foraging at different times than usual. In addition, as our landscape is brightly lit at night, their habitats are cut up and separated from one another. As a result, the animals no longer spread and they cannot conquer new habitats. But what is the problem? The problem with many nocturnal insects is that they can still see at unbelievably low levels of light and are attracted to the light. For example, nocturnal butterflies can also perceive the ultraviolet part of the light spectrum invisible to our eye. Research has shown that many lamps that emit UV light as well as visible light, therefore, attract moths and other nocturnal insects particularly strongly and lure them out of their actual habitats in huge Accordingflocks. to The Nature Conservation, artificial light sources on the outskirts of settlements, or isolated industrial areas such as in the Cowichan Estuary, have a great attraction for insects. High contrasts between light and dark should therefore be avoided, particularly in the case of freestanding lights that are visible from afar in the evening sky.



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There is still nothing like seeing a great film on the big screen. It’s even better when the screen is really big, as it is at the Cowichan Performing Arts Theatre, the movies are chosen with you in mind, and the proceeds are for a good cause.

Over the past 12 years, Reel Alternatives monthly movie nights have raised more than $200,000 for the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society. After a two-year COVID hiatus, the Reel Alternatives committee is excited to be back and has put together a great slate of films that you will surely Theenjoy.Reel Memorial Chapel Director 250-746-5212

On December 19, the documentary “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” examines the life of the iconic singer-songwriter through the prism of his often-covered hymn. The fall series concludes on January 30 with “Ali and Ava”, an unconventional romantic comedy about an unlikely pairing of two working class people in northern England. Become a Reel Alternatives subscriber and see all five films for $70. Tickets for individual films are also available for $17 each. Please come out and support Cowichan Hospice! Minkow



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The Quw’utsun’ Cultural Connections Society, Indigenous which streams dried out this summer and when Make cordage from invasive yellow flag iris gathered from Somenos Marsh Contribute to a collaborative community weaving project Learn about riparian restoration work on farms in the Koksilah watershed Examine water samples and rock substrates collected from local streams. Learn how conductivity offers clues about where water is flowing from and discover why that matters.

Celebrate Rivers on September 25 at Bright Angel Park fourth Sunday in September, millions of people in over 100 countries celebrate World Rivers Day. Together, we care about the health of watersheds and appreciate our place in them. We visit in community with the places where we gather. We make new connections and celebrate the gifts of local rivers and streams. We also encourage and support one another to be good stewards in the actions we take every You’reday. invited to join in the fun! Drop by Bright Angel Park on September 25 any time between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Everyone is welcome. The Xwulqw’selu Sta’lo’ (Koksilah River) flows through Bright Angel Park and joins the Quw’utsun Sta’lo’ (Cowichan River) at the estuary, where freshwater meets saltwater at the ocean. Enjoy the whole day at the park or stop by all five Quw’utsun Sta’lo’ Skweyul event sites in the Cowichan and Koksilah watersheds.

There are plenty of other ways to celebrate Rivers Day in your own way. Take a walk using all of your senses, splash in the river, enjoy a picnic, or raise a toast to the water. Spot a beautiful flower and take a deep breath. Explore what’s hiding under a rock, spy fish enjoying the protection of fallen trees, or feel refreshed after a cool However,swim. we choose to celebrate Rivers Day, let’s remember: each time we visit a place, the place changes and the place changes us. Many thanks to the funder: Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada, the host: Cowichan Stewardship Roundtable, the Xwulqw’selu watershed, and the many volunteers for making this experience possible. See you at the river!


Station Three: Stoltz Pool, Cowichan River Park, Riverbottom Road: Learn some Hul’q’umi’num’ language, learn how to be safe around bears, nature walks, learn about how fishing was traditionally done on the Sta’lo’ (river). Fish painting art.

Learn about the watershed at Lakeview Park, (en route to Mesachie Lake); Saywell Park, (downtown Lake Cowichan); Stoltz Pool, Cowichan River Prov. Park; Bright Angel Park, (Cowichan Station); and Hecate Park, Cowichan Bay). Free event. Appreciation to the Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada for funding Sta’lo’ Skweyul (River MillionsDay). of people around the world celebrate World Rivers Day on the last weekend of Saturday. This year River Day is being held throughout the Cowichan River and the Koksilah River.

Station Two: Saywell Park, South Shore Road, downtown Lake Cowichan: have a tour of the weir and learn about the proposed new weir, guided tours of the Gerald Thom Garden, learn about the very rare Cowichan Lake Lamprey.

Station Four: Bright Angel Park, 4528 Tigwell Road, Cowichan Station: learn about citizen science and water monitoring, learn about making cordage from invasive plants, see Cedar hat weaving, make a Cedar dream catcher, Station Five: Hecate Park, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road: Tzinquaw Dancers at 1 pm, collaborative mural painting, “Healing Waters” with Cowichan Tribes artist, Shawn Johnny, guided low tide walks, self-guided learning activities and Cedar carving.

Genevieve R. Singleton, B.Sc., Biology; ServicesEnvironmentalBiologist,NatureCounsellingM.Ed.,Psych.,Interpreter,Polster

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Station One: Lakeview Park, end of Lakeview Park Road, Lake Cowichan, a free introduction to whitewater paddlesports, all equipment provided, taught by certified instructors, also watershed focused art activities.

Cowichan Community Choir will be singing water songs at several locations, to be determined.

You can visit just one station or all Everyfive!station has many activities, here just a few are highlighted!

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“I looked out the window one day and saw the beach was vacant, and there were lots of birds around, so I thought, ‘Well, I’ll grab my camera and go on down,’ and of course there was literally no-one on the Whatbeach.”amazed her most were the mating rituals of the seagulls, behaviour that demonstrated what MacDonald can only describe as a species of love that is similar in many ways to the romantic approach es of humans.

In the following weeks

Mac Donald felt honoured to be accepted by the gulls and al lowed to photograph their most intimate rituals. “They literally cuddled, beak to beak and did a whole lot of things that I was surprised to catch,” she said. “It was very romantic. I felt almost like I was intruding.”

Her record of Love & Romance on Seagull Reef honours an aspect of seagull behaviour most of us are unaware of, and broadens our appreciation of nature in general. See video of Cim’s show at seagull-reef/

At first she mistook their court ing as the prelude to the type of quarrelsome antics gulls are known for. “Two of them were standing face-to-face with their beaks wide open, making a great racket and I thought, ‘Oh-oh, here goes a fight.’” she Butrecounted.then,“They got closer and closer and it ended up, ‘Oh! There must be romance going on here.’”

Seagull Mating Behaviours Truly Romantic

Photographer and artist Cim MacDonald never imagined how fascinating and inspir ing a study of seagulls would be the day she pulled on her black ‘Walmart boots’, grabbed her camera, headed down to Kin Beach and began taking Butpictures.asshe got to know the gulls, and they got to trust her, she was astonished at the sensitivity and beauty of a spe cies that is most often taken for granted, quite often considered a noisy nuisance by beach“Igoers.would never have thought in my wildest imagination that I would have been able to catch something like this,” MacDon ald said of the birds’ courting and mating behaviour. Her show, Love & Romance at Seagull Reef will be featured at Rainforest Arts from Septem ber 5 to November 12. The stunning photos are the result of many hours photographing the birds using a long lens. Seagull Reef is the islet off Kin Beach which becomes a spit at low tide. Crows and oyster catchers also frequent the rocky outcrop with its miniature light house. So do people, except during COVID the human visi tations were sharply curtailed, giving MacDonald a chance to capture the gull’s interactions and rituals without interruption.

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It seems that advocacy is sometimes required in order to progress and that is exactly what Jack and his team are doing. The community is invited to an open house featuring the advanced green building systems that will be incorporated into this new build and welcome all who attend to provide feedback on this proposed initiative.


• View multiple green commercial design features intended for use in the building • See details on carbon negative “Just BioFiber” external wall construction of Hemp/Lime • Discuss Koksilah Village Zoning Amendment for Liquor Store Come see the latest in green building technology for high energy efficiency and low carbon footprint for our future! Questions: Jack@greenplan.cacontact PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Thursday, September 22 • 3-7PM Innovative Green Building Construction

More than ever, the time is now for us to think long term as we build into our future. As our climate becomes more extreme, there is great need to integrate progressive systems into our new builds. With this need comes a willingness for our local municipalities to recognize and support initiatives that focus on sustainability and Oneresilience.doesnot need to look far when it comes to designing progressive buildings on Vancouver Island. Green building designer Jack Anderson and his team are once again involved in a most unique potential new build in the Koksilah Village and are putting a call out to the community for support on this progressive initiative hinging on a zoning membranefire,andTrappingconstruction.noarecarboneasyincludingcompositionDesignedblocks.BioFiberexcitingly,undergroundrainwaterbuildingsystemsUtilizingamendment.energyconservationandsolarpower,thiswillalsofeatureaharvestingsystemwithcisterns,andmostwillbebuiltwithJusthempandlimebuildingwithamodularoftheinteriorcore,predrilledholesforelectricalinstallation,thesenegativebuildingblocksfullybreathable,requiringvapourbarriersattimeofcoolairinthesummerwarmairinthewinter;thismoldandpestresistantwalltechnologycreates

The open house will be at the Ramada Hotel on September 22nd from 3pm - 7pm in the Driftwood Room, and yes, there will be Just BioFiber hemp and lime building blocks there for people to see and touch. Free admission. Snacks and refreshments provided!

Many progressive commercial buildings have been constructed in the Cowichan Valley focusing on energy efficiency, but few address the critical need to reduce the carbon footprint. This proposed building will address energy efficiency AND a reduced carbon footprint.


a super insulated environment lessening the need for heating and cooling systems.

How does soil store carbon?

Soil is one of the largest carbon sinks in the world, along with the world’s oceans, forests and fossil fuels. But how does carbon get from the atmosphere into the Carbonsoil? is a major component of plants. Carbon enters plants as carbon dioxide (CO2) via tiny openings in the leaves called stomata. Through photosynthesis, the carbon is transformed from carbon dioxide into carboncontaining sugars. These sugars are then used by the plant for energy and to build plant components like starch and cellulose. In this way, carbon is stored within the plant itself while it lives as well as at the end of its life cycle (e.g. as leaf mulch, compost, manure). Carbon enters the soil through several pathways. Plant roots release exudates into the soil, some of which are carbon-based sugars and proteins. Plant roots also respire, releasing carbon into the soil as carbon dioxide. The carbon contained in the structure of the plant itself is released into the soil when the plant dies and the mineralization process by soil organisms begins. Through this process, the carbon in plant materials is turned back into carbon dioxide via microbial respiration or transitions to the more stable form of humus. Carbon dioxide released by the microbes and plant roots will make its way through the soil pores and back into the Theatmosphere.lengthof time carbon can be stored in soil depends on many factors, but a major controlling variable is the soil structure. If the soil structure is good (i.e., a good balance of space between and within aggregates), soil organic carbon (SOC) that would otherwise be decomposed will stabilize within aggregates and through fixation to mineral and organic particle surfaces. This is one reason why tilling can lead to an increase in release of carbon from the soil. Tilling breaks up soil aggregates which enables the SOC stored within them to be mineralized by microorganisms and released as carbon dioxide. SOC stored in this form will have a typical residence time of soil can be stored for longer periods in the form of carbonates. A common carbonate mineral is calcite (CaCO3), which forms as carbon dioxide from root respiration and organic matter decomposition dissolves in water and is re-deposited in solid form with calcium. This process is most prevalent in soils of arid and semi-arid regions. How can a gardener increase carbon storage in soil? Improve the soil structure by adding organic matter (compost) regularly and covering bare soil with mulch. Avoid turning over soil between annual plantings unless it has become compacted. Lastly, plant more plants! Tamara Dinter, Dinter Nursery EnthusiastManagerGeneralandSoil


Somatics and Somatic Yoga with Violet Reynolds. Somatics helps students take a proactive approach to optimize their health. At class you will be guided to do slow deliberate movements with conscious attention and curiosity. The slow pace of Somatics helps relax the nervous system, decrease pain, enhance body knowledge and mobility, and gives students practical ways to enhance their health. I have been teaching since 2008 and offer Somatics classes on Zoom and Somatic Yoga at the Community Centre. Violet Reynolds, YT500, Somatic somayogaviolet@gmail.comEducator Yoga with Lilian Bianchi RYTGold emphasizes the connection of Body, Mind, and Spirit. Her teachings are rooted in the ancient Upanishads, and in the classical eightfold path of Patanjali. Through body and breath awareness, students are encouraged to cultivate a close relationship to their own inner centre or spiritual essence. This process brings healing, integration, and personal growth. Fall Classes: Beginners, Intermediate and Ongoing levels; Gentle Yoga; Chair Yoga; Restorative Yoga; Breathing and Meditation; Chakra System workshop. 250 756-0327

50 TIME TO REGISTER FOR Duncan Wellness Centre is re opening the Movement Room Home of Somatics in the Valley since 1995... • Being Somatic • Somatic Health Series • Gentle Somatic Yoga • Advanced Somatics & Hatha Yoga • Yoga and Somatics • Classes on Zoom and Recordings available www.duncanwellnesscentre.com250-748-6600 778 587 2901 ATMA MANPREET KAUR Certified Dr Hauschka Esthetician - rooted in the principals of anthroposophy Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher - classes held in a forest yurt setting Holistic Facials & Kundalini Yoga

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This dynamic practice combines asana, breath work, meditation and mantra for a highly impactful experience. Through a sequences of exercises, the body, mind and spirit are reinvigorated. Suited for all levels, some classes are more physically demanding, while others focus on mental stamina, and others may centre on relaxation. Ultimately the develops the student’s capacity and confidence to conquer life’s challenges. Drop in class Tuesdays 6-7:15pm. Cost $15 Classes take place in a beautiful yurt in the Sahtlam area.

51 SOMATICS Somatics classes on Zoom Somatic Yoga at Cowichan Community Centre Individual somayogaviolet@gmail.comappointmentsViolet Reynolds RMT - teaching since 2008 Duncan Wellness Centre offers four levels of Somatic Education classes. Somatics can help anyone, from injured to athlete, there are a selection of classes to try. Your conscious system is called the Somatic Nervous System. Your unconscious is called your Autonomic Nervous System, this is what keeps you tight, and restricted. Somatic Exercises link you directly to turn off your Autonomic system: relaxing tension; repatterning normal movement; awareness of the relationship to function in the body. The benefits are many: reduced pain; suppleness like a child is achievable; efficiency of mind and body; alignment; deep relaxation; awareness in life. 250-748-6600 duncanwellnesscentre.comwww. Northern Shaolin Chun Yuen Quan Dynamic movement • Improves posture • Increases energy • Strengthens bones Tuesdays 6 pm - 7 pm (combined Qigong and Chun Yuen)* Wednesdays 9 am - 10 am 250 748 4060 Traditional Chinese Exercise for Health Wild Goose Qigong (Chi Gong) Gentle movement • Calms your mind • Heals internal organs • Develops flexibility Mondays 9 -10 am Tuesdays 6 pm - 7 pm (combined Qigong and Chun Yuen) Wednesdays 10-11:15 am Fridays 10-11:15 am (Victoria)* All Classes in the Cowichan Valley *unless stated Wild Goose Qigong Centre Our Qigong classes, mainly outdoors immersed in natural surroundings, teach us how to release old, stale Qi (energy) that has been in the body for too long and to replace it with fresh Qi. Learning forms passed down from Daoist monks 1800 years ago, we practise movements inspired by animals which help us to balance the energy in our internal organs and to smooth and stimulate the flow of Qi in our energy channels. To store the Qi, we close with simple mediation. Wild Goose Qigong Centre 250 748 wildgooseqigongcentre.comrivendellrhythm@shaw.ca4060 At KaliYoga Studio in Shawnigan Lake Village Nicola Cusi and her team will guide you through a journey of self-discovery and healing that is respectful to where ever you are in life. Yoga is accessible for any age and fitness level and can help in rehabilitation of injuries and traumas. We offer a range of classes and workshops from breathing and relaxation, restorative to dynamic flow yoga. KaliYoga has been serving our community for 15 years! Please check http:// for schedule and pricing. 2721 Shawnigan Lake, Cell: 250 466 www.kaliyoga.ca0006

gmail.comJutras,informationForLatinRock,professional,Withexpandstudent,anlovestriangle108@gmail.comDrumintermediateoradvancedaddmoreskilltoyourstrengths.35+yearsasaworkingIofferclassesinFunk,Blues,Reggae,andAfricanstyles.registrationandcontactPaulchopsdrumschool@Cell2507327735.Reiki/Chakra Therapy - Classes - Foot Detox Acupuncture - Reflexology Young Living Essential Oils & SupplementsSara Tillie Reiki Master-Teacher-All Usui-Karuna-Komyo-SeichimLevels Registered Acupuncturist Traditional Chinese Medicine Daytime • Evening •Weekend • By Appointment Only #13- Upper Level • Valleyview Centre • Cobble Hill • Debbie250-743-8122ShkuratoffREIKIWELLNESS SARA ACUPUNCTURETILLIE

Love’s Triangle Kirtan Love’s Triangle offers call and response singing as a compassion and love focused experience. We present the many healing aspects of the practice. There is the deep breathing increasing oxygen to our body and deep relaxation to our mind. And the pleasant sound vibrations when chanting that stimulate your circulation and body awareness, while the uplifting and energizing music makes us feel wonderful. This is why kirtan has been around and practised in different forms and traditions as devotional celebrations since humans first congregated. Traditions might differ but the healing impact remains the same. Join in twice a month at Collective Space, Duncan. Karen Allen: Guitar, Frame Drum, Bowls, Arie Vander Reyden: Harmonium,

Chops Drum School is a fully equipped drum studio offering lessons for the beginner to the advanced. Specializing in a one to one private, customized, fun, advanced level of learning for personal, live or recording studio playing. Half hour, 45, or 60 minute instruction available. As a new student no experience is needed. You’ll be playing by the end of the first lesson. As Education offers Piano lessons and Voice lessons for children, youth and adults in a beautiful studio located close to Maple Bay School. Lessons are available in-person or on-line and are taught by Kathy Lassche an experienced music teacher who has been teaching piano and vocal coaching for 27 years. She is currently accepting new students into her studio. The spaces are limited so please contact her phone 250 709 2541 or websiteYoufreeShetocamulberrylanemusic@shaw.emailorfacebookKathyLasscheregisterandsecureaspot.offersnewstudentsaconsultationandlesson.canalsocheckoutherformoredetails.

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MichaelPercussionist/EducatorBeecheystudied at Berklee College of Music, and recorded and toured across Canada with many artists, including Grammy nominee Shirley Eikhard. Michael comments: “My approach to teaching is not the traditional style of a fixed agenda and ‘expert opinions’. I see my role as a guide and facilitator, to empower students to reach their own goals and play their own favourite music. I provide the tools and inspiration. The journey is entirely theirs. My enjoyment comes with the thrill of learning and teaching world music, and the shine in student’s eyes when they hear a totally new style of music for the very first time.”

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Warmland Performing Arts Day-School offers innovative, inquiry-based Performing Arts programs for Cowichan Valley students ages 7-17. Students may select from a variety of quality classes, or attend the full or halfday training programs. The contemporary curriculum, approached through an artful, process-based lens, is designed to provide serious students with a joyful movement experience. The programs’ for-credit courses are carefully outlined to meet BC Ministry of Education curriculum requirements. Students may earn credit in the following curricular subject areas: Science, Social Studies, English, Career Planning, Applied Design/ Technologies, Physical Education, and of course, the Arts. 225 Canada Avenue, next to the city hall clock www.warmlanddance.catower.


Dance Temple Cowichan DT Cowichan is an inclusive, intentional dance space to gather with the community and celebrate life through music & movement. With a rotating group of DJ’s, we offer a diverse selection of beats with organic melodies and deep funky bass that will ignite the heart and move your feet. We will be running events on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 7-9pm. $15-$25 sliding scale. Friday September 2nd@ The HUB with DJ Andrew Allsgood, Friday, September 16th - @ Glenora Hall with DJ Ali Genevieve & Chris Bertin, Friday October 7th@ The HUB with DJ Cedar Mathias, Friday October 21st@ Glenora Hall with DJ Ali Genevieve & Chris www.dancetemplecowichan.caBertin


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Beginners class starting in September at our Shawnigan Lake dojo. If intrigued, please inform by contacting Steve Elskens.

Reiki Certification at Reiki Wellness The system of Reiki hands us the key to purifying our habits and breaking free from our conditioned actions by releasing our anger, worry, fear, attachments etc. Learn Reiki Level I or Level II Classes include Meditation, History, Symbols, Grounding and Clearing techniques, Attunements, Hands on training/practice, Certification and Manual. Small Classes are full day 10am- 5pm$250 per class or $400 when booked together. Reiki Level I: Sep 10, Oct 15 Reiki Level II: Sep 17 Oct 22. Also

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Dance Improvisation classes with Marisa Jackson This will be for anybody (+16) who is seeking to strengthen their body and explore their potential expression in improvised dances. I offer a guided warm up and Warmland Dance exists as a place of belonging where artists, leaders and community come to learn and express life through movement and creative processes. Through the development of innovative, dynamic structured learning progressions, use of unhurried creative processes, clear assessment criteria, and regular reflection and feedback, we provide an exceptional quality education toward student excellence. We offer Preschool Classes, Youth Programs and 16+/ Adult Programs in Ballet, Pointe, Broadway, Jazz, Tap, Improv, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Youth Company, Musical Theatre, Waldorf Musical Movement and specialty workshops. Registration is now open visit different modalities to enter and explore your own way of free dancing. Using different body parts, imagination, music, breath, voice, sensory activation, rhythm, images, poetry and much more to enter infinite dances to bring out the unknown in you.

September, Monday 19th from 4:30-6:15 in the Gym @ the HUB, Cowichan Station. Drop in: $20 (105 min. class) Monthly payment: $75 com,mj.marisajackson@gmail.Registration:2507102107

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Aikido, the peaceful warrior art, calls on all men and women, young (14+) and old, who want to make a positive difference in their lives and in their communities . Build the confidence to stand your ground and speak your truth in a relaxed, centered and open-minded way.

By coming to meet this body of knowledge, You are embarking on an adventure; a journey of discovery towards totally embodying what it means to “BE YOU”. Cathy has been studying and living her design for over 10 years. invite to be in touch questions,



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The Living Your Design Course leads you down an incredible unfolding path of self-discovery and knowledge over an 8 week time period. Assisting you with your own personal experimentation as well as clarify what it means for you to live who you were born to be and who you truly are. Session Aikido This fall will be offering another beginner’s class in Aikido. This Japanese martial art is the physical manifestation of conflict resolution. In aikido, you learn how to lead a poten tial conflict and redirect your attacker towards a peaceful, harmless resolution. In es sence, you learn how to look at the world from another perspective, how to really, deeply, listen. The incredible benefit from the mostly physical training on the mats is that you can transport the philosophic principles embedded in the practice into daily life. We all need to harmonize with other people (spouses, colleagues, siblings) daily. Aikido can help you find a centered, embodied approach to dealing with friction.

runs October 16 -December 4. All classes recorded and emailed to crystalclearawakening.comgmail.comcrystalclearawakening@investment.participants.$350Toregister offering A.R.T - Advanced Reiki Training, Usui Reiki Master Level. Reiki ShareExtra time to practice. To register contact Debbie 250 743-8122 www.reikiwellness.caCentreReikiwellness@shaw.careiki-WellnessValleyview#13,CowichanBay Shawnigan Lake

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FruitSave - Heat bathes the Warmland, and soon the valley’s trees will sag with mouthwatering fruit. Some homeowners can’t keep up. Who will enjoy this bounty before it falls to rot? It could be you! FruitSave is a gleaning initiative of Cowichan Green Community that matches volunteer fruit harvesters with overburdened tree owners. Fruit is shared equally between tree owners, harvesters, and our organization. We distribute some of our share to social programs in the valley and process some into valueadded products, such as apple cider! To register as a tree owner or harvester today, email forcowichangreencommunity.orgfruitsave@furtherinstructions.

Mill Bay Marine Group Adventure Co. Looking for a unique way to spend a summer afternoon or evening? Step aboard Providence, an 80’ historical tall ship for a calm cruise on the ocean. The welcoming crew will take you on a casual and fun sailing experience. Take advantage of the opportunity to help hoist the sails or sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views. Option to bring your own cooler with snacks / beverages. Complimentary water provided. Duration: 3 hours (1-4 pm / 5:30-8:30 pm) Rates: $109 / person + tax Friday, September 16 from Mill Bay Marina. Book online at: of trestle-trackers catapult along the Trans-Canada Trail from the world-renowned Kinsol Trestle near Shawnigan Lake, past Skutz Falls Trestle 66 to George and Evelyn’s picnicstop the Farm Table Inn, just downriver from Lake Cowichan. Or blast up the Valley Trail to Jake’s at the Lake. Visit our fb page for the locations for September E-Bike Pop-ups! Check out the map and bicycle tour trip-planner at the Cowichan Green Community, or pick up a hard-copy with e-ride: www.broomstickebikes.cabroomstickbikes@gmail.com250map/org/2022-cowichan-farm-cowichangreencommunity.https://Contactustobook:7095495orbyemail:




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Ever gone to the trouble of making compost and applying it, only to be disappointed with the results? Or worse still, ever purchased compost only to discover that it wasn’t worth the Pamelamoney? was excited about composting. She had an awesome idea for her new greenhouse – to combine functionstheof growing seedlings and nourishing her vegetable gardens, she would build a compost pile from pallets that would sit in the corner. Seedling trays would lay on top, reaping the warmth created by the microbes, and then the compost would go into the garden. She followed online instructions to create her pile from horse manure, shavings and scraps, and the warmth began. Before applying the compost in the spring, she decided to have a soil food web analysis completed. Many root-feeding nematodes were present, along with bacteria known to inhabit conditions conducive to human pathogens. Eeeeek! For compost to be beneficial and not simply decomposed organic matter or putrefied waste, three key objectives need to be met.

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Second, aerobic conditions and adequate moisture must be maintained for beneficial bacteria to flourish and begin a reproduction frenzy, creating heat. Finally, the whole thing must stay hot enough for long enough to kill pathogenic organisms. Meanwhile, many beneficial organisms will go dormant in the heat, ready to re-emerge Pamelalater. re-built her pile using soil food web principles and voila! – microscopic analysis showed balanced Of

Amy MacGregorLuckCertified Soil Food Web TechnicianLaboratory and abundant beneficial organisms with no sign of nasty nematodes or pathogens. After applying it to her tomatoes, there was an obvious improvement in plant health. More importantly for this time of year, “when I dig my fingers into the soil, the surface is dry but there is moisture in the new, spongy soil structure beneath. I hardly need to water!”. As it turns out, tending those wee beasties was well worth the effort.


First, it must contain a diverse (and healthy) mix of starting materials which in turn harbour diverse (and healthy) micro-organisms.indigenousThese are the wee beasties who will perform decomposition and ultimately go to work for your plants once they hit the soil.

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58 Fall Gardening 250 748-2023 5km South of Duncan on Hwy 1 Serving local gardeners since 1973 PLANT NOW FOR SPRING COLOUR • NARCISSUS - deer proof • TULIPS - early to late in bright colours • HYACINTH - fragrance • WINTER ACONITE - January bloomingblooming • CROCUS & SNOWDROPSFebruary blooming • DWARF IRIS - Feb. to Mar. • FRITILLARIA - late spring • FLOWERING ONIONS - June Combination packs for special situations Plus many unique varieties Fall Weekdays:Hours:8:30to 5:30 Weekends and holidays: 9 to 5 Nature’s Gift That Keeps Giving We are blessed with four distinct seasons in our garden. After a warm summer, fall is the time when nature puts on a final flourish of colour before going to sleep. The pressure is no longer on gardeners to keep things alive with irrigation. The best foliage colour comes after a hot summer, or an early cool spell has stressed the plants. Plants that have not received enough water will often begin to colour up early on their own. Fall color starts in September with maples and ends in November with the larches and weeping willows. Frost and freezing temperatures will stop the coloration process and blacken the leaves. An early period of rain seems like a blessing to the garden, but it is often ending the show by popular summer annuals such as petunias and marigolds. The flowers turn to mush and the plants do not rebloom. It is best to pull them out and replace with fresh colour such as mums, pansies or Michaelmas Daisy. Dahlias will continue with their colourful blooms. Other plants such as Beautyberry and Firethorn begin to show off their colourful berries. Lawns that have growthgreenencouragesFertilizerandforgreenstartheatthebrownbeenfromsummerwilltoupthefallwinter.and

liming when the winter rains arrive will control moss. If a new lawn is to be planted, seeding by the first of October will create an established lawn going into an ideal time to resume landscape planting. The shorter days and moisture will reduce the stress on new plantings. Warm soil encourages root growth, allowing plants to establish before winter and ready for a strong start in spring. Each season brings its own beauty and the anticipation of the next one.

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I envision a functioning healthcare system that exists within a healthy society, where everyone’s basic needs are met, everyone has a secure home, a place to sleep, healthy food, and the economic system doesn’t make people ill. It would be a healthcare system where preventative medicine is a core value, and when people are sick, they can get the care they need from a team-based, community care system. It would be a system where we all have access to family doctors who are happy, healthy, and thriving, and where we have access to a range of supports - from mental healthcare to physiotherapy – that keep us healthy in mind and body. We can get there by reorienting our policies towards the values that matter most: the ability to lead happy, healthy lives in thriving communities and environments. The outcomes we get are the result of what we measure, so instead of focusing on measures like gross domestic product, a key step lies in measuring our collective well-being through genuine progress indicators (GPIs). GPIs help to measure our efforts in moving towards what matters most, like valuable social connections, healthy workplaces, and a thriving environment. On the frontline delivery of healthcare, I’m excited to see the efforts already underway in our community.

In Cowichan, a group of family doctors is looking to create a community health centre based on the Shoreline Medical centre, a proven success model in Saanich. We are very keen to support these efforts in Cowichan and beyond, and I look forward to keeping everyone updated on new developments. Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley, (250) 715MLA@leg.bc.caSonia.Furstenau.2792

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In recent weeks, my team and I have been focused on the issue of health and I’vehealthcare.spoken to and heard from hundreds of people – in the Cowichan Valley and around the province – about their experiences, their concerns, and their hopes for healthcare in clear from these conversations is that healthcare should never be treated as separate from community, or the environment in which we live. In fact, health should be at the centre of all things. We should be focused on creating healthy communities, healthy relationships, healthy systems of governance, and healthy Weeconomies.can’texamine one part of the problem only - like the delivery of healthcare –without also understanding how our health is rooted in our life circumstances. People who work in healthcare know this. Decision-makers need to listen and apply it.

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61 250-748-4421 4-180 Central Rd, Duncan - Village Green Mall 25th Anniversary Sale 15% off entire line in September In this age of busy lives and online everything, it can be easy to forget how important it is to the health of a community to shop locally. It is essential. If the product is also made locally, well, that is the best possible scenario. Of course, no one wants to sacrifice quality in this transaction. We want the best product we can get for our hard-earned dollars. This is especially true when shopping for supplements. We depend on them to protect and improve our health. So what are we looking for in these supplements? Ingredients of the highest quality are a must. We also want to know that these formulas are the result of meticulous research, preferably based on whole foods, and essentially combining the best of nature and science. It is also important to the consumer to have easy access to information and educational materials, in order to get the most out of their supplements.

Add to this the availability and variety of products that address multiple issues, and it sounds like a very good deal indeed. One company that ticks all of these boxes is NutriStart, a family-owned business that is based in Victoria. Founded in 1997, NutriStart has developed an impressive lineup of supplements. Among their many product options are, for example, an extremely wellrounded multivitamin pack, an excellent adrenal formula, three options for joint pain relief, a hard-working krill oil that is more absorbable than regular Omega 3s, and which also contains Astaxanthin... bonus! Their liposomal form of the powerful antioxidant Glutathione is the most bioavailable and efficient supplemental form available. This powerful nutrient aids in preventing cancer, heart disease, dementia, and premature aging, to name just a few of its benefits. It is reassuring to know that there are local companies producing such excellent products, and that we can feel confident in our choices as we help our communities by shopping locally. These products and many others are available at quality neighbourhood health food stores such as Lynn’s Vitamin Gallery in Duncan. Come in, and keep yourself and your community in excellent health.

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Years, sometimes decades, later, the sound of that breeze in the trees can transport us in time and space to the full, sensory experience we have Traumastored. is essentially an experience that overwhelms our nervous system instead of creating a normal healthy memory. Instead, the memory of the experience is often repressed altogether, until the right sensory stimuli comes along. Someone’s tone of voice, a particular colour, season, or smell, transports us and we become flooded with old sensations and emotions. These old, trapped emotions can seem to erupt out of the blue. With too many, life can become exhausting, stability elusive, and our core sense of self eroded. A trapped experience also activates a natural healing mechanism, subconsciously repeating the experience until it is freed from the nervous system, to be processed and reintegrated in a healthy way. So how do we free a trapped experience from the nervous system? How do we heal from something we can’t fully access or remember? Memory retrieval is highly debated in the field of psychology, and evidence-based research says that retrieved memories are not reliably accurate. In Heart-Centred Therapies, factual accuracy is not the issue, however, because it’s the subjective sensory experience that overwhelms the nervous system. Focusing on the sensory stimuli of a repeating pattern, we can safely recall the full sensory experience, free the trapped emotions, and begin to release ourselves from the pattern. Doing this, we restore equilibrium in the nervous system and recover our fullest, healthiest sense of self. The gem in every lost or banished memory is this recovery, ripe for the harvest, one gem, one person at a time. Jude Wong is a Registered Professional Counsellor, Candidate, with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association, certified in Heart-Centred Hypnotherapy. She offers Heart-Centred Therapies online and at the Cowichan Valley Holistic Centre in

What’s in a Memory Summer . . . the smell of the air, the feel of it on your skin, the sound of the breeze in the grass and trees, or the crickets on a warm, clear, moonlit night ... It’s actually not so much the Who, What or Where that we remember; it’s the How--the sensory stimuli--that finds its way into our nervous system.

The blood and body can then become acidic which can cause heartburn and on going aches and pain, if left, in time other serious conditions can occur. As they accumulate over time, due to various environmental exposures, overload and not properly being released, the body’s ability to fight off disease and infection increases. This results in a build up of toxins, a stressed system, as well as low energy.

63 Daytime • Evening • Weekends • By Appointment Only • 250-743-8122 #13- Upper Level • Valleyview Centre • Cobble Hill • relax,energizedetox REIKI WELLNESS FOOT DETOX PACKAGE SPECIALS: 4 sessions - $300 (reg $360) 6 sessions - $420 (reg $540) 10 sessions - $600 (reg $900) BEFORE AFTER We are all exposed to various sources of chemicals, toxins and pollutants on a daily basis. These can come from the air we breathe, chemtrails, food not washed, work enviroment, ect. These toxins enter the body in three ways: through the skin, the lungs and the digestive system. They interfere with your body’s ability to function properly.

The liver can get congested as the overload builds, which slows the body’s natural detox process, digestion and elimination slows causing leaky gut, fatty liver, constipation.

I opened Reiki Wellness 18 years ago, teaching Reiki Classes and giving Reiki sessions. I had heard about the PES Detox System and decided to have a few sessions to see what it was all about.. I had been a smoker and was doing various cleansing programs to clear out the toxic load.I also had no energy and was very dehydrated. I had to take 2 bottles of water with me just to go for a walk. I had 8 sessions, my husband had 6 sessions, he was an autobody painter and an ex-smoker. We could not believe how we felt after each session. We started to have more energy, the brain fog lifted, the heartburn left, the digestion and bowels worked better, ect.. This was too good to not share. I bought 2 systems, did my training and offered this service at Reiki Wellness. This benefits anyone over 5 years old. What does the Platinum Energy System detoxifying foot spa do for you? It helps your body remove the toxins, you get more energy, and feel better. The foot spa is specially designed to stimulate the glands in the feet and release the toxins into the water. We have 2000 eccrine sweat glands in each foot that become the natural door of exit for the toxins through this process. The benefits from this detox treatment are amazing. A session is 30 minutes in the PES system, followed with an Epsom Salt foot soak for 10 minutes, then a relaxing foot Onemassage.session starts the process, however, it is suggested to have a series of sessions for optimum results. Clients have found much improved memory, more energy, better sleep, aches and pains lifted and sometimes completely gone. It depends how toxic the individual load is. What have we consumed over time, sugars, coffee, fats, pop, etc. Do you smoke? There are many chemicals in ciagarettes. Do you drink alcohol? How much stress do you have? Are you a mechanic, painter, carpenter? Do you clean for a living? What are you using for Fall is a Great Time to Detox laundry soap? Are you using fabric conditioner or dryer sheets? How is your water? Chlorinated? Book a consult and see what feels right for Debbie Shkuratoff - Reiki KarunaTeacherMasterUsui--KomyoTibetian - Seichim www.reikiwellness.cayou.

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While Bill C-20 has the potential to provide these important changes in civilian oversight for both the RCMP and CBSA, it falls short of meeting several other important recommendations from the report, namely: Indigenous oversight, including

Alistair MacGregor is the NDP Member of Parliament Safety.NDP’sLangford,Cowichan-Malahat-forandtheCriticforPublic

“We’re excited to discover how connectivity and technology can protect and augment what people love about these communities,” said Brittany Taylor, Acting Manager of

Our communities byLangfordCowichan-Malahat-inareallpolicedtheRCMP,andIhold a tremendous amount of respect for the service that frontline officers provide in our communities. They are often the first on the scene and have struggled with the ravages of the ongoing opioids crisis. But we cannot ignore the fact that the RCMP itself, as a force and as a wider entity across Canada, needs reform.

Earlier this year, the government introduced Bill C-20 to establish a new Public Complaints and Review Commission, which is meant to provide greater transparency and civilian oversight for both the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). I want to see this long-awaited external oversight body formed quickly to ensure we have a strong investigatory mandate in place to ensure accountability and public trust in both institutions.

In the previous Parliament, the House of Commons Public Safety Committee conducted a study on systemic racism in policing in Canada. That study, having heard from more than 50 witnesses over 19 meetings, and in the words of the committee, “provided 42 recommendations aimed at fundamentally reforming Canadian policing to ensure that all Canadians can access police services free from racism and other forms of discrimination.” Based on the findings of the report as well as correspondence and complaints received by my office regarding police presence and tactics, I have called on the Minister of Public Safety and the government, on multiple occasions, to swiftly implement those recommendations.

Roadmaps To Improved Internet And Cellular Connectivity Being Developed For Most Underserved Cowichan Communities

64 The willdigitalbediscussenhancewaysParticipantsareandResidents,the13isAconnectivity.toaddressingandeachoutlineregion.andDitidahtIslands,roadmaps:developmentwereunderservedThroughforfortoengagedavailableofaTheandregionalStrategyConnectivityInternettheCowichanDevelopmentCVRD’sEarliercommunities.mostfourconnectivityandimprovedofinputisDistrictValleyCowichanRegional(CVRD)seekingpublicinthecreationroadmapstointernetcellularforoftheregion’sunderservedthisyear,theEconomiclaunchedCowichanandCellularprojecttodetermineconnectivityneedsstepsforaddressingthem.projectteamundertookreviewofthecurrentstateinfrastructureandservicesinCowichan,andwiththecommunityuncoveracollectivevisionthefutureofconnectivitytheregion.thisprocess,fourcommunitiesprioritizedfortheofconnectivityThetis&PenelakutCowichanStation,FirstNation,theCowichanLakeTheroadmapswillthechallengesthatcommunityfacesrecommendationsforthosechallengesachieveimprovedseriesofin-personeventsbeingheldfromSeptemberto17,oneineachofprioritycommunities.businessleaders,otherimpactedpartiesinvitedtoattend.willexplorethatconnectivitycantheircommunity,andbarriersthatneedtoovercometoachievetheiraspirations.Feedbackhelptheprojectteam understand the community’s desired digital future and how it might be achieved.


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Kathy Code is Vice-Chair of the Ecoforestry institute Society and has a Master’s degree Wings, one of Duncan’s favourite and is holding an Open House and Garage Sale to celebrate the coming of fall in beautiful community. join on Saturday, September 10th from 10 am to 3 pm for and browse through that are all for sale at this event. It is also worth venturing out to see how owner, Marianna, creates a playful, colourful and welcoming space for friends to gather. look forward to seeing there! 446 Jubilee Street in Duncan.


The common thought is that we should at least wait until March 2023 when a definitive decision about the rail line will be made. If the rail project does not proceed, why not put the trail on top of the rail bed? Why the rush? It seems the only thing stand ing between demolition and destruction is the requirement for Ministry of Environment and Department of Fisheries permits. May sanity prevail! In my travels around Shawni gan Lake, the thing that I hear most is that we treasure and embrace our unique rural character. We love our wil derness, yet, bit by bit, we are losing the precious ecological systems that we have left. Sure, it might be a bit here, a bit there, but ultimately it all adds up.


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And in this time of climate crisis and ever diminish ing biodiversity, we cannot afford to keep carving up the ecosystems we have left to us. These are the systems that cool the earth, produce our oxygen, purify our water and give us the gifts of nature.

Amorning walk along beaver,cades.lake’sthatjesticframeddelicateofawithacasionalthecatchofbirdthescentsBreathingingRailShawnigantheVillageTrailisnothshortofheaven.inthethatperfumeair,youhearthesongs,therustlethetrees,andaglimpseoflakeandtheocrabbit.It’sshortstrollfilledasymphonyofthousandshadesgreen,toppedbyblooms,allbythemafirsandcedarshavelivedattheedgefordeIt’ssaidthatminkandeven the Great Blue Heron live within this 350-metre span. It’s a bittersweet walk, know ing that all the lakeshore veg etation will soon be stripped away and those glorious trees will come crashing down to be replaced a gravel walk ing trail. The section of trail from the Government Wharf Park to Old Mill Park would be the third section of the SVRT, and yes, this precious gem of lakeshore ecology will soon be the beneficiary of a $650,000 gas tax grant that in an ultimate example of irony destroys the very thing that draws people to this place of wonder and beauty.


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Says lakefront property owner, Russell Lyon, “Our so-called green civic leaders have abandoned the environ ment. They approved the construction of a multi-use recreational trail through the riparian areas, depositing 150 dump truck loads of import fill below the high water mark to build a trail bed up to grade. That is incompatible with lake ecology. Put the The Shawnigan Lake Rail Trail Saga: Mourning An Ecosystem trail on the rail bed - everyone Towins!”besure, Shawnigan Lake residents have objected mightily to the project, with 1500 people signing the peti tion to end the madness and a Rail Trail group that has sprung up to protect the path. The consensus is not to stop people from walking the trail, but to build it on the rail bed.

The primary goal of The GreenStreams Project is to improve the health of all the streams leading into, and out of S’amunu Xatsaa (Somenos Lake) so that salmon can once again thrive in the S’amunu (Somenos) Watershed. The secondary goal of GreenStreams is to create a volunteer force, primarily of people who live beside S’amunu Watershed streams, to look after and keep watch for any changes that could signal an unhealthy condition in the waterways.

Paul WildlifeSomenosExecutiveFletcherDirector,MarshSociety


The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, in partnership with Cowichan Tribes, launched the GreenStreams Project in 2020 when we invested a Covid loan benefit into conducting a Level 1 & 2 Watershed Assessment of Bings Creek to gather important data about the health of the Bings & Menzies ‘creekshed’ which flows from south side of Swu’qus (Mt. Prevost) and empties into S’amunu Xatsaa. In 2021 we completed the same assessments of Averill and Richards creeks. From these assessments we have begun developing a comprehensive 5-year restoration plan for both Bings and Averill Creeks. Richards Creek is more complex due to agricultural drainage concerns, and we are planning meetings with groups of landowners in the area to discuss restoration opportunities that will benefit fish as well as farmers. Somenos Creek, which drains S’amunu Xatsaa into the Cowichan River is a special case for restoration as it is 85% covered with the invasive aquatic plant Parrots Feather, an aquarium and pond plant you can purchase at nurseries. We are tackling this plant by learning about it as well as planting shading vegetation to inhibit its growth. Our long-term goal is to purchase a harvesting machine that will pull or cut the plant to clear a path for fish to access the upper reaches of each creek. We recognize and respect that much of our work takes place on Cowichan Tribes territory and, when projects are planned, we will always consult with Cowichan Tribes as we understand that many significant and special cultural places exist on Swu’qus. As part of our commitment to hiring Indigenous people, we have recently, with funding from the Real Estate Foundation of BC, hired YEXPILEMTEN (John Etzel) as our Tradition Watershed Stewardship Specialist. To learn more about GreenStreams visit,checkoutourwebsitelibrarythatwestilldevelopinghttps://orsignupforsometheWildWingsNature&Festivaleducationandeventstakingthroughoutthemonth of www.wildwingsfestival.comOctober.

An additional secondary goal is to create a roadmap and a resource library for other small watersheds to follow should they wish to explore healing their own small watershed streams.

Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society’s GreenStreams Project

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For Lovelock, separating the climate and forest biodiversity crises “is as much of a mistake as the error made by universities when they teach chemistry in a different class from biology and physics. It is impossible to understand these subjects in isolation because they are

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Our major crises stem largely from ways of thinking that are limited to parts and immediacy, that fail to see how the whole is affected by and affects everything that interacts with and within it. The climate and biodiversity crises, growing mainstream recognition of the importance of Indigenous knowledge and increasing understanding of awarenessandtointerconnectednessecosystemallpointthenecessityofembracingactingonthisincreasingquicklyifwewant to avoid catastrophe. As Lovelock wrote before he died, “humans must learn to live in partnership with the Earth, otherwise the rest of creation will, as part of Gaia, unconsciously move the Earth to a new state in which humans may no longer be welcome.”

Lovelock, who died on his 103rd birthday July 26, was correct. As he pointed out, climate disruption and rainforest destruction show that humans are affecting the global environment, which is responding in ways that aim toward some kind of equilibrium — with or without humans. He also understood that a major drawback to Western science is reductionism, the tendency to compartmentalize phenomena, often obscuring how components interconnect and interact as part of something larger.


67 When scientist James Lovelock suggested more than 50 years ago that Earth regulates itself like a living organism, many in science and academia ridiculed his idea. As he later wrote, “the mainstream view then was the neoDarwinist one that life adapts to the environment, not that the relationship also works in the other direction, as we argued.”

Our understanding of the climate crisis and its causes — and solutions — is growing by leaps and bounds, although basic knowledge about greenhouse gases is at least 200 years old. But mainstream forest ecology has only recently started seeing the forest and the trees. Reductionist, capitalist thinking made many see forests as little more than stands of valuable timber — with a few “weed” species in the way — each individual tree worth more cut into boards or pulped into chips than an interdependent life form playing its role in a forest Asecosystem.withLovelock, when forest ecologist Suzanne Simard suggested that forests are more than just their parts, that they’re intricately connected systems that communicate and share and strive toward equilibrium, her ideas were initially derided and have a much greater understanding of forests and the fungal networks that connect trees. Through intricate mycelial webs, fungi and trees redistribute and share nutrients and water, and send almost instant recognition and warning signals to each other.

David Suzuki is a scientist, broad caster, author and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Written with contributions from David Su zuki Foundation Senior Writer and Editor Ian Hanington.

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer writes that Indigenous Elders have long spoken of trees communicating. “There is now compelling evidence that our elders were right — the trees are talking to one another.”

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Another interesting activity with your topical collection is entering them in a local Fall Fair. The Cowichan Exhibition has stamp displays put on by Cowichan Stamp Club, many smaller fairs have hobby or collection classes for children and adults. Cowichan Valley Stamp Club will meet on September 21, 7PM at Valley Seniors Centre, Duncan. All visitors welcome. For informaiton contact Julius, 1-778-877-4877.

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Acollectiontopical is a specialized stamp collection on any topic whatsoever. As you delve deeper into are stamps on your topic. Topical collections can be from any country or you can specialize in a topical from one country such as Canadian wildlife. There are many stamp dealers to choose from as well as clubs, auctions, post offices, and private sales. Topical collectors have their own magazine called Topical Time published in the United States with many Canadian subscribers.. Your topical collection won’t break the bank, many topical stamps are less than a dollar. If using auction sites to purchase check with Canadian Stamp News that they are reputable. Collecting is a perfect pastime for cold wet days and can be a fun activity to do with children or grandchildren. If they have a special interest such as dolls, superheroes, fairy tales, trucks, or cats there are stamps for them. Building a collection together can greatly expand a child’s knowledge of the world. To keep your topical collection safe purchase a stamp album from larger post offices or auctions or club members. These albums are made of materials which won’t deteriorate your stamps. The clear panes make showing your topical collection easy while protecting your stamps from wear and tear. Other basic supplies are stamp tongs to handle your stamps and a magnifying Arrangementglass.ofthe stamps can be by country, date of issue, or any way that pleases you. A topical collection can be sorted into subsections. For example a horse collection can have sections on draft horses, ponies, circus horses, saddle horses, pack horses, zebras and other species in the horse family.


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Introduction to the Soil Food Web Curious about soil biology? In this introductory workshop you will come away inspired to look more closely at the life beneath your feet and to appreciate all that the soil microbial community contributes to the health of plants, animals, us, and to the planet as a whole. Bring along a sample of soil or compost and meet the Soil Food Web players on a large screen as we explore “who” is home and what functions they perform in your garden. Visit the website to learn how to gather your sample. Limited to 10 participants. Choose either September 29, October 27 or November 24, 6.30-8pm, CGC board room, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan By donation to the CGC Elders Program. Noone turned away for lack of funds. Registration:Hannah Auer, www.springhilsoil-lab.caspringhillsoil-lab.caSoilcommunity.orginfo@cowichangreenSpringHillLaboratoryinfo@ WORKSHOPSSOIL

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We are amazed at the community support that has been essential to supporting Yasmeen Olya, mother, musician artist, sister, daughter, friend. A concert in Victoria bringing together amazing musicians to support her healing and cancer treatment. Supporting one, also supports all. These talented musicians are coming together for Yasmeen’s healing and it promises to be a beautiful inspired concert. Duo Corvi and guests (medieval music by Guillaume de Machaut) Iskra Violin/Guitar Duo (Duo concertante by Eberhard Böttcher) Steluta (original compositions, including a world premiere by Douglas Hensley) Douglas Hensley who will play in the Lampson/Hensley duo and in Steluta group, is an eclectic and versatile musician who enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages, helping them develop a solid technique which will enable them to play whatever kind of music they choose. Since 2001, he has served with the Victoria Symphony on guitar, lute, mandolin, and banjo, and in 2008 joined Pacific Opera Victoria in Regina. As co-founder and co-director of the Continuum Consort, he explores a repertoire from 12th century Cantigas de Santa Maria to 21st century works written for the ensemble Concert for Yasmeen Olya, The Victoria Conservatory Guitar Orchestra Lampson/Hensley Duo (lute songs by John Dowland) Daryâ Classical Persian Ensemble (song from Lorestan arr. by Faramarz Payvar) Duo Corvi, Douglas Hensley and more! Yasmeen Olya fundraising concert, September 11th @ 3pm. St Mary’s Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay, Victoria

How about we declare September as “Return to Self” month? It’s my birthday month so this is natural and perfect timing for me! I do enjoy quiet time and self reflection, especially in the garden in the early evening. I celebrate each of us as we welcome the upcoming magnificent Fall colours, and harvest nature’s bountiful in touch to ask about your personal Bach Flower remedy via email at Enjoy celebrating yourself and who you are!

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rewarding, while also being some of the most challenging endeavours of our human experience. When was the last time you just slowed down for 10-15 minutes, without distractions, to sit and be conscious of your breathing in and out and your natural surroundings? Give it a try, it is a break our nervous systems crave! We are incredibly more powerful than we give ourselves credit for, and I feel it’s surely time to shine the spotlight on what works and what we’re good at. There truly are gifts in spending time being present in your moment to moment reality — after all we are human beings, not human doings.

is so true that our emotional state affects our physical and mental state from moment-tomoment. Starting in 1930, Dr. Bach began collecting plants and flowers and devoted much of his life to developing a system of medicine aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. Dr. Bach developed a total of 38 flower remedies and divided them into 7 groups: fear, uncertainty, lack of interest in present circumstances, loneliness, despondency & despair, oversensitivity and over-care for Theothers.rewarding work of digging deep into our selves and layers of the onion revealing our authentic nature and essence is richly


think, and not feel too much and everyone always asks us what we’re thinking… It’s time to stop thinking — and just feel… how do you feel? What feelings are presenting themselves as “presents” for your current awareness with a gift to help you find your way back home to your true self? Emotional awareness, vulnerability and acceptance can open us in so many new ways, and the remedies are wonderful, gentle guides and Wonderfulsupport. and wise Dr. Edward Bach (1886–1936) observed that medical doctors were trained to only look at physical symptoms and body sensations, not their emotions, feelings or spiritual aspects. It

As Summer winds down and the reflective time of Fall arrives, I’d like to remind us that we can enter into an a deeper awareness within ourselves anytime and create a joyful heart space for celebrating our unique individual selves and our amazing

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SOME FACTS ABOUT INSECTS • over 90% of the animal life forms on Earth are insects. the most diverse group of •animals1.4million identified species •worldwide33,755identified and named insect species in Canada with twice as many estimated to occur but not identified; many known species are endangered • 636 insect species are reported from BC, an estimated 70 percent are nocturnal daily extinction of hundreds of insect species due to mostly man-made •causeshalfof Canada’s flowering plants and agronomic species are pollinated by insects without insect pollinators, the world food supply is in jeopardy un-identified species that become extinct with unknown value to mankind Why is that a problem?

Insects are found in almost every habitat, playing major roles in our ecosystems, and are most beneficial to mankind. For many people, insects are of no concern or considered a nuisance to get rid of such as mosquitoes, black flies, blue flies, or wasps. They are unaware of the highly important ecological role such insects play. Wasps and blue flies for example are the police in our environment, helping to keep it clean and healthy. Mosquitos are a major food source for fish and birds, as larvae and adults, providing important ecosystem services that include nutrient cycling, and the prevention of algae and detritus build-up in water bodies by grazing.

• Time limit: Timers are required for the environmentally friendly operation of lighting. Not every lantern and searchlight has to be on all night. In environmentally sensitive areas such as estuaries, ideally, lighting should be turned off completely after 10 p.m., provided safety regulations permit such a measure. However, safety can better and cheaper be achieved by illuminating a space around at a lower lumen level instead of using a high lumen concentrated beam which makes the dark area surrounding the lightened area appear even darker.

NOW IN PERSON IN AT CRYSTAL QUEST IN YELLOW POINT Despite their tiny eyes and brains, nocturnal insects have evolved a remarkable capacity to visually navigate at night. Whereas some use moonlight or the stars as a compass to maintain a straight-line course, others use visual landmarks to navigate to and from their nest. These impressive abilities rely on highly sensitive compound eyes and specialized visual processing strategies in the brain.

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A fringe benefit from all these remedial measures: if you want to teach your children and grandchildren about stars and the universe you may see the milky road again without driving to the Arctic or Antarctic!


According to the Biological Survey of Canada over half of Canada’s flowering plants are pollinated by insects, with an economic impact of great importance; without them, the terrestrial portion of our biosphere would be devastated. And without insect pollinators, the world food supply would be in jeopardy. And many of the larger insects serve as basic food for fish, birds, and mammals, constituting a critical link in the food chain. And it is quite conceivable that already within a few decades mankind will largely depend on insect protein as is happening already in parts of Africa and Asia. What we can do and what should be done? The good news is: Hardly any problem can be solved as easily as light pollution. That is why one of the aims of CERCA’s biodiversity


•altogether.Lightfixture orientation and placement: Each light should always be directed towards the ground. Street and yard lights in particular should be placed in such a way that they do not radiate into the environment or ecologically sensitive spaces.

• Technical measures: Light fixtures should be shielded in such a way that the light only gets to where something needs to be illuminated. Light fixtures with a limited beam angle are particularly desirable. Objects should only be illuminated as much as is necessary. A better effect can often be achieved with subdued lighting. In addition, lamps should be used that emit as little short-wave light as possible. Warm white LED lamps that do not emit UV radiation show the lowest attraction effect. Lighting with amber-colored LEDs and reduced brightness protects the environment in three ways: saving electricity, and money, and protecting wildlife. It is high time to switch to alternative lighting, shorten the duration of the lighting, or, in certain cases, do without night-time lighting

Recommended measures to stop insect deaths: • Clarify the need for lighting: Not all night-time lighting in public spaces and the estuary is really necessary for safety and/ or security reasons. In the case of structural changes, lighting that has become unnecessary should be dismantled.

Conservation Ecologist Chair Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association initiative is to reduce light pollution in the Cowichan Estuary. WFP, operators on the Westcan Terminal, Cowichan Village, as well as the CVRD, Municipalities, and private individuals have it in their own hands to do without unnecessary lighting and to switch to insectfriendly lighting systems.

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Home and family continue to be a focus this month. Expect to deal with repairs to bathrooms, plumbing, recycling or perhaps, a major improvement to your home. Relations with others are warm and friendly. Your appreciation of your daily world is increasing this month.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) This month, you feel more comfortable keeping a low profile; and yet, you also want to socialize. (It’s a mixed bag.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) This month the Sun is sitting at the top of your chart, which symbolizes you are being thrust in a spotlight that is flattering to you. Others will see you as competent, capable and talented, even if you don’t do anything special. (Good lighting is everything.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This month, you might be involved in debates about shared property, inheritances, taxes or debt. Nevertheless, you will stand your ground. Meanwhile, Mars has entered one of the most “fun” parts of your chart, and it will stay there until April 2023. (Most unusual!) It will hype your interest in sports, hobbies, the entertainment world, children, parties, romance and vacations. (Normally, this influence occurs only once every two years and lasts for six weeks. But this year, its influence hums for eight months!)

Taurus (April 20-May 20) You’re still in party mode and enjoying vacations; plus, many of you are entertaining.

Aries (March 21-April 19) This month you will focus on working smart and being as efficient as possible because this is what you want to do. However, know this: starting now until your birthday next year, you’re going be more vocal with others. You’ll be persuasive, and everyone will jump to your command! This is because your ruler Mars is going to accelerate tempo of your life until April 2023. Mars will also make you will identify with your ideas and opinions, and believe me, you’ll have strong views!


Gemini (May 21-June 20) Lucky you! Until April 2023, Mars is in your sign boosting your energy and heightening your joie de vivre! You’ll be Powerpoint on steroids! (Normally, Mars is in your sign for only six weeks every two years.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Oh my. You have a fast, busy pace this month, plus a strong desire to talk to others and enlighten everyone with your point of view. Family discussions and home repairs will be a theme. This is the perfect month to take a course or study something that will help you in your job or enrich your life in general. You will also enjoy buying beautiful things for yourself and loved ones, especially art. Fortunately, you attract money to you this month!

Go with the flow and see people when you’re up for it, and don’t worry about running away when you want to lie low. Respect your choices and choose what you want to do. Meanwhile, you will have an increased desire to do creative, intellectual work from now until April 2023. You might also feel that you have to defend your beliefs with someone.

However, it’s important that you cultivate and practice patience with partners and close friends in order to avoid conflict because Mars will be opposite your sign until April 2023. However, your payoff is that you can accomplish a lot working with a partner. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) This month, your desire to travel and break free from your day-to-day routine is strong. You need a change of scenery! You want to learn new things. This is also an excellent time to study and write. Fortunately, an unusual youphenomenoncelestialwillmotivatetoworktirelesslybecause it will make you feel proud of whatever you accomplish. This extra push to work hard will last until April 2023! Of course, you will want the credit for your efforts. After all, you’re the star!

(Stock the fridge because when spontaneous situations occur, you’ll be glad to have something on hand to serve your guests.) Meanwhile, Mars will be in your Money House until April 2023. (Normally it’s there for only six weeks once every two years.) This is huge! Mars will make you identify with what you own; i.e. you feel you are what you have. Don’t go overboard buying stuff!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) This month, you’re more focused on partners and close friends. Fortunately, you will have a more accurate perception and a better ability to see your closest relationships with more objectivity. This means you will see how to improve them! Meanwhile, you can expect increased chaos and activity on the home front from now until April 2023. During this time, you will work hard to restore things to how you want them. Fortunately, you will also have opportunities to boost your earnings. That’s a www.georgianicols.combonus!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’re popular! This is why you will be more focused on friends this month, as well as interacting with clubs and organizations. You will also give more time to setting goals and thinking about your long-term future. This is wise because goals help you to stay on track. Meanwhile, Venus is at the top of your chart making you look great in the eyes of others. (This is timely because your sex drive will be amped for the next eight months!)

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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Ta da! The Sun is now in your sign, which happens only once a year for four weeks. When this occurs, it boosts your energy and confidence! It also attracts important people and opportunities to you, as well as favourable situations. Use this to your advantage! Meanwhile, Mars is going to be at the top of your chart until April 2023 boosting your ambition like never before! (Normally, this would happen only once every two years for six weeks.) Grab the baton and run!

Ka-ching! Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re charming and diplomatic this month; plus, you have moneymaking ideas! In particular, you want to make your life easier by using what you own. You might also see new uses for what you own. (Expect to spend money on repairs.) Meanwhile, enjoy physical activity with friends. Note: what you seek now is a balance between your own self-interests and the interests of someone else. Obviously, you want to help and be of benefit; but at the same time, you matter, too. (This will be a big focus for the rest of the year.)

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