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• She has the senior management experience required to represent the interests of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford in Ottawa. • She will be accountable, accessible and empowered to vote in the best interests of the riding, free of political interference. • She opposes increased tanker traffic on the Salish Sea and will vote NO to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline proposal. • She will fight to defend Canada’s fresh water and ecosystems.



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OUR COMMUNITY Have a Say and Vote 5 October Events 6-7 Wild Wings Festival 20 Solar Power Option to Home Buyers 23-24 Garden House Book Sale Hits Major Celebration Year 25 Advertising Enquiries Please Call Adrienne Richards Cowichan Valley Wedding Show 27 250 510 6596 e-mail adrienne@cowichanvalleyvoice.com Treasures of the Valley 30 Next Ad Deadline October 18 for November ISSUE Proportional Representation 32 Masonry Heaters 33 *Non Profit Community Ad Rates available please enquire. Wool the Super Fibre 34 COMMUNITY CALENDAR LISTINGS ARE FREE! Please use this format Event Experience Downtown Duncan 36-39 Date, Event Title, Location, Time, Cost Eye On Shawnigan 48 Bottle Drive 49 Eco Halloween Fun 53 DEADLINE October 15 for November 2015 Issue 84 Community Farm Store 55-58 E-mail Date, Time, Location, Event Title and Cost to: Websites Emails and Verbal Lint 60 events@cowichanvalleyvoice.com Georgia Nicols August Horoscopes 61 Please list event title in subject with the word “EVENT” Directory 62-63 Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine reserves the right to omit and/or edit submitted listings due to space limitations LOCAL FOOD & DRINK New Book Features Cowichan Producers 8 SPECIAL THANKS TO FOLLOWING VALLEY VOICES Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre Crabfest 9 Venturi-Schulze Releases 25 Year Aceto Balsamic 11-12 Alistair MacGregor, Maria Manna, Anna Ion, Pat Scanlan, Steve Elskens, Ampersand Celebrates One Year 12 Bill Jones, Rob Martin, Robin Round, Charlie Webb, Gabriel Huston, Susan Perfect Pairings for Local Thanksgiving 14-15 Stitt, Nikki MaCallum, Lee Masters, Hugh Bulmer, Fair Vote Canada, Wendy Unsworth’s Community Supported Restaurant 16 Bergerud, Dr. Fei Yang, Charlie Webb, Lise Duncan, Susan Kostiuck, Jesse Thanksgiving Turkey Rub 17 Frank, Yaz Yamaguchi, Matt Price, Simon Pidcock, Sophy Roberge, Stefan United Eaters & Drinkers of Mill Bay 17 Sidl, Debbie Wood, Michelle Atterby, Heather Ferguson, Tracey Hanson, Baked Acorn Squash with Porcini Custard 19 Wendy Robison, Rick Dennis, Swarn Leung, Nicolette Genier and The Bill Jones Releases New Vegetable Cookbook 19 Wonderful Staff at The Community Farm Store and The Lovely Georgia Thanksgiving Dungeness Crab Feast 19 Nicols Island Farmhouse Poultry 21 October Cover Image Susan Stitt, Ingrid at Saison

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FARM & GARDEN Bird’s Eye Cove Farm Traditions 13 Leafy Opportunities 44 Plant Your Garlic 45 Pig Tales 59 LOCAL ARTS Painter Susan Stitt Tzouhalem Weavers 10 Words to Savour 17 One Tree Gains New Life 24 Margit Nellemann Ceramics 26 Nikki MaCallum 28 Jake’s Gift 30 Shane Koyczan 31 October Events 40 Palm Court Light Orchestra’s 29th Season 41 Dancing Cranes 42 Under the Red Umbrella Artwalk 43 Art for the Love of Youth 54 BODY, MIND & SOUL Botanicals to Beat the Flu 22 You Already do Qigong 29 Dr. Fei Yang 35 Massage 46 The Other Retirement Plan Avoiding the Blues 46 Cultivating Resilience in our Children 52-53 54 The Other Retirement Plan Yoga for Wellness 60 PETS, RECREATION & NATURE The Fungi Community 18 Fall Whales are the Best 47 Lucky Dogs The Naturopath 50 The Emotional Anatomy of Riding 51

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Have a say and CAST Your vote on october 19 Experienced Leader Entrepreneur Community Builder Accountable Fran HuntJinnouchi is an experienced leader who has a long history of contributing to her community as a successful business owner, an elected First Nations Chief, a school trustee, and as a senior manager in post-secondary education. Fran holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Masters of Adult Education, and has completed the coursework for a Doctor of Philosophy: Education Psychology & Leadership Studies. Fran was the inaugural Director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Victoria. Fran felt 2015 was the right time to bring her experience and knowledge to politics, and to use her passion, tenacity, and tireless efforts to support the work of the Green Party of Canada. Known to be a person who can get things done, Fran believes she is well suited to represent the constituents of the Cowichan–Malahat– Langford riding, and looks forward to working with them to find solutions to the challenges our riding, province and country now face. The Green Party is different from other parties in many important ways. We will never place the pursuit of power above principle. We will not allow partisan politics to get in the way of good ideas and needed action. We agree with Canadians who say it’s time for parties in parliament to stop bickering and get on with the job of governing, combating climate change, and taking better care of our environment, our health, and our economy. Led by Elizabeth May, the Green Party is based on fundamental principles including non-violence, ecological wisdom, sustainability, participatory democracy, social justice and respect for diversity. www.electfran.ca

NDP is Our Best Chance at Defeating Harper Alistair MacGregor is a thirtysix year-old father who lives on a small farm property north of Duncan with his wife and twin daughters. Born in Victoria, his early childhood years saw him travelling to many different countries, including time living in Germany and Israel. He has also lived in different regions of Canada before settling in the Cowichan Valley where he has been a resident for twenty-six years. Alistair has obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree from Royal Roads University, which he financed by working eight summers in a row as a tree planter. More recently, Alistair spent seven years working in the constituency office of retiring MP Jean Crowder, where he was inspired to enter politics from both the example she set and the hundreds of constituents he worked with. 2015 is shaping up to be a pivotal election for Canada and a chance to bring real change to Ottawa. Alistair’s NDP campaign in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford invites you to be a part of this change. After ten years of Conservative government, it is time to bring change to Ottawa. Tom Mulcair is a principled, trustworthy leader with the experience needed to replace Stephen Harper and who will champion progressive policies to tackle issues such as childcare, good jobs, retirement security, and our environment. Tom Mulcair and NDP will bring democratic reform to our electoral system by bringing in proportional representation. The NDP has long been a voice for social justice. Here on Vancouver Island, it is the NDP that defeats Conservatives. www.alistairmacgregor.ndp.ca

Real Change That Works For Everyone Maria Manna I am a first generation Canadian of Italian descent, a mother of three, an entrepreneur and business woman, and a philanthropic humanitarian. I am the owner and CEO of a 4Pillars Debt Restructuring franchise in Victoria and am presently a director with the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission. Ico-founded and am Vice President of the Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors Society which acts as a resource for young musicians in the community. I established the Maria Manna Bursary Fund with the Victoria Conservatory of Music to help children who cannot afford music lessons. My passion is people and, for over 30 years, I have been involved in the community. I have made a difference to the lives of many of the less fortunate among us. Through volunteerism and fundraising, I have helped to raise over $750 million for charities and non-profit organizations. I believe this election is a clear choice between smart investments that create jobs and growth, or austerity and cuts that will slow our economy further. A great many Canadians have lost confidence in our country because they see so many of their rights and hard-earned gains eroded by heavyhanded legislation, more and higher taxes, funding cuts and the elimination of essential services. The Liberals will focus on helping middle-income Canadians, nurturing small businesses, improving our infrastructure including transportation and affordable housing, and investing in clean energy alternatives. Our plan will make a real, positive difference for all Canadians. www.mariamanna.ca




WILDWINGS FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY Live music beer & conservation Craig St Brew Pub somenosmarsh@gmail.com 5pmclose FREE WILDWINGS ART EXHIBITION Artists Submission Deadline 1 original print painting photograph or other 2D or 3D artwork Entry Fee $25 For info c.e.p.bailey@gmail.com CHEMAINUS TASTINGS w/ food local art live music 3055 Oak St 5:30-9:30pm tickets @$30 LAND & VINE: FARM & WINERY TOUR Raincoast Aquaponics, Teafarm, tastings at 2 wineries 250-710-7391 $99 THE CHAMPAGNE OF TEAS Teafarm 8350 Richards Trail,Westholme 10-5pm FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT FUNDRAISER Screening of “Connected by Coffee” Cherry Point Vineyards 7-9:30pm $15 www.cowichanvalleyfilm.ca COTTAGE PAINT WORKSHOP Embellish! Home Decor 115 Kenneth St, Duncan 250 746 9809 10-3pm SEA BREEZE & DANCING CRANES Furniture by Thom Hinks & Silk Painting by Vanessa Rocchio Imagine That! 251 Craig St, Duncan runs to Oct 25 GAMES NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY Board or card games bring your favorite or play one of ours all ages 2687 James St, Duncan 6-7:30pm FREE


CRANBERRY HARVEST DAYS Yellow Point Cranberries 4532 Yellow Point Rd tours @ 12:30 & 1pm runs to Oct 4 11-3pm FREE TRAVELLING WORLD COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL VIU Cowichan Campus cowichanvalleyfilm.ca full pass $10 VENTURI-SCHULZE ANCIENT METHOD BALSAMIC VINEGAR TOURS & TASTINGS 4235 Vineyard Rd, Cobble Hil Book your spot 250 743 5630 11am & 1pm $10 THE GROUSE MARKET DAY Local culinary wine artists & live music 1-4pm Blue Grouse 3-7pm FREE

ENRICO WINERY OKTOBERFEST GOURMET BBQ 3280 Telegraph Rd, Mill Bay 250 733 2356 4-10pm FREE COW BAY CRAB FEST Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre Fundraiser $25 250.746.4955 Seatings at 5pm & 7:30pm FOUR COURSEWINEMAKER’S DINNER Averill Creek & Unsworth Vineyards Satellite Bar &Grill Arbutus Ridge Golf Club 250 743 5100 6pm $67 including wine pairings ART TALES & COCKTAILS A Vision of Words Selection of 10 written pieces & corresponding artworks Hilary’s Cheese & Wine Bar 1725 Cowichan Bay Rd 4–6pm Runs to Oct 30 A VISION OF WORDS Selection of 10 written pieces & corresponding artworks The Old Firehouse Wine Bar 40 Ingram St, Duncan Runs to Oct 25 LEGO FUN AT THE LIBRARY Bring your construction skills Ages 6+ and their families 2687 James St, Duncan 3:30-4:30 FREE ANGELA ANDERSEN & STEPHEN LOUIS, PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW Portals Art Space, 2687James St, Duncan Info 250-746-1633 - Runs to Oct 21


WEAVERS & MORE SHOW & SALE Tzouhalem Spinners & Weavers Guild Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre FREE


BUBBLES & BRUNCH Hudson’s On First, Reservations 250 597 0066 10-2pm SPIRITS TASTINGS AT MERRIDALE 1230 Merridale Rd, Cobble Hill 11-5pm PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSTING Learn basics to create material for a healthy garden Dinter Nursery 250 748 2023 10am INTRO TO PASSIONATE INTUITIVE PAINTING Lesley Fountain Studio #5 Pioneer Square Mall 10-4pm COTTAGE PAINT WORKSHOP Embellish! Home Décor 115 Kenneth St, Duncan 250 746 9809 10-3pm


COWICHAN VALLEY WILL RIDE Cycle start & finish at Merridale Cider Register 250-597-0097 cycletherapy.ca 10am-4pm SUNDAY GOOD CHEERS TOUR 250-710-7391 11-5pm AVERILL CREEK “RARE VOLUMES” LIBRARY WINES TASTING 250 709 9986 6552 North Rd., Duncan 3pm $25 VANCOUVER ISLAND KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW Enrico Winery 3280 Telegraph Rd HOMZY’S NOLA NIGHTHAWKS Crofton Hotel & Pub 1534 Joan Ave 250 324 2245 2pm $15 CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY AT THE COMMUNITY FARM STORE featuring Kilrenny Farm 5380 Trans Canada Hwy 10am -2pm

CARBBOARD CHALLENGE What can you create with cardboard boxes? The sky is the limit Cowichan Library 2687 James St, Duncan 2-4 FREE


CELEBRATE SOMENOS FAMILY FUN DAY Activites talks & tours Somenos Marsh Boardwalk & Open Air Classroom somenosmarsh@gmail.com 10-2pm FREE

FAMILY STORY TIME Ages 0-5 & their families Cowichan Library 2687 James St, Duncan Tuesdays 10:30-11am FREE

ALL CANDIDATES MEETING Bring a potluck dish if you can Cowichan Cultural Society Office #205 394 Duncan St 12-2:30pm

BLUE GROUSE WINERY PIG ROAST 2182 Lakeside Rd, Duncan 12-4pm $5


AVERILL CREEK “GLASS MATTERS” RIEDEL TASTING 250 709 9986 6552 North Rd, Duncan 3pm $60

WILDWINGS ART EXHIBITION & AUCTION Artists Drop Off Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society #5 55 Station St, Duncan 250 884 0749 2-6pm Oct 7&8

SIP, SAVOUR, & SUPPORT LONGTABLE DINNER Rub elbows with Canucks legends Captain” Kirk McLean plus other Canucks heroes, Orland Kurtenbach, Dave Babych and Jack McIlhargey. + The Famous Players Band, Live and Silent Auction. Limited Seating $175 emily@canucksautism.ca 5:30pm- midniight UNSWORTH FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS AT THE MARKET Duncan Farmers Market FREE

COWICHAN TOASTMASTER CLUB 2687 James St, cowichantoastmasters.com 7-9pm

PARENT CHILD MOTHER GOOSE Cowichan Library Duncan 10:30-11:30 FREE PAWS 4 STORIES A child provided story time to practise reading skills Cowichan Library 2687 James St, Duncan 3:30-4:30 FREE


MAPLE BAY PAINTERS ANNUAL FALL ART SHOW St. Peter’s Church Hall 5800 Church Rd, Duncan 10-5pm Oct 9&10 FREE

La Petite Auction House Auction Sunday OCTOBER 4 & 18

Early viewings Wed - Fri 11am- 3pm Plus viewings on Sat before the auction 12 - 3pm. SAME DAY viewing from 10am -1pm. To consign email dawngeddie@gmail.com

Auction begins at 1pm


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10 KNACKER’S YARD Cowichan Folk Guild Coffeehouse Duncan United Church 246 Ingram St, Duncan Doors 7pm $10 $5 for CFG CUTTINGS & PROPAGATION Save & increase the number of your favorite plants Dinter Nursery 250 748 202310am




COMMUNITY ACCUPUNCTURE #103-44 Queens Road, Duncan Frauke McCashin RAc @ 250 710 3581 12-3pm


HOMEMADE PAKORAS Deep fried spricy Indian fritters GF Whippletree Junction, Duncan 778 422 3310 6-7pm $30 COMMUNITY ACCUPUNCTURE #103-44 Queens Road, Duncan Frauke McCashin RAc @ 250 710 3581 5-8pm


SHANE KOYCZAN Internationally recognized spoken word artist poet & author Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 2687 James St, Duncan Ticket Centre 250 748 7529 7:30pm $32.50 UNDER THE RED UMBRELLA ARTWALK Downtown Duncan 5:30-9pm WILD WINGS ART EXHIBITION OPENING Local nature themed art live music fundraiser auction Just Jakes Restaurant somenosmarsh@ gmail.com 8-10pm FREE SOUTH END SENIOR’S CLUB Seniors are invited to join our friendly group Kerry Park Rec Center 1035 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd 250 743 9644 11:45am $11 GALLERY GRAND OPENING Excellent Frameworks New Owner 28 Station St, Duncan 250 746 7112 5:30-8pm FREE


DUNCAN VARIETY CONCERT & DINNER Live Entertainment Roast beef dinner door prizes Eagles Hall 2965 Boys Rd, Duncan 250 483 5043 6pm $30 GARDEN HOUSE FOUNDATION CHARITY USED BOOK SALE 20 000 quality used books mostly $.50-$2 to donate books call 250 743 4627 George Bonner School, Mill Bay Oct 17 9-3pm Oct 18 9-12pm JAKE’S GIFT Multi-award winning play about a Canadian WW2 veteran who returns to Normandy France Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 2687 James St, Duncan Ticket Centre 250 748 7529 7:30pm $28/$32 SPANISH FUNGI DINNER W/ CHEF BILL JONES Deerholme Farm, 4830 Stelfox Rd, Duncan For reservations 250.748.7450 MAKE YOUR OWN SAUERKRAUT Enjoy improved digestion w/ this fermented specialty 1-3:30pm EcoVillage, Shawnigan Lake Preregister bootlegbetty.ca $65 COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA BANNER WORKSHOP Lesley Fountain Studio #5 Pioneer Square Mall, lower level Mill Bay 10-4pm WINTERIZING YOUR POND Learn how a few chores will prepare your pond for Spring Dinter Nursery 250 748 2023 10am POST HARVEST PANTRY BARTERING PARTY Bring your excess preserved/garden foods to trade Vimy Hall 3968 Gibbins Rd, Duncan for info arushmere@gmail.com 9:30-12:30pm Sug Donation $1 Family $2

WILD GOOSE QIGONG 1ST 64 SEMINAR Learn ancient Chinese movements to relax the body & improve health Lee Masters Glenora Hall, Duncan Sat 1-5pm Sun 11-3pm Register rivendellrhythm@shaw.ca PALM COURT LIGHT ORCHESTRA presents “ROMANTIC ENCOUNTERS Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 2:30pm www.palmcourtorchestra.com BASKET MAKING WORKSHOP ng plant materials all materials & tools supplied limited spaces contact mariacurtis@shaw.ca 9:30-4pm $90 Wild Wings Festival fundraiser DOUG FARR ROB CHERAMY & PAT SELMAN Crofton Hotel & Pub 1534 Joan Ave 250 324 2245 2pm $10 CHEMAINUS CLASSIC CONCERTS Grant Mellemstrand tenor & Naomi Barclay Piano Schubert’s The Lovely Maid of the Mill St. Michael’s Church, 2pm Chemainus chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca $20 Adv $17

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VOTING DAY! Your vote counts! Bring your ID to vote. www.elections.ca

ESSENTIAL OILS 101 doTerra Fragrant Pharmacey Sweet Arts Studio & Gallery 131 Jubilee St, Duncan BC 250 533 9081 6-8pm FREE NEW ORLEANS COOKING CLASS w/ Chef Gary Faessler 1470 Cowichan Bay Rd 250 743 9019 6-8:30pm $65


KOMBUCHA & JUN Learn to make these healthful fermented drinks at home Includes a take home scobie bring a jar Whippletree Junction, Duncan 778 422 3310 6-7pm $25-$35 BOOK ARTS WORKSHOP All materials provided Register @ Islands Savings Center 2687 James St, Duncan 250 748 7529 10-3pm $85


VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE FROM THE OCEAN - FREE LECTURE, Community Farm Store 5380 Trans-Canada Hwy Duncan 6– 7:30pm CHAKRA BALANCING w/ essential oils doTerra Fragrant Pharmacey Sweet Arts Studio & Gallery 131 Jubilee St, Duncan BC 250 533 9081 6-8pm FREE COTTAGE PAINT WORKSHOP Embellish! Home Decor 115 Kenneth St, Duncan 250 746 9809 10-3pm GARDEN TAPESTRY GROUP FIBRE ARTS SHOW Presented by VISDA Portals Art Space 2687 James St, Duncan Opening Reception Fri Oct 23 2-4pm Info 250 746 1633 24 HALLOWEEN HARVEST HOE DOWN A family fun event live music Shelley Smilie & friends Shawnigan Lake Community Ctr 6:30-8:30pm FREE

FREE YIN YOGA CLASS w/ Nadia open to all levels @ Harmony Yoga Center 103-360 Duncan St, Duncan HarmonyYogaDuncan.com 6-7:30pm FREE or by donation XAVIER RUDD & THE UNITED NATIONS The bands only stop on Vancouver Island Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 2687 James St, Duncan Ticket Centre 250 748 7529 7:30pm $34/$38 ART IN YOUR DREAMS A NIGHT’S MASQUERADE Come in masquerade Old Firehouse Wine Bar 40 Ingram St, Duncan 7-10pm COTTAGE PAINT WORKSHOP Embellish! Home Décor 115 Kenneth St, Duncan 250 746 9809 10-3pm


PEACE IN THE VALLEY Forest Yogini Collective A morning of community and gentle yoga 250 709 3744 9:30-12pm The HUB Sug donation $20 funds raised for rebuilding schools in Nepal CONNECTING THROUGH TOUCH Engaging the senses & communicating about touch with clarity timetorealign.com 10-5pm $145 EMBODYING YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE One day seminar rimalevine@hotmail.com 10-5pm $110 by Oct 22 $125 after


WILD TALES presented by Reel Alternatives Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 2687 James St, Duncan $12 Students $5 all proceeds benefit Cowichan Valley Hospice


COMMUNITY ACCUPUNCTURE #103-44 Queens Road, Duncan Frauke McCashin RAc @ 250 710 3581 12-3pm


EASY HOMEMADE SAUERKRAUT take home a jar of sauerkraut Whippletree Junction, Duncan 778 422 3310 6-7:30pm $65 UNDERCOVER ART JOURNAL A Book Arts Workshop all materials provided Islands Savings Center 250 748 7529 10-3pm $85 COMMUNITY ACCUPUNCTURE #103-44 Queens Road, Duncan Frauke McCashin RAc @ 250 710 3581 5-8pm


DEADFEST CONCERT 7 COSTUME PARTY 4 local bands DJ licensed Adults only Tickets deadfest.ca 9pm


SPOOKTACULAR Trick or treating 1012pm Games & costume contest 12-2pm Downtown Duncan 8th ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR Valley Seniors Organization 198 Government St, Duncan Table Rental Info 250 746 4433 9-2pm


For $29.99 receive a United Eaters & Drinkers Tee shirt, monthly members only draw, Facebook contests. Every 5 times you dine on a regular priced entrée from Oct 1/15-Mar 31/16, you’ll be entered in a draw for an $1100.00 travel voucher!



celebration of British Columbia’s coastal cuisine with recipes and fork-lore from the region’s farmers, artisans, fishers, foragers, and chefs. In this follow-up to the international award-winning The Butcher, Chef Fatima DaSilva


the Baker, the Wine & Cheese Maker: An Okanagan Cookbook, discover some of the most diverse and delicious food on the planet—from the fabulous food-truck fare of Tofino to the elegant dishes of five-star restaurants. In addition to providing mouthwatering recipes for every meal featuring the bounty of the region, this collection is a tribute to the remarkable innovators and culinary leaders who make up Canada’s west coast food culture. Including: Chefs, Lisa Ahier, Vikram Vij, fisherman Moses Martin, and more. Featuring recipes for every meal, each dish is presented as collaboration

between the chef, farmer, artisan, and beverage maker. More than a cookbook, this is a commemoration of the intricate community, network, and culture that defines BC’s coastline and the abundance it has to offer. Notably for Cowichan, the book highlights the profiles and recipes of local chefs Fatima Da Silva, Chef Bill Jones, cheesemaker Cory Spencer amd farmer Kristin Thorarinson.

New Book Features Cowichan Producers

Jennifer Schell is a food and wine writer, columnist, and editor of BC Food & Wine Trails Magazine. Her first cookbook, The Butcher, the Baker, the

Wine and Cheese Maker: An Okanagan Cookbook, is a Canadian bestseller and has won numerous international awards. Visit Jennifer’s blog at jenniferschell.com for more information.

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Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre Kicks-Off Fundraising Drive With A Crabfest


he Cowichan Wooden Boat Society is proud to host a CrabFest dinner on Friday, October 2nd. In conjunction with “Savour Cowichan”, the Society is kicking off a fundraising drive to finance the restoration of the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre Pier. This historic pier now requires major renovation in order to maintain it as a major tourist attraction in Cowichan Bay. The pods

and the pavilion on the Pier house fascinating artifacts from bygone ages including wooden boats and canoes, First Nations exhibits, oldfashioned outboard motors and other artifacts and photos from the Valley. As with all wooden structures, the time has come to renovate and this time-consuming and expensive process will ensure that our Pier will endure for years to come.

To pay for the more than $500,000 estimated for this restoration, the Society is starting off by hosting this CrabFest, a fun and familyfriendly event served right on the pier with cracked crab straight from the pot, corn on the cob and buns for sopping up! Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available. Sing along to piped in maritime music and enjoy the ambience of an oldfashioned open-air crab boil! Join us on the Pier on Friday, October 2nd. To accommodate

all, a first sitting will be at 5 p.m. and a second sitting at 7:30 p.m. Only 300 Dungeness crabs will be available, so get your tickets today! Tickets are $25; call 250-746-4955 or email cwbs@classicboats.org.


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Fri, Sat & Sun

10am -5pm

Certified Organic Liberty Apples 3611 Kingburn Road, Cobble Hill, BC Phone: 250-743-4242 www.TannersOrchard.ca

Only 300 Dungeness Crabs at $25/Plate!




Come crack a crab and help KICK OFF the FUNDRAI$ING DRIVE for the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre Pier Restoration

1761 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, BC Sponsored by the Cowichan Wooden Boat Society

For tickets 250.746.4955 cwbs@classicboats.org


Vancouver Island Artist With Abstract And Representative Works Of Canadian Landscapes On the cover this month is a piece by local painter Susan Stitt. “I paint because I have always wanted to push what I see in my mind’s eye through my hand onto a waiting surface. For me, painting is an act of joining the interior world to the one I see outside of myself. Whether my works are representative pieces or abstractions, they convey an emotional parallel to the natural world around me.” Susan Stitt first picked up a paint brush in 2003 when she began to study under a Master of Painting from the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow. Susan is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and lives in Cowichan Bay. She paints in oils, acrylics and oil and cold wax.


Note on “Ingrid at Saison” For me, this painting of Ingrid in her garden represents the harvest of our labours and the continuum of life. The reference was a photograph taken by a childhood friend of Ingrid’s, now living in Ireland. On a recent visit, Janet Horsfall, originally from Duncan, captured a perfect harmony in this act of harvest. The garden rows radiate towards Ingrid, who turns back to them as if acknowledging their bounty. Contact Information: suestitt@brookhouse.bc.ca www.susanstitt.com

Giordano Venturi next to the traditional ageing series

Venturi- Schulze Releases 25 Year Aceto Balsamic Vinegar t is important to point out that the province of IModena in Italy is known

for its balsamic vinegar, but there are two categories. The first is the cheap and easily made Balsamic Vinegar of Modena that you often see in grocery stores. It is made by mixing strong vinegar, grape juice concentrate, caramel colouring, sugar syrup and flavourings. It almost always contains sulphites and may or may not be aged in barrels. The second is what is referred to as Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico Traditionale di Modena). The process begin by harvesting white grapes (usually Trebbiano), simmering the juice over an open fire to reduce and concentrate the natural sugars, then allowing the natural processes involving many yeasts and bacteria to occur over several years, followed by ageing in series of barrels of different woods for many years. The oldest barrel in each series is the smallest, the next a little larger than the previous. There is a square hole cut in the top of the barrel to allow evaporation and concentration. Each year, the barrels must be topped up. The oldest is topped up with the next, a little larger, which is topped up from the next oldest, a little larger again, and so on. It is in this manner that the oldest barrel in each series eventually becomes a complex blend of all of the barrels in that series. Traditionally, a very small amount (less than 10% per year) for use (or sale) is drawn only from the head barrel of each series. Production of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar or Modena was limited to rich families, often nobility, who had the land and could afford to hire peasants or house the mezzadria needed to work

the fields and vineyards. The rich families also provided a continuum in the rise and fall of generations during the frequent invasions, negotiating with the invaders, where the poor families often had to flee to the mountains to survive. Giordano’s family and their ancestors were poor people of low social stature, peasants in days of old, bricklayers in more recent generations. They did not produce balsamic vinegar. It was not until after Giordano immigrated to Canada that he had his first taste of Aceto Balsamic Traditionale di Modena. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder after growing up poor and decided that he would try to make this vinegar that had been in the domain of the rich, that his family didn’t even dream of doing.

Celebrating the return of the Trumpeter Swans - 2015

October 1: FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY @ the Craig St Brewpub (5pm until close) October 3: CELEBRATE SOMENOS Family Fun Day @ the Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom and Boardwalk (10am until 2pm) October 15: WILDWINGS ART EXHIBITION Opening Night Cocktail Mixer @ Just Jakes Restaurant (8pm until 10pm) October 18: WILDWINGS BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP @ the Cowichan GreenCommunity (9:30am until 3:30pm) *please pre-register

For event details Like us on Facebook or go to www.wildwingsfestival.com

Giordano was born in Spilamberto, Modena, Italy, the centre of traditional balsamic vinegar production. He began making balsamic vinegar in Canada in 1969 using bought grapes. He followed a century’s old recipe from his home town, but it was not until he brought back a sample of vinegar containing the live organisms, the “mother”, in 1970 that he was able to successfully get it started. We still have that original barrel in our vinegary. Ours is a second marriage, a “blended family”. Giordano had two sons, Paolo and Greg, I had two daughters, Michelle and Kris, and a son Cameron, and Giordano and I had our daughter Giordana, who was born in 1989, after we started our vineyard here in Cobble Hill/Cowichan Bay. In 1986, we started a barrel for Paolo, in 1987 for Greg, in 1988 for Michelle, and so on. In 1990, we were finally able to begin our first estate grown ancient method balsamic vinegar.

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has always been to us Itotimportant be 100% estate

Marilyn Venturi stands next to two of their largest vinegar storage barrels, each 2,500 litres. Photo Joerg Rosenthal

grown. We don’t use pesticides or herbicides, we don’t irrigate and we fully embrace a natural and sustainable approach to agriculture and life in general. We have been releasing our ancient method balsamic vinegar, made according to the ancient traditions of Modena for years in a 250 ml bottle. We modified the ageing by starting solera-type series of larger sealed barrels in order to be able to release it at a relatively affordable price – about $65 for 250 ml – while we waited for the series of small barrels of chestnut, cherry, acacia, ash and oak to mature. Our 250 ml ancient method balsamic vinegar has been the subject of television specials in several countries, was purchased by Adrienne Clarkson when she was Governor General of Canada as gifts for visiting dignitaries, was featured in 1994 on Good Morning America as one of BC’s best products during the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, and was named one of Canada’s top 20 food artisan products by the Ace Bakery Artisan Incubator in Toronto. Last year food editor Anabelle Waugh’s of Canadian Living Magazine listed it as her top gift wish for Christmas. We’ve waited 25 years to draw off our first release of Venturi-

Ampersand Celebrates One Year With a New Release Vodka! Schulze 1990 Legacy, bottled in 100 ml bottles retailing for $100. To put it in perspective, we started with between 500 and 1000 litres of juice, allowed it to convert to vinegar where the active stage involving dozens of strains of yeast and bacteria lasts from 4 to 8 years, followed by ageing and natural evaporation and concentration for decades to finally being able to draw off just 12 litres for sale. The 100 ml bottle of Aceto Balsamico Traditionale di Modena that Giordano tasted when he first came to Canada cost the equivalent of about $600. The good news is that we can now draw off a small amount every year. The first 120 bottles released sold out quickly. The next release will be in November. Sign up at www.venturischulze.com to be the next in line for a bottle!


fter celebrating their one year anniversary with the 2015 Savour Cowichan Festival, Ampersand Distilling Company is excited to release their second spirit, Per Se Vodka. Per Se Vodka is the pure expression of the 100% organic BC grown wheat they use to make their spirits. The grain is milled, fermented, and distilled on site, before being diluted with their own spring water. The resulting spirit has body, sweetness, and a creamy mouth-feel. Per Se Vodka is best enjoyed sipped solo, but in true Ampersand fashion, it works well in your favourite vodka cocktail. Per Se Vodka is a limited release available at the Duncan Farmers’ Market, alongside their flagship spirit, Ampersand Gin.

Ampersand Distilling Company is a family founded craft distillery located on a five acre organic farm in the Cowichan Valley. Though trained as engineers, father-son duo Stephen and Jeremy Schacht have used their knowledge of science and traditional distilling techniques to create a hand crafted distillery where they can make hand crafted spirits. Ampersand Distilling Company is about bringing things together; ingredients & techniques; science & art; tradition & innovation. We make delicious spirits designed to be a staple on your bar. www.ampersanddistilling.com





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Birds Eye Cove Farm Traditions


illiam Chisholm, of whom our Valley’s Chisholm Trail and Chisholm Island (the ‘Eye’ in Bird’s Eye Cove) are named, is the founder of Bird’s Eye Cove Farm. William, an Irishman from Nova Scotia, was an adventurous young man who sought his fortune in the California Gold Rush of 1849. Coming north to the Cowichan Valley after the Rush, he found his motherlode not of gold but of productive farmland in a hidden oceanside valley. Surrounded by fortress-like mountains, the protected fertile valley was inspirationally beautiful. It was here that in the late 1850’s William decided that he would clear the land, break the soil, raise a family and put down roots. Over the next one hundred years, he and his family, along with successive generations, through pioneering dedication and lifetimes worth of hard work, made the land into what is now Bird’s Eye Cove Farm.

And talk about Community! William was a solid contributing member to the people and growth of the Cowichan Valley community. He helped new settlers and attended all community functions. In 1867, he was a founding member of the Cowichan Agricultural Society. In 1873, he was one of the settlers who petitioned for the incorporation of the Municipality of North Cowichan, of which he was a councillor for numerous terms. Since 1980, the Skoretz family has been proud to continue in William’s spirit. We are gratefully tasked as community stewards of this amazing land. Practising mindful holistic agriculture without the use of herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones is the normal way of farming. The strong hay-land supports our registered herd of over 50 Scottish Highland Cattle. We have a breeding herd of heritage Berkshire pigs, not

to mention laying hens, lambs and other poultry. People in the Cowichan Valley are more concerned than ever to ensure the food that they feed their family is the best. They want to be able to see for themselves

that their food is ethically grown. This demand has helped all local producers and has and has refined the quality of food grown here. Thank you for your continued support of the farm and our vision to connect people, food and agriculture.


perfect pairings for A local Thanksgiving The Bird

Turkey is serious business. Millions of Canadians struggle with preparation of this bird every October. How long should you cook it for? Will it be dry or flavourless? What kind of stuffing? Every cook has had at least one Thanksgiving turkey disaster. Worry not, choose the right wine and all sins shall be forgiven. Gewürztraminer 2014, Averill Creek Vineyard $20 This little stunner of a white wine is my personal favourite pairing when it comes to turkey. Dry and aromatic with a hint of spice, Averill Creek’s Gewürztraminer is the essence of Thanksgiving. This wine has beautiful notes of tropical fruit flavours with a hint of rose and orange peel. Gewürztraminer has some weight to it which means this wine can soar above the

wonderful chaos that is Thanksgiving dinner and stand up against a multitude of different flavours and textures. Say goodbye to Triptophan-induced drowsiness with this zippy Island-grown Gew. Pinot Noir 2013, Unsworth Vineyards $25 I think Pinot Noir may be one of the top 5 things I am thankful for. You know, after family, friends, health and all that important stuff. I am particularly thankful for this expertly-made local offering that is a clear winner in the turkey pairing category. This deliciously fresh wine is packed with everything that a good Pinot should have. With hints of wild strawberries and vibrant cherry flavours balanced with a heavenly earthiness, this wine was made to be paired with poultry. Throw some mushrooms into your stuffing to highlight the earthy characteristics of this wine and really impress your dinner guests.

The Side Dishes

There are so many exciting side dishes to serve with a turkey dinner. This is where you can have some fun with your wine pairings. Let’s face it: these tasty trimmings are the best part of Thanksgiving.

Mashed Potatoes

House Cider, Merridale Estate Cidery If turkey is the King of Thanksgiving dinner then mashed potatoes are most certainly next in line to the throne. This is where the delicious ciders of Merridale Cider get a well-deserved shout out. Did you know that cider is a natural pairing with anything creamy? Merridale’s House Cider is a dry but slightly sweeter version of their Traditional English-style cider. Made with estate-grown Heritage apples, the house cider is crisp and refreshing. It cuts elegantly through the creaminess of mashed potatoes and is the perfect palate cleanser. Pick up a growler at Merridale to enjoy this libation fresh from the tap.

Brussels Sprouts

Damasco N/V, Vigneti Zanatta Winery $17.25


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The dreaded brussels sprout. Let’s do this. Whether you are a sproutlover or hater, these little green vegetables are going to make an appearance. Do them some justice with a great wine pairing. Zanatta Winery’s Damasco is a blend of Ortega, Pinot Auxerrois, Muscat and Madeleine Sylvaner. This light, floral, fruity and slightly effervescent wine is seriously good. Pair this with citrusscented brussels sprouts for a full-blown flavour explosion and convert those sprout skeptics for good.


On the Mark, Rocky Creek $15.67 Stuffing is the epitome of comfort. The warm, herby goodness of turkey stuffing pairs beautifully with Rocky Creek’s approachable red wine, On the Mark. This wine is named after Rocky Creek’s wine maker: Mark Holford and is a unique blend of 6 grapes including Cab Foch, Marachel Foch and Pinot Noir. The Cab Foch and Marechal Foch give this wine a rich, spicy intensity and Pinot Noir softens these monster grapes to a silky smooth roar. Notes of blackcurrant, spice, dark berries and light earthiness pair particularly well with a stuffing that features dried fruit. On the Mark is approachable not only in flavour, but in price and the packaging is fun too. Anna Ion is the Food and Beverage Manager and Wine Director at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria BC. She is a certified Sommelier by the International Sommelier Guild.

The Desserts

Brandenberg No. 3 2010, Venturi Schulze Vineyards $35.60 At Thanksgiving pumpkin dominates the dessert category. Whatever form your pumpkin takes, whether it be a traditional pumpkin pie or a funky spin on the classic (pumpkin cheesecake anyone?) Venturi Schulze’s Brandenburg No. 3 is a no brainer. This rich, sweet wine made with the Madeleine Sylvaner grape boasts flavours of caramel, coffee and dried fruit. Brandenberg No. 3 has such well-balanced acidity that you will be surprised how perfectly it compliments pumpkin pie. You won’t be faced with the battle of sweet versus sweet, but rather an elegant and delicate flavour experience. Side note: in my opinion the Madeleine Sylvaner grape really is the sweetheart of the Cowichan Valley. This white hybrid grape of German origin does well in the Cowichan terroir and is amazingly flexible in its vinification. Bring this wine as a hostess gift for some serious bonus points.

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he second season of Unsworth’s Community Supported Restaurant (CSR) has begun, and what better way to warm your belly in the cooler months of the year. Unsworth Restaurant’s CSR Program is modeled after Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Unsworth’s Community which offers a membership in Supported Restaurant Returns! exchange for a share of available Thursday and Friday a farms produce. This evenings from October 2015 model is popular amongst many through April 2016. local farms for its ability to forge Members receive a bi-weekly relationships between consumers email featuring the CSR menu and farmers, as well as provide for the following two Thursday an income source during low and Friday nights. Once farming season. Restaurants Members have experienced their share this challenge, as tourist initial five dinners, they may visitation wanes in the fall and continue to enjoy CSR menus winter months. for $35 per additional dinner Unsworth Vineyards is offering (price for non-members is $45). their guests the opportunity to As a delicious treat or as a pledge their support to their wonderful gift, an Unsworth restaurant by purchasing a CSR membership celebrates the CSR Membership. For $175, amazing local food we all enjoy. members receive five gourmet 3-course dinners prepared from Memberships are available mostly local ingredients by chef for purchase online at www. Steve Elskens. Enjoy Steve’s unsworthvineyards.com, at the creations complemented by Unsworth Restaurant, or by wine from Unsworth Vineyards and other select BC wineries phone, 250.929.2292 ex 1. (wine extra). The CSR menu is

October 12. The Cafe will be closed that day, but over the weekend leading up to it, we’ll be baking up a storm!” says Susan “Come in to place your order for the best pumpkin pie in town, the addictive butter rolls, challah, broa, cornbread, the legendary pumpkin stollen, and so much more.” Viist the Garage Bakery at 330 Duncan St, or call and place your order by phone 250 748-6223.

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usan Minette ad her staff at the Duncan Garage Bakery & Cafe is thankful for a lot of things, and Thanksgiving is surely one of them. “This year, Thanksgiving day is Monday

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Thanksgiving Turkey Rub

Courtesy Steve Elskens, Unsworth Restaurant


Zest of an orange Zest of a lemon 4 fresh bay leaves 4 sprigs of rosemary 4 sprigs of thyme 4 sprigs of sage 2 tbsp of fennel seed ½ tsp fresh nutmeg 8 tblsp of sea salt Pinch of chilli peppers



Coarsely chop all fresh herbs and put all ingredients in a food processer and pulse until combined. Rub! General cooking guidelines 35 – 40 minutes per kilogram. After putting in your stuffing rub the bird with olive oil all over and rub about half mixture all over the bird. Save some of the rub to sprinkle on after cooking as well.

Become a Member of the United Eaters and Drinkers of Mill Bay Bridgemans Bistro invites their local community to come be a part of the United Eaters & Drinkers of Mill Bay. Members receive a t-shirt, exclusive members only draws, speciality discounts and the chance to enter a draw for an $1100 travel voucher. Begins

October 1st. Come on in and ask what it’s all about!

Fall is here. My list of changes is long. Glorious colours of the season’s flowers, rain-soaked soil, fresh sweet air, cool then cooler, nights. Time to behead roses, pull out rooted annuals, shear, pick up broken branches; harvest the last of the tomatoes, bring in the tender plants and the apples, pail by pail. Once again, pull the weeds: out - Morning Glory, Comfrey- out! Scatter fallen leaves as mulch. Pick the still-beautiful dahlias, the last roses, and a bouquet of Brown-Eyed Susans. Now, the fun part… selecting spring bulbs, knowing the miracle of the flower is already formed inside: choosing which garlic – standard “old one” or exciting new varieties this year? Wait, look - the display of chrysanthemums: what colours, that earthy smell of fall. Winter Jasmine – I can’t resist. My car, loaded with many unplanned purchases, with no thought as to the work ahead to plant and mulch. I drive home, sniffing leaves burning, looking at the splendour of fall colours on the trees, happy in my heart the sun is still shining and I am wearing a sweater. Pat Scanlan lives in Shawnigan Lake, where she writes poetry and short stories, works in her garden and enjoys her grandkids.


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ild mushrooms underlie the very fabric of our valley. One major class of fungi is called the mychorrizal group. These are the mushrooms (like Chanterelles) that grow below our local trees (like the Douglas Fir). They help nurture and even accelerate the growth of many trees in our forests. The relationship between the fungi and trees is profound. Fossil records going back 400 million years have identified the presence of plants and helpful fungi partners. The network of fibers that forms the mass of the mushroom organism is called the mycelium. These tiny rootlets bond with the roots of trees and in essence help extend the root network of the trees. The mushrooms take sugars and nutrients from the plant and in return bring moisture and vital minerals and elements to the plant. The relationship is mutually beneficial and results in healthy and sturdy forests. On the flip side there are other fungi that are parasitic and can cause great damage and death to trees, they also act as natures recyclers and return wood and the forest floor litter back to the earth. Nature seems to like a balance between life and death. Why is this important? For several reasons, firstly that when forests are cut down,

the mychorrizal fungi go dormant. This continues until the forest can recover and the canopy grows up - and the mushrooms can resume their mutual relationship with the trees. Once a forest is cut down the ground is exposed to direct sunshine, the moss dies off and sun-loving (and water hungry) plants like ferns, salal and blackberries take over. It takes about 20 years after logging for the forest floor to recover, produce moss and again become a friendly environment for mushrooms. The moss acts like a moist and comforting blanket for the mycellium. It also helps to lessen evaporation and keep more moisture available to trickle into our watershed and the local freshwater aquifer. Water is becoming a precious resource here in the valley and healthy forests contribute to a healthy watershed. Watersheds feed into streams and streams turn into rivers on the way to the ocean. Many organisms depend on these waters, from insects to salmon feeding on the insects, onto bears and eagles feeding on the salmon. All the waste produced gets worked back into the soil as organic material is broken down and reunited with the soil. It is all connected in life to death and everywhere in between.

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The Fungi Community I often think the level of logging I see in the hills is unsustainable. One of the more depressing things I have done on this island is take a small plane trip over the southern end to scout for new mushrooms areas. All I can say is that the mature forests are shrinking at an alarming rate. I’m not even talking about the precious stands of old growth timber. I’m talking about mature 3rd and 4th generation timber that was replanted in the last 50 years. Forestry is an important part of the heritage and economy of our valley, as the population grows, more demands will be put on our forests and lands. Something needs to change in our view and management of our forests. We need to stop shipping raw logs to China and start creating more jobs and economic development through local manufacturing - and start looking at the forest as an economic engine for tourism

and all the other potential forest products - like the mushrooms. All these add up to making the quality of life we enjoy here in the Cowichan and represent values we need to protect from abuse and overly aggressive development. I can only hope we elect governments that care about the forests as much as tax decreases for the elite. We need to view the forest as a vital part of our community and realize our health is linked the health of the trees, the mushrooms and the local environment. So yes, get out there and hug a tree - they are a critical foundation of our community and more important than most people think. Bill Jones is a chef, author and food consultant based on Deerholme farm. Reach him at www. deerholme.com

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ill Jones latest (and perhaps greatest) cookbook is a tome of more than 125 plant-based recipes that will revitalize your love for veggies. Just in time to revamp your favourite veggie dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas, this collection was inspired by Jones’ travels and experiences and is a love letter to vegetables, one that he started writing many years ago. Whether you grow, forage, or purchase them, vegetables come in all shapes and sizes, tastes and textures, flavours and colours, and in true Bill Jones fashion, The Deerholme Vegetable Cookbook provides simple, delicious, and unexpected recipes to prepare all that goodness from the garden. The Deerholme Vegetable Cookbook by Bill Jones (available October 13) Bill Jones is a french-trained chef and author of twelve

Baked Acorn Squash with Porcini Custard

Recipe Courtesy Bill Jones, The Deerholme Vegetable Cookbook Use small squash about the size of a softball. Be careful when halving the squash. I use a sharp bread knife to bite into the skin before pushing down to split the squash open. You can also use this knife to remove a little of the round side of the squash to allow it to sit securely on the baking tray. Make sure not to cut through the flesh to expose the hollow interior. Serves 2–4

Bill Jones Releases New Vegetable Cookbook cookbooks, including The Deerholme Mushroom Book and The Deerholme Foraging Book. He is proprietor of Deerholme Farm in the Cowichan Valley, which was recently listed as a BC travel destination in WestJet’s Inflight Magazine. He is a fervent supporter of local food communities and sustainable agriculture.

1 small acorn squash 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil Salt and pepper 1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream 2 eggs, beaten 1 Tbsp (15 mL) porcini powder Pinch freshly ground nutmeg Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). On a cutting board, cut the squash in half, and remove and discard the seeds, pulp, and any woody stem. Place on a rimmed baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until the squash is easily pierced with a knife and the edges of the squash are beginning to char. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. In a bowl, whisk together the cream, eggs, porcini powder, and nutmeg and season well with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the squash halves and return to the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the custard is set around the edges (and jiggling a little in the centre). Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.


Thanksgiving Dinner Dungeness Crab Feast Plan 1 crab per person for a meal. You may call ahead to reserve crabs or choose your own from the tank. Fresh, live crab available daily!



10 Fresh 1 tsp 1

Dungeness Crab Kosher Salt Bay Leaf

1 pound

unsalted butter, melted

* Large pot with steamer insert or large stock pot.

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Method Prepare a large pot with steamer insert and lid with 1 inch of water. Dissolve salt in water, throw in bay leaf and bring to a boil on high heat. Place crabs in steamer rack, cover and bring water back to boiling. When water reaches boiling, turn heat to medium- high and steam until crab is cooked through about 7 minutes or until bright orange-red. Remove crabs with tongs, and let cool in large bowl while you repeat process with remaining crabs for meal. Serve with melted butter for dipping, corn on the cob and baked stuffing! Fresh live crab should be purchased and cooked the same day—the crabs can only be stored in the refrigerator for a few hours once taken out of their holding tanks.

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WildWings Festival: It’s not just for the Birds


ctober is here again to soak the Cowichan in fall beauty. This time of year is special in the Valley because it marks the return of migratory waterfowl to their overwintering habitat in the Somenos Marsh and nearby natural areas. The Trumpeter Swan, the largest of North American waterfowl, was once brought to near extinction. WildWings Festival is a celebration of this beautiful bird’s annual return to Somenos, their resting place, from their northern breeding grounds. This year’s festivities include a Launch Party at the Brew Pub on October 1st with live music, triva (with prizes) and the specially crafted WildWings I.P.A. On October 3rd the community is invited to the Somenos Marsh Boardwalk and Open Air Classroom for Celebrate Somenos Family Fun Day. There will be kid’s activities and talks and tours on birds, salmon, amphibians, photography and more! This event also includes a Somenos Garry oak ecosystem tour and birding in Cowichan Bay. This year’s WildWings Art Exhibition, put on in partnership with


the Cowichan Valley Arts Council, will be held at Just Jake’s Restaurant and will feature local artists renditions of nature and wildlife. The opening night cocktail mixer (October 15th, 8-10pm) will act as the after-party for the Duncan Business Improvement Area Society’s Under the Umbrella Art Walk making for a fantastic night of culture in the heart of Duncan. Lastly, longtime weaver Maria Curtis will host a basket weaving workshop on the 18th where participants can learn to weave using local materials including invasive species harvested from the marsh (please pre-register). For more information about this annual festival please contact the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Bailey, at somenosmarsh@gmail.com or 250-884-0749

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“It’s fresher from here” Chicken & Lovage Salad Sandwich Courtesy Chef Rob Martin, Executive Chef Old Firehouse Wine Bar, Duncan

Amount 2 lbs.

1.5 cup 2 cup 2 ¾ cup ½ cup ¼ cup 2 Tbsp 1.5 Tbsp 1 Tbsp


Skinless, Boneless Island Farmhouse Poultry Chicken Breasts crème fraiche or sour cream aioli or mayonnaise shallots minced minced celery roughly chopped lovage leaves ripped wild fennel fronds rice vinegar salt fresh cracked black pepper

(plus additional salt & pepper for seasoning chicken)

Method 1. Season and roast chicken breasts at 375deg for 20min. or until interior temperature of 165deg. Cool on rack. 2. Combine all other ingredients in large mixing bowl to make dressing. Taste for desired seasoning. Add more salt, pepper or vinegar if desired. *note: a pinch of cayenne pepper or splash of sriracha sauce may be added for some subtle spice. 3. Shred or cube the cooled chicken breasts and toss in dressing. Serve on toasted brioche bun, or on butter lettuce as a salad.

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Botanicals to Beat the Flu


s anyone sick in your house these days? It‘s THAT season again, but a few simple plant allies can help us minimize or eliminate the discomfort that colds and flu can bring.

ENCHINAFORCE TABLETS & TINCTURE – Prevention and relief strengthens For relief for cough the immune system and cold, sore throat ECHINAFORCE and congestion. HOT DRINKsoothing relief for acute symptoms ECHINAFORCE JUNIOR- chewable daily prevention and relief ECHINAFORCE EXTRA- maximum strength symptom relief ECHINAFORCE SORE THROAT SPRAYimmediate soothing relief ECHINACEA LOZENGES- soothing and refreshing SINNA NASAL RELIEF- fast sinus congestion relief SINNA TABLETS- Relieves sinus BRONCHOSAN- Bronchial and respitory relief “ Nature give us everything we need to protect and maintain our health” For more information visit www.avogel.ca

The Swiss pioneer of natural health Alfred Vogel dedicated his whole life to achieving recognition for naturopathy and herbal medicine.

Essential oils are concentrated oils and resins that plants produce to help protect themselves from predators and diseases. As a result, many essential oils are real flubusters! One of the most popular combinations of germ-fighters is known as Four Thieves oil. The story of the Four Thieves is legendary. The bubonic plague wreaked havoc in Europe for 600 years decimating half the population. In the early 1600’s in France, a group of thieves that included an herbalist created a mixture of rosemary, sage, lavender, peppermint, garlic and apple cider vinegar. By dousing themselves in the powerful antibacterial brew, the thieves were able to rob the recently deceased without catching the deadly infection! A modern adaptation of the historic blend uses pure essential oils noted for their anti-bacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and decongestive properties. The oils, including lemon, cloves, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary also stimulate the immune, circulation and respiratory systems. Mounting evidence suggests that the thieves oil blend’s effectiveness stands up to the legend. Studies at Weaver State University in 1997 showed a 96% reduction of pneumonia bacteria and a 44% reduction of staph bacteria from the air after a mere 10 minutes of

exposure! Four Thieves is inexpensive, easy to use and SMELLS DELICIOUS. It can be inhaled directly from the bottle, added to a steam of boiled water, placed in a diffuser or dropped on a tissue and inhaled (try it while flying). Several drops of oil placed on the bottom of your feet before bed can help to prevent colds and flu if done regularly throughout the season. As both cinnamon and cloves can irritate sensitive skin, be sure to test before applying directly or add a bit of vegetable oil to dilute. You do not ingest Thieves oil. I am always delighted when those who tried my Four Thieves blend come back astonished that they did not get sick when others around them were dropping like flies. Essential oils are the plant’s best defense against all kinds of microscopic invaders, and they can be ours too. Robin Round is the Founder of Botanical Bliss, an herbal products and services company based in Duncan. Find your Bliss at the Duncan, Qualicum and Moss St Markets every Saturday.

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Newly sold home under construction in the “Trail Side” with a large 5.10KW solar array.

system which is just complicated and has a long pay-back period. Well that’s just not the case anymore. When we learned the new business/financial model of solar, and the fact that batteries are no longer required, we got very excited on the profitability of being environmentally responsible. “Gridtied Solar”, as it is called, is an investment which makes sense because it offers a return. This “Grid-Tied”concept is widely used in Europe, in countries like Germany where homeowners participate. It is no longer a “fringe” concept, but rather a very doable energy alternative around the world. Take for example our office system, which cost $14,534.00 and is a 5.10KW system which produces 5610kWh/year. This system will save us $740 per year based on today’s BC Hydro rates. Thats a 5.09% annual return after tax as this is considered an offset on our Hydro Bill. Where can you find a secure after tax return like that in the market today?

Custom Home Builder Offers Solar Option To New Buyers


e believe in “being the change” so when we were educated by Viridian Energy Cooperative on the economic principles and environmentally advantageous possibility of solar panels we installed a full system at our office, which has now snowballed into incorporating a variety of solar packages from low budget start-up systems to full capacity systems. We have incorporated full solar systems on two custom homes at the Trail Side subdivisionn and are planning to offer a discount on our home package to anyone who gets a solar panel system installed on their new home. We are working closely with Viridian to continually come up with new and affordable systems to suit most needs. We are getting a lot of positive feedback from our efforts to incorporate solar energy in the Cowichan Valley. North Cowichan Mayor, Jon Lefebure, who installed a solar system on his own property and fully supports alternative energy in the Valley is a big inspiration. Solar systems have changed from when they first came out.. Mainstream thinking is that to install a solar system on your home or office, is expensive and requires a whole battery back-up

Further, its a solid investment into a physical asset that we own and operate. While stock markets fluctuate so rapidly, along with the world’s economy changes, we can be reassured that our investment will continue to payback by providing us with a valuable commodity that requires no maintenance and continues to pay us back every time the sun comes up, which we know is one thing that will never change. Even better, as BC Hydro rates continue to rise, our investment will pay back more! Solar article continued on bottom of page 24


DESIGNI NGgreen SOMENOS BRICK AND ALL THINGS PERMEABLE David Coulson is a local certified Built Green design builder. He has a staff of 25 that have built throughout the Island for over 20 years.

Somenos and Baker bricks that were produced locally


was recently inspired by a new Victoria City bylaw that offers lower property taxes to those with permeable sidewalks and driveways. In other words, no pavement or asphalt surfaces. Besides the massive and costly infrastructure of storm pipes, drains and then where to take Solar article continued from page 23

For our new solar homeowners, it’s the only thing on their home that will give them a pay back and with BC Hydro net metering they don’t have to meet all their electricity needs, they can pick an investment that suites their budget. Thats the beauty of grid tied solar. As a business asset, the solar array is eligible for capital cost allowance depreciation. The federal government created a special class 43.2 which allows renewable energy systems to be depreciated at 50% per year. This effectively gives a business owner more of a tax write off than other assets they may own. So with the panels installed on our office, we are actually looking at a much better rate of return on our investment. As


this runoff, the real issue becomes why do we take so much water from the ground and not return it? Again, this recent summer gives us cause to reflect on this valuable resource and new ways to manage it more carefully. I was asked to consult on a very intensively designed property just out of the downtown core in Victoria where winding concrete sidewalks were cracked, sunken and misshapen after years of new and exotic plantings had been introduced and matured. The questions from my clients included “What surface to use?” and “How do we create an old world look with what is available on the market?” As award winning museum designers, these were very particular customers. I immediately thought of the clay pavers I had used years ago on my own property that have stood the test of time and have taken on that veritable look of age from years of use. I was inspired back then by a massive urban renewal project well as this, we were amazed at the fast and easy installation of the system. Our office roof is an older cedar shake roof and the panels were installed with no problem. The whole experience, and investment to us, is excellent business sense, and every time we come to the office we feel very proud and excited of “being the change”. The “grid-tied” solar system is not just a financial package, but also a social and environmental product which encourages other

on lower Yates St in Victoria that involved the use of multi coloured clay pavers. The challenge of course was how to delicately remove the concrete and install over three thousand bricks without compromising the very crowded site. I was pleasantly surprised after days of research, to find they were now available in full thickness (similar to any brick) and were in tumbled form meaning they instantly had a look of age about them. I ordered samples (that were produced in Portland) and the clients were thrilled! It should be pointed out that these ‘pavers’ are a much harder clay brick and less porous so not prone to cracking when used as a surfacing material. The project went smoothly all things considered, and the small brick placement allowed the winding paths to be slowly and carefully installed around each and every feature. Thinner 1” versions of the brick were used to clad existing concrete steps to give a unified appearance. So now that the ground is softening up here in Cowichan , this is an ideal time of year to take on this path or patio idea in your own yard and contribute to the permeability of the Valley. alternative energy products. We are very proud of our solar investments. Our mandate is to continually find new ways to incorporate environmentally conscious aspects into our subdivisions. Webb World Developments Inc. is a local land development company

Herringbone pattern with a soldier edge

From the photo, you will see we laid them in a herring bone pattern with a soldier edge. Take your old broken up concrete and recycle into stacked walls for raised garden beds. So this then begs the question why the Somenos brick factory ever closed. The plentiful supplies of clay here on the island and our immediate source of wood fibre or natural gas for firing the clay, could give new life to this industry and save the thousands expended on shipping this durable but heavy product. This is an industry just ready to be reborn and aid water conservation at the same time. creating communities in the Cowichan Valley such as Stonehaven Estates, The Orchard, The Views, Stone Manor Estates, The Trail Side and The Park Side Charlie Webb, President, and Gabriel Huston, Webb World Developments

All profits made at Cedrick’s Coffee House in Crofton will be used to support education, healthcare, medical services and clean drinking water for thousands of children facing challenging conditions through the Kids International Development Society

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Garden House Book Sale

Garden House Book Sale Hits Major Celebration Year


veryone involved with this year’s annual Garden House Foundation book sale at Bonner School in October will have a special cause for celebration. “At the end of June we received our fund statement, and we are now

4th Annual Travelling World Community Film Festival


f you love documentary films, then be sure to attend the Travelling World Community Film Festival. The Festival kicks off this year with an opening night screening at Cherry Point Winery on Thursday, October 1st at 7:00 pm. The film “Connected by Coffee” follows two North American coffee roasters on a journey across Central America to

able to confirm that the fund will reach $100,000 by the end of December!” say Garden House founders Jim and Jackie Barker. What this means for families in crisis and animals in need in connect with the people who grow their coffee. They meet with soldiers who have become growers, women who now own their own farms, and countless small-scale farmers joining together to form cooperatives. And these co-ops are partnering with visionary coffee roasters and consumers in the North who believe in a fairer way of doing business. Fair Trade’s pioneers and experts discuss the ideals of the movement, the serious challenges it faces and their dreams for the future. Complimentary coffee themed bites and treats, plus coffee cupping and discussion with local coffee experts from Drumroaster and Level Ground after the film. Cherry Point wines will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Opening night tickets are $15, available at Cherry Point Winery or by calling 250597-3405. The Festival continues Oct. 2 & 3 at VIU Cowichan Campus, screening 26 more documentaries. For film descriptions and information: www.cowichanvalleyfilm.ca.

the Cowichan Valley is that the annual grants that Cowichan Family Life, Cowichan Women Against Violence and the Duncan S.P.C.A. receive from the foundation will be bigger than ever this year. The whole community, including individual donors, used book stores, thrift stores, businesses, schools, Valley newspapers and magazines, school district maintenance staff and of course the volunteers and those who come to the sale have made the fund a success. “About 100 tons of books have been donated to the sale since 2008. That translates into thousands of boxes of books which have then been sorted, stored and then carried from storage to the sale venue,” says Jim Barker. The Barkers are delighted

that this year, Duncan residents Gordon and Sheila Pike donated their personal and varied library collection. “Collections such as this usually provide some collectibles,” say the Barkers. “We have kept back a few valuable books each year since the sale began, and these will be made available at this year’s sale through a silent auction, with bids starting at $20.” The sale will take place on Saturday, October 17th from 9 am to 3 pm and on Sunday the 18th from 10 am until 1 pm. Every dollar you spend will keep on giving in perpetuity! For more information, please visit www. gardenhousefoundation. wordpress.com or call 250-743-4627 to donate books.



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s a ceramist and avid tea drinker, I find great satisfaction in creating tea ware. From teapots to cups and tea bowls, the creative process is always closely linked to the actual tea. When making teapots I keep in mind the type of tea it may be intended for. Teapots that I create for the morning tea ritual are generally larger with an opening big enough to allow for the removal of the loose tea leaves. A teapot created with oolong or green teas in mind is often smaller allowing for multiple re-steeps. As the tea ritual became popularized throughout Asia, as did the tea utensils. Originally, the tea bowls served as both food bowl and tea bowl. Hundreds of years of tea refinement continued to have an impact on the tea drinking vessel. In China, the most traditional cup for green, white and oolong teas is a small porcelain cup without handle. The type of tea bowl, or chawan, used in the Japanese tea ceremony is closely linked to the Japanese tea tradition. A taller and more

slender cup – yunomi - is the very typical style of cup used for everyday tea drinking. The yunomi cup is always handleless. I am continuously inspired by these tea infused ceramic traditions. The cups and tea bowls are just as important as the teapot. The cup that you choose for your daily ritual should meet your needs. A white glaze on the inside adds to the beauty of the tea liquor. For morning use, I like to create extra large mugs. Holding a bigbellied cup with your favourite hot beverage is a great way to start the day. A beautifully aromatic afternoon tea seems to taste better in a wide, yet shorter cup. For green, white and oolong teas I prefer smaller cups without handles. A tea bowl does the job too. And in keeping with their original usage, they can also double as soup bowls. Exploring the many different styles of teas invites a journey into the rich world of ceramics. www.margitnellemann.com



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The Cowichan Valley Wedding Show


he Cowichan Valley wedding event of the season is filled with luxurious dresses, culinary creations, delicious décor and inspiration. Join us and sip a glass of wine from our cash bar while enjoying some tasty treats provided by the Travelodge. The beautiful ballroom will be decked out

The Bride’s Closet in Nanaimo and the men’s suits from Outlooks Menswear in Duncan. Enjoy musical stylings from Scotty D of Legacy productions and visit booths from over 30 wedding specialists ready to lend their expertise and inspire your creative spirit. It is an event guaranteed to

fulfill all of your wedding desires. The first 20 Brides to register @ wwww. eventbrite.ca are entered to win a 2 night stay in Las Vegas. Call or email Mary Lionas, Event Manager at 250 748-4311 for more details

in grand style filled with vendors from Vancouver Island based businesses highlighting everything you need for your perfect wedding! The event will feature a unique mobile fashion show with fashions and accessories specific to Bride’s-to-be . The dresses are provided by


NikkiDesigns www.nikkidesigns.ca nikki@nikkidesigns.ca 250 924 5679


ocal textile designer Nikki McCallum owes her inspiration for sewing and craft from her mother. “She was born in Holland, and has a great design sense. She is a very hands-on lady, an original DIYer! She made everything – from hand-knitted coats, to our clothes, to outdoor furniture covers. She really gave me the confidence to think I could make and do anything I wanted to. Being tall, I had a hard time finding clothes to fit, so I made most of my clothes. I learned from an early age to appreciate good fabrics and good design. smiles Nikki. A specialist in sourcing and using high quality organic and natural fabrics, Nikki stocks both ready to use products and keeps busy with custom orders for mindful customers. “I specialize in these fabrics because they have less negative impact on the environment, they are a pleasure to work with, and the


end product are long-wearing and healthy to have in your home. Regular cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed agricultural crops in the world, using some of the most toxic chemicals available. I like knowing I am doing my part to avoid these chemicals.” Nikki services a local clientele but her designs are found worldwide. Currently she is providing a quote for a large company in Dubai interested in purchasing an order of washed linen sheet sets and pillow slips. Hand sewn and carefully crafted, Nikki designs only the best. Her journey as a designer began with her natural and organic duvet covers. Still her best sellers she began selling them online. “They continue to be popular because I pre-wash all my fabrics, I offer lots of choices in colours, and I make the covers one-at-a-time, ensuring that they will last and last.” Her next best seller, great for a local market are her Roman shades. “Roman shades are a very popular style of window covering, all over the world. They are practical, beautiful and look good in every style window and every style home.” Though natural and organic fabrics are her specialty, she also stocks regular designer fabrics as well. Currently Nikki loves cottage and modern country styles. She decorates in a simple, comfortable and relaxed style and likes to help her clients keep

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their looks tidy and uncluttered. “Lots of white and natural wood with a few colours and textures to add interest.” For more information on organic fabrics and to see a full selection of her beautiful designs for the home visit her website www.

nikkidesigns.ca. She will be having a huge pillow sale October 10 - 17. All ready-made pillow covers will be 25% off in her etsy shop! 250 924 5679

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Sifu Lee Masters

You Already Do Qigong!


ave you ever marvelled at how we instinctively know when to laugh out loud or to have a good cry or to shout in anger? We do it without even thinking to release a build-up of energy. And what about stretching when you wake up in the morning and having a good yawn or rubbing where it hurts with your healing hands? There are so many ways in which we naturally bring balance to our bodies without even realizing it. So, you already do Qigong! In Wild Goose Qigong, we don’t laugh, cry and shout, though. We move in a deeply relaxing way to release that built-up, old Qi (energy) and gather fresh Qi from Nature ~ like breathing with our whole body. With practice, we are

able to relax deeply enough to breathe through our skin, through our acupuncture points which are like windows connecting the inside of us with Nature all around. (In Qigong, the points are much bigger than in acupuncture itself.) In practising Qigong, we stimulate and develop this ‘breathing’, using skill to work on our Qi. 1800 years ago, the Chinese, Daoist monks who developed Wild Goose Qigong were concerned with following Nature. So they observed Nature. They saw how the seasons change and how everything in Nature has rest and activity, beginnings and endings and all that’s in between. They saw how the animals know how to bring balance to their bodies. So they imitated them, particularly the revered Wild Goose, and discovered profound benefit from certain movements that help to strengthen and stimulate our internal organs, to increase the flow of Qi, blood and bodily fluids and to strengthen our bones. A Wild Goose Qigong seminar is being taught by Lee Masters that you would be welcome to attend on 17 & 18 October 2015 or you could try out classes with her at the Rivendell Yurt in Glenora on Tuesday nights or Wednesday mornings (Friday mornings in Victoria). Classes are ongoing, so start any time. For info 250 748 4060

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Treasures of The Valley


Jake’s Gift

ulti-award winning play, Jake’s Gift is about a Canadian WW2 veteran who reluctantly returns to Normandy, France for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. While revisiting the shores of Juno Beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village. Her inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts – most notably, the wartime death of his brother. This compelling performance captures the legacy of remembrance and personalizes the story behind one soldier’s grave. The play

is written and performed by Wells, BC based playwright and actress Julia Mackey, and was inspired by her own journey to Normandy, France. Jake’s Gift has received rave reviews and has captured the hearts of Canadians across the country. Buttons will also be sold at the performance with 100% of the profits donated to our local Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund. Jake’s Gift – Saturday, October 17 - 7:30pm at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Tickets $28/$32 – Ticket Centre 2687 James St, Duncan 250-748-7529 cowichanpac.ca


ummer in the valley has been hot and dry. My lawn is brown, the river is low and my trees lie broken on the ground, but my mind is on the coming fall, my upcoming auction of art and antiques and where the next treasures will hail from. I have searched country houses in Britain, and travelled across Canada with the Antiques Roadshow, but nothing beats the thrill of finding something of great quality and value on your own doorstep. The Cowichan Valley is steeped with interesting old properties and surprising collections. My first “find” on moving to the Valley was a beautiful early 19th century English sterling silver tea set replete with highly engraved tea kettle on stand, which came out of an old tea chest in the basement, and sold for a grand $10,000 at auction. Antique ivory, guns, swords, vintage cars, paintings, all are found lurking in our community. As important as the find is to me, it comes a distant second to the owners of those antiques. The characters and the stories they each have about every antique treasure


are like gold. Those people, stories and artifacts make up the history of our community. With each visit I can build up a picture of a family and its fortunes. Weddings can be dated by items of silver, or maybe silver plate if times were hard. Paintings can often be indicators of where a family came from, whether highland cattle from Scotland or English watercolours, and of course First Nations art and carvings point us to the original inhabitants of the warm valley. Life in the valley has been a wonderful mix of local produce, fish from the river (occasionally) eggs from the chickens, home- made jam and wine and recycling treasures from attics and basements, whether it’s an E. J. Hughes painting of the Cowichan River at $300,000 or $1,000 for a fine old Winchester rifle. Hugh Bulmer is Vice President of Maynards Fine Art And Antique Auctioneers Of Vancouver An Antique Roadshow appraiser (Canada and U.S.A) former chair of the museum

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Shane Koyczan


nternationally recognized spoken word artist, poet and author, Shane Koyczan is touring his latest and highly anticipated release, Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To. This is Shane’s first graphic novel and includes beautiful and thought provoking pieces. Shane examines cyber-bullying and explores the challenges of navigating this new breed of abuse growing up in this digital generation. The world took notice of Shane during his performance of We Are More at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. More recently Shane’s influential, antibullying, To This Day Project video went viral in early 2013 and has reached over 14 million views. Both pieces are viewable on YouTube. Shane’s performances are powerfully engaging and authentic in attitude. His explorations are relevant to our times in the way that Bob Dylan,

Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen were to theirs. But unlike the musicians that he’s often compared to, poets rarely infiltrate pop culture the way Shane has. With his rhythmic verse in high gear, Shane navigates his audience through social and political territory with a furious honesty and a tender humanity that has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Stockholm and Los Angeles. He has received 5 star reviews for his performances around the globe. Shane is truly an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off of the traditional designation “poet”. Shane is performing Thursday, October 15 at 7:30pm at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Tickets $32.50 – Ticket Centre 2687 James St, Duncan 250-748-7529 cowichanpac.ca



anadians have an extraordinary opportunity waiting for them in the 2015 Federal Election. They can elect a government that will bring in a Proportional Representation voting system. Proportional Representation, PR, is any voting system designed to produce a representative body i.e. parliament, legislature, council etc. where voters elect representatives in proportion to their votes. For instance, if a party received 30% of the vote they would have 30% of the seats. In a PR system every vote contributes to the make up of the government. This is considered a Fair Voting system. Support for Voting Reform is one of the critical issues in our upcoming election. If you have wished Canada used a PR system then this is the election for you. A PR voting system would strengthen our Democracy. In the 2011 Federal Election using our current First Past The Post system, of 14.7 million voters, approximately 7 million votes didn’t elect anyone and had no input into the make up of parliament. Knowing one’s vote is “wasted” contributes to cynicism and apathy, leading to a dwindling number of citizens who vote and many young people who do not become voters. When every voter knows their choice contributes to the make up of parliament there will be increased incentive to participate. In the 2011 Election only 39.6 % of the votes gave the Conservative Party 54% of the seats, which is 166 MPs. 103 New Democrat MPs were elected with 30.6% of the vote, 34 Liberals with 18.9%, 4 Block Quebecois with 6%, and 1 Green MP with 3.9 %. With a PR voting system 39.6% of the votes could elect 123 MPs, 30.6% could elect 95, 18.9% could elect 59, 6% would be 19 MPs and 3.9% would be 12 MPs. Of the main western democracies only Canada, the UK and the USA still use First Past The Post, FPTP, to elect their representatives. This system has given Canada too many “phony majorities”. Of the last 16 “majority


governments” only 4 had more than 50% of the votes. The other 12 won a majority of the seats with less than 50% of the popular vote. This leads to policy and legislation that is not representative of most citizens’ wishes. Most other major western democracies use a form of PR voting system. PR elected governments where every vote contributed to the results, have been described as more inclusive, open to bargaining and finding compromise. New Zealand has experienced positive changes after changing to a PR model. The end of single party majority governments has revitalized their House of Representatives. Its committees are stronger than they were, no longer dominated by a government party majority that functions on the command of the Prime Minister. The Cabinet has also been strengthened vis-avis the PM because almost all Cabinets since 1995 have been composed of members from two or more parties, eliminating the ability of the PM to simply demand greater party discipline. Compared to the partisan nature of FPTP or “winner take all”, with PR every vote contributes to the proportion each party will have in the government, as well as supporting the election of Independent MPs. In PR where “Every Vote Counts” there is a more genuine representation of the voting public as well as an increase in the number of voters, more women are elected and all geographic regions are better represented. A majority government can still be elected but only with a majority of votes. Canada has the opportunity to make the 2015 Federal Election the last unfair election. Voting reform can be enacted by a majority vote in parliament. In December 2014 parliament voted on a motion to end our FPTP electoral system and to bring in PR in time for the 2019 election. The motion did not pass but voting in favor were 110 MPs, including all members of the NDP, half of the Liberal MPs, the Green Party, 2 members of the Bloc

Proportional Representation and 3 independent MPs. 166 MPs voted against. To realize this democratic step forward, in the upcoming election we must elect 170 MPs who will vote in favor of a PR voting system. Don’t be fooled by a promise of “Electoral Reform” if it doesn’t specify Proportionality. On October 19, please act with hope and vote for a candidate that endorses Proportional Representation. Currently Fair Vote has a “Visit Your Local Candidate” initiative, organizing volunteers across the country to visit their local candidate for each party. We are discussing their commitment to PR and asking them to sign the Politician’s Pledge: “ To work towards attaining Proportional Representation if they are elected to Parliament”. For anyone wanting more information or wishing to join us in the Cowichan-MalahatLangford riding please email our South Island Action Team at (victoria@fairvote,ca) and look at our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ groups/FairVoteCanada. GreaterVictoria/). Check out our website (Fairvote. ca). It has pages of information

and links. On the website for an overview of PR issues Click on Resources, scroll down to Further Reading and Click on Fair Vote Canada tabloid. To watch some brief but informative videos click on the green box “What is Proportional Representation?” on the right side of the Home page, scroll down to the 3 videos. For another introductory video, google (Make 2015 our Last Unfair Federal Election YouTube). For a humorous perspective search (John Cleese on PR YouTube.) There are varying voting formats that result in Proportional election results. The videos listed here show some of the options available. Fair Vote Canada (FVC) is a grassroots, multi-partisan citizens’ campaign for voting system reform. We promote the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of government and throughout civil society. Written with contributions from Fair Vote Canada, South Island Action Leader, Wendy Bergerud.

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Is heating with wood really bad?

transfer onto the refractory material while providing enough upwards draft into the chimney. Because of the custom built design, a masonry heater can be built to fit any location and be part of the architectural layout, rather than just a functional device. A masonry heater’s appearance depends on the customer’s aesthetic wants and heat requirements.


comfortable living environment is one of our most basic demands. In colder climates, adequate heating is one of the major challenges in obtaining this living environment. Interruption of supply of energy used for heating, either oil or natural gas, has an impact on millions of people. Statistics show that the costs for heating are steadily increasing and are highly volatile to the global markets. The individual person has seldom any choice or alternatives.

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Introduction to Masonry Heaters

The phrase ‘Global Warming and Pollution ‘is debated everywhere and wood burning is counted as big contributor to environmental problems. This is not true. When wood is burned correctly in conjunction with an masonry heater, it produces extremely clean, reliable, convenient and therapeutic warmth in the form of radiant heat. Considering the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration burning wood in the correct matter is a clean resource.. Heating with wood has a very long history and in many parts of the world it is still the only energy source available. In many parts of Europe the concept of burning wood to supply a comfortable and long lasting heat source has been evolved over centuries into very efficient devices - masonry heaters. Unfortunately traditional woodstoves here in North America have led people away from wood as it is often seen as dirty and inefficient heating source. In central Europe, especially Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Southern Tyrol, masonry heaters fired with wood are used

for centuries. Only one or two fires are needed a day in order to provide a comfortable warm environment. The hot flue gases are directed through a series of high mass masonry channels before exiting into the chimney. There is very little environment impact because of this. Once the masonry mass is “loaded “it will give up thermal radiant heat which will warm up solids but not the air. Masonry heating has the same impact as low density infrared sun light, it will warm up the body but not dry out the air or cause any air movement. Radiant heating recognized as the most comfortable and natural heating process available. Fire chamber , channel length and size are built to optimize the heat

The Cowichan Valley WILL Ride


here are not many (are there even any?) big rides after October 4th. The Cowichan Valley WILL Ride is arguably the very last big annual cycling event. This is a grass roots organized ride (yup…it’s a timed ride, not a race) that will begin and end at Merridale Cidery in Cobble Hill in support of the Canucks Autism Network. Cyclists will begin by gathering at Merridale Cidery any time after 9 am on Sunday, October 4th where they will find refreshments and muffins to fuel the start of their ride. Riders can choose a 50km or a 140 km distance that will wind past the lush lavender fields and vineyards found throughout the exquisite Cowichan Valley. The ride is sponsored and organized by local bicycle store owners David and Sandra Beggs of Cycle Therapy Bikes, and will be supported throughout by many Savour Cowichan participants. They will be setting up aid stations along the route so cyclists can choose to stop and savour some of what Cowichan has to offer at many points along their ride. The 140km route will commence at 10:30 and the 50km route will depart 15 minutes later. There will be support vehicles at the start and the finish of each distance; however, cyclists are expected to carry everything they might require to be self-sufficient on their ride. You will also notice a few ride ambassadors along the way who will be able to answer questions or help you out if necessary. At the end of the ride participants will find a Merridale Pizza and beverage waiting for them. What’s the hope? The hope is that the very first annual Cowichan Valley WILL ride will be a rousing success and that everyone has a great and memorable day Sandra has dogs, of riding. Check out www. a bike, a business, cycletherapy.ca for event and not enough details (parking & package time. pick-up etc.) and to register for the ride.


Why We Love Wool!


ool really is the super fiber. It can be found in everything from clothing, foot wear and diapers to carpets, blankets and bedding. It has been used for centuries by cultures that understood its many and varied attributes. For instance, wool has traditionally been worn by firefighters and soldiers. Anyone who is in danger of contact with fire can use wool as it is naturally fire resistant (it is slow to ignite and simply smoulders and extinguishes itself). The many benefits of wool have to do with its unique structure. It is both dense and elastic with the capacity to

hold air in its bulk as well as retain heat within it. Wool fibres also readily absorb moisture (1/3 its weight in water) which makes it an excellent choice for any garment or product that is used outdoors or where temperature can vary in extremes. Due to wool’s natural insulating properties, it will help keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Wool’s lanolin (the “wax” that is naturally present in animal wool) is also collected and used in cosmetics and creams and appreciated for its protective and hygienic properties. Lastly, as wool is a natural fibre and not man-made, it is completely renewable and biodegradable.

Benefits of Wool: 1. Breathability:

Due to its open texture, wool is highly breathable. This means while wool keeps you warm, it also allows your body

Wool: The Super Fiber to breath and not over heat.

2. Temperature Regulating:

By its ability to breath and absorb moisture (every person sweats up to half a litre of water per night), wool naturally helps our bodies regulate its tempurature.

3. Dust-mite Resistant and Hypoallergenic:

Dust mites need a hot and humid environment to thrive and wools moisture controlling features prohibit this. Also, wool has microscopic bristles on each of its fibre strands that dust mites can not penetrate. (Dust mites are often responsible for allergies).

4. Anti-Bacterial:

Wool resists bacteria by keeping its fibres free from moisture (which allow bacteria to grow). Wool is a great material to lay on when you are recovering from an illness. It provides a sanitary and soft healing environment, that will help you fight infections.

5. Fire Resistant:

Wool is naturally fire resistant and therefore used in natural

bedding products to meet fire coding. It is often used in trains and airplanes, and in other high safety environments as well as in garments of safety professionals.

6. Ultralight Insulator: wool boasts the highest insulation to weight ratio of any natural or man made fibre out there! That makes it ideal for garments and bedding.

7. Sustainable:

Sheep grow a new coat every year, and removing the coat does not hurt the animal. Wool is a completely renewable resource, that supports many local small scale farmers.

8. Durable:

Merino wool can bend 20,000 times before breaking, and with proper care, wool products will last for many years.

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n 1980, as China was just coming out from culture revolution, Fei Yang graduated from high school. Fei had no idea what her choices for career at the time. Fei‘s mom, the 5th generation of healer in the family, suggested she enter a GuangDong Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) University in China. “ I am very thankful that mom helped me make that decision. It definitely changed my life path and give me a clear purpose.” shares Dr.Fei Yang. Dr. Yang graduated in 1985 after a 5-year intensive University training program. After becoming a TCM Doctor she continued her education and practice at the Beijing United University Hospital specializing in Internal Medicine, Gynecology and Acupuncture. Still operating a successful practice in Victoria. Dr.Yang moved to Cobble Hill in 2009. She was looking for a place to heal by embrace with the nature, and set peace within her own being. “The Herbal Medicine took me here” Dr. Yang smiles “As I use so many kinds of herbal medicine (tree, leave, seed, bark, earth…), the plants and the earth called to me to move close to them”. With 30 years in practice as a TCM doctor, Dr. Yang has developed a specialized personalized program to help those get their health back on track. “In this busy world we don’t have time for ourselves any more. We choose to be more and more involved in the material world. At the end of the day, our body sacrifices. We get sick and sicker because we ignore to listen to our body. I would like to offer my service for those who want to re-connect with their body. Those who want to enjoy life, make positive changes, and get back to a healthy state of mind and body. Throughout this process, I would like to share my experience with people to understand the body, the symptoms, and the discomfort and not to afraid of the above. Let’s deal with it by choosing positive attitudes, change how we eat, be aware of our choices and how these can benefit the body and mind. With this

Dr. Yang is continuously learning and adding new ideas to her practice. For the last decade she has been exploring Amazonian shamanic healing with various shaman and plant teachers. Her practice is enhanced with her ongoing study of EFT healing, Reiki, 7 Chakra Energy Systems, Breath Work, Hypnosis, Brain Wave healing. Unique to her practice, your personal health program will encompass TCM combined with her shamanic healing skills (grounding, visualization, chanting, chakra testing and healing, breath work). “ I am open and humble to all universal knowledge and healing energy. We are very lucky to live this time of the history to able access all methods of healing out there. It will take me life time to continue understanding the wisdom and the power of all healings.” Here are some of the testimonies from her clients. Elisabeth came to meet Dr. Yang’s at Cobble Hill’s office this year June. She had chronic cough and sinus problems for over 40 years. After 6 week healing program with Dr. Yang, Elisabeth feel much better. “I am very happy about my healing progress, my main symptoms have improved 95% in such short period of the time”. Julia came to see Dr. Yang for Chronic fatigue and anxiety on May this year. After 8 weeks treatment with Dr. Yang, She feel much better. She says, “ I am so glad to feel like my old self again”. Sue came to Dr. Yang for digestive and energy issues 2012. After steady and gentle treatment with Dr. Yang for the three month, her energy is back. “ I can do a lot of more than before, and I am very happy about my inflammation is down and my energy is here” She still sees Dr. Yang every other month to maintain and improve her health. www.drfeiyang.ca


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Downtown Duncan – the Heart of our Community


ictionary definitions of the word “community” range from “a group of people who live in the same area” to “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests & goals”. Both of these definitions apply to our wonderful Downtown Duncan community. Like a set of matryoshka nesting dolls, for those of us who call the Cowichan Valley home, we are fortunate to find wonderful communities within communities within communities. And of course, every community needs a heart – a gathering spot if you will – and that’s the role of our charming downtown. We really do have it all in Downtown Duncan: from unique shopping to

fabulous food to convenient shops and services – our independently owned businesses cover all the bases and all within a walkable few square blocks. But what really gives our community its vibrancy is our friendly, caring people – it might be a hello called out from across the street, a wave from a passing car, or a local

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the situation, Downtown Duncan exudes small-town affability. As for the caring component of community, Downtown Duncan has that covered too with a plethora of organizations dedicated to helping and providing services to our community at large. Community Futures Cowichan is a downtown non-profit that plays an important role in sustaining and improving our local community and economy by providing business advice and loans to small and medium sized businesses in the Cowichan Region. From their downtown office on Canada Avenue, the hard-working staff and volunteers of Cowichan Valley Community Policing work collaboratively with the RCMP to keep our community safe through their many different programs such as Block Watch, Safely Home and Speed Watch. Another valuable downtown community member is the Cowichan Green Community who continues their amazing work on environmental sustainability

in the Cowichan Region by living their mission statement of cultivating food, connection and resilience. These three are but a small sample of the hard-working organizations that we are fortunate to have in our community. And what about individuals? How can we all do our part for the wonderful community we live in? Volunteering for a non-profit, shopping local or just spending time downtown connecting with friends and neighbours; these are all simple ways to contribute to and experience the heart of our Cowichan community: Downtown Duncan.

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he Valley Seniors Organization in the Cowichan Valley is an activity centre located at 198 Government St. that is often considered a home away from home by our independent seniors: a place where they can enjoy activities such as music, sports, cards, and crafts. Wholesome food is served Monday through Saturday from our kitchen and we often host Special Events and dinners throughout the year.

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Find us at 306 Duncan St. nestled bet ween the Duncan Garage and Rayʻs Antiques, One of a kind, Clothing, Accessories and gifts for the whole family. Each piece is handcrafted with love by artists from around the corner and across BC. For more info or to register call 778-455-4888


We boast brand new shuffle boards that have gained a lot of interest and to keep the mind active there are card games: Contract Bridge, Cribbage, Duplicate Bridge, and Whist and Chess. We also have a large pool room with 4 regulation size pool tables. For those music lovers, there are various bands and quartets that practice and play at our centre, and for the limber folks, there are dances with live bands twice a month, carpet bowling and line dancing. There is a choir and ukulele group who meet weekly to make beautiful music as well. Every Tuesday a Bingo is hosted from 11:45 to 3pm, where everyone is welcome to come and try their luck and often there are ladies gathered in the craft room to create wonderful items that they sell in our gift shop.

Valley Seniors Organization Our VSO bus takes many trips on the Island, and to the mainland and south of the border. Some trips are overnight; others are daily trips and are set at a very reasonable price for our members. The membership is up to 1,000 plus and is very reasonable at $20 per annum. If you’d like more information contact us at 250.746.4433 or visit our website at www.valley-seniors. org where you can read our newsletter and find out more about us. We encourage anyone over 55 to come visit the center and participate in some of our activities before becoming a member!

SK: Definitely the people, closely followed by the beautification of the downtown core. I enjoy running into friends and clients while doing errands, I love the Saturday Market, the shops, the 39 days of Summer and the yearly events the DBIA puts on. DBIA: You are an artist yourself – what is your medium and where do you find your inspiration? SK: I received an arts grant from the First Peoples’ Cultural Centre in Brentwood Bay that has allowed me to work on a new oil series inspired by the missing First Nations’ women in Canada. I have also been working on a series of black and white photography, which celebrates the quiet, tranquil spots of the valley.

Suzan Kostiuck of Excellent Frameworks & the E.J. Hughes Gallery DBIA: Tell us a little bit about yourself – did you grow up in the Cowichan Valley? SK: I was born in Dawson Creek, moved to the lower mainland as a preteen, but the Island has been home for 15 years now. DBIA: You have recently taken ownership of Excellent Frameworks, an established downtown business – any changes planned? SK: Yes and no. Michael and Janet have created an excellent (ahem) custom framing studio and gallery space. We will still be the home of the E.J. Hughes Gallery, but will also be introducing new artists in our gallery space. The consistency and quality our clients are used to will remain the same. DBIA: What is your favourite thing about being a part of the Downtown Duncan community?

DBIA: You are a mother and business owner – where do you find the time to practice your craft? SK: There’s always time! Sometimes it’s late when everyone is asleep, or sometimes it’s early before the main day starts. These are special times to create for me – it’s peaceful working while the rest of life is dormant. DBIA: Can you tell us about your participation in the upcoming Under The Red Umbrella ArtWalk Event on Thursday, October 15th? SK: Our Grand Opening is planned for this great event! Rachel Twizell, my gallery assistant, and I are very

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excited and busy planning the details. We will have new work in, refreshments, and signed open edition E.J. Hughes prints available. DBIA: Any thoughts on art you’d like to pass along?

SK: Art is like food in a way – the more you learn and experiment with it, the better it can be to enjoy. Art flourishes in healthy communities, and the more you look and learn about what is out there, the more you will discover!


Knacker’s Yard Knacker’s Yard was formed by a group of friends who wanted to perform primarily traditional Celtic and English folk songs, instrumentals and ballads dating from the 1600’s up to the 1960’s. Their repertoire includes songs made popular by voices such as Ewan MacColl, Enoch Kent, Andy Irvine, and well-known musical groups such as the Dubliners, The Pogues, and the Bothy Band to name a few. Traditional music enthusiasts will appreciate the tales of lost love and betrayal, the misdeeds of ramblers and rakes, emigration, hard drinking and hard living, sea shanties and worker’s songs. In addition to these ballads and chorus songs, KNACKER’S YARD also adds the explosive musical energy of traditional instrumental, reels and jigs. Saturday October 10 ,Duncan United Church 246 Ingram St. Duncan. Doors open at 7 PM. Open Stage starts at 7:30 PM Admission $10 or $5 for CFG members

Sea Essences Free Lecture Community Farm Store is offering a free lecture about vibrational medicine from the ocean with the discoverer of Sea Essences, Sabina


Pettitt, Dr. TCM. Come and hear some fascinating case studies from around the world and learn how these essences made from plants and animals who live in the ocean can transform your life. Visit You Tube: Pacific Essences Gifts of The Sea. The video will describe how Sabina was inspired to make Sand Dollar right here on Vancouver Island and how its startling therapeutic results encouraged her to make more sea essences. Thursday, October 22 Community Farm Store, 5380 Trans-Canada Hwy Duncan 6- – 7:30pm www.pacificessences.com

Community Choir Do you know that waking up singing not only improves your energy levels, opens your heart, brings a smile to your face and spring to your step, it is also scientifically proven to make you feel happier, and raise your oxytocin and all that jazz…yes SINGING IS GOOD FOR YOU!! Imagine that?! This fall, Cari Burdett, long time Cowichan Valley songstress will be continuing leading her community choir Friday mornings in her yurt. Set in a circle, this morning choir promises to have you moving, swaying, singing, building community, and raising your voice in harmony. Cari will share songs from many styles including, gospel, world,folk, pop, chant and heart opening sunshine morning songs!! This is for everyone who loves to sing, meet new people, sing in harmony and loves the idea of waking up singing!! Join us for GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE….Fridays at the Lila yurt, 9:30 am - 10:30am,

for a heartfelt eclectic mix of awesome songs for awesome people. Sure to get you Cock - a -doo -ing all week long!! Choir for the people! By Donation/ Sliding scale - no one ever turned away for lack of funds. www. joythroughmusic.com| Cari Burdett 250 701 0978 to register.

Slide Guitar Workshop This course is intended to inspire beginner slide players to the next level. It incorporates open D tuning with an emphasis on finger style techniques like rolls, hammer-ons, pulloffs, slurs, octive climbs, harmonics, and vibrato in single note, doublestop, and full chord moves that are bound to widen the palette of all participants. We will use examples by both traditional and contemporary slide players, and a booklet of tablature is included for future reference as well as a CD of Ken Hamm that demonstrates the tunes. Participants should bring guitar, slide, fingerpicks (suggested) and a recording device if possible. Workshop is 2 hours in length. Register now as there is only space for twelve students in this class. Fee is $25 per person. The workshop will take place at Providence Deadline to Register Friday October 23rd Cowichan Folk Guild Workshop with Ken Hamm Intermediate Finger Style Slide Guitar -

Sunday November 1st at 7 PM To register, phone the CFG office at 250 748 3975 and leave a message.

Wild Tales A departure from our usual one story film, this month’s interesting offering from Argentina, complete with its Spanish language aided by English subtitles, is a compendium of six outrageously bizarre stories, each more shocking and hilarious than the last. Directed by veteran Damian Szifron, it is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. It blends black comedy with dramatically loaded scenarios, Szifron skillfully weaving together six separate short films, unlinked by narrative, but unified by a violence that simmers on the cusp of explosion. Reel Alternatives Monday, October 26, 7 pm. on the big screen at Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, 2687 James Street, Duncan. Tickets $12, Students with card $5 Rows A-C, Cowichan Ticket Centre. Reserved seating. All proceeds benefit Cowichan Valley Hospice services in the entire Cowichan communities

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Welcome to the Palm Court Light Orchestra’s 29th Season


ur 2015/16 Season reminds one of the British popular pianist Albert Semprini who used to introduce his BBC Radio series with the words “Old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones”.

was also the period of that other TV series Upstairs, Downstairs and the film Gosforth Park. Ballads and light opera from the drawing room will be balanced with a sing-a-long from the British Music Hall.

Our first concert on Sunday October 18 at The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre sees the return of Sidney tenor Sunny Shams and his fiancée Mexican soprano Shadan Saul. These truly wonderful young singers will enchant us with duets from Puccini’s operas, Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.

The cornet, an earlier, smaller version of the trumpet, has always been a favourite instrument of mine. It reminds me of childhood memories of listening to brass bands in the park. What in this world is more moving than the hymn Abide with me played on a cornet? In our April concert we have invited Victoria Symphony’s David Michaux to play some of those wonderful tunes along with the virtuoso Carnival of Venice.

With Downton Abbey in its final season we are inspired to celebrate the music of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. In reality it was the hey-day of the musical genre known as “palm court”. It

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here are times when art is borne out of necessity and sheer frustration. Vanessa Rocchio’s work is a prime example. Needing a cushion to compliment a kimono coverlet on her bed, her mission began. Finding the cushion was impossible! As an instant gratification type Vanessa set out to create the perfect compliment paint, fabric and she was on her way. The results – ‘the dancing cranes of Hokkaido’ are gorgeous. Vanessa has always had an innate affinity to Japanese art forms, “I was probably oriental in my last life,” she laughs. In Japanese culture the Hokkaido cranes symbolize purity, longevity, peace, love and faithfulness and are said to be among the most beautiful birds on earth. The graceful, clean lines of the black and white cranes with their signature red

Dancing Cranes crowns are beautifully captured in her brush strokes. Although her picture painting journey started recently, Vanessa says she has always had a strong artistic sensibility. Interior decorating always excited her and in her teens she found changing wall colors was the least expensive way to change a room (still is!). It drove her mother to distraction. Drawn to the Cowichan Valley from Edmonton eighteen years ago, Vanessa currently works as a realtor. She loves this beautiful place for many things including the inspiration that comes from the hub of successful artists and artisans who live and work here. In particular, Vanessa credits artist Margot Page for her encouragement to ‘go public’. As a result, Vanessa’s paintings will be on display at Imagine That ! Artisan’ Designs downtown Duncan for the month of October. The display features her “muse” (for now) ... the dancing cranes. Don’t miss it! Images; Dancing Cranes Cushion, Dancing Cranes Wall Hanging all by Vanessa Rocchio

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seamstresses, musicians, jewelers, graphic artists – you are invited to support these artists and Downtown Duncan merchants by joining in the ambience of this unique event. In early October, maps will be available at participating downtown shops with information about the artist they will be displaying.

Under The Red Umbrella Artwalk


ust as a bright red umbrella brightens a grey rainy day and as a blank wall comes alive once art is displayed on it, Under the Red Umbrella Artwalk will transform Downtown Duncan shops and restaurants into art galleries for a very special evening downtown! On Thursday, October 15th from 5:30 - 9pm, participating downtown businesses will adorn their shops with a red umbrella as an invitation to visit that evening’s “popup gallery” within, as local businesses team up to showcase the work of the many talented artists that call the Cowichan Valley home. Painters, sculptors, writers, silversmiths,

Now in its 8th year, this fun and fabulous event has grown to include more than twenty downtown businesses and a wide array of talented artists. Bring a parent, a partner, a husband or gather your girlfriends together for a oneof-a-kind evening! To cap off the night, you may want to take in the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society’s Wildwings Art Exhibition Opening Event at Just Jakes (8 – 10pm) featuring live music, appetizers, an auction and, of course, more fabulous art! Thursday, October 15th – mark your calendars for the Downtown Art Event of the year. For more information visit the Duncan BIA website at downtownduncan.ca or call the DBIA office at 250.715.1700.

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ave you got a yard full of fallen leaves? It’s time to use them to your advantage! Here are some ways you can make the most of this free resource. Although leaves are a practical gift delivered right to your door, you’ll want to make sure to leave a third of the leaves at the base of each tree. After all, they did drop the leaves for themselves. Once you’ve left the tree with what it will need to stay strong, rake up the rest of the leaves to be used as mulch or compost material—after you’ve jumped in the pile a few times, an essential fall activity. Whether you’re mulching or composting, it is a good idea to chop up the leaves with your lawnmower when the leaves are moderately dry. Chopping them allows the leaves to break down faster and they’re less likely to compact together.

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Mulch Before things turn even colder, tuck your plants in with a blanket of leaves. Put the leaves on your perennials all winter to keep the soil warm and moderate the effects of hard rains. Also use some of the chopped leaves as mulch for your winter vegetables. If you want to store this free mulch

for later use, maybe for those early spring flowers, just put the chopped leaves in a plastic bag with a fair amount of holes punched in the bag. Or store them in a wire hoop next to your compost pile. In these ways, you can build up a whole season of mulch, and it’s free! Compost Store the chopped leaves next to your compost pile. Every time you throw in your vegetables, egg shells, grass clippings, or garden weeding, cover the pile with in an equal part of leaves. The leaves are a good source of carbon. Using leaves will also reduce the number of fruit flies on your compost pile. Use one, some or all of these leafy opportunities and you’ll get great results. And hey—if you’re not into using the leaves yourself, maybe you have a neighbour who wants to use them? Or call us at Cowichan Green Community— we’ll be happy to take them. Jesse Frank is the lead gardener at Ceres Edible Landscaping.

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Planting garlic takes place in the fall. Stock up on our selection of Ready-To-Plant cloves!

arlic is an ideal crop in our climate with its mild, damp winters and dry summers. Cloves should be planted after the October full moon (October 8th), but before November 15th. This allows time for the roots to grow in the warm soil and establish before the cold weather arrives. Soil should be well drained with added organic matter. Separate the garlic cloves from each other and plant “pointy end” up. Leave the papery skins on. Generally, the planting holes should be 2-5cm (1-2”) deep and 10-15cm (4-6”) apart. Mulching your garlic with straw, bark or Sea Soil after planting helps with weed control and protects the dormant cloves. If you are not planning to mulch your garlic, plant cloves deeper than 2-5cm to avoid direct exposure to rain and frost. Cloves benefit from a light watering after planting. Once planted the winter rains will take over your garlic care and you can look forward to an abundant crop next summer.

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Massage: How to Choose a Therapist and How to Receive a Session Vote For Positive Change In Ottawa


his is the month when we citizens have the power to bring positive change to Ottawa. Yes, this federal election has been a long one, but soon it’s our turn as voters to decide the outcome.

Bill C-51, to inequality, to climate change, to health care. We’ve found that there is a large appetite for change, but sometimes confusion about which candidate is best positioned to bring it about.

One Cowichan will be jointly Advance polls will run Friday commissioning a professional October 9 through Monday riding level poll with the October 12. If you want to Dogwood Initiative in early avoid line ups or are nervous October to give voters the about your voter registration, lay of the land. We will post this is a great the results on our option. Details website at www. Voting Day on location can onecowichan.ca be found on is October 19 the Elections There can be only Canada website one winner in this at www.elections.ca riding come October 20th, but we are encouraged that Then the main voting day will all of the opposition parties be Monday, October 19 at your have committed to looking local polling station (again, see at electoral reform so that we the Elections Canada website). can have more representative elections in the future. For either the advance polls or the main voting day, be Democracy only works when sure to bring along a couple of we show up. We encourage pieces of ID that between them everyone to get to the polls show your picture and current this month so that together we address. can bring positive change to Ottawa. One Cowichan has been Matt Price is a busy over the past month director with One going door to door to boost Cowichan and well voter turnout among those known for organizing social change across looking for change. We’ve Canada. had hundreds of conversations about all kinds of issues, from



eceiving massage can feel luxurious, even indulging. It can also benefit one’s health and well-being greatly. There are many different therapists available, practicing different modalities, in different settings. How to choose what’s best for you? Here I’d like to share with you my personal opinion on this topic, as well as some tips for how to receive the greatest benefit from your massage session. In considering a therapist, what I rely on the most is her or his reputation (ask around!), and my own intuition. The therapist’s website, training, and personality may have little bearing on these. The content of a website is irrelevant to the therapist’s skills. As for training, schools can’t teach the art of touch; in fact, schools often emphasize theory over practical experience and self-awareness. Giving massage is a manifestation of the practitioner’s self-expression; each one is unique. That’s why even practitioners within the same modality may have very different approaches – and why the practitioners themselves are more influential than the modality they practice. As for personality: while there must be chemistry between a therapist and client, it’s an energetic chemistry, rather than a personality match.

the course of treatment. That said, it’s not uncommon to hit a plateau in the process of healing. If that happens, don’t be afraid to switch therapists for a time. Follow your intuition. You may choose to return to that therapist at a later stage. If you’re not working on a specific health issue, and you receive massage frequently (e.g. once a week), you may want to alternate with several therapists. This way you can enjoy different inspiration from each. On how to receive a massage, I suggest minimizing anything that might distract you from fully tuning into the experience. A good massage session offers a lot of information to be digested – physically and metaphysically. Excess food in the stomach, perfumes (including scented deodorant), music, chatting, etc. all cause interference, and should be avoided. Come quietly, relax, breath well, and listen deeply. Feel the workings of energy, moment by moment. That way information will be digested, and transformed into inspiration, and medicine. This to me is the heart of massage therapy. In order for a session to be most effective, both therapist and client need to be attuned, and their energies in sync.

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Fall Whale Are The Best Simon Pidcock is Owner/ Operator of Ocean Ecoventures in Cowichan Bay


he Salish Sea comes alive every fall. The salmon are returning, there are huge shoals of forage fish and the whales, birds and pinnipeds are more than plentiful. If this fall continues like our spring and summer it’s going to be unreal. This year will go down in history as the year of the Southern Resident Killer Whales’ baby boom and the real return of the Salish Sea Humpback Whales. The babies stole the spotlight this year. The five new Southern Resident Killer Whale calves are being called the “Class of 2015”. In 40 years of research, 1977 is the only year more births were recorded with 9 calves being born. In 2013 and 2014 no new calves survived more than a few months. So to have three new calves born to J Pod and two new calves

born to L Pod is huge step in the right direction. Hopefully this is a turn-around in the negative population trend that has been hindering the endangered Southern Residents since the early 1990’s. The newest calf was born to L91 “Muncher” a 20-year-old female who to our knowledge has never had a calf before. The newest calf was first documented on September 7th and was a few days old at that time. Southern Resident calves have a mortality rate of 50% for their first year of life with the first 6 months being the most critical. With 4 out of 5 calves past the 6-month mark we are growing more optimistic every day, all the calves seem to be thriving and extremely exuberant. Currently the Southern Resident Killer Whale population is sitting at 82 whales up from 77 whales in December 2014. Last we year we saw humpback whales return

to the Salish Sea in record numbers. Well those record numbers have been crushed this year, for the past month we have had up to three

humpbacks feeding within 15 minutes of Cowichan Bay and over a dozen humpbacks within a 30 minutes of Cowichan Bay. The whale watching community on southern Vancouver Island has documented over 95 individual humpbacks feeding in our waters this season. Hopefully the Southern Resident Killer Whales follow in the fluke prints of the great North Pacific Humpback Whale rebound. Image Simon Pidcock “Welcome new little one! L Pod’s newest calf L122 was born in early September to L91 “Muncher”. The 5th calf born to the Southern Resident Killer Whales since December 2014.”


EYE ON Shawnigan

Halloween Family Fun in Shawnigan Lake! October 24 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Shawnigan Lake’s Halloween Harvest Hoedown! The Halloween Harvest Hoedown has been happening in Shawnigan Lake for twenty years at the Community Centre, originally on Halloween night but now the last Saturday night before Halloween. The Shawnigan Lake Community Association is known in our community for hosting special events for families to gather in celebration: Easter Day, Canada Day and Halloween. All events are free and focus on family activities. Funding is supported by the Province of BC. Halloween Harvest Hoedown wil be on October 24th, 6:308:30pm. Shelly Smiley Vaags and friends will provide the musical entertainment. There will be games, ball hockey, prizes, treats, concession in a pumpkin patch decor! Costumes are encouraged

or wear your boots and jeans for some toe tapping, heel kicking dances! Our focus is to provide a family fun evening in a safe and affordable environment.

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ottle drives are a great way to teach kids about green living. They are also not a bad way to make a buck! Did you know that the average bottle drive takes home between $1000 and $1500? That can go a long way towards achieving your group’s fundraising goals, whatever they may be. Sometimes, though, bottles drives can feel like a bit of a hassle. Sound familiar? Have no fear. Bottle drives have been getting more creative in recent years, and there are a number of different options from which to choose. The following “next generation” bottle drives will get your group the money that you need with less effort. One variation on the tried and true door-to-door method is to advertise the date that the bottle drive will happen and simply have people put their empties at the end of their driveway on that day. It’s possible to cover a lot more ground very quickly this way.

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The Emotional Anatomy Of Riding


ith more than thirty years of working with horses I have studied a variety of disciplines and philosophies in horsemanship and body - mind therapies and have come to this conclusion; riding is less about technique and so much more about the awareness of our mental, emotional and physical states of being. In Stanley Keleman’s work (and others) he states that our physical bodies are a reflection of our emotional history. Our physical shape mirrors our life’s challenges and how we show up in the world and interact with others. Have we stiffened with defensiveness or shrunk with shame? Do we operate in states of excess or in states of deficiency? Do we become rigid and brace or do we resort to aversion and turn away? These emotional patterns become embedded in our physical form and the evidence also appears in how people interact with their horses, how they ride and more importantly, how their horses react vs. respond towards them. Keleman says that our physical body holds one of six patterns of somatic distress or character structure based on excess or deficiency states of being.

Resolving and transforming these states lie in practices that involve body - mind healing. Equine Facilitated Learning, and Body Centred Riding is one way to access the wisdom of the body. The process of becoming mindfully aware of how we connect to our bodies will offer insights into the habits, patterns and beliefs that we hold about ourselves and the world. The first step is in working with horses on the ground. Horses consistently mirror to us aspects of ourselves that we are not consciously aware of. If we take the time to PAUSE and ask WHY is the horse behaving this way, we may discover great insights about ourselves and realize that a horses ‘bad’ behaviour is simply a form of resistance, confusion or uncertainty. When we come to a deeper level of understanding about ourselves on the ground than we are able to organically transfer this to our riding, establishing safety, trust, ease and fun. These physical patterns of character structure begin in childhood, this is why I feel it is of paramount importance to teach our youth Body Centred Awareness in developing horse skills and in riding, establishing

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Cultivating Resilience in our Children


hat makes one person robust in the face of adversity, and another fragile and weak? Human beings have the potential to be incredibly adaptive, but not everybody develops this capacity. It is not so much what happens to us, but our response to it that matters. I am fascinated with resilience, and how to cultivate it in our children. Many people practice what I call the ‘hard-knock school’ of resilience: they just have to “toughen up.” Parents and professionals often venerate the child who does not get upset, and “soldiers on,” despite the wounding world they experience. The British ‘stiff upper lip,’ it seems, is in vogue. On the other hand, a child who cries when they get hurt, feels sad when they are left out, is frustrated when they don’t get their way, and melts in a complete tantrum when things are just too much, is seen as weak, fragile and overly emotional. Most well meaning adults lean in and say, “That’s enough. Let it go.” That is, “Don’t cry, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill, he didn’t mean it, it wasn’t your fault, you deserved it, that’s not worth crying about”, etc. In other words, we want them to adapt to the situation. Which child does better in the long haul? We want our children to be able to “bounce back” from difficult experiences, to recover from hurts and wounds, and be restored in vitality and vigor. True resilience leaves us


transformed, making good fertile compost from life’s challenging experiences. What do children need to become mature and resilient adults? Dr. Neufeld, developmental psychologist, helps make sense of this: Children need to be able to feel their tender emotions. Long considered a nuisance factor, neuroscience has now confirmed that emotion is pivotal to the maturation process. Those children who are unaffected by loss, by hurt, by rejection, and who can “take anything,” are often hardened emotionally. They appear strong, but their maturational process comes to a grinding halt. In this case, the defenses are strong, not the child. This emotional defendedness is like scar tissue, and interferes with true resiliency. The hard-knock approach to life often results in a loss of healthy functioning, and hinders growth and development, because kids can no longer feel the vulnerable emotions that are crucial to helping them grow up. We should be affected by loss, by rejection, by hurts and wounds! The brain can either feel the wounds, or defend from feeling – but not both at the same time. If the brain is keeping the child safe by defending against vulnerable feelings, it can no longer move that child to grow up. It’s a sacrifice play, and comes at great cost. The defenses camouflage our underlying human fragility. Our capacity to feel our emotions, particularly our sadness and tears, is key to developing resilience. It is

about all the things they can’t change in order to adapt. They are meant to get upset! So we need not get in the way of this with logic or reason, but instead help them keep their hearts soft enough to feel their upset and provide arms for them to cry in. The good news is they won’t always have to have a temper tantrum when they can’t have a cookie or a fit when they lose a game. Once their brain realizes they can handle not getting their way, they will adapt and resilience will blossom. Finally, we have to believe in our kids, in their ability to endure the sadness and disappointment that comes with being human, and believe that they are strong enough to handle what comes their way. Heather Ferguson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in Duncan. heatherfergusonconsulting.com.

Fall at Sunrise Waldorf School


he fall season at a Waldorf school is abundant with activities. From the Early Childhood Education programs through to the 8th Grade class, each marking the season with festivals and traditions that bring us together, and help us to touch in with the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth. Now is the time when the light fades, the harvest is colourful, and the time for warm meals and reading by the fire begins. Whatever the age of our children, feeling into the earth’s seasonal rhythms brings balance, strength and fortitude to our body’s own natural rhythms. At Sunrise Waldorf School, we offer students a curriculum that follows the seasons and honours the child’s developmental stage. In the Early childhood program, harvest themed circles and lantern festivals will guide the little ones gently into the darkness of the year. In the lower grades picking and pressing apples into juice, making apple and pear sauce and of course delicious warm crumbles. The dye flowers in our gardens have been harvested and used to create

the glorious colours of fall for our handwork projects. Among those projects are knitting wool socks, the perfect way to bring warmth to the body. In the upper grades, students will be expanding their understanding of Vancouver Island through the study of local geological rock formations. Hikes up Mt. Tzouhalem, to look at rock outcroppings as well as bike rides along the Trans Canada Trail to take in the fall colours are examples of how students are getting to know the geology and seasons of where they live. Fall marks a significant change for all of us, and here on Vancouver Island it is a beautiful time of the year. May yours be filled with crisp morning walks, warm soup and candle light.

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through our grief that we let go. So how do we become hardy, without becoming hardened? We want our children to be insulated from a wounding world, but not by the brain defending against vulnerable feelings. The most important safeguard we can provide is a strong emotional attachment to caring adults. If we can capture our children’s hearts, and matter more than their peers, we can keep them from feeling the sting of the wounds and losses they experience in their world. We also want our children to have many experiences of futility, of things not working and not getting their way (see August issue of Valley Voice). Our job is not to make everything work for our kids, nor to make them happy, but rather to make sure they can adapt to the things that don’t work. Parents often want children to understand the situation, but adaptation is an emotional process, not a rational one. Kids need to feel their sadness and disappointment

Eco Halloween Fun


alloween is a really fun time of year for kids and adults alike but it can be a time of waste, toxic plastics, chemical dyes etc…. I found some easy DIY ideas that will keep your Halloween safe, eco-friendly and still really spooky.

up some large men’s jeans or overalls and flannel shirt, stuff with leaves from your yard or crunched up old newspapers, pair of gloves, boots and a pumpkin head. Sit it on a chair for stability and you’ve got a great scarecrow for the front porch.

Make a creepy “head in a jar” decoration for at the front door. Start by using a laser printer to print an image of a flattened face. (get your kid or husband to do this, you know they want to!) Roll the image gently and stick it in the opening of a large jar full of water, it will look 3-D when it unfurls, add a bit of dark wool for hair and some colouring to the water for extra spookiness. Be sure to use a laser printer so that the ink doesn’t run when it gets wet.

Create spooky spider lanterns by placing battery operated tea lights in mason jars with either white wool batting or cotton balls pulled apart to look like webbing and black plastic spiders. Put the lids on the jars and the light will glow through. Bigger spiders are extra creepy!

Use a string of small LED lights to make spooky glowing eyes. Save TP rolls, cut out scary eye shapes, 2 in each roll side by side like cat’s eyes, thread them onto the string of lights making sure all the lights are inside the rolls and spread it out in a bush or tree. Turned on in the dark of night creatures will be watching you! Hit the thrift store and pick

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aspiring arts students, working in all creative genres – visual, performance, technical and literary – from high schools around the Valley, or homeschooled. The selection process will be completed by Oct. 15th.

Art For The Love Of Youth “Art is what I do as a human.” Kelsea Moore, YOP alumnus, now Director-at-large,Cowichan Valley Arts Council Board YOP! – The Youth Outreach Program of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council (CVAC) is sending a shout-out for high school fine arts students to apply for our portfolio development and mentorship program. The YOP is an intensive creative development opportunity for students who love art-making and wish to become more serious about their art practice. Successful applicants may participate in the YOP for up to 2 years. This year we’re selecting 10

Join a peer group of 15 aspiring artists for peer support at a monthly afterschool meeting, workshops and professional critiques with professional artists, 2 exhibitions a year, portfolio development and mentorship opportunities. Each successful applicant can earn up to $500 towards the cost of developing their arts or writing portfolio. “You come into your power when presented with a blank wall and told you can do something with it – it’s an amazing process of imagination.” Application forms on-line: cvartscouncil@shaw.ca or phone PORTALS – CVAC Centre for the Arts, Culture and Heritage: 250 746-1633 in the Centre for Performing Arts, James Street, Duncan For more information: call Youth Outreach Program Co-ordinator Wendy Robison: 250 748-0286

Cowichan Folk Guild Family Community Dance & Fundraiser with Apple Pie! Cowichan Folk Guild presents a Family Community Dance & Fundraiser with Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band on Doors Open at 7:30 pm. Apple Pie Contest, bake a pie, bring it to the dance, maybe win a prize Best tasting apple pie judge is Pat Barber from Applejack Farm.

Saturday October 24, at The HUB, Cowichan Station 2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan Tickets $25 or $20 for CFG members & students (18 and under) Kids 12 and under are free Tickets available at Volume One Books or Phone 250 748 3975.

The Other Retirement Plan – Avoiding the Blues


significant portion of our working lives we’re looking forward to more leisure time where we’ll theoretically do all kinds of things on our bucket lists, with the assumption of good health. Most Canadians retire fairly healthy, but an alarming number will see a marked decline, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Planning that part of retirement is as important as the finances. Statistics confirm that men are more prone than women to post-retirement heart attack/ stroke, while both report depression, loneliness, and lack of motivation. Many


psychologists theorize that because men tend to identify themselves through their work, the transition to not working produces feelings of in adequacy and disconnection that have few socially accepted outlets, resulting in mounting stress and dis-ease. More unstructured time and the loss of a social network is a tough combination for any unprepared senior, and when two spouses retire simultaneously, the changes at home of personal space add more strain to the mix. The solution lies in planning and scheduling, as rigid as that may sound, to avoid

some common pitfalls, like overconsumption of television and media, and the mindless grazing that free time allows. Sedentary lifestyles lead to loss of mobility, weight gain, and increased risks of numerous diseases, while affecting self esteem, confidence, and mental acuity. Add to that a poor diet and it’s a health crisis on the horizon – hardly the retirement we dream of. Planned social activities, personal hobbies, and recreational pursuits are all parts of a healthy, rewarding retirement. For a smoother transition, get involved

in sports, clubs, classes, and other connected social networks before retirement. Communicate your desires with your family; discuss your “bucket list”. Ensuring we’re ready for all that leisure time will keep us physically able, mentally acute, and emotionally stable to better live our dreams and enjoy our families for years to come. Lise Duncan is a yoga teacher, health coach and writer living gratefully and abundantly in the Cowichan Valley





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Pig Tales is a new series of pig stories from around the Valley inspired by our local farmers and friends who have shared their captivating, informative and often hilarious experiences with pigs. If you have a short story to share about a drift of piglets, a sounder of pigs or even just one notable pig please email us at editor@cowichanvalleyvoice.com. Wordcount 500 - 750 words. Berkshire pigs on pasture


e started 5 years ago with the intention of raising our own organic free range happy food, providing learning opportunities for our homeschooled children and supplying a few friends and family. Over the years our endeavor has grown and this year raising 4 pigs and 100 freedom ranger meat birds. The pigs are raised on pasture and fed organic grain and veggies. They rotationally graze around an acre of land set up with 2 strands of electric wire and a cozy little pig house. We are constantly trying to improve our system to minimize the costs, with the goal of getting a side of pork for our labour. This year it worked out and we now have pork in the freezer, the fruits of our hard work. It has been an adventure and right from the start the pigs were a source of entertainment. The kids love visiting and feeding the piglets and understood early on that they were going to be food. The first year we had pigs the kids decided to name them Ham, Bacon, Pork-chop and Roastie. At the end of the season when we were eating them they took turns making

and shoed her back in to the paddock and then proceeded to try and figure out why the electric fence wasn’t doing it’s job. The long hot dry spell we were experiencing meant that the grounding rod for the fencer wasn’t able to do it’s job. The pig in question was smart, always testing….pigs are smarter than you think (remember Robert Munsch’s tale?).

At first we thought the pig was squeezing through the electric fence that wasn’t Berkshire/Duroc/Tamworth cross working. After piglets in the sun we got it snapping again we watched to our amazement the clever pig jump the 2 strands of wire. Not having expected a pig to be able to jump over 2 feet, we were soon desperately sweating in the jokes like ‘yum I sure love heat to add another strand bacon’! Those names have of electric wire on top. Yet stuck throughout the years. To that was not the end of the some this might sound a bit pig escapades on the farm. crude but really if we all were The pig in question (now connected to where our food called “Matilda” rather than comes from, our awareness of roastie) was regularly out how and comfort with what of her pen. Her litter-mates we eat would grow our local would stand obediently on the economy and build resilience right side of the fence, almost into our communities. laughing as Matilda was yet again chased back through We usually raise Berkshire the fence by the rule-oriented pigs but this year piglets English Shepherd, our faithful were hard to come by. We farm dog. She didn’t ever were lucky to find some go too far away from the Tamworth/Berkshire/Duroc other pigs but too often was cross piglets in Sooke - they seen up by the chickens and were a beautiful burnt orange trotting around in the bushes a colour with black and white hundred meters or so from her markings. Everything was brethren. ticking along fine until one summer morning over breakfast our son exclaimed ‘there’s a pig OUT’! We all ran to the window and sure enough one of the pigs was up near the house. We ran down

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Everything was ticking along fine until one summer morning over breakfast our son exclaimed ‘there’s a pig OUT’! sourced from Vancouver Island, and collaborating on curing to provide nitrate free bacon and ham to market. Raising pigs has been a highlight on our farm and raising our own food has turned out amazingly well. We enjoy tasty home grown organically raised pork and have a growing customer list with dreams of expanding our adventure. Cheri Ayers and Glenn Farenholtz live with their two children Cohen and Aliyah on 17 mostly-forested acres across the river from Bright Angel Park in Cowichan Station. They call the land they share Swallowtail Farm for the many migrating butterflies that follow the riparian corridor of the Koksilah River. Prospective customers for next years pork can e-mail swallowtail2632@ gmail.com Cheri Ayers and Glenn Farenholtz live with their two children Cohen and Aliyah on Swallowtail Farm. swallowtail2632@ gmail.com





ithout reverence, yoga is just another set of exercises.” I cannot remember where I heard this, but it has stayed with me. In practicing yoga, we have an opportunity to connect with ourselves— and something greater than ourselves—in a way that we typically don’t do during the rest of the day. It is a time of ritual, in which we can open up a space for the sacred, the spiritual, the soulful.

To create a ritual or ceremony, we must delineate the time and space as distinct from our normal routines and state of consciousness. Imagine a room with two doors: one for entering, and one for leaving. In an earlier article in this series, Paulina Kee wrote about entering one’s practice by setting an intention. You may intend to practice presence, compassion, or deep embodiment. You may intend to connect to your Higher Power, God, Goddess, or the Earth.

How might you close your practice? No matter how long or brief it may be, I find it very helpful to take a moment to acknowledge its ending. If you are in a class setting, the teacher will likely guide you through this. Feel free to take extra time to do your own meaningful closing. If you are practicing on your own, I invite you to try placing your hands in prayer pose, as covered by Christy Greenwood in last month’s article. Enjoy the stillness you have cultivated through your practice, and allow spontaneous words, sensations, and images of gratitude and hope to emerge. I like to give thanks and prayers in three parts: once to the sky above, hands stretched out high; once to myself, hands at my heart; and once to the Earth below, forehead and palms to the ground. I encourage you to create your own ritual of daily practice that feels just right for you!

Swarn Leung is a member of the Forest Yogini Collective and a Registered Clinical Counsellor at the Matraea Centre in Duncan. www.innerlighthealingarts.com

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Aries (March 21-April 19) The Sun is now the farthest away from you as it can get. Since, since the Sun is your source of energy, you will need more sleep in the next four weeks. Possibly, some of this fatigue is from dealing with ex-partners and old friends. This sort of thing can be tiring, especially if a conflict still exists. Nevertheless, lovely, playful opportunities also exist. And of course, all those wonderful opportunities to improve your health and your job are waiting for you to make the most of them! Taurus (April 20-May 20) This month, it’s all about duty and responsibilities. Make every action count as much as possible. You might have to work according to somebody else’s needs and wishes – but you can still strive to be as efficient, effective and productive as possible. You will also focus on your health; and you will improve your health however you can. This is good advice because frankly, your whole year ahead is a party year! And when you party, you eat well and drink well! A minute on the lips is a lifetime on the hips. Sigh. Gemini (May 21-June 20) A lovely, playful month ahead! Just do what you want to do because it’s your turn to have a good time. You might be involved with children as well as sports events. All your relationships with others will be fun and lighthearted. Enjoy the arts, musical performances and sports events. Have fun dining out. Stay in hotels. Old flames are still coming out of the woodwork – watch your step. Meanwhile, your words are melodious. Strong time for writing, sales and sweet talk.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Your focus now is on home, family and your private life. You might want to cocoon. You will feel good among familiar surroundings. They will you a warm feeling in your tummy. You might want to go off by yourself and spend time in contemplation, especially with something delicious to eat. Some will use this coming month to focus on past family events. These feelings might also be triggered because relatives, whom you haven’t seen for a while, are back in the picture. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Your daily tempo will accelerate now with short trips, appointments, classes, increased reading and writing, visits with siblings and relatives plus dealing with friends and acquaintances from your past. Your schedule is jam-packed! Furthermore, you will work hard to earn money because you’re spending it! (Excellent to buy wardrobe goodies.) Allow extra time for delays and snafus in communications, daily transportation, trains, buses and automobile breakdowns – just crazy stuff. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) This is a feisty time because fiery Mars is in your sign. Be careful because you might come on too strong. If you do – others will bite back. This month is all about money, earnings, cash flow and expenditures. You might be focused on money and cash flow, or you might be focused on getting a different job or changing your job in some way. Money coming to you will also be delayed at this point. Cheques in the mail will be late. If you’re looking for new work, go back to places you worked before. “I knew a guy –.” Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) This week the Sun enters your sign to stay for the next four weeks. Happy birthday! This alignment

allows you to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year! In addition, it will also attract favourable people and circumstances to you. Therefore, by all means, make the most of this time and use it to your advantage. Many of you will run into ex-spouses, ex-partners and old friends from your past. Meanwhile, fair Venus guarantees warm relations with others, especially friends and people in groups. A friend could become a lover. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Because your birthday is just one month away, this means you are coming to the end of your personal year. As such, one of the wisest uses for the coming month ahead is for you to give some serious thought to what you want your new year to be all about. How do you want it to be different from last year? What changes do you want to introduce? One thing is certain: Jupiter will guarantee that you will be popular during the next year; and that you will also be more involved with classes, groups and associations. Right now you look good to others. A romance with a boss might begin. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Welcome increased popularity and the enjoyment of friends and groups. In particular, friends from the past will be coming out of the woodwork – keen to see you once again. Meanwhile, you’re very ambitious right now. And well you should be because Jupiter is at the top of your chart where it will stay for the next year enhancing your reputation. It will allow you to advance in your own career or have the opportunity to change your field of work. Continue to travel for pleasure while you can. Bon voyage! Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The Sun now moves across the top of your chart; and this is the only time all year this

OCTOBER ever happens. It symbolizes a flattering spotlight on you. Bosses and VIPs, will see you in such a positive way. In turn, this will probably attract opportunities to you. People will ask you to take on increased responsibilities. If this happens, say yes because you will not have to do anything extra to dazzle them. Good lighting is everything! Travel opportunities look fabulous, as they will all year. Romance is sweet and affectionate, while gifts and goodies come your way. Sheesh! Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This month you want to travel. You want to spread your wings! You want adventure and the excitement of learning something new and provocative. In a word – you want to grab more of life! Meanwhile, contacts from your past, especially related to religion, politics, foreign countries or higher education might be back in your life again. With fair Venus opposite your sign, you find it easy to be charming to others – no worries. In fact, your sex drive is amped because fiery Mars is a real turn-on for Aquarians right now. Lucky you. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Your focus now turns to taxes, debt, mortgages, inheritances and insurance issues. You might also be focused on the wealth of your partner. Something needs to be wrapped up and finally finished. With fiery Mars opposite your sign now, you might have conflicts with someone. Fortunately, this is temporary because in the bigger picture, Jupiter will be there for the entire year enhancing your closest friendships and partnerships, and attracting warm partners to you. In fact, the year ahead is a wonderful time to marry. www.georgianicols.com


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October 2015 Issue 83  

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

October 2015 Issue 83  

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