October 2018 Issue 119

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“Give Peace a Chance” Exhibit: John and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In for Peace 1969 Photographs by Gerry Deiter, Mon-Fri 11-5pm Sat 12-3, The Arbutus Gallery Island Savings Ctr www.cowichanvalleyarts council.ca FREE runs to 13

WildWings Festival Launch & Art Exhibition 6-10pm Just Jakes Restaurant $10


Mighty Grrls! Tales of Fortitude and Heroinism 2-430 pm Cowichan Library 2687 James St FREE

Paintings and Prints by Sue Coleman, Handcrafted Furniture & More by Nick Clarke Imagine That! 251 Craig St. runs to Oct 26. Birding with the Maya: Val George 930am Fish Health Building 1080 Wharncliffe Rd $2 Noteworthy Classical Concert Series The Bergmann Piano Duo perform Oktoberfest 7pm $28 /eyeGO $5 Chakra Yoga Class w/Sadie Bartram 630-8pm Rivendell Yurt in Glenora 250-748-2089 $15 also 15/ 22/29


Tour de Rock Community Stop 1-3pm Beverly Corners www. tourderock.com FREE


Open Meditation Buddha Center 7pm 3904 Johnny Bear Rd 250 710 7594 FREE also 10/17/24/31 Lila Community Choir 6-730pm 3228A Gibbins Rd, Duncan www.joythroughmusic.com also 10/17/24 Hot off the Press: Printmakers Only Group 27th Annual Show & Sale M-F 10-5 Sat 12-3 Portals Gallery 2687 James St FREE runs to 26 Parent and Child Music and Movement 130-230pm 3228A Gibbins Rd www.joythroughmusic. com 17/24/31

Art Opening: ‘From Baja to the Bay-Ou’, Peter Holden 5-7pm The Ou Gallery 1725 Cowichan Bay Rd


Aida The Met: Live in HD 955am Cowichan Performing Arts Ctr Adult $28 Senior $26 eyeGO $5 C.R. Avery, Chapel at Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd 7:30 $20 www.eventbrite.ca Songwriting Workshop w/ Genevieve Charbenneau & Jack Connelly 9-3pm Mesachie Rm Island Savings Ctr $85 CVAC members $95 non Go Batty with the Hooters! 7:30-10:30pm hear and identify several species of bats and owls at Somenos Oaks Protected Area wildwingsfestival.com FREE


Mike Clement Trio’s Pat Martino Tribute 2pm Pat’s House of Jazz Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton 250-324-2245 $15 La Petite Auction House Auction Sunday 9686 Chemainus Rd 1pm 250.701.2902


All candidates Forum 630pm Chemainus Secondary School 9947 Daniel St Chemainus FREE Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group Coffee Hour 2-3pm CCS 103–225 Canada Ave FREE


Alistair MacGregor Public Meeting on the National Housing Strategy 630-830pm VIU Cowichan 250 746 2352 FREE Support group for grandparents and others raising the child of a relative 630-830pm 1 877 345 9777 FREE Ancient Culture: The Ye’yumnuts Project in the Cowichan Valley CVAC Speaker Series 12-1pm Mesachie Rm Island Savings Ctr FREE


The Comic Strippers 730pm Cowichan Performing Atrs Ctr $35 Art Opening: Shinkurt. Traveler, mother & Waldorf teacher, Chantey Dayal 5-7pm Ou Gallery 3091 Agira Rd Duncan Public Meeting on the National Housing Strategy w/Guest Speakers 7-9pm Heritage Hall Island Savings Ctr 2687 James St FREE


Speech Alive Workshop for storytellers and performers 7pm Fri-4pm Sun Trillium Ctr Glenora Farm 4766 Waters Rd 250 732 8440

Ben Kunder, Chapel at Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd 7:30 $20 www.eventbrite.ca

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Cabaret Series Lion Bear Fox 7:30pm Cowichan Performing Arts Ctr $32

Warmland Book and Film Collective Monkey Beach 5-7pm VIRL FREE

A Psychic Fair 11-3pm The Mercury Theatre 331 Brae Rd 250 748 2974 20 min readings $30/$20 for members


Second Sunday Market at the Eagles Hall 10-3pm 2965 Boys Rd FREE


Bike to Work Week www. biketowork.ca/cowichanvalley FREE Fabulous Films: Holy Air 630-830 pm VIU Cowichan www.virl.bc.ca FREE Green Drinks 5-7 pm at the Brew Pub 25 Craig St wildwingsfestival. com FREE

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Paint Night! 7-8:30pm Just Jakes Restaurant- Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society Fundraiser 45 Craig St wildwingsfestival.com $45

The Dave Stewart Septet’s Chick Corea Tribute Pat’s House of Jazz Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton 250-324-2245 $20

Pandora Estate Auction 11am La Petite Auction House 9686 Chemainus Rd

A Walk in the Koksilah Ancient Trees 9-4pm wildwingsfestival.com $10 Children FREE

Meditation and Study Buddha Center 9am 3904 Johnny Bear Rd 250 710 7594 FREE also 11/18/25

Coastal Water Bird Count 11 am Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre 1845 Cowichan Bay Rd wildwingsfestival.com FREE Dancers of Damelahamid-Flicker 730pm Cowichan Performing Arts Ctr $36/adult $33/students & seniors eyeGO $5


Make Fire Cider, Forget the Flu 7-9pm www. botanicalbliss.ca

Advanced Voting Day

Harvest Bowl 11-2pm the HUB 2375 Koksilah Rd www.cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca $25/adults $10/child $25/family 2 Adults & 2 Children

The Old Man and the Vultures 7pm The Fish Health Building 1080 Wharncliffe Rd wildwingsfestival.com by donation

Slapping Healthy Gong 1-5pm Glenora Hall 3660 Glenora Rd 250 748 4060

All candidates Forum 7pm Duncan Community Lodge 2244 Moose Rd FREE




Garden House Foundation Charity Book Sale over 20,000 used books! George Bonner School 3060 Cobble Hill Rd 9-3pm Oct 14 9-2pm

Night of Grief and Mystery! Stephen Jenkinson OUR Ecovillage 1565 Baldy Mountain Rd Shawnigan Lake 250 743 3067 $35 Traditional Paths and Future Ways Speaker Harold Joe on Ye’yemnuts Sacred Site York Rd wildwingsfestival.com by donation


Tablet Tutorial 12-130pm Cowichan Library 2687 James St 250 746 7661 also18 FREE


The Golden Age of the Piano May Ling Kwok Nashville Hurricane 730pm Cowichan Performing Arts Ctr $29/eyeGO $5

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Traditional Pi’kwun Salmon BBQ w/Jared Williams 10-12pm Tl’ulpalus Beach wildwingsfestival. com $20


Outside Mullingar Opens Chemainus Theatre Festival 1800 565 7738


The Intimate Couples Retreat-Connected Living Personal Growth Seminars Ocean Front Suites Cowichan Bay www.connectedlivingseminars.ca

about local fish habitat 1845 Cowichan Bay Rd by donation


Jenie Thai, Chapel at Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd 7:30 Tickets $20


Systemic Constellation Exploration Program Eaglesnest Sanctuary in Shawnigan $595/session six 3.5 day sessions runs to 2019 Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group Monthly Group 2pm CCS 103-225 Canada Ave FREE

the Moon 501 Canada Ave wildwingsfestival.com $45


Acclaimed Artists and You Workshop SeriesPainting w/Roger Jackson times TBA Island Savings Ctr www.cowichan valleyartscouncil.ca Fee TBA



Providence Farm

Beer and Burger Marshcarades Fundraiser 6-10pm Ramada River Rock Bar and Grill. 140 TransCanada Hwywildwingsfestival.com $27.00

1843 Tzouhalem Rd., Duncan ALL SHOWS Doors 7pm I Performance 7:30pm


Native Biodiversity Hedgerow Planting 9-1pm Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom 6043 TransCanada Hwy wildwingsfestival.com FREE

Musician, poet, writer, and East Van troubadour bringing his beat stylings for special solo show.


Milk Crate Bandits, Chapel at Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd 7:30 $20 www.eventbrite.ca

Naturekids Cowichan Valley Weekend Club cowichanvalley@ naturekidsbc.ca FREE

La Petite Auction House Auction Sunday 9686 Chemainus Rd 1pm 250.701.2902

Cosmic Throat Singer Matthew Kocel: Songs of the Universe 730-9pm Lila Music Centre (in the Yurt) $20 /$25@door https://HealDuncan.eventbrite.com



Samson et Dalila The Met: Live in HD 955am Cowichan Performing Arts Ctr $28/adult $26/senior eyeGO $5 A Day of Faith, A Day with the Buddha’s Nichiren Buddha Center 3904 Johnny Bear Rd 250 710 7594 FREE Free Yin Yoga Class w/Nadia 6-730pm Harmony Yoga Ctr 360 Duncan St FREE Sol Centre Halloween Psychic Fair 11-4pm Sol Centre 5380 Trans Canada Hwy FREE

Quaker meeting 1030am St. Ann’s Garden Club Providence Farm www.cowichanvalley.quaker.ca FREE Sacred Chant Circle w/Sadie Bartram 7-830pm Rivendell Yurt in Glenora 250-748-2089 by donation Vocalist Lorraine Nygaard Quartet w/Louise Rose Pat’s House of Jazz Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton 250 324 2245 $15


A Tidal Moment Solo Exhibit w/Susan Collacott Mon-Fri 11-5pm Sat 12-3pm The Arbutus Gallery Island Savings Ctr www. cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca FREE


Wild Fins 7pm Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Join biologist Dr. Dave Preikshot learn

Ballet Kelowna – A Streetcar Named Desire 730pm Cowichan Performing Arts Ctr $36/eyeGO $5 Bringing Back the Bluebirds in the Cowichan watershed 7pm VIU Cowichan 2011 University Way wildwingsfestival.com FREE Lorna Vanderhaeghe Demo 11-2pm Lynn’s Vitamin Gallery 4-180 Central Rd FREE

HUB Film Club Movie Night Indian Horse 7pm The HUB 2375 Koksilah Rd hubfilmclub@gmail. com admission/membership or donation


Tzouhalem Spinners and Weavers Show & Sale 12-530 Cowichan Bay Maritime Ctr 1761 Cowichan Bay Rd FREE also 27 9-530pm 28 9-4pm


Fleece & Fibre Festival 10-4pm Cobble Hill Hall 3550 Watson Ave www. cowichanfleeceand fibrefestival. com FREE Halloween at the HUB 5-9pm The HUB 2375 Koksilah Rd FREE Paint Night #2 7-830 pm Coffee on

Milk Crate Bandits Pat’s House of Jazz Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton 250 324 2245 $15 October Explorer Day 10-12pm rain or shine cowichanvalley@ naturekidsbc.ca FREE


Cowichan Ethnobotany with Dr. Nancy Turner and Luschiim (Dr. Arvid Charlie) VIU Cowichan wildwingsfestival.com $30 Paris Pick and the Pricks w/ Soda Pony, Chapel at Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd 7:30 $20 www.eventbrite.ca


Cowichan Valley Cancer Support Group 1030-12pm CCS 103–225 Canada Ave FREE



Critically acclaimed Torontobased singer-songwriter bringing an intimate performance


Insanely talented and critically acclaimed blues piano and singer from Toronto bringing her whole band this tour


Music that will make you want to dance bringing the sounds of New Orleans

OCTOBER 30 • $20 PARIS PICK AND THE PRICKS W/ SODA PONY Both bands from the Yukon bringing their rock stylings and good times—loud and fun! Tickets at Duncan Music, Providence Farm Store, and eventbrite.ca

www. barelynorth.com

La Petite Auction House Auction Sunday October 7 & 21 • 1pm

Accepting goods throughout the week


WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY 11am-4pm SATURDAY 1-4pm SAME DAY viewings 10am-1pm To consign email dawngeddie@gmail.com

9686 Chemainus Rd, 250-701-2902 5

October 2018 Issue 119 Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine Publisher Richard Badman Editor Sheila Badman Contact us at: editor@cowichanvalleyvoice.com 250 746 9319 6514 Wicks Rd, Duncan BC V9L 5V2 Visit us online at www.cowichanvalleyvoice.com Distribution Mike Andringa & Heather Lawrence

Events Calendar C. A. Linklater

Advertising Enquiries Please Contact Adrienne Richards 250 510 6596 e-mail adrienne@cowichanvalleyvoice.com Next Ad Deadline Oct 18 for November 2018 Issue 120 *Non Profit Community Ad Rates available please enquire. COMMUNITY CALENDAR LISTINGS ARE FREE! Next EVENTS DEADLINE Oct 15 for November 2018 Issue E-mail: Date, Event Title, Time, Location and Cost w/ subject “EVENT” to events@cowichanvalleyvoice.com Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine reserves the right to omit and/or edit submitted listings due to space limitations. SPECIAL THANKS TO FOLLOWING VALLEY VOICES Aaron Scally, Brad Boisvert, Margit Nellemann, Bill Jones, Jennifer Maksymetz, Monica Dockerty, Kendra Thomas, Cheryl Painter Yonge, Grant Easterbrook, Genevieve Singleton, Nejma Belarbi, Jan Hull, John Magdanz, Catherine J. Johnson, Tamu Miles, Jo’Anne Yearly, Sheila Badman, Patrick Jackson, Tracey Hanson, Julia Rylands, Guy Dauncey, Rodger Hunter, Jane Kilthei, John Stewart, Debbie Wood, Rachel Allen, Nicolette Genier and The Wonderful Staff at The Community Farm Store and The Lovely Georgia Nicols We welcome your story ideas & photo submissions, however Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine reserves the right to omit and/ or edit all submissions for space, clarity, content and style. The opinions expressed in Valley Voice Magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, publishers or other contributors. Please send a query e-mail with your suggested topic prior to sending your article as space is limited and may not always be available. Valley Voice Magazine is distributed through 450 + select locations throughout the Cowichan Valley- Malahat, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cherry Point, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Crofton, Chemainus and Salt Spring Island and to Cowichan Lake, Ladysmith, Victoria, Tofino and Parksville October Cover: Artwork by Arnim Rodeck A bit of experimentation, the leaves were leftover pieces of old growth wood from bigger commissions. My first project was the door for the Duncan Visitor Center in which I carved a leaf for each of our local trees, each leaf carved in the wood the leaf comes from. www.shamawood.com

The holidays are just around the corner. Any gift ideas for Santa you’d like to share?

OUR COMMUNITY October Events 4-5 Womens Self Defense 30 A Practical Plan for Affordable Housing 64-65 How Do I Decide Who To Vote For? 66 On October 20, Vote YES for Water 67 Prospective Candidates Feature 68-71 Community Farm Store Pages 76-77 Georgia Nicols OCTOBER Forecast 75 Directory 78-79 LOCAL FOOD & DRINK Rye Cycled 17 Thanksgiving Cooking With Fat 21 Fall Flavours 23 Cauliflower of the Forest 25 ‘Real Food For Real People’ The Fall Harvest Program 26 Fall means class is in session at Chocolate Pearl 32 Fused & Infused Olive Oils 37 Waste-not. Want-not. 73 HOME, FARM & GARDEN Fall Garden Clean Up 28 Preparing Honey Bees for Winter 51 Rain Chains The Artistic Downspout 57 Stain Removal 62 Piglets Thriving On Sun Power 63 LOCAL ARTS Louise Rose and Lorraine Nygaard 16 A Fibre Lovers Weekend Adventure 52 The Fleece and Fibre Festival 53 Talking Arts Painter Susan Collacott 54 Canadian Pianist Ian Parker 60 Sensitive Dance 61 BODY, MIND & SOUL Are You Aging Well? 34 Go By Bike Week 36 The Healing Properties of Pumpkin 59 Hemp & Humanity 74 PETS, RECREATION & NATURE Wild Wings Festival Schedule of Events 40-41 Nature Rambles 42 Cowichan Ethnobotany 43 Systemic Constellation Exploration Program 46 Lucky Dog Socializing 72

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Nashville Hurricane After his smash-hit 6 Guitars performance in November 2016, Chase Padgett brings this new tour-de-force show, Nashville Hurricane, to the stage. Packed with hickory-smoked tunes, spellbinding storytelling and hilarious rants, a series of four characters are brought to life in this one-man masterpiece. Padgett transforms into a manager, a mother, a mentor and the guitar prodigy himself ... Henry Waltrip, as each character tells their side of the rise, demise and resurrection of the best damn guitar player you’ve never heard of ... the Nashville Hurricane. Described as “a marvel of storytelling – the audience leapt to a standing ovation”, Nashville Hurricane is an experience that resonates with audiences. “It connects with people because it’s a human story about discovering who you really are, what you really want, and what it’s going to take to get there” Chase explains. “It’s a journey anyone can relate too and it just so happens to also have some kick-ass guitar playing in it.” Experience the unbelievable, unforgettable and downright unearthly masterpiece … the Nashville Hurricane starring the incredible Chase Padgett. Nashville Hurricane Thursday, October 18 at 7:30pm Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, Tickets $29 / eyeGO $5 Tickets are available in person at the Cowichan Ticket Centre, 2687 James St. or by phone (250) 748-7529 or online at cowichanpac.ca.

JW Jones Billboard Top 10 Blues Artist, IBC Winner and JUNO Nominee, Canadian singer/guitarist JWJones is known for his highenergy shows! The improv magic you hear on Jones’ new album (his 10th), Live, is the spark that has awakened new sonic frontiers for the veteran Maple Blues Awardwinning bluesman. Produced with 2018 Grammy Winner Zach Allen (for his work on Taj Mahal & Keb Mo’s ‘TajMo’), Live is raw, real, and from the heart – an album for the ages that captures the JW-Jones lightning in a bottle. With the last JW-Jones studio project, the Colin Lindenproduced ‘High Temperature’, capturing the coveted Memphis Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge honours, the frequent resident of Billboard’s Top 10 Blues charts and roots radio favourite continues to accelerate his career momentum to new heights, whether it’s as a personally-requested sit-in with the likes of blues legend Buddy Guy (6 times), opening for blues-rock icons Johnny Winter and George Thorogood or entertaining thrilled audiences in 23 countries and four continents. Buddy Guy says “This young man is one of the people who will keep the blues alive”. Eager to live up to this endorsement from the world’s most famous living bluesman, Jones is excited to bring his music to generations to come. October 27, Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Avenue, Crofton - $25 CD Release Tour w/guests Lazy Mike & Carson Mallon


Community Supported Restaurant Unsworth Community Supported Restaurant program began in 2014. It was an opportunity to ensure business in the slower, winter months and get to know our regular customers over their multiple visits. Four years later the program is still going strong and growing. The CSR program not only offers members a great deal but also an opportunity to have a designated date or family night. We even have a group of couples who join every year to ensure they make the time to connect throughout the winter. Chef Maartyn Hoogeveen is excited to start another CSR season with the opportunity to create special menus with amazing farm produce which continues to be available throughout the winter season. Maartyn is very comfortable on the farm having grown-up on his family’s large dairy farm in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Maartyn has worked at some of the top restaurants around the world in New Zealand, Australia, France, Sweden and Canada. Most notably, he spent two years as Sous Chef at Craggy Range winery, one of the top winery restaurants in New Zealand, and spent one year as Sous Chef at 28+ in Gothenburg, Sweden, a long standing Michelin-starred restaurant. The 2018-2019 program is running from October 17-April 19th. Memberships cost $200 and provides 5 x three course dinners or 10 x 2 course lunches or a combination of both. To sample some of Chef Maartyn’s creations and become a member of our CSR program, guests can sign up at Unsworth Restaurant or online at unsworthvineyards.com. We look forward to getting to know many more new members this season. www.unsworthvineyards.com


The Glam Wine Tour Show Your Pride Inclusivity and acceptance is a beautiful thing! Join us for the inaugural LGBTQ2+ ‘Show Your Pride’ event at the GLAM Wine Tour by Cheers Cowichan. In the spirit of PRIDE and inclusivity, we invite everyone (friends, family, and supporters) to enjoy and experience the connection of the rainbow tapestry of people who make up our beautiful community. We’ll taste the exceptional local offerings at three fantastic wineries: Enrico, Unsworth, and Blue Grouse. The tour offers pick-up and drop-off service in Victoria and Nanaimo at an additional cost (see ticket options), with fun and entertainment on the journey. Following the tour experience, a private evening full of festivities will begin at the extraordinary Blue Grouse Winery. (Have you seen it lit up at night? Stunning!) The winery will be illuminated and alive with continued entertainment from a Victoriabased trio called The Awkward Threesome, a wonderful LGBTQ2+ community entertainment group. The trio is touring with us throughout the day, so there will be music and performances on the buses and at a few stops. Food includes charcuterie snacks at our first stop, and then a delectable tapas selection and local fare catered by Farms Gate Catering. Tickets are limited, so please go to the Cheers Cowichan Tours website at www.cheerscowichan.com for more details and to purchase your tickets now October 13, GLAM tour 2-5pm, Blue Grouse Winery GLAM event 5-8:30PM http://www.cheerscowichan.com/ glam-wine-tour/ 250-710-7391

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Garden House Foundation 11Th Book Sale Is Almost Here Attention book lovers! The Garden House Foundation Fund’s 11th annual charity used book sale featurea over 80 tables stacked with 20,000 high quality used books, the sale is the perfect place to stock up on your fall and winter reading. Prices are holding steady, with all 5,000 children’s books selling for 50 cents, and most others going for between $1 and $3. A silent auction of more valuable books will have starting bids of $20. Please note the sale is cash only. Profits from the sale will go

into the permanent foundation fund to support families in crisis and animals in need in the Cowichan Valley through annual grants. Cowichan Women Against Violence Society is one of three organizations receiving grants. CWAV runs many programs including PEACE (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment) which provides counselling for children between the ages of four and eighteen who suffer from anxiety, anger and sleep disturbances; Marvelous Moms that looks at how a mother’s own trauma might impact her parenting skills; Teen Healthy Relationships, which runs for 10 weeks in high schools, and Rise Up, an empowerment group that helps youth heal from sexualized abuse. Every purchase you make will continue to support Cowichan

Women Against Violence as well as Cowichan Family Life and the Cowichan District S.P.C.A. forever! Saturday, October 13th from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday,

October 14th from 9 am to 2 at Bonner School in Mill Bay. For more information, visit www.gardenhousefoundation. wordpress.com or call 250743-4627 to donate books year-round.


Duncan Farmer’s Market


very Saturday, rain or shine, the Duncan Farmers’ Market is joined by farmers, gardeners, small-scale food processors, crafters, jewelers, food sellers, winemakers, butchers, bakers and candle-stick makers. As a true farmers’ market, we give priority to farmers and growers, but we also play host to an amazing array of locally artisans and crafters offering the unique and unusual. With nearly 100 vendors and a “make it, bake it, grow it, sell it” philosophy, you will find a wide variety of local products to fulfill your Thanksgiving basket. At this time of year there is an amazing array of vegetables, fruits (including cranberries!), nuts, eggs, cheese, chicken, turkey, beef and pork, and baked goods of every flavour. We also have pasta, jam, pickles, honey, hummus and salsas, and local wines


and spirits to add to your holiday celebration. Don’t forget the beeswax candles, carved wooden bowls and pottery pieces to add a touch of elegance to your holiday feast. Our live music continues on the stage in Market Square each Saturday until November so customers can sing, dance and enjoy our local entertainers. Join us in the Market Square in downtown Duncan (look for the clock tower) and on Ingram Street Saturdays from 9am-2pm year round!


Haltwhistle Cheese Company Duncan

Rocky Creek Winery Cowichan Bay

Fine cheeses made of both cows’ and goats’ milk, with an emphasis on aged, raw milk varieties. haltwhistlecheese.com

Discover unique wines that have won 100+ medals. Taste our modern Pinot Gris, blends using rare grapes and our “WOW” factor.

Dancing Dandelion Farms Duncan Specializing in beautiful cut flowers and delicious vegetables.We have a strong commitment to the environment, our community and education.

Euphoric Juicery Duncan High quality certified organic juices and nut mylks. Proud to support local farmers when possible. NEW Bone Broths ... Certified Organic Beef and Chicken

Cultu Rice Duncan Delicious, Healthy, Probiotics Koji Dip & Koji Chocolates & Frozen Rice Cream are here. Probiotics Dairy free & Low sugar treats make you happy, healthy and beauty.

Ol’ MacDonald Farm Duncan

Tatlo Road Farm Crofton

Westholme Tea Company Westholme

Salad mix, kale, and spinach, plus all the root crops including beets, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, plus onions, garlic, leeks, and of course winter squash and pumpkins!

Westholme Tea Company imports and sells premium organic loose teas from around the world, creates artful tea blends, and features ceramic tea ware, as well as growing tea.

Well Bred Chemainus

Unsworth Restaurant & Vineyards Cobble Hill

Well Bred is a bakery without a storefront specializing in slowbreads and sweet & savoury buttery pastries. Find them throughout the year at the Duncan and Cedar Farmers’ Market. www.wellbred.ca

Unsworth Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery producing award winning wines.

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Green and red cabbage, leeks, yellow and red potatoes, storage onions, shallots, red and golden beets, nantes carrots, red russian garlic, bell peppers, salad mixes

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The Great 50km Thanksgiving $10 Off For First Time Users



50 km Thanksgiving meal has never been so easy! The Cow-op.ca is Cowichan’s only year-round, online farmers market. We are a non-profit farmer and food processor co-operative with an online marketplace of locally grown and harvested food, featuring a variety of produce, meats, eggs, fruit, baking and more all grown or produced throughout the Cowichan Region. This is a convenient system for food producers and customers alike, as the farmers save time and buyers are able to shop from the comfort of home year-round while directly supporting local family farms and businesses. HOW IT WORKS Customers can place orders online from Friday 12pm to Tuesday midnight 12am (PST). Local farms and producers receive orders Wednesday morning and prepare for delivery.

at Zero Waste Emporium (1728 Douglas St.). Duncan customers pick up between 3-6pm at Cowichan Green Community (360 Duncan St).

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GETTING STARTED IS EASY! Just register your information at www.cow-op.ca and then click on the “shop” button. As produce and items change with the season there’s something new from over 50 local farms and producers located in the Cowichan Valley region. It doesn’t get any more local than Cow-op marketplace! To make your Thanksgiving Feast even sweeter, Cow-op is offering $10 off your first order ($30 minimum) when you use this code at checkout: COWOPHARVEST

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Fresh orders are delivered to Zero Waste Emporium in Victoria (1728 Douglas St.) and Cowichan Green Community in Duncan (360 Duncan St.), Thursday morning. Victoria Customers pick up orders on Thursdays between noon-6pm

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All the local farms at your fingertips www.cow-op.ca

Ultreia Farm Chemainus Small family run farm in the heart of Chemainus specializing in sustainably raised produce, eggs and lamb.

Sprouting Dragon Farm COBBLE HILL Sprouting Dragon Farm has large heads of Red Russian garlic along with Jack-of-all-Trades pumpkins, baby blue hubbards, butternut & red kuri.

BITE ME COOKIE CO. duncan Thanksgiving pies available from Bite Me Cookie Company. Made with real ingredients, including local eggs, real cream and pumpkin from the garden.

KIN Park urban farm duncan Duncan’s only urban farm offers a variety of squashes, carrots, and garlic to make your Thanksgiving feast colourful and flavourful!

Ol’ Macdonald Farm duncan We are a true family farm lovingly growing organic vegetables on an intimate scale while caring for the land and our community.

8 1/2 Acres Duncan We love to Farm! Local organic produce and fruit from our field to your table. Fall Bounty is here. Thanks for supporting local agriculture.

hOMe Grown Living Foods Lake Cowichan Certified Organic, sprouted, ketogenic, plant based snacks with no refined sugar or preservatives. Delicious Farm to Shelf Whole Food Nourishment to FUEL your Thriving Life!

Michelle Rose cowichan bay


The “Michelle Rose“ is a freezer troller/ prawn boat based in Cowichan Bay. We fish from as close as Cowichan Bay to Haida Gwaii. Look for salmon and other fresh-caught treats this Thanksgiving!

All your Charcuterie & Cheese needs for the holidays Pates and terrines: Duck, chicken, rabbit, pork and venison. House Smoked Cheddar Mulled red wine Spiced Cranberry Sauce.


is reflected in the quality of Elk View Acres’ food!

Julia Fisher and Steve Walter of Elk View Acres Element Photo Company

Growing using organic methods but not certified, Elk View Acres offers a wide variety of crops, from kale, salads and cukes to potatoes, cabbages, and the most stunning flower bouquets to brighten your day! In addition to farm-fresh products, Elk View Acres also rents bee hives for pollination and offers juicing services at their farm for all kinds of fruits.

Food with a View! Laurence Malouin is a student in Agronomy at Université de Laval, Québec and is completing her internship as an Assistant with the Cow-op.ca Online Farmers’ Market.


lk View Acres farm is named for the wonderful view of an elk herd that owners Julia Fisher and Steve Walter see when they wake up every morning. Like the elk, the Cow-op.ca online marketplace’s newest member sellers are moving steadily through the fields as the season goes.

Authentic Mexican Tacos Thursday - Sunday 4-8pm

Growing up on her parents’ farm, Julia learned an abundance of farming wisdom that continued with her while she earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies, as well as a Master of Science in Ecology. Julia also continued learning about growing food in the Valley while apprenticing at Cow-op member Lockwood Farm for 2 years. All of her knowledge

As it’s their first year of production, Julia and Steve are still working hard to get all their farming systems in place. They continue to learn by experimenting which is the best way to improve efficiency and find their niche. They feel fully supported by the community and are excited to be a part of the strong culture of local food and farming in the Cowichan Region. They are also excited to sell online every week with Cow-op! Taste the beauty of Elk View Acres’ bounty by visiting www.cow-op.ca. Element Photo Company

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all is upon us and that means cold and flu season is too. Herbal medicine provides excellent options to fight sniffles, sneezes, runny nose, coughs, aches and fever when you or your family are ill.

Taco Night at Saltair Station House


ooking for something new for dinner tonight, try Tacos & Beer at the Saltair Station House just North of Chemainus on the Old Island highway. They are serving traditional Tacos every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 4-8 pm with a line-up of Mexican beers, Island craft beers, muddled jalapeno lime margaritas and lime margaritas. Mix n’ match your tacos from chicken tinga, braised beef, sautéed shrimp, pork carnitas and mixed grilled vegetables. Add garnish to your tacos from the complimentary salsa bar featuring home made fresh pickles and a variety of house made sauces from mild to very hot. The menu includes Pupusas a thick corn tortilla served piping hot stuffed with savoury stuffing and melted cheese, Chips n’ Salsa served with house made fresh salsa, pico de

gallo and guacamole. Sweet endings include churros & thick warm chocolate for dipping, gourmet ice cream sandwiches from Bite Me Cookie Co. and mini vegan fruit pies. Customers love the new night! “Authentic style tacos with amazing filling options plus so much of the ingredients come right from in their garden. The big plus is that they are prized so low and are a real bargain to get a fresh healthy meal.”

Fire cider, a homemade “cold and flu tonic”, is an excellent herbal remedy that acts as an immune boosting preventative as well a powerful anti-microbial, decongesting, cold busting remedy. The cider has deep roots in folk medicine and has been around for centuries. Fire Cider is a zesty vinegar packed with immune-stimulating, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, circulatory-stimulating herbs and spices. This tonic has many forms and the basic recipe usually consists of raw apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, horseradish, ginger, and hot peppers. There are many other herbs one can add for an additional boost as well including lemon, rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, echinacea, cinnamon and elderberries.

Chose organic ingredients wherever possible. The cider gets its name from the fire of the peppers and horseradish. It tastes hot, spicy and sweet as we add raw honey at the end! We take an ounce or so morning and night with a little water or juice as a preventative all winter long, and more once we sense a cold or flu coming on. In combination with a steam of our Beat It! essential oils, nasty viruses don’t stand a chance! Join Robin of Botanical Bliss for her “Make Fire Cider, Forget the Flu” class on Wednesday, October 10 from 7-9pm in Duncan. The class is $35 and you will make a jar of your own organic Fire Cider to take home. Register at www.botanicalbliss. ca or call Robin at 250-710-1276.

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Louise Rose and Lorraine Nygaard Debut at Pat’s House of Jazz


elebrated Victoria jazz pianist Louise Rose makes her debut performance at Pat’s House of Jazz October 21 when she accompanies soulful vocalist Lorraine Nygaard. “Nygaard is also new to our stage,” says publicist Gloria Collins. “Her sultry voice has been compared to those of Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell. She will move you with her spirited interpretations of jazz standards, blues, soul and originals. Rose, who mentored Nygaard, studied with Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein and leads the 200-voice Victoria Good News Choir. She is is well-known in Victoria as a versatile pianist,

vocalist, recording artist, composer, motivational speaker, choral conductor, accompanist, teacher and facilitator. She believes music is much more than a vocation . . . “It is the perfect metaphor for life itself”. Her music touches the lives of those around her in a supremely positive way.

October 7 • 2PM I $15 Mike Clement Trio’s Pat Martino Tribute

“Rose has been my mentor in warm and wonderful ways Lorraine Nygaard for several years now,” says Nygaard. masters degree in “Her philosophy about singing jazz performance and life itself, handed down from from Michigan State her grandmother, is ‘you are University and tours with worthy simply because you’re the Ashley Wey Trio. breathing’.” Nygaard, who sang in her early years with a duo in Vancouver, returned to the stage in 2008 after raising her family and studying jazz at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Gord Clements, Gergana Velinova and Rose. They will be joined by Victoria drummer Kelby MacNayr, who has performed on over 50 recordings and at major festivals across Canada and the U.S.

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Michigan-raised bassist Louis Rudner, who recently married pianist Ashley Wey of Victoria, is new to the area. He has a

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October 14 • 2PM I $20 The Dave Stewart Septet’s Chick Corea Tribute Honours one of jazz world’s most influential musicians.

October 21 • 2PM I $15

The show is part of Lorraine Nygaard Quartet a regular Sunday with pianist Louise Rose afternoon jazz series at Soulful, spirited vocalist the pub presented by teams up with her mentor. the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society. Reservations are highly October 28 • 2PM I $20 recommended. Call 250Milk Crate Bandits 235-2245. Tables will be Joyful, high-energy held until 1:30pm. New Orleans-style jazz Pat’s House of Jazz is at the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Osborne Bay Pub Crofton. Reservations 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton are highly recommended. Call 250-324-2245. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. $15.

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goes to waste. Just as fresh, wet-hop season is upon us, CGC will be delivering gleaned bread to Duncan’s Small Block Brewing Co. where they will use it to replace a large component of the grain bill of their upcoming Rye

Rye Cycled


ye Cycled. You read it right. The Cowichan Green Community (CGC) is a leader in upcycling and decreasing food waste in the Cowichan valley. The CGC’s latest innovative project is a collaboration between the CGC, True Grain Bread and Small Block Brewing Co. Why Rye Cycled? Bread is near the top of the list of wasted household food items: nearly 900,000 tons a year. From the humble sandwich loaf to artisanal rounds, too much bread goes to the landfill. A big part of the solution is to buy what we need and eat what we buy. There will always be a certain amount of bread that is unwanted and stales on the bakery shelf. Therein lies the opportunity: how can you turn stale bread into a usable food product? The answer might be beer. CGC has been busily gleaning and preparing rye bread from True Grain in preparation for an end of summer brew. No offense to the humble sandwich loaf, but we can’t really stand by as artisanal bread made with organic, natural, stone ground grains

Cycled India Pale Ale. In the kettle they will combine the liquid beer with fresh cashmere hops, grown locally in B.C. The rye bread will lend a light spicy note to beer with caramel notes from the other grains that make up the bread and the remaining malt bill for the beer. The Cashmere hop is a cross between Northern Brewer and Cascade, which imparts tropical coconut, peach, tangerine aromas and a flavour profile with hints of melon, lemongrass and tangerine. Small Block Brewery’s brewer, Mike Ethier, is already imagining what a sourdough beer might taste like, while co-owner Cate Scally is mulling over honey cruller donut beer. Stay tuned! Drop by Small Block Brewing Co.’s Tasting Lounge - at 5301 Chaster Road in Duncan - to taste this exciting new Ale! Available early October.

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Local Pairings For Westholme Tea Company Maple Smoked Green

Make locally grown Cowichan tea part of your Canadian Thanksgiving. Maple Smoked Green tea captures the terroir of the region and the cold smoking of this pan roasted green tea makes it a perfect pairing with a traditional turkey with all the rich fixings. Maple Smoked Green tea can also be used to brine the turkey giving it a moist and gently smokiness. Watch the film of how the tea is made at www.westholmetea. com 25g pouch $35

Averill Creek Vineyard 2017 Dry Gewurztraminer Cool climate deliciousness. Fresh, Crisp and Vivacious! Intensely fragrant with vibrant floral notes, sweet aromas of candied fruit and a trace of exotic spice. Light bodied and zesty featuring ripe lychee, peach and juicy citrus flavours. Ideal for your Thanksgiving feast. $23.78

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Our Pinot Noir Reserve is splendid in those occasions when the family gets together. Plum and cherry scents blend wonderfully with Thanksgivings traditions and aromas of turkey, cranberry sauce and the warm coziness of family and friends. This Pinot Noir is the essence of our land and an important addition to the Cowichan experience. $29.90

Small Block Brewing Ryecycled Ale Warm, biscuity, spicy rye bread and delicious fruity fresh local hops pair perfectly with golden roasted turkey, fragrant stuffing and cranberry sauce. $16 per 473mL 4-pack

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Blue Grouse Winery 2017 Quill Rose

Rocky Creek Winery Pinot Noir 2015 This wine is perfect for Thanksgiving as it is a red many enjoy with turkey dinner but can handle all the other Thanksgiving meats also. The French oak imparts the fall harvest notes along with the earthiness of the character of the pinot noir. It has spicy notes in the flavour that would pair well with any stuffing. The fruit this year is very developed and has plum notes that would go well with many meat choices. Pinot Noir is a great choice for entertaining as it goes so well with many foods. Pinot Noir is a great foodie wine. $30

A complex, fullflavoured Rosé which boasts aromas of wild forest strawberries and herbs with a peppery kick on the palate. This dry rosé will pair with all of your favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal– whether it’s the turkey, sweet potatoes or green beans! $21

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Unsworth Vineyards 2017 Sauvignette Emandare Vineyard 2017 Siegerrebe Gewurtzraminer “What’s in your glass should never become more important then who you are sharing it with.” - This wine is all about getting lost in the experience with the people that you love. Light, fresh, crisp and clean it acts like a refreshing pallet cleanser between bites and will pair with plethora of flavours at your thanksgiving feast. Cheers! $23

Unsworth’s 2017 Sauvingnette will be on par with all those beautiful aromas emanating from your kitchen on Thanksgiving Day! Bright citrus notes accompanied with apple, peach and pineapple, Sauvingnette has you covered. From your families honey glazed ham, bacon wrapped scallops to warm apple pie. Try an island original from Unsworth Vineyard’s this Thanksgiving! $25

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The Met Opera: Live in HD

Thanksgiving at the Farm Table Inn Start your Thanksgiving long weekend out of the kitchen with a Prime Rib Buffet dinner on Thursday October 4, 6pm seating at Farm Table Inn. If its turkey you’re hoping to enjoy and you don’t want to cook the whole bird, they will be offering a featured turkey dinner ( along with their regular dinner menu) on Friday October 5th and Saturday October 6th. Try the $45 three course menu option which includes a salad or soup for an appetizer, turkey dinner and pumpkin pie for dessert. The first available dinner seating is at 5:30pm. or celebrate with family at their Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet on Sunday, October 7. Four seatings are available at 10:30am, 11am, 12:30pm or 1pm. 6755 Cowichan Lake Road, Lake Cowichan Space is limited so reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment 250-932-3205 www.farmtableinn.ca

A highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzosoprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is, in essence, an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles and elaborate ballets, few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Aida The Met: Live in HD Saturday, Oct 6, 9:55am Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, Runtime: 3hrs 36mins Adult $28.00 / Senior $26.00 / eyeGO $5.00 Tickets are available in person at the Cowichan Ticket Centre, 2687 James St., by phone (250) 748-7529 or online at cowichanpac.ca.


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Try Something New This Thanksgiving - Cooking With Fat Chef Brad Boisvert is owner and operator of Cure Artisan Meat and Cheese


s the weather gets cooler out comes the cravings for richer fattier foods. Many fatty foods are good for us and we need them. Some examples of good fats, include pork and duck fat. The brain is about 60 percent fat and, therefore, needs fat in the diet . It is essential for proper neurotransmission, meaning the movement of information through our brain. Good fats also help to increase the speed and strength of the transmission and helps to maintain flexibility in cell membranes, repair damaged cells and helps in building new brain cells. If there is not enough fat in the diet, then our brain is not going to be transmitting information properly.

One way to add more fat to the diet is to cook with it. I was first introduced to cooking with duck fat in culinary school. I will never forget my first duck confit. But you can use it for more than just cooking duck legs. It has a high smoking point so from frying items at 350 degrease to searing meats. Feeling a bit more adventurous try baking with it in pastry for your Thanksgiving pie. You can even pop, popcorn or make your own mayonnaise. Because animal fats are more stable, foods cooked in them absorb less oil and less fat. If you are looking to try your hand at working with duck fat over the holiday season we have it for you. At Cure we slow render our own fat. From the ducks we use to make other charcuterie items. You can buy it from us for $4.50 250ml or $8.00 500ml. Cure Meat and Cheese 5-1400 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cobble Hill 250-929-2873.


Potatoes Cooked in (Confit) Duck Fat

Recipe courtesy Chef Brad Boisvert, Cure Artisan Meat and Cheese Another way to get good fats into you diet is in your side dishes at your next meal:


Potatoes -Yukon, Nugget, Red Potatoes 1.5 pounds Fresh thyme 5 sprigs Garlic 4 cloves smashed Bay leaf 3 Salt Course 4 tablespoons Cracked pepper 1 teaspoon Lemon juice and zest 1/2 Duck fat 500ml


First cooking for potatoes: (Blanch)

1. In a sauce pan combined all ingredients. Except duck fat. 2. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. 3. Strain

Second cooking of Potatoes: ( Confit)

1. In a large heavy bottom skillet. Over low heat warm duck fat until melted. 2. Add the blanched potatoes. 3. Place in a 325-degree oven. Cook until fork tender and light golden brown. Can be made a day or two a head of time and just rewarmed. If so just keep stored in the duck fat.

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Raw Desserts in Disguise A Tasting For Four


ver tried a raw dessert?

With creativity in mind, simple quality ingredients are transformed into delicious, satisfying raw desserts that happen to also be guilt-free, often as rich and luscious as butter itself. Believe it! To test this theory I invited three fine ladies to Glow Juicery and Raw Food Eatery for a new tasting of irresistible raw desserts just in time for Thanksgiving. The first to arrive, I slide into the big booth and wait for Dawn Howlett, co owner of Resthouse


Sleep Solutions, Mandy Tinevez, a clinical herbalist and experimental cook living in the Cowichan Valley, and Christina Hamill, craniosacral therapist at Cowichan Valley Craniosacral. Our knowledge of raw food is a sliding scale with Mandy being the most familiar having prepared raw desserts on her own to myself where a raw dessert is interpreted as slicing an organic peach at the table and serving it off my knife. Needless to say all of us are quite excited. The first choice is an organic Lavender Nanaimo Bar - made with ground cashews, walnuts, coconut oil, raisins, coconut flakes, cacao, beets, blue green algae, lavender flowers and maple syrup. The delicious blended cashew reads like “caramel” to our taste buds. “ Delicious!” shares Dawn “The lavender is perfect, and not too overpowering as it can be in some lavender treats.” Mandy likes the three distinct textures that you sense as she bites. “The cashew is reminiscent of the creamy butter

part of a conventional Nanaimo Bar” she adds. Also available in blueberry, tart cherry or mint we all agree the tasting is off to a good start. Next comes Chocolate Chaga Cookie Dough bites, these tasty all organic morsels have sprouted seeds, oats, Medjool dates and chaga. “Chaga is a nutrient dense mushroom with many benefits that include lowering blood pressure, reduces inflammation and boosting the immune system. “ owner Brandy Mandrusiak tells us. They taste delicious and are perfect for a party and come in many different varieties. Before we dig in we admire our next dessert - Orange Zest Fuel Bar - composed of organic dates, raisins, mesquite, orange zest and chaga. Thick and dense, we slice it like a brownie and share. It is extremely tasty and filled with many nutritious ingredients including cacao nibs. Cacao is a powerhouse of antioxidants, 40 times more beneficial than blueberries and is the highest plant based source of iron. It is high in magnesium, which we all need to maintain a healthy brain and heart and is also an effective mood elevator and natural antidepressant. We all loved this bar, needing only very small slices to satisfy. “The flavour is reminiscent to Christina of the Italian fruit cake Panforte, known to the region of Siena. “Oh so delicious!” “I feel transported back to the 40’s” says Dawn “it has a very old fashioned taste to it and the balance is excellent. “I would take this on a hike” smiles Mandy. I learn that one of the greatest things about raw desserts is that not only are they delicious and satisfying - they are truly nourishing because they are full of things that are good for you. We savour the last tastes before our eyes turn to the luscious Strawberry Chocolate Cashew Cheesecake. A beautiful

multilayered slice of textures and colours topped with fresh strawberries. We each grab a spoons to enjoy this one together. The “cheesecake” layer is a blend of cashews and strawberries whipped into a mousse-like filling and the crust is made of organic sprouted almonds, coconut flakes, raisins, and dates. It tastes very rich, tart and light. One of Glow’s signature desserts, these organic raw cheesecakes are often reserved and sold as soon as the flavour of the day is posted on Facebook. Available for order as a full 8” or 1/2 cake portion it also comes in pumpkin, snickers, chocolate mint, matcha, berry, orange chocolate, blueberry and more. This one is Dawn’s favourite so far. Last but not least we must try the raw brownie. All of us being brownie lovers were pleasantly surprised by this raw version complete with sprouted walnuts throughout the square. Made from organic raw cacao, sprouted walnuts and almonds we all agree that it has a lovely flavour and perfect that is not too sweet. “ The quality and flavour of the walnuts is what spells Brownie to me”. smiles Christina. Pleasantly satiated I ask everyone to think back through our raw dessert journey and pick their favourites. Christina points to the crumbs left of the Fuel Bar. Dawn still loves the Strawberry Chocolate Cashew Cheesecake. Mandy and I both agree the Lavender Nanaimo Bar was our best. But no one needs to choose just one! For your special Thanksgiving meal bring your own assortment of organic raw desserts and lay out your own tasting. Glow Juice and Eatery at the Sol Centre, 5380 Trans Canada Hwy (250) 597-2595 *For full cake or large dessert orders please call 2-3 days in advance.

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Organic Westholme Masala Chai served in Margit Nellemann’s handmade cups

Fall Flavours Margit Nellemann is a tea purveyour, tea blender and ceramic artist.


s the days get shorter and our mornings and evenings at bit cooler, a freshly cooked, steaming hot cup of Masala Chai warms us on the inside and brings back instant memories of the shimmering days of summer. Chai tea originated in India but has now become an extremely popular North American beverage. The word chai translates to “tea” in Hindi, whereas, ‘Masala’ refers to the mix of spices. In India, many households have created their very own ‘Chai’ recipe. The secret to the best cup of chai lies in the combination of spices. A traditional Indian ‘Chai’ consists of Assamese black tea and a variation of the following spices – ginger root, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and sometimes star anise and fennel. The colours, the fragrance and the unique flavours of all these spices have been an inspiration to the many chai blends we have created at Westholme Tea Company.

For our traditional Masala Chai, we went through several spice combinations before we settled on our current recipe. This one is as close as you can get to buying a steaming cup of freshly made chai from a chai wallah in India. The exotic fragrance of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon combine perfectly in this black tea base. The black pepper and cloves add an exciting touch at the end. If you prefer to savour all the exotic spices without any added caffeine, there are numerous herbal and non-caffeinated chai blends available as well. Our newest chai blend is turmeric based with ginger root, cardamom, ceylon cinnamon, black pepper and cloves. Most of our Chai blends can be prepared in either of two different methods – steeping, or the traditional boiling method. For steeping, simply infuse one teaspoon of Chai per cup (8 ounces/235ml) of boiling water and steep 4 to 6 minutes (the longer infusion time is needed if you wish to add milk). Add milk and sweetener and enjoy. To cook your chai, use the following method: Use one heaping teaspoon of Chai per cup of water (8



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Citta Slow Cowichan Farm Nominee For Best Practices TATLO ROAD FARM


atlo Road Farm is a small certified organic vegetable farm located south of Crofton. We started the farm in 2013 after studying and training on other farms for over 10 years. We make our living off about 2 acres in annual vegetable production, growing over 40 crops that we sell at the Duncan Farmer’s Market, through a small CSA, and a few wholesale accounts.

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We are a family farm. You could say we’re a “new” family farm because we didn’t grow up on farms or take over an existing family farm. Instead, we are building a farm from the ground up with the goal that the farm be sustainable ecologically, as well as provide a living for our growing family. We have worked tirelessly for the past six years toward these goals, and while that work is ongoing, we’re pleased to say that it has come to provide our sole family income. And though our parents were not farmers before, they have certainly become honorary farmers for how much they help out!

We never questioned that we would farm organically or if we would participate in organic certification. Organic practices align with our goal of ecological sustainability, and certification is our guarantee to our customers that we are adhering at a minimum to the Canadian Organic Standard. Many farmers came before us who worked hard to build the integrity of the term “organic” and to develop the standards, and by certifying we hope to honor those efforts. Organic certification is a grassroots movement; created by farmers for farmers, and we feel it is our responsibility to be involved and do our part. We farm for many reasons. There are the “big” reasons such ecological stewardship and promoting community health. But we also do this simply because we love good food! We love being physical, working outdoors with our hands in the soil, connected to the world around us. We love being our own bosses. We love creating something from soil, sunlight, and water- we can’t imagine a more honest way to earn our living, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to do so here in the Cowichan.

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Cauliflower of the Forest



Cauliflower Fungus, Image Bill Jones

Miso, Cauliflower Fungus and Barley Chowder

Recipe courtesy Bill Jones, Deerholme Farm Cook the barley in advance (I use a rice cooker) you can also use white or brown rice. This soup works for many mushroom types, even the humble button mushroom).

Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 Tbsp (30 mL) grapeseed oil 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced 1 large onion, peeled and diced 1 celery stalk, trimmed and diced 1 Tbsp (15 mL) garlic, chopped ¼ cup (65 mL) miso 8 cups (2L) water or mushroom stock 4 cups (1L) cooked barley 4 cup (1L) sliced cauliflower fungus (or other mushrooms) 2 Tbsp Japanese soy (or light soy) 1 Tbsp sesame oil salt and pepper to taste

Method In a stockpot, add the oil and carrots, onion, celery, garlic and miso. Saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the water and cooked barley, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Once the mixture begins to thicken and the vegetables are cooked, add the mushrooms, season with the soy sauce, sesame oil and salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms begin to softer. Check seasoning and adjust if needed. Ladle into bowls and serve hot.


ne of my absolute favourite mushrooms is called the Cauliflower fungus. In our area this fungi is quite often found on the stumps of big, old fir trees that were cut earlier in the last century. As you walk through the second growth forest of the island, you will often come upon massive stumps, up to six feet (approx. 2 metres) in diameter. When these old growth trees were cut they were many hundreds of years old and the bigger specimens are still slowly rotting in tshe forest floor a hundred years after they were felled. The Cauliflower fungus (Sparassis radicata) is a saprobic mushroom – meaning that it decomposes wood as it feeds on the decaying nutrients. It is part of a number of fungi that help recycle the products of the forest. When you find a stump producing the cauliflower fungus, you can often return year after year to the same spot to harvest the mushroom. Eventually the stump will break down, nutrients will be depleted and the mushroom will stop producing. Specimens can

grow quite large with individuals Authhized by financial agent Jenni Capps - capps.jenni@gmail.cc found over 10 lbs (approx. 5 kg). with current research pointing to immune Usually they occur on the stumps of Douglas fir, often boosting properties and potential antion the southern facing tumour growth portion of the stump. The fungus looks like a big capabilities. When I find one in the forest, white ball of ribbons. The I usually take about ¾ best specimens are pure white and as the mushroom of the specimen, the ages, the colour chances to remaining stump with continue to grow and cream and finally browns can be harvested at a as it slowly decomposes. later date. It is always The white specimens a treat to find this have a crisp texture and a beautiful Cowichan pleasant mushroom flavor Valley mushroom! and a floral, intoxicating aroma. As the mushroom ages, it becomes a little bitter and worms often burrow into the base of the fungus. The cauliflower fungus is excellent sautéed but the mushroom shines with placed into a soup and briefly cooked. Cooking lightly in liquid helps retain the aroma Bill Jones is a chef, and texture of the author and food mushroom. consultant based The cauliflower on Deerholme farm. Reach him at fungus also have www.deerholme.com medicinal properties,


‘Real Food for Real People’ The Harvest Program Jennifer Maksymetz Harnessing the transformative power of art for a better world.


cologically minded and artistic are words often used to cast an image of Salt Spring’s citizens, but often in the shadow of such stature, the unnoticed are working hard to make a life. It is for these people whom this article is written, and to praise those who tirelessly make the Harvest Program happen. The Harvest Program is a remarkable example of how a social initiative, when started simply, can quickly grow with determination and resilience into a multifaceted social outreach platform. Currently the harvest program has six main roots – the Harvest Farm (1 acre organic farm and orchard), partnership with the Salt Spring Food Bank (offering farm produce for meals), Second Harvest Food Reclaim (Country Grocer and Thrifty Foods), Harvest Coupons at the farmers market ($21 a

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per week for 60 households), Community Fridges (6 stocked fridges in areas of need), and the Harvest Café & Kitchen (fundraising using farm produce, and also offering workshops regarding health and nutrition). Each of these roots is an enterprise unto itself, taking into account who in the community needs the program and recognizing which of these families or people are not showing up to receive the services. There is a strong focus on building relationships with the elders of the community, making them feel seen, heard and involved. The Harvest Programs latest project, which is still in development, aims to facilitate these needs of elders. The Success Works program was brought into the fold, which enables marginalized or disabled members of the community to learn about organic farming, providing training and a sense of self-worth. The Harvest Program ethos is based on acknowledging that a community is only as strong as it’s weakest member, and asks the questions – ‘what are we doing to help them?’ and ‘who is falling through the cracks?’ Funded by Community Services and the Berman Foundation, it was started by Community

Over the past six years it has been a true community effort, and there is room for everyone to contribute. Simone was clear in stating her appreciation for the generous donations from farmers (veg starts, market produce, apple trees, tools) and monetary donations from the larger community to purchase key items like the 20ft container storage fridge - which was a game changer enabling the Harvest Program to preserve the large amounts produce before it

was needed or delivered. Also the team of volunteers donating their time to deliver and pick up food, teach workshops, cook food, and be the immense support network that it takes to run such a myriad program. Thank you Salt Spring, for being an example for communities around the world, representing what can be achieved when attention is focused on solutions, one small step at a time. The Harvest Programme is always looking for charitable donations of any kind. To see their wishlist and be involved visit: www.harvestprogramme.com The Harvest Programme is also looking for a masters or phd student to develop a thesis and platform, for other communities to utilize.


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Services, noticing the thriving farming community on the island and a concern about how to get fresh organic produce to segments of the community who where unable to access it. Horticulturist and Food Security Coordinator Simone Cazabon was initially hired to work 16 hours a week to cultivate a ½ acre plot of land at the Burgoyne Bay Community Garden and to source channels for distribution. Lauded now for her hands on approach and determination, she admits the process was not without challenges and moments of defeat. Simone started by evaluating what services were already available on the island and through networking and relationship building she was able to shine light into the systems cracks and diligently filled them with the everevolving Harvest Program.

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Slapping for Health Wild Goose Qi Gong Workshop


ith the exception of the slap we give our thighs when we’re in a fit of ungovernable laughter or maybe also a High Five, we generally associate the act of slapping with something undesirable like “a slap in the face”. In Chinese exercise for health, within the forms of the Wild Goose Qigong that I teach and practise, however, slapping has a very beneficial and positive effect. As many of you know, the Chinese have systems of lines of energy throughout the body, called meridians or channels, as well as points littered all over the body like stars in the heavens which are called acupuncture points. Within the practice of acupuncture, meridians are very specific jagged lines which relate to each of the internal organs. The acupuncture points are tiny and very specific and have to be found very accurately for the insertion of a needle to help stimulate the meridians on which they lie.

On the other hand, within the practice of Wild Goose Qigong, the energy is flowing more strongly as we develop more Qi by performing the movements and the channels are straighter. The difference is like that of a river flowing slowly and meandering along more level ground, with curves this way and that, versus water gushing more rapidly down a steep mountainside where the path runs straighter with the abundance of water. Likewise, we feel the ‘acupoints’ in Qigong as much bigger areas. For example, rather than a pinpoint in your palm, we feel the Qi in the whole middle part of the palm. I’m sure you use that point yourself to rub where it hurts. So, occasionally within the Wild Goose Qigong forms, and specifically in the form I’m planning to teach in an upcoming seminar in mid October, we slap certain ‘acupoints’. This stimulates the channels and releases old, stale, stagnant energy that has accumulated in the body

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www.wildgooseqigongcentre.com and opens the points to allow fresh energy to enter the body. Slapping, hitting and tapping are often used by the Chinese for healing purposes. Here we learn to do it systematically for regularly releasing toxins from the body and stimulating the flow of our Qi to maintain good health.

All are very welcome to attend the one-day seminar entitled Slapping Healthy Gong on October 13th. See www.WildGooseQigongCentre. com or contact Lee Masters 250 748 4060 rivendellrhythm@ shaw.ca for more details and registration.

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s gardeners there is a temptation to have a perfectly tidy garden, to rake every leaf, cut back every perennial, and prune every shrub possible. The hack-it-down, rake-it-up gardening style may leave you feeling accomplished and complete for the season, but there are a few reasons to give this fall gardening ritual a second thought. Our gardens can be havens for wildlife, and more so if we leave insects, birds, and amphibians over-wintering habitat. Seed heads and flower stalks, host over-wintering predatory insects. Ladybugs, predatory ground beetles and other pest-munching insects overwinter under leaf litter, at the base of plants, or in hollow stems of perennials. Pests may also overwinter in the garden, but also providing a home for predatory insects can be an effective pestmanagement strategy for the home gardener. Once these insects get back to work in spring, finely chop perennials and add them to your compost pile, or top dress your garden with the clippings. It’s important to note, this is the very reason dead wood should be pruned out of shrubs and trees. Overwintering insects, though harmless to spent perennials, can be a detriment to your shrubs and trees. Dead wood also attracts host-specific pests and is also is an excellent entry point for diseases. Another benefit letting the garden be for the winter, is to attract caterpillar and pest-eating birds, such as

Fall Garden Clean Up chickadees and nuthatches. Spent perennial seed heads are a tremendous bird attractant and will be picked clean by spring. Leaving debris in the garden attracts insects and provides birds with protein-rich food and increasing your gardens bird population. The more insect-nurturing habitat you have, the birds you will have, the less pests you will have. When it comes to fall pruning, practice a little restraint. The warm, wet autumn weather creates ideal conditions for the transmission of diseases, and pruning cuts are the perfect site for disease entry. Certain plants risk being damaged by winter cold-exposure, following a fall prune. Let plants like lavender, rosemary and hardy fuchsia be, and attend to them in the spring.

a denser, healthier hedge. Unfortunately, weeds do not simply stop growing in the winter. Annual weeds like snapweed and chickweed are active in cooler months and mulching gardens, compared to leaving soil bare will help to suppress these cool season weeds. And what to do with all those leaves? Add them to the compost pile in addition to chopped woody material. When you are topdressing you gardens with beautiful leaf mold, you’ll be so glad you did. Gardeners love routine but shake up this fall and let some things be. We may think our gardens have ‘gone to sleep’, but they are teeming with activity. Practice a little restrain and both your garden and local wildlife will thank you.

There are some tasks perfect for the fall though. Hedges do not have nesting birds in them right now, so it’s a great time to get clipping. Getting into the habitat of pruning your Leyland hedges twice a year will also encourage

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Let`s Save Our Coast…. Again.


unanimous federal Court of Appeal ruling recently halted construction on the TransMountain pipeline expansion, citing serious concerns with the environmental impact of the project on the coast and a lack of meaningful consultation with affected Indigenous groups. However, the Liberal government has already signaled that they mean to press ahead with the expansion, having just finalized the $4.5 billion purchase of the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan. I have heard from many residents in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford on this issue, and the prospect of the Liberal government spending over $10 billion of tax payers’ money to build a pipeline is deeply troubling. A seven-fold increase in tanker traffic that would result from the expansion will not only increase the risk of an oil spill, which would be devastating for our precious coastline, but will pose a direct threat to the survival of the critically-endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. In addition to the immediate risks, the rush to ship out raw, unrefined bitumen speaks to a government that is not committed to fighting climate change, arguably the most urgent issue of the 21st Century. Imagine what this money could do if it was invested in clean energy sectors. Instead of posing a direct threat to the thousands of jobs in the

marine and tourism industries here in BC, we could be helping to build the new carbon-free economy of the future. The expansion of the Trans-Mountain pipeline is opposed by a broad range of groups, including Indigenous communities concerned with the threat to the water and resources of their traditional land, and environmentalists opposed to the government subsidizing fossil fuel industries, which will make it difficult if not impossible to meet Canada’s global carbon reduction targets. I will be hosting a townhall meeting with my NDP MP colleague Nathan Cullen (Skeena–Bulkley Valley) in the Heritage Hall at the Island Savings Centre on Friday, October 12th from 7:00 – 9:00 to discuss this issue. Please join us to help unite opposition to this misguided expansion and ensure that the Liberal government does not waste even more public money by challenging the court ruling that halted the construction. We want to make it clear that being truly committed to fighting climate change and reaching reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is not achieved by spending billions on a pipeline. Public Meeting on the National Housing Strategy with Guest Speakers, Friday, October 12th 7 – 9PM, Heritage Hall, Island Savings Centre, 2687 James Street, Duncan

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armland Women’s Support Services is pleased to offer “Honouring Resistance - Transformation Through Movement”, a series of free body-centered trauma recovery and violence prevention programs for selfidentified women age 15+ who have experienced the impact of sexism, oppression, harassment, sexual objectification, abuse and/or violence – which essentially includes all women. A “trauma informed” approach recognizes women’s responses to abuse or violence as survival adaptations and attempts at solutions rather than mental health disorders. PTSD can be reframed as PostTraumatic Stress Response as opposed to Disorder,

and nervous breakdowns become breakthroughs which embodies a completely different attitude. A trauma informed approach sees the capacity for women to heal mental, emotional, physical and spiritual injury. Survivor’s coping behaviours such as anxiety and fears are normal responses to abnormal situations. It is the abuse that is abnormal. Survivors are viewed as resilient, strong, and courageous rather than deficient or broken. When we approach healing from a trauma informed perspective we don’t ask, “What’s wrong with this woman?” we ask, “What happened to this woman?” This empowering attitude erases the judgments on survivors for how we cope. It draws attention to the abuse rather than the woman who is

suffering. Stressful events leave physiological imprints in our bodies disrupting our natural balance. Emotions such as fear, shame, guilt, anxiety can lead to dis-ease in our body. An efficient way to heal painful emotion is to become mindful of our physical sensations. Movement gets energy flowing and helps release stuck pain. Movement styles can be fun, exhilarating, active, passive, peaceful, tranquil, or rejuvenating. All are curative and invite us into an enjoyable experience of healing old wounds.

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Transformational movement with skilled facilitators allows women to regain ownership of and appreciation for our bodies. Mindfulness practices encourage selfawareness, confidence and calm. Programs include Yoga, Tai Chi Gong, 5Rhythms Dance and Wenlido selfdefense training. In fun, supportive atmospheres women will learn gentle exercises highly effective for stress and anxiety, discover simple at-home solutions that are deeply restorative,


make friends with the natural intelligence in our body, as well as successful selfdefense moves. Beginner level programs run from mid-Sept. to end of March and are FREE. Sexual assault Advocates will be available during programs. Educational workshops and emotional support during the programs are offered through a free drop-in therapeutic art group Saturday mornings 9:30-11:30. Contact Kendra Thomas for registration details 250-710-8177 kthomas@warmlandwomen. org

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Public Meeting on the National Housing StrategY Safe, secure, and affordable housing is fundamentally important for the future success of Canadians and a primary priority for me. Please join me and special guests to learn about the National Housing Strategy and discuss the current housing crisis. All Canadians deserve a place to call home. Public Meeting on the National Housing Strategy with Guest Speakers Thursday, October 11, 6:30-8:30pm Lecture Theatre, VIU Cowichan Campus, 2011 University Way, Duncan.

The Right to be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Salute to Chick Corea The Dave Stewart Septet presents a Chick Corea Tribute at Pat’s House of Jazz. A 22time Grammy winner, Corea, a pioneer of fusion, is one the jazz world’s most influential musicians. October 14, 2 p.m., Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave Crofton. $20. (250) 324-2245.

SPIRIT TOUCH YOGA FALL YOGA The Golden Age of the Piano May Ling Kwok Pianist extraordinaire May Ling Kwok is back by popular demand to enchant us with some of her favourite works from the early 1800’s, a time when Chopin, Schumann, and others, were creating a whole new world of piano music. Intimate and poetic, dashing and thrilling by turns, the music of this romantic era retains its freshness and allure to this day Sunday, October 21, 2:00 pm at St Michael’s Church, Chemainus Tickets: door $25. Under 18: $10, Advance $18. Available at: Ten Old Books, Duncan; Salamander Books, Ladysmith and Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn. 250-748-8383 chemainusclassicalconcerts/.ca

Gentle Hatha and Somatic Yoga will be suitable for anyone seeking to gain or maintain strength and mobility. Exercises may gradually increase in difficulty as we progress over the session. Classes include Somatic yoga and gradually building Hatha Yoga poses. Restorative Yoga and Mindful Movement will be suitable for anyone with persistent pain or recent orthopedic surgery or injury. Also suitable for anyone with cardio pulmonary or respiratory illness. These classes will be slow paced with very little strenuous exercise. Classes will also include breathing and mindfulness exercises. Participants must be able to get up and down from the floor using supports. Classes will be held at Cowichan Wellness in Duncan. Visit spirittouchyoga.ca or call Rhonda at 250-661-7309 for details


hen you can’t find good snow in the Arctic for shelter, something is definitely wrong.” Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s journey is long -- from being nestled in a box of furs secured on top of a dog sled running on crisp snow, to a seat in halls of the United Nations Conference of the Parties, and beyond. Loss of ice, and the presence of powerful teachings of the land embolden her. She is committed to bring human faces of an unfamiliar world into view. She hopes indifference to climate change by governments, corporations, and citizens can evolve into knowledge and action. Watt-Cloutier clearly demonstrates that for the Inuit, “Ice is life”. She records how, with the melting of the ice, the very existence of Inuit, mammals, fish, insects, and plant life is compromised. The very ground on which life is built becomes unreliable. Southern ideas of Arctic identity fixate on polar bears and seals. Such thinking engenders little concern for humans and their right to a way of life that has thrived through countless time while imparting lessons of calm, sound judgment and courage. Watt-Cloutier relates the northern experience of the taste of warm blood of the harvested seal to the familiarity of southern children licking dripping honey from their forearms and fingers. How will southerners react if environmental changes prevent them acquiring their familiar food

staples or obtaining materials for shelter? Watt-Cloutier is instrumental in enlarging the concept of human rights. She links climate change caused by anthropogenic emissions to the inability of Peoples throughout the world to uphold their understanding of what it means to be human. Changes in circumpolar areas are harbingers of future life on our planet if polluting countries fail to curtail production and use of persistent organic pollutants. Targets to limit greenhouse gas emissions should not be set “by those who benefit from the status quo”. Saving the Arctic can save the world. Sheila Watt-Cloutier portrays the Inuit hunter as the sentinel standing watch, and this message as a gift to southerners from the Inuit Hunters and Elders. The Warmland Book and Film Collective - explore, celebrate and learn from Indigenous authors and film - meeting the 2nd Wednesday/ each month. VIRL 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Next meeting is on October 10th and the next book is by Eden Robinson,

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Fall means class is in session at Chocolate Pearl.


The term “Baker’s Chocolate” originates from Dr. James Baker. He and John Hannon founded their chocolate company in 1765. (See #1)

1. The chocolate chip cookie was an accident. In 1930, amateur baker Ruth Wakefield ran out of baker’s chocolate while trying to make pure chocolate cookies. In a pinch, she used broken pieces of Nestlé chocolate in her cookie dough. As a result, she accidentally created chocolate chip cookies. She later sold the idea to Nestlé in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

3. Cacao was once used as currency. The Aztecs loved and valued the cacao bean so highly that they used it as currency during the height of their civilization. It’s said that the Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 cups of cacao a day from a golden chalice.

resented here are ten miscellaneous facts about chocolates. Read up because you will be tested.

2. Baker’s chocolate has no relation to baking.

4. A chocolate bar as big as Duncan’s Big Stick. In 2011, and in celebration of its 100th birthday, British chocolate company, Thorntons

created the world’s largest chocolate bar – weighing a record 12,770 pounds (about the weight of the big hockey stick attached to Island Savings Centre). 5. Chocolate has 600 flavour compounds and red wine has 200. At Chocolate Pearl we feature a chocolate ganache infused with local Unsworth wine (Ovation). Could this mean that each of our wine chocolates has 800 flavor compounds? (We have scientists working on it). 6. White chocolate isn’t really chocolate. Because white chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, it isn’t chocolate by definition. But it does contain parts of the cacao bean— primarily cocoa butter. 7. You say “Cocoa” and I say “Cacao”. No matter how you pronounce it, they’re there same thing. 8. Pop Quiz: where was milk chocolate perfected? If you said at “Chocolate Pearl” in Downtown Duncan, we’d be flattered, but you’d be incorrect. The answer is in Switzerland, by Daniel Peter in 1875.


bodies and subsequently boost overall health. 10. The smell of chocolate increases “theta” brain waves. Theta brain waves trigger relaxation. And relaxation triggers the consumption of chocolate. See where this is going? So, come in to Chocolate Pearl, relax, smell the chocolate (and espresso) and prepare for fall with the ultimate comfort food: exquisite, hand made artisanal chocolates.

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9. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances which are known to help neutralize free radicals in our

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he lovely bakers at the Duncan Garage Café and Bakery have a selection of ready to use pie crusts, complete with baking tray available in vegan wheat and no gluten ingredients to take home. They have also supplied a special seasonal recipe to go along with your pie crust so all you need now is to pick some apples from a local tree and check your cupboard for the ingredients.

We’re thankful for a lot of things, and Thanksgiving is surely one of them!

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Thanksgiving Baking!


Thanksgiving Apple Crisp Pie

Apple Crisp Pie

Courtesy Duncan Garage Cafe & Bakery 330 Duncan St, Downtown Duncan

Put one of the Duncan Garage Café & Bakery’s pie crusts. (We offer No Gluten Ingredient or Vegan Wheat) onto a baking tray.

Pick up by October 7. Closed Monday Oct 8

Into a bowl, mix:

6 cups of cored sliced apples (we don’t peel them but you can. We like to use two or three different varieties of apples for better flavour) 1/2 cup of golden sugar 2 tablespoons corn starch 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon a little pinch each cloves and nutmeg. Toss all together and pile into the pie crust.

You may as well use the same bowl to make the topping:

3/4 cup of flour (use wheat if you eat wheat, if you don’t, use rice flour or gluten-free all-purpose) 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 lb (1/2 cup) butter or margarine Jumble that all together until it looks like crumbs, then sprinkle it on top of the apples in the crust. Bake the pie 40-50 minutes in a 350 degree oven.



Are You Aging Well?

re you making healthy choices to lead the fulfilling life you want? There are many factors to consider: physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and environmental. Information is a key element to support you and your loved ones. What supports do you require to live life to its fullest as you age? Find out what Cowichan can offer: Volunteer Cowichan’s Aging Well Seniors’ Expo will answer many of your questions and more! We’re bringing businesses and organizations together to support you with a range of topics: health, financial, legal, medical, physical-care, volunteer opportunities and more under one roof to provide a variety of information and services. Live presentations on the latest products and innovations, a Flu Shot Clinic and Scooter Rodeo are a just a few of the events planned for this fun, informative and special day!


The Cowichan region is currently home to about 20,000 seniors, age 65 years and older. This was about a 25% increase between the 2011 and 2016 census numbers. A further 17% increase is anticipated by 2020. As our population ages and, with the influx of retirees to our beautiful Cowichan Valley, the community needs this event now more than ever. We invite all Cowichan Valley Seniors and their families to attend this free event on October 19th at the Island Savings Centre Multi-Purpose Hall, 2687 James Street, from 10 am to 5 pm. Volunteer Cowichan is a nonprofit organization. We rely on the generous support of local businesses and individuals in order to bring invaluable events such as this to our community. Volunteer Cowichan #1 Kenneth Place Downtown Duncan

Wild Wings Festival Launch & Art Exhibition


he annual WildWings Nature & Arts Festival Launch Party is the official kick off to a month of events, activities, hands-on experiences and outdoor learning adventures in the Cowichan Valley as well as the opening reception for the WildWings Art Exhibition, a collection of nature art for sale by Vancouver Island artists. The WildWings Art Exhibition is proud to feature local artists and their artwork celebrating the natural beauty of the Cowichan Valley. This year’s “Artist of the Somenos” is Jennifer

Lawson, a local Cowichan Valley artist whose art will be on display at the exhibition along with other local artists. Lawson’s art work joins the seven previous ‘Artists of the Somenos’ whose work is on permanent display upstairs in Just Jakes’ WildWings Loft. The Art Exhibition opening reception will be a first option to buy opportunity for the original art pieces that will be on display all month long at Just Jakes’ Restaurant. The WildWings Art Exhibition opening reception is a great opportunity to indulge in an evening of

gourmet bites, a tasting of WildWings ale, live music by the John Wade Jazz Trio, live art auction and 50/50 draw.

wildwingsfestival.com or contact the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society Program Coordinator, Nejma Belarbi, at communications@ somenosmarsh.com.

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he vision to be a daily bike commuter became a reality two years ago when my place of employment wanted to put together a team for Bike to Work Week. So it began, the 45 minute bike commute from Cowichan Bay to Duncan for 5 days of the week. Little did I know that this was the seed that was needed to manifest the daily lifestyle I had always desired. Today, living closer to work we decided to sell one of the two household cars. I can now say I am a proud daily bike commuter and this shift has caused a positive ripple effect in the way I interpret my personal reality. I can count on getting a daily dose of fresh air, continuous physical activity, and have enjoyed discovering all the nooks and crannies that make Cowichan unique. Holistically, eating habits have changed, spiritual connection has intensified and I find myself sincerely feeling that Cowichan is home. GoByBike (formally Bike to Work Week), is running another event this October 15th- 29th. The GoByBike organization’s mission is to ‘secure and share resources, to communities throughout British Columbia by delivering successful events that encourage people to use bicycles for everyday transportation.’ It is their vision to have ‘a future in which as many people as possible experience the joy of using bicycles for everyday transportation.’ The event hosts an opening and closing ceremony as well as celebration stations which will run every weekday during the two weeks supplying coffee, a space to meet others participants and to tune up your bike. This past May, we ran a week-long event at which 201 participants logged just under

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10,000km traveled by bike in Cowichan. This translates to 289,522 calories that were burned and approximately 2,093 kilograms of greenhouse gases which were saved from entering our earth’s atmosphere. This year, the event is aiming to engage 300+ participants. Help our Cowichan Region become a stronger, healthier and betterconnected community, lower our ecological footprint, and advocate for safer roads by choosing to register as a solo rider or team and ride your bike during the weeks of October 15th-29th. Registration for this event is free and can be done by visiting https://gobybikebc.ca/ cowichan-valley . Be sure to like and follow the GoByBike – Cowichan Facebook page to stay up-to-date with celebration stations and view educational videos. Please contact Jennifer Dorby for any other inquiries at jennifer@ cowichangreencommunity.org or 250-748-8506. Cowichan Green Community 360 Duncan St Downtown Duncan

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s an alternative to basting with butter this Thanksgiving why not give infused and fused olive oils a try. They are a healthier alternative to animal fats and come in a myriad of flavours. Good quality extra virgin olive oil should have a very low FFA(free fatty acid) count and a high polyphenol (antioxidant) count allowing the smoke point to rise to 450 degrees. Great for baking, roasting and frying. Making olive oil a great fit. FUSED OILS “Fused” olive oil is also referred to as “agrumato” in Italy. Agrumato olive oil is made by crushing sound olives with whole, fresh fruits, herbs or vegetables at the time of crush. In the winter, citrus fruit is picked at the peak of ripeness, split in half and then thrown in with the olives. The olives and fruit are then crushed simultaneously. This process allows for the essential oils from the citrus peel to mingle with the oil from the olives. INFUSED OILS Infusing is the process of adding flavour to olive oil after it has been made. For some, infusing olive oil is nothing more than attempt to cover up poor quality, defective, old oil. The problem with this strategy is that regardless of what flavouring is added to poor quality olive oil to mask it, the rancidity, fustiness and other negative attributes will still be evident underneath. Furthermore, synthetic chemicals and flavours are often implemented as flavouring agents because they

are more cost effective than, say, essential oils, concentrates or extracts. This “garbage in, garbage out” mentality is rampant in the industry where aesthetics and health take a backseat to the bottom line. The infused extra virgin olive oils that we carry use the freshest extra virgin olive oils available in our collection that are most aesthetically compatible with the natural products we use to flavour them with. This simple mandate requires that the chemistry, freshness and quality of our infused olive oil are second to none. It is a labor of love that we hope you find evident in the flavour, freshness and quality of our products. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to add great flavours to your meal. When planning your homemade stuffing you can simply start by sautéing your onions with the Olive Station’s Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive oil, mix it with your stuffing to add a unique flavour and moistness that will have your guests asking what have you done. To give your turkey a flavour profile that fills your house with great aromatics, rub with Herbs de Provence or the Tuscan Herb extra virgin olive oils. Rub your choice of oil all over the turkey and under the skin, then sprinkle salt and pepper and let sit for an hour or so. Cook according to your instructions and enjoy a moist and great flavoured turkey. Infused or fused oils can be also used for roasting the vegetables. Try Cilantro and Roasted Onion, or Garlic and Rosemary olive oils and finish off just before they are done with a rich aged balsamic or infused balsamic. Great flavours

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Shinkurt: Paintings by Chantey Dayal


he feeling of having somehow arrived ‘home’ for me was immediate from the very first moment that I arrived in Ethiopia 5 years ago. I have returned every year since, seeking out the smell of the place. Ethiopia is a place that has continued to open my heart, a place that has drawn me in and brought me to my knees. I feel a longing for the women there whose work seems eternal and is life giving. “Last year, I spent the better part of three weeks peeling onions at


an orphanage in Addis Ababa. Shinkurt, which means onion in Amharic, is the foundation of so much Ethiopian cuisine. The onions were a part of the endless and ongoing cycle of nourishment for the children in their care. I sat, listened, and watched the women who ran the kitchen, nannied, and cleaned after the children. Most of the time, I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about, but somehow through the simple act of peeling onions, we could translate our smiles, our laughter and our sorrows. The work was repetitive, and in it’s way, fulfilling. The space was so meagre and yet so thoroughly enough. “From that experience has come this recent expression of shapes and colour. Painting in layers is the opposite of peeling back the onion skins. What is revealed comes from adding rather than taking away. Much is revealed through the addition of layer upon layer of colours, choices, preferences, layers are added in order to change, hide, and

redirect the outcome. The figures in the paintings are observers, of light, of earth, of each others hearts.” The Ou Gallery met Chantey shortly after they opened last year, and imme -diately made time to visit her in studio. The warmth not only of the homemade chai, but of Chantey’s spirit permeates her studio and her work. Love for her subjects, for her journey, and for the teachings of those experiences play out on the

canvas in a palpable, moving, and thoughtful way. Come relish in the colours of her art with us on October 12 from 5-7pm for the opening of ‘Shinkurt: Paintings by Chantey Dayal’ show runs until November 3rd.


Traditional Paths and Future Ways

n our community as in many others, we are well aware of the difference between the two main cultures that reside here. Western and Indigenous worldviews are vastly different and in our common history, interactions have been complicated. On a global level, Indigenous voices have often been disproportionally unheard, and our interaction with land often lacks the long standing connections and protocols that have governed these habitats we call home for thousands of years. When attempting to understand our sense of place, many of us feel at home in this beautiful valley, and the Indigenous historical memory that resides in this land is an important aspect of the beauty and ecosystem cycles that live here. In the past and more recently, our economic growth in particular when it comes to construction, has impacted important cultural landmarks, often ancient burial sites, warranting a halt to the work and calling on Indigenous experts to help mitigate the damages that could ensue. The archeology conducted in this area has been of great significance to many including the scientific community at large. But when it comes to archeology and Indigenous protocols, there is still much to learn in the academic world. This is slowly changing, and consultation with Indigenous knowledge keepers has begun to be a necessary part of the curriculum, shifting how we view ecosystems, broadening our understanding of our

environments, how we relate to them and how we relate to each other. Harold Joe works as a Quw’utsun’ cultural consultant and educator, and shares his knowledge widely with the scientific and local community. For many years, he has monitored and acted as a guardian in active archeological sites. He is one of the community’s experts in handling and reburying artifacts and graves that have been unearthed. He explains that what is important is how to act around a site, it is important because culture is missing in the sciences, and yet is connected to this land. In our beautiful valley, Ye’yumnuts is one such site. Located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, it is a sacred ancestral place for the Quw’ utsun’ nation, and has a recorded history that spans over 2000 years. Ye’yumnuts has deep connections to many places throughout Cowichan territory and far beyond. Quw’ utsun’ oral memory and archaeological research shows that Ye’yumnuts is a unique place that has been related to in different ways over the course of its long history. Join us and visit the site with Harold Joe on October 17, 4pm, Ye’yumnuts as part of the WildWings Nature and Arts festival. Nejma Belarbi is an ethnobotanist, ecological and social advocate and communication coordinator for SMWS


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Cowichan Valley: Our Home, Our Habitat The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society (SMWS) is pleased to once again host this year’s WildWings Nature & Arts Festival, a series of events that serve to bring attention to important Cowichan Valley ecosystems by celebrating the interconnections between nature, culture and community. Each fall our community comes together to celebrate WildWings Nature & Arts Festival, at a series of nature-themed events held around the Cowichan Valley to honour the return of the Trumpeter Swans to their overwintering grounds in Somenos Marsh and surrounding ecosystems. This year’s festival features many events from October 4th to October 31stth. Activities run the gamut from birding, nature interpretation, local cultural education, and a wildlife themed art show which has been a SMWS tradition for nearly a decade. Participants will be treated to a traditional Cowichan Pi’kwun (salmon BBQ), a hands-on biodiversity workshop, Paint Night fundraisers, a Beer and Burger and silent auction fundraiser, a bat and owl spotting evening and several speakers events on the topic of the rich history and biodiversity and more.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS The 2018 festival theme is “Cowichan Valley Nature- Our Habitat”, and to honour this, there will be an event at the Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom and Boardwalk for the community to become involved in habitat restoration and learn about the species who use this habitat (including us). There will also be an opportunity to learn more about our coastal bird species by being part of Cowichan Bay’s coastal water bird count. Our speakers series will bring Quw’utsun’ knowledge keepers, a world renowned ethnobotanist, bird experts, and fish scientists to talk about diversity of life that use Cowichan Valley as habitat. Our events are aimed at engaging and educating our community about the Somenos Marsh, the Cowichan Valley and its extended ecosystems. Help us celebrate this wonderful community and its ecosystem by joining us at these events. For full festival event and ticket details visit our website www.wildwingsfestival. com, find us on social media or contact Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society communications coordinator, Nejma Belarbi, at communications@somenosmarsh. com or 778-608-0283. All fundraising goes to continuing events for our community and supporting the ecological restoration and scientific monitoring work of Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society.


WildWings Festival Launch & Art Exhibition

6-10pm Just Jakes Restaurant. The annual WWNAF Festival launch party is the official kick off to a month of events, activities, hands-on experiences and outdoor learning adventures in the Cowichan Valley as well as the opening reception for the WildWings Art Exhibition; a collection of nature art for sale by Vancouver Island artists. Join us at Just Jakes Restaurant for an evening of original art with a first option to buy, gourmet bites, a tasting of WildWings ale and great Jazz music. 45 Craig St Duncan $10


Go Batty with the Hooters! 7:30-10:30pm

Somenos Oaks Protected Area. Can BC bats suck your blood? Find out with WildSafeBC’s conservation biologist Todd Carnahan at Somenos Garry Oak Protected Area. We’ll use the new Echometer Touch 2 listening device to hear and identify several species of bats remotely. We will also whistle for owls to see if they hoot back, and identify the several owl species in the region. — Head northbound on Lakes Rd > left on Trillium Terrace > left on York Rd. FREE


Paint Night!

7-8:30pm Just Jakes Restaurant. Join us at Just Jakes

and help us celebrate the return of Trumpeter Swans! Put your artist hat on, and enjoy the WildWings loft and a painting class. All art supplies are provided including an apron. You get to come home with your creation, and have a great time while supporting SMWS in the work we do. To register go to Somenos Marsh on Facebook on our events page. 45 Craig St Duncan. wildwingsfestival.com $45


A Walk in the Koksilah Ancient


Coastal Water Bird Count 11 am

Trees 9am-4pm. Join Warrick Whitehead on a hike to the Koksilah Ancient Trees to see this incredible old growth forest with tall Douglas Firs, up to 800 years old. He will talk about the biology and history of the area and will also provide details of his dream to have the Koksilah Ancient Tree area made into a park. Expect to see birds and other wildlife on the trail to the trees. The hike is 5 kms total on a good but rough trail, wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, a snack and lunch and water. We’ll have lunch down by the river. A hiking stick would also be a useful thing to have along. TBA $10Children FREE

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an hour of identifying and counting coastal water birds. This is an opportunity to sharpen your skills, enjoy the estuary, and socialize. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. 1845 Cowichan Bay Rd. FREE


Green Drinks 5-7 pm at the Brew Pub. Cowichan Valley Green Drinks is a monthly event for socializing and professional networking with people involved in the environmental field. Green Drinks happens in cities all over the world. We are pleased to be able to host this event right here in the valley! Come find out who will give a short presentation this month from our Green Community and mingle. 25 Craig St. FREE


The Man and the Vultures 7:00pm

The Fish Health Building. Birder Dave Manning became hooked on vultures after stumbling upon a Turkey Vulture chick peeking from its nest cave. Hosted by the Cowichan Valley Naturalists Society, his talk will include the three Vultures of North America, with a special emphasis on a Turkey Vulture nest site on Pender Island that was observed from mating to migration. His book “The Old Man and the Vultures” will also be available for viewing and signing on - small donations gratefully accepted - all ages welcome! 1080 Wharncliffe Rd. FREE


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4PM Ye’yemnuts Sacred Site. Speaker and Quw’utsun’ cultural consultant Harold Joe has been working as an educator for many years,

he shares his knowledge widely with the scientific and local community. For many years he has been the monitor and guardian in archeological sites, assisting archeologists with cultural protocols, honour respect and sharing history and traditional knowledge. Join us as he talks about the history of Ye’yumnuts and how it became protected area. Head northbound on Lakes Rd - left on Trillium Terrace- left on York Rd $15


Traditional Pi’kwun (Salmon BBQ) with Jared Williams 10am-12pm Tl’ulpalus Beach. Spend the morning with Jared “Qwustenuxun” Williams as he talks about the traditional cooking method known modernly as ”Salmon Barbeque,” or traditionally as Pi’kwun. Qwustenuxun will also showcase several of his traditionally harvested teas and talk about their importance and usage. Once the salmon is cooked all workshop participants will get to enjoy some of the freshly cooked salmon and sample some of the traditional teas. Please bring a lawn chair and dress warmly! This event takes place at Tl’ulpalus beach just past the Oceanfront Suites at 1681 Cowichan Bay Rd. Turn left at the Dream Weaver B&B at 1682 Botwood Lane and follow to the beach. $20


Wild Fins 7pm

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Did you know we had 5 species of pacific salmon in the Somenos watershed? This ecosystem is rich with biodiversity and yet suffers from various barriers to its health. Join biologist Dr. Dave Preikshot who has

been studying and monitoring fish health in the valley for years at this meaningful and interesting wild fins event! 1845 Cowichan Bay Rd. By donation


Bringing Back the Bluebirds in the Cowichan Watershed 7pm Vancouver Island University Lecture room. Come learn about an amazing local effort to rebuild western bluebird populations --one of the region’s most beautiful feathered friends. This speaker’s event is presented by staff and volunteers of the Cowichan Land Trust’s bluebird project. A Somenos Marsh WildWings event, co-hosted by Cowichan Watershed Board and VIUCowichan. 2011 University Way FREE


Paint Night #2 7-8:30

pm Coffee on the Moon. Join us at Coffee on the Moon and help us celebrate the return of Trumpeter Swans! Put your artist hat on, and enjoy painting a beautiful scene of the rising moon. All art supplies are provided including an apron. You get to come home with your creation, and have a great time while supporting SMWS in the work we do. To register go to- Somenos Marsh on Facebook on our events page. 501 Canada Ave, Duncan $45


Native Biodiversity Hedgerow Planting

9am-1pm Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom. Do you like to get your hands dirty? Do you want to learn more about native plants and the benefits they provide? If yes, then you should come to this event! During our break, come listen to an expert birder

who will come and share his knowledge on Somenos birds including the Trumpeter Swans! Treats and coffee are on us. 6043 Trans-Canada Highway FREE


Beer and Burger Marshcarades Fundraiser 6-10pm Ramada River Rock Bar and Grill. Dress up in a local nature theme to celebrate adult Halloween at this Beer and Burger marsherade organised by Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society. Get creative with a costume (no masks please) that represents our Cowichan Valley habitat. This event includes a silent auction, costume prises and excellent music! Great event to let loose on the last Sunday before Halloween! 140 Trans-Canada Hwy- $27.00


Cowichan Ethnobotany with Dr. Nancy Turner and Luschiim (Dr. Arvid Charlie) Vancouver Island University Lecture Hall. Come join us at this one in a lifetime event where Dr Nancy J Turner and Elder Luschiim (Dr. Arvid Charlie) give an important talk about Cowichan Valley’s Ethnobotany. This event showcases important knowledge on the plants in this region and their historical use by Cowichan and surrounding tribes. 2011 University Way $30

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Genevieve Singleton: mother​ and enthusiastic nature interpreter​, twinflower4@gmail. com

magine being in a Garry oak meadow this past summer in the Cowichan Valley. You hear a low chirp and look up and see a bright flash of blue fly by! You are seeing a Western Bluebird on Vancouver Island making a comeback after almost thirty years away. In approximately 1990 Syd Watts, now deceased, long time Cowichan Naturalist and mountaineer extraordinaire, saw likely what was one of the last bluebirds in the Cowichan Valley with Trudy Chatwin, rare species biologist, and her young daughters. Syd worked hard to encourage the birds back by placing bluebird nest boxes on Mount Tzouhalem and Richards Mountain, but to no avail. It was not until 2012 that Western Bluebirds returned to Vancouver Island when the Victoria based Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team (GOERT) started moving Western Bluebirds, with permits, from Washington State to the Cowichan Valley. This was done under the supervision of ornithologist and songbird recovery expert Gary Slater of Ecostudies Institute. Many nest boxes were placed in good Garry Oak habitat in advance of the Bluebirds arrival and fortunately these first birds stayed to breed. Syd, in his last few days in 2013 was much comforted with the knowledge that the birds were making a comeback. This past summer, under the lead of our biologist and conservation technician, Hannah Hall, thirteen volunteer nestbox monitors cared for their Bluebird Trails. This involved cleaning and fixing nest boxes and then doing regular observations of the birds coming to use the boxes. Over seventy landowners in the Lakes Quamichan and Somenos areas


support the project allowing a total of about two hundred and twenty-five nest boxes on their properties. Only a few of these boxes were occupied by Bluebirds but these boxes also provided safe cosy homes for many other small songbirds including Tree Swallows, Violet Green Swallows, House Wrens, Bewicks Wrens and Chestnut Backed Chickadees. Songbirds are in a catastrophe decline in North America, so it is a wonderful side benefit that the Return of the Bluebird Project is providing habitat for other birds. It is thought that our Western Bluebird became extirpated (locally extinct) due to a variety of factors. The main one was likely the increase in farming and urbanization requiring the taking down of trees leading to a lack of tree cavities. The increased use of pesticides and the introduction of invasive species such as House Sparrows were other stresses on the Bluebirds. House Sparrows, although beautiful, are very aggressive to Bluebirds and will go right into the nest and kill the parents and fledglings. The Bluebird and Sparrow both require the same size nest box hole, one and a half inches in diameter. Former staff member, Ryan Hetschko, perfected the art of finding ways to deter Sparrows with sparrow spookers, built by Naturalist member, John Wheatley. These consist of sparkling mylar ribbons attached to a small dowel, which is placed on the top of the box. Bluebirds like to fly up into the nest box hole, whereas Sparrows like to fly down. Since Sparrows do not like the pieces of myler flying in their trajectory they leave the box alone. We were thrilled to have one hundred per cent nest success this year. We are most fortunate to have locally grown mealworms produced by the bee and pollination guru, Ted Leischner, which are placed in trays for nesting parents and fledglings to feed themselves from. For the past two years Cowichan Valley Naturalists have been the

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Bring Back the Bluebirds! lead of the project, taking over on the strong foundation built by GOERT. This past year over sixty volunteers put in thousands of volunteer hours doing a wide variety of activities ranging from project management, fund raising, checking boxes, visiting land owners, providing technical expertise and education outreach, and much more. Hannah, our staff person, has done some number crunching and tells me that this year a total of fifteen adults were seen on southern Vancouver Island and there were a total of forty-two fledglings. Big thanks to our many donors and volunteers, we could not do this project without you!! How Can you Help the Bluebirds? Let us know through the winter if you see Bluebirds anywhere! You can drop a line to cowichanbluebird@gmail.com . They migrate south, perhaps to Oregon, but recently a few have stayed around for at least part of the winter. Join the Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ Society, which oversees the project. At this time, we have plenty of nest boxes made and to keep the project viable are not looking for sites beyond the Somenos and Quamichan Lake areas. Did you

know that all the birds are living so far in North Cowichan? Donate and learn more about the project at www.cowichanbluebird. ca We will be presenting a talk at the WildWings Festival Oct. 27, 7 pm at VIU, come out and see some fabulous photos of these iconic birds taken by CVNS members, Barry Hetschko and Willie Harvey and others. Nature in October and November: Sandhill Cranes were seen late September near Cowichan Bay. Likely our tallest bird in BC, the adult birds sport a red crown and makes an amazing bugling call. Maybe we will be blessed with other sightings of these lovely birds. Trumpeter Swans will be coming down from the north in early November, this is a true conservation success with them once being locally extirpated from Vancouver Island. Humpback whales head south mostly in November, a few may set off earlier. Most living in BC for the summer are heading to Mexico or Hawaii for the winter. Thanks to Eric Marshall and Derrick Marven for helping with this article.

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The Old Man and the Vultures” by Dave Manning Birder Dave Manning became hooked on vultures after stumbling upon a Turkey Vulture chick peeking from its nest cave. His talk for the Cowichan Valley Naturalists will include the three Vultures of North America, with a special emphasis on a Turkey Vulture nest site on Pender Island that was observed from mating to migration. His book “The Old Man and the Vultures” will also be available for viewing and signing on October 16 at 7:00pm at the Fish Health Building, 1080 Wharncliffe Road - small donations gratefully accepted - all ages welcome! This program is sponsored by Cowichan Valley Naturalist Society.

Nejma Belarbi is an ethnobotanist, ecological and social advocate and communication coordinator for SMWS


or millions of years, humans have had a long history with the plant world, for sustenance, medicine, and technology, and ethnobotany is all about that. Plants have been our allies since the beginning of time, and many cultures still use plants on a regular basis for all the reasons above mentioned. Whether it is for a tummy ache, pain relief, malaria, building transportation, or making fiber, each region in the globe has its relationship to the plants that are available in their local ecosystem. But our relationship with our rooted allies expands much beyond the physical realm, in most cultures; they play an important part in ceremony both cultural and spiritual. Traditional plant knowledge spans the globe; in most cultures it has an intricate system of classification.

The meeting of western scientific knowledge and traditional knowledge has brought the world a greater understanding of the biodiversity that surrounds us and its connection to humankind. Knowledge about plants, their growth habits and relationship to soil, and other species has given us information about climate change, new medicines, and hopefully a deeper understanding that biodiversity is tied to us in more ways than we can imagine. Here in Cowichan territory, there are many who know much about our plant allies, and their importance to our well being and the well being of ecosystems. Respected Cowichan Tribes’ Elder Luschiim (Dr. Arvid Charlie) has greatly contributed in the teachings of Coast Salish culture and traditions in many contexts, including ethnobotany. He has been committed to protecting Cowichan Valley’s environment and ecosystems for many years through cultural teachings and stewardship.

Vancouver Island is also home to Dr. Nancy J turner, whose work is known around the globe. She has been working with Indigenous peoples all over BC, collaborating in fantastic studies with local ethnobotanists, elders and healers, many of whom are experts in plant use and identification. Dr.Turner, has worked for over 45 years, collaborating with Indigenous communities in documenting and promoting traditional knowledge of plants and their habitats. She brilliantly combines ethnobotany, ecology, anthropology and linguistics in her research, which she shares far and wide. In the upcoming Wildwings Nature and Art Festival’s speaker’s series this month, these two most amazing plant people are scheduled to come together and share their knowledge on Cowichan Ethnobotany, and culturally significant plants. For more information visit www.wildwingsfestival.com

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halloween at the hub Halloween at the HUB. A Spooktacular fundraiser for all the family. This is a free event with fair style tickets for all food and activities. Come in costume and enjoy some chilli around the cauldron, dance if you dare in the gym or get scared in the haunted school house. For younger ones there’s pumpkin carving (you can bring your pumpkin home), a cake walk, a nature themed scavenger hunt and a kids Halloween movie. Lots of Hub program leaders get involved to create fun, family experiences. Come do a craft with the Girl Guides and Pathfinders, See our Community Wood Workshop and the Clay Hub. There really is something for everyone. October 27 Halloween at the HUB, 5-9 pm, The HUB at Cowichan Station, 2375 Koksilah Rd , FREE

roll. Barely North Entertainment presents Paris Pick and the Pricks, along with the celebrated return of Soda Pony. Paris Pick & The Pricks is a four piece soul-pop ensemble based out of Whitehorse Yukon. Paris Pick is known for her fun and flamboyant stage presence whilst wielding the electric ukulele, while “The Pricks” add flavour to Paris’ original songs with tasty guitar parts by Zacharie Pelland, and dance-able grooves by the super funky rhythm section featuring Patrick Hamilton and Aiden Tentrees. They are loud, fun, and will leave you craving more. We are most excited to welcome them back! October 30. Tickets $15 at Duncan Music, Providence Farm Store, and www.eventbrite. ca.Doors open at 7PM/show 7:30Providence Farm Chapel 1843 Tzouhalem Rd


psychic Readings with Sacred Silence

Paris Pick and the Pricks with Soda Pony There’s a storm coming from the North, Whitehorse to be specific, and you are going to want to hunker down in the Chapel and prepare to have your faces melt from some burnin’ hot rock ’n’


There is a special magic, in some cultures, of celebrating Halloween as the night of the dead by honoring our loved ones who have passed over. For the month of October I will be celebrating spirit with a 45 minute reading from an oracle card set designed specifically for Halloween. Join me in my studio Sacred Silence, Shawnigan Lake, for a spiritual reading and learn what the meaning of the zombie and vampire might mean in your life. Time to release that inner monster call Angel at Sacred Silence 250-710-5287 to book today.

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Bowl, you are helping support a new community fundraiser that benefits two great community institutions: The HUB and the Cowichan Valley Arts Council. The HUB is Cowichan Station’s creative arts and recreation centre that serves the community as a meeting place for programs, special events, a café and a pottery studio. CVAC operates two art galleries as well as kids’ and adults’ programs in the valley and organizes the largest nonjuried art show on Vancouver Island. This will be a fun, family event that celebrates local food while promoting two important local community groups. There will also be a mini-farm market on the site where you can buy fresh produce. Do come and enjoy a simple community gathering – a second thanksgiving – at this first-ever collaboration from the hard-working teams at CVAC and The HUB. When: Sunday October 14 Time: 11:00 – 2:00 pm Where: The HUB, 2375 Koksilah Road, Cowichan Station. Buy your tickets now to reserve a bowl! Tickets available from Clay Hub Collective members or online at www. cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca Adults $25, children $10, and families (2 adults and 2 children) $50

Harvest Bowl – Eat Soup And Keep Your Bowl


sually when you go out for lunch, you can order food, but you can’t take the dishes home. At Harvest Bowl, on Sunday, October 14, things will be different. The Clay Hub Collective’s members have created 200 artful ceramic soup bowls. Here’s the drill: show your ticket, choose your bowl, and then enjoy a serving of homemade soup while listening to local musicians such as pianist Rykie Avenant, the Sorelle 8 Singers, the Warmland Dancers and more. Then take home the bowl! The soup will be created from produce donated by local growers such as Tatlo Road Farm, Red Spade Farm, McNab Farm, Ol’ McDonald Farm, Manna Farm, Boots ‘n’ Roots, and Cedar Valley Poultry Farm. And if you’d like to help with produce donations for the soup, contact Patti Parkyn at pparkyn@shaw.ca. That warm feeling you’ll get is not just from the soup. By buying a ticket to Harvest

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Opportunity To Explore System Constellation


or three consecutive years a year long Family Constellation residency program has been evolving at Eaglesnest Sanctuary on the Koksilah River. Groups of approximately 12 people from across North America have taken a very deep dive in to understanding family & generational patterns related to what the founder of this work, Bert Hellinger, calls: The Greater Forces -


emigration, immigration, war, poverty, racial/ gender based violence and genocide. Participants are keen to acknowledge and heal broken family connections often from generations behind, so their own children and grand children have a bigger opening for Love to flow in their own and their family’s lives. This emergent program is never the same twice and yet, the deeper principles of this work as Hellinger presented them, are the underpinning of students’ learning the skills of bearing witness, representing and facilitating if this is one of their intentions.

Guest facilitators from the USA also join us to share their unique approaches to this amazingly adaptable form. We emerge in to Earth, Nature and Ceremony Constellations with Susan Schlosser from Ashland Oregon, and Lineage Constellations with Brigitte Sztab from Lake Chelan, Washington during our year together. If you feel drawn to

Family Constellation Work and have some basic knowledge, want to add effective knowledge and skills to your work with people, love being in Service of this work & the Planet, and want a group process designed to challenge you and create lasting family and community - this is a year long program waiting for your contribution. Spaces are still available. We begin October.25, with Session 1. Jan Hull - Systemic Solutions janice.e.hull@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/ JanHullSystemicSolutions/

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tephen Jenkinson, Gregory Hoskins, “marketing for hippies” genius Tad Hargrave, and documentary filmmaker Ian Mckenzie - what do they all have in common? They are going to be coming to OUR Ecovillage on the evening of October 17th for a “Night of Grief and Mystery”! Stephen describes events as “Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We might not be considered poets, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights devoted to the ragged mysteries of being human, and so grief and endings of all kinds appear. Sonorous hours and rapture, served by whatever talents of tongue and timbre have been granted the band, by the reckless labours of friends and accomplices who fashion genuine gigs in their hometowns from their dreams for a better day.”

Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there…that’s what’s in store— and something you’ll not want to miss, or say you did. This will be an exclusive all evening event to OUR Ecovillage, beginning with a dinner/feast with local fare from OUR organic permaculture farm, followed by the main event, and turning into an aftergathering with no-host bar. Last time Stephen was here he challenged, inspired, and left folks in on the edge of their seat; leaving in tears and smiles with new hope in their heart. Tickets will sell out! Reserve your tickets now at http://ourecovillage.org. OUR Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake. (250) 743-3067 Tickets for concert are $35.

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certainly is true if you live in the interior of the province or in the prairies, but on the island we have mild winters and lots of rain. With the rain we have high humidity which can cause problems for our bees. Our bodies cool when we are wet and we get cold very quickly. Fortunately we have the option to get into a warm building.

Preparing Honey Bees for Winter


ctober is the month that our bees will settle in for the winter. There are several things that we can do to help our bees get through the winter successfully. In late summer we began the winter preparation by feeding our bees a two part sugar to one part water syrup solution to make sure that they have enough food for the winter and we also checked and treated the hive for mites. By the end of last month the sugar syrup feeding should be done so that the bees can have their winter feed capped. This is important as uncapped honey or sugar syrup adds to the moisture content within the hive which is a major problem in our area. Many people think that cold weather is the biggest problem when overwintering bees. This

If everything has gone well the bees will have two boxes of honey. This is their only food source for the winter as it is too cold for the bees to leave the hive. In the winter the bees will cluster to keep warm and the queen will be in the center. The bees will move as a group as they feed or go to another frame to access the honey. On the rare warm day the bees may leave the hive to go on a defecating flight as they will not defecate in the hive. To keep the hive warm the solid bottom board should be on. It is also advisable to keep the hive off the ground so that there is less moisture transfer to the hive. To help take the moisture out of the hive some beekeepers put a screened box filled with wood shavings above the hive bodies the bees are in. When the shavings get wet they can be replaced on a warm day. An alternate method is to use a bat of insulation which can also be changed, dried and reused. It is important to allow some ventilation and the easiest way to do this is to lift one end of the outer cover slightly. It is important to disturb the

bees as little as possible over the winter. If you must check if your bees are okay you can rap on the hive and the bees should respond with a dull roar. The only time the hive should be opened is on a warm and dry day and that is only to change the shavings or insulation. The next time you will open your hive will be in February or March to check their food supply. Hopefully in the spring you will have a hive of healthy bees. If the bees had a good food source and you had treated for mites there is a good chance that this will be so. Wicking the excess moisture out of the hive will help. I would like to welcome anyone with bees to come to our monthly meeting at Providence Farm on the third Wednesday of the month. We have an early session at 6:30 for new beekeepers to ask an experienced beekeeper any questions that they may have. At 7 we begin our meeting with a guest speaker and our meeting is usually done by 9. Please check our website at www.cowichanbeekeepers.ca for our field days and lots of other information. As this is the end of the beekeeping season the next newsletter will be in February. In February we will be moving to the Island Savings Center for our meetings on the same day and same times in the Somenos room. John Magdanz President of the Cowichan Beekeepers

NatureKids Explorer Days NatureKids Explorer Days are a time for community building, making lifelong friendships, instilling a deep love-connection with nature, and giving back to the earth through local environmental nature loving initiatives. This year, our program is parent inclusive, in that the Explorer Days will be an all-family activity (focusing on children ages 5 to 12). We will begin each day with a greeting circle, then we will play some nature inspired games, followed by a story and snack-time. We will have a Mentor lead us through a nature theme and then end with a closing circle. The Nature Explorer Days will take place regardless of weather (rain or shine), so please be prepared. We are in need of a volunteer co-leader, so if you know of someone who enjoys children and nature, please send them our way. We are specifically looking for an individual who is familiar with the works of Jon Young’s Coyote Mentoring as this will be the backbone to our Explorer Days. For more information email: cowichanvalley@ naturekidsbc.ca, or go to https:// www.naturekidsbc.ca/

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he weekend of October 26 to 28 will be a treat for Fiber enthusiasts. This year the Weavers & More Show and Sale in Cowichan Bay, and the Fleece and Fiber Fair in Cobble Hill are on the same weekend! The annual guild Show and Sale features quality handmade items crafted by the artisans of the Tzouhalem Spinners & Weavers Guild. It has been over a decade since the guild began this event and it has gotten bigger and better every year. If you have not visited the sale before you are in for a treat. We showcase some

of the best weaving, spinning, felting, and knitting on the Island. You’re sure to find what you did not know you needed or wanted. You can expect to find handspun yarn, hats, scarves, shawls, ruanas, sweaters, vests, socks, slippers, tea towels, table runners, rugs, pictures, wall hangings, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, bags, or perhaps even

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whimsical felted creatures for sale, just in time for that special seasonal shopping. Come and enjoy demonstrations of hand weaving, spinning, bobbin lace, felting and other techniques during the show and sale. Admission is free so come and browse. We accept cash and major credit cards only; sorry we cannot accept debit or cheques. This year’s Weavers & More Show and Sale is at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre, 1761 Cowichan Bay Rd. Cowichan Bay Friday, October 26, noon to 5:30, Saturday, October 27, 9 to 5:30 and Sunday, October 28, 9 to 4. Visit our website at https:// tswguild.wordpress.com/ While you’re in the neighbourhood plan a visit the annual Cowichan Valley Fleece and Fibre Festival at the Cobble Hill Community Hall. The fair is a glorious gathering of all things fibre: hand-dyed and hand-spun yarn, rovings, woven goods, fleece, knitted fashions, felting and so much more. The Fleece and Fibre Fair is the oldest fibre fair on Vancouver Island; please join us for shopping, a tasty lunch and plenty of camaraderie with fellow fibre enthusiasts. Cobble Hill Community Hall, 3550 Watson Ave. Cobble Hill, October 27, 10am to 4pm Visit our website at cowichanfleeceandfibrefestival.com

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t has been said that no one goes to see a romantic comedy to be surprised; we all know that the characters are destined to be together. However, in Outside Mullingar we are never quite sure how that will happen and yet when it does, it’s a thing we never could have anticipated! In the simplest terms, Outside Mullingar is the tale of two people who have lived next to each other their whole lives; She has been in love with Him for years and He has been oblivious. Of course, there are also family rivalries, land disputes, laughout-loud jokes and, in fine Irish tradition, heartrending poetry. Playwright John Patrick Shanley is, himself, a poet. It is apparent in the vibrant characters and lyrical language we encounter in Outside Mullingar, as well as in his other iconic works such as Moonstruck. Outside Mullingar is a compact telling of a story which spans years, pulling us into the compelling world of the Reillys and Muldoons, who have owned adjacent farms since - forever. Matinee and evening shows for all ages run Oct ober 19 – November 3. Call the Box Office at 1-800-565-7738 or at chemainustheatre.ca to book your tickets. Submitted by Jo’anne Yearly

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oots of the Cowichan Valley Fleece and Fibre Festival extend back over twenty years to an annual event called “Producer’s Day.” Held in the spring by the Inter Island Sheep Breeders Association (IISBA), farmers could sell their lambs, have wool baled, and network with other sheep people. This festival precursor was a pickup point for wool headed for processing, and the event included a fibre side as well: displays and demonstrations by the Tzouhalem Spinners and Weavers Guild, a fleece judging competition plus a fashion show with accompanying animals showing the type of animal the fibre came from. There were lamb barbecues, and one year a vet brought a dead sheep and performed an autopsy as an educational tool for farmers. While the sheep sale side of things eased off for the IISBA, the fibre side of the event kept growing to include demonstrations of felting, weaving rugs with fleece, rug hooking, spinning woolen and worsted, and sales of handmade fibre goods. The two sides of Producer’s Day separated and in 2002 the fibre faction held a huge expo in the community centre selling handmade yarn, handdyed yarn, handmade clothing – the event burst with colours like those from Catherine Friend’s book Sheepish - Purple Rain, Autumn Leaves, My Blue Jeans, Rhubarb Sauce: we fibre lovers

get giddy on this stuff. Spinning, carding and dyeing of the fibre source was shown, with sheep, alpaca, llama, goat, rabbit and dog fibre clothing displayed. The name Fleece and Fibre Festival was adopted the following year and has stuck. It is housed annually in the Cobble Hill Community Hall and is still bursting with vibrant colours and handmade fibre goods, all by local artisans: raw fleeces; dyed rovings, batts and yarns; buttons; speciality fibres; felted hats, bags, mitts and clothing; spinning wheels; hand spindles; hand knit socks, toques and sweaters; hooked rugs; paraphernalia and stash (fibre people, these last two are for you); books and knitting kits; you get the idea… Fleece and fibre fairs help keep the Valley living its sheep heritage; we’re coming full circle with more and more family farms. The Island has meat processing facilities, fibre mills and shearing so if you’re thinking of raising sheep, maybe choosing breeds that are good for both meat and fibre would be a good way to go. Cowichan Valley Fleece and Fibre Festival, Saturday, October 27 10AM -4PM 3550 Watson Avenue, Cobble Hill Catherine J. Johnson, local writer, weaver and lover of sheep.

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in a bottomless void of pale green water. I could feel the pull of the tide drawing me out and was astounded by its power. I looked for my fellow snorkelers and could barely see them. I chased after them as fast as I could. Every rush in of the ocean’s pulse pushed me toward the reef and with every pull, I was back out again. Through the blur, I was losing sight of the group and no one seemed to be looking out for me.


he ocean is mostly in the imagination. Going to the moon in the sky is easier done than going to the deepest valley of these salty basins. People dream of flying but have nightmares about falling into the ocean. We are 78 percent water and we evolve in our mother’s saline sea inside the womb. A miracle! So, why so fearful of the ocean? I always wanted to go scuba diving after seeing Jacques Cousteau on TV. Being a land locked citizen, my experience with the sea was a Florida beach and jumping into the waves. I took a group of students on a tour of Belize. While there, on a tiny island, I took a snorkeling set and went out to the barrier reef. It was like colour TV, a vivid, organic maze with fascinating corals, giant lobsters, spotted and stripped fish of all shapes and sizes, gorgeous sea fans, and sea sponges. Dazzling! The next day an inexperienced guide took some of us out to the other side of the reef. I found myself


Panic! I had to get back to the other side. Finally, a low ridge appeared, and I went over it, like a fish dumped out of a bucket. That Tidal movement stayed with me embedded in my brain like my heart beat. Years later, I began to read ‘Sea Change’ by Sylvia Earle who had been the president of the American Association of Oceanography and the first female pioneer of the ocean depth. It was her book that took me safely down with her to the bottom of the great valleys, hot air-vents from the centre of the earth and around the mountain ranges under the sea. She bewitched me with her descriptions of phosphorescent creatures. That was It! The inspiration that launched a two-year series of paintings more magical than I had ever done. They were a gift from her words to my imagination. Before my 65thbirthday, I took up scuba diving and in 12 weeks I was in Cozumel where I did 9 dives along that fabulous barrier reef. It was the making of a dream.

10 Flashes In The Deep, 48x60 oil on canvas

Painter Susan Collacott It was the best investment of time, money and self that I have ever made, since I went to University to earn a Master of Fine Art. Come to the Cowichan Art Centre, in Duncan at the Arbutus Gallery, October 20 to November 9. 2018. Admission is FREE. You can purchase the paintings through the Gallery Council office or by contacting the artist. LIVE LARGE 2687 James Street, Duncan, (250) 746-1633 or cowichanvalley artscouncil.ca

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Tulips, Jill Waterfall

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rbutus Ridge Art Club would like to invite you to their show and sale at the Arbutus Ridge Golf Club/ Satellite Bar & Grill. This biannual show and sale,

Give Peace a Chance

timely presented in advance of Christmas represents work from participants who are members of an art club that meets weekly to share ideas, techniques, explore various media and attend workshops. This translates into a multi media presentation of works in oils, acrylic, waterecolour, pen and ink, prints and more. There will be a good cross section of painterly subjects, and some great gift items: packages of cards, hand painted bookmarks and some unframed works for sale. Please join us for a few hours enjoying large and small impressions of our west coast, valley landscapes, our flora and fauna, and still life paintings. TULIPS: Acrylic painting by Jill Waterfall. who loves to paint acrylic still life and landscapes, inspiration for the latter found in our scenic valley and its many trails and parks, The Cowichan Image Gerry Deiter


he Cowichan Valley Arts Council invites you to flash back to the 1960s with a photo and video exhibit called Give Peace a Chance: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 Bed-in for Peace. The show is on at the Arbutus Gallery and runs until October 13. Add your notes to the wish tree, take a photo in the hotel bed, or sign up for a songwriting workshop to explore the traditions of peace and protest anthems. Almost 50 years ago, this famous couple caught the world’s attention with their simple antiwar protest. The couple was aiming to promote dialogue and champion human rights and non-violence, as the Vietnam War raged despite widespread anti-war protests against U.S. involvement. The

couple chose Montreal as the venue for their unique protest. They checked in to Room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and stayed for a week (May 26 to June 2, 1969) creating a media circus and leaving behind a music legacy: the recording of Give Peace A Chance.

River trail and Stoney Hill among her favourites. For more information call: Karen for Life Magazine, he recognized the importance of the event and was the only photographer to be there from start to finish. The negatives sat in his filing cabinet until 2001 when the 9/11 terrorist attack in the U.S. caused him to create the exhibit. Deiter died in Victoria in 2005, and his friend Joan Athey

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continues to co-ordinate the show in venues all over the world, most recently in Japan. Join CVAC for this special opportunity to look back. In an increasingly unstable world, peace is a topic we need to reopen. The exhibit is sponsored by lawyer Penny Lehan. Arbutus Gallery, in the Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St, Duncan, Weekdays 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 am to 3 pm

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Ben Kunder Live At The Chapel, Providence Farm Barely North Entertainment is very pleased to present critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Ben Kunder for an intimate evening in the Chapel at Providence Farm (1843 Tzouhalem Rd.). Expertly navigating that rarefied space between elegiac folk and accessible pop, Toronto-based singer/songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Ben Kunder has emerged as one of the most electrifying musicians on the indie scene and a sought-after live performer. October 13, Doors: 7 Show: 7:30. Tickets $20 and will be available at Duncan Music, Providence Farm Store, and www.eventbrite.ca.

Dancers of Damelahamid Celebrate Ancient Traditions Flicker is a First Nations contemporary work that captures ancient traditions through this dramatic dance featuring vivid, rich imagery. In this profound performance, Flicker, tells the story of a young man who discovers his potential as he journeys through the world. The flicker, a woodpecker from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia, is a transcendent figure often represented in coastal masks and carries cultural significance in coastal art forms. Just as light shimmers, the audience follows the flicker over the mountain and through the forest as he encounters wandering souls, dancers, and mythical characters. Through his cloak, the masked dancers cross through space and time, in and out of the ‘spirit world’ of their ancestors demonstrating how to access true potential without limitation. The Dancers of Damelahamid, led by Executive and Artistic Director, Margaret Grenier, are an Indigenous dance company of the Gitxsan Nation. The Gitxsan, “people of the river of mists,” are part of the coastal group of cultures with a rich history of masked dance. Grenier and the dancers are conscious of their role in fostering the ancient traditions of the Gitxsan First Nations peoples. She and her company aim to keep these traditions alive, but also redefine them so they continue to resonate with future generations and promote crosscultural understanding of First Nations heritage. Dancers of Damelahamid – Flicker Sunday, October 14, 7:30pm Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Tickets $36/ Student & Senior $33/ eyeGO $5 Cowichan Ticket Centre, 2687 James St. (250) 748-7529 cowichanpac.ca.

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Rain Chains The Artistic Downspout Tamu Miles Writer, Editor, Journalist, Horoscope Columnist and Office Manager for Vancouver Island Gutter


our home is your sanctuary. It’s where you can relax, be yourself, and have things exactly how you want them. And if your a gardener, this is especially true for your outdoor areas including the exterior of your home. Though most of us don’t give a second though to the downspouts that channel water away from our gutters, they do add to the overall look of a structure. Downspouts can enhance the clean lines of a home’s exterior or distract the eye because they are old or have been damaged. And believe it or not, downspouts can tie into landscaped areas, acting as a transition between greenery and building. This is especially true when it comes to rain chains. More and more homeowners are being inspired by the creativity that rain chains allow them when designing their outdoor spaces. Picture this: a honeybee copper rain chain spilling water into a shallow copper basin, from which the bees that frequent your flower beds come to drink on a hot summer day. Surrounding the basin you have planted vibrant carpet thyme and perhaps some alyssum.

Workshops for Senior Farmers Rain chains come in many different styles, from traditional copper links to cups, butterflies, umbrellas, flowers and more. And while some are more functional than others, there is certainly something to appeal to every style and water flow requirement. While it’s not recommended that rain chains be used to replace every downspout on a building, they can be used to enhance the look and feel of certain areas like front entrances or at either end of a deck or patio. Rain chains have a wide price range and can be ordered in any length needed. At Vancouver Island Gutter we source our rain chains through Rain Chains Canada, a Vancouver Island company that supplies top quality, hand crafted products made from copper, aluminum, stainless steel and brass. Check out our website vanislgutter.com, to learn more.


arming is not just a job; it is a way of life, one that can be very isolating at times, especially for our senior farmers. In an attempt to battle that isolation, the Cowichan Green Community, in partnership with the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, is proud to announce the holding of the following workshops: Travel in Retirement Cindy Jones of Marlin Travel October 17th, 6:00-7:00 2431 Beverly Street, Duncan Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOPs) Jeremy Smyth of ESOPbuilders.com October 24th 6:00-7:00 360 Duncan Street, Duncan Cindy will be giving a general overview on the word of travelling covering topics such as how to get the best for your dollar and tips to a carefree and enjoyable travel journey. Cindy will go over documentation requirements

as well as how and what travel insurance covers. She will also talk on foreign currency and the use of credit cards while traveling. The workshop will also touch base on policy change in airplanes regarding checked baggage and how you can reduce your baggage. Jeremy will be talking about ESOPs, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, as an option for farmers who are looking to sell their farm. This is an incredible opportunity for the farming staff to get together and purchase the business of the farm. As the Plan can take varied amounts of time to complete, this will be an overview of the process and steps involved. Although geared towards our farming community, everyone interested is welcome to attend these free workshops. Please contact Kat Brust at 250-748-8506 or email kat@ cowichangreencommunity. org for further details or to register for a workshop.

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ver one-quarter of all the protein in the body is made up of collagen. Collagen is the protein that makes your bones, nails, teeth and hair strong. Collagen is also the main structural component of skin. Starting in our early 20s, however, collagen production declines by about one percent a year. Women in menopause are especially susceptible to collagen decline. Women lose as much as 30 percent of their skin collagen in the five years following menopause. And as if that is not bad enough, skin elasticity declines 0.55 percent per year after menopause. The effects of slowed collagen production are visibly obvious when skin loses its structure, sags and wrinkles. A second yet equally important component of skin is called elastin. Elastin fibers form a matrix with collagen; together they allow the skin to flex and move. When we are young, the skin naturally renews its collagen and elastin. But with age, and as exposure to sun and environmental toxins damages the skin, this renewal rate slows down. Fortunately, it is possible to support collagen and elastic production. Sourced from European waters to meet the highest standards of purity, Active Collagen is a marine ingredient composed of collagen and elastin polypeptides present in the same ratio that is naturally found in skin. Active Collagen has a synergistic anti-wrinkle action: when taken orally, collagen and elastin stimulate the skin to lift and tone sagging areas and minimize lines and


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nutrify your cells. A bit like a splash from the fountain of youth, a good facial will help keep your skin hydrated and looking more youthful. Though it has taken me to my mid forties to learn this, Soul Escape Organic Spa’s skin specialist Eva Bickerton assures me it is never too late to start. As a little nudge to her clients to help kickstart their cold weather skincare, Eva offers a seasonal facial special at her organic spa in Duncan. This month they feature an organic Pumpkin and Yam facial with bonus professional biodynamic Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel.

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hat is it about the changing seasons that wreaks havoc on our skin? Every autumn when the rains begin to fall my skin enters a weird dry and flaky phase. Personal indicators that it is time for a facial to ease the transition of changing weather on my skin. Facials have become the second most popular wellness treatment after massage and while they used to be a treat reserved for special occasions, smart women have discovered that they are an essential part to any longterm skincare regime. An occasional facial will deeply cleanse, exfoliate and nourish your skin helping to revive circulation and allowing fresh blood to

I efficiently time my facial with school drop off. Pulling into the quiet parking lot of the Thrifty’s plaza in Duncan, I feel pleased to be giving my skin some well deserved attention. Complementing my lifestyle, Soul Escape offers face and body treatments that use certified organic and biodynamic products. No heavy perfumes here! Just light fruit, nut and mineral based treatments that truly smell delicious. Eva begins with a layer of

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hot cloths to prepare my pores for cleansing. Born in Hungary, she is trained in European beauty techniques, a very professional, luxury standard of spa etiquette. European facials cover not just the face but the neck, shoulders, upper back and above the chest - an area known as the décolletage and to Eva just as important to overall facial health. I quietly lie on the table as she applies biodynamic Mangosteen Gel to cleanse my forehead, temples, cheeks and neck area with a gentle exfoliation. Fresh hot cloths are used to wipe my face clean, followed by an organic Wild Plum Tonique to tone. With closed eyes I drift off to a fresh and fruity scented space reminiscent of summer. These deep moisturizing and hydrating treatments allow our skin to keep the best of the warm weather glow, while preparing it for the dryness to come. Normally a $55 add on, today’s facial includes an added benefit deep pore professional peel. Oh don’t we ladies love a good bonus! This organic Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel also contains pineapple, papaya, willow bark and green tea. Pumpkin, rich in natural enzymes, beta carotene, amino acids and antioxidants work to smooth the skin while the tingling lactic and glycolic acid helps to eliminate the build up of my accumulated dead summer skin cells. Post peel, my skin feels lighter, cleaner and nourished. I wait for the splendour of hot cloths, once again enveloping me in a fresh warmth before a mild and soothing organic chamomile toner is splashed on to neutralize. Now cleared of dry skin debris, Eva asks if I would like extractions. “ Yes please” I reply. Though not for everyone, extractions are one of my favourite parts of a

facial. Protection is placed on my eyelids and a bright lamp is drawn overhead for her to have a closer look to clear any remaining clogged pores, blackheads and blemishes. After a few minutes of tenacious skin scrutiny she is done. Now, my skin is at it’s pinnacle of cleanliness. Rich specialty serums specific to my complexion are applied to my face and neck zones and to the delicate eye and lip area. It is such a lovely feeling to have someone care so much about the wellbeing of your skin. The grand facial finale is the application of the Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque. A limited edition seasonal offering from Eminence, it is full of good stuff for your skin - vitamin E, omega 9, Coenzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic acid. “ This masque will soothe, nourish and restore your skin’s natural moisture balance” smiles Eva “ and is a great masque to have at home during the dry fall months when there’s less humidity and moisture in the air.” It is left on while Eva massages my arms, hands, neck and décolletage with beautiful herbal scented Calendula oil and Linden Calendula cream. To finish, I am once again lavished with hot cloths to remove the masque leaving me feeling lighter, softer and radiant. Eva leaves the room as I relax for a few more minutes enjoying the soft music and ambiance before getting dressed. I leave there feeling refreshed, relaxed and wonderful, ready to take on a new day. Soul Escape Organic Spa and Boutique, 109 - 2763 Beverly St, Duncan (Thrifty’s Plaza) 250 748 2056 www.soulescape.ca Sheila Badman, wife and mother of two, loves good food, good beer and sharing them with good friends.





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of our cellular knowledge where the Sense of Being is the same as that which sends the planets on their interstellar journeys and whispers to our Hearts in the wet and fecund smell of freshly fallen leaves in the rain. We, too, grow towards the light with our roots in the earth. When it is time to fall, who’s to say whether it is the leaf or the branch that lets go? The question disappears when “we breathe with the forest, within the forest. In this way we meet and are met by the forest and receive knowledge of the forest. The first ecology begins with breath in a relationship of giving and receiving with the environment” (Claude Coldy)

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There are moments when life and some deep instinct gift us with a doorway to places where the poetry of our inner landscapes melds with the truth and power of the outer landscape and everything it contains. It only takes a few, slow steps in the ancient and achingly beautiful earth of this placebeing and we are changed. Forever. For me, Sensitive Dance® has been a teaching that introduced me to a ruthless and tender commitment to slowing down with deep attentiveness and gentleness; a practice that allowed this dancer to briefly touch and be touched by the whirling, endless Movement-Stillness that lies deep in the spaces

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Introduction to the practice of Sensitive Dance in Studio and in Nature with video and discussion. 6pm @ The Hub in Cowichan Station.

For people with movement background, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon @ TBA, Duncan

For anyone (wishing to experience the foundations of Sensitive Dance). Friday evening to Sunday afternoon @ OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake.

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May you be blessed this Fall with a single step on your journey in which the act of stepping forward - laying the soul of your body on the earth - connects you with roots that simultaneously inform you with crystal clarity on your direction, and on the limits of your reach. And some pre-intellectual sense will be profoundly satisfied by the sudden irrelevance of every question you may be carrying as you Fall into Belonging to Life. Patrick Jackson is a dancer and wanderer of this ancient and achingly beautiful earth. He and his wife, Marisa, are coordinating the November visit of Claude Coldy, creator of Sensitive Dance.


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’re back to school and along with all the fun comes grass stains, blood from skinned knees and squished berries all inevitably ending up on clean clothes or upholstery. Here are some tried and true home remedies for stain removal. Stains break down into different categories. 1. Non-water soluble like crayon, hand lotion, and ink. These stains cannot be tackled with soap and water, they require a solvent and in some cases heat. ie. Grass – blot with rubbing alcohol, rinse with cold water apply liquid soap directly to stain and launder as usual. 2. Protein based stains include egg, blood, vomit and ice-cream. Never use heat on these types of stains as it will permanently set them. Cold water and agents such as hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, and vinegar work well on these. ie. Blood – if caught immediately pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain, be sure to do this over the sink as the blood will run straight through. If it has set, rub salt directly on the stain and let sit for 20 mins, rinse with cold water and the use the peroxide method above. 3. Fatty and oily food stains such as ketchup, milk, chocolate can be treated with a little soap and water. They have a low acidity

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and react well to alkaline cleaners like borax, baking soda and mild liquid soaps. Often the best way to treat these stains is to cover with a paste of borax or baking soda with warm water, let sit for 20 mins and rinse with cold water. ie. Ketchup- rinse with cold water, dab with liquid dish soap, if the stain remains apply a little glycerin and let sit for 30 mins, rinse with 1:1 solution of water and distilled vinegar, launder as normal. 4. Tannin and Glucose stains like wine, berry, coffee and tea can be difficult to remove especially if they are left to sit. For best results treat immediately with liquid laundry detergent or an 8:1 solution of water and distilled vinegar. ie. Berries – pour boiling water directly over the stain or treat immediately with lemon juice. If the stain persists blot with glycerin and let sit for 30 mins rinse with warm water and launder as usual. General recommendations: • treat stains immediately • blot don’t rub so as not to spread the stain • check the fabric you’re treating on a piece that’s not visible to avoid damage • be patient, some stains just require time to soak and elbow grease!

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ver since installing solar in our off-grid cabin on Gambier Island back in 2007, I have been a convert to solar power. When I moved to the Cowichan Valley 4 years ago, I wanted to add it to my farm, especially as the house had baseboard heaters in it but the payback time for a full system looked prohibitive. In the subsequent three years, I found I was using power like it was going out of style trying to keep many litters of new born piglets warm in winter in my barn under infra-red lights. Going green with solar was back on the table and high on my priority list. I had met some of the Viridian people at a solar power workshop when I first moved here and was very impressed with their professionalism, knowledge and the structure of their company as they all have a stake in it. So I contacted Viridian in December 2017 for an estimate and a payback calculation. One of their engineers, Kuan-Jian Foo, responded to me promptly, came for a visit and had a ROI spreadsheet and estimate back to me in good time. I spent some weeks considering what size of system to have, comparing the return versus my RRSPs and how long I expect to live here. Kuan was very helpful answering my questions and did not pressure me at all. In the end, the investment in a full capacity 8KW system made sense to me. I was initially going to include a battery back-up for the power failures we often get here in Sahtlam during the winter but

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decided to wait until the Lithium ion batteries get a bit cheaper. The whole process was very quick once I had decided to go ahead - the revised estimate was even less than the original as the cost of solar panels had dropped. The install date was set for April. What really impressed me was that the Viridian team had done most of the wiring work and design layout beforehand so that when they arrive the whole install process is very efficient. Before I knew it the panels were on the roof, wired in and connected to my main panel and I could see the power being generated on the monitoring device they left me – all done in less than a day. The installers were on time, extremely efficient, very friendly and there was nothing for me to clean up! Hydro bill? What hydro bill? Now it’s on to the potable rainwater collection system and soon Muddy Feet Farm will be green in more ways than one! Submitted Julia Rylands


(CHA) to invest $500,000 a year as seed funding to build homes for low to moderate income households, leveraging as much as $15 million in provincial and federal money, while providing $138,000 a year for the project planning that will be needed and $127,000 for administration and other overheads.

A Practical Plan for Affordable Housing in the Cowichan Valley Guy Dauncey, FRSA Author, Speaker, Futurist thepracticalutopian.ca

What does it mean to be so worried, because you really can’t afford the rent? To have to surrender your hope of ever owning a home? To face the end of a rental lease and know that there is NOTHING out there that you can afford? To stare homelessness in the face?

the harvest crops are being gathered in. Everyone seems to be getting on with their lives. And yet for many people, the smiles and kindnesses that make life worth living mask a level of stress and worry that should have no place in our community.

Many of us are comfortably housed, but many are not. The autumn rains have arrived, and

How can it be that in this Cowichan Valley that we love so much, there is such a housing crisis? How can democracy,

the housing market, and local government have failed us so completely? The reasons are many, but what matters now in Shawnigan and Mill Bay, Cobble Hill and Duncan, Youbou and Cowichan Lake, Crofton and Chemainus, Saltair and Ladysmith, is what we can do about it. The Cowichan Housing Association estimates that the CVRD needs 1,600 new affordable homes, 750 for people earning less than $19,000 a year and 850 for people earning less than $45,000. With the added pressure from people arriving from the Lower Mainland, their bulging pockets pushing up prices and rents, we probably need 2,000 new affordable homes. And here’s the thing. On October 20th, if we vote YES in the Affordable Housing Referendum (listed on the ballot as the Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service), we can begin to make this happen. Voting YES will add just $20 a year to the tax on an average house worth $500,000. The resulting income of $765,000 a year will enable the Cowichan Housing Association


I know there are some who feel they can’t afford the $20, or that it’s not the CVRD’s responsibility to do this. The province and the feds are putting money on the table for affordable housing, but we need a strong voice locally to develop projects and form the partnerships to make them happen. If you are stretched financially, and over 55, you can defer your municipal taxes. People are hurting. We really need this. Please vote yes. So how could 2,000 new affordable homes be created over the next five years? Here’s one possible plan.

1. Secondary Suites

Allow secondary suites, garden suites and carriage houses everywhere. Do as Victoria has done, and radically simplify the regulatory process. Waive all the fees and additional municipal taxes if someone commits to create and rent an affordable suite for ten years. Produce a brochure listing local architects and builders who are willing to help. If fifty new suites are built each year, that’s 250 new affordable homes.

2. Make 15% of all New Development Projects Affordable

If the CVRD and municipalities were to require that 15% or 25% of new homes in developments of ten units or more were affordable rental units, this could become a permanent source of new affordable housing. It’s called Inclusionary Zoning, and if developers work in partnership

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with the CHA, over five years it could hopefully yield 120 new affordable homes.

130 units towards our goal.

3. Rezone Single-Family Neighbourhoods to Allow Townhouses

If we vote YES, the Cowichan Housing Association will be able to leverage federal and provincial money to form partnerships to build targeted affordable housing projects. If we allow a year for planning, and if the CHA can create 100 units a year, this could add 400 affordable homes over five years.

A healthy urban centre needs a mix of single-family dwellings, apartments and townhouses. In the CVRD, we are really unbalanced. More than 90% of our housing is single family, which is the most expensive to build. By selectively rezoning neighbourhoods close to urban centres to allow three-storey townhouses, while respecting each neighbourhood’s character and retaining tree canopies, we can open up a space for redevelopment which will include affordable housing. Over five years, this could create 250 new homes.

4. Build New Student Housing

Every student at the VIU Cowichan Campus in Duncan needs an affordable home, and student housing is the cheapest to build at around $100,00 a unit. 100 new units would free up 100 spaces where students are currently living.

5. Homes for the Homeless

In last August’s CVRD Homeless Count 89 people were living on the streets, in the woods and under the bushes; there are probably more. The solution is called Housing First, which puts creating a home first, and then addressing people’s mental health and addiction needs. It’s also cheaper, costing up to $22,000 a year, compared to $29,000 to $53,000 for health, legal and emergency housing for someone who is homeless. This could contribute

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7. Housing Cooperatives

In Sweden, 13,000 housing cooperatives own almost a million dwellings, providing housing for 22% of Sweden’s people. The tenant-owners finance most of the development costs, and the rest is raised through loans from financial institutions. Maybe zero-interest capital loans could be possible, in partnership with CMHC or the federal or provincial government. It just needs training for would-be coop organizers to help them buy the land, do the planning, file a zoning application, and win approval to build the projects. If ten new housing coops can be built with 25 units each, this would contribute 250 new units.

8. Shared Homes

When I lived in London, England, four of us bought a house together as ‘tenants in common’, where we lived cooperatively. It’s easily done, once you know it’s possible, and how the future sale to a new partner works. With a little bit of training, friends could form groups and buy a house together. If ten groups of five people did this each year, over five years this could add 250

PLEASE VOTE YES Everyone over 18 can vote. Including renters.

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9. Tiny Homes Villages

For some people, a tiny home is half of what they want. A small village of tiny homes, bringing peaceful days with friends and family, shared gardening and rural quiet, is 100% of what they want. And surely, it’s possible. It just needs training to develop the know-how for financing, zoning, water, sewage, building code, and so on. If we could help 200 people to build ten small villages, that’s 200 units to add to our total.

10. Farm Villages

Other people want to live in small homes, but they also want to farm. If zoning could be sought and achieved to build

small clustered farm villages, with conditions attached ensuring that only people working on the land could live there, more food could be grown and young farmers could see their dreams fulfilled. If 5 Farm Villages could be created with 10 homes in each, that’s another 50 units towards the goal. It’s all possible if we put our minds to it. Let’s use this crisis creatively. Vote YES on October 20th. Please. * If you are not on the list of registered voters, you can register at the time of voting. Just bring two pieces of ID. Members of First Nations living on Reserve Land can also vote.

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How Do I Decide Who To Vote For?

The Seven Cs of Community Leadership


nce again it is local election time in the Cowichan and I hope voter turnout is on the upswing. For most of us the biggest investments that we make in our lives are in our homes and businesses. Local government has a huge impact on their value. Surely we should be electing strong, wise candidates who have appropriate background and character to serve as leaders in our communities. Evaluating the candidates is challenging. Based on my experience and observations great community leaders possess 7 key traits. First on the list is CARING. Effective community leaders care passionately about the people and places that they represent. Caring keeps them up at night and fuels them in the morning. Truly effective leaders are also passionate champions of good democratic governance built on honesty, fairness, transparency and accountability. Second is COMMUNICATION and CONSULTATION. Many people who seek elected office are confused about communication. They need to talk less and listen more. Consultation is important because everyone who may be influenced by a decision should have a chance to provide input on the decision. This helps prevent costly problems like North Cowichan’s motorsport fiasco. Third is COLLABORATION and COOPERATION. There


are no political parties in local government so getting things done requires cooperation. Cooperation and collaboration are also key to working with other jurisdictions. As First Nations people often remind us, we are all here together, everything is connected, and we need to work together. Fourth is COSTCONSCIOUSNESS. An important function of local politicians is authorizing the expenditure of other people’s money - your money. We want them to think like taxpayers and manage public assets and spend money as if it was their own. Fifth is COURTESY. Citizens expect their representatives to carry out their business in a respectful and civil manner. The sixth C is COURAGE. Great community leaders always have the courage to shine a spotlight on the elephant in the room that others prefer to tip-toe around. Focusing on the nub of the issue including politically thorny ones avoids wasting precious time at taxpayers’ expense. Seventh is CONFIDENCE (the quiet kind). People want to follow charismatic leaders but the current situation in the US illustrates clearly that charisma should not be at the expense of caring, cooperation, and collaboration, courteousness etc. Quiet confidence is based on competence achieved through relevant education, experience and worthwhile achievement. Past success usually provides a solid foundation for future success. To evaluate your candidate choices ask yourself these questions. Rodger Hunter is a retired provincial government Assistant Deputy Minister and management consultant

Desired Trait

About the candidates ask yourself: Do they speak and act in a manner that demonstrates they truly care about community issues?

CARING Have they demonstrated caring about community by volunteering locally? Do they have a history of acting honestly, fairly, openly and respectfully at all times? Is there evidence that they will keep you informed of issues? COMMUNICATION Will you hear from them between AND CONSULTATION elections? Do they listen carefully enough to understand what you are saying and truly mean? Have they promised action without sharing a plan for how they will obtain the necessary support of others? COLLABORATION Have they demonstrated cooperation in the community or are they a Frank Sinatra “I’ll AND do it my way” gunfighter type? (If you think COOPERATION the latter take a pass. You can usually tell by how they talk to people and how well they listen.) What have they accomplished through leading a team? Do they have real life experience successfully managing large budgets? COSTCONSCIOUS

Do they act and sound like they grasp the concept of being frugal and pursuing value for money? Do they treat each other and those around them politely and respectfully?

COURTESY Are you confident that they will continue to do so after the election is over? Do they address issues straight on when asked difficult questions or do they obfuscate? COURAGE Do they have experience taking an unpopular stand to overcome a barrier to the success of an initiative.

CONFIDENCE (the quiet kind)

Is your candidate a larger than life charismatic type who is likely to care more about themselves than the community or really getting the job done? Do you feel confident that they will make decisions for the best of the community and not their power base?

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On October 20, Vote YES for Water


he Cowichan region is one of the crown jewels of Vancouver Island. Our rich farmland has earned us the nickname ‘Canada’s Provence’. The Cowichan River is a world-class fishing destination and important food fishery for local First Nations. The region’s rivers are also the backbone of local industries that have provided jobs for people from Mill Bay to Lake Cowichan to Ladysmith for decades. The common thread is clear: Water. And sadly, it’s not so abundant when we most need it. That’s why we’re urging residents of the Cowichan region to get out to the polls on October 20, local elections day, and vote “YES for Water”. The Cowichan region is at a critical juncture. Our population is rising as summer rainfall disappears. Parched aquifers in Yellowpoint and trickling flows in the Koksilah River can barely meet the needs of those who depend on them, from residents to dairy farmers to salmon. Eastern Vancouver Island is now a poster child for BC’s water scarcity problems following back-to-back droughts of varying degrees, including this summer’s stage-four doozy. All these problems will continue to worsen as climate change brings hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters. In places like Shawnigan Lake, where water still feels abundant, pollution jeopardizes our drinking water. Water is a top-of-mind concern for Cowichan residents and something we’ve called on local leaders to address. Now we can empower them to take action by voting “YES for Water” on October 20. For the cost of a cup of coffee a month for the average property owner, the CVRD and local

partners can protect our shared water resources through a new Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service. The service is built around three principles – stronger local data, smarter decisions, effective investments – that aim to give us more control over our water and our future in the Cowichan. Without a voter-supported water service, our regional district has limited authority to address local water challenges or generate the resources needed to act effectively. That’s why voters are being asked to give our local decision-makers the mandate and tools to do this important work, in collaboration with community partners. What exactly do we have to gain from voting “YES for Water”? Healthier watersheds. Communitybased partnerships with First Nations, stewardship groups and others are at the heart of our current efforts to defend the Cowichan region’s watersheds. A regional water service will provide resources to local groups across the CVRD that put thousands of volunteer hours each year into restoration and protection projects. Supporting groups to continue this work gives our community a huge return on investment. Climate resilience. Significant planning to prepare for climate impacts has already taken place in the Cowichan region, guided by input from many stakeholders. A dedicated water service will provide the tools and resources to act on these insights and begin responding, while we track local climate trends and prepare for future impacts. Smarter development. Decisions about how we manage water and

land are currently disconnected, leaving our water vulnerable to development impacts and industrial activities like logging. Guided by better local data and a more integrated approach to managing land and water, future developments can help conserve, capture and protect water instead of harming it. Cost savings. A better understanding of groundwater can save rural dwellers the cost of a new or expanded well. More efficient water use and planning mean fewer taxpayer dollars are needed for water infrastructure. Using less water also reduces our household bills. Infrastructure funding. A votersupported water service function gives the regional district new capacity to receive infrastructure funding from senior governments. These dollars can be used to expand watershed monitoring, rebuild the weir at Cowichan Lake to better store water and manage summer water flows; improve wastewater management, especially where effluent is currently released into river systems; or mitigate the intrusion of salt water in our

existing infrastructure, such as the Chemainus marine industrial area. The CVRD is not alone in seeing the opportunity for local governments to lead on water. The Union of BC Municipalities recently passed a resolution supporting local watershed governance. Last fall the Regional District of Nanaimo reported the outcomes of their 10-year water program, describing everything from cost savings to expanded monitoring networks to new dollars invested in the local economy. The Capital Regional District also has a similar service with similar benefits. The question facing voters on October 20 is simple: Do we want to be part of the solutions to our shared water problems, ensuring the Cowichan region is resilient and secure for current residents and future generations? We say it’s time to vote “YES for Water”. Advance polls dates vary for the regional district and municipalities. Check each website for details.

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PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES FOR CITY of DUNCAN Prosperity, partnerships and planning for today and tomorrow.

Michelle Staples




The past seven years on council have taught me some hard lessons about life, democracy and leadership. I have seen first hand the difference between reactionary decisions and thoughtful ones and the impact both have on the people who live here. As Mayor I will be a strong, compassionate voice that helps lead local government, engage community and take the necessary steps to meet our changing and growing challenges and dreams.


michellepstaples@ gmail.com 250-709-7972 FB: staples for mayor

Working for a safe, affordable, environmentally responsible community using a common sense approach. I have been a tax-paying resident of Duncan

Mayor, City of Duncan martinformayor@ mail.com 250 709 2151 www.votemartin.ca FB: MartinforMayor

22 Years’ Experience. Principled. Engaged. Fully aware of challenges ahead.

Mayor, City of Duncan jacksononthemoon@ gmail.com 250-709-1299 FB: sharonjackson formayor

To rein in Duncan’s sky-rocketing Property taxes.

Councillor, City of Duncan

for the last 12 years. I run my business in Duncan and am ‘vested’ and motivated to ensure Duncan continues to grow and flourish. There are challenges in Duncan: affordable/available housing, discarded needles, the opiate crisis, and homelessness among a short list. Duncan needs solid leadership to deal with these issues. On October 20th, Vote Martin Barker, Mayor.

I believe I am the best candidate for mayor because of my experience and my true dedication to the City. I have clearly established I am not looking for power and have no financial interest in local government funding. In 22 years I have never been in conflict of interest. I am principled, a fierce community advocate and a team player. I respectfully ask for your support on October 20th.

I am running for Duncan City Council because I care about the City. It is where I co-own a Commercial Property and pay taxes, where I run my business, provide employment, eat and shop. I am committed to efficiently tackling the problems we face and eager to collaborate with the Citizens of Duncan to find and implement solutions for the greater good of our Community and City. Authorized by financial agent; Lura McCallum

Environmental protection, public safety, localised economy, arts & culture.


Mayor, City of Duncan

Born & raised in Duncan, I’m now raising a family of my own & feel compelled to contribute to progress in my community. I have 9 years of customer service experience working for small, locally owned businesses in downtown Duncan. I have a positive attitude, an open mind & strong work ethic. I’m currently Vice President of the Cowichan Folk Guild & member of the Community Safety Advisory Commission. These pages reflect paid editorials authorized by the respective candidates.


250-748-3839 FB: Lura McCallum

Councillor, City of Duncan capps.jenni@gmail.com

250 715 6756 www.Jennicapps.ca FB: Jenni Capps for Duncan City Council

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PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES FOR CVRD ELECTORAL AREASS Working together with community for positive change.

Alison Nicholson

I am an ecologist, farmer, and grandmother who loves the Cowichan Valley and our communities. I know from experience that working together we can be a powerful force for positive change. I will work with you to build a community where everyone has an opportunity to prosper, that leads in environmental protection and sustainability, and where we are supported by a regional district that works hard and works for everyone.

Open responsive government, Fiscal responsibility, Community consultation, Local economy and employment, Protection of the environment

Blaise Salmon

Blaise has a background in finance and small business. His family has lived in the area since the 1940s. He has been the CVRD alternate director for Mill Bay/Malahat since 2014. He looks forward to representing the people of Mill Bay/Malahat in the next term.

A Progressive Voice Serving our Community

LORI Iannidinardo

I am currently serving my third term as CVRD Electoral Area Director for Cowichan Bay. I have a strong commitment to environmental protection highlighted in my ten years on the Cowichan Watershed Board and 15 years on the Parks and Recreation Commission. I have worked with business and environmental groups to help conserve and restore the vital habitat of the Cowichan Estuary, while supporting responsible economic development.

I believe that decisions made by local government directly impact our community and our quality of life. I will use my business experience to promote financial


responsibility in all matters. I will provide honest, open, accountable governance and responsive communication. I believe that the collective concerns of all regarding the changing environment, particularly the water we drink and the air we breathe are of immeasurable concern to all residents. I volunteer for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign, South Cowichan Community Policing (Friendly Phones) and Area C, Cobble Hill Advisory Planning Commission.

Love it! Share it! Protect it!

Sierra acton

It has been an honour to represent the community of Shawnigan Lake for the last year, I have learned a lot. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Shawnigan Lake again, if re-elected on October 20th. A successful Director strives to build community, create consensus and hear both sides of the story. I am a creative entrepreneurial thinker with a “can do� attitude willing to take on challenges and grow.

Director, Electoral Area E Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/ Glenora


250 710 7696 www.alisonicholson.net

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Director, Electoral Area A Mill Bay/Malahat bsalmon@shaw.ca 250 885 1842 www.blaisesalmon.ca FB: blaise.salmon Director, Electoral Area D Cowichan Bay Lianni@shaw.ca 250-748-0152

Director, Electoral Area C Cobble Hill mike.wilson4cobble hill@gmail.com (250) 701 7474

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Director, Electoral Area B Shawnigan Lake Sacton@cvrd.bc.ca 250-715-6763 FB: AreaDirectorAreaB

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Joyce Behnsen

Debra Toporowski

Control - Budget, Spending, Taxes, Strategic Growth - Infrastructure / Innovative Housing, Public SafetyRoads, Emergency Planning

Mayor, Municipality of North Cowichan 250 715 6044 joycetherightchoice@ shaw.ca FB: Joyce Behnsen - North Cowichan Mayoral Candidate

Affordable Housing, Water and issues which are important to you.

Councillor, Municipality of North Cowichan

I am a Wife, Mother and 5th Generation Cowichan Valley resident. I have spent many years getting to know North Cowichan and the people who live here. After a lengthy business career I have made public service my focus. I seek to lead a Council that respects our taxpayers, businesses, and has true respect for our environment and Valley. I am an energetic, strong, principled leader who listens, does research, and will get things done – That’s my record and my commitment.

Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, with a First Nation and Chinese Heritage. I am passionate about the community I live in. I have worked as a Constituency Assistant for 12 years at an MLA’s office with comprehensive knowledge of Provincial government legislation. I am a third term elected Cowichan Tribes Councillor. I am a caring person who knows how to listen.

Sustainable economic development and affordable housing

Paul Fletcher

Paul has resided in the Valley for 32 years. He served as a City of Duncan councillor 2005-2011 and is well positioned to improve relationships between North Cowichan and Duncan. Sustainable economic development pushed him back into municipal affairs. In his words, “Having experienced the unnecessary rise and fall of our small community economies over the years has prompted me to seek election again.”

Healthy: Relationships, People, Community, Environment, Housing, Growth, Economy


Local government decisions effect the health of the region and its citizens. Sustainable growth, a healthy environment, affordability, and food security provide real economic health. Nurturing relationships -- with First nations -- all levels of government --- NGO’s – businesses and community groups smooths the way. Supporting recreation, arts and culture attracts and retains citizens, and business. And, importantly, maintaining infrastructure keeps us from over burdening those to come.

Private Sector Economic Growth, Quality Core Services, Safe Healthy Communities


Two term councillor, enjoying life residing in Maple Bay area. I have extensive business, corporate governance and public sector experience. I have a MBA and Chartered Director (C.Dir). Valley resident since 1992. Running to restore confidence in local governance focused on core services and promote private sector economic growth. I will vote NO on the referendum questions and bring real solutions to housing and social well being for citizens.

debratoporowski@ gmail.com 250-715-7318

Councillor, Municipality of North Cowichan paul@fletcherfoto.ca 250 732-0462 www.electfletcher.com FB: Electfletcher

Councillor, Municipality of North Cowichan katemarsh@shaw.ca 250-246-9705 www.katemarsh.ca FB: kate_marsh

Councillor, Municipality of North Cowichan john.koury@me.com 250.436.2444 www.johnkoury.ca FB:JohnKouryMBA

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ADVANCE VOTING OCTOBER 10-16 / VOTING DAY OCTOBER 20 Proven Leadership | Connected to Community I’m motivated to run based on many conversations with people in North Cowichan and share their concerns about housing, water, democracy and food security. I’m excited to work collaboratively with the community and Council to advance solutions that make sense. I will work to preserve the natural assets of our region, while planning for a climate-safe and economically vibrant future that supports all of us to thrive.

Rosalie Sawrie

Green, Lean & Keen — Eco-growth, lower taxes, and smart ideas

Peter W. Rusland

I am a former Cowichan Valley reporter who knows the background — and possible answers — to many tough issues facing our growing municipality and valley. I’m running for council because all North Cowichanians deserve their voices to be heard on a more open, productive and respectful council — more bang for your taxpayer buck. I’m eager to help make our municipality a showpiece for fresh, positive ideas balancing the environment, lower taxes, and smart growth.

Serving the community, through team-building, collaboration and curiosity.

Marilyn Palmer

Christopher Justice


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I’m an architect and flower farmer, who is active in the Quamichan Lake community. As a member of Council, I’ll promote citizen participation in discussion, as we collaborate to decide how to take compassionate care of those in need, how to balance the cost of services with taxes and how to protect the environment we love. I ask for your vote.

Councillor, Municipality of North Cowichan mdpalmer1444@ gmail.com 250 416 9334 www.marilyndpalmer.ca FB: Marilyn Palmer for NC Council

Citizen-involvement, healthy environment, thriving affordable neighbourhoods, sustainability, responsible spending Christopher is thoughtful and

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dedicated. He will work collaboratively with his colleagues and with interested citizens to find balanced thoughtful solutions to our various challenges, such as affordability and sustainability - solutions that do not sacrifice the health of our natural environment and enhance those features of neighbourhoods and towns which improve quality of life. Christopher has the experience to contribute and can make a positive difference.

Environmental protection, affordable housing, fiscal responsibility, empowered citizens and neighbourhoods Born and raised in North Cowichan,

Rob Douglas

Councillor, Municipality of North Cowichan

I have served on North Council since 2014. Our community faces real challenges from managing growth and development, to addressing homelessness and inequality, to responding to climate change. My priorities over the next term will be to build affordable housing, defend the environment, maintain our rural character, improve fiscal responsibility, and empower citizens and neighbourhoods These pages reflect paid editorials authorized by the respective candidates.

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n this day of helicopter parenting, it’s not a surprise that this over protective micro managing style has extended to the dog guardians. Having control over every moment of your dog’s life looks exhausting to me. And now socializing one’s dog has come under scrutiny. Dog parks are being touted as danger zones to be avoided and casual encounters are not allowed. This is a shame. Dogs are social creatures and benefit from being with their own kind. I’ve had hundreds of dogs move through my daycare and a common thing I see is that dogs that go to daycare for the first year of their lives are better citizens for the rest of their lives. They’ve learned the rules of their kind. Dogs that miss this early education may never quite fit in. Puppy play groups are awesome places to make friends, but being around older dogs that won’t tolerate shenanigans is just as important. We cannot possibly teach our dogs all of the subtle rules of inter dog behaviour, other dogs are needed to tune up our pups. There will be growling and occasionally a threatening snap from her elders,


but these small safe lessons will keep her from getting into bigger trouble as she navigates the world. Avoiding safe negative interactions limits your dog’s education. We all need to experience failure to learn. Of course, you need to protect your dog from dangerous dogs and traumatic events, but there is a difference between trauma and drama. The dogs I know that have learned from other dogs are more balanced, more savvy and more confidant. They enjoy life so much more and have more options to get out and explore. At a young age, truly traumatic events can be gotten over with gentle re-entry into the big world. You made need professional help depending on the situation, but I encourage you to help your dog get back on that horse and feel safe in the world. Wrapping her in bubble wrap only reinforces that the world should be feared. Play dates are great, but so is visiting a strange place with strange dogs. I find our local off leash areas easy to navigate and the people are reasonable and kind. There will always be negative Nellies that will complain even when things are 98% perfect. Keep going, keep learning, keep trying, keep helping your dog navigate and grow.

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Waste-Not. Want-Not.


e’ve all been there … go out for groceries, buy some beautiful berries, and 7 days later we find them stuffed into the back corner of the fridge, covered in a soft carpeting of fine white and green fuzz ... ick. And what a waste! And not only for your wallet … Over 60% of household food waste (which is pretty much like throwing about $1100.00 per year straight into the trash) is avoidable. Some studies point out that you may as well just leave 1 out of every 4 grocery bags at the store ... that’s the level of waste we’re talking about. Organic material is the second biggest addition to landfills worldwide. Vancouver Island does NOT HAVE a landfill. This means that we have to pay $5 million per year to ship our waste off the island. Q: So, what was shipped to a landfill instead of being composted here in the valley? A: Nearly 6,500 tonnes of organic, compostable material • Includes over 2,000 tonnes of food waste • Price-tag: roughly $1 million/year. Adding to this issue, landfills are the third largest worldwide emitter of methane gas - a greenhouse gas nearly 30 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide in terms of contributing to global warming. The reason for these emissions: the improper disposal of organic, compostable materials … The total cost of food waste is almost unfathomable, estimated in Canada to be about $100

billion per year. And yet, with all of the data about unnecessary food waste at all points of our food system, the Cowichan Region has a rate of food insecurity above the national average, impacting 14% of the population. The Food Recovery Team at Cowichan Green Community have developed a handy list of 10 ways that can help you act now to reduce food waste at the household level.

10 WAYS THAT CAN HELP YOU ACT NOW TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE 1. Shop smart – Plan your meals and buy only what you need. 2. Eat leftovers – Use up everything in your fridge. Take leftovers for lunch! 3. Try preserving – Pickle, can, dehydrate, and freeze your excess food. It’s fun! 4. Smaller Portions – Try adding less to your plate. You can always get more. 5. Improve storage – Store in an air tight container to lengthen freshness. 6. Get creative – Try using what is left in the fridge to make a new meal. 7. Understand best before dates – These are guidelines. Look, smell, and taste before throwing away. 8. Donate – Give to a neighbor, food bank, or CGC’s own Food Recovery Project. 9. Keep track – Record what you throw away and then work out what it’s worth. It’s scary! 10. Compost – If you do end up with food that’s gone bad, compost it!

If you would like a free magnet version of this list, or are looking to find out more about what the Team is up to, please stop by the CGC office or contact the Food Recovery Team by emailing nathan@ cowichangreencommunity.org John Stewart is a Food Sovereignty advocate and a participant in the Cowichan Green Community’s Food Recovery Project

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Hemp & Humanity Evolving Together Rachel Allen is a Cowichan Valley writer who enjoys presenting topics related to the healing arts, animals and the cannabis industry.

Looking at the ancient history and connection between hemp and humanity, the relationship reveals itself as a symbiosis between species that has been evolving for millennia. In a time long before prohibition, and before the judgement and misuse of hemp for political gain, hemp was revered as one of humanity’s greatest plant allies. Since prehistoric times when early hominoids lived in indigenous hemp valleys in Asia, humans have utilized all parts of the plant for survival, as food, medicine, clothing, fabrics, in ceremony and for spiritual enlightenment. It is an epic tale of interdependence and growth together. This one plant, Cannabis sativa, which has been a part of our lives since our inception, has experienced the full range of human affection. For most of our existence, hemp and Cannabis have been integral in our lives and survival. But there have been dark periods when humanity treated hemp with hatred, propaganda and attempts to eradicate. Now in present times, modern science is beginning to uncover the secrets of hemp and cannabis, and how this plant serves our health and wellbeing. It is a story with so many highs and lows - a story that goes as far back as stories go. The common thread connecting them all, is that through the good and the bad


times, hemp and humanity have always been together. In pre-civilisation times, cannabis was harvested freely in its natural state. Later, it would become one of humanity’s first agricultural crops, allowing the plant to spread and thrive worldwide. Through hundreds of thousands of years of cultivation and selection, different varieties developed for different uses. Hemp was cultivated in fields by early civilizations for food, oils, and textiles, and are primarily male plants with no psychoactive effect. Other plants with psychoactive compounds were selectively bred for medicinal and spiritual purposes. This early separation of cannabis genes led to two distinct subspecies, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. Plants bred for medicinal and psychoactive purposes are all female; the males are destroyed. It is the female sex hormones that are produced in crystalline structures on the buds, called trichomes, which contain the chemicals that offer the wide range of healing effects. Of the over 400 chemical compounds in Cannabis sativa, tetrahydrolcannabinol (THC) is most abundant and responsible for the psychoactive effect of cannabis. First isolated in 1964, research on THC lead to the discovery of an entirely new biological system in humans and animals called the endocannabinoid system, which homeostatically regulates all other body systems. TCH is just one of the 100+ cannabinoids responsible for the incredible holistic healing action of the plant. In the late 1980’s it was discovered that humans have cannabinoid-receptors in clusters in several areas of the brain relating to a wide range of functions - higher thinking, perception, emotions, cognition, memory, and control of movement. When these receptor sites are filled by a cannabinoid, it creates a psychoactive effect as well as a profound and broad influence on neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Heat needs to be applied to cannabis to activate these chemicals into the correct

form for our receptor sites to accept them. With modern science, numerous new strains are constantly being created, as more of the compounds in cannabis are being studied and selected for their specific properties and effects. In the past, average THC levels ranged from 6-20%; it’s now common to see THC levels of upwards of 30% for medicinal strains. On the forefront of cannabis research and development is Cannabidiol (CBD) which is of interest for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-anxiety and anti-seizure properties. CBD is also nonpsychoactive, which makes it viable for use with children and animals. The seeds from cannabis (sometimes called Hemp Hearts) are an unrivalled food source. They contain the essential fatty acids 3-6-9 in perfect proportions for the human body, containing over 30% fat. Hemp seeds are also a complete protein, which is rare from a plant source. They provide 25% of calories from high-quality protein. Hemp seeds most certainly staved off

famine for many human groups throughout history by providing the essential nutrients for survival. Hemp seeds are easy to harvest and store for prolonged periods of time. Advancements with hemp and cannabis in recent times have changed the face of the plant and the direction with which it is evolving alongside humanity. As a result of human manipulation, cannabis has become more potent and powerful than its original form. The hand of humanity has transformed hemp to a higher level of function and being. In turn, the plant continues to shape human history and culture, securing itself as an essential part of our existence. Learn more about the fascinating history of hemp and humanity at Hemp Nation in Whippletree Junction. Find high quality hemp products as well as inspiration and knowledge to get you hemp savvy. Visit hempnationonline. com for more information on Hemp Nation’s opening day.

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playful. Fortunately, relations with coworkers are warm and cozy. Everything looks great! Double check those travel plans. You don’t want to be waiting at the train station when your ship comes in.

words! Meanwhile, fair Venus will promote your appreciation of your daily surroundings. It will also help you to see that people love you. Look around you. There’s no time like the pleasant!

Aries (March 21-April 19) This continues to be an excellent time to get money from other sources or try for a loan or mortgage. Your spouse might earn more money, which will indirectly benefit you. Meanwhile, this month you need more sleep. Factoid. Respect your need for more rest. Your focus on partnerships and close friendships will be intense. You’re trying to figure it all out. You want to know where you stand and what your role is. Tip: In a successful relationship, you are as good for your partner as he or she is for you.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Two contradictory influences are at play: On one hand, you want to explore romance, love affairs, parties, social outings, the arts, sports and playful activities with children. On the other hand (you have different fingers), an entirely different influence urges you to cocoon at home this month. You want be low key. You want to relax among familiar surroundings. You might want to tackle home repairs; and some will be more involved with a parent. Check your finances. (With money in your pocket, you are wise, you are handsome, and you sing well, too.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Ta da! This month the Sun is in your sign for the first time in 11 months. This brings you an opportunity to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. It’s all about you. People are attracted to you. Doors will open for you. Opportunities will appear. And yes, fair Venus will bring you a chance to boost your earnings. Meanwhile, Mars boosts your desire to party and have fun plus it amps your ex drive and desire to flirt! (Mom always liked you best.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20) This month you will bust your buns to be as efficient, effective and productive as possible. You will look for ways to refine your techniques and get better results for your efforts. (If your boss doesn’t appreciate you, maybe you need to move on?) Basically, you want to know how to manage your life better -- how to prioritize your tasks, work and errands. Fortunately, partnerships are supportive now and will give you a warm feeling in your tummy. You might be focused on health issues more than usual this month as well as something to do with a pet.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Your desire to entertain at home and redecorate your digs is still strong. However, ths month, the pace of your days will accelerate. This is because you have a jampacked schedule full of writing, reading, studying, short trips and talking to everyone. Your To Do list is challenging! Accept this. Roll up your sleeves and dig in. Mars continues to be opposite your sign, which means you might encounter some conflict with someone. Remember: At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) This month is a wonderful time to party and enjoy sports events or slip away on a vacation. Romance, love affairs and playful activities with children are also tops on your menu because you’re keen to have fun and explore your creative potential. Get out and have a good time! You feel lighter and

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Money, earnings and cash flow will be a strong priority for you this month. You are willing to work hard but you might encounter opposition at work. Fortunately, fair Venus will sweeten your words, which means your charm and diplomacy will give you the skilful means to negotiate. In fact, you can make money from your

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OCTOBER Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) This month the Sun sits at the top of your chart. This happens only once a year and when it occurs, bosses, parents and VIPs are impressed with you because symbolically the Sun thrusts you into the limelight and this light is flattering. (Good lighting is everything.) Bosses see you as efficient, competent and capable, even if you don’t do anything special. Obviously, you can use this to your advantage and maybe take it to the bank! Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This month you are restless and impulsive. Be mindful of everything around you. Meanwhile, back at the travel agency, you want to get outta Dodge because you’re hungry for a change of scenery and a chance to learn something new. Therefore, grab every chance to go somewhere. Likewise, grab every chance to take a course or go back to school or expand your mind. Let us not forget that you are the brainiac of the zodiac! Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) This month is definitely more intense than usual. Sex will be hot and passionate. (Be still my beating heart.) You will have a strong desire to experience your life on a feeling level – not just an intellectual understanding. You might feel a need for change in your life. You might also be concerned about finances or anything that is jointly held with someone else. Discover the joys of learning through books or travel. You will alo be involved in some kind of behind-the-scenes activity. Hush Hush. www.georgianicols.com

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