September 2018 Issue 118

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September 2018 Issue 118 Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine Publisher Richard Badman Editor Sheila Badman Contact us at: 250 746 9319 6514 Wicks Rd, Duncan BC V9L 5V2 Visit us online at Distribution Events Calendar Mike Andringa & Heather Lawrence C. A. Linklater Advertising Enquiries Please Contact Adrienne Richards 250 510 6596 e-mail Next Ad Deadline September 18 for October 2018 Issue 119 *Non Profit Community Ad Rates available please enquire. COMMUNITY CALENDAR LISTINGS ARE FREE! Next EVENTS DEADLINE September 15 for October 2018 Issue E-mail: Date, Event Title, Time, Location and Cost w/ subject “EVENT” to Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine reserves the right to omit and/or edit submitted listings due to space limitations PECIAL THANKS TO FOLLOWING VALLEY VOICES Alison Irwin, Bill Jones, Robin Round, Julia Fisher, Laurence Malouin, Mel Massey, Julie Pyon, Rose, Alyssa Loucks, Misha, Rhonda Maguire, Elizabeth Croft, Heather Lauzon, Sadie Bartram, Suzan Kostiuck, Cari Burdett, Rosalie Sawrie, Sandra Thomson, Monica Dockerty, Kathy White, Dana Green Remedios, Chloe Boyle, Dr. David Suzuki, Paul Robinson, Jemico Enterprises, Adam Taylor, Anisa Yaeger, Cari Burdett, Debbie Wood, John Magdanz, Helga Feichtinger, Angel Jury, Dr. Linda Hill, Marty Dovich, Alistair MacGregor, 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 September Cover: Image Katrina Chow; Tractor belongs to Mark Mellor and was painted pink to support cancer awareness as well as in memory and support of those fighting the cancer battle.

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OUR COMMUNITY September Events 6-7 Memories of the Fall Fair 10-11 Cobble Hill Community Pavilion 17 Walk of Nations 22 Big Brothers Big Sisters: School-Based Mentoring Programs 24 One World Festival Returns as a Street Festival for 2018 38 Conference Builds Communities by Embracing Diversity 68 Alistair MacGregor: Looking After Farmers Mental Health 68 Community Farm Store Pages 64-65 Georgia Nicols September Forecast 69 Directory 70-71 LOCAL FOOD & DRINK Vancouver Island Porcini 13 Juicing Season is Finally Here! 15 Preserving Our Knowledge - Cowichan Green Community 28 HOME, FARM & GARDEN Lockwood Farms 16 Time to Start Dreaming of Spring 42 Fattening Up for Winter 43 Are you a “Wish-cycler”? 52-53 Water Quantity 55 Local Alder and Maple For The Garden 56 Stain Removal 58 LOCAL ARTS Take A Musical Journey With Jazz Vocalist Edith Daponte 5 Quinn Bachand’s Brishen at The Hub 18 The 11Th Annual Rifflandia Festival 19 In Celebration of the Artists of the Somenos 26 Edie Miller: An Island Treasure 27 Ethno Chaos: DakhaBrakha Reinvents Ukraine’s Traditional Folk Music with Global Finesse 31 Koksilah Music Festival 35-37 Why We Should Read 66 CHILDREN & FAMILY Keep Your Kids Healthy This Fall! 47 Let Them Walk 58 BODY, MIND & SOUL Botanical Bliss Fall Classes 14 The Joys of Cursive Writing 25 Yoga for Seniors, Really? 33 Journey With Crystals 40 Yoga For Wellness 41 What is Yoga? Move well. Feel well. Live well. 45 Reflexology – Not Just An Amazing Foot Rub 62 PETS, RECREATION & NATURE The Future Isn’t In Plastics 54 The State of The Marmot 57 Lucky Dog Your Voice... 59 Go Batty on Saturday Night with the Hooters 60 Supplementing Sugar for Nectar 61


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Roessingh on piano, Joey Smith on bass and Damian Graham on drums join Daponte in this fusion of jazz and world music.


Take A Musical Journey With Jazz Vocalist Edith Daponte

ollowing on the success of her sold-out Edith Piaf tribute show last year, jazz vocalist Edie Daponte kicks off the sixth annual fall season of Pat’s House of Jazz with her brand new show, From Paris to Rio, at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton on September 9 at 2 p.m. Cost is $15. Daponte’s globally inspired show will take you on a journey from France to Portugal, across to South America, to the Cape Verde Islands and from Brazil to Argentina. She will feature songs from Edith Piaf, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Amalia Rodrigues, Cesaria Evora and others that highlight her wide vocal range. The season is shaping up to be a barn-burner, says the jazz series’ publicist, Gloria Collins.

“Nick La Rivier’s 19-piece R & B community band comes on September 16, followed by the feel-good sounds of New Orelans with saxophone sensation Connor Stewart & The Bon Temps on September 23. Dock Side Drive, Victoria’s top swing show band drive, will get things swinging on September 30. Check out the CVCAS website each month for details on upcoming shows.”

Daponte has established a reputation in the music scene of Vancouver Island and Western Canada as a dynamic and engaging performer. She brings passion, playfulness and an evident love of performance to her live shows.

Daponte’s sultry, emotive and passionate performance lends itself perfectly to a wide range of jazz standards, seamlessly moving from jazz to Portuguese fado to bossa nova and back again, switching between English, Portuguese, Spanish and French numbers with ease.

Vancouver Island Music Awards honoured Daponte with Jazz Recording of the Year in 2017 for her original song Island Rainand nominated her as Vocalist of the Year in 2016. Edie’s original song Ride the Windhas been nominated in the Traditional category for the 2017 International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA). Her album Young at Heartwas nominated in 2016 for Jazz Album of the Year by the International Music Awards.

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Her upcoming show

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS September 9 • 2PM I $15 Vocalist Edie Daponte From Paris to Rio Edie’s new show takes us on a passionate musical journey.

September 16 • 2PM I $15 Soul Source Nick La Riviere’s 19-piece community R & B band

September 23 • 2PM I $15 Connor Stewart & the Bon Temps Let the good times roll with an energetic New Orleans band.

September 30 • 2PM I $20 Dock Side Drive presents A Swinging Sunday Afternoon West Coast’s hottest swing and show band. Bring your dancin’ shoes.

Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton is part of a regular Sunday afternoon jazz series at the pub sponsored by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society and run by dedicated volunteers. Reservations are highly recommended. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. Call (250) 324-2245. The pub is located at 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton.

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Craig St FREE runs to 28


40th Day of July: El Grupo Cubano 2-10pm City Square FREE


Kathy White Yoga 7999 Glenhurst Dr Crofton www. by donation runs to 13


Honeycomb Youth Folk Choir Choir and Beeswax Crafts Ages 9+ $100 5 Week Session Bee Alive in the Hive (778) 455-4483


Vancouver Island Surface Design Association “East Meets West” Mon-Fri 11-5pm Sat 12-3pm PORTALS Gallery Island Savings Ctr 2687 James St FREE


Lovestruck Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $20


Yoga Studio Opening 11am 1pm & 3pm Kathy White Yoga 7999 Glenhurst Dr Crofton www. FREE teas & snacks Member Showcase Photography by David Chadwick & Dawn Vanderwall Imagine That! 251

Play with Paint Nights Guided by Local Artists, “Acrylics by Ester” and Abigail Smith $40 Bee Alive in the Hive (778) 455-4483 Johnny Inappropriate 8pm Cowichan Exhibition Shirley Gnome Returns XXX rated lyrics 8pm 131 Station St



Koksilah Music Festival 4pm Friday to 6pm Sun Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd


Friday, September 28 • 2-7:30pm Saturday, September 29 • 10am-3:30pm

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Jump Into Music Thursdays 10am ages 6mos-4 yrs Island Savings Ctr FREE

Edie Miller: An Island Treasure Art Opening 12-4pm EJ Hughes Gallery 24 Station St FREE runs to Oct 6


Family Preservation Workshop 12-4pm Cowichan Green Community 250-748850 FREE also Sept 22

Jack & Jay 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton FREE

Que Bola Magic Cowichan Exhibition Wide Mouth Mason 8pm Cowichan Exhibition La Familia 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $13 $25/ couple


Edie Daponte From Paris to Rio 2PM Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $15 Freestyle Motocross 3 shows Cowichan Exhibition


Cowichan Consort Orchestra 730pm Sylvan United Church Mill Bay FREE Making a Set For Myself Clay Studio @ The HUB 2375 Koksilah Rd


Super duo Mandala Pendant 6-8pm Island Gem & Bead 378 Trunk Rd 250 597 4369 $15 + materials

Jump Into Music Fridays 10am ages 6mos- 4 yrs Frank Jamieson Ctr Ladysmith 778-8354541 FREE

Glorious! The True Story of The Worst Singer in the World Chemainus Theatre 1 800 565 7738 runs to Oct 6 Enrapture Events~ Gateway all ages, family friendly Community Dance The Hub 7-12pm, $20


Paintings of Will Millar 9-3pm The Forum@Cedricks Crofton 250 746 1064 FREE runs to Oct 15 Cottage Paint Furniture Class Embellish 115 Kenneth St. Duncan to register 250 746 9809 Alan Jackson Tribute 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $10 St. Johns Church September Festival 10-2pm 3295 Cobble Hill Rd 250-737-3180 FREE Sue Wells Ride Package Pick Up Cycle Therapy 360 Duncan St Noon-4pm 250-597-0097

Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group Coffee Hour 2-3pm CCS 103–225 Canada Ave FREE

Back To School! 5-7pm The Ou Gallery FREE


Jump Into Music ages 6mos-4 yrs 10am Shawnigan Lake Community Centre 778-835-4541 FREE

BC Goes Wild Bat and Owl Detection at Dusk 730pm Somenos Oaks Protected Area www. FREE

Lila Music Community Choir Drop In “Check It Out Session” by donation

The Food of Northern Spain Cooking Class 4830 Stelfox Rd Quinn Bachand’s Brishen 7pm The HUB 2375 Koksilah Rd $20

Cowichan Consort Choir 7pm Sylvan Unit Church Mill Bay FREE


Support group for grandparents and others raising the child of a relative 630-830pm 1 877 345 9777 FREE

Cowichan Valley Garden Club Monthly Meeting 7-9pm St. John’s Anglican Church Hall 486 Jubilee St $20 annually



Sue Wells Ride For ALS Research 9AM

Herbal Ointments & Tinctures 7-9pm Botanical Bliss Lakeview Dr www. $35-45 Wire Wrapped Stone 6-8pm Island Gem & Bead 378 Trunk Rd 250 597 4369 $15+materials Wheel Throwing Clay Studio @ The HUB 2375 Koksilah Rd

Introductory African Marimba Workshop 11-1230pm Reg @ 250 737 1331 $20

Understanding Essential Oils 1-3pm Botanical Bliss Lakeview Dr $35-45 Evergreen Pavillion Open House 12-3pm 3515 Watson Ave Cobble Hill FREE John Lennon Give Peace a Chance

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Exhibit Mon-Fri 11-5pm Sat 12-3pm The Arbutus Gallery Island Savings Ctr 2687 James St FREE runs to Oct 13 Soul Source w/Nick La Riviere 2pm Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $15 Sacred Chant Circle w/ Sadie Bartram 7-830pm Rivendell Yurt in Glenora 250 748 2089 by donation Quaker (Friends) meeting 1030am St. Ann’s Garden Club Providence Farm www.cowichanvalley.quaker. ca FREE


Community Acupuncture Mondays w/Frauke McCashin RAc 630-830pm #103-44 Queens Road, Duncan 250-710-3581 $20-$45 also 24 Chakra Yoga Class w/Sadie Bartram 630-8pm Rivendell Yurt in Glenora 250 748 2089 $15/drop-in also 24


Community Acupuncture Tuesdays w/Frauke McCashin RAc 630-830pm #103-44 Queens Rd 250 710 3581 $20-$45 also 25


Lila Music Community Choir Drop In “Check It Out Session” by donation Community Acupuncture Wednesdays w/Frauke McCashin RAc 5-8pm #103-44 Queens Rd 250 710 3581 $20-$45 also 26

$20-$45 also 28 South Cowichan Music Jam 7-11pm Shawnigan Malahat Legion Hall 1625 Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Rd FREE


Dakha Brakha 730pm Cowichan Performing Arts 2687 James St 250 748 7529 $36 eyeGo $5 Walk of Nations Wear Cultural or Traditional Clothing Bring Flags 10AM/10:30AM Walk Begins meet at old VIU Campus (across from Superstore) The South Island Rhythm Kings 8pm Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $10 Italian Mushroom Feast 4830 Stelfox Rd also 29 Messy Church 330-6pm St Peter Quamichan Hall 5800 Church Rd 250 415 3634 FREE Rotary Club of Duncan Oktoberfest Celebration 6pm-12am Mellor Hall Cowichan Exhibition tickets 250-701-2872 $30


Gordie Ten Trees 3pm Live in the Chapel Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd www. $20 Tango del Domingo 3-6pm 131 Station St $15


Cottage Paint Furniture Class Embellish 115 Kenneth St. Duncan to register 250 746 9809

Connor Stewart and the Bon Temps 2pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $15

Community Acupuncture Thursdays w/Frauke McCashin RAc 12-3pm #103-44 Queens Rd 250 710 3581 $20-$45 also 27


One World Festival 4-8pm CIS St. Julian St & Saturday 11-4pm FREE



Angehehr 8pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $10


Community Acupuncture Fridays w/Frauke McCashin RAc 2-5pm #103-44 Queens Rd 250 710 3581

Exploring Lidded Vessels Clay Studio @ The HUB 2375 Koksilah


Lost Avenue Live 7pm Live in the Chapel Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd www. $15 Panel discussion on current situation in Israel-Palestine 7pm Duncan United Church FREE Jesse Cook 730pm Cowichan Performing Arts Ctr 2687 James St 250 748 7529 $50

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


Q’SHINTUL” Walking Together” SOMENA (S’amunu) Longhouse Community Table Dinner 5589 Club Rd, Duncan 5pm register at www.socialplanning

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5039 Marshall Rd, Duncan I 250 709 2279 Show 10-5pm St Peters Church Hall 5800 Church Rd FREE

Cities 9pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $10 HUB Film Club Movie Night Damsel 7pm The HUB 2375 Koksilah Rd hubfilmclub@gmail. com admission w/membership


Soul King A Tribute To Sam Cooke 2pm Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 2687 James St. 250 748 7529 The Joint Chiefs 9pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton FREE

De-Stressing the Learning Environment 9-3am Cowichan Lake $100

SPCA Barn Dance Fundraiser 7pm-12am Cobble Hill Community Hall 3550 Watson Ave $40

Hammered Pendant 4-6pm Island Gem & Bead 378 Trunk Rd 250 597 4369 $15+materials

Cottage Paint Furniture Class Embellish 115 Kenneth St. Duncan to register 250 746 9809


Skintastic Medispa Open House 2-730pm & Sat 29 10-330pm 6015 Avondale Place FREE



13-16 Rifflandia Victoria Visit for full schedule

A Swinging Sunday Afternoon 2pm Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave Crofton $20


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Auction Sunday SEPTEMBER 9 & 23 • 1pm

Accepting goods throughout the week


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Jesse Cook’s Beyond Borders Tour is an exotic musical journey.


idely considered one of the most influential figures in “nouveau flamenco” music, Jesse Cook incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz & many forms of world music into his music. This Junowinning master guitarist, known for his intoxicating fusion of world music, has travelled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. Cook studied classical guitar


at the Royal Conservatory of Music, moving on to York University and then studied jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. On his albums, and in concert, Cook explores the roots of flamenco, and its many offshoots, from India to Spain, and on to Cuba and Latin America. Along the way, he developed his signature synthesis of world music. He has released ten genre-defying albums and has received eleven Juno nominations - winning a Juno for Best Instrumental Album in 2001 for Free Fall. Cook’s latest album Beyond Borders is a reflection of his musical journey so far. He explains “Music has a way of touching your soul, and every tradition on earth has its own way of doing that. When we venture beyond our cultural and geographic borders, we can gain the whole world.” September 26, 7:30pm Cowichan Performing Arts Tickets $50 available in person at Cowichan Ticket Centre, 2687 James St. Duncan, by phone (250) 748-7529 or online at

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Russell Earl Marsland & Lovestruck Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan


tevie Ray Vaughan was one of the most influential guitarists of the 1980s blues revival. He was a rocking powerhouse who gave the blues a burst of momentum. With such songs as “Pride and Joy”, “The House is Rockin’”, “Crossfire”, “Cold Shot”, “Little Wing”, “Life By the Drop”, “Tightrope”, “Voodoo Child”, “Look at Little Sister” and the unforgettable “Love Struck Baby”, his influence is still felt long after his tragic death. Vocalist and guitar virtuoso Russell Earl Marsland has been a powerful presence in the Vancouver music scene for more than 30 years. In 1978 he co-founded Vancouver’s legendary R&B All Stars. Russell has performed with hundreds of artists, such as The Allman Brothers, BB King, Chuck Berry, James Brown, and Ray Charles, to name but a few. Russell headlined four consecutive years at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, at the Pender Harbour Blues Festival, and was the opening performer at the inaugural Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival. His critically acclaimed CD “Dig

Deep” achieved significant airplay on WWOZ Heritage Blues Radio in New Orleans and caught the attention of Alligator Records in Chicago in 2008. Elaine Morrison, Senior Editor of The Leader Newspaper says, “Marsland’s voice will knock you out. It’s deep, bluesy and full of soul. He sings from the heart with fire and conviction. If you’ve never experienced the bounty of Russell Marsland, one of Canada’s top guitarist / singers then you’ve yet to tap into one of life’s unique resources. When it comes to guitar playing, you’ll marvel at his command of the instrument.” Lovestruck celebrates the music of the Legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan, tapping into the fire and passion of this incredible artist who left us way to soon. Russell Earl Marsland and Lovestruck pays respect to the life of SRV through his music. Lovestruck, Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute, September 7, 8pm $25 Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Avenue, 250 324 2245.


Image Katrina Chow; Back (left to right) - Lori John, Wendy Langelo, Shari Paterson, Joe St. Germain, Ted James Front (left to right) - Phil Bertrand, Scott Hogg, Tony Irwin, Bud James

150 Years of Growing


e will be celebrating a very special anniversary in 2018. It is 150 years since the area’s first Exhibition was held at St. Peter’s Church, Quamichan. The date? October 14, 1868. In an article appearing a few days later in Victoria’s The Daily British Colonist, it was reported that this Exhibition was held in conjunction with the Church’s annual Harvest Home Thanksgiving. Readers of the paper learned that “the first effort towards an Agricultural Exhibition caused quite an excitement in this otherwise quiet settlement.” Following the service and judging of the exhibits, 120 guests sat down to “...a sumptious lunch...”. Afterwards, due in large part to the efforts of Archdeacon William Sheldon Reece, the Cowichan, Salt Spring and Chemainus Agricultural Society was formed. Since day one, the Cowichan Exhibition has been a true community event. While Reverend Reece was instrumental in establishing the Exhibition and the Society, volunteers within the community helped make the event a success. In 150 years, thousands of unnamed volunteers, men and women, have continued to make each Exhibition grow and be successful. The number of donated hours, services, supplies and money is impossible to calculate.


“150 Years of Growing” is a most appropriate theme for this year. It is also the title of a new book that follows the Cowichan Exhibition through the decades. The book will be launched on the weekend of the Fair, September 7-9. The 2018 Cowichan Exhibition invites everyone to come see our past, our present and the future of agriculture in the Cowichan Valley. We have a long history, come and celebrate this once-ina-lifetime event with us.

Memories of the Fall Fair


hat’s your earliest memory of the Fall Fair? Tony Irwin, president of the Cowichan Exhibition Society, remembers being a pre-schooler and sitting on his dad’s shoulders as they watched an archery demonstration. He also has a vague recollection of being a little older and going on midway rides. Another memory is from his teen years. Tony was an Air Cadet and member of the local 744 Squadron that was volunteered to pick up litter on the fairgrounds after the show. That is when he first learned how messy people can be! While the group may not have been too enthusiastic about the job on that beautiful sunny

they also remember the rodeo? Or when loggers sports were first held at the fair? Intrigued? The book will be hot off the press, just in time for the 150th celebration on September 7, 8 and 9. Submitted by Alison Irwin

Sunday, the grounds did look a whole lot better when they were done. Many decades later, he is now up at the ‘new’ Exhibition site most Monday mornings as part of the Grounds Crew. Whether that day’s task is building turkey pens, setting up tables in Mellor Hall for the indoor displays, lining up the parking in the field, driving a golf cart during the fair, changing the sign board by the highway or any one of the other ‘jobs’ posted on the to do board in the coffee room, there is never nothing to do there for these volunteers. In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the very first fair in the Valley, Tony has spent a few years researching the Exhibition’s history. As a retired retailer – his family owned Powel’s Men’s Wear in downtown Duncan – he was especially interested in tracking it from a business perspective. How has it managed to survive for more than a century? You can read all about it in his new book, 150 Years of Growing. If the title sounds familiar, that’s because it is also the theme for the 2018 Cowichan Exhibition. From the original event in 1868 ‘til now, it’s an interesting look back at the events that have shaped the Fall Fair. Those with really long memories will know that the Exhibition wasn’t always at Pioneer Park before it moved to the Mays Road/Trans Canada Highway location. Do

WILL MILLAR the former leader of The Irish Rovers has now returned to his first creative love of Painting.

Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland, Will Millar grew up in a family where music and art were encouraged. His mother supported his first art lessons. He recalls fondly how he used to thin his oil paints by dipping his brush into the glass oil lamp that lit the home, with dinner being eaten at a table strewn with paints and brushes and small unfinished works of art”. Once a year Will returns to visit his homeland, he tramps the by-roads where he goes looking for lost youth. He finds it in old cottages, peat fires, warm dark pubs and pints: unfortunately, the old characters are gone but through his paintings, not forgotten. All his cherished memories come lovingly to life on his canvas.

Coming to The Forum at Cedricks in Crofton

SEPTEMBER 15 to OCTOBER 15th, 2018 Daily from 9am to 3pm

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The Cowichan Exhibition is pleased to announce that during the 150th Cowichan Exhibition Fair the 2nd annual logger sports competition at the fair will take place since the 1980’s. The Cowichan Exhibition is bringing the heritage sport competition back to the fair Saturday, September 8th. The theme of “The Land of Legends,” is sure to bring out local favorites and many entertaining tales! Logger sports competitions have been occurring in logging camps and communities for decades. So bringing the skills from the forest to a competition setting which celebrates British Columbia’s logging history is a reason to get excited! Loggers and non-loggers alike come together to demonstrate their skills in friendly competitions. These competitions take place all over North America and attract local, national and international competitors. The events are fast and exciting ranging from power sawing to the ever popular speed climbing.

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Check Out The New Queen’s Cup Cafe


here’s a new coffee shop in town and owner Eric Edgar is welcoming the first 100 people who mention his Valley Voice ad to come in for a free cup of coffee! Queen’s Cup Cafe is a new startup business with the intentions of private seating and quality food. Within its 1400 square feet of space (140m2) there are private seating rooms for individuals and groups. We offer outdoor patio seating infront or around back where it is shaded for patrons. Each customer has the opportunity to a retro

design geared towards comfortability and practical use. In building the cafe, the idea was simple, to provide a fresh baked, homemade style menu of quality and consistency. All the food served is prepared in our kitchen and by our staff. We do not purchase prepackaged or stale food full of preservatives. Our customers deserve to be treated right. Our menu includes specialty coffees and freshed baked goods. We also offer cold drinks, pop, smoothies and protein drinks. Our secret coffee blends are from South America carrying an Italian style. There is also a match between Queen’s

Cup Cafe and The Mustard Seed Street Church (Coffee Co.). Paired in their shared desire to give back to the community, the owner of Queen’s Cup Cafe reached out to others with common interests, to help create great opportunities where all sides can positively gain. After discovering that

the Mustard Seed’s coffee was not carried in Duncan a decision to incorporate social consciousness and to help those who want to help themselves was made. Queen’s Cup Cafe retails the Mustard Seed’s coffees in whole bean 2Lb bags for home brewing. 60 Queens Rd. Duncan.

September Festival at St Johns Church

fascinating displays, inside. Kids activities Credit/Debit Cards accepted. September 15, 10AM-2PM, 3295 Cobble Hill Rd.


elebrating 131 years in the Community. Follow our Bagpiper to Food Court for Smoke”N Meats tasty selections, Silent Auction, Plants & Preserves and treasures at Giant Yard ( 50+ tables), Plant, Book, Clothing Sales outside, Jewellery & Better Buys, with

locally grown, organic and delicious

Ol’ MacDonald Farm Sungold tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplants, french filet beans, free range eggs.. and of course cukes and zukes galore! Delicious, local grown food with love. Available Saturdays at Duncan Farmers Market or from - pick up Thursdays.


Upcoming EVENTS Italian Mushroom Feast Local Food Dinner

Saturday September 22 & 29 The Food of Northern Spain Cooking Class

Saturday, September 15

For full details visit BY RESERVATION ONLY

4830 Stelfox Rd, Duncan

For ReservationS 250 748 7450

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Vancouver Island Porcini Porcini Bread Pudding Recipe courtesy Bill Jones, Deerholme Farm

Savoury bread pudding is great on its own with a side salad for lunch or dinner. It also makes a great side for meat or poultry dishes, particularly those that have a braised sauce. You can use almost any mushroom or combination of mushrooms for this dish. You can also add a cup of your favourite sharp cheese on top to create a nice top crust.

Makes 8 portions Preheat oven to 325 F / 165 C


1 cup bacon, diced (optional) 2 leeks, trimmed, washed, sliced 2 cup mushrooms (porcini, morel, button, etc) 2 Tbsp mixed herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme) 1 Tbsp garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste 1 loaf French bread or baguette (sliced thinly) 6 large eggs 4 cups milk


In a saute pan, add the bacon and sauté to reduce the fat, pour off some of the fat if a large quantity is rendered. Add the leeks and mushrooms and sauté until soft. Add the herbs and garlic, season well with salt and pepper. Saute until fragrant, remove from heat and set aside. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs and whisk to mix. Add the milk or cream and whisk well to blend. Season well with salt and pepper. Place a layer of bread in a large casserole dish. Sprinkle a little of the bacon and leek mixture on top, repeat with the

remaining bread and seasoning. Pour the egg mixture over the bread, pushing down with a spoon to insure all the slices are soaked with the mixture. Place in a hot oven for 45 minutes (or until set and slightly browned on top). Remove from oven and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes. Cut into squares (or scoop with a large spoon) and serve warm.

n Italian, porcini means “little piglet” and usually refers to a type of mushroom called Boletus edulis. To the mushroom hunter it is a renowned edible also as the King Bolete. On the island the season is a little variable and often depends on how much rainfall is dropping in the area. Locally, the main season runs from mid-September to mid-October and really is one of my mushroom season highlights The porcini seems most abundant in the hills and near the western side of the island. The mushroom likes to fruit under Sitka Spruce, very few exist here on the east side and the numbers of trees increased as you head to the wetter west coast of the island. We do find the king here occasionally, along with several other edible types of boletes. These mushrooms are identified by the spongy underside of the cap and come in a variety of beautiful shapes and colours. The only ones to be careful of are the varieties that stain blue when cut, some are edible while others are bitter and can give you a stomach upset or allergic reaction. The porcini is an aromatic and wonderful mushroom that is probably my favourite (don’t tell the other mushrooms!). Unfortunately the aromatic quality of the mushroom is also a prime attractor for insects. The fungus gnat in particular, loves this mushroom and often leaves eggs that hatch into worms that infest the flesh. Any big or larger specimens are often riddled with small worms. If you squeeze the base of the mushroom, you can often tell if the worms have been at work. A firm base will often mean a prime (or less worm infected) mushroom. A few worms do not usually bother me, the porcini can be safely eaten or dried to produce a fine flavoured mushroom in slices or powder. Too many worms will make the flesh mushy and brittle, best for leaving in the forest or perhaps tossed into the compost pile.


Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd., Duncan ALL SHOWS (Except Noted) Doors 7pm I Performance 7:30pm SAT SEPTEMBER 15 • $20 Quinn Bachand’s Brishen at THE HUB, 2375 Koksilah Rd. Virtuoso playing Gypsy Swing Jazz

SUN SEPTEMBER 23 • $20 Gordie Tentrees Live MATINEE Doors 3pm I Performance 3:30pmm Prolific Yukon based master songsmith

MON SEPTEMBER 24 • $15 Lost Avenue Live

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re you curious about herbal medicine and aromatherapy? Fall is the perfect time to take a class and explore your interests as the days shorten and the weather cools. Eighty per cent of the world’s population uses simple herbal remedies to treat many conditions and we can too. Plant-based medicine is enjoying a resurgence in Canada as we realize our habits and foods may not always be healthy and many of our allopathic medicines have serious side effects. An herb steeped in oil can become a massage oil for aches and pains, or with beeswax added, an ointment for eczema or wounds. Herbs steeped in alcohol and water become a tincture to be taken internally to fight cold, to aid digestion or to assist sleep. Chickweed for itches, comfrey for wounds, calendula for fungal infections and lavender for nerves – plant are here to heal us! Essential oils have been used by every major culture and society for over 10,000 years for spiritual and physical purification and healing. These powerful, fragrant oils are offerings from the plants own immune system that we can use to help strengthen and heal ourselves. Inhale them to relax after a stressful day, to ward off the flu, to balance hormones or deal with grief.


Join me for our Tinctures and Ointments class on Thursday September 13, 7 – 9pm at Botanical Bliss in Duncan. You will learn what herbs to use for specific conditions and how to make ointments and tinctures. We will test a range of herbal tinctures, make an ointment to take home and share recipes. The class is $35. On Sunday, September 16th, I will host our Understanding Essential Oils class from 1-3 pm. Learn their history, how they are made, how to use them and more. $45 includes two oil blends to take home. Register on line at or call 250-710-1276.

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Robin Round is a Chartered Herbalist, Aromatherapist and President of Botanical Bliss, an herbal products company based in Duncan


Juicing Season is Finally Here!

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n the Cowichan Valley we lucked out this year with a stretch of warm, sunny days occurring when most apple trees were in bloom. And now we see the results: heavy branches laden with ripening fruit. Naturally this can feel overwhelming if you are hoping to not have any waste and if you are wanting to preserve this abundance. A simple solution is to juice the fruit en masse! There are many positives to juicing: It’s quick - you can process hundreds of pounds of fruit in a few hours (with the right equipment, of course). This diverts waste and brings more food into our local food-shed. It can nourish you throughout the winter. Imagine yourself warming up some spiced apple juice in the cool, darker days ahead.

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It can nourish pigs (and other animals). The pulp left over from juicing is an excellent resource that can be used for finishing pork. This is an example of closed loop farming. It can be a neighbourly event. Joining together with your neighbour to harvest apples and/or share the cost of juicing encourages a sense of community.

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We are very fortunate that in the Cowichan Valley there are several ways to get your fruit juiced. Now, our little farm Elk View Acres is also an option, and we come with over 15 years of juicing experience. Our industrial juicer and scratter can juice 100L per hour and can easily come to your property if you have a large amount of fruit to process. All you need to do is provide the apples and containers and we can help you to fill your freezers. Please contact us through our website at Julia Fisher has a MSc in ecology and co-owns Elk View Acres



ocated in a Lockwood team. Image Cammy Lockwood. beautiful area down Cobble Hill Road, Lockwood Farms radiates happiness and sustainably grown greens. In operation since 2011, the Lockwoods have over 250 years of agricultural history in their family. By putting all of their great farm knowledge to good use, working together as an intergenerational family team, When Cammy talks further and careful attention to planting about her business, it is evident and harvest schedules, it’s no that her passion of improving wonder that they are consistently food-related knowledge as well producing quality products. as offering new products to their customers is what really makes But it isn’t just about sustainable the farm unique and remarkable. production methods; managing “Be the change you want to over 10 people during the high be,” she says. According to season, husband and wife team Cammy, having constant access Cammy and James along with to beautiful and nutritious food is James’ father and mother Barry one of the best parts of her job! and Jan Lockwood have created a lovely work atmosphere focused If you are interested in trying on teamwork. This is evident Lockwood’s famous salad when you arrive at the farm and creations or any of their fresh see the collaboration as everyone produce and free-range eggs, happily fulfills their tasks from you can find them for sale at the harvesting to washing, spinning, Duncan and Esquimalt Farmers’ bagging and weighing – like a Markets as well as on the menus well-oiled machine. Their staff of several local restaurants in the is made up of a rotating cast Cowichan Valley and Victoria. of international interns who Additionally, Lockwood is part come to apprentice at the farm of the Cow-op, so for those who from as far away as Brazil and can’t make it on Market day, you Germany, as well as local young can order their veggies, fruits aspiring agrarians eager to get and eggs online along with many their hands dirty in a supportive more local farmers’ products at work environment. Everyone is compensated fairly and Laurence Malouin empowered to take ownership is a student in of their tasks, not always easy to Agronomy at do in agriculture, but something Université de Laval, that is very important to the Québec and an Assistant with Lockwoods.

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decade-long vision comes to fruition this September as Evergreen Independent School opens a brand-new Community Pavilion in Cobble Hill. The Pavilion will provide a beautiful multi-use space available for use by all residents in the surrounding community. The space is suitable for floor hockey, pickle ball, basketball and other sporting events. In addition, it’s ideal for birthday parties, weddings, cultural events and many other personal and community events. During the school year the Pavilion will also provide and open-air gymnasium and outdoor classroom for the children of Evergreen School where they can learn and have fun in a natural open-air setting. Alex Gallagher, the school’s Principal talks about how proud both the parents and teachers at Evergreen are to be able to contribute and share this project with the residents of Cobble Hill and the larger community. Gallagher notes, “The concrete pad for the project was poured 7 years ago, and

after a huge amount of work, organization, and tremendous community support the Pavilion was finally raised in June of this year.” The Pavilion design, materials, and construction were also local efforts. Cobble Hill based Timber Guides designed the stunning structure, the timbers were sourced from a sustainable local timber lot and milled in Mill Bay. Finally, construction was completed by island-owned and operated Cascadian Wood Tech. In keeping with Evergreen’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the Pavilion will also be fitted with a solar power grid. Funds for the project were raised by the parents of Evergreen Independent School, the federal gas tax program, and community works funding distributed through the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and a grant awarded from Farm Credit Canada’s Agri Spirit fund. The families and teachers of Evergreen will be hosting and open house to present the Pavilion to the community on September 16th from 12pm3pm at 3515 Watson Ave. in Cobble Hill.

SEPTEMBER 16 • 12-3pm

A fun afternoon with Old Fashioned Games, Food and Cold Drinks, Marimba Music and a Presentation by the Historical Society.

Come see and celebrate the new Community Pavilion! 3515 Watson Ave, Cobble Hill

This free event will include, cake, old fashioned games, marimba music, and a presentation by the Cobble Hill Historical Society.


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Quinn Bachand’s Brishen at The Hub




he evolution of a young musician is something beautiful to behold. Every blue moon, when this rate of growth seems exponential, the experience is nothing if not exciting. Victoria’s own Quinn Bachand has evolved at such a rate – a natural musician, invested of both body and soul in his quest for musical perfection in many facets. From age 11, he was demonstrating his abilities on the acoustic guitar around the world, playing traditional music with Daniel Lapp, Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. By age 17, Quinn was playing over a dozen instruments, recording and producing albums with his sister Qristina, and collecting multiple nominations and awards up to, and including their latest release, Little Hinges. Ever the bold musical voyageur, Quinn has invested his love of swing jazz in particular with the 2013 release of his band and samenamed debut CD, Brishen (Romany for “bringer of the storm”).

With a tight grasp on the music that embraces the swing tradition, Quinn Bachand’s Brishen takes audiences on an inventive quest, which through its technical virtuosity, brings together a spellbinding range of musical history to reinvent the categories of swing jazz, pop and country, celebrating the music of the ‘30s, up to and including the ‘60s. Quinn Bachand’s Brishen creates a space where virtuosity meets vibe, leaving you with a sense of jubilance and nostalgia. Winner 2018 Independent Music Awards (Jazz Song with Vocals) Nominated for 5 Canadian Folk Music Awards | Nominated for 2 Western Canadian Music Awards (Jazz Artist of the Year) | Emerging Artist Finalist – Canada’s Walk of Fame | Saga Djangofest Award Winner Quinn Bachand’s Brishen for an evening of stellar and upbeat musicianship at the HUB at Cowichan Station on Saturday September 15th. Doors: 7 Show: 7:30 Tickets $20 at Duncan Music and online at

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Zeds Dead in the Phillips Backyard at Rifflandia 2017, photo by Zenon Kozak

The 11Th Annual Rifflandia Festival


his September 13-16, the eleventh annual Rifflandia Festival will takeover Downtown Victoria for three days and four nights. The additional artists announced today grow the festival total to over 150, including headliners Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Adventure Club, Current Swell, Bishop Briggs, and Lights. Newly announced artists include Canadian hip hop star SonReal, 2x UK Beatbox Champion Beardyman, west coast funkybass heavyweight Stickybuds, and over 100 other local, regional, and international acts. The full daily schedules can be found at Festival-goers can create customized schedules using Rifflandia’s online scheduler powered by Do250. The official Rifflandia app powered by UP will be launched in midAugust and be available for free download in the Apple Store and on Google Play. Rifflandia has added three night venues this year including The Rubber Boot Club, Vinyl Envy, and Canoe Club to increase the total to twelve. Festival-goers can also expect some exciting changes to Electric Avenue, Rifflandia’s flagship night venue. Rifflandia has stuck by its mission to support local music with a total of 74% of artists

calling British Columbia home. The Rifflandia Festival team would like to acknowledge the support of Music BC, the BC Music Fund as well as this year’s stage presenters The Zone at 91.3 (Main Stage), TD Bank (RiffTop Tent), Music BC, Snakes x Ladders, and Do250/ Do604 (The Phillips Front Yard), BeatRoute Magazine and CFUV (Capital Ballroom), Westwood Recordings (Lucky Bar), and Submersive Tribe and Soiree & RF Records (Studio Robazzo). All ticket types are now available for purchase online at www. and in-store at Lyle’s Place (770 Yates St., 250-382-8422). Parents are reminded that kids 12 and under are free when registered using the official form. For complete event information and updates visit, follow Rifflandia on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and sign up for the Rifflandia mailing list.

Enter to WIN 2 free passes Visit and tell us which artist has travelled the furthest to perform at this year’s festival. Tell us their name, genre and why you should win to be entered into a draw. Email answers to info@cowichanvalleyvoice. com by September 10. Good luck to all entries!


in pop music have become nostalgic rituals for audiences seeking to revisit the ‘golden oldie’ days when the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and the Beatles reigned supreme. The task of the impersonator is to create an illusionary reincarnation by looking like, sounding like and acting like the original idols.

Soul King Back By Popular Demand to Cowichan Performing Arts Centre


ack by popular demand! The tribute concert Soul King, coming to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, is a musical reflection on the life and times of Sam Cooke, often referred to as the “King of Soul”. “Tributes” to legendary figures

But the tribute concert Soul King, offers a very different journey down memory lane. Written and directed by Toronto singer/actor Michael Clarke, this biographical musical journey delves deeply, and personally, into the life and times of Sam Cooke, commonly referred to as the “King of Soul”. This doesn’t mean that Clarke, in the lead role, doesn’t look, act and sound like Sam Cooke. On the contrary, his silky crooning style and musical nuances are hauntingly reminiscent of the King himself. Local theatregoers will remember Clarke for his performances in the record breaking production of “Rock Legends” at the Chemainus Theatre.

For the Duncan production, of Soul King, Clarke has brought together a talented cast of Vancouver Island singers and musicians, featuring Gloucia Desrochers (Crofton) whose solo performances as Billie Holiday have been enthusiastically acclaimed by local audiences. The other cast/band members include: Nicolas Rhodes (Nanaimo), musical director, on keyboards who gets to show some acting chops as he helps to tell the story; Donn Tarris (formerly from Salt Spring Island now residing in Crofton) on guitar; Alan Wardroper (Salt Spring Island) on bass & Alicia Murray (Nanaimo) on Drums.




Saturday, September 29, 2018 2:00pm Matinee

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 2687 James St. Duncan

Michael Clarke


(Rock Legends/ Kim’s Convenience)

Glaucia Desrochers

(Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill)

You don’t have to be a dedicated Sam Cooke fan to enjoy what this show has to offer, Even if the names of Bob Dylan, Little Richard, Cassius Clay and Malcolm X played no part in your adolescent fantasies, you’ll find yourself immersed in the social and political backdrop from which popular music moved beyond mushy romantic ballads to find its voice as a powerful agent for change. In the music of Sam Cooke, it also discovered its Soul. Soul King A Tribute to Sam Cooke, September 29 2pm Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, Tickets 250 748 7529.

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Also featuring the Soul King Orchestra: Andrew Wilson (keys), Donn Tarris (guitar), Alicia Murray (drums) and Alan Kerr (bass)


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esearchers at the University of Oxford discovered that drummers produce a natural “high” when playing together, heightening happiness. The researchers extrapolated that this rhythmic euphoria may have been pivotal in mankind establishing communities and society. Essentially, drum circles were the very foundation that made human society possible. “What makes music move you? The beat or the rhythm is the foundation of all music. It is what reaches your core.” shares professional drummer,percussionist and instructor Paul Jutras. Teaching from the heart, Paul has spent years developing rhythm methods and has opened Chops Drum School to share them with aspiring musicians. “Many people have asked me over the 30 years of my music career if I teach.” He now offers beginner, intermediate and advanced students a complete and fully skilled approach to drum set and hand percussion. Specializing in private lessons Paul notes that they are unique because of the one to one learning experience in regard to seeing and hearing directly how certain sections are played, being able to play them enough to lock the lesson down and receive immediate feedback. A professional drummer, he continues and maintains his own music career working with multiple bands as a permanent drummer, substitute drummer and recording studio session player and music arranger. “My love of music started from the beginning as I

grew up with a musical family. I was always attracted to the beat, it always moved me. Rhythm is everywhere. In our heartbeat, when we speak, in our footsteps, most of what are body feels and what fills our ears has a rhythm. After a few years of piano and trumpet in concert and jazz, my father purchased a drum kit for me at age 13, from there I have pursued djembe, cajon, conga, bongos and numerous hand percussion instruments. As an instrument, drums have always fascinated me by the textures of feel and sound that can be created through rhythm and dynamics. Drumming has offered me an unlimited amount of opportunities, from steady live performance, recording studio session player, drum tech, and now teaching. The interaction between a patient and supportive teacher and their student can help in more ways than simply teaching the drums, they can build a students confidence and help them accomplish goals.” A Typical beginner drum lesson “As a beginner student, no experience is needed. You’ll be playing a beat by the end of first lesson.” smiles Paul. The lesson begins with a quick rundown of the drum kit or percussion Adult hand drum class

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instrument chosen. Instructions on methods used with the drumstick and grip, For hand percussion, striking positions will be shown. Correct posture awareness helps to teache more accurate timing and height control required for good dynamics. Then the students will get to try some basics like single and double stroke patterns as a warm-up and then they will begin learning a basic beat. “The first few lessons I teach playing and learning by ear, this is where the true feel is developed, after a few more lessons I introduce easy notation. All lessons are customized to benefit the students strengths, this fuels the students desire to keep learning and progressing.” Good maintenance of drums and fundamentals of health in set up and playing are also covered.

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styles. He is also often called to help prepare and train musicians for playing with other performers in live shows, for studio recording or to prepare for auditions. “Music isn’t simply written on a page it’s what’s between notes that is just as important. We all have an emotional connection with music.”

No drums yet? No fret. Drum kits are provided in the studio for lessons as well as a selection of hand drums. Already own a hand drum? Bring it to your lesson and learn how to play and care for your drum.

Note: The Federal government’s children’s art tax credit allows parents and guardians to claim up to $500 per year of eligible expenses per child. The cost of Drum lessons at Chops are an eligible claim for this tax credit.

Paul also works regularly with intermediate and advanced students. As a professional his expansive experience enables him to coach in a variety of genres and

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10th Annual Walk of Nations

t has been 10 years since the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) saw our First Nations and non-First Nations communities come together in new and profound ways on the path to reconciliation, the journey of our generation. Everyone is welcome to join us for two community events in September that celebrate what we have accomplished and learned on our journey and to commit to next steps for future generations. The Walk of Nations was created as a legacy to NAIG and this year marks the 10th time our community will come together and walk to celebrate the rich diversity of the Cowichan Region. The September 22nd event features a walk through Duncan to stand up for our shared values of Love, Understanding, Forgiveness, and Togetherness. Following the walk we will join the One World Festival to celebrate with food, cultural performances and musical entertainment!

Wednesdays 6pm - 7:30pm runs to December 5 3 Drop in “Check it Out Sessions” September 12, 19, 26 by donation for drop in days. 250 710 4174 Bring your friends and Family - children invited too!


Social Planning Cowichan is one of the local organizations working in partnership with the Cowichan Intercultural Society and Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship Society) that make up a strong and dedicated organizing committee co-hosting this 10th annual legacy event. The Walk of Nations will start at 10 am on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 leaving from the old

Vancouver Island University parking lot (across from Superstore). On September 28th, the community is invited to gather together in the Somena Bighouse for the Q’shintul: Walking Together event. We will be joined by First Nations leaders and Elders, as well as federal, provincial and municipal leaders in to celebrate and reflect on our commitment to the reconciliation journey in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. We invite you to join us to witness and be a part of this shared commitment. All are welcome to join us for a community dinner, starting at 5 pm, followed by speakers and activities. “These events represent a coming together of First Nations and non First Nations community members to celebrate and make a commitment to our shared future in the Cowichan Region. We look forward to seeing everyone in the community, young and old, gathering together to share this journey.” Says Michelle Staples, Executive Director of Social Planning Cowichan. More details will be available at WalkOfTheNations/

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Sandra Thomson provides program support to Cultural Connections and loves working with the Elders.

MEDI SPA OPEN HOUSE Skintastic Medispa invites you to come out and meet the National Director of Medispa Canada! FREE Open House featuring demonstrations of: cold laser facial treatments; FAR Infrared face panel and body panel; Mani and Pedi masks; PEMF treatments, and much more. Come and see what Science can do to help visible signs of aging; corrective facials for acne and Rosacea; weight loss; general wellness, and many more innovative techniques to make your skin radiate ageless health. Samples of the NEW Medispa Naturals skincare line, in a ‘try before you buy’ gift bag available. September 28 2:00-7:30pm, and September 29 10:00am-3:30pm 6015 Avondale Place, Duncan.

GLORIous! Everyone agreed that she couldn’t carry a tune – except Florence Foster Jenkins, as recently depicted in the Hollywood movie by Meryl Streep. She had no idea her operatic talent was an illusion. Throughout her life, the blissfully ignorant soprano never stopped bringing great pleasure to her adoring audiences. Discover why thousands clamoured to hear her at charity recitals, extravagant balls, bizarre recording sessions, and the ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall. Glorious! - The Comedic True Story of the Worst Singer in the World September 14 – October 6 Box Office for tickets 1-800-565-7738


Time to Go Back To School!

Big Brothers Big Sisters: School-Based Mentoring Programs


ig Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley (BBBSCV) matches caring adults and older teens with children and youth that would benefit from a positive role model. We facilitate life-enhancing mentoring opportunities that empower these young people to reach their full potential. As the Cowichan region grows, so too does the number of children requiring our services. We have witnessed a steady growth in the demand for placement over the years. In-School Mentoring: • Serves children in grades K-7 • “Big Buddies” are Adult Mentors (19+), Teen Mentors (grade 10-12), and Seniors for Kids (elder mentor) • Meet-ups take place on school grounds during the school day, 1 hour a week, during the school year • Activities include board games, crafts, reading, baking, etc.

(In-School Mentoring is not academic tutoring) Group Mentoring: • Serves youth aged 11-14, divided by self-identified gender into “Game On” (boys) and “Go Girls” (girls) • 8-10 youth are matched with 2 adult mentors (group leaders) each session • Sessions are held on school grounds during the school year, 2 hours/week over a 7 week session • Activities follow a curriculum addressing age-specific issues like physical activity/healthy eating, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and media/peer influences Community Mentoring: • Serves children age 6-19 • Match types include Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Couples for Kids (adult mentors in a couple), and Big Families (families with older children 16+) • Relationships take place

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“out and about” in the community, 2-4 outings/month (average 2-4 hours each) • Activities can include outdoor adventures, getting ice cream, bowling, swimming, movies, etc. These programs are important for the Cowichan Valley – a region facing disproportionate rates of youth vulnerability. Among the multiple intersecting risk factors and unmet social determinants of health impacting outcomes for children and youth, Duncan has repeatedly been named among the worst cities in the province in regards to child poverty rates. Extensive research has shown that agency-led mentoring services help vulnerable youth succeed in school, gain financial independence, and ultimately break cycles of poverty and dependence. The impact of BBBSCV’s services is undeniable. National data demonstrates that compared with their peers, at-risk children involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters are significantly less likely to use drugs and alcohol, behave aggressively, and/ or skip school. They are also dramatically better positioned to complete their education, graduate from college/university, and transcend cycles of poverty. By investing in these early-life interventions, we are building a better tomorrow and investing in

Teen mentoring program the future of our community. If you feel your child would benefit from our programs, contact our office and we will help you through the enrolment process. Those interested in changing the life of a “little” are encouraged to contact BBBSCV. It is not a huge time commitment, but it makes a huge difference for a child in need. Volunteering is a fun, easy, and deeply rewarding experience. For more information, contact Julie Pyon – Program Coordinator 250-748-2447

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Julie Pyon, Program Coordinator at BBBSCV

In these days of all too easy text messaging and Facebook birthday reminders it’s becoming even more special to receive a handwritten message on a card or stationary sent via “snail mail” or better yet - hand delivered - it’s easier to give a thank you hug that way! I’m increasingly seeing Grandmothers’ come into my shop, Little Bird, looking for nice blank cards or stationary so that they can get together with their grandkids and teach them the practice and joy of the handwritten written message, including the sending of “Thank You” messages for gifts they’ve received. They’re concerned that as the teaching of cursive writing is being dropped from the curriculum of their Grandkids schooling something important is being lost within our younger generations.

The Joys of Cursive Writing

What is it about cursive writing that is so appealing and worth keeping alive in our young ones’ lives? In this writer’s opinion, the physical act of cursive writing just feels good.. starting with the paper, applying the pen and with multitudes of swoops, arches and flourishes you write out your message. You keep in mind the height of the capital letters, the connections between the letters, the correct spelling of the words - (no spell check or autocorrect here) and how the overall message fits together. Occupational therapist Suzanne Baruch Asherson says, “Learning to write in cursive is shown to improve brain development in the areas of thinking, language and working memory. Cursive handwriting stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and right hemispheres, something absent from typing.” As well research suggests that printing letters and writing in cursive activate different parts

of the brain. Learning cursive is good for children’s fine motor skills, and writing in longhand generally helps students retain more information and generate more ideas. Studies have also shown that kids who learn cursive rather than simply manuscript writing score better on reading and spelling tests, perhaps because the linked-up cursive forces writers to think of words as wholes instead of parts. In my shop - each time I make a crown or tiara, which I do alot, I write out in cursive form the words to be featured and then replicate it with a single piece of colourful wire . I appreciate the beauty and simplicity of this exercise and customers who look through the window at the tiara display seem to enjoy the prettiness of the handwritten word too! Little Bird 163 Station St., Duncan Rose has always been inspired by graphics, colour & beautiful design.

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he WildWings Nature and Arts Festival is a cultural celebration that invites Cowichan Valley residents to discover the treasure that lies within our midst. Part of the event is the annual visual art exhibition hosted by Just Jake’s Restaurant. A Valley artist has been featured annually by producing a commissioned work courtesy of Liz and Lance Steward. These artists have formed the nucleus of the Artists of the Somenos.


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Learn six techniques to refinsh and revive favourite pieces for your home. All materials supplied including a small take home project.

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Artist Jennifer Lawson working on this year’s Wild Wings Festival artwork.

In Celebration of the Artists of the Somenos

Each year an artist is chosen in recognition of their contribution to the artistic community and the community as a whole. The artists offer a variety of styles and approaches. Coco Jones’ abstracted Trumpeter taking flight has been a favourite image over the years being reproduced as a fundraiser for the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society. While the majority of the pieces have been paintings, Glenn Spicer presented the Trumpeter Swan in a stained glass construction. The artists are established members of the community, for example, David Aris has taught many of the Valley residents over the years. The Society is very happy to announce Jennifer Lawson as this year’s inductee in the Artists of the Somenos. Jennifer Lawson is a well known Canadian artist recognized for her beautiful watercolours of flowering gardens, charming homes, country farms and antiques. Their refreshing impressionism and inviting images are radiant with light and colour. Jennifer paints solely in watercolour on pure rag paper. A plein air painter, her art reveals her as an optimist who is absorbed in the beauty around her. Jennifer was born in Yorkshire,


and at an early age she began to soak up the brilliant colours around her, the warm tones rampantly spilling around country cottages. Her sense of colour is informed both by the warm tangle of English country gardens and the intricate patterns of Indian textiles. Having studied and travelled extensively, she was thrilled to be chosen as Bermuda’s Artist in Residence. Jennifer’s paintings are in many private and corporate collections as far away as Japan. Stay tuned for our upcoming Wildwings Nature and Arts Festival events and the artist gallery at Just Jake’s this fall! For more information go to: and Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society #5-55 Station St., Duncan

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Misha, a theatre designer and a Professor of has been an arts advocate in the Valley for nearly two decades.


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Edie Miller: An Island Treasure


ver the past few months, I have been lucky enough to visit the home studio of local printmaker, Edie Miller, to prepare for her upcoming retrospective at Excellent Frameworks – Home of the EJ Hughes Gallery. Edie’s modest home is tucked away on a lovely street surrounded by trees and dapples of light. Her cat greets me at the door, a well aged vintage feline, and I can see glimpses of beautiful art inside already. As we sit and chat, Edie tells me stories of going to art school with her father at a young age, where he taught art to local students. She tells me of her own fomal training at art school, raising children, being a founding member of the Printmaker’s Only Group (generally known as “POG”) and designing the logo for Madame Runge. These images all intertwine amongst colorful, treasured artworks on the wall. Edie’s laughter and charm are a delight, and we move into my favorite part of all artists’ homes – their studio. Inside this small studio is an amazing array of her work, all tucked away in multiple drawered units. Her filing system shows a lifetime record of edition

numbers, etchings, silkscreens, and embossed prints. We sort through print after print, each image a tiny flash of Edie’s consistency to craftsmanship and endless imagination regarding the whimsy and beauty of everyday items. A small press sits quietly on her worktable, and I wonder just how many works of art have been through it. Edie tells me of all the artists she has worked with, including Lynn Starter and Beverlee McLeod, both members of POG as well. It is clear that she has had a long, creative life and I can’t help but feel honoured that she has let me get to know her just a bit more.


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From September 8th to October 6th, Excellent Frameworks – Home of the EJ Hughes Gallery will be holding a major retrospective of Edie Miller’s works of art over the past 65 years. This will be Edie Miller’s first retrospective in over 30 years, and will be a combination of original silkscreens, etchings, and woodcuts, with several earlier watercolors and drawings. Please join us on Saturday, September 8th for our Artist Reception from 12 to 4pm, where Edie Miller will be in attendance to delight us with her tales of creativity and intention, with a few dashes of inspration for both artists and arts appreciators. This once in a lifetime show is a wonderful opportunity to show your support for this extremely

talented artist. Refreshments served and a special custom framing offer offer is available with the purchase of Edie Miller’s work. Excellent Frameworks 24 Station St, Duncan.



Preserving Our Knowledge FREE Family Classes at Cowichan Green Community


all is the time to preserve the harvest, so perhaps it is time to bring out the old canner, rinse out the jars, and get canning! If you would like to brush up on your preservation skills come and join Cowichan Green Community’s (CGC) preservation workshop series, Family Preserving Our Knowledge. There are a variety of preservation workshops families can attend this September and October on sauerkraut, pickled beets, apple chutney and mincemeat! These workshops are specifically geared for children and caregivers to learn how to preserve fruit and vegetables and meat throughout the year. The workshops, funded by Our Cowichan Communities’ Health Networks, main focus is to feature a variety of preservation techniques in a workshop format from pickling, dehydration, and freezing, to hot-water bath and pressure canning for young families on how to properly preserve and store food. “I feel blessed to have had a background where, food raising, harvesting and canning were a


natural part of life. To ‘Put By’ is a country way of saying to save something you don’t have to use now, against the time when you’ll need it,” says Jan MacKirdy of the CGC Food Recovery Team. “Preserving is three-fold; it is a way of saving food that otherwise may go to waste; it is a way to keep fall and summer bounty for winter; and a way of creating instant dinners in an old-fashioned way,” says Food Recoverist Marcia Forst. These free workshops will be hosted at CGC, located at 360 Duncan Street in downtown Duncan and will be facilitated by Debra Cebula. Let’s all learn the lost art of food preservation together! These workshops are FREE! Preregistration for these workshops is required as spaces are limited. You can register for one of the classes at the Garden Pantry Store. Please contact Debra at 250-748-8506 or for more information and to register. Cowichan Green Community 360 Duncan St., Duncan (250) 748-8506

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Cranberry-Pear Glazed Butternut Squash With Rosemary

Recipe courtesy of Grant Easterbrook, The Olive Station-225 Canada Ave., Duncan


1 - 2 pound butternut squash peeled, seeded and diced in to 1” pieces (about 3 cups) 1/3 cup The Olive Station cranberry-pear white balsamic 1 tablespoon “sweet” fruity extra virgin olive oil 3” sprig fresh rosemary, leaves stripped from stem and roughly chopped or tablespoon of The Olive Station Rosemary Olive Oil Sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 375 °C.


In a large bowl whisk the olive oil and balsamic together until thoroughly combined. Add the rosemary and squash and toss to coat and combine evenly. In a large roasting pan lined with parchment, arrange the squash in a single layer, drizzling with any remaining marinade. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Roast the squash for 30-35 minutes, stirring a few times until golden brown and caramelized. Adjust seasoning and serve.





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ow did it all Girl in the Stream, get started? by Gail Barry In 1968, six eager and enthusiastic women, including 19 year old Lynne Starter, under the guidance and leadership of Julie Porter (who came to be known as the “Emily Carr” of the Cowichan Valley) started the Maple Bay Painters. The aim was “just getting together to draw and paint and have fun and to keep as unorganized as possible”. The members initially met weekly in the Girl in a Boat, by Rae Rhodes church hall at Maple Bay, eventually moving to the Maple Bay Rowing Club for the next 31 years, followed by the Moose Hall. Since 2012, the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds have been their home. What started small has of life and the artwork is as thrived and grown to over 35 diverse as the people creating members. it. From an era of verbal Celebrate with us! We invite formalities expressed in you to come and join the handwritten correspondence, party and help us to celebrate and labour intensive tasks of our 50 year anniversary at St. xeroxing and mailing out the Peter’s Church Hall on Sept monthly minutes, Maple Bay 28 and 29, from 10:00am to Painters have entered the age 5:00pm. As this is a special of technology and now host occasion, a Reception is being a Facebook page with upheld on Friday, September to-date information on club activities and artists’ creations 28 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, that is available to the public. which will allow guests to talk with the artists and Who are these Maple Bay have some refreshments. Painters? Past President, Mark your calendars and Diana Batcheler who joined plan to stop by and enjoy in 2012 says it best: “I feel the memories and creative lucky to belong to a warm, new works from Maple Bay supportive group, sharing Painters. not only ideas and giving encouragement but sharing MapleBayPainters life’s ups and downs, and a good laugh, too”. These artists come from all walks

Maple Bay Painters Is 50 Years Old!

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Ethno Chaos:

DakhaBrakha Reinvents Ukraine’s Traditional Folk Music with Global Finesse


he group mixes everything from punkpop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures with the close harmonies. Their live show is utter brilliance.” - NPR Music Ukrainian world-music group DakhaBrakha delivers a refreshingly novel reinterpretation of Eastern European folk music blended with a tapestry of indie folkrock, urban hip hop and pop music. With one foot in urban avant-garde and one foot in the village life of Ukrainian culture, DakhaBrakha is best known for crafting stunning new sonic worlds for traditional songs, reinventing their heritage with a keen ear for contemporary timbres that creates a bright, unique and unforgettable sound. Their name and their sound is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time.

DakhaBrakha means “give/ take” in the old Ukrainian language and their sound is a unique blend of Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian instrumentation and influences with an astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range that creates a unique style. They lovingly describe themselves as “ethno-chaos” creating a world of unexpected new world music that delivers a truly unique and unexpected musical experience. Created in 2004 at Kiev’s Centre for Contemporary Art, their costumes of drones and beats, crimson beads and towering black lambs-wool hats all serve as a striking backdrop for an unexpected musical journey. Made up of three multiinstrumentalist women, Olena Tsibulska, Iryna Kovalenko and Nina Garenetska, they appear like visions from a village wedding, decked out in white lace dresses, foot-tall black wool

hats and cascading strands of black bead necklaces. Joined by Marko Halanevych, dressed in a traditional embroidered tunic playing tabla, didgeridoo, accordion and trombone, their show is theatrically inclined with each performance staged in dramatic effect. Working at the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theatre, their performance ranges from intimate to riotous, plummeting to the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms and inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation.” DakhaBrakha’s utterly unique, trans-national sound has become a cult phenomenon around the world. They have played concerts and taken part in numerous international festivals across the globe including Ukraine, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Slovenia, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belarus, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Chine, Australia, USA, Canada, Columbia, New Zealand and Brazil. In 2010, they won one of the most prestigious Grand

Prix prizes in modern music and arts at the Sergey named after S.Kuriokhin. In 2011, DakhaBrakha was “discovered” at Australian WOMAdelaide, an annual festival of music, arts, and dance, and began their ascent in the international music scene. If you love daring and awesomely unusual—then don’t miss DakhaBrakha. DakhaBrakha_ Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:30pm Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Tickets $36.00 / eyeGO $5.00 Tickets are available in person at the Cowichan Ticket Centre, 2687 James St. or by phone (250) 748-7529 or online at


FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS Canada’s premier outfit and the only production in Canada featuring former X-Games athletes. The show is a high energy family friendly show that will impress with cliffhangers, backflips and freestyle tricks. Two shows on Sunday, September 8, Cowichan Exhibition.

SOUL SOURCE NiCK la Riviere Soul Source, a 19-piece community band led by Victoria’s red-hot trombonist Nick La Riviere, delivers harddriving R & B at Pat’s House of Jazz. Expect everything from Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift to Duffy, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, and more. With four singers, a big horn section, and a big rhythm section, this is one big sound. Table reservations are highly recommended by calling the pub at (250) 324-2245 September 16, 2pm, Osborne Bay Pub $15, 1534 Joan Ave Crofton

LEARN PEYOTE STITCH Learn Peyote stitch together with Herringbone stitch to shape and create a colourful pendant. Explore how to use two different size beads to change the shape of your project and so much more. Tuesday September 11 – Super duo Mandala Pendant 6 - 8pm $15 + materials Island Gem & Bead Supply, 378 Trunk Rd, Duncan (250) 597-4369

GORDIE TENTREES MATINEE SHOW Barely North Entertainment is excited to bring down from the Yukon, master songsmith Gordie Tentrees, for an intimate solo afternoon show in the Chapel at Providence Farm (1843 Tzouhalem Rd.) on Sunday September 23. Doors: 3 Show:

3:30. Yukon based, Ontario raised, farm boy, golden glove boxer, school teacher, youth counselor turned folk artist, Tentrees has released six records touring North America, UK, Australia and Europe and up to 200 concerts each year. Tickets $20 at Duncan Music, Providence Farm Store, and online at https://

PRostate Cancer SUPPORT GROUP You are invited to the Prostate Cancer Support Group Meeting on The meting is for those recently diagnosed, survivors and their family members. No charge, coffee and cookies served, and no registration is required. We all have a story and they are told to help us all on our Prostate Journey. What is said is confidential and stays at the meeting. But you are free to tell your story. NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. The meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month. Informal coffee hour is the second Tuesday of each month at the same location. Thursday September 27 at p.m. at the Canadian Cancer Society Board Room, Located at #103 – 225 Canada Avenue, {Canada Building}.

CITIES VICTORIA COVER BAND Cities is Victoria’s stand out cover band featuring Juno nominated singer Adam Kittredge, drummer Matt Johnson of the legendary Canadian band 54-40 and world renowned horn players Miguel Valdes and Nick La Riviere. Playing high energy classics from Stevie Wonder to modern day anthems from the likes of Daft Punk, Bruno Mars and more. Cities is sure to turn any event into a dance party. September 28, 9pm $10, Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Avenue Crofton, Shuttle service available 250 324 2245.

CITTA SLOW COWICHAN NEWS This month a local farm will be designated the winner of the: Cittaslow Brock Mcleod Best Farm Practices Award. The nominated farms are Manna Farm, Tatlo Road Farm and the Cowichan Milk Company. The winner will be announced on Cittaslow Day September 30. Check time and place on


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Yoga for Seniors, Really? Rhonda Maguire is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner and Registered Yoga Teacher.


s we age many of us begin to suffer from persistent health conditions ranging from joint pain to high blood pressure to sleep and digestive issues. A regular guided yoga practice is not only safe for seniors, but practicing as little as once a week will help to keep our mind and body in good health for many years to come. There are actually too many benefits of yoga for seniors do justice to in this short article. The benefits can range from physical to mental to spiritual. Many stretching and strengthening exercises are borrowed from yoga. One of the first things we notice as

we head into our later years is loss of mobility in our joints and a general inflexibility. Once we lose confidence in our ability to move we tend to move less. The pain can keep us from exercising and can also begin to affect our ability to do the usual household chores and self-care activities we once took for granted. In time, our balance and stability begin to suffer. We start to stay closer to home and can become a little depressed about our loss of youthful energy. The breathing exercises common to yoga classes can do wonders to improve respiration, increasing oxygen to the heart and the brain. We feel more present and our minds feel clearer. Blood pressure is reduced as we learn to calm our mind and

turn our attention inward with mindful breath and movement exercises. The gentle strengthening exercises offered in a weekly yoga practice can help us avoid a diagnosis of osteoporosis, and will definitely improve balance and posture. A weekly yoga practice can give us a sense of well-being and confidence that directly affects feelings of anxiety and stress. We feel stronger, more energized and empowered. As we age it can become more difficult to lose or maintain weight. An hour of gentle movement exercises can help. Digestion and sleep will improve. A regular practice can also be beneficial for recovery from joint replacement surgery. Individuals who have undergone heart surgery can find that yoga exercises can help them cope with associated anxiety and depression.

Yoga is an excellent way to ease into movement again. It’s surprising how quickly mobility and mood improves after only a few sessions. Classes for seniors are slow and gentle, with adaptations for every ability. There is also an important social component to attending yoga classes. It feels good just showing up! Yoga is not a cure-all by any means, but seniors can and should practice some form of yoga. A weekly yoga practice can be a primary form of self-care, and could be your secret to aging gracefully. Rhonda offers classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am and again at noon, at Cowichan Wellness, 204-225 Canada Ave. in downtown Duncan. Your first class is free. Call or message Rhonda to book your space. 250-661-7309 spirittouch@

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Learn Marimba With Bopoma - Fall Session Begins Ted Wright has been studying and performing the music of Zimbabwe for twenty years, and is the founder and director of Bopoma Community Music.


or most of humanity’s history, music making has been an integral part of what it means to be human: used to mark celebrations and rituals; to pass the time; to bring people together; and to connect with something greater than the self. Music helps to create energy and community, but it also increases focus, brain function and something that is on many people’s minds these days: mindfulness. When you’re playing music, you have to pay attention; if your mind wanders, the song breaks down. Mindfulness is one of the reasons why the Great Vow Zen Monastery, in Oregon, started offering music programs - using Zimbabweanstyle marimbas - to both monastery residents and the surrounding community. Coabbot Jan Chozen Bays says that playing marimba “helps


people stop obsessive thoughts, open their mind and realize, ‘I’m part of a community. We have to play together. We have to listen to everybody else.’”

Learning marimba with Bopoma

And the benefits of playing music together proved to go beyond helping to quiet the mind. Zimbabwean marimba music is innately joyous; participants in the monastery’s program found that even though they might be tired or grumpy when they came to class or rehearsal, within the first five minutes things were shifting, and their energy and spirits were lifting. According to Co-abott Bays, “this teaches people that they can change their state of mind almost instantaneously if they have the right tools.” One of the other things they discovered about Zimbabwean marimbas through this program is that, unlike other instruments such as violin, a group can learn to play something that sounds good, quickly. With a fairly simple keyboard, it doesn’t take long before everyone is discovering the excitement and joy of playing with others. If you’d like to experience this for yourself, you’re in luck! Bopoma Community Music offers Zimbabwean-style marimba classes and workshops in both the Cowichan Valley and Saanich. From those without


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“ a ( E l a h j a musical bone in their body to those learning their 6th or 7th instrument, chances are we have a class or workshop suited to you! Fall classes begin in early September, or come to our

September 16th introductory workshop just to try them out! For more information or to register contact Ted at 250-7371331 or at

Introductory African Marimba Workshop SEPTEMBER 16 If getting together with a group of nice folks and all banging on different sized pieces of wood at the same time sounds like fun, then a Bopoma Community Music class is probably the place for you! By the end of your first class you and your group will be playing a song together, using our set of seven handcrafted Zimbabwean-style marimbas (wooden-keyed xylophones). As the session progresses we’ll take a deeper journey into the amazing rhythms and melodies (and culture) of Zimbabwe and southern Africa. From those without a musical bone in their body to those learning their 6th or 7th instrument, we probably have a class that fits you! Introductory African Marimba Workshop September 16th, 11AM-12:30PM No music experience necessary. $20 Register Call or email to register or for more information. 250-737-1331

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he second annual Koksilah Music Festival will be back on September 7 – 9 at Tuwe’nu (Providence Farm) in Tl’upalus (Cowichan Bay). The goal of this familyfriendly event is to amplify the voices of Indigenous artists and to raise support for grassroots, Indigenous-led cultural resurgence initiatives in BC. The festival also seeks to foster solidarity between Indigenous and settler communities through musical celebration.

Indigenous Voices To Take Centre Stage At Cowichan Valley Festival:

In addition to music, the festival offers a diverse series of workshops on topics including decolonization, allyship, cedar weaving, trauma-resilience, cultural appropriation, vocal harmonizing, land stewardship, plant identification and more. There will be a lunch provided for Elders on Saturday with an open mic for Elders to share their perspectives. A kid’s zone will be packed with games, crafts, and scheduled activities like hoola-hooping.

“All music uplifts the heart and soul,” says Tousilum (Ron George), Quw’utsun Elder and organizer. “We look forward to sharing songs and words with you on our homelands. Please come and join us.” Proceeds from the festival will be directed to the Sul’wheen Elders Program which supports the health of Quw’utsun Elders, Unist’ot’en Camp who are opposing frack gas pipelines in their territory, and the Awinakola Warriors and Cleansing Our Waters campaigns to oppose open-net fish farms. “We want to bring people together to party for a purpose”, says Alex Schiebel, one of the festival organizers. “Art and politics are inseparable, and we saw this festival as

folk favourites Carmanah will each add their unique musical talent to this multi-genre festival. The melodic and enchanting songs of Desireé Dawson, Marley Daemon and Cowichan Valley locals Juniper are not to be missed. The Quw’utsun Tzinquaw dancers will open and close the festivities.

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Koksilah Music Festival, September 7- 9, 2018 an opportunity to further discussions around cultural identity, dispossession of land and resources, settler responsibility, and community building.” Indigenous hip-hop acts Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Mob Bounce will headline the festival along with Toronto duo Phoenix Pagliacci and

Lex Leosis of The Sorority. The line up will feature over 30 bands and artists including Indigenous singer/songwriter Ta’kaiya Blaney, spoken word artist Valeen Jules, and audio-visual/DJ production duo the See Monsters. Electronic act Frase from the Kootenays, Vancouver’s rock and roll band Old.Soul. Rebel, and Victoria’s indie-

Koksilah Music Festival September 7-9

The organizing collective is consulting with Quw’utsun (Cowichan) Elders and Cowichan Tribes to ensure this gathering reflects proper protocols and is accessible to the local Indigenous community. All are welcome. The festival is free to all Quw’utsun people and vendors in recognition of the fact that the event is taking place on their territory.


Snotty Nose Rez Kids SNRK are a Haisla hip-hop duo composed of Yung Trybez (aka Zazaxsmalis) and Young D (aka Wa’tla’ka). Their music expresses their unfaltering ferocity in knowing who they are and where they come from as Haisla peoples. Their album The Average Savage has been nominated for the 2018 Polaris Prize. Old.Soul.Rebel Based out of Vancouver B.C., Old.Soul. Rebel is the musical musings of Chelsea D.E. Johnson and Lola Whyte. They offer a raw blend of original soul music and rock ‘n roll. Formed in August of 2015, Old.Soul.Rebel has toured extensively across North America. pHoenix Pagliacci & Lex Leosis are two members of Toronto’s all women hip hop group The Sorority. CBC recently said they “bring the spirit of womanhood to life with their music…[they] manage to not only revive the spirit of hip-hop but also bring back femininity and solidarity amongst women in a historically male-dominated arena.”

FRASE is a singer, multiinstrumentalist and producer originally from Montreal now residing in Ymir, BC. FRASE blends the classic sounds of Soul, Hip-Hop and Dub-Reggae with modern dance floor flavours. Ta’kaiya Blaney Ta’kaiya is singer-songwriter from the Tla’Aimin First Nation and grew up along the shores of the Salish Sea. She has spoken at United Nations conferences, international environmental events, and classrooms across Canada.


Mob Bounce Travis Adrian Hebert (Cree/Metis) and Craig Frank Edes (Gitxsan) have exceptional experience playing guitar and drums, and have blended their musicianship with elements of Electronic Dance Music and Hip Hop. They mix aspects of cultural identity and artistic identity by experimenting with free toning (chanting) and soundscapes influenced by nature.


Carmanah Developing a unique sound coined as “West Coast Soul,” Victoria band Carmanah are rising to the top of the indie scene. Exploring some of today’s deepest issues through their lyrics, Carmanah are a catalyst for creating conversations and momentum around environmental and political issues.

The Tzinquaw Dancers bring the sights & sounds of traditional dances from the Cowichan Valley. Formed in the early 1960s, they present songs & dances passed down through generations. Desirée Dawson You might know her as the warm hearted artist who won CBC’s Searchlight Competition, as well as rocking stages with her ukulele all around the world. Besides her soulful numbers, Desirée has had chart topping singles in the current dance music scene.

The See Monsters are an AudioVisual Peace Treaty, comprised of DJ/producer Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk Nation) and LiveVisuals/VJ Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations). They are cousins from different Nations, aligned to transform spaces into sacred places to dance, to witness, to howl and bounce. Buckman Coe is an explorer of many genres and over 5 albums has seamlessly blended Americana, Soul and World into a distinct and authentic sound. He is inspired by artists who deliver messages of social justice, humanity, and love.

Mama’s Broke is a unique and powerful Nova Scotia folk duo that both honours and defies tradition with their original compositions. Two strong voices blend to create haunting harmonies, while they artfully juggle fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin, and incorporate traditional dance and foot percussion. Victoria band Compassion Gorilla has a relentless drive to translate earthy and folkloric sounds into an explosive performance for the dancefloor. Their unique brew has been the life of the party for almost a decade, both defying categorization and keeping audiences entranced. Genevieve and the Wild Sundays Soaring harmonies, catchy original songs, foot-stomping fiddling: this all-female quintet features the award-winning songs of Cowichan Valley homesteading, guitar playing mama Genevieve Charbonneau.

Koksilah Music Festival September 7-9

Juniper’s music bears enchanting melodies and woven harmonies to get the body moving and give salve to the soul. Cowichan locals Natalia Huamali and Fienn River blend guitar, keys, harp and vocals to create a psychedelic folk experience. Betty and the Kid Betty Supple and Aubrey Burke (AKA the kid) combine good ol’ fashioned folk music with their own freaky, wild child styles. Working hard at playtime and digging deep down to excavate the subconscious with autoharp, drum-beat, violin, playtime machines and pedals. Marley Daemon Iredale’s songs are about revolution – psychological, social and environmental. Sung with emotional and haunting melodies, Marley’s lyrics offer us insight into the human condition, speaking to the most modern concerns of our personal and planetary predicament while retaining a timeless beauty.

Montreal based Ghostly Hounds combines strings, horns and powerful vocals to create a dark, jazzy sound. The project features the songs of vocalist and banjo player Francesca Daoust

accompanied by double bass, trumpet, mandolin, cello and saw. c o z y is a songwriter, rapper, producer, and musician who currently operates out of Vancouver. Originally hailing from the small village of Cumberland, c o z y has strong Vancouver Island roots. Uschi Tala A self taught multiinstrumentalist and poet, Uschi Tala draws inspiration from the Earth, and the light found within darkness. Wielding a loop pedal, beat machine and various instruments, she creates ambient soundscapes that dance along hauntingly serene vocals and rhythmic rhymes. Emily Millard crafts a unique blend of art-folk that has been called “inventive,” “haunting” and “beautifully ethereal.” Her creative work, released previously under the moniker Miss Emily Brown, and with band Morlove, has taken her across Europe and Canada.

Valeen Jules Valeen is a sacred monster from the Nuu-chahnulth & Kwakwaka’wakw nations. She spends most of her time admiring art and running her business that supports creative youth employment & empowerment as well as frontline communities. Fanfare is a Comox Valley project based around looping and its combination with violin and voice. Using pedals to enhance the range of the strings, as well as beatbox and percussive accents, a full sound

is created live and on the spot. Victoria’s Elder Sister Plum’s swashbuckling folk lullabies and musical ghost stories provide a dreamy landscape that anyone can get lost in. Plum uses subtle guitar playing and emotionally charged lyrics to pour her heart out and let you wade in the waters of her inner world. Megang is nonbinary qpoc multi-instrumental lyricist currently living on unceded Coast Salish territories.They use music to reconnect to oral tradition and to critique systems of oppression. Jessi Junkin’ Folk songs, bastardized, with the help of jazz, blues, and maybe even some metal. Cowichan Valley local Jessi Junkin’ has a supernatural voice that makes you stop in your tracks as she sings words that are both real and unreal. WORKSHOPS & SPEAKERS Plant Walk with Della RiceSylvester Della is an elder and traditional medicine woman from the Cowichan First Nation, trained at an early age by her grandmothers and aunties. She will impart information about plant identification, cultural protocols, and medicine preparation alongside her personal experiences. Unist’ot’en Camp Presentation Representatives from Unist’ot’en camp will share stories, footage, and photos from their Yintah (territory) on the Wedzin Kwah (Morice River) near Houston, BC, where they are occupying and using their traditional territory in the ways of their ancestors. They will talk about their struggle against energy companies aiming to push fracked gas (LNG) pipelines through Unist’ot’en territory without their consent. Fish Farm Direct Action with Cleansing Our Waters and Awinakola Warriors Speakers from Kwakwaka’wakw Territory will share their experiences from the Swanson and Midsummer

Fish Farm Occupations. Join them to hear how their communities are mobilizing to hasten fish farm evictions. Co-creating community, allies, and allyship with Stephanie Papik, Wraven Papik, and Kristine Ciruna A workshop for people who experience a heartfelt understanding of our shared history of colonization of Canada. We will explore what it means to be on a path of decolonized allies and what is needed for decolonized allyship with Indigenous people. The Heart of Cultural Appropriation with Pulxaneeks Together will be unpacking what is at the foundation of cultural appropriation, addressing topics such as Ancestry and Cultural Belonging. Emphasis will be on how we’ve each been colonized & how we’re living the impact of this. Decolonizing through Indigenous Food Justice with Project Reclaim In this activity and discussion we aim to envision ways of resisting colonial and environmental violence through the use of indigenous food and medicine. Participants will hear about indigenous beliefs and values that are often overlooked by non-indigenous people. Cross-cultural Interactive workshop with Stella Johnny This interactive workshop will give insight into the experience of colonization & help participants observe its immediate impacts. It will also bring back balance using cedar branches, which reflects the traditional rituals used in daily life. Weaving Cedar Roses with Stella Johnny Join Stella to share in the teachings of the Tree of Life and learn to weave cedar roses with inner bark. Stella will also have her work on display. Limited to 12 participants. Material cost is $20. Trauma-resilient care practices for liberation communities with Tada Hozumi In this experiential circle we’ll be exploring “care”


Pico’s Puppet Palace is hand-made from repurposed materials. Suitable for ages 4-9 and also for adults alike. Accompanied by a live musical score, the shows have environmental themes and are interactive. Each show is a chapter of Pico’s adventures, and “Pico and the Golden Lagoon” will be performed at the festival. Playful times with Kyloops! Come join Kyli and her collection of hula hoops. She will be playing games, tossing circles, and smiling wide! You can’t miss her! Clownlife for All Ages Introducing the core aspects of Clown with a focus on Presence, Connection, Self-expression, Optimism, Honesty, Risk taking, Vulnerability, Confidence and Failing well.This insightful, fun and inspiring workshop of clown life training is open to anyone and everyone who is curious. in all its expressions, from self-care to community-care, as a foundational practice to liberation. We will look at care not as a supplement, but as the very tool that liberates us from the oppressions we experience. Singing with Rama Dela Rosa Activist, educator, visionary and choir director Rama DeLaRosa founded The Sisters of Mercy radical women’s choir in 2016. Since then the choir has lended their voices to support social change and enhance community celebrations. Other workshops include History of Quw’utsun’ with Char Lafortune, Family Virtues with Robert George and Local Endangered Species with Mena.

Koksilah Music Festival Performer pages sponsored with the generous support of the Duncan Garage Café and Bakery Koksilah Music Festival September 7-9



he Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) announces the return of their One World Festival for 2018. Held every two years, this year’s Festival is Friday September 21 and Saturday September 22 and will be on St. Julian Street by the CIS office. “While this is our fourth One World Festival, it’s our first street festival,” said Executive Director Lynn Weaver. “We appreciate the careful attention the City of Duncan gave to our permit application that allows us to close part of St. Julian Street for the Festival. Now we can welcome people to our new offices and have lots of space to celebrate multiculturalism with our neighbours and all of Cowichan.”

The Festival is a free, family friendly, wheelchair accessible event and CIS anticipates welcoming about 1500 attendees. “We’re so proud to be part of a community that is excited about diversity,” said CIS President Morné Van Niekerk. “We rely on more than 200 volunteers to make the Festival happen. It’s just one more example that Cowichan is an engaged and welcoming community.” The opening ceremonies are the evening of Friday September 21, 2018, 4 – 8 pm, with a reception and art show and sale. The Festival continues with a full day of fun on Saturday September 22, 2018, 11 am – 4 pm. This year’s festival includes old favourites like the Intercultural Fashion Show – with colourful, traditional clothing from around the world. Guests can

Photo by Darshan Stevens

Listen Globally, Play Locally.

Intercultural Fashion Show

One World Festival Returns As A Street Festival For 2018 stroll dozens of booths and engage with local community services, businesses, artists, newcomers, merchants and more. And of course, the Children’s Funfair is on site again with inflatables, games and bubbles. This year’s Festival features more hands-on opportunities. People can try Japanese or Arabic calligraphy, German and Japanese tea ceremonies, Tai Chi, origami and more. There is also a “dress up” tent with clothing and accessories for everyone to enjoy.

African-rooted community music... for everyone!


Registration NOW ON!


The One World Stage runs all day Saturday with performances by talented artists representing cultures from around the world. As of writing, the Society has confirmed: • Saidi Sisters Dance Studio –

Belly Dancing • Zumba with Ros Pringle • Mary Egan – Country Fusion • Masimba Marimba • Tibetan Circle Dancing • More to come! The One World Festival is currently reaching out for volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors. Anyone wishing to participate can check the website or call 250.748.3112. Images left and above; Volunteer models of all ages participate in the International Fashion Show with costumes from dozens of countries while our host share background information.

Submitted by Elizabeth Croft, Director of Development Cowichan Intercultural Society


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find that September is often a time of returning - back to school and/or more regular work days, to classes or extracurricular activities, to a more predictable rhythm after the flow of summer. As we enter this time of returning, remembering to ease ourselves in (when possible), and be gentle with ourselves is important. Whether you are returning to yoga classes or your own home practice , or are ready to begin a new practice, I encourage you to start small, with 5-10 minutes every day if possible. As you become used to this practice, you may find yourself craving more, setting aside a few more minutes each day, and increasing the length of your practice. Setting a consistent time in your morning for a short practice can have amazing benefits and become an important and valuable part of your day. Moving your spine in different ways, as in this sequence below, can be a great way to wake up your body and start the day.

1. Come to a standing position

with your feet about hip distance apart and your arms at your side (Mountain Pose). Take a moment to notice, without any judgment or expectation, your feet upon the ground, how your body is feeling, and how your mind is feeling. Bring your awareness to the rhythm of your breath. You might like to take in 3 deep breaths and release with a sigh or sound.

2. As you inhale, allow your arms to rise up and out from your sides, circling to meet above your head. As you exhale, fold forward from your waist as your hands circle back down towards your sides, coming to rest wherever they reach comfortably (thighs, calves, ankles, or floor). Be sure to keep some bend in the knees. 3. As you inhale, keep the knees soft as you circle the arms out from the sides and slowly come back up to standing with your arms meeting above your head.

4. As you exhale, let your torso

begin to twist as your left arm extends behind you and your right arm extends in front of you. Allow your gaze to follow your left hand. On your inhale, come back to a neutral position, your hands meeting above your head.

5. As you exhale, come into a

side bend to the left side, creating the shape of a crescent moon with your body. Inhale back to centre.

6. Come back to Step 2 and your forward fold, repeating the sequence of movement on the right side. Flow through this sequence of movement as many times as feels right for you (the same number of times on each side). Return to Mountain Pose for a few breaths, again noticing your body, your mind, and the rhythm of your breath. Resting here can be a wonderful time to set an intention to carry you out into the rest of your day. Happy Autumn! Sadie Bartram teaches Chakra Yoga classes and hosts a monthly Sacred Chant Circle.



all is most definitely a wonderful season, but spring is my absolute favourite time of year. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing the first iris reticulata, pink fawn lily, pacific trillium, or cheerful crocus colours. Spring blooming bulbs bring both our native landscapes and our gardens out of the depths of winter, lifting the spirits of gardeners and naturalists alike. Everyone knows of the bright, sunny yellows of daffodils and the colourful drama of tulips. For good reason these flowers are staples in many gardens, but the world of spring flowering bulbs is vast. Often underestimated are the smaller in stature blooms, reaching no more than 5 inches tall in the garden. Our native wildflowers are another group of spring flowering bulbs that are underutilized and underappreciated in the garden. So, here’s a list of some of those flowers. Consider planting them this fall. In spring you will not regret it. • Winter aconite: This 4-inchtall, buttercup yellow flower is one of the very first to be seen in gardens. Growing well alongside snowdrops, winter aconite blooms before trees have leafed out and dies back shortly after. Winter aconite tubers do not like drying out, so soak overnight before planting. • Crocus: This is a flower to think big with. A grouping of three crocus is easily lost in the border, so consider planting them in great swaths. Crocus naturalize excellently in lawns, but be sure to allow 2/3 of their foliage to die back before you mow. The cheerful colours of Dutch crocus hybrids are unmatched in February gardens. Allow a bit of Bobbex to dry on your crocus bulbs to deter the squirrel from digging them up. Provide full sun for flowers to fully open. • Iris reticulata: These dwarf iris’ bloom in a range of purples,


brown, deep purple blooms are speckled with yellow. Plant in a sunny border close to the gardens edge, so you can appreciate its delicate beauty, or use in meadow planting for their naturalizing ability. Let this bulb be your introduction to the world of dramatic and delicate fritillarias.

Iris reticulata ‘Alida’

Time to Start Dreaming of Spring

Tulipa kaufmanniana

blues, whites and yellows. With names like Eye-Catcher and Spot-On, Iris reticulatas offer unbeatable colour in the spring garden. Requiring excellent drainage these dwarf iris’ do well in containers. Place the containers front and centre when their blooms have emerged, and protect the containers from abundant winter rains in winter. Try getting your hands on the variety ‘Katherine Hodgkin’ for it’s cool blue petals with darker blue veins that merge into yellow stains. It’s stunning! • Anemone nemerosa: Confirming springs arrival, these woodland bulbs, commonly known as the wood anemone, thrive in part-shade. Once established, this deer-resistant bulb forms a lovely carpet.

Blooming white, pink, or lavender the foliage dies back in early summer. A tough, underutilized flower, wood anemones are a spring delight. • Erythronium revolutum (native): The pink fawn lily is a superior woodland bulb, favouring cool, shaded growing conditions. This elegant flower produces nodding pink blooms, atop equally attractive mottled glossy green leaves. Tolerant of damp, partial shade, fawn lilies will form a large clump once established. For inspiration, see this flower in it’s full spring glory at Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve.

• Camassia quamash (native): A Vancouver Island staple, common cammas can perform as well in gardens as it does in stunning Garry oak meadows. Being able to handle moist soils, the brilliant blues and dramatic stature of common cammas make it an excellent candidate for the garden. It requires sun to flower prolifically, so avoid planting it in shady sites. • Honorable mentions (native): Trillium ovatum, the western trillium is one of the most endearing Pacific Northwest natives, best grown in dappled shade. This long-lived perennial is slow to establish, but your patience will be rewarded with dainty white long-lasting flowers, fading to pink, then to maroon. Allium cernuum or nodding onion, offers an umbrella shaped cluster of pink, bell-shaped nodding blooms in early summer. Capable of thriving in relatively dry sites this native onion makes an excellent rockery plant and can be incorporated into the edible garden as well. Do not limit yourself to the usual when purchasing your spring flowering bulbs this fall. Have fun, and try something new in the garden. Happy planting! * Please purchase native plants from a reputable nursery, and leaves plants in the wild alone so others can also appreciate their beauty.

• Fritillaria affinis (native): The chocolate lily flowers in grassy bluffs, woodlands, and coniferous forests. The chocolate

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Monica Dockerty, Dockerty Gardens horticulturist and Dinter Nursery employee.

Black bears and people can co-exist if we respect their space and prevent them from accessing human foods (Todd Carnahan photo).



ith a warm smile, Denise D’Fantis greets me as she escorts an elderly client out of her studio and walks him to the reception area of the Matraea Centre located in downtown Duncan. A hub of activity for mindful therapists, practitioners and midwives, this acupuncture practice could not be in a better location. With lots of parking, and a cheery atmosphere waiting in their reception is a pleasure. I fill out a new client intake form as she completes his visit. “Schedule me in for the same time next week.” he instructs her, grinning as he slowly leaves. I am at Cowichan Valley Acupuncture. Denise, a registered acupuncturist for almost twenty years, came highly recommended from the local wellness community. During our visit I ask her how she came to Acupuncture. “While visiting Vancouver on my way back from Hawaii I landed with a severe and persistent headache. One of my friends who was studying acupuncture at the time, recommended a treatment for relief instead of the Tylenol that wasn’t working.” recalls Denise. “Within five minutes, my headache began to subside, and by the end of the 30 minute session, her headache had almost completely alleviated.” This inspiring experience prompted her to learn more about acupuncture. At the time she was about to finish her undergraduate degree in Political Science and pursue graduate work, but instead turned a full 360°, switching onto a path of healing with acupuncture instead. “I had


always had an interest in natural healing and had already spent many years studying western herbology, Reiki, acupressure, and reflexology.” she smiles “but I believed that I could help more people if I pursued a modality such as acupuncture.” Acupuncture is a healing technique developed in China over 3000 years ago. It is one of the key elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the overall practice that encompasses treating with herbs, diet, natural medicine and acupuncture. Based on Taoist philosophy, it shares the understanding that the key to healthy living is to be guided naturally with careful attention to a healthy balance of yin and yang. If energy or qi are out of balance, symptoms present themselves. In a session the trained practitioner will stimulate specific points to alleviate pain or release energy helping to bring qi flow back into balance. Currently, Denise helps a steady roster of clients who visit her regularly for weekly and monthly treatments related to gastrointestinal conditions, women’s issues related to obstetrics and gynaecological concerns and for chronic back and neck relief. After completing my client intake form, which gives Denise a full picture of my day to day health, I am invited to lie down. She adjusts some pillows under my head, legs and arms and talks me through the process. As she prepares tiny sterile, stainless steel, copper headed needles, she shares some insight.

Healing With Acunpuncturist Denise D’Fantis “Your treatment today is known as ‘Magical 8, Plus 1’, I was introduced to this protocol in 2013 when I attended my first seminar with Dr. Tan, an acupuncture genius who moved to San Diego from Taiwan many years ago. This is one of my favourite protocols due to the fact that it has many applications and I think it would be perfect for you today.” During my intake I disclosed some digestive, constipation and bloating issues which motivated Denise to use this series. “Magical 8 Plus 1 is great for many things, but is specially indicated for gastrointestinal conditions” she says as she gently inserts the first duo of needles. I tense up in anticipation and to my surprise - I barely feel a thing. I lie with my eyes closed as she completes the insertions with nine needles placed with strategic intention on points on my feet, hands, elbows, knees and sides of my head. She leaves the room for about 20 minutes while I fall into a deep state of relaxation, only waking from my slumber upon her return. I breathe deeply as she removes the pins and we finish up. Addressing the fact that I am always cold (which came out in my intake) Denise hands me recommendations for warming foods such as lamb and herbal teas and advises me to lay off the cold, raw foods for a few days and instead steam or quickly braise my vegetables. She also prescribes vitamin D, K and magnesium for immune boosting. Upon leaving, I drink some water, thank her and

depart feeling superbly relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. A rare feeling for a busy working mother of two. As I continue on with my day, I notice a renewed vibrancy in my being, but especially with my eyesight. Everything around me appears brighter and clearer. Is this possible? I blink a few times to tease it away enjoying this post treatment bliss. When I get home I call my best friend in Tofino, a loyal acupuncture patron to share my experience. She is an admirable woman who has incorporated acupuncture as part of her lifestyle, like weekly yoga and fitness for well being for over a decade. “ When you go for acupuncture, does it change your perception?” I ask. She laughs at me and says “Acupuncture is different for everyone. Much depends on the practitioner and your own body. Sounds like you have found a good match for what you need.” I consider her statement for a few days. Still feeling a spring in my step from Denise’s treatment and curious to see if it happens again, I call to book another appointment for next month. “Same time and date?” Denise offers warmly “Yes, thank you. That will work great. ” I reply. Regular scheduling for help to balance my well being sounds just fine. To book your own first acupuncture appointment contact Denise D’Fantis, Cowichan Valley Acupuncture, 250 715-5649

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What Is Yoga? Move Well. Feel Well. Live Well. Kathy White, Yoga Teacher, Art Therapist and Life/ Business Coach


odern life puts much emphasis on competion, ambition, success, and growth. It is therefore understandable how the eastern practice of yoga has adopted some of this western mindset. Many people today see yoga as a fitness exercise. Many people have tried yoga and hated it. Many people become ambitious and expect too much of their body too soon. They then create injury or give up when they don’t get the results they want. Many people don’t know what healthy growth feels like (pain) and give up when it feels uncomfortable. What if I told you that Yoga has nothing to do with the body fitness or flexibility? It is everything to do with creating awareness, mindfulness by using

the body. From that natural health emerges. So what is yoga? It is an invitation to deepen into awareness, to see the body as a playground of consciousness. After teaching yoga for over 20 years, I had taken a pause from teaching as I felt I didn’t have anything new to offer my students. To be honest I also felt a bit of a fraud as I wasn’t deepening in my own practice. It was quite humbling for me. And my body was giving me “niggles” that a Dr. would not be able to diagnose, but kept me worried about growing old. My practice felt routine, uninspiring and unsustainable. Then in 2017 I came across a yoga method developed by Brazilian Francisco Kaiut.He was named in “Yoga Journal” as one of 5 rebel teachers who are changing Yoga practices in the world today. His method stems from years of working with his own childhood injury where he was shot in the hip. He has integrated his work as a chiropractor, yoga teacher, polarity therapy and cranial sacral therapist in his lesson plans. I began a daily practice and was so amazed at the results in my body and felt surges of awareness and presence to joy and bliss I had not felt for years. Excited, I flew to Toronto and met Francisco Kaiut in person and started his teacher training. Hearing so many of his success stories was inspiring. Like the story of the man who came to Francisco for yoga aged 60 on a waiting list for a double hip replacement. Today he is 80 years old, still practicing yoga and he plays soccer twice week.

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He never had the hip operation. This practice shows how to create a healthy tone in the joints. It targets the greatest health risk to the western world – the fact that most of us sit (chairs, restaurants, TV, computer, cars) for a huge portion of the day and our hips, knees and shoulders and internal organs are suffering as a result. A yoga practice that is simple helps you feel comfortable with it. So often postures are done while you lie on the floor to encourage the nervous system to be in a state of relaxation. You are invited to hold postures for a length of time to deliberately expose rigidity. You may find it hard work to keep your joints open, and your body can react. Yet, by letting gravity do a lot of the work, you meet the “golden layer” of resistance which you release and over time can free long held inflexibilty, pain or injury.


with Lilian Bianchi



FALL SESSION September 11 November 29

* Beginners, Intermediate and Ongoing levels * Gentle Yoga * Breathing and Meditation * Partner Yoga Workshops * Restorative Yoga Restshops Lilian Bianchi has been teaching Yoga since 1982 and is registered with the Canadian Yoga Alliance as a RYT Gold. She is also an honorary member of the International Federation of Yoga.

I recently moved Morning and Evening classes held to Crofton and have at Namaste Yoga Studio and other opened a small yoga locations in Duncan. studio in my basement where I will be sharing this practice. If you are interested in joining please check my website for times of classes


Tibetan Yoga

A Vehicle for Deep Meditation The Collective Space 166 Station St., Duncan

Every Thursday at 5PM Drop-ins Welcome 250-897-5576 Email: Web:


Voice Breath Connection

Lila Music Community Choir with leader Cari Burdett

Classes begin September 12,13,14


his summer I had the opportunity to immerse myself in nature, camping, hiking, swimming in the Cowichan river, climbing beside large waterfalls in Strathcona Park and diving into a glacial lake at the base of those huge mountains. Each connection to nature was a reconnection to myself. With every step in the forest or every plunge into the river, I came back into myself and became aware of my breath.

way of working on breathing and connecting to the self. Singing opens the lungs, the heart and throat and allows us to experience an expansion through breath and breathing with the whole body. Singing is a practice that brings health to body, mind and spirit. When we sing we also move the breath through the body and bones and energy is released and shifted and we feel an opening through joy and connection to what is around us.

Breath is at the core of our being, it is our greatest gift to help us embody whatever practice we are engaging with, it could be exercise, artistic practices, or being the homemaker and making dinner and doing laundry. For every moment of the day breath is breathing in and out of us and when we take a moment to consciously connect with our breath, we connect to our selves.

I encourage and invite us all to connect to our breath more often in the day. Take a moment to simply look out the window, put your hands on your lower belly and try to breathe into your hands, it might take only a few minutes to bring yourself to a calmer more grounded state. When you are in nature, take a moment, even just five breaths in stillness, again with your hands on your belly and connect to your breathing, see if you can feel the breath moving through your body witness how that expansion helps you to be more at peace. After these simple breath exercises, invite your self to make sounds – with pitches – like singing – but don’t call it singing – just allow the sounds to release from your belly – let yourself make long sounds on vowels and feel the connection to breath, body and self. Reflect then how you feel, how does it feel to make sounds from the belly breath?

If we are in trauma shock, angry or simply stressed out we can also use breath to bring us back into our selves and help calm the nervous system, regulate the emotions and find calm and peace again. It is possible to remain calm and in peace despite there being chaos around us. This of course takes great practice and when I first was consciously aware that I was able to maintain my serenity despite the challenges around me I was astonished that this was even possible. I continue to practice this awareness and at times I still get caught up in the drama and whirlwind of what is around me, however, more and more frequently, I am able to stay in my body and keep calm, - all the while connecting to my breath.

Singing is a primitive and joyful


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Cari Burdett, BMUS MMUS is a vocalist who believes everyone has a birthright to sing.

Keep Your Kids Healthy This Fall!


id you know summer is great for our kids’ health? Not because of heat, but in part because of outdoor play, especially in more rural wooded or waterfront areas! The exposure to natural vitamin D from the sun and good bacteria from playing in dirt and sand offers benefits that are hard to match. Yep, that’s right, exposure to those invisible bugs reduces their chances of respiratory illness! However, it’s back to school time. Most kids will be inside a lot more, so what can we do? Focus on making sure kids get all the nutrients and good bacteria they need for their immune systems and growing minds and bodies, especially: • Time in the wild. If that’s not possible, lots of veggies— garden-fresh is best—or probiotics. I give my son the Kids Probiotic from Flora, a quality BC company. • Sunshine. If that’s not available, vitamin D3.

Baobites by Flora

• Ensure they get leafy greens rich in vitamin A and minerals, like spinach. You can also supplement, if necessary. Canadian kids are usually lowest in vitamins A, C & D, calcium and magnesium. • Extra B vitamins will help with school stress. With Kindervital, a liquid multivitamin, it’s as easy to give as a spoonful of juice. • Healthy snacks like Baobites bump up their daily potassium and vitamin C. • Respiratory illness looming? Get

Submitted by Dana Green Remedios, RHN, RNCP



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- Python will open you up to the world of programming. Contact Heather today and find out how keeping up with your child and technology can help to keep your brain sharp!

COMPUTER CLASSES FOR ADULTS & YOUTH September is a wonderful time for adults and kids to focus in on learning new things together. WestView Learning is offering opportunities for parents to look into the world of coding with their children – or without. Learn what it is to block code, and create a lively family game to play together. Build a maze or make a treasure map with clues to uncover along the way. Perhaps you like to problem solve with robots? Come along and join the fun with our Lego Robot challenges – we can form an adult team to see if the adults can keep up with our student team! Take a step further to learn your first programming language by joining in with your teen to learn Python. Python is a simple and powerful code language that you can do anything with! From building new software, to developing mobile apps, to creating games and instructing robots


BACK TO SCHOOL AT OU GALLERY 15 vibrant emerging artists from Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo and Tofino interpret what it means to go “Back To School!” Contemporary sculpture, ceramic, painting & drawing; a curated group who are oddly beautiful, and pleasantly strange. Join us for awards & celebrations September 15th from 5-7pm at The Ou Gallery.

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Chloe Boyle is an employee with CVRD in the Recycling and Waste Management division, and a strong advocate for waste reduction

this back-to-school THaveake recycling quiz to find out you ever wondered if

something is recyclable and placed it in your blue curbside recycling tote just in case it is recyclable? Maybe you’ve thought to yourself “Surely plastic can all be melted down together” or “There must be someone at the other end removing all the stuff that I got wrong?” If this sounds familiar, you may be guilty of “wish-cycling” which is the practice of tossing questionable items in the recycling bin, hoping they can somehow be recycled. Take the Back-to-School Recycling Quiz below to find out if you are recycling common back-toschool items properly:


Do you really need zip-lock baggies for lunches? Can you re-use pencil crayons from the previous year, even if a couple colours are missing?

ARE YOU A WISH-CYCLER? Circle the the letter that corresponds with the correct facillity for the item. Curbside Recycling

Depot Drop-Off Only

Re-use and Thrift Stores







Paper Folders















Running Shoes





Desk Lamps





Broken Umbrellas










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Dried-up Markers










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Kids! Drop off your completed quiz to Bee Alive In The Hive, 139 Station Street, Downtown Duncan by Sunday, September 23 for a chance to win one of 4 Drop in Art Studio Sessions. Write your name, age, email and phone number on the back of this page with your completed quiz. Good Luck to all entrants!

Reducing waste at the source has the largest positive impact environmentally, by reducing the primary resources used to make new products. Purchase food items in bulk as opposed to individually packaged and re-use school supplies whenever possible.

as opposed to purchasing new ones also reduces waste at the source. In addition, thrift and consignment stores have a broad range of school supplies such as binders, pencil crayons and folders for much less cost than other retailers.



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are wondering what to do with that didn’t make the list? In the Cowichan region, only specific items can be recycled in curbside recycling totes; other recyclable items must go to depot drop-off locations. The Cowichan Valley Regional District Cowichan Recycles mobile app can help you figure out which items go

where. Search in the updated Cowichan Recyclopedia which contains a listing of over 700 common household items along with recycling instructions. The mobile app will display depot drop-off locations for recycling these items. Visit or call the Recycling Hotline at 250.746.2540.

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Read through the descriptions to see if you got them correct!

• Binders: Binders are re-

usable office supplies, and can be dropped off at reuse stores. If binders are not functional anymore, plastic portions of the binder must go in the garbage. Paper and metal portions of the binder can be separated, and the paper portion can go in curbside recycling, while the metal rings can go in with the scrap metal at a local drop-off depot.

• Paper folders: Paper

folders fall in the category of ‘printed paper’ and can be put in curbside recycling totes. Sorting machinery is able to sort the material mechanically and combine it with other printed paper to be sold and made into new products.

• Erasers: Erasers are re-usable

office supplies, and can be dropped off at local reuse stores. Erasers are not recyclable at curbside, and should be placed in garbage if not usable anymore.

• Running shoes: Running

shoes can be donated to local reuse stores if they are still functional. Running shoes are difficult to recycle because they are made of different material types, and should never be placed in your curbside recycling tote. Check with the maker of the running shoe, as some companies have a running-shoe recycling program where the running shoe can be returned to the retailer.

• Pencils: Functional pencils can be donated to re-use stores. Pencils are made of multiple types of material, which makes them difficult to recycle. They are not recyclable in curbside

recycling totes. If pencils are no longer functional they can be placed in the garbage.

• Desk lamps: Desk lamps are

a lighting device, and covered under the LightRecycle recycling program. Bring lamps and other lighting products at dropoff depots or return-to-retail locations, and the recycling program funds the recovery of materials such as metal, plastic, and glass, that lighting products are made of.

• Broken umbrellas:

Unfortunately, broken umbrellas are not covered under a specific recycling program. Umbrellas are made by combining different material types which makes recycling difficult. Currently, broken umbrellas must be placed in the garbage if they cannot be repaired. Umbrellas are not recyclable in curbside recycling totes.

• Crayons: Crayons are not

recyclable, however, if still functional, crayons can be donated to local reuse stores. Crayons can also be melted down and used for arts and crafts projects. If neither of these options is possible, crayons should be placed in the garbage.

• Crayon box: Crayon boxes are made of cardboard, and fall under the ‘printed paper’ category of material that is accepted in curbside recycling totes.

• Dried-up markers: Similar

to broken umbrellas, markers and other office supplies are not covered under a specific recycling program. Again, due to being a combination of different material types, recycling markers is very difficult. Dried up markers must go in the garbage and are not recyclable at the curb.

• Backpacks: Old backpacks

can be donated to local reuse stores, or repaired at local repair shops. If these options are not feasible, backpacks should be placed in the garbage. Unfortunately, textiles are very difficult to recycle into new products. Ongoing research is currently looking into the feasibility of recycling different textile materials.

• Plastic duo-tangs: Plastic

duo-tangs also fall into a category of plastic office supplies that are not covered under a recycling program. Please place them in the garbage if they can no longer be used.

• Construction paper:

construction paper falls under the category of ‘printed paper’ which is recyclable in curbside recycling totes.

• Electronic calculators:

Calculators are electronics covered under a specific recycling program funded by Encorp Pacific called ReturnIt Electronics. The program funds recycling of electronics. Electronics can be brought to local drop-off depots or returnto-retail locations, where the program will fund dismantling the item and recovering the metal, plastic, or glass to recycle.

• White-out: White out

material is not recyclable. Old white-out containers should go in the garbage. Similar to lots of cosmetic products, the packaging is very particular and difficult to recycle. The material inside, such as mascara or white-out, is very difficult to clean out.

• Batteries: Batteries are

recyclable under the Encorp Pacific battery recycling program. Similar to electronics, the program funds recycling

of batteries. Batteries can be brought to local drop-off depots or return-to-retail locations. Batteries should never be placed in curbside recycling.

• Rulers: Rulers, while plastic, are under the same category of plastic office supplies which are not easily recycled. Rulers can be donated to local reuse stores, or if broken and non-repairable should be placed in the garbage. • Notebook film plastic packaging: The film plastic

packaging that generally covers notebooks can be recycled at drop-off depots and return-toretail locations. Film plastics cannot be recycled in curbside totes because the film plastics clog the sorting machinery.

• Empty white glue container: White glue containers can be placed in curbside recycling totes, provided that the container is clean and dry. This means rinsing out the glue before the white glue hardens. The mechanical sorting machinery separates hard plastic packaging containers from printed paper and metal containers.

• Headphones: Headphones fall

under the electronics category of recycling funded through Encorp Pacific Return-It Electronics, and should be brought to local drop-off depots or return-to-retail locations for recycling. Questions about local recycling processes? Call the Recycling Hotline at 250.746.2540 or visit Are you a teacher and use Kahoot? Access the quiz at CVRD-school-recycling-kahoot


The Future Isn’t In Plastics


eople in Canada discard about 57 million plastic drinking straws every day. In my hometown of Vancouver, we toss out 2.6 million disposable cups every week. It’s a global problem. Plastic products are choking landfills and waterways and causing devastation in the oceans. In 2014, scientists even found a new kind of stone in Hawaii, made of sand, shells, coral, volcanic rock and plastic.

That’s why Vancouver is set to join cities and countries worldwide in banning single-use items made from plastic and other materials. The ban, which will begin to take effect in fall, will cover plastic and paper shopping bags, polystyrene foam cups and takeout containers, disposable hot and cold drink cups, take-out food containers and disposable straws and utensils from all city-licensed restaurants and vendors. The city says it costs about $2.5 million a year to collect single-use items from public waste bins and parks, streets and green spaces. Plastics are durable, which is both a benefit and a problem. Products made from plastics can last a long time but most are discarded after a short time — very short in the case of single-use items — and take a long time to break down. When they do break down, they don’t biodegrade;

rather, they break into increasingly smaller pieces, many of which end up in the oceans as microplastics that harm aquatic life and birds. From manufacture to disposal and beyond, these items wreak havoc on the environment. Almost all plastic products are made from chemicals sourced from fossil fuels. Producing them requires a significant amount of resources and pollutes air and water with toxic chemicals. When they’re thrown away, they litter landscapes and clog landfills. Often they’re carried by wind and waterways to the oceans, where they can be found everywhere, including in massive swirling gyres and in most of the animals that live in or on the seas. Additives in plastics can also leach into food and beverages, harming human health. Plastics haven’t been around for long, and their use really only took off after the Second World War, mirroring the boom in fossil fuel use. People have produced more than nine-billion tonnes of plastic in less than 70 years, more than half of it over the past 13 years, according to a study in Science Advances. Only about nine per cent gets recycled, although the figure is higher in countries like China, which produces the most plastic but recycles about 25 per cent. More than half of discarded plastic is packaging. We’re showing no signs of slowing down. According to research by the U.S.-based Center for International Environmental Law, the boom in cheap shale gas production is fuelling “a massive wave of new investments in plastics infrastructure in the US and abroad, with $164 billion planned for 264 new facilities or expansion projects in the US alone, and spurring further investment in Europe


and beyond.” Companies are marketing plastic packaging and other products to countries that haven’t been as reliant on them and are not always as aware of the problems. That could drive production up by a third. Center staff attorney Steven Feit notes, “Fossil fuels and plastics are not only made from the same materials, they are made by the same companies. Exxon is both the gas in your car and the plastic in your water bottle.” He noted that plastics will account for 20 per cent of total oil consumption by 2050 if consumer and production trends continue. Plastic can and has been made from other sources, including plant-derived molecules, fibres and starches, but fossil fuels are still relatively plentiful and inexpensive, and plant-based products also come with environmental baggage. The best way to avoid the massive damage that comes with plastics and fossil fuels is to stop using so many. We can avoid overpackaged products, bring reusable bags and containers to stores and coffee shops and use alternatives. For example, people who need to use straws because of disabilities can carry straws made from biodegradable paper or reusable metal, bamboo or glass. Cities like Vancouver and the 60 countries moving to ban or impose levies on single-use plastic products are taking a step in the right direction.

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Different types of well formations


Water Quantity

ells draw water from aquifers, which are zones of saturated permeable soil or rock. Some types of soil make for good aquifers, such as gravel and fractured bedrock that can support high water pumping rates, while other types of soil make for poor aquifers, such as silty sand and clay that cannot support high water pumping rates. Wells can run dry for the following reasons: · The pumping rate is higher than the groundwater recharge rate. · The water table (level of saturated water in the soil) has dropped to below the pump suction or inlet · The well screen has become plugged by find sand, mineral precipitation, bacterial fouling or corrosion. · If a well vent becomes blocked, a negative pressure may occur in the well during draw down and reduce or stop the pump from drawing water. If there is a water supply problem, a registered well contractor should be consulted. Solutions may include: water conservation in the home, digging/drilling a deeper well, unplugging a fouled well screen or replacing a corroded well casing or screen. There are three sources of information to help determine

if a well can produce a sufficient quantity of water: 1) local knowledge 2) well records 3) water recovery testing 1. Local Knowledge The best indication of whether there is sufficient water supply is to ask the owner, neighbors or local well drillers if there have been any problems with wells running dry on the property and in the area. Generally, shallow wells are more likely to have problems with water shortages than deeper wells, as shallow wells draw water from surface aquifers, which can fluctuate upon the amount of precipitation and season (Figure 5). 2. Well Records It is useful to obtain a copy of the well record from the previous owner, driller or pump installer or the Ministry of Environment. The site address and/or legal lot description may be required. Some well logs are not on file, as they may not have been submitted to the m.o.e. In such cases, a short flow test of the well may be performed to approximate the well yield if so required.

giving it time to recharge. This can help you determine how much water you can draw from the well. As a rule of thumb, industry standard is +/– 60 US gallons per day per person (227 litres per day/ person) Water Quantity Checklist · Ask the owner, neighbors or a local contractor if there have been any problems with the well or area wells running dry. · Verify the depth of the well and pumping rate from the well record. A surface well

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ancouver Island Marmots are getting some more company this summer, thanks to captive breeding programs at the Calgary and Toronto Zoos. Three of the endangered Marmots will be released to the slopes of Mount Washington Alpine Resort on June 26th. A total of 14 marmots from the Zoos will be released this summer to colonies in remote parts of the Island this summer. The Vancouver Island Marmot population has been recovering since the species nearly went extinct in the early 2000s. From 2003, when fewer than 30 wild marmots remained, the population has grown to approximately 150 in the wild today. However, the wild population is not stable. “We need to be releasing more marmots to the wild,” says Adam Taylor, the Marmot Recovery Foundation’s Executive Director. “So the population can absorb and recover naturally when we see harsh conditions like in 2016. Fortunately last year the marmots did much better, but

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before re-release into suitable habitat. Breeding them at the Tony Barrett Mt Washington Marmot Recovery Centre is also possible, and has been highly successful in the past. But Dr. McAdie sees a time in the future when captive breeding will not needed. “There will be a time when

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ack to school. Cool mornings and golden days make walking a pleasure after the hot days of summer. If your child is not already doing so, consider having them walk to and from school on a regular basis this coming school year. There are so many ways that this simple and quintessential activity can enhance your child’s abilities in and out of the classroom. Walking allows your child to observe nature, their community, and surroundings. They learn to pace themselves as well as practice time management. All of these qualities help build a sense of self-confidence and personal responsibility which are so needed in all kinds of learning situations. Does your child experience stress in large groups? Does she or he have a hard time sitting still during the school day? Is your child fatigued and tired from their time at school? Walking can lessen these feelings and behaviours and set your child up for success during the school day. Walking is a cross-lateral activity that encourages rhythmical breathing. Crosslateral motion is ideal for developing co-ordination between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This is the basis for all cognitive thinking skills. Walking encourages all bodily fluids to move with the same rhythm as the breath. This helps strengthen all body processes as well as having a gently detoxifying effect.


Let Them Walk Set your child up for success. If the walk to school is a long one, consider a ride half way and then having them walk from a safe drop-off point. Have them build up their stamina over several days and weeks so that they feel good about the distance they can walk and that it is doable. Ensuring that they eat a large breakfast and having packed a large lunch is a must. Have an established route that your child walks, practice it with them before school starts, and take the opportunity to teach them road safety skills. Give your child time -- even more than you might think they need. This can be an opportunity to relax and feel good in one’s body before or after the school day. Walking to and from school can be a real pleasure for your child. There are so many benefits that can transfer over to many areas of life beyond their experience in the classroom. Consider finding a way to make walking a part of your child’s school day.

Anisa Yaeger is a movement therapist and remedial teacher who has lived in the Cowichan Valley for seven years.

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ogs may not understand full sentences, but they do understand our intention. Our words matter because those words create in intention in us and those intentions are communicated to our dogs. Every dog responds to her favourite words. Cookie? Walkies? Car ride? are the usual ones. But complete sentences have an intention she also understands. Think of when you’re in a noisy room and someone is talking to you, you may not catch every word, but you get the intention of what’s being said. ‘ A common mistake I see my customers at the U-Bath make is to repeat “good girl” when their dog is fussing, barking, biting, or generally being non-cooperative. These words are actually telling your dog that you approve of her behaviour. If you’re trying to calm your dog, use words like “You’re okay. Please let me do this. This is important. Trust me.” It is vital that you stay calm

and use a calm tone as well; Your dog looks to you as to how to behave. When I’m trimming a fussy dog’s nails it is amazing how often she will calm down when I tell her “Just let me do my job”. Giving treats when your dog is being uncooperative is another bad message. People will try to stuff treats into their dogs while it flips out, scratches the people trying to help, and is a danger to you and the staff supporting you. Save the treat for the instant the dog settles and holds still. Use words of praise then. Some dogs are fussing out of fear. This is when being calm and not making excuses is important. Please don’t reinforce your dogs fear by telling me that “She doesn’t like it.” I can already see she doesn’t like it and you are only reminding your dog with your intention, through your words that she doesn’t need to like it. Some dogs are fussing because fussing has always stopped you from doing what you’re doing before. These dogs need a calm “Knock it off. I need you to cooperate until I’m done.” And while we’re at it, please don’t talk “baby talk” to your adult dog. Your intention

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comes across that your dog is an infant. Your dog deserves to be treated like an adult dog with the respect you would grant any other housemate. (This doesn’t apply when you’re home alone and having a sweet moment) I’ve worked with hundreds of dogs and I choose my words carefully. I don’t want to over power any dog, I just want to

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Supplementing Sugar for Nectar John Magdanz President of the Cowichan Beekeepers

Now that we are in September the food source for our bees has diminished greatly. With our hot dry summers this has become a serious problem and many beekeepers that I talked to were feeding their bees in August. This is why commercial beekeepers take their bees into the mountains to feed on fireweed. On southern Vancouver Island we have a limited amount of bee forage. In the spring there are maple trees and some early flowers as well as fruit trees. It is important to note that not every tree or flower produces food for honey bees. Bernie Dinter from Dinter Nurseries came to speak to our club on plants to plant for bees. He mentioned that the ornamental cherry trees that line the streets of Duncan do not attract bees. In our area the bees have a food supply from April until July when the blackberries

are finished flowering. After that the bees will not bring in enough nectar to feed themselves and will consume the honey in the hive. If you have removed the honey or they did not make much honey the bees could very well starve before winter. A responsible beekeeper always leaves the honey in the bottom supers where the queen resides and only takes the honey from the top honey supers. The simplest solution to avoid starvation is for the beekeeper is to feed the bees’ sugar syrup as a replacement for the nectar. There is some controversy as to whether we should feed our bees’ sugar syrup, but if it means the survival of our bees there is really no choice. Sugar syrup is a mixture of sugar and water. It is recommended that a one part sugar to one part water solution be used in the spring and summer and a two part sugar to one part water solution be used in the fall. When mixing the sugar and water the water must be hot so that the sugar dissolves. I use hot water and put my mixture on the stove on a medium heat and stir it until the sugar dissolves. Be careful to not let the mixture boil as the sugar will then caramelize. Let the mixture cool

and then place it into a feeder. There are many different feeders. Some replace a frame in the super while others sit on top of the top super. The Boardman feeder is mounted in front of the hive and the bees have access to it from inside. I only have two hives and use the same method my father used to use. I use an inverted jar with some small holes in the lid that the syrup is drawn through by the bees. The air lock in the jar keeps the syrup from running out. Some people may argue that we should not feed our bees’ sugar syrup but should leave all the honey for them. This may work for those people that keep bees for pollination, but it has been my experience that most people keep bees for the honey. Sometimes leaving all the honey is not enough. My two hives produced sixteen frames of honey this year. Without feeding syrup the honey would have been consumed and the bees would have starved.

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When most people hear the term “foot reflexology” they associate it with a simple foot massage. Although the two treatments share some similarities, they have fundamental differences. What is a foot massage? Everyday your feet take a great deal of abuse, leaving them tender and sore. You can give yourself a foot massage by kneading stiff or sore areas with your fingers and knuckles and spreading your toes apart to stretch the muscles. A foot rub can relieve pain, while stimulating and improving circulation.

in your toes, you can release blocked channels of energy and clear up eye, ear & sinus problems. Kneading the fleshy part of your heel can ease pain in your pelvic area and sciatic nerve. Foot reflexology can help with issues such as headaches, digestive/stomach upset, anxiety, poor circulation - all without any adverse side effects and all while balancing the body. It takes considerable training and practice to become proficient in this art. For each person, the application and the effect of the therapy are unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances and by working on these points a Certified Reflexologist can release these blockages. A proper reflexology treatment should last 45 to 60 minutes. In the first 5 minutes of your session, all the organs in your body will be stimulated. The remaining time will help you reduce the tension and tenderness of the muscles, tendons and reflex points. After your treatment you should feel calm and relaxed, your feet refreshed, feeling “alive” as improved circulation to your feet is felt. www.naturalheelingreflexology. com

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ab Kinew, at age 36, has become a social and political phenomenon. He has traversed the spectrum from award-winning musical artist (Rap and Hip Hop), TV and radio host (CBC and Al Jazeera), university administrator to Leader of the Opposition (NDP) in Manitoba (2017). As a welleducated, articulate, trilingual (English, French and Ojibwe) journalist, he represents a significant awakening in the First Nations of his generation. This account of his journey to better understand his father, Tobasonakwut Kinew, and his own mixed-race culture reveals a greater understanding of this complex man and his aspirations. Detailing the life of his father, from residential school survivor, cultural and political leader, teacher and finally to forgiver, cracked open Wab Kinew’s understanding of a broader and more inclusive world. Tobasonakwut’s capacity for forgiveness of those who had persecuted him and the adoption of the non-indigenous Archbishop into his inner family stand as shining examples to Wab Kinew of how all Canadians need to live. While Wab’s early life, descriptions of mistreatment of First Nations, spiritual

ceremonies and his personal tendencies made the book difficult for some of our readers, Kinew’s apparent growth and spiritual awakening is profound. He calls on First Nations and all Canadians to take responsibility for their own actions, “We have a choice in life - we can choose how we are going to behave. We can determine whether we reflect the good around us or lose ourselves in the darkness.” Kinew’s book leaves all Canadians with a very uplifting sentiment of First Nations pride, renewal and desire to reconcile as two respectful and appreciative nations coming together to build a better Canada. The Warmland Book and Film Collective is called to action to explore, celebrate and learn from Indigenous authors and film – meeting the 2nd Wednesday/each month. VIRL 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Our next read is “The Right to be Cold” by Sheila WattCoultier.

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Small Kite, Big Fun


iteboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It uses a kite to harness the power of the wind to propel you along the water, land or snow. Seeing somebody out there cruising along effortlessly looks like a lot of fun, but how do I get into that? The very first step for any kiting sport is to fly a trainer kite. These are small easy to control kites designed to let you feel how a big kite will perform and get comfortable before you move on. The nice things about most trainer kites are they require minimal previous knowledge to fly. With a quick youtube video, pamphlet or the advice of a friend you can be flying in no time! So where do I get one of these things? The best spot to find a trainer kite is at Ocean Rodeo Sports in Victoria. We are lucky enough to have a leading world kite company right on our Island. They sell the “Start” a 1.5m 2 line trainer kite and the “React” a 2m 4 line trainer kite. With a 2 line trainer kite you only control the steering of the kite so it is much simpler. The 4 line trainer kite can also control the power of the kite as well as the steering. This is more like the larger kites we use, but takes more skill to fly. You can also find plenty of trainer kites online. 1/2 -1m is a good size for kids and 2-3m is good for adults. If you have a friend who

kiteboard they are generally very willing to lend you a trainer kite and help you fly it! I have a trainer kite, now what? You need to find a suitable location to fly it. Firstly you need wind. After that the best locations are wide open and flat. Fields, parks, beaches and places close to the water are the optimal. This is because the wind it not going to hit as much before it gets to you and should be steadier. Wind is moving air which is a fluid. We cannot see it but it reacts similarly to water and gets disturbed as it flows around object. Your kite will fly best in “clean” or undisturbed wind. Clover Point is a very good spot as well as any wide open sandy beach or field near the water. Now you are at the spot and it is windy, but really windy. Trainer kites will fly in a lot of wind, but they get stronger as the wind does. Optimal wind speed for flying a trainer kite is about 12-16 knots( 2230km/hr). More than this they will pull a lot, less than this they will not react well. More than 20 knots (37km/hr) and they are very powerful, even dangerous without proper control. This is a small range, but it happens quite often in our area so we are lucky. Make sure the wind is not too

strong before you try. It is all fun from here! Once you get the hang of things you will learn quickly. Many people can be experts on the trainer kite in as little as 5-10 hours. Your goal is to be able to fly the kite totally my feel and without looking at it. If you want to get into any kiting sport then this is the way to go. Your $150 trainer kite investment will save you hundreds in kite lessons as you will already have the skills you need. Also they are a blast to fly, fun for the kids and a great way to meet people!

Once you have mastered the trainer kite you are ready to take some lessons and get out on a big kite. is happy to help you out locally from May-September. If you need to get away in the winter for some sun, kiting and Margaritas, then contact us at We run in Mexico from NovemberApril. Submitted by Marty Dovich, Strong Kiteboarding


when producers feel a sense of frustration and anxiety. Compounded by feelings of hopelessness and isolation, an individual’s mental health can understandably spiral into depression. Unfortunately it sometimes results in suicide, which in turn impacts the lives of many others.

Conference Builds Communities by Embracing Diversity submitted by Dr. Linda Hill, retired community psychologist and Inclusive Leadership Co-operative cofounder


he Inclusive Leadership Cooperative invites educators, service providers, volunteers, students, and other inclusive bridge-builders from Vancouver Island and beyond to gather in the Cowichan Region to explore the art of embracing biodiversity and social diversity. ILC Board member Art Phipps says he has been involved since 2007 because individuals, families, groups and communities are transformed by “...being part of a community where your differences are seen as gifts.” This year’s theme is de-stressing diverse learning environments. Throughout the weekend there will be plenty of time to de-stress and refresh by participating in workshops, intergenerational and intercultural bridge-building activities, socializing, sharing meals, swimming, playing, and relaxing at Cowichan Lake Education Centre located on the shore of Lake Cowichan. Parent and advocate, Janice Maxwell says, “Inclusion is for all regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, ability, heath or other differences. We will learn inclusive skills through experiential education and practice exercises with each other and outdoors in nature. The outcome is improving the

quality of life in our families, our communities, and beyond.” The Inclusive Leadership Cooperative’s recipe for running an accessible event is known affectionately as Stone-Soup funding. In the Stone-Soup story, the inhabitants of a poor village manage to make a tasty and nourishing pot-luck soup by everyone bringing what they can. In a similar co-operative way, everyone involved in Inclusive Leadership volunteers their expertise and contributes what they can toward the suggested fee of $75 per day plus meals and accommodation. These individual contributions are combined with support from employers, service clubs, businesses, and government to cover the costs. Board member Kix Citton observes that, “What draws me to the work is the people who come to this. There is something about inclusive bridge builders that is such a great source of optimism and joy to be around. We are part of a world-wide movement made up of individuals and groups who care about people and the planet in ways that are life-enriching and life-sustaining. We look forward to learning with and from everyone who attends the gathering.” For more information go to or phone ILC Summer Co-ordinator Joy Emmanuel at 250-896-3578.

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Looking After Farmers Mental Health Alistair MacGregor is the MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford and the federal NDP’s Critic for Agriculture


arming can be a very unpredictable venture. The difference between profit and financial loss for producers often depends on several factors, some well beyond their control, be it weather, market conditions, or commodity or input prices. The unfortunate reality is that things don’t always go according to plan, which can have serious impacts on a farmer’s operation and perhaps even their emotional and mental well-being. I am looking forward to my return to Parliament this month because the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food has decided to conduct a study into the mental health challenges that Canadian farmers, ranchers, and producers face. Our meetings will allow various stakeholders in the agricultural sector and mental health organizations to share their opinion on this issue. The Committee would like to understand the issues facing the agricultural sector and share best practices, review currently available resources and identify gaps related to mental health in the Canadian agriculture community. Hard work, resilience, strength, and a sense of community have always been the hallmarks of life on the farm, but there are also times

A 2016 University of Guelph survey showed that farmers are among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental health. Of the 1,000 Canadian farmers contacted for a survey, 45% were experiencing high stress levels, 58% reported symptoms of anxiety, and 35% were dealing with depression. All those figures are much higher than the average found in the general population. Similarly, a 2010 study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry suggested that farming is among the professions with the greatest risk of suicidal death in Canada. We need to work together to lift the stigma around mental health by promoting awareness, encouraging dialogue throughout the industry, and actively referring resources. By championing the mental wellbeing of all Canadian producers we can change the culture of Agriculture to one where all producers are encouraged, supported and empowered to take care of their mental wellbeing.

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Georgia Nicols M.A. is Canada’s most popular astrologer. A Buddhist, this Vancouver-based astrologer is featured in regional papers across Canada, the United States, and New Zealand.

Aries (March 21-April 19) Perhaps itís a guilty reflex for partying this summer, or perhaps youíre gripped by a blast of common sense, whatever the source, this month your mandate will be to manage your life well. You want to figure out what duties and responsibilities you have to take care of ñ prioritize them ñ and do them. íNuff said. Youíre determined to be healthy, efficient and on top of your game. (Fear not, with Venus opposite your sign, you will still schmooze others with charm and elan.) Taurus (April 20-May 20) Oh joy! Once a year, the Sun travels through the part of your chart dealing with romance, entertaining diversions, the arts, show business and the hospitality industry. It also governs sports, especially professional sports and working or playing with children. That time has arrived! This month you want to get out and have fun! You feel lighter and prankish. Relationships, especially romantic relationships, will be more fun. Romance will blossom! Gemini (May 21-June 20) This month your focus will shift to home, family and your private life. You want opportunities to cocoon at home and relax among familiar surroundings. Many will be involved with a

parent more than usual. This time is also an opportunity to explore a time of self-evaluation. Grab every chance to enjoy time away from the madness ñ seek solitude. Contemplate, meditate or ponder your life direction. ìWhatís it all about, Alfie?î Cancer (June 21-July 22) Itís a busy month! Your daily pace is accelerating. Your schedule is booked with appointments and conversations with others. You are more involved with siblings, relatives and neighbours. Short trips suddenly take place. Note: This is the perfect time for vacation because youíre keen to travel and you want a change of scenery. Youíre particularly keen to communicate to others. Those who write, teach or act will be energized and expressive. ìOnce again, with feeling! Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Itís been a fun summer and youíve been doing your thing, which includes hosting others and being generous with gifts and warm hospitality. This is why your focus now is on money, earnings and cash flow. How can you boost your income or make some money on the side? At a deeper level, you are thinking about your values. What really matters in life? Does the one with the most toys wins? We know thatís not true. So what will make you happy? How should you best use the time that is left to you? Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Ta da! This month the Sun is in your sign. This happens only once a year. Because the

Sun is your source of energy, itís your turn to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. Donít hesitate to put yourself first because this is totally appropriate. Another thing the Sun in your sign will do for you is it will cause you to project yourself more forcefully to others. Oh yeah this is why you make a great impression on people! (But you might turn someone off if you come on too strong.) Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your birthday is approaching, which means your personal year is ending. Thatís why this is the perfect month to be reclusive and contemplative. Seek out quiet time to think about what you want for your new year. Think of broad goals. Better yet, specific, defined goals with deadlines! When you set goals, you are more inclined to achieve them because theyíre in your consciousness every time you make a decision. Hint: One of the things that is important to you is your need to solidify your home base. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Itís been a high viz. summer! People have noticed you more than usual, and you made a great impression. This month you will enjoy hanging with friends and interacting with groups. You might join a club or an organization or take a class. You will feel greater enthusiasm about your goals, which is why you will share your hopes for the future with someone to get their feedback. This is an excellent time to work and cooperate with others. Socialize extensively and study your friends because they are reflection yourself. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) This month the Sun is at the top of your chart, which means you will be thrust in the limelight. People will notice you, especially bosses, teachers and VIPs. The good news is that this limelight is flattering! People will admire you and think you are capable and competent even if you donít do anything different. (Itís all smoke and mirrors.) This is obviously an advantage that you can use! Now is the time to advance your agenda and

SEPTEMBER go after what you want. ìI want to be a ballerina and I want a pony.î Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) This month you want to travel. You need a change of scenery. You want stimulation, thrills, adventure and a chance to learn something new! Because your curiosity is heightened, this is a favourable time to undertake any kind of new study, or a new hobby or any intellectual discipline. Whatever stimulates your intellect will give you a boost. Naturally, travel is an obvious choice, but you can even explore your own backyard and be a tourist in your own city. Try it! Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Life is more intense this month. You might experience strong compulsions or psychological issues surfacing. For many, this is a time of increased selfinquiry or changes to your value structure. You might be more focused on shared property, inheritances and the wealth of your partner or someone else. You might come up against a situation where your values in someone elseís values challenge each other. You might be involved with the need for financial backing or a loan from a bank or another source. Fortunately, Jupiter is still at the top of your chart making you look good to everyone. How timely! Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) The Sun is opposite your sign now. (Happens once a year.) Because symbolically, the Sun is as far away from you as it gets all year, and the Sun represents your energy ñ this means you will need more sleep. This is not a time to go it alone. Work with others or form working units. Consult experts. You can learn more about yourself through your intimate oneto-one encounters. Examine your closest relationships. Do they fill your needs? Do you fill the needs of someone else? Wazzup?



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