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July 2017 - FISSUE #107 FREE & EASY

The Singing Amma

Let’s Talk Water Safety • 5 YESS or NO

You Decide! • 7 July Calendar

STUFF to DO on the ROCK • 9 Mel it Over

Be a TOURIST in YOUR TOWN • 10 Artspring presents a special

Treasure Fair Concert

Daniel Lapp featuring

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Daniel Lapp Trio


Scopes Brought to you by our own in-house astrologer who now goes by her numerologically correct name of “Ya Righta.”

Join us for a very special Treasure Fair Concert on July 14th, 7:30pm to revel in a musical journey of fiddle, guitar and more featuring the one and only folk fiddler Daniel Lapp, with friends Adam Dobres and Adrian Dolan. Expect an unforgettable show featuring the finest fiddlin’ out there. Bring your friends!

Daniel Lapp , world-renowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher, archivist, band leader, sideman, producer, promoter and – no kidding – the list goes on. And like the trueblue Canadian he is, Daniel does it all with trademark energy and warmth. As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with some of the world’s most renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. Daniel is the winner of the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver Symphonies. A legendary force in Canada’s fiddle scene, in addition to his outstanding performing, Daniel has been musical mentor to hundreds of students—many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the music industry. Adam Dobres, acoustic and electric guitarist, performer, producer, composer, and music teacher based in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.

Adrian Dolan , multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Victoria, perhaps best known for his work with the awardwinning roots ensemble The Bills over the past 13 years. Regular tickets $25 Adult; or 5 for $100 | Youth $5 Tickets available at

^ Aries: Someone called

d You’ve had a rough Kevin will contact you in the next couple week. Give yourself a day off before you end up heavily medicated and holding of days. We don’t know why, ask him! crayons with your toes. _ Spreading lies e You’re becoming about colleagues or friends may see the person you hate—the person who is so dwindling relationships with those around you. And, yes, of course I know afraid of dirty toilet seats that she squats in terror above them to pee, creating the very that's obvious - but you're the one situation she is trying to avoid. who's going to do it!




Sagittarius: ` Gemini: Tuesday will be a f Friday you’ll experience a surge of energy good day for you this month, but which Tuesday in particular is up to you.

a Cancer:

Hostility rises at home when someone opens your mail and then puts it in a “safe spot” without telling you. This kind of domestic level issue will irritate you and will cause you to act childish hiding everything and anything you can until no one can function.

b Some days you’re the flower, other days you’re the sneeze. Either way, some allergy meds will make Wednesday easier. Or better yet, you could just take Benadryl and skip from Tuesday to Thursday.


c Virgo: Eating well will

dominate your life over the coming week as you try hard to keep your liver from imploding.

that will draw the cuties to you like kids to candy. Monday you’ll finally have that optometrist appointment you’ve been waiting for. Well it was fun while it lasted.

g Capricorn:

The word "Ted" will be important this month for reasons that are as unsettling to us as they are to you. In fact, we predict that 82.5% of all your confusion will be caused by the very idea that "Ted" will be of some importance at some point this month.

h Aquarius: Unicorns

don't exist... but they do, inside the head of the person who stands nearest to your left right this second.

i It’s summer and the in-laws are coming and there is nothing you can do about it. Stock up on good wine and start an all consuming project.


GREEN PRINTING & LAYOUT: aD sALES: Deadlines are the 10th of the month IMAGINE THAT GRAPHICS.CA previous to book ad space & submit content. cOLUMNISTS: Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx Calendar events can be submitted up until the 17th. John Bateman • Dorothy Price • Ken Brudner Dorothy teaches classes today & retreats Call Genevieve at 250 locally 538 8427&orworldwide. email Vincent • Dr. Brad Dunstan Visit or phone 250.653.4655 Peter Marsha Moreau • Melinda Parks-Divers Visit or phone 250.537.7675 for rates & information. THE FISHBOWL is brought to you by publisher Genevieve Price along with the following local columnists. Salt Spring Island’s #1 Source for Arts, Entertainment & Culture. Check Dorothy out our Facebook Twitter teachesand classes & pages. retreats locally & worldwide.


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WORKSHOPS Let’s Talk WATER SAFETY A topic not often talked about, but crucial to have some basic information and awareness of, is the importance of keeping children, (and all swimmers and nonswimmers), safe around water – especially now that it’s summer again. Always make sure there is an adult swimmer within arm's reach of infants, toddlers and any child who cannot swim, or is not a strong swimmer yet, when near any body of water. Bear in mind that little ones can drown in as little as two inches of water (think bathtub, toilet, sink, kiddie pools, hot tub, shallow edges of larger water bodies). This is not to overly alarm you and have you be an anxious parent, but rather to arm you with information to help keep your little ones safe while enjoying the many benefits of water play. Please do not depend on float toys - inflatable float rings, inflatable rafts, “water wings” or inflatable, cute, “life vests” - to keep your children safe. Those are purely for fun – but only to be used when within arm's reach of an adult swimmer! It is of utmost importance to invest in a proper-fitting, Coast-Guard-approved flotation device (life vest). Select by weight and height recommendations but always have the child try it on to determine it is a good, snug fit. For children five years and under buy approved vests with neck collars and a strap that goes between their legs. Always do up all zippers and buckles on these approved devices. Also, do not think that once a child learns to swim that they are immune to the possibility of drowning. Have an adult swimmer supervising kids in the water at all times. All non-swimmers should wear life vests whenever near bodies of water or all family members should when boating – be it on a “quiet lake,” or out at sea – even when it’s “glassy calm” out there! For teens, who might be experimenting with alcohol use, it is important to impress upon them how much alcohol and water (swimming, boating, goofing around at the beach) do not go together. If they are surly and not apt to heed the advice of their “parental units,” insist they read up on alcohol-related water deaths and life-altering, accidental injuries. Read the articles together, if possible, and have family discussions about the sobering reality of this leading cause of death in young people. Always model sober water-related activities throughout your kids’ childhood. (e.g. Have a designated (sober) driver whenever boating.) Bear in mind, too, that “drowning doesn’t look like drowning,” ( May 2017), as it has been portrayed on television, with people flailing their arms, splashing wildly and calling for help. A drowning victim is most often silent and still, with stiff arms and vertical, unmoving legs and can easily go undetected, even within plain sight, unless you know what to watch for. Please research more about this unsettling subject and then, reassured with knowledge and awareness, go out, be safe, and enjoy! Send your parenting questions to: or Could a private session with the singing amma be helpful for you & your family? email: to book yours today!



Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx, ECE

Nurturing, empowering & educating families for over 30 years *amma = grandmother in Icelandic

Summer Art Camp

Workshops on the Rock wants to introduce our new Summer Art Camp Instructor for Amazing Abstraction and Modern Art Mania happening July 24-28 and July 31-Aug 4th in our new ArtSpark Tent adjacent to Mahon Hall. Cameron Novak is a young artist who has spent several summers on Salt Spring Island and will come to us in July fresh from the 2017 Bass Coast Music Festival in Merritt where he will be live painting a 8x20 ft. mural. Cameron has experience teaching youth art at 4Cats and in mural painting projects, speaks both French and English and is hoping for a future in Art Therapy. “My creative process and art making has always been a powerful tool for me to connect with my emotions, subconscious thoughts and questions about who I am and what I'm doing with my life. My art helps me understand and feel into the magic that I believe, see and feel everyday. It's a way for me to purge and in turn transform uncomfortable or inexplicable sensation into something fun and/or beautiful. Art making and especially drawing, is an ever ready, accessible means for communicating something I'm experiencing without the limitations of English vocabulary and laws of society. It is a safe space for me to feel strong, free and accepted for who I am. I believe that creating art is one of the healthiest ways to manage and understand emotions and I'm passionate about sharing the tools I've used to self heal to encourage more self-empowerment and in turn a healthier community. “

Amazing Abstraction for ages 9-12yrs. In this camp students will be introduced to the work of important abstract artists and explore shape, color, gesture, line and composition. One artist will be introduced each day and their visual principles explored through books and video. Mediums include acrylic & watercolour paints, chalk & oil pastel and drawing mediums. Mon-Fri., July 24-28th from 10-4pm. Max. 15 students. $220 includes all materials.

Modern Art Mania for ages 6-9yrs. Students will explore several materials each day while being introduced to various contemporary artists. They will draw to music, explore big drawing gestures, cut out shapes and paint with watercolour and acrylics. Mon-Fri.,July 31-Aug. 4th from 10-4pm. Max. 15 students. $220 includes all materials. Camps are filling up, register and pay online go to Or contact Jane @ 250-538-8447 or at

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kespeare a h S Style Running away from The Man, going back to the land, playing with gender, believing in the power of love. Sounds like hippie Salt Spring! But 400 years ago, those were also themes from Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. So it was a natural fit to set exitStageLeft’s new production on Salt Spring in 1967. Join us for a playful, musical evening of Shakespeare in Mouat’s Park at the end of Seaview. Gates will open at 6:00 for you to set out your blanket or lawn chair. Bring a picnic, or buy delicious food and drink from vendors such as Fix Taco, Jana’s Bake Shop and Thirsty Islanders Beer Truck. Wear your best 1967 gear. At 6:30 we will have a 1967 singalong. Play starts at 7:00 on Jun 29, 30, Jul 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. Matinee as well on Jul 8, 2:00. Tickets $20 adults/$15 youth 13-18, at Mondo Trading or the gate.


Join Ace Certified Group Fitness Instructor Tanja Akerman and Holistic Nutritionist Silvia Graber On July 25th from 3-4 pm – on Barb’s Buns deck - for a casual chat with our local wellness experts. Silvia will be there for you to meet and to answer general questions about holistic nutrition. What type of vegetables should you be eating? How do you start your health journey? What is the best way to get motivated? Join us on the deck for a summer smoothie & chat, RSVP or 250-538-8450 Silvia is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist whose passion is to help and educate others in how to best care for their bodies and minds. She has a special interest in the emotional aspects related to wellness, as her own healing journey has taught her much of what can keep us healthy and what can keep us sick. She is trained in Nutrition as well as Energy Medicine, and can assist you in rebalancing your health, take charge of your own body and mind, and educate you so you can be self-empowered. Please visit her website to learn more about my nutrition services at or email Silvia is currently available for consultations at Be Well Now Clinic in Merchant Mews.


Painters Guild


The SSI Painters Guild is having their annual Summer Show in the ArtSpring Galleries from July 28 to August 10. Members of SSIPG have submitted original works never shown before. Using a variety of media, colour palette, style, and subject matter, the exhibit is appealing and full of surprises. Everyone is welcome to the Opening Reception at Artspring,

Saturday, July 29th, 2:00-4:30pm July 28 - August 10th, free admission Email:


INCORPORATION VOTE set for September 9th

The discussion is heating up between islanders on both sides of the conversation. We encourage you to get educated, ask questions and on September 9th VOTE! Both sides have put together excellent websites with tons of information.

Positively“NO” to Incorporation! Positively NO says “NO” to incorporation because of the irreversible and harmful changes that a municipal form of government would bring to the island. Look at what we have here—a fabulous community, arts centre, library, swimming pool, cottage hospital, farmers' markets, community abattoir, and an award-winning bus system. These services and amenities were all acquired without incorporation. Many small rural municipalities would be proud to have what we have achieved under the Trust. Salt Spring is a remarkable place subject to huge development pressures, which is why the Islands Trust was established in the first place. The Trust does not stop development, but it does moderate its growth… If Salt Spring chooses to become a municipality, we will lose the current provincial subsidies for roads and police and will assume full liability for all island services. The costs of our roads alone will be massive—$50 million to bring them up to standard (would you like that on your credit card, or would you prefer the province continue to foot the bill?)—and the solution will be to approve new developments to increase revenues. A municipality cannot create development out of thin air, but it can be developer friendly. It does not matter how green a council is, it will have to bow to economic realities. Over time, growth will prevail, prices will go up, the artists and farmers will leave, and Salt Spring will become much like other over-developed tourist destinations. Under a municipality, island farmers will immediately face increased farm taxes of about 10%, in addition to those increases applied to all ratepayers. Farms will be hit harder than any other class of property and development pressures will eventually eliminate some farms. Why does this matter? Our farms and our food producers are the heart of what makes us a truly rural community. Lose them and we lose a part of who we are. Incorporation will not solve problems such as the need for more affordable housing. Most of our current regulations are dictated by the Local Government Act and other provincial requirements. This will not change under incorporation; there is little scope for innovation and a municipality has to follow the law. People who support incorporation because they favor less regulation and lower taxes will be very disappointed when they find out that regulations and taxes actually increase under a municipal government. Lastly, remember, incorporation cannot be rolled back if we decide we do not like the changes it brings.

Power to the People - It’s Time! Becoming an island municipality serves the greater good - with local decision making, more democratic process, more representation, more accessibility and more cohesion. It also provides our community tools that we desperately need to co-create a sustainable future. This change also preserves our unique form of governance within the Islands Trust. Our local council would be bound by “preserve and protect” and two members would be also elected as Trustees. This is not another layer of government. It replaces the multiple authorities we have now, including an unaccountable CRD that does not prioritize our community. The Trust would remain. The only visible change is that land use decisions would be made by a more representative, local and accountable seven-member council, replacing the three-member committee that includes one non-resident. Salt Spring would continue to pay its share of the Trust’s area-wide programs - and the Trust’s own study says a municipality is no threat to its existence. A local council provides cohesion in local service delivery. It would also prioritize and balance many pressing community needs. This is especially true with water resource management. Cohesion opens the door to long range planning for resources, infrastructure and finances. Currently there is no “we” to plan holistically. And if we can’t plan,” we are planning to fail”. We have serious challenges ahead. Many are related to infrastructure like a new fire hall and water treatment systems, $28 million for NSSWD alone, which now supports becoming a municipality. There are no grants available for fire and water districts. Other challenges include liquid and solid waste treatment plants but we lack direct access to grants and other funding, pinning hope on a CRD bureaucracy that does not prioritize our community. A municipality changes all that. Some say taxes will go up but on an apples-to-apples basis the research shows the average tax increase is just $10. Besides, taxes are up over 300% since 2000 - with little local control. Salt Spring also nets almost $20 million in cash and services over a five year transition. Some say roads will be unaffordable, but the studies show otherwise. Roads upgrades are an option - not an obligation - and grants are available too.

As Joni Mitchell said: “ain’t it true that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”.

Some say there will be more development, but there are about 2500 unused development opportunities right now, provided by the Trust. Salt Spring would also need Trust approval for further changes, as is the case now.

Much better, in our view, to help our current system evolve than to opt for a municipal model.

The bottom line is that voting no ensures enduring hardship. Voting yes provides the tools to empower ourselves to co-create a healthy and sustainable future.

Find out more at: and join us on September 9th and VOTE NO!

For more detail visit: and on September 9th VOTE YES!

Media contact: Patricia Lockie, Positively NO Tel: 250 537 1116

John Macpherson is an 18 year island resident and was Chair of the governance study committee (2013)

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17th Annual

Gala Weekend Silent Auction Thurs July 13 to Sat July 15 10:30am – 7:30pm Showcasing a spectacular array of collectibles to household items, handmade designs to essential services all generously donated to support arts & culture on Salt Spring Island. Starting July 13th to 15th, from 10:30am to 7:30pm each day, ArtSpring’s lobby and gallery will be a shoppers heaven where Islanders come to enjoy the bargain shopping extravaganza fundraiser. Expertly curated by a dedicated group of over a hundred volunteers, items often come from artisans secret stashes reserved only for Treasure Fair.

Daniel Lapp Trio Fri July 14, 7:30pm; bar opens 6:30pm A truly special concert to celebrate Treasure Fair’s seventeenth year, world-renowned folk fiddle musician, Daniel Lapp and friends share their music. Tickets available at

artcraft Artcraft is in full swing, open for business for its 49th summer. One hundred artists and craftspeople have their work displayed and for sale in heritage Mahon Hall, downtown Ganges, making a great stop to explore the exceptional talents of Gulf Islanders and enjoy a calm oasis amidst the bustle of Ganges in summer. The first Showcase of the summer, “Mrs Williams…” wraps up on July 5th to be replaced by “ A Celebration of Everyday Things”, a series of paintings by Nicola Wheston. Based on a quilting technique, Wheston has created a number of paintings on panels that fit together with a puzzle like precision. These panels make up an homage to everyday tools and their myriad uses, and are wonderfully bright, whimsical and engaging. “A Celebration of Everyday Things” runs from the opening celebration, 6-8pm on July 7th, to August 2nd. Mahon Hall is also surrounded by works for the summer celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Basketry Guild. There is always something going on at the hall, so is well worth a visit anytime. Open 10-5pm 7 days a week.

Gala + Live Auction Sat July 15th 7:00 - 8:00pm; bar opens 5:30pm Silent auction closes 8:30pm Following the same format as years past, the grand finale is Salt Spring Island’s most popular live auction and this year promises to be more exciting than ever with Auctioneer (and much more) Chris Humphreys wielding the gavel. Expect a vast array of trips, tours and treasures at exceptional bargains. From a week in Hawaii to a Bateman collectible, there’s something for everyone.

Treasure Fair Feature

As the auction catalogue grows you’ll want to start making your “must have” lists. This year boasts a spectacular collection of outstanding items unique to Treasure Fair. Imagine your next winter on the island of Maui...

A Week in Paradise The "Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas" resort is set on 11 acres of lushly landscaped exotic gardens. Pack your bags because you are going to Hawaii where you’ll enjoy a one week stay in a fabulous condo on the island of Maui. The condo features a lofted bedroom with a king-sized bed, pull-out sofa in the living room, a dining area and full kitchen. Perfect for a couple or a family. Auction Catalogue can be viewed anytime

ArtSpring Community Arts Centre

100 Jackson Ave Salt Spring Island,

Sunday, July 16th

Heritage Day

Located on the Farmer's Institute grounds our eighth annual Heritage Day celebrations will focus on the island's farming tradition with old crafts and skills such as butter churning, basketry, baking bread, blacksmith forge, sawmill, spinning and weaving. The Bittancourt Agricultural Museum will be open and admission for the day is free. Burgers, ice cream and pie from the Women's Auxiliary (pie ladies) will be available and the hours are from 11 to 3 on July 16th.

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LET'S TALK ABOUT DEPRESSION My friends and family will tell you I'm one of the happiest, most easy-going people they know. It's true. I'm a pretty laid-back guy who laughs often, revels in beauty, and has a genuine appreciation for life. It's also true that I have lived with depression since I was a young child. I'm not talking occasional bad days or bouts of sadness here. I'm talking fullfledged, everything-grinds-to-a-screaming-halt, life-sucking, debilitating depression. But that's just the bad news. The good news is, I've discovered many ways to reduce my encounters with depression in frequency, duration, and severity. Equally importantly, I've learned how to better manage the symptoms of depression, so that when it does hit, instead of being completely debilitated by it, I am able to move through it with relative ease. It's still no cake-walk, but it no longer has the same kind of hold on me it used to! Depression can be incredibly lonely, isolating, and frustrating to live with. If you too, experience depression, here some things you can try: 1. Remember - you are not alone, you are not weak, you are not stupid, and you have nothing to be ashamed of. Depression affects millions of people, the world over. It doesn't discriminate based on class, race, gender, age, or anything else. You'd likely be surprised to find out how many of the people you respect and admire experience depression too. 2. Pay attention to your diet. Eliminate anything that might be causing inflammation. Some of the most common culprits are grains, dairy & sugar, but there are others too. Consider adding foods to your diet that reduce inflammation, and support the regulation of blood-sugar, hormones, immune response, and adrenal function. A naturopath, nutritionist, or herbalist may help you find what works best for you. 3. Make sure you are getting a healthy amount of sleep. Regulate your sleeping habits as much as possible. Over-sleeping, or insomnia can go hand-in-hand with depression. If you're sleeping a lot, replace some of those hours with other activities. If you're awake when you don't want to be, do something nurturing & relaxing for yourself until you're able to sleep again, instead of stressing-out about being awake. 4. Exercise. Every day. This is often one of the hardest things to do when depression takes hold, but it's also one of the most important. Even if you only go for a 10 minute stroll, or do some yoga, get outside, breathe fresh air, and move your body. 5. Reach out for support. It can be immensely beneficial to surround yourself with a network of experts who can support you in different ways. Find a good MD or another medical professional. Visit a massage therapist, or acupuncturist. Consult with a counsellor or therapist you really trust. You don't need to have every one of these folks on your team, but strong relationships with even a couple of them can make a huge difference! If you're living with depression, I salute you. Only those of us who battle this beast can truly understand the strength it takes to overcome it. Just remember, you are stronger, smarter, braver, and in far better company than you know. Want to learn more? Visit


by Melinda Parks-Divers

Be a Tourist on Your Own Island Welcome back to Mel's Be a Tourist on Your Own Island series. Last month we arrived to the island on a 50 hour ferry ride. We got supplies, found our island retreat, got our pants off and got drunk. You might think "success, we don't need anything else!" But no. I am officially kicking your ass out of that gorgeous cabin in the woods because it is Canada Day and we island folk love excuses to party! So get your flared festival pants on and let's go! I typically make it to this event just as maybe half the old cars in the show are leaving or gone. This year, as your official tour guide, we are getting there early! What, there is cake too? I have been missing this all these years but never again! I just love when Canada Day falls on Market Day. It's a party all day like 1984! I always use that phrase and people ask me why and I say, because in 1984 we still drank and drove though it was dangerous and stupid. Just kidding. We never did that! However, my friends and I were under age but somehow could work our way into bars. We did this not to drink, rather dress up and dance and that is exactly what we would do! That is Salt Spring style...we love to dress up and part-ay! Which brings us to the park. The market is a little crowded so we are giving it an opportunity to thin out because I have claustrophobia to crowds. We sit on the lawn watching folks dance to the marimba band. This place pulls the inner free spirit out of you and now you are barefoot and dancing like it is 1984! Dance my friend, dance! Ok, we need to wind down a little with a jump in the lake and a nap. Maybe we'll put together some dinner made from the awesome fresh local produce we picked up from the market. A barbecue perhaps? We chat and laugh on the deck until close to dusk when someone reminds us that we better high tail it into town for the firework display. We manage to find some parking and squeeze our way into the crowd. Children run freely like wild animals throughout the deck and gardens in view of their parents. Beach balls are being bounced through the crowd. We gather around the restaurants and live performers that give pace to the evening. Maybe we grab a hot chocolate or we brought a thermos we share between us.. As dusk rolls into night, the fireworks begin. The crowd holler and clap at the good ones...which is all of them! It lasts longer then you would think our firework budget would allow! Town drains very slowly after the last grand finale of light and sound over the harbour. The boats on the water play their air horns as a medley of approval. As we drive back to our cabin we hear the pop of home fireworks here and there. Overall we feel content and happy. And exhausted though we stay up inhaling the summer air happy to be alive and here on SSI. Happy Canada Day and welcome July on the rock! Writings from the heart and shit.

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Monday, July 24, 7pm




with Marsha Moreau

‘THE BARN’ at Stowel Lake Farm 'Ayla Nereo‘s concerts hit straight to the heart, crafting an immersive soundscape we can soulfully dive into, and rise up to dance;

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill “For never was a story of more woe than this of Rose and her Pierrot.” My apologies to Shakespeare for co-opting his quote. When I finished “The Lonely Hearts Hotel”, I could not get that phrase out of my head. That isn’t to say that this story is somehow a derivative of Romeo and Juliet. That’s an oversimplification and when is anything, in life or in art, ever that simple? I think that what propelled me to make that connection is the power of the relationship between the protagonists. Two souls, drawn to each other like magnets, unable to escape the pull, no matter the consequences. Two love stories drenched in tragedy, with all that passion wrapped up in heartache, and fate setting a course that leaves little room for external intervention.

Rose and Pierrot are born in Montreal in 1914, and being the offspring of unwed mothers find themselves abandoned, to be raised by the nuns at an orphanage. Life is pretty miserable in that place, but somehow, even while they go hungry and endure abuse, these two maintain a spark of joy and magic to the delight “Two souls, drawn to each of all the other orphans. other like magnets, unable Pierrot is a talented, intuitive to escape the pull, no pianist, and Rose is a natural matter the consequences.” entertainer, a comedienne and dancer. They are a creative force, and begin performing all around the city, planting a seed of hope in the children. They envision their future selves mounting a fantastical spectacle, the likes of which has never been seen, “The Snowflake Icicle Extravaganza”. Before they are able to realize this goal, or indeed, fully recognize their feelings for each other, fate steps in to wrench these two apart. Because remember, nothing is ever that simple.

Our star crossed lovers receive quite an education in the city’s seedy underbelly in the years to come. They live in each other’s periphery, never connecting, thinking of each other always, bound by circumstances and that pesky fate. What follows after they reunite, is both sorrowful and profound. These two beautiful beings, thwarted in so many ways, are finally able to express the depth of feeling they have for each other. Sadly, that’s not the end of their tale, and although it was an expected twist, it hurt no less. Later, after the poetic conclusion, I was left feeling grateful for the opportunity to bear witness. What a glorious, far from simple, read.

Prayerful songs, mantra, and roots music meet ancient beats and folktronica. She builds layer upon layer of vocal melodies into sweeping harmonies weaving syncopated threads of guitar, kalimba, piano, and percussion. Her lucid storytelling and lyrical imagery are water for the thirsty soul.' Ayla has graced the stage and collaborated with Rising Appalachia, Elephant Revival, Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeroes, Mr Lif, Dirtwire and more. A prolific songwriter, Ayla has produced nine consecutive albums, two with her collaborative partner, The Polish Ambassador in “Wildlight.” Raised on opera, 60s folk, and psychedelic rock, Ayla’s concerts are each their own inspired journey; an enchanting and poignant experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go. LISTEN: watch?v=UuwiDb4yDWU Advance tickets online at: or via email transfer to: Concert Advance Tickets $25 July 24th, 7 pm ‘The Barn’ Stowel Lake Farm $30 at door Ayla Nereo will be hosting a community workshop in song “Finding Voice, Receiving Song” the following day; Workshop $50 July 25th, 1 - 4pm Stowel Lake Farm ‘The Gatehouse’ - limited capacity Workshop & Concert Combined - Advance Tickets $65 July 24, 25 *Accommodations available Please join the Facebook pages for updates Concert Info: Workshop info: Delicious small bite concert menu by resident chef Haidee Hart. Come To Life Music showcases people who are living their passions while creating positive change for humanity and the planet. Portions of this event will be filmed and recorded. Stowel Lake Farm is a working farm with children and animals about - Please drive safe and responsibly, carpool if you can! *For off island guests attending workshop and concert, accommodations at Stowel Lake Farm are available - contact for accommodation details. Visit Thank you to Guayaki for sponsoring this event Music for our soul.

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At the time of this scribbling, I am three weeks into an extended stay on the Red Planet: Prince Edward Island. The red sandstone soil - oh, so great for growing Stompin’Tom spuds - gets in your blood . . . and in your nose, eyes, ears, house, car, your boots. We are well into June and sitting at a balmy 6C - but with the wind coming off the north Atlantic, the ambient temperature drops to 3C. So yes. Boots. Actually, boots, gloves, and puffy jackets are de rigeur. It is the catch-all season. The day before I had a glorious 30km morning bicycle ride through picture postcard countryside, cycling past ancient farmhouses, plowed fields, those famous sand dunes alongside the bike pathway. The silver lining to this wind swept arctic wonderland is that the dark clouds of airborne mosquitoes usually tormenting the gardeners by June have been kept at bay, allowing my Karen and I to drag the giant tree branches that fell victim to the weight of January snow drifts to our private landfill in the back forty, filled with rusted snowblowers and ride’em mowers. Life sure is different on the east coast. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Confederation Bridge, the thirteen kilometre span connecting PEI with New Brunswick, and the rest of the continent. I drove across the bridge on the final leg of my marathon Pacific to Atlantic road trip, dragging an overstuffed U-Haul with my gassy old Rottweiler riding shotgun. The sea was angry my friends. Torrential rain and heart stopping gale force winds threatened to pick up the car and toss us into the straights sixty meters below. PEI, the birthplace of Confederation on this, the 150th year of Confederation. Downtown Charlottetown oozes Canadian history like no other. The massive granite legislature, surrounded by as-large churches and ancient bank buildings, involuntarily wrings out the patriotic flag waver in the most cynical of west coaster. Having spent thirty years on the happy isle of Saltspring Island, I have inexorably sunk up to my ears in nonchalant indifference - this, despite countless trips to third world countries bristling with heavily armed police propping up the dictator de jour. I (and dare I say the vast majority of Saltspringers) take for granted the relative peace and stability of our country. We arise under generally mild untroubled skies, we rarely if ever lock our front doors or our cars, we assiduously pick through our garbage separating the plastic and tin from the general refuse, drive into town without the threat of army road blocks or the acrid haze of gunpowder in the air. We turn out in droves when the authorities threaten to shut down a favourite hitchhiking spot at the bottom of Ganges Hill, barely cognizant that the outside world is rife with hunger and desperation. It took a transcontinental road trip to the heart of Canada to shuck this uncaring coil and declare in my best Valdy - Molsen voice, “I AM CANADIAN!”

Open Stage

Sun, April 30th 7 to 11 pm

Old Timey Café

Gather your friends, bring your banjo, guitar and harmonica or just your voice and join young and old on the south end for a fabulous open stage! Great music and munchies. Alcohol free and everyone welcome. On the last Sunday of every month in the OAPO annex at Fulford Hall.


This Toxic World: ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS Endocrine disrupting chemicals(EDC's) are incredibly prevalent in our modern world, and exposure can occur in the workplace, the environment, our food, and our water. They cause harm by interfering with our bodies' natural hormonal regulation systems, by 'mimicking' a hormone, thereby blocking, or activating, that hormone's receptors. Any hormone can be affected; thyroid, insulin, testosterone, estrogen, and more. Children, infants, and fetuses are the most susceptible to these poisons, as hormone levels play crucial roles in the proper development of young bodies and minds. EDC's are virtually impossible to avoid completely, but as with all toxins, the damage is in the dosage; read on for some tips on how to reduce your exposures and optimize your health. Arsenic: Alarmingly, this toxic metal is being found in some of our drinking water (yes, on this island) at levels far above what's considered safe. Arsenic can cause death, diabetes, lung disease, neurological disease, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer. Get your well water tested regularly, and consider installing a good filter system. Atrazine: This is a chemical herbicide, commonly used on corn crops in North America. Even low levels have been shown to cause the conversion of previously male frogs into females! While this sounds eerily similar to the plotline in the original Jurassic Park film, I regret that there are no velociraptors available to provide poetic justice to the purveyors of this poison. Buy certified organic! Bisphenol A (BPA): Found in tin cans and many plastic food containers, BPA mimics estrogen, and is linked to a vast array of negative effects, from early puberty to breast cancer. Save your canned soups for your post-apocalypse food cache, and eat fresh, local foods, as much as possible. Mercury: Found in your amalgam (silver/mercury) dental fillings, certain electronics, fluorescent lights, and some varieties of fish. Pregnant moms must be especially careful to avoid exposure, as the effects on the fetus can be severe. It also causes other symptoms, like weakness, fatigue, neurological disease, and more. Speak to a qualified biological dentist abot replacing old amalgams, and avoid long lived predatory fish, like tuna; instead choose wild salmon or trout. Perfluorinated chemicals (PFC's): The most famous example of these is Teflon. They are linked to thyroid, liver, immune, and developmental problems. If allowed to overheat, the non-stick coating will begin to degrade, and emit toxic gas. Seriously – cookware that can't get too hot or it releases toxic gases? To clarify, the critical temperature is 260ºC, which you can reach in under 2 minutes of cooking. But it is a bit easier to clean... I strongly recommend replacing these with stainless steel, cast iron, or glass cookware. Some of these chemicals or metals can be tested for – in samples taken from, our bodies, our water, or our soil. If we know or suspect their presence, we can support our bodies' efforts to excrete them, and attempt to identify and eliminate their source. Dr. Brad Dunstan, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, with additional certifications in Allergy Desensitization, Acupuncture, Prescribing Authority, IV Therapies, and Prolotherapy. He graduated from UBC in 1999, and from BINM in 2009. He has a special focus on digestive health, chronic pain, hormone balancing, and pediatrics. He can be reached by phone at 250 537 0035, or by email at

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My Food Matters by CHEF KEN BRUDNER

TOUCHED BY CANCER The basics of nature which we were all taught in school, does not stop there. We learned that the sun and rain makes crops grow and when you plant a seed in the ground it will grow into what it was once again. We learned that water evaporates from the oceans, lakes and rivers to form clouds that play their part in providing us with much needed H2o. As we grow older those basics of life are realized further and deeper and the commonality and connection of everything on the planet is revealed slowly but surely with the natural attachment of sensible sense...a common sense. To deny ourselves of that gift by throwing it under the rug in terms of our health and sustainability or, as it is still typical, to think that anything we purchase does not play a role in how the planet reacts, is total blasphemy. The perfection of nature leaves no stone unturned. It is flawless with its offerings, durable and resilient. It fights back and deserves a sacred connotation. Nature has provided us with everything we could possibly need, everything is connected, but we have forgotten its sanctity and there is no back-up planet, at least not yet, or no corner of the earth that is inhabitable that remains untouched by exploitation, neglect and abuse. Cancer has got us by the balls whether you have it or not. When you are touched by its heavy hand or have someone that you love that has been weakened by its force as my brother has, we try to make sense of it. Why me, why him? The thing is, we hold the power that is stronger than any military force because we are the only influence on what remains on the shelf, food or otherwise by our purchasing choices which is a huge factor in cancer development or restraint, depending on what you choose. Suggestions that healthy foods we buy contribute to our well- being are often still scoffed at. If you abuse a plant and watch it die, why can’t we see the whole picture and realize that plant does not die alone, it only dies in vain. We experimented in school taking whatever the subject of the day was to determine results and apply the findings to a broader scope like planet Earth. Think about all 7 billion of us peeing on a gift from nature or pouring bleach instead of pure water on them because essentially that’s what we are doing, so what will we be left with? If you have been touched by cancer (who hasn’t), you reach out, you want it to disappear. There is a certain strength that fuels our determination to do good for that person. Well what about future generations...our children? We need to stop being influenced by the bad guys whose profits and agenda far exceed the importance of a healthy life.

Love What You Cook, Love What You Eat!


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Bateman Has

Issues starring the most awesome John Bateman

I have been writing about Salt Spring Island for almost 10 years and I realized that I have never dedicated an article to BC Ferries. I’m not sure if it’s because there are just too many things to say about the ferries, or that I’m afraid the wrong person will read this and I will end up on the outside lane for the rest of my natural life. If you ask the average Islander what the most annoying thing about living on an Island is the first thing they will mention is the ferries. The second thing would be the corrupt judging at the Fall Fair, but that isn’t the point of this article. Make no mistake, the corruption runs very deep. Sorry, back to the ferries. The main issues with BC Ferries can be boiled down to one word, “expectations.” For some inexplicable reason, people have expectations of the ferries, even though they have never once raised the expectations of anyone. No one has ever uttered the words, “Wow, what a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting that from BC Ferries.” Yet people keep expecting better things from the ferry service. Evidence of this phenomenon are best illustrated in every ferry story ever told, which now number in the billions. Ferry stories are so common on this Island that if you go into a busy coffee shop, you will find that half the people are complaining about their last ferry trip. The other half are smiling, nodding and thinking of a way they can spill boiling coffee on themselves and make it look like an accident. A typical conversation goes something like this: “You’ll never guess what happened. I was headed to Victoria yesterday on the 9:50. I left 30 minutes early, because I figured it was Wednesday.” “Do go on.” “So I got the ferry terminal and the cars were backed up to... You know that house with the bathtub on the lawn?” “The one with the numbers on it?” “No, the one being used as a planter. Anyway, I missed the ferry!” “What?!” “I know. On a Wednesday!” The previous example could be considered to be one of the more exciting versions of a story that has been shared over and over. Seemingly passed down from generation to generation by families of travelers suffering from a chronic persecution complex. The problem is that too many travelers think they suffer from bad ferry karma. Since they missed the last ferry, they figure fate would make sure they catch the next one, no matter how late they are. Make no mistake, BC Ferries does not play games with fate. They run like a well oiled machine with schedules followed down to the last second. Since BC Ferries is so good at covering their butts, I won’t be surprised when they add the small print to the ferry schedule which reads, “Please Note: BC Ferries is not liable for you missing a sailing due to bad ferry Karma. Each traveller is responsible for their own Karma.” Seems appropriate for Salt Spring.


The Tree House Café is a one of a kind restaurant in the heart of Ganges serving delicious meals prepared from scratch. Located in the heritage cottage next to Mouat’s in the heart of Ganges village on beautiful Salt Spring Island. There is a beautiful old plum tree in the middle of the patio giving this island hot spot extra charm. Enjoy music Under the Stars 7 nights a week all summer! 125 nights in a row!


Moby’s has a spectacular view of Ganges Harbour, the Salt Spring Marina and the float planes coming in. You can come in the afternoon for lunch and watch the game, play a few games of pool, pull some tabs. Or come later for dinner and dance to some live entertainment from local or visiting bands. “Although we are a Pub, we offer the full dining experience and stand behind our service standards.”

Come and Experience one of Salt Spring’s finest restaurants. A wide variety of different dishes from all over the world. From seafood to pasta, the Salt Spring Inn has it all in a beautiful newly renovated building in one of the most wonderful locations in British Columbia. The Inn also features a Dining Room, Lounge, and Outdoor Deck for your dining pleasure. Now serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner seven days a week, as well as Weekend Brunches. Auntie Pesto’s has been family owned since 2004. Nestled on the waterfront boardwalk, in the heart of Ganges Village, Auntie Pesto’s offers breakfast lunch and dinner 7days a week during the summer months. Red Seal Chef Shawn Walton prepares a seasonal, from scratch menu using quality local ingredients from his own kitchen garden as well as many local growers, producers and artisans, using them to create innovative and inspired specials.

17 th Annual Gala Weekend

Auction Catalogue


World-Renowned Folk Fiddle Musician

FRI JULY 14 7: 0 PM


TREASURE FAIR GALA & LIVE AUCTION Auctioneer Chris Humphreys

SAT JULY 15 7:00 PM

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