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Judy Anderson’s “This one brings me the most pride” takes home the top award (on our cover). Salt Spring Island, BC – October 22, 2017 – The winners of the second Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) have been announced with Calgary artist Judy Anderson winning the Salt Spring Prize for her work, “This one brings me the most pride”. Anderson’s mixed media work is hailed as a piece worthy of the National Gallery of Canada. The 3D installation, combines beads, moose hide, otter skin and a goalie mask and draws on Indigenous teachings, knowledge and ways of making to honour the people in her life, in particular her youngest son, Riel. Anderson was shocked to learn she had won, “When I visited the opening exhibition in September there were so many works I admired that I had no inkling I would win. I was at home in the evening when I learned I had won and I immediately shared the news with my family.” The prestigious jury, who showcased the exhibition, chose the winning works in person. The jurors included, David Garneau, associate professor of visual arts at the University of Regina; Denis Longchamps, artistic director and chief curator of the Art Gallery of Burlington; and Naomi Potter, the director/ curator of the Esker Foundation of Calgary. Juror, Naomi Potter says, “In only its second year, it’s exciting to see where the Salt Spring National Art Prize goes.” Representing the best of contemporary work from across Canada, seven artists from Western Canada took home eight awards as follows:

Salt Spring National Art Prize Winners THE SALT SPRING PRIZE:


$17,000 ($12,000 & a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)

Three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition.

The Joan McConnell Award

Judy Anderson, Calgary, AB, for "This one brings me the most pride…”

JURORS' CHOICE AWARDS: The Stephen P Roberts

Three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror;

WINNER | Juror’s Choice Award Juror, David Garneau Jan Little, Kaleden, BC, for "Jael Suddenly Found Herself With That Beard She'd Long Dreamt Of” WINNER | Juror’s Choice Award Juror, Naomi Potter Katherine MacNeill, Oliver, BC, for "Offroad East of Oyama BC” WINNER | Juror’s Choice Award Juror, Denis Longchamps Diana Thorneycroft, Winnipeg MB, for "Guard on the Edge (of the forest & the night)"

The Rosemarie Behncke

WINNER | 1ST PRIZE - $3,000 People’s Choice Awards Garry Kaye, Salt Spring Island, BC, for “Roadside" WINNER | 2ND PRIZE - $2,000 People’s Choice Awards Peter McFarlane, Salt Spring Island, BC, for "Reclaim Saw" WINNER | 3RD PRIZE - $1,000 People’s Choice Awards Dave Parsanishi, Port Alberni, BC, for "Mamaaɫ ni (A Transformation Mask)”


The ASA (Alliance of Salt Spring Artists) - $1,000 Garry Kaye, Salt Spring Island, BC, for “Roadside"


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

^ Let’s be honest. You e You know that are popular among your friends because thing that happened a couple weeks ago and is still making things a little you are known for always having a tough… That’s Jupiter’s fault. I don’t sweet stash. know what to tell you – Jupiter is being _ Geminis a total wang right now. are known for their incredible wit, f astounding intelligence and breathtaking You will feel an overwhelming desire to beauty. Too bad you’re a Taurus. kiss everyone in sight today. This may not go over well. Just sayin. ` If you were able to believe in Santa for 8 years you should g be able to believe in yourself for at least You know that cashier at Country Grocer 5 minutes. Go get em! who’s been making love eyes with you







a Cancer:

Be wary of Wednesdays…

b Believe me when I say that the stars are telling me that you will travel this week. There will definitely be some kind of journey from one place to another place.


c Virgo: I am not saying

you’re stupid just that you have bad luck when it comes to thinking.

d Libra: Stop being so

gullible. Everyone is laughing at you.

every Tuesday…They’re part of an Internet group that believes the earth is flat. And they can’t decide how they feel about vaccinations. So… Just sit with that for a while.

h Aquarius:

If Don’t Stop Believin’ starts playing and the person next to you doesn’t start singing, that’s a sign that you need to find better friends, quick!

i Pisces: You claim yourself

to be a wanderer and a dreamer, however, you never leave this tiny island to do anything new and exciting.

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with Dr. Brad Dunstan ND

NEUROGASTROENTEROLOGY; the GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION My inbox is always full of interesting new studies and articles about new advances in the field of medicine. This morning there was a particularly relevant study, which explored the link between digestive disorders and mood disorders. This study confirmed that there exists a strong, bidirectional link between digestive issues (in this case dyspepsia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS), and mood problems such as depression and anxiety. This means that people with depression or anxiety are significantly more likely to develop digestive problems, and people with digestive problems are more likely to develop mood disorders. The digestive system is innervated by over 100 million neurons – more than even the spinal cord – not just for the brain to control the gut, but also for the gut to influence the brain. This connection has long been recognized and observed in clinical practice by naturopathic doctors like myself, and, notably, in the distant past, by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine has evolved to include an understanding of the inherent connection between various organs and associated emotional states. Within the digestive system, the stomach is associated with 'manic' behaviour or anxiety, the small intestine is related to mental clarity and judgement, the large intestine is connected to 'letting go' of the past, and the gall bladder is associated with decision making. This is by necessity an extreme oversimplification, but it does give the basic outline of this aspect of Chinese medicine. What we can take from this knowledge, both ancient and modern, is the expectation that when we see a mood disorder, to look to the gut, and when we see a digestive disorder, to consider the brain. In addition, we should be aware that causation could be occurring in either direction; gut problems might cause mood problems, and vice versa. But here's the really exciting thing - we can then conclude that there is a whole new range of therapeutic options when dealing with these concerns. When standard approaches are not sufficient to address a mood disorder, it is likely that healing the gut will be helpful. Similarly, intractable digestive issues all too often have a mental component that has been overlooked, and offers us a viable treatment target. Mind-focused treatments for digestive concerns include cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback, and hypnotherapy – all of these have proven themselves effective. Digestion focused treatments for mental disorders can include food sensitivity testing, probiotics, gentle cleanses, and much more. If you're interested in reading the study I've discussed here today, feel free to call or email and I'll send you a link. 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


November “Listen to them, the children of the night what music they make. ” Prepare to be seduced by this eerily evocative ballet that will bite deeply into your soul. Ballet Victoria performs Dracula one-night-only on Friday, November 10 at 7:30 pm at ArtSpring Community Arts Centre. This beautiful performance explores mankind’s appetite for immortality and eternal youth as well as the need to escape from reality which can lead to a disconnect and a path towards addictions. Like alcohol or drugs, Dracula must be invited by the person to meet their demise at his hand. This allegory still holds true today. Only love and a sense of connection and support can bring one back from the dark side. As an on-going effort to provide Salt Spring youth with excellent opportunities to learn from visiting artists, a master class will be offered to GISS/GISPA students with Ballet Victoria’s lead dancers on Thursday, November 9. Visit www.artspring. ca for more info. Additionally, the company will offer a unique Professional Development Opportunity to attend an Open Rehearsal on Friday, November 10, open to local dance students. Company class 12:00 to 1:30 pm followed by a run through 2:00 to 4:00 pm. A post-show talk-back with dancers will follow the performance on Friday, November 10 at 7:30 pm; bar opens at 6:30 pm. Tickets to this show are available online at, or at ArtSpring’s Box Office. Adult tickets are $25 and youth are $5, thanks to Country Grocer’s generous youth sponsorship program. Ballet Victoria at ArtSpring is proudly sponsored by Joan Farlinger and Salt Spring Coffee.


Dracula – Ballet Victoria 7:30 pm; bar 6:30 pm (post-show talkback) Adults $25 | Youth $5 proudly sponsored by Joan Farlinger and Salt Spring Coffee


The Exterminating Angel MET Opera LIVE broadcast 10 am $21.95 Adult | $18.95 Senior | $12.95 Youth


Death Cafe 2 pm (tea & treats offered) Free

TUE NOVEMBER 21 Runaway Moon Theatre 21 Ways to Make the World Last Longer 7:30 pm; bar 6:30 pm (no intermission | post-show talkback) Adults $25 | Youth $5 proudly sponsored by Victoria Olchowecki

WED NOVEMBER 29 Early Spirit 7:30 pm; bar 6:30 pm Adults $25 | Youth $5 proudly sponsored by Mouat’s Old Salty

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Scrooge December 20-23 at ArtSpring


Bentall Cariboo and the


Nov 21st at FULFORD HALL

On November 21, Barney Bentall brings his stellar showcase of performers to the Salt Spring Folk Club’s presentation, at the Fulford Hall. The cast includes along with Barney Bentall; Kirby Barber Dustin Bengal Ridley Bent Wendy Bird Kendel Carson The Drifter Matt Masters The Preacher Leeroy Stagger and the Gold Rush Allstars with Special Guests. This will be one of many stops on the western Canadian tour that is raising money for food banks in many Canadian locations. The Cariboo Express is a highly entertaining, one-of-kind variety show hosted by Canadian music icon Barney Bentall and includes some of Canada’s finest roots and country musicians. It is all about laughter, storytelling and the timeless sound of contemporary songwriters with great respect for tradition. The show is a heartfelt set of roots, folk and rock favourites. Not only that, but the mandate of the Cariboo Express on this night to raise funds for the Salt Spring Food Bank. The Salt Spring Food Bank relies entirely on community donations of food and cash and a dedicated group of volunteers so this fundraiser is timely to stock up for the Christmas food hamper program. The Cariboo Express has become a sought-after event across western Canada that makes a significant impact on each community it touches with both its fundraising model and highly engaging show. What better way to spend a Monday night in November than at a show that is not just an incredibly enjoyable favourite for all ages, but one that makes a difference in the community too. This is the third year that SS Folk Club has presented this extremely popular "best ever” Cariboo Express show. Last year they doubled the fundraising proceeds for the Food Bank from 2015 and raised $20,000. Cash donations will be matched by the Bengal family’s Hawthorne Foundation and are acknowledged with a tax receipt from SS Community Services Society.

11th annual


and 3rd annual

Jewels for Literacy Sale

A Salt Spring Literacy Fundraiser at the Farmers’ Institute

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 17-19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thousands of good quality used books in 40+ categories, plus gift quality pre-loved jewelry.

Sue Newman with Metta Rose and her three children, Rica, Ryder & Rory, part of the revival cast!

You may have heard that Sue Newman and Co. is remounting Christmas with Scrooge this December 20th. An incredible show based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol and last seen in this manifestation about 10 years ago, it's entertained generations of Salt Springers. Indeed, several adult local performers started in a Scrooge role as children! Sue's parents Ray and Virginia adapted the story and wrote I don't know how many songs for it. It's a big deal, having always been a recurring community/family production since the '70's.

wintercraft November 24th - December 21st

Wintercraft opens on November 24th at Mahon Hall and runs all the way to December 21st. As the winter version of Artcraft, Wintercraft is directed more towards the season and to gift giving than the summer show, but maintains the same quality, diversity and originality. The mantra of “Beautiful.Local.Unique.” holds very true as visitors find that special something for the people on their lists.

Info:; 250-537-9717

90 different artists and craftspeople from Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands have their work displayed with everything from feltwork, painting, pottery, jewellery, basketry and woodwork to tree ornaments and greetings cards filling the hall. Mahon hall looks magical with seasonal decorations and a cornucopia of creativity.

Proudly supported by the Rotary Club of Salt Spring Island.

This year Wintercraft will host the “Artists from the Fringe” exhibition again in the annex gallery, running from November 30th to December 21st.

Preview Evening: Thu, Nov. 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for SS Literacy Society members. Join the society at the door for $10 and enjoy wine, appys & a chance to purchase two books.


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Saturday November 25th, 10am-2pm at 111 Hereford Ave

SSI United Church is once again celebrating the Christmas Season with our annual WinterFaire, on Sat. Nov. 25th from 10 am to 2 pm. A one stop Christmas shopping affair at 111 Hereford Ave. Come and enjoy a Christmas Cafe featuring hot lunch of traditional Tourtiere with Music, Shop Upstairs & Down for Handicrafts, Cash & Carry, Christmas & Gluten Free Baking, Frozen Cuisine, Jams, Fruit Cakes, Silent Auction, & Kids-only Shopping area & Fishing Pond!

Christmas Calendar NOVEMBER 24



Wintercraft at Mahon Hall Open Daily through Dec 21

Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fair 10am - 5pm

Merry Monday in Fulford Village 6:15pm


Beaver Point Hall Christmas Craft Fair 10am - 5pm


WinterFaire at 111 Hereford Ave 10am - 2pm DECEMBER 1 Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fair 5pm - 9pm Beaver Point Hall Christmas Craft Fair 5pm - 9pm DECEMBER 2 Saturday Christmas Market at Centennial Park Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fair 9pm - 5pm Beaver Point Hall Christmas Craft Fair 9pm- 5pm Santa Fly-in Coast Guard Warf 1pm Santa at the Library 2pm

DECEMBER 9 Saturday Christmas Market at Centennial Park Lions Santa Ship at Coast Guard Dock

Christmas w/ Scrooge at ArtSpring 7:30pm DECEMBER 21 Christmas w/ Scrooge at ArtSpring 7:30pm DECEMBER 22

Salt Spring Singers ‘Yuletide Fire’ at ArtSpring 7:30pm

Christmas w/ Scrooge at ArtSpring 7:30pm


Saturday Christmas Market at Centennial Park

Salt Spring Singers ‘Yuletide Fire’ at ArtSpring 2pm


Christmas w/ Scrooge at ArtSpring 2:30pm



Open Late Shop & Social at Participating businesses in Ganges 5-7pm

Christmas Eve

7th Annual Glowtini Contest at Meadon Hall 7pm

DECEMBER 16 6th Annual Chilli Cook Off at Centennial Park Saturday Christmas Market 4pm - 6pm at Centennial Park

DECEMBER 25 Merry Christmas! DECEMBER 31 New Years Eve Run For Cover at Moby’s Pub 8pm

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She Said: This is Who I Am

this November at ArtSpring

This is the fifth year that an all women's art show will be taking place at Artspring. The focus on women's creativity resulted from a spur of the moment comment by Sam Barlow at one of the Sunday gatherings of the group participating in 'Loving Inquiry, A Year to Love' led by mentor Ahava Shira. The question was something about what would you like to have happened at this point and the answer came quickly "my art on the walls of a gallery". Pieces of Her Story was born that day and continued as a title for the show for the next two years. Since 2013 the women who have come together to put themselves, their creativity, their words on the walls has grown and changed. What remains the same each year is what the group offers: work that relates to personal creativity, where it comes from and how we express ourselves as women, stories that are told in words and images, film, pieces that expressed their vulnerability, the pain of loss, memories of the past that were not always loving stories. The stories that each of us tells through our creativity reveals not who we are today but what has shaped us as individuals, how we view the world and somewhere in the telling we speak to the history of our time here on earth. The women who participate in these shows want to inspire others to find their voice, their own way to express themselves, to tell their own stories. This years show entitled "She Said: This is Who I Am" will feature the work of 14 women: Selena Baldwin, Sam Barlow, Isabelle DeLauniere, Erin Fawcett, Odette Graham, Bullah Gordon, Jane Mackenzie, Nikki Menard, Meghan McKillop, Ahava Shira, Julianna Slomka, Aria Squire, Emily Surbey and Charlene Wollf. Through painting, photography, ink on paper, collage, film, upcycling, and mixed media these women will tell the stories of who they are. The show opens on November 10th with an Opening Reception on November 11th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Open Stage

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.

Old Timey Café


MAKING! November 24th, 7pm at Beaver Point Hall

The Amplify Purple Carpet Tour is making sure to stop for a screening on beloved Salt Spring Island. November 24th 7pm at Beaver Point hall we will be screening the film, followed by a dance party featuring film's stars AppleCat and Wala, and local favourite Firewood Poetry. Music heals, right? Depends on the depths of the wounds. In Amplify Her, three Electronic Dance Music artists battle demons from their painful pasts to emerge as beacons in the global festival scene. Blondtron, Applecat and Lux Moderna overcome isolation, illness, and gender bias to give life to their creativity. This visually dynamic documentary film weaves animated motion comics created by the characters to offer intimate access into the colourful worlds of emerging female artists. Rather than ask the expected: “why aren’t there more women in this male dominated scene?”, we wonder: “what is unique about feminine expression and how might we all benefit when it flourishes.

Tickets are $25.00 for both the screening and the dance party or $15.00 for just the screening$15.00 for just the after party.

Tickets at We can also accept interac email transfer to with the pw "amplify" This event takes place on the unseeded Coast Salish territories. Please take the time to acknowledge and respect the first peoples and the land of which we dance upon.

*The term Coast Salish is used to encompass a number of Indigenous peoples, including Esquimalt, Hul’qumi’num, Klahoose, Lekwungen (Songhees), MALAXEt, Musqueam, OStlq’emeylem, Pentlatch, Scia’new (Beecher Bay), Sliammon, Shishalh, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw, Stó:lo, Straits, Tsleil-Waututh, T’Sou-ke, SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum), and Xwemalhkwu.

Note: Film is currently unrated, though contains some adult language and one implied instance of self-harm.

Watch the trailer

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Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx, ECE

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

My Food Matters by CHEF KEN BRUDNER


dear singing amma We just moved into a new neighbourhood and, though we love it here, we are experiencing a new challenge. There are kids who live nearby who are super excited to be friends with our kids. And, our kids are getting frustrated with how often these kids are showing up uninvited. We don’t want to offend our new neighbours but… help? New and Not-Wanting-to-Be-Unfriendly

Understanding the subliminal and vibrational effects of food when creating flavour and offering nutrition can greatly improve the chances of your food having the attributes to allow your emotional energy into a heartfelt place, where it should be. Chi philosophy and other mind and body connected- like people have embraced food for what it is in its most basic form and realize the undeniable relationship between good food full of nutrition and good healthy living.

Dear Not-Unfriendly This is a beautiful example of how a seemingly happy and exciting new opportunity can sometimes also feel a little unsettling or even stressful. One of the first things to remind children in times like these is how amazing and interesting it is that we can have more than one feeling at a time about the same situation. “It sounds to me like you’re excited about having some new friends, and close by. And, at the same time, you seem irritated by not having more time in your own new house to just be yourselves!” Often, just knowing that it’s OK to have multiple feelings about a situation can relieve some of the hidden pressure of having to figure out how one “should” be feeling. Another great way to guide children in interpersonal-relationship murky waters is to model the kind of behaviour that you know could help their situation. Let them overhear you have a conversation with a friend who wants to get together with you. “You know how much I love hanging out with you! And, I’ve gotta be honest… what I actually need to do this weekend is have some good, old-fashioned, family time. I just really, really want to be home. You know, I need to re-fill my well! …. I knew you’d understand! That what makes it so easy to be your friend.” Allowing our children to be conscientious in their deliberations and to make conscious choices, as well as reflecting back their choices for them can help them become discerning in their interactions. When she comes to you with her concern, offer: “How will you be able to tell if you’d like more company this afternoon or not?” Or, later, “I know you were torn about spending the weekend alone at home with just the family or having the new neighbour friends in to play again. How do you feel about your choice and how your weekend went?” Giving children the time and space and voice to explore how things are actually going for them on their terms is a life-enhancing practice that will serve them for years to come. This is also, of course, a perfect opportunity to have a conversation about it being totally all right - and healthy! - to set personal boundaries. “I know that we’ve just met, and it’s exciting to have friends in the neighbourhood. And, I really need you to know that sometimes I just need some alone time. And other times I actually just need some family time. Now is one of those times. Thanks for understanding!”

But it is not just the food it extends to how it is prepared, other foods it is combined with, where it was sourced, the energy it took to have it on your counter, how the food is eaten and how the leftovers might be used. Preparation and the method of cooking can greatly influence your experience with it. Where it came from can signify a responsible attitude or not. The amount of energy it took to get it to your kitchen can be recognized or ignored. How food is eaten with concerns of sufficient chewing to ease digestion and the respect you have for it can allow nutrients to be distributed more efficiently in our bodies. Foods that combine well for taste and digestion heighten the vibration that can affect at a cellular level, your whole being. If what is left is stored properly to maintain quality and then consumed at an appropriate temperature and timely fashion or composted to provide those nutrients for the next harvest those leftovers can provide an excellent meal and support a sustainable future. In terms of taste, specifically, the combination, amounts and method used, the focus should be on what your intention is. What exactly do you have in mind for that sauce, chutney, dressing or anything else you are building? Do you want it to be dominant in flavour? Do you want it to sing while you consume? Or do you want it to be subtle, tucked safely as an undertone, something to comfort rather than energize? If you are creating a dressing for a salad, let’s say, you may want it to be vibrant with ingredients that will support that vibrancy. To add ingredients that discourage that will lessen that dynamic. Take garlic for example; use it freshly minced or sliced in something you want to be explosive in flavour. Roast the garlic for comfort in something like mashed potatoes or a dip that is eaten with bread or the like. The fresh garlic provides a much different effect than roasted. So I suggest if you want to paint a clear blue sky, do not add a little grey. I could probably write a novel on this topic, how food affects us. It is being re-understood with each passing day and great measures are being taken to preserve this connection with food that has been around for thousands of years. The real answer lies in what our common sense tells us.

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For Everyone



with Salt Spring Island teacher Dorothy Price with Marsha Moreau

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde Always a sucker for anything beerelated, I know why I picked up this glittering, beautifully covered novel at Salt Spring Books. My great uncle was a beekeeper and I have many fond memories of time spent with him and his bees. Salt Spring is a place rich in bee culture and home to many custodians of these amazing creatures. Distressingly, our bees and their place in our world are at risk, and this book, albeit in its fictional state, addresses the issue in a powerful way. “The History of Bees”, (not to be confused with “The Secret Life of Bees”, an excellent but completely different story) is a tale in three parts. As is always the case with multiple storylines, there’s a common thread that connects them. I was disappointed to have surmised the connections very early on in the story. Perhaps it’s my (borderline) cynical nature but it was so painfully obvious to me and made the big reveal that the author was building up to fall flat. Her premise is a clever one though, and I’m pleased to report that my enjoyment of this novel was not diminished by my “bees & their place in our ability to guess where she world are at risk, and this was going with it. book, albeit in its fictional William is a biologist in state, addresses the issue 1852, England. Frustrated in a powerful way.” by the mundane realities of his family life, when he’d previously showed such promise in his field, William sets out to achieve a measure of success, in a mostly undiscovered area, beekeeping, by using science to create a better type of hive. George is a beekeeper in 2007, in rural America. A traditionalist, he’s hurt by his son’s seeming disinterest in continuing to care for the family farm and is witness to the beginnings of mysterious disappearances of bees, which we now recognize as Colony Collapse Disorder. Tao is a worker in a small village in China, 2098. She, along with many others, paints pollen onto fruit trees by hand, as there are no longer bees to fulfill this task. This future world is restrictive and sad. People are poor, and hungry, with food production being of the utmost importance as there’s clearly not enough to go around.

I was fascinated by these characters’ stories and loved the author’s ability to anchor them in their time-period and to give them each an authentic voice. Please listen, they are saying something the bees really need us to hear.


How do we cope?

Through the years, sooner or later, we will have to deal with some sad or worrisome issues. How do we cope when a dear friend, or a beloved family member, receives a serious health diagnosis? How do we cope if we are the one that receives the diagnosis? How does one get up and keep going? The Buddhists believe that all spiritual practice is to alleviate suffering. Spiritual practices, and religions, give us tools to help us through difficult times. These tools, such as community, prayer, meditation and mindfulness, help us to navigate through the disappointments, hardships and losses that punctuate our lives. Many will not find spirituality until illness or sadness hits. It is natural. “According to Buddhist psychology, most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent.” – Dalai Lama In Buddhism it is believed that attachment is a major cause of mental anguish. Attachment to our loved ones, to our homes, to our belongings. Our habit of attachment causes pain when: 1. we worry about losing people, places and things we are attached to (future) 2. we lose people, places and things we are attached to (present) 3. we have a sad memory of people, places and things we are attached to (past) But how can we not be not attached! Non-attachment doesn't mean not caring. What it means is not demanding that things go according to our preferences. Yes, we would prefer if we never lost anything or anyone we love, but that is not possible. When we remind ourselves that nothing is permanent, that everything changes, then perhaps we can be better prepared when our time comes to face a distressing event. All endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time” - Buddha My spiritual practice of yoga and meditation makes me feel supported by the ancient practice that it is. For thousands of years people have used these practices to find inner peace. Sometimes we need support because we are upset about our own situation. Sometimes we need support because we are upset about someone we love. Here is a meditation (5-10 mins) that can be used to help you get through those tough times. You can use it for yourself or you can visualize a person you love, and breathe as if you are doing this cleansing breath for them. • Sit comfortably, eyes closed. Slightly exaggerate your shallow, natural breathing. • As you inhale visualize bright, light energy fill every cell of your body with vibrancy and pure love. Enjoy this feeling. • On the exhale, relax as you visualize black smoke, representing fear, anger, sadness or ill health, leave your body with the breath. Do not become emotionally involved in the feelings. Let the blackness dissipate into the atmosphere. • That's it. If you get distracted, return to the breath. There are many simple, spiritual practices that can support us. If you feel overwhelmed by life, why not look into finding one that works for you. I found mine! See you on the mat! ~ Dorothy

Dorothy teaches yoga classes, pranayama, meditation & retreats locally & worldwide. Visit or phone 250-537-7675

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Let’s tally up, shall we? Thus far this year, we have witnessed the worst ever massacre on North American soil in Las Vegas. Suicide bombers in London and Paris, and North Korea sending ICBM’s over Japan. Practically every country on the planet is fending off a fiscal and political revolution. And on it goes. Earthquakes in central America, hurricane after hurricane slamming the Gulf of Mexico, massive forest fires in BC and California, pieces of ice larger than Saltspring Island routinely calving off the Antarctic. And on it goes. We have Donald Trump undoing all the good that Obama instituted, eviscerating the Environmental Protection Agency, ripping into the North America Free Trade Agreement, muzzling the free press, angering and alienating every country on the planet, with the exception of the West’s arch enemy, Russia. And on it goes. And then there is Harvey Weinstein. And Russian hacking. And the Syrian refugee crisis. And genocide in Myanmar. And on it goes. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren’t exactly trotting across the face of the earth. They are galloping. With a psychotic, red headed sociopath leading the charge. Yet in spite of the apocalyptic news, the economy steams along. At the time of this writing, the U.S. Dow Jones stock index is up five thousand points since October/16. The Toronto Stock Index is up over 1300 points in the past year. Auto sales are better than brisk, breaking records month after month. Consumer electronics have jumped over 30% in the past year. Amazon up over 20%, Walmart up over 20%. Apple stocks have surged 25% since “The Donald” took office in January. So with the world going to Hell in a hand basket, why are those of us in the ‘First World’ countries buying bright shiny things like there is no tomorrow? We are not squirrelling away apple seeds and non-perishables in anticipation of a nuclear winter or massive ocean surge. No. We are buying toys. When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. This collective, potentially disastrous habit of assuaging the stark terror gurgling within our gut by abusing our lines of credit and plastic is the fiscal fentanyl of our generation. Canadians now owe $1.67 for every dollar earned. Our plastic debt is above $610 billion, meaning the average Canuck owes over $22,000. Those that can swing it, are buying $100,000 Teslas, $1200 iPhone 8’s, and $180.00 James Perse T-shirts - by tapping into house equity (generously offered by all the lending institutions) to the point where we collectively owe $1.36 trillion in mortgage debt - an unfathomable number. The unrelenting parade of horrific bloodbaths and dire climatic predictions streaming into our bubble wrapped brains is traumatizing us to the point where currency does not represent much anymore, save its ability to dull the warning sirens through its ability to acquire shiny toys. Not to sound like your tweedy grandad, but there will be a reckoning. In the meantime, take comfort. Only a few more shopping weeks before Christmas

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Bateman Has

Issues starring the most awesome John Bateman My first piece of advice to parents is to never have children. My main issue with being a parent is the fact that kids, by nature are more selfish than I am. I don’t like being out-selfished. Just ask my mum.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being a parent. What I don’t love is that nature has formulated parents to care deeply about their kids. It seems counterproductive to parental survival. Luckily, at a certain age, we are able to ship kids off to school. All you have to do is enroll them, and off they go. Then you can do whatever you want until they come home. It’s just that easy... in every other part of the world, except for Salt Spring...obviously. Salt Spring Island has the greatest diversity of educational establishments, per capita than any other place in the world. Seeing as Salt Spring’s official motto is, “Doing everything differently because we can.”, it makes a lot of sense that there are so many educational options.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th 8pm at SALT SPRING LEGION, 120 Blain Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC Tickets available in advance at

the Salt Spring Legion, Branch 92 For more information call 250-537-5822



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The most obvious option for schooling is your, run of the mill, public education routs, like Fulford School and the other ones (south end bias). These schools are paid by your astronomical property taxes, should you decide to pay them. Class sizes here hover around the provincial average of 79 kids per room. These schools have your garden variety sports teams, field trips to the museum and walks in nature. Parents are only expected to attend the odd performance parentteacher meetings and volunteer 30 hours/week for each household. Should you, like many parents, decide that your child is far too gifted for a garden variety education, fear not. Salt Spring has another tier of schooling. For example, the centre school is located by a yoga retreat, tucked into an idyllic natural setting. You have to pay for your child to attend, but the low student to teacher ratio guarantees that your child will have a much better chance of being caught if they acting like little jerks. The close proximity to the yoga centre will give your child a head start towards achieving oneness. Don’t get me wrong, twoness is nothing to shrug at, but oneness to zeroness is the goal. Maybe you want your kids to experience an education that doesn’t have all those fancy frills like, running water or walls. If that’s the case, Wolf School for you. Just to get to the classroom is a 3km snowshoe through dense forest, snow or not. The classroom consists of a roof and...yah, I think that’s it. Here you get the same core academics like english, science and math. The only difference is that while you are studying times tables, you are also trapping and skinning a moose. And you study sentence structure while crossing the Bering Strait on a raft made of logs and plastic bottles found on the shoreline. It’s a little bit on the rugged side, but it’s also the only school that guarantees your daughter or son will graduate with a full beard.

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Volunteer and Community Resources (VCR) and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 92 present…

Volunteer & Community Resources (VCR), & Seafirst Insurance Brokers present

TACKING AGAINST THE WIND: Non Profits in a Climate of Uncertainty Peter Elson, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 from 4-5pm at Salt Spring Library Program Space - Cost: FREE! Join Peter Elson for a 20 minute presentation followed by Q&A to explore: 1. Why nonprofit organizations exist at all

2. Vital Signs and the opportunity it represents

3. The importance of stories - connecting community and the sector The session will be followed by VCR’s regular AGM meeting. Everyone Welcome! Peter Elson is Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, and Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University (Calgary). Peter received his MSc in Voluntary Sector Organization from LSE and his PhD in Adult Education and Community Development from University of Toronto. Prior to this Peter was Executive Director for the Ontario Public Health Association for fifteen years. During this time he was also voluntary chair of his community residents association in Toronto. Between 2010 and 2016 Peter worked with Peter Hall (SFU) and community partners across Canada to conduct the first comprehensive national profile of social enterprises in Canada. Peter’s specific research interests include the engagement of grant-making foundations in public policy; and the analysis of an enabling policy environment for the charitable and voluntary sector, both in Canada and as part of an independent G20 working group. He is author of High Ideals and Noble Intentions: Voluntary Sector-Government Relations in Canada (2011) and editor of Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada (2016), both published by the University of Toronto Press. Peter is an active hiker, marathon canoe paddler and curler and is currently enrolled in a graduate certificate program in Indigenous Nationhood at UVic.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #92

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