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DOCTORS life + leisure

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+ EAST COAST flavour trail

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+ sniff, swirl + sip WINE

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Editor Barb Sligl

Art Direction BSS Creative

Contributing Editor Janet Gyenes

Editorial Assistant Adam Flint

Contributors Michael DeFreitas Dr. Holly Fong Alison Kent Dr. Chris Pengilly Manfred Purtzki Dr. Kelly Silverthorn Roberta Staley Catherine Tse Cover photo B. Sligl Senior Account Executive Monique Nguyen

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15 the islands of Fiji are paradise-like + laid-back 29 the Okanagan Valley is a wine-soaked wonder

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CME Development Adam Flint

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8 photo prescription

5 fall mix 23 CME calendar 37 sudoku 38 small talk

Go low

11 pay it forward The story of Pippa’s Place, a refuge for HIV-AIDS children in Kenya

12 the thirsty doctor

Sniff, swirl, sip

14 the hungry doctor

with Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

Last hurrah on the grill

19 motoring The three-year itch

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The Mamanuca islands, off the coast of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, are dotted with luxurious retreats like Likuliku Lagoon Resort, seen here. Welcome to paradise. Story on page 15.

33 the wealthy doctor


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from the editor


s summer really over? So soon? Our love affair with the hot-and-lazy days of summer seem to spark quickly and then fizzle just as fast. No matter…it’s easy to get over the fickle love of summer with a grand fall fling. Growing up in Ontario, fall was always my favourite time of year, with an overabundance of glorious colours. I’ll never forget hiking in Algonquin Park in early October, through the many gradations of reds, golds and yellows of deciduous trees, each one more other-worldly than the last. Alas, on the west coast, that intense burst of colour is harder to find. And yet there’s a different palette to behold and be enchanted by… In BC’s Okanagan region, from Kelowna (page 23) to Osoyoos, pops of red brush and yellow leaves are the backdrop for the deep

purples and verdant greens of big bunches of grapes. Everywhere. There’s a sense of ripeness and juiciness—of life at its fullest. It’s harvest season and there’s almost too much to feast on, whether you want to wine or dine. Follow our fall tour of just a few places to experience some of BC’s fall bounty (page 29). And while you’re planning your taste tour deep into the Okanagan, brush up on your wine tasting skills. Seems easy enough to indulge, but we have a few tips on how best to sniff, swirl and sip your way through all those wineries (page 12). And don’t forget to refuel with some locavore grub— and a side of stunning Okanagan Valley views—at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Winery (page 5). So. Good.

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If you’re still pining for summer’s hot-andsultry embrace, well, we’ve got you covered there too. Summer is just heating up big time in the southern hemisphere…so where better for an exotic escape than Fiji? From über-friendly locals, who greet you with a perma-smile whether you’re in the jungle or on the beach, to unreal waters and unspoiled reefs, these storied isles come just about as close to paradise as possible on this earth (page 15). Of course, reality eventually sets in and it’s back to work or school, so to speak. Our “wealthy doctor”’s latest lesson is on how to keep creditors from your hard-earned assets (page 33). Pay attention! Then, assuage some of that back-to-school, er, back-to-work anxiety with a sweet new ride…perhaps. Our motoring guru agonizes over the three-year itch when it comes to finding a new automotive love (page 19). Sometimes a little boost and envy inducement is well warranted. And, on that note, we here at Just for Canadian Doctors are thrilled to boast a bit and announce that our sister publication, Just for Canadian Dentists, has been named a nominee in the 2014 Western Magazine Awards, following in this magazine’s footsteps as a past nominee. Bravo! feedback@InPrintPublications.com

clockwise from top: B. Sligl

fall fling

clockwise from top Scenes from Fiji, our “travel the world” feature, where you’ll be greeted with smiles, gaze upon some of the most beautiful beaches and coralfilled bays anywhere and sip on local rum cocktails. Bula, baby! Story on page 15.

what/when/where > fall style | food | shows | festivals | places | getaways | gear…

mmmmm miradoro For full immersion in the bounty of the Okanagan, dine at Miradoro, where you’ll be surrounded by valley views and aromas wafting from the kitchen, which features its own forno oven—essential for crisping the whisper-thin crust on its Neapolitan-style pizza. Executive chef Jeff van Geest fully embraces the region’s delectable offerings in his Mediterraneaninspired menu, from the heirloom tomato and stone fruit panzanella salad to the sustainable local char accompanied with delicate zucchini blossoms. Seasonality rules here, with the elegant menu of modern country cuisine adapting to celebrate earthy morel mushrooms foraged by Mikuni Wild Harvest or autumn squash from Covert Farms. With Tinhorn Creek celebrating its 20year anniversary this year, raise a glass to toast this milestone with guest chefs and communal table dinners at the restaurant and live performances, including Colin James, in the amphitheatre. tinhorn.com —Janet Gyenes

bc bounty

Local arctic char, served family style. / Sipping + sitting pretty in the vineyard. / The view from Miradoro’s dining deck. / Burrata appetizer.

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fare with a view


east coast flavour trail


2 Travel 60 km westward to Baddeck Lobster Suppers, bring your appetite, arrive early in the evening to avoid line-ups, and choose the ‘All You Can Eat’ option of steamed mussels, seafood chowder, biscuits and salads, plus dessert and beverages. In between, choose from four mains—local lobster, snow crab, maple-planked Atlantic salmon or strip loin steak—served fresh and friendly as can be. baddecklobstersuppers.ca Must-try: Snow crab with drawn butter; potato salad; tea biscuits.


Snow crab at Baddeck Lobster Suppers.

With scenic coastal roads, picturesque towns and fresh local fare to sample along the way, the adage, ‘There’s no wrong turn on Cape Breton Island,’ rings true. Following a clockwise loop, here are six noteworthy spots to stop and nosh. Words + photos by Alison Kent

1 Located 20 km from Sydney, the husband/wife team of chef Richard Moore and manager Leslie Wilson churn out creative twists on local seafood at Lobster Pound Restaurant and Moore in North Sydney. Reservations are borderline essential at this quaint and oh-so-popular eatery. 902-794-2992 Must-try: Lobster wontons; fish and chips; lobster ravioli.

our autumn

Taking in the view at White Point.

3 Continue due west, driving 75 km to the coastal town of Inverness. Check in at Cabot Links and head to Cabot Public House for a pint or wee dram accompanied by lively Celtic music. The next day, enjoy Lobster Eggs Benedict at Panorama overlooking the 18th hole and Atlantic Ocean before a round of golf to work off a few surplus calories. cabotlinks.com Must-try: Farmer’s breakfast sandwich with fried egg, bacon, cheddar, chive mayo and roasted tomato jam on toasted ciabatta. 4 Take in the breathtaking scenery heading north 95 km along the coastal Cabot Trail on the way to Pleasant Bay. Family-run Rusty Anchor restaurant boasts oceanfront views and a lovely, laid-back atmosphere, while the lobster roll drizzled with melted butter is a crowd-pleasing menu favourite. rustyanchor.org Must-try: Crab dip; freshly shucked oysters; lobster roll. 5 Keeping along the world-renowned Cabot Trail, drive eastbound and down

TACO TIME Keep the summer going with oh-so-good fish tacos (see page 14 for how to make your own steak version) from Tacofino Commissary in Vancouver or its fleet of food trucks in Tofino, Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna (see page 23 for more on this Okanagan city). Repeat. Often. tacofino.com Just For Canadian doctors Fall 2014

about 75 km before checking in at the historic seaside Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa at Ingonish Beach. Hike, bike, golf and swim, then dine well at the picturesque Purple Thistle Dining Room. Full buffet breakfast is offered in the morning, complete with blueberry pancakes and maple syrup. kelticlodge.ca Must-try: Duck rillette on crostini; seared scallops with crisp pancetta and peas.

6 Meander the winding 120 km to Sydney, stroll along Charlotte Street, and marvel at the ‘World’s Largest Ceilidh Fiddle’ before reaching your dining destination at Governors Pub & Eatery. Chef Ardon Mofford’s fresh seasonal specials include grilled beef tenderloin topped with briny and sweet local Fourchu lobster claws—it’s the ultimate in surf ’n turf. After, head upstairs to the pub for a nightcap on the patio overlooking Sydney Harbour. governorseatery.com Must-try: Cold-water shrimp fritti; Cape Breton crab cakes.

Boulevardier Time to swap the Negroni’s gin for warming bourbon or whisky. A cocktail that’s the perfect counterpoint to fall’s oncoming chill…

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feast on Cape Breton Island

wind +dine

charitable chic

make a



show your beliefs


This fall, send the kids back to school in eco-chic style, support charity and boost your health while on the run Written + produced by Janet Gyenes

wrist reminder

Who wouldn’t want to improve the lives of a thousand people a day? wear That’s the ambitious goal the 1:Face watch company has set—and easily achieved—with its charity timepieces that each support a specific cause. The purchase of a bold black watch provides support for eight cancer patients; nine gutsy pink watches purchases a mammogram. Four yellowand-white watches? A lifetime of water for one person. The outsized mirrored-face watch serves as both conversation starter and daily reminders of how even small gestures can make a big difference. From $40; 1facewatch.com

editor’s super sipper

cool 4 school We’re so over clunky metal lunch boxes and too-big backpacks that weigh down wee ones. Send the tykes back to school in smart-sized and eco-chic style, sporting a retro-inspired dinosaur, rocket or fawn on their lunch box, backpack or cooler bag. Created by Toronto-based SoYoung, the linen-coated items, which come in a range tote of kid-friendly sizes, are free of nasty PVCs, phthalates and BPAs. Plus they sport smart touches like pockets, an insulated and leakproof insert (ideal for coping with yogurt seepage or leaky thermoses), adjustable straps and more. From $30; soyoung.ca

organic nuts, oats, berries + more


Superman may have drink been able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, thanks to his alien genes. Now, mere mortals attempting more mundane feats can keep up their energy and get their daily dose of nutrients by slugging back Ambronite, a drinkable “supermeal” created by a team of Finns. Think of it as the anti-Kryptonite. True, we prefer to chomp—not slurp—our veggies and grains, but when faced with airline food (business class excluded) or greasy roadside grub, bring us a straw! Ambronite, which is packed with 20 organic ingredients from black current and wild bilberry to spirulina and spinach, promises to meet 100% of an individual’s daily nutritional needs, plus it’s free of GMOs, soy and gluten. Mix with water, shake up, drink up. $80/10 supermeals; ambronite.com Fall 2014 Just For Canadian doctors


p h o t o p r e s c r i p t i o n m i c h a e l d e f r e i ta s Michael DeFreitas is an award-winning photographer who’s been published in a wide variety of travel publications. With his initials, MD, he’s been nicknamed “doc,” making his photography prescriptions apropos.

Getting down for more dramatic images


take it low, real low

Find another perspective. From below, dogs on the street, performers at a circus and wildlife in the Galapagos can produce interesting and riveting photographs. Instead of standard eye-level or from-above shots, you’ll reveal new angles and drama. In answer to “how low to go?” simply go as low as you can. And next time you see a dachshund on the sidewalk, go ahead and press your cheek and camera to the pavement right alongside your furry subject.


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aking travel images more interesting is a never-ending task. Each day dozens of beautiful travel images pop up on our TVs, Internet and cell phones, so creating images that stand out in the crowd can be challenging. That’s where shooting from a low angle can help. Except for a few glances up or down, we typically view life from eye-level and sadly most of today’s imagery lacks real interest because it tends to mimic that perspective. However, things start to get interesting when we stray from our normal perspective. For example, when we look down on subjects we usually look up at, like an aerial view of the Eiffel Tower, or look up at subjects we usually look down at, like a small dog (left), the unusual perspective makes those subjects more interesting. After all, you seldom see people with their cheek pressed to the sidewalk looking up at their dachshund. Now Milwaukee, Wisconsin, may not be the most photogenic city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it interesting. While on assignment there last summer, I took some time to grab a few shots at a circus. Now over the years, I have collected thousands of circus shots, so I decided to try to document this circus from a different perspective. Since chartering a helicopter for aerial views was not practical, I opted for a low perspective. The resulting low-angle shots of people waiting in line at the Ferris wheel, the camel riders and the acrobats practising behind the big top (far left), made for an interesting day of shooting. I was so impressed with my lowangle shots, I used the same technique to capture some of the city’s other attractions, including the most photographed building in town, the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. The big question I get from students about this technique is, “how low to go?” And my answer is usually “as low as you can” depending on safety concerns for you and your camera equipment. I would hardly recommend positioning yourself and your camera at the surface of an icy cold river unless you and your equipment >>

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how low can you go?

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Are You Maximizing Funding for Your Medical Research? In the last 10 years, the federal government has introduced legislation allowing medical doctors in Canada to incorporate. Many have incorporated to take advantage of the tax planning, financial incentives and savings through lower corporate income tax rates, the small business deduction, income splitting, income tax deferral and the lifetime capital gains exemption. However, another, not widely-discussed benefit is related to investment tax credits available through the government-sponsored Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program, designed to promote Research and Development (R&D) for Canadian corporations. Corporate tax incentives for Canadian companies that partake in R&D have been around in some form since World War II, with a mandate to encourage businesses of all sizes to conduct research and encourage innovation. Despite this, the medical research community – which may arguably be our most research-intensive sector – has largely not taken advantage of programs such as SR&ED. This is, in part, due to the administrative burden and complexity of making a SR&ED claim, which has deterred many potential claimants in the biomedical and health niches.

a couple of key differences that set the SR&ED program apart. Unlike grant funding, distribution of SR&ED funds are dependent on systematic investigation being undertaken. Unlike other programs, success, failure or completion of a project lays no bearing on the investment tax credits awarded. Another difference is that SR&ED is retroactive, meaning research projects that were conducted within 18 months of a corporation’s fiscal year end may be eligible. The types of expenditures which qualify include wages, materials, overhead research-related contract payments and payments to qualified thirdparty research institutions. Moreover, for Professional Corporations of incorporated Canadian medical doctors, the investment tax credits are refundable to the corporation once the tax liability is settled.

Medical doctors who conduct research are an eclectic bunch from the perspective of a tax preparer, due to their working and contractual relationships with universities, hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. This often leads to claim complexities such as determining who has the right to make a claim for the R&D and / or if any R&D contracts could potentially reduce the SR&ED claim. Also, due to the broad scope of medical research – which can vary from qualitative, community-based health impact studies to basic or applied R&D – determining which aspects of a medical research project are eligible can also be challenging.

Ideally, your claim should be put together by a team of outside individuals, consisting of experts in the technical and / or tax and financial aspects of the claim. This strategy minimizes the time a claimant needs to spend in preparing their claim, putting it in the hands of those who understand how to efficiently construct a claim while guiding you through the CRA review process. The technical experts can help you more easily identify the qualifying aspects of your research and frame it in a manner most acceptable to CRA. Additionally, as fellow researchers, they can advise on what documentation should be used to meet CRA’s requirements. The tax and financial experts quantify the SR&ED activities and can help you tax plan to maximize any benefits you are eligible for, as well as assist with setting up contracts so they don’t negatively impact your ability to claim. Tapping into this expertise and guidance means you are less likely to have issues with your claim, but if you do, you’ll be able to focus on your practice and clients while your technical and financial advisory team work with CRA directly to address their concerns.

In Canada, over $3 billion dollars are distributed annually through the SR&ED program to approximately 23,000 Canadian companies conducting research. Given the shrinking pool of grant funding, this provides an attractive source of money to tap into. There are

If you are a doctor who conducts research and are interested in learning more about the SR&ED program and how MNP can help you make a claim, contact Ryan P. Mackiewich, CPA, CA, SR&ED Practice Leader at 250.307.3757 or ryan.mackiewich@mnp.ca

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PRO TIPS for shooting low > To capture more background and reduce the amount

of ground/table in the frame, raise the lens a bit off the surface.

> With lenses wider than 24mm you risk being “in” the

photo if you hold the camera, so preset everything and use the camera self-timer to take the photo.

> Vertical low-angle shots tend to work better because they produce a more “uplifting” perspective.

> A lens hood will help protect the front element of your

lens from dust and raindrops when shooting from a low angle.

> Incorporating leading lines help accentuate the upward perspective.

Ready to take it to the next level?

gear up Besides a wide-angle lens in the 20 to 35mm range there are a few gadgets that can make taking low-angle shots easier. I spend a fair bit of time on my knees when shooting low so I use a set of those volleyball kneepads. A small beanbag is great for raising the front of the lens off the ground and a mini/tabletop tripod like the Gorillapod by Joby or TT-100 by Oben ($40 -$60) will keep your camera off sandy, oily, dirty, etc. surfaces.

were in waterproof housings. The same is true for very hot, greasy or corrosive surfaces. Barring these concerns, I often rest my camera directly on the ground for most of my low-angle shots. While shooting stock in Switzerland, I came across four men blowing those huge wooden alphorns. After a few uninteresting shots from eye level, I placed my camera on the ground close to one of the big horns and got a more dramatic image. I used the same approach when shooting a couple of small dogs on a Paris street, the interior of Passau’s St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Germany, the exterior of the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem and sea lions on a beach in the Galapagos. However, you don’t have to use the ground for every subject to get the same effect. For example, if your main subject is a glass of smoked beer on a bar table in Leipzig, an Arab juice vendor in Israel’s Akko market or a coffee packer in Guatemala, you can place your camera on the table or bench top. As long as the angle you select is not one that people typically view from, you’ll probably create a more interesting image. Wide-angle lenses in the 20mm to 35mm range provide the ideal field of view and depth of field needed for great low perspective shots. For better results try to place your main subject in the foreground and include enough background to connect your subject with their surroundings. When I photographed spectators standing by the Ferris wheel in Milwaukee, the shot would have still worked without the wheel, but including it helped “place” the people at the fair or circus. Mastering low-angle shots takes practise, but it’s worth the effort. It also helps if you’re okay with getting down and dirty at “street level” and don’t mind the awkward glances you’ll get from onlookers.



Where do you go from here? As a medical professional, you’re busy caring for your patients and may not always know how to diagnose your business challenges. For a second opinion on matters relating to incorporation and effectively structuring your business to managing your tax and retirement planning, MNP delivers solutions that enhance the health of your practice at every stage. Contact Calvin Carpenter, CA, Vice President of Professional Services at 1.800.661.7778 or calvin.carpenter@mnp.ca

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hope and healing

Pippa’s Place is a sanctuary for AIDS orphans in Kenya’s Rift Valley

courtesy Dr. moss


r. Pippa Moss was a newly AIDS. Moss also mailed boxes of high-quality graduating doctor from University baby food to Kenya to strengthen the tiny College London in the United infant. “To our amazement, she survived.” Kingdom when she decided that a threeMoss, Ndungu and Damaris set a goal: month practicum at a hospital in Kenya was help Pippa survive to age five. She did, even the perfect start to her career. Moss had though by then she had developed fullalready begun setting down roots in Kenya, blown AIDS and, later, tuberculosis. During sponsoring two young Kenyan children this time, Moss was regularly flying back and to help cover the cost of school, clothing forth to Kenya to help Ndungu and Damaris and food. One little boy, William Ndungu, cope with the challenge of caring for Pippa. stayed pen pals with Moss into adulthood, keeping her apprised of such milestones as marriage and children. The first baby born to Ndungu and his wife Damaris was a boy. The second was a girl, and Ndungu excitedly telephoned Moss—who had a well-established child psychiatry practice in Pictou County, NS by then—to ask if he could christen the infant “Pippa” in Moss’ honour. She was delighted. “In Kenya, if a child is given your name, you become a proxy grandparent. You have a moral responsibility for that child,” Moss says. Photographs followed in the mail. But these weren’t pictures of a thriving, happy baby. Little Pippa—underweight, weak and “floppy”—was obviously extremely ill. “I just came out and asked,” says Moss, “Does she have AIDS?’ And she Dr. Pippa Moss in did.” (Moss believes that Pippa Kenya at Pippa’s Place, contracted HIV during the with Damaris, the mother of hospital delivery.) her namesake. They’re standing That was in 2002, by a papaya tree that Dr. Moss and around the peak of the her son planted in 2009, and which is HIV-AIDS epidemic in now bearing fruit. In the background Kenya, which continues to are recently built greenhouses that devastate the economic “provide fresh and pretty much and social fabric of the East pesticide-free foods for the African nation. In 2011, 1.6 family, and others,” says million people had HIV-AIDS, Driving around the Dr. Moss. ”Everyone there were 1.1 million AIDS countryside and in shares!” orphans and 62,000 people died the urban centres during from the disease, according to the 2012 her visits, Moss was struck by UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report. the number of homes for AIDS Moss sprang into action upon hearing orphans, which equalled the number of of Pippa’s diagnosis. “At that point, she had elementary schools in many communities. a 50-50 chance of surviving,” Moss says. These were children whose parents had Antiretroviral drugs weren’t available for died of AIDS. When she visited these places, children with HIV-AIDS at that time, so Pippa Moss confronted grim conditions—a was put on the antibiotic Septra, which has handful of staff caring for hundreds of antiviral properties and would help her fight children, barely able to meet their physical, the opportunistic infections associated with let alone their emotional, needs. A lack of

consistent contact between adult and child leads to attachment disorders, says Moss, often preventing the children from bonding with future adoptive parents or developing empathy for others—a problem that follows them into adulthood. “It was heart breaking,” Moss says. Meanwhile, Ndungu and Damaris were trying to find meaning in Pippa’s illness. “They decided that God had done this so

they would learn to care for really sick kids.” And thus was born Pippa’s Place, which would be a sanctuary for the orphans of AIDS. Encouraged by her son Thomas, who made several excursions to Kenya with his mom, Moss began fundraising in Canada for Pippa’s Place. This resulted in the construction of Tatamagouche House, which has a maple leaf painted on either side of the front entrance, built with the support of the Fundy Peace Foundation in New Brunswick. An >> continued on page 13

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the thirsty doctor janet gyenes Janet Gyenes is a magazine writer and editor who likes to dally in spirits, especially when discovering something like corenwyn jenever (a gin-like Dutch spirit)—straight or in cocktails like the “bramble.” Have a boozy idea or question? Send it to feedback@inprintpublications.com

smart sipping

Decoding the art + science of wine tasting


{aroma appreciation}

you can feed your budding oenophile or y phone vibrates just as I’m putting down my glass of Merlot, simply cultivate some appreciation for what’s in your glass. still singing its praises to the Whether you’re at a tasting bar in winemaker. The text message—from my Napa or Niagara, sampling wine can be husband who is standing right next to intimidating. How do you discern which me—is just four words: This wine is awful. Our respective wine preferences diverge wines are worthy of their medal-winning status (and price tag if you decide to bring at the best of times and also in this instance. bottles home)? Which are diamonds Me: off-dry whites redolent of peaches; in the rough that will improve reds bursting with cherries. Him: with age? And which wines bone-dry whites; reds so are fool’s gold: all boozy, rustic you can practically WINE WISDOM sugary sparkle at the chew on them. “Beware of sweet and high alcohol winery and little When it comes to wines because they impress at the substance once you wine, one person’s tasting room but are much worse when you drink them at sublime sipper can try them at home,” says Craig Pinhey. “They home? be another’s swill. So stand out as having more impact (sweeter how do you find the and fuller bodied) when you taste a wines that please your line-up of wines. Look for elegance and palate? Deciphering complexity, not power and sugar.” the complexities of wine is part history lesson, art appreciation, science experiment and, if you’re so inclined, sojourns to wineries, where

WHITE WINE fruity >> citrus, stone fruits, tropical fruits floral >> orange blossom, rose, lemongrass earthy >> mineral, mushroom

RED WINE fruity >> cherry, plum, blackcurrant floral >> violet, lavender earthy >> coffee, spices, leather

Grape expectations Varietal—or blend? A wine labeled “Merlot” in BC must include, at minimum, 85% Merlot grapes. The remaining 15% can be comprised of other grapes.


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“I go with the flow,” says Craig Pinhey, Atlantic Canadian wine writer, judge and consultant, certified by the International Sommelier Guild. Although Pinhey typically goes to tastings where there’s an underlying theme, he offers advice that makes sense for both neophytes and aficionados. “The visit might be all about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, or it might be an all encompassing ‘what grapes and styles can be made well in this area’ angle. The key is to try to find what new things are happening, things that stand out.” Focusing on a single grape varietal, such as Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, allows you to compare various vintages and detect subtle

differences from winery to winery. “Ask why,” says Pinhey. “Is it the winemaker’s style or is it the terroir?” So be open-minded. Don’t snub that Chardonnay; find out whether it has been fermented and aged in oak, which yields both those buttery vanilla flavours or sometimes aggressive woody notes people may find overpowering. On the flipside: unoaked (also called unwooded or “naked”) chardonnays fermented in stainless steel are crisper-tasting, not unlike a Pinot Gris. Some winemakers opt for a balance of both by lightly aging the wine in oak before finishing it in stainless steel. (Haters take note: Chardonnay grapes are considered a star in Champagne circles.)

50 shades of grapes Before you start sipping, hold up your glass and look at the wine’s colour, which offers some clues about the varietal and the winemaking method. Compare those two Chardonnays side by side, for instance: the unoaked will be more pale straw in colour; the oaked more golden. The ripeness of the grape also determines its colour, as does aging. Now tilt your glass on an angle: Can you see through the wine? A young Pinot Noir, one of the palest reds, is ruby and almost translucent, compared to a Syrah, which can be an opaque purple-black. When some red wines mature, they turn brick in colour.

Scent sensibility If you’ve ever sipped wine while suffering from a head cold, you know why taking a whiff of your wine is so important. So give your glass a twist of the wrist—it’s more science than ceremony—and inhale. Try to pick out at least one main fruit, floral or earthy aroma (see sidebar: aroma appreciation) to get some hint about the wine you’re about to sample.

Taste time Slurping your wine is definitely OK and encouraged. It lets you coat your entire mouth with the wine while mixing in some air so you can taste the fruit, acidity and tannins. Then swallow or spit the wine >>

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addition to the home has just been finished called the Cumberland Room, thanks to financing from the Rotary Club and the physicians of Cumberland County. Finally, a Nova Scotia couple paid to build a greenhouse that will ensure food security at Pippa’s Place. Located in Kenya’s Rift Valley, Pippa’s Place is now a respected refuge for children with HIV-AIDS. Three small children: Phyllis, Eric and Brandon, live permanently with Ndungu and Damaris, who has become highly skilled in attachment, speech and occupational therapy under Moss’ guidance. The local pediatrician, Dr. Lydia Njuki, also refers other HIV-positive children to the couple for care until they are healthy

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enough to be returned to their families. Moss, meanwhile, returns every February to Kenya to assess the children’s needs and identify any attachment or physical and development disorders that need addressing. She also brings medical items from Canada, such as walkers for children who are disabled. It has been a long and challenging journey made easier by sharing the load with the people of Nova Scotia, says Moss. As for Pippa herself—the inspiration for the sanctuary—she is a healthy 12-yearold who wants to go to boarding school and is starting to have dreams of her own. “Pippa is a wonderful big sister to all the children.”

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the thirsty doctor [continued] into a bucket. It hardly sounds elegant, but truly appreciating wine involves putting all your senses into action so you can evaluate what you’re sampling. And don’t be swayed by the winery’s tasting notes or whatever wisdom the person pouring the wine is offering—yet. “I think it is very important to taste on your own first and make your own observations,” says Pinhey. “The best thing >>


Buy now—drink later How to buy wines that are cellar-worthy “For wines meant for aging you need to know the history and pedigree of the wine/winery/ winemaker, regardless of what you think you are tasting at the shop, before investing a lot of money,” says Craig Pinhey. After all, you may not be able to rely on aroma and taste. “New reds intended for aging are often closed (show no nose), tight (too tannic) and, frankly, unappealing on release. But they may be the best wines in five years.”

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to do is ask good questions. When you notice something about a wine, like perhaps it seems more heavily oaked than the last one you tried, you ask them why. ‘Are you guys big believers in oak? Do you age longer in new barrels than other wineries around here?’” You’ll only get a couple of sips from a sample, so do some detective work to find out what characteristics you enjoy in a wine. “It is a good idea to go back to a wine a second time, as first impressions are strongly affected by the last thing you tried,” says Pinhey. “Keep some in that glass and return to it later after you’ve tried the other wines. And again, if possible.” Start with dry whites, like Pinot Gris, before progressing to oaked chardonnay and rosé wines. Move on to lighter reds, like Gamay before finishing with a hefty Malbec. There’s no end to learning, says Pinhey, but avoid the temptation of sampling everything on offer, since your palate can become worn down. Pace yourself and you’ll enjoy your wine more—and avoid the need to plan your exit by text message.

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hen summer’s heat continues into the fall, entertaining at my house usually entails patio barbecues; I get to minimize time in the kitchen and enjoy the outdoor season’s last hurrah. And when it comes to big gatherTacos and sangria are a fuss-free ings, tacos are all about crowd combination. Mix up a batch participation. Guests prepare of the Mexican-style red-wine and customize to their liking and lime cooler using a dry fruity can even help with the prep of wine with little tannins, like the 2012 Bouchard Aȋné et salsas and fixings. I just need to Fils Beaujolais. get things started. And, no, I don’t mean pouring sauces out of jars. At this time of the year, with the abundance of fresh tomatoes, corn, peaches and herbs, homemade salsas are far more flavourful marinated then anything off the shelf. Cooking corn to tenderize kernels in brown butter and adding them and thinly sliced, to peaches and chipotles creates a smoky these are perfect for tacos. Serve the smoky sweet salsa. To contrast this sweetness, meat on small tortillas that guests then top tomatillos (a green to green-yellow papery, with different salsas. Done. husked distant cousin of the tomato) make a Pair the tacos with a red-wine lime delicious grassy, herb-like sauce with a slight cooler. Unlike its Spanish cousin, the hint of sweetness. (When making salsas for a Mexican sangria is a simple and refreshing crowd, I make them mild and have chopped limeade. The key is to use a dry fruity wine chilis on the side for chili-heads like me.) with little to no tannins, such as a Beaujolais. Then I delegate the grilling. I use meaty It doesn’t need to be expensive; I like the flavoured cuts such as tri-tip, flank or flatiron. easy-drinking 2012 offering from Bouchard Aîné et Fils. Less expensive than usual steakhouse cuts,

steak tacos (serves 6) 500g tri-tip steaks 2 tablespoons soy sauce ½ teaspoon ground coriander ¼ teaspoon ground cumin 4 sprigs of cilantro, rinsed, stemmed and roughly chopped 1 large garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped juice of 1 lime half half of a small can (7oz in the Mexican foods aisle) of chipotles in adobo sauce, roughly chopped 1 large ripe tomato, cored, halved, seeds scooped out and finely chopped 1 tablespoon finely, chopped red onion 24 soft 6-inch corn tortillas

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Combine the soy sauce, spices, cilantro, garlic, lime and chipotles in a large sealable plastic bag and add the steaks to marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Heat the grill, either gas or charcoal so that the fire is hot with the rack 4 – 6 inches from the heat source. Sear for 2 minutes and turn steaks 90degrees for another minute to create grill marks. Turn over again. Grill for another 6 minutes for medium rare or 8– 10

minutes for medium depending upon the thickness. Remove steaks and let rest for 15 minutes. Lightly brush tortillas with olive oil. Place on hot grill to reheat. After 1 minute turn over and grill for another minute or so to create grill marks. Remove to a plate and cover to keep warm until ready to serve. Thinly slice the steaks across the grain. Return slices to the plate with the meat juices

to coat the strips. In a separate bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes and onion. Divide the meat and place on the 24 tortillas. Add some of the tomato mixture. Serve with salsa verde, smoky corn & peach salsa and guacamole, allowing each guest to top their taco as desired. Enjoy with a glass of Mexican sangria (recipes for sangria, salsa verde, smoky corn & peach salsa, guacamole at justforcanadiandoctors.com).

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Over-water bures at Likuliku Lagoon resort.

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travel the world Bula bula. It’s the happy catch-all greeting in the Fijian language and it means hello, beautiful day, what’s up, welcome, cheers, life is good…whatever. Double it, and it’s like twice the love. I’m embraced by it as soon as I land on these verdant islands that alternate between blue-lagoon and coral-strewn beach to thickand-teeming jungle with fragrant blooms (ahhh, frangipani and Tahitian gardenia) and towering trees (ahhh, those ubiquitous coconut palms and ancient Ivi sentinels). On the drive from Nadi airport on Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, my driver is all smiles and chatty. He tells me what to see and do and recommends I try the local gold-medal Bounty rum. He describes the sugar-cane spirit as strong but “lovely,” especially with a bit of Coke and ice—what he calls lemonade. But what’s really lovely is his delight. And the rather quaint road out of the airport that now meanders through the countryside. This is no resort-laden and over-run island. Some say Fiji is a glimpse of what Hawaii once was. Set in the South Pacific, between Tahiti and Australia, Fiji is a 30,000-sq-

The many faces of bula in Fiji.


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km chain of some 330 volcanic islands on the 180th meridian. It’s isolated. And it has less than a million residents, few paved roads, no high-rises and one two-lane highway. Along that sole artery, I see a barefoot man brushing his teeth outside a tin shack. A farmer ploughs a field with oxen. A derelict pick-up truck passes with a load of six goats jostling in the bed. It’s almost as if Fiji is suspended in an earlier time. And yet this same road leads to some seriously posh resorts. My stay at Outrigger on the Lagoon on Viti Levu’s Coral Coast includes plenty of decadence, from the Frangipani Flow cocktail to traditional Fijian Bobo Massage at the Bebe Spa (bebe is the Fijian word for butterfly, so my cocoon-like state here makes perfect sense). But I’m content to just take in the enchanting view from my room, over masses of palm fronds to the ocean. I kick back and enjoy the scene with a Fiji Bitter brew in hand. Some people say the only words you’ll ever need here are bula, and then maybe Fiji Bitter. At dinner, I expand my tipple tour with a meke meke (that’s dance, dance in Fijian) mojito and hear from one

local that there are three things Fijians love to do: sing, laugh and play rugby. I get full evidence of that as my jovial and rugby-built server at the Ivi Restaurant (named for the 100-year-old tree on the property) proceeds to sing in a surprising and stunning falsetto in between bringing me local lobster and kokodo (the Fijian take on ceviche, made with coconut milk, lime and fresh fish). Really. Moving to the Mamanuca Islands off the western coast of Viti Levu, I get pampered some more at Castaway Island resort, where the tiny sand-fringed isle could be the backdrop for the same-named film (which was indeed filmed nearby). Here, I hang in my bure or bungalow, quite literally from a hammock. I look out at the horizon—or lack thereof, as the water and sky meld into one—and indulge in South Seas fantasies. Stories of Captain Bligh come to mind…I imagine his escape from Fijian war canoes after the mutiny on the HMS Bounty as he plied the waters between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu (now known as Bligh Water, naturally). This is the true tropics. A land of plenty that is ripe and redolent with secret treasures. It still feels untrammeled, a place where one could subsist on coconuts, sleep under the stars and forget about anything fastpaced—rather happily. But despite my happy hammock haven, I have the urge to explore and immerse myself in that pristine water. Because these laidback Mamanucas are strung across the Malolo Barrier reef, they’re home to some of the best dive spots (like Big W and Gotham City) and sweetest snorkeling.…after all, Fiji is known as the soft coral capital of the world, with hundreds of types of coral and sponges and more than 1,000 species of fish. And so, from yet another resort retreat, I embark. At first, I’m content to spy manta rays sunning themselves from my perch on the walkway to Likuliku Lagoon resort’s (the apt name means calm waters) overwater bures. But observing from above isn’t enough, so I take the plunge. I swim past red coral that I’ve only previously seen (shamefully) in a necklace. The vivid vermillion fan flutters and almost shudders in the water—an adornment exactly where it’s meant to be. There’s purple and pale pink coral with white baubles at its tips as if jewel encrusted. Delicate tendrils alternate with bulbous, brain-like mounds— big bundt cakes of the sea. Black fronds with neon-yellow tips curl and unfurl with each swell of the water. Green cacti-like coral shares space with exquisite strands of fuschia that are like some ohia bloom in constant motion. There’s cluster upon cluster of coral. I’ve never seen anything like it before—an underwater kaleidoscope with fish

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Flying from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu.

Sunrise at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort on Vanua Levu.

Enjoying kava in a jungle village.

Quiet time on the beach at Castaway Island resort.

Kokoda or Fijian style ceviche.

The lush and verdant side of Fiji, accessed from the Sigatoka River on Viti Levu.

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The view from atop Castaway Island resort in the Mamanucas.

Bounty rum cocktail and welcome drink.

Thatched-roof bure at JeanMichel Cousteau Resort.

Frangipani blooms as decor at the Bebe Spa at Outrigger on the Lagoon resort.

In the jungle of Vanua Levu at the Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa.

Just one element of the underwater kaleidoscope in Fiji…


tucked behind gyrating limbs, gazing up at me with puppy-dog eyes. I gape at a huge conch shell and come across an even more colossal clam with its zig-zag maw. Massive sea cucumbers move about sluggishly with tentacle-like feelers. I encounter a blue-spotted ray. And yet, back above the surface, drying off on a day bed under a palm, the calm surface hints at none of this drama below. My most daring feat, however, may be taking part in a kava ceremony. No real risk involved (it’s a welcoming and peacemaking tradition), except for losing myself forever in this Eden after multiple bowls…clapping with a cupped hand and exclaiming bula! before knocking back the milky liquid (the taste is akin to slightly bitter muddy water) and clapping three more times afterwards, comes all too easily. There’s an effervescent, tingly sensation with each bowl and a deep contentment that settles into every pore (or perhaps that’s just the kava talking). Yes, Fiji certainly instills bliss and bravado (remember, rugby is a national joy and pastime) in equal measure. And one fearless and fun-loving adventurer, JeanMichel Cousteau, the son of you-knowwho, has somewhat adopted these isles. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort on the far-less-touristy Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, is named for him and he’s actively involved in its dive programs and environmental initiatives, like replanting the mangroves that are essential to the local ecosystem. Oh, and it’s luxe too. Most tourists don’t make it to this north island. And that’s likely why locals call it a hidden paradise. Cousteau loves it here because of the people, and he laughs as he recounts once downing 27 bowls of kava. The kava ceremony is about making peace and friends, and this resort is very much about bringing locals and visitors together. But all of Fiji offers this same heart-felt experience. That beautiful, kaleidoscopic coral surrounding Fiji, with its haphazard shapes of reef that are notoriously difficult to navigate, is what has kept these islands isolated for so long. It’s what makes this a place of marine magic, and it’s also what has inadvertently sheltered and fostered the friendliest people—anywhere. And it’s time to meet these smiling, laughing, singing, dancing, rugby-playing folk. Bula.

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Dr. Kelly Silverthorn is Just For Canadian Doctors’ automotive writer. He tries to keep one convertible and/or one track-day car in the family fleet.

the three-year itch How to indulge it…or not


wo of the cars in our family fleet have just passed their third birthday. My wife and I joke about us both having the “three-year itch” when it comes to cars. Who wouldn’t want something new and sexy…to drive, that is? One sly comment leads to another, and before you can say “warranty expired,” I’ve formed this storyline. Buying a new car can be a daunting and demoralizing task. But then you land the model and colour you want at a price you can live with and inhale that intoxicating new-car smell on the drive home. For the next few weeks, you learn all about your new ride…its road noise at speed, how the auto-down window button works, where all the cubby-holes are. But all that novelty slowly wears off and the once-new car is just aging along with the rest of us. The first stone chip or curbed wheel causes a yelp and a cringe, but less so with each additional blemish— until you’re not even sure which, if any, are new, because you’re not washing it nearly often enough to be certain. And then the car’s third year anniversary is upon you, crystallizing everything that’s changed in your automotive relationship. Do you really want to own this complex beast off warranty? You haven’t spent much on wearable items like batteries, tires or brakes—at least not yet. It bugs you that you didn’t get the trailer hitch or the roof rack or the iPad connectivity from the get-go, but does it make sense to further invest in this car now? We start to check out other cars. If you’re like me, you really didn’t look at or think about another car in the first year of possession. Then, something comes out in the same market segment, you start to wonder if your baby still stacks up. Or perhaps someone in your circle has bought the same car (and in a hotter colour) and now yours just isn’t that special any more. At some juncture, you fall head-overheels into infatuation for a newer, more expensive model and the psychic selfjustification really starts kicking in. You start picking dates or odometer readings to dump your present car. Attributes of your

existing car that you once found endearing are now annoying idiosyncrasies. Soon, you’re online researching the new infatuation and wondering how you’ll exist another week without its auto-park, auto-brake and auto-wipers… And lest you think this is a “guy thing,” my wife has an ad of the new Range Rover taped to the fridge door. It’s silver, but she says either black or white could work too.

If you must buy new, figure out the latest platforms among reliable brands and models—particularly those with the bestpredicted residual values. Buy your new car with conservative ticking of the extra-cost option sheet and in a conventional colour (white, black, silver are safest). Buy and hold.

CAR COVETING “Lest you think this is a

‘guy thing,’ my wife has an ad of the new Range Rover taped to the fridge door.” Her pick may be silver, but this blue will do quite nicely too…Some of the new Range Rover Sport SVR’s specs: 550PS and 680Nm, acceleration from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 162 mph. Available October 2014 for early 2015 delivery. landrover.com/ca/en/lr/

Which is exactly where the engineering, marketing, media and retailing arms of the automobile industry want you. Yet a modern car should reliably and safely serve its owners for at least 10 years and 200,000 km. Owning just the first three years of that service life has you paying the lion’s share of the depreciation and sales taxes—the BIG costs of vehicle ownership, and the ones you have the most control over.

Coddle this lasting relationship by finding an automotive detail shop to provide spring and fall full-spa treatments. She’ll look like a new showroom model every time, and you’ll feel great about your long-term strategy. My wife may pine for the new all-alloy Range Rover, but she mostly accepts the existing relationship with her bought-new 2010 SUV. For her next automotive liaison, she may even adopt >> continued on page 22 Fall 2014 Just For Canadian doctors


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the courtship I engaged in for our summer fun car. It’s a used car bought near its third birthday. With only one careful owner, I found it at the same dealership that’d sold and serviced it throughout its life. It looked and drove like new, although we paid ~50% of the new price tag, including half the taxes.

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elowna is one of those cities that glows in the autumn. The fields are in their final harvests, the water is warm from a season of sunshine 1 and the linger of smoke in the air transitions from barbecues to bonfires. It’s also the season of wine—harvesting wine, tasting wine and celebrating wine. fest The annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival takes place every October and is a celebration of the region’s thriving wine industry. A couple of not-to-be-missed signature events in Kelowna are the Blind Wine and Cheese Soiree, where all labels are covered as guests try to identify what’s being served, and the Young Chefs Event, where the next generation of chefs compete to create the best food & wine pairings. {thewinefestivals.com} SAMPLE Smack dab on the shores of Okanagan Lake is the Manteo Resort and its restaurant, Smack DAB (get it?), which features re-invented classics with bold flavours 2 . Their bar boasts the largest selection of craft beer in

Kelowna, offering beer flights and an impressive bartender with a flair for some spectacular beer-based cocktails. 3 {manteo.com} For something decidedly more upscale, Old Vines restaurant at Quails’ Gate winery in West Kelowna serves delectable meals featuring ingredients sourced from nearby fields and pastures. 4 {quailsgate.com/restaurant} tour Arlo’s Honey Farm in south-east Kelowna will not only give you an up-close encounter with these small, fuzzy workhorses, but you’ll learn how their part in pollinating flowers, fruits, berries and vegetables keeps sustainable agriculture…sustainable. 5 {arloshoneyfarm.com} If you’d rather take to the road, Monashee Adventure Tours can customize any bike ride to your liking. They’re based in Kelowna but will happily take you farther afield, including along the historic and stunningly scenic Kettle Valley Railway, complete with charming trestles. 6 {monasheeadventuretours.com} see The pyramid at Summerhill Pyramid Winery is second

only to the Great Pyramid of Egypt in its precision and alignment. But don’t focus just on this. Their vineyard is an impressive organic and biodynamic operation, surrounded by lush wetlands, dry lands and a nature habitat. Whatever you may think of pyramids and biodiversity, their wines are spectacular, routinely winning international awards. 7 {summerhill.bc.ca} For a one-stop-shop, check out the BC VQA Store & Museum that sells over 600 wines from 90 local vineyards (at vineyard prices!). {kelownamuseums.ca/museums/ the-bc-wine-museum-vqa-wine-shop} Right next door is the Orchard Industry Museum, which is housed in the former Laurel Packing House. You’ll find displays showing the evolution of this area, first as cattle land then to rustic agriculture and now to picturesque orchards and vineyards. {kelownamuseums.ca/museums/the-bc-orchardindustry-museum} —Catherine Tse For more on what to do in KELOWNA this autumn, go to tourismkelowna.com. BC info: hellobc.com.

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okanagan crush story by catherine tse | photography by barb sligl

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Derek Uhlemann of Covert Farms gives a farm tour in the candyapple red pick-up. >> Lakeside in Kelowna. >> The Highland Shetland cows at Covert Farms. >> Grapes ready for the crush at Seven Stones Winery.

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this festival as a springboard for exploring the Okanagan’s many other facets.

Pyramid Power

rom the moment you arrive in the Okanagan and breathe in that dry, warm air, you know you’re in fertile land. Not just in reference to the rich terroir for the acres and acres of vineyards, but to a region lush in wildlife with residents whose love for the land

At Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, CEO Ezra Cipes, speaks with measured reverence about the symbiotic relationship they have with the land. He’s quietly but obviously proud of his family’s legacy of creating a biodynamic farm while preserving the natural wetlands and animal habitats that surround the property. And, yes, there really is a pyramid on this vineyard. Cipes’ parents moved from New York to Kelowna when he was five years old. At the time they were

is steeped in respect and awe. But the Okanagan’s wildly successful vineyards are, admittedly, the region’s superstar industry. The annual Okanagan Wine Festival takes place every autumn, a celebration of another year of awards won, vintages corked and general recognition for this labour of love. This time of year, the smell of fermentation is heavy in the air as crush pads across the region are busy working to stay ahead of the harvest. Many, like my visiting group, use

followers of a New Age mysticism that ultimately led them to “pyramid power.” Our tour inside the pyramid took us, within steps, into another world that was dark, cool, quiet and serene. The perfect place not only for personal reflection but for a wine cellar—you could see crates of wine lined against the inner perimeter once your eyes adjusted to the void. In south-east Kelowna, we put on beekeeper suits to protect us head-to-toe before getting up-close with a live, working


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bee colony. Under the supervision of Helen Kennedy, owner and beekeeper at Arlo’s Honey Farm, we take turns holding a frame and getting a close look at these small, furry bees and their amazing honeycomb. In such an agricultural-dependent region, there’s much respect for honeybees and their role in pollination. Helen nurtures 70 hives of Apis Millifera bees on her farm and also maintains an asparagus crop (the only one in the area) and over 30 varieties of garlic to keep the bees busy and happy.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery: 4870 Chute Lake Road,

Kelowna, 250.764.8000; summerhill.bc.ca

Claim to fame:

Organic and biodynamic vineyard, producing award-winning wines in nearly every category.

Must-try: Known best for their ice and sparkling wines, the bubbly Cipes Rose is a gold-medal winner made from 100% Pinot Noir cuvée ($26.95). Go for: Their four-storey high pyramid is not to be missed. Take a tour inside and learn how its significance is holistically interwoven into this vineyard’s many successes. Come back again: Stop for lunch or dinner at their Sunset Organic

Bistro, with an outdoor terrace that overlooks Okanagan Lake.

Meritage Mixology

Further south in Penticton, we’re hosted by winemaker Bradley Cooper (no…not him) at Township 7 Winery who leads us around the facility, which is working at full capacity. Outside, the machines on the crush pad are methodically sorting and crushing grapes and inside, we’re invited to peer into the giant vats and help “punch down” the “cap”—a thick mass of grape skins, stems and seeds that float up to the top during the fermentation process. “Punching down”

re-distributes these particles that add colour, flavour and tannin structure to wine. Having spent a few days already drinking our way through the Okanagan, our palate is put to the ultimate test: can we create our own blend that mimics their Reserve 7 Meritage? We’re given all four varietals that went into their Meritage (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a “field blend” of Malbec and Petit Verdot), a beaker and a notepad. After con-

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clockwise from top left The KVR (Kettle Valley Railway) trail. >> Pumpkin harvest at Covert Farms. >> Scenery stop on the KVR. >> Wine blending at Township 7. >> Rainbow-graced hike in the desert near Osoyoos. >> Shadow of one of KVR’s many trestle bridges. >> Charcuterie spread at Covert Farms. >> View from the pick-up truck bed at Covert Farms. >> Osoyoos country. >> A happy visitor at Covert Farms. opposite, from left Grape-laden vineyard at Hidden Chapel Winery near Osoyoos. >> Grapes in hand at Upper Bench Estate Winery near Penticton.

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travel at home siderable blending, tasting and many adjustments, my partner and I love the blend we’ve created…but it tastes nothing like Township 7’s luscious Meritage and we lose to a formidable teammate who blended based on strategy rather than taste. Interesting. One of the prettiest stretches through the Okanagan Valley is the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), an abandoned railway corridor that now serves as a scenic and dynamic cycling route. It stretches 600km, but we’re treated to a van-ride to our starting point on the Naramata Bench portion. Our bike ride takes us along some breathtaking scenery, including some charming trestle bridges. And since the slope is at a gentle 2% grade, we have plenty of opportunities to coast while admiring the stunning vistas of rolling fruit orchards, craggy mountains and shimmering

waters (see more on biking here on page 23).

Township 7: 1450 McMillan Avenue, Penticton, 250.770.1743; township7.com Claim to fame: Known for their production of high-quality wine in small lots, made from sustainably grown grapes. Must-try: Their Merlot consistently wins awards and accolades in Canada and internationally ($25.99). Go for: Make sure to say hello to

their very friendly vineyard dog and cat, Betsy and Gypsy, both rescue animals. If Betsy looks familiar it’s because she’s in the 2013 and 2014 SPCA Winery Dog calendar.

Come back again: They often host cultural and culinary experiences, live music/theatre shows and charity fundraisers. As animal lovers, they host a lot of charity events in support of groups such as BC Guide Dogs and Small Animal Rescue Society.

World-class Cave

A little southwest, in the Similkameen Valley, Seven Stones Winery hosted a stellar winemakers’ dinner attended by some of the area’s most prominent vineyards: Orofino, Clos du Soleil and Robin Ridge. But equally as amazing as the company was the venue. Owner and host, George Hanson, had just completed Seven Stones’ brand new 3,000 ft2 world-class underground wine cave. This cave is equipped with a gourmet kitchen, elegant entertaining area and a built-in music system. We were treated to hours of exquisite dining— course after course, each paired perfectly with a different wine from the various winemakers’ own collection. Magnificent.

Seven Stones: 1143 Hwy #3, Cawston, 250.499.2144; sevenstones.ca Claim to fame: The winery is named after the legend of the seven large

stones that were deposited in this valley when the glaciers melted. Each stone was named by the Similkameen First Nations and retains great cultural significance.

Must-try: Row 128 Merlot ($30). This started as a small batch using grapes from George’s favourite row. It’s become so popular he’s planted more merlot vines. Go for: The view is stunning from here as the vineyard is built below highway level, so you’re looking up and out onto the surrounding lands. Come back again: Make an appointment for a tour of the caves, where you’ll hear about their wine-making process while touring this beautiful wine cellar (weekends only, $20/person).

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travel at home been accomplished at Covert Farms—it’s organic, they don’t need nets on their vines like most other vineyards to keep starlings away (this is because they maintain an ecosystem that attracts hawks that naturally prey on starlings), they’re certified Salmon-Safe (meaning their agricultural practices protect Pacific salmon habitats and enhance water quality) and the crops are un-manicured and unruly—by nature’s design. We pick some items, fresh off the vines, to contribute to our meal, which Derek prepares back at the tasting lounge. It’s served al fresco, naturally, and the food is exquisite, featuring mostly just-picked ingredients, all paired beautifully with their organic wines. The setting is quaint and charming, but the experience is profoundly visceral. This is the pinnacle of farm-to-fork dining and it’s a revelation of how soul-satisfying a meal can be…and a reminder of how oftentimes it isn’t. Coming to the Okanagan and especially to a place like Covert Farms seems to re-set the internal barometer with a focus on elevating and appreciating simple pleasures. Life here is good.

Covert Farms: Just north of Oliver on Hwy 97, 250.498.9463; covertfarms.ca Claim to fame: Biodynamic and organic orchards and vineyards. Fantastic food and wine, even better hospitality. They host events throughout the year such as the fall corn maze, harvest feasts and the Freak’n’Farmer Adventure Obstacle Race. Must-try: The MDC 2012 is a particularly delicious blend and a great bargain ($20.86). It’s named after Michael Dunham Covert, who established the farm in 1959. Go for: If you’re very nice and very lucky, Derek will whistle and his herd of Highland Shetland cows will come galloping over to greet you. They’re adorable—especially the furry calves—but shy, so be nice to them too. Come back again: Hop on the vintage truck for a one-hour farm tour, complete with field tastings and a charcuterie platter with wine pairings back at the tasting lounge ($40/adult).


if you go fest The Okanagan Wine Festival takes place every October (check for dates), but most vineyards are open year-round for tastings and tours. {thewinefestivals.com} And get the goods on how to sniff, swirl + sip beforehand… see page 12. more Discover more about the Thompson Okanagan region at totabc.org/ corporateSite and Kelowna at tourismkelowna. com (and see page 23). Farther south, check out Penticton at visitpenticton.com and Osoyoos at destinationosoyoos.com.

wealth y doc tor m an fred pur tzk i Manfred Purtzki is the principal of Purtzki & Associates Chartered Accountants. You can reach him at manfred@purtzki.com.

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here are three basic objectives when planning for your retirement:

1. Maximize your wealth by working hard and living frugally. 2. Pay the absolute minimum tax on your income. 3. Don’t have creditors steal your retirement nest egg.

Doctors do not seem to worry much about creditors. The reason for this is Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), the envy of accountants, lawyers and other professionals who lack the extensive coverage CMPA provides. As accountants, we are always alert to possible claims by creditors. Consequently, we set up holding companies, move personal assets to spouses, and invest our RRSPs with insurance companies to minimize the financial damage from a creditor’s claim. Yet doctors are not immune to claims by creditors. Consider the situation of Dr. Bob (name assumed), a family physician, who ventured into the cosmetic laser business with two investor-partners. It cost them about one million dollars to set up the clinic. After three years of racking up $600,000 of losses, mostly financed by bank line of credits, the business had to close its doors. Then the nightmare began for Dr. Bob. Although all three shareholders provided personal guarantees for the rent, it was Dr. Bob who had to come up with the monthly rent of $8,000 because his fellow shareholders, blaming him for the demise of the business, objected to paying their share. There was no shareholder agreement in place which would have forced all shareholders to contribute their portion. Dr. Bob did not fare any better with the bank; the bank demanded repayment of the $1-million loan based on the joint personal guarantees of the shareholders. The bank mainly pursued him,

because he was the easiest target to collect the money from. Getting any money from his partners was like drawing blood from a stone, and a lawsuit would have been futile. This venture cost Dr. Bob most of his savings, and with a new mortgage on his house at age 55, he again had to focus on building the family practice he had neglected while pursuing the cosmetic laser business. What could Dr. Bob have done to limit his exposure to creditors? 1. Instead of the business being the tenant, he should have set up a shell company to prevent the landlord from recovering any money owed.

Doctors are not immune to claims by creditors

2. He also should have had a shareholder agreement in place dealing with indemnification of claims and loan guarantees. The agreement would have dealt with personal guarantees granted to banks and the landlords who insisted on receiving personal guarantees for the rent obligation.

3. The bank loans should have been several and not joint, meaning that the shareholder is only responsible for his pro-rata share of the debt. Your financial situation and ventures may not be the same as Dr. Bob’s; there are many other ways that you, as a doctor, can protect yourself against creditors. 1. Take back security when making a shareholder loan to the corporation. You become a secured creditor and you have a better chance to recover all or part of your investment. 2. Set up a holding company to insulate investments against claims of creditors including patients. The holding company ideally should own shares in the medical corporation (unless prohibited by provincial legislation), so that any surplus can be paid as tax-free intercorporate >> continued on page 34

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3. Transfer personal property to the spouse or adult children. Ensure that your spouse does not have any personal guarantees.

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4. Establish a family trust; it is a wonderful creditor-proof vehicle. While your family members are the beneficiaries of the trust you, as the trustee, keep full control over the assets and any cash distributions. 5. A life insurance company can also bulletproof your investments. If you have a life insurance contract, then creditors do not have access to the funds if you make an irrevocable beneficiary designation. The designation can only be revoked with the consent of the beneficiary. You also get the creditor protection by designating as beneficiaries certain family members, including spouse, child, grandchild, or parent as specified in the provincial insurance legislation. If you designate your estate as the beneficiary of your life insurance contract, then your estate is exposed to your creditors. 6. Invest in an Individual Pension Plan. 7. Invest your RRSPs with a life insurance company. Make creditor proofing a part of your prudent financial planning. It will be too late to implement any creditor proofing strategies when the creditors are knocking on your door.

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aving written for this magazine for many years I am stepping off my “soapbox” to attempt to be a round peg in a round hole. As much of the emphasis of Just for Canadian Doctors is concerning travel, I want to share my recent experience on a river cruise and its unexpected consequence. Like most physicians I am too busy to spend the time perusing brochures and information concerning potential holidays. I feel sorry for my wife who has to put up with my apparent indifference, but she persists and has consistently arranged wonderful holidays. This year was a river cruise on the Danube. I have always thought that we were an independent couple but this year we elected to take a guided trip. By this I mean that our group had two companions all the way from the airport, to the hotels, to the river cruise and right back to the airport. About a month prior to departure, the group, comprising about 30 members, attended a reception. It was an opportunity to get to know other members of the group as well as to be briefed on time arrangements for transportation etc. The result: a flawless trip. My tip when going on a holiday is to take a day or two away from the office ahead of the departure day to unwind, make final preparations and tie up the inevitable office loose ends in a less pressured way. Having done this myself, by the time we arrived in Budapest I was in good shape to start exploring this fascinating city. As part of the package we had a guided tour of the city, and then a couple of days to get over jet lag before embarking on the River Beatrice. I could write a book rather than an essay about this river cruise. The staterooms were roomy and comfortable. Coffee and tea were available 24/7. All beverages, alcoholic and nonalcoholic were included. The food was outstanding with more than adequate choice, to say the least. The service was excellent but not effusive. Each day there was an informal briefing

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concerning the next day’s activities. Sometimes this would include an organized bus trip and sometimes an informal visit to the city, the most prominent of which was Vienna. To try to explore a city like Vienna in one day is not possible, but the tour organizer did a great job of making every second count. A highlight for me was the opportunity on a couple of days to cycle along the river and meet the boat at the next port of call. Each group of cyclists was accompanied by three guides—one taking on the role of pilot, one in the middle of the pack and one following to pick up any stragglers. The trips were interesting and not arduous, and were punctuated by a ferry ride and welcome visits to beer gardens. At the end of the week we disembarked at Passau and took a bus to Prague. We had three days to explore this magnificent city. On our first day we had a guided walking tour to get our bearings. The rest of that time we were on our own. My wife spotted a brochure advertising e-bike tours, which I then had to try out. And it turned out to be a very expensive trip for me. The actual city tour was only about $30 and in my usual tradition (see “Small Talk” in the Summer 2014 issue of Just for Canadian Doctors) I bought a new necktie sporting a design by Czech Art Nouveau artist Mucha. But what really cost me was that after this ride I knew I had to own one of these bicycles. Prague, like where I live in BC, is quite hilly and we managed to get to the top of the city without breaking a sweat. These bikes are amazing. They can electronically sense how hard one is pedalling and the electric motor will simply and assist accordingly. It’s a great way of getting exercise and puts the enjoyment back into cycling for me. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and/ or adventure holiday this may not be for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a responsibility-free way of exploring Europe, this is ideal—especially for those of us with hectic, stressful day jobs. A welcome respite off the soapbox.

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returning to: NYC Favourite book: The Catcher in the Rye Must-see TV show: House of Cards Favourite musician or music: Jason Mraz

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stranded on a desert island: Working cell phone My secret to relaxing and relieving tension: Running and spending time with my kids A talent I wish I had: Singing My scariest moment: My 20 minutes of labour with my first son My fondest memory: Marrying my big boy and meeting my two baby boys for the first time A big challenge I’ve faced: Building my practice One thing I’d change about myself: Being able to relax and enjoy it more The word that best describes me: Productive I’m inspired by: My children Something I haven’t done yet that’s on my must-do list: Travel to Asia If I wasn’t a doctor I’d be: A well-heeled spy or a fashion designer

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