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River on the rise

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Peninsula runners share in recordbreaking race, Page A15

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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A passion for packaging

Snowdon House is among the venues that will be open to the public during the annual North Saanich Flavour Trail Christine van Reeuwyk

don’t know what they’re going to look like.” Snowdon House is a regular Just up the street from Sid- at markets on Thursdays in Sidney’s industrial hub, a farm- ney and Saturdays at Saanich house offers reclaimed refuse in Fairgrounds. “People are starting to find the form of packaging. At Snowdon House the foamy us, they’re stopping, they see fun bath stuff, jellies and vin- the sign and drop in for a visit,” Waters said. egars, pasta and Snowdon greeting cards all House is among have the same the many venfeel — pretty ■ This year’s North ues on the North and unusual. Saanich Flavour Trail Saanich Flavour The packaging includes a community Trial that celis from the mind screening of DIRT! on ebrates farming of Laura Waters, Saturday, Aug. 20 at and the commua floral designer 7 p.m. at St. John’s nity with cultural who’s delved United Church, 10990 events and faminto the realm of West Saanich Road. ily fun Aug. 20 paper design. and 21. “I love things “We’re going to look pretty, so we take different simple items to do a demonstration one day and use them into paper,” she doing yogurt cheese and how to take simple skim milk and turn explained. Snowdon House just opened it into a yummy cream cheese last fall, but for years now … the next day we’re going Waters’ been passionate about to do a dehydration seminar,” packaging. She developed a Waters said. The event includes farm technique to fuse fibres onto different materials to create tours, tastings, cultural and nature events, literary readintriguing designs. “It’s been chemistry, a little ings and demonstrations which bit of physics and lots of mis- include everything from cooktakes. I don’t give up easily,” she ing heirloom beans to creating a hedgerow to building compost. said. The designer cards and boxes The event wraps with a Mayor’s are fused with things as varied Country Hoe-down at 7 p.m. in as turmeric, jalapeno powder, Wain Road Park. Download the booklet with reclaimed gold and silver leaf, recycled polyester and soy silk. map and venues online at www. “I love things to look pretty,” northsaanich.ca. reporter@peninsulanewsreview. she said. “It’s pretty neat when com you take bits of fibre and you

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PENINSULA PENINSULA NEWS NEWS REVIEW REVIEW -- Wednesday, Wednesday, August August 17, 17, 2011 2011

Sun shines on new hospital chapel Fire hall up for hearing Long awaited interfaith space opens at Saanich Peninsula Hospital Christine van Reeuwyk

You wouldn’t feel comfortable sitting in the middle of a hallway praying. You feel closer to With sunshine streaming God if you’re in a chapel.” Services were held in the through orange-tinted windows, an overflowing crowd dining room where churchgomade a joyous noise to open ers had the undignified wait the interfaith chapel at Saanich while the last of the scramPeninsula Hospital. The official bled eggs were cleaned up off opening wrapped with Amaz- the floor before service could ing Grace echoing off the walls. start, Campbell said. Then they Perseverance, faith and got out in a hurry afterward so vision created the chapel, said lunch could be set up. “That’s not the atmosphere Dr. Ambrose Marsh, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Chief of to have a church service,” she said. “A building would give Staff. “We’ve added faith, we’ve us our quiet and useful place added belief, we’ve added for church services and also a religion, we’ve added those quiet place where all the peothings that add to us as human ple in this busy hospital can go beings. This makes it even and meditate and just get their more special to me,” Marsh thoughts together.” The atmosphere is sunny in said. “We can get sharp knives and we can get nice beds and the little chapel off of extended care at SPH. we can get overFrom the head lifts, but gathering when we actuVideo space, to the ally add the last online volunteer part that makes lounge and us all humans This story has accompanyeven her office, … this will ben- ing video images at www. chaplain Joy efit us all. This peninsulanewsreview.com. Hunter praised is a great day the thought, for this commucare and creativity notable in nity.” Long-time advocate and SPH the chapel design. “We are here now in a beautiextended care resident Cynthia Campbell passed away ful place,” she said. “As we look this spring. But the overflow- around we see the light streaming crowd took a moment to ing in and views to the naturemember the woman who so ral world through the glass. looked forward to the little cha- We’ve been blessed already. The architectural details conpel that took years to build. “I go to the church services. tribute so much to our experiI would be one person who ence in this space. The nonwould use it,” Campbell told rectangular shape, the oak the NEWS REVIEW in 2009. “I can trimmed wood above us, the see a lot of people using it as a stone wall … which draws us quiet place to sit and meditate. in with its warm earth tones, Particularly when you’ve been the orange stained glass which told disturbing news about accentuates the warmth of the yourself, you want to go some- comfort.” reporter@peninsulanewsreview. where quiet and think about it com and you want to pray about it.

Sept. 22 set for public input to proposed main hall in Central Saanich

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Kristin Davis, music therapist at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, and hospital volunteer Emma Koopmans on the flute perform during the official opening of the new interfaith chapel.

The public will have its say in September on the new fire hall proposed for Central Saanich. Council gave the rezoning application for the property the necessary readings to set the date for Sept. 22. The proposed new main firehall is designed by Johnston Davidson Architecture and Planning Inc. and planned to be built to a minimum LEED Canada silver standard using regional materials where possible. The building would include four apparatus bays; two storeys for offices, training centre, gear storage and lockers; and a 13.4 metre training tower. It would be built to withstand 1.5 times the seismic force of a regular building and would serve as the Emergency Operations Centre for the district. The district purchased two properties on Keating X Road, and consolidated the lands. The proposal is to rezone the property, 1512 Keating X Road, from rural estate to a specific fire hall institutional zone. The public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. with the location to be confirmed closer to the date. reporter@peninsulanewsreview. com

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Trust set up for fire victims Lauren Coulter News staff

On June 29, the PENINSULA NEWS REVIEW told the story of a devastating house fire on the Pauquachin reserve that left a family of four and their dog unhurt but without a home. Now, the family is seeking the public’s help in their efforts to try and rebuild, through a trust fund set up in their name. “[The trust fund] was organized to see if we can rebuild that house, or start a down payment on a new house,” said Mabel Bill, who owned the house. Rebuilding would not be a small

feat however, as the entire structure was burned and the roof collapsed. Bill said the home had just been renovated last year, and there is a 15-year waiting list before they can apply to the band for help with new renovations. A representative from the Pauquachin band council acknowledged that the family has been put on a housing list, but that the waiting period is indefinite. The family did not have fire insurance. Donations can be made to Mabel Bill in Trust, at Coast Capital Savings. editor@peninsulanewsreview.com

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Never too late for education Devon MacKenzie News staff

Thirty-five years after she began her post secondary studies, Sidney resident Lyn McCluskey received her MSc in Information and Library Studies in person from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. “I am absolutely thrilled I was able to do this — I can’t believe that after 35 years I have completed a lifelong ambition at the same institute I began studying at,” she said. McCluskey now 52, began her studies at Robert Gordon University in 1974 (then known as Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology). She spent two years studying Librarianship but was eager to begin a career and soon found herself working for Shell UK Exploration and Production. McCluskey spent 15 years in the corporate sector with Shell UK, and during her time there established a corporate information centre which included a library, records management, and an open learning centre. After her time in the UK, McCluskey moved to Canada and eventually settled in Victoria. As she got older and her children moved on to post secondary education she began to reconsider further schooling herself. “I always regretted not further-

ing my education and I wasn't sure really how to start again,” McCluskey said. At the time she was enrolled with Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology, they were only just beginning to offer a four-year bachelor's program, but as McCluskey was eager to begin a career, she completed the two-year diploma program instead. When she eventually decided to pursue further education a couple of years ago, McCluskey discovered though a former colleague at Royal Roads University that Robert Gordon University was offering online MSc programs in Information and Library Studies. McCluskey contacted Robert Gordon University and inquired whether or not they would accept her previous credits in Library Studies. When they replied with a yes, McCluskey's adventure into online studies began. “It was perfect because I knew the institution as I'd studied there previously and I knew they would be able to offer me a worthwhile program,” she said. Soon after, she began her MSc studies and decided on her thesis topic. Soon after she began her studies, McCluskey moved to Sidney. For her thesis work, she chose to use the Sidney branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library as an example.

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ests, a place for education and information technology — the list goes on.” When McCluskey finally finished her thesis work, she submitted it and was invited to attend her MSc graduation ceremony at Robert Gordon University. “It worked out wonderfully because it just so happened my son was graduating with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Leeds the same week so we were able to attend both ceremonies,” McCluskey said. With her MSc under her belt, it begged the question: what's next?

“When I went into the library to let all the staff I know that I had finished and was graduating, the first thing they asked was if I was going to publish my thesis. I thought to myself, 'hmmm, I could do that.' “Then they asked if I would pursue my PhD and I thought 'hmmm, I could do that too’,” McCluskey said with a laugh. “For now, I’m going to take six months off to relax and focus on home and work, (writing proposals for an engineering firm) and then we’ll see after that.” editor@peninsulanewsreview.com

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Election, what election? At least our readers are paying attention. Okay, we’ll admit it, every once in a while we mess up. Sometimes it’s something minor like a typo, occasionally, it’s something bigger, a misspelled name or an error in a number — we’ll hear loudly and clearly about it from our readers — especially if it’s to do with tax rates. One reporter in our office (okay it was me) once referred to a man named Geoffrey as Goofrey. Fortunately he was good-natured about the slip-up, but it’s one that haunts me to this day — Goofrey? Really? How dumb. Misplaced apostrophes are the bane of an editor’s existence — an it’s instead of an its causes all kinds of confusion and raises readers’ ire. A few years ago a spell check that changed the word colonel to colonial (an error that wasn’t caught by human eyes either) had one reader so irate that he suggested the offending reporter be hung from the yardarm (and he wasn’t kidding). Sure, we could make excuses for the rare screw-up, and fortunately for us at the NEWS REVIEW, they are rare, but we’d rather just apologize and move on. There are plenty more typos where that came from and some of our minor mistakes give us something to chuckle about. We’re sure readers enjoy a laugh at our expense every once in a while too (except Geoff, perhaps). We just wish we had the cash to hire some of those eagleeyed readers to proof read for us. On to the point of this column. Thank you readers for pointing out our error in last Friday’s paper. Gary Lunn’s contact information was included in our almanac instead of Elizabeth May’s. And to answer your questions: No, it was not intentional. Yes, we are aware there was an election. And we do apologize for the error. With luck that one won’t be repeated, but keep your keen eyes out for others, after all we’re not pefrect. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@peninsulanewsreview.com or fax 250-656-5526. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Peninsula News Review is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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Playing Monopoly with BC Hydro taste of the business discipline that It’s a basic strategy for the board has been applied to other areas of game Monopoly. If you land on one the provincial government. A case of the utilities, buy it and reap the in point is the utility’s steady revenues. 650 staff engineers, part Real-world investors of what the reviewers follow the same rule. termed a “gold standard” BC Hydro’s debt may be corporate culture. enormous, but it’s one Why does BC Hydro of the safest investments have six times as around. many engineers as the The crown jewel of B.C. Transportation Ministry, utilities is such a money which manages about the machine that it can allow same amount of complex extravagant practices and construction? still deliver some of the Tom Fletcher According to Energy cheapest, cleanest, most B.C. Views Minister Rich Coleman, stable energy in North the Transportation America. Ministry used to work the same Some of those extravagances way. Staff engineers would were described in a new report design a new bridge down to the on BC Hydro by three senior specifications of the last bolt that bureaucrats. Headline items holds the handrail. Then this design included a 41-per-cent increase would be put out to tender, with the in staff in just four years, winning bidder micromanaged at lavish management bonuses every step. and union overtime pay, and a The remaining Transportation communications department Ministry engineers now speak almost as big as the B.C. wistfully of this bygone golden age. government’s own. Today they are expected to set cost You won’t find this kind of luxury and performance specifications in private companies that have and let the private sector design to compete in today’s ruthless and build the bridge to meet marketplace. And you won’t learn those targets. Innovations are thus much about it from listening to encouraged, not prevented, and B.C.’s political debate, dominated their former colleagues do just fine as usual by the NDP’s unionin the private sector. approved talking points. According A brisk pruning — the report to those, the only serious problem recommends reducing total staff here is the intrusion of private from 6,000 to 4,800 — gives Premier power producers onto the turf of Christy Clark what she asked this government monopoly cash for. An expected 32-per-cent rate cow. increase over three years will be BC Hydro is only now getting a

limited to only 16 per cent. And it leaves BC Hydro’s huge capital works program more or less alone: rebuilding old dams, preparing for Site C and expanding both the grid and generation capacity. The review team also leaves the smart meter program alone, finding more evidence it will pay off in savings. The reviewers found that BC Hydro’s overtime costs are higher than other electrical utilities, and 84 per cent of that is paid to unionized electricians. The top five overtime earners doubled their base salary with overtime pay between $113,000 and $130,000 last year alone. With a smart grid, at least they won’t be collecting so much overtime to drive around searching for downed wires. And I suppose it would be nice to have all overtime paid at doubletime, and 17 to 20 “flex days” that can be taken off or traded for cash. But other public sector workers don’t get that. The government milks this cow too. It overcharges BC Hydro for water use, for one thing. What this overhaul may also lead to is an end to former premier Gordon Campbell’s aggressive climate strategy. That’s a complicated issue that I’ll tackle in a subsequent column. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca twitter.com/tomfletcherbc

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Smart meters nothing but a cash grab Hydro should invest in conservation

Re: Green Party gets lost in the static (BC Views, Aug. 3). Tom Fletcher is correct. The 2009 BC Greens platform had a time line that included smart metering by 2012. We did not recommend wireless meters because, as Fletcher mentioned, we have precautionary policy on EMF radiation. Our policy was revised in 2010. The initiatives we wanted implemented prior to new meters — feed-in tariffs, time-of-day pricing and regional management boards — were not in progress at the end of 2009 so that the timeline for smart metering was eliminated. Without being tied to substantial energy conservation, BC Hydro’s smart meter program is simply a different and more expensive way to collect data. A billion dollars invested in conservation and energy retrofits, diversifying to renewable energy or any number of priorities should precede changing meters. Fletcher may dismiss health concerns associated with WIFI but people have a right to feel safe and healthy in their own homes. Those who chose not to use wireless technology should not be forced to do so. As I said at the news conference, wireless smart meters are a technological solution looking for a problem. With shrewd marketing, the companies that developed wireless smart meters have become wealthy with sole-source contracts from government after government. At some point, given deficits and debt load, we will need to reverse the decisionmaking process so that long-term plans actually precede implementation of new technology. Other jurisdictions are putting moratoriums on or cancelling the installation of smart meters. We are recommending BC Hydro listen to valid privacy, security and health concerns and change course. Jane Sterk, Leader Green Party of BC

It seems that Tom Fletcher is lost, regurgitating what in effect appears to be Liberal Party (read big business) hype, and it's chronic (Green Party gets lost in the static BC Views Aug. 3). Smart meters are a vast waste of taxpayer's money, and that's the thin edge of the wedge. For BC Hydro to claim that spending $1 billion, will save $500 million in electricity theft in 20 years is a business case that any schoolboy would dispute. Standard meters have served millions for decades very well, they are not obsolete. The reason to sell smart meters is to sell smart meters and then to sell smart appliances and to generate huge profits for the information and technologies sector. Making the smart meters mandatory is a crucial step in determining who wins the competing system protocols. Energy efficient appliance makers don't need these meters. Neither does Hydro need to know which appliances we use, when we are in the house, what we cook or how efficient our boilers are. This data would be sold to other companies. Eliminating thousands of meter-reading jobs during a recession is irresponsible. The Vancouver/Victoria areas account for 4/5ths of BC’s population, so to claim that as BC is twice the size of Germany, inferring that distant consumers cause a large proportion

of the monitoring costs, is arrant nonsense. The large increase in the number of outages is largely a result of a reckless reduction in regular inspection and service of the power lines. We ignore, at our peril, the possible dangers of radiation from smart meters when research into effects from radio waves is in its infancy. The US Environmental Health Sciences dept. has recommended extreme caution prior to installations being made and advises that lack of scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for causing possible environmental degradation. The bandwagon of “it’s new, so it must be better” is just hype. Last but not least, the old adage of “If it's not broken, don't fix it” is ignored. The money should be spent on new generating capacity, and the greener, the better. Scratching around for an instant fix will not add up, and when the money is gone, it's too late. It will be in the pockets of Corix Capital Management who have the contract for the meters. Where the benefits go after that is another story. The people of Australia and the Netherlands raised such an outcry against mandatory smart meters, that their governments were forced to abandon the policy. We should do the same. Hans U.P. Edwards North Saanich

Fletcher ‘vicious’

Water worries Beacon Plaza renovation

He’s done it again! Re: Green Party gets lost in the static (BC Views Aug. 3). Is there anything that can stop this man’s vicious attacks against well informed, caring people? Whom is he catering to — big business, “Big Brother”, or worse? He would be well advised to learn from independent serious, national and international scientists about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation from (not only) smart meters. This is not a topic that should be ridiculed by the venomous pen like Mr. Fletcher’s. If you call this “B.C. Views” well … A. Freidank, Central Saanich

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I think the Town of Sidney has the water rates backwards. We are told to conserve water but in Sidney the opposite is happening. If you use less than 3,000 gallons, you have to pay for 3,000 gallons anyway. Surely there should be a ceiling and if you use more than that, you should be charged for more usage. I keep thinking why don’t I just turn on the tap and use my 3,000 gallons — I’m paying for it anyway. Also, because sewage rates are tied into how much water I use, I have to pay for sewage at the high rate. This just does not make any sense. Sydney Baker, Sidney

2012 Property Tax Exemption and Grant-in-Aid Applications The Council of the District of Central Saanich is now accepting 2012 Property Tax Exemption and Grant-in-Aid Applications. In order to be considered, completed application forms must be submitted to the undersigned at the address noted below by 4:30 pm on Friday, September 16, 2011. Application forms are available on our website www.centralsaanich.ca or at the Municipal Hall located at 1903 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton, BC V8M 2A9. Gary C. Nason, Administrator District of Central Saanich 1903 Mt. Newton Cross Road Saanichton, BC V8M 2A9

was a missed opportunity What an opportunity the planners had with the old Beacon Plaza to give that area some real character. Instead we now have an awful, concrete square devoid of any pleasing appearance for Sidney. Couldn’t the designers have borrowed some ideas from the Mill Bay shops for example? Well now we are stuck with the building and that big ugly Shopper’s Drug Mart banner at the entrance. How about a circular seat around a tree in the plaza centre as a feature? Some flowers in planters and a garbage container all to match Beacon Avenue’s, with some climbers to soften the effect of the walls? All would help. Oh, and Shoppers Drug Mart — I do miss the sale of plants and bouquets you had at the front of the old store. Valerie Edwards, North Saanich

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POLICE NEWS IN BRIEF

Early morning crash

A Victoria man lost his wheels after a single vehicle crash in the early hours of Aug. 10. Police say speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash that happened around 4:30 a.m. on Highway 17 near Island View Road. The southbound vehicle hit the median before stopping on the roadside. Police attended and driver exhibited symptoms of impairment. He was ultimately issued a 90-day immediate roadside suspension and the vehicle was towed and impounded for 30 days. The driver was taken to Victoria General Hospital as a precaution.

Construction trespass Horses loose Five Central Saanich youths were arrested for break and enter after being discovered in a construction site Aug. 9. Police were called to the site on West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay around 11 p.m. and discovered five youths on the second floor. All five were arrested. Police found one youth in possession of marijuana, and three cans of beer. The kids were brought to Central Saanich Police headquarters and later collected by their parents. A Saanich Police dog searched the rest of the construction site to determine there were no others hiding.

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A late evening escape ended safely for a pair of horses discovered loose near Island View and Martindale roads. Central Saanich Police responded around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 for the report of a pair of horses near Highway 17. The horses were corralled and uninjured; no vehicle incidents were reported.

Stolen truck

A big blue and gold truck was taken from the corner of Keating X Road and Central Saanich Road. The 2007 blue and gold Ford F-350 diesel truck was reported missing on Aug.

9 and taken sometime the night before. It bears the license plate 1565 GN and has a fifth wheel tailgate and custom rail caps on the box.

Morning impound

An officer parked in the 7900 block of West Saanich road spotted and stopped a vehicle around 5 a.m. on Aug. 7. The Brentwood Bay woman driving exhibited signs of impairment, police said, and after a roadside screening was issued a 90-day immediate roadside suspension. The vehicle was towed and impounded for 30 days.

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Campbell confirmed as UK ambassador Tom Fletcher Black Press

The federal government has confirmed the appointment of former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell as Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. A list of appointments by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada includes Campbell’s new job as part of a major update of foreign diplomatic posts. Also named are new ambassadors and consuls-general for Gordon Campbell the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Afghanistan, Brazil, Qatar, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Serbia. Canada’s top diplomatic job is ambassador to Washington D.C., and in 2009 Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed former Manitoba premier Gary Doer to that post. Campbell’s appointment was leaked to Ottawa reporters in late June, but the federal government waited until it received formal acceptance from the UK government before confirming it. Meeting with federal officials in June, Premier Christy Clark said Campbell would be a good choice to help Harper’s government negotiate a free trade agreement with the European Union. Campbell will also be in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Clark issued a statement Monday congratulating Campbell and his wife Nancy for the appointment, and thanking him for 26 years in city and provincial politics. Campbell announced his resignation as premier in November 2010, amid controversy over the introduction of the harmonized sales tax in B.C. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

Toward a cure with a kayak New and experienced kayakers wanted for annual cancer fundraiser Lauren Coulter News staff

The fourth annual Kayak for a Cure event is out to prove that hope floats, raising money for the fight against cancer by paddling. The non-profit organization Kayak for a Cure Victoria is hoping to raise more than $15,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society with a five-hour guided kayak tour down the Saanich Inlet on Aug. 21. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to register for the tour, which will be led by experienced paddlers. The tour will start out at 9 a.m. at Verdier Park near the Brentwood Bay ferry, and wind up with a post-paddle barbecue at the same park at 3 p.m. Paddle gear and kayaks will be reserved, and participants needing equipment are encouraged to contact event organizer Don Lowther at 250213-1236. For registration and more information visit www.kayakforacure.org.


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Plant winter garden now Covered veggies will survive, even under snowcover

food, so a list of seeds to plant now, up until mid-August would be peas, carrots, corn salad (mache), lettuce, kohlrabi, oriental greens, overwintering onions, spinach, chard This is a good time to think and turnips. Keep the vegabout planting vegetable bed watered etables (forgive me, until fall rains start. please) for a winBy then your seedter harvest. Annie lings should be up from Melissa Street and growing. Don't reminded me of this. overdo the fertilizer Up until the miduntil the plants are a dle of August you little larger, there is can plant seeds and bound to be nourishexpect a crop before ment left over from … er …the snow flies, your earlier crops. and even then a covIt is still too early Helen Lang ering with Reemay Over the Garden to plant garlic, that cloth will save most comes in October, Fence things, even lettuce but I'll try to rememand spinach. ber to remind you I remember one year my then. Lovely to think of all Reemay cloth was weighted those delicious fresh veggies down with snow, but under the that will appear in months to humps were lettuces, maybe come. One thing I'm going to a little crisp, but edible all the put in, a little later, are seeds same. Annie also reminded me of calendula (pot marigold) that people are really inter- which seem to bloom here all ested in growing their own winter, when it doesn't get too

cold. They don't have a pleasant fragrance, but have such sunny faces you can't help but love them. Something I've mentioned before, but may be worth repeating is that you should always re-cut rose stems under water before putting the blooms into water in your vase. Why? Because an air bubble forms on the cut end and water can’t be absorbed. Another hint is not to use animal manure when planting potatoes because it causes scab on potato skins. At this time of year I usually manage to foist the odd recipe on my friendly readers. This time it’s dill pickles. This is simple but the results are splendid if you like dill pickles. See Helen’s pickle recipe on page A10. Do you have a gardening question or comment for Helen? Call her at 250-656-5918, or email editor@peninsulanewsreview.com.

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Hit-man email scammer busy

Another email scam is, pardon the pun, “hitting” inboxes. Saanich police are warning of the so-called hit-man scam, in which a spammer claims to have been hired to murder the recipient of the message. The email goes on

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to request payment in exchange for information about who has taken out the hit. “This is an extreme example of phishing,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen. “Typically, they don’t have any mention of violence. This one does.”

Police say the best way to protect against electronic scams is to be critical of any emails that are not addressed to you specifically, as well as those with poor grammar or which request an electronic transfer of funds. nnorth@saanichnews.com

Play within a play performed Actors of Tumbleweeds Theatre, a youth theatre group, present Daniel MacIvor’s This Is A Play. It’s a comedy about a play and the creative process. The show is produced by But We Digress Productions, an offshoot of Tumbleweeds, a company created for adults to continue exploring act-

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Over the Garden Fence

Helen’s Dill Pickles Use quart jars for these tart treats. Using medium sized pickling cucumbers, fill jars within a 1/2 inch of the top of the jar. Add two tablespoons pickling salt, one clove garlic, one tablespoon white sugar, cram in a lot of dill weed (approximately a handful of crushed seed head and feathery leaves). Pour in 3/4 cup of white or cider vinegar, and fill jar to within 1/2 inch of the top with water. Put on jar lids, tighten screw tops and pressure cook for one minute, or using a large pot, put a rack of some sort under the jars (I've used a collection of table forks, making sure the jars stayed upright when placed on top.) Water should come about half way up the jars. If using a pressure cooker follow directions about exhausting the steam, then raising the pressure to 15, cook for one minute. Allow to partly cool in the cooker, before removing to place on a towel. If using a big pot, bring to a boil, and cook for five minutes to seal tops. When jars are cool, test for seal by tapping the lids with the tip of a spoon. If there is a “ping” the jar is sealed, if not sealed, when cool put in the fridge and use after about a month. Or recook, having put on a fresh lid. Something I was told was if you put a grape leaf in the jar before filling, your pickles will be crisper. We had a grape vine so I always used one, so didn’t do a proper test.


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The best in the Northwest Last month I mentioned that I was volunteers to make it happen. Should going to visit Sidney’s Sister City, you enjoy working on some aspect Anacortes, to take in its 50th annual of the show for a few hours, please Arts Festival Aug. 5 to 7. The event call the arts council at 250-656-7400. You do not need to be an is listed as the second largartist but just enjoy the est juried art show in the atmosphere that the arts Pacific Northwest — and exude. I can believe that. It took This year watch for an two days to view the 250 expansion of the show: the booths that lined AnaArtSea Festival will take cortes’ main street. Artists place Oct. 16 to 29 and in every medium imagininclude musical, literary able were there, some travand theatrical events. eling from Arizona and CaliAlso, during September fornia. To entertain, there were musicians, buskers, Dianne Cross and October at the Tulista Art Centre the third annual face painters and plein air Peninsula First Nations and Metis artists. Shops displaying Art Beat show will take place. The art were accommodated arts council extends a hand by leaving spaces between the booths and sandwich boards or to our fellow artists on the Peninsula chalked road signs directed people and provides an exhibition space at the centre for them to exhibit their to them. With visitors from Vancouver, Bell- latest work. Artisans 2011 Gift Gallery, now on ingham and Seattle easily able to visit for the day, the organizers estimate at the centre, closes Aug. 28. It displays a variety of local arts. Coordi90,000 are drawn to the event. I also attended the Sooke Fine Art nator Dale MacEwan was pleased to Show, now in its 25th year and show- include three artists new to Artisans ing the polish that number of years this year and who were also accepted can add. The amount of volunteer into the Sooke Fine Arts Show. Damatime needed to put such a show on ris Oakley, of Redroom Artglass Stuwas evident in its design, gift shop dio creates lampwork beads, fused glass jewelry and stained glass; Lynn and added interests. Our Sidney Fine Art Show, now in Laughren is a metal artist who does its ninth year, is also remarkable for sculptural and functional metal its organization, a quality not missed art for the home and garden; and by participating artists who are Heather Hamilton of Finely Found eager to enter shows of this caliber. Designs creates handcrafted silver This year our show takes place Oct. jewelry. Her silver neckpiece Internal 14 to 16, and as I mentioned about Reflections won Best Jewelry award the Sooke show, it takes a number of at the Sooke Fine Arts Show.

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flict Lost EP in December of 2010 (free download at weareriver.bandcamp.com) and set to work on Light Up to Burn Out. The album was recorded, produced and Strong currents will pull River through mixed independently and mastered by August. The trio of musicians, who hail from Cen- Adam Sutherland at Infinity Studios in Victral Saanich and the outlying areas of the toria. They expect to release the album through Peninsula, is set to release its first full-length album this month. They’ll also perform dur- a couple of venues, including an all-ages show. ing ArtistFest in Victoria. “A River show is musically stimulating. “River has been a band since 2009 but has seen the come and go of many members,” We don’t use gimmicks — not that there’s said Sam Weber, a recent Stelly’s second- anything wrong with that, but that’s not ary graduate. Past members have included what this band is about,” Weber said. He wrote 18 songs for other musicians from varithe project specifically ous Stelly’s bands includmeant to “trigger feelings” ing the Archers and the from the audience. Swags. “We don’t necessarily Last spring, the current ■ The River album Light want you to cry — not that incarnation came together: Up to Burn Out is expected there’s anything wrong Marshall Wildman, Evan to be out this month at with that — but our main Hillier and singer Weber weareriver.bandcamp.com goal is to make our listenshare the roles of bass, alongside Conflict Lost ers feel something,” Weber drums, guitar, piano and from last year. said. “Each song we play synthesizer. is ambiguous enough to They released the Con-

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It wasn’t a close race. Two Peninsula runners helped bring the girls relay team to Team B.C. victory Aug. 9 at the Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, with a healthy 30-metre lead over second-place finishers Athletics Alberta. They also beat the record for the 4 x 400 relay by five seconds. The team started off in first with local athlete Danielle Delage, but one of the Alberta runners soon caught up with her. Delage passed the baton to fellow Peninsula runner Casey Atkin, who kept up with her competitor. “I caught her neck-andneck, I was just fighting for it,”Atkin said. The third runner, Devan Wiebe from Vancouver ramped it up and jumped 15 metres ahead. The final runner, Katie Reid, “killed it on the last one,”said Atkin, and finished the relay

almost 30 metres ahead of the Alberta team. The girls beat the 2007 record of 3.46.30 by five seconds, clocking in with a time of 3.41.41. Atkin said all four runners had the same mentality. “We were all like: this is our last race of the season, let’s go out with a huge bang.” Delage agreed. “We just gave it our all,” she said. She caught the flu Aug. 4, the travel day to Kamloops, but pulled herself together for the Tuesday race. Atkin said she had raced against Reid and Wiebe previously, but had never run with them before. “To be all on the same team, running the relay, was powerful.” She also beat her personal best by one second with a split time of 54.1 seconds. Both girls are rookie Team B.C. athletes. “It’s really to weird to feel that the season’s over, we accomplished so much,” said Atkin. She spoke of making their veteran coach, Ron Parker, proud. Parker was attending his last Western Canada games as a coach.

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Champs bow to power team The Richardson Foods Group volleyball reverse doubles tournament featured an array of talent last weekend. In the attack line format where men spike from behind a three meter line and women can spike from anywhere, teams were entered as two men, two women or mixed. Teams competed in three skill categories — Pro, Supercomp and Competitive. The Pro division was captured by six-footseven inch giant Alex Swiatlowski and his partner Nicholas Stefanakis. They beat last year’s summer series champion Mike Aitken and his partner Angela Owen who was an outstanding power hitter for the Camosun Chargers. Swiatlowski and Stefanakis were on Team BC who captured the Western Nationals. They captured the final

Olympian wins prize at Sooke Tri Olympic triathlete Brent McMahon won a well-deserved $15,000 purse of cash and prizes as the first man to cross the line of the Olympic distance (1.5 kilometre swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run) Subaru Sooke Triathlon. Colorado resident Amanda Stevens took the women’s prize, finishing 19 minutes back of Victoria-based McMahon. The race drew 40 pro triathletes representing Canada, U.S., Mexico, and Australia, many of them competing in The Chase, a non-drafting Olympic distance event where the women are given a 15 minute headstart on the men. Up-and-comer Alison Hooper of Sooke did well on her home turf, finishing 22nd overall, just 36 seconds back of Sidney’s Lucy Smith in 20th. American Jonathan Shearon won the half Iron event (1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 20 km run) in four hours, 17 minutes, with Victoria’s Adrian Walton the top local in third at 4:37:21. The race day also featured a sprint category at half of the Olympic distance in which three under-19 athletes from Victoria finished in the top four.

with a score of 21-18; 21-16. Kris Youakim and Bastian Nill (Germany) captured third place and Brett Hallgren and John Ogilvy finished fourth in the division. The Supercomp division was won by the team of Jasmine Kim and Dave Dooley. They had a close 22-20; 21-28 victory over the team of Kim Howell and Jamie Jackson. Jonny Lee and Spencer Morriss captured third place. Karin Maessin and Brett Hastings finished fourth. Michael Anderson and Josh Hample won a three-set tie-breaker to capture the Competitive division. After dropping the first set 20-22, they came back to win the second game 21-18 and win the tie-breaker set 15-11. They beat Kim Lucus and Emma Rimmer in the final. Ty Anderson and Jas-

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THE NEWS REVIEW provides this community calendar free of charge, giving preference to Saanich Peninsula clubs, organizations and individuals holding non-profit events in our readership area. Publication is not guaranteed. Calendar items should be mailed, dropped off at our office, or e-mailed to editor@ peninsulanewsreview.com. entertains with the Dry Ice Show, Summer Reading Club prize winners will be announced and cake for everyone. Aug. 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Register at 250656-0944. REGISTRATION FOR 2ND Tsartlip (Brentwood Bay) Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers will be Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Old School Hall, on the corner of West Saanich Road and Clarke Drive. Boys and girls are welcome. For more information call Dana at 250 652-9589 or danawalt@shaw.ca.

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Parks centennial celebrates Tod Inlet

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f the current economic climate has you feeling a bit poor, grab a friend or bring your family to celebrate a place rich in culture and heritage. Three days celebrating the part of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park located near Tod Inlet begins Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrations will also occur Sept. 24 and Oct. 22. All are in celebration of the 100th anniversary of BC Parks. The activities for the three scheduled dates relate to the history, culture and science of the area. All ages will enjoy the activities. Kids who come on Aug. 20 will enjoy dropping by an exhibit on Bones, Beaks and Teeth provided by Becky Wigan of UVic’s Anthropology Department. Then they can move on to drenching the Tod Creek watershed model with rain or sprinkling soy sauce that mimics motor oil on the model’s roads; making some crafts or exploring the area as part of a scavenger hunt. Musician Leslie Gentile expressed her delight in playing a set for the community oriented celebration organized by SeaChange Marine Conserva-

tion Society. She was especially happy to pitch in for this celebration because she played at the ceremony held in honour of the establishment of Gowlland Tod Park in 1995. This time she will be playing with one of her grown daughters. In September, she will return with both daughters for the full Leslie Gentile Band experience. Local first nations traditionally referred to the land around Tod Inlet as Snitcel, pronounced “sneak with,” which translates as Place of the Blue Grouse in English. W’saanich people retain their Douglas Treaty rights to hunt, fish and use the land as before. As the Sencoten language used by W’saanich people recovers, traditional place names are becoming more familiar. Hear stories people told such as one used to keep their children from wandering alone in the woods or where First Man arrived from the stars. More recent history of the area includes a talk with Gwen Curry and covers topics such as the village of Chinese workers, Sikh workers’ short stay and what those concrete foundations around the park held up. If you were among those that

have helped to restore some of the land with plants that grew in the area before European contact, this is your chance to bring your friends and show off your effort. And while the economic climate has been shaky more recently, the atmospheric climate has been changing along with the ocean as the by-products of the industrial revolution catch up with us. Check on current news regarding ocean acidification and the coast of Vancouver Island from the graduate research project of University of Victoria Earth and Ocean Sciences student Alejandra Lara Espinosa. Remember that all these wonderful events occur in a provincial park. Part of assuring the place remains an enjoyable experience in nature is keeping our collective footprint light. That means bringing your own food and drink as well as packing your garbage and recyclables back out with you. Parking is limited at the entrance on Wallace Drive just south of Benvenuto Avenue. The walk along Tod Creek down to Tod Inlet usually takes about 20 minutes. editor@peninsulanewsreview.com

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