Seaside Magazine January 2016 Issue

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Happy New Year!

New Year's Resolution: Get Rid of Debt!

What is a Legacy? Leaving Your Mark

Seaside Homes Dreams & Opportunities


January 2016


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Special Feature: The Peninsula's Financial Experts New Year's Resolution: Get Rid of Debt! A New Roof for Seniors: Making the Transition to Supportive Housing


Seaside Homes: Dreams & Opportunities

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fashion focus

LEGO brick festival

First Word


Ignition West Coast Gardener Last Word


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On Design


New & Noteworthy


Peninsula Restaurant Profile


Seaside Arts Scene


Pets Patter


In Good Health


In Pursuit of the Golden Years


This Month in History


What's Happening


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Women in Business: Inspiring & Celebrating Your Success.


Are you a woman in business? If so, Seaside Magazine, in recognition of International Women's Day, is looking for you! If your business is 51% or more owned by a woman, and you are doing business on Vancouver Island, you are eligible to apply. All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges and a winner will be selected. Please answer all questions below. Winner will be notified by February 11th and will be honoured at a reception to be held March 4th as part of Seaside Magazine’s Women to Watch event.

Please answer the following questions about your business: • Describe your business: Please provide a summary and description of your business, including how long you've been in business, number of employees and products and services offered. • Innovation & Change: Please list all of the changes and innovations your company made in 2015. • Environmental and Community Advances: How does your business contribute to the community and environment? • Challenges: What is the single most difficult challenge you have faced and how was it overcome? • Integrity: What three words best describe your business values?


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january.2016 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE chris cowland

Although I am an accountant, in this month's Ignition column I have deliberately ignored the tax implications of leasing versus buying a car, as this makes an already complex question even more convoluted. Cars have always been a passion of mine; I have a collection of MGs spanning 1948 to 1961, two Morris Minors, and a few old Jaguars. None of these were leased – all were paid for in cash. My biggest nightmare is that if I die, my wife will sell them for what I told her I paid for them … .

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rachael Coates-holland

I've been a lover of fashion as long as I can remember, but it's only since I started working in the industry that I've become a real "Tart." The opportunity to buy for the shop (Marmalade Tart Boutique) with my Mom and then sell the product on the shop floor six months or more later has given me a whole different perspective on clothes than just loving to dress up. Every day I learn something new about fashion from our customers and how they dress and shop. It's these insights I'm excited to share with you this month.

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Rachael Coates-Holland, Chris Cowland, Gillian Crowley, Shauna Dorko, Colin Eaton, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Valerie Green, Sherrin Griffin, Janice Henshaw, Tracey Jones, Barbara Julian, Stacey Kaminski, Barry Mathias, Li Read, Susan Simosko, David Tonken, Viola Van de Ruyt, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

Everyone lucky enough to live on the B.C. coast is rich, if natural beauty, interesting neighbours and scope for self-expression are counted as wealth. Freedom and opportunity are blessings which people in many parts of the world must sadly do without, but even for Canadians the opportunity to make career changes or boost income seems to fade as we age. It can be hard for young people to launch a career, but equally for the older worker to be ejected from one, or to start a second one after "retirement," either out of desire or necessity. As a memoirs coach working with seniors and as a "baby boomer" myself, I enjoy searching out solutions to this dilemma.

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viola van de ruyt

I have lived and worked on the Peninsula for over 20 years and love helping my clients enjoy retirement in this fantastic community. As I specialize in helping women working through life's transitions such as death, divorce and retirement I know they face some distinctive challenges as they transition from caring for their children to caring for their aging parents. From over 30 years of working in the investment industry I am pleased to be able to share some helpful financial tips for Seaside readers to get on track in the New Year.

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first word In late November I drove past a townhouse for sale in Sidney and something told me to stop. I took a picture of the "For Sale" sign with my phone and moments later I was talking to the realtor, setting up an appointment to view the home that afternoon. As I wandered through the empty space I suddenly knew that it was finally time to move; it was time to downsize. Immediately, many thoughts ran through my mind: what would my kids think about leaving our acreage and access to plenty of space, memories of years of fun on the trampoline and our many runs at the basketball hoop? It would all have to go; it would all have to change. Then came all the decluttering! In less than three days we cleared everything out, the realtor brought in a stager, the painter fixed a few spots and voilà! We were as ready as we would ever be for the world to see our precious home. It's a bit daunting. I can't remember having experienced anything like this before. After 14 years of living here, basically since the kids were babies, we will now wait in anticipation to see who will want our home.

To some people, moving is up there with divorce and the death of a loved one; it can be a stressful, time-consuming and emotionally crippling undertaking. I wouldn't go that far, but time consuming? Definitely. The reaction to my move has been interesting. Some friends think I've lost my mind. "Your house is so beautiful!" they say. "It has everything you need!" I explain my thoughts, but they can see the duality of my feelings: I want to move and yet I don't. Our homes are more than financial assets; they can have deep emotional meaning. A home is a place where we played and argued and hung our artwork and marked the walls with pencil lines as we grew taller. Soon we will go, closing the door for the last time, and my house will no longer be my home: it will just be a place in which I once lived. I am feeling good right now, but I'm not sure how I will feel once reality sets in and it sells. Will I come back and stand outside and gaze inward? Will I ever experience the same connection to another house? What I do know is that it's time. In the end, I will nurture my family and be their home, wherever we go. Here's to a New Year and a New Home! Happy New Year from all of us at Seaside Magazine!

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Simply love the magazine and all of the wonderful articles. I have a big favour to ask! Would you please ask Allison if she will share her "creamy egg casserole" which is mentioned on page 13 (December Issue: "Tis the Season for Tradition). Sounds yummy and I'm having company!

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Editor's note – in the December issue: In December issue's "New Respect for Wine Kits" it was incorrectly stated that Winexpert is the parent company of Peninsula U-Brew Winery. In fact, Peninsula U-Brew Winery is locally owned and operated by Maureen Bifford and Stan Roberts of North Saanich. Peninsula U-Brew Winery carries Winexpert juices and kits that their wines are made from. In the December issue "Ignition" column, the line that read "The rubber compounds and tread designs are specifically designed to work at -7°C should have read "the rubber compounds and tread designs are specifically designed to work at below 7°C." Our sincere apology for these inaccuracies. SEASIDE | january 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 9

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There is no time like the present to get a handle on your personal finances. Regardless of your age or income there are many ways that good financial planning can benefit you, both in the short-term, and the long-term.

Statistics show that many Canadians are living with increasing levels of debt, and without a clear financial action plan. If you don’t have all the answers at your fingertips, your first step towards a more secure future should be to take advice from an expert. Professionals will work with you to maximise the assets you have, and could reduce your debt in the long-term.

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Legal Services Financial decisions are dealt with daily by the 19 lawyers of Pearlman Lindholm. Gordon is dedicated to serving you in the fields of business and property transactions, Wills and Estate matters. Gordon has also served his community and is a past President of the Victoria Symphony and the Sidney Rotary Club, is presently on the Board of the Sidney Classical Orchestra and is now in his fourth year as the President of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

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Henley & Walden LLP. Personal & Business Law Planned giving is an important part of any estate plan. It is a way of showing you care about the future and what is important to you. As a lawyer, Dale is experienced in helping clients fulfil their estate planning goals. As an involved member of our community, he understands the practical side of charitable giving as a past/ present board member of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, BC Cancer Foundation and Alumni Association of UVIC.

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Deborah cares about her clients, and it shows. It starts at the first visit when her clients are greeted with a friendly smile, offered a warm beverage, and welcomed into her comfortable office. Deborah takes the time to get to know her clients’ priorities, goals and challenges, and fully explains their investments to them – from the most basic concepts to complex strategies. Her “personal touch” is truly appreciated and creates long-term, trusting relationships.

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Chartered Professional Accountant / Partner Paterson Henn CPA Personal US, Canadian and Estate Tax Located on the Saanich Peninsula, we are gearing up for preparing U.S. tax returns and Canadian personal and estate returns this coming tax season. I have a strong basis in both complex and basic estate and investment tax returns and remain current with tax changes and IRS updates. We work with our clients to ensure they are remaining compliant but also take advantage of any planning opportunities available. New clients are always welcome!

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RE/MAX Mayne-Pender Real Estate Services Real estate transactions can be one of the of the biggest investments a person can make, so it makes sense to work with an agent that knows the market. Brenda specializes on Mayne Island; she knows the market there and will work to not only find the house that best suits your needs, but gives value and affordability for your dollar. She will help guide you to make the right investment decision, and will help prepare you and your property for when you decide to sell. Brenda is easygoing but professional Professional and will go the extra mile for you!

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In today’s world, every dollar counts. Through systematic planning and development, organizations can make effective use of their limited financial and human resources. For more than 30 years, Susan Simosko has been a leader in change and development, working with organizations around the world. She is recognized for her collaborative and results oriented approach to solving problems and for her highly effective facilitation skills.

New Year' s Resolution: Get Rid of Debt! by Viola Van de Ruyt

The New Year always brings

lots of resolutions and a big one for many folks is getting on track financially. This may mean paying off debt from the holidays or, for many, the bigger picture of getting ready for retirement.

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In fact, polls indicate that the top three financial concerns among Canadians age 20 to 60 are paying down debt, retirement planning and managing day-to-day spending. The reality is that all three are closely connected. Planning for the time when you no longer have a pay cheque requires careful consideration of your cash flow needs and ideally planning for being debt free. Here are some tips to help you get on track in 2016: • Review the interest rates you are paying on debt. • Add up what you are paying in interest each month if you're not paying it off.

• Look at when you can realistically have it paid off and make this date a priority. • Ask yourself – what would happen if I was forced to retire early? • Review what you purchased last year and use your mistakes to guide this year's purchases. Ask yourself: "Will I be really happy a year from now that I bought this or will it not even matter, or worse might I regret it?" • Automate your savings for retirement like a bill payment every month; don't wait to see what's left. • Consider longevity in your retirement plans. It is a lot better to keep working an extra couple of years in your 50s or 60s than to need extra income when you are in your 70s or 80s. Words of wisdom from the past that still make sense today: • Pay yourself first. • Don't carry credit card debt. • Have an emergency fund. • Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Plan your cash flow. A cash flow plan will help you with getting on track to pay off debt and be ready for retirement. You will need to separate your monthly spending into two categories. First is what you have to spend to survive and keep a roof over your head and then the second is everything else. Even grocery shopping becomes discretionary when you are making choices in a store that sells items ranging from cosmetics to lawn ornaments.

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These day-to-day spending decisions don't necessarily mean you give up everything you love: it's about making informed choices with a goal in mind. As in all aspects of modern life, we need to be more mindful and conscious in our decision making. By taking a mindful approach this can be the year that you keep your New Year's resolution! Viola is an Investment Advisor with National Bank Financial Wealth Management in Sidney. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of National Bank Financial. All information comes from sources believed to be reliable but its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Please consult your investment advisor to obtain complete information, including the main risk factors. National Bank Financial is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada which is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). National Bank Financial is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. To reach Viola please visit her website

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The Pre-Senior's Dilemma by Barbara Julian

For the pre-senior Baby

Boomer who has saved, inherited, or invested wisely, all should be well on the financial front as he or she sails into the "golden years." However, for those who have lost jobs or failed to re-enter the workforce after a midlife hiatus – for child raising or layoff, perhaps – the lead-up to the senior years can be a nerve-wracking and pennypinching time. Many in this group sum up the dilemma in a phrase: "too young to retire but too old to be hired." Personnel departments deny that ageism exists, but it is clear to older job seekers that businesses and public service alike want youthful employees. Seniors' advocacy groups such as Silver Threads and the St. Vincent de Paul Society offer help to the aging job seeker, or the retired person wanting part-time work, by holding workshops meant to build confidence. They remind us mature job seekers of what we have to offer: life experience, a variety of skills developed in past jobs, a learned ability to get along with coworkers and customers, reliability and punctuality. Unfortunately, what employers want is the fresh face of youth. We Canadians in the 55- to 65-year-old age group know we are among the luckiest people in history. We grew up in a free and

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prosperous democracy when university education was affordable, buying real estate was feasible on an ordinary salary, and young people habitually trekked off backpacking, the whole world our playground where we could learn and spread our wings. We came back with ideas, aspirations and broad views, and found employers glad to see us. Today's employers, however, see "oldies." Perhaps 30-something themselves, they've heard enough about their parents' adventures, and want to hear no more. It's a different workplace today, they rightly point out. We pre-seniors saw it change. Although we came of age during a cultural golden age, we've also seen years of government cutbacks and layoffs, contract work replacing full-time jobs, retail going online and the devastation of arts budgets for the "creative classes." Anyone laid off past age 50 may never get to climb back onto the employment wagon, at least not with a salary that allows for saving for retirement. Like "pre-schoolers" and "pre-teens," "pre-retirement" folks are categorized as something they are about to be, rather than what they are. Perhaps we're all being rushed through life now, prematurely ejected from each biographical phase. This is financially untenable for the underemployed pre-retired person considered a has-been-in-waiting. Many such respond by launching a business, in effect hiring themselves when no one else will, and risking their savings on the gamble. Some call themselves "consultants" or "free-lancers," but too often these brave labels really mean "trying not to be unemployed." Underemployed pre-seniors can choose to view their over-supply of free time as an opportunity to do the creative things they used to dream about: painting, writing, bird-watching, volunteering or whatever pleases them. But too much non-earning time, unless you did some serious saving when younger, may mean failing to pay your bills, and buying too few groceries. According to OECD and Conference Board of Canada statistics, poverty among Canadian seniors has been growing, after a period of decline, throughout the 2000s. In B.C., half of seniors live on $24,000 per year or less, many on much less. Clearly, there would be less poverty among seniors if there were more jobs for pre-seniors. Government programs aimed at hiring the aging worker would help, and so could the individual consumer by patronizing businesses launched by the pre-retired person struggling to stay in the work force. A dedicated directory of such businesses would be a start, and Baby Boomers could help each other by using it. Persistence and humour also help. We have to laugh when we remember how we couldn't get that first job we wanted because we lacked "experience." When did that magical ingredient suddenly become worthless? How we once coveted it, although like "millennials" today we never thought we would actually get old. But that state rushes up to meet us, and retirement can be a lean time if both cash, and the opportunity to make more, dry up too soon to finance it.

ignition "if you have an aversion to breaking down, have deep pockets and wouldn't be seen dead in a car more than three years old, then leasing is the way to go"

When is Leasing a Car Better Than Buying? by Chris Cowland

Lease or buy? This is a good question, but there's no easy answer. Let's look at a nine-year ownership cycle. Whether to lease or buy is primarily a question of lifestyle. If you have an aversion to breaking down, have deep pockets, and you wouldn't be seen dead in a car more than three years old, then leasing is the way to go. Your vehicle will be under warranty, and at the end of the lease you hand the keys back to the dealer and drive off in the latest model. You repeat this twice more over the nine years. Cars depreciate, but nowadays most last at least nine years or 180,000 kilometres before major maintenance expenses are due. So, if you have taken out a five-year loan to purchase your new car, then you have no loan payments for nearly half your ownership, and at the end you can keep the proceeds if you sell the car. Your initial payments will be higher than the lease cost. That is because for a lease, you are only financing the depreciation on those first three years of ownership, but for a loan, you are financing the whole purchase cost. If you want to conduct a fairly comprehensive calculation, you will need to gather information about the cost of the vehicle, the inherent interest cost in the lease or a loan, the expected maintenance cost, and the anticipated written down value after three, six or nine years of ownership (publications such as the Black Book show this, giving trade-in values, dealer prices, and private sale values). Industry Canada has a great web site at which I

would strongly recommend for performing the math, and also scroll down to the "Tips" section. Read this several times; it will save you thousands of dollars. This brings me to a third alternative. A car depreciates 30% as you drive off the dealership lot, and probably another 20% in each of the next two years. Why not consider saving up some money, and then buy a three-year-old car for cash for maybe 30 to 40% of its new car price? My daily driver is a 17-year-old BMW 528 with 100,000 kilometres; it cost me $7,000 (about 14% of its value when new). I change my own oil and filters, and maintenance costs this year were about $100. It suits my lifestyle. ("Old and cheap," my wife says.) Chris Cowland is a Chartered Professional Accountant with Cowland & Associates in Sidney. Questions or feedback? Contact him via email at

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A question that can give us lots to think about is "How will we be remembered? The New Year is a splendid time to think about our legacy, and to remember the gift of legacies past and legacies that shape our current world. Legacies can be thought of in terms of love and respect, caring, teaching, art, storytelling, music, or artisanship. Legacies live on through family members, students, and communities. Leaving a legacy can be about property and money, certainly, but it can also be so much more, particularly when one considers the emotional impact a legacy can have. Susan Bosak, Chair of the Legacy Project, suggests that "The giving and receiving of legacies can evoke, all at once, the entire spectrum of basic human emotions: hope, longing, regret, anxiety, fear, dread, jealousy, bitterness, rage, a sense of failure, a sense of accomplishment, pride, contentment, joy, gratitude, humility, love." Palliative care volunteer Angela Rolfe describes the legacy from her dad, Ken Knapton. Ken was born and bred in Yorkshire, and proud of it. "My dad had many sayings, which when we were younger we probably just raised our eyebrows to; however, with age comes gratefulness and a clearer understanding of the lessons he taught us, not only through his sage advice, but also through his

example." Two of Angela's favourites: "Live each day as though it is your last and treat your fellow man as though it isn't, and accept your friends for who they are, not who you would have them be." Gordon Benn, Chair of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, describes his response to the legacy question. "As a lawyer, when I am asked about legacies, my mind usually turns to the legal definition: a gift of property, especially personal property (often money), by will, also known as a bequest. However, as I become, shall we say, mature, I have begun to think of the other, more intangible definition. describes it as "anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor." It is human to wish to be remembered, and I share this wish. If I could pre-determine my legacy, it would be to have left our community better than I found it – richer in caring (particularly with regards to health) and uplifted by music." We sometimes hear of substantial monetary legacies in the news, and they are indeed admirable. However, even without a chequebook, anyone can leave a legacy. Consider the gift of time and values. We give of both when we volunteer to help community organizations such as the Peninsula Streams Society, which focuses on ecological restoration and education. Or how about the Rotarians, who provide humanitarian service to encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Dr. Allan Cahoon, President and Vice-chancellor, Royal Roads University, describes his belief in the legacy provided by education. "I have seen firsthand how education is the great social equalizer and

an investment not only in the individual, but in society as well. Education creates opportunity, opens up the promise of our knowledge economy and results in more engaged citizens who are happier, healthier, with higher self-esteem and able to be more effective contributors to a sustainable future. I would hope that my legacy would be that I supported and enabled RRU to build the knowledge capacity of our graduates to succeed personally, to lead and to make positive changes to their communities, their workplaces and to society." The opportunity to be a part of a lasting legacy in one's community is one of the main draws for Sidney Mayor Steve Price who has been involved in local politics for seven years now. He believes that when you participate in something that touches other people's lives, you receive in turn a feeling of meaningful contribution. "One such project for me is the Sidney Food Bank. I played a large role in bringing that project to fruition and it is now a cornerstone in the community serving 1,000 people a month across the entire Peninsula. Of course, I would like to see a day when the need for foods banks is obsolete, but until that time, it is good to know this project continues to make an impact." Now is a good time for all of us to think about our legacy, to consider if there is more that we can do, but also to appreciate what we have already contributed. There is no way of knowing how many lives we have touched. As Mother Teresa advised, "Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you." Who really knows the potential of how far one's gifts can spread to others, how they can be built upon and metamorphose? It is also a time to be grateful to others, young and old, to those who have come before, and to those who are silently working right now, often behind the scenes, to create new legacies of caring, commitment, and community. As Dr. Seuss said: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." To learn more about Janice Henshaw visit

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The Community Arts Council of the Saanich WHAT’S HAPPENING at the Tulista Park Peninsula Gallery Wishes Everyone a Very Happy New Year! CACSP Small Expressions Show

Join us for our SMALL Expressions We are pleased with the vibrancy and richness of Show. Both 2D and 3D artwork all March 4th to 29th arts and culture on thesized Saanich Peninsula. to fit within a 12” x 12” x 12” Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm space. Featuring: painting, collage, The Community Arts Council encourages visiting fibre, our photography, glass, sculpture, metal, wood and and more. Tulista Park Gallery with pottery, its ever-changing ongoing shows by local artists and artisans. We have a full and exciting schedule of shows for 2016. 5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking Visit for more information. We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council.

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A New Roof for Seniors:

Making the Transition to Supportive Housing by Doreen Marion Gee

The winter of 2012/13 was a

difficult time for our family. My mother was not able to live in her own home anymore and she had to go to a more supportive environment. This major transition is a fact of life for some elders. However, depending on people's circumstances, there is a huge variety of options, from staying in one's own home to both minor and major housing changes. Sometimes personal choice plays a role and sometimes it doesn't. The good news is that many seniors are remaining in their own homes during their sunset years. In an interesting interview with Isobel Mackenzie, B.C. Seniors Advocate, she revealed that approximately 93% of people over age 65 and two-thirds over age 85 are living independently in their own homes without any government support. When seniors are able to stay in their homes, a dizzying list of "home care" companies on the Peninsula and in Victoria provide a mountain of care options all the way from companionship and housekeeping to driving services and walking your dog. However, when seniors need to move to a more supportive environment, many factors can affect whether they go into an "Assisted Living" situation or a "Residential Care" facility. The first level of care, assisted living, is the optimal choice for adults able to live independently and make decisions on their own behalf but who, due to health challenges, still need to move to a more supportive environment. Housing options range from a room to a private suite. Amongst many others, assisted living services include assistance with personal care, two meals a day, housekeeping and an emergency response system. When my mother's health problems became severe and required around-the-clock medical care, she went into a longterm-care facility. After assisted living, the next level of support is "Licensed Residential Care." According to Isobel, this medical decision is made when the elder has complex physical needs and has dementia severe enough that they have to be in a secure environment to keep them safe. At the point where they can no longer be cared for in their own homes or in an assisted living residence, 24-hour professional supervision and medical care is the sensible choice. Long-term residential care services include: clinical support services; medications; meals, including therapeutic diets prescribed by a physician, and medical supplies – to name just a few. The word "choice" has a nice ring to it, but personal circumstances sometimes erode that candy-coated concept. Isobel comments that if somebody needs residential care, "a

bed will be found." This accessibility is due to the fact that 95% of people in residential care are receiving a government subsidy (Seniors Advocate's Report on Seniors' Housing in BC, May 2015). However, for those seniors in the mid- to low-income range, accessing the less acute options is much more challenging. In her report, Isobel expresses concern that only about 20% of seniors in assisted living units receive government subsidies, and she informs me that the actual availability of subsidized units is also very low. It seems that the vast majority of people in assisted living are there simply because they can afford it. With the exception of long-term care, accessibility to proper supportive housing appears to be based more on income than any other factor. The same Seniors Advocate's report states that "The median income for seniors (in BC) is $24,000." Many people cannot afford the community living situation they need. Our current affordable housing crisis extends to seniors' supportive housing options as well. When I asked Isobel a direct question: "Is the type of housing that seniors need available everywhere?" her answer was an emphatic "No." When elders are at the stage of life where they need a different kind of roof over their head, their families will have to begin "that conversation." With so many factors involved in this major life transition, it is wise to consider all of the angles when making a decision. At least our family took great solace in the fact that mom was 96 when she had to leave her home – she had enjoyed a long and wonderful life. For more information on supportive housing options available in all categories and levels, for the Peninsula and Greater Victoria, an excellent resource is: on the Beacon Community Services website. They also list whether each facility is a "VIHA affiliate," "Not-for-profit," or "Private." Seniors Advocate:

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New & Noteworthy by Lara Gladych new businesses Watchful Eyes Sidney Property Watch is a new business in Sidney. Linda Duivenvoorden and Kenny Podmore are working together to keep your property secure and offer you peace of mind. Whether you are a remote home owner or like to take extended holidays, let them check in on your insured property or deal with unexpected repairs or scheduled maintenance when you are unable to do so in person. For more information on their services, visit www. or contact the office directly at 250-858-8816.

A Taste for Wine Liza Miles, owner of The Gracious Grape Wine Tours, is relatively new to the Peninsula. Liza launched the business last summer, and she offers personalized tasting tours to the Peninsula, Cowichan Valley and Salt Spring. The 2016 season will include new mixed libations and brewery tours, in addition to the existing tours of local wineries.

News, changes, updates, launches? Email You can look forward to lively discussions with your tour guide, as well as food throughout the day. Contact Liza by phone or text at 250-589-6828, or by email at thegraciousgrape@ Her website is www.

Announcements Spring Flowers Wonderful news from Marigold Nursery and the Smith family! December 24th, 2015, was supposed to be their last day of business; however, they will be temporarily leasing their space from the new property owners and will return for one more spring season in 2016. Marigold will open with new stock on March 1st, or earlier depending upon the weather, and will stay open through the end of July. You can expect to see a full line of colourful annuals and baskets, planters and small perennials. You will find everything you'll need for spring and the bedding season. After July, the nursery will close permanently

and the buildings will be torn down, ending their longtime run as a favourite local nursery. For more information on what's to come this spring, look them up online at www.

Fresh Spaces, New Faces There are big changes happening at Spitfire Grill! Back in May, Wally Boctor stepped back from running the restaurant after almost 18 years, and his son Brandon took over as lead and owner of the family business. The restaurant is under new management, too: Steve oversaw renovations to the interior space in December, with more to come in the new year. In January, you can expect to see a modernized menu, courtesy of new chef, Herb. For more information on what's happening at Spitfire, follow them on Facebook, or visit The New Marine Centre Society operating the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre welcomed the following new board members at their AGM on December 8th:

Anita Blakely, LGL Limited; Sarah Cook, Coastal & Ocean Resources; Charles Elliott TEMOSENG, Coast Salish Artist; Andy Hoggarth, Treasurer, BC Assessment; Lesley Nicholls, Volunteer Representative; Chris Straub, Henley & Walden LLP; and Dr. Andrea Walsh, University of Victoria. Colleen Craig continues as Chair joined by Martina Beck, Vice Chair, and Graham Debling as Secretary.

events Healthy Happenings Coming to the Mary Winspear Centre on February 27th is the Headway Health Fair 2016. A showcase of helpful fitness, health and wellness information, there will be presentations, educational speakers, demonstrations and prizes too, all promoting tips and practices for a healthier you. For further details, contact Lynn Fanelli at either 250656-2871 or lfanelli@vepc. Proceeds support the Headway Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre.

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at the Mary Winspear Centre Dear Friends of the Mary Winspear Centre

Thank you for making 2015 a remarkable year for the Mary Winspear Centre. This year marked 14 years of bringing arts and culture to the Saanich Peninsula. Our dedicated staff and volunteers have done an incredible job of expanding our outreach while strengthening our programs and service to the communities. We could not have achieved this without the support of the Town of Sidney, the Municipalities of North and Central Saanich and all of you, the residents of the Saanich Peninsula. All of us at the centre would like to express our greatest appreciation to our key sponsors, Seafirst Insurance, Victoria Airport Sidney Travelodge, Tanner’s Books and Decorate Victoria. 2016 will be an exciting year for the Centre and the Community as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Mary Winspear Centre. Stay tuned to see what amazing events and theatre shows we have planned for the year ahead. Sincerest Thank You, Brad Edgett, Executive Director Mary Winspear Centre

Valdy – Friday, January 15th The Mary Winspear Centre welcomes back Canadian music legend Valdy, as he kicks off his western Canada tour at the intimate Charlie White Theatre. Paul “Valdy” Horsdal has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop, country and folk music for almost 40 years. Famous for the hit Play Me a Rock ‘n’ Roll Song, Valdy toured the world several times; his 14 albums have sold almost half-amillion copies. He has also won two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, along with seven additional Juno nominations. Valdy’s recent albums include Contenders, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, and a solo release, Viva Valdy: Live at Last. Playing crowd favourites, new material and even a few surprises, an evening with folk icon Valdy will delight any music lover.

All the World Is A Stage – Friday, January 22th Mountain Dream Productions and the Mary Winspear Centre are delighted to present our resident youth musical theatre class in the musical theatre production of All the World Is A Stage. Our performers are very excited to take the audience down the road of imagination, to the land of musical theatre. As performers, they learn that life is nothing but a stage - is the audience watching you or are you watching them? (You may find out!)

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The triple threat students will sing, act and dance their way through this new musical production, and learn one of life’s most important messages, “The power of love can cure everything.”


Free Travel Presentation with Mile Zero Tours


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Sinatra: Forever Young

The next round of Triple Threat classes for ages 7 – 17 begin in early February. For more information and registration please contact the box office at 250-656-0275.


All the World is a Stage


13th Annual Robbie Burns Dinner

George Canyon – Monday, February 8th


The Mary Winspear Centre presents Canadian country music star George Canyon’s return to the Charlie White Theatre.

Leslie DeAthe Beading Workshop


Completely Creedence


Salish Sea Feis Irish Dancing Competition

George broke on to the country music scene in 2004 when he was runner-up in the Nashville Star North America singing competition. Since then, he has been a permanent fixture on the country music scene. He has received two Junos for Best Country Recording of the Year for One Good Friend and Somebody Wrote Love. Between 2004 and 2014 George received an astounding 35 nominations for Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA). His numerous CCMA wins include the Rising Star Award, Male Artist of the Year awards and Single of the Year awards.

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Theo Fleury and the Death Valley Rebels

Get ready for an unprecedented experience as George Canyon announces the Jekyll and Nothing to Hide Tour. The show will feature fresh new materials from George’s upcoming album, I Got This along with his standard country-rock favorites, and even some acoustic versions of some of his biggest hit songs.

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friends & neighbours "waryn's attitude, flexibility and determination to make the most of each day put him in a league of his own."

A World of Infinite Possibility by Susan Simosko

In another life, Waryn

Davis might have been a professional hockey player, a tightrope walker or even a skydiver. Instead he is an elementary school teacher, a waiter and a dad but his attitude, flexibility and determination to make the most of each day put him in a league of his own. As soon as you meet Waryn, you feel you've found a long-lost friend. His easy manner, open face and sense of fun immediately make you feel life is good. Born and raised in Alberta, Waryn lived for hockey. When he was 16, he was the top prospect for the juniors in Alberta and seemed to have everything going for him until a nasty hit on the boards damaged his right shoulder and crushed his dreams of playing professionally. Since his dad lived on Piers Island, Waryn made his way west, graduated from Parkland and began his working life. In one breath he says: "I worked at Dairy Queen, the Stonehouse Pub, in Lake Louise, at Victoria State Winery and bartended at Brewsky's and somewhere in there went back to Edmonton for a while." A turning point came for him when, on New Year's Eve, the head chef in the place he was working quit and left him to fill in. "What a night," Waryn recalls, "but I loved it. Pulling that off, I learned I could rise to almost any challenge!" What Waryn loves most are people. Working full time and caring for his two young children, Cyprus and Kaydance, he still managed to graduate from UVic with a BA in education. "I was born to teach," he says. "It's what I do best." At the moment Waryn is a substitute teacher, waiting for enough seniority to apply for a permanent, full-time position. He tells the story of a kindergarten girl he found crying in the coatroom because three classmates wouldn't play with her. Gently Waryn told her, "Look, there are at least 50 kids in the playground who don't know you yet. Why don't you just go out and ask someone to play with you? You have 50 possible new friends!"

According to Waryn, she dried her eyes, smiled, and headed to the playground with determination. "What I love about teaching and life in general," he says, "are the infinite possibilities. I believe we can choose each day whether to be happy, sad, grumpy or whatever. I choose happiness and I love sharing this idea with kids." Waryn brings this philosophy to Sidney's Sea Glass Waterfront Grill too, where he works as a waiter. "I enjoy helping people have awesome experiences," he says with a smile. "Going out to eat should be pleasant." He relays multiple incidences like spilled red wine or menu items no longer available or delays in the kitchen where his small interventions have turned potentially negative experiences into extremely positive ones. "I love when I can shift things from bad to great," Waryn says. At home, Waryn is devoted to his two children. "No matter how busy I am, I always make time for them. We have so much fun! We have games night every week and I can't tell you how much I look forward to it. Really," Waryn says, "I can't believe how great things have turned out for me!"

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Janet Lynch and Groom That Dog by Doreen Marion Gee

This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. A profound sense of caring flavours everything Janet Lynch does in her dog grooming business. She is dedicated to the people and animals who put their faith and trust in her. Janet's generous nature also extends to new entrepreneurs: she has sage advice to help jump start their success. The bubbly and likeable Janet Lynch is passionate about her new venture, Groom That Dog. The business owner's website states: "Janet Lynch has over 17+ years in the dog grooming industry. From Dog Obedience, Dog Showing, Kennel Work, Dog Sitting and more. Janet has done it all." An expert dog groomer, Janet welcomes all breeds. Sometimes the first to detect health issues with the animals, she will advise owners on the next best steps. Janet is proud of her classy new studio at 10109 McDonald Park Road. A valuable addition to her dog grooming business is "Anesthetic-Free Teeth Cleaning for Dogs & Cats" by Cheyanne Cave of Happy Tails Teeth Cleaning. The grooming professional has benefited from valuable mentors over the years but still refers to herself as largely "self-taught." Her journey to finally getting her own business is the perfect template for new entrepreneurs. Previously working for others, she now has her own staff: "I love having my own business. I always knew that when I was my own boss, I could do what I want – and now I am!" After less than a year in business, Janet's success is extraordinary: "I have a lot of great clients and I am doing really well." But what is she doing right? First of all, Janet experienced a personal metamorphosis, like a butterfly emerging. Somewhere along the way, "I learned how to stand up for myself, to have good self-esteem." Her wise advice to new business owners is to "Believe in yourself. You have to believe that you can do it. You can do whatever you want; you can be whatever you want. There will be ups and downs, but self-confidence will get you through it." She attributes her success to "good customer service and being truthful and forthcoming with her clients." A top priority for Janet is simply being there for customers – if there is an issue, she follows through with customers until the problem is fixed. Integrity is a core value at Groom That Dog. Mainly, it is all about caring. "These are my clients. It's about them and their dogs. I care about them, I really do!" After her tender loving canine grooming, Janet loves to "see the dogs happier and their owners pleased." "You don't need to be fabulous. You just need to care." That sums it up perfectly. Contact:

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Do you ever wake boyfriend jeans), and skirts, creating adaptability in your wardrobe ‌ up in the morning, look which is exactly what you want for transitional styling. outside and think, "what A BUTTON DOWN SHIRT: I get so much wear out of my the heck am I going to wear?" I've been thinking about what I have button downs. Whether I tie one up over a maxi dress, tuck it into in my closet that will work for the upcoming winter and spring, and my jeans (which happens to be my favourite look), or throw it on as what I always go for in transitional dressing, and I've come up with a layer over a tee or under a sweater, the different outfit options are my favourite "must haves." endless. It's not hard to find a great shirt around town. JEANS: It's so important to have a great pair of jeans. There are A BLAZER: Almost everyone has a blazer jacket kicking around. many different styles available, from Skinnies that you can wear It's a staple piece, and it's with tunics and boots, Pull On that have comfort around the multifunctional. I love to see it "Find exactly what tummy and so much stretch you could wear them to yoga, to paired with jeans and a button works for you and the relaxed "Boyfriend" that looks good on everybody because down shirt for a casual look; your style to transition they are slightly wider through the leg, cuffed on the bottom throwing it over a sparkly tank from this season to and sit comfortably on the hips. Denim can be worn around and palazzo pant dresses it up. town, curled up at home or with your favourite pumps for a Blazers aren't meant for the office the next. Have fun, night out. I love the versatility of a good pair of jeans. be creative and most anymore; have fun exploring the SWEATERS AND CARDIGANS: I cannot say enough options and create a look you love. of all BE YOU." about sweaters, in particular merino wool. I say that because A BOOT: Ankle boots merino has almost magical qualities: it has the ability to keep you specifically. For me, ankle boots are practical because they work with warm on a winter's day and cool on a warm spring day. It's an active everything in my closet. They are easily transitioned from season to fibre, reacts to changes in body temperature, and can absorb moisture. season, and can be worn with jeans, skirts, dresses and even shorts for It's breathable, static resistant and easy to care for. a Boho look. Ankle boots make finishing any look a cinch! Cardigans are perfect for layering, and look great with almost With so many great shops in downtown Sidney, you won't have everything. Long cardigans create a pleasing silhouette of being long any trouble finding exactly what works for you and your style to and lean, and can be worn as a coat if you're planning on an evening transition from this season to the next. Have fun, be creative and soiree. A shorter or cropped cardi looks great with pants (especially most of all BE YOU. by Rachael Coates-Holland


An Eye for Style by Lara Gladych

This is the third in a series showcasing some of the unique fashion boutiques in downtown Sidney.

Optician Ray Dahl has been caring for Sidney's optical needs for over 22 years. I recently had the opportunity to meet with him to talk about his longstanding business.

If Ray could get any message out to readers, it would be to book regular eye exams. These exams are not just for those experiencing vision problems: many serious issues can be detected with a regular look into one's eyes by an optometrist. Yearly eye health checks are also of great importance for those who wear contact lenses.

Ray stresses the importance of good quality sunglasses, as they offer not only shading from the brightness of the sun, but protection Something you may not know about Ray Dahl Optical and from the damaging effects of the sun's rays. Most UV Optometrists is that they now have damage occurs to eyes when we are young children, an optometrist on staff, Dr. Samantha "This business and yet we often don't think of protecting our Bourdeau. This means the store is now a children's eyes with sunglasses. Ray would like to see one-stop shop for your vision needs, or is unique. It children wearing protective glasses at an earlier age, as Ray puts it, "a full-service optical and combines fashion, and he reminds us that in B.C., eye exams for children optometric store." You can start with an 18 and under are covered by MSP. exam, select your eyeglasses and follow medical and through with your prescription all in technical aspects." At Ray Dahl Optical and Optometrists, they pride one place. themselves on having a very qualified staff backed by years of experience and personalized attention. "We strive to educate "You have to love dealing with people," says Ray. I ask him our customers so that they can make an informed buying decision. what his greatest challenges are in this business, and he says it's We assist in picking the right frame for face shape, lifestyle and accommodating people's busy schedules and meeting quick budget, and we offer a wide range of price points." turnaround deadlines. "This business is unique. It combines fashion, medical and technical aspects." Trends in the eye glass business are slower to move, Ray notes. You don't see trends change from season to season, but rather one to two years at a time. They are still seeing many larger, retro styles, but you can't beat the classic Ray Ban Wayfarer when it comes to great looking sunglasses, in particular.

If it's been a while since you've had your eyes checked, or you simply wouldn't mind a fresh new look, stop by and see Ray and his staff. Photo, left to right: Dr. Samantha Bourdeau, Optometrist; Wanda Nowosad, Optician; Ray Dahl, Optician; Joanne Porteous, Ophthalmic Dispenser; and Lesley Ozero, Optometric Assistant.

F ashion F ocus Sweet Talk & Lace Time to reflect and relax in the New Year ‌ we still have a great selection of lingerie and just the right bra for you ‌ visit Sweet Talk & Lace Lingerie.

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Ray Dahl Optical Ray Dahl Optical has been a part of our community for over 22 years. Our experienced staff are here to help you. Come in for our January Frame Sale: 30% - 50% off frames when purchasing Rx lenses. Our on-site Optometrist, Dr. Samantha Bourdeau, welcomes new patients; call for an appointment today. Open Tuesday to Friday, 9-5:30 and Saturday 9-4 250.655.1122 | 104-2376 Bevan Ave, Sidney

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Arts Dispel the Cold and Rain by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email The holidays are over and we still have a myriad of arts and music events in store on the Peninsula.

Crikey Mor Brighten your spirits with this Victoria group that delivers a whirlwind of traditional Irish reels, jigs, polkas and songs. Presented by the Deep Cove Folk Society, the Crikey Mor consists of Nancy Grossert on fiddle, Tasia MacKay on flute, Eric Reiswig on uilleann pipes, Jeremy Walsh on guitar, Andrew Morris on bodhran, and all on vocals. Chair dancing encouraged! Friday, January 8th. Doors open 7:30 p.m, tickets $7 at the door. St. John's United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich.

Valdy is Back Valdy returns to the Charlie White Theatre with old and new songs. Part of the Canadian pop and folk music scene for almost 40 years, this Salt Spring singer, guitarist and songwriter has recently collaborated with friend Gary Fjellgaard on a CD called Contenders. In addition, a solo release Viva Valdy: Live at Last entertains with a two-CD package containing 25 tunes and a lyric booklet. Catch up with one of Canada's most influential songwriters at this concert.Friday, January 15th at 7:30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre. Tickets $25.

A Cornucopia of Concertos The Sidney Classical Orchestra, led by conductor Stephen Brown, offers a feast of flute and violin music with three guest performers. International soloist Nancy DiNovo on violin is joined by Alberta Brown and Mary Byrne, both on flute, to perform J. S. Bach's Brandenburg

Concerto No. 4 for Violin and Two Flutes. Also on the program will be various Baroque and Classical pieces including Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Flutes, and the Sinfonia in D minor by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. The three concertos will demonstrate the development of the concerto from the Baroque to the Classical Period (about 1720 to 1800). Single tickets at the door: $12.50 to $25. Sunday, January 17th at 2:30 p.m, St Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

Guitarists Extraordinaire The world's foremost acoustic guitarists are again brought together by International Guitar Night's (IGN) founder Brian Gore to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. The tour marks IGN's 16th anniversary. This year, Brian is joined by returning favourites, Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt; U.K. contemporary fingerstyle

innovator, Mike Dawes; and newcomer, multi-genre showman Andre Krengel. Be astounded by their virtuosity! Tickets: 250721-8480 or Sunday, January 17th, 7:30 p.m, UVic's Farquar Auditorium.

Pop-Up Studio Sandy Bligh and Diane Thorp will once again be setting up their "Artists in Residence" studio at Tulista Gallery from January 25th to 28th. The two artists are enthusiastic about this opportunity: "We are able to move our studio into Tulista with canvas, dyes, a small loom, paints and threads. We make sure the week is free – away from work and obligations so we have uninterrupted time to create." Come by this "pop-up studio" to observe their fascinating techniques and see what other work they have on display. Free admission and parking. CACSP's Tulista Gallery, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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professional, who will build a six-foot Viking Air Twin Otter. On Saturday February 6th, the fun starts at 10 a.m. when the Sidney Museum opens its doors to hand out the LEGO Brick Festival scavenger hunt maps. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre will feature underwater LEGO bricks and the Sidney Pier Hotel will host an intricate and animated LEGO brick display by VicLUG. The fun

continues Sunday February 7th in the same locations with all the same fun activities as well as the exciting start of the Viking Air Twin Otter LEGO build by Robin Sather, Certified LEGO Professional. Robin will start constructing his masterpiece inside the Bodine Family Hall at Mary Winspear Centre (2243 Beacon Avenue). On Monday, February 8th all the fun activities go on and Robin continues

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construction of his work of art at the Mary Winspear Centre. Visitors will help Robin build a large LEGO mosaic, which will match the design of the twin otter. The Mary Winspear Centre will have LEGO play areas for all ages, and a community open house where families can learn about the activities available to family and youth in the Sidney area. Explore Sidney in search of exciting LEGO displays, and enter your completed treasure map at the Sidney Museum for your chance to win a wonderful prize. Watch for draw boxes and door prize opportunities for fabulous LEGO prizes all weekend. Photo courtesy Sidney BIA.

It's no secret that the team at The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa likes to throw a party, and in the New Year they are at it again! Giving back to the community in a meaningful way is the reason for the January event each year; on January 23rd, 2016 it will be to support the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Leaving the Mardi Gras theme behind, this year the party is a celebration of New York City circa 1979, locally dubbed "Bright Lights, Big Sidney." The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (SODC), our own local not-for-profit aquarium, welcomes over 70,000 visitors a year. The aquarium is an important community-based attraction which offers self-guided exploration, daily activities, classes, school programs and summer camps. With a mission to bring people faceto-face with marine life, SODC strives to provide first-hand experiences that foster understanding and stewardship for our oceans. Its vision is to be a champion of the Salish Sea and inspire all generations to

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explore, respect and take action on behalf of the oceans. The Pier is excited to host the "Bright Lights, Big Sidney" event with net proceeds supporting this valuable asset in our community. The main floor of the hotel will be transformed, recreating the music, food, art and energy of that era in the "Big Apple." Studio 54 will feature a live DJ and the music to make you shake your booty. See the Statue of Liberty, MoMA, get your picture taken on the Brooklyn Bridge and take the turnpike to Atlantic City! Virtually everyone who works at the Pier gets involved, and volunteers their time and energy to make the transformation come to life; whether it's building sets or doing hair and makeup to go with the costumes, everyone contributes. It is a huge team-building event that leaves everyone with a good feeling and a sense of pride. Tickets are $45 and include $10 in tokens for food and drinks, casino money and a souvenir. To purchase or for more information call 250-655-9445.


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fits into everyone's budget and the more people who play, the bigger can experience the excitement of panning for gold. But if you live in the prize." Sidney, you don't have to go that far! Key to the administration of this new endeavour for the Rotary The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is launching the "Rotary Club is the sponsorship and support being provided by Bank of Gold Mine" – a brand new weekly draw for 2016 (and possibly Montreal's Sidney branch. "Without their enthusiasm for this new beyond) that will see winners galore! Both individuals (it could initiative, getting the Gold Mine draw off the ground would have be you!) and community groups on the Saanich been considerably more challenging," Peninsula will win big. Registration to participate in says Leitch. "A toonie pretty the draw begins in January, and the first draw will be Participating merchants include Sidney much fits into made on January 11th, 2016. Weekly winners will 7-Eleven, Sidney Cold Beer & Wine everyone's budget be announced in the Peninsula News Review. Liquor, Deep Cove Market, BJ's Bakery, Playing the game is easy. Contest participants Melinda's Biscotti, Brentwood Bay Metro and the more people simply register by purchasing a ticket number for Liquor, The Roost, Russ Hay's (Sidney), who play, the $2 at a local participating merchant. Each week, you Spelt's Shell, and The Military Book Store. bigger the prize." visit one of the businesses taking part, pay $2 and This unique toonie draw will help make play your number, depositing it in the contest box. a difference to a broad spectrum of Saanich On Mondays, the boxes are collected, the toonies counted and the Peninsula groups, with particular emphasis on those benefitting youth winning number selected. The winner receives 50% of that week's and families and promoting health and fitness. proceeds, 25% goes to the week's featured charity and 25% goes to Over 25 groups will assist with the administrative side of the Sidney by the Rotary Club to put towards additional projects in the project, in effect "earning" their share of the proceeds. our community. They include Cadet and Scout groups, youth sports and "We're hoping Peninsula residents will embrace this," says Bob recreation organizations, health-related charities, and education Leitch, Project Leader for the Rotary club. "A toonie pretty much support groups.

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and Softball Association (www. is a decades-old program administered by volunteer parents and coaches. The leagues and tournaments are funded in large part by the generous support of our local businesses. In 2015 over 70 sponsors stepped up and donated time, services and money to keep the program running. Their banners are proudly displayed along the approach to the Field of Dreams clubhouse and concession stand. Registration, which is open to all youth on the Peninsula, begins every year in early January. Financial support from local partners enables PBSA to keep fees to a minimum, subsidize families when necessary, and to provide an unequaled experience at minimal cost. At the beginning of April, it's game on! A uniform, including numbered jersey, hat, socks and belt are distributed, weekday practices and weekend games are contested and issues of grave importance are debated in the bleachers. Included in the registration fee are team photos, trophies for each of the tadpole athletes, bats, balls and the unique opportunity for parents to drive our infield-raking tractor after every game. Our Field of Dreams is the Vancouver Island home diamond for the B.C. Challenger baseball program. Youth and adults with cognitive or physical disabilities are given the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of playing ball, being part of a team, and to improve their physical and social skills. Our Challenger program draws players from all over the greater Victoria area. Those interested in playing Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. can register on the PBSA website. The most recent addition to the PBSA lineup is the Little Sluggers junior league. Four-year-olds can now learn the basic skills of catching, throwing and manipulating Mom and Dad for a snack from the well-stocked concession stand. We expect the sluggers program to fill up quickly again so don't delay in registering your munchkin. Another great thing about PBSA is that parents can choose to actually play the game with their kids. They can coach first or third, or operate the pitching machine. On the ride home, your budding athlete can say you made a bad play! If you happen to be among one of the hundreds of families that come out to the park each year, please take note of the local businesses whose banners adorn the facility. They have stepped up to provide a better program for our youth and to make our community a better place. They deserve our recognition and support. See you at the Field of Dreams!


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Dancing With Baby: Dr. Misty Watson, DC & Island Family Chiropractic by Doreen Marion Gee This is the third in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. A local chiropractic doctor helps women during that beautiful time of creating new life, "so mom and baby can dance better together!" This poetic quote by Dr. Misty Watson perfectly describes her caring work with women during pregnancy. She helps ensure optimal health and comfort for mom and baby and helps facilitate a safe healthy birth. Her expertise also extends to helping the newborn and the growing child.

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Dr. Misty Watson of Saanichton's Island Family Chiropractic has been in practice since 1998 – her skills are based on a sevenyear post secondary education that rivals a medical degree. Misty's "core principles centre around the fact that the nervous system runs the body. If the nervous system is in optimal regulation, when it is flowing well, then the body functions well. But when it is blocked and holding tension, the body becomes disregulated." If this situation persists, overall health deteriorates. Misty uses her adjustment techniques to return the nervous system –

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Peninsula Panthers

A Road Trip - Boys on the Bus

Every Junior hockey team in the country goes through a ritual every single time the Club boards their bus for a road game. And for the Peninsula Panthers, it’s no different. Here is a sneak peak into what many fans are not able to see - boys on the bus. It was just past the midway mark of the 3rd period when Peninsula Panthers’ Michael Neale picked up a loose puck and meandered down the right side through the neutral zone. The diminutive but gritty 17year-old, who is affectionately called "Mr.Taekwondo" for having obtained a black belt in the Discipline, dumped the puck softly to the left of Glacier Kings’ starting goaltender Paul Broadbent and then dashed into the offensive zone. He was somewhat impeded just outside the blueline, but his dogged determination paid off as he was first to the puck. Neale wasted no time in quickly sending a sharp angle shot at the Glacier Kings net, most likely hoping that Broadbent would send out a rebound to either of his wingers, Ben Meyerink or Ty Tremblay. But there would be no rebound this time as the red light flashed behind the netminder and Neale and his mates lifted their sticks in celebration. The tally would prove to be the difference in the game as a gritty and determined Panthers group cooled the Glacier Kings by a 3-2 count in regulation time.

The Club had boarded the bus earlier in the day after a short delay. Cam Thompson had car troubles and Neale cleared up that matter, picking up the 17-year-old silky-smooth sniper at his residence. Seventeen-year-old Matt Forbes - who would go on to play his best game of the season - was zigging when he should have been zagging on the way to the pick-up point. Forbes arrived a bit late as a result, but the “Steel Horse” would eventually pull out from the station for points North. A couple of guests had joined the Club for the trip, including 11-year-old Malcolm "Sticky" Fletcher and his father and Panthers’ Timekeeper Jason, as well as photographer Gordon Lee. There would be one further stop required to pick up the Panthers’ starter for the evening - 16-year-old Shawn Parkinson at the Tim Horton’s just before Goldstream Park. The lanky netminder's usual partner at the pick-up point, 17-year-old Ryan "Woody" Warner was a no-show as he was called up by the BCHL's Cowichan Capitals for the second consecutive evening. After Parkinson lazily put his gear under the bus, he walked on and the Iron Lung continued the trek to the Comox Valley. The Club chewed on sandwiches from the Red Barn Market, sipped on some drinks, and shared stories and laughs. Coach Rob Mortin prepared players one by one with video analysis, it was not

unlike any other Panthers’ bus trip. But something was different. The Club had been knocked off the previous night at home when the Victoria Cougars extended their winning streak to eight however, there was a sense around the team that it was time to start putting wins up on the board. This conversation was sprinkled throughout the bus on the trip up Island from both players and coaches. The Club had worked hard in their loss the night before and it was a one-goal game midway through the 3rd frame before the Cougars pumped three quick markers in to nail down the win. There was a sense with the group that the tide was turning and the group wanted the momentum for the second half of the season to start in Comox Saturday night. The first stanza saw Kai Turner scoring the lone marker for the Panthers at the 7:27 mark on a tip-in, with helpers on the tally going to Spencer Loverock and Trevor Owens. However, the Glacier Kings scored two of their own and held a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. Parkinson had let out two rebounds that he probably would have liked to have back, but the young stopper showed the heart of a lion the rest of the way as he slammed the door shut, not allowing a goal in the final 40 minutes. Lightning-fast 16-year-old Marty Westhaver joined the party only 1:23 into the second stanza when he came out of the left corner and cut through the slot. He waited and waited and then waited just a bit longer before ripping the tying marker past Broadbent. There would be no more scoring in the period as Parkinson seemed to gather his legs beneath him and made several brilliant saves. A torrid pace dominated the final period with the youthful Panthers’ group showing some of the character needed to win close affairs. Seventeen-year-old Ben Dawson - perhaps the best Defensive player on the ice during the game -blocked a shot and cleared several pucks out of harm's way, while Meyerink dove in front of a drive from the point to send the puck rebounding to safety in the neutral zone. With just over two minutes remaining, hard-nosed Michael Sproule pasted a Glacier Kings defenceman right in front of the Panthers’ bench in what was clearly the biggest hit in the past month however, he was whistled for a charging penalty and was sent off to the sin bin. During the ensuing penalty kill, Forbes saw his lid pop off and rattle around in the corner to the left of Parkinson. After every single player and coach on the Panthers’ bench yelled for him to get off the ice to avoid being penalized for playing with illegal equipment, the light bulb went on and the "Never say die" defender raced to the bench. With 15 seconds remaining, the Glacier Kings called their timeout and with Broadbent sitting on the bench for an extra attacker and the face-off to the right of Parkinson, Owens won the draw and the Club watched the clock strike 00:00. Parkinson blocked 28 of 30 shots and was awarded the game's 3rd star in picking up the win, while Broadbent was collared with the loss, stopping 19 of 22 along the way.

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Several minutes later, Rob Mortin would address the Club after the win and then the tunes began to boom as the players showered, packed their gear, and loaded the bus for the trip to points South. The pizza arrived and was piping hot, and three of the players jumped out of the crowd of Panthers that were mulling around the bus to load the food for the trip home. Players sat down to eat and refresh with fluids and the Wilson’s bus driver (Phil) mentioned that

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Visit our website: the boys seemed very happy. The bus was loud on the way home, very loud, and in Duncan it pulled over at the 7-Eleven on the main drag. The players unloaded, went inside and bought a supply of junk food that they probably would have been better off without. The momentary stop did nothing to quell the mood on the evening, there was still an hour for the group to enjoy each other’s company. The bus rolled along at a good speed and although it laboured just a bit climbing the Malahat Drive, nobody inside seemed to notice and if they did they certainly did not care. Parkinson was dropped to an awaiting ride and 20 minutes later, the balance of the team arrived and unloaded the bus. All the garbage had been removed and Phil was happy about that. Players bid each other a final adieu, some already talking about the next time they would be together at practice on Monday.

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Eleven hours had gone by, and the clock had rolled quite a distance past midnight since the Club had boarded the bus early in the afternoon the previous day. But it was an eleven-hour span that not one person on the bus would ever want to give back. Loverock mentioned that he was tired after logging a lion’s share of minutes. Mortin and Panthers’ Athletic Therapist and Equipment man, Josh Armstrong quipped how much they enjoyed being on the bus on a Saturday night. Mortin added that he was already looking forward to the practice on Monday evening. "Sticky" and Gordon Lee had fallen asleep amidst all the noise on the final leg from Duncan. But one thing was obvious to anyone who simply sat back and watched the day - hockey is much, much more than just a game! The Panthers hit the ice at the friendly confines of the Panorama Recreation Centre each Friday night. The puck drops at 7:30 pm.

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this month in history the month for new beginnings, when we make resolutions which unfortunately we often break before the month ends

New Beginnings and the End of an Old Era by Valerie Green

In the Gregorian

Calendar, January 1st is the first day of the New Year and today it is possibly the most celebrated holiday in Canada with many associated traditions from around the world. However, prior to the establishment of the Gregorian calendar, the new year began after the vernal equinox which was the first day of spring. It seemed more logical to begin a new year in spring which is generally thought of as the season of rebirth. January 1st has no particular significance other than the fact that in 153 BC the Romans decided that the new year should begin on that date. The date, however, was not firmly established until around 46 BC when Caesar

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ordered the observance of the Julian Calendar which would then be coordinated with the sun. Nonetheless, many interesting things have happened on the first day of January throughout history. Do you remember, for instance, that it was on January 1st, 1991 that the GST (Goods & Service Tax) was first introduced by then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's Conservative Government? A 7% tax paid at the cash register replaced the 13.5% federal manufacturer's tax. Also on January 1st, back in 1953, the National Library was first established in Ottawa. On January 7th, 1827, engineer and surveyor Sir Stanford Fleming was born in Fife, Scotland. He was the man who designed Canada's first postage stamp in 1851 and was also responsible for inventing Universal Standard time zones which were finally accepted throughout the world by 1929. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1897. Another interesting January date is January 22nd. It is the anniversary date of many births and deaths of famous people in history but none perhaps more relevant to the city of Victoria than the date in 1901 when 81-year-old Queen Victoria died. Although the Queen gave her name to our city, she never actually visited the area during her long lifetime. Her statue stands in front of the Legislative Buildings today and was the work of sculptor Bruce Joy. Its foundation stone was laid in 1919 by the then Prince of Wales, afterwards King Edward VIII, the man who abdicated his throne for the woman he loved before he was even crowned. Queen Victoria also gave her name to an age which we tend to associate with respectability, but looking between the lines and behind the scenes, the Victorian Age was often found to be anything but respectable! Also on January 22nd (in 1992,) Canada's first female astronaut, Dr. Roberta Bondar, became the first Canadian woman in space. During her mission from January 22nd to 30th aboard the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, she performed many experiments in the space lab. In essence, January is the month for new beginnings, when we make new resolutions which unfortunately we often break before the month is over. Nonetheless, may the year 2016 be good to us all as we hope for a kinder, more peaceful world in the months to come. Happy New Year to one and all! Valerie Green is a writer and historian and can be reached at



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Jessica O'Brien Cameron. "This house was completed in June of 2015 and we had just moved in, before I had my baby in July and during this time my husband changed his job," she says, as though this was quite normal. Another surprise was that her large white-and-grey house (above left), with its enormous two-storey window above a double garage, was mirrored in many ways by the even larger white house next to it. Owned by Jessica's sister Rebecca and her husband, it was apparent, even at first glance, that the same contractor had built both houses. "Mark Marley of Mahoe Properties Ltd. was our builder," says Jessica. She agrees that while the houses differ in many ways, there is a similar visual impact, both complementary and imposing. I learn from Rebecca that Mark Marley is a family friend. Both sisters are delighted with their houses, and with the economic savings involved with two buildings being constructed at the same time. Originally, there was an older house next to a telephone substation. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure bought the land and sold it as two properties. "We bought one plot and my sister and her husband sold their house in Edmonton and bought the other. Both houses were built together, and as we used many of the same subcontractors, they worked in tandem." Jessica smiles: "My sister's house was completed a few weeks before mine, as she had two small children to cope with." She and her husband, Ian Cameron, worked on "at least 40 plans" until they finally settled on a design. "Whereas, my sister knew what she

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railings, matching those outside, that stretches around an open landing above. "My husband's Uncle Bob built the railings, the fireplace, and did all the finishing carpentry; it's very special to us," she says, "and I went to school with Joe Rados, who framed this house." To my right is a large sitting area with an 18-foot ceiling and pot lights. The walls and even the furniture are white, and the floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the front entrance, amplify the effect of natural light. The focal point of the seating area is a black gas fire fitted into grey tiles within a traditional mantelpiece, with a large flat television inset above. This space is both formal and cozy, with attractive mirrors and display shelves on either side. "I wanted a mix of modern and classic," Jessica says. The seating is arranged on three sides of a beautiful round coffee table facing the fire. "I created that from a Value Village purchase," she notes. "It was an awful brown and cost $20. We're pretty thrifty. "My major concern was expense, as this was our first house. I chose the laminate flooring, with its old oak appearance, both for its durability and the cost. We used Island Floors, and my husband did the electrical for both houses." The dining area that separates the lounge from the kitchen has


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and I am suddenly aware of the lack of clutter. The bedrooms are sparsely decorated, but well designed, and the nursery is equipped with a crib and comfortable armchair. Lots of planning here! The washrooms lack for nothing: the master bedroom with its traditional iron-framed bed has an en suite with large double sinks and marble surrounds. There is a deep tub next to windows providing a scenic view, and a luxurious walk-in shower. Later I spoke to Jessica's sister, Rebecca. "There are some major differences in the layout of our houses," she agrees. "My kitchen extends along the back wall and allows me to enjoy the view." Her kitchen has a 36-inch custom-built range, marble countertops and a very large stainless steel food storage unit, with a full-sized fridge and freezer on both sides. "It saves frequent shopping!" In both houses, the sisters designed their own kitchens, and used Summerhill Kitchens. "I can highly recommend them," says Rebecca. "Their custom work was excellent, and they were very good value." Their contractor was Diana Mamalygo. Her 3,200-square-foot home includes a double garage and 10-foot ceilings. There is a heat pump providing air conditioning and an electric furnace for backup. It has five bedrooms, and is also a house without clutter. "I love the minimalistic effect," she says. "When we moved in, I enjoyed the finishing so much, I would have been happy with just seats, tables and a bed!" This was a fascinating story of two sister's dreams and opportunities.


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unnecessary bits just adds to your clutter. This holds true in a garage or basement storage space as well. Just because its contained doesn't mean you need it. Remember: we are trimming down here! By Tracey Jones Closet squeeze and repeat: The & Stacey Kaminski more you can hang on hangers the better! You won't wear what you can't see. If you are in a small area with limited closet space, rotate seasonally (follow the 50% rule above). Do you really need six of every towel and multiple sheet sets? How many people can sleep in beds in the house? Allow for two towels for that number and keep only two sheet sets per bed. 10 second tidy: Once you can see the light, creating a maintenance plan is key. Every day take a moment for a quick tidy and put away. Recycle newspapers and mail immediately and file important paper as soon as it comes in. Tidy the toy space daily if you have kids (their stuff should not become permanent squatters in the living room!). Keeping up the new system up will allow you to create a welcoming and comfortable space. That's a great start to the New Year! For more information visit

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west coast G ardener preparing your landscape for 2016 Here we are in the middle of our winter season and our landscapes are in a deep sleep mode. Some of you are enjoying the break from the outside maintenance while others are counting the minutes and awaiting the return of spring. I am in full landscape design by Colin Eaton mode. Some of you may be asking: Garden City Tree & Landscape "landscape designing in the middle of winter?" I certainly prefer to be indoors at this time of year, but that isn't the main reason I'm designing in the winter months. Winter is the time of year when we receive the fewest design requests when we should be receiving the greatest number! It is the most important time of year to start the process for any major landscape work anticipated to be completed in 2016. Some of my clients are planning ahead now. Here are a few reasons why I recommend starting the design process now: • The landscape design process is so much more than deciding on soil and plants. The steps of meeting a client, determining their needs, completing a site evaluation and preparing a conceptual landscape plan can take anywhere from four to 10 weeks, depending on the complexity of the project. • The construction process can take another two to six weeks to complete and before you know it, winter is back. • A professional design considers the intangibles: the slope of the property, existing features, drainage, exposures, shade vs sun requirements, lighting, privacy and usage. • A professional design provides a scale of the design allowing accurate estimating of materials and labour (i.e. there is no guess work). • Technology today can provide 3D images of the completed design so you can see what the finished project will look like before breaking ground. If you don't like the look of something, the design can change before excavation commences. • Beginning the process now provides the unique opportunity to view your property at a time when it is experiencing the least amount of sun, heavy winds and the most rain. These three important factors are essential considerations when planning any landscape project. By starting the process now, you are well on your way to ensuring a well-thought-out design that will provide you with years of enjoyment. For more information visit

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2016 may turn out to be the authentic first postmeltdown year for discretionary real estate sales. In the secondary home markets, between the end of 2008 and end of 2014, there was scant activity. Although most sales in 2015 occurred under the label "entry level residential," such sales volume may have doubled and listing inventory dramatically thinned. This is a marker of an authentic recovery. In the end, all property types/price points find their buyer. It's called hard asset investing, and is perhaps the antidote to years of quantitative easing. When currency uncertainties are a factor, ownership of a good real estate option is a solid route to safe haven investing. This is an excellent opportunity for many to consider amplifying their property portfolio: to consider a recreational purchase as a means to grow Kimberly Legeard their asset base. Undeveloped land opportunities may be the "best buy" venue. 250.656.4626 Interest rates still remain at almost historic lows. Sellers might agree to hold a mortgage in order to facilitate a sale. Prices have reduced over the past eight-year downturn; recreational options are affordable and vacation rentals can help to offset costs. There is Stunning Ocean & Island Views also the enjoyment aspect in this "always on" post-internet world. Could a 9464 Lochside Drive, Sidney ferry to a retreat be the recipe for a pleasing lifestyle? A cottage. A garden. A kayak at a dock. A deck to invite one to ponder a view. A beach to stroll. The appreciation component also makes the enjoyment a good investment. Timing is all. January reminds us of the message of the doublefaced Roman god who left his name on this beginning month: one face looked back to past days, and one viewed forward. A quick glance back shows a market finally in recovery. A glimpse forward sees a moment in time that invites participation. Spacious 3 bdrm, 3 bath, 1,995 sq. ft. half duplex. New A new year, a new adventure; will you answer the call? Time for kitchen, gorgeous HW floors in that recreational purchase? Time to turn that daydream into reality? main living area. Bright master with Time for action. 4 piece ensuite. Private garden and

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Where the Best Things Never Change: The Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub by Lara Gladych This is the third in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. In the course of covering the Peninsula Restaurant Profiles feature over the past year, I've visited the Prairie Inn on more than one occasion. Getting to know the pub and the staff has lent me a finer perspective when it comes to capturing the Prairie Inn experience. Manager Jamie Day and I have developed a less formal interview process that is easy

and relaxed. I essentially drop in, hang out, have fun conversations with the staff and make a few notes. This is what I continue to see and experience when I visit: there are regulars in the pub throughout the day, and the wait staff know them by name; the employees genuinely love the food and they are always praising Chef Liz; and it's clear that Jamie really cares about his work and making the Prairie Inn a consistently great place to eat

and socialize. I've come to know the menu well, and I have some personal favourites, one of which is the PI.'s Cobb Salad. It's fresh, substantial, and loaded with quality ingredients. Just in case you didn't know, the Prairie Inn also serves breakfast, and on this visit I decide it's high time I try it. I order the Classic Eggs Benny. It comes out promptly, and I realize I'm eating breakfast not only in a bar, but at the bar! Lina is bartending,

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and like all the waitstaff here, she's friendly and personable, and just like many of the servers and clientele, can't say enough about chef Liz's cooking. Lina mentions she has many food allergies, and tells me that Liz is incredibly accommodating when preparing food for her. This extends to all customers whenever possible. Liz makes an appearance to share some details of what's coming up in the New Year at the PI. She doesn't have much time to spare on this particular morning, as they have a major catering job to prepare for. Still, she is as pleasant and helpful as ever. If you're looking for something to celebrate after New Year's Eve, there's still a lot to look forward to! On Monday, February 8th, you can celebrate Chinese New Year at the Prairie Inn, and enjoy a Chinese sampler platter. In February, there's Valentine's Day, for which there are always great specials, and the usual party for Super Bowl, which includes free giveaways.

While Liz is still with me, I mention how incredible her made-from-scratch hash browns are. They're those potatoes you can't

"It's clear that Jamie really cares about his work and making the Prairie Inn a consistently great place to eat and socialize." leave behind. My Classic Benny is just that – classic. The hollandaise is rich and creamy, and homemade, as is almost everything from Liz's kitchen. When I finally get a chance to catch up with Jamie, he's eager to talk not only about what's happening in early 2016, but also about what a great month December was. Jamie wants to thank the organizers of

both A Touch of Saltspring and the Annual Saanichton Community Christmas. Events like these boost the pub's patronage by bringing in a lot of foot traffic, for which he's always grateful. With a broader stroke of thanks, Jamie would like to acknowledge all the neighbouring local businesses that continue to do an admirable job in their own right, making Saanichton a continually popular place to shop, eat and visit. Jamie reminds me to mention that, as always, every hockey and NFL game on TV can be seen at the Pub. They're all crossing their fingers that come late March, the Canucks will be in the playoffs, and that everyone can look forward to watching and celebrating at the PI. Come in and support your team! At the end of the day, the Prairie Inn is a consistently warm and welcoming place to frequent, and in that way, I hope things never change. Cook & Oscar Photography

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know their best friends repay their food and shelter with unconditional affection that lightens winter's dark days. Medical by Gillian Crowley research has shown that interacting with a pet can slow heartbeat, reduce blood pressure and improve one's mood. Not everyone who would like to enjoy a pet, though, is in a position to own one. Happily, several organizations in Greater Victoria are dedicated to connecting pets with those who will love them. Helping Homeless Cats places "congenial" rescued adult cats with both cat-loving seniors and the disabled who otherwise couldn't afford a pet. The recipient must be able to care for a cat and keep it indoors. The organization provides the cat's food and supplies and covers all necessary veterinary care through donations. Volunteers say it's heartwarming to see how the friendly cat's arrival can put a smile on the face of a home-bound person who may be depressed. A purring cat snuggled in a lap can brighten the day and bestow needed companionship. Technically, the cat is fostered, not adopted, but the senior may keep the cat as long as they can care for it. If circumstances change, the organization takes the cat back and finds another welcoming home. Because many older seniors fear a cat will outlive them, this program gives them peace of mind. It's also a wonderful solution for abandoned cats who find a loving home. Those in facilities that don't allow pets to live there full time can still enjoy the comfort of a therapy animal. Pacific Animal Therapy Society (PATS) was founded in 1988 by Sadey Guy, a retired nurse,

who discovered how much her own dogs meant to people in care facilities. (Sadly, Sadey passed away in Sidney in November 2015.) Starting with three friends and vet, Sadey encouraged local facilities to get involved. Now through the Vancouver Island Health Authority, 380+ PATS volunteers take their own pets to visit retirement facilities, assisted living residences, group homes and other care facilities. Pets must first pass a vet-administered behaviour test and an orientation with their handlers. In 2015 this volunteer-run program consisted of 24 clinics for pet testing, and volunteers who contributed 1,000 hours visiting 200 facilities. A different PATS initiative helps children improve their reading skills through interaction with a listening dog (and some cats). Based on a program started in Utah, Paws and Tales Literacy program uses registered therapy animals that have "When our own pets been trained and give us so much tested for health, pleasure, it's inspiring safety, skills and temperament. to know that many These special pets pets can help other and their owners people, just as people volunteer to give can help an animal." children struggling with literacy skills a fun opportunity to act as tutors and helpers for the attentive dog. The volunteer is trained how best to help the child, using the pet as focus. The owner may say, "Max doesn't know that word. Can you tell him what it means?" Without performance pressure, the child is more comfortable reading to the non-judgmental dog. When our own pets give us so much pleasure, it's inspiring to know that many pets can help other people, just as people can help an abandoned animal. More at and

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Hearing Well, Living Well: Hear - Central Saanich by Doreen Marion Gee

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The guest speaker will be a representative of Coastal Companion Services, which operates out of the Saanich Peninsula and provides accessible transportation for seniors and those with physical limitations. Coastal Companion's real passion is in creating unique, engaging excursions that are fun for their passengers. Admission by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. january 18

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The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). january 24

Leslie Deathe Beading Workshop 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 250.656.0275 |

$75 including instructions and all supplies. There will be three different colours to choose from. Bring a beading mat and a task light if you have one. Mats will also be available for purchase at the class. january 26

Canadian Federation of University Women Meeting 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

"Literacy for Life" will be presented by the Victoria READ Society. Guests are welcome. january 29 and 31

Starlight Pops presents "Vegas, Baby!" January 29th at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) January 31st at 2:30 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.) St. Aidan's United Church, 3703 St. Aidan's St., Saanich

Featuring hits by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Bette Midler, Wayne Newton, Cher and many others! Tickets $20. 60 SEASIDE | january 2016

in p U rsuit of the G olden Y ears winter weather poses serious risks for seniors Now that the holidays are behind us, that last long stretch of winter looms ahead, presenting weather challenges that especially for seniors can result in discomfort and physical harm. Freezing rain, sleet and black or clear ice can turn the ground into an unintentional skating rink, challenging by Shauna Dorko for all of us, let alone seniors with Owner, Sidney SeniorCare mobility issues. Repercussions can include heart attacks from overexertion, hypothermia, frostbite, falls resulting in fractures or strained muscles and joints, and car accidents. Windy conditions, that we so frequently experience on our Island, can cause power and communication outages, with the added potential of interfering with electrical medical devices. Seniors' mental and emotional health can be affected as well, with depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as they often shut themselves indoors to avoid inclement weather. It is important for us to ensure that seniors stay safe and are properly prepared for the perils that winter can bring. The following suggestions include some checklists for establishing winter preparedness in order to make the colder, wetter months ahead more comfortable and manageable. Keep winter storm supplies on hand and easily accessible. These may include a flashlight with extra batteries, first aid supplies, nonperishable food, water, additional heat sources such as a fireplace or space heater that are properly vented, a fire extinguisher, extra blankets, a weather radio, matches in a dry storage container, and extra prescriptions in case you can't get to the pharmacy. Help to prepare the senior's home by insulating pipes to prevent freezing, covering water spigots, sealing cracks and air leaks, and covering windows to prevent penetration of cold or heat loss. Know where water and gas shutoff valves are located, check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector (install if not currently in use), and ensure accessibility to snow removal equipment or removal services. Other emergency precautions include contacting the local utility company to let them know that your senior may need assistance in a power outage, especially if the senior requires medical devices dependent on electricity; learning yourself how to operate your senior's medical equipment in an emergency with accessibility to backup batteries; and setting up an alternate means of communication in case of a power outage. These proactive measures and maintenance tips will give you peace of mind that your senior loved one will be safe and warm when the next storm strikes. Until we meet again ‌ let's continue to partner together in advocacy for seniors! Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at with "Seniors" in the subject line.

last word New Year; New You; over and over again I've read those words or the idea behind them in the preceding pages. Of course January marks the new year, and with that comes a time of reflection for the past and resolution for the future. In this issue we've offered suggestions for revamping everything from your financial affairs and wardrobe to finally tackling that jammed junk drawer. I'm not really one for resolutions, as they just never seem to stick, so this January I've simply decided to set some "goals" (I know, I know: tomato, tomahto). As most of you know, I've returned from maternity leave recently and I finally feel like I'm beginning to hit my stride again at Seaside. The last

few months have certainly been a time of off my list already! Hope you enjoy, transition, and that evolution is ongoing, and Happy New Year! but I'm finding it easier now to strike the right balance between working and being at Things I Learned This Month home with my daughter. My goal for 2016 ❖❖❖ is to build on the feeling of balance and organization that will keep me on top of Local organization Helping Homeless everything … or if not "on top," just not at Cats places "congenial" rescued adult the bottom would be achievement enough! cats with cat-loving seniors and the My other major goal for the year is to get disabled who otherwise couldn't afford a my financial house in order. Our special pet, covering the cost of food, supplies feature has done a great job of reminding and veterinary care. me how important this is, and with a year of p. 58 living on a very tight budget (aka mat leave) The 10/10/10 Challenge: a step toward behind me, the time is right to plan for having a decluttered home this year! the future. p. 51 I have one specific Seaside-related goal: to start a new feature in my column. Every Total debt held by Canadians has month I plan to talk about a few things I skyrocketed from $586.1 billion in 1999 learned, or found interesting, in that issue. to $1.3 trillion in 2012. Perhaps it will alert you to an article you'd p. 10 missed, or maybe it will just be a little bit of insight into me! Here it is. Hey, I guess I can check one "goal" Editor

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