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Be Your Own

Olympian Professional athlete Lucy Smith talks passion & persistence



February 2014


Can We Talk Power of the Mind and Heart

Inside Out Be Heart Smart

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Can We Talk: Lucy Smith on the Power of the Mind and Heart

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I've been a journalist most of my career, beginning as a reporter with CBC Radio News in Yellowknife. I never planned to become a travel writer, but traveling is in my blood. My parents took us on exotic vacations long before travel became commonplace. Those trips – often during the March break, because my mother was a teacher – opened my eyes to what a big, beautiful world this is. Interestingly, the more I travel, the more I realize there is to see, so rarely do I go back. I made an exception for PEI, which I first saw about 30 years ago, and which I write about for this issue's Secrets From My Suitcase column, because of an important anniversary. Can you guess what it is? todd hummel

I started my career in 1996 and as an Investment Advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns, I partner with select families to maximize their return on life by providing trusted and proven wealth management strategies. This month, I share some of those strategies in Common Cents. I'm originally from the Edmonton area; I've been happily married for over 10 years to my wife Kim and we have three beautiful children. My family has recently relocated to the Sidney area in support of my wife re-entering the work force as a full-time school psychologist after being a stay-at-home mom for eight years. Overall we continue to maintain our connections to the Edmonton area while experiencing our new "Island life." When time allows, I enjoy playing squash, the occasional round of golf, and attending wine-tasting events. dr. marita schauch

As a Naturopathic doctor, I have the pleasure of helping people navigate life's choices, so they can feel vibrant and healthy. I believe that "health is wealth" and truly great health begins with education and preventing disease. Many of the diseases that affect huge segments of our population, like heart disease and obesity, can be prevented and even reversed with a healthy diet, lifestyle changes and reduction of stress. I lecture across North America about disease prevention, healthy living and wellness. Being able to share my passion for health and watching people make positive changes in their lives is the greatest gift I can offer, and I enjoyed doing so in this month's Inside Out column.

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first word My interview in this issue, with professional athlete Lucy Smith in our Can We Talk column, prompted me to do more reading and research on what the industry is saying about what it takes to build a better athlete. Growing up, I was always involved in high level sports, and now in my late '40s, I still remain true to staying fit and eating well, but in this day and age, as the importance of sport grows and the financial rewards with it, professional athletes push their bodies' physical and mental abilities like never before. With the Olympics just around the corner, we're going to be immersed in the competition that will heat up among the players, alongside the pressure of the media blitz of worldwide attention that comes with being an elite athlete. The search for obtaining a bioniclike body – a higher, faster, stronger one – has a few avid fans, like myself, wondering if athletes aren't necessarily building on their own genetic makeup, but instead reaching toward more scientific advancements called "cognitive training" (one such technique is called

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NeuroTracker) that could likely leave behind any threat of anabolic steroids. It serves as a training tool that effectively reprograms an athlete's brain, establishing abilities that nature never intended. I've read in some of this research that they've seen players double the speed with which they can do things! Seems remarkable, doesn't it? But wait: what if we could modify our own biology too? Among my colleagues and friends we have numerous discussions about the blurred lines between what is a real athlete and what we really want sport to be. Don't get me wrong: I'll never stop watching competitive sports, but do we want our athletes to compete on equal ground or should we have two levels: those competing naturally and those as enhanced athletes? I still believe that to be an elite athlete, talent is key. You need to have physical abilities to excel in a sport, and speed, strength, endurance and coordination are vital. But, like in business, determination and passion are also a huge component of success. You have to love what you do in order to put in 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert. So while you sit and read this issue of Seaside, don't forget to also watch and support our Canadian athletes at the Olympics! Happy Valentine's Day!

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with lifesport coach and professional athlete lucy smith You participated in your first fun run at age 11, and since then you've had an outstanding career as a professional athlete: a 19-time Canadian Champion, a two-time World Championship Silver Medalist, and a myriad of podium finishes at international duathlon and running competitions. At age 46 and as a mother of two, how has the transition been from full-time athlete to full-time mom? The transition has been many things, but I think it can be best summed up as transforming. Being a full-time professional athlete requires complete dedication to training, sleep, diet, overall health and the business side of your career. There is very little balance, but since I loved it, that was never an issue. I always wanted children and I embraced motherhood and parenting. I slowly worked on finding a balance to my life so I could enjoy both. It wasn't easy at times and has taken a lot of soul searching, but I kept running. I did not retire from competition when my children were born and I took an organic approach to winding down the travelling portion of my elite career, letting my priorities and values around life balance, parenting and coaching guide me. You were in a position to qualify for the Olympics in 2004 but were unsuccessful. With all your knowledge and dedication to sport, were you ready for this particular experience? By 2004 I was completely ready to be an Olympian. I had trained

through three Olympic cycles since 1992, coming within seconds of qualifying in 1996. In 2000 I had Maia and came back strong and full of determination for 2004. I did everything in my power to qualify for the team and had been dreaming of being an Olympian and Canadian Sport Ambassador since I watched the 1976 Olympics. I wasn't ready for the disappointment of not attaining that dream. I was aware of the odds against my qualifying, but dealing with the reality of letting the dream go was one of the hardest parts of my career. Leaving my Olympic dream and deciding not to retire, however, opened the door for what has been one of the most productive and most fulfilling parts of my career. You spend countless hours volunteering your coaching experience in the community with youth. What do you say to a member of our younger generation striving to be one of the "best," while helping them manage the stress and pressure that can come with this level of commitment? I would like to say relax and have fun. Specifically I try to help athletes discover being athletic, and experience the power of personal agency required with goal setting and working towards specific goals. Youth are very good at being in

the moment and experiencing the joy of movement and hard work. When I meet an anxious youth athlete, I teach them to focus on what they can do, not what they are afraid of. It's very empowering. You and your husband Lance Watson and colleague Paul Regensburg founded LifeSport Coaching in 2004. Give us an insight into the vision and focus of the company. What can we expect as you enter into your 10th year of business? Lance, who was my coach for 15 years, is an Olympic Gold Medal Coach – he coached Simon Whitfield to the first Olympic Gold Medal in Triathlon in 2000. Lance and Paul created LifeSport as a way to take the concept of personal excellence in elite sport and make it accessible to anybody. The LifeSport mission is to enrich the lives of motivated individuals who strive for athletic and personal development, by delivering personalized coaching programs that create fitness, performance, and inspiration. We pride ourselves on providing professional coaching and training programs for all levels of athletes from beginners completing their very first race, to age groupers and professionals. LifeSport also created the Subaru Western Triathlon Series – five World Class events that bring triathlon to both novice and experienced triathletes. Presently, we are proud to be finishing our new office space – an architecturally designed building at Elk Lake – which is to be shared with a like-minded tenant. Based on your training techniques, how do you skillfully manage your athletes that are up against competitors who have made the decision to use performance-enhancing drugs? We focus on the individual, their dreams and goals and their potential and don't focus on what we cannot control. Being a great athlete at any level is more about the pride you take in your own path and at LifeSport, we coach personal success. Also, testing is very good now, so athletes are constantly being tested. The number of times I was tested in my career gave me reassurance that there was vigilance.

glimpse into your work as a motivational speaker, author and role model for women and girls in sport. I have focused my efforts into the community, coaching at schools and speaking to run clinics around town. I do it because I both love coaching kids and because giving back at this stage of my life is very rewarding. Sharing knowledge and energy is powerful and I see myself as part of the fabric of our community. Writing, speaking and coaching requires me to "get up" and "switch on" and is very motivating. So much has changed in the world of sport competition: whether in cross country racing, baseball, football or hockey, it has become more bloodthirsty than ever. The rising use of social media in sport has allowed fans to get even closer to athletes and sport personalities. Do you think this exposure means the lines have become blurred between professional athletes and "celebrity athletes?" The internet and new technology has changed the world since I was a girl growing up in Bedford, Nova Scotia. I do think the internet and social media can warp perceptions and create false values and illusions about sport, success and athletes, but I also think that sport itself and the pure pursuit of athletic skill has not changed, and that is what I love about sport. In its purest form, being athletic is a marriage of human movement and the power of the mind and heart. For more information visit

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Saving Your Own Life years of scientific studies show that physical activity reduces the risk of coronary artery disease, with 50% lower disease rates in physically active people compared to those who are sedentary (Colleen Story, Healthline, 2012, MD Reviewed). We can all take active steps to build and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Panorama Recreation Centre is there to help us chart our own destiny. February is "Heart Month," with renewed public awareness of the importance of cardiovascular health. Melanie Alsdorf, Panorama's Fitness, Weights & Rehab Coordinator, is passionate about the benefits of cardiovascular exercise to heart health: "People see lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels." According to Melanie, regularly exercising the cardiovascular system produces a stronger, more efficient heart that can pump more blood with less work. She adds that some studies suggest exercise can help reduce the plaques that cause blockages in arteries. Weight loss is another healthy benefit of exercise, reducing the heart's workload. Melanie: "Stress and anxiety cause hormone changes in our bodies that can put us at risk for heart disease." Exercise reduces stress and anxiety, improving both our mental and heart health. Exercise may be a fountain of youth. Regular exercise is an antiaging treatment, where "Our hearts age less then our chronological age. We can have the working heart of a much younger person," says Melanie. Studies show that exercise benefits the older heart as much as a younger one: "It is never too late to exercise." As we get older, it is more important than ever to keep active, due to increased age-related risk of disease (Young at Heart, Panorama Rec is all fired up and ready to help you build a healthy heart with its excellent programs. Some have a larger cardiovascular

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reason I stopped shaving on Christmas Eve. It was not really a concious decision, because I was just doing what guys do when they by Michael Forbes have time away from work. Since then I've become curiously attached to something that required little investment and took absolutely no effort to create: a beard! OK, it's not my first foray into the follicle forest, because I sported one the first time I met Lisa and she seemed OK with it … and she was more OK when I shaved it off. I'm hoping the fact that she now makes "Chewbacca"

sleep in a separate bed and wakes him up every morning using a 10foot pole is purely coincidence. I have to say though that I've become unwittingly trendy, because beards are back and they ain't just for lumberjacks, transients and duck call makin' rednecks anymore. Walking around with this new look has caused me to discover something interesting. Guys think it's pretty awesome but most women aren't really so sure. I think from the male perspective it's a testosterone-y thing to do and you'd either like to have one or you just plain admire the courage it takes to grow one. I think us men all have an intuitive understanding as to why facial hair is so amazing: with a beard you can stroke your chin while thinking and look more intelligent, you can store food in it for later and sometimes people compare you to Chuck Norris. With it, I now feel confident enough to deliver a devasting Chuck-like roundhouse kick to at least three dirtbag bikers at once. The adoration that I receive from men is completely lost on most women though. I feel a lot of them have had some bad beard experience. They figure I'm trying to hide something, like another women or maybe a third chin. I talked to one soccer mom who asked me why I would grow such a thing, so I jokingly told her it was to appear more manly. She snapped back that if I wanted to look more manly to a woman then I should unload the freakin' dishwasher once in a while. It seems now that half my world likes the beard but the other half not so much. So to settle things once and for all I decided to do what any insecure person who wants approval does … ask my Facebook "friends." I took great care in posting a selfie of my furry face and asked what they thought. First comment was from my mom who said that I had a nice face and wondered why I was trying to hide my dimples. The next post said I looked older and fatter. Then there's the woman who exitedly chirped that I appeared demented and she could totally picture me holding a knife and coming at her. She then went on to incite others to "look closely cause it's in the eyes." Wow, just a couple of weeks ago I was just me, but now I've morphed into a dimpleless fatso serial killer. Dang, now I gotta save up for some razor blades. Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5's popular morning show. Join them weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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This is the fourth in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. The Lifestyle Select store has flourished at 9769 Fifth Street in Sidney for nearly 18 years; it is part of Lifestyle Markets, and was established one year after the company's "flagship" on Douglas Street in Victoria. "When Lifestyle Markets opened in July 1995, there was nothing like it; it had not been done before and was a huge risk," says

Carmine Sparanese, the General Manager. Carmine is an energetic 46-year-old who joined the company at its inception nearly 19 years ago when owner Lorraine Peterson decided her new store would incorporate the largest selection of organic and local foods, with a complete range of nutritional supplements and vitamins and a natural foods deli; in those days it was a revolutionary concept! For Carmine, who is married and has a 12-year-old daughter, "It was an opportunity

to be part of a new venture." He saw the potential, eventually becoming General Manager, and was a driving force behind the creation of the Sidney location, and a third store in Cook Street in 2001. The company claims to have the largest selection of nutritional supplements and vitamins, natural organic foods, and pure skin care on Vancouver Island, and its Douglas Street store has been voted "Best Health Store" and "Best Nutrition Store in

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Victoria." While the store in Sidney is smaller, approximately 1,200 square feet as against the 10,000 square feet of the Victoria outlet, it is, nevertheless, a remarkably well-stocked and attractive place to shop. As General Manager, Carmine is responsible for major aspects of the organization. "We offer great customer service and take great care in selecting our staff," says Carmine, who admits to being a "people person." He is proud to explain that Lifestyle Markets employs people who have a thorough understanding of the products they sell. "Many of our natural products advisors possess years of industry experience. "They're well educated through their tenure in the industry and also through various nutrition courses. We make it a point to have our people stay up-to-date on the natural health products on our shelves." Carmine

is quick to point out that "we encourage customers with serious health conditions to

"We offer great customer service and take great care in selecting our staff. We employ people who have a thorough understanding of the products they sell." work with a licensed health practitioner and have our stores become a resource for their needs based on those consultations." On entering this welcoming Sidney store, you are conscious of a sense of order and clarity achieved through the direction of store

manager Stephanie and assistant manager Kali. The spacious entry area, with its focus on skin and body products, leads on to a comprehensive display of nutritional supplements and vitamins on the left wall; on the right is an attractive display of natural and organic groceries. Down the middle of the store are two aisles with products varying from organic coffees and teas to selected allergy-friendly and functional foods for everyone from raw food enthusiasts to those with food sensitivities. And always, there are knowledgeable staff members to direct you to the right section. As well as the three main street stores, Lifestyle Markets has, since 2000, built a successful online store that provides free shipping throughout Canada for vitamin orders over $70 and in B.C. for those over $50.

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g a r d e n t o ta b l e here are three delicious and healthy ways to take advantage of spring's beautiful bounty of greens!

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 ½ cup orange juice 1 tbsp honey 
 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp. (10 mL) sesame oil
 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) cornstarch

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Stir Fry 3 tbsp coconut oil 1 cup sliced carrots 1 lb sugar snap or snow peas
 1 bunch green onions, chopped 8 oz firm tofu or wild fish, cut into 1-inch cubes 
 2 bunches of spring greens, tough stalks removed and shredded – collards, spinach, cabbage or kale Heat the oil, add the tofu or fish and turn a few times until it is golden. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon. Stir-fry the carrots until mostly tender, and then add the peas and green onions. Add the shredded greens and toss them quickly until they wilt. Add the sauce to the wok, stir-frying a few more minutes until the vegetables are coated. Serve this recipe by itself or together with quinoa, rice or noodles.

Spring Greens Smoothie

(Makes 2 servings) Try this nutritious green smoothie and be amazed how delicious it is! 4 packed cups raw greens such as kale, spinach, lettuce, chard etc., coarsely chopped, stalks removed 1 cup apples, fresh or frozen, cored and chopped 1 banana, fresh or frozen, chopped ½ cup apple juice ½ cup water or more, depending on your preferred thickness juice of 2 lemons 1 tsp ground cinnamon A few ice cubes (optional)

Stewed Rhubarb

(Makes 6 servings) The first fruit of the season is simply divine when gently simmered and served with a dollop of yogourt and a sprinkle of granola. 8 -10 stalks rhubarb, washed and chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 orange, peel and juice ½ cup raw cane sugar 2 sprigs sweet cicely herb (allows you to cut back on sugar) ¼ cup currants or raisins ½ tsp ground cinnamon 2 chunks candied ginger, finely chopped (optional) 
Put the rhubarb and orange juice in a saucepan and slowly bring to a gentle simmer while stirring. Stir in the sugar, sweet cicely, dried fruit, ginger and cinnamon powder and simmer gently until the rhubarb is just soft. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Garnish with grated orange peel. Carolyn Herriot is author of "The Zero Mile Diet"and "The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook" (Harbour Publishing). She grows "Seeds of Victoria" at The Garden Path Centre. For more info visit


clectic, one-of-a kind home décor and bijoux gifts beckon to passersby from Provenance Fine Things, the new store on Beacon at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa. Five years after opening Waterlily Shoes just across the street, owner Sandy Baynton is thrilled to offer another destination store for Islanders and visitors. “I want to offer my customers authentic, meaningful indulgences for themselves or their home – something worth keeping,” she says. Originally an interior decorator, Sandy brings her sense of style to everything she selects. All the European and local pieces were chosen based on whether they “speak” to her. A great deal of thought has gone into both the merchandise and the store’s look, right down to the display furniture in French country “shabby chic.” Shoppers will find French country dinnerware, pillows, unique décor pieces, stemware and cutlery for the home as well as exquisite jewellery by Pandora, Brighton and Pyrrha. New treasures arriving daily will include Italian cuckoo clocks and sumptuous Austrian throws. One wall is dedicated to Sid Dickens’ hand-painted memory blocks, an alternative to traditional wall art. Each tile carries an individual message on the back, making the blocks a perfect way to celebrate significant occasions on life’s journey. This Vancouver-based artist paints collectable 6 x 8 inch tiles finished to a porcelain-like quality and then surface cracked to create an aged look and feel. Those looking for small, thoughtful gifts will find rich French lotions by Lothantique, candles from the U.K., museum quality art cards and unique coffee table books. The opportunity to open a new store popped up when Knickerbocker’s Home Décor moved out of the location at the foot of Beacon Avenue. Provenance will still offer the popular Pandora line of jewellery and has retained Lisa as manager, an expert in these silvery gems. She’s ably assisted by Nia, who has moved over from Waterlily. Sandy chose the name “Provenance” because it means both “origin” and “authenticity.” She explains: “I’m always looking for quality, authenticity and ‘on trend’ items for the store.” Discerning customers searching for the perfect gift, or inspiring décor that speaks to the heart, will find they have come to the right place. Fine Things indeed! by Gillian Crowley

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conversations from the past An Imaginary Interview With writer, world traveler and oftentime visitor to vancouver island.

Mr. Kipling, we are honoured to have you back in Victoria. As this is your third visit, are you perhaps considering moving here? I admit I love this city. I was first here in June of 1889 and then again in April, 1892. But moving here? Not likely … Where were you born? I was born in Bombay in 1865. My father was a Professor at the Bombay School of Art. Is it true that you and your sister were sent to England in 1870 and placed in a foster home where you were mistreated? Somewhat true (he avoided any details). When my mother returned to England in 1876 she removed us from the foster home and I was sent to a private boarding school. I returned to India in 1882 and acquired a job as assistant editor on an English paper called The Civil and Military Gazette. I also began to publish some of my own writings. When did you leave India to return to England? I returned in 1889 and lived in London. In 1892 I married Carolyn Balestier, an American lady. We then moved to the U.S. and settled in Vermont. In the next few years you had many books published I believe?

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like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Not many people realize that Rudyard Kipling visited both Vancouver and Victoria in his travels around the world. He was especially impressed with Victoria and wrote many complimentary remarks about our city. Today, an apartment in Oak Bay is named for him.

Rudyard Kipling continued to travel and to publish more books, poems and short stories before his death in 1936. He received numerous honorary degrees and awards including, in 1926, the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature. At his funeral, his pallbearers included a prime minister, an admiral and a general. He lies buried in Westminster Abbey in London. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at


Have you ever wondered what it would be

Valley of Hong-Kong, the Doon, Sorrento, and Camps Bay: add reminiscences of the Thousand Islands, and arrange the whole round the Bay of Naples, with some Himalayas for the background … " A perfect description. I am glad you will take happy memories of our city home with you.


by Valerie Green

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Rudyard Kipling

Yes, The Jungle Book in 1894 and The Second Jungle Book the following year. Then in 1896 The Seven Seas and Soldier Tales. We returned to England in 1897 and settled in the countryside where Captain Courageous was published. You were very prolific and have seen many parts of the world but readers of this column will be most interested in your impressions of Victoria and Vancouver Island. I am frequently accused of being too outspoken on a number of issues, so it is good to know my opinions of Victoria have been well received. I have recently composed a short poem about my stay at the Oak Bay Hotel and I described Victoria this way: "To realize Victoria you must take all that the eye admires most in Bournemouth, Torquay, the Isle of Wight, the Happy

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The Foundation is grateful for the generous donation from this organization. If you or your organization would like to support our hospital please contact Karen Morgan at 250-652-7531 or email

Agnes and George Coldwell are passionate about

their organization, The First Open Heart Society of BC. Each June they hold a 1.5 km Heart Walk in Sidney,

two scenic routes that finish at the Scout Hall with a

silent auction. In 2013, the Society contributed partial proceeds from this walk to the Saanich Peninsula

Hospital Foundation. Their contribution of $3,500 will be used for heart-related equipment at our hospital.


What's Happening mar 3 apr 28 This Spring! k id s & t eens


French Songs & Playtime Excellent starter for parents and tots to learn to speak French together. Families enjoy traditional songs in a French environment. Mondays, 9:30 - 10:30am. 7/$39. 1½ - 3 yrs. Saanich Commonwealth Place.


Learn to Row Morning Camp Teaches youth basic skills in rowing techniques and handling a boat, focusing on sculling boats - all on a beautiful lake environment. Monday-Friday, 10am - 12pm. 12 - 17 yrs. 5/$140. Victoria City Rowing Club, Elk Lake.


March by Doreen Marion Gee

Skullduggery You will have fun being a nature detective and wilderness sleuth, uncovering the mysterious clues that animals leave behind. Wednesday, 11am - 2pm. All ages. Free. Meet at info kiosk, Beaver Lake Parking Lot. CRD Parks: 250.478.3344

mar 24 apr 28

Pottery – Kids 'n Clay Kids will have fun squishing and molding clay and seeing how clay structures are formed. After, they will watch the firing process. Mondays, 4 - 5:30pm. 6/$84. 8 - 12 yrs. Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. 250.475.7121


Mad Science - "Mad Science Robots" Be a true science explorer as you learn about metal creatures that come to life and walk and move. Wednesdays 4 - 5pm, 4/$92, 7 - 10 yrs., Gordon Head Recreation Centre. 250.475.7100

apr 2 june 25

HIP HOP Dance Introduction to Hip Hop dancing with basic Hip Hop moves and steps – all to the beat of your favourite music. Wednesdays, 4:15 - 5pm. 13/$81. 6 - 13 yrs. Pearkes Recreation Centre. 250.475.5400


H20 Adventure Camp Each half day includes a swimming lesson, playtime in the water and an introduction to a new water sport. Mon - Fri, 12:30 - 4pm. 5/$80. 6 - 9 yrs. Panorama Recreation. panorama-recreation 250.656.7271


Astrocamp Be a space adventurer, explore the solar system, learn about planets and build your own space rocket. Monday - Friday, 9am - 12pm. 5/$105. 8 - 12 yrs. Gordon Head Middle School. 250.477.1855


Free Skate at Panorama Sponsored by Coast Capital Savings. Sunday, 1 - 2:20pm. Free skate rental too. Please bring helmet. Fun for the whole family: swishing over the ice to music, playing games, winning prizes - plus skating tips. panorama-recreation 250.656.7271

mar 29 june 7

Ballet and Jazz Dance Children will enjoy adding the energy of jazz movements to their graceful ballet dance steps. Saturdays 11:40am - 12:25pm. 11/$65. 3 - 5 yrs. Saanich Commonwealth Place. 250.475.7600


apr 3 may 15

Introduction to the Renaissance Learn how Renaissance clothing and shoes and dolls were made, eat food like Kings and Popes, put on a costume and be a traditional English Country dancer. Thursdays, 7 - 9pm, 7/ $90, age 14+ Greenglade Community Centre, Room #8. 250-656-7055

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April apr 8 may 27

World Cup Soccer A very relaxing and fun-filled atmosphere for little kids to start learning a fantastic game to enjoy their whole lives. Tuesdays, 2:45 - 3:15pm. 8/$64. 3 - 5 yrs. Gordon Head Recreation Centre.

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Falcon Gymbugs Children learn basic gymnastics, body control and coordination. This program gives children a strong foundation for an athletic life of fitness and health. Thursdays 9 - 10am or 1 - 2pm, 12/$126, 4 - 5 yrs. Falcon Gymnastics. 250.479.6424

Paint Acrylic Landscapes and More Use the Saanich countryside splendor as inspiration for your beautiful acrylic landscape paintings. Tuesdays 1 - 3pm. 6/ $98. 16 yrs.+ Contact Wendy Robson: Greenglade Community Centre. 250-656-7055



Mad Science Earth Sciences Children learn about birds and animals and their habits, how to identify species, the causes of pollution and how the sun's energy affects living things. Monday, 9am - 4pm. 5 - 11 yrs. $68. Room A, Central Saanich Cultural Centre, Brentwood Bay. panorama-recreation 250.652.6032


Carnival of the Arts Hey kids: Use your wild imaginations to enjoy art, music, theatre and workshops in a fun family day. Bring your parents to the Arts Centre, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. 11am - 3pm. Free. 250.475.7121


Youth Week Foam Party Teens will have a wild time in an inflatable FOAM PIT provided by Games2U Victoria. Food, prizes and major fun. Friday, 6 - 8pm. Free. 11 - 16 yrs. Greenglade Community Centre Extreme Teen Lounge. 250-656-7055

May 7 June 11

Get Ready to Rock Little ones will dance, laugh and "get rhythm" with drums and castanets plus have a great time with beanbags and puppets. Wednesdays 9:45 - 10:15am, 6/$45, 18 mths - 3 yrs. Gordon Head Recreation Centre. 250.475.7100



May 14 June 18

National Scrapbook Day Enjoy preserving and celebrating your wonderful memories in your own special personal scrapbook. Door prizes, lunch plus you will take home a gift. Sunday, $30, 12 yrs.+ Greenglade Community Centre, Room #8.

May 8 June 19

Crafty Cooking Kids will love making their own snacks, then they will take photos of them to make placemats. Thursdays 12:30 - 2pm, 7/$63, 3 - 5 yrs. Saanich Commonwealth Place.

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Mad Science Young Engineer Children will learn about shapes and why eggs are very strong when pressed at their tips. They'll build bridges and learn about structures, machines Bubble Makers and levers. Monday, 9am – 4pm. $68. 5 Discover scuba– 11 yrs. Central Saanich Cultural Centre, diving and Room A. the wonders of recreation 250.652.6032 Cartooning – How to Draw Cartoons Learn basic cartooning skills with loads of silly fun drawing funny faces with goofy expressions. Kids will also make clay cartoon sculptures. Wednesdays, 5 - 6:30pm. 6/$84. 7 - 12 yrs. Cedar Hill Rec Centre.


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underwater life with a certified instructor. All activity is in a shallow pool. Saturday, 4 - 5pm. $31. 8 - 13 yrs. Saanich Commonwealth Place (Rockfish Divers). 250.475.7600

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"There's a 100-year-old man under the counter waiting for pick-up," the caller said.

"Poor man, he must be very uncomfortable, I'll come right away."

Off I dashed to the library to pick up the book, Jonas Jonasson's The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Allan Karlsson lives in a seniors' retirement residence, where staff are preparing his 100th birthday. Mr. Karlsson is a spry old fellow – if he's going to climb out a window he must be – but he really doesn't want a party. There'll be speeches and special guests like the mayor and frankly, he either can't be bothered or he'd rather be somewhere else. So off he goes. In no time he's having the adventure of a lifetime. In possession of a suitcase full of drug money, the police as well as drug dealers chase after him. But there's more to the story than that. Karlsson walks across the Himalayas on foot, eats dinner with President Harry Truman, travels on a riverboat with Mao Zedong's wife, and hitchhikes with Winston Churchill.

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Which is all I'm going to reveal about that story. It's pretty subversive, though, if you ask me. And, as if The Hundred Year Old Man isn't enough, there is Harold Fry, an equally ballsy if younger man, who at a mere 65, finds a letter in the mail from a dying friend. Harold writes a reply and goes off to find a mail box. As it turns out, Mr. Fry appears to have lived a small life: going to work, coming home, eating dinner with his wife, going to bed. Suddenly, he strikes out and, after walking from one mailbox to the next, decides to walk all the way from his home in southwest England to Berwick-on-Tweed, the town where his friend is in a hospice. During his 87-day, 627-mile walk, Harold Fry reflects. These books are wonderful reads. They make a nice change from treatises on taking care of your bones, diets for one, how to prevent falls. A good laugh too, mixed in with pathos – truly stories of the human condition. Yet there seems something subversive about them. Are the authors of these books and their characters inciting we seniors to riot? Or at least rebel? Why? In our culture, senior citizens are invisible except to each other. The spotlight seems always on the young. It's easy just to sit back, watch the telly, do nothing, sink into depression. I'm with Allan Karlsson and Harold Fry. Let's get up, do the outlandish, break routine, boogie. Moses Znaimer appeared to retire in 2003 only to re-emerge in 2005 to start ZoomerMedia, the hub of all things for the over-50 age group. He is still going strong. But then, they do say you can't keep a good man down. However, you don't have to go as far as Shigeo Tokuda. Married for more than 45 years and retired at 60, at age 78 he started a new career: He became a porn star. SEASIDE | february 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 29

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Dawn Joy Ritchie:

Bringing Whimsical Creatures to Life by Gillian Crowley

Dawn Ritchie's middle name, "Joy," is a perfect reflection of her painting style and her philosophy. Whimsical creatures painted in primary colours almost spring to life on the wall of her home. A self-taught artist, Dawn says she learned "to give permission" to herself to chase her creative passion. A turning point in her life came in 1996 when she took a course from Jimmy Wright, a down-to-earth artist well known for painting iconic hill-shaped polar bears. Dawn says: "I never thought I could draw more than a stick man so I didn't think I could ever be an artist. Jimmy encouraged me to freely apply paint to canvas and not worry about having an image in mind." Her earliest works have the primitive energy of animal cave paintings. Five years later, she gathered up her courage, shut her eyes, and tried drawing a small figure of a cat. Once she opened her eyes, connected the lines and applied watercolour to the cat, she was happy with what she saw. That was the breakthrough and soon many other animal figures came pouring out. "The animals I create seem to have the will to be born and I try not to judge the way they want to look." Building confidence in her artistic expressions was the next – and most difficult – step. At first she transferred her small paintings onto fridge magnets which she sold at the Peninsula Country Market at the Saanich Fairgrounds. Her confidence grew as she received praise and encouragement from those buying her work. Eventually she branched out to make cards, then painted larger canvases and now produces prints. Her bold, quirky figures look like they are just waiting to illustrate the right children's book. Today she works in acrylic on canvas, paper collage and digital media. During the Peninsula Artists Studio Tour last fall, Dawn displayed her paintings at Tulista Park Gallery. This year she is part of the Island Illustrators Travelling Alphabet Show, which has a monthly rotation to eight Greater Victoria Public libraries, and later will participate in the Illustrators Coast Collective Fall Show. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Dawn immigrated with her family to Winnipeg and at age 12 she and her family moved to Victoria where she fell in love with the sea. Life took her to Vancouver, California, Toronto and then finally, in 1992, back to the Island. In 2012 she moved to Sidney where she says: "I love the friendly people, the sea walkway, and all the sculptures around the town." With formal education in commerce and marketing, she is tuned into different ways to promote her art, and is searching for her niche market. She says: "I dream of licensing my images for products and animation film."

Dawn's advice to others who would like to become artists is to " follow your heart, be true to yourself and honour your unique style. Also try closing your eyes!" She has faced many hurdles on her journey to become an artist, but made the commitment to herself to persist no matter what happened. "When something is your passion it feels like it's chosen you and you can never give it up."

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Bits and Bites Island Culinary Service (ICS) has cooked up a new website look. For over 30 years, ICS has been serving the Peninsula and greater Victoria area with a full range of catering services from casual barbecues to fine dining events. Red Seal certified Executive Chef/Owner Graham Little and Operations Manager Steven Haley-Browning pride themselves on their outstanding staff, support of local products, and their imaginative custom-designed menus that match the "flavour" of an event. You are invited to sample their new ready-to-serve site at and email for more information at When long-time Sidney resident

Trevor Hulme has not gone fishin', he is busy helping others get back out on the water. His new enterprise, Angle Again – Rod & Reel Repair offers rod, reel and downrigger repairs to avid anglers and Trevor is available seven days a week during business hours. For an additional fee, he will also pick up and deliver customers' goods anywhere from Duncan south on the Island. Trevor is proud to be sharing over 35 years' sport-fishing and fly-fishing experience with others who love the sport and invites customers to contact him at or by phone at 250-800-0747. community

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At the end of a quiet road, I drive into a landscaped property and park in a wide tiled area in front of a large L-shaped house. The metal roof is multi-angled, embracing a long single storey wing on the left with double garage doors at the end and leading, via a number of wide windows, to the main section.

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This is a fascinating building, with a windowed stone turret in the apex, and an imposing porch with a large blue front door, with more windows to the right. My first impression is that I have entered a medieval banquet hall. Marcella, my welcoming hostess, explains that this becomes the formal dining room for big gatherings. A solid, multi-toned stone wall stretches the entire left side, reaching up to about 15 feet, and above is an impressive arched roof, from which two enormous metal framed lights hang on heavy chains, quite appropriate for the size of the room. "I knew the effect I wanted to achieve," says Marcella, pointing to the intricate patterns of the stone blocks. The tiled floor is mottled dark gray, with under floor heating; at the far end, floor-to-ceiling-windows reveal a vista of water and boats. On the wall to the right is a specially-designed display cabinet with sliding doors. In front of the stone wall stands an oak dining table capable of seating 12: "We move it into the centre and collect chairs from around the house when we entertain," she says enthusiastically. "I wanted to achieve a cool entry, with public space on one side and private on the other." Immediately to the right, a short corridor leads to the private area where Marcella and her husband, Jamie, retire when the house is full of guests. On the left is their bright and airy bedroom with picture windows overlooking the marina, and craftsman-built furniture to complement the high ceiling. Their spacious en suite washroom is both artistic and functional. Across the

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corridor is a comfortable sitting room, and a well-appointed dressing room with individual clothes areas and wall-fitted washer and dryer. "It seemed appropriate to have the laundry close to the clothes," she explains. "It saves carrying them thorough the house!" We return to the main entrance and pass through the high stone-clad doorway into a grand space, with a staircase on the left. Marcella stops to show me the Elan computer system that controls all the lights, heating and security throughout the house. On our right the stone wall encloses a welcoming fireplace, with large settees and armchairs forming a u shape around a long low table. It is a well-lit room with floorto-ceiling windows and glass doors that cover the entire length of the house facing the water. The social area flows naturally into the kitchen, which is dominated by a sizeable island that serves as a breakfast table with Continued next page


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Solutions, has nearly 20 years of experience. With a degree in Fine Arts, a love of architecture and an intimate knowledge of plants and garden materials, he was an obvious choice for Marcella, who wanted to create in her one-acre grounds a low maintenance garden that would enhance the house. "I first saw the plans for the new building while the original was still in existence," Duane says. He took into account the structure of the proposed 5,000-square-foot house, with its intricate metal roof, fine stonework and the change in elevation from the road to the low bank waterfront. Landscape Solutions can take responsibility for all aspects of a project; in this case, Duane designed the outside features and worked with Marcella's building contractor who did the work. Duane's ideas resulted in the spacious entry to the property, with low cedar hedges, manicured grass areas and a wide tiled courtyard effect for multiple parking, with the tennis court to the far left. Leading to the front door is a long glass portico with wood pillars supported by stone clad bases, giving a majestic effect that complements the entry to the main hall. Aromatic bushes line the raised stone beds on either side. Duane refers to them as "Himalayan Sweet Box." He explains that the aim of the garden, with its contained beds marked by stone and gravel paths, is to create a looseness in the pattern. "I use similar plant choices and ground cover to achieve a sense of unity," he says. "The aim is for people to feel 'this is a great place to enjoy,' without necessarily knowing why." The garden has no fences, so a deer-proof planting plan was essential. Originally, there was a 10-foot difference in elevation from the front of the house dropping down to the lawn at the back, and Marcella wanted to avoid steps. This was achieved by the use of wide patios that sweep around the back and sides of the house, and the transfer of yards of soil to raise the lawn five feet before it leads down to the water; it also covered the new septic system. Around the edge of the grass, leading to the dock, tumbled Roman pavers have been used to form a natural path. There is a sense of oneness in the overall plan, and Duane says: "I have enjoyed working with Marcella to create an open and welldesigned garden that has a feeling of maturity and relaxed order."

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This is a true gentleman's express and quite possibly the most powerful four wheeled sedan I have ever driven. Well, I call it a sedan but it isn't really: it's actually a super sleek, four-door, four-seat monster. Curvacious great looks seem to blend the teardrop shape of the original crowd-pleasing 911 with the functionality of a grand touring sedan. The Panamera comes in a variety of trim levels, from V6-powered units to V8's and the top of the line is the turbo model reviewed here. Motive power is supplied by a 500-HP The Porsche Panamera Turbo: a super sleek, four-door monster twin turbo 4.8 litre direct-injected engine that sounds like nothing you've ever heard "regular" mode, the Panamera Turbo yields good mileage and with before: it's a beautiful combination of guttural V8 rumble and Lear its large fuel tank could easily take you to Oregon before a fill-up is jet at takeoff. All this power would be for naught if it couldn't be necessary. Driven in "sport plus" mode, it's a beast waiting to get you used to propel the Panamera; that's where the sophisticated all wheel your first ticket of 2014; it claws for grip as the sound of waste gates drive system comes in with all its computer-controlled goodness dumping excessive turbo boost fill the cabin. almost guaranteeing traction in all conditions. Inside the cabin, you feel instantly that you are at home in a place This is one very, very fast ride and quite possibly the fastest acceleration where designers spent a lot of time ensuring the correct ergonomic I have ever experienced. The whole Panamera lineup is exceptional, with placement of controls. Comfortable, quiet and superbly finished something for everyone. The ownership experience continues for years to in the finest materials; it's a place that feels just right. A place that come with Porsche's great service and above average resale values. Drive makes you feel as though you are at one with the machine. Driven in one. You will be hooked – that's a personal guarantee.

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The Rumrunner Pub and Restaurant: Fine Food, Good Neighbours by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the fourth in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. The Rumrunner Pub and Restaurant is more than a beautiful seaside eatery. After 24 years of pleasing local palates, it has become a solid part of people's lives on the Peninsula. It is a legacy built on long-term caring relationships in the community. As well as their reputation for serving excellent fare with silvery service, The Rumrunner continues to be a reliable community partner, helping to build a supportive neighbourhood.

A well-read and interesting person, Bill Singer loves to tell stories about The Rumrunner, his beloved restaurant that he owns along with his wife, Jane. This time, he reflects on a strange case of serendipity. Recently, some patrons were talking to Bill about a place they visited called "The Snug" in Oak Bay 29 years ago. While there, they'd asked the waiter's name as they were trying to find the right name for their expected baby. The server said his given name was "Wolf" but he went mainly by "Bill." Imagine everyone's surprise when the person they were referring to

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was Bill Singer himself! These kind of longterm remembrances and connections are part of The Rumrunner's heritage. Requests come in regularly from the community to hold memorial services at the oceanside oasis honouring parents who were regular patrons over the years. The restaurant's family business clearly plays a very special and valuable role in people's lives in our community – being there in better days, being there at the end of days. "These requests have happened twice in the past few months," says Bill. "I have

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been here long enough that I am now losing friends that have been coming from the start." Above my head is a photo of a deckhand on a boat called "The Malahat," an old five-mast "rumrunner." One day, a young visitor exclaimed to Bill: "That's my father!" Memories cross generations at a restaurant whose name and pictures conjure up ghosts of glorious scalawags. Their very first customer, Eric Fisher, brought a bottle of bootleg rum. He became a treasured friend over the years and when he died, The Rumrunner held his memorial service. "This has happened a lot," reflects Bill. "I have become an extension of many people's lives by being here and by being on hand." Children of past patrons stop by to say how much their parents loved it there. This history of caring close connections with local people has "become a way of life." Community spirit is important to the Singers. Bill hires locals whenever possible.

"I try to give back how I can." He has sat on the Board of Directors of the local Chamber of Commerce and has set up the bar at local functions. The Singers donate many

"Memories cross generations at a restaurant whose name and pictures conjure up ghosts of glorious scalawags." gift certificates to local charitable events and organizations every year. Years ago, The Rumrunner won an award for being one of the first "wheelchair accessible" venues for people with disabilities. Even the design of the restaurant and pub is spacious, warm, inviting and friendly to everyone. As a single woman, I sometimes feel

uncomfortable eating right next to couples but at Bill's restaurant, there are plenty of private hideaways away from the crowd. There is a place for families, for fancy dining – nobody is overlooked. To me, this makes for a more considerate, respectful ambience. As we talk, Bill points to a familiar woman outside who spends her time collecting bottles. Bill regularly gives her his recyclables: "She has to make a living too." My previous articles highlighted the excellent fresh high quality food, delicious cuisine and respectful service at The Rumrunner. In this article, my focus is the community-minded, caring and neighbourly side to this successful eating establishment. With today's savvy consumers, people's tastes are driven as much by who is behind a product as with the product itself, and patrons will probably agree that The Rumrunner is more than just a place to get a steak and a beer. Contact:,

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Romance in the Air by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email Valentine's Day is on the horizon, making February a perfect month to seek out romantic music or take a leisurely stroll along the Sidney seafront walk to admire the unique sculptures dotted along the pathway. With or without a partner, there's lots to do … and don't forget the chocolate!

Sidney Sculpture Walk Awards Gala The people have spoken! The People's Choice Award will go to one of 12 temporary sculptures displayed along the community's sea walk from Beacon Park to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal. The result of January's citizens' vote will be announced at a Valentine-themed gala reception where the artists will also attend. The Town of Sidney will

purchase the winning sculpture with money collected out of its bonus density fund which developers pay into when they seek added density for a project. Find out whether your favourite sculpture will join the other four permanent displays: "The Dog Walker," "The Pirate," "The Diver" and "The Fisherman." This free gala (limited space) will feature a sculpture show, "artist in residence," awards ceremony, chocolate and nohost bar. February 12th, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa. Reserve your seat: rsvpsidneysculptureawards@ or 250-656-7400.

Relive the 1950's With a Buddy Holly Tribute A talent that was snuffed out too soon, Buddy Holly will live again through Johnny Vallis, a man of many voices. Buddy Holly was one of the most influential creative forces in early Rock n' Roll and an early inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In his tribute

to the Rock icon, Johnny Vallis portrays both the look and sound as he rolls out Buddy's greatest hits: "That'll Be The Day," "Oh Boy," "Peggy Sue," "Heartbeat" and more. The concert includes upright bass player "Big Daddy Bo," Rob Dewingaerde on drums and Hank Engel on guitar, all playing vintage instruments and creating the early Rock and Roll spirit. Thursday February 6th, 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre. Tickets: 250-656-0275 or

Roots Music with Ulrich, Henderson and Forbes

Deep Cove Folk Music Society presents UHF, a collaboration of three outstanding, seasoned songwriters: Shari Ulrich, Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes. In 1989 UHF was formed for a proposed one-time-only appearance at the Vancouver Winter Roots Festival. Magic happened, the three clicked and the rest is history. This year the trio

of well-loved singer/songwriters celebrate their 25th year of sharing the stage playing folk, rock, country and pop. Shari, Bill and Roy still find the collaboration a refreshing break from their busy solo careers and continue the UHF tradition of solid playing with their unique blend of three distinct solo voices. More information at http:// Saturday February 8th at 8 p.m. at the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre. 250-656-0275 or

Palm Court's Valentine Concert

Be whisked away on a gossamer cloud of romantic music during this Valentine's Day concert performed by the popular Palm Court Light Orchestra. The concert features two young singers in love duets from Puccini's La Boheme, Tosca and Madam Butterfly as well as operettas by Franz Lehar, Sigmund Romberg, Victor Herbert and Johann Strauss. Soprano Shadan Saul Guerrero, and local tenor Sunny Shams will take centre stage. February 14th, 2:30 p.m. at the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre.

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The Interurban Railway Line by Sharon Hope

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Victoria carrying Premier Richard McBride and 100 prominent guests. Approximately an hour later, the party arrived at the terminus called Tatlow. Here, assisted by the local B.C. Electric manager, Premier McBride pounded

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a silver spike into the track. Victoria Mayor Alfred Morley declared in his speech that the line would open up new lands to productivity. Once the ceremonies were over, everyone retired for refreshments in a marquee erected for the occasion. The railway ran north from Victoria through Marigold, along what is now Interurban Road, past the observatory under construction, eventually reaching the vicinity of Brentwood Bay. The Vancouver Portland Cement Co. and Todd Inlet village flourished nearby as well as the newly constructed Brentwood Hotel. After Brentwood Bay, the train veered northeast to Saanichton with its well-known Prairie Inn. From Saanichton the train might pause at the new Dominion Government Experimental Station where visitors could picnic on its grounds. To the west of Wilson Road past the present Victoria International Airport, there was a spur built to allow passengers walking access to Patricia Bay beach. In 1914, the company established The Chalet at the Tatlow station to provide refreshments for large company picnics and vacationers. Starting in 1915, on Fridays, B.C. Electric ran a market produce special for farmers that arrived in Victoria by 7:15 a.m. Despite this idyllic system, there were many reasons why the line failed after a few years. Young farmers and suburban commuters left to serve in WWI; women entered the workforce in larger numbers. A depression settled on Victoria just as the line was completed and building stopped. The depression continued throughout the war because Victoria had few wartime industries. After the war, unemployment remained high and truck services increased; trucking companies had an advantage over the Interurban because they delivered goods directly to the door rather than leaving them at a station. Finally, the Victoria & Sidney Railway had signed an agreement with the B.C. Electric Company that gave the V&S access to the Sidney population and ferry traffic. In 1923 the line officially closed and track removal began. Only scattered vestiges of the rail bed remain today as reminders of the Saanich Interurban.

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Party in PEI in 2014 by Suzanne Morphet

Those of us lucky enough to live on Vancouver Island may think a visit to Prince Edward Island a tad superfluous. Why travel so far when we've got gorgeous beaches and delectable seafood right here? Not to mention stretches of wilderness that are unfathomable in PEI, a place where land is farmed and locals celebrate Bud the Spud. But this year, Canada's "gentle island" is celebrating something much bigger than potatoes. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, the meeting of politicians that led to Canada's creation. Islanders know a good thing when they see it – look how they've capitalized on that fictitious redheaded orphan – so an important event that really happened is grist to their mill. "We're digging up diaries," Karl Bruenjes, director of marketing for PEI 2014 Inc., told me when I visited last September to preview the festivities. "Mainly George Brown's letters to his wife," he added, referring to one of the politicians from the Province of Canada who sailed down the St. Lawrence River in September 1864 to attend the historic gathering. And what did the diaries reveal? A few things you probably never learned in school – at least I didn't. Sure, delegates to the Charlottetown Conference spent a lot of time listening to each other extol the virtues of political union, but there was lots of time for eating, drinking and partying too. "Sir John A. Macdonald brought cases of champagne to the Charlottetown Conference," confided Bruenjes. As for the gala ball on the final night, "we know for sure there was lobster, oysters and champagne." Islanders are going to have some fun with that history, throwing a yearlong "homecoming" party to which we're all invited. Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown will offer daily entertainment and

activities from the end of June through mid-September and more than 150 events will be staged across the island throughout the year. The Summerside Lobster Carnival and the Cavendish Beach Music Festival (both in July) sound promising, as do the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival and the PEI Jazz and Blues Festival in August. The week of August 28th to September 2nd may well be the highlight of the year, when islanders re-enact events of that historical week 150 years ago, including the gala ball. Having seen Sir John A in top hat and suspenders prancing around a dance floor last September, I suspect this year's so-called Feast of the Fathers will be a lot of fun. But beyond the festivities themselves, PEI has lots to offer. Last year Travel and Leisure magazine named it one of the top 10 islands in the world. (In case you care, Vancouver Island placed 13th.) Join Captain Kenny Rae, for instance, on his fishing boat and bait giant Bluefin tuna offshore. Walk the 400-metre floating boardwalk at PEI National Park and explore the sand dunes. Kayak past the red cliffs and hidden beaches at Malpeque Bay. Lunch at lovely Dalvay by the Sea. Cycle the island from tip to tip on the Confederation Trail. Go see Anne of Green Gables – the musical. And if you're curious to know how some locals celebrate Bud the Spud, visit Prince Edward Distillery, where Bud is transformed into – not French fries – but vodka! For more information, see and enter the Homecoming contest.

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Featuring Shadan Saul Guerrero, soprano, and Sunny Shams, tenor. Two young singers in love with duets from Puccini's La Boheme, Tosca and Madam Butterfly as well as operettas by Franz Lehar, Sigmund Romberg, Victor Herbert and Johann Strauss.

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience, please come out to one of our meetings. every wednesday Bingo at "The Centre"

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Cash prizes, special games and a progressive jackpot. Refreshments available. Open to everyone. Proceeds go to operating costs for The Central Saanich Senior's Centre. Come out and support this nonprofit facility which provides recreation and support for all seniors on the Saanich Peninsula. February 2

Starlight Pops Ensemble presents "Rock This Town!" St. Aidan's United Church 3703 St. Aidan's St, Victoria, 2:30 pm

Featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, Van Halen, Adele, The Beach Boys, Santana, Bob Seger, and many others. With special guest, Sean McCool, guitar and vocals. Tickets $20. Cash at door or purchase online. february 4 - march 31

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Johnny Vallis: A Tribute to Buddy Holly Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Doors at 7 pm, show at 7:30 pm 250.656.0275

On the 55th anniversary of Buddy's passing, this show is back by popular demand, featuring the hits, including Peggy Sue, That'll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Maybe Baby, Rave On … and more! februay 7, 14, 21, 28

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February 7th: Estates and Trusts – What you and your family should know; February 14th: Hearing Loss and Deafness – Ways to recognize and what to do; February 21st: Elder Abuse – How to prevent, recognize and respond; February 28th: Arthritis and Stress – Learn about stress and some techniques to manage it along with your arthritis. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. february 10

Palm Court Light Orchestra presents Valentine 2014

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Via Choralis presents "Music of Kings and Queens" - A Royal Feast! Feb. 15th @ 7:30 p.m; Feb. 16th @2:30 p.m. St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 3rd St., Sidney

W.A. Mozart: Coronation Mass and G.F. Handel: Coronation Anthems (including "Zadok the Priest"), with orchestra and soloists Anna Shill (soprano), Maureen Ferguson (alto), John Doughty (tenor), Paul Boughen (bass), conducted by Nicholas Fairbank. february 17

For a Fab February: Stories on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories start @ 7:30 pm 250.477.7044

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies).

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Owls are amazing birds! Join CRD Regional Parks' guest naturalist David Allinson for this exciting adventure into the dark woods to look for and call owls. $7+GST. Pre-registration required before Feb. 21st; space is limited.

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young readers book review heidi heckelbeck has a secret, by wanda coven My name is Logan Tuck and I am so happy to be a book review writer for Seaside Magazine. Tina, my Salish Sea School instructor at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, got me in touch with the people at Seaside and Tanner's reviewed by Books who gave me lots of great Logan Tuck, 6 books to choose from. I chose Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret by Wanda Coven. Heidi Heckelbeck is an eight-year-old girl getting ready for her first day of regular school in grade two after being home-schooled by her mother for two years. Her little brother Henry starts kindergarten on the same day at Brewster Elementary. Heidi takes to school a secret – she's a witch! Heidi is nervous to be starting regular school and on her first day meets a "meanie" named Melanie and a friend named Lucy. Melanie sets out to make trouble for the new girl by casting Heidi in a bad role for the class play. Meanwhile, Lucy tries to cheer Heidi up. Heidi decides to cast a spell on Melanie that will make her forget her lines

in the play. The results of the spell are in the next book of the series, Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell. I loved the book because I got to share Heidi's witchy secret with her. I like the way Heidi was able to fit in at school, make friends, and deal with "meanies" like Melanie. Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret was a fun read and I would definitely recommend it to other girls who are starting to enjoy chapter books. There are 11 books in the Heidi Heckelbeck series by Wanda Coven, all with cute illustrations by Priscilla Burris. I look forward to reading them all! New Releases – Available at Tanner's Books: Graves of Ice by John Wilson (I Am Canada Series) 123 versus ABC by Mike Boldt Fly Guy Presents Dinosaurs by Tedd Arnold Looks Like Daylight by Deborah Ellis Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean Brady Brady All-Star Hockey Collection by Mary Shaw and Chuck Temple We Shall Overcome by Debbie Levy Nail Style Studio by Eva Steele-Saccio The Very Brave Bear by Nick Bland How to Build a Hovercraft by Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe

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If you didn't know before picking up this issue of Seaside Magazine, you likely do now: February is Heart Month. As Dr. Marita Schauch shares in the Inside Out column this month (pg. 17), every seven minutes in Canada, someone dies of heart disease or stroke (Stats Canada, 2011). Sadly, on February 17th, 2008, my grandpa was one of them. He was a father of four, grandfather of 13, great-grandfather of one, and his death was a huge blow to our family. In this issue of Seaside, we share several articles we hope will make readers more aware of their own health, in the hopes that their families will never suffer the passing of a loved one due to heart disease or stroke. So how did the Heart Month campaign come to be? From More than 60 years ago, a visionary group of Canadians, including physicians and researchers, established the National Heart Foundation of Canada with big hopes for the future. They had a dream: to put heart health on the public agenda, to empower researchers to turn the tide on heart disease, and to educate Canadians about their hearts. With the emergence of Ontario's Foundation in 1952 and British Columbia's three years later, a network soon began to develop across the country. In 1956, the Quebec and Saskatchewan Foundations were established. In 1961, the Foundation was renamed the Canadian Heart Foundation. In 2011, the national office and nine independent provincial bodies united to

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