Seaside Magazine February 2021 Issue

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SEA SIDE M A G A Z I N E

YO U R S A A N I C H P E N I N S U L A VO I C E

FEBRUARY

2021

BEHIND the SCENES

Exploring the Deep

Skincare for Mask Wearers

From the Kitchen: BRUNCH IDEAS

ARTS SCENE

Tuning in to Radio Sidney

Matters of the Heart!

SURPRISING TIPS FOR HEART HEALTH

LIVING TOGETHER , WORKING TOGETHER SILVER SINGLES: DATING FOR SENIORS TRENDSPOTTING VALENTINE GIFTS


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TOP STORIES 11

WORKING AT HOME TOGETHER: Tribulations and Unexpected Moments

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THE GOLDEN YEARS Finding Love Again for Silver Singles

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IN FASHION Mastering Face Mask Skin

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FROM THE KITCHEN For the Love of Brunch

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LIVING OFF THE LAND Farming, Food and the Future

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SEASIDE HOMES Building My Own She Shed

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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR DEBORAH ROGERS deborah@seasidemagazine.ca

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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS JANIS JEAN hello@janisjean.com AMANDA CRIBDON amanda@amandacribdon.com

THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS Ryan Anderson, Jo Barnes, Christine Blackburn, Michelle Carpenter, Alana Delcourt, Lara Gladych, Sherrin Griffin, Heidi Hackman, Gael Hannan, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Trudi Jones, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Colleen McNamee, Anne Miller, Cassidy Nunn, Adam Olsen, Deborah Rogers, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Bridget Shumka, Tania Tomaszewska, Viola Van de Ruyt P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 news@seasidemagazine.ca To find Seaside Magazine near you, visit www.seasidemagazine.ca/get/ Get Seaside direct to your door; email news@seasidemagazine.ca for subscription details Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.


Contents

FEBRUARY 2021

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 9 Trendspotting 17 Inside Out 18 In Fashion 22 Living Off the Land 25 Common Cents 29 Going Green 30 Off the Vine

34 37 38 41 42 48 52 55

Behind the Scenes The Golden Years Arts Scene Trade Student Spotlight From the Kitchen Stable & Field New & Noteworthy The Natural Path

56 57 60 67 73 77 78 79

Meet Your Neighbours Seaside Book Club Seaside Homes On Design Out for a Hike Take Note Last Word Sudoku & Word Jumble

ON THE COVER "Foals in Snow" photo by Nunn Other Photography


#positive

resilient Commitment Innovation inspired

Dignity

family Brave Grateful

Collaboration SELFLESSNESS

teamwork Compassion Fighter kindness

Protectors

heroes

SAFETY HOPE LOVE Courage adapting Creativity thoughtful Strength empowered

Dedication

Leadership

Rewarding

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Contributors

FEBRUARY 2021 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE

JO BARNES PAGE 22, 38, 77

MICHELLE CARPENTER PAGE 67

SHERRIN GRIFFIN PAGE 37

A wonderful intersection of writing and research occurred this month when I spoke with MLA Lana Popham about farming, food security and the food renaissance. The conversation was rich in information and insights, and revealed the passion behind this Member of Parliament's commitment.

We believe that the concept of home extends far beyond the structure and items inside. It elicits a feeling of comfort, and when we approach design it should organically be an extension of those who live there. Enjoy these simple yet impactful ways you can enhance your sense of home.

Many of us would never equate the world of online dating with seniors, yet "silver singles" are the fastest-growing demographic of internet matchmaking. And considering rising divorce rates and the fact that 30% of the Canadian population are now Baby Boomers, it really shouldn't be that surprising.

HEIDI HACKMAN and COLLEEN MCNAMEE PAGE 41

JANICE HENSHAW PAGE 11, 60

TANIA TOMASZEWSKA PAGE 30

All students have skills they might not even know they have. A career teacher's passion is to support and encourage those students to find their dreams, work towards their fulfilment and celebrate their accomplishments. In this issue we celebrate one such student whose dream has become a reality.

It was so fun to write about building my own She Shed in this month's edition of Seaside Magazine. I also enjoyed interviewing partners to find out how they were coping with living and working together in these turbulent times. Nothing is the same, everything is different, but people are amazing!

You can learn a lot from a glass of wine, just like you can from a book. They're forms of travel. Pair the two together and you're off on a new adventure each time. Geography, science, history, politics, trends, colourful personalities and food. Where are you off to next?

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F I R ST WO R D

First Word

from the

Publisher

Sue Hodgson

There is so much attention and fuss over February 14, that sometimes it's easy to forget what Valentine's Day is all about. That is, showing people in your life how much you care. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money or involve elaborate plans; it's all about what love means to you. Last year was quite a rollercoaster, and the first half of 2021 might look much the same, so it's perhaps even more significant for all of us to take the time and connect with all those people that have played a significant role in our lives. Or even spread some love to a stranger who may need it even more right now. Love can come in so many forms. I found this the other day, by author a.r.lucas, and it sums it up so well: "We've been infected with this idea that love is an emotion only felt between two people. But love is universal; an energy, a contagious force, a gift; to offer money to a homeless man is love. To save a worm from the sun is to love, to smile at a stranger is love. To be grateful, to be hopeful, to be brave, to be forgiving, to be proud is to love." I think this is such a powerful message right now. With this issue you will love to kick off your shoes, grab a blanket and curl up on the sofa with a hot drink as we have some exciting features to share with you. Deborah Rogers goes behind the scenes at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (pg 34); Jo Barnes has a conversation with the Honourable Lana Popham about local farming (pg 22), Janice Henshaw explores the sometimes complicated world of couples who live and work together (pg 11); Tania Tomaszewska (pg 30) gives us some suggested reads to learn more about what you're sipping; and Lara Galdych has found a range of Valentine's gifts for all the loves of your life (opposite page). Don't forget to look for the Seaside Box hidden somewhere in this issue! Visit www.seasidemagazine.ca/SeasideBox by February 28th to let us know where you found it.

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Working at Home Together:

Tribulations and Unexpected Moments by Janice Henshaw

Working at home has many advantages: savings in commute time, gas, flexibility in your work day, lower office space expense, clothing costs, healthier food and more family time. Some people love it and never want to return to a formal workplace, while others can’t wait to go back. To find out how couples are faring, I interviewed businesspeople in Sidney, Surrey, Vancouver and Toronto.

Steven Haley-Browning, Account Manager at Seaside Magazine, says that space is their major issue in working at home. Steve makes do with the kitchen table as his husband James needs their home office for his work. Steve recounts how one day he was enjoying some time off by watching a zombie movie. "I didn't realize how loud it was in James' office during some of the action scenes; there was lots of screaming and gunfire." At the time, James was giving a video conference to his district and could clearly hear the noise, but since he was on camera, couldn't do anything about it. "We can thankfully laugh about it now," says Steve.

Despite the "coziness" of their Vancouver apartment (585 square feet), Marsha, a musician, and Devin, an architect, have managed to make their space perform like a "swiss army knife." At her second job as a yoga instructor, Marsha switched her classes over to Zoom and so she needed to create an at home yoga studio. "We move our bed out into the hallway when I get ready for a class, add a few carefully placed plants, and our bedroom is amazingly transformed into a Zen yoga studio!" says Marsha. "If you turned the camera in any other direction, you would notice the clothes and messy desk, but my students don't know the reality!" One day her husband flushed the toilet while the class was meditating. It was very loud and the whole class erupted in laughter! "While it is isn't perfect, we are making it work and enjoy the extra time spent together by working at home."

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Husband and wife Larry and Andi Hook operate Hook & Hook Designs and have worked together since 2006. "Our toughest challenge has been expanding our showroom in Sidney and then having Covid hit." On occasion, the couple finds it hard to separate work life from home life, but they have found that an effective way to deal with the overlap is by enjoying outside activities together. They like to hike, bike, kayak, camp and, as a special treat, travel to international home design shows like High Point Market in Las Vegas.

Mary, a relationship consultant in Surrey, has worked at home alone for years and thoroughly enjoys her solitude. Gordon, her husband, is a manager who prefers his workplace; he is energized by socializing with his coworkers. In his first few days working at home, he would barge into Mary's office to share a story or a joke. "After experiencing my startled reactions and ensuing verbal responses, he has learned to tap very gently on my door." The best part of working from home, says Mary, is being able to prioritize exercise before work instead of facing commuting time. She and Gordon also share in an outside activity at noon. "We have played lots of tennis, and on rainy days we go for long walks, which we really enjoy." Mary adds another helpful benefit in Gordon working from home: "He is awesome at solving my IT problems!"

Derek and Donna Finlayson, owners of Wine Kitz Sidney for 19 years, each previously had professional careers where they learned the importance of separating work issues from home life. "Covid brought other challenges but through the cooperation and loyalty of our customers, we have worked through them and kept our business running." Derek says they share a lot of the same interests and because they are so compatible, they find life together pretty easy. "In all honesty, it is love that makes our relationship what it is today. Honesty, sincerity, compatibility and happiness are the most common measures of success for us."

Most people have had an eyeful when someone on a video call's partner walked by (with or without clothes) thinking the video camera was off! Travis, a Toronto lawyer, says that seeing where people live and having kids run into the screen has been incredibly humanizing. "I think it will have a long-term effect of making people more understanding." He adds: "Having two people working from home is a question of space, time and volume management. Ceiling fans help with the noise issue. It's also important to curate a good backdrop, so I've strategically placed my laptop in places so that it highlights good art or architectural details."

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When they opened Rascals Pet Market in Brentwood Bay in October 2017, Sue and Howard Martinson knew it would offer great advantages and some unique challenges. They had previously worked together in their own residential design/construction firm, so they already recognized each others' strengths and knew the hours it would take to create a successful company. "Working together doesn't come with a set of rules, so you must create some," said Sue. "Covid has brought a whole other set of challenges, and we continuously draw on each other for strength and support."

Jessica Kwasnica and her husband Tony Rechsteiner have run Seaside Cabinetry & Design in Sidney for six years. "We enjoy bouncing ideas off each other." Their work includes many site visits to clients' homes, showroom meetings and computer design work, so they don't work together in the same space all that often. As for work-related issues, Jessica says: "We work hard on our communication skills to try and limit work problems from being dragged into our home life."

Yes, we have many challenges to face, but we are proving that they are not insurmountable. Love, respect, creating new ways of doing business, having fun, developing more patience and tolerance, better health, stronger relationships, being open to innovation, and a deeper understanding of others – these are all some of the many good things happening in our new world of work. Photos provided by respective couples

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Sidney by the Sea

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Valentine's Day in Sidney Filled to the brim with heart-fluttering activities, Sidney by the Sea is the perfect place to celebrate the importance of love in all our lives this Valentine's Day. Nestled at the shore of the Salish Sea, Sidney's quaint core is home to a variety of shops, boutiques, bookstores, antique dealers, and more eateries than you can shake a stick at. This Valentine's Day weekend, book a two-night stay at one of Sidney's hotels and receive a $75.00 restaurant voucher courtesy of the Sidney BIA! Indulge in Sidney's culinary scene, pamper yourself with luxurious spa treatments, and shop locally, all while spending quality time with someone special. Find more details at ExploreSidney.ca Victoria Carriage Tours will also offer romantic rides through downtown Sidney from February 12 to February 15 from 3 PM – 6 PM. Nestle under blankets and tour the town the oldfashioned way, accompanied by the musical clip-clop of horse hooves and fresh sea air. Tours are $50.00 per carriage with up to 6 people (households only) and can be booked online at exploresidney.ca. Indeed Valentine's Day is not the only day to share our love. Rather, it is another opportunity to let those we love know how much we appreciate them. This Valentine's Day, the Sidney BIA has teamed up with Brown's the Florist Sidney to give away hand-tied bouquets of fresh flowers to three deserving individuals. All you have to do is nominate them by visiting our website and telling us why you think they are worthy of a treat - then leave the rest to us!

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INSIDE OUT by Bridget Shumka RN, BScN Coordinator of Community Bathing & Adult Day Programs, Mount Newton Centre

Supporting Caregivers During Covid Caregiving for an elderly, ill or disabled family member is a demanding job and no one is equipped to do it alone. Finding respite care services can provide a vital break. For seniors with deteriorating health, respite time for their carer can be the key to enabling them to remain at home for longer. Unfortunately providing respite time for caregivers of people with dementia has been especially challenging with COVID-19. Adult Day Programs have been closed due to the risk of virus transmission to vulnerable seniors, and many caregivers with little family support have needed to cope on their own. Since March 2020, nurses at Mount Newton Centre have kept in touch with their 50 clients/caregivers who were previously attending the program and reported the following concerns from their weekly calls: • Even after a few weeks, caregivers reported fatigue and symptoms of burnout. • Many caregivers noticed that their loved one with dementia was sleeping more and/or struggling with increased confusion and agitation. How could caregivers receive assistance during these times? Firstly, this is the time that family, friends and neighbours reaching out via telephone can brighten up the senior's day. For caregivers who do not have access to family support the offer for meal delivery can take away another daily stressor. On the Saanich Peninsula, Mount Newton Centre and Shoal Centre have found their meal delivery programs very appreciated and supportive to seniors. Going out to the grocery store with a family member is particularly challenging as extra safety precautions can be agitating to persons with dementia. Grocery ordering and delivery via telephone can also reduce

the burden for caregivers and reduce their exposure to COVID-19. Thrifty Foods' Sendial program has provided this service for many years utilizing community volunteers. This is also an opportunity for a younger friend or neighbour to help set up a delivery using online order services. Where we have seen the benefits of online services in many areas of our lives this past year, it is not necessarily appropriate for everyone. At the Mount Newton Centre we trialed a Virtual Adult Day Program following Alberta's "Go The Distance" program. During this 6-month trial with a Recreation Therapist it was determined that, unfortunately, most of our clients did not feel enthusiastic about connecting with staff and others virtually and many did not continue with the program. Research shows music and singing can improve concentration, mood, memory recall and the overall general feeling of well-being for people with dementia. Prior to COVID-19 our clients loved to sing along to our "live" entertainment with Garnet and Andy each Friday. We've been excited to try an alternative way to bring music into the lives of our clients and their carers; Radio Sidney will air a "Mount Newton Centre Sings" program every Friday from 11.30-12.30. We encourage caregivers of clients with dementia in our community to contact the Mount Newton Centre if they are interested in a singing/music program for a senior family member. 2021 brings the hope of life starting to return to normal with the availability of a new vaccine. Although there will continue to be restrictions for a period of time, we all know that by reaching out to the caregivers in our community we can help them cope and reduce their feelings of isolation.

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I N FA S H I O N by Alana Delcourt, Certified Advanced Skin Therapist Fresh Skincare & Paramedical Tattoo

Mastering Face Mask Skin Masks are here to stay it seems, and with them a new buzzword: "maskne." It's a real concern – skin complaints caused by prolonged wearing of a fabric or medical grade face mask. I've been seeing increasing mention of it from fellow skincare specialists, and I've had to become something of an expert, as I'm also suffering from "maskne" myself. Skin forms the largest organ of the body and does an incredible job of protecting us. It's strong, helps regulate body temperature, keeps the elements out (and everything important in) and of course allows us to experience sensation. Your skin is always working hard, and the skin on your face

especially so as it's almost always exposed. But what happens when you suddenly start covering that facial skin with a mask for hours at a time? Areas of the skin and face that are covered by a mask can experience breakouts. It's characterized by acne pustules, comedones (white or blackheads) and even some folliculitis (trapped hairs), which can affect men and women. Wearing a mask for any length of time can create occlusion for the skin. It's like wrapping your face in saran wrap, trapping the moist air that you breathe out through your nose and mouth. Mask wearing creates a perfect environment to harbour bacteria,

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and cause blockage in our pores. Even those who do not suffer acne can find that their skin barrier is compromised, presenting as an inflamed red rash. A recent letter published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported that at least 83% of health care workers in Hubei, China, suffered skin problems on the face. But of course, the answer is not that we stop wearing masks. Wear your masks people! There are some simple ways that you can support your skin health while we continue to wear our masks for the sake of everyone's health. • Change your mask twice a day. • Be aware of what you are washing fabric masks with – make sure your detergent is hypo-allergenic and unscented. Even if you don't usually have problems with detergent reactions, remember that you're not usually placing it over your face! • Overwashing can dry and irritate skin and disrupt functions. Instead, stick with your regular cleansing routine (morning and evening) with a PH balanced cleanser. • Streamline your skincare routine. "Less is more" when it comes to product, as masks will intensify product delivery into your skin. • Break up with your makeup! Take a break from a full face of makeup; no one will know, and you'll be reducing the number of possible irritants on the skin. If I can do it so can you! (Though I'm still using eye makeup.) Hopefully these tips will help your skin for the next few months until mask wearing becomes a thing of the past. If "maskne" is causing you real discomfort though, or there are any indications of skin infection, make sure you get advice from a professional. For more information, visit www.fresh-studio.ca.


SEASIDE talks with Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, about what's

in FASHION …

When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? A tentree hoodie. When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" Horst suits from d.g.bremner & co. In your shaving kit? Harry's. In your bathroom cabinet? Every Man Jack skincare.

In haircare? Haha … "haircare." A Phillips trimmer. On your skin? A cool breeze. In your closet? Levi 511's. On your feet? Guardian Angel: Nathaniel, by John Fluevog. Adding

On your playlist? Nirvana. In home décor? I don't think much about it! On your walls? Sarah

colour to your outfit?

My Salish Fusion handmade vest. When

you don't care how much it costs? A good americano. In the kitchen? PA Saeco Odea Giro espresso

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machine and Level Ground coffee.

On your luxury wish list? An Apple watch. On your Netflix queue? Borgen. When you want a night out? Zanzibar Café. On your bedside table? Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.

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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS

The Centre of Your Experince


Celebrating 20 Years as the Centre of your Experience In 1995, a proposal call went out to build a new 30,370 square foot facility, with an estimated cost of $6 million. Through an impressive "Honouring the Past - Building the Future" fundraising campaign by the newly formed Sanscha Community Cultural Centre Foundation, and the involvement of several generous donors, the re-development project was successfully completed. To honour the rich past of Sanscha Hall and its volunteers, the new Centre was built around the original hall, upgrading it acoustically and seismographically. In September 2001, the Mary Winspear Centre opened its doors to an excited, proud community. The new facility was named after the inspirational Mary Winspear. William Winspear, her nephew, was a very generous contributor to the campaign in honour of Mary. She dedicated her life to educating youth and retired to the Peninsula where William would visit in the summers. Like Sanscha Hall in the early years, the Mary Winspear Centre has continued to evolve since its opening into a gathering place for our community to enjoy arts and culture, recreation and social engagement on the Peninsula. 2021 will be a year to celebrate the Mary Winspear Centre and the community that supports it every day. The pandemic has been a challenging time for us to bring you all the entertainment and events that we all love. We hope in the coming months we will be able to safely open our doors and welcome everyone back. The Mary Winspear Centre staff has spent the past year focusing on upgrading the Centre and has been working to bring world-class entertainment to the Saanich Peninsula.

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LIVING OFF THE LAND by Jo Barnes | photo of Lana courtesy Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

Farming, Food & the Future: A Chat with MLA Lana Popham What would you say is an important feature of the Saanich Peninsula? Some say downtown Sidney or perhaps the airport. Still others would cite the ferry terminal. But there is one feature that we might overlook which has come into the spotlight due to the current pandemic: our many and varied local farms. Our farms are not only integral to our food security, but they are also key to environmental sustainability and by extension our very health. I recently interviewed local MLA and Minister of Agriculture (at left), Food and Fisheries, the Honourable Lana Popham, for her views on farming and its future. "With Covid, there was enthusiastic shopping that threw the food industry into 22 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2021

disarray," shares Minister Popham. "But the silver lining in it all was that people became aware of the importance of the food industry and food security." Over recent years, there has been a growing interest in local B.C. food. Consumers have purchased local products from farmer's markets and specialty stores, all of which support and strengthen the local economy. The pandemic shone a light on the importance of a safe and resilient food system here in our province. "Before Covid, my focus was on the need for stabilizing our domestic market," says Minister Popham. "When I was first in the Ministry I was always using the word resiliency. Now it's the most common word at the forefront. The concept of being more resilient has a higher profile." The words resilient and farmer of course go hand in hand. Regular readers of this farming series will have seen this time and again. Long hours, significant physical efforts, ingenuity, adaptability and persistence are all required when it comes to tending the land and harvesting its riches. Yet this new awareness of the importance of growing food and sustaining that ability is gaining traction and capturing attention of a wider demographic. "There is a food renaissance right now. When I travel around the province, I run into young people who are interested in farming.


They have grown up in cities and want to get back to the land," shares Minister Popham. "Also, I meet women in the 30 to 40 age bracket who are educated, have finished having kids, and want to be a part of something they believe in." The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries is responding to this keen interest with programs and initiatives. First, the BC Land Matching Program, delivered through Young Agrarians, connects interested farmers with landowners. Starting a new farm can be prohibitively expensive due to the high cost of land. Through this program new farmers can find a property, negotiate a lease agreement with the landowner, as well as get help with a business plan, resources and technical services. "Since we formalized the land matching program, the number of acres now in production is significant," comments Minister Popham. Then there is the Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program, which offers funding up to $800,000 for business plan coaching for small and new farmers and cost-shared funding for commercial farm infrastructure and equipment. As small-scale farm operations are foundational to the local food economy, this program is significant. To increase the competitiveness of B.C.'s raspberry industry in markets both local and global, the province launched a new $90,000 Raspberry Replant Program. Another area of focus is Bee BC Grants, which support small scale, community-based projects to research and share information about bee health.

"Bees are so important to us. The Ministry heavily supports bee keepers and work associated with bee health through our Bee BC Program," says Minister Popham. No matter the initiative or program, the recurring objectives are always those of farming sustainability, future food security and environmental stewardship. In 2021, the Ministry will invest another $800,000 in the Beneficial Management Practices Program which provides funding to farmers who take on projects for a cleaner and healthier environment. Examples might be waste management, enhancing air quality, improving soil nutrients or irrigation management. The Ministry's Regenerative Agricultural Network will bring together the traditional production systems such as crop rotation, crop cover and no-till techniques with newer agri-technologies like robotics or precision farming. "By bringing the old ways of growing with cutting edge technology, this will all help with climate change and its impact," shares Minister Popham. The Minister summed up the government's efforts by adding: "The government is the wind at the back of people wanting to do the work of farming." The Saanich Peninsula has featured farms for over a hundred years. Some are easily seen from the highway; others are tucked quietly away behind hedges or fencing. All of these farms, however, not only provide sustenance, but they represent the future sustainability of our communities. FEBRUARY 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 23


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TAKE CONTROL IN 2021: PLAN AHEAD FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE Every year we watch predictions of what will happen with interest rates, stock markets and real estate. By year end some may have come true, some seem crazy in hindsight and there will be, like in 2020, some that no one predicted. Did you know that in 1966 Time magazine predicted that by 2020 machines would have made everyone in the U.S. independently wealthy? Certainly, a far cry from how 2020 actually turned out! What this teaches us is we can't predict future events, much less have control over them. What we do have control over is our reactions and emotions. If our financial decisions are based on today's news, it leads to either a knee jerk approach or inaction from information overload. Neither extreme is good for you and your family's well-being. A better approach is to assume there will always be volatility and unforeseen events. We also need to remind ourselves that over the long term, investments in established companies producing the products and services we use will provide growth and profits, regardless of the short-term news of the day. Would you make a short-term move to sell your home, just because global politics were worrisome? A solid way to reduce worry over short-term events is to ensure that you have cash or income available for your essential needs for the coming year or two. Do you know what your "sleep at night number" is? Remember, the longer you keep too much of your nest egg "safe" the more risk you run of losing money silently to inflation. This risk isn't as obvious as the news reports of the day, but it is very real. For 2021, ensure you have a financial plan for the short and long term and that will enable you to focus on what you can control. For more information visit www.violavanderuyt.ca. Viola Vanderuyt is an Investment Advisor with National Bank Financial (NBF). National Bank Financial - Wealth Management (NBFWM) is a division of National Bank Financial Inc. (NBF), as well as a trademark owned by National Bank of Canada(NBC) that is used under license by NBF. NBF is a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF), and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NBC, a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA).

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Physiotherapy & Massage has made adjustments to continue offering physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, intramuscular stimulation, yoga and more. At this point, no one really knows how much longer our lives and the world we once knew will be affected but it is reassuring to know that we can still access much-needed therapies provided at this Sidney business. Co-owner Linda Walker provided assurance that the clinic is still going strong. I understand the clinic is open to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic. What protocols do you have in place to ensure your clients'and your team's safety? Our clinic is following the Vancouver Island Health Association's (VIHA) protocols which work at a hospital standard. We adopted these protocols immediately to step things up a notch in terms of keeping everyone safe. The protocol is streamlined and looks like this: On entering the clinic, clients give their name to the front desk staff then go directly to the washroom to wash hands. Clients then wait in our socially distanced waiting area, which is now in our gym. Their therapist collects them from the waiting area into the treatment room. Each room is thoroughly sanitized by health care standard cleaning solutions between every client. At the end of treatment, clients may be asked to wait in the treatment room, or proceed directly to the front desk. We are trying to encourage people to pay online through our secure Janeapp program which is easy to use. Receipts are sent via email to decrease touchpoints of paper. Lastly, we've spread out our therapists'schedules to manage the number of people in the clinic at any given time. Are you offering virtual appointments and if so, what does this involve? Yes, we've offered online telehealth appointments and phone consultations since Covid began. Our Janeapp platform makes this an easy, relevant way to deliver care to that part of the community that may be immune compromised, or unable to leave their house to


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access treatment. The feedback from clients who've used this system has been very positive. These appointments are easily booked online or by phone. During Covid, what are the common issues you are seeing from people and is it any different than previous years? For the most part, it hasn't changed too much but we have seen a general level of stress increase in clients, and maybe a few more hiking-related injuries since people have been more active outside. As part of our chronic pain treatment protocol, we have always recommended and taught a daily meditation practice. I'd say Covid stressors have increased the awareness and need for this practice more than ever. Our practitioners are also skilled in active listening and we are spending more time doing this in the assessment phase of treatment to help people be heard. As always, we're good patient advocates and help people with excellent referral sources if they need more specific help outside our clinic. Linda, you have a bevy of experience and certification that includes Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, UBC Clinical Educator, Biomechanics, Sports Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Vestibular Therapy (Dizziness), IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) Chronic Pain, Acquired Brain Injury, Cardiorespiratory Therapy and Injury Prevention Educator, Iyengar Yoga instructor. With this in mind, what health activities would you recommend are important for people to consider and maintain during the winter season? Winter is often a time of more stiffness in the body and is mentally a little harder to get outside to exercise due to the weather. So, I think shifting our thoughts to indoor training is practical. There are good options for exercising at home until the sun comes out again! Activities can include indoor bike trainers or treadmills, inexpensive compact pedal trainers that sit in front of your chair, core and postural strength workouts that we design for clients, a solid stretching program that is yoga-based, and meditation. And whenever possible, getting outside for a hike or beach walk helps clear the cobwebs! If you find it hard to motivate yourself, enlist the help of a friend to keep each other on track or join a Zoom workout group. Lastly, see us in the clinic to help you plan around injuries or provide an individual home program. As physiotherapists, we're skilled in a large scope of practice and fitness levels and can help see you through these changeable times. Stay strong and be gentle with yourselves and others. For more information, visit www.peninsulaphysio.ca.

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GOING GREEN by Tina Kelly

Goodbye Plastic Wrap It was decided last fall – an elaborate multi-course dinner. I was going to go all out; after all, it was already looking like Christmas 2020 would be different. All of this planning, all of these dishes were for a COVID-19 safe guest list of zero – it would just be me. The thing about a feast for one is the food lasts for days and days. I'm not averse to leftovers; I'm content to eat the same dish many times over, but the challenge can be in the storage. When I grew up, there were preferred ways to wrap food – with reams of plastic wrap, sealed inside orange or avocado green Tupperware, or occasionally, tucked into a Ziploc bag. I shudder at the thought – every piece of plastic wrap used to cover up leftovers or wrap up school lunches still exists on our planet. Absent from my present-day kitchen are any single-use plastic bags or wrap. Admittedly, I own a small roll of foil. The packaging looks almost vintage; it lasts a long time when you use it maybe once a year. When it's eventually all used up, I won't replace it. There was an era between my plastic-wrapped childhood and my current make-do sustainable style when I coveted the latest and greatest, and ideally beautifully coordinated, storage containers. There is certainly no shortage of options out there to buy, but chances are you have suitable alternatives already in your home. Many of my containers, mixing bowls and glass cookware have lids, but what about the lidless? Whether a lid broke, disappeared or there simply never was one, a missing cover is not a road block to preserving food. A plate turned upside down and placed on top does the trick. Or for a small one-time investment, reusable beeswax wraps and elasticized fabric bowl covers work wonderfully. In a pinch, for short periods of

time, I've even wrapped a clean tea towel over a bowl or serving dish. Jars, a staple for canning and freezing, also work well for everyday use. Really any jar will do the trick if you don't need it to go in the freezer or microwave. I like to keep a small stash of jars with wide mouths, like pickle jars, on hand just in case. This next strategy was likely borne of laziness or lack of time but I've been doing it so long now, I can't remember when it started. Cook soup in a pot, put lid on the pot, put pot in the fridge. Why take more time and dirty more dishes when it's already in a perfectly suitable container – the pot! (I also imagine those leftovers are less likely to be forgotten and left to rot in the back of your fridge because you'll need that pot!) My collection of food storage containers is a mishmash, but combined with other reusable items in my cupboards, they get the job done. I challenge you to think outside the "container." Start, even slowly, to decrease your use of single-use plastic wrap and bags. Perhaps by the time you run out, you'll have tested and discovered your favourite sustainable options and you can ditch them for good.

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OFF THE VINE by Tania Tomaszewska

Wine Reads People often ask me for book recommendations when they want to learn more (on their own time and own terms) about what they're sipping, how to analyze that drop or about the wide world of wine generally. So here are just a few ideas to pair with your "curling up by the fire" vino. Already crushed these reads? Then drop me a line at tania@ttwineexplorer and we'll take your list to the next level!

Memoirs, Investigative & Historical Red, White and Drunk All Over: A WineSoaked Journey from Grape to Glass (Natalie MacLean). A candid and witty look by this Canadian award-winning wine writer behind the scenes in the fine wine world (including vignettes on burgundy, champagne, Riedel wine glasses and influential wine critics). Humorous and real.

Shadows in the Vineyard (Maximillian Potter). Another true investigative story – this one about the anonymous threat made to Burgundy's DRC (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) in 2010 to destroy their famous vines, which are considered to make the world's finest wine. Sting operations and "botanical" crime.

Cork Dork (Bianca Bosker). One of my absolute favourites. A fast-moving memoir about this journalist's one-year "crash course" foray into the intense world of sommeliers, starting as a "cellar rat" and working her way to the floor of NYC's famed Eleven Madison Park restaurant. For beginners and cork dorks alike.

The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine (Benjamin Wallace). A bottle of 1787 Château Lafite, thought to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson, was sold at auction in 1985 for $156,000. But what's the provenance of that bottle? Parisian cellar? Secret Nazi bunker? Elaborate con? You don't need to know anything about wine to get pulled into this true story detective thriller.

Wine & War (Don and Petie Kladstrup). An inspiring historical account about French vignerons during World War II and how they tried to save their wine and way of life whilst living under the Vichy regime.

A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles). Historical fiction not exclusively about wine, but beautiful bottles make cameos during this intriguing story set in Moscow during World War One and the Russian Revolution.

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Wine Travel, Education & Reference Tools The World Atlas of Wine (Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson). A "must have" if you like looking up anything about a grape, style or wine producing region in the world. I consult this "wine bible" regularly.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine (Madeline Puckette & Justin Hammack). Another "go to" reference tool to learn about grapes, their flavours and how they express themselves in different parts of the world. Complexity made clear and accessible through great graphics. Check out www.winefolly.com for their highly informative blog. The Okanagan Wine Tour Guide (2020 edition) (John Schreiner & Luke Whittall). Want to learn more about a specific winery in B.C.'s interior? This guide lists most of them alphabetically and includes background information about each winery's story, owners and the wines for which they're known. I always take this one on the road!

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Godforsaken Grapes (Jason Wilson). About grapes which most of us have never heard of! But this book is not opaque nor pretentious – just the opposite. An accessible journey into the world of hunting down obscure and underappreciated wines. It's about travel, history, colourful personalities, trends and geopolitics – and how those things have fashioned the wine we drink (or don't drink). The title? A hint: It's derived from comments made by renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr.

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What are microgreens? A new trend in food and farming, these young vegetable greens are harvested early and contain up to five times the nutrients of fully grown plants. Dallas Elia and Luis Sanchez, who own and operate Ultimate Microgreens in North Saanich, discovered this health superfood while experimenting with fresh greens that could grow year-round. "We have always been interested in where our food comes from," says Luis. "For the last six years, we have grown a spring, summer and fall garden, but always struggled with our winter garden." That's when they turned to microgreens. "I was experimenting with trays of live wheatgrass to start with," says Dallas. The duo realized they could produce fresh greens all year. "This provided food security, which we wanted to share with our local community – so we decided to expand our expertise and start growing for the public." "In the beginning, we had no idea who would be interested in our product," says Luis. "To our surprise, we had a great deal of interest from local chefs and restaurant owners." But in March of 2020, when everything came to a halt due to COVID-19, they added home deliveries to the roster. Next came the grocery stores – Dallas explains that they've all been very supportive so far: "We were really thankful that a lot of local grocery stores like to support local farmers." The microgreens are grown in a dedicated indoor facility, where Dallas and Luis can regulate air flow, temperature, humidity and light. "It's a completely controlled environment," they explain. "We only use organic, non-GMO seeds from a Canadian company," adds Luis. And there are no fertilizers or pesticides involved – the only ingredients are good quality seed, organic growing medium, water and light. "Our goal is to follow our passion of microgreen farming," says Dallas, as both she and Luis have day jobs on top of their work planting, watering and harvesting for Ultimate Microgreens. "We'd like to expand in the future, and reduce the massive dependency on greens that come from the United States – which are days to weeks old before reaching grocery stores," explains Luis. The couple agrees: their priority is to provide fresh, local, nutritious greens for the community. You can find Ultimate Microgreens, including salad blends, at Red Barn Market, The Root Cellar, Urban Grocer, Market on Millstream, Village Food Market in Sooke, and The Old Farm Market, or ask for home delivery in North Saanich or Sidney. For more information, visit www.ultimatemicrogreens.ca.


New Year Boost for Community Foundation The volunteer Board of Directors of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation is delighted and grateful to receive a new year bump in fundraising, thanks to community partner 10 Acres. In December, 10 Acres owner Mike Murphy announced that as a thank you to Sidney and the Peninsula for all the support shown during a challenging first few months in business for their new restaurant and market cafĂŠ, they would like to give back to a community partner. The Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation, with its mission to enrich the lives of Peninsula residents, was a natural fit. During December, 10% of all sales from the online 10 Acres Market were pledged to the Foundation, along with $20 from every dine-in Christmas dinner at the "10 Acres at The Pier" restaurant in Sidney. Now that the numbers have been tallied, 10 Acres has informed the Foundation that they will be making a donation of $6,000! The number is possible due to community support of the initiative, and the generosity of the 10 Acres Team. They hope to make their December fundraiser an annual event. The pandemic has been challenging for everyone, and just

as many businesses have suffered a loss of revenue, so too have not-for-profits. The usual Lobster Dinner that raises funds and awareness about the Foundation was not possible in 2020, so this generous donation will help to make up some of the shortfall. Donations to the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation are invested in an endowment fund, the returns from which are granted out to community groups each year. It's an effective way to ensure that a donation or gift to the Foundation will keep on giving back for generations to come. Through its grants program, the Foundation supports activities in the areas of health and social services, arts and culture, education, conservation and in recreation, benefitting the residents of the Saanich Peninsula. Grant applications are currently being accepted, with a deadline of February 28. See www.sp-cf.ca/grants/ to find out if your community group could be eligible for support. 2021 will bring its own challenges to our Peninsula community but the Board of the Foundation is already thinking of ways to embrace change and continue to grow the endowment fund for future generations to benefit from.

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BEHIND THE SCENES by Deborah Rogers | photos by Amanda Cribdon Photography

Exploring the Deep:

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to the public. There's feeding to do every day, along with cleaning and checking all the resident species. Today Intern Vicki is working on the "tower" where artemia are being grown; it's a somewhat stinky job! These teeny, tiny cysts are harvested from Salt Lake in Utah. Looking like a grain of sand, they've actually been lying dormant for millions of years. When put in the correct conditions the cysts will hatch and grow, creating a protein- and calcium-rich food source packed with fatty acids, just right for the small fish, crabs and other creatures in the aquarium's tanks. Cleverly camouflaged in the colourful wall of the gallery are a number of doors; these take you literally behind-the-scenes, into the space where the food prep happens. In the freezer here are bags of tiny mysis shrimp and large blocks of krill, all hard frozen to -18°C to kill off any parasites. Also in this cramped workspace is a quarantine tank that today houses some perch (just taking a rest) and a legless crab. "The ocean is a brutal place," Kit tells me, and it's true – even in these enclosed places creatures will attack each other. Every day the Aquarists go through the aquarium to check all the inhabitants for any illness or injuries, and they're removed to this safe spot and looked after. There's a lot to do: the Centre employs three full-time Aquarists and one part-timer plus the other management staff. They also depend on a number of volunteers who help with the feeding, cleaning and visitor experience. Equally important is regular monitoring of the salinity of the tanks and the temperature of the water. I met Hugh, the "Life Support" Manager. He's in charge of all the mechanical systems and ready to leap into action whenever something breaks down. More importantly, he has backup plans on top of backup plans to ensure that there are always safeguards for the aquatic life should equipment fail. Kit and Amanda are clearly enamoured with fish and the whole underwater ecosystem. They light up as they tell me about their salmon breeding program and Kit tells me that releasing the salmon into the Haro Strait every two years is a real highlight. There's a feeding frenzy in the tank as Amanda drops mysis and pellets in for the chinook salmon. They start as just three-inch fingerlings and will be cared for at the Centre until they are big enough to be released, which is around 14 inches. Hopefully many will manage to spawn and produce future generations, but they'll also be food for our resident killer whales! I played my part feeding some of the smelly artemia mixture to stickleback and perch. Then I got a little surprise. One of the stars of many visits to the Centre is the giant Pacific octopus who has a tank to herself (or himself; they only stay at the centre for six months at a time) and amuses and amazes with a fascinating dexterity. The access to the octopus tank is hidden behind closed doors but I got the chance to peer into the top and offer some shrimp to the waving arms that quickly appeared! It was extraordinary to be so close to such a strange, otherworldly creature. We're surrounded by ocean, but it's rare to see what lives deep within it. Thanks to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea we can not just look at the incredible creatures that live below the surface, but we can learn about them, and learn how to protect their environment so more of them survive and thrive.

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THE GOLDEN YEARS by Sherrin Griffin VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare

Finding Love Again for Silver Singles Since February is considered heart month, I thought for this column I would explore a certain matter of the heart that is both scintillating yet complicated, and at times angst-ridden as well – the world of dating; in this case, dating for seniors. Now I know that some people may scoff at the idea of seniors dating and think that our love life is all washed up past the age of 60 or even younger, but trust me: when we get to that age ourselves we realize that's not the case at all. Our bodies may be older, but our hearts still yearn for love and even desire. After the passing of a spouse or perhaps a divorce, seniors often find themselves lonely and unsettled. While some prefer to remain alone, others search out new partners for companionship, security and, yes, even love, including physical intimacy. While the normal process of aging may affect the frequency and ability to perform sexually, studies show that most men and women between the ages of 50 and 80 are still interested in sex and intimacy. Many seniors continue to enjoy a healthy sex life well into their 80s. So where do seniors meet other like-minded seniors looking for love? Statistics tell us that there are "silver singles" out there; however, finding them can be a bit challenging, by conventional standards that is. Older people tend to go out less socially, or typically have less opportunity to get out and meet potential partners, than those in their 20s, 30s, or 40s. The pool of available partners tends to decrease as one ages, with less personal connections and workplace interactions after we retire. Combine that with our current era where electronic communication seems to be the preferred mode and many people meet online rather than

in person. It must seem terribly strange and impersonal for those seniors interested in meeting a potential love match. And throw in the challenges of having to navigate the electronic technology required; it's enough to scare off even the most resolute of seniors. Yet in today's world, the one place where you can reliably find others who are interested in mature dating is the internet. And, according to the Washington Post, those aged 50+ have been the fastest-growing group of online daters, since 2007. I must admit I was amazed to find the number of dating sites specifically geared to seniors in every age category imaginable. However, considering that as of 2020, approximately one in six Canadians were 65 or over, and with Baby Boomers at almost 30% of the Canadian population, it really shouldn't be surprising. Online dating provides seniors with a way to meet people they wouldn't have a chance to meet otherwise, with opportunities for social activities, travel, and companionship. Finding new romance can dramatically improve seniors' quality of life and increase selfesteem, confidence, happiness and overall optimism. The British Columbia Psychological Association states that happiness levels rise with the frequency of sex – no matter how old the participants. Finding love again as a senior single can make you feel rejuvenated, whether this includes sex or simply loving companionship which is essential to good health, well-being and even our longevity. Research shows that people who are involved in loving relationships live an average of 3.7 years longer. Can you think of a better reason to keep your dating card open? FEBRUARY 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 37


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Radio Sidney, a station live-streamed to the internet by Sidney Arts and Media Society, is providing a way for community members to stay informed, share their opinions, perform and be entertained. "Through Radio Sidney, people can tell their own story and can bring it to the internet, to people's phones and homes," shares Bill Collins, Society President. As well as offering a variety of daily programming including local sports, arts, culture, and news, Radio Sidney provides a platform for local performers and writers. One original production of Radio Sidney is "Peninsula Live" which streams live performances by local artists as well as podcast versions for post-performance listening. Shows feature individual artists or group ensembles. Singer songwriter Lisa Bosman, Daniel Cook and the Radiators and The Peninsula Ladies Choir are recent examples. Featuring both new artists as well as seasoned performers, "Our Sound" will include live performances at Radio Sidney and local venues, interviews, and private studio recordings. "There is lots of local talent," says Bill. "We have young musicians who really want to get their music out to the community." As well as performances, there are live interviews with the artists or the artistic directors who coordinate musical groups. In this way,


listeners can gain insight into the artistic process or learn more about how they can participate themselves. Radio Sidney also offers "The Novel Experience," a podcast series with local writer Nicola Furlong who talks with a variety of individuals in the novel writing business including authors, editors, and book sellers. The podcast offers insight, writing tips and inspiration to would-be writers. Featuring local voice talents, "Radio Sidney Theatre" entertains listeners with interesting scripts. A lively reading of The Maltese Falcon or the December 2020 broadcast of A Child's Christmas in Wales, narrated by local voice actor Susan Anderson, are among some examples. "It was a wonderful experience at Radio Sidney. It feeds my soul," shares Susan. "Bill is so welcoming and a great supporter of theatre." Establishing and running a radio station is no small feat and requires planning and persistence, but local talent and the passion for radio run deep. Sidney Arts and Media Society's board of directors boasts two ex-broadcasters. Tech production for the station is handled by a capable and enthusiastic local student. So how did all of this begin? In 2015 Bill travelled to Bell Island, Newfoundland to visit family. He was tuning in the radio when he came across the local station, Radio Bell Island. It was brimming with energy and community input. Bill was surprised to discover it was operated by students out of a high school. "The radio station was a magnet for community discussion; it was brilliant," says Bill. "It got students involved and was a real community binder." Motivated by what he had heard, Bill connected with the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA), a national organization based out of Ottawa which advances campus and community radio across Canada. Through grant money from various sources, the idea of Radio Sidney became a reality. "We got grant funding from the Capital Regional District and the Town of Sidney," says Bill. "We also received funding from the Red Cross because of the fact our programming reaches out and connects seniors who account for a high percentage of Sidney's population." At this point, Radio Sidney is live-streamed to the internet, but ultimately the vision is to apply for an FM license through the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). What started with the turn of a dial has sparked a new platform for the performers and people of Sidney. "People can go to our website and make their donation," shares Bill. "We have regular monthly subscribers too." Radio Sidney offers diverse programming that reflects local talent and perspectives. Listeners can tune in through their computers at www.RadioSidney.ca or download the phone application from GooglePlay or Apple. Locally driven with a lineup of local stories and storytellers, Radio Sidney has at its heart the people and artists of the Saanich Peninsula and, with support, the voices of the community can be heard in this new and exciting format. FEBRUARY 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 39


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TFSA Wealth-Builder Peter Dolezal is a semi-retired Sidney resident. He offers INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL CONSULTING SERVICES to individuals, couples and companies. To date, he has assisted more than 250 clients across Canada, principally in Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland. No Financial Products to Sell Leads to Truly Independent Advice.

The Tax-Free Savings Account, (TFSA) introduced in 2009, is a superb vehicle for wealth creation, second only perhaps to the full utilization of RRSP eligibilities during one’s working life. Unfortunately, the TFSA is also one of the most misunderstood and underutilized of wealthbuilding opportunities. All growth within a TFSA, whether from dividends, interest or capital gains, is forever tax-exempt. A TFSA’s optimal use is not as a Savings account, but rather as an Investment account, striving for the highest-possible returns. Beneficial program that the TFSA is, the Government’s use of the word “SAVINGS” in naming the account has misled countless Canadians. Many believe that a TFSA is simply another Savings account vehicle. In reality, a TFSA can hold not only a Savings account, but also the same investments as in RRSPs/RRIFs, or Non-Registered Investment accounts. While TFSA rules allow for future replacement of withdrawn funds, in addition to annual eligibility increments, many Canadians use TFSAs only as a fluctuating Savings account – missing out on major opportunities for tax-free capital appreciation. Latest (2017) Statistics Canada data indicates that more than 14 million Canadians held TFSA accounts, for an aggregate market value of $277 billion. While 57% of account holders contributed in 2017, roughly 37% also withdrew funds. The average TFSA balance was approximately $20,000. Only about 10% of TFSA account holders had fully utilized their personal contribution eligibility – as of January 2021, a cumulative total of $75,500.

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once one has the financial flexibility for greater TFSA utilization, contributions should make the most of its tax-free growth feature. A couple, each with a TFSA, could for example, decide to hold one TFSA as a revolving Savings account, and the other, as a vehicle for longterm investment. To emphasize the potential long-term value of TFSAs, had a couple fully maximized their contribution eligibility every year since 2009, by January 2021, they would have contributed a combined $151,000. Had that amount been invested, for example, in low-cost Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) with solid yields, along with broad sector and geographic diversification, their aggregate TFSA values could easily be approaching $250,000, fully accessible – tax-free. Not only can a TFSA be a substantial and growing emergency fund, but also, if not drawn upon, a substantial tax-free component of a future Estate, even bypassing Probate, if appropriate Beneficiary Designations are utilized. For those who can afford to fully top up their TFSA eligibility, they should do so ASAP, ideally investing for the long term. After top-up, a further $6,000 can be invested each subsequent January. For retirees, it may even make sense to increase draws from a RRIF account to reinvest those extra funds in a TFSA. One caution: CRA will assess a penalty on any over-contribution. If unsure of your eligibility limit, it is wise to check with CRA or your accountant for the exact eligibility, to avoid overcontributing. Understanding the flexibility and potential benefits of TFSAs can prove extremely beneficial for every adult Canadian. Do use it to your best advantage.

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Tristan Bibb:

Luck, Choices and a Dream Most of us would agree that high school students have more opportunities today than in the past. But with all of these opportunities comes the task of making a decision, and this can be what hinders students from taking full advantage. Tristan Bibb's journey shows how he fully embraced the opportunities available to him through the Saanich School District's Career Education Department. Every journey begins with that first step and Tristan's started early in grade 10 when he took a dual credit course, TEAC 105, a Technology/Engineering sampler course offered at Camosun College. This course exposes students to four different engineering areas – Mechanical, Civil, Computer and Electronics. This course helped to ignite his passions for all things Electrical and gave him a taste of Dual Credit programs and College. Tristan worked with his career teacher, Colleen McNamee, to create a plan that would allow him to take his Foundation/Level 1 Electrical program at Camosun College in his Grade 12 year. In the process of making that plan, Tristan mentioned that he had a dream of being a volunteer firefighter as well as an electrician. Lucky for him, the Saanich School District has a partnership that allowed Tristan to participate in a week-long fire cadet camp during spring break of his Grade 11 year on Pender Island. Some choices are not always easy to make and in order to participate in the Electrical Foundation/Level 1 program Tristan made the hard decision to be away from Parkland for his final year, but it is a choice he doesn't regret: "I would encourage any high schoolers who are on the fence to go for anything that will set them ahead." Tristan's mom Siobhan agrees. She said all his choices were "great opportunities for Tristan to get an early start on his career goals and gave him a foot in the door to begin his career pathway while still in high school." At the end of his program last March, Tristan participated in the Regional Skills Canada competition and won a silver medal. Skills Canada is like the Olympics of trades, with regional winners moving on to provincial, and then national competitions. To place second on the South Island is a big accomplishment. With the skills Tristan acquired through these opportunities he was quickly hired by Alliance Electric Ltd. and indentured as a Youth Apprentice. The Youth Apprenticeship program is offered in partnership with the ITA (Industry Training Authority) and allows school-aged students to earn credit while working. Work did not slow down during Covid for a keen, young, talented apprentice and Tristan has just completed the four Youth Work in Trades courses and

logged more than 900 hours. In the spring we will be delighted to present the BC Ministry of Education $1,000 YWIT award to Tristan for his efforts. In the fall he is going to be able to register in the Level 2 Electrical courses at Camosun; pretty amazing for an 18 year old! When asked what he likes about being an electrician Tristan says: "I get to have a mentally stimulating job that also allows me to work with my hands." It has been said by many that your life is a product of your choices. Tristan Bibb is seeing how the choices he made at 15 are shaping his very bright future. To learn more, visit http:// careered. sd63.bc.ca.

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F R O M T H E K I TC H E N by Joan Saunders

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Love of Brunch Brunch is a magical word in my universe. I'm not much of a breakfast person, but brunch is a different matter entirely. It's not too early in the day; it also usually involves a weekend and whatever foods one prefers. It uses recipes that may lean towards either lunch or breakfast. An egg sandwich with arugula and chipotle mayonnaise? Brunch. Bagels, cream cheese and smoked salmon? Brunch. Pancakes and bacon? Definitely brunch. Brunch isn't rushed; it's relaxed and cajoles you into having just one more cup of coffee. You can enjoy dessert with brunch. You can drink sparkling wine and celebrate with brunch. It doesn't take all day to prepare either, as you can put together casseroles that rest overnight in the fridge then are thrown into the oven in the morning. So great. And as Valentine's Day is in February and it's on a Sunday, it's the perfect excuse to have brunch with the ones you love. Put on a pot of coffee or boil the kettle for tea, scramble a few eggs and cut up some fruit. If you also take the time to make Sour Cream Cherry Scones to go along with the eggs and fruit, you'll be a brunch hero. 42 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2021

What I've discovered with baking is that recipes with sour cream or buttermilk seem to have a bit more moistness, a bit more nuanced flavour. So now I often gravitate towards goodies that use either sour cream or buttermilk, as these scones do. If you're not keen on cherries, you can always substitute dried cranberries, as their tartness gives a great contrast to the scone base. Waffles are another fabulous brunch staple and, for me, they're a celebratory food: when I was about 16 my friend and I started making waffles each time we visited one another. She lived in Vancouver and we didn't see each other as often as we would have liked. I still have and happily use the waffle iron she gave me 30 years ago. Waffles are a brilliant starting point for any brunch. Add some bacon and fruit, top off the waffles with a compote and whipped cream, or stick with classic maple syrup. You can't go wrong with waffles. Again, this recipe involves sour cream which helps create a wonderful, crispy outside while maintaining a light inner texture. Remember not to pile too much batter onto the waffle iron; you don't want raw dough oozing out the edges. I did that far too many times before I realized that more doesn't always mean better. I genuinely believe that there is a hidden language we speak when we create food for the people we love, and brunch is one meal that shows others we really care. Besides, it just tastes so darn good.


Sour Cream Cherry Scones

Sour Cream Waffles

From: https://www.landolakes.com/recipe/19959/sour-creamcherry-scones/

From: Taste of Home www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mochapudding-cakes/

Topping: ¼ cup sliced almonds 1 tbsp sugar 1 egg 1 tbsp water for egg wash Scones: 2½ cups flour ½ cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder

Ingredients: 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream 1½ cups flour 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ½ cup corn oil ¼ to ½ cup milk

½ tsp salt ½ cup butter (slightly softened) ¾ cup sour cream 1 egg ½ tsp almond extract ⅔ cup dried cherries (coarsely chop cherries if large; can substitute dried cranberries)

Heat oven to 375°. Place almonds and sugar for topping in bowl. Mix. Set aside. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt in another bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine sour cream, egg and almond extract in another bowl. Mix until smooth. Stir into flour mixture until moistened. Stir in cherries. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead eight to 10 times until smooth, adding a small amount of flour if necessary. Divide dough in half. Pat each half into a seven-inch circle. Place two scone circles on ungreased baking sheet. Make egg wash; mix together egg and 1 tbsp water with fork in bowl. Brush onto scone circles with pastry brush. Sprinkle topping evenly over each scone circle. Score each circle into eight wedges but do not separate. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 15 minutes. Separate scones.

Mix eggs and sour cream together until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until the batter is smooth. Add the milk at the end to your preference for batter thickness. Preheat waffle iron. Bake, being careful not to spoon too much onto the iron.

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Horse Keeping in Winter Wintertime with horses often makes me think of how in this sport, the work-to-play ratio goes from already high to extreme. Horses require a lot of time and effort in general, but winter brings this ratio to a whole other level; sometimes it really can feel like all work and no play. I'm sure I've hauled enough buckets of water down to the barn when the hose has frozen to fill a pool. I've broken many a pitchfork on frozen ground when attempting to clean paddocks on a frosty morning. I've spilled my heaping wheelbarrow countless times when slogging through the mud or slushy snow. I've loaded and unloaded hay into the back of a truck in the torrential rain, wrestling with

tarps to cover it all. I've swallowed, inhaled and been covered in enough horse hair after clipping my horse's coat to look like the abominable snowwoman. Those are the days when my love for my horse and riding is put to the test but so far, winter has yet to break this passion of mine and I think most horse owners and riders feel the same way. In the winter, a horse's nutritional needs may change, depending on if they're being exercised, what type of access to shelter they'll have, if they'll be blanketed, clipped etc. Horses will naturally grow a thicker coat in winter; in the wild, it


will protect them against the elements and allow them to live outside in varying temperatures. Domesticated horses can still grow thick, warm winter coats, but certain breeds don't always produce as warm a coat as is needed in winter, and older horses can also sometimes require an extra layer from a blanket to ensure they're not burning too many calories trying to stay warm. Glynis Schultz, owner and manager of Greenhawk Vancouver Island, an equestrian supply store on the Peninsula, has been selling a wide variety of horse blankets for the past 15 years. "Like clothing," she says, "there is an incredible variety of types, brands, styles and options for winter blankets." The three main categories are rainsheets (waterproof but not warm), stable blankets (warm but not waterproof ) and winter turnouts (warm, waterproof and available in a variety of fill weights). Besides providing protection from the rain and the cold, Glynis adds that "blankets have the additional benefit of keeping horses clean and dry and make grooming far easier," which I, as the owner of a light grey horse who prefers to be as dirty as possible, can really appreciate! Perhaps you've observed horses with funny looking hairdos in the winter, when part of the hair on their body has been shaved away and part has been left with the thick winter coat; this is called clipping. Most horse owners choose to clip "if the horse is being worked regularly or having harder workouts. It helps with cooling them down and prevents them from getting too sweaty or chilled," says Kylie Sanford, trainer and coach at Sanford Equestrian. She's been clipping both her own and clients' horses for the past 15 years and depending on the type of clip, it can take her between one to two hours to get the job done. Most horses that are clipped over the winter will have the first clip done in the early fall and then a second closer to spring when the hair has started to grow back in. There are many types of clips: full body, hunter, blanket, trace, Irish etc. and all have a different pattern and purpose. "My trace clips just go where the horse gets most sweaty – half the neck, chest, sides and under the belly," Kylie says. Winter riding, even here on the West Coast where we generally experience a milder winter compared to the rest of the province and country, can still be a challenge. Some barns have indoor arenas for riding, which offers the ability for owners to work their horses just about year-round, even on snow days, but many riders only have access to trails or outdoor arenas. For those braving the rainy riding days, a good waterproof jacket and boots are key and some (I'm pointing at myself here) go so far as to sport a waterproof helmet cover, saddle cover, gloves and a blanket called a quarter sheet which covers the horse's rear quarters and keeps them dry and warm. Every year, horse owners push through the winter season, knowing that spring is around the corner, just in time to be all covered in hair again when shedding season begins!

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No Brain, No Gain: Learn the Language of Human Movement in 2021 2021 will promise to have more fitness apps offering convenience, easy to follow routines and trainers pushing you to a greater intensity. These apps can be great motivators; however, the priority of many online platforms will be increased intensity as opposed to an increased movement literacy. A virtuous goal of 2021 would be to enhance our movement literacy before increasing the intensity and repetition. Taking the time to increase our movement language will pay off in an increased awareness, control and confidence in your body. So what is the language of movement and how do we improve our movement literacy? In our quest for health and fitness we often inadvertently complete movement sentences before knowing the words of the movement language. So rather than starting out with a complex movement, let's take a step back and

by Ryan Anderson, CSCS Fitness, Weights and Rehabilitation Coordinator, Panorama Recreation

learn a general movement term. "Abduction" (to abduct, or move away) refers to moving a limb away from the middle of your body. Raising your arm out to the side of the body is shoulder abduction while raising your leg out to the side of the body is hip abduction. This action can also be performed by the fingers and toes, as in spreading the digits. Learning this movement term and others like it allows you to articulate a movement to your physiotherapist or trainer. As well, performing this movement provides feedback on the health of the joint, i.e. is shoulder abduction painful? Am I limited in my Range of Motion (another term to learn). Not a week passes without someone asking me what exercises should they be performing and my answer is almost always the same: • Flex, Extend, Internally/Externally Rotate, Abduct, Adduct and Circumduct your limbs to build mobility.

• Squat, Lift, Lunge, Push, Pull and Rotate to build strength. • Run, Bike, Swim or Dance to build endurance. The terms and phrases mentioned above are the fundamentals of human movement. These terms might be foreign to you, but developing your movement literacy by learning them is a valuable long-term health strategy and one that will accelerate the physical benefits as your learning develops. Downloading a fitness app and following along to a prescribed routine will certainly be an easier route for the short term, however better health and well-being is not an overnight endeavor. Consistent progress comes with consistent practise and better health comes with focus rather than aversion. Start by learning the language of movement and turn a page every day in your movement story; you will gradually finish a chapter, a short story and eventually, an encyclopedia.

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N E W & N OT E WO R T H Y by Paula Kully

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Happy Birthday to You … Thirty, Flirty & Thriving ArtSea Community Arts Council turns 30 this year and they are commemorating this auspicious birthday with the 2021 ArtSea Festival of Arts and Culture. Special programming will take place throughout the year including the Festival of Artists with displays by local artists in the windows of the ArtSea Gallery, and in local retail locations. The Festival of Hearts will encourage the community to get creative and decorate hearts to honour health care workers and brighten the day of local seniors. A new Interactive Studio Tour will provide a hybrid experience of local artist studios with information and visuals available online, and up-to-date open studio hours (when safe and permissible). For more information and updates, visit www.artsea.ca.

Young at Heart Congratulations to the Sidney Museum on its 50th Anniversary this year! The Museum was established in 1971 with a mandate to acquire, preserve and make available the heritage, culture and interests of the Saanich Peninsula, a task they have done remarkably well. They

are starting their 50th year off with their annual famous fun LEGO exhibit. Tours must be booked ahead of time so see their website or call for details.

Giving Back to the Community One Stop That Makes a Difference What a great way to close off the year: giving back to the community! That is exactly what One Stop Furniture & Mattress in Sidney did with their Anniversary Sale at the end of 2020. Janice McEachern, Owner of One Stop, is pleased to report that they raised a total of $5,024 for charity. The funds were distributed to the Victoria Hospice Society ($3,458) and Victoria Humane Society ($1,566).

Covid Couldn't stop Christmas Carols Local musicians Sunny Shams and Paul Banks, along with Paul's sons Nelson and Morgan (known as the Banks Brothers) collaborated with Radio Sidney to produce the album Christmas from Alexanders. The album was a means of replacing the annual live Christmas music at Alexander's Coffee Shop with proceeds going towards the Saanich

Breakfast to Remember I am very proud to announce that Bayshore Home Health is a sponsor of the March 4, 2021 Breakfast to Remember. Each year this breakfast is held to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s programs and services and to raise awareness about dementia. At Bayshore, we have the privilege of caring for people who are on the dementia journey, and the Alzheimer Society is an integral part of our care community. When we meet with families, our first goal is to ensure they have all the resources they need to safely provide for their loved one. Our sponsorship is one of the ways we give back to this important organization.

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Let's Hear it for Our Heroes Flying High The BC Aviation Museum installed a new monument in January to honour fallen pilot Lieutenant Robert Gray (Hammy) who was shot down during the Second World War while on a mission off the coast of Japan on August 9, 1945. Gray was only 28 years old at the time. He was among the last Canadians killed during the war, the last to win the Victoria Cross and was the most highly decorated pilot from British Columbia. Although the monument recognizes Gray, it also draws attention to 260 Canadians who served in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. A formal dedication of the monument is planned for when COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Saanich Peninsula Shoppers Support Local Congratulations to you – the people of the Saanich Peninsula. Word on the street is that area residents have truly stepped up to the plate and supported local businesses during these trying times. During this year of Covid, businesses and business organizations have been working hard to stay afloat through an online presence

and other ingenious tactics that promote shopping local and using local services. For example, the Sidney BIA recently developed a fantastic online shopping centre called Marketplace that features small businesses operating in Sidney: www.sidneybia.ca/market #marketplace. The people of the Peninsula have noticed and responded. Keep up the good work and keep supporting our local entrepreneurs!

New Adventures & Ventures Farewell to a Friend and Colleague Liz Cornwell, Corporate Officer / Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Central Saanich, attended her last Council meeting on January 11. Liz, who came to work in Central Saanich in 2014, has retired to spend more time with her grandchildren. Prior to her role on the Peninsula, Liz held a similar position for seven years at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District in Kamloops. All the best to you Liz!

New in Town The Fickle Fig has opened its much-anticipated new location on Beacon Avenue in Sidney. The Canora Liquor Store opened its door on January 12th and Joe's Family Pharmacy recently opened across the street from the Prairie Inn in Saanichton.

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8 Surprising Tips for a Healthy Heart With Valentine's Day this month, it's time to focus on other matters of the heart, like heart health. There is a lot you can do to optimize the health of one of your most important organs, and some of it is quite surprising. The Basics. You have probably heard these basic tips over and over and over again, but that is because these are hands down the most important factors for your heart health. Eating a healthy balanced diet, exercising regularly, reducing time sitting, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and being careful with your blood pressure levels all lay the foundation for a healthy heart. Take it to the Next Level. Alright, here's where it gets a little surprising. Some of these tips for heart wellness are not what you'd expect and some are valuable ways to build on your solid foundation. • Maintain good mental and emotional health. Depression is an independent risk factor for the development of both coronary artery disease and stroke. Chronic stress, anxiety and anger can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke as well. • Take care of your mouth. Studies continue to link poor oral hygiene and gum disease to increased risk for heart disease and stroke. • Fur babies. Studies have shown that owning a pet may reduce your risk for heart and lung disease. Yes, this is your permission slip to get a puppy! • Reduce Inflammation. Inflammation is a major factor in the development of heart disease. Reduce inflammatory foods such as sugar, red meat, processed food, dairy, gluten, caffeine and alcohol. It's also a good idea to increase your intake of anti inflammatory spices such as turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, rosemary and ginger. • Eat heart healthy foods. Dark, leafy greens, berries, healthy fats, nuts and seeds, fish, and legumes and dark chocolate are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of developing heart disease. It's also a good idea to eat plenty of fiber, such as in beans, and fruit and veggies, which is shown to help reduce bad cholesterol. • Find your sleep sweet spot. Not enough sleep may have adverse effects on your heart. Find the sweet spot that is optimal for you, which is usually around seven to nine hours. • Laugh. According to research, laughing lowers stress hormones, decreases inflammation in your arteries, and raises your levels of good cholesterol.

• Have sex and snuggle. Having sex is good for your heart! Not only does it provide physical activity, but it is also linked to lower blood pressure and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Oh, and be sure to snuggle up after because the "cuddle hormone" oxytocin also helps to reduce blood pressure. Let this article remind you that love and connection play a significant role in our heart and overall health, so action item number one is: reach out to someone you love, near, far, wherever they are.

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Souzann McMillan: Giving Youth a Voice

No doubt, many readers can relate to this story. As a child, I was introverted and shy, petrified to speak in front of a class of my peers. That feeling stayed with me long afterwards and I regret the many moments I failed to speak up about topics important to me. Fortunately, many people who have worked with Souzann McMillan have not lost those opportunities. For 60 years, Souzann has been teaching speech arts and drama to foster public speaking skills, not only working with the very shy student but with the child dreaming of acting. She's been remarkably successful for a number of reasons. To begin with, she intimately knows what she's talking about. As a shy child herself, she was afraid to call out to her friend for fear someone else might hear her. Her mother addressed her anxiety and introduced her to Dr. Leona Paterson, a renowned teacher of Speech Arts. Souzann has never looked back. Over the years, she earned diplomas in speech arts and drama and has taught hundreds of young people and adults, including police recruits, professionals and international students. Above all, Souzann's success rests in her philosophy of teaching and in her abilities, values and nature. She is passionate about her work and cares deeply for each of her charges. A friend praises how "she has helped her students rise up to meet their full potential. Many of her students are so shy … (but) she has the ability to bring them out of their shell and shine!" Within her very being, Souzann believes that mastering public speaking is a critical life skill. Throughout her teaching, including with Speech Arts Victoria where she is a director and teacher, as well as volunteering over 25 years with the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, she has witnessed how far reaching it is. Students leave with strong tools to carry throughout their lives – confidence, poise, the ability to present their thoughts and engage in healthy debate. Young women learn early that they have a voice. Souzann is rewarded with accolades and thanks from students long after they've "left the nest." One former student talked of the lasting impact Souzann and her program has had on his life. Within the competitive environment of medical education, he sailed through challenging interviews with "personal storytelling, situational judgement and … eloquent language." He got offers from each school he interviewed with and acknowledged that it wasn't luck that got him there. It was, in large part, to Souzann's "loving support, care and passion for teaching" him important life skills. 56 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2021

Today, Speech Arts Victoria is dealing with the challenges that Covid-19 has presented. They have moved to virtual learning and it's working well. It is safe and effective, allowing Souzann to hear her students'articulation and to see facial expressions up close. Going forward after Covid, this will be a platform they use more often. For all educators and parents, this pandemic poses some fundamental questions. With change being a known entity, what do our youth need to learn? How can they be equipped to think on their feet and to speak their truth with confidence and clarity? Learning public speaking instills confidence and communication skills in people which carry on as they influence, teach and model their behaviour through parenting and every walk of life. This sounds like it should be a curriculum priority to me. Souzann knows that she's doing important work. When she finishes a class, she tells herself how lucky she is to be doing a job that makes a difference to so many lives and that she actually loves. I'm thinking how lucky those students are to have such a passionate, thoughtful and skilled teacher.


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Welcome to another year of Seaside Book Club! We started our fifth year off with a bang, combining a stunning Canadian read with a discussion with its Vancouver Island writer. The Heaviness of Things That Float was the debut novel by Jennifer Manuel and is wholly influenced by the years she spent living and working in a remote First Nations community. The novel focuses on Bernadette, a white woman, who has been the nurse for an isolated First Nations community for 40 years. Weeks from retirement she's thinking about her life at the outpost and reminiscing over her relationships, when an emergency happens and she is suddenly also faced with a huge loss. It is a beautiful book and our group was deeply affected by its sense of place and Manuel's ability to take the reader and situate them on that remote shore, surrounded by the wilds of the ocean and forest and all the creatures within. Bernie's story raises many interesting questions about the nature of belonging, the meaning of being an outsider, and whether a white person can ever really integrate into an Indigenous community. The book is full of sparkling and strongly drawn characters. They are complex and their personal stories demonstrate the way that tragedy is interwoven into all lives; the legacy of abuse and trauma are pervasive and touch everyone. Yet it's not a heavy book – heavy subject matter yes, but there is lots of love, laughter and beauty in it too. Our readers had many questions for Jennifer, and she kindly gave an hour of her time to answer them. Most readers are fascinated by the writing process and we began asking the where, when and why of how the book came about. Usually at Book Club when we discuss an author's motives we have to rely on internet searches and our best guesses; it was fascinating to have honest and open responses to our questions of whether Bernie is based on anyone specific (yes, mainly on Jennifer herself ) and were the metaphorical tales of the "Basket Lady", "Mucus Boy" etcetera ones that she had herself been told (yes, and lots more besides). We talked about cultural appropriation and about the reaction to the book from First Nations readers. Before we finished Jennifer informed us that there is a new book on its way, and I think we all felt equally happy about that news! Book Club continues on Zoom for the time being. In February we will meet on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss podcasts; we're inviting everyone to listen to a podcast, maybe something that is outside your usual range of subject matter, and tell the group about it. To receive the link you need to be registered on our email list. Sign up: www.seasidemagazine.ca/book-club/.

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Stories of Lasting Legacies: Broadmead Care

Now more than ever, perhaps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of Canadians are considering estate planning, and are looking for ways to reduce estate taxes. According to the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, more than 1,700 Canadians took active steps towards leaving a gift to a charity

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From a Dream to Reality – Building My Own She Shed! I wrote a story for the March 2019 issue of Seaside Magazine titled: "I Want a She Shed! A What? A She Shed!" In the article, I asked: "So where do you go when you need a slice of rejuvenating peace? Your very own She Shed – that's where you go." To be clear about what a She Shed is, I defined it as "a warm and cozy, one-room shed" located conveniently in your backyard. Just as going shopping creates compelling "wants" that weren't there before, researching and writing about She Sheds caused me to dream about having one of my own, which transformed over the summer of 2020 into something that I "had to have." First, I looked at sheds for sale, but they were made with cheap materials, had no insulation and were expensive! So, I decided to build my own. Surely, I could do it even cheaper, for $2,000 or $3,000 – if I did all the work myself?



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Starting in October, I took the first exciting steps: choosing a location not too far from the house, not too close, with great orientation to capture winter sunlight, and away from overhanging tree branches. With my friend Carolyn (at a safe distance), I scraped the ground and measured out how big the building should be – but, in reality, how small the building would have to be: under 100 square feet to avoid the need for a building permit and all that that entailed. In my early 20s, I worked in construction as a "gopher" for a few months, but I didn't know any of the "whys." Here I was in charge of my own little building, and I didn't know the little decisions that would add up to success down the road. I started by watching enough YouTube videos to get thoroughly confused! So many different opinions out there! I also did the oldfashioned thing and asked local tradespeople for their advice. One carpenter told me there was no need to insulate the floor in such a small building. Thinking he knew best, I screwed the plywood down, thought about it, and then, the very next day, pulled it all up again and insulated it. Who wants cold feet? Too much information; too many opinions – I realized it was time to figure things out on my own, one step at a time. Some things went well, and others not so good. For example: I planned the joists and wall studs to be 16 inches on centre, but because various things got in the way, such as the cement blocks and metal joist hangers, some had different widths. What could that matter? I found out the answer when I added the fibreglass insulation batts designed to fit into 15 inches. In the ceiling, the insulation batts fell out of the-too big spaces, landing in my face, and if you have ever worked with insulation, you know how uncomfortable that can be! Also, screwing on the drywall is a lot easier if the studs are evenly spaced. Friends came to help dig the 100-foot long, 18-inch deep trench for the direct burial wire that would bring electricity to my shed; there were four of us with shovels and picks and, after a few hours, aching backs. Many weeks later, other friends arrived in a drizzle with hammers and boots and ideas on applying siding. We cut boards too short or a wee bit too long and squashed nails that made happy face depressions in the beautiful wood when our hammers slipped. Who cares? We had fun! The two- by 10-inch roof beams were heavy; at 12 feet long, they were made of planks nailed together. To raise them, my friend Sandra and I set up tall ladders and lifted the beams one rung at a time up to the top of our ladders. When it came to the final lift, we just had to pick it up and hope we made it. We did, and it was a big thrill to see both beams safely in place. Another big lift involved the windows, which were a great score. I had noticed them leaning against some cedar trees just down the road. I checked them out and bought three huge opening windows with screens for $90! Making deals – that's part of the fun! The largest six-foot window felt like it weighed a ton, and it left large blue bruises on our thighs where we momentarily rested the metal frame before taking a big breath and heaving

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it into place. I prayed that the windows would fit in the rough openings, and they did ‌ more or less. Initially, I thought I could build the shed in a week or two at the most. I couldn't have been more wrong. Workdays stretched into 10 to 12 hours; however, I didn't care as I loved the work. Sure, there were frustrating times, like when the flooring I bought from a charity store wouldn't "click" into place properly after I struggled with it on my hands and knees for two days. I ended up taking the whole floor apart, including the still sticky glued-down entry tiles, and started over with better material. But the good moments were much better than the tough ones as I moved from framing to drywall to finishing. I created a pine folddown desk to take up less space in the room, trimmed the windows in beautiful local fir, added moulding to the floor, painted, hemmed curtains and built shelves. It all required learning and patience, care and precision ‌ and just the right touch of nervousness for safety. Banged-up thumbs from hammers, wood slivers, puncture wounds and backaches are fading away now, replaced by the sheer delight in having my own She Shed. The shed's cost was higher than I estimated, adding up to just over $7,000, but in terms of having a project, it was one of the best! In my March Seaside article, I had added this quote from My Fair Lady: "All I want is a room somewhere, Far away from the cold night air, With one enormous chair; Oh, wouldn't it be loverly?" Well, I am delighted to say that I have my "loverly" room now, and I bought the chair! FEBRUARY 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 65


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Finding Comfort in Home Home. It's incredible how a single word can elicit an array of thoughts, feelings and emotion. Home is where stories begin and grow, it's where friends gather, where dreams blossom, and where the warmth of family lives. It is where we are most at peace, surrounded by the safety and foundation of the life we have built there, and by those that we share it with. This past year of uncertainty has shifted our momentum and allowed us to return to the foundations of life, providing an opportunity to slow down and embrace the things that truly matter most. Reaffirming family values, enjoying moments instead of rushing through them and sharing quality time in our homes have become common threads for us all. We have turned to our homes to provide safe haven, to surround us with familiar memories, and to be the place where we can weather the storm. This desire to nestle deeper into our homes and carve out spaces that we love has led us to seek out ways that we can improve and modify our spaces. Impactful change can result from very simple alterations and additions. Here are five ways to enhance our sense of home: An Inviting Dining Table – While our days of elaborate family gatherings may be on pause, we can create a dining space that still holds those warm memories. Aim for a dining table that is inviting but versatile, that could easily transform from office to dinner table

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OUT FOR A HIKE by Gael Hannan

Winter's Forest Gifts Going for a walk is one of the few pleasurable, allowable activities outside our homes during the pandemic, so we are lucky to live on a peninsula so be-ribboned with beautiful places to hike. Some trails are narrower, hidden treasures where you encounter few people. Other trails are more well known and well worn with people – and dogs. Is it only me, but does Saanich seem to have more dogs than anywhere else? Sometimes, it's like hiking upstream through a woodland best-of-breed show, a constant stream of persons-and-pets. I love dogs – but are there Covid rules around patting other people's? Especially the dogs who greet you with such needy, soulful eyes that you're tempted to whisper "blink twice if you're in danger". But then they're off to greet the next person just as happily, such as the many dogs I met on a recent Tod Inlet trail walk with my friend Kathy. Because Tod Inlet is such a favourite, familiar walk, we found ourselves walking slowly, lingering over the small forest gifts that are easy to miss if you are in a rush. The many shades of green, for example. The Peninsula has received so much rain this winter that many of the trails are almost swampy in areas, but the rain has turned the plants greener than I've ever seen them – from the grass and ferns to the lichen creeping up the trees. At the water's edge, the glorious green-gray of the firs and cedars on the far shore was reflected in the water, punctuated by a family paddling by in a bright blue canoe.

Keeping our eyes on the ground to avoid squishing too deeply in the mushy puddles, we found the reminders that people once lived along these shores: cement foundations and steps, and the remnants of bushes that were once decorative. At the base of one of the most magnificent bulbous tree trunks I've ever seen is a wooden plate that looks like a primitive electrical outlet. And we spent more than a few moments entranced by a fire hydrant that, instead of looking out of place in the forest, has taken on a forest beauty of its own. Yes, this short stretch of Tod Inlet trail is well worn, but if you take it slowly, you'll find forest gifts almost everywhere you look. When you go, be prepared for seasonal mushiness, winter greens and friendly people and pets.

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Peninsula Panthers

Cycle of Jr. Hockey - Wide-eyes to Leadership The journey of a Junior Hockey player is pretty much set in stone. Make your way through the Midget ranks, perform well enough to attract the attention of some Junior B teams, and then hope when you turn 16 that you are picked up by a franchise to take that next step in your hockey career. Once that journey is fulfilled, it is then a case of attempting to keep that journey alive and play as much hockey as you can. For some, that means the call-up to either Junior A or Major Junior. For others, it means a long-storied career in Junior B when you can make a name for yourself amongst a bevy of other talented youngsters.

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For Riley Braun and Logan Speirs, their hockey journey saw them join the Peninsula Panthers as 16-year-olds in 2017, where they have remained ever since, making the soon to be 20-year-olds the longest serving players with the Club next year.

Riley Braun, (below right) a member of the dominant 8-9-10 line alongside Josh Lingard and Tanner Wort, has played a total of 176 games for the Panthers over four years, scoring 68 goals and 120 assists to be one of the most Sept. 2017 decorated Panthers of the 2010s. For him, joining the Panthers almost always seemed inevitable. “Growing up on the Peninsula, I attended Panthers games every Friday night and always aspired to play there,” he said. “When I joined the team in my 16-year-old year, it felt like I had already played a full year with the team, since I had been practicing with the the Club full time for the previous season. We had a pretty young team my first year, so my line mates (Lingard and Wort) and I were lucky enough to get lots of ice time, which helped me boost my confidence.”

#21 Logan Speirs Logan Speirs (above) meanwhile has served as another strong and reliable Forward for the Panthers across his four seasons with the Club, playing a total of 159 games for 31 goals and 39 assists. He said that he had always hoped the Panthers would remain his home for quite some time during his Junior career. “When I of f icially joined the team as a 16-year-old, I was quite excited and that year ended up being one of the most memorable seasons of hockey. I played my years of minor hockey at Peninsula with the Eagles and once I was old enough to transition to the Panthers, “I would tell myself I was not so much expecting to not be as anything but was more hoping I nervous.... would play all five years with the and just enjoy Panthers as it is home for me.”

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Jr. Hockey Club

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, two current Panthers players are at the beginning of their Junior B careers in the same position both Braun and Speirs once were.

What that plan looks like is currently unknown, although it is hoped that the regular season can be concluded in some capacity ahead of the playoff s. No matter what happens for the rest of this season, what remains clear is that Braun, Speirs, McNeill and St-Denis all remain hopeful that their Junior Hockey careers will continue with the Panthers, a Club that not only hopes for on-ice success but continued off -ice success for their players. This of f -ice success is something that each of the boys remain focused on outside of their playing days, particularly for the veteran players.

Mason McNeill (right), and Theodore StDenis (below right), both joined the Panthers this

season as 16-year-olds and have both so far enjoyed plenty of ice time in the limited number of games that have been possible during this COVID interrupted season. The two defencemen have each played 11 out of the possible 12 games in 2020-21, both serving as reliable players who continue to develop strongly with each game that they play. For both, having seasoned veterans such as Braun and Speirs on the side has helped them assimilate more smoothly into the group. “I feel you learn from watching guys who have been there a few years demonstrate the experience, confidence, and sort of familiarity they have playing out on the ice,” McNeill said. “They give good pointers, and you can trust them because you can see it’s clear they know what they are talking about because of experience.” St-Denis also believes the senior players have helped with his development. “The 19- and 20-yearold core has been fantastic. They are remarkable examples to follow. They were super helpful when coming into my first few games, giving me feedback. I think they are more than just good teammates; they are also role models that I try to follow and one day hope to be one.” That hope of one day becoming a 19 or 20-year old player for the Panthers is something that also resides within McNeill, adding that he hopes to remain with the team for as long as he can while also aiming to take that step up into Junior A.

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For Braun, that focus is a career in Dentistry, following in the footsteps of his parents who are both Dentists in Sidney. For Speirs, his post-hockey career is set to feature plenty of travel as well as pursuing a degree at UVIC. Both also hope to continue playing and coaching hockey outside of their Junior careers. And with both players reflecting on their time with the Panthers as their Junior careers come closer to an end, just what would they want to tell themselves if they were able to go back to their very first day in Panthers colours? “I would tell myself to not be as nervous as I was about making the right play or not and to just play hockey and just enjoy the game,” Speirs said.

“I would tell myself to have fun and enjoy the ride,” Braun said. “It is such a cliché, but your time in Junior hockey goes by in a flash. It seems like yesterday I was playing my first season, where my parents had to drive me to the rink because I wasn’t old enough to have a driver’s licence. Now I’m a year away from it being over. So, I would tell myself to just enjoy it while you can.”

And while the rookies on the team look towards their bright future, both Braun and Speirs are already reflecting on their time with the Club ahead of what they hope will be one final year next season, as well as the hopeful conclusion of the current 2020-21 season, which at the time of printing remains on hiatus. Public Health orders implemented in December remain in place and will be reviewed in early February, with the League evaluating their ‘goforward’ plan should the situation change.

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2423 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Celebrating the 50th anniversary of LEGO this year, this amazing local exhibit focuses on a castle theme this year and features a wonderful version of the Sidney Post Office as well as Harry Potter sets, Minecraft and many other wonderful creations. Masks required. Entry is by timed admission with a maximum of six visitors at any one time. For info: 250-655-6355 | www.sidneymuseum.ca.

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FEB 23-28 7:30PM

Bodine Hall, Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Not only an award-winning Country musical star, this talented artist is also nationally and internationally recognized for his humanitarian work for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Canada’s Armed Forces. Assigned guest seats, check in on arrival, contactless merchandise and concession. www.marywinspear.ca

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Welcoming Women to the Peninsula since 1987! Please join us. Registration is required. For info: pncmeetandgreet@gmail.com www.peninsulanewcomers.com

Caregivers Connect: BC's Virtual Support Group

2nd and 4th Thursdays | 2:00-3:30pm

2151 Lannon Way, Sidney Make stunning works of art using brilliant and glittering alcohol inks. Use your own hair dryer as an airbrush. Easy to master! Small class. Bring gloves and please wear mask/face covering. Register through Panorama Recreation. | www.panoramarecreation.ca

This virtual support group brings people from across the province together twice a month around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance, where caregivers can realize they are not alone. Pre-register each week to attend. Visit www.familycaregiversbc.ca or Call toll free 1-877-520-3267 extension 1.

Babysitting Training (age 11-15 years)

Have something for Take Note? Email takenote@seasidemagazine.ca

FEB 12 9-4:30PM

Greenglade Community Centre, Room 6 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney Designed by the Canada Safety Council, this course covers rights and responsibilities, child development, behavior management, nutrition, safety, handling emergencies or sick children, games and basic first aid. Successful participants will receive wall certificate and wallet card. Programs follow COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines. | www.crd.bc.ca/panorama

Jumble Solutions

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"Democrat Bet" • revolt • unite • donut • earring Answer: Over Under FEBRUARY 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 77


LAST WORD from the EDITORIAL DIRECTOR DEBORAH ROGERS

Were you ever a Cub Scout, or parent to one? Do you remember the Wolf Cub motto with its "dyb dyb dyb, dob, dob, dob?" I never knew what the "dybs" and "dobs" were all about until my sons were cubs, and I became a leader. Yes, I was Chil (the Kite): the name was aspirational as I didn't find it a very relaxing experience being responsible for 14 eight- to 10-year-olds! At the start of every meeting the call of the pack leader is for the Cubs to "Do your best!" (dyb), and the cubs pledge back: "Akela, we'll do our best!" (dob). What a fantastic rallying cry. Those kids are not being told to be the best, they are being exhorted to do their best – whatever the best looks like for them. I've been thinking about this as the first weeks of 2021 unfold themselves, with promises that this year will look much like the last. We're living through difficult times and the strain is showing everywhere you look. Did you try for a "Dry January" and then find an armed insurrection across the border had you reaching for a stiff drink by the 6th? Well, do your best! Instead of aiming to spend weeks on the wagon, opt for more days on than off. Was this going to be your January to get in shape? Perhaps you set your sights on 30 days of yoga, or a couch to 5km plan, but then found that work/life/the rain, or simply mental exhaustion, kept you from achieving your goal. Don't give it all up; do your best! Did your favourite magazine disappoint you with its content, making you angry after you'd been such a loyal reader? Let them know, of course, but maybe you don't have to call them "lazy" or "clueless;" perhaps they're doing their best under difficult circumstances too? We're going to need to show kindness and tolerance this year, to our neighbours but perhaps even more to ourselves. Wouldn't it be great if we all showed that compassion that we'd happily extend to any child, to our own efforts. Proceed forward with the assumption that the people around you are doing their best, encourage them to be even better where possible, forgive them their slip-ups, and treat with tender kindness everyone's efforts.

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S U D O KU & WO R D J U M B L E

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The How to Play: Unscramble each of the clue words. Take the letters that appear in boxes and unscramble them to solve the final message. This jumble was created by The Blue Sheet Club, a group of brain injury survivors. The Cridge Centre for the Family’s Brain Injury Services provides independent housing with support for survivors of brain injury. Through the development of support groups like The Blue Sheet Club, we strive to provide opportunities for personal development and reintegration in the community. Creating Word Jumbles are a great way to improve cognitive functioning. Plus they're fun too! Enjoy!

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The Alzheimer's Association recommends doing puzzles like Sudoku to strengthen brain cells and the connections between them. Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. Answers found at right.

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SIDNEY All Care Residence We’re All About Care …

During the cold, blustery days of winter, nothing warms the heart more than the love of true friendship, as shown here with our resident Hanne and her friend Gela, who have enjoyed nearly a decade of beautiful memories together. In these challenging times, visits with loved ones truly brighten the days of our residents here at Sidney All Care Residence.

For more information on our current visitation programs, please contact 778-351-2505.

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