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STYLE & SUBSTANCE Dressing Well While Doing Good


FROM THE KITCHEN Tried and True Necessities



LIVING OFF THE LAND Stonefields Farm: Strength in the Soil


SEASIDE HOMES A Rammed Earth Home: As Old As Dirt!

The Changing Face of Representation

2020 WOMEN TO WATCH Our 9th Annual Women in Business Special Feature


MARCH 2020

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 9 Trendspotting 30 In Fashion 33 Inside Out 36 Off the Vine NEW! 41 Ask Seaside NEW! 44 Living Off The Land 49 Cowland's Chronicles

50 Globehopping 54 From The Kitchen NEW! 57 The Natural Path 69 Meet Your Neighbours 70 New & Noteworthy 73 Common Cents 74 Behind The Scenes 77 Going Green NEW!

79 The Golden Years 81 Art Scene 82 Book Club 83 Take Note 88 Seaside Homes 96 On Design 102 Sudoku 103 Last Word

ON THE COVER Devon Bird, owner of Moden Boutique, our In Fashion Model (see pg 31) photo by Nunn Other Photography

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Since opening Empourium in 2015, I have worked to achieve balance in the clothing we offer. Finding a happy medium between affordable, fashionable and ethical has been the challenge. Sharing my discoveries with others, whether in the shop or on the page, is the reward.

They say fashion can be our greatest tool of self-expression. Employed correctly, it can be a source of creativity, strength and freedom. For me, fashion has always been my playground. Now I have chosen to share this passion through my business, offering woman the chance to play along with me!

Many creative individuals have a side business selling online or at craft fairs and end up with a profitable business, but they may not know they have filing obligations until it is too late. As accountants, we love to assist others so they can focus on their own passions.

TINA KELLY PAGES 50, 77 Leading by example has always been my main method for encouraging sustainability and a "greener" lifestyle. Seaside's new column (Going Green) allows me to share my experiences and suggestions, and help readers navigate the choices that will make our homes, community and the planet a healthier place to be.

JAYME VAN VLIET PAGE 33 The discussion of pap testing is often taboo. Some women do not know that they are due for a test that can be lifesaving. While working as a nurse during Pap Nights at Shoreline Medical, it has become evident that there is need for increased access so woman can take better control of their health.

WENDY WHITE PAGE 96 We are graced with stunning scenery here on our beautiful Pacific West Coast. Bringing outdoor elements indoors contributes to a sense of well-being and belonging, creating a flow between outside and inside. At Trudi Jones Interiors, we often draw on palettes from outdoors, bringing those colours in.

Owner / Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 sue@seasidemagazine.ca Editor in Chief Allison Smith 250.813.1745 allison@seasidemagazine.ca Account Manager Steven Haley-Browning 250.217.4022 steve@seasidemagazine.ca Creative Director Leah-Anne MacLeod leahanne@seasidemagazine.ca Editorial Director Deborah Rogers deborah@seasidemagazine.ca Staff Photographer Cassidy Nunn info@nunnotherphotography.com

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This Month's Contributors: Alice Bacon, Jo Barnes, Devon Bird, Kristen Bovee, Chris Cowland, Amanda Cribdon, Gillian Crowley, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Sherrin Griffin, Sheila Henn, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Janis Jean, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Anne Miller, Cassidy Nunn, Omid Pakbin, Deborah Rogers, Joan Saunders, Tania Tomaszewska, Jayme Van Vliet, Wendy White

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Nowadays it's not unusual to hear people say "I want to start my own business," yet how many of them actually do? The road to entrepreneurship is often a treacherous one filled with unexpected detours, roadblocks and dead ends. Lots of sleepless nights, plans that don't work out, and funding that doesn't come through. Putting plans into motion is surely not easy; it takes a lot of work, effort and passion to pull your idea off the ground. And even then, it takes a while before your business starts running on its own. That being said, the Business Development Bank of Canada's report indicates that women entrepreneurs have quadrupled in the past 40 years, between 1976 and 2018; growing from 49,000 to 241,000. In this issue of Seaside Magazine we are proud to be celebrating International Women's Day, and in conjunction with this, hosting our 9th Annual Woman To Watch competition. This year we've revamped our criteria and judging process, and significantly increased our prize package. Inspired by the CBC's Dragons' Den, we decided to introduce our very own Seaside "Pitch Off" (see page 14). With a large number of strong applicants, it was no easy task narrowing it down to a shortlist of 10 who will pitch their business to a panel of judges. We are thrilled to support and encourage women on their path of entrepreneurship, and believe women have a lot to bring to the table. Entrepreneurial spirit is very evident in our community – from all ages and genders – as it is across Canada. More than half of Canadians are considering business ownership and many of those who don't already own a business are engaging in a side gig to explore their passion or to simply test new ideas for the future. This month and every month, let's celebrate, support and promote our local entrepreneurs who make a difference in spite of the challenges they face. They make a pathway for others to follow. "Entrepreneurs are the dreamers and the visionaries. Without them, the world stagnates and progress stops. Society needs entrepreneurs the same way the body needs air." – Cynthia Kirkeby, founder of Seasonally Fresh

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Making Their Mark:

The Changing Face of Representation by Deborah Rogers

Women make up just over half the population, and with changes in education, employment policy

and societal norms, are working in more diverse careers than ever. There are some jobs though that are still dominated by men. The facts are that only 21% of RCMP are female; less than 4% of people working in the trades are women; less than 20% of those employed in science, technology and engineering jobs are women; and women are underrepresented in leadership roles: as CEOS, on Boards and in politics. We're proud to present some examples of women in our community who represent the minority in their chosen fields. Representation is one way to open the doors to change.

Caitlin MacKenzie, CEO It is not very common for a company to have a female CEO, though in private business it's more common than in the TSX listed companies. Caitlin has been in the role at Monk Office since 2018. As granddaughter of the founder, she was perhaps a natural choice as successor, though she felt it happened sooner than anticipated. There's no doubt that being a CEO is a lonely and challenging role, with the ultimate responsibility resting on your shoulders. Having a supportive team who she has great trust in has helped. It wasn't a given that Caitlin would be a business high flyer – in fact, school was tough and she left feeling "I would never amount to much." Street smarts and experience have an equal role to play as well as the skills she brings of determination and perseverance. "I do feel really proud [to be CEO], and honoured, and a bit terrified!" The fear supports the hard work though. As a woman CEO Caitlin is often aware that she's the only female in a room, and the need sometimes to adjust the way she speaks, or reacts. She thinks it's a changing demographic in Victoria; it's a city of "self-starters, men and women." She feels that women have great skills at reaching out and connecting with one another, which makes for a positive business community.

Cathie Ounsted, Board Member Cathie has taken leadership roles throughout her career. As well as running a business with her husband, previously she has owned her own businesses, been Director of Operations at Thrifty Foods, been on the Board of the Police Authority, the Board of Peninsula Co-op, been a Councillor for Central Saanich, and is currently on the Board of the Victoria Airport Authority. She's spent her life in a very male-dominated world, including having two sons (and a male dog) and spending many years organizing a high school football program. Cathie sees that there has been a change in recruitment policies in an effort to make boards more gender balanced, but she believes skill set should always be the highest priority. She has worked hard all her life, and taking a board role was always a way of satisfying her desire for some corporate involvement, especially when her children were young and she worked less. Her advice: "Be confident, don't be afraid to dream big. If you go in with a sense of humour and no chip on your shoulder there's no reason why you shouldn't succeed. Don't bring the sense that you're not good enough to the table." MARCH 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11

Jennifer Dunn, Software Engineer Jennifer has worked for the National Research Council at the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre for the past 23 years, currently managing several projects as well as managing the software group. She started her career working for Hewlett Packard and then Paramax. She's honest about the fact that without a specific role model, when working in a low-paid job she saw the highly paid engineers around her and was motivated to study for an engineering degree herself. She was one of only three women studying Electrical Engineering, and the only woman on her Computer Science minor course. She experienced professors who told her she shouldn't be on the course, and took to submitting papers with just an initial rather than her full name. Interestingly, Jennifer's grown-up daughters have now headed into similar fields and are experiencing the same feeling of being in the minority: but the numbers have changed a little. Why do so few women study STEM subjects? Jennifer thinks that it might be the case that at high school there are still too few role models and not enough encouragement. "They look at university courses and think that what they'll be doing at university is what they'll do in a job. But there's a disconnect. The learning is just the first step. Perhaps not knowing how those skills translate into a job is part of the barrier." Jennifer's federal employer encourages discussion about how to bring more women into science careers, including holding a series of lunch discussions and a survey: "it's a proactive approach that might help identify and remove some of the challenges." For her, seeing more women in science would be exciting – she's sometimes surprised to find herself in such a minority, but on the whole she thinks there is a gradual increase in the numbers, and more women in these roles will only lead to even more women feeling like it's a possibility for them. "Sometimes we're leery of stepping outside the comfort zone, and pushing ourselves to do things that scare us. When I do it, I grow. That will happen for others too, men and women."

Constable Vanessa Fields Vanessa has worked in the RCMP for 14 years, following in her father's and grandfather's footsteps. Her family wasn't surprised when she opted to become a Police Officer; the only person who objected was her boyfriend of the time who felt that it "threatened his masculinity and made him feel less of a man." While women are underrepresented in the Police Force, they are overrepresented in their client base! Vannesa stressed that work tasks are assigned based on people's strengths, but all police officers are prepared for all assignments required: "Am I expected to attend a bar brawl and break it up? Absolutely! I've come home with a bloody lip." Why does she think there are fewer women officers? "Not all women want to go in and get physical. Some women don't have the assertive personality, or aggression required. The job is getting harder all around too." But there are times where being female is beneficial: "When it involves female victims, especially sex assault victims." It's an area that Vanessa specifically specializes in, especially child sex assaults. Also, "a female police officer is often able to de-escalate a situation." Constable Fields pointed out that the current Police Commissioner is a woman, as is the Commanding Officer. There are some great rolemodels here on the Peninsula for women who want to make policing their career.


April Malis, Electrician April has nearly completed her apprenticeship and qualified as a Journeyman Electrician. She's a little older than some of those she studied with through the Women in Trades program at Camosun College, having come to a trades profession after working previously in the horse world, in Calgary. There was a financial incentive from Camosun that covered the first year of fees, and it really helped April with her decision to try something new, although clearly she's a practical person and has no fear of getting her hands dirty. It was a small cohort and they had the option to try different specialities. April believes that everyone has their own skill set, so employment shouldn't be based on gender, rather on the ability to do the job. "It's an empowering, fun thing being able to do practical tasks for yourself." April's enjoying her career so far, and has become a big advocate for other women to enter the trades; "there's such a shortage of skilled workers." She says that women on job sites are definitely in the minority, so they share a camaraderie and although she has encountered an attitude of "you shouldn't be here" it's rare, and never put her off. So why so few women in the trades? "Maybe people stereotype themselves – they just think they can't do it." What she can't deny is that even being an electrician is a physically hard job, and that some trades roles would be too physical for her. There's lots of mentoring with the company she is with currently. April acknowledges that "mom was a huge role model. She believes there's nothing I can't do." Sometimes it's a case of reframing fear as a motivation to succeed. Photos by Janis Jean Photography and Nunn Other Photography MARCH 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 13



W MEN toWATCH 9th Annual

CELEBRATE. SUPPORT. GROW. Women in Business:

Inspiring and Celebrating Your Success.

For our 9th annual Seaside Magazine Woman to Watch contest, we've revamped our criteria and judging process, and increased the prize package available to the winner! Inspired by the popularity of CBC's The Dragon's Den, and confident in the entrepreneurialism of our business community, we decided to introduce a "Pitch Off" this year. Women were encouraged to nominate themselves, and answered a series of questions to help us assess their business idea, plan and passion. We had a large number of applications and it was no easy task narrowing it down to the shortlist of 10. Well done to everyone who entered. The winner will be awarded at an event in March, and announced in the April issue. Meet the Judging Panel, and Sponsors, of this year's Woman to Watch Contest: Erin Brocklebank, Vice President, Holy Cow Communication Design Inc. Beyond offering a valuable product or service, a business needs to know their market. Everything begins and ends with the consumer – if you have the consumer wrong, you'll have everything wrong. I'm looking to see how well each candidate understands her customers' true needs and desires, because that's how she will cut through the noise, connect with people, and find success. Good luck, everyone!

Lorena Milkert, Director Retail and Business Banking, Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union. Primarily I'm looking for the passion and belief in their business idea and the why behind it. Passion and belief fuels the dedication, resilience and hard work that its going to take to make it. In addition, a well thought out business plan showcasing why their idea will benefit their market. Understanding what sets them apart from known and unknown competitors; what is their competitive advantage, and ultimately am I excited to purchase?

Caitlin McKenzie, President & CEO, Monk Office. From the applicants, I'll be looking for authenticity, passion, creativity and practicality. I want to see the pride, keenness and determination shine through. It can be difficult to be different these days and that can be daunting. Showing up with your best foot forward and your personal experience or journey on your sleeve always seems to help set you apart from the others.

Kim Say, Community Recreation Coordinator (Adult Programs), Panorama Recreation. For the 2020 Women to Watch I'm looking for a passionate and inspirational entrepreneur. An applicant with good energy and on trend ideas with a community lens will stand out. I'm looking to see sustainable and viable business plans that are impactful to those that live on the Saanich Peninsula.

Sue Hodgson, Owner and Publisher, Seaside Magazine. My favorite book is Purple Cow by Seth Godin … he says: "Cows, after you've seen one or two or 10, are boring. A Purple Cow, though now that would be something; it would be phenomenal, counterintuitive, exciting … remarkable." Of course another important "P" word is passion, and it's a must in being an entrepreneur. Be the most passionate purple cow that you can and be remarkable!

"One woman can make a difference ‌ many women working together can make a big difference." ~ Arlene Antonik

Chelsey Columbus Sidney Scones

Samantha Whitney

Alana Delcourt

Stem to Stern Massage Clinic

Fresh Esthetics Studio

Tenille Villebrun Bebe Films

Introducing the 2020 Shortlist

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We asked women in business to nominate themselves based on their business model, innovations and challenges met. The 2020 "Woman to Watch" will be announced at Seaside Magazine's cocktail event March 11th. To reserve your space email news@seasidemagazine.ca. Katherine Sebastiano

Trish Francis

The Katherine Collection

Kettle and Hive

Stephanie Rundle and Ashley Whitlock

Sharon Glynn Spirit Coast ART

Crafted Farmhouse Market

Darcie Jennings CommuniCanine Training & Behavioural Counselling

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Dominique Alford –


With over 22 years of extensive legal experience and expertise in wills and estate planning, estate and trust administration, real estate, corporate and business law, Dominique is committed to providing her clients with practical and easy to understand legal advice. Her admirable credentials and accomplishments include admission to the bars of British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. An active and dedicated community participant, Dominique currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation, is the incoming President and active member of both the Brentwood Bay Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay Foundation and is a founding member of 100 Women Who Care – Saanich Peninsula. When she is not assisting clients or out supporting her community, Dominique can usually be found cooking a gourmet meal for family and friends or scuba diving in a warm corner of the world! Supported by friendly, helpful and highly skilled staff with years of experience and dedication, everyone at Alford Walden Law takes pride in serving the Saanich Peninsula community in the most proficient and professional way possible. Located on the second floor of the Landmark Building, Alford Walden Law is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Alford Walden Law is a division of Dominique J. Alford Law Corporation

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Shannon Hall –


I am a Holistic Skin Therapist who practises “Energetic Esthetics.” “What is that?” you may ask. A holistic skin therapist realizes the interconnection of the whole body, which consists of mind-body-spirit and emotions. It is my quest to seek out the best natural approach for your skin’s optimal health and wellness. I provide clean skincare and cosmetics. I also offer natural “add on” therapies in your facial experience such as: facial cupping, gem stone rolling, cryotherapy and Kansa wand facial massage. My specialty is my signature Reiki Facial. It is DIVINE! Reiki is a Japanese energy “hands on’’ healing technique that supports the parasympathetic nervous system which allows for the body to completely relax. This process is very supportive in clearing up skin conditions like eczema, acne, accelerated aging and rosacea to name just a few … My space is sacred, safe and comfortable. You can let go, relax and feel supported in your own skin/soul journey. I know from experience both personally and professionally that a healthy glow begins on the inside and radiates out!

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In 2018, when our son was born, I became a Mom who took photos and videos daily. But I panicked because I didn't know where all my cell videos were from 5 years ago (including our honeymoon!!). Still, even if we became super diligent at keeping our clips safe, I know there will be SO many unedited videos to sift through in 20+ years from now! And that's when I had my AH-HA! moment, I would take my 10 years of experience editing promo videos, and throw a twist on family photography by creating the video version!

I create Angelic Cake Smash Films + Cinematic Day-in-the-Life Family Films. My goal is to help your future self be able to watch (and re-watch) your ďŹ lm so you can hear the giggles, remember their voices, and re-live this chapter of your story, with everyone in the frame!

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Marianne Fish

Cathy Scott & Cathy Larsen



Beyond the City Tours offers customized private tours on the Saanich Peninsula. I design unique local experiences tailored to your group. Wineries, farm-to-table food, nature and hiking, events and attractions; every tour showcases the very best of our community. Next time you’re looking for a fun day out with friends or a new experience with out-of-town visitors, give me a call. I look forward to creating an unforgettable day for you.

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Cathy Laundy is a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist in North Saanich. She is committed to helping woman who are struggling with emotional and physical health concerns and looking for safe, effective, alternative solutions to manage their symptoms. Reflexology is based on the principle that reflexes in your feet, hands, face and ears correspond to every organ, part and gland in your body.

In 2018, Cathy Scott & Cathy Larsen opened Departures Travel in Sidney after seeing the need for a boutique travel agency that offers individually customised authentic experiences around the globe. Cathy Larsen brings with her 35 years in travel, tourism and luxury cruises while Cathy Scott brings over 20 years in the travel industry with Niche Women’s Tours, senior management and marketing.

Cathy Scott CEO (Chief Exploration Officer) Victoria & Sidney

The team at Departures Travel is dedicated to designing your next travel experience. Cathy Larsen CEO (Chief Experience Officer) Sidney

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105-2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.999.9800 BC Reg. 75524

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Silvia Bonet & Ainsley Viggers F I N L A Y S O N B O N E T A R C H I T E C T U R E LT D .

Architecture to us is about designing spaces that adapt to their surrounding environment and to the people who use them. We are curious about the influential role buildings have on the people who occupy these spaces and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to provide these services. We get so much satisfaction from seeing the emotions, reactions and happy faces from our clients. There’s nothing we would rather be doing.

Stimulating these reflexes can relieve tension in our bodies, giving the body the ability to heal itself naturally.

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It doesn’t matter what I think … it’s what you have to say: •

“You are a credit to your profession! Thank you for your most empathetic understanding.”

“Laid out the timing. Detailed, comprehensive discussion. Empathetic and kind. For me, Beacon Law is characterized by friendliness, courtesy and compassion. Real people.”

“You made what could have been a very stressful event in one’s life completely the opposite. Great guidance throughout.”

And just how are compliments like that garnered?

Through careful listening, and frank, practical advice. With prompt, timely guidance that demonstrates high value for money. I believe in dedicated service and long-standing client relationships. This year, I am also celebrating 20 years in equal practice with my law partner Del Elgersma. 3-time 1st place Law Firm Victoria Times Colonist Readers’ Choice Awards

6-time 1st place Law Firm Peninsula News Review Readers’ Choice Awards

250.656.3280 www.beaconlaw.ca Sidney 104 - 9717 Third St

Royal Oak 140 - 4392 West Saanich Rd

Brentwood Bay 5 - 7115 West Saanich Rd

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Raina Draper

Mikiala Christie


H E A LT H W I T H I N T C M & A C U P U N C T U R E

With over 10 years in indoor cycling experience and fitness education, I have launched a boutique spin studio providing an exhilarating cardio workout inspired by outdoor biking. With our small class size, ambient lighting and uplifting motivational music, cyclers are assured to enjoy a personalized and inspiring ride. If you want to become more fit by burning lots of calories, improving your cardiovascular endurance and building lean muscle all while having fun, then our spin studio is for you!


Mikiala has worked for over 17 years helping her patients experience a state of deeper calm and relaxation. She cares passionately about her patients' well-being and will work to address all aspects of their life in order to bring about optimal health. Acupuncture stimulates the “rest, repair and relaxation” system in your body. Your appointments should leave you feeling both recharged and rebalanced.

Garage Cycle Spin Studio

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Elaine Hughesman & Janine Morris HUGHESMAN MORRIS, C H A R T E R E D P R O F E S S I O N A L A C C O U N TA N T S

Elaine and Janine are passionate about helping people and continually strive to provide the utmost level of service each client deserves. Combined, they have over 30 years of experience and are currently accepting new clients. "We want people to have a positive experience when visiting our office. Accounting and taxes can be extremely overwhelming and stressful; at Hughesman Morris we relieve any anxieties by providing clients with the confidence and knowledge that we are here to help."

9156 Cresswell Rd, North Saanich 250.656.2067 | www.healthwithin.ca

Fran Daviss



With over 40+ years’ experience in the financial industry and 20+ years of mortgage experience, Mortgage Broker/Planner Fran Daviss brings a wealth of knowledge to serve you. Customer service is Fran’s passion; she thinks outside the box and brings enthusiasm to finding a mortgage that fits your life. As an independent mortgage broker, her business has been built on offering honest, impartial advice with attention to detail. Fran was voted the 2017 Professionals Winner in the category of Customer Service by Seaside Magazine

9768 Third Street, Sidney 250.656.3991 | www.sidneyaccountants.ca

www.mortgagesbyfran.com 778.426.0749 | frandaviss@invis.ca

Alana Delcourt FRESH ESTHETICS STUDIO Welcome to Fresh Esthetics - Saanich Peninsula’s best resource for advanced, non-invasive skin care results! Alana Delcourt, a Skin Therapist for 22 years and owner of Fresh Esthetics, has built an incredibly loyal following that stems from her founding principles: exceptional client care, an in-depth understanding of the science behind product and treatment results and highly customized skin services. Alana is known on the Peninsula for her Advanced Skin Analysis (a deep dive into analyzing and finding treatment and lifestyle solutions for skin conditions like dullness, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, acne, redness and sensitivity) and her repertoire of corrective facials that includes modalities such as Microdermabrasion for intensive exfoliation, Ultrasonic for deep cleansing and profound product penetration and Microcurrent for remarkable lifting and toning. Fresh Esthetics is also one of the few certified Oncology Esthetics® spas in the Greater Victoria Area. This designation allows Alana to safely offer skin treatments to people with, or recovering from, cancer. Her own journey of losing her mother to illness several years ago prompted Alana to want to implement this specialized esthetics training to give back to her community on a deeper level. *NEW* at Fresh Studio in 2020 – Paramedical Tattooing. Most recently, Alana has completed her training in the highly specialized field of Paramedical Tattooing that works hand-in-hand with the plastic reconstructive industry to improve a patient’s selfconfidence and self-esteem by restoring anatomical structures. Paramedical tattooing is ideal for surgical scar camouflage after a breast reduction, breast lift, self-harm, hair transplant scars, post-gender-affirmation surgery, burns and birthmarks, as well as areola reconstruction after a mastectomy. Alana’s experience, positive life perspective and her desire to be of service to the Saanich Peninsula has made her one of the most highly coveted Skin Therapists in our area. No need to drive into Victoria for expert skin advice – it’s right here in Sidney!

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Janis Jean

Karen Elgersma



Almost no one likes having their photo taken.

Karen Elgersma Media is a boutique video production agency that specializes in story driven content.

Thankfully, I'm a professional at putting people at ease and looking their best, so you won't go through it alone.

Karen and her team work with you to create authentic and emotionally compelling videos that will tap into your audience’s emotions and make them feel something remarkable toward your brand.

By working with you to create stunning photographs that perfectly fit your needs, whether it's environmental business and family portraits or crisp headshots with my mobile studio, we'll work to create images that capture exactly what you're looking for.

A video on a landing page will increase conversions by 86%! With affordable, customized packages, we are ready to create engaging digital content that will showcase your brand to the world.

You'll even enjoy the process along the way.

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Paula Grypma –

O U T L O O K S D E S I G N LT D .

The power of Window Coverings (and yes, window coverings can be powered too!) is what Paula has provided to her customers for the past 25 years. She is inspired through the creative process of working with clients who live in the surrounding areas of the beautiful Peninsula, Victoria & Gulf Islands. A conversation, taking measurements and finding the perfect fabrics are essential ingredients for Window Coverings, Bedding and many other Soft Furnishings. They are skillfully manufactured in professional workrooms and installed with care. Paula’s attention to detail brings to life specially designed products that are unique for each client. “It is truly a privilege to work with people who invite me to change up their personal space, so it is a commitment I take very seriously!” Fashion forward designs, fabrics and hardware including motorization, along with classic, everlasting basics are what you will find at Outlooks. New this year are Hartmann & Forbes window and wall coverings, as well as the upgraded Alustra fabrics with Hunter Douglas. Paula sincerely looks forward to meeting with you!






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Sarah, Anna & Samantha STEM TO STERN MASSAGE CLINIC We Are Women; Hear Us Roar! Sarah, Anna and Samantha are a dedicated team that creates a “5 Star” experience that has set the tone at Stem to Stern Massage clinic. By putting our heart, soul, and beliefs, along with years of training, into the power of touch, we have created an environment that heals. Each of us believe strongly that by being in tune and mindful with your body, one can overcome many health hurdles. We are powerful, stubborn problem solvers who juggle family, business, home and ourselves ... some might call us magicians! We get up despite the challenges the day has in store for us; we put our best foot forward and hope to make a difference. The stars aligned and we joined our knowledge, experience and passions together, becoming a force to be reckoned with. Different backgrounds, challenges and ethnicities have taught us to never give up and always be positive and hopeful, all with strength and drive. Our business has blossomed because of our attention to detail and driven passion for the amazing clients that have trusted and chosen us to be a part of their well-being – it’s an honor for us. Our bodies are temples that need to be respected with the utmost care and attention. In this profession one needs to be diverse. Not only do we massage, we listen, we hear and we deal with a lot of different energies. We understand the depth of the aliment or issues, and when a specialist has two to three decades of experience behind them and is still growing their knowledge, it’s obvious that we can make a difference. We know the body like we are reading braille. All women deserve to win, as we are all Magicians from Stem to Stern.

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In the five years since purchasing Studio A Hair & Beauty Bar, Abby has extended the already full service salon to include waxing, eyelash extentions, and men's barbering. Come in and enjoy a day of beauty with one of Studio A's talented team; alongside Abby works stylists Brigitte, Jamie J, Alyssa and Cassidy. You can also find Abby expanding her talents at her new location: The Bell Buoy Barbershop on Second Street! Follow the salon on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with their latest promotions: @Studioahairdesignbeautybar

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Celebrating life through the many different events is important to us, and that is why we are passionate in creating that event for you. We offer a host of packages and services tailored to the needs of each client, from the bride to the corporate customer. We are professional and passionate coordinators who use our expertise to create immaculate and stress-free events for our clients. We are pleased to be the event coordinator at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea – Sidney’s unique and beautiful aquarium.

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation proudly welcomes Wendy L. Everson of Everson Law to its Board of Directors. The Foundation looks forward to drawing on Wendy’s extensive professional, community and volunteer experience. We will benefit greatly from her guidance as we work towards our mission to champion a culture of philanthropy that transforms healthcare on the Island. Through the generosity of donors, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation has raised over $150 million to fund priority medical equipment for Royal Jubilee, Victoria General and Gorge Road hospitals.


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Style & Substance: Dressing Well While Doing Good by Alice Bacon Brentwood Bay Village Empourium

''Fashion changes, but style endures.'' The words of designer Coco Chanel could be a touchstone for anyone torn between a desire for self-expression through clothing while wanting to do the right thing for the planet and its people. The fashion industry has earned a reputation for being one of the least sustainable industries in the modern world. Among the deadly sins of the clothing industry are: rampant use of chemicals and pesticides; excessive water consumption; pollution in manufacturing and disposal; and

all-too-common exploitative, hazardous work environments. "Fast fashion'' – inexpensive designs which move quickly from the catwalk to stores to meet weekly trends – lures consumers into buying far more clothing than the average closet can hold. In the words of Isaac Newton: ''Every action has an equal and opposite reaction." Therefore it's no surprise that the ''Slow Fashion'' movement has evolved, espousing a new clothing industry that is defined by its commitment to good quality and fair treatment of people, animals and the planet. But since Sir Isaac is remembered more for his contributions to the scientific revolution than for the fabulous frock he wore to his

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knighthood, this noble response presents a challenge for those of us who want to express ourselves and look great, but not kill the planet. So, what's a modern day stylista ethica to do? Define your style: Know who you are and choose clothing that reflects the real YOU. I will probably be wearing a hair bandana, long tunic and Converse sneakers at my funeral. And, yes, they will be black. One of the most stylish women I have ever known stayed true to her "Boho" roots from the 60s until her recent death at the age of 92. Antoinette always had perfectly pedicured toes, expertly applied red lipstick, fabulous, abundant silver jewelry and comfortable, cotton clothing. So don't lay awake at night worrying if you are on trend; the late, great Karl Lagerfield reminded us that ''Trendy is the last stage before tacky." Buy less: It's fair to say that we all look for instant gratification from time to time. But if you find yourself buying an item of clothing to fill a hole in your life – if you are hungry, lonely, depressed or having a crisis of self esteem – stop. And think. You don't need a souvenir of that lousy headspace. Have a coffee or a nap (or both!) and if when you come around and still really want those sparkly jelly shoes, then maybe it is about fulfilling your genuine style goals and not simply about retail therapy. Upcycle: It's a trend that we hope is here to stay – thrift store finds can be transformed into something better than before. Reap the benefits of keeping clothes out of the landfill, luxuriate in cotton that has been exorcised of traces of pesticides, all the while supporting local charities. Win-win-win. Choose well: By selecting sustainable fabrics like merino wool and organic cotton, choosing brands that have proven fair-trade practises and shopping local, you are making positive contributions to the environment, the economy and human-kind. And that will look very good on you.

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On your skin? It's never too early to start planning ahead. I use SkinMedica's Retinol Complex to keep my skin looking its best. When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" For me, getting dressed is integral to my self-expression. I love being inspired by my wardrobe and striving for unique combinations each day. When adding sparkle to your outfit? I tend to favour bold colour over sparkle. I love my ELK statement earrings to amp up any outfit. When you don't care how much it costs? A decadent meal in a new city.

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In your closet? A mix of Moden pieces and vintage finds. In your makeup bag? Clinique Eyeshadow Stick for an enhanced everyday look in seconds. In your bathroom cabinet? Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner– the hot sauce of skin care, you can put it on everything! On your bedside table? Adam Grant's Originals. In the kitchen? My partner and my other great love, my coffee machine. When you want a night out? A wine flight and charcuterie board at The Farmer's Daughter.

In haircare? Kevin Murphy Sparkle Shine Spray. Who doesn't need a touch of sparkle to finish their do? On your luxury wish list? If I'm dreaming really big, the Hermès Birkin Bag. On your feet? Just like the close friends they are, it's hard to choose a favourite. I love my python boots that add a pop of pattern to any outfit. If I'm kicking around on a rainy day, I love my Wonders from Waterlily! When you want to smell irresistible?My new favourite is the pursesized scent from Muffet & Louisa: Muschio Bianco Acca Kappa.

Cowland & Associates joins


Cowland & Associates is a direct descendant of Sidney’s first CA firm, which was founded in 1970. It will continue to operate at the same location on Fifth Street under the Baker Tilly banner. CONTACT INFO 7 - 9764 Fifth Street Sidney, BC V8L 2X2 Phone: 778.351.3737

A NOTE FROM CHRIS COWLAND “Well, I have been an accountant since 1976 and it looks like it has come full circle. I started off with a well known international firm, Price Waterhouse, and I am now joining forces with Baker Tilly, a cooperative that has 145 member firms worldwide. Baker Tilly Victoria is locally owned and operated, rather than one huge firm, so we can continue to offer the type of personal service that I have provided in Sidney for 31 years. Robyn Walle will be my full time equivalent in Sidney, but I will still be available at any time, though I might be spending more of my time in Mexico, or fixing up my old cars and motorbikes. Although the signs on the door will change soon, you will still recognize most of my existing staff, and I’m sure you will love the new accountants who will boost our complement so we can offer exceptional service with a much faster response time.”


I’m Robyn Walle. I grew up in Victoria, went to Mount Doug High School and then obtained my Bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting in 2010. In the meantime, I worked for five years at a retirement home in Victoria as their financial controller. I joined a firm that merged with Baker Tilly in 2010, and was impressed by the fact that they always put their client needs first, and had pretty much unlimited resources as a back-up. I have worked with hundreds of personal tax and corporate clients. I am looking forward to meeting all of Chris’s clients and meeting (and surpassing) all your needs.

A B O U T B A K E R T I L LY V I C T O R I A Baker Tilly Victoria Ltd. is one of the most successful accounting firms in Victoria, British Columbia. We are a full service accounting firm. We have over 80 people in three offices in Victoria. One in the heart of Victoria, another in the Westshore and now in Sidney. We have a longstanding reputation for excellent service in accounting, tax (including U.S. taxes), tax planning, business solutions and audits. We are proud to be an independent member of Baker Tilly Canada, one of the country’s largest associations of Chartered Professional Accounting firms. SIDNEY: 7 - 9764 Fifth Street Sidney, BC V8L 2X2 Phone: 778.351.3737


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by Jayme Van Vliet RN, Shoreline Medical Society

Cervical Cancer Screening Saves Lives

The Cervical Cancer Screening Program is an organized screening program in place to reduce cervical cancer incidence and mortality. Cervical cancer screening, commonly referred to as a pap test, is completed by a healthcare professional. A sample of cells are taken from the opening of the cervix in an area called the transition zone. The transition zone is where precancerous cellular changes occur. Cellular changes, also known as cell dysplasia, can be caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), an infection that can lead to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. There are vaccines now available to protect you against HPV. The BC Cancer Agency recommends pap tests every three years for asymptomatic individuals between the ages of 25-69 who have had sexual contact. This includes those who fall into any of the following categories: individuals who have been through menopause; those who have had only one sexual partner or more or who have been with the same partner for a while; if the individual has had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine; those who are in a same-sex relationship; or if you're a transgender person with a cervix (2020). According to the BC Cancer Agency, you should seek earlier screening if you are experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding; bleeding in between periods or during/after sex; bleeding after menopause; experiencing abnormal vaginal discharge or pelvic pain; or if you are experiencing pain during sexual intercourse (2020). If you have an upcoming pap scheduled, please do not douche

your vagina 48 hours before your appointment. It is best to get your pap during the middle of your cycle (two weeks after last period) to avoid having the pap done while you are menstruating. Contraceptive creams or jellies are not to be used for 48 hours before your appointment (BC Cancer Agency, 2020). Shoreline Medical Society has discovered that a major challenge to receiving regular screening is a lack of access. To address this problem we have created "Pap Nights." Shoreline Medical Pap Nights help to bring in individuals who consider themselves healthy and rarely see their doctor, those who cannot take time off work during regular office hours, or patients who do not have a family doctor. Walk-in patients are welcome to attend. Pap Nights run in the evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A female physician or a Registered Nurse from the office will complete the Pap test for you. Shoreline Medical hosts Pap Nights at both their Brentwood Bay and Sidney locations. Pap Nights offer an inclusive and relaxing atmosphere and snacks and refreshments will be provided. By hosting Pap Nights and providing the opportunity to receive care outside of regular hours, Shoreline Medical is increasing the number of eligible patients who are receiving pap tests. The next Shoreline Medical Sidney Pap Night is April 22, 2020. Please call to secure your spot: Shoreline Sidney: 250-656-4143. Are you due for a Pap test? Experiencing symptoms? Call your doctor to book your pap. Don't have a doctor? Visit Shoreline Walk-in Clinic or call to book in for the next Pap Night. For more information about Pap tests please visit: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/screening/cervix


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Preheat oven to 350°. Prick the sweet potato and place on a baking mat or parchment paper – it takes approximately 1 hour to bake. Let cool, then peel and mash the potato well. While your sweet potato is cooking, mix the garden vegetable soup mix with 6 cups of water and cook for 45 minutes until moist but not wet. In a separate pan, cook your ground beef, drain any fat away and add to soup mix. Let cool. Place both flours in a bowl with the cornmeal and the salt. In a mixmaster, beat the 1 ½ cups of sweet potato with the coconut oil till smooth. Gradually add the dry mixture until a smooth dough forms. Place the dough in wrap and place in the fridge for an hour.

Divide your dough in half; this is a sticky dough and you will have to add flour as you roll it. (I rolled mine on a piece of floured parchment paper, and then flipped it onto a silicone baking sheet and stuffed the dough on it. It made the transferring process so much easier.) Flour a surface area to roll the dough to approximately an 8-10 inch circle. Place about half of the filling mixture in the centre of the dough. Wrap the dough around the filling, sealing the edges with water. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the bottom of the dough is light brown and the top is baked to touch. * you can also make this with leftover soup, but you will have to cook away more of the water, and add meat. If the soup is too watery, it will make the pastry mushy.

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by Tania Tomaszewska

Wine Islands Women to Watch

Historically, the wine world has been a male-dominated bastion. But more and more women are jumping barriers to lead in this realm – as sommeliers, winemakers, owners or in other ways to bring wine adventure and education to consumers. When I learned that Seaside's focus this issue is "Women to Watch," a number of local "wine women" who are on my radar came to mind. But I'll stick to just two of them here: Julie Powell of

Alderlea Vineyards (below) and Mira Tusz of Kutatás Wines (at right). I've spent time with Julie and Mira this past year and admire what they (and their partners) are doing in our "Wine Islands" region. Together with other local producers, Julie and Mira are part of a new wave of Coastal vintners farming sustainably and embracing stewardship and celebration of our terroir: let's be us and make wines which express the place from which we come. You can find Alderlea and Kutatás wines in select restaurants and wine shops on the Island and Mainland. I've enjoyed their drops in some cool City venues, but for me, nothing beats the experience of going to taste wine in the place it's made and having a chat with its makers. Alderlea Vineyards ‒ Cowichan Valley Just across the Salish Sea and near Maple Bay, Alderlea is producing its own unique and elegant terroir-driven maritime wines. Proprietors and winemakers Julie Powell and Zac Brown acquired Alderlea in 2017 and have committed to sustainable farming practices on their seven acres (which are some of the oldest vineyards in the Cowichan Valley). In Mount Prevost's rainshadow and south-facing, Alderlea has a hot micro-climate and benefits from the nearby moderating Quamichan Lake and ocean. Your drive here takes you through beautiful farmland and through Alderlea's gates to the warm, welcoming and intimate tasting experience with Julie and Zac. After 20 years as a Human Resources expert in Canada and abroad, Julie has shifted gears to follow the dream of owning a winery and being a garagiste (a producer of "garage wine.") Her award-winning Valerie (an ortega-viognier white blend named after her late mum) is kicking goals. Stay tuned for her next vintage. Other recent Alderlea stand-outs for me are their sauvignon blanc, bacchus and merlot (yes, Van Isle merlot). www.alderlea.ca. 1571 Stamps Road, Duncan


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Kutatás Wines ‒ Salt Spring Island Hungarian for research, inquisition, exploration or quest, Kutatás (Koo-Tah-Tash) is a new player on the scene but has quickly made waves. The mission of proprietors and winemakers Mira Tusz and Daniel Draggart is to make interesting, complex and textural wines from grapes harvested in the North Saanich and Salt Spring Island vineyards which they hand tend. They're succeeding. Mira's wine journey began in Vancouver Island vineyards and continued with viticulture studies through Washington State University. After vintages in the Okanagan Valley and Waipara Valley, New Zealand, the opportunity to lease a Saanich vineyard came up in 2015 and triggered the inception of Kutatás Wines. Kutatás then acquired a nine-acre vineyard and winery on Salt Spring Island in 2018 (just outside of Ganges). It has a lovely tasting room overlooking an idyllic pocket of Gulf Island vines. I could plant myself there all day after a visit to their barrel room. Kutatás makes bubbles, whites, rosé and pinot noir. I love their ortega, blanc de noir (a white pinot noir) and Clone 114 pinot noir (currently one of my favourite B.C. pinot noirs and made from Pat Bay berries – who would have thought?). www.kutataswines.com. 164 Norton Road, Salt Spring Island Have any questions or comments? Drop Tania a line at tania@ttwineexplorer.com. See www.ttwineexplorer or Instagram @ttwineexplorer for more.

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What’s Happening at the Mary Winspear Centre Hayley Wickenheiser Seven World Championships; Six Olympic appearances; Five Olympic medals; Four Olympic Gold medals – Hayley Wickenheiser is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice. Considered one of the best female players in the game, her hockey IQ is highly respected in all areas of both the male and female game. She was the first female player in the world to notch a point in a men’s professional game while playing in Finland, and played in or coached at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first woman in history to have done so. She also still holds the record for the most assists, points and goals for the Canadian Women’s National team. Hayley retired in 2017, but her ascent to the top of the sport started in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan when at age 15 she was the youngest member chosen from the Canadian Women’s National team. Her Olympic career spanned 23 years, five Olympic medals and two sports, as she also competed in softball in Sydney 2000. In 2014 she was Canada’s official flag bearer and she now serves on the IOC Athletes Commission and is the Vice Chair of the Calgary 2026 Bid Committee.

She has many accolades including being named one of Sports Illustrated Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World; has been twice named to the “Power 50 in Sports”; was among the QMI Agency’s “Top 10 Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports”; is a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame; Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and Canada’s Walk of Fame; and in 2014 she was awarded Canada’s highest honour when she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of the women’s game. Ms. Wickenheiser’s passion for sport is equally matched by her desire to give back to the community through her work with dozens of philanthropic organizations including Lace ‘Em Up, Jumpstart, KidSport, and Project North and Right to Play – all organizations dedicated to ensuring kids of all financial and cultural backgrounds can play sports. Her most profound project is the founding of the world-renown personal and athletic development weekend, The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival which provides mentoring and growth opportunities for young athletes from around the world.

Hayley holds several honourary degrees from institutions across Canada, as well as her degree in Masters in Kiniesology from the University of Calgary. She is a mom to her grown son, Noah who is 18 years old and pursuing a career in the military. She is currently studying Medicine at the University of Calgary where she spends as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the beautiful mountains and trails and training.

Hayley is the first speaker in the 2020 five-part Winspear Speaker Series, see her live Thursday, March 26 in the Charlie White Theatre. Now in its third year, the speaker series has grown to become one of the Centre’s most popular events, following the success of last year’s critically acclaimed series which included comedian Rick Mercer and astronaut Chris Hadfield.

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Pacific Dance Centre “Chance to Dance” Blood Donor Clinic Karen Clark Stage Stars Crafted Farmhouse Market Simon and Garfunkel - A Musical Celebration The Fab Fourever Tiller’s Folly The Arrogant Worms Robin Hood Ballet Psychic & Spiritual Arts Fair Island Band Festival Hayley Wickenheiser

This year we are excited to welcome Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, former Saskatchewan premiere Brad Wall, indigenous historian and writer Jesse Thistle, former BC premiere Christy Clarke, and humanitarian Amanda Lindhout. Tickets available as a series or individually at the Mary Winspear Centre box office.

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workplace pension, yet have sufficient other resources such as a Non-Registered Investment account, which allows both to defer conversion of an RRSP to a RRIF until required at age 71, with mandatory draws commencing by age 72. This strategy allows the RRSP’s to grow and compound tax-free for more years, generating a greater benefit when draws must eventually commence. Although a sound strategy, it leaves $4,000 annual tax-free income draws on the table between ages 65 to 72. In this circumstance, once the first partner reaches age 65, he/she can open a second RRSP and request their financial institution to transfer $28,000 from the larger RRSP to the new account. Once this is done, the $28,000 RRSP is immediately converted to a RRIF, and $4,000 is withdrawn annually for the next seven years. Because the $4,000 draw can be “notionally” split between the partners, the full amount received will be tax-free. With this strategy, the couple will withdraw the entire $28,000 over seven years, essentially tax-free. Since the $28,000 RRIF will be fully exhausted within seven years, it is prudent to invest the funds quite conservatively – perhaps in a high-interest savings account within the RRIF. The holder’s priority is to ensure that the full $28,000 is indeed available to be drawn over this relatively short time frame. Minimizing income taxes is a key factor in optimizing retirement lifestyle for couples; all opportunities should be fully utilized.

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Let Us Find the Answers for You! Who do you turn to when you have a question? Is it Google or Siri, maybe Alexa? At Seaside Magazine we are fortunate to know local experts in all the fields (or we'll know someone who knows someone), so next time you have a question, Ask Seaside! Each month I'll take your quandaries and queries and do the research for you. Send your questions to news@seasidemagazine.ca. Q: "What's the point of electric bikes? Aren't bikes meant to give you exercise? If that's the point, why would I want it to move under its own power?" A: "It's a question that we hear often in regard to electric bikes. 'Isn't it cheating?' The definitive answer is no. The e-bikes we sell from Giant, Liv, Momentum and Specialized are all pedelecs, which means that in order to make them move you have to pedal. The e-assist takes your input and multiplies it by a level you select. In fact, the mid-drive bikes we sell – those on which the pedals are attached to the cranks which are attached to the motor – can all be ridden without assist. The takeaway is that you have to be pedalling to make these bikes move. People might still think this is cheating, but studies are showing that people are getting great health benefits from riding e-bikes. Many of our customers find themselves riding more often and farther than they ever expected. Their e-bikes are not only making them fitter, they're making them love cycling more. That's not cheating. That's AWESOME!" ~ Mike Richards, Russ Hay's The Bicycle Shop, Sidney Q: "How much have orcas shrunk, and is this diminishment emaciation over time, or an over time dwarfing?" A: "Based on the findings recently published in Endangered Species Research, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, there has been a decrease in the overall body length of Resident fish-eating orcas over the last several decades. How does a scientist

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measure a wild whale? Drones capture images and measurements are then calculated from those images in a scientific process called photogrammetry. Scientists attribute this change to a corresponding decline – in size and population – of their preferred prey, Chinook salmon. Simply put, the whales were longer when Chinook was plentiful. And this seems to have occurred over a relatively short period of time. ~ Tina Kelly, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Q: "Why, after almost 15 years of proposals and planning by all three municipalities serviced by Peninsula Soccer, do we still not have artificial turf fields?" A: "It's complicated. The short answer

is money, or lack thereof. A project of this scope comes in around $2 million, which is money not easily found in a municipal budget, especially if the project is not being built in that electoral area (as the field can only be built in one municipality). Federal and/or provincial funding is needed if our local municipal governments are unwilling to fully support such an initiative … and that money is also hard to come by. Peninsula FC is currently working hard to get funding for a turf field and are hopeful our efforts will be successful." ~ Dale West, Peninsula FC Mini Coordinator and Board Member

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Sidney is a seaside community that extends beyond streets dotted with boutique stores and bookstores into a rural and charming landscape home to a growing number of farms and wineries. Though rumours of Sidney’s unusually large selection of bookstores and thrift stores are true, foodies will be surprised to discover an emerging culinary region worth exploring. While in Sidney don't miss the Farmer’s Daughter, an elegant and charming establishment dedicated to the ultimate pairing: wine and cheese.

Fish on Fifth, while they serve up crispy battered fish n’ chips, is also earning praise for their plant-based options. The Codfather is a vegan version of the classic served up with vegan tartar sauce and a side of vegan coleslaw. Or look straight to the source for a true farm-to-table experience. The Fickle Fig Farm Market is a market, bakery, and bistro. Catering to the local farmers, artisans, and community members, they focus on sustainable produce and use only what’s in season. For more places to eat, check out ExploreSidney.ca


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Kristine Letson, co-owner of Stonefields Farm, has not only left no stone unturned to create a bountiful farm, but her family literally had to turn out many stones from the fields when they began farming; hence the farm name. "Yes, here there has been an unrelenting crop of stones," laughs Kristine, "but there's strength in the name. We work very hard to be able to maintain this life, but we are so fortunate to be here and have this opportunity." Farming typically is demanding physical work. As a former ballet dancer and instructor, enduring the aches and pains from pushing the body to its limits are second nature for Kristine. "In dancing you use your body in a better way because you train. Often farmers don't do anything for a couple of months like in the winter, and then after jumping into it, strain themselves. Would you do this as a dancer or athlete?" she asks rhetorically. Like many who tend the land, however, Kristine embraces that reality with an understanding that the reward is well worth it. "I love ache at the end of day; I hate the ache in the morning!" she says, "But after the day's work, it's so satisfying." Along with partner Thomas Scheinpflug, Kristine now cares for the farm originally purchased by her father and lovingly tended by her mother.

"My mom was a person of the soil; she was a magical grower. I love to grow, but I'm not a natural grower. I'm more a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person," she smiles. Stonefields Farm in North Saanich is just under seven acres in area. Canopied under majestic tall fir and cedar trees, it boasts a homestead and large barn, guest cabins, greenhouses and animal barns. Produce harvested includes apples, peaches, pears, figs and a variety of vegetables. "We grow a few garden variety vegetables like beans or asparagus, but our main thing here is tomatoes, peppers and onions. I grow really amazing onions and tomatoes; those are my two things that I do really well," comments Kristine. The lifestyle here is always approached with a view to environmental sustainability and a drive to live in harmony with nature. Kristine and Thomas are both vegans; this informs every piece of their lifestyle. "For us, being vegan is also being aware of the impact of the travel distance that a lot of food goes, the cost of that to the environment, work conditions of people picking it. The more we learn from being here, the more our consciousness impacts our decision making" she says. Animals live on the property but are not for consumption. Items are recycled. Thomas, a boatwright and skilled woodworker, reflects this holistic approach by creating structures and furnishings with recycled wood. No chemicals, pesticides or herbicides are used, and composting is key. "Thomas is the compost king; he makes amazing compost," she shares. It has been labour-intensive, and sometimes nature has dished out

challenges beyond the stones in the fields. Echoing the farm's name, it is strength of heart and ideals that prevail here. When Kristine's mother passed away a number of years ago, Kristine found herself having to dig deep. "I looked around at the farm and thought, yes, I'm going to bring it back, not trying to be my mom, but bringing it back and being me." The area of active farming was reduced, making it easier to tend it without the use of machines. Field-to-table vegan dinners have been hosted here, which have served to share both the bounty from the farm and the approach to eco-living. Kristine is excited about the season ahead. "The seed order has arrived and garden plotting is all sorted. We're trying to get the farm back to producing not just for ourselves, but for other people. We've worked so hard to get where we are." Like her mom, Kristine is an avid environmentalist, but she's passionate about life itself, involved in animal advocacy and has a vision to reach others through education like coordinating more field-to-table dinner events and community workshops. "We are part of an eco-system here; we need to work with it, instead of against it. My dream is to plant those seeds of compassion and the soil is ripe for this," shares Kristine. Though the land under her feet can offer either soil or stone, this farmer is grateful for it all, for the creatures that reside here, for the produce that springs forth each season, and for the community with whom to share it all.

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the 6,000-year-old connection Indigenous Peoples have to the area. Standing out against the drab, boxy architecture of the city was the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Architect Antoine Predock took inspiration from the Canadian landscape – grasslands, Northern lights, mountains, snow – and has described the building as "being carved into Earth and dissolving into the sky." Encouraged by a volunteer to explore from the top down, we headed skyward up to the Tower of Hope and started with 360-degree views of the city. Unlike most museums, there are few artifacts; instead exhibits feature strong visual designs and extensive use of multimedia technology to explore human rights in Canada and around the world. In all, 4,366 square metres of exhibit space is spread across seven floors. Etched in my memory are select exhibits – Canadian Journeys, Indigenous Perspectives and Examining the Holocaust – and within each of these, moving personal stories. Space provided for reflection and contemplation were essential considering the weight of some content. It was emotional, inspiring and thought provoking; one thought coming to both us of was that every Canadian should experience this museum, in these times more than ever. Always keen on art, we headed to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, or the WAG as locals know it. Top billing during our WAG visit were two Picasso exhibitions – Picasso in Canada, and Picasso: Man and Beast. Maybe more enlightening was our exposure to art by Indigenous groups from the Plains and Eastern regions; half of the WAG's permanent collection is Indigenous art and the gallery holds the world's largest collection of Inuit art. Winnipeg came through as promised with its history, art and museums. Now, who wants to go to Saskatoon?

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I recently went all "Marie Kondo" in my kitchen: rooting through cupboards and drawers I reorganized, rearranged and revamped. It's a small kitchen so there's not much room for extras. Some duplicates, as well as some cooking tools that I never by Joan Saunders use and finally realized I didn't need, ended up in a donation box. Kitchen stores are so tempting. I am easily enticed by exciting new finds and often discover that the tool I picked up is exactly what I was looking for. But in the process of sorting, I also reflected on which cooking and baking necessities I would never get rid of. The first that came to mind was my KitchenAid Mixer. I must admit, however, that when the mixer was initially given to me, I was afraid of it. I had been baking without such a beast for decades, so why did I need it now? It was so big, so shiny, so imposing. I placed it carefully on the counter and let it sit. For months. 54 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | MARCH 2020

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It's a mezzaluna, with its accompanying cutting board. The mezzaluna is a simple knife created for a single purpose: it's very efficient at chopping up piles of ingredients. The name is Italian for half-moon, which makes sense when you see the curved blade. The concave cutting board that came along with it keeps ingredients from escaping as it's got a shallow dip where you place whatever you want to cut up. It's become a favourite as it makes short work of herbs, nuts or dried fruit. It's wonderful to have in the kitchen if you make fresh pesto. This next kitchen necessity may sound boring, but it's not. It's a massive sheet pan, the biggest I can fit in my oven. Crazy, right? I bought it not long ago on a whim and it's so darn handy. I can fit tons of cookies or scones on it and it's awesome for my new go-to: Sheet Pan Meals. Slap some parchment or aluminum foil on it and it's a breeze to clean up as well. If you're looking for a new pan, my advice is "go big." When something feels right, you don't change it. That's how I feel about my rolling pin. I've used other ones over the years, but I keep going back to my old wooden rolling pin. I know just how much pressure to use with it, and how it moves on the counter. I feel the dough underneath and know when the pastry is not working as the rolling pin is now an extension of my hands. I'll use someone else's if I must, but I'd rather bring my own rolling pin to any baking party. There are many other kitchen tools that I constantly use and I'm sure I'll continue to discover new ones. Pulling everything out of my cupboards was a bit of a revelation. The result of my efforts? Now I need to remember where everything is currently stashed as I'm really getting tired of opening the wrong cupboard doors.

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Our digestion is arguably the foundation of our health. It impacts us on many levels, such as energy levels, pain syndromes and mood disorders. Most often the main reason patients seek my help is for digestive disorders or diseases. When trying to find the cause of any digestive problem, it is important to assess what foods are being consumed as well as identifying food sensitivities or intolerances. Ultimately, I will guide patients not only on what they eat, but also how to optimize the breakdown and assimilation of their nutrients. The following are some of these simple tips to keep your digestion working well. Eat mindfully. This means taking your time and focusing on your meal as you enjoy it. Digestion begins as soon as you begin to prepare your meal. You are seeing and smelling what deliciousness is to come. This gets your brain sending signals to your digestive organs: to your mouth (salivation), your stomach (HCL and pepsin production), your liver (bile production and gall bladder contraction) and pancreas (enzyme secretion). When consuming your meal, be sure you are in a quiet environment and are not watching TV/devices or any other distraction that may distract you from what is in front of you. Take your time while eating. Your body (particularly as we age) loses its ability to produce digestive juices. As a result (and at any age) we need to take the time to eat our meals to give our body the chance to work at breaking down the nutrients into absorbable "bits." This means chewing each bite well. Take time between bites and do not rush yourself if you are in a hurry. Simply eat what you can and come back to it later if you have little time to eat. Limit your fluids. Your digestive juices (saliva, stomach acid, bile and pancreatic enzymes) are active secretions that need to be in contact with your food. Limit fluids at the meal to half a glass of water only. Excess water, pop, milk and alcohol will prevent your body's ability to concentrate on the task at hand: breaking down your healthy food and promoting its absorption. Consider other digestive support. Even doing all these things to optimize our digestion, sometimes we still need a little help from mother nature. If you are exhibiting symptoms of poor digestion with meals such as bloating, feeling nauseated, or full even if just a small amount was consumed, this could be a sign that one or some of your digestive organs are stressed. Consider a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before meals to increase the acidity of the stomach (particularly for those who are taking acid blocker medications), bitters to stimulate bile flow (Canadian or Swedish

bitters can be found at the health food store) and/or a comprehensive digestive enzyme with your larger, more complex meals. Only those with ulcers (even if suspected) should not take digestive enzymes. Probiotics are also an effective and safe digestive support. Whether you have the occasional gastric upset, are suffering with a chronic condition or just merely want to get the most out of what you eat, it is important to make sure you are allowing your body to be able to work its best on what you consume.


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of living – all without risking injury. These outdoor exercise parks also fill a vitally important need for seniors' mental health: social interaction. Loneliness and isolation are common problems amongst seniors who live alone. Social isolation has been linked to significant declines in seniors' health. As well as physical health benefits, "Getting out once in a while to meet people, have tea in the park, share memories, and socialize is equally important for senior citizens." (Hearty Soul) "Seniors' Community Parks in B.C. provide free outdoor exercise equipment and are designed to help older adults stay mobile, healthy, and physically active in their communities" exclaims the B.C. Government's website. The Island boasts five park locations: Courtney, Nanaimo, North Cowichan, Oak Bay and Sidney. Our local Community Wellness Park, at 10091 Resthaven Drive next to the Library, shows what can be accomplished when a community comes together. An initiative of the Town of Sidney, their website proudly states that the Community Wellness Park "promotes a safe and healthy outdoor exercise environment for seniors, persons with disabilities and the community as a whole. Each piece of equipment in the park is easy to operate and instructional signs accompany each one so that maximum benefits can be reached." Each weather-proof machine, from the Mobility Rehabilitator to the Balance Beam Stepper, was created specifically for a particular fitness need. The health-enhancing exercise park was the result of the efforts of a diverse mix of community-minded individuals. An April 14, 2009 Town of Sidney Press Release states that "The idea for a wellness park was first initiated by the Town's Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities back in October 2007 when they requested that Sidney Council consider accommodating this type of park in the Town's 2O Year Parks Plan." With grant funding from the Province, financial support from the Town of Sidney and a contribution from the Peninsula Co-op, construction started in March 2009 and the Community Wellness Park opened two months later. At that time, then-mayor Larry Cross summed up his community's vision: "Sidney strives to be a balanced healthy community, where its citizens have an opportunity to enjoy an incredible natural setting while at the same time moving toward better fitness and well-being." Statistics Canada's 2016 Census Profile for Sidney reveals that seniors 65 and over comprise almost 41 percent of the town's population. Their numbers alone warrant readily available places where seniors can easily access the physical fitness tools to give them a long healthy life. The Town of Sidney is obviously paying attention and showing proper respect towards its valuable elders.

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Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic: More Than a Remedy by Jo Barnes

Why am I not feeling well?

It's a familiar question, but at this clinic, it is the key question. Offering a collaborative approach, Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic focuses on discovering the root of the illness, treating the whole person, and coming up with a treatment plan tailored specifically to each client. "As naturopathic doctors we spend a lot of time teaching patients so they understand the 'why' of their health conditions," shares Dr. Dana Tishenko. Situated at #102- 9725 Fourth Street, this welcoming clinic is home to three naturopathic physicians, two massage therapists, a respiratory therapist and registered acupuncturist. With this depth of staff abilities and backgrounds, the centre is able to extend a bounty of treatment options to its clients. "We offer a wide variety of services including hormone testing, allergy testing, and all the standard blood tests available through LifeLab," shares Dana. "As naturopathic doctors we can diagnose medical conditions, and as well, we offer clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, and lifestyle recommendations." In addition to all the services available, all naturopathic doctors

here have their Prescriptive Authority, meaning they're licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medications if deemed necessary. If you're a first time client, what can you expect? Initially, you'll complete a detailed form and also provide any labwork and information regarding medication or supplements that you take regularly. The doctor will do an in-depth review of all this medical history, and a physical exam will be done. You'll then discuss your health concerns and goals. Testing can be done. Peninsula Naturopathic has partnered with other facilities like LifeLab so that clients can get comprehensive lab testing done such as a hormone panel, thyroid function or testing for food and environmental allergies, digestive health or exposure to toxic heavy metals. The aim is to enhance the investigative process and get to the root of a client's issues. Here preventative care is highlighted, patient education is integral and client-doctor trust coveted. "Most patients comment on the atmosphere of the clinic," shares Dr. Tishenko. "They feel their concerns are heard, and most importantly we help them meet their health goals." Good health is a daily balancing act, and sometimes we need direction and answers. The team at Peninsula Naturopathic is committed to working with you to create your path towards healthy living and wellness.

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DCC Cabinets Local, affordable custom cabinets … right here on the Saanich Peninsula! We offer a full-service shop, from design and manufacturing through to the installation of our exceptional product. 250.412.3472 deepcovecustoms.com 2071 Malaview Ave, Sidney (call for appt.)

Sidney Mattress & More A boutique store in Sidney specializing in mattresses and beds. Featuring Restwell's made in B.C. "Back Supporter Series." We offer small space solutions including sleepchests, Murphybeds and trundle beds. Let us help you sleep better! 778.351.2113 | sidneymattress.com 1A - 2353 Bevan Ave, Sidney

Five years ago Tamara and Bruce Knott were so disappointed by the poor quality of leafy greens available during the fall/winter season they decided to do something about it. Bright Greens Canada was born, a year-round vertical hydroponic farm situated in two 40-foot shipping containers. The pair of containers, nicknamed April and May as it's always spring, hold thousands of plants in various stages of development enjoying an environment tailored to their precise requirements: 16°C, with a light breeze and 18 hours of sunlight daily. It's amazing that this small space can produce over 6,000 pounds of produce annually with 90% less water! On the Bright Greens crop list are crisp lettuces, spicy mustard greens, tender bok choy, kale and chard, edible flowers, unique herbs and healthful microgreens. Bright Greens produce is free from chemical pesticides and is typically picked for customers the same day they receive it. That's year-round fresh quality that can't be beat. Bright Greens supplies some of greater Victoria's top chefs. Local customers are invited to Bright Green's weekly Farmgate Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6346 West Saanich Road. For more information, visit www.brightgreens.ca or email tamara@brightgreens.ca.




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We are excited to welcome Olivia Cload, owner of Lovely Brows, to Le Petit Lapin! Olivia specializes in an eyebrow treatment called Nanoblading; the most advanced, semi-permanent makeup service for the eyebrows. This technique creates fine, accurate, and crisp hair strokes, mimicking the diameter and dimension of a real eyebrow. This treatment is perfect for anyone who dreams of a fuller or more defined eyebrow. For more information visit us at 250.656.7189 www.lepetitlapinboutique.com or stop in to say hello. #105 - 2360 Beacon Ave, Sidney

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Le Petit Lapin Beauty Boutique Spring and Summer are just around the corner! Visit us at Le Petit Lapin Boutique for a low-maintainence look. We specialize in eyelash extensions, eyelash lifts and tinting, facial waxing, and nanoblading. Eyelash extensions are synthetic lashes adhered to natural lashes creating a bolder, longer, fuller look without the mascara fuss. Eyelash lifts and tinting are best for a subtle look; the natural eyelashes are permanently curled then tinted to accentuate your natural beauty. We proudly carry a wide range of local jewelry and accessories as well as award-winning beauty products. We are known for giving back to the community whenever we can and enjoy building close relationships with our clients and customers. Stop in to support the Canadian Women's Foundation by purchasing one of our shop-designed T-shirts. Our lovely team members have been carefully selected for their talents and uplifting personalities. We want you to feel as beautiful as you truly are! We are excited to now house "Lovely Brows" by Olivia Cload, specializing in nanoblading, an eyebrow tattooing treatment. Treat yourself this month to a refreshing service, trendy accessory, or just stop in to say hi; we would love to meet you!

Making A Home:

Nest & Nook Housewares In April 2019, neighbours Misty Coldwell and Lindsay Trudeau were taking a walk and discussing their love of home décor. by Jesse Holth

Discovering their common passion, they decided to open a store together – and just two months later, Nest & Nook Housewares was born. "We've had a really great response so

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far," says Lindsay. The shop features a very coastal style – light and airy, with lots of bright whites and neutrals. From kitchenware to throw pillows, the design philosophy is simple: timeless pieces with plenty of character. "It's kind of a one-stop shop," Lindsay explains. "We wanted to bring all of our favourite things to one spot." "Our online store launched in November – we had lots of inquiries about it," says Misty, who also owns Miss Bliss Boutique next door. Customers who shop Nest & Nook online can have their items delivered all across Canada. Of course, plenty of customers are local Sidney residents. "Word of mouth has been very powerful," Lindsay adds, "and social media has been good to us." A lot of people discovered the shop over the Christmas holidays. The stock is also changing all the time – right now, spring décor is starting to come in. "We're pretty proud of the pillow collection," says Lindsay, noting that they can easily update any room in the house. "Customers seem to really like them." People are also loving the dishware, and the selection of quirky, fun doormats. "There's always fresh new stuff," Misty explains, so returning customers can find something different. The shop itself is bright, warm, and welcoming – just like the owners. They carry some great local items too: there are a few cookbooks written by local B.C. women, and candles from both Victoria and Vancouver-based women. If you go to visit the shop, chances are you'll find Lindsay – she's there most days. "If anyone is feeling stuck with their home décor, or they have a new place they're not sure how to decorate or where to start, we can definitely help," says Lindsay. "We want to make their house a home." You can find Nest & Nook Housewares in Sidney, tucked in at 2393 Beacon Avenue, or visit their online shop at nestandnookhousewares.com. Follow them on Instagram @nestandnookhousewares for design inspiration, and to see all the beautiful items they have to offer.

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Sandy Oliver: Sidney Star Cinema by Anne Miller

I learned long ago that, much as

we love something, inevitably it comes to an end. Endings are sometimes met with sadness or regret, as in the case of watching Star Cinema collapse into rubble not long ago, leaving a hollow space where, once, warm memories were made. But, as owner Sandy Oliver knows, emptiness is also receptivity. Plans are in place to resurrect the cinema in its original location within a couple of years. In the meantime, Sandy offers current films in temporary digs, an old "garage" with 18-foot ceilings, allowing only one screen and calling for "serious baffling" (major soundproofing). From childhood, loving the little projectors in the classroom, to offering NFB films during her time working in a transition house, Sandy has always enjoyed film. Her involvement, though, became much more serious when she trained as a projectionist at the Salt Spring Cinema in 1994. A couple of years later, Louise Nye sold the cinema and Sandy managed the little theatre for the new owner. In early 1998, she was approached by then-mayor of Sidney, Don Amos, asking her to consider a cinema in Sidney. She enthusiastically took the challenge. Within six months, Star Cinema opened with the support of friends, locals and family, not least being Sandy's sister, Carolyn Lewis. For many people, she was the warm and lovely face of Star Cinema until her death in 2012. What Sandy loves about her work are the amazing people who come to the cinema. It's important to her that people make connections as that makes all the difference. Her purpose is to serve the community by offering different options to Sidney's diverse demographics – seniors, teens, young families and children. On Wednesdays, the hard-of-

hearing are drawn to the open captions on films. Those interested in the educational and social value of film appreciate the special events, where a film is followed by discussion, sometimes led by a guest speaker. Sandy knows this creates compassion and empathy for issues and those who live circumstances that are similar to that portrayed on film. They can understand, and feel understood. One example was the showing of the movie Beautiful Mind. It was followed by a discussion about mental health and it got people talking. One woman was so moved as she could finally better understand what her son was going through. In return for Star Cinema's commitment to being welcome, affordable and dedicated to the community, the community gives back. By 2013, Sidney supporters donated $185,000 to allow Star Cinema to purchase new digital projectors and new seats. Sandy credits her loyal, trusted and skilled staff for the success of the operation, as well as for creating a warm and cozy venue for viewing the films. Her "sweet staff," including managers Lindsay and Shannon, are wholly dedicated and competent. As Sandy and her staff imagine the future of Star Cinema, they hope it will become a community-owned society. They feel that's the right thing. Sandy plans for a three-screen venue while maintaining its unique character and a social place for people. As for Sandy's future? "Retirement 85!", she says, so she still has a couple of decades to go. She will be quite content to pass the torch to Lindsay, who shares her goals. Change is inevitable and welcome. Sandy is simply interested in the survival of the theatre, for the sake of Sidney's character, and because film has so much value. MARCH 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 69

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Onward and Seaward

The Saanich Peninsula Legion has been a fixture in the region since 1926 and has had a residence at 1660 Mills Road for the past 90 years. But recently, they found themselves looking for a new home as the building they had been renting was no longer suitable. The SHOAL Centre has come to the rescue and the Legion, Branch #37 is now holding their meetings there.

True to her entrepreneurial spirit, Laura McLarty, owner of Flush Bathroom Essentials in Sidney, is branching out. Laura is opening SEAWARDS Souvenir and Apparel Shop at #107 - 2506 Beacon Avenue in the former Victoria Lavender location this March. We can't wait to see what cool stuff she brings in!

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Who knew you could farm seaweed? Cascadia Seaweed had its Grand Opening on February 29 at their office above Lolly Gobble on Third Street. The management team of Cascadia includes local entrepreneurs Mike Williamson, President/ CEO; William Collins; Tony Ethier and Steven Cross, who are growing Cascadia Seaweed to become the largest producer of seaweed in North America by partnering with First Nations and coastal communities. They currently have two "farms" in the Bamfield area. Seaweed is used in numerous products including human food, cosmetics, medicinal use, pet food and fertilizer to name a few.

Veterans get a new home

Barbara is back! Just when you thought you weren't going to be able to find a new outfit for that special occasion, Barbara's Boutique reopened their doors in their new location at 2493 Beacon Avenue (formerly Tatum & Olivia). The new location brings Barbara's into the heart of Beacon Avenue. Owner Barbara Hubbard strives to bring classy, chic designs to her clients and this hasn't changed. Stop by the new store that is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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year. This year's colour is classic blue, a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk, and Sidney's own Victoria Distillers has created the cocktail "Classic Blue" for the occasion.

Learning to cry

New dreamer for Sweet Dreams

Almost everyone on the Saanich Peninsula knows Kenny Podmore, Sidney's colourful Town Crier. He is often opening events such as the Canada Day Parade with a booming "Oyez, Oyez" and the ringing of a brass bell. But now, Kenny has a new partner. Liam McLennan has recently become the Junior Town Crier and will accompany Kenny at events. His debut will be at the Annual Ferry Between Friends that launches the start of the Anacortes to Sidney Ferry Run on March 29.

After 18 years of business in Sidney, Jennifer Michnik and her husband Brian have sold Sweet Dreams Boutique. New owner Fei Li moved to Victoria from Ottawa four years ago. Her daughter loves Buddies Toys, which brought the neighbouring Sweet Dreams Boutique to Fei's attention. With 18 years of experience in the furniture business, Fei will continue to operate Sweet Dreams with the same staff and will "do her best to keep Sweet Dreams Boutique going and growing."

Colour of the year with a twist … of gin

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Victoria Distillers' Empress 1908 Gin is not only a gin with a wonderful taste, but the beautiful blue colour has a nice trick of turning pink when it is mixed with citrus, which has attracted a lot of attention. It's not surprising then that this year, Empress Gin has been chosen to craft the signature cocktail of the year for the Pantone Color Institute, the company that decides the official colour of the

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Your Side Business:

Reporting Profit and Loss

by Sheila Henn CPA, CA

Do you have a side business

or profits from a business or hobby Paterson Henn CPA that should be reported on your tax return? What about online sales, or sales from the craft fair? Your business may be growing and has a profit which is great news! Unfortunately, there isn't a threshold for reporting profits on your tax return, but there are reasons beyond the income tax rules to claim this self-employment income (T2125). Having this history and reporting legitimizes the business as proof of income for various reasons such as obtaining loans. The expenses to offset reporting these sales will help in reducing tax and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) that you pay. Office expenses, supplies, vehicle, travel expenses – these are just some examples but basically any reasonable costs incurred to earn revenue can be claimed. Invoices and proof of payment support this claim; vehicle logs and other support may be needed. This additional tax and cost of CPP (employer portion) often comes as a surprise. This, along with sales taxes that you may be withholding,

should be kept aside for payment. Taxes are due April 30, although with self-employment income you can file by June 15. If you are running a business, regardless of size, you should keep track of your sales and costs. It doesn't have to be fancy, but you should be maintaining proper records and at the end of the day, knowing what you are earning will help with reporting and your business choices. This helps so you can set aside the appropriate amount of tax and see if you have a profit or loss. It could be that you are just doing these craft fairs for enjoyment. A loss can be used against other income or be carried forward to offset profits in the future. The caveat is that it should not be claimed year after year, as CRA expects there to be a profit when you are operating a business. The other compliance areas can be daunting – PST, GST and their requirements can be complicated especially when selling online outside of B.C. There is a lot of information online, but accountants can assist to ensure there are no surprises later. At the end of the day, most want to focus their efforts on what they enjoy – selling their goods or services. For more information, visit www.patersonhenn.com.


On a property assessed at 1.5 million dollars, the speculation tax stands to cost property owners up to $30,000 annually if they do not declare, or are not entitled to, an exemption to the tax. In cases of joint ownership, all owners must make separate declarations. Regardless of the nature of your ownership interest in a property, you are required to make a declaration with respect to the tax. Property owners should be receiving a notification in the mail from the provincial government. If you have any questions about your notification or would like assistance

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Creating a Classic Brew

It won't have escaped the notice of anyone who's been in a liquor store recently that there's been an explosion

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by Deborah Rogers


in the beer section. Craft brewing is having a day (well, a decade) and there are more varieties than you could reasonably sample. What's interesting is that they're coming from small breweries all around Vancouver Island and B.C. The choice is sometimes overwhelming, and with wild and wacky names (a glass of Creepy Uncle Dunckel anyone?) you don't always know what it is you're going to be getting. I've started to wonder: how are all these interesting flavours produced; just what is it that's going on behind the scenes at the brewery? Cousins Daniel and Ben van Netten kindly agreed to show me what's what at their brewery on Mills Road in North Saanich. Howl Brewing was only established in 2018, but it's been an idea in the works for many years while Dan worked behind the bar at Spinnakers and the two of them made trips back and forth to Europe learning the history, secrets and skills of making small batch beer in a traditional style. As we start our interview, a large stainless steel kettle is being filled with hot water. Howl Brewing is classified as a Pico Brewery (smaller than micro, smaller even than nano), meaning they will produce just a fraction of the output of a traditional commercial brewery. The batch that's being started in front of me will make 270 litres of real ale. Whatever the volume produced, beer has the same simple base ingredients: water, grain, yeast and hops (or another flavour provider).

Into the kettle large sacks of barley are tipped – the degree of roasting determines some of those caramel or coffee flavours. Then there's a pause while the grain sits. Did you know that there is a yeast library? I didn't either! If you want to make interesting, characterful brews, you need exciting and varied strains of yeast grown for the purpose. And here's where the brewers become really animated as they discuss attenuation and flocculation: basically the conversion of sugar to alcohol and the way the yeast behaves. It's clear to me that beer brewing is the perfect venture for these self-professed makers, bakers, builders and gardeners. Yes, you can follow a recipe and produce a consistent product, but it's the experimentation that appeals to enthusiasts like Dan and Ben. Their interest is really connected to the farmto-table ethos, making the brewery's home at The Fickle Fig Farm Market all the more appropriate. The Mills Road venue is perfect as they find themselves visited by farmers and growers who are keen to share their harvest surpluses. This leads to spontaneous, seasonal brews of (for instance) a plum beer, or a blackberry lavender saison. And people who happen to have hops plants, yet no desire to home-brew, will bring them by. Back to the brew at hand, and after sitting the grain needs sparging. This is a process of flushing the sugars out of the grain mash by spraying with fresh water. Then there's some jiggery pokery with a pump and hoses to move the liquid into another large kettle. The leftover mash goes to a local farmer for cattle feed. It's an interesting mix of agriculture, industry and kitchen. It's small scale but still a professional, tightly regulated process. There are peeks into the vats, judicious checking of temperatures, colours etc. but the brewer gets to play too when they select the flavour profiles to add. Both Dan and Ben are interested in traditional brewing and the use of herbs and other plants. They've experimented with juniper branches as well as the produce people bring by. For this year's Victoria Beer Week they have produced an ancient "Druid" beer made with herbs, yarrow, rosehips, dandelion and mushrooms. There's so much backstory to each of the beers they brew, I can't recommend enough stopping by to sample when you have the time to learn a bit about what you're drinking. As for this batch of IPA, now that the beer wort is in the kettle, it's heated to boiling and then the flavour gets added. After boiling it gets cooled using a heat exchanger, then the liquid is transferred again into the fermenter. Yeast is added and it's left to do its work for five to seven days. At this point the beer is carbonated. At Howl their beer is not pasteurized or filtered: it's a real ale experience, and one that's pretty similar to how it's been made throughout the centuries. What do you want Deb to peek behind the scenes of next? Email news@seasidemagazine.ca with your ideas or an invitation!

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This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services. Spring. A time of rebirth. A time to sweep away the remnants of a wet and dreary winter. Many aspects of our lives could use a spring cleaning: our wardrobe, our home, our yard. Soon, we'll need to bring out the lawn furniture. Funny, I didn't notice how faded and tired the cushion covers looked when I put them away last fall. The furniture itself still looks pretty good – it's only a few seasons old – but the cushions? Not so much. A few of the ties have ripped off and there is a definite compression mark in the seat. Don't worry: there's an easy solution to this problem. The fillers in these cushions are still in excellent shape. I can repair the sagging seats, and cover the cushions in a high-quality outdoor fabric. Sunbrella Furniture Fabric is available in a variety of colours, patterns, and textures. It's also mold, mildew, water, and fade resistant – perfect for our climate here. Boating season is on the horizon, too. Time to deal with the lasting effect of those long, rainy days on the exterior of the boat; it's covered in mold and grime. Last year, we had our canvas cleaned and sealed, so that's still looking great – but the hull! It needs a good clean and polish. When that's finished, I turn to the interior. The cushions are looking faded and tired: areas on the settee are worn, and I failed to notice the food stains on the galley cushions. Maybe it's time to think about repairs, or replacements. New, fully-zippered cushions are the answer here. I have a great selection of washable fabrics perfect for this purpose. I can also address outdoor cockpit cushions. Does your dinghy need an update? I can recover your existing cushions with a variety of vinyls, engineered specifically for marine use. They are available in a range of colours and textures – no need to choose white! Are you constantly needing to dry out your cushions? Flow-through foam is also available: it doesn't absorb water, and allows for quick drying. I can even make low-cost plastic covers for existing removable cushions to keep your dinghy cushions dry overnight. Getting ready for spring can be a lot of work. Me? I can hardly wait. Let's get at it! ~ Nancy McMillan

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Change is Possible

Environmental headlines of my childhood – bald eagle declines due to DDT and severe drought* by Tina Kelly in Ethiopia and the corresponding famine. The British pop stars that graced my bedroom walls also graced the stage at a benefit concert and collaborated on a Christmas song to raise awareness for Africa. In high school, world news introduced the destruction of Amazon rainforests, the diminishing ozone layer and dolphin deaths in the tuna fishery. The list goes on and on and you'd be living under a proverbial rock to not be aware of today's environmental newsmaker; it's just two words – climate change. Banning DDT resulted in the recovery of bald eagle populations, outrage over dolphin deaths lead to changes in the tuna fishery and a ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has slowed the rate of ozone depletion. Proof positive change is possible and while regulation from the top – such as bans – work, we as individuals also hold the power to make a difference and to influence change. An interest in nature combined with those headlines of the 80s and 90s motivated me to study biology in university. Learning (and continued learning) about science and natural systems helped me – and still helps me – understand the environment and our place in it. It is all interconnected and can be confusing. Time is precious and we don't all have extra time available to look past the sound bites or wade through social media and tweeze out the details. Add to that complicated and overwhelming information from

scientific jargon or conflicting information. This new bimonthly column aims to ease the confusion and help you navigate "going green." I'll share practical tips and tricks to implement into your lifestyle or to help shift habits; you may learn something new, get a little nudge in the right direction or be reminded to try "that thing you heard that time somewhere back when that was supposed to be good for the environment." Along the way I'll dispel a myth or two, myths I believe discourage or alienate and persuade some to quit before they even begin. The marketing industry does a remarkable job in trying to persuade us we need the newest "must have" green products and green alternatives – "replace this with that" or "don't use that; use this." For this reason, and others, I often overhear going green is expensive. Myth to dispel: fancy expensive gadgets are not necessarily required. While treading lightly on the world around me and protecting nature was my initial motivator, a pleasant and welcome side-effect emerged in my journey: I was saving money. Truth be told a couple of choices I make cost a smidge more, but it is offset by the savings from other habits. I hope we can all find our motivator – our family, our favourite natural space, our education, news headlines or maybe even money. We all have the ability to tread lighter and have a positive impact on our neighbourhood, our community and the planet. Why not try to turn those headlines around. *While media touted drought as the main cause of the famine, some organizations blame governmental policies and conflict, combined with drought. MARCH 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 77


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Connecting Seniors to a Valuable Online Community by Sherrin Griffin VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare

When we think about

how communication has changed over the last few decades, it's really quite incredible, and hard to remember the days back when fax machines seemed pretty high tech. I remember emailing for the very first time in the mid 1990s, from a computer the size of a large microwave oven, and thinking "wow, this is the beginning of a whole new era of communication." But, seriously, how could any one of us at that time fully realize the impact that digital technology would have on our lives, and the lives of future generations? With more and more people purchasing home computers, then portable laptops, tablets, and smartphones; traditional phone calls and fax usage plummeted, quickly replaced by email messages and 160-character-or-less texts. When Mark Zuckerberg introduced the world to Facebook in the early 2000s, we were hooked and our love affair with social media was born. Now with Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facetime, WhatsApp, Tumblr, Snapchat and more joining the ranks, it looks like social media is here to stay. How the millennials, and their successors, Gen Z, keep up with the latest social media apps is beyond me, and I am somewhat relieved to approach my senior years without the societal pressure of having to keep up. Although … if I want to stay in touch with my 19-year-old nephew, and his future family, then I will have to stay on top of this everchanging technology. According to Statistics Canada, from 2007 to 2016, internet use doubled from 32% to 68% among Canadians aged 65 and older. Pew Research reports that now 46% of that age bracket is using social media. Despite the notion that older people can't manage technology due to cognitive decline, many social media sites are claiming that seniors are their fastest growing audience. Overall, older Canadians represent the fastest-growing segment

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of internet users nationwide. My own mother, in her early 80s, posts more on Facebook than I do, and surfs the internet regularly. While some believe that digital technology may have encouraged more solitary time and less time spent outdoors, and decreased conventional conversation skills and proper social etiquette for our younger populations, it definitely presents some benefits for our seniors: • enables seniors to easily connect with relatives and friends who don't live nearby • enables family members and friends to connect with and check on seniors as needed • helps to close the gap between generations by sharing photos and video chats, leading to more conversation and interaction with each other • teaches seniors new cognitive skills and keeps their minds active • decreases loneliness and/or depression by fostering a sense of community and socialization online, especially for those with mobility issues • can improve seniors' health and wellness by offering internet access to educational information and lifestyle tips that encourage and promote a healthier lifestyle • enables seniors the convenience of shopping online for groceries, meal delivery, household items, and anything else they may need Electronic communication and digital media can be wonderful tools for seniors, but can also present dangers to trusting and inexperienced online browsers. Connect regularly with the senior(s) in your life and ensure they are not falling for internet scams, potential identity theft, or other online predatorial behavior.

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Panorama Recreation: Health in Your Hands In our pursuit of health we step up the pace, the pressure or the load. But sometimes it's beneficial to just step away. The Pottery Studio at Greenglade Community Centre, operated by Panorama Recreation, offers a place where you can build dexterity, creativity and enhance your wellbeing. The studio is a vibrant centre providing five pottery wheels, a kiln, slab roller, wedging table, three handbuilding tables, and a glazing area. Services include clay purchase, project and clay storage, firing and glazing as well as various pottery classes. The studio, which is open seven days a week, offers over 64 hours of drop-in pottery each week. So why do people get involved in pottery? It's an ideal avenue to build social connections with others, reduce stress, enhance focus, rediscover spontaneity, find self-expression and bolster self-esteem. Studies show that the creative pottery process can decrease cortisol levels. It offers a way to take a break from the noise, move away from outside distractions and slow down, be more present and more focused. Making pottery offers physical benefits too like strengthening the wrists, hands and arms. Are you dealing with arthritis? Pottery activity promotes joint dexterity and fluidity. Never tried your hand with clay before? The eight-week Beginner by Jo Barnes

Pottery class gives you a chance to use a pottery wheel as well as handbuild with clay. Take your skills to the next level in Beyond Beginners and enjoy other specialty classes like Decorating, Sand Glazing or Making Teapots and Lidded Containers. Want to develop a particular technique or skill? Book a private session with one of the skilled potters available. Studio orientations are available if you have 16+ hours of pottery experience either through Panorama or elsewhere. Once you've completed orientation you can drop in to the studio during drop-in hours. Pottery memberships are available on a monthly, six-month, one-year membership or single drop-in or punch cards (10 or 25Â visits). Children can benefit from pottery activities too! Panorama offers opportunities such as the Parent and Child Handbuilding classes, school age and teen pottery classes, youth pottery camps during Spring Break, Pro-D Days and Summer session. The popular Make a Mug or Make a Lantern classes are a fun way to try out handbuilding pottery with your little ones (age 3+). So consider that lump of clay just waiting for you. With it, you can be not only creative and expressive, but you can de-stress, find focus and connect with others.

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Nicola Furlong:


Always Game Nicola Furlong zooms in for our interview on her electric bike, fresh from a hockey game with the Sidney Retreads, an old-timers' by Gillian Crowley hockey team where she was the only female player for many years. This energetic artist, writer, radio host, gardener, hockey player and communications consultant is one of those people who epitomizes the fun of semi-retirement and retirement when there's time to develop a diversity of interests. Nicola was a communications specialist for many years in a variety of federal departments but in 1996, while at Fisheries and Oceans in Nanaimo, she became a victim of government cuts. At this critical juncture she decided it was time to take life's lemons and make lemonade. The sixth of eight children, Nicola has a "can do" attitude that helped her become an independent consultant and facilitator in Greater Victoria. Around the same time she drew on her Fine Arts degree from Carleton University to continue writing fiction, having previously written her first murder mystery featuring Riley Quinn, a professional golfer and part-time B.C. coroner, entitled Teed Off! Her second darker novel, A Hemorrhaging of Souls, garnered praise on GoodReads, as suited for "fans of Sue Grafton, LJ Ross, Joy Ellis, Sue Fortin and L.T. Vargus [who] will embrace the tension, humour and suspense." While marketing this psychological thriller, she "lucked into" her "divine gig" with Guideposts, an American Christian publisher that sought upbeat Murder She Wrote types of mystery stories with a positive message. Six cozy mysteries later, Nicola recognized an opportunity from the changes coming to publishing with the advent of digitalization and decided to branch out into self-publishing. With her partner, she wrote and co-created Unnatural States, a multi-media thriller which involved a unique, immersive reading experience, using words, dramatic re-enactment videos and music. Since then Nicola has self-published a number of books and eBooks, including a guide on self-publishing and a bestselling "how-to" titled Youdunit Whodunit! How to Write Mysteries. She shared her knowledge and experiences for years, teaching various writing and publishing courses at Camosun College. In 2014 and 2016 she took a different approach while writing two

women's fiction books, Homefires and Heartsong, that explore her ideas about family relationships. These novels focus on the Shepherd sisters who have a calling to help people find forgiveness and make amends. Nicola admits that in self-publishing she has to do her own advertising, as Amazon and other self-publishing platforms don't put much effort into promotion. Originally she had planned a third book about the "The Sisterhood of Shepherds" but at this point she is reconsidering. "When you self-publish, you put hours and hours into the writing and into trying to master the secrets to Amazon's product-ranking algorithms, but then the eBook may only sell for a toonie a copy." Seeking a break from this incessant marketing challenge, Nicola returned to her artistic interests, creating funky and often humorous Steampunk art. For those unfamiliar with the term, "Steampunk" mixes modern ideas and technology with those from the Industrial Revolution when steam was a major source of power. Nicola says: "I love the idea of upcycling bits and pieces by making art from them." She often uses joint compound to create images or presses her "odds and ends" into the thick plaster to create a new way of looking at the material. Her bold metallic work can be found at The Old Attic in Saanichton and online at www.nicolafurlong.com. Nicola is always looking for new challenges and recently snagged a new gig as volunteer host of "About the Peninsula" on Radio Sidney. "I am really jazzed about meeting the variety of people we have on the Peninsula," she says. Her interviewees have ranged from astrophysicists to fiddlers to dog whisperers. Radio Sidney started streaming online in fall 2018 (www.radiosidney.ca) and focuses on promoting the local arts through live interviews and local music. What is next for this energetic artist/writer/radio host? At the moment she's keeping her cards close to her chest, but we can be sure she'll pop up soon with another fascinating project. MARCH 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 81

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We had 34 people at our February meeting, and while I know our members love the coffee and treats (from Quince CafĂŠ), and I'm confident they enjoy the relaxed bookish company, I'm pretty certain this stellar turnout was due to the book we were discussing. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal is an examination of end-of-life care, and the questions that need to be faced when trying to reconcile medical innovation and progress with the inescapable realities of aging and death. It is a fantastic book. The writing is accessible, knowledgeable and humane. The author comes across as ever curious, willing to learn and question everything, even his own medical training. The way he approaches the subject, through a series of case studies that include his own family, brings the central issues into sharp relief, demonstrating the way that modern medicine sometimes seems at odds with what is best for humanity. It was very interesting when Gawande, whose background is Indian, added the frame of culture as well. He compared his grandfather's end of life in India, with his father's and mother-inlaw's in America. His analysis was honest about how often people are not able to have the death they might have planned and hoped for. Our discussion uncovered how some of the group had been reluctant to engage with the subject matter initially, but that the way it was approached had made having conversations about death seem manageable and needed. The book had made our readers think about life and death, and what a good death might look like. It had also sparked some into action to have important conversations with their own families. One of our readers even suggested that this book should be mandatory reading! The story related of Chase Memorial nursing home, and the innovative work that Bill Thomas did there, was inspiring. We enjoyed hearing how members of our group had been involved in programs that similarly focused on love and comfort, and the idea that having something to live for and quality days should be more important that just prolonging lives. Being Mortal really advocates communication, and it was exciting to see how it had galvanized readers in our community to come out and connect on the subject matter. There's no doubt about the writer's success at opening a conversation about death; whether he really dealt with the question of what being mortal means is less certain. Join us next month on March 10 to discuss Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sidney North Saanich Library's Nell Horth Room. Sign up for the Book Club email list: seasidemagazine.ca/book-club.




What to See & Where to Be




by Jo Barnes

Our Community Events Calendar!

5-9 and 10-5 (respectively)

MAR. 13/14

CRAFTED FARMHOUSE MARKET SPRING 2020 Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Has your shopping become a mindless act of grabbing items and paying at the till? How about a personal experience where you actually meet the makers of those products in a vibrant old fashioned market setting? The wildly popular Crafted Farmhouse Market, which kicked off in 2017, returns this spring bringing a beautiful fusion of modern and vintage and showcasing locally handmade products that are the best of the best. Browse from an amazing assortment including exquisite edibles, rustic decor, vintage items, creative clothing and jewelry, beautiful body care, art pieces, woodwork and so much more. With live music, food trucks, local handcrafted creations, sweet treats, warm drinks, and all in a fun and friendly atmosphere; you won't want to miss it! $5 door admission, kids 12 & under free. www.craftedfarmhousemarket.ca.

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Sidney Museum 2423 Beacon Ave L-3, Sidney LEGO building blocks have been loved by many generations and have definitely stood the test of time. Featuring themes from Star Wars, Minecraft, Friends, Harry Potter, Batman and vintage sets, this extremely popular exhibit is fun for the whole family. Guess how many bricks comprise the giant Lego Tower and challenge yourself with a scavenger hunt! Free admission. www.sidneymuseum.ca




Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney This afternoon dance showcase features students of Pacific Dance Center. Proceeds go towards scholarships for students wishing to pursue dance training. www.marywinspear.ca


8 - 10:30PM


St. John's United Church 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich Originally hailing from Cortes Island, this talented seven-piece family band has performed on the West Coast, U.S. and Europe. Come hear their diverse range of music and instrumentation including vocals, fiddles, guitars, banjo, cello, accordion, and bass. Tickets at the door. www.deepcovefolk.ca


10AM - 4PM

MAR. 13-19

Artsea Gallery, Tulista Park 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney A free event featuring a wonderful collection of pieces reflecting a musical rhapsody! Artists include Diane Lair, Arli Law, Donna Jean, Kit McDonald & Linda Rajotte. wwwartsea.ca/


1 - 3:30PM


McTavish Academy of Art 7PM


Shoal Centre 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney Wendy Wickwire, Professor Emerita of History, University of Victoria, is the author of numerous award-winning books and articles. Born in Jaipur, Meenal Shrivastava is a writer and a professor of political economy and global studies at Athabasca University and now lives in North Saanich. Tickets $10 (including refreshments) at Tanner's Books and online. Proceeds to support the 2021 Sidney LitFest. www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/





1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich With step-by-step instruction, you can try your hand at painting your own Pop Art pineapple! Cost $35 includes supplies, snacks and tropical themed beverages. www.mctavishacademy.ca or phone 778-351-0088


MAR 16-20 and 23-27

McTavish Academy of Art 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Kids will enjoy a variety of creative activities including arts, crafts, dance, yoga, nature walks, creative reading and writing and more! Bring snacks and lunch for the day, water bottle, change of clothes including warm outdoor wear. Cost $239. www.mctavishacademy.ca



The Centre for Active Living 55+

Mary's Bleue Moon Restaurant

1229 Clarke Road (next to library), Brentwood Bay Wear soft-soled lightweight flat shoes and clothes that allow for movement. Free first time for members, $3 drop in fee for others. Easy dances called. All ages welcome. Contact Janet at: mitchel5@telus.net; www.centralsaanichseniorscentre.org

9535 Canora Road, Sidney Come celebrate St. Paddy's at Mary's, a local eatery that celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. Enjoy an evening of Celtic bluegrass music by this eclectic group of fine musicians! www.marysbleuemoon.com



10AM - 4PM


Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Enjoy an all-day festival of Island big bands and concert bands! Special guest: The Pacific Blue Big Band of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. Tickets $10 at the door, students free – tea, coffee and treats by donation. www.marywinspear.ca




Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Guest speaker: Lindsay Dault, Owner of Country Bee Honey Farm, Topic: "The Bee Business and Bee Crisis". Members free, Non-members $10. www.cfuwsaanichpeninsula.org


MAR. 28/29

Sidney, BC Hosted by Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club, this is the first sailing race in the "triple crown" of the big island events (followed by the Round Salt Spring Race and the Swiftsure Race). It's a tactical challenge, navigating along the Canada-US border between the southern Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands. https://www.seatoskysailing.com/ contact-sea-to-sky-sailing


9:30AM - 4:30PM

MAR. 28/29

McTavish Academy of Art 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Led by Dr Margaret Critchlow, PhD, Anthropologist, Educator, Cohousing Consultant, and Founding Member of Harbourside Cohousing, the workshop is a chance to meet people who are developing cohousing communities on Vancouver Island and learn more about this opportunity. Free info sessions about Ravens Crossing Cohousing (Sidney) and West Wind Harbour Cohousing (Sooke) included. $195/household (couple), $145 for singles. For more info: info@ravenscrossing.ca


9:30 - 11:30AM


Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich It's National Crayon Day! Little ones can come dressed in their favourite crayon colour and enjoy a morning of free play fun and crayon-inspired activities. Drop-in rates apply. www.panoramarecreation.ca

ONGOING THE SAANICH PENINSULA STROKE RECOVERY ASSOCIATION 9300 Willingdon Rd, Sidney Meetings Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Offering speech, exercise and caregiver support to stroke survivors and their caregivers. Info: Lyall Copeland 250-652-3016 or visit www.spstrokerecovery.org.

SIDNEY BETTER BREATHERS CLUB Shoal Centre, Sidney 4th Monday of each month. 1:30 to 3 p.m. A free support and educational group for people with lung conditions (sponsored by the BC Lung Association). 1-800-665-5864.

YES WE CAN! COPE WITH DEPRESSION Powell Hall, St. John's United Church, North Saanich First Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For anyone dealing with depression. Strategies and education offered towards the healing process. 250-208-1446 or bdcorbett@shaw.ca.

CAREGIVERS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUPS Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church: 1 to 3 p.m.

Second Wednesday of each month.

Shoal Centre: 7 to 9 p.m. Second Thursday of each month. sol.valiquette@shaw.ca.

SIDNEY SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEETING Vancouver Island Regional Library Third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. www.sidneysistercitiesassociation.com.

PENINSULA NEWCOMERS CLUB LUNCHEON North Saanich Yacht Club Second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Pre-booking required. www.peninsulanewcomers.com.

SAANICH PENINSULA TOASTMASTERS MEETING Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. www.1288toastmastersclub.org.

YOGA WITH ENSEMBLE WELLNESS Sidney Studio Yoga for different levels. Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. For more info: 250-213-9211. MARCH 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 85

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Element Race Team:

Women's Cycling Team Ready to Represent Element Sports Coaching founder Tenille Hoogland and 2019 Canadian Masters Champion Samantha Hoft wanted to take action and inspire more women to get on their bikes and participate in cycling races and events. They understood that to see it means you can be it, and have created a competitive women's cycling team committed to training as a coordinated unit, racing hard and having fun pursuing challenges. With the strong support of the Victoria Wheelers and the Cycling Co, a team of 16 women were selected and will join together to race and participate in the BC Provincials Time Trial and Road Race (June 2020), Tour de Victoria (August 2020), and the Whistler Gran Fondo (September 2020). Members range in age from 20 to 60, and include athletes such as Tripleshot Cycling Club member Heather Simonson, Cycling BC's Master Woman of the Year 2019. Each woman is committed to training, racing, and acting as leaders in the community of cycling. "Women in amateur or masters cycling are underrepresented on every start line – club rides, local events and Gran Fondos. A major barrier is intimidation," says Hoogland. "This team wants to change that by increasing participation in club rides, encouraging women to learn skills, and getting to the start lines for fun or competitive events. Representation matters, and this team absolutely represents what is possible." The full 2020 Element Race Team roster includes: Amanda Glover, Angelina Landry, Donna Stokes, Heather Simonson, Hillerie Denning, Jennifer Ward, Jessica Michalofsky, Jessica Planeta, Kirsten Hagen, Kristin Brandl, Lauren Bertuzzi,

Lindsay Burgess, Louise Proulx, Richele Frank, Samantha Hoft and Shannon Baerg. The team will officially be launched on March 8, International Women's Day, at a women's ride starting at Oak Bay Bikes and culminating at Level Ground Coffee. The ride itself is womenonly, and families are welcome to join at the finish, at 11 a.m. at Level Ground Coffee in Saanichton – to celebrate the incredible female leaders that are involved in the sport of cycling. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-womens-daycelebrating-women-on-bikesyoga- stretch-and-coffee-tickets89492485433?aff=affiliate1.



A Rammed Earth Home:


As Old as Dirt!

story by Janice Henshaw | photos by Omid Pakbin

As our climate and economies change and our natural resources diminish, it seems only sensible to change our building styles so that we are more responsive and efficient in terms of using less harmful material and increasing the longevity of what we do use. In the past, the use of alternative natural materials was greater until frame construction became cheaper and more prevalent. Now once again there is a greater interest in building with straw bales, earth bags, a cob mixture, earth wattle and daub, rammed earth and a new version−bio-bricks. Today's exploration takes us to a rammed earth home on Salt Spring Island. Located near the Vesuvius Ferry Terminal, the 2,752-squarefoot home is reached by a private laneway off Sunset Drive that winds up to the five-acre ocean-view lot. The house is surrounded

by a secluded forest of fir, arbutus and Garry oak. Browsing deer are the only neighbours in sight! A first glance at the house showcases its beauty: handsome toned walls, view windows, custom-built fir door with surrounding window panes and flagstone steps. While living in Vancouver, Anne and her husband, Eric Griffiths, bought the Salt Spring property in 2007 and enjoyed camping on the land with their family whenever they could escape from work. Sitting over a campfire, admiring the view, their dream of a permanent home began. Anne and Eric wanted their home to feel comfortable and safe for a long time. To avoid harmful materials often found in traditionally built homes, they decided to build a rammed earth home. Such a home is thick and sturdy, has high sound insulation, is virtually fireproof, resistant to insects


and mold, and better able to withstand the effects of external disasters such as an earthquake. They didn't want a cookie-cutter home; they wanted theirs to be unique, a home designed to invite nature in with a beautiful view from every window. Inside the home, light floods in from numerous large view windows that are trimmed in gorgeous edge grain fir. Their clean lines contrast warmly with the 9.5-foot high striated earth walls that are made of a mixture of local subsoil, white cement and iron oxide powder. Anne says that the beautiful striations in the walls reveal the rigorous, layer-by-layer process of ramming the damp material into parallel wood forms via a pneumatic tamping tool. White cement was added to increase the clay content of the walls and there is a ton of rebar inside them to strengthen the concrete. Within the two-foot-thick outer walls is a dense foam core which increases the thermal performance of the walls and protects the home from excessive warmth or cold. 90 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | MARCH 2020

Once the construction was complete, the framework was dismantled and the walls finished in a non-toxic sealer. Large threefoot roof overhangs protect the walls from precipitation and prevent overheating of the home during summer. The internal walls are one foot thick and they house a network of conduit for the electrical and communication systems. Creamy crown moulding and chamfered earth wall edges and indents add a further degree of richness and character to the earthen walls. Non-toxic materials for the home were chosen with great care. Priority was given to consideration of effects on health, low maintenance and lasting aesthetic appeal. The concrete floors are sealed with a benign water-based sealer so that no toxins are released when the floor is heated. The insulation is formaldehyde-free and all the finishes are food-grade or non-toxic. A metal roof was chosen because of its attractiveness and longevity − metal roofs can last 40 to 70 years, and they will not burst into flames from sparks or a lightning strike.






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The two-bedroom house is heated by a hydronic in-floor system. Water is heated by an on-demand boiler and then runs through pipes in the concrete floor, releasing radiant heat. Additional heat is provided by an efficient and attractive wood-burning fireplace in the living room. After the house was built, Anne and Eric realized there was enough ceiling height to include a loft with seven-foot ceilings at the center. That alteration added an extra 600 feet for an office, sleeping space and additional storage. Light is again invited in through five skylights and angled windows at the ends of the room. The loft floor is finished in cork tiles. The custom-built metal stairway leading to it was forged by craftsman Greg Bellevance and the gorgeous old-growth fir treads on the stairs were salvaged from logging operations and crafted by woodworker Neil Wilkinson. In the kitchen, there is a white farmhouse kitchen sink with a view of arbutus trees that encourages one to dream while creating a winter soup. Stainless steel appliances, handsome maple shaker-style cabinets,

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a spacious island and butcher block countertops create the perfect kitchen – a blend of modern conveniences and the surrounding beauty of wood cabinetry and fine finishing work. The two bedrooms have ensuites with walk-in glass and tile showers and there is a two-person white claw-foot bathtub in the main ensuite – right in front of another great view of the forest. Other features include low-flush toilets, built-in open shelving, and a stackable washer and dryer in the laundry room that Anne describes as "ideal" because of its generous size and storage space. There is also a generator in case of power outages. Historical records indicate that rammed earth buildings have been in use for many thousands of years. But in this home, the style of building has reached a luxurious and comfortable level of sophistication that is guaranteed to last many decades. "It was a joy watching our home come together," says Anne. "It's a forever home." But unfortunately, this type of construction is not cheap. Eric adds: "While the building costs are roughly 25% more than traditional construction, you will make that back in the long term with lower maintenance costs and a higher market value." As I drive away to the ferry, I can't help but think that this house is truly amazing, a style of building that I wish was more accessible in terms of cost. It's full of light, beauty, charm, intrigue and comfort. So close to nature it's almost a part of it. Anne tells me that they have recently decided to sell this home because of Eric's lengthy commute to work. "That's OK though," she says. "You make one dream come true, learn from it, and then move on to the next one."

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Plants, plants, plants! In this climate many outdoor plants can be transferred indoors successfully. If you are not up to the maintenance of indoor plants, self-watering containers are a great idea. Locate pots of early tulips and daffodils just outside the door on balconies and patios so they can be enjoyed from the inside. Don't forget the hummingbirds. Fill up the feeder so little energetic birds can be enjoyed from the indoors. They may get brave and approach your windows to look inside and say hi and thanks! Furnishings and finishes can be made of natural stone and wood and if planning a renovation, consider adding these elements around the fireplace or on the floors. For special dinners or occasions decorate with flowers, branches, shells and other "found-outdoors" elements. We enjoy our outdoor living spaces here on the coast, as they are extensions of indoor living. It's a pleasure to look out onto an outdoor patio, or perhaps sit around an outdoor fireplace with cozy blankets and chairs. Don't forget a little herb garden close at hand to the kitchen to collect fresh herbs while cooking that delicious dish. Many herbs survive the winters here outdoors but the more delicate herbs like basil can be moved indoors for the winter. I hope these ideas inspire thoughts of spring, moving the outdoors in, and the indoors out. Enjoy! Photos courtesy Chintz & Co MARCH 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 97

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Bright & spacious, 1 level townhome with double car garage + 1 additional parking space. Vaulted ceilings, skylights, beautifully updated & move-in ready. Double patios to enjoy the beautiful views. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms in a popular Central Saanich complex. Call for full details of this outstanding home. Karen Dinnie-Smyth Personal Real Estate Corporation www.karendinnie-smyth.com 250.655.0608

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Arbutus Place at Deep Cove. This impressive 6-lot subdivision with south-western exposure was recently completed to high quality standards. Fully serviced lots ranging from 0.42 to 0.52 acre. Favourable topography to suit a variety of home designs. Great location close to parks, trails and the best beaches to enjoy swimming, kayaking and sunsets.

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Water-views from all principal rooms! This 3 bed (2 bed+den), 2 bath home is immaculate. Many updates make it an easy move in. Master suite features an "Incredible" walk in closet and ensuite. Kitchen with granite, new cabinetry and heated floor. Gas FP + large dble garage. Close to moorage, airport and ferries! MLS 420477. Willy Dunford* 250.656.4626

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Peninsula Panthers

A Look Back at the 2019-20 Season

What an incredibly busy 2019-20 season it was for the Peninsula Panthers Hockey Club, and no week was busier than a 7-day stretch in mid-February. The Peninsula Panthers are now deep into their 1st Round of their 2nd season against the Westshore Wolves, one that players and fans are glued to. The goal of the Hockey Club is to win the three Best-of-7 rounds and then move on to the Cyclone Taylor Cup Championship which will crown a Provincial Jr. B champion in mid-April in a tournament up in 100 Mile House. The host 100 Mile House Wranglers and one other team from the KIJHL will be two of the four Clubs who will make up the tournament with the other two squads joining in from the VIJHL and PJHL champions.

The Panthers had their best season in their history in terms of their record, an astounding 35 wins against with only 13 losses. They were 21-3 in the friendly confines of the Panorama Recreation Centre and should they win the South Division and move on to play the North Division Champion, they will own the home-ice advantage. That opportunity could play a major part in determining the eventual VIJHL champion. The Panthers usually have a very young Team however quite a number of the players have been playing for several years and are now in their final season of eligibility in Junior Hockey. They include 20-year-olds Andrew Rocha, Alexander Benger, Thomas Spink, Skyler Diamond-Burchuk, Jack Taylor, Drew Coughlin, Connor McKillop and Taylor Redmond. They also featured the best line in the entire League and perhaps the entire Province. All three came right out of the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association including Josh Lingard, Tanner Wort and Riley Braun. The three should be back next year.

The Peninsula Panthers have started their 2019/20 marketing campaign headed by Team President, Coreen Zubersky who will be out in the community over the next several months. This part of the hockey business is probably the most important aspect of the running of any Junior Club. Without sponsorship - the bloodline of the Peninsula Panthers - the Club could simply not operate in the manner that they wish and in the manner in which fans and sponsors on the Peninsula have come to expect.

The Panthers wish to thank a host of people who are imperative in keeping the Club healthy and happy. Fans, volunteers, billet families, media, and of course each and every sponsor play a vital role in allowing for Junior Hockey to flourish and thrive on the Peninsula. The entertainment during Panthers’ games ranks at the top of the VIJHL and the casual observer who takes the time to attend two or three games very often become long time Season Ticket Holders. These kids give their all, game in and game out.


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Missing: #4 Skyler Diamond-Burchuk, #8 Josh Lingard

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Jr. Hockey Club A Very Special Game

On Family Day Monday, the Panthers hosted the annual Peninsula Minor Hockey/Fan Appreciation 3rd jersey giveaway game in what easily proved to be the largest crowd of the season. A packed house watched the Panthers and Saanich Braves in an exciting game and this was followed by an on-ice ceremony after the contest was in the books. Many happy PMHA players and fans alike held their breath as the winners were drawn and then the winners went down on the ice to accept a game-worn jersey. It was a special afternoon and is easily a fan-favourite contest of the season. A Season Grand Prize was then drawn with a value well over $1,000 courtesy of the Mary Winspear Centre. The Cats held their awards dinner at the Mary Winspear Centre on February 22nd with just over 100 in attendance. Award winners are noted in the blue shaded area to the right. The Panthers took home more VIJHL hardware than any other Club at the end of the Regular Season. The Cats collected the Grant Peart Memorial for the Most Disciplined Team. Wort was the top scorer in the VIJHL with line mates Braun and Lingard also ďŹ nishing in the top ďŹ ve in League scoring. But Wort was not done. He also loaded up the Jamie Benn Trophy for the Most Valuable Player in the League. Braun collected the Jamie Robertson Trophy for the Most Sportsmanlike Player. The goal now is to win their last game of the season!

2019-20 team awards

Presented February 22, 2020 Most Valuable Player - Josh Lingard, Tanner Wort & Riley Braun Rookie of the Year - Matthew Seale & Luc Pelletier Top Scorer - Tanner Wort Best Defenceman - Thomas Spink & Skyler Diamond-Burchuk Steve Simpson - Character, Courage & Heart - Skyler Diamond-Burchuk Unsung Hero - Connor McKillop Most Improved - Denver Maloney & Lucas Thomson-Fiddes Community Leadership - Connor McKillop Most Sportsmanlike - Logan Speirs Fan Favourite - Alex Benger Scholastic Achievement - Riley Braun & Hunter Jensen Volunteer of the Year - Ken Charlish

PMHA / Fan Appreciation Game February 17th - Panorama Recreation Centre


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When I met with Jennifer (Making Their Mark, pg 11), at her office at the top of Observatory Hill, she had a busy day ahead of her. Years of design, construction and testing of the new high resolution optical spectrograph (GHOST), designed for the Gemini telescope in Chile, were coming to fruition as the equipment was packed into shipping containers ready to move to the site. Jennifer will be following the equipment down to South America to oversee its commissioning. I loved the conversation we had about how she'd got into that specialized line of work, and as I drove down the hill I had a familiar thought: "what would I need to do so that I could work in an environment like that?" Go back to school, obviously. Be better at math; hmmm, problem. I say familiar because many of the interviews I've had this month have led to that same internal question. Spending the morning with Daniel and Ben at Howl Brewing (pg 74) – with that delicious, comforting malty smell – chatting about experimentation and inspiration, made me envious of their workplace. And then reviewing all the incredible applicants for our Woman to Watch contest: I feel surrounded by people doing interesting work, who often took one moment of inspiration, one deep passion or unique pastime, and made it into a career. In a neat life/work segue, I took my son to the open house at Stelly's High School this week too. It was his chance to wander the building, chat with teachers and preview the course options available. What an exciting time, with a world of opportunity available. I almost felt envious as I saw all the different potential paths that stretch before him. It's interesting to ponder which of the choices we made brought us to the precise point we're at today. Who were the people who showed you what was possible? What's the role you're modelling for the people who will come after you?


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