Seaside Magazine April 2013 Issue

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April 2013


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Whites & Brights Fashion at the mansion

Dentistry in the new millennium

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Whites & Brights: Fashion at the Mansion Dentistry in the New Millennium Seaside Homes – Big Box Solutions: Commercial Principles in a West Coast Home

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Sidney's Chinatown: The People and Growth of the Saanich Peninsula

COLUMNS First Word 8 Forbes & Marshall 33 Smell The Coffee 53 Veterinary Voice 54 Last Word 63


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Letters Grey Matters Common Cents Inside Out Seaside Arts Scene Conversations from the Past Peninsula Restaurant Profile Trendspotting

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On Design West Coast Gardener Ignition New & Noteworthy Young Readers Book Review Trade Student Spotlight What's Happening Brainteasers & Stars

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april.2013 YOUR WEST COAST CULTURE madeleine kemp

In my eyes spring is the most exciting time of the year for fashion: the breeze gets milder and the nights longer, and I find myself scouring the internet and magazines for this year’s perfect summer dress and heels combo. With a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a specialization in Entrepreneurship under my (studded) belt, I understand that living within your means is extremely important for your financial health. My passion is making style a way of living and keeping it affordable; styling, whether yourself or others, gives you an outlet to explore new things and push the limits of your comfort zone. This spring everyone (yes men too!) should experiment with bold bright hues, bring in some florals and '60s patterns too if you dare. Ladies, add some structure to your silhouette with a peplum top or a blazer, and pretty up any outfit with some lace detail. Don’t take fashion too seriously: let it make you laugh, walk taller or act as a conversation starter. It is there to add a little creativity to everyone’s day! mikiala christie

I am a registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist practicing with my husband, Dr. Jeffrey Jones, TCM, in North Saanich at Health Within TCM & Acupuncture, just off McTavish Road. My main passion is working with women on issues of hormone imbalance, peri-menopause and menopause. I also help individuals with digestive disorders, headaches, migraines, stress and anxiety. At the clinic I have a comprehensive herbal pharmacy of over 300 herbs that I use to create a customized formula for my patients. For this issue of Seaside Magazine, and the launch of the first InsideOut column, I discuss how the health of your teeth is directly linked to the health of your body.

brad morrison

A community that does not know its past is missing an important bonding element that brings about a pride and respect in its growth and development. Having the privilege of telling a small portion of the history of the people and growth of Saanich Peninsula has given me a sense in creating an understanding of who we are and were. From a young age my interest in the history of the Peninsula was developed, likely from the fact that my family was early pioneers here, and still till the same soil they acquired in the 1860s. I trust that what may be shared in this journal by others and myself will bring a twinkle of pride, expressing the pleasure we have abiding here.

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first word So what makes up a great community? Is it the architecture? The People? The Scenery? The Gathering Places? When I was a little girl growing up in the Maritimes, it was the park at the end of our street, where we had an ice rink in the winter; the local church, where we had Brownies; the public school I went to; and our favourite gathering place, the beach, where we went to boil the clams we'd dug that day. I think about what was important and it was the sense that you lived in a safe place with nice places to go and play. I don't think it's much different now, but what has changed is where those places can be found. As the prevalence of online communities continues to grow, this question becomes more and more relevant and worth reflecting upon. In fact, the notion of community itself seems to have changed due to the growth of Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and many more. Add to this websites like Second Life, various cell phone apps and internet games and things get confusing! Still, it seems natural to think there is something that makes some communities good, and others not so good. Many wonder whether the loss of a "real" connection in online communities makes them inferior. Have we lost the ability to form communities in the real world? I don't think so, but it is a question worth asking. The internet seems to have the potential to widen our communities and grow them in new and positive ways. Sure, there are problems,

and we can't forget their limitations, but there are also advantages. Issues which might normally impede the formation of communities such as race, socio-economic status and culture can be more easily overcome in online communities. In the book Wikinomics, Don Tapscott uses eBay as an example of such a community. He writes about a young adult with disabilities who is making so much money on eBay that his parents have quit their jobs to support his business. Of course the money is nice, but the point of the story is that on eBay he is not disabled. He is a member of the community, equal in every way to every other member. Such things don't matter online. The same would hold true for many of the barriers we sometimes encounter in our formation of communities in the "real" world. Of course, some of these barriers are worth overcoming and facing the challenge of doing so may be a good thing as well. I would suggest we can learn from both types of communities – exploring and embracing the possibilities of each. I'm of the opinion that many Canadians are shifting back to the idea that neighbourhoods should include a shared outdoor space, where communing with nature and each other goes hand-in-hand. It's kind of like going back home, so to speak. In this issue we celebrate both Dental Health Month and the launch of our first Seaside Fashion feature. What's the connection? Well, you know what they say – a great smile is the best accessory! So as you sit down and enjoy another issue of Seaside Magazine, tell us what you think makes up a great community. Don't be shy: we welcome your ideas, comments and questions. We would love to hear from you!

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The mouth tells all! by Susan Simosko

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How's your oral health? Unless you’ve visited the dentist recently, you probably don’t have a clue. Which is a shame, because your oral health says a great deal about you and your general health. It’s a direct reflection – for better or worse – of what you eat, your personal habits, and how often you visit the dentist. Let’s begin with what you eat. Almost everyone knows that brushing and flossing daily is a good thing, right? So why do dentists see so much oral disease? According to the World Health Organization, there are two paradoxical reasons: nutritional deficiencies caused by an inadequate diet, often a characteristic of poverty, and dietary excesses caused by, well, too much of a good thing! And that good thing clings to your teeth, creates bacteria, and causes problems. Dr. Richard Burns of Peninsula Dental says that diet, nutrition and unhealthy habits seriously affect oral health. "For example," he tells me, "a poor diet can lead to defects in tooth enamel, dental erosion, periodontal (gum) disease and, of course, cavities. It can also influence the onset of oral cancers and infectious diseases. Poor oral health frequently triggers problems as remote seeming as cardiovascular disease. And if you use tobacco (even smokeless), there’s a high correlation between tobacco use and mouth and throat cancers."

Pretty scary, isn’t it? Even more so when you consider that many of us have no inkling of a serious oral problem until it’s too late. According to Dr. Burns: "Imbalances between

"Imbalances between what the body needs and what it gets are strongly reflected in the mouth." what the body needs and what it gets are strongly reflected in the mouth." He explains that deficiencies in Vitamin C, zinc and iron, for example, can show up as gum disease – think bleeding or puffy gums. "Calcium and Vitamin D, of course, are particularly important for strong teeth and bones." For obvious reasons, children and teens require special attention. "Since they frequently limit their food choices, many are unaware of the nutritional consequences of their decisions," Dr. Burns says. He recommends that parents monitor children’s eating habits, reinforcing the need for a balanced diet and seeking the support of a dietician, when necessary. Caroline Geoghegan, the owner of Sidney

Natural Foods, agrees: "When my boys were young, we carefully monitored their diets. In those days, it was difficult to find naturally sweetened products. Fortunately, that’s all changed." She tells me about two natural sweeteners, Stevia and Xylitol. "The latter," she says, "actually helps to reduce tooth decay and plaque." She explains that customers who reduce their sugar intake find Xylitol products extremely satisfying. "We know that many people want to make healthier choices," Caroline says. "So we do our best to stay current on nutritional research so we can provide sound information about the many tasty ways to improve oral health and general well-being." Dr. Burns offers additional advice: "Finish meals and snacks with acid-neutralizing foods like cheese, nuts and plain yogurt. That’s a sure way to reduce the enamel-eating acid that comes from exposure to all those carbs so many of us enjoy!" Richard and Caroline are adamant that the best way to maintain oral – and overall – health is prevention, eating a balanced diet, staying active, and visiting your dentist or health practitioner before trouble begins! For further advice and info, contact Dr. Burns at and Caroline Geoghegan at 2473 Beacon Ave. in Sidney.


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eight men sit round a coffee shop table, each old enough to be a grandfather, each with by Trysh Ashby-Rolls differing amounts of hair in various shades of white and grey. But what is most appealing about them is their animated conversation. The eavesdropper hears a smattering of vocabulary rich enough to require a dictionary, followed by offers to refill the coffee mugs. Then more incomprehensible brainiac babble. Is this a new chapter of the Liars' Club? Although most chapters of the Liars' Club are in the U.S., there is one on the Sunshine Coast that meets regularly at the Gumboot, a café in Robert's Creek. Some Liars' Clubs maintain websites and even blogs, like one in Pennsylvania. Its membership is made up of people who "lie for a living - mostly writers." Among their members are Keith R.A. DeCandido and Edward Pettit. Bearing in mind that John Fowles' quotation, "If you want to be true to life start lying about it," appears at the top of each web-page, here are the profiles of Mr. DeCandido and Mr. Pettit. DeCandido was "born in a tiny fishing village in Cuba where he was kidnapped by a roving pack of gypsy librarians and smuggled to New York City." This immoral bunch proceeded to inculcate DeCandido in their wicked ways. Naturally, if he were ever to live a decent life as a normal upstanding citizen, decades of psychotherapy would be needed. Since the financial outlay would be astronomical, he trained as a wordsmith instead. Mr. Pettit, "born with a beard and a sweater vest," naturally became a scholar. As it seems are the chaps in the coffee shop. Take Professor Emeritus John R. Bell, for instance. You can be forgiven if you have never heard of Professor Bell. Firstly, he has only recently moved across country from Toronto to Victoria; secondly, unless you are big on economics, it is unlikely you will have encountered the professor or his work. Capitalism and the Dialectic: The Uno-Sekine Approach to Marxian Political Economy was published by Pluto Press in 2009. At $95 for the hardcover and $39.95 for the paperback, this is not the sort of book you pop out to buy on a whim for a rainy Sunday afternoon read. Nor will it ever star Meryl Streep and Donald Sutherland in the movie version. This book will never make it onto any screen, large or small. Nor is it likely ever to be included in a bestseller list, except possibly in one of the world's academic journals.

We never know what niche life will carve out for each of us until we're thrust headlong into it. For some that means an academic career, for others a call to service. And we all know stories of those whose life path seems terribly unfair. In Bell's case, a fascination took hold in the 1970s that made him want to research Marxist political economy. His path crossed with two of the globe's leading authorities on the subject and he ended up editing the English language versions of both men's books. In time, he developed his own theories, which he wrote about in Capitalism and the Dialectic. As to the Liars' Club, it originated in 1969 as an American television game show. CKVU-TV, Vancouver, produced a Canadian version in 1988. There are no plans to start either a new television show, or chapter of the club on Vancouver Island. But you know what they say about writers …

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Bird baths are such an integral part of our gardens. Often they come with a special provenance – perhaps a gift from a much-loved friend, or a bequest from that dear old auntie, or even a freebie on the roadside. There’s so much pleasure to be taken in watching the birds splashing about, enjoying their ablutions, taking their leisure. A bird bath is often the focal point of the garden, occupying centre stage in the delightful floral chorus of spring or providing a reassuring structure in the bleak midwinter. Now imagine your garden without that beloved bird bath. Yes – it’s going to happen, and very soon, all thanks to an initiative of the newly-formed Peninsula Health and Safety Association. A courageous whistleblower, who prefers to remain anonymous, has confirmed that residents will shortly be receiving notices to the effect that all birdbaths are to be left at the front of their homes for collection and destruction. This outrageous infringement of freedom has come about as a result of a middle school science fair project. Water samples were taken surreptitiously from random birdbaths in the Sidney area by an enterprising sixth grader, aided and abetted by a zealous parent, who cultured the samples in petri dishes in the garden shed. The resulting variety of germs, about equivalent to what is found in the average toothbrush, prompted the involvement of PHSA, which immediately launched an investigation into the number of local hospital admissions caused by exposure to bird bath water. Our whistleblower confirms that the statistics have been blown out of all proportion, as only two individuals suffered tummy upsets as a direct result of drinking the bird bath water, and the fact that they were both under the age of two explains their choice of libation. Not content with a focus on the dubious quality of the water, the bureaucrats at PHSA, under the Freedom of Information

Act, went on to secure details on the number of individuals actually injured by bird baths on the Peninsula as a result of proceeding without due care and attention while pottering and/or playing in the garden. PHSA came up with the grand total of 13, evenly distributed across all age groups. Extrapolating from that, they assumed the actual figures could be 1,000 times this amount, as not all injuries resulted in visits to the hospital, and may very well have involved treatment at drop-in medical centres. Apparently the practice managers of the treatment centres refused to cooperate with PHSA, citing patient confidentiality, so any statistics produced are highly hypothetical and dubious to say the least. Numerous calls to Aya Foulard, director of PHSA, have not been returned, but this is perfectly normal as no one ever picks up the telephone any more, preferring to hide behind the answering machine. Your intrepid reporter; however, was able to infiltrate as far as the photocopier station at PHSA headquarters on Beacon Avenue, obtaining a copy of the PHSA directive entitled "Today Birdbaths, Tomorrow Garden Gnomes." This can only be described as insidious mission creep. The operation to annihilate birdbaths begins on April 1st – to be forewarned is to be forearmed. … April Fools! Linda Langwith is the author of "The Golden Crusader," a mystery/action novel published by Twilight Times Books. Seaside ad 2013 March.pdf 3/15/13 10:02:24 AM Visit her website at

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Dentistry in the new millennium

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When it comes to our physical wellness, the

first line of defense is a clean healthy mouth. At this main portal to our inner world, diseasecausing agents get sucked into our system. To ensure long-term health, comprehensive and multi-faceted dental care from a skilled provider is absolutely essential. The dental profession has exploded with technological advancements in the past 50 years. Modern dentistry is multi-skilled, complex and keenly attuned to individual needs. Dr. Mitra Hashemi is on the cutting edge of a new era of dentistry that is highly evolved and innovative. Welcome to the future. Kindly and soft-spoken, Dr. Hashemi is a dedicated professional. Starting out at the Bevan Avenue Dental Centre, Mitra has added her new state-of-the-art practice – Coast Dental Care. Trained in implant surgery and skilled in full mouth rehabilitation, Mitra talks passionately about the essence of modern dentistry. She envisions doctor and patient walking sideby-side as partners on the road to wellness: "As nowadays we are providing more comprehensive dental treatments for people, which is the outcome of having access to all new technologies, dental implants, graft materials, 3D imaging, etc., we take our patients through a long-term journey." To Mitra, the modern dentist is undergoing

a metamorphosis: more connected to specialists; possessing advanced training; updated on new technologies and progress in dental science. In the old days, "a dentist would extract a tooth and never see the

"In the new millenium, patients and doctors forge dental care plans, sometimes spanning years." patient again." But patients now have higher expectations of dental professionals – who are responding by providing more comprehensive longer term care. Mitra explains how modern dentists are trying to fix the past: "We are trying to give people functional teeth once again. We can build up a whole new mouth with new technologies." In the new millennium, patients and doctors forge dental care plans, sometimes spanning years. Modern dentistry makes use of extensive tools to optimize the patient experience. One example is involving specialists and their expertise more closely in the treatment of patients. Dr. Farzin Ghannad, a Periodontics Specialist and UBC’s Associate Director of Graduate Periodontics and Implant Surgery, writes convincingly: "Given the broad

spectrum of new dental treatment options in today's world, it is almost impossible for someone to master all disciplines of this science. This means a close collaboration with local specialists is inevitable to deliver our patients treatment they deserve, a treatment that will utilize the expertise of each individual in full capacity resulting in a high quality outcome." With the new paradigm, patients sometimes get a whole new lease o n life. "Jack" is walking on clouds these days with a totally restored mouth of teeth. "I feel like I have been born again!" he happily exclaims. Dr. Hashemi built his empty mouth up with 13 implants. Over a three-year period, Jack enjoyed continuous maintenance and care from Dr. Hashemi, even after hours calls to check in on him. "We are lucky to have her in this community," he comments. According to Health Canada (, "Cavities and gum disease may contribute to many serious conditions, such as diabetes and respiratory diseases." Developing relationships with dentists like Dr. Hashemi is a smart investment in our long-term health. Dr. Mitra Hashemi extends a huge thank you to her patients for their patronage over the years. Contact:,


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inside out A holistic, Eastern approach to dental health In modern western medical tradition, we have compartmentalized our body into separate pieces that are treated by by Mikiala Christie different specialists. We go to Health Within Acupuncture the gastroenterologist for & Traditional Chinese Medicine digestive problems and to the dermatologist for skin conditions. What if your skin problems were related to your digestive system? Likewise, while it is important to maintain the health of your teeth by going to a dentist, it is also important to maintain the health of your teeth by eating nutritiously and living a balanced life. The Chinese have an old saying about the importance of dental hygiene: "The first thing in the morning, wash the face and rinse the mouth." Indeed, it is important to rinse the mouth with water, especially after having something sweet. The health of your saliva is very important and can lead not only to tooth decay but other health issues. Saliva contains calcium, sodium, chlorine, ammonia, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, proteins and amino acids. These substances all enhance metabolism, growth and the body's immune system. Often, our mouths are very dry. To help stimulate saliva production and to boost your digestive and immune system try these tips: 1. Rub your teeth with your tongue: rub your tongue over your teeth starting at the back and moving toward the front. Move right across the front of your teeth from top to bottom and then repeat this on the inner upper and lower teeth. Repeat each row eight times to a total of 32 times.


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by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email Music, music, music! What a fabulous way to celebrate the arrival of spring on the Peninsula. All the following events are held at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Tickets at or phone 250-656-0275.

Big Band Spring Dance Sure to put a spring in your step, the Chris Millington Big Band will be playing at the Mary Winspear Centre’s Swing into Spring dance evening. Executive Director Brad Edgett says the Centre is responding to growing community requests for more dances. Millington is an inspired choice. His 14-piece band has toured its big band sound across North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Russia. Closer to home, their Thursday nights at Butchart Gardens have attracted a loyal dance crowd over the past 12 years and they’ve sold out the Fairmont Empress ballroom every New Year's Eve for 20 years. Dance to the golden oldies as well as the swinging sounds of Michael Bublé, R&B grooves and spicy Latin rhythms. The Bodine Family Hall should give everyone lots of room to strut their stuff. Saturday, April 20th. Doors open at 7 p.m; dancing begins at 8 p.m. Tickets $25 (19+ only).

The Peninsula Singers hold the record for number of consecutive sellouts at Sidney’s Charlie White Theatre – 13! Their next concert should add to that number. Artistic Director Glenda Korella leads this 65-member show chorus through a magical tour of Hollywood’s best songs, including "Over the Rainbow," "Footloose" and much more. The evening will also feature the Orfeo Saxophone Quartet, a talented foursome of UVic music students whose repertoire runs from ragtime to neoclassical. Proceeds from this show will be donated to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation music therapy program. April 26th and 27th at 7:30 p.m; April 28th at 2 p.m. $22 (children $11).

Not So Earnest Oscar Wilde subtitled his play "A trivial play for serious people" when penning The Importance of Being Earnest. In that spirit, The Peninsula Players have tweaked this beloved late 19th century play by setting it in the early 1960s British Mod era. Featuring a "hero" with a double life, an imaginary character and young women who can only love a man called "Earnest," it all escalates into a hilarious romantic romp. Oscar Wilde’s witty dialogue still speaks to every generation as it pokes holes in social foibles and hypocrisies. April 5th and 6th at 7:30 p.m; April 7th at 2 p.m. Tickets $15 - $18. Check for details on other April arts events including the Pacific Brant Carving & Art show and the 60th Annual Fine Art Exhibition & Sale (Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society).

Over the Rainbow Mezzo soprano Kathryn Whitney joins the Palm Court Light Orchestra to stir happy memories of bygone movies. They’ll celebrate Hollywood’s MGM musicals including Easter Parade, Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz and Annie Get Your Gun. Kathryn’s career has taken her from singing lessons in Victoria to a degree at Oxford and advanced singing study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London She is a brilliant coloratura lyric mezzosoprano with a flexible and richly expressive palette of vocal colour. Tuesday, April 16th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $31.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria’s past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my by Valerie Green imagination, they are all based on fact. George Randolph Pearkes served as lieutenant-governor of B.C. from 1960 until 1968. During his adventurous life, he won many military awards as well as attaining numerous political achievements. Major General Pearkes, thank you for agreeing to meet with me in your beautiful home here on Tattersall Drive. You are most welcome. Constance and I have lived here at "Rocky Oak Knoll" since 1945. We are both avid gardeners and love to work out in the garden as much as we can. I understand you were born in England. When did you first come to Canada? Yes, I was born in Watford, Kent, in 1888, but came to Canada in 1906 where I homesteaded in the Rocky Mountain area. I then spent two years with the Royal Northwest Mounted Police in the Yukon. By then the First World War had come along? Yes, and in March 1915, I joined the Canadian Mounted Rifles as a private soldier. Within seven months I was serving over in France. Can you tell me more about your service years, sir? I was commissioned in April of 1916 and made lieutenant-colonel in January 1918. I eventually commanded the 116th Battalion. I understand you were wounded in action five times? And awarded the DSO, the Military Cross and the Victoria Cross for bravery. Well, we all did what we had to do. What happened after the Great War? The Army became my full-time career. I served as general staff officer in many military districts and at National Defense

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Headquarters. By December of 1939 I was once again serving overseas in charge of the Second Canadian Infantry and in 1942 took up command in the Pacific arena. After WWII, how did you become involved with politics? Always had had an avid interest in politics and I was invited to become the political spokesman on military affairs after the war. Then I was appointed Minister of National Defense in the Conservative party. I was a staunch Conservative and from 1945 until 1953, I represented the Nanaimo riding and later won the Esquimalt/Saanich riding. When did you become Lieutenant Governor of B.C.? In October 1960 and I held the position for seven years until my retirement. One year later you were given yet another high award I believe? Yes, both my wife and I were given the highest honour in Saanich by being made freemen. The freeman awards were given to us by then-Mayor Hugh Curtis. Thank you for allowing me to interview you, sir. (In 1921, Brydon passed away at that home at the age of 64. He was the first of many interesting reeves and mayors who have served the Municipality of Saanich through the years.) Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at

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of Poet’s Cove Resort, was able to present the Campaign with a $20,000 cheque, which goes to show how relatively small amounts can lead to big donations. The chocolate lily has become a rallying point, combining local residents, big business and tourists in a remarkable success story. By preserving the ecosystem of this small flower, so much else has been achieved: Brooks Point is one of the last remaining undeveloped waterfronts on the Gulf Islands, offering spectacular views and allowing visitors to enjoy the simple pleasures of nature. Photo courtesy Paul Petrie.


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purchase. He offered to contribute $30 for every Brooks Point Nature Package that was sold. "I believe that the hospitality industry should help preserve the local environment and culture," he said. Walter has the experience of managing a World Heritage Site in Malaysia, and believes in "giving back to the community in which this business flourishes." Ina Timmer, a former executive with the Resort, and her husband David Howe, director of the Southern Gulf Islands, came up with the idea of involving Purdy's Chocolates with the Poets Cove initiative, and now Poets Cove sells the Purdy’s limited edition Chocolate Lily chocolate bars. All profits from their sales go towards the Brooks Point Regional Park Campaign. Last year, Michael Konovsky, the principal owner

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grants to smaller performing and visual arts groups. And, it is ready to help in cases where funding is needed. One year assistance was given to a student music group to attend an award ceremony in Ottawa, and another time it was the Peninsula Players needing help to attend a theatre festival. One successful component is the partnership with School District #63 with Arts in the Schools. The Arts Council has been able to provide up to $6,000 per year to provide professionals in theatre, literature and visual arts to give classes to students. The Annual General Meeting of the CACSP takes place April 11th at 7 p.m. at Tulista Park Arts Centre. There will be a special draw for those attending: a free week at Tulista to hold your own show or workshop. Please consider attending or becoming an active or supportive member to keep our arts community vibrant for young and old!

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There is no such thing as a coincidence, the saying goes. When the Boctors named their popular restaurant, there may have been some unconscious motivation in that decision. The values upheld

at the Spitfire Bar and Grill uncannily parallel the feelings ignited by that extraordinary piece of aircraft that flew over wartime skies, bringing many victories in its tail of smoke.

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"The Spitfire was the most widely produced and strategically important British single-seat fighter of World War II. The Spitfire, renowned for winning victory laurels in the Battle of Britain (1940 - 41), served in every theatre of the war and was produced in more variants than any other British aircraft. It had superb performance and flight characteristics … and exceptional performance at high altitudes." (Encyclopedia Britannica) It is interesting and serendipitous that Wally and Barbara Boctor used the name of this highly esteemed and respected piece of aircraft for their popular eatery near Victoria 34 SEASIDE | april 2013

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International Airport. You see, the owners of the Spitfire Bar and Grill also hold a high regard for the value of "respect" in their business, and that mindset flows through their whole enterprise. At their restaurant, they treat others with the same respect we hold for that iconic plane. The Spitfire Bar and Grill is a family business. Wally and Barbara oversee the restaurant and their son, Brandon, runs the catering end. The Boctors have a mutually respectful relationship with the airlines; they provide delicious food to the travellers that fly in and out of Sidney. The owners value a sanitary, clean food

experience and show their respect for customers by serving good, fresh, high quality food. Patrons are treated to warm sensitive service, like they are "one of the family." How do you compete with the growth of fast food chains, I asked the very charming man across from me. "Good food. Good prices," was Wally’s Spitfire-fast response. Their prices seem amazingly reasonable, considering the quality of the fare. Also, the Boctors serve hearty, full-size meals. They have a healthy respect for a full stomach. Wally is very proud of his highly skilled staff. He sings the praises of his head chef, Peter FarkasHusband, a Red Seal Certified

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professional. And Darcey Lefebvre, sous chef, creates meltin-your-mouth desserts such as Italian tiramisu. My mouth was watering at the mention of Spitfire’s "World-famous Yorkshire Pudding," which features a homemade pudding square with beef, gravy and veggies on top. Wally talks lovingly about the people who work for him. They are not seen as staff: "We run the business like a family!" Everybody is on an equal footing, from host to dishwasher. Wally and Barbara respect the human beings behind the

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aprons. If a staff member is having troubles, they can go and talk to Wally, their kind father figure. Many times during the year, they all get together for parties and celebrations. The Boctors know that a happy employee equals a good employee – and that positive feeling is passed along to the customer. Next time you treat yourself at Spitfire, look up at the sky. You may just see a vision of fiery power streaking across the sapphire skies of the Peninsula. Contact: SEASIDE | april 2013 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 35

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service business. Ice cubes and water are checked in a lab regularly. "We have to be 100% clean due to the guidelines of Air Canada." (However, I suspect that their spotless eatery also has a lot to do with their high respect for their patrons.) Not many restaurants are open seven days a week, with three meals a day, but the Boctors provide this full-time service on the Peninsula. Wally flashes his radiant "Grade A" smile as he chats about their beloved restaurant. They are very careful about whom they hire and they screen for a good background and good health: more respect for treasured customers. At Spitfire, they value the diners'

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Your Local Fast Food Fresh milled flour grown locally,hand rolled into a tender butter crust, filled with slow-braised meats or local fruits and vegetables. All from your local farm. The ingredients didn't have far to come, and neither do you. Fresh pies from the Roost Farm Bakery – "The Passionate Farm Experience." ($8.21 to $17.71) The Roost Farm Centre 9100 East Saanich Rd, North Saanich

Your Natural Sleep Environment We sleep 1/3 of our lifetime, so why not choose bed materials which come from the earth and go back to the earth at the end of the life cycle? In between, enjoy a health sleep for decades. Eco bed frames made in Sidney, B.C. and certified organic latex, wool and cotton mattresses, pillows and sheets: ingredients for a healthy good night's sleep. (Double bed frame $999; bedding assorted prices) Riverbank Design 36 SEASIDE | april 2013 |

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Your Local Coast Salish Artist Renowned Coast Salish Artist Chris Paul draws from his deep love of nature and the Saanich stories and culture. His contemporary style is reflected well in his limited edition giclée prints, cedar panels and glass sculptures. Chris is always finding new ways of expressing his artistic spirit (such as his wooden jewelry), making it easy to find the perfect piece for you! (Drum $600; wooden jewelry $20) Chris Paul 1164C Stelly's X Rd Brentwood Bay Your Earth Friendly Transportation If the bike fits, ride it! That's the Specialized Crossroads rider's credo – and fit it does, thanks to Specialized's exclusive Body Geometry components. For riders who are all about more time with family, getting fit and having fun, wherever the path takes them. ($519.99) Russ Hay's The Bicycle Shop 9781A Second St, Sidney


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Anchored on a rocky seafront promontory overlooking Piers Island, Les Keais' home is proof positive that commercial building applications have a place in the residential landscape. With a background in civil engineering, Les is experienced in big box store and institutional construction as well as industrial project management. When he purchased this '60s-style waterfront cottage it was in a perilous state, with rotting posts that threatened the integrity of the

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building's foundation and a truly terrifying set of access stairs. Les had a vision though, and he knew this diamond in the rough could truly be transformed into a modern, functional residence built to withstand the elements. To realize its full potential in such a spectacular setting of ocean, beach and forest, Les decided to apply the same principles he uses when building much larger commercial structures, with a focus on strong foundations, durable materials and practical layout. When viewing photos of Les' home prior to the extensive renovations, one comes to appreciate its transformation into a stunning example of industrial chic. Exterior walls benefit from cladding in corrugated galvalume – steel sheets coated in a zinc and aluminum alloy. Their shape and neutral colour suggests a sandy shore at high tide, left sculpted by the waves. A sense of excitement comes from bright glass panels in orange/red that glow even on the gloomiest West Coast rainy days, mirroring the colour of the arbutus trees throughout the property. A 50-foot-high glass curtain wall system soaring from the lower level to the top floor in a stunning application more often seen in big city skyscrapers peels away the barrier between interior and exterior and literally gives the impression

On the main floor Les has retained the original vaulted fir ceiling and beams as well as the brick fireplace, giving the space a cosy cottage feel, a fitting tribute to the home's past.

of being on the bridge of a large ship. The curtain wall is supported by a network of seismically engineered black painted steel beams, while black opaque glass runs in a band between the floors, defining the different levels. Massive 33-foot timber posts, anchored in concrete, support multiple deck systems, blending in with the surrounding Douglas firs, while attractive stone work, placed throughout the terraced gardens and entranceway, give recognition to building methods and materials steeped in history. The thoughtful use of natural elements also finds application in the interior spaces, with floor coverings of leather, cork and slate. On the main floor Les has retained the original vaulted fir ceiling and beams as well as the brick fireplace, giving the space a cosy, cottage feel, a fitting tribute to the home's past. The use of exposed ductwork in the ceiling, supporting the two energy efficient heat pumps that keep the home comfortable in all seasons, is but another manifestation of industrial application to a residential setting, a little edgy and a little cheeky, but why not, because it really works! Continued next page


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The open concept approach on this level provides spaces for conversation and contemplation, convivial dining and family gatherings. The kitchen glows with warm maple cabinetry, blue pearl granite work surfaces, and a shattered glass eating bar with an enchanting basket weave glass front. The powder room gets playful with an intriguingly creative use of triangles in the wooden vanity, mirror and stained glass door. The two lower levels, accessed not only by an elevator but also by an open stairwell graced with a sumptuously elegant chandelier, 40 SEASIDE homes | april 2013

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Time for a new roof? continue the amazing views, with personal touches designed by Les, including serenely patterned stained glass doors into the master bedroom. This retreat is also serviced by two private decks and an ensuite bathroom where a glass Jacuzzi bathtub overlooks the ocean, offering what must be a truly meditative bathing experience. Inspired by one man's vision, there is a timeless quality to this home, engineered so beautifully to withstand the rough shocks of nature, yet at the same time inviting us to be part of everything the eye can survey, separated only by the transparency of glass.

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According to architect Silvia Bonet of Finlayson Bonet Architecture, when it came to tackling Les Keais' project, "Les had it totally figured out." Still, there were numerous challenges, not the least of which was to keep the home within the original footprint to preserve its proximity to the ocean and to stay within existing bylaws. Any variations meant numerous meetings with municipal officials, and 10-month period, much of Silvia's time was spent making the case for this and that, including an extension towards the back to include a garage. "Silvia persevered and fine-tuned the roughness," acknowledges Les. Given the steep slope of the property, both Les and Silvia knew it would be a difficult build, but with Les' experience in commercial construction, he could see what needed to be done. Getting a 160-ton crane down the steep, narrow driveway must have had some heartstopping moments for everyone involved! Constructing the garage came with its own challenges, requiring a suspended concrete slab supported by 20-foot concrete columns bolted into the bedrock.


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Silvia's goal was to make the exterior interesting, and for Les the result is a masterpiece, "… making the materials beautiful, not static." As well as aesthetically pleasing, harmonizing with the woodland and seascape, the cladding provides valuable rain screen protection so important in our damp West Coast climate. For Silvia, external features such as the black steel beams and wooden posts suggest a counterpoint – materials that are very different and yet, when placed in proximity, provide a pleasing arrangement. The curtain wall is a tour de force: "People don't think about a curtain wall in residential construction, but Les is used to working with these materials," explains Silvia. "It is the perfect application in three storeys." Not only do curtain walls prevent condensation, heat loss and buildup but also serve as a barrier to moisture penetration. Most importantly, they open up and preserve the amazing view. For Silvia, the installation of an elevator as an adjunct to the stairs made practical sense for this multi-level home, allowing the owners to comfortably age in place. Perfectly unobtrusive, concealed behind elegant glass doors, the ease of access it allows was well worth the effort, and as the interior had to be gutted in any case the opportunity was there to be seized. The new layout allows each level to function beautifully in meeting the needs of the family. Silvia sums it up perfectly when she says "It was a really fun project."

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on design ReFresh … ReNew … ReCycle for Spring! It's springtime, when we seem to feel the need to clear out, declutter and refresh everything. This is the perfect time to take stock of the tired and the worn looking in your home. It's also our favourite time to bring out the spray paint! by Tracey Jones Nothing refreshes more than a coat of Remarkable ReDesign paint. We love to take old things from & Home Staging home and update/renew with a fresh Stacey Kaminski colour change. Found something cool Styles by Stacey at a market or thrift shop? Paint it up for a really unique treasure! Everything in both of our homes has gone from brown to black and now to white with spray paint over the years. This is a perfect opportunity to bring in a splash of colour! What a great way to recycle. Why use spray over regular house paint? The finish is much cleaner and smoother – more like a professional paint job. Spray paint is easy and fast to apply and it dries quickly (one hour vs. one day!) – leading us to rethink the notion that it is way more expensive than regular paint. We have learned that if we can get a project done and move on to the next then that is good value right there as time is always limited! When Roy Tidman poured the footings for the first home he built on Reynolds Road in 1948, he was laying the foundation for a lifetime legacy of building excellence, integrity and customer service: cornerstones of the Tidman Construction business.

We use Krylon (best nozzle) for our projects and recommend it to others and any clients looking to spray out some treasures. Tremclad is also a very good option. Both have a growing colour selection, including some amazing brights. Generally in our experience the bargain sprays are not good value: coverage is poor and paint is thin and runny. Spray Painting 101 • Set up in a well ventilated area … outside preferably and not on a windy day! • Prevent accidentally spraying your house or car with good preparation and a large drop sheet. For big pieces, save your back and elevate whatever you are painting on a table, box or sawhorses. • Prime most things first. This will save you having to do extra layers and makes for the best coverage. • Use short quick spray bursts in an even light coat and let dry before applying the next coat. (Most projects take two to three coats, depending, of course, on the finish and colour it started as.) • Take your time. You will end up with a much better result. Some things to paint include lamp bases, picture frames, trays, accent tables, shelving, patio furniture and flower pots. The list of things to spray paint is really endless and limited only by your imagination! Go for it … and Happy Spring! For more info visit or

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My mom, a microbiologist, lovingly showed me the worlds of science and gardening. She was always an organic gardener and I was her student, helper, and always a happy consumer. I can recall sitting on the top of our beautiful organic cherry tree, gorging on the ripe fruit and mischievously trying to by Radka spit pits on our neighbors. And here I am Prusha Tower Garden now, preaching health and nutrition to anybody interested in listening. I love gardening but it can be very challenging in my environment, with rock, clay and evergreens surrounding me. For years I was a determined suburban gardener, driving around the Peninsula spending money on various manures, compost, topsoil, sand and vermiculite, struggling to make my raised beds flourish. I have always loved the raw materials of gardening, instilled in me by my mother. But last year, after four years of apparent failure, I finally experienced some success … and I didn’t use any dirt. A friend had told me about an alternative – the Tower Garden – and at first I was skeptical. I was never really interested in hydroponics and had never heard of aeroponics. I truly love dirt – but when I visited my friends and saw their blooming Tower Garden, it prompted me to investigate vertical farming. I immediately fell in love with the concept. I could grow organic food with no fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides, and use non-GMO, organically grown local seeds or seedlings? Impossible, I thought. But there was the proof right in front of me. I could completely control what I was growing and putting in my body and my children’s bodies. Further research revealed the creator of the Tower Garden, a man named Tim Blank. Tim had worked in the Living Garden at Epcot Center for years, and was commissioned by NASA to help them grow produce aboard space shuttles for astronauts. Tim says: "With the Tower Garden, people produce healthy and nutritious food with a fraction of the effort and natural resources and in a fraction of the time required by conventional gardening." You’ll only use about 5% the water typically required for a garden. I really satisfied my scientific and gardening mind on many levels – philosophically, practically and economically. I am now 100% behind the Tower Garden, and really enjoy helping people. You can grow up to 20 plants with a standard Tower Garden, and you can grow a wide variety of what you and your family like to eat, from gourmet lettuces and leafy greens to luscious tomatoes, strawberries, melons, cucumbers, zucchini, and the list goes on and on. Please visit to learn more about the Tower Garden.

The Sidney Literary Festival Sidney's label, Booktown, which is based on its numerous bookstores, has brought international recognition. Supporting the bookstores are hundreds of avid local readers including those who frequently visit from the Gulf Islands or Victoria. Arising from Sidney's literary focus is a culture composed of Peninsula book clubs, writer groups, prize-winning authors, publishers and literary editors. This culture embraced previous writers' events with marked enthusiasm, filling each venue and selling out each reading held at the Red Brick Café. Unfortunately in recent years, no literary festival has taken place in Sidney and the periodic author readings at the Red Brick Café lapsed due to funding constraints. In the face of continued demand for authors to present readings and workshops, a group of dedicated Saanich Peninsula and Sidney residents, sharing a common passion for literature, came together to resurrect the festival concept. The launch is a grass-roots movement where local businesses and the arts community have come together in support of those forming the steering committee. The enthusiastic committee members are currently designing posters and bookmarks, scheduling authors and exploring venues. The result of this activity is a festival that will be held on October 4th, 5th and 6th, 2013. In keeping with the committee's slogan "At Home With Authors," the writers are local award-winning individuals well known in Canada. The committee has been thrilled by the response of authors; more than 14 writers are expected to present. The festival has something for everyone, consisting of a Friday night with multiple readings, Saturday workshops for all ages, three to four reading events on Saturday afternoon, and a gala event on Saturday evening. In addition to the performance events, a Sunday breakfast finale will be held at the Sidney Pier Hotel where the public can interact with their favourite literary figures. The committee intends to fundraise over the next six months by asking for donations from Saanich Peninsula business enterprises, writing grants and holding three auctions of items during readings at the Red Brick Café. Other fundraising activities will include selling one-on-

one conversations with authors and selling advertising. The Sidney Literary Festival Committee will also hold a youth writing contest through the schools. The members hope to initiate a youth scholarship for creative writing from the proceeds of the festival. Anyone interested in participating on the committee or contributing to the

financial support of the festival should contact Wendy Picken or Sharon Hope, through the Sidney North Saanich Library or Seaside Magazine. For details on our Red Brick readings and fundraisers scheduled in April, June and September consult our website at:

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able to take her dog to work. "When the opportunity came up to open a dog grooming business in this location, I knew it was the right thing for me to do. It used to be a meditation centre," she adds with a laugh, "so the vibes were right and now I'm able to bring Parker to work with me every day." Carol-Marie is joined by head groomer Janet Lynch, who has always been passionate about dogs: "I had a wonderful childhood journey with dogs and learned a lot from my next door neighbour, Wendy Petch. She let me groom her English spaniels starting when I was 12 years old. Another of my mentors was Nona Butts, who introduced me to the world of conformation dog shows, agility trials and obedience training. Later, I was fortunate to work for 17 years with Brenda Beadnell, a local breeder of golden retrievers. I guess it's no surprise that I have a golden retriever, Marnie, who came home with me six years ago!" Janet is assisted by Camosun College student Alexandra Thuynsma and volunteer Marilyn Lynch who help with bathing and brushing the dogs and booking appointments at the reception desk. Appointments can be made by calling 778-426-2587 or

requested by email at For Little Paws works with other local businesses including veterinarians, acupuncturists, dental technicians and a pet loss memorial centre to provide a go-to dog grooming location that gives the community the best possible resources for our little and big paws. Another service offered to elderly clients is complimentary pick-up and delivery of their dogs for those who would find it difficult to bring them to the Studio. Says Carol-Marie: "We want to help our seniors keep their dog companions with them as long as possible. This service makes a big difference to some of our clients whose dogs are everything to them." Carol-Marie was one of the first members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, established by Cheryl Holmes Young one year ago. "Cheryl approached me about membership just after we opened and it's been a wonderful way to be part of the local business community." As the first anniversary of For Little Paws Grooming Studio approaches, Carol-Marie is planning an Open House to say thanks to all their two-legged clients for their patronage over the past year. On Sunday, May 19th from 1 to 4 pm drop by for a cup of coffee or tea, a piece of cake, and a wag of the tail from four-legged host, Parker!

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Shannon recently joined the team of lawyers at Henley & Walden LLP. She practices in the areas of real estate, wills and estates, family law, civil litigation, corporate and commercial. After completing law school in Edmonton at the University of Alberta, Shannon was happy to return to the Island in 2010 and start practicing law in Victoria.

Her goal in providing legal services is to empower clients with knowledge of their legal rights and obligations. One of Shannon’s favourite aspects about the practice of law is the building of lasting relationships. Shannon enjoys providing clients with a broad range of legal services, including assisting clients to buy or sell a business, or to purchase their dream home. She also enjoys reviewing employment contracts to provide clients with legal advice before signing or after trouble has arisen. Shannon is passionate about the importance of proper estate planning for adults of all ages, and especially passionate about assisting families to establish guardianship and trust provisions for their minor children. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys lawn bowling, playing board games with friends and family, cultivating a herb garden and attending Major League Baseball games. Shannon looks forward to bringing her positive energy to the Peninsula and to serve the clients of Henley & Walden.

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BMW 335D Sedan by Sue Hodgson

There is no such thing as freedom without adventure. It's 2 p.m., and I'm at the wheel of the BMW 335 heading back to the office from a business appointment. Since the meeting finished earlier than expected, I have a little time on my hands. I turn around and, with anticipation, I head towards an open road, where I know I can safely take this car for a real test drive. The interior is ergonomic, elegant and well-thought-out, right down to the last detail. Sumptuous materials combine with excellent workmanship and a tasteful and modern design. So it looks good. But what about under the hood? Technical brilliance is what you find there. This 3-series is powered by a selection of fun-to-drive gas burning engines, but BMW made an exception for the 335D, borrowing the stellar engine from its flagship SUV, the X5. Let's face it: when you put a powerful truck engine

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This is a painful time of year for Crystal and Bruce Dunahee. As the anniversary of their son, Michael's, disappearance (March 24th) nears, followed by the annual Keep The Hope Alive run (April 7th), memories of that terrible day in March 1991 will once again be uppermost in their minds. While searching for Michael and keeping his memory constantly in the public eye for the past 22 years, they have worked tirelessly for Child Find helping other families cope and, in many cases, bringing missing children home. Crystal is now president of both Child Find BC and Child Find Canada, and her work with them and all the media attention she receives ensures that the social issue of missing children is never forgotten. This year the annual Keep the Hope Alive Run will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 7th from the Esquimalt Recreation Centre, and is one way funds are raised for Child Find. The Run is a five-kilometre walk/run through the streets of Esquimalt. The route is wheelchair, stroller and pet friendly and each year people turn out in great numbers to support the Dunahee family and the missing children cause. The first Keep the Hope Alive Run back in 1992 was the brainchild of Scott Johnson, a close friend of Bruce Dunahee's, and it was held from Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. In subsequent years, it moved to Esquimalt and was combined with a dance that same weekend. Even over two decades later, supporters still come out in great numbers. Registration forms are available at Frontrunners on Vancouver Street and at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre on Fraser Street. Online registration is through – listed there as the Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive 2013. Children 1-15 ($15). Adults 16+ ($20). Family registration (up to five registrants) $15. Corporate registration (10 registrants) $17.50. Registration fee includes a souvenir t-shirt. T-shirts can also be picked up in advance on Saturday, April 6th from 10 a.m. to 12 pm at Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser Street. This year, my recently released book Vanished – The Michael Dunahee Story (Hancock House Publishers) will also be on sale at the Run for $18 (cash or cheque only) with part proceeds going to Child Find BC. Even if you cannot run or walk the five kilometres, please come out and support this event on Sunday, April 7th. Buy a t-shirt and a book and remember the small boy whose life was stolen from him one March morning back in 1991. Valerie Green can be reached at for more details on the book, which is also on sale at all local independent bookstores and across B.C., Canada and the U.S.

smell t h e coffee "coffee is not as simple as opening a bag, grinding some beans and brewing them"

The "Terroir" of Coffee

In the past couple of issues I've mentioned the term "terroir" pronounced: [ter-wahr] in passing, and I wanted to expand on the importance it has on your daily cup of coffee. The term terroir refers to by Steve Sheppard the geography and the environmental conditions that a plant or organism develops within. It originates from the French word "terre," which is land. In the coffee world, terroir is a set of special characteristics – geography, geology, climate – and their impact on coffee plants in a specific region. For example: Guatemala has 300 micro-climates within the country, including high concentrations of volcanic soil, and these interact with the genetics of the coffee plants during their growth and production cycles. Differences in a coffee plant's terroir, while only slight and detectable by the most trained palate, impacts the price of the green coffee for the farmer if the quality changes up or down. A simple way to look at terroir is to think of it as a "sense of place," or the "sum" of the effects a region itself has on the final taste, and aroma, of coffee. Geography – Coffee grows best between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and prefers temperatures that range from 15° to 24° celcius. These regions typically have higher levels of humidity, which

coffee plants thrive in. Coffee grows at a number of altitudes, and many coffee buyers use altitude as one of the measures of quality. SHB (strictly hard bean) is a category of green coffee grown at elevations of 4,000 feet or more above sea level. It's said that coffees grown at high altitudes are denser and typically yield a better overall taste when roasted. Environment – There are a number of factors that affect the quality of coffee aside from altitude, and when we look more closely into the environmental conditions coffee is subject to, you soon realize how much Mother Nature helps or hinders the harvest. Sunshine, rain (ideally 1,500 to 2,400 mm annually) and soil conditions all factor into the quality of green coffee. Coffee farmers have spent generations figuring out what growing conditions coffee plants flourish in; however, they don't control the quantity of rain and sunshine. Many farmers work to build elaborate irrigation processes, and plant complex shade tree infrastructure, to manage the sunshine that coffee plants are exposed to. There's so much that goes into your daily cup of coffee that we, the drinking public, don't see, and it takes a lot of beans to make one single cup. The reality is … coffee is not as simple as opening a bag, grinding some beans and brewing them. Perhaps remember that each time you sip a fresh cup … Steve Out.

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A young boy brought his sick budgie in to see me late one afternoon. The little bird was weak, sitting on the bottom of the cage. Definitely not a sign for a good outcome. by Dr. Shelley Breadner After performing a physical examination, we had a heartfelt talk, this young boy and me. His bravery was one of the things I admired about him. With glistening eyes, he looked directly at me and asked me to tell him what might happen to his little bird. His bird was sick, no doubt about it. There were all the possible causes, and the myriad of tests we could do. There was a tiny little bird with a beautiful little spirit inside it. With its wings, it had touched the heart of another little being … a human being. The power of connection with animals is beyond comprehension. Consider our own personal connection with animals in the wilderness. Observe elderly people with better health because they have pets to care for, little beings that need them. Children discover the experience of unconditional love, in both giving and receiving. With this comes the development of healthy attachments, learning about responsibility of pet ownership. We can gently introduce our children to grieving when we have the unfortunate experience of the loss of a loved pet. We also need to educate our children to accept that other living beings have the same right as we do to live on this earth. This is the beauty of life and animals give us the opportunity again and again to get this right. The little boy and I had a long talk and we made a plan and a pact. We would do everything we could to treat and support his little bird. Then we would hold vigil and think only of the best outcome for our friend. If our little bird was strong enough, he would rally and recover. We know we were doing the best we could for him. It was a long night: many tears and not much sleep. The morning found our bird very much recovered, with lots of budgie chatter. The world ceased to exist when I met the eyes of this young boy the

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Going 'round in circles and high-flying praise With the improvements to Iroquois Park complete, the work on the roundabout at Ocean Avenue and Fifth Street has begun. Funded mainly with Gas Tax revenues, this "green" project will prove to be an efficient and vital link for community, business, recreational and tourist traffic alike, improving access into Sidney’s downtown and the Anacortes Ferry Terminal. The project is scheduled to be completed by Canada Day, and those interested can find out much more, including many of the most often asked questions, at the Town of Sidney website. Municipal_Hall/Departments/ Engineering_Services/2013_ Construction_Projects/Fifth_and_ Ocean_Roundabout_Project.htm. The Victoria Airport Authority is flying high, having recently won the prestigious Airports Council International Award for Quality Service. The Airport placed first in North America for "quality of service among airports with fewer than two million passengers per year." For an organization already used

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Sidney's Chinatown Do you know that the Town of Sidney had its own Chinatown? If you didn’t, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Sidney’s Chinatown was located between Fourth and Fifth Streets along the south side of Beacon Avenue, and sported four buildings, three of them having false fronts. Just how large Sidney’s Chinese population was has been widely estimated up to about 250, and unfortunately no firm figures are available after 1911. According to the 1901 Census, the Chinese population in the area was 34 and by 1911, the population had increased to 124. With this increase in population, being about one quarter of the population of the Sidney area at the time, it was just natural that a Chinese business community would develop. With the purchase of the corner lot on Fifth Street by Choug Sing and Choug Feue from Julius Brethour on October 30th, 1905, the nucleus of the small Chinese community had its start. Further purchases of lots by Chinese merchants occurred in 1907, 1910 and 1911. One of the structures built was located on the corner of Fourth and Beacon, where the Old Post Office building stands today, and was separated from the rest of Chinatown by a small wooden structure housing Sidney’s original Roman Catholic Church. When the church was destroyed by fire in 1910, the corner building appears to have been moved west to be adjacent to the other three buildings, leaving the corner lot vacant until 1936 when the Federal Government began the construction of the Sidney Post Office. Thus Sidney’s Chinatown comprised five of the six Beacon Avenue lots, with an additional lot on the south side of Fifth Street bordering the corner lot on Beacon. When viewing Chinatown, one is immediately reminded of the Hollywood westerns, with each building standing side-by-side with large false fonts. These primitive two-storey buildings were quickly constructed of inexpensive materials, and with the addition of the by Brad Morrison

false-front facades, they gave the appearance of bustling established businesses. The rear sections of the buildings were partitioned off into several smaller compartments, where several men would occupy each room. Each building had its own backyard, bordered with a high fence. One old-timer described the contents of these yards as having an assortment of "chickens, ducks, pigeons, pigs, and MUD, thick oozing smelly mud." The modern Chinese stores of today are no comparison to the version of the first decades of the 1900s. The Chinatown of those years "thrived on mystery, dark passageways, dinginess and smells." Businesses that operated in these buildings consisted of two laundry services and two general merchant stores – Kwong Lee Yuen and Chung Lee Lung. Both of the latter also acted as employment agents, supplying laborers for the Sidney sawmill, the North Saanich Brick and Tile Co. Ltd. and other businesses. "Children did not venture further than a few steps into the dimly lit stores, and were ready to flee at a moment’s notice," a Sidney oldtimer related. Accounts also tell how the Chinese laborers would be seen walking in single file on both sides of Beacon Avenue going to and coming home from work at the sawmill, the only difference between the two directions being that when returning to their lodgings, they often packed a bundle of firewood on their shoulder on top of their leather work aprons. Like most communities, there was also the "shady" side. On several occasions the police suspected that illegal gambling and/or opium and cocaine use was occurring in the rear of Chung Lee Lung's establishment, thus conducting raids on the place. At times they would be foiled and nothing was discovered. On other occasions, the police would manage to get the jump on the establishment, discovering caches of drugs, liquor and other paraphernalia. Of course Chung Lee always denied ownership or even knowledge of the items. With the closure of the Sidney Sawmill in 1934, the majority of the Chinese laborers left Sidney and moved to the Victoria area. By this time Chinatown had also become a general eyesore, and with the announcement of the building of the Sidney Post Office in December 1936, the old buildings were torn down, making way for the new. If you happen to have any further stories or photographs pertaining to Chinatown or its residents, please contact Brad Morrison, manager of the Sidney Archives, at 250-656-1322. Saanich Pioneer Society Archives photo F3003Ph_6.

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ninth grade he already knew he wanted to explore some sort of trade. He enrolled in "intro to carpentry" in grade 10 and worked a summer in construction until he became enamoured with the heavy equipment by Stu Rhodes he saw working at various sites. A subsequent field trip to Camosun College, where Zach had a chance to visit the heavy-duty equipment shop, clinched the deal! Zach enjoys everything from fixing small engines to running heavy equipment like the gigantic drill rigs he's recently been operating for Construction Drilling Incorporated (CDI). Zach was required to complete all his compulsory grade 12 courses during his grade 11 year to be eligible to participate in the 10-month heavyduty mechanic program at Camosun during 12th grade. His entrepreneurial side evolved while at Camosun too: he started his own vehicle service business. Armed with a truckload of tools, and knowledge and experience gained from his technical training, Zach started doing callouts to perform routine service and maintenance for customers. Upon completing the 10-month Camosun program Zach started working as an apprentice heavy-duty mechanic for Shane Smith Construction, where he not only got experience pulling wrenches: he got to learn how to operate heavy equipment like bulldozers and excavators. Zach says it's hard to say now which he prefers, wrenching or operating. Zach's current employer, Gary Henshaw of CDI, agrees that the skill sets go hand-in-hand. "Understanding how the many systems in large machinery work really helps me to be in tune with what's going on with the machine when it isn't operating perfectly," says Zach. "Lots of times I can fix small problems myself right on site. Some other times I can communicate directly with CDI's head mechanic and describe symptoms, allowing him to make an accurate diagnosis and arrive equipped to do the repair," Zach adds. Henshaw agrees that this sort of professional communication between operators and mechanics saves downtime and saves money. Moreover, a keen young person like Zach has already developed an intuitive sense of how machinery should work. "To start with, Zach is a great kid. That he comes with experience and skills from his technical training is a bonus," says Henshaw. He adds: "We have a shortage of capable young people like Zach. We need more programs like this."

Zach's mom has a message for other parents: "Trades are the way of the future. They keep young people engaged and excited about learning. Students graduate leaps and bounds ahead of same-aged peers then jump into adult life, landing with both feet firmly planted on the ground – a seamless transition." "Taking up a trade in high school is probably the best life decision I've made to date. Not only did it prepare me for work, it helped me grow up and mature as an individual," says Zach. For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District, contact Garry Arsenault, 250-658-6679; Roger Pires, 250-655-2715; Wendy Walker, 250-514-0259; or Stu Rhodes, 250-415-9211. Visit saanichcareers to view the promotional video Jump Start Your Career.

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A fun, romantic romp through Oscar Wilde’s bubbling wit, that dances through social foibles and hypocrisies that speak to every generation. A tale of love, deception, and cucumber sandwiches! april 6 - 7

"Party Time!" Variety Show Monterey Recreation Centre 1442 Monterey Ave, Oak Bay April 6th @ 2 & 7:30 pm; April 7th @ 2 pm 250.477.5207

Presented by the forever-young-at-heart Monterey Note-Ables. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Monterey Centre (weekdays only) until April 5th, 11 am to 1 pm. The Monterey Note-Ables are a group of seniors (ages 50 to 90) who meet at the Monterey Recreation Centre to produce a musical variety show each spring. This is the group's 17th show and profits from are used to improve the facilities of the Monterey Centre. april 8

"Around the World in 80 Drams" Companions of the Quaich Dinner and Whisky Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.658.1109

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whiskies from Japan (subarashii), Taiwan (Yōuxiù), France (La vache!) and India (bahuta acchā). Fred Wuhrer will present the whiskies and share some vignettes about tasting the whiskies in their home countries. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50. april 11

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month in Sidney, with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. For more information, please visit our website. april 15

Spring into Stories on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories @ 7:30 pm 250.477.7044

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies). April 17 & 24

Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts Ltd. Papardelle's Pasta Nights 1890 Mills Rd, North Saanich 250.658.3419

Come and join Laura in the farm kitchen for a pasta demonstration – a night of wonderful and exciting flavours including gourmet pasta, salad and homemade bread. Enjoy savouring the flavours! April 17th: Salsa Vera Cruz with Chicken and Green Jalapeño Pasta. April 24th: Linguine all a Carrettiere with Lemon Pepper Pasta. $20 per night; limited seating for eight. Please phone and book ahead. Look for the May and June schedule on our website shortly! April 21

Free Introduction to Lawn Bowling Central Saanich Lawn Bowling Club Centennial Park, Saanichton 1 - 4 pm 250.655.9249

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april 26

Silent Auction & Reading Red Brick Café @ 7 pm 2423 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Hosted by the Sidney Literary Festival Committee, this is the first of three reading and silent auction events scheduled over the next six months at the Café to launch fundraising for the Sidney Literary Festival to be held from October 4th to 6th. The festival will feature at least 11 local award-winning authors participating in readings and in adult and children's workshops. There will be several opportunities to informally meet and chat with authors. april 26 - 28

Peninsula Singers invite you to a "Night at the Movies" Charlie White Theatre Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney April 26th & 27th @ 7:30 pm; April 28th @ 2 pm 250.656.0275

What do James Bond, Judy Garland, Kevin Bacon and Meryl Streep have in common? They've starred in movies with grand music. Be sure to get your tickets to this 65-member show chorus' magical trip through movieland's best songs. Artistic Director Glenda Korella promises surprises, the usual array of costume changes, soloists, ensembles and a wonderful quartet of UVic music students who call themselves the Orfeo Saxophone Quartet. As the featured "Spotlight on a Young Artist," this quartet's repertoire runs from ragtime to neoclassical. They'll also accompany the Singers on several numbers! april 27

Peninsula Garden Club Spring Plant Sale Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 9 - 11 am 250.655.9234

Great plants; great prices! april 27

LEAD Healthy Living, Healthy Planet Expo Brentwood Hall 7082 Wallace Dr, Brentwood Bay 1 - 4 pm

The Local Environmental Action Divas will be showcasing local businesses and organizations that help the environment and promote healthy living. Admission is free.

60th Annual SPAC Art Show and Sale The upcoming 60th annual Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society Art Show and Sale, April 27th and 28th at the Mary Winspear Centre at 2243 Beacon Avenue in Sidney, is sure to be the best ever! The 200+ artists work in a wide variety of mediums, from painting to sculpture and jewelry to fibre art and pottery and beyond. Come let your senses be bathed in the beauty and variety of art; there will be over 500 works under one roof! Bodine Hall will be transformed into a giant gallery, complete with stunning floral arrangements. Take in one of the many art demonstrations taking place daily, then head across the hall to the Gift Shop where you'll find smaller handmade gift items and paintings for sale (think Mother's Day!). Entrance to the show is still just $4 and the ticket is good for both days. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Before you leave, cast your vote for your favourite work of art. The votes are tallied and the winning artists are extremely grateful for your affirmation of their hard work. Your ballot will be eligible for the draw of incredible door prizes, including original artworks. This year, for the first time, we are delighted to have three internationally-known guest artists: Pat Bennett,

Shannon Proctor-McLeod and Bob McLeod. Pat Bennett, a graduate of Applied Arts in Design from Ryerson University, was originally a wood sculptor who exhibited internationally. She now creates sculptural vessels using wood and basketry in her Salt Spring Island Studio. Pat has won many awards and has published several books on her craft. Shannon Proctor-McLeod and Bob McLeod are glasswork specialists. Bob, who is self taught, has been blowing glass for eight years while Shannon attended Emily Carr and received an Associate of Arts in Visual Arts at Camosun College. They work together on blowing and design, beginning with a random base and letting the artistic design evolve. Their creations are very unique. For those art lovers who want a sneak preview of the show, sign up to be a patron. Support the artists by pledging $125, $100 of which will be put towards your purchase of art. Spend Friday evening (before the show is open to the public) poring over the art, sipping wine and sampling hors d'oeuvres, and meet the artists while listening to the haunting vocal sounds of Teo Mance. Painting by Natasha Vizen: Conference - 3 Fish.

First Annual Gumboot Gala!

April 20th 4 - 7 pm

Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts Laura Waters 1890 Mills Road North Saanich 250.658.3419 Come and join Laura for a fun-filled evening to help raise funds for Relay For Life! A glass gumboot will be presented to the Best Dressed!

Join us rain or shine IN YOUR GUMBOOTS and dress warmly as we will be outdoors in tents by a bonfire

Tickets $50 each -

(incl. dinner, beverages & prizes)

Come enjoy a round in a relaxing atmosphere full of fresh air & nature

www.ard 250.656.4621 • 930 Ardmore Drive, North Saanich

$40 tax receipt for Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life Book your tickets by calling 250.658.3419 or visiting 1890 Mills Rd, North Saanich Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm Tickets are limited SEASIDE | april 2013 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 61

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in a generous mood and willing to share any luck. Socialize.

ARIES (march 21 april 19) It's your month

to shine with the sun in your sign. With Venus there as well you will be a magnet for attention as others see you as more attractive and approachable. This makes wheeling and dealing easier or smoother.

CANCER (june 21 - july 22)

Focus more attention on your career ambitions. Rub elbows with VIP's or power brokers who can help you up the ladder. Make sure you get the credit for your contributions so far. Build on your knowledge and reputation. LEO (july 23 - august 22)

Your plans expand further afield as other locations become equally attractive for your business or personal endeavors. Scout things out in person as it has to feel right to you. Take a calm, measured approach. Consolidate funds.

TAURUS (april 20 may 20) It's time to

assess your worth and goals. Get rid of things or situations that hold you back or seem like a burden. Make use of your abilities and inner talents to forge the path you want. You have connections that would help.

VIRGO (august 23 september 22) Dig deeper

into jointly held funds or assets. Take care of tax or estate maters as there are some benefits to come. Prepare necessary papers or documents to make it all go smoothly. Discuss details in

GEMINI (may 21 - june 20)

The sun shines on your hopes and wishes this month. You can count more on associates to participate. They open doors or back you where needed. You're

person if it will help. LIBRA (september 23 october 22) Your interest

in mate or partnership matters increases. Decide who you can count on in either area. It helps if you are heading in the same direction otherwise extra effort is needed. Merge or marry under favourable aspects now.

SCORPIO (october 23 november 21) Establish your

position more solidly among others – personal or business. If they can't keep up, don't worry about it as you can be very focused. Make decisions regarding relationships as you need to settle emotionally. SAGITTARIUS (november 22 december 21) You are energized

in many directions. It's time to dust off your creative talents. Be open to more social involvement with all ages. Romantic activity heats up. Relationships develop to the next stage or to a final conclusion.

CAPRICORN (december 22 january 19) You seek more

security with home or base of operations. Negotiate any special terms or concessions on your part or theirs. Take care of necessary improvements to your environment. Start or complete renovations. Let go. AQUARIUS (january 20 february 18) Step out of

your comfort zone. Get more involved with community or family activities. Discussions and exchanges of information can be profitable later on. Clarify your position and follow your desired path. Wrap up details. PISCES (february 19 march 20) Your financial

opportunities increase. Circumstances work in your favour. You benefit personally or professionally. Past associates still have something to contribute, so allow them "in." Expand or upgrade your environment.

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KEEP YOUR BRAIN HEALTHY The Alzheimer’s Association recommends doing puzzles like Sudoku to strengthen brain cells and the connections between them. Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. *Sudoku Solutions may be found on opposite page.

last word in much better shape. On the bright side, when these kids are my age, imagine how far they'll have gone in contributing to a healthy Earth! Need ideas for how you can celebrate Earth Day? Creatively United for the Planet Earth Day Festival, April 20th and 21st at St. Ann's Academy, promises a free, all-ages event (www.creativelyunitedforthe On April 27th, Brentwood LEAD hosts the Third Annual Healthy Living, Healthy Planet Expo from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brentwood Bay Community Hall. Need more information on helping our planet all year round? Visit – a resource for the Capital Region to identify how to reduce, reuse and recycle in the CRD.

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April 22nd marks Earth Day, and one year has passed since, after being inspired by the documentary The Clean Bin Project, I pledged to make some changes that would reduce my environmental footprint. In the movie, a couple makes a bet with each other to see who can produce the least waste. Not only do they literally recycle everything: they vow to buy nothing but essentials for one year. Twelve months after my personal promise, I'm far from that level of commitment, but nonetheless I'm pretty happy with what I've accomplished so far. As the Brentwood Local Environmental Action Divas (LEAD) ladies say: making changes that are good for the environment may seem overwhelming, but just pick one thing to start with and take it from there! A group of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Deep Cove Elementary (team name "Planet Protectors") did just that. The kids, as part of the Destination Conservation campaign (www.dcplanet. ca) had the goal of reducing the garbage, then recyling, from school lunches. The best part? "Being part of a change. Seeing the change. Making new friends with a similar passion for the environment." When I was in elementary school, recycling wasn't an option. I can only imagine that if my generation had the opportunities and vision back then that the "Planet Protectors" do today, our world would be

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