Seaside Magazine April 2015 Issue

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April 2015


The World is in

Our Hands

Think Green, Go Green

Our Environment

New Standards

Can We Talk

Suzuki's Blue Dot Challenge

Food Waste and Recycling

Dr. Moran, Ocean Networks Canada

Golfing on the Peninsula this Season Ardmore is a 9 hole course, with optional alternate tees for a “Back 9” if you prefer to play 18 holes. It is a public course which also offers a variety of membership options. Ardmore is a great place to drop into for a quick round, with it’s gentle slopes and open layout making it an easily walk-able course. The Irons Grille Restaurant is open during peak season, and offers a variety of tasty lunches as well as “9 and Dine” throughout the summer. Combined with the fully licensed lounge, it makes for a great place to have a bite to eat and a drink, or host an event!

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Celebrating 50 years! Glen Meadows opened in August 1965 and we will be holding various celebrations throughout the summer - watch for our $19.65 and $50.00 specials. Alongside our golf, tennis and curling, we hold parties of all kinds, including weddings, celebrations of life and Christmas parties. We also host regular meetings for groups such as Lions, Rotary and bridge. Prospect Lake Golf Course is a fun and unique 9 hole golf course located on the scenic shores of Prospect Lake. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, happily accommodating all levels of golfers and all golf rental needs. Look out for eagles, deer, heron, and other wildlife that frequent the golf course. Enjoy Lakefront Patio Dining with many great views from the patio, including golfers teeing off their signature #6 hole over the lake! The restaurant is open every day from 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Join us for our popular Tuesday Men’s night and Wednesday Women’s night 9 & Dine nights starting on May 12th! May 13th respectively!

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Colin Eaton

I began my landscaping career over 15 years ago, all here in the 'Garden City'. A 'Certified Organic Land Care Professional', I preach that pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are not only unnecessary for a healthy landscape, they can have a long term impact on the overall health of workers, clientele and the earth. My article this month focuses on methods of creating a healthy landscape without the use of any chemicals. Proper mulching is such an important component of any healthy landscape.

Susi McMillan

Some call me a "women with lots of hats": mother, event organizer, environmental advocate, wood worker, childcare provider, facepainter, trendspotter and networker. With this diverse collection of jobs I have a diverse community of friends, which makes my job as Seaside's trendspotter easy! I feel honoured to have this role and enjoy the creative freedom. While most of the time I find new products and businesses, I am also able to share my point of view, giving Trendspotting a little twist. In the month of December we trendspotted 5 amazing hiking locations on the Peninsula – an encouragement to feel gifted with our natural beauty. This month, I encourage you to get into action and contribute to preserve the world we live in.

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This Month's Contributors

Shelley Breadner, Gillian Crowley, Colin Eaton, Moira Gardener, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Valerie Green, Carolyn Herriot, Kathryn Hodgson, Barbara Julian, Tina Kelly, Barry Mathias, Susi McMillan, Deborah Rogers, Julian Sale, Hans Tammemagi, Thomas Teuwen, Viola Van de Ruyt, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

Julie Morris

My literary skills have typically been used for healthcare oriented eNewsletters, for the internet company my husband and I created, built up and eventually sold. Since then, life with teenagers, balancing interests and new startup projects has kept me as busy as ever. When asked to write the feature article for this month, I jumped at the chance because I believed that Rupert's story could be an inspiration to all of us. If an 11 year old kid can make such a difference, what then, can each of us accomplish? One of my new balancing interests is the environment and climate change. Who knows, maybe we'll meet up at an upcoming Green Drinks gathering, an informal chance to discuss and brainstorm environmental concerns. You might be inspired to start something too!

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Thomas Teuwen

After realizing that just making a living failed to complete our human experience, My Love and I merged our passion for sustainability. First we became mostly vegan, then we traded our cars for bicycles, and before long we found ourselves designing and building the Biggest Little House in Sidney. Dedicated to the reduction of our carbon footprint, we decided to do all the work ourselves and gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges that arise when building an eco-friendly home. Now we delight in sharing what we've learned through our web site and YouTube channel. We also give workshops and have recently been asked by Self-Counsel Press to write a book entitled "Greening Your Home: Successful Eco-Renovation Strategies." My contribution to the On Design column focusses on the introduction of solar power to your home.

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first word Spring is thought to be the time of new beginnings. For those living in the coldest parts of the world right now, spring can signify a glorious moment of change and of transition. When the air begins getting lighter, the nights longer, the sun brighter, many move forward with the push of spring at our heels. What is the essence of spring really about? Is it about change? With change comes everything new: a break of routine, a change in the patterns around us, and the promise of a different beginning. For me, it's daily moments of reflection and gratitude for the people and events that have happened in my life. Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there. They serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be – your roommate, your neighbour, your professor, long-lost friend, lover or even a complete stranger who, at the very moment you lock eyes with them, you know that they will affect your life in some profound way. Today, in this moment, as I sit here and write, I'm thinking of my very dear friend, Anthony Westlake, who passed away on August 31, 2012. It's so strange to me how time really does fly by; it's already been 3 years. I will never forget Tony, he was an inspiration to me in every part of my life and every so often I remember what I asked him, with tears backed up in my eyes, and said: "Why you

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Tony?" And he answered, "Why not me; better me than someone else". At that moment in time, for just a second, my heart felt like it stopped, my breath seemed to whisper, "I get it now", and my mind was at ease. The people you meet who affect your life and the successes and downfalls you experience ‌ they are the people who create who you are. Even the unfortunate experiences can be learned from. Those lessons are the hardest and probably also the most important ones. I've said this before but I do believe everything happens for a reason but I also believe that the harder you work, the luckier you get. It's our hard work, or lack thereof, that determines whether we are able to make the most of these opportunities. Think of it this way: imagine two soccer players in different games. Both are in front of the opponents' goal and the ball takes a lucky bounce to them. One has worked hard, honed his or her skills, and scores. The other has not worked hard, lacks skills, and does not score. Both were equally lucky to get a chance to score. One had worked hard and could take advantage. Illness, injury, love, lost moments or true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of ourselves. Without all these small tests – whether they be events, illnesses or relationships – life would be like a smooth, paved straight, flat road to nowhere: safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. Sometimes things happen to you, and at the time they might seem horrible, painful and unfair, but upon reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would never have realized your potential, strength, willpower and heart. So, with spring in the air find your new beginning, find your moments that you can cherish and reflect or just simply be yourself and enjoy the moment.

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We have been receiving your magazine for quite some time along with our Sunday Times Colonist newspaper. I don't know if anyone has mentioned this to you before, but whatever ink you use in printing has an extremely strong odor which almost smells toxic. I used to try reading the magazine by holding it far away from my nose as there were some very interesting articles, but I have finally given up. I hope somebody looks into this as I am sure other people find the odor overwhelming, and have just not brought it to your attention. Thanks kindly, Judy Note from Editor: Occasionally we recieve a letter from a reader who is concerned by the smell of our magazine. We find that the odor (which sometimes results from the magazines being printed, then boxed quickly) dissipates substantially simply by having the magazine out in the open. Seaside Magazine is printed on recycled content paper using fast setting low-VOC linseed oil-based inks that are more environmentally friendly than the older, solvent-based oils.

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Zen and the Art of Kitchen Scrap Diversion

How Saanich Peninsula Residents Respond to the Kitchen Scrap Ban

by Carole Pearson

Call it "the karma of composting." It happens when kitchen waste collected from Sidney residences is transformed into nutrient-rich soil and spread on flower beds in local parks and public areas that beautify the town for the enjoyment of all. This is one outcome of the Capital Regional District's kitchen scraps strategy. Approved by the board in 2012, it means organic material (food waste and soiled paper products) that can be composted must be removed from the waste stream going up to the CRD's Hartland landfill facility. There was plenty of lead-up time before a ban went into effect on January 1, 2015. Local haulers now face fines ranging from $100 to $1000 for dumping loads containing food scraps at the landfill. Since joining the program in January 2014, Sidney claims 375 tonnes of waste has been diverted, a 28 percent reduction. The Photos by

Emterra Group, which handles Sidney's garbage pick-up, takes the collected kitchen waste to the Lower Mainland where it is processed by Harvest Power, an organics management company, and is turned into soil amender, compost, mulch and soil blends. Instead of empty trucks making the return trip, some of this soil comes back to Sidney. What goes around truly does come around! According to the CRD, "Organic materials, such as kitchen scraps, constitute approximately 30 percent of the waste at Hartland landfill. Current recycling (such as the blue box program) and composting programs are diverting 46 percent of the waste stream from the landfill. In order to achieve our diversion goal of 70 percent by 2015 kitchen scraps must be removed from the garbage." Most municipalities within the CRD have been part of the program for a while. In a two-year pilot project begun by the

Call it "the karma of composting"


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CRD in 2006, the municipalities of Oak Bay and View Royal tested the kitchen waste pick-up program. Since 2007, the CRD states, over 12,000 tonnes of kitchen scraps have been diverted. Coinciding with the CRD ban at Hartland, Central Saanich and North Saanich have only recently come on board. Like a majority of municipalities in the region, garbage collection is arranged by residents through various private hauling companies. For these Saanich Peninsula residents, separating kitchen waste from the garbage is still in its early days but people are adapting. "I love it," says Central Saanich resident Heather Kirby. "I thought it would be a problem but I just put all the vegetable peelings right into the container. There's no fuss, no muss – it's done!" She bought a kitchen container and chose one with a filter in the lid to stop odors. "I put in a compostable bag and every two weeks, I just put the bag out on top of the garbage can, and it gets picked up. It's easy and I have hardly any garbage now!" For people who prefer to drop off their garbage at a depot on an "as necessary" basis, places like DL's Recycling, will accept kitchen waste in compostable bags for a small fee. Residents who want to carry on composting their own kitchen waste, there are a variety of digesters one can install in the back yard to handle meat, bones, dairy, bread and other materials that can't be thrown into plant-based compost. For more information on the program and a list of private contractors (like Capital City Recycling or Pan-insula Disposal) and dropoff recycling facilities, check out the CRD's The site makes it even easier for residents to remember what goes out when with advice to 'avoid the pajama dash' to the curb with your blue box and bag. Residents can sign up for email/ text/twitter/phone reminders that you can set for a convenient time (like the night before). The website is also a great resource for finding out how to reuse, reduce and where-to-recycle, especially when "spring cleaning" the garage or basement. Simply tossing discarded items into the garbage is bad karma, for sure!

What about Our Rights to a Healthy Environment?

Our Youngest Citizens are Impacting How Councils Focus Their Decisions You, like me, might not have heard about David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour ( which began in Atlantic Canada last September and headed West with a final stop in Victoria last November. However, a 10-year old local resident took its message to heart and wrote to every municipality within the CRD. Once I discovered that this young Rupert Yakelashek has, to date, inspired eight local municipalities to sign a declaration of the "Right to Live in a Healthy Environment" (out of only 26 municipalities Canada-wide) I truly felt in awe and inspired. Currently over 110 nations have recognized the right to live in a healthy environment; however, Canada is not among them. David Suzuki's Campaign, and its film, "Today is the day we Decide" speaks about how Canada is falling behind other countries. Our environment, water and air are being polluted. Currently over 68,000 Canadians have signed the Blue Dot movement along with 26 municipal governments that formally recognized their citizens' "Right to Live in a Healthy Environment". Once enough support is reached, the goal is to ask the Federal Government to amend the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include environmental rights. This declaration of rights provokes a gut reaction of "well, of course we should be doing this": "That all people have the right to live in a healthy environment, including: The right to breathe clean air; the right to drink clean water; the right to consume safe food; the right to access nature; the right to

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know about pollutants and contaminants released into the local environment; the right to participate in decision-making that will affect the environment. Young Rupert became motivated after learning in his Civics class that kids have the least amount of power in our society. Attending the Blue Dot Tour event, Rupert was reminded about the fundamental concept that everything we as a species need to survive, comes from nature. Disappointed to learn that Canada is no longer an environmental leader, he felt that despite being just a kid, he had to try and make a difference. Rupert's plan began with approaching candidates in Victoria during the recent municipal election. He stated, "If you promise to make this declaration for a 'right to a healthy environment,' I'll convince my parents to vote for you." On December 18, 2014 he and his family held a rally outside City Hall. "Rupert's Rally for a Healthy Environment" made a presentation to Victoria City Council, who then voted unanimously to make the declaration recognizing the rights for a healthy environment. But he didn't stop there! Locally, Rupert and his younger sister Franny, (now age 8) have addressed seven CRD councils since December 18. What followed has been a domino of declarations by many local councils. Victoria, Saanich, Highlands, View Royal, Langford, Central Saanich and North Saanich have all approved this declaration. North Saanich Counsellor Heather Gartshore feels that this decision becomes a long reaching "lens" with which to approach issues such as Grants and Aid funding, stewardship, support for agriculture, parks and trails; and even changes perspective on items such as replacing a traditional fuel car with a zero emission one. SEASIDE | APRIL 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 13



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Perhaps there will be more "accountability" as well. Additional citizens have also approached local municipalities, including other children as well as adults. Local Central Saanich resident Alexis White approached her municipality and they approved the declaration in February. Alexis stated she was "ecstatic" when the declaration was passed in Central Saanich and thanks the progressive thinking counsellors including Zeb King and Alicia Cormier who assisted in helping her with the process. She feels this will "change the whole landscape" of local municipalities as they consider issues such as expanding the urban boundaries, food security and reviewing in OCP's. In these few months, Rupert has learned that just because he is not old enough to vote, does not mean he cannot start working on the world he feels all children should want and deserve. He is also immensely grateful that he has a clear idea of what he and other kids are capable of accomplishing. Kids do have power! "My goals are to contact every municipality across British Columbia and to make a short video to encourage other kids to get involved and make a positive change in their community" Rupert does not know when his piece of this complicated but exciting environmental rights puzzle will be completed, but he is confident that he is on the right path. Rupert is thankful for all the opportunities and encouragement that have come his way. Will this add accountability to local government? Will these seemingly obvious

declarations have a very powerful and long reaching effect? Is this truly how local citizens can make the most change? Central Saanich Counsellor Zeb King agreed that the declaration is only the beginning; that citizens are a big part of the picture and he hopes this event will "inspire more people to get involved and stay involved". If your local city or municipality has not yet reviewed this declaration, and you feel motivated by the potential change a single person can start to make, consider writing a letter to your local council requesting it is discussed within their next agenda.

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veterinary voice Despite what you think, dogs are not colour blind, They see many colours, but these are often muted

Green for Pets Any Way You Look at it! by Dr. Shelley Breadner

Have you ever stopped to think how being 'green' applies to practicing veterinary medicine? Living green is a way of life, wherever that path may go. Sometimes we can do more, sometimes we are limited by how much we can do, but keeping that intention in the foreground helps us do the best that we can in each situation. Within our own practice we encourage green through serious recycling, reducing waste, and responsibly handling and sorting all safe medical wastes. This brings recycling incentives to the forefront for all of our employees, helping to teach them the amazing options we can choose for managing our wastes. We are constantly seeking new ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Now how do animals see green? Well, birds have a great range of colour vision, many species being able to see ultraviolet light. So when we see green, a bird may see additional colours beyond our colour range. These are used for foraging, attracting mates, following chemical trails, etc. Some colours may signal danger, triggering undesired or stress related responses in birds. Birds of prey can readily react to using a red towel, the colour of meat. For this reason, we generally select white towels when handling all birds in our practice, to restrict colour exposure and minimize their stress. Despite what you think, dogs are not colour blind. They see many colours, but these are often muted. Their colour vision is similar to a person's with colour blindness. Their prominent colours are black, white, red as brown, yellows, greens, and purple as blue. Just because they cannot see as many colours, does not mean they have poorer vision than we do. They are good at discerning differences, movement and they have the added benefit of being able to see ultraviolet light. This gives them a different visible spectrum, and enhances their night vision. Cats are able to see muted colours in the blue and grey zone, although greens and yellows may also be visible. Cats have a great ability to see ultraviolet light, enabling them to see in total darkness. This may allow them to see as well as smell other cats'

urine if it fluoresces with ultraviolet light. Cats also have much greater peripheral vision than we humans, thus cats can see the most remarkable things out of the corner of their eye. The BIG question is whether cats see anything at all, or if they are simply imagining things to explain all their crazy antics. My advice to you is wear RED and lay back in the beautiful green grass of spring. Best plan to hide from a crazy cat pounce. But just hope the eagles don't spot you lying there!

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can we talk Editor-in-Chief Deborah Rogers talks with Dr. Kate Moran, President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada Has the ocean always been a passion of yours? Paleoceanography seems to be an incredibly specialised field, how did you end up becoming a world leader in this area? My passion began when I was young with family vacations to the coast, and a high school physics teacher who helped me shape the beginning of a career path. He explained the field of ocean engineering to me – how math and science could combine to make things work better – and really fueled my desire to purse an education in ocean engineering. Some great instructors and mentors at university further focused my direction. I learned how science could offer better decision-making today through understanding the earth’s geologic history ... that we could actually drill down deep beneath the seafloor, as we did in the Arctic Ocean, and retrieve sediment samples from hundreds of millions of years ago, to help us reconstruct the past and provide evidence of climate change on a planetary scale. What I love about engineering is the fact you can take practical tools and apply them to important ocean science problems. Your current post is President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada, which operates the world-leading NEPTUNE and VENUS cabled ocean observatories. Can you explain the type of research that goes on and its implications to us both locally and globally? Ocean Networks Canada is a world leader in ocean observing technology. We’re an initiative of the University of Victoria, located right on the doorstep of Vancouver Island communities. We like to be on the leading edge of new science, offering new ways to enable scientists to pursue their research – that’s what keeps us at the forefront. And our data – including the live streaming video from our cameras on the seafloor – is free to anyone with an Internet connection. Our observatories, connected by almost 900 kilometres of cable, continuously monitor a wide range of study areas that attract scientists from around the world. These stretch from the coastline and continental shelf, across the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate to the mid-ocean ridge where new crust is being formed and extraordinary communities of animals thrive around volcanic vents. Long-term observations by ONC support such a diverse range of research: climate change adaption, earthquake and tsunami warnings, key marine species such as salmon and orcas, and even the complex interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean.

Living on the west coast we are constantly in touch with the ocean and see the way it connects to our lives, do you notice that different countries will approach the topic of ocean research and protection in different ways? Most of the western world approaches ocean protection in much the same way. There are various differences in their abilities because of the way their funding is structured or the way universities are structured vurses government labs. The big difference is in developing countries, who don’t have the resources. For example, when I worked in Thailand following the tsunami, after it destroyed everything, the country immediately rebuilt, very quickly, without really doing analysis about what makes sense in the ways we rebuild because they didn’t have the research infrastructure. So there needs to be a lot more assistance in those countries that are vulnerable. One of the ways to address this discrepancy is to bring young scientists from these countries to the west in an exchange. That’s really how you can make change.

What drives you to keep going when facing challenges to achieving your vision for ocean science and technology? There are a million great ideas for innovation and the only way you achieve innovation is through dogged persistence. I believe in innovation. I believe that humans are innovative. There are so many great ideas, but in order to succeed at innovation, you need to be persistent and stick with your ideas to achieve them. And then you don’t need to worry about what others are doing. You will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming BC CFUW conference at the Mary Winspear Centre, the conference theme is ‘Harnessing the Power of Waves’ – what does that mean to you? When I think about waves, I think about tsunami waves first, because in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, that wave travelled around the world three times. The earthquake that generated that wave was the equivalent of 20,000 Hiroshima bombs. There is incredible power in the ocean but when I think more about it, the regular waves in the ocean are a wonderful source of renewable energy. So there’s the destructive part of this power and then there’s the incredible resource that we have. The Smart Oceans™ initiative is an innovative project to harness science and research for the benefit of Canadians. Can you explain what Smart Oceans™ is and with investment from the government of Canada, how you see this type of research benefiting residents here on Vancouver Island? Smart Oceans™ is the next step in our evolution, a broad initiative

that aims to enhance public safety, marine safety and environmental monitoring for B.C. coastal residents. We’re planning to install five new ‘community’ observatory systems at strategic locations on the coast over the next two years, along with weather stations and a number of high frequency radar systems to detect waves. With support form Western Economic Diversification and Transport Canada, we’re designing these new observatories with a 20-year life span to serve the research community but also to focus on the concerns and interests of the surrounding local community. We are looking at green issues in this month’s Seaside Magazine – as an individual it can seem overwhelming sometimes to know what to do to make a difference. What are your thoughts on our personal responsibility towards the environment? If you think about the words ecosystem and economy, they are from the same source. So it’s about how we live on this planet, not necessarily about the environment ... and us. When you talk that way, it feels as though we are separate. But humans are a part of the ecosystem. My personal responsibility then, because I think I understand this, is to help others understand that it’s not a choice between being an environmentalist or not. It’s an understanding that we are part of the ecosystem and we’re altering that ecosystem in ways that haven’t been done in 55 million years. So by understanding that, people can act. You can’t push someone to do something unless they understand it. So that’s what I think scientists have to do. Personally, I drive an electric car, I try not to travel too much, I’m a vegetarian ... I certainly try!

Kate Moran

President and CEO, Ocean Networks Canada Dr. Kate Moran is the President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada, a world-renowned ocean engineer, Moran started at ONC as the Director of NEPTUNE Canada in 2011, following a two-year term as assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC. She is an outstanding presenter, helping people understand complex issues about the sea floor and is involved in cutting-edge research on earthquakes.

g a r d e n t o ta b l e Improve growth and blooming, or help control pesky problems.

Recipes for the Garden by Carolyn Herriot

This month I am going to

switch things around with some proven recipes for the garden that either improve growth and blooming, or help control pesky problems, naturally and inexpensively.

Spectacular Rose Recipe Before blooming: 1 cup alfalfa pellets 1/4 cup rock phosphate 2 Tbsp magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts) Mix well, scatter under your rose bush and work in gently.

Deer Repellant To keep deer off roses (which they love) beat one egg in one litre water and spray this mixture onto rose foliage every five days. The egg white acts as a sticking agent. A bonus is the sulphur in the eggs acts as a fungicide and keeps powdery mildew and blackspot off roses too.

Hydrangeas of Every Hue To change the colour of hydrangeas to blue, lower the pH by adding

aluminum sulfate at the rate of one pound to seven gallons of water. Soak the ground in spring every two weeks as necessary to lower the pH. To change colour to pink or red, raise the pH by adding lime at the rate of five pounds per 100 square feet in spring or fall.

Organic Fertilizer Recipe Granular fertilizer takes four weeks to breakdown before plant roots can access it. Blend well: 4 parts seed meal (non-gmo alfalfa, canola or soy) or fish meal    (non farmed) 1 part dolomite lime 1 part rock phosphate 1 part kelp meal Combine in soil mixes for planters and containers for boosting food production in confined spaces. If soil fertility is in question work lightly into the soil under transplants. To give plants a boost sprinkle as a side-dressing alongside existing plants. Apply around the drip line of fruit trees and berry bushes, working in gently so as not to damage roots.

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Beating Bugs Little green caterpillars-leaf rollers, webworms, winter moth or codling moth larvae, prevalent in fruit trees in spring (they sometimes spread from neighbouring trees). For severe infestations spray the whole tree with Bacillus thuringiensis Bt, available from garden centres. When the larvae ingest the leaves they will die within the week. Your tree will soon recover, and you should have no more problems.

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Back by popular demand we welcome to the Charlie White Theatre Buffy Sainte-Marie for a matinee performance on Sunday, April 26 at 2.30 p.m. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s bold new album, Power in the Blood is a follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Running for the Drum and only her fourth studio release in more than 20 years. Although, just because you don’t hear from her for long stretches, doesn’t mean she’s not playing. Quite the opposite, Sainte-Marie’s creativity is always in motion, and her passport’s always in hand, globetrotting for lectures and performances with her high-octane backing band. She records only when she feels like touring, and currently Sainte-Marie is taking centre stage around the world, including North America, Europe and Australia. Power in the Blood is a reminder that, five decades on, it is still futile to silence artists or to put Sainte-Marie in any single category. She simply doesn’t fit. Yes, she can inspire you to rise up and take action, but she can just as easily melt your heart with a tender ballad. Go back to Until It’s Time for You to Go and you’ll be hard-pressed to say when it was written or for whom. It’s evergreen and, like so much of Sainte-Marie’s work, it’s universal. “I love words, I love thinking, and I recognize and value the core of a universal idea simplified into a three-minute song,” she says. “What appealed to me in folk music were the songs that have lasted for generations, but I wasn’t trying to be one of those guys. I wanted to give people something original.”

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Celebrating the Salish Sea Celebrating the Salish Sea an inspiring evening of science, information and entertainment is coming to the Mary Winspear Centre on Saturday, April 25 starting at 6.00 p.m. with a Meet Our Scientists Reception and NGO displays in the bar. Presentations and music begin at 7.00 p.m. in the Charlie White Theatre. Emcee Chris Dairmont from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation will present keynote speaker Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada Leader and MP for Saanich Gulfislands. A passionate supporter of the coastal environment, May will discuss protection of British Columbia’s coastal waters and southern resident killer whales. A question and answer session will follow her address. The audience will leave with new knowledge, fully inspired to engage in this vital discussion. The evening will also see Adam Olsen of Tsartlip First Nation and Misty MacDuffee a Raincoast Conservation Foundation biologist addressing threats to B.C.’s iconic Salish Sea. There will be music by Canadian violinist Kyla LeBlanc and a screening of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s latest short documentary Directly Affected. Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by research to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. Their mandate is to

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2015 Rhododendron Convention The world is coming to Sidney for the 70th anniversary American Rhododendron Society 2015 Convention, May 6 -10. International rhododendron experts will include: Jim Barlup, Washington; Marc Colombel, France; Lionel de Rothschild, England; Ken Cox, Scotland; Harold Greer, Oregon; Guan Kaiyun, China and Hartwig Schepker, Germany. 29 private and public garden tours are available from Sidney to Cowichan Valley, and there are also a one-day tour to Campbell River and a four-day tour to Tofino planned. Registrants will have the opportunity to purchase unusual and special rhodos (over 1,600 rhodos) beginning on May 6. The general public will have an opportunity to purchase remaining rhodos on Sunday morning, May 10. Check out the fabulous Rhodo 2015 banners down Beacon Avenue in Sidney as the Town of Sidney gets into the spirit of this special celebration. Please visit for comprehensive information and registration forms.

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Compassionate Oral Care Sidney Centre Family Dentistry by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the last in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. A child of the fifties, I have witnessed a metamorphosis in dental care through the decades. Sixty years ago, measures to relieve discomfort and pain were limited and unreliable; seeing a dentist was a harrowing throw of the dice. Fast forward to 2015 where dentistry is a finely tuned art form, with every measure taken to maximize patient comfort.

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State-of-the art technology minimizes pain and ensures effective treatments that preserve teeth. The staff at Sidney Centre Family Dentistry exemplify the new age dental practice, offering compassionate, accessible dental care that is sensitive to individual needs. Dr. Loren Braun and Dr. Jacalyn Sollid are husband-and-wife owners of Sidney Centre Family Dentistry. Considerate personalized service defines their busy practice: "There is a person attached to the teeth!" comments Jacalyn.

Always sensitive to people's financial situations, the two dentists utilize an "assignment of benefits" system where the office bills the insurance company directly for the percentage they cover, instead of asking the patient to pay and pursue reimbursement themselves. They know that many people cannot afford to pay the upfront costs. And "We take into account individual circumstances as well and try to help where we can." A sense of ethics permeates their business. Aside from any insurance percentage

payable, “There are no fees patients have to pay above and beyond the provincial fee guide. "We want dentistry to be accessible." At Sidney Centre Family Dentistry, every effort is made to accommodate people who are fearful and anxious in the dental chair. A relaxing CD or DVD is offered for dental phobias. But they also offer levels of sedation for clients over twelve who need it. Oral tranquilizers may be prescribed; if that is not effective, they offer intravenous sedation by a certified anesthesiologist. Jacalyn and Loren believe in all-inclusive accessible dentistry: "We aim to give individualized care and there is a segment of the population that cannot tolerate being in a dental chair because they are super-nervous or have physical or mental difficulties. Without the IV sedation, they would not get any dental work done at all." Since MSP pays for the majority of the cost if a physician confirms a medical reason for the IV sedation, the procedure is financially accessible to everyone. And patients can get a lot of work done at once, reducing the stress of

multiple visits to the dentist. This demonstrates the sensitive and compassionate approach of the dentist-duo where clients' needs are respected without question or judgement.

"every effort is made to accommodate people who are fearful and anxious in the dental chair" To Jacalyn, today's amazing technology, materials and treatments relegate painful dentistry to a thing of the past. Their office has the latest innovative equipment and technology. Seven dental chairs point to the big sunny windows overlooking the town of Sidney. The extra seating capacity enables them to treat emergencies the same day. They treat the immediate pain first – and as soon as possible. Their personalized care shows

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before receiving their license and certification, RMTs must undertake and pass a rigorous set of provincial registration exams as set out by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). The CMTBC also requires RMTs to maintain current First Aid and CPR certifications and pass regular criminal records checks. After granting registration, the CMTBC mandates an ongoing requirement of RMTs to complete a minimum number of continuing education hours to maintain their currency, competency, and registration in this health profession. Essentially, the CMTBC "acts on behalf of all British Columbians to ensure RMTs always deliver safe and effective treatments". Therefore, when you are receiving treatments from an RMT, you are under the care of a Regulated Health Professional with all the rights, protection, and attention you deserve. Equally as important as knowing the education, skill, and regulations of the RMT profession is understanding and embracing the fact that as the patient, you have ultimate power over your treatment plan and delivery. This means that you can decide which therapist is right for you. It means that you must consent to treatment before the RMT can commence the massage and you can withdraw your consent at any time. It also means that you have the power and the ability to address any questions or concerns you have about your treatment with the provincial regulatory body, the CMTBC. There are many RMTs available with different styles of treatment and focuses of practice and it's important to find an RMT with whom you feel comfortable and who can provide the type of treatment you deserve. Unsure about who might fit your needs? Ask your friends, other health care providers, or an RMT. But do rest assured that in choosing an RMT to treat your health concerns, it means that you truly are in the hands of a professional. For more information visit

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Three Greener Vehicle Options by Julian Sale

Now, more than ever, commuters and drivers have the option to “go green” by buying eco friendly vehicles. This not only means driving fuel-efficient, hybrid, or electric vehicles, but buying vehicles that are manufactured using more recycled materials, and are more recyclable at the end of their lifecycle. Here are three examples of “green” cars, and their drivers – that are already making a difference on our roads today.


Toyota Prius Hybrid

Suzie Cutt and Linda Walker bought a Prius for their family. As owners of two peninsula physio and massage businesses, they're busy, and they drive a lot. This was the obvious choice for a few reasons. First, the Prius is a quality vehicle, and has a rock solid reputation for reliability. Second, it's really roomy and versatile. Of course, going to Parksville and back with $15 worth of fuel is basically awesome. Families want a great car that does it all, and they want to save at the pump and pollute less – a lot less. The Toyota Prius hit Canadian roads in 1999, and instantly earned the reputation of being the tree-hugger's car. That reputation holds true today, the difference is almost everyone wants to be greener now. The Prius was a breakthrough, and was the first mass produced car that shut off its engine at a stand still. Seems so simple now. The word hybrid means heterogeneous. The Prius is a gas – electric car. Electric power runs a motor to get the vehicle moving from a stop. Then the gas engine powers the vehicle at sustained and higher speeds. Genius! We are all more aware of the environmentally sound choices we can make, including cutting the carbon dioxide we emit when burning fuel. Prius' are available from $5,000 up to $40k plus. There actually is a Prius for everyone. Toyota now produce three body sizes of the Prius including a small hatchback called the "C", the standard version, and a new "V" which is a larger wagon configuration. Further, the Prius has proven itself as the staple Hybrid car, as the number one taxicab in use in the western world.

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Ingrid Jarisz, on the other hand, needed a posh, upscale'mobile to transport her real estate clients. Ingrid's shopping list was tight and carefully prepared. Her work requires her to shuttle clients to and from the airport, ferries, and properties all over. So a spacious cabin and very comfortable seating was mandatory; a clean and modern exterior a requirement; and a great sound system, superb safety and astounding reliability were all near the top. Oh, and it had to be a hybrid. Enter the LEXUS RX series hybrid SUVs. Known around the world as the premier hybrid SUV, this vehicle allows its owner to enjoy luxury and forgo the gas guzzling tendencies of the status quo SUVs. With flat folding rear seats, and a cavernous cargo area in the back, it's hard to fault. The RX seats 5 people very comfortably, offers easy entry and exit, and great visibility from the driver's seat. I was amazed at how quiet and tight – how

peaceful the drive was when I first took the wheel in an RX hybrid. A new Lexus hybrid is what the environmentally conscious high rollers drive. A used Lexus hybrid is what the environmentally conscious, economically responsible commuter demands. These vehicles are available in hybrid trim, used from $15,000 up to $68,000 new. It just goes to show, you can have your cake and eat it too!



Third, we have the BMW i3. BMW states its i3 design defines the automobile of tomorrow. That's bold, but it's mostly true. This is the pinnacle of all electric, eco friendly commuting. Yes, I said commuting, some people will scream Tesla here, but this is a commuter. The Tesla is more – it's the super-lux-rocket that Buck Rogers bought for Friday nights. The i3 looks like something Buck Rogers would choose for outings to the golf course of the future. But hold on, this car actually has something for everyone. First – it's available in EV (100% electric) or with a range extending gas generator that allows you to drive a total 250km give or take, starting with a full charge. You have to look at this car. If you're a gear head like I am, this car will fascinate and amaze you – if you're not, this car will impress you and make you smile. Until you drive it, where you'll both sit quietly – very, very quietly, head cocked, one eyebrow raised – waiting for

some kind of noise. Any type. Anything. You're on the highway, still nothing. This car REDEFINES quiet and peaceful driving. It can't be compared to a Nissan LEAF, the two share nothing other than fast moving electrons and big magnets. Cool fact: The all Carbon-Fibre body is referred to as the Life Module, and it's the techiest body I have ever seen on a mass produced car or motorcycle, or airplane for that matter. It features a gorgeous open-pore eucalyptus wood dash cover. It's stunning, and so is the rest of the car.

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common cents 3 Ways to Align Your Investing with Your Values Socially responsible investing has become a more common concern amongst Canadian investors. The Responsible Investment Association reports that as of 2013 (the most recent report) there were one trillion dollars of assets in Canada being managed using one or more by Viola Van de Ruyt responsible investing strategies, a 68 VandeRuyt Wealth Management Group percent increase over 2011. Although about 80 percent of this is pension money, I am seeing the same increased interest amongst individual investors. What is socially responsible investing or SRI as it's often referred to? If you ask five people what type of investments would concern them you'll probably get five different answers. But almost all people are concerned about human rights, they don't want to invest in a company that employs child labour and most people don't want to invest in tobacco. There will be variations in the other answers but SRI typically is concerned about three main issues: environmental, social and governance or ESG. In 2013 the top three issues that Canadian investors and investment managers got involved in were executive compensation, human right issues and greenhouse gas emissions. They got involved by having in depth dialogues with the companies they have invested in and by shareholder action. Just as it is difficult for the average Canadian to be completely 'green' with their transportation, it can be difficult to be completely 'green' with your investing but here are three ways you can improve your SRI. 1. Invest directly in shares of companies you like. You'll have complete control, but it can be time consuming for an individual. 2. Index investing i.e. the Jantzi social index. It's the easy, low cost option but there's no shareholder involvement. 3. SRI mutual funds – there are several fund companies specializing in SRI. You'll have active management and involvement but you must choose carefully – they're not all alike. Just as many drivers opt to buy a fuel efficient vehicle and walk short distances to reduce the amount of gas they use, I am seeing many investors opt to introduce some SRI strategies into their portfolio. It may not be perfect but it is a step in the right direction! Viola is an Investment Advisor with National Bank Financial Wealth Management in Sidney. The securities or sectors mentioned are not suitable for all investors and should not be considered as recommendations. Please consult your investment advisor to obtain complete information, including the main risk factors. National Bank Financial is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada which is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX). National Bank Financial is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. To reach Viola please visit her website

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Earth – a morsel of flesh, a river or an ocean, a leaf or an insect – free of plastic micro-particles? Mass-produced since the 1940s (offspring of the oil industry) and legally dumped into the world's oceans until 1988 (and illegally ever since), plastic is ubiquitous due to its incredible-shrinking ability: it never goes away. It only reduces into small pieces on which sea birds choke, and then microscopic pieces ingested by zooplankton and other life forms. What we see isn't what we get in the natural environment of southern Vancouver Island: we see beautiful mountains and woods, birds and rivers, but these are teeming with invisible laboratoryproduced compounds toxic to wildlife. The term "biodegradable" suggests that some plastics will eventually disappear into the natural substrate, but plastics are neither degradable nor biological. A marketer has only to splash the word "recycled" on a product to make us believe that somebody will eventually take care of the waste this item becomes. Researchers are working on incineration processes that might one day transmute plastic into harmless gases that could be captured for heat energy, but the technology eludes them. Becoming microscopic only lets plastic penetrate more deeply into habitats and tissues, and according to researcher Charles Moore (Plastic


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Toast Café in Sidney will be closed from April 2 - 6, and re-opening on April 7. Regulars and new customers alike can look forward to a fresh, clean and new start for spring, with a huge spring cleaning, menu changes and some renovations. After a year of researching local roasters, owners Amy and Lisa Gray are excited to be introducing a new coffee program, focused on coffee sourced even closer to home through Drumroaster, in Cobble Hill. Stop in after the 7th to see your new and improved favourite! Toast is located at 2400 Bevan Avenue. They can be reached at 250.665.6234.

Amica at Beechwood Village is pleased to welcome Christa Castillo to their team as their new Communication Relations Manager. Christa joins them from Amica Mature Lifestyles, also in Sidney. She brings 12 years of experience and relationships in the longterm senior care industry, as well as a great passion for, and commitment to, providing the best in unique lifestyles for seniors. Christa and the whole team at Amica Beechwood invite you to their Open House on April 15th. Have a tour and enjoy a complimentary lunch! They are located at 2315 Mills Road. Potential residents and their families are always welcome to meet with Christa, and she will take the time to listen and discover what is important to you as you transition into a new home or community. You can contact Christa at 250.655.0849 by phone, or by email at

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Entrepeneurs … New local business Coastal Marine WiFi launches a WiFi radio system that brings far-away, remote WiFi hotspots right to your boat – where mobile devices often don't have the range to work effectively. The solution to connecting to distant hotspots, this radio is waterproof and easy to install, has various power supply options, and needs no software configuration. You can connect reliably to hot spots over 2 nautical miles away, and use Android and iOS Apple apps to easily scan and select these

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Giving … 100 Women Who Care is coming to the Saanich Peninsula! This initiative is designed to gather 100 (or more) women together four times a year, and give a $100 donation per member as a group to a votedupon local charity or not-forprofit organization. The group sees their commitment of 100 x $100 go towards bettering lives within the community; four times over in a year – a staggering $400,000! The first meeting of this new chapter is May 6, at Glen Meadows Golf Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Those interested in joining are encouraged to register themselves under Community of 100 at For additional information or questions, contact Shelley Mann at 250.213.8829.

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Fall Literary Festival April 2 reminder: Awardwinning authors M.A.C. Farrant and Stephen Hume read their work at the Red Brick Café. Help support the fall Literary Festival. Tickets at Tanner's Books, Sidney. Doors open at 6.30 p.m.

Randy Bachman Keeps Rockin' A rock legend, Bachman brings his talents as a guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer to the Charlie White Theatre. This performance is the kick-off to his nationwide tour to promote his new album Heavy Blues. Last year marked his second induction into the Canadian Musician's Hall of Fame when Bachman-Turner Overdrive were honoured at the 2014 JUNO Awards. If you've got rock 'n roll in your soul, you can't miss this one!

Learn more about Peru and how people are working together to make their world a better place. Tulista Park Gallery. Ends April 6. Open 10 - 4 daily. Free admission and parking.

New Artwork at Village Gallery Experience the abstract and interpretive works of Carolyn Kowalyk, Christine Reimer, Chris Alers, Eunmi Coancher and Jean Topham. At the same time admire Brian Buckrell's new works and discover Quadra Island artist Maureen Baryka who captures striking sky and seascapes. Elegant glasswork sculptures by Doroni Lang and eclectic surprises from Richard Shaw in wood and metal round out the Spring show all April. Village Gallery, Sidney. Open 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. Mon - Sat.

Thrill to Massed Voices Take in a joyful choral performance of secular and sacred music presented as part

of Seniors' Chorfest 2015. The public concert will include all attending choirs – more than 200 voices - for the massed repertoire. Each choir will delight the audience with two of the songs they have worked on during the year. Well-known local musician, Louise Rose, is guest conductor and pianist. The audience and participating choirs are in for a memorable night of singing. Tickets April 16-17 at the church or at the door that evening. April 17, 7.30 p.m. St. Elizabeth Church, Sidney.

Deep Cove Folk Hosts Ian Tamblyn Ian Tamblyn is a man of many talents – musician, playwright and adventurer. A musician since 1972, he has released 37 albums and CDs of his work and acted as producer for dozens of other artists. He has also written 13 plays and over 100 theatre soundtracks. Recipient of many music awards, in 2010 he was voted English Songwriter of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2012, Tamblyn was made a fellow of the Royal

Canadian Geographic Society for his guiding and creative work in the Arctic. This concert will feature a special slide show of Arctic and Antarctic photos to complement the show. Don't miss this multi-talented artist. April 25, 8.00 p.m. St. John United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road. Tickets:

Silly Faces on Pender Island Kids have no trouble hamming it up when a camera's pointed their way … adults, not so much. But somehow photographer Hans Tammemagi persuaded a bunch of Pender Islanders to drop their inhibitions. "Funny Faces" celebrates the kid in all of us through 50 close-ups, all uninhibited, often silly, but always vibrant with good cheer. They present a unique insight into the individuals as well as the character of the community. Perfect for getting a smile on your face. Launch April 4, 1-3 p.m. and show runs April 1 -15. Talisman Book Store & Gallery, Pender Island.






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Nordic Pole Walking As my body shows signs of wear and tear from athletic injury and mileage, I looked for ways to get my cardio exercise. Hiking, cycling and swimming had all proved difficult and I eyed Nordic Pole Walking with suspicion, not feeling ready for double canes. As luck would have it I happened upon some poles in a thrift store. I did the first thing I always do with new things, I goggled, "Nordic Pole Walking", and watched some Youtube videos. Finding a reasonable introductory lesson taking place in Victoria a few days later I decided, why not? So with poles in hand I embarked on a sunny Sunday afternoon to experience pole walking. Until I took this introductory lesson I looked at pole walking as a 'gray-hair' activity. But our instructor explained the various types of poles and that what we were about to do was not rehab – but sport. Nordic Pole Walking is the summer counterpart to cross-country skiing, and it works the whole body not just the legs. That sounded good. I love skiing and could imagine myself whooshing across snow covered trails viewing scenic wilderness. We learned the importance of setting our poles up: this means having the correct pole tips (ones with an angle), pole height (grip is there when arm is at right angle with pole vertical), and proper grip. In this lesson the hand is held to the pole by an attached glove. The grip is a squeeze between thumb and index finger with palms open and hand parallel to the ground. Next we learned how good posture is important. You should look up at the horizon not down at the feet. I hadn't realized how my fear of another twisted ankle had destroyed my posture. I had always looked down, but the poles gave me the confidence to look up and step out. I discovered that the poles take care of themselves as we step out. In this particular method, once the equipment is set up, you look to by Moira Gardener

the horizon, and then simply find your pace, poles dragging behind. It's only when the pace is found do you add in the poles. The arm is either straight or slightly bent, according to the walkers' specific need as assessed by the instructor. The arm moves from the shoulder not the elbow. The final step was to feel the pole as you step along and at the right moment push down, getting a slight push off. The hour and a half spent in this first experience was about 30 minutes of instruction, and 60 minutes of walking under the eye of an experienced trainer. She tweaked our individual technique as we strode along. What I loved was: the body awareness I gained, a better posture, looking up with confidence, and finding my pace. I came away encouraged, hopeful of getting fit once again, and the lofty thought of cross-country skiing dancing in my head as a bonus. I also considered booking a private lesson to see what it's like going from the flat groomed bicycle trails to the various terrains in this wonderful community of ours.

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Nicole Wilford, Mortgage Advisor Protecting Your Dream by Doreen Marion Gee This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Purchasing a home starts with a dream. With smart decisions and careful planning, that dream can become a reality. Nicole Wilford helps her clients to achieve success in the real estate market by protecting their interests and guarding them against pitfalls. She makes their dream possible. Securing a mortgage in 2015 can be a complex Everest-like challenge with many hazardous crevices lurking under a sparkly surface. Even smart consumers can make bad choices that will impact their lives forever. A mortgage advisor is an essential ally in today's landscape. Enter Nicole Wilford, an experienced professional mortgage advisor with Dominion Lending Centres – Slegg Mortgage: "I advise people on the best lender for their situation." In her role as a mortgage advisor, Nicole helps clients with their mortgage on a house or property. Her primary goal is to help her clients make sound financial decisions that will secure long-term success in mortgaging or refinancing a home. With tighter rules in recent years, it is harder to qualify for a mortgage. Nicole primes her clients for success by going over the mortgage application with clients, making sure that all aspects of the person's financial situation are considered with all required documentation. You are obviously protecting people's interests, I interject. Nicole: For sure! With a massive variety of mortgages and lenders, she finds the right package that will maximize success for her clients. Sometimes they need to build a stronger financial foundation. "With young people especially, I can tell them how to increase their credit score, which helps them get a mortgage with the best interest rates." The overall strength of the client's position is critical: What is their ability to make mortgage payments? The mortgage advisor knows that honesty is fundamental to success: "I ask questions and make sure that clients understand what they are getting into with a mortgage." The 'right' mortgage product is key. She may suggest a shorter-term mortgage if a client needs to build up their credit, so that they can get a better lower-interest product down the road. A sense of ethics guides Nicole; her client's wellbeing always takes priority. She goes to bat for people: "I represent my client and negotiate with many different lenders on their behalf." A mortgage advisor can hugely benefit anyone, stellar credit rating or not. Nicole assists self-employed people to get into the market. And dealing with one person makes the process easier and more effective. Nicole's clients also get a 'preferred discount card' at Slegg Lumber, saving them money on any renovations. It all starts with a dream. With Nicole Wilford, it could end with a home, stars and a blue sky. Contact:

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SEASIDE Housing Trends: Central Saanich Resists Urban Sprawl The Greater Victoria Region was rated as the second most expensive place to live in Canada in recent international housing affordability survey 'Demographia - 2015'. With housing such a hot topic during local elections on the Peninsula, Seaside Magazine commissioned a series investigating the challenges and solutions in our region. In the third part of our series writer Barry Mathias investigates Central Saanich, looking at demographic needs and development trends.


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Brentwood Mews: a development of 12 level-entry, open concept living-space units. Following the trend for smaller lots and walkable to Brentwood Bay. Builder Ron Bickford.

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Historically Central Saanich was a farming area, but over the years there has been a gradual change. The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) now covers approximately 60 percent of the district, and is mainly hobby farms, with a few small working farms and vineyards. The municipality embraces both the qualities of Sidney, with its centres of urban development, and of North Saanich with its rural ambiance. There are three major development areas: Brentwood Bay, Saanichton and Keating Cross Road. "We have a clearly defined 'Urban Settlement Area' in Central Saanich," said Bruce Greig, Director of Planning and Building Services. "Our bylaws include strong policies to focus growth within the existing urban areas. The Council is against 'development spread' into rural or agricultural lands." In this way the Council is attempting to provide housing for older people and for workers, while maintaining the rural idyll that identifies Central Saanich. "There is a need for more rental accommodation," said Ryan Windsor, Mayor of Central Saanich. He referred to the proposed five-storey development in Saanichton, which will provide 48 rental units. "This is an all-rental development, and the first one in Saanichton. It was strongly supported at the Public Meeting." "The proposed development will be a combination of a five storey and a three storey building," said Eric Barker of Eric Barker Architect Inc. "The stepped effect will help to maintain the village atmosphere, with underground parking also on two levels." He explained that the relatively small, two bedroom, two bathroom units were aimed at Photos by

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older people who lived locally and who wished to downsize, yet stay in the locality that they enjoy. "These rental units are not so much aimed at the 'workers housing' market," said Eric Barker. He confirmed that work was expected to start in May and be completed in about a year. "There has been little development in Saanichton since some original building in the 1970s and 80s," he said. His firm is also involved with a 25-unit development at the corner of West Saanich and Keating Cross Roads, in the area of Sassy's Restaurant and Butterfly Gardens. "These are two storey, three bedroom townhouses," Erik Barker said, "of about 1,500-1,600 square feet. These are modest buildings with surface parking, and selling for about $400k. They are aimed at attracting working people with families." "There will be blocks with two to four units per block, and the aim is to create a concept of farm housing on a rural landscape." He agreed that there was no real emphasis on 'green' technology, in the sense of increased energy efficiency or solar panels. The aim was to create housing that complimented the rural environment, and was affordable. To improve the housing stock, Central Saanich introduced a new building act in December 2014 that focused on better ventilation exhaust and supply of air. The aim was to produce a continuous flow of air through the dwelling unit to eradicate mold and mildew, and required fans in kitchens and bathrooms. Bruce Greig was very helpful in providing the recent statistics from the Building Department. "In Central Saanich we quite consistently see permits for between 60 and 70 new dwellings per year. 2014

10 unit freehold, single family homes, selling for about $350,000. The Marker Group.

was very busy; we issued permits for 99 dwellings." These included 33 townhouses and 24 new condos (in a mixed-use commercial/ residential building). There were also six new houses with secondary suites (12 dwellings) and eight new secondary suites added to existing houses. He said, "The 24 condos and 25 of the townhouses would be priced significantly less than the $500k average price for residential property." Over the past three and a half years the Council have undertaken a Residential Densification Study, which has actively engaged the community. It was clear that, among other things, there was a preference for small house lots and cluster housing, and one-level living accommodation for seniors. "The housing policies in the Official Community Plan (OCP) bylaw of Central Saanich provide general support for rezoning applications that would add more housing," said Bruce Greig, "particularly more affordable housing, near the village centres of Saanichton and Brentwood Bay," where they would be close to services, jobs and transit. Natalie Brown, the personnel officer at Benson Industries Ltd confirmed: "half of our workforce of 30, live locally." She considered it a major element in maintaining long-term employees. The 10 unit development at Keating Cross Road, near the elementary school, is particularly interesting. "These are freehold, small, single family homes, selling for about $350k. Two units are 1,100 square feet," said Grant Rogers, owner of the Marker Group. "This development is aimed at the under-35 age group, where both parents might be working, and where they want to simplify their lives; affordability is not necessarily the main issue, they want smaller SEASIDE HOMES | APRIL 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 43

properties." He said he would not call them 'worker housing', "I prefer the term 'worker family housing'." "This site is ideal for young families with close access to school and buses," said Grant Rogers. He stressed the importance of freehold: "strata is frowned on by younger buyers, who are not interested in complicating their lives." He explained that the development is on bare land, once owned by the Department of Transportation. "With no redevelopment issues we were able to keep the prices lower." Grant Rogers explained that incorporating 'green' elements into housing design was something that everyone pays lip service to. But, when it comes to it, "people are not prepared to pay extra." However, he referred to the Sidney Pier Building, where the Marker Group dedicated the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre: "We incorporated geo-thermal technology into this building which has almost maximum efficiency." His company is also developing the Dunmora Estates on McPhail Rd. Where, apart from the original mansion, eight luxury properties each on 2.5 acre lots are being built at a selling price of between $1.35M and $1.85M. "Records of house sales for Central Saanich show a total of 154 single family dwellings (SFD)," said Patrick Achtzner, ranked as a top Realtor with DFH Real Estate Ltd. He said that current statistics 44 SEASIDE homes | APRIL 2015

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indicated "a fairly balanced market regarding SFD." He noted that figures suggest "a buyers' market regarding condominiums and those for town houses suggest a sellers' market. This is similar to what we experienced last year." Patrick Achtzner referred to the Canora Mews development in North Saanich: "Approximately 40 houses built last year, sold out in record breaking time … and proved there was a demand for new construction at affordable prices." He agreed that new buyers are looking for affordable housing that is smaller, and "require less maintenance, allowing more family/vacation time." "We are a new Council," said Mayor Ryan Windsor. He referred to a desire to embrace green concepts in housing with smaller, more energy efficient buildings and the phasing out of lawns. "They may be aesthetically pleasing, but younger buyers don't want them, and they are arguably not good for the environment with summer watering." Central Saanich is promoting a variety of housing, is avoiding urban sprawl and maintaining its prized rural ambiance. It aims to attract young families and light industry, to enable its older residents to remain, to improve its building stock, and yet reduce its carbon footprint by focusing on established urban centres for further development.

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on design Are You Ready for Solar? Ready or not, the solar revolution is happening. Here are three tips to help you prepare. The first is to think of sunshine as your friend. You can do this by paying attention to what we call light-lines. How does the sun flow into your home as the seasons change? What does it illuminate? How does it make you feel? Designing or renovating a home so that the sun is welcomed at all times of the day and seasons of the year, brings huge rewards. South facing overhangs should be sized so that they shield you from the noon sun during summer. Windows should be placed for maximum exposure to solar gain in the winter and at the times of the day that suit your lifestyle. East facing windows will bring sunshine and warmth into your home when you need it most. West facing windows are often covered with blinds or curtains to keep out the afternoon heat, especially in late summer. Triple glazed windows may be expensive but a careful analysis of how they work shows that they are almost twice as effective as double glazed. Next you want to consider your rooflines. There are many systems on the market that capture solar energy for heating hot water (thermal) or generating electricity (PV) but they all have one thing in common. They need solar panels that are mounted on your roof. To mount them effectively, it helps to have an attic. A rectangular shaped roof with few or no vents is ideal. Solar gain is best if it faces south but east and west exposures work too. It's the hip roofs, sky lights and complicated roof lines

that make things difficult and limit your solar realestate. Keep that in mind when shopping for your next new home. Don't buy a dinosaur. Finally, pay attention to the weather forecast in your home. Although you can't see it, air flows like a three dimensional river, driven by convection and other disturbances all the time. by Thomas It carries moisture that can condense in all the Teuwen wrong places if temperatures drop. There are definite weather patterns to avoid; from stratified layers of stillness to minor hurricanes blowing in from distant shores. We all know about weather-stripping and such but have you considered the amount of air your dryer expels with every load? What about your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans? Ideally you would have a condensing dryer and direct all your vents through your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV). Maintaining a fresh and healthy air supply in an energy efficient home takes careful planning. To get ready for solar it's best to take a whole house approach and plan ahead. While you can install a solar hot water system any time, it's prudent to make your home as energy efficient as possible before investing in a Photo Voltaic (PV) system. For more information visit

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Cycling around Lulu Island, where Richmond, B.C. sits, was like a trip around the world, and carbon-free to boot. My adventure began in Steveston, at the whale-shaped island's southwest corner. I entered the Strait of Georgia Cannery, a rambling old building on pilings. This National Historic Site gives vivid insights into the times when the Fraser was the richest salmon-river in the world. The displays describe the labour force, consisting mainly of Japanese, Chinese, and First Nations. The boardwalk at Fisherman’s Wharf was crowded with tourists with the smell of fish hanging in the air. Fishermen hawked salmon, halibut and prawns from their boats. That evening while gazing at masts silhouetted against a fiery orange sky, I reflected on the Japanese, who originally settled Steveston, but were brusquely removed to detention camps during World War II. Next day, I cycled through the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, where Steveston’s history is laid out like a delectable buffet. Continuing east to London Heritage Farm, I relaxed on the cool veranda of the 1880 house, enjoying a British tea. The sun beat down as I rolled eastward, soon reaching a bizarre place: Finn Slough. About two dozen people live here as squatters in ramshackle homes, enjoying a hippy-style existence. Next morning I passed blueberry stands, farms, and Lulu Winery. Arriving at exotic, domed Nanaksar Gurdwara Gurusikh Temple, it felt like India with men wearing turbans and ladies saris. I joined worshippers sitting on the floor as three men beat drums and chanted in a foreign tongue. Near Lulu’s eastern end, a young man of Spanish extraction beat his bongo drum, enjoying solitude and his rhythmical music. I turned west along the north shore. After a long rural stretch, the scene turned urban and I found my hotel. Later, I pedalled to the nearby International Summer Night Market. Numerous vendors offered Asian food including hurricane fries, squid jerky, and fish balls to the throngs. What a contrast to typical Canadian fare! Next morning, I explored the Golden Village, an area that felt like Hong Kong. At the crowded Yao Feng Centre I was almost the only non-Chinese shopper, and many stores had signs only in Chinese. Along Alexandra Road I had to choose from about 200 restaurants, mostly Asian. I munched on Chinese noodles and Peking duck, enjoying the cultural influence of the Chinese, who form more than half of Richmond’s population. by Hans Tammemagi

Heading west with boats and log booms on the right, I arrived at Richmond Oval. I soon turned south onto the West Dyke Trail and continued under a relentless sun, waving to passing cyclists. The path runs beside an attractive parkland with driftwood logs and views onto Georgia Strait. That afternoon, I rolled into Steveston and the circuit was complete. My butt was sore, but I was one happy guy for I had spent three sun-filled days immersed in the iconic melting pot of Canada.

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Salish Sea News Dubbed the "Humpback Comeback", humpback whale sightings have increased

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It's a Matter of Boater and Whale Safety by Tina Kelly

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memorable slogans help ideas stick. In January's Salish Sea News, "Lose the Loop" was the one to learn. This month, the Marine Education & Research Society's (MERS) "See a Blow? Go Slow!" is the phrase to remember. MERS's newest campaign aims to bring awareness of vessel strikes on whales. Historically, commercial whaling decimated populations of large baleen whales and humpback whales were no exception. In 1966, whaling was banned but humpback populations were slow to recover, until now. Dubbed the "Humpback Comeback", humpback whale sightings have increased and researchers estimate that the population is increasing by 4.9-6.8% per year. With warmer weather just around the corner, boat traffic will also increase. Pleasure boaters, tourism vessels, and cruise ships will join an already busy freighter route. Motor vessels and large whales sharing the same space doesn't always equate to the magical wildlife encounters worthy of tourism commercials. In the spring of 2013, a Vancouver Island man required more than $10,000 worth of reconstructive facial surgery and dental work after a humpback whale breached on to his pleasure craft. A breaching whale launches at least 40% of its 40 tonne body out of the water. Jackie Hildering, MERS Education Director, stresses the importance of educating boaters about not only the increase in whale numbers, but also the unpredictability of whale

movements, surfacing patterns and breaching behaviour. In order to avoid contact or collision with whales, MERS "See a Blow? Go Slow!" initiative encourages boaters – along the entire coast of BC – to adapt their own behaviour by following these guidelines: • Always be on the lookout for blows – the misty air and vapour exhaled     from a whale's blowhole when coming to the surface to breathe • Watch for vessels flying the "Whale Watch Flag"; this signals that     whales are nearby • Be alert for, and stay away from, large aggregations of birds     (whales feed on the same schooling fish birds target) • Slow down to 7 knots when a blow is spotted • Do not approach within 100m of a whale and maintain     100 - 400m distance • Increase vigilance in areas with known whale activity While facial surgery was required for the island man, injuries sustained by the whale were not determined. Vessel strikes are rarely reported and Hildering acknowledges that, "this is one of the barriers we would like to break down. If boaters report involvement in, or witnessing, a collision, we will be better able to understand and mitigate the risk of a vessel strikes." To report a collision between a boat and a whale, call the DFO Incident Reporting Hotline at 1.800.465.4335. For more information on this campaign, MERS, and humpback whales, visit

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Espress-ing Oneself Fresh Cup Roastery Café by Lara Gladych This is the last in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Pausing to take in all the sweets and treats at the counter, as well as the menu hanging above, the Fresh Cup baristas and I talk for a few moments while I wait to meet owner Jim Townley. I look over the loaded bakery case in front of me and the girls unanimously point me in the direction of their favourites. They like the roasted

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chicken and brie sandwich, the almond tart and the muffins best. All of these items are prepared from scratch in their own kitchen, as is about eighty percent – if they had to guess – of their food. Jim arrives shortly, and joins me at one of the more tucked-away tables. As every owner should be, he's eager to talk about his product, the creative experience, his desire for everything to the best it can be. We establish quickly that coffee is the mainstay

of this business, the focal point around which all additional pieces must fall into place. Jim emphasizes, however, that the coffee experience wouldn't be nearly what it is at Fresh Cup without the exceptional food to pair it with. Sandwiches, salads, muffins, tarts, cookies – many of which are deliciously gluten-free – are all prepared in their kitchen. There are a few items that are outsourced, but they come from local producers, and the way Jim describes it,

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by outsourcing to those who do it best, they can focus on what they do well themselves. Jim excuses himself for a quick moment to place an order for me and grab a bag of something. When he returns Jim opens the small bag and pours out for me their air-roasted (Chemainus) hazelnuts and chocolate-covered espresso beans mix. The sweetness of the roasted nuts accentuates the chocolaty undertones of the roasted Guatemalan beans. He points it out to me, and I can identify it nicely. Jim's vision has always been to make his business "coffee-centric." At Fresh Cup, they roast their own beans, and are the peninsula's only small-batch roastery. They use The Roastaire on-site, which they invented themselves, and which he tells me employs the most sustainable roasting technology in Canada. What Jim seeks to bring to people is "urban coffee roasting," – which he likens to the

brewpub – where the public can come in and see the roasting process next door, and then sample the coffee at the Café along with some delicious, simple comfort food. In addition to trying to popularize the "roasting café," and making the coffee process accessible, of utmost importance to Jim is the element of consistency. It's a delicate balance of science and art to bring consistent flavour and quality to the customer every time. Marissa brings over a plate of their Fresh Cup sweet creations: a lemon-raspberry birds-nest cookie (gluten-free and coconutty), a chocolate hazelnut cookie (which I can only describe as meringue-meets-brownie deliciousness), an almond tart (probably my favourite, as it seems to be with most customers), and a gluten-free peanut butter bar (topped with those same sweet airroasted hazelnuts and chocolate. I like how Jim thinks: sweets first! But

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onto the savoury; the roasted chicken and brie sandwich is made with house-roasted, hand-sliced, seasoned chicken breast, as well as spinach, brie, and cranberry walnut bread. Served hot, the brie melts into everything else, and the ingredients all combine into fresh, creamy goodness. Next is the Fresh Cup salad, which is hearty and full of a variety of flavours and colours. The maple balsamic dressing, their own recipe, is unlike any other dressing I've had. The sweet maple is contrasted by the fresh dill, which, once mixed into the salad, makes for a whole diversity of taste. Our interview draws to a close, and Jim packs up treats and a pound of coffee of my choosing for me to bring home. We say goodbye, and I feel pleased to have met, yet again, such a passionate business owner in the pursuit of bringing great food – and wonderful coffee, in this case – to our peninsula.

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Spend a mellow afternoon under an African sun while shopping or sipping tea at the Tea Emporium in the Saanich countryside. Be swept away to faraway lands when you stroll through their doors. Their products infuse the exotic charms of other cultures into our community. Many items from overseas are produced according to ethical values. At the same time, the Tea Emporium supports and celebrates local companies and proudly sells their products. Customers enjoy the best of all worlds. The Tea Emporium (formerly Georgie's Tea Emporium) carries over a hundred premium teas from around the world. Owner-operators Darrell and Linda are excited about new developments at their treasured oasis. They have recently doubled the space of the tea shop, adding more local products. Now they have room for tea-tastings on lazy warm spring and summer afternoons. Customers can savour fragrant teas along with snacks. The unique facility offers an intriguing collection of international and local fare – teas, coffees, jams, world music, soaps, lotions, spices, mugs, baskets, bags and more. The two stand by the high quality of their products; whether local or from Africa, they buy only the best. The Tea Emporium owners are proud to support local BC products and businesses. Their shelves hold tea cozies and towels made in North Vancouver; spices from Salt Spring Island; fresh honey from a Saanich by Doreen Marion Gee

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Friday Night Lights Gala 6-12 p.m. Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec Street 250.589.3690,

An evening of fun and inspiration in support of Victoria Special Olympics With live music by the Craig Henderson Trio & Tristan Thompson. Meet & mingle with professional, amateur and Special Olympics athletes, and enjoy a four course dinner, silent auction, prizes, photo booth, autograph station, and more. Tickets: $95. April 19

Via Choralis performs “Around the World in 80 Minutes” 2:30 p.m. St. Elizabeth’s Church, 10030 3rd St., Sidney 250.514.2669

Directed by Nicholas Fairbank, this concert of choral music from five continents presents music of diverse styles representing such exotic places as Samoa, Thailand, Australia, Tanzania, and Peru, as well as more familiar North American and European repertoire. Sit in comfort to enjoy the journey. Advance tickets from Tanner’s Books (Sidney), The Great Canadian Dollar Store (Brentwood Bay), or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Adults $15, students with card $5 (at the door only), children 12 and under free.

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The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! "For people who love to tell stories, For people who love to listen, For people of all ages." Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). April 25

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Join Raincoast Conservation Foundation for an evening of information and inspiration. Elizabeth May and other leading advocates will address the threats to British Columbia’s iconic Salish Sea and our southern resident Killer Whales. Enjoy a musical interlude by Canadian musician Kytami, a "violinistextremist.” Also featured is the screening of Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s latest, short documentary film Directly Affected. Tickets available from the Mary Winspear Centre box office. Sunday, April 26

Beginners Birding Basics (Guided Walk) 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Island View Beach Regional Park

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CFUW Saanich Peninsula 20th Anniversary Celebration Tea 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Glen Meadows Golf Course, North Saanich Contact Judy 250 655 4958

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book review Who We Are – Reflections on My Life and Canada by Elizabeth May In her book, Who We Are, Elizabeth May throws sand in the face of the most powerful man in Canada, Stephen Harper. The book is a great read offering not only drama but a personal look at the first Green parliamentarian in North America, who just happens to represent us here in Saanich and the Gulf Islands. It also gives detailed insights into Canadian politics … and what's wrong with it. We learn that May is self-made, starting from poor beginnings. At first she couldn't attend university because of the cost, but once she finally got into law school – helped by a reference from former President Bill Clinton – her career has been stellar. From the start she cared immensely about the environment, and worked for little or no pay using her encyclopaedic knowledge of science, law and economy to defend it. "A healthy society and prosperous economy," she says, "can only be achieved when citizens demand that the economy exists to support society, not the other way around." May's passion, dedication, and epic work-ethic propelled her into the epicentre of the environmental movement. She's contributed to the most important issues of the past decades. Her book illustrates her insights and knowledge of environmental issues, including the legal aspects and science behind them. She's met with countless A-list personalities, including David Suzuki, Gordon Lightfoot, Eugene McCarthy, Paul Newman, Pete Seeger, Sting, Farley Mowat, Vandana Shiva, Gro Harlem, Jane Goodall, Paul McCartney, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Paul Martin.

May started the Green Party and was elected to parliament in 2011. It's only her fourth year on the Hill and already she has been recognized as Canada's best MP and as the hardest working MP. Furthermore, she is a member of the Order of Canada, and reviewed by Newsweek called her one of world's Hans Tammemagi most influential women. Impressive! And during this, May combined motherhood with her passion, bringing her young daughter, Cate, to work including to important meetings at the United Nations. The second part of May's book is about Canada and she makes it clear that she is vehemently opposed to where we are headed. Thanks to Stephen Harper, Canada's once-respected international reputation is in tatters. May rails at Harper's muzzling of Environment Canada scientists, his dismantling of environmental policies, and, most of all, his disregard for the democratic process. Although this part of the book is largely a polemic, it offers penetrating insights into how the federal government works, and the bloated and inappropriate role of the Prime Minister's Office. May dislikes the first-past-the-post voting system and would like it replaced by a proportional system. I have two quibbles with the book: there is no index, and the publisher selected an unflattering cover photo, which does not portray May's bubbling enthusiasm and charisma. Finishing the book, I was left with intriguing questions about the David and Goliath confrontation between May and Harper: Which of them is more respected today, and whose legacy will remain a century from now?

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ON THIS MONTH different countries using their own brand of humour to celebrate the day

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On This Day in History by Valerie Green "The First of April, some do say, Is set apart for All Fools' Day. But why the people call it so, Nor I, nor they themselves do know. But on this day are people sent On purpose for pure merriment." I wonder how many people still consider April 1st as being 'open season' to play tricks on friends, and if so, how many will actually play jokes on others? And, in fact, how and when did this rather silly custom first begin? The history of "All Fool's Day" is somewhat unclear, but some believe it started around 1582 in France, and was associated with the first day of spring. Prior to 1582, a new year was celebrated for eight days and began on March 25th ending on April 1st. Once the Gregorian calendar came into being, New Year's Day was moved to January 1st. It took a few years for everyone to realize this and even when most people had been informed of the calendar change, some continued to celebrate a new year on April 1st. Tradition has it that these obstinate folk who would not accept change were dubbed "fools" and ridiculed by their peers, often becoming the butt of practical jokes. The idea of playing jokes on people soon spread throughout Europe and into England and Scotland by the eighteenth century. Later the custom was introduced into the American colonies and eventually April Fool's Day had become an international event with different

countries using their own brand of humour to celebrate the day. Did you know, for instance, that in Mexico, the equivalent of April Fool's Day is observed in December, originally thought to be a sad reminder of innocent children being killed by the infamous King Herod. Later, it took on a lighter note and involved tricks and pranks. In Scotland April Fool's Day continues for two days with the second day being set aside for specific jokes involving the rear end of one's person. The origin of the "kick me" sign placed in this vicinity of one's anatomy is traced to this. In France, April 1st is called "Poisson d'Avril", a time when French children tape a paper fish to the backs of their friends and when the friend discovers it there, the jokester yells "Poisson d'Avril!" meaning April Fish! Go figure! Practical jokes have continued to be played on others down through the years. Jokes from re-filling the sugar bowl with salt to college students setting clocks an hour behind so their friends show up late to class, but mostly these jokes are meant to be harmless and everyone laughs, even the person on whom the joke has been played. I believe that Mark Twain, the famous American writer and humourist, had the best quote about April Fool's Day. He said: "The First of April is the day we remember what we really are like on the other 364 days of the year." So true! Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at

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last word ones suggested in Trendspotting (page 40). Maybe I just need to The way each of us choses recommit in public to positive, thoughtful actions; to behaving with to respond to the inevitable an environmental conscience. environmental catastrophe facing This idea of conscience seems to me to be the crux of the issue. our planet will be very telling. As Take environmental out of the equation – we just need to act with countries get richer it seems they are conscience: it's not our planet to mess up, we share it with our family, less able to keep a handle on their friends, neighbours and 7.1 billion other people. consumption, and make no mistake, At 15, full of concern for the future I hoped to see, I made a it's consumption of resources that is commitment to being vegetarian. I've stuck with it. Did you know changing the livability of the world that it takes 16 pounds of grain to make one pound of beef? Or and limiting the future of generations how about, if you gave up showering, you'd save less water than to come. is required to make a single pound of beef. Not beef for a whole It can be overwhelming to place your own individual behaviour year, just one single pound. A whole year's worth of showers takes against the rest of humanity! Possibly we all think 'well, at least I about 5,200 gallons, but it takes 5,214 gallons to produce a single recycle' and carry on our day. It's not enough though. In countries pound of beef. These figures are repeated for all types of meat. Meat where people go hungry there's no need to find complicated solutions is ecologically a VERY bad idea. But when I talk to people about to food waste problems. Where people don't have money to drive my choice to be vegetarian most commonly I hear some variation a vehicle then fuel efficiency is irrelevant. How sad that as we've of 'I could never stop eating meat – it just tastes so good'. Really? become more prosperous (often, ironically, through plundering the There are lots of things that just taste so good, or feel so good, but planet's resources – thanks oil fields) we become we don't do them because they are harmful, or destructive or make more wasteful. society a worse place. Put aside the animal welfare issues if you I hold my hands up too. As a teenager I was very concerned really don't care, but what about planet welfare? about the environment. I was a member of Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace (I grew up just outside Glastonbury, it was almost "Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we compulsory), and I was scathing towards the adults I saw messing up decide to eat something else? If being the number one contributor to the the world that was my inheritance. Now I'm part of a two-car family; most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn't enough, I travel often by air; buy cheap, disposable clothing because I like what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, fashion and generally consume goods and power like the selfish firstto say 'not now,' then when?" world citizen that I am. – Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals What's going to change my behaviour? What would it take to change yours? Kids like Rupert (our cover star, see page 13) reminding me that I was once idealistic The and Victoria believedReal thereEstate was aBoard has also recognized both Editor Businesswomen with like another chance that people could change. Manageable small steps the prestigious Gold Award for 2014.

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