Seaside Magazine April 2016 Issue

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April 2016


Honeybees Our Link to

Human Survival

Can We Talk

Growing Young Farmers

Mayne Island

Chatting With a Local Beekeeper

It Takes a Community

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Honeybees Our Link to Human Survival see story pg. 14


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Growing Young Farmers: It Takes a Community Introducing Seaside's 2016 Woman to Watch: Amber Isles of RockCoast Confections Can We Talk: Sue Hodgson Talks With Local Beekeeper Matt Ashmead

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Corporate Kindness Saves School Playground After Theft Mayne Island: A Green Gem

COLUMNS 8 First Word 26 In Good Health 31 Inside Out 34 Common Cents 59 West Coast Gardener 61 On Design 77 Last Word

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restoring local ecosystems

DEPARTMENTS 9 17 28 39 40 45


Letters New & Noteworthy Island Dish Ignition Seaside Arts Scene Grey Matters

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Peninsula Restaurant Profile This Month in History Trendspotting Sudoku What's Happening


april.2016 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE kristen bovee

As a naturopathic physician, I see people with allergies every day. What I love about my job is that I can support patients by identifying the causes of their allergies and help them take the necessary steps to eliminate them. Naturopathic medicine offers many options outside of medicating to mask the symptom. Over the last 15 years I have seen allergies, asthma and eczema on the rise and believe that our toxic environment and lack of nutrient-dense food are major contributors to this trend. My goal is to test patients appropriately, provide them with individualized dietary guidance and treat gently and effectively for all health issues including seasonal allergies. I explore the topic in this month's "Inside Out" column. yvonne bulk

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Over the years our family has taken great joy in welcoming friends, family, and sometimes strangers to enjoy our patio. Inspired by the delight we saw in our guests, my husband and I started Patio Gardens. I have the pleasure of helping people make their yards and patios a welcoming retreat. Since Patio Gardens was planted 12 years ago we have expanded, and now have a classroom where we teach workshops. One part of Patio Gardens that I most appreciate is the opportunity to exchange tips and inspirations. You will find a collection of these in this month's "West Coast Gardener." Our garden centre is not just a place to buy plants: we strive to make it a place where people can find learning, growth and inspiration.

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Having been born and raised on a rural hobby farm in Saanich, and still living and working in this area today, I take pride in this greater community in which I grew up. I come from a "Maker" family, so creating, renovating or repurposing is an integral part of who I am. When I'm not working as a Registered Interior Designer on corporate and commercial projects, I can be found getting my hands dirty on some interesting design, or breathing new life into something old. Alongside the boys in my life, we feed our imaginations through exploration and discovery, trial and error. I am passionate about living better with less and place a lot of value on Quality vs Quantity. I'm here to share with you 10 tips on how to get more out of less, all in an effort to contribute to a healthier earth, in this issue's "On Design" column.

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I heard Paradise City by Guns 'n Roses yesterday – it really does fit our little town. I was born in Burnaby but grew up in Saanichton and have been around Victoria my whole life. This is where I wanted to have a family and raise my kids. I believe we are very fortunate to be able to call this little Island home. Business opportunities have drawn my focus from the Island, but after the dust settles, I'm not willing to give up the wondrous beauty we have, nor the amazing small town feeling we all enjoy here. Victoria, specifically the Saanich Peninsula, is home, and I hope to continue making friends and growing my business – Motorize Auto Direct – here for many years to come. It's the perfect place to adopt electric vehicles, with so many locals being passionate about the environment. I am Julian Sale, I am from the Left Coast … .

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first word With all the stories in this issue of Seaside, I have to say that my favourite is our "Can We Talk" interview (pg. 10) with local beekeeper, Matt Ashmead. When you meet this unassuming yet very enthusiasticlooking Saanich firefighter, you would never imagine the connection and passion he holds with these special creatures; it really got me thinking. Imagine this: our pollinators, including honeybees, are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat and approximately $2 billion annually for the agricultural industry. Honeybees are always working, and they travel incredible distances to collect pollen; it's because of these amazing journeys that we are able to enjoy many foods like cucumbers, pumpkins, cherries and apples. But our bees are disappearing! The danger that the decline of bees and other pollinators represents to the world's food supply is highlighted by some parts of the country banning a class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, suspected of playing a role in what Matt describes as "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD). Other factors causing CCD include widespread use of pesticides and fungicides, pests and parasites, weather, disease and nutrition. Global warming accelerates the growth of pathogens such as mites, viruses and fungi. After doing a bit of research, I read about how California's almond orchards, spreading across 800,000 acres, require 1.6 million domesticated bee colonies to pollinate the flowering trees and produce what has become the state's largest overseas agricultural export. But given the widespread bee losses to CCD, California

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almond growers were able to pollinate their crop only through an intense, nationwide push to cobble together the necessary number of healthy bee colonies. The disappearance of honeybees has transformed into a global epidemic. Since 2006, North American migratory beekeepers have seen an annual 30 to 90% loss in their colonies; non-migratory beekeepers noted an annual loss of over 50%. Similar losses are reported in Canada, as well as several other countries in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Probably the most common bee controversy ever is associated with a quote from Albert Einstein, who allegedly said: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live." Perhaps why this created a huge buzz was because it was rather unimaginable for Albert Einstein, neither a bug scientist nor an expert in bee keeping, to make this statement. Whether Albert Einstein ever talked about bees becomes an irrelevant concern in light of a more important one, like the question asked to Matt: "In what ways can we help protect our pollinators?" In summary, he says: "Remember: bees are intrinsically linked to human survival. It is time we started listening to their 'buzz!' " A couple of facts about our fearless friend: honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and it's the only food that contains "pinocembrin," an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning. The bee's brain is oval shaped and only about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has remarkable capacity to learn and remember things and is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency. I've just rediscovered my best friend!

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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. It took a while for me to get round to reading Doreen's article [Minding Our Mind: The Importance of Mental Health] – I was nervous, I'll be honest. But I need not have worried. She did an excellent job. Thank you so very very much. I thought the entire article was good. Kudos to you. Trysh Ashby-Rolls I am glad to see that FINALLY, there is a photo of the person Susan Simosko is writing about [Friends & Neighbours]. I hope the magazine continues this, as it is good to see the face of the person being highlighted. I especially enjoy this well written column, as we get to know who is in the community. Noreen Connor Thanks for publishing a very informative magazine. It is a great way to remain informed about happenings on the Saanich Peninsula. The article about killer whales was interesting [Salish Sea News], but I was surprised that the author didn't mention that killer whales are actually the largest member of the dolphin family. It would be interesting to know what defines a whale and why both dolphin and whale terms are applied to this mammal. Fern Davey On behalf of our club and the other Probus Clubs in the area I wish to express our sincere thanks for the excellent article [Seniors Keep Young at PROBUS] in the March issue of your magazine. We hope through this article we will "spread the word" on another avenue for seniors to keep active and healthy both in mind and body. We have already had a response today from a reader requesting more information on our Club as a result of the article and expect to receive many more. Jack Parry Such a good magazine. Keep it up, so much appreciated each month. Jane Hall I was saddened by a reader's response to my article, "Minding Our Mind" [March issue Letters]. Yes, it is sometimes difficult dealing with an overloaded system but I know many people with mental illnesses who have been successfully helped through local mental health services. They now have good lives, some are working and one man's life was saved through the intervention of clinical staff. My message of hope is supported by the experience of many people, including the subject of my article. Doreen Marion Gee

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Growing Young Farmers: It Takes a Community by Janice Henshaw

Who will grow our food? According to 2011 census data, farmers make up 1.5% of B.C.'s population, and 54% of them are older than 55. Across Canada, B.C. had the lowest percentage of farms with young operators: less than 7% (i.e. operators under 40 years old). Deep Cove Elementary School is doing its part in enacting change by becoming involved in the Growing Young Farmers School Program, founded by Dave Friend in 2010. All students in the school will have a chance to try their hands at growing and harvesting organic crops. Along with parent volunteers, I visited Deep Cove School to witness the start of this program on a cold rainy day in early March. To begin, everyone listened to a short talk by Mrs. Organic (aka Jenny Szulc) who started by asking the students, "Why on earth would you want to grow your own food when the grocery store has everything you could ever want?" Responses included "To save money," "You can learn how to do it and do it yourself," "You can make more seeds," "Some people don't have money," and "It tastes better." Students ranging from kindergarten to grade five lined up in the school courtyard and stuck their fingers in individual pots to create tiny planting tunnels for their "mystery" seeds. A student asked how they would know where to plant the seeds if they didn't know what they were planting. Mrs. Organic assured them that once the seeds sprouted "We will figure it out." After planting their seeds, the first class was encouraged to check out the plants in the courtyard; the 10 SEASIDE | april 2016

edible kale was a big hit. I'm told it was "decimated!" Some of the students shared their take on vegetables with me. "Carrots with the tops on them, they're my favourite," said Gabriel. Amber has a big yard with two greenhouses and likes to climb the fruit trees. Lucca confided that she didn't care all that much for vegetables, but likes broccoli when her mom puts it in a salad with cheese sauce. Callum didn't want to plant "We hope the kids will anything, but added be learning valuable that he likes eating skills ‌ and become strawberries, and red and yellow peppers, community stewards nix to the green and advocates ones. "Carrots are for gardening." cool," said Dawson. As a Grower Educator with Growing Young Farmers, Jenny sums up the program: "I can't think of a better way to make our children healthier than by teaching them to grow their own food." In doing so, she said that kids connect with what they are eating, and take ownership and pride in what their have grown. An additional aspect is that "They appreciate the farmers who work so hard for us." Grant Franceschini, Deep Cove Elementary Principal, said he is especially excited about this project because "It supports new curricular directions so well and addresses several of our current

school priorities – cross program, cross class and cross grade connections, community connections and student engagement through hands-on, authentic learning experiences." The community is involved too. Le Coteau Farms is providing greenhouse space for the seedlings, and students will be able to watch the seeds sprout with the use of time-lapse photography. Two neighbours are providing garden space: Billy Metcalfe, and 90-year-old Gerry Furstenau, who is providing four beds for the seedlings and kid-sized benches and tables for the garden area. Additional support for the program comes from parents, St. John's United Church, HOPE (Helping Our Peninsula Environment), Growing Schools/LifeCycles Project Society, and from The North Saanich Food for the Future Society (NSFFS). Penny Gibbs, NSFFS President, said her society is thrilled to provide a grant for the program because she believes there is a disturbing disconnect between consuming food and knowing where it came from. "The school's plan is to grow vegetables, and our plan is to grow young farmers!" "One way to think of this is food for thought," said Louise Beaudry, who teaches grades 2/3. "Literally, we hope the kids will be learning valuable skills they can use for life and become community stewards and advocates for gardening." She points out that appreciating, understanding and tasting the organic lifecycle is part of the larger understanding of our planet as our vital life support system. Cathy Challinor, kindergarten/grade 1 teacher, loves connecting students to nature and thinks this project is one more way to get kids' hands in the dirt. "Gardening offers a rich source of teaching possibilities, including making healthy choices, the web of life, and carrying on our mindfulness journey with a 'farming of gratitude' for the organic vegetables given back from the earth to nourish us." As the last seed was planted, a young student named Quinn came over and gave me final instructions about plants: "Make sure you water them." Under the guidance of passionate teachers, and supported by the parents and the community, our young farmers are off to a great start. May the seeds germinate, and the veggies grow tall and delicious! Photo by

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Master of Her Craft:

Introducing Seaside's 2016 Woman to Watch by Doreen Marion Gee

Nobody could have prepared me for what was

about to happen. An explosion of sweet golden beyond-delicious toffee flavour burst in my mouth, and succulent lush chocolate ravished my taste buds. The world stopped for an hour while I basked in Amber's homemade nirvana. Only a master of her craft could create such culinary magic. Congratulations to Amber Isles, Seaside's 2016 Woman to Watch! The founder of RockCoast Confections, a local company, Amber creates and sells genuine English Toffee bark iced with rich dark chocolate – her "signature" line. The skilled artisan also makes Salted Toffee ice cream bars and mixed chocolate products. Amber's little marvels are made of natural, gluten-free ingredients and contain no artificial flavours or colours. Amber is living every entrepreneur's dream. After only four years in business, this 30-something's success is truly mind boggling.

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Her company has solid online sales and 100 retail outlets offer Amber's toffee bark from the Island to Vancouver and the Interior – and as far away as Alberta and Saskatchewan. Any one of her lucky customers would agree that Amber has mastered her art. So what is behind her extraordinary confections and rare prosperity for a relatively new business? Talent, years of cooking and restaurant experience, hard work and determination factor into Amber's business achievements. But she brought another pivotal ingredient to the recipe that put her on the right track from the get-go: the culinary artist approached everything in her business, from conception to execution, with the calculated strategic mindset of an architect constructing the perfect building. She did extensive reading and research on her product type, surveying trends and studying and learning the market in preparation for her new enterprise and now as a continuous business strategy. In a nutshell, Amber knows exactly what she is getting into before she does anything. It has proven to be wildly effective. A definitive thread of "giving back" runs through the passions in Amber's life. A Registered Veterinary Technician, she is committed to helping animals. With proceeds from the sales of her confections, Amber purchases supplies for "Vets for Pets," and her business success allows her to volunteer with the organization to provide a free clinic for street animals at Victoria's Our Place. Amber's goal of bringing joy to people with her delectable toffee also extends to making animals – and their owners – feel wonderful. The savvy business woman pursues excellence in everything she does – from her culinary prowess to animal welfare work. Amber wishes to thank her family and friends for their support. My life is now defined by just two stages: Before Amber Isles' toffee bark, and after. Resistance is futile. Contact Amber Isles at Photo by

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with beekeeper and saanich firefighter matt ashmead In this issue of Seaside Magazine we are talking about keeping our community and environment as green as possible. Our honeybees are perhaps the most important pollinator operating in the Canadian agricultural industry. With over 7,000 beekeepers in Canada, operating a total of 600,000 colonies of honeybees, the value of honey bees to pollination of crops is estimated at over $2 billion annually. What got you started in Bee Keeping? I have always been fascinated with bees. As a child I remember signing out bee books from the library and telling my parents that one day I was going to be a bee farmer. Every year at the Saanichton Fair I would go straight to the bee exhibit and try to spot the queen from the frames on display. The more I learned about bees, the more I realized how much more there was to learn. To keep bees you need to be a critical thinker and a constant problem solver. Initially this intellectually challenging aspect of bee keeping captured my imagination; however, as my bee keeping progressed, I was unprepared for how emotionally rewarding it would become. Every time I enter my apiary, I feel a sense of calm. To me, my bees are my connectors to nature. Pollination is, quite simply, transferring grains of pollen from one plant to another to fertilize the ovaries of flowers; well-pollinated crops produce more fruit and honey bees increase production by two to eight times. At any given point, how many bees do you have? How far do they travel to pollinate? The number of bees in a hive depends mostly on the time of year and the strength of the hive. Typically during the winter a hive becomes dormant and the number of bees decreases significantly. The queen stops laying eggs and the bees form a cluster around the queen in order to keep the hive warm. Now that spring is here and the maple trees are blooming, my queens are busy laying thousands of eggs a day in order to build up the number of worker bees in the hive. In the summer, during the peak nectar flow, a single hive can expand to upwards of 60,000 bees. The bees can fly up to 12km to gather

nectar and pollen; however, most foraging bees prefer to seek out sources within a threekilometre radius. On Mount Newton, my bees are fortunate to be close to many wild, flowering plants and trees in addition to residing not far from a number of small organic farms. We don't think about the tiny honeybee very often, but it's making big headlines around the world. The honeybee is the cornerstone of the environment and is critical to our food supply worldwide. Scientists are trying to solve the mystery of what's causing their disappearance. What have you learned to be some of the key issues? I saw a great "save the bees" poster recently. It pictured a bee saying: "If we die, we are taking you with us." The concern is a global phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Entire colonies of bees are disappearing within days or weeks. Scientists believe it is not a single factor that is responsible for CCD but instead a perfect storm of precursors. A major contributor to CCD is the prolific use of pesticides associated with mass-agriculture, in particular neonicotinoids. Unlike most pesticides which

are applied to the surface of crops, neonicotinoids are a systemic pesticide that are absorbed by the plant and transported to all their tissues including the pollen and nectar. The bees accumulate these chemical pesticides while gathering nectar and pollen and transport them back to weaken the health of the hive. Another unfortunate consequence of mass agriculture has been the shift towards monoculture. This has reduced the abundance and diversity of nectar- and pollen-producing plants that healthy beehives require. Additionally, the global exchange of disease in bee keeping, such as mites, bacteria, viruses and fungi, is a key factor linked to the mystery of the bee's disappearance. Honey is one of the safest foods: most harmful

bacteria cannot live in it for any length of time.What are the benefits of maintaining a high degree of food safety and bee biosecurity within every bee keeping operation, no matter its size? Many beekeepers call honey liquid gold. It takes a worker bee a lifetime of foraging to produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey. This fact is always on my mind when managing the biosecurity of my apiary. I do not wish to lose any of the bees' hard-earned production of liquid gold. I strive to keep my hives clean so as to mitigate their exposure to harmful diseases. I complete regular hive inspections and treat mites and disease to ensure the colonies are healthy. My hives are registered through the Ministry of Agriculture. I follow best practise guidelines; when I harvest my honey, I feel confident that it can be bottled raw and is safe and healthy. Bob Liptrot, a Beekeeper for 46 years in the Fraser Valley and in Sooke for the past 13 years, teaches a class at Royal Roads titled "Bee Keeping: An Introductory Course." Would this be a good start for someone interested in understanding the art of Bee Keeping? Bob has a wealth of bee keeping experience to share. I've taken his class and I would highly recommend anyone interested in bee keeping to enroll in his course. There is also a Capital Region Beekeepers Association (CRBA) that meets every month. They provide opportunities for mentorships as well as field days where you can get hands-on experience with bee hives. The CRBA is an excellent place to connect with other beekeepers. It was here I came into contact with Grant from "Van Isle Apiaries and Bee Products." Grant supplied my apiary with bees and queens to start my bee keeping journey. Bees need our help. If Bee Keeping it not possible, in what other ways can we help protect our pollinators? Everyone can help protect pollinators in their community. You can start by planting your garden with native plant species that will attract pollinators. Support local and organic farms in your community as they provide a diversity of nectar and pollen-producing plants. Promote local beekeepers by seeking out their honey rather than buying supermarket honey. Advocate for the elimination of pollinator harmful pesticides such as neonicotinoids. Most importantly, continue the conversation to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our pollinators. Remember: bees are intrinsically linked to human survival. It is time we started listening to to their "buzz!" Photo by

Matt Ashmead Beekeeper & Saanich Firefighter Matt grew up in Central Saanich, spending his childhood exploring Mount Newton with his three siblings. After graduating from Stelly's Secondary School, he obtained a degree in Education from UVic. During summers off, Matt fulfilled his passion for the outdoors and travel by working as an Infantry Soldier and Smokejumper. After five years of teaching in Victoria, he joined the Saanich Fire Department where he currently works. Matt lives in Saanich with his wife and frequently returns to the hillsides of his childhood where he keeps bees on his parents' acreage.


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The Arts Come to McTavish McTavish School has been purchased by local entrepreneurs Lucas Copplestone, Sean McNeill, Drew Betts and Carl Joosse, with the support of the Joosse family. Their intent is to preserve the heritage of the property, renaming it McTavish Academy of Arts, and dedicating it to the advancement of art, music and sustainable agriculture. It will be accessible to all ages through classes, workshops and events, and will also be home to McNeill Solutions, LJC Art, Warp Academy and Get Fresh Guide. The group is excited to work with the community and to support artists in all forms. Follow them online at

Locals Helping Locals Sidney design agency Holy Cow Communication Design ( has recently completed two website projects for local companies. CAC Industrial Equipment

Inc. sells pump systems and parts to industry across Canada. Headquartered in North Saanich since 2002, their new website ( has refreshed their look, keeping them competitive and gaining access to potential new markets. Polaris Land Surveying Inc. is a team of land surveyors operating across lower Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Their new website ( highlights the range of services offered using custom design and scenic photography.

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Reinvigorated Space Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage Clinic has undergone a complete renovation, and they are having an open house (through the Chamber of Commerce) to celebrate! Stop by Thursday, April 14 between 5 and 7 p.m. to see their new space! The clinic is located at 9733 Fourth Street in Sidney. You can reach them by phone at 250-656-4717, or visit

Facelift! Pop into Hypersport at 2443 Beacon Avenue and check out their fresh new look! Hypersport Activewear will be renovated with an exciting, stylish theme. The footwear/clothing shop will be filled with twice its regular amount of inventory by the middle of the month. This facelift, along with an extensive new product line, will be sure to impress.

Expanding Family Opening this spring in Victoria: a second location for Momease Baby Boutique! The new store will carry all the same baby gear and parenting accessories, but with twice the floor space to accommodate nursery furniture and décor too. Look for the new store at 1581 Hillside Avenue, beside Romeo's and across from Hillside Mall. You can also shop online at

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to support many charitable projects. This year’s contributions support the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Society, ORCCA Dental Society and Mercy Ships. Tickets will be available from Sidney Rotarians and from the Mary Winspear Centre.

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Fawlty Towers is fast, frenetic, and family-friendly fun that all can enjoy. The production opens at the Charlie White Theatre at the Mary Winspear Centre on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30pm and runs until Sunday, May 8. There are two 2:00pm matinee performances, Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8.

The Rat Pack, Direct From Vegas! Tribute show will take you on a ride through all the glitz, glamour and funny gags between the dynamic trio of Frank, Sammy and Dean. It’s a throwback to the golden era of music and the shows of the Las Vegas Strip, featuring timeless songs, funny vignettes and real showgirls.

Monte Carlo Gala

The producers behind this musical tribute are a brother and sister team, local Sidney

The production at the Mary Winspear Centre features the episodes Communication Problems, The Hotel Inspector and Basil the Rat, brimming with sharp writing, an array of interesting characters, and the ever-present conspiracy of events that just might send Basil over the edge.

The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is excited to announce the 5th Annual Diamonds are Forever Monte Carlo Gala will be held Saturday, May 14 at the Mary Winspear Centre. Join us for an evening of Bond-themed fun! This year’s event features a martini bar and appetizers, music and dancing, Monte Carlo-style games of chance, and silent and live auctions.

Adding to a long list of highly entertaining theatre productions that the Peninsula Players has brought to the Charlie White

The Monte Carlo Gala is the club’s premier fundraiser and enables the Rotary

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resident Melanie Ehrlich and her brother Christian Tannis of CKM Productions. “My brother has the creative genius and vision and knows what he expects to see from the show. I bring my background in business to manage and coordinate all the behind the scenes stuff to drive the company forward.” The siblings grew up in a family with ten children in North Burnaby, most of whom sang, danced and performed throughout the lower mainland and the U.S. Now, years later, the siblings have joined forces to produce their own Vegas tribute show.

Tickets are available for all listed events, contact the Mary Winspear Centre Box Office.

The duo are excited to kick off the first of four Vancouver Island shows at the Charlie White Theatre on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30pm.

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. A business is only as good as the numbers in its accounting books. Even the most brilliant enterprise will fail if it does not have a strong financial footing. By helping clients build a healthy financial core within their business, the expert staff at Security House Accounting Services are ensuring the success of that company. And now Sidney will directly benefit. Local Sidney businesses have a new friend in town. Security House Accounting Services has a brand-new office on Bevan Avenue – in addition to its Victoria location. Colleen Hoggarth, Certified Professional Bookkeeper, is the "Chief Number Cruncher" and owner of the accounting firm. Her company's general financial bookkeeping service for businesses involves taking a company's receipts, invoices and bank statements and using that information to prepare and provide the business with a monthly financial statement. "Give us your books – take back your life!" is their tagline. Security House offers an immensely valuable community service in keeping clients on the right track to ensure their financial and business success: "The important point about having regular bookkeeping done is that people can see where they are at every single month with their business. If people wait until the end of the year, it is too late to make a 'course correction' if things are going sideways." At tax time, Security House Accounting Services is there to make life easier for business owners. Colleen and her team make sure their clients are diligent with the reporting of GST and PST collected in their businesses to Canada Revenue Agency and the Ministry of Finance. Compliance with Ottawa is fundamentally important for any growing business, so Security House staff assist clients in regularly and accurately reporting all the taxes they collect by the deadlines. By helping businesses avoid the sinkholes, Colleen ensures that her clients build and expand on firm financial footing. Colleen knows that building any business is totally dependent on proper management of its finances – a service her company happily provides. A company's financial wellness is always the most important priority; everything starts and ends there. "You can't do anything with a business until you see it on paper. You need a good financial knowledge of how your business is doing before you can grow it to be even bigger and better." The nitty-gritty of "doing business" – the day-to-day transactions, expenses, revenue, profits – are the engine of any enterprise. When this financial footing is sound and optimal, the business prospers. "When the financial 'have-to-do's' are done correctly, the exciting new business (the 'want-to-do') will flourish! We provide that strong foundation for businesses to build on." Security House Accounting Services sets people up for success. We are lucky to have them in our community. Contact:

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We are also seeing many more natural fabrics, sourced from all around the world. Rayon, for example, is very popular these days, and about going green, you is made from purified cellulose that comes primarily from wood pulp. don't often consider Then there is linen, which of course comes from flax, a crop that your closet, but I do. I think about what I have, and what I wear most requires very few pest-controlling chemicals, and is a dream to wear often. Most of the time, I love the story behind my things. in the high heat of summer. As a fashion buyer, it's important to know and love the story Another favourite of mine, and something I have talked about behind the items we sell, so I can pass it on to my customers. More before, is cashmere; anyone who has ever caressed a cashmere often than not, it's that story that closes the sale. sweater or scarf knows the fabric There are now many great businesses out there that are is luxurious! This fibre comes from invested in ethical and fair trading – not just clothing "If we all make a combing out the under hairs of companies, but also those who sell jewelry. No longer just conscious effort in Kashmir goats, a breed native to about the environment, "green" has become a philosophy the way we buy, it the Himalayas but now raised on how to do business in a moral and thoughtful way. worldwide. If you're hoping to find Recently, I met a couple from Louisiana; they are the puts us one step a truly "green" piece of cashmere, owners of my new favourite jewelry line. Six months ago closer to changing be prepared to invest, but know they moved their business down to Mexico. They employ a global problem." that it will last you forever. Cheaper a group of about 15 women who make every piece of cashmere has likely been blended their amazing jewelry by hand. The women come from with other fibres and treated with chemicals to keep costs down. poverty, but are talented in their trade, which has been passed down The fashion industry hasn't always had the best reputation for ethical to them from past generations. They are paid five times more than the minimum wage, and work in air-conditioned surroundings. or fairly traded goods, but the reality of Global Warming and the rise and fall of the great dollar has made the industry as a whole think More and more, we are hearing in the industry that quality control twice. I love my job, I love fashion and most of all I love the people I and employee conditions are being monitored, because the company meet who are truly making a difference in the way things are produced that owns the clothing or jewelry lines also own the overseas factories and imported. I feel like if we all make a conscious effort with the way where their products are being made. They are present and oversee all we buy, it puts us one step closer to changing a global problem. areas of production. SEASIDE | april 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 21

Street Level Stylist

"It's good to be home," says Shai Thompson, owner of Sidney's new luxury consignment boutique, House of Lily Koi. Shai is a fourth-generation Peninsula girl, raised in Sidney and Brentwood Bay. She is a trained image consultant and style educator, and she wants to share her expertise and years of experience with you. When customers visit the store for the first time Shai often hears: "Wow, this does not look like a consignment store. This looks like a boutique!" Once they're in, they want to linger. Imagine the skill set required to host a show like What Not To Wear. These are the skills and expert knowledge that Shai offers to clients; her goal as head stylist, as well as that of her staff, is to "wardrobe" you, not simply sell you clothes. "I'm here in place of your best friend," says Shai with a confident and reassuring smile. She's not kidding: she's not going to tell you that something looks fabulous if it doesn't. She'll encourage your "best authentic presentation of self." "Style to me is the confidence one feels in the clothing they choose to wear," says Shai. So why combine styling and luxury consignment? "Consignment is of value because you have a better selection of clothing, thereby achieving a unique, authentic expression." When accepting clothing and accessories, by Lara Gladych

Shai doesn't take anything you'd typically find at the mall. Rather, she collects from high-end boutiques and department stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks. You'll see labels like Armani, Tom Ford, Gucci, Burberry, Prada, Michael Kors, etc. Beyond shopping Shai's fantastic lineup of clothing, shoes, purses and accessories, customers can also employ her styling services. She'll first have you fill out a client profile, which is in part a needsassessment, as well as an indication to her of what you like and dislike in terms of colours, patterns and fabrics. She'll determine your budget, and then come into your home for a "closet audit," creating a shopping list to fill the holes in your wardrobe. Second comes the shopping! She'll usually start you off at HLK, where you can save a good deal of money on high-end pieces. Once you're done, Shai finishes off by taking photos of every outfit she's assembled so that you'll have them to reference in your own Look Book. When you meet Shai for the first time, you'll know you're in good hands. She's ready for any image or life change you can throw her way. "A woman has to want to change. It's the pain of change that holds us back." So go and try yourself on for size at House of Lily Koi, and meet Vancouver Island's premier wardrobe educator. Photo by MoMo McCann; Styled by HLK.

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Corporate Kindness Saves School Playground

"No matter how hard Evil tries, it can never quite match up to the power of Good," said a wise man. This adage was recently proven at the Keating Elementary School in Central Saanich. A theft of funds appeared to have wrecked the plan for constructing a new playground. Instead of anxiety and sadness, however, two local businesses stepped forward and generously righted the wrong. Now the school will have a better playground than had originally been planned. The kindness offered by these organizations brought tears to the eyes of Mary Lynn Heron, the principal of Keating Elementary. In December 2015, police charged 43-year-old Tanya Larayne Adam with forgery, fraud and theft after it was noticed that at least $40,000 had disappeared from a fund belonging to the Keating Home and School Association (KHSA). The money, which had been earmarked for a new playground to replace an aging one, had been collected over two years through numerous fundraisers by Keating's Parent Advisory Council and the KHSA. Adam was a director and the treasurer of the Association. Almost immediately two organizations, Garden City Tree & Landscape Ltd. and the Peninsula Co-op, stepped forward as generous saviours. Garden City offered to design and build the new playground, while investing $40,000 in the project. The Co-op offered to pay $30,000 for new playground equipment. by Hans Tammemagi

Patti Hunter, chairwoman of Peninsula Co-op's member relations committee, said the $30,000 figure was arrived at after consulting with the school. "It's an opportunity to make sure the children in our community don't have to pay," Hunter said. "The law will take care of the rest." A significant benefit, according to Colin Eaton, co-owner of Garden City and a nationally certified playground inspector, is that the new playground, which will be a hybrid of a natural and a regular playground, will be larger, with more elements and more comprehensive than planned initially. "Furthermore, it will be green and very ecofriendly, made from local logs, stone and natural materials," Colin said, "so it will be a fun and heathy place for the children." At time of writing, ground-breaking for the new playground was scheduled to begin toward the end of March and construction should last about six weeks finishing near the end of April. "My partner, Chris Stansfield, and I each have three young children, so we understand the importance of a good playground," said Colin. James Taylor, president of the Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils of Saanich, said "It's been absolutely amazing how the community has really rallied to support those families and that school. "It just shows you the strength of that community and the important part that the schools, elementary schools in particular, play in that area." Photo by

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Maintaining a Happy Smile: Sidney Centre Family Dentistry by Janice Henshaw 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. As teenagers riding up the ski lift at Big White Mountain, my friends and I had a marvelous idea. The snow was fresh and powdery, and the sky was the deepest blue. "Let's try a somersault off a jump." We looked at each other and grinned. After all, what could possibly go wrong? At the jump, I pushed hard with my poles and schussed down the hill. The jump vaulted me up in the air, and I tucked my head for the flip.


Unfortunately, something did, in fact, go wrong: my ski tips caught in the snow. After emergency work by an oral surgeon, I was transferred to the care of my dentist, and got to know him well over the next several weeks. The words to the old song, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth," reverberated throughout the procedures, which culminated in the building of a bridge to anchor my new teeth. If I decide to try any more ski tricks, it's comforting to know that Dr. Jaci Sollid and husband Dr. Loren Braun, owners of

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Sidney Centre Family Dentistry, can offer better options today, employing the latest technology in dental care. One option would be multiple implants. A second would be to make a denture, which attaches to the implant and results in a huge increase in stability and retention of the denture. The doctors describe an implant: "It's a titanium post that fuses to the jawbone, and functions like the root of a natural tooth. No more dancing teeth!" Sidney Centre Family Dentistry provides personalized care for the whole family and their goal is to have patients "walk

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out the door pleased with the gentle and compassionate care, and happy with their smile!" In-office IV sedation is provided for clients who require it because of health issues or who benefit from the added relaxation. Jaci and Loren opened their office in Sidney, which is located above Capital Iron on Bevan and Fifth, in 2000. Their office staff includes three hygienists, two assistants and two receptionists. "We have the best staff ever!" say Jaci and Loren. Sidney Centre Family Dentistry patients can watch a DVD or listen to a CD during their appointments, and an office collection is available if you forget your favourite disc. Kids love this option and are sometimes disappointed when the appointment is finished, but the movie isn't. There is a dental saying that some people may find surprising: "The toothbrush doesn't remove six months of tartar 30 minutes before your appointment." To help patients see the

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state of their oral health, and why certain procedures are recommended, Loren and

"Their goal is to have patients walk out the door pleased with the gentle and compassionate care, and happy with their smile!" Jaci installed digital intra-oral cameras that take detailed pictures of everything in your mouth, helping patients to stay informed and empowered. Loren and Jaci met at an Intervarsity Christian Fellowship retreat on Thetis Island while they were attending UVic, before moving to attend dental school at UBC. They tell me they chose Sidney as a place to live

and work because "We love it! The decision to come to Sidney was an easy one – what's not to love – small town feel, but close to the airport, ferries, and the big city! Great facilities for families!" In their free time, they love doing things with sons Riley and Payton – hockey, tennis, hiking, and travel. Jaci homeschooled the boys and Loren is very involved in the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association, both on the executive and as a coach. Teeth are vital in maintaining a happy smile, and certainly useful in enjoying delicious treats; we don't want to be without them if we can help it. Author Carew Papritz takes it one step further and says "The trick to not growing old is to: Stay curious. Keep your teeth. Stay hopeful. Do everything gracefully, yet kick when you have to." Check out the team and helpful resources at

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Feasting on Fermented Local Food If you're interested in the local food scene around Victoria, you will have noticed the growing trend in fermented foods. Some new restaurants in town have dedicated fermentation rooms or ferment specialists on staff. With so many health benefits to go along with a wide range of culinary experiences, fermented foods go beyond a passing fad and move towards a staple food, as they are in many cultures around the world. So what is a fermented food? Sandor Katz, in his book The Art of Fermentation, defines the process as "the transformation of food by various bacteria, fungi, and the enzymes they produce." Kombucha, sourdough breads, charcuterie, sauerkraut and kimchi (all fermented) are now part of many menus. My own experience with and love of ferments came out of necessity. In my mid20s I spent seven months travelling in India and Nepal. While abroad I suffered from several water-borne illnesses and returned home with a damaged digestive system. I craved sauerkraut. Not the grey-looking stuff in a can, but the non-pasteurized, pro-biotic-rich, crunchy kind. I could eat a whole jar in one sitting. As this was not the most economical way to consume sauerkraut, I began to make my own. It is incredibly easy to make, and when you dive into the world of ferments you realize that many vegetables can be turned into delicious kraut. Here's my latest batch: by Solara Goldwynn Hatchet & Seed

Chive, Nettle, Leek & Cabbage Kraut Locally-grown cabbage is easy to find! For this batch of kraut I bought the cabbage and leeks at a farm stand in North Saanich and the chives and nettles are from my garden. 2 cabbages 2 large leeks ½ cup chives 1 cup nettles* 3 tbsp salt** 2 airlock jars with clamp lids such as Fido Chop cabbage, leeks, chives and nettles (wear gloves for the nettles!) Put Ÿ of the chopped vegetables into a bowl and add Ÿ of salt; mix. Repeat this three more times, so that all the chopped vegetables are coated in salt. Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes. Massage the mix, allowing for the brine to emerge. Pack tightly into jars, allowing the brine to cover the vegetables. Keep jars in a dark cupboard for at least seven days. Taste your kraut at this point; it should be sour and crunchy. The flavours will develop the longer you leave it. Once it's to your liking, you can keep the jars in the fridge to slow the fermentation process down. *Nettles will sting you, so please use caution when picking them and chopping them. Use gloves! **Recommended ratio for salt is 5 pounds/2 kilograms cabbage to 3 tablespoons/45 grams of salt.


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Celebrating 20 years in business, Alison and her staff at Meadow Oak owe the success of the nursery to the love of plants. They are happy to share their passion and knowledge to help everyone make the perfect choice, whether you are a new or seasoned green thumb. Choose from a huge selection of gorgeous annuals, hanging baskets and custom moss planters for a stunning summer display. Enjoy a relaxing shopping experience in the heart of Deep Cove. 250.655.1756 1070 Wain Road, North Saanich

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inside out taking the sneeze out of allergies Every year a flood of patients enter the clinic with the unfortunate plight of spring: sneezing, itchy eyes and sinus congestion due to environmental by Dr. Kristen Bovee allergies. Statistics show that one Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic in six people in Canada suffer from hay fever or seasonal allergies. What causes these untimely symptoms is an inappropriate immune system reaction to tiny particles or pollens in the air. Mast cells (a type of immune cell) release chemical histamine as a result of a foreign particle triggering the immune system. Histamine causes capillaries to leak fluids into the surrounding tissue, resulting in swelling, mucous production, itching and redness. There is evidence that there is a genetic link to seasonal allergies, but there is also the theory that our society has become too hygienic and our dulled immune system then becomes hypersensitized to high levels of particles in the air that it begins to think of as harmful. Conventional treatments include the use of antihistamines to mask symptoms, and many people become reliant upon these. There are also allergy injections, which can be painful and inconvenient. There are many options to consider if you want to take a more natural approach to treating seasonal allergies. Quercetin, a bioflavonoid and antioxidant found in high amounts in apples, onions, grapefruit and red wine, is an effective natural antihistamine. It slows the release of histamine from our mast cells and acts as potent antiinflammatory. Quercetin is available in pill or capsule form, so taking it in highly concentrated doses will give you optimal effects. Vitamin C is another antioxidant bioflavonoid and antiinflammatory agent that can be used safely during the allergy season.

Used in combination with quercetin seems to give the best effect. Vitamin C can be taken in high doses; 500 to 1,000mg is the optimal dose and can be repeated two to three times per day. It is also important for fighting infection, healing our tissues after injury and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. The highest food sources of Vitamin C come from cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts), bell peppers, tropical fruits (mangoes, papayas), strawberries and kiwis. Nettles are a plant found growing extensively in our area; as a weed it can cause significant dermal irritation but as a tea, it has beneficial effects on sinuses and the chest. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and has some antihistamine effect so it can be used acutely during an attack to lessen the reaction. Other support for allergy prevention and relief are to consume local honey that contains small amounts of the pollens that trigger the immune system, making you more tolerant to the environment. Keeping an air filter in your house, showering after being outside, keeping windows closed and using a netti pot are proactive ways of lessening the triggers of hayfever. There is now oral sublingual immunotherapy available through prescription from naturopathic doctors or health providers. These are drops taken under the tongue beginning a month or two before the allergy season. It is always a good idea to get tested for what your triggers are in order to treat them effectively. Taking an integrated approach to managing allergy symptoms is the most effective way of dealing with these yearly annoyances. Using good nutrition, therapeutic doses of nutritional supplements, and sensible use of pharmacotherapy and immunotherapy when recommended by your naturopathic physician or medical doctor can make the season more manageable and enjoyable. For more information visit or

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Mayne Island: by Barry Mathias

Set amid the beautiful Southern

Gulf Islands, Mayne Island is a vibrant community with an interesting history. Named after Lieutenant Richard Charles Mayne who served on the survey ship H.M.S.Plumper in the 1850s, the Island had been inhabited for more than 5,000 years by the Cowichan and Coast Salish peoples, and today, the Tsartlip First Nation have territorial rights to the Helen Point Reserve. Miners Bay is an economic centre for the Island, and was named after the prospectors who travelled from Vancouver Island to the mouth of the Fraser during the 1858 Gold Rush, using this attractive cove as a halfway stop. The first homesteaders arrived in 1859, and during the 1800s, Mayne was both the social and commercial centre of the Gulf Islands. Today, the population is around 1,071 (2011Â census). Before the Second World War, a flourishing Japanese settlement established an important tomato industry on the Island. They were popular and hardworking folk who began to settle in 1900, but in 1942 were interned in prison camps in the interior, and few ever returned. Today, thanks to the commitment of many Mayne residents, especially Commissioner Don Herbert, the now famous Japanese Garden was established in Dinner Bay Park. This is a tranquil place, both unusual and beautiful. Entering through a replica of a Japanese gate, surrounded by tall trees, one follows along paths that cross a stream, past a waterfall and lead to a well-established pond with an ornamental island in the middle. On all sides, camellias, fuchsias and rhododendrons compete with tall shrubs and plants, which can be admired from artistically placed seats; there is even a quiet "secret" garden. This garden commemorates the Japanese people who lived here, and is a tribute to the many artisans, tradesmen and volunteers who created this idyllic place. The Island is actively embracing environmental issues. "There are a number of residents whose houses are off the grid," says Brian

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A Green Gem Crumblehume, an Islands' Trustee in his second term. "They collect their own water, use solar panels for lighting and geothermal devices for heating." Larger houses use heat exchangers and heat pumps. Brian is an energetic participant in theatre, dance and numerous environmental committees. "There is an effort to reduce our reliance on the car, resulting in an increasing interest in walking and cycling," he says. To this end, a 2.4-kilometre walking/cycling path to Village Bay is in its final stages of planning. Also, a Mayne Island Bus was established in 2013. This is a community bus with volunteer drivers. It runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the winter, and every day during the summer. There are also a number of electric cars in regular use. Using Car Stops is another way of getting around, and 25 stops were established in 2009, following their introduction on Pender Island. The Island has many farms, including a number of organic ones. Don McDougall and his wife Shanti have managed historic Deacon Vale Farm (established 1870) since 1995, producing fine vegetables, beef and sheep, much of which they sell at their shop, appropriately named Farm Gate Store. "We began the shop five years ago," says Don. "In the summer we sell the most wonderful tomatoes." Brenda Dean, a realtor with RE/MAX, sums up Mayne Island: "We are a friendly, welcoming community with respect for the environment. Come feel the magic!" Photos courtesy Barry Mathias and Linda Dzus.

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don't pay cra more than its dues For those of you who have not yet filed your tax return, here are a few tips you might find useful: FILE ON TIME! • Don't file late. Even if you are missing some information, file your best estimate – you can amend later. 2015 deadline is May 2, unless you by Chris Cowland have self-employment income (sold Cowland & Associates something on eBay, for example?) when it is extended to June 15 for both you and your spouse. • Late filing penalties are nasty. If you late file your return, the penalty is 5% of your balance owing, plus 1% for each full month your return is late, up to a maximum of 12 months. • Things get even worse if you late filed in any of the three previous years – up to 50% if you are 20 months late! • Even if you can't pay the taxes, file your return and avoid the penalty. Interest on unpaid taxes is charged at 5% per annum, which isn't too bad. DON'T MISS ANYTHING If you miss reporting income on your return, and also in any of the three previous years, there could be a penalty of 20% on the face amount of the income – even if you owe no taxes! This one is particularly nasty, though CRA has recently softened the penalties. We have successfully appealed this under the taxpayer relief provisions, for example when a taxpayer develops Alzheimer's and a relative has attempted to assist in the filing. If it comes to your attention that you missed reporting income, the penalties may be waived if you bring it to CRA's attention under the Voluntary Disclosures Program. BEWARE OF DONATION SCHEMES For example: you donate $1,000 to entity A, which then buys pharmaceuticals that are donated to another charity. The drugs are said to be actually worth $10,000 on the donation receipt, so you get a nice tax refund of about $4,700. Sounds too good to be true – you are $3,700 ahead of the game, and you have saved the life of some sad-eyed kid pictured on the sales brochure. CRA isn't too fond of these – it has denied $4.5 billion of claims and reassessed over 130,000 taxpayers. Please don't go there – a CRA audit is worse than a toothache. OTHER TIPS • Register for "My Account" with CRA – it provides a wealth of personal tax history and information slip details. • Please view or for other tips and information links!

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Celebrate Mom at Mattick's! Mattick's Farm is a great destination for Mother's Day on May 8th. The beautiful grounds are fresh with spring, Adrienne's Tea Garden is perfect for brunch – reserve early! – or Afternoon Tea, and the Shops are bursting with new goods for the coming seasons. From strollers and musthave baby bits at Momease (for moms just getting into the business!) and candles and beautiful Bateman Hummingbirds at the Ladybug to snuggly jammies and special nightwear at Lilypad, there are lots of things to divert, entice and entertain moms, grandmas and families (the kids will love the Mini Golf and Toying Around) out for the day. Both Sunday's Snowflakes and Something More offer fashion and fun to spruce up the wardrobe and A Stable Way of Life will help your feet get you there. If Mom has a fondness for bright shiny objects, The Gallery is filled with handcrafted jewelry, or exercise your own talents and paint up a shiny object at Paletteable Pottery. If cooking a special meal is the family's treat for Mom, Red Barn and VQA Wine Shop are handy and ready to help. Add a fresh bouquet from Art Knapp's Garden Centre, pick up a perfect card at Paper Chain or the perfect "stuffie" at Country Gift Shoppe and the day is complete. We all have stories about our Moms. A quick canvas of staff and owners at Mattick's produced these gems: Michael at the Ladybug remembers that his Mom had a talent for

poking the male ego … After enduring a ride from their home on the north end of Saltspring into Ganges in the back of the shiny new Camaro Z28, Mom extricated herself, peered at the uncomfortable conveyance and said: "The Eagle has landed." Michael got the hint and the car was gone in a year! "My elderly mother," recalls Val at A Stable Way of Life, "had very arthritic feet so finding comfortable shoes was a real challenge. I took her to a shoe store that specialized in orthopedic shoes hoping to find a solution to a very real problem. Narrowing her eyes at a shoe that I held up for her approval she smiled and said: 'Darling, I will never be that old." I carry this thought with me when I am buying shoes for our customers. Comfortable, but with style, is the motto!" Connie, at Lilypad, while surveying the array of brassieres in her shop, smiled when asked for a memory of mom: "She always filled her bras with baby powder." Things are more comfortable now! Dawn at the Gallery had this amusing tale to share: "My mom used to say 'If you can hear the little voice inside your head saying: If Mom sees this she's gonna kill me … You probably shouldn't be doing it !" Oh so true, especially for teenagers. Wendy Graham of Sunday's Snowflakes simply thanks her mom for her sense of style, which is what led her to a career in women's fashion. Photos by SEASIDE | april 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 35

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Spring Comes to Sunday’s Snowflakes Mes Souers et Moi is a line from Belgium: easy to wear casual elegance. Many of our collections are European designed – Kokomarina, Sandwich and Yest, to name just a few.We have a great selection from Canadian designers as well. See you at The Farm! Sunday’s Snowflakes 250.658.8499



Celebrate Mom! The Ladybug is full to bursting with things to make a mom’s heart glow! From cute, to pretty, to beautiful, there is something for every mom here. And, of course, don’t forget Victoria’s best selection of unscented candles!

Momease Baby Boutique 778.265.5432 and also at 1581 Hillside Ave.

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The Angels of Our Lives® A beautiful new line of expandable charm bracelets created to thank, recognize and celebrate all the “Earth Angels” who have positively impacted our lives. Come and explore our shop, with one-of-a-kind hand chosen greeting cards and an amazing selection of unique giftware. We pride ourselves on friendly customer service and welcome individual custom orders with many of our giftware lines. Paper Chain 250.658.2725 Open Daily 10 am - 5.30 pm

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The Gallery at Matticks Farm is full of one-of-a-kind gifts to please your one-of-a-kind mom this Mother’s Day. Monday to Saturday 10-5:30 Sundays and Holidays 11-5. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm 250.658.8333

5325 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden • Adrienne’s Ice Cream • A Stable Way of Life • Art Knapp Garden Centre Paletteable Pottery & Art Studio • Paper Chain • Something More • Sunday’s Snowflakes

A Drop-In Paint Your Own Ceramics Studio & Party Centre! Offering hundreds of unpainted ceramic items, Paletteable Pottery helps you be creARTive! More than 60 colours and glazes, materials, idea books and helpful staff; all ages love spending time in our relaxing and bright studio! Just pick it. Paint it. Leave it with us to glaze and fire – it’s that simple. Ask about our party packages and workshops. Find us in the new Tall Tree building! Paletteable Pottery 778.430.ARTS

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Bedhead, Hollywood’s Go-To Loungewear Company Inspired by the movie “Wings of Desire” by Wim Wenders, butterflies are aflutter in this magical homage to the first hint of spring. If you have seen a great PJ on the big screen or TV, odds are it’s Bedhead. Fabulous spring collection now on display at Lily Pad Lingerie.

Vacation-Ready Sandals Many versatile attractive styles and colours for your upcoming busy summer. A proven foot bed that offers both great arch support and comfort. All models $99.50 to $110! 10-5.30 Monday - Saturday, 11-5 Sunday A Stable Way of Life 250.658.3052

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Relax with a Puzzle Happiness is shopping at Toying Around, for a quaint experience for ages 1-99. We carry many popular toy lines including Thomas and Friends, Playmobil, Calico Critters, Schleich, Ravensburger and others. Our extensive selection of puzzles, games and novelties makes shopping fun for everyone. See you at Toying Around. Toying Around 250.658.2721 Open 10 am - 5.30 pm daily Cordova Hair • Ladybug Boutique • Lily Pad Lingerie • Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf • Momease Baby Boutique The Gallery • The Red Barn Market • The Country Gift Shoppe • Toying Around • VQA Wine Shop


Green Tech on Our Roads

by Julian Sale

by Julian Sale

With every passing day, engineers

in Canada, Germany, Korea, America, Japan, Mexico, and India are developing and implementing new ideas to pollute less and recycle more. We're not just talking about emissions from the tailpipes: we're talking about using recycled products to build cars, and using less fossil fuel and more electricity to run them. Technically, all car bodies are recycled, as used steel and aluminum is collected from all over the world and smelted into sheet metal to be used again for new body parts. What about the factories? They used to belch black smoke from tall stacks, waste millions of litres of water, leech contaminants into ground and water, and consume massive amounts of electricity while emitting massive loads of waste headed for local landfills. Today things are changing. VW is one of many companies that have embraced clean energy on the production side. Chattanooga, Tennessee is home to a VW vehicle manufacturing plant that relies on electricity from the 65-acre solar field located on site. Rainwater is collected and recycled for bathroom plumbing, and natural light reduces electricity use. Many manufacturers are now using post-consumer recycled goods to produce sounddeadening mats, cloth and fabric for seats, headliners, etc. Automotive paint is now water based, not solvent based. Most plastics in use can be made from recycled materials. BMW's i3 uses fast growing eucalyptus trees for interior wood trim because it's sustainable. The new method has them all re-using and recycling as part of a cleaner existence. We all know that electric vehicles are here to stay this time, unlike

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the quick visit we saw in the 1990s from the Chevrolet EV-1. What you may not have known is that Audi, Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Toyota, VW, Tesla, Mini, Nissan, Smart, Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford, Kia, Cadillac and Hyundai all now produce vehicles that can run on electricity from a plug-in power source. As with cell phones, laptops and cordless drills, we are all acutely aware of the vicious rate at which battery tech evolves and improves. Can you imagine what the next five or 10 years will bring? EV's used to be the awkward red-haired stepchild of the auto industry: loved by a select few and loathed by many who were convinced they were a passing fad. EV's have fallen out of fashion twice before. Today, the elite have access to a the Tesla Model X, which is the world's fastest SUV – and will out-accelerate about 98% of all vehicles on the road. It tows 5,000 lbs, seats seven, and is rated as the safest passenger vehicle your money can buy. That's a game changer, and it's not a one-off idea. This is the new normal. This green push is transforming car dealers too, like Auto West BMW in Richmond, B.C. An on-site wind turbine, a rooftop garden, huge water cisterns, an aviary and a comprehensive recycling strategy made them eligible to be an "i" dealer – selling the electrified BMW models. Not every dealer gets access to these; it's a privilege for the cleaner, greener dealers. Mercedes recently announced that all of its executives will have to choose between an all-electric, or plug-in hybrid model if they want a company car. Five years ago, I would have bet against the rate of EV adoption, but here we are. Buckle up, it's going to be a fast ride … . SEASIDE | april 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 39

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Springtime in the Arts World by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email

Kat Eggleston at Deep Cove Folk Concert Kat Eggleston has inspired audiences all over the world with her strong, clear voice and fingerstyle guitar technique, her interpretation of traditional music and her own original songs. She has collaborated onstage and in recordings with a variety of musicians over the years, including David Bromberg, Tom Dundee, Irish music supergroups Bohola and the David Munnelly band, as well as long-time music partner Kate MacLeod. Kat presents her music with humour and joy that touches each listener. Tickets at the door. April 8 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) St John's United Church, 10900 West Saanich Road.

Go Figure Artist Nicholas Pearce and 30 of his students will display their figurative work to illustrate the magic that can be created using a limited palette of four colours and a single 1½-inch housepainter's brush. The artwork ranges from portraiture to paintings of flamenco dancers, nudes and more. Free admission. Reception April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre. April 9 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and April 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Via Choralis: Songs of the Amazon The choir's final concert of the season will feature a new piece by composer/conductor Nicholas Fairbank, written this past summer during a residency in eastern Peru. Led by Fairbank, the choir will combine with a professional chamber orchestra to perform an exciting concert of Hispanic

music, culminating in the première performance of Fairbank's latest composition: Canción amazónica. Partial proceeds from the concert will go to support a not-for-profit that allows one or two Peruvian students to spend six months in Victoria. Tickets for the Sidney concert from Tanner's Books or Brentwood Bay Empourium. April 23, First Metropolitan United Church, Victoria: 7:30 p.m. and April 24, St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Sidney at 2:30 p.m.

SPAC Spring Arts Show and Sale The Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society (SPAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering promotion, support and education for over 200 member artists. Its annual spring show will display the artists' visions created over the past year. Come to appreciate (and perhaps buy)

fibre arts, jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculptures and more. Mary Winspear Centre, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 1, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Peninsula Singers and the Life Journeys We Take The popular Peninsula Singers will take concert-goers on a musical journey that touches on important milestones in life, the roadblocks we may encounter and the joys we may savour. Artistic Director Glenda Korella promises much merriment, as usual. The male singers will ham it up on '50s pop tunes such as Love Potion Number 9 while the women will ask for maternal advice in Ma, He's Makin' Eyes at Me. Janet Yonge on piano, Lynell Korella on bass, Terry Erskine on percussion and Jim Kingham returns as MC. More at Mary Winspear Centre, April 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m., May 1 at 2 p.m.

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Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of, and give back to, our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar.

When you shop local, more revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy.

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The Yoga Studio The Yoga Studio in downtown Sidney is warm, welcoming and dedicated to a high quality of safe, mindful instruction in Yoga and spiritual/metaphysical studies. 250.655.5254 9819 5th Street

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Hypersport Back in November of 1999, Hypersport was born. At that time I noticed a lack of Active Lifestyle Footwear and Clothing in Sidney, so I found a nice location on Beacon Avenue and opened up shop. This is where you will find Hypersport today. The success of Hypersport is largely due to our loyal, local customers. My staff and I have listened carefully to the needs and wants of the Peninsula's residents over the last 16 years. With this input we have filled "the shop," as I call it, with an array of Walking and Running shoes, Active Wear and Swimsuits. Hypersport will undergo a renovation at the beginning of this month, which will beautifully complement the fresh new spring lines we will be displaying. It has been amazing to see the upgrades in technology over the years within the products that we sell. The exciting story for this coming spring and summer is vibrant colours and the ultimate in comfort. On behalf of the staff at Hypersport and myself, we thank you for your years of patronage and support. Anthony Ewen

Thymes Goldleaf ® Gardenia: A classic favourite reinvented in a modern blend of charming elegance; a dewy floral fragrance blooming with layers of femininity. 250.656.1318 2416 Beacon Avenue

Sweet Talk & Lace Hanky Panky: the world's most comfortable thongs – great for spring, summer ..... and feeling good! 250.656.1002 2424 Beacon Avenue

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Come experience this aquarium and cultural centre engaging people in the learning and conservation​of the Salish Sea Bioregion. 250.665.7511 9811 Seaport Pl

Muffet & Louisa Luxury home fragrance is as simple as pressing a button with this sleek diffuser. Using batteries or a USB plug, Votivo has fused efficiency and safety in this modern design. 250.656.0011 | 2506 Beacon Avenue

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You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-akind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our Saanich Peninsula neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Shop local and stay connected to the merchants in your community. By supporting independent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.

Laloca - Fair Trade and Local Products Ethiopian scarves handcrafted using ancient weaving traditions combine cotton and silk. Made by an ethical and eco-friendly enterprise that creates sustainable livelihoods for women. 778.351.3844 2367 Beacon Avenue

Galleon Books & Antiques Antiques, books, collectibles and jewelry. Estates and private libraries purchased.

Muffet & Louisa

250.655.0700 #106 - 2506 Beacon Avenue

Muffet & Louisa is 30 years old, and it is with huge gratitude to the people who have supported and encouraged us that we have grown to be the interesting and beautiful store we are today. We hope that we have given back to our community, not only by being its source for consistently wellmade and beautiful homewares, but also with our support for local schools, our arts community and our wonderful hospital. We have been the "go to" place to shop for the very best furnishings for your home, but scattered through these perhaps more serious purchases, you'll find personal treats to make life more luxurious, including Caldrea's plant-based house cleaners – your home will sparkle and smell wonderful! We are proud to carry the amazing work of artisans, local and from other regions of Canada, including stunning wood work by local craftsmen that already graces many homes around us. If your love for handmade leans more toward making a fashion statement, try the beautiful soft Italian leather satchels we have from Quebec's James Brooks, or the cozy sheepskin slippers from Les Pantoufles Garneau. Please come visit us; the only thing more wonderful than our products are our friendly and helpful people – they are the best!

Hypersport Come see us at Hypersport for all your footwear and active lifestyle clothing. Our professional staff will ensure that you get the perfect fit. Buy one get one half off sale on this month! 250.656.6161 2443 Beacon Avenue

Beacon Cat Hospital A full-service veterinary hospital dedicated exclusively to providing "Special Care for Special Kitties." Committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care in a community-based environment.

Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop aims to provide Sidney with a traditional candy store experience, complete with friendly service and a wide selection of unique confectionery. 778.426.2541 | 9774 3rd Street

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New decor, artwork & signage are being installed over the next several weeks. We apologize for any disruption, but we know that you will be pleased with the finished result!

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Sidney's living room is going to be more comfortable and inviting than ever!

We are excited to watch as our public spaces are revitalized!

Visit Sidney’s vibrant boutique shopping district for a weekend of fun and surprises. Stroll the avenues and see all the latest and greatest our Sidney merchants have in store.

There will be product demonstrations, refreshments and your chance to win one of three fantastic prizes. Remember to save the date and we’ll see you soon for this great event! •

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grey matters "the psychedelic, strobe-lit era of free love on the oregon coast led her to keep a secret for the next 40 years"

Undetected Kim Goldberg left school at age 15 "to let the world be [her] teacher." What the world taught the Nanaimo writer in that "psychedelic, strobe-lit era of free-love" on the Oregon coast led her to keep a secret for the next 40 years. Experimenting with drugs using shared needles is the most likely cause of the Hepatitis C she carried until last year. If you know your ABCs, you'll know that hepatitis comes in three different forms: Hep A, Hep B and Hep C. Hep A is found in food, water or on unwashed hands contaminated with feces. The infection usually goes away on its own. Hep B is caught when a person comes into contact with any one of another person's body fluids. There is a treatment but it will only slow down the virus, not eradicate it. And then there is Hep C. Blood-to-blood contact is how one catches Hep C: sharing needles, toothbrushes or razors; receiving blood transfusions or organ transplants that have not been screened (as they are in Canada); re-using tools for activities that break the skin, such as medical or dental procedures, tattooing and piercing. Occasionally, the Hep C virus goes away on its own, but it's more likely a person will have a long-term infection. There are vaccines that protect against Hepatitis A and B, but there is no vaccine that prevents Hepatitis C. Kim Goldberg never imagined a cure might be discovered during her lifetime, or that one day she'd tell her secret publicly. In early 2015 she managed to access clinical trials to evaluate the success of a drug called Harvoni combined with another called Ribivirin. As a previously untreated patient with a particular type of Hepatitis C, Goldberg was eligible for the program. On May 5, 2015 she swallowed the first of 84 pills that would cure her completely. Ever since she came to Canada in 1977 to join her family, who had immigrated from the U.S. during the Vietnam War, Kim has earned her living as a writer concentrating on social issues. So it is unsurprising that the seventh book for this award-winning poet would be about her journey to freedom and healing from Hep C. Undetected, as she calls this beautifully written memoir, describes the day-by-day story of what delighted her – visiting her elderly mother, memorizing every detail "to hold close in years to come" – to how "the dead virus is eliminated … along with all other detritus of this drug-fuelled massacre" – causing endless sprints to the bathroom. Persuading her from her usual healthy diet onto the bland BRAT diet of Bananas, [white] Rice, Applesauce and [white] Toast that she'd by Trysh Ashby-Rolls

never even heard of previously. Yet she never forgets the 250,000 other Hep C Canadian sufferers, nor those who haven't been tested and have no idea they have the disease. Or prison inmates known to have Hep C but whom the authorities ignore. Or those denied treatment because they are not considered sick enough. Or those with insurance companies who "pay for a sub-optimal length of treatment, to save money." Undetected is an inspirational, informative, emotionally stirring, triumphant and highly readable story, whether you have Hepatitis C or not. For more on Hepatitis C go to I chose this website at random. Although it's for people infected with both Hep C and HIV, and provides a lot of info for drug users trying to get clean and healthy – and stay healthy – it's well worth looking at. However, there are other sites you may prefer. Undetected by Kim Goldberg is published by Pig Squash Press (

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Rediscover the Stonehouse: Stonehouse Restaurant & Pub by Lara Gladych

This is the last in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. The Stonehouse was built in 1935. Its old stone, climbing ivy and sunken gardens make it a special find on the Peninsula today. It's nestled in a natural landscape at Canoe Cove Marina beside the Swartz Bay Ferries, and though it's off the beaten path, it's worth the drive to find it. I meet with Marc Latreille for a late lunch. He, along with his very good friend Joe Kovacs, have co-owned the Stonehouse

Restaurant & Pub since 2011. "Joe and I have been friends for a long time, and in the business for a long time," says Marc. After 25 years of friendship, these two still have the exact same taste in food and they know all of each other's strengths and weaknesses. Their common vision for this restaurant was, and continues to be, for it to have a restorative quality. Guests will come in because they are hungry and their appetites will be satiated, but more than that, Marc and Joe want "to restore their mood, their energy." Marc places a generous lunch order for the

two of us: prawns, salad and pizza. The Sambuca Prawns are their own recipe, a dish they've been serving since the '90s. Joe came up with it, and it has been a favourite ever since. They are outstanding. They're sauteed in an ounce and a half of Sambuca, butter, garlic, red onions and fresh seasonal herbs. They have a sweet licorice flavour that is fresh, light and original. Next is the Caesar salad, prepared with a homemade dressing that in consistency is somewhere between creamy and a vinaigrette. It's not the heavy dressing you sometimes find Cook & Oscar Photography

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on Caesars. It's classically prepared, topped with parmesan and crisp bacon. The Stonehouse has a triple stack traditional deck oven to cook their homemade, gourmet thin-crust pizzas; the Barbecue Chicken Classic is what Marc has ordered for us. It's made with a tangy barbecue sauce base, and though I'm not typically a barbecue lover, this sauce gets a huge thumbs-up from me. It's not overly sweet and the tomato flavour still shines through. The pizza is topped with roast chicken, fresh mushrooms, caramelized onions and a blend of three cheeses. It's Marc's favourite, and it may now be my favourite too! Though they don't have a children's menu, they'll prepare smaller portions for smaller appetites. The Stonehouse Restaurant & Pub is kid-friendly, so don't hesitate to bring the whole family! Looking forward, Marc and Joe have plans to open up their bar space, expand their seating area and build a horseshoe-shaped wraparound bar. They're also going to expand their catering

business. Already, the Stonehouse sees many requests for weddings and events which they also hope to see more of in the future. There's great pride in the food served here.

"The pizza is topped with roast chicken, fresh mushrooms, caramelized onions and a blend of three cheeses. It may now be my favourite too!" "We don't spare any expense with the food," says Marc. Many of his and Joe's recipes have been perfected over several years, and with Chef Peter Husbands' creative flare, those recipes now have a new spin that are generating rave reviews for the Stonehouse. The thin crust pizza, the ribs, the meatloaf, the shepherd's pie and beef dip are comfort

food favourites at the Stonehouse. "Comfort food done right – that's what people love." I ask Chef Peter about their dessert selection, and he brings out a made-to-order Apple Berry Crumble. It's crisp and crumbly with just the right fruity sweetness; awesome! When I ask what he's most proud of at the restaurant, without hesitation Marc responds "the food." Marc tells me that, asked the same question, their general manager, Ron Wolfe, would say it's the service that sets them apart. "He very much prides himself on making sure people are happy. He goes to great lengths to make sure of it." I ask Marc what words he hopes customers would use to describe the experience at the Stonehouse. "Memorable." Just the one word, and he leaves it at that because to him it touches every aspect of the dining experience at the Stonehouse. Restore, rediscover, remember. For more information visit

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Michelle was born and raised in Richmond, B.C. After obtaining her Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia, she articled and practiced with a small firm in historic downtown New Westminster. The experience she gained there in family law, civil litigation, real estate and estate planning/administration will serve her well as she establishes her practice on the Saanich Peninsula. Called to the British Columbia bar in 2013, Michelle’s varied experience in all aspects of dispute resolution allow her to approach her clients’ challenges with the good humour and communication skills that are key to finding solutions for everyone. Michelle can prepare your marriage or separation agreement, depending where you are in life, and can then advise you on estate planning in light of changing circumstances. Michelle lives in North Saanich with her husband and two young daughters. She enjoys gardening, cooking and reading ridiculously long books. She is excited to raise her family in North Saanich, and is looking forward to becoming part of the Saanich Peninsula community. She is welcoming new clients to all areas of her practice.

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this month in history "the 'april ghost' makes an appearance at the victoria golf club and is believed to be that of doris gravlin"

Gold, the First Census, an April Ghost and a Short-Term Premier by Valerie Green

On April 16 1856,

Governor James Douglas officially announced the discovery of gold in British Columbia, declaring that all gold found would be the property of the Crown. And did you know that the first B.C. census was taken in April 1871? The questionnaire sent out asked a total of 211 questions about things such as area, land holdings, vital statistics, education, administration, justice, agriculture and finance. It also included details of population, houses, buildings, age, sex, religion, race and occupation. However, not every household answered all 211 questions. The Census was thereafter taken every 10th year until the turn of the 20th century. Now for two unusual April stories. The first concerns a ghost. The "April Ghost" makes an appearance at the Victoria Golf Club and is believed to be that of Doris Gravlin, a lady involved in an apparent murder-suicide with husband Victor in 1936. Their marriage was going through a bad patch that year and they were living apart, but had agreed to meet on September 22, 1936 at the golf course to talk about a possible reconciliation. They were last seen at approximately 8 p.m. Later they were reported missing by family members. A few days later, Doris' body was discovered beaten and strangled on the beach but Victor had disappeared. His body was later located floating offshore, tangled up in a bed of kelp. The case was closed.

However, Doris' ghost was supposedly seen on the golf course the following year. Sometimes she was gazing out towards the bed of kelp before vanishing in the mist, and sometimes she was seen striding through the golf course looking quite ordinary except for her oldfashioned clothing. Most sightings were between 9:30 and 10 p.m. She has also appeared with arms outstretched, wearing a long white gown, and sometimes she rushes toward someone before dissolving into space. Why she became known as the "April" Ghost is a mystery because she can appear in any month of the year. During over 80 years of "hauntings," the April Ghost has been written about by writers such as Charles Lillard and Robin Skelton and her legend continues to live on. The second story concerns the eighth B.C. Premier, Alexander Davie, who came into office on April 1, 1887. He was elected to the legislature in 1875. Married in 1874 to Constance Skinner, the couple had four children. Davie was soon a rising political star and when Premier Smithe died in 1887, he was asked to become Premier and his future looked even rosier. However, within a few months he became ill and left for California to recuperate. Returning in May of 1888, his health worsened and he died in office in 1889 at the young age of 42, having only served for two years. It was a tragic end for a man with a promising future who rose to the highest political position on April Fools' Day. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at


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green ocean Formerly known as the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney’s award-winning aquarium, now named Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, is showcasing the amazing ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Learn about the creature they call the ocean hedgehog!

fun with green science Buddies Toys' award-winning, creative toys are fun! Learn how to make a real moving robot using solar panels and a motor. Watch it walk outside on a sunny day, or try powering it with your desk lamp. This eco-friendly robot is just one of the cool science kits Buddies offers – perfect to celebrate Earth Day! Solar Robot $22.99. Buddies Toys 2494 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

green burials Family-run Earth’s Option Cremation and Burial Services specializes in green burial services. In their effort to promote the use of ecologicallyfriendly products, they offer a complete range of green caskets, shrouds and biodegradable urns. Ashes scattered into the ocean or buried under a tree … in the end it's earth to earth, ashes to ashes and dust to dust. Earth's Option Cremation & Burial Services

greens & more Finally a place where Peninsula-grown, organically sustainable produce is available year round. With a bakery, small bistro, agri-education centre (farm, food and homesteading classes), Chris and Mitchell will bring an amazing opportunity to provide more access to local and healthy food for our community. Grow local, shop local, live local. The Fickle Fig Farm Market 1780 Mills Rd, North Saanich

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The entrance grabs your attention, with its double solid fir front doors and slim windows on either side that amplify the space.

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This attractive, recently built, 6,000-square-foot house is set back from the road with an expansive stamped concrete driveway in front, and is cleverly positioned in the middle of a gently sloping site on a quiet treed road in the Deep Cove area. "My wife, Chantel, and I grew up in this part of the world," says Matt Irwin, "which is why we chose this site." Matt, as many people know, is an NHL star; he has had a sparkling career as a defenseman and is currently assigned to the Providence Bruins. It's the entrance that grabs your attention, with its double solid fir front doors and door-height slim windows on both sides that amplify the space. Above is a large clerestory window with a patterned cedar shake surround, set back from embracing tall cedar pillars that are set in Ledgestone stone columns, and support an imposing cedar plank porch, with recessed lighting.

On either side are custom milled re-sawn cedar railings and smaller pillars on matching stone columns that support attractive roofing over the covered, wrap-around decks. On the right, built at an angle, are double garages with carriage doors. The mediumsized windows along the front of the house add focus to the large clerestory window, creating a fine sense of balance. The architect was Dave Lunt of T-Square Designs. "Eventually, we'll have a big fountain there," says Matt, remarking on a wide circular hole in front of the house. "We only moved in during May 2015; many things need completing. He smiles: "In my job, I'm rarely at home during the winter." The palatial entrance hints at a sense of grandeur, and on entering their home, you are not disappointed. Immediately ahead is a Mission design fir staircase with capped newels. SEASIDE HOMES | april 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 53

The bright, mellow feel of the floor is enhanced by the high vaulted ceilings and natural light from the numerous windows.

The floor that stretches away to the right into the Great Room, is wide plank distressed engineered oak, and gives a bright, mellow feel that is enhanced by natural light from the numerous windows. The Great Room is appropriately named. On the left is the lounge area with high vaulted ceilings and huge windows that cover the entire back wall. There is an imposing ceiling-high Vancouver Island Ledgestone fireplace, with an artistic, live edge mantel, supplied by Gary Johnston of Alpine Cedar, who also supplied the impressive wood pillars outside. Above is a flat television, and below is a discreet black gas fire, with a bluish slate fireplace; on either side are matching custom wall units. A large couch, flexible seating units and a set of matching bow-legged tables complement the open space effect. "We have an audio system that runs throughout the house," Matt explains. Other automated systems include alarm and surveillance monitoring, and the shades can be remotely operated when someone is watching television. In the middle of the Great Room, under a lower ceiling, is the dining area. It has a grand oak table and eight matching chairs with dark leather seats and leather backs at each end. This concept is continued both with the four stylish stools that face the long island, separating the kitchen area, and also in the dark maple shaker cabinets in the gourmet kitchen, designed by Darryl Pollock of Lannick Kitchens and More Inc. The counter tops are quartz and 54 SEASIDE homes | april 2016

The main bedroom has warm décor, enhanced with a lighted tray ceiling and windows on either side of an emperor-sized, wood-framed bed.

It’s Like Adding Another Room to Your Home! granite, with inset stainless steel sinks and an on-demand hot water tap. The airy kitchen forms a long "L" shape around the central island. It is a remarkable space, with a careful arrangement of modern stainless steel appliances and dark brown cupboards and drawers, combining artistry with convenience. There is a glass railway-tile backsplash, double gas ovens and an enormous double-door, walk-in refrigerator/freezer. A black-framed, opaque glass door to the spacious walk-in larder neatly separates the two sides of the kitchen. Three black, metal-framed cylindrical lights overhang the island, and pot lights surround the perimeter. To the left, double glass doors open onto a spacious covered deck with a gleaming barbecue; it is ideal for summer entertaining. "The kitchen was designed by Tracey Lamoureux of Creative Spaciz. She did a wonderful job," says Chantel. "She also designed our en suite, and advised us with our choice of colours." The walls throughout are either a warm taupe or dark grey. "We have five bedrooms and five bathrooms," says Matt. "The house was built by Dave Stephens of Lida Homes. He was a natural choice for us: apart from his fine reputation, he is a family friend, and my father has worked with him." The first bedroom is immediately on the left as you enter the house. It is a comfortable room with en suite and a private door to an outside room that opens onto a covered deck, overlooking the back garden. "This is my parents' room when they come to stay," he says. "Outside we're planning a hot tub." At the top of the stairs, a short gallery looks down on the Great Room, and to the immediate right is the second bedroom with a modern three-piece en suite. Beyond is the door to the Master Bedroom suite, with its luxurious bathroom that has a walkthrough rain shower and an angled, free-standing bathtub. Along one side is a double vanity, with artistic stone vessel sinks and a makeup vanity. There are slate tiles and an unusual crystal chandelier. The lighting throughout this home is impressive. Next is a sizeable walk-in closet, with an unusual feature: a laundry chute! The main bedroom has warm décor, enhanced with a lighted

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The luxurious bathroom has a walkthrough rain shower and an angled, free-standing bathtub. Along one side is a double vanity, with artistic stone vessel sinks and a makeup vanity.

tray ceiling and windows on either side of an emperor-sized, woodframed bed. A wall-mounted television and a discreet gas fire beneath adorn the opposite wall: a combination of space and comfort. At the other side of the stairs is the children's area. "It allows us separation when young relatives come to stay," jokes Chantel. The two bedrooms have a Jack and Jill arrangement, each opening into a single bathroom. The laundry room is large, with modern appliances, a laundry chute and an extra freezer; on the lower floor is a steam room with an ingenious dog shower. "The lower floor is still to be completed," Matt says. "It will eventually have a media room, an exercise room, a games area and storage areas." Although not built as a totally green building, the home does incorporate Energy Star appliances, double glaze low E windows, LED lighting and a heat pump. This is a home built for comfort and sociability. This house has reached the "final five" of the 2016 CHBA VIBE Award for Best Custom House of the Year over 3,000 square feet. The result will be announced on April 16th.

west coast G ardener gardening tips & tricks So what about those home remedies and gardening tips? Are they true or false? Before tossing your coffee grinds and egg shells, give this article a read. Some of these tricks may not be scientifically proven (yet); however, many a gardener might swear by them anyway. by Yvonne Bulk Are your pots making a mess whenever Patio Gardens you water? Use a coffee filter to line the bottom of your pots before planting. This will prevent soil (along with precious nutrients) from escaping through the holes. While you're at it, keep those leftover coffee grounds and tea leaves, which may help acidify the soil for acid-loving plants such as blueberries, rhododendron and azaleas. Some claim a quarter-inch applied monthly will keep the soil acidic, others claim that it makes no difference, while still others warn that mixing too many grounds deep into the soil will risk damaging the roots. If you give this trick a try, just avoid surrounding your roots with grounds. If you haven't any grounds, try asking a local café. Do you have salt deposits on your clay pots? Combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Spray your pots and scrub to remove deposits. Make sure you let the pot dry before planting. Remember to clean any used pot before replanting, as bacteria, disease, fungus or mold may have found a home there. Don't like walking on eggshells? Slugs don't like slithering on them either. Placing eggshells around your plants can help deter those slimy creatures, protecting your foliage. Eggshells can also be ground into powder and mixed into your soil for a calcium boost. That is not the only way to give your plants some extra nutrients – next time you boil or steam veggies, don't throw away that precious liquid! Instead, feed it to your potted plants. Speaking of not tossing things, hold onto your banana peels. Gently dig around the roots of your roses and place banana peels just beneath the soil's surface. These skins contain phosphates, calcium, sulphur and magnesium – all nutrients your roses will love. Finally, we have the most controversial tip of the bunch. Some claim that most vegetable plants appreciate the occasional drop of beer, especially cabbages. Others argue that the yeast in beer may actually be harmful (yeast is a fungus after all). Perhaps beer is not just for humans anymore – but we will let you choose who gets that ice cold brew. There you are then: a few home-brewed tips, take them or leave them. Do you use any of these tricks? Are you going to try some out? Please share with us via Seaside Magazine ( and Patio Gardens Victoria on Facebook. For more information visit

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The benefits to children of being active, moving and exercising go far beyond what experts could ever have imagined. "Physical Literacy" is as essential to the overall well-being of children as being academically literate. Nobody knows this better than the staff at Panorama Recreation Centre. A 2011 ground-breaking paper, Physical Activity, Sport and Youth: Knowing and Acting, summarized many studies in the field; its conclusions greatly expanded our knowledge of the benefits of regular physical activity to children and youth. As well as boosts to overall health and fitness, the researchers found increases in bone strength, improved mental health and self-esteem, opportunities to develop social skills, and better academic performance. The paper recommends that "Children and adolescents should engage in as many physical activities as possible every day" and it should be ongoing. Kamma Wiggins, Panorama's Acting Fitness, Weights and Rehabilitation Coordinator, explains Physical Literacy: "It is the bare bones movements of physical activity like running, jumping, throwing, catching, much like the ABC's are the bare bones of reading and writing." Why does Panorama emphasize this concept? "At Panorama we try to promote physical activity for all ages. Our Physical Literacy programs allow young children to be physically active in a fun way and hopefully will promote more active lifestyle choices later in life." And why is it so important? Kamma: "If children don't have a chance to develop these base skills it makes it much harder for them to feel comfortable participating in sports as they get older. If a child can't throw or catch with confidence they are less likely to participate in sports like baseball, basketball, rugby, football, etc. There are far too many hours of sitting time in our society so if we can remove one barrier we are one step closer to healthy children." According to Claire Erdem and Jason Gray, Panorama's Community Recreation Coordinators for Youth Programs, the Rec Centre is presently offering a variety of program options that promote Physical Literacy. "We are working with the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence and Vancouver Island Sportball to deliver programs for early ages such as Mini Movers, Active Start, Sportball Junior and Sportball Multi-Sport. These programs all incorporate elements of physical literacy to encourage

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Grypma introduces Cover Story Bedding, a concept where many of the duvet and sham cover ensembles provide four variations, allowing subtle or more dramatic changes to your finished bedroom. Working from her studio, Outlooks Design, in Sidney, B.C., Paula specializes in window coverings and soft furnishings including custom bedding. Within Cover Story Bedding there are five collections with specific "Design Styles" to give you inspiration: Be Happy (fresh, evokes an uplifting feeling); Beachy Keen (seaside, beach walks); Garden Party (vibrant blooms, bring the outside in); Timeless Treasure (classical; heritage); and Magical Mood (ages gone by; tales far away). Draw upon your own inspirations and mix it up. Choose a neutral linen duvet and introduce shams of any print, as all pieces are sold separately. Custom changes for sizing or placement of fabrics are welcome, often with no additional charges; delivery dates depend on stock. Paula has researched other product lines to offer solutions for luxurious bedding, including feather and down, sheets, nightwear and accent cushions. The play on words adds an element of fun to shopping on the Webstore: "Inside Story," "Under Story," and "Your Story." The packaging was designed using only recyclable products, as opposed to most bedding which is packaged in layers of plastic. The beautiful Cover Story Bedding box not only has great presentation: it's reusable and recyclable and allows for shipping anywhere. It also makes shopping for gifts and surprises easy. Sean McNeill of McNeill Solutions brought Paula's vision of the packaging to life. Creating her own bedding product line has been a dream of Paula's. In doing so she: offers beautiful linen and cotton fabrics which are not readily available; streamlines the manufacturing process to eliminate the usual challenges faced with custom ordering; offers pricing which is lower than custom bedding; presents well-thoughtout designs with versatility in each duvet ensemble; and ensures local design and manufacturing using imported fabrics. For details visit or

Can Fear Help Restore Gulf Islands Ecosystems?

Cougars, wolves and other large carnivores are imposing predators that strike fear into other animals. A new study by Raincoast Conservation Foundation scientists and collaborators demonstrates that the fear these top predators inspire can have cascading effects down the food chain critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems. This makes large carnivore conservation all the more valuable given the significant "ecosystem service" the fear of them provides. These findings, from a team led by Raincoast ecologist and University of Victoria PhD student Justin Suraci and Western University's Professor Liana Zanette, working with Simon Fraser University's Professor Larry Dill, were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Suraci, Zanette and their colleagues experimentally demonstrated for the first time that the fear of large carnivores is itself powerful enough to have effects all down the food chain and that restoring this fear can reverse the adverse impacts resulting from the ever-increasing global loss of large carnivores. "These results have critically important implications for conservation, wildlife management and public policy," explains Suraci. "We have now experimentally verified that, by instilling fear, the very existence of large carnivores on the landscape – in and of itself – provides an essential ecosystem service, and failing to consider fear risks dramatically underestimating the role large carnivores play in structuring ecosystems." Raccoons on British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands are devastating songbirds on land and intertidal crabs and fish in the by Chris Genovali

ocean. The researchers suspected this is largely due to the raccoons having little to fear, since the large carnivores that primarily prey on raccoons (i.e. cougars and wolves) have mostly been eliminated from the Southern Gulf Islands. To experimentally manipulate fear, the team played the threatening sounds of large carnivores (or non-threatening sounds) from speakers along extensive lengths of shoreline for months at a time. The fear inspired by simply hearing the sounds of large carnivores so dramatically reduced the time raccoons spent feeding that it reversed their impacts on their prey, and had cascading effects all through the ecosystem. Large carnivore expert Dr. Chris Darimont, Raincoast Conservation Foundation science director and Hakai-Raincoast professor of geography at UVic, sums up the research: "This was a brilliantly designed project that was executed fastidiously. Several important implications emerged. Most broadly, we are reminded of all the links in the web of life, and how disturbing an important link can reverberate across a web. The work also compels us to maintain carnivores – important links in every web – wherever they still exist, as well as take extra care in fragile island systems. Most intriguingly, this Raincoast research lays a foundation for the possibility of using fear as a restoration tool in areas where restoring the carnivores themselves is no longer an option, if only during particularly important times (like when endangered birds might be nesting and vulnerable to meso-carnivores such as raccoons)." Chris Genovali is Executive Director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. For more information visit Photo by Klaus Pommerenke. SEASIDE | april 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 67

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It's been an exciting journey for the Peninsula Singers since that day in the autumn of 1980 when a handful of people who wanted to sing together joined forces. Six years later, they gave their first concert in the Legion on Mills Road. Since then, the Singers have grown from that community chorus to a full-fledged show chorus, selling out six concerts each year at the Mary Winspear Centre for a record 28 consecutive times. In fact, the Peninsula Singers were the first performers to grace the Centre's stage in 2001. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Glenda Korella, they've become a show chorus, including choreography, costume changes, humour, and each year a more challenging repertoire. For spring's "The Journeys We Take," Glenda has chosen music that tracks the emotional ride we've all taken over the years, touching on the important milestones we reach in life, the roadblocks we may encounter and the joys we may be lucky enough to savour. As is customary, this show will feature local musician Jim Kingham as master of ceremonies, Janet Yonge on the piano, Lynell Korella on bass, Terry Erskine on percussion and special musical guest Alexandra Yates on violin. Duo Forté, comprised of cellist Sophie van der Slot and violinist Danielle Tsao, will fill the

traditional "Spotlight on Young Artists." Proceeds go to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation's Music Therapy Program. Thus far, the Singers have donated nearly $37,000. "I drive out from Victoria every week for practices and then for the concerts because this choir offers such a different experience from other choirs, for the singers and the audience," says Lee Porteous, the Singers' official Storyteller. "Because it is such a

full-on show, each of us can contribute something more than singing, if we want. I've been given the chance – and the support – to do things I would not have attempted anywhere else." "The Journeys We Take" will be performed April 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and May 1 at 2 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre. Tickets available through the box office: 250-656-0275 or Interested in joining the singers? Email or for more information visit Photo: A collage of Peninsula Singers' photos, taken when they were between the ages of 18 and 26.

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The Joy of Tea There is nothing like snuggling up with a hot cup of tea to soothe the nerves and provide instant joy. The calming plant seems to cure all ills, making our problems evaporate. The Tea Emporium in Saanich provides a one-of-a-kind oasis for patrons to discover the beautiful elixir and slip away into a world of exotic taste and pleasure. As well as tasting wonderful and giving us a "happy" boost, tea has health-building antioxidants, can help reduce the risk of a heart attack, may improve bone mineral density and strength and helps hydrate the body ( Tea Emporium owner/operators Darrell and Linda want locals to reap the benefits of 100-plus varieties of premium loose tea at their West Saanich Road getaway. They proudly sell basic black, chai, green, herbal, oolong, specialty and Ayurvedic wellness teas, amongst others, in sparkling shiny tins. Darrel and Linda set the bar high: "Our goal is to provide the highest quality teas available." The unique mecca for tea lovers evolved naturally, built on blissful memories of a golden past. Darrell: "The business was started about six years ago as a gift store. One day a customer suggested that we should sell tea, and not just any tea but high quality loose tea. I grew up drinking tea and never had a cup of coffee until I started by Doreen Marion Gee

university, so immediately I was interested in the thought of selling tea. Every time I have tea it reminds me of waking up to the smell of fresh homemade biscuits and hot tea for breakfast and then off to school." The Tea Emporium has recently begun brewing tea and gourmet coffee by the cup or pot – customers can sample different flavours or take a cup "to go." To further delight happy customers, "Scone Wednesdays" are a special time to visit, kick back with friends, and savour a cup of tea or coffee along with a homemade blueberry scone. Can you resist Darrell's invitation: "Afternoon Tea anyone?" The splendid country establishment is pulling out all the stops: "We are again doing 'tea tastings' for four to six people. You can choose any four of our teas and have them served to you along with scones. Times need to be arranged in advance." The Tea Emporium actively supports Peninsula businesses by selling locally made products. The owners also infuse a social conscience into their enterprise by bringing in products made by impoverished female artisans from developing countries. So take a break from life one balmy afternoon this spring and soak in the joy of exquisite tea at the Tea Emporium. And take some home for that special someone – even if it's you. Contact:,

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Seaside Magazine's 3rd Annual Pet Photo Contest! Winners Will Get Their Photo Published in Seaside's May Pets Issue

SPAC Exhibition & Sale Returns Looking for a little colour to brighten your Spring? Join us




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for the 63rd annual Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society (SPAC) Exhibition and Sale, on April 30 and May 1 at the Mary Winspear Centre. Feast your eyes on a variety of vibrant artwork, including paintings, mixed media works, sculptures, pottery, jewellery, fibre arts and fine crafts. Compare your opinions for outstanding work with the pieces chosen for the Jurors' Choice Awards, and join in on the vote for the public's favourite piece of art. Interact with our talented artists and learn about their imaginative processes while watching their on-site demonstrations. Be inspired to release your inner creative juices, and explore the benefits of becoming a member of SPAC by attending the group's next monthly meeting. Why not take your interest in art deeper by becoming one of our patrons? SPAC Art Patrons enjoy a private reception on April 29. This sneak peek private viewing of the exhibition offers Patrons the first chance to see and purchase original art, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine, while meeting the artists. The Art Patron fee of $125 includes a $100 credit towards the purchase of art at this reception. Guest artists Joanna Drummond and Roger Belley will also be on site showcasing their art. Joanna Drummond is a gifted, award-winning multimedia artist. With a passion for sculpting clay in traditional and novel techniques, Joanna continues to experiment and approach art intuitively. Her partner Roger Belley (work shown above), a landscape painter strongly influenced by Group of Seven great Tom Thomson, is keenly interested in Canadian art history. For more information, please visit their website at Check out the large selection of artwork, enjoy the on site art-inprogress demos, shop in the gift shop, and speak to the guest artists. The exhibition runs Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Admission is $4 (accompanied children free). We look forward to seeing you at the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Craft Spring Show. For more information on SPAC, visit

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Cyber Fibres Quilts at Sidney Museum Journal Quilts are small quilts that usually express something about the quilt maker's life. Cyber Fibres is a virtualSAANICHTON group ONLYof 10 quilters who collaborate by email. The group was started in 2008 and has continued with as few as six and as many as 13 members over the years. Some members have never met in person – there are members across Canada and one in the U.S. – yet they share quilts once a month. Each member interprets the theme of the month in a small quilt. She then writes a one-page story including the inspiration, techniques used, difficulties or successes, and a photo of the quilt. This is posted off by email to the others, who write back with questions, comments, discussion of techniques, helpful hints, etc. Because the quilts are small, they do not take an enormous amount of time. The size of the quilt and group support encourages the members to try new techniques and ideas they might otherwise not have been brave enough to attempt. Amazingly, all these experiments seem to work out just fine! Seeing others' quilts is always inspirational, but the best part is seeing how many different ways the same theme can be represented. The Sidney Museum will be exibiting the work of the Cyber Fibres quilting group throughout April, with hundreds of quilts on display. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; admission by donation.

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Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live 2016 The Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live – Vancouver Island is a volunteer organization that dedicates their time to "Saving B.C. Men" in the fight against prostate cancer. In a tremendous partnership with The Prostate Centre, the Ride to Live is run by a team of committed volunteers who have an interest in helping to find a cure for this terrible disease. Some are survivors of prostate cancer; others have seen friends and family members afflicted with this disease. Many on the steering team have been fundraising for this cause for a number of years. The group organizes several fundraising events throughout the year, the flagship of which is a spectacular motorcycle ride throughout Southern Vancouver Island that attracts upwards of 600 riders, all raising funds for prostate cancer research and awareness. Since 2010, and entirely through volunteer efforts, Vancouver Island Ride to Live (VI-RTL) has raised over $480,000 to bring greater awareness to the Victoria community about prostate cancer, and particularly, how early detection can save lives. VI-RTL was formed as part of a larger organization in British Columbia: the Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live (WMRTL). The Mission Statement behind all of the work for the Westcoast

Motorcycle Ride to Live is: To improve the health and quality of life of British Columbian families by assisting with the fight against Prostate Cancer through an annual fundraising event called the WESTCOAST Motorcycle Ride to Live. The Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live event builds awareness and establishes hope and pride for men, their families and friends impacted by prostate cancer. Their motto – which is the guiding principal behind all of their fundraising efforts – is "What's Raised on the Island, Stays on the Island." The Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live and the funds they raise help to provide enhanced programs and services for men and their families' right here on Vancouver Island. Through this annual event, they are helping increase the awareness of prostate cancer in our community, ensuring necessary support services and resources are available to all men afflicted with the disease. Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 29th, 2016 for the 6th annual Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live. Who are you riding for? For more information visit

Out Of SchOOl care LICENSED OUT OF SCHOOL CARE 2015-2016 School Year (Kindergarten - Grade 5)

Operating Monday to Friday from 3-5:30pm, we will provide transportation from Kelset, Sidney and Deep Cove Elementary Schools to Greenglade Community Centre. Our program features: • • • •

Games and crafts Monthly fun swims & skates at Panorama Recreation Centre Daily healthy snacks Active/Learning field trips

$19/Day, Monthly scheduled payments accepted

Registration for the 2016-2017 school year begins on April 1st, 2016. For more information, visit our website.

Please contact the Community Recreation Coordinator at 250.655.2172 for more information.

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30 Teams Raising $30,000

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(Up to 10 players) $300 The 3rd Annual “Taking it to the Street” is an event in collaboration with and support of Help Fill a Dream Foundation, an organization that provides services and support to Vancouver Island children who face lifethreatening conditions by fulfilling their Dreams, improving their quality of life, and assisting their families with care and financial support. Join us in becoming a Dream Maker! Thank you, Seaside Magazine and Help Fill a Dream Organizing Committee

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The Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay Foundation and The Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation present the

Lobsterfest 4th Annual

Saturday June 4th @ 6 p.m. Bodine Family Hall, Mary Winspear Centre The evening will be hosted by Forbes & Marshall and will feature a fresh lobster dinner, live entertainment, silent auction, raffles and a cash bar.

Tickets $75 each (includes partial tax receipt) Call 250-686-0260 or email

“Sidney Fine Art Show ...

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With the support of local artists, Reg Teeney aspired to start a fine art show. Reg approached the Arts Council for funding and support but was denied. Reg contacted the President of SBA, Jack Barker who agreed to fund and provide management.

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Jack recognized success after the first Sidney Fine Art Show. He followed Reg Teeney as Chairman and SBA managed the show for 5 years. Another level of success was reached when Diane Thorpe took over the show.





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Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support.

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A performance by the Sidney Classical Orchestra.

7 p.m. at the Nell Horth Room, Sidney North Saanich Public Library More information at

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Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting

Speakers and discussions on the association's ongoing projects.

2nd Thursday of Every Month Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

11.30 a.m. at Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel More information at

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Join our club! april 1 - 30

30 Day Fitness Challenge Panorama Recreation 250.656.7271 |

Attend a land or aquatic drop-in fitness class 12 days out of 30 in April (Aquafit, Aqua Spin, Aqua Yoga, Aqua Boot Camp, TRX, Spin, HIIT, Kettlebell or any studio fitness drop-in class) to enter for a chance to win great prizes! april 6

CFUW Earth Month Presentation 7:30 p.m. at Mary Winspear Centre, Room 2 | 250-656-3758

We Met in Paris. What Now? Climate Change. Hot Times. Cold Facts; guest speaker Elizabeth May. $10; advance tickets available at Tanner's Books, Dig This and Munro's Books. Also available at the door (cash or cheque only). april 8

CFUW Saanich Peninsula Bridge Fundraiser 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Amica at Beechwood Village 2315 Mills Road, Sidney

The Canadian Federation of University Women's Club - Saanich Peninsula is holding their annual Bridge Fundraiser. This event raises funds for scholarships and educational initiatives on the Saanich Peninsula (CRA registration # 868192766RR0001). Includes lunch and prizes, $20 per person or $80 per table. Reserve via email above. april 8 - 10

Women's Doubles Challenge Tennis Tournament Panorama Recreation 250.656.7271 |

Each player is guaranteed 3 matches. Play starts Friday evening and goes until Sunday afternoon. $50/team. April 9

Spring at Francis/King (Guided Walk; all ages) Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) 1 to 2.30 p.m. 250.478.3344 |

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2:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney

Special Showing of "Us & Them" Star Cinema, 9842 Third Street, Sidney 3:30 and 7:15 p.m. 250.655.1171 |

Us and Them chronicles filmmaker Krista Loughton's experience befriending four addicted and homeless street people with tragic pasts who ultimately change the course of her life. She participates on-screen in the film, while producing and being one of its writers and directors. This visceral film digs deep into the root causes of chronic homelessness while showing the capacity for transformation through human connection. April 18

Spring Into Stories at Fern St. 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 |

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! Come celebrate International Storytelling Month. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). april 24

Sunday Serenade Fundraising Concert 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church (corner of East Saanich Road & Cultra Avenue, Saanichton) 250.652.1611 |

The Greater Victoria Police Chorus will perform at this special fundraising concert for a Syrian refugee family. Tickets $25. april 24

Lawn Bowling Open House 1 to 4 p.m. at the Central Saanich Lawn Bowling Club Centennial Park, 1800 Hovey Road, Saanichton 250.656.3929

Please come and try out this fun activity! Wear flat, heelless shoes. april 29 - May 1

Men's Singles Tennis Tournament Panorama Recreation, 250.656.7271 |

Each player is guaranteed 3 matches. Play starts Friday evening and goes until Sunday afternoon. $40/player. May 1

Geocaching Adventure (Guided Walk; all ages) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 1 to 2.30 p.m. 250.478.3344 |

Have a blast and come geocache with guest presenters Helen and Chris Edley and a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Geocaching is an interactive treasure hunt played using your smart phone or GPS. On this family adventure you will be introduced to the exciting world of geocaching while enjoying this popular regional park. $10/family + GST. Pre–registration required by April 28. Space is limited. BC Transit #70 or #72.

last word A little over a week ago, in the midst of the usual monthly chaos of deadline time and preparing to go to press, I found out that a dear friend of mine had passed away. I mention the timeframe because it means I have yet to let the news hit me. After the issue goes to press I'm sure it will, and it will hurt. It feels almost wrong that I have the right to call this man my dear friend; I haven't treated him like one. I've only seen him once or twice in the last seven years, and rarely had contact with him except through Christmas cards. To be honest, I didn't even know he was sick, yet he has apparently been battling ALS for two years. This man was my first "real boss." After graduating with a Journalism Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, I couldn't find a job despite sending out lots of resumés, so I started painting houses for College Pro. I figured I could keep looking for a "real job" in between shifts. The problem with that plan was I was so busy with College Pro that I didn't continue the job hunt at all … I was so exhausted at the end of every day that I didn't have the energy. Sometimes I think that's the way it was meant to happen, that my perfect first job was just waiting for the right timing … because one day, after months of zero activity, I glanced at the want ads and there it was: an advertisement for the position of editor-in-chief with a family-run, well-respected trade journal. I sent in my resumé right away; I was fully qualified, but I didn't expect the lead to go any further than the rest had. Except it did. I got the job, quickly connecting with the man, who was the owner and publisher of the journal, and his daughter, whom I'd be replacing. The position was wonderful and quickly expanded my skill set, but the real perk was my boss and his wife. You see, this magazine had been started in 1918, and been in the same family for much of that time. I was lucky enough to be treated as though I was carrying on that respected legacy as a true member of their family. Because

the magazine was small (just me, the publisher and his wife, who did the bookkeeping), I quickly developed a very close relationship with my employers. We started out in an office, but soon realized with the age of email that it would make more sense to work out of their house. That was it: I was truly "home." At the time, my dad was working overseas a lot of the time and my boss became a substitute father. He was vibrant, gregarious, kind and generous. He made sure I never went without, always giving me little bonuses or even paying for the often-needed repairs on my very old car. He truly was a very special man, and I was so lucky to count him as my friend and boss. I can only remember one instance – over five years! – in which we truly "butted heads." We were both sick with the flu, I made a silly mistake because my brain wasn't all there, he called me on it and raised his voice, and I got mad at him for getting mad. We both felt terrible, apologized and got back to our usual rapport. Beyond the confines of my job, we shared a lot of our personal lives with each other – he knew everything about my family, my relationship, and my hopes for the future. He was always there to listen, to support, and to share advice. Despite knowing I didn't want to stay in Vancouver for long, I ended up working for the family for five years, simply because I couldn't imagine them not being a part of my life. Eventually I moved back to the Island, and we lost touch. I let our relationship fall into the past as a new job, partner, baby … and life, really, got in the way, as often happens. I always thought there'd be time to visit, to catch up, to reconnect and introduce him to my family. But because I let this very cherished relationship slip away, and because this man was very private, I never knew he was sick, and I never got the chance to see him one more time. As spring approaches, and with it the promise of growth and change, I can only see this loss as a valuable reminder that life can change at any moment - we never know what tomorrow will bring, so the best we can do is enjoy every day and spend as much time as possible with those we love.

Allison Smith, Editor

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