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The green Issue Capturing Solar Energy | Makeover by Seaside | Responsible Investing Green Projects Take Flight | Spring Cleaning Stretch | Living Small in a Big Way A Sweet Gig | Saanich Peninsula Cohousing | Green Tips for Your Home

April 2017

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Green Projects Take Flight: Victoria Airport Authority Can We Talk: Sue Hodgson Chats with Crystal Lehky, Owner, Green Zero Waste Grocery Balanced, Genuine, Caring: Introducing Tara Brunet, Seaside’s 2017 Woman to Watch Seaside Homes: Go Green Green Tips for Your Home Community One Step at a Time: Saanich Peninsula Cohousing

First Word Scene Around Town Trendspotting Ask a Stylist Salish Sea News The Natural Path NEW! Inside Out Behind the Scenes NEW! Common Cents Seaside Arts Scene New & Noteworthy Seaside Book Club Island Dish On Design West Coast Gardener The Light Side In Pursuit of the Golden Years What’s Happening Last Word Sudoku





You’re Invited! The McCrodan Group Presents: Understanding Canadian Preferred Shares Publication: Seaside Magazine Material Deadline: January 31, 2017 Insertion Dates: February 10, 2017

Preferred shares have historically been a source of taxefficient income and a mainstay of income-oriented portfolios. For decades, investors in investment grade Canadian preferred shares have enjoyed stable income with periodic opportunity for moderate capital gain. However, the financial crisis of 2008 to 2009 brought with it significant change for the preferred share investment landscape. Since then it has been a very different experience. Join us and learn why.

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Canadian society has become increasingly sensitive to the world carbon footprint. In response, our institutions are incorporating alternative energy sources into their building plans as models for future use. In recent years, harnessing solar energy has become more cost effective for individuals with the reduction of solar panel prices.

When Seaside suggested I go along on the tour organized by the Friends of Shoal Harbour, I jumped at the chance. The adventure certainly didn’t disappoint. Aside from the amazing wildlife opportunities and the interesting people on board, I gained a new appreciation for the work and dedication of FOSH.

With spring cleaning on the horizon, making it one of the busiest times at my office, I find it necessary to inform readers of the need to prepare your body, specifically your lower back, properly before starting seasonal activities. I hope the few pointers I have provided will help avoid low back injuries.

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Eco-design extends beyond the materials we use to build our homes: it is also about the size of our personal footprint and the social benefits of “Living Small.” I’m excited to share with you the benefits of living in a quality space, and why it can be so liberating to live with less.

Young people today are hungry to connect, not just on social media, but also with the wider world and truly begin understanding themselves as global citizens. I’m passionate about providing opportunities for youth to experience this wider perspective through the Parkland Global Connections course.

My submissions seem to occur whenever holidays or events are approaching. It’s natural to question the origin of things and yet what I contribute is often unnatural and five minutes you’ll never get back. Don’t like the article? Cut out the cartoon for your fridge. Drawing them is my favourite part anyway.

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first word Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start going green. In this issue of Seaside, we’re talking with green people and green businesses in our community. Whether it’s the environmental innovations at the airport, Janice Henshaw’s findings on green tips for your home or the opening of Canada’s first permanent zero-waste grocery store, it’s inspiring to see the diversity in our community and the businesses that are making the effort to innovate! Sometimes change can be difficult, but here are five simple ways to reduce your environmental impact, save money and live a happier and healthier life: Save energy to save money. Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Wash clothing in cold water and use a drying rack or clothesline to save energy otherwise used during machine drying. Save water to save money. Take shorter showers and install a low-flow showerhead. They don’t cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.

Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden; many need minimal watering. Less gas = more money (and better health!). Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity. Consider telecommuting or move closer if you live far from your work. Buy an electric vehicle. Eat smart. If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy. Skip the bottled water. Use a water filter to purify tap water instead. Not only is bottled water expensive: it generates large amounts of container waste. Bring a reusable water bottle with you everywhere. Think before you buy. Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products, and check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for everything from clothing and other everyday items to furniture. Let’s all go green!

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100+ Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula Meeting: 1. Lynn Henshaw presents the Bridges For Women cheque 2. Shelley Mann, RE/MAX Camosun Saanich Peninsula Information Centre Open House: 3. Pat Taylor, Audra Bevan and Denny Warner, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; Marc Bourdon, Chamber Group Insurance HeadWay Health Fair 2017: 4. Jenneke van Hemert, Therapeutic Meals Ltd. 5. Judy Peterson and Terra Munro, Sidney All Care Residence 2017 Mayors’ Breakfast: 6. Mayor Steve Price, Town of Sidney; Councillor Niall Paltiel, District of Central Saanich; Mayor Alice Finall, District of North Saanich Seaside Magazine’s 2017 Women to Watch Event: 7. Liana Beliveau and Shai Thompson, House of Lily Koi 8. Seaside’s 2017 Woman to Watch: Tara Brunet, Training by Tara Brunet 9. Laura Waters and Nancy Powers, Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts 10. Jessica Kwasnica, Seaside Cabinetry & Design; Elaine Hughesman, Hughesman Morris Chartered Professional Accountants. 11. Cheryl Young, Sidney Meet Up Business Network photos by www.nuttycake.com


Seaside Magazine's 4th Annual Pet Photo Contest! Winners Will Get Their Photo Published in Seaside's May Pets Issue

Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via allison@seasidemagazine.ca or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content.

I want to compliment your team on your latest issue. Seaside keeps getting better and better. The cover by Jo-Ann is one of your strongest yet. Keep up the good work! Sandy McElroy

Thanks so much to Seaside Magazine for such a fabulous Women To Watch event on International Women’s Day. You definitely got it right choosing Tara Brunet for the award. Thank you so much for all your hard work and your amazing dedication to our community! It is greatly appreciated. Lorna Paterson I think you are way off the mark by saying women had it easier in the ’50s (Last Word, March 2017). There were no automatic washers and certainly not dryers. Clothes were hung outside to freeze dry in the winter, or hung all over the house. Washing machines hooked up to the kitchen sink, and each item had to be fed through a wringer, and rinsed and put through a wringer again, and hung to dry. Photo by www.nuttycake.com

We had no microwaves, no television, no McDonald’s, and no electronics to keep kids occupied. Many of us worked outside the house as well, and there was no daycare. Most of us didn’t have a car. Believe me, you have it very much easier. Sharon



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Keep Seaside going! It provides a unique insight to the goings on on the Saanich Peninsula (our home is in North Saanich!) and the articles are informative and refreshing! Marg Zilkie I really enjoy writing for Seaside – such a classy magazine for our community. It’s an honour to be a part of it. Valerie Green (Historically Speaking)

Here is a toast to your wonderful magazine and its continuing service to the community of [the Saanich Peninsula] highlighting the arts, business, seniors, leisure, the gifts of the sea and local history. Nejama Ferstman, Victoria Storyteller’s Guild

Green Projects Take Flight: Victoria Airport Authority

A decrease in heavy metal pollution levels at Reay Creek is just one of the ways the VAA is having a positive impact on the local environment

by Jo Barnes

Jet lag. Economy class. Grounded airplane. While some terms associated with flying may appear incongruous, there is one aviation oxymoron that might actually be possible: a green airport. While many say the aviation industry has an adverse impact on the environment, the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) definitely has taken significant steps towards being greener and more environmentally proactive. For many years now the VAA has shown itself to be a leader in environmental management and responsible steward of the lands around it. “It’s the right thing to do and it makes a huge difference to our local ecosystem,” says James Bogusz, Vice-President Operations & Development, Victoria Airport Authority (VAA). In 2005 to 2006 assessment and water testing was done at Reay Creek, which flows southeast into Bazan Bay. Systematic outflow testing was done in 2010 to detect the source of pollution for stormwater entering Reay Creek. VAA subsequently began a massive creek remediation project in 2012 at a cost of $232,000. A 200-metrelong diversion channel was created, incorporating fish habitat features and introducing manual water gates for emergency events such as spills. “We have seen a huge decrease in heavy metal pollution levels in our downstream testing station. We continue to see that decline and expect that to continue in years to come,” says James. Along the west side of the airport is another waterway, TenTen Creek,

which also attracted the VAA’s attention. A stormwater catchment complex was built in 2000 to treat the water from nearby farming operations. Dump sites dating back to World War II had been leaching into the creek, portions of the storm drain system were damaged and iron was being released into the water. VAA began a project to improve the facilities and water treatment systems. A diversion channel was built to direct pond water into an irrigation retention area and to reduce sediment and stormwater into the creek. The project included repairing the banks of the stream and restoring habitat. When threespined stickleback and juvenile sea-run cutthroat trout were discovered in 2012, it became clear that intervention to reduce harmful pollutants and restore the creek ecosystem makes a difference. Then in 2016 came the TenTen Sediment Reduction Project, which included removing garbage from dump sites, strengthening dumpsite banks to reduce any future erosion, building traps to reduce sediment load into the Patricia Bay waters, and encouraging aquatic habitat by enhancing creek plantings. These projects are the result of teamwork involving Transport Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Tseycum First Nation as well as local groups like Peninsula Streams Society, Shorekeepers, and Sidney Anglers. In 2013 VAA received the ACI Environmental Achievement Award for Mitigation and the BC Aviation Council Silver Wings Environmental Award. But the biggest pay off has been what’s happening at Reay and april 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 11

continued from page 11 TenTen. Healthy fish are returning and plants are thriving. “We have been seeing the return of cutthroat trout which shows that there have been improvements to the health of the creek,” says James. This year another $650,000 will be invested towards Reay Creek, focusing on a detention pond and sediment trap near the airport property line which will help to protect the creek and manage stormwater flows. Say James: “VAA is the only airport I know of in our size category who has made these large investments in stream and habitat restoration.” VAA’s efforts extend beyond the waterways to the wildlife which it monitors regularly. Initiatives include mitigating pollution, applying techniques to discourage birds from feeding in high risk zones, maintaining fencing to protect from predators, and protecting habitat. It’s all part of the VAA’s overall commitment towards excellence in environmental stewardship, including significant initiatives towards minimizing its carbon footprint. “We were the third airport in North America to receive Airport Carbon Accreditation,” says James. A member of Airports Council International (ACI), VAA has set a target of 5% reduction in greenhouse emissions on a per-square-metre basis by 2019. As VAA looks ahead to future expansion projects, it does so with a detailed assessment program in place including environmental screening, construction monitoring, soil testing and close liaison with local First Nations who monitor any excavations of airport land to ensure protection of archaeological artifacts.

VAA has four dedicated electric vehicle charging spots in the long-term parking lot and two in the short-term parking lot.

“I am proud to work for a company that is so supportive of going well outside of its obligations and steps up to give the environment a helping hand,” shares James. Demonstrating environmental stewardship is the mandate of VAA. It means commitment, focused effort, and never being content to rest on your laurels. Because when it comes to environmental responsibility, you have to follow another oxymoron: change is really the only constant. Photo of Reay Creek courtesy Alessandro Roethel. Photo above courtesy VAA staff.

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with crystal lehky, environmental crusader and owner of green zero waste grocery Forget Whole Foods. In June 2016, on Salt Spring Island, you opened Canada’s first permanent zero-waste grocery store; Germany was just before you, creating Original Unverpackt (Original Unpackaged). By achieving zero waste, it’s not only about reducing consumption but extends to the design of products and the industrial processes which allow for components to be dismantled, repaired, reused and recycled. What prompted this inspirational business and how far behind are we in relation to our European counterparts? I started this business because I saw a documentary about single use plastic polluting our oceans. I spend as much time as I can on or near the ocean and it just broke my heart. During my research phase I found cradle to cradle design, which sees resources returned to the earth in the same condition that they were taken from it. So if you use paper, compost it. Plastics do not follow this design, as we cannot turn them back into the oil and chemicals they were made from. It just all seemed so simple. By introducing this business model I hope to encourage manufacturers to adopt cradle to cradle design in their grocery packaging. If consumers create the demand, manufacturers will have to change their practices. I think Europe is less affected by American marketing, and therefore never changed to plastic packaging on the scale that we have. They also retained a culture of local manufacturing, which is key to reducing food miles. They are way ahead of us, and I think that’s a good thing because we have an excellent example to emulate. I’m looking to change the world, and I’m not alone. What kind of shopping experience can one expect in visiting your store, Green Zero Waste Grocery? And how should we prepare? Green is really neat because it’s an open concept store – no tall shelving aisles and full of light from huge windows. But I think the biggest difference shoppers notice is that without packaging, the products can’t entice you to buy them with flashy marketing; they need to get by on their own merits. Each product has a photo of the person who grew or manufactured it, and a story about their company. Buying groceries is much more personal when you can see who has made the food for you. We’ve become disconnected from our food supply and one of my goals is to end that craziness. To prepare to shop at our store just bring your grocery list and some mason jars. It’s not as complicated as you might think. If you bring five jars and want to purchase six things, we have compostable paper bags so you can get your additional item. I find that labelling my jars at home really helps. When they are empty, I clean them and pop them into my reusable shopping bag in the car. When it’s time to go shopping

my jars and reusable bag are ready to go. How does pricing compare to traditional grocery stores? When I was making my business plan, I knew that if zero waste groceries were only for the wealthy, I’d never accomplish my goal of revolutionizing the grocery industry. Zero waste needs to be for everyone or it will never work. For that reason, I work hard every day to ensure our prices are comparable to those in a traditional grocery store. This is probably the hardest part: finding a balance between local and affordable when choosing a new product for the store. What is the most creative way that a product for sale at your store has been delivered? We have a locally made hand balm that is presented in compostable mini muffin wrappers. You just pop it out of the wrapper and into your own container. I understand that your worm colony helps process about 500 grams of vegetable and paper scraps daily. In what other ways will you be minimizing waste at your store? It really starts with our suppliers. We ask them to send products in the most sustainable way possible. Cardboard boxes are reused and repurposed, sometimes in permaculture farming on Saltspring. Any plastic that we do get is reused before it is recycled. We also offer a variety of items to

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crafters and artists, like glass yogurt jars that our customers return to the store. It seems that so many of our products sold locally do not originate in Canada. How many locally made and produced products do you stock, and what variety can we find? Everything in our store is grown or manufactured in Canada, so for that reason there are things you won’t find here. Pepper, for instance. We have a list of products we can’t get, and are always chatting with farmers trying to get them to grow them for us in the next season. We have such a great climate here in the Gulf Islands that I really do think you can grow just about anything. All our produce is grown on Salt Spring and we never import from off-Island. What you will find in our store is basic groceries. We have a full complement of grains, legumes, vinegar, honey, pasta, nuts, herbal tea, vegetables, fruit, and personal care items like shampoo, tooth powder and deodorant. That’s not a comprehensive list of course. I always tell people to come with their whole grocery list and be surprised at how much they can get package free. My son is a huge LEGO fan and that means we have a lot of plastic in our household. LEGO Group recently established LEGO Sustainable Materials Centre, with the ambition of finding and implementing sustainable alternatives by 2030. But of course as with most corporate sustainable goals, the devil will be in the details. What do you make of this move and what can we take from this? I think the LEGO Group will set the standard for new bioplastics manufacturing, and I’m very excited about what that means for the future of our planet. The manufacturing sector is like lemmings: once one company makes a move towards a new trend, they will all follow suit. When the marketing departments of large companies see a shift in consumers wanting sustainable packaging, the change will happen very fast. The great thing is that we as consumers have the power to dictate the quality and speed of this change. Every grocery purchase you make sends a signal to manufacturers about how important local, sustainably packaged products are to you.

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Fir Fest ! April 29 10-5

Enjoy the Bounty of the Harvest with Many Tasty Samples! Douglas Fir Sparkling Fir Essence, Strawberry & Douglas Fir Vinegar, Douglas Fir & Peach, Douglas Fir & Blueberry, West Coast Bread, Fir & Fire Brie Topper and Dipping Sauce. Enjoy Fresh Fir Pesto, Ice Cream & So Much More!

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fashion focus Q: Some of the spring clothes I'm bringing out need to be refreshed by a dry cleaner. What do I need to know? Most labels today say that the fabric needs to be dry-cleaned but that's not always true. If it's wool, cashmere or some rayon, I recommend dry cleaning. When you arrive home with your dry cleaning, take the plastic bag off and hang your clean clothes in the shower with the fan on for about 30 minutes. This will eliminate most of the toxic fumes that have settled in the fabric under the plastic. You do not want those toxins leaching into your closet and the rest of your wardrobe.

Q: I bought a $3,000 purse that I thought was authentic only to find out it was a replica. How do I know for next time? That was an assault on your pocketbook! Do your homework with such an investment by going online and learning how to detect a rip-off replica. There are usually five key factors to watch for, and every brand has unique elements that mark its authenticity. For example: Louis Vuitton has a serial number and date inside the product. Replicas frequently have spelling errors, poor stitching, and the hardware is sub-par. Feeling confident with your supplier that has a great reputation is also key.

Q: I bought a killer dress only to get home and find it was a completely different colour. What can I do in the future to prevent this from happening? All retail stores are not created equal. Lighting is essential to finding true colour so I suggest asking the sales representative if you can take it to the natural light. I frequently take a client outside; that’s where you will find the essence of the colour. This can be a little more difficult in a mall setting. A swatch of fabric that is the colour you are looking for can bring you to instant success and this also gives the sales rep more information to get you exactly what you want.

Q: I travel a lot for work and need some help with clothes that work for me that I can carry on. Not to freak you out, but always wear natural fibres when flying. I was recently informed that in a large percentage of plane crash scenarios, the passengers wearing synthetic fabrics had a higher chance of not surviving. Those wearing cotton, linen and wool, for example, had a better survival rate. When a garment can serve you well I call it the 3 C’s: corporate, cocktail, casual. The shift dress is my favourite: just change out accessories and you are set. When travelling I also suggest bringing costume jewelry – in case your bag goes missing you will not cry a river over losing a family heirloom.

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April’s Style Tip: There is a strong defined colour influence for Spring 2017 that is true to the colours of the Easter season. Think pink, blue, yellow and green. As we saw at the Oscars, blush is a dominant Pantone as well, however not worn well by all. Just because it is in style does not make it a colour that rocks your skin tone! april 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 19

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With spring in the air, the seasonal shift brings all kinds of promising possibilities for a new and improved you. Seaside Magazine and local retailers have joined forces to create a makeover feature that includes a photoshoot, hair, accessories, clothes, and new undergarments. Look out Sidney; we are raising the style bar! Shai Thompson of House of Lily Koi is a professional image consultant who works with individuals and corporate clients, discovering, developing and delivering a fresh new approach to presentation. She will be working with Seaside and the contestants on this monthly makeover. Shai’s long list of services includes everything from packing a bag and seasonal closet makeovers to personal shopping and so much more – making looking great easy!

Closet audit, personal shop and photoshoot your personalized look-book: “My three-step process will get you into a wardrobe you love!” says Shai. Very much like the show What Not to Wear, Shai will come to your home and audit your wardrobe. Many of us have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear but once Shai has worked her magic on your closet by purging dated, tired clothes you will be left with items you love to wear. Once set up for the season, a must-have list of missing foundation essentials will be created to take you shopping. Then it’s back to your closet to put together a photo look-book of all your potential outfits. Style stunted no more!

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Introducing Seaside's 2017 Woman to Watch by Doreen Marion Gee

We live in a world of impossible expectations for physical beauty. Women especially are devalued from birth with cultural messaging – through media and advertising – that, unless they fit the perfect skinny body ideal, they are not quite “good enough.” Tara Brunet, a local entrepreneur, wants to upset that apple cart. She provides an essential local oasis where women can recover their self-worth in a supportive environment. The talented personal trainer proves once again that compassion always produces the best results and is a true catalyst for personal change. Congratulations to Tara Brunet, Seaside’s winner in our 2017 “Woman to Watch” contest. The owner of “Training by Tara Brunet” in Sidney, the young business person is a Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Natural Nutrition Practitioner. Tara has a personal training studio where she specializes in running boot camps, personal training, and nutrition consulting for men and women of all fitness

levels. She creates customized nutrition packages for clients and, along with a local chef, prepares healthy take-away meals. Tara encapsulates her business values in three words: “Balanced, Genuine, Caring.” Tara’s philosophy and recipe for personal transformation is revolutionary, turning the tables on standard thinking in the area of fitness and weight management: “I promote balanced well-being as opposed to weight loss and punishing training regimes.” She believes in “intuitive eating:” when people give themselves permission to eat fully, they will actually turn to healthy foods that feel good and are in tune with the nutrition that their bodies really crave. Her promise is genuine transformation, not just a superficial number on a scale: “My boot camps and training encourage men and women of all shapes and sizes to push themselves to feel stronger, and more energetic – not to lose weight.” At times, we all need an oasis away from this judgemental world. Tara’s studio-sanctuary “creates a safe place for people to experience fitness. They train with me in my private studio where they can feel completely comfortable and learn movement that feels good for them.” The golden thread that underlies the metamorphoses at Tara’s studio is her deep caring and compassion for her clients. She wants them to be infatuated with themselves and enjoy the best life possible and it “starts with loving every inch of yourself despite your perceived imperfections. You can have and achieve anything you want, regardless of the size of your body.” As for the magazines that line store aisles, selling their photo-shopped fantasies: “I encourage you to step out of the mold that has shaped us and create your own ideal of what your body should look and feel like.” For more information, visit www.trainingbytarabrunet.com. photo by www.nuttycake.com

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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. The staff at Security House Accounting Services put their clients on a pedestal. Everything revolves around the financial success and well-being of the valuable people who walk through their doors. Their message is loud and clear: We look after you and have your back. Security House Accounting Services now has two locations to provide stellar service to locals – on Bevan Avenue in Sidney and on Hillside Avenue in Victoria. 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. This exercise is a gift that keeps on giving: it keeps clients on a steady course that leads to their financial and business success. Colleen is keenly aware of the value of their expert services: “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.” Even in business, the best defence is a good offence. Colleen and her team help businesses build a strong healthy financial foundation with regular oversight of all the money coming in and going out. However, an integral part of this process is making sure that their valued clients protect themselves against the worstcase-scenarios. The dedicated staff make sure that 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 essential for the survival and success of any growing business; Security House staff assist clients in regularly and accurately reporting all of the taxes they collect by the deadlines. When people entrust their financial situations to the hands of any company, it is a leap of faith. Security House staff work hard to earn the confidence of the people they serve. They back up their promises with a high level of training, skill and expertise. After 25 years in the industry, Colleen is proud of her "Fellow Award" from the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada in recognition of her accomplishments in moving the bookkeeping industry forward as well as her hard work within her profession. Security House stands for excellence in the industry. So "Give us your books – take back your life!" For more information visit www.securityhouseaccounting.com.

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Drain Drain Go Away by Tina Kelly

Drain drain go away. Updating nursery rhymes with environmental messages may just become the next big thing. It's a fact: drains do go away – away from the driveway, street or parking lot, and away from the sink, toilet, bathtub and shower, but have you ever thought about what is at the other end of that drain? Often we don't stop to consider the answer; we're just happy to have whatever it is disappear. The short answer to the question is the ocean. How many drains do you have around your house? Here are some tips and tricks to implementing positive habits when it comes to the connection between drains and our ocean. • Seek out environmentally friendly cleaners or make your own with help from the CRD’s Clean Green Cookbook (www.crd.bc.ca). Doesn’t lemon, vinegar, baking soda and water sound healthier than caustic soda and alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides? • Use good old-fashioned ingenuity and physical strength to unclog drains. Instead of pouring a commercial product containing sodium nitrate and aluminum shavings into the drain, invest in a Zip-It or auger – that can be reused again and again – to remove the clog. Both of these items cost less than $20 at your local hardware store. • Flush only the three P’s: pee, poop and paper. • Skip the microbeads. Purchase or make personal hygiene products that do not contain plastic beads for exfoliation. • Keep FOG’s out of your drains: fats, oils and grease are not only bad for the ocean (they deplete oxygen and damage fish), they can clog pipes causing overflows and backups. Use a paper towel to wipe up sauces, dressings or frying pan fats and dispose of them with your kitchen scrap pick up. Collect cooking grease in a container and store in the fridge or freezer until it is full,

and then dispose of it on garbage day. • Return unused prescription and nonprescription medications to a local pharmacy for proper disposal. • Drop off household hazardous materials at the Hartland Landfill for safe disposal; there is no charge for this service. Outside of the home, storm drains allow a substantial volume of pollutants to reach the sea. We rarely take notice but with every rainfall, oil and gas from leaky vehicles head down to the sea. Keeping vehicles tuned up can keep leaks at bay and opting to action some errands, or commuting, by foot, bike or bus are also a step in the right direction. We may not always notice the rainbow

shimmer of oil and gas sliding across impervious pavement, but litter can be right in front of our eyes. Consider taking “three for the sea” – with each trip out into your neighbourhood or community, endeavor to pick up at least three pieces of trash and keep them out of our storm drains and waterways. Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” If we all took a moment to audit our daily actions and altered a few or all of them to include the suggestions above, imagine the collective positive power of how our behaviour could change the world.

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at the Mary Winspear Centre Fawlty Towers Following the wildly successful presentation of Fawlty Towers in 2016, The Peninsula Players present Series 2 featuring three additional episodes! The iconic bewildered Spanish waiter and the insufferably pompous Basil Fawlty will jump off the television screen and on to the stage when Fawlty Towers – Series 2 opens May 4th at the Mary Winspear Centre. Arguably one of, if not the funniest British television series, it’s comedy that has been thoroughly enjoyed by audiences everywhere. Famous Monty Python alumni, John Cleese, co-wrote the original television sitcom with his than wife Connie Booth and starred as the pessimistic innkeeper Basil Fawlty. The May production at Mary Winspear features the episodes, Touch of Class, Waldorf Salad and The Germans, brimming with sharp writing, an array of interesting characters, and the ever-present conspiracy of events that just might send Basil over the edge. Adding to a long list of highly entertaining theatre productions that the Peninsula Players has brought to the Charlie White over the years, Fawlty Towers is a show known for its madcap action and dialogue. Rehearsals are never without laughter as cast members develop their characters, work on their delivery and learn their movements.

Fawlty Towers – Series 2 is fast, frenetic, and family-friendly fun that all can enjoy. The production opens at the Charlie White Theatre at the Mary Winspear on Thursday May 4 at 7:30 pm and runs until Sunday May 7. There are two 2:00 pm matinee performances, Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7.

Lee Aaron The Mary Winspear Centre presents Canadian Metal Queen Lee Aaron on Friday, May 19 at 8:00pm. To sum up Lee Aaron’s career in one paragraph is near impossible. This legendary rock diva started out singing jazz and Broadway standards in musical theatre in the Toronto suburbs, hanging out in music class after school, practicing and picking the brains of her instructors. By 15 she had formed a rock band, singing, playing keyboards and sax, and began playing all-ages shows. In 1984 she released Metal Queen. The album’s title track, a hard driving anthem about female empowerment, catapulted Aaron to iconic status in the rock world. Relentless touring and chart-toppers like “Only Human”, “Whatcha Do To My Body”, “Hands On” and “Some Girls Do” resulted in multi-platinum sales in her home country and continued international success through the ’80s and ’90s.

In addition to the solid catalogue of rock releases, Aaron has ventured into other genres throughout her career, performing jazz, blues and even opera, solidifying her credibility as one of the most respected and versatile vocalists and songwriters around. Her new album, Fire and Gasoline, sees a resurgent, revitalized and energized Lee Aaron re-remerging into the rock ‘n’ roll world with an album that is sophisticated, thought provoking, sublimely entertaining and a whole lot of rockin’ fun. It leaves no doubt that Canada’s rock queen is back – better than ever.

Rotary Monte Carlo Gala The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is excited to announce its 6th Rotary Monte Carlo to be held Saturday May 13th at the Mary Winspear Centre. This Gala event will be a night to remember! “A New Orleans style Gala ” in support of charitable projects supported by the Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea.  This extravaganza  will feature a martini bar, music, dancing , monte carlo  style games of chance, silent and live auctions as well as delectable appetizers as you and your friends party.  The “Rotary Monte Carlo Gala”   is the club’s premier fund raiser of the year, and enables Rotarians to support many charitable projects.  This year’s proceeds will be focused on health and well-being; locally we will be supporting the Peninsula Hospital Foundation. Rotary

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When seeing a patient for the first time I often send them home with a diet diary. This is an excellent way for a person to reflect on the choices they make and how nutrition affects how they feel. A predominant observation I have reviewing it with them is the lack of green foods present in their diet. Our green veggies and fruits are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, fiber, water and low in sugar. Their benefit to our overall health is extensive; however, there are a few key ones that we should perhaps find ways to include in our diets more often. Dark green leafy veggies such as spinach, lettuce and chard are high in iron, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamins K, A and C. They are recommended during pregnancy due to their high amount of folic acid, which prevents neural tube defects and cleft palate in newborns. Herbs used in cooking are also useful greens. Cilantro has been shown to support heavy metal toxin removal. Parsley is a useful green herb that is high in minerals and is a natural diuretic. My favourite greens are the cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. These are considered super foods as they contain an isothiocyanate called Sulforaphane that is a potent antioxidant and detoxifies the liver. This powerful phytochemical is associated with a reduced incidence of cancer, particularly colorectal cancer, and can slow the growth of cancer cells as well as support tumour cell death. Avocado is an amazing fruit that has more potassium than a banana, is high in essential fatty acids and assists in decreasing inflammation and cholesterol. Tart green apples are a crispy high water content fruit rich in flavonoids, vitamins and minerals that can help fight obesity, reduce cholesterol and prevent strokes. Green olives are high in vitamin E, antioxidants, monounsaturated fats and fiber. They are good for the cardiovascular system, prevent certain types of cancer, and their polyphenols have shown to improve bone health.

Green Foods: a Key to Health best forms are either fresh or frozen. Fresh purchased in season locally and organic contain the most nutrients. They can be incorporated into almost any dish. Try blending or juicing green leafy veggies into a smoothie recipe. Cruciferous veggies are delicious cooked or blended into a sauce. Avocados and olives make lovely spreads and dips or are tasty in salads. When Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine, let medicine be thy food” it is certain he knew green foods were top of the list. As we head into the spring, consider growing these wonderful foods and consciously consuming more, for it will surely lead to better health.

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solar energy use. It is renewable, abundant, silent and low maintenance. Furthermore, there are government incentive programs available and panel installation prices have dropped about 50% over the last six years. On the other hand, installation is still expensive and the panels can take up space. Is using solar energy worth the investment? For many countries, solar power is the best answer to current or future high energy costs. By 2014, Hawaii had over 40,000 solar rooftop systems. In 2016, China surpassed Germany, the former leader, in total capacity of installed panels. Sarnia, Ontario installed a large photovoltaic power plant in 2010. The energy yield saves about 39,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year. Closer to home, Clean Energy BC, the province's private power industry association, recently gave Lasqueti Island its "Community of the Year" award for the Island’s solar school project. The school, which saves about $25,000 a year in fuel, may be powered for nothing within 10 years. For those of us occupying strata title properties, Bruce Mackenzie, President of Central Park Strata in Victoria, wrote a detailed online report describing how Central Park Strata installed a roof solar collection panel system and why they made this decision. North Saanich municipality is planning to rebuild its administrative building and decided on solar panel installation as part of the design. After the panels were placed on the south side of the property bordering Mills Road (see photo above), Rob Buchan, the 32 seasidemagazine.ca | april 2017

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Chief Administration Officer for North Saanich, stated that public inquiries increased considerably regarding the use of solar power. The North Saanich Middle School, completed in 2012, was designed to be energy efficient as part of its certification. Trevor Billy, Energy and Sustainability Manager for School District 63, described the use of solar panels in both North Saanich Middle and Claremont Secondary Schools as demonstration projects. The system is not tracked but any energy produced flows back into the two schools to reduce hydro-electric consumption. Trevor said: “We wanted to let people know it works.” In Central Saanich, the LEED-certified firehall on Keating Cross Road, completed in 2013, has four solar collection panels located on the roof. The energy is used to preheat hot water and contributes to heating the building. VIHA was one of the early supporters of solar energy use. Deanna Fourt, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Director, explained that: “We received funding from the Provincial Government’s PSECA program. It was a partnership with the utilities, Solar BC and NRcan.” With the funding, VIHA installed solar thermal systems at three facilities in Greater Victoria. The facilities were selected according to the potential for solar gain. The roof at Saanich Peninsula Hospital was not suitable to support solar panels, so a large solar compound was created at the back of the property. The 40 panels provide preheating for domestic hot water; the system has saved the hospital over 500,000 MJ since installation. When it comes to solar power, the sky is the limit. Photo courtesy Sharon Hope

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new technologies, community groups will share resources and information on topics ranging from A-Z, and workshops include: Net Zero Buildings – Cost Savings and Benefits; Forests and Communities for the Future; The Life of a T-Shirt, a creative, hands-on upcyling and educational workshop; and Understanding Our Salish Sea and All It Can Be. Try an electric bike, a community acupuncture session, make an artsy postcard with a message, play the game Marbles to Megawatts and listen to live music ranging from unique world beat to classic favourites within Carson Hall on the main floor of the Royal BC Museum. Some of the presenters include: Order of Canada singer, composer, author, storyteller and keynote speaker Ann Mortifee; Emmy-nominated screenwriter, awardwinning novelist and storyteller Pauline Le Bel; textile artist and creative up-cyclist Jaime Murdoch; international award-winning energy reduction leader Tom Zaban and many others. On Sunday, April 23 tour a leading high-tech firm in one of the greenest buildings in the region or take in a full day workshop with Ann Mortifee and Sherrill Miller. Admission to the festival is free, plus there are some ticketed events. The full program can be found at www.creativelyunited.org. In addition to this popular event, the Creatively United for the Planet non-profit society produces a community television show in partnership with Shaw focusing on local leadership, positive solutions and change makers in action. Visit their free community portal and event hub at www.thisisleadership.org to learn more. april 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 35

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Dentistry in Good Faith: Sidney Centre Family Dentistry by Phillip Van de Ruyt This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. When you’re tipped back in a chair with strangers gazing down at you through a haze of blinding light, you’d like to feel some level of trust and security. Fortunately for his patients, Dr. Loren Braun is about the most comforting and reassuring man you’ll encounter. His calm confidence enhances the atmosphere and patient experience of Sidney Centre Family Dentistry (SCFD) immensely. SCFD is owned and operated by Loren and his wife, Dr. Jacalyn Sollid. Sadly Jaci is no


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longer able to practice dentistry, but her time is well occupied home-schooling their two teenage sons. She still plays a strong roll in the operations of SCFD, and it’s clear that the office remains close to her heart. Loren was kind enough to show me around the office, which is plainly set up with efficiency and comfort in mind. There’s nothing gimmicky to cheapen the professional experience you’ll have with Dr. Braun and his staff. The space is set up with seven chairs, which is generous in a single dentist, three-hygienist office. I inquired if the couple is planning to

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expand and/or take on another dentist, but they’re actually very happy to keep the practice within their family. Theirs is not so much a big business approach, but the model of a trustworthy family practice serving other local families. Loren explained that: “With extra chairs we can accommodate emergencies.” They hate to turn away someone with unmanageable pain or a broken tooth, so there’s always room for an urgent case at SCFD. “Emergencies may have a short wait while we fit them in between booked patients, but we’ll make sure they’re seen the same day,” said Loren reassuringly.

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The couple explained that a lot of their new patients already come through the door with a great deal of confidence, as patient referrals are a huge part of their operation. Referrals through friends and family build trust, so SCFD is encouraging them with a regular incentive contest. For every new patient someone refers, their name is entered in a monthly draw for a local restaurant gift card. It’s little touches like these that show how much Loren and Jaci care about their patients. Although Dr. Braun’s patients are undoubtedly in good hands, he still educates and involves them in the decision processes. He thoroughly discusses the benefits of preventative measures like fluoride and x-rays, but patients always have the final say on whether to proceed. Loren also makes a point of sharing intra-oral camera and x-ray results with his patients. When you can see the state of your teeth for yourself, it’s far easier to make an informed decision.

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"Theirs is not so much a big business approach, but the model of a trustworthy family practice serving other local families." are no exception. Fortunately SCFD accepts Assignment of Benefits (direct insurance billing), which is not as standard in the dental world as it once was. Jaci keenly expressed how simple their team makes the patient experience. She boasted: “Our receptionists are awesome! Once they are given a patient’s insurance information, they will look up what coverage is available on their specific plan.”

The BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) can also assist in some cases. For someone with extreme gag reflex, they may cover IV sedation (with a letter from their GP). SCFD is one of the only dental offices on the Saanich Peninsula that offers IV sedation. Full anesthetic can be a godsend for those who cannot handle new environments or certain sounds, such as autistic patients. At SCFD special needs patients are comfortably put into a deep sleep, only to awaken with no memory of the potentially traumatic process. With one to two anesthesiologist visits every month, SCFD receives regular referrals from other Peninsula dentists. Between colleague referrals and patient recommendations, Sidney Centre Family Dentistry is thriving in their Fifth Street location. It’s no wonder that our community is so keen to spread the word about Dr. Braun and his tremendous staff, because that word is assurance!

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by Dr. Stan Marcus SpineCare Chiropractic

The Spring Cleaning Stretch

Well, it’s that time of year again. The weather is approaching spring-like and we are almost desperate to get to our spring chores. OK, so perhaps “desperate” is a slight exaggeration: maybe “dreading” would be more appropriate. In either case, it’s that time of year when the yard and garden need attention, as do the the inside of our closets, basement and all the other household responsibilities we tried to ignore during the winter months. This is why spring is such a busy time in my chiropractic office: everyone wants to tackle those seasonal challenges, but most people aren't physically prepared. In other words, you are about to put your back muscles through some intense workouts. So ask yourself: “Is my back ready for all this?” In order to prepare for any type of workout, whether it be at the gym, on the bike or heavy lifting around the house, muscles MUST be warmed up. If you know that you are going to be busy in the garden for several hours, or spending the day cleaning the house, I always strongly recommend my clients take a few minutes and do a few simple stretches to get the blood flowing through the muscles. Lower back muscles are particularly important to focus on, as they're the muscles that will absorb most of the brunt of the stresses from all the bending and lifting that is involved with gardening, cleaning, etc. Simple movements such as a few minutes of walking, touching your toes and slow upper body twists are effective. One super important stretch involves lying on your back on the bed, couch or floor, pulling one knee up to your shoulder and holding it for 15 seconds to stretch

Spring Cleaning is a great time to make sure you’re protected and prepared.

the lower back muscles. Then pull the same knee to the opposite shoulder to stretch the gluteal – or bum – muscles. This is tougher and will likely make you groan a bit, but it's amazingly effective for stretching out those important, strong muscles. Then do the same with the other leg. These few stretches should only take five minutes and will help prepare muscles for the task that they will be performing. Once you have finished your activities, it's even more important to cool down these same hard-working muscles. So, do the same stretches again when you are done; this will help get rid of the lactic acid that builds up in muscles after they have been used. It's a normal by-product of muscle activity, but you don't want it to sit in the muscles or it will result in stiffness several hours later. That's why so many people complain of stiff, sore muscles following prolonged activity. It's also a major cause of back aches after gardening and spring cleaning … and what keeps me and my fellow Chiropractors so busy at this time of year! Another way to help avoid those nasty back pains is to see a Chiropractor for a spine checkup, before you start at those spring chores. Chiropractors are experts at checking all the bones and muscles in your spine and correcting any misalignments that might lead to potential problems. Don’t wait until you have problems! OK, that's my lecture for now. Remember: you only have one, irreplaceable spine, so take care of it as well as you can. And if you have never had your spine checked, then call a Chiropractor! For more information, call 778-351-1215 or visit www.spinecarechiro.ca.


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The Friends of Shoal Harbour is a

non-profit organization that has the mission to raise awareness about, and promote the protection of, the unique species of wildlife and habitat that are native to the Saanich Peninsula. With this in mind, the group periodically coordinates events that provides members, community leaders and the general public the opportunity to take a closer look and learn more about the work Friends of Shoal Harbour is so passionate about. One such excursion to the Victoria Harbour and Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuaries was recently organized in partnership with Nature Canada and Eagle Wing Tours. Eagle Wing made its MV “4 Ever Wild” catamaran available to a group of mostly bird enthusiasts and biologists along with a few “regular people” who just wanted to see the birds, ride the waves, and maybe even sight a whale or two. We were not disappointed as we set out on a blustery Sunday afternoon skimming over the Strait of Juan de Fuca like a rollercoaster diving through the ocean spray. The captain would periodically slow the boat and set it to idle as he pointed out specific species of birds that could be seen on the port or bow side. At that point, all the passengers would migrate to that side of the boat for a better look and photos. Throughout the trip, our group was treated to sightings of eagles, surf scoters with their bright orange bills, great blue herons, rednecked grebe and fat seals lounging on the rocks. Our first destination was Discovery and Chatham Islands off the shores of Oak Bay. En route, one of our guides told the tale of the Island’s famous lone wolf. Although he has been well publicized, he isn’t often spotted as wolves are by nature elusive creatures. The story is that he appeared around the same time Chief Robert Sam, a member of the wolf clan, died in 2012. It was our lucky day as we saw him standing on a knoll as we rounded the bend of one of the islands. He watched our boat and followed along shore for a while

SHINE before sitting down as if posing for pictures. Many of those onboard were able to get some wonderful shots. Next stop was Esquimalt Lagoon with wonderful views of the Fisgard Lighthouse from the water, along with sightings of hooded merganser and bufflehead ducks. The Victoria Harbour and Esquimalt Lagoon Sanctuaries are part of a network of three federally-designated Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in the greater Victoria Area. The third is the Saanich Peninsula’s own 144-hectare Shoal Harbour. Shoal Harbour Sanctuary encompasses Tsehum Harbour and Roberts Bay and is home to over 2,400 birds of 51 various species. Some of the common birds found at Shoal Harbour include the unusual horned grebe and the great blue heron, a year-round resident that is listed as a species of special concern with the Species at Risk Public Registry. The largest majority of birds found there, however, are ducks such as green-winged teal, American wigeon, and buffleheads that claim the Harbour as their wintering habitat. Buffleheads have become synonymous with Sidney as the little duck was officially incorporated into the Town’s coat of arms in 1995. Additionally, through the efforts of the Friends of Shoal Harbour, “All Buffleheads Day” is celebrated every October 15, to mark the day these punctual birds return to the area for the winter. Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary was established in 1923, followed by Esquimalt Lagoon and Shoal Harbour in 1931 making them the first in Pacific Canada. The intention of the sanctuaries is to protect migratory birds from excessive hunting for their meat and feathers, and to establish a network of protected natural spaces in the urban area of greater Victoria. Today, these three sanctuaries make up the Urban Sanctuaries Project which has been initiated to celebrate and recognize the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the 1917 Migratory Bird Convention Act. The Act along with public awareness and hard work by advocacy groups has ensured many species of birds and other wildlife once considered at risk of extinction, now flourish along the shores of the Salish Sea. Photo courtesy @Photos in Nature by Nancy.

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responsibility we all have to be thoughtful stewards of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that we occupy. After many decades of misuse and by Deborah Reid abuse, we are now seeing countries FMA, FCSI© Financial Advisor, holding businesses and citizens Raymond James Ltd. responsible and accountable for actions that bring harm to the environment. Last year Canada joined 131 countries to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As awareness to protect our environment continues to grow, businesses around the world are taking steps to become better corporate citizens. Here at home, utility companies are using solar and wind as alternative energy sources. We also have responsible resource companies that have added wind power to their operations, are switching to lower-carbon fuels such as natural gas, increasing usage of recycled waste water and planting trees, shrubs and aquatic plants on their sites. A French oil company purchased a solar-panel manufacturer and last year added a battery company in order to use the battery packs for energy storage. As well, a Norwegian oil giant has invested in several offshore wind farms and is currently testing a floating wind turbine. Both energy companies are committed to branching out beyond fossil fuels and have installed electric-car charging stations at some fuel stations in the U.K. and Europe. Canadian investors have many opportunities to invest in environmentally responsible companies. Some corporate changes have been monumental, such as the ones we have seen in our resource and utility sectors, whereas other changes may be less noticeable. For example, a Swedish furniture-maker sources close to 50% of its wood from sustainable foresters; a global manufacturing company ensures that its nonhazardous waste stays out of landfills; a large corporation relocates its company so the majority of its employees can walk to work; and even less obvious is the use of technology for creation and storage of information, thereby decreasing the use of paper, or using video-conferencing to reduce travel. As individuals we can take responsibility for our own actions. Whether it is driving an electric car, cycling to work, recycling, composting, using less electricity, or limiting water consumption, we can all do our part. As investors, we can reward those companies who are making a commitment to keep our planet healthy by simply investing in their companies. Whether you invest in an ETF comprised of solar energy companies, a specialty mutual fund, or buy shares in eco-friendly businesses, you have the ability to select investments that reflect your beliefs and values.

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Deborah Reid is a Financial Advisor with Raymond James Ltd. Information provided is not a opinions contained in the article are those of Deborah Reid, not Raymond James Ltd. Raymond James Ltd. member of Canadian Investor Protection Fund.


Local Garden Resource Guide

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.

Le Coteau is Southern Vancouver Island's oldest Garden Centre. We offer an exciting selection of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, shrubs and trees, seeds, soils and fertilizers and we're the Island's largest fruit tree and berry plant retailer. This year we are proud to offer a larger selection of organic West Coast Seed starts. At Le Coteau, find knowledgeable and passionate staff to help you with your green space. Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Certified Mulch! Spring is here and there is no better time to apply Garden City mulch. Made with local organic tree waste, Garden City mulch is fantastic at reducing those pesky weeds while also retaining water and protecting the soils. Did you know? Garden City mulch also breaks down to feed your landscape so you don’t need synthetic fertilizers! Make your garden fantastic this season: use Garden City mulch! Visit our website to order your shipment this season. We sell out fast! 250.385.4858 | www.victoriagardencity.ca

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Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre is an all-in-one destination for all your outdoor needs. We are a family-owned company that takes pride in supplying Victoria with high quality plant material, gardening supplies and outdoor décor. We are also proud to carry Canadian-made Beachcomber Hot Tubs, outdoor furniture, BBQs and outdoor kitchens. Wildwood Outdoor living Centre is the place to come do it yourself, or have it done for you. 250.658.5415 www.wildwoodoutdoorliving.com

Patio Gardens is a local, family-run garden centre. We specialize in hanging baskets and container gardens, growing the best moss hanging baskets on the Island. We also have a great selection of perennials, bedding plants, vegetable starts and succulents. Our studio shop is filled with garden accessories and unique gifts. We offer a variety of garden and floral workshops, and events such as a Vendors’ Market and free demos. We look forward to meeting you! Open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon - Sat; Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 250.652.8338 6536 W. Saanich Rd, Saanichton www.patiogardensvictoria.ca

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The Heart of Cordova Bay by Michael Pasch

“Spring has Sprung, da grass is riz, I

wonder where dem boidies is … ” Actually, when they aren’t hanging around my bedroom window at 4 a.m., the birdies are out at Mattick’s Farm! This mall surrounded by gardens that are all abloom is looking lovely as our long-awaited spring season brings colour and life back to the Garden City. The colourful look is due in no small part to Seaberry Garden & Flower and their great work on our planters. The new garden centre at Mattick’s brings an exciting variety of interesting new plants to tempt the gardener itching to turn some soil! From art for your garden and Paletteable Pottery and Arts Studio to exercise your creativity, at one end, to art for your home at The Gallery at the other, the walkway takes you past the bright spring fashions at Something More, sandals to cradle your feet at A Stable Way of Life and the happy Easter candles and papier maché eggs waiting to be filled with treats at The Ladybug Boutique. Toying Around is a magnet for the little ones, (if they have energy left to explore after a round of mini-

golf ) with everything from puzzles to PLAYMOBIL to excite the imagination! Lily Pad Lingerie is thinking ahead to Mother’s Day with nighties and robes for Mom and Sunday’s Snowflakes always has the latest in seasonal fashions from the hottest designers. A quick loop takes you up to Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden, which is celebrating 60 great years at Mattick’s Farm! For a quick ice cream cone on the fly, Sunday brunch or, best of all, a lovely lingering afternoon tea with sandwiches and European-inspired sweets, Adrienne’s has been happily filling tummies for almost three generations! Paper Chain, with it’s collection of cards and gifts for all occasions, is worth a peek and a browse. Stock up while you are at the Farm and you won’t be caught short when those birthdays and anniversaries come along! It’s hard to believe that Mattick’s Farm has been a destination in the Victoria area for over 60 years. From a roadside vegetable stand, to so much more than a stop for groceries and wine, Mattick’s is a very special spot! april 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 45

Victoria’s premier shopping destination! With 15 shops and boutiques to choose from, we guarantee that you will find that special “one-ofa-kind” gift or treat. So come out, have a bite, and explore what Mattick’s Farm has to offer …

Cat Got Your Tongue? Our new line of black cat mugs and napkins from the inspired designers at PPD is a tribute to the mischievous charm of our feline friends … purrfect for the cat lover in your world! The Ladybug Boutique 250.658.3807 ladybugboutiquevictoria.com

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Everyone is an Artist at Heart! At Paletteable Pottery and Arts Studio, you can feel free to drop in 7 days a week to pick and paint your own pottery from a selection of over 400 decorative and functional bisque pieces! Our beautiful, bright and relaxing environment is created for all ages to enjoy, whether you drop in for pottery painting, register for one of our Canvas and Cupcake or Kids Paint Nights, or have booked one of our many party packages. We’ll show you how fun and easy creating art can be!

Individually handcrafted with care, Pyrrha talismans protect, celebrate and inspire the wearer. Come and explore our shop, with one-of-a-kind hand-chosen greeting cards, an amazing selection of unique giftware and treasures that will put a smile on your face. 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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Keeping the “Joy” in the Joy of Dressing Come in and view the inspirations from M.A.T. Eileen Fisher, Joseph Ribkoff, Alembika and much more! At Something More, we give you the latest fashion; you provide the style!

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Spring Summer 2017

Come visit our Bakery, Deli, Ice Cream Parlour, Restaurant and Come visitandour Bakery, Deli, We’ll be doing a Tea Garden celebrate our 60th anniversary! draw Parlour, for a gift bag valued at $60. Try our new espresso Ice monthly Cream Restaurant drinks and assortment of house-made baked goods! andWeTea Garden; be doing look forward seeing youwe’ll at Adrienne's! To all our guests: "Thank you for your Patronage!” a monthly draw for a gift bag 5325 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria, BC, 250-658-1535 AdriennesTeaGarden.com valued at $60. Try our new espresso drinks and assortment of house-made baked goods! We look forward to seeing you at Adrienne’s! To all our guests: “Thank you for your patronage!”

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The Peninsula’s Newest Garden Centre! Seaberry Garden & Flower is a new garden and floral experience at Mattick’s Farm. We offer a full service flower shop with a unique and talented floral designer; perennials and annuals; fruit trees, shrubs, edibles and native plants; locally made giftware; passionate and creative staff and distinctive local garden art. Seaberry Garden & Flower 250.590.3777 seaberrygarden.ca

Toys for every child at every age! With everything from puzzles and children’s books to quality cars, board and card games! We feature brands such as Schleich, Hape, Calico Critters, Playmobil, Wow, Thomas & Friends and so much more! Call or email to get a 10% discount on purchases $15 and over. Discount offer ends June 1, 2017.

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“Skies in Bloom” Spring Group Show Nanso Caftans and Loungers Created by Finnish Designers

April 24 to May 28

Modern interpretations and strikingly beautiful graphic prints for lounging or sleeping. Long or short lengths. Breathable, washable cotton modal in sizes S to XXL.

Work shown: “Growth” 26 x 40. Ink and alcohol on yupo paper, by Sandra Froher.

Meet the artists Saturday, May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley

Art and the Spectacled Bear

See how artists from two worlds and two cultures are Is there something happening in the working together to protect the endangered Peruvian Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene Spectacled Bear. Spectacled Bear Conservation was able we should know about? Email to design a 32,000-acre park – El Parque Arqueológico y gillian@seasidemagazine.ca. Ecológico de Batán Grande – which protects a small but viable bear population. SBC hopes to one day connect the park with another local ecological protected area, creating an even wider corridor for spectacled bears. Show presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. Free parking. April 17 to 23, 10 a.m. to

4 p.m. ArtSea Gallery, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney.

Via Choralis: A Cross-Country Tour Via Choralis will perform an all-Canadian program for Canada’s Sesquicentenary, including folk song arrangements and original compositions representing all regions of the country. To celebrate this milestone, the 30-member choir has commissioned Artistic Director and composer Nicholas Fairbank to write a new work for choir with piano. The concert will also include Canadian folk tunes performed by a fiddle duo. Tickets at Tanner’s Books or online at www.viachoralis.ca. April 23 at 2:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth’s Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

SPAC Spring Art Show Over 200 local artists will showcase their creative works in the 64th annual Spring Art Show and Sale, hosted by the Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society (SPAC). Perhaps find a Mother’s Day gift as you explore over 500 original works of art, including paintings, mixed media pieces, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, fibre arts and fine crafts. Meet guest artist Maria Roxborough, and discover how she creates remarkable character figures out of fabric, textures and mohair. All artwork is for sale, with prices to suit every budget. Become a SPAC Art Patron to enjoy a private reception April 28 which offers the first chance to see and purchase the art, and chat with the artists. April 29, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and April 30, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bodine Hall, Mary Winspear Centre. www.spacsociety.com.

Peninsula Singers Celebrate Canada Another way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday is by singing along with the Peninsula Singers. They’ll start with O Canada, move on to First Nations’ love songs and poetry, stop along the way in the Maritimes, and then keep moving west. On this journey, the Singers will bring you music from all corners of the nation. Stalwarts such as Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and the Rankin Family’s contributions to our heritage will be recognized. In between, the Singers will include more recent contributions to the Canadian Songbook – from Tom Cochrane to Neil Young and Stompin’ Tom Connors. April 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee April 30 at 2 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre. 48 seasidemagazine.ca | april 2017

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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services 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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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services

Brown's The Florist Locally-grown tulips and hybrid lilies create a splendid, eye catching and colourful display to celebrate Spring. Sidney: 250.656.3313 2499 Beacon Ave

Dockside Realty Dockside Realty Ltd. is a friendly, community-oriented, family-owned business with offices on Pender Island, Saturna Island, and the recent opening of their new location in Sidney. Dockside Realty opened their first office on Pender Island in 2006 and Sherrie Boyte, Dockside’s Managing Broker, has been licensed since 1991. They are a team of multiple MLS Award winners who are dedicated to providing the highest level of professional and friendly service to buyers and sellers. The Sidney office has more than just Real Estate! The office features a display of Gulf Islands art for sale, along with their Gallery of Fine Homes and Properties. The Dockside team would love to have you visit their Sidney office, where you can view exquisite artworks and beautiful properties and homes. They hope you will enjoy this unique experience! A community focus with a local approach – call anytime for an appointment! Suzi Jack, Dockside’s Sidney-Victoria Agent, looks forward to meeting you at 9713 A Second Street in Sidney.

Barking Dog Studio Re-Love Your Furniture! Spring cleaning and need to spruce up some furniture? We carry a full line of Country Chic Paint chalk style paint to help you out (made in Duncan). 250.216.3423 #109 - 2506 Beacon Ave

Downtown: 250.388.5545 757 Fort St Westshore: 778.433.5399 | #102 - 2972 Jacklin Rd brownsflorist.com

Beacon Cat Hospital We are committed to providing the highest quality medical and surgical care with dedication, compassion and respect towards owners and their beloved pets. We dedicate additional time for each visit to ensure a comprehensive examination of the patients and that you are well informed about their health status. Please make an appointment and visit us at www.beaconcathospital.com. 250.656.5568 | 9711 A Fifth St

The Dancing Orchid

Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics Going Platinum is a Full Service Salon located in the heart of Sidney, B.C. Whether receiving a Platinum Pedicure or a Colour and Cut service, all our staff are highly experienced and will be sure to exceed your expectations! 250.655.3443 | 2426 Bevan Ave goingplatinumhairdesign.ca

The CHARLIE PAIGE Spring/Summer Apparel has arrived! This collection reflects the latest fashion and colour trends in a full range of sizes. The Dancing Orchid offers you your "Accessories for Life." 250.656.1318 2416 Beacon Ave

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. Stay 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.

Muffet & Louisa

One Stop Furniture Shop Looking to brighten up your living space after this long, long winter? We are ready to help you choose from our wide selection of fabrics.

Introducing Designers Guild's spring/ summer 2017 collection of bed linens and cushions. Velvets, linens and cottons combine in stunning beauty. Join us April 22 to May 3 for a exquisite throw pillows and bed linens special 20% off event. See our website for details. 250.656.0011 | 2506 Beacon Ave muffetandlouisa.com

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Laloca - Fair Trade and Local Products About Laloca: we support global and local artisans groups and individuals that apply fairtrade principles, environmentally sustainable methods and use up-cycled and natural materials whenever possible. 778.351.3844 | 2367 Beacon Ave

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Galleon Books & Antiques A myriad of Antiques, Collectibles, Jewelry and quality used Books. Estates and private libraries purchased. 250.655.0700 #106 - 2506 Beacon Ave

Welcome to our Gallery of Gulf Island Artwork and Real Estate Properties. Come and meet Suzi, your local Real Estate Agent, providing full services for the Peninsula and Victoria regions. 250.656.5062 9713 A Second St, Sidney suzi@docksiderealty.ca

Shopping Local The idea of supporting local business is far more than a feelgood pat on the back for a community: there are legitimate social and economic benefits from local spending. Studies indicate that between two and four times whatever money is spent locally will remain in the community than would from online or non-local business purchases. Supporting local businesses means supporting your neighbours. Local businesses provide crucial financial support for sports teams and arts and cultural activities. Quirky, independent businesses add to the character of our community. Buying locally offers an opportunity to learn about your community while interacting with others who live and work in the area. You get the benefit of the kind of customer service that only happens in a community where people know you: owners and staff call you by name, and they ensure that your favourite items are in stock and order inventory with you in mind. The items available are not the same as what you would find for sale in chain stores. Store owners work harder to make their customers happy because their livelihood is entirely invested in the success of their business. We intuitively understand the benefits of spending locally, so why isn’t local always our first choice? Sometimes people have difficulty locating locallyowned and independent businesses. Smaller businesses don’t typically have big marketing budgets. That’s where we can help! One of the important roles of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is to help small businesses raise their profile in the community and we have many tools at our disposal. It is our privilege and joy to shine a light on the many amazing businesses operating on the Saanich Peninsula. What makes our job easier is that with so much on offer there is little motivation to shop elsewhere. Sidney is a destination for specialty shoppers. Our distilleries, wineries and breweries make award-winning product and many of our industrial businesses are competitive on the world stage. We are a full-service stop for recreational boaters. We are home to worldclass tourism operators. Add to that farms, restaurants, top notch service providers and natural beauty and it’s clear this place has it all. For these reasons and countless others, we, with absolute confidence, encourage residents and visitors to “Shop Saanich Peninsula.” by Denny Warner Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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Tara Brunet, Seaside Magazine’s 2017 Woman to Watch, has opened her own training studio in the Martman Building, in Sidney. It is a space for bootcamps, spin, personal training, nutritional consulting, retail (including freshly prepared meals to go as part of their mealprep business) and eventually yoga. Tara is a personal trainer and registered holistic nutritionist who encourages balanced/intuitive eating and exercise, as well as practicing self-

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her own business, Peninsula Pole Walking. Her goal is to help people create a habit of fitness and improve health through Nordic Pole Walking. NPW is doable by all ages, fitness levels and health conditions. It uses 90% of the body’s muscles versus 45% by walking alone. NPW is convenient, improves posture, strengthens back muscles and is a social form of exercise. Private and group lessons available; poles provided. 250-656-4076.

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Business Improvement The Town of Sidney has approved the renewal of the BIA for another five-year term. It received a 94% approval rating by property owners, “indicating that the business community supports and sees value in the BIA and the programs and services they bring to their members and the community as a whole,” said Mayor Steve Price. The BIA has been in operation in Sidney since 2013.

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Sidney’s Elyse Rosling, from Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics, recently joined the elite group of Redken Certified Hair-Colourists. This group studies under the industry’s leading professionals and trendsetters to bring superior colouring expertise and the latest colour trends and techniques to their clients. Call 250-655-3443 to book an appointment.

business Antifouling Solutions Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd, and local EMCS Industries Ltd have entered into a manufacturing and distribution alliance. Under a new agreement, CMP, manufacturer of MartyrTM Anodes, and EMCS, inventors of the first Marine Growth Protection System (MGPS) and the NOXX LFP

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opportunity for readers to anonymously bring along a question or discussion point. March’s book, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, had the most submissions so far. It really seemed to be a good Book Group type of book: divisive, confusing, overly long, a complicated plot with seeming dead ends and black holes, yet also enjoyed, applauded, loved even by some members. We meet the book’s hero in section one, a rebellious teenager, typically self-centred and confused. Holly is instantly likeable and I think all our members agreed that they wanted to enjoy the book that would have this spunky character at its centre. Consensus quickly dissolved though as each section of the book – and it’s a long one at over 650 dense pages – introduced a different narrator, though all linked to Holly. Mitchell’s writing is clever, full of literary jokes and cultural references. Many readers found it compelling, but there was just so much of it! Questions that were brought to the group and discussed included: Why is it called The Bone Clocks? Did others think the story parodied JK Rowling or Dan Brown? Will this book be read in 50 years time? Was the metamorphosis of Holly from impulsive teen to resourceful young woman credible? We also discussed the idea that “life is a terminal disease” and this is where the discussion got really involved. The Bone Clocks is a science fiction novel and deals with human nature through the juxtaposition of an alternate type of being: one that is immortal. This is where some of our group found the book just wasn’t for them. Personally I could take or leave the immortality, reincarnation and blood drinking, but I liked the way this other world hung over the very typical forwardmoving structure of the main narrative. We got a huge battle of good versus evil, and then we got a glimpse into the future. Not all our readers made it to the end, and those who did were divided: one member was very moved, another disappointed; there was a feeling that it was all a bit trite after the detail of the story to that point, as if the author had given up. I loved the book, and I loved our discussion. Thanks to all who came along and to Sidney/North Saanich Library for their continued support. Thanks also to Sidney’s Quince Café for providing some refreshments to fuel our conversation. The Book Club selection for our April meeting is The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami. The meeting will be held on April 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shoal Centre, Sidney. Visit www.seasidemagazine.ca/book-club for details and to sign up!

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Grain & Sprout Spring Pilaf With this year’s incredibly slow spring start, finding things to eat in the garden has been a bit more challenging than in previous years. In our family we’ve been sprouting seeds and lentils to add a boost to most meals, and adding in kale and collard greens that survived the by Solara Goldwynn hard winter. We also harvest wild Hatchet & Seed nettles and dandelion leaves for a dose of chlorophyll; these wild perennial vegetables seem unfazed by the long winter, although a little slow to emerge. This month’s recipe is a powerhouse pilaf, almost more like a salad as it combines roasted root vegetables, early spring greens, soaked grains and lots of sprouts. I’ve adapted this recipe from a fantastic book called Grown & Gathered. Soak several varieties of grains in water with a splash of apple cider vinegar for 12 to 24 hours. I used brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat. Soaking your grains deactivates enzyme inhibitors and stimulates the grain to germinate, making them easily digestible. After they are soaked, cook them to their appropriate individual cooking time. For this recipe the sprouts I used are lentils and mustard. Each variety was left to soak in water in a jar for 12 hours. After that time I poured off the water and rinsed, putting some cheesecloth on the top of the jar, secured with a rubber band. The jar then rests upside down, on an angle in a bowl, which drains the excess water. Over the next few days I rinsed the seeds and lentils twice a day, and soon they started to sprout; it can take up to three days to get the right sized sprout. The sprouts can be stored in the fridge without a lid for up to two weeks.

1½ cup cooked grains (cooled) 1½ cup sprouted lentils and seeds 2 cups roasted root vegetables (beets, parsnips or carrots work well) 3 tbsp chopped leeks or garlic tops 1 grated carrot 2 tbsp raisins or dried black currants 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground black pepper juice of ½ a lemon feta cheese as garnish Mix all ingredients except for feta cheese in a large bowl. Add feta to the top at the end and serve generous portions to your friends.

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Go Green. green tips for your home by Janice Henshaw

Many of us are committed to cycling and walking instead of using our cars whenever we can. We support local farmers or grow our food, and have lowered the temperature of our water heaters and furnaces. We have installed low-flow showerheads, and when replacing an appliance, we choose one with an efficient ENERGY STAR rating. However, there are still steps we can take to reduce our environmental footprint. In our homes, we can tackle projects such as insulating our basements and attics, applying weather stripping to doors and windows, and choosing flooring materials and paints with low VOCs (volatile organic compounds, such as formaldehyde). If we can’t manage those jobs ourselves, we can hire experts. That’s a win/win situation: good for us, good for our local economy! In spending our purchasing dollars where we live, we can search for the best in eco-friendly products and services. Energy (and Money) Escaping Through the Windows Outdated windows and air leaks can be a big energy and money waster. “We believe the best practice is to accurately install the highest insulating value window that is also very air tight for a new build or renovation,” says Damon Gray, General Manager of NZ Builders Ltd. “Through our research, we have learned that 90% of a home’s air leakage is through the windows and they are also your biggest heat loss.”

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The Benefits of Heating and Cooling Your Home with a Heat Pump. Don Gulevich, owner of the family-run Coastal Heat Pumps, says that an air source heat pump, which draws heat from the outside during the winter and helps cool the house during the summer, is three to four times more efficient than electric heat. “It’s the way to go because it does not burn fossil fuels. Financing is available, and you can use your savings to help make the payments. As hydro rates increase, heat pumps become more attractive.” “A good quality heat pump should last 20 to 25 years,” explains Don. “Our climate is perfect for heat pumps. They bring so much benefit, and that’s what I love about them: we can bring that comfort and energy savings to people, and we can earn a living doing it.” In 2016, Coastal Heat Pumps won the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year (1-15 Employees) Crystal Award, and, in 2017, the Business Examiner Trades Business of the Year Award. “It’s a whole team effort,” concludes Don. Don’t Forget Your Toilet! Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reports that “choosing the right toilet can be one of the most important – and most often overlooked – decisions


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because it is made from resources that have already been extracted, reused and kept out of the waste stream.” Lighting− LEDS are Where It’s At. In The Guardian, climate change expert Chris Goodal reports that LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have become cheap and effective. He suggests replacing as many “energy-guzzling halogen lights in your house as possible.” LEDs should last at least 10 years, notes Chris. Flooring – So Many Choices! Some of the most eco-friendly flooring solutions include reclaimed hardwood, cork, bamboo, linoleum, glass tiles, concrete, wool carpet and rubber. Joel Radford, a flooring specialist at West Wind Hardwood Inc., reports that they create beautiful flooring from Douglas fir two- by 10-foot floor joists 60 seasidemagazine.ca | april 2017 | seaside homes

reclaimed from old buildings that are being torn down. Former North Saanich middle school students will be interested to know that floor joists from their old school were recycled into new floors. At West Wind Hardwood they use Oli-Natura, a Linseed oil based finish for natural wood, imported from Germany. “Most of the finishes we use are low in solvents,” says Joe. Furniture – Classy, Functional, and Creative. Muffet & Louisa, a much-loved store in Sidney for 31 years, sells furniture made by local master craftsman Don Bastian. Don builds his functional and creative pieces using reclaimed wood and other materials, such as metal, stone or glass. “Every piece he makes is unique and accentuates the natural beauty of the wood that he chooses,” says owner Muffet Billyard-Leake. “Bastian’s ethic invokes the warmth of purposely worn materials which are enhanced in a home setting. His eye for matching and configuring beach weathered bolts and iron into a bench or table of repurposed woods create a space that is both personal and heartwarming.”

Cabinetry and Wood Veneer Doors. Homeowners can also make responsible choices in their kitchen cabinets. “Our EcoPlus cabinet line offers a particleboard cabinet box that is manufactured using recycled material and has no ureaformaldehyde added adhesive − without compromising strength and durability,” says Jessica Kwasnica, owner and senior designer at Seaside Cabinetry & Design. “This is a great option for environmentally conscious owners, as well as a great option for LEED points (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). We offer seven beautiful EcoFriendly Engineered Wood Veneer Doors that use water-based dyes to complete their look. Although these woods replicate the appearance of their rare and exotic counterparts, they are in fact created using plantation-grown, responsibly managed woods.” Bring Old Furniture Back to Life Without the Use of Chemicals. “I never like to paint over beautiful wood if at all possible,” says Lynne Parker, owner of The Old Attic on East Saanich Road. She describes one of her favourite Howard line products, RestorA-Finish, as “simply amazing” because you can just wipe it on to your faded or scratched pieces with a cloth. If that doesn’t work because it is a heat ring or deeper scratch, Lynne finds success in applying Restor-AFinish with fine steel wool. “Restore it – don’t strip it!” says Lynne. “If the piece is too far gone, my next option is painting with Cottage Paint. No stripping with chemicals or sanding is required. Not only are you saving the piece from the landfill, but you are also giving it a new lease on life. You just wipe your piece clean and start painting. Being a clay base paint, all you do to distress it is use a damp cloth and wipe the edges once it is dry.” Both products are available at the Old Attic. It sounds like a fun spring project! Making positive changes feels good. Let’s keep up the momentum by shopping around, not for the cheapest solutions, but for the most eco-friendly choices we can make –many will save us more money in the long run through lower repairs and reduced energy bills. Sometimes “impossible problems” just need a little more time, sweat and creative thinking than the easy ones!

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The idea of a simple life is glorified by those cute and intricately designed, spaceconscious, caravan-styled homes that are found in pastoral settings. Regardless of whether you are by Krista Rossato personally suited for a few hundred BA, BID, RID, LEED® AP square feet of space, living small is id8 Design about choosing our surroundings to be purposeful in every way. There are many reasons to live small. Environmental: A smaller personal footprint has less impact on our planet; Financial: Less stuff means less maintenance, fewer replacements and more money in your pocketbook; and Social: Living a life free from the responsibilities that come with owning a lot of stuff provides more time to do the activities you enjoy. Simply put, living small is about quality, not quantity. When space is at a premium, everything is carefully considered to maximize both the function and style of the space. However, living small isn’t about sacrifice; on the contrary, you may find yourself able and willing to invest in better design choices. Before you know it, your surroundings will be filled with everything you love, rather than everything you thought you needed. When designing a home, rather than listing the rooms you want to incorporate, define where your activities are most likely to take place. You may intend for homework to be completed at a desk in the bedroom, but reality may be that it happens at the dining room table. You may be surprised to find the majority of your activities take place in a small portion of space. There are always exceptions – just don’t design for them. The well-known quote “Home is where the heart is” may sound cliché, but it hits the mark. Simply put: “home” is the condensed physical creation of our lives where we feel most at ease, most safe and most loved. A bigger house does not equate to a better home. Like a nicely tailored suit, a home that fits you and your needs will feel good to be in. Whether you are buying a home, renovating or building new, the approach to living small is the same. Purposeful design decisions have a few commonalities: when you limit the quantity, the expectation for quality goes up; you eliminate waste as you no longer take on more than you intend to use. Your choices become relevant, as they reflect the needs of you and your family; your solutions are more adaptable and flexible as they serve multiple purposes; and finally, you have chosen a design solution for all the right reasons – it is something that you really need, want and love. For more information visit www.id8design.ca.

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all-time high and gaining popularity every year due to the growing awareness and appreciation of the significant bond between bees and our food supply. I’ll admit: having honeybee hives just isn’t feasible by Matt Hall for most homeowners. That’s why Wildwood Nursery many Vancouver Islanders are turning to the keeping of mason bees as pollinators but also as an inexpensive, educational and fun hobby that anyone can do. Mason bees are a group of over 100 species of bee that don’t live in a hive with a queen, but instead, nest alone. They are much smaller than a honeybee and are usually a dark blue/black colour, so they are easily mistaken for a black fly. They aren’t aggressive and only the female has a stinger. They have a short but hectic lifespan starting in March followed by eight to 10 weeks of pollination and procreation. In June, the bees die but will leave behind many cocoons in their neatly filled tubes that will mature over the winter to hatch again next year. To start up a mason bee house, you need a series of nesting tubes. You can purchase premade homes or make one, but keep sanitation in mind. Regardless of the design of your bee house they are best set up on a sunny wall (ideally south or southeast) and kept as dry as you can. If you put it out in March you will probably have a few females visit in your first spring and, with luck, you can build your population from that. If you’re not patient, you can buy cocoons and new females may draw in some local bees. Keep the cocoons in the fridge until there are some flowers out, otherwise the bees may emerge in warm weather to no food. I like to wait until the plum trees are fully blooming and the cherry tree buds are just about to break. To release the bees: open the box and place it in your bee house. Try to hide it away as a woodpecker or mouse could make a quick meal of the defenseless insects. Once your bees have emerged, remove the spent cocoon husks and watch for the returning females. They will start entering the nesting tubes and placing a succession of eggs, pollen sacs and mud caps until the tube is full. You can leave the house up for the summer months to allow the leafcutter or other summer bees to nest, but you should bring it indoors before Labour Day. Store the bees in a protected shed or unheated garage with the openings pointing up. If you need any more information or more advanced tips on keeping mason bees, don’t hesitate to contact email me: matt@cannorvictoria.com.

Community One Step at a Time: Saanich Peninsula Cohousing by Jo Barnes

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along a beach, you leave a footprint in the sand. When you build a house, the footprint becomes the foundation. But where do those footprints lead you? What have you built on that foundation? Maybe you want to build a different footprint entirely. Two Saanich Peninsula residents who crossed paths have joined their efforts and vision in pursuit of a unique community footprint called cohousing. “I am interested in looking at how we make a community. I’m interesting in gathering together like-minded friends,” says Barb Whittington, Co Founding Member, Saanich Peninsula Cohousing. Not a new concept, cohousing began in Denmark in the 1960s when multigenerational intentional communities were created featuring private homes and shared facilities. By the 1990s the concept grew to focus on senior cohousing where seniors could age in a caring, healthy setting. “I was looking ahead to my senior years and stumbled across a cohousing website. The project really resonated with me,” says Tracy Mills, the other Co Founding Member of the group. Cohousing means a neighbourhood where residents have a combination of private home ownership with the advantages of community living and shared resources. Each member is a part of the design, development and operation of the community. Environmental and economic sustainability are promoted through efficient use of land, energy, water and waste management as well as sharing of resources. Walkability or proximity to public transportation and neighbourhood services is also a big consideration. “It’s about practicality, a European style that is energy efficient,” says Barb. In February 2016 Tracy sowed the initial seed for this project when she held a community talk featuring guest speaker Margaret Critchlow, founding member of Harbourside Senior Cohousing in Sooke. Interest quickly sparked and led to subsequent meetings and workshops to share the concept, gather members, and solidify the vision. The list of

people keen on cohousing continues to grow. “We have over 240 people interested in this development. They’re mostly from here but also Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and even California,” shares Tracy. Saanich Peninsula Cohousing is actively building membership through monthly meetings and outreach events. It means effort and group communication. “I played Olympic level volleyball,” says Tracy, “I know the strengths of a team and working towards a goal.” The group works closely with Burnaby cohousing consultant Ronaye Matthew who has successfully brought a number of the unique projects into reality. “We need professional support to advance this project,” says Tracy. Cohousing is community in every sense of the word: interrelationship yet strength of diversity.

“There’s a lovely interdependence like the old-style neighbourhoods,” says Barb, “but privacy is respected. Cohousing is a place that really respects this.” Perhaps this resonates with you and you’d like to be a part of this community, slated to open in 2020. There will be another free information session April 23 at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Also, a two-day workshop “Is Cohousing for You?” will be held at Sidney Library May 27 and 28. For more information visit saanichpeninsulacohousing.com. In our sometimes dissociated society, perhaps cohousing offers an answer. It’s a chance to come together to build the kind of community where housing, sustainability and social connection converge. And, it’s an opportunity to build a strong social fabric but with a smaller environmental footprint.

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A Sweet Gig by Tom Watson

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lawnmower against the neighbour’s house the following week. On top of all that is the mystery and magic of how this cumbersome yet beloved furball has the hustle and grit to make it to everyone’s house overnight and how he’s able to sit in behavioural judgement of North America’s children. But of course these two mysteries help solve the problem of Santa’s off-season. I’m sure E-Bun has some sort of monitor-sharing deal with Santa and his global network. The Tooth Fairy must chip into that data plan as well, easing Santa’s overall financial burden. Really, E-Bun was a shoe-in for the gig. Easter is in the spring, a season associated with fertility and rabbits, of course, are known for their “mutual enthusiasm.” Eggs represent new life and as far back as the 13th century people decorated eggs and gave them as gifts. The gifts evolved as unrefrigerated eggs lost their appeal after a few weeks, so toys, trinkets and chocolate came on the scene. We don’t have an Easter Tree (thank goodness; at this time of year most people are still vacuuming up pine needles left over from Christmas), so that might explain the egg hunt. There’s lots of theories but no real proof – however he did it, the bunny got the gig and he does a pretty good job.

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This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Here on the Saanich Peninsula we’re fortunate to have close at hand so many wonderful places to dine, enjoy a great cup of coffee, and gather with friends. We have ethnic restaurants, cafés, fine dining, and of course, a plethora of establishments that highlight all that the West Coast has to offer. The Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant is one of Sidney-by-the-Sea’s cornerstone gathering spots. The views from the Rumrunner are quintessentially West Coast no matter which way you look. Port Sidney Marina is situated just below, and in every

direction is an ever-changing portrait of ocean moods, the Gulf and San Juan Islands, and Mount Baker in the distance. Rumrunner’s seafood dishes often steal the show, with everything from cedar-plank salmon and cioppino to fish and chips, which is available as a popular gluten-free option. There’s an authentic and warm feel to the pub, and owner Bill Singer is proud of the staff’s unique rapport with guests from all over the world. The Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub boasts a similar pride about their relationship with the community and guests. Staff know regulars by name and, in many cases, know their drink of choice. The “PI” is proud to be kid-friendly, inviting families to come in, relax and

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Muse wines to complement any menu selection. Breakfast at Joe’s is a great way to start your day, with pristine morning sunshine and the quiet calm of Canoe Cove Marina. The focus at The Roost Winery Bistro and Farm Bakery is on food, wine and sustainability, and on growing what you eat where you can. They grow many items used to produce the the food they serve on their 10 acres of farmland. In the past year The Roost has grown in size, and they now offer table service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Consider the Roost next time you’re thinking of a wine-tasting with friends! No matter what your palate or favourite setting, there’s so much to offer here on the Saanich Peninsula.

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Global Connections at Parkland Secondary School by Erin Stinson

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understand and connect with the larger world around us? In the hustle of our day-to-day lives, we're becoming more aware of how our local decisions affect others in our community, but also affect larger global connections. But what impact do our choices really have? This question is central to the Parkland Global Connections class. Grade 11 and 12 students learn about issues that affect them both in the Sidney area, but also connect to the larger world. For several weeks, students investigated the global food system by uncovering the sometimes hidden world of food waste, animal ethics, large-scale factory farming and food miles, as well as sustainable agriculture practices, equitable distribution of food, fair trade, and other practices that can be more globally sustainable. Students are so passionate about some of these issues that they have written letters to various levels of government to demand change on issues such as federal pesticide regulation, the LNG pipline, and inappropriate spills in local marinas. In the week leading up to Earth Day, these students will be taking on leadership roles to educate the rest of the school about various sustainability issues such as water use, transportation, reducing energy use, and repairing and re-using before recycling. Finally, as Parkland begins the creation of a large school garden, Global Connections students will be actively involved in creating healthy soil, seeding, planting and maintaining a crop of fresh spring vegetables. We'll be celebrating the harvest in June with a fresh salad feast in the school. Hands-on learning from a variety of sources is a key part of student learning. Walks in the local forest to identify and harvest local plants, invasive species removal, guest presenters in the classroom and local field trips round out the active ways that students are connecting their local actions to global sustainability issues. The Parkland Garden is just emerging as a multi-year project and is looking for

donations from the community. The vision for this half-acre space is a multi-use organic garden space with raised beds for vegetables, fruit trees, native plants, and

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Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 7:30 p.m. http://1288toastmastersclub.org

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Before Helen Martin died, she generously bequeathed her large hat collection to Victoria Hospice. All proceeds from the event will support quality end-of-life care at Victoria Hospice. High Tea (sandwiches, scones, cream, pastries etc); Entertainment: Stephanie Greaves and Darcy Phillips; live auction; fashion show; silent auction; photo booth. Regular tickets are $45; VIP tickets are $65, which includes a hat from Helen's collection. april 23: Fairwater Brass 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church (East Saanich @ Cultra, Saanichton) 250.652.1611 | stmarys.saanichton@shaw.ca

A brass ensemble from the Canadian Forces Naden Band. april 25: Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Branch Monthly Meeting 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney www.cfuwsaanichpeninsula.org

The CFUW, Saanich Peninsula invites the community to its monthly meeting to hear a presentation by the Institute of Ocean Sciences. Free presentation.

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Hop on over to Dominion Brook Park for an Easter Egg Hunt with the Peninsula Celebrations Society. Panorama will be onsite with some egg-citing children’s activities and face painting! Parents and grandparents are welcome to take part in the fun. april 17: Astir with Stories in April: Stories at Fern Street 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 | www.victoriastorytellers.org

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories on the third Monday of every month September through June (except December and June when we meet on the second Monday of the month istead). Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). april 18: Raincoast Conservation Foundation Presents: Orcas at Risk Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney – doors open at 6 p.m. www.marywinspear.ca

Join Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Keynote Speaker Elizabeth May, and other advocates for an entertaining evening of science, information and inspiration towards protecting the Southern Resident Killer Whales. 6 p.m: bar, displays, music, raffle; presentations at 7 p.m. Tickets from the Mary Winspear Centre box office and website. april 22: Explore Island View Beach (drop-in event - all ages)

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Come with your curiosity to explore Island View Beach on Earth Day! Drop in anytime as we celebrate this Regional Park. Join us for fun activities and guided walks as we explore the fascinating creatures that live here. april 23: Hats for Hospice – Afternoon Tea Party and Hat Auction (presented by Amica Mature Lifestyles) 2 p.m. at The Beach House Restaurant, 5109 Cordova Bay Road

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l ast wo r d When I was little, the term “Living Green” probably hadn’t even been invented yet. “Doing your part for the planet” meant recycling your tin cans and glass bottles, but that was about it. Composting was something only hippies did, you let the water run while you brushed your teeth and virtually everything was thrown in the trash. Now, of course, we live in a very different world, one that is suffering from years of ignorance as to our affect on the environment. But it’s also a different world in that there is hope – hope in the form of new knowledge and technology to help us right our wrongs, and hope in the form of our children: our legacy and the future caretakers of our planet. In honour of Earth Day and our annual Green Issue, I thought I

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would chat with my five-year-old niece Cassidy about the environment and what we can do to help it. Why is recyling important? Because it helps the planet because there’s no trash. When you flush the toilet or use the sink, where does the water go? It goes down the drain and into the ocean. What do you think happens if we put things down the drain that shouldn’t go there? Fishies can get caught with their tails in the garbage. What is an easy thing everybody can do to help the planet? Pick up garbage. That’s a good one. Is it better to walk to school or drive in a car? Walk. Because driving wastes electricity. Not a bad start! Cassidy and her preschool class are learning about environmentally friendly practices, schools across the country are growing gardens as part of the curriculum, forest school is gaining in popularity, the concept of “zero waste” is moving from impossible dream to reality and we are realizing the importance of eating clean. Follow the green path to a healthy planet!

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ohn Boel immigrated from Denmark to Canada at the age of two, and while attending the Lutheran Church with his family, he began a lifelong love of music. John studied voice and enjoyed many exciting years performing with the Victoria Operatic Society. He met and married Elizabeth, the love of his life, in 1953 and raised a son and daughter. John’s career as a teacher began at Normal School teacher training college, and he enjoyed sharing his love of music as band director with Victoria students for over 35 years at Esquimalt, Lansdowne and Shoreline High Schools and numerous elementary schools. Many families shared with him their desire for their children to attend public school music programs, but they couldn’t afford the cost of the instrument rental. A generous man, John gladly purchased instruments out of his own pocket to meet the needs of these deserving children. In his late 80s, John was delighted to find Sidney All Care Residence, which features various music programs and where he was able to continue his lifelong passion for music. John will be very missed by everyone at Sidney All Care.

~ John Boel January 13, 1927 March 4, 2017

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Seaside Magazine April 2017 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...

Seaside Magazine April 2017 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...