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April 2018


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ethical grounds Local Program Goes Full Circle

back with a splash Four Days of Fun at the BC Boat Show

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living aboard a boat A Haven and a Passion

tamara knott: game changer Introducing Seaside’s 2018 Woman to Watch

23 messing about in boats Cruising the Pacific Northwest

ON THE COVER “Blue Shift”

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First Word Scene Around Town Common Cents Deb’s Day Out New & Noteworthy Behind the Scenes Seaside Arts Scene The Natural Path Word on the Street Salish Sea News Island Dish

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Stories from the Sky Inside Out Chasing the Golden Years Seaside Book Club Ask a Stylist Seaside Homes West Coast Gardener On Design Sudoku What’s Happening Last Word

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april.2018 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE

mikiala christie page 53 I love things that make sense. My approach to health is a combination of common sense, modern science and the trial and error of thousands of years of healing and medicine. I believe that there is room for both modern and traditional practices when it comes to your health and wellness.

solara goldwynn page 75 Over the past five years, my husband and I have created edible landscapes around the CRD with our company Hatchet & Seed. In this month’s column I share tips on how to create abundant edible ecosystems around houses and businesses. Growing food is practical, beautiful and adds value to any landscape.

adrian kershaw page 23 We first ventured into the Gulf Islands when we took a sail training course and were blown away by the scenery and wildlife. Over the years we came back many times – and finally retired here. Once in Sidney, we’ve made many great friends at SNSYC and had wonderful sailing adventures.

emily lowan and maiya macmaster page 35 Do you have a cup of coffee every morning? Have you ever thought about the impact your habit has on the environment? At Community Earth Project (NGO) we are passionate about starting conversations surrounding the topic of sustainability, and simple ways people can turn their daily waste into a resource.

krista rossato page 77 Humans are creatures of habit. Modifying a daily routine or re-thinking convenience in order to better the environment is no exception. Rather than feel overwhelmed, accept that slow change is better than no change. Our family looked to our curbside recycling in order to come up with five “greener” goals for 2018.

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Owner / Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 sue@seasidemagazine.ca Editor in Chief Allison Smith 250.813.1745 allison@seasidemagazine.ca Account Manager Steven Haley-Browning 250.217.4022 steve@seasidemagazine.ca Editorial Director Deborah Rogers deborah@seasidemagazine.ca Design Assistant Kelsey Boorman 250.580.8437 kelsey@seasidemagazine.ca Staff Photographer Cassidy Nunn info@nunnotherphotography.com

I have spent the winter buried in books: gardening, cooking, and fermentation! I am reading a fascinating book by Paul Stamets called Mycelium Running. Who knew fungi could save the world! I enjoy sharing my passions of gardening and developing recipes to inspire and delight.

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Jo Barnes, Kristen Bovee, Mikiala Christie, Gillian Crowley, Shauna Dorko, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Solara Goldwynn, Janice Henshaw, Sharon Hope, Tina Kelly, Adrian Kershaw, Paula Kully, Emily Lowan, Devon MacKenzie, Maiya MacMaster, Tamara Metcalf, Phillip Tiicham Muir, John Philion, Deborah Rogers, Krista Rossato, Shai Thompson, Viola Van de Ruyt, Laura Waters, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 news@seasidemagazine.ca Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be heldresponsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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first word There’s something about the clocks springing forward that brings a sense of optimism. Even the most cynical of us can’t help but feel a twinge of excitement the first time we leave for work in daylight. The start of the new season also provides us with the chance to review the season past and note the successes and things we’re thankful for. Last month, on March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting our annual Woman To Watch cocktail event (pg 11), and announced our 2018 winner, Tamara Knott, owner of Bright Greens Canada (pg 18). A deserving winner, as writer Doreen Gee notes: “Tamara is a visionary and a game changer, she embodies the kind of female ingenuity that fuels innovation and progress.” This issue will definitely encourage you to get out of any winter funk with the announcement of the BC Boat Show moving to Sidney, happening May 3 to 6. It’s hosted by British Columbia’s Yacht Brokers Association and has grown to become the largest in-the-water boat show on the West Coast. Over the four-day run you can expect to spend hours touring the boats of your dreams, seeing the latest yachts both new and used and observing many interesting demonstrations. If the blossoming spring is unable to revive

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your weary soul, jump aboard page 67 and read about Jeff McLeod’s journey on his live-aboard boat. Jeff’s passion for sailing around the world just might inspire you to become more seafaring! We’re exploring double themes this month: nautical and environmental. If boats are not your thing, then perhaps try reading about Emily and Maiya’s vision (pg 35) to improve sustainable business practise by turning waste – specifically coffee grounds – into a resource. They will surely motivate you to get outside and be a helping hand in the community. By taking clues from her household recycling, Interior Designer, and Seaside columnist, Krista Rossato offers up practical ways for us to go green on page 77. In fact several of our columnists have their fingers in the soil this month, with practical and inspiring ways to grow some of your own food. We invite you to take some time after work, relax, and let your spirits be refreshed with this issue of Seaside. Oh, and as the weather blossoms, don’t forget about the bees … plant your wildflowers!

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Back with a Splash: Four Days of Fun at the BC Boat Show

Show hours Thurs May 3 - Fri May 4: 11 am to 7 pm Saturday May 5: 10 am to 7 pm Sunday May 6: 10 am to 5 pm Tickets available online at bcyba.com or at the gate. Daily: $10/person $8 seniors/students Kids 16 and under free with a paying adult A pass for the whole weekend costs $20 – only available in advance online.

It’s been many years since Sidney hosted a boat show, but this May 3 to 6 the waterfront will be buzzing as the BC Yacht Brokers Association bring their annual show back to the Port Sidney Marina. Each year yacht brokers and marine vendors gather from all over the Pacific Northwest (U.S. and Canada) to showcase the on-the-water lifestyle. Previously located downtown, this year the Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show becomes the BC Boat Show and takes place in Sidney. Presenting sponsor, Mill Bay Marine Group, 12 seasidemagazine.ca | april 2018

are pleased to offer this beautiful Peninsula location which will allow space for even more boats for visitors to explore, and easier access and parking. The BC Boat Show has something for everyone in love with the idea of boating, whether you are still dreaming, new to the boating scene, an experienced sailor, on a modest budget, or want only the best. It will all be there. Inside the marina the over 3,500 feet of dock space will be lined with boats of all shapes and sizes. Look out for the popular Ranger Tugs and demo boats from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue as well as luxury yachts, sail boats, power boats, fishing boats and more. For the serious buyer, sea trials will be available in the sheltered waters of the Haro Strait. In the floating pavilion, vendors and exhibitors will have all things marine-related on display and for sale. Everything from outboards, dinghies, navigation equipment, rigging, boat yards, chandlery, clothing and a host of boating and fishing gear. Meet the team from SALTS Sail and Life Training Society, volunteers from Search and Rescue and experts from the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. You can also find out about boating and water education and how to get started earning your boater’s license. Adding to the festival feel, new this year is a beer garden on Bridgeman’s Barge, serving casual food and drinks and allowing


visitors to make a day of it. There are not many places more spectacular to grab a bite to eat than the Sidney waterfront! Families will get great value for money as kids go free when attending with a paying adult. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea will be offering discounted admission for visitors to the show over the weekend; just show your wristband at their front desk. The Town of Sidney has been very enthusiastic about the BC Boat Show’s return and this is one of the best times of year to explore all the town has to offer and spend time around the waterfront. The artists at ArtSea have chosen May 5 as the date for a “plein air” painting event, up to 50 artists will be set up around the waterfront, sketching and painting. The BC Boat Show always has exciting prizes and giveaways thanks to their many sponsors and supporters. This year the Grand Prize is a houseboat vacation with Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations, including seven nights on Shuswap Lake in a fabulous 15-sleeper houseboat. There are also door prizes, including four one-day sailing trips aboard the tall ship Pacific Grace generously donated by SALTS Sail and Life Training Society. Prize entry forms will be located at the admission gates. There is so much to see and do on show weekend; this year make sure your summer on the water starts in Sidney. For more information, visit www.bcyba.com. april 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 13


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letters 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.

The March magazine looks just great … the cover is outstanding. Thank you for allowing my farewell remarks to be incorporated into the makeover pages … it came out quite well. Wishing you much success over the years. Marie Rosko, Sweet Talk & Lace

My husband and I would like to thank you for the recent article on our home (Seaside Homes, February 2018). The presentation was amazing and Janice's article was very well done. Thank you to your whole team and we will spread the word about your magazine. Alma Lightbody and Mack Foster

I just read the March issue of Seaside and I want to thank you for the article that you [ran] on Terry and Cheryl Driscoll (A Night at the SPH Spa, page 61). I know them both and it was a very heart warming story and I want to thank you for it and for your wonderful magazine. Joanne Campbell

I wrote you a while back when you changed the cover of your magazine to something unrecognizable (January 2018 issue). This month we were at the airport and looking at the magazine rack saw your wonderful publication immediately. It's back to the name being upfront and obvious. Thank you. Marlene J Reed

I just wanted to let you know I sold the original painting of "Red Ribbon" to a woman who saw it on the magazine cover (March 2018 issue). Sending you a big thank you!

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Tamara Knott: Game Changer by Doreen Marion Gee

On International Women’s Day, March 8, people all over the world celebrated the many gifts that females bestow upon this world. Seaside Magazine also honoured Tamara Knott with their prestigious 2018 Woman to Watch award. A visionary and a game changer, Tamara embodies the kind of female ingenuity that fuels innovation and progress. Women have a uniquely intuitive “sixth sense:” an ability to see and understand things that are not readily apparent. It is part of their nature to be “bigpicture-thinkers” and solution seekers. Accordingly, Tamara Knott reinvented herself when she had a baby at age 43. After leaving her nine to five job to be with her son, she envisioned a bolder future as an entrepreneur. As she brainstormed business ideas, Tamara sensed the remarkable potential of hydroponic farming to put healthy food into the hands of more people. A year-and-a-half ago, Tamara founded Bright Greens Canada, a hydroponic farming operation in a 40- by 10-foot freight container situated on a friend’s acreage in Central Saanich. In April, their “Leafy Green Machine” will get a twin brother. The innovative gardener grows non-GMO and pesticideand-herbicide-free greens, lettuce, culinary herbs and microgreens (sprouts) in a water medium. Within a computer-monitored environment, the plants are placed in vertical rows, thus expanding the crop yield exponentially. According to Tamara’s website, “this small space can grow the equivalent of 1.5 acres of land with 90% less water.” The nutrient-rich plants are harvested and delivered the same day. Plus, you do not have to be a landowner to grow food like one. 18 seasidemagazine.ca | april 2018

Tamara’s business has taken off like wildfire: “Demand for my fresh produce is high and I sell over a 100 pounds every week. I am so grateful for all of the support of my family and community. Local chefs eagerly placed weekly standing orders which provided dependable cash flow in the early days.” Seaside’s new “Woman to Watch” is a progressive thinker, using her foresight and ingenuity to create a healthier community. As we run out of land to grow crops on southern Vancouver Island and become more dependent on nutrientpoor and high-priced imported produce, many people do not have access to affordable, wholesome food. By producing a massive amount of fresh nutritious produce in a small space, hydroponic farming is a lowcost and sustainable solution to food insecurity. The only person in Greater Victoria with a “Freight Farm” operation, Tamara Knott stands on the cutting edge of a revolutionary new technology that will transform the nature of food production on this Island. Congratulations, Tamara! You are a new-age pioneer, standing in the light of all the female visionaries that have gone before. For more information, visit www.brightgreens.ca or watch a video tutorial at www.freightfarms.com. Photo by Nunn Other Photography.


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Has this crossed your mind? Here are three reasons why you might want to take another look. Responsible Investing is an approach that incorporates by Viola Van de Ruyt environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into the investment process. Therefore, one reason is that pension managers globally, including our own Canada Pension Plan, now consider it an integral factor in managing money. Let’s look at what the CPP Investment Board website has to say: “At CPPIB we consider responsible investing simply as intelligent long-term investing. Over the exceptionally long investment-horizon over which we invest, ESG factors have the potential to be significant drivers – or barriers – to profitability and shareholder value. For these reasons we refer to what many call “Responsible Investing” activities simply as Sustainable Investing.” Your RRSP and savings are your personal “pension,” so paying attention to ESG issues is another level of risk management. The second reason is that with a wide variety of investment choices you can now align your personal values with your investment portfolio. Do you want to emphasize companies that are creating new clean technologies or support more diversity on corporate boards? Do you want to avoid investing in companies that treat their customers, employees and overseas suppliers in a negligent manner? There are investments that focus on each of these. Some take an approach of excluding companies that are “bad” and others focus on including those that are “best” in their sector. Some are motivated by removing potential risk in portfolios and others are motivated by long term societal change. What are your concerns? And finally, there have been many studies globally that have put to rest the notion that investors won’t do as well if they include ESG factors. A simple comparison is the Jantzi Social Index as compared to the Toronto Stock Exchange Composite Index and the MSCI World SRI Index compared to the MSCI World Index. Take a look for yourself. Three reasons: reduce risk, feel good, and have competitive returns. How does that sound? For more information visit www.violavanderuyt.ca. Viola Vanderuyt is an Investment Advisor with National Bank Financial (NBF). National Bank Financial - Wealth Management (NBFWM) is a division of National Bank Financial Inc. (NBF Inc.), as well as a trademark owned by National Bank of Canada (NBC) that is used under license by NBF Inc. NBF Inc. is a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF), and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NBC, a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA).


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interesting comments about my "Days Out" gig: people wonder what I'll get up to next, and I definitely pick up on the readers' feeling that my life is pretty sweet being sent off to kayak, horseback ride and drive sports cars! I'll own up to it: life is pretty good. I'm enjoying all the adventures, but even I acknowledge that life can't always be glamour and adrenaline. And so I found myself, on the first sunny weekend of March, at a very busy Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre. My assignment: to learn about growing food, specifically using hugelkultur. Friendly Organics were delivering the workshop I was signed up for. It surprised me to see 10 other prospective veggie gardeners there too, though perhaps it shouldn't have: there has clearly been a swell in enthusiasm and accessibility for the homeowner who wants to add a little, or a lot, of veggie growing alongside their lawns and flower beds. Though they were indeed very friendly fun hosts, Dave and Paul had a serious message to deliver. Living on an island, we are apparently only three days away from food scarcity at any time. So if the ferries stop running and the planes can't land, there will be chaos in the grocery store aisles before too long. An obvious remedy to this doomsday scenario is for individuals to take responsibility and pride in growing some of their own food. Enter hugelkultur. A hugel is just a mound, so the idea is really just raised beds, but this style of gardening creates a large planting area and thus volume of produce. You can read all about it online, but the benefit of a workshop is in the questions and answers, the comments from other participants, and in this class, the chance to get hands on with some of the all-important building materials. Hugel is all about the layers. By alternating different depth layers of brown and green "matter," you can engineer the correct balance of nitrogen and carbon in a self-sustaining, worm-loving mounded bed. Dave's advice is that seven layers is ideal; not seven delicious

layers of sour cream, salsa and guacamole though – we're talking grass clippings, coffee grounds, twigs, sawdust and very many of the materials that you may be producing in your yard already. The theory was good, I made lots of notes, but after an hour we were all ready to don our gardening gloves and get our fingers into some of these green and brown substances. To create a mini-hugel that we could easily transport home, we started with brown paper bags. You want to work with the bigger, less broken-down material at the bottom, adding layer after layer and finishing with lovely black composted dirt at the top where your seeds will be planted. There was no stopping some of the ladies who knew exactly which layer they wanted to get to next. I got a little confused by the coffee grounds, which are actually "green" despite clearly looking brown! I don't know about my personal hugel, I think it ended up only being six layers, and maybe four of those were green: but looking around me I could see bags being efficiently filled, tamped down and topped up. A nice touch at the end: Dave handed out some seeds that we could plant at home. I find garden centres inspiring places, and those who are passionate about gardening and growing always make me long to be that person myself. But I have to admit: I'm just not. I can't imagine digging the recommended three-foot-deep, five-foot-wide trench that makes the ideal hugel bed base, but perhaps you can. Or maybe follow Friendly Organics' suggestion and host a "perma-blitz" party! Who wouldn't want to be invited to one of these? Round up some friends, stick shovels in their hands and get them to work digging a trench. You could even tempt them with the promise of appetizers ‌ just don't tell them what's in the seven-layer dip! What do you want to see Deb do next? Send your ideas or invitations to news@seasidemagazine.ca. Photo by Cassidy Nunn. april 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 21


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Messing About in Boats

by Adrian Kershaw

In Kenneth Grahame's

children' s book The Wind in the Willows, Ratty says to Mole: "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." But if they lived in the Gulf Islands, rather than in a valley in southern England, they'd have much, much more to do on their boat! From Sidney there is easy and quick access to one of the best cruising areas in the world. The Gulf Islands are also a good kickingoff point for travelling farther afield to areas such as Desolation Sound, the Broughton Islands off the north end of Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and Alaska. In addition, you can circumnavigate Vancouver Island or spend time in the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound down in the United States. Wherever you go in your sail or power boat, you're bound to see great scenery and countless wild animals and birds. Each year Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club (SNSYC) organizes cruises throughout the Pacific Northwest and participants get to see everything from whales and bears to otters, seals and sea lions. Of course there are the ever-present bald eagles and a wide variety of sea birds to accompany your adventure. In addition, across the region, there are many First Nations cultural sites to enjoy. You can see totem poles, long houses and middens marking the sites of ancient settlements, and visit museums and cultural activities that celebrate First Nations heritage. And, if you are in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, you can always visit Cougar Annie's garden (right). Of course, you don't have to be a member of SNSYC to enjoy these waters. If you don't own a boat, you can charter a sail or power boat from Sidney's Island Cruising or Cooper Boating. Both companies offer sail and power boat training and they will get you

ready to take the exam to become a Transport Canada approved Certified Pleasure Craft Operator – a requirement nowadays to operate boats in B.C. waters. The cruises that SNSYC organizes are a great opportunity to participate in land-based activities as well. Once at anchor or tied up in a marina, club members get together for happy hours and pot luck suppers – and their dogs are welcome too! Members also enjoy things such as hiking and swimming (although you have to pick the right spot for this because the water can be cold in most places), and visiting the Saturday market at Ganges on Saltspring Island and the wineries on both Saltspring and North Pender Islands. In addition to Ganges, you can wander around the downtowns of Ladysmith, Chemainus and Nanaimo, doing a bit of shopping and having lunch at the many restaurants and cafés to be found. And, there's usually a pub not far from the marinas in the Gulf Islands! Finally, it is safe to say that there is nothing quite like sitting at anchor in a quiet bay, with a glass of wine in your hand, as the sun sets over the hills and mountains around you. Our friends Ratty and Mole would be envious. april 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 23


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What’s Happening at the Mary Winspear Centre

Michael Kaeshammer Jazz boogie-woogie pianist, Michael Kaeshammer, returns to the Charlie White Theatre on Monday, April 23. The prolific Vancouver Island-based singer/songwriter/pianist/producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer. No Filter is the eleventh album from Michael Kaeshammer. This is the sound of an artist following his muse completely unhindered by thoughts of commercial imperatives or genre constraints. On No Filter, Michael mixes his wellcrafted and melodic original songs with a couple of evocative piano instrumentals, and the result is a delightfully varied collection. Kaeshammer has completely come to terms with his eclectic taste in music, something showcased on the record.“The songs here are just things I wanted to write,” he explains. “If they sound as if they have been influenced by a lot of different things, then that is just the way it is. To me, it just sounds like my music.”

A night with Michael and his band isn’t the kind of show where you just sit, watch and applaud politely every now and then. Their goal isn’t to intimidate you with the scholarly depth of their music, it’s to entertain, inform and include you – A wild ride with no fixed destination except where he feels he and the crowd want to go.

Monte Carlo Night The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is excited to announce its 7th annual Monte Carlo Night. Be sure to put April 21st into your calendars so you won’t miss this evening of fun, music, and food. This New Orlean style Gala will be a night to remember with games of chance, silent and live auctions, and dancing. Once again the “ Monte Carlo Gala” is the club’s premier fund raiser of the year, and enables Rotarians to support many charitable projects. This year the proceeds will be supporting the Peninsula Youth Health Clinic, Mt. Newton Centre Society, and Sidney Elementary School. Rotary is pleased that the Mary Winspear Centre is once again the venue for the Gala, continuing a long-standing tradition of partnering on events that benefit our local community.

Give Our Regards to Broadway Join the Peninsula Singers for a glitzy, musical tribute to the Great White Way. The show will include favourites from “Les Miserables,” “Cats,” “Mary Poppins,” and “My Fair Lady”. But Artistic Director Lena Palermo has also selected recent and current shows like “Matilda, The Musical,” the Tony-award winning hit about the planes that landed in Gander on 9/11, “Come From Away”, and “Hamilton,” the show that everyone important has seen on Broadway and you’ll get a taste as well. “Give Our Regards To Broadway,” is certain to be a show the whole family can enjoy! Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm. Sunday, April 29 at 2:00pm.

The Piano Man Rock it Boy Entertainment presents The Piano Man on Sunday, April 8 at 7:30pm. Honing his craft with more than a decade as a professional performer, Ryan Langevin stars as THE PIANO MAN giving a heart-felt and genuine tribute to the biggest Piano/ Vocal Acts of our time... Elton John and Billy Joel.


He brings down the house with Billy Joel’s “My Life”, “You May be Right”, “Tell Her About It”, “Don’t Ask Me Why”, “She’s Always a Woman”, “Uptown Girl”, “Only The Good Die Young”, “It’s Still Rock n Roll”, “We Didn’t Start The Fire” and the immortal “Piano Man”. He also brings new life to such Elton John classics as “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”, “Pinball Wizard”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Daniel”, “Rocket Man”, “Crocodile Rock”, “Bennie And the Jets”, “I’m Still Standing” and “Candle in the Wind”.

From his youth Ryan Langevin has had a passion for the music of Billy Joel & Elton John, inspiring the phenomenon he is today. With a music degree and more than a decade spent teaching piano and voice coupled with his experience in groups spanning the spectrum of genres, Ryan Langevin has developed the vocals and skills to impress audiences. The Piano Man– The Music of Elton John & Billy Joel, featuring Ryan Langevin is a mustsee show. Where else can you see the two gods of rock piano on the same stage?

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Johnny Cash Tribute David James & Big River perform the most authentic tribute to the Man in Black..... “Johnny Cash” with special guest “Ramblin’ Man” a tribute to Waylon Jennings. 2 big country acts, one big night, Monday, April 16.

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RETAIL Art, Print & Framing Island Blue Sidney is on the move! They are excited to be relocating to the former Lunn's Bakery location at 2453 Beacon Avenue. The new space will offer the same products and services they offer now, with the possibility for expansion. They are still at 2411 Beacon Avenue until the end of April.

Fond Farewell After over 50 years in the Sidney business and retail community, Marie Rosko is closing Sweet Talk & Lace Lingerie. This store is the most recent in her run of local businesses, among which were Christine Laurent Jewellers and Animal House Pet Store. Her presence in the Sidney community has also included holding the position of mayor between 1990 and 1996. Marie is an active Rotarian, and looks forward to

Repeat Boutique, on Third Street in Sidney, is closing its doors. Rest assured: adjacent consignment store Connections will remain open for your shopping pleasure!

Food-ware & Jewelry Spirals Gourmetware and Heidi Krause have left Something Special, in Sidney. Heidi will be selling her line at the outdoor BC Ferries Marketplace from May 9 to September 24, and you can watch for her at local Christmas craft fairs and select retail outlets, too. www.spiralsgourmet.com.

FOOD & RESTAURANTS A Smaller Space There are downsizing plans in store for Odyssia Steak House, in Sidney. They will remain open throughout building renovations, but they'll be reducing their capacity to about a third of its current size. Guests can look forward to a more intimate space, and to all their same menu

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Food Bank Benefit The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa recently made a donation to the Sidney Lion’s Food Bank of the proceeds from its January “Tombstone” event – $9,852 was raised for the cause.

HEALTH & BEAUTY Hair School Studio 63, the teaching salon for the Saanich School District/ Vancouver Island University Hairstylist Program, opens for their eighth season on April 10!

Salon hours are Monday through Wednesday 1 to 4 p.m., and Thursday 12 to 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or make an appointment by calling 250-652-5381. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton X Road. Offering free haircuts until July!

Youth Health The Saanich Peninsula Youth Clinic for mental, physical and sexual health is now at Peninsula Medical, #2A - 2379 Bevan Avenue in Sidney. Walkins are welcome on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is a judgement-free zone where youth can see a doctor about any medical concerns, access STI and pregnancy testing and birth control, get prescriptions and even speak with a counsellor. It's free and confidential, and a safe space for all genders, orientations and identities. 250-616-4143.

Grad Night Still need something to wear for grad? Why buy when you can borrow from Magic Wand (for a small fee), and choose from like-new dresses, tuxedos and accessories. All students are eligible to use this non-profit service. www.themagicwandproject.com.

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Engaging the Community: ArtSea Community Arts Council by Devon MacKenzie

There aren't many

communities where art is at the forefront as strongly as it is on the Saanich Peninsula, and there is one group in particular to thank for many of the local art and culture events that are so loved. Between the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, the ArtSea Spring and Fall Studio Tours, the Salish Sea Lantern Festival and of course, the Sidney Fine Art Show, the volunteers (including executive members) of the ArtSea Community Arts Council are busy year round. For 2018, they're looking to add even more events to their calendar as well as expand their volunteer base. At its core, ArtSea is a volunteer-run umbrella arts organization that helps make it possible for residents and visitors alike to enjoy local arts programming through their support of all forms of art and culture. "The board is working in a new direction this year," explained ArtSea President Diane Thorp, adding that instead of having board members working on events, they support the work of the whole organization and have assigned dedicated committees for each event. "They report to us, but the respective committees spend their energies on their own projects rather than having to spend their time at the table with us," she said. All the board related business – like the organization's finances – are taken care of by the board, Diane added, but the rest falls on the committees. "We've really moved into a different phase of growth by working to increase the support and promotion of the arts on the Saanich Peninsula," she explained. "We have people on the board who have spent a long time with us, but we are always in need of new members, especially with our eyes set on innovation and growth," she added. ArtSea Community Arts Council actually rebranded from the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula last year, Diane

said, another way they are aiming to up their presence within the community. "Community engagement is definitely our focus for this year," she noted. The Salish Sea Lantern Festival was a huge success with the community last year, she added, noting ArtSea will continue to expand it, as well as continue with the other programming they've always offered. New for this year, the ArtSea council is planning a plein air arts event that will be held in concurrence with the B.C. Boat Show that runs May 3 to 6 at Port Sidney Marina. Diane encourages anyone with an interest in the arts who enjoys working as a team, learning new skills and being involved in community activities, to consider joining the board as a volunteer. "When you become involved with ArtSea and its programs, you are really helping to nourish the arts here on the Saanich Peninsula," Diane said. If you are interested in joining ArtSea, call 250-656- 6609 or email dcthorp@telus.net.

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Be Prepared During the early morning hours of January 23, the Town of Sidney was under a Tsunami Warning following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska. Many residents have responded by asking what they can do to be best prepared for an emergency. These events serve as an excellent reminder that we reside in a seismically active area and highlights the importance of personal emergency preparedness. Many of us are guilty of a complacency bias towards emergency preparedness because we have never had to struggle through a damaging event. The most sound advice we can offer is to be self-prepared for an emergency, as emergency resources will be overwhelmed. Putting together an emergency preparedness kit for your home, work and car is the best way to be prepared for any event at any time. A basic Emergency Kit should be packed in a bag or tote that is easy to carry and should consist of the following items, and assuming a week's worth will be necessary: • Water – two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order) • Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)

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• Extra batteries • First aid kit • Special needs items such as prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities • Extra keys for your car and house • Cash. Include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones • Emergency plan. Include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact In the event of an earthquake, the more important steps to remember are to "Drop, Cover and Hold On." If there is the need to evacuate, this will be communicated through the Town’s emergency notification system, website, social media, and through door-to-door visits by Town staff and Emergency Services. To sign up for the free emergency notifications, visit www.sidney.ca. If you’d like to learn more about emergency preparedness, contact the Sidney Fire Department (firedept@ sidney.ca or 250-656-2121) to arrange a free presentation or to simply discuss how you can be better prepared. Submitted by the Sidney Fire Department.

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behind the scenes

Port Sidney Marina

by Paula Kully

If you're anything like me, you

have walked by Port Sidney Marina many times while out enjoying a stroll along the waterfront walkway that runs by it. But have you ever wondered what happens beyond that alluring welcome arch over the entrance? I have, and I was quite amazed to discover everything that is taking place within this full-service marina. It is really something of a village within a town, and provides just about everything boaters need. Walking across the ramp leading up to the floating Welcome Centre, you're immediately aware that you are leaving solid ground as you are surrounded by water on both sides. When you first step inside the centre, you enter a bright, clean foyer with glass doors opening at the far end onto the docks. The moorage office to your right is where bookings can be made for annual, monthly, nightly and even hourly moorage. The lounge area to your left provides a comfortable seating area with flat-screen TVs and a dedicated computer workstation with Internet. There are also a large kitchen area and laundry facilities. In addition, the centre has washrooms with showers for people coming off the water. Upstairs, you will find Yacht Sales West and Grand Yachts, which sell boats of all sizes, while Cooper's Marine and Island Cruising rent vessels. Next door, is a fully stocked "chandlery." For other non-boaters like me, this is the nautical term for a store that sells all 32 seasidemagazine.ca | april 2018

things boating related. This particular chandlery is named Booty's Boat Locker, and is operated by the friendly and welcoming Janie Hofmeyr. Booty's also sells gifts and brews a great cup of coffee. Outside on the docks, Blue Dog Kayaking offers kayak and standup paddleboard lessons, and a 24-hour Canada Customs office is located at the very far end of G dock where boaters enter in off the breakwater. The docks are also equipped with an event tent that is available to both cruising groups and non-boating groups. This is a unique site to host events, and the marina goes all out to set it up with a BBQ, fridge, tables, or whatever you need to make your event special. Marina Manager Wayne Pullen and his team oversee the inner workings of the marina which includes 13,494 feet of linear dock space, divided into 320 slips and accommodating boats up to 138 feet. As a guest, you are welcome to explore the docks during the day when the gates are unlocked, but at night a key is needed. Walking through this world where white, glimmering vessels sway gently in their berths waiting to be taken out on their next adventure, you get a whole new view of Sidney and its ties to the water.


Mill Bay Marine Group purchased Port Sidney Marina in June of 2016 and Managing Partner Duane Shaw explains: "We recognize that the marina by its very nature controls the land/water link and that has us acting as an agent to the community when things like emergencies or weather events cause problems. From that perspective, we want to be involved with the local community and marine industry to ensure they are aware of us and comfortable with us." The company's view on community involvement has come to the forefront lately as Susan Simosko, President of the Sidney BIA, states: "Port Sidney Marina is not only a great marina, it is a passionate supporter of community events. Attracting the BC Boat Show back to Sidney and supporting Surf Canada's Standup Paddleboard National Championships are two recent examples of their outstanding commitment to our town. We are so grateful for their leadership, creativity, and generosity!" The BC Boat Show is set to take place May 3 to 6, and the National Standup Paddleboard Championships will run May 26 to 28. Both events promise to bring significant economic benefits to the community as a whole. As the gateway to the beautiful and ever-popular Gulf Islands, the marina plays a big role in welcoming visitors to Sidney, while the community offers amenities and attractions for boaters coming off the water. The natural partnership between Port Sidney and the community is truly a win-win situation. Photos by Nunn Other Photography.

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Over the years, coffee culture has been on the rise in Victoria. Many consumers have begun to consider the ethics of coffee sourcing, but the way coffee grounds are disposed of after use is often overlooked. Community Earth Project (NGO)'s initiative is looking to curb the environmental impact of Victoria's coffee habit. The Coffee Ground Renewal Program was launched by co-directors Emily Lowan and Maiya MacMaster in September 2017. This is a full-circle program where the coffee grounds produced by local cafés are delivered to farms where they can be used to create nitrogen-rich compost rather than entering the landfill. Through this project, the pair's vision is to help local youth and business owners work together to improve sustainable business practice in Victoria, and turn waste into a resource. In the downtown area, they are providing Mason Street City Farm with coffee grounds from Café Fantastico, Wildfire Bakery and Serious Coffee. In the Saanich region, they collect the coffee grounds from Claremont Secondary, Red Barn Market and Adrienne's Tea Garden, and deliver them to Little Mountain Farm and Haliburton Organic Community Farm. Several of the farms they work with are run single-handedly, and the owners lack the time to build relationships with cafés and pick up the coffee grounds themselves every week. Café owners have reported that this support network has also opened their eyes to the importance and urgency of environmental action, and have since reduced their contributions to the landfill. Several of these farms then grow produce in their soil which is sold back to the coffee shops and restaurants the coffee grounds

came from, creating a closed loop cycle. To support this project, they are working to generate a youth-powered volunteer team from high schools around the city. Their goal is to expand this program city-wide, and they plan to use the power of collective youth action to make this a reality. Emily and Maiya are also striving to connect schools to this network, and working to get elementary students involved in their coffee ground renewal program. They will be doing this by delivering coffee grounds to Cordova Bay Elementary's garden and educating school garden club members on environmental preservation and permaculture. Additionally, they will be running youth workshops a few times a year. Their first ran on March 3 and was focused on the topics of food waste reduction and sustainable living. Several inspiring guest speakers were featured, as well as interactive group activities such as loose tea making and seed planting for Claremont's outdoor classroom and garden. A dinner with ingredients donated by Thrifty Foods Broadmead and Royal Oak Country Grocer was served, and all leftovers were taken home by guests to avoid food waste. Their goal for these workshops is to inspire the youth of their community and integrate sustainable thinking into youth culture. They are also planning to extend the boundaries of what they do, and are looking at initiating a scholarship fund to grant a high school senior an electric car. Emily and Maiya's overarching goal is to be the helping hand of their community by leading people towards a sustainable life in

practical and simple ways. If you are interested in volunteering with or financially supporting their projects, or for more information, email communityearthproject@gmail.com. Photo by Nunn Other Photography.

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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley If there are any events in the arts world coming up on the Peninsula, please let us know via: news@seasidemagazine.ca. Cast off wintry blues with the Peninsula's blooming arts and entertainment this month.

West Coast and African Photography Local photographer Helen B. Watt showcases her collection of dramatic West Coast landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and colourful botanicals. A bonus, her "Taste of Africa" exhibit features spectacular photographs from Kenya and Tanzania. Drop in to discuss her work with Helen or a volunteer. Daily April 2 to 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ArtSea Gallery at Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney.

Ken Hamm Plays Olde Tyme Deep Cove Folk Music Society presents Ken Hamm, a well-known acoustic solo

musician based in Forget, SK. His playing is influenced by early blues recordings and a love of old timey music, resulting in a varied repertoire of original and traditional songs. Enjoy metal guitar hard-edged blues workouts to softer dobro and banjo pieces. His main influences include Ry Cooder, Mississippi John Hurt, John Fahey and John Hartford. Format: Open stage the first hour followed by the featured artist. April 13, 8 to 10:30 p.m. St. John's United Church, 10900 West Saanich Road, North Saanich.

Duelling Pianos Bring the family to this entertaining afternoon of pianos and orchestra presented by the Sidney Classical Orchestra. Piano soloists Susan de Burgh and Ed LeBarron will perform the enchanting Carnival of the Animals (with speaker) by C. Saint-Saëns followed by F. Poulenc's exhilarating Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra.

A perfect way to introduce pre-teens and teens to classical music. Silent auction too! More at www. sidneyclassicalorchestra.ca. April 15, 2:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

SPAC Fine Art Show The Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society (SPAC) is holding its annual exhibition and sale of fine arts and crafts which showcases its members' art to the community. Enjoy the artistry of painters, sculptors, potters, jewellers, and a variety of fine artisans from the Greater Victoria area. April 28, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and April 29, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

Peninsula Singers' Broadway Music Led by Lena Palermo, the Peninsula Singers will perform a grand night of songs from Broadway musicals, from the oldies to those currently selling

out on the Great White Way. Familiar tunes from Easter Parade, Mama Mia and My Fair Lady will be joined by spectacular numbers from current shows like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and Come from Away (about 38 planes that were diverted to Gander, NL during 9/11 and the welcome they received). Also featured are young artists from "Broadway Bound" and young dancers from the Barre None Dance Studio in Duncan. Proceeds go to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation's Music Therapy Program. April 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

Accordions by the Sea The Victoria Accordion Club Presents "Accordions by the Sea." Enjoy favourite Broadway and Musical Hits from The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera and more. Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m. at the Shoal Centre, Sidney.

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Fish contain beneficial oils called polyunsaturated fats (PUFA’s or Omega 3 oils) that our bodies need to survive, making them an important part of our diet. We have difficulty making these fats on our own, so they are called “essential” fatty acids. There are two main essential fats found in fish oil: eicosopentanoic acid (or EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (or DHA), and they each have a different biochemical effect in our body. EPA is mainly used in circulatory, immune and inflammatory responses; DHA is a key fatty acid in our nervous system. The following are the three main benefits of fish oils that help our bodies on a daily basis. 1) Brain support, cognition and memory. DHA is a main component of the cells in our brain and retina and it is also found in high concentrations in our skin. In the last trimester, a fetus requires high amounts as it finishes essential nervous system development. There is also evidence that taking high amounts may improve cognitive abilities for school age children and slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s in the aging population. 2) Cardiovascular. Several studies have shown an inverse correlation between fish oil consumption and cardiovascular disease risk. The more fish oil that is consumed, the less likely the development of strokes or hardening of the arteries. This is due to the fact that EPA and DHA lower triglycerides, increase good cholesterol and increase clotting time (thins the blood). These oils have also shown to lower resting heart rate and reduce arrhythmias of the heart. A dose of 600 to 750 mg of fish oil is needed daily to attain therapeutic benefits which is equal to four servings of fish per week. 3) Managing inflammation and allergies. PUFA’s are important constituents of all cell membranes and stabilizing the response of inflammatory reactions in the immune system.

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Your Green Practises

Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being "the voice of the Saanich Peninsula," so, in every issue, we'll be asking people to answer a question. We're looking for by Lara Gladych responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. International Earth Day is April 22, and here at Seaside, we're celebrating with our Green (and Nautical) issue. We wanted to tap

into how people in our community are doing their part to better the environment, so for this month's issue I was asking: "What are your green practises?" This year's Earth Day focus is on ending plastic pollution. I am far from perfect with my own habits, but in the past year I've endeavoured to "up my game" specifically around my consumption of plastics. I've tried to make my children mindful of how straws, though fun and convenient, are not essential. I've been mindful of purchasing larger sizes of products, rather than going through multiples of smaller sizes. I've invested in glassware for storing food, and have started saving glass packaging (such as jam jars and milk bottles) and reusing these for storage, as water bottles, for flower arrangements, etc. Outside of plastic matters, over the years I've cut back substantially on chemical cleaning products, and now buy almost all natural supplies, while relying heavily on vinegar and plain old water, micro-fibre cloths and elbow grease. I don't bag the majority of produce, I always reuse or return the plastic bags I do use, and I've become much better at declining bags of any kind for my purchases – even outside the grocery store. There are so many ways in which I could be better, but I'm trying, and I consciously make the effort to make my kids aware of the footprint they're leaving on a daily basis. I visited some busy spots in Brentwood to see what others had to say about their green practises. Most everyone I spoke with said

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that they recycle, but for many, it was hard to think of other ways in which they are green-minded. Once I prompted them to think about all the little things they do, people started to realize that there are several ways in which they are making a difference. "My wife and I recycle, we compost, and we have a small, lowemission vehicle. We do our best to buy local and sustainable," said Matthew, 40. Melissa, who is 22, composts and relies on her bicycle. "Full three-way recycling," said Gillian, 45, who always holds onto recyclables if she's out and not able to properly dispose of them otherwise. Similarly, Judith, 80, recycles and composts her kitchen scraps. "I grow my own vegetables in the summertime, I buy my eggs locally, and I try to support the local growers," she adds. John, 58, a local cafÊ owner, has a lot to say about the work his business does to lower their impact on the environment. "Every week I load up all of our recycling and I take it to the landfill in my van. We divert all of our food waste, and all of our coffee grounds go to a local farm to be used in their soil amendment. We give 25-cent refunds on hot drinks if customers bring in their own cups. We're trying to encourage people not to use paper cups." Jordon, 22, said that she always walks to the store when she goes grocery shopping. "To grow more fruit," is the goal for Diana, 32, and her daughter, Cassidy, 11, likes to compost. Dan, 34, told me that walking more than driving is a priority, and that he and his wife "are big on composting right now." "Turning lights out when I'm not in the room, and I don't like to to leave the water running when I'm brushing my teeth." That's how Ali, 19, makes a difference. "We painted our house green," kids Sandra, 76, about her green practises. Of course, she always recycles, too. "We've got bees, we grow our own veggies, and we hunt and we fish," said Jessica, who is 30. Bill, 81, hopes his veggie gardens are a success, and his wife, Bunny, 82, added that they don't use much in the way of packaged foods. "I cook everything myself, and we don't eat out," she said, noting that the amount of waste, and even recyclables, that they yield is very low. A man I'll call Jim, about 40, told me that he always cuts up his six-pack can rings. It took me a second to figure out what he was referring to, but I then realized that this act is a significant way to avoid those horrific cases of birds and water-creatures choking and becoming entangled in these nasty plastic culprits. Take a minute to think about what you're doing every day to make a difference. These small acts of "green" really add up. april 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 43


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Return of the Giants by Tina Kelly

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Fun is Sprouting Up This Spring by Jo Barnes

Ah spring, The flowers are blooming The weather is warming, and we eagerly await the arrival of the first … penguin? Panorama Recreation offers a host of new programs and events this spring, including one featuring a large black-and-white visitor with a bold yellow scarf: recreation mascot Slider the Penguin. "We' re celebrating World Penguin Day on April 24. In addition to our regular Kindergym fun (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.), this event will feature a penguin-inspired craft and treat plus a visit from Slider," says Melanie Alsdorf, Manager of Program Services. Penguin-themed play is just one of the creative events planned. Panorama also supports the Peninsula Celebrations Society's Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 1. This popular event at Iroquois Park in Sidney features an outdoor egg hunt, face painting, children' s activities and treats from the Easter Bunny. Move for Health Day on May 10 is a great opportunity to enjoy drop-in activities all day for only $2 admission. So what' s new in the Panorama lineup for spring? "Our programs are more diverse than ever this spring, spanning technology, Mahjong, aromatherapy, cooking, dance, music and more," says Melanie. Participants get the chance to learn new skills and enjoy new avenues for fitness fun. From April 12 to May 17, Hawaiian Hula Dance is offered again for both children and adults. Hula is not only a beautiful cultural form of telling a story through movement, but offers great benefits to the core, joints and muscles. Panorama is also cooking up, quite literally, some fun in their programs. Community Meal Prep, on April 11 or 25, offers participants a fantastic way to save time in the kitchen and make affordable meals. Grocery shopping, organizing prep items and bag/container labelling are all done for participants, and afterwards they can take home delicious freezer meals like Hawaiian Meatballs or Chicken and Refried Bean Burritos.

A new health trend gaining popularity is kombucha tea, a fermented beverage said to aid digestion. Christine Susat from Culture Kombucha teaches the fundamentals of kombucha brewing in Learn to Make Kombucha (age 18+) on April 21. Class fee includes a brew-it-yourself kombucha kit to take home. Home furnishing enthusiasts will love Furniture Painting Essentials (age 16+) offered on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "It' s a great class to learn how to refresh old furniture that people might have without breaking the budget," says Melanie. In planning programs, Panorama endeavours to stay in tune with current trends and community feedback. "We have community members that approach us with an idea that they would like to offer," shares Melanie. "And we pursue instructors for courses that we hear the community is looking for." Panorama Rec: the place where springtime fun, if not penguins, takes wing!

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Fresh Basil Pesto

As the days get longer, I start to spend more time in my garden, looking for signs that my by Laura Waters perennials and bulbs are returning. I Snowdon House love this time of year when everything Gourmet & Gifts starts to wake up; I get such enjoyment in reaping the rewards of yesterday's efforts. Through most of the winter I have been thumbing through seed catalogues and books, wondering what I will plant this year. What new varieties shall I try? Since November we have been hauling buckets full of coffee grounds from a local coffee shop to add to my compost pile. Who knew one coffee shop could produce so many grounds? It makes me wonder how much coffee waste is taken to the landfill. (For more on this see story page 35.) We have accumulated a pile five feet long and two feet high. I haul the chicken manure, old leaves and coffee grounds to my greenhouse beds, topping them up for another growing season. As I unload the materials into the beds it is teeming with worms and mycelium; it is going to be the perfect material to plant in. The chickens also think this is great stuff – my two legged roto-tillers are hard at work. I only wish they would leave more material in the beds than they scoop out and learn some basics, like the difference between irises and weeds. Roma tomatoes planted with basil already exude an intoxicating aroma. The thought of hot bread topped with fragrant basil pesto and garden-fresh tomatoes is delightful. While anticipating the summer harvest, we can use the fresh basil plants that are starting to arrive in the supermarkets to create a tasty fresh basil pesto.

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed ½ cup parmesan cheese (I like the parmesan petals). For a vegan alternative, use 3 tbsp nutritional yeast instead ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup walnuts (I find pine nuts too expensive; you can also use pumpkin or sunflower seeds) 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 tsp) 1 tbsp lemon juice salt and pepper to taste Process the basil, nuts, lemon juice and garlic in your blender or food processor till coarsely ground. With the motor running drizzle the olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste and parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast till combined. Slice some fresh hot bread, spread with pesto and top with sliced ripe tomatoes! Place basil pesto on top of chicken breasts or thighs and bake at 350° for 45 minutes to an hour and serve with noodles or garden potatoes. Enjoy! april 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 49


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The Victoria International Airport is a busy place where people come and go as daily flights arrive and depart. Travellers move with determination to make connections or wait anxiously for loved ones to arrive. Airports are places of joy and sadness, departures and reunions. Everyone has a story, and it’s here that we’ll be sharing some of them.

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a friend or family member at the airport, people do a variety of things. Some dress well to look their best; others stand at the gate, camera in hand. And others bring a very special greeting for a loved one. Despite the traces of snow on the ground outside, it's a beautiful sunny morning in Arrivals. A mom and son waiting in the room repeatedly catch the eyes of passersby. It's neither their winter clothing styles nor their voices that grab attention. It's the instant conversation starter in their hands: a large neon green sign that says "Welcome Uncle Moe!" "We're waiting for a good friend, Matt Granger," says Briana Fania. "He's flying in from London Ontario." Sitting in his stroller is Briana's son Luciano. All bundled up in his snow gear, he sits wide-eyed with a soother in his mouth and smiles at the mention of Matt's name. "Matt is married to my cousin. He knows my son really well," says Briana. "He's here for the weekend and I'm going to show him around Victoria." Soon Matt comes through the gate and grins from ear to ear at the sight of the cheery handmade welcome sign. Hugs and greetings are exchanged, and the happy trio depart down the corridor towards the luggage area. Reunions at the airport are happy moments that can be enhanced with gifts, flowers, or even a bright green sign for Uncle Moe.

At the airport it's heartwarming to watch a parent reconnecting with a child, or spouses reuniting. But somehow the sight of a grandparent reconnecting with a grandchild is a special one, especially when the child is very young. A woman sits quietly in the Arrivals area looking at her cell phone. It soon becomes clear she's finding it harder to concentrate on the screen as her excitement grows.

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"I'm waiting for my son and granddaughter," shares Trish Proctor. She has travelled down island from Chemainus to pick up her son Kevin, his wife Malaya and their very young daughter Penny. Says Trish: "My granddaughter is 18 months old. I saw her last summer but she'll have changed a lot since then." While the family members have visited each other over the last months, it has only been a virtual experience using Skype. The prospect of a face-to-face visit with each other is exciting. "I'm really looking forward to just getting reacquainted with Penny!" says Trish, adding with a quiver in her voice: "right now I feel myself welling up and getting emotional." Trish sports a leg cast on one leg, but moves off easily enough when she catches sight of three familiar faces approaching. Like many at Arrivals, the group shares greetings and hugs. But it's the grandma-to-granddaughter connection that's a special sight to see. As grandma reaches out her hand toward the little one, the joy on both faces defies description. It's yet another wordless moment that makes the arrivals gate a special place.


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exotic locations or fascinating people, travelling to new places is exciting. But even if you've travelled to the ends of the earth, there's nothing like returning home to family and friends … especially the fourlegged kind. A small dog is quietly nestled at a man's feet but draws near quickly, enthusiastically waving its tail. "He's a miniature schnauzer; his name is Oliver," shares Lawrence Haave. Lawrence is waiting for friend and neighbour Carole Elliott; the dog belongs to her. Only a few minutes into the interview, a woman approaches wanting to pet the dog. Oliver is a lovely animal and repeatedly attracts attention. "Yes, he's very friendly. Carole misses her dog very badly," says Lawrence.

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Carole has been away for three weeks. "She's coming in from Antarctica by way of Chile, Toronto and Vancouver," he says. The word Antarctica seems to hang in the air – it's not a destination to which many travel. But Carole, it seems, is an avid traveller. Says Lawrence: "She's travelled the Northwest Passage, she's travelled the Nile and she's travelled the Amazon." Lawrence shares that he himself doesn't travel much, but prefers to sail year round on his sailboat. Carole is his sailing crew. Both Lawrence and Oliver have missed their friend. "I'm looking forward to her smile," says Lawrence. Soon the wait is over; Carole arrives through the gate. It's a happy moment, particularly for one small dog that enjoys a long-awaited cuddle from its owner.

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Health Within Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Easing Your Hay Fever and Allergies

Spring is around the corner and depending on who you are, it is either a welcome change from winter or a nasty assault on your immune system. According to statistics, one in six Canadians suffer from hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Depending on your particular allergy, you may suffer from April all the way to mid-October. You may have followed the advice of the medical profession and sometimes, you have felt relief. However, for the majority of you the level of relief and the side effects of the medication can often be frustrating. While the western medical approach focuses on symptom relief, traditional more holistic medical practises focus on symptom relief and getting to the root of the cause. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes an allergy as a break down in your "Wei Qi." This is the body's defense system and it is governed by the lungs. This defense system resides on your skin. We know in western medicine that the skin is not only a physical barrier against infection, but also contains certain cells that actively fight infection. Scientists are learning more and more about how the skin's collection of microorganisms is connected to a branch of the immune system. The Wei Qi helps to regulate our first line of defense by the opening and closing of our pores. That is why so many cultures use alternating hot and cold therapies to help your immune system. Think of the use of saunas in Scandinavian cultures and the use of spicy foods and ginger to sweat out a cold. Exercise is also very

important to help keep your immune system strong. The Wei Qi is a complex system that is governed by the lungs and influenced by our digestive system. We know that our gut microbes help to influence our immune system and vice versa. In TCM it is taught that the food we eat influences our immune system because we excrete what we no longer need and keep what we do need in storage. This storage of nutrients helps to fuel many systems in our body, including the immune system. Modern day processed "foods" and sugar disrupts the balance in your system because they are devoid of real nutrition. The body must take nutrients from your storage in order to properly digest these chemically made foods. In TCM, practitioners use acupuncture, Chinese herbs and a method known as cupping to help both stimulate the immune system and to alleviate the allergy symptoms. Acupuncture points such as Stomach 36 have been shown to boost white blood cell count. Cupping involves using suction, mostly on the back, to help reduce swelling and to regulate histamine levels. Many different herbs are used for allergy sufferers. Herbs such as astragalus, atractylodis and siler root boost the immune system while at the same time clearing heat and inflammation. Allergy symptoms are not a new problem for human beings; we have been suffering for centuries. While modern life exposes us to even more irritants and pollutants, the approach to combatting the disease has not changed. Taking advantage of what modern medicine has to offer is a good idea if you get relief. But why not ask yourself: "Am I helping my body and improving my health overall or am I just masking the symptoms?"

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chasing the golden years a green thumb leads to health benefits for all ages Thankfully, it appears that winter has finally blown over … and as the season changes, yet again, our thoughts and energies naturally turn to more outdoor pursuits. Spending time in the sunshine and fresh air not only allows us to absorb more Vitamin D, but encourages gentle activity, relaxes by Shauna Dorko the nervous system, increases positive Owner, Sidney SeniorCare endorphins and soothes the soul. It's only fitting for this "green" issue that we touch on the greenest pursuit of all, and one which many seniors, or those approaching their senior years, are drawn to: gardening. No matter what we grow, there is something so utterly satisfying about nurturing a living plant. Watching a sunflower bloom for the very first time, or witnessing tiny green pea shoots breaking through the warm soil are truly euphoric moments. Seniors are often able to spend the time needed to care for plants, whether that may be a small vertical garden on a balcony or raised veggie plot in the backyard. Gardening is a pastime perfectly suited for seniors in so many ways: • Being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine stimulates the senses and re-establishes our ancestral connection with nature; its restorative abilities are powerful, even for those with cognitive impairment. • Helps aging bodies to stay more flexible and fit, giving seniors just enough of a mild workout. • Caring for a living thing gives seniors purpose; watching their garden grow and flourish instills a sense of accomplishment. • Invites opportunities for socialization by participating in gardening clubs, courses, community gardens, etc., and also offers a fun way to spend time with family and friends. • Reduces grocery costs if seniors grow their own fruits and/or veggies While gardening is a wonderful hobby, there are things to be mindful of, especially for seniors. Although sunshine is amazingly therapeutic, sunscreen is a must for protection, and best to encourage the senior to garden during the cooler mornings and early evenings. Gardening attire should include a large-brimmed hat to shield seniors from the heat, some sturdy footwear and, of course, well-fitted gardening gloves. While bending, squatting and stooping is good for aging bodies, too much of it may result in some aches and pains. Raised planters will help, as will vertical gardens for vining plants. For those with yards, installing benches and garden seats in shady areas will make seniors more inclined to take breaks and rest as needed. Help the favourite senior in your life set up their own little garden – there is no better way to welcome Spring! Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at news@seasidemagazine.ca with "Seniors" in the subject line.


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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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One Stop Furniture Shop For more than 11 years, One Stop Furniture has been providing outstanding service and beautiful furniture for every room in the house. The friendly and knowledgeable product advisors make any trip to this boutique-style store an experience you will want to share with all your friends. At One Stop Furniture, you will be greeted with a warm welcome and a brief introduction to the store. If you wish to browse, they will encourage you to do so. If you want their undivided attention and advice, you will get it. You are in complete control of your buying experience, which is so rare these days. With money leaving the country daily through online purchasing, isn't it nice to know you can "Buy Canadian." You will also be shopping locally and will quickly feel the appreciation for your business. One Stop Furniture loves supporting this community. They promote the work of several local artists including Ken Linford, an awardwinning wood carver; Diane Reid (beautiful throws); Pauline Olsen (hand blown glass); Nicola Furlong (multi-media) and Donna Jean (canvas). Custom furniture and upholstery, art, décor, lighting and mattress – they really are your One Stop Furniture Shop.

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Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics Continuing education is an important part of our success as stylists. This year all of our stylists attended the Sam Villa Hair Show in Vancouver. Sam is the Education Artistic Director for Redken, and has the unique ability to inspire and motivate stylists while they absorb new techniques quickly for practical use in the salon. With winter soon to be behind us, spring and summer will bring new trends and styles that we are excited to introduce to the streets of Sidney! From Redken for men to our new Shades of Pastels, mastering our blondes and sharpening up on our cutting techniques, we have you covered when it comes to that new desired look! Going Platinum has been serving Sidney and the surrounding areas for the past 10 years! Our stylists pride themselves on delivering the most upto-date styles and techniques to their clients while using high-quality products, making memorable experiences and creating that lasting look you desire! We would like to congratulate Elyse Rosling on her successes in becoming a Certified Redken Color Artist. Elyse and all of our stylists welcome new customers to come check us out; we have services for the whole family!


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Homefront Ideas

Homefront Ideas Homefront Ideas turns houses into homes. Owner Kristy Palmer began her career 20 years ago building custom homes … then decided to open a design studio that feels like a home! Clients can meet and go over every aspect of the changes they want to see within their space. The showroom has an abundance of samples from countertops, kitchen displays and flooring to custom furnishing and fabric samples. It’s amazing to see the flooring, tile, countertops, wall colour and trim you chose for your renovation – all at one location! Kristy can talk you through the renovation details or design of your new project while showing you all the different materials that are available. Homefront has transformed many residences on the Peninsula and in Victoria – even the Royal and McPherson Theatres! So many clients have been so happy with the outcome of their bath renovations that they then move onto a kitchen renovation. Kristy will help you put your project together with whatever budget you have; even just changing the wall colour, or putting one piece of furniture in just the right spot in your home makes such a difference to how your home feels. Make your dreams come true! Contact: www.homefrontideas.com.

Kristy has designed and project managed renovations for 18 years specializing in kitchens and bathrooms. Please come visit our show room to see kitchens and custom furnishings 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. 250.656.2691 2071 Malaview Ave, Sidney homefrontideas.com

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There was a warm and enthusiastic response at our March meeting to Velma Wallis's Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend Of Betrayal, Courage And Survival. This Athabascan tale has been handed down from generation to generation within the Alaskan First Nations, and Wallis relates in her foreword how her mother told it to her. In the oral tradition, it is a simple tale that relies on a strong sense of place and character. The old women of the title belong to a people who are not faring well in the harsh winter. The tribe has to decide what is best for the majority, and after discussion and debate, the women are left behind to die when the group moves off. We follow the old women's journey through snow, and through the seasons, until they meet with their people a year later. Our readers reacted strongly to the premise as it raised all sorts of interesting questions about betrayal and loyalty. We wondered if the people had been right in picking the majority over the few, and explored the idea of the bonds between family and ultimately what it means to forgive. Despite its brief format, to read Wallis' words is to get completely immersed in the frozen world of those women and their daily struggle to survive. Of course the story is about more than their physical survival; we discover within them inner strength and the value of knowledge that is passed down. It is the first book that has drawn unanimous approval from the whole group, and I was aware of a real warmth from our readers as they related the aspects that had engaged them, and listened to each other. One member had read the story aloud to her own daughter – continuing the oral tradition – and it sparked another train of discussion about her reactions. Everyone agreed that the strength of the women, and their refusal to go quietly, was inspiring: "They forget that we, too, have earned the right to live! So I say if we are going to die, my friend, let us die trying, not sitting." First published in 1993, it seems unlikely that many of us would have stumbled upon this beautiful little story if Book Club hadn't brought it our way. The book selected for our April meeting is Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson. We'll be back at the library in the Nell Horth room for great discussion, and coffee and treats from Quince Café! Come along and join us, April 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visit www.seasidemagazine.ca/book-club for more information and to sign up!

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is significantly lower than a traditional casket burial." Chris and his family team at Earth's Option take a dignified and respectful approach to their valued customers. "Families that go into funeral homes often emotionally overspend because of a high pressure sales approach or just feeling they should buy more than they are comfortable with," comments Chris. But the owners of Earth's Option proudly take a "no pressure approach" to costs through making all the funeral arrangements in the comfort of the person's home and not using commissioned staff. By utilizing halls and churches within the community instead of investing in expensive facilities, they keep their overhead low and their costs reasonable. The Benesch family feels fortunate to provide such an important service to the community. "The death of a loved one is typically the most challenging event of our lives and to be able to participate and help families through this difficult time is very rewarding." Like a kind friend, they offer empathy and assistance to people in need. As Chris reflects: "people don't want to 'do business' with a 'Company', but want to be served by a real person who understands the turmoil they are experiencing and who will help them navigate through the many decisions involved in honouring those they loved." Is there any other way? For more information, visit http://earthsoption.com.

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I live on a boat for at least half the year if not more and am getting so tired of wearing my same worn-out boating clothes. How do I put together a wardrobe that is stylish and appropriate? What a wonderful life on the water! It is possible to be stylish and comfortable while living on a boat, so don't you worry. Putting together a capsule wardrobe with clothes that are wrinkle free, compact, breathable and most importantly interchangeable will serve you best and keep you organized. A wonderful example of this is a line called Vacay Style out of San Francisco created by a sailor who was in the same predicament. The concept is you start with one collection, usually made of five pieces, pair it with two of your own essentials, such as a plain white top and a universal pair of paints, and voila: you can have over 15 outfits to mix and match!

The ArtSea Gallery Presents: West Coast Wildlife and Landscape Photography with a “Taste of Africa” April 2 - 15, 2018 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily) Local photographer Helen B. Watt is showcasing her collection of beautiful West Coast images of dramatic landscapes and seascapes, engaging wildlife and colourful botanicals. The show will feature a “Taste of Africa,” exhibiting 2017 work from Kenya and Tanzania.

Touch of Art April 16 - 22, 2018 Works by local artists Dianne Comba, Sylvia Nicolson, Sherry Filipovic, Jan Pelton and Shirley Marshall. Also showing their works are artists Linda Proctor, Marlene Mitchell and Kathy Lee. Acrylic and watercolour paintings. Sidney by the Sea: The Williams Family April 23 - 29, 2018 A family affair! Mother and daughters form a great show featuring party and gem jewelry by Sherry, art glass by Patricia and stained glass by Evelyn!

Colourful Memories - A Retrospective of Places Near and Far: David Johns April 30 - May 16, 2018 Oil, pastel and acrylic paintings. The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2018. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information: www.artsea.ca.

Open Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5th & Weiler, Sidney - Free Admission & Parking We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council.

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ecosystems, the organization Friends of North Saanich Parks gathers several times a month to remove invasive species from municipal parks. Invasive species that can smother both herbaceous vegetation and trees are a threat to any canopied park including, for example, RO Bull Park, which is composed of rare old-growth Douglas fir and red cedar. In order to sustain forest health, English ivy, English laurel, Himalayan blackberry and daphne should be removed from public parks. The "Friends" considered RO Bull Park a priority and completed invasive plant clearance in January. Although the group must return to maintain invasive free-conditions, volunteers like Claire Shaw and Marjorie Garside recognize that completing a park is a milestone. They have volunteered with the group since its inception and have witnessed the slow but steady progress in invasive plant removal. They will continue to monitor RO Bull Park for future invasive species encroachment. The organization hopes to find other stewards eventually for each forested municipal park, and can now focus on additional parks in the North Saanich municipality that urgently require invasive species removal. The Friends of North Saanich Parks is a true grass roots


organization. Last year, it began with a small group of committed residents, donated equipment and no money. It now has a website, brochures and about 30 planned events for this year. School classes from Deep Cove Elementary, Parkland High School and North Saanich Middle School have been working in collaboration with the group to remove invasive species in Lillian Hoffar Park and Denham Till Park respectively. Deep Cove Elementary will continue removing ivy along several trails near the school and Parkland classes will return to Lillian Hoffar Park. Over the past year, the "Friends" organized several invasive plant removal events in Quarry Park not only involving its own volunteers but Scouts and Guides. Additional community work parties will be held in Quarry Park later this year and in Lillian Hoffar Park. A partnership of volunteers formed with the Oak Bay Marine Group will address the invasive species present in Nymph Park, a small park near the North Saanich Yacht Club. The organization hopes to form other similar partnerships in future. To join or inquire about the organization Friends of North Saanich Parks, visit www. fnsp.ca, contact Ashlee Scanlon at ashleeanna4180@ gmail.com or Sharon Hope at 250-655-1062. april 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 65


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When tied up at marinas, live-aboards, such as the Am Cala at Port Sidney Marina, provide a strong community of support and friendship.


Living Aboard a Boat: A Haven & A Passion Story by janice henshaw photos by Nunn other photography “Hark, now hear the sailors cry / Smell the sea, and feel the sky / Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic … ” – Van Morrison Have you ever dreamed of living aboard a boat? Watching the sun sink into the ocean from your deck as seals with curious eyes and long whiskers pop up to check you out, and seagulls and eagles fly overhead as they search for their last meal of the day? And after you’ve said goodnight to the stars, you curl up in your warm, comfy bunk and float off to sleep, lulled by the ocean swells. I have had this dream for quite awhile. In fact, my sister Shelley painted a picture for me of a playful red tug that she laughingly called the “Ms. Jolly Janice.” So when Seaside asked me to do a “boat” home review, I was delighted. It was time to find out what it’s like to say: “My home is a boat.” … Rain fell softly in the harbour as I met Jeff McLeod at Port Sidney Marina, where he welcomed me aboard his 40 foot-long sailboat, a Beneteau 393 named the “Am Cala.” Jeff said a loose translation of the name is “my safe haven.” Once inside the Am Cala, it does feel like a haven on this chilly day; the cabin is warm and cozy. A Wallas forcedair diesel furnace that Jeff described as “life-altering wonderful” solves the perennial boat problems of humidity and condensation. The light inside the cabin is bright, coming in through large acrylic skylights and portholes. White ceilings, white trim and white leather bench seating provide a bright contrast to the rich colour of the cherry-stained teak trim. Jeff made us tea on his compact stainless steel propane stove, which is gimballed, allowing it to tilt and stay level even when the boat is heeled over. If the burners get extinguished, the stove shuts off the flow of propane, and the cabin has a gas detector alarm. These precautions are in place because propane gas is heavier than air. If the gas leaks, it can settle in low, confined areas and explode if there is a spark. Other appliances include a microwave, which can run on shore power or by way of an inverter when anchored out, and a 12-volt electric fridge/freezer. Six paired six-volt batteries (GC2s) can store 700 amp hours of power. They can be charged by roof-mounted solar panels or by the generator in an hour and a half if anchored out during cloudy weather. The cabin has efficient LED lights and a couple of halogen lights, which provide a warmer glow.

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There are three other cabins, one in the bow that has a built-in bunk for Jeff and space to hang his clothes and shelve his books. Two other small cabins are in the stern of the boat. One has a bunk for guests, while Jeff uses the third cabin for storage. There are two heads (washrooms) with showers. A third shower on the deck has a panoramic view. It must feel terrific to shower in the sunshine after an invigorating swim in the sea. On a windy, wet day, Jeff sometimes finds the journey to buy provisions to be a bit of a grind. Boaters can’t drive up to their front door! Each purchase must fit into an assigned space so that everything remains stowed, even in turbulent seas – a place for everything, and


There are three cabins, one in the bow with a built-in bunk for Jeff and space to hang his clothes and shelve his books.

everything in its place. To fill up with fuel, Jeff motors over to Van Isle Marina, where he also uses the pump-out facility to dispose of wastewater. If Jeff needs a change of scene during winter, he sails over to Montague Harbour on Galiano Island or drops his hook (anchor) in False Creek. Or he heads to Tod Inlet for a day of kayaking. No

need for ferries or a car, but winter travel does require a toque and gloves and a full set of foul weather gear. Jeff doesn’t wear a survival suit; he uses harnesses and a double clip system to lessen the odds of falling overboard. Jeff has always been a big traveller, and living on a boat means “I can take my home with me.” During his career working in IT, Jeff


Top: Appliances include a gimballed stove, which stays level even when the boat is heeled over, a microwave and a 12-volt electric fridge/freezer. Bottom: there are two heads (washrooms) with showers.

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was based mainly in Calgary, but he flew down to sail in the Caribbean, first on chartered boats, and then on the Am Cala, which he bought 10 years ago. After two years of flying back and forth to work, Jeff decided it would be way more fun to live on the Am Cala full time, and so he dispensed with work and spent the next seven years sailing in the Caribbean. The trade winds and weather in the Caribbean make it an awesome place to live and sail, says Jeff. He described a 17-mile pink beach of crushed shells that he anchored off, the only boat there. “The sea is so blue that its colour reflects off the bottom of white clouds.� To bring the boat home to B.C., Jeff sailed it to Florida and then had it


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loaded onto a freighter for the rest of the journey. Jeff has sailed up and down the West Coast to Mexico and Panama, the seas of the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, and through the Straits of Singapore. He competes in the Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race and on one return trip, encountered a terrible storm that had formed from the collision of two hurricanes. Jeff said the following waves were as high as apartment buildings, so the boat was in danger of pitchpoling (the bow would bury itself in the wave trough and capsize the boat end-over-end). With a great deal of skill and perhaps a little luck they arrived home safely; that adventure doesn’t seem to have affected his passion for sailing. Remarkably, he has never been seasick. To live aboard, Jeff said that it helps if you are, or at least have an interest in, being a bit of a DIY plumber, electrician, sewer, mechanic and fibreglass/woodworker. “Something always needs maintenance,”

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The Edible Garden

Although almost any time of by Solara Goldwynn year is a good time to garden here on the West Coast, April is that special Hatchet & Seed month when soil temperatures warm up and things really begin to grow. Seeds germinate quickly, fruit trees begin to bloom and the garden literally comes alive with the buzz of pollinators. The concept of edible landscaping, or cultivating food around human habitat, is nothing new. Humans have been growing food around their dwellings in all cultures and places for a very long time. It's only quite recently, in terms of human history, that we've become distant from our food sources, going global with our food, and growing lawns around our dwellings. Yet, as we become increasingly aware of the costs of a global food system, more and more people are coming back to the idea of growing food where they live. As edible landscapers, my husband and I work with many different clients to create landscapes that are beautiful and abundant. Fruit trees and berry bushes, along with annual and perennial herbs and vegetables, surround houses and businesses. These landscapes not only provide nutritious food, but also create healthy ecosystems for birds and bees. Edible landscaping is a way to create vibrant, interactive spaces that give back to you and your family. If you are considering re-landscaping or have a yard or garden area that you would like to grow edible plants in, here are some tips to get you started. Knowing what kind of soil you have (sandy or clay?) will help you with selecting the right species. For example, apple trees don't do well

with wet feet, but pears can handle it. Using wood chip mulch can help to balance out tough soil situations, and fruit trees and berry bushes much prefer to grow with wood chip than grass. Understand the microclimates you are working with on your site, such as a south or west side of a building, vs. a shady or an exposed coastal property, and you will be able to plant accordingly. An overhang on the southern or western wall can shelter more sensitive plants such as lemons and peaches. In shadier areas, plant perennial vegetables such as hostas (yes edible!) and Solomon's seal, or grow your leafy greens in this area. Many native plants and berry bushes also thrive in partial shade areas. Arbors, trellising and fences create outdoor rooms, and can block prevailing winds or unsightly views. Vertical growing on trellising saves on space in the garden, and adds structure and support for edible vines and cane fruits that get heavy as they grow and produce. Garden edging is often overlooked, and yet can make or break your garden experience. Separating permanent garden beds and pathways from lawn with edging can keep grasses from creeping into your garden beds. Also, having permanent garden beds that you do not walk in mitigates compaction – keeping soil alive and healthy. Perennial flowers and herbs can fill in spaces between fruit trees and berry bushes, and not only add beauty and fragrance to the garden, but also attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Try to aim for year-round blooms to feed those ambitious pollinators and hummingbirds that emerge on sunny days through the winter; you will feed your soul at the same time! To find out more about edible landscaping, visit www.hatchetnseed.ca. Have questions to ask our team of experts? Send your gardening queries to news@seasidemagazine.ca. Photo courtesy Kelly Brown Photography. seaside homes | april 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 75


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For a long time I used to feel a sense of pride as we hauled numerous recycling bins full of plastic, cardboard, metal and glass out to the curb twice a month. Like so many, we are a family committed to making better environmental choices starting at home. We collect and recycle all our soft plastics, styrofoam, electronics, paint, cooking oil and batteries. We donate clothing, toys and books and we compost religiously. We've installed LED light bulbs, have invested in water efficient fixtures, and we turn down the thermostat. Yet there at the end of our driveway, through heaping piles of recyclables, was a display of so many things we could still be doing better. Taking clues from our recycling, we have set out five simple, yet highly impactful goals for change: 1: Phase out single use products. Replace single-use with reusable and refillable containers. The right retailers will offer time-, cost- and environmental-saving alternatives to things such as paper towel, plastic wrap, straws and storage baggies. Shopping in bulk allows you to buy the quantities you need and glass containers can be reused indefinitely for both storage and food prep. www. zerowasteemporium.com; www.westcoastrefill. com; www.victoriasoapexchange.com; www. nezzanaturals.com. 2: Buy food that is in season. Not only is it optimum quality because it is grown under its natural conditions, but there will be more options to buy it fresh from a local farmer. In doing so, you will reduce excessive packaging and emissions from transportation. Many farms offer seasonal and/or organic produce boxes with pick-up or delivery options. For a listing of Island resources go to: https:// islandfarmfresh.com. 3: Avoid Fast Fashion and design trends.

Practical and Easy Ways to Go Green Invest in fewer yet better quality items that you will love, feel great wearing, and that will go with the stuff you already own. Buy the best quality you can afford, from reputable manufacturers or from quality consignment stores. 4: Unsubscribe. Email advertising, media and junk mail all have a huge influence on our purchase decisions. If you are not tempted into buying unnecessary things, then you will only buy the things you actually need. 5: Downsize. If you don't need it, use it, or love it, then don't keep it. It can be hard

to part with our stuff, so make a "Nostalgia Album" – a photo book of things you wish to remember but don't need to keep. Borrow and share less common items with friends. Utilize the library. Donate your items to organizations that are personally meaningful, thereby making the process easier. Just one influential person in a household of four can quadruple their efforts for change. It takes time to break old habits and form new routines so start by implementing one goal at a time to ensure success. What will be your goals for change?

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Waterfront views dominate this property with floor-toceiling windows framing the active Sidney waterfront. This 2 bed, 2 bath condo/ townhome is in original condition awaiting your personal touch. Garage, second parking space and perfect location just two short blocks from the shops, restaurants and galleries of downtown Sidney. $899,000.

With amazing views across Haro Strait, this 4 bedroom, 5 bath home of over 5,000 square feet is sure to impress. Luxurious and accessible living with an impressive master suite with 2 ensuite baths on main level, plus chair lift on the impressive 3 floor spiral staircase. MLS#388350.

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4386 Wildflower Place – Victoria

South East Facing Penthouse

Spacious upscale home on a quiet cul de sac location in the heart of Broadmead. Generous room sizes and inviting open plan design; wonderful eat-in kitchen and adjacent family room with fireplace. Expansive living & dining rooms, huge games room & beautiful master suite with full ensuite, walk-in closet and fireplace. Two offices, spacious West facing deck and a triple car garage. $1,424,900. MLS#388227.

2 - 9901 Third St, Sidney

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Step outside from this private sunny oasis and you are in the heart of Sidney. This modern open floor plan with sunny exposure boasts large master bedroom with ensuite, guest bedroom with private ensuite, office and best of all, a large deck for morning breakfasts and afternoon entertaining. This property is fully rentable until you are ready to move in to call it home. Call today to view this hidden treasure. MLS 387699. $1,150,000. Gay Helmsing and Anthea Helmsing 250.360.7387 | helmsinghomesforsale.com

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Authentic Restored Character House – Salt Spring Island Authentic character home, built with old style craftsmanship, renovated & restored, 4 bed, 4 bath, wood floors, sunny 10+ acres, fenced vegetable garden, backup generator for whole house, sep garage. Very private! Many unique features! They just don’t build them like this anymore! Must be seen! $1,290,000. MLS#R2222727.

Rare Opportunity!

7893 Wallace Drive, Central Saanich This cleared and level building lot offers you the opportunity to build a beautiful family home like the one at right in the core of an established friendly Saanich Peninsula community. Buyer to verify building plans with the District of Central Saanich. $429,900. MLS#388338.

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An Architectural Feast for the Eyes - Salt Spring Island Superb custom architect designed executive home (2-3 bed/3 bath), elegant master wing with dream en suite, radiant infloor heating, cherry wood floors, terrific kitchen, dramatic dining, deck with BBQ built-in, media room, office. Panoramic ocean vistas! Sunny 6+ acres. A dream home ready for you! $2,880,000. MLS#R2245914.

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1259 Oceanwood Place Walk to Everything

Cordova Bay

Ever dreamed of parking the car and walking to everything? This 2002 3BR, 3BA home is a private natural oasis 400m from the centre of town. This home features an open concept lower level with kitchen, dining & living room highlighted with a cozy gas FP and sliders to your SE facing deck. MLS 388487. $749,000.

OCEANWOOD is an award-winning enclave of West Coast inspired homes in Cordova Bay and this custom Built Green BC Platinum home by Citta Construction is a work of art! Well positioned on a sunny, large, scenic lot and set amongst majestic firs, golden arbutus and treasured garry oaks, this home is an architectural masterpiece. $1,650,000.

Willy Dunford (PREC*) 250.656.4626

997 Seapearl Place Cordova Bay

Ingrid Jarisz (PREC*) 250.656.4626

Sidney Family Friendly

This lovely home resonates warmth and pride of ownership. Walk to the ocean, schools and all amenities. Carefully updated over the years yet retaining the original charm. Three bedrooms, 2 bath, sunny and spacious kitchen, formal living room and cosy den. Sunroom opens to expansive deck and south-facing back garden. HUGE The Pearl of Cordova Bay, detached workshop this exquisitely renovated, + greenhouse. MLS 5 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom, 387706. $699,000. 4,300+sf, 1989 custom family home blends West Susanna Crofton Coast Contemporary 250.385.2033 with City Chic! You’ll be impressed with the superior finishing & detail that has transformed this stunning home located on a private Expansive 180-degree ocean views and 1/3 acre on a privacy in this West Coast home! Beautiful sought-after street woodland setting. This custom built home on Cordova Bay offers 4 beds and 4 baths. Ridge. MLS 388835. Close to Deep Cove School, $1,598,000. Sidney, Ferries and airport. The home is R2000 and is 2x6 construction. An easy access driveway with excellent parking and turnaround area including RV and boat space. MLS 388665.

Spectacular Ocean Views

Ingrid Jarisz (PREC*) 250.656.4626

Lands End Oceanfront - North Saanich

Private sandy beach, easily accessed down 27 sturdy concrete steps! Amazing views down Satellite Channel, stunning sunsets & a fabulous custom 3 bed 3 bath home that is an open palette for your decorating ideas. Lower level with walkout rec room, private office, roughed in bathroom and huge, dry crawlspace for storage. Private and landscaped. MLS 387104. $2,395,000.

Maryan van Stolk* (*PREC) 250.656.4626

Panoramic Sea to Sky Vistas

1123 Highview Place, North Saanich

Willy Dunford (PREC*) 250.656.4626

Private 1.01 acre sanctuary. Sophisticated, elegant, yet casual West Coast comfort. Gourmet kitchen, formal and casual dining spaces and adjoining living and family rooms great for entertaining and family functions all soaking up the views and sunshine. This home has a bright, spacious separate legal suite, or great space for guests and extended family. A must see! MLS 386720. Maryan van Stolk* (*PREC) 250.656.4626


in good health

This Time it's Personal:

Putting the "Family" in Family Dentistry by Phillip Tiicham Muir This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. "Patients have developed a personal relationship with our different staff members over the years, seeing them several times each year," says Dr. Jacalyn Sollid, co-owner and founder of Sidney Centre Family Dentistry (SCFD). "Our receptionists know most patients by name, who their kids are, where they've gone on holiday … coming to an

appointment is like catching up with a friend." Due to a neck injury, Dr. Sollid is primarily involved in managing the practice, but she's still an essential part of what makes SCFD so special. Jaci's husband, Dr. Loren Braun, and their SCFD family treat patients with their usual gentle, calm and kind demeanor. I refer to SCFD as a family because most of the staff have been there for over 10 years. With that kind of loyalty, you can hardly just

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call them employees. So, what does this mean to you as a patient? It means you know the staff are knowledgeable and competent. But on a more personal level, it means you can book your appointment and know who will answer the phone. When you arrive they'll be expecting you, and not just the next patient. Since we've featured Loren and Jaci a few times now, I really wanted to capture the heart of their clinic, and let me tell you it is a big heart! SCFD focuses on patient-


centred care, in a low pressure, comfortable and relaxed environment. I asked whether the staff meet and discuss a promise they can deliver on for every single patient. Theirs is a simple one: that every patient leaves with a smile. Jaci explained how they achieve this: "We will show patients respect, by being on time, sticking with our estimate, and informing patients of all of their treatment options." One of the core values of SCFD is to thoroughly inform patients and present them with all treatment options. They pride themselves on being a low-pressure practice, where the patients' interests always come first. Oftentimes finances come into the decision process, but the SCFD receptionists go above and beyond to ease the stress of payment. When it comes to insurance billing, they will take the time to find out your limit,

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preauthorize treatment and bill insurance directly for the appointment. When it comes down to it, whether you're

"At SCFD, they have a simple promise that they can deliver on: that every patient leaves with a smile." going to the dentist for a cleaning, or to treat a particular issue, you always want something specific from your visit. This is exactly how SCFD operates; they listen to your concerns and prioritize your chief complaint. All other treatments are your decision, and you can rest assured it will be an informed one.

There may come a day when your main concern is urgent. If you've broken a tooth or are in considerable pain, Dr. Braun will find a way to get you in his chair as soon as possible, even if that means coming in on the weekend. It may be that you find dental work too much to bear or experience anxiety, but SCFD has thought of that too. They are one of few local clinics to offer full sedation for those who need it. If there's one thing that can ease the anxiety of a visit to the dentist, it's trust. That trust comes from knowing what to expect, who you'll see, and most importantly, how much they care about you. By taking the time to make personal connections with patients, Loren, Jaci, their hygienists and staff show just how much they really do care. For more information, visit www.sidneycentredental.com.

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Sidney to Host 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships On October 11 to 14, 2018, Sidney will play host to

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the world’s best coastal rowers when the World Rowing Coastal Championships take place along the shores of the Salish Sea. The event Organizing Committee, which includes several Olympic medalists, have worked with the Town of Sidney to secure use of Tulista and Lochside Parks as the location for the Championships,

ensuring a beach start for the first time ever at this international competition. The successful bid also takes advantage of the community’s walkability, the venue’s close proximity to local hotels, meeting space and other amenities. Sidney Mayor Steve Price commented: “We are excited that The World Rowing Federation (FISA) has chosen Sidney as the venue for the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships. Our community has an outstanding, proven record of successfully hosting major events and we look forward to working with the Organizing Committee to welcome the athletes, their support teams and spectators to our community. Town staff, local community organizations, local businesses, and a passionate volunteer base will support this event and ensure it is the best ever and that we make Canada proud.” The Championships are expected to attract hundreds of participants from around the world. Organizers hope to have large crowds to welcome the world’s best in coastal rowing and free access to the site will be provided for spectators. For more information, email mayor@sidney.ca or visit www.sidney.ca.

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what ’ s happening until May 6:

april 21: Monte Carlo Gala

The Residents of the Extended Care Unit Art Show

Sidney by the Sea Rotary Fundraiser

2166 Mount Newton Cross Road, Saanichton

6:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 250.656.0275| www.marywinspear.ca

Art by Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society members is hung in public and patient unit hallways. They are encouraged to bring artwork with healing colours that are reflected in nature as there is research indicating the beneficial effects on patients. Many people become so attached to a particular piece they have to purchase it so they can enjoy it at home! 10% from the sale of each piece is given to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. The Extended Care Unit Art Exhibit will be on display until May 6. The residents have created art at MAOA, with the Panorama Pottery program and with the in-house Creative Arts Group. Additionally, the Saanich Peninsula Arts And Crafts Society Art Exhibit is on display year round. april 1: Easter Egg Hunt

1 to 2 p.m. at Dominion Brook Park 8801 East Saanich Road, North Saanich 250.656.7271 | rtancock@panoramarec.bc.ca

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 16: Teen Lounge – PJ Party

6 to 8 p.m. at Brentwood Teen Lounge, 1233 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay 250.656.7271 | hnawroth@panoramarec.bc.ca

Grab a blanket or sleeping bag & pull on your favourite pajamas we're having a PJ Party complete with sleepover games, activities, movies and treats! april 15: Sidney Classical Orchestra Concert: Dueling Pianos 2:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church 10030 Third Street, Sidney jjmcg@telus.net

Piano soloists Susan de Burgh and Ed LeBarron will perform the highly entertaining Carnival of the Animals by C. Saint-Saëns and F. Poulenc’s exhilarating Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra. Plus the World Premiere Performance of Stephen Brown’s Where the Gander Goes Barefoot. Also, the famous SCO silent auction, with an amazing array of goods and services going to the highest bidder. Tickets for all performances available at: Tanner’s Books, Sidney; City Scribe Printing & Stationery, Brentwood Bay; Long & McQuade, Victoria; and at the door. Adults $25; students $13; 19 and younger FREE! april 16: Stories at Fern Street (since 1989)

Join us for an evening of New Orleans themed fun! Live music, dancing, games of chance, auctions and tapas. Win a trip for two to any regularly scheduled Air Canada destination in Canada or the continental U.S. Raffle tickets available in advance from Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club members and at the Gala. $20/raffle ticket. Raising funds for Peninsula Youth Health Clinic, Sidney Elementary School, Mount Newton Centre Society, Amarok Society (Bangladesh School). april 21: Animal Adventures

(guided walk - 5 yrs and under)

10 to 11 a.m. at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, Saanich 250.478.3344 | www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist on a family adventure, as you learn animal skills. Creep like a deer, jump like a cougar, and feel like a raccoon as we wind our way through the forest. There is no fee for this program but you must pre-register by April 18 as space is limited. Visit www.crd.bc.ca/parks-events. april 24: Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Meeting

7 p.m. at Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney www.cfuwsaanichpeninsula.org

The CFUW Saanich Peninsula invites the community to our April meeting to hear a presentation by Cathryn Clarke Murray, speaking on "Hitchhikers on Marine Debris from the Great Japan Tsunami." Free admission; all welcome. april 28: Horth Hill Highlights (guided hike - 8 yrs +) 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Horth Hill Regional Park, North Saanich 250.478.3344 | www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Check out this delightful park at the tip of the Saanich Peninsula. Along with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist, discover the plants at your feet, the birds over your head and great views from the top. Wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Tatlow Road. 2nd wednesday OF each MONTH

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Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting

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Join us for stories told in the oral tradition by members of Victoria Storyteller's Guild and friends. 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies).

Speakers and discussions on the association's ongoing projects. 2nd Thursday of each Month

april 20: Speakers Series

Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel Pre-booking required. More information at www.peninsulanewcomers.ca

1:30 to 3 p.m. at The Centre, 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay 250.652.4611 | www.centralsaanichseniorscentre.org

Guest presenters will be Target Theatre. Topic: theatre production titled “Can You Hear the Birds?” This is a brand-new commission from Target Theatre written by local playwright Kat Taddei. Proudly supported by the Eldercare Foundation and local hearing loss organizations, focusing on issues relating to and the lives of those living with hearing loss. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula?Ladies – come join our club! tuesday evenings

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

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last word I recently read a Facebook post that talked about a microgeneration – sandwiched between Gen X and the Milennials – unofficially named the “Xennials.” This group, born in the short window between 1977 and 1983, is said to encompass those who had an analogue childhood but are now living a digital adulthood. Having arrived on scene at the tail end of 1977, I guess that makes me a Xennial. Quite honestly I do feel caught between two worlds sometimes: excited to see what the future holds, possess the latest high-tech gadget, eagerly awaiting the arrival of flying cars and tele-transportation like in the shows and movies of our childhood, but also longing for a return to that childhood, the simplicity of it, the faceto-face and safety of it. As our world expands and moves forward, it seems that this generation especially realizes that not every step toward the future is the right one, and there are things that shouldn’t have been left behind, or at least should have been more carefully thought

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Seaside Magazine April 2018 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 2018 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...