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While the sale of land might be a common occurrence, I was privileged to witness a unique transaction involving a local First Nations community. Expressing in words the sentiments stated, gifts exchanged and traditions shared was challenging. And, I couldn't be more grateful. Writing takes me places I've not travelled before.

Interviewing Bob McDonald was a special treat as I've always admired his ability to get experts to explain complex science in understandable terms during his 28 years hosting CBC Radio's show, Quirks & Quarks. His new book on outer space certainly enlightened and entertained the kid in me.

Living with the reality of super viruses forces us to take stock of what's truly important: the health and safety of our loved ones and our communities. As we face the first official "pandemic" since the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, it is our collective responsibility to arm ourselves with knowledge, commitment and diligence to protect ourselves and our world.

SHEILA MOLLOY PAGE 53 The volume of outdoor adventures and amazing nature available on the Peninsula makes distilling to one recommendation a fun challenge. There are many apps to read and reviews to consider, but my hope is you take my article as a practical but enthusiastic recommendation from a like-minded neighbour.

CORAL PAYNE PAGE 15 Writing about the mental health benefits of being on or near the ocean made me realize how important sailing is to me. Getting out on the water in the often bracing winter weather, doing a long distance race with my crewmates, sets me up perfectly for the week to come.

MARITA SCHAUCH PAGE 49 Cleansing goes deeper than losing a couple of pounds or making up for bad eating habits over the winter – it affects the entire functioning of the body. Just like spring cleaning, spring cleansing is an effective way to transition into a new season feeling healthy, nourished and balanced.

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Life is so full of twists and turns. While I've been given my share of blessings, I don't have enough fingers to count the number of times in the last 53 years that things didn't turn out the way I had planned. Countless times I've been left wondering why certain things happened and others didn't, or why just when things seemed to be going right, they took a hard left. How we interpret these kinds of experiences is key, because those interpretations become our stories. Amidst all the difficult conversations around the COVID-19 virus, a decision closer to home was having to euthanize our 17-year-old husky lab, Kuper, always referred to as "a kind gentleman." It seemed terrible timing to me that both these events could possibly happen at the same time for our family. Which twist and turn do we fear the most? I've dealt with both my parents' deaths, marked by a funeral and eulogies, yet when Kuper passed away in front of me I was devastated, with a kind of fear in myself I've never experienced before. As COVID-19 races around the globe, a different fear continues to spread even quicker than the virus itself in all communities. Shelves lay bare as people stock up on everything imaginable as they brace for a seemingly inevitable bout with this virus. The NCAA, NBA, universities, school systems and corporations of every kind rush to respond to the environmental challenges and threats this virus poses. We must act together to slow the spread of the virus and look after each other. But we need to listen to the facts, not fear. Following the news of escalating protocols to contain the virus, it will have a major impact on businesses small and large. To that end, I would like to encourage/challenge each of you to consider acquiring gift certificates from Sidney and Saanich Peninsula merchants to provide a little cash flow during these difficult times. We do hope you enjoy this issue of Seaside, from the illuminating cover of the Polynesian sunset (story pg 12) to the many stories about life on the Peninsula, living by the ocean is always a source of comfort and pleasure for our community.

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friends and I decided to come out to Sidney for a delicious lunch in early January. It was a gorgeous day, so why not take the trip and stroll through the shops after a big lunch and wear it off (well, at least an attempt at that!). I was most fortunate to pick up a copy of Seaside while perusing the lovely shop, Flush, on Beacon Avenue.

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I am reading this edition of your wonderful magazine from cover to cover! I even entered the draw for a gift certificate from the Roll the Dice contest – how fun is that?! Please keep up the good work in creating a most delightful magazine with so much information and fantastic ads that jump off the pages! Great journalism with something for everyone, indeed! You are fantastic and I just had to write to say, "Thank YOU!" What a


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We want to thank you all so very much for the stunning presentation of our home in the March issue of Seaside Magazine. It warmed my heart to see it and read about it! As you might expect, we've passed it along to several people and have received some lovely comments as a result. It's an honour for us to have had that exposure. Anne & Eric Miller

Huge thanks for making room in your current issue of Seaside Magazine for Gillian Crowley's great review of my book (At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging). Because your magazine goes everywhere, I have a feeling it's generating good book sales! People from various nooks and crannies have written to me to say they've seen the article. Love your magazine. I read every bit of it from cover to cover! Wendy Wickwire

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French Polynesia

I wouldn't consider myself a "boat person." Aside from my yearly speed boat ride with friends on Sproat by Cassidy Nunn Lake, the nautical lifestyle isn't a part of my family history. I'd never spent a night on a vessel before last April when we (my soon-to-be-husband, his parents and brother) embarked on a 14-day adventure in French Polynesia. Our home for the two weeks:


a 40-foot catamaran complete with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a kayak, stand-up paddle board, fishing rods and a dinghy. The French Polynesian islands have a population of approximately 270,000 spread across the 118 islands in the South Pacific. Tahiti is the largest and most populated island; it acts as the main hub for international flights to the region landing in the capital city of Papeete. It took us several flights and two days of travel from Victoria to arrive on the smaller island of Raiatea where our boat was waiting for us at the marina. We first set sail for Bora Bora, which is likely the most well-known of the Polynesian islands. It's renowned for its exquisite beauty with a massive turquoise lagoon, vibrant greenery, an expansive protective barrier reef that surrounds almost the entire island, and many luxe resorts boasting romantic bungalows on the water. We spent the first few days sailing around the island, finding a mooring ball in a different location each night and making the occasional trek onto land via our dinghy for more groceries and supplies. The days started early, with the sun rising around 6 a.m. and then setting about 6 p.m. Evenings were spent cooking supper, playing card games and going to bed early for the most part. With no TV and little access to WiFi, it was a good break from technology and I devoured several books over the course of the trip. Once we'd toured around Bora Bora, we attempted to leave for

Raiatea, a journey that should take a few hours across the open sea. After a couple of grueling hours making what seemed like little progress against the stormy ocean, we decided to turn back and try again the following day. It was like Groundhog Day when we all awoke for the early start, again, but thankfully the sun was out and while there was still some chop, the waves were more forgiving and we made it safely to Raiatea. Several times we were joined by dolphins who would swim beside the catamaran as we motored along; I'd sit at the front of the boat, camera in hand, wind in my hair and admire their speed as they darted through the water, occasionally veering off sideways and leaping out of the water in a spin. We lived in our swimsuits all day, periodically jumping off the boat to cool off in the tropical waters. As soon as my suit would dry out in the scorching sun, we'd be hit with another intense rain shower, soaking us and the boat. Ten minutes later, after the rain stopped, we'd be dry again and ready to hop into the ocean. Over the course of our trip I ate my weight in baguettes, attempted yoga on a stand-up paddle board, kayaked, snorkeled with sting rays, tried my hand at underwater photography, and even went horseback riding. I have this special ability to find horses just about everywhere I travel, and French Polynesia was no exception! Ranch Cadichon Vallee is on Raiatea and home to several horses. I spent a glorious afternoon trail riding up a mountain into the tropical forest and then finished off the ride by taking the horses for a swim in the ocean. We also had the pleasure of visiting a local farm way off the beaten path; the proud farmer showed us his amazing spread of bananas, sweet potato, lychee nuts, papaya, green beans, tarot root, coconut, mangoes (which weren't in season while we were there unfortunately) and limes. We left with a dinghy full of fresh fruits and veggies. Another mandatory stop while in French Polynesia is a visit to a pearl farm. The region is famous for its cultured pearls and the darker colours come from the specific variety of oyster that "grow" the pearl. A pearl reaches its maturity in two years and is sorted into classes with A being the highest and most expensive (the pearl has almost no imperfections) to B (the pearl is round and has a nice colour but may have a few imperfections) to C and so on. Somehow, we all survived two weeks on the boat without throwing each other overboard! I can now boast that I do in fact have pretty strong sea legs, and should I ever need to test them out again, I hope it's somewhere as beautiful as French Polynesia. Photos by Nunn Other Photography.

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I recently took the ferry to the mainland to attend a celebration of life. It was one of those February days – the sun was bright but there was still a winter chill in the air. I found a nice little protected spot on one of the upper outer decks, and stayed there enjoying the fresh air and views of the ocean. At first I was thinking about my friend, who at 95 had managed to stay active in both body and mind, only recently gave up her golf club membership, and lived independently up until the very end. As I was thinking about her, I found myself being lulled into a sense of calm as I gazed at the sun glistening on the surface of the water, listened to the sound of the ferry ploughing its way through the chop, and enjoyed the patterns that the wind made on the surface of the water. Even though I was starting to get cold, I was reluctant to go inside. I was experiencing firsthand what has come to be known as "blue health" or "blue care" – the direct benefits for mental health of being on or near the ocean. We have known for some time that contact with nature is good for us. Physicians and mental health workers have been advocating what we call "green prescriptions" – encouraging patients and clients to spend more time in natural spaces. New studies are showing that being on or around the ocean may have more benefits for mental health than spending time in the woods! Researchers have found that increased views of "blue space" are significantly associated with lower levels of psychological

Is Blue the New Green? distress, and that a significant number of coastal-dwellers who enjoy sea views have lower rates of depression than the rest of the population. You don't have to live by the sea to reap the benefits of the ocean. Just spending time near the ocean can slow the heart rate, reduce stress hormones, and boost mental health. It is also believed that the soft visual stimuli of water as it moves, and as sunlight is reflected on the surface of the water, holds our attention without any conscious effort, making room for reflection and cognitive recovery. This is great news for those of us who have the good fortune to live near the ocean (which is most of us on the Saanich Peninsula). It is easy for us to incorporate the benefits of improved mental health by spending more time on or around the ocean. Take your coffee to the beach. Sit in the sunshine, close your eyes, and listen to the waves gently lap the shore. Get up close and personal with the ocean – rent a kayak and explore a small piece of our beautiful coast. Board one of the Gulf Island ferries and sit on an outside deck in the sunshine, and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells. Get all of your senses involved in the experience. Pack a picnic dinner and find a nice piece of shoreline to enjoy the sunset, and notice how calm and grounded you feel on your journey home. Next time you are feeling anxious or stressed, think about taking a "blue break" – spend some time at the seaside.


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Completely Creedence Returning to Sidney for their fifth appearance is Completely Creedence Tribute to CCR on Friday, April 3. Completely Creedence, a Creedence Cleawater Revival (CCR) tribute band, invites you to experience the music of John Fogerty and CCR. CCR dominated the airwaves in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their musical style encompassed the roots rock and swamp rock genres with hits like Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, Bad Moon Rising and many more. The four-piece musical group Completely Creedence is made up of four guys from incredible musical background, veterans in the industry. Completely Creedence delivers a musical experience where your love of CCR will live on through these great musicians who share your passion of CCR’s music.

Roy Forbes Deep Cove Folk Music Society proudly presents Roy Forbes on Saturday, April 4. Roy Forbes is one of Canada’s best known and best loved songwriters and performing artists. He’s been at it for almost fifty years and has

picked up many tokens of appreciation from his peers. Mainly, and more importantly, Roy is firmly etched in the minds of thousands, tens of thousands in fact, music lovers across the country. Some remember a skinny kid who went under the name of Bim, others the more mature man who reclaimed his ‘real’ name. Some got to know him at festivals from Faro in the Yukon to Ottawa as Roy trod the boards from the seventies to a stellar performance at the fortieth anniversary edition of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. For others it was at a myriad of folk clubs and concert stages. For still others it was Roy as a member of a contemporary folk supergroup - UHF - where he joined forces with Shari Ulrich and Bill Henderson. At his upcoming show at the Charlie White Theatre, Roy will be performing old favourites and numbers from his newly released 11th studio album Edge of Blue. This is a concert you won’t want to miss.

Brad Wall Winspear Speaker Series presents A Conversation with Brad Wall on Thursday, April 16. Brad Wall’s legislative and economic achievements during his 10 plus years as Saskatchewan’s premier are many – job growth, population growth, infrastructure creation, a first ever AAA

credit rating for Saskatchewan, and so much more. However, these accomplishments benefitted not just his province, but Canada as a whole. As such, he earned a national reputation as a forceful and articulate defender of Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s trade interests, particularly in the areas of energy and agriculture, all the while remaining a passionate advocate for the province’s most vulnerable, often saying that the purpose of pursuing economic growth is to “secure a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people.”During Wall’s time in office, Saskatchewan added over 60,000 new jobs and broke population growth records adding over 160,000 citizens through the decade of growth. His government’s growth plan reformed labour legislation and regulatory environments to ensure fairness, sustainability and economic competitiveness. During the decade of growth record investments were made in provincial infrastructure through direct provincial investment and record municipal funding roads, sewers, highways, schools and hospitals, long term care facilities and the new Mosaic Stadium. Over the decade Wall’s government implemented record income tax reductions and small business tax reductions. During Wall’s time in office Saskatchewan reduced its operating debt by almost $1 billion and earned its first ever AAA Credit rating which it retains to this day.

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ocean. Sidney, with its strong marine industry, has two sail making companies. It's a specialist skill that's becoming less common, but there's still a local need for, and desire to support, sails made and repaired right here on the West Coast. I headed behind the scenes at UK Sailmakers on Harbour Road to find out about this rather unique industry. My first question to Stuart Dahlgren – who owns the business with his wife Joy – was about the name, wondering what part of the U.K. the business originated from. Well, it's nothing to do with Britain at all! UK Sailmakers is one of the oldest groups of sail lofts in the world, established in 1946 in New York City by Charles Ulmer, as Ulmer Sails. Later John Kolius joined the partnership, and the "UK" comes from their combined names: Ulmer Kolius. This Sidney loft is part of a network that spreads around the world with 50 lofts and service centres globally. Stuart and Joy bought the business in 2011, and moved into their custom-built loft on Harbour Road in 2014. It's a really interesting building, with the large windowed loft on the ground floor – where people driving and walking past can see the team working from the street – and two private residences above. What you can't see from the street is the dock behind, where customers can bring their boats in; perfect for repair work, or fitting new sails. Projects undertaken vary year round, and when I visited the really busy season for new manufactured sails was largely over, but there was plenty happening still. I counted five different sails in various states on the loft floor. Yes, everyone was working on the floor! When the

pieces that you're working with can be 500 square feet or more, you need as large a surface as possible to work on. I wondered if it was hard on the knees. Stuart reassured me that the workers there move around a lot and work from the edge of the loft as much as possible, but he didn't deny that it's a career that's hard on the body. I feel most things boat related likely are. Heather was working on a large, bright red spinnaker sail. Using large sheets of nylon, this sail will fly at the front of a boat, enabling it to whip along when the wind's coming from behind. Her sewing machine was about the only mechanical noise in the shop.The sound is of the crinkle of nylon, occasional snip of a scissor or tap of a hammer. With the sun streaming in, it's a pretty enticing work environment. While it's one of the oldest trades, sail making is full of high-tech innovation, from materials to designs. Although the principle of capturing the wind stays the same, the introduction of kevlar, carbon fibre and other new materials has seen sails become increasingly technical. When designing, Stuart explains, there are numerous considerations such as whether the sail is for racing or cruising, the number of crew and what the goals are. And racing has lots of regulations to ensure fair competition. Like all sports, every team wants to have the edge and will look for how to work within the rules to ensure they have the optimum equipment. For racing it's all about fast and lightweight, and about the sails matching the boat and its capacities. The team has worked on projects for some pretty prestigious OBMG-SEASIDE MAGAZINE X 4.925� 12/03/20 boats including the SALTS tall ships, the7.75� Navy's Orielle and for local ecotourism company Mapleleaf Adventures. Because much of

the initial consultation can be done electronically though, they can undertake work for someone based just about anywhere, and enjoy good custom from the whole of the Pacific Northwest. The new Victoria International Marina is bringing some bigger boats to the area, requiring ingenuity to handle the extra large sails. What never changes though is the beauty and range of this area for sailing and exploring. While sail boats are in the minority, Stuart knows that there will always be people who want to explore in this way, and that UK Sailmakers will be ready to serve them. What do you want Deb to peek behind the scenes of next? Email news@seasidemagazine.ca with your ideas or an invitation! Photos by Janis Jean Photography.








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you've got a backup. You can also put your sunscreen and water bottle in there. Something I often forget until I'm out in the elements is how exhausting being on the water can be. When you're in the sun and wind your body is working hard to regulate your temperature and it's very fatiguing. Getting yourself set up right with a base layer made of a fibre like merino wool will help a lot. To keep the sun off your skin, try a longsleeved shirt with sun protection, and always check for a UPF rating. Also keeping you safe, and the sun off your body, a hat is essential. I suggest people use something like a Tilley hat that's been especially designed with water sports in mind. A wide brim keeps out sunlight and glare and they have fabrics that are rated as UPF 50+. They also have a nifty inbuilt floatation device – it won't keep your hat from sinking forever, but might give you the chance to scoop it out of the water if you're quick! Also important against the glare is a pair of polarized sunglasses. The tech built into the lenses works something like a window blind, blocking the light that has bounced off a surface, like the water, or your bright white boat hull. Speaking of which, you'll need footwear with non-slip and non-marking soles for most boats. Over the years the item that I've been most pleased with is my Mountain Hardware shell jacket. It's been a lifesaver, making a difference to my sailing adventures again and again. It acts as a wind block and helps to retain body heat, and is so light and packable; it's the first thing in my waterproof bag. Get yourself prepared and you will have so much fun on the water this season. If you have any questions you can always swing by the store and ask – happy boating!

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in FASHION … On your feet? Marcoliani pima cotton socks. When adding colour to your outfit? Orange; I've always been a rock solid orange fan. On your playlist? I'm auditioning for a classic rock band this week, so it's pretty focused on that right now. On your luxury wish list? Hmm … the impossible dream for a retailer, it seems, a 42-foot Ocean Alexander and the time to use it.

In your closet? Mostly great fitting jeans, pima cotton T-shirts and Italian sweaters. In your bathroom cabinet? I don't have room for anything in my bathroom cabinet! On your bedside table? Always a book; today it's a fiction by Jack Whyte, an author from Kelowna, and my iPad. In the kitchen? Rum, always rum, and only the good stuff. When you want a night out? I'm "on" so much at the stores, when we go out my wife Kim and I try to find a quiet place. Mind you, lately we've become real Surly Mermaid fans!

In haircare? Geez … does goat milk soap count? When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" No question: jeans, a great belt, interesting shoes and an amazing shirt. From a night at the pub, to a great dinner in a posh restaurant, it's all about attitude. I've attended formal events in a dinner jacket and jeans. In home décor? You think I'm in charge of our home decor? That's the exclusive domain of Kim and she's on a teal curve at the moment, but that could change tomorrow! On your walls? An amazing Catherine Moffatt oil painting of my beautiful wife. When you don't care how much it costs? Vacations …

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Alana Delcourt: Fresh New Winner of Seaside's Woman to Watch 2020 by Deborah Rogers

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of the 2020 Seaside Magazine Woman to Watch award has been in business in our community for six years, and an expert in her field for 22. You may well recognize the friendly smile of Alana Delcourt, or indeed have visited her studio, Fresh Esthetics, for facials, spa treatments or esthetic services. What you might not know about Alana, and what wowed our panel of judges at this year's contest, are the new services that she is bringing to Sidney. A lifelong passion for caring for others has been a guiding factor as Alana, a self-confessed "skin nerd," expanded her range of services to include oncology esthetics. She supported her mom through terminal cancer and the experience shaped the direction of her career. Alana's "extremely proud to be one of the few certified Oncology Esthetics spas in the greater Victoria area," which allows her to "confidently and safely offer skin treatments to people with, or recovering from, cancer." In 2019 Alana decided to take that range of offerings even further. A huge investment in training and equipment has led to Fresh Esthetics now offering paramedical tattooing. It's such a specialized and niche practice that it might need a little explanation. Paramedical Tattooing works alongside the plastic reconstructive industry to improve patients' self confidence and self esteem by restoring anatomical structures. It is ideal for surgical scar camouflage after breast reduction, breast lift, self-harm, hair transplant scars, post-gender-affirmation surgery, burns and

birthmarks, as well as areola reconstruction after a mastectomy. At the live "Pitch Off" Alana showed the judges her portfolio which includes all her drawings as she's learned the new skill of creating realistic nipples in 2D. She was able to explain to the judges the way that scar camouflage or nipple tattoos can deeply affect the way that people feel about themselves and their bodies, helping them "live their best lives, however they define it." This new offering at Fresh Esthetics means that people no longer need to travel for this service: it is one of the few places to offer paramedical tattooing on Vancouver Island. There has always been a huge element of caring to the services that Alana offers. This next expansion takes that idea of loving yourself enough to take care of your body even further. There's a positivity to the way this businesswoman approaches life that is inspiring to come into contact with. Alana is very proud to have won this year's award and takes it as recognition of her leap of faith to expand her services. Seaside Magazine, and this year's judges, are incredibly impressed by her vision and look forward to watching the business grow and succeed in the coming years. Congratulations Alana Delcourt, 2020 Woman to Watch! Photo by Tracey Scott Photography


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It still seems surreal to me that COVID-19, or Coronavirus as it is more commonly known, has become the regular headline feature of our daily news, and our lives. The ever-changing, and at times conflicting, reports leave us all wondering ‌ what will happen next, how long will this last and, most importantly, how will this impact myself and my family? As we already know, infectious disease experts are most concerned about our senior population over 60, and especially people 80 and above. But, essentially anyone with underlying health issues such as heart or lung disease, respiratory illness, diabetes, hypertension or a compromised immune symptom can be at risk. Our government is advising that all Canadians stay at home as much as possible, especially seniors, and limit visitors. Although this "social distancing" continues to be the most effective way to slow down the spread of COVID-19, it may lead to increased loneliness and depression for some seniors who are already prone to these feelings. This is where social media can really shine. As many seniors now have access to home computers, tablets and/or smartphones; email, FaceBook, FaceTime and other video chatting and social media options can be safe and effective means of communication for family members and friends to connect with and keep in touch with seniors. And for those seniors who are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with digital media, picking up the phone works just as well. In some cases, this concern over older family members can cause friction between generations. The often frantic efforts of adult children to ensure their senior parents are not taking unnecessary risks can be met with annoyance. The elder parents may feel that they are quite capable of taking care of themselves, and making the decisions that govern that, without overbearing interference from their younger family members. I know that I, myself, have felt unjustifiably panicked when unable to get ahold of my elderly parents these last few weeks, fearful that they're out and about more than they should be. Athough the mandate to "stay home" ensures more safety for seniors and less risk for Coronavirus, it does come with its own set of challenges. With the indefinite closure of community pools and recreation centres, where many seniors enjoy aquafit and other fitness activities, there is a risk to retreat to a more sedentary lifestyle which can negatively impact health and wellness, as well as increase feelings of social isolation. This is a time when going back to basics can be the


Learning to Live with the Reality of COVID-19 perfect solution – take this opportunity to ask your favourite senior to go for a walk or do some light gardening together, keeping in mind the six-feet-apart rule, of course. Now that spring has officially arrived, walking outside in the sunshine becomes the perfect exercise regime and mood enhancer. Since viruses typically spread more easily in colder weather, the experts are unsure how the Coronavirus will behave once warmer temperatures arrive. That being said, COVID-19 could potentially be with us for a long time. These types of viruses will most likely become more common as animals and birds encroach more on human spaces due to shrinking natural habitats, climate and environmental change. Viruses are also getting more clever at finding ways to mutate and pass from animal to human, as in the case of COVID-19. In the meantime, arm yourself, your family, and your senior loved ones with knowledge and awareness so that you can continue to enjoy life and retain your independence. The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (http://bccdc.ca) is the recommended resource for accurate, up-to-date information. If you think a senior loved one might have the COVID-19 virus, contact your primary care provider or call 8-1-1 for assessment. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, respiratory distress and/ or a fever over 103°. (Although, please keep in mind that 99.5° is considered high for a senior.) It is uncertain times like this that force us to realize what's really important in life – the health and welfare of our family and community. Let's band together to protect and assist our more vulnerable seniors by asking to help with grocery runs, picking up medication, and ensuring they are staying mobile and getting out into nature where possible. As far as the future goes, we can take comfort in the fact that there are "virus hunters" across the globe working tirelessly to locate and understand future viruses that may impact our health and well-being. The fact that bats, where this Coronavirus likely originated, are able to live with viruses and pathogens at such a large level without getting sick may offer significant insight. Who knew that bats might just hold the key to the future welfare of mankind? We at Sidney SeniorCare are making ourselves available to seniors in need in our community to pick up and deliver essentials. Please contact us at 250-589-0010 for more information.



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CREATING COMMUNITY Building Bridges Through Art The Town of Sidney's Council Chambers has a new addition. A beautiful Coast Salish cedar carving by local Tsartlip artist Chazz Elliott was recently installed. The carving is circular and depicts elements that are relative to the area and the W̱SÁNEĆ people. The Artist explained that "the shape of a circle symbolizes bringing things (and people) together and a spindle whorl creates something larger out of something smaller."

Keeping "The Keeper" The large stone sculpture called "The Keeper," which stands along the shore of the Salish Sea in Ocean Spray Park, has been purchased by the Town of Sidney as part of ArtSea's Sculpture Walk revitalization initiative. ArtSea is looking for buyers or sponsors to keep the other sculptures along the sculpture walk as many of them are only on loan.

recently underwent renovations that include the addition of an island to teach pasta making, velvet curtains that make the dining area more intimate and air-conditioning. Porto Osteria also hosts an evening of opera once a month as well as a cultural night. Details are on their website: www.portoosteria.ca

On the Water Sea Glass Waterfront Grill has partnered with Miles Arsenault of Bay to Bay Charters to offer first-class meals and boat tours. They will be offering breakfast, lunch and dinner tours or, they will pack a picnic for you to enjoy on your adventure!

ANNIVERSARIES ABOUND A Great Run Chef on the Run is celebrating 23 years in business this spring in Sidney. They provide balanced, nutritious and delicious meals to

go but they also deliver for a fee. There are seven different meals to choose from each week for just $10 each.

Say It Isn't So! The iconic Deep Cover Market on West Saanich Road is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The Market has been a mainstay in the community providing a truly fresh, farm to table approach. However, Rosemary Scott, owner of Deep Cove Market, has recently announced she is selling to travel and spend more time with family.

A Dedicated Employee! Brown's the Florist congratulated long-time staff member, Kathy Blaine, on 42 years with the company! Kathy started working for what was then Holloway's Florist in 1978 when she was in her early teens. She began as a driver, a year later became a designer and eventually a manager. Kathy's favourite flower is the cymbidium orchid.

Making Old News, New The Sidney Museum and Archives is currently undertaking a digitization project of momentous proportions! They are digitizing 46 rolls of microfilm contain approximately 38,000 pages of newspaper archives from the Peninsula News Review (and its other former iterations), spanning nine decades from 1912 to 2002. If you want to be a part of this incredible project, the Museum is seeking sponsors to raise $10,000 for the matching funds required by the granting agency.

FOR THE FOODIES Pop-Ups Are Not Just for Clothes Truffles Catering of Brentwood Bay has partnered with 2% Jazz Coffee to open a popup coffee shop called Sequoia Coastal Coffee built of shipping containers. The pop up will open this summer for three years while the Royal Bay Commons village is being built.

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Every year, at the beginning of March, RRSP "season" wraps up. During this time, everyone scrambles to get their RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan, in long form) contributions in before the deadline – many times to help come tax time – and then they don't really think about it again until the following year. Here are a few questions to consider now: Why is it important that RRSPs are considered year-round? Through proper planning, you can take more advantage of the RRSP because you'll have more time to invest in it instead of scrambling to contribute what you can at the deadline. Weekly or monthly automatic contributions can lessen the burden because you'll be adding smaller amounts instead of a bulk sum. Through proper planning, you can ensure that you are getting the most benefit when it comes to tax planning. Are there some common mistakes people make with their RRSP? RRSP stands for Registered Retirement Savings "Plan," not "Product," so the biggest mistake I see people making is placing money in their RRSP and doing nothing with it. Leaving your savings in an account making very minimal interest isn't to your advantage. Also, when a lump sum is made you lose out on the advantages of compound interest. If you contribute early and often, you will collect interest throughout the year. What are some investment options that someone could consider with their RRSP? Although your RRSP's primary purpose is being used for the tax advantages, there are several investment options that come along with it as well. GICs, mutual funds, bonds are only a

RRSPs: What are They Good for Anyways? few of the investment options available. Many financial institutions will also offer managed solutions that provide diversification to a member's RRSP. There are many factors to consider so it is wise to speak with your advisor. If I have an established RRSP, can I make changes to it and begin to invest in those options, or would it require opening a new RRSP? Yes, you absolutely can. Keep in mind that RRSP rules such as contribution room, interest

penalties, deadlines etc., remain the same. I'd recommend connecting with your advisor to learn about the investment options available to you. Based on your life stage, risk tolerance and goals, your advisor can customize your RRSP so that it supports your retirement plan as opposed to being an inactive product that you scramble to contribute to every February. Dan Adair is the Brentwood Bay branch manager at Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union.

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of a company he acquired from one of excessive waste to one that is now recycling conscious. It was a grave personal experience, though, that brought the term "crisis" to his doorstep. Two years ago, Allan suffered a massive stroke which left him comatose and paralyzed, offering little hope of major recovery. Incredibly, he beat the odds with a remarkable recuperation, and is now a stroke survivor. He reminds us that mindset is everything. Faced with a crisis, whether personal or environmental, we have choices. We can give up, ignore the truths or gather up our resources and do something. Allan is doing something. His passion for cleaning up our environment shows in his unwavering efforts. To begin with, he presents himself on the grounds of Parliament every Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to get the word out about addressing environmental damage. There, aided by large signs and like-minded friends, he meets several people from around the world who stop to chat or give a thumbs up. He knows the importance of keeping the conversation going. One clever strategy for teaching the message that we're facing environmental crisis is his use of social media. Through his Facebook and Instagram accounts (recycling.maniac), Allan presents several aspects of environmentalism and posts images to support his messages.

Allan has the keen support of his wife, Melanie, in firing up his passion. While aware of environmental neglect before she met him, Melanie did not share Allan's level of passion. She, like many of us, faced the cognitive dissonance that pitted price or convenience against the chore of changing our habits. Allan's keen dedication and enthusiasm influenced her greatly. "I drank the Kool-Aid," she said and now, together, they walk the talk. They avoid plastics whenever they can, buy in bulk, buy directly from their local butcher who packages their meat in waxed paper, buy food in glass containers and swap plastic wrapping for gauze produce bags. They go a step further, too, by making a point of telling store managers and manufacturers that they will not buy their food in plastics or non-recyclable packaging. They know the power of corporations in promoting the plastics/petroleum industries but,

"Allan reminds us that mindset is everything. Faced with a crisis, whether personal or environmental, we have choices." also, their vulnerability at the bottom line. Thus, by influencing numbers of people to speak up, they hope to make the corporations listen. Finally, along with his work on the grounds of Parliament, using social media and practising what he preaches, Allan, literally, puts his boots on the ground by cleaning up garbage wherever he sees it. He regularly cleans up litter in the neighbourhood around his home because he knows he's making a difference. Not only are the grounds clean but he has influenced at least one young man to bring his friends to do the same. Allan is doing this not only for the world, but for his son, his potential grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Watch for him at Parliament and at the North Saanich Farm Market, another venue for reaching people and for influencing the farmers there to stop using plastic bags. He knows he's often preaching to the choir but, as he continues passing on the message, that choir becomes bigger and bigger. Each choir has its own circle of influence and so, the message grows. Passion and commitment. That's Allan's approach, all the while endorsing Margaret Mead's message that one should "never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Photo by Amanda Cribdon Photography

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Garage Cycle Spin Studio This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services. Raina Draper, owner of Garage Cycle, always wanted to open her own boutique spin studio. In September 2019, that dream finally came true. Raina and her husband Shaye are certified indoor cycling instructors, who used to teach in the Lower Mainland. When they moved to the Saanich Peninsula, they found that unless you were willing to travel into Victoria regularly, indoor cycling classes were limited. “After a few gentle nudges from friends and family, I decided to go for it,” says Raina. Garage Cycle is unique in its small class size – with only eight participants, the focus is on building a supportive, tight-knit community. Raina explains how the little details make all the difference, whether it’s a cool towel infused with peppermint or eucalyptus, uplifting mood music, or ambient lighting. She calls it “an inclusive class for any age group, focused on safe exercise and truly bringing low impact outdoor cycling indoors.” The Garage Cycle moniker comes from the studio’s location: Raina and Shaye have transformed the garage of their home into a lovely boutique spin studio. If you attend a class, you’ll find the innovative setup at 2008 Deerbrush Crescent in North Saanich. Good vibes. De-stress with indoor cycling – you can improve your mental health and reduce stress or symptoms of burnout. Get your body moving and enjoy the positive effect of endorphins. You can sweat out the stress while enhancing your body’s immune response. Low impact. Cycling is a low impact exercise, making it a great option for anyone recovering from an injury, or worried about high impact activities. You can avoid putting pressure on your joints while getting a great workout to keep your body healthy. Get ready to sweat! Members have nothing but good things to say about Garage Cycle. People describe the passion Raina and Shaye have for spinning, and praise the great music and positive energy. Some comment that they’ve seen incredible results in their fitness level, and they’re getting stronger each day. One member notes there are two guarantees at Garage Cycle: that you’ll sweat, and that you’ll have fun. Garage Cycle can help you reach your fitness goals. It’s a small, intimate environment with positive reinforcement from other cyclers that helps each class feel like a community. If you’re ready to improve your cardiovascular fitness, gain muscle tone, and de-stress all while having a blast, you can sign up for classes at garagecyclespinstudio. ca or call 778-873-7881. You can also reach them via email at info@ garagecyclespinstudio.ca for more information, or follow them on social media for spinning inspiration and motivation (Facebook: @garagecyclespinstudio, Instagram: @garagecycle_spinstudio).

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Let Us Find the Answers for You! Who do you turn to when you have a question? Is it Google or Siri, maybe Alexa? At Seaside Magazine we are fortunate to know local experts in all the fields (or we'll know someone who knows someone), so next time you have a question, Ask Seaside! Each month I'll take your quandaries and queries and do the research for you. Send your questions to news@seasidemagazine.ca. Q: The North Saanich Municipal Hall has those big, beautiful solar panels up front, but someone told me that they're not actually powering anything. Is this true? I wonder what other initiatives our local municipalities are taking to reduce business and residential carbon footprints? A: I got in touch with Rebecca Penz, Communications Manager at District of North Saanich. First off, she told me that those solar panels are, in fact, fully functional. They provide power to Town Hall, and then contribute overflow to the BC Hydro grid when they are generating power in excess of their need. As far as other green initiatives in North Saanich, Rebecca directed me to a link on their website (www.northsaanich.ca) that addresses Climate Change Initiatives. It's an informative resource, and is where I found out that District of North Saanich has previously been recognized for "Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments" by the Climate Action Recognition Program. Fantastic! ~ Rebecca Penz, Communications Manager, District of North Saanich Q: My question at this time would be who is out there to help us with our taxes? Not just accountants, but home-based experts that might come a little cheaper? And, do our teens need to file? A: I consulted one of Sidney's most trusted accountants, Chris Cowland, now of Baker Tilly. Chris says everyone's starting point should be to set up their own "My Account" online with the CRA. This gives you direct access to important information such as RRSP contribution room, capital losses brought forward, and previous assessments and reassessments. If you choose to do your own personal taxes, you can download a free version of Turbo Tax, and auto-fill your tax return using the information available on the CRA website. Chris says there are various tax clinics available for low income earners (such as teens), and that many accountants volunteer to prepare tax returns for seniors at no charge. Finally, he says yes, you should file a return even if your income is low, as this determines the amount of your income supplements, GST rebate and any provincial credits. ~ Chris Cowland, Accountant, Baker Tilly Sidney Q: "We have really (I mean really) hard water and so much

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Ardmore Golf Course:

New Links Between Communities by Jo Barnes

With a simple stroke of a pen, history

was made. Ardmore Golf Course in North Saanich has served as a hub of sportsmanship and fellowship for 73 years, but on March 1, 2020 in a special ceremony in its clubhouse, ownership by the duTemple family


transferred to the Pauquachin Nation. "It is fee simple land, part of the North Saanich District, and the Nation will continue the running and owning of the property and business," says Pauquachin Chief Rebecca David. "It's a viable opportunity for the Nation to demonstrate that we can move forward owning and buying land here; it's also enhancing our relationship with the District." The Ardmore transaction is a landmark event and represents a multi-million-dollar investment by the Pauquachin Nation into the Saanich Peninsula community. Excitement at the signing ceremony, led by Al Sam of the Tsartlip Nation, was palpable. The Chief, elders and leadership council of Pauquachin Nation gathered together with members of the duTemple family, North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr, Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith and other community members. Reflecting Salish traditions, selected witnesses were named, given gifts and asked to safekeep and pass forward knowledge of the ceremony. A gift of a blanket was given to Wally duTemple by the Pauquachin. As well as a handmade Inuit scroll, the duTemple family gave the Pauquachin a drum which the Chief immediately played. She and her councillors sang: "We will stand together, stand united, we are one." The words were powerful.

"Thanks to the Pauquachin people for allowing us to be here in unceded territory," shared Wally duTemple. "Time has flown. It has been a labour of love." Known as the North Saanich Golf Club, then later Ardmore Golf Course, the property was originally primarily a farm where hay, potatoes, corn and apples were grown. By the early 1930s, the property was owned by Alan Steamships Ltd., and a golf course layout was established then enhanced. It was enjoyed by community members through the war years, and in 1946 retired RCAF Wing Commander George duTemple purchased the property. He, his wife Alice and sons Ronald, Barry, and Wally moved into the small house on the acreage. Thus began a venture that impacted their family over generations. "At age 12, it became my job to take the tractor out just before dark, driving around to each green and putting the sprinklers out on each," shares Cindy duTemple. "I treasure my memories of Ardmore Golf Course, and I always will." Ardmore has deep roots in the North Saanich community, and over the years has been a popular destination for both serious and weekend golfers. "It's a good hometown golf course that's been here a long time," shares Alison Lee, former General Manager. "Ardmore has been very involved with the community, for instance, doing drives for the food bank." The Ardmore transaction marks a transfer of stewardship of land but also improves opportunities for Pauquachin and the Peninsula. "I grew up in the cottage on the property and went to school with Pauquachin kids," says Teri duTemple. I'm excited to see what they will do with it." "Pauquachin has always been small, but now we're becoming more progressive with being able to reach opportunities that we've never had. Now the floodgate is opening in terms of how open we are to relationship building and how important it is," shares Chief Rebecca. "We're starting to stand up now. There's so much we want to do." Ardmore will continue on with the same staff and daily operations, but there is potential here for new community interactions, such as partnerships with schools in creating a youth golf academy, hosting more First Nations tournaments, or creating signage on the course to educate visitors about the history of the area. As new landowners and District taxpayers, Pauquachin will also have a voice at the local economic level. "This opens up an economic relationship with the greater community," says Wally. "Our doors are open to creating new relationships. There's benefit when we are working collectively," shares Chief Rebecca. Upholding the beauty of Ardmore and preserving it as a place for community recreation has long been the goal for one family, and now this will continue by the Pauquachin. But maybe even more importantly, it opens up economic doors and strengthens community bonds for future generations. Photo above left: Wally du Temple and Chief Rebecca David. Photo bottom left: Chief Rebecca David with Herman Henry, Councillor. Photos by Amanda Cribdon Photography.


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5 Ways to Discover Sidney this Spring Sidney is the place to be this spring. Read along to be inspired, energized and ready to plan your adventures in downtown Sidney. #1 AS THE LOCALS DO Pick-up a handcrafted coffee or tea from one of Sidney’s fantastic cafes and enjoy the scenery along Sidney’s 2.5 km waterfront walkway. #2 NATURE LOVERS Sidney Whale Watching is ready to welcome you onboard to view the spectacular sites of the Salish Sea. It doesn’t get more West Coast than an afternoon spent cruising the gulf islands. #3 GREEN THUMB Gardeners rejoice! It’s time to plan for lush summer crops. Visit your friends at Home Hardware and Dig This in Sidney for all of your planting needs - big or small, they’ve got you covered! #4 YOUR BESTIE As the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, outfit your 4-legged friends with tags, toys, collars, and more at Sidney’s incredible pet shops including Sidney’s Pet Centre, Bosley’s, and Four Paws. #5 ARTS & CULTURE The SPAC Spring Show (Apr. 25 to 26) is recognized island-wide as a superior exhibition and sale of original works.

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Changing Times Not my usual funfilled missive; I'm feeling a bit contemplative as I write by Chris Cowland this tonight. The positive: I'm one step closer to that beach in Mexico. For those who missed last month's Seaside Magazine, I have merged my accounting practice with Baker Tilly Victoria, and although I will continue to work full time through the next two tax seasons, the 10 months in between will become more part time. Looking back at my 44 years as an accountant, I must admit that the last 10 years have been the most rewarding, but also the most frustrating. Many of my clients have become good personal friends over the years, and over this last week I received so many expressions of thanks and well wishes that I was frequently moved to tears. Frustrations. Like so many business owners in Sidney, I have found it increasingly difficult to attract new staff despite widespread advertising and word of mouth enquires. Being short staffed has put a huge strain on my employees, and I regret that wholeheartedly. Thankfully my new firm has been able to parachute in a whole team of experienced individuals, so that particular headache is now gone. Normally I would be punctuating my article with a funny story about now, but I have encountered only two accountant jokes in my lifetime. The first is that old chestnut about the accountant who was asked what two and two added up to, and he replied: "What would


you like it to equal?" The second joke involves a sex-crazed camel, and I could not possibly repeat it in this magazine. Looking back, it would be interesting to calculate the amount of taxes I have saved my clients over the years, and I have even been successful in Tax Court on three occasions. My 15 minutes of fame came about four years ago when CRA had to extend the tax filing deadline for all Canadians, based on a complaint I lodged with Elizabeth May. I have never been afraid to stand up to the most powerful government organization in Canada when I thought they were in error, and that will never change. Most stages of life revolve around family. Marriage, then the birth of your first child are perhaps the most significant, followed by your children getting married and producing grandchildren – those are your most important milestones. So what are the significant stages of your working life? Obtaining professional qualifications, getting promoted, starting your own business? Much harder to quantify. Many books have been written about how to succeed in business, but the business models of yesterday are burnt-out wrecks at the side of the road. The outbreak of COVID-19 brings the world economy to its knees in 90 days. I don't recall reading about that in the textbooks. Looking back on my career, and looking forward to the upcoming years as I gradually step off the treadmill, all I can say is that two plus two really can equal five, with a little luck. But if my RRSP continues its downward spiral and two plus two equals one, that Mexican beach might remain a dream … .

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Spotlight on the Similkameen Valley

by Tania Tomaszewska

One of my favourite

drives anywhere is the stretch of road from Hope to Osoyoos on Highway 3. Climbing into Manning Park, passing through historic mining towns like Princeton and Hedley, winding along the Similkameen River framed by the soaring Cascade Mountains and arriving in Canada's only true desert. It's spectacular. My favourite leg is the hot and arid Similkameen Valley, which runs along the U.S. border and offers stunning vineyard landscapes. With just around 700 acres under vine, the Similkameen appellation has about 15 wineries and a growing foodie scene. It's fast becoming a wine traveller's destination in its own right, and for years now winemakers from the neighbouring Okanagan Valley have sourced Similkameen grapes. There's some great juice going on here. Why? It's got a perfect mix of being located in the Cascades' rain shadow, well-draining rocky soils comprised of sand, gravel and mineral deposits (including calcium carbonate) remnant from glacial and fluvial activity, and a growing season which, at its peak, has two hours of sun per day more than Napa Valley and large diurnal swings (from high daytime temperatures to cold overnight ones). Vines have to work hard here. They produce quality ripe fruit which retains that B.C. hallmark fresh acidity. Minerality in texture and tone comes through too. The Similkameen is also the organic capital of British Columbia. If you've stopped at any of the scores of fruit and veg stands in Keremeos or Cawston you know what I'm talking about. Strong afternoon winds (like the Rhône's Mistral) blow through the Valley 46 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | APRIL 2020

cooling things down and keeping pests and mildew at bay, which supports the organic and sustainable farming practises many local vintners have adopted. Only two of these wineries are mentioned below but, whether you jump into the car and make the drive or search for Similkameen grapes in your local wine shop, there's so much to explore. Santé! Vanessa Vineyard When Vanessa Vineyard opened its new tasting room in 2017 it's game was already strong. Their 75 acres of south-west facing, rocky sloped vineyards were first planted in 2006 and have been producing premium wine since 2012. In 2017 Howard Soon joined their team as Master Winemaker. (Involved in the BC wine industry since 1980, Mr. Soon is the first B.C. winemaker to receive the Order of Canada

and was a trailblazer during his long career at Sandhill Wines by developing strong relationships with growers and producing singlevineyard, terroir-driven wines, including from Vanessa Vineyard). Vanessa Vineyard grows five varieties (cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and viognier) and is aiming to become one of Canada's best sites for reds. Watch this space (and check out their fantastic sweeping views across the Valley's expanse when you visit). Recent favourites: viognier, rosé, syrah and meritage (Bordeaux red blend). (www.vanessavineyard.com 1090 BC-3, Cawston, B.C.) Clos du Soleil Winery Clos du Soleil has made Bordeaux-inspired wines since 2006. French for "Enclosed Vineyard of the Sun," the rocky terrain and stone wall created by the mountain backing this Estate vineyard traps afternoon heat. Vines love this, especially late-ripening Bordeaux varieties which have a hard time achieving phenolic ripeness in other parts of B.C. Clos du Soleil uses biodynamic viticulture and minimal intervention winemaking to produce a wide range of quality wines. There's something for everyone here and I pretty much enjoy the entire lineup (as well as their lovely tasting room (below) where you can experience it). "Old World Elegance, New World Edge" indeed. Recent favourites: Fumé Blanc (barrel fermented sauvignon blanc), rosé, Jupiter (orange wine from pinot gris) and Célestiale (Bordeaux red blend). (www.closdusoleil.ca 2568 Upper Bench Road, Keremeos, B.C.)

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Just like spring cleaning, spring cleansing is an effective way to transition into a new season feeling healthy, nourished and balanced. A cleanse gives your digestive system a reset, allowing your body to get rid of stored toxins. Cleansing goes deeper than losing a couple pounds or making up for bad eating habits over the winter – it affects the entire functioning of the body. For a truly holistic approach to wellness, it's important to cleanse several facets of our lives at this time of year, such as the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the products we use. Cleanse the air in your house. While we have little control over the outdoors, we can clean up the air indoors. Eliminate artificial air fresheners, perfumes and chemical-based cleaners. Instead, try using essential oils to clean your home and an air purifier. Hydrate. Without adequate hydration, toxins can't properly be eliminated and may re-accumulate. Drink at least one to two litres of water daily to ensure an effective detox. You can also drink herbal teas and cold-pressed juices (depending on your cleanse), but minimize caffeine as it can be taxing on the liver which is already working hard to detoxify your system. Sober up your skincare. Our skin absorbs everything we put on it, allowing chemicals to directly enter our bloodstream. Limit the products you use on your skin and check out www.ewg.org or www. certclean.com for a list of chemical free beauty products. Set yourself up for success. There are a few things you need to pay

special attention to before, during and after your cleanse: • Prepare your body: As tempting as it may be to enter a cleanse after one last indulgent night of pizza and beer, before and after your cleanse is just as important as the cleanse itself. This time period can influence how effectively your body can remove toxins, so it's important to eliminate all fried and processed foods, refined flour and sugar, and alcohol at least a few days before and after your cleanse. • Rest: During a cleanse, it's common for fatigue, brain fog, anxiety or sadness to come up. Prepare for these symptoms and plan to spend more time on self-care. • Stay active: Don't over-exert yourself, but it is a good idea to do some light exercise like walking or yoga. • Key Supplements: Certain supplements can support your detox, such as milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric, probiotics, adequate fibre, B vitamins and vitamin C. Eat Organic. Eating well doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, the simpler it is, the easier it is to stick with it. Seek out sustainable ways to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Although eating organic may be more expensive, it's crucial to lessen your exposure to pesticides, chemicals and toxins post-cleanse. If you're feeling overwhelmed, start with one thing and move on when you feel ready. Every little bit counts, and it's more important to work on sustainable lifestyle changes rather than drastic change.

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Good Teeth, Good Life: Sidney Centre Family Dentistry by Paula Kully

Husband and wife owners of Sidney Centre Family Dentistry, Jaci and Loren, have grown their practice in Sidney and are celebrating a special milestone this year. Here is what they have to say about their dental office then and now. When did you open Sidney Centre Family Dentistry and what led you to open the clinic in Sidney? We opened our office in Sidney in June of 2000, immediately after graduating from UBC dental school. We were fresh out of University and knew we wanted to return


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to the Island, where we had completed our undergraduate degrees at the University of Victoria. Even after exciting travels to distant lands, we always comment that we are the luckiest people to be able to live in the most beautiful place in the world. That means you have a milestone Anniversary! Yes, that's right. This June will be our 20th anniversary! It seems like such a long time and yet it has gone by in a flash. How would you say that your personal lives have changed during this time?

Our sons Riley and Payton were born in 2001 and 2002. Initially, we decided to share both parenting and dental duties, with Loren working three days a week at the office and Jaci working two, and we decided to homeschool our kids. In 2007, Jaci developed chronic neck problems which led to her giving up chairside dentistry. Our balance of duties then shifted so that Loren worked at the office four days a week while Jaci did the homeschooling and office work. As the kids grew, we spent lots of time at various rinks and fields, with Loren coaching all

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"We have lots of patients who have watched our kids grow up. There is a feeling of familiarity and family which is really nice." broken or missing teeth. Implants, for example, were just starting to come on the market in 2000, and now in many cases, they are the gold standard for replacing a missing tooth. What do you consider to be the best or most important advancement in dentistry? Computers have revolutionized the practice of dentistry. We use them for scheduling

and communication with patients. We also use them to take digital X-rays and intraoral photos of any problems we find. Not only does that reduce the radiation exposure compared to traditional X-rays, but it also allows us to enlarge the X-ray or photo on our screens to show exactly what the problem is. Computers are also used to communicate with insurance companies, preauthorizing treatment and billing insurance directly for patients. What memory or experience stands out to you the most from the last 20 years? In 2002 we were expanding our office and our family at the same time. I wasn't sure if Payton would arrive first or the move into the new office space! It's been so rewarding to watch families grow and change over the years. Like the little girl who comes for her first dental check-up, and is now off to university, or married with her own kids. On the flip side, we have lots of patients who have watched our kids grow up. There is a feeling of familiarity and family which is really nice.

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by Sheila Molloy

Lone Tree Hill 1450 Millstream Rd, Victoria Stunning, 360-degree views of the Highlands, Victoria, the Malahat, and Olympic Mountains.

Route Details Starting from the parking lot there is an information board with park history. The hike starts to the left of the information board and is an obvious path all the way to top. The trail is quite wide at the start which eases you into the uphill journey. Right before the first set of switchbacks, there is a rockier section to navigate which is fine when dry but can be slippery when wet, so just go around the larger rocks. The next section of the trail is a series of switchbacks that takes you up the hillside rather quickly; it is steep in sections, but is wide and not too rocky. This area is also less foliage-dense, so you can see much of the exposed hill, many birds, squirrels and the wildflowers in spring are easier to spot; nature's payback for taking a slower pace here. You will then navigate the roots and rocks of a path thickly surrounded by trees and other vegetation that also passes by rocky outcrops full of lush moss. The final ascent returns to meandering switchbacks, dotted with Arbutus trees, and broken up with a few straight and sometimes steep

sections until a final wide turn brings you to the path to the summit. Getting to the top from here is simple and the skinny track to the top is evident. The actual summit marker will require a scramble down a section of rock that may not be for everyone and is not necessary to fully enjoy this hike. Just pause and take in the spectacular view!

Things to Note • This short hike is approachable for most fitness levels, however there are some steep areas, so it leans toward an intermediate hike. Suitable for kids. • The original lone tree that gave the park its name is now just a weatherbeaten 200-year-old Douglas fir stump. There is another lone Arbutus tree at the summit now though. • Trail length is about 1.7 km from the trailhead to summit. • Summit elevation is 1,193 ft / 364 m. • The parking lot has about seven spaces but parking on the road is an option. • There is one toilet at the beginning of the trail and no water sources, so come prepared. Photos by Sheila Molloy APRIL 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 53


Switch It Up While I know that families and friends often expect certain meals at certain times of the year, it’s tempting to change up the menu and try something new. This can sometimes yield unexpected results; I’ve had both praiseworthy and cringeworthy evenings by Joan Saunders where the meal was either a glorious success or an unmitigated disaster. At one event I decided to start with a hearty crab and corn chowder. It was tasty but, as the guests were famished when they sat down to eat, they wolfed back the chowder without thinking about the full celebratory dinner coming their way. Needless to say, there were a lot of leftovers. Which is not, generally, a bad thing. This year, for Easter dinner, I decided to move away from turkey and ham and try lamb. I headed up to my butcher to get a smallish leg of lamb. What I love about buying meat from our neighbourhood butcher is that they want to know that you understand that this is local, Metchosin lamb. This is quality goods. And, before they hand it over, they check to make sure that you are doing this meat justice, so they ask about the recipe. I assume I was deemed worthy as the wrapped leg of lamb was passed over the counter, I paid and was allowed to leave the store. Whew! Success with the first hurdle. The second hurdle was the vegetables. This was very easy as I wandered down to local farm markets and picked up some carrots, onions, parsnips, potatoes, asparagus and garlic. I love roasted vegetables so I kept it simple by throwing a pan of par-boiled veggies into the oven while the lamb was cooking. Then, at the end, I tossed in a dish of asparagus to roast while the meat rested. Easy peasy.


The final hurdle? Making gravy. I have never felt very secure about my gravy, but with a new (to me, anyway) way of roasting meat, I am now a champion gravy guru. The secret is a vegetable trivet. I’d never done this before and I love it! A vegetable trivet is a layer of vegetables in the bottom of the roasting pan that your meat sits on. My buddy Jamie Oliver taught me that as long as I use a vegetable trivet and good quality meat, my gravy will taste like heaven. I decided to keep dessert fairly light and made a lemon roll. People are always impressed with a rolled cake and I love lemon curd. The big bonus with a roll is that it takes about 12 minutes to bake so there’s not a lot of time invested in the process. The only real secret that I can share is to roll the hot cake in a tea towel right away. My mom taught me that if you sift the towel with icing sugar and roll the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven, it won’t crack. Once it’s cooled, carefully unroll it and spread on the lemon curd, either store bought or homemade. Put it on a pretty plate and sprinkle on some icing sugar to decorate and you’re good to go. We often serve ours with some fruit as well (like blueberries), but it’s a zesty, citrusy way to end dinner. The most important part of any meal are the people you spend it with, so think about what works for both you and those sharing the event. You don’t want to begrudge the time spent in the kitchen; you want to enjoy both the process and the final product, so decide if you want to switch things up a bit. I’ll be in the kitchen with my new best friend, the vegetable trivet. It’s taken a long time to get there but, finally, I plan on having lovely, praiseworthy gravy. After all, Jamie did promise.

Perfect Roast Lamb

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From Jamie’s Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver - Serves 4-6

From Jamie’s Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver - Serves 4-6

1 x approximately 4½ pound leg of lamb 2 medium onions 2 carrots 2 stalks celery 1 bulb garlic olive oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper small bunch of fresh thyme, rosemary, bay, sage or a mixture (I just used rosemary)

As well as the veggies in the pan (the vegetable trivet) you’ll need: 1 tbsp flour 8 ounces of red wine, white wine or cider 1 quart vegetable, chicken or beef broth (I used organic chicken broth)

To prepare your lamb: Take it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before it goes in the oven. Preheat the oven to 475°. There’s no need to peel the vegetables: just give them a wash and roughly chop them. Break the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled. Pile all the vegetables, garlic and herbs into the middle of a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil. Drizzle the lamb with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper, rubbing it all over the meat. Place the lamb on top of the vegetables. To cook your lamb: Place the roasting pan in the preheated oven. Turn the heat down immediately to 400° and cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes for blushing pink meat. Baste the lamb halfway through and if the vegetables look dry, add a splash of water to the pan to stop them from burning. When cooked to your liking, take the pan out of the oven and put the lamb on the cutting board to rest for 15 minutes or so. Cover the lamb with a layer of aluminum foil and a tea towel to keep it warm while you make gravy. Carve the lamb after it’s rested.

To make your gravy: With your roasting pan full of the vegetable trivet, remove 90% of the hot fat from the pan. Scoop off with a spoon any of the fatty layer (I didn’t really have much from the lamb). Put the pan on your cooktop on a medium-high heat. Add the flour and stir it around; use a potato masher to mash up all the veg to a pulp. Don’t worry if it’s lumpy. When everything is mixed and mashed, add the alcohol to give it a little fragrance before you add the stock. Keep it over the heat and let it boil for a few minutes. Scrape all of the goodness from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until it’s the consistency you want. To serve your gravy: Get a large bowl or pot and put a coarse strainer over it. Pour your gravy through the strainer, using a ladle to push all the goodness through. Discard any veggies left behind. You can serve the gravy straightaway or put it back on the heat to simmer and thicken up. If you want more complementary flavours (depending on the meat), add a teaspoon of either horseradish, mustard, cranberry, mint or applesauce. Photos by Joan Saunders



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Emergency Support Services: It Takes a Community by Doreen Marion Gee

With the daily news pounding our senses with the worst of human nature, it is difficult to be positive about the future. But we only have to look to our local community to see acts of true kindness towards others and evidence that, when given an opportunity, people are always ready and eager to help someone in distress. The Peninsula's volunteer-driven Emergency Support Services give people help and hope when their lives are shattered. Their success stories also show that when the community comes together to support the helpers, they can collectively move mountains. Supported by Central Saanich, North Saanich and the Town of Sidney, Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization (PEMO) provides qualified volunteer angels in times of emergency or major disaster. Emergency Support Services, one of PEMO's programs, provides compassionate assistance to Peninsula residents geared to two different dangerous scenarios where people are forced from their homes. Firstly, citizens displaced from their homes due to a house/apartment fire or other exigency receive emergency support to help with basic needs – a place to stay, food and clothing for up to 72 hours. In the second case of evacuation due to natural disasters such as an earthquake or flood, the hard-working ESS team will set up Reception Centres on the Peninsula, providing safe havens for traumatized residents to get food, clothing and somewhere to sleep. When George Bale, Director and Coordinator of Emergency Support Services for the three Peninsula municipalities, was the grateful recipient of emergency help after an apartment fire, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. He has been volunteering in this field since 1999. During our conversation, he talked about the critical role of all the local businesses in enabling his volunteers to do their humanitarian work. Local grocery stores generously offer food, hotels provide accommodation, restaurants help with meals, and thrift stores supply clothing. This invaluable volunteer service, with the whole community chipping in, reminds us that most people want to be kind and are eager to help someone in desperate need. The profound experience of knowing that you helped somebody survive a life-threatening emergency has few parallels. "I have helped so many people over the years, I can feel it in my heart," says an emotional George. When some volunteers have been there for 35 years with no pay cheque, they must love their jobs! Emergency Support Services needs volunteers at present. Anyone interested should contact one of the three municipal fire halls. It could change your life. Info: https://www.pemo.ca/ess/.




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is tucked away in the Saanichton village area, but boasts a huge clinic, retail and office space, as well as ample parking out back, all of which greatly appealed to Dr. Paul Neumann when he first moved into the space. After establishing his business over 10 years in Brentwood Bay, in 2005 he opted to move his growing clinic practice to its current home where the clinic has continued to expand and thrive ever since. Dr. Neumann remembers back to his teenage years when he was having difficulty with his vision and finally went for an eye exam. Sure enough, he needed glasses and voila, that first pair of classic 1970s aviator-style glasses allowed him to see in focus again. Later on, after completing his undergraduate degree in Sciences at the University of Toronto, he debated whether to pursue medicine, dentistry, or take over the family business. Instead, he thought more about optometry and remembered his high school experience at the optometrist. He applied to the University of Waterloo's optometry program, which is still the only English language optometry program in all of Canada, and embarked on another four years of school. An internship after graduation brought him to Victoria and his proctor during that time has since become his business partner; together the two own and run three optometry clinics in Greater Victoria: Opti-Med, Oak Bay Optometry and Central Saanich Optometry. Together they manage 10 doctors in their network and a staff of close to 50. Being busy with co-managing the other two clinics, Dr. Neumann sees patients three days a week at Central Saanich Optometry and is excited to be welcoming a third doctor to the practice this coming August. "I'm very blessed I have staff that get how important looking after patients is," he says. "Caring staff is important."

Dr. Neumann is well known in the Canadian optometry world. He has won many awards, including Optometrist of the Year in 2016 from the B.C. Doctors of Optometry, and stood as the President of the B.C. Association of Optometrists for two years which oversees 800-900 optometrists in B.C. He also sat on the board for 10 years which involved, among many other roles, public relations and negotiating MSP contracts. "It was a busy time!" he remembers. Although a retired board member, the practice still belongs to the nationwide group of independent optometrists. In this time of constant technological advances, Dr. Neumann says "technology is the one area I've always invested heavily in," and his clinic is home to the latest in optometry equipment, such as infrared photography and lasers, which can now allow us to see 3D imaging of the back of the eye. Dr. Neumann emphasizes the importance of eye exams and that although he says the clinic is "as close to a one-stop shop as you can possibly get," with offering a wide selection of retail options for glasses, contacts, etc., the medical is at the core of the clinical practice. "We work closely with our medical colleagues ‌ it's a back and forth constantly," he says, especially when it comes to diagnosing and treating eye diseases and conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and myopia. The clinic sees 30 to 40 patients a day and Dr. Neumann and his team pride themselves on ensuring each patient is given ample time for their needs. The team at Central Saanich Optometry are looking forward to extended clinic hours and six-day-a-week availability in August once the new doctor begins. Congratulations to Dr. Neumann and his team for 25 years of business on the Peninsula! Photo by Nunn Other Photography. APRIL 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 63

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Shop Local, Shop Small. The Shops at Mattick’s are a unique collection of independently owned boutiques in the heart of the Cordova Bay Community.

Treat Yourself! Our full service spa has private rooms overlooking beautiful Mattick’s Farm including Side By Side Pedicures! Visit our Make-up and Skincare Bar offering unique medical grade products with estheticians available for professional advice.

Just 20 minutes from the ferry, airport or downtown Victoria, it’s easy to reach from any direction. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness … just didn’t know where to go shopping!

Delicate Yet Comfortable

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The delicate look of a HEX: #00259a lace bralette with the comfortable fit of a long line bra. The trendy allover lace is slightly sheer (including on the cups) and the wide lace panel under the cups provides extra support. Happy pink flatters your summer complexion.

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Ladybug Boutique at Mattick’s Farm

The Ladybug Boutique 250.658.3807 ladybugboutiquevictoria.com

Eco-Stearin is made by a number of our Danish suppliers. 100% non GMO, sustainably sourced, palm oil candles in tapers and pillars are clean burning and fossil free!

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Spring Slides Into the Ladybug!


Ladybug Boutique at Mattick’s Farm

The Ladybug Boutique 250.658.3807 ladybugboutiquevictoria.com

We have a fine selection of Pimpernel corkbacked placemats and coasters, some rare Danish iron candleholders as well as fine Swedish table linens from Ekelund … and of course egg candles and all things Easter are just around the corner!

“Simple, Sustainable Fashion”

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Open Mon to Sat 10-530; 11-5 Sundays | 5325 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden • A Stable Way of Life • Ladybug Boutique Seaberry Garden & Flower • Something More • Sunday’s Snowflakes

The New Heirloom

Your Garden & Floral Experience! Find ideas and inspiration for your garden and home in this unique shop. Nothing makes a more elegant statement than garden art – imagine what yours will express. You can take home spectacular flower arrangements too – welcome spring in style! Explore and discover the growing culture at Seaberry. Find us in Cook Street Village too!

Seaberry Garden & Flower 250.590.3777 seaberrygarden.ca

Individually handcrafted with care, Pyrrha talismans protect, celebrate and inspire the wearer. Come and explore our shop, with one-of-a-kind hand-chosen greeting cards, an amazing selection of unique giftware and treasures that will put a smile on your face. We pride ourselves on friendly customer service and welcome individual custom orders with many of our giftware lines.

Paper Chain

Paper Chain 250.658.2725 Open Daily 10 am - 5.30 pm

Spring Has Arrived!

Come Awake

Come see our colourful collection of casual shoes, runners and sandals, perfect for the lovely Spring and Summer season.

oil on canvas by Janet Anderson, 24 x 30 April’s featured artist, Janet Anderson, March 30th to April 26th. Artists’ reception Sunday, April 5th, 1 to 4 p.m.

Styles from JOSEF SEIBEL, NAOT, VIONIC, ROMIKA, CLOUD, ARCOPEDICO, MILANO and many more respected brands. We look forward to your visit! Open 10 to 5:30 Monday through Saturday and 11 to 5 Sundays and holidays.

A Stable Way of Life at Mattick’s Farm

We love shoes as much as you do.

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The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm, featuring artwork, jewelry, metalwork, pottery and glasswork by local artists and artisans. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm 250.658.8333 thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com

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The Perfect Spot, at Any Time of Day!

Fabulous this Spring!

Enjoy our famous Eggs Benedict, Omelette and Belgian Waffle as ALL DAY BREAKFAST! We offer Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea, High Tea, Kid’s menu, great Desserts and Drinks. We bake with butter. We buy local/BC products and sustainably harvested/ocean wise seafood first. Open 7 days a week. Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden 250.658.1535 AdriennesTeaGarden.com

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Colourful light airy fabrics. Perfect for any occasion. Sunday’s Snowflakes 250.658.8499 sundayssnowflakes.com





$10 from each ticket sold donated to the "Look Good Feel Better" Campaign through the Canadian Cancer Society. Attendees will be entered into a draw for 1 of 2 gift baskets - additional ballots for every $100 spent. Eminence Trainers and Haven Spa Estheticians will be providing 10 in 10 min treatments to help with skin analysis and product selection. Buy 3 Eminence products and receive an additional Eminence product of your choice free.

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Give Them Space

Meet Eve. Eve's skeleton hangs near the touch pool at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. To scientists Eve was known as A9, a killer whale or orca who once inhabited by Tina Kelly the waters around Northern Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Vancouver Island. Eve was a resident fish-eating killer whale, a type of whale currently garnering much attention from scientists, conservation groups, and news headlines. Killer whales, orcinus orca, are found in all oceans of the world and while they may all appear the same to a novice, there are in fact ten different types of killer whales. These ecotypes vary in size, dorsal fin shape, prey preference, group structure, vocalizations and more. The coast of British Columbia is home to three ecotypes – resident or fish-eating killer whales, Bigg's or marine mammal-eating killer whales and the offshore ecotype whose meal of choice may surprise you – sharks! Resident killer whales can be sorted into two separate populations: northern and southern. As those names suggest, they are geographically separate or have geographic preferences. The Northern population — that Eve belonged to — spends its time in the waters north of Campbell River, up around Haida Gwaii and into southeast Alaska. Southern resident killer whales generally roam the ocean south of Ucluelet, around the Salish Sea and down to Monterey, California. Both resident populations are listed as "at risk" under the Species at Risk Act (SARA); Northern resident whales are considered threatened and Southern residents are listed as endangered. When it comes to their survival, these whales face a trifecta of challenges and research

has not isolated one issue as a frontrunner. Identified in the SARA Recovery Strategy are the three main threats to resident killer whales – reduced prey availability, acoustic and physical disturbance (vessel disturbance) and environmental contaminants. In the spring of 2019, the Federal government – Department of Fisheries and Oceans – in an effort to curb acoustic and physical disturbance, laid out updated guidelines for boaters. Year-round boaters must keep 200 metres away from all killer whale ecotypes on the B.C. coast. That distance increases to 400 metres between June 1 and October 31 for any ecotype in southern resident killer whale critical habitat. This critical habitat ranges from the Southern Strait of Georgia through Haro Strait, around Victoria, through Juan de Fuca Strait and out to La Perouse Bank off Ucluelet. Also from June 1 through October 31, no fishing or boating is allowed in Interim Sanctuary Zones around Swiftsure Bank, around East Point on Saturna Island and along the southwest coast of North Pender Island. Other regulations focus on fishing: in some areas you should avoid fishing within 1000 metres of killer whales and in some areas fishing is prohibited between August 1 and October 31. There's more to these guidelines and it can feel complicated; to ease your understanding, DFO has created maps with colour coded graphics. Download a copy at https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/mapscartes/srkw-ers/boating-around-kws-nav-prox-eps-eng.pdf, or pick one up at the Centre. If you're out on the water, remember to give marine mammals space, paying particular attention to killer whales; it's not only the right thing to do, it's the law. Their survival depends on it. You can visit A9's skeleton at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Open 10 a.m. daily. Photo: Northern Resident A30s by Leah Thorpe. APRIL 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 73

March Book Club by Deborah Rogers

Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing is a dark, harrowing story lifted by it's lyricism and strong characters. Our group had all read the novel, and many were deeply affected by it. It's set in the deep south of the U.S., in a fictional present-day Mississippi town that's scarred by its history of racism, poverty and intergenerational trauma. Driving the narrative is a road trip, but we're also taken back through time to visit key moments in the lives of the family at the centre of the novel. It's a haunting read. The central character is Jojo, who we meet first on his 13th birthday, ready to show his grandad – Pop – that he's become a man. They're going to kill a goat to make a special birthday meal, but the blood, the smell, the fear are all too much for the boy. He's an interesting character: we see him in relation to his steadfast Pop, his largely absent mother, Leonie, and as a father-figure himself to his little sister Kayla. How the family came to be so broken is told through the eyes of Jojo and Leonie in alternating chapters, and also through the eyes of Richie. There's a deeply mystical aspect to this book. Richie is a ghost, a character from Pop's past, when they were in the infamous Parchman prison together. The chapters that detail their tragic story are really poignant: they are heavy with the legacy of America's racist past. Their story forces the reader to question how that world ever existed, and if it has really been left in the past. In the present day Leonie, Jojo and Kayla drive to the same prison to pick up Michael, the children's dad. It's a trip fraught with danger and very realistically presented. None of the characters are definitively good or bad; they are each painted in their full complexity. We see grief, anger, resignation and violence and we try to understand how people get pushed into behaving in certain ways by terrible circumstances. For all its bleakness, this felt like an important book that our readers were grateful to have read. The beautiful writing and startling honesty will stay with our group. Many have already been inspired to seek Ward's other books. Next month we'll be trying something a little lighter, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen by Kate Taylor. We plan to meet on April 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sidney North Saanich Library, but due to the current uncertainty around public gatherings I encourage you all to check your emails and/or the Seaside Magazine website before that date. Read the book though; we can still have a discussion, even if we can't sit together to do it.

Meet Andrew,fascinated

by the human dynamic.

Andrew gravitates towards books that explore the dynamics between people, with evolving characters and relationships. All his current top picks have female authors: “it’s not all I read, but women write such great contemporary fiction!” He devoured Sally Rooney’s Normal People in one sitting, and is recommending it to everyone who comes into the store. A new Lynn Coady – Andrew’s favourite author – is always something to celebrate. He was quick to read her latest Watching You Without Me, and it didn’t disappoint. He’s still working on Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport. It’s “an exhausting but rewarding read packed full of the mundanities of modern life, shown in such a clever way.” If you need a new recommendation look for Andrew, or talk to any of the friendly staff at Tanner’s Books. They always have time to listen, and make a suggestion that will fit just right.

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Bob McDonald:

From Black Holes to UFOs

Bob McDonald, long-time host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, thinks kids aged eight to 14 ask by Gillian Crowley the best questions about the world around them. "So often those questions lead to very complex answers from our science experts," he says. Bob's latest book, his fifth, is titled An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Black Holes, Dwarf Planets, Aliens, and More (Simon and Schuster). Although it's written for "tweens," he has dedicated the book to "curious minds everywhere." The idea evolved from his Gemini award-winning, three-year series for children on TVOntario called Heads Up!, which he both wrote and hosted. Questions from kids on the show form the backbone of this book, including "Do UFOs Really Exist?", "Why do Some Planets have Rings?" and "How Much Junk is in Space?" Along with Bob's lucid explanations are fun activities that readers can do alone or with friends to better understand the concepts. Another popular question kids ask is: "Are there aliens in space?" Based on current knowledge, Bob says there's a good chance the universe is teeming with life but the challenge is that we're all so far away from each other in time and distance. "Although, if an alien should happen to land in front of City Hall, I'd want to


ask it where everyone else is in the universe – I'd want a map!" One secret to Bob's success is that he's a science journalist, not a scientist. "I was too frightened of math to be able to take advanced courses in the sciences," he says, and instead he took university courses in Philosophy, English and Drama before dropping out. Luck and his unflagging enthusiasm landed him a job in 1973 at the Ontario Science Centre. As part of his position, he often appeared on television where he would use common objects like coffee cups to explain scientific principles. From these experiences he eventually took up science journalism and broadcasting full time. Bob always seems to know when to ask experts to unpack their jargon and complex explanations. "Because I'm not a scientist I know when I need to ask the expert to help me understand a concept for myself." He tells the story of an unnamed scientific organization that often provides experts to Quirks and Quarks. "One of the scientists told me they have a contest to see who can avoid my saying 'Let's see if I've got this right …' If I don't say this during the interview, they know they've been clear enough." In 2011 Bob left the centre of the Canadian universe – Toronto – and now lives in Victoria where he enjoys sailing his 41-foot sailboat on the Salish Sea. Of the many accolades he's received, he says becoming an Officer of the Order of Canada was "a huge honour." Another thrill was having an asteroid named after him, proposed by David Balam, a Victoria astronomer, and officially approved by the International Astronomical Union. It's also not surprising to learn he is friends with another very effective communicator, astronaut Chris Hatfield. Bob indicates no signs of slowing down. He plans to pitch a followup book to his publisher called An Earthling's Guide to Earth which will look at the various "spheres" – geo, hydro, bio and cryosphere. Travels include a speaking gig on a small cruise ship exploring the Arctic this summer and a safari trip to Africa in summer 2021. In between he hosts Quirks and Quarks from Victoria and continues with speaking engagements. Bob feels strongly that science doesn't have to be complicated. "It's a pair of glasses we put on that lets us see everything in exquisite detail and that shows how everything is connected. Science can be wondrous." Photo courtesy Simon & Schuster.


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What to See & Where to Be




by Jo Barnes

Our Community Events Calendar! 2:30-3:30pm


SOBREMESA SAXOPHONE QUARTET CONCERT St. Paul’s United Church 2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney

There’s nothing sweeter than to savour time with friends Enjoying a conversation punctuated with laughter, good times And, in this case, soulful music Named after the Spanish word for relaxed, enjoyable after dinner conversation, Sobremesa Saxophone Quartet offers musical experiences that allow audiences to relax and engage in the moment. The ensemble, which formed in 2017, features the musical talents of Connor Stairs, Matt Fichter, Todd Morgan and Karsten Brewka and has received top awards at both BC Performing Arts Festival and Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. The upcoming concert at St. Paul’s is yet another opportunity for music lovers of all ages to enter into another special conversation! www.sidneybia.ca/calendar-event/sobremesa-saxophone-quartet-concert

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6:30 - 7:45PM


McTavish Academy of Art 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Led by instructor Tara Crouse, this set of classes will follow a traditional format of barrework, centrework, and enchainments across the floor. Activewear, ballet shoes or bring thin cotton socks to the first class. www.mctavishacademy.ca



1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Each player is guaranteed three matches. Play starts Friday evening and goes until Sunday afternoon. $50/team. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama 8 - 10:30PM


10990 W Saanich Road, North Saanich This multi-talented musical artist will delight you with an evening of music well grounded in Scottish history and tradition. A 2016 inductee of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, Alan Reid is a master storyteller and has performed all over the world. Tickets at the door. www.deepcovefolk.ca

10AM - 4PM

APRIL 10-16

ArtSea Gallery, Tulista Park, Sidney 8801 East Saanich Road, North Saanich The free event showcases B.C.’s beautiful west coast and wildlife through local photographer Helen B Watt’s dramatic images and wood turner Bob Pederson’s striking wood creations. www.artsea.ca



2410 Malaview Ave. Sidney Come enjoy an evening of timeless jazz and soul music by two of Vancouver Island’s premier jazz singers. Advance tickets $20 at Tanner’s Books or online. www.eventbrite.ca/e/ maureen-washington-and-edie-daponte-tickets-96734231691 7PM


Boondock’s Bar & Grill 9819 Fifth Street, Sidney Come enjoy a great evening of music by dynamic musical duo Chuck Simms and Shaun Wilson who always offer up wonderful harmonies and entertaining performances. www.boondockspub.ca/thecliffes


1PM - 4PM


Hot Yoga Sidney

St. John’s United Church



St. Paul's United Church


Panorama Recreation Centre





Dominion Brook Park 8801 East Saanich Road, North Saanich Hosted by Peninsula Celebrations Society, this free family event offers all kinds of activities and face painting. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama

#2 - 2042 Mills Road West, Sidney With Yin Yoga as the foundation, explore emotions, thoughts and creativity in a supportive, non judgmental environment. Dress comfortably and bring pen, journal, and water bottle. www.hotyogasidney.com/workshops-events



Tulista Park, Sidney The final race in the Island Series, Bazan Bay is fast, flat and furious! The course is along the beautiful ocean front in Sidney on Lochside Drive/Trail. info@islandseries.org; http://www.islandseries.org/


2 - 3:30PM


The Centre for Active Living 55+ 1229 Clarke Road (next to library), Brentwood Bay Topic: Local bird species in decline - what we can do to turn things around. Guest speaker: Ann Nightingale of Rocky Point Bird Observatory gives a slide illustrated talk and shares success stories of reversing the trends for species such as Bald Eagles. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. 250-652-4611 | cssca@shaw.ca www.centralsaanichseniorscentre.org


APRIL 24 - 26

Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Each player is guaranteed three matches. Play starts Friday evening and goes until Sunday afternoon. $42/player. https://www.crd.bc.ca/panorama

FAMILY FUN WALK 1 - 2:30PM (GUIDED WALK – ALL AGES) APRIL 25 Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park 5267 Patricia Bay Hwy, Victoria This free event is perfect the whole family! A CRD Regional Parks naturalist guides you along the park trails. Bring a snack and water; wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter in the Filter Beds parking lot off Beaver Lake Rd. www.crd.bc.ca




St. Elizabeth’s Church 10030 Third Street, Sidney The community chamber choir offers a variety of music representing all the colours of the rainbow from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Examples include: Blue Moon and My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose. Tickets $20 (from choir members, Tanner’s Books, and at the door). www.viachoralis.ca/

ONGOING THE SAANICH PENINSULA STROKE RECOVERY ASSOCIATION 9300 Willingdon Rd, Sidney Meetings Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Offering speech, exercise and caregiver support to stroke survivors and their caregivers. Info: Lyall Copeland 250-652-3016 or visit www.spstrokerecovery.org.

SIDNEY BETTER BREATHERS CLUB Shoal Centre, Sidney 4th Monday of each month. 1:30 to 3 p.m. A free support and educational group for people with lung conditions (sponsored by the BC Lung Association). 1-800-665-5864.

YES WE CAN! COPE WITH DEPRESSION Powell Hall, St. John's United Church, North Saanich First Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For anyone dealing with depression. Strategies and education offered towards the healing process. 250-208-1446 or bdcorbett@shaw.ca.

CAREGIVERS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUPS Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church: 1 to 3 p.m.

Second Wednesday of each month.

Shoal Centre: 7 to 9 p.m. Second Thursday of each month. sol.valiquette@shaw.ca.





Third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. www.sidneysistercitiesassociation.com.

Panorama Recreation Centre


1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich www.crd.bc.ca/panorama

North Saanich Yacht Club


Second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Pre-booking required. www.peninsulanewcomers.com. 10-11:30AM


Island View Regional Park Central Saanich Guided walk - all ages. Ever wanted to bird watch? This is a great time of year to start this new hobby as courtship and territory disputes fill the air with song. Learn what to look for and how to use a spotting scope and field guides. Bring binoculars if you have them. www.crd.bc.ca/parks

SAANICH PENINSULA TOASTMASTERS MEETING Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. www.1288toastmastersclub.org.

YOGA WITH ENSEMBLE WELLNESS Sidney Studio Yoga for different levels. Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. For more info: 250-213-9211.

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The Centre for Active Living 50+, Brentwood Bay Inactivity is a concern expressed by many in the medical profession, but in the heart of our community, tucked in beside the library, there is a solution: "The Centre!" Did you know that activities here now include, but are not limited to, Fitness, Dancing, Choir, Aerobics, Scottish Dancing, Photography, Art Group, Weaving, Knitters, Bridge, 500 group, Book Club, Jammin' Seniors, a Lunch Group, a Speaker's Series, Sunday Socials and various outings throughout the year. Built by and for our community, it was in 1979, 40 years ago, that the idea for "The Centre," a meeting and activity place for citizens over the age of 50 was fostered. The initial meeting in 1980 at the Central Saanich Lions Hall was presided over by the much revered Gladys Otto. Gladys, fondly known as the "GO" girl, was the right person, with the energy, enthusiasm and skills to get our Centre "GO-ing." In the next two years programming increased, and fundraising activities at the Lion's Hall and applications for grants went into high gear. In 1982, a house was gifted to the group by the local Council. This prompted the Organization to officially register in November of 1982 as "The Central Saanich Senior Citizens Association," a Registered Society under the BC Societies Act and a Registered Charity on

January 1, 1983. The house was subsequently moved and with considerable support from the Central Saanich Lions, volunteers, interest free loans and professional help from local businesses, the new facility opened in November 1983. The Centre continued to grow, and in 1987 the late Harry Wellman stepped up to chair a Building Committee to integrate The Centre with the planned new Library. With more fundraising, more support from the Central Saanich Lions, and a variety of donations, the new facility was completed in 1992 – 10 years after the CSSCA was formally made a Society. Over the following years, upgrades to the facility have been accomplished with various fundraising events and generous donations from the Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay and New Horizons. Please come and see what The Centre has to offer, or maybe you have a skill and some time that you would like to contribute. We are always happy to give a tour of our facility and you will be welcomed with a hot cup of tea or coffee! Volunteers staff the office daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m; phone 250-652-4611. We look forward to meeting you!



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Your Lighting IQ & Lighting Design Ideas

story by Janice Henshaw

Today's subject is everything you wanted to know about lighting but were afraid to ask – starting with a Lighting IQ test to determine your level of current lighting knowledge. Following this fun exercise, we will find out about the other side of lighting – what's important in lighting design – from two local interior designers, Andi Hook and Wendy White. So let's get started. Turn on your luminaires, grab your recycled paper pencil and let's see how much you know! 1. LED is an acronym for? 2. Are LEDs new technology? 3. What do watts measure? Eh? What's a watt? 4. Rumen, Schumann, what's a Lumen? 5. Seriously though, I just want to know how many lumens I need in a new LED light so that it is as bright as my current 100-watt incandescent bulb. 6. How much power would this new LED light use? a) 100 watts b) 75 watts c) 50 watts d) 25 watts or less 7. I don't like cold bluish lights at night! I like warm cozy lighting! But I also need bright task lighting to read all that small print from the insurance company … how do I know what bulb to buy? 8. An incandescent light bulb will burn nonstop for about 40 days. A new certified LED bulb will still be shining bright after six years. True or False? 9. In the lighting industry light bulbs are known as ______________ light fixtures as _________. And table and floor lamps are called ___________________. 10. All light bulbs are not the same quality. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is. What certification should you look for on the label of all light bulbs and appliances that you buy?

Lighting IQ Answers 1. LED – Light Emitting Diode; 2. No; they've been around for 50 years! 3. Watts measure the amount of power a bulb draws. 4. Lumens tell you how much light a bulb emits – that is, how bright it is; 5. About 1,600 Lumens; 6. d. 25 watts or less; 7. Warm yellow or cool blue? Bulbs are rated on the Kelvin Scale (K). So if you are looking for ambient lighting or lighting that makes you look good, go warm; that is, lower in the bulb ratings range 2,700 to 3,000K. If you want a cool daylight bulb that provides contrast for task lighting, seeing colours and reading all that small print in insurance documents – choose a bulb that is rated higher at 3,600 to 5,500K. 8. True. Some LED lights are rated to last 50,000 hours! That means you probably won't have to get out that tin step ladder and totter up to the skylight with your partner hanging on to your shaky knees – you can leave that for the next homeowner! 9. Lamps; luminaires; portables; 10. To help save energy, reduce your hydro bill and protect the environment only buy bulbs (lamps) that are ENERGY STAR certified products.

Answer Key Award Levels 0-4 – Perhaps a retest? 4-6 – Warm … a few more lumens needed to achieve brilliance. 7 -9 – You are a Bright Blue Daylight Lamp! 10 out of 10 – You are a brilliant LED Energy Star!

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Lighting Design So that just goes to show you that there is a lot to learn about lighting! And now it's time to move on to the intricacies of lighting design. Here are some lighting tips from Andi Hook, Principal Designer/Owner of Hook & Hook Designs. I asked Andi how she designs lighting so that there is a comfortable ambience and appropriate task lighting. "I start my design with ceiling lighting, usually LED pot lights on dimmers and usually on a grid so it looks clean." Andi says it's better to have too much light rather than too little given our sometimes gloomy weather, so she follows the rule of "more is better" when it comes to the number of lights and then adjusts the level of light with dimmers. If a client doesn't like pot lights, Andi suggests putting in rope lighting above the cabinets or crown moulding. "It looks fantastic and surprisingly adds a lot of light." Andi adds under-cabinet lighting for taskwork and ambient lighting in the kitchen. She has also designed under-counter lighting where the entire outside of the countertop overhang is lit. Other popular options include adding lighting to floating shelves or 88 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | APRIL 2020

open cabinets. Andi says her current favourite shades in the lighting world are rattan and, at the opposite end of the spectrum, concrete. She also recommends the addition of motion-activated lighting under floating cabinets. "It's a nice touch for ambient lighting and looks great." Wendy White, Interior Designer and Architectural Technologist at Trudi Jones Interior Design explains that, without light, colour does not exist. "The quality of light affects our perception of colour, our ability to perform specific tasks and has an impact on us physiologically." When planning lighting for residential design, Wendy says: "Think about layering the light sources to provide lighting that will accommodate different activities and create certain moods intended for the space." To clarify the types of source lighting, Wendy defines and explains them for us. Ambient light provides a general and uniform level of light using "luminaries" (fixtures) that generally bounce light off ceilings, walls and indirect surfaces. This can be achieved through the use of floor lamps, semi-flush mount pendants and recessed lighting.



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Task lighting is as the name implies: it provides a light source, generally to a work surface such as a kitchen counter or desk, bearing in mind the position of the user. For example, if the lighting is coming from the ceiling above and behind the user, shadows will be cast on the work surface. This is why the use of under-cabinet lighting, as well as the correct positioning of recessed ceiling lighting, is so important in kitchen design. Accent lighting illuminates objects, artwork or architectural features creating drama and a focus point within the space. Decorative lighting is like the icing on the cake, or the jewelry on a princess – fun, sparkly, beautiful and a feature in itself to be admired. Think chandeliers. Thanks, Wendy and Andi for demystifying lighting design. And just in case you have that lurking question about lighting … and aging eyes … yes, it's true: as we get older, our eyes need more light. According to eye specialists, by the time we reach 65, we need almost three times as much light to see as we did at age 20. And our eyes are more sensitive to glare. So increase the lumens, and stay away from unshaded lamps! A final thought from Natural Resources Canada – "Almost 60% of light sockets in Canada still contain inefficient bulbs but if every household replaced just one older light bulb with an Energy Star Certified LED bulb, we would save enough energy to light 500,000 homes for a year!"



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Three Sheeps to the Wind Family Farm Located in beautiful Brentwood Bay, featuring local cut flowers and greenhouse seconds from Eurosa Farms, farm fresh eggs and seasonal produce. Find us on Facebook and Instagram at Three Sheeps to the Wind Family Farm. 1246 Greig Avenue, Brentwood Bay Your Saanich Peninsula Gem! Lochside Nursery is centrally located near the Saanich/Central Saanich border and is surrounded by horse farms on the Lochside Trail. We offer a growing variety of trees including Japanese Maples, Magnolias, Ginkgos and a good variety of shrubs, perennials, grasses and conifers. For current hours and "non-commercial" customer details, please visit our website. Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on long weekends we will be closed. 250.544.3100 | 2716 Dooley Rd. (Lochside Dr. & Dooley Rd.) lochsidebc@gmail.com | www.lochside.ca

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Victoria Author Valerie Green Releases New Historical Book "Fifty Conversations from the Past" with Sue Hodgson, publisher and owner of Seaside Magazine

Telling tales from B.C.’s history from the perspective of the people who lived it

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"Do you need anything?" called a younger neighbour to the senior across the street as I returned from the park on this sunny afternoon. A kind question from one neighbour to another that wouldn't have seemed out of place even a week ago now stands out for what it represents – the desire, and need, for us all to care for one another in these uncertain and scary times of COVID-19. You certainly know that Seaside Magazine is all about community, and if you read my column on a regular basis you'll remember the one from December, where I penned the words "nowhere is the feeling of small-town friendliness and caring more apparent than in times of need, and celebration." In various stores around town for the past few days, shelves that were once overflowing with goods and food are now bare. Only white dust remained on the shelves that had held flour just a day before, most of the meat was gone and not a roll of toilet paper or paper towel was to be found. "Stop hoarding," everyone says, and Premier John Horgan expressed disgust at the practise. "Think of your neighbour, the senior who can't drive all over town for a loaf of bread," shame the posts in my social media feeds. To those who are buying more than their fair share, more than they can possibly use in a two-week quarantine period, I shake my head, but at the same time I do get it. These are unprecedented times that will last for who knows how long. We have no control, and we want to feel safe. Having a home that is fully stocked with necessites makes you feel prepared, and in control of something that is outside our understanding. I stood before a shelf with four packages of toilet paper on it. I needed toilet paper, but felt the urge to put a second package in my cart, "just to be on the safe side." I didn't, but at that moment I understood the feeling that compels those who will clear a shelf with no concern for those they are leaving without. Luckily, it appears that those people are in the minority on the Saanich Peninsula. This is not a time of celebration, but it is a time of need. We are panicking, and perhaps over-preparing, but we are also thinking of our neighbours, our friends, our family, and even strangers. We are planning ahead and making special trips. We are finishing our Facebook posts with words like "Help a neighbour if you can. And remember to always be kind." We are showing our community spirit. And my heart, while beating a little faster, is full.


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Seaside Magazine April 2020 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 2020 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...