Seaside Magazine April 2024 Issue

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GRINTON Through the Lens
DIVE Cleaning Our Oceans Northern LightsGetaway
Earth Month CHRISTY
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EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 13 Off The Vine 16 Arts Scene 19 Going Green 22 Stable & Field 30 One Thing, Three Ways 33 Weatherwit 34 Living Off the Land 40 From the Kitchen 44 The Golden Years 45 Screen Scene 51 Common Cents 53 Seaside Book Club 54 New & Noteworthy 57 Out for a … Beach Cleanup 61 In Fashion 62 Globehopping 65 The Natural Path 67 NIȽ TU,O 69 Inside Out 73 Seaside Homes 81 Impromptu 83 Take Note 86 Last Word Contents APRIL 2024 TOP STORIES ON THE COVER See story pg 10. Photo by Mark D Williams Marine Conservation Photography MAKING WAVES Raincoast Conservation 10 SEASIDE HOMES The Challenge of Mobility Issues 73 ARTS SCENE Wildlife Through the Lens 16 DEEP DIVE How to Clean Up an Oil Spill 28 ONE THING, THREE WAYS The Artform of Bed Styling 30 57 62 67 40 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Parkland Secondary Turns 50 50

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In This Issue APRIL 2024


Self-hypnosis is about finding calmness amid the daily chaos of life – no dangling stopwatches required. You can use this simple tool anytime, and anywhere, to instantly feel relaxed. I used to spend hours trying to fall asleep on airplanes, and now I always fall asleep in just five minutes.


It was surprising to learn about the marine response base in Sidney, with a team prepared to react quickly to oil spills. The WCMRC (Western Canada Marine Response Corporation) is doing vitally important work in protecting our oceans from the worst-case scenario. How do you clean up an oil spill?


I'm hearing the usual seasonal chatter of daffodils and other ornamental plants blooming around town. Yet, what about the vibrant yellow blossoms of the native Oregon grape. Do we notice them? How many of us know its name? Spring is the perfect time to look and learn about local species.


Having a beautiful, peaceful bedroom can make a huge difference in the way you feel. Create a haven for yourself in which you can relax and recharge. Here I'll show you how to change the look and feel of a bedroom by simply switching the sheets and pillows.


Jo Barnes, Nikki Bunn, Don Descoteau, Jamila Douhaibi, Kari Frazer, Maxwell Gauthier, Scottee Giles, Tabatha Golat, Sherrin Griffin, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Janis Jean, Tina Kelly, John Kernaghan, Yanna King, Ambrose Marsh, Tilar J. Mazzeo, Karen Morgan, Florent Nicolas, Cassidy Nunn, Deborah Rogers, Dene Rossouw, Steve Sakiyama, Eric Sambol, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Claudette Sells, Katharina Stocker, Viola Van de Ruyt, Virginia Watson-Rouslin, Mark D Williams



















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First Word from the Publisher

As the proud owner of Seaside Magazine, my team and I have had the privilege for the past 13 years of showcasing countless stories of love, adventure and the vibrant spirit of our seaside community. Yet, today, as I sit down to write this edition's opening, my heart is filled with a bittersweet blend of joy and longing.

You see, recently, a new addition has graced my life – a furry friend who has brought boundless happiness and an unexpected flood of memories. It all began at a photoshoot for the magazine, where I found myself captivated by a charming little pup from the Victoria Humane Society. Little did I know this furry encounter would awaken a longing within me, stirring memories of a time when my days were filled with the laughter and chaos of raising my two children.

As I welcome George into my home, I can’t help but be reminded of the days when my children were young. The sleepless nights, the endless stream of diapers and the joyful chaos of parenthood flooded back to me with each bleary-eyed morning and every playful bark from my new companion.

But alongside the joy of raising this puppy, there is an ache of longing for the days gone by, for the sweet chaos of childhood and the sound of little feet pitter-pattering through the house. As I watch my furry friend explore his new surroundings, I can't help but miss the innocence and laughter that once filled my home. Can you tell I miss them!

Yet, there is gratitude for the memories that have shaped me, for the love that continues to stay with me, and for the new adventures ahead. So, as I embark on this journey with George, I carry with it the lessons of the past and more fun for the future, knowing that love will always find a way to fill the empty spaces left behind.

This is dedicated to my two children, Lucas and Eva.

I love you!


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Raincoast Conservation Makes Waves

When Raincoast Conservation Foundation was buying hunting tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest along the coast of British Columbia, they needed to raise $1.3 million for one of the tenures. Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores Program Director Brian Falconer says that he remembers a teacher bringing her class to their office in Sidney with the $39 they had raised to support the foundation. The organization has seen every kind of donation over the years since they became a non-profit in 1996, because there is "something that inspires people across all ranges of abilities to give."

The Foundation started out of a small house on Tryon Road as a passionate group of people that combined research and community outreach to protect habitats and species in B.C. Throughout their many successes over the years, Raincoast knows it is their strong partnerships with First Nations that drive much of their research and see projects to fruition. Brian says "we are a science-based organization carrying out primary research in both terrestrial and marine environments," and the work is very

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often initiated and guided by First Nations. Rather than relying on other institutions to conduct research, Raincoast operates a Conservation Genetics lab in Vancouver and an Applied Conservation Science lab at the University of Victoria to ensure that they are the ones conducting the research. Brian says that the "combination of science and Indigenous knowledge is a powerful one," making it difficult for decision makers to ignore.

Every team member at Raincoast comes with their own unique background and set of skills. Brian came to the organization with experience as a bush pilot, sailboat captain and leader in coastal ecotourism. He met the original founders of Raincoast while he was a "transportation specialist," bringing people into remote places that required an expert to navigate. Raincoast, with Brian on board, set up a marine operations program on a rebuilt sailboat to start doing their own research as a science-based conservation organization. Nearly three decades later, Raincoast is still making waves.

The biggest news coming from Raincoast is their recent purchase of a sixth commercial trophy hunting tenure in the Great Bear Rainforest. They now control the commercial hunting rights in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest. At 56,000 square kilometres, the area is larger than Vancouver Island. The group had previously campaigned for a moratorium on grizzly hunting in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but a change

in government led to a reversal of that policy. The hunting ban on grizzlies was later re-established, but the group continues to purchase tenures to protect other species such as black bears, wolves and wolverines.

The commercial hunting tenures that Raincoast has purchased the rights to so far are closely monitored by the group. Brian says that they maintain these tenures so they can "keep an eye on things." As their website says: "we buy the rights to guide people to shoot wildlife – and our clients choose not to shoot the wildlife."

Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores is only one of Raincoast's several focuses and programs. Even though Brian works with coastal carnivores, he says there are many other fabulous programs, including wolf conservation, wild salmon, healthy waters and forest protection, as well as their research vessel, SV Achiever , that runs year-round to not only work on scientific projects, but also provide education and engagement with the community. The wild salmon program is a multi-year habitat restoration project that has been working on protecting Chinook salmon in the Fraser River; this also helps protect endangered southern resident orcas, which depend on these salmon for their survival. Raincoast's programs are connected all along the coast to support species and habitats holistically.

Because of the pandemic, Raincoast no longer has a physical address in Sidney, but Brian says the town is still a main link to their work, as they often meet people on the Peninsula, and work with the W̱SÁNEĆ people. Even with their big wins and the multitude of challenges ahead, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation team sees themselves first and foremost as a research-based conservation group which regularly partners with First Nations along the coast – "we're not a big organization, just a very passionate group of people."

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Northern Lights & Arctic Vodka

Some years life seems to speed past more quickly than others. So when a girlfriend wrote and asked if I'd go hunt the aurora borealis with her, for old time's sake, I said I was in as long as we could also sample some Arctic vodka.

So it was that three middle-aged ladies took ourselves off to a cozy "dry" cabin in -37° C somewhere north of Fairbanks, Alaska and somewhere not a lot south of the arctic circle (

"Dry" meaning: no running water and off-grid power. No showers? That can only mean one thing: hot springs!

After a quick flight to Seattle, we winged it northbound to Fairbanks. Our cabin was just a mile south of Chena Hot Spring ( where volcanic water bubbles up into a natural lake in the midst of wilderness. You can't miss Chena Hot Springs: you just drive until the road ends. The springs proved to be the perfect place to start our hunt for the aurora. I am a snob about hot springs, and, if you are too, you will know what I mean when I say that it was properly hot. I hate a lukewarm hot spring! Day passes to the pools are US$20 and, while the facilities are rustic, well worth it.

While sometimes you can see the northern lights early enough to watch them overhead from the pools (which stay open until nearly midnight), we opted instead on our first night for the off-road mountaintop adventure. We passed over our US$80, and at 9:30 p.m. set off with our guide, Alexi, in a military-surplus vehicle, up a snow track to the top of a nearby peak, where we waited for the aurora in Mongolian-style yurts with a motley collection of people from around the world, all bundled up in our coldest weather gear.

At about 11 p.m. we spotted, maybe, something. It lingered for hours on the horizon, a pale electricgreen flicker. And, then, at about 1:30 a.m., the sky began to pulse in brilliant neon arcs of colour.

women-warriors, the Valkyrie, leading fallen soldiers to Valhalla. All I can say is, I am a pretty jaded traveller, and it's actually kind of amazing!

The Eskimo say that the aurora are spirits leading the dead over the threshold. The Japanese say they are the spirits of the unborn waiting to enter our world and that to be conceived under the northern lights is a blessing. (There were a suspicious number of honeymooning couples on the mountain that night; none of us dared to inquire.) The Vikings believed the aurora were the

We bounced down the mountain, giddy and cold, and luck was with us: the engine of our frozen SUV turned over. We headed home, content, to talk until dawn and to raise a "skål" (or "toast") while sampling our local vodka selection. A number of excellent small distilleries operate out of Fairbanks, but our vote goes to the aptly named Hoarfrost Vodka (




Life in the Wild through a Lens

Face to face with a bear? No thank you!

For most of us, our typical encounter with wildlife consists of saying "Look, a squirrel!" in our backyard. For Christy Grinton, however, she prefers to meet more intimidating wildlife in its own habitat with only her camera lens between herself and the animal she seeks.

The North Saanich photographer, a former zookeeper with a wildlife biology degree, has a passion for wildlife photography and loves to capture unique moments in nature with images that are increasingly gaining attention from the public and magazine publishers.

"I have always loved nature and I love seeing what's going to happen," shares Christy. "I like getting the shot for my own happiness, but I like to capture moments people might miss. I hope I can bring the images people wouldn't normally see."

Christy's photography takes her from local Peninsula sites to provincial places like Banff or Jasper and further afield to international destinations like Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya and Costa Rica. She sells prints of her work on a variety of formats with the images appearing on metal, paper or canvas. Her work has been published in Canadian Geographic and Beautiful British Columbia magazines and has garnered recognition such as bronze and silver medals at the 2023 Toronto Salon Photography competition.

Capturing the intimate wildlife experience motivates Christy on every photography adventure. Sometimes the results can be surprising. "Things are happening fast while you are shooting. Once

photo by Christy Grinton Photography

during a trip to Costa Rica," she reminisces, "I took photos of a redeyed frog. Afterwards when I looked at the images, the frog had tiny little ants on its nose. I never noticed this when I took the shot."

Observing wildlife in its habitat is fascinating and exciting, but Christy is always aware that she needs to be alert and prepared for whatever might happen. "I really enjoy seeing the interaction between animals, but you need to know the signs, the behaviours going on, and for safety reasons, when it's OK to be there and when it's not. You need to have an exit plan and know when to leave."

Christy has her favourite places for photographing wildlife, and one of them is Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge near Prince Rupert. "It's a magical place. I'm one of eight people in a group usually," she says. "I go out in the morning and afternoon. I get about 50 to 100 feet away from the bears and can watch them preening, grazing or mating."

This fascination and love of wildlife began in Christy's childhood when she regularly visited the zoo. Those afternoon visits impacted her studies and future career. "I went to the Toronto Zoo a lot as a kid. I love wildlife; it's a part of me," she says. "I did two summers at the zoo. The first year I worked with miniature goats and helped kids learn about animals. The second year I worked in the Canadian Domain area and worked with bison, wapiti elk, moose, wolves and bears."

Eventually, she completed a wildlife biology degree from the University of Guelph and subsequently moved to the West Coast where her work focused on studying the impact of deforestation on wildlife.

Her keen interest in photography began in her teenage years when she took a few courses in high school focused on developing pictures in a dark room and using a shadow box. That interest resurfaced in her adult years when her children were older and she found herself with a little more time to devote to hobbies.

"I was a stay-at-home mom and my focus was on raising a family. I got back into photography 10 years ago," she comments. "I took digital photography courses and learned about the photography application Lightroom."

With the technological advancements in photography, Christy is enjoying a whole new world of possibilities, as she comments: "I'm now able to do more than years ago when I could only take 24 shots on my Kodak camera. Back then, I had to take rolls of film with me and then wait to develop them. Now I can take up to 1,000 to 2,000 shots and, using software, I can adjust images afterwards."

Even with the assistance of new technology, there are still challenges in her work. She has to find just the right light, minimize noise, deal with weather conditions, and be alert to animal behaviour. Christy, however, enjoys the rewards of capturing the image and sharing it with others.

"It is never just a photo," she notes. "The photo sparks conversation. Photography allows people to see and understand more about animals."

For Christy Grinton, that face-to-face encounter with a bear, or any other animal, with only the camera lens between them, is an opportunity to which she says, "Yes please!" every time.

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Be Curious About Your Wild Neighbours

I passed a sure sign of spring last week. It wasn't ornamental daffodils, though they were certainly abloom. I had spotted a shrub with small clusters of white flowers and relatively few leaves. June plum, or osoberry (pictured at right) is one of the first native plants to bloom for the season. While other plants often burst into lush foliage before flowering, June plum gets right to producing blossoms. We'll soon see red flowering currant, followed by other native plants that flower in succession. We'll feast our eyes on yellows, blues, purples and pinks. If we look.

Do you know the names of any local native plants? Not long ago, a study showed children can identify 1,000 corporate logos but only a handful of plant and animal species that are native to their region. Species in our yards and communities go unknown and nameless while we recognize the makers of toys, burgers, running shoes and cars.

Spring is the season of growth, of birth, of renewal. The days are getting longer, increasing our opportunities for getting to know and understand the nature around us. Follow these tips to connect and learn about our wild neighbours:

• Make repeat visits to the same location (easy if you start with your own yard!). Some plants are easier to identify at specific stages of growth (i.e. flowering, fruiting).

• Be patient, be still. Chances of spotting animals improves when we lower our physical or noise impacts.

• Focus on the big and the small; consider using a magnifier and binoculars.

• Look up for birds and bird nests.

• Listen. Birds are also identified by sound. Grab a recording to help you identify the species.

To truly enjoy the natural world, unplugging from technology is usually sound advice. Yet, a cell phone is a useful tool for uncovering the identities of plants and wildlife. The iNaturalist app (or website) fosters a community connecting naturalists, scientists and those curious about nature.

Anyone can upload species findings, through pictures or sound, and experts or other knowledgeable users provide help with identification. You can track your observations and collectively, entries form a repository of data that helps highlight, understand and protect biodiversity.

Spring is the perfect time to start, or continue, your iNaturalist adventure and there is also added incentive courtesy of the CRD. The City Nature Challenge takes place April 26 to 29. Sign up to represent Greater Victoria and be entered to win prizes that will help deepen your connection to nature, including a Smartphone macrolens, for taking yet more nature pictures, and a garden centre gift card. Visit for more information including iNaturalist training videos and documents as well as identification guides for local species of flora and fauna.

I recently overheard someone say "after all expertise is not the goal, curiosity is." By the end of spring we don't need to be biologists or learn the names of 1,000 species to counter those 1,000 logos; we just need to have been, and to be curious enough to continually grow our nature knowledge. Nature is all around us, if you look.

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Sunday, April 7

Paul “Valdy” Horsdal has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop, country and folk music for over 40 years. Combining the art of storytelling and music, Valdy captures life’s most special moments with warmth and magic. Playing across Canada this year, performing live is still enjoyable to the longtime Salt Spring Island resident. Valdy is an energetic performer, famous for jigging and dancing on stage, and establishing rapport with young and adult audiences alike. To date he has 14 albums, 22 singles, and four gold records, and has sold nearly half a million units worldwide. Famous for the hit “Play Me a Rock ‘n’ Roll Song,’ Valdy toured the world several times over. He has also won two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, along with several additional Juno nominations.

He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Victoria Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in ’08, something he says is an honour, if not somewhat perplexing. “As a folksinger, I play it all. I was inducted into the Victoria R’n’R Hall of Fame, but I’m still a folksinger, thus cover ALL styles of music,” he commented.

Peninsula Players “Halfway There”

May 16-18

There’s no such thing as a secret in Stewiacke. Not when the gossips meet for coffee every day at the local diner. Vi, Rita, Mary Ellen, and Janine are all as close as can be, and they know everybody’s business. But when Sean, a heartbroken doctor, moves in to take a temporary job at the clinic, he tips the Maritime town that’s famous for being halfway between the North Pole and the equator off its axis.

While Sean decides to pursue Janine, it only brings her closer together with her friends, who each have their own messy love lives. Vi just turned down her boyfriend’s proposal, Mary Ellen is tired of doing everything for her husband and sons, Rita just wants to find a date, and Janine already lives with a man she loves a “little bit.” Can everyone find what they’re looking for in Stewiacke? And what happens when someone finds out a secret that managed to be kept hidden?

This feel-good comedy from the most-produced playwright in Canada will envelop you in a familiar warm hug that shares the relief of finding your people.

Dusk Sings Tony Bennett

Saturday, April 20

Dusk, having previously graced stages across North America and Europe with sold-out performances, announces his return to Western Canada for a 13-date tour. Titled The Best Is Yet to Come: Dusk Sings Bennett, the show promises to captivate audiences with Dusk's exceptional vocal range and pay tribute to the enduring legacy of Tony Bennett.

A lifelong admirer of Bennett, Dusk fondly recalls their friendship formed in the Las Vegas showroom, where the late crooner shared invaluable career advice. The Best Is Yet to Come not only celebrates Bennett's memory but also marks a milestone in Dusk's career, following the success of his previous show, Matt Dusk Sings Sinatra, which enjoyed sold-out performances in over 70 Canadian and U.S. cities, including Las Vegas.

The new show is a musical journey through Bennett's timeless hits, including “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” "The Way You Look Tonight" and "The Good Life." Dusk shares, "Tony Bennett was an idol for me growing up, and I’m thrilled to create the very first show to pay homage to such a legend. Stepping on stage with a smokin' band, performing these timeless hits, is about the music, the musicians, and the memories from the man who was swingin’ in every era."

With sixteen critically acclaimed studio albums and over one million albums sold worldwide, Matt Dusk is a Canadian icon. Recognized for hits like "All About Me," "Back in Town," and "Good News," Dusk holds three gold albums and three platinum albums, earning him five JUNO award nominations. His musical journey, rooted in jazz piano studies under the legendary Oscar Peterson at York University, showcases a career marked by radio hits, celebrated albums, and a rapidly growing fan base.

Don't miss The Best Is Yet to Come: Dusk Sings Bennett, a night of unforgettable entertainment, nostalgia, and celebration, honoring one of America's most beloved singers.


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Working Equitation

The riding arena is filled with a variety of obstacles – a long wooden bridge; a rope strung between two jump standards, meant to simulate a gate; a wooden pen with one entryway; a bell on a stand, ready to be rung; slalom poles stand at attention, ready to be weaved through. A small cross rail jump is set up and in the middle of the arena a large wooden bull is poised, a spear ring atop his back. A long pole sits in a barrel several metres away; the rider is meant to grab the pole, skewer the ring on the end of it and then deposit the pole and ring in a second barrel at the other end of the arena. These are just a few of the fun and challenging obstacles that make up a part of the sport of Working Equitation.

If you haven't heard of Working Equitation – whether you're a horse person or not – you're likely not alone. It's a relatively new sport in the horse world, one that was developed in the 1990s in Portugal, France, Spain and Italy, as a way to showcase the abilities and skills needed for the horse and rider working on livestock farms in these regions. It's a sport that is quickly gaining a wide following across the horse world, including here on Vancouver Island.

Working Equitation has four trials. The Dressage Trial consists of set tests that are ridden at each level, with movements being given a score by a judge. In Ease of Handing, the obstacles are used. They are placed


to simulate some of the challenges and obstacles that a horse and rider team working in the field might encounter, such as opening and closing a gate, for example. This phase is also scored by a judge. During the Speed Trial the obstacle course is timed, with the key objective being to navigate the course error free, in the right order, in the shortest possible time. At the upper levels, the Cattle Trial is a timed event ridden with three or four other horse and rider combinations and tests the ability to work with sorting cows from a herd.

Something special about the sport is the inclusivity it offers; horses of all breeds and sizes can participate and excel. There are few restrictions to the type of tack and attire the horse and rider can use and it's open to ages seven and up. It's a discipline that requires and showcases excellent training of the horse and a solid partnership. These skills and principles are what attracted longtime coach and rider Stella French to the sport, as well as the great sense of community and people who are involved, "I haven't found 'cliquiness' yet!" she says with a laugh. Stella is the president of the Vancouver Island Working Equitation chapter, which is affiliated with the larger organization of Working Equitation Canada. She took on the role several years ago and has worked hard alongside other riders and coaches those passionate about the sport to bring more awareness to the discipline here on the island. She competes up to the Intermediate A level on her own horse as well as teaches introductory clinics to those wanting to give Working Equitation a try. This year, now that there are enough riders on the Island familiar with the sport and sticking with it, she's looking forward to teaching

at the higher levels. "We're starting to see people committed to the discipline," she says. The rise in membership has also meant that "this is the first year that we've started to pursue some outside clinicians." There will be four sanctioned shows held across Vancouver Island in 2024 and several clinics and schooling days as well.

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As the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary celebrates its 50th anniversary, we'd like to recognize a dedicated and long-serving volunteer. Shelagh Bell was not just a volunteer, she was a force of nature.

When Shelagh retired from work, she began volunteering with the Auxiliary. She took on roles such as Ways and Means Committee (managing the bazaar and other fundraising) and President, but what she really loved was being in the hospital, visiting patients and residents in Long-Term Care.

Shelagh led the Auxiliary's efforts to partner with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation (as it was then known) on projects such as rebuilding the Emergency Room back in 2003. Subsequently, she was asked to join the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation board, serving for two terms.

During Ambrose's time as Chief of Staff, with an open door policy, Shelagh would not hesitate to visit or corral him in the hall with ideas, insight or concerns. She had the unofficial pulse of the building. She spent time in the building, but more importantly, she spent time meeting staff and family and was always interested in what we could do better for everyone who came into contact with our beloved hospital.

Shelagh was known for her good humour and kindness. As President, she began the tradition of ending every Auxiliary meeting with a joke (the spicier the better, but no bad language!). Her smile while doing work at the hospital resulted in friendships with staff and managers. In fact, these friendships led to unique volunteering opportunities. Shelagh helped to develop volunteer roles for the new Palliative Care Unit, and that led to her becoming the "bereavement card person." After someone passed away in Palliative Care, Shelagh would take a card to all the staff and doctors who cared for the patient, get kind notes and signatures on the card, and then send it to family. Several weeks later, another

volunteer would phone the family to check in on them and, if necessary, connect them with counselling or other services. Shelagh worked on this project until her retirement from hospital volunteering, at the start of Covid.

Because Shelagh's volunteering regularly involved paperwork, she would often set herself up to work in the Foundation office. Lesley and Karen would joke with staff that it was really Shelagh's office, and we just worked there! Not surprisingly, we would have more visitors on those days.

She helped us at the Foundation create some wonderful early staff appreciation events, such as coffee and treats for the morning coffee break. They were so successful that we introduced "Nurses Week" and other events, with celebratory cakes. One year, Shelagh even convinced Ambrose Marsh to tour the hospital to announce an event dressed in an old-fashioned nurses' uniform (including starched cap, black cape and nylon stockings!).

No matter what the subject or interaction, it was always delivered with smile, warmth and usually humour. Shelagh recently passed away, and we remember her fondly.

Photo courtesy SPHHF.

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DEEP DIVE: How to Clean Up an Oil Spill

Few people may know there is a marine response base in Sidney – or that they are the first responders in case of an oil spill. Operating 24/7 with a mandate to protect wildlife, environmentally sensitive areas, and regions of cultural significance to local First Nations, the vessels are trained to react quickly. Michael Lowry, of the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC), explains how their ocean cleanup works.

"We've been around since the mid 1970s," says Michael. "We were an industry co-op in Vancouver harbour at the beginning, but after the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, the Canadian government formalized what oil response should look like," he says. "We became the first certified response organization in 1995."

Both shipping companies and oil companies are on the hook for the cost – they are the ones who must pay for cleanup. "The industry pays for the response, providing funding through memberships and

oil cargo fees – that's what funds our fleet," says Michael. "It allows us to be prepared: whoever causes the spill pays for cleanup."

"The Sidney base is staffed 24/7 like a firehall," explains Michael. The main reason Sidney was chosen is its proximity to Turn Point, a tighter turn in the shipping lanes between Haro Strait and Boundary Pass. "It was flagged as one of the higher-risk spots," Michael says. Having their vessels close to the site means that response times are much quicker – every hour counts when it comes to an oil spill.

"Our base consists of an office and warehouse, located on Victoria airport property, and the vessels are moored at Van Isle Marina." They serve Saanich as well as the Gulf Islands, and you can often see them out on the water even when there is no spill – the teams are frequently out training their own staff, as well as partner vessels. "The Coastal Response Program allows us to identify areas that might be particularly vulnerable, either environmentally sensitive or sites of importance to First Nations, like clam middens. We map those out and then develop response strategies around them." The WCMRC also train with First Nations and other partners to use their vessels to protect the coast. If they can get a boom in place to protect a bay, for example, the oil won't be able to reach the shore.

So how exactly does the cleanup work? According to Michael, there are four main techniques used internationally: mechanical recovery, dispersement, burning and natural consumption. While there are pros and cons to all methods, the significant downsides to the other


approaches mean that mechanical recovery is the only one currently approved by the Canadian government. Dispersement typically uses chemicals to break up the oil, which has a negative impact on the environment and human health; burning the oil releases toxic fumes and smoke into the air; and natural consumption, where microbes in the water break down the oil, still needs more research.

Mechanical recovery is how WCMRC cleans up oil spills on the West Coast, with equipment such as booms and skimmers being used to remove the oil. A boom is essentially a long string that floats on the surface, with a curtain that hangs down below the water. There are different kinds, like self-inflating, or those designed for different operating environments, such as open water versus sheltered water –but they all work in the same way. "You do a u-shaped sweep, with oil collecting in the bottom of the U, and then send in a skimming vessel, which is a specialized boat used to remove oil from the surface of the water," explains Michael. "Once removed, you put the oil into storage, using mini barges or large barges for that purpose. The process is basically: collecting, removing, storing."

Sidney has been involved in cleanup responses at other locations too – they have helped with oil response in the Nanaimo area, where Sidney crews support and supplement the existing teams. When asked about how things will work in the future, whether the process will change with our transition away from fossil fuels, Michael says they're looking ahead. "That's a really good question. On our radar, we're looking at HNS, and a more formalized system to deal with those kinds of incidents." The term HNS refers to "hazardous or noxious substances" and is defined as anything other than oil which could – if introduced into the marine environment – create hazards to human health, harm living resources and marine life, damage amenities or interfere with other legitimate uses of the sea.

"With new methods of fuel, especially in some of these big vessels, whether it's methanol, ammonia, or something else – what would a response to those kinds of things look like?" Michael asks. "The West Coast is a leader in bringing communities into response, and the work is well underway but it's far from over. We could have a much more integrated approach to how we respond to spills, and the way to do that is with community involvement."

Photos courtesy WCMRC.

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One Bed, Styled Three Ways

I often get asked "How many pillows should be on a bed?" The answer is: It depends. Are you a minimalist, a maximalist or somewhere in between? Making a bed is easy; styling a bed is an artform. In order to achieve a pleasing result, you need three things: quality sheets, layers and texture. Start with a fitted sheet and a flat sheet, add a quilt and a duvet, then decide on the number of decorative pillows you want to have on your bed. Odd groupings like three, five or seven are favourable. For a queen size bed, I suggest at least two sleeping pillows, two shams and a couple of toss pillows to add colour and texture. Drape a throw or a bathrobe across the bed to complete the look. Below I show you three different ways to style a bed. Which is your favourite?

All bedding courtesy of Sweet Dreams Boutique, Sidney


Elevated Bohemian

To keep things chic and elevated I chose less saturated colours than usual for this look. The floral print and Tibetan lambswool pillow, however, pay tribute to this eclectic decorating style. Five pillows are stacked facing forward.

Fitted & flat cotton sheet | 20" x 54" body pillow

Two queen size cotton shams

16" x 16" Tibetan lambswool pillow

16" x 24" decorative velvet pillow | Waffle throw

Queen size cotton duvet cover | Bathrobe

Casual Coastal

This classic monochromatic look combines various tones of blue. White sheets and a waffle throw add crispness while the teal quilt provides contrast and texture. Six pillows are stacked facing forward.

Fitted & flat cotton sheet | Two 26" x 26" Euro linen pillows

Two queen size cotton shams | Queen size quilt in teal

Two 18" x 18" decorative linen pillows

White waffle throw | Queen size cotton duvet cover

Nautical Luxury

You don't have to be a boater or a sailor to love fall in love with this look. White is the classic high-contrast partner to set off the deep hue of navy blue. It provides a lively lift and creates an energizing effect. Four pillows are stacked behind three forward-facing pillows for a total of seven.

Fitted & flat cotton sheet | Two queen size cotton shams

Two queen size quilted shams

Two 26" x 26" Euro velvet pillows

16" x 16" Tibetan lambswool pillow | Queen size cotton duvet

White queen size quilt


Good Fun That is Funny

"I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny." (Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat)

By April, I'm ready to move on from grey clouds and rain. More sunshine, please. At the same time, I embrace them as a mysterious and soothing presence, an essential element in the composition of an amazing, coastal skyscape. These conflicting desires led me to write an anguished poem that gave voice to my weather-related angst. It was inspired by a classic poem of profound insight, written by a distinguished author who influenced my early writing. I give all credit to Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

Do you like grey clouds and rain?

I do not like them, Steve I am.

Would you like them here or there?

I would not like them here or there, I would not like them anywhere.

I would not like them in the day, I would not like them any way. I would not like them in the park, I would not like them in the dark.

I do not like grey clouds and rain,

I do not like them, Steve I am.

You do not like them, so you say.

Try them! Try them! And you may.

Try them and you may I say.

Alright! If you let me be, I will try them, you will see.

Out I go in the grey clouds and rain, Even though they are a drain.

Saaay … I do like them! I do! I do!

I will like them in the park, I will like them in the dark.

I will like them here and there, I will like them anywhere.

I do like grey clouds and rain,

I do like them, Steve I am.

So will grey clouds and rain be the theme for April here on the South Island? Long-range models are undecided on how wet things will be, although they do show a greater chance of warmer than normal temperatures.

Whatever the weather, April means new life – a wondrous, glorious emergence of the natural environment in an amazing panorama that fills our senses. So head outside and immerse yourself in the warm sunshine that illuminates a captivating picture of lush green landscapes, foaming blue seas, and wondrous golden skies dotted with … grey clouds and rain. It's all on display, cloudy or sunny. Go out and enjoy. Have good fun that is funny. ~ Weatherwit

Speaking of falling raindrops, did you know that those with diameters less than two millimetres are spherical, while larger drops look like a hamburger bun? Yes, a hamburger bun, not a teardrop. In addition, not all raindrops are the same size. Over a hundred years ago, Wilson "Snowflake" Bently (a Vermont farmer and pioneer in the physics of snowflake shapes and raindrops) measured raindrop sizes by placing plates of flour outside during a rain event. The drops would form dough balls on the plate which he later proved to be the size of raindrops. Upon measuring them, he discovered that raindrops have a wide variety of sizes. (By the way, if he had deep-fried those dough balls, he would have also discovered Timbits.)

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SPANGELO FLOWER FARM: Blossoms from the Heart

Just like carrots, cucumbers, or corn, flowers are a farm crop grown on the Peninsula. But just as these crops nourish the body, the power of flowers can nourish the heart.

Bordered by old forest and tucked away behind Elk Lake is Spangelo Flower Farm, owned by Cindy Spangelo and Shawn

Hamilton. This tranquil site is a farm where flowers are grown with meticulous care and appreciated by countless members of the Peninsula community.

"I do this because I love it," shares Cindy. "People are touched by flowers. They make you happy and can brighten up what is otherwise a sad day."

Each season the five-acre farm on Odyssey Lane produces a glorious array of blooms. Springtime features flowers like anemones, sweet peas, hellebores, tulips and peonies followed up by roses, hydrangeas, astrantia and dahlias in the summertime. Come fall, the beautiful flowers, seed heads and grasses, all in their dried form, are harvested and artistically put into attractive bundles and wreaths for sale. Flowers are sold regularly through seasonal subscriptions in which clients receive a collection of flowers once a week for four weeks. Cut flowers are sold at the onsite farm stand which is open seven days a week from April to October.

The farm began in 1997 when Cindy and Shawn bought the five-acre property and moved there with their one-year-old son. Cindy was a policy consultant at the time and wanted to spend more time with her little one. She planted lavender and sold the blooms to Thrifty Foods. Subsequently, on advice from local wholesalers, Cindy decided to move away from lavender and to grow a variety of flowers to sell to local businesses. With the arrival of Covid, Cindy

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reassessed her farm operation and changed her focus to sell directly to customers.

"When Covid hit, I poured my heart and soul into the farm, doubled the production area, and discovered a new love of farming," she says. "I transitioned from wholesale to direct sale to customers. I never saw the person before and now I get to talk to people and get direct feedback. It's really great!"

As well as cut flowers, Cindy has discovered a passion for dried flowers and makes festive holiday wreaths. In her studio, the world of flowers is literally turned upside down. Bundles of flowers hang from the ceiling, each stem up top with its dry blooms reaching to the floor. Scents like rose, lavender, hydrangea or thyme fill the air, and the dried textures and muted colours give visitors feelings of peace and even nostalgia.

Cindy is rediscovering the rewards that come from working the land and communicating with people directly. In addition to growing and marketing flowers, she also maintains a regular customer newsletter.

"I stay in touch with over 150 customers," she comments. "In my newsletter, I like to write something of interest and usually include a book review or a recipe."

Like any farming activity, growing flowers at Spangelo Flower Farm requires long hours, commitment and hard work, all of which are accomplished through family teamwork. "My husband does the irrigation and tractor work. My son also helps with the heavy work and does a lot of the planting. I do the horticultural planning, harvesting and marketing," relates Cindy.

Cindy trained as a Master Gardener and has extensive horticultural training. During the pandemic, she added to that base of knowledge by researching and learning about farming management and sustainable practices. "Our approach includes no-till methods, composting, mulching and avoiding chemicals, pesticides and insecticides. We are big on pollinators. Many of the perennials we grow are good for pollination," says Cindy.

As well as the importance of proper spacing between plants and avoiding overharvesting, maintaining healthy soil is an important factor in growing healthy flowers. "There is always lots to learn. My husband is a fisheries biologist and he helps with the soil sampling. He can identify what's going on there," notes Cindy.

Cindy's passion for farming is rooted in her upbringing on a farm in Northern Alberta. "Growing up, it was an absolute joy riding around on the combine harvester and tractor and riding horses. During my teens, I was a member of the 4H Club. It was this time when the strong feelings of farming and community woke up for me."

Growing flowers, creating floral wreaths and bundles, and keeping up personal communications all takes patience, time and attention to detail, but Cindy's determination and dedication are founded in a desire to bring joy and beauty to others.

"I lived most of my adult life in my head. The farm is teaching me to work and grow from my heart," she shares.

At Spangelo Flower Farm, the care and commitment result not only in beautiful blooms on the stand, in a bouquet, or in a box, but also the happiness that they let bloom in the heart.

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The West Coast's Largest In-theWater Boat Show Returns to Sidney

The BC Boat Show is back and better than ever! The West Coast's largest in-the-water boat show will be held from May 2 to 5, 2024 at Port Sidney Marina in Sidney. With thousands of expected visitors from across British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State, and dozens of exhibitors, the seaside town of Sidney is gearing up for an unforgettable weekend.

Visitors can anticipate viewing 200+ new and used watercraft, spanning from paddle boards, kayaks and inflatables to boats and yachts of varying sizes, both powered and sail. Professional brokerages will bring a large inventory of vessels to the Show and will be available to welcome attendees aboard to tour the boats of their dreams.

In addition to the boats, the show will feature exhibits from marine-related businesses, offering products and services such as boat yard services, hardware, equipment, navigation electronics and boating apparel.

This provides a unique opportunity for attendees to not only see the latest boats on the market but also explore a variety of

products and services related to the boating lifestyle.

Boat Show Manager, Steven Threadkell, is excited about the prospect of another busy show: "I'm thrilled for this year's show. We've got a really impressive selection of new models and top-tier, premium used boats that will undoubtedly get people's attention. Boating in B.C. is truly special; there's just something magical about cruising these waters."

For visitors to the Island, the BC Boat Show is providing a free shuttle bus from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and from the convenient free parking at the top of Beacon Avenue. Make a weekend of it and enjoy all that Sidney and the surrounding areas have to offer, including beautiful beaches, forest hikes, topnotch restaurants, shopping and many visitor attractions.

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Daily Tickets: $15 per person; $13 seniors and students; kids 16 and under free with a paying adult. Tickets available online at or at the gate.

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part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services.

With winter behind us and Earth Day taking place this month, it's a perfect time to visit Focus Hair Design for a new cut, treatment or style. As a Green Circle Certified Salon, Focus provides great new looks without harming the environment.

Spring is here, which means brighter colours, warmer weather and new hair. Every season brings an excuse for a refreshing new style, and spring is no exception. Textured and layered haircuts make for a chic lived-in appearance, while sleek long hair or blunt bobs make for a simple and easy everyday style. Spring calls for bright blondes or added highlights to give hair a boost. And, if you've been thinking of trying out a bold or vivid colour, don't hesitate any longer. Spring is the perfect time to add in a pop of colour for a pop of fun! Our stylists love ensuring that you leave with hair that makes you genuinely excited to show off.

At the end of February, stylists took a much-anticipated education class. We are so excited to introduce our new service, the "Kerasilk Smoothing Treatment." If you struggle with unmanageable frizz and are looking for a long-term solution, the Kerasilk Smoothing Treatment is for you. Using a lab-derived silk, known as biomimetic silk, this vegan protein works to smooth the cuticle of your hair, creating more resilient, elastic, shiny and soft hair. This treatment will last up to six months.

Being a Green Circle Certified Salon means that we prioritize using natural and cruelty-free products. That's why it was a no brainer for us to bring in the Kerasilk Treatment. Each protein is made in a lab for your hair's benefit. If you are in need of frizz management, you can book your appointment with us knowing that no silkworms were harmed in the creating process. Just like Kerasilk, all of our products are thoroughly researched and scrutinized before adding them to our line.

Please note that this treatment is not a straightening service. If you have curly/wavy hair, your natural texture will return without the aid of a styling tool. However, your frizz and ability to tame unmanageable hair will have decreased exponentially. Goodbye morning struggles!

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(Need a 10 inch cast iron or oven proof pan)

4 eggs

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup butter

5 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

4 tbsp mixed finely chopped herbs (parsley, dill and tarragon)

1 clove garlic, minced

Maybe Baby

Dutch Babies are currently one of my new favourite recipes, even if they do have a very unusual name. You might expect this winning hybrid of pancake and Yorkshire pudding to hail from Europe, but apparently it was developed in Seattle, at the now-defunct Manca's Café. The restaurant started up in the late 1800s and its founder, Victor Manca, created the Dutch Baby soon after the café opened.

And the name? It is supposedly derived from a similar German pancake recipe, but one of the Manca's daughters couldn't pronounce "Deutsch" so it was simplified to "Dutch." That's the story, anyway.

No matter what they're called, they're fabulous, whether you gussy them up with sweet or savoury toppings. Practically anything works as an addition to a Dutch Baby, so let yourself get creative. Try adding warm caramelized onions and goat cheese for a dinnertime Dutch Baby. Toss a salad to go along with it and you're ready for the meal. For breakfast, fruit, maple syrup and whipping cream or yogurt will appeal to everyone, and you can always let people choose what goes on their portion.

What drew me to this recipe at first was its simplicity. It's also quite magical, as it puffs up so beautifully in the oven then collapses in on itself to create a glorious vessel for whatever strikes your fancy. It can be the main course, or you can switch it up and transform one into a dessert.

The first time I made a Dutch Baby I was very impressed with it; I've now produced quite a few, but I still think they're so gorgeous when pulled out of the oven. They are, whether sweet or savoury, a perfectly satisfying and delicious option for any time of day. And, after enjoying more than my share of them, I can definitely say that it's not a maybe to a Dutch Baby, but a most emphatic yes!


Preheat oven to 445°F. Place cast iron or oven-proof pan in oven.

In a regular blender or in stick blender jug add eggs, flour, milk, salt. Blend until smooth and well aerated. Let mixture rest at room temperature while oven heats up. Mixture should be at room temperature to ensure a good rise.

Put parmesan, chopped herbs and garlic in a bowl. Add pinch of salt. Mix together.

When batter mixture is at room temperature and pan is hot, remove pan from oven and add butter. Let butter melt down completely, then pour batter into pan. Scatter cheese and herb mixture over top of batter; return pan to oven for 18-20 minutes. Do not open oven door.

To serve:

In a bowl, mix half a cup of crème fraiche, 3 tsp chopped dill, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest, pinch of salt. (If you can't find crème fraiche at the store, make some by combining ½ cup whipping cream with 1½ tbsp buttermilk or sour cream.)

Arrange 6-7 thin slices (about 150-200 grams) of smoked salmon on top of the Dutch Baby when it comes out of oven and has deflated a bit. Drizzle some crème fraiche over salmon; serve with fresh lemon wedges to squeeze on top and extra crème fraiche to add as desired. Garnish with fresh dill.


4 eggs

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup butter

Preheat oven to 445°F. Place cast iron or oven proof pan in oven.

In a regular blender or in a stick blender jug add eggs, flour, milk, salt, sugar and vanilla. Blend until smooth and well aerated. Leave mixture to rest at room temperature while oven heats up. The mixture should be at room temperature to ensure a good rise.

When batter mixture is at room temperature and pan is hot, remove pan from oven and add butter. Let butter melt down completely. Now pour batter into pan.

Return pan to oven for 18-20 minutes. Do not open oven door.

Remove Dutch Baby from oven. Slice and serve with fresh fruit, fruit compote, whipped cream, maple syrup, jam … go big with your favourite toppings!

Adapted/amalgamated from: smoked-salmon-savoury-dutch-baby


LML Cleaning Services

LML Cleaning Services, a beacon of reliability and service excellence in residential and small business cleaning, was founded by Louise Liboiron and Paul Denton and rooted in the Saanich Peninsula. With years of collective experience in the industry, Louise and Paul have meticulously crafted a service that not only meets but exceeds all expectations. Their personalized approach ensures that every experience is tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, resulting in unparalleled satisfaction. From rejuvenating family homes to maintaining the appearance of local small business, LML Cleaning Services delivers with professionalism and attention to detail.

What sets LML Cleaning Services apart isn't just their expertise in scrubbing, polishing and dusting – it's their deep-rooted connection to the local community. Proud supporters of local events and sports teams, Louise and Paul embody the spirit of neighbourly care, infusing every service with a sense of community and goodwill.

For those seeking a cleaning service that not only delivers exceptional results but also prioritizes customer satisfaction and community engagement, look no further than LML Cleaning Services. Contact us today to book a free inperson assessment and discover what sets us apart from the rest.

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

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Brentwood Bay Village Empourium

Springtime on the Saanich Peninsula is a very special season: who doesn't love to see the wild crocuses, cherry trees in blossom, fields of daffodils and baby lambs in the fields? And Spring at Brentwood Bay Village Empourium is just as bright and colourful, cheerful and fun. Awarded the Times Colonist Readers' Choice Award for Best Coffee Shop, Empourium is a favourite with locals, and has become a soughtafter destination as well: a welcoming café and retail store where excellent coffee, delicious food, live music, arts and retail co-exist.

Empourium's food and beverage offerings feature a seasonally-inspired menu of freshly baked treats, a delicious selection of hot and cold sandwiches and house-made soups and salads. Catering is available for special events, meetings and more.

This family-owned, independent shop is also filled with beautiful and unusual merchandise sourced from local, regional and global makers. Whether you are shopping for yourself or looking for a gift, you are sure to find something amazing from the eclectic retail area.

Empourium boasts a five star ranking on Trip Advisor and other review platforms; we suggest you ''spring'' into action and find out why!

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Addressing Personal Care of a Sensitive Nature

It is easy to take personal care and healthy hygiene for granted because they are such a "normal" automatic part of our daily routine. Because the nature of personal care is so personal, we may not think to check in with our senior loved ones to ensure they are capable of meeting their own self-care needs. Quite often the elderly need assistance with these daily tasks due to mobility challenges, hand tremors and/or cognitive impairment issues.

We inherently know the importance of practising good hygiene, and even more so for seniors, to prevent the risk of infection or disease which the elderly can be more vulnerable to. In addition to ensuring good physical health, feeling fresh and clean contributes to healthy self-esteem and an overall feeling of well-being.

Helping a senior to incorporate the following into their daily routine gives seniors a sense of purpose, consistency and structure in

their lives, at a time when they may feel they are losing control over other aspects, which can occur as we age.

Bathing Regularly. This can be challenging, especially for mobility-challenged seniors. Aids such as grab bars, safety railings and shower chairs can be installed for seniors who are shaky on their feet. Bed baths may be the safest option for fall risks. Use a mild, natural soap, paying special attention to the perineal and bowel areas, which can be difficult for the elderly to clean, and where the regular use of incontinence products and/or condom catheters can make the skin more prone to breakdown, infections and UTIs.

Handwashing. Although handwashing may seem obvious, the elderly may forget to perform this task regularly, especially if they have difficulty getting to a sink on their own. In this case, products such as no-rinse cleansers and hand sanitizer should be within easy reach.

Dental/Oral Care. Although more seniors are keeping their own teeth these days, they can be more prone to tooth decay, gum disease and/or thrush due to receding gums, dry mouth and certain medications. Their mouths should be rinsed regularly with a good antibacterial mouthwash or warm salt water. For those with dentures, they should be rinsed after meals and soaked overnight every night in a denture-specific solution.

Nail Care. Elderly seniors often have shaky hands and may lack the precise coordination required for effective cleaning and trimming of their own nails. Be sure to help them clean around and under the nails to avoid bacteria which may lead to infections. Trim the nails short and ensure there are no sharp edges that can scratch and damage their skin.

Skin Care/Moisturizing. The skin thins and becomes more brittle as we age. Transepidermal water loss leads to dry, often itchy, skin prone to dermatitis. This can lead to excessive scratching resulting in chronic wounds and infections. Frequent moisturizing will help to keep elderly skin more resilient and free from infection.

Hair Care. As we age, decreased oil production and hormonal changes result in dryer hair. Even so, seniors need their hair regularly washed, cut and styled for good hygiene and a sense of pride in their appearance. Who can argue the therapeutic benefits of regular visits to the hair salon or barbershop for beautification and a good gossip?

If you suspect that your senior loved one cannot meet their own personal care needs, ask them gently and respectfully if you can help. Be proactive, and help to maintain their dignity. One thing is certain in life: we all age, and we hope that we will be treated with the same kindness and compassion that we have the opportunity to exercise now.

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Have you ever left a movie theatre feeling underwhelmed by the film, only to find yourself contemplating its plot and subtle intricacies long after the credits rolled? That was precisely my experience with this month's Screen Scene recommendation Past Lives. Initially, I found myself unimpressed by the film's deliberate pacing and subdued tone. However, as my hubby and I dissected the storyline on the ride home, I began to appreciate its nuanced brilliance. Past Lives isn't a film that delivers instant gratification: rather, it unfolds gradually, leaving viewers craving more depth and complexity. Yet, it's precisely this slow simmer that ultimately leaves a lasting impression, offering a cinematic experience that lingers far beyond the final curtain.

Aging in the right place - all you need to know


Aging in the right place - all you need to know

Aging in the right place - all you need to know

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Directed by Celine Song (her feature directorial debut), Past Lives made its mark at the Sundance Film Festival in 2023 and has since garnered critical acclaim and earned a nomination for Best Picture at this year's Oscars. Drawing inspiration from Song's own life, the film follows the intertwined destinies of childhood friends Nora Moon (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo) over the course of 24 years. Set against the backdrops of Korea and New York City, the story explores themes of love and friendship, as Nora and Hae navigate the complexities of their evolving relationship.


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One of the film's standout moments – a profoundly impactful scene depicting a lengthy wait for an Uber – epitomizes Song's artistry as a director. It's a testament to her ability to capture raw emotion and human vulnerability in the most ordinary of moments, leaving viewers transfixed and introspective.

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Past Lives is not just visually stunning, it's also an exploration of identity and connection, with much of the dialogue spoken in Korean, echoing Song's immigrant experience. The film's title, "Past Lives," references the Korean concept of in-yun, symbolizing the cyclical nature of destiny and the bond between souls across multiple lifetimes. While some may yearn for a conventional plot twist, the true beauty of Past Lives lies in its simplicity.

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Aging in the right place - all you need to know

Fair Community Attachment to Resources and Engagement for Seniors

Aging in the right place - all you need to know

Aging in the right place - all you need to know







THURSDAY JUNE 6 10 am to 5 pm

Community Attachment to Resources and Engagement

Community Attachment to Resources and Engagement



10 am to 5 pm Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

for Seniors

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney



Fair Community Attachment to Resources and Engagement for Seniors

Community Attachment to Resources and Engagement

Fair Community Attachment to Resources and Engagement

for Seniors

for Seniors

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is the C.A.R.E Fair?

THURSDAY JUNE 6 10 am to 5 pm Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney




10 am to 5 pm

10 am to 5 pm

10 am to 5 pm

Forum for seniors and their care-giver families on the Saanich Peninsula

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

What is the C.A.R.E Fair?

What is the C.A.R.E Fair?

Forum for seniors and their care-giver families on the Saanich Peninsula

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

10 am to 5 pm Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

10 knowledgeable speakers throughout the day

Forum for seniors and their care-giver families on the Saanich Peninsula

What is the C.A.R.E Fair?

What is the C.A.R.E Fair?

What is the C.A.R.E Fair?

60 info booths with organizations, agencies and vendors providing services to seniors

10 engaging speakers throughout the day

Info booths with organizations, agencies and vendors providing services to seniors

Free to the public

If you are someone who appreciates cinema that invites contemplation and reflection, Past Lives is a must watch. Its subtle storytelling resonates long after the screen fades to black, leaving audiences captivated by its timeless allure. If you're seeking a film that lingers in your thoughts, Past Lives is a captivating story worth the watch.



For those who enjoy a thought-provoking film, or relish in a slow burn, check out my list of similarly recommended films below.

1. Before Sunrise, Apple TV

2. Marriage Story, Netflix

3. Lady Bird, Crave

4. Lost in Translation, Amazon

5. Winter's Bone, Amazon

Forum for seniors and their care-giver families on the Saanich Peninsula

Forum for seniors and their care-giver families on the Saanich Peninsula

Forum for seniors and their care-giver families on the Saanich Peninsula

10 engaging speakers throughout the day

Forum for seniors and their care-giver families on the Saanich Peninsula

Info booths with organizations, agencies and vendors providing services to seniors

10 engaging speakers throughout the day

Free to the public

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10 engaging speakers throughout the day

10 engaging speakers throughout the day

10 engaging speakers throughout

Info booths with organizations, agencies and vendors providing services to seniors

Free to the public

Free to the public

Info booths with organizations, agencies and vendors providing services to seniors

Info booths with organizations, agencies and vendors providing services to seniors

Free to the public

Free to the public

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Realizing potential For all women

Realizing potential For all women

Realizing potential For all women

Realizing potential For all women

Realizing potential For all women








Vancouver Island Women Going Beyond to Transform Cancer Care

Women from across the Island are uniting in the Women Going Beyond fundraising campaign, supporting the expansion of BC Cancer – Victoria and its supportive care services. The expansion is being fully funded by donors through the BC Cancer Foundation.

The campaign runs from March 1 to April 30 with a goal of raising $500,000 towards the expansion. Prominent Victoria philanthropist, Helen Edwards, is generously matching the first $75,000 in donations to the campaign. 100% of funds raised will support the purchase and renovation of a 12,000-square-foot building that will become the BC Cancer – Victoria Integrated Care and Research Pavilion. The new building will create a standalone space for BC Cancer's Supportive Care services. These programs include Patient & Family Counselling, Psychiatry and Hereditary Counselling.

Supportive Care programs help patients and their families navigate the challenging physical, emotional and mental side effects of cancer and treatment. Research shows that offering these services in a standalone space benefits patients immensely as returning to the site of treatment can be triggering.

While both men and women benefit from Supportive Care, women often experience unique challenges through their journey. They may face

lingering and sometimes invisible side effects from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Treatment can take a significant toll on self-image and confidence, and impact intimate relationships. Many women also struggle with the pressures of being caregivers for family and friends, even as they cope with the significant emotional and psychological impacts of cancer.

The annual campaign has quickly gained momentum since it first launched in 2021. Each year the group has raised over $100,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation, with an incredible $310,000 raised in 2023. This remarkable success inspired the women to set their most ambitious goal to date.

"Women Going Beyond has become a true movement we look forward to each year," says William Litchfield, BC Cancer Foundation's Executive Director – Vancouver Island. "This spirit of generosity embodies what makes our community so special and has an incredible impact on families facing cancer on the Island."

Over 6,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year on Vancouver Island, with rates rising due to an aging and growing population.

Visit the Women Going Beyond fundraising page at https://tinyurl. com/29d3rtb3 to donate or learn more. Also check out these local businesses that have in-store promotions supporting the campaign: Moden Boutique, La Boutique, Waterlily Shoes, Turmeric Indian Cuisine and Clear Skin Victoria.

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

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!

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Lots of pieces from Eric Roberts at Woodshed Pottery, lots of new glass from Cornucopia Studios (hummingbirds, anyone?) as well as an array of fresh beeswax from Cheeky Bee. Everything cheerful to brighten your day!

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Keum Boo!

Keum Boo is the traditional Korean method of fusing gold to fine silver. Now at Fowler Glass Studio. Handcrafted 22K gold with pure silver. Elegance reimagined by artist Sandra Fowler.

And just in time for the growing season, new "wish sticks" to add colour and light to your garden and planters.

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Parkland Secondary School –Happy 50th Anniversary!

The ringing of the school bell evokes memories for all of us. For one local group of former Parkland Secondary School teachers, those memories are refreshed at annual get-togethers which this year will be made even more special with the celebration of the school's 50th anniversary.

Celebratory events kick off May 3 and hundreds of invitations have gone out to former students and staff including a few who annually meet to reconnect, remember and enjoy the relationships that were formed when the school first opened. Joe Milligan, a member of this group, shares: "We were there the first year when the school opened. We stay in touch and do a brunch the first day of each new semester. For years, we've been getting together at 8:15 a.m. This is when the bell rang and we went running to class," he says, adding with a smile: "Now we meet at 10 because we can."

Parkland Secondary first opened for the 1973-74 school year, and the anniversary event planning committee is working hard to bring people together, share memories and celebrate the history and accomplishments of the school and its community. "It's all about relationships," says Stasia Hartley, former student and member of the event organization team. "It's about celebrating those who lived in this school community and the memories that connected all of us."

On May 3 the school will be open to the public with student-led tours available and an opportunity for retired teachers to enjoy their own tour from noon to 2 p.m. An opening ceremony at 2:30 p.m. will include ribbon cutting and music performed by former and current students. Later that evening, there is a social event at Mary Winspear Centre. Appetizers will be served, a no-host bar available, and Beacon Brewing will be onsite offering a special brew in honour of Parkland school. Meanwhile in the lobby, there will be school memorabilia including hoodies, choir sweaters, and T-shirts on display. For event tickets, email

A "Musical Homecoming" happens on September 20 at the Charlie White Theatre. The event, coordinated by professional singer Diane Pancel, features former Parkland students who, like her, have gone on to become professional musicians. Proceeds from the concert will

go to Parkland's Fine Arts Program. And finally, there will be a silent auction featuring art and donations from graduates.

Parkland Secondary has come a long way since that first opening bell. The North Saanich high school of about 525 students is a busy educational hub offering a wide variety of extracurricular sports and activities, performing arts, and unique academies in judo, hockey, and sailing and marine. It is also the only English-speaking school on southern Vancouver Island to offer the International Baccalaureate Program which focuses on inquiry-based learning and developing critical thinking skills.

One of the factors contributing to the school's development and success traces back to an initial commitment to build firm educational foundations. Joe Milligan talks about the staff in the early days: "It was important to establish the traditions of the school. This was the driving force for the early staff who were building curricular areas and athletic and performing arts programs. As accomplishments grew, school pride grew."

Pride is a word that comes up frequently when people talk about Parkland, and it's repeated in the school's slogan "Parkland Pride."

"Parkland Pride has been around since the school opened 50 years ago," remarks current principal Kal Russell. "Students and staff continue to be proud that they attend Parkland and represent our school and community."

Former student, Eleanor Jones, who was in the school's first graduation class in 1974, shares: "The phrase Parkland Pride has a double meaning. The school mascot is the panther which travels in a pride, and we all take pride in representing our school and community."

After graduation, Parkland students continue to contribute to the community, and the friendships they forge last long after they leave the school. As a result, the school has formed deep roots throughout the Peninsula. "The experience at Parkland sets the stage for lifelong friendships," notes Stasia. Adds Joe: "People stay connected. I'm always bumping into former colleagues, and staff stay in touch with students. It was and is a caring place."

A half century is a significant milestone, but for Parkland students past and present, the school- inspired concepts of community connections and a creative learning environment are ideas that will always "ring a bell."


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Most women view money as a means to an end. It satisfies our "survival" needs, but yet with some thought and vision our money can add so much more satisfaction and value to our lives.

As a woman you bring many natural strengths to the financial decisions you make every day. Aren't women:

• Relationship driven?

• Purpose driven?

• Community oriented?

• Nurturing?

While you may not have realized it, these are great strengths you use all the time to make solid financial decisions.

Many women end up feeling overwhelmed by financial jargon, charts and graphs and while the information is important, its only a piece of the pie. The starting point should always be:

What is important to me about money?

• My family's well-being

• A comfortable lifestyle

• Security

• Helping those in need

You may have other items on your list, and they are valid concerns as they are important to you.

Speak with your advisor about this and ask how your investments and plan are going to meet those needs. Stop them and ask for it in plain language if they are using jargon or complicated explanations. If you don't get the answers you are looking for, then it's time to look around. Remember: you are in the driver's seat, not them. The next step then is to find an advisor to work with you to use the tools of the financial industry to meet the financial purpose that is important to you.

Decisions involving money are emotional. As Morgan Housel says in his book, The Psychology of Money – doing well with money isn't necessarily about what you know. It's about how you behave. And behaviour is hard to teach even to really smart people.

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With your help we can transform Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s Acute Care Unit

Our Acute Care Unit’s dedicated doctors, nurses and support sta are committed to exceptional care for every patient. There have been huge changes in medical equipment, tools and procedures since Saanich Peninsula Hospital was built in 1974. After five decades of devoted service, it’s now time to upgrade the Acute Care Unit to reflect the quality of care that is provided there every day.

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Behind the Scenes of SPAC's Arts & Crafts Exhibition

Nestled within the quaint charm of the Saanich Peninsula lies an extraordinary showcase of artistic brilliance: the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Exhibition & Sale. This annual event, now in its 71st year, is a testament to the dedication and passion of its volunteers, like one standout individual, Cathy Schulhauser (left).

Cathy, a seasoned volunteer with a decadelong commitment to SPAC, leads a team of 19 volunteers tasked with the monumental challenge of curating and displaying over 700 pieces of art in just eight hours. It's a feat that demands meticulous planning, coordination, and a deep appreciation for the arts.

As a former registered nurse, Cathy found a natural fit within SPAC when she first joined, initially assisting with hanging members'

work at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Rapidly demonstrating her leadership abilities, she soon became the lead volunteer for the hospital exhibit and an integral part of SPAC's annual exhibition and sale at the Mary Winspear Centre.

Three years ago, Cathy assumed the role of Show Designer, succeeding a 20-year volunteer, Sandy Bligh. Beyond simply arranging artwork, Cathy leads a small group of volunteers that is responsible for designing and placing floral displays throughout the exhibit. She likens these displays to adding accessories to an outfit, enhancing the overall ambiance and elevating the viewer's experience.

For Cathy, volunteering isn't just about the logistics: it's about creating an unforgettable experience for attendees. Each year, over 300 dedicated volunteers, alongside Cathy, come together to orchestrate an event that draws in an estimated 3,000 visitors. With over 160 artists submitting work to the main gallery and an additional 60 showcasing their pieces in the gift shop, the SPAC Show has become synonymous with excellence in local arts and crafts.

Despite her demanding volunteer responsibilities, Cathy remains committed to her own art practise, specializing in landscapes and florals in oils. She emphasizes the importance of submitting one's best work to the show, as artists continually raise the bar in quality over quantity.

When asked what motivates her to volunteer year after year, Cathy's answer is simple: the joy of hearing attendees praise the show's beauty and their enjoyment of it. Her dedication to SPAC's mission of fostering creativity and community spirit is truly commendable.

As the 71st Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Exhibition & Sale approaches, Cathy Schulhauser and her team of volunteers stand ready to weave magic into the fabric of this beloved event once again.

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Book Club

March Meeting

The debut novel by Amanda Peters, The Berry Pickers, proved to be an extremely popular choice for our group. There's been quite a bit of buzz about the book, which won the Discover Prize last year, and perhaps with no surprise due to Peters having previously won the Indigenous Voices Award. She has mixed Mi'kmaq and settler ancestry which lends the story, set in Nova Scotia and Maine, two authentic leading characters, Norma and Joe.

In 1962 a Mi'kmaq family travel from Nova Scotia to Maine for the season to pick berries. It's a trip they've made for many years, but this time a tragedy strikes. Four-year-old Ruthie disappears from the edge of the field where her family was working and cannot be found. Her brother Joe is the last to see her. Joe's life is defined by this loss, and we follow his story as he struggles with sorrow, grief and ultimately addiction and ill-health. Interwoven with Joe's story is that of Norma. She grows up in Maine, an only child in a family that is shadowed with a secret. Norma experiences dreams that hint towards a different life, but her young mind struggles to make sense of them, and her mother discourages any exploration. Norma's search for a sense of identity leads to a shattering discovery later in her life.

The novel is hard to categorize as the mystery at its heart is explained in the prologue. Armed with the knowledge that Joe will meet Ruthie again, the reader is able to relax into the writing and explore the development of each character. Our group found the characters compelling and believable. Peters has a knack for dialogue, and the story flows quickly through the course of several decades.

It's a book that's threaded through with loss and guilt, but our readers didn't find it heavy. Peters presents these topics that are hard to confront but shows us how resilience and hope can help you endure. Joe's family had a depth of love that carried them through, and it made an impact on many of our readers.

The Berry Pickers provoked discussion about the impact of being removed from your culture, the double standards in treatment of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and the idea that identity can be put upon us, and the burden that brings. It's a compelling read that also holds the promise of a bright future for its author.

Next month we will be discussing The Book of Hope by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams. Join us at our meeting on Tuesday April 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Sidney/North Saanich Library. Sign up to the mailing list for updates:



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Sidney's Average Tax Rise $102

That's what owners of a mean residential property will pay after the town pared an originally-projected 8.42% increase to 6.04%.

The town used reserve funds and put off some spending to get the increase down.

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith said inflation had the greatest impact on the 2024 budget and council toiled to pass as little of that as possible to homeowners and businesses.

"Sugar, Women" Keeps 109-Year-Old Young

That's Albert Middleton's joking recipe for life, a chuckle he shared between sips from a large glass of white wine and wolfing down a slab of birthday cake.

The resident of Veterans Memorial Lodge, a Broadmead Care Home, was natty in shirt and tie March 11 as he allowed "I'm getting pretty old" to a room of celebrants.

His daughter, Darlene Van Raay, believes a life of hard work laid the foundation for his longevity.

"He worked swing shifts (at an agricultural equipment manufacturer)," she noted, then would work the farm (near Brantford, Ontario) for four days, then back to the plant."

Albert was an English war orphan who joined Canada's airforce in 1943, served in Europe and then married and raised a family. He took up residence at the Lodge at age 101 after living alone in Victoria.

Sidney Author's Breast Cancer Battle

Patricia Haakonson was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2021 and spent most of 2022 undergoing treatment, including surgery that was followed by seven months of chemotherapy and five weeks of daily radiation. She has recovered and as she powered through the treatments she continued to get on the treadmill and stayed positive and upbeat about her recovery.

Patricia has published a book, titled My Waltz with Breast Cancer In it, she describes how strategies, tools and ideas developed over her lifetime helped her through the ordeal.

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Looking for Guitar Heroes at Arbutus

Bill Wellbourn's accidental find of a cache of electric guitars led to a marriage of music and travelling folk at the Galaran Road RV centre. Arbutus' lobby has been converted into a music stop for customers with guitars, amps, a turn table and some vintage albums. An outdoor stage is planned for upcoming Sunday jam sessions.

"I went to look at a used bookcase and the seller had this pile of guitars and mikes he wanted to move fast," says Wellbourn. "He said 'take them away.'"

The Arbutus manager installed them in the lobby, got some amps and soon RV owners were ripping off riffs.

"Turns out people in the RV community love their music."

Keeping Home in Home Hardware

Deanne Sharp has a pretty simple take on taking over Sidney's Homeware – don't mess with success.

"We're not going to mess with a store that is well loved in Sidney," she said. "The current staff is staying and we plan to keep on offering service that is welcoming and well-informed."

Deanne's husband Craig has operated the Oak Bay Home Hardware for 12 years and she will take over managing the Sidney store in June when she winds up a 29-year career as a teacher.

She praised previous owner Bob Haney and his family for creating

"the spirit and culture of this fantastic store" over a 29-year tenure.

Haney posted a farewell on the This is Sidney Facebook page, saying the family was overwhelmed by the kind goodbyes of staff and customers and the welcome the Sharps have enjoyed.

Hone Garden Skills at Sandown

Yearning for a colourful bounty from your own vegetable garden? Sandown Regenerative Gardener program can turn that pale thumb green.

The Sandown Centre just behind the Canadian Tire off Highway 17 in North Saanich offers a four-part, hands-on gardening course running from April to August with access to the Centre's gardens.

Budding or experienced gardeners can sign up for one of the parts for $75 or enrol in all and get a 10% discount. Visit for more information.

Small Acts of Kindness

This one brought a smile to our faces one morning.

The usual recycling collection was rolling through Judson Place in Sidney when the operators, GFL Environmental, stopped at one address with no bins out front. A worker knocked on the front door, then went around back of the home to collect the bins. Clearly they knew an older individual lived there. Good to see.

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Last year, I wrote extensively on the woeful inadequacy of coordinated Federal, Provincial and Municipal actions designed to spur residential construction as a means of bringing housing supply more into balance with demand and, in the process, making both ownership and rentals more affordable for Canadians.

Little did I anticipate that within months, every level of government would be tripping over itself in announcing housing stimulus initiatives. Being somewhat cynical of political decision making, I suspect that the approaching 2024 and 2025 elections in both B.C. and federally were major factors.

Regardless of motivation, with little cross-jurisdictional coordination, action is imminent. Low-cost federal loans for purpose-built housing, the offered availability of government lands, the limitation on short-term rentals, a “flipping tax” and various other incentives should all have some impact on supply.

CMHC estimates that to bring housing supply into balance with demand by 2030, Canada would need to build at least 3.5 million housing units. At our current rate of about 225,000 housing starts annually, we would fall about two million homes short of the necessary numbers by 2030.

Will the newly announced programs be enough? Not likely. The primary constraint that cannot be overcome for years is the shortage of construction labour, which exists even at current levels of construction.

Hopefully, the Federal Government will prioritize “construction skills” among the 500,000 immigrants accepted annually into Canada. Apprenticeship programs will need a major boost in available openings, but will take years to produce sufficient skilled trades.

Although this is not likely to be significant, limitations on short-term rentals should, despite some unfortunate unintended consequences, result in both greater housing availability for buyers and renters, and modest easing of price pressures.

With the imminent easing of interest rates, demand for ownership will spike, unfortunately neutralizing much of the impact of new government actions.

The result? By 2030, demand for both rentals and ownership will continue to outstrip supply, and significant price pressures are almost certain to remain. Canadians will continue to spend a disproportionate amount on housing, even though the percentage of disposable income may ease.

By 2030, current homeowners are likely to see their net worth grow substantially, as housing prices increase. Aspiring homeowners will continue to rely on parental assistance to become homeowners, and renters will still to struggle with affordability, unless subsidized or otherwise protected by governments.

On balance, the recently-announced initiatives should help nudge housing supply a bit closer to demand. However, until labour shortages are resolved, expect housing supply to lag well behind demand – for much longer than 2030.

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Earth Day is April 22 and what better way to show some love for the planet than to leave a beach cleaner than you found it? Brentwood Bay has many public beach accesses between Stelly's Cross Road and Marchant Road and off Sea Drive. Waterview walking trails follow the shoreline, passing several local businesses that offer lunch options. A short 200m forest loop from the end of Josephine Road crosses footbridges and connects with the sea wall path beside Anglers Anchorage marina. To the north, Verdier Park near the ferry terminal is a picturesque spot that has even made its way into a few film sets.

We saw a call for volunteers for a local beach cleanup that was organized by Peninsula Streams and Surfrider Foundation so we signed up the whole family. We brought our own gloves and they efficiently organized all the helping hands including providing bins and bags, tarps for sorting debris, long-handled grabber sticks and crew with trucks to cart away garbage and recycling.

We often walk our local beaches and they seem pretty clean, so we were surprised at how many little things we found once we started looking closely. Bottles, cans, candy wrappers, plastic bags and old rope were top of the list.

If you decide to organize a beach cleanup in your neighbourhood, here are a few tips from the World Ocean Day Organization to get started. Recruiting Help: friends and family will be more likely to join if you discuss the importance of raising awareness about the environment and the positive impacts of building community and protecting wildlife. Set Up: choose a coordinator and set your location, taking into consideration the availability of washrooms and parking. If you're planning a public event, check in with your Municipality to see if you need a permit. Safety: check the tides in advance, and remind your team to wear gloves and sturdy boots and not to touch anything sharp, such as broken glass, with bare hands. Bring sunscreen, a first aid kit, and reusable water bottles. Wrap Up: determine in advance who will take the debris away and check opening hours of disposal and recycling facilities.

Resources and Volunteer Opportunities:

• For a full Coastal Clean Up planning guide visit: coastal-and-inland-cleanup-guide/

• Peninsula Streams & Shorelines

• Surfrider Foundation

• Saanich Inlet Protection Society


Coast Dental : Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammation and infection of your gums and the bone that supports your teeth. It can be caused by poor brushing and flossing habits, which allow plaque to build up on the teeth and harden. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease, and causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. This is considered the main cause of tooth loss for adults worldwide. In the United States, nearly half of adults over the age of 30 are affected to some degree, and around 70% of individuals over the age of 65 are affected. Studies have shown that quitting smoking and making dietary changes can enhance periodontal health, along with good oral hygiene and professional teeth cleaning.

The mouth has been called "the window to general health" by dentists and other medical professionals. I asked our friendly neighbourhood hygienists – Noelle Fraser, Stephanie Awalt, and Jennifer Christison, of Coast Dental Care in Sidney – to explain.

What is the connection between dental care and overall health?

When people think about improving their health, things like getting more exercise, eating more vegetables and getting more sleep often come to mind. Taking better care of your gums and teeth probably doesn't make the list, but it should. Dental hygienists and dentists agree that gum health is important not just for your mouth, but for your whole body.

Why do we have bacteria in our mouths?

The inside of your mouth is the perfect place for bacteria to thrive: it's dark, it's warm, it's wet, and the foods and drinks you consume provide nutrients for them to eat. We have hundreds of good and bad bacteria in our mouths. We know that specific harmful bacteria cause gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease, which can potentially lead to tooth loss if left untreated. A good analogy is thinking of the bacteria as if it was a sliver in your finger. The longer it sits there, the more your finger will get red, swollen and infected. The same thing happens in your gums if we leave the bacteria in your mouth.

What you may not know is that these bacteria are pathogens. These pathogens and their toxic by-products can cross into our bloodstream through the gums and possibly affect other organs and systems of our body. If you imagine the bloodstream as a

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bus, it will take on passengers – the bacteria in the mouth – and it will go everywhere throughout the body. Some will get off in the brain, some in the arteries, some in the pancreas, or the heart, etc. Where there are vulnerabilities in these organs, or when microbes aren't effectively cleared away, they cause inflammation and start or worsen other inflammatory diseases. Research shows that periodontal disease is linked to respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, and problems controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes, to name a few.

What can we do to keep our mouths healthy?

Periodontal disease is linked to rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and problems controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes.

This is why we encourage you to visit your dental hygienist regularly for the treatment and prevention of gum disease. As dental hygienists, our primary goal as oral health care providers is to promote, treat, and maintain your oral health. We will evaluate your gum health and come up with a customized care plan based on your needs. We will remove the plaque biofilm (the soft white stuff you may see as you brush, floss, and use picks to remove) as well as remove the hard calculus or tartar buildup by doing scaling and root planing. We help you modify your oral hygiene habits. We may recommend different brushing techniques, floss and interdental brushes such as soft picks, Sulcabrushes and proxy brushes that help get into places which are missed by your toothbrush. All these tools help remove harmful gum disease bacteria and their toxins from around the teeth and gums and thus prevent them from spreading around the rest of your body. This is why we, as dental hygienists, encourage you to improve your oral hygiene and suggest you "brush and floss more." Prevention really is the best medicine.

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ITALY: A Trip to Cherish

I floated along winding canals in a gondola, seeing bridges and a floating city with beautiful architecture. As I listened to a man serenading us, a wonderful serene and peaceful feeling came over me. I was in Venice and my dream had come true.

My husband Brian and I had dreamed of travelling once we retired together, but sadly I became a widow before we were able to make it a reality. Brian had told me that if he passed away before me, to mourn him for a year and then move on. So, a year after his passing, I went to Italy with Insight Vacations in his honour and to start a new chapter in my life.

I remember arriving in Rome and feeling so excited and yet unsure of what my experience would be like. The view of Vatican City and all the fountains around Rome were eye catching. I stayed at the Romantica Hotel in the centre of Rome. The first night we had a welcome dinner at a local restaurant; I met my co-travellers, and we enjoyed a variety of delicious pasta dishes. There were 33 people on the tour. Although I was the only solo traveller, it was comforting to be in a group, and I never felt alone.

The next day we explored Rome. One of the most impressive sights was Vatican City. We started in the museum and saw exquisite murals, statues and paintings. Then we went inside St. Peter's Basilica where we admired many small chapels and then finally we went to the amazing Sistine Chapel.

Later in the day we went to the popular Trevi Fountain, known as the wishing fountain. As I threw my coin in, I thought of my dear husband Brian and how he would have loved being there.

Each day on the coach we rotated our seats. Since I was the only solo traveller, I had a new person sitting with me every day. It did not take long for me to get to know my co-travellers and I was grateful for the conversations and enjoyed the camaraderie.

After Rome, we went to Florence for two days. The city has it all, from Renaissance Art to beautiful architecture and monuments, including the 14th-century Duomo Florence Cathedral, which is a masterpiece of Gothic Art and First Italian Renaissance. The main attraction for me was going to see Michelangelo's statue of David. I remember being in absolute awe as I stood there admiring the perfect sculpture.

Our second day in Florence we explored Tuscany. We went to the town of San Gimignano, a 14th-century medieval town known as the town of towers. The quaint town has cafés and art shops to browse through, and I bought three beautiful photographic prints of Tuscany. In the afternoon we had free time to go shopping in Florence.


In the evening, our coach took us through the Chianti Hills to the stone house of Villa Machiavelli. I had not planned to go but my new friends encouraged me to join them. We toured the house, the wine cellar and vineyard. We had a delicious dinner featuring beef, vegetables, pasta and wine. There was music, singing and laughter. This lively evening out made me realize that my grief had kept me withdrawn from life for the past year, and I was finally beginning to enjoy my life again.

The next day we went to Venice and the beautiful Burano Island, famous for its colourful houses and lace. We spent the evening having a wonderful seafood dinner. Next was the city of Venice, known for the Grande Canal, Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Basilica. St. Mark's Square with its restaurants, music and shops is an attraction that one would not want to miss. I spent free time on the tour shopping, having lunch and laughing with my new friends.

After Venice we went to Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Pompei and then back to Rome.

When we returned to Rome, I realized that the laughter, fun and camaraderie of the trip had helped me to heal and grow. My grief had made me a different person, but the unfamiliar places and new experiences helped me to see the new possibilities of my life going forward. I had left for Italy as Brian's wife, and while I came back carrying him in a special place in my heart, I came back as Claudette.

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Spring Cleaning Beyond the Basics: Decluttering Your Mind and Space

Ever wonder why it's so hard to get motivated with New Year's resolutions in January, and why come spring you feel that gust of motivation to deep clean your whole house, try a bunch of new activities, or start crushing your goals?

Well, that might have something to do with January being still in the middle of winter, which is a rest cycle within the natural world. Spring is the time the natural world starts to come alive again and the new cycle begins.

So – in honour of the true "New Year," let's talk spring cleaning and not just the house. It's time to overhaul your life.

Give Your Space a Deep Clean

Dust off the cobwebs, pull out the sofa and wash down the walls. Take this opportunity to tackle all of those little tasks that go missed during your regular cleanups. It's also a great time to clean off the windows to allow for better light to come in as the sun returns. Open up the doors and windows, burn some sage and clean out the air in your space as well. I promise you will feel refreshed as much as your space will! It's amazing how much we are emotionally, mentally and spiritually impacted by our environment.

Out With the Old

As you're deep cleaning, this is a great time to Marie Kondo your space as well. Have a sort through your clothes and possessions and toss anything that is broken or worn out. Take inventory of what you love or is useful, and what would be better served donated to someone in need.

Do a Digital Declutter

Take the time to go through your devices or your cloud storage and clean up anything that is old or no longer necessary. Those 112 tabs open on your iPhone? Yeah, those are drawing on your mental energy as well! Shut down, reset, purge and clarify what's important to you on your devices and cloud storage. Bonus is you'll open up plenty of space to capture the memories in the seasons to come!

Take a Life Inventory

This is a prime time to take stock of what's working, and what isn't, within your life. Examine your habits, your routines, your hobbies, work, relationships, commitments, etc. and tap into what is bringing you fullness, authenticity and expansion. Where is it time to let go or create a change within areas that are not working well? Simplify wherever you can.

Clean Up Your Health Maintenance

How are your eating habits? Your exercise routines? How are you sleeping? Are you well hydrated? Are your supplements supporting you? It's a great time to have a check in with yourself and/or with your healthcare provider to see how things are going and what might need to be adjusted. Spring is likely to give you that heightened energy to supercharge your commitment, your capacity, as well as the desire to incorporate more fresh foods into your diet. Take advantage of this momentum!

Happy Spring!


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NIȽ TU,O Presents the 11th Annual HEUIST TŦE ḴELAḴ Honour the Babies Celebration

NIȽ TU,O's 11th Annual HEUIST TŦE ḴELAḴ Honour the Babies Event – a celebration of new life in the Tsawout, Tseycum, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Songhees, T'Sou-ke, and Beecher Bay communities – will take place on April 10, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saanich Fairgrounds.

Guests at this year's annual HEUIST TŦE ḴELAḴ Honour the Babies Celebration can expect a room full of smiles, laughter and celebration as NIȽ TU,O honours babies born in 2023 to the South Vancouver Island Coast Salish communities that NIȽ TU,O serves.

This year's event is the 11th Annual Honour the Babies Celebration, marking over a decade of welcoming new life to the communities. The event will feature door prizes, a delicious lunch and a wonderful opportunity for families to connect with one another and meet with other Coast Salish families from other communities. It's also a chance for families to learn about and engage with the resources available through NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services Society, and other community service providers which will assist in fostering a nurturing environment for Coast Salish children right from the start.

The event will feature information on resources and services available from community agencies such as Beacon Community Services, BCAA, CCRR, Parent Legal Centre, COHI, Bridges for Women, Diabetes Nurse, Panorama Rec, Esquimalt Rec and 1000 x 5 books. There will be special gifts and door prizes for the 2023 babies from Ocean Discovery Centre, Butterfly Gardens, Tanners Books, Red Barn, and Floyd's, to

name a few. Participating families (inclusive of grandparents) will have the opportunity to see the work being done by NIȽ TU,O and other community-minded organizations to ensure Coast Salish families are not only honoured but also supported. During the ceremony, the new babies will be honoured in a blanketing ceremony. The blankets represent warmth and protection and wrap the babies in love.

The 11th Annual HEUIST TŦE ḴELAḴ Honour the Babies Celebration is just one of the many ways NIȽ TU,O supports families through parenthood. Formed in 1997 in response to the disproportionate number of Coast Salish children in foster care, NIȽ TU,O provides an abundance of confidential, culturally safe Family Strengthening Programs and Support Services to Coast Salish families. Those interested in obtaining NIȽ TU,O's services are encouraged to learn more at or by calling 250-544-1400 and asking for confidential intake.

All families affiliated with the Tsawout, Tseycum, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Songhees, T'Sou-ke, or Beecher Bay communities who have welcomed a new life in 2023 are invited. Interested families can send a photo of a printed and filled-out registration form ( to: or fill out the online form at before the registration deadline on March 31, 2024.

Please include your baby's birth certificate. HÍ,SW̱ḴE HÁLE!

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I used to have trouble sleeping on airplanes. The noise and movement made it hard to relax, so I would toss and turn in my seat until I finally fell asleep an hour or two later. But, ever since I learned how to hypnotize myself, I fall asleep in just five minutes. Every time, and no matter where I am. It's like magic.

See, hypnosis is not like you see it in the movies. There are no dangling stopwatches, and you won't start quacking like a duck (unless you want to!). In fact, hypnosis is a completely natural state and you enter it regularly without even knowing it. Do you remember a time where you were so engaged in a movie and the characters within it that when the credits rolled, you "returned to the room?" Or the last time you were driving home from the grocery store and suddenly realized that you got home without thinking, as if you were on autopilot? These are examples of being in a natural trance, entering a "dream-like" state.

As a hypnotherapist, my top priority is to create an environment where my clients feel safe to explore what is bothering them. For this reason, I start all of my programs by introducing them to a tool called self-hypnosis. After only five minutes of practise with this tool, clients can quiet their mind, slow down their thoughts and enter a deep state of relaxation. I'm going to show you how to do this too.

When newborn babies fall asleep, they often roll their eyes

upwards right before they shut their eyes. This helps them relax and enter a light sleep state known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. If you've never seen this before, I highly recommend finding a video of this on YouTube. It is absolutely fascinating to witness.

To enter self-hypnosis, you simply follow the steps of a newborn baby. First, take your eyeballs and look up, as if you're looking into your own eyebrows. You may notice some strain in your eyes, which is an indicator that you are doing this correctly.

Secondly, take a deep breath in, and when you exhale, allow your eyelids to close slowly as you keep your eyeballs facing upwards. At this point, your eyes are closed but your eyeballs are still looking up.

Thirdly, you'll probably notice a subtle or not-so-subtle "fluttering" sensation as your eyes dance around. I'll be the first to tell you that this will feel strange at first and it may take a few practices to get used to the feeling. But once your eyes have been fluttering for 10 to 15 seconds, you can let them relax wherever they want to.

And that's all there is to it. If you are still finding it difficult to relax, it may be helpful to count down from 100 to one in your head and to remind yourself that it is safe to be calm at this moment.

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Whether you are new to the area, going through a life transition, or unhappy with your current situation, you will find that Deborah takes a unique approach when working with her clients.

Her 25 years of experience in the investment industry is her guide when working with investors. Deborah realizes that building a strong client relationship is rooted in trust and transparency is key to an investor’s success. The foundation for a strong relationship is ensuring compatibility and effective communication. Investors want to know that their financial advisor is committed to their success and willing to take the time to listen to what is important to help them determine their goals.

It may surprise many to learn that investing is often not about achieving the ‘highest rate of return’, but rather having confidence that their financial advisor understands their goals and will prepare an investment plan that will help achieve those goals. What one investor considers important, another may not, therefore, goals, plans, and solutions are as unique as the individual, so too should be the portfolio!

Experience matters when it comes to guiding investors through turbulent markets. Although setting goals, determining the appropriate asset allocation, implementing a strategy, building a portfolio, and monitoring investments are essential to successful investing, the most important factor is the amount of time that the professional spends with the investor. The more investment knowledge and understanding of the markets that an investor has, the greater the chances are for success. When investors are prepared for volatility and understand the emotional roller coaster that can be experienced during market corrections, the less chance they have of making decisions based on emotion rather than discipline and logic.

A financial advisor who has experience guiding investors through these market corrections is an invaluable asset to achieving one’s financial goals.

Don’t take chances with your financial success because experience truly does matter! 250.657.0700
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Sidney Looks to Join the Growing Dementia-Friendly Communities Movement

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Close to 600,000 Canadians – including over 85,000 British Columbians – are currently living with dementia and, according to a recent study by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, this number is projected to grow to two million by 2050. Given the projected impact of dementia, it is important that we learn how to best support people living with the disease and their care partners, so we can build dementia-friendly communities across Canada.

Many people living with dementia, and their care partners, report barriers to feeling included in their communities. Stigma may cause them to withdraw from community interactions and lose personal connections, resulting in a diminished quality of life. Aiming to reduce this stigma, dementia-friendly communities instead lean into awareness and understanding of the disease. They are places where people living with dementia, their families and care partners feel included, acknowledged and supported.

A dementia-friendly community can be a city or neighbourhood – or it can be a location within these places,

such as a grocery store or library. Groups such as book clubs or service organizations could also be considered dementia-friendly communities. These are spaces that take both the physical and social characteristics of the environment into consideration. As a community member, there are simple actions you can take, in both physical and social environments, to make people living with dementia and their care partners feel supported, included and valued. Together, we can make a difference in supporting British Columbians affected by the disease.

To learn more about dementia, and to support the Town of Sidney's work towards becoming a dementia-friendly community, join us for an information session with the Alzheimer Society of B.C., being held at Sidney All Care Residence at 2269 Mills Road on Wednesday, April 17 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. with a complimentary coffee, tea and cookie reception. The presentation from the Alzheimer's Society of B.C. starts at 5 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. The public is invited to attend. Please RSVP by email: or by phone at 778-533-2003.


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Mobility Issues in Our Home –JUST ANOTHER CHALLENGE!

Time has outwitted some of us – we believed that if we exercised 150 minutes a week, ate reasonably, socialized just the right amount, and volunteered for good causes, we might stay forever young, forever fit. What a shock when a knee (or both!) gives out in the middle of an exciting game of pickleball or ice hockey, and suddenly, we are on crutches, a cane or even worse, a walker or a wheelchair! In pain, we will indeed feel discouraged when our health takes such a dip. But time is rushing along, so we might as well not wallow in the doldrums for long. Our generation does love challenges, right?

If we face mobility issues for an extended time from an accident or illness, then we will have to take stock of our home and property. Can we renovate to meet our needs, or do we have to move? Moving to a retirement home can be socially and medically beneficial for some people. But if we choose to stay in our much-loved home, we can avoid the upheaval and financial cost of a move by modifying our house to fit our new requirements. And let's drop that "aging in place" expression – aren't you tired of hearing that? We're vibrant, full of energy and optimism – we're living!


Most accessibility barriers in our home can be resolved – some are expensive to implement, some only moderately so. Doors may have to be widened to allow passage of a wheelchair. Scatter mats are a tripping hazard – get rid of them or make sure they are non-slip.

Twisting doorknobs with arthritic wrists can be painful; installing lever handles is an easy fix. Out goes the high step-over bathtub with its risk of falls; replace it with a safe walk-in bathtub with a seat and door. If faced with knee or hip problems, raising the toilet seat by adding an elevated toilet seat or a toilet safety frame and safety bars will help avoid unnecessary discomfort. They are not sexy looking, but they can help ease pain! The Public Agency of Canada has good advice: "Don't be embarrassed to use aids for daily living – they can keep you safe and active."

The kitchen is another key area that can be modified to make life easier if you are in a wheelchair. Countertops can be lowered, and the cabinet under the sink can be removed to create an open wheelchair-accessible space. Install a singlelever or touchless faucet and soap dispenser to make cleanup easier. Lower cabinets with drawers make accessing pots, cooking supplies, dishes and spices easier. Lazy Susans and pull-out or pull-down shelves within cabinets are helpful as well.


Stairs can be a significant mobility issue. For years, we have been advised to take the stairs for exercise rather than an elevator, but once a knee or hip starts to hurt, each step can become a pain-filled hurdle. Luckily, there is some impressive technology that can help us out. Island Lift Services (a division of Island Mediquip Ltd.) is a company that is experienced in this area. They assess the homeowner's needs and provide accessibility solutions.

Their stair lifts are pretty amazing – the only requirement is that the rider be able to transfer to the chair, which moves up and down on a rail attached to the stair treads. The stair lift works with all types of stair configurations, whether straight or curved. To minimize the space on the staircase, the chair's arms, seat and footrest can fold up. Another option is for the chair to curve around the stairs to move completely out of the way. A remote control summons it from one level to another. Outside, a ramp can be built to bypass entry stairs, or a wheelchair lift or vertical platform lift can be used to access the

higher level of a home. The lift can be installed in a garage or inside the house in a hoistway (elevator shaft). According to Island Lift Services, installing this type of lift outdoors will be the least expensive way to move a wheelchair from one level to another.





Join us in commemorating Debra Bartlett’s outstanding achievement, as acknowledged by the esteemed Victoria Real Estate Board for her exceptional 20-year tenure in the industry. With a solid foundation of 10 years at the Vancouver Real Estate Board prior to her exemplary service with Victoria, her unwavering commitment and expertise have left a lasting impact on our community.
Applaud the exceptional achievement of Niels Baartman, recognized by the Victoria Real Estate Board for his remarkable 25-year tenure within their organization. Furthermore, having acquired his license in Vancouver back in 1989, Niels’ unwavering dedication and expertise have profoundly shaped the real estate landscape for a grand total of 35 years in the industry.
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Celebrate the remarkable 35-year journey of Shelley Mann in the industry, honored by the prestigious Victoria Real Estate Board! Her dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment leave an indelible mark on our community. Decades with Victoria’s board attest to her exceptionalism and contributions.

Home elevators are the most luxurious way to access all levels of a home. It's a breeze to carry laundry, groceries or suitcases, and it's easy to travel between floors if you are on crutches or in a wheelchair. Hoistway elevators are built and framed like other walls in the house. The space can be retrofitted in an existing home or built and pre-

and can be installed almost anywhere. Their manufacturer says PVEs require less maintenance, space and energy than traditional elevators.

To help make your accessibility decisions, it's a good idea to consult with an occupational therapist. They recommend strategies to make your home safer and more manageable and have information on available resources. It's worth searching for financial assistance if needed. The Home Adaptations for Seniors' Independence program (HASI) is an initiative that offers financial assistance to First Nation or Inuit persons living on a reserve who need to modify their properties to improve accessibility and safety. Veterans Affairs Canada provides financial assistance to eligible veterans, and March of Dimes Canada sponsors an Assistive Devices Program. It is also possible to claim medical expenses on a tax return. B.C. has a rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations. The Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC) is a non-refundable federal tax credit for eligible home renovation. Medical and assistive devices are exempt from HST, although some items require a written prescription from a medical practitioner.

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802 Towner Park Drive, North Saanich $3,088,000

Ideal for executives or retirees, this 4-bedroom residence boasts gleaming hardwood floors, two gas fireplaces, and classic white kitchen. Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac backing onto John Dean Park, this unique home offers a variety of nearby amenities and recreational opportunities. $1,399,000. MLS 954557.

ESTATES! 8614 Minstrel Pl, North Saanich Stephanie Peat 250.656.0131


This STUNNING near-new suite is positioned with 360 Degrees of unsurpassed views of Cordova Bay/Ridge Golf, Salish Sea, Mt. Baker and incredible sunrises & sunsets from every angle. All the designer elements you can dream of including custom upgrades plus private elevator to your rooftop patio with outdoor kitchen and private hot tub.Bonus- secured Double Garage & extra Storage! MLS 951282

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Spectacular custom built, 1992, 3 BD/3 BA, 2,230sf home has been meticulously cared for with updates over the years. Over-sized skylights flood the open concept plan with natural light and views to the private landscaped, sunny gardens. One of the best locations atop Cordova Ridge, with easy access to walking trails, biking, golf and sandy beaches. MLS 952368

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In the heart of Deep Cove, this 5-acre estate boasts a flourishing vineyard complemented by an orchard of fruit trees. Meticulously crafted 4200+ sq ft family home with 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths. Whether you're interested in viticulture or simply seeking a countryside haven, this property promises a lifestyle of elegance & rural charm. MLS 954012

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MATTICK'S WOOD! $1,698,000

You will be impressed with this immaculate 2000 custom built, 3BD/3BA, 2,410sf home with commanding entrance, incredible natural light, excellent finishing with recent upgrades. Fantastic layout, option for Primary Bedroom on the Main, entertainment-sized living room, gas FP, separate dining room, spacious kitchen w/eating area & easy access to a sunny, south patio. MLS 951222

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Enter the front gates and appreciate the beauty of this 5 acre sanctuary. A well-maintained 3,504 sq/ ft West Coast home which includes a chef's kitchen, an artist's studio loft, extensive outdoor decks for entertaining and plenty of parking. Grow your own grapes, veggies or flowers on this stunning private property. MLS 951926

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203 Goward Road, Saanich $3,250,000

5 acres, 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 4531sqft. With huge studio and 2nd family space. Truly a unique and beautiful home, immersed in the natural surroundings. Warm wood and stone, fire and light inside blend organically with the life and elements outside of the floor to ceiling windows. Private with lakefront and dock, yet close to amenities. MLS 955471

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Located in North Saanich, tucked in off a country road. Conveniently located near the International Airport & Ferry Terminal and minutes to all amenities, schools, rec center, golf, concert venues, Sidney & Brentwood Bay. 45-minute drive to Victoria. Buy together or separately: Lot 4 1.01 acres $1,175,000 and Lot 5 .98 acres $1,135,000. Services are at lot line. MLS 945901

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Perfectly situated on the Mermaid Canal bird sanctuary with a view of Roberts Bay is an expansive 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom half-duplex. With a custom kitchen by island dream kitchens – featuring quartz countertops, wood-box cabinetry, pantry, breakfast nook. Plus an enclosed sunroom with a large eastfacing windows to capture the waterfront views. MLS #955731

Samantha Jensson | 250.818.2006


PH7-2285 Bowker Ave, Oak Bay

GORGEOUS OAK BAY PENTHOUSE built by Abstract in 2020 with beautiful top-of-the-line finishing. Take in stunning sunsets & a view of the mountains from a quiet 440sf private balcony at back of the building. This spacious 2 Bdr+ large Den + 3 Bth suite has A/C and a concierge and is a short walk to Willows Beach, shops, cafes & groceries MLS 953192

Nicole Burgess | 250.384.8124


9344 Lochside Drive, Sidney


OCEAN VIEW! Gorgeous 2019 built Jenny Martin designed home with ALL THE EXTRAS!

7 Bdr, 5 Bth, (2 Bdr legal suite) 4014sf finished, SPECTACULAR floorto-ceiling windows & vaulted ceiling, Dbl garage with workshop, custom greenhouse, built-in outdoor Twin Eagles BBQ system. Right across from the beach! MLS 947617

Nicole Burgess | 250.384.8124


4556 Gordon Point Drive, Saanich

Impeccable construction quality & attention to detail. You'll appreciate the lofty ceilings, a thoughtfully designed & spacious layout, featuring 4+ bedrooms, all boasting ensuites, including two primary suites, one on the main floor, this residence combines comfort with sophistication. Call for full details.

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Help for Seniors, Their Families & Friends:

Canadian Federation of University Women Take Action

During the scourge of Covid in 2020 to 2021, Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) members were alarmed by the disease's catastrophic impact on seniors, both those in long-term care as well as those living on their own. While nationally, Canadians over 65 represent 19% of the population, on Vancouver Island it's 26% and in Sidney, 43%. Since the proportion of seniors will only grow, CFUW undertook two surveys of 21 B.C. chapters to understand what this actionoriented organization could undertake.

Over half of their respondents to the second survey focused on the critical need for services supporting "aging in place," and that became the driving force behind the ultimate creation of the C.A.R.E. Fair. (Community Attachment to Resources and Engagement.)

According to Donna Miller (right), one of the lead organizers: "At one time, seniors and their family caregivers, even the general public, had turned to their family doctor or home care nurses for help." But clearly, much had changed. "Now, we found that everyone needed to reach for information or support on their own. This can be an overwhelming and confusing

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process and in too many instances, misleading. One of our goals for this event is to bring recognized agencies and services providers together to provide informed and valid information."

In fact, one study estimated that one in four Canadians provides home care for family or friends, pointing to a growing strain. So, the Saanich Peninsula chapter of CFUW saw the problems and went to work. During Seniors Week in B.C., the one-day C.A.R.E event will feature 11 presenters from a variety of specialties as well as exhibits from 60 agencies and NGO's. Free to all, it will take place at Mary Winspear Centre.

Caregivers of BC, for example, will offer workshops for family and friends, and an 800 help line, an assist to those who feel burned out and access to other support groups. A "caregiver" doesn't need to be close family – friends are often pulled into the circle. As well, CBC encourages younger members from either group to take on a role.

Living alone with a decreasing social network is particularly troublesome for the long-range health of those who become increasingly isolated. Professor Debra Sheets, of UVic's School of Nursing, believes that: "People with dementia are quite stigmatized as people drop out of their lives, friends stop coming to see the person and thus his or her mental health declines quickly. And when you're depressed, you don't think as well."

One solution Dr. Sheets initiated is the "Voices in Motion Choir" at UVic. It matters not if you've never sung and also have dementia. "I strongly believe that the expressive arts – engaging in creativity – provide a new way to communicate as words fall away. You can live well with dementia," she says.

Other speakers will provide communication strategies and resources for those with hearing loss, the surprising impact of deteriorating depth perception resulting in falls, estate planning, and computer fraud. And finally, the Peninsula's Lorna Crozier will present her "Manifesto for passion, wonder, and a love affair with the planet. Surviving – no, thriving in the final decades of life."

Support is provided by the municipalities of Central and North Saanich, the Town of Sidney, Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation along with six sponsors, including Sidney's Heart Pharmacy.

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Ever since I was little, I have been a "dog person." When the Seaside team decided to photograph their First and Last Word with dogs and puppies from the Victoria Humane Society, it was like achieving a life goal – with a side of chaos and cuteness! Trying to get everyone to sit still for the camera was a hilarious challenge: the pups were more interested in licking faces and chasing their tails. Despite the mayhem, it came out on top as my all-time favourite photo shoot. Life goal achieved!

Thank you Victoria Humane Society for all you do. Let the love begin.

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BC Children's Hospital Foundation Fundraiser

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This is not your ordinary gala! Victoria's much-anticipated Shine Gala – A Night of Fashion is coming to The Empress on Saturday, April 6 in the Crystal Ballroom. For the past four years, this event has been held as a daytime lunch event raising much needed funds for the BC Children's Hospital. To celebrate their fifth year, they are putting on a nighttime event filled with glitz, glamour, magic and, of course, fashion!

This illustrious affair promises an unforgettable experience for attendees while supporting the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Many families in our local community rely heavily on this innovative, world class children's hospital with over 5,600 children from Vancouver Island being treated at BC Children's Hospital each year.

Picture this: As the red carpet rolls out, guests will be greeted by flashing cameras and a welcome glass of bubbly complemented by the illusions of local magician Jason Verners during the cocktail hour.

Guests will then be treated to a mesmerizing high-end fashion show while dining on a sumptuous three-course dinner catered by The Empress, plus wine service. You will experience a one-of-a-kind fashion show showcasing men's and women's looks plus a very special children's showcase.

Beyond the runway, attendees can indulge in the thrill of silent and live auctions, offering exclusive treasures such as travel experiences, local restaurants and hotel stays while raising vital funds for the BC Children's Hospital.

Every bid and donation contributes to the hospital's invaluable efforts in providing care for the province's youngest and most vulnerable.

With its blend of style, generosity and community spirit, the Shine Gala – A Night of Fashion exemplifies the best of Victoria's social scene. Tickets are $250 or bring nine friends and secure a table for $2,500. Buy tickets NOW so you don't miss out on the social event of the year!


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Rotary Earth Day Weekend Paper Shredding


Parking lot between Mary Winspear Centre and Sidney Fire Hall

Service Club Nembers Roll Up Their Sleeves for the Environment

Rotary International focuses on improving the lives of people at risk, families and children, and being responsible stewards of the environment. On Earth Day weekend, members of the Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea will practise their commitment to the latter by hosting a fundraiser designed to keep recyclables out of the landfill and support community projects.

On April 20 starting at 10 a.m. in the parking lot between Mary Winspear Centre and Sidney Fire Hall, Rotary volunteers will staff a drive-through mobile shredding event, where confidential and other personal papers can be disposed of securely. The company doing the shredding is carbon-neutral certified, further speaking to Rotary's commitment to the environment.

The cost for the service is a minimum donation of $15 per storage box or equivalent volume. All proceeds are recycled back into the community for initiatives supporting youth, seniors, families and the environment. The lineup tends to be long through the morning, as residents and businesses drop off paper and documents to be properly shredded and recycled. Papers will be accepted and processed until 1 p.m., or when the truck is full. Service users are asked not to leave any plastic materials behind.

To learn more about this or other Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea projects and activities, visit or find them on Facebook under Sidney By The Sea Rotary. You can also find an email contact form online at

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Free Income Tax Service


SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr., Sidney Central Saanich Resource Office, 1209 Clarke Rd.

Beacon Community Services is again offering free income tax filing for people with low-to-modest incomes (under $35,000/year). Your return must be simple, with no self-employment, and filing can be done for up to 10 years back. No appointment necessary.

SHOAL hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Brentwood location: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. For more details call 250-656-5537 or email

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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

9811 Seaport Place, Sidney

Parents and children aged three to five are invited to special ocean-themed stories, crafts and activities. Upcoming themes are See the Sea Birds (April 2), Awesome Otters (April 9), Seeing Seaweeds (April 16), Educator Favourites (April 23) and Tidepool Explorers (April 30). No registration required, but regular admission, membership or annual passes to the Centre apply. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sidney Art Walk UNTIL APRIL 15

Various sites in Sidney

9811 Seaport Place, Sidney

The ArtSea Community Arts Council and Sidney BIA present this fourth annual event, featuring the work of local artists and artisans exhibited throughout the Town of Sidney at local businesses and retail establishments. This showcase of local artists is sure to make your stroll through Sidney even more pleasant! Visit for a full events listing.

TRC Speaker Series

Oral Histories on Trial:



Virtual talk by author Bruce Granville Miller

Join this online lunchtime talk by Miller, a UBC Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, based on his book Oral History on Trial: Recognizing Aboriginal Narratives in the Courts. He'll describe what distinguished oral historians have taught him about their work and how he has used this information to dispute Crown critiques of oral history evidence in court and in writing. Arranged by the Sidney/North Saanich Library, this event is part of the Learning with Syeyutsus Speakers Series. Register at

Our Living Languages

Sidney Museum

2423 Beacon Avenue L-3



This important and informative exhibit, previously featured at the Royal BC Museum, shifts to Sidney through July 24 and focuses on First Peoples' Voices in British Columbia. Visitors can learn about efforts by First Nations communities around the province to preserve and enrich their languages. The exhibit is designed to honour the resilience and diversity of Indigenous languages in the face of change. Visit or call 250-655-6355 for more details.

Shawna Caspi

APRIL 12 7:30PM

Deep Cove Folk Society

St. John's United Church, 10990 W. Saanich Road, North Saanich Caspi crafts lyrics that are poetic and meaningful, combining them with her intricate finger-picking guitar style. Her songs resonate with audiences by being relatable, but she tells them in new and unexpected ways. Her latest album, Hurricane Coming, was nominated for Canadian and Ontario folk music awards. Tickets are $10 each at the door; visit for more

Bazan Bay 5K

Sidney waterfront


Billed as potentially the fastest five-kilometre road race in North America, the Vancouver Island Race Series finale, the Bazan Bay 5K, invites runners and walkers to test their mettle on a picturesque and mostly flat outand-back course along Fifth Street and Lochside Drive. Registration is $35; no day-of-race signups. Visit to register or find more info.

The Socrates Café

Beacon Brewing

9829 Third Street, Sidney

APRIL 16 & 30 2-4PM

Looking for a place to discuss philosophy and explore a variety of topics and perspectives with others? The Socrates Café, part of a global movement designed to inspire curiosity and to nurture self-discovery and grassroots democracy, invites you to drop by, have a listen, share your thoughts and meet new people.

Spring Fling Open House

Peninsula Newcomers Club


This club has been welcoming women to the Peninsula and helping them settle into their new community since 1987, with a wide range of activities designed to build friendships and draw on passions and skill sets. This month's general gathering is an open house where members and newcomers are invited to mix and mingle. To sign up to attend or to join the club, visit www.peninsulanewcomers. com or email


CSSCA Speaker Series

Frank Wilson: Chasing the Crows from the Apple Tree

The Centre for Active Living 50+



1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay (next to the library)

Frank Wilson is a well-known Victoria based poet author. Admission is $2, tea/coffee $1. The CSSCA Speaker's Series happens monthly on the 3rd Friday.

Repair Café North Saanich

Deep Cove Elementary

10975 West Saanich Road


A crew of able volunteers is on hand to help community members learn more about making minor repairs to everything from electrical appliances and fixtures to bicycles, wood furniture, electronic items and more. Repairs are by donation, with all proceeds going to local community groups. Find more details at

Blood Donor Clinic

Mary Winspear Centre

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

APRIL 22 11AM-5:45PM

Do your part and donate and help save a life. For more information, or to book your Sidney appointment visit and type Sidney BC in the location box. You can also call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

CFUW Speaker Series


Catriona McHattie, Mary Winspear Centre

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Catriona McHattie, president of the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society, will speak about the annual Saanich Fair, an iconic event in the region since 1868. The talk, part of the monthly series, is free to attend for CFUW members and their guests; $10 admission for nonmembers. Refreshments will be served.

SPAC Spring Show

Mary Winspear Centre

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

APRIL 27-28

A superior exhibition and sale of original paintings, sculpture, pottery, fibre and textile arts, fine crafts and jewelry. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Patron's Gala/artist meet-and-greet tickets for Friday, April 26 are $150 and include a $100 voucher for art purchase. Weekend general admission is $10 at the door or online at

Have something for Take Note?


Submission deadline: 1st of the previous month (eg April 1 for May issue events)


Saanich Peninsula Stroke Recovery Association Communication Group

Mondays | 10am-12pm

Seventh Day Adventist Church

10-11am: Social time – coffee/tea/cookies. 11am-12pm: Individual groups for:

• those requiring speech improvement led by a Speech Language Pathologist

• those with physical disabilities led by a Kinesiologist

• caregivers, led by an experienced convenor

Victoria Mendelssohn Choir

Mondays 7-9pm

SHOAL Centre Auditorium A

This group of friendly folks sings music from the Baroque period, sometimes peppered with modern works. If you like to sing, have some choral experience and can read music moderately well, come along and see what this choir is all about. New members are always welcome. For more information, email

Afternoon Bingo

1st & 3rd Wednesday | 1-4pm

Centre for Active Living 50+

These everyone welcome games take place in the lower hall, next to the public library. The third Wednesday features hot dogs and pop for sale starting at noon.

Caregivers Connect:

BC's Virtual Caregiver Café

2nd Thursday | 2-3:30pm

This peer support group is open to all caregivers. Please register at 230336162808251 or email cgsupport@

Grief & Loss Circle

Fridays | 12–3pm

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

If you're needing a place to talk about your feelings, perhaps after losing a loved one, Holy Trinity offers a supportive, non-judgmental place to talk and hear how others are processing grief and loss in their lives. Lunch will be served during the break. For details, call 250-656-3223 or email

LGBTQ2+ for 55+ Seniors

3rd Saturday | 10am

St. Paul's United Church

A safe place for community members to make new friends and connections and support each other on their personal journeys. This is not a counselling group. Participants are encouraged to register, but walk-ins are welcome. For details email


Last Word from the Editor-in-Chief

While watching the Super Bowl I wished, as always, that I knew what was going on. Sure I understand when a touchdown is scored, but the rest is a mystery. I really just show up for the food, the company and the half-time show. Hockey is easier to follow, although I'm still lost when it comes to the finer points. While I was growing up, no one taught me how these games work (although to be fair I was more interested in reading than watching sports) and now, at 46, I think that ship has sailed.

As parents, there are some things we consciously choose to teach our kids, from our core values and beliefs to how to blow a nose or tie a shoelace. Some things we pass along subconsciously, like how to be kind, or polite, or a gracious winner. One thing my parents never had to teach me, although they modelled it well, is how to love animals. We were always a family with multiple pets – many cats, dogs and a red-eared slider turtle named Rocky.

While planning this issue our photographer Janis Jean, who volunteers with the Victoria Humane Society (VHS), had an amazing idea: what if we did our next First Word / Last Word shoot with puppies that need a home? The plans were quickly set in motion and on a chilly but sunny day in March, we met at Janis' house along with many furry friends. There were three litters of puppies and several older dogs who needed homes. While the shoot was so much fun (I texted my husband "best day ever" once it was over) it was also serious business for these committed volunteers.

Victoria Humane Society is a small community group committed to doing big things – finding homes for animals in need, the VHS fills a critical space in Greater Victoria, especially in these post-Covid years. In the May issue, watch for a behind the scenes look at how the process works.

Happy Spring!

This puppy may have already found a family before this issue hits the streets, but there are many animals waiting for their forever homes at the Victoria Humane Society. For information, visit



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Night: J. Hadfield
Tide Pool: M. Mussell
Nature’s Gems: MacKenzie
Flow: W. Waddell
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