Seaside Magazine May 2015 Issue

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May 2015




Rhodo Enthusiasm Blooms in Sidney

Spring Fashion

Kids What's Happening

Can We Talk

Floral Inspiration

Summer Fun

100 Women Who Care

Bringing colour to new heights.


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"Champagne Lace" Illustration by Toti For Toti's Story See Page 5


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Rhododendron Conference


Can We Talk: Women Come Together to Help Local Charities Hot Properties: Real Estate on the Island Seaside Homes: Our Investigative Series Wraps Up

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The Golden Years Island Life Ignition West Coast Gardener Last Word

Kids What's Happening

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Can We Talk In Good Health Common Cents New & Noteworthy Seaside Arts Scene

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Trade Student Spotlight Peninsula Restaurant Profile Friends & Neighbors On This Month What's Happening & Sudoku



Shauna Dorko

As president and owner of Sidney SeniorCare, I have chosen to make seniors' well-being my raison d'être. With 30 years under my belt in the area of home support, I guess it's pretty obvious that I have always had a fondness for, and natural affinity with, seniors, and am committed to being an active advocate for them. In that spirit, SSC has designated 2015 "The Year of the Senior" where every month during 2015 we're organizing an exciting special event or service free of charge for seniors and their families. I feel this is a wonderful way to get seniors out, having some fun and engaged again with their community! I welcome the opportunity to work with Seaside launching the new senior's column 'The Golden Years.'

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Elizabeth Moss

Being born and raised here on the Saanich Peninsula has given me a love for the community and the people in it. Since I am currently on a Co-op placement from UVic's Peter B Gustavson School of Business, working for Seaside has given me the chance to connect with people from every area of business and learn from each interaction. Working alongside other Seaside staff bringing together the Fashion section this month has been a lot of fun, even though we always have fun no matter what project we are working on! We have great clothing and shoe stores out here on the peninsula so I was happy to help showcase a few of them – make sure you check them out and get yourself summer ready!

Stu Rhodes

I love writing the student profile stories for Seaside Magazine. It gives me a chance to boast a bit about our Saanich trade students. I write for a number of outdoor magazines too. Am I a writer? No, I'm a Red Seal carpenter and a teacher. I dabble in taxidermy a bit, fall a few trees, and last night I just finished welding a woodstove I designed. My diverse interests in tangible crafts allow me to relate to many of the students I work with. I get how learning comes to life for them when they get to make or build something and work with their hands. It's so rewarding! This month, you will read about Alexandria Walter, an amazing young artist who has found a new way to work with her hands as an apprentice Dairy Production Technician.

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The idea of creating a fashion illustration for the cover of Seaside Magazine took me back to my days of study and work as a fashion artist in London and Paris. My last fashion debut in Victoria was at the Winchester Galleries, with an exhibition of drawings and paintings celebrating Chanel. Today, I work on paintings of events such as the Winspear Concert Hall, The Fringe Festivals and the Tour de France. I'm happy to help celebrate the ARS Rhododendron World Conference in Sidney in this issue of Seaside with 'Champagne Lace' as my inspiration (a special hybrid created exclusively by Jim Barlup).

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and her wedding rings. She never left home without having her rings on and her glasses close by and her absolute favorite place to be in the house was in the kitchen cooking. To be honest, when I returned home after the funeral I don't even remember putting everything there, it just happened. So now every day I get to see her and keep her close by. We all have our own unique way of celebrating Mother's Day, some with great grandmothers, some with grandmothers, others with moms and their daughters and some like myself, will share a drink with her in the kitchen. Nonetheless, we find the time to make that call – make the time to say hello and remember those special moments we share. There is a beautiful story about Mother's Love, written for Good Housekeeping in 1933 by Temple Bailey. I want to share a few paragraphs from this story as I could not put in words how Bailey did about how I felt about my mother and what it means to be a mother: "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother is more than a memory, she is a living presence. Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold's winters day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is your birthday morning. Your Mother lives inside your laughter. She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you, not time, not space – not even death". Here's wishing a beautiful Mother's Day to all!

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The Rhododendron World is Coming to Sidney

Jim Barlup, 'Champagne Lace' creator, this year's rhododendron of distinction

by Barry Mathias

This year, The American

Rhododendron Society's (TARS) 70th Convention is being held at the Mary Winspear Centre from Wednesday, May 6 – Sunday, May 10. The Society has selected a new hybrid called Champagne Lace as its rhododendron of the Convention, and the story behind the creation of this hybrid is remarkable. Jim Barlup, creator of the Champagne Lace hybrid, is a world-renowned American rhododendron grower. He is one of seven international speakers at the Convention, and he brings a wealth of knowledge of his subject. "This May is my 40th anniversary as a hybridizer," he said. "Many people turn their hobbies into careers. I did just the opposite. I turned my 15-year career as a professional photographer, and my 19 years in a retail nursery into a hobby. It has been a joy! I can continue to look to my garden each day and dream of what the possibilities are." It was in the winter of 1995 that Jim Barlup decided to cross one of his registered hybrids 'Glenna' with 'Janet Blair', "a well-respected and internationally known Eastern hybrid." His 'Glenna' hybrid, which is pale pink with a yellow throat, evolved from combining 'Hoti' (yellow) and 'One Thousand Butterflies' (red); "it had proven to produce full trusses with lacy edges." He selected 'Janet Blair' for the pollen parent "for its many positive attributes, but primarily for its hardiness."

He described how the cross was made in spring of 1996, but it was not until 2001 that the first bloom appeared. "In time, I selected the best seedling‌the rest were discarded." Over the years this one rhododendron grew, but in an unsuitable place. Jim Barlup took three cuttings and "donated the original plant to Meerkerk Gardens for their foundation's annual fundraiser." It was not until 2009 that these cuttings bloomed: "The trusses were full with pale yellow, lacy-edged flowers, just as I had hoped for!" He waited a few more years "to let it prove itself" before registering the name. "It was 17 years from the time it was conceived in my mind until the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain registered the name 'Champagne Lace' in December 2012. Perhaps this is what they mean by a "slow bloomer," he joked. However, at the age of 81, Jim Barlup continues to experiment and admitted: "I have over 1,000 seedlings yet to bloom." He was honoured that this convention has chosen his 'Champagne Lace' as the rhododendron of distinction. Among the international speakers is Harold Greer, who wrote 'The Greer Guide' known in the rhododendron world as the 'Bible'. "He is the living Godfather of rhododendrons," said Peter Lewis, Publicity Officer for the Cowichan Chapter of the ARC. So how did the Town of Sidney come to be chosen? "The initial work began two and a half years ago, and involved a number of very hardworking people," said Peter Lewis, creator of Edmonton's iconic SEASIDE | MAY 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11

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Great Divide Waterfall. He paid tribute to Calvin Parsons, past President of the Victoria Chapter of the ARC, and to Lois Blackmore, Co-Chairs of the Conference Organization Committee. "Lois Blackmore has 125 of Jim Barlup's rhododendron hybrids: the largest private collection in North America. Both Chairs have been outstanding." Peter Lewis approached Sidney Town Council last fall and persuaded them to grant $4,400 towards the cost of street banners and artwork. "Margo Styan, Saanich fabric artist, made the replica of the Champagne Lace Rhododendron, and Karol Story of Artopia created the 70 banners that will be displayed along Beacon Avenue and at the Victoria International Airport (YYJ). "We are grateful to Randy Humble of the STC; he has done much of the co-ordination of the erection and eventual taking down of these banners." Ian West, Director of Security and Terminal Operations at YYJ, organized the banners at the terminal, and allowed TARS to have a booth at the airport, staffed by members of the Victoria Chapter. This team effort has also included Peter's wife, Toti, who is an artist, and who created the vibrant front cover for Seaside Magazine! "This Conference is an important event," said Brad Edgett, Executive Director of the Mary Winspear Centre, "650 people will be attending, and 80% of them will be coming from the USA." He explained that most of the American visitors would be coming from Washington, Oregon and California. "Part of the reason why Sidney was chosen is its proximity to planes and ferries." Brad Edgett confirmed that the Convention would have positive economic benefits: "Conference attendees spend on average $360/ day (including hotel, restaurant and shopping), whereas the average American tourist spends $180/day and local visitors about $90. The benefits extend outside Sidney, and involve businesses in North and Central Saanich," with The Butchart Gardens at the top of the list. "The Sidney Business Improvement Area (BIA) is very excited that The American Rhododendron Society chose Sidney…" said Donna Petrie, their Executive Director and Event Liaison/Facilitator. "We were so impressed by the promotional video about Sidney that the organization put together." She said that the BIA "has been instrumental in getting the word out that Sidney is a safe, vibrant and walkable town, which attracts and welcomes visitors." "We are particularly thrilled to have this Convention come to Sidney," said Dale Ryan, Director of Public Relations at Butchart Gardens. "Vancouver and Victoria are already established large convention centres, and it is good to see Sidney getting established as a conference destination." She said January and February were busy months for visitors because of the fine weather, and she expected the Convention to increase visitor numbers in May. Rick Los, Director of Horticulture at Butchart Gardens said, "Rhododendrons are a very important plant to us…they are very well suited to our climate and provide us with an abundance of background colour…". He added: "These rhododendrons have stood the test of time, and you can still find some of the original plants (dating back to Jennie Butchart) in our gardens." "All conventions are important," says Jim Barlup. He refers to "meeting other growers and seeing their plants first hand." So, for him, famed hybrid grower, and for the people of Sidney, there are many reasons to celebrate this Convention.

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otherwise. It started exactly at 7.00 and finished exactly at 8.00 and in that time we interacted with other women and gave $24,000 to a local charity! Amazingly efficient and worthwhile! And it was ALL volunteer so none of the donated money went to admin costs. The grouping of these funds makes for a big impact to a charity organization. With your first meeting coming up on May 6, at Glenn Meadows Golf and Country Club, what type of charities have been nominated? We have a wide range of charities from local service organizations, foundations, services impacting children and health related charities. With charity organizations on the rise, some are criticized about where all the funds get directed. Does any of the money for 100 Women go towards administration costs? No, all the money raised goes directly to the charities. As a matter of fact the cheques are all made out directly in the name of the charity that is chosen the night of the meeting and each member receives a tax receipt from that charity. We have had some start-up costs which we have paid for out of pocket and then our sponsors have paid us back. The generosity and support has been amazing! How is an organization eligible for consideration? An organization must be based in and serve the Saanich Peninsula or Victoria area and it must be a registered, not-for-profit or charitable organization able to provide tax receipts for donations. We are not considering nominations to national or international charities, programs, or organizations

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at this time, as the current focus is on contributing to our local community. It must also be previously established (no start-ups). I think that, like myself, time is precious but we all want to find a way to give back to our community in some form. Who can become a member of the 100 Women Saanich Peninsula Chapter and how do they sign up? Any woman can join us as long as they are willing to commit to the four meetings per year and $100 each meeting. If you are unable to make it to a meeting we can make arrangements to get the cheque from you. You can go to our website and sign up directly under "Community Of 100", or come to the meeting and register there. Research shows that women give more to charity, and give in different ways, than men; often favouring multiple small donations to help many different causes. Why have you selected a women-only donor base for your cause? The original idea was designed by women for women. I think it resonates more with busy women, especially single moms who would love to be involved in the community but are so stretched with their time. This allows them to be involved and doesn't have to take up too much of their time. As a matter of fact, there is a men-only organization that is running in Victoria, I am sure if there are men out there that want to get involved we could get the information to them.

Debra Bartlett & Shelley Mann Co-founders of 100 Women Who Care, Saanich Peninsula Debra and Shelley have been friends and fellow realtors for over 20 years. Debra coming west from Newfoundland and Shelley growing up right here in Sidney. Both are moms who live and work on the peninsula and feel honored to be able to give back to the community. "We both feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place that we want to make a difference ."

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I discard my New Year's resolutions and make new ones. The old resolutions like: "learn Spanish", or "read at least the first page of an instruction manual" are replaced by new seasonal ones. These would be more summer-like aspirations such as "try the limbo" or "go hang-gliding" and "see a chiropractor". As a child growing up in Northern Ontario one of my favourite summer activities was berry picking. Armed with empty fruit baskets we would jump into our black Chevy land-yacht and drive out to a remote bug-infested hill to pick wild Blueberries. As we zoomed along the bumpy back-country gravel roads, the busyness of urbania melted away as our hot car filled with dust. My dad, the Blueberry whisperer, would stop deep within the boreal wilderness and announce: "We're here". With that we would sneak through the still air and scrubby clearings with utmost stealth in our quest for the precious blue. "Shhhhh, don't scare them away." One time while out picking on a hot summer day, the quiet was interrupted by dad yelling: "Look out! Loooook ouuuuut! He came crashing through the bushes with one arm holding a basket of berries and the other arm waving wildly around his head. A cloud of angry wasps was in hot pursuit, so we acted quickly and shouted: "Dad, be careful … don't drop the berries! DO NOT DROP THE BERRIES!" I can't recall whether he managed to save them, but I do remember all of us laughing uncontrollably while heading home - the tears of mirth mixing with the sweat of the day. Oh the things we do, just to find the wild blue. Speaking of the wild blue, the periods of sun and warmth during May are early reminders that the "Pacific High" will soon arrive. This meteorological feature is a circular pressure pattern, with high surface pressure at the centre. It is found between Hawaii and the west coast of the U.S. although its location within this region depends on the season. During the spring it moves northwards from its wintering grounds near the equator and reaches towards these parts by the summer. Around about now it begins to flex its muscles and provides periods of light winds and blue skies – a preview of what will soon be our prime summer weather thanks to its influence. So what kind of weather can we expect for the late spring/early summer? The long range outlook points to a greater chance of warmer than average conditions, carrying on the general trend of above-normal temperatures so far this year. For precipitation, the chances of drier or wetter conditions are about equal – so all in all, expect a pleasant ramp-up to summer. I love May. With its diverse colours in land and sea and sky, it vibrates with the newness of life and tantilizes us with glimpses of summer. So when the unmet resolutions of modern life chase you through the urban wilderness, stop and take a quiet nature walk. Soak deeply in the incredible beauty and before long … May will find you. Weather questions? Email


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Time to Start Paying Attention to Your Skin Health

Ways to Protect Yourself from the Sun by Dr. Maureen Sweeney, M.D.

Warmer weather is upon us, which means more sunshine and more time outside. What does this mean for you? UV radiation is from the non-visible spectrum of sunlight and is the number one cause of skin cancer. When we are unprotected and excessively exposed to UV radiation, we are also more prone to developing eye disease such as cataracts and forms of macular degeneration and accelerated skin aging. There are two broad groups of skin cancer that result from UV exposure: melanoma and non-melanoma cancer. Melanomas are fast growing and may spread from where they develop to other distant organs and can be fatal. If you have had a burn your chance of melanoma is increased. Melanoma can occur in non sun-exposed areas of the skin, and on mucous membranes such as the mouth, and are not always dark in colour. Non melanoma cancer – squamous cell and basal cell cancers – are slower growing and localized. They tend to occur most frequently on the face, head, ears, neck and other areas with repeated sun exposure. The A (asymmetry), B (boarder), C (colour), D (diameter), E (evolving), guidelines help physicians assess whether a mole, birthmark or other skin lesion should be further assessed by biopsy. The key with all suspicious skin lesions is early evaluation; if caught early there are a variety of treatment options and good cure rates.

In light of the many sunny days ahead, here are some tips on how to protect yourself:

▼ Cloudy out? Apply sunscreen, this is a common area for cancer and wrinkles Getting sunburn is unpleasant but the main goal is to protect your skin from UVA and UVB DNA damaging radiation which is not blocked by cloud cover. Sunscreen that has an SPF of 30+ and is water-resistant is the best choice and should be applied to all exposed areas 20 minutes before you head outside and reapplied every 3-4 hours and more frequently if sweating or swimming. Micronized zinc in cream and powder preparations is non-greasy, weightless and very effective.

▼ Don't forget about your lips. We tend to avoid our lips when applying sunscreen. Cracked lips aren't the only worry;

99 – 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, to develop. Don't forget to apply a 30+ SPF eye wear can also diminish squinting and the lip balm to keep your lips smooth and healthy. effects of wind. Micronized Zinc is a natural, effective lip ▼ Cover up with clothes. When in screen without the nasty taste. doubt, you can always choose to cover up with ▼ Wear a hat. It is easy to forget about a long sleeve shirt and pants for protection. your scalp when protecting your skin. Wear Although clothes don't block all UV rays, a tightly woven hat to save the top of your the more covered you are, the more protected head, a hat with a brim can add protection to you'll be. your eyes, ears, forehead, neck and nose, too. ▼ Minimize sun exposure. When Powder sunscreens can also be used to protect you can, minimize your sun exposure by the scalp and hair line. staying indoors or under shaded areas when ▼ Wear sunglasses. Your eyes and the sun's rays are most intense. Note: the the delicate surrounding area need protection shorter your shadow is, the more intense the too! Wear a pair of sunglasses that can block sun's rays are.

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Feel Like A Million At Norma Jeans' Closet by Doreen Marion Gee This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. When a woman shops at Norma Jeans' Closet, she sashays out like a movie star – her head held high with elegant jewellery, glamourous clothes and a new lease on life. We all deserve to feel like a million. And now, Cheryl Young makes it accessible and affordable. Norma Jeans' Closet is one of the businesses at "Upstairs on Beacon" in Sidney. Created by the charismatic owner, Cheryl Young, this boutique is paradise for fashion connoisseurs: glittering-gold jackets, exquisite jewellery, sumptuous satin dresses, sleek evening gowns, designer vests and pillows, beautiful works of art, fine silverware and artistic lamps. The flavour and tone of this enchanting boutique is high-end, luxurious, elegant and classy. Norma Jeans' Closet offers the finer things in life that we all dream of – and now they can be ours! "I love fashion. Even when I was a little girl, I was dressing up in my mother's clothes and I was picking out her clothes to wear if she was going out for the evening" remarks Cheryl. The savvy entrepreneur knows how wonderful it feels when we take the time to put on an eye-catching blouse or a dress that sizzles. "I want women to recapture the feeling that we get when we are dressed to the nines." Sometimes when we look the part, we become it. And at Norma Jeans' Closet, you don't have to be rich to look beautiful; their premium clothing is surprisingly reasonable. They offer highquality fare – vintage, gently used and new: "Some have only been worn once and many still have the tags on them. We don't take any jeans or sweats." Behind the 'fascinator' and quick smile is a genuine caring for others. Cheryl wants women to feel good about themselves and look the part. When a customer was experiencing personal issues, Cheryl advised her to "throw her shoulders back, put some makeup on and get some killer clothes. I told her that looking good is the best revenge." Everyone gets the red carpet treatment at Cheryl's fashion boutique: "When a woman comes into Norma Jeans' Closet, I want to make her feel like she has come to a friendly place." The winds of change are softly blowing at Cheryl's fashion oasis "I think that I am going to make it my goal to add some pizazz to shopping in Sidney by the Sea. I'd like to think that our tourists will take a bit of Marilyn Monroe's glamour back with them!" Cheryl Young sums up the essence of Norma Jeans' Closet: "I want every woman to leave feeling special, feeling like she is a goddess, because she is." Contact: & www.facebook. com/pages/Norma-Jeans-Closet.

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New Paradigm In Health Care Brentwood & Peninsula Physiotherapy And Massage by Doreen Marion Gee This is the first in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Most people only see health care providers when they are sick or injured, and most doctors focus on fixing problems instead of preventing them in the first place. The staff of both Brentwood Bay and Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage clinics are professionals who are passionate about preventative medicine and helping

people to be proactive in building and maintaining their own wellness. Their vision involves a shift in our collective thinking about our bodies and our health. A Registered Physiotherapist trained at McMaster University, Linda Walker co-owns the two clinics with Suzie Cutt, a Registered Massage Therapist. Linda is proud of their "one-stop health care", where they incorporate health professionals from many different areas to provide comprehensive all-

over care: "We gather those specializations within rehab sciences at the highest level of education – the combined expertise of all our practitioners is 145 years of practice." The list of specialities at both clinics is impressive: Joint Manipulation, Sports Injuries and Performance, Running Specialist, Chronic Pain/Stress Management, Pelvic Floor Therapy, Massage Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Kinesiology & Postural Retraining, Cranial Sacral

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Therapy, TMJ, Intramuscular Stimulation, Vestibular Therapy, Acupressure and Joint Replacement Therapy. The owners and their staff stay on the cutting edge of their game by keeping up with the latest research and treatments. Linda: "I try to find out who is doing the best procedures, where they are happening and how do I get my patients access to that." At the core of their work is deep respect for the natural capacity of the body to heal itself. Even after a diagnosis of arthritis, the clinic practitioners can still help clients optimize the mobility in their joints. According to Linda, some of those changes can even be reversed. The body is a miracle in action. A holistic 'big-picture' view of human health is integral to the clinics' work. Within that context, Linda is happy to help patients whenever problems arise but makes the point that "we wait until all four wheels fall off and then try to fix the car. We

maintain our cars better than our bodies." The clinic professionals believe in "primary prevention" - interventions that are applied before any disease or injury - but this mindset is generally "not in our culture." Of course doctors don't usually see patients until some problem already exists and many people are not aware of the vital importance of proper health maintenance in preventing that trip to emergency. The dedicated practitioners at both clinics want to change the standard paradigm around wellness and health care. Staff give Prevention talks at both their Peninsula clinics and Panorama Recreation Centre. And "As a group of therapists, using the highest level of research and clinical knowledge, we know how your knee (for example) is going to perform over time and we know the 'best practices' to ensure the longevity of that knee joint." That's primary prevention in a nutshell. Linda is a straight-shooter: "We need to

think outside the box. The paradigm needs to flip! We are very busy because that paradigm is backwards." That needed mental shift comes from being empowered through action. The experts at the Peninsula and Brentwood Bay Clinics encourage clients to be proactive in their own health: That could mean "learning how the body ages and what you can do to keep your mobility and independence and doing healthy activities as you age." They encourage clients to do homework exercises and maintenance and give them all the facts and the latest research. "Having basic core health care principles that you are doing regularly will sustain you in the long run." Linda's words, "Knowledge plus action equals health" is a good tag-line for a new vision in health care. These people are on to something. Contact: &

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I'm sure we've all imagined, some of us perhaps with a bit of fear or certainly trepidation, what it will be like to become a senior. Of course, quite a few of us are already there and are currently experiencing the challenges that this often complex stage of life presents. I think we're all very aware that by Shauna Dorko seniors are the fastest-growing age Owner, Sidney SeniorCare group in Canada. This trend is expected to continue for the next several decades with an estimated 10.4 million seniors by 2036. By 2051, about one in four Canadians is expected to be 65 or over. It's mind blowing, isn't it? As a resident of Sidney, I am also very aware that our town boasts more than its fair share of seniors – in fact, Sidney ranks third in our country (hot on the heels of Qualicum Beach and Parksville) for the highest proportion of people over 65 according to 2012 Census data. I am grateful that the province of B.C. seems to be finally recognizing its rapidly increasing senior population and has even deemed it worthy of an official Advocate. This position is the first of its kind in Canada, and I was happy to see Victoria's own Isobel Mackenzie, an esteemed former colleague of mine, named as B.C.'s first Seniors' Advocate in March of 2014. This official acknowledgement of the unique issues that seniors face will hopefully lead to greater knowledge and understanding of our aging population; not only resulting in less marginalization and more appreciation, but helping to restore senior citizens to their rightful position in society; a position that garners respect and admiration. This new insight will perhaps even help us to make better choices for our own lives and future legacies. With this new column, we look forward to introducing and creating dialogue around a variety of topics relating to seniors, their families and caregivers. We will explore the issues of ageism and elder abuse, mobility and transportation, home support and community care, and provincial assistance programs that are available to seniors, just to name a few… To end this first installment, I'd like to issue a community challenge: for each and every one of you to make the time to engage in a positive, meaningful way with a senior. Whether that be a kind gesture, a helping hand, an insightful conversation, or simply comfortable companionship, let's aim to make it a priority on a regular basis to truly appreciate the seniors in our community. We invite you to submit your stories of these meaningful engagements to us and will share excerpts from special stories; exceptionally thoughtful submissions will receive a complementary service from Sidney SeniorCare. Until we meet again … let's partner together in advocacy for seniors! Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at with 'Seniors' in the subject line.

common cents Planning for the Future "Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." Alan Lakein When you care for someone at the 'end of life' stage, many decisions have to be made. One challenge you face is that when someone you love is suffering, it is difficult to attend to their legal, financial, emotional and physical wellbeing. With a bit of planning, things can be less stressful. The planning process does not need to be dark and sad – it can be uplifting and rewarding! A solid legacy plan speaks for you long after you are gone. There are four common legal instruments in a legacy plan, each with its own purpose: 1. representation agreement (living will); 2. power of attorney; 3. last will and 4. testament. A representation agreement outlines medical care wishes and preferences. It provides valuable information and directives to others but is not a set of instructions. Despite this, representation agreements are excellent tools to assist loved ones with navigating the complex medical system. Both a power of attorney and a will are legally binding instruments. A power of attorney gives your attorney legal rights to conduct your financial affairs. It can be in effect when signed or once you lose capacity. It is important with any instrument to assign someone you

trust and who makes good decisions. Lastly, the most common legacy instrument is your last will and testament. Lawyers usually assist clients with completing their will. Testamentary documents can accompany a will. These documents outline matters and preferences not well suited for your will. For example, in your will you can refer to a List by Daleen Thomas, LL.B LL.M you keep at home. You update the List as you give items away. Updating a List is a lot easier and less expensive than updating your will. Everyone who has a will should review it carefully in light of the new wills and estates law (Wills, Estates and Succession Act "WESA"). If your will was created before March 31, 2014, it might need revision. WESA has several major differences from past B.C. laws that affect people with a spouse (common law or married); or children, step children or adopted children. Even if you have no spouse and no children, there are good reasons to review your will with a lawyer to ensure your legacy plan is secure. Legacy planning using these four instruments will address most of the legal issues that arise during the precious last moments of your life. For more information contact the Law Office of Daleen A. Thomas at

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at the Mary Winspear Centre Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Shake, Rattle & Roll Dance Party

The Peninsula Players present Neil Simon’s comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Directed by Matt Watson, the play follows Barney Cashman a middle-aged and married, overworked and overweight man who wants to join the sexual revolution of the 1960’s before it’s too late. Over the span of nine months he arranges three seductions: the first, Elaine Navazio proves to be a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses; Bobbi Michele is next, a 20-ish actress who’s too kooky by half; finally comes September and Jeanette Fisher, a gloomy, depressed housewife who happens to be married to Barney’s best friend.

The Timebenders are back with the return of their Shake, Rattle & Roll dance party Saturday May 23 at 7.00 p.m. With new costumes, new moves and new songs and a special performance from emcee Tom Watson this will be a show you won’t want to miss.

As the story develops we learn that things don’t go as smoothly for Barney as he had attended. Will he ever find the passion and adventure that he’s searching for with each new encounter, or will he burn out like an old flame?

The six-piece ensemble band will take you on a journey through the decades from the 50s to today with hilarious tributes to the stars and multiple costume changes. Included in the fun will be contests with prizes, a free photo booth and a full bar with snacks to purchase. Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a night of pure entertainment. Tickets are only $25+tax.

Audiences will find this play hilariously witty and filled with wisdom about human nature. Performances are Friday May 8, Saturday May 9 & Sunday May 10 at Berwick Royal Oak and Friday May 15, Saturday May 16 & Sunday May 17 at the Charlie White Theatre. Tickets for both locations are available at the Mary Winspear box office.

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Ian Sherwood & Coco Love Alcorn The Deep Cove Folk Music Society presents ECMA nominated artists Ian Sherwood and Coco Love Alcorn Saturday May 9 at 8.00 p.m. These two music troubadours present an evening full of harmonies, humour, and a zest for engaging in the moment. Seamlessly blending their individual catalogs as they present a dynamic show; with this feisty duo there’s no need for a band. Whether you’re already a fan of either or new to both, come expecting to hear folk, pop, jazz, soul and storytelling at its best as Ian and Coco perform live in the Charlie White Theatre.

An Afternoon with David Suzuki Join us on Saturday May 30 at 2.00 p.m. for a special afternoon with David Suzuki, author, scientist and environmentalist. Inspired by letters to his grandchildren and his own life, he challenges us to live with courage, conviction and passion as we learn from the past and share the wisdom with future generations. In his most important book since The Sacred Balance and his most personal ever, revered activist and thinker David Suzuki draws on the experiences and wisdom he has gained over his long life and offers advice, stories, and inspiration to his six grandchildren.

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Shake, Rattle & Roll with the Timebenders


Sidney Anglers Salmon Derby



Peninsula Singers Centre Stage in Vegas

Sidney Concert Band Annual Spring Concert


David Suzuki Book Launch & Signing

6-10 2015 American Rhododendron Society Convention

June 4

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Honeymoon Suite



Abra Cadabra: Abba Tribute

Salute to the Big Band Era


Passion and Performance

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15-17 Peninsula Players: Last of the Red Hot Lovers 18-19 Thunder at Charlie White From Down Under Theatre 20 Triple Threat: 21-24 West Coast Hats off to Broadway Amusement Midway 27-28 Garden City Cat Show

Presented by Tanner’s Books and sponsored by The David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books, the presentation will follow with a book signing. Tickets are only $12.

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islan d life It is custom; it is community, and it is great fun for the visitors

Highlights of the Island Calendar by Barry Mathias

Islanders are used to

being greatly influenced by the seasons: when it's hot there are water concerns, and when it's cold there are unending discussions as to the volume of a true cord of wood. The water concerns are felt only by the Islanders; the tourists have two showers a day, luxuriate in hot tubs and occasionally risk life and limb, and sometimes exposure, while swimming in local lakes. Islanders are the ones who prefer to have the unwashed look and ensure their vegetable gardens flourish.

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This preoccupation with the prolific vicissitudes of the gardening life comes to its annual culmination with the Fall Fair. This is an event which is disguised as a tourist attraction, but which is, in reality, the nearest thing to a deadly struggle between erstwhile friends that the Islands ever achieve; unless one wishes to examine the creation of each Islands' Land Use Bylaw … but, as children may read this, I will move on! Fall Fairs are a once-a-year chance for fame and glory. It is a time to show the magnificence and fecundity of one's garden. Those unbelievably large zucchini, those huge red carrots, those military-muscled beans and, oh yes! – the pickles! This is where the real altercations begin. Now, the pickles section is only to be entered by the long-time, pass-it-down-from-Grandma, home-made vinegar users, and neverused-a-spray-in–my-life competitors. It is rumored that the judges take out extra life insurance, and that security guards are employed to guard these epicurean delights on the evening before the judging. There are stories about secret inducements: fine whiskeys, free massage and … but one's imagination runs riot! The great morning arrives, and competitors who have not slept a wink wait anxiously for the doors to open and the judges' decisions to be revealed. The air is rent with cheers and hoots of derision as the successful and the badly misjudged come to terms with the results. For some there are tears of gratitude that their gastronomic skills have been recognized, while others fester in unbridled frustration: "He's got the taste buds of a jelly fish" and "she couldn't tell the difference between a pickle and a rice pudding." But the day moves on: the polished cups are presented, the winners drink tea with their adoring supporters, while in the beer tent the losers plot loudly among those for whom they have bought the drinks. It is custom; it is community, and it is great fun for the visitors. However, once the drought of summer has given way to the torrential rains that follow the equinox, many Islanders think of the Christmas Fair, or Fare, or Faire. There is, once again, the stirring of competitive fervor; the irresistible dreams of vast economic benefit and the optimistic booking of expensive vacations in the sun. Islanders begin to ponder the possibilities of wondrous, but cheap to make, 'stocking-fillers', and culinary, tooth-decaying seasonal extravagancies that will be 'sold out' before the end of the show. It is the same every year: the Islands decrease in population during the rains, and those who have fled south miraculously reappear with sun tans, diminished bank accounts and a gratitude towards those who have stayed and have continued to maintain the lifestyle that we all love.

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Launches New Book in Sidney David Suzuki is launching a book entitled Letters To My Grandchildren and, after a speaking engagement in Toronto, he'll be starting the official tour on the west coast and then working east. Tanner's Books is excited to present this west coast premiere at the Mary Winspear Centre on Saturday May 30 at 2.00 p.m. This prestigious event is sponsored by The David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books; tickets are on sale now at the Mary Winspear Centre box office with event info at or at In his most important book since The Sacred Balance and his most personal ever, revered environmentalist David Suzuki, internationally renowned geneticist, environmentalist, and cofounder of the David Suzuki Foundation, draws on his experiences and wisdom gained over his life to pass on to future generations. Now an Elder, this series of letters offers grandfatherly advice mixed with reflections from his and Canada's past, and speaks personally and honestly about the future. He challenges them –

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Tamo, Midori, Jonathan, Ganhlaans, Tiisaan, and Ryo – to speak out and act on their beliefs, champions the importance of heroes and elders, and of grassroots movements. He shares with us how indigenous people around the world suffuse his environmentalism, the importance of First Nations heritage for his two Haida grandchildren, gives his take on feminism and what it means today for his granddaughter, and even explains why team sports are important, all with candour and grace. Letters to My Grandchildren provides us an intimate look at Suzuki's life as a father and grandfather, and is full of stories about his own childhood. He challenges his grandchildren – and us – to do everything at full tilt and most of all, to live with courage and conviction. To learn more about the tour,

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Join us at 10382 Pat Bay HWY on Friday, May 15 at 11:30AM

Community BBQ - everyone welcome.

Celebrate with your Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce as we re-open the Pat Bay Visitor Centre and new Chamber office. Our team welcomes tens of thousands of travellers to the Gateway of Vancouver Island each year.

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Many Happy Returns

Melissa and Stephano Mosi, original owners of La Collina, have returned to the Peninsula to open Mosi Bakery, Café & Gelateria. For the Mosis', gelato is a family tradition, which they bring to you along with full breakfast and lunch menus, and Sunday Brunch too! You can find them at 5303 West Saanich Rd, Tue - Sat, 8 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., and Sun 9 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. For more information, visit their website,, or call 250.590.7969. Also celebrating a homecoming, Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant has re-opened after a seven-year absence in Sidney. Tony Yu's parents ran the original Maple Palace, which closed in 2007, but now Tony and his wife, Kimberly He, have brought the popular restaurant back. Located in place of the former Catalina Grill, look for Kimberly's original Chinese mural paintings on the outside walls. Maple Palace is located at #202-9800 McDonald Park Rd., and they can be reached by phone at 250.665.7353. BUSINESS

Three Doors Down

Harbord Insurance in Sidney has moved just a few doors down, and is now located at #103-2376 Bevan Ave. In addition to celebrating their move, they are pleased to welcome the insurance clientele of both Gordon Hulme Ltd, and Boorman Investment Co., and look forward to working with these new clients. Offering a wide range of insurance services, representatives can be reached at 250.656.0111. RETAIL

Tea Time

A new and unique business to Sidney is Tea Alley. Specializing in blending small batches of organic artisan teas, they also carry

Vancouver-Island grown native healing teas, and their own line, Fatties & Bum Tea. Tea Sommelier, Coreen Lane, is a registered hynotherapist, who began blending her own teas for her clients' hypnosis sessions. Tea Alley operates out of Avalon Spa, at #1-2227 James White Blvd, and hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, visit their website,, or call 250.532.9066. Ask about afternoon tea readings at the shop, or about Coreen's availability for readings at group events.

Shop Therapy

Join Tatum & Olivia designers Jill and Melanie on the third Thursday of each month, for their recently launched series, "Tatum & Olivia Fashion Night Out." The pair present a different fashion-related topic each month, and these fun, informative nights always sell out, so get your tickets soon! Tickets are $15, which is redeemable towards your next purchase. Refreshments are served, and there is at least one T&O door prize to be won at each event. Contact the store for tickets for this month's event on May 21. You'll find Tatum & Olivia in Sidney, at 2493 Beacon, and they can be reached at 778.351.2493. PETS

All Smiles All Pets Food and Supplies in Central Saanich now offers anesthesia-free pet teeth cleaning by Doggie Grins, as well as pet grooming on premises. No drugs, ever, is their teeth-cleaning promise. In addition to these new services, shop All Pets for all your pet's needs. They carry a large selection of foods for dogs, cats, birds and small animals, as well as treats, toys, supplies, carriers and much more. Call 778.351.4738 to book an appointment, or stop by the store at #2-7816 East Saanich Rd.

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

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

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An exclusive collection of over 100 historical Canadian banknotes from 1820 to modern times including counterfeits.

Shake, Rattle & Roll with the Timebenders Mary WinSpear Centre

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Last of the Red Hot Lovers Mary WinSpear Centre

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Sidney Concert Band Swing into Spring Annual Spring Concert.

May 29

Saanich Music

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Area students performing publicly to promote the importance of public music education in the Saanich School District.

May 30

David Suzuki: Book Launch & Signing Mary WinSpear Centre

David Suzuki draws on the experiences and wisdom he has gained over his long life and offers advice, stories, and inspiration to his six grandchildren.

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A Taste of Sidney

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A Grand Tasting showcase of local restaurants and wineries. Exhibitors will offer food and drink samples to attendees. Following the tasting, the Charlie White Theatre will screen a great feature food film.

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Jubilee Storytelling Celebration As part of North Saanich's year-long Jubilee celebration, the community is invited to enjoy storytelling by long-time residents of the District. The inimitable Anny Scoones, former owner of Glamorgan Farm, will tell about "Old Smelly Goats and Pig Cookies." She'll be joined by Wally du Temple, Bernard Horth, Terry Melville and Colleen Jewel who will relate some of their memories. Meet Mayor Alice Finall, see a video on the community's history and enjoy dessert too. RSVP or 250.655.5459. Free. May 5, 5.30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

Canadiana Fibre Exhibit Canadiana is a travelling exhibition of 30 works exploring a sense of place in Canada

From "smelly goats" to fibre interpretations of Canada, we've got it covered in May's arts column. by members of the Fibre Art Network, a co-operative of Fibre Artists in Western Canada. Participants were asked to explore, in fibre, their sense of place in Canada, considering its history, environment, the people, culture and its uniqueness. The exhibit made its debut in Palmerston North, New Zealand in January 2015. It will travel for two years in Canada with the first showing at Tulista Gallery in Sidney. May 1- 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Free Admission and Free Parking Other art shows coming to Tulista Gallery during May: Rodger Garbutt's Retrospective May 11 - 17 (watercolours) Donna Jean and Friends Show May 18 - 29 (acrylics)

Last of the Red Hot Lovers Neil Simon's play, first presented in 1969, still elicits uproarious laughs today. Middle-aged and married, overworked and overweight, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it's too late. Somehow, his three choices for seduction don't turn out

quite the way he envisions. The Peninsula Players is presenting the play at two locations over six days. Tickets through Mary Winspear Centre.

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Berwick Royal Oak: May 8 & 9 at 7.30 p.m. and May 10 at 2.00 p.m.

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Charlie White Theatre: May 15 & 16 at 7.30 p.m. and May 17 at 2.00 p.m.

Village Gallery This month the Gallery features award winning floral artist Sandy Terry, and Canadian West Coast painter Keith Levang. Terry is well known for her large, bold florals and simple elegance in the curve of a leaf. Levang captures specific moments on the West Coast in his representational style of painting. New to the Gallery is Simeng Wang's Cloisonné porcelain vases and celadon ceramic designs. Open Mon - Sat 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. 2459 Beacon Ave., Sidney

Swing into Spring The 35-member Sidney Concert Band will have you tapping your toes with their lively tribute to the season. This community band

Sunday May 24, 2 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre. Tickets: 250.656.0275

Hear award-winning local authors read from their works in a fundraiser to support the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival to be held Oct. 2 - 4. Pamela Porter is well known for her four collections of poetry, two verse novels, and a novel and picture book for children. Her verse novel, The Crazy Man, won the 2005 Canadian Governor General's Award. Monique Gray Smith's first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. This reading series has proved to be well supported by the community. Get your tickets early! Friday June 5, 7 p.m. (doors open 6.30) at the Red Brick Café, 2423 Beacon Ave., Sidney Tickets available May 10, Tanner's Books, Sidney and Munro's Books, Victoria


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JUNE June 4 or 11: Learn to Fish

Hands-on program teaches children and youth rod rigging, casting & conservation. They will enjoy an hour of fishing at Elk Lake. Equipment provided. Age 5 - 15 yrs. Thursdays 6 - 8 p.m., June 4 or 11. Info: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. 250 886 1488. Elk/Beaver Lake. Free but register:

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Celebrate World Oceans Day Great way for all ages to show their love for our oceans. Loads of free fun for the whole family. Yummy food, entertainment, and educational displays. Sun 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Sidney's Beacon Park. 250 665 7511.

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Snorkeling for Kids

Kids will have a blast underwater learning the basics of snorkeling. Exciting games for children to try out their new skills. Age 7 - 12 yrs. Sat 5.30 - 6.30 p.m. $15. Saanich Commonwealth Place. 250 475 7600. Register: www. recreation/alg. html

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Teen Summer Challenge

Hey teens, want to win an ipad Mini? Explore your own creative juices by taking on a Teen Summer Challenge. $50 Chapters gift cards to win plus the grand prize. Complete tasks and earn points. Ages 13-18 yrs. Free. Sidney/North Saanich Library. 250 656 0944.

June 16: Cooking for FUN

Summer Strawberries

Panorama staff will help kids learn to cook & bake. Children will create their own recipes. This evening's menu is Strawberry & Cream Pinwheels & Mini Strawberry Shortcakes. Supplies provided. 7 - 12 yrs. Tues 5.30 – 7.30 p.m. $14. North Saanich Middle School Food/Textiles Room. 250 656 7271. R egister:

June 21: Mystery Creature CRD Guided Nature Walk

Hey kids, be a nature detective. Solve the riddles to find clues hiding along the trail. Put all the puzzle pieces together to identify the Mystery Creature. 5+ yrs. Sun 1 – 2.30 p.m. Free. Horth Hill Regional Park (North Saanich). 250 478 3344. parks-recreation-culture/ parks-trails/crdregional-parks/ events

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Free Swim

Sponsored by Coast Capital Savings All ages will have a blast in this free "everyone welcome" evening swim. The free waterslide and climbing wall will be open. Wed 6 - 7.30 p.m. Panorama Recreation Pool. 250 656 7271.

JULY July 6 to 10: Eco Camp (educating children outside)

Lucky E.C.O. nature explorers will enjoy the wonders of the natural world, discovering the delights of a lakeside ecosystem. It's adventure with exploration and imagination. 3 - 5 yrs. Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - noon. 5/$99. Beaver Lake. 250 475 5421. Register: parkrec/recreation/alg.html

July 8: Insectmania

This interesting class for kids of all ages focuses on the exciting world of insects such as butterflies, moths, bees, dragonflies and wasps. Games, crafts, songs and nature displays. Wed noon 3 p.m. Drop-in by donation. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. 250 479 0211.

July 10:

Amazing Origami

Children will enjoy Origami with local enthusiast Stephen Tran. Paper folding fun and creating ornaments & action models. All materials provided. Register, space is limited. Ages 7+ Fri 1.30 - 2.30 p.m. Free. Sidney/North Saanich Library. 250.656.0944. sidney-north-saanich

July 13 to 17:

Mad Science Red Hot Robots

Wow, spend time with cool robots - like sound-sensing robots and robots that play soccer. Learn how robots work and build your own robot to take home. 8 - 12 yrs. Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 5/$225. North Saanich Middle School Science Classroom. 250 656 7271. Register:

Relax, unwind, and engage with books for every age! Beacon and Fourth in Sidney Mon-Sat 8am to 8pm Sun 9:30am-5:30pm

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July 22, 23 & 29:

Youth Clay Camp

Learn the techniques of the potter's wheel and build your own project. Create an object with clay and glaze it. Bring a nut-free snack and an old T-shirt. 10 - 14 yrs. Wed, Thurs, Wed, 9 a.m.– noon. 3/$80. Greenglade Community Centre Room #3. 250 656 7271. Register:

July 27 & 29: Falcon Gymnastics

Parent & Tot Summer Classes

Parents and tots will explore ways of safely learning gymnastics. The child will be introduced to jumping, climbing, rolling and coordination. 18 mths – 3 yrs. Mon & Wed, 9.30 – 10.30 a.m. 2/$30. Falcon Gymnastics Facility. 250 479 6424. Register:

July 27 - 31: Harry Potter Camp

This is your lucky summer: You have been accepted to Saanich's Summer School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Enjoy a potions class, wand-making & games of Quidditch. 7 - 10 yrs. Mon - Fri, 1 - 4 p.m. 5/$99. Royal Oak Middle School. 250 479 7128. Register:


with games, crafts, songs and nature displays. Children & families. Wed noon - 3 p.m. Drop-in by donation. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. 250 479 0211.

August 4 & 6: Barnacle Buddies

August 7 - 28: Campfire Magic

Little biologists will explore the world of ocean animals through hands-on activities and learn about sea life through games and art. This camp focuses on sea creatures without a spine. Ages 4 - 6 yrs. Tues & Thurs, 1.30 - 4.30 p.m. Fills fast. $55. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. 250 665 7511. Register:

Enjoy a campfire with your family. Listen to songs and stories by guest presenters and enjoy s'mores. Bring a flashlight & mug for hot chocolate. Families with kids 12 and under. Fridays 7 - 8 p.m. Free. McDonald Campground, Sidney. 250 654 4041. edu2/edu2a.aspx

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Get some LEGO blocks at the library and build experimental balloon-powered vehicles. Everyone welcome to come out and cheer at the final races. Age 5+. Wed 1.30 - 2.45 p.m. Race starts 2.15 p.m. Free. Register, space is limited. Sidney/North Saanich Library. 250 656 0944.

Kids will build their skills in badminton – forehands, backhands, smashes and serves – through drill exercises. Plus they will learn how to play well. 7 - 13 yrs. Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - noon. 5/$80. Panorama Recreation Indoor Court 4. 250 656 7271. Register:

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Youth Movie Magic Workshops Movie Magic Film Workshops open up new worlds for youth, where they learn to make their own Hollywood-style movies. They will shoot an animated movie, music video and short film. 10 - 14 yrs. Mon - Fri, 12 - 4 p.m. 5/$175. Saanich Commonwealth Place. 250 475 7600. Register:

August 17 - 21:

Creative Craft & Splash Camp Kids will play games outside and do crafts followed by a Red Cross swimming lesson. Children should wear a dry bathing suit and an old T-Shirt. 3 - 5 yrs.

Mon - Fri, 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. 5/$60. Panorama Recreation Poolside Room. 250 656 7271. Register:

Join us for another fantastic summer of fun in the sun with our action-packed and adventure-filled summer camps! Featuring a variety of local out-trips, swimming at Panorama, creative crafts, and plenty of games and activities. What better way to spend your summer than diving into camp?! With 10 weeks of exciting programs to choose from, a number of registration options are available allowing you the flexibility to do it all. Whether it be exploring Goldstream Park, soaking up the sun at Durrance Lake, painting pottery by the playground, or visiting the animals at Beacon Hill, these dynamic camps are designed to include something for everyone.

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Bayshore’s Wendy Miller Wins BC Care Award for Caregiving

Last month in Victoria the BC Care Providers Association was pleased to recognize outstanding service and dedication in the caregiving sector at the 2nd Annual BC Care Awards. Over 100 guests attended the ceremony including care providers, industry stakeholders and over 30 MLAs. For the second year in a row Hon. Terry Lake, Minister of Health, provided the keynote speech and presented the awards. The BC Care Provider of the Year award recognizes exceptional service from a front-line healthcare worker who are often the first link to providing quality care for BC’s seniors. This year Wendy Miller, a registered caregiver with Bayshore Home Health, was recognized with the award for the dedication and compassion of her service to others. “Wendy Miller is well-known by her clients, their families and her co-workers as a person with an incredible heart and capacity for empathy,” said Minister Lake when presenting the award. “Not satisfied to just complete the necessary tasks for her clients, Wendy is known to take every opportunity to make her care special, personal and relevant to those she cares for.” An excerpt from Wendy’s nomination form, submitted by Stasia Hartley - Bayshore Area Director for Vancouver Island, outlines Wendy’s gift for calming and communicating with those suffering from dementia and the dignity and respect that she provides to all of her clients. “Wendy Miller was recognized with the Bayshore Vancouver Island - Caregiver of the Year award for 2014. Wendy is compassionate and caring with all clients and is often requested by families for her competent and loving way of dealing with seniors, especially those with dementia. When she sees a client that has been marked with a ‘purple dot’ for aggression, she calls them ‘My Violets’, as she is able to calm even the most agitated client. She sings, knits, reads stories and loves to cook and always treats everyone with such dignity and respect.” Bayshore Home Health recently opened a new location in Sidney at 9840 Fifth Street across from Monk’s. Bayshore provides the most comprehensive care service on the island, from housekeeping and personal care through to advanced dementia care and complex nursing. The team has a particular passion for client advocacy, assisting clients and their families to navigate the island healthcare system. Wendy and her colleagues at Bayshore look forward to serving those in need on the Saanich Peninsula.

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"A Licence to Print Money" An Exhibit of Historical Canadian Banknotes

Peter Garnham, Museum Director, holding a historic $2.00 bill

"A Licence to Print Money" is an exhibit of historical Canadian banknotes on display at the Sidney Museum in May and June. The title conjures up the idea of a very profitable undertaking or business venture – but it was literally true. Up until 1945 many Canadian banks had a charter from the government that allowed them to print their own money. In fact, they were allowed to print more paper money than they had cash reserves to redeem. While potentially very profitable, it wasn't without significant risk – shareholders were liable for the bank's debts up to twice the value of their shares. The exhibit has about 150 banknotes on display ranging from 1820 to 2006. The exhibit has three themes: government banknotes from the first issue in 1870; chartered banknotes including from many banks that no longer exist; and "the second oldest profession" – fraud by Peter Wainright

artists, con men, and counterfeiters – counterfeits, notes from nonexistent banks, and notes from banks created to print money with no intention of ever redeeming it. Many of us remember the $1 and $2 bills. Here's a chance to reconnect with and show your kids the money you grew up with. Do you remember the $20 with a loon on the back or $5 with the salmon seiner? But, it's a guarantee there will be notes you've never seen. How about a $4 bill, a $25 bill or a $20 bill with a picture that looks like Shirley Temple? These were all issued at one time by our government. There is an incredible range of banknote designs including some designs that would be considered inappropriate today. You'll also see banknotes from the only chartered bank founded in Victoria and the first bank to open a branch in Sidney. On display at Sidney Museum for May and June, open daily 10 - 4, admission by donation.

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ignition Buying a car has become increasingly complicated, so Seaside has decided to lend a hand! With the assistance of Motorize Auto Direct, this month we turn on the Ignition for our readers.

The Car of the Future, Today by Julian Sale

OK, so the 2015 BMW i3 EV has a face only a mother could love – like the Ridgeline or the Aztec, or even the mid '90s Taurus wagon. Or does it? I thought I knew the answer to that question until I experienced the car. Yes, "experienced" not drove. This is not a normal car; it's not a normal anything. This is the i3 from BMW – and it's a marvellous new idea that seemingly came from nowhere. BAM – here it is, and you can march on down to a select few dealers and buy one. This is concept-car material more advanced than any other production electric car. Not for drivetrain prowess and prestige, but because it's built differently. Because its body (called the Life Module) is made of carbon-fibrereinforced polymer like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and everything else amazing, fast, and light, it will never rust or fall apart. Because the battery pack, motor, and all hardware is fixed to a rolling chassis made from aluminum, it goes together unlike any other BMW or truly, any other production car. It's an engineer's dream, an auto-enthusiast's lunch time shop-talk subject, and a car salesman's prized piece. But it's really meant for you. You are welcomed into the i3 at dusk with a warm glow that flows into the cabin from within as you reach for the door handle. A slow and deep breath will calm you as you gaze at the wildly perfect and insightful interior. You will not recognize one single component anywhere in the vehicle that you have ever seen in any car before. This is not a born-again car, or redesigned; not evolved, but new to earth. This electric gem was supplied to me for

a test drive and review, and honestly, I didn't want to give it back. I shuttled people around in the BMW, and a few of my colleagues and friends were on the fence about their perceptions - momentarily, until we drove. The A/C rear-mounted motor is dead quiet compared to a very quiet Nissan Leaf. The spacecraft drive selector is so robust and bold, I thought it may belong to the Hadron Collider. There is actually not enough room in all of this month's Seaside Magazine to cover all the reasons why I fell in love with this oversized adult toy, no way for me to explain in how many ways this vehicle will impress and captivate you. So what I will say is that when it's time to replace your trusty, or not-so-trusty steel chariot, start with an open mind, ask all the questions you have, and think of where the next five and ten years of automotive development and ingenuity will lead us. If you're ready to think forward, and drive the future, this car needs to be on your short list.

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Where Can Our Workforce Live? By Deborah Rogers Over the last three issues of Seaside we have been investigating the state of housing on the Saanich Peninsula. Looking at the three municipalities, we've talked with developers, architects and municipal representatives. To finish our investigation we wanted to turn the conversation over to the people who live and work on the Peninsula, to find out what our readers think are the key issues with housing. With many responses to draw from, cost of housing is clearly the number one concern. Whilst there are programs in place that are addressing housing needs for low-income families or individuals, the topic of affordable, workforce housing is not as visible.

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Affordable housing is defined as housing that doesn't exceed 30% of annual income, it's not to say there isn't a need for social housing, or real targets for homelessness, but there is a large portion of the working population of this area who are not defined as low-income, yet are still unable to afford to buy, or even rent here. It is not a new topic, or something that has occurred suddenly, but despite local efforts the sense is that currently very little is being done to affect a change. For the past 2 years Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich Gulf-Islands, has convened regular meetings of an informal group of more than 50 stakeholders, addressing the multi-jurisdictional challenge and the high cost of housing in our area. The group consisted of mayors and councillors from all three Peninsula municipalities, community members including architects, business leaders, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Group members and concerned residents. Early on in the process there was consensus around the objective: "to facilitate appropriate housing projects to help those who work on our peninsula afford to live here". In addition a Housing Strategy Implementation Plan commissioned by North Saanich Council in 2012 came to the conclusion: "There is a dire and immediate need to provide workforce housing for the industries and businesses in North Saanich-Sidney area. There is a real concern that the high proportion of commuters coming to work in North Saanich on a daily basis does not support sustainability for business and the Capital Region as a whole".

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What happens if this issue isn't addressed? Read over the page for some different perspectives on this essential topic.

A shortage of affordable workforce housing continues to be a significant issue on the Saanich Peninsula

Workforce Housing Q & A We asked Saanich Peninsula businesses and residents to respond to a number of questions, their answers show the genuine concern around the issue of housing and the composition of our population. (Answers have been edited for length and to eliminate repetition.)

Seaside Magazine's questions: 1) What problems do you perceive when thinking about housing on the Saanich Peninsula? 2) How has this affected you personally or at your business? 3) What changes would make a difference to you/your employees? 4) What do you see as the implications if there isn't more variety of housing built on the Saanich Peninsula? 5) Do you think that the issue is being addressed?

Affordability/Attainability Purchase Price

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2,400+ employees of the Sidney & North Saanich Industrial area around Victoria Airport

$150 million annual payroll for employees of the Sidney & North Saanich Industrial area, $111 million of which leaves the peninsula

44% employees who would like to purchase property: 20% condo, 55% townhouse, 59% single family with acceptable price ranges set between $250,000 - $500,000 *all statistics provided by the Sidney & North Saanich Industrial Group

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26% only 26% of employees currently live in Sidney or North Saanich, 74% commute to the area daily

Elizabeth May, MP, Green Party Leader and Member of Parliament for Saanich Gulf Islands 1) There is clearly a lot of concern about housing and affordability of housing on the Saanich Peninsula. I was struck by the fact that affordable housing was one of the Chamber of Commerce's top issues, not something I've seen elsewhere in Canada. It speaks to the fact that without access to affordable housing our great manufacturing base here, and the local economy in general, becomes vulnerable. It also impacts the health of the community – we need younger people and families and the current level of house prices and lack of rental housing is a barrier to that demographic. I believe that people should be able to afford to live in the community in which they work, but for a large sector of our workforce, especially the care workers who are essential for the large population of seniors who chose Sidney to live in, that is not a possibility. We also need to be cognisant that transportation is related to this issue and also needs to be addressed. 2) As the representative for Saanich/Gulf islands, community concerns are my concerns. I'm sympathetic to the developers who relate how difficult it can be to get new proposals passed by council here and choose instead to build elsewhere. I'm also a resident here and unable to purchase my own property. I am happy to rent, but aware that there is not enough good rental property. For a family to own their own home is a reasonable goal in a wealthy community like ours. 5) I don't think that the issue is being addressed adequately across Canada, and that is something I can work to bring up at a federal level. But locally I'm encouraged by how positive the conversation has been. I was happy to convene the Saanich Peninsula Housing Round table talks and was impressed by the number of people who regularly came out to exchange ideas and work together to come up with some solutions.

Johanne Chouinard, Teacher, Deep Cove Elementary 1) We have a big problem on our hands with affordability. Our municipality doesn't provide access to families to move in this area because of the 1/2 acre law and no affordable housing. We have schools closing all the time … no children. 2) We are looking at ways to encourage parents to send their children to our school by offering great programs such as French Immersion. We have less and less children in the English Program. Without French Immersion, our school would not exist anymore. We need more families in the area. 3) IF we change the lot size rule this would allow people to buy at a better price and live here. I am afraid my own children will never be able to live here. 4) Look at the numbers of international students at Parkland, and in Saanich 63 in general. This is the ONLY way, with money from other countries, that we are doing well. Many teachers have had to leave us in order to be able to survive.

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Michael Hall, Director of Customer Support, Viking Air Limited 1) The lack of housing options on the Saanich Peninsula is the biggest challenge group member companies' face when recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce – which in turn is a major factor constraining future business growth. 2) The environmental costs alone of so many people commuting each day up and down the Pat Bay highway are not inconsequential. Industrial Group member companies play an important role in the local economy, and more importantly, the local community. As such, I am disappointed that despite consistently highlighting this critical issue, there remains significant opposition to the development of new housing options, especially in North Saanich. 4) The consequence of not providing a variety of housing options to meet the needs of a reasonable cross section of the local working population in any particular area, is that we end up with a society which is unnecessarily and undesirably stratified and heterogeneous. The outcome of this is what we have today – the minority of folks who can afford a $750,000 single family home on a half-acre lot are able to live on the north end of the Saanich Peninsula, but the majority of people who actually work there have to live further afield – in Saanich, the West Shore and beyond – and commute upwards of 60 minutes each day to work. This is not the foundation of a cohesive, inclusive and sustainable society. And it has a real and detrimental impact on those people who would much prefer to live closer to where they work, and make a full and positive contribution to the local community, but are unable to do so due to the lack of housing options which they can afford on the Saanich Peninsula – in particular in North Saanich. 5) Regrettably, some elected officials on the current North Saanich municipal council are on record as stating that they want to see bylaw 1352 rolled back or significantly amended. In fact, Mayor Alice Finall was quoted in the February 2015 issue of Seaside Magazine as saying: "I am against increasing density in North Saanich with no benefit to the community", and; "I have just been re-elected on my policies. The majority of residents in this municipality do not want change". For the record, Mayor Finall was elected with 2416 votes – representing less than 25% of North Saanich residents. Until all municipal elected officials are willing to recognize the very real problem that is lack of available workforce housing on the Saanich Peninsula, and to use their positions of authority to make land-use and planning decisions to address the problem, our community, and our society, will be forever poorer.

Niki Mcllveen, Reservations Receptionist, Sidney Waterfront Inn 2) For me, my husband and kids (a family of 5) both working parents, we will never be able to afford to purchase a house here on the peninsula (where I have lived my entire life) and would love my children to grow up here as the community is a close knit one with low crime and great people. If we ever want to purchase a house we will have to move away. And we aren't the first ones to do this. If young families keep moving away then that affects the entire community.

Todd Sjerven, Manager, OHS & Facilities, Viking Air Limited 1) I think a strong community understands that it needs to provide for its citizens. I find it extremely hypocritical for North Saanich to have businesses investing in their municipality yet the leaders refuse to invest in housing for people who would like to live where they work. It is people of all ages that are affected. Several years ago my parents who were retired were looking for a piece of property to build a small house on. They couldn't find anything on the peninsula and had to move up to Cowichan Bay to find anything suitable. Young people starting out have few options. Even finding rental availability is very difficult. 2) Personally I have lived on the Peninsula for 35 years. 17 years in Central Saanich, 7 years in North Saanich and the last 11 years in Sidney. I have worked at Viking for the past 27 years. I've got some time in here on the Peninsula! I have 4 children (3 are adults now) ranging in age from 14 – 20 years old, all born and raised on the peninsula and really not interested in living anywhere else. I encourage them to move elsewhere due to the high cost of housing (my wife doesn't like it when I do that) but so far they have chosen to stay at home. My oldest will be 21 in July, has a very good job and saves every penny to put towards the purchase of a house one day. With the amount needed for a down payment I fear he is going to be with us for some time yet! From a business perspective, I was quite involved in recruiting for Viking during our growth years. The high cost of living made it extremely challenging to attract aerospace professionals from other Canadian aerospace centres like Winnipeg and Montreal. Very difficult to convince a 40 something worker who has just paid off their $200K home in Winnipeg to sell it, move to Victoria and take out another $250K mortgage to buy the same house here for $450K. 3) Personally I walk to work. I wish everyone was able to leave their front door and breathe fresh air while walking a short distance to work. By ensuring there are housing options for all age groups in the different stages of life, close by commercial centres, communities could make a huge change in the lives of many and the environment as a whole.

Ian Brown, Manager, Tower Kitchens and Millwork 2) Both of my sons working in our business have had to move into Victoria – one into a condo and the other into a micro-unit – and now commute to North Saanich daily. And as we grow we find it increasingly difficult to hire people willing to make the commute for the wages we can afford to pay. At some point we'll have to consider moving closer to the workers. 5) The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has been talking about this since 2009 and now at least the topic is front and centre. One small lot project has been built and we're stating to see a few micro-units being approved. But no town homes [we don't include the $500,000 – $600,000+ ones]

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Robin Richardson, V.P. Operations, Scott Plastics Ltd 1) We need a range of workforce housing. Starting from rental apartments/suites, to purchasable condos/apartments/town houses to family homes to homes with mortgage helpers. [At Scott Plastics] we have staff at $15/hour going up to trades/professionals and to managers at $60-$90,000, therefore property that is valued between $250,000 to $500,000 and everything in between.Affordability depends on the particular individual and if they have a working partner. None of these staff however can afford the average house price out on the Peninsula that is between $750,000 and $800,000. 2) The majority of our staff (75%) chose to commute. Some would not move, but a number would if suitable housing was available. We have recently lost a senior employee, and a prime reason was the long daily commute. 4) Our wish is to see a sustainable community on the Peninsula, we need people to have the opportunity to live where they work. Sidney is struggling with an aging community and retailers are finding it tough to make a living as a result. Young people with families spend money, but they are living and spending it elsewhere.

Denis Paquette, Owner, Sidney Waterfront Inn 4) Sidney will die on the vine if there are no young people to fill local jobs.Or all our staff will have to commute from elsewhere and will not live in the area, this is a recipe for diminishing returns.

Ilona Harder, Sample Receiver / Lab Tech, Sidney 1) The amount of housing and its spacing is fantastic, if not a little crowded. The number of residences added makes it quite difficult at times for travelling throughout Sidney, and even more difficult to park at local businesses safely so I believe it is important not to increase the housing. 3) For residents trying to stay clear of the busy roads and walk to their destinations, it would be great to have more paths that cross the highway to the businesses West of it. Easier access and more businesses on the West side rather than more housing, including surrounding areas of Sidney. This would thin out the traffic within the town centre and offer more employment opportunities for the local residents, who would not have to drive to work. I sincerely hope that housing does not get increased, as it would have the opposite effect. 4) If there was more variety of housing, such as apartments for younger generations, I believe the atmosphere of the now peaceful community would deteriorate. It is very precious to have a town that is mainly senior residents with beautiful town houses who take pride in their community, their housing, and respect their town. This cannot be said for a lot of younger folks and an increase of housing would have great negative effects on the peninsula. Thank you to everyone who responded to our Q & A.

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Resource Guide For the past three years, mother & daughter duo Margot Wilson and Allie Young, have worked to grow their Third Street shop into a sophisticated and inspiring outdoor living and gardening destination. They are not only focused on sourcing unique, local and functional items for the home and garden but also cultivating an experience for the senses and inspiration for the imagination. Visit Dig This in Sidney. 778.426.1998 778.426.4436 We offer home and garden décor with a unique elegance and sophisticated style. Doyle & Brown features bathroom sinks, tubs, and accessories in Natural Riverstone, granite, marble and onyx. Each stone product has its own unique natural pattern and brings the beauty of the outdoors inside. The durability of your natural stone tub, sink, or accessory will ensure it lasts forever.

Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre is an all in one destination for all your outdoor needs. We are a family owned company that takes pride in supplying Victoria with high quality plant material, gardening supplies, and outdoor décor. Our Wildwood Waterscapes division provides complete water feature services; from small backyard water features, to large scale customized projects. Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre is the place to come to do it yourself, or have it done for you. 4660 Elk Lake Dr., Victoria BC • 250-658-5415


Stroll through the lush grounds of Urban Oasis garden centre and discover rare varieties of daylilies, irises, organic edibles and their latest addition "Art in the Garden", featuring a variety of work from local artists. While you're there, look next door and view the Softub portable hot tubs. Made in Canada for 25 years, these lightweight spas plug into a regular outlet and fill with a garden hose. A perfect way to relax after a day in the garden. 250.479.6868


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Wherever we go these days, we are encouraged to "Buy Local" or "Eat Local". However, the roots of this movement were set down on the Saanich Peninsula by a visionary group of residents nearly 25 years ago when the Peninsula Country Market opened on a sunny Saturday morning in July 1991 at the old Saanich Fairground in the heart of Saanichton. At that time, it was one of only a handful of farm markets in the Greater Victoria area, including the Metchosin Farmers' Market and Moss Street Market. Now, community markets are scattered across the region from Sooke through Oak Bay and up to North Saanich. The market opens its 25th season this year on Saturday, June 6, in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay as an ongoing community partner in the annual Brentwood Bay Festival ( The festival kicks off with a traditional Central Saanich Lions pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. in Pioneer Park, followed by a spirited community parade winding its way through the heart of Brentwood village. The focus then returns to Pioneer Park for a day of family activities and great music, and of course, a vibrant market with over 60 vendors

offering a broad range of local products and services including seasonal farm fresh produce, crafts and clothing, food service and much more! The festival is organized by the Brentwood Bay Community Association, the same group that presents Music in the Park on Wednesday evenings in July and August. The market opens at its usual location on the Saanich Fairgrounds (1528 Stelly's Cross Road) on the following Saturday (June 13). Drive (plenty of free parking), cycle, walk or take the bus to the market – or even come on horseback! Enjoy a country morning among friends surrounded by the bustle of a country market on a grassy field, your shopping bag bulging with just-picked veggies and homemade bread, enjoying a coffee and sweet treat with friends while tappin' your toes to market music. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome – cool water and doggy treats await! The market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through to Thanksgiving, rain or shine, except for the weekend of the historic Saanich Fair.


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New Adventures In Gardening at Patio Gardens by Doreen Marion Gee This is the first in a four-part series showcasing some of the unique local shops and services the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Modern gardening continues to push creative boundaries every day. As peoples' lives and spaces change, so do their gardens. Patio Gardens offers everything under the sun to optimize this transition. And their cutting-edge workshops educate people in every aspect of the modern flower patch. Welcome to new adventures in gardening! Yvonne and Paul Bulk are the amiable owners of "Patio Gardens" – "A Speciality Garden Centre for Patios and Hanging Baskets." Their beautiful facility on West Saanich Road bursts with flowers, bushes and hanging and potted plants that dazzle the eyes. "We do a lot of hanging baskets and container gardens." Everything is grown organically, without pesticides. They customize orders with your name on the basket. Artistic ceramic pottery, ornamental patio furniture and one-ofa-kind gifts are hand-picked from craft fairs near and far. Nowadays, many people are downsizing their accommodation for various reasons. This major shift was the catalyst for the Bulks' present operation; they want people to still feel the joy of a garden and reap its benefits, even though it will look different. "Our niche is definitely container gardening (growing plants in pots) and hanging baskets. A lot of people are moving out of big properties and houses and into condos and now all they have is a patio or balcony." The owners' goal is to provide gardening products and services that help people adjust

to container gardening after years of working in a much larger green space. The couple started out twelve years ago with hanging baskets to specifically address that new niche in the community. Later they added container gardens, planters, shrubs, workshops and hard goods. "Now people could continue to enjoy their garden!" The Centre's focus is on small yards, patios and decks but they still carry many items for a standard garden. Last fall the couple opened up their gift shop, the 'All-Seasons Boutique' and, due to customer requests, began a program of workshops. Their unique and innovative workshops are invaluable in our new patio garden culture; classes such as "Low Maintenance 'Greens' Hanging Basket" and "Edible Planters" teach plant-lovers how to create a garden paradise on a patio or deck to rival any standard flower patch. Some workshops enchant children, like "Fairy Gardens". Speakers educate the audience on different topics – a member of the Orchid Society was a recent guest. Size does not have to affect quality. Avant-garde patio gardens can be just as beauteous as a backyard spread. And with the skills learned at Patio Gardens' workshops, the neighbours' envy will turn them as green as your thumb. Yvonne and Paul thank all of their loyal customers over the years. And ask them about a special gift on your birthday. Contact:

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Alexandria Walter Dairy Production Technician by Stu Rhodes

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into milk since the beginning of time, and we've been drinking it. The animal husbandry that goes along with the craft of dairy production is probably one of the oldest trades, but it wasn't until recently that it became Provincially certified. BC Dairy Foundation, in partnership with Industry Training Authority of BC teamed up with Greenbelt Veterinary Services to develop and offer formal training and certification in this field of work. So who's interested in this sort of thing? Farm kids, or 4-H kids, right? Well don't be so sure. Enter Alex(andria) Walter. Alex had always talked about agriculture, but never really been exposed to it, other than visiting her Granny's farm in Nova Scotia. She is a talented artist who loves to work in all sorts of media including dying and spinning wool. Well, spinning wool is about as close as she had come to a live sheep, much less a dairy cow, until one day when her mother, Katherine, picked up a brochure at Parkland Secondary's open house. The brochure described the Dairy Production Technician program available to Saanich students. "When I heard about this, I jumped at it," said Alex. Career counsellor, Colleen McNamee, contacted Mike Holst (yes, like the cow, HOLSTein) from Pendray Farms and asked if he would be willing to take a student on a work experience placement. After 100 volunteer work experience hours Mike immediately transitioned Alex to paid employment and indentured her as an official apprentice. "I was so impressed with her commitment, dedication, and work ethic," said Holst. "I was a little guarded about taking on a student with no prior farm experience, but she took to it like a duck to water. She's a natural; she's got what we call 'cow sense'." You'd never know Alex is this good at dairy farming by talking to

her though. She is a quiet, modest, if not determined young woman who clearly enjoys what she is doing. So far this year she has managed to complete a comprehensive technical training program with Greenbelt Vet while at the same time maintaining a full course load at Parkland, as well as working over 30 hours per week at the farm. She gets up at 2.30 a.m. on the weekends so she can pull a double shift to catch the morning and afternoon milkings, and goes to the farm almost every day after school. Holst said she's pretty much in charge of the calf-barn, which is their most valuable resource, and he even has her operating tractors now that she has her "N". Dairy Production Technician has only been an official trade for a few years but it takes old fashioned pioneer spirit to be good at it. Alex admits she could have enjoyed living the harsh life of a farm settler in the 1800s but everyone around her sees her as a shining star of the 21st century! She is living proof that you have to go after whatever it is you are seeking in life. She encourages other youth to be positive risk takers and try anything they've been dreaming about. Contact Stu Rhodes for more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District. 250.415.9211. View the promotional YouTube video, "Jump Start Your Career" at

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The Prairie Inn: Have Another Round by Lara Gladych This is the first in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. It's round two for me at the Prairie Inn, local favourite in Saanichton. This time, manager Jamie Day bows out of the spotlight, and I have the pleasure of sitting at the bar and chatting with bartender, Pete Twiss. I order a pulled pork quesadilla before we get started, because Jamie has told me it's

his favourite. It's now just me and Pete, and a few regulars watching the ball game at the other end of the bar. At only just past ten in the morning, it's an unusual time for me to be at the bar. Pete pours me a stiff one – a hot coffee, that is. I ask Pete about the desserts, and tell him that I'd really like to try one because I hear they're fantastic. Cook Liz comes out, and of course I have to ask her about the food. She tells me about the fruit crumble, as

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Pete, who's been at the P.I. for six years now, loves the people and the staff at this job. One of the menu highlights for him is the Tuxedo Burger: a six-ounce patty, two types of cheese, bacon, mushrooms and all the fixings. And to go with any of their fantastic burgers, there are 16 beers on tap, one of which is a rotating local brew. Their menu is varied and extensive. Does it have to be so large, people often ask. Pete's response is yes, because everything on it sells! Going back to Liz, I ask what she enjoys cooking most. She says all of it, "because it's all home-cooking." Pete gets on her good side when he mentions that everyone raves about her soups. My quesadilla is up, and it's enormous. Jamie has told me in the past that they strive for great value at the Prairie Inn, and true to form, this is no wimpy meal. The

meat is tender and sweet, but there are the recognizable mexicana flavours too. Nice combination! Pete and I talk more about the pub. He says that he's still the "new guy" on staff, even having worked here for six years. The staff all seem genuinely happy to work here, and I've noticed it on both visits. The P.I. now caters, so you can bring your pub favourites to your place, or wherever you need to be. Imagine the possibilities! At the Prairie Inn they're also enjoying the success of their expanded family section, which can now accommodate sixty children. It has gone over really well with customers, and regulars in particular, who can now bring their families in. I have to stop eating my quesadilla halfway through because I'm saving room for my crumble. The dessert arrives piping hot, and it's a berry-apple variety today. The

brown-sugar warmth of the crumble itself is irresistible to look at, and tastes as good as it looks. I love that the fruit isn't too sugary, which lets the natural flavours and tartness come through. On a note not completely unrelated to food, beginning in late May, the Prairie Inn will kick-off it's third annual Monday night golf season. Nine holes of golf at Glen Meadows, followed by a burger and a sleeve of beer back at the pub, all for $25. Sounds like fun to me! Further adding to the fun around here, Jamie is really looking forward to this July, when the Prairie Inn celebrates its twentieth anniversary under the same ownership and management. Cheers to another round, and to twenty years more, Jamie. Visit the Prairie Inn Neighborhood Pub at 7806 Saanich Rd, in Central Saanich. They can be reached by phone at 250.652.1575.

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It's been an incredible 50th year. The Victoria Conservatory of Music began its anniversary celebrations with a phenomenal alumni concert and is now about to mark the end of the first half-century and beginning of the next with JUBILATION, the final concert of the 50th Anniversary season on Saturday, May 30. Like the Conservatory, the concert will be exciting and diverse. It will begin with the world premiere of the VCM commissioned piano quintet by Stephen Brown, Composer in Residence. Daniel Lapp, Artistic Director of the new School of Contemporary Music will then take over the stage with surprise guest musicians, faculty and his students reflecting the diversity of the VCM's new contemporary offerings. The VCM also serves a diverse population. Established in 1964 with eight students, it has grown to be one of the largest and most respected music schools in North America attracting over 2,800 students from all around the world and serving this community in many additional ways. Children who learn music early in their lives display superior cognitive performance, and music facilitates their learning and discipline while increasing self-esteem. To offer this benefit to more of the community, the VCM established a Children's Education and Outreach that now serves over 1,100 children in 42 different locations, including marginalized schools. Home to the most respected and renowned Music Therapy Program in North America, the VCM also serves over 1,800 infants, children, youth and seniors, on a weekly basis, both in the school and the community. It is overwhelming to see the power of music make such an immense difference in so many lives. While the JUBILATION concert marks the end of the 50th anniversary, it does not mark the end of the 50th anniversary fundraising campaign, which was launched to help bring more music to more people in more communities. Please come out and join the celebrations and consider supporting the VCM and all the vitality it brings to our city. Tickets to the JUBILATION Concert are on sale now. Tickets for the Champagne Reception and concert are $85. Concert tickets are only $35 and include a pre-show glass of wine. Available now at or call 250.385.5311.

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The Friendly Face of the Saanich Peninsula by Susan Simosko

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one. You may even know one. But do you have any idea who they are, what they do, or what's kept them motivated for more than 25 years? Who they are is simple: the Red Coats, the remarkable group of volunteers at Victoria International Airport who quietly serve as the friendly face of the Saanich Peninsula. They are the greeters, ambassadors, advocates, and tourism specialists, all at once. They dispense information, answer questions and help travellers to solve problems. But that's only part of the story. As Margarete Rothlisberger, the current volunteer Red Coat Coordinator, puts it, "The Red Coats represent the very best in customer service, always with a smile and with a large dose of human kindness. Our job is to listen and to help travellers in whatever way we can." Margarete has been a Red Coat for over ten years and has helped to address all sorts of issues – some serious, some a little funny. "You'd be surprised," she tells me, "how many people arrive at the Airport and ask how long it takes to drive to Vancouver, thinking that Vancouver surely must be on Vancouver Island. They are always surprised to learn that getting to Vancouver first involves a 90-minute ferry ride!" Founding Coordinator, Jacqueline de Muinck, a 22-year recentlyretired veteran of the Red Coats, agrees. She believes that over the past 20 years travelling has changed and with it, travellers themselves. "People are more rushed," she says. "They don't have time for conversation. They rely more on the Internet, but often do not have a complete picture of their options or the length of time it takes to get from one location to another.

That's where we come in!" By way of example, she tells of travellers who think they can visit Butchart Gardens and Tofino all in one day and still make it back for the 7.00 p.m. ferry! The Red Coat program began in September 1990. The primary goal is to make travellers' first contact with the area positive and stress-free. "They are people who love people," Anita Kardos, Terminal Operations Officer, says. "The Airport is so proud and thankful for the men and women who generously donate their time. They do a truly wonderful job!" Without doubt, the Red Coats add to the relaxed charm of YYJ. Equally, their commitment to excellence in customer service helped the airport to earn the Airports Council International Service Quality Award in 2012 and 2014. "This award," Anita tells me, "represents the highest accolades in the industry. I have little doubt that the Red Coats helped us to achieve this honour." While regularly dispensing information about transportation, local attractions, and accommodation, the Red Coats welcome visitors in other ways too. On Canada Day, for example, they serve cake as part of a special holiday welcome. The current Red Coats speak six languages, sometimes offering travellers an extra special welcome in their native language. For families, children's activity books and crayons are also readily available. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Red Coat program. To celebrate, a special event will be planned. So, hats off to the Red Coats, past and present! And thank you from the thousands of travellers you have welcomed, helped, and inspired to explore Vancouver Island and beyond.

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Seaside Magazine May 1st has been observed as a May 2015 Issue holiday and spring festival. In many socialist countries it is also a workers' holiday known as Labour Day. 1/6 page - 3.75” W X 3.25” H Here is just a sampling of world events that have occurred in by Valerie Green

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May through the years. On May 4 1970 four students at Kent State University were killed by National Guardsmen while protesting President Nixon's decision to invade Cambodia. This event set off campus demonstrations across the US and the temporary closing down of over 450 colleges and universities. On May 6, 1937 the German airship the Hindenburg burst into flames in New Jersey following a trans-Atlantic flight. On May 7 1915 the British passenger ship Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland. On May 12 1937 George VI was crowned in Westminster Abbey following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. On May 13 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot twice while riding in an open car in St. Peter's Square, Rome. The Pope recovered and eventually held a private meeting with the would-be assassin who he forgave. On May 20, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Five years later, she disappeared while flying her twin-engine plane around the equator. Back in 1660 on May 29 the English monarchy was restored with Charles II on the throne after several years as a Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. Nearer to home, who remembers that day in May 1980 (the 18th) when Mount St. Helens erupted and spewed ash and steam over 11 miles into the sky? On May 5 every year since 1862 Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico as a national holiday to remember the Battle of Puebla. In Canadian history, much has also happened in the month of May. For example, the Hudson's Bay Company was founded by King Charles II on May 2, 1670. On May 23 1873 the Northwest Mounted Police was founded, precursor to the RCMP. On May 24 1918 women were granted the right to vote in Federal elections. Victoria Day is a Canadian public holiday every year celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday, May 24th. Here in Victoria on May 26, 1896, this holiday weekend was marred by the tragic collapse of the Point Ellice Bridge sending 55 people to their deaths in the waters of the Gorge. Many famous people have also been born in May – Golda Meir, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Johannes Brahms, Harry Truman, Irving Berlin, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Gainsborough, Malcolm X, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Laurence Oliver, Al Jolson and John F. Kennedy, to name but a few. Oh, and I also have a May birthday! Quite a collection of events for this merry month of May. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at

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Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

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Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share interests and activities. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month

Ducks Unlimited Saanich Peninsula Committee 7:30pm at Redd'S Pub, Lower Floor, Comfort Hotel Call Daniel 250.652.6203

Our committee raises money to restore wetlands locally and across Canada. Our November Dinner & Charity Auction will be held in Sidney. We are welcoming new volunteers to work for the dinner fundraising event. 3RD THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH

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Sidney has three sister cities in Japan! Attend one of our meetings to learn more. We have speakers and discussions on our ongoing projects. May 2

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last word My ears are ringing this morning. And I'm very tired. I still have something of a stupid grin on my face; you see, last night I went to see a band. In a nightclub. On a Monday night! It was a fantastically loud, sweaty and crowded experience that made me dance and feel young and alive. There's the exhilaration of listening to a live band, but for me it's also about reconnecting with the things I used to do way back when. I actually met my husband in a dark and grotty nightclub and we connected over a shared love of music, going to many gigs together. I was at university and working part-time at a large record store at the time, ah the glory days of staff-discount and no responsibilities! Of course, we grew up, our lifestyle changed; there are children and babysitters to consider and less spare cash for concert tickets. But I guess the enthusiasm is still there, deep down - ready for a show like last night's to rekindle it. If I haven't been into the concert scene for a few years, I still surround myself with music. Always when I work or run, driving the car, when I'm cooking or (ugh) cleaning – I like to have a soundtrack.

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There's also the music that we've encouraged our kids to play. It's not unusual to hear ukulele drifting from one end of the house and the clarinet from the other. This past weekend we enjoyed hearing my son's friends as they had band-practice at our place. I'm always proud of my kids, but that was a special moment when all the guitar lessons seem to have paid off because playing music has become a social pleasure rather than a chore. I make suggestions of course, but really I don't mind what they're jamming to, it's another way for kids to explore their world and express themselves. But what about me I hear you ask, don't I play an instrument? Well, sadly no, I never learned that skill. But realising the pleasure it can give to have music as part of my life I have recently joined a choir. It's not very rock and roll! We don't sing the sort of music that I sing in the car or the shower, but it does have its moments of real joy. Singing as part of a group, harmonising, making a sound that is far greater than the sum of its parts is a special experience. It's humbling too: it turns out I'm not actually that great at hitting the notes, but I can handle that. Here's hoping that you find some moments of joy in May, in whatever form that takes.

Deborah Rogers, Editor

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