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our animal Issue Wildlife Wayfarer Eddy Savage | Our 4th Annual Pet Photo Contest Seaside Homes: Outdoor Living | It’s a Dog’s Life | Makeover by Seaside A Scandalous Love Affair | Kids’ Summer Calendar | Island Adventures

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Wildlife Wayfarer: Edward Savage Talks About His Passion for Bears Seaside’s 4th Annual Pet Photo Contest: Our Top Five Reader Submissions Barking & Lunging on Leash: Dog Trainer Bren Axon Shares Some Solutions to This Common Problem Can We Talk: Deborah Rogers Chats with VTRA Executive Director Audrey Cooper Seaside Homes: Outdoor Living – Changing Our Dreams to Reality

First Word Inside Out Offshore Ask a Stylist Makeover by Seaside NEW! Behind the Scenes Kids’ Calendar Island Adventures The Natural Path NEW! Seaside Arts Scene New & Noteworthy Historically Speaking On Design West Coast Gardener Island Dish Seaside Book Club NEW! What’s Happening Sudoku Last Word







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I love dogs, and I enjoy working with people. I understand how owners can feel frustrated and upset because they don’t know how to deal with their dog’s behaviour. Being able to explain to them how we can resolve it and working to make that happen is very satisfying.

The people I write about inspire me every day. My article subject for May is Janet Lynch, who bravely stepped out of her comfort zone into the risky territory of starting a business. Her success speaks for itself. Some people only grow wings once they are in the air.

My new column “Historically Speaking” gives me a wonderful opportunity to explore different aspects of history: heritage buildings, events and some offbeat, unusual characters from the past. This month’s story, which was fun to write, is an example of one woman who caused a long-remembered scandal in early Victoria.

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First impressions count, and that couldn’t be any truer than when it comes to selling your home. So make that first impression a good one! A few simple tips you can use when it comes to curb appeal and getting buyers in the door will be a great help.

Writing about the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, now ArtSea, I’ve been incredibly impressed by the passion and dedication of arts volunteers and the breadth of activities they undertake. I’ve lived here for 25 years and am delighted to find something new to learn about every month.

There’s no denying pets can greatly improve our quality of life. But beyond the unconditional love they give, there are some health and emotional benefits. Research shows pet owners have decreased levels of depression, stress and anxiety as well as lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Animals may even hold the key to reversing hearing loss.

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first word I’m so lucky to have Kuper in my life. Who is Kuper? He’s roughly 75 years old, with rapidly growing grey hair on his eyebrows, face and chest. He’s covered in thick black hair, with handsome golden brown eyes that would win you over in a staring contest. Instead of walking like a normal fourlegged being, he trots around like a very proud black stallion. With his older age Kuper has become less of a participant in my long walks and instead yearns for more love and compassion. We rescued him from Kuper Island and he’s been with us ever since the birth of my two children. Yes, that’s my dog Kuper. No matter how bad my day has been, how stressful the job or how tired I am, he lifts my spirits, relaxes me and makes me feel loved; what an amazing feeling. How can an animal have such an effect on us? How can an animal make us forget all of our cares and woes, lift up our spirits so completely and make us feel so warm and fuzzy? There is much research done on animals, but as a long-time pet lover I’ve always had tons of questions about what my dog is thinking, dreaming and barking. Don’t you? We know they love us – there is no doubt about that as you can see it in their eyes and their smile. But, if you’re like me, you’ve probably found

yourself wondering: “How much does my dog love me? What does he get out of our lovin’ relationship? And what is he thinking? According to recent research, when we say “Good Dog!” apparently dogs hear not just the words we say but also how we say them. For people, both the word and pitch are important, but no one knew – until now – whether that was also the case for dogs. Amazingly, all dogs ask for in return for their love and companionship is food, water, exercise, a safe environment, a place to sleep and a good person to care for them. It’s so little considering how much they give us. I’m reminded often by paying attention to Kuper (or our pets – not just dogs) and his behaviour that he can teach our family to live in the present, so that perhaps we might better enjoy, notice and appreciate the fleeting moments and simple pleasures we as adults often miss. Thanks Kuper; we love you!

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

I have just finished reading the April edition of Seaside Magazine. It is another edition brimming with food for thought and excellent contacts for newcomers. I have been in Sidney for six months and am so happy to be here. I was 10 years in the Cowichan Valley and prior to that, lived in Ontario. Thank you again for a terrific and incredibly helpful magazine. Nancy J. Wood

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I love Seaside! Nice work and tribute as well to our beautiful communities on the Peninsula. Janice O'Keeffe

Being an avid sea kayaker and being aware of our environment I had to stop reading the article entitled "Exploring Our Distinctive Shoreline" (April 2017). It's fabulous the author loves birds but did she stop to think about how much fuel Eagle Wing Tours used to get her out to those beautiful places? How about trying a kayak next time? Rosemary

Delighted to see the article about our Cohousing Project in April’s Seaside. Thanks Jo [Barnes] for writing such a thoughtful piece. We’ve seen a jump in registrations to our upcoming information session and our email list is growing! Thanks for sharing our story and helping us connect with our community. Tracy and Barb, Saanich Peninsula Cohousing

In your last edition you described how our airport authority is busy with positive environmental work (Green Projects Take Flight: Victoria Airport Authority). You forgot to mention that the self same authority is going to build a dreary shopping mall on perfectly good arable land. It is doing this to generate annual revenue. The same revenue could be generated by adding a levy of $0.18 per traveler. 18 cents per traveler! Hardly a green solution to the problem of raising revenue. Bert Slater

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Some people love cats,

others love dogs. But Eddy, he’s more of a grizzly bear kind of guy. While they may not be the first choice for most animal lovers, Edward or “Eddy” Savage, Victoria-based expedition leader, naturalist guide and photographer, is passionate about bears. He feels very strongly about these magnificent creatures, in particular the grizzly bear. “They are gentle and intelligent animals that are important caretakers of our wild places,” says Eddy. “While many people whole-heartedly believe grizzly bears seek out humans for food, these bears actually spend much of their time avoiding us. They prefer the comfort of their peaceful and wild valleys.” He completed a bear safety program with the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of B.C. and became certified as a Full Bear Viewing Guide. He’s also a founding member of the Brown Bear Research Network and has done extensive data collection and field work in the Great Bear Rainforest. “I am passionate about the brown bears of British Columbia," says Eddy. "I believe brown bears are widely misunderstood and that the more we understand the animal, the better we will be able to live alongside them.” For most of us, the idea of working around bears might be daunting. But for Eddy, it’s a passion, a calling in life, a “call of the wild” if you will, and he’s enthusiastic about photographing them

(www.edwardsavage.com). This begs the question of course: how do you go about taking pictures of a bear? While the obvious answer is “very carefully,” Eddy has learned some techniques. “You need to respect them. You need to remember that you are a visitor in the grizzly bears’ home and that you are the unpredictable one. If you are calm, gentle and predictable in your behaviours (like a bear), chances are you will only have positive encounters,” shares Eddy. His fascination with bears doesn’t stop with just the grizzly or brown bear. Last year he led polar bear expeditions with Natural Habitat Adventures, a company which offers small group travel. It’s unique work he loves and will continue this year. “I look forward to catching a glimpse of these bears before they head out onto the sea ice for their annual dose of seal,” says Eddy. So where did this love of adventure and wildlife begin? While Eddy always had an interest in animals and sports as a child, his involvement in the Outdoor Education Program at Parkland Secondary School served as the catalyst. “The Outdoor Ed 12 trip on the West Coast Trail and the Nitinat Lakes, also known as the ‘Nitinat Triangle,’ was definitely where I found out I enjoyed leading, I had confidence to do so, and I wanted to make this my career,” remembers Eddy. The program taught him outdoor skills like tent and tarp set-up, first aid, food prep and storage, knot tying, fire building, canoeing, may 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 11

continued from page 11 and wildlife safety. Subsequently, Eddy completed a two-year diploma in Adventure Tourism with North Island College, further developing self confidence and skills in leadership, management and interpersonal abilities. Eddy has been working in the adventure tourism sector since 2008. He was a sea kayaking guide with Coastal Spirits Adventures and led trips around Quadra Island, Cortes Island, Desolation Sound and Johnstone Strait. Then he worked as a naturalist and guide for Knight Inlet Lodge leading whale watching and grizzly bear viewing expeditions. For Eddy, the great outdoors and the wonders of wildlife beckon him. “It is hard for me to pick just one experience over another when it comes to wildlife and the outdoors,” says Eddy. “Every day and every experience is so exciting and different.” He’s constantly learning, for the life of a naturalist and expedition guide is ever evolving. This year Eddy will lead expeditions to China exploring the land, people and yet another bear species, the giant panda. It’s one more for the bucket list, a list which seems endless to this curious fellow. “The entire world is of interest to me. Everywhere and anywhere sounds great!” says Eddy. There are all kinds of animal lovers. While some might prefer a budgie or a beagle, for Eddy Savage, nothing beats a bear. Photo on table of contents by Eddy Savage.

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Animals: Hope for the Future of Hearing Loss Animals do so much

to enrich our lives. This is especially true for those with hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss (when someone has a significant hearing loss but does not use amplification) has been linked to depression, social isolation, cognitive decline, impaired memory, anxiety, and even an increased chance of falling. There’s no denying the boost received when coming home to a furry friend who is overjoyed to see you. Beyond the unconditional love they shower on us (with the possible exception of cats), pets provide an array of emotional and health benefits. For more than 25 years, research has shown pet ownership can decrease depression and stress. Health-wise, our animal co-habitants can help to lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety, and can even decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. On top of all that, animals may hold the key to reversing hearing loss. In our inner ear there are tiny hair cells with microscopic projections called stereocilia. When sound travels through our auditory system and stimulates these hair cells, an electrical signal is sent up the auditory nerve to the brain, which processes the signal as something we recognize and understand. Although we are born with thousands of hair cells, once they are damaged, from medication, disease, noise exposure or the aging process, they’re gone forever. This is where we can take a cue from our animal friends. Surprisingly, for some species, hearing loss is only temporary. In the late 1980s, researchers at the University of Washington discovered that a chicken can incur hearing loss, but within a couple of weeks it

will have completely regrown its hair cells and recovered its hearing. Some fish and lower invertebrates possess the same ability. What’s their secret? And more importantly, can this ability be duplicated in mammals, specifically humans? Scientists have been trying to replicate the feat of hair cell regeneration for decades. In 2013, Harvard Medical School, together with Boston Children’s Hospital researchers, reported on a gene therapy that can restore hearing in mice. An experimental drug known as a gamma secretase inhibitor was administered to a group of deaf mice. These drugs were originally developed to treat Alzheimer’s disease, but were not successful for that purpose and never made it past trial stages. However, in mice, the gamma secretase inhibitor was found to have a surprising side effect. They served to convince support cells in the inner ear to transform into functioning hair cells. Although it wasn’t a complete cure, with the mice only getting about 20 percent of their hearing back, the study showed that it is possible to grow new hair cells in mammals. Researchers estimate drug therapies to prevent and partially reverse hearing loss could be hitting the market in the next 10 to 15 years. Does that mean you should hold off on your purchase of hearing aids? Definitely not. We know that the sooner hearing loss is treated, the more positive the long-term outcomes. Hearing aids have come so far in my 26 years as an audiologist. Its not uncommon for customers to tell me they love their hearing aids and wish they would have gotten them sooner. So until there are medical therapies available, hearing aids are the best available treatment.

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on leash. Some dogs don’t follow doggy etiquette and off leash, they run towards another dog head on. You'll notice that this usually doesn’t go down too well with the other dog and things can go wrong. Puppies will often do this until they have learned some manners. Some people may try to stop the unwanted behaviour by using a choke or prong collar. Unfortunately, this will often make the behaviour worse. Dogs learn by association and if, when another dog approaches, your dog pulls towards it and experiences a choking sensation or pain, then he will begin to associate other dogs with that feeling, and this can make the lunging and barking even worse. He’ll want the other dogs to stay away to avoid the pain. There are ways to deal with this behaviour. I usually advise using a front connection harness (the leash clips on to the chest) instead of a collar for these dogs. This avoids the choking sensation and can make a difference to the dog’s behaviour. In some cases, the dog may stop the lunging altogether. I also advise consulting a positive reinforcement trainer who will show you how to teach your dog that other dogs approaching is not frightening and that good things happen instead. This is called “counter conditioning” and is the best way to change your dog’s emotional response to a scary thing – in this case another dog. It is not a “quick fix” but with consistency, patience and kindness, your dog can learn to feel much better about the approach of other dogs and not feel the need to lunge and bark. For more information, visit www.woofers.ca.


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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. The age-old phrase “Do the right thing” is not a simple platitude to Janet Lynch. In her business enterprise, she lives it every day. A sense of altruism and honesty underscores everything Janet does in her popular dog grooming business. It also defined her path to becoming a successful entrepreneur. The friendly and personable owner of “Groom That Dog” professional dog grooming service on the Saanich Peninsula, Janet is passionate about her work: “I find it very fulfilling to be able to make animals more comfortable, and their owners proud. It’s a win-win and I love the transformation.” Janet brings over 17 years of work in the dog grooming industry to her treasured studio at 10109 McDonald Park Road. Her experience runs the gamut of dog obedience, dog showing, kennel work, dog sitting and more. The dedicated animal lover believes that she plays a very important role in the community: “I have an opportunity to educate clients on how they can interact with their four-legged friends so that all parties are healthy and happy.” In addition, Janet is excited to offer customers the valuable services of Cheyanne Cave (Happy Tails Teeth Cleaning) who offers anesthetic-free teeth cleaning for dogs and cats. Now in her third year as an entrepreneur, Janet is proud to have a busy and successful dog grooming business in the community. She attributes her business achievements to “good customer service and being truthful and forthcoming with my clients.” To her, doing the right thing means sticking with her customers when there is an issue and following through with them until they are satisfied that everything is resolved. Building trust is what keeps people coming back. Ironically, Janet’s success is also the result of applying those golden principles to herself. There comes a time in everyone’s career when they have to be totally honest with themselves. Janet knew that being an independent business owner was the only way to grow her wings: “You will know when the time is right to jump in with both feet.” She picked the best path for herself: “Apart from being the boss, which is pretty cool, you are in control and you choose to do what you know is right.” Being true to the person in the mirror was the first step to success: “You have to believe in yourself and believe that you are doing what makes you happy and your clients satisfied. Love what you do and always do what you know to be the right thing.” The animals who thrive under Janet Lynch’s tender loving care are the ultimate beneficiaries of her respect for herself and the community she serves. For more information, call 778-977-3647.


Not Such Poles Apart Up and down the Northwest its roots firmly in the soil.” Months of research lay ahead to create a Pacific coast, from southeast Alaska to northern Washington State, you'll find totem poles. Before Europeans came, bringing metal tools with them, totem poles were no bigger than walking canes. Their purpose was traditionally a representation of each family-clan's life, although sometimes they were used as house posts and funerary containers; they were never objects of worship. According to Aldona Jonaitis, co-author of a book on totem poles, they are an “evolving form that is continually transforming.” Haida Nation hereditary Chief James Hart, aka 7idansuu, is a master carver whose Reconciliation Pole was erected at UBC in April. It represents “victims and survivors of Canada's residential school system, to bring attention to the destruction brought forth … And the effects we're living with today,” Hart told CBC. The 800-year-old cedar stands 17 metres tall and is studded with 68,000 nails – one for each child who died. At the base of the pole are the ghosts of those children. Above them is the protective family unit in full regalia “showing we're getting back our strength.” Atop the pole is the eagle “taking off into the future.” In March 2007, the community of Cordova, Alaska erected a Shame Pole. It represents an unpaid debt of $5 million a federal court in Anchorage awarded in punitive damages against ExxonMobil. Court determined that close to midnight on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez slammed into a reef, gashing open the tanker's single hull. 42 million litres of crude oil contaminated 1,990 kilometres of shoreline, killing birds and mammals, wrecking the natural beauty of the area, marine ecosystems, lives and livelihoods. The community has not healed. Author Jonaitis finds “the notion of poles as part of the healing process” fascinating. There is a totem pole in Vancouver “memorializing a young man killed in racial violence [who] was not even native.” The italics are mine because there is a non-native man living in the southern Gulf Islands who created a Healing Pole. The carver, Gregory Franklin, prefers the name Story Pole. Franklin spent 10 years building a home from scratch, only to have it accidentally burn to the ground mere weeks before the house-warming party. He lost everything. Weeks later a close friend was killed in front of him, then another revealed he had a terminal illness. A trauma counsellor advised Franklin write his life story. It didn't help. Frustrated, he walked around his property looking at the trees, realizing how much he loved nature. The story pole, a concept at first, was born. Later, he intuitively recognized a western red cedar that looked the way he felt – damaged. “Unlike totem pole carvers, I left the pole in the standing upright position,

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knowledge base for his own creation. Not wanting to commit cultural appropriation, he invited the late Tsimshian master carver, Victor Reece, to his land. Reece gave the work his blessing. While Franklin carved, he grieved. “It took six weeks to flush out but it went through all the steps.” Each day he carved, he felt “incredible relief.” Eight years on, the Story Pole stands at the end of the driveway to Gregory Franklin’s newly-built home. It receives hundreds of visitors annually to whom it gives healing and hope. Sources: CBC The Early Edition, www.cbc.ca Apr 1, 2017. The Totem Pole: An Intercultural History by Aldona Jonaitis & Aaron Glass. Douglas & McIntyre (2010). Totem Poles: Myth and Fact by Heather Ramsay. March 31, 2011. www.TheTyee.ca.

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at the Mary Winspear Centre Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea Gala The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is excited to announce its 6th Monte Carlo Gala to be held Saturday May 13th at the Mary Winspear Centre. This Gala event will be a night to remember! “A New Orleans style Gala” in support of charitable projects supported by the Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea. This extravaganza will feature a martini bar, music, dancing , monte carlo  style games of chance, silent and live auctions as well as delectable appetizers as you and your friends party.  The “Rotary Monte Carlo Gala”   is the club’s premier fundraiser of the year, and enables Rotarians to support charitable projects.  This year’s proceeds will be focused on health and well-being; locally we will be supporting the Saanich Penninsula Hospital Foundation fundraising initiative for the “Residential Care Unit” and Dr. Ambrose Marsh’s international initiative “The Bombo Palliative Care Project.”  Rotary is pleased that the Mary Winspear Centre is once again the venue for the Gala, continuing a long-standing tradition of partnering on events that benefit our local community. Join us in helping others make a difference while having fun at an extravagant Gala!    Tickets are available from Sidney by the Sea Rotarians and at the Mary Winspear box office (250-656-0275) or online. Don’t miss out as tickets are limited. For more information please visit sidneyrotary.com 

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The Mary Winspear Centre presents Canadian Metal Queen Lee Aaron on Friday, May 19th at 8:00 PM.

The Sidney Concert Band is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a concert on Sunday May 28 at 2 pm in the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre. Band members initially suggested concert band pieces which Musical Director Bruce Ham pulled together for this special performance entitled ‘Our Favourite Things’.

For the past decade, outside of a handful of select appearances, she has been out of the spotlight, spending much of her time focused on her young family. But music was never far from her mind, as she continued to noodle around in her home recording studio. She reentered the rock ‘n’ roll scene a few short years ago, playing a number of festival shows and realized there was still a huge appetite for her brand of sophisticated, melodic rock music and impressive back catalogue. “I always knew I was going to record again, I just didn’t know when, and I didn’t put that pressure on myself. Raising children takes an incredible amount of creative energy and my priority was these two amazing little people in my life… I started revisiting music that resonated with me as a teen, sharing it with my kids took me back to a place of feeling so inspired by music again. I went, yeah… it’s time.” Her new album, Fire and Gasoline, sees a resurgent, revitalized and energized Lee Aaron re-emerging into the rock ‘n’ roll world with an album that is sophisticated, thought provoking, sublimely entertaining and a whole lot of rockin’ fun Leaves no doubt that Canada’s rock queen is back – better than ever.

Highlights will include the trombone section on Trombone Rag and Kryn Zedel playing the unique huge bass sax on Tugalopp. ‘Screamin’ John Hewson singing and playing harmonica on Shake, Rattle & Roll will keep things moving. To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary the Band will perform works by Canadian composers Andre Jutras in They Came Sailing (Suite Jacques-Cartier), and Robert Buckley in A Tribute to Arthur Delamont (Suite). Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst is a favourite of many band members and consists of four movements: a rousing march, a moving love song, Song of the Blacksmith and Fantasia on the “Dargason.” Grandfather’s Clock by George Doughty, has been part of the staple repertoire for Euphonium players since time immemorial. Its set of exciting variations make it an ideal concert selection to showcase the talents of our Euphonium soloist, Claire Mackelson. The program also includes music SCB musicians performed at five shows in Cuba in April 2017. This unique trip was a first for the band, with 24 players enjoying a week of musical and cultural exchange with their

Cuban counterparts in similar community bands. In a tribute to their Cuban adventure, the Band will perform the Cuban National Anthem as well as Ritmando el Cha Cha Cha, which highlights the basic Mambo dance step with a double step in the fourth-to-first beats…cha cha CHA!

Kaeshammer’s performances, on record and on stage, are an invitation to join the party, He doesn’t play at you, he plays with you. At one of his shows, you’re all in it together – not only part of the story, but virtually part of the band. “For me the performance is as much about the energy coming off the stage as the energy coming from the audience.”

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A night with Michael and his band isn’t the kind of show where you just sit, watch and applaud politely every now and then. Their goal isn’t to intimidate you with the scholarly

Canadian jazz and boogie-woogie pianist, vocalist, composer and producer Michael Kaeshammer returns to the Charlie White Theatre for a two night engagement Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 PM.

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At his upcoming performances Kaeshammer and his sextet will be playing music from the Canadian vocalist and pianist’s extensive repertoire, including the classic boogiewoogie, blues and jazz he’s known for as well as his own well-loved originals. But which songs or in which order – that will be decided on the night.

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Q: Help! I love denim but I don't know how to rock it. And how do I know what shoes "go" with jeans?

This question depends on lifestyle. For the fashionista, a killer wrap or poncho that is on trend will rock your wardrobe. For the casual lifestyle, layering is your friend with light fabrics like cashmere and Marino wool. For the corporate person, a classic trench coat goes well with a suit or a pair of jeans.

The best way to try on denim to match the shoe is to bring the shoes to the store. When we are trying to pair anything in our wardrobe, the rule of thumb is to bring the item with you while you shop. I will encourage you to buy three pairs of jeans and three different styles of shoes. For the shoes: flats, evening strappy and blockheeled open toe sandal. For the jeans: high rise boot cut, skinny (I love white for summer) and boyfriend cut.

Q: I've just turned 50 and all of a sudden I have hair on my chin! What is the best way to remove it? I keep telling my nieces that pain is beauty, so I will say this to you about the hair on your chinny chin chin: pain is beauty! If you wax it, sugar it or thread it, it hurts. If you choose to cop out and shave it, you will develop a mustache. Hello Movember! A great investment is Tweezerman brand tweezers and a mirror that magnifies … the big eye. Keep on top of it; don’t be a billy goat girls.

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Q: What do you suggest packing for carry on? First of all, invest in an easy to carry/roll suitcase that is lightweight. The foundation is what you wear on your flight. For example: if you are travelling on business, wear a suit on the plane that can transfer into an evening look with a classic white shirt. A current pair of jeans will take you into the day and evening with your white shirt and blazer from your suit. Include a packable dress for women and a packable coat too. Add two scarves – these will mix well with your denim and suit, one pair of flats and a pair of heels. Keep your clothing neutral and brighten up your look with accessories.

We know better now. I love the spray-on tan. It is a quick route to a glow we so need here on the West Coast. Tanning beds do have their place: not only for a darker pigment, but also for sun health.

May’s Style Tip: Buy yourself a fresh new lipstick that is perfect for this season's colour. Try on bold colours and lighter tones to give you a total lift. Here is the rule: dark eyes/light lips or light lips/dark smoky eyes. Or rock the hip trend of the '80s and break the rules … I’m talking about my generation!

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back as I can remember, I’ve had a four-legged fur friend in my life. But a few years ago, we had to take our dear old friend to the Vet for her last visit. After that, we decided not to get another dog due to our busy lifestyle. I miss having a dog, but living on the Saanich Peninsula suits me well as everyone here seems to be a dog lover and most people are happy to stop and let you visit with their dog. Every dog I meet has a glossy coat, a happy demeanor, flashy collar, and even speciallymade coats or clothes to keep them warm and dry. It is obvious that people on the Peninsula take the care of their canine companions very seriously. They’ll do almost anything for their pets, including hydrotherapy. What, you may ask, is hydrotherapy for dogs? Basically, it’s the same thing as hydrotherapy for humans: lowimpact, water-based, strengthening exercise used to treat chronic conditions, recovery from injury or surgery, or as a preventative measure to keep your dog fit. Melanie Mosher is a Certified Canine Hydrotherapist who runs Canine Hydrotherapy and Wellness Centre, one of only two such facilities on the Island. She works with everything from puppies to senior dogs, and every breed imaginable. Melanie has a Masters in special education and is a certified dog trainer. Her love of dogs influenced her to make a career change three-and-a-half years ago to work in the field of canine hydrotherapy. She received her certification from Greyfriars Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy Centre in England, the leading veterinary practice in the U.K. for rehabilitation and hydrotherapy. The drive out to the Centre in North Saanich is really the first part of the therapy. Once you get off the busy Pat Bay Highway, you meander down blossom-lined country roads before arriving at

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Dominion Brook Park is a hidden gem on the Saanich Peninsula, located on East Saanich Road on the grounds of the Centre for Plant Health. Many people drive right past, not realizing that behind the park sign are 11 acres with century-old conifers, a sunken garden, stone walls and bridge, breathtaking views and a spectacular rhododendron display in the spring. Over 100 years ago the Park was established as a public demonstration arboretum and ornamental garden as part of the federal experimental farm. Planned by the Dominion Horticulturist William Macoun, plants came from nurseries around the world to showcase what could grow in the mild West Coast climate. Today it is maintained by the Friends of Dominion Brook Park Society. What motivates volunteers to spend some of their precious time each week maintaining a public space for members of the community to enjoy? For Verna Warren, it is a continuation of her family story. Both her maternal grandfather and her father were employees at the Dominion Experimental Farm. Verna’s mother, Grace, was the daughter of John Marshall, who worked on the Farm as did Verna's father, Sam Arrowsmith. Verna’s home for many years was directly opposite the park, which was her childhood playground. Sam was born in 1917 in Vermillion, Alberta, but he moved to Sidney at a young age. He quit school in eighth grade, during the Depression years, and was fortunate to find a job on the CPR MV Motor Princess, which sailed between Sidney and Steveston. At age 22 he started as a labourer at the Dominion Experimental Farm and worked there for 37 years. Despite leaving school early, he became a self-educated horticulturist, rising to supervisor at the Farm. He was highly regarded for his knowledge and his willingness to share it with the local gardening community. The Experimental Farm not only supported the fruit and greenhouse industry during Sam's years; there were greenhouses devoted to begonias, fuchsias, orchids and Pelargonium. His love and knowledge of plant propagation included hybridization of orchid,

begonia, fuchsia and gladiola varieties. Sam bred a distinct begonia hybrid which he named "picotee," but unfortunately his stock and vials of tiny seed were lost in a fire shortly after his passing in 1976. In the eulogy given by a close friend, he spoke of meeting Sam for the first time in a greenhouse at the agricultural station. "I was permitted to walk through two large greenhouses so ablaze with colours. I inquired what these plants were and was told they were begonias; I had seen begonias before, but nothing like those in that greenhouse.” He noted other visitors were also struck by the beauty. In a greenhouse on his Marshall Road property, Sam propagated and sold fuchsia baskets and his own begonia hybrids which he grew from cuttings and seed. Many locals remember his greenhouse and carport brimming with huge begonia baskets ready for pickup by their proud owners. He also sold baskets to Butchart Gardens, Mattick’s Farm and Marigold Nursery. Sam also contributed, with the research scientists, to perfecting hydroponic tomato cultivation. Later, he cloned evergreens in partnership with a local forest industry tree farm. Sam was particularly proud of the Sunken Garden (the steps of which are pictured above) which was built by farm workers in the late 1950s to replace a tangled bamboo plantation. It is known as Sam's Garden in his memory and is a special place for Verna to volunteer. In 2015, Gerry and Verna Warren's son, Devin, volunteered at Dominion Brook Park, making him the fourth generation of the family to work on the property. The Park continues to be a focal point for community activities such as an Easter egg hunt, family picnics, dog walking, painting, yoga or just quiet contemplation. Volunteers work Wednesday mornings from March to October to maintain and restore the Park. A decade of fundraising is bringing the Society closer to realizing its most ambitious restoration project – reopening the Rhododendron Ravine. To learn more about the Park and volunteer opportunities, visit www.dominionbrookpark.ca. may 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 31

can we talk EDITORIAL DIRECTOR DEBORAH ROGERS CHATS with AUDREY COOPER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VICTORIA THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION You joined the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association (VTRA) staff as Operations Manager after having volunteered for the organisation for many years, and then became Executive Director in 2015. What led you into this very specific line of work? Have you always had a connection with horses? I grew up in France, just outside of Paris, and discovered horses at age seven when my parents registered me for riding lessons at a riding school close to our home. I immediately fell in love with the sport and the animals. I moved to the U.K. for my studies, and had to pause my equestrian activities for a while. I arrived in Victoria in 2002 and I reconnected with my passion when I leased a horse at a local barn. After the birth of my second son in 2008, on the recommendation of a friend who also happens to be a long-time volunteer with the VTRA, I enlisted as a volunteer. Witnessing the impact the VTRA programs had on our participants, their families and loved ones had a major effect on me. When the opportunity to work for this organisation arose in my field of study, I immediately applied. And the rest, as they say, is history! Psychologists have several suggestions as to why humans derive such pleasure from having animals in their lives. Many domestic

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animals have been bred to showcase physical attributes that we find appealing, such as large eyes and floppy ears, and as such we tend to respond to them as we would an infant. There is also the validation we get from caring for pets and their dependence on us. There are records of domestic horses from as early as 4000 BC; their usefulness as transport and labour is obvious, but why else do you think humans connect so deeply with horses? I believe the connection between horses and people goes much deeper than the physical attributes. Horses are extremely skilled in perceiving emotions. As prey animals, they are always extremely aware of and reactive to the energy in their immediate environment. Horses are known to mirror emotions you approach them with, whether soft and patient or stressed and scared. It is often said that horses will feel your anxiety and react to it. In fact, we could think of it as your horse perceiving stress or fear, but with no capacity to understand the origin of this stress or fear, his natural reaction will be to assume the presence of a predator that we should all be scared about, including his rider. Another source for deep connection between humans and horses is the amazing talent these gentle giants have for establishing communication channels with people. Their body language

is particularly expressive: for example, a warning will be expressed with ears pinned and turning their body away; ears forward and head up signify their attention to the environment. The interactions between the rider and his or her mount are also discreet but effective. Slight movements of the hand or pressure of the calves is enough to communicate what you want to your horse. The VTRA enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities through the provision of therapeutic horseback riding programs. Horses have been utilized as a therapeutic aid since ancient Greece; why are they so uniquely equipped to provide therapeutic help to those with disabilities? Horses are uniquely equipped to offer people multiple opportunities for therapy. Our mission is to provide a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities that promotes and enriches their physical, psychological and social well-being. The therapeutic value created from the use of horses cannot be reproduced by traditional types of therapy and include: Physical – the motion of riding a horse uniquely parallels human walking. Each stride strengthens the rider’s muscles. This results in improved balance, coordination, muscle strength/agility and providing physical exercise; Psychological – horseback riding frees participants from assistive devices, including wheelchair or walkers, and provides a sense of independence. Controlling a large animal has positive effects on selfesteem, self-image and confidence; Social – the scope of social experience for some people with special needs is quite limited, in many cases restricted to family members and a small group of medical specialists. As a result, many are further impeded by a lack of communication and interpersonal skills. Through contact with their horse, instructor and volunteers, the rider’s social world expands and then interpersonal skills improve. How many horses do you have on “staff” and where do the association’s horses come from? Do they require specialised training? The VTRA herd is made up of 12 horses. All of them have been hand picked by our professional staff for their specific qualities. Considerations when choosing a horse for a therapeutic program include size (height and width as sitting astride a wide horse can be a challenge for some of our riders), gait (fast or slow; smooth or choppy), and most importantly their temperament. It is essential that our horses are as even tempered as possible to avoid problems in case of a rider’s unpredictable behaviour. Our 12 horses come from very different backgrounds. We have bought some of them, received some as gifts, and others still are free-leased

by our organisation. Once they arrive in our program, our instructors devise specialised training programs adapted to the needs of each particular horse, so that they are able to fulfill their jobs in our program for the benefits of their riders. VTRA offers classes to more than 160 children and adults with disabilities that include cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, intellectual challenges, hearing or vision impairment, and many more. What does a typical day at VTRA look like? There really is no such thing as a typical day at the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association! Each week, our 12 horses are in classes with 80 different individuals requiring the help of around 170 volunteers. That is many opportunities for things to not go as planned! We run between five and seven classes daily from Monday to Thursday. Classes include adaptive riding, where our participants ride horses in a group lesson of four riders, and stable management, where participants learn more about horses and how to care for them. On Friday mornings, we have classes for our littlest riders, between the ages of three and five, who come for our Early Intervention Program developed in partnership with the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health. Located close to Keating Crossroad, your facility was provided by a benefactor. Tell me about the set up and what the facilities mean to those the Association aims to support. The VTRA was created by a group of very dedicated volunteers in 1989. With no facility and only a couple of lent horses available, we started small. Over the next 20 years, the VTRA programs moved from facility to facility, relying on the generosity of various local barn owners to let us operate out of their facility. In 2009, we moved to our current facility, located in Saanichton, thanks to the generosity of our benefactor Anne Waterhouse. Anne has made her property available to the exclusive use of our programs. Thanks to her, we have access to stalls and paddocks for our horses, an indoor ring which guarantees the running of classes independently of the weather, an outdoor ring and a club house with a viewing area for parents and caregivers. We even have a classroom attached to the barn for our stable management students! Thanks to Anne, our students are guaranteed to be able to participate in their chosen programs in optimal conditions and our horses are professionally looked after. Maintaining the facility and horses must be expensive – does all your funding come through donations or is there government support for these therapy programs? Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association is committed to continuing to provide an affordable therapeutic option for individuals with disabilities. VTRA is a fee for service organization. We receive no government funding and rely entirely on grants, fundraising and program fees. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to raise money for the program, through a variety of fundraisers, events, and grant applications. Photo by www.nuttycake.com. may 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 33

A Portfolio Manager’s View on Exchange Traded Funds

Publication: Seaside Magazine Material Deadline: January 31, 2017 Insertion Dates: February 10, 2017

By now every investor has at least heard of exchange traded funds (ETFs). For the most part, financial journalists have zeroed in on the low cost feature as a way of getting the attention of retail investors. At the same time, the producers of ETFs, companies such as Vanguard, Blackrock and Horizon, have also been pitching the low cost aspect to retail investors. Low cost is of course a good thing, but only if there’s an equivalent benefit to the user such as would accrue from costlier alternatives. Like so many things in life, it’s not the product itself that’s really important: it’s how you put it to use. From my perspective, as a Portfolio Manager, one very important use for ETFs is risk management. The primary method of managing portfolio risk is asset class mix. Incorporating ETFs gives me the ability to quickly and efficiently alter equity and bond exposure as relative risks change. In simple terms: I want to be paring back equity exposure when nearing the end of an expansionary cycle (we’re in the latter stages of the current cycle now), and to be increasing bond exposure as interest rates top. Using ETFs allows me to materially alter the asset mix of any portfolio quickly and efficiently.

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MS Awareness Month:

Living with Multiple Sclerosis by Lara Gladych

May is

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and World MS Day falls on the last Wednesday of the month. This year’s theme is "Life With MS." “MS is such a bizarre disease. It affects everyone differently and hits younger people the hardest. There are so many misconceptions around MS,” says local resident Kathy Blaine, who was diagnosed later in life. Now, at almost 60 years old, she says that the disease is unlikely to develop into a more progressive form for her. “There is a very small percentage of people suffering from MS that actually have any physical sign of a disability. Fatigue is a huge issue, and I think it's the one common issue people living with MS deal with.” Because of people’s misconceptions around the disease, Kathy says she is always getting strange reactions to the revelation of her condition. People might instinctively offer her a chair, and many are surprised to see that she can walk quite normally. Multiple Sclerosis is “an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The disease attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves, causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin.” Nerve impulses travel with minor interruptions when myelin damage is slight. If damage is substantial and scar tissue replaces the myelin, nerve fibres themselves can be damaged and nerve impulses may be completely disrupted (www.mssociety.ca). MS is unpredictable and manifests differently between individuals. Besides fatigue, symptoms can include lack of coordination and loss of balance, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems and impaired speech, cognitive impairment, mood changes and sometimes paralysis. It is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada, and three people are diagnosed in our country every day. Women are three times more likely to develop MS than men. The cause of the disease

is unknown, and there is currently no cure. There are 2.3 million people with MS worldwide, and in Canada we have the highest rate of MS in the world, with 100,000 people affected. Though Kathy herself feels fortunate to work in an environment where her limitations are accommodated, she highlights the trepidation and stigma around those living with MS, and sadly, says she can appreciate why some sufferers choose not to share their diagnosis with families and coworkers. In 1975, with the kickoff of the first MS Carnation Campaign in Quebec,

“the carnation became Canada's most recognized symbol of hope in the quest to end multiple sclerosis.” It is now the MS Society of Canada’s longest-running fundraiser, with over $45 million raised since its inception. This month in Sidney, carnations will be sold by donation at the Army, Navy & Air Force Club, on the evening of May 5 beginning around 5 p.m., with proceeds going to the MS Society of Victoria. Vibes Fitness will also have carnations for purchase by donation in their studio for the first week in May. Victoria’s 2017 Scotiabank MS Walk takes place Sunday, May 28. Their fundraising goal is $100,000.

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Like most small islands

throughout the world, Mayne Island has its own time zone. “Island Time” is both an excuse for being late and a reminder to newcomers to slow down, breathe deeply and relax. Mayne Island is a place where time is measured in different ways, like the appearance of the first flowers of spring, the launching of the boat for the summer, the first Dungeness crab dinner, or the opening of the farmer’s market. There are no traffic lights, pharmacies, banks or 7-Elevens, but islanders happily trade small inconveniences for the pleasure of being here. With miles of soothing rainforest trails and more than a dozen pristine beaches to explore, Mayne Island is the ideal place to reconnect with nature and escape the digital overload and traffic chaos that is the city – so close and yet so far away. Only 12 nautical miles from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, Mayne Island is halfway between the mainland and Vancouver Island. It is a close-knit community with a long and storied history. Long before it was known as a holiday playground, Mayne was already the commercial and social centre of the Southern Gulf Islands. In 1858 when gold fever struck, Miners Bay became a convenient stop-over point for thousands of gold miners heading from Victoria to the Fraser River and the Cariboo. With some of the best agricultural land of any of the islands, Mayne farmers – including many of Japanese descent – came to be known for their fruit, daffodils, tomatoes and other produce. The Island’s long agricultural history is evidenced in the Agricultural Hall, built in the late 1800s. Every Saturday from mid-May to October, the adjacent grounds

come alive with a farmer’s market that showcases many of the Island’s talented farmers, artists, bakers and jam-makers. The skills of artists, gardeners, chefs and winemakers are celebrated at the annual Fall Fair – one of the oldest in British Columbia and a place where blue ribbons are still proudly earned. Many locals work in overdrive during the busy summer months, providing the necessary services to the (2,000+) summer visitors that add to the full time population of 1,100. When summer ends and the crowds disappear, the Island slows down to an idyllic crawl. It’s a time when the last of the summer’s harvest is gathered and piles of zucchini and tomatoes appear magically on the porch. Apple growers gather at the Agricultural Hall for the community apple squeeze, and take turns filling jugs with fresh juice to tuck away in the freezer. When autumn descends and the temperature drops, thoughts turn to comfort food and backyard bonfires. Friends and neighbours plan potluck dinners to reconnect after summer’s hectic buzz. Before long the giant Christmas Tree in Miner’s Bay Park is alight and the villagers gather around a massive bonfire on Christmas Eve to sing carols and toast their good fortune with mugs of hot chocolate. Mayne Island regains its sleepy village ambiance throughout the winter and early spring, and that’s what many islanders love best about it. Getting here: There are several daily ferries from Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay. Visit www.bcferries.com for details. SeaAir offers scheduled flights from the South Terminal of YVR (www.SeaAir.com). For information on accommodation, restaurants, services and activities, visit www.mayneislandchamber.com or www.mayneisland.com. may 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 37

FOR TOTS, KIDS & TEENS June 4: World Oceans Day, Beacon Park. The whole family can

Children’s Carnival. Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at a big party for all ages. Entertainment, costume contest and kids activities provided by Panorama Recreation. Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. Free event. Beacon Park, Sidney. www.crd.bc.ca/ panorama. 250.656.7271.

June 11: Stand-up Paddleboard for Kids.

Fashion Week – Summer Camp. Do you dream of being a fashion designer? In this exciting camp, you will learn about Fashion Illustration, Upcycling a T-Shirt, Mixed Media Fashion Illustration and Designing Accessories. Show your creative talents in a final Gallery Show. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 9 to 13 years. $195. McTavish Academy of Art. Register: www.mctavishacademy.ca. 778.351.0088.

celebrate the rich abundance of our beautiful oceans. Join the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and their special guests outside on the Sidney waterfront. Enjoy displays, exhibitors, entertainment and refreshments. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages. Free event. www. salishseacentre.org. 250.665.7511.

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July 3 to 7:

Watery fun for children as they learn how to stand up paddle in the pool on specialized paddleboards designed with kids in mind. Requires ability to swim in deep water. Sunday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 8 to 14 years. $20. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Register: www.saanich.ca. 250.475.7600.

July 5: Summer Reading Club – “Walk on the Wild Side 2017 - Wild Hair

June 13: Doodlebugs Parent & Tot Art

Party.” Enjoy a story, then staff and students from VIU/SD 63 Hairstylist program will create a wild and crazy temporary hair-do just for you. Adult consent required. Wednesday,10:30 to 11:30 a.m. All ages. Free. Sidney/North Saanch Library. Registration starts last week of June: 250.656.0944 or sidney@virl.bc.ca. Info: www.virl.bc.ca.

Class: “Flower Pot Wind Chimes.” Creative crafting fun for mom/dad and tot. Make your own little masterpiece to take home. Supplies provided. Complimentary swim for parent and little one afterwards. Tuesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m. 3 to 5 years. $15. Panorama Recreation Poolside Room. Register: www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.

July 7 to 28:

June 17: Family Kayaking. Have a blast kayaking with your siblings and

parents. Every registered user will enjoy 45 minutes of kayaking. Saturday, 5:15 to 6 p.m. (8 years +) or 6 to 6:45 p.m. (5 to 7 years); must be accompanied by an adult in the kayak. Program included with swim admission to the Family Swim. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Register: www.saanich.ca. 250.475.7600.

June 21: Coast Capital Free Swim. Kids of all

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June 22: Learn to Fish. Learn the basics of fresh-water fishing with the Fresh Water Fisheries Society of B.C., then enjoy an hour of fishing. Must register and be accompanied by an adult. Fishing rods provided. 6 to 8 p.m. 5 to 15 years. Free. www. gofishbc.com or email viprograms@gofishbc.com. Elk Lake. Register: www.saanich.ca. 250.475.5422.


Little Dancers. Little ones will learn about the world of movement and music. Parents remain in studio during class. Fridays, 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. or 9:50 to 10:20 a.m. 4/$20. 2 to 3 years. Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Register: www. saanich.ca. 250.475.7121.

July 10 to 14, August 14 to 18: Creative Kids Summer Camp. An adventure for the imagination with yoga, art, creative writing, dance, nature walks and games. Week 1: July 10 to 14; Week 2: August 14 to 18. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 5 to 8 years. One week: $299 / two weeks: $499. McTavish Academy of Art. Register: www.mctavishacademy.ca. 778.351.0088.

July 17 to 21: Horse’n Around Horseback Riding Camp. This camp for beginners teaches basic riding skills, horse care and safety on safe, experienced schooled horses. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (5/$299) or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5/$499). 6 to 12 years. Westside Stables. Info and registration: www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.

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July 26: Extreme Teen Outing – “Tube-tastic! Cowichan River Tubing.” Teens will have an “extremely” enjoyable and exhilarating ride down a wild river. Pick-up and drop-off from Panorama Rec on bus to and from Cowichan River. Teens escorted downriver by staff and lifeguard. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $70. More info and registration: www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.

August 2:

Summer Reading Club - “Walk on the Wild Side 2017 - Microscopy in the Library.” A microscope spotlights this “walk on the wild side.” Dr. Elaine Humphrey, UVic Advanced Microscopy Facility, presents “Microscopy in the Library” with 10 microscopy activities. Wednesday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 6 to 96 years. Free. Sidney/ North Saanich Library. Registration starts last week of June: 250.656.0944 or sidney@virl. bc.ca. Info: www.virl.bc.ca.

August 14 to 18: Movie Magic Film Camp.

Attention all aspiring movie directors: create your own Hollywood Blockbuster film. In this camp, kids learn to shoot and edit an animated claymation movie, music video and a short film. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8 to 13 years. 5/$190. Greenglade Community Centre Room #6. Register: www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.

August 16: Summer Reading Club – “Walk on the Wild

Side 2017 - Meet the Mammoths.” Learn everything about these huge, wild, woolly creatures. Take an adventure with objects, stories and hands-on activity. Presented by the Royal B.C. Museum. Wednesday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 7 to 10 years. Free. Sidney/North Saanch Library. Registration starts last week of June: 250.656.0944 or sidney@virl.bc.ca. Info: www.virl.bc.ca.

August 21 to 25: Run, Skip & Splash. Summer fun at Island View Beach Regional Park – running on the beach and building sand castles, skipping through the trails and splashing in the ocean. Mon to Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 3 to 6 years. 5/$75. Island View Beach Regional Park.

August 3:

Sidney Spit Adventure. This adventure combines educational experiences inside and outside the Centre with games and activities. Explore Sidney Spit’s ecology, habitats, and history. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Grades 1 to 5. $75 (+tax). The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Registration forms: www.salishseacentre. org. 250.665.7511.

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August 9:

Predators of the Sky. Spend a fascinating afternoon learning about birds of prey and how they are perfectly adapted to their environment. Play games, make crafts and examine an owl pellet. Wednesday, 12 to 3 p.m. Drop in. All ages. Admission by donation. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Info: www.swanlake. bc.ca. 250.479.0211.



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Hiking the Coast at East Sooke Park

With over 3,500 acres of rugged West Coast wilderness, East Sooke by Jesse Holth Regional Park boasts 50 kilometres of forest, field and coastal trails. This massive park has three main entrances: Aylard Farm, Anderson Cove, and Pike Road. At the Aylard Farm entrance, you’ll find a picnic area and beach access. Try one of the coastal trails to see rocky bluffs, turquoise water, and windswept arbutus trees. Don’t miss one of the highlights on your way to Beechey Head – there are a number of Coast Salish petroglyphs carved into the rocks at Alldridge Point. Unfortunately, due to the natural processes of erosion, many of the petroglyphs have faded over time. Some have become difficult to see, or are no longer visible. There is a sea lion petroglyph that seems easiest to spot, so make sure to take a look before it, too, disappears. The Coast Trail can be quite muddy after heavy rain, and does have some rocky sections. If you’re looking for an easier trail, you can also follow the Interior Trail toward the petroglyphs. This forested path is shady, peaceful, and often less busy than the coastal routes. Looking 40 seasidemagazine.ca | may 2017

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Strong Bones:

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As a women’s health provider, a common health concern that is discussed at some point in care is bone health. Women of all ages, particularly post-menopausal women, need to consider bone health as a reflection of their overall health. If there are signs of osteoporosis or a strong family history, it should be given priority in prevention. The goal in treating and preventing osteoporosis is to slow down the breakdown of bone and stimulate the production of new bone. Given the right environment and nutrition, our bodies are well capable of keeping our bones healthy throughout our life. Below are the top three nutrients (other than calcium) that are essential to preventing osteoporosis. Vitamin K: Although Vitamin K is known for its blood clotting effects, it is essential for the production of osteocalcin, a protein found in high amounts in bone and is essential for bone formation and remodeling. Vitamin K is found in high concentrations of leafy green and cruciferous vegetables. Our own healthy gut flora makes our Vitamin K, which is why it is important to take probiotics, particularly after antibiotics, and to consume a variety of fermented foods. It is also found in most bone building formulas and Vitamin D supplements. Strontium: Strontium is a less well-known trace mineral that is also needed to stimulate bone formation and has a similar action on bone as calcium. It also has the ability to prevent bone degradation. It is found naturally in leafy greens, peas, carrots, potatoes, seafood and barley. Its amounts in food are dependent on soil concentrations, so if you are trying to treat or prevent osteoporosis, a supplement is needed. Oral strontium has a good long-term safety record and has a long history of research supporting its effective use in bone building. Vitamin D: Vitamin D is an important nutrient for our entire bodies, not just our bones. It has an immune system regulating role and

It’s Not All Just Calcium has been shown to reduce the risks of some autoimmune diseases and colorectal cancer. We as Canadians have less exposure to the sun on average in the year compared to our southern neighbours, and as such need to be cognizant of our consumption of foods with vitamin D. Top foods containing Vitamin D include: beef liver, fortified milk and orange juice, fatty fish, and egg yolks. Although the general population regularly consumes milk and eggs, it is still too common to be deficient in Vitamin D. The optimal daily amount of Vitamin D needed by the average adult is 1,000 to 2,000 IU/day. Obviously, as the sun does start coming out getting regular doses of short blasts of sun on your arms and legs is the easiest way to get your Vitamin D.

Where most pharmaceutical approaches to osteoporosis aim to prevent bone loss, many natural substances other than calcium support the body in building healthy bone. Naturopathic medicine not only encourages the regular consumption of a variety of whole foods that help with bone building, it emphasizes eating more alkaline to encourage a higher pH of our tissue that aids in bone mineralization, muscle building and protects healthy cells from damage. Reducing the consumption of animal fats and dairy, doing regular resistance exercise and supporting digestive processes to aid the breakdown and absorption of our nutrients are other fundamental approaches to health that directly influence bone density.

Your business donation can help take the pressure off Foundation operating costs. Join other local businesses like Graphic Office, Keating Self Storage and Marks who have already discovered unique ways to make a real difference. Call Renn Bibeau at 250-652-7531 to discuss a contribution option that works for your business and support the local healthcare that is so important to you, your customers and your employees.

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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email gillian@seasidemagazine.ca.

Peninsula Players Serve Up Fawlty Towers Series 2 The Peninsula Players’ first production of Fawlty Towers was so successful in 2016 that they’re back with three episodes from Series 2. The frenetic antics of Basil Fawlty, owner of the eponymous hotel, will continue to delight audiences whether or not they saw the original TV show starring John Cleese. Basil is constantly in trouble, whether fawning over the wrong guest or insulting others. Enjoy belly-shaking laughs during "Touch of Class," "Waldorf Salad" and "The Germans." May 4, 5, 6 and 7 starting at 7:30 p.m. and May 6 and 7 at 2 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.

City of Gardens Chorus Celebrates 50th Year The award-winning City of Gardens Chorus celebrates 50

years of a cappella harmony this year. This all-women Chorus, established in Victoria in 1967, has been educating, entertaining and competing ever since. The Chorus marks its 50th anniversary with two shows in Sidney. This musical show lampoons the Chorus’ upcoming summer bus tour of the United Kingdom where they will be singing throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. During this musical romp the audience will meet a huge history buff and lover of castles, a music aficionado and pipes and drums enthusiast, a foodie fan who’s super-excited to try haggis, and a ditzy clotheshorse looking for a rich royal. Fun for all ages! Tickets online at www.marywinspear.ca or email lbaber@shaw.ca. May 20 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

Art for Everyone Fundraiser Here’s an opportunity to support the Art for Everyone Foundation being established by the McTavish Academy of

Art. This silent auction and cocktail event will raise funds for arts in the community, such as school art programs which need supplies and other community art programs that may need a hand up. Everyone welcome. More at www.mctavishacademy.ca under Events or phone 778-351-0088. May 27 – doors open at 6:30 p.m. McTavish Academy of Art, 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich.

Readings by Anny Scoones and Jennifer Manuel

Calvin Cairns and Paul O’Brien

Anny Scoones’ name will be familiar to many from her years as a local councillor and owner of a North Saanich heritage farm. Now residing in James Bay, she has published a series of “home-themed” books: Home, True Home, Hometown, Home and Away, and recently Last Dance in Shediac. The same evening, Jennifer Manuel will read from her award-winning short fiction and her debut novel The Heaviness of Things that Float: a compelling exploration of the delicate dynamic between First Nations communities

This high-energy duo performs Celtic-based instrumental music and Paul’s original songs on fiddle, concertina, Irish bouzuki, guitar and bodhran. Calvin has performed and recorded with Stuart McLean and The Vinyl Café Orchestra, The Bills, Connie Kaldor, Spirit of the West, Bob Bossin and many others. Paul’s song repertoire often includes stories about colourful local characters and West Coast lore. Presented by the Deep Cove Folk Music Society. Tickets at the door. May 12, 8 to 10:30 p.m. St. John’s United Church, North Saanich.

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

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

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Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics Going Platinum Hair Design and Esthetics has been serving Sidney and the surrounding areas for the past 10 years! All our stylists and estheticians pride themselves on delivering the most up-to-date styles and techniques to their clients, while using high-quality products, making memorable experiences and creating that lasting look you desire! As a fully licensed, full-service salon, we offer services for the whole family! We are proud to be an exclusive Redken Salon. Redken has been a top leader in the industry since being founded in 1960. From the streets of New York City to London and around the world, we're bringing these top colour trends to the streets of Sidney, B.C.! Seaflora and Viva Organics are our exclusive skin care lines that we use during your relaxing spa services. Both these products are made locally and with all-natural ingredients! Seaflora uses seaweeds from the Sooke coastline, and Viva Organics comes to us from Vancouver! While the change of seasons is upon us and spring is (finally) in the air, you may be considering something new. We are always welcoming new guests to our salon and we may just be that perfect fit!

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

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Beacon Pet Hospital continues Beacon Cat Hospital’s tradition of great veterinary care in the Saanich Peninsula. We provide a wide range of veterinary services – for more information, please visit our website: www.beaconpethospital.ca. Our Mission: Provide the highest quality medical and surgical care to our patients with dedication, compassion and respect towards the owners and their beloved family member. To communicate options, while respecting the decisions of our clients and helping them provide their pets the best health care possible. What to expect? It is our priority to provide our clients and patients with the best possible service and care in a professional manner. Our appointments are specifically scheduled for 30 minutes to dedicate additional time for the care of your beloved family member. A thorough examination of your pet is done in a calm environment to make sure you are well informed about the health status of your pet and you can make an informed decision about his/her care. Our staff is well trained and will always be willing to provide their best to make you feel comfortable with the quality of care at our facility. We invite all clients and their pets to come in and experience our services.

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World Class Community Care: Small Town Physio Strikes a Big Chord by Phillip Van de Ruyt This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. How does one maintain small-town individualized care in a dynamically expanding business? For Scott Simpson of Saanichton Physiotherapy, it comes down to making changes that centre around his patients’ needs. Despite a large patient following, he isn’t afraid of change. Not only has Scott recently renovated his well-known Saanichton location, but you can now find him at a brand-new Elk Lake clinic, dubbed Saanich Physiotherapy.

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Scott took some time to answer my questions about his growing business. I was curious to know how long the new clinic has been in the cards. Scott explained that they have “consider[ed] expansion over the last few years, as the clinic has become progressively busier.” Expansion was the only answer for Scott, as he does not wish to subject his patients to long wait times or compromise their care. I inquired whether they’re targeting a specific niche at the new clinic. Scott explained that “The new office runs similarly to the office in Saanichton, with a few tweaks

that push it to the higher performance spectrum.” They’re reaching that level with innovative new tools, and the freedom for their patients to head straight to the lake or surrounding trail after a visit. Of course patients couldn’t go far if the new clinic was to offset Saanichton’s full plate, but I wondered what made Elk Lake the right fit. It turns out that Saanichton Physiotherapy has seen increasing patient numbers from more southern parts of Greater Victoria in recent years. So, not only is Elk Lake ideal geographically, but the area also comes with incredible clientele. Scott tells of

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the privilege of “work[ing] with some of the best endurance sports athletes and coaches in the world.” It’s no surprise that Scott and his colleagues are inspired to reach their own levels of excellence, when treating Olympians and world champions. With the typical excited curiosity that surrounds fame, I queried what about Scott’s practice grabs the attention of high-caliber athletes. Scott was willing to divulge their winning formula: “One [reason] is that many of [us] have been competitive athletes ourselves.” Scott’s also worked with many Canadian National teams as well. If you are competitive in sports and an unthinkable injury happens, your first thought is probably: “When and how can I get back in the game?” I asked Scott whether he focuses more on keeping injured athletes in the game, or assuring their full recovery first. In his words: “People want to do what they enjoy, and I think we should do whatever we can

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We can all take a page out of Scott Simpson’s book when he says “we owe it to our community to be the best we can be.” learned “to use science to guide the process of returning to sport.” He applies his science to “treat the person, not the body part.” Scott also focuses on avoiding injury recurrence, by taking a long-term restorative approach. There’s no doubt athletes are a huge part of Saanich and Saanichton Physiotherapy, but what if you’re not the sporting type? Who else can benefit? “Anybody that has aches or pains

can benefit from Physiotherapy,” Scott says. His clinics use 30-minute private sessions, where they “try to go deep into the underlying causes of an injury, explain the problems, [and] work collectively to … develop long term preventative solutions.” They achieve great patient value with a researchoriented structure. It truly does all come down to the patient, so I asked Scott what his relationship with other Peninsula healthcare practitioners is like. He explained that it’s a symbiotic one, where they are an “integral part of our community healthcare. [They] work closely with our local family doctors and specialists to ensure that continuity of care is exemplary.” Scott clearly strives for greatness in his field, and I’d say he’s already there. We can all take a page out of his book when he says “We owe it to our community to be the best we can be.” For information visit www.saanichphysio.com and www.saanichtonphysio.com.


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business Business Place The Flader Business Centre opened recently at #101 - 9837 Seventh Street in Sidney. They cater to all small business needs, from hot-desking through full office rental to boardroom rental offering full web conferencing facilities. Recently renovated, the centre has been tastefully decorated, allowing users to conduct business in a relaxed but professional environment. All locations are serviced by individual secure WiFi to the highest specifications. For more information email darrel. couzens@bruneltech.com.

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Caroline Paterson and Sheila Henn, of Paterson Henn CPA, are pleased to welcome their new Associate, Sandra Boyd, CPA, CGA, to their team. At Paterson Henn they assist individuals, companies and other organizations with year-end, bookkeeping, taxes and other accounting needs. Welcome, Sandra!

The New Board of Directors for the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, 2017/2018, has been announced. For more information, visit www.peninsulachamber.ca.

Hockey Paces Rob Armstrong, a professional hockey coach and specialist in player development, has recently launched a new business, Hockey Evolution, based on the Saanich Peninsula. Hockey Evolution provides high-quality power skating, individual game skills instruction and mentorship to hockey players in British Columbia and beyond. Rob is a certified High Performance Coach by Hockey Canada, has worked for B.C. Hockey as High Performance Program Coordinator, and Coach Mentor for local minor hockey associations. Rob has many years of experience working with fiveyear old beginners to elite/pro players, both in Canada and internationally. www.hockey-evolution.com.

Keeping it Green Butchart Gardens bans the bottle! Butchart has banned single-use water bottles in an effort to help the battle against harmful plastics in the environment. The Gardens made the announcement to mark World Water Day, saying the move will eliminate about 80,000 plastic bottles from the environment each year. "We hope we are going to bring forward an awareness that in this world either you are part of the solution or you are part of the problem," said Bob Parrotta, the director of food services for Butchart Gardens.

awards Work Recognition Realtor Rosemarie Root has been awarded Macdonald Realty’s Rookie of the Year Award! “This award is not given out every year. There happen to be moments when a new realtor has progressed

and done exceptionally well in their first year, and Macdonald Realty wants to announce it,” says Ara Balabanian, Managing Broker. Congratulations, Rosemarie!

Environmental Recognition Bayside Middle School has been awarded $15,300 from TD Friends of the Environment Fund under its Common Ground Project in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary. They were one of only two schools in British Columbia chosen to receive this special funding. The grant will be used towards an outdoor classroom and Peace and Friendship garden. Way to go, Bayside!

events An Evening Out The Rotary Club of Sidney is hosting its Monte Carlo Gala at the Mary Winspear Centre, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. They are raising funds for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, and the Bombo Palliative Care Project, in Tanzania. Join them for an evening of games of chance, live music, dancing, auctions and tapas. Four tickets for $200. Event tickets are available online at www.marywinspear.ca.

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A Scandalous Love Affair Today we are accustomed to scandals in the news. Not so in early by Valerie Green Victoria. Rumours surrounding one young woman during the 1890s were, therefore, thought to be quite shocking. The lady in question was Bertha de Miranda Genn, who led a very unorthodox life. Born in England on June 24, 1868, to Eliza MacGregor and Diogo Madison Genn, her father’s prosperous import/export business provided a grand lifestyle for his family. However, when he died in 1877, he left no one to take care of his wife and five children and the family fortunes rapidly declined. As the children grew up they all left England for greener pastures. Bertha’s older sister, Emily, came to Canada in 1882 to become governess to the Walbey family on Blanshard Street in Victoria. Mr. Walbey was a well-established real estate accountant in business with one Francis Bourchier. At the age of 21, Bertha sailed around the Cape in a “windjammer,” arriving in Victoria in 1890. She also worked as a governess taking care of six children which was not quite the lifestyle she had anticipated, so she began to broaden her horizons. Francis Bourchier, the man in partnership with her sister’s employer, caught her eye and Bertha decided that Bourchier could be her ticket to a better life as he was a man of considerable means. There was only one problem – Bourchier already had a wife! Undaunted, Bertha fell for his charms and they began a torrid affair. Bourchier, born Sydney Francis Bees in England, had changed his name when he arrived in Victoria with his wife Clara. He then made a great deal of money in real estate. Bertha, however, was determined and, being the rogue that he was, Bourchier welcomed her advances. The adulterous couple were often seen together in “compromising situations” such as camping together at Cadboro Bay where they were reported, heaven forbid, to have “occupied the same tent!”

They also openly lived together in Bourchier’s Rockland residence while wife Clara was away in Banff. Eventually Clara divorced her husband, citing Bertha as the co-respondent, but the shocking affair between Bertha and Bourchier continued to cause tongues to wag. Bourchier was also far from honest, and had many brushes with the law. He changed his name again (to Sydney Gray) to escape a conviction and then left town with Bertha in tow, absconding with $50,000 in cash and $10,000 worth of diamonds. The money came from a short-term partnership he had formed with Harry Croft, a land speculator connected by marriage to the Dunsmuir family. Croft never saw his money again. The couple eventually married and a daughter was born to them, followed later by a son. They moved to Langley to manage a farm for a wealthy man who was away in England. However, in the owner’s absence, Bourchier/Gray disposed of the man’s property and pocketed the money. Once again he managed to escape the law and they headed for New York. A born con artist and swindler, news reached Victoria that Gray was in trouble with the law yet again in Poughkeepsie, New York State. He served time in the county jail for conning his landlord out of a hotel bill by forgery and later spent time in Sing Sing Prison. He left Bertha and the children penniless and Bertha was reported to have died in poverty and was buried in a potter’s field. But, was that yet another scam to escape the law? It was obviously not true as both Gray and Bertha later returned to B.C. where Gray eventually abandoned her. Bertha then worked as a hairdresser in order to support her children and died in 1907 at the age of 38 from kidney disease and heart failure. The scandalous affair between the con artist and the girl looking for a better life was long remembered in Victoria. They were often referred to as “a pair of sanctimonious hypocrites” while Bees/ Bourchier/Gray became known as “the prince of scamps.” Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at valgee@shaw.ca. Photo of Bertha Genn courtesy of David Genn, Genn family Archives. may 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 55

News from ArtSea by Marie Savage

The ArtSea 2017 Annual General Meeting

took place last month. As ArtSea’s group members stood to give reports on their activities over the past year, it became very clear there are exceptional volunteers working to bring the best leaders, teachers, mentors and performers to the Saanich Peninsula. Groups thanked ArtSea for supporting their activities with grants, without which, for instance, the Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild would not have been able to put on a series of detailed workshops on taking a clay work all the way through to bronze casting. Membership in ArtSea, your community arts council, is open to both groups like the Sidney Shutterbugs or the Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners as well as individual artist members. After the new board was elected, President Diane Thorp invited guest speaker, Arts Consultant Patricia Huntsman, to speak. Patricia helped shepherd ArtSea’s new strategic plan through its development. The plan

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was supposed to take two to three years to implement, but many of the key elements have already been started or even completed. Patricia’s advice to any board is to maintain focus on the organization’s mission and to “try not to fall off the perch.” With so much going on across our community, involving hundreds of people in scores of activities, it would be easy to get distracted. Looking at the work that has been done to date, Patricia said: “You are doing what much bigger communities do and you’re doing it well.” A short celebration of ArtSea’s official rebranding followed the close of the AGM. ArtSea recently donated $5,000 to School District #63 for the Arts in the Schools program. ArtSea raised funds by holding a silent auction at the 2016 Sidney Fine Arts Show, sold coffee and cookies at the show and topped the total up to $5,000 from their other funds. Arts in the Schools supports a wide variety of art activity in classes from K-12 across the district. ArtSea is particularly proud of the support they’ve been able to offer to Indigenous Arts programs. These have resulted in SD#63 students learning about totem pole carving, traditional canoe carving, and more. Projects vary year to year and have included things like felting, with the students learning about everything from sheep shearing to wool production. Projects under the literary, visual or performing arts umbrella have included hip hop dancing, song writing, poetry writing, clay works, and costume design, among other things. More than 2,300 students participated in arts programs in SD#63 last year. The Arts contribute to the ability to think creatively, problem solve, and to work well with others. From comments left at student events, including, “Amazing,” “Inspirational” and “Beautiful,” it is clear the community benefits from Arts in the Schools as well.


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Celebrating 20 years in business, Alison and her staff at Meadow Oak owe the success of the nursery to the love of plants. They are happy to share their passion and knowledge to help everyone make the perfect choice, whether you are a new or seasoned green thumb. Choose from a huge selection of gorgeous annuals, hanging baskets and custom moss planters for a stunning summer display. Enjoy a relaxing shopping experience in the heart of Deep Cove.

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

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

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Outdoor Living: Changing Our Dreams to Reality Story by janice henshaw Photos by nuttycake.com / vince klassen

What does outdoor living space mean to you? Does it consist of a trip to the park, a barbecue, or perhaps a pot of geraniums and a couple of sun loungers on a deck? Or could it be an all-season entertaining area that includes an outdoor kitchen, heated tile flooring, and wicker patio furniture that surrounds a beautiful outdoor fireplace? Whatever we have now, it’s fun to dream about changes that will transform our outdoor play or relaxing space into something even more amazing. Perhaps this is the year we can add lighting, plants that attract butterflies and bees, fruit trees, a kid’s treehouse, or incorporate a whole new design with retaining walls, an infinity pool, or raised garden beds. But how do we transform that glorious image into reality? When the questions start to add up faster than the answers, it’s time to check in with some local experts. Silvia Bonet, lead architect at Finlayson Bonet Architecture, grew up in the hot climate of Argentina where there were no boundaries between indoor and outdoor living. As a result, Silvia approaches designing a space differently, and she says that to achieve the uninterrupted feeling of not having a threshold between you and the outdoors, it’s best to use the same flooring or same colour of flooring through both spaces, as well as matching colours and lighting. “Large openings, whether sliding, folding, or swing doors, permit that continuity. Large windows next to a double swing door also enhance that effect. It is ideal to have no obstacles when going from one space to the other. Allowing full visibility to the outdoors, or using subtle, deliberate framed views from the inside, will encourage

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us to go outside for further exploration,” Silvia says. “Not all houses are at ground level, in which case a large deck can be built to create the expansion to the outside.” Silvia notes that it is better to have a minimum grade differential; however, if steps are required, then it is essential to provide large and safe platforms that transition to lower decks as the outdoor space flows down into a lower garden. Landscaping choices are important too. Silvia encourages her clients to plant deciduous trees on the south, south-west side which provides welcome shade in the summer and allows maximum sun in the winter. Coniferous trees planted on the predominantly-windy side helps block cold winter winds. Silvia concludes: “When we design an outdoor space in our climate there are many challenges to consider!” For additional information on landscape design, I turned to a Q&A session with the ever-helpful and talented Chris Stansfield at Garden City Tree & Landscape. I gave him, as an example to work with, a rancher style house plunked in the middle of a large lawn with a few trees and shrubs. Here are his suggestions: How do I create boundaries in my outdoor space, so it isn’t just an endless mowing chore? If you have space, it’s ideal to make “rooms” throughout your landscape using larger plant material or hardscape (pathways, retaining walls, etc.). If you have a smaller yard, it’s ideal to have peek-a-view sightlines (windows) in the “rooms” to give the illusion of a larger area.

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I think a deck could be my favourite hangout in the summer. What are my options? If you like things hot and you have a sunny patio, I would recommend interlock pavers or slate. These elements act as a heat sink during the day and help keep you warm on our cool summer evenings. We very rarely put in natural wood decking here on the West Coast as it does not have a long life and continually needs to be repainted or stained. But if you like the look and feel of wood, I recommend you take a look at composite deck material. It’s soft on bare feet, looks good, and never needs to be painted! What addition will transform my outdoor space from forgettable to great? Lighting, lighting and more lighting. We have long winter nights and coming home to a nicely lit-up landscape is a great reward for spending hard-earned money. A second step is to add a high-quality mulch – that will also make your plants and hardscape pop! What options are there for the entrance to my outdoor space? How can I give it pizzazz?






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moving water can be very relaxing. If water usage is a concern, stay away from large deciduous trees and full sun. It’s amazing how the evaporation rate varies from a sunny open area to a partly shaded, wind-protected area. In designing a seating area what should be considered? And how do I define it? Make it close to the house, so you use it! It’s amazing to me that people spend hard-earned money on a very attractive seating area that they never use because it’s in an inconvenient location. The key to success is to ensure it matches with the elements of the location. A heavily wooded area suits live-edge lumber benches surrounded by large woodland plants like rhododendron, pieris and azaleas. A rocky outcrop area suits a slate patio with high-quality teak furniture surrounded by masonry walls that can incorporate drought tolerant feature plants. All patios will benefit from a natural gas “fire pit” if the budget allows it. Chris concludes: “Fire, water, earth and air are crucial to our well-being.” To finish our deck with a fire pit or furniture, we can pop over to Home Hardware, where Laura Harris notes that new trends in outdoor furniture are always happening. “Colour is huge; I remember when Adirondack chairs came in only three or four colours – now I struggle to find space for all the varieties. They go from teal green to wine burgundy. It’s a rainbow of furniture!” Once you are all comfy in your beautiful new deck chair with an intriguing summer read in one hand and a cool refreshing beverage in the other, you can look up at the gorgeous blue sky, relax, and be grateful. No matter how small and simple, or large and complex, it’s your lovely retreat, your space to enjoy.

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Selling Your Home? by Rosemarie Root Macdonald Realty Ltd.

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First impressions are everything, and it couldn't be more true than when it comes to selling your home. 63% of home buyers will do a "drive-by" after viewing a home they like online. This is your first opportunity! Staging the outside of your house is a surefire way to get buyers in. If they don't like what they see on the outside, they won't want to see the inside – your home's exterior represents what it may look like behind the front door. Show your pride of ownership before viewers even step into the yard. It should be uncluttered, well manicured, clean, bright and inviting. Here are a few staging tips that won't break the bank and will help you get your home sold faster.

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Give your gardens a finished look. Trim back any overgrown shrubs, bushes and trees. Top up minimal or non-exsistant gardens with larger plants to fill empty holes. Add plants with colour and brightness to give it that extra pop.

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recycling bins, piles of scrap wood, metal and junk. Tuck gardening equipment away and out of eyesight. Keeping the yard as tidy as possible is a huge must; no one wants to guess how much clutter may also be in the house! Remember: curb appeal is a must. You want potential buyers to love the outside so they come inside! For more information, call 250-508-0112.

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egg. Fried, scrambled, poached, coddled or hard-boiled, these little gems are true comfort food that have versatility written all over them! An excellent source of protein, and a fairly inexpensive product that delivers stunning richness to any dish, the egg could possibly be one of the world’s most perfect foods! Few people harness the egg’s flexibility. Sure, you can have them fried with toast or boiled with a touch of salt, but the possibilities with eggs go far beyond. One of the most delectable classics I was served recently was a Caesar salad. This wasn’t your usual bowl of warm romaine dripping in a creamy concoction that you so often find in some restaurants. This was cool, crisp pieces of romaine drizzled with a simple dressing of olive oil, garlic, Lea & Perrins, lemon juice, and Tabasco tossed and piled high on a chilled plate. But it didn’t end there: on top of the salad perched a gorgeous, creamy poached egg, sliced so gently that the warm yolk just flowed out and mingled with the lettuce. It was topped with tangy curls of parmesan cheese, a dusting of fresh cracked pepper and,on the side, a gorgeous oven-warmed wedge of toasted baguette licked with butter … total heaven I can assure you. The best part? You can recreate it at home! It is perfect for lunch with friends or ideal if you seek a simple weekday dinner away from meat and potatoes. The goodness of eggs and the delicious options they offer can be found in more dishes than salads and appetizers. Consider them as a topping on your next homemade pizza! Cracked right on top, corralled by a ring of red onion and baked right in, they add super richness and a dose of whimsy to your pie! Why not try one on top of a barbecued beef burger, traditional steak and eggs or try

your hand at a Scotch egg. No longer just old school pub fare any more, hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, breaded and then baked are gracing the pages of modern tapas menus, and holding their own as popular sellers on some of restaurants’ most exclusive menus! But hands down, my all time favourite has got to be the quintessential comfort food:

fettuccini carbonara. Dead simple: sauté a shallot, ½ a medium onion and a little bacon in a skillet with some butter. Not the bacon type? Substitute broccolini. Boil a pot of salted water and toss in an extra large handful of fettuccini, cook till al dente, drain and set aside. In another bowl whisk together 4 eggs, ½ cup cream, a good pinch of salt, fresh pepper and ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese. Place the drained pasta back on low-medium heat, add the cream mixture and the bacon together for 3-4 minutes and stir constantly. Toss this into an extra large bowl , grab a fork, pour a glass of jammy red wine, throw on your pajamas, hop into bed and switch on your favourite movie … luxury at its finest. Enjoy! This recipe first appeared in the April 2012 issue of Seaside Magazine.

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in India. It is easy to assume that the story that she tells in A Hero’s Walk is informed by her own experience of moving to a new country and adjusting to the differences. As readers though, we shouldn’t assume: in this case, Badami’s story places little focus on the contrast between countries, instead rooting itself very firmly in the fictional town of Toturpuram and the larger-than-life characters living in the Big House. It’s a book about relationships: between father and daughter, mother and son, husband and wife – and also about the ideas of duty, honour and expectation. The section of the book based in Canada (in Vancouver) is almost an aside to the main narrative: it is briefly sketched and little dwelled on. Yet the impetus for the story is the death of the main character’s daughter, who had moved to Canada, and the need to bring the Canadian-born grandchild to live in Toturpuram. Our Book Club response was a little underwhelming this month. Everyone had read the book, some several years ago as it is an older title, but there weren’t many who had a lot of enthusiasm for it. There was a consensus that the story could have been more, or gone further. There were unexplored storylines and underdeveloped characters that left us feeling unsatisfied. Readers came to the meeting with questions though: “which character evoked your sympathy?”; “Did you have a stand out chuckle?”; “Do good authours only want to write tragic tales, or is it that critics favour tragic tales?” The Hero’s Walk is an award winner and perhaps as such we had high expectations. There is no doubt that the writing is beautiful, and the flavour of a chaotic world very different from our everyday experience left a lasting impression, but at the centre it seemed that the lack of sympathetic characters was a deterrent for readers to get really attached. It’s good to take the time to reflect on books we’ve read, and hear the opinions of others. Maybe the book won’t always be a hit, but the company of other readers is ever rewarding! Thanks to all who came along and to Sidney/North Saanich Library for their continued support. Thanks also to Sidney’s Quince Café for providing the refreshments to fuel our conversation. The Book Club selection for our May meeting is Little Failure – A Memoir by Gary Sheyngart. The meeting will be held on May 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nell Horth Room, Sidney North Saanich Library, Resthaven Drive. Visit www.seasidemagazine.ca/bookclub for more information and to sign up!

Friendly, Safe, Walkable Sidney: Everyone Welcome! Internationally, these are not the easiest of times. Each day we are bombarded by the world’s discontents and struggles and indeed, sometimes, those of the nation and province too. On some days, the net effect is bewildering and not a little disheartening. So, to paraphrase a familiar song: sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and start all over again to remember the calm, safe and culturally-open society in which so many of us live and work. Sidney, the Peninsula, and so much of Vancouver Island truly offer not just respite from the world’s woes but an opportunity to feel safe and comfortable, so much so that our combined energy and creative efforts can make a huge difference to our friends and neighbours and the many thousands of people each year who pass our way and come to enjoy our community. Indeed, we are the lucky ones, very lucky. Did you know that in Sidney and on the Peninsula more than a million hours of good work are generated through volunteer activity each year? Hospice care, thrift and charity shops, literacy programs, the Food Bank, Peninsula Celebrations Society events, the SHOAL Centre, the Sidney Library, not-for-profit boards of directors, the Sidney Museum, the Mary Winspear Centre, the Community Arts Centre and the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, to name but a few, are all supported by large numbers of residents strongly committed to volunteering. Without doubt, volunteers make our community tick! And think about how fortunate we are in Sidney to have free parking, safe and clean streets and beautifully maintained gardens and public spaces. Think about all the community events we enjoy: Family Day, parades, Sidney Days festivities and so much more. Truly, for a town of some 11,000 people we are extraordinarily rich! Think too about our incredibly beautiful environment with its spectacular views, clean air and abundant recreational opportunities. A bit of magic right on our doorstep! Of course the best thing about Sidney is its people – residents, business and commercial property owners, volunteers, parents, children, retired or working folks who together make Sidney the familyfriendly place it is to live, work and enjoy.

by Susan Simosko

In these challenging times, it’s vital to remember that Sidney welcomes everyone, no strings attached. As our town continues to grow, and we see increased diversity, we need to communicate our shared vision of Sidney as a friendly, economically and socially vibrant

hub that celebrates the skills, creative energies and many kindnesses of all who pass our way. For more information about Sidney businesses, events and how to volunteer or otherwise contribute to Sidney, visit www. distinctlysidney.ca and www.sidney.ca.

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what ’ s happening 3RD THURSDAY OF each MONTH

Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney, 7 p.m. More information at www.sidneysistercitiesassociation.com

Speakers and discussions on the association’s ongoing projects. tuesday evenings

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

may 27 & 28: Is Cohousing for You? Workshop with Margaret Critchlow 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sidney Library, 10091 Resthaven Drive www.saanichpeninsulacohousing.com

Recommended for anyone interested in the new Saanich Peninsula Cohousing initiative and other cohousing projects, such as West Wind Harbour Cohousing. A cohousing community is a neighbourhood designed and developed by its members to combine the independent autonomy of private homes with the social benefits of a congenial and energetic community. Participants explore how to access the creative power of community to build a better world and improve quality of life. A free information session about the Saanich Peninsula Cohousing initiative follows the workshop. $125/single, $175/couple.

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support.

may 28: Sidney Concert Band Spring Concert

2nd Thursday of each Month

Come celebrate Sidney Concert Band’s 30th Anniversary at their Spring Concert featuring “Our Favourite Things” theme. Variety of music and song: latino, broadway hits, marches, Beatles, Canadiana and more. Featuring musician and singing soloists: trombone section, rocking harmonica, big bass sax and euphonium. Musical Director Bruce Ham. Tickets $15 via box office information above.

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Haro’s Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel Pre-booking required and more information at www.peninsulanewcomers.ca

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

2 p.m. at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 250.656.0275 | www.marywinspear.ca

May 6: St. John’s “Growing Community” Spring Fair 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. St. John’s Church, 10990 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich

You’ll find live music, maypole dancing, plants, home baking, community vendors with a wide variety of saleable items, children’s activities, a tea room, thrift shop and more. May 6 & 7: 2017 Fairfield Artists Studio Tour (FAST)

The ArtSea Gallery Presents:

Now in its 16th year, the Fairfield Artists Studio Tour is an annual self-guided tour that provides art-lovers an opportunity to meet 27 local artists who open their studio doors to the public to display their fine art. Map available at fairfieldartistsstudiotour. com/map.htm.

Structured Stitches May 1 - 7, 2017

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fairfield neighbourhood of Victoria aura.arindam@gmail.com www. fairfieldartistsstudiotour.com

may 7: Feelin’ Out Frogs (guided walk - 5 yrs +)

10 to 11:30 a.m. at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, Saanich 250.478.3344 | www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Spring is in full swing, and so are the frogs! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist in exploring the fabulous lives of the frogs that live in Elk/Beaver Lake, including why they sing, their lifecycle and their adaptations. Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter in the Filter Beds parking lot. may 14: Mother’s Day - Free Admission

Panorama Recreation Centre & Greenglade Community Centre lsneek@panoramarec.bc.ca

We are celebrating Mother’s Day! Moms receive free admission to drop-in activities such as swimming, weight room and fitness classes. may 15: Many Moons Ago in May: Stories at Fern Street 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 | www.victoriastorytellers.org

Join us for stories told in the oral tradition by members of Victoria Storyteller’s Guild and friends. An artful auditory amble into adventure across acres of mirth and magic awaits; this is where urban legend, tall tales and myth abide. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies).

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Time and Tide May 8 - 14, 2017 Rodger Garbutt: Watercolours from B.C., Latin America and Europe

Journey May 15 - 21, 2017 Margo Styan: Fabric Art & Quilting Peter and Daniel Brimacombe: Photography & Digital Sketches

Whimsical Woodlands May 22 - 28, 2017 Brenda Milne and Darlyne Stewart: Sculpture and Paintings

Fancy That May 30 - June 4, 2017 Friday Fibre Friends: Pop Up Fibre Arts Fashion Show on June 3 at 1 p.m. The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2017. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information: www.cacsp.com.

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Mondays) 5th & Weiler, Sidney • Free Admission & Parking We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council. may 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 75

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Fashions from Confederation and Canada's History Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday and in Sidney,

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one of the many celebrations to mark this great occasion will be a Fashion Show and Tea featuring Fashions from Confederation, at SHOAL Centre, May 31 at 2:30 p.m. With a lovely tea menu, the show will be a delightful opportunity to take a look at what women were wearing as Canada officially came together as country in 1867. Heritage Productions (see picture at right), a local Victoria company that has been combining history and fashion for over 25 years, has done its research to bring us an accurate snapshot of the era. As much as possible, the gowns are either originals, or painstakingly tailored by Louise Osselton, the group’s talented and hard-working seamstress/designer. Over the years, Heritage Productions has acquired an inventory of some 600 outfits spanning the 1800s and 1900s, from donations, treasure finds, and good oldfashioned sewing. Louise was instrumental in designing a previous fashion show at SHOAL for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee that highlighted fashions from the six decades of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. This show will be an equally fascinating historical look at dresses, hats and accessories of the years surrounding the founding of our country. Seating in the Tides at SHOAL Dining Room is limited, so call 250-656-5537 early to purchase your tickets – only $10. VISA and MasterCard accepted. As well as the Fashion Show, SHOAL Centre will host a special lunch on Monday, June 26 to honour both Sidney’s 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday. "Celebrating the Roots of Your Community" will feature a tree-planting ceremony, Town Crier Kenny Podmore, lunch, cake cutting and live entertainment by the Splinters – all for just $10. Tickets now on sale. This event will be held in the large auditorium so there is plenty of room. Don’t miss either of these wonderful celebrations!

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last word As we prepared to send the April issue off to press last month I struggled to find a topic for my Last Word. After over eight years and around 80 columns, sometimes I feel like I’ve written about everything. I discussed the problem with a friend of mine. “I feel like your column used to be more about ‘you, Allison,’ not just ‘Allison the mom,’” she said. And she’s right. You go your whole life being a composite of many things – sister, daughter, editor, reader, crafter, etc. – all the little pieces that come together to make you YOU. Then, one day, you become a mom and those unique components sort of slip away, without you meaning to let it happen or even really noticing when it does. After a year or two of new motherhood you come out of the fog and all of a sudden realize that you’ve lost your identity as all but “mommy.” Quite simply, your life revolves completely around this little being, and it doesn’t seem that important, or possible, to find time to be you anymore – after all, you love your child more than anything so why would you want more than to just be their mother? But, if your whole life is tied up in being


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a mom, what else is there to write about? And more importantly, isn’t being you, independent of your child, just as important as being mommy? This battle for identity after motherhood is explored by British poet, author and spoken word artist Hollie McNish in her poem “What’s My Name Again?” “I lost my name at toddler group. From Hollie, or Hols, or Hollie McNish. I’m now known as so-and-so’s mum. … and it’s only when the stars are out and everything’s dark that my own name creeps out from under the table and I’m able to remember the person I am. With a hot cup of tea and a book in my hand and a two-hour slot to remember my own plans before I turn off the light.” My friend’s words resonated; they have been percolating within me over the last month, making their presence known every time I try to take a few minutes for myself. I’ve come to realize that being a mom doesn’t have to come at the expense of being you. “Mom” can be added to the grab bag of elements that make up who you are. Wanting to have things that are just for you doesn’t make you a worse mother; in fact it likely makes you a better one, because someone who takes the time for themselves is able to give more fully to others. Once upon a time I used to read. A lot. I’d come home from the library with 10 or 12 books and have them finished long before they were due back. I was rarely without a book in my hand, but since my daughter was born, reading for pleasure is one of the many things that has fallen by the wayside. So starting to read again has been the first step in finding myself. I formed a small book club with several friends who are also moms of small children, women who love to read but find it hard to find the time in always full days. We try and meet once a month or so, but of course it ends up being more like every two months what with competing schedules and flagging energy. Having to read a particular title by a certain date has proven, for all of us, to be the catalyst we needed to start reading for ourselves again, if only for a few moments here and there. A small step, but an important one, in our journey beyond “mommy.”

Allison Smith, Editor

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Seaside Magazine May 2017 Issue  

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

Seaside Magazine May 2017 Issue  

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

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