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Contents MAY 2019



THE NEW AMBASSADOR: Pets in the Workplace

2019 KIDS TO WATCH Help us celebrate some of our community’s bright lights!



FASHION, FUNCTION, FIDO! Outfitting Your Four-Legged Friends

SEASIDE HOMES Townhouse Living in Sidney

29 A FAMILY JOURNEY Bringing the Global Village Close to Home

ON THE COVER Taken at Newton Valley Farm by Sue Ferguson - Outer Limits Digital Photography

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 11 The Golden Years 14 Living Off the Land NEW! 22 Stable & Field NEW! 30 Word on the Street 32 Common Cents 41 Out for a … Nature Walk NEW! 45 Salish Sea News 47 Inside Out 48 Behind the Scenes 51 Cowland’s Chronicles 52 New & Noteworthy 55 Globehopping

56 In Fashion 59 The Natural Path 67 Island Dish 70 Seaside Book Club 71 Meet Your Neighbours NEW! 72 Art Scene 75 Take Note 86 On Design 89 West Coast Gardener 93 Trade Student Spotlight 94 Sudoku 95 Last Word

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Choosing a dog is as important as any other significant family decision. I like to remind clients that careful research and planning beforehand can help to ensure that their new family member does nothing but bring all the companionship, love and joy that man’s best friend can offer.

As an Early Childhood Educator, turning the forest into our outdoor classroom provides children with the opportunity to deeply connect with nature and to experience the explicit wonder of playing and climbing in the woods. Sharing this experience with young children, seeing their joy and wonder, really touches my heart.

VINCENT DENIS PAGE 25 I really like changing people’s perception about small dog ownership. Part of it is having my little dogs out in the wilds enjoying themselves with me just like I’ve done with my much larger dogs. This new wave of technical wear has made me so much more confident in their comfort and safety. And they look darn cute too!

KATIE KROEKER PAGE 89 Good landscape design is all about invitation. The invitation to chat, to wander and explore and to enter into community and hospitality. In this article I reflect on the early lessons learned through my mother’s garden, lessons that continue to inform my own garden and those I design.

LINDSAY NEAL PAGE 55 The bland aftertaste of a lingering winter motivated my partner and I to hop on a flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Food was our tour guide. Fresh flavours awakened our palates as we took in the gorgeous architecture in this lively city. This delicious adventure reminded us to travel more often.

KRISTA ROSSATO PAGE 39 Over six decades, thousands of local Victoria kids have been contributing to Global Peace efforts and cultural understanding. It starts with a silent hello, a smile, and then the friendship is cemented forever. Be a part of CISV and discover how kids from all around the world make peace possible.

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As a young girl growing up in the Maritimes we were surrounded by animals, most of which we called our pets. Whether it was my Dad’s retrievers for duck hunting, our many mouse-chasing cats, our assortment of rabbits or the fleet of ducks and birds we wanted to save, we loved our furry friends. In many cases our pets seemed nothing short of angels in disguise. Whenever we came home we knew that we’d always be enthusiastically greeted, whether we were gone for a few minutes or hours. Pets give us so much: the unconditional love, companionship, the wet noses and warm snuggles. My family rescued, now almost 16 years ago, a husky lab cross from Kuper Island who we call “Kuper” and a Siamese cat from the Saanich Peninsula we named “Bubbles.” They have become an integral part of our lives and they remind us – or perhaps just stare at us to say – “seize the day, every day”. In this issue of Seaside you’ll discover that animals connect many of the stories, like uncovering just how precious raising Alpaca can be with a local farm, Inca Dinca Do, where their production crew turns fleece into yarn. And we take a Behind the Scenes look at beekeeping as owner Lindsay and Jason transfer a shipment of New Zealand bees into empty hives … and yes bees are animals too! Our cover features a lovely lamb from Newton Valley Farm. Now this sweet little thing will put a smile on anyone’s face! You’ll see through the stories and pictures that whether you’re at the home or office, our pets prove friendship and loyalty with no bounds can brighten even the dullest days. Animals may not be considered human, but they have huge hearts. Unconditional love, loyalty, courage, perseverance: all great qualities. Ironically, our pets teach us priceless lessons about human values, suggesting that they might be inherent in all living species. So while we remember to smile each day, don’t forget to give your closest companion (or someone else’s) a hug today. And, enjoy some of the stories and pictures of our community in this jam-packed, 96-page issue! P.S. To all you moms: Happy Mother’s Day!

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Seniors & Children of the Furry Variety by Sherrin Griffin

At first it seemed odd to mix "kids

and pets" as per this issue of Seaside, VP, Operations, but as a woman who has always stood Sidney SeniorCare out as the mother with the "furry child," it really does make sense. Pets: my absolute favourite subject on this earth … next to seniors, of course. Although my lifelong affinity for animals, often trumping my relationships with the human populace, has not always been met with approval or understanding, I think my family and friends finally "get it." I believe now that my parents and mother-in-law have finally accepted that they have a "grand dog" instead of a grandchild, and although I felt guilt-ridden for years for denying them their obligatory branch of the family tree, I know they secretly look forward to snuggling with their unconventional grandchildren. Now, as a middle-aged woman, I have pondered my choice to adopt children only of the furry variety but, as I approach my senior years, I am confident that my pets will take care of me in ways that are different, yet surprisingly similar, to human children. And, just between you and me, they may even be better at it! • The love of a pet is unconditional and constant. While relationships with people can be challenging and confrontational at times, our pets love us with no judgement or hidden agendas. Their motives and adoration are pure. For seniors who have lost a spouse or other loved one, a pet can help to fill that void. • Pets are great company. In my humble opinion, there is no better roommate than a pet. Pets don't argue, compete for TV shows or expect a gourmet dinner cooked for them. A live-in pet for a

senior offers companionship and comfort to assuage loneliness and/or depression if family members or friends do not live close by. • Pets are good for our health. Countless studies prove how interacting with a pet (even fish) helps to lower blood pressure, create a sense of calm and reduce anxiety and stress, elevating feelgood endorphins including serotonin and dopamine in our brain. Hospitals, hospices and other institutions are now using service or therapy dogs on a regular basis, as well as allowing personal pets for visitation. • Caring for a pet gives us purpose. After retirement, when children have left the nest, seniors are often at odds with not feeling needed anymore. That need to nurture and be responsible for someone or something can be fulfilled with a pet. Regardless of the type, all pets instill a "raison d'être" and add healthy routine to our lives. • Pets can increase mobility. Studies have consistently illustrated how beneficial regular exercise is to overall health and increased longevity. Seniors tend to be more sedentary as they age and pets can prompt them to be more active with walks, and indoor or outdoor play. Pets such as dogs can be good choices for seniors who have good mobility or need to increase their mobility as dogs' needs force us outside for regular walks. Even cats can be trained to walk outside on a leash. Pets keep us young with their unadulterated love, sense of fun and playful nature. As we enter our golden years, pets become the perfect companion; reliable, steadfast, and true, with extraordinary healing powers and uncanny intuition. For those of you who have human children, I challenge you to rival that! MAY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11



This Work is Shear Pleasure: Inca Dinca Do Farm & Fibery Many years ago living on the Saanich Peninsula required people to draw their sustenance directly from the land upon which they lived. While most of us today rely on grocery markets and at best tend to backyard gardens, there are still those in our community for whom living off the land is a way of life. This is the third in a Seaside series featuring local community members who all share the same passion for the land and love of what they do. She loves her production crew and gives them whatever they need. In return they'd give her the coat off their back ‌ and they do so regularly!

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Tracy Brennan, owner of Inca Dinca Do Farm & Fibery on McTavish Road in North Saanich, raises alpacas, which she calls her production crew as she processes their fleece into yarn. "Following the fleece from start to finished product is really exciting," shares Tracy. "We provide service to other farmers. Anything I can do to support fibre and fleece industry on the Island I will." Years ago, Tracy raised sheep on a property off Starling Lane overlooking Elk Lake. She asked the shearer one day what to do with the fleece, and he told her essentially it would be thrown away. As an avid knitter, she was stunned by his answer. "I'm driving downtown

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and buying wool from New Zealand, and I have sheep in my own yard. This just doesn't make sense," says Tracy. She decided to buy a small spinning wheel and began to teach herself how to spin. "It took me the entire winter to process one sheep's fleece by hand, but I learned a lot," she shares. "I did that again for the next year and ended up processing 17 sheep fleeces through the next winter." Eventually she decided to raise alpacas instead of sheep, as it was the same amount of work shearing them with slightly more potential for profit. The decision meant another learning curve. "The only alpaca vet is in Mill Bay and he doesn't do house calls, so I've had to learn to do all my own herd maintenance, all my own shearing, toenail trimming, shots, injections, everything." The current 5.2-acre farm was originally purchased by her father in 1979. It was the first of its kind on the Island to produce kiwi, a popular fruit still harvested today at the site. Tracy's parents offered to board her alpacas there; she agreed. When Qualicum Bay Fibre Works went on the market in 2017, Tracy decided to realize her dream of establishing her own fibre mill on the Saanich Peninsula. It was an ideal way to retain her ever-growing alpaca herd, revitalize the farm, and stay close to her aging parents. She gradually acquired all the mill equipment necessary to transform raw fleece into yarn. This in itself was an accomplishment, as some of the pieces date back to the 1870's and could be considered museum artifacts. This attention to detailed, authentic processes of yarn production helps connect this modern-day farm to local historic roots. In 2018, after much planning, equipment adjustments, and construction of a new mill facility, Inca Dinca Do, the only fibre farm on Vancouver Island, opened its doors. The catchy name, based on the old Jimmy Durante song, aptly reflects the energy, creativity and joy of this business. "I wanted a name that would be memorable. The Inca Dinca Do song from Jimmy Durante, that's a fun song. I tell people the name and they never forget it," says Tracy. Customers come from all over, bringing their fleece and their enthusiasm. "Our customer base runs the spectrum from farmers who have no idea what to do with fibre all the way to fibre artists," says Tracy. "We are on a 90-day turnaround, from fleece to yarn, and will custom process wool, mohair, alpaca and llama." It's a lifestyle Tracy finds deeply satisfying because the product is renewable and the business beautifully ties in with environmental sustainability. "There's a huge push for the 100-mile diet. It's transitioning into other ends of the spectrum and that includes our clothing. The clothing industry is a huge drain on the resources of the world. It's one of the worst carbon footprints, so the idea of being able to process the fibre for the textile industry and fall within the 100-mile plan is really appealing," shares Tracy. The daily work is hard, but this self-taught farmer strives to make a difference in our throw-away society by working with a renewable resource, providing services to other farmers, and educating the community. The rewards are immensely satisfying. "It's hard work being a farmer, but I'm absolutely privileged to live this lifestyle," says Tracy.

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together for tens of thousands of years: the earliest known burial with humans and dogs dates back to 14,000 years ago. Possibly the first example of pet-human bonding, the relationship has flourished ever since. Recently, this strong emotional connection has crossed over into the workplace. An increasing number of people across North America are bringing their pets to work. This new trend reflects a stronger focus on maintaining work-life balance – a way to maximize employee health and happiness, while boosting productivity. It's important to maintain a safe work environment for everyone, which often means checking that no one has allergies or other issues with a potential pet workmate – up to 30% of the population is allergic. But bringing pets to work can be beneficial for everyone, not just their owners. Experts say that pets in the workplace can reduce stress, alleviate depression and anxiety, and boost teamwork. Their presence can increase communication and socialization – this heightened sense of collaboration leads to greater employee satisfaction, efficiency, and creative problemsolving. Studies have shown that non-pet owners also receive the same stress-reduction benefits: pets in the workplace have a calming effect, and even reduce blood pressure. It's crucial to have rules in place regarding pet behaviour, cleanliness and professionalism, but having pets around in a work environment can be an enjoyable experience. Around the Saanich Peninsula, there are many individuals and businesses doing just that. Meet the people and pets taking part locally: Julie Coward, of Holy Cow Communication Design, says it would have been a deal-breaker if they couldn't bring their golden retriever, Reuben, to the office. They moved into the Cannery Building when it first opened, and Reuben quickly developed his "favourite" people

– especially the ones who brought him cookies. "Over the years, Reuben provided comfort to us and our growing staff," she says. "He greeted everyone that came to the door." When Reuben passed away, Truman came into their lives. He soon "took the lead in what were Reuben's duties: staff support and official door greeter," says Julie. "Truman takes Ken and I for a walk at lunch – if there is a challenge, it's to convince him [that] 11 a.m. is too early for a lunchtime walk." She says there has been "a rare person" being put off by the office dog, but "a few people come into our office only to meet with him!" At Simply Cremations and Funeral Services, there are "comfort kitties" to assist grieving family members (above). Tucker and Tiki are the current companions, and funeral director Leslie Duncan says "most people are really pleased with them." She describes how perceptive they are, explaining that "they sense which people need comfort" and go straight over to them, often sitting on their laps. Leslie says there have been very few issues in the past seven years. In fact, some people come just to see the cats – "they have a fan club," she jokes. Tucker, who turned eight years old on April 23, is especially good with his emotional intuition: he always knows exactly who to go to. "It's pretty amazing," Leslie says. Dave, a black lab, was the "hotel dog" at Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa for many years. He was a constant sight upon entering the hotel, and functioned as a "greeter dog" for arriving hotel guests. Natalie King, the General Manager, says he had the perfect qualities that made him "an excellent fit for a hotel dog – he was gentle, friendly, loving and social." Natalie says they were "very lucky to find Dave," and that he had a rich life. He went into retirement a few years ago, moving into Grant Rogers' house, the owner of the hotel. Dave passed away peacefully two years ago, at 13 years old. "He was a special pet, and impacted the lives of all who knew him." MAY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 17

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training and bonding with the pup. Leaving a puppy in what is solitary confinement for hours a day is unfair. If you have very young children, then I don't recommend a puppy because you won't have the time to give the pup the attention it needs. Maybe look at getting an older dog. However, even if you get an older, rescue dog, you will still need to make time to help the dog settle in which on occasion might require the help of a training professional. If you are an active family that likes to go hiking, is energetic and has time to give a dog plenty of exercise, then a high-energy dog may be for you, such as a working breed or mix of working breeds, for example: terrier, collie, spaniel, husky, German shepherd, Labrador (which can be common mixed breeds found in rescue). However, high-energy dogs aren't really suitable if you don't have the time to exercise the dog for at least a couple of hours a day. Under-exercised and bored dogs may start to exhibit behaviour issues like chewing or barking. If you have a busy, noisy home then a calmer dog who won't get ramped up by all the hustle and bustle may be more suitable. There are certain breeds, of course, that are lower energy and don't need so much exercise, for example: basset, French bulldog, cavalier King Charles spaniel, and many other breeds, including greyhounds, who only need short bursts of exercise and are mostly chilled out the rest of the time! Many giant breeds such as the great dane, bullmastiff, St. Bernard and Irish wolfhound can be surprisingly low-energy dogs, fitting the description of a couch potato! If you are unsure about what sort of dog will be suitable for you and your family, then please seek the advice of a professional dog behaviour consultant whose experience and knowledge can help you choose the best fit for your family. For more information, visit

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Murder on the Nile The Peninsula Players proudly present the crime mystery Murder on the Nile by playwright Agatha Christie. Murder on the Nile is a classic Agatha Christie mystery, set in the observation saloon of the paddle steamer Lotus on the Nile between Shellal and Wadi Halfa, Egypt. Murder on the Nile (also known as Hidden Horizons) was adapted for theatre by Christie from her 1937 novel Death on the Nile. Christie got her inspiration while travelling on a river cruise herself and subsequently wrote her novel while staying in the Old Cataract hotel in Aswan. The play follows a heiress Kay Ridgeway who has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the legendary Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare. Cast and crew of this production dedicated themselves to providing this rendition of Murder on the Nile by attending

rehearsals three times a week since the end of February. The actors were encouraged to make specific choices for their characters to bring a more suspenseful and entertaining mystery for the audience. It was our hope that the cast and crew walked away with a deeper understanding of murder mystery while having a blast at the same time. Find out whodunit, shows run May 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18 & 19 at 2:00 p.m at the Charlie White Theatre.

Louisiana Hayride Come join the fun and lovable cast of Louisiana Hayride on Wednesday, May 22. You’ll hear the best country and rockabilly hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s as they pay tribute to the historical radio program, The Louisiana Hayride with past favorites and new classics! You’ll think you’re at their concert when you see Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Crystal Gayle, Lefty Frizzell, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson step on stage to perform for you! Also featured in this amazing show is a tribute to Shania Twain. Audiences are loving the connection from ‘old’ to ‘new’ country! In addition to the tributes to these legends, you’ll also enjoy

music by ‘greats’ such as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride and more. Take a trip down memory lane with this unique show. The Louisiana Hayride Show, complete with studio stage set, amazing tribute artists and live band will bring you back in time to when songs were meaningful, the words were understood and the sound was pleasant. The cast and crew of the Louisiana Hayride are dedicated to bringing authentic music to you. The songs you hear will be true to the originals. Come to the Louisiana Hayride Show! You will be amazed and entertained from start to finish!

Folk ‘N Fiddle Fest We want you to join us for Sidney’s new folk festival, FOLK ‘N FIDDLE FESTIVAL! This family-friendly community event will take place May 31st and June 1st, 2019. The main festival events will take place at the Mary Winspear Centre. The big kick-off will be a Gala Concert on Friday night featuring Darol Anger & Mike Marshall (California, USA) with West My Friend (Victoria, BC). The Festival will include; multiple performance stages, youth stage, workshops for all abilities and ages, talks, barn dance,

an all-ages interactive exploration room, local artisan vendors and food trucks. Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival is excited to announce our wonderful line-up: Darol Anger & Mike Marshall, Coco Love Alcorn, Alex Wells, Electric Timber Co., Del Rey, Daniel Lapp with Stephanie Cadman & Adrian Dolan, Tiller’s Folly, The Wilds, Troy MacGillivray, Wesley Hardisty, Denis Donnelly and many more!

up to the Festival, including photography exhibit “Straitscapes” at the ArtSea Gallery and concerts at the Beacon Bandshell on May 30 & 31. This festival is a community-oriented event with an emphasis on education, cultural inclusiveness, and fostering local musicians of all ages. Tickets are on sale at the Mary Winspear Centre Box Office or visit

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Fairlawn Equestrian Centre Nicky Hannam, like many horse lovers out there (myself included!) discovered her passion for horses at the tender age of three. Her love for these majestic animals only grew over the years and she began riding and then eventually owning horses, by Cassidy Nunn including winning her first horse in a raffle of all things! Her two daughters, Samantha and Vanessa Reid, also inherited the horse-loving gene and in 1999, between the three of them, they were boarding five of their own horses; it was time to look 22 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | MAY 2019

for a farm property. “I had always wanted to live on a farm,” says Nicky. Her husband, John Hannam, was keen to try the farming life as well. Their search led them to a 36-acre parcel in Brentwood Bay which had no house and only a small cow shed, but they could see the potential. Within two weeks of purchasing the property, they had a nine-stall barn built which was quickly filled with horses (theirs and a few boarders). Next came an outdoor riding arena and then the family’s home. The original barn is still on the property and home to many happy horses. Although no one in the family had any previous farming experience, when another local farmer offered to sell them his haying equipment, John jumped at the opportunity, purchased the

equipment and began to learn all about haying. In the summer, haying time is all hands on deck; it’s usually an intense two weeks of 18-hour days filled with cutting, tedding, drying, baling and then hauling the hay off the fields. The hay produced on the property, approximately 3,300 bales per year from two cuts (depending on the season and weather) is sold locally and John often enters a bale into the Saanich Fair each Labour Day weekend. Riding through the wet winters in Victoria has always been a soggy experience and the increase in inclement weather over the years spurred the decision to look into building an indoor arena on the property. The planning for a new equestrian facility began in 2013; by 2014 the building of the indoor arena and stalls were underway and the project was finished in the summer of 2015. The over 25,000-square-foot new barn and arena officially opened in 2016 as a training and boarding facility. Fairlawn Equestrian Centre is home to 16 to 20 horses, although that number changes depending on how many are in for training. The family also enjoys hosting events at the farm, from horse shows to bringing in international-level clinicians, such as Michael Eilberg and Stephen Clarke. In May they will be hosting a clinic with Cesar Torrente, a Colombian FEI 4* Judge. Being a part of the thriving horse community, as well as the farming network on the Peninsula, has always been important to the family. Samantha began coaching at the age of 17 at High Oaks Stables and has continued to coach and train horses, focusing on dressage, in the years since. She runs the day-to-day management of Fairlawn Equestrian Centre, although all of the family members have their role in the running of the facility. “Horses are a lot of work!” says Samantha. “There’s an awful lot of manual labour required.” The days are very full but rewarding, from organizing grain and hay to feeding four times a day – breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night hay – to harrowing the ring and cleaning the paddocks and stalls. Riding is a daily activity at the centre of it all; the training horses are ridden as per their training schedule and Samantha teaches lessons to boarders and other students. “I don’t think you could do this if you didn’t love the animals and the lifestyle,” she says. It’s a labour of love and a lifestyle not cut out for everyone, but for this horsey family, they are all very willingly involved. Photo by Nunn Other Photography

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Showtime at the Cameo: Casman Properties Meet the coolest new addition to Sidney: the Cameo building.

very mixed demographic and a distinctive charm thanks to the

Located at 9844 Third Street, this unique project is the latest

Star Cinema on the main floor. "The location is fantastic, it's

development by Casman Properties. What makes it so special?

walkable to everything you would need, and building residents

The 6-storey combination of commercial and residential space

can go right downstairs to one of the best amenities in Sidney."

will be the new home for Star Cinema.

The cinema will be 7,250 square feet, and hold three theatres

Purchased by Casman Properties in the summer of 2017,

of varying size. "It's going to incorporate [the] accessibility

the plan always included creating a ground-floor theatre space

and modern features of new theatres, while still retaining

for Star Cinema. "We've had an ongoing relationship with

the character that Star Cinema patrons have loved for many

[Star Cinema] ever since," says Margie Shenduk, Director


of Operations. The new building will maintain the heart and

The building was shown an unprecedented level of support

soul of the Star, while

throughout the zoning

providing 5 floors of

process, including two

condominium units

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the vibe of the Cameo,

also include large, three-bedroom family units on the second

Shenduk says it's going to have an "it" factor: a life and


energy to it. "[With] the theatre and the amenity space, and a

The Cameo will feature lots of outdoor space, with a generous balcony provided for each unit, and an amenity space for gatherings. "It's a very unique circumstance to have

range of demographics in the building - it's going to be multidimensional." With 45 condominium units in total, Casman Properties is

[the] theatre in the same building as a multi-family residential

planning to launch sales for the Cameo in late spring 2019.

project - but Casman has engaged a large consultant team to

There will be a variety of price points and sizes, with the

deal with all of the specific requirements that come along with

smallest unit just over 500 square feet, and the largest at 2,300

marrying these two types of occupancy." Shenduk notes that

square feet. Owners can choose from a range of finishes, and

the building will be concrete up to the second floor, to help with

the Presentation Centre will open on Beacon Ave in June.

soundproofing, and the theatre itself is going to be enclosed in a concrete space. Shenduk is excited about this project because it will have a

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Fashion, Function, Fido! by Vincent Denis Four Paws Pet Grocery & Boutique

When Julio, one of our newly-rescued Californian Chihuahuas, looked out the front door at the deluge of rain falling and decided to forgo a morning jaunt in favour of the couch, my partner Christine and I knew we'd have to become those people with a closet full of dog apparel. What we quickly learned was that the type of clothing available from the big corporate chains was as plentiful as it was low quality. Kitschy slogans on miniature T-shirts, cheesy bumblebee costumes and ill-fitting pajamas dominated the shelves. Fast forward two years, and with the opening of our store, Four Paws Pet Grocery & Boutique, we've realized that it isn't hard to source good quality, functional and fashionconscious pet apparel. Fortunately for us pet parents, two trends are driving the industry. The first is a burgeoning interest in better quality and more technical clothing and the second is a rapid growth in the availability of higher end, boutique-style clothing. "Humanization continues to drive innovation in pet apparel, as guardians look for technical fabrics and function that address their concerns and needs when it comes to their pet," says Jill Connolly, Creative Director for RC Pets, a Vancouver area pet apparel company. Heading into summer, their new Zephyr Cooling Vest is a great example as its "unique fabric helps to cool down dogs without adding bulk or weight, allowing the dog to spend more time outside on adventures." RC Pets' determination to innovate combined with an unsurpassed customer service ethic has allowed them to prosper in an environment where competition gets fiercer with every season. "Our products are designed to not just look good but also to perform superbly under all conditions" says Jill. "We design products you can trust to enjoy a happier life together with your pets." The flip side of the industry is the "boutique-

style" clothing lines. Eco-Pup, another Vancouver-based dog apparel company, specializes in bamboo, organic, recycled and eco-friendly fabrics. Susanne Postill founded the company in 2008 after realizing that the more stylish doggie apparel offerings were mainly synthetic and "big box" styles. She says: "While there are always functional staples such as sweaters for winter, dog apparel is evolving to be more like children's wear. With different options of fun prints and bright colour it gives pet owners a more playful side of dog clothing, rather than something that is purely functional, like a raincoat." Eco-Pup's stylish, modern offerings include hoodies, T-shirts and pajamas in patterns that will let your dog strut his stuff like a high-fashion model on the runway. We often refer to them

as the Lululemon of dog clothes. Fortunately for Julio, dog apparel has come a long way and now his "closet" is full of stretchy fleeces, technical raincoats, cozy sweaters and yes, even a few bowties. So whether your pup is an Instagram diva or enjoys long hikes on the Peninsula, one of your locally owned pet supply stores is sure to get your four-legged friend properly outfitted. Photo courtesy @ecopup

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The patio at Sidney’s only wood-fired pizza place is as sunny and bright as their blazing wood oven inside. Fortunately, they have a great selection of ice cold Phillips draught beer, wine, Italian sodas and cocktails to beat the heat. The pizzas, rotisserie chicken and mouth-watering ribs are at their best when eaten streetside on Beacon at the Woodshed!

Celebrating 20 years! Come enjoy our oceanfront patio. We serve a cajun/ creole-inspired menu and West Coast favourites. We are proud to be certified ocean wise using sustainable seafood. Vegetarian and gluten free options also available. Reservations recommended.

If you’re looking for fun in the sun, the Peninsula’s favourite fish and chips restaurant is the place to be. With a great selection of fresh seafood, burgers, wraps and chowder as well as an extensive plant-based menu, Fish on Fifth is hard to beat. Come join the crew for an ice-cold shake, a frosty Phillips beer or a cone full of icy Dole whip and the most delicious comfort food in town!


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Tastes Like Homemade! We’re a friendly and warm local spot with soups and sauces made from scratch! Our sunny patio with new comfy furniture is the perfect place for breakfast, or lunch … on the corner where everyone meets: Third and Beacon, in beautiful Sidney by the Sea!

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Bringing the Global Village Close to Home by Jo Barnes

It's been said that it takes a village

to raise a child ‌ but how would you feel about raising your child in a global village? For local couple Bob and Deb Buschgens, their family journey overseas provided experiences that not only informed their daily lifestyle and strengthened the family bond, but forever shaped their children Mark and Michelle's perspective on the world. Their adventure began in 1995 in Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia where Bob had accepted a position at an oil refinery. "I was at a point in my career where I wanted to do something different and have a more global experience for my family," shares Bob. It was a significant move to a completely different location and culture and transformed each of them. "Living in the Middle East took some adapting but the experience became a highlight in our lives," says Deb. Soon after arrival they realized they were in the minority and faced discrimination. "It was a real eye opener for me, and I now have deeper appreciation for how minorities must feel in our country," says Deb. Living there brought daily challenges. Having no access to television or internet, the family created their own entertainment by inventing fun musicals. Without the availability of familiar foods, they learned to cook from scratch, substitute ingredients, and above all be flexible. Along the way they met other Western expatriates and forged new friendships. "We became very close as a family living in the Middle East," shares Deb. "I feel the kids learned to adapt to new situations and appreciate different cultures." Subsequent years brought more travel. After living in Saudi Arabia

for five years, the Buschgens spent four years in Australia before returning back to the Middle East to Qatar where they lived until spring 2016. Growing up in different cultural settings shaped how the children viewed their world and approached others. "The community in the Middle East was very multicultural, so I notice today that the kids have no hint of racial discrimination and get along with everyone. They just see people as people. I love that!" shares Deb. Having to adapt to new situations and handle new adventures equipped the children with worthwhile life skills. "I love how our kids treat people and how they go with the flow," says Deb. "They are slow to offend and they tackle life with gusto, always looking for the way forward with integrity." Now grown, Mark and Michelle live far from their parents. Mark resides in Australia; Michelle calls Northern California home. Personal visits are rare. Communication is more likely to be done through avenues like Facebook, but the years of travel, adventure and cultural experiences laid the groundwork for close communication and strong personal ties. "I love firstly that we have a close family. We all seem to 'get' each other and we can always talk openly and honestly with each other," says Deb. This family travelled far, but they took their sense of home with them. The bond they forged with each other in distant corners of the world remains today. Says Deb: "Maintaining a relationship with the kids means everything, truly. They are such a blessing." The Buschgens have learned that even though their family is spread from Australia to Victoria, the global village they all live in has been made a bit closer through their unique shared experience. MAY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 29

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What Does Mom Want to Hear? by Lara Gladych

Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being "the voice of the Saanich Peninsula," so, in every issue, we ask people to answer a question. We're looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. We're celebrating kids this month at Seaside Magazine, and given that we also celebrate Mother's Day in May, I thought why not embrace both realms and ask children for their thoughts on mothers? I was graciously welcomed into a local elementary school, where I was able to interview school-aged children who were excited at the opportunity to help me with this piece. "What words do you think all moms would like to hear, or should hear more often?" was the question I asked these eager youngsters. There were so many heartwarming "I love you" responses that I lost count. This wasn't an answer that was given to impress me or because any child thought it was the "right" thing to say. Their words were sincere and smiley and full of heart. First up to share their thoughts were three darling seven-year-olds. 30 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | MAY 2019

Zion was the first to respond with "I love you." Alex thinks that moms would like to hear "please and thank you" more often. Hayley thinks her mom would appreciate hearing "I'll go get ready while you handle some stuff." Moving along, Emma, 10, would say to her mom: "You're trying so hard to take care of me." Her classmate, Cato, also 10, said: "Words they should hear more often are 'thank you' and 'I love you.' "'I love you to the moon and back' is what I used to say when I was really little." For Mother's Day he would add: "I love you so much, and thank you for raising me and giving me a joyful life." My next group of kids were Fisher and Lucca, both nine, and Ezra, 10. What Lucca would like to say more often to her mom is: "'You try your best,' because I know she sometimes feels that we're bored on the weekend and that she doesn't plan enough stuff for us to do. Also, 'You're a really good mom, and thank you for creating me.'" Words mothers like hearing according to Fisher are: "You're the best mom. You're awesome. Go to yoga." And finally, Ezra decided on "You're the best." Ryan, nine, was part of yet another group of students. He said that

moms like hearing "Thank you." He would like to thank his own mom for signing him up for sports. Lily is 10. Her response was "‘Thank you for everything.' [My mom] coaches my soccer. Sports, and learning different things, is a big thing for my mom. She helps me through all of it." Last to share was Ciara, 11. Her mom "works as an anthropologist at UVic, and she lets me get involved with her art class at school, so I thank her for that." I met with three more seven-year-olds. Evie believes that her own mom would like to hear the words "We're getting along," making reference to herself and her siblings. "I was a good girl (or boy) today," and "I'm going to bed on time," are two more statements she supposes make moms happy in general – though she does add very honestly that she never goes to bed on time. The room resounded with giggles. Eliyanna's contribution was that moms like hearing "I need a hug," and "Can I have some snuggles," with which Gigi concurred. My last set of interviewees were three young ladies: Lola, nine; Sofie, eight; and

Florence, eight. My heart melted with these three. Florence's response to my question was: "What you would like to say to your mom is 'Thank you for everything you have given me, and [everywhere you have] driven me, and all the clothes you have bought me.'" What Sofie thinks moms need more of is "more 'I love yous,' and 'You're the best mom ever,' and – I guess this relates to the thank you's: 'Thank you for all the things you got me – like getting my ears pierced, taking me to the mall, and all that stuff.'" It's then that Lola came out with a zinger: to her mother she would like to say, "Thank you for making me your child, thank you for wishing for me, thank you for being the best mom ever. Thank you for being really kind, and giving me things, and loving me, and making me really happy." I found Griffin, who is nine, doing some special work on his own. He's the only student I got to interview without the interjection of other children. According to him, what words do moms like to hear that ought to be uttered more often? "I'll take a bath." You are a wise young soul, dear Griffin.


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The subject of giving kids an allowance is a touchy one with most parents – everyone typically has an opinion, either about how much, how it is earned or even whether to give an allowance at all. As a parent of two teenage by Dan Adair children and in my experience Branch Manager helping families build wealth, Island Savings Brentwood Bay I've seen first-hand how allowance can be an effective way to teach kids money management lessons at an age where they can make mistakes without dire consequences. But I've also seen how it can reinforce and reward the wrong behaviours. Here are a few tips I offer members about allowance. Pay attention to the amount. Whether you tie allowance to chores or a figure based on age, remember that the goal here is to teach your children the value of a dollar. If you compensate too much for too little (ie paying $20 for taking out the garbage) you may not be teaching the lesson that earning money takes a lot of effort and time. As kids get older, too large an amount may be a deterrent to getting a job and too small an amount may be perceived as not worth the effort. Do not pay in advance – unless it's a repayable loan. By advancing your kids an allowance, you are reinforcing the cycle of debt that currently plagues most Canadians. Setting financial goals provides the opportunity to talk to your kids about different wants and needs and how much time is required to attain them. Having said that, loaning your child money and having them repay every last dollar – with interest – will give them an understanding of how credit works. Think long term. A fundamental concept to learn at any age is saving towards a long-term goal. Often with kids, we focus our lessons on small things like toys or treats. Instead, use a bigger ticket item – a bike or summer hockey camp – as the focus for their savings to teach them something more significant. Encourage entrepreneurial behaviour. As more of the B.C. workforce becomes self-employed, developing entrepreneurial skills in your children early on can pay off in the future. Encourage your kids to think of creative ways to earn money. Paper routes, dog walking or lawn mowing will teach kids that the more work they do, the more they earn. It also teaches them how to promote themselves and their skills – an invaluable life lesson. Dan Adair is the Brentwood Bay branch manager at Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union.












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Kids to Watch

Every year in March we

celebrate our “Women to Watch” and in June our “Men to Watch.” We know how much readers enjoy meeting the movers and shakers in our community, and that it is meaningful for those individuals who are featured. Now, in our Kids issue, we ask readers for their nominations so we can share with you some of the future women and men to watch. Introducing the “Kids to Watch” of the Saanich Peninsula, each special in their own unique ways …

Ellaina is an incredibly hard working and dedicated student. Not only is she engaged in classroom activities, where she maintains top marks and has won two city-wide writing contests, but it is her school and community endeavours where she truly shines. Inspired by stories of children suffering through cancer treatments, Ellaina and two friends went door to door and raised over $7,500 for Tour de Rock, shaving their heads once they met their goal and inspiring the principal to do the same. Ellaina made it her goal this year to participate in every school sport offered, playing on over six school teams in addition to her own extracurricular sports. She is also an active member of Youth in Action, supporting school activism initiatives. She helped out with yearbook; painting the cover art as well as sketching the school design for Pink Shirt Day. Ellaina truly deserves to be recognized for everything she does to contribute to her school community. Her humble nature and natural willingness to help are evident in everything she takes on. Truly a kid to watch!

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In recent years, Becca developed an incredibly strong mix of gentleness and courage. She radiates sincere empathy, kindness and is a true advocate for nature. Becca is caring towards all living things, from insects and reptiles to humans of all ages! Her intuitive understanding and respect of others’ emotions and feelings is impressive. She establishes a trusting, calm and creative space for her close friends and other members of her class.

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Becca Harris, 11

Tessa has the most in-depth understanding of social injustice and her perspective allows her to peacefully communicate sophisticated solutions to complex problems. She is intuitive, creative and is a committed worker. She has a calm wisdom and inspires her peers and the adults around her to become better people. She is also an outstanding athlete and excels at all sports.

Kayden Hayes is an amazing 13-year-old attending Bayside Middle school. While maintaining her academics at an honour roll level, Kayden has accomplished some things in competitive diving that she’s pretty proud of: making nationals three years in a row, getting to travel all around the world in tropical places, finishing in the top six at provincials several times and winning an international competition that she worked very hard for. Kayden humbly says: “There are not too many goals I have in my diving career; they’re mostly just super big and important ones like going to the Olympics.” The other main competitions in her sights are the Canada Cup, Pan Am Games, and Grand Prix. “I want to work really hard so that I can get a scholarship after all the effort I put into diving and to continue to have many more wonderful experiences.”

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Owen Twamley lives with his mom and grandmother. He is home schooled and will graduate high school in April at 15. Owen is a member of Sidney lawn bowls club and has been playing bowls for six years. He has bowled in provincial and national tournaments and reached the podium on his last two Provincials. Since being a member in Sidney, Owen has played in three tournaments. He, with two other members, won the interclub short mat tourney. Owen has worked in helping cleaning up the club, worked at the Christmas bake sale and will be helping to introduce the game at the Club’s annual garage sale and bowling demo. Owen also volunteers at the Sidney museum. He is a good artist, likes photography, and is an ardent bike rider. As well as honing his bowling skills, Owen will be helping with training younger and less experienced youth in our bowls club. He is an amazing young man.


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Natural Playgrounds by Colin Eaton

Children today

lead a much more sedentary life than in the past and as a result, spend far less free time outside and in "nature." Children are also spending more time in early childhood centres as both parents work to make ends meet. Over the years, parents and educators have been working together to develop a solution to this ever-increasing challenge and as a result, natural playgrounds have become a growing trend in Canada to provide a natural, safe, accessible and enjoyable environment for children to play and enjoy interaction with natural elements. Traditional playgrounds are often built with metals and plastics. Natural playgrounds are made of materials such as trees, boulders, logs, sand and wood chips. While traditional playgrounds help children develop a variety of gross motor skills, natural playgrounds can help stimulate a child’s creativity and imagination while exposing them to natural elements. A natural playground is a great place for children to use their imagination and play pretend games. They can also help children develop physical fitness, strength, balance and coordination skills as they navigate along boardwalks, climb over boulders and stumps, and slide down banks. "Through play on diverse natural playgrounds, children are able to cultivate their physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development. Play on natural playgrounds aids in the holistic development of children." (Shelley Ethier, MEd 2017)’ As with traditional playgrounds, there is always a certain level of risk to the children. When we first started constructing natural playgrounds six years ago, we designed them with our childhood experiences in mind. Having grown up in the wide space of the Kootenay, we had some interesting and, looking back, unrealistic ideas. We soon learned natural playgrounds do not have their own Canadian Standard for construction. In the absence of a natural playground standard, all natural playgrounds must be built to comply with the existing Children’s Playspace and Equipment standard (CAN/CSA Z614-14). This standard is more associated with traditional playgrounds and we soon found the limitations imposed under the CAN/CSA Z614-14 made natural playground construction challenging. We learned to refine our design and construction to ensure it provided challenge but met the basic safety requirements of the standard. "Make playgrounds as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible." (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Little & Eager, 2010). We have since constructed approximately 12 natural playgrounds throughout Greater Victoria. The feedback from the schools has been nothing short of amazing. As one school reported back: “Garden City Tree & Landscaping designed and installed a natural play space at our school and we are delighted with the result! The process

Garden City Tree & Landscape

was collaborative and fun and the design was even better than we envisioned. Teachers who are taking kindergarden/preschool and grade one/two students to the play space have reported an unexpected benefit. In addition to providing a wide variety of play experiences, they tell us that there are fewer conflicts on the natural play space than in our other playgrounds. Children are so hands-on and engaged in imaginative play, they are not squabbling about taking turns or arguing about the rules of a game. It’s made supervising recess a pleasure for staff!”

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Raising Peace Keepers by Krista Rossato

I stood in the airport, my heart

pounding, and I waved goodbye to my 11-year-old son. He, along with three other kids and a fearless leader, boarded a plane and set off to a month-long summer camp in Norway. Kids from 12 countries were all coming together, unaware that the journey on which they were about to embark would be lifelong … . For six decades, children from all around the world have been part of a global organization called CISV, a UNESCO-endorsed organization whose main focus is world peace and cultural understanding starting with kids. Every year kids ages 11-18, from 70 nations attend various camps, seminars and meetings. They learn from each other, about each other, and ultimately discover how they are more alike than different. Their focus is on human rights, diversity, sustainable development and conflict resolution. Since the first camp in 1951, it is estimated that more than 300,000 youth have participated in CISV programs globally. That's a small nation of Peace-Keepers! Children's minds and hearts begin to be shaped by small things that happen when they are young, and these experiences inform how they respond to the world. For many kids, CISV is their first experience living and learning from people of other cultures. Despite differences in language, children have an amazing ability to communicate with one another. Out of this comes a new way of thinking; the world is a small place! When children develop deep friendships with others from around the world, they will never think of each other as truly different. When they have a better understanding of how social issues are addressed in other places, they can better understand how to makes changes in their own communities. The same youth of today who are learning about the world around them, are the same adults of tomorrow who will continue to improve it. As one alumni said, after returning from a 32-year camp reunion: "CISV instilled in me my most foundational beliefs: No country

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Storyoga Forest Walk Every Friday, rain or shine, we head out on our Forest Friday adventure!

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• We follow the trail until we reach a fork; at the fork, we take the trail on the right and continue along until we reach our "Resting Place," an opening in the woods – there is an incline in the path just before you reach the opening. It is here that we spread our blanket, gather in a circle to enjoy hot chocolate, forest crackers and dried fruit as well as a story; we reflect on the stillness of the woods, the birdsong and the sound of the wind blowing through the trees. We spend some time here exploring, playing, climbing and creating forest pies and soups! • When it is time for us to begin our journey back to school, we turn right out of the "Resting Place" and walk ringing our fairy bells until we reach The Fairy Village – you'll recognize it by the placement of a fairy door and the fairy woodland flags that decorate the space. Take a peek – do you see a forest fairy? • We continue walking to the end of the path; as we exit the forest, there is the main path on the right that borders the forest – this path will take us back to Cresswell Road. for our return to Storyoga.

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Promises, promises. When the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre opened in 2009 (now the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea), a four- by eight-foot space on the wall featured conservation promises by Tina Kelly handwritten by visitors. One Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea promise from those early days still stands out: "I promise to teach my children to clean up the environment better than they clean up their rooms." That same year across the globe, another organization was blossoming and their goal also included inspiring citizens to think about marine conservation. Take 3, or Take 3 for the Sea, born in Australia, is now becoming a global movement. Their mission is "to connect people to the planet by inspiring participation in simple actions." The message is simple: "take three pieces of trash with you when you leave the beach, waterway or anywhere, and you have made a difference." Even trash dropped far inland can make its way to the ocean through wind, rivers, streams and storm drains. You'd be hard pressed to find a spot on Earth not touched by trash. Rubbish reports compiled from large-scale public clean-ups of beaches and other environments in Australia and Canada show the same items over and over again. What tops the list? All of the most common finds fall into the category of single-use products: cigarettes, food wrappers, beverage containers, plastic bottle caps, plastic bags, straws, take-away containers and plastic lids. Good habits are catching on – using cloth grocery bags, carrying reusable cups and bottles and politely requesting "no straw" at the restaurant; but trash is still making its way into our environment, on top of the enormity of debris already out there. Plastic and other trash contaminates air, land and sea. It enters our food and drinking water and it can injure or kill wildlife. This past March, two whales were found with stomachs full of plastic, much of it plastic bags – a Cuvier's beaked whale in the Philippines with 88 lbs of plastic in its stomach and in Italy, a sperm whale contained 48 lbs of plastic garbage. Plastic never disappears: it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces but will always persist in the environment. A substantial amount of research is currently focused on the effects of microplastics on wildlife and our seafood supply. Intercepting plastics before they break down is something we can all do. Think about making a promise, a promise to Take 3. Encourage others by snapping a picture and sharing it on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – using #Take3fortheSea and #Take3Challenge. At last count, these hashtags have been used in

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by Donna M. Stewart, M.A.,Aud(C),RAUD/RHIP

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Hearing loss can be a

tricky thing, often coming on so slowly you don't realize it's happening. Over the years the birds fade away, song by song; the television gets turned up, notch by notch; and you start avoiding situations where you know you won't be able to hear well, gathering by gathering. Eventually, your quality of life becomes effected to the extent that you realize you can't ignore your hearing loss anymore. The good news is that hearing loss is well understood and there is an abundance of help available to you. The sooner you take action, the better your long-term results, so let's get you headed in the right direction. Start with a hearing test. The audiologist will complete a thorough medical history and take you through a series of tests to evaluate specific functions of your auditory system. If your hearing loss is potentially medically or surgically treatable, you will be referred to your physician and possibly on to an otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist). If you are a good candidate for amplification, hearing aids will be recommended. Be a smart shopper. Don't be swayed by marketing that's intended to make you feel you need to act fast (i.e. "30 people needed … ") or by deals that seem too good to be true ("$1,000 Off This Month Only"). Request a hearing aid demonstration. I often say that hearing, like taste, is a sense. Some people like sweet, while others prefer savory. With hearing, smooth round sounds might be pleasing to some, whereas sharp crisp sounds are the choice for others. The best way to know what type of sound processing you will prefer is to listen and

compare. Your audiologist will ascertain communication priorities and narrow down her recommendations based on your lifestyle, hearing loss, aesthetic preferences and budget. You can listen to appropriate hearing aids in a simulated noise environment, such as a restaurant or pub, and decide what sounds best to you. If you're ready, proceed with a hearing aid trial. A proper fit is vital. The most expensive hearing aids in the world won't benefit you if they aren't properly adjusted for your hearing. It takes time to verify the hearing aids are meeting your prescribed requirements, but it is probably the most important step in the whole process. Once you've been trained on hearing aid "care and feeding" you'll sent out into the world of sound. Take full advantage of the trial period. Most hearing clinics offer a 90-day trial period. During this time, your job is to wear the hearing aids in your everyday life and report back to your audiologist every couple of weeks. Adjustments are made during those three months and at the end of the trial, you can choose to keep the hearing aids, try something else, or return them for a refund. Most clinics include services and adjustments for the life of the hearing aids – about five years – and your audiologist is as invested in your success as you are. Let her know if you have any problems and give her the opportunity to rectify them. Recent studies show that hearing aid wearer satisfaction levels continue to increase as hearing aids become more user friendly and technologically advanced. It is possible to take the effort out of hearing so you can get back to enjoying life. The first step is a test. For more information, visit

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A bee hive humming and by Cassidy Nunn

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but for Lindsay Dault, co-owner and bee keeper at Urban Bee on West Saanich Road, the hive is her happy place and where she goes to escape, for a bit, from the stresses of daily life. What began as “just a hobby,” according to Lindsay, has now morphed into a more than full-time job and lifestyle for her entire family. She and her husband Jason began their venture into the world of bees by selling beekeeping supplies from their home on the mainland back in 2009. The couple had always dreamed of having a farm and in 2016 they made their dream into a reality by purchasing 11 acres on the Saanich Peninsula. They began clearing some of the land, planting the fields and applying for permits. They also planted several different crops for the bees on about three acres of their land, including wildflowers, buckwheat and phacelia (which is a deer-resistant crop the bees love). The family then collects the seeds and re-seeds the fields the following year. “We hand weed everything on this farm,” says Lindsay. It’s a lot of work but it means keeping potentially harmful sprays away from their crops and their beloved bees. I recently visited the Urban Bee farm when a shipment of bees from New Zealand had just arrived in tubes, ready to be transferred into empty hives. I watched and photographed from a distance of a few metres as I wasn’t, as Lindsay would say, “suited up” (wearing a protective bee keeping suit) and I didn’t want

to risk getting too close and disturbing the calm that Jason and the bees seemed to be in. Jason, shrouded in his white beekeeping suit with the mesh netting protecting his face, carefully took each tube, which houses around 8,000 bees and one Queen bee, and placed the tube into a colourful box that would become their new hive and colony. A colony is made up of 20,000 to 80,000 worker bees and one Queen. It’s not abnormal to get stung when checking the hives, and Lindsay and Jason always wear at least head protection when venturing in for a visit. The hives are checked approximately every 10 days in the summer to make sure the Queen is laying, that they’re free of disease, free of mites, and that the hives are continuing to grow. Together, the Daults manage around 80 hives which are spread out all over the Saanich Peninsula. Because the bees will cover an area of approximately a fivekilometre radius from their hive, the hives need to be spaced out. Otherwise, Lindsay says: “it’s like putting 80 cows on one small chunk of land,” and there won’t necessarily be enough plants for them all to pollinate. The bees store their honey in the top boxes of the hive, which can then be taken off so the honey can be extracted. This happens usually only twice a year, in the summer, when the weather is nice. The honey is then put through a rough filter to clear out any bees’ wax before it’s transferred into containers. The different flavour varieties in honey are attributed to the various crops that the bees are put on, such as blueberry, buckwheat, wild flowers, clover, fireweed or blackberries. There’s a lot of, forgive the pun, buzz, around manuka honey these days and the healing properties it’s said to offer. While manuka honey can be sold here, it can’t be created by bees in Canada, even if they’ve come from New Zealand, since the manuka tree is what’s needed as the pollinator for this special honey. The Urban Bee storefront has been open since late September 2017 and offers lip balm, bulk bees wax, several varieties of local honey as well as manuka honey, coffee and baked goods from Mosi, fresh eggs and lots of other fun gift items. The new miniature western town and “looking farm,” which will showcase goats and birds, is set to open just in time for the summer season. Maybe next time I’ll be brave enough to “suit up” and experience the soothing nature of the hive first hand. But for anyone like me who is not quite ready for that step, a live bee hive in the store is on display and for now, I think I’ll stick to that and leave the beekeeping in Lindsay and Jason’s experienced hands. Photos by Nunn Other Photography.

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Loo With a View Those avid readers who read last month's Chronicle might be wondering how we escaped by Chris Cowland from the thunderstorm that left us in our small boat, tied to a tree on a remote island overnight through a huge thunderstorm in Lake of the Woods. With a newborn and a two year old, my wife was already habituated to sleepless nights, so I'm sure it was no problem for her. However, I was devastated at the lack of a hot cup of tea in the morning. We managed to flag down a passing boat at around 10 a.m., and were towed ignominiously to our new cottage soon after. I soon learned the acronym for boat: "bring out another thousand," as the motor repair came to over $900. Those early two-stroke Johnson motors had a black box that could fail with no warning, and our time had come. Looking back on life, that fatalistic philosophy is not a bad one to adopt. Yes, I probably should have had the boat checked out before setting off on a perilous first time journey, but if you can blame fate and black magic then you might retain some credibility. The cottage, built in 1925, lacked a few luxuries. Running water was not a great problem, as you could scoop up pristine lake water in a five-gallon container right at the doorstep. Electricity was not an issue in an era 20 years before the Internet. We burned candles and lamps at night, most evenings were spent at card and board games, and we actually communicated with each other directly with words and expressions. LOL was a sound, not an emoticon. There were a few challenges, notwithstanding. The backhouse was falling apart, and one of my first carpentry projects was to build a new one. You have to remember that with my British background, stuff was built with bricks rather than 2 x 4s, so I was at a disadvantage. I got a great deal on some railway ties, and I thought they would be a great starting point for my project. I dug a three-foot hole in the ground, and managed to erect three walls around it. I never figured out how to join them, and as a result the contraption bowed outwards into a mushroom shape. I never actually put a roof on it. Or a door. The location was magnificent, with a fantastic view across the lake, but just a little embarrassing when passing fishermen dropped anchor 50 feet away and began casting until they looked upward and

spotted a family member in flagrante defecato. But the real challenge was the mice. The cottage was built on old tree stumps as foundations, and as they rotted, gaps would open up and let the vermin inside. We would be happily playing Rummoli, and 10 of the critters would scurry across the rafters. I quickly learned the meaning of ricochet after I let loose with my BB gun one evening and put a crack in the window I had carefully installed the weekend before. That reminder stayed with me for the next 30 years. So did the unfinished outhouse, though I think the word had spread around town and most of the fishing was conducted at least 100 feet offshore over the ensuing years.


N E W & N OT E WO R T H Y MODERN MEDIA Online & Digital As part of the Sidney BIA’s “Spring Into Sidney” campaign, the popular online media site Victoria Buzz by Paula Kully recently visited several downtown retail, food and beverage businesses. The feature included pre and post promotion of each business via Victoria Buzz social media and website. What a great way to start the season in Sidney!

Making Memories The recently launched Bebe Films in North Saanich specializes in producing day-in-the-life videos for families. Tenille Villebrun, owner of Bebe Films, is a memory creator who believes that a picture is worth a thousand words, but a video can actually capture words, sounds, laughter, and the essence of your family!

ALONG THE SALISH SEA Celebrating 10 Years! The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, which officially opened on June 20, 2009, is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year! The

Aquarium has a year of events planned with the kick-off on Sunday, June 2, World Ocean Day, where the public will be invited to share ideas for the future of the Centre. The Aquarium is also excited to have secured support from the National Science and Engineering Research Council.

A Sweet Suite The SeaSuite at Port Sidney Marina provides a whole new take on Airbnb. Owner Mark Philbrook has created a way for anyone to experience life on the water! This houseboat is designed with the environment in mind and is situated to take advantage of the best views, especially from the top deck. Check it out at www.

BIGGER & BETTER Two Doors Down Phi Massage & Well-Being Centre has been in Sidney for 14 years and is relocating to a bigger, brighter space as of May 1. The move is just two doors down from the original location on the corner of Bevan Avenue and Third Street so clients will have access to all the great things they are used to like convenient parking, nearby shops, cafés and restaurants.

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FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD! Flavourful Food The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre will soon be treated to the delightful aromas and tastes of Mexican food as Kattia’s Kitchen food truck will be parked at their office off the Pat Bay Highway for lunch a few days a week. Drop by for some delicious Mexican food.

Whole Food There’s a new face in town in Brentwood Bay. Beauregard Café & Provisions recently opened in the former Breadstuffs space for breakfast and lunch. The Café features homemade, nutritious and delicious food using organic local vendors and products.

New Food … and more Have you noticed the changes in the Georgia Café recently? Along with a new café manager, the Pier Hotel’s Ashley Stelck is bringing a fresh perspective to the café with new offerings and design elements.

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW From Casual to Coastal Style

Next year marks 35 years in the community for Sidney Casuals, and with new owners comes a new name and look! Ron and Nancy

Balske introduce Style Coast: lifestyle and travel wear for every day. They’re still carrying all the favourites you’ve come to love, but with new expanded product lines too. Men’s and women’s clothing, footwear and accessories … drop by and explore!

A New Vibe Vibeology Fitness & Wellness studio, previously known as Vibes Fitness Sidney, provide the Science of Fitness in a boutique studio setting. Using the technology of whole body vibration to complete effective 20-minute workouts, you receive the equivalent of 60 minutes tailored to every age and fitness level. Not only does Vibeology offer the advanced technology of whole-body vibration: they offer eight years of experience working with seniors, injuries and specialized groups.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST The Second Time Around After a by-election that saw an outstanding eight candidates run in North Saanich, where all councillors were originally acclaimed, Patricia Pearson was elected to Council on April 6. Patricia fills the seat left vacant by Joscelyn Barnard who resigned shortly after the municipal election on October 21, 2018.

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Food Touring in Hanoi, Vietnam by Lindsay Neal

Living through six to eight

months of winter in the Yukon requires strength and endurance. You must thrive in shorter hours of daylight, and not shy from -40°C temperatures. How do you cope? You leave. My boyfriend Eli and I were seeking an affordable destination, rich in culture, and most importantly, plenty of exotic food. Eli had previously lived in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital city. Between his stories of the exquisite food, the famously creamy "Vietnamese Egg Coffee," thrilling transportation and the charming French-Colonial architecture, I was sold. I love eating, so travelling to a place that is known for its fresh ingredients was a great situation for me. We sat at breakfast in West Lake with our knees above the table, in bright kindergartensized chairs. Steaming hot bowls of broth and chopsticks were handed to us seconds away from the kitchen where three ladies were preparing the pho, on the corner of the street. The flavours were fresh, vibrant and heavenly. I struggled with my chopsticks for a few minutes before reaching for the fork. For lunch, Bun Cha was my favourite dish. Spring rolls were served with rice noodles, broth, grilled pork strips and pork meatballs, garlic, spices and dipping sauce. The incredible harmony of flavours had us coming back, often. Eli wanted to bring me to his favorite Egg Coffee spot but instead, he led me into a silk shop. We then passed through a room

of planters and empty birdcages, up three flights of spiral staircases, to a rooftop terrace and little café overlooking Hoàn Kiem Lake. The Egg Coffee: coffee whipped with sweetened condensed milk and an egg yolk, was a silky topping over the hot, black coffee beneath. The only thing that I was fonder of was the iced coconut coffee at Công Cà Phê. I lost count how many of these I had. We walked in the Old Quarter along the peaceful Hoàn Kiem Lake. The peace of the lake was contrasted by the busy traffic, honking motorcycles and crowds of people. Simply crossing the street looked like a death wish but before I knew it, I was on the back of a motorcycle while Eli drove us through this chaos. Weaving through traffic, we saw men in motorcycles darting down the wrong direction of one-way-streets with giant cages of live chickens balanced on their bikes. Others crammed lumber, their three sleeping children, and pet dog onto their scooters. The architecture we passed was breathtaking: aged French buildings and shops were juxtaposed with closely neighbouring modern designs. By the end of our stay, I had mastered the art of crossing the street, and using chopsticks. We had eaten and lived like royalty, for a bargain. Our escape from ice and isolation left us refreshed, yet happy to come home. When we arrived, to our delight, winter had ended. The snow had disappeared and the temperature had risen. If I learned anything, it is that we need to go on vacation more often! Photos by Eli Pasquali. MAY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 55


Everything Eye Enhancement There is nothing better than the simplicity of a good brow, and following a good brow Haven Spa and Salon is great lashes. Whether you have had them tinted, lifted or had extensions applied, the eyes are the first point of contact on the face, making them a statement of individuality. Everyone has their own preference of makeup application, from a full-faced makeup girl to a natural everyday look; there are many different treatments and products we can use to enhance our natural beauty without spending copious amounts of time getting ready. The beauty and self-care industry continues to grow and the offerings of brow and lash services have also improved, making it a tough decision to know what's right for you! Eyelash and eyebrow tinting has always been a spa favourite. It's the simplest and most efficient way to achieve a dark, rich, more defined brow and lash without having any makeup applied. Tinting is a great option for those with fair hair and eyelashes and is an easy alternative to mascara. It's also a great option for those who find it difficult to apply and wear mascara. Tinting takes between 15 and 30 minutes and lasts anywhere from four and six weeks. Tinting is also a great way to define brows as a guideline for applying brow products and shaping. Eyelash perming, also called a lash lift ( at top right), instantly adds colour and curl to your natural lashes. Depending on your eye shape and desired curl, a silicone pad is applied to your eyelid while the eyes are closed and the lashes are brushed up over it. A lash lift takes by Rachel Penny


between 30 and 45 minutes to complete, resulting in dark, naturally curled lashes lasting anywhere from four to six weeks. Eyelash extensions are a great option for special events, travel or just everyday wear! Eyelash extensions are applied to your natural lashes with a medical grade adhesive. They last up to four to six weeks and require a fill every two or three weeks depending on your lash growth LASH LIFT cycle. There are various lengths and styles of extensions you can chose from to best complement your eye shape. This service can take up to two hours for the EYELASH EXTENSIONS initial set, while fills take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. There are so many ways to enhance your brows and lashes with products as well. From a good brow gel to a brow kit, the options are endless. If you haven't seen an esthetician before and have questions regarding personal brow and lash care services, or need advice on what products are right for you, connect with one for all your eye-enhancing needs!

On your feet?

SEASIDE talks with Johanne Chouinard, French Immersion Teacher at Deep Cove Elementary School, about what’s


Comfort is key. Blundstone boots take me to work, for walks and a night out. However, I love Fly and Birkenstock too On your Netflix queue? Comedies, Ted Talks and more comedies! When you want to smell irresistible? My daughter introduced me to Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel and I have been using it for years now On your bedside table? The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? If I am not in my PJ’s, I like to

dress in a simple comfortable outfit and wear a scarf to dress it up On your luxury wish list? Next year is my first year of retirement and I would like to explore the EU Adding sparkle to your outfit? Lately, I like gold jewelry. I am able to wear vintage chains and bracelets that I’ve ignored for years In your closet? I tend to wear “Sandwich” from Atticus most of the time. Anything linen is a go for me When you don’t care how much it costs?

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useful products: Clinique bronzer, Maybelline Great Lash mascara and Lancôme pencil On your skin? I love G.M. Collin When it comes to your go-to uniform? Lululemon is my go-to outfit at any time of day In haircare? Loma products, Paul Mitchell, but most of all, KMS Hair Play to add texture to my very short hair When you want a night out? For breakfast and lunch, I like Sea Glass, Third Street Café, Five and Dime. For an afternoon café, I enjoy Quince or Fickle Fig. My first choice for dinner is Sabhai Thai When you need more then a clutch? My favourite is a Baggallini bag from Flush; small and compact. My most important piece to travel with is always my Arcteryx backpack! On your walls? My favourites are family pictures! I also like eclectic art I’ve collected throughout the years

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Nature has provided us with a simple remedy to help hot flashes. Sage is well known as a culinary herb. However, used as a medicine, it has been shown in clinical trials to reduce hot flashes by over 50%. It is one of the finest remedies for hot flashes. In its natural habitat, the leaves of Sage or Salvia officinalis will ‘perspire’. Just as women get hot and bothered during the menopause, so this plant gets hot and bothered in the full sun. The little specks of perspiration almost shout out the message that it is nature’s gift to enable us to counteract hot flashes. ✔ 100% Organic Sage ✔ Promotes a good night’s rest! ✔ Natural, safe and effective ✔ Reduces the frequency and severity of hot flashes and sweats ✔ Clinically tested ✔ Gluten- and lactose-free

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Stress, Diet, Toxins & Their Impact on the Thyroid

Many patients come to me feeling exhausted and having

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difficulty losing weight. Low thyroid is often the cause of these issues, but is improperly diagnosed. Stress and general toxicity has a great impact on the function of the thyroid and its hormones and is often the cause of thyroid deficiency. The thyroid is an endocrine organ that produces levothyroxine or T4, an inactive hormone that needs conversion to work for energy. This hormone travels through our bloodstream to our tissues and organs. Once it reaches the cells, T4 loses iodine via an enzyme and becomes an active form called liothyronine or T3. When under a significant amount of stress, or other factors are inhibiting the function of the enzyme producing active T3, a secondary version of T3 called reverse T3 is formed. The production of this form of thyroid can lead to a form of hypothyroidism that often goes undiagnosed. Symptoms of low thyroid are many and may include: persistent fatigue particularly on waking, cold extremities, cold intolerance, hair loss, headaches, migraines, poor concentration and memory, constipation, reactive hypoglycemia, low libido, weight gain, muscle stiffness, arthritis and general feeling of depression/malaise. Many people exhibit one or many of these symptoms but when tested through regular blood work, thyroid testing (TSH) often comes up normal. Too often, TSH is considered the best way of diagnosing low thyroid, and our actual thyroid hormones are ignored. Testing TSH does not give the full picture of how our thyroid hormones are working for us. It is important to also test for T4, T3 and reverse T3 (RT3). When RT3 is elevated, our metabolism acts as if there was too little thyroid hormone, which is hypothyroidism. Under stress, excess cortisol can cause immune suppression,

elevated blood sugars, insulin resistance, abdominal adiposity, hypertension, memory impairment and impaired conversion of T4 to T3. Our system goes into conservation mode. This results in a down regulation of one enzyme and RT3 becomes elevated. A simple blood test for RT3 can determine if this is the cause of hypothyroid symptoms. Other factors that inhibit the production of active T3 hormone are selenium deficiency, deficient protein, excess sugar, chronic illness, compromised liver or kidney function, heavy metal toxicity (lead, mercury, cadmium), oral contraceptives/excess estrogen and BPA and other organo-toxins. If stress is the main cause of reverse T3, you can support the adrenal glands with vitamin C, B vitamins and magnesium. Botanical adrenal support can include ashwaganda, licorice, rhodiola and relora. Meditation, yoga and exercise are lifestyle changes that are excellent adrenal regulators. Thyroid nutrient support includes iron, iodine, tyrosine, zinc, and selenium. Foods high in selenium and zinc include Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds. Getting sufficient exercise, testing and removing toxins such as mercury, lead, cadmium, fluoride, bromide and pesticides, and treating inflammation and food allergies (such as gluten allergies/celiac disease) are also important thyroid treatment approaches. Whether it is stress, toxins, nutrient deficiency or chronic illness, the thyroid and the conversion of its hormones can affect how our bodies produce energy and maintain metabolism. By testing appropriately for actual hormones as well as the factors that are inhibiting optimal levels, one can determine how to properly diagnose and treat issues of fatigue and sluggish metabolism.

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Much More Than a Market!

by Debra Lewis

You may have driven past

Michell's Farm Market many times without realizing that they have much more to offer than a rich selection of locally produced meat, produce, berries and other goods. Conveniently located on Island View Road, nestled between the Pat Bay Highway and Lochside Trail, they share the site with two other family businesses: Michell Valley Plants, a delightful garden shop owned by Tara Michell; and Harvest Rd., a farm to table restaurant belonging to Jenni Brown (nĂŠe Michell) and Brendan Brown.


The three different, but complementary, businesses are a favourite destination for locals, Victorians and Gulf Islanders alike who enjoy shopping and eating in a relaxed rural setting. Michell's Farm Market is your place to shop if you're looking for fresh food, ethically produced on Michell's Farm. Owned and operated year-round by the Michell family, the Market sells over 50 varieties of seasonal fruit and vegetables, free-range beef and hay, and a wide selection of goods from neighbouring farms. In the fall, the Market's U-pick pumpkin patch is filled with families and school children, and

in the winter months look for their frozen berries and fresh and frozen meats. Tom Michell and sister-in-law, Celia, emphasize that the high standard of quality and service to be found at Michell's Farm Market is "a team effort" and express their gratitude to their dedicated and hard-working staff. At Michell Valley Plants, open from March to October, owner-operator Tara and her welcoming staff make customer satisfaction a priority. By drawing on her extensive horticultural training, experience, and her love for what she does, Tara creates stunning hanging baskets and planters. With one of the largest selections of basket stuffers and bedding plants around town, Tara is able to customize a basket or planter to meet your particular needs or preferences. As well, MVP carries a worthy variety of non-gmo veggie starts, herbs, and small fruits and berries, shrubs, perennials, vines and succulents, along with non-gmo seeds. All product is locally sourced, and to keep your plants happy and healthy MVP also stocks organic soils, fish compost and fertilizers. Award winning Harvest Rd. Farm to Table Grill operates from April to November, opening at 9:30 a.m. to serve breakfast and lunch daily. Jenni, daughter of Terry and Celia Michell, and her husband, Brendan Brown, vary the menu seasonally. Using veggies and fruit from Michell's Farm Market and ethically-raised meat produced by Michell's Farm or local farmers, they serve classic lunch fare, including their everpopular homemade burgers, hand-cut French fries, fresh salads, and their acclaimed breakfast sandwich. In 2017, the Vancouver Island Green Business Association recognized Harvest Rd. for being the greenest restaurant on Vancouver Island for serving fresh food generated without waste or questionable sourcing, or unnecessary transportation or packaging. The three businesses are bound by a common set of principles and a family tradition of sustainable farming and ethically produced food which goes back six generations. Established by William Michell in the 1860's, Michell's Farm today is owned and operated by Vern and Dorothy Michell, and by their sons, Tom and Terry Michell, and their respective families. Tara Michell is cousin to Tom and Terry. In November 2018, the Michell family was collectively recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Crystal Awards.

Raising Seniors’ Quality of Life: Discounts, Subsidies and “Freebies” by Doreen Marion Gee

The cornucopia of

programs and community initiatives for seniors – with discounts, subsidies, and freebies – gives our valuable elders a higher quality of life. They are a measure of our compassion as a society. My following list is a mere taste of an extensive buffet, so I encourage seniors to explore the whole feast. Access to a computer is essential to finding community resources. Fortunately, seniors lacking the necessary technology can still travel in cyberspace with a free card and public computers at their local library. Many branches of the Greater Victoria Public Library offer free courses and individual sessions in basic computing, email and internet skills. Sharon Walker, manager of the Sidney/North Saanich branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, a separate system, is proud that “We offer free use of computers and provide one-to-one assistance to help people learn about electronic library resources.” Reliable transportation is integral to independence and quality of life. The B.C. Bus Pass program for low-income seniors provides eligible participants a year of ridership on any Transit bus in the province, including the SeaBus, Skytrain, and Canada Line in Vancouver. The yearly pricetag is a mere $45 administration fee. Seniors with disabilities can register for HandyDART service, an accessible, door-to-door shared transit service at a low cost. With free rides on BC Ferries from Mondays to Thursdays, seniors can sail away on a budget-friendly adventure! Boomers who still drive get a whopping 25% discount from ICBC on basic insurance coverage – as long as their vehicle is insured for pleasure only. Elders who are renewing an expired license enjoy large discounts at ICBC: the licensing fee is only $17 and all knowledge tests are free. For a simple BC ID card, seniors pay just $15. But for $50, older citizens can purchase an “enhanced identification card,” which replaces a passport for travel by land or sea. Many healthcare providers try to make life easier for seniors.

For those experiencing hearing loss, the remedy can be very pricey. The Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre provides free hearing assessments and provides refurbished hearing aids for low income individuals. The BC Dental Association assists seniors in finding dentists in their area – some will offer seniors’ discounts. Local businesses enrich the lives of seniors every day. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Smart for Seniors program offers chequing and savings accounts with low monthly fees, annual discounts and some free services. Thrifty Foods offers a helpful grocery shopping service to seniors: “Sendial” volunteers shop for the food and trucks deliver it to clients for only a $5 fee. A wide spectrum of recreation centres offer a rainbow of activities, classes and social groups that help keep seniors fit and healthy. The Leisure Involvement for Everyone (LIFE) program sharply reduces the cost of programs and provides 52 free drop-ins per year for financially eligible adults – including seniors – at local recreation centres. Finally, retail stores, restaurants, and hotels put joy into the lives of seniors with generous discounts. Just to name a few: Cloverdale Paints (25%); Value Village (30%); Shoppers Drug Mart (20%); Sandman Hotel Group; Hudson’s Bay (15%); and local movie theatres. Enjoy yourselves, seniors! You have earned it. Contacts & Resources: • • • • • • • senior-banking-offers.html •


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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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Chef on the Run

“We all deserve beautiful things in our lives.” ~ Muffet Billyard-Leake

Seven different meals each week: your choice of rice, pasta or potato and two vegetables plus main for just $9.50. Balanced and nutritious; cooked and ready to reheat for an easy meal! Delivery available; call for details. 250.655.3141 9781 Second St, Sidney

Muffet & Louisa

Brown's The Florist is your local choice for flowers and floral gifts. We are locally owned and passionate about the environment so we make a point of supporting our local growers and economy. We are open seven days a week and deliver from Sidney to Sooke and some of the Gulf Islands. Sidney Downtown Westshore

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With the summer months quickly approaching, life is likely becoming more casual, but that does not mean it needs to be less beautiful! Our purpose at Muffet & Louisa goes beyond helping you select housewares: our special items are intended to bring you joy when you're using them and pride when they are on display.

Brown's The Florist

Inviting 18/10 stainless steel flatware of restaurant quality into your home is a gift to yourself. Its weight and timeless appearance combines form and function with longevity.

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Set with beautiful bold linens from the oldest mill in Moscow, and served from local arbutus carved bowls, the stories shared at your table with friends will surely be about your tableware rather than the weather.

This month, we are embracing our surroundings with beautiful bold colours grounded with natural elements, and encouraging you to set your dinner table each night as if your closest kin are your special guests. We welcome you to visit us in our shared space with Dig This. When you do come in, take a pause and connect with your senses. We take great pride in providing an experience that is natural and comfortable just as you would when welcoming guests into your home.

Shop our latest collection of breathable cottons, light-weight linens and flattering silhouettes in Sidney’s newest boutique. 250.655.0774 | 2418 Beacon Ave, Sidney @boutiquemoden Moden Boutique

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.

Groom That Dog We offer expert grooming in a relaxing, safe atmosphere for your dog. We also feature anesthetic-free teeth cleaning for dogs and cats by Cheyanne Cave of Happy Tails Teeth Cleaning. 778.977.3647 10109 McDonald Park Rd, Sidney

With hundreds of styles and up to $500 off, May is a great time to buy the perfect chair for you or someone you love. 250.655.7467 (SHOP) 9819 Fifth St, Sidney

Wine Kitz Making Your Own Wine Is … as simple as it is satisfying. as personal as it is passionate. as fun as it is creative. Visit us today. 250.654.0300 #5A - 2042 Mills Rd West, Sidney

Victoria Distillers

Blue Dog Kayaking Take a kayak or paddle board lesson, or a guided wildlife or sunset tour. We have a paddling experience for everyone. Check out our family adventure tour, accompanying children age 7 -12 are half price. 250.710.7693 Port Sidney Marina

Makers of premium small-batch spirits. Come tour, taste, learn and lounge at our waterfront distillery. Lounge and patio open for the season! To reserve your spot for a tour and tasting, please get in touch! 250.544.8217 9891 Seaport Pl, Sidney

Brentwood Bay Village Empourium Brentwood Bay Village Empourium offers the best in warm weather refreshment for body and soul. Empourium is a unique hybrid cafe/ retail destination, offering a colourful, clean and refreshingly welcoming setting to restore and revive your senses. Brighten up your wardrobe with a breezy summer dress or bright new blouse from Papillon, jewelry from a local designer or handbag from Bagallini. Quench your skin with amazing beauty products created close to home by Barefoot Venus, Jody's Naturals and Kogi. Cool off with an iced coffee, frosted lemonade or libation; or restore your energy with a delicious healthy meal. Liven up your home with new artwork and inspired décor or brighten someone's day with a cheeky greeting card! Come get fresh with us in the newly renovated Brentwood Crossing Shopping Centre, in the heart of beautiful Brentwood Bay.

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Ecotopia Naturals Ecotopia Naturals is still open in Sidney, and new owners Lisa and Martin Pedersen are carrying on the tradition of Sidney's EcoFashion store. Locally raised, Lisa and Martin have returned home to the Peninsula to raise their family, slow down and enjoy a West Coast lifestyle. Ecotopia Naturals fits perfectly with this new direction. Ecotopia specializes in natural fabrics including hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, linen and soy. We offer well-made, comfortable and stylish clothing for men and women, including a selection of Vancouver Island-made and designed clothing. You may be surprised just how affordable high quality natural and locally made fashions can be. Ecotopia Naturals is Saanich Peninsula's only outlet for "The Soap Exchange" products and refills. We are happy to fill any container with laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo and conditioner, stain removers and wonderful household cleaners. See our line of locally made home and beauty products including Galiano Soap Works, and Mother Daughter Soaps. Come see us and say hello. We are right across from the Sidney Pier Hotel. Find some great natural clothing for your next dinner party, strolling along the waterfront, or relaxing at home.

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Local, affordable custom cabinets … right here on the Saanich Peninsula! We offer a full-service shop, from design and manufacturing through to the installation of our exceptional product. 250.412.3472 2071 Malaview Ave, Sidney (call for appt.)

Focus Hair Design Focus Hair Design wants another stylist! If you are looking for a fun, happy environment to work in then we look forward to meeting you! 250.656.8122 #102 - 2527 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Seaside Cabinetry & Design is a boutique-style cabinet showroom located in downtown Sidney. Custom Design, Merit Cabinetry, Lifetime Warranty. We have hundreds of styles and colours to choose from.

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Ecotopia Naturals Comfortable and Stylish Spring and Summer Eco-Fashions in store now. British Columbia designs including Jipsi Tree, Nomi and Alchemy. The Saanich Peninsula's Soap Exchange refill centre. 778.426.3088 9816 Seaport Pl, Sidney


Pork, Mushroom, and Preserved Mustard Green Dumplings by Chris Compton

I love dumplings. These are

deeply savoury, and best served with a simple sauce of soy, rice vinegar and scallion. This recipe can be easily doubled and a portion can be frozen for later use. The preserved mustard greens can be bought at most Asian grocery stores. You can also buy the wrappers from the store but I prefer homemade. It makes approx 32 dumplings. Dough 1 cup water 1 tsp sesame oil

2 cups all purpose flour pinch of salt

Add salt to flour. Boil water, take off heat, add sesame oil and allow to sit for a minute. Add mixture to flour and use chopsticks to mix. Once combined, dump onto a counter and knead for about five minutes. Once properly kneaded the dough should be smooth and bouncy. Cover with plastic film and allow to sit on the counter from 15 minutes and up to 3 hours. Dough can also be refrigerated overnight, if so allow it to come to room temperature before rolling. Filling 454g ground pork 1½ cups mushroom, finely diced ½ cup onion, finely diced 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tbsp grated ginger 1½ tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp cornstarch 1 tsp MSG* (optional) ½ tsp sesame oil vegetable oil (for cooking) salt and pepper to taste 1 cup preserved mustard greens, finely chopped *MSG is optional, but I think it improves the recipe. If you have a sensitivity, omit and use more salt. Begin by frying mushrooms in vegetable oil until deeply brown, then transfer to a large bowl. Fry onions until translucent, then add garlic and ginger. Once the onion mix is fried, add the mustard greens and the rest of the ingredients except the pork. Transfer to the bowl and allow to cool. Add pork and mix thoroughly. To test the mixture, fry a small amount until cooked through and taste, if needed add more salt and pepper. To assemble dumplings begin by cutting the dough into four equal parts. Roll the chunks of dough into logs and cut into eight pieces each, then shape into balls. Keep dough covered. Roll into four-inch disks about a ¾-inch thick. Roll all the dough into the wrappers and keep them covered with a dry tea towel.

When the dough is rolled, fill a small bowl with a ½ cup cold water, add 1 teaspoon cornstarch and mix thoroughly; use this mixture to seal the edges. Take a wrapper in your non-dominant hand and add about 1 tablespoon of the filling to the centre. Using the cornstarch mixture, draw around the edge of the dumpling. Fold in either a half moon shape or make 4 to 5 pleats; the most important part is ensuring the dumpling is properly sealed. Store on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and lightly dusted with flour. If you plan to refrigerate before cooking, keep the dumplings covered with either a towel or plastic wrap. If you plan to freeze them, freeze on a tray and transfer to a bag once frozen. To cook, heat a pan that has a comfortably fitting lid on high heat. Add oil and place the dumplings in the pan. Check the dumplings for colour on the bottom; when they are light brown hold the lid in one hand while adding enough water to go about halfway up the dumplings. PLEASE be careful as the water will immediately begin steaming and spluttering. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until it stops steaming. Remove from the heat when all water has dried up. Using a thin spatula, lift dumplings from the pan. Enjoy!


Knowledge & Passion:

Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage by Paula Kully

Linda Walker, the owner of Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage, has been practicing physiotherapy for over 16 years. She holds two degrees from McMaster University: a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. With two clinics on the Saanich Peninsula (one in Sidney and one in Brentwood Bay), residents are well served. After speaking with Linda, her thorough knowledge and passion for her work left me understanding that physiotherapy can heal many common health problems without the

use of medication and may very well be the first option for people looking for relief from a wide range of conditions. What services does Peninsula Physiotherapy offer? Amongst the usual, there are three that I think many people aren’t aware of but could greatly benefit from. These are vestibular dysfunction treatment, pelvic floor therapy for women, and chronic pain management. What is Vestibular Dysfunction? It is dizziness or vertigo, which is quite common – something like car sickness. What

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people don’t know is that vertigo is treatable. We will do a motion sensitivity test along with a thorough assessment of causes and develop a treatment specific for the client. There are three categories of Vestibular Dysfunction. These are: True Vertigo. This is when you feel the room is spinning. It happens when ear crystals, which are supposed to be at the bottom of the inner ear, dislodge and move up into the semicircular canal. This can be caused by an accident, a hit on the head or even after a head cold.

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something else that is treated at the clinic. What does this entail? Chronic pain is an umbrella term for any constant pain lasting longer than one month. Sometimes, the cause is due to an accident but

"Physiotherapy can heal many common health problems without the use of medication and may very well be the first option for people looking for relief." others times there is no clear cause. A number of conditions that fall into this category are high anxiety, PTSD, fibromyalgia and phantom limb pain. We see people with these and other conditions come in who are stressed because they don’t understand what is going on. Our

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Motion Sensitivity. This is different from vertigo as the room doesn’t spin, but you feel off. It shows up with any movement and happens when the vestibular system in the inner ear, and what the eyes are seeing, do not connect. Vestibular Ocular Mismatch. This occurs with certain directional movement. For example: you are walking in a busy mall with many people moving around you but your head movements do not match up with your eye movements. This is usually part of the normal ageing process or can be caused by a concussion. What is the purpose of Pelvic Floor Therapy? Pelvic Floor Therapy focuses on the pelvic muscles which support the pelvic organs. Problems associated with the pelvic floor can cause conditions such as a leaky bladder. We provide an assessment and are able to treat the condition with exercise, education, manual therapy and modalities. You also mentioned chronic pain as

focus is to educate them to reduce their stress level and treat them holistically. We asses all the body’s systems which are intricately intertwined. For instance, a person’s emotional state impacts how much pain they feel. How important is it to treat a person’s emotional state along with their physical condition? People underestimate the benefits of relaxation to positively affect your body’s ability to heal. Our services such as Acupuncture and Registered Massage Therapy can greatly contribute to reducing stress. When we proceed with rehabilitation, we do a lot of coaching. We ensure people feel safe and confident. For example, if someone has a cast removed for a broken ankle, they may be afraid to put any weight on that leg. We work with people to restore their confidence. In short, there is no cookie cutter treatment, so we work as a team with each individual client to restore them to health.


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It was another great turnout for our April meeting, and everyone who attended had read our selection for the month, First Snow, Last Light by Wayne Johnston. Okay, everyone except me. I did try, and felt I read enough to get a good sense of the book, but I never made it through to the reveal of the mystery at the heart of the novel. This book is the third in a trilogy of books set in Newfoundland, that started back in 1999 with The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. That novel set the Canadian literary scene on fire and won Johnston many awards. It was clear that it had had a big impact on many of the readers in our group, who remember it as an all-time favourite. So there were undoubtedly high expectations for this return to St John’s and some familiar characters, including Sheilagh Fielding. The book opens with a beautiful scene setting which pulls the reader straight into the action: a child returning home from school to an uncharacteristically empty house. Johnston’s prose is undramatic, but the detail of his descriptions and the way he draws you into the mystery is a stunning opening that leaves the reader eager to jump into the novel and find out just what happened to the boy’s missing parents. That’s where our book group diverged. For lovers of Johnston’s work, this book felt right: the characters familiar, the setting as expected, and the writing, always, always beautiful. For others though the book was a disappointment after that stunning beginning. The pacing of the novel is slow. Perhaps on purpose, to capture that sleepy small town atmosphere, but some of our readers felt Johnston got lost with this story. There’s a range of narrators, and jumping between them caused a disjointed feeling and kept the reader removed from the action. The characters were, on the whole, hard to find sympathy for. Johnston reveals everyone’s flaws, giving the reader an impression of a world whose inhabitants are beaten down and broken. That’s not to say it was without humour, but it’s of the dark, acerbic sort and there wasn’t much of it. Instead we watch as the young boy from the opening scene grows into a bitter man, consumed by the unknowns of his parents’ disappearance. There’s a twist in the tale, close to the end. I didn’t get that far, but our readers said that the mystery’s resolution made up for the slow middle section of the book. Whether it is entirely successful or not, it is certainly a book that deals with loss and longing, and the way that communities become fractured due to social and economic boundaries. Thanks to everyone who came along and shared their views. Our next meeting will be Wednesday May 15 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. We’ll be in the Shoal Centre’s All Purpose Room to discuss Sourdough by Robin Sloan.


Robin Jenkinson:

Nurturing Young Farmers

Few can argue that we need impassioned and capable children to care for this world once they inherit the climate predicament we are leaving them. Robin Jenkinson is passionate about ensuring that individuals and communities become more resilient and, in particular, more self-sufficient in food. She notes that the first wave of school gardens proliferated at the turn of the 19th century, with over 70,000 growing across the U.S. and Canada during the Progressive Era. A few years later, during the World Wars, home-based Victory Gardens produced up to 40% of all food consumed in North America. Their purpose was to reduce the burden of feeding the public during the shortages of wars. Robin feels that the gardens' initiative back then built resilience and self-sufficiency within society, skills which were necessary to live within the uncertainties of war. This young mother of two sees the importance of rekindling this mindset in these uncertain times by inspiring and teaching our children. Thus, she helped initiate the first school garden at Salt Spring Elementary School, tapping into a currently-resurging international school garden trend. Robin's education, experience, understanding and passion make her well equipped to take on this project. Her training and work in botany and river ecology led her to Lyon, France to work on river restoration projects – a dream come true. Back in Canada, she pursued further education in ecological urban design. A school assignment neatly dovetailed with her daughter's entry into kindergarten so she designed a school garden with the goal to make something worthwhile happen. Robin's vision required more than desire and a clever plan. In effect, she became the champion of the project by harnessing her by Anne Miller

skills in presentation, community building, networking and fundraising. She began by designing and presenting sketches of what a garden could look like on the rocky, blackberry- overrun hillside tucked behind the school. She shared her report with the Parents Advisory Council, teachers, the principal and fellow parents. She was thrilled how many of them became enthusiastic partners in the project. Knowing such efforts need someone to "spark the engine to get going," she gladly took it on until it could run on its own volition. Members of the group have taken on various aspects, like composting, getting materials, working with the teachers, building the gates and greenhouse and erecting a beautiful rammed earth wall. They are running with it so she's not as involved as she was at the beginning. "I love the garden but it makes me really happy when other people take on various parts of the project." Robin talks about the advantages of the school garden for the children. Because it's an inclusive, all-school experience, children become skilled at working together as a team. They learn to care for the earth and they learn how to grow and appreciate good food. "The kids even have kaleeating contests!" Robin refers to studies showing the academic, social and emotional benefits to children who spend time in school gardens and how this involvement can help all types of learners and doers to shine. "Teaching children how to grow food is like planting a seed for the future," she says. "Long-term success looks like healthy, capable, confident and resilient kids who can feed their communities." Learn more at To visit the gardens, join the Salt Spring Island Garden Club for a School Garden Tour on Thursday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. RSVP to Robin at MAY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 71


A New Music Festival for Sidney: Folk and Fiddle Music a Perfect Fit by Gillian Crowley

The Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival is

stepping out lively for its inaugural celebration of music May 31 and June 1 in Sidney and surrounding area. The organizers have designed it to be a fun and family-friendly event that will take place all over town. The Victoria Fiddle Society and the Deep Cove Folk Club have joined forces to plan this exciting addition to Sidney's festival scene. Its lead organizers, musicians Nellie Quinn and Bob de Wolff, bring enthusiasm and broad promotional experience to this gig. Nellie is a well-known local fiddler and fiddle teacher who last year organized the 2018 Victoria FiddleFest. Currently this energetic



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Watercolour paintings of scenes local and from travels abroad by Rodger Garbutt. Demonstrations daily.


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FOLK N’ FIDDLE May 24 - 30 Pre-Festival musical event also featuring Tim B. Rogers, a Victoria-based writer and photographer. Straitscapes is Tim’s first effort to combine his photography and writing.

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20-something musician is president of the Victoria Fiddle Society and previously spent four years with the Kole Crook Fiddle Association teaching fiddle in schools in the Northwest Territories. Nellie's brainchild – the Folk 'N Fiddle Festival – has grown out of the original fiddle festival. Through the Deep Cove Folk Society she connected with Bob de Wolff who is a life-long musician and music promoter. His roots go deep in the folk scene: he was part of the original team that organized the first Calgary Folk Festival in 1980 and also co-founded the Nickelodeon, one of Calgary's longest running folk clubs. Since moving to North Saanich in 2009, he has been active with the Deep Cove Folk Club as a director and producer of special concerts. Sharing a similar philosophy, Nellie and Bob decided the

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Folk 'N Fiddle Festival should have a combination of free and ticketed events to make the festival accessible for all. The entire Mary Winspear Centre has been booked for concerts as well as three different types of workshops – music discussions, introduction to an instrument or musical concept, and a master class with a limited number of participants. A Youth Stage will be also be part of the festivities to give those under 25 a chance to showcase their talents. The festival lead-off Friday evening will feature Darol Anger and Mike Marshall fronted by local band West My Friend. Darol Anger is a renowned American fiddler, composer and producer who has developed and popularized new techniques for playing contemporary music styles on string instruments. He'll be playing with Mike Marshall, a master on mandolin, guitar, mandocello and violin. Nellie says, "I'm delighted we could get these two top musicians as they don't come to Canada very often." At last count, eight other acts have been confirmed including Coco Love Alcorn, a singer-song writer known for her "joyful soul" music and Del Rey, an American blues singer and guitarist. A unique performance will be given by Alex Wells, a hoop dancer from Lil'wat Nation near Mount Currie, B.C. Island talent includes fiddler Daniel Lapp, The Sweet

Lowdown trio, Denis Donnelly (founder of the Victoria Folk Music Society) and Salt Spring's Wesley Hardisty, fiddler and winner of an Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Award. Coming from further afield are three award-winning Canadian musicians: Franco Ontarian fiddler Pierre Schryer, B.C guitarist Adam Dobres and Nova Scotian fiddler, Troy MacGillivray. Bob says: "As a musician I'm especially looking forward to the jamming sessions with other musicians as well as the workshops." A variety of events will be held around Sidney during the festival, including free concerts at the band shell and at ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park. Pop-up music will be found at coffee shops and other venues while Irish jigs and step dancing will be part of the music at the Mary Winspear. Bob and Nellie encourage individuals and families to come out for the day to hear what is happening around town. Everyone is invited to the family-friendly "barn dance" that will be part of Saturday's early evening celebrations. With music, song, dance, workshops and food trucks, the Folk 'N Fiddle Festival is set to become a gold star addition to Sidney's festival scene. Photo by Rick Nordin.


Celebrating Community Agriculture: The Peninsula Country Market

If we flash back to the late 1800s, farming was the principal business for the fertile countryside of the Saanich Peninsula. Settlers of the time transformed our forested lands into one of the oldest agricultural settlements in British Columbia. Today, although more urbanized, farming remains at the heart of our community. We are privileged to have easy access to fresh, local products year round. Residents continue to want improved access to local food supply and opportunities to grow their own food. The Peninsula Country Market is one way to do so. Established in 1991, it is one of the longest standing farmers markets on the Island. This countryinfluenced market calls the historical Saanich Fairgrounds its home every Saturday, June through October. Vibrant and known as a family and dog-friendly event, the market features more than 50 vendors each week during the summer. Offerings include farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted fresh meats, organic produce and a fine selection of arts and crafts. Just minutes from the communities of Brentwood Bay, Saanichton, Tsartlip and Tsawout, the market is situated on a beautifully spacious plot of agricultural land. It is a community gathering place and great way to introduce children to the importance of agriculture in our community. Drive, walk, cycle or bus to the market. Meet your neighbouring farmers and hear the stories behind their fantastic products. Tickle your senses with grass under your feet and the smell

of fresh products. Families can enjoy a country morning among friends with live music, hot coffee and children’s activities. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are also welcome. As our weather warms, we eagerly anticipate the coming season and all it has to offer in the way of great produce. In the meantime, you can take advantage of great local greenhouse products. The Peninsula Country Market suggests a visit to Glanford Greenhouse, located at 3968 Glanford Avenue in Victoria. Family run since the 1960s, they grow an array of vegetables but specialize in tomatoes, grown pesticide free, using biological control and other sustainable methods. Let’s celebrate the history and greatness of agriculture in our community by supporting our local farming community and continuing to enjoy all the fantastic products that have been grown on these lands since the turn of the century. The Peninsula Country market has its season debut at Brentwood Days on June 1, returning to the fairgrounds for the duration of the season June 8. Join us and ask about some new market GREEN initiatives including the market’s own reusable produce bags. A summary of musical guests and special announcements can be found at Follow us on Facebook: PeninsulaCountryMarket; Twitter: @PenCountry_Mkt. For information call 250-216-0521 or email

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MAY 26

Sidney Concert Band: Broadway Meets the Movies” Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney They are serious about regular practise They are serious about creating great music And they are serious about … having fun!

Ranging in age from 18 to 85, the members of Sidney Concert Band all share the same love of music. Under Music Director Bruce Ham, the band has collaborated with local middle and high schools to provide scholarships to students and opportunities to perform and learn, as well as supporting local community events like the Santa and Canada Day Parades. The upcoming concert features vocalists Stephanie Benbow, Nicola Hestnes and Jim Kingham as well as the Allegro Dancers and Killer Wails Quartet. Come support local arts; this one is sure to be sold out! Tickets $20;

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No Rules Quilt Exhibit at the Cutting Edge


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Sidney Museum 2423 Beacon Avenue, Sidney The creative group Ten Fold Quilters from Campbell River and Black Creek share their works which showcase innovative ways to manipulate fabric. Admission is by donation.

Introduction to Lawn Bowling Open House



Central Saanich Lawn Bowling Club Centennial Park, 1800 Hovey Road, Saanichton Come learn the “length” and “line” of this great game! Please wear flat, heelless shoes. Contact David Taylor 250-900-6701.

Via “ Choralis: Music of the British Isles”


MAY 5/12

May 5: St. Elizabeth’s Church May 12: Cordova Bay United Church Via Choralis chamber choir, conducted by Nicholas Fairbank, presents choral music from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Special guests: pianist Sandra Fletcher & Kathy White Island Highland dancers. Adults $20, students $5, children 12 & under free. Tickets: Tanner’s Books, Seaberry Garden & Flower, from choir members, or online at Brown Paper

Chris Hadfield – Exploration: Where We’re Going Next” Tour



Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney World renowned Canadian astronaut, engineer and pilot Chris Hadfield celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in this tour. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear him talk about the history and future of space exploration.

Edie Daponte Piaf Under Paris Skies” Concert and CD Release


MAY 10

Dave Dunnet Theatre 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd, Victoria Edie Daponte performs the music of Edith Piaf. Recipient of

Song of the Year in the Jazz category by Vancouver Island Music Awards, this popular dynamic artist is known for her Jazz versatility. Tickets:

Scottish Family Fun Dance


MAY 10

The Centre for Active Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay Fun and easy dances called. Wear light weight soft soled shoes. All ages welcome. No need to bring a partner. Free for members and first timers, $3 drop-in for others, $6 for families.

Deep Cove Folk Society Presents: “ MAY 10 Jeff Warner” 8PM

St. John’s United Church 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich Jeff Warner is an award winning performer and interpreter of traditional 19th century American music. He has toured widely including nationally for the Smithsonian Institute. Tickets at the door.

Mystic Mandala Stone Painting


MAY 10

McTavish Academy of Art 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Create your own stone version of this beautiful symbol for meditation, protection and healing. Jess Glover will show you the basics and guide you in the calming art of Pointillism. Cost of class includes a stone, use of “Happy Dotting Company” dotting tools and an 8’ segment stencil guide.

“ Guided Walk: Feelin’ Out Frogs”


MAY 11

Elk/Beaver Lake, Saanich Ages 5 and under. Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and enjoy learning all about the area’s frogs, their lifecycle, adaptations, and songs.

Mommy and Me – Toys and Tumbles Greenglade Community Centre


MAY 12 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney An invitation for moms and their pre-schoolers (age 2-5) – come start the day with some fun! Free admission.

Peninsula Players Presents “ Murder on the Nile”

The “ Mendelssohn Choir: Baroque from Bach to Vivaldi”


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MAY 26

Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre

Shoal Centre

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Entertaining characters, intrigue, a shocking murder, an exotic setting; you won’t want to miss this latest Agatha Christie thriller presented by Peninsula Players.

10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney Under direction of Maestro Simon Leung, with Die Mahler String Quartet, and vocal soloists, the concert features music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Tickets $20, available at Tanner’s Books, Shoal Centre and at the door.

Louisiana Hayride Show


MAY 22

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Come hear the best country and rockabilly hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and superlative tribute performances of legends like Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Patsy cline and Roy Orbison.

MAY 24-26


Sidney Better Breathers Club

Caregivers of Family and Friends Support Groups

2-330 PM

MAY 24

Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church: 1 to 2:30 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. Shoal Centre, Sidney: 7 to 9 p.m. second Thursday of each month.

The Centre for Active Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay Guest speaker: Mary Conley. This award-winning artist has led many classes and workshops in a variety of visual art forms including painting, drawing, and paper mache. Everyone welcome! Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. 250-652-4611.

Horth Hill Regional Park, North Saanich

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Dr. Pamela Hutchison & Dr. Stephanie Bayliss will share about the most common Naturopathic treatment approaches for MS, with an emphasis on nutrition. Information includes dietary protocols and how optimizing your diet can support your neurological system. For more info or to register call 250-388-6496 X 7301.

10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney. 4th Monday of each month. 1:30 to 3 p.m. A free support and educational group for people with lung conditions (sponsored by the BC Lung Association). 1-800-665-5864.

1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Play begins Friday evening and goes until Sunday afternoon. Each player is guaranteed three matches. Women welcome to enter.

Guided Walk: Horth Hill Highlights

MAY 27

Shoal Centre

Panorama Recreation Centre

Speaker Series: A Passion for Art

630-830 PM

Mary Winspear Centre

Mary Winspear Centre

Men’s Singles Tennis Tournament

Exploring Nutrition and MS

1-230 PM

MAY 25

Ages 8+. Explore this beautiful park at the tip of the Saanich Peninsula which offers stunning views, and learn from a CRD Parks naturalist about the birds and plants of the area. Wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the kiosk off Tatlow Road. crd-regional-parks/events

Sidney Sister Cities Association Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club

1949 Marina Way. 2nd Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Pre-booking required:

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney Tuesday evenings. 7:30 p.m.


Townhouse Living in Sidney – We Love It!



Living in a townhouse has many advantages. In a lovely town like Sidney, local residents can enjoy the energy from the downtown core as well as amazing ocean views – and not have to worry about mowing their lawn. How about a relaxing walk to a nearby restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a concert, a play, or the theatre? Grocery shopping is also convenient: you can buy fresh seafood, veggies and bakery treats without needing a car. Sandy and Jim agree; they enjoyed living in a threebedroom condo in downtown Sidney from 2010 to 2017. But, after Sandy retired from her career at Scotiabank, they realized that it was time for a change. Given that Sandy no longer worked from a home office, they thought it would be wise to downsize. In 2018, they bought a two-bedroom, 1,464-squarefoot townhouse located one block from the sea. It is part of a small, four-unit strata, separated from the other units by an entry hall, so it is very quiet. Their view extends south to the Anacortes Ferry and Dean Park and, once the previous owner’s furniture had been removed, Sandy and Jim found a terrific surprise: they had a diagonal northern view that takes in the Sidney dock and Mt. Baker. Although the townhouse was perfect in many ways, there hadn’t been many changes made since it had been built in 1998. Sandy and Jim decided that before they moved in, there would have to be a major update, a renovation that would include the floors, kitchen, bathrooms, and all new cabinetry, paint, mouldings, and fixtures. Whew! Where to begin? They had their own ideas about what changes they wanted to see, but one thing was certain: they did not want to live in their place and do the work themselves over the space of a few years, so they met with Andi and Larry Hook of Sidney’s Hook & Hook Renovations & Design Inc., and the huge project began. Sandy really appreciated how Andi listened to their ideas and brought all the design elements together to fit their style and personality. “Andi pares down a lot of the choices for you and then brings out samples for you to look at – that sure helps with decision making!” Jim and Sandy wanted the look to be very contemporary, and, because they are tall, the countertops were built slightly higher. That means less bending over food prep work surfaces and less of a reach into the undermount kitchen sink to wash



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dishes. Sandy likes copper highlight elements, so Andi incorporated copper in the kitchen backsplash, which is a stone and metal mix, as well as in the kitchen light fixtures and the cabinet pulls. Larry custom built the cabinetry, adding soft-close hinges and under-cabinet lighting. Santiago quartz countertops from Stone Trends Marble and Granite were installed throughout. Larry built a fourshelf pantry under the microwave, and a cabinet beside it with shelves to accommodate wine. The dark rectangular dining room table top didn’t seem to fit in with the new look, but that was no problem; Larry transformed it with a round top finished in a lighter stain. Pot lights replaced track lighting, and the ceilings were smoothed and painted. The floor in the main areas is a lovely, earthy shade of engineered hardwood; it contrasts nicely with the lighter woodgrain ceramic tiles in the two bathrooms and laundry room. The dryer and washer were moved apart and a cabinet and shelf built between them. The ensuite features a floating vanity with under-cabinet lighting and oval tilting mirrors. The two vessel sinks are, like those in the kitchen, conveniently higher, and allow more of the counter to show. The glass-enclosed shower has subway-tiled walls, a convenient bench and a pebble-tiled floor which feels nice on the

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feet, says Sandy. Light flows in from the window and from overhead pot lights, one of which is directly above the shower. Spotted bath towels add a cheerful note. In the main bathroom, the floating vanity also has under-cabinet lighting and another set of cabinets provides more storage room. The bathtub has a large, curved glass door instead of a curtain, which swings out to create an easy entry. Slim, skirted toilets are two inches higher than normal, making them not only aesthetically more pleasing, but easier to clean, as well. Heated porcelain floors are the comfortable luxury that brings it all together. A newly painted two-sided gas fireplace heats the office/den and living room. Light floods into the living room from the end wall which is almost all windows. New blinds can be adjusted for light and privacy. Warm tones of orange, golds and browns in the accessories, paintings and rugs throughout the home provide a cozy feeling that makes you want to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine. No-fuss plants and lovely flower arrangements add natural accents.

In the master bedroom, Larry Hook built a cute little corner vanity for Sandy

Soft beige carpet was laid in the bedrooms. Hook and Hook added a custom-built closet with sliding doors in the master bedroom to replace mirrored doors. Larry also built a cute little corner vanity for Sandy. Walls were painted in Balboa Mist from Benjamin Moore, and the trim was painted Frosty White to match the cabinets. New fixtures and mouldings complete the elegant look. Andi says: “We didn’t move any walls but we hit the interior and put it back together. The work went really well. Sandy and Jim were amazing to work with!” The couple loves the open concept of their new home, especially the kitchen/family room area where they like to hang out with friends. A balcony provides room for their barbecue and an outside seating area on which to enjoy the sun. For entertainment, they can always watch the antics of passing dog walkers, cyclists and enthusiastic tourists. Sandy says they are still in the honeymoon stage with their renovated home, “It’s still new, it’s fun, and I love how everything flows; it all comes together.”




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What Exterior The first question I ask clients after I establish what they'd like on the inside of their house, by Mike Dunsmuir is what they want the outside to look like. Step One Design Choosing a concept for a home exterior is hugely important, as the exterior style is what most people connect to their dream home. I initially boil down the question to the two ends of the spectrum. Do you want traditional or modern? Most folks can answer without blinking an eye, such as: "I don't want modern," or "I want something more edgy." We then build the concept from there. Even if you aren't building your own dream home, dreaming of one is nice, and picturing what would happen if you won the lottery and had the chance to design a custom home. So what style are you? And what's the difference between the new and the older styles we see on TV and all over the internet? From the two ends of the spectrum we can slide the scale in either direction, from the historic and ornate Victorian, to the Arts and Crafts, through to our version of West Coast Contemporary, and finally onto Modern design. Without being a purist or an architectural elitist, I like to simplify things in the context of designing homes within our region, keeping my clients within realistic budgets while designing pleasing homes to look at. I think we all know what Victorian style is, the ornate dollhouse

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look; while Arts and Crafts is gables, steeper pitches, siding and shingles, and tapered columns on stone bases. West Coast Contemporary is our version of modern (see above photo). It's a mixture of low slope and flat roofs with wood siding, accent rock and timber braces. Finally, modern is clean, boxy, nothing sloped, lots of glass on the rear and maybe as much seen from the street. But hold on, there is a place right in the middle that is trending and being reinvented. It's labelled as Transitional, likely rooted in the Frank Lloyd Wright, Prairie style of the early 20th century. It gives us a definitive bridge that can fill the gap between a traditional look and contemporary design. To achieve this look, I go with a lower pitched, hip style roof on the uppermost roof then add horizontal flat roofs and vertical columns in between floors creating a transitional mix. You can add a metal accent roof and stucco in places to set the tone and texture. Contrasting colours can help it pop. Other notables we are seeing trending are Modern Mountain, which is an alpine with “Whistler” look, consisting of timber frames, heavy beams and braces, some river rock and lots of wood. I see residential design in our area defining its own style more and more, developing new ways to introduce new ideas into traditional design styles. Typically, our wood frame construction has defined coastal homes, but with new energy efficiency guidelines and methods, development of composite exterior finishes, and advances in engineered wood products and roof trusses, the home owner today has more options available to individualize their dream home.






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elementary school years in Ontario, my family lived in what most people considered an undesirable area, in a small townhouse across the street from a graveyard where we rode our bikes. It was a dull, unlovely place to live, but my mother changed that. Each spring, Mother's Day meant the beginning of the gardening season was upon us, and every year, Mum and Dad would come back from the nursery with flats of impatiens to go into the foundation beds that Mum had spent hours digging and amending. I remember how people would stop and stare at the flowers, often asking Mum about them. This would be followed by a cup of tea and a welcome into the community. Now when I ask her about it, she says: "Pfft, it was just some flowers, little impatiens, they weren't anything special," but I disagree. Mum's garden was a gift of beauty, dignity and friendship in a neighbourhood scarred by drugs and violence, and woe betide you if you were the one responsible for a stray soccer ball headed for her garden! Over the years, we moved several times and Mum's gardens got bigger and even more beautiful. The daughter of an artist, she has an eye for colour and she has always enjoyed taking risks in her garden. Even when I disliked certain plants, I always appreciated the way her gardens looked effortless. She constantly experimented and was always transplanting, dreaming and working in her garden. I remember people regularly slowing down as they drove past our house to admire the hibiscus in the circular driveway bed. Sometimes, they would even start wandering around the front yard, on a spontaneous, self-guided garden tour. (It got a bit ridiculous when we found strangers in our backyard, bending over and examining the plants.) Mum's gardening is very intuitive and hospitable. She creates beautiful spaces without artifice and will refute compliments to this day. I learned from her by osmosis. She taught me to respect what already is, to edit carefully and not to compete with nature. She collaborated with the places in which she gardened, understanding intuitively the fundamental principle of genus loci which is Latin and means "the spirit of the place." Mum was always getting creative. She put an old paned window into a garden bed, decades before vintage styling and upcycling became popular. She instinctively nestled her focal points into foliage and created vignettes that never failed to look like they had always

been there. Mum's style was a cross between English garden and a traditional garden. Her gardens didn't have the voluminous laissezfaire of an English garden, but they were much more gracious than a traditional garden. It's funny how much the description of her garden is also the description of her. Her gentleness and invitation, her ability to welcome stranger and friend alike. I find myself projecting her on to her garden, anthropomorphizing it as garden and gardener blend together. I can only hope that her influence both on me and my garden design runs deeply.

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stages before executing on the actual structure. He particularly likes his worksite placement with GT Mann where he is getting to participate in a wide variety of tasks from concrete formwork to framing. It was evident that all the students admire and respect their teacher. Brandon is providing more than just instruction; he is contributing that essential element of apprenticeship training: mentorship. He is also empowering his students by requiring them to take responsibility and by giving them ownership in the project. The class even had a hand in selecting and modifying the floor plan of the tiny house. Wendy Walker, principal of ILC, was proudly present at the showcase as well. She shares the students' excitement and anticipation of seeing the final stages of the project come to fruition. When asked by an attendee how one might go about acquiring the tiny home, her curt, but cute response was: "Well I guess you'll just have to keep your eyes on the upcoming editions of Seaside to find out how you could be the new owner of our tiny house if you want to make it your home." Photo by Nunn Other Photography

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program is entering its third month as this story goes to press, and the class's "tiny house" project is well underway. Not only is the project advancing as planned, but so too is the acquisition of applied skills by the students in the class. One of the hallmarks of this program is the transition-to-work component. Students spend three days a week learning how to put theory to practise as they construct an innovative tiny house at the Saanichton Individual Learning Centre campus, then spend two days working in industry with employer partners. April 17 was a big day for the students and their teacher, Brandon Heyer, as they showcased their project to a small entourage of dignitaries from the Construction Foundation of BC. Colleen McConnell, CFBC Director of Public Relations and Brendon Campbell, Assistant Manager from Home Depot, were on hand to make a significant cash donation and pledge their commitment to the program. The structure was looking amazing at the showcase, with all the exterior walls erected and most of the rafters installed. Students were beaming with pride and happy to tell their stories. It was clear by the smiles on their faces they were having fun at the same time they were learning. In fact, the first thing Randy Squire said when asked about the program was: "This program is a lot of fun." He really enjoys working for his employer sponsor too, who coincidentally shares the same first name. Randy Cunningham has been a regular and reliable employer of Saanich Carpentry students for over 10 years. His contributions have helped many a student advance in the trade and complete their apprenticeships. Colton Leslie is really loving the program too. He likes that he is learning how to do things sequentially and following important steps in the process. Colton enjoyed doing all the mock-ups of the different

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Our May focus on kids wasn’t planned to coincide with Mother’s Day, but it is quite fitting. Did anyone else get a little choked up reading this month’s Word on the Street (p 28 )? When Lara told me she was going to ask the question “What words should moms hear more often?” I imagined her asking adults, and them talking from the perspective of what they want to hear, or what they wish they’d told their own moms. But she came at it from the angle of elementary-aged kids, and the answers are just precious! It’s interesting how the role of mother changes. My own kids are getting quite grown up, becoming increasingly independent and self-sufficient. I watch them with a mix of pride and satisfaction, at the same time missing those younger days when mom was all-important in their world. Chatting with a very wise friend recently, she told me that our job at this point in our teenagers’ lives is just to be present for them. To be accessible, so when they need us they know we have time to listen and space to help them. This friend also happens to be a teacher and I think that gives her extra insight. In our own families we’re learning as we go – figuring things out together and hopefully doing our best. At school, teachers get the brunt of all our parenting experiments. They spend time with our most precious charges, educating and nurturing them, helping shape the people they’ll become. I was so pleased then, to see the exquisitely elegant Madame Johanne in our In Fashion feature this month (p 56). As a Kindergarten teacher at Deep Cove elementary she has played a role in the lives of many, many peninsula children: merci Madame and félicitations for your retirement. I still call my mom when I want some advice, have news to share, or just need to feel a little extra support. She is my unwavering cheerleader. We chatted this morning when I was procrastinating about writing this column. Her advice: “just get on with it!” Thanks mum x

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At Sidney All Care Residence we offer a variety of inter-generational programs. Kate, one of our young volunteers, visits with the residents and helps out with recreation programs when she has some time off from her busy life at school. We have a relationship with Positive Path Early Learning Centre which includes a program every Monday afternoon: “Granbuddies.” The children visit with our residents, create things with crafts along with storytelling and lots of singing and dancing! Every Thursday morning, along with the Vancouver Regional Library, we have Story-Time in our theatre. The community is invited to come in with their children and our residents enjoy the interaction with the little ones.

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