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EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 13 The Natural Path 21 Cowland's Chronicles 26 From The Kitchen 31 Inside Out 32 Living Off The Land 39 Off the Vine

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Being a father of four, I have heard the question "Are we there yet?" countless times during family road trips. But as we head into the umpteenth week of stayat-home isolation, I think it is a phrase that runs through everyone's psyche a dozen times a day!

Shoreline Medical is working hard to continue primary care medicine on the Saanich Peninsula during the COVID-19 crisis. In this issue's "Inside Out" health column, I describe some of the approaches we're taking.

As a person addicted to "not working out," a newfound passion for hiking took me by surprise. The art of hiking involves the freedom of moving forward, upward, onwards and absorbing infinite bits of beauty as we go. Saanich Peninsula is a plein-air paradise for hikers and writers.




The Front Steps Project created a living record of how our community came together, by staying apart, in the face of COVID-19. Photographers Tracey Scott, Jo-Ann Way and I photographed nearly 50 local families in one day, creating one of the most rewarding assignments we have ever done.

We need physical activity as an outlet. From a mental health standpoint alone, getting some form of exercise daily does wonders! Early morning runs by the ocean clears my mind and keeps me centred for the day to come. I hope everyone finds a way to ground themselves.

With all social activities cancelled I've felt especially grateful for friends in the community staying in touch. There's been nothing but time for reading, and even though our book club hasn't been able to meet, Virginia and I had some book chat, and made reading suggestions.

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FIRST WORD from the PUBLISHER SUE HODGSON Last night I had another video call with my family in the Maritimes to see how they have been holding up during the quarantine. Prior to COVID-19 we didn't do this all that often, but with a swift turn of events around the world we've become like the Brady Bunch opening, where we all appear in those square boxes! We wanted to check in, not just to see if we were all doing OK, but if our children, family members and friends were doing well too. We all have stories to tell each other during this crisis but in the face of an overwhelming tidal wave of bad news, what we need most right now are daily reminders of our better human selves, so that each of us can rise to this challenge. There are thousands of inspiring, creative community responses to this pandemic and these stories must be told and shared. In this issue of Seaside we have discovered some of these and just how effectively our community is responding to coronavirus. We're learning great lessons about how communities can take charge and build resilience, connection and strength. Seaside Magazine has had many "firsts" and this month is one of them as we decided to combine our May and June issues into one. Things in late March were very unpredictable. We felt it would give us a better opportunity to compile more timely stories, and give our advertisers a bit of a break on advertising costs in this very difficult time. Be sure to visit (https:// seasidemagazine.ca/covid-update-local-business-directory/) as we have added an online directory that includes hours of operation and other important information about local businesses. It will be updated as much as necessary, allowing our readers to stay well informed of the local status at all times. I imagine you – like many of us – are anxious, and made more so by our necessary physical isolation. We are all part of a larger community of people who believe that another, better world can and will emerge; there has to be. If we all hold that vision together or imagine a big virtual hug, we can get there, one day at a time. Sending love and strength to our beautiful community and a big thank you to all our frontline and essential workers ‌ we could not do this without you!

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A Day in the Life: Our New Normal

Life has changed for everybody since physical distancing rules were introduced. How have people adapted to create a new normal in these very abnormal times? To get a little window into some of the ways our community is getting along, we asked a teacher, a reverend, a new mom, a small business owner and someone celebrating a birthday what their day looks like now. You'll see that technology has supported and enabled many of them, but it is no replacement for face-to-face interaction. Will these few months change the way we live permanently, or is this just a way to keep going for now? Time will tell, but these snapshots capture some of the ways that times have changed, yet life goes on.

Julie Lobb, Teacher, Bayside Middle School I used to greet my grade 8s at the classroom door. Now I speak to them through my basement computer while my own kids do their schoolwork elsewhere in the house. It's challenging! So much about teaching revolves around fostering relationships. Technology allows me to connect and give students learning opportunities, but it doesn't replace shoulder-toshoulder assistance, group laughter or an encouraging chat over recess. I'm so proud of how our young people are stepping up to this "new normal" and doing their best despite challenging circumstances. I miss them and wish that we were all back at school together.

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Tara Carere, birthday celebrator Unprecedented times call for unprecedented birthday celebrations. We have two April babies in our household – one turned three and the other five this year. We have always thrown fun little parties in the past, and we wanted to make this year special within the confines of social distancing. We decided to organize a car parade … and the guest list did not disappoint! We encouraged our kids to dress up and drivers-by were asked to drop a toonie into their piggy bank along the way. We worked with local Ruth & Dean to extend COVID-friendly, pre-packaged treats from the "safety rake." We all had a few good laughs and the kids felt very special.

Cassidy Nunn, a new mom In some ways, having a newborn in these strange times of the COVID-19

pandemic may not look a whole lot different than what life is like for anyone welcoming a newborn; we hunkered down at home during those first few days and weeks and adjusted to life as a family of three. What I'm sad about and craving most are the social connections – our daughter meeting all her family and the many friends we'd by now have had over for a meet and greet. But every day I count our blessings and there's so much we are grateful for: she's here, she's healthy, we had an incredible medical team for her birth, and in this day and age we have the technology to connect in so many other ways. I'm sure our family bond will be all the stronger because of this time spent together and introducing her in person later on will be all the more meaningful. The Rev Dr. Eric Partridge, St. Andrew's Anglican Church When the virus first caused us to close our church doors, it felt like something we all could do; it was the right thing, the healthy thing, the loving thing. We started having online services, bible study and fellowship. We telephone our parishioners so we touch base with everyone regularly. It felt temporary and like something we would get through before returning to what we have always known. But as the weeks have slogged on, we question what the future will look like. How are we going to gather in full strength – 120 to 140 people in one place – to worship? How are we going to support our elders? Online services are a stop-gap, but not a long-term solution. What will the "new normal" look like? We are all just trying to stay safe and figure out the future. Like everyone else.


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There is no other way to slice it: these are challenging times for us all. Though you may be physically okay, many of us are struggling with our emotional and mental well-being in an unprecedented global climate. Here's what you can do to stay well while social distancing: Take Your Vitamins. If you stocked up on mainly shelf-stable food items, you may be missing some vitamins you'd usually be getting from fresh foods. A good multivitamin is a good addition to keep you feeling at your best. Go into Nature. Getting out in nature – "forest bathing" – or even viewing images of nature reduces anger, fear, and stress and uplifts your mood. Dance. Dancing reduces stress hormone levels and increases endorphins. Many artists are live-streaming their concerts online, which is also a fun way to stay connected. Plus, there's no one to judge you for dancing in your undies (except maybe your family!). Clean Your Space. Clean out dust and the old unused stuff and make your space a source of peace. You'd be surprised how much your environment affects your mood. Reach out to Friends and Family. We are fortunate to live in a time where there are so many options for connecting virtually. Have virtual dinner parties, or watch a movie with friends via video chat. We could come out of this feeling more connected than ever. Reach out to Online Counselors and Professionals. If you're struggling, there are many online counseling services you can use. It's also worth reaching out to any of your favorite practitioners and seeing if there are any services they can provide you with digitally. Take an Online Fitness Class. Many fitness studios are moving their classes online right now, and this is a great way to stay active and

continue to support your community. Meditate. Meditating actually changes your brain and the way your body responds to stress. Start with as little as five minutes per day and try to meditate first thing in the morning to set the tone for the day. Get Clarity. If you're not able to work, it's a fantastic opportunity to get clear on your priorities and goals. Daydream, write out action plans and see whether you're on the right path or being called in another direction. Hold Space for Your Emotions. It's OK to not be OK right now. You don't need to use this time productively; you can just allow yourself to feel and process the weight of everything that is happening. Rest. Many of us are so busy and wound so tight, this is a fantastic opportunity to slow down and take a deep breath, collectively. Sleep in, move slow, forget the schedule, and take this as a much-needed recharge. Take care of yourself; take care of your loved ones; take care of strangers. Thank you for staying home.

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SMALL TOWN, BIG HEART. Sidney continues to work together, doing what we do best, caring for one another Sidney continues to work together, doing what we do best, caring for one another and providing an excellence in service that is second to none. We may be a small town, but we have a big heart. We continue to see demonstrations of kindness and support that uplift, inspire, and give strength to the many people working to ensure our wellbeing and all those staying safe at home. Here’s a round-up of recent stories, from right here at home. Thank you to our Frontline Heroes One thing that is uniting everybody is the respect and gratitude we all have for healthcare workers, as well as other key workers. These are the people that are working tirelessly, sacrificing time with their family, and selflessly protecting the public from the current pandemic. They are, and will forever be, considered heroes. To salute them, Town of Sidney residents join fellow British Columbians in applause at 7:00 pm every evening from their homes to offer a cheer of good faith and spirits. Downtown To-Go Many of Sidney’s local businesses are offering virtual services as they pivot their models to meet the needs of the public. These have included online painting classes (Odette Laroche Gallery), fitness sessions (Pacific Ninja Gym, Sidney Hot Yoga, McTavish

Academy of Art), telephone/online styling (House of Lily Koi), and curbside pick-up and delivery. These options help to stimulate the local economy and in turn, keep Sidney strong. For a full list of business offerings SidneyBIA.ca. Keeping Connected Thanks to a very generous donation of tablets from Telus, the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was able to share tablets with local care facilities as well as health care professionals who work with clients in their homes throughout the Saanich Peninsula. Telus also provided an instructional video demonstrating how to sanitize the tablets between each use properly. In addition, Seaside Magazine provided copies of their current issue for residents in need of reading material. Neighbours helping Neighbours Beacon Community Services is working to provide information and assistance to seniors and other vulnerable local residents by phone at 250-656-5537. The Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program (Operated by bc211 and the United Way, with financial support from the BC Government) is a program that matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials (such as help picking up groceries and prescriptions) to volunteers in their community who are willing to help. To register for services, or to offer help, call 2-1-1 or register online bc211.ca Kindness Surrounds Whether you are enjoying the beautiful new garden scape at 2493 Beacon Avenue donated Barbara Hubbard, owner of Baden-Baden and Barbara’s Boutique who began her business in 1984 or resonating with the encouraging words posted by Shai Thompson, owner of House of Lily Koi, Sidney shines with positive messaging. Kind notes and sweet chalk drawings can be found throughout Sidney at storefronts including Quince Cafe & Ice cream, Cameron Rose, and more. In this unprecedented time, businesses and communities show resiliency through community & innovation. Now is the time to come together as a community and support one another. Thank you to everyone who is playing their part in keeping Sidney strong.


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From a Social Distance: The Front Steps Project by Janis Jean

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brainchild of Boston photographer Cara Soulia and her friend Kristin Collins, and has sparked a movement of more than 300 photographers to help raise money for local charities. From a safe distance outside, Soulia took photographs of local families on their "front steps" during the COVID-19 pandemic, while recognizing each family's commitment to stay home and stay safe. Local photographers Jo-Ann Way of Nuttycake Photography, Tracey Scott of Tracey Scott Photography and myself of Janis Jean Photography collaborated on a Saanich Peninsula "Front Steps Project," photographing nearly 50 local families. As a result of all the generous donations, the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank was the recipient of $3,500. Here are the stories of a few of the families we were lucky enough to photograph.

Kary & Peter Eckert and Family (shown above) Have you ever read something from a complete stranger that made you laugh out loud and think – "I gotta meet this person?" Well, that's what happened after reading Kary Eckert's initial email inquiry to be part of The Front Steps Project.   Kary's opening line in her email said it all:  "Our family of four would absolutely love a photograph. We are two 60+ isolating with our 20ish son and his fiancée. We have had a blast these past two weeks and are actually quite proud of ourselves. It is unprecedented getting along so well. Gin helps. It would be a thrill to have a photo of us all together."

I knew we would become fast friends. When it came time for their photoshoot, Kary and her family were laughing, joking and truly enjoying each other's company. Even Whistler, the Golden Retriever, was happily romping about in the yard. When it came time for the official Front Steps photograph – well, the gin had to come out. Cheers!

The Dobbs Family "My two little children in the photograph are the reason everyone should be staying home. If we can keep our numbers low on Vancouver Island, I can still go home, hug them and give them bedtime snuggles." MAY / JUNE 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 17

Jennifer Dobbs speaks from a place that few others can. Both she and her husband Jeff are frontline health care workers, working tirelessly in the middle of this pandemic. Jennifer is a unit clerk in the heart of the COVID Unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Working the frontlines is hard every day – especially compounded by having to leave your loved ones at home. Balancing homeschooling her kids, making sure they are looked after and being able to just unwind regularly is challenging enough on its own. While Jennifer worries about doing enough for her family and for herself, she loves her job and that she can make a difference in her work. Thank you Jennifer and Jeff for the stark reminder of why we need to continue our efforts to flatten the curve. We are all grateful to you both – our healthcare heroes.

Heather Brass and Family Family ties have always been strong in this multi-generational family home; however, they have become even more resilient since the stayhome order under COVID-19.   Heather, her partner Nathanial and their two girls share their home with Heather's aunt Jane who often helps out looking after the girls, especially when Nathanial is away at work with the Canadian Coast Guard.   The old saying "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" holds true for this family. Instead of going to the playground or a play date, they are exploring the natural spaces in their neighbourhood. They spend lots of time climbing trees, feeding ducks, making forts in the woods and floating homemade boats down streams.    This extended period without friends has taught the girls to play better together, problem solve, and work through moments of frustration and sibling rivalry. Coming out of this, Heather believes her children will have a better relationship than they did before, and will be closer throughout their lives than they may have been had life simply carried on as usual.     After our front steps photo, the girls promised an invite to their summer lemonade stand. I look forward to it. When life gives you lemons … . 18 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | MAY / JUNE 2020

Sylvia Olsen and Tex McLeod The image of Sylvia Olsen and her husband Tex McLeod, safely isolating behind their sunroom window in their North Saanich home, is undoubtedly the most compelling photograph taken as part of the local Front Steps Project. The couple had been isolating at home after Tex tested positive for COVID-19 in March; Sylvia was a presumptive case too as she also fell very ill. While they are both now cleared, it was a harrowing experience.  Throughout the ordeal, family, friends and community members demonstrated the true meaning of Canadian "care-mongering." Meals were dropped off, daily calls and messages of love and support were received and they cherished distant "window sightings" of family in the driveway dropping off food. On one occasion, after Sylvia casually mentioned to one of her daughters they were going to order hamburgers online, homemade burgers showed up shortly after on their doorstep!   Reflecting on the unprecedented efforts to flatten the curve, Sylvia said: "it shows how humans are inventive, creative and can work together and do the right thing. Not just for ourselves but for each other."  

The Newlove Family. "The influence of a good teacher can never be erased." (Author unknown) Ruth and Steve Newlove have been influencing generations of Saanich Peninsula children together, ranging from toddlers to teens. Ruth has

cared for many young children over the years operating "Little Roo's Family Childcare" while Steve has also influenced many youth, as an educator and in his current role as the Vice Principal of North Saanich Middle School. During this pandemic they have been at home with their two children, Sierra and Riley. Ruth has temporarily closed her family daycare facility and she yearns to be with all her little children again! Steve has been working mostly from home, supporting staff and students as they engage in remote learning. Sierra, their oldest, is finishing up her first year of college online while Riley is doing his high school work from home online as well. While the Newloves dearly miss their normal, daily connections with others outside their home, they are grateful to be having more meals together, enjoying simple family time, taking bike rides, playing more games and connecting (virtually) with their extended family.

Sharing these quotes and creating colourful, whimsical art around each one is how artist and firefighter Anna-Marie Trelford grounds herself in this time of unprecedented stress in the lives of first responders. Anna is married to John Trelford, Fire Chief of North Saanich, and together they have four children and two grandchildren who they miss dearly – especially their hugs. When Anna created her beachside "art show," mostly painted on gnarly plywood, old donated wood or rocks, it was to help keep her balanced. However, in her efforts of helping herself, she has created a space for others to feel her love, hope, and optimism. It has become a magical pathway for locals to explore, read, laugh and discover these wonderful messages intertwined between the fence posts. By the time you reach the end of the path, you can't help but feel a little more optimistic, more connected and just a little more loved.


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Our Finances – Remain Calm or Panic? Peter Dolezal is a semi-retired Sidney resident. He offers INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL CONSULTING SERVICES to individuals, couples and companies. To date, he has assisted more than 230 clients across Canada, principally in Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland. No Financial Products to Sell Leads to Truly Independent Advice.

The world has changed. It all seems like we’re caught in a bad dream, or watching a science-fiction movie. In a few short months, COVID-19 has triggered a world-wide pandemic and no country has been immune. Economic activity has collapsed, leaving only essential services operating. Unemployment stands at Great Depression levels. Restrictions on humanity’s movements range from mandatory to strongly recommended. People are dying by the thousands – often without comfort of family. There seems no personal defense, other than isolation. Adding to our severe angst is the collapse of financial markets, at a pace never before seen. Does this decline threaten our financial security? As severe and anxiety-inducing as these facts are, they do not portend a permanent change to our way of life, nor to our economic well-being in the long term. The current crisis, unlike the Great Depression or the 2008/09 market collapse, was not triggered by major economic malaise, but rather by a worldwide health crisis. COVID-19 will run its course; treatments will be developed within months, as well as a vaccine – likely within a year or two.

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quickly with major programs to reduce financial stress on the unemployed, and on businesses. As of April 20, Equity Markets had recovered more than half their March collapse – once again emphasizing the logic of staying invested for the long term. Do not be mistaken. This will not be the usual recovery from a Bear Market, the last dozen of which, on average, took only nine months to fully rebound. When restrictions ease, economic activity will resume, but very gradually. Many small businesses will fail to restart, keeping unemployment high, while replacement businesses emerge slowly to take their place. The virus will not suddenly disappear. It will linger, and periodically re-emerge, slowing the recovery. Restaurants, airplanes and cruise ships will not suddenly fill. Canadians will emerge from the current crisis even more indebted. Spending will be muted for some time, limiting GDP growth, until a sound financial footing is re-established for individuals and families. Although we can expect financial markets to remain volatile for some time, an eventual return to “normal” will occur. Markets will stabilize, and in time, resume their traditional long-term upward trajectory. We must be realistic. Full economic recovery may take several years. Our way of life and our investments will recover, but we should not expect a sustained, fast rebound to pre-crisis levels. Patience will win out.

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Musing Behind the Mask I saw an ad for T-shirts the other day on Facebook. The logo read "Social distancing comes naturally to me. I'm by Chris Cowland an Accountant." Well, I hear that all the time from my family and friends, but it's a little unfair. I went to SaveOn-Foods last week, and thought I would wear my mask and be able to shop in total anonymity. It didn't work. How could anyone recognize me, I thought? I had missed my six-month teeth cleaning and I haven't had a haircut in ages, so I thought I would just fade in and look like all the rest of the random people. Then I got to the checkout, where a client I hadn't seen in years was working. "Hi Chris, you're looking good!" Three totally devastating words, probably meant in good faith, but I'm immediately thinking "I know I look like crap … so how bad did I look before?" The previous week I had been shopping in Lake Cowichan, and thought it would be a good idea to try out my N95 mask for the first time. Somebody gave it to me, I think they cost 80 cents, but I had no idea that I was stealing it from the frontline care providers who really need them. Unlike shoppers in Sidney, NOBODY wears masks in Lake Cowichan. Maybe they think the hunting rifles they carry in the backs of their trucks will scare off the virus. This time, everyone was staring at me like I was an alien. I was even asked if this was a new regulation, but I just coughed politely and everyone backed off pretty quickly. I was lighting the wood stove earlier today, and used for kindling a newspaper from early February that announced that the first Covid case had been detected in Canada, a traveller just back from China. Who could have envisioned where we are now, just a couple of months later? Not even the best science fiction writers. So my friends at Seaside Magazine asked me to write something uplifting. Well, I found that a little difficult. I have always fancied myself as a pretty good cook, but when times get tough, there is nothing better to raise spirits than home baking. I bought the last remaining bag of bread flour from the grocery store, and attempted to set new standards in a previously unexplored area. After an hour of rummaging in the basement, I unearthed a Black and Decker breadmaking machine that had lain dormant for the last 30 years. Google supplied me with a number of never fail recipes. One thing I have always noticed in the feedback

comments is that EVERYONE says "I love your recipe, but I substituted X for Y, baked it at 350° instead of 375°, and it was okay." These comments have always annoyed me in the past. So I substituted half the white flour for whole wheat flour, and added two cups of organic stone milled oats that I really enjoy in my porridge. It wasn't rising as well as in the recipe, so I baked it for an additional 30 minutes. I will not be posting feedback to that lady's recipe. If you know anyone in the construction business, tell them to contact me: I have the perfect recipe for house bricks.

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On behalf of all the Mary Winspear Centre management and staff, we thank you for your year’s of patronage and support of arts and culture on the Saanich Peninsula.

Mary Winspear Centre presents Michael Kaeshammer for a concert series celebrating the anniversary of Boogie on the Blues Highway television special taping. Kaeshammer who calls the Peninsula home will be kicking off his nationwide tour on October 14 & 15 in Sidney. This two-part concert series is a thank you to the local community and patrons of the Charlie White Theatre who have supported Michael with numerous sold-out concerts and the filming of his special last summer.

It has been our mission to provide the best quality entertainment and events for everyone in our community to enjoy. Over the past several weeks, we have been working hard behind the scenes on building maintenance and upgrades, and our theatre staff are rescheduling shows and are filling our calendar for when we can once again open our doors. During this difficult time, the unwavering support from our patrons has not gone unrecognized. We want to thank everyone who took a credit instead of a refund, purchased a Friends of The Mary Winspear Centre membership or gift card, and those who have purchased tickets to new shows. The community support of small business and non-profits on the Peninsula is a testament to our unique ability to come together as one to ensure we all get through this together. We also want to acknowledge and thank all essential workers and those working in health care every day to keep us safe. Music and art will bring comfort and healing to us all as we navigate the uncertainty of the coming months. We invite you to follow us as we work with artists to bring you entertainment directly to your homes. We anticipate the day when we can open our doors and welcome you all back to the Mary Winspear Centre, the heart of our community.

The prolific Vancouver Island based singer/songwriter/pianist/producer Michael Kaeshammer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s an undeniable piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a seductive and engaging performer.

Brad Wall Winspear Speaker Series presents A Conversation with Brad Wall: Moving Canada’s Economy Forward After COVID-19 on October 14.

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during his 10 plus years as Saskatchewan’s premier infrastructure creation, a first ever AAA credit rating for Saskatchewan, and so much more. However, these accomplishments benefitted not just his province, but Canada as a whole.

Hayley Wickenheiser Hayley Wickenheiser has become a leading advocate for health care workers amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Hayley has teamed up with the volunteer-driven organization Conquer COVID-19 which is facilitating access to priority products that are in short supply but essential for the healthcare community during the pandemic.

four major Canadian cities to collect PPE and other items needed by shelters and food banks. Wickenheiser’s efforts started as a simple call to action on Twitter in which she described the “desperate pleas from (her) frontline friends in Toronto” who were in dire need of PPE equipment. In a recent Instagram post, Wickenheiser stated that, in just five days, Conquer COVID-19 has raised over $1 million along with millions of items..

In this talk, Hayley recaps some of the best teams she captained and her memories on the Olympic stage. She will also focus on Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how she became a leader to Canadians during these unprecedented times. Hayley Wickenheiser will speak on Friday, October 23 in the Charlie White Theatre.

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Keeping Fit in Quarantine by Melissa Nowak Mpowerment Fitness

Most of us have had to make adjustments to our daily lives and find a new normal since the COVID-19 outbreak. With gyms and studio closures, our exercise routines have also needed modifications. The good news is that you can still keep fit while in quarantine! The most important thing to remember is that all movement matters. The minimum recommended amount of aerobic activity is 150 minutes per week. So whether that is – gardening, walking the dog, running, biking or hiking (all of course within social distance measures) – it counts! For those looking for an at-home workout routine, doing body-weighted exercises is a great way to keep fit. Exercises such as squats, lunges, push-ups, dips, burpees and jumping jacks are just a few of the things you can incorporate into an at-home workout routine. Resistance bands, dumbbells, skipping ropes and even hula hoops are great for adding in some variety, if you have those on hand. Incorporating circuits and supersets are another way to increase the intensity of a workout. Get creative and have fun! In addition, here are a few pointers to help keep active: Establish and/or keep a routine. If you were previously working out three times per week, keep that same commitment to yourself. Remain goal focused. Keep your goals at the forefront of your mind and don't give up. Be intentional. Have a daily and weekly focus, and set your intentions to conquer those. Get up and move. Every 20 minutes, stand up or do a lap for two minutes to break up periods of prolonged sitting. While exercise is important, it is just one aspect of living a healthy lifestyle: nutrition is the other key factor. As most of our routines have changed, you may be tempted to consume more than usual. Here are a few tips to help with mindless eating:

Drink water. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. Have designated eating times. Plan out your meal times and stick to them. Check in with yourself. Ask yourself if you are actually hungry. Create a no-eating zone. Switch spots when you are watching television and have a designated spot where you don't eat. We will all get through this. Remind yourself that this is temporary. Remember to be kind to yourself and do what you can with what you've got. Workout Sample; perform A & B back to back. a. Squats (hold kettlebell or dumbbell if you have it), 4 sets of 10 reps b. 24 jumping jacks *rest for 1 minute a. Wall squat sits 4 x 30 seconds

b. Chair dips 4 x 10 (to make it easier bend knees; to make it harder, straighten legs) *rest for 1 minute a. Push-ups (can be modified against wall or on floor with knees bent) 3 x 10 b. Planks 3 x 30 seconds *rest for 1 minute Perform 4 Rounds of: • 10 walking lunges • 10 burpees or 20 mountain climbers • 10 glute bridges You can find examples of how to perform these exercises – safely! – online; just search the exercise name.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund We have created a special Emergency Response Fund to proactively raise funds to support the hospital as the situation evolves and needs emerge. Your support will enable our healthcare staff to sustain their resilience while continuing to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients and community. The Saanich Peninsula Hospital is truly on the front lines of delivery services. The health and safety of our hospital staff, patients and community is our highest priority.

Please give to our Emergency Response Fund. Donate online at sphf.ca or call Brenda at 250-889-6965.

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When Life Gives You Lemons… by Joan Saunders

I am going to freely

admit something that may elicit either knowing nods or gasps of dismay: if I had to choose between chocolate and lemon, I would always pick lemon. I know! If you're passionate about chocolate you might be recoiling in horror, but I do love the tang of citrus and with spring in full bloom, lemon is a vibrant flavour to use in cooking and baking. Spending so much time at home I've been cooking meals that I enjoy, that are comforting to me and to my family, without being too heavy. That's where the zing of lemon bounds into play. My Friday night tradition is homemade pizza. I love pizza at any time and in winter I make a heartier one with vegetarian pepperoni, bocconcini, sautéed onions and mushrooms, olives and tomatoes. But with warmer weather, I move to a lighter version. Pizza is good for all ages as you can let kids and adults slap on whatever they enjoy. Just cheese? Sure. Heavy on the meat? Go for it. And you can either buy the dough or make it yourself,


but I've found that homemade dough is easy and oh so tasty. I used to make the dough in my bread machine, but it sparked, fizzed, gasped and died recently, so I found a recipe online that has good reviews and is easy. Then I top the dough with tomato sauce, bocconcini, some fresh basil, salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. When it comes out of the oven drape on prosciutto, then some arugula that's been dressed with lemon, olive oil and salt and pepper. Top it with a bit of parmesan and you've made an impressive pizza that has a fresh hint of citrus. I've served it at summertime dinner parties in the garden (oh, those days of yore) and everyone loves it. If you have vegetarians in the crowd, just leave off the prosciutto. And the big bonus? It's pizza and a salad all in one! At least that's what I tell myself. Pasta is another family favourite. Easy to cook and augment, it's generally foolproof. I recently purchased a newish cookbook called Yum & Yummer by Greta Podleski. She's one half of the Looneyspoons cookbooks sisters and this latest venture of hers has some excellent recipes. I tried the Lemony Salmon Bow-Tie Pasta and it's flavourful and easy. What I like about it is that there is the option to use canned salmon, which I did. The recipe also takes it up a notch with asparagus which can be picked up at local farm markets. So, if you're looking for some inspiration as you wander through your kitchen, order a new cookbook online or from your local bookstore and see where your tastes take you. I try not to go too crazy as I'm running out of room on my shelves, but I'm sure I can squeeze in just one more cookbook. Or two. Finally, dessert. Lemon Meringue Pie. Don't panic; it's really not too complex. When I was growing up my Mom always made the Shirriff Lemon pie from a box. It's still around and I did love it, but I love homemade even more. How can you go wrong with something that starts with pastry then moves into luscious, zingy lemon? Topped with golden meringue goodness, it has lashings of what's really essential in a dessert. So, when life gives you lemons, I say enjoy them! Juice them, zest them, squeeze them and see where the flavour takes you. Like me, you'll be so glad you did.

Homemade Pizza Dough (from https://www.ricardocuisine.com/en/recipes/2049homemade-pizza-dough) 1 cup warm water 1 tsp instant yeast 1 tsp sugar 2 ½ cups all purpose flour (it says 2 cups online, but I find it needs a bit more) 1 tsp salt

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In a bowl, combine the water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until the mixture foams on top, about five minutes. In a food processor, using the dough hook or plastic blade, combine the flour and salt. Increase the speed to medium and add the yeast mixture until a soft ball forms. Remove the dough and knead for a few minutes on a floured surface to prevent sticking. Place the dough in a lightly-oiled bowl and cover with a clean cloth. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes in warm and draft-free area. Cut the dough in half. The recipe will make two nine-inch thin crust pizzas or two eight-inch thicker crust pizzas.

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Sometimes life gets tough and

it's hard to move forward. Exercise might seem like the last thing you want to do, but the payoff emotionally is well worth the effort. While fitness can strengthen our muscles, help us keep at a healthy weight and prevent health conditions, it also reduces our stress levels and can boost our mindset and confidence. "This fitness class was a lifesaver," shares Hannah Poplar. "Exercise was good for my health and my emotional stability." Hannah participates in the Circuit Class at Greenglade Community Centre. Running several times each week, the class is a one hour all-inone workout involving cardio, weight training and strength intervals. "It's a great mix of different types of exercises using different muscle groups," shares Alix Noble, another class participant. Circuit class is just one of many programs and services Panorama Recreation offers to help community members reach their fitness goals. People frequently ask: Why should I exercise? What are the benefits? These are excellent questions. Regular exercise can help prevent heart disease and health conditions like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and strokes. It can also be a wonderful way to get a better night's sleep, enhance your mental outlook, and help you feel more relaxed. Panorama offers a wide variety of fitness options, and their instructors can enable you to get the most of your exercise time. The circuit class featured here is a perfect example. Not only does it offer a variety of activities, but under the capable direction of class instructor Raylene McCully, exercise is tailored to each participant's level of ability, physical condition and personal situation. "Raylene always welcomes new people to the class and the workout is adapted to each person," shares Hannah. "It's easy to get into bad habits," says Alix. "The instructor circles through the group to check on our form.

For these women, fitness classes provide not only ways to get stronger and healthier, but they also supply an avenue to deal with stress and build connections with other members of the community. "I was motivated by companionship," says Hannah. "I have made friends." "Exercise is one of the most important things to do," shares Alix. "It clears your head." Come enjoy the programs at Panorama! Life can get tough, but while you're loading those muscles and getting that heart rate up, you're also giving yourself ways to deal with that tension and anxiety. Before you know it, you can move forward. To support community health and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Peninsula Recreation Commission directed staff to close recreation facilities March 17 until further notice. Once the doors open again, Panorama welcomes everyone to enjoy the many programs they offer.



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Many have noticed that Shoreline Medical's Sidney and Brentwood Bay offices are now closed to most in-person patient contact. This is a crucial part of reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19, which we believe can happen from close contact with an infected person – even one without obvious symptoms. However, by no means does your need for healthcare stop, and we have systems in place to continue your care. First, we are able to conduct many appointments by telephone or through video conference. If you have a smart phone or tablet, or a laptop with a webcam, you can see your doctor face-to-face through a website link. Please see our website (www.shorelinemedical.ca) or ask our front desk staff for help with virtual appointments. I find they really do make visits much more personal. We continue to develop processes to handle many formerly paperbased tasks virtually. Electronic prescription faxes can be sent directly to your pharmacy from a virtual appointment. Digital photos and some documents can also be sent from patient to physician via the Health Myself online component of Shoreline Medical. Please ask our reception staff for a sign-up link to Health Myself if you have not done so already. Lastly, we continue to develop systems for in-person visits

Primary Care in the Time of COVID-19 when required. Not all medicine can be done without face-to-face contact; the physical exam can be an important part of new and undifferentiated problems. At the time of this writing (mid-April 2020), when required, we are able to refer patients – sometimes in the same day – from a virtual visit to a subsequent in-person exam. Our walk-in clinic is still operating using this same virtual visit approach, with in-person referrals as necessary. Local and regional emergency departments also remain open to all patients who need immediate medical help. Blood work and imaging tests remain feasible when necessary; speak with your family doctor about which tests can be delayed and which should be done sooner. COVID-19 prevention is a critical public health activity in which we must all take part, and we are grateful for your understanding and accommodation of our adaptations to primary care at present. However, please know that your health –regardless of this virus – is our top priority, and shouldn't be neglected because of it. We are available on much the same schedules as before, and we encourage you to book appointments with your family doctor as usual, and as needed. Thank you very much for working together with us.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor or visit ER if you have a medical problem While Covid-19 is the most pressing issue facing the health system currently, it is important that everyone's health is taken care of.

From Dr Bonnie Henry’s daily briefing, April 15 2020: “It is safe to go to the hospital. I want to reassure people that if you have diagnostic tests that have been booked, that you've been waiting for, it is safe to go for those. It is safe to call 911. If you need that urgent medical care, do not hesitate to call for help. This includes childhood immunizations which should continue on their regular schedule.”

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Northstar Organics: Planting Where You Are Rooted Kids never listen to their parents; it's a common complaint. In the case of one local farmer, we're glad he didn't. Shawn Dirksen, owner of Northstar Organics, chose not only to carry on with farming like his parents and grandparents, but finds his work and those who collaborate with him all deeply satisfying. "I grew up on a farm in St. Catherine's, Ontario. My parents encouraged me to get out of farming!" laughs Shawn. "But it's what I want to be doing." The toil and tenacity needed for farming is something that Shawn comes by honestly. His parents raised him on a farm and his grandparents who emigrated from the Ukraine also worked the land. This is also not his first foray into farming. "My partner Julia and I bought the farm in 2016. Before that, I leased a one-acre plot at Haliburton Community Organic Farm," shares Shawn. "I was also farming on Lasqueti Island for seven years. I had a small farm there with a greenhouse and small field crop." Situated off Bear Hill Road in Central Saanich, Northstar is nestled amid tall fir and cedar trees and bordered at one side by a swale where ducks and Canada geese peacefully paddle through the waters. It's not just a sleepy little farm with a barn and token chicken coop, but a vibrant 10-acre organic operation, boasting a half acre of greenhouses, six acres of field crops and two acres of berry crops. A dizzying diversity of produce is grown including salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, kale, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, sprouts, squash, eggplant and fruits like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. It has taken a lot of effort to get to this stage. "It was a three-year transition to become organic," says Shawn. "In 2019 we became officially certified by Islands Organic Producers Association." The process of getting established involved knowledge and experience gained from others. "Haliburton Community Organic Farm was really great," shares Shawn. "There was very little starting capital needed, and it provided a great introduction to the organic farming community." Farming organically is personal for Shawn. Pesticides were used on the farm where he grew up, and he saw their effects. "My father became acutely sick a couple of times from pesticide use at our farm," comments Shawn. "I didn't want to work with toxins." Daily farming means a variety of tasks: a thorough understanding of processes and approaches is needed. The soil represents numerous living organisms, and its relationship to the environment is constantly in process. It means digging in both physically and mentally. It's here that Shawn's education and abilities come into play. "I earned my BioChemistry degree from University of Waterloo by Jo Barnes


and worked in labs across Canada," says Shawn. "My degree gave me an understanding of soil, and a study of chemistry involves making dilutions." The daily issues of temperature, plant growth, seeding, watering, pest control and construction are welcome challenges for this farmer. "It's satisfying to engage in this kind of problem solving," shares Shawn. "I like the engineering challenges such as figuring out a system for raised beds or a good way to irrigate land. These things are exciting to me." As well, farming provides the opportunity to work with like-minded people towards the objective of producing healthy, tasty food. Currently, Shawn has five part-time workers, but in the summer up to 20 part- and full-time employees will share the work of the farm. "Farming is a giant process and takes a lot of planning and coordination. It's a collection, a whole bunch of people who are working very hard to make it all happen," he says. And plenty is happening at Northstar Organics. Produce is grown through the year. Even in the heart of winter, there is produce offered such as winter salad greens and spinach. "We grow year round. We are at market 52 weeks in the year!" states Shawn. The farm's bounty is enjoyed at numerous restaurants like Boom + Batten, The Union Club, Nourish Kitchen & CafĂŠ, Spinnakers and grocery retailers

We Are Ready to Support You With COVID-19 Related Challenges including Lifestyle Markets, SPUD, and The Local General Store. At the heart of this farming enterprise, however, is a commitment to nourishing and sustaining the land and sharing the bounty from it. "I enjoy really fresh tasty food and people appreciate that I think," says Shawn. "It's deeply satisfying." And we're sure his parents would agree. *at press time, Northstar produce continues to be sold through various markets such as Moss St. and Esquimalt, SPUD and Oceanic Market Garden. Links to Local Line and The Farm Hub, (through which local farmers can sell their produce) have been added to www.northstarorganics.ca. Photo by Janis Jean Photography.

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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.

Showroom Open by Appointment 250.812.4304 | 9715 First St, Sidney SeasideCabinetry.ca

During COVID-19 open by appointment. 778.351.2113 | sidneymattress.com 1A - 2353 Bevan Ave, Sidney

As a professionally trained interior designer, I've been playing with "colour and texture" daily throughout my career. Now that I've retired, I spend my days making art full time in my home studio. All my life, I've been fascinated with textures and colour. In my early 20s, I started out painting wooden surfaces and quickly became obsessed with drawing and painting "folk art." I loved the smell of the wood as I cut and sanded each piece and how folk art told a visual story. Many years later, I realized that I could also tell a story with abstract art, and I've been digging into it ever since. Today, I work with a bold mix of styles ranging from contemporary to weathered and organic. When it comes to the over-all process, I've found that I have very little patience; therefore, my paint choice is acrylic. For more depth and details, I'm hooked on water-soluble pastels! They bring a unique balance of colour and composition to my art. Experimenting regularly allows for happy accidents that surprise and delight me, as well as my clients. Those happy accidents can be the difference between just being satisfied or falling in love with the piece. I'll always choose the latter.




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DCC Cabinets DCC Cabinets is a full service cabinetry and millwork manufacturing, distributing and installation company servicing Lower Vancouver Island as well as the Gulf Islands. We provide quality custom cabinetry for all home applications, whether it be kitchens, vanities, closets, built ins or millwork packages. We strive to provide excellent service from start to finish on all projects. With a full service showroom at 2071 Malaview Avenue in Sidney, open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., we are available for our clients to answer any questions that arise and guide them through the entire process. From private clients to high-end developers like Argus Excavating Ltd., whose stunning oceanfront home North Saanich is featured above, our goal is to make sure all projects are treated with the care and attention to detail that every client deserves. If you are in the market for a new kitchen or have any cabinetry needs planned for your future, stop by our showroom to view options with our staff. We have no-charge consultations, free estimates, and all design aspects for your job are at no charge when you become one of our clients. Contact us and find out what DCC Cabinets can do for you: www.deepcovecustoms. com and info@deepcovecustoms.com.

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Brown's The Florist 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.

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Wine Kitz Sidney SINCERE THANKS! to the front-line workers for your dedication, your tireless efforts and for your service. We are all going through some unprecedented and unpredictable times. WINE KITZ is OPEN for business. Please give us a call. 250.654.0300 | winekitzsidney.ca #5A - 2042 Mills Rd West, Sidney

Sidney by the Sea Dental Hygiene Clinic Inc. A focus on dental hygiene in a relaxed environment. We look forward to welcoming back our existing patients and meeting new patients as soon as we are open! Paulette Reid, RDH, BBA, MSc 250.655.4884 #102 - 2423 Beacon Ave, Sidney www.SidneyDentalHygiene.com

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. Garage Cycle Spin Studio

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Our doors are closed due to COVID-19 but that is not going to stop us from keeping you active and healthy! We are renting out our spin bikes at a monthly rate along with access to our Garage Cycle workout videos. For questions or inquiries:

Dear valued customers and partners, DCC Cabinets is continuing to operate while following all necessary precautions due to COVID-19.

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As part of our continuing effort to supply you with quality products in a safe and timely manner, we are offering ready to assemble packages for anyone who is self isolating or would wish to use this option. These will give you the necessary parts to install your cabinetry at home and we are happy to walk you through the process. If you'd like to take advantage of this option, call 250-412-3472 or email info@ deepcovecustoms.com. Stay healthy and we will keep you updated of any changes to our regular services and operation. 250.412.3472 deepcovecustoms.com The gift of fashion is that it is a transformative experience. Through the act of dressing we can rejuvenate ourselves and transcend the everyday. Your self-expression is a great service to the world. Now is the time to let your light shine. Shop online www.modenboutique.com, and stay up to date on in-store operations via Instagram/Facebook. We look forward to seeing you again soon! 2418 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.0774 @boutiquemoden | modenboutique.com

WE REOPENED MAY 5TH at our new location! PLEASE support local businesses at www.supportlocalyyj.com. Purchase our gift certificates and get an additional 10% when redeemed – thank you! We are taking required measures against COVID-19. Stay safe. 250.655.7467 (SHOP) onestopfurniture.ca #202 - 9768 Fifth St, Sidney

ONE STOP Furniture & Mattress Community Supporting Local Businesses Most of us have never experienced a pandemic of this proportion and it is so gratifying to see how Canadian communities, like ours, have come together. These are truly extraordinary times and we are far from "Business as Usual." However, we must begin cautiously to restart our economy. To that end, on May 5th One Stop Furniture & Mattress reopened at our new location beside SaveOn-Foods. We are exercising very strict rules about the number of customers allowed in our store and maintaining social distancing and sanitizaton. The outpouring of support from our clients and the Sidney community cheering us on when opening our store was so uplifting and we will never forget it. If you wish to support your local businesses while still maintaining isolation you can purchase gift certificates online at SupportlocalYYJ.com. As a special thank you for purchasing our gift certificates, we will add an additional 10% to the face value of every gift certificate when they are redeemed. Even small amounts from large numbers can work miracles to support people and businesses in the most amazing ways as we move forward. Our transition hours are Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 4 p.m. Appointments are available.

A Message to Our Community A few months back, I was a busy manager at Bayshore Home Health, wondering when I was going to have time to fit in a photo shoot for Seaside Magazine’s “In Fashion” column. Fast forward to today, and managing a home care company during a pandemic makes the stress of a photo shoot seems so far away! What did we talk about? What did we do before COVID-19?! First off, I have always been so proud of our care workers and the important work they do in our community; now my pride and gratitude is overflowing for all front line essential workers. There is no question these are challenging times for all of us. From cancelled travel plans, work layoffs and the inability to get together with friends and family, these are unchartered waters. But what about those who need that extra bit of assistance to complete everyday tasks that many of us take for granted? The essential work of all home care workers, to keep people safe, cared for and away from hospitals, has never been as important as it is during this pandemic. I especially want to thank my team at Bayshore who help with personal care, do medication reminders, prepare home-cooked meals and arrange grocery shopping. The safety of our staff and clients remains our highest priority and our team is taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of our community. Some of the many precautions we are taking include screening each client (and those living with them) for symptoms and travel histories, screening each staff member and mandating quarantines where necessary, and providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to all our workers. Our website (www.bayshore.ca) has a number of resources including articles about protecting yourself and your loved ones, staying connected while self-isolating, staying safe with social distancing, and caregiving during the pandemic. If you or a loved one has any additional needs during this unprecedented time, our team is here for you. And so to paraphrase our wonderful Dr. Bonnie Henry: “Stay safe, always be kind and together we will get through this!”

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Area Director, Bayshore Home Health Sidney


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DIY Virtual Wine Tastings

by Tania Tomaszewska

When the "Covid Lockdown" started and things ground to a halt, I thought that my wine exploring would come to a standstill and this might actually be a "dry" chapter in my life. Well, that thinking lasted about four days. A large part of my "new normal" is attending or hosting virtual wine tasting experiences, creating "Wine Zoom Rooms" and dropping into virtual happy hours with friends. I know that I'm not alone here. Has wine consumption gone up during these unprecedented and tectonic times? Probably. Wine store and online sales certainly have. WiFi, wine and connectivity – that's where some of us are at. Wine is about geography, science, nature, art, accident and surprise. It's a vehicle to connect us with where that drop was made, its makers and their mission. But above all, wine connects us with each other through these stories, whether we're clinking glasses at the dinner table, in a winery tasting room or virtually. Right now, armchair wine travel is our way to keep tasting and learning. And we can still do this together, wherever our space is. Here are some tips and ideas if you're thinking of hosting a virtual wine tasting happy hour with your friends or family.

two to eight screen participants encourages discussion and provides everyone with an opportunity to speak a bit about their wine (if they wish). You can certainly host more than eight tasters; just make sure that you have a leader to reign everyone in. • Allocate about one hour for the tasting. Chances are that some of you will want to continue (there's always a few of us), but this is a good amount of time to catch up and share thoughts about what you're sipping.

Theme & Format

• Think about your group and what they'd like to explore and share. It can be everything from "bring whatever you have pouring tonight" to "let's focus on chardonnay" (or other grape) to "let's go to the Okanagan." • You can agree to pick up the same bottle before the tasting and taste it simultaneously, but I prefer deciding a theme and letting everyone

choose what they'd like to bring to the party. It's a great way to swap ideas about new finds. • If there's a wine pro or enthusiast in the group, they might take the mantle of "tasting guide" to frame the conversation and pose questions to facilitate discussion. • Prep time can be as little as showing up, pouring some wine and telling the others how you feel about it. Or you might take some time to research the winery, its winemaking technique or the grape in your glass. There are no rules here. You can decide which layers you want to peel back when tasting. Just have fun doing it. Want to be part of a Seaside Magazine Wine Zoom Room hosted by Tania? Send us an email at news@seasidemagazine.ca if you'd like to be sent an evite link to join! Questions or comments? Drop Tania a line at tania@ttwineexplorer.com.


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A message from your MLA, Adam Olsen: While our office is closed to walk-in traffic we continue to provide support and advocacy remotely through the COVID-19 health emergency.

Please contact us: 250-655-5600 adam.olsen.mla@leg.bc.ca saanichnorthandtheislands.com

We have had to close our doors due to Covid-19,

but we are still providing services. Not just to our Adult Day Program clients but also to additional seniors on our waitlist, and from Island Health referrals.

Our assistance to seniors includes health checks by phone, meal delivery and/or grocery shopping & delivery, and collecting prescriptions. Currently we are delivering delicious meals 3 times a week at no cost - all funded by Mount Newton Centre Society. Seniors living in the Saanich Peninsula community that are in need of services and do not have an Island Health Case Manager, please leave the Centre a message at 250-652-3432 or email: mncinquiry@shaw.ca Funds are essential to provide these desperately needed services to many Saanich Peninsula seniors. Our annual fundraising Strawberry Tea has been cancelled, but you can still donate to the campaign…

mountnewtoncentre.org Or send to: 2158 Mount Newton X Road, Saanichton, BC, V8M 2B2

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by Gael Hannan

In this time of physical distancing and park closures, we are lucky that the Saanich Peninsula is criss-crossed with accessible and wide hiking trails. It also has many beautiful country roads and one of my favourite hikes is in my own, extended neighbourhood, a route covering Wain, Downey, Madrona and West Saanich roads. From my home on Wain Road, it's a onekilometre walk down to West Saanich and a short dogleg south to Smith's Produce, which marks the entrance to the rolling hills of Downey Road and its well-treed properties and unique houses. Downey has a number of hobby farms where vegetables and wine-vines share the land with horses, sheep, goats, chickens and the occasional yappy dog. Every few houses or so, a produce stand sits empty, a reminder of how the pandemic has changed our lives. Last year, I salivated over flowers, veggies and home-made vinegars and sometimes I'd drive back later to buy them, using the local honour system of money stuffed into a tin can. The numbered property signs are works of art

and some tell me that an artist does indeed live there – a painter, an architect, a bronze worker. When Downey reaches Madrona Drive, it's time for a break. The beach access view takes my breath away every time. Today, I sit on the bench to enjoy some water with my view (although I often forget to drink, returning home with an almost full bottle). Continuing north along Madrona, the real estate has changed from Downey's spacious properties to cheek-by-jowl houses lining the shore of Saanich inlet. The old pastelcoloured cottages with quaint gardens now share the coastline with stunning and modern West Coast-design houses. Distinctive property gates line the road and through them, I get glimpses of the water and the far shore. The last three kilometres are back up Wain Road, but first I make a quick stop at the exquisite R.O. Bull memorial park and its old growth Douglas fir and western red cedar. I arrive home satisfied after an invigorating walk of Saanich sights and scents. THINGS TO NOTE FOR ROAD HIKES: • Always walk facing traffic – although there are very few cars on this route. • If you use hearing devices (as I do), wear them to be alert to any sounds of warning – or birds • If your own "hood" doesn't appeal to you, try a hood or two over.


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We've been missing our regular book club meetings and know the whole community is missing the library. But behind the scenes there's been book chat happening, and tentative plans to host a virtual meeting. We expect many conversations between friends and family will be going something like ours: DR: Hi Virginia, hope you're okay. It's really strange having the library closed. Let me know what you're reading … VM: I've been having trouble concentrating; so far my reading has been almost all vegetable gardening and kids books ... Backyard Bounty by Linda Gilkeson is an old favourite and fantastic for our local conditions. I also happened to have Small-Space Vegetable Gardens by Andrea Bellamy checked out from the library before it closed. It's pretty good too. How about you, have you been reading? DR: I'm very grateful for Overdrive (the library app that lets you check out e-books); it's provided some great, light stuff. I read the latest Jenny Colgan, The Bookshop on the Shore; and am in line for some old Liane Moriarty titles. I wish I hadn't read The Last Anniversary on my holiday last year, I think it would be perfect escapist material now! I've also finally got around to reading A Gentleman in Moscow which I've had on the shelf for months. It's totally apt to read about someone under house (hotel) arrest! And after resisting the style for a bit, I'm now contemplating getting stuck into some of my old 19th Century Russian novels! VM: Tolstoy? Dostoyevsky? Things are getting serious! Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles) is so good – glad you stopped resisting it! DR: One book I read this past week that I won't recommend is The Woman in the Window by A J Finn. It's another person who's locked in, though for different reasons, and although under normal circumstances I might have found it a gripping thriller, with the current situation it seemed far too claustrophobic and dark! Is "locked in" literature a thing do you think? I'm thinking about Room by

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Emma Donoghue; what else? VM: I must confess, I am trying to avoid reading anything too dark at the moment! I usually enjoy futuristic dystopias, especially with a Canadian setting, like Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice, or Greenwood by Michael Christie, just not right now. One of our longstanding book club members told me in the past that she likes to reread beloved books like the Harry Potter series or Emma by Jane Austen for comfort. I am right there with her! DR: I agree. Rereading an old favourite is like visiting with an old friend. I love to dip back into Douglas Adams for light relief: This weekend was Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. VM: It's fun to see what you're reading. Any other suggestions? This week has been all about Ali Smith for me: The Public Library and Other Stories and Autumn. I received a few of her books as gifts recently and it's been good to finally read and enjoy them. I have also been listening to Calypso by David Sedaris. Some of his stories are pretty dark and a bit sad but the laughs, when they come, feel really good. Can you imagine being in quarantine with the Sedaris family? There is something comforting about listening to audiobooks, at least for me right now. DR: I really enjoyed Autumn and it's nice and short for anyone struggling with attention span at the moment. Family dynamics are a big consideration in this period of isolation. Have you read any Marian Keyes? I just finished Grown Ups: I simultaneously longed to be part of the extended Irish family at its centre, and shuddered at the closeness! Stay home; stay safe; stay entertained. Book Club meetings are on hold for now, but we will be trying to hold a virtual meeting. Email subscribers should watch out for the details soon. Sign up to the book club: seasidemagazine.ca/book-club. Did you know that you can register for a library card online? Just visit your local library website.

Whether you are looking for books, puzzles or magazines, we have our usual large selection in-stock, and we’re happy to help with a recommendation! Order options:

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: June 15, 2020 Elder Abuse is a big concern – not just in B.C. but in the whole world. Enough so that in 2006 The United Nations General Assembly designated June 15 of every year as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In its declaration, The United Nations stated that this important day "represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on some of our older generations." Your local Saanich Peninsula Community Response Network (SPCRN), along with its host agency, SHOAL Community Centre, honour this day each year with a free community event to raise awareness. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year we are keeping people





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safe by not holding a public gathering. However, that does not change the fact that "Older adults in our communities continue to find themselves in vulnerable situations and still experiencing various forms of abuse and neglect," reports Sherry Baker, ED of the BC Association of Community Response Networks. Social isolation has been identified as the leading contributing factor to an increase in risk. With this unprecedented time of social isolation and stresses in our world right now with COVID-19, abuse incidents, transition house and shelter usage, crisis line calls and domestic violence have all increased. Approximately 10 percent of all senior adults will experience some form of physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse. It is also believed that abuse of seniors is significantly under reported. Tragically, many will suffer in silence, fear or shame. Let's raise awareness in our community about this public health and human rights issue. The Saanich Peninsula CRN can host Educational workshops and seminars focused on keeping seniors safe in their communities. They are all free to attend, can be virtual and topics range from knowledge about abuse to the impacts of aging on driving. If you'd like more information about these, email ammhudson@shaw.ca. Additionally – if you or someone you know is faced with an abusive situation – help is available! With complete confidentiality you can: call toll free 1-800-563-0808; email VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca; visit the website at www. VictimLinkBC; all 24 hours a day / seven days a week. There is a multilingual service available in 150 languages. Or call Island Health Authority, Home & Community Care inquiries at 250388-2273 in Victoria or toll free at 1-888-533-2273. MAY / JUNE 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 45



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Community Rallies Behind Emergency Response Fund The current public health crisis is constantly changing, upending our community emotionally, medically, logistically and financially. The Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation is actively working to support the needs of the hospital in its response to COVID-19. We are proud to support our doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and administrators who are continuing the high level of care during this time of uncertainty. In order to proactively raise funds to support the hospital we have created a special Emergency Response Fund that offers support as the COVID-19 situation evolves and needs emerge. We are working closely with healthcare staff to determine what those needs are, and donations will help support them as they continue to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients and community. The funds raised so far have been used to provide: • An emergency supply of protective masks; • Computer tablets for Long-term Care, Acute Care & Palliative Care to facilitate "virtual visits" plus waterproof cases to keep them clean; • Water bottles for the hospital healthcare workers; • New ways to engage patients in Long-term Care who are no longer able to go out to do things like art therapy; • Nine fold-up beds for Mount Newton Seniors Centre to use for those who may need to borrow it when taking care of their elders; • Change tents for Long-term Care staff as they no longer have access to the change rooms; • 300 spray bottles to dispense the hand sanitizer that local businesses donated; • Accommodation for Gulf Islanders who need to come to SPH for further testing or for frontline workers who need to isolate in order to allow them to work and keep their families safe; • TVs, DVD players and equipment carts to encourage residents in Long-term Care to exercise and stay connected; • A platform built outside the main window of Long-term Care so that families are more comfortable window-visiting loved ones; • Donated face shields have been sourced for frontline workers like the doctors and MOAs at Shoreline Medical; • "Cinch" bags for 600+ hospital workers' scrubs.

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Techonology Keeps Residents Connected to Loved Ones by Judy Peterson and Anita Westover

Life at Sidney All Care Residence during

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the COVID-19 crisis is an ever-evolving reality. The front line staff are working tirelessly to keep everyone safe and healthy, adapt to the daily (sometimes hourly) changes to the status quo, and deliver first rate services, all while keeping things flowing as seamlessly as possible for the residents. It's no easy feat, when the staff themselves are feeling the burden of anxiety caused by the pandemic, to put on a brave face and keep everything light and cheerful. Between visitation restrictions and the implementation of social distancing within the home, staff have had to become creative with ways to keep the residents from feeling isolated. The dining rooms, which are usually bustling with social activity, are now silent. The birthday parties, happy hours, group games and musical entertainment that everyone is accustomed to and love so much are currently unable to happen. And through all of this, the lack of visitation from loved ones on the outside is having the biggest impact. While everyone – from nurses and care aides to cooks and housekeepers – does their part to make each day happy for the residents, a lot of this responsibility falls directly onto the Recreation Team and how they have had to adjust their programming. Through the use of technology, and a little creative scheduling, the team has been managing to keep our residents in touch with their loved ones who are currently unable to visit. Some of the ways we are utilizing technology to stay connected are: FaceTime, a new Facebook page specifically for recreation calls to families, and a group calling app for families who would like to connect with members from all around the world at the same time.


Our Recreation Team takes the time to instruct the family members on the other end on how to use the technology of their choice, then sets up times via email for virtual visits where they bring a tablet to the resident so they and their family can sing together, read together, share family photos or just spend time talking. We are so thankful for the generous donation of the tablets we received from the community, as these visits truly make all the difference in the days of our residents who may be struggling with feelings of loneliness or isolation during these challenging times. Being able to see their family members through the screens and share a special moment brings smiles to their faces and keeps them feeling connected. After all, that's what we all need in these strange and unprecedented times: more meaningful moments of connection while maintaining a safe distance. Thank you all for doing your part to keep our community safe and healthy while we come to work every day to do the same for your loved ones.

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Pet Sayings if You Please Hi Readers! Oh boy, oh boy, I'm sure pleased to be one of this month's guest columnists. Hi, I'm Max the Dog. Aren't you forgetting someone? Oh yeah, here is my feline friend Isadora! Charmed I'm sure. I'm livin' the dream this week Isadora, chasing sticks, lots of walks and frisbee in the park! How thrilling. Well I suppose that's all right for "Man's best friend." You bet! We can thank Mr. George Vest for that one. He was a lawyer back in 1869 in old Missouri. Have you heard that story Isadora? An old hound wandered onto its neighbour's property one day. The neighbour shot it, then claimed to its owner that he'd never seen the dog! Imagine that! The owned sued, and it went all the way to the Supreme Court. Mr. Vest argued that the dog is a very important member of the family, "man's best friend." That's what he said; it became part of our language. Wonderful story Max, I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me. Now my idea of a good time is to curl up, pardon the expression, "kitty corner" to a warm fire. That phrase has nothing to do with cats! It traces to "cater," from the French "quatre", and cater-cornered meaning four-cornered. Cater-cornered across referred to diagonally across from something. Cater was rarely used over the years; kitty became the favourite. Well all things about cats are favourites. I sure didn't favour what my human fed me last night. I think cat food has, well, "gone to the dogs!" Really? Well it didn't go to me! Oh Max, you're unbelievable. What I meant was lately my food has been on the downgrade. The phrase, some say, comes from the old Chinese custom (a good one I think) of not permitting dogs within the city walls. Any human who was expelled from the city was said to have "gone to the dogs." Not to worry, I'm sure tonight's grub will be delish! And besides, you're a "cat with nine lives," remember? I can certainly land on my feet; that's true. Absolutely; that's what I mean! You survive situations where others might not do so well. The phrase and the myth have been around a long time. "Nine" has been considered a magic number since ancient times and the Chinese believe it is a lucky number. Maybe you were a dog in another lifetime?! I hardly think so. Well you never know! Hey ‌ what's that smell? And Max is off and running. Well I must say I am surprised. I actually learned a few new things from that dog. Hopefully you did too. by Jo Barnes

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Your Saanich Peninsula Gem! Lochside Nursery is centrally located near the Saanich/Central Saanich border and is surrounded by horse farms on the Lochside Trail. We offer a growing variety of trees including Japanese Maples, Magnolias, Ginkgos and a good variety of shrubs, perennials, grasses and conifers. For current hours and "non-commercial" customer details, please visit our website. Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on long weekends we will be closed. 250.544.3100 | 2716 Dooley Rd. (Lochside Dr. & Dooley Rd.) lochsidebc@gmail.com | www.lochside.ca

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If you like puzzles, then you know that delightful feeling of satisfaction when the last piece snaps into place and the picture is made whole. Walking into the Lochside home of Sky and Ben gives me that same feeling, only magnified. Every piece has been meticulously planned, crafted and assembled into a home that radiates sophistication, spaciousness and serenity. On the day I visited, the expansive low bank waterfront view was stunning. Two sailboats with billowing spinnakers coasted in front of Sidney Spit and James Island, and, to the south, the majestic snowcapped Mt. Baker rose out of low-lying clouds. Sky and Ben built their home as a gathering place for entertaining family and friends. When they arrive home from work (they are partners in a shared medical practice) their dream home and the sea awaits them. "It's an inspiring place to unwind; it's our base for adventure, and our haven," Sky says. The three-storey house is centered on half an acre, which the couple purchased in 2011. "Once we had the land," Sky explained, "we designed the house to meet our vision and luckily we shared most of the same ideas and concepts. It was fun to plan our home together."



As I drove down the stamped concrete driveway, I passed a boathouse on the right and a sport court on the left. The 5,100-square-foot house presents itself through white pillars mounted on stone bases and has an attached three-bay garage. Kyle Leggett of Java Designs drew up the plans and Bryan Milkowski was hired as the contractor. The entry is spacious and airy, filled with light. You can't help but pause to soak in the serenity of the soft grey walls and clean white trim in this oh-so-modern version of a beach home. Open stairs with white spindles curve up to the right, and the newel and the area above the doorway arches are finely detailed. A cozy sitting room waits on the left. Music plays throughout the house via a Nuvo whole home audio system that can be controlled by an iPhone. Sky says she played with every possible shade of grey before choosing Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl for the walls. The white oak flooring (Hakwood) provides a natural-looking base. Over the living room and kitchen, the ceiling changes to white planks, carrying through the "beachy" feel. Huge picture windows frame expansive views of the ocean and Sidney. Sky designed the kitchen with the help of a couple of girlfriends, and said that a great resource was the website HOUZZ.com, which provides thousands of design ideas. She chose Shaker cabinets, honed granite countertops and a white subway tile backsplash that includes a pot filler (a wall mount kitchen faucet) above the side-by-side gas stoves. Spices are conveniently lined up in recessed shelves. A griddle is concealed under the wood chopping block, and Sky says it works great on Saturday mornings when the kids gather at the island for pancakes. The overhead pendant lights carry out the nautical theme and modern look. Next to the kitchen area is a home office, beverage centre and pantry. In the office, a long, custom-built counter faces the ocean and provides Sky and Ben with individual workstations. The kids have their own desks in the play and study area across the hall. It's all about the view in the master bedroom. "The sunrises are incredible," says Sky. "Every morning we look out over the ocean. We are so blessed to start our day taking this in." Ben's added touch was remotecontrolled blinds. In front of the windows, a beige lounge seat with soft cushions makes a perfect place for the family to gather in the evening for reading or a chat. The ensuite bathroom features a large walk-in shower encased in frameless glass and shiny white tiles. There is a built-in bench seat, two rain showerheads and a river rock floor. A freestanding bathtub has its own space in front of a window with a view of Haro Strait. Last, but not least, a spacious walk-in closet opens up outside the bathroom. Along the hall, Sky and Ben's son's bedroom features an aquarium, and their daughter's bedroom has a dreamy yellowtrimmed bed with an ocean-facing window seat. Between the two bedrooms is a Jack and Jill bathroom with individual sinks, mirrors, and a shower. There are inspirational sayings throughout the house including,

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"Hello Sunshine! Life is Beautiful. Notice it" and "Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind." Sky believes they create positive vibrations, and are good reminders to think about what is important. Downstairs in the media room, a fitness bike is perched in front of a large TV screen. Ben chose a darker shade of paint, Silver Fox, for the walls, which are adorned with hockey jerseys. An exercise room equipped with a rubber floor is next, followed by a guest room and ensuite bathroom. With oceanfront and Portuguese laurel hedges on both sides, privacy in the roomy backyard is assured. Wood accents add lovely wall detail. A gas barbecue and fireplace are ready for action, and comfortable seating areas along with heaters and night-lights encourage outdoor living all year round. Arriving home from fishing, Sky and Ben's 11-year-old son tells me that they caught a 10-pound salmon that morning – "Not a big one," he says. I ask him what he likes best about living on the water. "I like kayaking, boating and fishing." He likes to go paddle boarding too, and often goes crabbing, taking the traps out on his boat. As I prepare to leave, Sky notes that unexpected guests have recently moved in. At first, she noticed a fishy smell by the driveway and assumed that Ben had left some bait outside, but it turned out that a family of otters had dug in under the front deck. One can hardly blame them for their oh-so-discerning taste in homes!



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No Garden? No Problem Always wanted to grow your own veggies but lacking a yard? No problem! Growing by Chris Sigurdson veggies in pots is EASY PEASY! Peninsula Landscape Supplies Just follow these quick steps. The most important key to success will be the depth and type of growing medium used. You are going to want at least 12 inches of a light-weight mix consisting of approximately equal parts of compost, peat and perlite. A medium such as this will ensure proper root development, and make nutrients more available to plants. Your food needs food too! Typically, most store-bought potting soil blends do not contain sufficient nutrients to keep your plants happy for extended periods of time. Therefore, it is important to give your veggies a supplement by incorporating an organic fertilizer at the time of planting, and several more applications until harvest time. In terms of pot size, I would recommend something along the lines of

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a five-gallon nursery pot. Sure, nursery pots are functional; however, they certainly are not that attractive, especially if you are adorning your front stairs and patio with them! So find what works for you and grow in style. Have some fun – maybe a horse water trough or an old half wine barrel. Just use the five-gallon pot as a mental guideline for a minimum size – approximately 12 inches in diameter and 12 inches deep. You do not need to put gravel in the bottom of your pots for drainage. That's a myth; don't waste valuable growing medium space with rocks! If you use a quality potting soil as mentioned above, it will drain on its own. If you are concerned about material sneaking out the holes in the pots, use something such as cheese cloth or expandable seed starter discs to block the openings. The water will escape, but the growing medium will stay in place. Remember, pots dry out quickly so you may have to irrigate several times per day to keep your plants happy. It is important to consider the location of your crops in terms of sunlight. Don't think you have enough sunlight? Nonsense, don't let this lacking discourage you from trying to grow. You may just have to rethink what you grow! True, there are many veggies that prefer full sun, or three to eight hours of sunlight per day, to thrive. Fortunately, there are many veggies such as mesclun greens, spinach and some root crops that thrive in partial shade, or three to six hours of sunlight per day. Do a bit of pre-planting seed research to avoid disappointments. Last but not least: try to avoid over planting. If you have too many plants too close together, they are going to compete for nutrients and water and perform poorly. Thin new sprouts accordingly, because we are after quality AND quantity, which totally contradicts the old adage of quality not quantity. Quantity is achieved by succession planting. Google it for full details, but in essence this means the rotation of crops and recycling of space to dramatically increase total yields while also improving quality. Happy planting!

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2 beautiful lots available on desirable Secret Island. Only a few hundred yards from Prevost Island. Lot 23 provides rare, year round deep water and sheltered moorage on one's own dock with a foreshore lease. 10-15 minutes to Ganges in a runabout or 30 minutes to Sidney. The perfect Secret escape! $239,000 & $249,000. ML 407489 & 407492.

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Stunning executive Townhouse on Christmas Hill. Over 3000 sq ft with Pella Floor to ceiling windows for natural lighting. Main Level entrance with custom designed lower level with family/media room, steam shower and intra red sauna and separate workshop . Shelley Mann 250.213.8229 shelleymann.com

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For Sale on Vancouver Island French Beach - Spectacular Waterfront Situated on 2.47 acres, this home is nestled into the bed rock above the crashing waves of the shoreline and features a casual, West Coast sophistication and reflects the light and sounds of its stunning surroundings. Dramatic great room and open concept with gorgeous wood burning fireplace … a wonderful place to gather family and friends. $1,699,000. MLS 421753.

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26 – 2353 Harbour Road, Sidney Lovely, private end unit with Western exposure brings in all the sunshine. From the sweeping ocean views in every room and its 1900+ sq.ft., this 2 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse is truly one of the best units in the complex. This award winning townhouse development is just five minutes from downtown Sidney by car and within a short walk to the beach and to one of Sidney's finest restaurants. MLS 423510. $789,000. Gay Helmsing & Anthea Helmsing 250.360.7387 helmsinghomesforsale.com

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Summergate Village $420,000 Location Location! This great 2 bed, 2 bath almost double wide Manco 1981 feels very spacious the moment you enter. This home has been well loved and cared for. Newer updates include heat pump and attractive fireplace in the living room. Wonderful open floor plan ready to just move in and enjoy. MLS 424038. Maryan van Stolk* 250.656.4626


Architectural Jewel with Panoramic Ocean Views

Stunning level entry townhouse located on Christmas Hill. Over 3000 sq ft with all your living on main floor with a fully developed lower level. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with office, 3 private decks/patios oversized double garage. Panoramic views south west views over the city. Truly a one of a kind.

Set on a private, sunny acre in sought-after Deep Cove. This 2007 designer home offers 4BD/4BA, 3,619sf, perfect for elegant entertaining & casual Island living. Vaulted ceilings provide dramatic entry, an abundance of natural light through the many windows & expansive outdoor living spaces capture the warm sun, views & sunsets from every angle. MLS# 421600.

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Usually when writing the Last Word the two-week gap between finishing my words and the magazine hitting the streets doesn't seem like much. I can feel confident anticipating what will be happening a few days in the future. Right now though, all bets are off! We seem to have reached a positive point, where transmission rates of COVID-19 are low and hospitalizations are decreasing. But where to next? It's exciting to think that restrictions may be lifted and some normality return, but it's frightening too. What is the world that we're returning to going to look like? It's a relief that B.C. seems to have weathered this pandemic so well, with humanity, compassion and the typical thoughtfulness that I have come to love about our community. Especially interesting is the way people have just adapted their lives: we've become innovators in the way that we work, conduct business, socialize and connect. Let's not minimize the losses though. Thousands of people globally have lost their lives. Millions have lost their livelihoods. There's also the loss of our own sense of security. Who could have predicted how suddenly life could change, and the grief we've all experienced seeing our ordinary, everyday lives cancelled, just like that. As a planner, a daydreamer and a to-do list writer I've found it difficult to know quite how to handle myself. There's nothing on the horizon: nothing to aim for or plan for. I've had to turn my attention to the immediate, and focus myself to take joy in the very small things that normally slip past in the rush to plan and achieve the big stuff. Dinner with the family every night; the garden coming into bloom; a walk around my neighbourhood. How are you weathering the storm? What changes have you made to your lives that you think you'll take forward into the future? I'm trying to lift my heart and feel optimism for the resiliency we will all have developed throughout this experience: if we can get through this, we can probably get through anything.

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Seaside Magazine May/June 2020 Issue  

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

Seaside Magazine May/June 2020 Issue  

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