Seaside Magazine June 2021 Issue

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LIVING OFF THE LAND Cultivating a New Crop for Change


2021 MEN TO WATCH Celebrating Our Local Men in Business


TRADE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Celeste Huysmans: Breaking Down Barriers




SEASIDE HOMES Habitat for Humanity at Bakerview Place





THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS Ed Bain, Jo Barnes, David Bremner, Sean Cruz, Ted Daly, Sherrin Griffin, Heidi Hackman, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Stacey Kaminski, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Heather Maciak, Colleen McNamee, Anne Miller, Sheila Molloy, Cassidy Nunn, Kerri Roberts, Deborah Rogers, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Chris Straub, Tania Tomaszewska, Laura Waters P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 To find Seaside Magazine near you, visit Get Seaside direct to your door; email for subscription details Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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The Natural Path Inside Out Living Off The Land Common Cents The Golden Years Going Green Seaside Book Club

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ON THE COVER Greg Michell and son Luke (story pg 16) photo by Janis Jean Photography

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Having wanted to be a broadcaster since grade school, I feel incredibly lucky to have lived my dream for over 47 years. To be asked to share my thoughts in Seaside on the community responsibility that goes along with the bit of profile I've gained was a real honour.

They're not your Father's sports jackets any more! Semi-formal has given way to practical casual. Flexibility and utility combine to make today's "sports coats" a particularly important wardrobe basic, with new amazing fabrics, improved comfort, and enough pockets that there's definitely a place for everything.

Treating muscular pain is a field that I discovered serendipitously several years ago. What sparked my interest was how effective treatments could be for such a common problem, and I wondered why these procedures were not more commonly known about. I've since been fortunate to learn from talented physicians in the field.




Being an eight-year-old asthmatic, there is no way that I could skate in the biting cold of outdoor hockey rinks in Montreal, so I strapped on the goalie pads and played my first game with the Beaurepaire Bearcats. Who knew that I would still be playing goal 60 years later and loving it.

I have to confess – this month's cover photo has melted my heart over and over again. It doesn't just show the love between a father and son but it speaks to the Michell family and the generations of farming on the Saanich Peninsula. I think Grandpa Vern would have been proud.

As the home continues to present the cornerstone of safety and stability during these unprecedented times, it's integral to carve out spaces that nourish our mental health. From the home office to the patio, achieving high-functioning and comfortable spaces is tenable with a light or lavish budget.



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Sue Hodgson Now if this photo at Island View Beach doesn't say summer is coming … I don't know what does! It's all thanks to Janis Jean, one of Seaside's photographers, and Kim Bremner at Good Bones Clothing Co. for the fashion styling! It's been a busy few months; as the nights have become lighter and the days longer, there's so much more to fit in. Firstly, I'd like to take this opportunity to personally announce that I will be taking on the role of Publisher for the Peninsula News Review, and I will remain the Publisher and owner of Seaside Magazine. It's exciting times for local journalism: readers, contributors and advertisers can look forward to the continued success of Seaside Magazine as an independent publication sharing the people, places and events that make the Saanich Peninsula so special. We're all hoping to enjoy a little more freedom soon, especially when the sun is out and the birds are singing. We're looking forward to a summer where we can catch up with our friends and relatives and continue to pop into those shops, restaurants and pubs we've all been eagerly waiting to visit more often. When you're not busy exploring, shopping and eating, we hope you can take a few minutes for our June issue. We've had lots of fun putting this issue together and you'll see from some of the photos in our Men To Watch, it's been a busy one. We're especially loving our friends on the front cover, Greg Michell and his son … a real story of family legacy (pg 16). "Tell me more, tell me more!" I hear you say. Well, delve into the pages of this issue and find something that tickles your fancy; we have everything from food, flowers and finance to fashion, farms and more. Honestly, the days need to get even longer now!

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I N FA S H I O N by David Bremner, D.G.Bremner & Company photos by Janis Jean Photography

One Sports Coat, Three Ways The "sports jacket" has come almost full circle ... from being the semi formal, boring cousin of a suit that it's been for many years into a completely refreshed, eminently practical wardrobe essential. Closer to a coat today, with its generally softer and more pliant construction, the modern "sports coat" offers protection from the elements, a place for a phone, keys and glasses all while looking firmly grounded in the 21st century. Here are three looks, with pieces that can be combined in any number of ways to cover any number of social situations, and all age groups, all based on the same jacket. Whether it's a day at the office, a fun evening on the patio for dinner and drinks, or a casual but important date with a special friend, a good sports coat can do it all. Mix it up. Have some fun. And always remember: "Fashions may change, but style remains."

Today's staple for just about any occasion, and for just about any age. Be the best dressed man on the patio for drinks in this softly constructed Baldessarini houndstooth jacket in soft earth tones paired with a pair of 34 Heritage jeans, a Desoto jersey shirt, Pegada sneakers and a Vernizzi belt.

This jacket is so soft and comfortable it cries out to be casually sophisticated for an evening out with friends in once again our Baldessaini jacket, this time with a Robert Barakett v-neck T-shirt, a pair of earth tone Ultralite Brax 5 pocket pants, another pair of Pegada sneakers and topped off with a beautiful Vernizzi of Italy belt.


As traditional for business as you need to be in these Covid days … for an office day or an important date! With a pop of colour from this striking blue Robert Barakett shirt, contrasting nicely with easy care charcoal Alberto 5 pocket dress pants, a beautiful Dion silk tie and amazing cognac leather sneakers from Bugatti bring it all home.

SEASIDE talks with Chris Straub, Partner at Henley & Straub LLP, about what's


Adding colour to your outfit? My pink Boss dress shirt or my lucky orange-and-navy Facconable tie. In your closet? It's a sea of suits and dress shirts. On your feet? Cole Haan boat shoes. When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" Navy suit, dress shirt, dress shoes. When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? Sweatpants and a T-shirt. In haircare? A boar bristle hairbrush.

When you don't care how much it costs? Oban 14-year-old single malt. On your Netflix queue? Mindless action movies with no discernible plot. On your luxury wish list? A Sprinter van. In your bathroom cabinet? My toothbrush and tongue scraper. When you want to smell irresistible? Dior Sauvage. On your skin? Aveeno, I think? In your shaving kit? Harry's products.

On your bedside table? The Hardy Boys (I would like to say I am reading it for my boys but really I think I like it more!). In the kitchen? I am a terrible cook, but the kids like my breakfast burritos. When you want a night out? The Deep Cove Chalet. On your playlist? The Economist audiocast. In home décor? The only thing I get to decorate is the inside of the garage. On your walls? A painting of my father-in-law's boat, the Cape Beale. Photos by Janis Jean Photography




Response & Responsibility by Ed Bain, CHEK, 100.3 The Q!

Ed Bain is host of radio station 100.3 The Q! and weatherman and The Upside host for CHEK. His career in broadcasting began in Weyburn Saskatchewan in 1974; after moving to Vancouver Island, in 1987 he played "Start Me Up" as the very first song on new Victoria radio station The Q. He and his wife Bev (whom he calls a saint!) are parents to son Carson.

"Gee Ed, I thought you'd have a nicer house," a guy said to me when my wife Bev and I and a few friends were hosting a garage sale at my home for the United Way one year. "Do I tell this guy he's being rude?" I wondered, but of course I couldn't do that because it would come back to bite me for sure. I can hear it now: "Ed Bain told me I was rude!" So instead I opted for humour and told him that yes, I was trapped in this stucco box for a few months while my place in Uplands was being painted. Let me start by saying that I'm very lucky and appreciative of the fact that I have a little profile in Greater Victoria and the Island and I do not take that for granted. Hosting the morning show on The Q! for over 34 years and doing weather and The Upside on CHEK for over 20 has been a privilege that I'm very fortunate to have, so I'm careful not to mess that up by saying or doing, or being perceived as doing or saying, the wrong thing in public. I've always felt that if people are good enough to listen to you or watch you on television, you have a duty to be the best person

publicly that you can. It's because of this that I spend a great deal of free time helping with various charities and fundraisers every year. I've always been one to try to help people when I can (it might be my Prairie upbringing … you don't walk past someone that's stuck in a snow drift: you grab a shovel and then dig them out). I'm proud to be associated with the great volunteers of our Island that are working non-stop to help make life better for so many. Organizations like Golf for Kids,The Tour De Rock, Operation Trackshoes, The Crohns and Colitis Foundation and so many more have been at the top of the list of causes I support every year. With celebrity comes great responsibility, and that's one reason I do my best to try to be a decent person. Even if I sometimes get frustrated in traffic, overcharged at the garage or hear an opinion I don't agree with, I just smile and go back inside my crappy house. In a small community, running a business can be something like being a local celebrity. You are aware that the public watches what you do, and that online reviews (that can be make or break) are a new and powerful tool in their hands! Congratulations to all the entrepreneurs and professionals who have stepped up to the plate during this very difficult year. Your contributions to the business community help make the Saanich Peninsula the special place that it is. Photo by Janis Jean Photography. JUNE 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 13

At Baker Tilly we handle all manner of accounting and business needs, but we have always had deep roots in tax.


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Shawn Strandberg & Stephen Leaver


Shawn Strandberg & Stephen Leaver What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? A large part of our business is about building relationships, and Covid required a fast switch from in-person meetings to phone calls and video meetings. While the technologies have been invaluable, we are looking forward to sitting down with clients again.

Shawn is a Principal at Baker Tilly. He has been with the firm since inception in 1992 and leads our Cross Border Tax practice. As one of the prominent U.S. tax experts in the Greater Victoria area his services are in high demand, and he takes great satisfaction in assisting personal and corporate clients through the complexities of tax on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border. Stephen is a Senior Manager at Baker Tilly with a focus on Canadian tax. He joined the firm in 2014, obtained his CPA in 2017, and is halfway through CPA Canada’s intensive three-year In-Depth Tax Program.

What is your philosophy towards your work? Our priority is always our clients and providing them with the highest quality professional service. We also focus on creating a positive and supportive workplace to foster our incredibly dedicated and friendly staff.

Shawn grew up in Sidney, and Stephen has lived here for years – they have roots not just in tax but in the local community!

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Del Elgersma has served the Saanich Peninsula as a real estate, business and estate planning lawyer and community leader for the past 25 years. Del is a founding partner of Beacon Law Centre, a thriving law firm with three locations and a team of 20 lawyers and staff. The firm is committed to providing trusted advice and outstanding service so that every client has an exceptional experience. Beacon Law was built on core values shared with Del’s business partner, Lianne Macdonald, which include a deep respect for clients and staff, being accessible, forthright and fair, and a commitment to integrity and the highest ethical standards of practice. The firm was voted Victoria’s top law firm for the past four years and has won several other awards.

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I have been doing business in some form or another in Sidney for 27 years. I started out in a small breakfast and lunch restaurant on Sidney’s west side in the early ’90s and have progressed through autobody shops, gyms and hotels. Most recently, I launched a new retail liquor store on Canora Road with my long-time business partner Andrew Miller, also of Sidney.

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And we aren’t stopping there! Both in our early 50s, we are ready to help take Sidney’s west side to the next level. Our businesses have always been based on service, and we feel that the west side of Sidney has been underserviced for many years now. We are ready to fill any void they need.

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Don and his wife Joanne, the founders of Coastal Heat Pumps, made a very conscious decision to specialize in Residential HVAC and be a leader in the industry. There have been many changes over the years which has dramatically enhanced CHP’s ability to provide comfort to their customers. These are exciting times for the business, as the B.C. Government has introduced the “Clean Air BC Act” and is on a mission to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint from burning fossil fuels to provide heat. They have and will continue to offer very generous grants for people to switch to a heat pump, making it easier and more affordable.

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Don laughs as he says that he has been in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Field since the 1900’s … 1978 to be exact!


Steve Weller Co-Owner

What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? We opened a brand new business in the middle of Covid, so we have no idea of anything different! My other company suffered but is fighting back, and will be fine once restrictions have lifted. What is your philosophy towards your work? Get up and go to work every day. My dad taught me that. Some days things will fall into place; the next day all hell could break loose. Then, you’ll have that one customer that brightens your day, and you remember it’s all worth it.

Andrew and I find little holes in the marketplace that need filling, and that’s what we do. Sidney is great for that; everyone has always been proactive in supporting local business people. I hope we can continue for many more years.

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Q&A with

Don Gulevich Co-Founder

What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? We’re diligent about physical distancing, cleanliness and wearing our masks. We do daily health checks with employees and check in with a health questionnaire prior to every visit to a residence. If someone is ill, they aren’t allowed to return to work until they have a negative Covid test. What is your philosophy towards your work? To treat others the way I want to be treated, and that includes our customers, team mates and suppliers.

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Greg Michell:

Growing Food & Community What do you want to be when you grow up? Greg Michell remembers this question from his high school career planning teacher, whom he answered with: "I already know what I'm going to be. A farmer. Should I just write that on my assignment?" Growing up on Michell's Farm in Central Saanich, Greg's early experience influenced him in positive ways. Greg's life has been, and continues to be, about growing – food, knowledge, a business and his son, Luke, who adores farm life, including the tractor rides. Greg's success comes from hard work and embracing new opportunities. In school, he juggled studies and "rep" hockey along with participation in the farm. Then, a dozen dexter cattle unexpectedly arrived to occupy an overgrown pasture. They cleared the land quickly so Greg stepped forward to care for the herd. Thus began a steep and exciting learning curve for him. "I learned a lot, the hard way, really fast, on my own." No one else in the family had the time or knowledge to raise cattle, so Greg 16 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2021

took the reins. He borrowed equipment and posed many questions to neighbouring farmers to learn the process. He found a mentor in Dave Adams, who had experience and who guided and supported Greg along the way. After three years of relying on others, Greg reached a turning point. At this stage, market sales for the beef were successful. The farm had hay and pastures but there were no appropriate barns, equipment

or long-term plans. Greg saw an opportunity and decided to ramp things up. While he was, and is, an employee of Michell Farms, he made a commitment to grow the beef operation, all the while taking advice from those with experience. Greg learned that hereford and angus cattle produced superior beef, so the farm bought 10 hereford cattle and borrowed a bull for breeding. This bull produced large calves, however, so the cows needed help with birthing – help from Greg. Talk about learning on the job! With suggestions from farmers and YouTube videos, Greg pulled eight calves. It was stressful, though, so Greg bought a smaller angus bull himself. He had made a decision to build the beef operation; their beef was selling and Dave endorsed his decision. That's how Jerry, the bull, became family. For the first four years of the beef operation, Greg was still involved with the market but, as the herd grew, he felt spread too thin. Five years ago, he focused solely on making Michell Beef a success and justifying the huge financial outlay that Michell Farms and he were putting into it. The effort was huge. All Michell family resources, including time, were tapped managing the market, leaving Greg, handling the beef operation alone, close to burn-out. That's when Andy, his right-hand man for the past year, came to the rescue. Andy's skills and enthusiasm are invaluable. "All the wind came back into my sail. It was a game-changer." Now into its 10th year, this new arm of Michell Farms is prospering with around 100 head of cattle. Greg recognizes that this success wouldn't be possible without Michell Farms, which helps to pay for equipment and vet bills and supplies the hay and the land. "I'm lucky. It's not affordable for young people to buy a farm, equipment and livestock on their own. I'm grateful for my opportunity." Alongside farming, Greg contributes to the community. Seven years of volunteering with the Central Saanich Fire Department has given him a needed "mental interruption" from the daily grind and he's proud to follow his great-grandfather, co-founder of the Central Saanich fire department. More recently, Greg helped establish, and now serves with, the Vancouver Island Cattleman's Association, which promotes and develops the B.C. cattle industry responsibly. He aims to promote Michell Beef as a brand that stands for truly local cattle – bred, born, raised and produced by Michell Beef. Greg also poses for a fundraiser calendar for the Balfours Friends Foundation, a non-profit that provides assistance with vet bills. He is shown standing beside a fire truck with one of his cows. Now it's expected that he'll always bring an animal to the photoshoot! Greg and Andy are working to make the operation more efficient by using an app that tracks records of each animal, which will free up time to contribute to the produce side again since "at the end of the day, this is a family operation." Greg is in this for the long haul and has hopes that Luke will always find joy in animal farming and will value the natural world throughout his life. As he reflects upon his decision to grow Michell Beef, Greg has no regrets. "I saw that shot and I took it. As Gretsky said: "'You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.'"

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Business is great; we are seeing constant growth year over year. Along with our already incredible staff of veteran employees, we have been able to add additional installation and office staff to keep up with demand.

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At DCC Cabinets, we are continually adding new products and merchandise to our already extensive supply capabilities. We are constantly trying to improve the experience for the customer and supply them with as many products as possible to limit their need for shopping elsewhere. Along with full millwork packages we offer custom closets, hardware, sinks and countertops in quartz, granite, laminate, butcher block and marble. We have also teamed up with a number of local quality contractors to help supply any renovation or new build need our customers may have, making this truly a one-stop shop for any potential client with any home building or renovation need.

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Kyle Shick Shortly after moving to Deep Cove, Kyle Shick joined Finlayson Bonet Architecture in 2011 and has enjoyed his time as Project Manager on some of the the firm’s major projects like Cameo, Star Cinema, Cumberland Fire Hall and Driftwood Brewery. Along with the FBA team, Kyle enjoys the diversity of the projects the firm undertakes. He takes an active role in guiding projects from design to construction and relies on his 20+ years of experience in the construction industry to help provide clients with solutions that realize their aspirations. Kyle grew up in the construction industry in Manitoba learning the lessons of hard work and perseverance at an early age. Living in North Saanich with his wife Rebecca and 3 daughters – Ella, Scarlett and Florence – Kyle is grateful to be able to live and work on the Saanich Peninsula and enjoy everything life here has to offer.

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Q&A with

Mykell Wagner Owner / Operator

What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? We’ve seen large impacts on what we do and how we do it but are fortunate to have wonderful clients open to having us continue to help them even during these trying times. What is your philosophy towards your work? From the start, this company has strived to provide a truly quality custom product and experience for our customers and to do this at a competitive affordable rate. This is as true today as it was the day the business was founded.

Q&A with

Kyle Shick

Project Manager What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? The day after Canada went into lockdown our office transitioned to virtual operations. We now do all of our usual in person meetings, council presentations and document submissions virtually. What is your philosophy towards your work? Approach each project as an opportunity to develop the best possible solution and strive to design buildings which have a legacy the community can be proud of.

I grew up on the Saanich Peninsula, and currently live in Sidney with my wife and two dogs. I’m very fortunate to live in the town that I work in, and I really couldn’t ask for a better place to call home.

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Brian Liversedge

I became a partner at Hughesman Morris Liversedge in January 2021 after spending the last 12 years with the firm in various roles. I’m proud of the experience I bring in personal, corporate and estate taxes, amongst other things. I enjoy a good challenge and looking for ways to save you or your business money. Our office is very community minded and we’re constantly looking at ways we can give back, from our annual pancake breakfast fundraiser to volunteering with numerous local organizations. I volunteer as the Treasurer for the Peninsula Celebrations Society, which organizes a number of Sidney’s memorable events including the Canada Day and Christmas parades.

Hughesman Morris Liversedge, CPA’s

Alexander R. Lonergan I first moved to the Saanich Peninsula while studying law, but am originally from New Westminster. Having settled into practice in Saanichton, I couldn’t be happier to set down roots in the community. SLG Saanichton Law Group was born from the recent retirement of Kip Wilson, who I had the privilege of working alongside. My own journey to working at SLG Saanichton Law Group was long, involving years spent as a teacher in Japan, a paralegal in Germany, and an infantryman in our military. I am amazed at how often our clients share similar experiences. When our local community organizations resume in-person meetings, I will enjoy meeting many more of you, my neighbours. If you would like to chat about your personal planning or real estate matter in the meantime, please give us a call today.

SLG Saanichton Law Group 6 - 7855 East Saanich Road, Saanichton 250.544.0727 |

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9768 Third Street, Sidney | 250.656.3991 |

Q&A with

Brian Liversedge CPA

What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? Our staff and our clients have been incredibly adaptable and understanding to different working conditions during the pandemic, whether that be a shift to digital meetings, or adapting to different workspaces to maintain social distancing. What is your philosophy towards your work? To have an honest, straightforward relationship with clients. I want them to be able to focus on what’s important to them, and spend less time stressing over the numbers.

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Alexander R. Lonergan Lawyer

What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? The absence of a handshake has been the most drastic change. Also, I never realized how much I read lips until everyone started wearing masks. What is your philosophy towards your work? We pride ourselves on our meaningful relationships with clients, neighbours, businesses, First Nations and municipalities. The team relationship that we build becomes the foundation for our legal path forward.

Anthony Black started working with Sands Victoria Funeral Chapel in August of 2007. His career in the funeral profession has allowed him to provide excellence in service to many families in our community who have experienced a loss.

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Anthony Black

Together with the Sands Victoria Team, Anthony takes pride in guiding families and assisting them to pay tribute and celebrate their loved ones. His aim is to provide only the best care and support to anyone who may need his service. Anthony provides sensitivity and expert knowledge no matter what the circumstances. His devotion to the Victoria community shows not only in the funeral home, but also in the many organizations and charitable events he is a part of. Anthony was born in Ladysmith, but has roots in the Saanich Peninsula on his father’s side of the family which are WJOȽEȽP – Tsartlip. He himself has recently moved to Brentwood Bay with his husband Vedran and they look forward to exploring the Peninsula.

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Martyn Stimpson CPA, CGA, LPA

Stimpson CPA is a professional accounting firm located in Victoria, B.C. We serve clients up and down Vancouver Island as well as those located in Alberta and Ontario. Our firm represents professional strength by the use of personal service, offering innovative solutions to our clients. We are committed to offering tailor made professional services to our clients, whether they are individuals or corporations. We always aim to exceed your expectations, so don’t feel intimidated when you meet with your accounting firm! Discover the difference that we can make. In addition to personal, corporate and trust tax services, we also provide eldercare services to our senior clients, assisting them with their day-to-day financial matters. We also offer fixed price agreements for our services with easy monthly payment options.

Stimpson | CPA #202 - 830 Shamrock Street, Victoria 250.590.5211 |

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1803 Quadra Street, Victoria | 250.388.5155 |

Q&A with

Anthony Black Assistant Manager Funeral Director

What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? Society uses funerals to gather, provide much-needed support to the bereaved and celebrate those who we have lost. Thankfully, we are able to adopt the use of technology to provide services and support at a distance. What is your philosophy towards your work? To provide compassionate service to those who need. The wealth of knowledge I’ve acquired in many cultures and funeral practises helps me to guide families through the toughest time of their life.

Q&A with

Martyn Stimpson Principal

What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? Technology has helped enormously. From obtaining electronic signatures from our clients to paperless tax returns, the core business of taxation remains the same, but the way we deliver our services has been able to adapt. What is your philosophy towards your work? Whether your business offers accounting services or gardening services, we must always remember that we are in the customer service business first.

Lifetime Award for Local Architect Art Finlayson Congratulations are in order for Art Finlayson of Finlayson Bonet Architecture on receiving the Lifetime Fellowship Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for outstanding dedicated service and citizenship. Art has demonstrated his passion and commitment to the profession with over 57 years of experience. Art is a true gentleman, principled, honest and trustworthy. He honours the profession in all his actions; his sincere interest in the well-being of others is demonstrated in the numerous committees he has been, and continues to be on. He has spent countless hours dedicated to bettering his community (Adaptable Housing Society, board member of the Historical Artifact Society in Central Saanich, Town of Sidney's Accessible Design Guidelines, board member of Sidney's Universal Housing Committee, Director in the local Chamber of Commerce, RAIC Victoria Network, to name just a few!). Art was also the 2017 recipient of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. Art has countless achievements throughout his years of architectural practice, and most of all, he has a reputation for his exceptional leadership, volunteerism, kindness and mentorship supporting the ideas and ambitions of his colleagues and his profound love for the profession of Architecture. In lieu of the two award ceremonies being rescheduled (in Edmonton and Montreal), and then cancelled altogether due to

the ongoing pandemic, all of the team at Finlayson Bonet would like to acknowledge his accomplishments and wish Art a heartfelt congratulations! We are all very proud of you and your dedication to our team and community. Photo by Amanda Cribdon Photography.





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What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? During Covid we’ve transitioned to virtual meetings when possible, and for our in-person meetings we have created a Covidsafe meeting area. It is very likely that we will increasingly use electronic meetings more in the future, but we have found most of our clients prefer the face-to-face meetings that allow for a personable discussion.

Todd Wiebe Salvador Davis & Co. has a history of committing to serving the community by providing real estate conveyancing and estate planning services for the past 53 years. Together with my business partner, Lisa Ehrlich, we offer legal services to Sidney, the Gulf Islands and the surrounding communities. The majority of our clients are either returning to our office so we can assist them with moving, refinancing or revising their estate planning documents, or they are family or friends of existing clients who have referred them to us.

We take great pride in the ability to assist multiple generations of our clients. I happily moved to Vancouver Island in 2010 from Winnipeg, Manitoba and worked for a short time with a publishing company in Victoria. I began working at Salvador, Davis & Co. in 2013 shortly prior to beginning the program to become a Notary Public in British Columbia. In 2015 I graduated from Simon Fraser University, obtaining a master’s degree in Applied Legal Studies. In 2017 I became a partner of Salvador,

Davis & Co., as Laurie Salvador began the process of transitioning into her retirement. As a Notary Public, I enjoy being able to assist many different people, helping them to ensure that their wishes and needs are met. I have enjoyed making my home in Sidney, together with my wife, our twin daughters and our office greeter, Jenny the dog, who is often found lounging in the sun. I look forward to watching the community grow along with my daughters.

What is your philosophy towards your work? I always think of what I do as genuinely helpful and when you are doing something that you believe in it makes you want to work hard. At the end of the day, I get to feel good about the contributions to the community that I make when I go home to my family. What inspired you to follow this career path? I was told that the work notaries do is helpful and that was definitely true. You get to become a part of people’s lives and their families’ lives: working through some of their important stages in life like the purchase of a new home. It has been extremely rewarding to form a bond with my clients.

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Roger Comartin Owner

What are some of the ways Covid has changed how you do business? With all the uncertainty, we had lots of jobs on hold at first. But with the guidance from Dr. Henry, the forethought of VIHA and the way everybody listened we were able to keep our interactions safe for all.

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What is your philosophy towards your work? I tell my son Field: “Before you close your toolbox, look at what’s been done. If you notice anything that needs adjusting make it perfect, because you’re the last one to see it before our customer.”

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OFF THE VINE by Tania Tomaszewska

Your Flight With Dad:

Lining Up Some Picnic & BBQ Drops Looking forward to family picnics and barbies (when it's safe to do so, of course)? Pondering some gift ideas for dad which fall into the libations category? How about a "virtual flight" somewhere off the Island? Here's a few picks which could pair nicely with your plans and get you started.

Take-Off and Picnic Grazing Bubbles: Freixenet – Cava Cordon Negro Brut (Spain) An iconic dry sparkling wine made in the rolling hills of Penedes (southwest of Barcelona) using the traditional method, like its cousin Champagne. A blend of parellada, macabeo and xarel-lo grapes, it's light, dry and crisp with citrus, apple and nutty tones. Streaked with minerality, fresh acidity and persistent lively bubbles. 10 to 14 months sur lie brings toasty and creamy tones to the party. Cava is great on its own or with any kind of food. Bonus: It also comes in piccolo 200ml bottles which are pretty light in the backpack. Just saying. White: SpearHead Winery 2019 Pinot Gris (mid-Okanagan Valley, B.C.) A light aromatic white from "pinot" specialist SpearHead made from beautiful Summerland fruit. Juicy and vibrant with lemon and green apple tones unfolding into peach and stonefruit after time in your glass. Touched with honey, some minerality and fresh acidity to finish. A lovely aperitif and fantastically food-friendly, pinot gris matches a broad range of palates and pretty much goes with anything (greens, salads, fish, creamy pasta salads, sushi, pan-Asian fare). 24 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2021

Rosé: Gérard Bertrand 2019 Côte des Rose (Languedoc-Rousillon, France) A dry and soft rosé from southwest France where these grenache, syrah and cinsault grapes thrive in the Mediterranean climate. Beautiful pale rose colour from some time on the skins. Strawberries, rhubarb and vibrant red fruit with citrus and garrigue. Elegance matched with its glass closure and carved glass rose base. (Who says you can't give flowers to dad?). Bonus: It also comes in small 325ml bottles. Interlude vino anyone? (On its own or with any picnic. Salads, veggies, prawns, tacos, charcuterie, feta, goat cheese.)

Big Reds for Dad and the Grill Marqués de Riscal 2016 Rioja Reserva (Rioja Alavesa, Spain) A juicy and delicious medium-bodied red made from tempranillo (96%) and graciano (4%) coming from pre1970s vines grown in quality clay-limestone soils. Dark red cherry, black fruit and earthy tones, with touches of liquorice, pepper, leather and vanilla. Rich and elegant with fresh acidity, very soft tannins, complexity and a long finish. Matured 24 months in American oak and aged another year in bottle before release with its famous metallic mesh. (Grilled zucchini, bean stew, paella, jamòn, grilled chicken, lamb, chorizo or hanger steak, manchego.) Clos Du Soleil Winery 2018 Célestiale (Similkameen Valley, B.C.) A smoothly integrated "Bordeaux blend" made from cabernet sauvignon (44%), merlot (31%), cabernet franc (13%), malbec (8%) and petit verdot (4%) each harvested separately from four different Similkameen vineyards. Full bodied, rich and layered. Earthy with dark red and black fruit, cedar, leather, smoke, mocha and a touch of vanilla spice. Firm tannins (but oh so drinkable now) with fresh acidity and minerality shining through. Fermented in concrete and matured 15 months in French oak. (Grilled portobello mushrooms, lentils, burgers, beef short-rib, strong cheeses.)

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LaStella Winery 2018 Fortissimo (South Okanagan Valley, B.C.) This unique South Okanagan "Super Tuscan" blends merlot (57%), cabernet sauvignon (18%), cabernet franc (17%) and sangiovese (8%) from Osoyoos, Golden Mile Bench and Black Sage Bench vineyards. Concentrated with firm tannins and fresh acidity. Dark red and black fruit, earth, leather, violet, pepper and a touch of vanilla. Aged 16 months in Hungarian and Slavonian oak. "Fortissimo" indeed, so give it a good decant and serve with serious food or stash this bottle away for a year or two. (Tomato pasta, rosemary lamb, rib-eye, aged cheddar, parmesan.) Interested in receiving other wine picks and news from Tania? You can sign up to receive her newsletters at Bottle shots courtesy of the respective wineries.

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O U T F O R A … L E I S U R E LY P A D D L E by Sheila Molloy

Tod Inlet Beautiful and sheltered, Tod Inlet is a great kayak route for beginners, families with children, and anyone who wants a leisurely paddle. Tod Inlet lies within the Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and is historically significant as a traditional place used by the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) First Nation. It was called SṈIDȻEȽ, (pronounced "sneed-kwith") which means "place of the Blue Grouse," a symbol meaning the land was plentiful. In Brentwood Bay, turn onto Verdier Avenue from West Saanich Road and follow it to the shoreline. There are a few facilities for kayak rentals in the area. Some are full serve, some self serve, or if you have your own kayak, use the public beach left of the Brentwood Bay ferry terminal to launch from. The beach has a paved path down to a flat, rocky beach. Regardless of where you start (private facility or public beach) your goal is to paddle toward the Inlet. You can head across the bay towards Willis Point or you can paddle along the eastern and southern shore of Brentwood Bay and follow that along to Tod Inlet. As you paddle towards the Inlet you will pass by Butchart Cove on your left, with the dock that belongs to Butchart Gardens. As you keep following the shoreline into the Inlet, the treed slopes to the right are part of the provincial park and to your left camouflage Butchart Gardens. It is a leisurely loop in the Inlet, with plenty of wildlife viewing

including seals, otters, starfish, herons, bald eagles and more. A highlight at the turnaround point are the remains of the piers of an old cement plant. There are a number of birdhouses attached to the piers, some that look little RVs, "driven" by the purple martins who call them home. Along the way there are great stops on sandy beaches, ideal for lunch and enjoying the peace of this beautiful Inlet. On your way back, take time to paddle around Daphne Islet to enjoy the multitude of ochre sea stars. Things to Note • Time duration: 1.5 to 2 hours • Paddle length: About 5km, depending how much you meander. • Brentwood Bay can get busy with powerboats, so be careful while paddling. • The public access beach area has room for one vehicle to unload at a time and has a washroom. • Parking can be tough at busy times as there are limited spaces at the park and along the street. JUNE 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 27


Peter Dolezal

Torrid Real Estate and Financial Markets Peter Dolezal is a semi-retired Sidney resident. He offers INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL CONSULTING SERVICES to individuals, couples and companies.

As of the end of April, buyers continued to

To date, he has assisted more than 260 clients across Canada, principally in Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland.

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enthusiastically drive both real estate and financial markets to all-time highs. Should we be worried? Is a collapse of prices in both sectors imminent? While a collapse is unlikely, we would be foolish to ignore the potential risk of a major correction in both sectors. Let’s examine each: In at least three Canadian cities, the average regional single-family home price now exceeds $1 million: Victoria ($1.16 million); Toronto ($1.4 million); and Vancouver ($1.6 million). Over the past 12 months, prices have risen by more than 20% across much of the country. A recent report by the O.E.C.D. shows average Canadian residential prices to have increased by 168% over the past 20 years, compared to only 55% in the U.S. where house prices are much lower, and where significant price increases would make more sense – particularly given the tax-deductibility of mortgage interest in the U.S. Despite record-low interest rates, prices in most areas of Canada are rapidly pricing first-time buyers out of the market. Historically, the first-time buyer has been a major driver of housing demand. As this influx of entry-point buyers shrinks dramatically, we can expect demand to decline, along with prices. Should interest rates unexpectedly blip upward, housing demand and prices will decline even more precipitously. Clearly, current real estate price levels across Canada are unsustainable. A major adjustment is certain. The real question is how soon? Financial Markets

Author of

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(Third Edition) Included in the curriculum of several Canadian Colleges.

All North American Equity Markets have shattered previous records. Average Price/Earnings ratios have reached new highs. As with real estate, a significant correction can be expected. However, while interest rates remain at, or near record lows, a major Bear Market collapse is unlikely.

Given today’s low interest rate environment in which Bonds and other Fixed Income instruments yield minimal income, historical Equity Price/ Earnings expectations and comparisons are not as outrageous as they seem. Many investors are drawn to Equities, enticed by both significant dividend income, and the potential for capital appreciation. Equity markets are always forward looking. Today, they remain very optimistic, as the pace of vaccinations in North America raises the expectation of a quick return to a pre-Covid world with lower unemployment, higher consumer spending and increasing corporate profits. The Markets also recognize that due to massive Pandemic-driven increases in national debts, Central Banks will be forced to moderate future enthusiasm for rate increases – realizing that even a minor increase in interest rates could add many billions to the cost of servicing national debts. Significant rate increases are likely only once economies return to full productive capacity, and government revenues increase dramatically. Over the next few years, the likelihood of ultra-low rates should continue to provide oxygen to Equity Markets, supporting historically high Price/Earnings ratios. Investing in carefully- selected equities remains a generally sound move, regardless of short-term market adjustment risk. That presupposes however, that the investor has a five- to 10-year investment time horizon. If the investment is for the relatively short term, high-interest Savings, laddered GICs and high-quality Bonds are generally, despite their low yields, a more suitable option. The primary consideration for investment in either real estate or financial markets is always affordability, closely followed by one’s investment time frame. The longer the investment time horizon, the lower the risk in either market.

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What's in a Name?

Across the Water

My Apologies

Sister Act

What's in a Name? Plenty! And yours truly bungled an important one in the April column. I know this name but "old habits die hard." So, just to set the record straight, the name of the Aquarium in Sidney is The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Since we're on the subject, the Centre is currently exploring ideas about the future of the organization and looking for feedback through "Imagine our Future." See the website and take the survey at

June 7 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of a Sister Cities Agreement between the Town of Sidney and the City of Anacortes Washington. Since that time in 1996, our respective communities have shared art shows, celebrations, Town Criers, visiting dignitaries and more. The two communities have developed a close connection that has been highlighted by several campaigns to ensure the continuation of the Anacortes ferry run, our "Ferry Between Friends."

A Step Towards Healing

Into the Wild Water

McDonald Campground in North Saanich received a new name, or rather an old name was returned as the park was officially renamed SMONEĆTEN (pronounced smaw nitch tun). The name comes from the local SENĆOŦEN language and means "fir pitch place" as the site was once a place to collect the sap from Douglas fir trees to start fires, patch canoes, heal wounds and light lanterns by W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations people.

Local artist and writer Gwen Curry has published a beautiful and telling coffee table book about the Broughton Archipelago, B.C.'s largest marine park, situated at the mouth of Knight Inlet near the north end of Vancouver Island. The book, Converging Waters, features stunning images by photographer Dan Hillert and delves into the history of the Archipelago as well as the plight of the orcas, whales, salmon and forests of this amazing area. Converging Waters is available at Tanner's Books.

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Shredding It Rotary Club of Sidney By the Sea hosted a Spring Paper Shredding Event on April 24. Community members had their confidential papers shredded at this environmentally friendly fundraiser. Thanks to the volunteer workers and the generous community support, over $6,000 was raised and will be used to support local community organizations.



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Refreshing Places & Faces A Taste of Italy The Beacon Landing Restaurant & Lounge has a new name and menu. Next time you step inside (or for now, onto the patio) you will be dining at Riva, an Italian-themed restaurant serving pasta, bruschetta, calamari and other Italian favourites. In English, Riva means "on the seashore," a fitting name for this popular restaurant located along the water at the end of Beacon Avenue.

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On the Move Seaside Magazine's very own Sue Hodgson will take up the mantle of Publisher for the Peninsula News Review starting June 15. (No worries, she will still be carrying on in her role as publisher and owner of Seaside.) Dale Naftel, the PNR's publisher since 2018, will move over to the Oak Bay News beginning June 1. Congratulations to both Dale and Sue!

Love Where We Live! Horsing Around Donna Friedlander, Owner of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, is happy to announce the return of the Tally-Ho & Sea Cider Picnic Experience that will run until the end of September. In the shadow of last year's tourism industry shutdown, Tally-Ho collaborated with other Central Saanich businesses to create an amazing, Covidsafe experience. The tour begins at Fresh Cup Roastery Café, with a specialty coffee. Carriages then travel through the countryside and ocean vistas to Sea Cider, where they enjoy a flight of cider and an amazing lunch prepared by Truffles Catering. The tours are so popular that the Central Saanich Council recently voted unanimously to install hitching posts in Saanichton Village to support this new agri-tourism opportunity. For details, visit

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Recipe for a Backyard Bouquet by Laura Waters, Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts | photo by Amanda Cribdon Photography

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Long before spring blooms start, you'll find me gathering fallen branches, clusters of emerald green moss and soft grey lichen that litter the ground from the winter storms. The benefit of having a perennial garden is that there is always something to collect or cut … every month of the year! The early branches of willow, wisteria and birch can be twisted and woven into shapes that will provide an interesting backdrop for any arrangement. Look for branches with bits of moss and lichen and nature's imperfections! The most exciting thing about the early bouquets is the elements continually open when brought inside. Just make sure you water them heavily!

Hellebore Leaves

Kerria Japonica

Rhodos, camellias, lavender, forsythia, azaleas, sea holly, hosta, apple branches, hellebore leaves and blooms, early clematis, rosemary, elephant ears, collections of conifers with their interesting lime green buds, and chestnut all provide interesting foliage long before the buds open. Forsythia's flowers appear first, then the leaves. The spent seed pods of the Siberian iris add intrigue. Sometimes the first leaves of the season are quite tender and may wilt; soaking them in a sink of cold water will help them last longer before placing in an arrangement. Look beyond the typical floral arrangements and you'll see a bounty of possibilities to create something unique ... all year round.

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Perfectly Imperfect I'm not afraid of pastry. I will also admit,

however, that it has gotten the better of me on a number of occasions, but so far I've managed to maintain a fairly cordial relationship with this sometimes tricky baking staple. That's not to say that I haven't had to throw some pastry dough out after unsuccessfully attempting to make a pie or tarts. If you manhandle pastry too much it becomes unpleasant to work with and, later, chewy and unpleasant to eat. Trying to roll out pastry one more time is not always the best option, as I've discovered that sometimes it's better to toss it out and start fresh with a new batch of dough. Sigh.

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Pastry pitfalls can be so frustrating and are not one of the easiest baking lessons to work though. Those waiting for the promised pie just don't care or really even want to know that it hasn't quite turned out as planned. They just want pie! That's why over the past year I've become enamoured with galettes, both savoury and sweet. The dough is both extremely easy to make and work with and it doesn't matter if it looks a bit rustic, as that's exactly the point. It's a bit rough, very handmade and very tasty indeed. Traditionally, fruit used in a galette is seasonal, and as June is the month for strawberries and rhubarb and they magically complement each other, they make the perfect filling for this galette. Adding in some almond flour helps create even more layers of flavour and also thickens the fruit mixture. Check out neighbourhood farm stands to find luscious strawberries and some beautiful rhubarb. Not only will you be supporting our farmers, you'll also have amazing fruit that, just hours earlier, was growing and ripening in local fields or greenhouses. You can't get any better than that. And for Father's Day? Definitely. Galettes are casually impressive and ridiculously photogenic in a sort of "Gosh, I just threw this together" kind of way. Go with the galette's imperfections, as that's what really works with this dessert. Add some whipping cream or ice cream to top it off and you've got yourself a wonderful seasonal treat that will showcase both your pastry making skills and the gorgeousness of the fruit tucked inside. Like me, I'm sure you'll fall in love with galettes, as they're deliciously, gloriously, perfectly imperfect.

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette Pastry 1 cup flour ¼ cup almond flour ¼ tsp salt 1½ tsp sugar ½ cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into chunks ¼ cup plain yogurt or sour cream 3 to 4 tbsp cold water Make the pastry: In a large bowl, combine flour, almond flour, sugar and salt. Chop up butter into chunks; add to the flour mix and, using a pastry blender or your fingers, work it into the flour until the butter bits are the size of small peas. Add sour cream and 3 tbsp water to bowl; mix until it comes together in large clumps. I use a fork to do this. Add last tbsp of water if it doesn't. Use your hands to bring it together. Press dough into flatter circle. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge until firm, 1 to 2 hours or up to 4 days. Filling 1 cup strawberries, quartered 2 cups sliced rhubarb 3 tbsp sugar ¼ cup almond flour 1 tbsp corn starch ½ tsp salt Make the filling: Mix all the filling ingredients together in bowl; set aside. Assemble the galette: Heat oven to 400°F. Put parchment on large baking sheet. On floured counter, roll out dough into a large circle, about 12-13 inches across. It doesn't have to be perfect; that's the beauty of a galette. Place dough carefully on prepared baking sheet. Spoon fruit filling into centre of pastry, leaving 3-inch border uncovered by fruit. Fold this border over fruit, lifting and pleating the pastry as you go. The centre will be open. Big tip here: gently lift the pastry to fold it in and don't push down, as the fruit will be mushy. To finish the galette: 1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water, 3 tbsp slivered almonds or coarse sugar for sprinkling. (I use both.) Whisk egg with water; brush it over crust. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and/or almonds over pastry and filling. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipping cream or ice cream. Recipes slightly adapted and combined from:

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Treating Muscular Pain Muscular pain is part of the human condition. Its negative impact on quality of life, however, can be tremendous. In the past it has often seen limited options for treatment but this has changed in recent years. Here is a rough guide to some of these newer offerings. Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). This technique treats muscles that are chronically tight, inhibiting proper function and causing pain. This can result from an acute injury or from incorrect postures and movements that have become habitual. The affected muscle forms painful localized areas known as trigger points. IMS utilizes an extremely fine needle that is inserted into the trigger point, causing it to release. Once relaxed, the muscle can hopefully resume normal function. Many people are apprehensive at the thought of a needle, but the experience is usually very different from their expectation: most describe only a deep aching sensation. Trigger Point Injections (TPI). This treatment is similar to IMS in many ways, but involves injection of a solution into the trigger point. The exact solution can vary, but often a local anaesthetic, or saline, is used. Prolotherapy. This procedure is used to help injured tissues that have not healed completely, as opposed to trigger points. A solution is injected into the problem area causing an inflammatory response. This may sound counterintuitive to many. After all, in medicine we often go to great lengths to fight inflammation. Inflammation, however, is the process by which all tissue heals. Sometimes injured tissue doesn't heal completely enough to function as well as it did

before. Prolotherapy can jumpstart that healing process in areas where it has stopped. It usually involves a series of three injections over months. It may be weeks before a patient sees benefit though, because that is the natural timeline for the healing process to complete. The technique is commonly used to treat injured ligaments that are lax or partially torn. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Platelets are one of the main cells of our blood and they are integral to the process of healing. PRP delivers concentrated amounts of these platelets into a problem area in order to promote healing, again by way of inflammation. It is used in situations similar to prolotherapy, as well as to treat osteoarthritis of large joints, such as the knee. Platelets are obtained from the patient's own blood. They are then injected into the tissue or joint of concern. There have been some controversies and legitimate criticisms of some of these newer treatments that they lack strong clinical trials to establish their effectiveness. IMS and TPI have been around for many years and in my opinion have good evidence that they can be effective. Prolotherapy and PRP are newer and there are far fewer studies to draw conclusions from. They do, however, have a strong basis in well established principles of medical physiology. It is an exciting time in this burgeoning field of medicine. Our understanding of the nature of musculoskeletal pain has evolved significantly and this will surely continue. No one treatment is right for every problem, but as we learn more we can hopefully offer more options to patients in need.

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Cultivating a New Crop for Change When it comes to farming, the magic happens under the ground. But with some farms, it takes place under the sea. Taking its name from the region where its product grows, Sidney's Cascadia Seaweed is a new aquaculture business that is creating opportunities for coastal communities while becoming one of the largest local providers of cultivated ocean seaweed. "Seaweed is and has been growing in the Pacific Northwest for a long time. Cultivating it has economic, social, and environmental benefits," shares Bill Collins, Chairman. "We are in a new age of greening climate activism and this sector is a good fit for the planet." Starting with its incorporation in June 2019, Cascadia Seaweed put into place the foundations of its operation. The arrival of the pandemic in 2020 brought challenges, but the company was determined to forge ahead and kept going with its plans.

"It was not an easy project, especially given Covid," says Bill. "We work closely with Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. There were strict protocols. The team really wants to work in seaweed, and they are very passionate about what they do." So how does seaweed farming work? Like farming on the land, there is a harvest of a cultivated crop and getting there requires hard work. The process, however, is quite different. "Like farming, there is a yield and cost per unit," comments Bill. "There is no land or soil. There is a rope infrastructure. We have horizontal lines and outplant seed." It all starts with the nursery. Reproductive tissues of kelp are collected then stressed in the laboratory to release the reproductive spores in water. "These spores will attach to something and grow into little plants," says Bill. "In this case they attach to twine on large spools in tanks." It's a massive undertaking. Under the leadership of Marine Phycologist, Dr. Jennifer Clark, the team monitors some 600 spools of line that has been infused with these baby kelps. Young seaweed, attached to lines wrapped around PVC pipe, are then transported to the new ocean farm locations where they are deployed. "When it's a millimetre in length, it's moved to a wrapped horizontal line in the ocean," says Bill. "That tiny young seaweed will eventually become two metres in length!" The work requires a diversity of high level expertise. Cascadia's team has talents and experience in ocean science, aquaculture, engineering, and business development. However, it has been the collaboration with Indigenous communities that has been critical to their success. "Our partnership with Indigenous groups is the biggest key element," comments Bill. "They have a rich and deep knowledge about eating and using seaweed. They have a ready and willing workforce."

Cascadia partnered with Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN) Seafood Limited Partnership, a First Nation-owned operation that has been pioneering the commercialization of seaweed on the west coast for a number of years. The partnership creates economic stability, employment and business development opportunities. So why cultivate seaweed? Seaweed, it turns out, is not only good for you, it is good for the planet as well. "It's a human superfood which offers omega fatty acids, 10 times the calcium found in milk, higher potassium than in bananas, a vegan source of B12 and also micronutrients like iodine," says Bill. Seaweed also has the potential to play a huge role in climate action. During its life cycle, parts of the seaweed will fall off and drift down into the deep ocean depths. Carbon, which is locked in this seaweed tissue, is thus taken out of the atmosphere. "We are decarbonising the atmosphere and recarbonizing the biosphere," notes Bill. Seaweed has agricultural benefits too: it can improve the digestion of cows and interrupt the creation of methane in their gut. This has value both economically and environmentally. "The cow gut works more efficiently. More of the feed is working for the cow," says Bill. "As a result, farmers will use less arable land and water to feed cows." The rewards of seaweed farming are numerous. Cascadia's "Seaweed Days" that took place in May celebrated and highlighted the potential of this powerful aquaculture. "We launched our very own brand of nutritious and delicious seaweed-based food products during the first annual Seaweed Days festival, and these products will be sold online, direct to consumers," shares Erin Bremner-Mitchell, Manager of Communications and Engagement. Cascadia Seaweed's partnership with First Nations and coastal communities seeks to establish a local industry that can have global impact. A powerful answer to environmental concerns, a viable way to build communities' economies, and a valuable source of human nutrition; the potential of seaweed farming is as big as the sea.

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THE GOLDEN YEARS by Sherrin Griffin VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare

Is Arthritis Synonymous with Aging? Pt. 1 I woke up one morning sure that George Burns stole my body. I went from a strong, limber and flexible woman to one fraught with chronic stiffness, aching joints and the posture of Quasimodo. At first, I thought my body pain was likely due to accumulative arthritis from the bone fractures and stress inflicted by a demanding gymnastics career during my youth, but quickly realized that I am not the only 50-something who suspects an invasion of the body snatchers. Many of my peers are also experiencing the betrayal of their once-vigorous limbs. And then there's that annoying "Well, ya know you are getting older; you've gotta expect some aches and pains." Never one to accept defeat or blatant ageism, I resolved to dig deeper into whether

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GOING GREEN by Tina Kelly

The Miscellany List Nestled beside a bus shelter at Bowerbank Road and Resthaven Drive, in Sidney, is a can. The kind of can my grandmother's coffee came in. This particular can is full of sand, having been transformed into an ashtray to collect the cigarette butts of bus riders, preventing them from washing into the nearby sea with the next bout of rain.* Upon spotting the can I felt two emotions. The first was curiosity: who was this anonymous can provider? And the second: a mix of joy and gratitude. The makeshift ashtray stood as a perfect example of a small action making a difference. Unlike previous columns on water conservation, food storage and secondhand shopping, no overarching theme connects the following actions to one another. Instead I call this list "the miscellany:" miscellaneous simple gestures or modifications to habits, all requiring only a smidgen of time. Lose the loop. The poster child for this slogan is plastic six-pack holders, but face masks could soon take their place. When products with any form of loop make their way into the environment, wildlife is at risk of entanglement. Even tightly secured garbage bags can break in transit or upon arrival at the landfill. Snipping any loop, whether made of plastic, elastic, fabric or any other material, before disposal is a good habit to start forming. Bar soap. For many, liquid hand soap has replaced the bar. It's easy; it's convenient. Yet, old school bar soap – bought package free or in paper packaging – is a good start to reducing plastic in the home. When concerns are raised over sharing a bar of soap, I'm reminded of a Friends episode where Joey uses Chandler's toothbrush. Chandler confronts Joey and Joey's defense plays out something like this: "why can't we use the same toothbrush but we can use the same bar of soap?" Chandler replies: "Because soap is soap! It's self-cleaning!" This still makes me laugh. At some point a bar of soap becomes too small and awkward for handwashing. These bits work well for handwashing reusable face masks. Wear clothes more than once. Those experienced at travel and travelling light probably excel at the sniff test. Clothes are worn again and again until the nose knows to stop. At home, access to all of your clothes and a washing machine could easily result in one wear before straight to the laundry hamper, but less washing equals less wear and tear; longer lasting clothes, in theory, results in less clothes shopping. Check the car. Anyone who looks down at the pavement 52 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2021

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Oh the Good Old Hockey Game … by Ted Daly

It doesn't seem that long ago that I was playing in goal for my high school team in the City Championships on the ice of the original Forum in Montreal. I was unable to focus on the game itself, playing in that hallowed building with the ghosts of Jacques Plante and Maurice Richard, and I was pulled midway through the second period. I was a mediocre goalie then and sadly not much has changed! In October of this year I turn 70 and have been playing old timers hockey for about 35 years. Many recreational leagues like mine have "flights" with players starting at age 35, but true old timers hockey is generally 55 and up. I play with a great group of guys called the Old Crows. I am considered a youngster on the team, having been born in the early 50s. The majority of the Crows were born in the 40s and Myron, born in the 30s, is still solid on defence! Each Tuesday and Friday morning the Crows hit the ice at Panorama, divided into teams of blue and white. The first thing you do when you arrive at the rink is look at the lineups posted on the locker room doors, and then grouse about how the other team is stacked. This is part of the ritual! And heaven help us if the Salt Spring ferry doesn't make it over as we will be playing shorthanded. We play for 90 minutes. Oddly, as the minute hand ticks past the hour mark, the play seems to slow down a tad! Even though there are still some very, very good hockey players out there, for most of us this is really not about what happens on the ice. Don't get me wrong: we take it seriously enough, and as a goalie I always keep track of the score. But the best part of being an Old Crow is not really the hockey itself. If you talk to any of the retired players, they will all tell you what they miss about the game isn't the game itself, but the camaraderie that is formed over years and years of hanging out with the same group of guys twice a week.

Whether it's Harv telling us how much he loves Trudeau, or Hogie (RIP) asking us for the thousandth time if he has told us about his hole in one, the locker room banter before, and especially after, the game is one of the best parts of playing with the Old Crows. After the game most of us head off to Mary's Bleue Moon Café where we drive our server Michelle crazy. I am sure she would tell you she has missed us this last seasonand-a-half as Covid has disrupted our hockey lives. There is not much discussion about the game, but we are all now in our senior's element, dissecting politics and fashion and … what is with the music nowadays anyways? Sadly, most of us have been with the Old Crows long enough that we have seen many of our former players pass on to the great hockey rink in the sky. They are gone but not forgotten. Old Crows forever.


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The Art of Imagination Some artists create precise pictures of the real world. But this Saanich Peninsula artist offers us pictures of new fantastical worlds. Based out of Sidney, Brenda Milne is a painter and sculptor who delves into her imagination and produces a unique line of fantasy art. "I like creating from my own imagination rather than copying what's already there," shares Brenda. "I like fantasy. I find it soothing but also an exciting subject."


In addition to producing a variety of paintings, Brenda also creates fantasy sculptures depicting gnomes, wizards and other creatures, fairy homes, sculpted fantasy boxes and night lights. Her interest in art goes back to childhood. "When I was little, I saw this 'Draw Me' advertisement in a magazine, where you're asked to draw a picture," says Brenda. "The ad was an invitation to a drawing course." In high school Brenda took any art course available and subsequently

completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a double major in painting and art history at the University of Victoria. Over the years she has enjoyed participating in local art organizations. "I have studied and joined art groups in the community, but I am largely self-taught," says Brenda. Brenda has explored working with acrylic and oil paint, pastels, and various mediums for sculptures. She uses references to settings or scenes that she may have in her mental inventory, but uses her imagination to create new interpretations. "My paintings are composites of what's in my head," shares Brenda. "I have so many ideas that I like to explore." Like anyone living during this pandemic time, daily life means dealing with stress and uncertainties. For Brenda, it meant retirement came earlier than planned, but it has brought about some positive lifestyle changes too. "I was laid off from my job with the local Community Arts Council. But it has allowed me to do art full time," notes Brenda. "I recently converted the bedroom into my studio." As well, the current conditions are ideal to pursue her love of fantasy art. "I like fantasy. Reality is so difficult right now, and fantasy art allows you to escape," shares Brenda. "It's a sanctuary and a safe place." Exploring ideas and the process of creating take energy and time. But it is a pursuit that brings satisfaction and reward. "I lose track of time, the minutes, hours, and days," shares Brenda, adding with big grin: "I just love it!" Whether it's the light streaming through the trees, the choice of colours in a pool of water or the textures of a rocky outcrop, the common denominator is always an emotional presence in each piece. She paints for feeling. "Emotions are important," she says. "Emotions pull me." A piece can echo the joy she might be feeling. It might reflect her contentment or even curiosity. In most cases, art allows her to play, to explore ideas, and to dabble with the fanciful. "It's important to have a good feeling. I want to smile when I look at the work," shares Brenda. "For example, if I'm doing a gargoyle, I want it be a nice looking gargoyle." Brenda is also motivated by a desire to convey these feelings to the observers of her art. "I hope I can convey the emotion I feel when I made the art piece," says Brenda. "I hope when others see it that they can take back the positive from it." Sometimes, her creations trigger memories and enable people to connect to the past. "I did a painting of birch trees and one customer said that it reminded them of home," comments Brenda. Sometimes, her art surprises. "I sold one piece to a customer. It was a fairy leaning on a mushroom," says Brenda. "The customer remarked: 'That creature has such an attitude. I love it!'" With no gallery showings or art events possible at this time, online sales are a vital lifeline for artists right now, and Brenda is no exception. Information and photos of her work are available through her website Indigo Moon Gallery She also does commissions on request. It might be a whimsical fairy atop a mushroom, a sun-kissed forest scene or towering castles in the clouds, but whatever the creation, the works from Brenda Milne's imagination are emotional, ethereal, and endlessly engaging.

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Focus Hair Design This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services. I started this year feeling surprisingly optimistic, despite the challenges we've faced during the pandemic – and now, here we are in June. We've hired two amazing new stylists, Brigitte Daley and Alyssa Belanger, and I'm so happy to have them as part of the team. It feels like they were meant to be with us all along! Nova Renovations did a wonderful job creating more barrier walls to accommodate our new stylists while maintaining Covid safety guidelines. We also said goodbye to our lovely receptionist Hilary, who is following a new adventure; it was such a pleasure to work with her, and we wish her all the best. We've had the great fortune to welcome Natasha to our team, who will greet you and book your appointments, and help keep our salon running smoothly. I'm also proud of what we've been able to accomplish at Focus Hair Design. I've spoken a lot in the past about our partnership with Green Circle. This is an ongoing practice that helps us make a difference for the environment – in 2017, we were awarded Green Business of the year. I think we were noticed for our efforts to educate our clients as we worked with them. People are amazed to discover that clients and salons can really make a difference. In 2020, a Covid year in which we were shut down for two-anda-half months, we still managed to divert 855 pounds of waste from the landfill and 55 pounds of liquid waste from the waterways. It is so important to pay attention to the quantity of garbage we create as a society. The amount of waste going into the Hartland Landfill alone is the equivalent of 92 Olympic-sized swimming pools every year. If we continue disposing at this rate, the site will be completely full by 2045. While at the climate summit in Sidney a few years ago, I heard an analogy that I like. It was about being pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. No matter how small we are, we each have an important role to play. The more of us that come together, the closer we can get to seeing the picture we are trying to create: a healthier environment and a brighter future. Looking ahead, Clare Wedgwood P.S. We are still collecting used PPE – thank you for choosing to deposit your masks here rather than in the garbage!

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Celeste Huysmans: Breaking Down Barriers

While this month's edition of Seaside Magazine is focused on Men to Watch, we decided to profile a female student who is making inroads in a male-dominated trade. Women currently make up just four percent of the electrical and construction trades. Celeste Huysmans is hoping to change this number and become a role model for other young women who want to become electricians. Celeste is a recent graduate from Claremont Secondary who is actively taking a position of leadership in many of her recent endeavors. In grade 11 and 12, Celeste took part in the Women In Trades Days workshop at Camosun and said that this event "definitely motivated me. It reassured me that there is a spot for hard working women in the trades." She has also enjoyed following in her dad's footsteps. Celeste's father, Rich Huysmans, is the owner and lead electrician of Rich's Electric. Celeste often helped on job sites and was able to develop her skills and understanding of the trade from him. She says: "Learning from my dad has been an amazing experience; he teaches me new strategies every day and shows me what it takes to be the best I can be." Celeste loves that each day is a new challenge. She enjoys the personal touches of working with the clients and making their wishes and ideas a reality. When Celeste mentioned that she worked for her dad to a career teacher, Garry Arsenault, he quickly signed her up as a Youth Apprentice and has supported her in her journey. The Youth Work in Trades Program is a partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Industry Training Authority. This program allows students up to the age of 19 to earn high school credit while they are learning on-thejob technical skills. The other students that we have featured this year did a pre-apprentice or foundation program first and then were indentured as a youth apprentice. Students can, however, start working as a youth apprentice and go on to college to earn their certification. Having a father with his Red Seal certification made it easy for Celeste to break down the barriers, and to transition to the world of work as an electrician. It is a comfortable, supportive, and familiar environment for her. Celeste finds that she is not only supported by the people she works with but also the customers she works for. She has found, and we have seen, a shift in the attitude in our community toward seeing a woman in trades. Celeste feels it is becoming the new norm. She hopes to complete her Red Seal, so that she can take her certification anywhere in the world to practise her trade. Always learning, Celeste knows that the job will become more technical and rewarding as time moves on. We will be presenting Celeste with her $1,000 Youth Work in Trades Award soon. For more information Women in Trades Training please visit


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Amp Up Your Ride The Current Trend in Cycling

I've experienced many modes of transportation writing my Day Out column these past few years – sports car, sailboat, kayak, horse – but none has had me smile quite as much as this month's outing! My cyclist husband has raced on road, track and trail, and has endless enthusiasm for anything with two wheels. He was the perfect partnerin-crime for my Peninsula e-bike adventure! You've probably seen news stories about the surge of interest in electric bikes, and how hard it currently is to buy one due to an

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explosion in sales this past year. I've always thought they looked pretty fun, but had made an assumption they're for people who, perhaps, find cycling on a regular bike too strenuous. I'm still happy to take my road bike out for a ride or commute to work, and I didn't see myself as a candidate for e-assist. How wrong I was. We collected our Rad Runners from Cycle Sidney, located near the airport bike path. To be honest I hadn't done a lot of research ahead of time, so I was surprised and amused to see these chunky bikes with small fat wheels and high chopper-style handlebars. We'd brought our

bike helmets with us, and after a brief run through of the bike set up and operation, owner Lucas waved us off on our way. E-bikes will differ from make to make, but the style we borrowed are known as utility bikes. They are designed to be comfortable to cruise on, handle any terrain, carry heavy loads on the rack, or even a small passenger. Being vertically challenged, I found the handlebars felt a bit awkward but it was certainly a very upright ride, making it perfect for sightseeing. The battery was fully charged and with an expected range of at least 40 kilometres John and I determined a route that would put the bike through its paces, and take me on some roads that I would NEVER attempt to ride without battery backup. First up were the rural roads to the north of the airport. We got the hang of the throttle assist, a flick of the wrist adding a little kick of power as you start off, and we gradually worked our way through the four power levels, testing which worked best at what speed. North Saanich (the whole Peninsula in fact) has many multi-use trails and it was immensely fun to pick our way around the Peninsula connecting these little trails and quiet roads. It was a circuitous route that you would never take if you had to use all your own energy. After a coffee break at Fickle Fig we took advantage of the airport path to get a bit of distance and speed before cutting up – what felt almost vertically up – to the top of Dean Park. One note about e-bikes: you still have to pedal! On the steepest of roads we kept a reasonable pace thanks to the battery assistance, but on steep gravel trails we ground to a halt a few times, and boy, those were heavy bikes to push. But oh what fun! Seriously, I had a grin on my face from start to finish. There's always something exhilarating about riding a bike, but the speed and the novelty, and yes, even the funky looking setup of the e-bike which drew looks from the other road users, all made me feel like a kid. Cutting across from Mt Newton Cross to Stelly's Cross on the trail behind Centennial Park then up to Tanner Ridge I had one of those "we're so lucky to live in this beautiful world" moments. Hedgerows were full of buds and fragrant blooms, there were birds and insects, horses in the fields, and me and my love just whizzing along quietly, grinning away to ourselves. You can rent e-bikes, and other bikes, from Cycle Sidney: What do you want to see Deb do next? Email news@ with your ideas or an invitation! Photo at top right by John Rogers.

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Making Our Roads Safe for All Livable Roads for Rural Saanich is glad to have this opportunity to introduce ourselves in a magazine that promotes the very special qualities of the Saanich Peninsula. Since 2017, LRRS has advocated for rural roads to be safe and pleasant for all. We focus on Prospect Lake, Goward, Old West Saanich, Oldfield and Sparton roads. Other rural roads also need help and we are always glad to support other residents. We have a List Serve of 153, have strong relationships with Better Mobility Saanich and Capital Bike Society, and liaise with Prospect Lake District Community Association. We count as a success the Rural Saanich Neighbourhood Gateway signs, and more recently were a part of the successful advocacy for the 30kph pilot on Saanich's unlined roads. (So far North and Central Saanich are not participating; Sidney is.) But there is much more to do. Over the years, a number of these roads have become cut-through routes, carrying heavy commuter, commercial and truck traffic, often at speed. Another layer of recreational speeding by motorcycles and sports cars adds to the burden. We thank and welcome all those who do pass through our neighbourhoods respectfully. These roads were never designed to handle the current volumes and speeds. Although the planned 30kph Speed Reduction Pilot will apply to Saanich's unlined roads, it will do nothing for a category of lined Non-Conforming Collector Roads: narrow, winding and well below the pavement and shoulder specifications for Collectors. It is neither cost effective nor in tune with rural values to upgrade these roads, nor can we realistically expect separated bike lanes or pedestrian paths. Although Active Transportation is promoted on these rural roads, it is not actually supported; the 50kph default speed limit, combined with no reliable pedestrian shoulders and often no room to even provide a white line for cyclists, means that priority is given to

vehicle passage only. Rural road use etiquette should mean that drivers and vulnerable users respectfully share the pavement. Too often this does not happen. Rather, lined roads such as these also need an efficient method for Saanich to reduce their speed. Possibly a new class of road is warranted. Non-Conforming Collector Roads should be subject to design criteria to determine a safe speed for all users. Drivers should be following vulnerable users until safe to pass, and doing so with ample clearance. Driving at 40kph would allow the necessary time to prepare for the many other users who should enjoy these roads: walkers, cyclists, equestrians and wildlife. Traffic calming infrastructure will also be essential. A pilot project involving the roads that LRRS represents would be very welcome. Travelling more slowly along our beautiful roads is an essential part of promoting Rural Saanich. For more information, visit or email


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Nance Equestrian For Meagan and Zach Nance, horses are their passion, their business and the reason this couple found each other. In 2013 Meagan, a Victoria-based English riding coach and trainer, attended a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) clinic in Oregon where she met Zach, a cowboy from Detroit, Texas. The two connected over their shared love of horses and began a long-distance relationship. Two years later they married and continued their cross-border partnership until Zach was able to move to Victoria a year later. He joined Meagan at Brookside Stables and they combined forces to create Nance Equestrian. Their son, Bryce, was born in 2019 and the Nance's lives are about to get even busier with the addition of their second baby later this year. Zach grew up on a large family ranch with more than 40 horses on 70 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2021

it and he can't remember a time when he wasn't working with horses. "Growing up I would always ride the difficult horses because no one else wanted to," he says with a laugh. However, his first "real formal riding lesson," he says, was when he attended college in Oregon to complete a two-year Equestrian program. Zach is now a CHA Level 3 Western coach and Level 3 English coach. He has also attended farrier school (trimming and shoeing horses' hooves), but "my passion is working with un-started horses," he says and the primary focus of his work these days is on riding, training, and "starting" horses. This process involves all the basic training and riding on a young horse or one who has never been "backed," or ridden, before. This means Zach is often the first person to sit on the horse, which can be quite a

dangerous and physically demanding job, but his laid-back demeanor when working with young or unstarted horses has led him to be a highly sought after and successful trainer on the Island. Meagan began riding at the age of four and was instantly hooked. She started to help with training horses at 14 and by 16 she says she took on "coaching as a side job." While she attended university for pre-law, her coaching career continued to take off and she decided to pursue it full time. She worked her way through the CHA certification process to become a CHA Level 4 English coach (the highest you can be within the association) and a CHA Level 1 Western coach. Zach and Meagan, who both still compete, are sponsored by CWD (an English saddle and tack company) and Sidney's very own Cottons and Blues. Juggling a more-than-full-time business, time to ride and compete themselves, and family life can be hard at times, but the couple makes it work. "It's busy," says Meagan when asked how they manage it all. "We have less time to do things together." Meagan usually spends her two days off riding alongside Zach, helping with training the horses and schooling the horses they own. Meagan's parents help with childcare and Bryce enjoys spending time with his parents around the farm, learning the ropes (as much as a two-and-a-half year-old can!) of running a busy stable. Though the couple worried at first when the pandemic hit, as most small business owners did, Brookside Stables has become even busier as more people have been interested in taking up outdoor sports. The Brookside team has students ranging from ages five to 79 and includes another riding coach who mainly teaches beginner riders while Meagan

keeps busy with her group of students, half of which compete in the disciplines of show jumping and eventing. With 32 horses under their care, including boarding, training and school horses, they have some staff to help with cleaning paddocks and feeding. Meagan plans to continue coaching her students and dreams of one day hosting CHA clinics while Zach has a goal to continue training up the levels in showjumping. Together they hope to continue to include and pass on to their children the way of life that the two enjoy so much.

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SPAC 2021 Virtual Show Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts (SPAC) has been in existence since 1953. There are currently members who are children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the founders. The club's first exhibition was a display of work arranged in shop windows along Beacon Avenue followed by the first annual show in the Knights of Pythias Hall. From that small beginning, SPAC grew into the thriving club it is today. By 1957 the group had grown to 50 members and by 1978 the group was 400 members strong and remains so today. Meetings are held every month and feature guest speakers. The website is full of information for art lovers. ArtChat is our monthly journal about all things art which is distributed to members monthly. SPAC sponsors workshops for members with outstanding guest artists as well as a whole month of mini workshops during February each year. Student scholarships have been awarded over the years to many young artists who continue the fine history of art in the area. In cooperation with the local photographers at Shutterbugs, a creative event called Point of View is presented yearly. Art from the group is hung throughout Saanich Peninsula Hospital and is enjoyed by the patients, staff and the public alike. The Central Saanich branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library (in Brentwood Bay) displays members' art as well. All the presentations and displays are completely run by volunteer members. Perhaps the best part of SPAC is the camaraderie and support that exists within the group. This year would have been SPAC's 68th Annual Show. The arts and crafts produced meet very high standards which have been developed over the years and the annual show is always eagerly anticipated by artists and collectors alike. Due to the health restrictions we find ourselves dealing with at this time, the group has created a Virtual Show which meets the same high standards and includes many types of paintings, pottery, jewelry, fine fibre and more. We look forward to hosting your browsing and purchasing at our website – – throughout June. Come and help support your local artists and treat yourself to something beautiful for spring! Photo by Heather Maciak.

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Ten Habitat Homes Built at Bakerview Place: - "It’s Life-Changing!" "A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live." This is the Vision of Habitat for Humanity, and their Mission is to "bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership." In North Saanich, they have succeeded in building 10 homes at Bakerview Place.

"This has been by far the most impactful project I and my team have had the privilege to be involved with, said Yolanda Meijer, CEO Habitat Victoria. "To work with these families as they created their own community filled with possibilities for the future has been truly inspiring." They are more than just 10 houses: "Every Habitat home changes the lives of our donors, our volunteers and our future homeowners," says Habitat for Humanity. Six delighted families moved into their new homes after a ribboncutting and key-giving ceremony on April 21. Young children danced with excitement as they checked out their new bedrooms and explored the shared outdoor play area that will soon include a basketball court and gazebo. They used coloured chalk to draw pictures on the flagstones and blew soap bubbles that floated in the sunshine. Their parents looked on with pride and perhaps a touch of disbelief that their much-anticipated move-in date was no longer a dream. I had tears in my eyes at seeing such joy. Christina, John and their two children (at right) have moved into a three-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot home in the Bakerview development. Before that they lived in a rented 650-square-foot basement suite. Christina said that they had looked for a larger space with more bedrooms but found "the rent was outrageous, between $2,000 to $2,500 a month." About a year ago, they attended an information session in Sidney about the Habitat Home Program and learned that the charity was searching for local families in need of decent housing. Christina said: "Until that meeting, we had never considered that homeownership could be an option for us." As all renters do, Christina and John had faced the fear of being evicted if their rental accommodation was sold. If they couldn't find another place, they would be forced to leave the community in which they had spent the last 18 years. "We have so many good friends here that the thought of leaving was just devastating," said Christina. "We were lucky enough to have had a landlord that cared about us. He didn't sell the house until after we had given notice – out of the kindness of his heart, he was keeping us housed." John, who has worked in construction for 24 years, added: "I can't imagine wanting to live anywhere else but here." JUNE 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 75

The family was delighted and truly humbled to be accepted into the Habitat program. "We were so grateful, and shocked; it was like winning the lottery, "said Christine. "Everyone has been so kind; it's been wonderful. You can tell that the people who work for Habitat are really invested in what they do, and it shows; it's not just a job for them. They want everyone to be successful. It's too bad that there are not more organizations like this because, for us, it's been life-changing." John and Christina feel settled now and in a better position to save for the future. "It's so good to be paying into something that is ours; it gives us hope," says John. The whole family is excited about the community that is being created. They had met many of their future neighbours while volunteering at the job site and at Habitat ReStore. Their son is delighted to have his own bedroom but says the best part of the move is playing with his new friends. He has been homeschooled since spring break due to family concern about Covid and said: "I am starving for social activities!" He has already applied to become the paperboy. Built on land donated by the Berglund family, the Habitat homes also received support from CMHC, BC Housing, the District of North Saanich, generous donors and the local community. All the houses are certified to "Built Green" standards. They are attractively painted and finished on the outside with low maintenance HardiePlank siding. Each home has new Whirlpool appliances, vinyl plank flooring, electric baseboard heating, and generous 76 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2021

storage inside and outside. Two of the 10 units are barrier-free; they have elevators, wider doorways; and more accessible fixtures, kitchen appliances, cabinets, and light switches. One of the best features of this remarkable development is its proximity to the ocean and Sidney's waterfront walkway. Beach playtime, picnics by the sea, walks – it's all there right across Lochside Road. The beautiful Tulista and Iroquois parks are a short scooter or bike ride away. The Habitat homes are sold at fair market value to qualified families. They must have an annual gross income that matches the size of their purchased home: $40,000 to $59,500 for twobedrooms; $45,000 to $78,500 for three-bedrooms, and $50,000 to $84,500 for four bedrooms. Monthly mortgage payments are set at 25% to 30% of the family's gross income. If a family does not have sufficient resources, a down payment can be waived. The family must be approved by a conventional lender for an interest-bearing first mortgage for some of the home's value. To ensure affordability, Habitat offers the remainder of the mortgage at 0% interest. They will also purchase


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the home if the family decides to move. Each homeowner family must contribute 500 volunteer hours to the charity. How did all this happen? It came about because of a shared vision, corporate generosity, years of planning by Habitat for Humanity Victoria, kind donors, and immeasurable hours of volunteer dedication. Incredible things happen when people come together to work on a shared goal, and it brings out the best in everyone. Kelly King, Director, Communications and Giving, adds with feeling: "We really, really hope it's going to work out well for everyone living here." If you too care about healthy families, how about donating to the next building project of Habitat for Humanity or go shopping at their "ReStore" which sells new or gently used home improvement items. Or if your imagination creates another idea (big or small) on how you can contribute to a stronger and healthier community, why not begin it now? "Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it" (Goethe). It just might be one of the best experiences of your whole life.

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Conquering Covid Through Design Whether you have traded your morning commutes to the office for steps down the hallway to Zoom, or exchanged your weekend cocktails out with friends for libations on your balcony, the pandemic has transfigured our relationship to the home. The increased utility of our homes – closets becoming offices and kitchen tables turning into classrooms – has complicated the functioning of, and our relationship to, the home. In the face of this new work-play dynamic, it is important to carve out distinct spaces that encourage both a high-functioning work environment, alongside unmistakeable areas of sanctuary and composure. Whether you have shifted to working from home or are simply looking to transform your outdoor space to one that inspires tranquility, it is essential we all find a balance – and that starts at home. If you live in a smaller abode, finding that area to chisel out for a designated workspace may pose more of a challenge. However, transforming any space into one that will inspire productivity to meet those deadlines is possible! Consider nooks and corners of rooms that could be adapted: adding a decorative partition screen to divide the space, or by removing double-closet doors to make way for desks to create that work area. Alternatively, the stairway landing can be adapted into a mini-office; complete with a desk, printer and file cabinet. An organized desk is an organized mind: introduce ample storage and organizational units to store and declutter – nothing beats clearing your desk after a long day. Complete with a personal touch by dotting your desk with scented candles, fresh flowers, or your favourite houseplant. As more companies shift away from rented office space and toward an 80 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2021

online-work culture, now is the time to cultivate a dynamic and inviting home office. The best design heeds the form and function of your space. With warmer weather approaching, we look forward to the reinvigoration of our physical and mental health, as the outdoors launches us into longer, brighter days. With continued indoor-dining restrictions (at time of writing), decompressing after work may now mean turning to our own personal sanctuaries for appies and refreshments. Anywhere from small balconies to sprawling patios, it is essential to create spaces for ourselves to unwind and rejuvenate in the open air. Creating a functional and beautiful refuge can easily be done on a lavish budget. As a designer, of course, I love working with the newest trends and high-end pieces. However, I find that creating captivating and functional spaces on lighter budgets is more enticing and rewarding. This doesn't have to mean purchasing a full patio set; instead, shopping local, upcycling, and repurposing used pieces is not only more affordable and sustainable, but adds a unique flair to your outdoor oasis. On this patio, I paired a vintage white-wicker settee with two modern, wire chairs – all emblazoned with bold patterns. David Hicks, notorious for fusing antique and contemporary pieces, said: "The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them." Despite the collective uprooting of routine we all experienced, the home should remain a grounding force which presents stability and comfort. By carving out these spaces, we can enhance our mental health and support local. If you don't have any outdoor space, get out, walk, breathe, and support our community by taking in our great local patios. Stay positive. Be kind. Live beautiful.


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Art on the Deck


ArtSea Gallery Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney ArtSea Gallery is temporarily closed, due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean there are no works of art to appreciate! Come take a peek at the stunning treasures through the window at the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park. The creative collection uses a variety of artistic mediums such as acrylic and oil painting, pottery, weaving, glassblowing, soapmaking, and many more! Free.

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Greenglade Community Centre, Room 6 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney This valuable class prepares kids who might be on their own during after-school time or those occasional times when parents might be on a short outing. Topics covered include home and personal safety, emergency situations and dealing with strangers. Programs follow COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines.

A Primer on Roses! via Zoom

JUNE 5 1-2:30PM

Vancouver Island Regional Library This free virtual course is presented by the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association (VIMGA). Wendy Strachan will review different types of roses, offer tips on growing them, share ideas on how roses can be used to enhance your garden, and how to troubleshoot rose problems. Please register in advance by clicking on the REGISTER button or emailing

Sidney Street Market


Mary Winspear Centre Parking Area 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney The popular event, which kicked off in May and runs until October, features 50 vendors including local farmers and growers, creative food vendors, local artisans and so much more! Separate entrance and exit so that traffic flow is one-way. Safety protocols in place following B.C. health guidelines. Facial masks required. Event is pet-free. Contact: 250-507-0108

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Peninsula Newcomers Club AGM (Virtual)

JUNE 10 12–1:30PM

Pre-registration is required. Please contact the 1st Vice President at

Food Donation Drive-By

JUNE 15 10AM-2PM

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney Drive to the designated area of the Mary Winspear Centre parking lot and donate your items to the volunteers. Please wear a facial mask. Cash and non-perishable food items such as canned food, pasta, sauces, cereals and other dried goods. All food and cash donations go to the Saanich Peninsula Food Bank. For more info: | 778-677-4880 Bev Elder: | 250.655.0679

Blood Donor Clinic

JUNE 21 1-6PM

SHOAL Centre for Independent Living 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney Book your appointment to save a life! Appointments are available only at this time to enable the team to adhere to public health guidelines for safe physical distancing. Book through: or GiveBlood app or by calling 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

Intermediate / Advanced Oil Painting (Age 16+)

JUNE 22 - JULY 27


McTavish Academy of Art 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Led by award-winning New Contemporary painter Steve Chmilar. Participants will copy an old master portrait using similar methods that the world’s greatest painters have perfected over centuries. It will be helpful for those enrolling in the course to have the fundamentals of traditional oil painting and the basic principles of drawing proportion and measurement. All guidelines from public health officials are followed.

Canada Day Celebration


Virtual Concert by Sidney Concert Band Celebrate Canada, its history, its cultures, and its communities through music! Under the talented leadership of Director Bruce Ham, the popular local community band will be performing well-known Canadian musical selections like The Centennial Song, Canadian Sunset, the National Anthem, and "Canada on the March," a medley of Alouette, O Canada, and The Maple Leaf. For viewing through the website and YouTube channel, go to the band website for details.

Freedom 55+ Bike Skills Course (Age 55+)

JUNE 25 5-6:30PM



Panorama Recreation 1885 Forest Park Dr, North Saanich This great course for beginners and returning cyclists offers opportunities to build skills and confidence. Friday session is online and the Saturday session is outdoors. Topics include: bike handling, road rules and cyclist’s rights. The course will end with a 7km group road ride.

Song Circle: A SingAlong Session (age 3+)

JUNE 29 1:15-2PM

Greenglade Community Centre Sports Field 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney This free event builds community through the shared love of music! There will be opportunities to do rounds, call and response, simple songs that include basic harmonies, and repetition songs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Monthly Giveaway! #loveyourlocal with the monthly Seaside Magazine giveaway box, filled with amazing gifts from our local businesses.

How to Play? Find the image of the box hidden somewhere in this issue. Visit by June 30th to let us know where you found it.


Caregivers Connect: BC's Virtual Support Group 2nd & 4th Thursdays | 2-3:30pm

This virtual support group brings people from across the province together twice a month around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance, where caregivers can realize they are not alone. Pre-register each week to attend. Visit or Call toll free 1-877-520-3267 extension 1.

Sidney Sister Cities Association Virtual Meeting 3rd Thursday

The group remains active during the pandemic! They are also being joined by members from Anacortes Sister Cities Association and hope to be attending their meetings over the coming months. For information on how to join our virtual meetings, please contact the Secretary at

Saanich Peninsula Business for Business Network Virtual Meeting Thursdays | 8-9:30am

Thanks to April’s Community Partners: Stonehouse Pub • Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts RockCoast Confections • author Valerie Green Queen City Cakes • Lifestyle Markets *one entry per person, per issue. Each entrant is eligible to win the Seaside box giveaway no more than once per calendar year.

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Last Word

from the

Editorial Director

Deborah Rogers "Would you wear a hat?" Kim asked when I was being styled for our new pictures. I hesitated for a moment; "yes, yes, I am the sort of person who would wear a hat!" I replied, and inside I thought: "I used to wear hats; what happened to me?". I loved to visit vintage stores and markets when I was a teenager, seeking out unusual, inexpensive clothes that tapped into my eclectic tastes. I would make my own embellishments too, with rudimentary sewing skills and lots of imagination. I probably looked quite wacky at times, but I was always more comfortable in my own threads than in my stuffy school uniform, or the awful bri-nylon of my first few retail jobs. Then I started working in an office and needed to look a bit smarter, plus I had the money to buy new fashions. It was a first step towards a more conservative look, which only solidified when I had kids and spent several years at home, with no reason or energy to look anything but functional. As I've got older I've found I avoid clothes that make me stand out from the crowd. I'm drawn to colours and patterns, yet when I try things on I get hung up with insecurities about my middle-aged shape, and the eternal question: "will people think I'm trying too hard?" I didn't become a writer to have my picture all over the place, yet here I am again! I'm wearing a bold pattern, white shoes and a wide-brimmed hat: items that my younger self would have delighted in! Summer's coming, and it's going to be a good one. Time to relax a little, let go of your hangups, let loose and enjoy everything that life has to offer. Note: our apologies, the photo with our May issue Arts Scene column was wrongly credited. The photo was provided by the Peninsula Players.

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SIDNEY All Care Residence

When we say we focus on complex care, what does that mean? At Sidney All Care Residence, we take a person-directed approach to care. We collaborate with families and residents to develop a care plan that respects and incorporates individual interests and choices. Our care may be complex but supporting residents’ best quality of life is not. We enable residents each day to have the best day possible, given their individual circumstances. Contact Community Relations Manager, Denny Warner, to learn more about the care we deliver at Sidney All Care Residence.

Proudly Offering Long Term, Respite and Palliative Care 778.351.2505 • • 2269 Mills Rd, Sidney