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July 2014

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Taking It To The Street: Seaside's First Annual Help Fill a Dream Charity Event

Marigold Nurseries: Making People Happy for 70 Years! Peninsula Restaurant Profile: Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub


Grassroots to the Nationals: Volunteering in the Equine Community

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Letters Peninsula Restaurant Profile Friends & Neighbours New & Noteworthy Grey Matters Conversations from the Past

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Taking It To The Street A Road Hockey Charity Event Visit for upcoming community events

CON GRA TUL ATI ONS TO Win nin g Te ams Priz eW & inn ers!

On June 14th, hockey teams from the Saanich Peninsula and surrounding communities competed at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney to fundraise for Help Fill A Dream Foundation

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Feeling blessed to have spent almost 19 years in this wonderful Peninsula community, I welcome the opportunity each month to share what's New & Noteworthy with Seaside Magazine readers. As an independent event planner and writer who works from home, I spend my days connecting with others, convinced that both life and business are about building authentic relationships, supporting passion and each other, and celebrating change and growth, however that shows up. I am grateful to share a multi-generational home and remain dedicated to service and open to possibility, living by the words of Winston Churchill: "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." Find me on the after-grad website:; blog:; and Twitter: @lindakhunter. steve sheppard

It may sound like a cliché, but my day really does start with a cup of freshly roasted, ground and brewed coffee enjoyed topside in the sun (whenever it's not raining). The ceremony of preparing coffee is the same approach I try and live my life by: I don't believe in shortcuts. Very few things in life rewarding enough come by way of taking a shortcut. I love writing about coffee because of the good conversations I have every time I'm making or having coffee with a friend. I seek out specific places to have coffee because it's VERY obvious who cares about serving up a truly fresh cup of coffee on the Saanich Peninsula. Life's too short to drink stale coffee … Steve out. tracey jones & stacey kaminski

Tracey Jones (ReMarkable ReDesign & Home Staging) and Stacey Kaminski (Styles by Stacey) joined together in 2008 to take on the Peninsula – styling homes and staging properties for sale. This month they are talking old style + new style = great style! Adding in some vintage pieces to your décor will give you a one-of-a-kind look. Knowing how to incorporate them is key! Celebrating what the homeowner already has and inserting the unexpected, these certified stylists will up-cycle, reinvent and repurpose, turning shabby into something fresh, fabulous and new! This pair can help you source the right pieces to fit YOUR style. Whether its preparing your house for sale, looking for some direction with paint colours or searching for a whole new look, this local team can realize your decorating dreams and resolve design dilemmas. Create. Inspire. LIVE BEAUTIFUL.

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To me, researching history is like taking a trip in a time machine, travelling back and taking an active part in the days gone by as a ghost, then returning and expressing to others how life was back then, comparing it to current events. How my interest in history came about is not clear, but it has developed into a fascination of how we changed as we evolved. I enjoy seeing how the methods and development of transportation has changed a lot too: beginning with walking, then horseback, to land vehicles and oceangoing ships, then rail (see pg. 59) to aircraft and finally rockets and spacecraft. I also like traveling in the present to different communities to search history. Who knows what is next in line, but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for whatever form it will appear in.

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first word Me? Grateful? Absolutely! On June 14th, Seaside Magazine hosted its first-ever charity event, Taking It To The Street, in support of Help Fill A Dream Foundation (see photos on pg. 10). We raised just over $12,000! I want to take this opportunity to personally thank all the sponsors (see pg. 6), my staff, the volunteers and all of our special celebrities that came out. You all made it a truly special event! Over the past few months, while organizing our event, I had a number of people come up to me and ask: "Why now? Why host a charity event when you have a

bustling business to run?" Good questions, but really easy ones to answer: I was ready! Help Fill A Dream simply fell into my lap last year, and I paid attention. When the idea started to percolate, nothing could stop me, and thankfully, I'm at a point in my career that allowed me to do this. I read once that success isn't just a reward; it's a responsibility. Think about it for a minute. Success is not only a way to improve our own lives, and the lives of our employees, but it's a means of improving the lives of other people by giving back. That's exactly why I felt so passionate about this event: it was my time to give back. Not only did we raise significant funds to go towards families for children with lifethreatening conditions: our event brought an entire community together. I think any small business, no matter how successful, can give back. All it takes is a dash of effort and a dollop of creativity. I think every great

entrepreneur should answer the question: "Can you make the choice that your happiness will come from the success of others?" with a resounding "Yes!" As an entrepreneur, I feel very fortunate to work alongside so many remarkable local business owners, and have a job I love. If you plan on working 40-hour weeks from age 20-65, that's 90,000 hours of your life at your job. For that reason alone, you owe it to yourself to figure out something you really enjoy doing. This summer, I look forward to publishing more exciting stories for you in Seaside; I look forward to spending more time in the community; I look forward to spending more time with my kids. And ‌ oh yes: start planning for our Second Annual "Taking It To The Street" charity event for 2015!

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Taking It To The Street Saturday, June 14th saw the inaugural "Taking It To The Street" charity event, bringing together a community of volunteers, passionate hockey players and dedicated sponsors ‌ all for a common cause. The focus of the day's events was "Help Fill A Dream Foundation," a charity that ignites hope in the lives of children with life-threatening conditions, helping over 60 families a year on Vancouver Island. Twelve teams battled it out, old school street hockey style, to raise money for this amazing cause. Volunteers were hardworking and dedicated to make everyone's experience memorable. Sponsors also donated generously to make the event possible. Packed with action, popcorn and sugar, the crowd witnessed Michael Forbes (Ocean 98.5), Sue Hodgson (Owner of Seaside Magazine), Craig Smith (Executive Director, Help Fill A Dream), and Matt Pettinger (professional hockey player) present Kelley Slater, a young boy with cystic fibrosis, with his dream to play in Sweden with his hockey team. Kelley's family and friends surrounded him as he also received a signed hockey stick from San Jose Sharks player Matt Irwin. The excitement on Kelley's face brought a wave of celebration among the crowd. The inspiring day ended with a raffle, championship game and celebrity game featuring Kelley and Matt Pettinger playing side by side. Kelley's story, and Help Fill A Dream's mission, left all who participated with warmth in their hearts and an indescribable sense of hope. The day saw many generous donations and huge support for Help Fill A Dream Foundation. A grand total of $12,081 was raised to help support families and children like Kelley who benefit so much from the hope Help Fill A Dream Foundation gives them. All event photography is courtesy of Jo-Ann Way. For a full album of event photos visit For a gallery of the Four Frames photo booth shots from the day, visit; password is "streethockey."







[1] Practicing for the big game. [2] Sue Hodgson, Owner, Seaside Magazine presents the fundraising cheque to Kelley Slater; Craig Smith, Executive Director, Help Fill A Dream; and Denyse Koo, President, Help Fill A Dream. [3] The road hockey tournament begins. [4] Game faces on. [5] Craig Smith, Executive Director, Help Fill A Dream; and Sue Hodgson, Owner, Seaside Magazine, still smiling after a very early morning of prep. [6] Town crier Kenny Podmore reads the proclamation to officially begin Taking It To The Street. [7] First place: Peninsula Co-op. [8] Four Frames Photo Booth team and Seaside's Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Moss smile for the camera. [9] Seaside Publisher Sue Hodgson 10 SEASIDE | july 2014

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tells the story of how it all began: a chance encounter with Help Fill A Dream father Brian Losie. [10] Allison Smith, Editor, Seaside Magazine; Jill Howard, Head of Telus Source Solutions volunteers; and Denyse Koo, President, Help Fill A Dream, are ready to register the players! [11] Central Saanich Firefighter Rob Syverson gets an encouraging hug before the big game. [12] Victoria Royals' mascot Marty the Marmot drops the puck in the celebrity game. [13] TD Volunteers (with Sue Hodgson) staff the BBQ! [14] The Jupamda team, along with volunteers, gets the crowd revved up. [15] The celebrity team after a great game [16] Panorama Recreation's always-popular bouncy castle! SEASIDE | july 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11

smell the coffee Potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties: just another reason to enjoy a freshly roasted, ground and brewed cup of coffee at your favourite café

Things You Didn't Think Were in Coffee: Pt. II by Steve Sheppard

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attention talking about caffeine, trigonelline, and B3 in coffee. This month we talk about the carbs and protein in coffee … yes, I said protein. These two compounds contribute to coffee's smell and taste.

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Carbs in Coffee – I'll bet you didn't know that carbs make up 50% of coffee's dry weight! While there are some carbs left over after the roasting process is complete, the few that remain are removed during the brewing process. The remnants of these carbs contribute to the body or the "mouth-feel" of coffee as it's referred to in the tasting world of coffee. Why Coffee is Brown in Colour – there are numerous types of carbs in coffee, but none more important than sucrose, more commonly known as table sugar. Up to 9% of Arabica's composition is sucrose, which, as the temperature reaches 150° C during roasting, causes the beans to start caramelizing. This is known as the Maillard process. The conversion of sugar is what gives coffee its brown colour and sweet, caramel-like aromas. The ketones that are converted during roasting also create the butterscotch-like notes reminiscent of popcorn. During the roasting process organic acids are produced, which is another of the elements that contribute to the quality coffee is rated for. The acidity, or "brightness," in coffee is a good thing. Protein in Coffee – protein comprises up to 13% of Arabica coffee in free or bound forms (less in the Robusta beans you would get from Tim Horton's). Factors such as level of green maturation, origin and storage conditions all have an effect on protein byproducts created during and after roasting. It's the roasting of our beloved green bean that transforms the proteins and carbohydrates to form the aromatic beverage we enjoy today. As the Maillard process occurs, the proteins combine with the sugars to form aromatic compounds known as "furans," which impart sweet caramel-like notes. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of aromatic compounds created during the roasting process – each contributing to create coffee's complex aromatic structure. Another promising thing about coffee from a chemistry and taste perspective is: it has potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This is certainly great news, considering that coffee is the second-most-popular beverage in the world after water. It's just another reason to enjoy a freshly roasted, ground and brewed cup of coffee at your favourite café … Steve out.

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Carmina Burana Ballet Victoria will present Carmina Burana as the final performance of its 2013/2014 season at the Charlie White Theatre on Thursday, July 10th at 8 p.m. Set to the powerful music of German composer Carl Orff, Carmina Burana tells the story of the cycle of life and love. The ballet is divided into three sections: The Wheel of Fortune, The Taberna, and The Court of Love, which follow a couple as their relationship evolves. Based on original poems written by Bavarian monks in the 11th to 13th centuries, Carmina Burana is a reflection of the highs and lows of life and the changes in the seasons bringing rebirth. Choreography by Victoria Ballet’s Artistic Director Paul Destrooper complements the passion of the story, highlighting both the strength and technique of the dancers. This performance provides the audience with a chance to see a favourite classic rarely produced in ballet form. Said Destrooper: “The dancers are so strong … it becomes a beautiful, magical moment.” To enjoy Ballet Victoria’s season-ending performance purchase tickets at the Mary Winspear box office, by phone at 250-656-0275 or online at

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Musical Extravaganza is a two-week camp for ages 9 to 18 presented by the Mary Winspear Centre and Mountain Dream Productions. It offers fun-filled and action-packed full-day training in acting, singing and

dancing! At the end of their sessions watch your future stars as they present a full musical theatre performance in the Charlie White Theatre. Peninsula kids will be making some noise as the Mary Winspear and Peninsula Academy of Music Arts host two week-long Summer Rocks camps. Join Directors Lloyd English and Anna Shill, along with the Summer Rocks live band and production team, for a week of performance and creative arts discovery while producing an original live show. Week one Summer Rocks for Creative Kids (ages 7 to 11) will provide a number of arts-related activities that include singing and performing as well as handson arts and crafts, designed to stimulate minds and teach the value of the creative process. All this is accomplished in a fun and supportive atmosphere with the camp directors joined daily by a mentoring team of senior high students as well as the camp’s live band on stage. Week two Summer Rocks Open Stage (ages 12 to 17) will guide the participants into producing a complete show on the Winspear Stage – yes, the stage is yours for one intensive week. Bring your voice; bring an instrument; bring your ideas. This will be an opportunity to learn everything from stage and performance techniques to the fundamentals of singing and songwriting and performing while being coached by career professionals, backed by a live band. For more information and registration please visit or call 250-656-0275. Written by Carey Salvador.

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Making People Happy for 70 Years!

four generations of celebration: 70 years in the community for Marigold Nurseries

How do most people celebrate a new milestone, a dream job, getting married, having a baby or just feeling happy about life in general? They buy flowers! Those pretty and fragrant treats brighten our homes and our lives. Plants and bushes decorate our houses and living rooms, giving us oxygen and feeding our senses. Marigold Nurseries has brought joy, pleasure, solace and comfort to people on the Saanich Peninsula for 70 years. They are a very valuable and important part of this community. The largest garden centre on Vancouver Island with 18 greenhouses, Saanichton's Marigold Nurseries has good reason to celebrate 70 years of successful business next month. They have been infusing happiness into people's lives since 1944, when Les Smith founded his nursery empire on the corner of Snowdrop Avenue and Marigold Road in the Glanford area of Victoria. Les started by growing bedding plants, still the nursery's main focus, and the successful nursery moved to its Lochside location in Saanichton in 1963. Eventually adding retail sales to the originally wholesale enterprise, Marigold is a virtual cornucopia of everything that a gardener needs: shrubs, fruit trees, fertilizers, seeds, bulbs, tools, bedding plants, veggies and sparkling garden ornaments. Flower and plant lovers step into heaven at Marigold Nurseries, a colourful paradise of mixed containers, hanging baskets, garden mums, pansies and violas, herbs and primulas – plus exquisite orchids and roses to tease your partner's romantic desires. Brooke Smith is as cheery and pleasant as the rainbow of plants around her. Les Smith's granddaughter, she is one of five owners of the long-standing nursery, along with her parents and siblings. As well by Doreen Marion Gee

as the rapture of gorgeous flowers, Marigold Nurseries is very serious about making people happy: "Our goal is to dish out the best service we can to everybody. We have an amazing crew. Great service is how we stay in business." They meet and greet customers, make them feel important with a "how are ya," answer their questions honestly and give them expert advice. My sunny host is passionate about the calibre of their products: "We have good quality plants, great growing techniques and we stand behind it all." An atmopshere of fun and play complements the eye-candy: "We welcome people with a smile and a joke and keep the energy high." Brooke is a natural comedian: "Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes!" Marigold's kind humanitarian work in the community is an itegral part of their legacy: "We are huge contributors to many foundations and organizations." The business is a strong loyal supporter and sponsor of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation – donating to them for decades, financially and with their products. Each Christmas, they donate a poinsettia to every Extended Care patient in Saanich Peninsula Hospital. "It warms their hearts and ours." They support local sports teams like the Marigold Nursery Rebels, donate bedding plants and hanging baskets to school and team fundraisers and offer free tours to schools and daycare centres. In 2009, Marigold's new Duncan location "opened with rave reviews" – four generations of the Smith family are also celebrating five years of thriving business at their newest location. The staff at Marigold Nurseries simply like to make people feel happy and good – thereby assuring them that they are special and that somebody cares. That is probably why they have been around for 70 years. For more information, visit SEASIDE | july 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 17

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Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub: Great Vibes, Fabulous Food by Doreen Marion Gee This is the third in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. A friend with a successful catering business confides that she never cooks when she is unhappy. She believes that if negative energy goes into food, it comes out in the taste. My smart pal is onto something: the best dining experiences in my life have been in restaurants where there is a positive atmosphere. The Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub is a refreshing example: it has a mood of good fellowship and a warm happy ambiance

overall. After tasting their food, it's obvious that all those good vibes permeate their incredible cuisine. When I ordered Jamie's Pasta at the Prairie Inn on a sunny mellow June afternoon, I was in for a taste bud joyride. A pasta lover, I've eaten in some of the best local hangouts that specialize in blissful sauces and noodles, but the pasta dinner at the Prairie Inn wins first prize on the dreamydelicious scale. The sweet savoury Alfredo sauce will haunt me until I give in to another fix. Plump juicy fresh prawns, dill, herbs

and red peppers caressed my palate. In my opinion, Caesar salad is a true food litmus test. It's impossible to fake it; it's either great or awful. Prairie Inn's version was simply superb with heaps of parmesan cheese. And a generous hefty meal was also enjoyed that evening. What was behind that ambrosial pasta dish that made it a thing of beauty? Jamie Day, the Pub's warm, personable general manager, enlightens me. First of all, a lot of hard work goes into the meals at Prairie Inn. Their food preparation resembles that

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of upscale eateries: menu items are made from scratch, there are no powders or fillers and many items are "made to order," like salads and soups. My salad was made with super-fresh romaine lettuce. Karol, the friendly server, explains the light Alfredo sauce: no flour, all healthy good ingredients. Jamie: "Our Alfredo sauce is made with cream and wine." The "two Q's" – quality and quantity – are a top priority for Jamie. It is refreshingly unique to get top quality and generous portions, all for a reasonable price. Jamie: "We cook great food and give great customer service." When I tasted their delectable pasta dish, I was also enjoying the results of all that dedication and positive regard for their customers' palates. There is a nurturing, appreciative atmosphere at the Prairie Inn. Jamie thinks the world of his kitchen manager: "Liz, our kitchen manager, is phenomenal with her food preparations and her recipes." Prairie

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Car Buying Made Easy … For the Women Pt. 1 by Al Duncan

I have a real mix of clients, both men and women, young and old. For the most part, the guys seem to really know what they want in their next vehicle. The women, not so much. Let's be real: unless you read the car magazines or fantasize during that last long hour in the office about your next ride, the smart choice in vehicles can be daunting. So I decided to write a three-part series just for the women. Men: stop reading here and start tackling the honey-do list! Ok ladies, lets begin. First off, how many seats do you need? Are you single? Have a pet? Married with kids or retired and looking for adventure? Be realistic with yourself and ask how often the seats are occupied in your present vehicle. If you're in charge of relocating the soccer team, then a two-seater will not work. Smaller cars and SUV's are inherently more efficient due to their typically smaller size: they are easier to park, maintain and keep clean. Larger vehicles will occupy a larger footprint, be way less efficient, will be harder to keep clean and will be your worst parking nightmare. If you have children, they'll require seats; if you have a dog, it will most likely be happier in the back of an SUV, Crossover (think Toyota Venza) or a wagon (think Subaru Outback). Remember that most pets fantasize about a lower vehicle for easy entry and exit; a jacked-up Ford F150 might look cool but to your pets it looks like Mount Everest. For those with large families and large seating requirements, don't shy away from the mini van unnecessarily. Every manufacturer makes one and let me tell you: they're not half bad. Unlike the mighty SUV, the minivan is easy to get in and out of, usually has removable seats,

drives like a car and is, in most cases, powered by V6 engines which, in the 21st century, pump out a ton of horsepower for hauling the crew around all while yielding great mileage. If you like sitting up higher, my first question is why? You may have what you perceive as better visibility, but I would argue that you better use that visibility to look very far ahead as the height of your vehicle may have an impact on its handling when compared to a conventional car. When you raise a vehicle up in the air, its centre of gravity is also raised and this slows down its reflexes, so to speak. The easiest way to understand this is to picture a Ferrari. It goes around corners flat and fast; this is mainly attributed to its low centre of gravity. Now picture a big pickup truck: it does not go around corners fast and in those corners it leans over towards the outside of the curve, making it way more likely (in extreme circumstances) to roll over. Not good and not safe. Who wants to sit higher up now? Even more exciting stuff for the women next month …

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in most situations I normally respond with a question of my own: "It really depends; what's your Life Plan?" The focus of the conversation then quickly moves away from the immediate tax savings to by Erik Solbakken what the person is really trying to Solbakken accomplish. As shocking as it may Chartered Accountants sound, sometimes the right solution is the one that ends up costing more tax! The real question is … What's your Life Plan? A favourite saying of mine is "failing to plan is planning to fail." If you were on a road trip and didn't know where you wanted to get to, it would quickly become a confusing situation. I know, I know, Chevy Chase had a plan and look what happened to his "Family Vacation!" The real point is knowing where you want to go so that when you have to make decisions along the way you can opt for choices that support your Life Plan. For the business owner, I like to think of the Life Plan as being supported by four other plans: Business, Wealth, Retirement and Estate. For the individual, simply replace Business Plan with Employment Plan and you're there. Now, depending on what your Life Plan is, each of these four plans need to be in alignment to help you get to where you're going. Everything you do affects everything you do: it's all connected. The key, however, is making sure you know what the plan is. Where are you going? One very useful exercise I've followed over the years is writing down what my plans are. I review this with my family to ensure we're all on the same page, then call it a plan for the year. What are our goals for growing the business? How much vacation time do we want to take? What are we going to invest in? When do we want to retire and how much will we need? As the year progresses and changes happen we adjust accordingly to support our Life Plan. An example of where planning is critical is with debt financing. Financial institutions lend money based on your ability to pay. This generally requires you to provide them with copies of your income tax assessments for at least two years. This is where showing a higher income and paying more income tax may make sense so you can get that home or vacation property. What amazes me the most is how much of the plan actually comes true every year. It is an exercise that I have come to not only enjoy, but have found it absolutely necessary to achieving our family's Life Plan. To quote the A-Team's Hannibal Smith: "I love it when a plan comes together." For more information visit

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New Beauty Treatments in Town: Sea Breeze Laser & Beauty Clinic This is the third in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Sidney has a new option for beauty treatments. Sea Breeze Laser & Beauty Clinic has just opened, sharing space with the Refresh Spa at Suite 102 - 2527 Beacon Ave. It's the only laser clinic in Sidney offering services usually only available at a dermatologist's office and is run by Joan Wilson and technician Sue Scholes. Joan has a long history in the cosmetics industry and Sue has an aesthetics background from her own clinic on the Peninsula. Together they have lots of laser experience. For those who don't know, laser treatments are a safe and painfree way of addressing hair removal and other minor cosmetic issues. Using a state-of-the-art Sciton Profile machine, the certified laser technicians can quickly and effectively remove body hair. After a sixsession treatment, hair is permanently gone. The laser is also a great way to remove blemishes such as sun-spots, spider veins, rosacea, acne scarring and wrinkles. Joan is adamant that laser treatment is the future for hair removal: "when I think of all the money I spent on waxing over the years, I could have had laser treatment all over my body several times over!" The new lasers are very efficient, reducing treatment time to just 20

to 30 minutes for a whole leg treatment. The cost has come down too. Originally only available from a doctor, now improved training and equipment has opened the market up to fully-trained technicians such as Sue and Joan. In a comfortable and relaxed environment, the laser can easily remove hair from any part of the body. Joan describes how she loves to see people feel great about themselves after their treatment is complete. Joan is a big advocate for the rejuvenating power of the photofacial treatments. The gentle heat applied by the pulsed laser soaks through to the skin layer beneath the surface. It penetrates the cells and stimulates them to produce collagen, which helps your skin revitalize itself. In the future, the Clinic plans to add additional filters to their machines to allow skin tightening and cellulite targeting treatments to their list of services. These include the Skin Tyte and the ProFractional filter; both of which come highly recommended. Joan has big ambitions for her new business. With a grand champagne opening planned for September, she recommends keeping up to date with Clinic developments through their Facebook page. For now there are big discounts available to new customers. Until July 31st there is 25% off all hair removal prices; that makes booking early a real necessity. Visit for more information and to book your first appointment.

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Kitchen Sink Czar by Jennifer Bowles

On Sunday mornings in my house,

no clock is required to let us know our scheduled weekend Caesar is due. And believe me, it is scheduled year round. I'm not talking about a Caesar salad. Oh no, I am talking about that quintessential beverage that eats more like a meal, and nobody bats an eye when they're served well before noon. The Bloody Mary, which is simply tomato juice and vodka, is often compared to, but in fact is distinctly different from, its sister beverage the Caesar. Caesars are typically the go-to bevvy of those who imbibed the night before and are feeling somewhat worse for wear. Referred to in many circles as the miracle cure for what "ales" you, they are usually comprised of a celery-salt rimmed glass, crushed ice, premium vodka, a few dashes of hot and Worcestershire sauce and finished with clam and tomato juice. This Canadian classic is definitely delicious as is, but I know we can do better than that. Musing on the possibilities of how to transform this classic beauty into a knock out, I did some research and came up with a variation of this gem that gives it a cleaner spin and, I think, a more whimsical approach to the classic Caesar. This concoction epitomizes summer. Its crisp elements pair with some crunchy vegetables for a more toothsome product that makes like a light breakfast. I call it Kitchen Sink Czar! It's a cross between a simple garden salad (without the lettuce) and the classic Caesar; however, the levels of flavour are remarkable in this truly refreshing libation.

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buying local is good for you! We really do live in a little slice of heaven on earth. With so many wonderful farms on the Saanich Peninsula and in the surrounding communities, why would you go anywhere else to get the freshest, in-season vegetables; berries; meat; plants; tree and vine fruit; honey, wine and cider; eggs and so much more? Or visit one of our wonderful farmers markets, which bring together the best our farms have to offer … all in one place! Farm to Family: it’s the Peninsula way!

Gobind Farms Owned and operated by the Dheenshaw family for over 30 years, we specialize in farm fresh seasonal ready-picked berries: strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, tayberry, boysenberry and loganberry. Gobind also produces a variety of types of squash, rhubarb, beets, leeks, garlic and pumpkin. Head down to our roadside stand from 9 - 6:30 daily or find us at many local farmers markets. Go Best Gobind! 6929 Veyaness Rd, Saanichton 250.652.0182

Phil’s Farm Phil’s Farm has over 30 years’ experience sustainably growing fruit on the Peninsula. Phil’s has three varieties of raspberries: Cascade Delight, Qualicum and Tulameen. There also are five varieties of blueberries, with some of them as large as a quarter! Buy farm gate or U-pick. Visit our website for info. 6080 Oldfield Rd, Victoria 250.652.2264

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North Saanich Farm Market North Saanich Farm Market runs weekly Saturday markets until Oct. 11th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. John’s United Church gardens at 10990 W. Saanich Rd. Seasonal produce, flowers, fabulous baked goods, locally raised meat, crafts, live music. Meet your neighbours at the market. Focused on supporting food production on the Saanich Peninsula.

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Enjoying the Art of U Brew: Maureen Bifford by Barry Mathias This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Peninsula U Brew Winery was established in 1988 and later moved to its present location at 2031 Malaview Avenue in West Sidney (across from Slegg Lumber). "We acquired the business seven years ago," says Maureen Biford, "and I have enjoyed every minute of it." Maureen and her husband Stan had been regular customers at the U Brew for 15 years, when circumstances had Stan looking for a new career. "The winery wasn't actually for sale," Maureen says, "but that didn't stop us making an offer! We haven't looked back." Maureen is a successful businesswoman. "We are not a franchise," she emphasizes. "Being independent allows us to choose what product line we wish to carry." They guarantee the product, and are the only authorized local dealers with Winexpert, a division of Global Vintners. They are also one of the largest "on premises" businesses in B.C. Over the years, they have established a knowledgeable staff, who will help you decide which wine, from a large range, will suit your requirements. It is often the fact that new customers have no real idea what they want to purchase: they have some thoughts in regards to white or red, and they know how much they might wish to pay, but they are often overwhelmed with the choice: "we have over 125 different wines in stock," notes Maureen. "When a new customer arrives, our staff will ask them 10 questions to identify the wine that will suit their palate," she says. "Basically, the amount of juice in the wine brew will dictate how full-bodied the wine is, how long it will need to be kept before it reaches its full maturity, and the cost." Maureen explains: "our staff prepare the batch, while the customer starts the process by pitching in the yeast. It's that simple. "We have some excellent wines on our list, including fine Cabernets and Merlots. "People need to understand that these are an investment," she says. If kept for a year, these top-range wines will continue to improve. "Many newcomers are amazed at the quality and value. Customers can also make their beer 'on-premise' in about four weeks, or buy a kit for home brewing." Since acquiring the business, Maureen and Stan have reached out to the local population: "We have an Annual Customer Appreciation Day," she says. They provide food, refreshments, entertainment and games. "It's just our way to say thanks to all of our wonderful customers, who are in fact friends as well." Recently, they have expanded their storefront, creating a touch of elegance, and introduced a new oak-barrel aging program. Maureen smiles: "We take a pride in what we do."

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w e at h e r w i t isn't it extraordinary to find ordinary things in unexpected places? One morning i looked in the mirror to find peanut butter and jelly on my forehead.

The Toast Fell From the Sky by Steve Sakiyama

Recently I found a set of keys that were missing for years

in the thick shrubs beside our house, all rusted and caked with dirt. Strange. How did they get there? Did the car key run off with the house key one dark and stormy night, only to get lost in the shrub forest? It reminds me of the odd Mother Goose nursery rhyme where the "Dish ran away with the Spoon." Where did they end up anyways? Isn't it extraordinary to find ordinary things in unexpected places? One morning while rushing out the door to work I happened to glance in the mirror, just to confirm my professional office attire and impeccable grooming. I stopped … Yep, there was a streak of peanut butter and jelly across the top of my forehead. Tell me, how did the stuff on my breakfast toast end up there? It was if the toast fell from the sky and landed on my noggin in a Murphy's Law kind of way, PB-and-J side down. "Splaathunk." While wiping it off I laughed at the possibility of going through the day completely oblivious to these streaks of goodness spread prominently across the front of my balding head. Walking along busy sidewalks to work, spending the day in meetings, giving a presentation to management … all the while thinking that those smiling at me were acknowledging my confident demeanor. "Hey Steve, trying the old PB-and-J scalp treatment? How's that working for ya?" Speaking of things spread across the top, the sky can have streaks of cloud high above – as if an artist used a gentle brush stroke to create feathery patches of white clouds on a blue canvas. These are Cirrus: a thin, streaky cloud found anywhere from five to 13 kilometres above sea level. Since it is very cold and windy at these heights, Cirrus is made up of tiny ice crystals that are stretched horizontally into long wisps called mares' tails. Once in a while, the ice crystals fall out of the cloud and eventually vapourize, creating thin white streamers that hang underneath it. This is an extraordinary sight, as the cloud looks like a white jellyfish floating in the sky with delicate tendrils of ice crystals dangling below. Some refer to these as jellyfish clouds (or in my case, peanut butter and jellyfish clouds). What kind of weather will spread across the sky in July? The long-term outlook for July through September indicates a

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greater chance of above-normal temperatures, with no preference toward wetter or drier conditions. So it looks like typical marvelous summer weather to top it all off. During July the breadth of nature is on full display, with breathtaking lush trees and flowers, glittering seascapes backlit by snow peaked mountains, and the red hues of sunset skies. Before rushing out the door into our busy lives, take a moment to look at the reflections of beauty in the surrounding land, sea and sky. Expect the unexpected, for there's no such thing as the ordinary here in this extraordinary place. ~ Weatherwit. Questions about clouds? Email or visit

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work in your community, but just haven't quite figured out what you want to do? Have you ever questioned a decision of your local municipal council, and thought you would have done Primary Logo things differently? This November, you will have an opportunity to contribute to your community: the municipal elections are scheduled for Saturday, November 15th. This is your chance to enter the political arena, and at the municipal level of governance, your voice will be heard and you can make a difference. To run, pick up the required paperwork as of September 30th, 2014 at your municipal hall; this must be filed by 4 p.m. on October 10th, 2014 when the nomination period ends. Secondary Logo New provincial legislation is a certainty this fall, which will change the present term of office from three to four years. I did say volunteer work; however, that is not quite true. There is a small monthly stipend for being an elected official, but I can assure you, you do not stand for election for the money! If you divide the stipend by the number of hours you put in as a Mayor or Councillor, you'll realize you would be better off setting up a lemonade stand in your front yard ‌ if your local bylaws would allow it! Think about using your stipend to keep peace in the household.Logo Info When I first ran it was agreed that my stipend would go towards the babysitters and housekeepers that would be needed when I was not at home to attend to my domestic duties. In this and a follow-up article in the September issue, I hope to answer questions you may have about running in the upcoming municipal elections. No previous political experience is necessary to run for your local council, and it is not necessary to spend a lot of money. With Facebook and Twitter, and by creating your own blog and website, you can get your message out to the electors at little or no cost. Door-knocking, without doubt, is the #1 "must do." You will need to have a snappy brochure or one-pager to hand deliver or leave at doors when no one is home. You will also need this handout to distribute at the two or three all-candidates meetings that will be held in your community. Many home computer programs can produce some pretty sharp handouts, so your only expense is really just in the printing. Next time: how to focus your campaign, and the workload you can expect if elected. Please feel free to email me any questions at

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Two Friends and a Dog by Susan Simosko

Friends & Neighbours is a column about the people who quietly enrich our lives personally and collectively every day. They distinguish themselves by the incredible things they do, whether or not we even notice. It is my pleasure to introduce you to a few of these remarkable people and to share some of their stories. Diane Philipps and Judy Smith each consider themselves extraordinarily lucky – and for the same reason. A chance meeting more than 20 years ago was the springboard for what was to become a unique and powerful friendship that led to a remarkable new "dancing partner" for Diane: a beautiful black Labrador service dog named Piper. When the two women met in 1991, they learned that each volunteered at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and both loved dogs. Diane was involved in pet therapy; Judy worked in palliative care. Over the years, the two friends saw one another through many of life's ups and downs, always with care and, whenever possible, a good laugh. The pair also helped one another through several serious challenges, one of which was Diane's genetic disorder, Usher Syndrome. "This is a combination eye disease and severe hearing impairment," Diane tells me. In her early years, Diane was able to see well enough to lip read as long as she was face to face with people. This enabled her to have a successful banking career, and when hearing aids became available for her type of deafness, she was able to pursue a career as a legal assistant. However, things did not get easier for Diane. "As my hearing and vision deteriorated, I had to give up work," Diane explains. "But with the help of different specialists, I was able to carry on volunteering

with the Red Cross and other organizations." Over the years, Diane and Judy continued to enjoy one another's company. "But," says Diane, "I soon realized I needed more and more help from friends and family. I knew if I wanted to remain as independent as possible, I needed to be more proactive. That led me to register with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, which helped me immeasurably." But even that wasn't enough. "I was perpetually frustrated that I couldn't do everything I wanted," she explains, which is why she registered with the B.C. and Alberta Guide Dog Services. She was in her '60s. As a close friend, Judy was acutely aware of Diane's needs. She also learned that it takes almost $40,000 to raise and train a guide dog. Judy was determined to help Diane acquire a service dog through whatever means she could. "I am a member of the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club," Judy says. "Two years ago, the Club committed to raising funds to support the training of a seeing-eye dog – as long as the recipient was a local person. That local person turned out to be Diane! It was fantastic!" By her own telling, Diane is one of the oldest people in B.C. to receive a service dog. "Piper arrived at 16 months old, fully trained, and ready to take me on," she laughs. "She leads and I follow!" Diane and Piper went through a three-week training period, during which they learned to work with one another. Part of that training included Piper learning how to escort Diane on buses. "Now," says Diane, "I can go wherever I want. Piper is an extraordinary helper and my new best friend. I am so grateful to Judy, the Rotary Club and all the people who lent a hand along the way. I truly am one of the luckiest people I know!" Photo by SEASIDE | july 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 31

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Shop the world in Christine Downing's new LALOCA – Local & Global Fair Trade Products. The store supports local and international producers with a selection of high-quality fair trade products that pay producers a fair wage, offering consumer choice along with the guarantee of giving back to communities. Located in Sidney's Garden Court, off Beacon, the store is open Tuesday through Saturday and features artwork, musical instruments, spices, jewelry, home dÊcor and much more. Find them on facebook at www.facebook. com/ethicallatin or call 778-351-3844. Al Udell and his wife have started a new chapter in North Saanich, having moved from Yellowknife to the Island. Focusing on freelance work on the Peninsula means adapting to a new and exciting future for Al, a passionate and experienced IT professional and working musician. While his primary mandate is delivering trusted and

News, changes, updates, launches? Email proven web design, his company Victory Point FX also specializes in traditional and digital graphic design, drafting, 3D design and modeling, video production and animation. Al's work is client driven and home based, affording him flexibility, which means anytime is a good time to connect by email at or at Need a ride? Sidney Taxi opened in May, with an orange fleet including three regular taxi vans, one fully accessible van and a focus on customer service. With full-time, in-house dispatch, Cecil Davies and his team are open 24/7. Their office is located above the Odyssia restaurant in downtown Sidney (corner of 5th and Beacon) and they take pride in offering a Sidney-based, full-service operation catering to all ages. Call for a cab at 250-656-6666. Have you been looking for Neal Sheppard? We found him, operating his new home-based business Brentwood Micro, after years working in a local Sidney

computer shop. He continues to offer friendly, efficient onsite service for all major brand names, providing both new and reconditioned computers, along with general tech support. Neal is available seven days a week from 8 to 8 and can be found on facebook at brentwoodmicro or by email at dining

Changing Hands Four years on and Rob McMillan* has handed the keys to the Canoe Cove Restaurant over to new owner Joe Bourdreau. This popular eatery is the perfect fit for Joe, with more than three decades in the retail and food industry and a good move for Joe, who has recently made the Peninsula home. Open seven days a week, and located on Canoe Cove Marina, the restaurant is a favourite for many, known for quality homestyle cooking and great service. Inside or out on the patio, staff are pleased to be serving up traditional breakfasts, house-made burgers, milkshakes and fresh pie daily along with a warm handshake

from Joe. Find out more at www. or by calling 250-656-5557. *Rob is returning to his first love, mechanics and boat repair, and is now back, operating Auto Marine Service. tourism

Under New Management Morgan Jane Shaw is the new Manager of Visitor Services for the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Peninsula born and raised, Morgan brings her home-grown passion and varied background, encompassing community involvement, volunteer management administration and work with numerous not-for-profit organizations, to her new role. This summer, the Visitor Centres are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering a wide range of visitor services, including professional visitor counselling, community and travel information, accommodation reservation and provincial itinerary planning. Find Morgan and her friendly staff in Sidney at Beacon just off the highway, or at

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she doing in Grey Matters, a column for seniors? Simply put, she is here because she's an inspiration to us all. Van Schyndel reminds us, whether we're 50, 60, 90, or even 100 or more that the spirit of adventure never goes away. It may diminish, or downsize, but once there, it is there forever in some form or another. Several years ago, at age 29, Nikki van Schyndel walked into the wilderness of B.C.'s central coast with little more than a hunting knife. She had not taken leave of her senses, nor was she running away from either her problems or her family and friends. Since childhood she wanted to live in nature: eat wild food, sleep in a shack she built herself, make her clothes from the bark of trees. Her story of survival and awakening is the subject of the current B.C. Bestseller: Becoming Wild (Caitlin Press, 2014). Ada Clark is in her '80s and lives in central west New South Wales, Australia. Described by ABC-TV as "resilient and adventurous," it is the "untouched wild areas," which fascinate her too. Working as an artist since she was in her '20s, she has travelled the world, exhibiting in North America, Greece and Italy as well as in Australia, both "inspiring and inspired" by her surroundings. She now concentrates on pottery, place mats, prints and jewelry, all of which can be purchased from her online shop as well as from her studio should you

find yourself in Millthorpe, NSW. On her 90th birthday, a Tennessee woman celebrated by hanggliding from an airplane. She was on a trip with ElderTreks, the world's first adventure travel company designed exclusively for people age 50 and over. Established in 1987, ElderTreks offers active, off-the-beaten-path, small-group adventures by both land and sea in over 100 countries. The company offers wildlife and tribal African safaris, active hiking trips to the Rockies, Himalayas and Andes, expeditions by icebreakers to the Arctic and Antarctic and cultural journeys throughout Asia, South America and much of the world. Company spokesperson Karen Rapp says their oldest client to date was 95. Anyone over 80 must have a doctor's consent as the groups are pretty active and "it wouldn't be fair to slow others down." Would you contact the writer if you saw this ad in the newspaper? "Fancy rafting across the Atlantic? Famous traveller requires three crew. Must be OAP. Serious adventurers only." Anthony Smith, a London-based former author, documentary film maker, adventurer and television presenter in his '80s, decided to fulfill a childhood dream after receiving compensation following a hit-and-run accident that broke his hip. Called the An-Tiki, the raft was made from four water supply pipes 12 metres long and 14 cross pipes. Seven of the pipes held the fresh water supply for Smith and his "mature and intrepid gentlemen" crew. With a 12-metre mast and 37-square-metre sail, twin rudders provided steering, along with centreboards and a couple of oars. The voyage took 66 days across 2,800 miles of ocean from the Canary Islands to St. Maarten in the Caribbean. The aim was to raise money for Water Aid. Of course there were those who thought Smith and his pals were mad. To which Smith replied: "What else do you do when you get on in years?" He celebrated his 85th birthday halfway across the Atlantic with a chocolate cake baked on board. Wouldn't it be fun to see what Nikki van Schyndel gets up to at 85!



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Entering the Sea Cider Farm & Cidery property, it looked like a fairy tale with the main building sitting majestically on a rise, framed by neat rows of espaliered apple trees sporting fresh spring growth. My wife and I drove to the parking lot, noticing many bicycles amongst the cars. With its Central Saanich location right next to the Pat Bay Highway, Sea Cider attracts many visitors. We walked through a stylishly decorated tasting and sales room onto the sun-drenched deck where tables overflowed with glistening, elegant glasses holding rich coppery cider. Visitors smiled and laughed in the sunshine and apple trees rolled gently toward the distant Salish Sea. We joined a complimentary tour. The friendly and knowledgeable guide led us among rows of Kingston Blacks, Chisel Jerseys and Babinetts, explaining that more than 60 types of apples are used to make their cider. Here and there sat wooden hives, their fronts abuzz with bees,

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who not only pollinate the trees but make honey for the meadbased cider. We strolled back to the Cidery, passing a large tent that hosts numerous weddings (60 booked for this year!) and functions. Inside the Cidery, we wandered past large stainless-steel tanks and a bottling machine to a row of Kentucky bourbon barrels. The guide explained that their Rumrunner Cider, unique in Canada, was aging inside these barrels. We returned to the sparkling, sunny deck where a flight of nine glasses of cider was attractively arrayed on the table. Next to it was a charcuterie platter with cheeses from Little Qualicum, Oyama sausage, red pepper hummus, Rumrunner jelly and salt-and-pepper chocolate bark. Mmmm! I sipped from the lighter Wild English (7% alcohol), a typical British cider, to the Pommeau, a smooth but potent dessert cider (20% alcohol). Rumrunner (13%) was my favourite, of course. Another favourite was Bramble Bubbly, the summer seasonal cider, which includes local blackberries. In the fall, the seasonal cider has hops added, which gives a nose like beer but yields a delectable cider taste. I was astonished to learn that cider, just like wine, has enormous variety and complexity and quietly vowed to begin learning the nuances so I might become a cider snob. Kristen Jordan, Sea Cider's owner and manager, purchased the farm in 2004, planted apple trees and had the main building constructed specifically to be a cidery. Production began in 2007. A Cider Master, Kristen constantly experiments with making tasty, innovative new ciders. "I'm proud that we produce B.C.'s only certified organic cider," she said. "We also strive to bring value to the community. For example, we work with LifeCycles Project Society, which cultivates community health." My wife and I smiled, hoisted our glasses and sipped the burnished nectar.

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Christine Downing: Latin America [LA] Local [LO] Caribbean [CA] by Deborah Rogers This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. With its warm terracotta walls and some eclectic beats coming from the stereo, new Sidney store Laloca is an appealing place to spend some time. It is filled with beautiful Fair Trade items from around the world. Owner Christine Downing talked me through the process that led to Laloca's opening a month ago: "I like building things; that's what I've done for years." With work in community development , adult education and cultural diversity as well as a lot of travel, Christine's experience all seems to have culminated in this new venture being the next natural step. Christine spent a lot of time in Central and South America and the Caribbean looking at the way that co-ops were operated, and learning from them. Impressed with the efforts of those communities to create a fairer, more human community and Earth-centred economy through social enterprises, she hoped to adapt those ideas to her own setting. Christine clearly has a soft spot for Peru and Bolivia, where she came across Artesania Sorata. "I fell in love with it," she says, showing me two large wall hangings on display behind the counter. Many of the store's vibrant textile pieces are made by this Bolivian group: cushions, purses and dolls all in distinctive colours and incorporating traditional dress and landscapes. Shearing, weaving and spinning – it's all done from scratch by the artisans. Christine stresses that her principles mean that she buys products up front from the foreign producers, allowing them a fair price for the goods they produce. "They're supporting me, I'm supporting them – it's a fair trade." The Fair Trade Federation has a set of nine conditions which dictate what can and can't be sold as a Fair Trade product. These include supporting safe and empowering working conditions, ensuring the rights of children and cultivating environmental stewardship. They also require a respect of cultural identity and this is something I sense Christine is passionate about. The items on sale in Laloca are primarily pieces of art, not tokens representing a country. You won't find an "African section," just beautiful items selected for their quality and uniqueness. Applying Fair Trade principles, Christine has also selected some local products that sit well alongside the spices, teas and coffees, jewelry, scarves and home décor items from around the world. Shea Butter Market is supplying Island-made skin care products and there is artwork from First Nations artist Virgil Sampson. Christine is proud to support both local and international producers who care about and give back to their communities. She says "that's a movement that can change the world." LALOCA in Spanish also means Crazy Woman, so there's a great sense of humour on offer too!

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Straddling two countries, the Salish Sea is one of the world's largest inland seas. Weaving through an archipelago containing hundreds of islands, the mixing of large freshwater rivers with marine waters in basins, bays and straits has created an ocean rich with life that is surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. It is also a desirable place for fossil fuel exporters to link together their numerous proposals to ship nonrenewable, and typically dangerous, hydrocarbons to foreign markets. One of these proposals is Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion, which would effectively triple their existing pipeline output from current levels to 890,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day. The consequent increase in oil tanker traffic would result in more than 400 tankers travelling the Salish Sea every year – a 500% increase from 2010. However, this figure might be an underestimate: increases in pump capacity could deliver more than one million barrels per day, requiring up to 475 tankers every year. There are many risks associated with the Kinder Morgan proposal that could impact people and wildlife locally, regionally and globally. These effects range from the pollution, habitat and wildlife destruction in the tar sands, to the acceleration of global climate change, to the potential for oil spills throughout the Salish Sea region's land, rivers and oceans. In an attempt to predict the behaviour of oil from a potential spill in the Salish Sea, and to alert coastal residents of that very real

possibility, Raincoast has launched a study to map the potential spread of an oil spill along the Kinder Morgan tanker route. Together with the Georgia Strait Alliance, we have dropped almost 2,500 drift cards (small squares of plywood) along the tanker route through the Salish Sea. Public participation in reporting these cards at helps us produce maps of potential oil spill trajectories. One of Raincoast's biggest concerns regarding the increased vessel traffic and potential oil spill risk is for B.C.'s iconic southern resident killer whales, whose critical habitat is routinely travelled by freighters, bulk carriers, and increasingly, oil tankers. Numbering only 81 individuals, this highly-endangered population of whales faces many threats, including shortages of Chinook salmon, noise and disturbance from vessels, and exposure to big and small oil spills. For these whales to survive it is imperative that we reduce – not increase – the risks from shipping and oil spills in the Salish Sea. Raincoast's strategy with Kinder Morgan is to apply our mandate – investigate, inform, and inspire. As such, we are acting as interveners in the National Energy Board review of the Trans Mountain expansion and will present evidence concerning the risk and impacts of oil tankers on salmon, herring, killer whales and coastal habitats throughout the Gulf Islands and along the tanker route. Chris Genovali is the Executive Director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. For more information visit Photo (this page) by Evan Leeson. Table of contents photo by Jill Fitz Hirschbold. SEASIDE | july 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 37

c o n v e r s at i o n s f r o m t h e pa s t An Imaginary Interview With world traveller lady jane franklin

Lady Jane Franklin by Valerie Green

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. World traveller Lady Jane Franklin first visited Victoria in 1861. She was on a mission, dedicated to finding answers about her husband, Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin's, last expedition in 1847 to find the North West Passage. Was he lost at sea

or was he still alive somewhere? His devoted wife was determined to find the truth and Victoria was just one of many places around the world to which she travelled to find answers.

Lady Franklin, many people are in awe of you because of your strong belief that your husband is still alive, despite all evidence to the contrary. Evidence? There is no evidence. No one knows for sure what happened on his last expedition in command of the Erebus and the Terror. There were some searches made but no proof was ever found. No clue as to whether or not my husband drowned. Naturally I will continue searching until I find the truth. I am here for the purpose of raising funds for even more searches to be made. But he disappeared in 1847 – 14 years ago. Don't you think that by now the truth is

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simply a shipwreck? No, I do not. I understand you are travelling with your niece, Sophia Cracroft? Yes, Sophia is my dear companion. She is keeping a journal of our experiences and is so observant. We both think that Victoria is a somewhat crude settlement where every man carries his revolver and many have a large knife hanging from their belts. So uncivilized! What have you been able to do while in Victoria? We are staying at one of the best lodging houses in town and we have visited Governor Douglas and his wife in James Bay. Lady Douglas' mother was an Indian woman, you know, and she keeps herself to herself most of the time, possibly because of her mixed blood. We've also visited Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harris, the Mayor and his wife. Excellent people and he is a very rich butcher. Unfortunately they are not blessed with much education – more's the pity! And, apart from raising funds for more search expeditions, I believe you are here for another purpose? Yes, I am looking into the reports on Anglican schools and Churches in the colony. Baroness Burdett-Coutts has donated a great deal of money for the benefit of religion and education and I want to assure her that the money is being used wisely. What have you found? That the children on Vancouver Island are currently receiving a first-class education and Churches are flourishing. Good news indeed. Lady Franklin made a second visit to Victoria in 1870 following up on another lead concerning her husband's fate. Although this lead proved to be a hoax, she never gave up her search. She died in London in 1875 after a life-long devotion to her husband who was described as "one of Britain's bravest and noblest seafaring sons." Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at


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From the outside there is a very modern feel. The exterior is a soft grey-green, quite natural against the gravel, grass and trees it sits within. It's a very approachable house, with playful angles and lots of glass. The front door is south facing and stands under a small porch with a Douglas fir pillar. Like all the doors within the house, the front door is divided into five horizontal glass panels; this transparency, with peek-through doors, windows everywhere and cut away walls, is a theme of the house. Silvia Bonet, the home's architect, explained that sun and light are hugely important to Susan and the house was built with that as a primary focus. The couple is thrilled by the fact that it is mainly heated with passive solar energy due to all the light coming into the house. As you move from the doorway you come immediately into the kitchen area. The units are all made of Douglas fir with its straight grain and clean, simple lines. The decision to site the kitchen at the centre of the house makes perfect sense once you know that Susan is a very keen cook and wine importer. There are stainless steel appliances and a long limestone countertop where I imagine much entertaining takes place. It's a simple, functional kitchen that sits unprepossessing at the centre of the house, fulfilling its role without stealing the show. It is the windows that really capture your attention walking past the kitchen. The whole back wall of the house is glass, split into large windows that follow the angle of the ceiling. Even with a warming fire at the centre, your eye is drawn to the trees beyond and the glimpses of water the glass allows. The garden feels like an extension of the room as there are no window dressings to detract from the view and the furnishings are simple and earth-toned.

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Floors throughout the house are cherry. Interestingly, the floors had to fit with the fir chosen for the kitchen and other wood accents in the house. Interior Decorator Nina Zak helped choose the flooring that would sit comfortably alongside the strong, golden fir. Nina's excellent colour sense also led to the selection of the light, muddy-brown of the living room walls which perfectly echo the mud flats beyond.

The main living space has a high vaulted ceiling with large skylights carefully placed to give natural light directly to the cooking surfaces. Off the airy, open living room though is a smaller, cosier space that houses Susan's piano and where the couple loves to sit and read. Silvia, of Saanichton architecture firm Finlayson Bonet, explains how this lovely space was originally conceived as a solarium with a door to separate it from the rest of the house. The plan evolved through consultation to instead create a nook, with three walls of windows and skylights so it feels like a sun room. Many of the individual design touches were created especially for the furniture that Susan knew they wanted to bring with them to this new, retirement home. There is a low wall by the dining table, built just for the dresser that sits in front of it, the sun room wall perfectly holds the piano ‌ all custom touches that sum up the benefit of having a personalized design. To the left of the main entrance is a small office area. Light is allowed to filter into even this small corner by having a wall that doesn't quite come up to the full ceiling height. Behind it Len and Susan are able to keep the inevitable clutter of a home business out of sight of the main living areas of the house. A large garage and convenient laundry room are both accessed off the corridor that runs behind the kitchen area.


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not everywhere. I know this because whenever I visit a garden and its caretaker I always ask The Question: "Do you have deer?" It's true that in some locales around Victoria and Sidney, those controversial critters have not left their hoof marks or excrement by Dana Waite or ragged and torn remnants of a plant, but to list where they do reside would use my entire allotment of 450 words! Of course, some say they (whose name mustn't be mentioned lest they hear and come over for dinner) have always been here. This fact creates an argument of entitlement in the everlasting issue of what to do with the unmentionable creatures. However, like many facts, there is often another that is exactly opposite. Without entitlement as an excuse, there are many suggestions for dealing with those pesky consumers of fine vegetation cuisine. The latest I've heard was from a community that built a semienclosed area surrounding enticing tasty morsels that attracted those slender, long-legged vermin into the enclosure. Once in, life as they knew it was no longer and locals feasted on venison chops. Oh, I can hear the outrage! Now, I've been gardening since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I've gardened in spaces no bigger than a wheelbarrow and have grown tomatoes the size of footballs. I've also stood weeping in the middle of my devoured pea patch after an early morning visitation from those munching marauders. In an aggressive counterattack, my plants have been sprayed with ghastly stinking concoctions that claimed to ‌ need I say more? How many times have I heard: "Well, have you tried blah, blah, blah? It worked like a hot damn for me!" After thousands of dollars worth of my lovingly cared for plants ending up in the tummies of cute herbivores, I bit the bullet, so to speak, and built a fence. After extensive reading and studying the habits of the monsters, this fence is seven feet tall. It's made of heavyduty black plastic netting and the manufacturer guaranteed its ability to protect my garden. It works. And it doesn't stink. I can now sleep at night knowing that the bodacious broccoli, luscious lettuce and pendulous pea pods will be there in the morning for me, and not the deer, to eat. The roses will be there for all to smell and revel in their exquisite beauty. Take that, you marauding, munching ubiquitous deer. The story is yet to be told; however, about the myriad of gaping holes that were eaten through the bottom of the supposedly-impervious fence by a rabid pack of bunny rabbits. "Is there no end?" she wailed.

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"Out with the old, in with the new." A phrase we hear repeatedly in this Buy! Buy! world. But in design, old can sometimes be a breath of fresh air. There are many definitions for "vintage" and "antique" but a loose guideline is: Vintage: anything at least 40 years old by Tracey Jones but less than 99 years. Remarkable ReDesign Antique: pieces 99 years and beyond. & Home Staging Here's how to incorporate a mix of Stacey Kaminski Styles by Stacey vintage and modern into your homes. Search for the right piece. Before bringing something old into your space, decide what it means to you and what role it will play in the overall scheme. Centre stage or in a collection? To create a cohesive design, you need a good combination of vintage and modern, and a few other interesting transitional pieces to bridge the gap between styles. A brilliantly weathered and decaying trunk can be the centerpiece of your living room, even when surrounded by a new sofa and chairs. Carefully chosen pieces that sing to you are always winners; too many and you will end up with a mish-mash collection. Instead, trust your instincts – look for pieces that remain true to their time and but also speak to your style! A lesson in contrast! To successfully blend styles and eras, balance is key. Contrast! Pair a vintage table with modern bowl or use a vintage vase on a lacquered side table. Decide what your largest piece is and contrast it with smaller groupings or collections from another time and place. We recently used a client's treasured old suitcase and made it a unique table for her living room – something she will enjoy every day! Balance can also be created through colour, scale, pattern and texture. To make the space your own, combine these elements in unexpected ways. Find items that are unified through these elements to create vignettes in a room. Old wood in any condition – sometimes more worn is better – is a beautiful layer of texture, as are antique linens and baskets. Vintage crystal can add a unique sparkle to the room. Vintage can be modern. Mid-Century design is a great bridge between décor eras and a great place to start if you are unsure where to start. Classic clean lines provide an easy-on-the-eye look. Thrift and secondhand stores are full of Mid-Century Modern furniture glassware and décor pieces, although with its return to vogue, savvy resellers can ask much higher prices. Shop wisely! Creating art from vintage and antique treasures is a great way to add some interest to your space. Enlarge and frame old letters/nvelopes to hang over a desk or entryway! We have also seen old maps and antique blueprints framed for a one of a kind look. Most of all have fun with old pieces that speak to you and enjoy them in your space! For more information visit

Growing Families at the Peninsula Country Market Food – and farm – security starts at home. When we make the choice to buy locally-grown food to use in our home kitchens, we've taken action to help sustain local farms. But this is not always an easy choice for families. One of the biggest challenges is a cultural loss of food lore. Barbara Kingsolver wrote in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (2007): "In two generations we've transformed ourselves from a rural to an urban nation … Most people of my grandparents' generation had an intuitive sense of agricultural basics: when various fruits and vegetables come into season, which ones keep through the winter, how to preserve the others … Most importantly: what animals and vegetables thrive in one's immediate region and how to live well on those, with little else thrown into the mix beyond a bag of flour, a pinch of salt, and a handful of coffee. Few people of my generation, and approximately none of our children, could answer any of those questions, let alone all. This knowledge has vanished from our culture." The Peninsula Country Market wants to help families choose local. Our new "Growing Families at the Market" program, supported

by Island Savings, is an interactive family program designed to help parents and kids "go local" – and have fun! The program includes typical kid craft activities like drawing and painting using food and farm themes, and take-home recipes using seasonal produce from the Market. You'll have a chance to meet groups like the Compost Education Centre and 4-H, and learn how to grow your own food. And just for fun, we're adding music and other entertainment especially for kids – Nancy Dobbs will perform at the Market on July 26th. Our market is also participating in the BC Association of Farmers' Markets "Buy Local" campaign promoting markets as healthy, sustainable and fulfilling experiences. You can enter a provincewide selfie "me at the market" Facebook contest. There are five weekly regional winners and one grand prize winner; winners receive a gift certificate to shop at a farmers' market. Kids can join a scavenger hunt highlighting fresh, local seasonal foods, helping them learn more about what it means to buy local. The campaign runs at the market until July 19th. For market news, visit

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"We put the clients first, and work together for their benefit … I want to empower people to heal themselves. I know it works." trained in acupuncture; Lindsay Williamson, a registered Massage Therapist; and Kris Swanson, who has a BSc in Kinesiology. "We pride ourselves on ensuring that an injured person gets seen quickly," he says. "We put the clients first, and work together for their benefit." Scott is proud of the clinic's ability to diagnose the root cause of a person's injury. "I don't prescribe medications," he explains.

If a client is found to need some form of drug therapy or perhaps an operation, Scott will liaise with the client's doctor. "People do not need a referral to see us." He favours a collaborative approach to healing, and is keen to emphasize the value of planned exercise … Scott's approach is built on experience. Saanichton Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, located at # 2-7865 Patterson Road in Saanichton, is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This allows clients maximum flexibility with appointments. The clinic offers physiotherapy to evaluate, diagnose and treat injuries; acupuncture to aid healing and pain relief; and massage therapy for hands-on healing. Kinesiology, also known as human kinetics, uses the knowledge of movement to prevent injury, and orthotics and bracing is the use of external devices to support the skeletal frame. "I want to empower people to heal themselves," Scott says, "I know it works."

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up to age four – and can happen in the blink of an eye. The exceptional water safety programs at Panorama Recreation Centre are specifically designed with the goal of preventing a deep blue watery death. And what better time to start than with young impressionable minds. The proactive Panorama programs teach children how to survive if the worst happens – protecting their lives. Panorama's water safety awareness initiative, "Drowning Prevention Week," provides life-saving education from July 19th to 27th this summer. According to Dan Ovington, Panorama's Aquatic Coordinator, children participate in activities and games to "learn valuable lessons about how to keep safe in and around the water." Dan stresses the dual importance of this program: "It is about identifying hazards but it also teaches children how to survive if they fall in the water suddenly." Panicking in the water can be life threatening due to water inhalation, disorientation and loss of body heat. Panorama staff teach skills that kids can use in a real emergency: how to fall in water and stay safe; how to remain calm; and how to orient themselves in the water after a fall, swim to the surface, roll on their backs and kick towards the shore. In freezing cold water, hypothermia sets in at lightning speed; knowing how to keep themselves warm in a "huddle position" can keep kids alive. Panorama has just finished another valuable educational program involving all grade three students in School District 63. The friendly recreation centre provides free "swim-to-survive" lessons every spring that teach self-rescue skills should children fall in the water: treading water, rolling into deep water, and the front and back crawl. Children learn about life jacket safety in many Panorama aquatic programs. Dan Ovington recommends a proper Canadian-approved standard life jacket for children when they are anywhere around water, on a boat or even in a backyard pool. These jackets will flip a child on their back and keep their head and airways out of the water, even if they are unconscious. However, nothing replaces vigilant eyes: parents should supervise their kids at all times when they are in or around water. Dan Ovington hopes that their water safety messages also get through to adults, who should also wear a proper life jacket at all times when boating. Strong swimming skills certainly give children an edge in any emergency, but even the basic survival skills offered at Panorama will help keep them alive until help comes. By empowering children with water safety tools and knowledge, Panorama Recreation Centre is helping to preserve their lives and their future. For more information, visit

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Butchart Gardens is adding Tuesday dance music to its beautiful surroundings. The Garden's summer festival will feature Chris Millington & Dancin' performing contemporary pop classics with dancing on the Concert Lawn stage. Bring a blanket and sit on a bench or the lawn. The open air program is part of the general admission ticket. July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 8 p.m.

Carmina Burana Ballet Victoria If you missed this incredible ballet in Victoria, here's your chance to enjoy it in Sidney. Ballet Victoria interprets Carl Orff's epic choral masterpiece, Carmina Burana. Orff set to music 24 texts from a manuscript of courtly poetry and dramatic texts found in a Bavarian monastery in 1803. The dramatic music and Paul Destrooper's choreography capture a potpourri of drama, power, debauchery, humour and beauty – and of course a talking swan roasting over a fire! Artistic Director Destrooper says: "Carmina Burana is an opportunity to show off [the dancers'] beautiful technique and abilities." For a taste of the dramatic music, google "O Fortuna." July 10th at 8 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre, 250-656-0275.

Travel Photography and Beyond Marsha del Sol Mildon has a passion for travel and photography. Her new show "Machu Picchu to the Salish Sea" illustrates how her photography goes "beyond" to capture the spirit of the people and places she visits. At age 15 she travelled through Europe and the Middle East with her first camera. Since then she has explored many regions, capturing and interpreting the world she sees. At Tulista Gallery, her photography will focus on Peru

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A Touch of Art Local artists Shirley Marshall, Linda Proctor, Ian Pelton, Sherry Filipovic, Sylvia Nicholson and Marlene Mitchell. Community Arts Centre, July 20th to 27th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

"Funny Business" Helps Young Readers Kids (and their caregivers) will laugh, giggle and chuckle during the Summer Reading Club fun with this year's theme: Funny Business. In July and August, the Sidney/North Saanich Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library offers this popular B.C. Summer Reading Club program to encourage children to keep up and advance their reading skills. Register at the library or by

Works by Nathan Scott, Brian Buckrell and Cindy Mawle will be on display this month. Scott's sculptures reflect his love for people, young and old, interacting with their particular situations and surroundings. Buckrell's acrylic paintings capture both his figurative and landscape interests with many scenes painted on location. Vancouver Island's scenery figures prominently in Mawle's acrylic paintings and for a change of pace she also does smaller resin paintings. Drop in to enjoy the local talent on display. Village Gallery, 2459 Beacon Avenue.

Chilliwack Returns Baby Boomers (and others) rejoice! Bill Henderson and the guys will be stirring it up at the Mary Winspear Centre August 1st. This chart-topping Canadian band created some of the most inventive rock music during the 70's and early 80's. Thirteen albums later, and after a lengthy break, the band is touring again. Get your tickets before they sell out. August 1st, 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre. 250-656-0275.


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We chug our way across Haro Strait to San Juan Island for a nature break. Suddenly, several rolling black and white bodies slide under our boat and surface on each side, electrifying our little crew with excitement. Orcas! Four? Five? They surface, circle and disappear so fast and with such muscular agility, seeming both purposeful and insouciant at once, that we can't be sure of the number. We are sure though that this is a deliberate greeting, a salute by encirclement, a communicative display. From beaches, sailboats, zodiacs and kayaks, Vancouver Islanders are accustomed to tantalizing glimpses of our cetacean neighbours. Orcinus orca is our marine companion, spiritual sister, signature wildlife species and, to many, a source of anxiety. What will become of its kind? We know that many things cause a decline in whale numbers (dwindling salmon stocks, pollution, underwater noise), and one local MP, Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca) has tabled a Motion in Parliament calling for a recovery plan for the "Southern Residents," which were listed as endangered under Canada's Species At Risk Act in 2002. The resident pods that swim off Sidney are down to 81 members. One, Lolita-Tokitae, is the object of a campaign to release her from imprisonment in a tiny concrete pool at Miami Seaquarium, where she has been since 1970 when she was captured off Washington. Member of a highly intelligent family-oriented species that swims thousands of underwater miles every year, Lolita has not for 44 years swum freely, led a normal cetacean life or communicated with her family who still swim off our shoreline. Although each orca in Lolita's community is numbered and their family relationships well understood, much about orcas remains mysterious. It is hard for humans to imagine living largely underwater, always moving, sleeping with one half of your brain at a time, and mapping your surroundings using multiple layered echoes received through specialized membranes in your skull. by Barbara Julian

For both compassionate and scientific reasons, activists on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are lobbying officials to return Lolita to her home waters – which are our waters. A letter-writing campaign is directed at the Seaquarium, and Washington-based Orca Network has created a detailed Lolita Retirement Project which designates a bay on San Juan Island as Lolita's "halfway house." Vancouver Island whale lovers long for the day they might watch the miraculous reunion of Lolita and her family off our own shoreline. Our resident orcas are close yet elusive, powerful yet vulnerable, in an ocean filled with pollution and increasing shipping noise. The U.K.-based group Whale and Dolphin Conservation promotes a 10-point "Declaration of Rights For Cetaceans." These include rights to freedom and safety not only as a species, but as individual whale "persons." Steven Wise, founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project, defends individual animals' right to personhood in the courts. Wise notes that cetaceans "have deep emotions, understand one another's minds, live in complicated societies, transmit culture, use sophisticated communication, solve difficult problems, and even mourn the loss of their loved ones. Just like humans." This is not news to those who watch the whales of the Salish Sea; we already know that when greeting us on the waters and leaping around our boats they are communicating as individuals more like than not like ourselves. There will be an opportunity to sign "letters for Lolita" on August 8th, the anniversary of her capture, from noon until 2 p.m. at the corner of Government and View Street in downtown Victoria. More information available from If you have a passion for whales, check out these websites:,,, and Photo courtesy Ian Jansma, Raincoast. SEASIDE | july 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 53


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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Ingrid Jarisz of Newport Realty exemplifies the platinum value of people skills in a highly competitive profession. Certainly her expertise and years of experience are behind her professional success where, on average, her listings have sold for over 96% of the asking price. But what really puts Ingrid over the top is her caring approach to clients and her genuine concern for their well-being. Her sensitive attitude towards her real estate clients spills over into Ingrid's good work in the community where she is involved with charities that actually help people attain good affordable places to live. Giving back is a natural progression for her. A real estate agent for Newport Realty, the likable and charismatic Ingrid goes the extra mile for her clients with all the complex details of securing or selling a home. A testimonial reveals her caring dedication to her clients: "Ingrid went above and beyond in arranging access to the home, researching unexpected details as they arose, while also ensuring all details were readily available and transparent to all parties." For Ingrid, her real sense of satisfaction goes way beyond that nice commission at the end of the rainbow. She talks excitedly about helping a young couple get their first home: "For me, this sale was one of the most difficult and challenging ones … we had to jump through a lot of hoops to make it all come together. Having such a positive impact in their lives, and for such an important decision in their future, means so much to me. It doesn't matter the value of the sale or the commission I earn; it's being part of their future and happiness that gives me the greatest success!" With her genuine concern for people's housing needs, Ingrid believes in accessible housing for everyone. Her philosophy translates into valuable work in the community: "My commitment to community includes chairing the Construction Division of the United Way of Greater Victoria where I have been part of a large team who are improving the lives of everyday Victorians and truly making a difference." As an ambassador for United Way, Ingrid visits local companies and organizations, telling them of the charity's humanitarian work. The dedicated professional is part of the Community Relations Committee made up of Victoria Realtors through the Victoria Real Estate Board. They are planning their first fundraiser for July; the money raised will go towards Habitat for Humanity, a local non-profit that builds homes for low income families. The most successful professionals put people first. And they see possibilities for the future, the bigger picture of how they can use their talents to give back to the larger community. Ingrid Jarisz is living proof. Contact:

Victoria Conservatory of Music Embraces Technology Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), one of the largest and most respected music schools in Canada, makes use of technology to expand the quality and diversity of its music learning options for students. "We believe embracing music technology creates new opportunities for our students," said Jane Butler-McGregor, CEO of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. "We've always recognized the importance of technology in the future of music education." To stay at the forefront of music education, VCM is launching a new area of study within its school: a School of Music Creativity and Innovation that includes, in partnership, with Camosun College, a new online part-time Post-Secondary Certificate in Music Technologies consisting of a 3-4 Semester Credential Program, delivered fully online through "Camosun College Distributed Learning" by the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Deadline for applications is August 15th, 2014 with the programming beginning September 2014. To enroll online and for full program details on the Music Technologies Certificate program, course descriptions, prerequisite and tuition information students can visit: http:// "This online offering bridges the skills between traditional music education and the modern workplace," said Stephen Green. "Music technologies are an essential set of skills for any working musician in the 21st century. It prepares students for a myriad of new job opportunities within the music media industry in film, video gaming and TV." Other examples of the VCM embracing technology include integrating software-assisted music learning tools that can be used by children as young as four years old. For the first time offered on Vancouver Island, VCM is using cutting-edge software that facilitates ease of use, rapid and entertaining learning for kids. Students create and record music right from their very first lesson. Information can be found at:

Another example of VCM's technology-savvy learning options includes its high tech Mobile Music Lab. Made possible by a generous grant from Telus Foundation, the VCM can bring its portable piano keyboards, laptop computers and music software to teach music classes anywhere. "It's impressive to see how the VCM has grown and matured over the last five years," said Gary Garritan, VCM's Board and Technology Committee Advisory Member. They are at the forefront in bringing music and technology together. Their new online Music Technologies Certificate is the only online program of its kind offered in all of Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The way the school adopts technology is fresh and current, whether it be in the classroom or online, they are smart about it. "In British Columbia, I've seen technology in many forms provide enormous cost-savings and efficiencies in healthcare, retail, transportation, hospitality, agriculture and sports, Garritan added. The VCM is a great example of using technology to advance both music and education."

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First Female President for Victoria Flying Club The Victoria Flying Club Board of Directors recently welcomed club member and pilot Ramona Reynolds as their first ever female president. Despite the efforts of Amelia Earhart and many like her through the decades, women are still under-represented in the field of aviation, both recreationally and professionally. Reynolds is working to change that. 1928 first saw the Victoria Aeroclub operating out of Lansdowne field in Victoria. In 1946, after WWII, the Victoria Flying Club was formed on the site of Patricia Bay Air Base, also home to the Victoria International Airport, where the club still operates a first-class flight training facility nearly 70 years later. Throughout that 70year history, many women have earned their private and commercial pilot licences from the Victoria Flying Club. In fact, one of the

earliest photos of the club, framed and hung proudly in the pilot's lounge, is local pilot and Victoria Flying Club member Mae Frame, standing proudly beside the club's Piper Cub. A number of women have also been instructors at the Victoria Flying Club and have gone on to careers in aviation with national and international airlines. There is one female club manager in the record books, as well as several female board members through the years. But Reynolds is the first to hold the position of president. A recreational pilot, CEO of her own company, a mother, and a mentor, Reynolds wears many hats every day and is eager to add another. After a year as club vicepresident, the role of president is a welcome opportunity for Reynolds to promote the Victoria Flying Club, and also the recently

formed Vancouver Island Chapter of Women in Aviation International, where she also holds the role of president. The Victoria Flying Club has been a major supporter of the new chapter, and Reynolds is excited to continue the synergistic relationship, sharing not only her enthusiasm for aviation in general, but also working to create scholarships and outreach opportunities for girls and women interested in learning to fly. "Women make significant contributions to all facets of aviation, but are still underrepresented in a mostly male-dominated field," says Reynolds. The chapter is planning a gala fundraiser and silent auction on September 13th at the B.C. Aviation Museum to raise funds for scholarships and outreach opportunities. For more information visit

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Grassroots to the Nationals: Volunteering in the Equine Community by Bob Ramsey

Do you enjoy horses, and like to make a difference? Looking for

engagement and fulfillment? Become a volunteer! Regardless if you have a horse or not, there's a welcome spot for you at community shows, where you're sure to get up close and meet new friends (both two and four-legged!). You'll find opportunities with upcoming Peninsula shows in July and August, and other events you'll read about later in the article! One local member has grown from grassroots to the national stage, and was recently honoured by Equine Canada as 2013 Volunteer of the Year! While you see him volunteering at our Saanichton shows and Fair, his roots and vision go far beyond helping all breeds. Nanaimo's Gerald McDonald has been involved in the promotion, development and support of breed sport in Canada for 45 years, and began volunteering at his local Arabian club in 1965. His efforts have spanned all levels from local to national and beyond, as he has generously donated time and energy to the AHA – the Arabian Horse Association, the breed's governing body. Starting in 1991, he served four years as Director of Region 17 – Western Canada's chapter of AHA, helping increase breed competition and promotion. In 1995 he became Chair of the Canadian National Championship Arabian Horse Show, steering the event to a new and bigger home. He applied his skills and knowledge as Chair or member of several key AHA Committees, including Budget & Finance, to be recognized as the National Volunteer of the Year Award three times, and is the only two-time recipient of the AHA Presidents Award. An impressive model, on top of fulltime work! Gerald encourages involvement: "Volunteering at the local level is really the heart of what makes our shows viable. Without the many volunteers we have, none of it would be possible and we would not have an avenue to show and promote our horses. My local volunteering gave me the basis to help at first the regional and then national level. I can remember volunteering as early as my junior years at local open shows and rodeos at the then-active horse club in

Nanaimo, which was formed and run by juniors. In my mind, it's just something we should all do to help support each other in the sport and activity we are passionate about." Volunteers rock! While having fun, you can sharpen team building and leadership skills that translate into personal growth. There are unlimited avenues to hone skills, at all levels! So get involved! Reward yourself! If you like to have fun helping, come enjoy all-breed open shows July 12th, and the Saanich Fair, Labour Day weekend, featuring a demo of Arabian horses in action, 4-H, and a mare that kids can actually "hand paint!" View details and contacts at Our Peninsula offers many other adventures, with great (even extreme) trails to ride, dressage shows, and excellent theraputic riding programs, too ( Bob Ramsey is the Voice of the Saanich Fair horse show. He has announced regional and national shows, and bred and shown Arabian Horses for 35 years. He has written features about equine events for publications in Canada and the U.S., and can be reached at 250-544-0017.


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line. An order was placed with a Quebec firm to build a ferry for the line. This was christened the Canora, an anagram for CAnadian NOrthern RAilway. On Dec 20th, 1918, the CNPR was absorbed by the Canadian National Railway (CNR), who decided not to provide passenger service from Vancouver Island to the mainland, but only to ship freight. Thus when the Canora arrived in Victoria, it immediately went into refit and by 1919 the ferry was in service for the Patricia Bay line for freight. During the same year the electric/gas motorcar passenger service discontinued on the Pat bay line. In 1919, the CNR purchased the Victoria and Sidney Railway's line from Bazan Bay to Sidney which they had been leasing since January 1918 to provide service to the growing industries of area. By 1932 the S.S. Canora was withdrawn; two years later the Sidney Mill caught on fire and was closed down. In 1935 the track was abandoned and removed. The stations on the line were as follows: Alpha Street near Burnside, Junction (near the present Town and Country Shopping Centre), North Quadra, Cordova, Sayward, Martindale, Michell, Saanich, Bazan, East Road, Range Road, and Patricia Bay. Today, most of the Lochside Galloping Goose Trail is along the CNPR right-of-way. For further information concerning the Railways of the Saanich Peninsula, please visit: Tyler Woolley is a volunteer at the Sidney Archives. 8 1 9 7 5 2 3 6 4

Who would ever have expected that a small area 33 kilometres in length and averaging four kilometres in width would be serviced by three railway lines, albeit, all operating during the same time? The place: the Saanich Peninsula. The railway lines: the Sidney & Victoria (1894 - 1919), the British Columbia Electric (1913 - 1924); and the Canadian Northern Pacific (1917 - 1935). In this short piece, the story of the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway (CNPR), the last surviving band of steel to transverse the Peninsula, will be reviewed. The CNPR was incorporated in March 1910, partly on the basis that the company would construct a railway from Victoria to Port Alberni for passenger and freight service. The Company received its charter on February 18th, 1911. The agreement with the provincial government stated that a ferry service to Port Mann would be included. By the time work had begun on the line, a decision had been made to include a Victoria to Union Bay line with a ferry service to Port Mann. By December 1912, the CNPR had acquired 250 acres of land at Union Bay, (which is now known as Patricia Bay, being renamed after Queen Victoria's Granddaughter, Princess Patricia of Connaught). The reasoning behind the renaming was so there would be no confusion with the shipping port at the Cumberland Colliers. At the time, the owners of the CNPR had plans to develop the Patricia Bay area by building their wharves for passenger and freight business, repair shops, the setting out of railroad yards and sidings. Even the thought of laying out a townsite was being considered. "The Canadian Northern is here to stay," announced the Sidney Review. The construction of the Patricia Bay line started in September 1913 when crews arrived in the Saanichton area to begin clearing and grading the line. This was completed by November 1914; however, it took three years for the rails to be laid because of the needs of World War I. With the completion of the ferry dock at Patricia Bay, (more than 2,200 feet in length), a 74-seat electric/gas passenger motorcar was transported from the mainland to the Island to be used on the

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Cash prizes, special games and a progressive jackpot. Refreshments available. Open to everyone over 19 years old. Proceeds go to operating costs for The Central Saanich Senior's Centre. Come out and support this nonprofit facility which provides recreation and support for all seniors on the Saanich Peninsula. tuesday evenings Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting

Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney, 7:30 pm 250.656.3738

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience, please come out to one of our meetings.

Sidney/North Saanich Branch 10091 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, 2 - 3 pm Call 250.656.0944 to register

Kick off a summer of reading with Glenn Kachmar's new show. Expect surprising science experiments, gross science facts and wild improv drama games. Be prepared to be amazed, act crazy and share a lot of laughs. All ages. July 6, 13

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See 10 beautiful water gardens knowing that you'll be helping us build a trade school in Dodoma, Tanzania. Tickets are $25 each and are available at most local garden centres, or online via above site.

On the Ortega Terrace. Tickets $20; available on site or by calling the number above. july 7 - 18

The Good Old "Daze" Elvis is Coming to Mill Bay! Mill Bay Centre and surrounding area 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

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Saanich Fairgrounds 1528 Stelly's X Road, 9 am - 1 pm

North Saanich Farm Market in the garden of St. John's United Church 10990 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Seasonal vegetables and fruit, eggs, baking, meat, fish, locally produced crafts. Live entertainment. thursdays till august 28 Sidney Street Market

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Early Evening Canoe Adventure (guided paddle; 5 yrs +) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich), 6 - 9 pm 250.478.3344

Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks' naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary. You must pre-register: $20+GST (15 yrs+); $10+GST (5–14 years). july 11

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Summer Musings 2014 Ballet Étoile Canada

Meet Elvis, Al Capone, Bill Gates and over 70 more, famous, life size, hand crafted characters. A humorous glimpse of the past that shaped your lifestyle today. Fun for the whole family and win prizes. Follow the map provided by participating Mill Bay businesses to see all 70 amazing figures. Vote for your favorites and be entered in a prize draw.Winning figures receive money for a charity of the creator's choice. Take part in the scavenger hunt and win prizes. Celebrate with a BBQ, live music and awards, Friday, July 18th at 5:30 p.m.

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crabs. This beach has them all! Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and meet the crabs of Island View Beach as well as some of their crusty cousins. We'll explore under rocks, make a craft and more! Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Look for the blue tent on the beach.

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British Columbia Aviation Museum Annual Open House 1910 Norseman Rd, Sidney, 10 am 250.655.3300

This year the theme is the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Pat Bay air base (which we all know today as the Victoria International Airport). The base has a fascinating history – during World War II it was home to both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force. A wide variety of aircraft types was based here at that time, and several will be on display. As in past years, you will have the opportunity to go flying with the Victoria Flying Club. Admission is by donation and there is ample free parking. july 30

Delightful Detestables Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney/North Saanich Branch 10091 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, 2 - 3 pm Call 250.656.0944 to register

Explore the weird, wacky and sometimes gross adaptations of some of our local animals: slugs, snakes, spiders and more! Thanks to the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Ages 5+.

Only Time Will Tell by Martin Blakesley

I'd have had my fingers wrapped around this mug of thick, hot coffee and been enjoying the view from the hot tub long before now, if my coffee grinder hadn't died and I hadn't wasted precious time doing "The Guy Thing:" taking it apart with my multi-tool, in the foolish belief it was fixable. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson six months ago, when the same thing happened and I responded in exactly the same way, with exactly the same result, before begrudgingly taking out my old hand mill, just as I've now done again. Its heads are worn nearly smooth and you have to turn the crank "just so" to get any action out of them but, hey, I'm drinking freshly ground coffee I wouldn't be drinking otherwise, and I'm sitting here thinking … … When Henry Ford instructed his engineers to search the junk yards for old Ford automobiles, determine which parts had not worn out, and then make those parts weaker, not stronger, in the new vehicles rolling off his assembly line, he introduced an idea that's paved the way to our modern way of life and the pile of bits and grounds on my counter. But where, I wonder, did this idea come from? Perhaps he'd read Oliver Wendell Holmes' 1858 poem The OneHoss Shay, partly inspired by the All Saints' Day earthquake of 1755, which was so huge that it shook Lisbon, Portugal to its foundations, causing huge loss of life, and its shockwaves were felt across the Atlantic, in Boston, by Holmes' forebears. Appearing a century later, Holmes' poem, sub-titled "A Logical Story," described what happens when blindly optimistic logic is carried to logical consequences, when practice is guided by reason alone, rather than by reason tempered

with experience and common sense. The central character, an inventive Yankee church deacon, designs and builds a one-horse "chaise" or carriage to such exacting standards that each part was equally strong, thus guaranteeing it would never wear out. And "It was on the terrible earthquake-day that the Deacon finished the one-hoss-shay." Well, the shay endured from that day, for exactly 100 years. Then, at the exact moment that the 1755 earthquake struck, it quite unexpectedly wore out all at once. And what, Holmes asks his reader, does he think the deacon found, as he got up and brushed himself off? "The poor old chaise in a heap or mound, / As if it had been to the mill and ground! / You see, of course, if you're not a dunce, / how it went to pieces all at once, / all at once, and nothing first, just as bubbles do when they burst." So there you have it: my modern grinder succumbed to the planned obsolescence inherent in the modern assembly line production that is the legacy of the inventor of the "horseless carriage;" he was inspired by a poem about a horse-drawn carriage that became instantly obsolete, the poem having been inspired, in turn, by an earthquake that rendered virtually obsolete then-prevalent Europe thinking. Sitting here, a century-and-a-half later, perched precariously but optimistically on our edge of The Rim of Fire, I can't help but wonder: given the imminence (geologically speaking) of our own "Great Lisbon Earthquake" and the recent bursting of our horseless carriage's bubble, who's writing a One-Hoss Shay for these times? Who's it inspiring to dream and realize the next big, defining idea, and what will it all mean for me and my coffee-drinking descendants? Only time will tell. Meantime, this cuppa joe is well worth the effort, the view from atop Mt. Belcher is stunning, and – if I can get my hands on a replacement grinder today – tomorrow might be an even better day.

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last word There's been a post popping up on various internet sites lately: "10 Ways to Give Your Kid a 1970's Kind of Summer" (by Melissa L. Fenton courtesy of The author suggests that, rather than feeling pressured to cram our kids' summers full of non-stop, planned activities that will insure their time away from school isn't wasted, we take our cues from a simpler time, that of the '70s. Here's her list. For the full article visit http://www.scarymommy. com/10-ways-to-give-your-kid-a-1970s-kind-of-summer/. 1. Make them play outside all day. 2. Let them watch TV. 3. Eat whatever they want and/or whatever they can find. 4. Send them to the movies for the entire day. 5. Spend three nights in a row at your best friend's house. 6. Make stuff, like from stuff you find. 7. Have them put on a talent show. 8. Play "Simon" until you want to throw it against the wall. 9. Build a fort in the backyard.

10. Finally, learn to find the amazing in the extraordinary. Clearly the article is a little "tongue in cheek," but it makes some very valid points. I think we often lose sight of the simple things that made us so happy when we were children, things that our children could benefit from … if we can just pull them away from their smartphones/iPads/video games! When I was a kid, summer was all about the things on this list. My grandparents' home was on the water on the Sunshine Coast, and we spent almost every minute outside: swimming, playing on the beach, making up games, putting on plays, going into town for ice cream, watching endless episodes of The Brady Bunch and The Price is Right … the list goes on and on. Those were the best times: simple, sun- and family-filled days that provided me with some of my best memories. All that being said, a few planned activities can certainly supply a nice balance to a summer of debauchery! Panorama Recreation Centre's Play in the Park program is happening every weekday evening (until August 29th) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at various parks throughout the Saanich Peninsula. For more information visit www. For lots of other summer activities happening locally, see our What's Happening This Summer Guide for Kids and Teens:

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