Seaside Magazine August 2020 Issue

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2020 RRIF/LIF Withdrawl Option Peter Dolezal is a semi-retired Sidney resident. He offers INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL CONSULTING SERVICES to individuals, couples and companies. To date, he has assisted more than 240 clients across Canada, principally in Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland. No Financial Products to Sell Leads to Truly Independent Advice.


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During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many retirees have experienced less need and/or opportunity for discretionary spending. In recognition of this reality, the Federal Government announced a 25% reduction in minimum RRIF/LIF draw requirements – but only for 2020.

with taxable incomes exceeding $79,000 annually (2020 lower threshold) – and hence experiencing partial or even total claw-back of OAS benefits. If, in reducing a RRIF/LIF draw by 25%, the OAS benefit is enhanced, then opting for the lower draw may make sense.

For a 72-year-old, for example, the regular 5.4% minimum annual withdrawal requirement is, for this year only, reduced to 4.05%. Although this may be a welcome option for some retirees who do not need the extra cash, they should not take advantage without careful forethought.

Remember too, that any RRIF/LIF balance remaining on the death of the last surviving partner is added to the deceased’s total income in the final year of life and is taxed in the Estate at their full marginal tax rate. In the ideal situation, a surviving holder’s RRIF/ LIF will be exhausted before their death, having been replaced by a robust balance in a tax-free TFSA account. This would prove to be of great tax benefit not only in the surviving partner’s final years, but also for the Beneficiaries of the eventual Estate, which will avoid taxes on any TFSA balance.

Consider the retiree who, in a modest marginal tax bracket, does not yet have a fully topped-up TFSA. They may be better off continuing to draw the normal minimum (or even more) from a RRIF/LIF, in order to build up a perpetually tax-free TFSA. The sooner one moves funds from a RRIF/ LIF, on which all draws are taxed, to an account that never attracts tax, the greater the long-term benefit. Any concerns about depleting a RRIF/LIF prematurely are more than offset by the higher value held in a tax-free account that may be tapped at any time. On the other hand, retirees for whom the reduced mandatory draw may be of benefit are those

………………………………………….. A useful tax tip. If both partners draw CPP benefits, with one receiving a significantly greater monthly amount, consider opting to equalize the two payments, by signing the requisite CRA form. This should result in lower aggregate taxes on the combined payments. This is NOT a notional split (as is the case with RRIF/LIF or Pension payments); it is an actual change in the monthly amount received. On the death of one partner, the original entitlements are re-established. Therefore, there is no long-term downside in making this equalizing election.

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OFF THE VINE Bringing the beyond into B.C. wine


LIVING OFF THE LAND Healing Farm: reconnection reaps rewards


KAYAKING The pleasures of paddling


LIVE, WORK, CONNECT, REPEAT Living with a home office


SEASIDE HOMES Tiny homes – not a fad anymore!


FLAVOUR TRAILS, REIMAGINED A self-guided rural ramble

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 10 In Fashion 13 Out For A… Heritage Walk

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Off the Vine Living Off The Land From The Kitchen The Natural Path New & Noteworthy

33 Inside Out 43 Common Cents 47 On Design 49 Seaside Homes 57 Art Scene 58 Stable & Field 62 Last Word 63 Sudoku

ON THE COVER Leif, Theo, Emily & Dan Walters at Moses Point, North Saanich photo by Janis Jean Photography

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BRIAN CASE PAGE 16 My one small step toward reconciliation took place just before the pandemic changed our lives. The change gave me time to reflect that, while the world is focused on COVID and other daily "breaking news," there are ongoing issues that don't just disappear to make room for new ones. Reconciliation is one of them.

ANGELA LEAVEY PAGE 33 2020 has created some time for us to pause and reflect. The awareness of health and its priority has been on the forefront for many. In this unprecedented time, we have been reminded of the importance of health prevention and have been provided an opportunity to create personal change.

JANINE MORRIS PAGE 43 More and more people are looking to start their own business these days, whether it be to earn some extra income, take their future into their own hands, or both! As a business and tax advisor, I cannot stress enough the importance and value of seeking professional advice before taking the plunge.

CASSIDY NUNN PAGE 58 Domesticated horses, just like any pet, require regular health care from a veterinarian and need their hooves trimmed every four to eight weeks by a farrier (yes, my horse gets new shoes more often than I do!) It takes a solid veterinarian and farrier team to keep our equine partners healthy and happy.

MARTIN & LISA PEDERSEN PAGE 10 Supporting local small business can have a major impact in how quickly the local economy recovers and flourishes. People may be surprised just how many local options there are for fashion, and how Canadian designers and manufactures are leading the way in producing high quality, environmentally sustainable, and fashionable clothing.

TANIA TOMASZEWSKA PAGE 14 One of the benefits of being a relatively young wine region in the "New World" is having the flexibility to experiment and buck tradition. Coupled with having a diversity of terroir in various sub-regions, this means we can produce and explore grape varieties here in B.C. which go beyond our mainstream roots.

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FIRST WORD from the PUBLISHER SUE HODGSON Summer is finally here! We've all been anxiously waiting for the temperature to rise, the flowers to bloom and our moods to lighten after what feels like a long schlep through winter. As we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time, I'm so grateful to be able to continue publishing Seaside Magazine for our local community. Not only is Seaside the longest published community magazine on the Saanich Peninsula, but we have some of the longest established clients in the area. We know a business can only be as healthy and successful as the community it serves. In order to survive, small businesses today not only have to be innovative, financially sound and forward thinking; they must be flexible too. In these ways Seaside Magazine has evolved and grown over the past decade, staying in step with the rapidly changing economic landscape. As creators of a community magazine our job remains the same. However, we know it is not enough simply to roll out a survey; we must strive to make sure we give our readers the latest intelligence on what's happening on the Saanich Peninsula: what's fun, important, creative and worth a look. In this issue we've done just that! You'll find articles about farming and horses; design trends in both clothes and homes; all the intel on the way that regular summer events are being switched to alternative versions; food and drink ideas for you to try, and of course your favourite sudoku puzzles! You'll also find your local community's businesses communicating to you through their advertisements. They want to let you know the ways in which they've innovated and are surviving, so make sure you let them know when you've "seen it in Seaside." All this wrapped up in a cover that was just as much fun to photograph as it looks! Our photoshoot at Moses Point was a highlight of my summer so far – a beautiful location and a beautiful family. I'm grateful to photographer Janis Jean for capturing the joyful energy that flows naturally from those boys. As you sit down and enjoy another issue of Seaside Magazine, please don't be shy! Send us your letters, ideas and comments and tell us what makes you so proud of living on the Saanich Peninsula.

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Shop Local Can Include Fashion Too! by Martin & Lisa Pedersen

It's like the world

hit a giant reset button in 2020. Now it's time to take a deep breath and decide how we are collectively going to move forward. It is a great time to reassess our buying habits, as consumers will dictate how the economy will look in the future. It is encouraging to hear all the calls to support local, but it may not be obvious that this can extend to the clothes you wear. Fashion is a massive global industry that has evolved through the demand for inexpensive clothing that can react quickly to new trends. You can easily go down a rabbit hole by looking at the problems caused by our current obsession with "Fast Fashion." From poor working standards and inadequate pay to being one of the world's largest polluters, saying the fashion industry is flawed is a bit of an understatement. For many it seems like we have conceded that this is just the way clothing is produced, but many Canadian entrepreneurs have decided there can be a better way. Finding and supporting such clothing can benefit the consumer, the community and the environment. There can be a sense of pride in wearing stylish, well-made, unique clothing that has a Canadian story interwoven within the fabric. Instead of clothes designed for generic consumers around the world, you can get fashion chosen specifically for the climate, sensibilities and styles of our community. With large-scale production there is a disconnect between seller, designer and production. As store Ecotopia Naturals


owners, we frequently talk to designers and production leads and relay suggestions and comments from customers. Try doing that with Amazon. The benefits buying local bring to the community should not be understated. Using your purchasing power locally means your money stays and is reinvested in your community. Small businesses are large donators to local charity and causes and that is true within the local fashion industry. Growth can add unique jobs and continue to diversify the economy by utilizing the skills and passions of extremely talented locals. You can feel good about wearing local and supporting the expansion of the industry from farm to rack within B.C. and Canada. One of the main driving factors of Canadian clothing companies is finding a way to produce wonderful clothing while minimizing the real environmental concerns in fashion. Not only do we have higher regulations and standards to uphold, but entrepreneurs see real value in using environmentally friendly fabrics and processes that utilize less water, fewer chemicals, and use renewable resources. The fashion industry should not be one of the world's largest polluters and deciding to wear fabrics with a lower environmental impact can make a real difference. Choosing quality clothing that lasts and supporting local thrift stores are also positive steps to take. There are so many reasons during this time to stop into your locally owned clothing store and strike up a conversation about where your clothes come from. Look around and you may be surprised how affordable these long lasting, high quality fashions can be. We have hit that reset button, so it's time to connect to our community.

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On your skin? VIVA ORGANICS – Hyaluronic Acid, Josh Rosebrook tinted face cream, Pacifica Luminizing Face Lotion with Vit C When you want to smell irresistible? Saje essential oils – Ananda or Goddess In your bathroom cabinet? Mrs Meyers Peonie cleaner – smells amazing! In home décor? Lots of house plants and local candles.

In your closet? Lots of shoes In your makeup bag? Kopari coconut lip gloss and Kopari coconut deodorant On your bedside table? Becoming by Michelle Obama On your playlist? Doves, Coldplay, The National, Arcade Fire, The Tallest Man on Earth Adding sparkle to your outfit? Jewelry – I love wrap bracelets – especially from Victoria Emerson In haircare? Attitude Super Leaves Shampoo and Conditioner When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" For work – dress pants, lace cami, flowy cardigan and fun flats … on the weekend – comfy clothes – leggings, pullover and sneakers.

On your feet? Comfy flats with "bling" In the kitchen? Fruits and veggies from local farms, Galey Farms Strawberries, SunWing tomatoes – anything from our local farm stands On your luxury wish list? SPA DAY – hot stone massage, facial, body scrub or wrap When you need more than a clutch? Pixie Mood vegan belt bag/fanny pack or vegan backpack On your walls? West Coast art – my hubby's photography of the pacific northwest coast.

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Mt. Newton Cross Road Heritage Walk From East Saanich Road to West Saanich Road, this is a scenic walk past pioneer sites and magnificent views of the valley fields. A historical brochure is downloadable from the Central Saanich website to take with you as you stroll: Route Details You can start from the parking lot of the Prairie Inn Pub (7806 East Saanich Road) as the official first heritage site or you can use the alternate start suggested below and come back to this spot for lunch. Cross the street to use the sidewalk on Mt. Newton Cross Road. Walk past the shops, the Volunteer Fire Museum and through the residential neighbourhood. Once you start downhill from Saanichton Village, the sidewalk changes to a doublewide paved shoulder until Malcolm Road. An alternative start for this walk is just after Malcolm Road at the Individual Learning Centre (1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road). There are parking spaces that run along the road right next to the path. From here the trail is straight on with views on both sides of the valley, through cool canopies of trees, past open fields, working farms, vineyards and private homes. Only a few residential driveways intersect the well-maintained gravel and dirt path until St. Stephens Road. Most sections are flat, with gentle rises and rolls. If you use the heritage map, you will learn about the many sites and history of the area. Reading as you meander makes this walk even more fulfilling.

Taking the short walk down St. Stephens Road to the church is very worthwhile. There are signs to guide you and a dog park right next to the parking lot serves as a great place to picnic. St. Stephen’s Church is the oldest church in British Columbia, used continuously since it was built in 1862. The beautiful grounds have benches for contemplation and to enjoy sweeping views of the valley. Back up to the main path and over a wooden footbridge brings you to the final three heritage sites, ending with Mount Newton Cottage.

Things to Note • This walk is approachable for all fitness levels. Stroller friendly. • Trail length is about 4km one way but can be shortened using the alternate start suggested or turning around sooner. • Great parking options at either of the two suggested starts. • Starting and ending in town means good options for washrooms, snacks, and water. Photos by Sheila Molloy.


by Tania Tomaszewska

Bringing the Beyond into B.C. Wine

A glass of wine is a great way to armchair travel. Swirl, close your eyes, smell, taste and feel where it takes you. The journey can take a few different tacks depending on your interests. Perhaps it's a deep dive into viticulture, farming, geology: thinking about why the winery has chosen its site and grape varieties. Or maybe the art and influence of the winemaker (or choice to intervene as little as possible in the process) intrigues you. You might be looking at the bottle label and consulting a map. Whether you visit the winery or Google it, its wine is about geography and is a vehicle to place. The flight below takes you a bit off the beaten track to visit two trailblazing wineries located in the Okanagan Valley. They each produce wine from grape varieties one might not expect to see, let

alone shine, here in British Columbia. So grab a bottle or two and travel virtually to the Naramata Bench, Osoyoos and beyond.

Terravista Vineyards, Naramata Bench Perched high up on Naramata Bench, Terravista Vineyards is a 10-minute drive north of Penticton. Its four-acre Lone Hand Ranch home vineyard is blessed with a west-facing slope, mixed till sediments and stony soils (great for crisp aromatic whites) and the Okanagan's first plantings of albariño and verdejo (which are typically grown in northwest Spain and Portugal). Terravista is the only winery in Canada making verdejo and only one other winery in B.C. (Stag's Hollow in Okanagan Falls) produces albariño. Terravista's Fandango is a lively dance of albariño and verdejo: a unique blend not made anywhere else in the world at this time. I love this "New World" twist on "Old World" tradition. Terravista's single variety Albariño is another knock-out. You'll love it for lunch and it'll take you to dinner. Terravista also produces wine from white Rhône varieties viognier, roussanne and marsanne and a limited amount of red from syrah. Their wines are fun, vibrant and fantastically food-friendly. Cool labels depicting their tasting room are reminiscent of a work by Mondrian. Open by appointment. www.terravista 1853 Sutherland Road, Penticton

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Moon Curser Vineyards, Osoyoos Drive one hour south from the Naramata Bench and you'll get to Moon Curser Vineyards located in Osoyoos, Canada's one true desert. Located on the climb up Anarchist Mountain, its west-facing vineyards get sun drenched in this hot and arid region. Moon Curser makes an incredibly diverse and interesting portfolio from several varieties exotic to B.C. Their mission and wines are bold and have depth. Far from its Piedmont home in northwest Italy and meaning "Little Rascal" in Italian, I really like Moon Curser's Arneis for a unique white wine option. This singular expression of the arneis variety in Canada is dry and crisp and has lemon, grapefruit and peach tones layered with herbaceous minerality. Think creamy pastas, shellfish or prosciutto. By sipping Moon Curser's reds, you can also explore dolcetto or nebbiolo (other Piemontese varieties), tannat (which thrives in Uruguay), tempranillo (a Rioja grape and grown in the Iberian Peninsula since Phoenician times), touriga nacional (lateripening Portuguese variety often used in Port) or carménère (originally from Bordeaux and now a Chilean flagship). Moon Curser's labels and story revolves around the area's mining history. In the 1800s, smugglers ran gold across the nearby U.S. border in "The Dead of Night" (tannat-syrah) and cursed the moon's bright light when it revealed their movements. Open by appointment, Moon Curser offers sweeping views across Osoyoos Lake to Mount Kobau. 3628 Highway 3 East, Osoyoos

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A Small Step Toward Reconciliation reader submission: Brian Case

I was in a McDonald's

for a coffee one day (in the good old days before "now") at the Mt. Newton franchise. As usual, there was a mix of ethnic groups, including from the Tsawout First Nation, on whose land the McDonald's is located. I have always felt there is not much communication between whites like me and aboriginal people, and I'm sure I could learn a lot from them. As it turns out, I was right. A young Aboriginal couple sat down at a table close to mine, with their tiny baby and their McDonald's meal. My urge to communicate with them was overpowering. But should I interrupt them at their dinner? Besides, what would I say? Apprehensively, I approached their table. The young fellow looked up at me with an "Oh, what now" expression on his face, while his wife glanced at me impassively. What came out of my mouth was a bit spontaneous. First I apologized for interrupting their dinner. Then I said: "I just want to apologize for what my people have done to your people." It was something from the heart, as I've always felt guilty about how we have treated First Nations people, right from first contact. The young man didn't say anything, but his wife did. "My grandmother went to a residential school on Kuper Island," she said, matter-of-factly and in a quiet voice. Somewhat stumbling for words, I replied: "I'll bet she didn't like that too much." "No, she didn't, but she survived," she responded. I didn't let on that I had never heard of Kuper Island, despite having lived half my life here on Vancouver Island. I was kind of embarrassed. We had a short chat, about the rain that day, how cute

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their baby was, how busy the restaurant was – the usual small talk between strangers. I wasn't sure if I'd done the right thing; all I knew was that I felt better doing it. When I got home that evening, I did a bit of research about Kuper Island. I started by Googling "Cooper Island" – that's what it sounded like, but I was wrong – a sign of a knowledge vacuum on my part. The next surprise was that Kuper Island is just a short distance off Chemainus. I had a friend in Chemainus when I was in university in the 60s and working for the summer at the now-defunct Youbou sawmill on Cowichan Lake. I often stayed at his parents' home there on weekends when I didn't feel like hitchhiking to Victoria. My friend, Dave, and I would go down to the local pool hall on Saturday evening, as well as to the hub of social life then in Chemainus, the Green Lantern beer parlour. But I never heard word about Kuper Island, let alone a residential school there. As it turns out, it was not a nice place at all. We all know something now about the residential schools for Aboriginal children – the physical and sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Anglican teachers and priests. But back in the 60s it was a deep, dark secret. I learned that some children at the Kuper Island "school" were so desperate to escape and get back to their parents' homes that they tried paddling on logs across the narrow strait between Kuper Island and Chemainus. Most didn't make it. Instead, they drowned in the frigid waters of the Salish Sea. It's just one of the many tragedies of the residential school system. So what did I really learn from my brief encounter with an Aboriginal family at McDonald's? First and foremost, I quickly realized how very little I really know about the people who occupied this land for thousands of years before white people arrived and "took over," and about how badly they were mistreated. I am now striving to learn more. Postscript: I recently had a chance meeting at an electric vehicle charging station in Sidney: a chat with a young woman while we were waiting for our cars to "top up." She was white, and works at a government agency with aboriginal people. She told me that in fact, she is married to an Aboriginal man on the mainland, which is where she was heading. So I told her about my apology a few months before to the couple in McDonald's. Tears started rolling down her face. I was a bit shocked. Then she said something that made me finally feel that maybe I had done the right thing. "That couple will tell the Tsawout Elders about that conversation," she told me, "And there will be tears there as well." It made me realize how important apologies can be, in the long and complicated process of reconciliation. I'd be very interested to hear your feedback – email














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For over 30 years he worked in the field of land

stewardship; now he works in his own field modelling what it means to be a steward of the land. Mike Romaine, owner of Saanich's certified organic Healing Farm, has held many provincial and federal government positions looking at land use and sustainability, and now operates his own farm applying these principles and educating others. "We need to reconnect with our natural environment," shares Mike. "It can be viable, long term and sustainable." After his retirement Mike began working with non-profit organizations like BC Watershed Stewardship Alliance. Collaborations and conversations sparked personal reflection. "I worked with Indigenous groups when I was doing non-profit work," shares Mike. "They kept saying that reconnecting with the environment is a key requirement to being healthy, healing self and community and addressing land use and stewardship activities." The idea of restoring our relationship with our environment and finding ways to live in harmony with it prompted the farm name and philosophy. Mike and his wife Sharyn purchased the farm in 2004 after careful consideration. "I had taken retirement. We were looking for a property," says Mike. "After 39 properties, we found what we were looking for here." Situated at the south end of the Martindale Valley, Healing Farm is a beautiful 18-acre property. About half of it is West Coast forest with towering 400-year-old cedars and hemlocks. Running through it are five or six natural springs which supply water to the property. Another eight acres is orchard and gardens. It's a setting familiar to this farmer. "I grew up on a farm in the West Kootenays. It was a mixed farm with fruit, veggies, horses, sheep, pigs, and turkeys," says Mike. "I was involved from a young age, and I absorbed some things." The farm is brimming with life with an orchard that offers a dizzying diversity. "There are 20 to 22 varieties of sweet cherries, eight varieties of sour cherries, six varieties of

peaches, 75 varieties of apples, 20 varieties of pears, 25 varieties of plums, as well as nectarines, apricots, figs, mulberries, persimmons, grapes and nut trees including walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and chestnuts," shares Mike. He believes variety and range of species is the key to productivity and natural sustainability. "It's so important to retain many varieties. The genetic stock is vital to maintain." In addition, natural habitat is retained. In the forest old growth helps to promote new growth. The interplay between species is vital. Woodpeckers eat insects and barred owls keep rodent numbers in check. Ecosystems are understood and respected. "We have honey bees and mason bees," shares Mike. "The bees are the main pollinators of our fruit trees." Everything has its place and function. There are designated buildings for specific purposes such as the poultry barn where chickens freely lay their eggs, the maple syrup collection shed or the fruit and vegetable building where fruit is sorted and transformed into delicious fruit leather or juice. There is a specific area housing a licensed egg grading station. Here eggs are evaluated for appearance, weighed, graded and appropriately packaged. So too, everything has its value here. "Some apples may have blemishes so might not have that immediate appeal," says Mike, "but the flavour is still wonderful, so they're dried into fruit leather, made into pies or turned into delicious fruit juice." This vision of a restored connection between people and environment is also realized through community outreach in the form of educational farm tours covering a variety of topics such as the role of bees, the diversity of agro crops on Southern Vancouver Island, humane animal husbandry, climate change and our role as global citizens. Currently, custom tours are available for smaller groups. Reservations can be booked ahead by contacting the farm directly. "We have a holistic approach. We want to build and demonstrate how to live in harmony with the environment," says Mike. "We do tours to help others understand why farms are important." Daily hard work and the desire to protect, nurture, and work with nature results in dividends such as a good harvest and wonderful flavours. "Customers frequently say that our eggs are the best on the Island," says Mike. "They'll say 'we really like the flavour.'" Currently, the farm's bounty is available at retailers including Root Cellar, Lifestyles (Douglas Street), Red Barn (Oak Bay), Mother Nature, Co-Op Food Centre at Keating and Moss Street Farmers Market. Customers can also pick up produce items at the farm by phoning 250-652-6456 or emailing Whether it's the forest or orchards, the buildings or activities, or the daily buzzing of the bees, just like the springs that flow through the property, there is a life force flowing through this farm. Healing Farm exemplifies true stewardship of the land. Photo by Janis Jean Photography

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Re-opening, dealing with COVID-19 and adapting to the new "normal" has been stressful for everyone. At Focus Hair Design, we suddenly found ourselves in a world of uncertainty. It was absolutely gut-wrenching to close the doors of my salon, not knowing what the following months would bring. Would we be able to reopen? What would that look like? In such unprecedented times, we could do nothing but wait – and see what the future might hold. During the time of closure, many of us reflected on our lives, our place in the universe, and everything we had to process. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I have felt incredibly grateful for the community we live in. It was strange to be pulling away from each other, but also pulling together in a new way. Change can be scary, but I know we can overcome this and embrace the new challenges going forward. I'm happy to say that our reopening went very smoothly, and it was a joy to be part of the movement across the country with Canadians getting their hair done for the first time in months. I owe a big thank you to Chris and Gail James who reached out to me when I was feeling bewildered about plexiglass, Lexan, or polycarbonate – which I knew nothing about! I now have some wonderful basic knowledge and terminology, and Chris created a design for barriers which all of us at the salon think are fabulous! Our new COVID-19 protocols include a variety of measures to keep ourselves and our community safe. Appointments can be booked by phone, at 250-656-8122, and all clients will be required to wear a mask. You can bring your own or purchase one from us – we have masks specifically designed for hair salons by a local entrepreneur. All staff have sanitization certification and we have passed inspections with Sidney Fire and Safety, and Island Health, both with flying colours. As a Certified Green Circle Salon, our waste products – including hair, foils, and rubber gloves – do not end up in the landfill. Protecting the environment is very important to us. For more information, please ask us about what it means to be a Green Circle Salon and the difference we can make in partnership with you. We look forward to welcoming you! Clare Wedgwood, Owner

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Savouring the Tastes of Summer by Joan Saunders

Summer is when we can

truly savour our long, lightfilled evenings as we relax with good food, good wine and good company. One of the best ways to spend time while waiting for a glorious sunset is with a picnic. Everything tastes better outdoors after a leisurely walk to that perfect spot by the beach, in the park or even to the table set up on the deck. What I look for in picnic fare are foods that are not difficult to create and still make others feel like some effort has been taken. And when we combine some of the best fruits and vegetables from here in B.C. with the


flavours of France, we can always come up with a fabulous summer meal. Salade Niçoise sounds posh but is both uncomplicated and beautiful. There are many different versions of this recipe, but what I really like about it is that you can adapt it to your own tastes. Traditionally it didn't include lettuce, but using it creates a winning combination which adds crunch and texture. It also appears that the classic recipes don't have both tuna and anchovies, so you can leave anchovies off if they're not your favorite. What I like to do is put the salad ingredients in one container for transport with the vinaigrette in another. Then you can shake up the vinaigrette and dress the salad just before serving so it doesn't become too soggy or heavy. Quiche is another dish that makes it appear like you put in a lot of effort. It does involve pastry, but you can always purchase a readymade pie shell and start from there. It's also an easily adaptable option. Don't like mushrooms? Add more peppers. Have a whack of listless-looking celery? Just sautÊ it up and it's now part of a stunning picnic. Want to add some seafood? Sure, throw in some shrimp. Equally tasty hot or cold, quiche is easy to carry and serve. I often slice up a tomato to decorate the top as it then looks so pretty on the picnic table. Finish off the menu with a baguette from a

local bakery, some great cheese, a lovely bottle of wine and a pitcher of some sparkling water with lemon slices tossed in. For dessert, keep it simple. I like to take along a little something that won't get crushed on the journey. Biscotti are always a good choice as they're a treat without being too heavy. You can make your own or purchase whatever kind you prefer. Along with some luscious local berries you'll find that you created an enjoyable and extremely flavourful summer event.

Salade Niçoise (serves 4 as a starter or side) From: The Food of France, recipes by Maria Villegas and Sarah Randell, Whitecap Books. 4 waxy potatoes (about 1½ cups cooked) 1 tbsp olive oil 1¾ cups green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces 10 oz chunk tuna (canned/drained or cooked fresh) 6 oz lettuce ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved 20 pitted black olives 2 tbsp capers 3 hard boiled eggs, cut into wedges 8 anchovies Vinaigrette: 1 crushed garlic clove 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 tsp lemon juice ½ cup olive oil

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Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain. Cut into small cubes; place in bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss. Cook green beans in boiling salted water for 3 minutes; drain and refresh under cold water. Vinaigrette: whisk together garlic, mustard, vinegar and lemon juice. Add oil in a thin, steady stream, whisking until smooth. Drain and put the tuna in a bowl; separate into chunks. Cover the bottom of a serving dish with lettuce leaves. Scatter the potatoes, beans, tuna, tomatoes, olives and capers over the leaves, pour the vinaigrette over the top and decorate with eggs and anchovies. Add salt and pepper to taste if not using anchovies.

Vegetable Quiche (serves 4-6) 1 unbaked 8-9 inch pie shell 2 cups mixed sautéed veggies, whatever you prefer: mushrooms, onions, celery, peppers, leeks 4 oz swiss cheese, grated 1 tbsp flour ½ cup each dry white wine and mayo 2 slightly beaten eggs 1 tomato Lightly sauté veggies in oil. Cool. Combine veggies and cheese, spread in unbaked pie shell. Whisk mayo, flour and wine until smooth, add the eggs and whisk again. Pour into pie shell over veggies and cheese. Slice tomato and place decoratively. Add salt and pepper if desired on top. Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes. Photo by Joan Saunders

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Back to School for Healthy, Happy Kids

Now that it's August your thoughts may have started toward the impending return of the school day (whatever that will end up looking like). You may be feeling at a loss as to how to send your kids back out and keep them healthy in a world that looks a lot different than this time last year. I think in these times, it's important to remember the basics. Lay this foundation, so that you can roll with the new and unexpected with greater ease. 1. Plan healthy meals ahead of time. Good food is the cornerstone of good health, but sometimes when you have a house full of hungry kids after a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is rustle up a whole foods dinner. Stack the deck in your favour by batch-cooking ahead of time: set aside even just two hours on Sunday afternoon and make up some staples (brown rice, black beans, baked chicken, salad dressings/sauces, etc.) and keep them in tupperware in the fridge for easily-assembled meals. Make-ahead breakfasts also cut down on stress and hassle in the mornings: things like overnight oats, egg cups, and healthy muffins and bars you can grab on the go. 2. Get your kids in the kitchen. The earlier a child can have direct experience with preparing a whole foods diet, the better set up they'll be for healthy living later in life. If, however, you make food prep time an activity your kids actively participate in, you'll have the time and space to teach them some healthy habits – and maybe even create a memory or two in the process. 3. Limit screen time (and try replacing it with physical activity). I would never judge a parent for wanting the sweet relief of parking your child in front of the TV, but consider the implications: screen time has been shown to make children more irritable, exacerbate concentration issues, and in some cases, even create addiction issues. The best tactic with screen time? Be firm. Set boundaries. And send your kids outside to play and get some exercise rather than setting them up with a movie or video game. 4. Give kid-friendly supplements. Probiotics – There's a strong correlation between gut health and brain health, so give both a boost in your child by giving them a high-quality probiotic daily. Omega 3s – These essential fatty acids are integral to proper brain and memory development. Vitamin D – This one's especially important for children in

Victoria, due to our relatively low sunlight exposure in the fall and winter. A high-quality multivitamin – A good multivitamin with stress-busting B vitamins and immune supporters like Vitamin C and zinc will power up your child's health for the winter months. On a final note, remember this fall that health is a journey, not a destination: if you're not currently doing any of the recommendations above, don't sweat it. Pick what looks easiest, and try implementing it with a little help from your family.


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CHANGING IT UP Building on a Strong Foundation There have been a few changes for the Saanich Peninsula Community by Paula Kully Foundation. The organization recently acquired charitable status while Vice President Tim Maloney has stepped into the role of President. Tim has worked in the nonprofit sector for 35 years. The 20-year-old Foundation manages a permanent community endowment fund that grows through public support and provides funding to local non-profit charitable organizations.

10 Acres Restaurant and Café at the Pier Hotel If you have been down to Beacon Wharf lately, you may have noticed that the new 10 Acres at the Pier in the former Haro's Restaurant location has opened. The soft opening is providing an opportunity for the team to train and get used to the new space that has been completely redecorated with a fresh, modern open décor.

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Arts has closed its doors, but there's a new venture to fill the musical void. Keynote Academy, owned and operated by Heather and Cory Hastings, is providing a wide range of online classes for the whole family and for all levels of learners. For details visit


Will + Wheel Hair Lounge is a new eco-friendly and cruelty-free salon in Sidney at 9774 Third Street in Sidney next to Lolly Gobble. The salon opens on August 4 for bookings.

… And the Beast We love our pets on the Peninsula and now there is a new store in Sidney for pet parents to shop. Pet Connections on Beacon Avenue specializes in raw food produced from mainly Canadian suppliers. Owner Leslie Kennedy started "Pet Connection" magazine over 12 years ago. The magazine, like the store, focuses on natural health for your pet.


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project will expand the elementary and secondary schools, and replace the gymnasium with a full-size gym. The addition will provide a total of 2,871 square meters of new space and is expected to be complete by November 2021.

The Long and Winding Road After years of waiting, the District of Central Saanich is finally seeing the start of construction on a new overpass at Keating Cross Road. The Ministry of Transportation has advised that initial engineering work is being conducted during July and August, which may cause traffic delays – a small price to pay for long-term safety. The plan includes a new flyover overpass from the Pat Bay Highway northbound to Keating Cross Road westbound, eliminating the need for drivers to turn left across traffic, as well as a southbound on-ramp to Victoria.


with the North Saanich Market. But the good news is they have been included in this year's North Saanich Flavour Trails. Repair Café is a neighbourhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. Bring your electronics, clothing, household appliances, broken ceramics, bikes, furniture, etc. to 10990 West Saanich Road on July 31, August 14 and August 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. Physical distancing rules and safety protocols will be in place.

VIRTUAL REALITY Meet Me at the Market Everyone is a bit sad that the Sidney Street Market isn't running this year due to the pandemic; summer just isn't the same without the sights and sounds of this popular Sidney event. However, you can still support some of your favourite vendors as the Market has gone virtual. Check it out at

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Something to Smile About Congratulations are in order for Sidney Centre Family Dentistry located at #215 - 9764 Fifth Street. The family-owned and operated clinic celebrates 20 years of doing business in Sidney while serving the residents of the Saanich Peninsula.

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Another local event that is working its way around COVID is the Sidney by the Sea Run / Walk. Racers record their own distance and time and complete their distance between September 20 and October 18. By registering you will support two charities - Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation and the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea! You can register for the 5k, 8k or 10k walk/run at:

Join me at the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Peninsula Challenge! This year, our Saanich Peninsula Healthcare and Hospital Foundation is planning a unique fundraiser that will allow us to social distance in our bubbles and raise funds for an important cause. And, coincidentally, it is happening on my 60th birthday: Sunday, August 30th. I’m hoping that you will join me as a participant or sponsor. If you can’t make it, please send in a donation and let them know it’s in honour of Stasia’s 60th birthday! My goal for this day is for everyone to participate in supporting our local hospital, especially during these unprecedented times. And thank you, SPHHF, for planning a party I can invite ALL my friends to!

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by Angela Leavey Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine Therapies

A TCM Diagnostic Tool

One of the main questions I am asked by patients is; "what do you see when you look at my tongue"? and "What are you looking for"? The tongue is one of the best diagnostic tools we have in Chinese medicine to help identify energetic imbalances in the body. During an Acupuncture treatment, when you are asked to "stick out your tongue" we are using one of the four pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis, which is observation. We are observing; tongue body, shape, colour, coating and movement. Each of these qualities reflects specific areas of your energetic state of health. Using the tongue as a diagnostic tool helps to establish the balance of yin and yang, qi and blood and constitutional elements such as heat or cold. Chinese medicine has observed that certain parts of the tongue relate to specific organ systems in the body. Using tongue diagnosis assists in properly identifying TCM patterns that are associated with energetic imbalances of organ and meridian systems in the body and their related symptoms. Terms used in tongue diagnosis are: root of the tongue, centre of the tongue, sides of the tongue and tip of the tongue. The root (or back of the tongue) represents the kidney, bladder

and intestines. The centre of the tongue represents the spleen (pancreas) and stomach. The sides of the tongue represents the liver and gallbladder. The tip of the tongue represents the heart and lung. When observing the tongue, factors such as food and drink intake, time of the day, medications, individual constitution and age are all taken into consideration. All of this information is useful in helping to inquire further to determine a proper TCM diagnosis and assist with treatment plan and care. Tips: • Prior to your appointment, try to avoid food and beverages that might change your tongue (including coffee, beets, blueberries and foods made with artificial food colouring). • If you brush your tongue as part of your oral hygiene routine, it is recommended to discontinue the practice prior to your scheduled appointment. For more information visit * Please note: Tongue diagnosis should not be used as a substitute for standard medical care or to diagnose potential health conditions.



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One of the industries hardest hit by COVID-19 has surely been the healthcare industry, where it is necessary for people to touch and directly interact. This has been difficult for both the clients and the practitioners. But, we have weathered the storm and things have begun to reopen with safety protocols in place. Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage in Sidney and Brentwood Bay reopened for in-person visits in May during Phase 2 of B.C.'s Restart Plan. The last time I talked to the clinic's owner, Linda Walker, winter was upon us and the cold, rainy days had settled in. There also was no fear of COVID-19 yet. But like the seasons, our body's needs and reactions change with the climate. So, I checked in with Linda to see what the sunny side of life in summer brings to the clinic and how they are dealing with the pandemic. Firstly, how has the shut-down of personal services due to COVID-19 affected your clinic and the practitioners who work there? Our two-month shutdown and safe reopening actually went very smoothly. With good team communication and a revised schedule, we were able to reopen in May at 50% capacity with patients spread out within the clinic for physical distancing. Now that our new COVID policies are in place, we've been able to slowly increase capacity to 85%. Can you provide a quick overview of how the clinic is dealing with COVID-19 and what safety measures are in place now that provincial restrictions have eased and you are open to the public? It has come to my attention that people may not be seeking help in a timely manner due to the fear of COVID and that they may not come in for treatment until they are really hurting. I want to reassure our patients that our clinic takes COVID prevention very seriously and that we are following all Vancouver Island Health

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Authority safety protocols, which surpass our Physiotherapy College standards. We have really appreciated how safe our patients are being in our clinic! Most people are great about wearing masks, and taking the few extra minutes to wash their hands upon entering the clinic. We've also incorporated a bit of flow management and have patients enter the front door, and exit out our back door. Are you still offering all of the services you have in the past or, have changes been made? All our services are being offered! This includes physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation), yoga, post-concussion therapy, pelvic floor rehab, chronic pain management, vestibular dysfunction (dizziness), injury prevention, acupuncture, sports rehab and performance, aging education and rehab and temporomandibular (TMJ) joint pain. Now that summer is in full swing, what are the main reasons people are coming to see you? People who we were treating pre-COVID are seeing us for muchneeded follow-up after the two-month closure. And I would say we now have our regularity of patients back with a variety of new issues, as well as on-going prevention. Patients who we were treating online through either video telehealth or phone consult sessions are happy to see us in person again. We will continue to offer telehealth and phone consults going forward because we saw the benefit for people who can't get out of the house due to various risks and/or mobility reasons, and also our Gulf Island residents who don't have to do a "town" day to see us. What are your top five tips for people as they move into a more active lifestyle during the summer months? 1. Walk 30 minutes, three to five times a week, and do two one-hour moderately intense cardio workouts each week for cardiovascular longevity. 2. Do a daily stretching (yoga) program because as we know, you don't get looser as you age. 3. Treat any health issues early or preventatively; this means that if something isn't feeling right for more than three days, you should seek an assessment. 4. More people are cycling which is an excellent, non-weight bearing activity that can act as a good alternative to pool exercise; or go swimming in our lakes and the ocean as things heat up. 5. Remember to actively "exercise" and calm your whole nervous system by doing a simple form of breath awareness/meditation daily. This is the best tool in clinical research for treating and preventing stress. For more information visit

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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services

MAKE ANY ROOM A GUEST ROOM We have a great selection of adjustable beds and mattresses! Custom Marine & RV Mattresses A boutique store in Sidney specializing in mattresses and beds. Open Mon - Sat 10-4 and by appt outside regular hours. 778.351.2113 | 1A - 2353 Bevan Ave, Sidney

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

Showroom Open by Appointment 250.812.4304 | 9715 First St, Sidney

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Seaside Cabinetry & Design Seaside Cabinetry & Design is a family-run business that is owned and operated by husbandand-wife team Tony Rechsteiner and Jessica Kwasnica. Since they opened in 2015, they've expanded to their beautiful new showroom in downtown Sidney at 9715 First Street. Before opening Seaside Cabinetry, Jessica was a kitchen designer for 10 years and Tony a home builder and renovator – the perfect team to work together on transforming their clients' spaces! They do cabinetry for all rooms: Kitchens, Butler's Pantries, Dining Rooms, Libraries, Living Rooms, Bathrooms, Mud Rooms and Laundry rooms. Their showroom is beautiful and spacious and has hundreds of cabinetry and countertop samples to work with at-hand. Jessica loves taking a space and designing the unexpected, while Tony gets creative with grand spaces. They are both extremely passionate about design and love working with the Sidney locals as well as people from and all over Vancouver Island. Getting to know their clients is a key aspect to their success. Seaside Cabinetry & Design prides themselves on quality cabinetry, professional design services, installations and personalised services. Come and meet them at their showroom by appointment and get going on your new space; maybe a new kitchen is in your future!




Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services Garage Cycle Spin Studio

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Garage Cycle is a boutique spin studio providing an exhilarating cardio workout inspired by outdoor biking. With small class size, ambient lighting and uplifting music, Cyclers are assured to enjoy a personalized and inspiring ride.

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If you'd like to take advantage of this option, call 250-412-3472 or email info@ Stay healthy and we will keep you updated of any changes to our regular services and operation.

muffet & louisa I always appreciate this opportunity, kindly provided by the wonderful crew at Seaside Magazine, to say a few words to everyone. After five months of adapting to our new world of care and separation, the first thing I have to say this time, from the bottom of my heart, is: WOW, thank you! The support and friendship that everyone has shown us, and all your Sidney businesses, has been amazing. You are the reason we are here and without your support, we would not survive – thank you all, so very much. As you may know, we are open in Garden Court, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays – we love to see you! But if you are still not comfortable coming to shop at the store, we are continuing to offer outside pick-up and deliveries. In addition, as of September, you will be able to shop with Muffet & Louisa online from the safe comfort of your home. We know that the ease of online shopping is here to stay, even when things do open up a little more. Most stores in Sidney that you have enjoyed and supported for years now have their own websites; we hope you will enjoy shopping with us on

As part of our continuing effort to supply you with quality products in a safe and timely manner, we are offering ready to assemble packages for anyone who is self isolating or would wish to use this option. These will give you the necessary parts to install your cabinetry at home and we are happy to walk you through the process.


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

Our entire mattress line-up is now here! Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Kingsdown and our hand made mattress, Bishop & Mitchell. Come and feel the luxury & comfort of these fine mattresses. 250.655.7467 (SHOP) #202 - 9768 Fifth St, Sidney

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

Shop our last delivery of Summer apparel before the end of the season. Lovely linen, breathable cotton, and lightweight layers from your favourites Part Two, ELK, and many more. 2418 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.0774 @boutiquemoden |

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

WINE KITZ Summer is a bit more challenging this year. But one thing is certain: you can still enjoy excellent quality, awardwinning wine … all at a fraction of the cost of commercial equivalents. On-premises wine-making. Visit WINE KITZ today.

Muffet & Louisa We consider the environmental impact of each item on our shelves. The story behind this fair trade company is why we couldn't resist the collection of handbags, clutches and accessories from Fibres of Life. 250.654.0300 | #5A - 2042 Mills Rd West, Sidney

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Garage Cycle Spin Studio Newly launched to the Peninsula in September 2019, Garage Cycle is a boutique spin studio providing an exhilarating cardio workout inspired by outdoor biking. With small class sizes, ambient lighting and uplifting music, indoor cyclists are guaranteed to enjoy a personalized and inspiring ride. Both Raina and Shaye have over 10 years of indoor cycling experience and focus their efforts in tailoring their cycling classes to anyone between the ages of 19 to 65, from beginner to expert. They take the participant through a 50-minute cardio journey – spinning through various types of terrain from climbing hills and steep mountains to interval training and finishing off with a sprint for the finish line. If you want to sweat, burn calories, improve your cardiovascular endurance and have fun doing it, Garage Cycle is the place for you! Class Schedule: • Monday 6 p.m. • Tuesday 6:30 p.m. • Wednesday ​No class • Thursday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. • Friday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. • Saturday 9 a.m. • Sunday 8:45 & 10 a.m.

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All Funds Raised Will Go to Sidney Elementary School to Help Fund School Supplies and Field Trips We are once again working together with Sidney Elementary School to help meet the learning needs of the 300 students in attendance, many of who need assistance to purchase school supplies, learning aids etc. Our goal is to ensure that every child at the school is equipped with the necessary tools for success in the classroom.

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Habitat 200k in 100 Days Habitat for Humanity Victoria launched its latest fundraising campaign recently with the goal of raising $200k in 100 days to help give 11 local families a hand-up into stable, affordable homeownership. With construction now underway, additional funding is urgently needed to complete these homes as soon as possible. "This campaign is about reaching out to our wonderful community in Greater Victoria and asking those who are in a position to do so, to come together to help provide these families with not only an affordable home, but one they own and have autonomy over," said Yolanda Meijer, CEO Habitat Victoria. "When I think about how the uncertainties of the past few months have made us all feel, I can't imagine what it's like to also live with the stress of housing instability and the lack of affordable alternatives in the local area each and every day. This crisis has highlighted just how important it is to have somewhere to call home." Habitat's newest partner families have already started their 500 hours of volunteering with the charity, a requirement of the program, on top of their day jobs as drivers, caregivers, lab technicians, construction workers, educators and more. Many of them provide the essential services we rely on in the local community. Future Habitat homeowner John comments: "Working in construction for so many years, I now have the opportunity to help build my own home and the homes of other families in Habitat's program … it gives us hope." Campaign Chair, Sybil Verch (Senior VP, Western Regional Manager of Private Client Group of Raymond James Ltd.), who led a previous Habitat campaign in 2015, is being joined by her husband Chad to once again lend her support to help Habitat achieve its goal. "I truly believe in the value of homeownership and have seen firsthand the difference it makes for families who partner with Habitat. They have the drive and determination to be successful, they just need a hand-up to get there – and that's where you come in!" Local donors are the key to helping these families transform their lives. With a minimum donation of $1,000 per person, Habitat's goal is to raise $200,000 by September 30. One hundred percent of the donations made will directly fund the charity's current build projects. Habitat currently has two projects underway. One is a 10-unit townhome project in North Saanich located on Bakerview Place, and the other is a small single family home under construction in Central Saanich as part of the new Timber Ridge project. Both were made possible through land donations by local developers. Please join us in helping John, Erin and all our partner families to achieve the strength, stability and independence they deserve. To donate or find out more about the new families who will benefit from your donation, please go to www.habitatvictoria. com/youarethekey. To learn more about the Habitat build projects underway, visit

Kayaking: The Pleasures of Paddling

by Jo Barnes

The warmth of the sun on your

face. All is quiet save the birdsong and the splash of water from your paddle. The only physical distancing here is from you to the next horizon. During this pandemic time, when human connections are limited impacting our mental outlook, kayaking offers a delightful way find open space and feel revitalized again. Not only is it a good workout that strengthens and tone muscles, but it also provides a unique personal encounter with nature. Unlike other watercraft, in a kayak you're seated at water level, giving you a vantage point to view the scenery. The Saanich Peninsula boasts a number of beautiful sites with a diversity of mammals, birds and marine life. Many areas are protected from the win,d making them ideal for paddling. Getting out into the fresh air amidst natural beauty helps to boost our spirits and enhance our feeling of connection. Own your own kayak and looking for a place to launch? Boasting spectacular natural beauty, Tod Inlet is a great destination. At the end of Verdier Avenue by the BC Ferries Terminal in Brentwood Bay, there is a park. Stop at the driveway there where you can unload your boat and equipment and then repark elsewhere. There are also three spots at the north end of the parking lot at Sidney's Tulista Park Boat Launch where you can park if you're launching your roof mounted boat. You'll need a launch pass and will have access to 24-hour parking. For a short carry on all tides and stair access, try the east end of Amherst Avenue where there is also four-hour parking. Another option is Lochside Drive, with various locations between Tulista Boat Launch and south Sidney Municipal boundary. Want to get paddling but no kayak? No problem! Local kayak operators offer a variety of services and programs. Offering a unique launching ramp and an easy booking system, Pacifica Paddle Sports is an excellent choice. Winner of the Award of Excellence by TripAdvisor, Pacifica operates out of Brentwood Bay and Swartz Bay and offers kayak, canoe and stand up paddleboard rentals. You can book your time, make your payment as well as complete the necessary waiver all online so there's no need to even come into the office. Staff are cleaning and disinfecting the boats, paddles, PFD's and other equipment regularly and also rotating use according to best available guidelines. The dock is a ramp, so when you're ready to paddle,

staff stand at the nose of the boat, safely distanced from you and will slide you gently onto the water. Another recipient of the Award of Excellence by TripAdvisor is A Paddle in the Park based out of North Saanich. This local group offers contactless kayak tours and rentals. Following Health Canada regulations, all boats and the gear you'll need is sanitized between trips, and distancing is adhered to both on water and on land. Choose one of several tours available. The " Islands Tour" visits local islands and leaves at 11 a.m. daily. Paddle peacefully under the evening summer sky with the "Sunset Tour" leaving at 6 p.m. Participants need to arrive 15 minutes before each tour. The water awaits you, so try paddling from a new perspective!


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COMMON CENTS STARTING A BUSINESS: WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BEGIN Have you recently started, or are you thinking about starting your own business? While this can be a very exciting venture you are eager to dive right into, it's important to slow down and make sure by Janine Morris you take the appropriate Hughesman Morris, Chartered Professional Accountants preliminary steps. If you want your business to succeed, you need to set yourself up for success right from day one. 1. Seek professional advice. This may involve speaking with a lawyer, accountant, bookkeeper, etc., but most often starts with an accountant. They will advise you what legal form your business should take, the associated tax and accounting implications and what other professionals you should speak with. 2. Business planning and administration. Consider how you will manage your business and what processes are needed. How will you manage your cash flows? How will the bookkeeping be handled and by whom? When should invoices be issued and employee paid? Talking with the appropriate professionals will help you make these important decisions. 3. Bank account. Banks require a separate bank account for business. This will also help to simplify your bookkeeping and cash flow management. 4. Corporate share structure. If you incorporate, share structure can be very important but is often overlooked by new business owners. Talk with both your lawyer and your accountant to ensure your share structure is set up appropriately. 5. Sales tax. Before you start, determine if your business should register for GST/HST and PST. Some revenues are taxable for GST/ HST purposes, while others are exempt or zero-rated. Many revenue streams are not subject to PST, but the rules governing this tax are more complex than GST/HST. Ask your accountant to ensure your understanding is clear. 6. Worksafe BC. Coverage is optional for a sole proprietor with no employees. If your company is incorporated, coverage is mandatory. If you pay subcontractors and they do not have their own coverage, your company will be liable if the subcontractors are injured while working for you. 7. Remuneration. As a sole proprietor, taxes are payable on your net business income regardless of what you actually pay yourself. If you are under the age of 65, your earnings will likely be subject to CPP premiums as well. If you are incorporated, you can choose to pay yourself wages, dividends or a mix of the two so it's important that you have a clear understanding of the various implications associated with each option. For more information, visit

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Panorama Recreation: Reserve and Revitalize by Jo Barnes

During this time of COVID-19, it's natural to have reservations about doing activities at a recreation centre. However, it is reservations and other measures being taken by Panorama Recreation that may put your mind at ease. Panorama has put restrictions in place and taken measures to protect the community including mandatory reservations and health screening both at registration and check-in times. Reservations allow Panorama to manage space maximums, gatherings of patrons and allow for contract tracing if required. Make sure to bring your own water bottle as water fountains are not available for use. Washroom facilities are open but of course with limited capacity. Change rooms are not open at this time. Keen to take a fitness class? Got a yen for yoga? There are 20 classes available each week. Participants must register in advance as there is no drop-in option. This allows for proper health screening, appropriate physical distancing, and adherence to maximum numbers. Registration is open on Fridays at 12 p.m. for the following week. Tired of working out at home where maybe bottled water and bags of flour have replaced barbells? The Panorama weight room is open! You will need to reserve your one-and-a-half hour time slot in advance and adhere to it. On arrival, queue up at distanced markers outside the facility. Equipment is sanitized but cannot be shared. Spotting should be avoided. Physical distancing is in place so that you can work out in a safe space.

As well, indoor/outdoor tennis courts and arena ice are now all open on a reservation basis in order to practice safe physical distancing. Playgrounds and basketball courts are also open. With school now out, kids are ready to play! Panorama offers Summer Camps for preschoolers (ages three to five) and school-age kids (aged six to12). These camps take place mostly in an outdoor setting with reduced numbers of participants. There is contact-less sign in and sign out, enhanced hand hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing, daily health screening for both staff and participants and whenever possible, trips are done on foot instead of bus travel. To register for weight room, group fitness, summer camps, and programs, you can either call 250-656-7271 or go online at https:// Under the guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer, BCRPA, as well as other organizations, staff at Panorama Recreation are working to reopen other programs and services. Tennis programming, aquatics, squash and pickleball courts and public skating are anticipated to begin again in late August/early September. All will be based on a reservable system. Fall Registration will open on August 12. With its new protocols and practices, Panorama Recreation continues to strive to be a light for community health and wellness. Book your reservation today!





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YES WE ARE OPEN! … and we're here to help you make your garden grow! Check our website for details at Patio Gardens is a local, family-run garden centre. We specialize in hanging baskets and container gardens, and we also have a great selection of perennials, bedding plants, small trees, shrubs and succulents. Gift shop now open. 250.652.8338 | 6536 W. Saanich Rd, Saanichton

Eurosa Farms and Three Sheeps to the Wind Family Farm Proud members of the Saanich Peninsula community for over 40 years. We offer wholesale cut flowers and off sales via our farm stand at 1246 Greig Avenue, along with eggs, cut flowers and seasonal produce. 1246 Greig Avenue, Brentwood Bay Your Saanich Peninsula Gem! Lochside Nursery is centrally located near the Saanich/Central Saanich border and is surrounded by horse farms on the Lochside Trail. We offer a growing variety of trees including Japanese Maples, Magnolias, Ginkgos and a good variety of shrubs, perennials, grasses and conifers. For current hours and “non-commercial” customer details, please visit our website. Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on long weekends we will be closed. 250.544.3100 | 2716 Dooley Rd. (Lochside Dr. & Dooley Rd.) |


Live, Work, Connect, REPEAT: Living with a Home Office by Krista Rossato,

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where we start each day, and Registered Interior Designer return to each night. It provides us with joy, security, belonging and privacy. However, we now face a new and unique challenge: our homes have become a place for everything – living, learning and working. Settling into a work-at-home lifestyle is a transition that takes planning and diligence. These low-cost strategies can help you find balance. Establish boundaries for yourself, and with your family or roommates. Talk to your employer about a flexible schedule based on when you are most productive. This could be during early morning for some, or late evening for others. If necessary, have a sign to indicate to family or roommates when you cannot be disturbed. For time management try breaking your workday into 25-minute segments. Set up a workspace that is tidy, organized and well lit. If this is your dining room table, put supplies in a box that can be removed each day. Canadians spend upwards of 11 hours a day on devices so Caitlin McKenzie, president and CEO of Monk Office, reminds us of the importance of proper posture and ergonomics to prevent back pain, headaches and muscle soreness. She recommends starting with a quality task chair and a separate keyboard for maximum adjustability. Your arms should rest comfortably at 90 degrees, thighs are parallel to the floor, and feet are flat. Elevate your laptop so your eyes are level with the top of your screen. Books or boxes can create a footrest, and a sliced pool noodle slipped over the table edge can provide a softer armrest. Use your kitchen counter when you need to stand. Video conferencing invites the world into our private space.

Modify your position or remove anything too personal from the background. Lower your chair or elevate the camera so it is pointing slightly downwards as to avoid nostril and ceiling views. If you are shy on video, push the camera back so you don't appear as large on screen. Face a window which will provide natural light on your setting. Move, stretch and exercise to replace the activity you're missing at the office. Linda Walker, from Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage, reminds us to change positions every 10 minutes to keep blood flowing through our "tubes and filters." Try walking up and down your stairs for two to three minutes, or moving around your house while taking a phone call. Drink lots of water which will get you up and walking (to the bathroom), or head outside to inflate your lungs with fresh air while stretching your arms overhead to alleviate "computer posture." Nutrition expert Nicole Fetterly, a registered dietitian, echoes the importance of an exercise mind-break before heading to the kitchen where treats can be hard to resist. She adds that humans often feel hungry before thirsty so, before reaching for food, quench your thirst by keeping a jug of water or a pot of tea within reach. Nicole suggests starting your day with a nutritious breakfast, a pre-prepared lunch and a fridge and pantry stocked with healthy, guilt-free snacks. And finally, reach out and connect with colleagues, friends and family. Rather than put the onus on others to stay connected, set up virtual coffee dates or in-person meetings for a change of scenery. If you need accommodations to improve your work environment, proactively discuss them. These investments in your workspace will help you be efficient, happy and healthy, so at the end of the day you can leave work and return to your "home."

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Tiny Homes – Not a Fad Anymore! by Janice Henshaw

As Canadians, we love our

personal space, right? So much so that our new homes have doubled in size since the 1970s, while at the same time our family size has decreased. Why do we need such large homes? Well, one answer to this question is "Because we can." At the other end of the spectrum are tiny homes on wheels, homes for people who would rather live simply without the burden of a huge mortgage. In comparing sizes, several tiny homes could fit into the footprint of a modern house. How's this for a change in perspective: imagine a beautifully crafted tiny home surrounded by gorgeous gardens and trees with the green space being the major focus rather than a huge house looming over tiny strips of surrounding land. Another idea is forming eco-villages of tiny homes with shared green space. So many possibilities await us! As most municipalities currently restrict tiny homes from being used

as permanent dwellings, finding a place to park them can be a challenge. Zoning changes are long past due. It's a hoped-for reality in the minds of tiny home builders Patrick and Jessica Whelan, a husband-and-wife duo that own and operate "Rewild Homes" in Cobble Hill. They and their team of skilled tradespeople have been building and designing highquality custom tiny homes on wheels for over six years. Jessica and Patrick believe that "Living in a smaller house is the biggest single step you can take to change your life. With fewer bills, less space to fill (and clean), and the freedom to go anywhere, home is anywhere you want it to be." Recently Rewild Homes designed and built a 24-foot tiny home and delivered it to a gulf island property that has no ferry service and no paved roads, power or water. A separate utility shed was added to contain all of the off-grid equipment, which includes deep-cycle AGM batteries, an inverter and charge controller, a water pump, solar panels and rainwater collection eaves. "The inside of the home was designed to be simple, open and AUGUST 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 49

bright," says Jessica, "with the focus being on the incredible cliff-side ocean view and surrounding trees." Features include solid butcherblock countertops, white walls, beautiful fir accents and hickory flooring. Appliances include a combo washer/dryer, on-demand propane water heat, a propane range, electric apartment-sized fridge/ freezer, and propane space heat. An instant home! Rewild homes have closed-cell spray foam insulation in the floor, walls,


and ceiling for maximum R-value. "Our homes heat up fast and stay warm for a long time, and they keep nice and cool in the summer. Heating options include propane, electric or wood stoves. "The best choice depends on your budget and the climate you plan on living in," says Jessica. Good ventilation is provided by fans in the kitchen, bathroom and living room. Tiny home bathrooms often come standard with a toilet, shower and sink. Cozy options include radiant-in-floor heating, custom tiling and even small soaker tubs. The level of connectivity to water and sewage affects plumbing decisions. A modern odour-free composting toilet separates liquids from solids, which helps speed up the composting process and produces non-toxic fertilizer as the end result. Other alternatives include an incinerating toilet, or a traditional RV flushstyle toilet and holding tank if sewage connections are available. Rewild's finely crafted tiny homes come in all shapes and sizes, with most of them sized from 16 to 30 feet long, 8.5 feet wide and 13.5 feet high. Building within these dimensions allows the homes to be towed anywhere in North America. Including a certified madein-Canada trailer, the smallest fully finished 16-foot home has a base price of $45,000. Most 20- to 24-foot homes cost between $75,000 to $95,000, and larger 28- to 30-foot homes cost between $95,000 and $115,000. If a client's budget doesn't stretch that far, then three levels of partially complete shells are available for do-it-yourselfers to finish as they like. It's a great way to add guest accommodation, a she shed, office space, workshop, art studio or a teen hang out. Salt Spring Island Tiny Homes is another family-run business that builds tiny homes. Owners Colin and Lesley Crystal and their team

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Design • Construction • Arbor Services Irrigation • Maintenance share an inspiring goal to make homeownership accessible to everyone. "We will design and customize tiny homes to your specifications and create beautiful and affordable, high quality, functional, west coast tiny homes crafted to last lifetimes" "Many elements play into the cost of a Salt Spring Island Tiny Home," says Colin. "Design, materials and intricacy are the main categories. The majority of the cost of the home comes from the kitchen and bathroom services, infrastructure and the fine finishing details." A road-certified trailer can be provided by Colin or accessed by the homeowner. Why build a tiny home instead of purchasing a larger RV? Colin says that the design and interior of a tiny home is one of a home and not of a travel trailer. "You can have a full-size custom kitchen and a beautiful bathroom, a dreamy sleeping loft and custom details that you can update or renovate as your taste and lifestyle changes. Our tiny homes are built to live long lives just as traditional homes are. RVs are made with materials that have a fast deterioration rate and therefore have short life spans. They also greatly lack quality and are missing many fundamentals of a home such as sufficient insulation, warmth and character." A customized move-in ready Salt Spring Island tiny home takes two to three months to build and depending on options costs between $65,000 and $90,000. Add-ons include decks, awnings, rainwater catchment, and solar energy systems. An off-grid tiny home will cost from $2,000 to $6,000 more than one that is conventionally plumbed and wired. A finished exterior shell is $25,000. Living in a tiny home or even a smaller home can be a challenge at first. It means saying goodbye to spacious rooms that we have become used to and cutting back on questionable prized possessions and various "things" that most of us think are essential. On the upside, a tiny home provides an affordable and beautiful place of your own to call home. I would sure like to order one! Photos courtesy Rewild Homes and Salt Spring Island Tiny Homes. • • 250.385.4858

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A bright, well-appointed home. Top floor, spacious & features include 11 ft ceilings, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, South West Corner suite with gas cook top, and fireplace, engineered hardwood floors in the main living and dining areas, and quartz counter tops to name a few. 100 sq. ft covered balcony with a gas bib for year round barbeques, and is perfect for watching the spectacular sunsets. A perfect spot to call home. Karen Dinnie-Smyth Personal Real Estate Corporation 250.655.0608

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Why Rotary? I want to help. I like to help. In fact, I think I need to help. I was used to being an active community member back in Manitoba but as a fairly new Islander, I wasn't quite sure where and how to get involved. Enter Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club. Sure, I'd heard about Rotary Clubs over the years; exchange students, parks and raffle tickets came to mind but I didn't really understand the world of Rotary until this last year. Even though I'm still new, I'm blown away by their impact and reach. Founded in 1905 for professionals with diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships, they have grown to be known for their humanitarian service, both locally and globally. "The Four-Way Test" is foundational for Rotary and has stood the test of time … . Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Rotary is definitely not your grandpa's place anymore – everyone is welcome, encouraged and invited! With so much competition for my time, I was unsure whether this was the organization for me. We all have to think long and hard about what we want from a group that would have a weekly spot on our calendars. For me, I wanted opportunities to: • connect with people in my area who also wanted to make the world a better place. Check! • help others (both locally and globally) in a capacity that I felt comfortable with. Check! • learn from others. Check! • have fun. Check! From serving ice cream at the Saanich Fair, to game nights to international exchanges, there is a way for everyone (and their partners) to be as involved as they'd like and you don’t have to break the bank to do it. Presently our club is highlighting a very timely mask project as well as a community uniting flag project where for only $50 you can have a Canadian flag "planted" in your yard every long weekend throughout the summer. You can find out more at Many clubs are having virtual meetings so now is a great time to easily check out numerous clubs without leaving the comfort of home. 4 5 8 1 3 9 2 6 7

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Cyber Art Classes in a Pandemic During the COVID-19 lockdown, those in the arts have had to be creative to stay afloat. Odette Laroche, owner of Laroche Gallery in Sidney, has used her ingenuity to keep working with her students via online painting classes twice a week. by Gillian Crowley Following advice from her webmaster, Odette found an online program that lets everyone in the class see each other's paintings in real time. Odette provides a coaching critique on each one while the students are encouraged to comment constructively on each other's work. The program allows Odette to enlarge each painting to enable remarks on technique, such as blocking in and texturing. Later she sends a written summary and suggestions to each individual. She also demonstrates painting techniques online. One of her students noted that while in-person classes would always be best, during COVID-19, "‌ there is a level of comfort in creating art at home and having an online interaction with Odette and others in the class." An artist since her teens, Odette was initially self-taught. After moving to Vancouver Island, she enrolled in Victoria College of Art and graduated in 2002. Since then she has painted full time and established her first gallery near Sidney's marina in 2003. In 2006 she moved the gallery to a larger space on the second floor of a building near Fairway Market in Sidney. There she displays her own work and has space to teach oil and acrylic painting to 10 to 14 people. Her own art has found homes in Canada, the U.S., Italy and Hong Kong. When we spoke, the province was just starting to loosen its virus-

related restrictions. Odette was looking forward to reopening her gallery in June and seeing her students in person again, although in smaller numbers to allow for distancing. As an art teacher, Odette says: "My goal is to educate my students about all phases of art and help them to 'see.' As coach and mentor I help them find their voice." One student, a doctor, says: "[Odette] has the uncanny ability to look at your painting and then be able to give advice on what to do or what to add that improves the canvas immensely." During classes a variety of painting styles and techniques are demonstrated, from use of the palette knife for expressive, textured work to the Grisaille method which uses fine drawing in charcoals to capture a portrait or still life. Her art students come from all walks of life and are at different stages of development as artists. One student says: "Under Odette's guidance I've continued to grow as an artist. She nurtures each individual's creative style and helps one explore new techniques and ideas." Odette believes she has a way of seeing the whole person: "I can reach into their mind and bring something out of them with great results in their painting." Originally Odette planned to display her students' work at Mary Winspear Centre this spring and at the Saanich Fair during Labour Day weekend. These events are now cancelled or modified but she is looking at other exciting public venues for her students in the fall. Odette appreciates being able to continue to teach online. "I love art and I love people, so it's a wonderful combination to paint myself, teach others and own a public gallery." For more information, visit AUGUST 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 57

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Horse Health Care:

Equine Veterinarians & Farriers Horses, just like any other by Cassidy Nunn

domesticated animal, require regular health care check-ups. I recently sat down with the team of equine veterinarians, Dr. Melissa Eden and Dr. Andrea Plaxton of Eden & Plaxton

Equine Veterinary Services. The two met while attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon and in August 2019 joined partnership to service the greater Victoria region. Theirs is an ambulatory practice where "we come to the farm," says Dr. Eden, and this often involves after-hours emergency calls, which can range from lacerations, eye issues, acute lameness, foaling and colic.


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"We try to balance our lifestyle by sharing emergency call times," says Dr. Plaxton. Equine veterinarians are often called out for cases of colic, which is severe abdominal pain that can be caused by a range of factors from a blockage in the intestinal tract to a twist of the intestine. In more serious cases, the horse may require surgery and for that, the horse will have to be transported to a surgical clinic. Horses require an annual examination to check their teeth, give yearly vaccinations and assess the horse's overall health, diet and soundness. The soundness exam is to "make sure they have an even, symmetrical gait," says Dr. Plaxton, and that the horse is "moving pain free," says Dr. Eden. This usually requires the horse to be trotted on a hard and soft surface to observe their gait and movement. Equine veterinarians perform many different procedures including scoping horses for ulcers, taking blood work to check for any deficiencies or metabolic issues, and the breeding of mares which is done more and more with artificial insemination these days. Horses' teeth never stop growing and in the wild, when they're grazing for approximately 20 hours each day, the teeth will naturally wear down. The domesticated horse, however, is often not able to graze for that many hours a day and their diet consists of grain and hay versus grasses. The horse will consume the hay in larger mouthfuls and won't chew evenly so over time, the teeth can form sharp points which will need to be filed down by a vet. The procedure, though painless, can look quite intimidating; the horse is generally sedated, then a large metal contraption called a speculum is used to hold the horse's mouth open while the vet files the sharp points down with a tool called a power float. The old saying "no hoof, no horse," still rings true. Just as our nails continue to grow and require frequent trimming, so too do domestic horses' hooves. In the wild they'd be moving enough over rough terrain to naturally keep their hooves at a shorter length, but in a domesticated setting, the hoof continues to grow and requires maintenance. A farrier, who used to be more commonly referred to as a blacksmith, is the practitioner who trims horses' hooves and will build and attach horseshoes if the horse requires them. Rob Young has been operating his business, Rob Young Farrier Service, for the past 12 years. He is accustomed to working alongside veterinarians quite regularly. "We collaborate and come up with the best solution for each individual horse," he says. "It's very important for the owner, veterinarian and farrier to all work together for the health of the animal," says Rob. The veterinarians will often use a digital X-ray to assess the hoof before the farrier trims it, and then they'll X-ray after the trim to check for alignment issues. Some horses require horseshoes while others are fine to stay "barefoot." "Breeding, stabling, workload, overall health and environment," says Rob, "are all factors as to whether a horse will need shoes." Most domesticated horses require a trimming or shoeing rotation of every four to eight weeks. It takes a dedicated team to keep our horses happy and healthy and with technological and scientific advancements, horse owners have never had so many amazing options to keep our equine partners as "healthy as a horse." Photo by Nunn Other Photography.

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Sunday August 30, 2020 1pm start. We are living through some crazy times, but despite that – and also because of it – the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation (SPHHF) has created a special socially distanced event for the Peninsula. In the current situation, we had no choice but to cancel The Q!'s Bed Races On Beacon, but we couldn't let this year pass without doing something else to come together, have some fun and do some good! It will combine community spirit, gritty athleticism and downright quirkiness. Part Amazing Race, part Scavenger Hunt, part car rally and tons of fun! Can you go the social distance? Registration is now open at There are a limited number of teams in order to ensure all stops are socially distanced, so register now. We welcome those businesses interested in becoming a stop on the route or simply contributing to the prize packages of local goodies for the winners. This is a community event and we hope to involve everyone! Teams of up to six friends or family (your bubble) will be given socially distanced starting points and must navigate through clues, and pick up scavenger hunt points along the way. Some stops will have challenges to complete, but be assured that they will be in accordance with all Social Distance Measures put in place by Vancouver Island Health Authority. Registration is just $50 per team! Teams need a car and a valid driver's licence, plus a phone to be able to take and send/post pictures. Each team captain receives an Amazing Scavenger Hunt Survivors' Kit at the start, with everything they need to make their race memorable. This will include a special map with clues and checklists and goodies from local businesses. Three prize packages from businesses around the Peninsula will be awarded: Top Team (for the best " hunters"); Community Heroes (for the top fundraiser); and Team Spirit. A panel of special judges will vote on best team spirit (includes costumes and overall enthusiasm). Judges votes are "bribable" by donation. All proceeds will go to support much-needed equipment at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. For more information call 250-6562948, or drop by the Foundation's Sidney office.

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If you are a Peninsula local, then you will likely

know of the popular North Saanich Flavour Trails festival, traditionally held over one jampacked weekend in high August when you can (quite literally) smell blackberries ripe on the vine. This festival is envisioned as a "selfguided rural ramble" where farms and food providers invite the public in to sample the flavours, take tours, ask questions, and get to know the incredible growers of this region. It is a firm Peninsula favourite, and up to 3,500 people arrive in cars and bikes over the weekend. So the pressing question this year: what to do in this time of COVID precautions? A few conversations and some creative thinking, and the Flavour Trails "reimagined" was born ‌ . Imagine a season-long, self-guided Flavour Trail route along quiet North Saanich country roads, visiting venues that offer up the best flavours of the region and season. This is a season-long love affair with local: now you can hit the Flavour Trail on a Monday morning (U-pick blueberry picking at Oakwind farm); come again on a Thursday evening for an all-local Flavour Trail Charcuterie Board at the Fickle Fig, and get up on Saturday morning to visit the North Saanich and Stonefield Farm markets, and then head over to 10 Acres for a tour and a chef-on-farm prepared lunch. Bike, walk or drive, and decide who to visit during the week; with 18 participating venues, the "seasonal attractions" and activities change each week. The regularly updated website, designed for mobile as well as desktop, allows the public to virtually tour the Flavour Trail and provides

highlights of each week's events. A favourite aspect of the traditional festival are the intimate, up-close interactions with the farmers, and so each participating venue is featured in their own Meet Your Maker video, on the interactive Flavour Trail map. The videos serve as education and inspiration to fuel your in-person visit, where COVID precautions and protocols are in place. The revamped website was launched in early July, with more venues being actively added to the website through summer. The reimagined Flavour Trail expects to be going into September. To be included in weekly updates, subscribe to the mailing list at



When the Seaside editorial team met to plan our August issue we were sure of just one thing: it's got to be a COVID free zone! We were proud of ourselves for having got the July issue off to the printer, but aware that the content was so (understandably) COVID focused. Thinking ahead we wanted to provide a breezy, summery issue that would allow our readers to think about something else for a little while. Did we achieve it? Well, I think we did pretty well, but I recognize that a dose of realism is needed too. It is not a normal summer. Life isn't proceeding along as usual. We can't deny that our community is being impacted economically and socially. I've found that however hard I try I can't just put COVID-19 out of my mind and carry on with the day-to-day, and so it is with our writers too. It's just not realistic to expect them to ignore this global situation; it will inevitably be there as they approach almost any topic. Something I've really missed from my life the past few months is the Seaside Magazine Book Club. This community endeavour has been a way for me to connect with so many Peninsula residents and it's left a hole not having our monthly meetings. Last night we tried something new: book club online. We didn't discuss one specific book as we didn't have one planned; instead we each shared a few thoughts about something we've read whilst everything has been closed. It stood out to me how many people suggested a non-fiction title. We had stories about Canadian history; about Churchill and WW2; true crime mysteries; a behind-the-scenes life in the kitchen, and memoirs involving politics and music. It seems that when the plot happening in the world around us gets too confusing to follow, we just can't take any more fiction. Reading true stories about real people – and often real people negotiating incredible situations – has been one way to stay grounded. I hope you enjoy the stories we've brought you this month. Take pleasure in learning how the people around you are moving forward despite the challenges they are faced with. Wishing you some summer fun and safe adventures, with the opportunity to create some new stories for yourself.

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