Seaside Magazine September 2014 Issue

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September 2014



the wise owl 2nd Annual Seaside Snapshots

2014 Fall Style

Seaside Homes

West Coast Wine

It's Only Love!

Building the Power Smart Home

Elegantly Distinctive

An Inspiring Juried Show of Outstanding Art

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"Hootie: A Wise Feathered Friend." Seaside Snapshots see pg. 10. Photo by Lynn Larsen.

seaside snapshots

Seaside Magazine's Second Annual Photography Contest


2014 Fall Style: It's Only Love! Peninsula Restaurant Profile: Catalina Grill House


Seaside Homes: Building the Power Smart Home

COLUMNS 8 First Word 23 Grey Matters 30 Island Dish 42 West Coast Gardener 43 On Design 51 Ignition 58 Smell the Coffee 63 Last Word

coastal grizzlies on the move


DEPARTMENTS 9 Letters 12 Conversations from the Past 21 Island Life 26 Salish Sea News pullout Book Review pullout Seaside Arts Scene 34 Peninsula Restaurant Profile

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seaside homes Trendspotting In Good Health New & Noteworthy Common Cents What's Happening Sudoku


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september.2014 YOUR WEST COAST CULTURE Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489

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Since moving to Sidney almost a year ago, I have discovered family roots that I hadn't known existed. It's been wonderful to learn of my family history here and to meet relatives who still live in the area. My great grandfather, Jock Anderson, started the original hardware store on Beacon and was a three-time club champ at the Ardmore Golf Course; my grandmother Katherine, my namesake, overlooks Patricia Bay from the Holy Trinity cemetery. I am so grateful to find myself on this beautiful Peninsula with such rich history and family legacy. As fall begins I plan to notice every change in the colours and light through my studio window while I sketch out my landscape designs and take my place in our family story. chloe hale

When I was 15 I got a job in a library, placing books in the correct order and helping patrons. I worked at the library for three years and soon realized I loved organizing, working with books and helping others. I knew this was something I wanted to pursue but somehow I needed to incorporate my love for history. Upon researching I discovered archivists. A trip to England gave me the opportunity to visit the University of York archives and I fell in love with the abundance of historic documents that were available. Last year I decided to attend University of Victoria to pursue a degree in Medieval Studies. This summer I have been volunteering at the Sidney Museum Archives which has given me the opportunity to experience some of the duties and has strengthened my desire to be an archivist. trysh ashby-rolls

Writing on challenging social issues is my "brand" as many of you know. This month's piece in Grey Matters on ALS is no exception. However, remembering Kim Davis, who I write about, brings back happy memories too. He and I acted together in The Importance of Being Earnest in a community theatre production. If you know the play, you'll know that cucumber sandwiches feature alongside scones and cake at afternoon tea. On my 71st birthday I copied Oscar Wilde's menu, invited my friends to dress up and come for sherry, champagne, cuke sandwiches and cake. In this photo I'm about to blow out the candle. All of which is to illustrate that although I write often on heavy-duty subjects, I have a playful side and love to have fun. Balance is important in life with, as the saying goes, "everything in moderation, including moderation."

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Design Kelsey Boorman Assistant Advertising Marcella Macdonald Sales Diana Sutherland 250.516.6489 This Month's Contributors Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Jennifer Bowles, Gillian Crowley, Ted Daly, Alana Delcourt, Doreen Marion Gee, Chris Genovali, Valerie Green, Chloe Hale, Rachael Holland, Sharon Hope, Linda Hunter, Chantal Jacques, Tina Kelly, Katie Kroeker, Mike Lane, Lynn Larsen, Barry Mathias, Susi McMillan, Jackye Mills, Bob Orchard, Carole Pearson, Deborah Reid, Deborah Rogers, Julian Sale, Steve Sheppard, Ann Squires Ferguson, Hans Tammemagi, Bob Thompson, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

Seaside magazine is printed 12 times a year in Richmond, B.C. by Rhino Print Solutions. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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Raised in a small town with four sisters, a stay-at-home mother and a father who put in long days to provide for our family, I learned the importance of saving and protecting one's hard-earned money. With over two decades of experience in the investment industry, I am committed to bringing my clients the peace of mind they deserve by helping them understand their investments. I believe that every client has their own unique story and it is my responsibility to help them determine their goals and risk tolerance so they are prepared for the future. My disciplined process, together with the expertise of RBC's Wealth Management Services team, provides a comprehensive range of financial planning services and valuable benefits for my clients at RBC Dominion Securities. I share my thoughts on financial abuse in this issue's Common Cents column.

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first word I love my summer but the days are getting shorter and soon many of us will be waving to our kids as they head back to school. This time of year brings change in almost everyone's lives: the green leaves turn brown, the sky gets darker, the wind blows, the pumpkins are ready to pick, the leaves fall all around, and then it's winter. I look back to almost 25 years ago when I first got into this business; I had no intention of becoming a publisher and owning my own business one day. I read somewhere about how publishers can actually play at being God – figuratively speaking, of course. I took that to mean that they, among other things, have absolute control over the content in their publications … and heaven help anyone who disagrees! I think the promise of authority is why so many people want to be publishers. What many people don't realize is that publishing is much more complex than first meets the eye. Planning editorial content by understanding your reader is certainly crucial to your success, and believe me, even I don't get to play God with that. But what is fun about the process is choosing seemingly unlikely people and topics to profile, and taking the risk that those articles will be well received. It's impossible to please absolutely everyone, but finding the right mix of content to keep the

majority of your readers informed and entertained is always an interesting challenge. In this issue, whether taking photographs for work, school or for pure pleasure, our annual Seaside Snapshots winners show us how worthwhile the results of effort can be. You will see how well they capture high-flying action, the beauty of our natural surroundings or fleeting familial pleasures. Our cover features "Hootie," photographed by Lynn Larsen on a day when she and the wise owl were destined to meet. As Lynn said: "It was a sunny day and I had just come home from a medical procedure on my brain. A neighbour told me that there was an owl sitting in her tree. I wasn't feeling very well but it didn't stop me from grabbing my camera in search of a great picture. I couldn't look up at him so I laid on my back right underneath him and snapped away and started talking to him. He was tilting his head from side to side as if he understood everything I was saying. He was definitely not afraid of me and just kept posing for me. I wasn't feeling any pain in my head for the hour I sat with him and I loved the experience of just looking into those beautiful and understanding eyes. When they say animals and laughter are the world's best medicine I now think that it is true. All the drugs and treatments they have given me have not accomplished the pain free hour that I had with Hootie." We invite you to take some time after "work" and relax with this issue of Seaside Magazine. We hope you'll find your spirits refreshed, and perhaps contemplate what lies ahead for each one of us, as we watch the season change!

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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via allison@seasidemagazine. ca or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. We read and enjoyed [Valerie Green's] article in the Seaside Magazine about Bishop Cridge and his wife Mary. Lovely article and they were both amazing people. Debbie Cridge Cridge Family Pharmacy

I LOVE your magazine. My friends and I did five messages in one bottle, as we were conscious about polluting the ocean, and we launched it close to James Bay Pier. I was thrilled when our bottle was found! Lorna Paterson Saanichton

The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula wishes to congratulate the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show, held at the Mary Winspear Centre August 8th to September 4th, on another great event. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show, started by the CACSP six years ago, outgrew our Community Arts Centre at Tulista Park and was transferred to the Mary Winspear Centre last year. We are thrilled this show now has the additional space and financial resources (through the Mary Winspear's Memorial Park Society) for the continued growth and celebration of aboriginal arts and artists in our community. Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula

I painted a card when I was living in Bamfield. I thought of you; it represented helping me to soar. Thank you so much for the interview in Can We Talk (May 2014) and your continued support. May you enjoy the muse style for years to come! Laura Bemister Muse Clothing Company



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“Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode – from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage – the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and


experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected”- unknown author. Like virtue, photography is its own reward, triggering memories of life's greatest moments and relationships. In our Second Annual Photography Contest, Seaside wishes to further reward some of these amazing artists, with some good old-fashioned ink in our local magazine. With so many submissions, this task wasn't easy. You’ll find our choices in the four categories outlined below, and we couldn’t resist choosing a cover too! Thank you to all of the winners, and to everyone who submitted such fine work.

L y nn La r sen w o nde r f u l wi l d l i f e “A W i s e Feathered Friend”

I am 63 years old and retired. I was born in Victoria, however, until 2003 I had lived in the Lower Mainland for the previous 37 years. In my heart though, I had always wanted to return to Victoria. I also wanted to be near my mother in Victoria, whose health was failing; she passed away this past December. I keep myself busy doing volunteer work at Oak Bay Lodge twice a week and make quilts for newborn babies. My passion is photography and I have a great love for all animals. I am always amazed when I get the opportunity to combine my two loves. This beautiful, wise owl and I were destined to meet and I loved it.

bob orchard I s l and D is h "Untitled"

I've been interested in photography from the time I was a teenager and more so after my Dad gave me his Swiss Alpa Reflex camera. It was totally manual of course so I had to learn about f stops, shutter speeds, etc. I recently purchased a Canon 100 mm Macro lens and have been enjoying the results. I was at the market thinking of the photo competition when I saw one of the vendors put out a box of assorted peppers. The variety and colour caught my eye so naturally I had to take a photo.

m i k e l ane c r az y k ids "Universal Fun"

After retiring from a career as a forester, my wife, Colombe, and I took a cruise on a working freighter. Another passenger onboard showed me his digital camera while photographing wildlife in coastal B.C. By the end of the cruise, I bought his first digital camera. Now, four cameras later, I am a serious amateur photographer. I'm rarely without my camera, and when the opportunity arose to take this photo of my granddaughter I quickly focused and took a series of photos. I live with my family in Saanichton.

j ac k y e mills y o u r wes t c o as t cu l t u r e "Sunrise at the Pier"

I am a long-term Saanich Peninsula resident, having spent most of my life living in Swartz Bay, Dean Park and now Cordova Bay. I have been self employed most of that time as a watercolour painter, silk painter, jeweller, weaver and clothing designer. Now retired, I am pursuing my passions of travel and photography. I find Sidney an inspiring location for taking photos, and the pier at sunrise has beautiful light and is different every day.

c h an t a l j ac q ues w o nde r f u l wi l d l i f e "Singing my Heart Out"

I have always been interested in photography but it has become my official hobby since I retired two years ago. My husband and I like the outdoors and photography complements our activities. I was a birdwatcher before becoming a bird photographer and the contrasting colours of the Common Yellowthroat and the very distinctive rolling wichety-wichety-wichety song of the male has always amused me. Even if it is a relatively common bird, easy to see and to hear on the Saanich Peninsula, I never get tired of taking an additional snapshot of these members of the warbler family. It is a little bird with a big attitude. Seaside readers can see more of my photos on my Flickr site: chantaljacques2012/sets/.

conversations from the past An Imaginary Interview With renowned victoria artist emily carr

Emily Carr by Valerie Green

Have you ever wondered what it would

be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Emily Carr was a renowned Victoria artist and author but only really achieved the fame she deserved after her death in 1945. Her name is now known around the world. ("Interview" conducted in the late 1930s.)

Your health has not been too good of late I understand, Miss Carr. I have problems with my heart. We don't need to talk about that. Please tell me about what Victoria was like when you were young. Much better than it is today! I was born in 1871 to English parents, Richard and Emily Carr, and we lived on Birdcage Walk which is now called Government Street. We were brought up to be very English. I was the second youngest in a family of nine children. My father was Presbyterian and insisted on Sunday morning prayers and evening Bible readings and we children took turns to recite the sermon every week. Did you have artistic inclinations from an early age? Yes, and my father encouraged me, but I didn't pursue art seriously until 1891 after he died. What did you do then?

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I went to the San Francisco Art Institute for two years, then in 1899 I went to London to study at the Westminster School of Art. Later I taught art in Vancouver but the students didn't like me much. Why was that? Because I smoked and I swore a lot! (laughing) Tell me about your connection to the native people. I began visiting aboriginal villages in 1898 and felt a strong attachment to the people. I visited Ucluelet, home to the Nuu-chah-nulth people (the Nootka) and I decided to use my art to document the lives of these and other native peoples in remote villages. I believe you also ran a boarding house in Victoria for a while? Yes I did that for 15 years. It was called the House of All Sorts. I wrote about the characters there and my later paintings were of many local Victoria scenes. And after that? I continued to travel and much of my work was exhibited near and far, but my damn health slowed me down – heart attack in 1937. Had to move in with my sister, Alice, while I convalesced. You have focused more on writing of late I believe? Yes, and my dear friend Ira Dilworth has offered me a great deal of editorial assistance. Emily suffered another heart attack in 1939, a stroke in 1940 and another heart attack in 1942. In 1942, while visiting her friend Ira in Vancouver, she claimed to have had a vision which inspired her to return immediately to Mount Douglas Park where she felt the "forest had something to tell her." It was there in August of 1942 that she painted her last works. Her first book, Klee Wyck, was published in 1941 for which she was awarded the GovernorGeneral's Award for non-fiction. She died in March 1945 at the James Bay Inn in Victoria and is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at

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Fashions include some great lines that have built a strong customer following over the past few years, such as Neon Buddha, a unique Canadiandesigned line of ethically-produced cotton casual wear; Chalet, a line of elegant, dressy clothing anyone can wear; Velvet’s beautiful cashmere sweaters and fabulous tops; and Lisette pants, the best fitting, feeling and flattering pants on the market, with new looks arriving every month. Every season these standbys are augmented by several unique lines that fit perfectly with the “Fun, Flirty, Fabulous Fashion” tagline of the boutique. You’ll just have to stop by to see for yourself!

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It's Only Love …

This Fall 2014 Fall/Winter Style: love and fashion

All you need is love, love, love is all you need … it's been 50 years since the Fab Four invaded North America. To honour The Beatles' impact, love and fashion have come together to celebrate in a beautiful way. Looks this season are a modern take on the '60s. Look for chic, colourful mini dresses, embroidered sweaters, tartan in all shades and the iconic A-line mod dress to reappear. Today's easy-care fabrics make it all much more wearable, and the mix-and-match layering we've embraced in recent seasons lives on, thank goodness. Don't overlook the impact of gold jewelry and details; they've been trending for a couple of seasons. This year, it's time to embrace the look.



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Marmalade Tart Boutique: Bling Heart Bracelet $32 Silver Earrings $61 Long Necklace $65 Short Necklace $91 Bling Ring $37

Fawn: Bright and confident! Take this look from Easy Street to the High Street! Stripes are a superb way to make a strong statement. We paired them with a classic cut pant and understated accessories to finish off the look.

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Penny: This

embroidered tunic is drenched with potential! Finishing touches like the gold-toned zippers, an echo of the gold accessories of the '60s, paired with pants that are flattering and easy to wear and pack, really complete the outfit. (Marmalade Tart Boutique: Embroidered Tunic $169 Layering Tank $49 Forest Green pant $105 Silk Scarf $39 Red Purse $73)

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Barry: We just love this motorcycle inspired jacket, again detailed with the season’s must have hue, gold! Put together nicely with a button down sport shirt, and a cozy sweater, showcasing the seasons hottest colours and as always, a great pair of jeans ‌ hit the open road in style! (W&J Wilson: sport shirt $135 wool sweater $195 jeans $128 jacket $449 bag $425

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Peterson: Such a natural element to this straightforward outfit. Wooden buttons give the hemp sport shirt a rustic feel, and yet the soft cotton denim keeps it simple and can transform easily from casual Friday to a night out with the lads!

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2014 Fall/Winter Style: love and fashion All of these striking outfits are available right here in Sidney. Take a stroll down Beacon Avenue and you will definitely find fashions that speak to you! So have fun with The Beatles legacy and remember to Twist and Shout!

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island life "it is a mystery how statisticians ever get a grasp on the population of individual islands … in the end, nobody really cares."

Assessing Island Populations by Barry Mathias

Life from a Gulf Islands persepective. It is amazingly difficult to work out how many people live on a particular island: it is akin to estimating a cord of wood, or the number of wet days in the average year. There are so many variables. There are the "true" islanders: those who never leave their island, and are rarely seen. These folk are often assumed to be "alive and kicking" long after their death certificate has been signed and a distant relative has assumed their habitation. It is rumored that on occasions, the relative is so similar in looks, and the departed person so rarely seen, that neighbours don't notice the difference. This accounts for the stories of unbelievable longevity that are part of island folklore. Then, there are those whose lives embody both urban and island living. From Monday morning to Friday evening they embrace conformity: formal suits, clean cars, high-pressure jobs and an apartment so small they can't swing a golf club, which is why they don't have cats. At the end of the week, they pay a considerable portion of that day's pay to the Ferry Corporation, which allows them to doze in exhausted splendor, on one of the few remaining ships, back to their island. "Shut-eye" occurs in between messages on the vessel's speaker system telling them how best to find the nearest lifeboat … if they are awake. Once back on their island, they indulge in an orgy of extravagant plans to enlarge their already sizeable houses and complete a week's gardening in two days. For a few hours

they wear comfortable clothes, cook their own food and consider themselves "islanders" … until they fill in their census form. Next, we have those who happily inhabit islands all year … apart from December to April when they flee south to enjoy sunburn, insects and exorbitant health insurance. They complain loudly about grey skies and unending downpours, and ignore the fact that they chose to live on "The Rain Coast." The question: "How long do you have to live on an island to be considered a resident?" is best discussed after a stiff drink or a sedative. Recently, there has been a new element introduced to the population debate: international residents. These are people who purchase undeveloped lots, remove all the "It is a mystery trees, build huge how statisticians multi-bedroom palaces with more washrooms ever get a grasp on than the average hotel, the population of and on completion individual islands … a leave them in pristine emptiness while they mixture of guesswork, live elsewhere. historical myth, and At the other end of the debate we have realtors' optimism " people, often male, who live full-time on islands but are happy not to be noticed. They have soft drawls and a pleasing non-violent approach to life, and although some are well travelled, Vietnam has never been on their itinerary. Realtors will give numerous examples of tourists who arrive on an island on a dry day, fall in love with its rural fecundity, buy an unsuitable house, spend huge amounts on alterations, join too many volunteer societies, experience a customary wet winter and finally retreat back to their urban idyll. It's called population balance. It is a mystery how statisticians ever get a grasp on the population of individual islands. Perhaps it's a mixture of guesswork, historical myth, realtors' optimism and calculations made at the full moon after a third glass of homebrew? In the end, nobody really cares.

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The Disease Nobody Wants to Talk About by Trysh Ashby-Rolls

September is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) month. Also called Lou Gehrig's disease after the famous baseball player who suffered from this motor neuron disease that eventually claimed his life. It's one of those diseases nobody wants to talk about. When Kim Davis experienced some of the early symptoms he didn't tell a soul. Maybe he thought the weakness a figment of his imagination, that the difficulty walking would go away. A tough man, tree surgeon, talented actor in community theatre, sculptor, friend, husband and father, there was no way he would admit anything was wrong. His best buddy noticed not all was well after a bunch of guys had played pool one evening over a few beers. He offered his assistance, thinking Kim had simply had one drop too many. It took a while before anyone realized it wasn't a question of too much to drink or exhaustion or all sorts of other possibilities mentioned by people in the community. The signals to and from his brain to his spinal cord and on to his muscles – the motor neurons transmitting "electric messages" that tell muscles when to move – were not getting through. His muscles were slowly losing strength and wasting away, a process called atrophy or amyotrophy. Gradually, with the signals from brain to spinal cord blocked, Kim's muscles became stiff and slow, called spasticity. His doctor suspected ALS, but to rule out other possible causes for his symptoms, sent him for tests. Electromyography (EMG) is used to determine whether the problem is in the muscle or the nerve cells. This test works by measuring the electrical activity in the muscle. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head or spine was also used to exclude other conditions that can damage or compress nerve cells such as tumours or degenerative disc disease. Based on where in the

body symptoms first appeared, and where or how they progress over time, doctors can tell the difference between ALS and other conditions. When the results came in, the doctor broke the bad news: Kim was one of the seven out of every 150,000 people who get ALS. More common in men than in women, ALS usually appears between age 50 and 75. Most devastating is that life expectancy averages two to five years after diagnosis. Kim fell slap-bang within the parameters. The cause of ALS is uncertain at this point. There's a family history of the disease in 10% of people, but researchers are working on theories as far apart as heavy metal exposure and other environmental

factors, to excessive levels of glutamate, free radicals or viral infections. This means, of course, that at this stage there is neither prevention nor cure for ALS. Medications help control symptoms and even slow the progress of the disease. Some folk require a feeding tube, some a respirator. Others need speech or physical therapy. If the person wants to stay at home good emotional support and practical help are vital. It can be terribly frustrating for the ALS sufferer because, although the physical body weakens and worsens, mental capacity does not. Kim wanted to stay at home with his wife and daughter, which he did thanks to a team of loving friends, caring community nurses and a doctor who still makes house calls. Support groups can also be helpful: the ALS Society of Canada can be contacted at 1-800-267-4257.

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Herman’s Hermits The British invasion will be sweeping through Sidney on Saturday, September 27th when Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, performs two live shows at the Charlie White Theatre. At the age of 15, Manchester-born Peter Noone famously became “Herman,” front man to the legendary ’60s pop band Herman’s Hermits. With musical knowledge from his father and sister, and acting skills from his time on the soap opera Coronation Street, Noone performed an impromptu gig with local band the Heartbeats when their lead singer failed to show one night. That one performance built the foundation for Herman’s Hermits, who would break into the ’60s music scene two years later. Even after changing their name, Herman’s Hermits still had the heartbeats of teenage girls racing, with their charming smiles and floppy hair. The band’s sound was non-threatening and wholesome, different from other emerging acts

Winspear Art Show Due to last season’s overwhelming success, the Mary Winspear Centre is pleased to welcome the community to attend the Second Annual Winspear Art Show & Silent Auction. We are greatly excited for another evening of celebration and an inspirational way to give

back to the community. Funds raised from this evening benefit the Capital Improvement Fund, which allows for the Mary Winspear Centre to operate in excellence. The Centre stands on the mandate to serve the residents of the Saanich Peninsula and provide a space for generations to take part in the arts, experience culture and make memories. The Mary Winspear Centre boasts an array of events and programs that both benefit and propel community expansion within the town of Sidney and surrounding areas. The fundamental contributions made by supporters are crucial to the Mary Winspear Centre and aid to create the space that so many enjoy and share throughout the year. The Mary Winspear Centre allows for people and groups to create and house unique experiences that are greatly valued and profitable towards the community. An eclectic mix of auction items will be available to bid on for purchase, including fine art from local and national Canadian artists. Among the auction pieces, musical instruments that have been signed by wellknown entertainers, including a banjo signed by Jimmy Rankin and a Chilliwack autographed drum set, will be up for bid. Attendees will enjoy a decadent four-course dinner prepared by Island Culinary, all while enjoying the musical performance by local youth. This event is truly one not to be missed. Tickets to the Mary Winspear Art Show & Silent Auction are $75 and can be purchased by phone at 250-656-0275, online at or at the Mary Winspear box office. Written by Carey Salvador.

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at that time who had a rebellious rock ’n’ roll tone. Branded as the “good boys” of popular music at the time, parents saw no objection in their daughters listening to their music which helped sell records. Their first single, I’m Into Something Good, quickly became a #1 hit on U.K. charts, launching their careers across the pond in the United States where they had three top three hits in 1965. The group was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter which went on to sell 14 million copies around the world. The band had many hits including I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am, There’s a Kind of Hush and Silhouettes, all before 1971 when Peter Noone left the band. After 50 years in the entertainment business, Noone still continues to delight audiences around the world. Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, perform over 120 shows a year to audiences that sometimes span three generations. Even to this day there is a large legion of super fans wittily named the “Noonatics” who follow Peter and the Hermits from show to show, proving that their music has truly stood the test of time. Tickets for this event are on sale now at the Mary Winspear Box Office: 250-656-0275 or

salish sea news "floating docks offer you an opportunity for marine exploration without consulting a tide table"

Do The Dock Walk by Tina Kelly

If you're not a boat owner, you may assume there is no

reason to visit your local marina. Think again – docks and wharves are home to a wide diversity of marine animals. Unlike fixed piers, floating docks rise and fall with the tide and offer you an opportunity for marine exploration without consulting a tide table. Organisms adapted to clinging to rocky shorelines also attach to man-made structures. Have you heard of bryozoans, chitons, sea squirts, nudibranchs or tube worms? These lesser-known invertebrates abound in this habitat but don't fret, your favourites can be found here too – anemones, sea stars, urchins and crabs. Settlement of animals can vary with dock location; to find a variety of animals, explore docks closest to shore as well as those farther out. Consider taking a laminated – and therefore waterproof – field guide to help you identify your finds. Before the nice weather ends, head out for a dock walk and keep these tips in mind: 1) Protect your knees and legs. Docks are made from a variety of materials – none of them comfortable. Consider wearing long shorts or pants to be more comfortable on wood or cement. 2) Watch out for boat cleats. Cleats are just one example of a tripping hazard so be careful where you're walking. 3) Consider wearing a life jacket and lay prone, or flat on your belly, to minimize the chance of falling in. Boat slips rarely have ladders; a quick exit from an accidental swim won't be easy. 4) Visually assess the water quality. If you see oil, gas or "sludge" on the surface, move to another location. The farther reaches of

marinas are usually cleaner because of increased water movement. 5) Leave animals where you found them. Don't remove or pry animals off of the dock, they cannot reattach on your command. These animals are adapted to this habitat; removing them and dropping them into the water could place them in a location where they can't find food, a mate or protection from predators. 6) Watch your hats, glasses, cameras, phones and other belongings; they'll sink instead of swim. 7) Respect the privacy of marina residents and if in doubt ask permission before accessing docks and marinas. Consider the safety of boat owners and don't block access to their slips. 8) Don't limit your focus to the docks alone. Look for fish, birds and seals. 9) Leave pets at home. Dogs can scare away the wildlife mentioned in #8. 10) Avoid feeding any wildlife. Habituating birds, seals, or other wildlife to humans can have a negative impact on their behaviour and health. Happy dock walking! Tina Kelly is an Ocean Advocate at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Visit for more information.

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Integrity in business is Maureen Bifford's guiding light as co-owner of her treasured Peninsula U-Brew Winery. This principle underlies everything she does. Maureen even wants to dispel some myths about the 'you brew' universe. My interview with her was a learning curve, opening my eyes to a world of high-quality, classy, bubbly happiness. Maureen Bifford talks lovingly about her wine, cider and beermaking kits. She and hubby Stan Roberts own Peninsula U-Brew Winery, a local oasis for wine and beer fans. My thoughtful host wants to dispel the commonplace stereotype that "you brew" spirits are not quite as "fine" as wines made and sold by professional vintners precisely because they are "homemade" by amateurs. Firstly, not all patrons are die-hard "home-brewers." Sometimes Peninsula "We" Brew is more applicable. Many customers want the expertise of knowledgeable winery staff who mix the ingredients for them – with patrons adding the yeast. The winery then follows all the necessary steps of fermenting and ageing. The end result is customized magic in a bottle. We are fortunate on the Peninsula to enjoy extraordinary wines made by local licensed vintners. Maureen just wants to spread the word that her wine-making kits also produce beautiful high-class wines that dazzle the palate. Peninsula U-Brew Winery carries wine-making kits from Winexpert, who "source high quality grape juice and concentrate from the world's best wine regions"( According to Maureen, Winexpert is "top of the line with huge buying power all over the world." A smiling groupie beams on the winery's video: "The wine quality here is excellent." Peninsula U-Brew Winery is a huge facility, giving them the capacity to make and age wine properly. Running an ethical business, based on honesty and integrity, is vitally important to Maureen and Stan. They take pride in playing by the rules at Peninsula U-Brew Winery, following all of the proper steps. Customers who want the assistance of staff in making their product sign an affidavit verifying that they still have ownership of the wine and participated in the wine-making process by starting and finishing it - and promising not to sell the final product. This measure protects the interests of the brewery and the customer. Maureen is excited about a new policy where "our customers can now use (but not sell) wines made with our kits at licensed events." It's another option for people who want to offer wine at weddings, parties and celebrations. The wines made from Peninsula U Brew Winery kits have earned multiple awards at the WineMaker magazine international competition in New York and locally at the Saanich Fair. So try out a wine-making kit from Peninsula U-Brew Winery. The results may astound you! Contact:

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Step Into Fall with all the latest fashions and accessories from Something More. At Something More, customer service is our number one priority. Our professional, friendly staff will be more than happy to find fashionable solutions for all your needs. Our goal is to make sure every woman feels beautiful, no matter her size or age. No woman should be without a closet full of great looking, great fitting clothes! Something More 250.389.0420

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Chrysalis Bracelets At the heart of Chrysalis is everyone’s favourite bracelet – the expandable bangle with its vast assortment of charms and stones which can be worn alone or stacked. At Paper Chain you’ll also find a great selection of other gift items, from the handcrafted Pyrrha jewelry, to many personalized gift items such as mugs, pens and key chains. This shop is well-known for its unique and fabulous hand-selected greeting cards in addition to the worldrenowned Rogers’ Chocolates.


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Enjoy our various menu items, such as our house-made Eggs Benedict and Seafood Chowder, and our baked specialties, like our German Apple Strudel and Hazelnut and Mocha Tortes. We locally source the freshest ingredients and offer both vegetarian and gluten-free options. We specialize in 100% organic and fair trade teas and coffees. We are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon High Tea! We look forward to your visit!

Kylee Turunen Acrylic on Canvas “Forest Moonlight” Nestled in Cordova Bay, The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm is truly a one of a kind destination, whether you’re looking for an original work of art for your home or a beautiful piece of jewelry for a special someone. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm has long been known for its spectacular selection of paintings, pottery, metalwork, sculptures and beautiful jewelry, all handcrafted by local artists and artisans. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm 250.658.8333

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Local Flavour Kameleon Jewelry Kameleon is affordable, fashionable and fun jewelry designs that are carefully crafted in sterling silver, and are interchangeable with semi-precious stones, lab opal, Murano glass or sparkling Swarovski Crystals. Our shop is filled with giftware, candles, luxurious bath products, jewelry and more. Drop in today and find that perfect gift for someone on your list! The Country Gift Shoppe 250.658.1812

Handmade jewelry, beautiful runners and placemats from our weaver on Salt Spring Island, plus the famous Teabag Catchers from Mad About Glass, add a local flavour to the Ladybug! Of course, our Danish Candles are on hand to brighten your home, as always. Swedish Angel Chimes are on their way with all of the Danish decorations for the holidays, too! Call to reserve The your set! The Ladybug Boutique 250.658.3807

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Red Barn Market Calico Critters Put a smile on your child’s face with Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners. These miniature animals and their life-like environments inspire imagination and countless hours of creativity. Discover toys that engage the minds, inspire play and appeal to the child’s creative senses. We carry a wide variety of Playmobil, Thomas & friends and Schleich and have many high-quality games, toys and puzzles for the growing years.

We believe in providing our clients with locally sourced, topquality products and produce. We also make over 85 products in our own Smokehouse. Our philosophy is simple: provide fresh, locally-sourced food at reasonable prices, support our community and local food economy, and focus on feeding our customers the highest quality foods and produce available. Red Barn Market 250.658.2998

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Phoenix Dress by VOLT Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf We recently celebrated the grand re-opening of our 18-hole mini golf course! We are next to Cordova Bay Golf Course at Mattick’s Farm. Our course is both tranquil and beautiful as it winds through the forest floor. Be wary of the resident dragon and mind the pixies! After the game, enjoy our selection of refreshments or some local ice cream on the patio overlooking the natural setting. Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf 250.658.4053

Autumn has many faces at Sunday’s Snowflakes including cashmere sweaters, wraps, gorgeous wool coats and everything you desire. VOLT dresses and tunics from Montreal are a great new look and a total WOW! See you at the Farm. Sunday’s Snowflakes 250.658.8499



island dish "sweet, salty and savoury, this pizza has it all"


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one of those foods that has become wildly interpretive. by Jennifer Bowles The obvious go-to version is the classic pepperoni and cheese. A crust slathered in hearty tomato oregano sauce with disks of spicy pepperoni and gooey mozzarella cheese: a definite Friday night treat. But our little pie has seen several new toppings over the last while that range from butter chicken, perogies and steak and potato to the s'more pie that boasts a layer of burnt marshmallows, chocolate chunks and a graham cracker crust. This doesn't really qualify as a "pizza" in my books but lands the number one spot for whimsical! This month I push the limits (somewhat) with a pizza that I made several years ago when I was feeling experimental. Flipping through one of my Mom's old cookbooks I saw the long-time marriage of cheese and melon as an appetizer. I started thinking that a fantastic vehicle for these two would be a pizza crust. I played with this a lot until I finally struck my final product. Born that day was my gorgeous

cantaloupe and mozzarella pizza with toasted cashews. Sweet, salty and savoury, this pizza has it all and it truly is a great flavour combination that is so simple to create any day of the week. 1 small to medium cantaloupe, cut into small chunks 1 large pizza crust ( homemade if you like, but the packets are just as delicious) 1 block of good mozzarella cheese, grated 1/3 cup of cashew nuts crushed 1 red onion 1/3 cup basil chopped olive oil coarse salt Sprinkle your pizza crust with a healthy amount of coarse salt and olive oil. Next layer with very thinly-sliced red onion (if you have a mandolin for slicing, that is ideal). Then sprinkle with your crushed cashews and basil. Place your cantaloupe in a loop all around the edge of the pie and top with the mozzarella cheese. Finish with a very light drizzle of olive oil. Bake at 425° ( depending on how hot your oven is) for about 10 to 12 minutes. Keep an eye on the pie; you don't want it to burn. And voila! This pizza is amazing as a wind down to summer and beautiful version of our everyday pie! Enjoy. Cook & Oscar Photography

1921 - 2014: Five Generations Summer has been great, but fall is just around the corner. Come in and enjoy the first of fall’s veggies and keep your eyes open for pumpkins! This year they come in many different colours, shapes and sizes, and add that special touch to any autumn décor. We also have the widest selection of gourds imaginable!

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The Saanich Fair marks the transition to our fall season. The harvest season is a favourite for many market devotees who enjoy the fresh fall air under clear skies and a warm equinox sun. It also gets us thinking about comfort foods and the coming traditional feasts. As pleasant as this is, late September brings an increasing chance of wet weather, so the Market has an arrangement with the Saanich Fair to move indoors on Saturday mornings to the RCMP Barn if nasty weather doesn't meet our autumnal expectations. This offers visitors a comfortable shopping environment as well as providing protection for vendors who need to keep their products out of the rain. One of the most popular additions to the market this summer has been our local Peninsula wineries, and we'll continue to host two wineries each week throughout the market season. Did you know that your palate is at its best in the morning? "Many tasting rooms open at 10 a.m. because the earlier in the day, the fresher your palate is. If you taste later in the day, keep in mind that everything you have eaten

and drunk affects your palate" ( So, sampling local wines at our morning market is a good thing! Our final market of the season is Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend, October 11th. Out Stealing Mules will stop by to entertain us, and you might want to order a Thanksgiving turkey at the market from Alderley Grange Farm. Yellow Point Cranberries will be at our final two markets so you can localize your holiday feast with fresh, Island-grown cranberries – and a bottle or two of Peninsula wine, of course. When we see you again next spring, it will be the start of the 25th remarkable season for our resilient market which began at the old Saanichton Fairground in 1991. Thanks to all of you who continue to enjoy a country morning among friends and support our wonderful market and vendors. The Peninsula Country Market runs every Saturday morning at the Saanich Fairground from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from June through Thanksgiving. For the latest news about what's happening at the Market, visit

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attention from major players in the industry and gave my partners and I the incentive to invest all our time and limited capital in it." Thornbury's instincts paid off and within five years, Softub ranked high on the INC 500 list of the fastest growing companies and stayed there for a record three years in a row, in addition to winning Consumer's Digest Best Buy Award. In 1990 Ontario native Rob Chaput was taking a holiday in Florida and by chance discovered the Softub. He was so impressed that he acquired the rights to manufacture the product in Canada. With the assistance of his two colleagues, Wayne Fraser and Lee Tremblay, Softub Canada was created. Twenty-five years later, Softubs are still manufactured in Ontario for the Canadian market and are sold in nearly 30 countries around the world. Softub continues to be a leader in innovation for portable hot tub design and holds numerous patents for its unique processes and components. The company employs a team of engineers devoted to perfecting the most portable and energy-efficient spa on the market. On Vancouver Island, Affordable Hot Tubs & Saunas Ltd. will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary representing Softub and has won numerous awards for its role in developing the brand locally. For more information visit

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Stewardship Director and former Chief Counselor of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation, first noticed grizzly bears on coastal islands in B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest, he was concerned. Although mainland parts of his traditional territory contained both grizzly and black bears, only black bears were known to live on the islands. Neasloss told provincial government biologists, but was dismissed because "he was not a biologist." Determined, he found allies at the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and University of Victoria who recognized the value of this local knowledge and could meaningfully combine it with science. Recently, wildlife scientists published a study in the international peer-reviewed journal, PLOS ONE, affirming that Neasloss was right all along. Researchers from the Kitasoo/Xais'xais' own Spirit Bear Research Foundation, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and the Hakai-Raincoast Lab at UVic conducted a two-year survey of 14 islands in the Great Bear Rainforest – outside the range the B.C. government recognizes in its management of grizzlies. Ten islands showed evidence of resident grizzly bears. Importantly, the results showed the presence of females and young cubs, which generally move little in a given season. This suggests that grizzly bears are resident on the islands and not simply passing through. The scientists used a combination of non-invasive

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techniques to study grizzly bear distribution in the area. Noninvasively snagged hair provided DNA for genetic analyses, revealing the species, sex, and individual identity of bears. Remote cameras took photos of bears as they investigated the snagging stations. "Our method drew from 10,000 years of place-based history and the cutting edge of genetic analyses. This let us draw conclusions with more detail, and over longer time periods, than either method could alone," said lead author Christina Service, a PhD student at UVic and scientist with the Spirit Bear Research Foundation and Raincoast Conservation Foundation. On one hand, this research suggests underlying and potentially significant environmental change. On the other, the presence of grizzlies on islands could trigger new land protection because provincial policy requires high quality grizzly habitat to be protected throughout the Great Bear Rainforest. "Against a backdrop of eroding funding for, and public confidence in, the ability of provincial and federal governments to steward these ecosystems, the results of our study raise important questions about whether there is adequate protection for the Great Bear Rainforest's numerous island environments and the wildlife that inhabit and depend on them," said Dr. Chris Darimont, Science Director at Raincoast and Hakai-Raincoast professor at UVic. Chris Genovali is Executive Director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Photo by Andrew S. Wright /

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Caring: The Golden Ingredient Catalina Grill House by Doreen Marion Gee This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Herb Konig cares about what he does. The owner of the new Catalina Grill House has his finger on the pulse that drives a successful business: a profound regard for his product and how it affects other people. After less than two years in the game, Herb's establishment at the airport is already scoring high on the customer happy-meter and winning accolades in this community. That's hardly surprising, considering Herb's

attitude towards his work and his views on the world in general. My affable host bought the business almost two years ago, changed the name, and made Catalina Grill House his own brand. The ambiance is glamourous and romantic. Large windows and an open-air deck look down on the airport as Humphrey Bogart swaggers under a red-orange sunset. A self-taught cook with seven years as a full-time chef, Herb Konig has worked in all aspects of the food industry for 25 years. He is well-read and well-informed about the

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food he prepares: "I want to hit every spot of the tongue when it comes to flavour!" Herb "knows all of the ingredients" in his food, "which is extremely important." The owner, general manager and head chef "refuses to use MSG" in his cooking and steers away from gluten as much as possible. Herb's promise is fresh, natural, healthy food free of fillers and additives. He is a straight-shooter: "There is no crap in my food." "I literally care about what I cook." Everything that Herb serves is the result of thoughtful analysis: my Earl Grey tea

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exploded with flavour due to silk (nonpaper) tea bags. "It is that kind of attention to detail that I have with all of my food." Herb's succulent savoury pork dry riblets (with his own special spices) were simply the most delicious I have ever tasted. The dedicated chef samples everything first. "I care about the food that I put out. And I am picky. If I won't eat it, then I don't serve it. I won't compromise." What "makes the difference" to Herb is cooking most things in-house from scratch. His meats, fish and poultry come in pure and untouched. One customer was overjoyed at real, tender chicken in a burger, cooked fresh and seasoned in-house. Herb makes all his own curry and teriyaki sauces. Another customer gushed that his curry

"took me home." Cooking is a precise art form to Herb: "I pay attention to everything, what happens to the product, how to make all the parts work the best." He flips a steak constantly to keep the moisture intact and "see-sawing through the meat." A naturally creative cook, his passion is obvious: "I want to see food, taste it, hear it sizzle." He treasures his friendly customers who show their appreciation for his food: "Best halibut," "Best dinner," "Best steak" (I ever had). Their menu is internationally diverse, interesting and reasonably priced. They offer in-house catering. Herb is proud of his party room that seats 45, with no rental charge if you are

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dining - just the cost of the food. What drives Herb Konig?: To hear a customer say "How did you make that steak so buttery and soft?" Great personable customer service is the life-blood of the Catalina Grill House. A caring attitude fuels Herb's love for what he does, resulting in beautiful food: his Prime Rib takes 24 hours of slow cooking to get that juicy taste bud-popping tenderness. These positive vibes also spill over into being nice to people in general: "I like to do things that make people happy. Food is a way to do that." A short time after opening, The Catalina Grill House won the 2013 Crystal Award from the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in the "New Business" category. Caring is positive energy, where we strive to do the best we can: it is a catalyst for excellence. Contact:

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is in the jar. Fermentation delivers the nutrients in food to the body and makes it more digestible, with an array of probiotics. It's why this amazing live food is linked with improved digestion. Plus, IT'S DELICIOUS! (16 oz. fermented foods $6; larger size $11) The Love Café 2380 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Hoe he'e nalu In the Hawaiian language, this means stand up paddle boarding. "Ho'onanea" means to pass the time in peace, ease and pleasure; to relax. Try paddle boarding alone or with a bunch of friends and experience Hawaiian spirit along the shorelines of Brentwood Bay. Get hooked. (Two hours $30) Pacifica Paddle Sports 789 Saunders Lane, Brentwood Bay

Changing Colours Fall is THE season to add some colour to your tree collection. Pick your favourite out of hundreds of different choices. Colours are guaranteed with maple trees and practical planting and growing advice is a given at Meadow Oak Nursery. (Crimson queen lace leaf Japanese maple tree $99) Meadow Oak Nursery 10708 Wain Rd, North Saanich 250.655.1756

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Extend the season and keep the taste of summer on your table. Berries picked from local farmland, made into jam and creatively packaged on Meadowbrook Farm. Unique combinations like Blackberry Rhubarb or Blueberry Orange are just a few of the great locally made creations. (Wooden gift box with five jams $25) Meadowbrook Farm 205 Meadowbrook Rd, Victoria


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demands your attention with its flat roofs, lack of chimneys and large windows. Apart from the home on the left, also built by Rob, there are no other buildings of comparable design in the area, yet it suits its environs. "I bought the property 'sight unseen' about three years ago," Rob says, "when I was travelling around America with my family in a ‘rock star' bus." On returning he lived in his old house while he subdivided the lot, and built the new house in 10 months, completing it in May 2013. Rob is the owner of Prodigy Development Services Ltd. and his firm has won seven CARE Awards from the Victoria Residential Builders Association. The house dominates the centre of the plot. There is a wide tarmac drive on either side of which are small, manicured lawns with high bushes and trees. Directly in front is a wide, wood-clad section of the building, with two large windows and a flat roof above a glass-paneled garage with tiled surrounds. It juts out, making a dramatic statement, with a white concrete staircase leading up to the front door set back on the left, and a wide carport supporting a multi-windowed, two-storied section set back on the right. There is a satisfying contrast between the light brown coloured wood and the predominantly white building. "This is an energy efficient home," Rob says. He was determined it would be an economical house to run, and employed City Green Solutions early in the planning. "We achieved an EnerGuide 88 rating on this house, which is pretty amazing." This qualified the building for BC Hydro Power Smart New Home Program incentives. Natural Resources Canada

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estimates that a rating of 80 means a home will use up to 30% less energy. With an 88 rating, Rob says: "The savings are much greater, and are achieved by building a well-insulated outer shell, or envelope, using spray foam insulation, and building it on an insulated concrete form foundation." This is a 3,200-square-foot home with five bedrooms, three full washrooms and a two-piece, by Zebra Designs. The insulation enabled Rob to install a much smaller air-source heat pump, to provide both radiant floor heating and domestic hot water, than a house of this size would normally require. "All of the windows are double or triple glazed, with low-e coatings." There is also a heat recovery ventilator, and no exhaust fans anywhere in the house. Coupled with these energy-saving devices is an imaginatively designed home. The front door opens into a spacious vestibule with a flight of stairs in engineered oak leading up to the main level. It establishes the fact that this is a building of high ceilings. At the top is a large open space with an airy kitchen ahead, a comfortable lounge to the left and, continuing round, a spacious and most unusual dining area. Sandy Nygaard Interiors designed the innovative interior of this home. The bright L-shaped kitchen has extensive white quartz counter tops, walnut cupboards at low level, and white painted cupboards above. There is a matching large island in white quartz enclosing the dishwasher, a wide sink with a multi-functional tap, and spacious walnut cupboards. Below the eye-level white cupboards is a pale blue glass backsplash that matches the long table in the dining area; an unobtrusive ceramic hob blends in with the counter top. Further along are two large stainless steel Fisher Paykel refrigerators, inset into the SEASIDE HOMES | september 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 39

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wall, that offer enormous storage potential. With its modern inset oven and discreet lighting, this kitchen is designed for ease and efficiency. There is even an aluminum blind that hides both a microwave and an elaborate coffee maker. Everything blends. Next to the kitchen is a well-designed work area with a computer, music console and concealed shelving. This flows into an artistic social space with two comfortable red leather settees, a black recliner, glass tables and plenty of light. The house is designed with multiple windows and white walls throughout, giving a feeling of space and optimism. The concrete floors, with their "troweled" finish, encapsulate the in-floor radiant heating system. The dining area is remarkable. The long table has a thick, lightgreen glass top on a grey aluminum base; it can seat 12 people around its rectangular shape, or can be rearranged into a square, and four large white ball-shaped lights accentuate the height of the ceiling. At one end of the room a glass-sided staircase leads to the upper level, while at the other end the entire wall is an enormous glass-paneled "garage" door that rolls up, allowing guests to retire onto a spacious covered patio overlooking the pool. The use of mirrors and attractive wall art emphasize the space and brightness. The variety of art is noticeable: "Most of it has been painted by our friends, and each has its own significance," Rob explains. On this level is the master bedroom: a cool, spacious room with a glass door that leads onto an inviting patio with ornamental bushes and trees, with floor-to- ceiling windows on each side. A large bed occupies the centre of the room, and the emphasis is on white: duvet, rug and walls, bringing emphasis to the wall art and a potted tree. Adjacent is a walk-in wardrobe. The modern en suite at the other side has an air of completion and order, as does the whole house. Two white, square-shaped sinks, with individual wide mirrors, contrast effectively with the light walnut vanity unit. Ahead is a tiled walk-in shower with hidden jets, two rain showers and a handheld unit, next to that a deep tub, and beyond a separate toilet. It is a combination of efficiency and luxury. The social space also

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Autumn is my favourite time in the garden. The vigorous effort and energy of summer growth is over and gardens no longer feel like they are bursting at the seams. Longer shadows and shorter days create moments of mystery as colours change from day to day. by Katie Kroeker Transitioning light brings a more Pacific Ridge Landscapes subdued palette as the pace of the garden slows and invites the visitor to savour the experience of watching autumn unfold. As the leaves change and eventually fall we are left noticing the forms and shapes that remain. In my work as a landscape designer, I am always thinking about how trees will look when bereft of their leaves. What colour is the bark; is it textured; does the tree have a pleasing shape? I love nothing better than a beautifully gnarled old tree that demands nothing but invites your gaze to linger over its intricacies. It is important to notice what your eye is drawn to in the garden. Visual harmony is achieved through layers of texture and repetition. This requires the strong clean lines of trees, and weightier, woody shrubs and evergreens that can stand up to the shifting emphasis that accompanies autumn. Fall is nature's encore. After the spectacle of summer flowers that is all about colours and pairings, it's as if Mother Nature says "Oh, I'm not done yet … " and then proceeds to take it off layer by layer. This is no tawdry strip show, but a languid disrobing that starts with a peek of shoulder. After all, Mother Nature is a lady. Like any other occasion when one's underpinnings are unveiled, it's all in the details. When the razzle dazzle of summer's blooms have faded, we notice that new colours take centre stage. The golds and saffrons of changing leaves are complemented by ornamental grasses, mums and sunflowers to name a few. Good landscape design ensures that the flowers in bloom echo the colours of the changing leaves and are not out of place. Look for ripe colours; avoid pastels that will get lost in the newly gilded light. Orange berries and red-barked shrubs are the perfect foil for the many shades of brown now visible in our gardens. Chartreuse can be added through ground cover and in the branches of some dogwood and nine bark varieties to bring a sense of freshness to fall's changing palette. Finally, in this season of secrets revealed, it is paramount that one's garden pots are beautiful enough to remain empty. Cull your collection and select your loveliest containers to become new focal points. Nestle them under a tree or in the middle of the bed and embrace the simplicity of the season. For more information visit

o n design &*%$ happens Have you ever had that moment when you cringe inwardly, in realization that you have seriously messed up? I have had my share of those "crawl under the rock" experiences in my design career, and my fellow designers bared their own worst moments to me too, with a rueful laugh. You can be sure we won't by Ann Squires repeat any of these mistakes! Numbers matter! One digit wrong in Ferguson a fabric specification code, and that's the Squires Ferguson difference between a luxury sofa expected in rich Bordeaux red velvet arriving in a shockingly acidic chartreuse shade instead. We have never been so thankful that the client was both an artist and a practicing Buddhist! Never trust someone else's measurements either. One local designer learned this the hard way: she ordered a full suite of bedroom furniture for a client and only discovered upon delivery that what had been labeled a bedroom would barely function as a den. Always think in three dimensions. I was specifying pendants for a restaurant with a dramatic soaring butterfly roofline, but neglected to determine the exact drop from ceiling to shade for each fixture individually. They all arrived onsite with a standard four-foot rod. That mistake cost nearly $2,000 and a week in rewiring. A colleague

recounted a similar experience early in her career – she designed a double height swagged Austrian drape. When it was installed they discovered that it was so heavy even a full grown man swinging on the draw cord could not raise it. Back to the workroom! A few years ago, I was crafting a presentation for the Viking Air executive and found the perfect image of a floatplane silhouetted against a beautiful sunset. The instant the slide came up, a loud voice from the audience was heard. "That's a Cessna." Viking builds De Havilland, not Cessna. Believe me – that was achingly embarrassing! A designer friend was fresh out of school, on her first site measure at a bustling construction site. She pulled out her brand new tape measure to start – and immediately slashed her hand deeply with the side of the tape. Cue fainting spell and first aid attendants. She still cringes to think of that first impression. I made a similar impression on a day tour of a local quarry. I was feeling privileged and competent – the Amelia Earhart of design. Then, as I leaned far over the side of a stone block, the crotch in my well-worn work trousers catastrophically split. You would have been proud of me though – I excused myself to the site trailer and immediately crafted a black duct tape patch. I am a designer, after all. We are a profession of problem solvers, even if, on occasion, the problems are of our own creation! Ann Squires Ferguson is a Registered Interior Designer and managing partner at Western Interior Design Group Ltd. She can be reached at

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Successfully Treating Pain This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. It's always exciting to meet someone who is genuinely passionate about the work they do. Such was the case when I interviewed Linda Walker, the joint owner of Brentwood Physiotherapy and Massage (6967 Wallace Drive, Brentwood Bay), and the recently acquired Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage (9733 Fourth Street, Sidney). "I love to know how to help a patient reach their full potential," she says. A graduate of McMaster University, Linda was awarded a BSc (Kinesiology) and later a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy. She is a registered Iyengar Yoga instructor, and has diplomas in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, Health Promotion, and a range of Business Management and Leadership qualifications. "I was drawn to physiotherapy from an early age," Linda says. Always a keen player of team sports, she was 16 when she severely damaged her left knee while playing hockey; she made a full recovery thanks to extensive treatment by a physiotherapist. "I have always been active." In her '30s Linda experienced further sports injuries, and discovered the powerful healing qualities of Iyengar Yoga. "I know what getting well entails," she says. "I have an understanding of the meaning of pain." Linda started her career in private practice and VIHA in Victoria in

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1998; later, she joined forces with Suzie Cutt, a Massage and Craniosacral Therapist, and together they established Brentwood Physiotherapy and Massage, expanding to include Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage in 2013. Linda and Suzie lead a team of skilled therapists who have particular specializations that enable their clients to regain, and maintain, good health. "We try to create as much interdisciplinary knowledge and practice as is possible, in order to produce the best care for the patient," Linda says. "We like to think 'outside the box' and apply the latest research. "My main focus is to be the best health care problem solver. We have lots of different treatment options, and we are very willing to look outside our practice to help patients." Linda explains: "Pain science is in its infancy. Ongoing education and course work keeps me as up-to-date as possible on areas of specialization, on the most current treatments, and on injury prevention." She has been greatly influenced by the work of Neil Pearson, Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, and leader in the field of physiotherapy and yoga pain management. She refers to "pain champions:" "those of us who are helping teach other physiotherapists and doctors how to treat patients suffering from chronic pain through the PainBC Association." Linda treats all age groups; if you're suffering from an injury, or want to know how to avoid one, visit or

Strathnaver Farm, Mayne Island. Offered at $1,485,000 This Stunning Arts and Crafts home is beautifully nestled amongst old growth maple trees. 15 acres of pastures and 5 acres of undeveloped forest gives you the ultimate privacy. Two ponds, a veggie garden and a barn complete this gorgeous acreage. Also subdivideable. Enter this home through the custom-built Douglas fir doors into a masterfully designed and constructed work of art. Windows, beams, stairs and trim are also custom made. The high vaulted ceiling and geothermal tile floors add a splash of modern flare to this inviting island home. A huge gourmet kitchen is waiting for you!

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A key to the success of the wineries bordering the Salish Sea (southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) is that they produce quality wine with a distinctive coastal character. "At the most fundamental level," said Elaine Kozak, the winemaker at Garry Oaks Winery on Salt Spring Island, "we have completely different growing conditions. The Okanagan and Ontario's Niagara region are continental, whereas here there is a moderating maritime influence. We have milder winters, a longer growing season, and no problems with freezing during harvest." These conditions favour aromatic whites such as Pinot Gris, Siegerrebe, Ortega, Gewürtztraminer, and lighter-style reds such as Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch. These "coastal" wines show a unique elegance and complexity that pairs well with food,

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especially fare from the sea. From the beginning, 150 years ago when Father Pandosy made sacramental wine for his Kelowna parish, British Columbia wines have been blessed. The first commercial winery started in the Okanagan Valley in 1926, but the big boost came in 1988 with the removal of government tariffs on imported wine. To remain competitive, Canadian wine growers were forced to replace the overly sweet French hybrid varieties with traditional noble vinifera grapes. The strategy worked: the new grapes were successful, and wineries flourished. Today there are more than 230 wineries in B.C., compared to 14 before the change, and the Okanagan wines have achieved international recognition. The local region was late to join the party. Since 1994, however, when Chalet Estates (now Muse Winery) opened in Saanich, the number of wineries has sprouted to five on the Gulf Islands, five in the Saanich Peninsula, and seven in the Cowichan Valley. The lush local climate and terrain also favour other fruit like apples, so excellent cider is also made here along with various fruit and berry wines, particularly blackberry wine. There are two cideries (one in Saanich, one in the Cowichan). An appealing aspect of the "Wine Islands" is the area's considerable charm and beauty with quaint cottage wineries each with their own signature. Almost all wineries are family-run, where winemakers came to their vineyards from other professions. Thus, wines are delightfully eclectic, often even eccentric. The wineries and cideries are set in glorious landscape, with rolling hills bordered by seascapes with coves and inlets. You can sit on a deck sipping a chilled Pinot Gris while watching sailboats catching the sun and breeze. The wineries are also closely tied into local farms, and many offer mouth-watering cuisine based on fresh, local produce. It's a step back into a simpler time, with a friendly, casual approach to life. 2009 was an excellent year for our local wines. Conditions so far point to 2014 also being an exceptional vintage. I can hardly wait.

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Miss Sidney: Past, Present and Future? by Chloe Hale

Beauty Queen contests are competitions not purely based on appearance but also personality, confidence, intelligence and talent. Revisiting Sidney's very own beauty queen contest, Miss Sidney, we see that all the young women crowned over the past 100 years showed a unique self and represented Sidney in a positive light. During the Miss Sidney competition, contestants were asked to deliver a speech, showcase a talent – usually singing, dancing or acting – and participate in a fashion show. In 1912, Margaret Simister (pictured) was the first young lady to be crowned Miss Sidney. Originally from England, Margaret was a bright and independent woman. Excelling in school, she competed in the Sidney Games, showcasing her athletic nature. In 1917, Margaret passed

her teacher's examination and began her teaching career. She then taught at many different locations on Vancouver Island and the Mainland. Making appearances at later Miss Sidney contests, she also had the honour of being the hostess at the past Queen's luncheon in 1958. In 1927, Margaret married Jim O'Keefe, who owned a farm in the Cariboo. She was actively engaged in herding cattle, and was known as a rancher's wife. Another Miss Sidney, Linda Douma put the town of Sidney on the map by becoming Miss Canada in 1965. Linda was born in Tofino, moving to Sidney

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as an infant where she attended the local schools. Continuing her studies at University of Victoria, Linda took a year off to attend the Miss Canada beauty contest in Toronto. As a result of being crowned, she travelled around Canada and worldwide, including India and Australia, representing Canada. Shannon Pearson was crowned Miss Sidney in 1988, entering the pageant to keep a friend company and indulge her love of being in the public eye. Shannon attended parades and luncheons, being sure to give her youthful opinion while remaining polite and kind. As Miss Sidney and representing the town, she attended community activities such as Sidney Days. Shannon (now Pearson-Hall) continues to work within the beauty industry with her home business Anam Cara Spa + Beauty Bar, providing a range of services from facials to makeup artistry. The last to be crowned Miss Sidney was Leigh-Anne Hughes in 1989. She was so popular among her fellow contestants she was proclaimed Miss Congeniality. Before moving to Sidney, Leigh-Anne graduated from George Dawson Secondary in the Queen Charlotte Islands, and enjoyed singing, playing guitar and participating in peer counselling. Since her crowning, there has been no further Miss Sidneys crowned. In 1990, four former Miss Sidneys, including Hughes and Pearson, volunteered to be on the Sidney float in the Victoria Day Parade. The ultimate question: should the Town of Sidney bring back the Miss Sidney contest? Shannon Pearson-Hall believes it should as "it was a great way to learn etiquette, responsibility and poise as a young lady as well as respect for the elder in the community." Perhaps in the upcoming years we may revisit Sidney's past and crown another Miss Sidney. Chloe Hale is a Sidney Archives Volunteer.

Simply Cremations & Funeral Services: Keeping it Simple by Linda Hunter This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Life's most difficult times are those that benefit most from simplicity. At end of life, a time requiring clarity and understanding, is precisely when Leslie Duncan and her team at Sidney's Simply Cremations "keep it simple." Having originally worked in the Alberta-based company, it took only one visit to Sidney for Leslie to make a permanent move for both home and office, becoming the managing funeral director at the Island location. A licensed funeral director, an earlier varied career included a stint with Canada Post, dog grooming and personal training before attending the Canadian College of Funeral Service and making a move into end of life services, in 2001. More than 87% of the population choose cremation over other means, and for more than a decade, Leslie and colleague Oceanna Hall (a Specialist with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care and Counseling) have been helping people prepare for their final arrangements with care, warmth and simplicity. At an age when many of her own friends are assisting ageing parents, Leslie is proud to offer a service that is straightforward and simple in a time that can be complex and overwhelming. "Cremation allows you more time to plan, to gather loved ones, and to heal, saving ceremonies and celebrations of life for a time that works for all." At Simply Cremations, "we deal with people not death," says Leslie, and their full range of affordable offerings is based on a basic fee structure with no commission and no surprises. This "up front" approach translates into a "no pressure" environment, where clients can focus on purchasing only what they truly need. Products and services include caskets, urns and funeral jewelry, as well as preplanning. The office music is upbeat, pets are welcome, and you won't find Leslie in a suit; it's a business that deals with dying but is dedicated to life. When not at work, Leslie is surrounded by love, in the form of her three rescue cats. She divides her time between supporting the Helping Homeless Cats of Greater Victoria Society, and as an active member of the Sidney Meet Up Group, where she makes business connections and builds friendships. This vibrant group offers Peninsula business women an opportunity to build community, support their business endeavours, and participate in local events and celebrations. Simply Cremations is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Leslie is "on call" 24 hours a day. Reach out to her by phone at 250656-5555 and find out more at Check out their new "pre arrangement" office at Upstairs on Beacon (corner of 5th and Beacon Avenue in Sidney), in Norma Jean's Closet.

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an infant, often tried to find her biological family but could not. Finally she obtained the name of an adoption agency in Quebec and when she contacted a social worker there, it was indeed the correct agency. "About two years passed before I got a call back. The worker said she would be investigating the matter. The next day she called to say she had just spoken with my 88-year-old mother. I was floored … I mean, I actually sat down on the floor." After 60 years, Joyce wondered if her large biological family would want to meet her and if they did meet, would it go well? Joyce grew up in a secure, loving family but was curious about her past. "I always knew I was adopted. I was taught and believed that I was given up through love. Somehow my adoptive mum learned some facts about my birth parents, which she passed on to me. I learned later that the other side of the story was not so positive. My birth mum never got over the sacrifice. My parents married several years after I was born but were not happy; my sisters never felt loved. I wonder if giving me away made it hard for my birth mum to show affection. You can tell she loves her family, but she doesn't show it. My father, who died some years ago, was a ladies man. One day he went to work and didn't come home for a year. He was in Montreal with another woman." While Joyce had always hoped to find her family, Cheryl, one

of her sisters, wanted to be reunited with Joyce. Cheryl's mother had mentioned many years before that Cheryl had an older sister. They had been discussing a friend of Cheryl's who became pregnant in high school and this conversation resonated with Cheryl's mother. "After that, I was always looking in crowds and wondering about her. I often talked to my parents about trying to find Joyce. Dad said it was up to my mother. Mum gave me details, gave me the hospital, but I got lost in the search. Mum came from a very strict religious family. She gave Joyce up to the agency and then returned to take her back. Finally after several more months, Mum gave Joyce up permanently. It was a truly unselfish act. About three years ago I contacted the agency. We heard nothing then suddenly, while I was at work, a call came from Montreal. The social worker simply said 'Joyce Ellen is looking for you.' This whole experience has been so wonderful and surreal that I doubt if I could find the words to describe it." Joyce flew back east with her two sons to attend a family gathering of siblings, uncles, aunts and many cousins. Much to her surprise, there was no strangeness or awkwardness; everyone accepted her. Some of the cousins even shared similar interests. Joyce said: "My son and his cousin discovered they shared a passion for music. We met a crazy, wild and wonderful family. This reunion has changed my life and my sons' lives. I believe everyone involved has benefitted. We are on a lifelong journey together. The circle is complete."

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Honey, We're Going to Sell the Car by Julian Sale

What was once your pride and joy is now the old car you used to love. So, how do you go about selling your car? Well, start by consulting a professional to determine the value. You'll notice a spread in values for similar cars, representing the difference between low mileage cream-puffs and high mileage, worn-out cars. If you're selling privately, you'll want to maximize your car's value by making it as original as possible. First, you need to remember that a buyer has saved money and considers your "old" car to be their "new" car, so they expect a clean, well-kept vehicle. Next, determine how much you'll have to spend to make your car great. If the expected value less the cost of refurbishing is equal to what you expect to sell for, then it's time to spend money to make money. Hire a professional detailer to properly clean inside and out, including any paint polishing or touch-ups that need to be done. If the car needs any basic maintenance items like tires or brakes, spend the money – you'll get it back. Even problems with plastic trim pieces, dash panels, door panels etc, can be repaired locally; see a professional. Once your car is the best it can be, you need great photos. That means photos in the shade with a solid background and preferably with a camera that allows you to distance yourself from the car and zoom in so the car is the centre of attention in the photo. Now you're ready to market your car. Buy a B.C. verified history

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This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Misty Watson and Randy Kerr are the skilled chiropractors who run the busy Island Family Chiropractic in Saanichton. They are a partnership in all senses of the word: "I am drawn to prenatal and early childhood patients," says Misty, "and I deal mainly with older patients," says Randy. "Between us, we deal with all members of a family, treating the injured and enabling those who are fit to

maintain their well-being." They are happy to explain what they do, and how their skills can benefit a variety of ailments. "Our bodies are controlled through our nervous system," Misty shares, "and it is stress that causes people to malfunction." Sometimes it is work, sports or lifestyle that causes the stress that results in pain and suffering: "If the body is out of balance because of the stress, then pain can result." "The body has a natural precondition for achieving balance," Randy says. "The

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Misty has been practising since 1998, and enjoys working with prenatal women and their babies. "I feel it is my calling." She helps women throughout their pregnancies. "Midwives will often refer women in their third trimester, and I am able to do adjustments that help their babies to position more optimally in the pelvis, to give moms the best chance for achieving a natural birth and avoiding a 'C' Section." Misty treats babies of all ages: "Some may have feeding difficulties; some will need small adjustments. The youngest baby I have treated was just a few hours old." Randy enjoys the challenge of treating older patients and finding the cause of their pain. Often, people have suffered for a long time with lower back pain, with insomnia or with some disorder that is preventing them from living a full life. "I'm not treating the stress," Randy explains. "I'm freeing the tension within the nervous system. The body has such amazing 'interconnectedness'." He refers to

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Dogs, Horses and People, Oh My! Must Love Dogs! The Pooch Parlour is now open on Fourth Street in Sidney. This newly established dog grooming salon offers dogs of all sizes an array of services ranging from a basic bath to a full parlour package. Owner Kathy Banks, who has been in the grooming world for more than a decade, offers dogs a calm, comfortable and safe experience in a loving environment along with a unique retail boutique that includes grooming products, handmade jackets, toys and homemade treats. Open weekdays, grooming is available by appointment and walk-ins are welcome. Connect with Kathy at Humans, horses, and hands come together at Stable Touch Therapy, a new venture for registered massage therapy student graduate Mikaela Schubkegel. She offers clients professional and educated relaxation massage and is also a certified Equine Massage Therapist. As a horse owner

News, changes, updates, launches? Email and lover, Mikaela includes these marvelous creatures in her practice, where she works with horses and their owners to understand the problem or underlying issues that can be causing behavioural or physical concerns. Working flexible hours in her Sidney home studio, you can reach Stable Touch Therapy at 250-882-4985 or via Facebook at stabletouchtherapy. Last month, Kirsten Danger and Pat Rymer opened the doors at Thyme Out Catering in Sidney. Working in their beloved Peninsula community, Kirsten and Pat cater everything from small business lunches and private dinner parties to weddings and special events. They also provide food service to Sidney's Army Navy and Air Force on "meat draw" nights. With a focus on delicious food, made from scratch, this dining duo likes to think outside the box, so be prepared for "creative" food and flair when working with Thyme Out. Find out more by email at thymeoutcaters@ or by calling

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250-893-6422. Bon Appétit! Dr. Christina ClaphamUpdegrove has relocated Alignment for Life, formerly known as Updegrove Chiropractic, to her new Sidney location. Focusing on the emotional component of the nervous system and the physical blocks it can create, Dr. Clapham-Updegrove is an industry-leading B.E.S.T (Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique) Chiropractor with clients travelling from as far as California for her expertise. She regularly provides education workshops in her clinic and other locations. Find out more at www.updegrovechiropractic. com or call 778-426-1006 for an appointment. As a paramedic, Ken Makisiadis has shared his passion and his practice with many. Now in a new venture, Help First Aid BC, he is "teaching you how to help others" with all levels of Red Cross First Aid courses and his signature offering, Dental Office Emergency Solutions

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Bead Lovers Unite! The VIBJS (Vancouver Island Bead & Jewellery Show) presents its Fall Show on October 4th and 5th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main Hall on the Saanich Fairground. Devoted solely to jewelry making and artisan jewelry, the two-day retail trade show is designed for jewelry makers, from hobbyist to professional, along with those who love finely crafted artisan jewelry. Founders Cheryl BevanGellor and Tamara Knott present Canadian commercial exhibitors and suppliers, many of our own West Coast artisan jewelers and jewelry-making workshops in beading, precious metal clay, lamp work (glass bead making), metalsmithing, chain mail and more. Find out more at 250.382.2261 or

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Monica Reekie is a hard woman to get hold of. Between her work at the Bateman Centre, the planning of art tours and taking photos on location, time is at a premium at the moment. Reekie was bitten by the travel bug about five years ago, and confesses that she "can't quit!" She's going back to the Galapagos in November, a return visit to a place that has clearly been inspirational to her. This time the trip will again be on Linblad Expedition/ National Geographic's Endeavor with Robert and Birgit Bateman on the tour as well. Then in Spring 2015, Monica will be hosting a tour of Scotland, Wales and England ending with a day at Highclere Castle (used as the filming location for TV show Downton Abbey). This "Castle to Castle" Tour has been organised by Monica as a fundraiser for Craigdarroch Castle. It should be a unique opportunity to experience different architecture and scenery whilst supporting something local. Giving back is very important to Monica, with a portion of all her artwork sales going to charity. Monica's camera goes everywhere with her, she feels she's "missed out" if she leaves it behind. But she's not just a photographer: Monica also works in watercolours and acrylic. When she describes her inspiration I get a strong understanding of the importance of Robert Bateman to her. Monica first saw his work in the 1970s and says she has always wanted to paint like him. She felt drawn to his work due to the animals (one of her loves) and their peaceful expressions. She finds him a wonderful person to be around, who "encourages her to always do more." It seems to be a common theme for photographers to be interested in conservation. "I've always loved animals," Monica explains. "I love taking photos of animals because of the level of trust that develops quickly, silently and completely between the subject and photographer. It gives me a sense of inner peace during and after the event, which returns every time I look at the photographs again." Coming up for Monica, alongside all the preparations for her travels, are local shows. At Coast Collective there is a "Black and White show" which will feature several of her pieces. The theme allows artists to work differently, taking all the distraction of colour away. Monica's website ( is kept up to date with all the shows that currently feature her work, but there is also an extensive portfolio online. As well as these shows Monica hopes to have at least one piece in the Sidney Fine Arts Show this fall. For information about the Castle to Castle tour contact Craigdarroch Castle directly:

common cents avoiding financial exploitation Financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse. According to the government of Canada's Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors, one in five Canadians believe they know of a senior who might be by Deborah Reid rbc dominion experiencing some form of abuse. securities Financial abuse requires three elements: opportunity, need/greed, and a sense of entitlement. It can be forcing an elder to do something such as signing a Power of Attorney; opening a joint account; selling a property; taking funds without authorization (misusing credit cards, cashing cheques, accessing ATMs, forging a signature); misusing property (home or car); or not paying for essentials. The abuse often occurs after a health crisis or during periods of "transition" such as the death of a spouse or close friend, moving in with a family member, or moving to a care facility. Although the frail and isolated are more easily targeted, many healthy and connected seniors are also vulnerable to financial abuse. Abusers can be caregivers, trusted professionals, family, nursing home staff, a neighbour/ friend, strangers, criminals, con men, telemarketers, contractors, etc. According to a study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, although financial losses are higher with investment fraud scams, family members

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and caregivers are the culprits in 55% of the cases. Victims may avoid reporting abuse for various reasons, including wanting to avoid embarrassment or government interference. Some have a fear of retaliation or institutionalization, or worry they will lose their independence. Often times, victims don't believe reporting will help and, in some cases, the individual may not even realize he or she has been exploited. A senior can decrease his or her risk for financial exploitation by merely getting out and about, since isolation is a contributing risk factor. He or she should also stay involved with multiple family members, and retain control by opening their own mail and doing their own banking. Planning in advance is also key. When there is no pressure, panic or urgency, it is a good idea for a senior to appoint two joint powers of attorney, both of whom are trustworthy and financially secure. It's also vital that the senior ensures that their lawyer has the physical Power of Attorney document. There are a multitude of professionals to help victims of financial abuse. If you are concerned about your situation or if you suspect someone you care about is being victimized, don't hesitate to contact a family member you trust, a local seniors' centre, your doctor or the local police for assistance. Deborah Reid, FMA, FCSI, is investment advisor and financial planner at the Sidney branch of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Deborah can be reached at 250-655-2884.

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The Daily Cup We Desire While working in the coffee business for many years, I came upon a number of interesting conversations. A few years back I distinctly remembered two people talking about their favourite coffee, and the place to have it. The one person would talk only about the price of their favourite coffee, while the other would talk about the taste of their coffee, and the sense of community their favourite coffee house had. I sat eavesdropping (politely of course) on their conversation, and found it fascinating that someone could be so fixated on price. The one person would not comment on taste, or how the environment they drank it in made them feel. How odd, I thought, but then I did a little reading on how people interpret value. Customer value can be examined at different levels. At a low level, it can be viewed as the attributes of a product that a customer perceives to receive value from. At a higher level, customer value by Steve Sheppard

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can be viewed as the emotional payoff and achievement of a goal or desire. For example, from a customer's perspective, the value of a cup of coffee enjoyed with a friend at a coffee house might be greater than the value of a take-out cup of coffee. The monetary cost of the cup of coffee in both cases might be similar in price (if not in quality); however, the value the customer extracts is different. My further reading uncovered that there are two stages at which customers assess value: before and after they purchase a product or service. The coffee industry is incredibly competitive and people seem to be drawn towards a brand for various reasons. Personally, I'm not interested in $1 coffees, or sitting in drive-thru lineups, and I don't look much at brands when it comes to coffee … I look for quality. I know dozens of great places to get coffee that are all one-off roasters, or cafés that support local roasters. Their names are not that memorable, but the coffee sure is, which leads me to this conclusion: if you want your coffee house or roastery to be memorable, having memorable coffee is the foundation. When I talk to someone about my coffee experiences I never tell them first what I paid; I first tell them how it tasted, or how the staff made my drink to my liking. Everyone likes a deal, but like many things in life, value is a perception and I absolutely believe: "The bitter taste of poor quality remains long after the sweet taste of low price is forgotten." This is a great saying by John D. Stanhope that applies to more than just our daily cup of coffee … Steve out.

Have you ever wanted to try curling but didn’t know where to start? Come to our Try Curling event on Saturday October 4th at 12-4pm To register, contact Glen Meadows at 250-656-3136. Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club 1050 McTavish Road, North Saanich

Centre for Plant Health One of the Peninsula's best views is from East Saanich Road, looking out over the greenhouses at the federal Centre for Plant Health towards Mount Washington. The Centre, established in 1912, almost vanished in its centennial year when the federal government announced it planned to centralize its operations in Summerland. Community outcry and lobbying by local MP Elizabeth May helped persuade Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to reverse the decision. The Centre was saved – not to speak of the view. Now, two years after that decision, the 40-hectare Centre continues its mandate to prevent the introduction and spread of plant virus diseases by acting as a research and quarantine facility. Importers without an existing import permit must have new grapevine or fruit tree species tested at the Centre to check for nasties such as Plum Pox virus or Grapevine Leafroll virus. The Centre also helps Canadian producers test their plants for diseases before export. (A key argument for keeping the Centre on Vancouver Island was to avoid the slight chance of a virus escaping and affecting the multimillion-dollar fruit and grape crops in the Okanagan.) In the early days, the Centre and nearby Dominion Brook Park were part of the federal Dominion Experimental Farms program aimed at helping farmers improve their crops and agricultural methods. In the 1960s, for instance, local tomato growers worked with the Experimental Station to develop a high yielding hydroponics technology to overcome problems of depleted soil.1 In 1968 the Station was renamed and became the quarantine centre for plants, specifically grapevines and fruit trees. It is now the research laboratory for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as well. In an average year, more than 1500 samples of grapevines alone are tested. It's serious business – an estimated $100 million has been invested in efforts to detect and eradicate the Plum Pox virus since it was first detected in Canada in 2000. Testing is a lengthy process, taking up to three growing seasons before the Centre can confirm a new plant is disease-free. A joint collaboration between researchers at CFIA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is looking at ways to shorten waiting by Gillian Crowley

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times. One promising area is in "next generation" technologies, piggybacking on a federal program to add thousands of DNA barcodes to databases. "NGS eliminates a lot of steps," says Dr. Mike Rott. "Rather than testing for individual pathogens one at a time, nucleic acid – DNA or, in the case of most viruses, RNA – can be extracted from plant material, the soil, or organisms. Using bioinformatics tools, the NGS data can provide a genetic signature for everything that's in there, including any viruses. From there we compare any viral RNA with our database to see if it's harmless or something that could cause damage." 2 Although it will take some time to build up the database of known viral genomes, this type of testing could eventually take years off the process. In the meantime, the field testing carried out at the Centre is still considered the gold standard for virus testing.3 The Social and Regulatory Relations of Metropolitan Victoria's Commercial Greenhouse Industry 1900 to 1996 by Timothy Chan. UVic Masters thesis, Dept. of Geography. P. 88. 2Quote from Government of Canada press release: http://grdi-irdg.collaboration. 3Carol Masters, Centre acting director, says it will take at least 10 years to get the DNA testing model worked out and approved.

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Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney, 7:30 pm 250.656.3738

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Royal Oak Women's Institute Hall 4516 West Saanich Rd, Victoria @ 7 pm 250.658.4203

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience, please come out to one of our meetings. every saturday until october 11

Peninsula Country Market

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

Now celebrating its 23rd year! Live music, local produce, crafts, specialty foods and more! Free admission and parking, very dog friendly! every saturday until october 11

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

Seasonal vegetables and fruit, eggs, baking, meat, fish, locally produced crafts. Live entertainment. September 7

Birds of Witty's Woodlands and Lagoon (guided walk; 9 yrs +) Witty's Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin), 9 to 11 am 250.478.3344

For the novice and intermediate birder, join guest naturalist Geoffrey Newell for a glimpse of some of the 100+ birds at Witty's Lagoon. Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Witty's Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. september 7

Annual House Tour Fundraiser for Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Throughout Greater Victoria, 11 am to 5 pm

There will be a selection of outstanding homes, illustrating "The Art of Living. Beautifully." Tickets available on the Art Gallery website –, at all three locations of Brown's the Florist (Sidney, Fort Street and Langford) and all three 60 SEASIDE | august 2014

Companions of the Quaich Dinner and Whisky Tasting "Malts of Glenfiddich" Haro's Restaurant at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.532.6002

Glenfiddich is one of only three remaining family-owned distilleries. They were the first to market a single malt outside of Scotland, to a world that knew only of blended scotch. The single malt market owes much to Glenfiddich; and it is fitting that theirs is the biggest selling single malt in the world. We will taste four of their excellent single malts and cask finishes with a three-course dinner. Members $60, Guests $70, Dinner only (designated drivers) $50.

Learn to Square Dance with the Country Cousins

Exercise for your body and brain while having Fun. Two free introductory lessons. Pre-register as per the above. September 21

Seasonal Safari (guided walk; 8 yrs and under) Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford), 1 to 2:30 pm 250.478.3344

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The leaves are turning yellow, and the air feels crisp! Animals know it is time to prepare for winter. Join a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist as we play games, look at leaves, and explore how raccoons, squirrels, bears and more are collecting food in the fall and preparing a winter spot to rest.

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Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

Are you new to the Saanich Peninsula? Saanich Peninsula Newcomers' Club offers friendship, fun activities and valuable information to all women who moved here less than two years ago. For further information visit the website. September 13

Forest Tea Party (guided adult walk; 18 yrs +) Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich), 1 to 3 pm 250.478.3344

Forests are full of plants that make delicious teas. Join a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist for a guided walk and interpretive tea tasting of local plants. $7+GST. Pre-registration required before September 12th. Space is limited. September 14

An Afternoon of Art Song and Opera with Ambur Braid and Topher Mozkrewski Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 2 pm

Based on the poetry of Baudelaire's Fleurs du mal, with music by Debussy, Berg, Korngold and Mozart! september 15

Fall Into Stories at Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories start at 7:30 pm 250.477.7044

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies).

Canadian Federation of University Women Meeting Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney @ 7 pm

CFUW Saanich Peninsula presents Victoria Battlefront Nurses of WWI with guest speaker Yvonne Van Ruskenveld. Our meeting is open to CFUW members and community-minded individuals, from all backgrounds, dedicated to lifelong learning. september 27

Herman's Hermits Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney @ 3 and 8 pm 250.656.0275

Herman's Hermits, one of the most successful groups throughout the world. From their beginning in Manchester, England, on April 1st, 1964, the band has chalked up over 23 hit singles, 10 hit albums, three major movies and countless television shows and concert tours all over the world. They have total record sales of over 75 million. Hit songs include I'm Into Something Good, Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter and I'm Henry VIII I Am. Tickets $68.25, available through Mary Winspear Centre box office. september 28

A Service of Music & Dedication Peace Lutheran Church 2295 Weiler Ave, Sidney, 10:30 am 250.656.2721

The public is cordially invited to a service and luncheon celebrating our new grand piano. Guest musicians are David Watson and Claire Mackelson.

Training Guardian Angels: First Aid at Panorama Rec by Doreen Marion Gee

What would you do if your best friend fell, hit their head and stopped breathing in your presence? Would you be able to keep them alive until the ambulance arrived? At any time in our lives, those types of tough questions can become a brutal gut-wrenching reality. Fortunately Panorama Recreation Centre has programs to give you the skills to be proactive and effective in a medical emergency. They will train you to be a guardian angel. There are only a few critical minutes after breathing and blood-flow stop following a life-threatening incident. According to Dan Ovington, Panorama's Aquatic Coordinator, the basic principle of many medical emergencies is that "the oxygen is cut off for some reason." The First Aid courses at Panorama Recreation Centre give people the essential tools to keep victims alive during that small window of opportunity. Panorama also has valuable life-saving miracle-workers on hand – "automated external defibrillators" (AEDs) that diagnose a life-threatening problem and apply electric current to reestablish a normal heart rhythm. Dan: "All of our first-aid courses include certification on the AED. The early advanced care is really what saves people's lives! When we do CPR, we are essentially keeping the blood

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and oxygen circulating but the chances of actually restarting someone's heart without an AED is very unlikely." The AED performs that life-saving function so rescuers don't have to wait until the ambulance arrives. Dan explains the urgency of a timely response: "The longer somebody goes without oxygen, the more potential there is for brain damage, increasing the chances of non-resuscitation – so the faster we can get an AED on someone, the higher the chance of survival." Effective use of an AED fast forwards and maximizes survival with less harm to the body and brain. Dan believes that everyone should have the life-saving knowledge provided at Panorama. "Our goal with our First Aid courses is to train more people out in the community. And with the AEDs, people

can step into action in any situation." Plus, CPR plays a very important and vital role in prolonging life until help arrives. Panorama Recreation Centre offers ongoing First Aid training courses all year to suit every need in the community. This fall, there are courses in CPR Certification and Standard First Aid (with CPR) for people who want a more in-depth understanding of medical emergencies. Dan recommends re-certification every year for both categories – also provided at Panorama. In the new Panorama brochure are courses on Emergency First Aid with CPR, Emergency First Aid for infants and children and Occupational First Aid. Hey, Panorama even has First Aid training to help Rover until the vet arrives! Do you want to be a guardian angel? Contact:

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September Shows (daily 10 am - 4 pm) Richard Wong “Sidney in Cairns” September 2nd - 21st Richard Wong, an award-winning artist, and the Sidney Sister Cities Association present a show of watercolours of endangered Australian fauna and flora featured alongside B.C. endangered species. Photographs taken in Cairns by Parkland School Students will also be exhibited.

Artisans Show & Sale September 27th - December 23rd

(Tues - Sun 10-4) The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula presents the 21st annual Artisans Gift Gallery. This show & sale features original art representative of the talent and diversity of Island Artisans and offers visitors a unique shopping experience. Meet the artists in this artist run co-op and give a gift that reflects the creativity of Peninsula artists.

We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council.

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Running for Council:

What's Involved Pt. II by Ted Daly

Should you decide to run for council in your municipality this coming November 15th, and are successful, you will be serving a four-year term as the legislation has now been proclaimed changing the term from three to four years. That's a big commitment, so it's important to know what you are getting yourself into. Most councils meet once a week, typically on Monday night, and normally meet every week of the month. As a rule of thumb , preparation for your meetings such as thoroughly reviewing your agenda package and doing your research into those items may typically take twice as long as the meeting itself, certainly at least in your initial couple of years. You should plan on spending a minimum of eight to 10 hours a week in this regard. In addition to your weekly council meetings, each member of council is normally assigned liaison work to municipal committees that usually meet monthly, such as Parks or Planning and Development, or to local organizations such as your Chamber of Commerce. But wait … it doesn't stop there! As a member of council and a "dignitary," you will be invited and expected to attend a number of events both within your municipality and in the Capital Regional District. As well, the Acting Mayor assignment rotates, giving you additional duties likely a couple of months a year. I don't mean to scare anyone off, but it is imperative that you have a reasonable idea of the time commitment. There is certainly a learning curve, but things all fall into place and over time you will feel more comfortable. If you have a lot of support in your personal life, it will make your council work a lot easier to fit in with your real life … like holding down a full-time job at home or at the office! If you're thinking about running or have already decided to run, no doubt there is an issue that led you to that decision. However, while your campaign may be focused on one central issue, you should be familiar with and prepared to discuss and debate a wide range of issues that your municipality may be dealing with and your residents are passionate about. It is most helpful to be attending meetings now to familiarize yourself with those issues. As well, think about making an appointment with the municipality's Chief Administrative Officer or meet with an incumbent member of council. Visit your municipality's website and review minutes of the past several meetings. I wish you all the very best should you decide to throw your hat into the ring. I have served two communities now for 21 years and it has been very rewarding . This is certainly one job you can apply for where no experience is necessary. Good luck! 62 SEASIDE | september 2014

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last word This month marks Seaside's third annual fashion spread: It's Only Love … This Fall (pg. 15) and its pages showcase some gorgeous autumn clothes to suit a wide range of styles. If someone were to ask me to describe my "style," however, I'd be hard pressed to come up with the right words. Not because my style is unique and indescribable, but because I don't really have one! Some people just have the right touch when putting together an outfit (like our stylist for this issue, Rachael Holland). They know just what accessories to put with that dress that will pull the whole thing together … I, on the other hand, do not. I've never been all that interested in fashion – I dress for comfort (working from home helps me indulge that "style" far more than I probably should) and, while I'll certainly take a stab at putting together a perfectly coordinated outfit in the store, more often than not the mannequins will end up looking more stylish than me. Back in the days of TLC's What Not to Wear – a show where people lacking in the style department are surprised with a gift card to the stores of New York and the assistance of two fashion experts – my sister

planned to submit my story to see if we could "style me up" a little after college, to get me out of my beloved jeans and hooded sweatshirts and into suits and business casual attire. Well, that plan fizzled out and here I am, 10-odd years later, wearing my favourite jeans, a tank top and a cardigan (too hot for a hoodie today). Seaside's twice-yearly fashion spread is simply a way of offering our readers features on a wide variety of topics; in the grand scheme of things, our role as a trendsetter is fairly minor. However, the world of fashion magazines – Elle, Vogue and other similar publications – has been influencing world style for around 100 years. According to Wikipedia: "Around the start of the 20th century fashion style magazines began to include photographs and became even more influential than in the future. In cities throughout the world these magazines were greatly sought-after and had a profound effect on public taste. Talented illustrators – among them Paul Iribe, Georges Lepape, Erté, and George Barbier – drew attractive fashion plates for these publications, which covered the most recent developments in fashion and beauty." Over the last century, many factors have gone into trying to influence me to indulge in – and spend money on – today's trends, but for now I'll leave the style to the fashionistas and designers and stick with my jeans and hoodie.

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