Seaside Magazine September 2016 Issue

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The food Issue Local Food Security | Can We Talk with Gary Hynes | Food Trends | School’s Back! Tomato Jam | Island Adventures | A Yummy Hobby | Mary Winspear Anniversary Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival | Ignition | Lunchboxes on a Budget

September 2016

Raymond James Opens Office In Sidney Deborah Reid Investment Advisor, Financial Planner, has joined Raymond James Ltd. to open a new Sidney office. Raymond James is one of North America's leading independent fullservice investment dealers with an extensive presence across Canada and the United States. Raymond James Ltd. was founded on the principle of always putting the needs of clients first. Today, this principle remains the foundation on which they continue to build their company. The greatest strength of the firm is their people. Raymond James has over 900 employees across Canada working together in establishing Raymond James as Canada's premier independent investment firm.

Deborah joined the Raymond James’ team because of their “Client First” principles and their independent approach towards providing solutions. In Sidney and across Canada, Raymond James has built a home for talented professionals who choose to put their clients’ needs first, always. Deborah has over 20 years of investment experience and has devoted her professional life to providing clients with the peace of mind they deserve. Her disciplined approach based on logic and quality investments benefits clients who are looking to grow and protect their wealth. Deborah and her team of wealth management professionals will always take the time to listen in order to provide the most appropriate investments for her clients. “Informed investors make informed decisions.”

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Eco-Cultural Food Growth: Food Security on the Saanich Peninsula Can We Talk: Publisher Sue Hodgson grabs a bite with EAT Magazine’s Gary Hynes Yesterday’s Lunch, Tomorrow’s Dinner: What’s In & What’s Out In Victoria’s Food Scene A Yummy Hobby: Canning the Harvest Bounty Seaside Homes: Character & Comfort in North Saanich

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First Word This Month in History Common Cents Island Dish Island Adventures Grey Matters New & Noteworthy On Design West Coast Gardener Sudoku Book Review Ignition What’s Happening Last Word






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september.2016 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE nathalie chambers

My husband David and I are eco-cultural food growers at Madrona Farm in Saanich in the Blenkinsop Valley. At Madrona Farm we operate our farm as close to a natural ecosystem as possible. We encourage consumers to have a relationship with their farmer and visit their farms. Look for birds, bees and frogs; these are indicators of healthy terrestrial ecosystems. If they are not present, find out why and support your farmer to improve their practices. In this issue’s article “Eco-Cultural Food Growth: Saanich Peninsula Food Security,” I share a little bit about why this is such an important concept, especially locally. To find out more read Saving Farmland – The Fight For Real Food or visit us at Madrona Farm.

jesse holth

Nature has always been my happy place. For as long as I can remember, spending time outside has energized, rejuvenated and inspired me. Whether hiking through the forest, spending time at the beach or sitting in an urban park, it makes you feel alive and ignites your creativity. As a freelance writer and editor, I often take inspiration from nature. My passion for travel and exploration has led me across the world. Originally from Calgary, I first moved here to pursue studies at the University of Victoria. I fell in love with the ocean and, two degrees later, I couldn’t bring myself to leave! With “Island Adventures,” I look forward to sharing some of the special spots to enjoy nature in this beautiful place we call home.

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Having an agenda can be a very good thing in interior design – but sometimes magic happens on the spot. It happened in our small office renovation (discussed in this month’s “In Design”): a shelving unit was laying on its side, it was narrow and the exact length of the back wall … I thought to myself: this is the hutch we need, same width, height and length. Well it became the hutch in the office, decorated with business cards, flowers, and large modern photo-art. My design work is international and I am proud to say that I sell photo-art all over the world, but my greatest joy is redesigning rooms into multifunctional spaces and achieving the most creative possibilities within the space provided.


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jill van gyn

I was born and raised in Victoria B.C. but couldn’t stay still for long. I have lived in Montreal, Vancouver, and more recently Northern Uganda. I’ve travelled the world experiencing each country and culture through food. I have become skilled in seeking out the best food a country or city has to offer by exploring markets, sampling from pretty much any street food stand, and bullying my way into dinner invitations from practically anyone who will let me in the door. Keeping a food blog has always been a must in order to cover the best and the most bizarre food experiences I come across. Currently, I’m a restaurant consultant and regular contributor to EAT Magazine, and this month I share “What’s In and What’s Out in Victoria’s Food Scene” with Seaside readers.

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first word Every summer I get invited to a beautiful get together at friends in Brentwood Bay. This August was no different, surrounded once again by delightful and charming people, reminiscing with old friends and creating conversations with newly-made ones. Throughout the evening we get to enjoy amazing food, and my hosts helped shape moments around cooking with the best ingredients they can find seasonally and locally. If there is a formula for making a lasting food memory, they nailed it. The pork sausages they served were as local as you can get, from Berryman Farm on Dooley Road. The farm raises their pigs on pasture and do not use any GMO feed. Their quality of life is paramount and the case is the same with the pastured beef my hosts slow-cooked and served with fresh carrots and celery. The beef was raised on a family farm off Interurban Road. The wild spring salmon and halibut that was cooked was caught in the Kyuquot and served with a potato/green onion salad as well as spinach and berry salad. Even the zucchini lasagna was made with zucchini grown in their own garden. There was pizza cooked in traditional style, starting with nonGMO flour and topped with simple, quality ingredients. The oven is wood-fired and cooks at 900°F or higher. I understand that this is the only way to truly cook pizza in Neapolitan fashion: ready in less than two minutes. One of the favourites for the kids – and adults! – was the Margherita, which includes pureed San Marzano tomatoes as the sauce, mozzarella di bufala from my hosts’ friends at Natural Pastures, homegrown basil and a drizzle of good Italian olive oil. And

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their father would be devastated if they didn’t make his favourite, straight-up San Marzano tomato sauce and anchovies. Other pizzas served included spicy eggplant, Italian prosciutto, salami and peppers. Dessert was local fruit (peaches from the neighbour next door) and a home-made, world-famous pecan tart! Taste can linger far longer in the mind than it does on the tongue, and as anyone who remembers that sacred sandwich from childhood can attest, food memories rarely exist in a vacuum. They are intimately tied to where you were when you had that unforgettable bite. Memories of that party will last a lifetime with me. My mother was an amazing cook, trying her hand at new recipes but always bringing out the traditional ones too. I can honestly say that most of the memories that are really vivid for me have been surrounded by food in some way. As a child living in the Maritimes, our beach adventures were daily and always involved digging for clams and then boiling them on an open fire ready for a family feast. I can still smell those clams. In this issue of Seaside we celebrate “food,” from discussions on food security to discovering our local chefs in our Inside the Kitchen profiles. Those that make food their career tend to understand the importance of creating lasting food memories – most chefs hope the meals they craft will stay with their clients for years to come. They often draw inspiration from their own food memories, in ways both recognizable and unexpected. In our “Can We Talk” column, while sharing a bite with Gary Hynes, founder of EAT Magazine, I get to share some of his secrets to success and his remarkable love of food and the industry after 18 years. And many thanks to Ron and Maureen Vincent, owners of Sea Glass Waterfront Grill, for our cover creation. And yes, it is floating on water!

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PhotograPhy contest Four Categories: Your West Coast Culture: What Does Living Here Mean to You? Wonderful Wildlife: The Critters that Call The Peninsula Home

Make Us Laugh: Capture That Classic Moment Peninsula People: Portrait of a Neighbour

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Submit entries to One entry per person per category. One winner per category. Winners have the chance to be featured as our October cover photo (vertical format only). The four chosen will have their work published, with a brief biography, in the October Issue of Seaside Magazine. Images of people require the subject’s consent to appear in a published photograph. By entering the contest, winners automatically consent to having their work used by Seaside Magazine. Only files submitted via email will be accepted. All files must be high resolution (300 dpi). Label all files with your name and subject category and provide a bio of 75 words.

Eco-Cultural Food Growth:

Saanich Peninsula Food Security

by Nathalie Chambers

We are so lucky to live in

the rainshadow of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, a world-renowned marine and biological diversity hotspot. We are in the traditional territory of the Coast Salish First Nations, who lived on and stewarded these lands for 8,000 years since the beginning of time until contact. They were seasonally nomadic hunters, gatherers and survivalists. The sustainable land management techniques that these people employed stemmed from a world view that did not separate itself from nature. It is these stewardship techniques that have led to the current fertility of the land we now stand on. Considering our favourable growing conditions, climate and fertility, it's shocking to note that B.C. has the highest food insecurity and is the highest user of food bank programs in Canada. "The words food security mean that everybody is able to get enough healthy food to be well and active. For everybody to get enough healthy food, we need a food system that works well." ( According to the Sidney Lions Food Bank, Central and North Saanich are some of the areas with the highest use. The largest obstacle to food security in these parts is the price of farmland, second to the industrialization of farmland which further increases the price of farmland and compacts, pollutes and degrades soil. The consequence of these non-permitted uses lead to the loss of farmland, degradation of soil and the biodiversity that make farming sustainable. This article is meant to be a roadmap, and provide you with some tips that will help you navigate the sometimes confusing farm food scene on the Island. Firstly, we must always exercise caution at the farm stand or grocery story and stop ourselves from slipping

into nostalgia. We are not in grandma's garden anymore, and the produce we're buying may potentially be life-threatening, grown with chemicals, insecticides and pesticides without respect to ecology, culture and health. It pays to be informed. Terms such as "naturally grown," "local," "not sprayed" etc. may not mean what you think. Get to know your farmers, ask questions and visit the farm that grows your food to ensure that the indicators of functioning healthy ecosystems are present: birds, (native) bees and frogs. If these indicators aren't present on the farm you're visiting, have a discussion with your farmer and support them to make the changes they need to increase biodiversity and become sustainable. We must protect and defend the biology of the soil like our life depends on it, because it really does. We must also transcend the myth that no one wants to farm anymore, or that you can't make any money farming. It may very well be true that nobody wants to farm conventionally anymore, but there is another league of food growers on the horizon. Often trained in agroecology, biodynamics, biological farming and permaculture, these rogue farmers are desperate to get their shovels in the ground and grow food for us, but unfortunately many of them are finding it really hard to access farmland. We must ensure farmland soils and the biodiversity necessary to be sustainable and economically viable are protected forever. Through responsible ownership and restrictive agricultural covenants, the use of farmland trusts and partnerships with regional and municipal governments, we can protect farmland forever. To learn more, visit Photo by september 2016 | 11

can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks – and eats! – with gary hynes, the founder & editor of eat magazine You founded EAT Magazine 18 years ago. Give us a glimpse of how you got started in this business and how EAT Magazine came together. I’ve always been a magazine junkie. I would buy every food magazine I could get my hands on, including obscure international ones. Working as a chef and having access to stories about food and recipes from other cultures was a big draw, but I could never find magazines about our local food scene. Back then no one talked about local food – now, of course, everyone does. Food is in every lifestyle magazine, TV news show, and all over the web and social media. After taking a photojournalism course, I bought a professional camera and began to tell stories about food instead of cooking professionally. I started writing a column about B.C. wine for a start-up magazine called P.I.G. They barely lasted a year, and offered to sell me the magazine for $1 and all their debts. I thought: why not? Here’s my chance. EAT was born. I went to everyone I knew in the food industry – including Paul Hadfield at Spinnakers and Sinclair Philips of Sooke Harbour House – and asked if they would support a local food magazine. They all said yes. Those first years were tough; I worked out of an unfinished basement in my house. I did everything – the writing, photography, design and production, selling advertising … I was even the paperboy, loading up my car and dropping the magazines off to all the pick-up points. I have to thank my family for their sacrifices and support. You grew up in Montreal and spent quite a bit of time in the Maritimes before heading out West. What made you decide to finally reside in Victoria?

After getting married in Toronto, I moved to the small lobster fishing village of Shelburne in Nova Scotia with my wife, Cynthia. We had seven great years running a country inn and restaurant until my wife broke her back in a tobogganing accident and we sold the business. As the restaurant chef, I had been struggling to find fresh, locally-grown food to cook with: the season was so short, and there weren’t many farmers in our area. In the offseason, I would take “food” vacations to the West Coast, and fell in love with the weather and the year-round growing season. I knew that something was happening there and that it was at the forefront of the nascent farm-to-table movement. Victoria was becoming a lot more than a synthetic little bit of Britain with its deep fried foods, and I wanted to be part of it. So, we packed up and moved to Victoria. It had it all – a small city where you could get just about everything, a year-round climate, a great place to raise a family, and a developing food culture scene that was new and exciting. We had the chance to share a few dishes at Haro’s Restaurant & Bar, including the Seafood Curry, Haro’s Burger and the Waldorf Salad. Are these the types of dishes you’d usually seek out? What do you think defines dining on the Peninsula compared with dining in Victoria? I’m not a food prude: I like to eat almost everything. I’m just as happy eating a big, loaded burger as I am a northern-style Thai curry or a fresh, market vegetable salad. Sidney and Victoria aren’t all that much different, except perhaps for the number of restaurants. Both Victoria and Sidney cook out of the same local food basket. We’re both close to Saanich farms and wineries. We share the same craft beers and many of the same grocers. We might be a bit different demographically, but we have similar food cultures. What I like best about Sidney is the friendly, small-town vibe. Everywhere I go, it feels relaxed and unhurried. With so many years in the publishing industry, what dramatic changes have you seen and what is your secret to success? I came to publishing at the beginning of the desktop publishing revolution, which allowed me to do what I do. It was the start of the democratization of publishing, and this process has only accelerated

to the point that everyone can have their say on blogs and social media. Although statistically print is still dominant, online is catching up fast, and publishers are looking for ways to be a part of this new reality. But some things are timeless. To stay in business and do well, it’s always about customer service. Add to that a continuing curiosity, a drive to improve, and the building of strong relationships. I’ve also been very fortunate to live in an area that prides itself on supporting local businesses and is a big food town. You’ve recently published a beautifully illustrated book, called The Eat Journal, following inspiration from magazines and journals in Europe and America. Tell us a bit about this hybrid cookbook/magazine, or mook, magbook or bookazine as you refer to it. There’s been a huge resurgence of interest in independent magazines in Europe. Publishers and editors are putting a lot of creativity into design and journalists are telling more in-depth stories – maybe it’s a reaction to the web with its endless cat stories and homogenous design. Maybe it’s because people want something more tactile that they can hold and feel. Whatever the reason, readers are re-discovering print. The EAT Journal is my attempt to do something different. I wanted to produce something not only beautiful to look at, but that had compelling, enduring content without the emphasis on news and what’s new. I call it a journal because it’s neither a magazine nor a book but it has elements of both. There are recipes as in a cookbook; there are both long and short articles like a magazine and a few curated advertisements.

(In Sidney you can buy The EAT Journal at Tanner’s Books.) Is it difficult to keep on top of all the trends in food with so many restaurants in Greater Victoria? Tell us your current favourite, unless it’s a secret! It’s true that these days there seems to be as many trends as there are restaurants. Right now my favourite is the taco trend. We’ve seen a number of taco places open in Victoria – Tacofino, La Taqueria, Norte – all excellent but different. They’re spicy, fresh and easy to eat – the perfect fast food. To stay current, I walk around the city a lot and talk to as many people as I can. I have an extensive network of people in the industry. I also follow a lot of food and drink people on social media, so if there’s a new place opening, I hear about it. I try to eat at as many places as I can at least once; this helps to decide what places EAT will feature. People sometimes ask if there is enough to write about here, but in all the years I’ve been doing EAT, there’s never been an issue where there hasn’t been a new restaurant to write about. As this is our Foodie Issue and we’ve heard some cooking tips from our Peninsula’s own chefs and cooks, perhaps you’d like to share a tip from inside the Hynes’ kitchen? Each week I shop at a variety of small food shops, butchers, and markets. I fill my fridge with food I love so when it’s time to cook something I can look in the refrigerator to be inspired. I like to cook as simply as possible and let a few high-quality ingredients shine; this means it not only has good flavour but is good for you. Even if I’m cooking from a recipe, I don’t follow it too closely as I like to riff on the recipe and substitute whatever ingredients I feel would work. I taste a lot as I cook and adjust the dish according to my vision of it. As we move into the fall season, I’m looking forward to turning my oven back on and doing some slow cooking. I probably use too much salt, but I love our local sea salt as it brings a dish alive. Never be afraid of trying something different, you might surprise yourself. Photo by

Gary Hynes, Founder & Editor, EAT Magazine Gary Hynes is the founder and editor of EAT Magazine, a food and wine magazine based on Vancouver Island. Born in Montreal, he studied film at Concordia University, Electronic Music at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, and Photojournalism at Camosun College. His band Minutes From Downtown produced one of the first videos to play on Much Music. He has worked as a sommelier, restored a heritage seaside property in Nova Scotia and opened The Cooper’s Inn and Restaurant, where Gary was the chef and received a star in Where To Eat in Canada. He edited the award-winning wine book, Island Wineries of British Columbia. EAT won Best Food Magazine at the Urban Diner Restaurant Awards. Gary lives, breathes, and eats in Victoria, B.C.

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Yesterday’s Lunch & Tomorrow’s Dinner:

What’s In & What’s Out in Victoria’s Food Scene by Jill Van Gyn

We tend to get overwhelmed with

food trends. They come fast and furious and are out as fast as they came in. Staying ahead of the game is work: you need to do your research checking in on blogs and websites out of major hot spots such as L.A, New York, Paris and London. You need to get out there and shop for foods that you have never seen, talk to restaurant owners, chefs, and local producers on the regular and, above all else, you have to eat like it’s going out of style (don’t worry – it never will). In our small yet vibrant restaurant scene, trends have been all over the map. From tacos to farm to table, there have been some heated battles fought and won in many a kitchen. Let’s start with tacos: the trend has spun slightly out of control. Everyone loves a good taco, but the market is quickly becoming saturated, with the Blanshard and Fort intersection featuring three different taco locales – all with different takes on the south-of-theborder darling. Tacofino, La Taquisa, and La Taqueria are going head to head to win over the taco aficionados while food trucks Norte and Taco

Justice are hitting the streets, doubling down on the food truck trend. While tacos may have hit a fever pitch in 2016, look for poke, a Hawaiian dish using fresh, raw tuna, soy marinades and a variety of toppings, to become the new hit in 2017. The poke trend is on absolute fire in L.A. and New York, but has been slow to catch on in Victoria. Fresh Coast over in Gordon Head offers a miso lime poke bowl with furikake spice, avocado, kale and farrow, but I’m waiting for the day when an authentic poke shop opens up to give this trend the kickstart it so deserves. In addition to poke, I think we’ll see a major uptick in elevated Asian street food with a particular bent on authenticity over fusion. Bao, over on Fisgard in Chinatown, is serving up some fantastic ramen and bao buns while Han Korean Restaurant on Johnson is hitting the spot with some delicious Korean barbecue dishes. Farm to Table is becoming a slightly diluted phrase these days. There are some fantastic hard-core farm to table enthusiasts such as Hanks on Douglas and the slow food movement frontrunner Agrius, that head out to farms, to the seaside, and to local producers september 2016 | 17

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to procure the freshest food for their dishes. Others may be using the term with a bit more, how shall we say, creative license when it comes to calling their food “farm to table.” Be mindful of this when choosing where to eat and opt for a true Farm to Table restaurant! Enter the food repurposing movement. Food waste is a growing topic in the restaurant industry. So much of what is brought in through the back door goes to waste. Part and Parcel in Quadra Village has already started to repurpose compostable produce material by breaking it down into rich, flavourful oils to be used in dressings and for cooking. Repurposing food and minimizing waste will not only become a trend in 2017, but I believe it will start to become the norm for two reasons: one, it makes the most out of food costs for the restaurants; and two, it capitalizes on the public’s growing interest in sustainability and waste reduction. In your own kitchen, look for recommendations to use turmeric in, well, everything. The immuneboosting root adds flavour and a splendor of colour to any dish and is cheap and easy to find. It’s a fantastic addition to curries, but also bodes well for innovative cocktail creations. Goodbye caveman diet, hello ancestors diet: This takes “from scratch” to a whole other level – bread making, cheese making, canning and jarring – just like they did in the good old days. Think less “life without fire” and more “life without electricity.” In the coming year home cooks are going to be pushed to get very experimental. Look for some great recipes to come out on fermentation. You will all have very busy schedules as you add homemade kimchi, sauerkraut, buttermilk and kefir to your list of cooking forays. I have little doubt that many of you will start planning your spring 2017 home garden with fermentation and a healthy gut in mind. Trends come and go, and Victoria is the perfect testing ground to see what will stick and what will fall flat. So, get out there and be a part of the process while supporting our vibrant local food community.

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Carmine Sparanese is the owner of Lifestyle Markets, Sidney location and general manager, Victoria locations. Here, he shares a bit of his story with writer Jo Barnes. Carmine never knows who might come through the doors at Lifestyle Markets. It might be an overdue pregnant woman looking for suggestions to induce labour or a businessman dealing with insomnia. But no matter the need, Carmine and his employees are always welcoming and helpful. What brings people back to your store time and time again? I’ve watched customers interact with our team for years and believe it is that special connection and trust that brings people back. We’ve made the choice to only carry quality products and offer great pricing, but it really is the people who make the difference. What sets your stores apart from others? We have amazing people that run our stores, people who know their stuff by attending ongoing training to stay up to date with new research and products. We carry a wonderful variety of foods and products that help support many lifestyle needs including vegan, gluten-free, paleo and more. How did you get started in this business? I was involved in accounting work with Lifestyle at the original Victoria location and the owners Bryan and Lorraine Peterson offered me a position as General Manager. I liked the concept of the business and wanted to be part of it.

When did the Sidney store open? The store opened in 1996. I can't believe it was 20 years ago that we opened this location! Does the clientele of the Sidney store differ from Victoria store? We do have more seniors than the other two stores, although younger families are becoming a larger part of our clientele. We also serve many people from the Gulf Islands who find our Sidney location to be very convenient. How are you celebrating the store anniversary? We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary on September 23 and 24 with product samples, wonderful prizes, and even cake. We will also be raising money for the Sidney Lions Food Bank. How important is diet in life? Along with strong faith, family or social network, our diet is the single most important factor in living a healthy lifestyle. It is so beneficial to consume larger amounts of organic produce and high quality fats and leaving behind overprocessed packaged and fast foods. What are the popular products right now? Popular products include quality fats such as coconut oil and fermented foods such as kombucha and sauerkraut. How do you keep up with trends? We listen to our customers! What do you like about this business? When I go home, I think to myself “At Lifestyle we get to do this, we get to help people.” It's amazing to see, to watch people transform. I'm excited to be a part of that. Photo by september 2016 | 19

this month in history "the first school on the saanich peninsula had just six students enrolled, and was built in the Mount newton x road area."

School's Back! To commemorate the first week of school this September, I checked out some historical facts about education in our area. In 1849, the first school opened for the children of Hudson’s Bay Company officers. It was known as the “Company School,” and operated within Fort Victoria itself. Three years later, the “Colonial School” was established for the children of the so-called “ordinary” employees. This school was run by the Reverend Robert Staines and his wife, Emma, who served as both teacher and school matron. In 1855, a school was opened at Craigflower for the children of families employed by the Puget Sound Agricultural Company, with a schoolmaster named Charles Clark. Today this school is the oldest surviving school building in Western Canada. Gideon Halcro was the school’s building contractor and the two-storey building had one schoolroom, with six other rooms for the teacher, his family and some student boarders. The school bell, which hung in the school yard, came from the steamer Major Tompkins, which had been wrecked off Macaulay Point. In 1861, a school near Mount Tolmie had its beginnings in the kitchen of a Mrs. Henry King at 1706 Kisber Avenue. She taught the children in the area for two hours a day, five days a week, but by 1863 regular classes and a paid teacher occupied St. Luke’s Chapel on Cedar Hill Cross Road. The first two-room school, known as Cedar Hill School, was built around 1872 and a new Cedar Hill School was built in 1912. By 1891 a one-room school had also been built in the “wilds of Gordon Head” to accommodate the children of the pioneers in that area who couldn't travel the long distance to Cedar Hill or into town on a daily basis. This school was built on land valued at $150 and was donated by William Dean and James Houlihan. The project was initiated by pioneer John Vantreight who had petitioned for the building of a school. 1920 saw the establishment of an official

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Department of Education. Two years later the association known as the British Columbia Parent-Teacher Federation was formed. It was initially based in New Westminster. In 1936 School Safety Patrols were introduced for the first time and by 1947 were sponsored by Kiwanis Clubs throughout the province. In 1938 new standardized report cards were introduced for the first time. Braefoot Elementary was named for Braefoot Farm, owned by Dr. Simon Fraser Tolmie, a Premier of B.C. Lambrick Park Secondary School was named for Arthur Lambrick, a Gordon Head dairy farmer and one-time Reeve of Saanich. Lansdowne School stands on the site of an old airport and is

named for a Marquis and Governor-General of Canada. S.J. Willis was named for Samuel John Willis (1877-1947) a Superintendent of Education and one-time school principal. Stelly’s Secondary School is named for Saanich Peninsula pioneer George Stelly. Land for the first school on the Saanich Peninsula was donated by pioneer William Thomson with an enrolment of just six students! It was built in the vicinity of Mount Newton Cross Road. Just a smattering of educational history as the school bell rings once again and another year of learning begins this September! Happy School Days. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at

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common cents filling the lunch kit without breaking your budget! The new school year brings the return of the dreaded lunch box! You want to fuel your kids from the inside out to be the best learners they can be, and by incorporating their ideas – and even enlisting their cooking skills – you might find that by Rebekah Hunter lunches become less of a tedious chore! With three goals in mind – to make it healthy, keep within our food budget and try to be “cool” so it will be eaten – start by brainstorming with your kids for ideas. Find ways to incorporate protein, complex carbohydrates, fresh local veggies and fruits. Make bars using grains and dried fruit; send along a container of plain yogurt and frozen berries or apples off the neighbourhood tree. Planning ahead with a menu makes it more likely you’ll stay within your weekly food budget. Experiment with beans and grains, like Mexican red beans and rice – they make excellent lunch foods. Looking to get creative? Google bento boxes … tons of ideas for the crazy Pinterest parent in you! One of the best and most economical strategies is to make extra for dinner meals and pack leftovers for lunch. But here are some other ideas to get you going! Cold lunches can be more than just a sandwich: experiment! • Pita triangles with hummus & tzatziki, a cold Cuban sandwich or a pretzel bun BLT • Spread coloured tortillas with pesto, cashew butter or bean dip and layer thinly-sliced leftover meat, cheese, sprouts, grated carrot and cucumber. Top with mixed greens, roll and slice or wrap it! • Fresh salads: mix and match with what you have on hand; aim for colour and crunch and separate wet from dry to avoid it becoming slimy before lunchtime. • Spears of fresh veggies: peppers, carrots, celery and broccoli with a dip of thick plain yogurt spiced with chipotle or dried curry. • Mini quiche, hardboiled eggs or grilled chicken strips with spicy mustard dip. Hot lunches in a good quality mini thermos. Preheat thermos with almost boiling water and fill with hot, hot food. • Hot leftover spaghetti and meatballs • Whole hot corn on the cob • Leftover crockpot pulled pork or jerk chicken for soft tacos • Soups or stews: minestrone with beans, tortellini or macaroni Breakfast on the go? In a thermos, no problem! Keep frozen fruit, protein mix and fresh greens on hand – blend and go. Cold cereals or hot oatmeal work equally well. Send off the kiddies with a hug and a kiss, knowing they are fuelled for the day and ready to learn. Of course all these delicious ideas work for your lunch too! Reducing your reliance on eating out can make a big difference to your wallet. Go on: bring some passion, colour and nutritious fun into everyone's brand-new lunch kit! 22 | september 2016

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The real Mary Winspear In 1910, the family joined many new émigrés and boarded the Empress of Britain and sailed to Canada, settling for a short period of time in Calgary, Alberta. They soon moved to Namaka, a small railroad town 40 miles east that no longer exists on maps today. Mary grew up in a family of five children with very strong ties to the Anglican Church and a belief in the value of an education. All of the siblings excelled in their chosen vocation and Mary followed in her mother’s footsteps and chose education. Looking to broaden her education and work experience, in 1927 she convinced her sister to go east with her to St. Hilda’s College at the University of Toronto. Mary completed her undergraduate degree in 1930 and then continued on at the same university, earning both her MA in English (1931) and PhD in Philosophy (1942). She became Dean of Women at both the University of Alberta and Queen’s University and lectured in English at the Universities of Albert, McGill, Concordia and Queen’s. When the veterans returned from World War II, teaching opportunities for women

in universities took a drastic downturn. It was at this stage, in 1946, that Mary bought “a respected but somewhat rundown schoolhouse,” as her sister described it, in the Westmount area of Montreal, Quebec. She spent 25 years there as headmistress and owner of what was called Weston School, a private school for girls. Mary had spent many of her summers visiting her younger brother Francis at his summer house in North Saanich, British Columbia and upon her retirement, she moved to the neighbouring small town of Sidney, settling into the community. She took an interest in her community and its constituents and enjoyed the arts, the love of learning and, of course, the seascape so abundant in this area. Mary never married but she remained a favourite aunt to three generations of nieces and nephews. The Winspear family, who are now dispersed throughout continental North America, continue to celebrate her life and legacy by assisting the Sanscha Community Cultural Centre Foundation. The Mary Winspear Centre was built by the Foundation and dedicated on September 27, 2001 making this September our 15th Anniversary.

Cowboy Junkies Canadian alternative rock band the Cowboy Junkies will make their debut appearance in Sidney on Friday, September 30 and in Nanaimo at the Port Theatre on Thursday, September 29th. Founded in 1985, Cowboy Junkies recorded a succession of critically acclaimed albums during the ‘80s and ‘90s earning them a cult following throughout North America and Europe. Their style is a fusion of traditional country, blues and folk which has earned them multiple awards and nominations throughout their 30+ years in the industry. Their second and most notable album The Trinity Sessions has reached multi-platinum and was named one of the 10 best albums of 1988. Don’t miss the chance to relive the memories of this iconic Canadian band.

Adonis Puentes Making his debut appearance at the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre presents Cuban sensation Adonis Puentes on Sunday, October 2 at 2pm. Adonis and his twin brother Alex Cuba were born into a musical family in

Artemisa, Cuba. Their father was a well-respected musician and taught the boys to play guitar and by the age of six the pair were playing in a children’s ensemble. At the age of 14, Adonis was already singing and writing his own music. Puentes has made Victoria his home since 1998 however his music is still deeply rooted to his Cuban heritage. “I have traveled the world singing. My mission in life is to share my music, giving people joy,” Adonis explains. “My new recording captures my poetic journey, my revelations and my maturing as an artist.”

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2nd Annual Comedy for Cancer Gala - Sidney Join us on Thursday, October 6 at Mary Winspear Centre for a night of great food and laughs, all in support of the Tour de Rock! Meet the 2016 Tour de Rock team, enjoy delicious food provided by Island Culinary Service and be entertained by critically acclaimed comedians sponsored by Richardson GMP.

more! Doors open at 6pm, team arrives at 6:30pm and dinner and entertainment kick-off at 7pm! Tickets are $50 each or sponsor a table for $500. Tickets can be purchased at Coast Capital Savings (Sidney branch), the Mary Winspear Centre, Peninsula News Review (103-9830 Second St) or by emailing Laura Lavin at

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good friend Sandy Shams, owner of Alexander's Coffee. Hoping your garden is still producing in early September! Tomatoes are abundant this time of year; whether they come from your own garden or from the market we all love them. Every once in a while though, you get a tasteless batch; they get overripe before you can use them, or you just plain have too many! So what are you going to do with them? It’s a tragedy to let them go past the point of no return, so it’s at this stage that I bag them up and freeze them until I have a enough to fill a baking pan, and then I make TOMATO JAM! Sure, we could make tomato sauce, or stew them or make some other ordinary preparation, but I assure you if you make this, you’ll never go back. What is tomato jam? It's a thick, intensely tomato-flavoured condiment that is delicious enough to spread on your favourite burger (you’ll never use ketchup again), serve up on a fresh baguette or toast point with cheese, toss into pasta with some fresh parmesan shavings, add to your homemade soup to elevate it to a whole new level, or simply eat it all by itself right out of the jar. It should come with a warning on the label: “highly addictive.” Here’s how! Set your oven to 400°.
 Line a roasting pan with a few layers of tin foil and parchment paper as well (trust me on this: it gets juicy and messy). Toss your tomatoes into the pan; whole or chopped, they’ll break down as they cook so no need to chop if they’re frozen whole. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Add approximately one medium peeled and roughly chopped onion, lots of fresh chopped garlic (eight to 10 cloves), a good sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt, fresh ground pepper, and generous splashes of balsamic vinegar (this adds a real depth of flavour as it reduces). Bake uncovered for approximately one hour at 400° to develop some deep colour and caramelization. Stir every 30 minutes, mushing any whole tomatoes with a spoon as you stir. Then reduce the oven to 300°, continuing to stir and breaking up the tomatoes about every 20 minutes. Bake until all the liquid from the tomatoes is fully evaporated and the tomatoes are a thick, deep red mush. This will take about two to three hours if you have a full pan of tomatoes. Adjust seasonings: add more salt and pepper if needed. Cool slightly. Transfer to clean jars. This will keep refrigerated for several weeks. If you want to preserve it longer, freeze in Ziplocs® or seal in Mason jars.

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In this age of over specialization we've grown used to businesses that focus on just one item or service. But that's not enough for Dallas Bohl, who craves diversity and pursues a potpourri of passions at The Roost Farm. The 10-acre Roost Farm Centre, at the corner of McTavish and East Saanich Roads, is run by Dallas and his wife Sarah. The property is owned by Hamish Crawford, Sarah's father, who purchased the land in 1989. Hamish had retired from Shell Canada and dreamed of living on the West Coast and farming his own land. Originally featuring only a shed and a shop, the site now boasts five acres of wheat, two acres of grape vines, an edible garden, 400 blueberry plants and a pumpkin patch. In 2002 a bakery was built, selling both products made from Hamish's wheat as well as wheat-free items.

"Hamish said he wanted people to be able to buy a sticky bun and a coffee and then go to the garden," says Dallas. Activity here is constant, whether it's seeding, nurturing or harvesting, but right now the most exciting activity is the new development which visitors can enjoy this fall. The bakery building is being expanded and will be a fully licensed bistro with 65 seats inside and outside and a wood-fired oven. Delicious meals and a variety of wines, ales and

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Action Needed for Southern Resident Killer Whales by Chris Genovali As top marine predators, the population status and physical condition of Southern Resident killer whales is emblematic of the overall health of the Salish Sea. As citizens of the Salish Sea, we know these whales represent much more. This irreplaceable killer whale population has significant and widely recognized social, cultural and ecological values. It has been 14 years since Southern Resident killer whales were listed as endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Today, less than 85 of these whales remain. Despite their legal obligation to act, the federal government has failed to take measures to further recovery of the Southern Residents. As one of Canada’s most endangered group of animals, actions for their survival cannot wait any longer. A Population Viability Analysis (PVA) is a tool used by scientists to understand and rank threats to endangered species. It also provides direction on the most effective conservation actions to reverse their endangered status. Raincoast’s PVA shows that Southern Resident killer whales require more Chinook salmon (their primary food source), and less noise and disturbance from vessels. “Low abundance of Chinook (Spring) salmon corresponds to killer whales not getting enough to eat, their survival and birth rates dropping, and mortality increasing. More Chinook for killer whales will require closures of commercial and recreational Chinook fisheries, and allowing these depleted salmon runs to rebuild,” states Misty MacDuffee, a Raincoast biologist and director of the foundation’s Wild Salmon Program. In addition to their diminishing food supply, vessel noise and

disturbance make it difficult for killer whales to successfully hunt, feed and communicate. Until a Cumulative Effects Assessment is undertaken, no expansions in Salish Sea shipping should be approved or considered. Southern Resident killer whales are within 400 metres of a vessel most of the time during daylight hours from May to September. Reducing boat disturbance requires regulations that increase the approach distance from 100 meters to 200 metres, matching U.S. regulations. Other disturbance initiatives, like limiting boat numbers, and/or constraining the viewing times and/or the days when boats follow whales, must also be considered. Such regulations also require enforcement. Raincoast’s senior scientist Dr. Paul Paquet states: “This unique population of killer whales has continued to struggle while recovery actions have been delayed. In addition to addressing prey shortages and vessel disturbance, there is a clear need for longer-term action on marine pollutants, commitments to marine protected areas, amendments to marine mammal regulations, identification of Salish Sea killer whale sanctuaries, and reduction of ship noise.” From commercial and recreational fisheries closures on Chinook salmon to whale watching regulations and enforcement, Raincoast scientists are calling for meaningful recovery actions for Southern Resident killer whales as they can only survive with strong protection measures and immediate action. Chris Genovali is executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. For more information visit Photo courtesy Misty MacDuffee/Raincoast. september 2016 | 31

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Everybody’s So Excited: Mineral World Has Reopened!

Mineral World has reopened in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea where we are once again offering our distinctive Earth Science experience. Visitors are able to spend time in the Earth Science Centre and Scratch Patch where they can collect gemstones and learn about the wonders of our planet or wander through our store of amazing gifts, jewellery, minerals and fossils collected from around the world. Our well-respected School and Community Earth Science Program will also be returning in September.

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Mary Winspear Centre: Happy 15th Anniversary!

L to R: Bill Lushaw, Facilities Manager; Sheilah Fea, Chair of the Mary Winspear Foundation; Dirk Yazenbrandt, past board member; Richard Paquette, Chair of the Memorial Park Society; Brad Edgett, Executive Director, Mary Winspear Centre; John Bell (seated), director, Mary Winspear Foundation

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It’s your anniversary! Let’s see … you’ve got the decorations, refreshments, music and … the entire town is invited?! That’s what Brad Edgett, Executive Director of Mary Winspear Centre, is enthusiastically facing with the upcoming celebrations for the Centre’s 15th anniversary. Brad and his staff have been very busy planning anniversary festivities which kick off on September 16 with a Volunteer Barbecue to honour the numerous individuals who ensure the centre runs smoothly and successfully. Brad and Richard Paquette, chairman of the Memorial Park Society (MPS), will don their aprons and man the grills. Anniversary pins will be awarded to some well deserving volunteers. Marking the actual September 27 anniversary date will be an Open House from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to visit the centre, enjoy refreshments and view archival photos of construction, past events, and old advertisements. Over 150 invitations have gone out to donors and patrons for a special dinner on October 8 which is sponsored by Richardson GMP, Sidney. Among those invited are members of the Winspear family and First Nations carvers Charles Elliott and Doug LaFortune who created the house posts that grace the Centre’s entranceway. “It is our way to say thank you to all the visionaries,” says Brad. So how did Mary Winspear Centre come to be? The site was first home to SANSCHA Hall (Sidney and North Saanich Community Hall Association) which had served the community since 1958 but was starting to show its age. In 1993 the responsibility for it was turned over to the MPS to whom the land was entrusted. “SANSCHA hall had started to creak and moan. It had structural issues with it that really needed attention,” says Richard Holmes, past chairman of MPS.

Plans to build something special that would honour the memorial site began with months of research and consultation. “We gathered together a really good team. It became critical just how significant the memorial lands are; they stand for people who served their country,” says Richard. Fundraising was critical to success. Key donors included Myfanwy Pavelic, Ralph and Linda Bodine, Charlie and Darlene White and, of course, William (Bill) Winspear, who gifted $1 million in his Aunt Mary’s name – which prompted the Centre’s name. Completion of the Centre was made possible through an extraordinary union of community and municipality. “Partnerships between both the Sidney and North Saanich municipalities were key. Securing of these relationships early on was huge,” says Brad. The Mary Winspear Centre’s opening in 2001 was a significant community event. “It was a huge day seeing the Centre complete and open,” says John Bell, past board chairman. “I felt so proud,” says Sheilah Fea, current Vice Chairman, MPS. Since its opening, the centre has not only served the community needs but raised the bar with prestigious art shows and cultural events and high calibre musical performances which have brought recognition to the centre. “It is a credit to the community,” says Richard Paquette. And just how close is the Centre to the original vision? “It’s right on track, exactly what we always wanted,” says Richard Holmes. “It’s a model of goodwill and volunteerism.” So serve up the cake, raise your glasses and start up the music! It’s time to celebrate the Mary Winspear Centre, a symbol of community coming together. Photo by september 2016 | 35

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Pets remind us of our own humanity. Their unconditional love and loyalty provide a blueprint for living, bringing out the best qualities in their owners. The motivation of the staff at Groom That Dog is based on honouring our four-legged seers. They treat every canine as a treasure to behold, where its life and happiness are valuable beyond imagination. Our integrity as a species is best defined by how we treat the more vulnerable ones. Nobody knows this better than Janet Lynch of Groom That Dog; the furry wonders under her care are lavished with kindness and tender treatment. The affable owner and caninegrooming professional brings over 17 years of experience and passion to Groom That Dog: “From Dog Obedience, Dog Showing, Kennel Work, Dog Sitting and more, Janet has done it all.” (website). Her dogs are put on a pedestal – in more ways than one: “Our goal at Groom That Dog is to make each dog’s journey one of health and happiness – and a time to be treasured.” Janet’s business philosophy is simple: “The needs of the owners’ best friends are our primary concern.” Another impetus is to “work to gain a new and more focused appreciation of each client’s (and their owner’s) individual concerns, thus making their journey one of mutual benefit. We want happy dogs and proud owners.” The bubbly dog groomer is overjoyed to be in her second year as a business owner on the Peninsula. “We still operate on location at the Sidney Feed Barn, owned by Gary Labqucan, which provides our customers with a one-stop-shop location where all their needs are met – whether food treats, toys, or grooming. Cheyanne Cave continues to work with Groom That Dog to make sure that any doggy dental needs are addressed to maintain a happy healthy pet. Joining us in our second year is another groomer, Lorna Henthworth.” Pets start out as friends and become allies, providing a loving buffer in an impersonal world. An intuitive dog aficionado, Janet muses about her own beloved dog, offering a poetic summation of how pets enrich us with lessons in living: “The recent turn of events with Marnie, my own faithful companion of nine years and official den mother of Groom That Dog, has given me an insight into our interactions with our furry friends. Her health has declined as she nears the end of her journey. I now see that life is a series of journeys – some short and some long. Sometimes the short ones are longer then we hoped for and the long ones shorter than we wanted.” Let’s be grateful for our four-legged pals. They keep us human. For more information, visit

Island Writers Support 2017 Literary Festival by Gillian Crowley

Writer and journalist

Richard Wagamese enjoyed the 2015 Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival so much that he’s agreed to return for the 2017 Festival. This time the renowned B.C.-based author (Indian Horse, Medicine Walk) will be giving a writing workshop to lucky participants. To be able to bring authors of this caliber to the Festival, the organizers will be presenting fundraisers over the coming year. Seven local published writers have already generously contributed their talents this past spring to a reading series held at the Red Brick Café in Sidney. During this fall three more fundraiser readings will be held. Almost all proceeds go towards mounting the fall 2017 Festival which is organized entirely by volunteers. “We’re very excited about the next Festival and plans are well underway. This time the festival will be held at the Mary Winspear Centre and we’ve added a new event – a cabaret at which authors will mingle with the audience and be part of a light-hearted panel discussion,” says Janet Daines, president of the non-profit Sidney & Peninsula Literary Society. This year Tanner's Books has partnered with the Society to help support the fundraisers. Confirmed authors for the fall fundraisers include Arthur Black on September 30, M.A.C. Farrant and Barbara Smith on October 28, and Steven Price

and Pauline Holdstock on November 18. Black, a well-known humorist and journalist, is threetime winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Farrant, a local award-winning author, has written 11 collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction, a memoir My Turquoise Years, and a new collection of short stories The Days to be published this fall. She joins Smith, well known for her collections of true ghost stories. Her new book, The Valiant Nellie McClung, instead highlights McClung’s newspaper columns which often focused on social injustices of the day. Victoria-based Price is a prize-winning poet and novelist who followed his debut novel Into that Darkness with By Gaslight, a detective “tour de force” published internationally this summer. In November he will join Holdstock, author of literary fiction, essays and poetry. Her award-winning books include Into the Heart of the Country and her most recent novel, The Hunter and the Wild Girl, was named a Best Book of 2015 by both the CBC and the National Post. A participant at an earlier fundraiser said: “I’d never attended a reading before and didn’t know what to expect. But hearing the authors discuss the background to their books, then read from their work and answer questions really helped me connect with their writing. Now I’m hooked!” Updates and tickets at

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bounty was a necessary survival mechanism. An enormous fruit and vegetable garden, combined with a housewife who preserved, could make the critical difference to a family during the long harsh winters. Learning preserving was deemed an essential part of a young girl’s education. They had no fridges, freezers or 24-hour grocery shops, so bottling was of paramount importance. Treasured recipes were passed down the generations. Nowadays, people are still canning. Granted, it's not quite to the same extent, and perhaps for slightly different and less critical reasons. For example, I as a know-it-all 14 year old was baffled that my Mum went to the effort of making Seville marmalade the old-fashioned way. She claimed that Dad preferred it to store bought. Years later this caused a lot of laughter and teasing when my parents flew out to Canada to visit our first-born and found me running a successful preserves company that I had started by making 12 jars of jam for my husband when I was a shiny new bride! Modern canners, it seems, often make a social event of a preserving day. Whether it’s a Grandma/Mum/Daughter “canning and high-tea party,” an aunty-and-niece reunion or five bridesmaids making chutney as a team for a wedding, folk are still getting together for canning. I’ve come across busy working mothers who get together on a day off – each bringing their different backyard harvests to a team preserving day. Each lady

goes home with a multi-pack for her pantry. There are folk who’ve been claiming that some of the old ways and skills are dying out, but I have seen an astonishing amount of evidence to the contrary. Younger generation canners are out there – quietly getting on with this delicious and useful tradition. Whether it’s guys canning their salmon after a manly fishing trip drinking beer and telling goofy stories with their buddies, or modern kindergartenaged little girls learning to make scones and blackberry jam as gifts, canning is still going on. Three notes, for any potential new canners out there: Preserving is huge fun! Other canners are friendly and helpful (if you get in a pickle or a sticky situation). The end of the day is so satisfying looking at the jars of yummy, useful food that you have just created. It can all become a bit addictive! It’s also nice to have complete control over what goes in your food: no yucky synthetic nonsense. We here in B.C. are surrounded by vast amounts of food at harvest time, but as a province we have an embarrassing number of children who go to bed hungry each night. So, for so many reasons, home preserving is wonderful. I would recommend the safety chapter in Bernadin’s Guide To Home Canning as a “must read” for any new canner. To welcome rookies to a yummy new hobby, here is a nice, sweet, summery Nectarine Jam recipe: Heat and stir together until 60 seconds of rolling boil: three cups pureed nectarines, 50ml lemon juice and 5.5 cups sugar. Add 75ml liquid pectin, stir furiously and ladle into sterilized Mason jars. Lid and process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. Happy Preserving!


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Victoria Cruising Club Celebrates 60 Years! It all began on August 10, 1956 when a group of boaters formed a recreational organization called The Victoria Outboard Club. Members who owned small boats powered by outboard motors got together to enjoy and explore local waters. It is rumored that in 1957, four members made a non-stop round trip from Victoria to Port Angeles in two 14-foot runabouts powered by 35HP outboard engines with two water skiers behind each boat. In 1957, 22 open boats travelled with their families on board to Chatham Island and got stranded there overnight due to a sudden gale, making a return trip home impossible. The club was organized and vocal, and became a political force when members campaigned to have a breakwater built in by Tina Henderson

Oak Bay to protect the marina from the strong southeasterly winds. They lobbied all levels of government and eventually, a rock breakwater was built from Turkey Head toward Mary Todd Island to protect what is now Oak Bay Marina. In 1970 the name was changed to the Victoria Cruising Club; its objectives are to foster powerboat cruising, develop a fraternal spirit, conduct safe powerboating practices and promote good sportsmanship and camaraderie amongst members. The Victoria Cruising Club is not a yacht club, although it is organized like one. Meetings with guest speakers or presentations on safety and marine-related topics are held monthly. Membership is limited to 75 active members and the majority of vessels are moored locally here on the

Saanich Peninsula. Members are an active group of power boat owners who are dedicated to taking full advantage of our wonderful local waters. With family and friends, they explore the Gulf Islands and beyond in good company and good fellowship. There are many well-attended weekend cruises every year. Organized games, hikes, special excursions and events are enjoyed by all. To keep the members informed a monthly newsletter called “Kicker Kapers” is printed. The Victoria Cruising Club recently celebrated 60 years by holding a champagne and cake function at the Port of Sidney with past and present members in attendance. If you are interested in joining the Victoria Cruising Club, or for more information and a schedule of upcoming meetings, visit

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Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of, and give back to, our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar.

When you shop local, more revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy.

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Far and Away Travel Normand Schafer, owner of Far & Away Adventures and Cheap Tickets, recently moved the travel agency from the Royal Oak Shopping Centre to Beacon Avenue in Sidney. In Victoria for over 20 years, Normand and his staff book traditional holidays to popular destinations, but also specialize in taking people to off-the-beaten-path locales. Normand has firsthand knowledge on almost 50 countries including trekking to Machu Pichu, cruising the Galapagos Islands, touring Europe, and RV'ing across Canada. This year he took a deluxe freighter cruise around Tahiti before exploring Egypt's pyramids and tombs. Three years ago Normand and his wife went on the ultimate journey with their seven children when they sailed from California through the South Pacific islands of Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu. Their blogs and videos are still posted at As a Tahiti, Fiji and South Pacific specialist, Normand has travellers and travel agents worldwide contacting him to help plan South Pacific destinations. With his wealth of experience Normand now uses the job title of "Travel Designer" to better explain his role in planning exceptional vacations. Should you be planning a unique vacation of your own, call 250-385-3001 or visit

For fabulous serving suggestions visit our full range of Emma Bridgewater, as well as gift ideas, linens, Waterford and many more carefully selected, stylish lines. 250.656.3088 | 2408 Beacon Ave

The new Minus 10 Facial by Rhonda Allison infuses the skin with actives that will stimulate, repair and rejuvenate. This unique facial focuses on critical areas of concern such as: wrinkles and fine lines, crow’s feet, puffy eyes, crepey neck and dry, lifeless skin. 250.686.6208 312 - 2453 Beacon Ave

One Stop Furniture Shop Dine in natural elegance with this beautiful live edge dining table. The natural edge of the solid acacia wood with the bow joinery makes this a unique design. 250.655.7467 (SHOP) | 9819 Fifth St

The Dancing Orchid The only limit to your Kameleon style is your imagination! The Masquerade Collection has its own brand of magic. Come explore our shop, with one-ofa-kind greeting cards and an amazing seletion of unique giftware.

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Mermaid's Lair Market Offering a unique and wide variety of giftware from local businesses such as Purple Urchin, Salts West and Green Valley Aromatherapy; work by local First Nations artists and ice cream, candy, beverages and fresh baking. 250.508.8661 | 10251 W Saanich Rd http://mermaidslairmarket.

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

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Brentwood Bay Village Empourium Voted "Best New Business" in the 2016 Readers' Choice Awards, this café and retail shop in a beautiful setting features expertly prepared organic espresso, house-baked treats, delicious fresh lunches and carefully curated gifts, décor and more. Licensed. 778.351.0178 | 12 - 7103 W Saanich Rd Brentwood Bay |

Sidney’s locally owned Travel Agency with 20 years' experience. Specializing in bucket-list trips such as deluxe Tahiti freighter cruises, beach holidays, expedition cruises and more. 250.385.3001 | 204 - 2405 Beacon Ave

Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics Going Platinum is a Full Service Salon located in the heart of Sidney, B.C. Whether receiving a Platinum Pedicure or a Colour and Cut service, all our staff are highly experienced and will be sure to exceed your expectations! 250.655.3443 | 2426 Bevan Ave

Brown’s The Florist Fresh, locally grown sunflowers are sure to make someone’s day SUNsational! Surprise them with flowers from Brown’s The Florist. Sidney: 250.656.3313 2499 Beacon Ave Come experience this aquarium and cultural centre engaging people in the learning and conservation of the Salish Sea Bioregion. 250.665.7511 | 9811 Seaport Pl

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Mermaid's Lair Market Opened June 15 at 10251 West Saanich Road and overlooking beautiful Patricia Bay, Mermaid's Lair Market is family owned and operated and offers a unique blend of gifts, delicious fresh baking and hot and cold beverages. The family purchased the former Pat Bay Pottery in the early spring and worked to transform it into an adorable nautically-themed gift shop and corner store that carries many local products. The Lair offers something for everyone on your list – even you! – with gifts ranging from sea salt (both therapeutic and cooking from Salts West in Sooke) to Purple Urchin body care products, candles and essential oils from Green Valley Aromatherapy and sauces, dips and chutneys from local artisans. Also on offer are essential oils, diffusers and local First Nations art, Himalayan salt lamps and varied holistic items, greeting cards by local artists, unique mermaid-themed T-shirts and smoking accessories and a large selection of ocean/mermaid-themed wall art. If you want an ice cream treat after a walk on the beach or just want to pop by for some unique candy, popcorn or that last-minute gift, check out the lair by the beach: Mermaid’s Lair Market. For more information visit http://




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Muffet & Louisa New to Muffet & Louisa! We are thrilled to showcase Designers Guild’s gorgeous fall collection of bedlinens and cushions. Velvets, linens and cottons combine in stunning beauty. “Issoria Jade” velvet cushion 24”x18”. 250.656.0011 2506 Beacon Ave

Dockside Realty Opens in Sidney Dockside Realty Ltd. is a friendly, communityoriented, family-owned business with offices on Pender Island and Saturna Island. They are pleased to announce the opening of their exciting new office, located in Sidney, this month! Dockside opened their first office on Pender Island in 2006 and Sherrie Boyte, Dockside’s Managing Broker, has been licensed since 1991. They are a team of multiple MLS Award winners who are dedicated to providing the highest level of professional and friendly service to buyers and sellers. The Sidney office will have more than just Real Estate! The office will feature a display of Gulf Islands art for sale, along with their Gallery of Fine Homes and Properties. They would love to have you visit their Sidney office, where you can view exquisite artworks and beautiful properties and homes. They hope you will enjoy this unique experience! Office Hours are as follows: Monday to Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Or, you can call anytime for an appointment! Suzi Jack, Dockside’s Sidney-Victoria Agent, looks forward to meeting you at 9713 A Second Street in Sidney. 44 | september 2016

Laloca - Fair Trade and Local Products JustPotters mugs back in stock! Excellent quality pottery with a purpose – JustPotters is a Vancouver-based social enterprise which provides gainful employment opportunities for individuals facing multiple barriers to work. 778.351.3844 | 2367 Beacon Ave

Dockside Realty Welcome to our Gallery of Gulf Island Artwork and Real Estate Properties. Come and meet Suzi, your local Real Estate Agent, providing full services for the Peninsula and Victoria regions. 250.656.5062 9713 A Second St, Sidney

Hypersport Just in time for Back to School! Come in and check out our newly expanded Kid’s Shoe Section, with Skechers, Asics, NewBalance, Saucony and More! 250.656.6161 | 2443 Beacon Ave

seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email September’s shorter and cooler days bring fall chores and fireside dreaming. Happily it’s also the month cultural events and entertainment gear up on the Saanich Peninsula.

Music at the 148th Saanich Fair Enjoy music throughout the day at this enduring celebration of rural life. Evening openers and headliners include: Phoenix, a four-piece rock-androll cover band based in Victoria, performs classic hits from the '50s to the '80s. In 2014, Phoenix was one of the opening bands for Chilliwack at the Saanich Fair. September 5 at 6 p.m. Jesse Roper, born and raised in Metchosin, first started playing the guitar at age six. His Red Bird album was nominated for a 2015 West Coast Music Award for Best Blues recording and he was invited to showcase

at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards Gala. September 5 at 8 and 10 p.m. Rukus is well known locally for their '50s and '60s rock n roll dance music. September 6 at 6 p.m. Honeymoon Suite is still going strong after 25 years. These multi-platinum Canadian recording artists are still touring, recording and “rocking out harder and better than ever!” September 6 at 8 and 10 p.m. Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanichton. More at officialsite.

Four Artist Friends Having Fun Linda Butcher, Lois Kissinger, Shirley Sarens and Karen Wilk met through art and became friends. They paint, create, display, learn and laugh together. Now you can join the fun at their exhibit of original acrylics, watercolours, mixed media and art cards in a wide range of styles. Watch their painting techniques and possibly try your hand at painting too. More info at 250-479-0953.

September 12 to 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tulista Arts Centre, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney.

Cowboy Junkies Founded in 1985, Cowboy Junkies recorded a succession of critically acclaimed albums during the '80s and '90s, earning them a cult following throughout North America and Europe. Their style is a fusion of traditional country, blues and folk, delivered in a dreamy soundscape, which has earned them multiple awards and nominations throughout their 30+ years in the industry. Siblings Michael, Margot and Peter Timmins are joined by Alan Anton, co-creator of the group with Michael. September 30 at 7:30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre.

Coco Love Alcorn in Concert Coco Love Alcorn returns to Sidney to celebrate the release of her new album Wonderland. She sings joyful soul: a combination of her diverse musical influences including jazz, pop, R&B and folk. Her songwriting about love, life and social awareness

has created new fan favourites including Intellectual Boys, Revolution and I Got a Bicycle. Presented by Deep Cove Folk Music Society. Advance Tickets $20 at Tanners Books (Sidney) and Lyle's Place (Victoria). September 24th. Concert at 8 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.) St. Paul's United Church, 2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney. Note: Coco and talented choir director, Anne Schaefer, will be conducting a singing workshop in the afternoon. More information at www. or email

Music at the Farmers' Markets Groove along with the music while you buy your fresh veggies. North Saanich Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, 9:30 am – noon, St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road. Lineup at www.northsaanichfarmmarket. ca. Peninsula Farmers Market, Saturdays 9 am to 1 p.m., Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road. Lineup at www.

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The Renaissance of Mattick's Farm by Michael Pasch

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beautiful Cordova Bay are a popular destination for lunch and a bit of shopping throughout the year. Whether it be a stopover while bike riding the Lochside Trail, or as a break on a scenic car drive, Mattick’s has evolved over the years from a real vegetable farm with a restaurant, farmers' market and mini golf course into a very special collection of businesses tucked in next to Cordova Bay Golf Course. Of course, while Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden is still turning out great food, the Red Barn Market has refined the farmers' market into a complete stop for local and specialty groceries, and “Fore” can still be heard from the Mini Golf, it is on a fuller round that the “Farm” shows its charm. In the last few years, thanks to retirements and changes in life, Mattick’s Farm has welcomed five new stores and several more new owners. While dear friends and businesses may be missed, the newcomers have added vibrancy and variety to the already eclectic mix. Momease Baby Boutique, the ultimate stop for all things for the wee folk (grandmas beware!), has an amazing collection of strollers; Something More, after many years downtown, has added a fashion anchor to the end of the back row; and A Stable Way of Life has found a new "sole" as a purveyor of footwear and accessories. The Ladybug Boutique, always our city’s best source for candles,

has been embracing local artisans, adding fresh variety to the famous Scandinavian store; while Lily Pad Lingerie has introduced many specialty brands previously hard to find in Victoria. Sunday’s Snowflakes has been at Mattick’s Farm since the site was redeveloped in the ’90s, and continues to provide the perfect location for “the best in retail therapy.” The Gallery at Mattick's Farm, too, has found a new focus in recent years, with an emphasis on fostering both up-and-coming and established artists and artisans. Of course, change is often highlighted by those things that stay the same! Paper Chain and Toying Around continue to please with cards for all occasions and the eternal lure of toys (check out the selection of fun clocks!). The Country Gift Shoppe always steps up when you’re looking for something different, or simply the perfect "Stuffy." Just as the shops have been evolving and changing, so too has the site itself, with the addition of a new building on the east side. Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre and the creative addition of Paletteable Pottery occupy the stunning new space. The Renaissance continues as the former VQA Store becomes Liquor Plus @ Mattick’s Farm, opening on October 1, 2016, and the garden centre, rumour has it, is looking to “bloom” again. Photos by september 2016 | 47

Victoria’s premier shopping destination with more than 15 shops and boutiques to choose from. If you are expecting shopping to be fabulous, we can guarantee you will find that one-ofa-kind discovery, so come and explore and see what Mattick’s Farm has to offer.

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Lunch Boxes and HEX: Pencil #555559 Cases are also available (from $21.99), alongside the trendy Strand Duffle Diaper Bags for a great unisex carryall for parents ($69.99). Available at both Victoria locations of Momease Baby Boutique, and online at Momease Baby Boutique 778.265.5432 and also at 1581 Hillside Avenue

Come Fall in Love with Fall Fashion! Simple shapes, tried and true fabrics; these pieces are designed to mix and match season after season. Exciting new deliveries each month!

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication … ” (Leonardo da Vinci) Something More 250.389.0420

The New Heirloom Individually handcrafted with care, Pyrrha talismans protect, celebrate and inspire the wearer. Come and explore our shop, with one-of-a-kind hand-chosen greeting cards, an amazing selection of unique giftware and treasures that will put a smile on your face. We pride ourselves on friendly customer service and welcome individual custom orders with many of our giftware lines.

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Paper Chain 250.658.2725 Open Daily 10 am - 5.30 pm

Stock Up On Candles Month at the Ladybug! We are clearing discontinued colours, imperfects and overstocks at 25% to 50% OFF. Also, at the Annual Sidewalk Sale September 17 & 18, take 20% OFF of all regular stock candles. Time to stock up for power outages and the coming holidays! The The Ladybug Boutique 250.658.3807

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“Freedom to Be” oil on board by Wendy Oppelt Featured Artists Wendy Opplet & Allison Brodie, August 30 to October 2. Opening Reception September 10, 1 to 4 p.m. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm features original fine artwork, jewellery, pottery, glass and metalwork by local artists and artisans, as well as International Canadian artist Martha Sturdy and Georg Jensen Royal Copenhagen. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm 250.658.8333

5325 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden • Adrienne’s Ice Cream • A Stable Way of Life • Cordova Hair Paletteable Pottery & Art Studio • Paper Chain • Something More • Sunday’s Snowflakes

Quality Slippers and Moccasins The Best Brands of Fine Quality Slippers for Men and Women from across Canada and Europe. Featuring brands such as Garneau, Glerups, Haflinger, Romika and Hides In Hand. A Stable Way of Life 250.658.3052

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Professor Noggin’s series of educational games encourages kids to learn interesting facts about their favourite subjects. Happiness is shopping at Toying Around, for a quaint experience for ages 1 - 99. We carry many popular toy lines including Thomas and Friends, Playmobil, Calico Critters, Schleich and others. Our extensive selection of puzzles, games, and novelties makes shopping fun for everyone! Toying Around 250.658.2721 Open 10 am - 5.30 pm daily Ladybug Boutique • Lily Pad Lingerie • Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf • Momease Baby Boutique The Gallery • The Red Barn Market • The Country Gift Shoppe • Toying Around


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in the marketplace, Outlander Kitchen – The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook, is a smash hit. Fans of Diana Gabaldon's novels and the Starz television series will know how Claire Beauchamp Randall journeyed from post-war Britain back to 18th-century Scotland and France … and that each novel includes much feasting! Author and professional chef Theresa Carle-Sanders has reworked every one of those dishes into taste sensations you can make in your own kitchen. Seaside Magazine first wrote about this remarkable woman, who lives on Pender Island, several years ago in “Grey Matters.” At that time Theresa was doing something known in the publishing biz as “building her platform.” That is, increasing her visibility as an author and growing an audience through blogging, posting on social media and crafting a website. “Hook yourself to a star,” Vlad Konieczny, author of two books about Glen Gould, and a friend, advised. Walking her dog in the woods one day, a recipe from Voyager popped into Theresa's head. It sparked the idea of writing to Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series and herself a foodie who loves to cook. Would Gabaldon answer five questions for a new blog, The originality of the questions piqued the author's interest. Nobody had ever asked those particular questions

before. Yes, she said. She loved the idea of the cookbook, too, giving Theresa permission to use excerpts from the Outlander series as an emotional tie-in to each recipe. Behind the scenes, Theresa experimented with turning rich 18th-century food into everyday fare. The results are outstanding: Jamie and Claire's wedding feast is as fit for a Clan Chieftain as it is a 21st-century family dinner; ditto, warm almond pastry with Father Anselm; fortune-teller Mrs. Graham's oatmeal scones with clotted cream; Sarah Woolam's Scotch pies – considered sinful by the Scottish Church in the Middle Ages; Mrs. FitzGibbon's overnight parritch – stirred with a spurtle of course! But what was Theresa to use in the recipe for Drunken Mock-Turtle Soup? Having made her stock with several oxtails, innumerable other items and a bottle of sherry (a restorative in Aloysius O'Shaughnessy Murphy's day) Theresa didn't think the soup turtle-y enough. She threw in a handful of scallops, then handed a bowlful of the finished product to her husband, a cross between Frank and Jamie. “This stinks!” he exclaimed, heading into their garden where he dug a hole and buried the entire evil brew. She rethought the tang of the sea bit, coming up with a soupçon of Vietnamese fish sauce that saved the celebratory dish. The time came for Theresa to find an agent. She wrote a proposal and drew up a list of possible literary agents. Yes, said the first, then backed down. A flat no, said the second; there's been one Julia Child and there'll never be another. The remark got Theresa's juices flowing. She worked even harder at her author platform. Meanwhile, the Starz TV series became a hit. A third agent called her. Delacorte released the book June 14 and it comes complete with full-colour mouth-watering photographs by Victoria resident, Rebecca Wellman. Forget bon appéit. As the Scots say: ith do leòr!

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Health is an Inside Job: Island Family Chiropractic by Janice Henshaw

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. “Stay healthy, be your best, and grow better, instead of older,” is the shared philosophy of Dr. Randy Kerr and Dr. Misty Watson. “Chiropractic care can contribute to greater health and well-being for everyone,” they say, and invite the whole family to come in for care at Island Family Chiropractic.

“It never fails to amaze me,” says Randy, “the ability of the body to ALWAYS move to a better place of health and function when given a chance, when interference to control and function of the nervous system is reduced or cleared.” Randy has practiced as a chiropractor for over 40 years and his enthusiasm is infectious. He loves to work with people of all ages and with different conditions and health issues. His special


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focus is working with people who are dealing with chronic issues. “Don’t accept poor health,” says Randy. “Even if you have been everywhere and tried everything, consider having an examination and consultation with us. It may take some time and commitment but you never know what amazing things are possible.” Learning has always been a passion for Misty and she has attended several

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postgraduate programs focused on care for pregnant women and children. “Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help women enjoy healthier pregnancies – and even help moms to enjoy a more natural birth. A balanced nervous system and properly aligned pelvis ensure that the baby is given as much space as possible to move, to grow, and to move into an optimal position for labour and delivery.” Misty studied kinesiology at the University of Victoria, and completed her chiropractic education at Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose, California, graduating in 1997. She is now enjoying her 19th year of practice in Saanichton, and although her special interest is in working with moms and babes, she loves to work with the whole family. “The body knows how to heal itself, but sometimes it runs into interferences that block

this,” says Misty. “My job as a Chiropractor is to give each person’s body the tools it needs to return to health, stay healthy, and maybe even

"My job is to give each person's body the tools it needs to return to health, stay healthy and maybe even become healthier over time." become healthier and more vital over time.” Misty and Randy explain that our ability to flow with life’s stress can be alleviated through Chiropractic care. “When we have more stress than we can cope with, this causes tension within the nervous system and the spine.

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Chiropractic care helps your body deal with that tension.” In their practice Misty and Randy use the Torque Release Technique. “It’s a different approach to Chiropractic and adjusting, but we love it because it helps us to release the deeper tensions in the body and in the nervous system.” They also use the Insight Spinal Diagnostic System to “give us information about how well your body is keeping you in balance with the stresses of your life, and help us pinpoint some of the underlying causes of the health concerns that bring you to our office.” The mantra of Island Family Chiropractic is “Health is an Inside Job. We’re here to help.” For what to expect during a chiropractic visit, patient testimonials, The Healthy Living Newsletter, and additional information, visit

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Pacifica Paddle Sports has opened their second location on the Peninsula: Pacifica Canoe Cove, which offers kayak, paddle board and canoe rentals, lessons, tours and onthe-water storage. Peter Harris and Sandra Baron, and staff, welcome both repeat and new customers looking to explore the spectacular areas around Canoe Cove Marina and Brentwood Bay. 250-665-1619.

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Spirits and Brews Victoria Caledonian Brewery and Distillery officially opened to the public on August 17. They are hosting tours daily, every hour between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Both beers and whiskies are available. Until their whiskies are ready in a few years, they will feature a number of guest whiskies specially selected for them. Located at 761 Enterprise Crescent, find out more at

retail Taste the Outdoors Sitka Vodka, a joint venture between de Vine Spirits and Sitka, has been released! Partial proceeds from the sales will go towards the Sitka Society for Conservation. It is available for purchase at de Vine Vineyards, in Saanichton, online, as well as select liquor stores. de Vine Wines & Spirits is a familyowned organic vineyard, winery & distillery in Saanichton. Read more about them at www.

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After seven wonderful years of ownership, Sandy Baynton has sold Waterlily so she may focus her attention on her other stores, Mineral World and Provenance. The new owner is Christina Georgeadis, who brings with her a wealth of business experience and a love of high heels.


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A Family Home Character & Comfort in North Saanich

Magnificent fir beams supported by stone-faced pillars form the grand entryway and guide visitors to the porcelain-tiled front steps.

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Designing and acting as a contractor for your own home while managing a large farm involves taking on a mountain of extra work. Having built two previous homes though, Linda and her husband David knew what they wanted, and they had a good idea of what they were getting into. Using the software program AutoCAD, Linda and David started with the house’s footprint. A key feature of the design was to angle the main rooms so they could capture the finest view of Mt. Baker. In August 2006, the excavation and construction of the 7,600-square-foot home began. Sadly, in the year that followed, David passed away. Linda carried on with building the house and although it was unfinished, she moved in in May of 2008. “I was sick and tired of living out of boxes,” she says. The three-level, luxuriously spacious home, garage and horse barn are sided in cedar shingles accented with dark trim. Magnificent fir beams supported by handsome, stone-faced pillars form the grand entryway and guide visitors to the porcelain-tiled front step. A sculptured planter full of flowers delivers vibrant colour, and a custom-built wooden bench offers a place to sit.

Built of edge-grain fir, the front double doors proclaim beauty and elegance. Vertical ribs add to their depth and attractiveness. Wall lanterns and windows surround the doors, mirroring the sky and trees. High overhead, a pendant light hangs from the wide expanse of tongue and groove cedar. Classical music floats softly in the summer air. In the entry hall, there is a graceful metal sculpture and a dramatic, wallsized water fountain. The ceiling soars to fifteen feet. Soft lighting from the chandelier and wall sconces glows on the wood ceiling and tan walls. Plants and exquisite works of art invite visitors to pause in contemplation. Through an arched doorway, the expansive family room features a lovely stone fireplace that adds elegant warmth. A piano sits near glass French doors. The decorative dropped ceilings are high at 10 feet, and enhanced by recessed lighting. A steamer travel trunk and horsehair chair are both over 100 years old and belonged to Linda’s grandmother. The cozy linen sofas are inviting, a perfect place for conversation with family and friends. The wood floor and natural cherry cabinets in the adjoining kitchen glow in the golden light. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. seaside homes | september 2016 | 57

The wood floor and natural cherry cabinets glow in the golden light, and the dramatic curved 27-footlong cabinet unit topped in black galaxy granite delineates the outer perimeter of the kitchen area.

With its striated grain pattern and wide range of colours, the tigerwood floor provides a rich depth to the natural cherry wood cabinetry built by Manfred’s Custom Woodwork of North Saanich. Manfred summed up the project: “It was a great house to work in and Linda knew exactly what she wanted … She followed her dream and we made it happen.” The dramatic 27-foot-long curved cherry wood cabinet unit topped in black galaxy granite delineates the outer perimeter of the kitchen area. Looking at the stunning sparkles in the black granite makes one feel drawn in; it’s like looking at faraway stars. Vasile Matei created the exquisite tile backsplashes that offer a visual contrast to the luxurious wood. Three oil-rubbed bronze sinks provide convenience and striking colour in separate work areas. Family treasures are on display in every room, and Linda says she can tell the story behind each one. Her extensive art collection includes paintings from Island artists Jill Louise Campbell, Robert Bateman, Roy Henry Vickers, Michaela Davidson and Malcolm Armstrong. The home contains 2 ½ bedrooms and five bathrooms. Heat is provided by fireplaces and in-floor heating throughout. All windows are triple glazed with a specialized warm edge spacer that offers sound and warmth insulation and they have wood frames on the inside and metal on the outside. Walls are painted in 22 shades of earth tones. A two-sided propane fireplace highlighted by golden edge-grain fir

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warms both the sitting and dining rooms. In the sitting room, the linen couches and travertine coffee table are from Luxe. French doors open out from the dining room onto a patio and a sunken garden. Glass and delicately patterned wrought iron French doors open from the hall into a vestibule that leads to the master bedroom. A Swarovski chandelier sparkles from the dropped ceiling and an electric fireplace and paintings adorn subtle green walls. There is a sweeping view, southeast to Mt. Baker and north to the family farm. As we move through the room, Linda points out her most famous original artwork, an orange-toned gremlin painted by her grandson when he was four years old. It’s mounted on an antique painting stand. Little black boots peek out from the bottom of the stand to hold the painting. “My home has to have character; it has to include my old stuff,” says Linda. She didn’t want it to look like a stage set. “It’s not junk to me!” Elaborately designed, the ensuite bathroom includes a toilet room, shower room, tub room, sitting room, and walk-in closet. Some of the beautiful features include white marble countertops, a roomy, tiled steam shower, and a Maax jetted air bubble tub. Wall lights reflect off the multitude of dark earth tone tilesFeaturing inlaid in the ceiling. The walk-in closet is organized with natural cherry wood cabinetry and light streams in from the east-facing view window. Downstairs in the full basement Linda laughs as she pulls out a set of keys to open her wine cellar. “This room was fun to plan,” she says. Extraordinary details make the room seem as though it is hundreds of years old. Her builders reluctantly used a chain to distress what was a finely constructed, unblemished wooden entry door. One wall is a deep red and adds vibrancy, while the stone-faced walls keep the cellar cool. As a final touch, a little mouse hole is carved into an inner wooden door. It’s a pleasure to slide a hand along the edge-grain fir banister that leads back to the upper floor. A beautiful bookcase and sitting area are built in at the top of the stairs. From the guest bedroom, the view opens to huge cornfields, grazing cows, and alpacas. “It’s gorgeous,” agrees Linda, “but it’s a family home, for my children and especially my grandchildren. They know where their dishes are. They know where their toys are. They are welcome anytime. David would have been proud of it.” To view all the photos from this shoot, visit

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into a bright, inspiring, elegant space in five easy steps! Who works here: A Chartered Accountant and a Financial Advisor. Location: Salt Spring Island, B.C. Size: 80 square feet Problem: My client has a satellite by Uta Nagel office with a junior kidney-shaped Uta Nagel Design Studio desk, high back office chairs, a solo computer screen mounted to the wall, linoleum floors, yellow walls, and a small Ikea roll away hutch displaying business cards. The best feature is a tall window with a view of the treed backyard, otherwise the office is bland, unmanageable, stuffy and crowded. “The problem is the office is at the end of a long corridor and you see right into it once you turn the corner,” says the accountant. “The junior-style minimalist ambience does not match my work, my clients, or me!” Solution: Creating a built-in wall unit look, a chandelier, a Persian carpet, and large modern art pieces give this tiny space an air of grandeur. 1. Painting: The entire space was painted one tone, a sandy white grey, creating a clean seamless line between the walls, giving it a warm spacious feel. 2. Floor: The effect of wall-to-wall carpet is made possible by a Persian throw rug that covers a seven- by 10-foot area that ties everything together and creates a comfortable, luxurious ambience. 3. Lighting: Standard track lighting was replaced with an extravagant brushed chrome chandelier; taking advantage of the high ceiling, it radiates a warm glow throughout the room and its reflective surfaces play with the natural light. 4. Furniture: Clutter is even more of a challenge in small spaces. The floor-to-ceiling dark wood wall unit takes care of that. Extending the entire width and height across the back wall with a floating tabletop jutting out five feet, it houses a large monitor, all office accessories, a handsome display of books, décor vignettes and a euro espresso machine with cups. Three dark leather Parsons chairs finish the look. A shelving unit was turned sideways, sitting vertical opposite the large wall unit and finishing the custom designed look. It also created storage and countertop space for business cards. 5. Art: One large 4.5- by 3-foot framed architectural photograph was hung across from the window side. Two acrylic three- by two-foot contemporary black and white images were placed above the vertical shelf. To create the illusion of space and light we placed a mirror directly beside the window. For more information, visit


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Patio Gardens is a local, family-run garden centre. We specialize in hanging baskets and container gardens, growing the best moss hanging baskets on the Island. We also have a great selection of perennials, bedding plants, vegetable starts and succulents. Our studio shop is filled with garden accessories and unique gifts. We offer a variety of garden and floral workshops, and events such as a Vendors’ Market and free demos. We look forward to meeting you! Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 250.652.8338 6536 W. Saanich Rd, Saanichton

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If you have flower beds or gardens in the Greater Victoria area, you know the deer seem to enjoy it more than you do. Nothing seems to be safe from their hungry mouths! However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of your garden, while by Colin Eaton keeping the deer away. Garden City Tree & Landscape Deer rely heavily on their senses of smell and touch to guide them towards their next feast. Changing the menu is the easiest way to send the deer packing. Planting undesirable plants amongst your garden, like plants with a strong scent (marigolds, rosemary, geranium, chives, mint), or thorny, hairy or prickly plants (lamb’s ear, rugosa roses), can act as a repellent. Choosing plants that are deer resistant is another good option. Those that are native to Vancouver Island stand the best chance against our hungry friends. Nootka rose, ocean spray, huckleberry, salal, kinnikinnick and mahonia are all good deer resistant plants. Remember that deer resistant does not mean deer proof! Their taste can be quite unpredictable and changes from deer to deer and even season to season. Even resistant plants should be protected by some netting until they get established. Young, curious deer might still try to eat the new growth. Do not underestimate the power of scare tactics. A pet dog can be quite useful in this area. Things that move and create unpredictable noise can help keep the deer away. Things like wind chimes, windsocks, motion sensored lights and sprinklers might startle your deer enough to not return. If all else fails, fencing and hedges are the most effective way to keep the deer away from your beautiful, lush garden. Fencing should be high enough that it cannot be jumped. A four-foot fence may not be enough, whereas a six-foot fence would offer better protection. Hedging can also be effective, if it is tall and thick enough. You will want to protect new hedges with a temporary fence or netting from being munched while they are still young. Once established they create a nice privacy screen and can keep those unwanted guests out of your yard. Remember that deer are like people and are all different. What will work with one deer might not work with the next one that roams your yard. One might leave your lilies alone, but the next might munch them down to nothing. I'll say it again: deer resistant does not mean deer proof; make sure to protect younger plants, even if they claim to be deer resistant. Good luck! For more information, visit

Shakespeare on the Peninsula by Steve Duck

Bard at the Barn makes its inaugural visit to The Roost Farm Centre and Bistro Winery with performances of Othello and Much Ado About Nothing. Come out to the farm September 8 to 11 for the fourth season of Vancouver Island Shakespeare Arts' (VISA) summer productions on the Saanich Peninsula. This is the second year in a three-year programme of VISA’s “Shakespeare and Women.” Last year, it was Hamlet with his misogyny issues. This summer, Othello and his “honour killing” of Desdemona. King Lear will follow in 2017 with his epic folly of dividing his kingdom with his warring daughters. VISA’s Othello is set on the island of Cyprus in the 1970s. The United Nations peacekeepers came to "walk the line" between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots. Othello, a Canadian general, is the UN commander on Cyprus. The tragedy revolves around the issue of domestic abuse against women, an everyday theme as challenging today as it was 400 years ago. Much Ado About Nothing romps about in Messina, Sicily at the beginning of the 21st Century. The comedy wanders through the two love stories of Hero & Claudio and Benedick & Beatrice with their

follies and foibles. With the wit and laughter sure to entertain, Much Ado About Nothing leads one down the well-travelled path of love. Othello almost makes it into the sunlight of being too much ado about nothing. “Much Ado” keeps veering into an Othello. They both go amiss in the wrong and right ways. What is man? What is woman? What makes us husband and wife? In this, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, one is amazed with the writer’s talent for telling such timeless stories. Further information on the performance dates, times and tickets can be found via or at the Roost. See you at the show! Photo by Steve Duck.

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about their remarkable 85-year-friendship, memories and laughter roll easily off the tongue. They met at age six on the school doorstep in rural Muirland, Saskatchewan, a time they both remember with great affection: in the coldest winter months the inkwells in the one-room schoolhouse would freeze overnight and during summer the children rode their horses to school. Young Katherine loved horses and was a fearless rider. “She would come galloping bareback into the schoolyard at her horse’s top speed, her curly red hair streaming behind,” Agnes recalls with a chuckle. Young Agnes tended more towards reading, painting and writing in her diary. Both girls came from loving families and throughout childhood they visited back and forth between their homesteads. As teens they both played on the Muirland Ladies Baseball Team. Agnes pitched; Katherine was the catcher. Finishing high school meant boarding in Rosetown, some 15 miles away, so the friends rented a room there together and came home on the weekends. Katherine remembers their mothers loading them up with groceries. “Your mum’s relish and my mum’s jam,” Agnes recalls. “From Monday to Wednesday we did well but from then to Friday we lived on cornflakes and bologna!” After school the friends embarked on separate paths and over the next several years saw far less of each other. Each became immersed in her own life, and distance was always an obstacle. Agnes became a teacher and taught in several prairie towns before settling in Kelowna, where she married, raised two sons

and taught for many years. Katherine moved on to Toronto, marriage, and a successful career with Trans Canada Airlines (now Air Canada). Several years later Agnes made an epic journey east to pay Katherine a visit. “It was just like we'd never been apart,” she remembers.” We had all the old pictures out, and we laughed and cried together.” Such is the flow and ebb of deep friendship, sometimes up front as circumstances allow, sometimes patiently on hold in the background, but always there, prized and unwavering. The friendship surged again when both couples gravitated to Vancouver Island in retirement. When Agnes suddenly became a widow, it was Katherine who provided stalwart support. When Agnes’ second husband, John, later proposed to her, it was Katherine who urged her to follow her heart. When Katherine lost her husband in 2014, it was Agnes who read Psalm 23 at his funeral. The friends are clear on what sustains their closeness. Katherine cites a shared history and prairie background. “We have so many memories that only we know.” Agnes agrees, adding: “You’ve known my parents, my siblings, my first husband and my present family. We understand each other. Communicating and staying in touch is so important.” Katherine nods. “Especially later in life. When you're younger, you branch out and life is busy but in later years you're more on your own and then it's great to have someone you've known for so long. Growing up, we lived three miles apart and now we’re only three blocks apart in beautiful Sidney. It’s wonderful.” Both friends are healthy, active and independent. They meet often for coffee and leisurely beach walks. They cherish the past but live in the present. They laugh easily and embrace every new day. Photo by september 2016 | 69

A Big Year for Ardmore! It is a big year for Ardmore Golf Course as they celebrate their 70th Anniversary operating as a family business on the Saanich Peninsula. The course has been busy this year and is in excellent shape with the arrival of Dave Morgan who will take over the role of Golf Course Superintendent from Greg de Jong, who will stay on part time and oversee the building and equipment maintenance. Greg has been at Ardmore for 18 years in the capacity of Golf Course Superintnedent and also acted as the General Manager from 2012 to 2016. This year the Board of Directors hired Jeff Palmer, 2015 PGA of B.C. Professional Development Points and Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year recipient, as their new General Manager. Ardmore has a history of community involvement and fundraising, and this year is no different. Each week Ardmore Golf Course hosts thei “Slicers and Hookers” golf and dinner where golfers may play nine holes and have an amazing dinner catered by the Spitfire

Grill. Ardmore donates $1 for every player each week to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and their total fundraising effort is nearing their goal of $1,000. On September 11 Ardmore will host their fundraiser for ALS research with a different twist in 2016. This year foursomes will be joined by a UVic Vikes Varsity Team Member in a Texas Scramble. Anyone can play in this event and for $50 you can enjoy 18 holes of golf on the course, dinner and prizes with some great players and help raise funds for ALS research. On September 18 Ardmore will invite members and guests to help celebrate the course’s 70th Anniversary. Members of the Du Temple family will be present including Directors Teri and Cindy Du Temple along with the other family stakeholders. It will

coincide with the Betty Du Temple Memorial Cup event where members and staff of the golf course play matches against members of the Du Temple family. There is always a fun event happening at Ardmore Golf Course! For more information about our events or on booking your staff or company Christmas party, contact General Manager Jeff Palmer, at 250-656-4621.

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Embracing Art on the Peninsula by Doreen Marion Gee

In the essay Arts and Positive Change in Communities (Creative City Network of Canada, 2005), the authors conclude that “Arts and culture make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities.” A few highlights: The Arts encourage creative thinking abilities; reduce isolation and give people a chance to network and make social connections; and promote public engagement and community involvement. Artisans Gift Gallery at the Community Arts Centre in Tulista Park is a shining example, bringing the extraordinary talents of local artists into public view. In the end, our community is enriched beyond measure. Dale MacEwan's home in Sidney resembles a small art gallery – her exquisite fabric art creations adorn the walls. As coordinator of the upcoming Artisans Gift Gallery by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, she talks passionately about the event: “It features local artists and provides a chance for them to showcase and sell their work. Two years ago, we opted to have just one Artisans show from September to December” – adding a holiday theme in November. “We try to have a balanced show so that no one medium dominates.” During the three months, artists often add different works to their collection. The creative exhibit features painting, pottery, fabric art, weaving, woodworking, glassmaking, jewelry – just to name a few. Dale gives special mention to Dianne Cross, a key figure in the genesis of Artisans in 1994: “She has been helping to keep it going until last year and has done an amazing job!” One goal of Artisans is to showcase and promote the talents of new artisans, raising their profile in the community. As well as recognized artists, “we also want to support and encourage people who are just starting out and have never shown or sold their work before.” This brings needed attention to their skills in creating beauty that bewitches the viewer. Everything is designed to support and boost confidence in new artists, giving them the best chance at success. Submissions are "lightly-juried:" if the work needs improvements, suggestions are made for acceptance. Dale adds: “The artists also have a chance to talk to visitors and do demonstrations for the public.” This opportunity to network with like-minded locals could be the golden key that unlocks a prosperous career in the Arts. Dale recognizes the positive impacts of Artisans on the community: “Local people love to come in and support our artists – many of them buy Christmas gifts here.” After subtracting artists' commissions, money from sales helps maintain the strong vibrant presence of The Arts Centre on the Peninsula. Bliss is a common denominator: “People are thrilled with the art. They say best show ever! ” Community benefits abound: “It creates positive connections between people. Art adds so much to a community; it brings joy to people.” For seven years Kathy Demchuk has been gracing Artisans with her original fabric art pieces: “I feel that the event has been a gift for me.

The community appreciation towards my creative endeavours is very important to me.” Art brings out the best in people. Artisans Gift Gallery is helping to forge a healthy thriving community on the Peninsula. Info/call to artists: Artist registration: September 6. Event: September 24 to December 23. Have fun everybody! Photo of Dale MacEwan's work courtesy Doreen Marion Gee.

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CACSP Small Expressions Show “Oriental

Join us for our SMALL Expressions Brushwork” Show. September 5th - Both 11th2D and 3D artwork all March 4th to 29th sized to fit within a 12” x 12” x 12” Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm Paintings by Patrick Chu. space. Featuring: painting, collage, photography, glass, sculpture, fibre, “Four Friends pottery, Having Fun” metal, wood and more.

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Linda Butcher, Lois Kissinger, Shirley Sarens and Karen Wilk are “Girls that just want to have fun.” Original acrylics, watercolours, 5th & Weiler, Sidney Admission & Parking mixed media and Free art cards in a wide range of styles.

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

“CACSP Artisans Gift Gallery Show & Sale” September 24th - December 23rd

Features Island Artisans with traditional and contemporary works. Items in the Artisans Gift Gallery are varied: jewelry, glass, pottery, turned wood, fibre art, wearables, photography and holiday décor. It is eclectic, unpredictable and representative of the rich and varied talents of Island Artisans.

The Tulista Arts Centre has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2016. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information: Open Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council. september 2016 | 71

Age Not a Barrier When It Comes to Raising Money Ten years ago a few older local women decided to dedicate themselves to raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation that funds projects that help destitute African grandmothers raise

their grandchildren, their own children lost to the AIDS pandemic. Called Victoria Grandmothers for Africa, this hardy group now numbers about 100 grandmothers who have been


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responsible for raising nearly $1 million for the SLF’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. These older Victorians’ lives are in turn enriched by the pride and sense of accomplishment of raising such a huge amount of money. Several VG4A working groups achieve their many successes. The Sales and Crafts group creates and sells crafts such as sewing projects, art cards, baking and knitting. Chocolate truffles are also hugely popular. Many grandmother groups across Canada host “Stride to Turn the Tide” walks. Victoria holds their “Stride Walk” every June. Every second spring the grandmothers host an African dinner that draws about 300 guests who enjoy African food and bid on silent auction items that businesses and individuals have donated. Victoria Grandmothers’ biggest event is its annual bicycle tour, now in its 10th year. In this event a maximum of 30 women over the age of 55 raise funds by cycling from Campbell River to Victoria in three days. Last year they added a one-day, 50-kilometre tour. This year both tours will end at the Legislature on September 11. With the participation of cyclists and grandmother groups throughout the Island, cycling events alone have provided the SLF with close to $500,000. VG4A also hosts one-off events such as a “learn to drum” evening, and this year small “double your money” initiatives organized by individual members have produced several lucrative projects and events. In 2011 the grandmothers hosted a gala dinner for 600 guests, including Stephen Lewis as speaker and textile art auction. The Victoria Conference Centre event raised over $80,000 for the Grandmother to Grandmothers Campaign. Anyone interested in joining this exciting group of grandmothers or attending an event, visit, or email Carol Judd,

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Lily and the octopus by Steven rowley “Near this Spot are deposited the Remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.” ~ Lord Byron on the death of his dog Boatswain Lily is a dachshund and Ted reviewed by Virginia Watson-Rouslin is her best friend, or “owner” if you prefer. Their amazing story, by first-time author Steven Rowley, has become a best seller in a few short months. And that’s as it should be. Ted purchases Lily, the runt of the litter, as his relationship with his partner Jeffrey begins to disintegrate. Meanwhile Ted has fallen madly in love with Lily and their bond is stronger and breathtaking, more than anything he shares with the other humans in his life, including his sister and his mother. Actually, Lily can talk, mostly in capital letters separated by exclamation marks, but she gets her point across. Ted begins this journey understanding that the “very best thing about dogs is how they just know when you need them most, and they’ll drop everything that they’re doing to sit with you awhile.” But then enters the octopus. This is fiction, so at first the reader may think that the octopus exists. He sits atop Lily’s head and his tentacles eventually cause her to go blind. He even speaks to Ted and Lily, in a laconic, but forceful way. Is Ted crazy? His therapist goes along with the octopus situation as does his best friend Trent and the vet. So, we might as well. Meanwhile, life for Ted and Lily becomes more attenuated. A freelance writer, he stops writing and his “job” is to take care of his increasingly fragile dog. Trent urges him to stop playing the octopus’ game and to wage war on the octopus. Ted does, which accelerates the novel – and your hand, as you quickly turn the pages. As anyone who has ever been companion to a dog knows, death will take your dog before you’re ready. They have a shorter life span; nonetheless, Lily teaches Ted lessons that his friends or shrink cannot. Live in the present. Give spontaneous affection. And, if you spend your entire life trying to cheat death, there’s no time to embrace life.

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Car Culture Then and Now As a child of the '50s and '60s, for me cars were very much a part of growing up. Every year each manufacturer's models were completely different from the previous years and many families, including my own, hit the road in early September to visit all the car dealers and see what was new. This was a whole day out and very exciting; as a kid I knew every model and its year. It was always a big deal when the family, or our neighbours, got a new car. Much visiting was involved and then the oohs! and aahs! began, along with beers for the guys while they stared under the hood and the ladies remarked on the interior and exterior colour. It was a time for youth: the war was over, most had a decent job, everyone wanted new gadgets and the car was a symbol of success. A young man without a car was in trouble: his social life often depended on having a car! Moving away from home was not easy and living with a girl outside of marriage got the whole neighborhood talking, so you really craved the independence that car ownership brought to you. Everything centered on the “Drive In!” Tray service at White Spot or A&W with your girl was a cool way to start or end the evening. Drive-In movies were everywhere and getting a girl to go with you was, or could be, life changing! With the gas crunch of the '70s, major changes began in the automobile industry with emission controls, low horsepower engines that ran really badly or cars that rusted away. For about two decades

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last word I’m not a foodie. I love food, but unlike our gourmet traveller Jill Van Gyn who wrote about Food Trends for this issue (pg 17), I’ve never been especially adventurous when it comes to it. My tastes have always run toward the simple; when I was little I would order my McDonald’s cheeseburger with nothing but cheese. Years later I got brave and started getting “half ketchup and mustard.” It’s not that I’m not willing to try new things – I am. I just don’t see why you need to mess with a good thing when it’s already perfect. My mom has always made us macaroni and cheese from scratch, and I follow the same recipe for my family. It’s nothing special: the sauce is simply cheese, milk, flour and butter with a dash of salt and pepper, but the final result is hot and cheesy and comforting and familiar. A while ago I made it for a friend. “You know what would really taste great?” she asked. “If you add dijon mustard to the sauce!” I nodded and agreed, but I knew I’d never do it. The same goes for restaurants: sure that fancy burger with all the exotic toppings tempts me at first, but as soon as I see homemade chicken strips on the menu the battle is lost. Even roasted marshmallows fall victim to my simple palate: yes I could snuggle that toasted decadence between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate, but why bother when it’s a perfect golden bite all on its own?

Maybe this reluctance to move out of my comfort zone stems from the fact that so many of the foods I love, without any bells and whistles, are not just dishes but “food memories,” as Sue calls them in this month’s “First Word.” (pg 8) The macaroni and cheese was a dish we had once a week, as a family, around our dinner table as we shared the events of our day. Roasted marshmallows bring me right back to my grandparents’ house on the water in Gibsons – sitting around a little fire with all my cousins as we tried to get the most out of each marshmallow, toasting, carefully removing each outer layer and then toasting again. Basic hand-cut french fries will always mean spring and summer days spent at the ballfield as first me, then my sister, then brother played. Grilled cheese on an English muffin – no tomato, no ham, just cheddar – meant Dad was making lunch. Whenever I grab a banana as a quick snack, I think of it sliced into a bowl of milk with a little sugar sprinkled on top: the “treat” we used to get for finishing all our dinner. Food memories, while always linked to the dishes you ate, are just as much about what you were doing, who you were with, and why that moment was special. And that is why it’s been so much fun to work with the team and our talented local chefs to pull Seaside’s first Food Issue together.

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