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craig campbell page 23 Simple, delicious, healthy food has been a significant constant for me, imparted by my parents who kept a massive garden, chickens and beef. That and a mother who could whip up a tremendous meal in short order, using whatever was in the fridge or the root cellar, shaped my life.

paula kully page 12, 66 I love the incredible, locally produced food products available on the Saanich Peninsula. Covering the Long Table Dinner was a remarkable opportunity to experience firsthand the veritable bounty of options we have. For someone like me who loves food but is tired of cooking, this is the place to be!


michael johnston page 87 As he grabs the blocks he feels the sweat on his brow, his heart beating out of his chest. When the gun goes he goes. Ignoring the pain that comes with every race, his sights are on the finish line. My brother, David has inspired me to do my best in everything I do.

tara logan page 59 Children, mental health, our future – my hope is that I have contributed to a stronger foundation for them with Mindfulness practices. Children continue to teach us so much about the preciousness of life, being present, in the moment. Modelling Mindfulness makes for great connection and improved mental health for our community.

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first word Food. What do you think of when you read that word? For my two children, food means very different things: for one it means a chance to get involved in cooking, and for the other it’s a love for food, whatever is being served. For me the connotation of the word food has evolved substantially over the years. For most of my early life, I was largely unconscious when it came to food, eating or not eating whatever was in front of me based purely on taste. Then, over the years, I became more immersed in the nutrition of food. Growing up we always ate well, but we likely just ate too much. I guess with age you begin to have a closer relationship with food and become more present with your choices and how they affects your health. Being connected to your food – celebrating it, knowing it and choosing it deliberately – is surely the first and essential step to being connected to your life. But “food” offers more than just sustenance. Eating and having a relationship with food is the one thing we all have in common, and the food we enjoy and share with others creates connection between people. It’s in this spirit that Seaside Magazine is so excited to showcase our first Al Fresco Dinner (pg. 12). It was a beautiful evening in

August hosted at Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts and as you’ll read, the menu Laura dished up was absolutely exquisite. In this issue of Seaside we celebrate food, from discussions with Haliburton EcoFarm School on sustainable certified organic farming (pg 44) to shining a light on 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 stay with their clients for years to come. Food nourishes us physically, but it also has a magic about it; sharing food creates a bubble in the hectic stream of life that helps us to pause and connect. Food is about connection on so many levels: it allows you the opportunity to connect to the people that grow your food; to connect to your community by shaping our ideas about food philosophy; and most importantly, it allows you to connect with others as you share it. I am sure everyone can remember a moment where time almost stood still because you got so wrapped up in the company of friends and loved ones in the act of sharing homemade food. That was our Al Fresco evening!

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Saanich Peninsula Style by Paula Kully

What better way to discover the essence of

the Saanich Peninsula than through sampling the foods, fresh grown produce and spirits produced here? Such an opportunity was provided on a lovely summer evening in mid-July when our Publisher Sue Hodgson, and Laura Waters, owner of Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts, came together to host their first al fresco long table dinner.

Sue and Laura’s collaboration created an elegant

ambience that enchanted their special guests and produced the culinary event of the summer. Guests were treated to a scrumptious variety of local food, cocktails and fine wine, all complemented by superb company and stimulating conversation. Remarks such as “this has been the best day of my summer” were not uncommon. For Laura, her best day is “when she can cook for others” and this was evident in the meal she prepared.

The Guest List

Sue planned her guest list based on a desire to have representation from all three Saanich Peninsula municipalities, without making it political. Shai Thompson, owner of House of Lily Koi, was there on behalf of the Sidney BIA. The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was well represented by Executive Director Denny Warner. Butchart Gardens Director of Public Relations, Sales and Marketing Dale Ryan and Karen Elgersma, former manager of media relations, Tourism Victoria, attended, while local Town Crier Kenny Podmore was invited “because he is Sidney.” Jill Van Gyn from Eat Magazine and Deep Cove Market Owner Rosemary Scott rounded off the guest list.


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Snowdon House, named after Laura’s grandmother for her maiden name, is tucked away in a peaceful little glade just off Mills Road in North Saanich. Surrounded by grassy fields and lush, woodsy landscape, Laura has transformed the quaint Green Gables-style farmhouse into a popular country B&B where she receives guests from around the globe. Situated further back on the property is the gift shop while the house and patio are surrounded by a wild array of elderflower and fir trees and flower gardens. The outdoor patio, just off the main house, makes for a perfect location for the long-table, with easy access to the kitchen. On this particular evening, smoke from forest fires in the B.C. Interior created an ethereal haze and glowing orange sun as a backdrop.

The Decor

Laura’s attention to detail can be seen in everything. She picked up the indigo theme of the Victoria Distillers Empress 1908 Gin by dressing the long-table in shades of blue linen for a calm, sophisticated West Coast look and feel. The patio was an array of flowers gathered from the farm’s field and flowerbeds. Arrangements used cardoons, the big purple thistles; small green grapes from the grapevines, lily leaves, fatsia japonica and white hydrangeas. Large stainless steel cooking pots were filled with fennel, daisies and lily and fatsia leaves. For the table, small glass milk bottles were filled with water dyed with blue pea flower – the same ingredient that gives the gin its blue hue. These were arranged with daisies, gooseneck loosestrife, grapes and grape leaves, while one arrangement included apples, assorted leaves and day lilies.

SOMETHING SPECIAL: A common theme throughout dinner was Snowdon House’s unique line of Douglas Fir products made from the 1,600 fir trees on the property that were originally planted as a Christmas tree farm. Products include fruit-infused vinegars, sparkling fir essence, Fire and Fir Dipping Sauce, brie toppers and the delectable West Coast Bread. As one guest noted: “Only Laura’s creativity could turn a Christmas tree into food.” Douglas fir has a fresh, earthy, citrus flavour and is high in vitamin C.

The Cocktails

The evening began with cocktails provided by Sidney’s own Victoria Distillers and served up by our newest team member, Steven Haley-Browning. Try this refreshing pink cocktail – it’s not too sweet and has just the right amount of tang. It’s made with Victoria Distillers Empress 1908 Gin, which begins as a deep indigo colour and changes to a light pink when combined with another element, such as the Snowdon House Elderflower Vinegar.

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Our Cocktail Recipe: 1oz Victoria Distillers Empress 1908 Gin 0.5oz Snowdon House Infused Elderflower Vinegar 0.25oz Fresh Lime Juice 0.250z Simple Syrup

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Laura’s menu was paired with a selection of Millot red or Pinot Gris white wine provided by Island winery, Symphony Vineyard. The vineyard is located on Oldfield Road in Saanichton and welcomes visitors to have a glass of wine paired with local cheeses and charcuterie from the deli. Symphony’s 2016 Millot is light red with a delicate hue and flavour. It is perfect for outdoor dining with fresh raspberry and blackberry flavours, which balances with the light contribution of toast, vanilla and spice from older American oak barrels. The 2016 Pinot Gris is a true expression of Vancouver Island Pinot Gris. Symphony’s Gris is fresh and lively, with aromas of citrus, honey and pear, followed by notes of lime, pear and sweet rhubarb.

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Heat oven to 425°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork and bake about 1 hour, turning after 30 minutes. Let potatoes cool till you can handle them and then scoop all of the potato into a bowl. Place potato, Snowdon House Yam & Curry Dip, salt and pepper, sour cream, pumpkin seeds and cheddar in a bowl. Mix well and then place mixture in a heat-safe bowl in the oven and bake an additional 15 minutes. Top with fresh garden chives and serve. Delicious on crackers, bread or a piece of cucumber.

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I am an unabashed carnivore. To that end, during my travels, I adore discovering small, intimate restaurants where the specialty is beef. On a trip to Port Angeles a few years ago, I hit gold. “Prime rib special all week” lured me off the highway, and the menu would have caused a riot if a busload of vegans had walked in. Creating the perfect roast of beef has always been a challenge for me. Leave it too long and you end up with a grey brick; too little, and the stream of bloody gravy leads dinner guests to push away their plates in disgust. I ordered medium rare and was amazed that firstly, my prime rib was served within 10 minutes, and secondly, that it was uniformly pink and juicy right across the cut. Later, I asked the waiter if I could speak to the owner. “How do you do it?” I asked. “It’s so perfect right the way through.” He smiled enigmatically, tapped the side of his nose, and whispered: “Sue Veed.” "Well she’s an amazing cook," I said. "Can I meet her?” He beckoned me into the small kitchen. “Which one is Sue?” I asked tentatively, thinking of the old Johnny Cash song. Both cooks were clearly male. He pointed at a glistening stainless steel tub filled with water and plastic bags, with various temperature gauges along its front. “Sue Veed,” he repeated. Subsequent research revealed that the correct spelling was the French “sous vide,” meaning “in a vacuum.” You put food in a plastic freezer bag or ziplock, extract the air and then submerge it in a water

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For over 20 years I’ve looked at coffee differently than most. I really watch people’s faces when they sip it and how they handle their cup. Everyone’s face changes depending on who they are talking to whether it’s a parent, friend … and then there’s the “lover look” over coffee ! Coffee is not just coffee to our team, coffee is a catalyst, an ingredient, that can elevate not just your mood, but food and it can even be served cold with nitrous gas to give it some effervescence, life if you will. Viva la coffee!

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Confessions of a Gourmand by Craig Campbell

I well remember when I fell in love with food and its companion, drink; it was the day I was born, thus out of necessity a combination meal at the time being both food and drink. "Great Demeter, goddess of food," I thought, "this is the most wonderful moment of my entire life!" That, and the poop I had shortly after, made it a perfect first day. I was an active child (a successive string of doctors used more complicated terms) and thankfully never gained weight, though my appetite was, shall we say, robust. About the only things I did not, nor to this day will not, eat were head cheese and liver. Head cheese – how do I put this delicately? – is disgusting, and liver, well do you know what the liver does? It filters poison. Hey, let's all eat the poison filter! My appetite was always large, but when I got heavily into exercise it simply became enormous. When I first went to my wife's parents' house for dinner, they cooked what for them was a normal-sized meal. Worried, Julie rushed to the kitchen to tell her mother it was not enough. We ate everything, then they fed me two sandwiches. This is a true story. Even today her brother and sister-in-law marvel at my consumption. Back then running marathons, biking, doing 150 push-ups and innumerable sit-ups held the weight at bay. Julie, a fabulous baker, would make a batch of cookies. I always thought it was incumbent to eat the entire plate, not just two, a lesson I continue to struggle with. My mother was a good cook, nay, a great cook. I did not begin cooking until my mid-40s. With my mother's help I learned, and it is something I enjoy, basically as I love to eat. If forced to describe my style of cooking, I guess comfort food sums it up. Our charcoal barbecue is used at least four times a week all year round. I bake my own bread, about which I'm very particular. It takes me all day, and I even grind my own flour! But the end result is totally worth it. As a dinner guest I felt I was appreciated. I ate all the appetizers. All of 'em. And when dinner was called, who was the first seated? Mind you, having everyone politely waiting while I finish off my third helping is sometimes disconcerting. But on my 50th birthday, my knees collaborated with my memory and quit. Both just up and said: "that's it, we're done." Without exercise my body no longer had the means to rid itself of the massive intake of calories I ingested and the weight commenced. Likewise, I often forgot when I last ate, and just in case I'd eat again. Vancouver Island is a delight for both the gourmet and the gourmand, the latter being the category into which I fall. It contains more craft breweries, offering a cornucopia of tasty beverages, than one could imagine. Boutique wineries flourish. Every second driveway seems to offer fresh, healthy food: eggs, chicken, strawberries, lamb … the list is endless. Such are the

offerings, they are almost salacious. My Ontario hometown, ruled by greasy diners where malt vinegar for your fries was considered epicurean, contrasts mightily to Sidney whose restaurants offer fare from virtually every imaginable corner of the earth. The comparisons between my hometown and here are revealing, Sidney being Nirvana and but one of many places on the Island offering delicious food. And what has this excess of beer and food done for me? Well, apart from sating my taste buds on a daily basis and expanding my waistline immensely: nothing. Except for knee problems, I only visit my doc once every one or two years and have no health problems. None. While eating too much and doing zero exercise is surely not good for a person, eating good, healthy food must be. And fabulous, nutritious food is virtually everywhere next door here on this incredible Vancouver Island. Freshly smoked salmon anyone?

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common cents food fight: tips for keeping your grocery bill in check If there’s an easy way to constantly by Dan Adair Branch Manager blow your Island Savings Brentwood Bay household budget, it’s the grocery bill. Because eating is a necessity, it’s easy to overlook it in terms of money management. But it’s also undeniably one of life’s pleasures – and that creates a lot of opportunities to overspend. Here are some tips to help you manage your grocery expenses. Plan, plan – and plan some more. Create a meal plan that identifies every meal you will make that week. This plan then dictates what goes on your shopping list, and what doesn’t. Also be mindful of how much each meal costs. If  you want to indulge your foodie urge with a more sophisticated dish with more expensive ingredients, balance it out with cheaper meals on other days. Another planning approach is the envelope system. Set a dollar amount as your weekly (or monthly) grocery budget and put that amount of cash in an envelope. You’re only allowed to spend from that envelope and once the cash is gone, your buying is done until next week or month. This system compels you to think carefully about your spending. Curb the impulse buy. The chips you don’t need. That box of sugary cereal. Those donuts. Budget killers all. Employing a few of the following tactics can help you stop reaching for impulse buys when you shop. • Stick to the outside aisles: The most nutritious items are located there, whereas the more expensive processed “junk” foods are located on the interior aisles. • Shop online: With online grocery shopping, you can see your total cost before you pay. This can be more effective than shopping in-store and ballparking your total bill, only to be surprised at the actual cost at checkout. The small fee you pay for online shopping is likely to cost less than the impulse items you’d grab if you were in-store. • Shop only one day a week: Unplanned visits can quickly add up to a blown budget. • Don’t shop on an empty stomach. Nothing will test your resolve to stick to your shopping list like a case of the growlies.

Shop local produce stands and farmers’ markets. Produce stands are specialized and often have lower prices. At farmers’ markets, you may find locally-grown specialty produce – those rarer items in your favourite recipe – at a lower price than the grocery store can offer. Call in the subs. Knowing your ingredient substitutes can help you avoid unplanned trips to the grocery store. The internet is a good source of information on substituting ingredients. Dan Adair is Branch Manager at Island Savings’ Brentwood Bay location and father to two teens that attempt to eat him out of house and home.


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Mussels One pound sautéed in a creamy garlic butter and full cream sherry $13.95

Wings … that will make you fly! Enjoy a pound of our specially seasoned wings. Plain or with your choice of dipping: BBQ, Honey Garlic, Atomic, Teriyaki, Spicy Thai. $11.95

Onion Rings Our famous lightly

battered onion rings – oh so good! Single $6.95; family size $10.95

Yams Simply delicious - 1/2 lb. $5.75

Chicken Strips Lightly battered and

prawns $2.95 each; clam strips $4.25; scallops $2.95 each

Add-On’s Oysters $2.95 each; tiger

deep fried till golden! $9.95


Caesar Salad $7.50 / $9.50

Fisherman’s Tacos Two crunchy

House Salad $6.50 / $8.50 Your choice of dressing: white balsamic, ranch, blue cheese, raspberry vinaigrette, thousand island, italian. Add: three shrimp, chicken or cod $5.

Grilled Cheese & Chips $9.50

corn shells filled with cheese, tomato, onions and our house slaw – loaded with fish, accompanied with coleslaw & chips. Choose spicy thai or mango chutney $13.95

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Appetizers Poutine Real Cheese Curds, Hand

Cut Fries smothered with our Gravy. $9.95

Popcorn Shrimp ½ pound

scrumptious breaded shrimp. Served with our own seafood sauce for dipping. $11.95

Crab Cakes Lightly floured, and full of flavour – You will be crabbing for more! $4.25 each

Global Flavour, Local Tastes. Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Espresso. Dinner Thurs - Sat

Calamari Lightly battered and deep fried. Single portion $11.95; large portion $17.95

Chips Old-fashioned, hand-cut chips. 1/2 order $3.75; full order $5.75; family order (serves 4-5) $12.95

Seafood Chowder Mama’s homemade recipe. $5.95

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One piece Cod $7.50 Fisherman’s Dinners Includes our housemade coleslaw, tartar sauce and hand-cut chips! Halibut: one piece $14.50 / two pieces $21.50 Family Size Fisherman’s Meals Includes our housemade

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One piece Halibut $10.50

cut chips (family). Halibut: five piece meal $52 / seven piece $72 / nine piece $85. Cod: five piece meal $37 / seven piece $50 / nine piece $60.

Seafood Platter Oysters, tiger

prawns, scallops, clam strips, one cod, chips, coleslaw and tartar sauce. $20.95 (sub halibut add $3)

Scallop Dinner Lightly deep fried; served with chips and coleslaw. $16.95

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Tiger Prawns or Oyster Dinner

6 prawns or 5 oysters deep fried till golden and served with coleslaw and chips. $16.95

Crab Cake Dinner Three crab

cakes served with our special sauce,

Chicken Dinners Fried Chicken Includes chips

& coleslaw. Two pieces $11.95 / Three pieces $13.95 / Nine pieces $33.95. Substitute for white meat: $1 per piece.

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coleslaw and chips. $15.95

Fisherman’s Platter for Two 2 fish

(cod), calamari, 2 Crab cakes, popcorn shrimp, 2 prawns & 2 scallops, chips, coleslaw and tartar sauce. $39.95 (Sub Halibut $6)

Chicken Strip Dinners

Served with chips and coleslaw. Your choice of dipping sauce: honey mustard or sweet and sour. $11.95

Burgers Fish Burger & Chips Our delicious cod, placed on a bed of lettuce and tomato with our special sauce $14.95 No Frills Burger & Chips

Homemade beef patty. Served on a roll with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Smothered with mustard and ketchup. $14.55

Cheeseburger & Chips

Homemade beef patty, covered with cheese. Served on a roll with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Smothered with mustard and ketchup. $14.95


Mashed Potatoes $3.95 Gravy $3.95 / $4.95 Mushy Peas $3.95 / $4.95

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Bacon Mushroom Burger & Chips Homemade beef patty, served

with bacon and mushrooms. Served on a roll with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Smothered with mustard and ketchup. $14.95

Veggie Burger & Chips

Veggie patty served on a bun with lettuce, mayo and tomato. $11.95

Chicken Burger & Chips

Golden chicken fingers served on a bun with lettuce and a mayo spread. $13.95

**Sub Chips for: Yam Fries $2, Onion Rings $2, Mashed Potatoes $2, House Salad $2.50, Caesar Salad $2.50, Poutine $2.95

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Two Houses Connecting Five Pioneer Families by Valerie Green

Today, it

is hard to imagine that the busy intersection at West Saanich Road and Wilkinson Road was once farmland with a mere trail connecting the history of two houses in that area. The history also connects five pioneer families of considerable note: the Yales, the Mansons, the Peers, the Grants and the Maynards. One of the houses was built around 1912 and the other between 1920 and 1925. It is a somewhat long and meandering tale, but one more than worthy of telling and it begins well over 160 years ago. The land on which the house at #1 - 4580 West Saanich Road stands today dates back to the 1850s. That land was inherited by Aurelia Manson (née Yale) from her father, James Murray Yale, who was the Hudson’s Bay Company Chief Factor of Fort Langley for some 30 years. The town of Yale on the mainland was named for him. That land and the surrounding acreage on West Saanich Road was then known as Colquitz Farm and the farmhouse that once stood there was lived in by Aurelia’s older sister Eliza and her husband Henry Naysmith Peers, who both died in the 1860s. Aurelia and her husband John Manson, a well-known butcher by trade, then took over the farm. Aurelia’s father, James Yale, lived just to the north of them along West Saanich Road at Stromness Farm, until his own death in 1871 at which time Aurelia inherited all the land. It wasn’t until around 1912 that the current house (4580) was built on this land by a plumber named Irvin Fairburn Carruthers who did not live there for very long. Then, from 1918 until 1926 the house was owned by Lillian and George Maynard, members of the well-known family of auctioneers and photographers. George was the grandson of Richard and Hannah Maynard, early photographers in Victoria. They are believed to have also built the store north of this Craftsman-style house at the junction with Wilkinson Road. After Aurelia Manson had moved from the

old Colquitz Farmhouse she went to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Isabella and James Grant, at their home a short distance away (now 4635 West Saanich Road). That house was known as Bonnie Doon, and the family connection began between the two houses. Today that house at 4635 is well hidden from the road behind trees and shrubbery. Many of the trees that conceal the property are designated heritage trees such as a deodar cedar, a western red cedar, a tulip tree and a golden-edged tulip tree. Isabella was Aurelia's oldest daughter and married James Grant in 1891. Grant had immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1887 at the age of 19 and later became a partner in the firm of Thompson and Grant, famous tailors of note on Government Street in Victoria.

A fire destroyed his business in 1903, at which time Isabella and James moved out to the family property on West Saanich Road where they farmed for a number of years. Eventually James became the Markets Commissioner for the provincial Department of Agriculture, and for many years travelled throughout Canada and abroad. Bonnie Doon (4635) is actually the second house built on its fieldstone foundation because the first building was destroyed by fire, which sadly seemed to be a frequent occurrence in days gone by. That whole area is very different today. For instance, the land surrounding the 1912 house at 4580 was subdivided back in 1992 and is now part of a strata complex housing 16 Units, the old original house being Unit #1. The history of the two houses and the five families that once connected them is lost in the sands of time and in the name of progress. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at

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can we talk owner / publisher sue hodgson CHATS with sheri and george braun, owners OF the olive farm on salt spring island There are very few locations in Canada that could even begin to provide the growing needs for good quality and high quantities of olive fruit. What makes Salt Spring Island a desirable place to launch your business, and what have been some of the difficulties in doing so in this area? When we finally decided on growing olives right here in Canada, we started off looking for a location with a mild winter climate, along with a long warm summer. This search naturally drew us to the west coast of Canada and more specifically to the Gulf Islands. We had decided early on that Salt Spring Island was the place for us to start this grand experiment, so after a few years of looking we finally found what we thought was the perfect place, here on the south end of Salt Spring on a south-sloping, reasonably well-draining hillside that would provide our trees with long sunny days during the spring, summer and fall months. Winter, and early spring with all the rain, have been a challenge, but we did our best to help the trees manage with all the rain by installing a few thousand feet of field drains to reduce the amount of moisture in the hillside. Also, the record cold winter we had last year proved a bit too much for some of our trees, as we had a lot of frost damage to the ends of the branches. We have since pruned them out and it appears that with just a few exceptions, the trees have all come back with vigorous new growth. You both lived most of your lives in Alberta, George as a railway construction manager and Sheri in education and counselling. What made you decide to leave Alberta and make your way west to Vancouver Island?

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Well, let me start off by saying that both Sheri and I grew up in Abbotsford, B.C. And Sheri’s mother was born and raised on Salt Spring Island, so coming back to B.C. was an easy choice for us. Don’t get me wrong, Alberta is a great place; we spent 25 years there. Raised our family, grew our business and made lifelong friends that we still stay in touch with. But as things go, the company sold. Our son moved east to Ottawa and our daughter moved west to Langley, B.C. With 73 acres and 2,500 producing olive trees, you planted your first grove of 1,000 trees in 2012. What varieties of trees were considered, and when was your first harvest? Our farm is situated on 72 acres, with 1,000 six-year-old trees that are just starting to produce some fruit. The initial grove was planted in 2012 with approximately 300 Leccino, 300 Frantoio, 300 Maurino and about 100 Pendolino. These trees are all considered to be cold, hardy varieties that should have a reasonable chance of surviving here in our climate. We planted an additional 500 olive trees in 2014 which are a combination of Picual, Bosana, Carolea, Grignan, Picholine and Nocellara de Belice. Then in 2015 we planted another 1,000 Allegra. This will give us approximately 2,500 trees for future harvests. Olive trees take a long time to mature and produce fruit, especially the large quantity of fruit necessary to press oil. How did you fill the years between planting and harvest? When we bought the farm, there was an existing vineyard, which we have just removed this past year. It had an acre of newly planted

blueberries and then we planted 200 cherry trees which just started producing last year. So, between tending the olive trees, blueberries, grapevines and cherries, we have had enough to fill our days. What does it take to be an olive grower, and compared to other fruit farming, what are some challenges unique to growing olives? To be an olive grower here, I think you must approach it knowing that you are growing beyond the edge of where this tree is typically grown and therefore realize that you may or may not be successful; it’s a high-risk crop. I think it’s like the way West Coast wineries started out years ago, with everyone telling them it wouldn’t work. It’s too wet, not enough heat, not enough sunshine hours and so on. But like every new endeavor, there will be some success along with some failures. So, the real challenge is to find the right piece of land and the right olive varietal that will adapt to our climate; that’s what we’re trying to figure out as we plant the different varieties. The best olive oils are difficult to find, but it’s worth the search! Fresh high quality olive oils contain more nutrients and will provide far more health benefits than this liquid gold is even known for. How does The Olive Farm’s olive oil compare to some of the award-winning oils found around the world? You are so right and it is unfortunate that so much of the highquality olive oil is bought up long before it hits the supermarket shelves. Our 100% Canadian Extra Virgin Olive Oil has polyphenols reading as high as 615 with peroxide values as low as 0.05, which really means it has great antioxidant qualities along with a long shelf life, although you should try to use your oil with the first 12 to 18 months after milling to obtain the best nutritional value from it. We have had our oil tasted by olive oil sommeliers and some of Canada’s top chefs and they have all expressed their delight with our product! Their comments have ranged from exceptional, amazing and unique; with flavour profiles including everything from endives to seaweed; and with a buttery complex taste but not greasy, with a peppery finish. Some have compared our EVOO to the oils of northern Italy. The Olive Farm grove is now 2,500 trees strong, and weather dependent, you expect the next harvest to take place this December, resulting in 2017 pressing to ship mid-February 2018. What’s next for the olive farm, and where can we expect to find your 100 percent Canadian Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Hopefully we can get a long and extended fall for the fruit to ripen and then yes, we will be harvesting and milling in late November or early December. Bottling will occur some six to eight weeks later, allowing the oil to settle out a bit. To date we have been selling some of our oil directly to the restaurant community, with all other sales online through our website. As for what’s next? We’re planning to expand our operations by planting more trees, thus ensuring more production for our future, which in turn would allow us to open a store right on the farm for direct customer sales, along with farm tours and a few other things that are just in the idea stages. For more information visit Photo by Sean McIntyre.

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Miguel Goncalves, chef at Sidney's Beacon Landing, grew up in Prince George, B.C. and started cooking in 1994. He continued his culinary training in Vancouver from 1996 to 2002, then travelled to and trained in Europe. After returning to the West Coast, Miguel spent five years training and working in downtown Vancouver, specializing in seafood and wild game. This single dad, proud father to 11-year-old Cedalia, encourages the use of locally sourced and organic suppliers. Miguel runs a "scratch kitchen" at Beacon Landing, with everything made in-house, and he leads a training kitchen for youth interested in joining the industry.

Art for the Asking: Panorama Recreation by Jo Barnes

You want it? We got it! It's important to hear the voice of the community, even more so to implement that feedback, and Panorama Recreation is doing just that by launching new efforts this fall to provide an enriched, broader arts program that the public wants. "During our strategic planning process for 2016 to 2020 we received feedback for expansion of arts programs in the community and have been actively committed to this priority," says Kim Say, Community Recreation Coordinator. New partnerships with McTavish Academy of Arts (MAOA) and the Sidney Artsea Festival will provide greater opportunities for art. A great example is the community mural being hosted at the recreation center from October 13 to 22. "The public can stop by and add to the mural in any way, shape or form," says Kim, adding: "After it's complete, we will have the mural for viewing before it's displayed at the Fine Arts Festival in Sidney." Enhancing art programs is all part of Panorama's focus on healthy living and building community connections. Art improves the quality of life in many ways. "The benefits are numerous: increased socialization, community connection, opportunity for creative expression and exploration," says Kim. "Art programs are important for all ages and it's something that generations can do together." There's something for everyone, from young to not-so-young. Little people get creative in Petite Picassos (ages two to five) or Craft 'n Splash (ages three to six) featuring crafts followed by a swim lesson. Collage Creations (ages six to nine) offers painting, printmaking and stamping. Teens can tap into their artistic side at Artrageous at the Teen Lounge on October

13 or delve into a Pinterest-inspired art project at the Pinterest Lab. Adults too can "brush up" and "dip into" the world of art as there will be a variety of classes available including drawing, watercolour, and foundational and applied acrylics. If you're age 16+, you can learn about rubber stamping in Handstamped Cards or try your hand on the pottery wheel in Pottery Sampler Class. Opportunities are also offered for generations to socialize, connect and experience the art process together. "New this fall we have a 'Make a Mug' program in our pottery studio where two year olds with a parent or grandparent can

come explore clay, get messy, and make a beautiful pottery mug together," shares Kim. Panorama provides art instructors who are not only talented and experienced in their field, but who are also passionate about it. "Our instructors often have extensive background in creating art, and teaching art to various age groups," says Kim. With a view to providing optimum programs, Panorama is always looking for talented art instructors. Interested in teaching classes? Contact Kim Say at Ask and you shall receive. Art is alive and well at Panorama Recreation!

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All at Sea:

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Sailing at Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club by Deborah Rogers

I’ve been out in boats before and always

find myself feeling anxious about my total lack of control! So an adult beginner lesson was just what I needed to show me that you can teach an old dog new tricks, and that sailing a boat under wind is a truly exhilarating experience. Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club (SNSYC) is hidden at the very end of Marina Way; you have to know it’s there to find it. The attractive white clubhouse was originally a private residence, but since 1981 has been the home of SNSYC with a bar, restaurant and member facilities such as a workshop and meeting rooms. It provides a social hub alongside the amenities, giving members access to reciprocal privileges at 95 other Clubs in the Pacific Northwest and an extensive range of events and activities like talks, parties and games nights. There’s also a racing program, two annual regattas and a very popular cruising section. Crucially, SNSYC has a dock at the marina where they house a small fleet of club boats ranging in size from small dinghies that the junior sailing programs use, to two 25-foot keelboats – one set up for racing and the other for day or weekend sailing. Members have access to these boats once they are qualified to sail. And to sailing instructors, which is where I come into the story. I was fortunate to be in the good hands of Thomas Bennett, who has extensive experience sailing and racing. He’s only 18, but exuded the confidence of someone much older, putting me at ease that I wasn’t going to end up in the water! Thomas had a junior volunteer – Hugh – with him too, so as we got the Martin 242 ready to leave the dock there wasn’t too much for me to do. Once outside the harbour’s safe waters we got the sails up, and then things got interesting. There was a whole lot of hauling and fastening and (alarming) flapping as the mainsail was set and I was talked through the principals of wind moving over the sheet and how to make all the small adjustments that add up to big efficiencies of movement. With even just a moderate wind, we were soon making brisk progress towards Sidney Spit. Let’s not kid ourselves: safe sailing requires more than a few hours of instruction, but I was able to participate as we performed some tacks. With guidance I controlled the jib, pulling and releasing ropes as we changed direction. Thomas tested my resolve by taking us into quite a heel at one point – that’s where I found myself on the interesting edge between excited and scared, with the wind whipping my hair and the water surprisingly close to the cockpit’s lip. As is often the way, the wind died down, and we made slow progress getting back to the marina. It was time to relax into the feel of being on the water: listen to the gentle sounds of wave and wind and birds, and admire some of the other boats out there. I was exhausted after my lesson, even though I felt I hadn’t done much myself. The fresh air, adrenaline and concentration had affected me. I think sailing has to become an instinct, like driving a car: you wouldn’t

expect to be able to do that with just one lesson, but I enjoyed the experience and can imagine the pleasure of mastering the skill, using the elements to move rather than an engine. I can also imagine myself taking to the yacht club lifestyle! It is extraordinarily beautiful to sit in the clubhouse (once cleaned up from a day on the water) and take in the view over a drink. With a new chef, Robert Mountfort, at the helm, the SNSYC restaurant is a great place to eat. Trained under Chef Pierre at the Deep Cove Chalet, Rob has brought a classic French cuisine to the club with an Asian twist and lots of fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients. The setting, the food and the friendly staff combined to create a very special experience: the crème caramel that I finished with took me right back to childhood trips to France and stood out in a meal full of standout dishes. It was a magical finish to a day that started so anxiously. For more info, visit What do you want to see Deb do next? Send your ideas or invitations to

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fashion focus Q: I want to buy a new purse for fall. What should I look for? Q: I am retired. What is the must have for this season? Denim! The visual of denim can cross over into most social and daywear activities. Dress it up with a luxurious velvet blazer and bling or kick up your daywear look with a funky sneaker and oversized shawl. These looks cross over to all age demographics and look appropriate.

Q: How do I care for my leather jackets? Trying to find dry cleaners to do leather well without destroying the garment is difficult here on the Island. I prefer to get myself some wet wipes and, after a few wears, I will clean the neckline and underarm areas. This will refresh the lining.

The biggest trend for purses this fall is the stand out statement strap. This is a look for the fashion diva. However, if you are more traditional, go for classic shapes but choose a color like red, green or blue. Ask yourself what you are going to be using your purse for. Evening or daytime? Do you want something that crosses over both experiences? If you are unsure, I would source a lesserpriced item and see if it really works with your style.

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Q: What is happening with leggings this season? I think we will see them around a little bit longer because we live in a laidback environment here on the West Coast. Most of the pants/bottoms rocking the runway are high-waisted with a wide leg. This is a tough look for a petite body shape, but for a longerlegged woman it is a power pant. I am still seeing leather leggings that are paired with fur and oversized knits.

Plaid is rad! Have you watched Gilmour Girls lately? The pattern has been borrowed from traditional Celtic tribes; today they have developed it with soft feel-good fabric and the fit for women is shaped to your curves. I love putting casual with evening looks, like a red plaid shirt tied at the waist with a full-length velvet skirt!

September Style Tip: The word “trend” means what is current in an ever-changing world. But just because it is a trend, it doesn’t make it your style. For example: when acid wash came back last year, I reeled away from it. It was a trend 30 years ago, a trend that I had already tried on for size and will never revisit. The millennials have never seen it so it was new to their fashion senses. I find it helpful when describing my personal style to use key words. Mine are “classic,” “rock and roll” and “boho chic.” So, if the trend matches these descriptive words I will consider the purchase.

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House of Lily Koi has become a bustling hub of luxury consignment and styling services in the nearly two years it has been open. Owner and head stylist Shai Thompson tells me that their mantras continue to be to have fun, keep it simple, and give it your best in providing great service.

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Shai seeks to be a positive presence in our community by “educating people about self reflection.” Along with feeling good about yourself and how you look comes an explosion of self-confidence, she says. Her reach in Sidney extends beyond the retail wares and services she provides. She is now also a director on the board of the Sidney BIA. “It’s a great way to connect to the pulse of what’s happening here in Sidney. When you are aware of what’s happening you have a stronger voice and are able to strategically develop your own business.” The boutique is busier now than I have ever seen it, and half of the customers coming in are regulars who Shai knows and works with often.

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A male customer in the boutique who shops regularly at HLK for the lady in his life takes a moment to give me some feedback. “It’s always a personal and uplifting experience, even for men.” Don’t forget, Shai now stocks menswear, too.

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Long, long before your fruit and

veggie waste digested into soil in the back yard, and long before the curbside kitchen scrap program, there were traditional compost heaps among us. These ancient kitchen heaps, or middens, are now considered archaeological sites; there are 5,700 known midden sites in British Columbia with more than 30 right here in the Gulf Islands. Midden, an English word of Scandinavian origin, describes a location for food waste disposal. The composition of local middens offers a peek into the lives and historical diets of First Nations peoples. While inland First Nations may have relied on hunting land mammals resulting in middens of bones, coastal First Nations accessed the sea. “When the tide is out, the table is set,” say some coastal First Nations. A veritable buffet is accessible during low tide and in some locations, the archaeological midden evidence points to a diet rich with clams. One of these shell middens is visible on Sidney Island; years of dust, dirt and sand covering the deep pile of shells is slowly being worn away and exposed by wind and waves. The flat, soft, sandy expanses on Sidney Island’s northeast side are perfect habitat for many clam species including cockles, bent nose clams and horse clams. Coastal habitats in the Gulf Islands consisting of sand, pebble, cobble and boulders are also home to a variety of bivalve species – like butter and littleneck clams – but with a steeper gradient, the area of suitable and accessible clam habitat can

be greatly reduced. To increase this area, First Nations engineered a boulder wall across the low-tide line and parallel to the beach. The landward side of the wall then fills with sediment, creating a flat surface at the perfect tidal range (mid to lower intertidal) for growing clams. These areas are referred to as clam gardens and, much like you tend your veggie patch, First Nations tended these clam gardens to increase the size and abundance of clams. This process of gardening clams may have increased clam production by as much as 400%. Salt Spring and Russell Islands both feature remnants of historical clam gardens. Parks Canada’s Clam Garden Restoration Project was formed in 2014 to rebuild, study and conserve the areas within and around these gardens. This process has proceeded through a partnership between local First Nations – Hul’q’umi’num and WSÁNEĆ – and Parks Canada. This multi-year project combines science and traditional knowledge. An added benefit is the ability for the First Nations community to come together for knowledge sharing between Elders and youth. In this case, when the tide is out, the dinner table and the classroom are set. Note: If you stumble across, or have the opportunity to visit, a midden site, please respect its archaeological significance and keep hands and feet away from disturbing the area. To learn more about the Clam Garden Restoration Project visit Parks Canada at september 2017 | 41

The Centre of Your Experience

What’s Happening at the Mary Winspear Centre

Lowest of the Low

In celebration of their first new release in over

She is always a real host to her guests, making

13 years the band has announced a small tour

them feel comfortable and at home. Olive is a

The Mary Winspear Centre presents Lowest

with the Sidney show their only appearance on

very real character, a person whom one might

the Island. Their upcoming show in the

meet on the street or know at work – generally

on Sunday October 1 at 7:30 PM.

intimate Charlie White Theatre will be nostal-

easy-going, but with an acerbic sense of humor.

Formed in the early 1990’s, Toronto based

and new songs off their upcoming album.

of the Low for their first appearance in Sidney

alternative rock group Lowest of the Low quickly became one of the most influential bands on the Canadian Alternative music scene. Earning critical acclaim and widespread radio play, their debut album Shakespear My Butt became one of the bestselling

gic for any Low fan with a mix of original hits

The Odd Couple

Florence Unger is, of course, the corner stone of the play. Florence is hardly the person you would want to know in any situation as her “quirks” make her simultaneously interesting

The Peninsula Players are proud to present The

and prickly. Even with all Florence’s idiosyn-

Odd Couple (Female Version), a comedy

crasies, she is still fundamentally likeable.

written by Samuel French and Neil Simon, at

independent releases in Canadian history.

the Charlie White Theatre with evening

When the curtain rises, we will see Olive’s

performances on October 20 & 21 and a

1980s apartment and the Trivial Pursuit game

The band is back with a new album Do The

matinee on Oct 22.

introduces “the gang” – Sylvie, Renee, Vera,

Right Now, set to release on September 8, with the lead single Powerlines that is currently available for download. Lead singer Ron Hawkins explains the origins of the song: “Powerlines’ is about my experience writing the first Low album, Shakespear My Butt. I had recently broken up with a long time partner and moved into a punk rock squat with some crazy characters I called friends. Every day I walked through the city with a notebook and drank in bars and went to gallery shows and hung out in my little bohemian circle of anarchists, punks and poets. I became the protagonist in the movie of my life and the city was a cinematic sidekick and factored into the lyrics like a companion.”

and Mickey. Each member of the group has Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence

her own quirk that provides individuality, but

Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in this hilari-

their function in the play is that of filling in of

ous contemporary comic classic: the female

the background and informing the audience

version of “The Odd Couple.” Instead of the

through their conversations of events unseen.

poker party that begins the original version,

These conversations and actions will keep

Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an

much of the play moving and the timing of

evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters

comical events impeccable. The show reaches

have been replaced by the two Constanzuela

its zenith with the appearance of Jesus and

brothers, but the hilarity remains the same.

Manolo, the Constanzuela brothers from upstairs who are determined to impart every situ-

Olive Madison is a news writer, not overly concerned with neatness or order at home. Her expertise in sports trivia derives, she says, from her interest in the opposite sex to say the least.

ation with as much machismo they can muster. The Odd Couple will also be shown at the Berwick Royal Oak October 13-15.

Burton Cummings The Mary Winspear Centre welcomes Canadian music icon Burton Cummings for

of his game as a performer, singer, songwriter and recording artist second to none.

two sold out performances on October 7 & 8. Burton Cummings is that rare artist who has

singles and albums, including These Eyes,

transcended time, genres and generations with a body of work that continues to resonate with fans both old and new. His voice has been rated among the finest in rock music and his

more than a dozen hit singles and albums including “I’m Scared”, “Timeless Love”, My Own

With Canada’s original rock ‘n’ roll superstars The Guess Who, Burton scored an

with his debut solo single, “Stand Tall.” After

Way to Rock and Dream Of A Child, the latter disc became the first quadruple platinum-selling

unprecedented string of international hit

album by a Canadian artist.

Laughing, No Time, American Woman, and

Described as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll royalty, and

many more all written or co-written by Bur-

a living legend, for Burton Cummings there has

ton. Upon leaving the Guess Who to go solo

always been one constant: he remains true to

in 1976, Cummings earned a gold record

himself and his own way to rock.

extensive catalogue of songs is the envy of his contemporaries. Burton continues at the top

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Susan Aglukark Enjoy a special evening with Susan Aglukark, a Juno Award-winning Inuk singer and songwriter. Her blend of country, world music and easy-listening pop is distinguished by her gentle voice, upbeat melodies and inspirational lyrics sung in English and Inuktitut. The past 25 years have seen Susan travel a path of personal discoveries, cultural reconnections and personal healing. In 2012 she founded the Arctic Rose Foundation ( which gives those supporting youth, women, diversity and culture an opportunity to make a positive contribution to Canada’s Inuit communities. September 7, 7:30 p.m. Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

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On a second tour of Haliburton

Farm with EcoFarm School Instructors Elmarie Roberts and Rhona McAdam, I decide to bring my nine-year-old son Silas along with me. Enamoured by my first visit, led by Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society (HCOFS) member and EcoFarm School Coordinator Ann Eastman, I want my son to experience this place. Ann admits: “People want to grow food, to farm, but are so disconnected from our food systems, they just don’t know where to begin. Generations of sustainable food growing knowledge are disappearing.” I really don’t want this to be the narrative for the next generation, so I want to expose my children to something more. I feel this is the place. A narrow wood-chip trail runs through the exquisite farm, a path navigating through diverse native plant species, organic fruits and vegetables, flowers and foliage. Friendly farmers crouch among rows of lettuce or chard and lend a smile that comes easy amidst the hard work of weeding and the midday’s harvest. My son is impressed with the height of the sunflowers and can’t believe how many bees there are. “Look, a frog,” Elmarie points out to Silas. “If you head over to the rockpile by the trees back there, you’re sure to find a lizard or two.” There are many inhabitants, structures and dwellings in this incredible ecosystem; a hawk has found its way into one of the greenhouses, likely hunting a small creature. Barn swallow bird boxes, bat houses, native bee cavities and luscious hedgerow (including my favourite Nootka rose bush) are all part of the healthy biodiversity at Haliburton. Haliburton Community Organic Farm, located just off the Pat Bay 46 | september 2017

Highway, sits on land purchased by the District of Saanich in 2002 after proposal by a developer to remove it from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) for residential development. HCOFS was formed as a result of community members and concerned citizens wishing to preserve the ALR land with a vision to “be a leading model of community-supported, small-scale sustainable organic agriculture carried out in harmony with local ecosystems.” Since the District of Saanich took ownership, HCOFS leases the land to provide active urban farming; ecosystem rehabilitation/ restoration and organic agriculture tours. There are six businesses on the farm currently that supply food for the Food Box program on site, Farm Markets in Greater Victoria, and the Haliburton Farm Stand, while growing their business and working in a collaborative and cooperative environment to advance their skill sets and knowledge in small-scale agriculture. Home to a farmhouse with classroom space and a near-complete industrial kitchen, the most recent addition to the farm is the EcoFarm School: Farming, Nutrition & Biodiversity offered by HCOFS in partnership with Royal Roads University. Developed with funding from the Victoria Foundation and Vancity, this school aims to teach students organic farming, encompassing practical hands-on teaching and classroom study inclusive of methodology, business, holistic nutrition, biodiversity and ecosystem restoration. I stand before the Garry Oak Meadow learning about the camas harvest and the history of the volunteer efforts to revitalize the wetland marsh. I understand the importance and significance of what is being done here and why it is evolving the way it is. The school is

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Portfolio Risk Management

Publication: Seaside Magazine Material Deadline: January 31, 2017 Insertion Dates: February 10, 2017

The main challenge in investing is not what you make, it’s what you keep. In other words, preservation of capital is just as important to longterm returns as short-term gains. I won’t bore you with the math, but rather encourage you to check out the Sharpe Ratio on your own portfolio. In simple terms, the Sharpe Ratio tells you how well you’re being compensated for assuming risk. A positive number is good, where a negative is not so good. The nominal Sharpe Ratio value is important but less important than a relative comparison to an appropriate benchmark. For example, if the S&P/ TSX has a current Sharpe Ratio of +0.40, it means that index investors are earning a surplus return to the risk free rate. If your portfolio has a Sharpe Ratio of +0.80 it means in simple terms that you’re earning 2x the rate of the index per unit of risk. Not bad.

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When judging the performance of your portfolio, keep in mind that rate of return (ROR) is a point A to point B measurement. You also need to know how riskefficiently that number was achieved. If you’re not sure how much risk is baked into your portfolio, ask your advisor. He or she should be able to articulate their strategy and risk management processes. If you would like a second opinion on your portfolio and investment strategy, please contact my office to arrange a confidential review. James McCrodan is a Senior Wealth Advisor at ScotiaMcLeod®, a division of Scotia Capital Inc. – The McCrodan Group at Scotia Wealth Management. For more information, visit This article is for information purposes only. Investors should consult an advisor before acting on any recommendation. A fee-based solution is not right for everyone. When making recommendations, we take a complete look at your financial situation, including risk tolerance and objectives, to determine a strategy or strategies best suitable to your individual needs. Views expressed herein are solely those of the author and not those of ScotiaMcLeod or Scotia Capital Inc. ScotiaMcLeod is a division of Scotia Capital Inc., member CIPF. The McCrodan Group is a personal trade name of James McCrodan. Creative & Production Services 100 Yonge Street, 10th Floor Toronto, ON M5C 2W1

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Having practiced on the Peninsula for over 15 years, changes to our community have been significant. Even the way we eat has been changing. Soy milk and probiotics were difficult to find in a local grocery, and organic foods were thought a waste of money. Today, organic foods have taken off and are present in most grocery stores, soy milk is only one option as a milk alternative, and choices for probiotics can be overwhelming. There have also been great strides in the consciousness of where we source our foods. We have seen a rise in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;slow food movementâ&#x20AC;? (a grass roots organization founded in Italy) and in 2007, The 100-Mile Diet was published by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon. This began the trend of local eating. A plethora of local markets have grown to great sizes both here on the Peninsula and all over the Island. The Sidney Street market, where you can purchase freshly picked fruits and vegetables as well as food prepared by local farms, is into its 17th year. Eating local has taken hold and is thriving in our community. We are blessed with an area of the Island that has much of its land still rural, and farmers are selling to people who want the freshest food they can find. We have the privilege of local organic farms such as Kildara and Haliburton offering foods both in major grocery chains and providing weekly food baskets for pickup. Local blueberry farms such as Oakwind and Ruby Red Farms offer delicious, organic fruit that can be ordered direct from the farms to be enjoyed fresh or frozen all year long. Some have built restaurants around using the farmed fresh foods (The Roost Vineyard Bistro, Farm Bakery &

Winery), while others have farm stores to purchase their just-picked produce (the Fickle Fig Farm Market). Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts is a special farm, B & B and event centre where you can purchase unique foods (such as the signature Douglas fir vinegar) and learn how to cook using local ingredients. An important aspect of the growing local/slow food movement is not only do we support our local community and economy by consuming the foods hard working farmers provide to us; they also have important health benefits. These foods are higher in nutrient value and have better taste. It spends less time in travel to your plate, therefore it has fewer nutrient losses and less spoilage. It has higher beneficial bacteria naturally occurring on the food, which is the way we should be inoculating our gut with healthy flora. There is higher enzymatic activity in fresh fruits and vegetables that aids in the digestion and absorption of the food in the intestinal tract. The antioxidant activity of locally grown foods is significantly higher, as these molecules break down and oxidize quickly, losing their ability to protect our cells from damage. Eating fresh local foods can support healthy weight by replacing processed foods with whole foods. We consume meals that are lower in sugar and harmful fats and higher in nutrients that support metabolism. Consuming local is not a new idea; this is how we traditionally ate foods before industrialization took over food production. Supporting local farms keeps jobs plentiful, keeps our dollars in our economy, lowers our carbon footprint and ultimately keeps our communities and individuals healthy and thriving. september 2017 | 51

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Perhaps you’re elderly and those regular strolls have begun to take a physical toll. “Water walking is good for the joints for those who suffer from arthritis and osteoporosis,” says Cathy. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, seeking a challenging workout or wanting a new routine, there’s something for everyone. “Panorama offers the water walking lane, if you are wanting very low impact and beginner’s introduction to the water,” says Cathy. “We also offer various levels of Aquafit from Light Easy to Aqua HIIT (high intensity interval training).” As well as walking or other exercises in the pool, swimming is an excellent way to keep fit, lose weight and stay healthy. “The benefits are numerous,” shares Cathy. “Every pull and kick through the water provides a little bit of strength training to build muscles.” Maybe you want to drop a few pounds? An excellent full body workout, swimming uses many muscles in the body and burns calories. It’s not only great for the body, but for the mind as well. You can redirect your thinking to your movement in the water which can be very therapeutic and relaxing. It’s ideal to learn how to swim when you’re very young, but if it’s something you’ve not had an opportunity to learn or been fearful to try, Panorama can help! “The leisure pool is all shallow and if you are not comfortable in the pool, it is a great introduction. If you are very reluctant, then booking some private lessons may be an option,” says Cathy. Panorama offers group adult swim classes led by experienced Red Cross instructors who are enthusiastic and keen to help you succeed. Swimming is not only a valuable skill to have when you live on or near water, but it’s also fun and can build self-confidence and enhance social connections. So get out there and enjoy the water activities at Panorama, where wet is wonderful!

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Shop Local, Shop Small. Mattick’s Farm is the heart of the Cordova Bay Community, located just 20 minutes from the ferry, airport, and downtown Victoria. Our galleria of independentlyowned boutiques are unique to the destination. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping! See you at The Farm.

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Shop Local, Shop Small. Mattick’s Farm is the heart of the Cordova Bay Community, located just 20 minutes from the ferry, airport, and downtown Victoria. Our galleria of independentlyowned boutiques are unique to the destination. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping! See you at The Farm.

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Everyone is an Artist at Heart! At Paletteable Pottery and Arts Studio, you can feel free to drop in anytime to pick and paint your own pottery from a selection of over 400 decorative and functional bisque pieces! Our beautiful, bright and relaxing environment is created for all ages to enjoy, whether you drop in for pottery painting, register for one of our Canvas and Cupcakes Paint Nites or Board Art Workshops or have booked one of our many party packages for all ages. We’ll show you how fun and easy creating art can be!

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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. Paper Chain 250.658.2725 Open Daily 10 am - 5.30 pm


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Come visit our Bakery, Deli, Ice Cream Parlour, Restaurant and Come visitandour Bakery, Deli, We’ll be doing a Tea Garden celebrate our 60th anniversary! draw Parlour, for a gift bag valued at $60. Try our new espresso Ice monthly Cream Restaurant drinks and assortment of house-made baked goods! andWeTea Garden; be doing look forward seeing youwe’ll at Adrienne's! To all our guests: "Thank you for your Patronage!” a monthly draw for a gift bag 5325 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria, BC, 250-658-1535 valued at $60. Join us for Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon High Tea or Coffee and try our new Desserts! We look forward to seeing you at Adrienne’s! To all our guests: “Thank you for your patronage!”

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Change is in the Air … As the days grow shorter, the Danish concept of “Hygge” comes to mind as we think of dinners with family and friends, all under the gentle glow of candlelight. And, of course, the Ladybug shows its Scandinavian roots as all of the new stock arrives for the fall and, yes, Christmas!

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Discover the Plus + A full service liquor store with a large selection of B.C. wines, spirits and craft beer. Offering a walk-in cooler for all your chilled product needs. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Raised in Sidney, self-taught artist Natasha Tanner Miller lives on tiny Deer Island N.B. in the Bay of Fundy. Using charcoal and acrylic she paints serene black and white coastal scenes that have an eerie yet calm quality to them. Contrasting touches of red jump out from the canvas – boats or birds that seem to beg for their mysterious story to be told. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm 250.658.8333 |

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Change is Coming:

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Practicing Mindfulness Can Help

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Fall brings the return to school and the end of holidays and we may notice our minds are not quite ready to follow us on our quest to invite change. Our minds naturally resist change; nervousness begins about starting something new, worry stirs and pretty soon we may have sleepless nights and even notice a state of anxiety. Although these are states we all experience in life, we don't want this imbalance to impact our health or our connection to ourselves. Learning a Mindfulness practice from a certified and experienced teacher can help make the adjustment to change just a part of the flow of life – building resilience could equal more time for joy. What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is paying attention without judgement to what is our direct experience in the moment. A mindfulness practice is a brain exercise: training the brain to make it resilient in times of change. Change could include a shift in your career, loss of a loved one, divorce or a new move; with mindfulness we have a stress management practice that we can tap into for life. Science and ongoing studies with school-aged children and teens are showing us the results, astounding even leading researchers in this dedicated field. Results show: better attention and concentration, increased optimism, reduction in aggression, better interpersonal skills, improved ability to manage stress – therefore better health and less cost to us as a community. Over time and as the practice becomes effortless, the benefits of a mindfulness practice rise: less impulsivity/reaction to challenging situations. With the solid foundation of a mindfulness practice we cultivate the ability to stand back from our emotions and notice them instead of acting on them. We grow skills in listening to what we

really need in the moment. This is at the heart of human relationship – mindfulness can help us to make deeper connections with others and maintain those vital connections. So how to begin? Mindful Beginnings: Breath. Close the eyes and take a slow breath in. Just notice the place in the body where you feel the breath, exhale and notice the sound of the breath, or perhaps the temperature of the breath – these can each be their own daily practice; the breath becomes a great anchor. Mindful Sensing. This can take very little time – notice what you taste, smell or hear wherever you are to again anchor you back to your direct, present moment experience. This is the beginning of transformation and when practiced regularly, the brain can change itself. Both can be done in a seated or standing position but from a place of stillness, allowing the body to let go of always "doing" and invite more "being." Mindfulness is a practice of relationship with your heart, when you can listen from a deep place within you, insight and clarity are the result. Kindness, friendship, compassion and empathy are also natural byproducts of a daily mindfulness practice – better health equals happier people. Carl Jung once said that as children we have unconscious perfection. As adults we become conscious of our imperfection. Finally with wisdom we achieve a state of conscious perfection. A regular mindfulness practice connects us to our internal wisdom confirming what we already know – we are perfect just as we are and we thrive. A foundation in mindfulness strengthens our capacity to adjust to change.

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Sidney Welcomes Literary Festival by Gillian Crowley

Humour, mystery, poetry,

history and short stories will all be part of the celebration at the Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival September 22 to 24 at the Mary Winspear Centre. Fourteen renowned Canadian authors will engage book lovers with readings from their works, panel discussions, creative writing workshops, and discussion of works in progress. “Literary festivals are fun, creative, inspiring and acknowledge the beauty and power of the written word,” says Janet Daines, festival president. She adds that the volunteer organizers appreciate the “amazing” support received from organizations and individuals in the community. Cliff McNeil-Smith, owner of Tanner’s Books, says Sidney is a natural location for a literary festival. “We have a tremendous readership in this area that has supported all of the bookstores in Sidney for many years.” Proof of that loyalty is Tanner’s celebration of its 35th anniversary this year and 21 years for "Book Town" in Sidney. “We’re also fortunate to have so many accomplished writers who live locally but have national and international recognition,” says McNeil-Smith.

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West Coast writers at the Festival include Yasuko Thanh, whose book Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains won the 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and Pauline Holdstock, internationally published novelist, essayist and short fiction writer, who received the 2016 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for The Hunter and The Wild Girl. Another Rogers and Butler prize recipient, Kevin Patterson, recently published News from the Red Desert, described as “a masterful and essential meditation on war, terror, and the media’s complicity in feeding both” (Quill & Quire). The Festival kicks off Friday with an evening of “Wine, Words and Music” featuring short readings, informal conversations with authors and a lively musical interlude. Saturday offers a full day of author readings as well as two half-day workshops led individually by authors Robert Wiersema and Charlotte Gill. A spirited evening panel discussion will cap off the day. The festival concludes Sunday with the popular “Breakfast with the Authors.” Throughout the festival, authors will be available for book signings and their books will be sold onsite. In a first for the festival, Gary Barwin will present his poetry through a multi-media experience. He recently won the 2017 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his novel Yiddish for Pirates. He’ll be joined by Jan Zwicky, philosopher, poet and prose writer, who has won the Governor General’s Award and the BC Book Prize, amongst many others. In this Canada 150 year, it’s notable that several festival authors write about Canadian history and the immigrant experience. Guy Vanderhaege, Order of Canada recipient, is well known for his Western Canada trilogy: A Good Man, The Last Crossing, and The Englishman’s Boy. In The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel, Katherine Govier tells a multi-generational story stretching back to a family of pony outfitters in the Rocky Mountains. Vancouverite Anosh Irani, born in Bombay, most recently published The Parcel, chronicling the experiences of a transgender sex worker in a notorious red-light district of Bombay. He says: “Literature is there to cause … some sort of shift in your consciousness.” Another mind-shifter is Scaachi Koul, whose laugh-out-loud essays in Someday We’ll All be Dead and None of This will Matter can also be cringe-inducing as she explores her first generation Canadian experiences with discomforting honesty. Humour lovers will find much to enjoy. Self-declared “award losing” columnist and humor writer, Jack Knox, entertains with his latest book, Hard Knox, and witty retired senator Pat Carney explores life in a small community in On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers. North Saanich’s M.A.C. Farrant, who recently published a series of micro-stories, The Days – Forecasts, Warnings, Advice, has been called “Canada’s most acerbic and intelligent humourist” (BC BookWorld) . “Expect to be entertained, inspired and surprised – and to come away from the festival reflecting deeply on what you’ve experienced,” says Daines. Weekend passes and individual event tickets are on sale at Tanner’s Books and online at



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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services 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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Galleon Books & Antiques A myriad of Antiques, Collectibles, Jewelry and quality used Books. Estates and private libraries purchased. 250.655.0700 #106 - 2506 Beacon Ave

Studio A Hair & Beauty Bar Since purchasing the salon two years ago, I've learned a lot and my salon has grown, both in variety of services we offer and the number of staff who offer them! Studio A is happy to announce that we've added two to the team – a warm welcome to Harmony and Hayley! Harmony is our junior nail technician; she has a passion for fun, beautiful nails. Hayley will be adding our newest service: microblading. Microblading is semi-permanemt eyebrow tattooing. If you have over-plucked brows that won't grow back or brows that just simply aren't there, then this could be the perfect solution! I am proud to announce that Studio A received accreditation from the Better Business Bureau this year. My staff and I pride ourselves on our warm, friendly atmosphere and phenomenal customer service, and we look forward to seeing new faces in the future as our team members continue to grow their businesses! Interested in joining our team? We are looking for a new stylist! Please email or call 250-655-0094 for more information.

Wine Kitz Sidney "Whatever the mood, no matter the moment, create your own Atmosphere™!" An independent, family-run business, Wine Kitz Sidney is a retail and on-premises winemaking facility. Locally owned and operated and celebrating 15 years in business, Wine Kitz offers excellent quality and award-winning wines. 250.654.0300 | #5A - 2042 Mills Rd West, Sidney

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Come treat yourself to one of our great SEPTEMBER Promotions: • 15% off cut and colour with Annabelle; • Microblading with Hayley: 1st session $200, 2nd session $85; • Gel or Acrylic Nails by Harmony: new set $30, fill $25, gel add $5. 250.655.0094 | #101 - 2460 Bevan Ave

Muffet & Louisa Go back to school in style! Function meets beauty in these gorgeous leather bags from JMB Canada. Handcrafted in Chelsea, Quebec, these bags will provide you with many years of use and pleasure. 250.656.0011 | 2506 Beacon Ave

Deep Cove Customs Local, affordable custom cabinets … right here on the Saanich Peninsula! We offer a full-service shop, from design and manufacturing through to the installation of our exceptional product. 250.412.3472 2071 Malaview Ave (call for appt.)

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.

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

Brown's The Florist

Fresh flowers delight the senses and bring the feeling of a summer garden inside. Sidney: 250.656.3313 | 2499 Beacon Downtown: 250.388.5545 | 757 Fort St Westshore: 778.433.5399 #102 - 2972 Jacklin Rd

One Stop Furniture Shop Cool Sleeps – Hot Deals! Hot deals on Tempur-Pedic and Simmons cooling technology mattresses. Also, ask about our cool sleep mattress protectors and pillows. 250.655.7467 (SHOP) 9819 Fifth St

Beacon Pet Hospital We provide care and treatment to a wide range of pets including cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, rabbits and pocket pets. Additional time for each visit is scheduled to ensure the best pet care is provided. Bring your pets to experience our high quality services. For special offers visit our website.

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

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Brown's The Florist It is heartwarming to begin mapping the greenhouses, wholesalers and floral shops around Greater Victoria – the family connections run deep. With over 100 years of operation, Brown’s The Florist has done business with several great families from the Island, many of whom are still thriving today. When your mission is to serve the Island with locally sourced product as much as possible, you begin to form strong connections with like-minded people. Kathy, the manager of our Sidney location (above), has worked in the floral industry since high school, when she began under the son-inlaw of Ray Wooldridge (of Pacific Flowers). She soon became designer-in-training with Norma Aitken of Holloway’s Florals – initially opened by Ted Holloway, Ray’s former business partner, out of a former military barrack in downtown Sidney. Kathy stayed on when Chris Dysart purchased the shop in 1980 and brought it into the Brown’s The Florist family. Chris and her husband, Herb, also ran greenhouse and flower wholesale operations in Victoria until the early 1980s. Brown’s The Florist has also been faithfully served by Ray Wooldridge’s daughters, Donna and Joan Stubbs, and now by his grandson, Michael Stubbs of Mt. Newton Florals. It truly is a family affair in Victoria’s floral industry.

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events Hero Tribute The Battle of Britain is an event that the B.C. Aviation Museum (BCAM) members observe each year to commemorate the brave men and women of the Royal Air Force, many of whom were Canadians, who saved Britain from certain defeat. On September 17, the Victoria and Esquimalt Military ReEnactors Association will be on site at the BCAM, dressed in period-correct Royal Air Force and Home Guard uniforms. The Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission will be by donation. 1910 Norseman Road, North Saanich.

Hughesman Morris, Chartered Professional Accountants, held their eighth annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on August 18 at their office in Sidney. This year, their goal was to raise money to outfit the 300 students of Sidney Elementary School with much-needed school supplies. They served 205 guests and raised over $2,500. Sidney Elementary principal, Tom Vickers, was serving pancakes and sausage! Also in attendance were mayor Steve Price, many members of the business community and families of the school.

Ready, Set, Run! The first annual Seaside 10K & 5K is happening in Sidney on September 24. This a familyfriendly event, “showcasing the beauty of the Salish Sea and the relaxed seaside town atmosphere.” Ideal for those seeking a fast course, or enrolling for their first run/walk.


Haro's new Head Chef, Chris Szilagyi, has moved back to the island after several years in Ontario, where he was Executive Chef at Brown's Social House in Oakville. Chris is passionate not only about the food he works with and serves, but also about developing the culinary talent of his team. He is excited about having the bounty of Vancouver Island at his fingertips and working with local purveyors. Haro's is thrilled to welcome Chris aboard – he's their catch of the day!

Moving Over Local favourite restaurant and bar, Boondocks in Sidney, is moving from their longtime location on First Street to Theo’s old spot, on Fifth. “Our building is in fact being torn down. After spending 26 years in this building it will be a bittersweet day to see it

go.” They are working hard and looking forward to seeing everyone in their new, fresh space. Look for their re-opening in mid-September.

AWARDS Changing Lives #SimpleGenerosity is an Island Savings campaign that celebrates community leadership across British Columbia. To celebrate Canada 150, the initiative is recognizing stand-out community organizations that make a positive difference in the lives of children and families. Saanich Neighbourhood Place is a local organization providing important support services to Island families, and they are one of three recipients of a $50,000 Simple Generosity Grant. This funding will be used to create a natural outdoor wonderland called “The Little Woods,” for very young children to enjoy. Congratulations to you!

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In the Kitchen with a Local Restaurant Inspector by Paula Kully

I love to dine out. For me, gone are the days of slaving

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rather leave all of that to the professionals. But, if you are like me, I am always a bit concerned about the food handling practices in restaurants. After talking with Joanne Lum, Senior Environmental Health Officer at Vancouver Island Health Authority, my mind has been set at ease. She provided reassuring insight on what really goes on in the kitchens of our local restaurants and the stringent food safety practices that are regulated by the Provincial Government Public Health Act. Like any business, a restaurant must register their business with the province, obtain a municipal business licence and obtain any other permits needed to renovate or modify the building. If they plan to serve alcohol and provide entertainment, a liquor licence and music and entertainment licence is required. However, the most important permit any restaurant must obtain is a Health Operating Permit through the local health authority. This not only applies to restaurants and cafés but extends to any business handling food such as: delis, grocery stores, bakeries, care facilities, food carts and even special events where food is served. The application process requires the applicant to provide a floor plan, a food safety plan, a sanitation plan, proof of Food Safe Level I certification, and a copy of the menu. In addition, an inspection is conducted by an Environmental Health Officer before a permit is finally issued. An initial inspection of a new business involves a review of the floor plan and any renovations or modifications that were made to the building. Equipment is tested to ensure it is operating properly. An important example is to confirm that refrigeration and freezer units are at the required temperature. For commercial kitchens, frozen foods must be stored at -18°C and refrigerated food at 4°C to avoid any contamination. Dishwashers are tested to guarantee they are working properly with adequate heat, surfaces must be smooth and impervious so that they can be thoroughly cleaned and not absorb bacteria, and there must be sufficient hand sinks stocked with soap and

Victoria Author Valerie Green Releases New Historical Book "Fifty Conversations from the Past" with Sue Hodgson, publisher and owner of Seaside Magazine

Telling tales from B.C.’s history from the perspective of the people who lived it paper towels for hand washing. Joanne explains that operating a commercial kitchen is very different than your home kitchen. With a high volume of food preparation, refrigerators are opened more often which can cause interior temperatures to rise and affect food quality if not monitored properly. As well, refrigerators need to be repaired or replaced more often than you would a home unit. Hand washing is one of the most important aspects of handling food and food safety. Joanne stresses the importance of adequate hand sinks in the appropriate areas of the kitchen and ensuring staff are educated on proper hand washing methods. This and other practices are taught through the Food Safe Level I certification program. Aside from the owner, at least one staff member on duty is required to have Food Safe, although many restaurants make this a requirement for all staff. This is an in-depth eighthour course where students learn about foodborne illness, receiving and storing food, preparing food, serving food, cleaning and sanitizing. The certificate must be renewed every five years. Aside from the initial inspection, restaurants and other food services facilities can anticipate periodic routine inspections. These are unscheduled and provide the inspector an opportunity to observe the restaurant’s practices under normal, daily circumstances. Upon completion, the inspector provides a ranking of low, medium or high risk. Enforcement is through education so, if there are issues of concern, the inspector works with the owner to correct them and bring them up to standard. Although Joanne could not recall any serious violations in the Saanich Peninsula area (phew!), some of the most common issues inspectors generally encounter are poor food handling and inadequate refrigeration temperatures. As well, old buildings can be challenging as they simply weren’t designed for modern standards. In contrast, restaurants that have the highest rankings have adopted their own internal auditing system by either having their own staff or hiring an outside contractor. Joanne stated that she enjoys working with communities on the Saanich Peninsula such as Sidney as “it is a small township that works on pride.” As a result, there are rarely any issues with the local eateries – just another reason we live in one of the greatest places in British Columbia!

"Periodic routine inspections can provide the inspector an opportunity to observe the restaurant’s practices under normal, daily circumstances."

Fifty Conversations From The Past

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It doesn’t always work out at Book Club! I had wondered if August would be a wash with members away or too busy to read, but in fact we had a good turnout. What people came along to discuss though, was that they had not got on with Marina Endicott’s Close to Hugh. On the whole, our members did not, or could not, finish the book. A gentle book about Hugh and all the people whose lives he involves himself in, there is little in the way of story, more gentle ruminations on the meaning of life and love, family and friends. Hugh and his new love Ivy are sympathetically drawn but the large supporting cast of characters are hard to get a handle on. They are actors and artists and our members thought them largely stereotypes or caricatures. The pun from the title – playing on Hugh and you – is extended right through the novel and drove some of our members to distraction as they felt the author laboured the idea well past the point of relevance. Clearly Endicott wanted readers to muse on the nature of “you,” i.e. what makes us the people we are, but for this audience the writing just wasn’t persuasive as a tool for self reflection. Despite the response to the book (or perhaps because of it) we had a lively meeting. Things got especially interesting as we came to select our book for September. We are very grateful to present our Book Club along with Sidney/North Saanich library, and our books come from the library’s large selection of book club sets. Each month we vote from a choice of a couple of titles, and this time we had four to choose from! With the very best intent to read widely and with open minds, it was hard to make a selection. We decided to aim high and chose two books to read and discuss, with no expectation that all members will read both. In September we will be meeting upstairs at the Shoal Centre on Wednesday September 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We will be discussing Next Year, For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson and Slick Water by Andrew Nikiforuk. New faces are always welcome. Visit for more information and to sign up!

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A Specialist Who Really Listens: Hear Central Saanich is All Ears by Phillip Van de Ruyt This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Did you know you prefer to hear things a certain way? Audiologist Donna Stewart of Hear Central Saanich makes personalized hearing correction her daily pursuit. Her Brentwood Bay clinic is 100% independently owned, so she has the ability to always offer the latest technology and a broad selection of products to meet every patient’s needs. While they offer a full range of audiological services, Hear Central Saanich is primarily

focused on hearing aid technology. Donna has found that the industry leader is constantly changing, so she retains independence to eliminate brand bias. The majority of hearing clinics in Victoria are wholly or partially owned by a hearing aid company, which limits selection to specific brands. Why should selection matter though? Don’t hearing aids pretty much all do the same thing? After a few minutes of talking to Donna, I realized this is far from the truth. It turns out that each of us prefers to hear the world in a unique way. As a result, if someone

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is comfortable hearing softer, mellower sounds, an ultra-crisp hearing aid will sound jarring and uncomfortable. On the flip side, some patients prefer the sharpest and clearest definition possible. Not only does Donna select products based on patient preference, she does fine-tuned calibration to optimize the experience. Her office includes a surround-sound simulation room, where they play common ambient noises for patients to compare various corrective devices. Her process involves introducing a first-time wearer with aids on

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a very low setting. In Donna’s words, it may seem like a “barely noticeable difference,” but it prevents patients from being startled by things they’re not accustomed to hearing. As the wearer adapts, Donna steadily increases the amplification until they can hear as much detail as they feel is necessary. Not all development in the hearing aid world relates to sound quality. Donna explained that “much of the current focus is on rechargeable lithium ion batteries.” A lithium ion battery can hold a charge for 24 hours and last for three or more years, so they greatly reduce environmental impact. Patients using a set of conventional hearing aids can expect to throw away 100 batteries every year! There’s a lot of other exciting tech too, like aids that connect via Bluetooth to smart phones and TV's. There’s no need for headphones when you can play music, take calls and listen to shows and movies directly

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"As long as Donna Stewart and Hear Central Saanich are around, hearing loss is no more stressful or frustrating than any other bend in the road." come for free, but it may cost you less than you think. Almost half of Hear Central Saanich patients receive third party assistance for audiology services and/or hearing aids through extended benefits, Veterans Affairs Canada, Workers Compensation, First Nations Health or Inter-Tribal Health. For those without coverage, the clinic also

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partners with financial institutions to offer payment plans. I was wowed by how much there is to be excited about in the hearing correction world. And as if proudly serving their community wasn’t enough, Hear Central Saanich also runs a program called Hear to Help. This service involves the redistribution of estate hearing aids to those most in need. They also forward reusable parts to the Lions Club, and a portion of their sales are set aside for charitable donation. Hear Central Saanich is a perfect representation of what makes the Saanich Peninsula great: a small business, set up to improve the lives of the community in ways that retail and medical giants can’t. Donna is a true specialist, with valuable knowledge and insight. As long as Hear Central Saanich is around, hearing loss is no more stressful or frustrating than any other bend in the road.

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Too Much Stuff ? tips for renovation & storage by Janice Henshaw

As the summer nights begin to shorten, we may discover that we can’t push and prod our expanded outdoor furniture and camping equipment into their winter storage slots. In houses with ample built-in cabinets and large garages, this may not be a problem, but for those of us who live in more minimalist housing, finding space for our treasures can be a real pain in the derrière. If we plan on staying in our current home, what can we do to create more storage? Renovating is one option. A second is improving the organization of what we have. But before diving headlong into either option, here are some thoughts gleaned from the joys and travails of a few renovations.

Create a budget – don’t renovate without one! If contemplating a renovation, a budget is the first step in making dreams take on structure. Budgets help evaluate projects and determine if sufficient funds are available to cover construction, materials and the many potential cost variables. It’s always a good idea to include contingency funds for unanticipated expenses. An Excel spreadsheet is a handy tool for budget development and tracking, and there are also budgeting apps available online. With input from a contractor, it’s possible to list planned items and their anticipated costs. As purchases are completed, the spreadsheet can be updated automatically and keep us aware of how close we are to projections. Ideally, a little more spent on

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Communication with your contractor is vital. I have heard some sad stories about new builds and renovations that have ended up in conflict between the homeowners and the contractor. Help avoid this by ensuring that you and your contractor both agree on your spreadsheet and share the same vision for your renovation. Also, ensure that you are clear about what happens after the renovation is finished and paid in full. What agreement or warranty is in place if, in the months following the renovation, the sink starts to leak or the pantry door starts to stick? Get it all in writing. Ensure that you and your contractor are both creating the same “story.” After all, a great, on-time and on-budget renovation is in everyone’s best interest, particularly when you work with good people who have an incentive to keep up their reputation. Once all the fine details have been worked out, and the contract is signed, it’s time to move on to the many finishing decisions. The kitchen, often the central gathering point for our friends and family, is best designed by an expert in the field. Jessica Kwasnica, owner and principal designer at Seaside Cabinetry & Design, says that designing a


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well-organized kitchen is key and that using inserts helps achieve maximum storage efficiency. One insert offered at Seaside Cabinetry is a specific recycling pullout that they put in almost every kitchen. Other popular inserts include spice/oil pullouts, garbage bins, utensil, cutlery and knife storage, and even a roll-out for pet dishes. “Most people are hoping to keep their kitchen countertops free of clutter,” says Jessica, “so designing a kitchen with inserts for all items is an important step in achieving a clean and organized look.” If renovation is not in your plans, how about some unique storage ideas? Andi Hook, owner/designer at Hook & Hook Renovations, knows that storage options are endless when she designs a custom kitchen, but for those of us who don’t have a renovation planned for the near future, here are three of her easy storage ideas.

Idea #1: Do you dread looking for the lids to go with your pots? Purchase several packages of self-sticking, plastic hooks… Measure your lid size and place the hooks (two per lid) on the inside of your cabinet door. The lids will rest nicely on the hooks. Idea #2: Not enough cabinets? No pantry? Or maybe you rent and need a storage solution that you can take with you? Purchase a leaning ladder bookcase to store food, dishes and cookbooks in style. Idea #3: Does the upper run of cabinets stop short? You can make that space functional and attractive by adding baskets or wooden boxes to store kitchen gadgets or your root veggies. At floor level, if there is a toe kick, you can add custom storage drawer containers. Moving from the kitchen to the bedroom – how about storing items under your bed? Muffet & Louisa, Sidney’s home and décor store, sells a beautiful bed that is built in Victoria by Fawcett Manufacturing. Owner Muffet Billyard-Leake explains that it incorporates a “nifty lift” so that linens, paddleboards, or even a guitar collection can be stored under the mattress platform. The depth of this space can be adjusted depending on what the owner wants to store. Do you dance with rolling shampoo bottles in the shower? Laura McLarty, the owner of Flush Bathroom Essentials, says that the best way to keep showers clean and clutter free is wall-mounted shampoo and wash dispensers. “They are simple and quick to refill, and save you money because you can buy products in refillable quantities. They also reduce plastic bottle consumption.” Whichever way you look at it, storage of our “stuff ” can cost money. Custom home builder Andrew Tidman of Tidman Construction, has another option, however. “Purge, purge and purge more! That’s my number one storage starting point. We all think we need to keep/live with, more than we actually do. Our North American culture has too much stuff. Live simple.”

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It’s a sign of the times. Home prices are skyrocketing. People are either downsizing and editing their “stuff” into a much smaller space, or renovating their existing home to create long-term solutions – optimizing their space without expanding their footprint. Storage in today's world is big business. You may be frustrated with failed systems. You just want to feel good when you walk into your home. You are stressed. Sound familiar? The key to getting it right is really defining your family’s needs. Who lives in the space? (kids, pets, extended family); How do you live in the space? (home business, hobbies). Having an objective viewpoint is a really great start. Professional designers and organizers do just that – ask the hard questions without judgement. What do you really need for your space to function well? We try to identify the trouble spots in the home, which in turn will give you the greatest sense of relief. The adage "Less is More" is so valid for organized, reduced-stress living. In the past, storage typically was in the form of furniture, large and bulky but usually well crafted (think giant china cabinets). In our modern spaces , bulky no longer works. We are looking to lighter modular units that can move and fit our changing needs on all fronts, vertically and horizontally, claiming previously unused wall space. If renovating, adding builtin permanent storage is a great clutter solution and a very good long-term investment that adds value to the home. As designers we love to pair great storage function with beautifully styled surfaces. Top areas to focus on are the Clutter Zones: • Cupboards/Cabinets/Drawers (kitchen and bath) • Closets (entry areas, linen, pantry, bedrooms)

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Clay is made up of very small, long, flat particles densely sandwiched together to form the deposits you have come to loathe in your garden. However, it's these long flat particles that make clay an actual benefit to your soil and to by Cam Oddie your plants. Peninsula These particles are negatively Landscape Supplies charged (ions), so you can think of them as little magnets that attract and hold onto positively charged nutrients (cations) such as potassium, calcium and magnesium, making them available to your plants' roots. So, clay increases the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of your soil. It also absorbs and holds onto water, which is why when you have too much clay you get poor drainage. An opposite situation would be to have too much sand, in which case nutrients and water would just drain away before they could be used by plants. People often feel the addition of sand to a heavy clay soil will help drainage. It may, but if there is abundant clay and the larger sand particles mix with the fine clay, they can potentially form a sort of mortar. Now you have a sand/clay layer wrecking your drainage. The best method, long term, for breaking up this clay layer is to incorporate compost such as soil amender or fish compost into the soil. Yes, this requires elbow grease or perhaps a rototiller. By digging in the compost, you are mechanically breaking up the densely-packed clay layers. Microscopically, you are breaking up the smaller, flat particles with the larger compost particles which get stuck to the smaller clay particles both mechanically and through electromagnetic attraction of the positive nutrients in the compost, like iron filings sticking to a magnet. Finally, the microorganisms that break down the organic matter in the compost produce a byproduct called glomulin, which binds individual clay particles into aggregates. A simple way to think of this is now the tiny flat particles are bound together, creating a particle the shape and size of sand. Remember, this is a process that happens over time. Your soil structure will improve bit by bit with successive amendments. Hopefully this has given you a different view of clay and the beneficial role it can play in your garden, as well as providing a lasting method of improving your soil structure if you are plagued with an overabundance of clay. For more information, visit

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My brother David, a Victoria-born athlete, was born


visually impaired. He was diagnosed at eight years old with retinitis pigmentosa, a blindness that depletes your peripheral vision as well as your ability to see colours. Later, it affects your central vision. “It’s like seeing through straws,” David once described. The first time my family knew my brother David was blind was when they saw him run into a tree. My mother always had the suspicion he might have vision issues because it ran on her side of the family, but she was in denial. David always had trouble doing simple, everyday tasks. Our family recalls many times events like the following took place: my mother would ask him to look at the stars at night, or to watch the snowflakes fall from the sky, but he couldn't see them. Even now, it’s a special occasion for him to be able to see the moon. Despite this, he’s been an athlete all his life, playing soccer and hockey, but recently he had to stop playing these sports because the play moved too fast for his eyes. Instead of feeling unhappy, David found a new love: running. Physically, his disability limits him, but mentally, it can give him an edge on his competition. Like blinders on a horse, his lack of peripheral vision forces him to focus on the finish line rather than the other athletes. Now training at the University of Victoria with the Victoria Speed Project, David's next goal is to compete in the Paralympics. Recently, he fell short of that goal by two-hundredths of a second in the 400-metre qualifier for the Rio Paralympic games, but that makes him strive even harder for 2020. These games will take place in Tokyo, Japan. Whether David reaches his goal or not, he has still came a long way, and I am proud to be able to call him my brother.





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Canadian Women: 150 Years of Strength and Beauty Who Wore What When Productions is presenting a fashion event in September showcasing Canadian Women's fashion over the past 150 years. The event pays tribute to the "everyday woman" and to some of the country's more notable women – women such as Charlotte Small and Nellie Cashman. Charlotte Small was raised in the Woodland Cree tradition and married acclaimed geographer David Thompson at the age of 13. Together they travelled over 20,000 kilometres by horseback, canoe and on foot. Nellie Cashman embarked on a great adventure in 1874 as the lone woman in a party of men travelling to Cassiar in search of gold! Robin Robarts, costume designer, fashion historian and expert seamstress, has researched every nuance of Canadian fashion history to truly understand what women were wearing over the past 150 years. The fashions are based on extant pieces, fashion plates, photographs, personal diaries and newspaper accounts. Attention has been paid to every detail including fashion trends, fabric, embellishment, accessories and the appropriate undergarments required to create a certain silhouette. It is Robin's belief that fashion goes far beyond what we see in magazines or on couture runways; it is the outward expression of who we are on the inside. What we wear not only identifies us personally but reflects the times we live in. Whether women were abandoning the restrictions of corsets in the 1920s or donning power suits in the 1980s, the way they chose to attire themselves announced their intentions to the world. The fashion event includes a unique live musical performance by professional musicians Lauren and Jim Stubbs. Arranged especially for the event by Jim Stubbs, the selection of music includes everything from Dvorak to Joplin to Gershwin to Glen Miller and more. ation prepar x a t l na perso y r


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Sidney Seaside 10K and 5K Attention all runners â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Town of Sidney and Frontrunners are hosting a first ever 10K, 5K and Kids Dash race on September 24. The Race begins at 10 a.m. in Sidney's Beacon Park and continues on through the downtown core, looping back along the picturesque ocean walkway and finishing back in Beacon Park. Stunning ocean and mountain views along the route, combined with a flat course and lively post-event party, make this one race you won't want to miss. The idea for a running race in Sidney has been floated around for some time, but it was through the encouragement of Councillor Barbara Fallot and the Town's Chief Administrative Officer Randy Humble that the race came to fruition. Councillor Fallot commented that: "For years I have looked forward each spring to cheering on and encouraging the participants in the Bazan Bay 5K. In 2016, Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula was included in the Ironman 70.3 course. Hearing so many positive comments about the views and great course route, I started to ask myself and those in the running, biking community, if it wasn't time for the Town of Sidney to host our own race. With the support of our Mayor and Council, the Sidney Seaside 10 & 5K will be the first of what I trust will become an annual event. Whether running or walking the route, whether eight or

80, let's get out there, be active and have some fun!" As a locally owned and community driven organization, Frontrunners is a perfect fit to organize the Seaside 10K Race. The company owner operates several activewear stores on the Island, hosts clinics in many communities, is the organizer of the Vancouver Island Trail Running Series and organizes several other running races on the Island such as the Bear Mountain 10K. "We are so excited to work with the Town of Sidney to host this inaugural event," says Nick Walker, Frontrunners co-partner and owner. "Along with the town, we were able to design a flat and scenic route that encompasses the many beautiful attributes Sidney has to offer. Starting and finishing at Beacon Park provides a picturesque family fun event. We are looking for an amazing turnout from the community and expect to sell out." The race currently has 275 registrants and will be capped at 500. Aside from Frontrunners and the Town of Sidney, race sponsors include the Sidney Pier Hotel, Asics, Victoria Sports News and Seaside Magazine. Registration for the Seaside 10K and 5K is open online until September 22 at Or, if you would like to volunteer email


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september 24: Associates of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 2017 House Tour

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula?Ladies – come join our club! tuesday evenings

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 7:30 p.m.

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. september 17: Forest Buddies

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Love art and gorgeous homes? Five fabulous new, and newly-renovated, Victoria homes will be open for you to view. The bonus? Participants will not only interact with local artists working in each home but also enjoy the superb collections that owners have on the walls throughout their homes. This is the Gallery Associates’ major fundraising event and all funds go toward supporting programs and operational expenses incurred by the AGGV. Tickets cost $35 each and go on sale September 1 at the Gallery’s front desk or via the website above. september 26: CFUW Saanich Peninsula Open House

(guided walk - 5 yrs and under)

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, Saanich 250.478.3344 |

7 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Bring your little ones to Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park to be the best buddies they can be to the forest! Help us meet the forest, feed the forest, and discover what animals live in the forest through inspiring sensory activities, songs, and stories. There is no fee for this program but you must preregister by September 13.

The Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula invites the community to our September Open House. This meeting will be informal with coffee and dessert. The organization welcomes all women, who enjoy lifelong learning and the camaraderie of a group that seeks to help others in their goals to seek further education on the Peninsula.

September 18: Tell Me More! Stories at Fern Street 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 |

Join us for stories told in the oral tradition by members of Victoria Storyteller’s Guild and friends. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). september 16: Hobby/Crafters Supply Sale

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Centre, 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay

Attention: artists, crafters, quilters, knitters, jewelers, weavers: if you are looking at downsizing, retiring, or moving with years of accumulated supplies, tables are available for $10. You could share with a friend. If you only have a few items and wish to donate your craft supplies we will be setting up a table with the proceeds going to the Centre. Or simply come and shop for bargains! To rent a table call Laureen Barr 250-652-4611.

West Coast Nature Photography September 4 - 10, 2017 Cheryl Taschuk of Island Images BC

Mixed Emotions September 11 - 17, 2017 Nancy Rotolo and Dianne Comba: acrylic and oil paintings

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Features Island artisans with traditional and contemporary works. Items in the Artisans Gift Gallery are varied; jewelry, glass, pottery, turned wood, fibre art, wearable’s, photography and holiday décor. It is eclectic, unpredictable and representative of the rich and varied talents of Island artisans. The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2017. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information:

Open Tuesday to Sunday 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 2017 | 93

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last word “Change is in the air,” I wrote in my July issue Last Word, and for different reasons, the same holds true as I sit down to write this one. The Labour Day long weekend is upon us, and we’ll all be trying to take advantage of a few final days of summer fun and (hopefully) heat before returning to reality and the world of school, work, schedules and, in the nottoo-distant future: the dreaded rain. For me, the summer months have always been about family. When I was growing up, we spent the majority of July and August at my grandparents’ house on the Sunshine Coast, joined by one set of cousins or another, and those hot, beachy days were capped off by our annual family reunion. Now, the summer is when our Calgary relatives come to visit, and I love my daughter having the chance to get to know this side of her family as they bond over a week or so spent in each

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other’s company. But now the last houseguests have made their way home, not to be seen again until we go out for a visit at Christmastime. Our most recent visitors were my father- and mother-in-law, who stayed for 10 days and really made an impression on my young daughter. For days after they left, she couldn’t quite understand that they were gone, for now, and we wouldn’t be seeing them again for a while. Every time I suggested a trip to the park or the beach, “Papa and Nana come too?” she’d ask. When gently reminded that Papa and Nana don’t live here so can’t come to the beach, tears would often come. Change is a hard thing to come to terms with, and not just for toddlers! In Tara Logan’s “Inside Out” column on page 57, she shares that “Our minds naturally resist change; nervousness begins about starting something new, worry stirs and pretty soon we may have sleepless nights and even notice a state of anxiety.” Whether it’s sending your child off to school for the first time, starting a new job or returning home after summer holidays, change can certainly be unpleasant, but it’s also a chance for growth and possibility. That new job could be a perfect fit; your child being away during the day might give you the spare time you need to get back into a hobby; and the oncoming fall and winter months mean warm sweaters, crisp air, fall leaves and the promise of Christmas around the corner. It’s really just about how you look at it!

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Seaside Magazine September 2017 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...

Seaside Magazine September 2017 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...

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