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Contents SEPTEMBER 2020

TOP STORIES 12

FARM TO TABLE Food photography on Salt Spring Island

16

PENINSULA VOICES Talking with the founders of REACH!

20

TOMATOES THREE WAYS Enjoying the late summer harvest

28

FROM THE KITCHEN Preserving Summer

36

OFF THE VINE Local juice

67

SEASIDE HOMES Metal Mermaids & Renos

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 10 Letters 15 Going Green 16 Peninsula Voices NEW! 23 Cowland's Chronicles 27 The Natural Path 28 From The Kitchen 31 Out For A… Hike 32 Behind The Scenes

35 36 41 46 48 52 55 56

Ask Seaside Off the Vine Inside Out In Fashion The Golden Years Living Off The Land Seaside Book Club New & Noteworthy

57 Deb's Day Out 59 West Coast Gardener 62 Common Cents 63 Salish Sea News 64 Art Scene 67 Seaside Homes 76 What's The Word? 78 Last Word

ON THE COVER see story page 12 Photography by Janis Jean & Food Styling by Aurelia Louvet


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RON BALSKE PAGE 46 Even in times of uncertainty, we have the opportunity to express ourselves and share hope. Hope is an important fabric of life. I trust that in sharing some of myself, you can smile, in that we may share some common trends, as well as a common hope for our future.

KAREN ELGERSMA PAGE 16 This year has been like no other. I believe we are all longing to come out of it kinder, wiser and more aware. Anne-Marie and Peter Brimacombe's story is a reminder that we are more alike than we are different and, when you are singing, the world is rather "wonderful."

SHERRIN GRIFFIN PAGE 48 Good old fashioned sleep is one commodity that is simply not for sale. Understanding the very real reasons that make it challenging to get a good night's sleep as we age helps us to find effective solutions and much-needed relief from this very common, yet exceedingly frustrating issue.

JANIS JEAN PAGE 12 When I travelled to Salt Spring Island's Bullock Lake Farm for a much-anticipated workshop on Story Telling through Food Photography, I didn't expect to learn about how this historic small family farm provides for over 100 Salt Spring families with an inspiring model of community agriculture.

TINA KELLY PAGES 15, 63 In any going green journey, there will be victories and there will be setbacks. Creating some new habits will be easy; some take a bit more practise. And sometimes it's all about the right moment in time. Celebrate wins, share successes and reflect on what to do better next time.

ASHLEY RUFFLE PAGE 62 My greatest joy as a financial advisor is helping people reach their financial goals while empowering them with clarity and confidence in their financial lives. I love working together with my clients to create a plan that will help them achieve what is important to them.

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This Month's Contributors: Ron Balske, Jo Barnes, Chris Cowland, Karen Elgersma, Lara Gladych, Sherrin Griffin, Gael Hannan, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Janis Jean, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Aurelia Louvet, Karen Morgan, Deborah Rogers, Ashley Ruffle, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Chris Sigurdson, Courtney Thomas, Shai Thompson, Tania Tomaszewska

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F I R ST WO R D

FIRST WORD from the PUBLISHER SUE HODGSON For most of my early life, I was largely unconscious when it came to food, eating whatever was in front of me based purely on taste. Taste lingers far longer in the mind than it does on the tongue, and anyone who remembers special family dinners can attest: food memories rarely exist in a vacuum. They are intimately tied to where you had that unforgettable bite and the personal connections you made. I can honestly say that most of the memories that are really vivid for me have been surrounded by food in some ways. Over the years I became more interested in the nutrition aspect of food. Growing up we always ate well, but we likely ate too much. I guess with age you begin to have a closer relationship with food and become more aware of your choices and how they affect your health. Being connected to your food, celebrating it, knowing it and choosing it deliberately, is surely the first, and an 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 that we all have in common, and the food we enjoy and share with others creates connection between people. When the country shut down in March, kitchens, markets and tables around the world went quiet. With that in mind Seaside Magazine is so excited to share some of our food connections in this issue. Firstly, our photographer Janis Jean's farm-to-table photography workshop (pg 12) at Bullock Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island. The workshop is intended to inspire a photographic story that connects people, and the food on their table, to their local farmer; wherever you are! And regardless of how you like your tomatoes, Courtney Thomas from Quince Café (pg 20) gives us three new ways to use the beautiful red bounty available at this time of year. In Behind the Scenes (pg 32), Deborah Rogers visited Level Ground Trading and learned how connection with growers is fundamental to their product. Food nourishes us physically, but it also has magic about it; sharing food creates a bubble in the hectic stream of life that helps us to pause and connect. Enjoy this month's delicious issue – bon appétit!

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LETTERS Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via allison@seasidemagazine.ca or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content.

For Brian Case – [A Small Step Toward Reconciliation; August

2020] What a lovely article you submitted. Your gesture to the young couple was so authentic and no matter how they appeared to react, I am sure they gave your short conversation thought afterwards. Great you went on to do research on Kuper Island. Sad to hear about its history. I wonder about the Island now? Your article made me think that it would be great to have some way of neighbours getting to know and understand neighbours – we all have so much to learn. I thought at one point there was a program like that happening here on the Peninsula, whereby we could get to meet and chat with some of our aboriginal neighbours. Your essay has spurred me on to look into it further. Nancy Wood

Dear Sue, Allison, and Brian: I've lived on our Saanich Peninsula for more than 43 years (since 1977) and I'm absolutely thrilled to – finally – read anything about our First Nations who were here centuries before our white-guys-ancestors invaded this beautiful land. Thank you SO MUCH Brian Case for your heart-felt Reader Submission!! I completely agree, and I'm relived to finally read this within "Seaside – Your Saanich Peninsula Voice." We need to "walk the talk!!" And, you two Sue and Allison have an distinct opportunity to lead by example … I do NOT recall there EVER being a picture of non-whites in Seaside Magazine, which means I usually only brief skim the issue if that … because I deeply believe "only whites" in the pictures and articles does not give justice to many, many others on our Peninsula. Evelyn J Andrews-Greene CPA CA

Hi Brian - I read your article "A Small Step Toward Reconciliation" and I was moved by your humility, your kindness, your curiosity. What a sweet story of reaching out with compassion and being treated well in return. Your kind intent evidently shined through any awkwardness. I too am "striving to learn more" about racism in Canada and

the U.S. and I'm trying to accept my part in it. We whites have all benefitted from our privilege in some ways and a good small first step is simply acknowledging that fact. Thank you for your example of how big a "small step" can be. Patrice Palmerino

Knowing how much painful work needs to be done not only for reconciliation but perhaps more importantly first for truth telling between Indigenous and settler populations, I was glad to see the article [A Small Step Toward Reconciliation] in the August 2020 issue of Seaside Magazine. Like the author, I am not sure interrupting a family dinner is the way to go, but we seem to have too few "ways to go" right now. For the record, there was a Residential School on Penelakut Island, formerly called Kuper Island, but it was not operated by the Anglican Church of Canada. The author might be getting it confused with St. Michael's Residential School at Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, which was Anglican run. The school on Penelakut was Roman Catholic. There is quite a good book by Sylvia Olsen based on recollections of members of Tsartlip Indigenous peoples forced to attend the Residential School on Penelakut. The book is titled No Time to Say Goodbye. My granddaughter alerted me to the book and it is readily available. Karen Fast Thank you for this article [A Small Step Toward Reconciliation] and to Brian for sharing his story and experience. It made me wonder about Seaside Magazine overall, and your vision for inclusivity of Indigenous people. Maybe have a local Peninsula Indigenous writer have a monthly column. How can you weave in increased awareness and presence? I would be very pleased to see this. I suggest it is a Must, as Brian does, long overdue. Let us start now. Rosanne Beuthin

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Food waste — a constant battle. But I'm finally feeling the air of victory; it only took a pandemic. Working from home this spring set me up for success. No more two-hour transit commute, no more caving to cravings and popping into the store after work and B.C.'s top doctor recommended limiting outings even for essentials. Groceries needed to last. On average, Canadian households waste 140kg or $1,100 worth of food annually. With the world in turmoil and heightened financial awareness, there is also monetary incentive to use up groceries. Aside from wastage affecting my bank account, there are also negative environmental impacts. Rotting food releases greenhouse gases as does the transportation to get food to us. And I won't even mention the resources used to grow, process and package food! In the last four months, my single wasted item was one $0.99 bunch of cilantro that rotted quicker than it should have. The following tricks have helped me accomplish my food waste reduction goals: Take stock. Before shopping, note your inventory of what needs to be used up, then shop for other items to help you do that. Be realistic/buy less. Avoid waste by not buying it in the first place. Glance at the week ahead and buy only what you need. Skip the urge to buy perishables on sale unless you are certain you can use them up. It's not a savings if you eventually throw it out. Stock up. It's okay to stock up on non-perishable staples – spices, grains, noodles, beans. You'll have more to work with when trying to use up fresh food. Prep. Take time to organize perishables. Cooking after a busy day is easier when some of the prep work is already done. Greens last for weeks if washed and stored in a salad spinner in the fridge and carrots won't be rubbery if cut into sticks and stored in water. Having readyto-go healthy snacks is great too! Placement matters. Know where in the fridge different foods do best. Fruits and vegetables last longer under specific conditions, so use

the drawer with the correct humidity level. Get creative. Try a new recipe or make one up with what you have. I call the latter "pantry cuisine;" a friend prefers a more adventurous title – "treasure hunt." Store in water. Herbs are one item I stand in a glass of water (after trimming the stem ends). Limp herbs and veggies – i.e. celery, kale – can be revived by standing them in cold water. Utilize the freezer. The realization that my pot of leftovers cannot be finished along with my other fresh food results in a freezer full of healthy, handy meals for when life gets busy. (Just remember to label containers; I once accidentally took pasta sauce for lunch instead of chili.) Containers in my freezer hold veggie scraps to make broth and salvaged fruit for smoothies. The remainder of open cans of coconut milk or tomato sauce are frozen in jars, sometimes in measured quantities for specific recipes. Substitute. Before buying a recipe ingredient you may only use a portion of, Google possible substitutions. Need buttermilk? Milk with vinegar will do. Compost. If you stumble and must dispose of food, use your backyard compost or curbside kitchen scrap program. Reflect. What can I do differently next time to avoid wasting X? I may be back to the workplace, but I'm still limiting my shopping so these strategies are sticking. Reducing wastage for the win! My wallet wins and the environment wins. For an additional resource, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca. Photo by Tina Kelly SEPTEMBER 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 15


P E N I N S U L A VO I C E S

Talking with Anne-Marie & Peter Brimacombe: REACH! by Karen Elgersma

West Coast Reach Association (REACH!) is a

registered charity that celebrates inclusion and diversity of ages, cultures and abilities through the performing arts. The idea for this unique model that combines trained performers with people of diverse abilities and backgrounds is the brainchild of Anne-Marie and Peter Brimacombe, who ran a non-profit arts program in Trinidad and Tobago for six years before coming back to the Peninsula to be closer to family. Peter and Anne-Marie, what was your vision for REACH!? To practice and share some simple ideals we hold dear: • each of us is unique and has something special to give to others • we each have something to learn from every person around us • we are better together when we're different.

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Music and the performing arts provide wonderful opportunities in rehearsals to learn and practice these principles together. The joy and positive energy that result then inspire hearts of those who experience our performances first-hand. A lot of those in our audiences are dancing, singing along, beaming and wiping tears from their eyes, all at the same time. There's a love and unity here that truly touches others. REACH! truly "reaches" many diverse communities. Tell us about all the choirs you have led over the past three years and how you have taken this choral experience online? Our programs help those considered vulnerable to develop confidence and friendships with others in the community through rehearsing and performing together. One of our performing groups celebrates ability – in spite of disability – recognizing we are all


differently-abled. Another helps new Canadians (new immigrants and refugees) to make friends through music with established Canadians. The other, held at the Our Place street shelter, brings together members of the street community with those in the greater community through song. Since isolation measures have been put in place, our sessions and rehearsals have gone virtual. Many participants have said these are the highlight of their week. In the sessions members are heard saying "I miss you", "I love you" and "I can't wait until we're back together." There is a warmth and enthusiasm in these sessions that you can't imagine unless you experience them first hand. I have participated in a few REACH! rehearsals and it was one of the most joyful experiences I have ever had. I also felt my heart open as I sang alongside people of every ability, race and background. How does REACH! celebrate inclusion and diversity and connect people and inspire harmony and love? We respect and value every person and don't just tolerate differences … we celebrate them. Joy and friendship grow from love and unity that are modelled by our leaders, mentors and participants. This is not unity through uniformity. It is unity in diversity. It's been said that Canada's diversity is its greatest resource. This is truly exemplified in REACH! programs and performances. Some of our members with disability are non-verbal and we've been asked, "how can they sing in a choir?" Our answer is "we're not just a choir, we're like a performing family, and those who can't sing with their voices sing with their hearts." And some of our members who can't communicate well with words, literally knock you over with the joy and enthusiasm they radiate. That's just as (or even more) important in our group. That being said … it's pretty amazing that with no auditions and everyone welcome, the group performances achieve a high standard. We are fortunate to have some really strong performers, insightful instructors and young performing mentors involved (who are graduates of UVic School of Music and Canadian College of Performing Arts). During a Global Pandemic how has REACH! helped people deal with isolation, anxiety, and fear? In addition to our group rehearsals going online, we have established a weekly virtual singalong for the public, and singing has been scientifically

proven to be a great source of relief from stress and anxiety. We are also offering a monthly virtual presentation with guest presenters focusing on HOPE. These sessions are really helping people who are isolated to feel connected to others, and uplifted. Some have described the sessions as their "lifeline." This year our annual show – "We Are One" in early December – will be virtual as well. It is timed to commemorate Human Solidarity Day and the International Day for Persons With Disabilities. Being virtual, anyone with a tablet or computer will be able to savour the event and its positive energy from home. This past spring the death of George Floyd sparked a powerful and passionate movement. How has REACH! responded to the Black Lives Matter Movement? Most of the songs we sing and perform advocate for justice, respect and appreciation of differences. And our participants are from so many different races and cultures, including those of African heritage. Now that we are virtual we also have members participating from the Caribbean. It makes our Zoom screen really beautiful, seeing so many different colours and shades. But ultimately we are striving for a level of personal connection with each other that while appreciating differences, bypasses skin colour and goes straight to the heart. We are striving to experience each other for who we truly are on the inside, as well as on the outside. As a visible minority, a multi-cultural couple, and leaders in the community – what wisdom do you want to share with our community to inspire us to be more open hearted and inclusive? We both believe we were all created by a greater force or power, in a spirit of love – and that we were each created to be different for good reason. When we acknowledge that, it opens doors for appreciation and understanding of others that are gifts to our hearts. The many sayings about those who give freely, get back in spades is so true. REACH! is an act of love and almost completely volunteer driven. We and the other volunteers often say no matter how much we give, we continually get more back, especially in gratitude and joy. We're not a religious organization but the experience can be heavenly. We can't imagine anything more rewarding or satisfying, and we hope everybody can experience this in their lives. If you could organize an event that had the whole Peninsula sing together as a community, what song would you have us all sing? There are so many great songs, and we sing many of them with Reach! Let's say for now "What a Wonderful World," made popular by Louis Armstrong. And that's not to sugar coat things because we know a lot of people in the world are really hurting right now. But we believe the world was meant to be, and has the potential to be, truly wonderful. How can people get involved in REACH? You can "reach" out to us by emailing: westcoastreach@gmail.com and we'll be sure to reach back. And our website is: www.westcoastreach.org/ Currently all our virtual sessions are free (or by voluntary donation). Photo by Janis Jean Photography. SEPTEMBER 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 17


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Tomatoes Three Ways It’s late summer and the air sits heavy with heat and dust. In the garden everything is happening at once: beans and vines race for the sky, basil nods under its heavy load, Quince Café & Ice Cream onions are wilting and garlic has been picked, while blackberries ooze in the shade and apples begin to show their rosy glow. This time of year represents seasonal eating at its best, and there is perhaps nothing greater than a tomato, fresh and warm off the vine, oozing sweetness and juice, popped straight into the mouth.  A tomato in season is one of life’s true pleasures and an absolute treasure not to be missed. Find a local farm and stock up as they will never taste better than right now. Here are three ways I enjoy summer tomatoes. by Courtney Thomas

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TOMATO SALAD Fresh ingredients beg for simplicity and allow the true flavours to shine through. Find some lovely, ripe tomatoes, varying sizes and varieties. Make a quick vinaigrette: mince a clove of garlic with a pinch of salt. Add a couple tablespoons of red wine vinegar and thinly sliced shallot. Drizzle in enough olive oil to make ½ cup of dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Slice your tomatoes and lightly salt with flaky sea salt and fresh pepper.  Arrange on your platter and sprinkle with basil. Add some crumbly cheese (I used Stilton from Farmer’s Daughter), drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve immediately.


PROVENÇAL VEGETABLE TIAN This dish is a great way to make use of the flavours of late summer. Layered with tomatoes and fresh herbs and garlic, it makes an easy and delicious side dish. Preheat oven to 350°. Sauté one large yellow onion in olive oil until soft. Add a few springs of fresh thyme, 5 or 6 garlic cloves, finely sliced and chili flakes. Cook another minute and then place in the bottom of a lightly oiled casserole baking dish. Use tomatoes and zucchini of relatively the same size. Slice about ¼” thick and assemble vertically on edge in a baking dish, alternating vegetables and making sure they fit fairly snug together. Generously salt and pepper, place a few more sprigs of thyme and rosemary on top and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 45-60 minutes until tender and juicy. Serve with fresh basil on top and good bread on the side.

STUFFED TOMATOES I love baked tomatoes over pasta.The juice and cheese ooze out over the pasta and form a sauce.You could also serve these as a side dish. It's important you choose ripe and juicy tomatoes and that they get cooked long enough to get soft. Hollow out 4 large tomatoes, removing seeds and juice. Salt and pepper the insides of the tomatoes. Place in a baking tray on parchment paper. Mix together: ½ cup breadcrumbs, ½ cup finely grated comte or gruyere cheese, ½ cup fresh parmesan, 1 tsp salt, fresh pepper, 1 tsp lemon zest, 2 minced garlic cloves, ½ cup fresh parsley, ½ cup fresh basil, and ¼ - ½ cup olive oil. Mix thoroughly and taste to make sure seasoning is correct. Fill tomatoes with filling to top, add another little sprinkle of cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 350° for about 30-45 minutes, until tomatoes are soft and bubbly. Serve over spaghetti.


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Do You Like it Well Done? by Chris Cowland

I was an only child, and my mother taught me how to cook from a very early age. We had a natural gas stove in our old 19th Century cottage in England, and by the age of five I was able to light it with matches; no pilot lights or electronic ignition in those days. There was a gas meter above the stove, and you had to stuff sixpenny bits into it to buy a few cubic feet of gas. Many an oven-baked meal was ruined because the oven had run out of gas 15 minutes into a roast cycle, as we sat watching TV in the living room. My father would always be blamed for this. The one time that dad and I cooked a roast beef dinner was when mum was sick in bed with the flu. We ensured it was properly cooked, and the poor one-pound roast had shrunk to a grey cube about two inches by two inches by the time it was ready to carve. Neither of us knew how to make gravy, but we vaguely remembered it involved flour and water, so we mixed some into a lumpy paste and put it to boil. The mashed potatoes were actually quite good, but when slathered with this goopy concoction they lost some of their appeal. Dad blamed mum's subsequent vomiting on the influenza, but I always had my doubts … even at age six. Fast forward 12 years, and there I was heading off to University in Durham, close to Newcastle, leaving home for the very first time. I quickly eschewed the concept of living in college eating boring food in the canteen, and rented a house in town with a couple of friends. Baked beans on toast was our staple diet, and many flatulence competitions were won and lost. One evening I was left alone, and decided to make a culinary masterpiece. I bought two pounds of liver, some potatoes and onions,

and decided to make a liver casserole in a Pyrex dish in the oven. Based on my mother's teaching, I knew it would take a couple of hours to kill the germs, so I popped it into a 350°F oven and headed to the local pub, as my housemates had emptied all the beer in the fridge. There is an expression – "one thing led to another" – and it was never so true as that evening. Someone announced a birthday party at their house just around the corner, we each grabbed a crate of beer, and off we went. I had been eying up a young lady all evening, and after my sixth pint of Newcastle Brown she had become irresistible.

I have no recollection of the rest of the evening, but I awoke at noon the following day cuddled up on the couch with someone who looked about my mother's age. I surreptitiously slipped out of the house without waking her. As I walked in the front door of my rental, I was hit in the face by the putrid stench of burnt liver, and quickly donned oven gloves and tossed the remains of the casserole out into the garden. To be fair, the Pyrex dish was beyond rescue, but I think I eliminated any possibility of salmonella. Mum would have been proud.

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Top Foods & Herbs to Keep You Healthy This Fall

As we head into fall, and back to school, there's a lot of thought that goes into keeping us healthy. When it comes to food, we're coming out of an abundant summer season and may be thinking … well, now what? Here are some top foods to incorporate into your family's diet to best support your overall health through the cold and flu season! Garlic. In addition to being delicious, garlic can help support your immune system, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Cook with garlic – it goes in pretty much anything. Or, if you're brave you can also juice it. Greens. Your mother wasn't kidding when she said to eat your greens – they're rich in nutrients, fibre and vitamins. Eating your greens also comes with a lower risk of obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure. Some of my favourites are kale, spinach, collard greens and chard. Steam them and drizzle with lemon juice, or add to smoothies and salads! Berries. Berries have a much lower glycemic load than other fruits, which means they don't spike your blood sugar as much and are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Apples. Apples are a great choice this time of year because they are

available locally in the fall and winter months. Apples are also highly nutritious and are packed with fibre. An apple a day really does keep the doctor away! Ginger. Ginger has long been used as a remedy for an upset stomach, but can also help with menstrual cramps, may reduce inflammation and supports the immune system. Try adding fresh ginger to stirfries or teas. Oregano. Oregano has powerful antioxidant and anti-microbial qualities. Add it to salads, soups, sauces, and more. Turmeric. Curcumin, the beneficial element found in turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory and also has antioxidant properties. Try golden milk if curry isn't your flavour. Coconut. Coconut is a source of healthy fats, and lots of vitamins and minerals. It's also a source of powerful antioxidants and supports stable blood sugar. Coconut can be enjoyed in all of its components; water, milk, oil and fruit. I recommend cooking with coconut oil, and enjoy the hydrating benefits of coconut water. The milk and "cream" are also fantastic dairy substitutes. Get creative in bringing these power-packed foods into your regular diet!

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F R O M T H E K I TC H E N

by Joan Saunders

Preserving Summer

As both my parents were teachers, we spent summers either here on the Island or in the Interior camping in a heavy, old canvas tent trailer. At the end of our journeys through the Okanagan we would load up the station wagon with boxes of fruit for mom to can when we got home. The trip back was heavily laced with the sweet, rich scents emanating from pounds of peaches, apricots, pears or cherries. Fruit is ready when it's ready, so mom then spent hours canning – wrapped up in steam, surrounded by bottles – as she preserved the goodness for rainy winter days. And somehow, decades later, I find myself enveloped in a similar process. It's not in the same quantities as my mom, but it is truly satisfying to open up a jar of peaches on a gray November day and either (as has been known to happen in our house) eat the fruit right out of the bottle with a fork or make a dessert like a crumble. It's one way, for a moment, to savour again the sweetness of summer. Some preserves have now become standard fare, as I usually can peaches, process chutney, make jam and pickle beets. There is something inherently gratifying about opening a cupboard and

being greeted with shelves full of colourful jars of preserved fruit and pickled deliciousness. I first attempted canning about 30 years ago, and I knew very little about it at the time, so if I'm able to succeed at processing fruit, anyone can (pun intended). Try it; in November you'll be extremely glad you did.

Supplies Needed

• Ripe peaches (20 pounds fills about 10 quart jars) – get Freestone if you're able • Sugar, water (to make sugar syrup) • Pot to make syrup in • Small pot to heat up lids • Canning jars with lids and screw tops • Baking pan

• Water bath canner • Canning lifter • Knife to cut up peaches • Cutting board • Knife to take out air bubbles • Big bowl and boiling water • Clean dishcloth • Pyrex measuring cup

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Put in pot and heat until sugar dissolves. Keep hot on stove while preparing fruit.


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Clean jars and put in pan in oven to sterilize for about 20 minutes at 250°. Put lids covered in water in the small pot. Put on low on stovetop to soften seal. Keep screw tops for later. Put peaches in big bowl and pour boiling water over them. This will help to remove skin. You'll be able to tell which peaches are ready to have their skins taken off as they get a bit darker in colour. Keep boiling more water to keep the peaches hot. Pour off cooling water as needed and add more boiling water to bowl. Pull hot jars out of oven. Take a peach out of hot water and wash quickly with cool water. Slip off skin. Cut along the peach's seam, twist the fruit in half, remove the pits, cut into quarters or slices as desired.

Fill each jar with fruit. Don't worry if peaches go a bit brown. They will change colour when processed. Have water bath canner on stove heating up while getting jars ready. Fill 2/3 full of water. Once jars are full of fruit, pour hot syrup over peaches in jars. (Use liquid measuring cup to do this more easily.) Leave half an inch of headspace. Use knife to run down insides of jars a couple of times to remove air bubbles. Add more syrup if needed. Wipe the rims with a clean cloth, seal with the lids, then screw on the bands until snug. Place the jars in the boiling water bath canner for processing. Cover the jars with water by 1 inch. Bring the water to a soft, rolling boil with lid on. Once at soft boil, process for 30 minutes.

Turn off the heat and carefully lift out the rack and remove jars from the canner. Set jars on baking rack to cool. Lids should not bounce back if sealed. Press to check once cool. Store jars in cool, dark place. Use within a year. Refrigerate after opening.

I'm no canning expert; it's just something I do. Take a look online or at cookbooks for more resources. It's fun, it's sticky and the results are both satisfying and very tasty; this is definitely one of those times where you can enjoy both the process and the final product photos by Joan Saunders

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OUT FOR A… HIKE

by Gael Hannan

All Trails Lead to Horth

Horth Hill is one of the jewels of the Saanich Peninsula. Other hikes may have more lookouts, or may be longer, harder or easier, but locals love their Horth, addicted to its quirky paths and stunning trees and rocks. Hikers and dog-walkers can enter Horth from many side streets such as Hillgrove, Wilson and Hedgerow, but you may have to look closely for the unmarked entrances. From where I live on Wain Road, it's a level 1.4 km hike along a forest path that starts at the east end of Clayton Avenue and ends at Horth Hill's entrance on Tatlow Road. A round trip, including a 2km hike on the Hill itself, is almost 5km – a pleasant, scenic workout. Named after the Horth family which settled here in the mid 1800s, this monadnock (an isolated, erosion-resistant hill rising above a plain) has an elevation of 136 metres. If you think that doesn't sound too strenuous, I suggest taking the Sunset Bridle trail up the west side of the park for a good workout of your quads and hamstrings. Even more exhilarating is the steep twisting private gravel path going up the east side that takes panting hikers into the park. After this climb, the other trails are a walk in the park. For less strenuous hikes – pick a trail, any trail. If you think that you've already "done Horth," why not shake up your route a little? Walk in the opposite direction next time for a new perspective on the same trees and rocks. Many of the smaller trails aren't marked on the map. Where do they go? They may seem to go up or down – but do

they? Find out for yourself. Hiking Horth is a quiet experience with only the sound of your own footfalls and breathing – and birds. With hearing loss, I can't identify bird calls, so I asked a fellow who was passing me if he knew what that cawing bird was, hoping it was an eagle. He listened and said, before walking off, "chickens." I haven't trusted a bird sound since then. Last winter Horth Hill became the epicentre for royalty-spotting; Megan and Harry had discovered the joy of Horth. I've never seen the parking lot so consistently full. Although I kept my eyes peeled for them, I'd decided that should I come face to face with M & H, I would stay cool, give a discreet nod and walk on. "Another awesome Canadian," I imagined them saying. These days, what you should be on the lookout for are the trails' protruding roots and rocks that seem innocent but can trip you up by toe or heel. Poles are useful for navigating and for leaning upon if you need to catch the view – and your breath. Photos by Gael Hannan


BEHIND THE SCENES

by Deborah Rogers

Level Ground Trading: A Cup with a Heart You've almost certainly seen Level Ground coffee at the grocery store – its distinctive packages have the coffee grower's faces on the front – but what you might not know is that all that coffee is roasted right here on the Saanich Peninsula. Level Ground Trading operates from a unique location on Sean Heights. There's a welcoming coffee shop and tasting bar with a stunning view over Central Saanich; as well as their regular hot drinks visitors can sample a flight of different coffees or try a new preparation style. The coffee shop is where the building stops for most visitors, but in the company of Stacey Towes, co-owner, founder and self-professed coffee nerd, I had a full behind-the-scenes tour. I don't know what I was more awed by: Stacey's knowledge and enthusiasm, or the building, which was purpose-built for Level Ground back in 2018. As he showed me around and introduced me to various staff members, Stacey explained to me how the starting process for every bag of coffee sold is a relationship. The Level Ground ethos ensures that connections are made and sustained in the country where the beans are grown. They have long-standing relationships with coffee growers

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in Central and South America and Africa, with sugar and fruit growers in the Carribean, and tea and spice growers in India. Their care over the process of each of the products they sell starts with the person who grows and harvests that product. Stacey wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to the business and the philosophy behind it. It's been 23 years since the company was started through an initial relationship with a coffee grower in Columbia. Stacey (and co-founder and wife Lauren) are motivated to bring justice and view FairTrade as one important aspect of that. Stacey has an activist's zeal and is constantly building on his love of people, relationships and supporting good work wherever it is happening around the world. It matters to him that workers are compensated fairly and treated well: both in the far away countries where the crop is grown, or here in our community where they employ around 30 staff. The highlight of the vist for me was talking with Joshua in the Cupping Room. It sounds like a secret lab, and it definitely had that feel. This is where each potential container of beans is evaluated. We discussed tasting notes, palettes, quality control and process. Seriously, if you want to be assured that someone is looking out for you when it comes to a great cup of Joe you only need to spend 10 minutes in this coffee command centre! Last year 1.4 million green pounds of coffee was roasted at Level Ground. It's hard to conceive what that volume of beans looks like, but the 20,000-square-foot warehouse gives a sense of the scale that the company is operating on. Beans arrive by the container load via barge from Vancouver. Each sack weighs about 60 kilos, which represents the annual production of about 100 coffee plants. Looking at the towering piles of these sacks in the warehouse is to start to understand just how much processing and packing and shipping-out takes place in the middle of our community. Of course, the processing of coffee is actually very minimal: those sacks of green beans have to get tipped into one of three roasters, roasted to perfection in small batches, and then packaged up again. Because the building was purpose-built, all sorts of environmental considerations were able to be factored in. One that Stacey is especially proud of is that hot air from the roasters is recaptured and reused – it has resulted in a big reduction in natural gas consumption. Sustainability is more than a buzzword here. As well as incentives for staff to cycle to work there's an ambitious approach to waste. The company has been landfill-free for 16 years, which means a complicated recycling set up, but also that they are always on the lookout for ways to do things better. The burlap sacks that the beans arrive in go to local farm 10 Acres where they're used in the greenhouses. The chaff that's left over from the roasting process is also picked up by them for composting. There are several tonnes of orders ready to ship each day. They're going out to individual purchasers in the community, to church groups and coffee shops, and to corner stores and grocery stores all across western Canada. It's a long journey from plant to cup; how reassuring to know that every step of the way there's been care and consideration taken for the lives of the people involved. What do you want Deb to peek behind the scenes of next? Email news@seasidemagazine.ca with your ideas or an invitation! Photos by Amanda Cribdon Photography

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This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services. Karly and Jude, co-owners of the new hair salon Will + Wheel, had a vision. They wanted to open a cruelty-free, low-toxicity boutique salon, something they felt was missing from the Sidney hair scene. "What people don't realize is that the vast majority of hair products and colours are actually quite toxic," says Karly, "and still tested on animals." She says they did a lot of research to find an environmentally conscious line of products and colour that people can feel good about using. "We strongly advise our clients to download the ThinkDirty app and see how their current products measure up!" The moniker "Will + Wheel" is a combination of their last names: Karly Williams and Jude Wheeler. "We wanted a clean name that was inclusive and represented us." In the process of opening their shop, Karly and Jude worked with local companies to design the salon. They know how important it is to buy local and support small businesses. "Our colour line is Canadian," Karly says, "and we use Green Circle to recycle all excess colour, colour tubes, foils, hair, and product containers." With an eye to sustainability, cruelty-free products, and detoxifying our everyday lives, Karly and Jude are determined to enact positive change. "We want our stylists, guests, and other local small businesses to know that they are a part of something meaningful." Whether you're looking for an exciting new haircut, a creative colour option, or letting your natural hair grow in, the stylists at Will + Wheel want to help you look your best. "It's important to us that all of our guests feel included and relaxed when they are in our shop – whether it's because of the skill of our experienced stylists, or our careful handling of proper COVID-19 sanitation and protocols." They have also implemented a program to recycle PPE equipment. Karly and Jude are very proud of the atmosphere they have created at Will + Wheel. "We picked amazing, strong, and talented women to join our team," says Jude. With caring, professional staff and products that are eco-friendly in their production, packaging, and ingredients – and don't test on animals – what's not to love? Book an appointment at 778-351-4247 or visit www.willandwheelhair.ca to learn more.


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Local Juice: by Tania Tomaszewska

Sipping in Saanich & North Pender Island

Whether it's from our patio chairs, going to neighbourhood markets or hitting the roads, we're blessed with being able to support local farming. We can meet producers and experience their land. We can bite into apples or sip grapes which have been cultivated in our beautiful and bountiful backyard. Great artisanal wines and ciders are being made in our neck of the woods. Here are just a few of my local favourites!

Rathjen Cellars, Saanich Winegrower and owner Mike Rathjen has repurposed the former Babe's Honey warehouse for his production facility and really cool little tasting room. You can smell that history when you stop by to taste and have a chat with him. Before moving things to Oldfield Valley, Mike started vinifying in his Fernwood basement in Victoria (hence his Wine Bunker reds and whites). I first heard about Rathjen when my family gave me a bottle of one of the early Pinot Noir vintages which they picked up at nearby Moss Street Farmer's Market. Hard to get more local than that. Rathjen Cellars is a farm-based winery focusing on low-intervention wines made using Vancouver Island grapes and sustainable farming practices. I've really enjoyed the wild ferment dry rosé made from gamay noir and pinot noir (a nod to Burgundy), the whites involving auxerrois and the Imperative dry vermouth (a collaboration with local Ampersand Distilling Co). Fresh coastal wines with high acidity and low alcohol, they're perfect with our Island fare. Rathjen Cellars is currently open Friday and Saturday afternoons (reservations suggested). You can find their drops at various B.C. restaurants and shops and online at the Rathjen website. www.rathjencellars.com • 334 Walton Place, Saanich

Twin Island Cider – North Pender Island Using native yeast fermentation, Twin Island Cider makes artisanal cider and perry from heirloom apples and pears harvested on Pender, Saturna and Mayne Islands. I love their bottles and mission. Just down the road from Sea Star Winery, it's got one of the loveliest little tasting rooms I've seen anywhere. They're currently open for sales on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also book to join a 30 minute tasting with cidermaker Matthew on Thursdays and Sundays. See their website for details and other places to pick up their juice. www.twinislandcider.com • 5601 Lupin Road, Pender Island 36 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2020


Sea Star Vineyards – North Pender Island With its Pender and Saturna Island sites surrounded by the Salish Sea, Sea Star has some of the few vineyards in Canada which reach the shoreline. Bonus: their vines meet the local sea star population. Pick up any bottle of Sea Star and you'll see a depiction of one of those lovely creatures. Sea Star is a West Coast gem and proprietor David Gouge has built something magical here. Nestled in the North Pender Island woods, its modern airy tasting room is perched above organically farmed, rocky terraced vineyards which run down to the ocean and provide distant views across to Saturna Island vineyards. Grapes in these South Gulf Island pockets love the Mediterranean-like climate here. Sea Star sells out every vintage. The wines are bright, fresh and coastal and I especially like the aromatic Ortega, Salish Sea and Blanc de Noirs Rosé. It's bitter-sweet for many wine lovers of this vintage as Sea Star is for sale, but I'm hopeful that the next stewards of this special place will bring similar passion. Sea Star is not hosting tastings right now but is open for sales on Saturdays and Sundays (or you can call the winery to purchase). Their stars are also found at various B.C. shops and select restaurants. www.seastarvineyards.ca • 6621 Harbour Hill Drive, Pender Island Queries or comments? Tania would love to hear from you! Email tania@ttwineexplorer or message on Instagram: @ttwineexplorer. Photos courtesy Rathjen Cellars, Twin Island Cider and Sea Star Vineyards

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Compelling facts point to a high likelihood of interest rates continuing to hover at minimal levels for many years to come. In attempts to combat the economic fall-out of the Covid-19 Virus, many trillions in national debt have been added by countries large and small. Even before the Pandemic, many, most notably Japan, Italy, Greece, and the U.S., were already extremely indebted as a percent of GDP. Fortunately, most Central Banks, in response to the economic downdraft, crashed their rates to near-zero levels – thus allowing many nations to finance both new and old debt at minimal rates. The effect has been that the cost of carrying the new total-debt levels is little, or no more, than servicing costs prior to the Pandemic. Should interest rates stay low, indebted nations will avoid pressure to raise taxes and/or cut programs – an action that would stall economic recovery. But will rates stay low? Central Banks would be motivated to increase rates were inflation to spike. Given the likelihood that all economies are likely to operate well below productive capacity for years to come, deflationary pressures may become more the issue than inflation. Small businesses account for more than one-half of total employment. In North America, it is predicted that as many as one-third will not survive the Pandemic, thereby keeping unemployment high. As well as small business failures, increasing numbers of major corporations are filing

for bankruptcy protection. Since personal spending drives the majority of GDP growth, GDP will likely struggle – for years – to recover to prePandemic levels. The impact on financial markets? With Central Banks highly unlikely to hike rates for several years, those who rely on Fixed Income investments will see minimal income from those investments. With Fixed Income returns such as Bonds and GICs at near zero levels, a major shift to Equity markets is likely, if only due to much higher dividend yields of equity-based investments. This trend is already visible, as Equity markets continue to defy traditional logic, having spiked to almost pre-Pandemic levels – not at all reflective of the economic devastation wrought by the virus. Given the collapse of interest rates, CDN five-year fixed-rate mortgages are now available at an unprecedented low 1.99% – propelling real estate sales. As long as rates remain low, residential real estate values, despite higher unemployment, should remain stable, or even increase. Over time, failed businesses will be replaced by new enterprises; employment levels will pick up; previous GDP levels will be reached and surpassed. Inflation will eventually return as an economic risk, and Central Banks will have to reassess their dovish stance. Interest rates are likely to rise once more, and Bonds and GICs may again become popular. While Equities may well continue to generate reasonable returns while rates remain low, shorter-term volatility is also certain to remain high. As always, longer-term patience with investment portfolios will need to prevail.

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Local Legion Branch Seeks New Home Saanich Peninsula Branch 37 of The Royal Canadian Legion is looking for a new home because our former home is under new ownership. Now occupying temporary quarters (Covid-19 permitting), we continue working to fulfill our Legion mission to promote Remembrance of the Fallen; to support our Veterans and their dependents; and to serve our community, especially seniors and youth. In this past year, our financial support (totalling over $110,000) to the community has included several local housing centres for veterans and seniors, the Saanich Peninsula Stroke Recovery Program, the Sidney Lions Food Bank, Operation Track Shoes, ALS Victoria Chapter, local Fastball and Minor Hockey, Sea Cadets and Air Cadets, Guides and Scouts, Student Bursaries, and student prizes in our Remembrance Poster and Literary Contests. The funds come from, where appropriate, the Poppy Trust Fund, or from other funds raised by Branch 37 through Meat Draws and other gaming events. None of these funds can support the operation of the Branch itself. The Branch's role is not only to give financial support but also to provide a place where veterans and others can develop and enjoy camaraderie, and have a sense of social belonging in a common mission. Branch bylaws require that monthly meetings be held, where members conduct the business of the Legion. About one third of our members live in Sidney, with most of the remainder living throughout North and Central Saanich. Some members are elderly, some much younger, but we all try to be young at heart. To fulfill our mission to our Veterans and the community, our new home needs a meeting hall, licensable for liquor and gaming, sufficient in size for 60 to 80 people, kitchen facilities, office, storage, washrooms, differently-abled accessibility and adequate parking. The Branch must be able to generate income to cover expenses, and so our new home must be located not only where we can best serve our members but also where we can acquire sustainable revenue by offering chargeable services (as a non-profit organization). Saanich Peninsula Legion Branch looks forward to a refreshing start in a new home, where we intend to celebrate the Branch's 100 year anniversary. In 1926, Alan Calvert gathered some like-minded Veterans of the Great War, and together they founded this Branch. For them, for all our Veterans, young and old, we must never forget their service and sacrifices. We must carry the torch onward. How might you help? Share with us your ideas on how we may successfully proceed; donate to our renewal fund; join us as a member (yes, you can!). Information about our Legion Branch 37 and our work for Veterans and the community can be found at: www.peninsulalegion. ca or via 250-656-2428 and rclbr37@shaw.ca. SEPTEMBER 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 39


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The Way Forward Over the last few months, many people Executive Director, SPHHF have said to me "these are interesting times!" I usually reply with: "May you live in interesting times? I'm told this is an old Chinese curse!" And yet, here we are. The staff at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital have worked hard to care for us (when needed) and keep us all, including residents in our Long-term Care Unit, safe. I've never been more proud to call these wonderful people my colleagues. Donors and visitors to our Facebook site let us know how much it meant to them that the Emergency Room was transformed into a safe, secure and streamlined space. Family members let us know how much it meant to them that Long-term Care staff went above and beyond to ensure that they could at least have window visits with their loved ones. What we didn't see is that Long-term Care staff also worked very hard to ensure that some semblance of normality was maintained for residents. Shoreline Medical made the leap to virtual physician visits overnight – or so it seemed. I know it took a bit longer, but it was a great case study in innovation in record time. We are so fortunate to have 23 committed, compassionate physicians in this community-supported clinic, who demonstrated their willingness to try something new in order to keep on caring safely for their by Karen Morgan

patients in the face of a pandemic. Island Health, thanks to support from the provincial government, has committed funding to try and help all of us return to normal. SPH's Operating Rooms will operate longer hours to try and clear the surgical backlog. Medical Imaging has moved to seven days per week service to ensure that people waiting for X-rays and CT Scans get them as soon as possible. If you need to come to the hospital, things will look very different. At the front entrance, a temporary wall restricts entry completely. You are met by a "greeter," who checks to see where you are booked for service, and then arranges for you to be met and guided by a hospital staff member. Only patients (and caregivers, if the patient needs assistance) are permitted to enter the hospital. Hand sanitizing and masks are an absolute must for anyone coming to hospital! Over in Long-term Care, you are also met by a greeter, but because Dr. Henry recently loosened visitor restrictions, families are now permitted to visit outdoors. The Foundation purchased some tents, which have been set up in the gardens to provide protection from sun and rain. The Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation will continue to look for opportunities to assist the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Shoreline Medical to provide the care you need, when you need it. Visit www.sphf.ca for more information.

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

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Art By Jude … where the art comes to you! We've taken the second guessing out of shopping for art and returns are a snap! • Free "In-Your-Home" Consultations! • Enjoy the artwork in your space for 10 days…no purchase necessary! • Free Delivery & Pickup! • Free Installation 250.691.1759 | artbyjude.com

Bright Greens Canada Fresh from the farm, local salad greens, leafy greens and microgreens YEAR ROUND. We are specialists in sustainable, pesticidefree hydroponic farming. #lettucefeedyou. Farmgate every Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6346 West Saanich Road. 250.213.9352 | brightgreens.ca tamara@brightgreens.ca

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

September is Bright Greens' 4th anniversary and wow have the years flown! Bruce and I began hydroponic farming with lots to learn and have weathered the ups and downs that come with growing a successful small business. Bright Greens is a year-round hydroponic farm situated in two 40-foot shipping containers. Inside, the precisely controlled environment is just right for our crops: 16°C, a light breeze and 18 hours of sunlight daily. Sustainability is key too. In our tiny 800-square-foot area, Bright Greens grows over 6000 pounds of produce annually with 90% less water, zero chemical pesticides and no waste. Bright Greens' crop list includes crisp lettuces, spicy mustard greens, tender bok choy, kale and chard, edible flowers, unique herbs and healthful microgreens. Customers rave about how fresh our produce is and how long it keeps! Customers are invited to Bright Green's weekly Farmgate, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6346 West Saanich Road. Pre-orders via email are appreciated so we can ensure pickup is as safe and efficient as possible. For more information on how to order visit www.brightgreens.ca or email the farmer tamara@brightgreens.ca. #lettucefeedyou #allwinterlong


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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services DCC Cabinets Dear valued customers and partners, DCC Cabinets is continuing to operate while following all necessary precautions due to COVID-19. As part of our continuing effort to supply you with quality products in a safe and timely manner, we are offering ready to assemble packages for anyone who is self isolating or would wish to use this option. These will give you the necessary parts to install your cabinetry at home and we are happy to walk you through the process.

Moden Boutique Why bother buying anything new when we have nowhere to go? This question is currently plaguing the fashion industry. As someone who has committed her life's purpose to dressing women, I believe the answer lies in function. The pieces I select at Moden are designed to meet women where they are. They don't require a special occasion or a certain aesthetic. They should easily integrate into your wardrobe and be put to use immediately, sparking compliments along the way! As a clothes-enthusiast during these challenging times, I have simply embraced three new "f-words:" fashion, function and fit. As we transition into a new season, I am excited to offer a new assortment of everyday elevated pieces that tick those three boxes. Whether it's getting dressed for a walk, coffee with a friend, or simply going about your day, my hope is that you always feel good in the pieces that you buy here. And if you're ever in need of a place to show off your favourite outfit, you know where to find us on Beacon! We're here and we're always happy to see you. 2418 Beacon Avenue, Sidney. 250.655.0774; www.modenboutique.com.

If you'd like to take advantage of this option, call 250-412-3472 or email info@ deepcovecustoms.com. Stay healthy and we will keep you updated of any changes to our regular services and operation. 250.412.3472 deepcovecustoms.com

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

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

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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. Brown's The Florist Brown's The Florist is your local choice for flowers and floral gifts. We are locally owned and passionate about the environment so we make a point of supporting our local growers and economy.

Autumn arrivals are here! Discover the new tones and textures for fall in store and online now.

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Worth waiting for … Every home is different, every family unique. Let us help you to create your special Dining Room AND WE'LL PAY THE TAXES! See in store for details. 250.655.7467 (SHOP) onestopfurniture.ca #202 - 9768 Fifth St, Sidney

Ecotopia Naturals Sidney's Eco-Clothing Store. Natural fashions. Stylish, high quality, and very comfortable. Locally designed and made clothing, jewelry, gifts and more. Saanich Peninsula's soap refill centre.

muffet & louisa Vibrant, hand-printed French table linens inspired by lush Provencal gardens bring romance and sophistication to your home. These beautiful French country tablecloths are designed exclusively for Couleur Nature by Parisian artist, Bruno Lamy. 250.656.0011 | muffetandlouisa.com 102 - 2360 Beacon Ave, Sidney

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Stem to Stern Massage Clinic Touch. Vital to human existence … without it we become desensitized to ourselves. Stress levels climb, health declines and injuries occur. Research shows it's a critical part of boosting immune systems. Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute, University of Miami, says: "Regular massage therapy increases blood flow, reduces toxins, increases the activity of white blood cells to help bodies fight against diseases and reduction of cortisol" (a stress hormone). It's a win/win. How do we adjust to this new way of interacting? Well, let our crew at Stem to Stern Massage Clinic put your mind at ease. Every step ensures that your health and safety remain our top priority. When booking, pertinent health questions will be asked. Upon arrival, you are handed a sanitized hot cloth, naturally infused with lavender, for wiping hands, leaving you feeling fresh from the outside world. A reception desk shield allows for comfortable interaction while maintaining quantity and distancing of people. Our crew wear masks during treatments, frequently washing hands and all regularly touched areas are sanitized after each handling, followed by a daily deep clinic clean. From the moment you interact with our team, your experience will be memorable and relaxing.


I N FA S H I O N

Closet Full of Clothes and Nothing to Wear by Shai Thompson House of Lily Koi

A well-dressed life starts in a well-organized closet. So many of us have a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear. Sound familiar? We go to the same combinations day in and day out without taking time to assess the opportunities that lie within our wardrobe. At this point I frequently ask my clients: "Are you working for your wardrobe or is your wardrobe working for you?" Most reply they don't wear half of their wardrobe because they don't know how to put it together. How to begin is the question when faced with what can seem like a daunting task. Here are a few steps to get you ready to face your fashion picks and turn them into your personal style. Remember: style is about how you wear your investment. Getting Ready 1. Make a commitment to yourself by picking a day and time. 2. Tell a friend; this will give you accountability. I also suggest challenging a friend to the same task. It's great to chat after and share in your discoveries. 3. Eat a good meal before you start trying on your clothes. It's surprising how much energy you can exert in two to four hours. You need to be up for the task. 4. Put on some great music. I personally rock it to some killer disco. 5. Make sure you have a few bras that are of different colours to use as you try on different fabrics and necklines.

Get Organized 1. If your closet has no swinging room for your hangers you can't see what you own. If you can't see what you own you will not wear it. 2. Break your wardrobe up by season twice a year. 3. Merchandise your clothes by colour and type. This will give you a chance to see how many items you have in a particular colour. 4. Try them to on ensure they fit, feel good and you love them. 5. Repair, tailor and clean all items that are waiting for your attention. Visualize Your Style 1. Search Pinterest for style inspiration and other fashion sites; create your own style board. 2. Key in what you have, like a brown leather jacket, and gain ideas on what you already own to make that look happen. 3. Make a Vision board … this is a fun and stimulating. Create the Look 1. Put monochromatic items together and add bold accessories. Pull out your grandmother's broach and celebrate her! 2. Layer items that you would usually only wear for one season. 3. BE BRAVE and remember to play dress up. 4. Take pictures of each look you love for your reference. 5. Opposites attract; this is true of colour as well. Most closets are filled with exciting combinations that are waiting to be tried. Once you get happy in your closet you are more likely to wear it. Remember style is about how you wear your investment.

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SEASIDE talks with Ron Balske, co-owner, Style Coast, about what's

in FASHION …

In your closet? Comfortable, easy wear fashions from Style Coast On your skin? I am enjoying a moisturizing Vitamin C serum by Nature's Clazzics When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? My plaid Joe Boxer lounge pants, T-shirt and my well-worn OluKai leather slippers On your playlist? Classic Soft Rock

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On your walls? Family pictures and my daughter's paintings In your bathroom cabinet? Tom's for men deodorant On your bedside table? Picture of my daughter in a "World's Best Dad" frame When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" My Mountain Hardware AP pants with a Smartwool Merino base layer On your feet? Just my OluKais

In the kitchen? My daughter is converting me to bowl covers and produce bags by "Your Green Kitchen" products On your luxury wish list? Blue water cruising In home décor? Does vintage, Craftsman, rolling tool cabinets in the garage count? When you want to smell irresistible? It definitely starts with a shower and "Men Don't Stink" soap from Flush In haircare? It's a losing battle

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THE GOLDEN YEARS

Sleeping Through the Ages by Sherrin Griffin VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare

Some of my best childhood

memories are when I stayed overnight at my grandparents' house. My Nana and I would stay up way past my normal bedtime, drinking hot chocolate and watching old comedies together. I remember asking her once why she stayed up so late and didn't seem to sleep very much. "Sleep?!" she exclaimed, with an incredulous look, "I'll have plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead!" Nana always seemed to be up before anyone else and go to bed after everyone else. As a kid, I couldn't wait to be Nana's age so that I didn't have to go to bed either! Now, as an adult, I wonder if the desire to sleep was there, but the ability to do so was compromised. Fast forward to now … as my peers and I approach our 60s, there is definitely a common thread in our conversations … SLEEP … or the lack thereof. We are all painfully aware of one very significant downfall that we've noticed in the aging process: the increasing difficulty of getting a good night's sleep. Even those who have been blessed to experience a solid eight hours of blissful sleep most of their lives seem to hit a wall when they approach their senior years. Extensive studies have revealed just how critical sleep is to our health, wellbeing, and longevity, along with legitimate reasons why sleep seems more elusive as we age: Hormonal Changes. Hormone levels fluctuate during perimenopause and menopause which can cause undesirable side effects for women, insomnia being one of them. Men's testosterone levels decline as they age and can affect sleeping patterns. Talk to your doctor or naturopath about hormone testing to find out where your levels are. These days, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) offers bioidentical options that are much safer and more effective than their

predecessors. Herbal supplements can also balance hormones gently. Decline of Melatonin. Our body's production of this sleepregulating hormone decreases as we age. Night-time levels of melatonin in a 70-year-old are only a quarter or less of those seen in young adults. Seniors experience less of the healing deep-sleep stage, resulting in more wakeful periods at night. Thankfully, melatonin supplements are readily available; talk to your healthcare practitioner to find the one most suited for your needs. Medications or Health Conditions. Some medications can negatively impact sleep, as can dealing with pain. It may be difficult or painful to lie flat and get comfortable enough to fall asleep. Certain health conditions such as diabetes, prostate issues, congestive heart failure and kidney disease can also contribute to sleep disturbances. Sleep apnea, and other breathing-related disorders, also increase with age. And, although seemingly benign, snoring, either your own or your partner's, can lead to consistent sleepless nights with health risks down the road. Decrease in Overall Activity Levels. Remember how active we were as children – running, biking, playing; our bodies constantly in motion? That regular exercise helped to balance our circadian rhythm. While many of us strive to remain active as we age, there are factors that may interfere with our good intentions: loss of mobility, pain from osteoarthritic conditions, and other wear-and-tear on the body that may result in a sedentary lifestyle. Our primordial need for sleep has remained virtually unchanged since the beginning of man's existence. The good news is that in this day and age a good integrated healthcare approach can provide the knowledge and tools to improve sleep quality at any age, sending you well on your way to sweet dreams.

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24x24 original charcoal and acrylic painting on canvas September featured artist: Natasha Tanner Miller, August 24th to September 27th. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm, featuring artwork, jewelry, metalwork, pottery and glasswork by local artists and artisans. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm 250.658.8333 thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com

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LIVING OFF THE LAND

Firbank Farm:

A Farm Founded on Family by Jo Barnes

On a successful farm, care is taken to make sure crops are well planted. For this local farm success also comes from being well transplanted. With family farming roots tracing back to the Gordon Head area since 1920, the farm known as Firbank thrived in the 1940s in Cordova Bay and continues its award-winning excellence at the present day site off Island View Road. "We are a founding farm family," shares Diane Williamson, co-owner, "we are one of a few remaining poultry farms on Southern Vancouver Island." In addition to growing a variety of vegetables, Firbank farm, owned by Lorne and Glen Jack and Diane Williamson, is primarily known for its poultry and egg production. The story begins in 1920

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with Diane's great grandfather Gavin Jack Senior who farmed in Gordon Head. In 1941 Diane's grandfather maintained a 14 acre site in Saanich where he raised chickens. There was little in the way of buildings, and few people lived there. "There were only a few cottages in the area," says Diane, "it was all fir trees." In the early 1960s Diane's grandfather Ian Jack, her father Lorne, and her Uncle Steven all started Firbank Farm: named for the Cordova Bay hillside location which boasted many fir trees. People came far and wide for the farm eggs. In 1966, the Island View Road acreage was purchased and then an additional property bought on Lamont Road in 1992. Relocation of Firbank Farm was completed in 1993. "We raise poultry, and they are


processed elsewhere on the Island," shares Diane, "some eggs sell in our farm market but most are wholesale." Firbank Farm and the Jack Family are well known for their commitment to quality and dedication to the farming community. Since the late 1960s Firbank Farm has been a member of the British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board. As well, the farm is a founding member of the BC Egg Board; the farm was recognized for its work in 2017. "We were one of 20 families to be recognized," says Diane, adding with a big smile, "the award was a golden egg!" Farming for this family has been the lifestyle for five generations. The overall operation has grown leaps and bounds to encompass not only a large scale poultry operation but also vegetable and flower production. "We are known for our rhubarb. There is a small patch out front but much more in behind growing in fields," shares Diane. "We also grow greens, lettuces, a dozen types of squash, 18-20 different colours of pumpkins and offer seasonal cut flowers." When customers visit to stock up on delicious eggs, they're greeted by the fall colours that dress the farm's market stall. Over the years, Firbank has become known for these displays. Customers repeatedly rave about the "cutely decorated", "colourful" or "wonderful" display of pumpkins. Firbank Farm has always been actively involved in the community. This is a fundamental family value. "We like to keep it local and support local businesses. Our feed for example comes from a mill in Duncan," says Diane. The farm actively reaches out to the Saanich Peninsula community through its "Celebrate the Harvest". The event was initiated 10 years ago by Diane's son, Connor, and involved the sale of decorated pumpkins with proceeds going towards the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. Then three years ago, the event took on another approach. "My daughter Mackenzie wanted the children of the Peninsula to visit the farm and decorate a pumpkin with all proceeds going to the foundation," says Diane. The event, which has raised $30,000, has become wildly popular. "Celebrate the Harvest has really grown", says Diane, "the first year there were 50 kids. Two years ago there were 130, and last year we had almost 200!" The event is very personal for the family. Not only was the idea initiated by Diane's son, but Diane's father was actively involved with the community group the event supports. "Dad was Past President of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation," says Diane, "and my daughter was one of the last born at this hospital's pediatric ward before the major reconstruction." The farm has a rich history, but it has always operated with a view to the future. "It's all about food security for future generations," shares Diane, "we want people to support local, to enjoy the view of the farm, and to see what's growing. It's so important to see where your food comes from and to see the importance of the farm." Firbank Farm is a wonderful example of how planting roots in the community is something that can be transplanted to produce a bounty for years to come. Photo by Amanda Cribdon Photography

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Book club online is definitely better than no book club and I was really pleased to see so many friendly faces again this month for our Zoom meeting. We had chosen Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles as our book for discussion – in part because it is out of copyright and easily accessible in a digital format – but also because it was published 100 years ago! It's the oldest book our group's discussed. The formal, old-fashioned writing had some appeal to our readers, in fact someone commented that they felt they'd had their vocabulary expanded through reading the novel. But of course with older novels often come some terms and ideas that are out of step with current thinking. Many commented that the way that different races were referred to and addressed made them feel uncomfortable. We thought it was important to acknowledge that Christie was writing at a different time, and some of her language would not be tolerated in a more current book. The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Christie's first mystery, and saw the introduction of her famed detective Hercules Poirot. He is a delightful character, with some really interesting traits and sayings. He is definitely the most three dimensional figure in the novel. There were several very lightly drawn characters; placed there as red herrings or a straw man. Our readers noticed though that we met some interesting women, with varied experiences and influence, which was perhaps something they had not been expecting to find in a book from this period. The mystery at the heart of the book, and the way the culprit was finally outed felt quite simplistic, especially to readers of modern crime and mystery books. But we couldn't deny that there was something appealing about Christie's wit and spirit. The setting in a small English village during the First World War was really reminiscent of the Helen Simonson novel we read a few years ago, The Summer Before the War. Whilst we wait to see what is happening with the Province's rules around gatherings we will continue to meet online each month. For our September meeting, on Tuesday September 15th, we will be discussing Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. This non-fiction title currently has unlimited copies of the audiobook available through the VIRL digital collection. Heads-up! We have also decided to discuss Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen by Kate Taylor (originally planned for our missed April meeting) at our November meeting, so if you didn't get a chance to read it yet, you have a couple of months to get your hands on a copy! Stay in touch with what we're reading and when the meetings are happening by signing up to the mailing list: seasidemagazine.ca/book-club/

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THIS ISN'T GOODBYE So Long to a Long-Time Friend Exist Hairworx, located at Seaport Place in Sidney, closed its doors in midby Paula Kully August after 21 years in the community! The good news is, all of their staff are staying on the Peninsula. Thank you to Sam Quinn and Yvonne Campbell for their incredible entrepreneurial contribution to the Sidney business district.

Sweet Deal Home Hardware has purchased Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop. The owners of Sidney Home Hardware are moving the candy shop into their store in downtown Sidney. If you haven't been in yet, you should check it out. It reminds us of the olden days when the hardware store in town sold everything, including candy.

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Fix It, Don't Throw It! by Deborah Rogers

It's not all glamorous gigs! I'm heading in a different direction for my Day Out this month. A reader invited me to try the newly launched North Saanich Repair Café: the answer to a question that one of the volunteer organizers, Marlyn, posed herself at a Zero Waste workshop: What can I do to make a positive impact? Forewarned, I came prepared for my visit at St John's United Church with an item that needed fixing. I knew that there would be someone with a sewing machine, someone who could investigate small electrical appliances, and some general "fixers" who could tackle almost anything. Most people's houses are cluttered with items that we don't know what to do with any more, with one small part that needs fixing but we don't have the tools, skills or sometimes just the patience to sort it out ourselves. I found a waterproof jacket with a broken zipper, an electric lawn mower that wouldn't charge, a wooden chair with a broken strut and a blind with a broken mechanism. I decided to take the blind along as it seemed the thing that would be most expensive to replace (it was custom cut for the window and is part of a matching pair) and to be honest, it's been broken for a long time – clearly I wasn't about to fix it myself! At check in, a helpful (masked) volunteer outlined what "customers" can expect, and had me complete a short form detailing the repair needed. I was directed to take my broken blind to Carol, who is a dab hand at general repairs. She's volunteered at other Repair Cafés, and had an array of glues and tools at her station ready to tackle anything. She's motivated by a love of problem solving, but also by frustration at the system that makes so many things disposable

or seemingly cheaper to replace than repair. I'm with Carol on that; it feels like a swindle to throw out my whole blind (and in fact probably two as they are a set) for the sake of a small, broken … well, whatever it is! Optimism turned to disappointment however when Carol couldn't make the winding mechanism move. Did we give up and throw that blind out? No, of course not! At the next table was Kurt. He also admitted to having no specific qualifications other than a love of tinkering with things and years of experience in his own home. Kurt took another look. We looked at the winder together. We tutted and sighed at the construction, and I prepared myself to write a slightly boring article about failing to get something repaired at the Repair Café. And then, ta-dah, Kurt had done it! I had looked away at the critical moment but apparently a little poking with a pair of long-nose pliers and the winder was winding again! On the adrenaline scale I admit this is low stakes, but there was a wave of energy and enthusiasm in the room when the fix was confirmed. At a station nearby someone was having an electric toaster repaired and outside a happy "customer" had a tuned-up bike. Everyone I spoke with felt very well looked after. I felt the same. Such a small thing really, but something was fixed; connections were made, one more thing was kept out of the landfill. I'll be back for sure. Keep an eye out on community notice boards for details of the next event or email repaircafenorthsaanich@gmail.com. What do you want to see Deb do next? Email news@seasidemagazine. ca with your ideas or an invitation! Photo by Janis Jean Photography SEPTEMBER 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 57


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This summer when most of my plants were at their peak, I noticed overcrowding, voids and plants not performing due to specific environmental conditions in my yard. Time to change it up! I have a plan of perennials requiring dividing, shrubs that need relocating, and additional trees and shrubs to incorporate into the landscape. With fall approaching, it's a perfect time to transplant as plants are nearing dormancy, or dormant. Ultimately, your success will rely on the care that you take to properly prepare plants for transplanting, proper soil preparation, and managing irrigation practices to compensate for changes in environmental conditions. Before you begin digging plants out of the ground, make sure that your planting area is prepared. Choose an appropriate location for the subject plant, taking into account things such as exposure to wind, light, drainage, etc. Dig the hole larger than the root ball of the plant to be transplanted. It is always a good idea to amend the removed soil with composted organic matter to help improve the chemical and physical structure of the soil (drainage for heavy clay soils, moisture retention for sandy soils, nutrient holding capacity, and aeration). Also, consider incorporating bone meal or mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae are fungi that colonize the root systems of plants. They help increase a plant's ability to absorb water and nutrients essential to growth, such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium When digging a plant for transplanting, it is essential that you try and preserve as many feeder roots as possible. Feeder roots are important as they are responsible for absorbing a majority of essential nutrients and water, so try to dig as big a root ball as possible. When transplanting potted nursery stock, examine the root system of the plant once it has been removed from the pot. Sometimes plants will become root bound, requiring them to be scored with a serrated knife to encourage new root development. You are now ready to place the transplant in the new hole. Make sure that the crown of the plant either matches the finish grade of the existing soil, or is slightly higher if the subsoil at the bottom of the planting hole was disturbed, allowing for some settling. Begin backfilling the planting hole with your amended soil. This should be done in increments, gently compressing the backfill in lifts to prevent settling. Water your transplant to encourage any further settling of the backfill, and to remove any remaining air pockets around the root ball of the plant. Finish with a thin layer of mulch to insulate the roots and help retain moisture. One final note – you need to make sure that your transplant is watered regularly. The top several inches of soil should be moist, but not saturated. If the soil is dry, increase your irrigation time and intervals. Weather conditions will always affect how often you have to irrigate, so be sure to monitor your plants closely to ensure they are receiving adequate water. SEPTEMBER 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 59


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Hear Inc: Second Clinic to Open in Saanichton Have you ever been driving in your car or listening to the radio at home when a familiar song comes onto the radio? The tune, melody and even the lyrics instantly take you back in time to a particular moment in your life as if you're there. You can see it clearly in your mind, feel exactly as you did at that time and remember everything and everyone involved. Our sense of hearing, like our sense of smell, has the powerful ability to enable us to relive special times. This is an example of why hearing is so vital to a happy, fulfilled life. Donna Stewart, Owner and Audiologist of Hear Central Saanich located at 7159A W Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay, provides details about the full range of hearing and audiology services they provide for adults and children to help protect and enhance your hearing throughout your life. Donna, I understand that despite the pandemic, there is a lot going on at Hear Central Saanich and that you have some news to share. Can you elaborate? Yes, we are excited to announce that we are in the process of opening a second clinic that will be located in Saanichton in September. This will be a diagnostic centre encompassing the full scope of audiology, including the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, vestibular disorders, auditory processing disorders and tinnitus in children and adults. Dr. Brittani Trapp (pictured at right) will manage the clinic. We will also be rebranding and will be operating under the new name Hear Inc. Where will the new clinic be located? The new clinic will be located at 7819F East Saanich Road. Although we are not yet open, you can reserve your spot for an appointment by calling 778-426-4876. Can you tell us about the clinic's manager, Dr. Brittani Trapp? Dr. Trapp joined Hear Central Saanich in February of this year. She obtained her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She has worked as an Audiologist in BC since 2017 and has gained strong experience in diagnostic hearing evaluations, provision of amplification, balance and auditory processing disorder assessment and rehabilitation. You mentioned that the Saanichton clinic would deal with by Paula Kully

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What's in a name? Attaching a moniker to the giant Pacific octopus at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is not usually so straightforward. Choosing a theme, community votes and tallying ballots rolls by Tina Kelly on for weeks before a winner is Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea announced. You may even have cast an octopus name ballot yourself. But this time around, the naming task was simple — to recognize B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Like much of the province, the aquarium team tuned in daily at 3 p.m. throughout the spring to take in Dr. Bonnie Henry's updates, advice and calm delivery of the ever-changing science and understanding of the virus. Much needed was someone to trust, a strong leader and a calm, clear communicator who also showed empathy and kindness. And that is undoubtedly what the residents of B.C. received. Acknowledging the incredible contribution Dr. Henry has made to our safety and overall approach to the pandemic with an octopus namesake was an easy and unanimous decision. The Centre welcomed a new octopus in the middle of June, shortly after reopening. Pebbles, their previous octopus, was released back to the wild in mid-March. While this coincided with the Centre's closure due to COVID-19, the octopus release was pre-planned as part of the octopus ambassador program; each resident octopus lives at the Centre for roughly six months before being released to the same area in which they were found. In the aquarium's 11 years, there have been many octopus ambassadors — Dennis, Darla, Emily,

Hermione, Steve, The Dude, Norm, Jar Jar, Nellie, Billie, Olive, Sylvia, Buttercup and Polkadot. (How many have you met?) And now added to that list is Henry. Henry is a giant Pacific octopus; this is the largest octopus species in the world, topping out at six metres, measured arm tip to arm tip. The "giant" in giant Pacific octopus is a clear measure of the team's admiration, but add to that the fun fact octopuses have three hearts. A fitting tribute as the heart symbol has come to reflect gratitude for Dr. Henry, healthcare workers and frontline staff. Another octopus attribute fitting for this accolade is an octopus' level of intelligence; octopus and other cephalopods are considered to be the most intelligent invertebrates. Henry arrived from the west coast of Vancouver Island. It was not until the team welcomed the octopus that they could determine its sex. How do you sex an octopus? Find the third arm on their right and look for a specialized appendage called a hectocotylus; the male octopus uses the hectocotylus to fertilize a female. On a female, all eight arms look the same, with suckers extending down to the tip of each arm. Making the discovery the new octopus was indeed male, and determined to honour the health officer, the Centre shifted the name choice from Bonnie to Henry. You can visit Henry the octopus five days a week. The Centre is currently open Friday to Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, if Dr. Henry wishes to meet Henry, the Centre declares their door is always open. If you visit, remember the words of Dr. Henry: "Be kind. Be calm. Be safe." The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is an award winning non-profit aquarium and learning Centre dedicated exclusively to the Salish Sea Bioregion. SEPTEMBER 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 63


ART SCENE

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Your heart is pounding. The adrenalin is flowing. You're waiting in the wings for your big moment to step out into the bright lights before that waiting audience. Such dreams of the stage have been brought to life for almost by Jo Barnes 30 years by Mountain Dream Productions. The local performing arts company, under Directors Margaret Watt and Rob Forbes, provides instruction for students of all ages in acting, singing and dancing and mounts many stage productions each year.

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"The mission is to teach students, whether youth or adult, all the skills they need to put on a show," shares Rob. "We provide affordable and professional level productions for everyone to enjoy." The story begins in 1991 when Margaret, and her husband at that time, Claude, began their production company performing original shows and offering acting instruction alongside the program. When Claude passed away in 2008, Mountain Dream carried on as a performing arts school primarily for youth and shows were mounted. Over time, community awareness of the school increased, student numbers grew and more classes were added. "We've had more promotion and social media over the years, but it really has been word of mouth," says Rob. "Now, we have more students than we can handle."


Mountain Dream offers two sets of classes during the fall, winter and spring and a two-week intensive summer program. The Tuesday Company Class for experienced students involves two hours of training followed by a two-hour rehearsal for a specific show. The Wednesday Theatrical Class is designed for children who are new or have limited experience in theatre. Recently added was a Musical Theatre Class for adults. Students learn not only what is needed to be a triple threat performer, but also how to deal with new situations and work with others as a team. The process fosters friendships and community. "The group makes me feel like they're my family," shares student Sophie Burns. "I've learned many things that I didn't even know existed before." "I feel more comfortable and confident now than when I first began. I know I have the support of everyone else," says student Izzy Walls. Producing shows and giving weekly instruction is demanding work. "We do four productions a year and summer production!" says Margaret. "We have to deal with preparatory plans, rehearsal scheduling, sound, music, design, backstage details, promotion; it's a lot." The workload may be heavy for Margaret and Rob, but the rewards outweigh it all. "I love working with kids and seeing their growth and what they give on stage," shares Margaret. "I love it; it's a passion!" Adds Rob: "It's great to see them enjoy the job well done at the end. I'm learning all the time too. I've no idea what I'm going to learn next!" Over time, many volunteers have come on board to give of their time, talent and energy. Their assistance with dance coaching, acting instruction, costume work and set construction is highly valued. "We can't do it without our volunteers. There are about 12 of them. They give one-to-one attention to students like helping them with developing a character," says Margaret. Some volunteers are also students like Charlie Walls who works with some of the younger children and has been with the company since 2016. "When I first started, I had no idea about theatre," says Charlie. "It has changed my life." Adds Charlie's mom, Lisa: "Volunteering has given her an opportunity to give back to the community." Whether volunteer, student or teacher, everyone is constantly learning. Volunteers attend workshops where they can access new ideas and approaches. "We do workshops each year working with professionals on Broadway," says Rob. "It's great the people you meet and what you learn from them." Mountain Dream's goal is always to present the best possible show to an audience. It takes a community to achieve this. What begins with one student impacts his or her family and inevitably the greater community gets involved. "Mountain Dream initially gave us an opportunity and a place to become part of the Sidney community. It has given us events where we can invite extended family and friends to watch the

shows," says Sophie's dad, Sandy Burns. "We get to discover something new about Sophie with every performance." Community, friendship, and personal discoveries go to the heart of this theatre company where self-expression blossoms, skills are developed, teamwork is mentored and where ultimately dreams take flight.

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Metal Mermaids & a Full Gut Home Renovation story by Janice Henshaw photos by Janis Jean Photography

Don't you love meeting people whose eyes sparkle with excitement when they talk about what they do? Artist Karen Lancey displays this captivating enthusiasm as she describes the whimsical metal sculptures she creates out of the "stuff" that many of us dispose of in metal recycling bins. Karen's "treasures" include rusty saw blades, seized wrenches, springs, pipes, keys, hand saws, crushed toolboxes, car parts, and all sorts of other unidentifiable metal bits and pieces. "Sometimes there's just so many gifts, right? And other people think it's garbage. I know." Karen taught herself to weld after four years in art school. She found the process to be hard, terrifying and dangerous but also exhilarating and fun. After welding for 17 years Karen says she still loves her craft. The newly renovated 3-car garage is where she creates sculptures of mermaids, dogs, owls, ball spheres, chandeliers, bird cages, cats, horses−anything that you can imagine. From the workshop a door leads into her showroom where Karen's finished sculptures are on display. "There's a whole bunch of fun things here. My newest creation is a crazy little dog on a skateboard; I call him ‘Hot Dog'; I just love him. With so much serious news today it is important to have beauty, fun, and humour in our lives. Whimsy in my work makes me smile and have a good day." Karen's creativity and enthusiasm carries over to the newly renovated home which she and her partner Tom Comfort bought in North Saanich two years ago. Tom owns Tree Spirit Landscaping and is an expert at garden restoration and landscape construction. As soon as Tom saw the property, he said, "We need to buy that place," but he wasn't


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happy about the house. "The five-bedroom house was boxy, dark and oppressive," said Karen. "It had double carpeted bathrooms, a purple painted bathtub; it was like the worst of the worst and there were these big drop-down balustrades all throughout the house to delineate every room. But Karen had made up her mind. "It's almost like I am in denial with the way things are, I see them as they could be." After the purchase they embarked on a massive "full gut renovation" said Karen. The five-bedroom house wasn't a teardown; it was a strong well-made house. An engineer was brought in to assess the house and determine which walls could safely be removed. "Tom and I used sledgehammers to knock out walls and kitchen cupboards; it was super satisfying. The renovation to the 2,700-square-foot, twostorey home took six months and Karen functioned as the general contractor working on site every day. All the plumbing and wiring was replaced, and the ductwork removed. "If it had just been a surface renovation, we wouldn't have known what was behind the walls," said Karen. "Replacing everything seemed to be the best plan, but it also caused us to go over budget. But now we know everything is perfect and safe." The kitchen is peaceful with clean lines, modern, high-gloss cupboards (Deep Cove Customs) and sparkling quartz counters. There is a huge bank of windows that brings the outside in and no upper cabinets to impede the view. The turquoise blue exhaust fan adds a nice accent colour rather than being simply utilitarian. Karen installed the contrasting dark and light vinyl plank click flooring. Lighting is an eclectic mix of pendent lights, LEDs and chandeliers. Corrugated steel sheets were added as a third envelope layer to the outside of the house. Due to a natural aging process the metal is shiny in places and flat looking in other areas. "We love it because it doesn't look like everyone else's house and being artistic that was super important to me."

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Karen salvaged the cedar boards that had originally been used to hold up the ceiling insulation and used them on the outside walls to supply contrast. She also used some of the boards to create a unique feature wall in the living room. The boards were whitewashed and then spray painted. "It was fun to get it all to work together," said Karen. "The wall is so alive now; it's like the ocean, the beach, the weather." Other notable features include the new deck which opens to a relaxing view of the serene and beautiful property. Sky-blue chairs and umbrellas add a lively pop of colour. Inside, the bathrooms have undercabinet lighting, and the ensuite has a soaker tub and custom tiled shower with a rain shower head. Heating is provided by two high efficiency direct vent gas furnaces one on each floor and there is a laundry room on each floor too. Wood and glass panelled doors add light as do the many large picture windows; the light is enhanced by large wall mirrors. In the living room the brick fireplace was refaced 70 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2020

with stainless steel; Karen wanted it to look "slick and unexpected." In the last 18 months Karen and Tom have transformed the surrounding 1 1/4 acres by adding a large vegetable garden and removing the invasive species. Flowers, shrubs, trees and lush grass now flourish around their home. Of special note is the forest sculpture garden where visitors can view Karen's artwork in a natural outdoor setting. Even the trees are included in the display; her unique chandeliers and ball spheres hang from their branches. There is an opportunity to see this lovely property and Karen's intriguing sculptures; she will be hosting an "Art Garden Tour" at their property (11050 Heather Road) September 12 from noon to 4:00pm. (COVID-19 safety measures will be in place). Ten artists including Karen will also display their work at an "Art on The Bay Show and Sale" Saturday, Sept.19, 10-5pm (1295 Tapping Road). Creativity in Art and Display! Bring it on I say.


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This impressive James Grieve designed home captures the splendour of an old countryside Manor. 6bed 8bath 6,420sqft.

Custom-built one level home complete with meticulous workshop & lush gardens. Great livable design! 3bed 4bath 2,981sqft

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Set on a quiet cul de sac in Oak Bay, you will find this sizeable family home with flat & sunny back yard. 4bed 4bath 4,056sqft

Blue Heron in Sidney, executive waterfront condo that feels like a home! Overlooking Sidney Marina...a unique and rare offering! 2bed 3bath 2,741sqft

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Malaview Place, Sidney’s newest townhouse development. Lovely enclave of 8 units bordering Roberts Bay, starting at 549,000 plus GST.

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

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Hot Properties Check Off All the Boxes! $1,049,000 with this well located one level, 2000 sq. ft. home! Across the street from beach access, and a short walk to the Lochside Trail. Enjoy sunshine all day long with both East & West facing patios. Walk out family room with nicely updated kitchen, 3 bed, 2 bath & private office area. MLS 851527

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Mattick's Wood! $1,698,000

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You will be impressed from the moment you enter this immaculate 2007, 3BD/4BA, 2,343sf custom built home with soaring 18' ceilings capturing incredible natural light, quality finishing as-new condition, with recent upgrades. SW patio with new Pergola perfect for BBQ's. Meticulously maintained: newer exterior paint, upgraded Heat Pump & new irrigation, landscaping & exterior lighting. MLS 427064. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626

Oceanfront - Maple Bay

Dean Park Rancher $829,000

Wind your way through mature maple and fir opening onto a private point with 1,000 feet of low bank waterfront, beach access, viewpoints and a 50foot dock. With easy access to seaplane service, marinas and fine dining in the Cowichan Valley, this 11-acre estate offers an idyllic west coast lifestyle. MLS 427765.

West Coast-style 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1600+ sq.ft. rancher sits on a lovely landscaped .39 acre lot in desirable Dean Park. Large double garage plus lots of extra parking. Efficiently heated and cooled by a heat pump is a bonus! MLS 850723

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Maryan van Stolk* 250.656.4626

French Beach - Spectacular Waterfront

107 ft of Oceanfront in the Heart of Deep Cove

Situated on 2.47 acres, this home is nestled into the bed rock above the crashing waves of the shoreline and features a casual, West Coast sophistication and reflects the light and sounds of its stunning surroundings. Dramatic great room and open concept with gorgeous wood burning fireplace ‌ a wonderful place to gather family and friends. $1,699,000. MLS 421753.

This rare jewel, one of kind property is very private. Gorgeous stonework and patios to take in the breathtaking view of Deep Cove and Satellite Channel. This property has a sandy and rock beach. Bonus is that you can launch your boat right off your patio. Warm waters for swimming and prawning. MLS 427786.

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The Pinnacle $1,855,000

Waterfront Sidney Condo

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Immaculate top floor 2 bedroom plus den, 2 bath waterfront 1572 sq ft condo is sure to please the most discerning buyer. The east facing windows & deck offer the most amazing views of Sid-ney's waterfront, Port Sidney Marina and of course the incredible Mount Baker. Steps to down-town Sidney. MLS 850531 Michele's Team | 250.656.0911 michelesteam@holmesrealty.com www.holmesrealty.com

Sidney One-Level Home – $759,000 2282 Mills Road, Sidney

at Sayward Hill is 46 Luxury Condos featuring stunning views of Cordova Bay, Ridge Golf Course, Mt Baker & Salish Sea and QUALITY built by JAWL DEVELOPMENTS in 2019. this exceptional 2BD/2BA, 1837sf spacious view home with exquisite Master Retreat, Media Room, Home Office, great art walls, spacious room sizes all in sheer luxury. MLS 419366. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626

Well-maintained and spacious 1682sf 1-level home has 2 Bdr & 2 Bth with a huge ensuite. Skylights make it nice & bright! Beautiful easy-care yard with raised stone garden beds. Fantastic location on a quiet street just steps to the Library, Community Ctr. and only 4 blocks from Beacon Ave.

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602 - 9809 Seaport Pl, Sidney You will enjoy Luxurious Waterfront Living in this upscale 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, over 1800 sq.ft. condo with its views of Mount Baker and the Gulf Islands. Secure entrance and underground parking. Perfect for retirement living, close to all Sidney has to offer, amenities of the hotel, yet security when you want to travel. Pets permitted. Call for your private viewing. $1,975,000. Gay Helmsing & Anthea Helmsing 250.360.7387 helmsinghomesforsale.com


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Choo-ChooChoose Your Expression by Jo Barnes

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railroad-inspired phrases. As our conductor comes around to take your tickets, did you know that while the word train has been with us for a very long time, its origin had nothing to do with locomotives? Based on the Anglo French word "trainer," it first meant to draw or drag and related to the part of a gown that trails behind the wearer, much like our modern day bridal train. Later on, the meaning expanded to a group who followed behind one important individual. Then in 1651, a noted philosopher called Thomas Hobbes applied the phrase to the process of thinking and used it to describe a sequence of connected ideas. Linking the pattern of thinking to a moving train; isn't English a fascinating language? Speaking of Hobbes brings to mind the cartoon Calvin and Hobbes. Boy, that Hobbes was so very ‌ sorry, I'm getting "sidetracked" and maybe even a little "derailed". Like a train moved onto a branch line or a "sidetrack", I've strayed from the "main line," or, as the French say, "de-raille" which means to go right off the rails. So, let's get back on track. In fact, let's build up a good head of steam. Let's ride those rails! Now we're chugging along! Oh no, too many expressions for you? I get so worked up about these railroad phrases that I need to "blow off some steam!" It's a common expression nowadays, but before the 1800s, it referred more to the old steam engine than our human emotions. Boilers were used in these engines, and when too much pressure built up, there was a danger of explosion. To reduce pressure and let off the steam, engineers would apply the blow off valves. Whew! That's a lot of train talk in just one column. You could even accuse the writer of being one-track minded. Well folks, we're almost at the "end of the line." It's an expression referring to a railroad's terminus. We can't go any farther, so, along with the conductor I'd like to thank you all for coming on board today. But before I say farewell, I'd like to leave you with a smile. What do you give a train driver for Christmas? Platform shoes of course!


Aura & Breeze:

Two New Sidney Developments Sidney by the Sea is the ideal place to call home and is the dream of many. It's a community built around the belief that the best small towns balance walkable convenience with the sense of getting away from it all. Visitors and residents love the seaside charm, small town vibe and remarkable hospitality of Sidney. It is nestled along the eastern coast of the Peninsula with gorgeous views over the ocean to the San Juan Islands. Two new condominium opportunities are taking shape in Sidney, built by established award-winning local builder Homewood Constructors Ltd. With a reputation for quality, Homewood Constructors knows that craftsmanship and quality are key to repeat clients. They partner with reputable subcontractors and suppliers including some of the industries most experienced and skilled professionals in the Vancouver Island building industry. The construction sector was and continues to be deemed an essential service during the pandemic. Covid safety protocols established and implemented by Homewood

Constructors (as recommended by government) allows for construction on both projects to continue in a safe manner during these times. Breeze by the sea (9850 Fourth Street) features a collection of 37 one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium homes offering all the advantages of living in the vibrant heart of Sidney. Breeze is looking fabulous with the building exterior almost complete. It is over 40% sold and is on track for a spring 2021 completion. Aura Residences (9861 Third Street) showcases a collection of 34 one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium homes offering comfort and a quiet sophistication. It is quietly situated only blocks from the seafront, with fine boutiques and a vibrant and varied dining culture all within a convenient walk. Aura broke ground in April and is already about 20% sold with work on the project proceeding. For further information on both projects, call 250-883-2715 or visit www.auraresidences.com and www.breezeinsidney.com. The Sales Centre is located at 2387 Beacon Avenue. It's open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. (covid safety protocols in place).

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LAST WORD from the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ALLISON SMITH

Last year, the concept of "summer vacation" was very different. It didn't start, more or less, in March, for one thing, and there weren't so many of us on it all at the same time. For a while summer vacation seemed to mean simply staying up and sleeping in a bit later, spending more time at home doing long-overdue DIY projects and perhaps starting Happy Hour at 4 instead of 5. But after restrictions eased a bit and the world – or at least our little part of it, here on Vancouver Island – seemed slightly safer again, we started to look around at the house we'd spent so much time in over the last months and try to figure out how, exactly, we could holiday this year. Taking a flight was out, as was crossing any borders (provincial or international). So the answer, we found, was staying in our own Beautiful British Columbia. Camping! we concluded en masse, and the coolers, tents and firepits flew off the shelves of Canadian Tire while the rental hotlines at local RV places jammed up until all recreational vehicles were booked solid for the rest of the season. For our family, camping is always a part of our summer. Some may call it glamping (we opt for spaghetti over hot dogs, and comfort over a "true rustic experience") but to us it's the most time our whole family spends together all year, and the beautiful setting at various Vancouver Island parks is a bonus. We recently got back from Miracle Beach and it was a real vacation – not just from work emails and to-do lists, but from this strange, Covid-tinged life we've been living. Yes there was an acceptably-spaced line at the bathrooms, and parents monitored how many kids were on the playground at one time, but other than that it felt … normal. The overwhelming soundtrack was that of birds in the trees, ocean waves and my daughter and nieces laughing as they rode their bikes and hunted for slugs. We got to ignore the endless newstream of the pandemic for a while, and in so doing, appreciate our summer holiday as it should be – uncomplicated and relaxing.

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