SEA SIDE M A G A Z I N E
YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE
Food, glorious food! CHATTING GREEK FOOD WITH PANTELIS VASSILIADIS 1 FOOD, 3 WAYS LOCAL PORK PENINSULA FLAVOURS DISCOVER YOUR NEXT NEW TASTE
TRAVEL TIPS For a Changed
Seaside Homes EQUIPPING YOUR KITCHEN
The Newest and Prettiest addition right in the heart of Sidney! 1, 2, and 3 bedroom suites starting at $399,000 A charmed lifestyle with every convenience just steps away perfectly located for easy living. The Alouette has eleven lovely suites in a unique and modern building that feature thoughtful floor plans to suit your every need. We are almost ready for you to move right in!
Call for your personal walk thru today!
2348 Beacon Ave • www.thealouette.com • JULIE COVE • 250-888-1238
Seasons change, and so do we... At Sidney SeniorCare, we’ve been taking care of Peninsula seniors and their families for almost 20 years with customized services to ﬁt every lifestyle and need.
Winner of Favourite Seniors Health Services 4 years in a row! New
OWNER / PUBLISHER SUE HODGSON 250.516.6489 email@example.com
EDITOR IN CHIEF ALLISON SMITH 250.813.1745 firstname.lastname@example.org
CREATIVE DIRECTOR LEAH-ANNE MACLEOD email@example.com
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR DEBORAH ROGERS firstname.lastname@example.org
SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER
TOP STORIES 10
PORK THREE WAYS Endless Possibilities
FROM THE KITCHEN Zucchini Inspiration
FLAVOURS OF THE PENINSULA Four Stories to Make Your Mouth Water
INSIDE OUT Flattening the Curve: The Myopia Pandemic in Children
QUEEN CITY CAKES The Art & Science of Baking Cakes
SEASIDE HOMES Kitchen Treasures and a New Stove
STEVEN HALEY-BROWNING 250.217.4022 email@example.com
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS JANIS JEAN firstname.lastname@example.org AMANDA CRIBDON email@example.com
THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS Annilee Armstrong, Jo Barnes, Amy Burns, Brooklyn Cribdon, Dr. Florence Fernet-Leclair, Lisa Gray, Sherrin Griffin, Matt Hall, Ryan Hayter, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Cathy Larsen, Sheila Molloy, Karen Morgan, Deborah Rogers, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Christopher A. Straub P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 firstname.lastname@example.org To find Seaside Magazine near you, visit www.seasidemagazine.ca/get/ Get Seaside direct to your door; email email@example.com for subscription details Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live and work.
photo by Janis Jean Photography
Contents SEPTEMBER 2021
EVERY MONTH 8 10 19 23 24 28
First Word One Food, Three Ways Common Cents Out for a … Country Bike Ride From the Kitchen In Fashion
31 32 35 36 41 46 54
The Natural Path Peninsula Voices Inside Out New & Noteworthy Salish Sea News Living Off The Land
57 62 66 73 76 78
Seaside Book Club The Golden Years Seaside Homes West Coast Gardener Take Note Last Word
ON THE COVER Blackberry lavender layer cake from Queen City Cakes. See story pg 20. Photo by Janis Jean Photography
Land Owner Transparency Register The B.C. Government has recently implemented new legislation requiring certain property owners to disclose details of their land ownership. If you own land through a trust, corporation or partnership, you may have to comply with these new rules. The Land Owner Transparency Register (LOTR) is a registry recently implemented by the B.C. Government that requires reporting bodies such as trusts, corporations and partnerships to file information regarding beneficial ownership of
the property. If you have an interest in property that is not held in your name, for business, tax or estate planning reasons, then this new requirement may apply to you. Since late last year every purchase of a property or other transfer at the Land Title Office has required a LOTR filing. The government requires all existing property owners to whom this legislation applies to make a filing with LOTR by November 30, 2021. It does not matter if the property was purchased in 2015 or 1975.
If you have questions about LOTR or are unsure if you are required to make a LOTR filing then please contact us. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
Henley&Straub LLP P E R S O N A L & B U S I N E S S L AW
250.656.7231 • #201 - 2377 Bevan Ave, Sidney • www.henleystraub.com
2493 B Beacon Avenue 250-655-0372
Two Shops; One Block!
2485 Beacon Avenue 250-655-7118
Or window-shop our galleries at www.badenbadenboutiques.com 6 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
SEPTEMBER 2021 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE
ANNILEE ARMSTRONG PAGE 28
BROOKLYN CRIBDON PAGE 14
FLORENCE FERNET-LECLAIR PAGE 35
We learned a lot during lockdown last year. Discovering everyone's true hair colour was entertaining, and scary for some! Seeing how we all responded with love, compassion and patience was heartwarming. Being just a hairdresser took on a whole new meaning; see the perspective from behind the chair with me.
What better way to engage with a local community than to talk about food? The acts of growing, producing, tasting and sharing food are universal, yet specifically diverse between communities, place, culture and families. It's fascinating hearing folks share their food narratives and what role food has in their lives.
Our understanding about the development of the eyes is evolving at the speed of light. It feels incredibly empowering to use this knowledge to preserve the eyesight of the children in our own community. Let's work together to keep our community's vision bright into the future.
SHERRIN GRIFFIN PAGE 62
RYAN HAYTER PAGE 10
CATHY LARSEN PAGE 58
These days, quality of life is more important than ever, and I was excited to discover some very interesting arthritis treatment options for decreasing the pain and inflammation caused by this debilitating condition. What a relief to know that we don't have to suffer needlessly anymore.
"We are excited for our first cozy fall at The Marigold Café. Autumn welcomes a host of fresh flavours; local vegetables will inspire new soups to warm the body on cold crisp days. Carrots, beets, pumpkin, squash and parsnips are wonderful accompaniments to your favourite protein when cooking at home."
Travel won't be the same as it once was, and that's a good thing! Cities will be quieter and historical sites less crowded. Travel will be more thoughtful, as we carefully consider how we experience the culture, food, landscapes and people around the world. Where will travel take you?
for SaanichGulf Islands Authorized by the Official Agent for David Busch
firstname.lastname@example.org | davidbusch.ca | 250.479.1241 SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 7
Sue Hodgson Nielson-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste; Zucchini, Tomato and Ricotta Galette; Pork Belly with Maple Butternut Squash Puree … are you ready to get hungry for this issue? After you get a taste of what's to come, you'll soon be salivating over the recipes and photography in the next 80 pages. It's a treat for the senses, with the Peninsula's plenty captured perfectly – you'll feel you can almost smell some of the dishes! I am continually amazed at the creativity and inspirational ideas that these foodies have in the beautiful meals they prepare. My love for publishing and the magazine's conception each month is one thing; but it's true, the way to someone's heart is through food! Sharing their passion for good food, these gourmands celebrate fresh, simple, bold and satisfying flavours and wonderful seasonal ingredients while embracing their diverse backgrounds and cooking styles. As well as our big focus on food we have other (non) tasty treats for you too! Have you been dreaming about travel? We've got an update on travel trends for 2022 and beyond (pg 58). Need budgeting tips for all the groceries our recipes have inspired you to try? Common Cents this month gives some great advice, aimed at kids, but helpful for anyone wanting to stretch their dollars (pg 19)! Have a little one headed back to school? There are some essential ophthalmologist observations in our health column (pg 35). The Seaside team has also been working hard to update our website recently. Take a few minutes to review our refreshed look and easy-to-access story archive. We've also added a new online store – keep an eye out for our offerings over the next few months. We hope you truly savour this month's magazine. Our food issue is always such a pleasure to create, bringing new flavours, ingredients and ideas to stimulate us. We're sure there will be plenty to tantalize your tastebuds too!
e u S
Photo by Janis Jean Photography. Clothing provided and styled by Good Bones Clothing Co. For more, visit www.facebook.com/goodbonessidney.
RON PHILLIPS email@example.com
Pork Three Ways by Ryan Hayter, Chef/Owner, The Marigold Café photo by Janis Jean Photography
I love cooking with pork; it's affordable and lends itself to many variations of flavour and preparation methods. Pork is used in so many different styles of cuisine; the possibilities are endless! We are so fortunate living on the Peninsula as we have the amazing local Berryman Farms, which raise and process their own pigs using the highest health and moral standards. This translates to superior flavour and freshness; plus, you can feel good about the food you are putting on your plate!
KOREAN BBQ PULLED PORK SANDWICH (a feature sandwich at the café!) (makes approx. 6 sandwiches)
PORK BELLY WITH MAPLE BUTTERNUT SQUASH PURÉE (8 appetizer servings) Pork Belly 1.5 lbs. Rindless Pork Belly, 3/4-inch thick slices 2 tbsp salt 3 tbsp white sugar 1/8 tsp ground black pepper 3 cloves garlic 2 sprigs thyme 1 sprig rosemary 8 whole black peppercorns 1 bay leaf 2 cups vegetable oil
Pork Shoulder Rub 1 pork shoulder (boneless approx. 5 lbs. Ask your butcher to cut one for you if you can't find it) 1.5 tsp salt 1.5 tsp ground black pepper 1.5 tsp smoked paprika 1.5 tsp brown sugar Pork Shoulder Braise 1 yellow onions, peeled & sliced 1-inch piece ginger, peeled & sliced 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1L water 1/2 can Pepsi 1/4 cup brown sugar 1.5 tsp chili flakes 1.5 tbsp beef soup base
GRILLED BONE-IN PORK CHOP (2 servings) Pork Chop & Marinade 2 bone-in pork chops 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 sprigs fresh parsley, finely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/8 tsp ground black pepper Sundried Tomato & Caper Sauce 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium shallot, peeled and minced 2 tbsp capers 3 sprigs fresh parsley, minced 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 lemon, zest & juice pinch salt & pepper
Korean BBQ Sauce 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced 2 tbsp garlic, diced 3/4 tbsp ginger, peeled & minced 2 tbsp soy sauce 1/2 cup mirin 6 tbsp Frank’s Red Hot Sauce 1/2 cup ketchup 1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard 1/4 cup honey 2 tbsp white sugar 6 tbsp Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
FOR FULL RECIPES VISIT SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA OR EMAIL US AT NEWS@SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA
Flavours of the Peninsula:
Four Food Stories to Make Your Mouth Water Have you ever had that moment where your tastebuds were dancing with excitement because you decided to try something new? If you have, you'll know how marvellous it feels. But how many times has that happened where you knew the food was made right in your community, or in "your own backyard?" If you're looking for new dishes to try, ingredients to cook with or snacks to share, the Saanich Peninsula has some incredible, local food businesses you may not know about. I was lucky enough to sit down with four of them and ask "What's your food story?" Their answers may surprise you. by Brooklyn Cribdon | photos by Amanda Cribdon Photography
Vumami Foods Our first story comes from the visionaries behind Vumami Foods. What is Vumami? It's a combination of "Vegan" and "Umami." Umami is a fifth taste (outside of sweet, salty, sour and bitter) conceived by a Japanese scientist in the early 20th century. Umami is described as meaty, bold and savoury. Nick Baingo and Lauren Isherwood knew they wanted to bring umami into the lives of more people after they experienced the flavour at a Buddhist restaurant in South Korea. They've been able to achieve this in the form of their dazzling Umami Bomb Shitaki Chili Oil, which is not only vegan but also derived from sustainable ingredients with a nearly zero-waste production. This condiment can be used on "literally everything" to enhance flavour and add depth to your eating experience. Vumami found a home in the form of Beauregard Cafe's shared kitchen space. Nick and Lauren are so grateful for the warm community they've found on the Saanich Peninsula, as it has allowed them to build strong relationships and develop their business over the past year and a half.
Bean Boy If you're familiar with the local farmers markets, you've likely seen a stand with a fun and memorable name: Bean Boy. Bean Boy homous packs a punch with unique flavours such as Chipotle Roasted Garlic, Sweet Chili Lime, and Curry Currant. Bean Boy's founder, Kevin Meadows, cited his instinct for experimenting with ingredients and a love for good food as what ultimately led to such distinctive flavours. This homous is not only made with sustainable, organic ingredients, but it boasts an interesting oddity. Unlike many traditional homouses, Bean Boy doesn't use tahini as a main ingredient. This results in a lighter spread that lets the other delicious flavours shine. Kevin has been making his products on the Peninsula for nine years and he finds pride in hearing and seeing the relationships that his customers have to Bean Boy. From shipping homous overseas to a relative, to children adamantly walking up to his booth to purchase their favourite flavour, Bean Boy homouses make people excited about local food.
14 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
3 J's Smokehouse Island Jerky Sometimes, a protein-rich snack is just what your afternoon hike calls for. This is where 3 J's Smokehouse's Island Jerky comes in. In the heart of Sidney's Business Park, Jerry, Jodi and Judy are busy making 1,600 bags of beef jerky a day. Jerry has been in the meat industry most of his life but settled into the welcoming community of Sidney after leaving Alberta. His goal is to produce simple, delicious snacks. Notably, none of Island Jerky's three flavours (original, teriyaki, and pepper) contain any sugar or honey. Island Jerky is also smoked instead of dehydrated, allowing for an enhanced taste. Island Jerky thrives in the local farmers market circuit and has received great encouragement from the Saanich Peninsula community.
Adriana's The Whole Enchilada Deli Last, but certainly not least, the authentic and home cooked flavours from Adriana's The Whole Enchilada Deli offer nothing but comfort. After emigrating from Mexico to Canada, Adriana Ramirez began her business in 1995. After a few iterations and locations, Adriana landed The Whole Enchilada deli in the Keating area. Beyond its famous corn tortillas, the deli also has a wide selection of Mexican meals ready to take home. When asked about what inspires her flavours, Adriana says: "My cooking is a subtle fusion of my life in Canada and all the memories that kept me experimenting to find the flavours I know by [heart]." Notably, after moving to Canada, Adriana said she was inclined to try new cuisines from Japan, India and Thailand, which sparked a curiosity and integration of new ingredients to her dishes while staying true to Mexican traditions. She is most proud of a recent milestone: completing and publishing her first cookbook – Adriana's The Whole Enchilada: Mexican Food Made with Love. A work in progress since 2007, the pandemic allowed her to finish the task and honour her late mother.
The flavours found across the Peninsula are vast and diverse. Hopefully, you've discovered something new that you'd like to try! Here's where you can find this article's featured products: Vumami's Umami Bomb: Sidney's Lifestyle Market, Deep Cove Market; Bean Boy Homous: Sidney Street Market and local Victoria grocers; Island Jerky: Sidney Street Market or Sidney's Fairway Market; Adriana's Yellow Corn Chips and Chia Chips: their deli in Keating, Keating Co-op and Brentwood Bay Fairway Market (don't forget to pick up her newly released cookbook too!). No matter what you decide to try next, I hope it excites you.
W E R O S L F O T S 7 E 2 P 10 G U A
Escape into a flower lover's dream! Sidney's First Annual Flower Festival invites you to explore, pose, and snap over 10 sky-high floral displays in the heart of downtown Sidney.
Launch Party on August 28 Join in the fun as Sidney kicks it into party mode all day Saturday, Aug 28 featuring a town-wide sale, live music, streetside entertainment and more!
FIND OUT MORE AT EXPLORESIDNEY.CA/BLOOM
September Happenings Don't miss out on the Sidney Street Market every Sunday until October 10 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Mary Winspear Centre Parking Lot. Stock up on your summer produce needs, discover the work of many local artisans and enjoy a bite to eat. Details at sidneystreetmarket.com From August 27 to September 10, be sure not to miss the Sidney's Festival of Flowers, a first annual celebration presented by the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society. The festival will feature unique and creative floral displays throughout downtown Sidney. Downtown Sidney merchants' look forward to welcoming the community to experience and enjoy! Visit ExploreSidney.ca for more information. The Mary Winspear Centre is running an incredible fall lineup of live shows featuring the likes of Paula Cole, Edie Daponte, Harry Manx, Roy Forbes, Martha Wainwright, George Canyon, and Big Wreck & Monster Truck. For more information and tickets, visit MaryWinspear.ca The ArtSea Gallery is open to the public seven days a week. The gallery is open show hours, which vary slightly with each exhibition with most shows operating between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. For more information, visit ArtSea.ca Find out more about Downtown Sidney at ExploreSidney.ca © Sidney Business Improvement Area Society
$8 ,99 9,0 00
1032 & 1034 Lands End Road UNIQUE & RARE OCEANFRONT OFFERING! 2 titled oceanfront properties with a combined 2+acres of land consisting of a main house, guest cottage, private moorage and in-ground heated pool … perfect for those looking to create the ultimate family compound! Over 4300 sq ft of combined oceanfront deck/patio space looking on to Satellite Channel and Salt Spring Island … you are going to love entertaining here! This property is a boater’s dream with new dock (8’x40’) & aluminium cantilevered gangway. Stairs down to the water offer great beach combing at low tide & a lovely launch of your kayak. This property offers you a front row seat to the true essence of West Coast living!
T E RRY
STO C K US
Personal Real Estate Corporation 250.656.0911 | 250.588.7933 | Terry.firstname.lastname@example.org | www.terrystockus.com
by Christopher A. Straub Henley & Straub LLP
FOOD CENTS: TEACHING KIDS ABOUT GROCERY BUDGETING In keeping with this issue's theme of all things culinary, this article is about the financial side of keeping the family fed and watered. Our two eldest kids are both developing an interest in cooking. In between helping them decipher the recipes ("what's a cardamom?") and explaining the lethal danger of the immersion blender, my wife and I have been trying to teach them about the dollars that go into every meal, and how to make choices at the grocery store that stretch those dollars as far as possible. When we go to the grocery store, we tell the kids to ignore the overall price of shelf-stocked goods, and focus instead on that little teeny number at the bottom of the grocery store label. This number, we explain, tells you how much the product costs per applicable unit (100 grams, millilitre, etc). It's a great way to show kids the concept of purchasing power: even though the little jar of mayo has a lower overall price, it is significantly more expensive per millilitre than the big jar. The concept of purchasing power extends through to any number of financial transactions – even ferry tickets get cheaper when you buy them in bulk. But this inevitably brings us to the issue of carrying costs. In a business context, carrying cost refers to the costs associated with storing excess inventory – costs like refrigeration, warehouse space, etc. In the household context, it is the cost associated with buying more of something than you need at that moment. Those costs can range from credit card interest ("hmmm … maybe we didn't need that whole pallet of Cheetos …") to storage costs (yes, it's cheaper to by half a cow than it is to buy individual steaks, but then you need a new freezer) to food spoilage (that five pack of romaine from Costco isn't so cheap if you only get around to eating two of them). We explain to our boys that the key to getting the best bang for your buck at the grocery store is to pay attention to the "little numbers" on the price label and to balance the cheaper option against the potential carrying costs. This sounds like a pretty bland exercise, but when they're in the store figuring out their dinner budget, they catch on remarkably fast. The sound of an eight year old muttering "we're never going to eat that much hot sauce" in the middle of Thrifty's is music to my ears. Through their adventures in cooking, I'm proud to say that our kids not only know what cardamom is: they also know that the cost per gram is off the charts, so they'd better measure carefully!
OPEN NOW ! The Gentlemen’s Cave ~ Elegant Barbershop was born of a shared passion for barbering, a passion summed up in our slogan: Mastering the Art of being Handsome. Helping you look your best is what we’re all about. We offer attentive, personalized service focused on the details that make a difference—all in a unique and comfortable atmosphere. Treat yourself to the ultimate in high-end grooming and a truly relaxing experience. Because in our book, that’s what every gentleman deserves. For a haircut, a beard trim, a hot shave or hair replacement, you’ll appreciate all the care and attention we put into our craft. As Olivier Goldsmith once put it: “To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly, a barber.” We look forward to welcoming you for a professional barbering experience like no other.
SERVICES Haircut - Beard & Mustache trim Shave - Hair Replacement
BOOK AT: 250 533-1177 or thegentlemenscave.ca 2481 Sidney Avenue Sidney BC V8L 1Y8
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 19
The Art & Science
by Jesse Holth photos by Janis Jean Photography
Some of the most wonderful things in life can take you completely by surprise. Seven months ago, Lorianne Koch opened the doors on something she never thought would happen: her own cake-baking business. A graphic designer and art director by trade, she now owns and operates Queen City Cakes, making highquality, decadent layer cakes from scratch. "When Covid hit and the majority of our clients took a break from our services, it really did take a mental toll on me creatively," she explains. "I missed the focus and energy of design." She also missed the joy of meeting and collaborating with new people, and soon found herself channeling that energy into baking cakes. "I love creating something specifically tailored for someone," Lorianne says. "It really brings me joy to think of someone taking a bite out of that cake, smiling, sharing with friends and family." For her, baking is therapy – but there is certainly more to it than meets the eye. There was a lot of trial and error in the beginning, and as a self-taught baker, Lorianne was interested in why certain recipes worked better – or just differently – than others. "It really is an art – but also a science." Refining her recipes turned out to be quite a process: Lorianne would test new ingredients and flavours on her (willing) foodie
friends and family. "My husband and teenage daughter are ruthless critics," she laughs, "but bang-on with their feedback." With a tweak here and there, a tried-and-true list of cakes started to take shape. She took the FoodSafe course, and began to sell her cakes to business owners and members of the public. "I slowly began to gain my stride in this side gig," she explains. One of the biggest challenges? Trying to be her own design client. "I discovered I'm quite fussy," she says, noting that it was difficult to finally decide it was time to launch the brand in print and social media. With that hurdle out of the way, it was time for some outreach. "I made phone calls and sent emails to potential clients, baked hundreds of 3.5-inch petite rounds for tastings, and conducted meetings with masks and socially distanced protocols to get the word (and slice!) out there." Covid threw another wrench into the plans: no one was very keen on serving cake slices, so after some quick thinking, Lorianne decided to pivot to cake mason jars. "This was a challenge that I didn't realize would gain traction and actually be a springboard that boosted my custom cake business," she says. "I would receive messages from someone who had tasted my cake jars at Sea Cider, or through Alana Catlin at The Vancouver Island Picnic Company
The Dancing Orchid
250.656.1318 | #104 - 2537 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
Let Ruby Do it!! and Shannon Cavaghan at Modern Baskets; people now wanted the whole three-layer shebang." Lorianne says she owes so much to these small businesses and the local community for all their support, and helping to spread the word about Queen City Cakes. She now gets orders for birthdays, engagement parties, bridal showers, weddings, anniversaries and even surprise gifts. "I'm a planner, a maker, an experimenter and collaborator, who cannot believe her good fortune," she says. "Those marked-up and time-worn recipe cards that were held by loving, floured hands before me were the inspiration," Lorianne adds, noting that the brilliant women in her family shared with her their passion for baking. What she loves most about small-batch baking? That she knows exactly who the cake is going to. "I picture them in my mind, taking it out of the box, bringing it to the table, cutting and passing around a slice on the plate; I see the smiles and hear the oohs and aahs. For me, it doesn't get much better than that." Sourcing quality ingredients like Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste, Callebaut Chocolate, Silk Road Tea, Island dairy products, and local in-season fruit, Lorianne believes a beautifully-flavoured, scratch-made cake should be an event in itself. And, by the way, she still owns her very first Easy Bake Oven, which she's had since she was four years old! Some of the amazing flavours offered include: lime syrup-infused coconut vanilla bean cake; espresso chocolate peanut butter cake; signature carrot cake; and blackberry lavender layer cake (as shown!). You can find Lorianne on Instagram at _queencitycakes_.
Pick Up & Delivery Available!
LAUNDRY SERVICES Your Local Full Service Laundromat SUITE #101 – 9842 SECOND ST SIDNEY BC V8L 3A6 w w w . r u b y t u e s d a y s l a u n d r y . c a
Fall for our locally made ponchos & sweaters!
9813 Third Street, Sidney • 778.426.1998
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 21
OUT FOR A … COUNTRY BIKE RIDE by Sheila Molloy
Interurban Rail Trail The Saanich Peninsula has so many great rural areas that can be biked with relative ease. We selected this trail as it was straightforward for all ages and off heavy-traffic streets when you select the second start below. The Interurban Rail Trail is another spectacular Centennial Trail. The trail follows the central part of the former British Columbia Electric Railway line from Interurban Road at Goward Road and West Saanich Road to Wallace Drive. The railway originally ran from Ogden Point to Deep Cove. Route Details We decided to start close to a beach for a cool down after our ride, so we parked along the side of the road next to the Tod Inlet Trail Entrance at 6537 Wallace Drive. Riding down Wallace Drive, we took our time past the beautiful farms and Peninsula countryside. The road undulates lightly and is generally an easy ride. It does not have bike lanes and has a lot of traffic, so if you would rather not share the road with cars, then a second start for the route is at the corner of Wallace Drive and West Saanich Road where the official walking/biking/horse trail portion begins. Parking is available on Wallace at the mailbox across from the trail start. Walk your bike to the Tod Creek Flats signpost as it is a great read to learn more about the work being done to preserve this important habitat. The trail is shared and two-way, so it is best to keep to the right.
It is smoothly rising and falling over soft gravel or even pavement for the duration. You will flow between gravel trail and a quiet, rural section of Interurban Road, so watch for car traffic. Most of this trail is surrounded by low shrubs, wildflowers and forest with a variety of tree types, rocky outcrops, pastures, rural homes and farms. Expect to see and watch out for free-range chickens, goats, horses, birds, turtles and lizards. We turned back around where Interurban meets Goward Road, but the options to keep going can bring you to new great outings and stops along the trail and without the traffic. Things to Note This was 13km round trip from the first start place. 9km return for the second start. Invasive blackberries can be found on both sides of the trail; watch for the overgrown thorns and prickles. Please watch for the turtles and lizards crossing. Limited parking at the postal box area but another option is the Red Barn parking lot which offers free parking, public washrooms, and there is ice cream available! Learn more about the history of this trail: https://www.saanich.ca/assets/Parks~Recreat ion~and~Community~Services/Documents/ CentennialTrails_InterurbanRailTrail.pdf.
F R O M T H E K I TC H E N by Joan Saunders photos by Amanda Cribdon Photography
Zucchini Inspiration My friend wouldn't let me leave her garden without taking a zucchini. My neighbour left zucchinis for me at the door. There was no escaping it: it was time to get inspired by zucchini. I grew up eating zucchini as it was easy to cultivate. There were zucchini cookies, zucchini bread and sautéed zucchini with tomatoes and onions. And, finally, there was Zucchini Cucamonga. In those days my mom flirted with spice, but we were generally a meat, potatoes and two veg kind of family. I think it was in desperation and with grumblings that we kids were done with zucchini that she uncovered the recipe for the soon-to-beinfamous Cucamonga. The directions involved scraping out the zucchini's flesh and cooking it with ground meat, onions, tomatoes and peppers, then putting the mix back into the zucchini shell to bake. Mom decided to liven it up, so she threw in some peppers from an ornamental plant. It did not go over well. For people not used to any sort of heat, the ornamental peppers were mind blowing and made the dish inedible. However, the real joke was when my brother came home later and, as he hadn't been in on the initial taste testing, we remained ominously quiet and waited for him to sit down to dinner. He was not amused. The story has become part of family lore. Zucchini Cucamonga was never attempted again, but I've put other dishes involving the hardy green squash into recipe rotation, especially at this time of year when zucchinis are omnipresent. I do adore a good galette, sweet or savoury, and zucchini is a fabulous base as it merges with the flavours of the other ingredients. I also love tomatoes and, as we have a glut of them in the garden, I thought they would pair beautifully in this appealing galette. They do. The tanginess of the cheese layer also brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes while the pastry is satisfyingly flaky. Add a salad and this makes a delicious vegetarian meal. So, take some time to explore inspiring seasonal produce at our local farm stands and see where it takes you. Just, please, don't add any ornamental peppers.
Zucchini, Tomato & Ricotta Galette Pastry 1¼ cups flour, chilled in freezer for 30 minutes ¼ tsp salt ½ cup cold, unsalted butter, chopped into chunks Filling 1 large or 2 small zucchinis, sliced into ¼ inch rounds 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, sliced into ¼ inch rounds 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil
¼ cup sour cream 2 tsp lemon juice ¼ cup ice water
1 garlic clove, minced ½ cup ricotta cheese ½ cup grated parmesan ¼ cup grated mozzarella 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
Glaze 1 egg yolk, mixed with 1 tsp water Make dough: Whisk together flour and salt in large bowl. Sprinkle chunks of butter over flour mix and, using pastry blender, cut it in until mix resembles coarse meal, with the biggest chunks of butter reduced to the size of little peas. In small bowl, whisk together sour cream, lemon juice and water; add to the butter/flour mixture. With a fork, mix in liquid until large lumps form. Pat lumps into a ball; try not to overwork the dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate one hour. Make filling: Spread zucchini slices out over a few layers of paper towels. Sprinkle with salt (about ½ tsp); drain for around 30 minutes. Before using softly blot the tops of zucchini dry with paper towels. In bowl, whisk olive oil with minced garlic; set aside. In separate bowl, mix ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella and 1 tsp of garlicky olive oil together; season with a bit of pepper. Prepare galette: Preheat oven to 400°. On floured work surface, roll out dough into 12-inch round. Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Evenly spread ricotta mixture over dough, leaving 2-inch border all around. Shingle zucchini nicely on top of ricotta in circles, starting at outside edge. Do one layer. Layer on sliced tomatoes, again in one layer. Then put on another layer of zucchini. Drizzle remaining garlic/ olive oil mix over top zucchini layer. Fold dough border over filling, folding/pleating edges to fit. Centre will be open (add tomato slice in centre if desired). Brush dough with glaze. Bake until zucchini is cooked and galette is golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven, cool 5-10 minutes, shift galette onto serving plate; sprinkle with basil. Cut into wedges; serve hot, warm, or room temperature. Recipe adapted and amalgamated from: www.smittenkitchen.com/2010/06/zucchini-and-ricotta-galette/ www.foodiecrush.com/heirloom-tomato-zucchini-caramelizedonion-and-feta-galette/ www.kingarthurbaking.com/recipes/savory-zucchini-galette-recipe
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS
The Centre of Your Experience
Mary Winspear Centre – Celebrating 20 Years Twenty years ago the Mary Winspear Centre opened its doors; once a dream of a dedicated team of volunteers and donors, the new state-of-the-art facility quickly became the gateway to Sidney. In 1995, a devoted team of visionaries including Richard Holmes, Sheilah Fea, John Bell and Ron Gurney proposed to build a new 30,000 square foot facility, with an estimated cost of $6 million. Through an impressive "Honouring the Past Building the Future" fundraising campaign by the newly formed Sanscha Community Cultural Centre Foundation, and the involvement of several generous donors, the redevelopment project was successfully completed. To honour the historic past of Sanscha Hall and its volunteers, the new centre was built around the original hall. In September 2001, the Mary Winspear Centre opened its doors to an excited, proud community. The new facility was named after the inspirational Mary Winspear. William Winspear, her nephew, was a very generous contributor to the campaign in honour of Mary. She dedicated her life to educating youth and retired to the Peninsula where William would visit in the summers. The Centre’s rich history has always revolved around two fundamental pillars; community and volunteers. Both of which continue to be the source of the Centre’s success. With over sixty current volunteers the Centre could not run without their hard work, from ushering in the Charlie White Theatre, archiving the Centre’s achievements and sitting as a Board member on the Saanich Peninsula Memorial Park Society our team of volunteers are the heart of the Centre ready to greet and assist every patron who walks in the doors. We are very lucky to have a number of volunteers who started with the Centre in 2001 and continue to serve to this day. Thank you to all the past and present volunteers who have supported the Centre over the past twenty years.
26 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
The Centre was built by the community for the community. From Sanscha Hall, to the opening of the Mary Winspear Centre, it has always been essential that we provide a home and gathering place for all. From our longest continuous client NOSA dog obedience to the Community Christmas Dinner and the Peninsula Players our clients and partners, many of who have been with us before the Centre opened, are the reason we are able to provide a little something for everyone, welcoming all generations. Over the past year and a half, the arts and entertainment industry has been particularly hard hit during the pandemic, like always our patrons have stepped up and supported us by purchasing tickets to future shows, collecting a credit instead of a refund and buying gift certificates. We have always been able to rely on the local community to support us and guide us into the future. The Mary Winspear Centre staff enjoy working with our clients and talking with members of the public to ensure we are providing the best quality and diverse events that everyone can enjoy. To all the past donors, volunteers, and staff, we want to thank everyone who came before us who have worked tirelessly to get the Centre to where it is now, creating a long-lasting legacy on the Saanich Peninsula. We also want to acknowledge the continued support of the Town of Sidney and the municipality of North Saanich. Looking to the future the Centre will look forward to welcoming everyone back in the months to come, with exciting concerts in the Charlie White Theatre and unique events to peak your interests. Here’s to another 20 years of being the Centre of your experience.
Share with us your fondest memory from the past 20 years. If your memory is chosen you will receive a gift card to the Centre that can be used towards any upcoming performance. Email your memory to email@example.com .
2243 BEACON AVENUE, SIDNEY • 250-656-0275 • MARYWINSPEAR.CA
I N FA S H I O N by Annilee Armstrong Red's Chair
Just a Hairdresser We've all heard of a "bad hair day," but how about a "bad hair year?" Mid March of 2020, people were shocked to realize their impending doom when hair salons were shuttered. In B.C., we were lucky that initial shutdown was only for nine weeks, and only once. Still, those nine weeks were painfully long for those who religiously had a cleanup every two weeks, grey coverage every three weeks, and so on. Some decided that this was as good a time for change as any. They owned what was happening on their head and grew their hair.
Some invested in hats. Some went to the colour aisle at the grocery store and texted a picture to us asking if this would be OK to use. Some took to YouTube and got brave with their kitchen scissors! The pandemic made us realize a lot about ourselves. Those of us in the profession also went into panic mode! Yet, we remained calm. I'd meet clients in the grocery store or out for a walk and many times, both of us would well up with tears. We missed each other. We missed catching up on life. The connection we have with each of our clients is deep. The
Fall in love with this season’s flavours!
28 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
uncertainty of when we'd be together again was hard. There was no hug, no contact. We remained safe. It became obvious as we watched Dr. Bonnie's hair get longer, and her bangs get uneven, that we were all in this together. Late in May, we rejoiced with the news that salons could reopen! Then hairdressers panicked again at the thought of rebooking nine weeks of appointments! The supply orders were backed up and PPE was hard to come by. Some of you crafted homemade masks and eagerly dropped them off for us to use. You were patient with our rebooking process and new protocols that we had to enforce. We were kind. When we saw you all again, we knew you were smiling behind those masks; we were too. Some people were thrilled to get those pesky greys touched up and some were realizing that monthly trips to the salon weren't as important as they once thought. A number of people decided to embrace what mother nature was doing, and own the grey! Some decided that they needed to come in more often, and be more organized with their appointments. Some decided that it was time for a major change! Colour, cuts, extensions … you name it: there were a few who wanted it all! Of course, those who got brave with their kitchen scissors or took a trip down the colour aisle of the grocery store confessed their ways. We understood, and were happy to help with the fixing. We realized that we relied on each other more than we thought possible. We needed that human contact that some only received from that initial shampoo. We needed that connection. Nobody has used the term "just a hairdresser" ever since.
SEASIDE talks with Amy Burns & Lisa Gray, Owners of Grays Café, about what's
in FASHION …
In your makeup bag? Lisa: Woodlot. In your bathroom cabinet? Amy: No7 protect and perfect face serum. On your bedside table? Lisa: Botanical Bliss breathe essential oil. On your playlist? Lisa: Astrocolor and Jesse Roper. On your feet? Amy: Birkenstocks and New Balance. In home décor? Amy: thrift store treasures. On your Netflix queue? Lisa: Peaky Blinders. In haircare? Lisa: Anything from Will + Wheel Hair Lounge. On your walls? Lisa: Framed art by my kids. When you want a night out? Both: Fireside with friends, crib with a board from Spruce Clothing + Lifestyle.
photos by Janis Jean Photography
In the kitchen? Amy: Country Bee Honey Farm honey. On your skin? Both: Coconut oil. On your luxury wish list? Lisa: A trip to Italy with mom. When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? Lisa: April Cornell nightie. In your closet? Amy: Sundresses and my Baba tree hat from Hansell & Halkett.
When adding sparkle to your outfit? Both: eyeshadow and Invinity sparkling wine :). When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" Lisa: Cozy sweaters and dresses. When you want to smell irresistible? Amy: Glow Jar Beauty's Pineapple Body Oil from Spruce Clothing + Lifestyle. When you don't care how much it costs? Amy: Deep Cove Chalet. When you need more than a clutch? Amy: A basket from Deep Cove Market.
Dedicated toWonder Your Children’s The of
BIG FRIENDS FROM NATURAL FACTORS
Formulated for Children… and Kid Approved! NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FORMULATED SPECIFICALLY TO MATCH THE NEEDS OF GROWING CHILDREN We all know that a balanced diet, sunshine, and stress free lives are keys to health and wellness. But when parents work and kids have activity-packed schedules, perfectly balanced home-cooked meals aren’t always possible. Moreover, if your child has a whimsical appetite, erratic eating habits, or needs to follow a restrictive diet they may not be getting all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients they need. Even when children consume a variety of wholesome foods, most parents want to make absolutely sure they get enough of the key nutrients needed for optimal health and development. Big Friends supplements are formulated specifically to match the needs of growing children.
NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS, COLOURS, SWEETENERS! NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS! GREAT TASTING!
YOUR BEST VA L U E F OR QU ALIT
Y V I TA M INS,
OR ORGANIC GROCERIES AND M
Sidney Fifth at Bevan 9769 Fifth Street ◆ 250.656.2326 Victoria 2950 Douglas Street ◆ 250.384.3388 Cook Street Village 343 Cook Street ◆ 250.381.5450
T H E N AT U R A L P AT H by Dr. Marita Schauch, ND Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre
A Healthy Start for Back to School It's hard to believe that school is about to start again! It's a great time to be reminded of how important healthy food choices are to help support improved energy, concentration and academic performance for a successful school year. With the abundance of commercially processed and high sugary foods available at the grocery stores and seen in the media, it can be very difficult to teach children about healthy and nutritious foods rather than low nutritional foods. The best way to shift to healthier eating is to get your children excited about eating a whole foods diet with a balance of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes. Lean meats, free-range chicken, eggs and fish are great choices for proteins as well. These foods are high in vitamins, minerals, essential nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Easy Snack Ideas Include: • Protein Smoothies! Blend fruit, protein powder (whey or plant based), plain organic yogurt, greens, flaxseed and water in a blender until smooth. • Homemade granola and plain organic yogurt or coconut/almond yogurt for those who can't do the dairy. • Sprouted grain bread/rice cakes with nut butters (almond, hazelnut, pumpkin seed) with cut up apple slices. • Plain rolled oats or quinoa cooked on the stovetop with fresh fruit and nuts. Overnight oats or chia pudding made the night before can also make breakfast quick and easy. • A hardboiled egg on sprouted grain bread or quinoa and fresh fruit. • Veggies and dips (hummus, bean dips, guacamole). Try adding a little colour by mixing in a steamed beet, yams, spinach or kale to your hummus! • Mixed nuts and dried apricots or apples • Hardboiled egg wrapped in lettuce leaf and drizzled with honey mustard • Apple dipped in almond butter topped with shredded coconut • Make healthy homemade cookies or granola bars using raw nuts and seeds, oats, dried fruit and sweetened with apple sauce, dates or stevia (a natural sugar found in most grocery and health food stores). • Kale chips! Some supplements to keep in mind: • A Daily Multivitamin – Essential vitamins and minerals are necessary for proper growth, metabolism, digestion, immune system function, muscle and nerve function and detoxification processes in the liver.
• Fish Oil – Essential fatty acids are very important for everyone, especially children. Much of the gray matter of the brain is made up of fat, specifically the omega-3-fatty acid (DHA). Choose a good quality fish oil that is pure and clean, free of pollutants and heavy metals. • Probiotic – Friendly bacteria, such as acidophilus and bifidobacteria, live in our digestive tracts and are essential for a healthy immune system as well as cognitive function. Healthy bacterial balance is easily affected by a poor diet and by the overuse of antibiotics. Remember that over 70% of our immune system is in our digestive tract! I hope that you find these simple tips useful for creating a successful school year for you and your whole family!
Proud to be serving the Saanich Peninsula, Gulf Islands, and Victoria
Open by Appointment.
#101 - 9830 Second Street, Sidney 250.656.3951 | www.salvador-davis.com
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 31
P E N I N S U L A VO I C E S by Deborah Rogers | photo by Amanda Cribdon Photography
Pantelis (Lee) Vassiliadis is the owner of Eugene's Greek Foods. Born in Greece, Lee moved to Victoria as a child with his family, where his parents opened the first Eugene's restaurant in 1979. Lee now runs Eugene's Greek Foods from a facility in Central Saanich producing Greek foods for distribution to grocery stores on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland. Lee lives with his family in North Saanich. Your parents hadn't been in the restaurant business prior to moving to Canada, so how did the famous Eugene's Greek restaurant come to be? From the very beginning, my Dad had a vision to open a traditional Greek Souvlaki snack bar in Victoria. My dad Evgeni (when we came to Canada from Greece people called him Eugene, but that's another story) and my mom, Paschalina (Lina), my brother Elefterios (Terry) and myself arrived in Victoria with only two suitcases and a trunk in November 1974. My brother, at the age of nine, was the only one who knew any English. My parents took English classes at night school and worked in the day. My dad initially worked as a bricklayer, his trade in Greece, to support our family. To supplement the family's income, my dad began working in local Greek restaurants by night and took what construction jobs he could during the day. He quickly became head chef of a local Greek restaurant and soon my mom – an excellent cook herself – joined 32 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
him. They worked side by side until dad got a great job offer in Edmonton and for a year he worked there, returning to see us only once a month. Eventually, the whole family decided Victoria was the place for us. My mom encouraged dad to open a souvlaki snack bar and they found their first location in the alleyway of the Royal Bank Building on Douglas and Fort Street. They opened their doors November 24, 1979. Victorians slowly came to know how wonderful Greek souvlaki could be and with lines getting longer and longer, a second Eugene's opened in May 1986 on Broad Street. Victoria residents will likely remember the restaurant on Broad Street but Peninsula residents may not know that the Eugene's tzatziki, homous and pita breads that they buy at the grocery store are from the same Eugene's! What caused the shift from restaurant food to wholesale? Are you really able to recreate Lina's original recipes in your Saanichton facility? After having a family of my own I decided family time was more important and changed paths from restaurant life to wholesale. This allows me to spend more time with my wife Kelly and son Evgeni. I am growing the business so Eugene's products are available in all grocery stores Island wide and into the lower mainland, while still maintaining the quality. Dad and mom oversee from the background while enjoying their retirement, and customers of Victoria continue
to enjoy the same wonderful home-made recipes that Eugene and Lina first served in 1979. These are the same family recipes as we served in the restaurants. Even though our quantities have grown dramatically, we still make the dips in small batches to keep the quality and consistency like mama did. You started working in the restaurant at nine, and performed many roles including busboy, butcher and then bookkeeper. Did you always know that you would take on the family business? Was it a lot of pressure on your shoulders to continue a brand with such a high reputation? At such a young age I never thought I would take over the business one day, but I enjoyed working in the family business. At 15 I even liked doing the books because I liked numbers so much. Over the years you've had many visits to Greece and spent extended periods there as a child, are there aspects of Greek life and culture that you'd like to see more of in Canada? Greek culture revolves around family and food which are two things that are important to me. When my wife and I went to Greece on our honeymoon she was in awe of how warm and friendly Greek people were. I think the different lifestyle you see in Greece is in part because of the weather. The recent heat wave we had here would be normal temperatures for a summer in Greece. The Greeks like to work in the morning, then go home for the hottest part of the day and take a nap. They then emerge from their houses at 10 p.m. when the sun is down, and go for dinner. I think we should adopt the afternoon nap routine here in Canada! Eugene's Homous is spelled a little differently than other brands – why is that? When my dad moved to Victoria, he didn't know the English language. After going to night school with my mom he slowly began to learn English but was not proficient in writing. When they opened their first restaurant in downtown Victoria, they did their best for spelling the Greek menu items in English. Hummus is not a Greek dish, but a close Lebanese friend shared their recipe for it and dad and mom added their personal touches, creating this yummy Homous. As Hummus was not a staple, as it has become now in people's homes and the supermarket, no one else had a spelling for it. So dad spelled it how he pronounced it, and this is how "Eugene's Homous" came to be. Over the years we never corrected it as we thought it's the quirky way our family started with this dish, so we decided to keep the memories going. The funny thing is that a couple of other companies that started after us use our spelling to this day. The Helpful Homous program was started in 2018, with a portion of sales for the month of May going towards the patient comfort program at the BC Cancer Foundation. What made you start this initiative? Have the last two years, with the world under Covid-related restrictions, made it harder for a small business to support charity in this way? My mom has always told me to give when I can, and since cancer has touched some family members and so many people in our community I thought this was a good place to help. Even though these last two years have been difficult for many people with COVID-19, there are people out there still dealing with cancer and other illnesses that need our help.
Amazing Thailand Culinary & Culture Tour with Chef Heidi Fink, Nov 12 - 22 • $3,399 pp*
Explore New York City with Colleen Johnson, Sept 24 - 30 • $2,799 pp* USD Scenic Cotswold Hiking Tour with Jane Johnston, Sept 26 - Oct 3 • $4,099 pp*
We are celebrating by hosting a group aboard the award-winning m/s Paul Gauguin through the gorgeous Islands of the South Pacific in 2022!
October 19 to 29, 2022 SOCIETY ISLANDS & TUAMOTUS 10 nights from only $3,450 pp USD (based on two sharing and availability)
TWO LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU
NEW LOCATION 105-2423 Beacon Ave, Sidney | 250.999.9800
1889 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria | 250.595.1161 BC Reg. 75524/63139
Demi-fine jewelry inspired by world travels
2536 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.5676
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 33
Professional Real Estate & Property Management Services
Dan Van der Vlugt
2405 Bevan Avenue, Sidney BC www.dfh.ca
INSIDE OUT by Dr. Florence Fernet-Leclair Central Saanich Optometry Clinic
Flattening the Curve:
The Myopia Pandemic in Children I did not see COVID-19 coming. You could say that it was due to my nearsightedness or lack of vision, but regardless, I now witness its effects in my exam chair daily. The pandemic has normalized work from home and virtual learning, which means our kids are spending more time indoors on digital devices and consequently spend less time outdoors. Lo and behold, these are known risk factors for the appearance of myopia (or nearsightedness). What we've got brewing here is a perfect storm: a Myopia Pandemic! A study published in January 2021 revealed that "a substantial myopic shift was noted after home confinement due to COVID-19 for children aged six to eight years. The prevalence of myopia increased 1.4 to three times in 2020 compared with the previous five years." This acceleration of myopia has been coined "quarantine myopia." This trend towards an increase of myopia is not new, however, and is already widespread and ongoing. In fact, we estimate that by 2050, 50% of the world population will be affected by myopia. Covid has helped to evolve our understanding of progressive myopia. In the past, myopia was attributed solely to genetics. This is partly true as having one myopic parent increases the risk by two to three times, and having two parents increases the risk by six times! Nowadays, we have found comprehensive evidence that myopia is largely affected by the environment. Younger growing eyes are more
Did You Know? ARTHRITIS is a term used to describe a group of over 100 diseases characterized by inflammation in the joints or other areas of the body.
sensitive to environmental changes because they are at a crucial stage of development. I attribute my own myopia partly to my genetics, but largely to my childhood love for video games! Not enough people realize why myopia is a medical concern. It is caused by an abnormal elongation of the eyeball where the eye has grown too long for its own good. The consequences of this elongation go far beyond needing glasses. The stretched-out eye is left vulnerable to sight-threatening eye diseases such as retinal detachments, glaucoma and macular degeneration, resulting in a permanent increased risk of blindness later in life. There is hope! A new field of medicine called Myopia Control has emerged to flatten the curve of this Myopia Pandemic. Treatment options for myopic kids now exist such as specialized glasses, contact lenses or medicated eye drops which help to slow down the progression of myopia in children. It is important to note that these treatments work best early on, while the eye is still developing. These treatments can help preserve their eyesight well into the future. I'm amazed to witness daily how incredibly resilient kids are through this pandemic; some even adapt to their nearsightedness without a single complaint to their parents. Because of this, I find that I routinely diagnose surprise myopia in kids, much to my chagrin. My advice for this year is this: Be kind, be calm, be safe, and bring kids to see the eye doctor!
Six million Canadians
– 1 of every 5 –
live with arthritis. It’s Canada’s most chronic health condition.
Arthritis can involve almost any part of the body, most often affecting the hip, knee, spine or other weight-bearing joints, but also found in the fingers and other non-weight-bearing joints. Some forms of arthritis can also affect other parts of the body.
Nearly 4 out of 5 Canadians
with arthritis have at least one other chronic health condition and are dealing with multiple symptoms, along with different treatments and side effects. People with arthritis often struggle with
disability in daily life Visit arthritis.ca for a symptom checker, health and wellness advice and self-management tips.
– especially difficulties with mobility.
your community, your health 250-656-2948 sphf.ca SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 35
N E W & N OT E WO R T H Y by Paula Kully
News, changes, updates, launches? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show me the Money
Helping Hand for YYJ
A Wish Can Be Granted
The Victoria International Airport is one of 11 airports in B.C. to receive federal funding to help ensure connectivity and jobs for smaller regions in the province. VAA received $3 million to help get them back on track after Covid cut the number of passengers from two million in 2019 to less than 600,000 in 2020.
The Saanich Peninsula Arts and Culture Grant is a new source of funding being administered by ArtSea – the Community Arts Council and funded by the three Saanich Peninsula municipalities of Sidney, North Saanich and Central Saanich. Grants range from $200 to $3,000 and are available for local performances, presentations, programs, workshops, training, etc. Individuals, groups, collectives, and organizations can access the online grant application at www.artsea.ca.
A Picture is Worth … $200 BC Fairs has a fun and tasty contest happening that is open to BC residents. The Buy BC Photo Contest invites people to show their love of local food and drink by taking a picture of themselves eating and drinking local and submitting it for a chance to win one of eight weekly $200 cash prizes and a $600 grand prize. Contest details can be found at: www.bcfairs.ca/BuyBC-contest.
Planes, (Trains) & Automobiles Freedom to Fly Flair Airlines has arrived at YYJ offering super low fares to Edmonton, Calgary and Kitchener-Waterloo. A basic bundle is under $50 one-way from Victoria to Edmonton. This is great news for Vancouver Island residents!
Road Trip Down Memory Lane The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation recently opened its new Memory Garden at Saanich Peninsula Hospital with the intent of improving the quality of life for long-term care residents
Stock Up in September! Now is the time to stock up on Eminence! Spend $200 before tax and receive a full size best seller, the Bamboo Firming Fluid! WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH OTHER OFFERS.
Follow Us! @sidneypierhotelandspa
36 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The shining glory of the garden is a 1947 restored Chrysler sedan restored by the Torque Masters Car Club over two years. It now provides an opportunity for residents to sit in the car and take a trip down memory lane.
New in Town Stepping Out Jayne Nelson is excited to be taking over Waterlily Shoes and notes that long-time outgoing owner, Christina Georgeadis is leaving some "big (but very stylish) shoes" to fill. Jayne has spent 15 years working in a non-profit setting for animal welfare. She is a lover of all animals but after 35 years caring for animals, she has decided to make a big change and pursue a new career in fashion!
New at the Mount Mount Newton Centre has a few new but familiar faces helping them do their good work for seniors on the Saanich Peninsula. Laura Lavin is the new Executive Director, and Kenny Podmore is a new part-time driver.
Hello and goodbye The Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation will welcome a new CEO at the end of September. Sarah Bragg steps into the role when long-time CEO Karen Morgan retires from her post after 21 years. Sarah was the Executive Director at the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation on Salt Spring Island and is a former Operating Room nurse. Karen will be greatly missed and has certainly left a legacy. We wish you all the best Karen and thank you for the remarkable work you did for the Saanich Peninsula!
GREAT SELECTION of Daniadown, Revelle, Brunelli, Laundress, Cuddle Down & more
pillows | duvets | covers | sheets 250.656.0510 2492 Beacon Ave, Sidney
250.383.6133 636 Broughton St, Victoria
From Sooke to Central Saanich Central Saanich has a new Fire Chief. Welcome to Ken Mount who replaces Chris Vrabel. Vrabel has been Chief since January 2017 and retired earlier this year. Mount comes to Central Saanich from the Sooke Fire Department where he was chief since 2017. He brings with him a 16-year career in fire services.
Down by the Oceanna Brewing Up a Dream Husband-and-wife team Tristan and Alexa Fetherston, along with Alexa's brother Steven Hardy, have made their dream come true to open a craft brewery in Sidney. Beacon Brewing, located in the new Oceanna building on Third Street, will open in September and will offer pints, tasting flights, off-sales, and snacks.
No Ordinary Man Cave The Gentlemen's Cave – Elegant Barbershop also recently opened in the Oceanna and you really can't miss it with their bright-red window featuring a "gentleman" with beard, mustache and top hat. Owners/Barbers Bella and André, along with barber Emberly, offer a high-end grooming experience including haircuts, beard trim, hot shave, and hair replacement.
Dr. Brendan Wallace O.D. | Dr Mike Joljart O.D. Dr. Samantha Bourdeau O.D.
#101 - 2376 Bevan Avenue, Sidney 250.655.1122 www.raydahloptical.ca SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 37
Tyler Lawson Tyler is the Peninsula Panthers head sports therapist and specializes in orthopaedic manual and manipulative therapy, K-taping, soft tissue release and acupuncture
PENINSULA PHYSIOTHERAPY & MASSAGE PENINSULAPHYSIO.CA 9733 4TH ST, SIDNEY 250.656.4717 CALL OR BOOK ONLINE, WE DIRECT BILL
SIDNEY CENTRE FAMILY DENTISTRY
I N G O O D H E A LT H by Paula Kully
The Power of Proper Alignment:
Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage
Dr. Loren J. Braun
• New Patients Welcome • Emergency Treatment • Insurance Accepted • IV Sedation Available • Teeth Whitening Our Family … Caring for Yours! Family-Friendly Dental Care Since 2000 250.655.7188 | #215-9764 Fifth St. | sidneycentredental.com
www.activebalancephysio.com 103-9816 Seaport Place 250.208.5942
GETTING YOU BACK TO DOING ALL THE THINGS YOU LOVE!
WELCOMING OUR NEW PHYSIOTHERAPIST KYM TRIBE IMS Vestibular Rehabilitation Falls Assessment & Prevention
38 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
With the 2021 Olympics having wrapped up recently, it's worth noting that every athlete competing had a team of therapists helping them keep their bodies aligned and performing at a high level. Linda Walker and her team at Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage understand what goes on behind the scenes for these athletes. Although most of us aren't bound for the Olympics, the same concepts for physical alignment can benefit us and help us live stronger, healthier lives. What is proper alignment, and why is it so important? Ideal body alignment can be described as an upright posture with all joints in a stable and neutral position. A neutral position is essential because it prevents undue or uneven loads on one side of a joint and puts joints into their optimal use position, which leads to joint longevity, injury prevention, increased strength and coordination for work and sports performance. It also allows us to spend the least amount of muscular energy to remain upright as a human. What are the top reasons people's bodies become unaligned? Gravity! Gravity slowly compresses our weight-bearing joints, spine included, on a daily basis. In addition, with our eyes oriented forward, everything we do is also forward-facing. Our hands and arms work in front of us, creating a constant forward draw on the body. Certain activities like computer work sustain this forward position, creating daily imbalances. What activities or exercises are best to help people keep their bodies aligned? Any activity or position which counteracts the daily forward drift is appropriate. The most important thing is to do something every day so that you don't take each day's forward positions into the next. The best exercise might simply be lying down and stretching your arms overhead for a few minutes. The most effective activity is yoga since every pose is designed to align the body in all possible directions. Core strength at every joint is also essential and can be done with a
Family & Implant Dentistry physiotherapy exercise prescription. How can your team help people return to good alignment? As physiotherapists, we are movement specialists and spend all of our clinical time helping people firstly understand joint and muscle alignment. We then support this understanding with hands-on, manual therapy to help create space, alignment and decompression of joints, and a research-based home program so that people can sustain the space and alignment we create. The research we continuously study helps our clients benefit from the best possible exercise prescription so that they're doing the most time-efficient, effective programs known. This is applied to all ages and across all injury/post-surgery rehab situations and into the sport performance realm. It's a "joint" effort! How long does it take for someone to correct poor alignment? It typically takes four to six weeks to start to see improvement. It always depends on your current position, use over time, the presence of previous injuries, daily positional loads and sporting positions. We look closely at all of these factors when we assess our patients and design a program specifically for their individual needs. What is a biomechanical assessment, and what is its purpose? "Biomechanical" assessment is a thorough physiotherapy assessment of all the body's systems. It looks closely at how the body's systems work with each other (or not) to differentiate where imbalances lie and why. We can then focus on the root cause of positional imbalances and treat this directly. This applies to both work and sporting activities. Physiotherapy has the most extensive scope of practice, which means that we can assess and integrate the body's circulatory, nervous, bony, and muscular systems to reach the highest performance standards. I've recently gained certification in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Animal Rehab Division to treat our equine (horse) community of patients. This means that all of the assessment and treatment skills within our scope of practice that we apply to humans can be applied to horses. This practice has been standardized in Europe for years and is slowly growing in Canada. Horses are definitely athletes too! I am very excited to combine rider biomechanics with horse biomechanics in some upcoming seminars on the Peninsula starting this fall. These will be advertised on our Facebook Page, our website and on community posters. For more information, visit www.peninsulaphysio.ca.
Now Offering Sedation #104 - 9845 Resthaven Dr, Sidney 250.656.1199 | coastdentalcare.ca
"A neutral position is essential because it prevents undue or uneven loads on one side of a joint and puts joints into their optimal use position."
Get to know our great
She is an expert in treating kids and performers.
www.saanichphysio.com SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 39
Get your tickets for the Hike for Hospice 50/50 Raffle You could win big while supporting compassionate end-of-life care.
How high will the jackpot climb? Buy your tickets today at www.victoriahospice.rafflenexus.com 50/50 Sales Deadline: Midnight, Thursday Sept 30, 2021 50/50 Draw: Friday Oct 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Single Ticket for $10; 3-Ticket Pack for $25; 10-Ticket Pack for $50; 50-Ticket Pack for $200 S P O N S O R E D B Y B AYS H O R E H O M E H E A LT H Chances are 1 in 20,400 to win a prize. Actual odds depend on number of tickets sold. BC Gaming Event Licence # 129029 Problem Gambling Help Line: 1-888-795-6111 www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca
Know your limit, play within it.
40 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
19+ 21-08-12 2:06 PM
SALISH SEA NEWS by Tina Kelly Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Sending Salmon Back to the Sea Did you know that the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea sends its salmon back to the sea? Pacific salmon are featured animal ambassadors at the Centre. Of the five species of Pacific salmon, these ambassadors have always been Chinook. The Centre's salmon program is one of display and release; smolts, small finger-sized fish, acquired from a local hatchery, are displayed for two years. By then they have reached adulthood and after veterinary inspections, paperwork, permits and planning they are released into the Salish Sea. For the plan to work, it required all hands on deck. On July 13, 28 staff and volunteers put in overtime to ensure the Centre's school of salmon could safely swim into the next chapter of their lives. Historically, the salmon have been released by dip netting the fish into the water one at a time. This year, a new strategy was trialled – releasing all the salmon at once. Salmon are a type of fish that find safety in numbers and live in a school. By creating a temporary sea pen along the Sidney waterfront, the salmon could be gathered together until all 176 of them were ready for release. Getting the fish to the pen was a well organized and heavily choreographed process. From inside the Centre and through a caravan of staff and volunteers, bins of salmon were relayed to Glass Beach and finally to Aquarist Amanda who corralled the fish in the pen. After the last fish were safely placed in the pen, the entire team – and a few onlookers – let out a hurrah and a farewell as the net was lowered. Head of Animal Care, Kit Thornton, adds this about the Centre's salmon release program: "By the time the fish are set for release, they are robust and ready to spend another two-plus years at sea before heading to their natal river or stream to spawn. Releasing these fish allows them to complete their life cycle and continue the next generation. This is incredibly important at a time when many salmon populations are declining." Of course life in the open ocean presents some challenges. Before the salmon can return to spawn, they must live and swim through a gauntlet of predators. A salmon's place in the food web is critical: they are sustenance for a large suite of animals – larger fish, birds, bears, wolves and marine mammals including the endangered Southern resident killer whales. The food chain links and the role that salmon play in connecting land, rivers and sea form a large part of the educational conversations taking place at the Centre's salmon exhibit. This past May, the Centre received more than 200 Chinook salmon smolts from Sooke's Jack Brooks Hatchery. These little fish will be on
display for the next two years. With the success of the sea pen release process, they may finish their time at the Centre with the same experience. Until then, visit the Centre to watch these salmon grow and grow and grow and grow. To view images of the salmon release, visit www.salishseacentre.org/blog. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a non-profit aquarium and education centre located on the territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ people. For more information visit www.salishseacentre.org.
Now that I’m on my own, how do I manage my financial future?
We understand the emotional rollercoaster that comes from the death of a spouse or a divorce. Your financial picture has changed and brings with it the question “Will I be OK?”
Life changing events can add an overwhelming number of financial decisions. For over 30 years we have been helping women achieve peace of mind about their financial future. If you would like a chat or our free Will I be OK? toolkit - just ask!
violavanderuyt.ca Annette Quan
Viola Van de Ruyt
Senior Investment Associate email@example.com
Racheal Jamieson Investment Associate
National Bank Financial - Wealth Management (NBFWM) is a division of National Bank Financial Inc. (NBF Inc.), as well as a trademark owned by National Bank of Canada (NBC) that is used under license by NBF Inc. NBF Inc. is a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NBC, a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA).
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 41
Local Garden Resource Guide Certified Mulch!
Spring is here and it is time to apply mulch to your flower beds. Garden City mulch is fantastic at providing the following benefits: · Vital nutrients to your plants; · Reducing the need to weed your flower beds; Tree & Landscape Ltd.
· Significantly reducing the amount of water you need to apply to your flower beds (mulch retains moisture).
Made using local organic tree waste, our mulch meets or exceeds the guidelines set out by the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment.
250.385.4858 | www.victoriagardencity.ca
Family Owned & Operated At Michell Valley Plants, we are happy to make customer satisfaction our priority. We carry a great selection of non-gmo veggie starts, herbs, seeds, small fruits and berries; along with a wide variety of perennials. Shrubs and roses too! We have a great selection of colourful plants to brighten your gardens. Look forward to seeing you soon! Find us on Instagram @michellvalley or Facebook: @michellvalleyplants
250.886.0494 | michell-valley-plants.business.site 2451 Island View Road, Saanichton
Eurosa Farms and Three Sheeps to the Wind Family Farm Proud members of the Saanich Peninsula community for over 40 years. We offer wholesale cut flowers and off sales via our farm stand at 1246 Greig Avenue, along with eggs, cut flowers and seasonal produce.
1246 Greig Avenue, Brentwood Bay
Local & Family-Run Patio Gardens is a unique Garden and Home shop with a variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, indoor plants, ceramic pots, soil, garden and home décor and much more. Now featuring Spring bulbs, garlic, pumpkins, garden mums and Fall/Winter hanging baskets. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9-5; Sunday 10-4; closed Mondays.
250.652.8338 | patiogardensvictoria.ca 6536 West Saanich Road, Saanichton
Giving, and a Love of Home by Karen Morgan, outgoing President & CEO, Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation
The pandemic has given my husband and I the opportunity to discover the up (and down!) sides of binge watching some interesting TV programs. Most recently we watched Ted Lasso. For those of you who haven't seen it, it's in some ways a classic "fish out of water" storyline. Football coach moves to England and begins coaching a soccer team (a sport about which he knows nothing). In other ways though, it's about how someone chooses to confront every challenge, not with brute force or bullying, but with kindness – a firm kindness, but kindness all the same. It really got me thinking about our own lives. I moved to the Saanich Peninsula in 2000, to take a job with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and make what I thought was a good career move. What I found, almost immediately, was a welcoming community, one that values kindness and caring for one's family, friends and even complete strangers. As I learned more about the history of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, I realized that this was a healthcare resource that people on the Peninsula fought to get. Its survival was threatened in the 1990s, and the community came out in force to let the powers that be know that they valued this resource and would fight to keep it. Within my first two years here, I saw it happen again, and the community was just as forceful in expressing its support – not unkind, but determined. I decided that this little piece of the world was home for me. Over the years, people on the Saanich Peninsula have
reinforced my impressions of kindness about this place. When the Foundation has launched fundraising campaigns for LongTerm Care, they are always wildly successful. I have looked at similar campaigns in other places and seen the fundraisers struggle to reach campaign goals, because the compassion and understanding of the challenges the elders in our midst face is not always something potential donors want to see. But not here. When we've talked to everyone about big, ambitious (and yes, expensive) projects for our hospital, the response we've gotten is always a resounding "Yes, let's do it!". Without visionary donors, of both large and small amounts, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital would not have: a state-of-theart CT Scanner; a nationally-recognized palliative care program (and unit); amongst the most modern Operating Rooms on Vancouver Island; a beautiful Chapel; and my personal favourite, AI-equipped seals to give comfort to Long-Term Care residents with cognitive challenges. What probably gives me most pride, though, is the year that we went to our donors and said "We need to help recruit new doctors to the Saanich Peninsula. Without us all working together, our healthcare, including the hospital, may not survive." The answer was once again "Yes, let's do it!" It's not easy to always respond with kindness. The future is uncertain and there are many challenges ahead for healthcare. I don't think it's necessary to list them all here. What I hope is that, as the population of this wonderful place grows, we will try to respond with kindness, as Ted Lasso would, and employ one of the most important values of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation – "grow big, but care like we're small." There's no place like home.
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 43
You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-a-kind shops and services 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 them today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.
Brown's The Florist
Above: zucchini fritters; at right: corn riblets
Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts We invite you to our customer Appreciation Days September 17 - 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come and sample some of this season's treasures. (Covid protocols will be in place, and masks are required.) We have been harvesting and preserving bumper crops since early spring. Watering has been a key this season for optimum growth. Over this hot year I have spent many long hours in a very hot kitchen to preserve the best of the season. I am always thrilled when we grow something and take it all the way to a finished product; it is so rewarding and fulfilling. Every year I try and grow something I haven't grown before. This year I grew purple shiso (in English, it's known as perilla leaf). It is a relative of the mint family and is used for garnishes, cocktails, salads and stir-frys. The fluted leaves are bright burgundy and have a clove/cinnamon fragrance. The zucchini is producing a record quantity once again. I have been dehydrating a lot of it for use in my soups and stews in the winter time and zucchini fritters have been added to many dinners, the recipe changing a little every time I make them. Look for some new recipes on my website! Shop Hours are Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for us at the Sidney Street Market on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you! Free shipping on orders of $100 or more anywhere in Canada Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10-4. 250.658.3419 | snowdonhouse.ca 1890 Mills Road, North Saanich
Brown's the Florist is your local choice for flowers and floral gifts to help you and your loved ones stay connected from a distance. We are locally owned and passionate about supporting our local growers, economy and the environment. We are open seven days a week and deliver from Sidney to Sooke and some of the Gulf Islands. Sidney • Downtown • Westshore BrownsTheFlorist.com When you don't sleep well,it is often easy to assume that it can't be a problem with the mattress because it's relatively new and was expensive. Don't make that mistake. Come and see us to
Begin Starting Your Day Rested!
778.351.2113 | sidneymattress.com 1A - 2353 Bevan Ave, Sidney
REIKI FOR WELLNESS with Elizabeth Candlish Create balance in your life with a deep sense of relaxation and peace of mind. Balancing Body, Mind and Spirit. Reiki sessions available for 60 or 90 minutes. Reiki workshops throughout the year. Gift certificates available. ElizabethCandlish.com 250.686.0222
DCC Cabinets Local, affordable custom cabinets … right here on the Saanich Peninsula! We offer a full-service shop, from design and manufacturing through to the installation of our exceptional product. 250.412.3472 deepcovecustoms.com 2071 Malaview Ave, Sidney (call for appt.)
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. Come and visit us by appointment at our showroom by the sea!
Showroom Open by Appointment 250.812.4304 | 9715 First St, Sidney SeasideCabinetry.ca
We are a local, family run business offering quality, unique furniture for every room in your home. With custom Canadian-made products, you have the freedom to choose that perfect piece. #202 - 9768 Fifth St, Sidney 250.655.7467 (SHOP) onestopfurniture.ca
Because life is too short for bad toasters. muffet&louisa 102-2360 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.0011 | muffetandlouisa.com
Bright Greens Canada Fresh from the farm, local salad greens, leafy greens and microgreens YEAR ROUND. We are specialists in sustainable, pesticide-free hydroponic farming. #lettucefeedyou. Farmgate every Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6346 West Saanich Road.
250.213.9352 brightgreens.ca firstname.lastname@example.org
muffet & louisa September is here and the cooler nights of fall are not far behind. Time to think about what will keep you warm when nights are colder. Do you need a new duvet – or can your old one be renewed? We can find you the perfect new duvet or renew your existing duvet. Our wonderful supplier of amazing duvets is right across the water in Richmond. St. Geneve is a proud producer of worldclass duvets, using the very best Canadian and European down. Of course, they make all sizes and weights of duvet but their brilliant "new kid on the block" is the St. Geneve Euro Twin – you still share your king or queen bed, but each sleeper has their own duvet; fill and warmth can be tailored to each person's need; and no more "tug of war" with someone who steals your covers! Perhaps you would rather have a gorgeous wool blanket from New Zealand – but that is another story and you will just have to come and see us to find out more about all these lovely options. Till then, please stay safe and thank you so much for your wonderful support. Stop by and see us in the Garden Court at 2360 Beacon Avenue in Sidney.
LIVING OFF THE LAND by Jo Barnes | photos by Amanda Cribdon Photography
Enjoying the Daily Grind: MILLSTONE FARM & ORGANICS INC.
Stones in the field can impede the work of a farmer. For this local farm, a unique type of stone is an essential component to daily work. Owned by Laurie Kelly and Mike Butler, Millstone Farm and Organics in North Saanich offers fresh, nutritious flour made using the traditional technique of grinding the grains with millstones for which the farm is named. "I had a passion for stone milling flour, and as some would say: 'it is flour milled the old fashioned way,'" shares Laurie. The mill was made in Austria and features Austrian pine wood and granite and volcanic stones. Grains pass through two millstones, one moving slowly overtop another which is stationary. The process yields top quality flour. "The millstones move at a slow rate so the grain is kept cool, which prevents any destruction of the nutrients found in the grain,"
comments Laurie. "The flour produced is whole grain flour as none of the grain is stripped off in the process of milling." Everything from property purchase to process is the result of thorough research. "We set out to find an organic piece of land that was within walking distance of a community and a short drive to Sidney and Victoria," says Laurie. "We wanted to roll back the clock to the simpler times of our grandparents when shopping was done at the neighbouring farms, not the large scale grocery stores." While the initial plan was to offer both wheat and gluten-free flour, ultimately the decision was made to focus on the latter. "The original plan was to have two separate studios, one for glutenfree, one for wheat flour," shares Laurie. "But we decided to be solely dedicated to gluten-free flour." Laurie grew up in a household where slow cooking and scratch
Delivery now available
Order online or call us. Available from July 15th.
2410 Beacon Ave, Sidney
46 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
baking were daily activities and wanted to maintain these traditions with her own family. She enrolled in the grain milling course with the Canadian International Grains Institute; this had a profound effect on her. "I saw large-scale milling firsthand and came to understand the process behind milling," says Laurie. "White flour is stripped of all nutritional elements, and then they are added back in via a chemical form. It just didn't make sense to me. So the flour milling journey began." The farm mills a variety of grains including sorghum, buckwheat, rice and amaranth. This is welcomed by both consumer and local bakery retailers. "We have 12 different flours. It's an extensive line," notes Laurie. "We supply Origin Bakery in Victoria." Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers. The farm also offers a line of Miron glass jars which are washable, sustainable and great for storing flour. "The scientific glass used in these jars blocks out all the light and therefore protects the nutritional goodness of the flour," says Laurie. As well as flour, Millstone offers a line of eco-friendly household products such as organic cotton storage bags, plant based eco cloths, and organic, biodegradable laundry soap. These offerings are an extension of the farm's commitment to healthy environment and future sustainability. "We are passionate about local, fresh, organic and zero waste," comments Laurie. Part of this focus on the environment is a high regard for the creatures living on it which include miniature sheep and donkeys. The products used and made here are certified Cruelty Free by the Leaping Bunny Association, meaning the farm does not test any of its products on animals and it does not raise its animals for meat. Animals here not only play a vital role in land maintenance and soil quality, but have prompted the creation of another product in the lineup. "10 years ago, we wondered what to do with the wool," says Laurie. "We discovered that you can create a ball through needle felting and water agitation. We came up with wool dryer balls." Sales of the product have been surprising. "We just sold our 100,000th wool dryer ball!" exclaims Laurie. These all-natural products have received attention far and wide and were even included in the swag bags given to celebrities attending the Emmy Awards. Currently, products can be picked up at the farm gate Tuesday through Saturday (starting August 28). They are available through over 30 retailers. For more info, visit www.millstoneorganics.com. High quality and environmental sustainability goes to the heart of this farm enterprise. "Nothing is done without a lot of thinking about the whole equation, how what we do impacts you as a consumer and also the environment," says Laurie. Whether it's milling grains for healthy flour or creating eco-friendly items, it's all about making high quality products that serve a healthy purpose, help reduce waste, and protect the environment. To this end, Millstone Farm is leaving no stone unturned.
Making the Choice to Walk Away As most of you know, I’ve had challenges with my health over the last year. My choice to leave was not taken lightly, but it was an easy one when I was suddenly faced with the possibility of not having a long life with my family. I have relocated to Campbell River, where I have the time and space to work on healing and to enjoy my wife and boys in our new surroundings. Leaving the Prairie Inn was like walking away from my home and friends that served as our family. Owner Brian Donnelly was a big part of that family, and over the last 27 years he and Jeff Donnelly taught me all there was to know about our industry. The Prairie Inn is not just a pub: it is the anchor of the Peninsula. It was where we celebrated accomplishment, sponsored teams and fundraisers and gathered to support one another in hard times. I will continue to be part of the background of the Prairie Inn, but am no longer involved in the day to day. My family and I can’t express how thankful we are for the outpouring of love and support over the last year, even as we set down fresh roots in a new town. Cheers! ~
being together this year
we’re excited to host you this holiday season. JOIN US & CELEBRATE BEING TOGETHER AGAIN WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILIES & COWORKERS, at the Pier. CELEBRATE WITH US| call 250-220-8008 | or EMAIL info@10ACRES.CA SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 47
It's a Go!
BC Boat Show Back & Better Than Ever
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the BC Boat Show returns September 23 to 26, 2021 at Port Sidney Marina in Sidney. The BC Yacht Brokers Association (BCYBA), hosts of the BC Boat Show, are proud to announce that in celebration of the 30th, this year's show will be better than ever. With visitors from across British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State, and dozens of exhibitors, the seaside town of Sidney will be transformed for the weekend. "I am delighted to finally be able to make this announcement!" said Larry Thompson, BCYBA president. "With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we have decided to go ahead with the BC Boat Show and hold it for the very first time in the fall. It will feature a large variety of new and premium pre-owned vessels that will appeal to a wide range of budgets." Watercraft of every kind will be on display and range from paddle boards, kayaks and inflatables to power and sailing vessels of every size. Professional brokerages bring a large inventory of vessels to the show and will be there to welcome attendees aboard to tour the boats of their dreams. The event is the perfect opportunity to join thousands of boating enthusiasts at the West Coast's largest in-the-water boat show. Boat Show Manager, Steven Threadkell, is excited about the prospect of another busy show: "There's something really special about stepping aboard a boat in the water. And to be at Port Sidney Marina in the early fall this time, the gateway to one of the best cruising destinations in the world, you've got a perfect recipe for magic and imagination to celebrate the 30th anniversary. I'm looking forward to another sunny weekend viewing and getting aboard boats and anticipating next year's season on the water." For visitors to the Island, the BC Boat Show is providing a shuttle bus from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and from the convenient free parking at the top of Beacon Avenue. Make a weekend of it and enjoy all that Sidney and the surrounding areas have to offer including beautiful beaches, forest hikes, restaurants, shopping and many visitor attractions. Stay informed at www.bcboatshow.com or on Facebook and Instagram @BCBoatShow Show Hours: Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; Sunday, September 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily Tickets: $10 per person / $8 seniors and students; kids 16 and under free with paying adult. Tickets available online at www.bcboatshow.com or at the gate. SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 49
DISCOVER E X T R AO R D I N A R Y
At Amica Beechwood Village, you’ll experience the senior lifestyle you deserve with premium amenities, your choice of engaging activities, and delicious meals prepared by Red Seal Chefs. Our professional staff will ensure your safety and well-being always remain a top priority while supporting your every need, even as those needs change.
V I R T UA L & P R I VAT E T O U R S
2 315 M I L L S R D
250 - 655 - 0849
A MICA .CA
Shop Local, Shop Small. shop-dine-relax-play
Adrienne's Restaurant & Tea Garden Cordova Bay Optometry Fowler Glass Studio Lily Pad Lingerie Paper Chain Pure Day Spa Sunday's Snowflakes The Gallery at Mattick's Farm The Ladybug Boutique Victoria Market Collective
Pantone Dark Blue C C: 100% R: 0 M: 93% G: 37 Y: 6% B: 154 K: 3% HEX: #00259a
Shop Local, Shop Small. The Shops at Mattick’s are a unique collection of independently owned boutiques in the heart of the Cordova Bay Community. Just 20 minutes from the ferry, airport or downtown Victoria, it’s easy to reach from any direction. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness … just didn’t know where to go shopping! Fall Arrives at the Ladybug! Pantone Dark Blue C C: 100% R: 0 M: 93% G: 37 Y: 6% B: 154 K: 3%
Pantone Cool Gray 11c New pieces C: 65% R: 85 M: 57% G:by 85 beloved Y: 52% B:Bowen 89 K: 29% Island
Ladybug Boutique at Mattick’s Farm
potter Sue Clarke of Crowstone Pottery are always quick to find homes. Great selection in for fall!
Opening September! Local optometrists, Drs. Lisa Meister and Meaghan Goddard, are excited to announce the opening of their new optometry clinic at Mattick’s Farm. Cordova Bay Optometry will be a full service clinic, offering high quality eyecare and eyewear to patients of all ages. Book online via our website. Evening and weekend appointments available. Cordova Bay Optometry | cordovabayoptometry.ca 778.587.3937 | email@example.com
The Perfect Spot, at Any Time of Day! Enjoy our famous Eggs Benedict, Omelette and Belgian Waffle as ALL DAY BREAKFAST! We offer Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea, High Tea, Kid’s menu, great Desserts and Drinks. We bake with butter. We buy local/BC products and sustainably harvested/ocean wise seafood first. Open 7 days a week. Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden 250.658.1535 AdriennesTeaGarden.com
At Lily Pad Lingerie you'll find a selection of Lingerie, Sleepwear, Loungewear, and Activewear.
Uuchu fall 2021
New Fall Arrivals! Designed and made in Montreal, Diamond Tea is one of the most exclusive and sought-after loungewear lines!
Sunday’s Snowflakes 250.658.8499 sundayssnowflakes.com
Open Mon to Sat 10-530; 11-5 Sundays | 5325 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden • Cordova Bay Optometry • Fowler Glass Studio • Ladybug Boutique • Lily Pad Lingerie Paper Chain • Pure Day Spa • Sunday’s Snowflakes • The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm • Victoria Market Collective
Take Time Out For Yourself! Safety protocols are in place with approval by Island Health to help you safely relax and feel your best. Visit our Boutique storefront for your skin, bodycare, and makeup needs with licensed estheticians. Book and purchase gift certificates online. Ask about our free product delivery.
Somewhere in Between Dreams charcoal & acrylic on canvas by Natasha Miller, 24 x 48 September featured artists: Natasha Miller and Kylee Turunen (until Sept. 25). The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm, featuring artwork, jewelry, metalwork, pottery and glasswork by local artists and artisans. 250.658.8333 thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com
Pure Day Spa | 250.590.7873 | purevictoria.com
Our Claim to Fame! Special candles are part of the Ladybug’s claim to fame! These little flat candles are hand painted in Lithuania and come with their own little stand. The
Ladybug Boutique at Mattick’s Farm
Selection varies, but alway nice! 250.658.3807 ladybugboutiquevictoria.com
Celebrating a Personal Connection Individually handcrafted with care, Pyrrha talismans protect, celebrate and inspire the wearer. Come and explore our shop, with one-of-a-kind handchosen greeting cards, an amazing selection of unique giftware and treasures that will put a smile on your face. We pride ourselves on friendly customer service and welcome individual custom orders with many of our giftware lines.
for every occasion
Paper Chain 250.658.2725 Open Daily 10 am - 5.30 pm
A World of Colour Artist Sandra Fowler invites you to come and visit her new studio at Mattick’s Farm. Enjoy the wonderful world of fused glass, hand made tableware, sculptures, sterling silver glass jewelry and more. Sign up for classes starting in September! Fowler Glass Studio 250.893.9097 fowlerglassstudio.com
Where Local Treasures Await Market Collective seeks to represent the handmade movement by connecting over 100 talented makers with shoppers who are passionate about local and Canadian craft. Join our community and experience the creative essence in our mini market space. A carefully curated collection from grassroots to established artisan treasures await you. Market Collective firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTS SCENE by Jo Barnes | photo by Amanda Cribdon Photography
CAPTURING THE COAST ON CANVAS For some, retirement brings travel, relaxation, and a chance to slow down. But for one local artist, it provided an opportunity to set aside a lifetime of studying and teaching in the objective world of math and science and to take up his paint brush to share a more subjective appreciation of our West Coast world. Sidney artist Dan Nordin is a retired math teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology, a long-time area of interest that inspires him to paint scenes of our local oceans and shores. "My interest in marine biology is still there. I'm fascinated with the mussels, kelp, barnacles on the shoreline and images of water," shares Dan. Some might see these subjects as everyday West Coast sights. But for this artist, they are unique and worth a second look. "Many people will walk by a clump of seaweed," says Dan. "But for me, it's just a work of art that needs to be celebrated." Working with acrylic paint, Dan enjoys depicting the detailed patterns and colours of local marine life. "I'm fascinated with the vibrancy, detail work, and the colour and lines," says Dan. "An example is the way the sun shimmers and reflects off mussel shells." Sometimes, there are challenges in getting a piece just right, but for Dan, the satisfaction is in the artistic process. 54 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
"I like the magic that happens. When the brain takes in stimuli and converts it to imagery in my head, I play around with that," shares Dan. "The experimentation with colour and the pleasant surprises; I find it inventive and gratifying." He has always held an interest in art, but it hasn't always been satisfied. He recalls: "In grade seven, I was discouraged by our art teacher. We had arts and crafts in the class, but little in the way of art." When completing his Bachelor of Science degree, however, Dan rediscovered his interest in art when he had to draw what he saw under his microscope. His natural drawing ability allowed him to depict his scientific subjects with great detail and accuracy. Program courses also rekindled his affinity for art. "I had to take three art courses to meet program requirements," comments Dan. "One of them was the History of Art. It influenced me a lot." Dan accepted a position teaching math in Port Alice where, between preparing for lessons and marking assignments, he found time to paint. "We had bought a house on the water. During the summer months when I wasn't teaching, I would do paintings and would fill up the walls of our house," says Dan.
Eventually the hobby took on steam. Dan showed his works at weekend art displays, gifted them to friends and family, and also donated them to charitable groups such as Cops for Cancer. "The Tour de Rock started in Port Alice. I donated my art and was impressed with the high bids my art was getting," comments Dan. Shortly after he retired from teaching in 2013, Dan got a phone call that prompted a change of direction in his life. "Someone called saying they wanted to buy my art, but I had no inventory," shares Dan. "This got me thinking that maybe this is something I should try. I retired and went full steam." In 2018 Dan and his wife Claudia moved to Sidney. Since then he has displayed and sold his artwork from Sidney to Chemainus to Port Alice and many places in between. For information on his paintings and purchasing, visit www.dannordinart.com. Dan is constantly gratified by the positive customer feedback, and sometimes the level of response has been truly overwhelming. "A customer saw one of my paintings in Port Hardy and wanted to see more of my work. Now Port Hardy is 50 kilometres from Port Alice. It's a long winding road," shares Dan. "But they rented a car and drove. They ended up not only buying three of my paintings, but they also bought the one in Port Hardy. That kind of effort from a customer; it was amazing." Like other artists dealing with the pandemic, Dan had to deal with the loss of public opportunities to showcase his art. But for him, it brought a silver lining. "Covid was a blessing. I worked like a beaver, while others had cabin fever," notes Dan. He has been able to take his time, slow down and work on more detail in his pieces. Now, with the lifting of provincial health orders and the possibility of more public events, Dan is preparing for his upcoming show "Gesso Camouflage" at ArtSea from September 10 to 16. For this artist who has come full circle to his love of the marine world, undoubtedly his eloquence with a paint brush will continue.
Ducks of Vancouver Island
A set of 6 limited edition giclée prints of gouache paintings by artist Keith Taylor with 6 additional sets to be produced. Size: Varies 12-16” X 12-17” $150 each print unframed and delivered FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
email@example.com | 250-383-3677 SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 55
MENU of the
MONTH Welcome Back Inside! 1/2 price wings after 8pm
Mon - Sat: 11am-midnight; Sun: 10am-midnight
Neighbourhood Pub & Liquor Store
Safely Open! Join Us for Great Food & Beverages or Call us for Take-out Please Support Your Local Businesses
2250 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
The Prairie Inn, established in 1859, is located right in the heart of Saanichton on the corner of Mt Newton and East Saanich Rd. Wing Night Every Night Starting at 8pm $0.75 Wings and $6 Burgers Dine In or Take Out Available All Hours We Are Open
Contemporary West Coast Dining Takeout Available Open 7 Days a Week | 11am-8pm
CHEF ON THE RUN
HEALTHY MEALS, FRESH FOR YOU!
9781B Second St, Sidney
250.655.3141 | chefontherun.net
A Selection from the Menu at the Prairie Inn Pub Prairie Fries
Open Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Take-Out / Delivery
baked: cheese, feta, bacon, gravy - small 10 / large 14
7806 East Saanich Road, Saanichton
GREAT British Food Locally Owned & Family Operated
tomato, bacon, green onions and cheese 13
Creole Chicken Salad
grilled or breaded chicken, mixed peppers, tomato, cucumber, green onion, cheese, and mixed greens tossed in a Creole dijon dressing with garlic toast 16
spicy beef, chicken, or veggie patty. mixed greens, tomato, black olives, green onion, mixed peppers, and cheese. served with salsa and sour cream 17 Turkey Dip
fresh turkey, house-made stuffing, cranberry sauce, and swiss on a grilled Portuguese bun with gravy for dipping 18
fresh turkey, bacon, swiss, tomato, lettuce, cranberry, mayo, and thousand island on triple stacked bread of your choice 18
oz chuck burger, smoked 8 ,ham, cheddar, tomato lettuce, onion, relish, mayo, and pickle on a large sourdough bun 22
oz chuck burger, Red Barn 6 back bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, and red relish single 18 / double 20
grilled teriyaki chicken breast, smoked ham, pineapple, swiss, lettuce, tomato, mayo, honey mustard, and a pickle 18
grilled cajun chicken breast, side bacon, swiss, lettuce, tomato, mayo, honey mustard, and pickle 18
thousand island single 18 / double 20
Beer-Battered Fish & Chips
oz chuck burger, side bacon, 6 swiss, cheddar, sautéed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, mayo, and
crispy breaded chicken fillet, swiss, lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickle, and honey mustard 18
,with cod, coleslaw and tartar sauce one-piece 15 / two-piece 18
House-made Crumble 6
Don't forget Breakfast served daily until 2pm
The Peninsula's Only Micro Coffee Roaster Open 7 Days a Week 8am - 4pm
2320 Harbour Road, Sidney
in Saanichton at the corner of Mt. Newton & Wallace
August Book Club
Open 9am to 5pm - 7 days a week
Check out some of our new and bestselling titles!
by Deborah Rogers
From the outset it seemed likely that Alyssa Cole's When No One is Watching would be divisive. Billed as a psychological thriller, the story is set in a traditional Brooklyn "brownstone" neighbourhood undergoing rapid gentrification. The main character, Sydney, is disturbed by the way that the black neighbours she has grown up with are being squeezed out to make way for a new, white, community. The question that runs through the book is: "is this just the way things are, or is there something more sinister going on?" Our readers were not entirely convinced by the pacing of this book as a thriller, and the ending descended into a Hollywoodstyle fever pitch of mayhem and firepower. However, there were satisfying elements within it. We enjoyed the heavy dose of humour in the way that Cole skewers stereotypes, but felt that the bad guys turned increasingly cartoonish as the plot progressed. The relationship between Sydney and Theo (the "least-bad" white character in the book) was probably the most convincing aspect, perhaps not a surprise as Cole is a prolific writer of romance novels. Each chapter was interspersed with messages from the community's online message boards (think Nextdoor.com or similar) and these were a clever way to interject the thoughts of some of the supporting characters, and nicely built the tension between the two sides of the community: new against old. As a black American writer, Cole gave our group some significant subjects to think about. Woven into the increasingly dramatic storyline were lots of examples of everyday racism. We saw the black characters confronted with discrimination in many forms and it gave our readers a perspective that we're unused to: that of feeling unable to call the police, and never being sure if you will be believed. Although we agreed that we were probably glad we read it, I don't think many of our group will recommend this book to others, due in part to its quite strong language. But we were impressed by the way the author managed to weave an incredible amount of blackAmerican history into a populist story with a large potential audience. It was pleasing too at our meeting to hear recommendations for alternate thriller writers and other books set in Brooklyn, from our group of keen readers. Next month we'll be reading Sylvia Olsen's new book Unravelling Canada – A Knitting Odyssey. The meeting will take place via zoom on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. You need to be signed up to our email list in order to receive the meeting invitation: www.seasidemagazine. ca/book-club/.
The Madness of Crowds Gamache #17
Louise Penny Mystery | HC $36.99
The Cellist Allon #21
Daniel Silva Fiction | PB $24.99
Ridgerunner Gil Adamson Fiction | PB $22.99
A History of My Brief Body
Billy-Rae Belcourt Autobiography | PB $25.00
Miriam Toews Fiction | HC $29.95
Rabbit Foot Bill
Helen Humphreys Fiction | PB $19.99
Silver Tears Faye #2
Camilla Lackberg Mystery | PB $24.99
The Spy Next Door
Ben Macintyre History | PB $22.00
Indians on Vacation
Thomas King Fiction | PB $22.99
A Song for the Dark Times Rebus #23
Ian Rankin Mystery | PB $17.99
The Bone Code
Kathy Reichs Mystery | PB $24.99
Fiction | PB $22.00
The Pull of the Stars
The Thursday Murder Club
Emma Donoghue Fiction | PB $23.99
Richard Osman Mystery | PB $23.00
Whitewater Cooks Together Again
Rebecca Giggs Marine Life | PB $23.00
Shelley Adams Cooking | PB $36.95
The World in the Whale
at Beacon & Fourth in Sidney | open 7 days a week 250 656 2345 | tannersbooks.com
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 57
attraction charms add a meaningful layer to your story
PaperChain 250-658-2725 | 5325 Cordova Bay Road at Mattick’s Farm
I’m Not Just a Real Estate Agent I’m Also Your North Saanich Neighbour VANCOUVER ISLAND REAL ESTATE EXPERTISE
Making Realty Dreams a Reality Thaddeus Monckton, Realtor - B.Ed.,M.A.
Macdonald Realty Ltd.
ThaddeusMonckton.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Interlocutor Services Licensed - Bonded - Insured
- Property Maintenance - Asset Maintenance - Estate Maintenance - Personal Security - Contractor Vetting - Transport / Escort
Carl George Evans
Serving: Saanich Peninsula & the Gulf Islands 250-986-1973 | CarlGEvans99@gmail.com 58 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
Travel connects people from around the world in a truly unique way. If done safely and sustainably, travel can truly make the world a better place! How we travel and where we go will not be the same – and this is not necessarily a bad thing. Safety protocols and policies have been reviewed and revamped and as a result, travellers are likely to choose those companies that prioritize cleaning and safety protocols. It is becoming the norm to now see Safety Directors on staff. If it's small, it's popular for 2022 and beyond. River and small ship cruising, hosted tours, private villas, boutique hotels and wellness travel are all in high demand. Travellers are looking for a longer and more immersive travel experience – little out-of-the-way places where they can soak in the local flavour, food and culture. Almost all suppliers are offering very relaxed cancellation policies with full refunds up to a month prior to departure to give that peace of mind for future bookings. For now, travel within Canada is available and we have so many amazing experiences that international visitors have known about for decades. Take the time to enjoy our beautiful country! Summertime in Newfoundland offers icebergs, puffins and whales. Fall in Quebec offers an amazing display of coloured foliage and historic townships. The Northern Lights are best seen in the Yukon and NWT with over 200 nights a year of viewing. As more Canadians become vaccinated, the opportunity for international travel is getting closer. Are you ready? Create your Five-Year Plan. The loss of two years of travel time, missed celebrations of anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and for some, a change in health, has made it more important than ever to sit down and seriously map out (pun intended) your future travel plans. • Step 1: Write a travel mission statement. Identify what is important to you in travel. Education? Relaxation? Is travel an occasional treat or do you have a lengthy list? • Step 2: Develop a travel wish list. What are the places you have always thought about visiting? Dare to dream! • Step 3: Work up a travel budget. While it may be impossible to know from one year to the next how much one can afford to spend on travel,
A Pet Care Centre That Loves Your Pets as Much as You Do!
The Changing Landscape of Travel by Cathy Larsen, Departures Travel it's important to do at least a rough budget looking ahead five years. • Step 4: Identify time constraints and special occasions. School calendars, work schedules, anniversaries and birthday celebrations all need to be factored in. • Step 5: Analyze age/interest differences. Compare your travel mission statement with your travelling companions. It's important to please everyone and there are numerous creative solutions a travel advisor can offer. • Step 6: Commit it to paper. Planning five years out (weekends, holidays, vacations) is the most effective way to make sure you go where you want to go. Check your passport. You now have extra time to renew your passport. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the eligibility period for Canadian passport renewals has been extended. You may be able to renew your passport if it expired on or after February 1, 2019. This change lets you wait to renew your passport until you have plans to travel. Stay informed. Travel.gc.ca has a wealth of information that is constantly updated, from safety and security while outside of Canada, travel advice and advisories to your return to Canada. Registration of Canadians Abroad is a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. Documentation. The announcement of Canada's imminent Vaccination Passport is long awaited and welcomed news. Implementation is expected by the end of the year. Pre-arrival tests will be the standard rule for everyone, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated. However, people who are 14 days past their final dose will not be required to submit to an arrival test. Instead, surveillance programs will be set up at airports and fully vaccinated passengers will be randomly selected to submit their test. Travel Insurance! Every traveller should have it – period. In fact, many Caribbean destinations are leading the push for required insurance. Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Aruba already require travel insurance. Yes, the landscape of travel has certainly changed – and I believe it's for the best!
Comfortable, clean & healthy fresh air environment Exercise yards up to one quarter acre Feline “Cuddle Time” • K-9 Playschool course All managerial staff “Certified Kennel Technicians” Recommended by veterinarians • Full grooming services available
A Full Service Pet Care Facility
250-652-2301 2918 Lamont Road, Saanichton puppylove.ca • email: email@example.com Just minutes from Victoria Airport & BC Ferries Terminal
Let Us Help You Sleep Better!
WALL-BEDS OF CANADA
All Sizes and Types • Restwell (BC Made) King Coil • Murphy & Chest Beds Bedroom Furniture • RV and Marine Custom
Open Mon - Sat 10-4 and by appointment outside regular hours 1A - 2353 BEVAN AVENUE, SIDNEY 778-351-2113 • SIDNEYMATTRESS.COM SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 59
NEED A LITTLE FACE LIFT? So does Rest Haven Lodge.
Double your donation, thanks to Craig Mearns! Visit www.broadmeadcare.com/freshface | or call 250.658.3226
Broadmead Care Society is a registered charity. #129290383 RR0001
New 5-Year Strategic Plan
We Wan t to Hear fro m You!
Panorama Recreation Centre is developing its five-year strategic plan. Have ideas about current or future programs and services? Pondering facilities you think our community needs? We want to hear them all! Please complete our survey online at www.panoramarecreation.ca until September 19th. It’s short and sweet and will take 15 minutes or less. Need a paper copy? Stop by and pick up a copy at Panorama Recreation Centre today. Thank you in advance for all of your ideas and input!
panoramarecreation.ca 60 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
U N I Q U E LY PENINSULA
Join Our Team of Waste Warriors! focus hair design • • • •
Waste Warriors: Focus Hair Design
This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services.
Monthly promos Bright fun environment Great team Certified Green Circle Salon
250.656.8122 Visit us in the Seaside Plaza! 102 - 2557 Beacon Ave, Sidney Hours 9 - 5 Tuesday - Saturday • Closed Saturdays of Long Weekends
focushairdesignsidney.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
It's been a wonderful summer here at Focus Hair Design; we really are fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world. With September, people are often thinking of new beginnings, and it seems that a fresh season has begun. Change is in the air, school zone speed limits are back in effect, and we will have more options for entertainment and fitness than we've had in recent memory. Personally, I'm looking forward to visiting our local recreation centres! It truly feels like a new beginning. Many of us have been overwhelmed by the long battle against Covid, but there is definitely hope on the horizon. There is nothing like a new haircut to feel like you're getting a fresh start – a new style for a new you! We are excited to announce a new Canadian-made line of hair products will soon be available: it is vegan, cruelty-free (PETA Certified), gluten-free, paraben-free and sulfate-free! The staff at Focus Hair Design continue to be Waste Warriors for the planet, making a difference every single day. It seems like such a simple thing, but it really feels amazing to witness the large boxes of waste getting picked up – and not going to the landfill! I truly believe it's our responsibility, all of us, to do our part for a healthy environment. The salon industry produces a massive amount of waste, with hair, foils, gloves, plastics, metals, leftover colour waste, and other materials. It all gets dealt with responsibly thanks to Green Circle. It's a team effort, with clients, salons, and stylists all doing their best to tackle the climate crisis and leave the earth a better place for future generations. We are still maintaining our Covid safety measures, so you can feel safe and happy while visiting one of our talented stylists. We ask all our clients to continue wearing their masks so we're able to protect our wonderful staff and clients. We really appreciate your support during these times, as we look forward to living pandemic-free in the near future. As a Green Circle Salon, I think it's so important to mention our environmental efforts and discuss the ways that each of us can make a difference. We are all in this together, and speaking about how we can care for others and the planet helps us feel like we don't have to do all the work alone – we lift each other up. ~ Clare Wedgwood, Owner
Open 7 Days a Week Eat in-house, outdoors on our patio, or take-away. 7900 Lochside Dr Saanichton, BC (Mt. Newton Cross Rd Exit) themarigoldcafevictoria www.themarigoldcafe.com | email@example.com | 250-544-6359
Thank You to everyone for taking our journey seriously and Thank You for your support! Welcome Back, but Be Smart About Being Healthy and Safe
Yes we can help you with blackout shades & draperies for your bedroom or for your WHOLE strata
olstery Draperies & Uph 250.656.4642 www.rodcointeriors.com
A new season to make a bold statement. Shop our new arrivals for Fall in-store and online now.
2418 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.0774 @boutiquemoden modenboutique.com
THE GOLDEN YEARS by Sherrin Griffin VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare
Is Arthritis Synonymous with Aging? Pt. 3 Lately, arthritis has become my unwanted bedfellow. It seems as soon as I reached my senior tweenie status at the tender age of 55, I was greeted with achy, tired joints brought on by osteoarthritis. Determined to outwit this formidable adversary, I began a deep dive into arthritis and its many faces, including solutions that could help to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with this debilitating condition. The good news is I discovered that there are many treatment options available including the pharmaceutical, dietary and lifestyle changes, and supplements that I explored in my previous two columns. This column, I'm going to tackle other less conventional modalities that could lessen the pain and inflammation resulting from arthritis.
62 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
Once again, it's important to collaborate with your doctor and/or healthcare team to determine the nature of your particular arthritis and treatment options best suited for you. Essential oils. Boswellia, or Indian frankincense as it may be better known as, is an herbal extract from the boswellia serrata tree and has proven its effectiveness at reducing inflammation. The oral use of boswellic acid capsules has been cited by the Arthritis Foundation as a potential therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and may even prevent the loss of cartilage. As a potent anti-inflammatory, boswellia can also be an effective painkiller. Other essential oils that may prove beneficial include eucalyptus, lavender, evening primrose oil, ginger, turmeric and basil. They can be administered topically in a carrier oil such as coconut, olive,
almond or jojoba wherever you feel joint pain, and/or added to a bath (blended first with a bit of milk or vegetable oil). Aromatherapy using essential oils is also scientifically proven to relieve pain. CBD/Cannabis. While all drugs carry some risk and side effects, CBD is showing great promise as an option for treating arthritic pain and reducing the condition's progression. Studies performed in 2016 and 2017 found that CBD applied topically had good potential to relieve inflammation and pain caused by arthritis, including joint pain. Arthritis symptoms such as decreased joint mobility, stiffness and pain respond well to CBD. CBD is also a nerve protectant, and, therefore, helps to reduce joint neuropathy. Some studies suggest that treatment using the entire cannabis plant may prove to be more effective than isolated cannabinoids; however, certain compounds such as the high-inducing THC carry more risk than others, and appropriate dosing should be discussed with a professional. All in all, considering that most seniors experience some kind of pain later in life, it is certainly worthwhile to further investigate whether CBD and/or other cannabinoids might be a good match for your arthritis symptoms. Earthing/Grounding. Discovered in the 1990s by Clint Ober, earthing (also known as grounding) is the practice of putting our bodies in direct contact with the Earth's natural electrical charge (rich in potent, free electrons) which apparently stabilizes the free radicals in our bodies and normalizes our self-regulating and selfhealing systems. Over the past 20 years, there have been over 20 peer-reviewed research studies published on the extensive health benefits of grounding. Whether we walk barefoot on the grass or "plug in" to indoor grounding devices, benefits include a reduction in inflammation, pain and stress, while improving blood flow, energy and sleep and inducing an overall greater sense of well-being. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it makes sense that earthing can improve the symptoms of arthritis, including pain. Studies using infrared imaging demonstrated how painful chronic inflammation, including acute hip, thigh and knee pain, stiffness and swelling, was dramatically reduced in subjects who grounded overnight while sleeping, after just a few days. A double-blind study in Poland concluded that earthing is likely to help with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other bone diseases. Subjects showed a significant improvement in blood mineral levels, critical for maintaining bone density and for improving arthritis and its symptoms, after just one night of earthing. My deep dive into arthritis has certainly turned up some interesting treatment options, and after waking up from my first few nights of sleeping with my new grounding blanket, I dare say that I just might get the better of this mean-spirited body snatcher named "arthritis."
NOT READY FOR RETIREMENT LIVING? TRY BERWICK! Berwick is a locally-owned, second generation independent living community with a stellar reputation. Enjoy the complete freedom that independent living offers with the confidence and support of the Berwick family behind you.
Living here changed my life. Doug, Current Resident
BERWICK ROYAL OAK | 4680 ELK LAKE DRIVE | VICTORIA | 250-419-4012 BERWICK HOUSE | 4062 SHELBOURNE STREET | VICTORIA | 250-853-5492
A Bond That Will Last Forever ...
PET MARKET PET MARKET
OPEN MON - SAT AND WE DELIVER!
#5-7103 W Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay | rascalspetmarket.com SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 63
Benefits of Portfolio Rebalancing Peter Dolezal is a semi-retired Sidney resident. He offers INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL CONSULTING SERVICES to individuals, couples and companies. To date, he has assisted more than 265 clients across Canada, principally in Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland. No Financial Products to Sell Leads to Truly Independent Advice.
All financial investments are cyclical. The only uncertainty is the timing of each reversal – whether in interest rates, exchange rates, gold, individual investment sectors, or geographic areas. To minimize long-term portfolio risk, this factor is the primary reason for a prudent investor to be broadly diversified within each portfolio. Due to this cyclicality, in every portfolio, at some point in time, some investments will have outperformed, while others lagged. As a result, even in a self-managed “Couch Potato” portfolio, the one important action an investor should undertake – perhaps annually, is to rebalance each portfolio, returning it to its original percentage allocations. The importance of rebalancing is best illustrated with a real-life example. For several recent years the Canadian Energy Sector (XEG) suffered major downturns. Our investor had originally selected a 5% weighting as appropriate for his portfolio but, by the end of 2019, as a result of the energy sector downturn, XEG had fallen to around 3% of portfolio value while percentage holdings of other equity investments had increased quite substantially.
The Smart Canadian WealthBuilder
(Third Edition) Included in the curriculum of several Canadian Colleges.
Had this investor sold some of the portfolio’s outperforming investments at the end of 2019, and used the funds to purchase more of XEG (i.e. selling high and buying low) – thereby returning it to its original 5% allocation, the XEG investment would subsequently have skyrocketed in value. Year-to-date, it is up 38%; over 12 months, it has increased 88% – substantially reversing years of poor performance. An even more compelling reason for rebalancing exists for the Equity vs. Fixed Income allocation of every portfolio. Over the long term, it has been proven that sound Equity investments will always outperform Fixed Income. If for example, an investor were to select a 70% Equity/30% Fixed Income allocation, and never rebalance, the Equity percentage, over time, would dramatically increase, and the Fixed Income percentage decrease – significantly impacting the investor’s desire to minimize shorter-term portfolio risk. Periodic rebalancing of one’s portfolios is a prudent and necessary action which every investor should consider, at least annually. Over the long term, rebalancing will almost certainly improve the total returns of a portfolio. It is worth the modest effort.
Peter’s Next Seminar: “Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement” Wednesdays, 10:30 – Noon | September 15, 22 & 29 Greenglade Community Centre Registration: Panorama Rec Centre 250.656.7271
For Personal Financial Consulting Services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dolezalconsultants.ca for Client Testimonials and more
Rest Haven Lodge Fresh Face Campaign "There's so much to look at out there," said resident Verne, indicating the beautiful gardens at Rest Haven Lodge. "It's a shame we can't see it through these windows." Verne was referring to the main floor sunroom at Rest Haven Lodge on Mills Road in Sidney. Installed nearly 40 years ago, the curved windows of the atrium are clouded with age and hard to see through. The spaces are also uncomfortable for residents and staff: in winter, the rooms are chilly and unwelcoming; and during summer months, it's too warm. "I don't use the space much," admitted Verne. "I moved in to Rest Haven Lodge in January, so until now, I hadn't experienced the heat. In the winter I found it too cold to stay there. Now I can really feel the heat. So I mostly spend time in my room." Built in 1982, the building includes two solariums, or sunrooms, with specialized tinted glass. One is on the main floor, and one is on the third floor. These areas are the main spaces where residents can relax, work on puzzles, spend time together and – in better times – visit with family. Both are built on outer walls, with roofs of curved glass. Rather than continue to repair these areas, the Board of Broadmead Care Society, which oversees care at the Lodge, decided to give the building a much-needed "facelift" by replacing the sunrooms entirely. Construction began on June 28, 2021. Take a drive by, and you'll see work underway on the third floor sunroom, which faces Mills Road. The existing windows and curved metal structure of the old third floor sunroom has been removed, and cladding installed to protect the interior while construction takes place. Next, structural wood framing for the new sunroom will be installed, followed by new thermal windows, roof and new siding. Then the entire building will receive a "fresh face" – it's time for a new look, with updated colours for the entire exterior. Construction costs have risen since the project was begun, because of COVID-19 scarcities and increased costs. Broadmead Care needs to raise $131,975 to complete the project. To help raise funds, Sidney businessman Craig Mearns has generously offered a $40,000 matching gift campaign. That means every dollar donated will be doubled – up to a total of $40,000 – and each donation helps! Many of the people who live at Rest Haven Lodge are Saanich Peninsula pioneers, or have lived here for decades. They have given much to the community. You can help them know they are remembered and supported by donating to the Fresh Face Campaign. Visit www.broadmeadcare.com/freshface to make a donation, or call Shannon at 250-658-3274 to donate over the phone. You can also mail a cheque payable to Broadmead Care to "Fresh Face Campaign," 4579 Chatterton Way, Victoria B.C., V8X 4Y7.
LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEED
To learn more, call
Victoria Cremation Service
*Includes: Cremation, Arranging & Administration, Local transfer of deceased and shelter, a vehicle used for administration and transferring and a minimum required cremation container. Arbor Memorial Inc.
Victoria Cremations Ad
3.75”W by 4.95” H
0.3125” all around
4 Colour Process
FREE DELIVERY on the PENINSULA!
Thank You for Your Continued Support! The last Thursday of every month is
SENIORS’ DAY % ff
o ed pricise r a l d regeurchan m
BOSLEY’S IN SIDNEY #4-2353 Bevan Avenue 250.656.6977 · www.bosleys.com @BosleysSidney
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 65
SEASIDE HOMES by Janice Henshaw
Searching for Kitchen Treasures and a Workhorse Stove I'm getting ready to move! That means it’s a great time to go through my "stuff" and donate what I don't use anymore to the recycling depot. Like the "must have" food processor that sits and collects dust. The next – and much more fun – step is to shop for some new or slightly used items to outfit my kitchen. If I find I need to upgrade the stove, the workhorse of our kitchens, I have to consider what best fits into my cooking style. Mine leans toward being fast and efficient; in other words, I would rather be swimming than cooking!
For input on kitchen treasures, I asked Muffet, owner of muffet & louisa in Sidney, to describe a couple of her favourites. "I usually wait a while to see how wonderful they really are before I pick them up; they have to be well made, functional and durable." Muffet says a good 8" chef's knife can replace a whole lot of cutting and chopping gadgets, so that will save a fair amount of cupboard space.
66 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
Her other suggestion is a carbon steel frying pan that is "easy to season and very satisfying to use." We can make our own "non-stick" surface without using a chemically enhanced pan that eventually breaks down. Another plus is that we can use this frying pan on any heat source – even a barbecue or campfire.
Carefully curated vintage furniture and décor layered with local goods. Join us every other Thursday at 7pm for a live online sale. We will share a variety of vintage treasures available for purchase. Visit www.facebook.com/hansellandhalkett for details.
Tuesday - Saturday 11-5 | Sunday 12-4 Garden Court 105-2360 Beacon Ave | 778.351.2773
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
How about toasters, one that toasts my homemade sourdough bread and chewy bagels on its first try? There seems to be no golden toast temperature setting on my current bargain toaster; the toast goes from uncooked to "burnt to a crisp" as soon as I turn my back. The Dualit series 2-Slice Toaster looks like a real treasure, rated #1 by Best Reviews Guide. It's a bit dear in price, but replacement parts are available if anything goes wrong. It has a "peek and pop" function, so you can check on your toast as it cooks, and extrawide slots and a defrost function ensure a better "crunch." Other treasures I would enjoy include a pizza stone, a coldwater beverage faucet with a water-chiller setup, and an instant hot-water tap for tea. A built-in Miele coffeemaker for an afternoon latte would be sweet too!
DESIGN | CONSTRUCTION | ARBOR SERVICES IRRIGATION | MAINTENANCE victoriagardencity.ca | email@example.com | 250.385.4858 SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 67
What about the clean-up issue? My favourite option would be flipping the linen napkin off my lap and retiring to a cozy couch while the dishes magically disappear. But, since my new rustic cottage in the woods won't have a dishwasher, option number two is to wash dishes by hand. Montecillo dish soap and counter spray are two refillable plant-based cleaners made in Sechelt. Fragranced with essential oils such as Italian lemon, sea salt and juniper, or avocado and cucumber, they sound good enough to eat. But in this era of illadvised laundry pod challenges, I feel compelled to say that you should not, in fact, try to eat them! Moving on to stoves, there are a few necessary features: an easy-clean, durable, non-scratching surface and elements that adjust finely from a perfect simmer to a rapid boil, and I'd ideally like it to operate in an environmentally friendly way. According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), an induction or ceramic glass cooktop is more energy-efficient than conventional coiltype burners.
68 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
Gas stoves are very popular for some cooks but because they heat food by an open flame, they are among the least efficient stoves for energy consumption. A free-standing gas range can vary in price from a rock bottom $700 up to a wild and crazy $30,000! Upper-end stoves have a sleek finish, are WiFi-enabled and include high-quality components, two ovens, a warming drawer, eight burners and sealed units. Be warned: these stoves can't prep food, prepare or serve dinner! I use a gas cooktop and don't like lifting the heavy grates to clean if there is a boil-over issue, or having to retrieve the bits and pieces that jump out of the frying pan and down into the vent screen. Also, there have been too many instances of nearly burned fingers! Gas stoves are convenient in rural areas that are subject to extended power outages. Still, I don't love the greenhouse gas emissions, and I wonder how it affects indoor air quality.
Silhouette & Luminette ®
Savour your moment in the sun. Nothing improves your mood like the summer sun. Our innovative window shadings let you fully embrace
Even if you’re not a great cook, the season and control the amount of light you choose to let in. no one will notice. Diffuse the sun’s rays, reduce glare and bask in the moment.
Whether it’s cutting edge fabrics that allow you to filter the light,
soft adjustable vanes that beautifully diffuse sunlight, or innovative
Own the Light.
Top-Down Bottom-Up blinds, you have so much control over the light, it won’t matter what you serve for dinner.
Own the Light.
O U T L OOKS
D E S I G N L
Paula Grypma 250.656.7659 101 - 9818 Third Street, Sidney, BC www.outlooksdesign.ca
Savour your moment in the sun.
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 69
Other options to consider are electric ranges that heat food more efficiently. Features include sleek designs, seamless, easyclean surfaces, controls front or back, and "speed boosts" for when you are in a rush. A hidden bake element on some models helps keep the bottom of the oven clean. Electric stoves are safer than gas; there are no gas leaks and no tanks to fill up. Many electric stoves feature an automatic shutoff which is a great safety feature. NRCan notes that better oven insulation and tighter fitting doors have made electric ranges as energy efficient as current technology allows. Prices for a decent stove can range from $1,100 to $15,000. Electric induction stoves are energy efficient because they heat food by electromagnets that heat the cookware directly, not the surface beneath. They can boil water 50% faster than a conventional stove. This type of stove is safer due to its cool surface and is prized by home cooks for its speed and power. However, magnetic cookware is required, or the food won't cook. In some reviews, people have commented that the pots create a buzzing or clicking sound on the stove, so that may be an irritant
70 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
to some cooks who are sound sensitive. Although most ranges generally require 30 to 40 amps of power, an electric induction stove may require 40 to 50 amps. Prices range from $1,500 up to $15,000. Air fryer ranges have been on the market for the last year or so; you can choose gas, electric or induction. They work by circulating air at high speeds using convection fans. Hello, sweet potato fries and crisp veggies! A spokesman for Coast Appliances said that I could purchase a good quality model for around $1,100. But if I don't need a new oven, I can still air-fry! All it takes is a light coating of oil on the potatoes or veggies and a metal basket or tray to suspend them in the oven. The convection fan will turn them golden brown and crunchy. That's it for stoves and kitchen treasures! All those fun decisions on what to give away and what treasures to buy must wait though because I intend on enjoying every moment of these final glorious days of summer and hopefully an equally wonderful fall. I hope you do too!
#107 - 2360 Beacon Ave, Sidney | 250.656.3486 | firstname.lastname@example.org | pembertonholmes.com/listings/sidney
in love with a new home? Give our Sidney Office a Call
Offering Real Estate Sales with Commercial, Residential and Strata Property Management Service Divisions
Thank you to everyone who helped to make our annual Amazing Scavenger Hunt such a success! All proceeds will go towards buying much needed OR equipment. You can still make a donation at sphf.ca. Visit our website to see photos from the day.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS TITLE SPONSOR
PIT STOP SPONSORS
your community, your health 250-656-2948 sphf.ca
W E ST COAST G A R D E N E R by Matt Hall, Red Feather Horticulture
Creating a Water-Wise Garden After a summer of record heat and extended drought, it's becoming evident that local gardeners are going to have to contend with hotter, drier and longer summers in future years. As garden designers, we are increasingly suggesting planting schemes that require less water. Whether you're planning a full xeriscapic landscape or just trying to find some water-wise plants to help you reduce your irrigation budget, here are some tips on creating a garden that will flourish with only a minimal amount of watering. Site preparation is key. To ensure planting success in any garden, you must have good soil to start with. This fact is especially true in low-water gardens, as soils rich in organic material hold more water and will provide the nutrients required to get the plants established quickly. The more extensive a plant's root system is, the more drought resistant it becomes, so the quicker the better. One complication is that most drought-resistant plants require fast-draining soil so that is a factor that has to be balanced when choosing your dirt. Heavy, clay soils will also bake hard in the heat and make life all but impossible for plantings. That said, most good quality soils are more than sufficient for your needs. If a total soil replacement is not feasible, make sure to dig a big hole (two to three times the size of the root ball) to give your new plantings a great start. Also, don't forget to create a "catchment basin" ridge around the drip line of the plant to help secure water where it's needed. Choose the correct plants. Plant selection is the most important decision towards creating a drought tolerant garden. There are plenty of local, Mediterranean, African and South American plants that can provide variety and beauty to a dry garden. Some of our top choices are: • Purple rockrose (cistus purpureus) • Creeping thyme (thymus praecox) • Mexican feathergrass (stipa tenuissima) • Lamb's-ear (stachys byzantina) • Coral carpet stonecrop (sedum album "Coral Carpet") • Bloody crane's-bill (geranium sanguineum) If you're in doubt whether a plant will flourish in a drier garden: one general rule is that plants that have gray foliage and/ or small leaves are often drought tolerant. Mulch. One of the main functions of mulch is to help prevent water loss from the soil which makes it doubly important for a garden where watering may be infrequent. In most of our drought-tolerant gardens we use gravel for the cosmetic effect but
a good bark mulch will also prevent water loss and is a much cheaper choice. Water wisely. It's important to remember that new plantings, no matter how drought resistant, will need more water in their first couple of seasons. As mentioned earlier, a drought-resistant plant needs an established root structure so you'll have to water well until the plant has rooted down. Also, infrequent but deep watering is critical as short periods of dryness will push the plants to establish deep and extensive root systems. If you feel a need to save water on your property or just require some help in your garden, please feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com. Good gardening!
PREMIUM LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS
Delivered Right t o Y our Doorstep Premium Soil Blends • Bark Mulch Compost • Sand • Gravel Fer tilizer • Grass Seed
www.peninsulalandscapesupplies.com Over 25 Years Serving the Saanich Peninsula
DELIVERY AVAILABLE Call 250.656.6719
SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 73
Hot Properties NATURE LOVER'S PARADISE $1,749,000
For Sale on Vancouver Island
Sayward Hill Condo $1,895,000
Maryan van Stolk* 250.656.4626
COMPLETELY RENOVATED providing unsurpassed ocean, mountain, island views overlooking beautiful Cordova Bay Golf Course! The open-plan design is full of light with 9' ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, 2BD/2BA + Media room, 1,845f in MOVE-IN condition. GOURMET KITCHEN is perfect for the discerning chef. This unit includes u/g parking & separate storage. MLS 876301 Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626
THINKING OF SELLING?
MAGICAL COUNTRY RETREAT! $1,598,000
Watch the wildlife including whales, otters and sea lions, eagles, and seabirds from your private oasis. Renovated oceanfront home sits on .78 of an acre near some of the finest beaches-hiking-fishing in the Sooke area. Features an open floor plan, decks, hot tub and an oversized garage. MLS 878486
an van Stolk *
E W P(personal O R T real R estate E A LT Y corp*)
e Maryan van Stolk* 250.656.4626
heir (personal real estate corp*) eloping rn their Amazing North Saanich Waterfront 702 Lands End Road $6,800,000
aking a aryan d de you dreams come true!
Award winning architecturally designed 4 bed, 4 bath oceanfront warm western exposure. Oversized skylights & ation home; floor to ceiling windows enhance the natural light & offer spectacular views from every principal room. Gorgeous open living & dining space with wood floors, exposed fir beams, & fireplace. Walk on beach! MLS876592 Michele's Team | 250.656.0911 firstname.lastname@example.org www.holmesrealty.com
eacon Avenue, Sidney
74 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
I have serious buyers looking to purchase in the North Saanich, Deep Cove areas. If you're thinking about making a change, give me a call for a complimentary market evaluation.
(personal real estate corp*)
You'll be captivated by this authentic, custom, West Coast inspired Linwood Home, with fantastic layout over 2,000sf, 4BD, 3BA, private 3.7 acres, own your own mountaintop amongst the Garry Oaks, Arbutus and Wildflower meadows. Enjoy the amazing craftsmanship with vaulted cedar ceilings, wood-trimmed windows, natural light through extensive windows and skylights and wood-burning fireplace. MLS 870898 Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626 (personal real estate corp*)
IMMACULATE SUNNYMEAD $1,598,000
One of the best locations with privacy, views, incredibly maintained and updated quality, custom built 1991 home that offers main level living with walk-out lower level in-law suite. You will be impressed with this 4BD, 3BA 2,974sf exceptional home. Sunny, private fully fenced yard, mountain and ocean glimpses too! Just move in! MLS 883966
Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626
(personal real estate corp*)
CAPTURE THE CELEBRATION
Together Again 1543 MORLEY STREET $1,050,000
35 - 4300 STONEYWOOD LANE $985,000
s| ot h
es ili am
Karen Dinnie-Smyth Personal Real Estate Corporation www.karendinnie-smyth.com 250.655.0608
He ad s
Built in 1990, this centrally located home is conveniently located within walking distance of most amenities. Approx. 2900 sq ft, 4 beds,3 baths. Fully finished upper with room to expand on the lower floor. Great yard for kids & pets. Perfect place to call home.
250.882.0092 · WWW.JANISJEAN.COM
Wonderful Broadmead location with trails all around. Entering through a courtyard this beautiful townhome offers main level living. With 2 beds, 2 baths, open plan living & dining room, family room, updated kitchen leading to sunny deck. Downstairs a 3rd bedroom & bathroom, plus a games room & storage. A double garage finishes this lovely home. Karen Dinnie-Smyth Personal Real Estate Corporation www.karendinnie-smyth.com 250.655.0608
STUNNING SERENITY WITH OCEAN VIEWS 2370 Lovell Avenue - $1,150,000
I’M SO BORED, I COULD EAT THE COUCH
Semi-waterfront! Well loved 3 bedroom home perched on the stunning south shores of Roberts Bay offering partial water views and rear yard ocean access through Mermaid Canal. Enjoy this beautiful natural setting from the multiple decks and private yard. Nested on a cul-de-sac, this rare find is hard to beat! MLS 883197.
Stephanie Peat 250.656.0131 stephaniepeat.ca
PET PALS DOG WALKING & PET SITTING
thepetpals.ca · 250.516.6489 INSURED · LIFETIME OF EXPERIENCE · COMPETITIVE RATES SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 75
TA K E N O T E by Jo Barnes
The North Saanich Flavour Trail 2021
North Saanich Farmers Market
SEPT SATURDAYS 9:30-11:30AM
Enjoy the best flavours of the region and season! Come explore the country roads and farms of North Saanich. Using the website and mobile application, take a virtual tour of each farm or venue and plan out your route and time. You can walk, bike or drive. Be sure to participate in the fun of this year's Flavour Trail Scavenger Hunt. Answer the posed question for each venue that you visit and submit your answers for a chance to win a prize. For more info: Steve Duck, Festival Manager, 250-891-6599. www.flavourtrails.com
10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich This vibrant market has been happening for the last 13 years! Come enjoy the feast of local vegetables and fruit, chicken and seafood as well as the creative offerings of local artisans such as jewelry, clothing, soaps and personal care products. Following new provincial regulations, masks are optional but up to your discretion. Sanitizing station located at main entrance. www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca
Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk (Free)
Sidney Street Market
ONGOING IN SEPT
First open in 2012, this 3.6km walkway offers not only stunning oceanside views, but an opportunity to see up close a variety of unique art pieces created by awardwinning local artists. Recent 2020 additions to the walk include "The Keeper" by Ronald T. Crawford and "Pure Energy" by Armando Barbon. When visiting, be mindful of current health protocols for outdoor public spaces, including proper social distancing. www.sidney.ca
L e t ’ s b o o k yo u r fa m i ly s es s i o n to day !
SEPT SUNDAYS 11AM – 3PM
Mary Winspear Centre Parking Area 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney The popular event, which kicked off in May and runs until October, features 50 vendors including local farmers and growers, creative food vendors, local artisans and so much more! Separate entrance and exit so that traffic flow is one-way. Safety protocols in place following B.C. health guidelines. Facial masks required. Contact: 250-507-0108 www.sidneystreetmarket.com www.facebook.com/SidneyStreetMarket
Peninsula Newcomers Club - Luncheon
Since 1987, this local club has been welcoming women to the Peninsula. This event kicks off a new year. Both members and those ladies interested in becoming members are welcome. A wonderful lineup of speakers is being planned for the upcoming year (October - June). For further details please visit: www.peninsulanewcomers.com
Summer Market Series at Sea Cider
SEPT 9 & 23
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse 2487 Mt. St. Michael Road, Saanichton LOCAL FOLK FAIR: A Summer market series set amidst an orchard and forest setting at Sea Cider, featuring over 20 curated local food, farm and artisan vendors, food truck offerings, ice cream and coffee and cider tastings. Come enjoy live music, workshops, a creative play station, and even an acupuncture treatment from EIR Mobile Acupuncture. For more info: email@example.com and 250-884-9066. www.seacider.ca
w w w. a m a n dac r i b d o n .c o m p : 2 5 0.8 9 6. 9 31 2 | E : i n f o @a m a n dac r i b d o n .c o m
76 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | SEPTEMBER 2021
Soccer Stars (Age 4-6)
SEPT 9-OCT 21
Greenglade Community Centre Sports Field 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney Led by NCCP Certified Instructors, this soccer program
introduces youth to basic skills such as dribbling, shooting, passing and fundamental rules of the game. The focus is on fun! Instructors use positive reinforcement, games, music and all kinds of ways to connect the game to your child's world and ensure that they experience the joy of playing soccer.
#loveyourlocal with the monthly
SEPT 11 & 12 10AM-3PM
Seaside Magazine giveaway box, filled with amazing gifts from our local businesses.
How to Play?
BC Aviation Museum 1910 Norseman Road, North Saanich Enjoy a trip back into time with the whole family at this popular local museum. The September living history display will feature military vehicles and reenactors and much more! www.bcam.net
Invasive Plants in the Home Garden
Find the image of the box hidden somewhere in this issue. Visit www.seasidemagazine.ca/SeasideBox by September 30th to let us know where you found it.
SEPT 11 1-2:30PM
Virtual – Vancouver Island Regional Library This valuable course, led by Master Garden Jacqueline Sherk, is part of the Virtual Gardening Series. Free. Register and access the Zoom link through the Vancouver Island Regional library website. www.virl.bc.ca
Mystic Mandala Stone Painting (Beginners Age 14+)
SEPT 14 6-8:30PM
McTavish Academy of Arts 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich You'll learn how to create a stunning painted stone featuring the mandala, a symbol recognized for meditation, protection and healing. A stone and all the materials needed to paint it are included in the class fee. You will have the use of your own table following all public health guidelines. www.mctavishacademy.ca
Repair Café North Saanich (Free Event)
Thanks to July’s Community Partners:
SEPT 17 1-3PM
St. John's United Church 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich Do you have a household item that's broken? Rather than toss it away, bring it to the Repair Café and get it repaired! It's a free meeting place where you can tap into voluntary repairers with skills in sewing, carpentry, electrical and bikes who will help fix your item on the spot. Provincial health guidelines and protocols in place including: guest registration, sanitizing, masking and physical distancing.
Gorilla Gear • Author Valerie Green Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts Stonehouse Pub • RockCoast Confections McTavish Academy of Art *one entry per person, per issue. Each entrant is eligible to win the Seaside box giveaway no more than once per calendar year.
For details and to volunteer: repaircafenorthsaanich.ca Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 77
Allison Smith "I am NOT a beach girl," my daughter said firmly as we stepped foot on the sandy shores of Miracle Beach during a recent camping trip. "Well it's time to get over it kid," I responded. "You've been born into a beach family." Her feelings on the subject were nothing new. This marked our fourth trip to this campground. The first year we went, Tessa spent most of our day at the beach trying to keep her feet out of the sand and screaming when a crab scuttled too close. Then came the sneaky, speedy incoming tide which, as Miracle Beach rookies, we didn't know about. One minute we were lounging in our beach chairs with the ocean's edge in the distance; the next there was water lapping around our flip flops. In a mad scramble we gathered everything we could, hightailing it for higher ground. A wide stretch of fast-moving incoming tide stood between us and dry land. We plunged in, up to our knees, trying desperately to keep towels from trailing into the water and performing balancing acts with uncollapsed beach chairs. While we laughed and gamely sloshed along, my then-two-year-old shrieked and cried, trying to climb me like a monkey to escape the pieces of seaweed that surfed the current. So yes … I'm well aware that she's NOT a beach girl. But this year, sometime between her first-day declaration and the day we packed up to head home, something changed. Tessa and her cousins played on the beach for hours, collecting crabs and building elaborate sand structures to "survive the tide." As my daughter and I stood at the water's edge that final day, already having moved our things up beyond the tideline so we could have just a few more blissful minutes on the shore, she looked up at me, holding my hand, and said: "I guess I am a beach girl after all." As the summer winds down and beach days with it, we're lucky to live where we do. On the Saanich Peninsula, I think we're all "beach people." After all, we live on a slice of land that's surrounded by water on three sides. Almost anywhere you go, you can smell the ocean air. Its negative ions are proven to balance serotonin levels – improving mood and lessening stress – so there could be no better place to be during this time. So take a few minutes to breathe deeply, enjoy these last warm days at the beach, and as always, be thankful for where we live.
n o s i l l A
Photo by Janis Jean Photography. Clothing provided and styled by Good Bones Clothing Co. For more, visit www.facebook.com/goodbonessidney.
Take the time to share a review about your stay this September and we will thank you! You'll receive 20% off the best available rate on your next stay. Show us your posted review redeem before December 15th, 2021.
9805 Seaport Place, Sidney BC
Reach out to a wider Victoria and Vancouver Island market.
250 655 9445 /+1 866 659 9445
Reach vicToria’s acTive 55+ consumers Be part of this informative
and fun to read magazine every last tuesday & thursday of the month in the times Colonist!
Close to half the adults in Greater Victoria are 55+. They are active consumers with high disposable incomes and are devoted newspaper readers. Over 68% read the Times Colonist every week looking to Victoria’s daily newspaper as the most valuable source for health, finance, travel and lifestyle information as well as news.
Reaching more than 236,000 readers every week! To adverTise: 250.995.4464
To subscribe: 250.382.2255
timescolonist.com 7/28/20 1:36:42 PM SEPTEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 79
SIDNEY All Care Residence
At Sidney All Care Residence, we actively work to change people’s perceptions of what food looks like in a care home setting. Our in-house from-scratch kitchen creates delicious meals from fresh ingredients, prepared with care by our talented culinary team. We firmly believe that healthy, home-cooked meals promote an exceptional quality of life, and are proud to offer our residents choices catered to their preferences and dietary requirements.
To enjoy a meal while visiting your loved one, please call reception and we will assist you in booking it. You can view our menu at www.allcarecanada.ca.
Proudly Offering Long Term, Respite and Palliative Care 778.351.2505 • www.allcarecanada.ca • 2269 Mills Rd, Sidney