Seaside Magazine October 2013 Issue

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October 2013

Sidney Fine Art

Show "Pequena Asa"

Focus on Small Business

Seaside Homes

Earthquakes & Your Home

Celebrating our entrepreneurs

Layering with light

Retrofitting west coast homes



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Pequena Asa (Little Wing) by SFAS master artist Leonard Butt Cover photo by

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Sidney Fine Art Show: one of the largest and most anticipated juried art shows in British Columbia 2013 Seaside Focus on Small Business: Celebrating Peninsula entrepreneurs Seaside Homes: Layering With Light A light footprint on the seafront

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Peninsula Restaurant Profile: Spitfire Bar and Grill

COLUMNS First Word 8 Inside Out 35 Secrets From My Suitcase 57 Ignition 63 Smell the Coffee 64 Last Word 71

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DEPARTMENTS 12 18 38 40 49 50 53

Friends & Neighbours Can We Talk Common Cents Trendspotting West Coast Gardener On Design New & Noteworthy

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ignition Peninsula Restaurant Profile Conversations from the Past Grey Matters Seaside Arts Scene What's Happening Forbes & Marshall



october.2013 YOUR WEST COAST CULTURE arlene antonik

Sometimes lives intertwine and this is the case with Patricia Robertson and me. I first met Pat as the teacher at Countryside Co-op Preschool when my oldest son started there in September 1980. Two more sons followed and Pat gave them all a great start to their school careers, as she did for many children during her 20 years at Countryside. Now our paths have crossed again with Pat directing the Blue Heron Singers, including me in the soprano section! This month, I'm pleased to write about Pat's many contributions to this community – some of which I have been fortunate to experience first-hand. James W. Foley speaks to the impact that one person can have in this quote from one of Pat's favourite poems: "Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash and it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on … " karen morgan

I hate exercise and I love my wine-paired dinners. Bad combination, right? For many years I had a dog who dragged me out in rain or shine. Sadly, we're dog-less right now and struggling to lose weight. OK, now you know more about me than you wanted to. Wait – one more thing – I moved to the Island 14 years ago, and it was the best decision I've ever made. I get to live in paradise, work with amazing people and talk (a lot!) about the great things our hospital does. Oh, and occasionally, Tim (my husband, who I fell in love with here) and I dress in clown costume and make balloon animals. Now you know way more than you wanted to… but if you want to read more, please read this month's Inside Out column. steve sheppard

Steve Sheppard is the monthly columnist of Smell the Coffee. Steve transitioned from Barista to coffee roaster to finally the waters off Vancouver Island, where he now calls home. His coffee journey started in his 20s, and he "went deep," as they say, into the world of coffee, continuing to learn about coffee 20 years later because it's a complex thing! He believes in the movement of supporting local roasters in all the towns and urban centres where you can find them. He loves sunshine, and the unique perspective living offshore brings because Vancouver Island appears much different when you're looking land-ward. When life gets hectic, Steve pulls anchor and heads out to enjoy some freshly roasted coffee in a paradise that he knows all too well … the Pacific.

Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 Editor in Chief

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Advertising Marcella Macdonald Sales Lori Swan 250.516.6489 This Month's Contributors Arlene Antonik, Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Gillian Crowley, Al Duncan, Colin Eaton, Michael Forbes, Doreen Marion Gee, Valerie Green, Paula Grypma, Sharon Hope, Linda Hunter, Linda M. Langwith, Barry Mathias, Stephen McKenzie, Susi McMillan, Karen Morgan, Suzanne Morphet, Adam Olsen, Jodie Petersen, Julian Sale, Steve Sheppard, Susan Simosko, Jim Townley, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

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Stephen McKenzie was born and raised in Victoria. He studied Marketing, Business, English, and History at UNBC and made the transition into finance in 2005, eventually stepping into the role of Division Director at Investors Group. He writes holistic financial plans encompassing all aspects of financial service solutions, as well as leading and supporting a highly qualified team which is committed to superior service standards and the development of lasting relationships with both clients and other professionals in the industry. Stephen has been a member of the Cordova Bay Soccer Club for 37 years and also been an active volunteer at the Victoria Brain Injury Society, including a two-year term as President of the Society.

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f irst word I know I've said it a thousand times, but I love my job! For most of my career, I've worked for someone else and just over two years ago, my dream of having my own business came alive with Seaside Magazine. There's no question that owning your own business is a risky proposition. But, with risk comes reward. Said another way: the better you are at managing risk, the more rewards you can reap. And consider the flexibility that comes with it, along with a better work/life balance, whether that entails working from wherever you want, setting your own hours, wearing your PJ's all day or even sitting next to your pet while you work. I may still have to endure the long hours that help invest in growing the business, but it also doesn't feel like work because I'm having fun while I'm doing it. And how great it is that I make a living doing

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what I love; it's my passion. It's promoting and supporting something I truly believe in. But likely the best part, and the most rewarding for me, is having more time with my two kids. We are celebrating "Small Business" in this issue and you'll meet many local business owners who also take great pride in what they do. Someone asked me the other day "what's a definition of a small business in Canada?" Here are some interesting facts. One to four employees: micro-enterprise; five to 100: small business; 101 to 499: medium-sized business and 500-plus: large business. And get this – the total number of registered employer businesses in Canada (businesses with at least one employee on payroll) as of December 2010 – the most recent figure available – is 1,138,761. And, 1,116,423 of those were small businesses, comprising 98 percent of all employer businesses in Canada. (Source: Industry Canada calculations using data from Statistics Canada) I think at some point every factory worker and office drone has surely imagined what it would be like to turn their true passion – be it floristry, beekeeping or model trains – into a small business. Those who've done it caution that it can require great sacrifices, but the personal payoff is ultimately worth it and you shouldn't wait until you're 65 to try your hand at a second career!

Sue Hodgson,

October 1 - 12

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October 4 - 6

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Get Your Country On! Country Dance MARY WINSPEAR cENtRE

Come ready to dance the night away to all your favorites performed by The Steel Toe Boots, a dynamic country-rock act hailing from the Vancouver area. For tickets call: 250-656-0275.

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October 18 - 27

ArtSea Festival


Begin with the Sidney Fine Art Show, then take a stroll through Sidney to experience artist demonstrations, exhibits and live music as local artists and businesses collaborate. Concludes with an evening of Music & Movement to benefit musical and performance education within our local schools.

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Eagle Wing Whale Watching Open House ShAW OcEAN dIScOvERY cENtRE

Food, drink and fun! Free to attend and all proceeds from drinks, etc. go to supporting the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and other worthy organizations.

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October 26 - 27

The Duo's dynamic and energetic performances of uniquely eclectic programs have inspired audiences for over two decades. For tickets call: 250-656-0275.


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Sidney Fine Art Show MARY WINSPEAR cENtRE

One of the largest juried fine arts shows in BC and a staple event for any discerning arts appreciator. For further information visit: or

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CACSP Fall Studio Tour

Get an insider’s look at 28 artist studios in and around Sidney on this ever-popular self-guided tour. Visit for additional information.

An Evening with Tim Gallwey MARY WINSPEAR cENtRE

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Seaside Magazine welcomes your feeback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. Really enjoy the Seaside Magazine. The Peninsula is a great place and always brimming with stuff to do and see … the magazine is a good way to find out about what is happening. I also like the articles about local people doing local things! Ray Spencer

While in Sarlat, France we ran out of reading material and

happily found an English novel in our gite. Inside was a stamp from Amoré by the Sea Bed & Breakfast in Victoria B.C. We thought it was interesting to be the ones to find this Victoria book since we are also from Victoria. After reading the book, we left it in Paris. Hopefully someone else might pick it up and it can become the travelling Sidney book. I tried to contact the owners, but their B&B and email contact has closed. Perhaps someone will recognize the owners and tell them our story. A bit like a note in a bottle! Linda Powell

I have been following very closely your Seaside Magazine

and all its contents, stories, photos and so many wonderful ideas and interviews with local folks. To me it looks like Seaside Magazine has hit the "big times" … in fact, everyone is talking about it. So great and how personable, caring and informative it is. Every article was my favourite … but my real faves were: The Photography Contest, 6 Tips for Healthy Skin this season and … my very fave … Ho'oponopono … The Hawaiian Practice that Heals. I have followed this healing for years. Guess what? It works! Each month I can hardly wait to get my hands on the Seaside Magazine. What's new? Who's who? What's what ? Along with Where to visit? Thanks for making Sidney by the Sea part of your day, your life and your magazine! Carell-Ayne Whalen C

I just wanted to thank you again [for choosing my photo as

one of your "Seaside Snapshots."] I've had a number of people email me to say they saw it in the paper on Sunday. The publication is beautiful! Erin Bosdet


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Run by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), the show is not for profit, and staffed totally by volunteers. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. October 18th and 19th and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 20th. There will be artist demonstrations every day. Saturday, October 19th from 7 to 9 p.m. is " Meet the Artists" night with more artist demonstrations and refreshments. Admission is $6 per day or $10 for a three-day pass. Visitors can win fabulous door prizes every day. Table of contents pic: 2012 Best Work on Canvas or Board: Breezin' by Marion Evamy.

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is one of the largest and most anticipated juried art shows in British Columbia, and a highlight on Vancouver Island's cultural calendar. The 2013 show takes place at the Mary Winspear Centre in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, and promises to continue a tradition of showcasing excellence. In September, three independent jurors selected approximately 380 pieces to be included in the show, based on creativity, originality and technical achievement. Visual artist and author Sheila Norgate, artist Janice Robertson and sculptor Debra Sloan had their work cut out for them viewing artwork that included paintings, sculptures, fabric, jewelry, photographs and mixed-medium pieces. Show Designer Sandy Bligh says that along with many established artists, "this year we are seeing a lot of first-time submissions from emerging artists." All of the pieces in the show are for sale, ranging from small prints in the $300 range to more imposing pieces from master artists. This year, the show features eight master artists: Dale Dziwenka, Noah Layne, Craig Benson, Tara Juneau, Clement Kwan, Johannes Landman, Leonard Butt and Marion Evamy. This group of artists has been presented with a SFAS major prize at least twice, and new this year is a prize for best master's work. The show begins October 17th with an opening night gala reception for sponsors and patrons who have the first opportunity to view and purchase the artwork chosen for the show. An awards ceremony follows in the Charlie White Theatre. Prizes are awarded in categories such as Best in Show and Best 3-Dimensional. There are also six Jurors' Choice Awards, the Colin Graham Award for Innovative Work and the Show Designer Award. Following the ceremony, there is a show preview and reception for sponsors, patrons, artists and volunteers.

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Friends & Neighbours is a column about the people who quietly enrich our lives personally and collectively every day. They distinguish themselves by the by Susan Simosko incredible things they do, whether or not we even notice. It is my pleasure to introduce you to a few of these remarkable people and to share something of their stories. With Keith Davies expect the unexpected. In his work and his stories, Keith surprises. The North Saanich photographer is as perceptive as he is funny; as meticulous as he is witty. Keith's images and words reflect a life


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lived on the edge, artistically and intellectually. Keith Davies' remarkable career began at the age of four. "I saw a neighbour taking pictures using a tripod. For whatever reason, I was hooked," Keith tells me. "I knew then that I wanted to be a photographer." Until he got his first camera, an Instamatic, at age 15, Keith used to "borrow" his brother's and run around "taking pictures" even though the camera had no film. Keith laughs as he tells the story. Keith's parents offered him piano lessons, but Keith said no. He wanted to play guitar. Like most things Keith tackles, he quickly became proficient enough to play with local bands and actually opened for Eric Clapton. "Yes, I loved the music," Keith says, "but what I truly loved was taking pictures of musicians." Keith has photographed Clapton, Carol King, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straights and many others. For a while, Keith worked as a musician. But, as he says, "Life on the road isn't fun. Aside from the lousy hours, you are constantly revving yourself up to perform, then calming yourself down to sleep. It wasn't the life I wanted." When he announced that he was quitting the music business, his uncle suggested, "Why don't you join the police?" Keith says it took him about two minutes to consider the idea and make a decision. "Why not?" he laughs. " Going from one extreme to the other sort of appealed to me!" Indeed. For more than 20 years, Keith worked as a detective with the Regional Crime Squad in the U.K., dealing with all the gritty issues that come with police work. However, even here, photography played a key role in his life. Keith became the squad's surveillance photographer, "getting the photographic evidence that is often central to a case." Keith earned licentiateships with the British Institute of Professional Photography and The Master Photographers' Association. His primary focus is landscape. "I love the textures, tones, contrasts, and the potential of landscapes," says Keith. " I want the viewer to feel the place and the moment." To do that, Keith tells me: "I take all my pictures 'RAW,' which means I do not allow the camera to do anything to the information I gather. That's all done by conversion after I take the picture." Keith always visualizes the picture he wants before he shoots. As he describes it: "The camera (currently a Canon full frame with Zeiss lenses) is only a vehicle to capture the basic image – it has no soul. That's my job." Keith spends up to 40 hours on each photograph to create the image that will be evocative of what he actually experienced – visually and emotionally. Keith works in beautiful layers of colour and black and white and fully acknowledges the influence of Ansel Adams on his work. In addition to his photography, Keith specializes in the restoration of old photographs and runs a successful picture framing business, Frame One. To view Keith's remarkable photographs or visit his studio, contact him at or 250-652-3351. You won't be disappointed, I promise.


Seaside Focus On Small Business

Your Life. Your Passion. Take a Leap. There's no question that owning your own business is a risky proposition. But, with risk

comes reward. In our annual Focus on Small Business special issue, we look at some of the amazing entrepreneurs who call the Saanich Peninsula "home" to their small business. These people work tirelessly to share a product or service with their neighbours and community, and in the following pages, Seaside Magazine is thrilled to bring you their stories.


"Starting a business is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. In mid-air, the entrepreneur begins building a parachute and hopes it opens before hitting the ground." Rich Dad


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Local small businesses are the

lifeblood of every community, and the Saanich Peninsula is no exception. In fact, 99% of businesses in Canada are tiny by international standards. It's an understatement to say that small business success is the most critical factor for a resilient economy, contributing jobs, innovation and diversity to our communities. The Saanich Peninsula has an incredibly diverse marketplace. Take a trip down any road in the Peninsula, rural or urban, and you may be surprised to find virtually any product or service you desire. Our farmers, food manufacturers and local restaurants ensure high-quality local food finds a way from the field to the fork. Our high tech companies invest in cutting edge research and innovation. All provide key opportunities for our youth. Our local businesses are intimately connected to the global business community. To succeed, they differentiate themselves through a unique product and service mix, providing one-on-one training, mentoring and employment, and an unmatched quality of service. Local entrepreneurs give back to our communities in many ways. We deliver value for money to our customers, satisfying their needs for products and services. We employ a vast majority of people. Our revenue remains local and the economic ripple effect through local supply chains is significant. And when our businesses are strong, we reach beyond daily transactions to contribute, from working with

service organizations or coaching youth sports. Balance is critical to achieve our environmental, social and economic goals. Their intrinsic connections are never more evident than in the small business community. When we struggle, so do our village centres; social interactions become limited, innovation slows and demand on the environment increases. Our quality of life and economy suffer. By shopping locally, we contribute positively to the environment: a resilient small business community means less need for people and products to travel long distances, or for local manufacturers to look elsewhere to find goods and support. My family has been in business on the Saanich Peninsula and in Greater Victoria for the last 60 years. Whether landscaping, garden maintenance, consulting or Coast Salish knitting, the relationships with our neighbours that have developed through our business have made us better. The experience gained through working with local business people continues to inspire me and has given me the confidence any entrepreneur needs to take the risks necessary to own and operate a successful business. This is important – over half of new businesses fail in the first five years of operation. Often, it is those lessons that make our next endeavors stronger, more flexible and responsive. I'm grateful for our community's support for local businesses and my family is proud to stand with the entrepreneurs, innovators and risk-takers who enrich the Saanich Peninsula.

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Beacon Law Centre Del Elgersma and Lianne Macdonald established Beacon Law Centre in 2000. It has grown to a team of 11 operating from three Peninsula locations – Sidney, Royal Oak and Brentwood Bay. Beacon Law Centre offers trusted advice and outstanding service in the areas of business law, real estate and wills and estates. Clients give Beacon Law top marks for friendliness of the lawyers and staff, value for money, prompt service and easy to understand advice.

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Berwick Royal Oak Retirement Residence Berwick Royal Oak sets an entirely new standard in retirement living, offering innovative amenities and gracious, elegant accommodation. Nestled among abundant gardens near Victoria's expansive Elk Lake Park, Berwick Royal Oak is also exceptionally convenient. Shopping, recreation and services are close at hand. Here, the cares and responsibilities of running a household become a thing of the past, freeing you to enjoy every moment of life to the fullest. Our Enhanced Living Services program has been created by our desire to see our residents empowered to make individual choices to enhance and maintain their desired lifestyle. You can stay in your Berwick home and add more services and support whenever you need them.

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With so much included in your monthly rent, your time is your own – to gather with friends by the fire, enjoy a pint in our English pub or sit back and watch a performance in our theatre. You will be proud to welcome friends and family to your amazing home at Berwick Royal Oak.

Breadner Veterinary Services Shelley Breadner is proud to have served the community as a veterinarian for the past 30 years. Her practice is designed to provide exceptional veterinary medicine for dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets in a warm and caring environment. Enabling animals to receive medical treatments with minimal stress and anxiety has become a focus for Dr. Breadner. With the goal of improving healing and recovery, she has succeeded in developing positive relationships with her patients and their families. Beyond veterinary medicine, Shelley’s known artistry reflects her keen interest in the environment and connection to the wilderness.

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can we tal k publisher sue hodgson talks with susan simosko, of Susan Simosko associates, inc. an authority in learning, assessment and organizational development You are the author of eight books and dozens of articles and a widely recognized leader and facilitator in education, training and communication across many platforms of business, from non-profit to small business to all levels of government. You cover ground from Canada and the U.S. to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere. Could you give us a glimpse of one or two of your esteemed accomplishments?? I've been so fortunate in my career. I've had the opportunity to work with highly creative, smart, and passionate people around the world who are dynamic change agents in their fields and nations. Many are lifelong friends. That counts for a lot. Personally, I am very proud of the contributions I've made to competence-based assessment and training nationally and internationally and to the quality assurance programs of several health care regulatory bodies in Canada. You have done a lot of research and writing on PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition.) and the significant benefits of PLAR to individuals and organizations. Can you expand on this and give us an example of how it works?? Most of us learn so much from our work, community activities and hobbies, but some of us, especially those without formal education credentials, are quite dismissive of our skills and knowledge. PLAR helps individuals receive credit and recognition for what they already know and can do—whether at a college, university or with an employer. This enables people to earn a credential more quickly or

qualify for advancement at work more easily. The PLAR movement has grown steadily since the 1960s and last year UNESCO issued a set of guidelines to help organizations globally implement good practice standards for assessment. I have hundreds of stories about people who have benefited from PLAR! Organizations benefit too because they don't need to spend time (or money) teaching folks what they already know and can do. Yes, as you can tell, I am proud of my contributions to this field and am still passionate about its development worldwide. You were born and raised in New York City, travelled the world for business and now reside in North Saanich. What prompted you to move to the West Coast? In the mid-1990s my husband, Graham Debling, and I worked in the U.K. on national initiatives in the fields of work-based training, education and certification. As a very senior civil servant, Graham was on the policy side, while my company focused on implementation. We were part of a national team tasked with developing and implementing innovations to enhance Britain's workforce.

Because of this work, and my earlier work in the States, the Advanced Education Ministry of the day and B.C. Labour Force Development Board invited us to work in B.C. for two years. We enjoyed it so much, we decided to stay! We came to the Island in 1997 and became Canadian citizens in 2004. . Locally, you have worked on a number of projects, including the revitalization of Sister Cities, the Save Star Cinema campaign, the Crystal Awards, a consultation exercise for the improvement of the Sidney Street Market, and a sign bylaw consultation for the Town of Sidney. You serve on the SBIA Board and on the Sidney Community Development Committee. You support other causes too. Everyone strives for a healthy work-life balance. With everything you do locally and internationally, how do you manage it all? I am very fortunate: Graham is extremely supportive and helpful; I was born high energy – thanks to my parents – and basically thrive on new challenges. I love connecting with people. That contributes a great deal to my sense of well-being. I also love learning (I am currently learning to sing!) and often take time out to read, listen to music, enjoy the theatre, exercise and walk in the woods – literally and figuratively. Graham and I share many of the same interests so I think we help to keep each other in check. You've just finished the Collaborative Framework for Professional Practice with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). It's recently been presented at an international conference in Dublin to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. What does this sort of collaboration mean for the industry? Health care is changing dramatically. As we, and the Canadian population more generally, grow older, the demand for quality health care will only increase. Research shows that health practitioners who work collaboratively across disciplines in patientcentred practices not only enhance health outcomes, they reduce costs. The work I completed with PEBC was a collaborative effort with several health professions. We hope the Framework influences not only health-care practice, but the education and training of health practitioners across Canada.

Susan Simosko Susan Simosko is an internationally acknowledged authority in learning, assessment and organizational development. Originally from New York, Susan has worked around the world. She and her husband, Graham, came to Canada in 1995. Since then Susan has contributed to professional development and organizational change initiatives across North America. Locally, Susan has supported Sister Cities, Star Cinema, the Chamber, the Town of Sidney and many other organizations. She is passionate about people, learning, and constructive change.

With your local company, Susan Simosko Associates, Inc., you're dedicated to promoting the development of organizations and individuals and it's obvious after only a few minutes of conversation with you that people are your passion. What continues to motivate and challenge you every day to keep your passion alive? People is the simple answer! There is so much each of us can do to help address problems large and small, whether in our community, family, or the world at large. Getting involved and helping others is intrinsic to my makeup. It's no coincidence that my website is named The Art of People. You are a lifelong learner. Not only have you been a professional mime, jazz musician, massage therapist, Seaside columnist and certified weight trainer, you and Graham recently hiked 63 miles in seven days, five of which were in the North Cascade Mountains. What else can we expect in the near future? That's something I think about every day! I never know where the next "thing" will come from. I love the idea of mentoring young people, continuing to support constructive development in organizations, the community and beyond. I also am working on a book. The problem with that is you need to sit down for long stretches of time. And, as many friends already know, that's a tough order for me! Photo by

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Coast Dental Care

Big Paws and Small; We Welcome & Care For Them All!

Our mission at Coast Dental Care is to provide the highest standard of dental care to our patients in a comfortable, friendly and professional environment.

Carol-Marie Crofton, Janet Lynch and our staff are dedicated to providing a unique dog grooming experience in which dog owners and their beloved pets are treated to a relaxed, beautiful environment.

We believe in ethics, communication and shared decision making. Acquiring hundreds of hours of continuing education, we offer a wide range of family and implant dentistry.

For Little Paws Grooming Studio

Dr. Mitra Hashemi

Dr. Hashemi puts her heart and soul into offering professional and compassionate care to the community, and looks forward to being a part of it for years to come.

One of our greatest pleasures is when our clients tell us how relaxed their dogs are after being groomed and, of course, how wonderful they look. Going into our second year of being in business in Sidney, we want to thank everyone that has helped make us such a success; please drop by to see us and watch some of our best friends through the large windows into the For Little Paws world.

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Fran Daviss - Invis With over 36 years’ experience in the financial industry and 16 years of mortgage experience, Fran brings a wealth of knowledge to serve you. She has earned the following designations: Certified Financial Planner, Personal Financial Planner and Accredited Mortgage Professional. Customer service is Fran’s passion and thus she brings enthusiasm to finding a mortgage that fits your life. As an independent mortgage broker, her business has been built on offering honest, impartial advice with attention to detail.

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Health Within TCM & Acupuncture I started my acupuncture and Chinese herbology practice in Sidney in 2004 on my own and then teamed up with my husband Dr. Jeffrey Jones TCM in 2005. We have since moved our practice to our home in North Saanich I have a strong passion for health and wellness and I enjoy the challenge of determining the right course of treatment for each of my individual patients. I strive to take care of the whole person and not just the symptoms. I have really enjoyed becoming a part of this community and I learn something from my patients every day.

Mikiala Christie BA, RAc, R.TCM.P

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Health Within TCM & Acupuncture 9156 Cresswell Rd, North Saanich 250.656.2067

Ingrid Jarisz - Newport Realty

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." - Albert Einstein

I am a dedicated real estate professional with the goal of providing exceptional service to my clients and, in turn, building long-lasting relationships.

Sharon Rose of Rose Designs has been having fun as a graphic artist for 26 years.

Born and raised on the Saanich Peninsula, I have over 30 years of real estate experience from real estate law, multi-phase project sales, custom luxury properties to first-time home buyers and everything in between. I offer proven marketing experience, including social media, extensive local real estate knowledge, strong negotiating skills and a broad network of colleagues, associates and friends.

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Real estate is my passion; people are my priority!

A graduate of Fanshawe College - Advertising Art in London, Ontario, Sharon has been a perpetual student of the arts and a passionate fine / graphic artist working in the field for over two decades. "I enjoy meeting with people and finding the essence of what they need to have created. I LOVE the creative process!"

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Rose Designs 778.426.4646

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Sharon Bolton

Sidney Meet Up

Select Mortgage Corp

Network of Women in Business

What do “Mortgage Brokers” do? Solve Problems and Make Dreams Come True!

I am a very passionate person who holds all my friends in the highest regard and that is why I started Sidney Meet Up Network of Women in Business, a group of women doing business in and around Sidney, B.C.

I have extensive mortgage experience – 12 years in Canada and another dozen or so in my native South Africa as a realtor and mortgage consultant. I chose this career because I like to solve things – and mortgages are often like one big puzzle. Whether it’s just for the lowest rate or a more complicated situation, I can give you the very best options. As an independent mortgage specialist I am not bound to any one bank or lending institution. The Saanich Peninsula is paradise. We're so fortunate to live here!

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Sharon Bolton 9785 Fourth St, Sidney 250.655.0632

I love helping others, and my greatest high is when I have done a good deed, whether it is someone in need or just a friend. I really believe in "Pay it Forward:" Do something nice for a stranger today.

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Nicole Wilford - Slegg Mortgage Being part of the Slegg Mortgage team and Dominion Lending Centres gives my clients access to the very best mortgage rates and options, as well as home improvement discounts and expertise at our Slegg Stores. Interest rates have fallen dramatically in the past few years. If you haven't had a review of your mortgage or line of credit recently, call me as you could potentially save thousands of dollars.

I am fortunate to be able to pursue my love of animals, nature, art, travel and photography, combining all of my passions into my work. There are a wide variety of subjects in my portfolio simply because I glean inspiration from so many aspects of the beauty in the world around me.

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Capturing moments in time and the beauty around us

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The Art of Monica J Reekie 250.744.2047 or 250.888.8410

Carolyn O'Meara Vision 2000 Travel

Tara Keeping, IWPP, enjoys all aspects of the event and wedding planning industry and is a certified wedding and event planner.

Building memorable holiday experiences has been a passion of Carolyn’s for over 36 years. Her extensive travel experience gives her the knowledge to deliver value and exceptional service.

Tara has planned numerous events including receptions, fundraisers, galas, charity benefits, launches and weddings.

Carolyn's most recent travels have included sailing on the Crystal Symphony from Venice to Istanbul, experiencing Oceania Cruises' beautiful Riviera, river cruising in Europe, a safari in East Africa and exploring Ireland.

Tara serves as an event consultant with non-profit, charity and art organizations. She sits on two Boards where she is involved with the fundraising events as well as being a host for a local TV station. TIGER LILY EVENTS

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Sometimes elaborate details, sometimes a sleeping puppy ‌ I love capturing moments in time with my camera and sharing them with others. Member of

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Bring Carolyn your ideas and let her create the perfect vacation for your budget and your imagination. Why go from A to B when you can go from here to WOW!

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Doug Wedman Financial Services Doug Wedman has been providing excellent financial services in Sidney since 1996 and has been a Financial Planner for over 24 years.

Exist Hairworx Do or Dye? Why Not Both? Come and see the experts at Exist for the worx!

He is best known for consistently having the best fully-insured GIC interest rates on the Peninsula. His interest rates are regularly 1.0% to 1.5% over regular retail bank branches. As an Independent Advisor he provides an expansive choice of investment funds.

Established in 1999, we at Exist continue to embrace the Sidney community and thrive in the support afforded us.

Are you actively involved in a small business? Doug is the Master Agent of the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan which provides unique health benefits for owners and employees.

Doug Wedman Financial Services 2480 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.0707

Being voted "Favorite Hair Salon on the Peninsula" by our community for the past five years humbles us to no end. So thank you, sunny Sidney by the Sea, for allowing us to work and live in the most beautiful place on earth.

Exist Hairworx #3 - 2310 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.2321

Homefront Ideas/The Finished Room Kristy Palmer and Sharon Turnbull collaborate their design experience!

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Look to Homefront Ideas for that unique design in every room of your home or office. We offer complimentary Interior or Kitchen Design with all renovations booked through Homefront, and we have the trade experts for you! We've been serving the Saanich Peninsula and Victoria for 12 years. The Finished Room, approaching our 12th year in Victoria, specializes in finishing your space with locally sewn drapes and bed coverings, pillows, custom designed furniture and wallpaper. There are lots of choices for blinds, shades and shutters along with new technology in motorization.

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Flying Fish Winery

Garden City Tree and Landscape

The most unique U-Brew establishment around!

Garden City Tree and Landscape has been serving the Peninsula and Greater Victoria since 2000.

Your wines are made WITHOUT clearing additives and with only minimal sulfites. Using our fivechamber filter system, your wines are not stripped of their body and flavour. We help you create the best wines, beers and ciders.

In addition to creating and maintaining landscapes, we also have in-house staff to create or maintain any of your pathway, patio, irrigation, exterior lighting, carpentry or drainage needs. We are your one-stop shop for any work beyond the exterior walls of your building.

Our speciality is enabling you to turn your fresh and frozen fruits into wines, ciders and ports! We have front door parking and loading too!

Try Us - You'll Be Hooked! Flying Fish Winery #3 - 6782 Veyaness Rd, Saanichton 250.652.8818

Our professional, personable and experienced staff ensures you receive quality workmanship, guaranteed.

Garden City Tree and Landscape Ltd. Central Saanich, B.C. 250.385.4858

Gordon Hulme Realty Ltd.

Hale Hughesman

Insurance Brokers - Real Estate Sales

Chartered Accountants

Celebrating 100 Years! Gordon Hulme Realty Ltd. and Gordon Hulme Ltd. – Insurance are staffed with professional, personable and experienced sales associates and insurance brokers who all call the Peninsula home. Each has a sincere personal interest in the future of our community … a concern that is reflected in the careful, conscientious undertaking of their business. This isn’t just a workplace, it’s a place we all call “home.”

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Hale Hughesman, Chartered Accountants has been providing exceptional service and practical advice to its clients for over 30 years. Located in beautiful Sidney by the Sea, Scott Hale, Elaine Hughesman and their team of experts offer a wide range of tax and accounting services to individuals and businesses. They pride themselves on the professional and personalized service they offer. The HH team sporting jeans in support of the Sidney Lions Food Bank.

Hale Hughesman, Chartered Accountants 9768 Third Street, Sidney 250.656.3991

Island Family Chiropractic

Island Return It Recycling Centres Island Return It Recycling Centres in Esquimalt and Sidney are always improving their facilities to create a safe, clean and friendly environment for customers.

Dr. Misty and Dr. Randy have 50+ years of combined clinical experience. They are still as excited about helping people of all ages and stages to enjoy greater health and well-being as they were when they first began practice. Dr. Randy Kerr & Dr. Misty Watson

Dr. Misty enjoys her work with pregnant women, newborns and families, while Dr. Randy enjoys working with chronic cases that have been unable to find help elsewhere.

Recycle Electronics, Small Appliances, Ready-to-Drink Beverage Containers, Light Bulbs, Milk Containers, all types of Batteries and more at our two locations at no charge. It is more than just a business: it's a lifestyle and Island Return It is proud to offer these services to its customers since 1994.

Health is an inside job. We’re here to help!

Island Family Chiropractic #107 - 1931 Mt. Newton X Rd, Saanichton 250.652.9350

Sidney 250.655.4878 #5 - 10025 Galaran Rd (near Peden RV)

Esquimalt 250.381.1482 935 Ellery St (corner of Lampson St)

Henley & Walden LLP Henley & Walden LLP has been serving the legal needs of the Saanich Peninsula for over 35 years. The lawyers of Henley & Walden LLP provide wise counsel and practical guidance across a wide range of legal areas including Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements, Executorships, Estate Administration and Litigation, Real Estate, Corporate, Commercial, Family Law and Civil Litigation. Dale Henley established the practice in Sidney in 1976 and Michael Walden joined him in 1980. Dominique Alford, with her extensive background in Corporate, Commercial and Real Estate Law, joined the firm in 2009 and became a partner in 2012. Jim Fowler, with his experience in Family Law and Estate Litigation, joined in 1993. Kristen Collishaw became part of the firm legal team in 2010 while Shannon Mather joined in 2013. The lawyers are supported by a friendly, helpful and professional staff with years of experience and dedication.

#201 - 2377 Bevan Avenue, Sidney 250.656.7231

Located at the corner of Fifth St. and Bevan Ave., Henley & Walden LLP is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all of your legal needs.


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Law Offices of Angel Drolet "Family Law Is All I Do." “My goal is to reduce the complexities and difficulties of family law disputes, by mapping a thorough, managed plan, tailored to your specific case, focusing on a timely and efficient resolution.” Angel Drolet devotes her practice exclusively to family law, helping clients through the challenges of family disputes with sensitivity and discretion.

Lifestyle Select has been bringing the best in vitamins and natural foods to Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula since 1996. We believe we have the best customers, who range in age from eight to 98 and are ever-ready to offer their good health secrets to anyone needing a hand! Find high quality products at low everyday prices.

If you need assistance with a family law matter, call Angel to learn about your legal rights and obligations, and the options available to you for resolution. • Pre-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements • Separation Agreements • Parenting Arrangements/Custody & Access • Changing Existing Orders • Grandparents' Rights

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• Divorce • Division of Family Property • Spousal & Child Support • Parental Relocation • Child Protection Matters

Law Offices of Angel Drolet D - 2412 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.351.3591

Liquid Metal Marine Ltd. Liquid Metal Marine Ltd. has been building quality aluminum boats, gangways and marine accessories since 2000. Owned and operated by Kristi Benwell, Liquid Metal is one of the leading aluminum manufacturers on the Peninsula. Kristi, along with her team of qualified fabricators and welders, specialize in custom rigid hull inflatables and traditional mono hull vessels. We are proud of our reputation for providing a quality product that maintains its value for pleasure and commercial customers.

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Stop in today – our friendly and knowledgable team are always on hand to help guide you to a healthier lifestyle.

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Marlin Travel From a dream vacation to a short business trip, we have the expertise to handle all your needs. Our full-service agency offers: • All-Inclusive Packages • Spa Resorts • Cruise Planning • Adventure Travel • Wedding and Honeymoon Gift Registry • All Travel Insurance Needs

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Marlin Travel 2468 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.5561



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McNeill Audiology

Michell's Farm Michell's Farm is a sixth generation, family run business that has been in operation for well over 100 years.

With 57 years of cumulative experience, our professional audiologists have been serving Sidney and the Peninsula for 19 years.

We grow 50+ varieties of vegetables as well as many types of apples and berries.

We focus on comprehensive hearing tests and provide hearing aids from all available manufacturers. We also offer an array of hearing aid accessories and assistive listening devices. We have two clinics: one in Sidney and another in Oak Bay.

Come visit us in October to stock up on fresh veggies for your Thanksgiving feast, and pick your own pumpkin in our U-Pick pumpkin patch for Halloween!

Get your hearing tested by professionals and check out the amazing digital hearing aid options at McNeill Audiology.

Open Daily 8:30-5:30!

#5 - 9843 Second St, Sidney 250.656.2218 1463 Hampshire Rd, Victoria 250.370.2833

Michell's Farm 2451 Island View Rd Central Saanich 250.652.6770

Monk Office As a locally owned and operated company, Monk Office has been an integral part of the Island community for over 60 years and the staff prides itself on creating an exceptional customer experience. Monk Office is Vancouver Island’s largest office products provider and the largest independent stationer in British Columbia. Since they opened their doors over half a century ago, their people have been passionate about providing the best products and services to their customers. They offer thousands of the best name brands and the kind of helpful, professional services that not only meet a stringent test of quality but provide the best possible value. They specialize in office supplies, technology, office interiors and imaging services. With helpful, knowledgeable staff available by phone or in person at more than 10 locations across Vancouver Island, they can help you find the tools to aid in your personal and professional success. Find the “helpful office people” at your local Monk Office or online at

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Royal Oak Shopping Centre #110 - 4430 West Saanich Rd 250.479.8663

Nurse Next Door Home Care Services Registered Nurse and first time entrepreneur Cailin Eaton brought Nurse Next Door Home Care Services to Saanich in 2012 with the belief that aging should be celebrated and that it’s about caring, not just health care. Nurse Next Door is a leading provider of home care dedicated to delivering flexible, affordable and quality care options to seniors ranging from three hours per week of friendly companionship right through to around-the-clock care from a registered nurse.

Nurse Next Door Home Care Services 250.665.4535

Ooh la la Cupcakes Ooh la la Cupcakes is a locally owned boutique bakery specializing in gourmet cupcakes and cakes for all occasions.

We are passionate about our product and our customer service and use only the finest ingredients we can source to make the best tasting cupcakes and cakes you will ever experience! Whether you need just one mouth-watering cupcake to satisfy your sweet tooth or catering for a large party, wedding or corporate event, we will cater to your exact needs. We offer FREE delivery to the town of Sidney! #6 - 2042 Mills Rd. W. Sidney 250.656.0706

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Pacifica Real Estate Inc. / Schörle & Associates Patrick Schörle and Patrick Killeen, the consultants behind Schörle & Associates, have a combined experience of 18 years in the industry. Their objective is to provide clients with an added value service by ensuring that through comprehensive research and a broad knowledge base, all transactions are based on solid facts. They believe in real estate supported by sound evaluation and will guide you through all of the steps pertinent to the process. This means providing you with indepth consulting including, on occasion, advising you not to purchase. Your sense of accomplishment is their goal, and their commitment to you is consummate professionalism! Pacifica Real Estate Inc. opened its doors in April of 2013 with a commitment to providing the community with the services of experienced real estate consultants who focus their in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market towards the individual needs of their clients. Located in Sidney, our services extend to the Greater Victoria Area. We invite you to visit our top-of-the-line facility to assist you in any real estate service you may require.

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Patio Gardens

Pebbles at Mineral World

Patio Gardens is a family-run garden centre in Saanichton specializing in hanging baskets, container gardens, bedding plants ‌ and we boast the largest hanging basket on Vancouver Island!

Pebbles & the Scratch Patch offer the most unique selection of off-beat and affordable gifts on Vancouver Island.

On October 12th we close for the season, re-opening on April 1st, 2014.

Playful & Practical under $50; Christmas shopping made fun!

We would like to thank all our customers who supported us this season; we appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again next year.

The Third Annual Haunted Scratch Patch will be open for scary good times October 1st to the 31st! Admission to the Scratch Patch is always free!

Yvonne Bulk and staff Patio Gardens 6536 West Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.652.8338

Mineral World 9808 Seaport Pl, Sidney 250.655.4367

Peninsula Academy of Music Arts

Peninsula Landscape Supplies

Peninsula Academy of Music Arts is the Saanich Peninsula's own Music Conservatory. We offer nine comfortable sound designed teaching studios with an isolated drum studio, 18 qualified teachers on all instruments, a comfy waiting area and lots of parking. Our student store stocks everything you need for your musical journey including books, rental instruments and accessories.

Peninsula Landscape Supplies caters to homeowners and professionals. They offer a convenient delivery service; however, you may choose to pick up your own load of any size.

Whether you are a complete beginner, a player or you want to get back to that instrument in the closet, we provide private lessons and classes to suit all ages, styles, levels and budget. Check out our ukulele classes: they’re a hit!

Over 20 years, PLS has evolved into a complete garden centre, supplying a unique variety of products such as fertilizers, seeds, garden giftware, slate, tools and a large selection of quality bulk landscape materials. PLS also carries their own blends of dry, premium growing mediums.

Peninsula Academy of Music Arts 1662 Mills Road, Sidney 778.426.1800 30 SEASIDE | october 2013



Peninsula Landscape Supplies 2078 Henry Ave, Sidney 250.656.6719

Saanichton Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic Less Pain. More Play. At Saanichton Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic, therapists Scott Simpson, Shevaun Sedlock, Sandra Hardy, Lindsay Williamson and Kris Swanson offer unsurpassed therapy and treatment in the areas of: Physiotherapy - evaluation, diagnosis & treatment Acupuncture - ancient therapy supporting healing & pain relief Massage Therapy - hands-on therapy promoting healing & function Kinesiology - preventative therapy through human movement Orthotics & Bracing - therapeutic & post operative

Sidney Pharmacy A Sidney Family Business! Sidney Pharmacy has been a family business for over 50 years. Originally opened in 1959 by Jim Brigham, the pharmacy is still operated by his wife Frances and their two daughters, Judy and Becky. Also part of the pharmacy family is David Randall, who has been with them for over 30 years. The staff at Sidney Pharmacy offers free prescription delivery and will supply compliance packaging at no extra charge. Also for sale or rent are walkers, crutches and canes. Sidney Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saanichton Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic #2 - 7865 Patterson Rd, Central Saanich 250.652.0132


Sidney Pharmacy LTD. 2425B Bevan Ave, Sidney 250.656.0744


Why do Canadians love Softub? Because Softub makes owning a hot tub fun and easy. Made in Canada for over 22 years, Softubs simply require a regular plug and a garden hose for installation. These durable spas weigh as little as 50 lbs empty and use approximately $8 per month in hydro – providing years of convenient hydrotherapy. Visit the Urban Oasis Garden Centre to view all the models, or call your local dealer and try a Softub rental.

Urban Oasis 4649 West Saanich Rd, Saanich 250.881.2680

Steve’s Service, now a family business with Steve’s son working with him, has been serving the Saanich Peninsula since 1981. Both family and staff are committed to giving their customers the best in quality, knowledge and experience. Steve’s licensed mechanics offer complete auto service from general repairs to full overhauls. Domestic and import cars and trucks are no problem for the team to handle. Steve’s Service is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call for information or to book your appointment.

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Stone Trends Marble & Granite We are the proud owners of a stone manufacturing operation, located in Sidney B.C. Stone Trends is a family-operated business and we take pride in being able to contribute to our community.

Susan Simosko Associates, Inc. Susan Simosko can help you to enhance business practices, improve communication, and tackle challenging issues.

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Tonolli's Deli Tonolli's Deli brings a taste of Central Europe to Central Saanich. Tonolli's is a warm, friendly meeting place for coffee, breakfast or lunch! The Tonolli's staff make European pastries, German and Italian breads, pies and cakes, many available gluten free. The Hungarian sisters make sure their freezers are filled with great home-cooked meals: Lasagne, Hungarian Cabbage Rolls, Tourtière, Shepherd's Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, mouth-watering soups and much more. Pick up a great dinner to simply heat and eat! Gift baskets and deli platters available on order.

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Waterlily Shoes Sandy Baynton and Waterlily Shoes … first envisioned four years ago, and one major move later, Waterlily continues to be a destination for residents and repeat out-of-towners. Waterlily is a beautiful boutique-style shop with amazing "of the minute" must-haves, with the same laid-back comfort and excellent customer service as in the past, and now offering some very select clothing lines: colourful Desigual, the soft merino wools of Emu Australia, Tana and Bee, Metalicus … and more. Our new fall boots are just arriving, from Mjus, Timberland, Michael Kors and Fly London. Platforms and pumps … muted colours and scrumptious leathers … and even a selection of men's Timberland and Blundstone! We hope you'll take the time to drop in and say hi!


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inside out each visit to the ER renews my gratitude for this valuable community resource Have I told you lately that I love my job? You've probably heard this from me before, but I have to tell you that a wonderful by Karen Morgan job doesn't protect you from the Executive Director, Saanich effects of stress. I found that out Peninsula Hospital Foundation last year. At a weekly Rotary meeting I started to feel distinctly unwell, with pain in my arm that radiated up into my neck. Apparently I looked as bad as I felt (not due to our 7:15 a.m. start!) and my husband Tim insisted on going to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital's ER. I spent the day, in standard-issue hospital attire, getting a variety of tests to determine the health of my heart. The next day, Dr. Ray Seigo administered a treadmill stress test, which I apparently "aced" (he told me I was above average for my age group – thanks Doc!). The verdict? Nothing wrong with my heart. I was told; however, to do two things: lower my stress levels and get more exercise. I added a third: lose some weight. It's had a positive effect and I'm feeling better. This was the first time that I have used the hospital's ER. My daughters have both had visits, and one of my first dates with Tim was spent helping him breathe through an attack of kidney stones (although the well-timed application of some morphine did more to help him control the pain than me teaching him childbirth breathing). Each visit to the ER renews my gratitude for the existence of this valuable community resource, and the exceptional people who care for us. I think it's also important to say a regular thank you to the people

who contribute to make the Saanich Peninsula Hospital the amazing place it is. It's because of those donors who believe in this place of healing that Jamie, one of the hospital's gardeners, is outside my office, trimming the roses and cutting the grass in the Len Barlow Rose Garden. It is because of those donors that families of palliative patients stop by to tell us how the beautiful Palliative Care Unit and its gardens and Music Therapy program helped them lower their stress levels at a difficult time. I'd like nothing better than to tell our donors "Well done. Our mission is complete." Alas, raising money for health care is a bit like housework. The job is never really done. This year our priority is to replace the CT Scanner. I know, it seems like just yesterday that we raised funds for the hospital's first brandnew CT Scanner, but in reality, it's been nine years. The machine has served us well, but it has been used heavily. The speed of change in CT technology is unparalleled in medical imaging. The equipment is becoming faster, revealing more detail. Dr. John Mathieson, Head of Medical Imaging for VIHA, says that the new technology also results in a significantly lower exposure to radiation. Since its introduction in the 1970s, CT has become an important tool in medical imaging to supplement X-rays and ultrasound tests. Along with the advances in technology, there's been an explosion of use of the CT Scanner in diagnosing illness and injury. Many donors have visited Lesley and me to let us know that they benefited from the machine's availability at SPH. However, it's time to replace our aging machine. If you don't currently donate to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, please take some time to think about it. It's an investment in your own health, and that of the whole community. And it may just help reduce your stress levels!

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Being More Than Thankful! by Jim Townley

The market season

has really flown by this year, I must say. We're getting to that time of year where the leaves turn colour and the smell in the air changes to fall (you know the smell I mean). For the past 13 seasons out of the 22 that the Market has operated, I've had the pleasure of being a vendor at the Peninsula Country Market and I've made a lot of great friendships and community connections along the way. I wondered the other day briefly … what would our community look and feel like without the Peninsula Country Market? The thought not only made me uneasy and sad: it brought me crystal clear on the value the Market brings to our community every Saturday from June to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time of year when food and family become our focus. Not that these things aren't important daily; it's just that we take a few extra moments to ponder the important things in life a little more. For me, I'm thankful for being a part of a great community. A community that works hard to maintain its identity and quality of life. However, I have noticed over the past 35 years that we've not made it an easy place for young families to exist financially, and I hope that everyone takes a moment

to ponder when they came to the Peninsula and how fortunate they've been to have a great life here. Our market is strong and our membership worked hard this season to encourage young families to come and enjoy the locally grown food and artisan crafts that are made here, in the hopes that we could inspire a more meaningful buy-local theme and to ensure sustainability for our future. I would like to thank our members, the District of Central Saanich for their ongoing support, the North and South Saanich Agriculture Society, and most of all you … our customer. Without you, there would be no need for us. While the season finishes October 12th on the field for the vendors, please remember to refer to your member directories to find our vendors and the wonderful products they create with passion and know-how in the offseason. We look forward to seeing you the last two market Saturdays of the season to buy your Thanksgiving food, and to discover some great Christmas gifts in advance of our next favourite time of year. See you on the field! The Peninsula Country Market is located at 1528 Stelly's X Rd. (Saanich Fairgrounds) and offers FREE admission, FREE parking, LIVE music each week, and we're completely dog friendly! For more information, visit our website at

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common cents Succession strategy: ways to maximize the after-tax value of your small business You've built a profitable business and you want it to continue that way when you hand it on. Succession planning is one of the key elements in reducing the tax burden on your successors by maximizing the after-tax value of the business. Any number of events by Stephen McKenzie can trigger succession, including Investors Group unpreventable circumstances such Financial Services as physical or mental incapacity and death. That's why your succession plan should encompass a "normal" transition – when and how you intend to exit the business – and a "forced" transition in the event you suddenly become incapable of carrying on. In either case, tax planning is critical, otherwise your successors may be faced with an unexpected – and unaffordable – tax bill. Here are some strategies to consider: Identify your "successors." Know who you want to replace you and their personal tax and financial situations. Identify your assets and liabilities. Include both family and business-related assets and any other investments that can affect your overall tax situation and liquidity. Unless you plan properly, lack of liquidity at succession time can lead to business failure because tax bills can't be paid. Insurance can be a good option here. Identify tax reduction alternatives. You have a wide range of strategies to choose from: Capital gains exemptions. In 2007, the lifetime capital gains exemption was increased from $500,000 to $750,000 on qualified small business shares – that may help you and other stakeholders. Spousal trusts. These can help to minimize the amount of tax a surviving spouse will pay, while also deferring the capital gains tax on the asset held by the trust until the death of the surviving spouse. Freezing company value. This limits tax implications come transfer time. Transferring ownership over time. Selling the business to family members (or other buyers) over time may help to spread the tax bill out over a longer period and ease the transition. Be sure all your paperwork is in order – wills, contracts and so on – and available. Revisit your plan – and tax strategies – as frequently as necessary to account for changing business and family/stakeholder circumstances. Be aware you do not have to do all this alone: your professional advisor can help you avoid an excessive tax crunch at succession time – or any time, for that matter. For more information email This is a general source of information only. It is not intended to provide personalized tax, legal or investment advice, and is not intended as a solicitation to purchase securities. Stephen McKenzie is solely responsible for its content. For more information on this topic or any other financial matter, please contact an Investors Group Consultant.

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Fall Flair … Spirit of Knitting Capture the creative spirit of knitting! For beginners and experienced alike, small hand-knitted projects are quick, fun and a joy to knit and are warm, snug and cosy to wear. Check out the rich hues, exotic fibres and gorgeous colours of this season's new yarns at In Sheep's Clothing Wool and Needlework Shop. ($3.95 - $15.95 / 50g ball) In Sheep's Clothing 9711 Fifth St, Sidney

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Ginger chocolate, maple, cranberry almond and many more … find your favourite. A highlight for locals – after you enjoy breakfast or lunch in the café, try several Melinda's Biscotti creations in the bakery right next door! Taste is their passion and this goes beyond Melinda's famous biscotti. One "in house" FREE coffee in October if you mention Seaside Magazine ($1.85/per piece; $10 per bag). Melinda's Biscotti 10134 A McDonald Park Rd, Sidney

Escape Now! The perfect winter getaway awaits the adventurer in you. Imagine an exotic cruise to the South Pacific or Caribbean Islands or a romantic river cruise through Europe. Feel the warmth of the sun-drenched beaches of Hawaii, the relaxation of an all-inclusive or the excitement of discovery on a coach tour. Let Expedia make these dreams a reality. Expedia CruiseShipCenters #1 2353 Bevan Ave, Sidney 40 SEASIDE | october 2013 |

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Taste a World of Happiness

October is here, which means the countdown till Halloween is on! This year avoid the frustration of driving all over town searching for something to piece together and let Victoria Costumes do all the work for you. Conveniently located on the Peninsula, this multi-award winning company has over 3,000 unique and quality costumes in all sizes for rent. Appointments REQUIRED in October; please call to book yours today. (costumes range from $20-$150 for a 4 day/3 night period and include cleaning. Adult dress as shown $95 to rent; wig $75; candy corn costume $35) Victoria Costumes 7060 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay


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A Light footprint Collaborative Design on the West Coast The Moses Farm: History enhanced and refreshed

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Valerie and Paul Woodley fell in love with their seafront property eight years ago. It came with an interesting history – once the site of a home owned by the British actor Sebastian Cabot. Although not available when they first looked, and while life took them in a different direction for a time, they didn't forget that little piece of paradise and when it went up for sale they

on letting the light in, with extensive use of skylights that artfully frame the views and floor to ceiling clerestory-topped windows guaranteed to flood the airy, open interior spaces with luminosity, even in the greyest of West Coast winter months. Paul and Valerie had some fairly specific criteria for Keith: "They wanted a welcoming entrance rather than a big, overwhelming statement. They didn't want guests to feel diminished by a two-storey gargantuan space." The front door, with double sided hand-adzed wiNe • cideR • cooleRS • poRT • SheRRy • beeR


leaped at the chance. Award-winning custom home designer Keith Baker of KB Design remembers meeting with the couple on the site, discussing the vision for their dream home. Afterwards, over lunch at Mattick's Farm, the deal was sealed in one of the quickest transactions ever. Valerie and Paul " … had fairly specific ideas of where things might go," explained Keith, and with the help of his detailed questionnaire they embarked on a collaborative two-and-a-half-month design process that for Keith " … was a lot of fun – they were a great couple to work with.” According to Paul, "Keith did a wonderful job," along with David Dare at Road's End Contracting, achieving their desire for an "Arts and Craft Mission style home with a little bit of downtown." Given the north-facing orientation overlooking the sea, Keith put emphasis 42 SEASIDE homes | october 2013

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The see-through gas fireplace, framed within a floor-to-ceiling wall of natural stonework, offers a cosy entertainment space on one side and an informal seating area on the other from which to enjoy the views.

custom panels carved by an aboriginal artist, a protective pillar to the right bisecting the space and an irregularly shaped stone slab for the porch, provide a reassuring solidity and permanence. Here is a home where there is an innate appreciation of natural materials. Flexibility in the use of space was also on Paul and Valerie's wish list. "We're not formal people," explains Valerie when describing the placement of a large dining table extending from the kitchen island. Alternatives exist should they wish to create a separate dining area in the future. In the meantime, the see-through gas fireplace, framed within a floor-to-ceiling wall of natural stonework, provides structure to the open concept design, offering a cosy entertainment space on one side and an informal seating area on the other from which to enjoy panoramic views of forest, islands, sea and sky. The fireplace mantel was custom built to provide front row centre for "Sol," a jovial face carved from birch wood that makes its benign presence felt even when viewed from the lower patio on the edge of the sea cliff, "beaming serenely down," according to Valerie. Brazilian cherry flooring running throughout the main level " ‌ creates wonderful patterns," enthuses Paul, connecting the various communal spaces in variations of colour like dappled sunlight on the forest floor. An earlier visit to a kitchen appliance centre proved serendipitous when it came to furnishing the couple's dream kitchen – they knew exactly what they wanted, from steam and convection ovens


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to a Sub-Zero fridge that, according to Valerie: "keeps everything fresh forever." The Miele builtin coffee maker occupies pride of place and bears the affectionate name of "Flo," after the character in the American sitcom of the same name. Maple and cherry cabinetry, suggested by builder David Dare and constructed by ProNautics with plenty of thoughtful and practical features, along with blueflecked granite counters, create a warm, inviting space that opens artlessly onto an outdoor deck perfectly suited for informal gatherings of family and friends. A purpose-built pantry cum laundry room tucked off the kitchen provides plenty of extra storage, closets and a practical benched alcove, perfect for putting on the wellies in preparation for a scramble down to the beach. Randomly patterned tile floor coverings take over, running through to the front entrance – "You can see so much in the tile, like an archaeological dig," enthuses Valerie. The tile, suggested by the couple's interior designer, Susan Nygaard, are also featured in the bathrooms where custom towel bars are a real family affair, designed by Valerie and built by Paul

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under the hands of this modest, self-taught craftsman, who also turns his hand to pepper mills, platters and, currently, coffee tables for the communal living areas on the main floor. Paul chuckles when he recalls that he is one of Lee Valley's original customers. In addition to the workshop another room doubles as a backup bedroom, exercise and hobby room, with warm cork flooring and plenty of natural light. A little alcove at the base of the stairs showcases Valerie's auction find—a lovely antique rocking horse. Perhaps Paul will use this as his template for another project! Valerie and Paul's home, clad in Sikkens Cetol finished fir that preserves the natural beauty of the wood, accented with black trim and natural stone, generously endowed with windows and skylights, lays its footprint lightly on the landscape of curving borders filled with deer-resistant plantings, expansive lawn, a cliffside patio and even a putting green. Whimsy and sculpture throughout the garden reflect an artful playfulness, while an Inukshuk pays tribute to the human presence along these shores from time immemorial. For Valerie and Paul, their new home is an evolving process. "There's no rush to put up all the artwork," says Paul. "We'll wait and see--it's all about the light."

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Earthquakes and Your Home Are you ready to "drop, cover and hold?" With the annual Great British Columbia Shakeout on Thursday, October 17th at exactly 10:17 a.m., it's a good time for us to consider how we can protect both our homes and ourselves. "We have had six earthquakes over magnitude 7.0 in B.C. in the last 100 years," says Alison Bird, Earthquake Seismologist with Natural Resources Canada. Although four of these events happened near Haida Gwaii, "we experience small earthquakes on a regular basis," and Geologist John Clague is quoted as saying a magnitude 9.0 earthquake will eventually hit this coast. It was not until last year that the domestic building code for B.C. included reinforcement against earthquakes. "Most owners of older houses are unaware of the benefits of upgrading," says Marney Mutch, owner of Shear Seismic of Victoria, which retrofits houses. She is concerned that the majority of homeowners are "not aware that the worst earthquake damage to wood-framed homes is easily preventable." Marney became a "passionate advocate" after the devastating earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, when she realized that there had been a lack of attention to "the structural needs of residential homes in B.C." Retrofitting your home is a process that involves reinforcing the supporting structure of the house. Marney explains that "older homes, built on raised foundations with short stud walls that bear the weight of the house, are most prone to collapse under strong by Barry Mathias

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vibrations." These are called "cripple walls" and, while strong enough under normal conditions, "are the weakest parts of the house when subjected to the horizontal force of a strong earthquake." (as shown.) "There is more to retrofitting than merely bolting the structure to the foundations," Marney says. It is important to use "sheets of 5/8inch five ply to add strength and lateral resistance to basement and crawlspace cripple walls," together with metal shear transfer ties to reinforce the connection of the floor joists to the newly braced and bolted walls. This system prevents seismic forces from shaking the house off its foundations. Until recently, governments have mainly focused on public buildings, including schools and hospitals. Marney is concerned: "There is a great need for people to recognize that they can prevent catastrophic damage to their own houses by applying retrofitting techniques." While Alison Bird's studies show that "buildings that are almost entirely wood structures do well" in comparison to brick and concrete homes such as existed in Haiti, there is a strong argument that retrofitting wood structures adds further to their strength and ability to withstand earthquakes. Susan Bigelow, project coordinator for Seafirst Insurance Brokers of Brentwood, confirms that the industry does not reduce the deductibles on houses that have been retrofitted, and the average deductible for earthquake insurance is between five to 10% of the value of the property. "Almost all earthquakes are followed by electrically ignited fires," says Ian Bowman, President of Softac Systems Ltd. His firm has invented "Quaketrip," a system that provides early warning detection of earthquakes, automatically shuts down a building's electrical supply, and can also control gas valves. It is suitable for residential use, and can detect earthquakes of magnitude 5.3 and over, which according to Alison Bird is the level at which damage to houses begins to occur. "Earthquakes and Your Home," a seminar taking place at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre on Wednesday, October 16th from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., will feature guest speakers Alison Bird, Marney Mutch, Ken Greenwood talking about seismic window film, and Wade Roberts, who will speak about gas shut-offs. Everyone is welcome: "I want people to know how they can retrofit their own houses themselves," Marney says. "I think it's important."

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Commercial or residential building construction, whether a renovation or a new build, usually has a landscape component. The landscaper's role can involve many aspects: driveways, patios, walkways, arbors, fencing, irrigation, soils, lawns and plantings, to name a few. In most instances the landscaper is brought by Colin Eaton in when the structure is near completion Garden City Tree and but in a majority of cases that time frame Landscape Ltd. is too late in the process to provide major cost savings to the owner. So when is a good time to bring in the landscaper? In my opinion the landscape should be involved at the design phase but at the latest, before the ground is broken. By working with your designer or builder, we can identify aspects that may result in thousands in savings. Here are a few examples of where costs can be saved by involving your landscaper early in the building stage: Natural features, including rocks, trees, wet areas and native plantings are regularly destroyed in the building phase. Granted, in some instances the building cannot be constructed without some of these features being destroyed, but in some instances and with a little planning these valuable features can be incorporated into the final layout, resulting in aesthetic appeal and cost savings, Most properties have valuable top soil. During excavation for the building that top soil is usually lost when it is mixed with the clay or rock. A skilled equipment operator can separate the valuable soil from the waste and, if room permits, stockpile the soil for use in the landscape phase. This prevents the owner from incurring the cost of disposal of the contaminated soils and then trucking it back in for the landscape phase. In one instance, blast rock created from the excavation of a building was trucked out early only to discover this rock was required for extensive retaining wall construction for the landscape phase. In another instance, what was thought to be waste soil mixed with clay and rock was trucked away only to find out later that hundreds of yards of backfill was necessary to create the levels in the landscape requested by the owner. Both mistakes cost the client thousands. The location or size of the intended building structure can restrict equipment access at a later date so planning ahead before the access is cut off can result in considerable cost savings. The landscaper you choose should have extensive experience building and maintaining landscapes and that experience is invaluable at an early stage of the building construction. Don't be afraid to involve your landscaper early. Who doesn't want to save? For more information visit

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Colour trends to watch for are bright, clean colours. Orange is here to stay for a while, and uplifting citrus tones like lemon yellow and citrus green add a punch of flavour. Appealing to more natural tastes, a collection of neutrals are still being used such as sandy beach and lighter tones that range from ivory to linen to softer browns. Novel neutrals of jade and mauve add a thoughtful and calming combination and something unexpected! When considering your window coverings, light is very important. It affects colours, alters moods and makes a huge difference in the entire feeling of a room. Preferences of calming low light, brilliant full sun, or a combination, need to be determined for perfect results. Also, controlling the light is another aspect. Sheers diffuse and draw light deeper into the room and illuminate your home naturally, while reducing the need for artificial lighting. Utilizing blackout lining can keep away the early morning sunlight for better sleeps! Window coverings are effective in helping to counter the harmful effects of sunlight, which over time can fade and damage a room's furnishings and dÊcor. Blinds versus draperies, Roman shades or shutters, wood or metal ‌ the options for blinds are many, and there are virtually endless prints, textile options and hardware solutions. Bring a specialist into the picture to help determine challenges and narrow down options that best fit your unique set of window covering needs within your budget. Great window coverings are in reach! For more information visit

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This month, Stonestreet Cafe & Catering opens the doors on their newest cafe at the Gateway Park Complex on Keating X Road. Customers of the former Saanichton Stonestreet Cafe will find their favourite staff in the new larger location, which will house a commercial catering kitchen and where customers, new and old, are sure to enjoy the Stonestreet menu brand they have come to know and love, along with an expanded breakfast and lunch menu and more daily features. This, the first Stonestreet franchised store, will include Sherril Gazarek as the cafe's new owner and she is excited to be able to offer the same warm welcome to the Keating neighbourhood as Doug Stuart and his team continue to offer in his downtown Sidney flagship cafe, along with his signature cafe fare and comprehensive catering services.

Amy Nold is pleased to be on the Peninsula doing what she does best: teaching Yoga at Panorama Recreation and Saanich Commonwealth Place. Amy's broad and deep base of knowledge of yogic methods allows her to teach various classes for all ages, from Healing Hatha, Gentle Yoga and Yogalates, to Mindfulness Yoga, Prana Flow and Yoga for Young Dancers. When she's not on a mat, she's on a mic and piano, playing jazz as a professional musician working weddings and private parties or in her role with the United Church or The Pender Island Choral Society. Email Amy at


Sidney-Based Serenity and Settling Into Saanichton Providing a healing touch for over 18 years, as a certified and licensed esthetician, Shannon Hall's newest venture is her home-based AnamCara Spa+Beauty Bar. She provides an exclusive calm environment that caters to both body and soul with offerings that include facials, manicures, pedicures, lash extensions and much more. Available for appointments Monday through Friday, you can find Shannon on facebook and book online at Cindy Ross has been working with children since 1982, and operating Almosthome Childcare since1996. She is pleased to have recently opened a Central Saanich location, offering a full day preschool childcare facility for dual working families where her team of Early Childhood Educators provide a safe, nurturing environment for each child to explore through the joy of learning and socialization. You can hear the laugher and see the learning from Monday to Friday in the upper level of The Well Church on Wallace Drive in Saanichton.

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There is something very enticing and romantic about The Spitfire Bar and Grill at the Sidney Airport. Sitting there eating "Prawns Gratine" and gazing at all the airplanes drifting in from faraway places, I could easily fantasize that I was in between flights on a hot hazy airline tarmac in Morocco or just saw Humphrey Bogart in the final scene of Casablanca. The wonderful ambience at Spitfire is matched only by the top quality fresh food and excellent customer service. The result is a memorable dining experience. However, when all is said and

done, the only people really qualified to give an opinion are the ones who know – the customers. Wally Boctor emanates a visceral warmth during our interview: "I love what I do and I love people." He and his wife, Barbara, have owned The Spitfire Bar and Grill for 16 years, building it into a very successful enterprise on the Peninsula. If the "Prawns Gratine" is any indication, their food is fabulous. Looking at his menu, I am quite surprised at their very reasonable prices on high-end items such as prime rib ($18.95).

Absolute freshness and high calibre food are priorities for Wally: farm fresh local produce, fish fresh out of the water, Triple Grade A beef. With his soft accent peppered with wide smiles, Wally tells me about one of their daily dinner specials: $3 off pasta and burgers on Mondays and Tuesdays. Their famous roast beef served with mashed potato and fresh veggies comes in a giant Yorkshire pudding bowl on Sunday nights at $15.95. Lunch specials include a sandwich, wrap or burger with soup, fries or salad at $9.95. Spitfire's classic clubhouse has real turkey

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and the "Spitfire Curry" has been pleasing palates for 16 years. A huge selling factor at Spitfire is the large spacious dining area with lots of booths, some of them hidden away for extra privacy. That extra space to move around is a powerful relaxant. Wally says it all: "We have big portions, great quality, good prices and service and free parking. I want to stress the location: Mount Baker in the distance, small crafts flying in and out." Graham Rendall from Sidney is a regular at Spitfire, coming six days a week for a year and a half. Why do you like Spitfire? I ask. Graham: "I am in a good position to evaluate the food because I have eaten almost everything on the menu. The food is great and the service is excellent. I enjoy the quiet atmosphere during lunch. Even when it is packed at dinner, it is not really noisy because there is so much more space here. The gals here are friendly and treat me well."

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when I was there: Lara, restaurant supervisor and one of her servers, Carol, have worked there eight and 12 years respectively. Happy staff usually stay at a job. Wally appreciates them as dedicated workers, a valuable part of his team. How do you get to Spitfire? Essentially, after coming from Pat Bay Highway into the McTavish Interchange, keep on Willingdon and follow it around the outskirts of the airport to Spitfire, avoiding the turnoffs along the way – all the way to 9681 Willingdon Road (see illustration). It is a unique winding road to the Spitfire Bar and Grill. A different world exists out there: secret, magical and quiet – as an orangy-peach sun slowly sinks on the horizon behind world travellers landing on man-made wings. The customers have spoken: It is well worth the car ride. Contact/travelling info:

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during the cement plant's construction. The family had a tent 12 by 20 feet with a wooden floor and boards forming the sides. Each time blasting occurred, rocks rained down on the tent, so the supervisor would tell Mary of an impending blast and the family would move out of harm's way. The residents received groceries from Victoria once a month; recreation consisted of card games, fishing, rowing and picnics. One of Mary's children was born in the tent. Out of necessity, Mary became an informal nurse for the community. When the limestone deposits declined, the plant moved to Bamberton and Robert's wife Jennie gradually transformed the barren quarries adjacent to the plant into spectacular gardens that are world renowned today. While researching his film Beyond the Gardens' Wall, focusing on new immigrants working at the plant, David Gray produced several maps of the early settlement. These show the former location not only of the plant buildings, such as the bunkhouse and blacksmith's shop, but clusters of two-storey residences and labourers' shanties. David depicted a darker side to pioneer life in Tod Inlet: the hardships of Chinese and Sikh immigrants living in poor conditions. Sidney Councillor Marilyn Loveless grew up in Tod Inlet. By that time, the boat traveling to Bamberton from the Inlet twice a day governed their lives. Tod Inlet had its own post office, electricity and water supply. There was a tennis court. Like many rural communities, delivery trucks brought vegetables, meat and milk. Children could play freely for hours on the surrounding lands. It was a friendly, safe community. "Those were joyous years," Marilyn reflected. "Our house foundations are still there." Currently early succession ecosystems dominate the site and the main goal of BC Parks is ecosystem preservation and restoration, although cultural values are recognized. Recent removal of invasive species has once again brought the residence foundations to light, turning back the pages of history and demonstrating the intricate melding of culture and nature in Tod Inlet.

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caribou, and trees so old they pre-date the Boston Tea Party? None of these sound like the Appalachian Mountains I've read about. Besides, I'm in Quebec, at Gaspésie National Park. Anyone who's hiked America's iconic Appalachian Trail knows the Appalachian Mountains don't stop at the Canadian border. They keep going, through New Brunswick and into what may be the best part of that ancient mountain range – Quebec's unspoiled Gaspé peninsula. In Quebec, the Appalachians are called the Notre Dame Mountains and sub-ranges are known as the McGerrigles and the Chic-Chocs, the latter a Mi'kmaq name meaning "impenetrable wall." And that's exactly how the steep forested mountainsides appear on the September morning we arrive. Low-hanging clouds completely block our view of the mountain tops; rain is on the way. A park guide suggests we abandon plans to spend the whole day hiking one of the highest peaks and settle instead for a half-day hike on Mont Olivine. It means we won't see any caribou, the only surviving herd south of the St. Lawrence River. Fewer than 200 animals remain and they prefer the tundra atop Mount Jacques Cartier, the second-highest mountain in the province. However we might see moose, deer, golden eagles and spruce grouse. And we'll be walking on one of the prettiest stretches of the International Appalachian Trail, which meanders from the tip of the Gaspé to the northern terminus of the original trail in Maine. According to the local tourism office, the 12-kilometre Mont Olivine loop offers "the best ratio of beautiful vistas [for] required effort!" This being September, we'll also get to enjoy some fall colour.

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The gradual climb takes us through a forest of balsam fir, white and yellow birch, and black spruce. The moody weather seems to match the rugged geography and for once, I'm glad it's not sunny. We pass a large lake that's slightly sinister looking, but maybe that's because it's called Lac du Diable (Devil's Lake). Further along, a rushing sound alerts us to a boulder-studded river that's frothing with white water. As we near the summit, the trail often crosses exposed rock. "It's really easy to identify serpentine by its colour," says Francois Belanger, our park guide, pointing to a patch of smooth yellow rock with grey streaks. "It's toxic to flora," he adds, explaining that the soil around serpentine rock contains high levels of heavy metal and low levels of essential elements such as calcium. Only 14 plants have been identified that can tolerate the serpentine soils on these mountain tops. Except for the simple huts that provide shelter for hikers in summer and for backcountry skiers in winter, the landscape appears exquisitely wild. Virgin pockets of ancient trees still survive, including 260-year-old white spruce. On this foreboding day we meet very few other hikers. But we do see one cute fellow – a spruce grouse that blends into the thicket of moss and ferns. The rain cooperates too, holding off until we're steps from our van, before pouring down with a fury that suits this wild place. PET FOOD PLUS


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ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, by Valerie Green wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Adelaide and Henry Simpson were the pioneer entrepreneurs on the Peninsula who built the first Prairie Inn, initially called the Prairie Tavern. It would have been interesting to talk to Adelaide about life for a woman in that wilderness of long ago. Mrs. Simpson, we know of your husband's achievements, but rarely do we hear about your life in those early days. Well, I simply worked hard alongside my husband. We arrived aboard the Norman Morison, in 1853. Henry was a baker and I was a laundress. And you first came to work for the Hudson's Bay Company at the Fort? Yes, but Henry was a man full of ambition and he wanted new challenges. By 1859, we decided to strike out on our own. We set off on foot from the Fort with our first-born child and headed out to the wilderness of Central Saanich. It was tough going, following native Indian trails all the way until we reached Little Saanich Mountain. Eventually we arrived at the foot of Mount Newton where the land was good.

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And that is where you settled? Yes, we acquired 300 acres of agricultural land and began to farm it which was hard work. Soon we saw a need for some kind of tavern in the wilderness; a spot where a weary traveller might stop and rest. We needed money to build such a place so Henry placed a mortgage on our land for 83 pounds six shillings and eight pence with John Schmidt of Esquimalt. Henry was the first businessman in Victoria to raise a loan! We began building the Prairie Tavern in 1860. Was it a success? Oh yes! It soon became very popular. We offered good food and hospitality and even the loan of a horse if needed; the only condition was that once the traveller reached his destination, he had to water and feed the horse and then set it free. The horse would always find its way back to the Tavern. And later you became involved in other things? Yes, with the coming of the railway, we opened a general store and post office and operated a mail service. Emma, one of our daughters, helped to deliver the mail. And then tragedy struck in 1893? Yes, sadly the old Tavern burned to the ground that year, but we were able to rebuild a new, far more elaborate inn for $2,200. We entertained a great deal and my home-baked bread made from a recipe my husband used at the Fort was very popular with our guests. It was a lot of hard work for me in those early years but well worth it. Following the death of Henry Simpson in 1903, there have been several owners of the Prairie Inn, a place which remains a legacy of hospitality started by Adelaide and Henry. Many present-day families on the Peninsula can also trace their roots back to Adelaide Simpson and her 14 children. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached via email at

Is There More to Your Snore? by Jodie Petersen

If you snore at night then read on; there may be more to your snore than you think. We often think it's just the person who shares a room with the snorer not getting a good night's sleep. Snoring has often been associated with a good sound sleep, when in fact it may be just the opposite: it may be a symptom of something called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can be a potentially serious condition that occurs when the muscles in the upper airway (including the tongue) relax, obstructing the airway which prevents proper gas exchange. Oxygen levels begin to fall and carbon dioxide levels begin to rise. OSA can occur at any age, but the incidence is significantly higher in the older population and is divided equally among men and post menopausal women. Health issues associated with OSA can be threefold: 1) The frequent obstructions can interrupt sleep, preventing the individual from getting through all of the sleep cycles. It is thought that these sleep cycles are restorative and help with proper cognitive function. 2) Increased stress response ("fight or flight") causing increased heart rate and blood pressure. 3) There can be significant drops in the oxygen level; this can be especially dangerous for individuals who have a cardiac issue or other medical conditions. If you check two or more of these you may be at risk for OSA. These are a few of the most common symptoms: • Loud snoring • Excessive daytime sleepiness • Choking, gasping or pauses in breathing during sleep • Restless sleep • Morning headaches • Irritability, difficulty coping • Frequent urination at night • Issues with memory or concentration A few of the risk factors associated with OSA include high blood pressure (with or without medication), Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, cardiac disease, stroke, depression, pain medication or sleeping aids. Diagnostic testing through a sleep lab or at-home testing can assist in determining if you have sleep apnea and its severity, and talking with your doctor or a healthcare professional who deals with sleep apnea can help determine what the appropriate treatment is for you. Jodie Petersen is a Respiratory Therapist & Health Fitness Specialist. Call 250-858-6791 for more information.

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grey matters "historically, then, gratitude is at the heart of what is now largely a secular rather than religious holiday. what are you giving thanks for this year?"

Keeping the Gratitude in Thanksgiving by Trysh Ashby-Rolls

When the Pilgrim

Fathers landed on American shores in November 1620, you can bet every passenger and his dog had something to be grateful for: no more seasickness; being on terra firma after four months at sea; wide open space instead of a bit of floor the size of a single bed. The following year, it's believed these Founding Fathers gave thanks for a good harvest of corn, beans, squash, pumpkin and other fall crops. With the addition of some sort of fowl roasted over an open fire and washed down with apple cider, it was probably the first American Thanksgiving. It has long been supposed that we Canadians hold our Thanksgiving earlier than our neighbours because we're further north and our harvest comes in sooner. Its origins are hard to trace. The explorer, Martin Frobisher, may have held the first Canadian Thanksgiving in 1578 – not for harvest bounty, but for dodging icebergs and other perils – giving thanks with prayers and Communion for his safe arrival in what is now Frobisher Bay, Nunavut. The first French settlers brought their tradition for celebrating successful harvests when they came with Samuel de Champlain in the early 1700s. Soon joined by Irish, Scots, Welsh, English and others from European nations, their festivals were part religious, part secular. They thanked God for the bounty of the harvest, with much feasting, drinking, singing, dancing and games to follow. But harvest celebrations go back much further.

The Bible mentions harvest in Isiah: " … they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest," suggesting a celebratory time when farmers brought in the crops, echoed in Exodus: "At the end of the year when you gather in your labors out of the field" feast and celebrate. Sukkot originates as both a biblical and agricultural festival. In ancient Roman times the Great Goddess Ceres – Kore or Core in Greek – who corresponded to the Goddess Demeter as Mother Earth, was revered by "farmers as the source of all food and her rites kept faithfully for fear of crop failure." Ceres' greatest annual festival, the Cerealia or Harvest Festival, is observed to this day in many churches and homes across the British Isles. Sheaves of corn, bread and vegetables form the centrepiece of church altars. Historically, then, gratitude is at the heart of what is now largely a secular rather than a religious holiday. What are you giving thanks for this year? Here's a sampling from neighbours and coffee shop acquaintances: "Friends and family." "My twin grandsons." "Food on the table." "For being here." "Being able to acknowledge and appreciate the gifts I inherited from my mother … the silver lining to her often irrational behaviour." "Being alive and healthy." And for prayers, here are a few lines taken from a long prayer written in 1791 by Archbishop John Carroll, cousin to one of the signatories of the United States Declaration of Independence, for use at Thanksgiving. They seem particularly apt at this time: " … assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides … by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy … Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace." May your Thanksgiving be happy and peaceful.

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ignition Buying a car has become increasingly complicated, so Seaside has decided to lend a hand! With the assistance of Motorize Auto Direct, this month we turn on the Ignition for our readers.

Lexus RX350 by Al Duncan & Julian Sale

How many of you know someone who owns a Lexus RX350?

If you're over 12 and under 87, it's very likely someone you know owns one. I said "owns," not "OWNED," because people who bought an RX350 years ago have learned that it's a superb car with a near cult-like following. More than 75 percent of RX owners buy the same model again. With a pedigree of that calibre, Motorize decided that the RX should put its money where its mouth is. So, we bought a 2012 RX350 (built in Cambridge, Ontario) with 15,000kms on the clock, and set out for the village of Beiseker, Alberta to deliver the unit to one of our valued clients. We loaded our luggage into the well carpeted trunk. Somehow I had a massive suitcase and my partner had a conservative duffel. You push the button and the trunk closes. The engine starts with a crisp, clean, refined note. Lexus is alive. But really not audible. The cockpit is contemporary with refined gauges, sharp lines and real wood inlays. You can't see the hood unless you're over six feet tall. Its shifts when merging onto the highway are effortless and nearly undetectable. An hour goes by without a glitch; the Lexus is like an old friend by your side, and I realized the car has sparked absolutely zero emotion. We are "CAR GUYS!" so I ask "what's wrong with it?" "Nothing" we reply in unison without hesitation. "This is the best seat I have ever sat in," I suggest. We have sampled some fine automobile seats over the years, from Aston Martin to Bugatti to Porsche to Mercedes. The

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Lexus seats cradle you and allow you to nestle in and actually avoid fatigue for ANY amount of time. The comfort of the seats was my favourite part of this midsized Lexus All Wheel Drive SUV. Oddly, that's all I could find to love about it. Don't get me wrong, this is the #1 selling luxury SUV in North America, not by a small margin – but why? Lexus built success over the years with the RX series by building everything to perfection, literally. But nothing to amaze and where is the wow factor? Is this a great SUV? I'm not sure – but what I can tell you is that it will outlast any other SUV your money can buy. It will never, ever wear out, and no matter how fast, great sounding, terrain conquering and well equipped the competition in this segment impresses you, it's not going to be the last man standing. We arrived safely after 1,120kms of non-stop driving and, while we can appreciate that bulletproof Lexus ride, there was just a little something missing for the guys at Motorize. Dont let this stop you from sampling one of the best SUVs available, we are convinced that once we drive the F Sport Lexus RX350 our opinion may sway the other way.

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smell t h e co f f ee "the aeropress makes a cup of coffee more flavourful than a standard drip cup, but less intense than a shot of espresso"

Going Old School With the Aeropress

Over the past couple of years there's been a movement towards the single cup coffee brewer, a movement bigger than I would have ever predicted. In past Smell The Coffee issues, I've talked about the negative by Steve Sheppard environmental impact of those stale coffee K-Cups, with billions of the leftover small plastic containers making it to the landfill. For those of you who have not yet purchased a reusable filter for your Keurig and started using locally roasted coffee as an upscale alternative to the plastic K-Cup … shame on you! By the way: using the reusable filter and fresh coffee is half the price.

When Great Taste Matters ! Means the Freshest Coffee

Now, let's talk about my new favourite coffee maker: the Aeropress. This is a new/old school alternative to making great coffee at less than half the price of the Keurig single cup coffee brewer. The Aeropress combines the process of single cup brewing with the vintage method, similar to that of the Melitta coffee making process of the '70s. For those of you who don't remember the Melitta system, it was a simple cone-shaped filter system that sat atop your cup of coffee; boiling water was then poured over the coffee grinds. The water filtered down through the grinds into your cup. What was key to this old school method was the boiling water, a key fundamental to the Aeropress method. What's different about the Aeropress method is … it uses a little bit of pressure through the use of a plunger to press out some great flavours. The Aeropress makes a cup of coffee more flavourful than a standard drip cup, but less intense than a shot of espresso. Adjusting the amount of coffee used in the cylinder will affect the strength of your coffee. The Aeropress kit comes with everything you need to make a great cup of coffee, including a 12- gram portion scoop to ensure a consistent cup every time. It's easy to clean and, for those of you who have not yet splurged to buy a single cup brewer and have a kettle lying around, you could get into the single cup brewing game for under $30! Remember, the key to great coffee is a combination of three very simple things: freshness of the coffee from the time it's roasted, the quality of the water you use, and always using boiling water when brewing. Standard drip coffee machines do not heat the water enough to extract all the great flavours from the coffee, which is another shortcoming of the Keurig. The other upside of owning an Aeropress? It can also go camping, and on the West Coast this matters … Steve out.

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Daksha's Gourmet Spices by Susan Simosko This is the second in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Want to spice up your diet without sacrificing healthy eating? If so, Daksha's Gourmet Spices may be in your future – if it isn't already! The Saanichton-based company, run with meticulous care by Daksha and Bhaskar Narsing, offers more than 30 quality products, all of which are 100% pure spice. They contain no sugar, salt, MSG, or other preservatives. And yes, they are gluten free. "We are certified gluten-free by the Canadian Celiac Association," Daksha says. "We know how difficult it is for people to find foods that fully meet their dietary needs. That's one reason our customers love our products. They suit just about everyone!" Daksha and Bhaskar started their Indian spice business in William's Lake in 1996. They moved to Saanichton three years ago, not only because the business had grown so much but also because their children lived on the Island. "We love the area and our customers," they say enthusiastically. Since the move, the business has grown more than 20 percent. One of the remarkable things about the Narsings is that they do everything themselves. They personally oversee the entire process of preparing the spices and mixes for sale. "We select only the freshest spices," Bhaskar says, "then we sieve and sift them to remove impurities. Next we measure and blend the clean spices in keeping As Summer Cools … Warm Up Your Home With a Cool Wool Rug

with Daksha's family recipes. Finally, we grind the spices to perfection and package them for distribution." Daksha's Gourmet Spices offer a wide range of curry mixes for dishes such as butter chicken, korma, tikka masala, spicy fish, chicken curry, aloo gobi, and tandoori. New this year is spicy salsa. They also sell pure spices such as green cardamom and garam masala, each an essential ingredient in Indian cooking. "So many people think that curries are always hot," Daksha says, "which is a shame. Because a good curry is mostly bursting with flavour; it needn't be hot at all.” In addition to these products, the company offers organic teas and chai spice. They kindly gave me a bag of the latter, which makes up to 60 cups of chai tea. The aroma is divine! One of the biggest challenges Daksha and Bhaskar face is educating people about the range of tantalizing flavours of Indian cuisine. "People's tastes continue to evolve," Bhaskar tells me, " but we are always eager to introduce people to the wonderful world of Indian cooking." To that end, the company sells Daksha's easy-to-use cookbooks, each one a testament to the delights of Indian cooking. Several local supermarkets and gourmet food stores carry Daksha's Gourmet Spices. You can locate the ones closest to you by checking out or you can order on-line. Either way, enjoy your spice adventure!

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Lessons for Learning by Doreen Marion Gee My introduction to ice skating as a child was not ideal: trying to stay upright on jagged uneven ice on a pond covered in rocks and branches where any second I might hit water. With no formal lessons under my belt, I stood frozen on the sideboards while my graceful friends flew across beautiful shiny-blue ice on "Teen Days" at our local rink. But after a talk with a local athlete, I realize that ice skating promises more than glamour and glitz. It is an effective way to develop valuable life skills – the ones that keep us strong, fearless and successful. A highly-skilled hockey player, Courtney MacMurchy loves her job. As team leader of Panorama Rec Centre's Learn to Skate lessons, she enjoys watching little people blossom in the sport of ice skating

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and seeing firsthand how skating changes lives. Courtney reveals the first step in skating lessons: gently helping kids conquer their fear of falling with fun activities. At an early age, these kids learn how to achieve their goals, despite being afraid. That is a skill for life: successfully dealing with fear forges strong resilient adults. Courtney enjoys seeing kids grow from fear to confidence on the ice – eventually jumping on the ice with ease and comfort. To her, this I can do it attitude is invaluable for "whatever comes up in life." It is very empowering for children and teens to see themselves meeting the challenge of skating on ice where the risk of falling is always there. This builds self-esteem and a strong belief in their own abilities, giving them a firm foundation for success in adulthood. Ice skating builds social skills and friendships. Courtney reflects on "the friendships and sense of community I have gained through my passion in skating. Some of my closest friends today were made at the skating rink." During the tough teen years, kids "know that they've had lessons and can get out there, have fun, and not have to worry about what is going on in their lives." It was important to Courtney to have something she did well – to fall back on "during those rough patches in life." Panorama has the same standard program of skating lessons as across the Capital Region: 10 levels of skill, from pre-school to preteen, with children progressing according to their age and ability. Adult Learn to Skate lessons and private lessons are also offered. Panorama has two beautiful ice rinks and their instructors are dedicated top notch athletes. It is never too late to learn skills that help us and make our lives better. I wonder how much adult skating lessons cost? For the schedule of Fall classes, please see Panorama's brochure at

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October is chock-a-block with arts activities. Here's a small sampling.

Sidney Fine Art Show and Sale From oils paintings to elaborate wood carvings, you'll find it at the 2013 Sidney Fine Art Show, now in its 10th year, at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, this is a first-rate juried art show for serious artists and patrons of the arts. Funds raised are returned directly to arts programs in our region. Patrons will be invited to a special Preview Reception prior to the Awards Ceremony. Information: October 18th and 19th: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. October 20th: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 or $10 for a three-day pass. Call the Mary Winspear Centre 250-656-0275.

his feelings about midwest prairie people, Yukon adventurers, on-theroad truckers, or everyday workers. A New England native, Bill quickly became a popular performer in the 1960s and '70s, described by a reviewer as "simply Boston's best performer." Over the decades Bill played on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, HBO's award winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio's Mountain Stage. October 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church, 9296 East Saanich Road (intersection of Willingdon East

Saanich Roads). Show tickets: $20 available online through Brown Paper Tickets http://bpt. me/457684 or through Deep Cove Folk For songwriters: October 19th at 1:30 p.m: Bill Staines Workshop "The Elements of Songwriting."

Don't Miss It! The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show & Sale ends October 12th at the Mary Winspear Centre. Exhibits change frequently, so well worth popping in again to see what's new. Free admission.

Sidney Literary Festival October 4th through 6th, the Festival will host 16 award-winning local authors whose genres cover mystery, war, children's literature, poetry, short story whimsy and local life. Something for everyone! Events begin with a hosted author presentation at North Saanich Middle School and continue Saturday with a series of readings and adult, children's and teen workshops to be held in local venues. This is a chance to meet an A to Z (almost) of Canadian writers, from Frances Backhouse to Mark Zuehlke. See the complete line-up at Tickets for all events (except the breakfast) at Tanner's Bookstore. Tickets for the October 6th Author Breakfast available at The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa.

Stomp Your Feet With Everything Fitz Enjoy high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing by four of Canada's finest young musicians. Everything Fitz is a family band with roots in Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and Ottawa Valley step dancing. They present everything from traditional jigs and reels, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, Celtic, gospel and novelty numbers as well as choreographed dance routines. Julie (24), Kerry (23), and Tom (20), all champion fiddlers, play intricate three-part fiddle harmonies as well as solo improvisations on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Other family members include Pat (25) on percussion along with parents Pam and Paddy on piano and bass guitar. Foot tapping music for all. October 20th at 7:30 p.m., Charlie White Theatre at the Mary Winspear Centre. 250-656-8627 for tickets.

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Speaker Series at "The Centre" 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay, 1:30 - 3 pm 250.652.4611 (between 9 am - 1 pm)

October 4th: Kerry Panter, Member Services Director, Co-operative Housing Federation B.C. October 11th: Avery Stetski, Member and speaker for Dying With Dignity organization. October 18th: Ian Cameron re: his trip to France. October 25th: Patsy Berger-North, Executive Director, Mt. Newton Centre Admission by donation; refreshments served; everyone welcome. until October 12

North Saanich Farm Market St. John's United Church Garden 10990 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich Saturdays from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month in Sidney, with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. For more information, please visit our website. October 12

Fabulous Fungi (Adult Presentation) 18 yrs + Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) 10 am - 12 pm 250.478.3344

Join CRD Regional Parks' guest naturalist Kem Luther for this two-hour slide presentation and talk. You'll learn to identify some of our common local mushrooms and about the important role that fungi play in the forest ecosystem. $7+GST. Pre-registration required before October 11th. Space is limited. october 12

Oktoberfest at Gartley Station 108 - 1931 Mt. Newton X Rd, Saanichton 10 am to 3 pm 250.652.6939

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Enchanted Halloween at Heritage Acres

Featuring many different types of inspired displays, including handcrafted lanterns, pumpkin art, creative props and theatrical dĂŠcor, exciting projections, interactive characters in costume, and the popular Trick or Treat trail populated by some incredible characters handing out treats. The Vancouver Island Model Engineers will be operating their minature trains along

a wonderfully decorated stretch of track and there will be so much more! Standard advance ticket prices are: $9 for youth and seniors, $12.50 for adults and $36 for a family of two adults and two youth. Children four and under get in FREE. For at-the-gate ticket info visit the website. NO regular public parking on site at Heritage Acres except for parking for disabled and by special arrangement (i.e. groups, etc). FREE covered parking and FREE shuttle service from Gateway Park on Keating, only a short bus ride away. October 20

Ceilidh at "The Centre" 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay, 2 - 4 pm 250.652.4611 (between 9 am - 1 pm)

Scottish Country Dance Ceilidh (party). All ages welcome. Wear comfy clothes that allow for movement and soft-soled shoes. There will be refreshments. All dances are called and taught. This is a fundraiser for the CENTRE. Enjoy a fun afternoon. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. October 21

Harvest of Stories on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories start @ 7:30 pm 250.477.7044

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies). october 24 - 26

Snowdon House Christmas: Wrap it Up Early! Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts 1890 Mills Rd, North Saanich 10 am to 5 pm 250.658.3419

Breeze into Christmas by visiting our unique farm shop for gourmet foods, handmade Westcoast gifts and local artisans. Enjoy our tasting bar and door prizes. Wheel Chair accessible. October 26 - 27 Saanich Peninsula Fall Studio Tour

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At the semi-annual studio tour over 26 local artists around the Saanich Peninsula open their studios to the public. View displays and exciting demonstrations of various fine art practices. Admission is free.

Pat Robertson and the Blue Heron Singers by Arlene Antonik

"Come Sing a Song With Me … " These words from one of the favourite songs of the Blue Heron Singers issue a warm invitation to come along, sing a song, and have some fun. Everyone welcome! For those who think they can't sing or can't read music, not to worry. There are only two rules in this choir. Rule #1: Everyone should sing the same piece at the same time; and Rule #2: When everyone else has finished singing, you should be finished singing too! In 2008, a group of 20 would-be singers got together as part of the Cordova Bay 55+ Association ( They wanted to sing but had no leader. What to do? One of the group, violinist and music teacher extraordinaire Dorothy Evans, said: "I know just the person to lead this choir." And so her former student, Pat Robertson, was asked and after some hesitation, agreed to take on the directorship for a three-month trial basis. "Although I've sung in several choirs," says Pat, "I never imagined leading one. I didn't think I could. But when Dorothy asked, what could I say? She was my music teacher 59 years ago in Grade 7 at Central Junior High school when I called her Miss Hopgood. She changed my life by introducing me to the joys of making music with others. She changed my life again by asking me to lead this choir and what a gift it is to still be learning so much at this time in my life!" Truly, the gift is to the Blue Heron Singers who now number about 70 and meet once a week on Thursday afternoons at Cordova Bay Elementary School to harmonize and socialize. To have Pat as the director is a coup for the choir. She brings a lifetime of musical experience to this volunteer position which includes playing piano, violin and viola, and choir singing. Pat accompanies the choir on piano along with her mentor Dorothy Evans on violin, and arranges in four-part harmony most of the music that the choir sings. Along with raising a family and a career that included being an elementary school teacher, the teacher at Countryside Co-operative Preschool for 20 years, and co-ordinating a respite service at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, volunteering has always been a big part of Pat's busy life. She was the accompanist for the Saanich District Youth Choir for 14 years, and continues to play the piano for evening sing-a-longs at Broadmead Lodge as she has since 1975. Just starting their sixth year, the Blue Heron Singers continue to thrive under Pat's leadership and quirky sense of humour. Rule #3: Sing, laugh, and learn something new!

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The Bucket List

In Medieval times,

when swift justice reigned and you were to be hung for stealing a crumpet, they would place a noose around your neck and stand you on a bucket, then boot it out from under your feet. Hence the term "kicking the bucket." From this morbid trio of words came the more playful "bucket list" by Michael Forbes which as we know, is a list of things you'd like to do before you die. A survey told me that overwhelmingly we'd like to travel before we kick it, to places like the Great Wall of China or the Egyptian pyramids. Personally, I would rather watch people lining up in the sweltering heat waiting to see Tut's tomb in the comfort of my living room in HD. Life can, however, hand you those little gems that you don't realize are on your bucket list until you experience them.

Recently I partied like it was 1889 and rode a Penny Farthing bicycle. For those of you that may not be privy to the ways of our backward ancestors, it's one of those contraptions that has a huge wheel on the front and a tiny one on the back. Oh, and it doesn't have brakes. I guess Mother Nature had a couple ways of thinning the herd back then … influenza and the penny farthing bicycle. Will Arnold of Duncan's Experience Cycling has a passion for them and he hooked me up with one for Bike To Work Week. He also graciously offered to give me a "crash" course on how to ride one. It kinda looks like a bike, but it steers more like a Sherman tank. Also, did I mention they don't have any brakes? The trick is getting on it while shoving it at a high rate of speed and, most importantly, getting off while screaming down the Goose. Once you are high up on your perch though, you suddenly morph into some sort of rock star in a bowler hat. People love you and want to wave at you and dart in front of you and grab you and make you die. The look on my face must have been a mixtutre of concentration, exhiliration and terror. It may have also been partly my old timey trousers and the bike's bedpan-shaped seat which sculpted just about the perfect wedgy. I learned two things from that ride: it really was a lot of fun and my last panicked expression on earth would probably include the words Jesus and crap. Oddly, the Penny Farthing experience kind of prepared me for my other bucket list adventure that was never on my list: flyboarding. Island Flyboarding takes you to a lake, attaches a bendy fire hose to a jet ski and then pumps copious amounts of water into some Herman Munster-like clod hopper boots. You are then launched 20 feet in the air and you literally zoom around like Iron Man. Once in a while though, I would gracefully plunge into Elk Lake in such a way that it would create the most perfect wetsuit wedgy. Did I mention the flyboard didn't have any brakes?

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