Seaside Magazine October 2014 Issue

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October 2014



Fine Art


"Hand Picked" – Mel Williamson

Focus on Small Business

SPHF Annual Fundraiser

Seaside Homes

Celebrating Our Entrepreneurs

Germs Won't Stand a Chance

Industrial Evolution

An Inspiring Juried Show of Outstanding Art

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CONTENTS Peninsula Panthers


philosophy, started by the Zubersky’s back in the late 1990s, trumps all. The Panthers’ owners are entirely committed to giving individuals o Peninsula an opportunity to play the game at the Junior level - kids who otherwise have hadby the opportunity. The players range in age from 16 to "Hand Picked" many have dreams and goals of competing in the Western Hockey Leag Mel Williamson. “A”, the NCAA or Professional Hockey. Many young players who have Sidney Fine Art or two on theShow team have gone on to play at much higher levels including Hockey League. see story pg.Perhaps 11. the most well-known player to go through the none other than Jamie Benn, an Olympic Gold Medal winner with the C Men’s Hockey Team this past winter and currently Captain of the Dallas brother Jordie also played for the Panthers and plays on Defence for the The Peninsula Panthers Hockey Club play in the Stars. Both Benn boys played minor hockey out here on the Peninsula. nine-team Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and Come watch the stars of the future - join the Panthers every Friday partake in a 48-game Regular Season schedule. The entertainment value is excellent and the Club appreciates the ever so im League is comprised of two Divisions of five and four support of our community. See you on Friday night. @ teams. The Panthers compete in the South Division Sidney and this includes Kerry Park Islanders, Saanich Braves, Fine art show Victoria Cougars and the Westshore Wolves. The North Division include the Campbell River Storm, Comox Valley Glacier Kings, Nanaimo Buccaneers and Panorama Recreation Centre the Oceanside Generals. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Fridays The Peninsula Panthers Mission Statement can be 3 vs. Kerry Park Islanders found on the Club’s website. It is the goal of the Team to develop young hockey players in order that they 10 vs. Nanaimo Buccaneers have the opportunity to move to the next level in 17 vs. Campbell River Storm hockey and beyond. This goal has been clearly established by the current ownership group and goes 24 vs. Comox Valley Glacier back as far as 1999 when Pete and Coreen Zubersky Kings purchased the Club from Mark Wagstaff. John Wilson, 31 vs. Saanich Braves who also owns Wilson’s Transportation, is now part of Forwar Visit our website: the ownership team and he too believes that the



Jr. Hockey Club


Michael FRANK

Goaltender - 1996

A Fresh New Look

See pg. 54


Goaltender - 1997


Sidney Fine Art Show: A Highlight on Vancouver Island's Cultural Calendar




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2014 Seaside Focus on Small Business: Celebrating Peninsula Entrepreneurs Brett SJERVEN Koby HALE Grayden HOHL Defence - 1994

Forward - 1997

Forward - 1996

Can We Talk: Sue Hodgson Talks with Holy Cow Communications' Julie and Ken Coward Seaside 20 Homes: 21 Industrial Evolution

Hunter FRAMPTON Defence - 1996

Ben MEYERINK Forward - 1996

Jordan LAW

Forward - 1995

COLUMNS 8 First Word 28 Ignition 34 Forbes & Marshall 48 West Coast Gardener 49 On Design 56 Secrets From My Suitcase 62 Smell the Coffee 67 Grey Matters 71 Last Word

Can We Talk




Letters Seaside Arts Scene Conversations from the Past In Good Health Garden to Table Friends & Neighbours New & Noteworthy

57 Common Cents 58 Peninsula Restaurant Profile 60 Veterinary Voice 65 Inside Out 68 What's Happening 70 Sudoku

25 Trevor OWENS

Forward - 1998

DEPARTMENTS 9 31 32 38 41 42 51


22 Forward - 1994

Cody A

Forward - 1997

seaside homes


secrets from my suitcase


26 Kiefer EVANS Forward - 1995



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october.2014 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE carolyn herriot

Thanks to near-perfect growing conditions this year I enjoyed abundant harvests of fruits and vegetables, and abundant harvests mean plenty to preserve and share. Preserving potlucks are a great way to exchange and multiply the fruits of your labours. These are becoming increasingly popular, so much so that Salt Spring's second annual community potluck is being held in a hall this year! I celebrate the renaissance of local food culture, because not only does it bring community together but it preserves local traditions, and surely these are what define who it is we are and where we have come from. One thing is for sure though – it certainly makes life more delicious! See my recipe for pickled garlic in this month's Garden to Table.

suzanne morphet

One of my first experiences at a Bed and Breakfast was 25 years ago in Ireland. I arrived in Sligo on a cold, rainy day after hitchhiking across the island from Dublin with a friend. Wet and shivering, we headed for the cheapest B&B – we were students – where the owner offered us a choice. We could have hot water for a bath, or heat for our room, but not both! For this issue, I write about two B&B’s on Vancouver Island that not only have heat and hot water (naturally!) but also ooze hospitality and charm. If you have to make choices, it's between rooms, not amenities. Every B and B is unique of course, but these two are especially so.

colin eaton

I began my landscaping career almost 15 years ago, all here in the "Garden City." Certified as an "Organic Land Care Professional," part of my training is to analyze a property for its unique characteristics and to utilize that information during the design process. Ultimately a design has to satisfy the client's desires, but it also has to work for the location. That can sometimes be a challenge, but a properly designed landscape protects the investment while providing years of enjoyment. I plan to be doing this for years to come. For me, to see our design and construction work as it grows and matures is the cherry on top! In this month's West Coast Gardener, I share how landscape design can be of benefit.

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Editor Deborah Rogers 250.857.8590 in Chief Lead Kelsey Boorman 250.580.8437 Designer Advertising Marcella Macdonald Sales Diana Sutherland 250.516.6489 This Month's Contributors Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Shelley Breadner, Ian Chisholm, Carol A. Cooper, Gillian Crowley, Lisa Dunsmuir, Mike Dunsmuir, Colin Eaton, Michael Forbes, Doreen Marion Gee, Valerie Green, Carolyn Herriot, Linda Hunter, Carolyn Kowalyk, Suzanne Morphet, Paul Neumann, Deborah Rogers, Julian Sale, Steve Sheppard, Susan Simosko, Hans Tammemagi, Bob Thompson, Jo-Ann Way, Mel Williamson P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

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julian sale

Ever since I was old enough to notice mechanical things, I have wanted to know more about them. I fiddled with my dad's lawn mower when I was six years old, to get more speed out of it. I bought my first motorcycle when I was 11 years old with paper route money, and ever since, I have seriously been into anything that "goes." My love for the car industry started in 2007 after working 17 years in the motorcycle industry. I opened Motorize Auto direct in 2008, and well, the rest is history. As a lifelong Island resident, I really enjoy doing business here, following my passion, and sharing some of it with Seaside readers every month in the Ignition column.

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first word We know that the weather this summer has been somewhat unpredictable across Canada, but here in Victoria, we have had a glorious season. Now, with a slight chill in the air, summer is gone and autumn has arrived. I love summer and I particularly loved this one. I engaged in a lot of outdoor activities, including running through nature trails, visiting the beach at sunrise, spending pool time with family and friends or just "hanging out" with the kids on the trampoline, gazing up at the stars. Now, I lament the end of summer. After all, fall generally means less outdoors and less sunshine. The days slowly get darker and shorter. For my kids, vacation time is over and they have nine months of school to endure. Sometimes it can be a bit of a letdown when things change. All you can think about is how good you had it and how much fun you used to have. You look at the times you're in now and they just aren't the same. It can make you sad. Yes, that's one way you could look at it. Or, you could look forward to everything that a new season has to offer. Autumn brings with it woollen scarves, crisp breezes, warm fuzzy jackets, apple cider and the start of football season. Autumn may not be summer, but it's beautiful in its own way. Just as the seasons in nature change, the seasons of life change as


well. Change makes you flexible. Being stubborn and resistant to new things will make a normally stressful situation even more so, whereas change helps you to be fluid and go with the flow. Believe it or not, change even makes you smarter: if things never changed, you would never learn anything new. Every time you learn a new skill – even if it's just how to adapt – you are much smarter than you were yesterday. This year I've certainly had my plate full of changes and, with the upcoming season, there are even more to come. The passing of my Mom this summer brought the responsibility of being the executor of her estate and with that finding deeper patience and understanding how to make all three siblings feel like they are being looked after. Then there is Allison, my editor-in-chief, who is having a baby this month. With that change comes the opportunity to work with two wonderful new people, Deborah Rogers and Kelsey Boorman, who will be replacing Allison during her maternity leave. Oh yes: then there is the 10-week fitness challenge I just embarked on with local trainer Karen McCoy. Finally, even though life is extremely busy with all these changes and taking care of my two children, I recently adopted two kitten brothers: Oreo and Smudge. Thanks to Sue Wilson at Sidney's Animals For Life Society. Change comes in many packages, and reminds us that anything is possible. Looking back, I realize that all the good things in my life are the results of changes that occurred in the past. I hope you can find a way to embrace the beauty of the new season. Know that nothing stays the same forever, and that's actually a good thing! "If you do not create change, change will create you."

Sue Hodgson,


letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. I just wanted to let you know that my mum, Linda Langwith passed away on August 26th. Her writing, in particular her work with Seaside Magazine, was an important part of her life which brought her great enjoyment. She had many happy memories from her writing assignments with various wineries and homeowners. Writing was my mum's calling in life and I'm glad she was part of your magazine for so many years. Jennifer Langwith A message in a bottle [cover, July 2014], very eye catching and memory tugging of my childhood. We lived on a farm near Red Deer, Alberta, but my mother was born in Fishponds, Bristol, England. Mum loved to sing to us as children, sometimes at bedtime, some 80 years ago. The cover for Seaside Magazine immediately reminded me of An Old Beer Bottle which Mum sang to us. The words are as follows: An old beer bottle came rolling o're the sea, An old beer bottle came rolling back to me. In the bottle was a message, with these words written on. Who ever finds this bottle finds the beer all gone. The tune still rings in my memory. We enjoy Seaside Magazine each month. There is always something new! Stephen Hives Thank you for saluting Herb Konig's new enterprise in Seaside Magazine [Peninsula Restaurant Profile, September 2014]. I would never have known the Catalina Grill existed if I had not read the article, and that means I would have missed an excellent meal. The restaurant, the location, the service and most of all the food are exceptionally good! Valerie Sullivan The magazine spread [September Fashion "It's Only Love … This Fall"] looks wonderful. It's an exciting month for us. I thought that was a rather nice Last Word, and a nice nod to Rachael [stylist for the fashion spread]. Geraldene Coates, Marmalade Tart Boutique

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Sidney Fine Art Show:

Spectacular Juried Art at Mary Winspear Centre A highlight on Vancouver Island's cultural calendar takes place

at the Mary Winspear Centre in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea from Friday, October 17th through Sunday, October 19th, and promises to continue a tradition of showcasing excellence. The Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS), now in its 12th year, is one of the largest and most anticipated juried art shows in British Columbia. Produced by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), it showcases the best of the region's most recent fine art, while providing a significant economic boost to the region. This year, the show features seven master artists: Noah Layne, Craig Benson, Tara Juneau, Clement Kwan, Leonard Butt, Marion Evamy and Stephanie Steele. This group of artists has been presented with a SFAS major prize at least twice, and are in the running for a prize for best master's work. The show begins October 16th 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. To become a patron and experience this exclusive and unique gala and sale, visit the show website: An Awards Ceremony follows in the Charlie White Theatre. Prizes are awarded in categories including "Best in Show" and "Best 3-Dimensional." Winners will be listed in the show catalogue (they can also be seen at Each person attending will also get to vote for their favourite piece and those results will be tabulated at the end of the show. Art show chair and show designer Sandy Bligh said 441 artists submitted one or more works, which were judged over a two-day period in September. All of the pieces in the show are for sale, ranging from small prints in the $350 range

to more imposing pieces from master artists. Bligh is one of the over 300 volunteers who dedicate their time each year. Collectively, they put in more than 6,000 hours over the course of staging the show. As the Show Designer, Sandy creates the look and layout of the show, so that it provides a welcoming and easyto-follow flow throughout the gallery space. Says Bligh: "My goal in designing the show is to welcome and engage people with the art, inviting them to move through the exhibit by organizing the works in a way that allows each piece to make an individual statement while at the same time blending them within an aesthetically exciting and pleasing grouping." The daunting task of judging more than 1,040 entries and selecting the 400 pieces of fine art to be displayed in this year's show falls to three highly-qualified jurists. Nick Tuele is former Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Kayleigh Hall is Curator and Operations Manager at Contemporary Calgary, and Janice Robertson is Artist and Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. There are two special evening events at the show from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday night is Celebrate Local Night. Savour the best of local art while sipping on local Saanich Peninsula wines and ciders and sampling wonderful Island-made cheeses and charcuterie. Saturday night is Meet the Artists Night with participating artists in attendance. Admission at the door is $6 per day or $10 for a three-day pass (children 12 and under are free). Hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For anyone interested in the best fine art of this highly artistic region of British Columbia, this art show is not to be missed ‌ mark your calendar! Art by Carolyn Kowalyk: above: "Star Gazing;" table of contents: "Heat." SEASIDE | OCTOBER 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11

No Germs Around Here:

A Conversation with Barb Mollberg, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, SPH Operating Rooms Barb, how long have you been at Saanich Peninsula Hospital? I have worked at SPH, in a variety of roles, for 17 years. I am proud to live and work in this wonderful community. Have you seen a lot of changes in how things are done in the OR? In recent years there have been many changes in the OR. Advancements with instrumentation and improvements in surgical procedure have meant shorter stays in hospital for patients. In many cases patients have surgery and go home the same day, where in the past they would have been hospitalized for days. How does the Saanich Peninsula Hospital stack up? Our current Medical Device Reprocessing

Department (MDRD or sterilization) is located away from our operating rooms, which, when built, was not considered a concern. Back then, the cleaning process would start in the OR, but this no longer meets standards. Used instruments move in closed carts to MDRD for cleaning, but the space is small and crowded. We have upgraded, but lack space for newer processing equipment. Is there a problem now? I wouldn't call it a problem – we are acknowledged for exceptionally

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Artisans Gift Gallery (Tues through Sunday 10 am - 4 pm) The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula presents Artisans Gift Gallery. In its 21st year, this show and sale features Island Artisans. Items in the Artisans Gift Gallery are varied: pewter-ware, jewelry, glass, pottery, turned and carved wood, children’s clothing and toys, fibre art, wearables, photography and holiday décor are just a sampling. It is eclectic, unpredictable and representative of the immense talent of our Island Artisans. This show runs through December 23rd, Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays), 10 am to 4 pm. Meet the artists in this artist-run co-op, enjoy ongoing demonstrations and celebrate with originals by local artists.

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

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high standards by teams of accreditation inspectors; however, our MDRD should be attached to our operating rooms. In addition to meeting the highest standards, it will ease workflow and improve efficiency. It's a lot of money – approximately $4 million. Why do we need a new sterilization suite? When our new state-of-the-art operating rooms were built, the latest approach to sterilization was incorporated into the design, but we couldn't afford to build the sterilization department. Building it near the OR's will create a "closed loop" system, in which sterilized surgical instruments move, in closed carts, into a sterile hallway or core (where only sterile equipment is stored). From the core, there is a door into each operating room. Instrument carts move through the door into the OR before each case. Post surgery, soiled instruments are placed back in carts and transported to MDRD through a different hallway to the decontamination side of the MDRD. After being washed and disinfected, they pass to the "clean" side of the MDRD for inspection and packaging into sets. Finally, the sets are sterilized. After sterilization, they are housed in the sterile side of MDRD, ready for use. This is what we are striving for. Will it make a big difference? It is the final piece of the most advanced OR's on Vancouver Island and will improve efficiency and workflow greatly. On behalf of the staff, surgeons, anaesthetists and physicians, I'd like to thank the community for their tremendous support.

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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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Why Small Business? by Ian Chisholm

When I moved here 10 years

ago, the first thing I noticed was the high number of what author Bo Burlingham calls "Small Giants" (smallgiantsbook. com) – businesses that choose to be great instead of big. Behind each of the stories in this issue is the question of why anyone chooses to own and operate a small business? It's daunting: the investment, the sacrifice, the hours, the effort, the risk and the responsibility. Here are a few of the reasons I work the way I do and why I love owning a small business. 1. I like being an owner. It's hard for me to remember a morning when I didn't put my feet on the floor and feel like an owner. Even if I didn't own a company in any legal or financial way, I acted like I did. I like having my mettle tested. I like early mornings, I like long hours and I like going to bed knowing that I have given the world my all. Owning my work is a state of mind that has never left me, and I hope it never does. 2. I like being with entrepreneurs. I never imagined myself as an entrepreneur. As a university student, I made a wide berth around the business faculty, hoping to avoid the ruthless networking, presentations and endless selling. Did these people ever turn off? Today, I feel at my best when I'm surrounded by people who

dream big, make it happen and know how to have some serious fun doing it. Entrepreneurs are tribal. They champion each other. They approach friendships with each other with the same passion and commitment they take to their endeavours. As independent as they are, they keep each other hustling. 3. I like what small business adds to the community. Having lived in Scotland, I've seen what happens when communities lose their entrepreneurs over hundreds of years. When the get-upand-go gets up and leaves, there is a formidable price paid. Small businesses create the work, the employment, the wealth and the community that makes life good for everyone. 4. I like discovering who I am. I like the personal connection I have to the concepts my business takes out to market. I like trusting my own understanding of what customers need and trusting my gut when the offering is right. Even though it comes with some pressure, I like the fact that the way that I conduct myself has a lot to do with my company's brand. At the end of the day, the biggest reason behind why I make the investment and the sacrifice, put in the hours and the effort, face the risk and carry the responsibility is that my company is a vehicle that I am using to become the person I want to be in the world. Ian Chisholm is the Founding Partner of – a boutique leadership development firm based in North Saanich.

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with holy cow communication design inc. co-owners, julie and ken coward You launched your business in 1997. With the role of an advertising agency dramatically changing over the years, what do we really need from this type of business? Help in planning, researching, creating, producing, picking media … all of these, or none of these? The change is remarkable. The role of advertising agencies has evolved with innovations in technology. This has caused the expectations of consumers to change, too. We now know that


consumers want a relationship with a brand. It's no longer a single, "broadcast" style method of communication. Within the digital space (online), we've moved to a two-way conversation – the brand shares a message and the consumer responds. We help our clients engage in that conversation from conception to delivery. There are hundreds of ad agencies out there, and it's impossible to interview each and every one. How does someone go about picking the agency most suited for their company? It's all about the relationship – the fit – between the client and the agency. Look at it as a long-term partnership; working with an ad agency should be like hiring a marketing department for your

visits for the special winners. We were all over B.C., from Victoria to company. Our clients appreciate collaborating with a full-service Prince George to Nelson. We also had a branded RV with our film agency because they have a broad base of specialized knowledge crew recording and creating special moments for us to share with our working on their account – they're able to tap into different types Island Farms Facebook fans. There was a huge amount of coordination of expertise (ie: media buying, brand strategy, social media, website involved, and moments of drama (and laughs!) when the unexpected design, graphic design, etc.) and that leads to certain efficiencies. happened. As a fully integrated campaign this is a good example of the From a home-based business to a full-service ad agency, what has full breadth of Holy Cow's expertise; anchored by social media, we also been your secret to success for the past 17 years? used point of sale print, transit buses and billboards, cinema pre-roll, We'd have to say that it's based in good relationship building, both a 30-second TV promo and a partnership with CTV. The campaign with our clients and the people we work with. We've also been very created lots of buzz for Island Farms, and was a real joy for us. You can fortunate to have longstanding relationships with some of Vancouver see it on the Island Farms Dairy page on YouTube. On a smaller scale, Island's most-loved brands. Those larger clients have given us stability, helping Sidney's Thai Corner allowing us to take on individual smaller clients and projects. Restaurant with new logo, direct Our company's growth has been slow, planned and calculated "We've been very mail brochure and menu design and our team has become family, and we're so grateful to them fortunate to have has been very tasty and satisfying for that. Also, we really love what we do. We get excited and as well! inspired about finding creative solutions to the challenges our longstanding Your company launched clients face – their success is definitely something we celebrate. relationships with THINKBrand 2014 earlier this With the ever-changing social media landscape and some of Vancouver year for local businesses in our digital technology, how difficult is it to keep up in such a Island's most-loved community. How did this come competitive market? about and what successes have As an agency we're living in the "new normal," right now, brands." come out of it? as it happens. Our team is immersed in technology and we're THINKBrand had been in the works for quite some time and always sharing what we find inspiring or exciting with the rest of our we were considering various community partners and models for team (and our clients, too!). Most of our clients have realized that the delivery. When we were approached by the Saanich Peninsula conversation in the digital space is happening with or without them. Chamber of Commerce and Sidney Meet Up, we knew it was a What's really important, for all our clients, is that marketing, digital great way to launch the series. Erin Brocklebank, Holy Cow's Brand or otherwise, is tied in to a strategy. That's what makes working with & Communications Strategist, has been leading the interactive an agency so worthwhile. workshop series. We've held three of the four sessions on branding Your company loves to design and create marketing solutions for for small business owners already. With 32 participants, insightful your clients. Can you describe one or two of your favourite ones? discussions, fun exercises, peer learning and tons of laughs, we can I think we'd all agree that the Special Moments Road Trip campaign proudly say it was a spectacular way to kick off this new series. We we did with Island Farms last summer was an agency favourite. It was had excellent feedback and are planning to run the THINKBrand such a fun project. It started with a Facebook contest where Island series again soon. Farms fans shared their own special ice cream moments. From there We are celebrating small business in this issue of Seaside five stories were chosen and then we had a great time planning surprise Magazine. What tips can you give our readers about your experience operating a business on the Saanich Peninsula? Julie and Ken Coward Owning a business on the Saanich Peninsula is unique. It's a Co-owners, Holy Cow market that relies on community connections and we have always Communication Design Inc. loved being involved in our community. Get out and mix with other business owners – you can learn from each other. As entrepreneurs Julie and Ken Coward founded Holy Cow in 1997, know, owning a business is a labour of love. Surround yourself combining their skills and experience from the graphic with people who are the best at what they do. With that comes the design and advertising industries. confidence and belief in your business. Then it's all about putting Holy Cow is a full-service firm providing graphic design, in the hard work, the time and the risk that it takes to be a business advertising, copywriting, branding, marketing and media expertise. From their office in Sidney, Julie, Ken and their owner. We are obviously strong believers in the power of effective team are responsible for marketing some of the region's bestbranding. When you start a business, your visual identity is crucial loved brands. With their relaxed and friendly approach Julie in establishing who you are and what you stand for. Once you know and Ken are creating a new model for ad agencies, winning what you want to say, get your message out there! awards along the way. Photo by SEASIDE | OCTOBER 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 17

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Admirals Roofing Admirals Roofing has been installing and replacing existing roofs in Greater Victoria since 1976. Now a versatile roofing company covering a broad range of products, our exceptional business practices and commitment to customer satisfaction has given us a proven track record.

The Art of Joanna Vander Vlugt Joanna Vander Vlugt is known as the Fitness Instructor/ Personal Trainer of Champs Personal Training.

The staff at Admirals Roofing – with work experience ranging from eight to 40 years – pride ourselves on our expertise, knowledge of all current roofing styles and products, quality workmanship, fast, friendly and efficient service and exceptional They’re On Top Of It. cleanup practices.

Admirals Roofing #9 - 6782 Veyaness Rd, Saanichton 250.652.1818

Buddies Toys

But, before fitness, at the age of 13, Joanna sketched. She gave up her art when she attended the secretarial program at Malaspina College but 10 months ago, encouraged by a close friend, Joanna, a self-taught artist, has picked up watercolour pencils and paper and she is passionately sketching and loving it. Joanna’s work can be viewed at

The Art of Joanna Vander Vlugt 250.893.5055

Cabinet Works 2013 SPCC Winner: Business of the Year 1 - 15 Employees

The story continues: With the support of awesome staff, community and family Buddies is celebrating 25 years of fun. They opened in Sidney on April 1st, 1989 and expanded to the Estevan Village shop in Oak Bay in 1996.

"My job is to help clients decide what they really need," says Jeff Scott of Cabinet Works Sidney, whose wife Vivienne helps manage the company.

The staff of Buddies Toys have gotten to know many neighbourhood children over the years, providing all the right toys as they grew from babies and toddlers to budding scientists, engineers, athletes and artists.

Following an initial complimentary visit to the home, Vivienne begins the process of working one-onone with clients to identify the main objectives of their cabinetry project. This process results in Cabinet Works being able to provide the best solutions to the unique needs of each and every client.

Buddies has become a part of many childhoods: some of the nicest children have been carried out crying for “just one more minute!” Buddies continues to support our community and appreciates the same in return.

Residential Design, Renovation & Custom Cabinetry Sidney Store 2494 Beacon Avenue Sidney 250.655.7171

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Postings Denture Clinic

Driving Miss Daisy

Ron Postings R.D., Robin Postings R.D., Tan Nguyen R.D.

As owner/operator of The Denture Clinic is here to reenergize and revitalize your Driving Miss Daisy® smile. Let the Denture Clinic team design a personalized (Sidney & Peninsula), treatment plan to bring back your Heather brings a nursing smile and function. We provide background and a Precision/Standard partial and Full & Partial Dentures Full &full, Partial Dentures positive approach to implant supported dentures. Dentures Overassisting Implantsthose who Dentures Over Implants The professionals at The Denture Relines & Repairs cannot or do not Relines & Repairs Clinic will take you through the No Referral Necessarywish to drive. Nodenture Referralprocess. Necessary complete They All Dental Plans Accepted All Dental Accepted provide full servicesPlans at their This accompaniment two locations: New Patients Welcome and companion service New Patients Welcome provides assistance while maintaining independence in • Full & Partial Dentures • Dentures Over Implants FREE CONSULTATIONS FREE CONSULTATIONS getting out and about to importance places and events. • Same day Relines & Repairs • No referrals necessary

For caring, service visit The Denture Call Driving Ronald A. Postings, R.D. Robin Postings, R.D. Miss Daisy for: Postings, R.D. quality Robin Postings, R.D. Clinic. • Social outings / drives

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Small businesses are the heart and soul of our Saanich Peninsula community, but according to Bloomberg, eight out of 10 entrepreneurs fail in their business within 18 months of startup. Want to beat those odds? Talk to an experienced accountant. At 3937 Quadra Street& Associates, Professional Accountants, we Cowland (2 blocks south of have McKenzie) four qualified CPAs, each with an average of 16 years of post qualification experience, plus our support staff.

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We have worked in this community for decades, and we know what it takes to succeed – we call it “Planned Success.” We liaise with local bankers, mortgage brokers, lawyers and tax specialists, and we assemble the team of combined expertise that will help keep you in that top 20%, whatever the stage of your business development.

Cowland & Associates #7 - 9764 Fifth St, Sidney 778.351.3737 |

Whether you are contemplating starting a new business, looking for some kickstart financing, or thinking of retiring from your existing venture, let’s get the ball rolling with a no-charge initial consultation. Come and see us in our new office location beside Capital Iron. PS – Yes, we also do personal tax returns, lots of them!


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E-Clectic Vape New Smoking Cessation Store! Love Your Lungs! Come visit us at E-Clectic Vape: where cigarettes have met their match! We are a local, family-owned business providing an alternative to smoking. We offer a wide variety of electronic cigarettes, from starter kits to more advanced accessories, and an assortment of Canadianmade juices in an array of flavours and strengths. Come check us out or call for Delivery! Open Monday through Saturday.

E-Clectic Vape #207 - 4500 West Saanich Rd, Victoria (next to the Olive Grove restaurant)


ecotopia ecotopia proudly provides quality, affordable and ethically made clothing for all ages, luxurious natural body care products, locally made jewelry and more! Now relocated to Seaport West in Sidney's waterfront! We are Sidney's Soap Exchange distributor, which means you can bring your empty bottles to refill our wide range of biodegradable, non-toxic household cleaning products. We love being a part of this wonderful community and we strive to delight you! Mention This Ad for 10% Off All Soap Bars!

ecotopia #101 - 9816 Seaport Pl, Sidney 778.426.3088

Fresh Esthetics Studio Personalized. Relaxing. Innovative. Alana has been a licensed esthetician since 2000. Passionate about quality and care in esthetics and committed to continuously improving her skills, she is certified in many specialized esthetic services, including her recent certification as an Oncology Esthetician. Alana is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of cancer patients with compassion and healing.

Q&A with Alana Delcourt:

What are your most popular products or services? My expert waxing and detailed facials. I only use the best products, including my Soy & Strawberry wax and my facial line that is natural and chemical free. What do you like best about owning a business? It’s been rewarding to take all of the skills and experience I’ve learned over the years and put it toward helping others … to give my clients the best, which is what they deserve.

Fresh Esthetics Studio #333 - 2453 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.686.6208 20 SEASIDE | OCTOBER 2014

What tip would you give people who are starting a business? Make sure you have a passion for success and what you want to do. Never doubt your ability to be successful. What motivates and inspires you? Every day I look forward to starting new and lasting relationships. Many of my clients have been with me for years, and it has been a privilege for me. That's a great reason to get out of bed in the morning!

Integrated Benefit Solutions "We provide innovative employee benefit solutions for 1 to 100+. We do it well because we do it differently.”

Do you want better employee benefits that are affordable and sustainable? By utilizing unique cost containment strategies, Integrated is pleased to be able to offer you enhanced protection at great value. Call us today to learn more about: • ManagedRX™ offering a better employee experience while controlling prescription drug claim costs • A 24-7 Employee Assistance Counselling Program included in your Extended Healthcare Benefit • Travel Emergency Medical for up to 180 days with Trip Cancellation Coverage

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• Disability Claims Management with a focus on early intervention

#402 - 1245 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria 250.475.0557 See our Common Cents article on pg. 57 of this issue

National Bank Financial Wealth Management With 35 years of experience in the Financial Service Industry, Susan Dafoe’s primary objective has always been to work with and assist clients in striving to meet their financial goals. The Saanich Peninsula is made up of a very diverse group of residents whose needs range from preservation of capital to income requirements for day-to-day living. Every client deserves a personalized investment plan; there is no “one size fits all.”

National Bank Financial Wealth Management #205 - 2537 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.657.2224 • 1.866.678.2200 National Bank Financial is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada which is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX).

Patio Gardens 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! We are now open until December 24th and open again on February 1st. An exciting and fun new development are our floral and garden workshops. For more details and to register please visit our website. We also now offer a floral retail shop. Stop by and see what's new at Patio Gardens; we look forward to seeing you soon!

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For Little Paws Grooming Studio

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.

Carol-Marie Crofton and 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. 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. Training & Puppy Socialization Classes in November!

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.

For Little Paws Grooming Studio #3 - 2490 Bevan Ave, Sidney 778.426.2587

Member of Fran Daviss, CFP, AMP mortgage consultant T: 778.426.0749 F: 778.402.6528

Ingrid Jarisz - Newport Realty

The Art of Monica J Reekie

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

My love of animals, nature, art, travel and photography has led me to experience amazing opportunities at home and around the world.

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.

Be it a flash of beauty, a deep emotion or patterns of colour, my passion is to infuse wonder and joy into life, finding something beautiful, something to be

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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!

Capturing moments in time and the beauty around us

grateful for, give pleasure to the senses and exalt the mind simply by taking a closer look at the world, seeing it with new eyes.

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The Art of Monica J Reekie 250.744.2047 or 250.888.8410

Peninsula U-Brew Winery

Is your bladder running your life? If this is you, you may benefit from pelvic floor rehabilitation

to improve your pelvic floor muscle strength and bladder control. This type of physiotherapy can also be helpful for pelvic organ prolapses and chronic pelvic pain.


Tuesday, October 21st, 6-7pm at Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage, Sidney Space is limited please call 250-656-4717 to reserve a spot. Admission by donation Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage 9733 4th St., Sidney 250.656.4717

Brentwood Physiotherapy & Massage 6967 Wallace Dr., Brentwood Bay 250.652.6515

Salvador, Davis & Co. The dedicated women at Salvador, Davis & Co., Notaries Public are the kind of people you would like to have as daughters and friends.

She has owned the winery for seven years, after being a customer for 15 years. “So I have 22 years experience!” she laughs. Peninsula U-Brew Winery is the Saanich Peninsula’s only authorized Winexpert retailer, and they are proud to guarantee their products 100%. Dedicated to wine-making excellence and customer service, the winery is backed by a wonderful and knowledgeable staff. Award-winning wines at a fraction of the cost … what’s not to love?

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Peninsula U-Brew Winery 2031 Malaview Ave West, Sidney 250.655.7121

Sidney Scooters Sidney Scooters is a locallyowned, family-run business that has been operating in Sidney for the past two years.

Since 1986, the women of Salvador Davis have helped clients with real estate conveyancing and estate planning. The office has seven caring women and one brave man. What has remained constant is the desire to help our clients. At Salvador Davis, we protect our clients’ interests as if they were our own.

Salvador, Davis & Co. #101 - 9830 Second St, Sidney 250.656.3951

A 26-year resident of North Saanich, Maureen, mother of two sons, is dedicated to her community and spends many hours volunteering.

We sell and service new and used mobility scooters. As well, we carry several lines of walkers, wheelchairs and transport chairs. Our company is pleased to offer rentals of scooters and walkers for short-term use.

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Delivery is available. Sidney Scooters’ owners and staff are passionate about giving great customer service with a friendly smile. Please come in to the store and have a look around! Member of

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Nicole Wilford - Slegg Mortgage Being part of Dominion Lending Centres – Slegg Mortgage gives my clients access to the very best mortgage rates and options, as well as home improvement discounts and expertise at our Slegg stores.

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

Home buyers or owners planning to do renovations could qualify to add the amount to their mortgage using our Purchase/Refinance Plus Improvements program. Ask me for details!

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

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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

Nicole Wilford 250.686.2927

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Pacific Ridge Landscapes Our project excellence comes from our creative partnerships with our clients who are unique and discerning, with a wide range of design needs. We believe it is important to create a landscape that has a connection with the land around it, enhancing what exists and valuing everything that has come before us. We are excited to announce our new online design services; never before has our landscape design been so accessible! It is perfect for do-it-yourselfers who are looking for a little direction in order to create their own landscape. Each design is customized for every client and because our clients provide the site information we can offer substantial savings. It’s also a great way for our distance and international clients to get award-winning designs regardless of where they live. Giving back to our local communities is a big part of who we are and we're proud supporters of local and national initiatives. We are very grateful for the opportunities our business has given us to work with inspiring people and to leave the world more beautiful than we found it.

Pacific Ridge Landscapes 250.891.9424 24 SEASIDE | OCTOBER 2014

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.

Steve’s Service COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE 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.

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.

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.

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.

Sidney Pharmacy LTD. 2425B Bevan Ave, Sidney 250.656.0744

Steve’s Service COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE 2075 Amelia Ave, Sidney 250.656.0412

RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

ExpEriEncE profEssional WEalth ManagEMEnt Get expert guidance for each stage of your life

An experienced investment advisor and financial planner in Sidney, Deborah Reid and her extended team of highly accredited professionals are able to deliver the level of integrated wealth management expertise that previously was available only to the most affluent families. Ensuring that her clients are well informed about their complete financial picture is central to Deborah’s approach. Known for being considerate and resourceful, she believes that informed investors make informed decisions. If you have questions about retirement or the management of your wealth, please contact her today.

Deborah reiD, fma, fcsi Investment Advisor & Financial Planner 250-655-2884 |

RBC Dominion Securities Inc.* and Royal Bank of Canada are separate corporate entities which are affiliated. *Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. RBC Dominion Securities Inc. is a member company of RBC Wealth Management, a business segment of Royal Bank of Canada. ®Registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. © RBC Dominion Securities Inc. 2014. All rights reserved


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Tracey Jones & Stacey Kaminski Interior Styling & Real Estate Staging Create. Inspire. Live Beautiful.

Vibes Fitness Vibes specializes in quick 15-minute low impact workouts. By combining advanced technology with certified trainers who genuinely care about your needs, members experience impressive results in short, focused sessions.

Working together since 2008, these stylists have been busy staging homes for sale and styling interiors for homeowners searching for a new fresh look. This local team takes pride in their ability to see beyond the expected: to reinvent a space, making it fresh, fabulous and new! “I would have never thought of that” is the ultimate compliment!

We provide a positive, social environment where our members can feel comfortable tackling their fitness goals. We have watched as members throw away their canes, climb mountains, fit into their “skinny” jeans, and most importantly: learn to love who they have become by spending time at Vibes.

Call today for your one-day room makeover, design and renovation project, colour consultation and real estate staging needs. Stacey Kaminski

Tracey Jones


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Waterlily & Provenance Provenance, recently opened by Sandy Baynton of Waterlily Shoes and located in the Sidney Pier Hotel, is your new destination for gifts and indulgences. Provenance offers Pandora, Brighton and Pyrrha Jewellery; Sid Dickens Memory Blocks; and unique giftware perfect for gift-giving when you want something not only "special" but unique. New items arrive daily from Michael Aram (including gifts for the man in your life), Ayala Bar, Voluspa … and so much more. Owner Sandy Baynton has always sought out the trending "must-haves" as well as the classic items that will always be in style … From Waterlily Shoes to Provenance … both true boutique destinations.

#101 - 2537 Beacon Ave Sidney 250.656.5606

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Vibes Fitness #108 - 2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.426.2146

Winner of the 2012 Crystal Award for New Business!

Wine Kitz Sidney Create Your Own Wine … Personal & Passionate! Wine Kitz Sidney was established in May, 2002 by Derek and Donna Finlayson. They have 40 years' combined experience and knowledge in their locally owned and operated business on the Saanich Peninsula. An independent and exclusive dealer of WINE KITZ products and Authorized Dealer of top brands like Cellar Craft Showcase & Sterling lines, European Select, Cheeky Monkey and Niagara Mist. Wine Kitz is a division of Global Vintners Inc. which is owned by Andrew Peller Limited. WINE KITZ is one of the most well respected wine-making retailers in Canada.

Wine Kitz Sidney #5A - 2042 Mills Road West, Sidney 250.654.0300

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.

Safety, Technology, Performance by Julian Sale

Thirty years ago, the pinnacle

of automotive performance was found in Formula One cars. This is still true today. What is amazing though, is that back then, only a sliver of the technology found on those cars made it to the cars you and I could buy. How times have changed. Formula One cars used turbochargers until they they were banned in the 1980s, mainly because they produced as much as 1,400 HP from a 1.5-litre engine. Yes, those numbers are correct. The automotive industry has used racing to engineer and develop things like anti-lock brakes, traction control, massive brakes, aerodynamic bodies, smoother paint, lightweight suspension parts … and the list goes on.

Another interesting point is engine life. We used to rebuild V8's at only a few years old. Now GM puts a 160,000-kilometre warranty on their engines. Without the racing community being forced to use the same engine in a race car for longer periods of time, the development leading to longer engine life would not have been necessary. The fact that Toyota Priuses routinely last 750,000 kilometres is a direct result of lessons learned in racing.

Today, we enjoy the marvel of automotive engineering, such that the advancements made in racing only a couple of years ago make it directly into the cars we can buy today. For example, direct fuel injection has been around since the Second World War, but never mass produced in cars until the racing world had to use the technology to increase fuel economy.

The Nissan LEAF, and many other cars, employ rear diffusers for clean under-body airflow, thanks to F-1. So next time you're rolling along Beacon Avenue at 28 kilometres per hour, thank the racers of yesterday for allowing you to do it with minimal fuel consumption, low rolling resistance, and a silky smooth engine. But if you roll at 32km/h, just watch out for the fuzz … .

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Gala Evening � Saturday, October 18th

Reception: 6pm Dinner: 7pm at the

Church & State Winery 1445 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! Enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner paired with award-winning wines from Church & State Winery.

Call 250-652-7531 for tickets $175.00 each. Proceeds from the Gala Evening will support this year’s fundraising campaign.

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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~ Anne of Green Gables Crisp weather, bright pumpkins and tons going on in the arts. Here is just a taste of local events.

Annual Sidney Fine Arts Show Now in its 11th year, this quality juried art show attracts serious artists and supporters of the arts. Each year a dedicated jury adjudicates approximately 1,250 pieces of art and selects close to 400 of the best to show. See artist demonstrations daily and meet the artists Saturday, October 18th from 7 to 9 p.m. Event presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. October 17th and 18th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. October 19th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mary Winspear Centre, phone 250-656-0275 or visit www. Admission $6 or $10 for a three-day pass. Free parking.

George Canyon Celebrate an evening of music with award-winning Canadian country music star, George Canyon, and his band. Songs from his latest album Decade of Hits will highlight the show complemented by stories about Canyon's career so far. In 2004 his wife convinced him to audition for Nashville Star, a TV performance competition, where he succeeded as a popular runner-up and his music career soared. Get out those cowboy boots and enjoy! Saturday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $45. Mary Winspear Centre, phone 250-656-0275 or visit

Fall Studio Tour Take in the fall beauty while visiting some of the Saanich Peninsula's finest artists during

CACSP's popular Fall Studio Tour around North and Central Saanich and Sidney. See how artists create their works of art in mediums of bronze, paint, pottery, wood and more. The brochure and map for this free self-guided tour can be found at most Sidney coffee shops and businesses. Also available online at October 25th and 26th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ArtSea Gala: Arts in the Schools Fundraiser At the time of writing, the impasse between public school teachers and the government was still ongoing. Perhaps even more reason to support this fundraiser for "Arts in the Schools." Celebrate art and children with locally-crafted wine, chocolate, music and dance. All proceeds go towards arts enrichment in our local school district. Last year, through fundraising efforts such as this, the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula was able to grant $10,000 to hire practicing artists in the

community to enhance children's arts education in School District 63. Over 4,000 children benefited from this program in 2013. Tickets include one glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and one truffle: $15. Friday, October 24th at 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, phone 250-656-0275 or visit

Deep Cove Folk Concert Gord Carter and Kybor Tyler are back in response to audience demand. Cumberland's Carter is a gifted songwriter who connects with his Island roots, social justice, everyday working people and Canadian history. Tyler is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, dobro) and talented sideman. Doors open at 7:20 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. (first hour open stage followed by onehour feature set). Friday, October 10th. St. John's United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road (north of Wain Road). Admission at the door: $7.


conversations from the past An Imaginary Interview With reformer, journalist, politician and intellect amor de cosmos

Amor de Cosmos by Valerie Green

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk

with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Born William Alexander Smith in 1825, de Cosmos changed his name in 1854 to Amor de Cosmos in order to reflect and pay tribute to the world he loved. Reformer, journalist, politician and intellect, he was also considered by many to be eccentric because of his fierce outbursts of temper and strange phobias. ("Interview" conducted in 1894.)

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Should I call you Mr. Smith or Mr. de Cosmos, sir? My name is Amor de Cosmos. Let's get that straight right away! I am a lover of the universe! I understand you were born in Nova Scotia and first became interested in politics and reform at the Dalhousie University while attending the debating club. Is that correct? Yes, but eventually I headed west, first to California where I set up a studio taking photographs of miners. My brother joined me there and we became entrepreneurs. In 1858 we headed north to British North America as we wished to live under the British flag again. Victoria was booming at that time and I founded The Daily British Colonist (it still survives today as the Victoria Times Colonist). I believe you owned and edited that paper until 1863 and made it your mission in life to criticize Sir James Douglas and the Hudson's Bay Company rule. I did indeed and I'm proud of it! Reform could never be achieved with a monopoly ruling. My two great causes in life were to see the union of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, and to ensure that British Columbia entered Confederation. And so you left journalism and entered politics? Yes, I became a member of the Legislative Assembly of Vancouver Island in 1863 and worked tirelessly to achieve my two goals. In 1871 British Columbia did enter Confederation and I became the leading force in the new province. Nonetheless, I was initially passed over for the job of premier until McCreight resigned in 1872. Then I was asked to form a new government as Premier. That was my opportunity to bring in a cabinet consisting of reformers, most of whom were born in North America. My agenda was political reform, economic expansion and the development of public institutions such as schools. We also focused on the completion of the transcontinental railway. But you were criticized when you personally speculated in land and in the Texada Island Iron mines because you were a public official? Yes, so that was the end of my time as Premier! But you were re-elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Victoria? I tried to do my best but . . . I lost in the federal election of 1882 and retired. You were always a loner. Never married and had few friends. Why was that? (Irritated) Just preferred it that way. As he grew older, De Cosmos became more and more eccentric and his phobias increased. He often burst into tears for no apparent reason and was known to fear electricity. Near the end of his life, he became incoherent and in 1895 was declared insane. He died in Victoria at the age of 71 in 1897, three years after this interview. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at

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Our radio station Ocean 985 is giving away family vacations to Hawaii this month and it got me daydreaming about a cavewoman, a car wash and Don Ho. Before you question my state of mind, by Michael Forbes please let me explain. The first time we flipped our flops on the sands of Hawaii was after Lisa won a trip at a staff party. Odd, we give away vacations all the time and that was the first and last time we actually won one. It was … well … honestly … not fun. The only thing I remember was being trapped on the 28th floor of our highrise hotel with the curtain shades drawn and afraid to go outside. Literally 24 hours after landing in paradise Lisa got bad sunstroke and a burn that caused her face to swell up big time. With a now prominent forehead and deep set eyes, she looked like a cave woman. We were now holed up in a darkened, cavernlike room and she grunted at me to get her things, making it extra

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Peninsula Players’ Find a New Home Rehearsals are in full swing with cast and crew readying themselves for the Peninsula Players’ newest production – the all-time favourite murder mystery The Mousetrap. Opening night at Mary Winspear Centre is Saturday, November 1st in the Charlie White Theatre. One of Agatha Christie’s most famous offerings, it’s based on a group of strangers stranded by a snow storm in an English manor house owned by a young newlywed couple. A murder takes place, causing both worry and accusation for the guests. A police officer on skis arrives at the house to question the strangers, and they all become suspicious of each other. The audience is treated to a unique surprise ending. The Peninsula Players’ performance, directed by Geoff Davidson and produced by Glen Brown, will be set in 1952, the year of the play’s debut. The cast of eight are backed by a large behind-the-scenes

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crew crafting the set and costumes. The Mousetrap will be the first performance since the Peninsula Players and Mary Winspear Centre created a partnership in May, making the Centre the permanent home for the 60-year-old theatre group. “It was very important for me to make this work, and I’m so glad it has come to fruition,” says the Center’s Executive Director Brad Edgett. The partnership was logical: the players have been performing multiple times a year in the Charlie White Theatre since the Centre opened in 2001. The Peninsula Players’ Christmas pantomime that is held every December has become a tradition for many, with multiple generations enjoying the same show. Mary Winspear Centre’s Theatre Manager Philip Sutton says: “It’s hugely beneficial for both organizations and it’s another way for us to entrench ourselves in the arts community.” The Mousetrap runs on November 1st at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and November 2nd at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Mary Winspear Box Office 250-656-0275 or online at

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This is the last in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. As Dr. Mitra Hashemi toured me around the Coast Dental Cinic, I could tell that she was not only very proud of the modern, attractive facility, but was also deeply committed to the practice of dentistry. Many things impressed me about her clinic, located centrally in Sidney on the southeast corner of Resthaven and James White Boulevard. Each of the four patient rooms, for example, was

enclosed by walls (not partitions), decorated in warm, friendly colours and equipped with modern instruments and equipment. We stopped at a futuristic-looking instrument as tall as a human behind thick glass walls. "This is a dental cone beam CT (computed tomography) machine," she explained. "It's a special x-ray machine that generates three-dimensional images of teeth and fillings, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in a single scan. These allow for more precise dental planning and treatment." She smiled

and added: "It's the only one in Sidney." Next we stopped at a modern, automated autoclave. "We provide a wider range of implants and surgical procedures than most clinics. Because we do so much surgery, sterilization is very important. We're pushing the dental boundaries with our instruments and procedures and work to hospital standards." As we sipped coffee in her office, I couldn't help but notice that Dr. Hashemi's bright, friendly smile is an excellent advertisement for the practice of dentistry. She explained

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Dr. Hashemi has taken many additional courses including surgical implant training at the Harvard School of Medical Dentistry. "I'm constantly doing extra studies and work hard

at staying up to date," she said. "Currently, I am taking advanced training in higher levels of implant surgeries and also advanced stages of root canal therapy using microscopes." I learned that Dr. Hashemi's hobbies are her family, travelling and reading. She also spoke enthusiastically about ORCCA (Oral Care for Children and Adolescents Dental

Clinic Society), a non-profit organization that provides dental care for low-income young people up to age 18, who could not afford it otherwise. "Long ago, I met a young, goodlooking man who was losing all his teeth and couldn't afford any care. It moved me." She cofounded ORCCA and is the co-chair of the board of directors. A dedicated ORCCA clinic will be completed this fall, and Dr. Hashemi expressed gratitude for the many people who donated to and supported this important initiative. When we talked about the future, Dr. Hashemi said: "I can see that in 10 years this practice (which currently has two part-time dentists in addition to Dr. Hashemi and six staff) will be a unique dental implant centre, offering a wide range of basic and advanced family and implant dentistry all in one location." I asked where that location would be. "I love living in Sidney," she said, "Destiny brought us here. I have no intention of ever leaving. " Contact:


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but it says little about Newton's other side – his commitment to volunteerism, his dedication to others, and his enthusiasm for causes close to his heart. It also says nothing about his extraordinary career – first as a professional electrical engineer, then a high-tech marketing specialist, and finally a tour operator! Originally from Wales, Newton lived in Vancouver and Gold River, worked with a number of large firms and won international praise for his innovative and technical expertise. He moved to the Peninsula in 2003. In mid-career, Newton decided there was more to life than work so he took early retirement and never looked back. "Sometimes," he tells me, "you need to take risks. It may be a bit scary, but if you don't try something, you may regret the path not taken. I didn't want that to be me!" Thus began a life of travel with his wife Noreen, and a long list of unique volunteer experiences. Between 1996 and 2001 for example, Newton and Noreen made five trips to Honduras, logging more than 25,000 kilometres on their truck. "With Noreen's experience as a nurse and mine in logistics, we supported different medical brigades, helping some 2,500 patients a week," Newton says. "Because we had the truck, initially loaded with whatever goods and money we could collect, we also provided transportation. We helped hundreds of people get to and from the hospital over roads that were almost impassable." Casually Newton adds that he and Noreen also helped to build six houses in Honduras. "The truth is," Newton smiles, "we enjoyed it all. We met so many fantastic people and truly, it was so, so satisfying." Closer to home, Newton has provided leadership to the Sidney Sister Cities Association (, the Peninsula Gardening Club ( and, with Noreen and golden retriever Tess, was an active member of the Pacific Animal Therapy Society ( His current passion however, is with the Peninsula Streams Society (, an organization dedicated to stream and habitat restoration on the Saanich Peninsula. Newton serves as Chair. "Initially I got involved to meet new people, but soon realized how critically important the work of the Society is – not just stream restoration, but also the education and research components. Our program for young people is fantastic," he adds. "The children are our hope and our future." Newton is actively involved in the monthly water quality testing, the results of which enable the Society to provide valuable advice to municipalities, other levels of government, and local organizations to increase understanding, advocate for resources, and work to preserve the flora and fauna in our creeks and watersheds. "I'm a person who enjoys getting dirty," Newton tells me, "and when I see that getting dirty also makes a huge difference, that's truly rewarding! Newton says that volunteering is a way of life. "I love helping people and seeing results. What better way to live your life?" Newton says he's convinced that "the more you give, the more you receive. That's just how it works." He urges people to get involved. "There are so many opportunities," he says. "Everyone needs to find and contribute to what fires them up!"


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was important to its owners that they made the building process lowimpact, and the house as energy efficient as possible to run. Having seen other houses designed by architect Keith Baker (, they were happy to put their ideas to him and thrilled with the design he came up with. As a complete change from the traditional-styled house they moved from, the couple now have an ultra-modern haven in North Saanich. Baker quickly understood their vision of an industrial look with clean lines, sharp corners and a feeling of space. The design has translated to a striking home, carefully guided by developer Terry Johal ( It is a large – four acre – plot with the house sitting in a clearing at the end of a gently curved driveway. The owners laugh about the building process which was "fantastic to witness," but required a large amount of scrub and some dilapidated buildings to be removed, and the couple's dogs and cats were endlessly muddy. Entering the oversized front door, which pivots smoothly into the imposing hallway, sets the scene. It is light and bright with white walls, wood cabinetry and a polished concrete floor throughout. It is certainly a dramatic look, but everywhere there are playful touches to remind you that you are in a home, not an industrial space. The fun lights in the hallway for instance: glass baubles on long drops of wire of various lengths. Fabulous floor-to-ceiling storage is hidden behind sleek cabinet doors with push-close catches, instead of handles, keeping the lines clean and the space practical.

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Although the walls are largely white throughout the house, there are splashes of colour like the burnt-orange wall in the kitchen and the oversized paintings which hang in every room. The polished concrete is a bold look, but it works. Underneath is an underfloor heating system that is controlled by individual thermostats in each room. It is cool in the summer and warm in winter. The animals love it, and the only drawback has been how reflective it is. When the sun pours in the windows it can be so bright that the couple had to fit electric window treatments to provide some shade screening. The eating and sitting areas all look out at the very sympathetic landscaping. Clearly nature lovers, the design of the home reflects the owners' passion as throughout the house you see past the walls to the greenery beyond. It provides a lovely contrast with the very structured shapes inside. A lack of window dressings, or even moldings and sills,

means that there is no barrier to the views. The couple credit landscaper Pat Hicks for taking their design and implementing it perfectly. Year-round there is wildlife to spot in the wildflower meadow and frog pond which can also be seen from the master bedroom. The huge open-plan living space of the kitchen, dining and sitting area is clutter-free and finished with modern furnishings bought especially for the new space. It hasn't always been easy finding the type of furniture that fits with the aesthetic. Help choosing lighting came from Steve McNeil of Bright Designs, and Illuminations ( The very high, sloped ceiling made lighting in the kitchen an especial challenge. The cut-off kitchen wall allows restaurant-style cable-lighting that is practical and very sleek. The kitchen area comprises a long L-shaped stretch of counter-top with an oversized island opposite. The quartz extends the grey colour of the floor and contrasts with the rift-cut oak veneer of the cabinetry. There are very few distractions with the accents all in stainless steel. Behind the hi-tech induction range is a space-age extractor fan that rises from the island when needed, and then magically disappears from view to leave the smooth surface uninterrupted again. The couple really like the kitchen, finding the space practical as they love to cook together.


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One of the clever ways that they managed to remove clutter from the kitchen was in the design of a room off the kitchen where the uglier, but necessary, items are kept. Here there is a second dishwasher and fridge to help when entertaining, and the coffee machine with its inevitable mess. This room is also the laundry and hosts a small office area. All very practical space, designed to suit the owners' needs and kept out of sight by a sliding door. There is a little touch of bling in the powder room décor. As well as oak woodwork to match the kitchen, there is a stunning onyx sink and elegant glass chandelier. Paired with silvery walls it makes for a sophisticated look. To the left of the front door there is a useful mudroom and access out to the covered walkway to the garage. Being animal lovers, this space is another essential area for the couple. The double garage adds an additional 800 square feet to the 3,500-square-foot house and is very practical. The small covered area allows access between the two buildings and also creates an interesting viewpoint up the garden as you approach the house. Just in sight is the end of an enticing wooden boardwalk heading off over some boggy ground, with the tall trees of the P-shaped property behind. There is a dual function TV room and office, again with tall doors screening the storage space behind. All the bookcases are behind the large white doors, keeping dusting down to a minimum. The high windows bring plenty of light in and the furnishings are white. One fun and novel touch is a high storage cupboard accessible only by a rolling steel ladder. As well as the master bedroom and bathroom, the house also has two guest rooms and a further full bathroom. The clean lines and minimalist tone is carried through them all. It’s quite a grey, hard building but it


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At Fantastic Prices! • Antique & Vintage • Retro & Modern • Reclaimed Wood Furniture • Downsizing & Estate Sales • Cottage Paint & Jewellery doesn’t feel unwelcoming because of the splashes of colour on the walls and the textures of rugs and furnishings. It is a very tactile house with the great expanse of shiny floor but also the contrast of straight grained wood and the ridged tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. The owners are clearly delighted with the outcome of their grand building project, and speak very highly of Terry and his team. Last year the house won the CARE Award for Outdoor Environmental Achievement and Energy Efficiency. Much of the magic of the house is in the systems that control it like the heat pump and heat recovery system, or the rainwater collection that has kept the garden green from a huge underground storage tank. The sleek, simple look of the building could easily fool you, but there is a lot at work underneath to make it so highly functional.

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Years of landscape experience has allowed me the ability to visualize a completed landscape at the very outset and before any groundbreaking. Part of my job is communicating that vision to the client. Problems can arise if a client or employees are having difficulties visualizing the finished product. by Colin Eaton How do you ensure the finished Garden City Tree and Landscape landscape is exactly what you envision? A solution is to have a professional landscape design of the project. It can be as simple or as complicated as the project warrants but in each instance the same information is obtained: • A design created by a professional provides years of landscape experience. There is no substitute for experience! A plant has specific sun/shade and water requirements, while some are food for deer. Other plants may look great in the nursery but they will suffer or spread aggressively if their growing habits are not understood. A designer will also take into consideration your gardening skill level and the level of maintenance you desire. A seasoned designer will understand the need and requirements of the property before the digging begins. • A visual of the completed project so there are no surprises at the end: A design will provide you with visual of the completed landscape before any work commences. In years past, the designs were one-dimensional overhead blueprints, showing only an outline of what goes where. Today, and with the assistance of computer graphics, designs can provide you with a 3D image of the completed design so you can see what the end product will resemble. It's an added tool for the client so any changes can be made before the project commences, thus saving costly overages. • A design= a scaled drawing. The scaled drawing, combined with a 3D image, provides the necessary information for a skilled tradesperson to obtain accurate information on the job, including measurements, materials to be used, and quantity of materials. This information ensures any estimating is uniform, essential information if you are obtaining multiple bids on any aspects of the work. • A blueprint for all to work with. More often than not, municipalities are requesting landscape designs be submitted before permits are issued for major projects. This allows the municipality the opportunity to see what the landscape will resemble before they approve the project. Each municipality has its own standards and your seasoned designer will take this into consideration when completing the layout. A design is not only a clear vision of your ideas, it is also a blueprint to the success of your project! For more information visit

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on design home office blues "According to Stats Canada, 15% of all workers in Canada are self employed, they account for about one-half of those who work at home. In 2008, 60% of self-employed workers did paid work at home." (http:// article/11366-eng.htm#a11.) Speaking from experience, working from home isn't always by Mike & Lisa what it's cut out to be. Yes, it's a two-second Dunsmuir commute, and the rent is low and the coffee Step One Design is free. But that's where the perks end (no pun intended). One biggest challenge when starting a business from home is dedicating physical space for it. Let's face it, a desk stuck in a bedroom or a utility closet just doesn't cut it. Ask me; I know. It's tough. Starting a new business is never easy. Funds have to be dedicated to marketing, tech equipment, supplies. The list goes on. Little thought is given to the work environment. Soon, a couple of years go by and revenues drop along with your get-to-it attitude. Take a look at the four walls around you. Heck, if you're reading this, and don't work from home, take a look around. We spend eight to 10 hours a day (minimum, those who own your own businesses don't laugh at me, I'm trying not to scare off the newbies), five days

a week (still being positive), 52 weeks a year within our workspace. That's the same amount of time we spend in our homes. Yet, we spend all our hard-earned money on making our homes comfortable. So why isn't our home office working? Did you think long term and big? Did you scrimp on that tech equipment only to regret it? It's easy to throw a desk into a corner and cover your immediate needs. It's a whole other thing to plan for your future when your business starts to grow. Did you design your space to accommodate additional storage and equipment required? One of the biggest mistakes home-based business owners make is not physically and mentally separating their business from their home life. A dedicated office space, drowning out the typical household interruptions, is essential for peak productivity. All your materials and equipment should be completely separate. On top of all that, the mental separation is important too. Make it a rule to shut the door at a reasonable time. It's so easy to work solid when working from home. Most importantly, make the space your own. Put your personality into it. Those are your four walls. Paint it a funky color, pamper yourself. This is the plus of working from home. It is all your space. No one to tell you to take that photo off your desk. Take advantage of it. Oh, and did I say it's unprofessional to work in your housecoat? I'll never tell. For more information visit

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Healthy, Wealthy and Wise In business in Victoria for 60 years, Pearlman Lindholm Lawyers recently opened a branch office in downtown Sidney. As Victoria's largest fullservice law firm, Gordon Benn, the firm's managing partner, is pleased to be able to service the Peninsula from their new Seaport Place location (opposite the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre). Be in touch with Gordon and his team at 250-388-4433 and find out more at Susanne Martman is happy to be supporting health and wellbeing with Body Talk, a safe, non-invasive body/mind therapy that connects with the innate healing wisdom of the body. Operating out of her Deep Cove home, Susanne works with clients to connect and bring about a greater awareness and understanding of the language of our bodies. Lots of great information is available at or call Susanne at 250-588-9272. Helping 50+adults live

healthier lives in order to age well, Arden Rose of Live Well Seniors Wellness Practitioners provides coaching, guidance and support to help clients achieve their wellness goals. Operating with the Six Pillars of Wellness: Body, Brain, Surroundings, Spiritual, Emotional and Social, Arden helps seniors develop and implement a lifestyle strategy to help them age in the healthiest way. Meet Arden and the Senior Wellness Practitioners at or call 250-652-8191. Edward Jones has a new representative in Sidney, at Seaport Place. Ali Nozari, a financial advisor, offers a personal approach to investing and retirement planning, helping clients reach their long-term financial goals. Find out more at Cordova Bay Wellness Clinic will soon add to their offerings. At the Mattick's Farm location for more than nine years, Kevin Matthews, a Registered Massage Therapist, recently completed his Yoga teacher training, a comprehensive and intensive course based

on the classical teachings of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga. Kevin looks forward to adding yoga to the clinic he shares with acupuncturist, Lucy Mei Lee, rounding out a practice dedicated to mind, body and spirit wellness. Open six days a week, discover more at retail

Taking Flight Travelling this fall? The Victoria Airport unveiled new retail outlets this summer. Breakwater Boutique (presecurity) and Harbour Walk (post-security) focus on travel items, as well as locally-inspired souvenirs, gifts and food, along with duty free offerings in Harbour Walk. Open during flight hours (check website for exact times), the new shops represent the collective efforts of many local suppliers including the builders, Victoria's Durwest Construction Management (DCM). www.victoriaairport. com/shopping-and-food. dining & grocers

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Expanding dining options in Sidney now include the Sidney Harbour Chinese Buffet Restaurant. Located at the corner of Beacon Avenue and Second Street (formerly Pier One Restaurant), they are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day and provide lunch and dinner buffets, a dine-in and take-out menu, as well as home delivery. Call 778-426-3888. Kurtis Francis is the newest Store Manager at Thrifty Foods, Sidney. Open in Sidney since 1985, the store continues to focus on fresh food, friendly service and a strong commitment to community. Store hours at this location are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. business

Celebrating Excellence The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce celebrates success later this month, with the eighth annual Crystal Awards for Business Excellence, held in the Blue Poppy at the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Tickets are available through the Chamber office by calling 250-656-3616.

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Henley & Walden LLP is pleased to welcome

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to the firm as an Associate Lawyer Paul recently joined the team of lawyers at Henley & Walden LLP. His practice is general in nature and focuses on the areas of wills and estates, real estate, corporate and commercial, and civil litigation. The practice of law is a second career for Paul who’s first career was working as a Human Resources Advisor in the Alberta oil sands. There he was exposed to a variety of legal issues that inspired his decision to practice law himself.

Originally a native of Fort Frances Ontario, Paul completed his law degree in 2009 at Chicago’s The John Marshall Law School, where he continued on to graduate with a Master’s degree in International Business and Trade Law in 2011. He is called to the Bar in Illinois, Ontario and British Columbia. Paul enjoys simplifying the law into language that everyone can understand and social interaction with his clients. He takes pride in his pragmatic approach to the practice of law and is dedicated to providing each client with the information necessary to make informed decisions at every step. When not at work Paul enjoys the outdoors, and can often be found fishing while listening to a baseball game on the radio. Paul is welcoming new clients and is looking forward to settling into Sidney for the long term.

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Alphabet Soup

Mozart’s masterpiece directed by Richard Eyre.

October 3

George Canyon

The Hifi in Concert: A Benefit for Thrive Malawi

October 18



An award winning Canadian Country Music Star and his band.

A high-energy eclectic jazz/blues mix of acoustics and vocals.

October 25

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Talks, tours and one-on one interactions with Oceaneers!

October 17 - 19


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Ocotber 17 - 26

Pumpkins on the Pier Pumpkin carving, pie eating, and apple bobbing contests, open stage for youth music, and trick or treating!

October 25 & 26

Fall Studio Tour


A free self-guided tour with 28 venues and 65 artists, several new to the Tour.

2014 ArtSea Festival

October 27

Visit local businesses to see artists demonstrate and display.



Elvis the Moments

October 17

An authentic and energetic show, featuring the 1950's, the '68 comeback, and the memorable Vegas years.


November 1

Palm Court Orchestra Features everything from George Frederick Handle to Richard Rodgers, Arthur Sullivan's The Gondoliers and selections from the Broadway hit Damn Yankees.


Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro

This annual favourite is a special exhibit by Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners.

Senior Sessions

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Bizet's Carmen STAR CINEMA

Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress.

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Feeling Good About Yourself ! Sea Breeze Laser & Beauty Clinic This is the second in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Why on earth do people refer to facelifts, spa services and beauty creams as just "cosmetic" and "superficial?" There is nothing superficial about doing things that make us feel wonderful and boost our self esteem. Feeling good about ourselves enhances our mental health and well-being and fuels our success in life. Joan Wilson concurs; the owner of a new Medi-Spa in Sidney, she wants her customers to look and feel like a million! Joan opened Sea Breeze Laser & Beauty Clinic, on Beacon Avenue, June 1st. The amiable beauty professional has spent most of her life in the fashion and cosmetic industries. Presently, Joan offers laser hair removal and a cosmetic / beauty product line. Sun spot and surface spider vein removal are coming in the near future. The Certified Laser Technician uses the term "Medi-Spa" for her business, referring to "treatments and products that really work, that actually do make a difference in someone's appearance." Her medical-grade laser really does the job: "It is effective and makes an impressionable difference, as close to permanent as you can get!" According to Joan, the safe procedure costs much less overall than a lifetime of ineffective shaving and creams. "Anti-Aging" is more than a catch-phrase to Joan: "I only want things

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in my business that are effective and long-term." Joan is passionate about her clinic's "pharmaceutical-grade" unique line of "high-level" cosmetics with "no fillers." Most important to her, they work: "You see a noticeable difference in people who use them." Joan explains that the products contain peptides which turn on "good" growth factors in the skin, while turning off  "bad" growth factors. Joan sells after-laser creams, anti-wrinkle smoothers and surface compounds that relax the muscles under the skin to fade out lines – an alternative to injections and invasive procedures. She even offers a line to treat rosacea, or redness of the skin. What are the benefits to self-esteem? Joan: "We all know that when we do something that makes us feel better about ourselves, it changes our attitude, makes us feel more positive about everything. We feel more confident." She talks about a male customer (men are welcome too) who had prominent hair on his back. "He had not been on a vacation for eight years, because he wouldn't take his shirt off." After her laser treatments, "He is so happy" with the results and "he is taking his first vacation in years!" Joan says that the boost in his self-esteem has already raised his quality of life. "The treatments were healing something in him, helping him feel better about himself." Superficial? Hardly! Contact: Sea Breeze is inside Focus 5000 Hair Designers in Sidney. Joan is there Sundays and Mondays.

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Peninsula Panthers


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The Peninsula Panthers Hockey Club play in the nine-team Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and partake in a 48-game Regular Season schedule. The League is comprised of two Divisions of five and four teams. The Panthers compete in the South Division and this includes Kerry Park Islanders, Saanich Braves, Victoria Cougars and the Westshore Wolves. The North Division include the Campbell River Storm, Comox Valley Glacier Kings, Nanaimo Buccaneers and the Oceanside Generals. The Peninsula Panthers Mission Statement can be found on the Club’s website. It is the goal of the Team to develop young hockey players in order that they have the opportunity to move to the next level in hockey and beyond. This goal has been clearly established by the current ownership group and goes back as far as 1999 when Pete and Coreen Zubersky purchased the Club from Mark Wagstaff. John Wilson, who also owns Wilson’s Transportation, is now part of the ownership team and he too believes that the





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philosophy, started by the Zubersky’s back in the late 1990s, trumps all. The Panthers’ owners are entirely committed to giving individuals on the Peninsula an opportunity to play the game at the Junior level - kids who might not otherwise have had the opportunity. The players range in age from 16 to 20 and many have dreams and goals of competing in the Western Hockey League, Junior “A”, the NCAA or Professional Hockey. Many young players who have spent a year or two on the team have gone on to play at much higher levels including the National Hockey League. Perhaps the most well-known player to go through the system is none other than Jamie Benn, an Olympic Gold Medal winner with the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team this past winter and currently Captain of the Dallas Stars. His brother Jordie also played for the Panthers and plays on Defence for the same Dallas Stars. Both Benn boys played minor hockey out here on the Peninsula. Come watch the stars of the future - join the Panthers every Friday night ! The entertainment value is excellent and the Club appreciates the ever so important support of our community. See you on Friday night. @ppanthersvijhl

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Two Terrific B&B’s on Vancouver Island A narrow laneway curves down the steep slope that leads to a natural wetland on Nanoose Bay. It's less than a kilometre from the Island Highway with its relentless traffic, but here in the estuary all is peaceful. Red-winged blackbirds flit among the yellow-flowering iris, a heron stands at attention at the edge of the marsh, and at night we're crooned to sleep by a chorus from the resident frogs. Inn the Estuary is the delightful home of Harold and Marianne Robinson and also – luckily for the rest of us – a Bed and Breakfast with three beautifully appointed private suites featuring floor-toceiling windows, fireplaces, outdoor bathtubs and mini-kitchens. When the couple purchased the property it was a diked and dry meadow. The Robinsons wanted to return it to its natural state, in harmony with the adjacent Qualicum National Wildlife Area. In 2008, after receiving permission from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and working closely with biologists, they removed the dikes and trucked in fill, on which they built a two-storey, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home. "The birds have come back, the wildlife has come back," says Harold, citing dozens of species of birds that make their home here, along with deer, otter and raccoon. "We even witnessed chum salmon spawning in the gravel entrance to the side pond," he adds proudly. Today, a mature garden with freshwater ponds and winding boardwalks greets guests. At high tide, the home is almost surrounded by water. One evening I take up Harold's invitation to kayak through the estuary. We paddle through narrow channels hidden by tangled by Suzanne Morphet


vegetation. It's a different world, one I'm delighted to discover. ( Arriving at Beachside Garden Bed and Breakfast near Yellow Point on the Canada Day weekend, Vera Dick asks if we'd like a glass of wine and a crab appetizer. Her husband, Warren Dick, has just pulled up in his boat with a couple of feisty Dungeness. I thought B&B's stuck to breakfast, but the Dicks entertain paying guests as if they were friends or relatives. It's a tough life at Beachside, where food seems to be the focus, or at least one of them. While Warren provides ingredients for the wild side of the menu, Vera whips up tasty breakfasts that are served either outside overlooking Elliott Beach or – if the weather isn't cooperating – in a private dining area for guests indoors. Warren and Vera designed and built their home on this one-acre waterfront property specifically to accommodate a Bed and Breakfast. It has three guest suites that share a kitchen and lounge. I like the fact that the guest accommodation is separate from the owners' own quarters, so I don't feel like I'm invading their personal space when I get up early the next morning to make tea and read. For breakfast, Vera serves us fresh fruit salad, fruit smoothies and ethereally light French toast baked with raspberries and dressed with lemon-poppy seed sauce (pictured). Warren is also a skilled host – and not just at catching crab. Joining us at breakfast, he seems to possess an extra sense, intuitively knowing when to listen and when to share. Later, we stroll the beach and explore Warren and Vera's extensive garden, where flowers and fruit trees make a welcoming place to linger. (

common cents insurance trends: employee benefits Did you know that the cost of providing employee benefits is expected to double by 2020? These days we are all very focused on wellness and that includes the ability to remain active and working for as long as we want. A strong and sustainable benefits program fosters by Carol A. Cooper a healthy workplace and helps attract integrated benefit and retain skilled staff. solutions What are some of the trends driving up these costs? • Our workforce is aging, and utilization of health and dental benefits is on the rise – in particular disability claims. • Prescription drugs are the biggest piece of the benefit pie, and increasing use of pricey designer biologics pushes costs higher. • "De-listing" of services means that there is more dependence on private plans. Since the premiums paid by the employer are a tax deductible business expense, offering benefits is a good investment. It's also a cost-effective way to increase overall compensation, while promoting wellness. There are many options that can be customized to meet your needs. The Private Health Services Plan (PHSP) is designed for businesses to provide flexible health and dental coverage for their employees and families. Medical Access Insurance offers faster diagnoses via expedited MRIs and CT Scans, and quicker treatment such as Hip and Knee surgery. Another option is an enhanced Group Benefits Plan with cost containment strategies built right in. ManagedRX™ offers free overnight delivery from a Central Dispensing Pharmacy to your door. It reduces drug claim costs with lower dispensing fees and an incentive to choose the cheaper generic version. For plans with disability benefits, The Disability Management Institute ™ provides early intervention to better manage claims. There are many approaches to developing affordable protection for you and your team. For a different conversation on employee benefits email me at or visit

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An Exotic Infusion to Seaside Life: Thai Corner Restaurant by Doreen Marion Gee This is the last in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. "Interesting or exciting because of being unusual or unfamiliar, because they are from foreign countries." This is the essence of "exotic," as defined by the Macmillan Dictionary. The Thai Corner Restaurant in Sidney brings all the flavours of a faraway country to our community in more ways than one. With tantalizing food and shades of a unique and different culture, the popular downtown restaurant enhances our community with an international buzz and a s s n es ard io sin Aw ent Bu al M w st Ne Cry ble 13 ra 20 ou



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rich exotic tapestry of cultural ingredients. Kashane and Nina Chalermwat, owners of the Thai Corner Restaurant, are always amiable and charming hosts. Digging into my Ginger Beef with Coconut Rice, I was giddy with anticipation. Was I ever in for an exotic treat! The Ginger Beef was the best thing this side of heaven. The ginger coating had just the right "tanginess," the sweet and sour vibes perfectly matched, and the beautiful sunny-ginger explosion in my mouth will keep making memories for years to come. The beef was fresh and savoury. I have never had rice cooked in coconut

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milk before, but I am now a "coconutrice junkie," addicted for life. The rice was cooked to perfection, infused with a delicate mellow taste of coconut that made my tastebuds dance the tarantella. "It's very popular, Doreen," beams Kashane. Sitting in the light of the window eating divine Thai food, I imagined that I was chilling on the Hat Phra Nang beach in Thailand, laying in soft pink sand and surrounded by gigantic limestone cliffs and breathtaking emerald water. Kashane talks fondly of his native country and their cuisine. "Thai food involves a lot of spices, black I flavoured black I green I flavoured green I high antiox decaf I rooibos I flavoured rooibos I oolong I organic I herbal

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herbs and different vegetables." He explains that Thai food evolved through many Asian historical influences, with a mix of different international cuisines from India and China. "Thailand was at a historical crossroads with many other countries. Spicy, sour, sweet and spicy altogether. That's Thai food!" Kashane talks about the practicality of using many vegetables in Thai food: his father would pick whatever looked good around their house, plucking herbs and plants. The Thai native values creativity and innovation in his restaurant, taking an "artistic" perspective. With more chefs, they are being adventurous with the Lunch Buffet menu, offering more variety of exotic tastes – in true Thai tradition. "Thai food is not boring!" Different herbs such as lemongrass ignite the palate and a variety of special chilli peppers add a tropical exotic edge to western taste buds. Caring customer service is a high priority for the Chalermwats. Kashane is always

there, making sure diners get a silver-lined dining experience. They try to accommodate different customers with varying tastes, going the extra mile. With her warm smile

"The Thai native [owner Kashane Chalermwat] values creativity and innovation in his restaurant, taking an 'artistic' perspective." and kind manner, Nina meets patrons when they come in, talks with them and makes them comfortable. In true Thai fashion, the owners welcome visitors to their "home." In Thailand, social activity usually involves eating: "Hello, how are you? Have you eaten today?" The Thai Corner Restaurant is a warm friendly community gathering

place, to relax, eat and be in the comforting atmosphere of a fascinating culture. Nina is excited about their new "loyalty card:" customers put money on the card, then every time they dine, a percentage is added onto their balance. After being at their downtown location for only about eight months, the owners have seen an upsurge in customers and they are enjoying a thriving business. They have hired more staff just to handle the crowds: "We have two full-time chefs and one part-time chef now." So, if you have a yearning for Pad Thai, saunter down to the Thai Corner Restaurant. You will see why our community is far richer for this taste of an exotic faraway tropical land and how our community is enhanced by the culture of people with good, caring values. Kashane and Nina thank all their loyal customers for their patronage. Contact: y kl s ee al W eci Sp

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can develop. Bottom line – any kind of "-itis" is not a good thing. Start early and teach your pet that toenail trims are a positive experience. Handle daily, go gently, use treats and don't trim too short! It is better to get someone experienced to trim if you are not comfortable doing this. When one leg gets sore, pets adapt and shift their weight to alternate limbs. This can cause serious issues long term. Pets commonly shift their weight to the front limbs when overweight or when hind legs are sore. Lower lumbar muscles get strained, and pinched nerves can occur in the neck. Long-term weight shifting can

result in permanent break down and collapse of the front wrists (aka carpal) joints. Check feet for spear grass, splinters and blackberry thorns this time of year. These can be tiny but very painful. Pitch easily gathers in the fur between the pads and causes hair pulling and irritation. Excessive licking of feet results in inflammation of the skin, and can even rupture the hair follicles, causing them to act like tiny slivers under the skin. If your pet is licking one or more feet, get them checked by your veterinarian for foreign objects, infections or possible allergies. Pads may appear tough, but pets can burn their feet if they have to stand on hot pavement. Running, stopping and turning on pavement can shave off all the pads on your dog's feet. Barnacles on the sea shore can slice up pads severely. Prevent your cat from accessing the top of the woodstove all year, so as to prevent burned pads when you start using it in the fall. OUCH! For our older pets, please trim the fur "slippers" off the bottoms of their feet to help them keep traction on our slippery floors. Their muscles are not as strong as they once were, and splay legs can result in serious injury if they slip. Non-slip runners or yoga mats do wonders for helping them navigate the slippery sections. Our pets are not invincible, so remember to consider what supportive foot care they need before you launch out on that next new adventure with them. This will allow many more years of adventure together. For more information visit

Block Watch Helps Block Crime by Gillian Crowley

What to do if you notice a

stranger in a neighbour's yard acting a bit suspiciously? You could call 9-1-1 but what if it turns out to be an innocent visitor? Or you could phone the neighbours – oh darn, you don't have their number and/or their last name. This is the type of scenario the Block Watch program is designed to avoid. Block Watch, originally called Neighbourhood Watch, was introduced in Seattle in 1973 to decrease residential break-ins through organized neighbourhood participation. It's based on the idea that your neighbour is your best burglar deterrent. Block Watch programs on the Peninsula are run out of the Saanich and Central Saanich Police Services offices and the North Saanich/Sidney RCMP office, usually under the direction of auxiliary officers. Anyone interested in starting the program on their street can contact the relevant office. As the name suggests, Block Watch encourages neighbours to be alert and provides valuable tips on protecting property and personal security (see sidebar tips). At the initial Block Watch meeting, the BW coordinator or a police officer will show a short DVD on the program and respond to residents' questions and security concerns. Participants also share their phone numbers and email addresses with a neighbour designated as BW captain, and with each other if desired. The captain's role is to hold annual get-togethers to update neighbours and keep the program current. To qualify, BW captains are required to go through a security check to ensure there are no past issues with the law. Block Watch participants receive a brief manual that outlines the program and provides helpful tips on home security and property identification. One useful tool is a "Suspect Identification Form" that helps people be more attentive to distinguishing characteristics of a suspect. Tattoos, for example, can help to ID a suspect. This first meeting is a good way to get to meet other residents and raise

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any security concerns. An additional • A wide-angle peephole/viewer benefit is that on the main entrance? many home • Sliding glass doors and windows insurance secure against force or being lifted companies offer out of the frame? a discount to members of • Trees and shrubs trimmed to Block Watch. allow clear visibility around the Years ago perimeter of your home? in Calgary I • High risk windows (hidden, experienced garage, basement, etc.) the program secured sufficiently? in action. Our house guests • Timers in place to activate were caught interior and exterior lights in a heavy in your absence? downpour as they got off the bus near our home. On the spur of the moment, they decided to take a shortcut down the lane and boosted their young son over the back fence so that he could unlock the gate. Before the three of them had made it to our back door, a neighbour several houses away phoned to ask: did I know there were three people in our backyard? We shared a good laugh, but I appreciated her checking with me. The fact we'd held a neighbourhood meeting recently ensured that even though she was new to the street, she had my phone number. Although we are fortunate not to have much crime on the Peninsula, it's always good to know what to do if something strange is going on. Even if it just turns out to be soaking wet house guests!

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The True Institution of Coffee! Around the coffee brewer

by Steve Sheppard

this past month the talk has been much about how "Tim's" sold out to a U.S. fast-food burger company for $12 BILLION dollars, but are you really surprised? If you are a lover of Tim's I suggest you turn the page or cover your ears (kidding). This article is not going to be a proTimmy's piece. Scott Feschuk, a writer for MACLEAN's, recently wrote a great article (true depiction in fact) on Tim Horton's and I agree with him on everything except one thing and that is: What the true institution of coffee is in Canada. What Scott left out was the "why" Tim's was bought, and the answer is simple: the large fast-food burger company wanted to entice people in with coffee, so they could sell people more fat, salt and sugar. Why else spend $12 billion? The true institution of coffee in Canada is not Tim Horton's … the true institution of coffee is the ceremony of having coffee with friends; a coffee upon waking each morning; it's coffee mid-day when you need a few quite moments; it's coffee as a warm dependable friend. The true institution of coffee is found in local, independently owned coffee houses all across the country. Locally-owned coffee houses typically serve a good cup; in fact, consumer's expectations continue to rise and most coffee houses and cafes have been forced to "up" their coffee game over the past 10 years. Most of you know my

feelings on small local micro-roasters, but at the end of the day, I am a big fan of locally owned coffee houses … not U.S. operations. A side note here: most of the franchisees of Tim Horton's didn't know the sale to a fast-food burger company was being considered, but now their franchise fees are going south of the border, which is never a good thing. My suggestion is this: think double-doubly long and hard where you spend your coffee dollar and don't for one moment think McCafé is a better option; it's NOT. Think local, think small coffee house, think about how your coffee dollar can stay in the community if you make a little effort to buy local. P.S: buying local is not a new concept, and it works wonders! There is now an opportunity to take your daily coffee dollar and spend it differently, because every time you now go to Tim's, you are simply sending your money to the U.S. The true institution of Canadian coffee is all about meeting with friends to enjoy conversation. Make sure you give a local coffee house owner a chance … Steve out.

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Festival of Squash Celebrates Growing Season One of the first signs of fall on the Peninsula is the appearance of winter squash at local farm stands and markets. Following on summer varieties like zucchini, patty pans and spaghetti squash, we now see bins filled with beautiful, rugged, multi-coloured winter squashes like acorns, sweet mamas, blue hubbard, butternut, buttercup, rouge di vif, delicata – and of course, pumpkins. Peninsula farmers grow a lot of squash and they grow it well. The First Peoples of North and South America had been cultivating a diversity of squash for millennia when the first Europeans arrived. According to the Smithsonian Institute, the word "squash" comes from the Narragansett (northeastern U.S.) word "askutasquash" meaning "eaten raw or uncooked." Europeans were reportedly not so keen on squash when they first arrived. These new settlers soon discovered that adopting local foods was a good idea if you planned on surviving the frigid winters. Pumpkins are part of the pilgrim Thanksgiving lore. The first pumpkin pie, however, was not the tidy whip-cream topped pastry of today, but a baked, hollowed-out pumpkin stuffed by Bob Thompson

with apples, sugars, spices and more. Spoon anyone? Several years ago, Bob Maxwell, a Central Saanich grower and former chair of the Peninsula Agricultural Commission, came up with the idea of having a festival to celebrate our abundance of squash. In order to kick-start this idea, the Peninsula County Market is hosting a "Festival of Squash" this fall, featuring squash du jour recipes, how to make pumpkin pie from scratch (the non-pilgrim variety), samplings of butternut soup by Dale Carter of Breadstuffs Bakery, pumpkin carving competitions and more. Come on out and see Maxwell's squash pyramid, a work of art in progress! Steve Duck, who organized the Sidney Sip and Savour last March, is working on another comfort food winter feast in partnership with Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trails – a Community Squash Supper: "This long table event will feature an all-squash menu for everyone who would like to meet their neighbours and celebrate our foods." The final market of the season is Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend (October 11th). Yellow Point Cranberries will be at the final two markets so you can add fresh, Island-grown cranberries to your Thanksgiving feast – along with that pumpkin pie from scratch!

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For the Love of James Bay A regular article writer and social media manager for Seaside Magazine, Doreen Gee is pushing the boundaries of her creative world. She has just completed a two year labour of love – an Art & Photo Book-Calendar about her beloved James Bay, place of childhood dreams and magic. Raised in James Bay, Victoria, Doreen spent her formative years

amidst an enchanted wonderland: sun-speckled Dallas Road beaches, majestic Beacon Hill Park and the romantic stony breakwater walkway meandering through ocean mists. Those halcyon days in a seaside paradise are in her blood. Two years ago, Doreen felt an overwhelming desire to document her love for the natural beauty of James Bay. What better way than in photos – only a camera lens can capture the essence of shiny eye-candy in a little girl's eyes. The result is a collection of Doreen's favourite photos of James Bay taken over a year and a half. The avid photographer also added some graphic designs of her images to boost the "fun factor" and scattered a few words throughout to spice everything up. Doreen designed, wrote and published the book-calendar herself, using an online template from a local printing company – all taking six months to complete. "The Rapture of James Bay" is an 18-month calendar that extends until December 2015, full of Doreen's photos and designs showing many James Bay panoramas. It also contains photos of buildings that evoke a rich history. The artist thinks of her project as more than just a calendar: she sees it as a book of photos and art. Doreen showed her book-calendar to Paul Nursey, the new CEO of Tourism Victoria: "Mr. Nursey is very appreciative and supportive of local artists and I was thrilled when he said that my calendar is beautiful." Doreen's work would be a special keepsake for tourists and locals alike – and Christmas shopping starts soon! To purchase Doreen's Art & Photo Book-Calendar, "The Rapture of James Bay," email To see more of Doreen's photography and designs, visit

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lifestyle changes will also help keep blindness at bay. 1. Wear Sunglasses. More than offering comfort from bright rays – or looking cool – sunglasses protect eyes from sunburn and help prevent cataracts, AMD, growths, and vision loss. They don't have to be super fancy lenses, but do check that they're UV-protective and the right lens colour for your eyes. 2. Get to know your Vitamins. Nutrients that increase eye health include vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, zeaxanthin, selenium, lutein, calcium and Omega-3. You can get a lot of these through a healthy diet, but most of us need some supplementation. Your optometrist will be able to tell you if your eyes need special eye vitamins. 3. Quit Smoking. Yet another reason to ditch your cigarettes is to decrease your odds of vision loss. Now go toss that pack, and let it be your last! 4. Exercise Regularly. Exercise can regulate blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and help prevent glaucoma and AMD. What's good for the body is generally good for your eyes. 5. Control Your Diabetes. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, cataracts and glaucoma. Regular eye and medical exams are essential. 6. Eat Lots of Dark, Leafy Greens. Salad greens are bursting with lutein, zeaxanthin and antioxidants that help prevent cataracts and glaucoma. Bring on the kale! 7. Visit your Optometrist. Even if you judge your vision as 20/20, regular eye exams are paramount to catching diseases early. Many forms of vision loss are symptom-free in the early stages, which makes it my responsibility to take initiative with your eyes. Simple "prescription checks" don't guarantee healthy vision, which is why I insist on regular comprehensive exams for my patients. 20/20 vision is great but 20/happy is better! If it's been over two years since you've had your eyes checked, call your optometrist today to book an appointment for happy eyes! For more information call 250.544.2210.

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HiFi, a group of Four professional local musitions put on a high energy, high quality performance. Tickets for the show and reception (including appies, desserts, and a chash bar) are $38. Net proceeds go to Thrive Malawi, a registered Canadian charity for disabled and disadvantaged children. October 5

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Walk anywhere in BC and you'll be less than a metre from a spider! Join CRD Regional Parks guest naturalists Claudia and Darren Copley for an expedition in search of spiders. Meet at the Beaver Lake information kiosk off the main parking lot. See website for more guided walks, hikes, and drop-in events for all ages and abilities.

North Saanich Farm Market

Seasonal vegetables and fruit, eggs, baking, meat, fish, locally produced crafts. Live entertainment. every saturday until october 11

Peninsula Country Market Saanich Fairgrounds 1528 Stelly's X Road, 9 am - 1 pm

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Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney, 7:30 pm 250-544-1819 |

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Bingo at "The Centre!" 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay, 1 pm

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October 6

Companions of the Quaich Dinner and Whisky Tasting "Malts of Compass Box"

October 17, 18 & 19

Live Painting Demonstrations Village Gallery, 2459 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.3633

In celebration of the changing season, Village Gallery is presenting a variety of Vancouver Island artists depicting "Trees and Birds" in a fall palette. Our autumn feature continues with interpretive landscapes artist Christine Reimer as well as three live painting demonstrations by: Barry Tate (October 17th), Keith Hiscock (October 18th) and Chris Alers (October 19th). Do travel up street and continue your artistic journey while taking in the Sidney Fine Arts Show! october 17, 18 & 19 Sidney Fine Art Show

Mary Winspear Centre Fri & Sat 9 am – 9 pm; Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula presents this world-class juried art show for serious artists and patrons of the arts. Each year the Show attracts thousands of visitors to the town of Sidney. Meet the Artists Saturday Evening 7 to 9 p.m. $6 admission or $10 for a three-day pass. October 20

Autumnal Stories at Fern Street

Haro's Restaurant at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.532.6002 |

Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories @ 7:30 pm 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250-477-7044 |

After many years working in wine, John Glaser entered the world of whisky. In 2000 he started the Compass Box Whisky Company, fine-tuning his first whiskies in his kitchen. He is known for his innovative techniques, and for sourcing the finest of casks to mature and create some of the world's most compelling whiskies. Today, John Glaser is considered one of the most respected whisky makers of his generation. We will taste 4 whiskies with a 3-course dinner. Members $60, Guests $70, Dinner only (designated drivers), $50.

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! "For people who love to tell stories, For people who love to listen, For people of all ages." Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies).

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A Sense of Place – Felt and Foto Sea Star Winery 6621 Harbour Hill Dr, Pender Island Opening reception Oct. 10th 4 - 8 pm Show 11 am to 4 pm October 11th to 13th

Monica Bennett and Hans Tammemagi showcase 3-D felt sculpture and nature photography respectively, on Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy a glass of award-winning wine while chatting with the artists and viewing the art. The Young Violinists will play at the Opening Reception and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Visit the website to get connected.

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CFUW Meeting Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre, 7 pm

Canadian Federation of University Women – Saanich Peninsula presents guest speaker Susan Murphy. Susan just finished two years as President of CFUW Canada. She will discuss the Club's accomplishments and challenges both nationally and internationally. October 31

Victoria Accordion Club Band presents “Octoberfest” Peace Lutheran Church 2295 Weiler Ave, Sidney 250.380.9158 |

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An Artist's Guide to a Rich Life A miracle happens when people indulge their creative instincts. They start to see beauty in ordinary things. Creating something exquisite may give them a sense of value and worth not found anywhere else. In her art classes at Panorama Recreation, Wendy Robson is opening up new worlds of joy and pleasure to her students. Wendy has been teaching art classes at Panorama since 2007. A highly-trained professional artist with many awards for her exquisite renderings of the natural world, Wendy brings multiple levels of expertise to the Centre. As well as her artistic background, she is also an experienced, professionally trained art instructor with a keen ability to communicate her knowledge to others. In our interview, the artist's insights illuminate the blessings of a creative life. She points out the immense rewards of invoking an inner Van Gogh. To Wendy, artists feel the richness of life on a deeper level than others. Their heightened awareness and appreciation of the beauty around them enriches their existence and impacts every choice they make in life. Creating art "is universal training in how to truly appreciate and enjoy life." But to Wendy, the benefits of an artistic life even extend to a healthier, better brain: "When people take art classes, not only are they opening up this whole new world for themselves, they are also making

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KEEP YOUR BRAIN HEALTHY The Alzheimer’s Association recommends doing puzzles like Sudoku to strengthen brain cells and the connections between them. Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. *Sudoku Solutions may be found on page 69.

last word As I write this month's column the days are still warm but the nights have a nip in the air and the leaves on my Japanese maple are developing a rustcoloured tinge … fall is on the way. With the changing of the seasons comes a big change in my life – I am leaving Seaside to have a baby, due in October. There will be two wonderful women taking over for me while I'm gone: Kelsey Boorman (, a graduate of the Design program at Emily Carr, will be handling all of the ad design and layout; and Deborah Rogers (, a member of the Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island, will be filling the role of Editor in Chief. Seaside has been my "baby" for so long now (over five and a half years!) that it will be hard to let go of the reins for these next months. I will miss the magazine – I'm lucky to be one of those people who enjoys coming to work every day – but I know I have an even greater adventure ahead of me, and can't wait! I'm sure Deborah will keep you all posted on our new little "Seasider" and you know Sue: she's already got a cover planned! Another member of our Seaside team is on to new things:

Linda Hunter, one of Seaside's regular writers, will be handing her very informative New & Noteworthy column over to the capable hands of Susan Simosko. Linda and her husband are working on a plan to live abroad on a part-time basis as of 2016, so please join me in sending her our best wishes on this goal! You may recognize Susan's name, either from around the community or in the pages of Seaside – she writes the bimonthly Friends & Neighbours column and is excited to take on this new challenge. If you have news about Saanich Peninsula businesses, Susan would be happy to hear about it and she can be reached at The month also brought sad news: I'm sure many of you will remember Linda Langwith, who used to write our Seaside Homes column, along with many other articles including the Peninsula Winery profiles. Her daughter recently emailed to let me know that Linda has passed away. Linda was a lovely woman who will be sorely missed. "Her writing, in particular her work with Seaside Magazine, was an important part of her life, which brought her great enjoyment," said Jennifer. We have missed her writer's voice over the past months, and my condolences go out to her family. Changing seasons, and big changes afoot at Seaside … see you all soon!

Allison Smith, Editor

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