Seaside Magazine October 2015 Issue

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October 2015


All Eyes On Small Business & The Arts

Focus on Small Business

Sidney Fine Art Show

Seaside Homes

Celebrating Our Entrepreneurs

October 16th - 18th

Talks Real Estate Market

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'She Shells' by Kelsey Boorman, submitted to the Sidney Fine Art Show 2015


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Focus on Small Business: Your Life. Your Passion. Take a Leap. Can We Talk: Category 12, business success story Seaside Homes: Realtors & the Local Housing Market

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COLUMNS 8 46 47 61 64 73 77

First Word Fashion Focus

West Coast Gardener


On Design Inside Out Ignition Island Dish Last Word

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Seaside Arts Scene Common Cents Island Life Weatherwit Trendspotting On This Month Salish Sea News

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New & Noteworthy In Good Health Grey Matters Veterinary Voice Peninsula Restaurant Profile Smell the Coffee Sudoku


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Kelsey Boorman

Creativity has been a huge component of my life since before I can remember. My art process has woven through hand drawings and paintings, to design and computer graphics, and back again. My position at Seaside allows me to explore the relationship between traditional and computer generated art media, and how they can have a symbiotic relationship. It is an honour for one of my paintings to appear on the cover of this month’s issue, and I can feel the support of the community with the many big art shows and events taking place in October on the peninsula. See more of my art at and catch me in the Fall Studio Tour on October 24 – 25 at 2113 Henry Avenue, Sidney.

Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489

Editor In Chief

Allison Smith 250.813.1745

Editorial Deborah Rogers 250.857.8590 Director Lead Kelsey Boorman 250.580.8437 Designer Director Elizabeth Moss of Sales Advertising     Marcella Macdonald Sales

Erin Bremner

I grew up working in the clothing industry and I consider myself very fortunate to work with my Dad everyday, doing what we love! Our mission is to have a great selection of sportswear for men, product that you don't see everywhere, and to offer honest service helping gentleman make good investments in building a wardrobe that suits their lifestyle. From my perspective the essentials of building a wardrobe are the same for men and women, so it was my honour to provide a write up for the launch of the new fashion focus series in Seaside.

Dr. Marita Schauch & Laura McKenzie

As a Naturopathic doctor, I have the pleasure of helping people navigate life's choices, so they can feel vibrant and healthy. I believe that truly great health begins with education and identifying the root cause of disease. Being able to share my passion for stress management through my clinical practice, writing articles and lecturing and watching people make positive changes in their lives is the greatest gift I can offer. My role as a Health and Physical Activity Counsellor allows me to work with individuals of all ages who are in need of extra support in their pursuit of overall health and well-being. My clients and I work together to develop a plan for an active lifestyle, which involves setting goals, getting motivated, and addressing psychological barriers such as stress. See this month's Inside Out column (pg. 61) as Marita and I share some insights into stress management.

This Month's Contributors

Trych Ashby-Rolls, Jennifer Bowles, Erin Bremner, Dr. Shelley Breadner, Erin Brocklebank, Gillian Crowley, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Valerie Green, Tina Kelly, Barry Mathias, Laura McKenzie, Cam McLennan, Suzi McMillan, Suzanne Morphet, Deborah Rogers, Steve Sakiyama, Julian Sale, Dr.Marita Schauch, Rosemary Scott, Steve Sheppard, Jo-Ann Way, Tim & Georgia Wiggins P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

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Rosemary Scott

I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and completed a Commercial and Industrial Sales & Marketing Program at Red River Community College. I moved to Vancouver at the age of 20 and began a career in advertising sales with Maclean Hunter, Pacific Yachting Magazine. I travelled on business once a month to Vancouver Island which led me to my husband, Kevin. I moved to Victoria to marry at the age of 27. I have two wonderful grown-up children, Alex and Graham. I have always had a love for the country and locally produced food, I think it's the prairie girl in me! I'm happy to help celebrate the spirit of business enterprise with Seaside this month, sharing the story of the Deep Cove Market in my introduction to the Small Business special feature (pg 12).

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first word If there's such a thing as a 'sales gene' I was definitely born with it. From my earliest days I loved persuading people to buy what I had to sell. First it was lemonade. Then, to what was probably the chagrin of my whole neighborhood, when I was about eight it was Girl Guide cookies. My father worked for CIP (Canadian International Paper) and my mother was a traditional stay-at-home mom, raising my two sisters, brother and me. Dad's company was based out of Montreal, so I'd see him coming and going from trips, suitcase in hand, and I would dream about what kind of adventures he must be having on the road. My father worked hard, and he kept working no matter what hardships he faced. I like to think I'm similar to my Dad in certain ways – our shared passion for business, drive to succeed, and persistence. I'd like to think that if I ever faced the kind of adversity he did, I'd respond with a real dedication to overcoming it. My father truly was an inspiration to me, in many ways. I'm telling you this because these facts form the roots of

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whatever success I've had, in business and life. When I look back at my childhood, high school and university years, it's clear how I can trace the interests and inclinations that later shaped my professional life. Think about it: if you plan on working 40-hour weeks from age 20-65 you'll be spending about 90,000 hours of your life at your job. For that reason alone, you owe it to yourself to figure out something you really enjoy doing. Besides, if you're doing something you enjoy, I think you'll be better at it. I get asked a lot: 'Don't you ever just want to get away from the magazine business for a while? When you go on vacation, do you run past magazine stands so you don't have to think about them?" The question struck me funny, because I absolutely love magazines and I almost never go anywhere without a tote full of them! As I write this, I think about our community, the place I call home. We are surrounded by a business community that thrives to be the best of the best in their field. In this issue of Seaside Magazine we are celebrating 'Small Business' just for that reason. It's all for you. So, take a minute or two and get to know some of the people in your community, those people that aspire to give you the best. Remember, it's not about whether you can do it all, it's about whether you can be happy whatever you're doing!

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An Exciting Month for the Arts

Are there events in the Local Art Scene we should know about? Email

the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre – 7 more authors.

Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival

Sun. Oct. 3: 9 a.m. Breakfast with the Authors at Haro's (only a few tickets left at time of writing).

There's still time to get tickets for readings, workshops and evening galas for the Festival to be held Oct. 2-4. Don't miss well-known authors like Steven Galloway, Richard Wagamese, Lorna Crozier, William Deverell and Fred Stenson. Enjoy Zsuszi Gartner's short stories and Kay Stewart's mysteries starring a female RCMP officer. Gardening guru Des Kennedy will inspire and entertain. So much to take in! Tickets at Tanner's Books and online at Some at the door.

ArtSea Festival

Fri. Oct. 2 Opening Ceremonies: 7 p.m. at North Saanich Middle School – 7 authors.

A new fun event is the Paint and Wine night held Oct. 17 at the Shaw Discovery Centre in Sidney and Oct. 24 at the Village Empourium in Brentwood Bay. Under artist Odette Laroche's tutelage, every participant will leave with their own original painting.

Sat. Oct. 3: Pairs of authors reading all day at the Pier Hotel's Sallas Room. 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat. evening Gala: 7.30 p.m. at


Celebrate the visual arts at the ArtSea Festival when over 400 artists from across Vancouver Island converge in Sidney for a 10-day celebration. ArtSea opens with the Sidney Fine Arts show Oct. 16-18 and closes with the self-guided Fall Studio Tour Oct. 24-25. In-between, more than 40 Peninsula businesses will be hosting individual artists and painting demonstrations at their place of business.

Learn more in October's Distinctly Sidney brochure or at

Gala Fundraiser Last year ArtSea raised $10,000 to donate to the "Arts in the Schools" program. Now students who benefited from past donations are giving back in the ArtSea Gala Fundraiser. Several Peninsula arts organizations donate time and talent in an unforgettable musical and dance journey. Proceeds benefit the 'Arts in the Schools' program. Tickets: $10 at the Community Arts Centre at Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney. Wed., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre.

Other Visual Arts Events Live painting and sculpting demonstrations at the Village Gallery with interpretive acrylic artists Chris Alers and Barry Tate on Friday and on Saturday oil painter

Keith Hiscock and renowned Bronze Sculptor Nathan Scott will demonstrate their talents. Oct. 16-17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. At Brentwood Bay Resort a demonstration by Victoria wildlife watercolour artist Richard Wong will take place in the lobby as part of the ArtSea Festival. Sun. Oct. 18, 12 - 2p.m.

David Essig in Concert David Essig started out in 1971 as a "talented newcomer" at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival. Now, over 40 years later, he has an international career as one of Canada's finest interpreters of original, contemporary folk music. Always paying homage to his roots in Bluegrass and Country Blues, David uses these traditions to create timeless new songs. Hosted by Deep Cove Folk Society. Tickets at Tanner's Books. Fri. Oct. 30, 7.30 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church, 2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney.


Close to 400 works of art were on display at the 2014 show.

Juried Art Show Returns for 13th Year at the Mary Winspear Centre A highlight of Vancouver Island's cultural calendar takes place in Sidney from Friday October 16 – 18, and promises to continue a tradition of showcasing excellence. The Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS), now in its thirteenth 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 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 Friday night with an Opening Night Gala Reception for Sponsors and Patrons, who have the first opportunity to view and purchase the artwork chosen for the show. An awards ceremony follows in the Charlie White Theatre. Prizes are awarded in categories including "Best in Show" and "Best 3-Dimensional". Art show chair and show designer Sandy Bligh said 441 artists submitted one or more works, including oil and watercolour, photography, sculpture, woodworking, fine jewelry and glass and ceramic art, 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. As the Show Designer, Sandy creates the look and layout of the show, so that it provides a welcoming and easy-to-follow flow throughout the gallery space. "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 selecting and judging from more than 1,100 entries the 400 pieces of fine art to be displayed in the 2015 show, falls to three highly qualified jurists. Nick Tuele, is former Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Sara Genn, New York-based artist and Anne Hudec, an award-winning watercolour artist and Senior Signature member (SFCA) 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 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. To become a patron and experience the exclusive gala and pre-sale, see the show website: For anyone interested in the best fine art of this highly artistic region of British Columbia, this art show is not to be missed! SEASIDE | OCTOBER 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11

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2015 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 have chosen the Saanich Peninsula as home for their small business. These people work tirelessly to share a product or service with their neighbours and community and Seaside Magazine is happy to share their stories on the following pages.

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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at the Heart of the Community by Rosemary Scott

The Deep Cove Market is

not your typical convenience store. A destination for foodies, it's a charming country market nestled in North Saanich that has become, through much hard work, a gem of a meeting place for the community. After the Deep Cove Farm on Wain Road was retired, I wanted to provide locals like myself with a place to meet over breakfast, lunch or lattes and have a place to shop that supports our local farming community. Having lived in the community for over 20 years I felt local consumers deserved to be offered something better. From spring through fall, the market supplies the community with bountiful local produce. If you want locally raised lamb, beef, poultry and eggs, it's a place worth visiting. 10 years ago, with no grocery experience whatsoever, I decided to take on the rather daunting task of breathing new life into this little rundown store. As my first real business venture it was very difficult getting started, in part because the previous owner removed all the supplier files. With the help of family members I basically had to start from scratch. We closed the market for two weeks to renovate and I remember when we re-opened, the shelves looked bare! I shed a few tears in those first few weeks and felt very overwhelmed. Through attending many food and gift shows the market has grown into a unique collection of interesting finds. With a small retail footprint to work with, the Deep Cove Market boasts an incredible selection of local, import and specialty food and gift

items. It has taken a lot of investment thanks to my husband Kevin and a tremendous amount of hard work with my sister Joanne at my side. One of the big challenges in running a small business on the Peninsula is staying competitive in pricing with so many larger stores and chains available to consumers. One way I try to counter that is by offering things that you just can't find in larger stores. I'm a shopper and foodie at heart and running this country market has certainly been rewarding. It was a dream come true to find a business that I could be very passionate about! If you are not passionate and enthusiastic about starting your new business, it will be a much harder road to success. I credit my dedicated staff who have become more like extended family than employees for making the market such a memorable place to visit. Finding staff has fortunately always been easy for me; there always seem to be numerous resumes on hand from local students. What helps me keep my staff is being flexible with their schedules to accommodate their extracurricular activities. For many this is their first experience at a job, and it has been a real pleasure watching them blossom with confidence and work ethic. Treating your staff with kindness and respect goes a long way too! Without the amazing support this community has given us, we could not have become such a success. I hope the Deep Cove Market will continue to be a focal point for the community for many years. It will be interesting to see who might come along with enough energy and passion to take it to the next level! SEASIDE | OCTOBER 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 13

Investment Advisor Deborah Reid has over 20 years of industry experience; 13 of which have been with RBC Dominion Securities’ Sidney Branch. Deborah believes in building long-term relationships with her clients and their families based on transparency and trust. Deborah’s strong value system is the core of her business; she understands that although her clients expect investment performance, they also want to work with a professional who genuinely cares about their personal and financial successes. Deborah has been successful in bringing ‘heart’ to her business as well as accountability. Discovering an individual’s history, expectations, challenges, hopes and dreams take time, so Deborah provides a comfortable environment and listening ear to help her clients determine their priorities and long-term goals. Deborah’s loving relationship with her aging grandparents and parents provided her with an understanding and compassion for many of the challenges facing the growing senior population. It was this profound respect for the aging process that directed her to become a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA). The CPCA training provided a depth of knowledge and various tools to assist Deborah when working with her senior clients. She understands that protecting her clients’ wealth ensures that both she and her clients enjoy a good night’s sleep. As a Professional Financial Planner as well as a Financial Management Advisor Deborah recognizes when a specialist is required and various strategies need to be implemented. RBC Canada’s largest financial firm, has built a top-notch Wealth Management Team comprised of professional Financial Planners

and Estate and Trust Specialist, who are available to help Deborah’s clients achieve their short, and long-term goals. Although Deborah has the support of her administrative staff and a team of wealth management professionals, when you call her office you will hear her friendly voice at the end of phone unless, of course, she is already busy with a client. Deborah is committed to providing personalized yet professional service to ensure that her clients can enjoy their successes and the lifestyle that they deserve.

Beacon Cat Hospital Beacon Cat Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital dedicated exclusively to providing “Special Care for Special Kitties.” Dr. Ellen Guttormson founded the hospital more than two decades ago, with the commitment of providing exceptional and compassionate veterinary services in a supportive, community-based environment. At Beacon Cat Hospital, the health care team enjoys meeting new clients as much as we cherish returning clients, and we treat every cat as a beloved family member.

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Buddies Toys Buddies has been open in Sidney since 1989 and we have recently moved our Victoria location to 1831 Oak Bay Ave (next to Harry’s Flowers). The staff of Buddies love getting to know our neighbourhood children and providing great toys as they grow from babies to budding scientists, engineers, athletes and artists. Our goal at Buddies is to find the right toy for the right child. We consider it an honour to help you buy the e l a toys for the kids in S l Annua% Off your life. We know there 20 tore are many choices out there and our family Entbirere1S3th -17th thanks you for choosing Buddies! go to Oc

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can we talk Seaside's Director of Sales, Elizabeth Moss, talks with Michael and Karen Kuzyk, owners of Category 12 Brewing 2014 was the inaugural year for the brewery; you have gone from a self-built tasting room, selling out of your first beer completely, to already having produced nine beers within the year. How will you continue competing successfully in the rapidly growing craft beer market? The challenges presented by the explosion of growth in the craft beer market are something we embrace; we're never satisfied with the status quo and thrive on creativity, whether that be with our beers and branding or making efficient use of the time and equipment we have. As a husband and wife team,

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we each bring different strengths (and palates!) to the table that will help us create an exciting line up of beers that we're proud to share. Michael, you grew up on the island going to Parklands as well as UVic. How has your schooling shaped the person you are today, and led you here after 20 years in the fields of scientific research and software? I was very fortunate to have excellent teachers throughout my school experience. In particular Mr. Giles (my high school chemistry teacher) and Dr. Kay (my thesis supervisor)

the beers that we make! Karen's discovery of Belgian beers a few demonstrated that passion, capability, and humour weren't years ago was a major motivating factor in getting the brewery mutually exclusive with a science career. My attention to detail off the ground as a team; it's also the reason our Unsanctioned and desire to tinker seemed a natural fit for that path, and are Saison is a year-rounder (saisons are traditionally a seasonal style). as essential to being a brewery owner as they are working in Michael's love of hoppy, west-coast style IPA's is on a different a science lab. I've also learned that persistence is key, which spectrum – we provide both "families" of beers to ensure marital definitely helped win my wife over when proposing the happiness as well as interesting consumer selection. We look career transition! forward to continually experimenting, which is why we have a Category 12 has developed some unique branding; how small "staple" selection in addition to our constantly changing does this represent you as entrepreneurs and encompass seasonals. We're proud of the fact that we've had seven beers on your personalities? tap at the brewery for several weeks now! The branding of our brewery is something very close to our After another Great Canadian Beer Week in Victoria and hearts. In fact, it was the very first element we embarked upon. with a new year already approaching us, can we keep an eye It was important to us to have a consistent look and feel to our out for any new and exciting ideas on the horizon for C12? graphics, while giving a nod to Michael's background. Our Indeed! We've just launched our own favourite description, from a customer, crowdfunding campaign (https://www. calls the feel our graphics create "Mad Men "We're never satisfied Breaking Bad". We feel our branding with the status quo program-category-12-brewing#/story is something that can grow with us as we expand our line up. and thrive on creativity to give our community a chance to be a part of our growth and exploration as With your main brew house equipment ... with our beers and we embark upon a barrel aging program. being made right around the corner from branding or [by] There are a lot of options that we're your Keating location, how has this local making efficient use excited to offer! It's a unique opportunity stamp made an impact on your business that hasn't been done in Victoria, and and influenced the buying decisions of the time and we know that there are going to be a lot of other key ingredients in your beers? equipment we have." of excited supporters of both beer and Supporting local is something we feel small business. strongly about in our personal lives, and since We are celebrating small business in this issue of Seaside we see the brewery as an extension of all the things we love it was only Magazine. What tips or advice can you pass along about natural to make an effort to utilize as many local companies as possible. starting a business on the Saanich Peninsula? We've had fantastic relationships with many of our contractors during We love the quote from Jim Treliving of Dragon's Den fame our build out, and look forward to being able to "join forces" with our (or notoriety?): paraphrasing, it's that he makes decisions about local agricultural producers as our business grows. work with his heart, about money with his head, and about Category 12 prides itself on being "genuine to the taste buds" people with his gut. Add a lot of homework to that formula (hard and sharing beers with customers that staff personally love. to leave Michael's background behind entirely!) and it sums up Which are your favourite beers produced and how does this how we've approached making this massive leap of faith to pursue contribute to the brewery's philosophy? our passion. We're passionate about what we do, and that starts with loving

Karen & Michael Kuzyk | Category 12 Brewing Category 12 Brewing is a craft brewery on Victoria's picturesque Saanich Peninsula. The brainchild of Michael and Karen Kuzyk, Category 12 focuses on creating "colossal" West Coast and Belgian inspired ales that are balanced and flavourful. The brewery boasts Victoria's only brewery taproom where customers can enjoy a flight of tasters while viewing the brewery's entire operations. In the brewery's first 6 months of operation their Disruption Black IPA won a Gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards. Michael has his PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Victoria and has been brewing beer for 20 years. He decided to leave his scientific career to start Category 12 Brewing on the Saanich Peninsula with his wife Karen. You can learn more about the brewery at, or follow them on Facebook ( or on Twitter and Instagram @C12beer.


Ensemble Wellness The Small Studio with a Big Heart Ensemble Wellness Services is a yoga/fitness studio and holistic services boutique serving the 50+ age group. Offering small, personable, private and group classes you are guaranteed to find your fit and have fun! Owner Sue Troughton has been in the health and wellness profession for over 40 years and with a recent hip replacement she reinforces the importance of Chair Yoga to keep up with the aging body.

Sue Troughton BPE, RCRT, CPCA

Classes: Hatha beginner yoga, chair yoga, retro-fit yoga and weight training for women.

Hear - Central Saanich Donna Stewart, Audiologist and owner at Hear – Central Saanich, has a Masters’ degree in Audiology and almost 25 years of experience in the hearing industry. After years of working in government and corporate environments, Donna is thrilled with the high level of service she can offer in her own clinic. As an independant Audiologist, Donna Stewart, M.A., Aud(C), RAUD Donna values the freedom to Audiologist/Owner recommend the most appropriate product for each individual based on their hearing loss, lifestyle, aesthetic preference and budget. Because Hear – Central Saanich is privately owned, she works for her customers, not a hearing aid manufacturer.

Other Services: Infrared sauna, Reiki, and Angel/Tarot readings

Ensemble Wellness 9713A Second Street, Sidney Call or Text Sue 250.213.9211 for an appointment visit

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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 in Oncology Esthetics and Advanced Skin Analysis.

Q&A with Alana Delcourt:

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What are your most popular products or services? My Advanced Skin Analysis is quite popular as it helps all skin conditions (including Health Challenged Skin) as well as helping to determine if the products you are using are right for your skin and, more importantly, if they are working. 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. 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.

Health Within TCM & Acupuncture Dr. Jeffrey Jones R.Ac, TCM and Mikiala Christie BA, R.Ac, R.TCM.P started their acupuncture and Chinese herbal clinic in Sidney in 2005. In 2011, they moved their clinic to their home on the Peninsula. In the clinic, Jeff treats sports injuries and joint pain. Jeff has worked with both professional and Mikiala Christie amateur athletes. Mikiala utilizes & Jeffrey Jones Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to help initiate the healing process. Mikiala’s primary clinical focus is on hormone balancing, relaxation, digestion and immunity. They also enjoy empowering people to take care of their own health in a natural and practical way.

Ingrid Jarisz - Newport Realty I am a dedicated real estate professional with the goal of providing exceptional service to my clients and, in turn, building long-lasting relationships. Born and raised on the Saanich Peninsula, I have over 30 years of real estate experience from real estate law, multi-phase project sales, custom luxury properties to first-time home buyers and everything in between. I offer proven marketing experience, including social media, extensive local real estate knowledge, strong negotiating skills and a broad network of colleagues, associates and friends.

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McNeill Audiology McNeill Audiology, a locally owned, independent business with two hearing clinics, has been providing hearing assessments, hearing aids and assistive listening devices for over twenty years. We are proud of Katie MacDonald, Edward Storzer, Chelsea Burdge the exceptional service we are able to offer and our experienced, professional audiologists are delighted to be able to provide solutions to help you communicate with your loved ones. Hearing aid technology is always improving and there are many options available to suit each individual's lifestyle and listening needs. We invite you to have your hearing tested by one of our wonderful audiologists. #5 - 9843 Second St., Sidney 250.656.2218 1463 Hampshire Rd., Victoria 250.370.2833

Ingrid Jarisz - Newport Realty 2444 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.1154

Viola Van de Ruyt, CIM, FCSI, CPCA

National Bank Financial From over 25 years as a wealth management expert, Viola knows that women considering their retirement years face distinctive challenges. Women want trustworthy, straightforward advice that takes into consideration their complex responsibilities. Viola is proud to specialize in the relationship between women, wisdom and wealth by offering educational seminars to inspire women. She works one-on-one with her clients to establish a realistic strategy for creating their own ideal life after work.

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Metro Liquor Brentwood Bay

Come visit us at Metro Liquor Brentwood in our new location at 7180 West Saanich Rd. We here at Metro Liquor strive to be your destination stop for New, Interesting, Craft, and Local Wines, Beers, Ciders, and Spirits. We welcome special orders and requests as we grow our portfolio to bring you what you want, and help you discover things you didn’t know you wanted. We are open 9am - 11pm 7 days a week to help you find that something special. We offer Half and Full Case discounts on Wine, as well as Case discounts on six packs of Craft Beer Bombers. We also provide a free VIP Loyalty program to reward and thank you for choosing Metro Liquor. But we don’t just have one store serving the Island! You can visit Metro Liquor at Tuscany Village or University Heights in Victoria, Timberline or Discovery Harbor in Campbell River, or you can visit our Train Station location in Kelowna. You can like and follow us on facebook at to keep up with what’s happening at the store. We hope to see you soon to share our passion for delectable drinks. Cheers!

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ManCave on Beacon

Norma Jean's Closet

The ManCave on Beacon is a shop just for guys! Owner Eileen McMahon's oasis for the male ego boasts a handsome collection of apparel and accessories for men - all in immaculate condition, whether new or gently used. An eclectic variety of man-toys and unique memorabilia add extra razzle-dazzle to the classy experience. Savour some giddy flashbacks from Beatles' posters along the wall. Eileen: “I love talking to people and my items are reasonably priced.”

ManCave on Beacon Eileen McMahon 2405 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.220.3450 |

Nancy's Sew Creative

At Norma Jean's Closet, ravishing clothes, dazzling jewellery and arcane novelties invoke the classy spirit of beautiful Marilyn Monroe. Owner Cheryl Young stands by every new, gently used, and vintage item – each a work of art in deluxe condition. Home decor treasures and glamorous high-end fashions and accessories are Marilyn-worthy. Channelling the likeable beauty, the charismatic owner extends a warm welcome: “I want to make women feel good. Every woman is a star here!”

Norma Jean's Closet Ladies' Boutique 2405 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.516.7653 |

Paterson Henn CPA Chartered Professional Accountants

Slipcovers for Living !

Assisting small business owners and individuals with a full range of accounting needs including bookkeeping, financial statements and tax (corporate/personal/ US/estate). We are proud of our high level of professional service and expertise and can help plan for the future while ensuring compliance requirements are met.

Caroline Paterson, CPA, CGA & Sheila Henn, CPA, CA

Nancy has been in business on the Peninsula for 22 years. She began sewing slipcovers when kids and pets began soiling her furniture. Slipcovers are removable, washable, and can keep your furniture looking clean and refreshed. Nancy can also make custom cushions and roman shades. Call today for an appointment!

We live, work and play on the Saanich Peninsula and welcome the opportunity to assist new and existing clients!

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Outlooks Design Paula has worked specifically with window coverings and soft furnishings for more than 20 years, starting with a small home-based business here on the Peninsula. Today, her studio, complete with a full range of fabric, blinds and hardware samples, is located just off Beacon Avenue in Sidney. Visits to the studio are by appointment only. She specializes in window coverings because she loves what they do: get them right, and any space – whether it’s a room, a boat, a store or an office – will feel and look complete.

Be the healthiest you can be! Our team of health professionals prevent & rehab injuries for full recovery. We help you understand what’s causing the problem, apply the most current rehab treatments, get you better fast, and prevent re-occurrences. Paula Grypma

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Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries, Registered Massage Therapy, Chronic Pain, Kinesiology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, TMJ, Dizziness (Vestibular Therapy), IMS, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Joint Manipulation, Education. DVA, DND, RCMP, WSBC, ICBC, MSP coverage.

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

Seaside’s Principal and head designer Jessica Kwasnica, spent 10 years as a designer in Victoria before deciding to open her own showroom. She spent that time getting to know the trades, contractors and designers as well as exploring amazing finishes and gorgeous stonework which she enjoys sharing with her clients. “Designing kitchens is exciting - people live in them - they enjoy them - families gather in them. You help create memories for them. It's such a pleasure to see how people react when it's done. I love it!”

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Working together since 2008, these stylists have been busy staging homes for sale and styling interiors for homeowners searching for a new fresh look.

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


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common cents Small Business How to (Really) know your target audience It's not easy to figure out who

by Erin Brocklebank Brand Strategist

you need to talk to when it comes to your business. Think about the problem your business solves, then think about who would benefit from your solution. Sounds simple enough, but even the biggest brands in the world struggle to nail this down. One thing is certain, if you have your audience wrong, you have everything wrong.

It's never everyone A good place to start is to realize that your business's audience isn't everyone. In your quest to be everything to everyone, you'll likely end up achieving nothing memorable for your ideal prospect – especially when you're working with a limited marketing and advertising budget. That said, the people you really want to talk to are the ones who are most likely to buy your product or to influence someone else to buy your product. List every single type of customer who needs your product or service, why they want it and how they use it. If you find this difficult, think in terms of who wouldn't use it or who your customer is not. Look at your list and try to find commonalities in how and why they use your product. Be empathetic Now dig a little deeper. Be empathetic when you think of your audience – this means considering and identifying with your customers' feelings, thoughts and attitudes. How do your customers really feel about your brand? Consider any barriers that might keep them from buying and using your product. Who do they trust and what do they believe in? Remember to always think about if from your customer's point of view, not from your own. Create a Customer Persona Based on your discovery and findings, create a Customer Persona for your brand – a made-up person that represents your ideal buyer. Think of it as a way to centralize a broader target. This will help you really get to know your audience as a person, and not just as a group based on demographics and psychographics. Spend some time considering your Customer Persona – give her a name, an age, a job, outline her lifestyle, imagine her house, her family, and interests. The next time you make any decisions about your business and your product, consider how your ideal Customer Persona would feel about it. Once you really know who you need to talk to and what you want to say, get your message out there. Giving the right customer a reason to believe you're the answer is the basis of a great advertising campaign – and a successful business! For more information

Sidney Scooters Sidney Scooters is a locallyowned, family-run business that has been operating in Sidney for the past two years. 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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SpineCare Chiropractic For more than 30 years, Dr. Stan Marcus DC has been providing ‘drug-free’ health care to individuals of all ages. As a chiropractor, Dr. Stan’s goal is to improve the functioning of each individual’s spine and nervous system, because a healthier spine means a healthier body, and a healthier body means a better quality life!

Dr Stan Marcus, DC Chiropractor for the Peninsula Panthers Hockey Team

Give Dr. Stan a call at SpineCare Chiropractic. Improving your spine and improving your health is what he does best.

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Tiger Lily Events Tara Keeping, IWPP, enjoys all aspects of the event and wedding planning industry and is a certified wedding and event planner. Tara has planned numerous events including receptions, fundraisers, galas, charity benefits, launches and weddings. 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 Tiger Lily Events 250.668.6757 |

Wine Kitz Sidney Create Your Own Personal Wine ‌ With Passion & Flavour!

Donna and Derek Finlayson welcome you to Sidney's locally owned and operated Wine Kitz store. In their clean and friendly environment they bring together over 40 years of combined experience. As proud independent dealers of one of the most well respected wine-making companies in Canada they are now in their 14th year of business. Known for their outstanding customer service, Donna and Derek offer you premium on-premises wine-making services and also cater to the home vintner.

Wine Kitz Sidney #5A - 2042 Mills Road West, Sidney 250.654.0300 | 26 SEASIDE | OCTOBER 2015 |

Victoria Lightworks After a decade spent working for larger companies, Bert Moore wanted more interaction with customers. Victoria Lightworks – a smaller, more personalized outfit – was born.

Bert Moore

Bert provides the time and attention clients deserve and is available every step of the way: from troubleshooting a service call to roughing in and finishing a custom home. His extensive experience allows him to work efficiently, and he’s happy to provide options for every budget. Bert is looking forward to working closely with local families. Call for a free estimate!

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at the Mary Winspear Centre Tyler Shaw

Tyler Shaw was just 13 when he discovered an old guitar underneath his staircase; he also discovered his life’s passion. Having never taken a professional music lesson, Tyler developed his love and talent for performance on his own, and has drawn inspiration from a wide range of artists including John Mayer, Michael Bublé, and The Script. Now 22 years old, this Coquitlam, B.C. native has gone from fooling around with a set of secondhand strings to signing a major record deal with Sony Music Canada, two certified Gold records, two Top 10 radio smash singles, and the release of his first full length album this summer! Heading from one end of the country to the other, Tyler enrolled as a student at the University of PEI, and it was here where his dorm friends encouraged him to submit some of his YouTube videos to MuchMusic’s Coca-Cola’s Covers competition. His talent took him to the top and Tyler was chosen as the 2012 winner from over 13,000 submissions. His triumph was broadcast live from the MuchMusic Video Awards stage in June, 2012.

Fast forward to November of the same year and Tyler released his own original single Kiss Goodnight to radio across the country. The romantic pop jam is a co-write by Shaw, about having a night to remember. Kiss Goodnight became a gold selling single, helping Shaw to land opening slots on select Canadian shows with artists including Ke$ha and Pitbull. Additionally, his track Showtime was adopted as the official song for the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Canada. This fall Tyler Shaw will head out on a Canadian tour opening for pop powerhouse Kelly Clarkson and special guest Nick Jonas. The Mary Winspear Centre is proud to present Tyler Shaw with special guest Kate Morgan on Sunday, October 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office 250-656-0275 or online at

Halloween Party with Finger Eleven This year the Mary Winspear Centre is hosting the biggest Halloween Party on the Peninsula! The show will feature a special local opening act, supporting band Head of the Herd and headliner, Canadian rock staple, Finger Eleven. This is an all-ages, fully licensed party including a costume contest with great prizes.

Tickets are available for all listed events, contact the Ma

Finger Eleven has been creating award-winning music for 19 years, making them one of Canada’s most recognized and celebrated rock bands. Their most popular hits One Thing and Paralyzer both received platinum status and exposure on TV shows such as Gossip Girl and Smallville. With five albums to their name they have held top spots on radio charts across North America and continue to create award-winning music. Sidney will be Finger Eleven’s only Vancouver Island stop on their Fall of The Hammer Tour. Back with their first studio album since 2010, Five Crooked Lines entered the top 10 of both the Alternative and Hard Music charts. The album’s first single Wolves and Lines is currently in the top 5 of the Mainstream Rock charts. Finger Eleven is armed with their familiar, aggressive sound, reminiscent of their original vibe, eager to share their new music with their fans. As an exciting addition to this Halloween party we are holding a contest to find a local opening band. The top five video submissions will be sent to Finger Eleven, and the winner chosen by the band will open the show with a 20 minute set. For contest rules and entry information please visit (contest closes October 10).

What ’s Happening October 4

New Zealand Male Choir


Juice Newton


Palm Court Romantic Encounter


PIGS Pink Floyd Tribute


Sidney Concert Band Salute to our Veterans


The Comic Strippers


Christmas Bazaar & Craft Fair

16-18 Sidney Fine Art Show 18

Tyler Shaw



Federal Election Polling Station

Barra MacNeils Celtic Christmas


Ducks Unlimited


CACSP Music in our Schools


Vintage, Retro, Collectibles Show


Allison Crowe with Band


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy


Halloween Party with Finger 11

27-28 Rancho Vignola Dried Fruit & Nuts

November 7-8

First Chance Christmas Craft Fair


Uncle Wiggly’s Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas

Come ready to rock and celebrate Halloween at the Mary Winspear Centre on Saturday, October 31 at 8.00 p.m. Tickets on sale now at 250-656-0275 or at

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island life if they don't travel regularly by ferry, they can treat the occasion as a mini-cruise, where cruise fares apply

The Attraction of Islands by Barry Mathias

With the falling dollar, more

tourists are drawn to the varied attractions of the Islands rather than to the vivid publicity of Rio de Payout or Immensa Costa; and they dream of returning home with unspent money languishing in their bank accounts. While this is, in theory, a possibility, the numerous pleasant ways to spend money on these fortunate Islands make this highly unlikely. Potential tourists look at brochures and on-line advertisements that portray dreamy coves, lush forests, the chance of outdoor pursuits and intimate bistros … and no great distances to travel. "No costly air fares!" they chant. "Think of the savings!" It is at this point that amnesia takes over, and they conveniently forget about ferry costs. After all, if they don't travel regularly by ferry, they can treat the occasion as a mini-cruise, where cruise fares apply, but without the use of a cabin. Sometimes, the Captain will obligingly announce: "Whales on the port side!" Once the excited travellers have worked out which side he means, the whales have passed, but they have enjoyed a closeup experience with the heaving bodies of other travellers that is so reminiscent of a Tokyo subway, they could be in the Orient. After an interesting drive along meandering roads that were former logging tracks, past the perspiring cyclists walking their bikes up challenging hills, they arrive at their chosen destinations and plan their vacations. Visiting local galleries is a must, where the artistry of the Islands is reflected in the unique vitality and the spontaneity of the work, and where the prices reflect the quality of the art and not the cost of the gallery's rental. They can easily forget the limited wall space in their homes as they succumb to temptation. There is also the opportunity to do those things that are not done at home. Horse riding is always fun to contemplate: those romantic rides into the sunset; the magical ability of being able to instantly regain the equestrian skills one apparently possessed as a child, and the wondrous, instant relationship with a huge almost-mythical creature that somehow knows you're a friend. The reality of torrential rain, two hours bouncing on a hard saddle and a nag that wants to bite your leg suggests that, as with all things, prior experience is useful. Kayaking is very popular, and the Islands provide a wealth of

spectacular vistas, memorable experiences and the chance to test one's long dormant physical abilities. Remembering how to get into the kayak is always advisable, and those who pretend to knowledge they don't have can create spandex-creasing hilarity among other paddlers and the barely concealed annoyance of the guide. On muddy beaches this can be particularly dramatic. However, after two hours of youthful paddling, it is amazing how ones muscles yearn for dry land … of course, there is always the getting out. Finally, there are the unique coffee bars and memorable restaurants that dot the landscape of these Islands. In these famed caffeine hideaways and revered eating houses, where the word fresh is a truism, and fishcopy.pdf are only moments out of the ocean, seaside 1 12/05/2015 8:32:39 PM one can understand the overwhelming attraction of Islands.










weatherwit It looks like the El Nino currently in place along the equatorial Pacific will reach out and tug on the sleeve of our weather here

Of Hairspray & Hurricanes by Steve Sakiyama

While my wife

and I were flying to New York City via Toronto, our connecting flight was cancelled due to high winds and a hurricane alert at the Big Apple. This meant we were stranded overnight in Toronto along with hundreds of others who shared our predicament. Crowds of tired travellers flooded the airport bus pick-up area and waited for their hotel shuttles. And waited ... As we huddled in the cold and dark, I chatted with a financial advisor from New York City. He was in Toronto for ... trapeze lessons. Really? People do this? As we joked about the similarities between


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high finance on Wall Street and high wire flying, an elderly woman tugged on my arm. In her shaking hand was a note with "Delta" scribbled on it. "Don't worry," I said as we gingerly maneuvered her through the milling crowds to the Delta Hotel shuttle. When the doors opened she had a sudden burst of energy and jumped into it like an excited child entering the gates of Disneyworld. After her shuttle faded into the night, we met a fellow from Cincinnati who looked like a dark-haired version of John Candy. "Come here often?" he asked. "Only during hurricanes," my wife replied, "by the way, what do people from Cincinnati pack for a hurricane?" "We bring a lot of hairspray," he said with an impish grin. Our hotel shuttle finally arrived but for some unknown reason my wife and I were not allowed to board. Mr. Cincinnati yelled over the din of traffic, "Didn't you get the secret password??" He squeezed past us into the shuttle, pressed his face against the window and slowly mouthed the words, "secret password … secret password!" Speaking of high winds, the intense storms we can experience here on the B.C. coast are called "mid-latitude cyclones". We live in the mid-latitude region of the globe, and it is frequented by cold air from the north and warm air from the south. When these cold and warm air masses meet the resulting horizontal temperature contrast creates the driving energy for the storm. This meteorological "meet and greet" occurs frequently during the winter. It creates a low pressure centre, different types of fronts and winds that can pack a punch. So will the late fall and winter be dark and stormy? It looks like the El Nino currently in place along the equatorial Pacific will reach out and tug on the sleeve of our weather here. As a result the long range outlook tilts the odds in favour of a warmer and drier than normal fall for the South Island. As we step into this month, write "October" on a piece of paper and show it to family, friends and even complete strangers waiting at bus stops. During this month of harvest, ask them to help you celebrate the many things we have to be thankful for. Let them take you to October, so you can step through its open doors and be carried away into a wonderland of natural beauty that surrounds us. Weatherwit. Questions about weather or if you are from Cincinnati with a secret password, email:

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Exist-entialism - Exist Hairworx Sam Quinn and Yvonne Campbell, stylists and owners at Exist Hairworx in Sidney, want you to know that they are two women who don't take themselves too seriously. Which isn't to say that they aren't serious about their work – they are. They just have a lot of fun and many laughs in the course of business. They have the best jobs in the world, as far as they are concerned. "We get to play with hair all day, and get paid for it," says Yvonne jovially. "All of our clients turn into friends, so in essence, we're with our friends, listening to music and drinking coffee all day." The sentiment makes me smile. Their recent move to Seaport Place was an opportunity Sam and Yvonne couldn't pass up, after 15 years in the original location – seven under their co-ownership. They feel extremely fortunate to have come into the building just in time to see the revitalization of the neighborhood. Though they're still getting used to their new location, they look forward to taking advantage of all this spot has to offer. Views of the sail-past, fireworks and events they hope to plan in conjunction with their neighbours on either side: Sarah, at The Surly Mermaid, and Bill, at the Rumrunner.

"This salon is like Cheers," says Sam. I can tell that it really characterizes what goes on here, perhaps also reminiscent of a scene from Steel Magnolias. Everybody knows everybody else, and people come in to say "Hi" and chat with their 'therapists,' even if they aren't getting their hair done. "It's like a sisterhood." They see many women, of course, and Yvonne makes me laugh when she says, "We're all doing the same thing. We're in the 'grey' category. We're women in, or approaching, our 40s, wanting to cover grey but still be ontrend and current." All that said, don't be deterred, men. They love you too! If you are new to the salon in general, or haven't yet visited the new location, there are a few things to know. In the way of products, they carry Moroccan Oil (including the body line, of which they are exclusive carriers), Joico, and ColorProof. Waxing and nail services are now available in-house with Talia Sandsmark, of Blush Esthetics. Very importantly, there is the ever-constant parking question. Exist has three, free designated spots in the pay lot outside, but there is also free parking on the street and beneath the Pier Hotel. The new website is up and running, so watch for updates on styles and trends, along with some fun anecdotes. I personally love the Meet the Team page. Visit Exist is located at #1-C Seaport Place. To book an appointment, call 250.656.2321.

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recommendation from the 2015 Vogue trend report that really stood out to me: the importance of a great white shirt. For both men and women, it's a wardrobe staple. If you don't have one, or if yours is looking a little tired, it's time to go shopping! But let's face it, most of us in Sidney are less concerned with what's in fashion, and more interested in functionality. That doesn't mean we can't create an individual style of practical clothing that is current, ageappropriate and interesting. The most important place to start is with your wardrobe essentials, then you can add seasonal elements for fun! Wardrobe essentials are worth spending a little more on than you might usually be comfortable with. These are pieces that you'll likely keep for a long time (and therefore you should follow the washing instructions carefully). We all have enough for around the house and formal occasions, but that in-between look is what most people have a hard time shopping for. For both men and women, the smart casual must-haves include that great white shirt or blouse, a pair of dark wash dress jeans (yes, dress jeans are a thing), and a jacket (think blazer for over the white shirt, with the dark jeans). These essentials can take you almost anywhere. Fit is the other critical element. More often than not, folks need to have garments tailored. Whether it be sleeves shortened or a pant hemmed, don't be afraid to build a relationship with someone who

knows that art. Let the staff in the shops help you! We are so fortunate to have a great variety of family-run businesses in Sidney where staff members are knowledgeable about their product and willing to offer you honest help. Most of us treat our stores like we do our homes, and I don't think you would walk into someone's home without smiling and saying hello would you? It can be very rewarding getting to know the names of the staff in the stores you shop at regularly. They tend to remember your previous purchases and can suggest new products you might be interested in! Creating style is the personal part, and there are choices out there for everyone: whether you like to express yourself with lots of colour, texture and pattern or neutral and monochromatic combinations. For the gentleman, your belt and shoes are great accent pieces to reflect your personality. Ladies may prefer to liven things up with jewellery, a scarf and handbag. Building a wardrobe of versatile and interchangeable outfits is a much better investment than having a closet full of pieces. As Kim Bremner always advises, if you are picking up just one piece, think of three other things in your closet to wear with it before you make that purchase. Invest in yourself, you deserve it! At any age or phase of life, it's amazing what a few good pieces of clothing can do for your confidence.

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to go to Europe to enjoy a river cruise with fine wineries, spectacular vistas, and rich history, you're mistaken. You need only go to Portland, Oregon. That's where I climbed aboard the SS Legacy for a week-long cruise that takes in four rivers, nine wineries and countless moments of swirling and sipping. While the Legacy – a replica coastal steamer – waits for us near The Bridge of the Gods on day two, we discover why grapes have joined apples, pears and cherries on the fertile slopes of the


Columbia River Gorge. "What's unique about the Gorge is the variation in climate, altitude, aspect and soil," explains Carey Kienitz, the winemaker at Springhouse Cellar, as we taste a flight of his whites and reds amidst the Romanesque ruins of this former pear cannery and distillery. Further up the road, Mt. Hood Winery is making a name for itself beyond the Gorge. "Their ice wine was one of the five top wines out of 1,600 wines at the Great Northwest Wine Competition in 2015," says Steven Sinkler, a wine expert who's accompanying us on this maiden wine cruise with Un-Cruise Adventures. Later, we cross the storied Columbia River that Lewis and Clark paddled to the Pacific more than 200 years ago. At AniChe Cellars, we sit within earshot of clucking chickens and savour crisp white and complex red blends made by the all-female winemaking team. Back on board, we join Steve in the lounge to talk and taste yet more wine. "The finest wines in the world are blended wines," Steve tells us, swirling a glass of red and comparing AniChe's Seven Gables to blends from France's famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation, where one wine can have up to 13 varietals. "She has seven of these grapes," Steve enthuses. "This is a $125 bottle of wine selling for $26 … a spectacular value." And so our cruise progresses, our small group of wine enthusiasts visiting wineries by day and learning by night, as we move ever eastward. By our third day the landscape changes to arid plateaus and basalt rock formations that are blacker than the blackened scallops we enjoy for dinner one night. At Walla Walla, Steve tells us "we're basically in Bordeaux". With more than 150 wineries, the town that was once famous for sweet onions has been named one of the top ten wine regions in the world. On our return down the Columbia Valley there's time for more wineries and a visit to the Maryhill Museum of Art. By week's end we've learned to sip and swirl like a pro, but my friend Julie and I still can't pick out those flavours of black cherry and plum and cedar and everything else that oenophiles rave about. At our last wine tasting Julie throws up her hands. "Who cares anyway?" she asks peevishly. I laugh and buy a bottle to take home. I may not know a Merlot from a Malbec, but I know a good cruise when I've had one, and this one has been – as Steve would say – "spectacular". See Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History In Portland, The Jupiter is a funky hotel close to good restaurants.

Lifestyle Markets

Celebrates 20 years in 20 days!

Peterson decided her new store, Lifestyle Markets, would incorporate the largest selection of organic and local foods, with a complete range of nutritional supplements and vitamins and a natural foods deli. The first and only full service market-style store opened on Douglas Street in 1995 with only a handful of employees. Lifestyle Markets has grown to become a part of Victoria's community and is the go-to place for customers who want to take care of themselves: the answer to the search for more information and products that will help them get healthy and stay healthy. In 1996 a second location opened in Sidney and in 2001 a third store was established in Cook Street Village. To share their pride in reaching 20 years at the Douglas Street location Lifestyle Markets is planning some fun celebrations. For 20 days, beginning September 25, there will be in-store giveaways, product demonstrations, samplings and community involvement. Recognising that their customers are the key to their thriving business Lifestyle Markets and all the staff at the Douglas Street store will be looking forward to celebrating 20 years in 20 days. Look out for more information in store, on the weekly flyer, on the website and on social media. Although these festivities will take place downtown customers of the Sidney Lifestyle Markets store won't miss out. Keep an eye out in-store for some incredible offers and stay tuned – next year it's the turn of the Sidney store to turn 20, who knows what fun the team might have planned to celebrate! For information visit

WHAT’S HAPPENING at the Tulista Park Gallery WHAT’S HAPPENING at the Tulista Park Gallery Join us for oura Special CACSP Gift Small Expressions Show SMALL Cinema Expressions Event as well as a Artisans Gallery 2015 ArtSea Festival plethora artist demonstrations September - December 23 October 16 - 25 Show. 2D and of3D artwork all and Join usBoth for our CACSP 26 Small Expressions Show SMALL Expressions March 4thArtstoCouncil 29th The Community of the Join in a celebration of Peninsula arts displays, performances, and more Both 2D and 3D artwork all sized fit within a 12” x 12” x 12” March 4th- again to 29th in Sidney and around the Peninsula. Saanich Peninsula presents this and culture! ArtSea Festival 2015 Tuesdays Sundays, 10am-4pm sized Sidney toFeaturing: fit within apainting, 12” x 12” x 12” space. collage, Celebrate the arts with over 400 local popular show of contemporary and opens with the Arts Council’s Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm artists andsculpture, artisans ascollage, thefibre, Arts Countraditional works by Island Artisans. Meet Fine Art Show, Octoberphotography, 16th, 17th & space. Featuring: painting, glass, cilglass, teams up with local businesses the artists in this co-op run show. Opens 18th and concludes on the 24th & photography, sculpture, pottery, and more.fibre, andwood Peninsula non-profits to bring the September 26 and continues through 25th with the Council’s Fall Studiometal, pottery, metal, wood and more. December 23, Tuesdays-Sundays (closed Mondays) from 10am-4pm at The Community Arts Centre at Tulista Park.

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Berrylicious Bumbleberry Dessert Wine is slightly dry and grasps you with its delicate flavours of 10 kinds of berries and fruit from the Saanich Peninsula. A berrylicious way to enjoy an aperitif on ice, a wine cocktail or during dessert. It also pairs well with your Thanksgiving turkey!

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With the number of properties sold steadily increasing across the Victoria area, this month Seaside Homes explores the ins and outs of buying and selling in our competitive market.

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when we come to sell our home: we are confronted with major decisions as to what price to charge, where to advertise and what pitfalls must be avoided. This is why we need professional realtors. With the housing market looking strong as we move into fall 2015 both buyers and sellers will have many questions. "A total of 741 properties were sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this August compared to 609 properties in the same month in 2014," says Guy Crozier of Remax Camosun. Guy is the current President of the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB), founded in 1921, which represents over 1,200 realtors, and is a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs to enhance their professionalism. "We have a Government Liaison Committee that helps respond to issues that affect home owners," (an example would be the problem of underground oil tanks) "and a continuing education program that requires all realtors to take industry courses every two years." The VREB is also concerned with the constant improvement and expansion of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) among the 100 Boards throughout Canada. "However, it is The Real Estate Council, established in 1958 by the provincial government, that is the regulatory agency for the industry," he explains. The Council is responsible for licensing individuals and brokerages, and enforcing entry qualifications and investigating complaints. Guy notes that throughout July there was an increase in sales and a decline in the VREB listings. "The market is going through its typical summer cycle, but what is exciting is seeing the overall change in the real estate market in the last twelve months," he says. "The latest August statistics show an increase from 16.9% in total sales in this area in July to 21.7% this month." Single family home sales have surged to their highest number since August 2007, while total active listings are 14.6% fewer than August

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2014. During the same time period there has been an increase of 6.5% in the Multiple Listing Service's Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home on the Peninsula, raising it to $557,100 from $523,300. "Consumer confidence remains very strong and shows no sign of lessening," Guy says. "There are ongoing subtle changes to the housing market," Guy explains. He gives as an example Sidney's gradual densification over the last 20 years. "There is an acceptance of smaller dwellings close to the town centre, approximately 800 at the present time, and this goes handin-hand with improved architectural designs and modern furnishings and appliances." This also applies to many village centres that are 'walkable' areas, encouraging neighborhoods to develop with less emphasis on the car. "Many people are moving towards this concept." Guy emphasizes that Sidney is no different from other centres as regards the pressures of growth. "With increased population comes the need for more schools, extended care facilities etc. In the past, the Victoria and Saanich regions may have tended to attract mainly retirees, but now

attracts a wide variety of ages and skills." When demand for housing exceeds supply, the result is higher prices. "From 2009 to 2014, we saw a downward price correction in every segment of the Victoria market, but over the last twelve months we've seen almost all of that come back, which has really exceeded our expectations for 2015." Adding to this optimistic picture is an announcement by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "Starting at the end of September, buyers who have less than a 20 percent deposit will, when they apply for mortgage loan insurance from the CMHC, be allowed to include 100 percent of the projected income from secondary suites," says Guy. "A change like this may buoy the market through the fall and winter." Another realtor, also at Remax, is Georgia Wiggins who, with her husband Tim, has just received the President's Award from the VREB. This is only awarded to realtors who have achieved either a gold or silver award through the Board for 10 out of 13 years. She explained an interesting recent phenomenon: "Chinese buyers have pushed the Benchmark price for a detached home in West Vancouver to $2,653,000! Many of those who are selling are coming to the Victoria area and are purchasing our high end real estate and banking the difference. They are also ending up with nicer homes due to the price differential." Georgia was able to supply me with the 2014 details of who is buying in this region, and in the 'Out-of-Town' category, 22% came from Alberta, and 20% of B.C buyers came from Vancouver. "My prediction is that when the 2015 statistics SEASIDE HOMES | OCTOBER 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 43

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are published you will see Vancouver as the #1 Out-of-Town origin for buyers in this region. It was interesting to note that in the 'All Buyers' category, only 0.60% came from Asia and 0.72% came from the USA. The Real Estate Market is complex, for example: "Condo prices were down by 8% over last year while sales of condos were up, and townhome prices were 3.8% up but numbers of units sold was down by 6.2%" Georgia observes. "This reflects the upward movement of younger buyers into single family dwellings in the $450,000 – $550,000 range." She notes that large numbers of retirees are moving into the area, and that many of the young first-time buyers are relying on parents to help with the initial down payment. "One of the most difficult properties to acquire is a rancher in Sidney." I ask her what makes a good realtor. "Experience matters," she replies. "The realtor has to genuinely care about the client, and do everything possible to net them top dollars for their home. This takes time and money, but is a critical aspect of maximizing the selling price." Georgia explains that, when she feels it necessary, she will hire a 'stager'. This is an expert who will improve the look of a house by getting rid of

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on design Prepping a House For Sale With an Eye For Design How does design matter when preparing your house for sale? Well, if the preparation of your home is done with skill and an eye for design you should sell faster and for more money. It's that simple. After 25 years experience one thing we know for sure is that if we can get a buyers emotions going and they can picture themselves in your home then we are that much closer to a sale. This combined with targeted marketing and experienced negotiation should result in a successful sale, a happy seller and buyer. Following are a few pointers on how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home. When perspective buyers walk through your home, you want them to imagine it as if it were their own. You can help this by presenting a clean, clutter-free environment. The old adage LESS IS MORE couldn't be more relevant! Pack up your personal photographs and family heirlooms. We want buyers to visualize living in the house. Buyers will be looking for clues that your house is well cared for. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles. Touch up paint in doorways. A coat of paint transforms a space making it look clean and up to date. Fix leaky faucets. Replace burnt out light bulbs. Have windows cleaned inside and out. Replace old worn out shower curtains and bath mats. Ensure all plumbing fixtures are clean and in good working order. First impressions are everything. Many buyers drive by the home before

making an appointment to view it. Create an inviting tidy entrance. Does the front door need painting? Polish the door handle. Hire a professional gardener to edge and top up the beds and trim trees. 90 percent of today's buyers are shopping online. The pictures need to be captivating. by Georgia The home's best feature should be the first & Tim Wiggins picture on MLS, you have about 6 seconds to engage the buyer so that they go to the listing for more details. An example of this is a home we listed that had previously been on the market. The buyer, who lived in Vancouver, by-passed the listing originally but when we listed it she flagged it, caller her realtor, came over and bought it. Our first picture clearly grabbed her; it was of the sandy beach with a Muskoka chair looking out over the water. Who wouldn't want to wake up to that every morning? The previous realtor's first picture was of the front of the house which was rather small and old looking! Remember real estate should be a good investment, you deserve the most you can get out of it. For more info

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ON THIS MONTH did you know that Victoria, the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, is also the most haunted city in British Columbia?

On This October Month in History by Valerie Green

Two significant things happen in October – Thanksgiving and Halloween. Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a national public holiday since 1957 held on the second Monday of October and is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest. However, First Nations people held ceremonies and festivals to celebrate the completion and bounty of the harvest long before European explorers and settlers came to Canada. During the 18th century many "thanksgivings" were celebrated. For example, refugees fleeing the US Civil War brought the custom of annual thanksgiving festivals to Canada to celebrate their freedom. From 1879 onwards Thanksgiving Day was held every year but the actual date always varied. From the end of WW1 until 1930, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving Day were celebrated on the Monday closest to November 11. Then in 1931, Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving Day was always held on the second Monday in October. US Thanksgiving, however, remains in November. Thanksgiving Day in Canada is also linked to the European tradition of harvest festivals with the symbol of the "Horn of Plenty" (a cornucopia) filled with fruit and vegetables. Halloween, by contrast, is held on October 31 and is the night when children go "trick or treating" dressed in weird costumes. It is a night of witches, goblins and ghosts. And did you know that Victoria, the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, is also the most haunted city in British Columbia? Spirits are said to roam free in Beacon Hill Park, St. Ann's Academy and Bastion Square, especially at Halloween. There is yet another date in October (the 29th) which caught my attention and it concerns earthquakes. In 1727 there was apparently a severe earthquake in New England and on exactly the same date in 1990 thirty people died in an earthquake in Algeria. Martha Cheney, the niece of settlers in this area, the Blinkhorns, also wrote about an earthquake in her Journal on this same date: She wrote: "We felt a shock of an earthquake which shook the whole house and nearly took us off our feet. It was about 5 o'clock." Are these three earthquake references, although hundreds of years apart and in different parts of the world, just an interesting coincidence. Although it is true that many happenings throughout

history have a habit of occurring at the same time on the same date, I'm hoping that the earthquake connection is not one of them. October 29th is also an important date in history for other reasons. Vancouver's Stanley Park was dedicated in 1889, and in 1929 disaster struck the New York stock market and came to be known as "Black Tuesday." Finally, a fascinating piece of trivia – on October 29th, 1945, the first ball point pen went on sale. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at


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Letters, Names, Places, and Animals? by Julian Sale

Every year when carmakers assign new names to their vehicles, I have to wonder if they got carried away with a bowl of alpha bits! For example, we have the Subaru BRZ (whose twin is the Scion FR-S), the Lincoln MKX and MKZ, the Acura ILX, RDX, MDX, and we can't forget the Subaru with the awesome WRX STI. The Europeans love letters and numbers. Mercedes names the class, followed by an engine choice, for example E350, meaning an E class vehicle with a 3.5L engine. ML550 – that's an ML sporting 5.5L V8. Ferrari has always been clever with their digits … 348 = 3.4L V8, a 512 is a 5.0L V12, but many of their models deviate from this numbering system. Volkswagen went a different route altogether starting in the late 1970s, naming their cars after winds and currents and people. The Passat name means "trade wind" in German, Sirocco is a Mediterranean wind. Touareg? Those are Saharan nomads. Let's rewind a bit. I once loved a 1966 Mercury Comet Caliente, reminding me of the stellar names of the period. Ford / Mercury had the Meteor, the Galaxie, and said Comet. Chrysler suits had their heads in the stars too, with the Satellite, and the Polara (Polaris star). Nova came from Chevrolet who also liked animals and places, with Parisienne (not from Paris) and their Impala (African Antelope) and BelAir. Ford's Montego trim shared a name with a Jamaican town, their Monterey named after a busy American trade port. Lamborghini, whose logo is a raging bull, named cars after fighting bulls. Ferruccio Lamborghini visited a cattle ranch in 1962 and was inspired. Names, such as Murcielago, Gallardo, Veneno, Huracan were of bovine significance and relation.

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Brentwood Bay Rotarians Help to Fight Polio October 24 is World Polio Day. Thanks to immunization, Canada has been polio free for the last 20 years. However before the polio vaccine was introduced in 1955, thousands of Canadians were affected. There is no cure for polio so prevention is imperative. The polio vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent polio. It is free and available to all Canadians. Rotarian Joan Toone knows all too well the ways that polio can affect one's entire life. Having been diagnosed at age seven, Joan is one of many polio survivors who experience Post-Polio Syndrome. She is currently President of the Post Polio Awareness and Support Society of BC. Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Less than 370 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2014 - a reduction of more than 99 percent since the 1980s. August 11 marked one full year with no new cases in Africa. In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle the mass vaccination of children. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. Joan's husband Terry Toone serves as the PolioPlus Chair for Rotary District 5020. Along with Joan he estimates they have raised funds to provide over 40,000 polio immunizations. The Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation matches all funds raised by Rotarians. Brentwood Bay Rotary has contributed over $29,358 dollars to this effort to date. But until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks. Says Joan "We are so close. My dream is during my lifetime to see polio gone like smallpox." For more information contact the Brentwood Bay Rotary Club President Dr. Elaine Gallagher at

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Mental Illness Awareness Week. October 10 is World Mental Health Awareness Day. Some of us know all too well the impact of mental illness. Others may say, "Doesn't affect me or my family." This may sound irrelevant, but many of us are starting or building our bucket list of top ten must-see places before it's too late. And travel can be extremely stressful. Stress likely triggered a stroke suffered by a 70 year-old Toronto man the day before he was scheduled to visit his son in the Gulf Islands. For 20 years a rift existed between them. Then, slowly, things changed. Packed and ready to go, the father — always a highly-strung nervous sort — collapsed. An ambulance took him to hospital. It is well-documented that high levels of stress can contribute to physical, social and/or mental health issues. Moreover, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), "mental health issues are the leading cause of ill health among travellers." Along with cardiovascular disease and injury, psychiatric emergency is one of the most common medical reasons for air evacuation. Aside from anyone with a predisposition to a psychological issue, plain old stress can cause big trouble. A traveller is away from all that is familiar, WHO reminds us, especially when going overseas. Seems like a no-brainer, the whole point of travelling. But separated from all that is familiar, far from the usual social support systems, in the midst of foreign peoples, languages and cultures things can feel out of control and bewildering. Normal feelings of safety and good health are threatened. The food is strange, I daren't eat it. Traffic speeds along at twice the rate of sound, how in heck am I to get across the street to my hotel? Omg, are there really snakes and scorpions here? The world tips. If you get really sick the world turns upside down. You try to find a doctor. He doesn't speak a language you both understand. Or services may be non-existent. Medications may be of inferior quality or unavailable. When a monkey bit me in Laos people advised me to get a series of rabies shots. While the journalist in me found the three different hospitals where I had each jab fascinating, the rest of me was revolted and upset by the experience. Since I was in Laos to research, my concentration went into the details of my surroundings to remember for my story. Arm yourself with travel insurance and information before you start packing. Speak to your physician about taking extra medications if you normally need them. Tourists caught in the Nepal earthquake

ran out of vital meds before they could get out of the country. If you take antidepressants or other psychotropic drugs, they should be in properly packaged and labelled containers, stating their name and the reason you take them. If you've recently had a depression, generalized anxiety, psychotic break or seizure, it's important to tell the travel clinic doctor. You may need an alternative to the usual prescription against malaria if you're going to a country where that disease is prevalent. If you're terrified of flying get help developing coping skills. Many airlines run specialized courses. If not, look for a community class to increase your confidence and self-esteem. Then imagine the steps: Arriving at the airport, lining up at the reservation desk, showing your passport and ticket, getting your bag weighed, walking down to your gate number ... Relax. Pack light. Take a book. Bon voyage and see you on the road.


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Chatting 'bout Chickens by Dr. Shelley Breadner

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because you love eggs? Or do you have eggs because you love tending chickens? It doesn't matter which came first, but now you are living closer to the land, with hens, eggs, garden scraps and natural fertilizer. Backyard chickens are natural educators by helping families learn about where our food comes from, and how to provide respectful care for animals. Chickens are easily trainable and can become pets as well as egg producers. There are many resources for natural back yard chicken care. By using good husbandry, you can have healthy hens and organic eggs. Let's make a quick checklist to review: Hen House: Secure well to keep out night time predators. Automatic closing doors can benefit, if hens reliably enter at dusk. Houses should be cleaned with lots of soap, water, elbow grease and dilute bleach on all surfaces. Be sure to allow drying and airing out before letting birds back in. Roosts: Lowest roosts should be no more than 18 inches off the ground, and between levels. Perches with flat surfaces are best; 1" x 2" for smaller birds, and 2" x 4" for larger hens. Perches should be removable for cleaning as above. Dust Baths: Essential for healthy birds. Provide a sheltered area where the dust can remain dry. Add Diatomaceous earth to help combat feather mites. Layers: Be sure to provide crushed oyster shell for your hens at all times, as this will help support healthy eggshells. Food: Secure in rat proof storage containers, and keep dry and free from mould. Feeder pails should also be covered to keep rats out.

Food should be provided inside and outside the hen house. Water: Water should be available inside and out and changed daily. Water containers should be washed thoroughly at least every 3 days to prevent biofilm and bacteria from growing. Healthy intestines: Monitor your birds to ensure droppings are consistent and formed. Soft droppings can be supported by adding Apple Cider Vinegar to drinking water at 1 tablespoon per 4 litres daily for 10 to 14 days. Diseases: Sick birds should be isolated and kept warm until they can be seen by a chicken-knowledgeable veterinarian. Many medications cannot be used in chickens and ducks, due to human health risks. Drug use and withdrawal times are critical if your birds are laying or meat birds. Veterinarians should be accredited by the College of Veterinarians of BC to tend poultry. They should be experienced and educated to provide medical care for poultry. It is okay to ask your veterinarian about this, and have them refer you to a vet who can provide care. Eggs: Keep the nest boxes clean and fresh to prevent eggshell contamination. Place diatomaceous earth in the corners to keep mites away. Eggs should be collected daily. Washing of eggs is not recommended. Eggs have a protective coating called the cuticle that prevents bacteria from getting inside. Washing removes this layer and contaminates the contents. If lightly soiled, eggs can be washed with slightly warmer water just before using. If eggs are consistently dirty, improved nest box management is needed. Prepare the frying pan and all your favourite fixings to make the best tasting egg breakfasts! And give thanks to the humble, adorable hens in your back yard!

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The Market Offers a Thanksgiving Feast You know it is fall on the Peninsula when you marvel at the ocean of pumpkins that brush the fields of the Martindale Valley bright orange. Packed bins filled with beautiful, rugged, multi-coloured winter squashes like acorns, sweet mamas, blue hubbard, butternut, buttercup, rouge vif d'etampes, and delicata show up at farm stands and markets. And of course, there are those pumpkins. Want to learn more about squash? Stop by our Market and check out the colourful Awesome Pyramid of Squash constructed by Central Saanich farmer Bob Maxwell. Marvel at all the amazing varieties of squash grown here on the Peninsula, take home squash du jour recipes, learn how to make pumpkin pie from scratch, sample special squash offerings from our market vendors and bring out your kids to do some pumpkin carving for fun! Pumpkin pie is of course a Thanksgiving favourite and we have the makin's and bakin's for you. You can make your own pies from scratch using locally-grown sugar or Cinderella pumpkins bought at the market or leave that labour of love to someone else – our market bakers will have delicious pumpkin pies for sale. And talking

of Thanksgiving feasts, Yellow Point Cranberries will be at our two October markets so you can make fresh, Island-grown cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving table (and freeze some for Christmas too). Participate in our fabulous Shop the Market contest which runs through to the final market. Earn a free entry form with every transaction you make with a market vendor. There are weekly draw prizes plus a Grand Prize Draw on October 10 for a $250 gift certificate for dinner for you and some friends to dine with sumptuous pleasure at Cafe Zanzibar in Brentwood Bay! The Peninsula Country Market runs Saturday mornings at the Saanich Fairground from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from June through Thanksgiving weekend. Our final market of the season is October 10 with market favourites Chick Wagon closing out the market music season. We are a rain or shine market – look for us in the shelter of the RCMP Barn at the Saanich Fairground if the weather's nasty! For the latest news about what's happening at the Market, follow our weekly updates on Facebook ( and watch for our Wednesday Market Buck$ contests.

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Loving Spoonfuls The Charles Dickens Pub by Lara Gladych

This is the last in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. I'm having an early lunch with my husband and two of my kids at the Charles Dickens Pub, and am still taking in the new reality of kid-friendly pubs in our neighbourhood. My boys relish the moment they walked into the Charles Dickens for the first time, plunking themselves down at a table on the upper

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level to take in some sports television. I reel them in from the dart boards and pool tables, which remain part of the adult-only realm, but they're content to let that be. Children are now welcome at the Charles Dickens Pub, accompanied by an adult, any day until 10 p.m. I rattle-off menu items that I'm sure will excite them: Mac n' Cheese with Bacon and Butter Chicken, in particular. I've already settled on the day's special, Chef Dena's homemade cabbage rolls with perogies and salad.

Before lunch, I met with Sean Kelly, Pub Manager, Travelodge General Manager Nick Coates and Chef Dena Bystedt. Much of our conversation centered on two big changes: first, that they are now welcoming families, and second, that they are launching a revamped menu, all aiming towards luring more of a dining crowd. Dena has just recently joined the Charles Dickens family. She's been busy putting her own twist on existing menu favourites while

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working out a new menu which they hope to debut at the end of October. Customers will "taste mama's love" in her cooking, she insists. You can look forward to three specials every day, homemade soups and pies, and a children's menu, currently in the works. In the face of change, there's a great deal that you can count on to stay the same. They still carry the largest liquor selection in Sidney, and they offer a great variety of draught beers from Ireland, Belgium and England, as well as local brews and Canadian domestics. The authentic pub atmosphere remains as welcoming and comfortable as ever. You can watch every NHL game being played on any given night, and you can stay up later at the Charles Dickens because they're the only pub between Sidney and Victoria that is open until 2 a.m. Sean emphasizes that their shuttle service continues to be offered for your safety. It will pick you up and drive you home between the hours of 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. Fridays

and Saturdays. Octoberfest and Halloween are on the horizon. On October 5th you can enjoy a special menu including Weiner Schnitzel and Apple Strudel. Halloween night is costume

"You can look forward to three specials every day, homemade soups and pies, and a children's menu" night and there will be prizes for the best costumes. Bring a canned good to cover your entry, with donations going to support the food bank. So, how was lunch? It was perfect pub food. Lucky me, I had the opportunity to see and sample more than one dish, given that there were four of us at the table. My cabbage

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rolls were a meaty variety, tender and hearty. Dena added perogies with bacon, onion and sour cream, and a salad as well, to make it a completely comforting meal. Two orders of homemade mac n' cheese with bacon came to our table, and I was pleased to see (and taste) that it wasn't a heavy version of the pasta that it sometimes can be. Light and smooth, which made way for the flavour-punch of the bacon. Butter chicken is my eldest son's favourite dish, and Dena's version got the thumbs up. Served with naan bread and rice, it was exactly what you'd hope it would be. My visit to the Charles Dickens Pub was a real treat for me. I so enjoyed meeting the staff, and can't say enough about the lengths they all went to to ensure that our visit was a great one. Sean said goodbye with an invitation to come back soon for a drink with my husband. I think I just might take him up on it. The Charles Dickens Pub, 2250 Beacon Ave. Sidney, 250.656.5042.

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New Event in Sidney This October, SHOAL Activity Centre is launching a new feature – Cookbook Lunches! On Tuesday, October 27, 12 noon – 2 p.m. with Chef Angelo Prosperi-Porta, award-winning Chef from Sooke, appearing as guest speaker at a buffet lunch that features not only a recipe from his newest book, HONEY – Everyday Recipes for Cooking and Baking with Nature's Sweetest Secret Ingredient, but a wonderful overview of this great cookbook. Inspired by his profound respect and admiration for bees, Chef Angelo pays tribute in the cookbook to "those first few brave souls who gathered honey from hives in the wild and to those who began

and continue to work in what we know now as the honey industry… and to the honeybees themselves – without which we would be missing not only a delicious and nutritious source of natural sugar but also approximately 30 to 35 percent of the fruits, nuts and vegetables we consume." Published by TouchWood Editions, the book begins with a Forward by Bob Liptrot, Master beekeeper at Tugwell Creek Meadery, and continues with an extensive Introduction that includes a look at the world of bees, honey varieties, non-culinary/medical uses of honey; challenges, and tips for substituting honey for sugar, as well as a wealth of delicious recipes. Cost for this event is only $10. A cookbook will be given away as a door prize. Books can be purchased at Tanner's Books in Sidney – come prepared to have yours autographed! Samples and other door prizes will be available too! Call 250.656.5537 for tickets (must be purchased in advance).

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Honey Bee Good To Me … by Jennifer Bowles

There is an art to creating a salad that doesn't taste like rabbit food. On the other hand, that doesn't mean fried chicken and a half block of cheese on a bed of head lettuce qualifies as salad. Focusing on taste, texture and wellness; my girlfriend 'Angie Pangie' is the master of creating spectacular and healthful creations in an effortless combination of Mother Natures' bounty. Growing all types of berries and lettuce varieties on her modest home plot, she inspires me to do the same. I crave the days when she whips up one of her salads and we get to feast guilt free! One of her favourite ingredients that she loves to include is that liquid gold ... honey. Its versatility in both sweet and savoury dishes is a small fraction of its charm, not to mention the subtle kiss it can add to your cup of tea or coffee (in lieu of processed sugar). The other fun and unique element in this dish is the addition of popcorn – trust me, it's a fantastic addition. This month, I give full credit to Angie for this incredible salad recipe that she whipped up for us. Its full body and heartiness is a perfect option for any fall lunch or easy light dinner.

Body of Salad 1 bunch kale leaves 2 handfuls Spring Mix lettuce 1/4 cup sliced almonds 6 B.C. Strawberries sliced Goat cheese (crumbled)

Topping 1/2 bag of popped popcorn (warm is best) season with salt and pepper in the bag drizzle 2 tsp of local honey into the bag and shake, shake, shake! Toss all salad ingredients together except the popcorn. Plate the salad and top with the crunchy popped corn. Fresh, healthy and packed full of local goodness. Amazing!


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Mr. Autumn Coffee Man & PSL Victoria B.C. – The leaves crunch pleasurably beneath my Birkenstocks (no socks on of course) and there's a certain comfort I feel sipping my hot, chocolaty tasting Americano with my favourite sweater on as fall approaches like a freight-train leaving summertown. Nothing beats autumn on Vancouver Island, it's like the sun has worked overtime through the summer and it needs a little more sleep. I don't care what others say … fall 'has' a distinct smell that's unique and I believe coffee pairs beautifully with that crisp, cold overtone with every breath. Unfortunately, this is the time of the year where I go into my favourite coffee spot(s) and have to wait much longer for my coffee, because a number of trendy coffee-cats have discovered the seasonal 'Pumpkin Spice Latte' … blech! I consider myself an Autumnal Ambassador. In fact, call me Mr. Autumn Sheppard instead of Steve from this point on until next spring. I love mid-October for all the reasons to do with coffee drinking. One of my favourite foods is pumpkin pie and I traditionally eat an entire large one on Thanksgiving day, and wash it down with some dark turkey meat and stuffing. However, I am 'NOT' a fan of the PSL which is the new hipster acronym for the, you know what I'm talking about drink. I cannot for the life of me figure out how people make the connection of pumpkins with coffee, in its traditional sense that is,

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and the chemical version of the latte that coffee houses serve? This year has been particularly bad as cafes started to promote the PSL in early September; it's like Christmas decorations going up in October … DON'T even get me started! OK, let's get positive here … there are other Fall-ish drinks out there and I've had a couple of interesting ones over the past weeks. The dark chocolate raspberry mocha with cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on top and the mulled hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick. The mocha was made with real raspberry puree and the dark chocolate not overly sweet, very tasty overall. The mulled cider was made with locally grown apples, and perfectly spiced with a stick of cinnamon, which I enjoyed playing with long after I was done my drink. I really look forward to the essence of the Northern Hemisphere's tilt away from the sun and the cold weather it brings. Time to curl-up with someSidney good books a plethora of Americanos the coming BIA and Seaside Times Ad - Septover 2015 weeks Size: while I3.75” get prepared for Jack Frost ... Steve out. (w) x 4.925” (h) • Rev 1 • Sept 23/15

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last word It's my last Last Word; my swansong if you will! Allison Smith will be returning to the editor's chair next month after her year of maternity leave, and I will be … well, that's the question isn't it? This year has been a stretch for me. I wasn't sure when I took the job quite how I was going to make it work, just that I wanted it so much that I had to make it work. As I heard someone say this week "if you want something done ask a busy person," that's been me this year! Juggling two jobs, two kids, volunteer commitments and the desire to still have some sort of social life has been challenging, but also invigorating. I can't pretend that the balance has always been right but what I've got out of the opportunity has more than made up for some of the stress, anxiety and the invitations I've had to turn down! I have loved getting to know my community through Seaside, crossing paths with all sorts of people I would never have otherwise met. I constantly find myself passing on snippets of information – things I've learned from our expert columnists. The many talented writers who've tolerated me messing with their words have taught me all sorts and I think

(I hope) my writing has benefitted from their great examples. Is there a lesson in here somewhere? Just that even a few years earlier I wouldn't have had the courage to try and take it all on, so maybe there is something to be said for getting older. Or perhaps the message is that it's okay to take a chance, with the knowledge that things might not work out. I know I'm not winning an Oscar here, but I would like to thank a few people without whom it wouldn't have been possible … There's my family of course who have tolerated and supported in equal measure the late nights and weekends at the computer. Also Julie, Ken and the rest of the epic team at Holy Cow who have been so flexible allowing me to meet all Seaside's deadlines. Many friends have bucked me up when I felt I couldn't do it (and I have to give an extra thanks to my friend Erin for her insight, opinions and wine). And you readers, thanks for coming up and chatting when you see me in Sidney: I've loved hearing what you think of the magazine, and I've appreciated all the feedback (even when it's a photo taken especially to show me a mistake.) Now I'll return you to Allison's steady hands, but I'm not going too far. As of October I'll be happily taking on the role of Seaside's Editorial Director, and will continue to welcome all your ideas.

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