Seaside Magazine November 2013 Issue

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November 2013


Changing Colours "Shades of Blue & Gold"

What's Happening:

Seaside Homes

In Good Health

Kids' Winter Calendar

Beauty & Functionality

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Seaside Homes: The Yin-Yang of Beauty and Functionality A Tale of Two Fables: the Peninsula's Forgotten and Original Fairytale House

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What's Happening: Kids' Winter Calendar

COLUMNS 8 First Word 21 Island Dish 43 On Design 52 Smell the Coffee 55 Ignition 63 Last Word

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DEPARTMENTS 9 10 14 26 28 31 32 33 35

Letters Can We Talk Grey Matters Trade Student Spotlight In Good Health Common Cents Conversations From the Past Salish Sea News Seaside Arts Scene

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Trendspotting West Coast Gardener Peninsula Restaurant Profile New & Noteworthy Young Readers Book Review Veterinary Voice What's Happening Brainteasers & Stars

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november.2013 YOUR WEST COAST CULTURE derek aason

Growing up on the Saanich Peninsula and having worked on Michell Farms since a young age has given me an appreciation for the local history. I received a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Victoria with an emphasis in British History. I currently volunteer at the Sidney Archives on weekends and enjoy contributing to the preservation of photographs and documents of the Saanich Peninsula. During my spare time I play hockey and tennis, and I'm an avid reader. My co-author, Brad Morrison, is the manger of the Sidney Archives and a regular contributor to Seaside Magazine.

Jennifer bowles

Having spent over 20 years in the food and beverage industry, I've come to appreciate the importance of fresh, local ingredients. I love to spend a lazy fall Saturday perusing local farmers markets to see what's in season, and what inspires the next great dish. I've taken to travelling up-Island and over to Vancouver to see what's on offer, and the choices are endless! Sometimes a little footwork can yield some incredible ingredients. Paired with some culinary know-how and a little bit of love, the results can be amazing. This time of year is great for a whole variety of harvest ingredients, especially mushrooms, which are featured in my October Island Dish recipe – Rustic Mushroom Flatbread. Happy autumn and happy seasonal cooking!

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I'm no stranger to style, fashion and decorating: I grew up with an "avant garde" mother! It was a natural course of events that I would end up in the field, beginning as a personal shopper at Holt Renfrew and then as an independent wardrobe consultant. In 1998, my partner Charlie and I started an antique business in Sidney called "Funtiques." We were able to combine our knowledge and expertise of antiques, and began to stage and style some local homes. After Charlie's sudden death, I found myself having to downsize … I staged my own home, resulting in a quick sale, and my business "Simply Staged" was born! I bring a recipe for stress-free home staging, giving clients' homes a "facelift," whether they're staying or selling. In this month's On Design column, I discuss how to let your own personal style shine throughout your home.

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Advertising Marcella Macdonald Sales Lori Swan 250.516.6489 This Month's Contributors Derek Aason, Brooke Anderson, Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Kelsey Boorman, Jennifer Bowles, Shelley Breadner, Dianne Connerly, Gillian Crowley, Lloyd English, Doreen Marion Gee, Solara Goldwynn, Valerie Green, Pene Beavan Horton, Linda Hunter, Dean Innes, Tina Kelly, Linda M. Langwith, Barry Mathias, Susi McMillan, Brad Morrison, Stu Rhodes, Julian Sale, Steve Sheppard, Lucy Smith, Jo-Ann Way, Carell-Ayne Whalen, Heather Zais P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 Seaside magazine is printed 12 times a year in Richmond, B.C. by Rhino Print Solutions. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. In-Room at:

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While I will never forget my adventures as a child growing up in Nova Scotia, this year marks the point at which I have spent half my life on the West Coast. I made the leap across the country to Victoria 23 years ago as a young aspiring elite distance runner and began what was to be a total immersion in a lifestyle of commitment to excellence in sport. It is within the parks and oceanside spaces of Victoria that I have transitioned from a world class and Canadian Champion athlete to coach, mentor, mother, and writer. I am a huge fan of people who show passion for their path, and I am honoured to be able to cover the story on Developmental Optometrist Cameron McCrodan for this issue.

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f irst word The world these days seems like a pretty messedup place. Most people who know me know that I sing the praises of maintaining a positive outlook and always strive to live in the moment, a far more calming life, but sometimes I get disheartened by the direction parts of the world are going, and discouraged by some of the malicious and fraudulent people in it. Now that wasn't very positive I know, but honesty prevails. Here's where the positive messaging will start to seep into my First Word. Ironically, I love the news. Every morning before the kids get up, I reach for the newspaper, with the local and international news on in the background. Two of my favourite TV shows (besides ALL sports stations) are 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning. But I have to say the news can be a real let-down at times. Between shootings, bombings, guns, killings, attacks, ignorance etc., it's impossible not to be affected by all the negativity thrown at us, especially when you actively seek out all the news that's fit to print or load onto a website.

November events

The good news is, there's an escape: you're holding it in your hand. Every month, Seaside Magazine offers you a mini-escape from the harsh realities of life. We really strive to bring you community spirit in every sense of the word. Whether it's a glimpse of the people, places and ideas, it's what's happening in our community. This issue, in Can We Talk, we chat with local entrepreneur Jim Townley about his upcoming speaking engagement at Victoria TEDx. As well, we launch In Good Health, a six-month series showcasing a diverse group of practitioners. This issue we speak to Dr. Cameron McCrodan, a Victoria Developmental Optometrist, about his passion for vision. And finally, don't forget to take a close read of all the holiday shopping available on the Saanich Peninsula, with our eight-page centre pull-out for Sidney merchants and our three-page spread on Brentwood Bay. But before moving forward with this issue, get yourself comfortable. Allow yourself a good chunk of time, maybe an hour or so. Sit down. Put your feet up. Turn off your phone. Turn off the TV. Turn off the computer. Relax. Are you settled? Good. Go slow. Get lost in each page. Enjoy yourself. Now, begin your journey … "We will own peace only after we have totally stopped finding fault with others." ~ Sri Chinmoy

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A Tribute to the Military

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This display recognizes the sacrifice and hardships by members of the Armed Forces through a collection of military memorabilia and photos from conflicts throughout the last century.

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Hundreds of teddy bears take over Sidney Museum as they gather in groups to play their favourite games and sports. Come join the fun!

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Festival of Trees

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View a wonderland of Christmas Trees this season and make a donation to vote for your favourite tree! Proceeds support the Mary Winspear Centre capital improvement plan and the Children’s art and music fund. Sidney Lions Food Bank donations accepted.

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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feeback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. As a resident of Sidney in the 1930s and '40s, I was interested in the article re: the sea glass found on Sidney's beachfront. The real scoop is at that time, local garbage was disposed and dumped over the bank, hence the prominent brown coloured glass originating from beer bottles. Most will agree how environmentally incorrect this method was, but today, observing Eastview Boulevard, upscale residences and flower borders grace a breathtaking vista, thanks to the Town of Sidney Public Works Department. Thanks for your super publication and contributors' articles … most informative. K Bea Richmond



Beside the entrance to Sidney Lawn Bowling is a pumping station. Sewage. Lately, the distinct stench of raw sewage swirls around the area between the dock (Anacortes Ferry) and the pumping station. Locals are fuming too, given Sidney Works' official response is "sun beating down on seaweed." Well, seaweed is abundant all along the shores but the stench remains in this one curious spot. Name withheld by request Just read the interesting article by Trysh Ashby-Rolls (Grey Matters, October issue). She stated that Samuel de Champlain came to New France in the 1700s. It should have been the 1600s as some of my ancestors arrived there in the 1650s to settle what is now Quebec. Keep up the good work with your lovely magazine. R. Knogler

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Steve Sheppard's October Smell the Coffee column was interesting and informative. I acquired an aeropress at Fresh Cup in Saanichton along with a pound of freshly roasted coffee – to properly test a new coffee maker one needs freshly roasted and ground coffee. The aeropress was everything he said it was and more. It provides an interesting flexibility in the different coffee drinks possible with it. A coffee more flavourful and a "cleaner" taste compared to a drip coffee, an espresso better than other home espresso makers I have tried. All this in a coffee maker that is lower cost than most and easier to use and clean up than other coffee makers. Norm Ryder Loved the article "Bucket List." I have seen Tut's tomb and walked the Great Wall of China but I've never ridden a Penny Farthing bicycle or tried out the newest fad of "flyboarding." I've seen people do it and it does look like a lot of fun but as Michael keeps reminding us, where are the brakes? I can't imagine getting off a Penny Farthing bicycle while "screaming down the Goose" trail. Seems like a great way to do a face plant or worse yet "thinning out the herd" and I don't especially want to be thinned out quite yet. Bob Orchard


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ca n we tal k publisher sue hodgson talks with Local entrepreneur jim townley, co-owner of fresh cup roastery café and tedx victoria keynote speaker On November 16th, you will be one of 15 keynote speakers for the Third Annual TEDx Victoria. TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading, started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, and has grown to support worldchanging ideas, all around the globe. Of the 70 companies that applied in Victoria, you were shortlisted to one of 35, and then the accepted 15. Considering the diversity of applicants, what made the difference for your company to get the final approval? I think most people in Victoria are passionately romantic about coffee and attracted to its mystique. In fact, Victoria is home to more coffee roasters per capita than anywhere else in Canada, with over 10 micro-roasters, which means we exist in a very mature coffee market. So, when a local company like ours develops something that will positively impact the environment around coffee roasting, I think the selection committee took notice. Besides, coffee is an incredible catalyst for good conversation, which TED is all about. TED speakers in the U.S. have included notables such as Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, and U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown. What does TEDx Victoria mean for our local community? I think Greater Victoria is home to a number of visionaries and I think the TEDx platform is great way to showcase some of the talent we have in an environment that allows people to cross-pollinate their experiences. I think you will see TEDx events grow in popularity. Much of the conversation TED focuses on is the community, and the fact that it's only as strong and resilient as the people that make it. You are in your 25th year in business on the Saanich Peninsula and Fresh Cup Roastery Café is in its 12th year. What does this statement mean to you and the business? I think it clearly means … You have to put your time in consistently to be acknowledged for your work. Too many entrepreneurs think being in business is a fast 10 SEASIDE | november 2013

sprint, when it's actually an Ironman-style marathon. Some of the iconic business people in our community, on the Peninsula, have been working hard for many decades, families like the Tidmans, the Mitchells, or the Gaits. Not long ago you had the luck and determination to get onto CBC's hit television show Dragons' Den. Your pitch culminated in a handshake deal. In the show's upcoming season we will see a number of local companies after a similar result, such as a company importing bamboo toilet paper from China. Can you tell us about your experience? Dragons' Den was an eye-opener for me. Yes, we got a handshake and a "deal," as they call it on the show, from Brett Wilson; however, Brett had a

falling-out with CBC before the end of the season we were part of. CBC left a number of his deals on the cutting-room floor, which unfortunately included ours. Brett then side-lined our deal – through a text message, if you can believe it! Initially I thought Dragons' Den was all about cool inventions, and business opportunities created by smart Canadians … I was wrong and don't follow the show anymore. 68% of Canadians drink three cups of coffee a day … that's 15 billion cups consumed each year! Do most people understand what that looks like on our energy consumption? That's the piece I will be talking about at the TEDx Victoria conference. Being that so much coffee is consumed each day, many people don't give it a second thought. Our "closed-loop" roasting technology completely changes the way coffee roasting could be done globally. Our technology consumes 20 times less energy, and produces 21 times less CO2 emissions. If you scale this up to an entire country like Canada, it would mean we could conserve enough energy to power thousands of single-family homes each year, while reducing CO2 emissions equivalent to tens of thousands of cars each year! I think people are becoming more and more concerned with greenhouse gas emissions, and we've developed a way to make our favourite daily

beverage a lot cleaner and more sustainable. Your technology is straightforward and simple to understand. Can you explain to our readers how it works and what it means to our environment? Traditional gas-fired coffee roasters rapidly heat up room temperature air to 450°F + and pass that heated air through the green coffee one time only. Once the air passes through the coffee it becomes contaminated with dust particles and VOC's (volatile organic compounds), which is a by-product of the roasting process. These pollutants then pass through a high-consumption afterburner in an attempt to break down the VOC's using even higher temperatures in excess of 800°F. The downside: the super-heated air is pushed out into the environment 100% of the time. Our Roastaire™ technology closes the loop of the hot air used to roast coffee by recycling it, not only using its own heat to break down the VOC's internally, but re-introducing that scrubbed air back into

the roasting chamber to greatly reduce the energy required to roast coffee. The closedloop method also means the Roastaire does not produce emissions for 85% of the roasting cycle. The result: a significant improvement in the sustainability model of coffee roasting. With your Fresh Cup Café in Central Saanich you have provided the community with a gathering place for great conversation and sustainable coffee that not only tastes fresh but is fantastic for the environment. What can we see for the foreseeable future of the Roastaire technology? Now that we've proven that freshness matters in the taste and value of coffee, we need to find ways to increase the audience we make our technology available to. Our plans are to take Roastaire into new verticals like grocery stores, independent cafés, and hotels across Canada. Photo by

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Stories in Stained Glass: The Diamond Jubilee Windows by Linda M. Langwith

When it comes to public commemorations

of special events, the medium of stained glass is sublimely suited to telling our stories in an enduring way. The Golden Jubilee window in the Legislature, the Millennium windows in the ballroom at Government House and the colourful glass art in the Departures area of Victoria International airport – all the work of local stained glass artists Tom Mercer and Ed Schaefer of Mercer and Schaefer Glasstudios – invite us to linger and contemplate the beauty of an art form that goes back 1,000 years. Tom and Ed's most recent commission is the Diamond Jubilee windows at Government House, the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. This vibrant pair of windows (one pictured) pays tribute to the enduring relationship between the Crown and Canada, honouring the offices of the Governor General of Canada and the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia while celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Making a stained glass work of art is a complex affair. For both Ed and Tom, it's all about creating "the right design for the right space." The foyer of Government House proved the ideal location for the Diamond Jubilee windows, since the sheltered alcove is accessible to the public from dawn to dusk, as are the extensive volunteer-maintained gardens. Heraldic images such as shields, crests and emblems are perfect for celebratory windows. According to Tom, a member of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, the " … beauty of stained glass and heraldry is that it's iconic, embraces centuries of history and is a condensed way of conveying a lot of information." As primary designer of this project, Tom chose the heraldic symbols, experimenting with different patterns, motifs and colours for the supporting background. Getting the design right is paramount, for as Ed explains: "Beautiful glass and fine craftsmanship won't rescue a poor design." With the design approved and the fullsize pattern finished, it was time to select the glass and cut the pieces. Ed and Tom often source their glass from a firm in Germany that employs traditional mouth-blown glass methods dating back to medieval times. To

attain the desired shades and definition a variety of techniques are used by the artists, including etching, painting, staining and subsequent firing in the kiln. The glass pieces are then assembled with channelled lead cames and put together much like a puzzle. With HRH Prince Andrew scheduled to attend the unveiling, Tom and Ed had just weeks to assemble the windows and only four hours to install them. "We like projects that ask for the best we can do," enthuses Ed. The Diamond Jubilee windows are a rich testament to their passion for creating beautiful narratives in stained glass. These talented artists also undertake major restoration work on the stained glass windows in some of Victoria's most iconic buildings, including Christ Church Cathedral, St. Ann's Academy, Craigdarroch Castle and St. Andrew's Cathedral. Their

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Among my earliest memories are bombs, rats in the air raid shelter, WWI servicemen, and the Poppy by Trysh Ashby-Rolls Factory. Until recently I thought the latter as much a myth as our family Homemade Cake Factory. Even though my mother pointed out a building not far from where we lived in Richmond, just outside London, as being "where the poppies are made." For a week or two before Remembrance Day she would stand in the wind and rain selling those poppies to raise funds for veterans of both great wars. Last November, HM Queen Elizabeth visited the Poppy Factory during her Diamond Jubilee Year and in celebration of the Poppy Factory's 90th anniversary. The first poppy appeal was in 1921 when Major George Howson, MC, and Major Jack Cohen imported red silk poppies from France. The two WWI veterans had started the Disabled Society in 1920.

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In 1922, the charity received a donation of £2,000 (about $3,300 Cdn) to make its own poppies for Remembrance Day. The original poppy factory opened its doors to 50 ex-servicemen who, within two months, made a million poppies. Outgrowing the factory, they moved to an old brewery building in Richmond and built housing for the workforce and their families next door. The present factory was built in 1932 where today 40 employees make both paper and synthetic "silk" poppies, sprays, wreaths and crosses. The Poppy Factory is now a charity in its own right, helping wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women find meaningful and sustainable employment in the communities where they live around the U.K., with companies that fit their skills and wishes. To date, well over 300 men and women have been helped back to work, 74% of whom have sustained employment beyond 12 months. Many of these men and women have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Falklands and elsewhere. The most recent recruit at the Poppy Factory is 59-year-old David Forbes. He played French horn and other brass instruments in the Royal Marines Band Service until he suffered a stroke that left him partially sighted. Seven years from retirement, and raised to believe the husband/father is the provider, it devastated Forbes to lose his job and not find another. Someone suggested he contact the Royal British Legion, and from there the Poppy Factory hired him to make poppies, crosses and wreaths for the Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal. He says: "It has been a lifesaver, given me something to live for. I feel like I am contributing and I am making a difference. My wife and I will never be able to thank the Poppy Factory and the Royal British Legion enough." The team at the factory are already working on merchandise for the 2014 Poppy Appeal. So far they've completed around 90,000 wreaths, and over 13.5 million of the 45.5 million poppies needed. This November 11th, buy a poppy. Lest we forget.

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Smart Grocery Shopping by Dianne Connerly

Want to get the most for your money at the grocery store while loading up on foods that taste good and are good for you? If so, consider these hints. 1) Plan ahead. Buy enough for a full week. Cut down your trips to the grocery store to reduce your chances of splurging on impulse items. 2) Make a shopping list and stick to it. Arrange the list in the order you shop. Less roaming will reduce temptation. 3) Don't be too quick to substitute an item on your list. If you cannot locate a particular food, ask an employee for help. 4) Shop at a store that is familiar to you. In doing so you don't have to wander down every aisle to find what you want. The longer you are in the store, the more likely you will deviate from your list. 5) Make vegetables, fruits and grains the focus of the meal. Consider meat or cheese as side dishes. Stir-frying makes a little meat go a long way. 6) Vary your shopping with seasonal foods. 7) Don't be taken in by all the specials. Ask yourself whether you'd buy this food even if it weren't on sale. If the food comes only in large quantities, can you use or freeze all of it before it goes bad? 8) Figure snacks into your plan. If you don't, your family will snack on foods you had planned for meals. 9) Leave children, friends or spouses at home if they tend to put high-calorie foods into the cart, or use this time to teach them about shopping for nutritious foods. Dianne Connerly is with TOPS®, a nonprofit, affordable weight loss support and wellness education organization. For more information visit

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SODC Director Moves On The chair of the Board of Directors of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre has announced that the Centre's Executive Director, Angus Matthews, has decided to move on, leaving his position as the Centre's senior staffer effective December 31st. Matthews is the founding Executive Director of the Centre, the not-for-profit aquarium of the Salish Sea and marine education centre on the waterfront in Sidney. Since opening in June 2009, the facility has educated and entertained over 465,000 visitors. Matthews was hired in 2006 to steer the planning, fundraising, construction and operation of the centre. "We're thankful for the tremendous leadership that Angus has provided and wish him the best in the next phase of his career," said Nancy Barbour, Board Chair. "We've been fortunate to have had him at the helm for so long." Matthews commented: "Establishing Sidney's award-winning aquarium has been thrilling. We have an amazing staff and


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Fabulous Fungi by Jennifer Bowles

This time of year there's something to be said for comfort food. Everyone's go-to dish is different: mac & cheese, chicken noodle soup, toast and butter with sugar sprinkled on top (my healthful high school go-to), and the old standby: pizza. Pizza, aka "za," grease wheel, pie; the classic combination of bread, cheese and toppings. Confession time: I am not a huge fan of the ooey-gooey slice of pepperoni "za" dripping with tomato sauce and mozza stringing down the side of your wrist as you fold the slice and send it into the hangar. Instead, I prefer a slice with a little more personality and refinement. A lighter edge, with a touch of crunch and character. This month I wanted to spotlight the versatility and beauty of one of the most simple and delicious seasonal ingredients (and a pizza classic) that can be easily altered to a new level of comfort and character in the same bite ‌ mushrooms. Not everyone is a mushroom fan, but I have loved them my whole life and this recipe transforms them into a dish that even the most ardent funghi-foe will enjoy. Hopefully this recipe will inspire you to rethink these beautiful little buttons, and get excited by their versatility. This flavourful dish will transform mushrooms from mundane to magical (but not that kind of magical). This month our little fungi is going to show you what it can really do as the star of an amazing and elegant mushroom flat-bread. It's a long list of ingredients, but is actually really simple. 1 flatbread (homemade or store bought – you'll want a nice rustic base) 1 large shallot, diced 3 oyster mushrooms, coarsely chopped 1 portobello mushroom cap, chopped 6 white button mushrooms, cut into 1/4's 6 crimini mushrooms, cut into 1/4's small handful of spinach, roughly chopped white wine (preferably chardonnay) juice of 1 lemon splash of apple cider vinegar splash of sherry white balsamic vinegar 1.5 tbsp butter olive oil 1 clove garlic, diced shaved parmesan chopped basil salt & pepper pesto (optional) alfredo sauce (optional) Heat skillet over medium heat and saute shallots in olive oil until translucent. Increase the heat and add the mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are slightly browned and tender. Drain off some of the moisture if it's really runny. Season with salt and pepper and cook for another minute. Splash the pan with the wine, vinegar and lemon juice and let them absorb (about 1 minute). Let the mushrooms saute for another 2 minutes and add the butter to finish. Warm the flatbread and top with mushroom mixture. Top with shaved Parmesan and spinach and serve as an appy or main. For a twist smear some pesto, bechamel or garlic oil on the flat-bread before adding the mushrooms. Enjoy! SEASIDE | november 2013 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 21




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Revitalization With Soul: Brentwood Bay by Linda M. Langwith

Brentwood Bay: a new urban entity; pedestrian-friendly rather than car-centric

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Revitalization Committee, the iconic London plane tree, beloved of urban planners, was the spark that transformed the village of Brentwood Bay into a vibrant, exiting place to live and work. Lovely as they look, the trees' roots were invading the drainage and sewer systems as well as heaving the sidewalks. Something had to be done, and the municipality of Central Saanich, with the help of a citizens' advisory council of which Ginny was a member, embarked on a radical rethink to give the village a serious makeover. Change is never easy, and there are always those who resist, but removing trees

that were past their sell-by date made perfect sense and provided the ideal opportunity to create a different kind of community. Many public hearings followed, and a vision evolved of a new urban entity, pedestrian-friendly rather than car-centric, supporting thoughtful commercial and residential development to serve the long-term needs of those who call Brentwood Bay their home. Of course ripping up the main street, creating centre medians, wide sidewalks and a traffic circle was never going to be an easy task, frustrating pedestrians and drivers alike in a process that seemed to go on forever. Looking at the results today confirms it was worth all the

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disruption. Landscaped medians and sidewalks, with native dogwoods occupying centre stage, provide an ever-changing colour palette to be enjoyed by everyone, including wildlife. Wide sidewalks provide amenities such as smart-looking benches, garbage receptacles, bike racks, multi-height drinking fountains and comfortable bus shelters. Benches give people opportunities to rest awhile, socialize or just enjoy the view, thereby enhancing the quality of life. Crossing West Saanich Road is no longer a death-defying, terror-filled effort, with proper signage, lights and centre islands alerting drivers to slow down and give way. Drivers appreciate the clearer designation of on-street parking areas too. Development in the village core is bringing new opportunities, with mixed-use buildings offering more housing and shopping choices. Sensible height restrictions ensure proper scale, natural finishings such as stone and wood provide a timeless West Coast appeal while varied roof lines keep everything interesting. For Ginny, "Living in the core is good. There's more residential support for the businesses." With more housing options, residents who no longer wish to stay in their single-family dwellings can opt to downsize without having to leave their community. Speaking of the development, Ginny sums it up: "We're going in the right direction.” When it comes to putting on large events, Brentwood Bay has a proper "village green" in Pioneer Park, a site reserved by early settlers John Sluggett and George Stelly for the local school, now beautifully restored and used as a Scout and Guide Hall. "Music in the Park," an initiative of the Brentwood Bay Revitalization Committee, is a summer highlight, drawing up to 500 people at a time and doing much to foster a deep sense of community that helps people stay connected. Committee member Leslie Gentile is really excited about their upcoming Music in the Bay event: Barney Bentall's Grand Cariboo Opry. "This is the seventh year we have hosted this touring show as a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed & Sidney Lions Club Food Banks." Leslie goes on to explain: "We sell song sponsorships to businesses, and Barney writes a song intro that uses the business name, like

an old-time radio show. The sponsors love it, and the audience cheers wildly. All sponsor moneys go straight to the food banks. We have a matching donor that will match those funds up to $5,000, so last year we raised $12,000 that was split between the two food banks." The village of Brentwood Bay continues to evolve, with new construction projects underway that are in keeping with the original vision of creating a vibrant inner core. The main street is now a pedestrian friendly enclave that invites leisurely strolls, walks to the shops and neighbourly interactions. You could call the whole process "revitalization with soul."

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least 20 different students over the past 10 years. Gary loves the sense of accomplishment he gets from his work and loves new challenges. One particularly fun challenge he undertook was competing in the Skills Canada Regional competition, and he highly recommends this to any other trade students. He advises students to take lots of relevant courses, saying that the appropriate Apprenticeship and Workplace Math, Chemistry, Woodwork, and Drafting all helped him in his chosen path. He also offered this advice to students: "Think very carefully about your educational pathway and choose something that really works for you. The trades have a lot to offer!" For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District, contact: Garry Arsenault, 250-658-6679; Roger Pires, 250-655-2715; Wendy Walker, 250-514-0259; Stu Rhodes, 250-415-9211; Kathy Stefani, 250-704-4956; Patti Jordanne, 250-744-4782; or Colleen McNamee, 250-589-7535. View the promotional YouTube video, "Jump Start Your Career" at

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McCrodan Vision Development: Working with a passion to help us see and learn by Lucy Smith

This is the first in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Most of us think about vision and sight as one and same thing. We think in terms of clarity, focus, and the ability to see words and symbols either close up or far away. We think of eye doctors and prescription glasses and the standard vision tests that deem whether our eye sight is 20/20 or not. As we get older we joke about needing reading glasses in order to continue our enjoyment of reading and we run our children through eye tests – like hearing tests and other physical exams – in order to make sure that

their eyes are working clearly. According to Dr. Cameron McCrodan, a Victoria Developmental Optometrist, the above references are actually for "sight," not "vision." While sight is our ability to see, vision refers to the experiential, neurological and behavioural aspect of how we are reacting to and processing what we see. The most obvious example of how vision and sight are interrelated can be seen in reading ability. Being able to see words on a page is much different from being able to read, comprehend, enjoy and learn from what we are seeing. While most people get their eyesight checked, very few understand that visual skills and perception are also closely linked

with reading and success, and this is where McCrodan Vision Development comes in. As a Developmental Optometrist, Dr. McCrodan is passionate about the way vision and the mechanics of reading are part of the neural pathways, or "software," we have available to us, which affect our ability to both read and succeed. A child who is missing core pieces of the visual system puzzle needs a balanced therapeutic approach to vision in addition to (or not) needing eyeglasses. In school children especially, an undiagnosed disorder in visual tracking will often show up as a poor attitude around books and reading, textbook work and homework – all issues

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that can lead to negative learning labels, loss of self esteem and a disinterest in school and learning. A seemingly bright kid may be simply failing to process the written word in a way that promotes learning and success in school. Ruling out tracking problems and visual perception skills on top of sight testing will help parents and teachers understand why struggling to read can be more than a learning disability or just poor sight. Stepping into Dr. McCrodan's office is like arriving at a physiotherapy clinic for the eyes. It is a light-filled and spacious room with various stations for helping patients retrain or develop the neural pathways required to enhance or develop visual performance. Through various tests, the problems areas in the visual skills can be identified and a strong pathway for therapy can be prescribed. McCrodan Vision Development has the specialized equipment and Dr. McCrodan possesses the medical and therapeutic background training necessary to diagnose eye movement problems, and visual processing problems.

Each patient is given the opportunity to build the foundation of visual skills through a goal oriented program designed to create successful vision. As in other forms of physical therapy, where success often hinges upon building or repairing the structures, patients

"I like to create successful strategies and observe the positive outcomes in my treatment. Success is more than 20/20." come in for weekly sessions and are also given daily exercises that will create a platform for success at each stage of the therapy. Each activity is designed to allow for opportunities to learn the fundamental skills necessary for the next level of the progression. Working with children is particularly rewarding for Dr. McCrodan, as he understands that early success in learning

creates happy kids and children who develop strong self esteem and self perception as good learners. Reading the testimonials from parents who have witnessed transformations in their children's vision, ability to read and subsequent behaviour, it is clear that Developmental Optometry is an option that should be addressed side-by-side with sight testing in our efforts to get the bottom of reading comprehension and learning behaviour problems. Early childhood learning experiences can affect the rest of a person's school life, and finding problems in vision perception early can be a relief to a parent with a reluctant reader. Born and raised in Victoria, Dr. McCrodan travelled to Waterloo for his doctorate then moved home to start up his practice on Cedar Hill Road. His face lights up when he talks about the impact he can make in the field of Vision Therapy, and being a part of the vision success stories in our community. "I like to create successful strategies and observe the positive outcomes in my treatment. Success is more than 20/20."

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I would argue, yes. OK, in all fairness I haven't travelled to every location that our amazing planet has to offer, but I have visited more than 20 countries, enjoying some incredible destinations and being treated to some incredible sights. And in all by Dean Innes honesty, we win every time. The Royal LePage combination of the Pacific Ocean, beautiful mountains, amazing coastline, pristine lakes, a warm mild climate, and our overall high standard of living make Vancouver Island the envy of not only other Canadians, but people from all over our globe! The quality of life we enjoy (and sometimes take for granted) is second to none around the world. This brings me to the topic of this brief article: Real Estate. Whether you are a first-time home buyer scouring the market for the right opportunity, or you're a savvy property investor fortunate enough to already have a stake in the southern Vancouver Island market, everyone likes to discuss real estate. Water cooler topics range from: "What are rates going to do?" and "Are prices starting to move up?" to Is it a good time to buy a condo?" and "Can you believe what my neighbour is asking for his place?" All of these are daily common conversations heard throughout the Capital Region and a lot of the time there is no definitive answer to any of them. If the answers were clear we would all have purchased property in 2003 and watched our investments double or triple in a mere decade … but no, it's not that easy. The market will rise and fall and rarely is it easy to predict the best time to buy or sell. But one thing is certain when it comes to real estate on the south Island: Values always move up over time. So don't be so concerned about "when" to get in, just get in … and stay in. Let time do the rest. All you have to do in the interim is live on Southern Vancouver Island, the nicest place on the planet. For more information visit The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,498 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in B.C. during September, up 43.2% from September 2012. Total sales dollar volume was 55.7% higher than a year ago at $3.49 billion. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $537,458, up 8.8% from September 2012.

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what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Astronomer, explorer, soldier, surveyor and Hudson's Bay Company by Valerie Green officer, Peter Leech spent time on Vancouver Island in the 1860s. He was best known for his involvement in the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition, finding quantities of gold in a tributary of the Sooke River. This discovery almost caused the Island's first, and only, Gold Rush! When did you come to Canada, Mr. Leech? I was born in Dublin in 1828 and I enlisted in the Royal Engineers in 1855. I later volunteered to join the British Columbia detachment under Colonel Moody and arrived in Victoria in October 1858. And then? For the first five years I served as an astronomical observer in the survey office at New Westminster, only making very occasional surveys into the field. I understand the detachment was recalled in 1863, so what did you do then? I decided to stay in the colony working on a contract basis for the Lands and Works Department. I also enjoyed participating in some privately sponsored expeditions and surveys. I held the rank of 2nd Corporal and by 1864 was second in command and astronomer with

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"We love to eat salmon for breakfast, lunch and dinner, to fatten us up to sleep through the winter," states a Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (SODC) Ocean Bingo by Tina Kelly clue. "Bears" shout the kids! Along with bears, bald eagles are also featured as Ocean Bingo animals and often the mention of these two species results in some quizzical looks from visitors – bears and eagles are ocean animals? Although you likely won't find reference to these species in many sea creature books, those of us lucky to live along the coast are sometimes exposed to just how interconnected the land and sea can be. Now is a perfect time to witness a species that relies on both habitats and connects the forest (and bears and eagles) to the ocean – the iconic West Coast fish, the Pacific salmon. Fall is the season when oceangoing salmon return to their natal rivers and streams to spawn, creating a new generation of fish and injecting a pulse of nutrients into the river and trees. Spawning signifies the end of the salmon life cycle but fish corpses offer up food for scavengers and important nitrogen for the trees. Salmon are a key component to not just the marine food web but the coastal food web, referring to their place on the menu for bears, wolves, and eagles. Eggs and juvenile salmon – fry and smolts – are eaten by birds and snakes. Of the five Pacific salmon species, chinook are the largest and contain the highest fat content. This gives predators – including endangered resident killer whales – the biggest caloric bang for their efforts. Unfortunately, chinook population numbers are decreasing

and recent spawning returns have been low. The SODC is doing its part to help those chinook out! "For a variety of reasons, we were not permitted to release our salmon in the past," said Curator Paula Romagosa. "Now with a recently-formed partnership with the Goldstream hatchery, we'll keep these salmon for only two or three years before releasing them to continue on their journey to spawn." "Keeping the smolts here is a great way to ensure that they will grow to their full potential without falling victim to predators or disease," said Romagosa. Releasing the fish will be easy: "We'll basically be able to walk out our front door and release them right to the ocean in Sidney." It'll be a short swim – and hopefully, a short gauntlet of predators – around the Peninsula to Goldstream River. The ultimate goal – the Centre's temporary boarders will successfully spawn, creating more salmon for those ocean animals: whales, bears and eagles. And the trees in the forest too! For an up-close look at two of the salmon life stages, visit the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre's 194 salmon smolts and head out to Goldstream Provincial Park to watch salmon in their quest to spawn. Photo credit: top, Bob Orchard; bottom, Tina Kelly. Tina Kelly is an Ocean Advocate at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Visit for more information.

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I grew up in Vancouver and started playing guitar and singing when I was a child. When I was about 19, I began studying with serious teachers and went to college, which eventually led me to private study with some of the best performers and teachers in North America. Our two sons grew up immersed in music with our eldest, Myles, eventually studying and becoming an excellent player in his own right. Over the years I taught hundreds of students in four major cities and this led me to an interest in how people learn and what role music plays in people's lives. Along with his music, Myles studied film and animation at the Vancouver Film School. When we were producing music for a

syndicated TV program from our home studio we began discussing the idea of developing an online guitar education website. Since we didn't know a lot about software programming, we began to search locally for someone and we met with Robin Hembruff, not only a former student, but a programmer and former guitar teacher. The die was cast and we formed our limited company: My Pal Online Education Inc. We decided that a music education site had to be built on the foundation of a solid teaching methodology. The question we asked was: "Could an online learning experience rival a one-to-one private music lesson and how could we achieve that goal?" We began the software design with a constant focus on how people learn and then began to build the software architecture. So far we have shot over 600 HD videos with seven different presenters. Every video is supported with printable PDF lesson materials as well as studio produced play-along tracks. This, combined with 3D animation insertions, makes each video a complete lesson. We plan to establish a location with three video studios, a 3D animation studio, audio studio and administration and support offices. We hope to employ 15 full-time staff by year two and to branch out to other "How To" learning areas with our own software platform. We are expecting full launch in March 2014. In the meantime, we have shot a promotional video for our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign which is due for launch December 8th. If this project interests you call us; ideas are always valuable. Make sure to like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at and stay in touch!

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With Remembrance Day this month, several performances will help us reflect on past sacrifices. Then, as the human spirit needs light with dark, other events will provide welcome distractions from the rainy months ahead.

Remembrance The Sidney Concert Band will play its annual salute to veterans in a Remembrance Concert with Pipes and Drums. Sponsored by Holmes Realty, Sidney. Sunday November 3rd at 2:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney. The Victoria Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the oratorio Convoy PQ17 by Victoria composer, Christopher Butterfield, commemorating the devastating loss of 27 Allied merchant marine ships in the Arctic Ocean in a series of attacks July 1942. Dancers from Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie will interpret parts of this historic tragedy. Sunday November 10th at 2:30 p.m., UVic's Farquhar Auditorium.

Celebration of the North Isbjørn – Norwegian for polar bear – is synonymous with the far North. Nicholas Fairbank's Isbjørn! is based on his experiences in the Norwegian High Arctic during an artistic residency in Svalbard in September through October, 2012. This premiere features five well-known Victoria choirs and uses the performance space in novel ways to express the wildness and desolation of the North. Fairbank is the director of Via Choralis, which will be joined by Ensemble Laude, Viva Youth Choir, Vox Humana and Hexaphone for these two performances. Sunday November 10th at 2:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 3rd Street, Sidney. Friday November 15th at 7:30 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria. Tickets: Tanner's Books, 2436 Beacon Ave, Sidney or Dollar Den, Trafalgar Square, Brentwood Bay.

Canadian Folk Music Awards Contemporary Singer of the Year (2006, 2009). Starting out in Mississippi, Byrnes sang and wandered his way to Canada and even became a TV and film actor along the way. But his heart is still centred in the "blues vibe." He'll be joined by roots and rock singer-songwriter Babe Gurr. Friday November 29th at 7:30 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre, Charlie White Theatre, Sidney. Tickets: 250-656-0275.

Plan Ahead For Christmas Cheer The Peninsula Singers will present Christmas Time is Here at the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre. Tickets make a welcome holiday gift. December 6th and 7th at 7:30 p.m. and December 8th at 2 p.m. Tickets: 250-656-0275. More gift ideas at Christmas Artisans Show, Tulista Arts Centre October 19th through December 23rd, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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It's easy to see why Lila and Les Kerr fell in love with their new home when they first viewed it. Stylish and contemporary inside and out, with a freshness and sparkle that lift the spirit, along with the added bonus of a spectacular oceanside location, this residence ticked all the boxes on their wish list and then some. It was the kitchen that sealed the deal for Lila. "When I saw the kitchen that's when my mind was made up," she confesses. "My wife's a gourmet cook," explains Les.

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Designed and constructed by master builder Bruce Sherwood of Rutlyn Development Corporation as a " signature" home, with thoughtful attention to a myriad of features that ensure a superb living environment, the Kerr residence comes with quite a few delightful surprises and special attributes. Prepare to be impressed by the foyer for starters. The antique baby grand Steinway piano occupies pride of place, the vaulted space that reaches up to the second floor providing perfect acoustics for some serious tickling of the ivories. Fir posts seamlessly encased in warm maple offer a reassuring solidity along with a nice West Coast feel. This entrance level also contains ever so practical guest accommodation, ensuring a nice measure of privacy for everyone. Maple flooring carries up the recessed-lighted stairs, with free standing plate glass panels adding to the overall impression of spacious airiness. The open concept main floor is a testament to Bruce's innate feel for what really works. Generous banks of windows wrap around the space, offering seamless views of the ocean, Mount Baker and the Gulf Islands. The hallways are wide and spacious – fully wheelchair accessible, with plenty of room for Lila's custom china cabinet crafted by Andrew at Brit's Fine Furniture. There is even an unobtrusive elevator, perfect for bringing the groceries up from the garage. These features ensure that homeowners can comfortably age in place should mobility become an issue. In floor radiant hot water heating provides a cosy ambience, while a high-end surround sound system in all the rooms creates a seamless symphonic experience. Enhanced lighting configurations and solid maple doors are just some examples of Bruce's passion for creating homes that showcase the absolute best

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of everything, right down to such wonderful touches as inlaid mahogany in the maple baseboards and windowsills. The fireplace is one of Lila's special projects, a replacement for the original one. The black granite mantel and hearth frame the exquisite beauty of mosaic granite, containing a myriad of light and dark stones, much like one would find on a beach walk. The light and dark motifs continue in the furnishings and extend into the kitchen. Cabinetry is by Cabinet Works, winner of the 2013 Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Crystal Award for Business of the Year in the category of one to 15 employees and Best Customer Service for 2012. Sleek and contemporary cherry cabinets with gleaming hardware reveal all the features every chef needs to stay organized, with lots of rollouts and a pullout pantry for all those essential herbs and spices. Even the fridge comes with its own custom cabinet. Quartz countertops – black with little sparkles that pick up reflections from Lila's gorgeous curved dining room light fixture, create an energetic yin to the yang of the bright white quartz counter reserved for the eating bar where lucky friends can watch Lila cook up a storm. Lots of pendant lamps, as well as recessed and under-cabinet lighting, ensure bright work surfaces, while the walk-in pantry provides plenty of space for Lila's extensive cookbook collection. We can Continued next page


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only hope that one day she'll create her very own cookbook – a compendium of all her treasured recipes. A handy wine fridge keeps the bubbly at hand for toasting the chef and her latest culinary creations. Cabinet Works continued their magic in the bathrooms, with gleaming quartz counters, generous sinks and inspired wall-mounted vanity towers, providing storage solutions for all of life's little essentials. Judiciously placed skylights, motion activated lights under the vanities, artistic tile inserts, sumptuous shower receptacles and sound surround ensure that the daily ablutions are a pleasure indeed. The master bedroom has more of Bruce's special attention to custom features, including a "take your breath away" coffered ceiling with ambient LED lighting, a piano window for extra natural illumination and a walk-out deck overlooking the ocean. Les's comfortable office started out as a media room and is completely soundproof. Pictures, paintings and memorabilia fill

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west coast G arde n er edible landscapes – invoke the memorable Most of us have memories of picking fresh fruit directly off the shrub or tree. Every year we anxiously wait for blackberry or apple season because it stirs up the memory of truly fresh food, something that just can't be bought from the store, but can be found in an old orchard by Solara or hedgerow. Goldwynn For some, the idea of growing Hatchet & Seed Contracting food year after year is overwhelming. Gardening is time consuming and labour intensive in an already busy life. Yes the rewards are tangible: working in the dirt and eating fresh from the garden keeps a body healthy and active. However, it is labour and water intensive to grow annual food every year. This is why focusing on perennial food production can be so rewarding. Perennials, species that are planted once and return every year, have deep roots that can access water and nutrients that annual species cannot. They often have higher nutrient values (think blueberries and asparagus), and they don't require as much labour over time: you plant once and harvest for many years. Permaculture, a hybrid of the words permanent and agriculture, is a system of design that uses patterns found in nature to create vibrant, healthy "food ecosystems." Permaculture focuses on perennial agriculture as a way of minimizing the constant input of a system (labour, outside nutrients and excess water) while maximizing the output. By working with patterns found in nature we work towards building healthy ecosystems, not only healthy food. Through observing the natural patterns already existing on your property you can plant perennial food plants accordingly. For example, the hot area near your house could be a place to grow lemons or an espaliered peach tree; the boggy zone near your garage could see blueberries, honeyberries and cranberries; or a sandy patch could yield asparagus and ever-bearing strawberries. Many people are not aware that in this climate we can grow perennial "super-foods" like goji berries, figs, lemons, mulberries, and so much more with great success. With some observation of what is already existing on your property, finding the right spot for the right plant can be easy. November is a great time of year to build healthy soil and plant perennial food plants. An easy soil building technique, called sheet mulching, is the process of layering cardboard, manure, lawn clippings, leaf mulch and more, on top of lawn. Nature does the tilling, as worms and soil organisms feast on the layers, moving between them, leaving fertile soil in their wake. Into this new soil one can plant perennial foods that can be enjoyed year after year. Creating a memory-invoking garden can be easy with the addition of perennials! For more information visit


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Danielle Studios by Doreen Marion Gee This is the last in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. The founder of the new Danielle Studios calls herself a "Creativity Enabler," a very apropos title. At Danielle's facility, you are the master artist, actually forging an exquisite piece of art with your own hands. This new studio also facilitates your artistic juices with an accessible service and a relaxed, respectful self-paced atmosphere. You will amaze yourself. Danielle St-Jean launched her studio in Sidney in June of this year, Danielle Studios Inc., A Paint Your Own Pottery and Glass Fusing Studio, following on the great success of her first studio in Langford. Danielle's studio offers us the magical experience of making works of art with our own hands – drawing out our creative talents in both ceramics and glass fusing. Happy patrons can paint coloured glaze on a pre-made ceramic ornament and then take home a treasure after it is fired. Or they can experience the thrill of glass fusing, creating a masterpiece from a rainbow of colours and shapes; in her studios were many examples of exquisite luminous pieces full of gold and silver crushed glass and rubyred and ocean-blue glass chips – all melted into artistic glory. Danielle enables the creative process by making art accessible. Patrons don't need a formal course to do glass fusing. Danielle recommends a workshop first (held in Langford) but customers can

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also make an appointment with her for personal instruction. And you can come in as a "drop-in" anytime. At Danielle Studios, creativity is amazingly low-priced and affordable. And it is an all-inclusive studio: the price is piece-based and includes the item itself, paint, tools, studio time, firing, and personal support. Danielle and her staff will greet you at the door and help and support you in making your own keepsake. Her studio gleams with every material and colour you desire. "I like working with people. We try to take the time to get to know our customers." Danielle has a soft, gentle, encouraging manner. She teaches customers the craft, works with them, and never rushes anyone. Patrons work at their own pace and can work on their projects as long as they need to. The creative process always blossoms in a self-directed, relaxed, comfortable atmosphere where we invoke those artistic juices at our own speed. Danielle offers Pro-D Day Specials, birthday parties, Ladies' Nights and corporate events. Her studio showcases breathtaking works of glass that she has created; many are for sale. Danielle also does commissioned work. "We offer people the opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends. It is a place where you can come in and actually create memories." Danielle wants to bring out the Van Gogh in you! Contact:; Locally, sustainably and lovingly handmade … the perfect Christmas gift for someone you love

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How to Appreciate Your Paintings (and your spouse) Again by Pene Beavan Horton

Do you have favourite paintings on your walls at home? Most of us do. We decide where we'd like to hang them and do it. The point is … how often do we switch them around? How often do we hang them in a different room, or under different lighting? And why should we? If we never change the location of our favourite art pieces, after a while we won't even see them. They'll be there, in the same place, year after year, and we might as well hang a blanket over them. So if we want to make the most of our art, let's take a fresh look at our paintings and make some switches. Take one out of our bedroom and hang it in the dining room, or vice versa. Some paintings look better in natural light, perhaps hanging near a window … others may glow under electric light and look washed out in daylight. This depends on whether the artist painted it at night under ordinary electric light, or in daylight. We may not know which light shows the painting at its best, unless we change the location of the painting and test it out. With our painting in a different place, we'll see it with new appreciation. The light may hit it in a different way so we notice something we've not noticed before. We will probably fall in love with it again because we're taking a fresh look at it. This practice of switching things around so they don't become invisible applies to other things in our lives as well. Ever thought of asking a loving spouse to trade places with us at the dining room table? Otherwise we might as well hang a blanket over him or her because familiarity breeds invisibility … unless we start switching things around a bit, we won't see them any more … paintings or spouses. By "switching" I don't mean replacing! But it might be fun to make a list of things we currently take for granted, then see if placing them in a different light works better … It's been said that we need to read great books at least three times in our lifetime … when we're young, when we're middle-aged and when we're old. Our perceptions and appreciation depend on where we are in our lifespan. The same applies to people we know and love. Does custom define our life? That painting has always hung there, it belongs there … my

husband always sits at the head of the table … I always … we always … Let's put that painting on a different wall! Start reading that book in the middle … throw some pumpkin seeds into our morning shake … place our spouse in a

different light and stop letting everything become a habit and therefore invisible … Looking at everything we see in a different light makes us appreciate the good things in our life that may just need a little rearranging to blossom again.

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Charles Dickens Pub & Eatery: Movers and Shakers by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the first in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Beer on ice cream? Caressing my mouth, the malty thick liqueur and sweet dessert seem deliciously made for each other. The Charles Dickens Pub & Eatery in Sidney is an innovative, progressive restaurant, always wanting to thrill the palates of their customers with new cutting edge culinary creations. They offer excellent food and service but take it a step further – exploring a new universe of mouthwatering delights and treating people with that caring personal

touch. Respecting their customers always means giving them more to enjoy. Welcome to the new age of food service. Nick Coates is the general manager of Sidney's Travelodge complex, which includes the Charles Dickens Pub. He exudes that warm easy confidence and silvery charm of someone with a lot of experience and success under their belt. The Pub and Eatery says "classy," with a rich old-fashioned interior and a bar that literally shimmers with polished wood, brass and coloured glass. "We have this warm and cozy old EnglishStyle Country Pub," Nick reflects. They

go the extra mile to have one of the largest selections of draft beer on the Peninsula. Charles Dickens Pub & Eatery is breaking new ground with its innovative top-quality cuisine. "I would rank our food up there with any fine-dining place in Victoria," says Nick, who speaks glowingly about his new chef, Joseph DuQuette, a Red Seal Certified and Chef de Cuisine Certified Chef: "Joe has made the quality of our food second to none." The personable chef cooks his fare with "Joey Love:" "Our food is almost completely made in-house. Everything is cooked fresh and nothing comes in frozen." s s n es ard io sin Aw ent Bu al M w st Ne Cry ble 13 ra 20 ou



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He raves about his succulent Boneless Beef Short Ribs: "It's a trade secret! The ribs are 'Triple A' Alberta beef, seared and spiced, giving them a dark rich taste. They have melt-in-your-mouth texture. The flavour will make you want more!" At this eatery, boldness and innovation pump up the wow factor. That good old pint has been rebranded with a new chic. Beer is now a culinary experience: it is paired with and infused in their food. Joe: "A good portion of the menu has beer in it. Our Signature Burgers are made with Guinness-infused Cheddar and beef free of hormones and pesticides. Smithwick's Beer is in our Mac and Cheese." The friendly Chef assures patrons on alcoholfree diets that all the spirits are burned off during cooking, leaving nothing but a rich savoury taste behind. "The deep hops flavour gets back to Mother Nature," Joe muses. Beer enhances and brings out new dimensions of palate-pleasing bliss. Due to today's

sophisticated palates, Charles Dickens keeps their menu cutting-edge and exciting. Always trying to stay ahead of the game, Saturday afternoons will feature a pianist doing jazz and classical music on their new piano.

They also keep their prices reasonable, so anybody can enjoy their fare. For another special touch, their entire menu is available all day. As I sat enjoying the comfortable ambiance of the Charles Dickens Pub & Eatery ,

I watched the servers interacting with customers: a warm arm around a shoulder, a kind touch on the arm, a female server going to great lengths on her busy shift to make sure that an older man had his perfect HDTV image of the latest soccer championship. Customer service gets top billing along with the food. To Nick, two things are important: Acknowledging your customers and being able to anticipate what their needs are. "People like it here because they are treated the way that they want to be treated," he says. Customers are greeted at the door and enjoy caring service. Respect for clients is paramount: their ground beef is pasteurized to ensure a safe eating experience. "I want to get your trust and make you smile," says Joe softly. When it comes to being "movers and shakers," that says it all. Contact: information/charles-dickens-pub.

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken" is one of Sharon Rose Kneeshaw's favourite Oscar Wilde quotes and it certainly represents her: a unique and authentic individual who spends every waking moment being true to herself and her art. For as long as she can remember, Sharon has been creating. A quiet, thoughtful individual, she prefers to let her art do the talking while she spends her time observing. For the past 27 years, Sharon has been working as a graphic artist and building an extensive portfolio. She believes in a "hands on, hands in" approach and begins every new project by truly "listening" to her clients with an intent to extract the very essence of what they want and need in a design. A graduate of Ontario's Fanshawe College, Sharon's journey west finally landed her on Vancouver Island where she now lives and works in her Sidney home office. Representing a wide variety of clients, her comprehensive body of design work includes logos, branding, photography, business cards, flyers, rack cards, ads, posters, book and CD covers, billboards and tattoo designs. Her favourite in a long list remains logo design, because it represents the intrinsic nature of an individual or organization and is vital to a client's brand. A self-proclaimed insomniac, when asked what keeps her up at night, Sharon's reply is simply "her art." Always thinking and often dreaming of designs and colours and themes, she freely admits "my art is my life." For Sharon, one of the best things about living in Sidney, other than daily encounters with people's generosity of spirit and kindness, is her association with the Sidney Meet Up group. She feels supported by like-minded women who are building relationships while building their businesses. A member of the group since the beginning, she enjoys the female friendships and continues to be inspired by others who, like Sharon, are trying to bring their very best to both their personal and professional lives. When she is not working as a graphic artist, Sharon is creating beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, painting, sculpting or teaching belly dancing, something she has done for more than two decades. She also enjoys visiting and dining with friends and continues to explore new adventures on the Island. For this artist, no project is too small or too big: she enjoys it all. Everything she touches is a labour of love and Sharon is grateful to earn a living by playing with art every day in a place she now knows in her heart is "home." Reach out to Sharon by email, phone, or find her on Facebook. Email: Phone: 778.426.4646. Facebook:

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Adding Another Dimension Just the thought of fundraising raises more than money: it raises anxiety. Fear no more: Wealthy School Revolution has brought its international program to the Island. In its third year, and based in Vancouver, Suzanne Moss is the company's local representative. Essentially an e-commerce fundraiser, the program allows parents to shop online for products they already purchase, and in turn provides schools with much needed funds. Contact Suzanne for more information at Fresh from Winnipeg, Carol Gartrell now calls Willis Point home and her business, Fairy Godmother Gowns, is now open for business. An experienced bridal seamstress, Carol creates and sews special occasion fashions for women of all ages and can custom design pieces from a sketch, a photo or even an idea. Specializing in wedding gowns, she also sews bridal party wear, grad dresses, holiday party dresses and much more. Find out more at

fairygodmothergowns. With a goal to creating projects that wow, entertain and inspire, Ryan Grealy recently opened the doors at RKG 3D Creations – 3D Signs and Carvings. Using materials, methods, tools and technology designed to last, Ryan's customized 3D work includes signs, name plaques/ plates, customized lamps, home décor items, awards, promotional items, theme elements and much more. Open seven days a week, you can check out Ryan’s creations at or on facebook: https://www. dining

Airplane Food You'll Enjoy Winner of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 2013 Crystal Award for New Business, the new Catalina Grill House serves up an exceptional casual dining experience, overlooking the airport runway on McDonald Park Road in Sidney. Herb Konig is passionate about food and customer service, offering lunch

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Promoting Local Business and Tourism The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce celebrated its seventh annual Crystal Awards for Business Excellence on October 3rd. A star-studded community affair was held at the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Check out the winners and the candids at http://www. The Sidney BIA (Business Improvement Area) recently rolled out its new marketing campaign. Find out more about how this organization plans to promote Sidney at While the Saanich Peninsula Visitor Info Centre on the Pat Bay highway has closed for the season, the 2281 Beacon Avenue location remains open yearround. Friendly, knowledgeable tourism counsellors are on hand

to help you explore the Saanich Peninsula, make reservations, find local services and tourist attractions, and help your holiday season visitors with their travel plans. Find out more at The Mary Winspear Centre has a full calendar! Check out what is happening this month and throughout the holiday season. Don't forget to celebrate the Festival of Trees from November 21st through to January 2nd. While the Peninsula Celebrations Society is gearing up for its annual Sidney Sparkles Santa Claus Parade on November 30th, Rob McMillan and his Saanich Peninsula Secret Santas are gearing up for the 2013 Toys for Tots campaign. Efforts this year include a Gingerbread House Contest with proceeds helping local families enjoy a more joyfilled holiday season. You can help by collecting toys, sponsoring, attending or hosting a fundraising event, volunteering or making a corporate or personal donation. Contact Rob and his team at or 778-402-8784.

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Caffeine & Running: Part 1

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swiftest of runners can easily be beaten without their daily cup of coffee or caffeine fix, and some runners rely on caffeine by Steve Sheppard to get them up and out the door. Luckily, if you're a caffeine addict (like me), or even if you only enjoy the occasional cup of coffee, using caffeine strategically is one of the most effective "legal" performance enhancers you can use to help your running. Yup, that morning cup o' joe can actually make you a better runner! Recent studies show that more than two-thirds of Olympic athletes use caffeine to increase their performance. You can be quite sure that if Olympic athletes are using caffeine, it works. However, you don't need to be an Olympic-caliber runner to benefit from the strategic use of caffeine. Caffeine is actually one of the most widelyresearched areas of sports performance, perhaps because so many runners rely on it for more than just its potential performanceenhancing benefits: Mental alertness and improved state of mind – Just as your morning cup of coffee helps you get mentally ready to face the day, research shows that caffeine boosts your mental alertness, improves your mood, and boosts your desire to run hard. This is a great benefit for those mornings you're facing a tough speed workout and you just

don't want to get out the door, or if you're an evening runner who needs a mental boost after a long day at work. Even better, for longer events, such as the marathon and half marathon, caffeine reduces a runner's perception of effort. Put simply: it makes running fast feel easier. More importantly, caffeine increases the concentration of endorphins in the brain – yup, those same exact hormones that produce a runner's high. Fat utilization – For marathon runners, perhaps the most important benefit of caffeine is that it enhances your body's use of fat as a fuel source, thereby conserving glycogen. In marathon racing, the conservation of glycogen is critical to performance over the last 10 kilometres of the race. It's not exactly clear how caffeine increases fat utilization; however, most researchers agree that caffeine increases the number of fatty acids in the blood stream, which increases the speed at which your body can covert fat to usable energy. Now, with the winter season coming to the West Coast, many of you will continue to run and kudos to you. For me … I will continue to drink coffee and ask more questions to various runners this month so that I can write "Caffeine and Running Part 2" in December … Steve out.

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A Tale of Two Fables by Derek Aason and Brad Morrison Sidney Museum & Archives

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the Saanich Peninsula there was a cottage that appeared to belong in a children's fairytale, where one could imagine fictional characters like Snow White, Goldilocks, or Hansel and Gretel stumbling upon it while exploring the local woods. With its silvery peaked sloping gable roofs flowing together and nearly touching the ground, its barrellike doors and full panel windows, it could be forgiven if childhood fantasies come to mind. What started out as a papier mâché model from the imagination of a young English artist and painter turned into a reality in 1947. The young artist's vision was to bridge what seemed like an impossible gap between a fairytale image and a practical, functioning house. While looking for dogwood trees to paint along the coast of the Saanich Peninsula, he located the perfect spot for his dream cottage. The problem was, he had very limited funds and a small family to support, with little to spare for hiring a contractor to build the cottage. Like many men of vision, it fell upon the young artist's wife to get the ball rolling. After sharing her husband's dream with the wife of a local contractor, she was able to bring together the two men, and a bargain was struck. Plans were drawn and the difficult task of bringing

fantasy to reality began. The work progressed slowly as there were few straight lines as in traditional building to follow since everything had to be prepared to fit the slopes and curves of the design. After the centre shell of the cottage had been completed, the young couple found that they were unable to finish the work due to financial reasons. Moving to England, the couple sold the property to an elderly couple with means, who fulfilled the vision by completing the remainder of the cottage in 1949. Immensely proud of their storybook cottage, the elderly couple made a habit of sending greeting cards with a picture of the cottage to their friends and acquaintances, and had many out-of-area visitors arrive to view it.

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… and Now the Real Fable by Derek Aason and Brad Morrison Sidney Museum & Archives

If you believe that the cottage being referred to on the previous page is the famed Fable Cottage of Cordova Bay, you are mistaken. The cottage mentioned in that story, christened "Klee Wyck" or "Laughing One," is located at 729 Ardmore Road along the shores of Coles Bay. The young artist couple was Jonathan and Honor Eastman and the elderly couple were Reynold and Annie Kember. Unfortunately, the Kembers only enjoyed living in the cottage for a short time as Reynold died in 1953 and Annie in 1957. Members of the Kember family continued to live in the cottage after the death of their parents until the late 1960s. It was then sold a few times over the next 15 years and finally was demolished to make room for a modern house in the mid-1980s. As for Fable Cottage, it was not until 1951 when that structure was planned along Cordova Bay Road, by Bernie and Billie Rogers, taking 10 years to complete and bearing a striking resemblance to Eastman's design. They even hired the same contractor, James Lorenzen, to work with them. Fable Cottage was modeled after the design of Klee Wyck, and when Eastman returned to Victoria in the 1960s and discovered that Rogers

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had been claiming the design of Fable Cottage as being unique, it upset him greatly. Eastman considered it to be a copy in the sense of an artist's work being duplicated. Rogers claimed the idea for Fable Cottage did come from Klee Wyck, but that the floor plan for Fable Cottage was his wife's idea. James Lorenzen's wife recalled her first meeting with Rogers and stated that she showed him a picture of Klee Wyck and that Rogers said he wanted to have a house modeled on the same design. Rogers would claim to the time of his death that Fable Cottage was not duplicated on purpose, yet the similarity is striking! Fable Cottage was sold to Dick Hunter in 1969 and later to Bob and Anita Lane, who would add all of the gardens around the property as well as 30 animated dwarfs. In 1993, developer Wes Ritter purchased the property and the cottage was moved to Denman Island where it is being operated as a B&B. The Tale of Two Fables is an account of the forgotten and original fairytale house of the Saanich Peninsula. The original gate posts to the entrance of Klee Wyck can still be seen at 729 Ardmore Road. Modern development has erased Klee Wyck, but this original fairytale house built by John Eastman and James Lorenzen gave the inspiration for the Cottage that would be a tourist attraction in the Peninsula area for decades. Thanks to Chris J.P. Hanna for his assistance in the research of this article.

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Honda Civic Si by Julian Sale

Everybody has owned a Honda. Maybe a Civic, maybe

an Odyssey, maybe a lawn mower that actually ran properly for 15 years straight. Some of you may remember the S600 sports car back in the '60s. In 1937, Mr. Soichiro Honda formed the Tokai Seiki company and produced piston rings for Toyota among others. Business was brisk, and in 1946, the Honda Technical Research Institute was formed. Today, Honda is the largest engine manufacturer in the world, but not the biggest car-maker in the world. Honda was a racer, and a dreamer. He loved motorcycles, and gained a reputation for unbeatable quality and second-to-none reliability. No matter what internal combustion engine you rely on to take you to work and back, you can thank Mr. Honda for part of it's development. I am a Honda guy, and after working at Action Motorcycles in Esquimalt for 17-odd years, I learned a lot about Honda. I used to joke with lovers of other brands that "my blood is red," referring to Honda's company colour. I've always believed that a Honda product is more carefully engineered than other similar products, so much better that reliability and serviceability were superior to anything else money could buy. Fast forward to 1973. Enter the Civic. Fast forward to 2012: the Civic outsold every car in Canada for 12 years. The secret was out. But hidden somewhere within the Honda management was a racer like Soichiro. The Civic has an evil twin called the "Si" model. Until 2006, the Canadian-made Si was a buttered-up, well-dressed basic Civic with a sticker on the side. But with the Civic redesign, the eighth

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you n g readers b oo k re v iew Island of the Blue dolphins, by scott o'dell I really enjoyed taking part in the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Summer Reading Program and Island of the Blue Dolphins was my favourite of the eight books I read. Life on the Island of the Blue Dolphins is quite simple. The men spend their days hunting but take no reviewed by more than they need, while the women Brooke Anderson, 9 pass the time weaving and cooking. Won-a-pa-lei is the daughter of the Chief of the Ghalas-at tribe. She lives happily with her father, older Sister Ulape and younger brother Ramo, until the Aleuts arrive on the island. These untrustworthy hunters go back on their agreement to pay the islanders for otter skins and a battle breaks out. Many of the island's men are killed, and the survivors take the opportunity to leave and take their chances in a new land. When events take a tragic turn the young girl is completely alone. Alone that is except for the wild animals which include sea elephants, small red foxes, otters, giant devil fish and wild dogs. This story tells of her struggles to keep safe, her loneliness, and how the way she looks at these creatures changes as the years pass. Always hoping for rescue, Won-a-pa-lei builds shelters, makes animal friends and hunts and fishes when the weather allows. Will she ever be rescued? I love this book, I couldn't put it down. I had to see what would happen. I really admire Won-a-pa-lei for being so strong and resourceful. My favourite part of the story is when Won-a-pa-lei makes a secret friend. They cannot understand each other's language so they spend their time trading gifts and words. I can't imagine how I would cope if I was left alone like that. I didn't realise it was based on a true story but this makes me like it even more. Published in 1960, Island of The Blue Dolphins was written by Scott O'Dell. It was his first book for children after writing novels for 26 years. It has been translated in to 19 different languages and won a Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honour awards and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal. New Releases – Available at The Children's Bookshop: Alex Rider #9: Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland Click, Clack Boo! by Doreen Cronin Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Melanie Watt The Surprise Attack of Jabba The Puppett by Tom Angleberger Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel United We Spy by Ally Carter You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

v eteri n ary v oice "blood also holds clues to many disease processes, be it through chemical testing, genetic profiling, or looking directly at blood cells."

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Other times blood results act as a piece of a puzzle. Even sick all have blood patients will wag their tail, purr or eat treats. We as veterinarians circulating in have to assemble information from our examinations, the blood their veins, tests, X-rays and ultrasounds, surgery or other procedures be they dogs, in order to make a diagnosis. We are like a medical Sherlock cats, other Holmes! mammals, Blood testing is often recommended prior to a pet being birds, reptile anaesthetized. This is one of the paramount safety steps that … that magical enables veterinarians to be aware of diseases that may not be elixir that detected by a physical exam. keeps Anaesthesia is a beneficial by Dr. Shelley Breadner "We as veterinarians us alive, tool, but is not completely spreads without risk. Blood testing have to assemble oxygen and nutrients to every vessel and body part we is one of the key steps to information from have! When handled gently, we can collect from animals of reducing that risk through examinations, blood all sizes. knowledge and preparation. Blood also holds clues to many disease processes, be it Some blood testing can tests, X-rays … We through chemical testing, genetic profiling, or looking be done in hospital, while are like a medical directly at blood cells. We can identify many disease other tests need to be sent to conditions and health concerns through that little sample a full veterinary diagnostic Sherlock Holmes!" of blood, along with some urine. We often pair a blood laboratory. Did you know sample with a urine sample in order to expand the information that there are specialists who deal only in veterinary clinical on your pet's health. It is ideal to collect the two samples at the pathology (the study of disease through diagnostic testing)? We same time for maximum accuracy of interpretation. rely on these specialists for direct consulting for lab results. They Blood samples are almost always best when the patient has can provide insight on results through interpretation and can been fasted. You can help your pet cope without the morning suggest additional tests to further aid in a diagnosis, if needed. breakfast by sleeping in until close to appointment time. Avoid Some tests have to be shipped to select laboratories across feeding the other family pets in the morning, so that the one North America for specialty testing. Imagine your pet's blood fasting doesn't have to watch in anguish as the others eat. being sent to Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, or Ontario! Putting your pet in the car while you eat your breakfast is a Veterinary medicine is as diverse as human medicine, and compassionate act on your part, and essential for a couple of we have some amazing abilities to assist your pet, all through specific tests, so that your pet does not smell or think food and a simple blood sample. Sometimes diseases don't show their trigger premature body responses to mix up the test results. badness until they are well established. So don't be afraid to stick We can diagnose diseases such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, out a limb for a little sample. It can ensure we know your pet is Cushing's and Addison's disease, kidney, pancreas and liver healthy, and it could save your pet's life! disease, anaemia, bleeding disorders … the list goes on and on. For more information visit

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A Day With Santa and the Saanich Jr. Braves Free day of family excitement with a movie, skate and/or kindergym and crafts. Various venues at Tillicum Centre plaza. 10 - 2:30.

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Deck the Hall: Winter Light Festival Get in the holiday spirit with festive lights display and children's Christmas Concerts, photos with Santa, arts & crafts, and horse and carriage rides. Fun for the whole family. Saanich Municipal Hall, 5 - 8:30. Art - Elves Workshop Children will enjoy the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Kids will make cards and special holiday gifts. Plus some clay work. 1 - 3:30. Ages 5 – 9. Register: or 250-475-7121



New Year's Double Skate Celebrate the new year with a free skate with non-perishable food item. Games, fun activities & glow sticks. In Arena A. 1 - 2:20. 250.656.7271 Discover … Kids Around the World Hop on a plane, train and boat and go all over the world, learning about different countries through crafts, food & games. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Tuesdays, 12:30 - 2:30. 3-5yrs. Register: 250-475-7600


The Knitting Basics This class offers the basics for first time knitters. By the end of the session you will have a completed project! A few supplies are required. 1 - 3:30, Room # 8, Greenglade Community Centre. Ages 10 – 15 years. Register: panorama 250.656.7271


Polar Express" Winter Break Camp Jump on Panorama's Polar Express for mountains of fun with games, activities, crafts, swimming, skating and more! Greenglade Community Centre, Room # 7. Ages 5 – 11. Register: www. 250.656.7271

Winter Wondertime! Enjoy a beautiful hike with a CRD Parks’ naturalist through Francis/King Park and along the Pan Handle Fire Trail to Thetis Lake. Pack a lunch, water, raingear, and good hiking shoes. 1 - 2:30, 5yrs+ 250.478.3344


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Discover...Motion, Make Believe and More Thrills and excitement with motion from race cars, flying saucers, submarines; learn about movement and speed and play in gym time to burn up some "motion." Saanich Commonwealth Place. Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:30pm. 3-5yrs. Register: 250-475-7600

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Suzuki Cello For Young Beginners An effective way for children to learn to play, creating a good sound in a balanced and natural way. Peninsula Academy of Music Arts Classroom. 5:30 – 6:15. 5 – 8 years. Register: www.crd. 250.656.7271

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Eight Weeks in the Life of Me Build children's Teen Nights in the Pottery Studio Have confidence through creative drama. Participants a blast learning basics on the potter's discover who they are by acting out roles that wheel. Make mugs & bowls; learn about embody personal power. North Saanich Middle decorating & glazing. Greenglade School Stage. Thursdays 3:20 – 5:20. 10-14yrs. Community Centre. Fri 6:30 – 9. Register: 250.656.7271 11 to 16 years. Register:



Guys' Group Play pool, ping pong, chat with your friends. Different sports activities and games every week. Free. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Thursdays 6 - 8. 10 – 16 years. 250-475-7600

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Parent and Tot Clay Mornings Play with your little one in an exploration of cool tactile clay. Make a small sculpture together, then decorate and glaze the pieces. Greenglade Community Centre Room #3 Thursdays 10 - 11:30. 30 months - 5 yrs. Register: 250.656.7271


Valentine Minute to Win It Awesome time for teens with games at the Bayside Teen Centre. Rock the night with Bucket Head, Caddy Sack, Chocolate Unicorn. Bayside Middle School Teen Lounge, 1101 Newton Place 5:30 - 7:30. Grades 6 –10. Free. 250.656.7271


Mad Messages Pretend you are a detective or a secret agent. Learn special codes to send secret messages to your friends and how to talk in numbers. Central Saanich Cultural Centre. 9 – 4. 5 – 11yrs. Register: panorama 250.656.7271

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Lego, Lego, Lego A Tribute to the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Hey kids: Enjoy Lego fire trucks and fire halls. Plus all your favourites: Lego Star Wars, pirates, castles and race cars. Free. Sidney Museum, 2423 Beacon Avenue, 10 – 4. 250-655-6355


School's Out! $2 Swim Splash around, swim, laugh a lot and swish down the waterslide at the Panorama. Games, prizes and more! 1 - 3. www.crd.

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Panorama Recreation is excited to offer over 50 exciting camps this summer! To Family Celebration accommodate the interests, needs and Join us at our 8th annual First Night New Year’s Eve celebration! Enjoy musical abilities of all of the youth in our community, Purchase entertainment as well as numerous activities, arts & we’ve including carefully swimming, designed skating, our program crafts, inflatable obstacle course, bouncy castle and a giant movie screen playing your selection so that you can customize your holiday classics. We’ll end off the nightvery withown a Fireworks Finaleexperience. at 9pm! summer camp Camp tickets at choices include Geocaching, Wilderness, Spy Tickets on Sale December 1st Panorama Kids, Junior Lifeguard and so much more. The On Dec 31st By Dec 30th Recreation Adult (19yrs+) $15 choice is yours and it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Adult (19yrs+) $11 Child/Student (6 - 18yrs) $11 Child/Student (6 - 18yrs) $7 Child (0 - 5yrs)


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tuesday evenings Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney, 7:30 pm 250.656.3738

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience, please come out to one of our meetings. every wednesday

Bingo at "The Centre"

1229 Clarke Rd., Brentwood Bay, 1 pm

Cash prizes, special games and a progressive jackpot. Refreshments available. Open to everyone. Proceeds go to operating costs for The Central Saanich Senior's Centre. Come out and support this nonprofit facility which provides recreation and support for all seniors on the Saanich Peninsula. november 3

Park 2 Park Hiking Adventure (Guided Adult Hike) 18 yrs + Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) 10 am - 2 pm 250.478.3344

Hike two parks in one! A Regional Parks’ naturalist will guide the hike in Francis/King, and along the Pan Handle Fire Trail to Thetis Lake. Bring a lunch, water and raingear, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet at the Nature Centre off Munn Road. november 8

Sidney Concert Society Presents: Violin Virtuousity St. Elizabeth's Church 10030 Third St, Sidney, 7:30 pm

Featuring soloist Nancy DiNovo. Tickets: Adults $20; adult students $10; youth under 19 years free. Save by purchasing season tickets (four concerts) for $65 – only at the door. Available at Tanner's Books, Sidney; Russell Nursery, North Saanich; Tom Lee Music, Victoria and at the door. november 10 & 15

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Nov. 10th: St. Elizabeth's Church 10030 Third St, Sidney, 2:30 pm Nov. 15th: Christ Church Cathedral Quadra @ Rockland Ave, Victoria, 7:30 pm

Commissioned by Via Choralis Performance Society, with assistance from the B.C. Arts Council. Special guest choirs: Ensemble Laude, Viva Youth Choirs, Vox Humana, Hexaphone. Tickets: adults $20; students $5; children 12 and under free. Available at Tanner's Books, Sidney; Ivy's Bookshop, Victoria; Long & McQuade, Victoria; Dollar Den, Brentwood Bay and from choir members. november 11

Remembrance Day Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 250.656.0275

Enjoy a warm drink before and after the Sidney Remembrance Day parade. Come inside to view Memorial Park Remembers, a permanent display in the Myfanwy Pavelic Gallery.


The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies). november 18

"The Whiskies & Cusine of Maharajas" Companions of the Quaich Dinner and Whisky Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.658.1109

In Hindu mythology the Amrut is a golden pot containing the elixir of life. Since the first Amrut Single Malt Whisky was launched officially in Glasgow in 2004, the awards for the Indian version of the Scottish "usquebaugh," water of life, keep pouring in. This event will feature four prize-winning Amrut whiskies and Indian dishes fit for Maharajas. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50. november 23 Holly Fair

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St. Mary's Church, Saanichton (East Saanich Rd. & Cultra Ave.) 9:30 - 2 pm 250.652.1611

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 1:30 - 6:30 pm 250.656.0275

Lots to choose from: home baking, handcrafts, gourmet pantry, books, garden shop, white elephant and attic treasures and a silent auction (bids close at 1:30 p.m.) Morning coffee and muffins and a light lunch will be served.

Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic

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Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month in Sidney, with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. For more information, please visit our website. november 16

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Annual Christmas Bazaar & Craft Fair Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 10 am - 3 pm 250.656.0275

Beautiful handmade crafts, refreshments and the chance to win wonderful raffle prizes! november 18

Dodge the Rain - Come Inside For Stories on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories start @ 7:30 pm

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Sunday Serenade Concert St. Mary's Church, Saanichton (East Saanich Rd. & Cultra Ave.) 2:30 pm 250.652.5392

Featuring the Viva Youth Choir's Senior Ensemble and Young Men's Ensemble. Tickets are $15 and available at the door or by reserving by contacts above. november 24

Winter Birds of Witty's (Guided Walk) 9 yrs + Witty's Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) 10 am - 2 pm 250.478.3344

While some birds fly south, many spend their winters enjoying southern Vancouver Island’s moderate climate. Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to find out who’s who at the lagoon, a favourite bird hangout. Bring binoculars if you have a pair. Spotting scopes are provided Meet at the Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road.

Pump Your Brain: Panorama's Pickleball Is your brain fit? It's essential to keep our bodies agile and strong as we age, but our brains also need constant exercise to keep them functioning well and running optimally. The programs at Panorama Recreation Centre are designed to enhance physical, mental and social well-being. A prime example is "pickleball," a sport that challenges the body and keeps the mind alert, focused and firing on all cylinders. Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island when some friends made large makeshift bats, grabbed a perforated plastic ball and created a unique racquetball game based on badminton. When "Pickle," their eager canine player, ran away with the ball, it was "Pickle's Ball!" – hence, the name. Presentday pickleball is played with a whiffle ball and large square racquets, just "a simple paddle game played using a special perforated ball over a tennis-type net on a badminton-sized court." (USA Pickleball Association) "Pickleball is all the rage," according to Dustin Ray-Wilks, Panorama's Community Recreation Coordinator for Adult Programs. Always a frontrunner in recreation, Panorama Rec offers pickleball programs: Fall Drop-ins at Greenglade Community Centre and North Saanich Middle School that extend into the new year. An attendant is on hand to organize games at NSMS. Dustin relates that a primary value at Panorama is "active aging – keeping the mind and the body active." He says that pickleball is played on a smaller court than tennis, with less running, leaps and bounds to hit the ball – therefore beginners and those with joint issues find it very accessible. However, pickleball is ideal for any person at any pace, providing a very robust and high-energy whole body workout that boosts cardio health, muscle strength and physical endurance. Pickleball also promises massive mental benefits, according to Eric Knoester, Panorama's Racquet Sports Coordinator. Pickleball players have to quickly think on their feet using "open skills:" adapting their movements to ever-changing external stimuli. Pickleball involves

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constant efficient decision-making: when and where shall I hit the ball. The player has to be mentally agile, thinking many steps ahead: where is the ball, where is it going. This mental workout exercises the brain, keeping it young, healthy and high-functioning. Eric also sees wonderful social benefits of playing, laughing and having fun together. Because pickleball is so accessible and user-friendly, players enjoy a solid feeling of success and accomplishment as they gain finesse on the court. This boosts self-esteem and well-being. Happy person, happy brain. " The sport of pickleball is a great thing – mentally, physically and socially." Eric's words speak volumes. Is your fitness regimen in a pickle? Get down to Greenglade and flex those neurons! Sign up for a "learn and play" pickleball program at Panorama where participants are introduced to the game and have a chance to play games with their newly acquired skills. Tuesdays: 9 to 10:30 a.m., January 14th through February 11th, $50. Tuesdays: 9 to 10:30 a.m., February 18th through March 19th, $50. Register through Panorama Recreation in November when the Winter/Spring Active Living brochure comes out. Visit for more information.


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ARIES (march 21 april 19) Try to avoid

power struggles. Cooperation is made more difficult by those using manipulative tactics. Get down to the base requirements that most can agree on. It's time to turn things around. State your position and move forward.

TAURUS (april 20 may 20) Hold the line

where you can until you see who is on board with you (personal or business). Strength in your convictions is growing stronger. Shoulder as much responsibility as you can handle to achieve ultimate success. GEMINI (may 21 - june 20)

Revisit past arrangements or deals. There seems to be something useful that can be brought forward. All parties

need to alter their expectations to make it work. Further financial security is available – check out the details. CANCER (june 21 - july 22)

Others have some influence over your status or career. Negotiate or temper your demands. Display your talents or expertise in a convincing manner to gain the support of those in positions of authority. Take time out for love. LEO (july 23 - august 22)

Take a look at the long view regarding residence or base of operations. If its still workable stay put – if it's not, make needed changes. Decisions affect you as well as family or associates. Meet to chat about what is important. VIRGO (august 23 september 22) Suppressed

expectations stir emotions to the surface. You have reached a point of needing some answers or resolution. Do the necessary

research to find evidence or documentation needed. Contact those connected.

present) bring results. Prepare to take action. CAPRICORN (december 22 january 19) Your associates or

LIBRA (september 23 october 22) Financial matters

contacts have the ability to pave the way for your present path. Get together in person or a conference call to see how plans will unfold. You hold up your end – see if they are able to hold up theirs.

are in focus this month. Income or the conversion of assets need decisions. You benefit from others or the past – cash in some IOU's. Organize how you want your future to unfold with sufficient security.

AQUARIUS (january 20 february 18) Step up the ladder

SCORPIO (october 23 november 21) The sun shining

of success. Status is enhanced. Both personal and business are in focus. Your popularity is on the rise. Important people will be in touch or you end up in the same places. Enjoy each other's company.

in your sign this month puts the spotlight on you. Set your best foot forward; improve image or change your style. Others expect great things from you and feel more secure with you in a leadership role.

PISCES (february 19 march 20) Consider changes to

SAGITTARIUS (november 22 december 21) You dig deep

your wishes that would be more profitable in the long run. Others are willing to follow your lead as they respect your expertise. Look at a variety of options that would benefit all involved.

into behind-the-scenes matters. Some of this will relate to others. Pay attention to health issues or any unusual changes you notice. Investigations (past or Hardly Simple


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last word As November approaches, I cannot help but have my thoughts turn to my grandfather, now five years passed. I wanted to write a column that would share some memories of him with Seaside readers, but when I look back at a similar Last Word I wrote four years ago, it touched me deeply so I thought I'd run it again for those of you who may not have read it, in the hopes that it may touch you as well. Remembrance Day has always been important to my family, being the children and grandchildren of veterans of the First and Second World Wars. However, since the death of my grandpa, November 11th has taken on new significance for me: a special day to honour the wonderful grandfather I lost. My grandpa, a veteran of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, never missed a Remembrance Day parade, marching with great dignity and looking incredibly dashing in his uniform. He was so proud when his grandson Drew, an RCMP officer, marched with him one year. He was a man who loved his family very much. One Christmas, he gave my mom and her three sisters a framed poem titled "A Father's Love." He wasn't a very demonstrative man, finding it hard to share his feelings, but he'd been carrying the poem in his wallet for many years and finally figured out a way to share its sentiment with his daughters. My grandpa was a great man who touched many lives, and there was a large turnout at his funeral, held at the Gibsons Legion, Branch 109. There were many veterans at the service, all turned out in their finest, in uniform to honour the man who had been one of them. At the front was a small display: a picture of my grandpa, one of his ever-present golf caps and a small wreath. At the end of the service, the veterans lined the centre aisle and, one at a time, approached the front. Each of them stood for a moment, saluted my grandfather's picture, then removed a poppy from their lapel and placed it on the wreath. This Remembrance Day I'll be remembering my grandpa and the special ceremony at his service that touched me so deeply. The veterans honoured my grandfather the way we should honour all veterans, men and women who fought to protect our country, our rights and our way of life. Lest we forget.

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Lessons for all ages

Silent Auction

2 6 5 7 1 3 8 4 9

8 9 4 6 2 5 1 7 3

5 4 8 3 6 9 2 1 7

Puzzle by

7 2 6 8 5 1 9 3 4

9 1 3 2 4 7 5 8 6

3 8 2 5 7 6 4 9 1

6 7 1 4 9 8 3 2 5

4 5 9 1 3 2 7 6 8

6 5 4 9 1 2 7 8 3

9 3 7 8 4 5 6 2 1

8 1 2 7 3 6 5 4 9

4 6 1 3 2 9 8 5 7

Puzzle by

2 7 3 1 5 8 4 9 6

5 8 9 6 7 4 3 1 2

3 2 8 4 9 7 1 6 5

1 4 5 2 6 3 9 7 8

7 9 6 5 8 1 2 3 4

Sudoku Solutions

SUNDAY, NOV. 24th @ 12:30pm

Bollywood Dance

Hardly Simple

1 3 7 9 8 4 6 5 2

Middle of the Road

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Indian and local treasures

Indian Vegetarian Meal

by Deep India Sweets & Catering

Diwali Dancers

of the local Diwali Indian Festival Child Haven International Victoria Fall Fundraiser presents


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