Seaside Magazine November 2015 Issue

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November 2015


Reaching New Heights


& Innovation

Local Manufacturing

Can We Talk

Seaside Homes

Alive, Well and Growing

EyeSpy Security

A Smart Home at its Peak





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Melinda’s Biscotti Take Us Home for the Holidays!


ith the huge success in biscotti sales, this year Melinda’s launched four varieties of superb, high-quality meringues available at major retailers in B.C. It all started with a simple request from a bakery manager at the local grocery store for a plain meringue. This has blossomed into Strawberry, Lemon, Orange and Vanilla flavours and a niche market; customers take the delicious confections home to create all sorts of tasty and unique desserts.

Melinda’s products are made in a bakery right here in West Sidney. Visiting it is easy as customers can see it from Melinda's 49-seat café. Always buzzing with customers, the café offers breakfast and lunch six days a week and the daily specials are always fresh and delightful. Warm and friendly team members add to the great atmosphere. During the Christmas season our gift box is a wonderful and delicious choice for friends, family and visiting guests. With a selection of eight different pieces, there is always a favourite for everyone. Every year more people are finding Melinda’s in gift baskets and stockings, wedding favours or as a simple thank you. Our story is always evolving; Melinda’s journey proves the statement: "if you don’t grow you go out of business." From meagre beginnings, she has truly grown her business

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through Gift Boxes! B.C. and beyond with new additions to our customer base, new markets and diverse customers. Trials, tribulations and challenges, sometimes seemingly insurmountable, have come and gone but the team at Melinda’s always sticks together to get through it all with a smile and sense of accomplishment. Melinda’s dream hasn’t changed: a trip to Disneyland. Had she known how much work it would be to start and grow a business she doubts whether or not she would have tried. Still, 10 years later, the journey still not complete, there is a satisfaction in what many have told her: "job well done." Is it a successful venture? Time will tell, but for now, Mickey will have to wait a little longer; there is more work to get done.

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Local Manufacturing: Alive and Growing on the Peninsula Can We Talk: EyeSpy Security Local Company Experiences Worldwide Success Kids' What's Happening: Winter Activity Calendar for Tots, Kids and Teens

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Seaside Homes: Hawks Nest A Smart Home at its Peak

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Garden to Table Smell the Coffee West Coast Gardener On Design In Pursuit of the Golden Years Last Word pet tech

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Pets Patter Peninsula Restaurant Profile Seaside Arts Scene This Month in History New & Noteworthy In Good Health

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november.2015 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE lara gladych

This month marks one year since I started writing for Seaside. I had no idea what I was embarking upon when I agreed to take on that first article, but looking back it has been a tremendous whirlwind of a year for me, full of great conversations, fun food experiences, interesting and thought-provoking meetings with clients, and so many laughs and feel-good moments. This month, I have the pleasure of sharing with you profiles that run the gamut from food to furry friends to fashion. I'm pleased to be able to bring those stories to you. Happy November! valerie green

I continue to enjoy writing regularly for Seaside Magazine and I really appreciate having feedback – good or bad – from readers. After a couple of years of writing the "Conversations from the Past" column, I switched this past year to a new concept with "This Month in History" which has also been well received. History continues to be my passion and for the past couple of years I have also been working on a couple of book ideas which hopefully will see publication. (Visit for updates.) This month my column reflects all that we connect with the month of November, the most important being remembering our heroes from past and current conflicts around the world. carolyn herriot

This was an exciting year of unexpected challenges and rewards. I started a business called IncrEdibles! ( and "borrowed" a field in a nearby blueberry farm to grow out food starts and save seeds. The drought of 2015 necessitated spending a lot of time tangled up in hoses, but the heat resulted in the fast growth of bumper crops. Taking farm-fresh food to the farmers' market every week taught me what it takes to be successful: backbreaking work and an inherent trust that a few dollars here and there add up to make it worthwhile. For me the rewards of producing beautiful food outweighed any setbacks, so much so that we bought a five-acre farm for ourselves. Stay tuned for more adventures in the life of a gentlewoman farmer!

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steve sheppard

Seaside's monthly coffee columnist for "Smell The Coffee," I transitioned from barista to coffee roaster and finally to the waters off Vancouver Island, which I now call home. My coffee journey started in my 20s, and I "went deep," as they say, into the world of coffee. I continue to learn about it 20 years later, because coffee continues to grow. I believe in supporting local roasters in all the towns and urban centres where you can find them, and I seek coffee innovation. I love sunshine and the unique perspective living offshore brings … because the Peninsula appears much different when you're looking land-ward. When life gets hectic, I pull anchor and head out to enjoy some freshly-roasted coffee in a paradise I know all too well: the Gulf Islands.

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first word Forget everything you know and love about physical magazines. Forget their length. Forget their size. Forget their publishing schedule. Forget everything but what it's like to come to the end, and to take a deep breath. Doesn't it feel great? Over the years, we've watched technology grow like a child: it starts out mostly crying and pooping, then crawls, gradually learns to walk, then run, and finally it's able to run at a speed we all wish we could keep up with. We've seen technology fail, and we've seen it succeed. We've poked fun at it when it doesn't make sense, and we've praised it when it seems absolutely brilliant. We've yelled at it when it runs out of power and we've fixed or replaced it when it breaks. We treat technology as a family member. You can't blame us: it has certainly made aspects of our lives easier: We're no longer forced to send letters through the mail, book vacations through travel agents, shop in stores or wait for photos to be developed. At the same time though, technology can make life more convoluted. It is thanks to today's – and tomorrow's – technology that writing as an art form is evolving. While content is still the basis

for information, the innovative ways in which it's being used to fit today's digital format will affect tomorrow's literary scene. And what about magazines? There is no question a number of magazines will eventually go purely electronic, and that shouldn't surprise anyone. Think about this: it may seem strange to think about printed publications as having a "user experience," but they do. Print is a technology as much as desktop computers and tablets are. Print has a sense of completion, defined by its physical edges; it is a quality untouched by digital formats. The digital experience makes one want to connect and expand outward, while print calls for limit and intimate focus. As much as the digital world offers endless hours of searching and entertainment, it can also be stressful. How many times have you found yourself, link after link pushing you along, until suddenly you end up reading about polar bears on an entirely different website than you started on … and you haven't come "up for air" for hours. If all magazines went solely online, I would miss the edges – physically. I would miss the start of reading a magazine, but mostly, I would miss the finish. I would miss the satisfaction of putting the bundle down, knowing I had gotten through it all. Nothing left. On to the next one!

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Made on the Peninsula: The Economic Powerhouse at the Heart of Our Community by Deborah Rogers

While manufacturing across

with a diverse range of capabilities for servicing the Aerospace, Medical, and Industrial Equipment sectors. Founded in 1996 by DJ, his brother Canada has seen a decline in the past Dennis and their father Mike Paulson, they stress a strong emphasis on decade, the Saanich Peninsula tells supplying the absolute highest standards of quality and workmanship a story of successful investment, development and training that has created a strong commercial sector right within our community. Quietly to their customers. "Over the years we have successfully maintained this reputation and have many customers throughout the world." providing millions of dollars in payroll to the workers of our local Now fully certified, this economy each year, the industrial area around Victoria airport and machine shop is supplying Keating Cross Road is alive, well and growing all the time. Half of southern high-spec aerospace It may surprise you to learn that on southern Vancouver Vancouver Island's components. "We manufacture Island there are 120 manufacturing businesses, and over half 120 manufacturing a multitude of Flight of those are located within the three municipalities that make businesses are Critical components for up the Saanich Peninsula. Between them they have a combined the Viking Air Twin Otter revenue of over $1 billion annually. How is it that so much located on the program, and service many industry exists within our community, and why aren't these local Saanich Peninsula. other industries including businesses all household names? oceanographic relocation devices, GPS location housings and There's a reason why the million-dollar industries of Quester Electronic Co-ax Connectors, as well as a variety of medical device Tangent, Schneider Electric or Redland Technologies aren't always development companies." top-of-mind when thinking about locally-made products as these Being based on Vancouver Island hasn't stopped them from businesses are primarily exporters. We're not using the products made building a worldwide customer base. "There are many great companies by Scott Plastic, Viking Air or SeaStar Chemicals in our day-to-day here on the Peninsula that produce economic benefit for our local lives. If you're a mountain biker though you may have (or aspire to economy. Many of these companies need contract manufacturing have) some of the high-end aftermarket bike components made right services and we are right here at their doorstep. Since we are local to here in Sidney by Straitline Components. A house brand of Straitline these companies it gives us the advantage of being able to work more Precision Industries, DJ Paulson describes the success of these "fully closely and often even in person, with our customers," says DJ. But he in-house manufactured mountainbike components sold worldwide concedes that the perception of higher shipping costs from Vancouver through broad reaching distribution channels." These include pedals, Island can be a disadvantage. stems, sprockets and chainguide devices with "many top athletes Just up the road from Straitline's established machine shop is a worldwide utilizing these products to push the limits of the sport." Currently employing 10 people at their Sidney facility, Straitline Precision Industries is a high precision CNC manufacturing facility continued on page 12 SEASIDE | NOVEMBER 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11

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brand-new manufacturing business. There's a constant background hum while I talk to Warren Strome, owner of Revolution 3D Printers, with multiple 3D printers working away producing parts that Warren will later piece together to make more printers. Still in the process of setting up his new Sidney premises, Warren told me how he ended up being Sidney's newest manufacturer. Initially born from a personal interest, this company has taken a new technology and is capitalizing on the excitement about its potential. Through experimentation, Warren has developed a high-quality product made with a combination of components brought in from across Canada and the U.S., but also around 35 of the parts are manufactured in-house by their own printers. With huge potential sales to schools and colleges as well as small-scale R&D facilities, Revolution 3D Printers has the potential to scale up their manufacturing to meet demand. Warren spoke about the possibility in the future of making local connections to produce components down the street: "This is what this type of manufacturing is intended to do, to bring manufacturing back home. We could go offshore but the understanding is that there's a high North American standard we'd like to achieve." It's smallscale production 3D Printed geometric shapes that provide a at the moment, hands-on learning experience in the classroom but interesting to have another manufacturer in the Airport Industrial zone. There are always barriers to growth with economic factors like fluctuating currency and new trade deals on the horizon, but there are also local factors that will affect the growth of this industry, such as affordability of housing and finding workers with the right set of skills for the specialized jobs. However, Federal government money is available to help with some of these issues. I spoke with John Juricic of the Vancouver Island Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board who described southern Vancouver Island as having the potential to become "a Silicon Valley North for manufacturing" with the infrastructure ready-built and so many highly-skilled people in place. By focusing on soft skills training like innovation, creativity and change management, he hopes some of the barriers to growing manufacturing will be removed. With High School Trades programs and an excellent training and Applied Research and Innovation department at Camosun, there is real enthusiasm for manufacturing as a career. The promise of jobs on the doorstep is an incentive for students to pursue the necessary skills. From the likes of Viking Air manufacturing the Twin Otter aircraft, to smaller machine shops like Straitline Precision Industries right through to brand new businesses like Revolution 3D Printers, there is a wealth of design and manufacturing expertise within our community. A positive economic story, manufactured right here on the Saanich Peninsula. Photos by

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

Say, What's Under the Hood Mister? by Julian Sale

It's a bold new automotive landscape. Things started to change in the early 1970s with respect to oil prices, and consumers' hunger for fuel-efficient cars. North America was accustomed to burning colossal amounts of diesel and gasoline to travel. Japanese and German carmakers offered smaller cars with four-cylinder engines. Drivers fell in love with fuel economy, igniting the efficiency war in the early '80s. VW's small diesels have been wildly popular until late 2015, when it was discovered that although they burn few litres, they pollute more then their fair share. Others like Toyota and Honda became famous for super reliable fourcylinder cars that sip fuel. Toyota, however, broke the mold with the Hybrid Prius in 1999. That brings us to what's on the market today. The hybrid has proven to be the most widely-purchased drivetrain type that's not a straight-up fuel burner. Hybrids have traditional or Atkinson cycle engines with conventional or CVT transmissions, with a twist. Hybrids can "run" without idling, and they have an electric motor to supply torque when the engine is off. They can run all of their accessories when the engine shuts off. The electric motor, powered by a large battery, gets the vehicle moving from a stop, then the gas engine maintains higher vehicle speeds, reducing the amount of work the gas engine has to do. Next up is the plug-in hybrid, in which the battery size is increased such that after plugging in the car to charge,

The Tesla Model X it can be driven 20 to 40 km on electric power before the hybrid system takes over. The purely electric vehicles (EV's) are very popular, including the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S and X, and BMW i3. They are 100% electric, and have no engine, transmission, fuel system, exhaust, alternator, starter and so forth. You get the picture. No gas, ever, meaning two cents per kilometre to commute. The Chevy VOLT embodies yet another segment coined "Extended range EV's." These vehicles are EV's with a gas-powered generator that charges the battery and powers the vehicle via electricity. There is no transmission to connect the engine to the drivetrain. The Volt drives 60 km on electric power, and the BMW i3 REX takes you 150 km or so on electric before the generator fires up.

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with Jerome Reilander and mike leslie of EyeSpy Security For over 24 years you have been operating JayLyn Jewellers, a local store creating the highest quality of custom jewelry. What prompted you to establish this new specialized business idea of EyeSpy Security? As a jeweller in business for just over 30 years, I have been burglarized three times and robbed once at gunpoint. Like every jewelry store owner, I've spent thousands of dollars on heavy-duty safes, alarm systems, security cameras and other prevention methods. After being victimized for the fourth time in my career, I decided to develop a product that would aid in the recovery of stolen items. This is how the VantagePoint asset recovery system was born. EyeSpy Security as a business has grown significantly since its inception. Asset recovery for the jewelry industry is now just one of many applications for VantagePoint; EyeSpy now serves markets ranging from personal security to law enforcement with clients located all over the world.

L to R: Mike Leslie, head of R&D; Jerome Reilander, President; Brian Belcher, technical support

Are conventional alarm and surveillance systems not as effective? And how does your system track and catch the perpetrator? Conventional security systems include locks, safes, alarms, motion sensors, video cameras and well-trained staff. These systems are very important in preventing a robbery from occurring in the first place. However, none of these conventional systems actively aid in locating or recovering stolen goods after the robbery has occurred. VantagePoint is specially designed to fill this void. It involves discretely placing "bait" items within one's inventory which are entirely indistinguishable from the live goods. Each bait item is actually a miniature tracking device in disguise, loaded with an arsenal of locating technologies including advanced GPS, radio beacon, audible buzzer and cellular triangulation. When stolen by an unknowing criminal, the devices will alert the owner with a text or email and automatically begin reporting their locations to our secure server. The owner and authorities can then view the movements of the goods through our cloud-based map interface from a desktop computer or mobile device.

There are two applications of EyeSpy Security: business to business and business to consumer. Can you expand on these two aspects of your innovative technology? While the roots of EyeSpy remain in the jewelry industry, we have been successfully applying the VantagePoint system to other markets. Our current focus is business to business. This means we work with other companies to help them manage their precious assets. This includes industries such as jewelry and precious metals, art, alcohol and tobacco, shipping, transportation, retail and pharmaceuticals. Any business that deals in high valued goods is a target for theft and can benefit from VantagePoint. Internal theft can also be a problem for larger businesses. We've worked with companies including airlines and postal services to help identify areas where items tend to go "missing." All it takes is one or two staff members stealing to fester mistrust between the workforce and corporate levels. VantagePoint can help identify the individuals so the theft stops and they can get the help they need. As our whole world becomes more digitized, sensitive information is more at risk of falling into the wrong hands. We offer tracking solutions for laptops and external hard drives catered towards government officials and business executives. We are also developing products catered specifically to the consumer. The needs of consumers differ greatly from that of businesses. Consumers are regular people like you and I, and things that are important to them are not necessarily "expensive." Jewelry and electronics are expensive assets that a burglar would be interested in stealing. A misplaced laptop or lost luggage on a flight can be a huge stress and waste of valuable time. But above all, the ability to locate a lost pet or loved one suffering from dementia can be the difference between life and death. These are all extremely valuable assets in their own regard. You're also working with law enforcement agencies and the airport authorities. What areas of their business can benefit from your technology? Law enforcement agencies can benefit in many ways from using VantagePoint. The small size and bait packaging of our tracking devices allow officers to plant them virtually anywhere. Bait car

EyeSpy Security Founded in 2013 and owned by Jerome Reilander, EyeSpy Security specializes in high value asset tracking. The company's first product was a bait-and-track packaging solution designed to help jewelry businesses recover stolen merchandise. Since then, EyeSpy has expanded its portfolio of solutions for a range of industries and applications including retail, transportation, public safety and law enforcement. The company is headquartered in Victoria, B.C. For more information, visit

programs are no longer focusing solely on the theft of vehicles but also of items within vehicles. We have the ability to conceal the tracking devices within high-theft items such as laptops and smart phones. Bicycle theft is on the rise as more commuters ride to work, so we are starting to see more "bait bike" programs. Our alerting system immediately notifies law enforcement officers that an item has been stolen and is ready to be tracked. The huge social problems surrounding illicit and pharmaceutical drug use is no secret. Our VantagePoint tracking devices are small enough to be embedded within an Oxycontin bottle or drug paraphenalia. This, coupled with our proprietary power saving technology, gives investigators the power to infiltrate and map underground drug trafficking networks for extended periods of time. Through the VantagePoint online interface, investigators can compile tracking history as evidence in court. Airport authorities work very closely with law enforcement to keep our borders safe. Most international trafficking goes through airports, so we've designed our system to be compatible with FAA regulations. Your company is at the leading edge of this type of technology. How do you differ from your competitors? In the tech world there are a few ways to differentiate yourself from the competition: do something better, offer something new, and stay true to your roots. VantagePoint is the most accurate asset tracking system in the world. Our extended battery life is unrivaled for a miniature cellular-based tracking device. We offer at least four different tracking technologies which can be used in tandem or as stand-alone. The VantagePoint tracking interface has been praised as one of the cleanest and most user friendly on the market. We are the only remote asset management company to offer custom bait packaging with wireless charging. Our industry-leading encryption process ensures the location data of our client's assets can only be visible to them. Above all, we truly believe there is an advantage to being a young company. We have energy and a fresh perspective on an industry that is typically dominated by giant corporations set in their ways. This translates to a new level of customer support not offered by competitors. We are incredibly flexible and can easily shift with the changing tides of technology. Not only are we able to keep up with tech, we are poised to set the stage for innovation. What are the benefits and drawbacks to operating this new startup business on the Saanich Peninsula? Do you envisage that all your product manufacturing will happen here? The Saanich Peninsula has a surprising diversity of manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses. Every member of our team has lived or is living on the South Island. As a technology company, most of our value comes from software development and engineering design as opposed to brick-and-mortar. This means our staff can often work remotely and the location of our head office isn't critical. So far, all of our electronics manufacturing has been done locally on the Island, but as we ramp up production volumes manufacturing will likely shift to Vancouver. Photo by SEASIDE | NOVEMBER 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 15


at the Mary Winspear Centre Two Fiddles, Two Pianos

The Mary Winspear Centre welcomes to the Charlie White Theatre award winning fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy with their presentation of Two Fiddles, Two Pianos on November, 25 at 7.30 p.m. When two become ONE, musical magic happens! That is most certainly the case with this new album, ONE, from Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. These two award-winning fiddle virtuosos have each enjoyed phenomenally successful careers on their own, but ONE marks their recording debut as a duo. The diversity of ONE is a real strength. The Cape Breton-raised MacMaster and the Ontario born and bred Leahy grew up with different fiddle music traditions and they still utilize different techniques on their beloved instrument. While retaining their own individual styles, they have now learned to complement each other’s playing in a way only a married couple with such personal chemistry and a joint passion for music can. They are joined by an outstanding group of musicians for their upcoming performances which will be one-of-a-kind and guaranteed to keep your toes tapping and your hands clapping in this high energy show Two Fiddles, Two Pianos!

Herman’s Hermits The Mary Winspear Centre is proud to present Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone for both a matinee and evening show on Sunday, December 6. Come and enjoy all of Herman’s Hermits legendary hits as well as a few holiday favourites. In the early 60’s Herman’s Hermits, from Manchester, England, had the heartbeats of teenage girls racing with their charming smiles and floppy hair. Their hit singles I’m Into Something Good and Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter paved the band’s way to multiple chart-topping songs around the world and many industry awards. After 50 years in the entertainment business Peter Noone still continues to delight audiences around the world. Herman’s Hermits perform over 120 shows a year to audiences that sometimes span three generations. Their music truly is iconic; proving the “good boys” of the British invasion have stood the test of time.

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Jack and the Beanstalk The Peninsula Players present their annual Christmas Pantomime featuring the timeless tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Like always there will be traditional fun for all ages, filled with humour, live music and audience participation. Jack lives with his mother, Dame Trott, his brother Simon and Buttercup, their cow (or is it a horse?), on a smallholding near a country town. The agricultural business has hit hard times and the family is forced to sell Buttercup. Then, to make matters worse, Jack loses the money from the sale to the local giant’s enforcers, Woolly and Bully. How will they manage to pay the rent? Will they be evicted from their home? Will Jack and Simon be able to get their money back and rescue Buttercup and a missing princess? It will be no easy task taking on the giant, Woolly and Bully and a wicked witch. They may need help from the local squire and his daughter, their other friends and even the audience! Make sure you come to the show to cheer them on and find out the answers to these exciting questions. The Berwick Royal Oak (next to Howard Johnson Inn) December 11 & 12 at 7.30 p.m., December 13 at 2.00 p.m.

What ’s Happening November


Uncle Wigglys Blues Songs of Christmas

Breakfast with Santa


PIGS Pink Floyd Tribute



First Chance Christmas Craft Fair



Salute to our Veterans


The Comic Strippers


4- Jan5 Winspear Festival of Trees 4-6

Comin’ Up Christmas Time

The Barra MacNeils


Herman’s Hermits


Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar


The Lonely Roy Orbison Tribute


Ducks Unlimited


Christmas Vintage, Retro & Collectibles Show


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

27-28 Rancho Vignola Harvest Event

12-13 Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair 13

Van Django Bells

18-20 Jack and the 26-28 Beanstalk Pantomime 25

Community Christmas Dinner


New Year’s Eve with the Timebenders

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P E T S PAT T E R "tech-savvy pet owners can now choose all kinds of gizmos to make life easier"

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pet owners can now choose all kinds of gizmos to make life by Gillian Crowley easier. We sure do love our furry and feathered friends: Time magazine reported in March 2014 that Americans spent almost $56 billion – yes, billion – on their pets. Canada' population is onetenth the size, so do the math. Here's a taste of the pet-tech now available. Working pet owners no longer need to worry about their home-bound pets. A number of collar-mounted devices let you track your pet's activity level and location. One monitor uses information on the pet's weight, age and breed to crunch data on the pet's periods of rest and activity. Hmmm, does this mean you can spy on the dog walker? A new mobile app lets doting owners use a wide-angle camera to stream and record high definition video from home to their smartphone or computer. One device even has a laser pointer to let you play with bored kitty remotely and another dispenses treats at the touch of a button. Pets that insist on being outside part of the day will love the "smart" pet door. A sensor on the pet's collar lets only that pet in and out and locks the door, preventing wildlife from access. It uses a directional sensing system to detect when the pet wants in and isn't just wandering by. How cool is that?

Owners worried about losing their pet can obtain a QR code embedded in a tag. If someone finds your pet they can scan the code with their smartphone. It immediately displays your pet's profile and information and notifies you too. Dog owners who don't have time to exercise their pooch properly can now let technology do the job. Having owned a golden retriever that never tired, I would have loved the tennis ball cannon that senses when the dog drops a ball into the chamber and then fires it again … ad infinitum! Or, for rainy days there's the canine-sized treadmill. The drawback is that you may need to demonstrate the technique on your own human-sized version. I wonder how soon canine treadmills will show up in garage sales … ? Another task technology has taken over is the yucky cleaning of the kitty litter box. An automated litter sphere detects when the cat has left and does a severalminute countdown before automatically rotating the sphere and sifting out clumps from the litter inside. The waste is then deposited in a collection bin. All that's needed now is a robot that empties the bin! One collar-mounted tracker can tell you who your pet has been hanging out with, such as family and friends. Presumably the humans have to give permission for this application. I just hope the pet owner can't hear the baby babble I'm speaking to Fluffy and Rover. Note: Not all products mentioned are available yet in Canada.

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Welcome to the NatureHood Living in a NatureHood has a pleasant ring to it, don't you think? Well now, if you live on the Saanich Peninsula, you can say you do! The Saanich Peninsula is now officially – as declared during last month's All Buffleheads Day celebration – a Nature Canada NatureHood. Piloted in 2012 at Ottawa's Lac Deschênes, NatureHoods now extend the breadth of the country from Nova Scotia to here on the Peninsula. "A NatureHood's goal is to connect people of all ages to nature right where they live – which increasingly means urban centres. NatureHoods inspire urban residents to connect with nature through innovative programming, celebratory events and

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stewardship activities set in urban green spaces and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. Through strong partnerships with grassroots naturalist clubs across Canada, NatureHood promotes nature awareness at the local level and exposes a new generation of naturalists and citizen scientists to nature around them." Friends of Shoal Harbour is the local Nature Canada partner working to establish and oversee the Peninsula NatureHood. What started as a focus on the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary has grown to include other natural areas of the Peninsula. Along with focused conservation efforts, the NatureHood will include citizen science studies with local schools, programs for clubs and community groups, and events and activities for all residents. For NatureHood Saanich Peninsula events and initiatives visit or follow NatureHood Saanich Peninsula on Facebook or Twitter (@Naturehoodfosh). To help you engage with nature right in your own backyard, Nature Canada ( has additional citizen science initiatives: YardMap is designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. Draw maps of your backyard and other outdoor locations such as parks, farms, favorite birding locations, schools, and gardens. By joining YardMap you will contribute to science and learn how to manage landscapes sustainably. NatureWatch aims to involve and train citizens in gathering and sharing data in order to inform conservation efforts and policies. This initiative provides Canadians with the tools to empower themselves and to interact with others interested in studying nature. Participate in FrogWatch, PlantWatch and WormWatch.

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Sea-Shirt Sunday

Create your own fishy-fashion T-Shirt, pillow or bag using the ancient Japanese art form, Gyotaku. Can buy Tee at the centre and $2 for fabric paint. All ages. Sunday, 1 - 3 p.m. Price of admission. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. 250.665.7511.

December 10

December 27

Enjoy the view from Christmas Hill after Swan Lake Naturalists take you on a two-hour walk. Refreshments served at the Nature House afterward. Meet at Swan Lake Nature House. Age child to adult. Sunday, 1 - 3 p.m. By donation. 250.479.0211.

ARTrageous Class Paint Night

January 6 - March 9

Aqua Tot

Watercolour Painting using Plastic Wrap & Sea Salt. Really messy fun with crazy colours. Children take home little masterpieces. All supplies provided. 6 - 12 years. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $12. Greenglade Community Centre Room #7. Register: 250.656.7271.

Parent & Tot Aquafit. Adults enjoy Aquafit, then a swimming lesson with their little one. Bring car seat or stroller for your child for Aquafit section and swimming diaper for the lesson. Birth - 5 years. Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 10/$75. Panorama Recreation Pool, Leisure Lane 1. Register: 250.656.7271.

December 11 Extreme Gingerbread Houses Pre-teens and Teens will have "extreme fun" building sweet creations for the holidays. Grades 6 - 10. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free. Free drop-in credit for Panorama activities issued. Bayside Middle School Teen Lounge, 1101 Newton Place. School: 250.652.1135. December 12

Moms and Dads can enjoy a night out. Experienced leaders will entertain the kids with toys, games, crafts, snacks, movies. 6 - 10 years. 6 - 10 p.m. $20. G. R. Pearkes Recreation Centre. Register: 250.475.5400. 19 December Open Gym and Swim

Christmas Hill Holiday Hike

Jan 8 & 22, Feb 5 & 19

PJ Party

January 12 - April 12

December 21 - 31 "Polar Express" Winter Break Camp (8 days for each session: Dec 21 - 24 and Dec 28 - 31). Skating, swimming & crafts aboard the Panorama Express. Schedules available two weeks prior to start. 6 - 11 years. Must have completed kindergarten. M-Th(x2) Full Day: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ($35); Half-day: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 - 4 p.m. ($19). Greenglade Community Centre Room #7. Register:

Drama Explorers

Introduces children to theatre and drama. Drama games, story theatre, role-playing boost self-confidence, creativity, imagination. Final performance at the end. 6 - 8 years. Tuesdays, 4 - 5 p.m. 12/$200. Greenglade Community Centre Room #5. Register: 250.656.7271.

January 14 - February 25

Gym's open! Basketball, indoor soccer, floor hockey, a chance for free fun and play in a supervised environment. Then to the pool for a swim. 8 - 12 years. 1 - 3:30 p.m. $10. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Register in advance from Active Living Guide: 250.475.7600.

LEGO Stories

Build cool LEGO structures while listening to stories. Each session has new theme. Ages 5+. 4 Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Free. Sidney/North Saanich Library. Register by email: or by phone 250.656.0944.

Good Morning Storytime

Bring along your little tots for fun at the library with neat stories, lively songs, rhymes and movement. Ages 0 - 5. Thursdays, 10:15 - 11 a.m. Free. Drop-in. Sidney/ North Saanich Library. www.virl. sidney-north-saanich. 250.656.0944.

Jan 19 to Feb 23

Fun Art in Nature 1

Children make art projects with diverse objects and media on walks outside. Kids collect organic materials to make 3D Art in class. 8 - 12 years. Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 6/$150. Greenglade Community Centre Room #6. Register: 250.656.7271.

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January 27

Family Literacy Day

Celebrate Family Literacy Day and the wonder of reading books. Learn as a family with interesting activity stations. All ages. Wednesday, all day. Free. Drop in. Sidney/North Saanich Library. 250.656.0944.

January 31

Duck Day

Explore the incredible adaptations ducks have developed for life on a lake and find out the "who's who" in the duck world. All ages. 12 - 3 p.m. By donation. Swan Lake Nature House. 250.479.0211. February 6 - 8

Sidney Days LEGO Brick Festival

This year's theme: Aviation. A large model of a Viking Air Aircraft will be built. "Rockfish Divers" will build LEGO underwater at Diver's Point. Sun & Mon: LEGO building and LEGO movie at Mary Winspear Centre. Info: 250.655.6355.

February 3 - 26

Biology Buddies

Designed for pre-schoolers, this educational series of four 2-hour programs provides a gentle introduction to the wonders of nature for 4 to 6 years. Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. or Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 4 classes/$55 (members); $75 (non-members). Swan Lake Nature House. Pre-registration required: 250.4790211 or visit February 4 - 25 Home School Science Created specifically for home-schoolers, this series of four 2-hour programs provides an enrichment program with "guided discovery" for 7- to 10-year-olds. February themes: Geology & Archaeology; Ethnobotany; Animal Behavior; Geography & Mapping. Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. 4 classes/$55 (members); $75 (non-members). Swan Lake Nature House. Pre-registration required: 250.479.0211.

Feb. 6 - March 12

School Age Pottery

Enjoy making neat things with gooey clay. Everything will be decorated and glazed with the help of instructor. 6 - 9 years. Saturdays, 1 - 2:30 p.m. 6/$80. Greenglade Community Centre Room #3. Register: 250.656.7271. February 17 - 26

Weight Training for Teens

Teens learn how to use the equipment in the eight room and receive their own customized strength program. 13 - 19 years. Wednesdays & Fridays, 3:30 - 5 p.m. 4/$45. Panorama Recreation Weight Room. Register: 250.656.7271.

February 28

Paint Your Joy – Whimsy Style Hey kids – what's makes you happy? Maybe it's having fun with your friends, petting your dog. Spread all that joy on your canvas, have fun, no rules. 9 - 12 years. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $32. Greenglade Community Centre Room #6. Register: 250.656.7271.

February 28 Raccoons are Wild Who are those masked bandits? Maybe they are not rascals but just smart at adapting to an urban environment. Plus the "Way Cool Raccoon School" puppet show and crafts. All ages. Sunday,12 - 3 p.m. By donation. Swan Lake Nature House.

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FIRST NIGHT New Year’s Eve Family Celebration Panorama Recreation is excited to offer over 50 exciting camps this summer! To Join us for our 10th annual First Night New Year’s Eve celebration! Enjoy an thea spectacular interests, needs and evening of live family entertainment thataccommodate is topped-off with fireworks abilities of all of the youth in our community, display! Other event activities will include swimming, skating, face painting, and we’ve carefully designed our program fun on our inflatable bouncy castle. selection so that you can customize your Early Bird Rates summer31st camp experience. Camp December 1st - 21st December 22nd - 30th very own December Family* Geocaching, $50 Family* $32 Family* $38 choices include Wilderness, Spy Adult (19yrs+) $16 Adult (19yrs+) $12 Adult (19yrs+) $12 Child (6 18yrs) $12 Kids, Junior Lifeguard and so much more. The Child(6 - 18yrs) $8 Child (6 - 18yrs) $8 Child (0 - 5yrs) Child (0 - 5yrs) Free Child (0 - 5yrs) Free choice is yours and it’sFreeas easy as 1, 2, 3!

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Find Fashion Sidney Your

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A concern of many retail business owners is the availability of product Regarding technology and sold online by shops that are always open and willing to deliver to your the world of fashion, there are door (or community mailbox). Advances in technology have made many angles, from man-made it easy to find product online, compare prices and review customer easy-care fabrics, to cellulose-based microfibers and recycled pop bottles experiences before a customer even crosses your threshold. But for the turned polyester polo shirts. Another area of technology that affects any clothing industry, I believe there is still a desire to touch a fabric, to try small business is the accessibility of product in the palm of our hands on a garment, and to have an in-person social interaction. via mobile devices, which goes along with the eBay philosophy of rating The competitive advantage that is within our circle of control is your experience and posting it for other users to see. It may appear to be service. Beyond the polite gestures difficult at first, but embracing some of these new advances in is striving for the gold star rating, technology can be fun! "It really is where clients develop a level of It really is amazing to learn how technological advances amazing to learn have simplified some ways of doing business. Since opening connection and sense of ownership to our new store in downtown Victoria, I've been learning about your business. I applaud the Sidney how technological Business Improvement Area Society custom suits. We are working with a Canadian manufacturer advances have who uses online tools to translate measurements to a machine for establishing a Customer Service simplified some ways Pledge, so all Sidney businesses can in Ontario, which then selects the desired fabric and cuts the of doing business." material to spec for this custom suit. Eight to 21 days after aim to exceed customer expectations! placing the order we receive the beautiful new CanadianSocial media is a great way for a customer to interact with a business, and an actual way businesses can made, custom suit. measure their successes! I recently received an inquiry on Facebook The fabric umbrella is also pretty amazing. Whether you prefer easy care and quick-drying active wear, cellulose-based microfibers, ecoabout a pair of men's boots in our store window. We were not open friendly textiles such as soy and bamboo, or technical waterproof pieces, at the time this customer walked by, but she kindly wrote us a note on Facebook which we were able to respond to even before the store it seems like there is something out there for everyone. I'm proud and was open again, and we took the time to send additional information confident to say that the variety of shops in Sidney can offer all of these including links to the manufacturer's website. fashionable, functional and practical choices for both men and women! Our great little seaside town may seem a bit old-fashioned sometimes, I encourage you to scout out a fabric you wouldn't normally purchase but the future beckons us, and I welcome it with open arms. and just try it on. You may be pleasantly surprised by how good it feels!

by Erin Bremner

More Than Just Natural Clothing

by Lara Gladych

This is the first in a series showcasing some of the unique fashion boutiques in downtown Sidney. If it's been a while since you last visited Seaport Place, extend your walk through Sidney, and take a look at what's going on. You'll be pleasantly surprised. One of the first businesses you'll come across is Ecotopia. They have been in their current location for a year-and-a-half now, and in business for four. Owners Mara and Morgan graciously welcome me into their store, and show me around their beautiful boutique. Ecotopia is primarily an "earth-friendly eco-clothing store," but their retail extends beyond just clothing. They also stock unique and local jewelry and accessories, and natural, refillable body care and household products. They are, notably, the Peninsula's authorized Soap-Exchange refill centre, and it's a cornerstone of their business, according to Morgan. This visit to Ecotopia is my first, and I am immediately struck by the vivid colours "I love when people of the FIG clothing line, and leave happy, and I love the fresh and earthy scents of making this space the natural oils that fragrance their body care products. beautiful ‌ we want to At Ecotopia, they specialize become a destination in natural-fibre clothing. for our customers." You'll find fabrics made primarily of organic cotton, hemp and bamboo. The Boutique is the culmination of more than an affinity for natural clothing: Mara and Morgan wanted to create a welcoming space that offers not just ethically sound and beautiful things, but also somewhere for the community to frequent and gather. "This is our passion, our bliss, and we want to share it with other people." "I love when people leave happy, and I love making this space beautiful ‌ our interactions with people are very important to us, and we want to establish ourselves as a destination for customers," says Mara. Morgan tells me that beyond their local clientele, they have customers who come in regularly from Victoria, as well as those who return every time they visit Sidney on vacation. "It's easy to find something beautiful and unique here," says Mara. They carry clothing primarily for women, but for men and children too. And don't be intimidated by the look of the store. Mara says that customers sometimes confess they were reluctant to come inside because the store looks expensive; she assures people that they carry an array of products that vary in price, and that they have a great selection of accessories and body care that is very affordable. Mara and Morgan exude warmth and friendliness, and they made a customer of me. I confess, I left the store with a new dress. Like Ecotopia on Facebook, and stay abreast of all their new pieces and happenings. Photo by

F ashion F ocus Ray Dahl Optical Ray Dahl Optical has been a part of our community for over 26 years. Our experienced staff are here to help you. Check out our fashionable eyewear collection to make that finishing touch to your wardrobe. Our on-site Optometrist, Dr. Samantha Bourdeau, welcomes new patients; call for an appointment today. Open Tues-Fri, 9-5:30 and Saturday 9-4 250.655.1122 104-2376 Bevan Ave, Sidney


Sweet Talk & Lace Cool, cozy cotton nightwear has arrived along with gorgeous Diamond Tea robes and loungewear. "Professional bra fittings available. No appointment necessary."


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A Bold New Vision for Sidney: Harbour Landing at Resthaven

by Doreen Marion Gee

Changing times, attitudes

and demographics are the real "mother of invention" when it comes to housing. Creativity, innovation and boldness are needed to address diverse populations with differing needs. It is also important to meet new expectations of local people about the kind of community they want. The visionaries behind the new Harbour Landing at Resthaven development in Sidney are putting people first in a distinctly unique housing project with a splendid West Coast flair. Welcome to the future: Harbour Landing at Resthaven. The development team behind it, Brad McAdams, Darren McAdams, Rob McAdams, Ken Henderson and Russ Stubbs, are directors in the project's company, Resthaven Lands Ltd. Their new initiative will have 37 designer homes that are already selling well, the first buyers moving in this November. But that is where the resemblance to any other development ends! Brad McAdams says it best: "It reflects a new way of thinking." The Harbour Landing vision is responsive to the community and the environment – the developers worked closely with Town of Sidney planners to create a project that fits into our oceanside paradise. Brad and his team "liked the direction in which Sidney was going," one that respected the community's wish for lower density, less traffic and a quiet people-friendly environment. Sidney's vision became theirs: a "pedestrian-friendly" housing development with walkways and shared smaller roadways for both people and cars, where roads, garages and driveways do not dominate the landscape. The developers envisioned a housing project never seen before in Sidney. "Lane-ways" were built into the design: narrower roads with kinks and curves to slow and calm traffic. As well as traditional houses, Brad and his team included some "lane-way homes." An interesting throwback to a gentler time, front porches adorn all the houses – where you can sit, talk to your neighbours and watch the

sun slowly sink into a Peninsula skyline. Priority was given to creating homes with character and beauty. The final vision was a creative response to changing demographics and residents' needs and concerns. To address local worries about density: "We wanted single family homes, not condos, townhouses or apartments. We designed our product and our lot sizes around mainfloor living." Their target market is retired people who may not want to climb stairs but would definitely enjoy a new house that is easy to maintain with the latest counter tops, appliances and décor. However, it is also an inclusive vision. Brad: "We want to have options for families, so we have different models where you can add bedrooms on top. Sidney was keen to have affordability built into the development as well. They liked the idea of secondary suites and so did we." Their goal of having houses with these suites will benefit renters and owners alike. The development will also feature four duplexes at a lower entry price. A quick glance at the Harbour Landing website and brilliant images jump off the computer – exquisitely crafted homes with hints of luxury décor. "When you move in, you really don't need to upgrade anything." Everything is people-centred: "The homes were designed with privacy in mind. Many of the windows are higher up so you can't see your neighbour. There is fencing between the houses." Priorities are sound: "It blends seamlessly with the natural environment. There will be lots of trees, shrubs, plants, bushes and natural green spaces." Brad McAdams is proud of the one-of-a-kind design coordinated development: "The houses at Harbour Landing are different. This is not cookie-cutter." It radiates "West Coast Style" living with cedar shingles, custom timber framing, earth-toned colours and pitched roofs – a blend of "Arts and Crafts" and "West Coast Contemporary" motifs. "When someone says they come from Harbour Landing, people are going to know where that is." It is the place where they put people first. Contact: SEASIDE | NOVEMBER 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 27

peninsula restaurant profile

Sure to Bring a Smile: The Surly Mermaid by Lara Gladych

This is the first in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Sarah Matchett, owner of the Surly Mermaid, is bubbly and personable, and I feel as though I've known her for ages. I'm at the restaurant the afternoon before they launch their lunch service, and so on this particular day prep staff are about, getting ready for dinner that evening. I notice the familial feeling amongst the staff immediately, and ironically one of the

first things Sarah wants me to know is how important her team is to her. She couldn't do any of this without them, she says repeatedly. "A great team is the most important part of having a great restaurant. They represent you, and you take them in like family." Sarah also owns the Five and Dime Diner, in Sidney. She knew that she wanted this project to be "a departure from the breakfast scene," something that would challenge her. Ultimately, "the real inspiration was to bring something different to the already great

restaurant scene in Sidney." With share-plates in mind, Sarah and her partner Voit decided that this should be a "non-traditional, Spanish tapas concept restaurant." I ask about the pressure of balancing two restaurants. "Owning a restaurant is humbling. It can be stressful if you're not organized. It's like being the parent of two toddlers!" We share a giant laugh about the imagery. The restaurant space itself, just above Port Sidney Marina, has been completely renovated, in large part by Sarah and Voit

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themselves. The colour scheme is earthy and woody, polished, but a bit undone at the same time. It's very cozy. The tapas-style dishes are the focus of the Surly Mermaid, though they have introduced a standard fare menu as well, in case people are feeling like more of a meal. Everything on the menu is available from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., and share-plates continue to be served until 11 p.m. every day. Sarah reiterates that she couldn't have come as far as she has with this venture if it weren't for the outpouring of support she has felt from the community. She makes special mention of Lisa from Toast, Sean from Boondocks, Bill at the Rumrunner and Mara and Morgan of Ecotopia. She sends a special thank you and welcome, too, to her chef, Kurt Mayville, "the mastermind behind the menu." We've talked a lot about how the restaurant came to be, but we change gears and start

talking food. I ask her about her favourite dishes, and without hesitation she mentions the Duck Drummettes – which Chef is preparing for me as we speak.

"Owning a restaurant is humbling. It can be stressful if you're not organized … like being the parent of two toddlers!" "They are delicious, fall-off-the-bone tender." When the food comes out, I pause to study what I have before me. There are the drummettes, in a tamari glaze with a garnish of fried carrots – so pretty – and the meat does in fact fall off the bone! Then we have pan-seared scallops with chimichurri and prosciutto crackling. This chimichurri is

prepared with mint, and I really like the unexpectedness of it. I also enjoy the simple but sophisticated touch of the crackling. The scallops themselves are perfect, not at all overcooked. Finally are prosciutto-wrapped dates stuffed with roasted chili almonds and blue cheese, finished with a balsamic crema. There are so many dimensions to this creation, and like a perfume, the different flavours come in stages, with the blue cheese lingering at the end. I don't get the chance to sample one of their Whiskey In the Jar Cocktails, a tribute to Voit's love of Jack Daniels, but I can't wait to come back and sit at their fantastic bar with friends for one of these. This was a really fun experience for me. Drawing from their website, I have to agree when they say this place "is sure to put a smile on the surliest of mermaids. To learn more about the eatery, visit their website at

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A Firm Foundation for Success: Security House Accounting Services 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. A house needs a solid foundation to stay upright, a perfect analogy for the strong financial foundation needed for a business to succeed. The staff at Security House Accounting Services have the expertise and experience to provide the firm footing required for a flourishing business. Colleen Hoggarth, Certified Professional Bookkeeper, is the "Chief Number Cruncher" and owner of Security House Accounting Services in Victoria. Her firm's general financial bookkeeping service for businesses involves taking a company's receipts, invoices and bank statements and using that information to prepare and provide the business with a monthly financial statement. Colleen: "The important point about having regular bookkeeping done is that people can see where they are at every single month with their business. If people wait until the end of the year, it is too late to make a 'course correction' if things are going sideways." She reviews the monthly statements with clients, fixing any problems to ensure continuing success. With regular bookkeeping services, Security House provides the bedrock for growth: "You can't do anything with a business until you see it on paper. You need a good financial knowledge of how your business is doing before you can grow it to be even bigger and better." Colleen and her team also keep their clients on track with the reporting of GST and PST collected in their businesses to Canada Revenue Agency and the Ministry of Finance: "When a business is collecting taxes for the government, they are holding that money in trust for them. Quite often young businesses don't realize that and will use that money to finance their working capital. Then they can get behind with those trust funds. We advise our clients that the money needs to be turned over when it is due – on time, every time." Security House makes sure that clients are regularly and accurately reporting all the taxes they collect by the deadlines, ensuring their compliance with government. By helping businesses avoid the sink-holes, Colleen ensures that her clients build and expand on firm financial footing. Security House's tag-line is "Give us your books. Take back your life!" Colleen believes that her bookkeeping services liberate clients. As well as reclaiming their personal lives, clients have more time, energy and freedom to focus on marketing and growing their business, networking and building success. Colleen and her colleagues pour the cement, freeing up time for the business to create a flourishing enterprise on top of it. "When the financial "have-to-do's" are done correctly, the exciting new business (the "want-to-do") will flourish! A house needs a square foundation. We provide that strong foundation for businesses to build on." Contact:

by Doreen Marion Gee

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Chasing Away the Grey Days: Arts and Crafts, Music and Memories by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email

Artisans Gift Gallery. The popular Artisans' Gift Gallery runs through to December 23rd at the Community Arts Centre. In this co-op style show and sale, 43 artists show off contemporary and traditional arts and crafts in a variety of mediums. Meet and support your local artists while getting a jump on holiday shopping. Free admission and parking. Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tulista Park Gallery, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney.

A Salute to Veterans The Sidney Concert Band will hold its fourth annual Remembrance Day concert, "A Salute to Our Veterans," in the Charlie White Theatre, Sidney.

Under the direction of conductor Rob Bannister, the band will perform a musical tribute to our veterans with a variety of memorable tunes, marches and vocal numbers. In addition, the Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band will round out the program. Current and former serving members are encouraged to wear their medals. Sunday November 8th at 2:30 p.m. $15 at the Mary Winspear Box Office 250-656-0275.

First Chance Christmas Craft Show With Halloween excitement behind us, the jolly red-suited fellow couldn't be far away! Here's another chance to get started on gift shopping from a wide selection of exceptional handcrafted items. Over 25 craft categories are represented, including pottery, metal works, sculptures, wood working, glass and yarn works, weaving, body and skin care, jewelry and tasty treats. Meet

the artists, enjoy the atmosphere and find that perfect gift. Hourly door prizes and an admission fee that covers both days. Saturday November 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday November 8th from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

led by artistic director Nicholas Fairbank. For tickets contact Diane at viachoralis@shaw. ca or 250-652-6742. Sunday November 15th, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

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Depending on where you're from, autumn can mean leaves changing colour and falling; for others it might be endless days of wind and rain, or even early snowfall. Via Choralis is presenting a collection of charming music about the autumnal season bound to take your mind away from thoughts of unpleasant weather or winter days to come. Enjoy an eclectic program by composers such as Mendelssohn, George Shearing and several West Coast composers and arrangers. Via Choralis is a mixed-voice auditioned community chamber choir based on the Saanich Peninsula and

This well-known musical family is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture and history. Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as instrumental and vocal standards, some of which have reached Gold record status in Canada. Get ready to enjoy multiple lead vocalists, rich sibling harmonies, prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, string, percussion, and wind instruments, dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture. November 14th, 7:30 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre.


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Green Tomatoes Anyone? by Carolyn Herriot

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harvest bumper crops of tomatoes this year, I am pretty sure that you are looking at loads of end-of-the-season green tomatoes right now and wondering what to do with them. Here are three of my favourite green tomato recipes, starting with the iconic southern fried green tomatoes. FRIED GREEN TOMATOES 3 medium, firm green tomatoes, unpeeled ½ cup unbleached flour ¼ cup milk 2 beaten eggs 2/3 cup fine dry breadcrumbs or cornmeal


¼ cup olive oil ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper Cut tomatoes into ½-inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt and pepper. Let tomato slices stand for 15 minutes. Place flour, milk, eggs and breadcrumbs into separate shallow dishes. Dip tomato slices in milk, then flour, then eggs then bread crumbs or cornmeal.

Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Fry the tomato slices, 4 to 6 minutes on each side, or until brown. As you cook the rest of the slices add olive oil as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. GREEN TOMATO CHUTNEY (Makes 6 pint jars) 10 medium green tomatoes, chopped 2 medium onions, chopped 3 large apples, chopped 4 cups malt vinegar 2½ cups firmly packed brown sugar 1½ cups raisins 1 tsp mustard powder 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground allspice ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp salt Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves without allowing to boil. Now bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 1½ hours, or until the mixture has thickened. Pour warm chutney into hot sterilized Mason jars, and leave the lids to seal with a pop as the chutney cools. GREEN TOMATO MINCEMEAT (Makes 6 pint jars) 8 cups chopped tart apples (peeled) 8 cups chopped green tomatoes 3 cups brown sugar 3 cups raisins 3 cups currants 2 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp ground allspice ½ tsp mace ½ tsp nutmeg 2 tsp grated orange peel 1 lemon, grated zest and juice 1 tsp salt 1 cup apple cider vinegar ¾ cup butter (optional) Mix apples with tomatoes and add remaining ingredients except A NECKLACE ISN’T JUST A NECKLACE butter. Bring gradually to the boil and simmer gently uncovered PDF PROOF PROJECT TITLE: Provenance Logo for approximately 2 hours to thicken. Stir occasionally to be sure it DATE: Dec 12/13 CLIENT: Sandy Baynton doesn't stick. Drain off excess liquid. Add butter and mix in. Pour hot Info: Final Logo into sterilized Mason jars, cover with lids, which seal as they cool.Proof Page 1 of 1 Carolyn Herriot is author of "The Zero Mile Diet, A Year Round Guide to Growing Organic Food" and "The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook, Seasonal Recipes for Delicious Homegrown Food" (Harbour Publishing). Available at your local bookstore.

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Who's On Your Shopping List? Touch of Saltspring Christmas Show Returns to Panorama Rec For many locals it marks the start of the Christmas craft fair season: "A Touch of Saltspring," December 4th through 6th at the Panorama, returns to the Peninsula for another year. With over 230 crafters and artisans from all over B.C. and Alberta, this is the largest attended arts and crafts show on Vancouver Island. The three-day family-owned-and-operated extravaganza brings together high-quality, artisan-crafted goods under one roof. For example, visitors will find hand-turned wooden bowls, exquisite leather goods and prints and cards featuring Canadian wildlife and scenery. There are also many delicacies for the foodies: jams, fudge, truffles, pastries, seafood, Christmas baking, canned goods and other decadent goodies. Colourful scarves and hats beckon from the stalls of textile artists and seasonal decorations lend a festive air. Not to be forgotten are the many examples of beautiful handcrafted pottery, jewelry and ironwork sculpture. Changing liquor laws mean that new at the fair this year is the

addition of several local distilleries, wineries, breweries and a cidery that will be sampling, selling and showing their products to fair visitors. 2015 marks the 11th year Touch of Saltspring has been held at Panorama Recreation Centre. The huge space of the indoor tennis arena is the perfect venue, allowing many people, vendors and visitors to mingle under one roof. There is even on-site catering so you can have a bite to eat when you get hungry and stay all day! To ensure the event runs smoothly visitors are advised not to park at the recreation centre itself. There is a park-and-ride shuttle service provided from Rotary Park, off Canora Road. Cost is $5 for a three-day pass. A Touch of Saltpring takes place Friday December 4th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and December 5th and 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich. If you are looking for unique and thoughtful gifts for the holiday season, make a point to come see the show.

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Remembrance, Rain and Gunpowder Plots by Valerie Green

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November, the month of dreary rain, gunpowder plots and doom and gloom! Or so history would have us believe. November is also Remembrance month: a time when we remember those who have lost their lives in military service from WWI to the present day. It is celebrated on November 11th each year with origins that began after WWI in which some 60,000 Canadians were killed. It was Member of Parliament, Isaac Pedlow, who made a motion in the House of Commons to institute an annual "Armistice Day" to be held on the second Monday of November each year to commemorate the agreement which was signed at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, ending the Great War. The day is still observed as "Armistice Day" in France and Belgium while in the U.K. it is known as Remembrance Sunday nearest to the 11th of November. In the U.S. veterans are honoured on Veterans Day on November 11th. The symbol of Remembrance Day is the red poppy of Flanders and northern France. Apparently seeds from the flower remain dormant in the earth for years but will blossom in abundance when the soil is churned over, which was of course the case from 1914 onwards in the fields of Flanders following a barrage of artillery crossing Northern France. As the poppies began to grow and flourish, poet John McCrae was inspired to write his famous poem In Flanders Fields as a result. Other significant things have happened in November through the years. Let's not forget Guy Fawkes Day in England on November 5th. If you grew up in England you will have celebrated this as a child, being the anniversary of the failed Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. And on November 7th, 1885, Canada's first transcontinental railway, the Canadian Pacific, was completed in British Columbia. Margaret Mitchell, the author of my all-time favourite book Gone With The Wind, was born on November 8th, 1900. Her novel about the American Civil War sold over 10 million copies, was translated into 30 languages and became one of the most popular movies of all time. Mitchell won a

Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for the book which was her only novel. She died in 1949 after being struck by a car in Atlanta. The word "November" comes from the Latin word novem meaning nine, because in the Roman calendar it was the ninth month of the year. Since the Gregorian calendar came into being, November is of course the 11th month as well as one of only four months with just 30 days in it. If you were born this month, your star sign is either Scorpio or Sagittarius and your birth stone is topaz. Just a little trivia to help blow away those November blues. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at


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by Lara Gladych awardS Top Beans Fresh Cup Roastery Café made an impressive showing at the North American Golden Bean Competition, where out of over 400 entries from 100 different roasting companies, their Peruvian Organic won a silver medal in its category. Their Peruvian roast has been served at Fresh Cup for 15 years, and is a main ingredient in their popular Sombrilla Blend. They invite you to come in and try a cup next time you're in the neighbourhood! Fresh Cup is located at 1931 Mt. Newton X Road, in Saanichton.

events Fall Harvest On Novemeber 27th and 28th, Rancho Vignola New Crop Nuts and Dried Fruit will be holding their annual Harvest Event at the Mary Winspear Centre. A familyowned and operated business from Armstrong, B.C., they will have their products on display and will be offering free samples and live food demos. They offer a variety of product packaging sizes, including cases, and a variety of gift packs for

Christmas gift-giving ideas. You can also enter to win a gift basket! Hours for the event are Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. To learn more about Rancho Vignola, visit

Glimpse of Christmas With Christmas just around the corner, Haven Spa, at the Sidney Pier Hotel, is hosting Holidays at Haven, on Friday, November 6th. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $30, which includes a $25 retail credit. You can get a first look at their holiday sets and stocking stuffers, while enjoying 20% off all retail. There will be hair and makeup demonstrations, giveaways, door prizes and refreshments. Limited space. Tickets are available at the Spa, and you can contact them by phone at 250-655-9797.

Paint On! Further to the great success of their Cottage Paint sessions, The Old Attic has set up a permanent Cottage Paint painting area for customers, adjacent to their shop! Spots are booked for $20

per person/day, and you bring your own pieces to paint. They will help you select appropriate paint and finishes, which you purchase, and then they'll set you up and give you instruction on how to get started and get on your way! Coffee, tea and additional encouragement and suggestions are free throughout the day. For more information, visit or call them directly at 778-426-1660. You'll find them at 7925 East Saanich Road in Saanichton.

news Renovations North Saanich Council has approved the partial reconstruction of Municipal Hall, and has allocated $2,508,000 to do so. The current building suffers from structural issues, and is also in need of seismic upgrading to ensure the safety of staff and visitors in the event of an earthquake. The project will proceed in several stages so that disruption to service can be kept to a minimum. You can read much more about the project on the municipality


New Faces Haven Spa & Salon is running under new management. Spa Manager Cindy Brown joined the team in October. Welcome, Cindy!

International Festival The Stonehouse Pub will be hosting an International Festival starting this month. November's theme is Italian! Go check out the authentic experience including the checked table cloths and wine on the table. Each month will be a new theme; call 778-351-1133 for reservations!

Fresh Spaces Sidney's Pitt & Hobbs has recently expanded both their retail space and product lineup. A favourite for greeting cards and giftware, they've added British and Scottish imports, shabby chic linens, new card lines, and Royal Albert's new Dot and Miranda Kerr designs. Visit the store at 2408 Beacon, or take a look at their selection online at Call 250-656-3088.

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to pick up a Passport to Christmas (inside the Sidney Christmas Wish Book), collect 12 stamps from various merchants and be entered to win one of three grand prizes! For the little ones there will be a gingerbread house scavenger hunt with prizes from local toy, candy and bookstores. All season long in Sidney you can enjoy a full lineup of festive activities including horse-drawn carriage tours on Saturdays and Sundays in December from noon until 4 p.m. and traditional carol singers each weekend from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a festive ride through downtown Sidney and take in the charming holiday ambiance. Be sure to pick up a hot beverage and something to eat from one of Sidney's lively coffee shops or restaurants before you depart. Add to the holiday magic by attending one of the many holiday concerts at the Mary Winspear Centre or the Peninsula Players traditional pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Plan to visit one or more of several Christmas craft shows, the popular Teddy Bear exhibit at the

Laloca showcases global and local Fair Trade products! Find a great selection of handmade gifts that give back to the communities from which they originate.

Sidney Historical Museum, and Christmas in the Village at Heritage Acres where children can take train rides and visit with Santa. The Mary Winspear Centre is a collection point for Toys for Tots and will once again feature the Festival of Trees display and a LEGO Christmas village display. The Community Arts Council showcases the Artisans Gift Gallery at Tulista Park on Fifth Street, a perfect place to select a beautiful handmade gift for that special person on your holiday gift list. Pick up a copy of the Sidney Christmas Wish Book & Passport, which details all the activities and events taking place in Sidney and on the Peninsula, all over downtown Sidney. It also includes recipes from local business owners and the gingerbread house scavenger hunt map, and you will find a sample of offerings from Sidney retailers highlighting unique products and gift ideas to make your holiday shopping fun and easy! For more information visit To book a carriage tour call 250-883-3651.

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Food, Family and Fun For All! by Bob Cratchit

The idea of coming together with friends and family during the holiday season to share a fresh cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate creates a warm feeling inside us all. The Village of Saanichton takes the festive season gathering experience one step further by bringing the entire community together with their 11th annual "Saanichton Community Christmas Event." This year it happens on Saturday, December 5th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Saanichton Village slows down that day so children can enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa at St. Mary's Church starting at 9 a.m. (courtesy of the Central Saanich Lions), have a photo with Santa himself (by donation to the food bank), walk the Tree Trail with the family, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, decorate a gingerbread man at the Saanich Pioneer Museum, listen to some live music, and most of all … become more familiar with the people in their community. This year's event will have a stronger focus on the Sidney Lions Food Bank drive-in/drop-off being run by the local Scout troop in the village center at Pioneer Square. The food bank was why this event was born and it's a worthy cause all year round. The Christmas Tree Trail has over 10 trees on it and starts at 9:30 a.m. Many businesses in the local area put up a splendid tree for the big and small kids to enjoy. Families are given a map to follow, with the kids collecting stamps at each location, and sometimes a little cup

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of hot chocolate or treat! The event is presented by The Saanichton Village Association, Seaside Magazine, and the local business community in the Saanichton area. There will be a "Christmas Craft Fair & Market" in the parking lot behind Fresh Cup Café, where Christmas Headquarters is located, at 1931 Mt. Newton X Rd. These local crafters and artisans, bakers and food producers will have seasonal items to buy for those that like high quality, locally-made products. For many this event has become a cornerstone of their seasonal Christmas traditions, and there are a number of guest appearances with elves, Rudolph, and Santa in attendance. Be sure to visit Christmas Headquarters at Fresh Cup Café and be sure to drop off your donation to the food bank at Pioneer Square, get a free coffee, Christmas cookie, Tree Trail Map, and spend some quality family time … because everyone loves horses and Santa!

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The Sidney Classical Orchestra Since 1992, the Sidney Classical Orchestra (SCO) has been delighting audiences with classical music performances that range from the beautiful music of the Baroque to exciting, contemporary compositions. Each concert in the series offers the opportunity to enjoy cherished favourites, while also introducing new or less recognized works, in an intimate setting that creates a uniquely engaging experience. The 2015-2106 Season, under the guidance of artistic director Stephen Brown, promises to continue the tradition of providing music lovers on the Saanich Peninsula with a concert series that delivers the professional yet personal performance of a delectable selection of music. Concerts are held at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 10030 Third Street in Sidney. Bach & Sons is the first of the four concerts, taking place November 29th at 2:30 p.m. and opening the season with a program of exceptionally lovely music. The SCO is delighted to welcome back Robert Holliston as guest piano soloist, performing J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto in E major BWV 1053, and J.C. Bach's Piano Concerto in E flat major, Op.7, No. 5. Robert, a well-known Victoria musician, has performed professionally throughout North America, England and New Zealand, and numerous times on CBC Radio. The program also includes the String Symphony in B minor, H. 662 and Solfeggio in C minor by C.P.E. Bach. Concert No. 2, Cornucopia of Concertos, at 2:30 p.m. on January 17th, 2016, features violinist Nancy DiNovo – a favourite of the audience and orchestra alike. Nancy will be joined by Mary Byrne, flute; and Berlin's Alberta Brown, flute, performing J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.4 for Violin and Two Flutes, plus various Baroque pieces including Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Flutes and the Sinfonia in D minor by W.F. Bach – music that is dazzling, vibrant and full of poetic power. The Young Soloist's Program is an inspirational and rare opportunity for young performers to be accompanied by a professional classical orchestra, and also provides soloists between eight and 25 years of age with the opportunity to perform works of their own choosing. Don't miss Young Soloists with the SCO, 7:30 p.m. on Friday March 11th – it will be an evening full of talent, enthusiasm and excitement! Finally, a sequel to last year's concert: Four String Fireworks Returns at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 10th. This concert was so well received last year that it is being offered again, with different concertos, of course! Soloists from each string section of the SCO will be performing concertos, plus J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 for violins, violas and cellos and a work by J.C. F. Bach, wrapping up a full season of exploring the alluring music of the inventive and inspirational Bach family. Tickets On Sale after November 1, 2015 at: Tanner's Books, Sidney; City Scribe, Brentwood Bay; and Long & McQuade, Victoria. Season Tickets (four concerts): $75 per adult. Single tickets: $25 adults; $12.50 students; ages 19 and under free at the door. C










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Mending Injured Bodies in the 21st Century by Barry Mathias

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. Human beings have a propensity for two things: getting involved in body-jarring accidents, and growing older. In both cases the negative effects can be lessened. "Everyone must age," Linda Walker jests, "but I can alleviate pain, improve people's attitudes, and enable them to regain mobility to get back the enjoyment of life." Linda is a Physiotherapist who specializes in Chronic Pain Management.

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She is the owner of Peninsula Physiotherapy at 9733 Fourth Street in Sidney, and of Brentwood Physiotherapy and Massage at 6967 Wallace Drive, Brentwood Bay. Her two clinics offer a wide range of services. "One of our recent technological improvements is online booking," she says. For the last 18 months Linda has been using the Jane Clinic Software, which allows clients to book appointments and choose their practitioner online, using a tablet or a smart phone. The system tracks notes, records the history of

treatments and can send a paperless bill to MSP, ICBC or WSBC. This is a very secure system, and is password protected, and every file is accessible from anywhere. "However, you can still speak with a receptionist, if you prefer." With the aid of computers, Linda and her staff have immediate access to the latest research. "With a new patient who has lower back pain, we use either the Oswestry scale or the Roland-Morris questionnaire to ask specific questions." The answers establish a benchmark of the condition of the patient at

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prevent re-injury, and aids elderly people to worn down and the synovial fluid is no longer improve their mobility. able to cushion these joints; this causes pain "In order to stay active and healthy as we age, and swelling. "It is a dysfunction caused by gravity," Linda explains. "People believe they can't change their condition, but with correct "I can alleviate pain, advice and appropriate mobility exercises, they can increase the space between their joints and improve people's eradicate pain." attitudes and enable "We also refer to clients' X-Rays, CT scans, them to … get back and MRI's online, via a secure system in order the enjoyment of life." to apply the best and safest treatment, or make recommendations for referrals to other effective stretching should become prioritized health care needed." Linda makes the point in order to keep mobility. Strength is also that she works in tandem with a patient's necessary but is much easier to gain as we age." doctor to achieve the best outcome. Intra Muscular Stimulation (IMS) is a "I am planning to update our Sidney branch, dry needling technique that she uses to Peninsula Physiotherapy, in the New Year," treat chronic pain that has not responded to Linda says enthusiastically. "The renovations conventional physiotherapy techniques. "It will include advances in our use of computers, is also effective with treating tight muscles and in modern, bright examination rooms." causing stiffness." Call to book an appointment and discuss Many people suffer from osteoarthritis. these exciting changes with Linda or any of This is when the cartilage in their joints has her skilled staff.

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that time, where a score of say 21 out of 28 might be achieved, indicating substantial pain and immobility. After treatment, the patient's score might read 17 out of 28, showing a clinically significant change." Linda explains: "When people have had pain for a long time, they find it hard to recall just how bad the pain was as they respond positively to treatment. These advances in clinical questioning allow them to monitor their improvement, and are objective evidence for insurance companies and when dealing with claim adjusters." Another technological improvement is in the field of decompression therapy, or mechanical traction, which has been around for a long time. "It should not cost the patient a lot of money, " she says, referring to the unnecessarily high charges of city clinics. "We use lasers and ultrasound to repair bone and tendon injuries. Ultrasound is particularly effective with new injuries in the first two weeks, and it reduces swelling and helps

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A smart home is defined as a home that provides energy efficiency, security, comfort and convenience, whether the owners are present or not. A smart phone or a computer can control such a house, where all the devices "talk" to each other. If you live in a home like this you take it for granted, but if, like most of us, you live in a more traditional abode, then you will be amazed by what is possible. Jason Powell, of Jason Powell Construction, was the main contractor for a remarkable home near Duncan. The Hawk's Nest, completed last year, incorporates a wealth of smart features. "It's important to build a house facing in the right direction, and to have an efficient heating system," says Jason. These two prerequisites are foremost in the early planning stages, when heating and cooling a house are major considerations in the design. Hawk's Nest has 4,621 square feet of livable space, not including the garages and outside terraces. There is an indoor/outdoor security system allowing the owners to see all aspects of their house wherever they are in the world. The system notifies the owners of movement around the property, or changes in the interior temperature of the building, which is maintained at 68°F in every room all year round. The system can send messages to the owners using Cloud Storage technology. "This is essentially a summer residence," Jason says. "It has efficient windows that can alter the blinds and constantly monitor the intensity of light. There is a complex use of home automation allowing for the latest in home entertainment systems, control of lighting, and initiation of small appliances. The house can be locked or unlocked by smart phone,

and takes a photograph of anyone who calls. The owners have complete control of their smart home at any time or place." "Our company has been nominated for four CARE Awards (Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence) relating to the building of Hawk's Nest," says Jason. The CARE Awards is the premier event for the residential construction industry managed by the Victoria Residential Builders Association. Incorporating smart features in the planning of a house provides for maximum efficiency while allowing the design of an uncluttered free-flowing building. Keith Baker, of Keith Baker Design, was the inspiration behind the design of Hawk's Nest, and has been designing homes for over 30Â years. "We design homes that are energy efficient, light filled, well integrated into their surroundings, and tending to use natural materials," he says. "I believe home design should strive for authenticity. For me, that means creating a home that both fits the site and provides a vibrant, light-filled and harmonious place to live." Keith Baker gives an insightful reference to his design approach: "Often people get caught up in where the walls should go; I focus on where the space should be." He incorporates green architecture in his buildings, which seeks to decrease their environmental impact, and uses


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home sweet home: fact or fiction for seniors? pt ii While we continue to enjoy our unseasonably warm fall, we brace ourselves for the inevitable cooler, wetter days ahead. Although we look forward to cozy nights inside the comfort of our homes, not all of us equate "home" with comfort, care or security. by Shauna Dorko To pick up our discussion of seniors Owner, Sidney SeniorCare housing from our last column, suitable housing options that are affordable, comfortable AND meet seniors' needs are few and far between in our province. As well, many seniors seem to be forced out of their homes prematurely due to either a lack of support or financial challenges. The Office of the Seniors Advocate reports that up to 86% of B.C. seniors felt they could remain living at home with increased home support and adaptations. Home Support improves quality of life and extends the time, in some cases significantly, that seniors are able to live independently in their own homes IF they have financial means. However, 36% of these same seniors believe they will have to move in the future due to no longer being able to afford their current arrangements. When home support is not available or affordable, Assisted Living becomes the next step. With an estimated 10% vacancy rate and decent availability, at least in larger communities, options include publicly subsidized and private-pay Registered Assisted Living, and private-market assisted living residences. With the 70% of net income fee structure for subsidized living, leaving little disposable income left over, a current recommendation suggests the minimum amount of income left be raised from the current $325 to $500. With Residential Care, including nursing homes, long-term and facility care, availability varies throughout B.C., especially for a "preferred" bed. Residents are charged a percentage of their net income, with a Temporary Rate Reduction (TRR) available in case of financial hardship. Many seniors are often forced into residential care before clinically necessary, resulting in less privacy, overcrowding and separation from friends and family. B.C.'s Seniors Advocate recommends that our provincial government enforce a higher standard of accommodation, including the provision of single room occupancy with en suite baths for 95% of beds by 2025. All options should be carefully considered before admission to this level of care, with more attention to seniors' needs and preferences. Raising awareness of all subsidy and grant programs available to seniors is more important than ever and a topic we will cover in our next column. Until then, let's continue to advocate for our seniors! * Excerpts taken from Bridging the Gaps, March 2015 and Seniors' Housing in B.C, May 2015, Office of the Seniors Advocate. Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at with "Seniors" in the subject line.

friends & neighbours "we need to learn the latest firefighting tactics to stay abreast of the changes within the community. that's a top priority."

A Lot More Than Putting Out Fires by Susan Simosko

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Mikkelsen thinks about a lot more than putting out fires. As Chief of Sidney's Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD), Brett and his colleagues are firmly committed to providing the most effective fire protection service possible. That includes everything from promoting fire prevention; to ensuring Sidney firefighters have the skills, training and fitness levels required to meet the daunting challenges of their work; to helping sustain businesses in the event of a major disaster; to working collaboratively with other emergency organizations. And that's just for starters. Brett's comprehensive understanding of the community and his vision for how the Department can best serve that community are awe inspiring – and reassuring. A long-time resident of Sidney, Brett is a graduate of Parkland. He completed a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University and the Fire Officer Program at the Justice Institute. He's also a licensed paramedic. Brett is a high energy, forward-thinking leader who believes that "all real progress is achieved outside your comfort zone." In keeping with that philosophy, he works hard to ensure the SVFD keeps "ahead of the game" and prepares for the long-term future. For many years, Brett worked at Philbrook's Boat Yard as a project manager. "At one time," Brett says, "it was the largest private employer on the Peninsula. I learned so much there! But the job involved considerable travel and that wasn't compatible with raising a family." Brett and his wife have two young children. In 1996 Brett joined the SVFD as a volunteer and last year was

made chief. SVFD is a "composite" model of fire fighters: some volunteer and some paid. The reason for this? "We have daytime staffing challenges," says Brett. "With so many people working outside of Sidney, a mix of career staff and volunteers ensures adequate coverage." The SVFD has six career staff and roughly 35 volunteers. At night, Brett reminds me, all firefighters are volunteers. Brett says that strategies for fighting fires are different today than 20 years ago, largely because of the nature of building materials. "Lightweight construction and the heavy use of plastics in homes means that today's fires burn faster and are more devastating," he says. "That's one of the main reasons we focus on prevention. We offer a free service to help people install or replace their smoke alarms," Brett explains. "We also give feedback about how best to protect a property. Any resident or business can phone us for help or advice anytime." The shift from single-storey homes to those that are in four- or fivestorey buildings is another change that has led to high-rise training for Sidney's firefighters. "We need to learn the latest firefighting tactics to stay abreast of the changes within the community," Brett tells me. "That's a top priority." Brett says he looks forward to having a new Community Safety Building, one that is seismically safe and with adequate space for training. "As Sidney grows," he adds, "we need to continue to evolve to meet the increasing demand for a highly nimble and effective fire service." Brett says the best thing about his job are the people. "We're like one big family," he says. "I feel incredibly fortunate to have this job." And likewise Brett, we feel incredibly lucky – and thankful – to have you as our Fire Chief!

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What an exciting ride it has been for the young Peninsula Panthers Club this season as the team is starting to show some of the promise that was expected from them. They have started to hit the win column and are playing a fast-paced and exciting brand of hockey that has folks on the entire Peninsula buzzing. What also had the community talking was the Jason Fletcher successful nomination of the Panorama Recreation Centre as Canada’s Kraft Hockeyville winner for 2015. After the bid made it to the final ten in the Country, the entire community of Greater Victoria and beyond jumped on board and voted the nomination into the Final Two. The competition from Eastern Canada would be Chatham, Ontario. In a three-day period, voters headed to their computers and punched the ticket early and often and the result was a landslide win with well over one million votes cast. A $100k cheque from Kraft came with the win, as well as the right to host an NHL exhibition game between the Canucks and Sharks on September 21, 2015. On Sept. 20th, the Panorama Recreation Centre hosted a tailgate party complete with the Stanley Cup. Yes, memories forever from “The little community that could!”

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Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn led the NHL in scoring last season, but he didn’t grow up dreaming about winning the Art Ross Trophy. As kids, Jamie and his older brother, Stars defenseman Jordie Benn, didn’t even dream of playing in the NHL. For the Benn brothers, the early goal was always to play for the Peninsula Panthers, a tier-3 Junior B team that played in the 400seat Panorama Recreation Centre Hockey Arena in their hometown of North Saanich, British Columbia, on the southeast tip of Vancouver Island. “It was definitely a dream of mine,” Jamie, who played for the Panthers in 2005-06 as a 16-year-old, told from Stars’ training camp. “When I was younger all I wanted was to play for the Panthers. It seems like that was much bigger than playing in the NHL at the time.” Benn’s childhood dream and his current reality will come together this weekend when the NHL brings the Stanley Cup to Panorama Recreation Centre Hockey Arena on Sunday to celebrate North Saanich being named Kraft Hockeyville 2015 in Canada. The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks will play a preseason game at the nearby Q Centre, all of which had the Benn brothers reminiscing about their minor hockey days on the Saanich Peninsula. “Just being a young kid and seeing the Peninsula Panthers emblem up on that rink when our family would go to games; me and my brother, back then we thought that was the big time,” said Jordie, who was the Panthers’ best defenseman in 2004-05. “We wanted to be a Peninsula Panther. Looking back now I know it’s only Junior B, and I’ve got a smile on my face saying that, but I was so proud to throw on that jersey and be a part of the Peninsula Panthers.” The Panthers are a big part of hockey and life on the Saanich Peninsula, which makes them a big part of North Saanich winning the ninth season of Kraft Hockeyville, a program committed to investing in community arenas to help keep the game alive from coast to coast. The winning nomination was written by Jason Fletcher, whose deep volunteer roots in the area include score keeping at Panthers games, and this year’s players were active in getting the community to rally around it. In addition to all

that, and providing inspiration for young players like the Benns, Panthers games at the Panorama Recreation Centre are a place for the community to get together on weekends. “Think of it as hockey’s answer to “Friday Night Lights.” “It’s fun looking back and now playing in Texas you see the high school football games and the whole community coming together for those games and how passionate they are about the football, and it was the same with the Panthers,” Jamie Benn said. “Everybody gets excited to go to the Panthers game every Friday night and be a part of it and see a bunch of people you know and watch the game and meet the players. It really is a special experience.” It’s an experience that can have a lasting impact, both on and off the ice. While some teams at the Junior B level focus on winning, often by loading up on 19 and 20-yearold players short on better options, the Panthers have focused on providing a spot for younger kids in the area to transition into higher levels. In addition to the Benn brothers, the list of Panthers alumni includes one-time NHL defenseman Ryan O’Byrne, Canucks draft pick Taylor Ellington, and forward Kyle Greentree, who played a couple of games for the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers and, like O’Byrne, still plays professionally in Europe. Seven other Panthers have played in American Hockey League or the ECHL, and countless others moved on to Junior A, Major Junior and to the NCAA on scholarships. “They were all local kids and we gave them the opportunity to get their first taste of junior,” said general manager Pete Zubersky, who bought and coached the Panthers in 1999, sold the team in 2007 and returned as part-owner in 2011. “I always said it was the most gentle transition from minor hockey to junior and that’s why all these kids came here and why they still do.” Jamie Benn appreciated having a place close to home to start that transition.“It was definitely a step up from minor hockey and it was just part of developing your game to try and get to the next level,” said Jamie Benn, who was named the league’s top rookie after leading the team in scoring during his one season with the Panthers. Just as important are the bonds with the local community. Jordie Benn won the Panthers Community Leadership award in 2005; Jamie won the award the following season. “As cool as it is that Jamie just won the Art Ross

Trophy and was a Peninsula Panther and as much as we celebrate that, it’s even more cool when we have kids that used to be Panthers that are coaching our minor hockey teams,” said Paul Warmenhoven, president of the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association. “As they get settled in life, we try to get them back to coach our kids - one of Jamie Benn’s old linemates is now the head coach of the Midget A team.” Just as the Benn brothers remember looking up to the Panthers growing up, local kids still see Panthers players reading or playing floor hockey in local schools, taking part in parades or helping coach at minor hockey practices, and they are drawn towards the program. “That’s why my 14-year-old wants to go watch the Panthers game,” Warmenhoven said. Warmenhoven, who went to college in Vancouver, remembers being skeptical when a friend first invited him to watch a Panthers game after moving to the Saanich Peninsula six years ago. “I was like ‘who goes to watch Jungle B’ and he says ‘No, this is an institution here,” Warmenhoven recalled. “So I put my snobby Vancouver bias aside and I went to a game and I was like ‘Holy cow.’ It’s standing-room only, everyone is catching up and it’s ‘Oh yeah, that’s Tommy’s kid and Bobby’s kid, and that’s his little brother and he’ll be a Panther oneday.’ It really is classic.” Winning Kraft Hockeyville should make that experience even more enjoyable because it includes $100,000 for improvements to the Panorama Recreation Centre Hockey Arena. Some of it will be used to improve the storage facilities for minor hockey and other community user groups such as lacrosse. Some of it will be used for a dedicated home-team locker room, something the Panthers haven’t had since relocating to the area in 1997. “I remember having all the gear and packing it around not having your own dressing room, but I didn’t know anything else,” Jordie Benn said. “It was the little peninsula and just getting a Panthers helmet was awesome, but to have the NHL and Hockeyville come in and support the community and what they are doing is awesome. It’s great to see them getting recognized.” It will be even better if it also results in a Panthers dressing room, Jamie added. “Yeah I remember hauling in my gear,” he said with a laugh. “It would be great for those young kids. When you have your own room it just feels like it’s kind of your house.”

For a franchise that has made itself so at home in North Saanich, that would be fitting.


book review From stray dog to wwi hero by grant hayter-menzies As we mark the passing century of the First World War, few books have explored the enormous contribution of the more than 60 million animals who reviewed by played a role in that "Great War." Now Virginia comes a book that reminds us of one Watson-Rouslin exceptional dog who took his place on the battlefield. His name was "Rags." Local writer Hayter-Menzies has uncovered this remarkable story of a mutt, mostly a terrier mix, who was found one evening by two AWOL American soldiers on the streets of Montmartre in 1918, a tawdry place of crass commercialization, bar shows and "circuses" exploiting animals. It was also "home" to Rags. Private Jimmy Donovan of the American First Division, Signal Corps thought he'd found a pile of rags, but it was a small dog, soon to be his best friend and ally at the front, and after. Rags and Donovan became a team. As a signalman, Donovan monitored communication lines between the front and command. Although there was an official, time-consuming procedure for training soldier dogs (estimated at over 70,000), Donovan and Rags didn't have that luxury. The dog quickly caught on to delivering and receiving messages, racing back and forth across perilous terrain, exploding shells, dead bodies and deep trenches. Says Menzies: "together Rags and Donovan taught each other just what needed doing in the erratic, symbiotic schoolroom of the battlefield, discovering in each other the helper and friend each never knew he needed." Their work saved countless lives. In their last battle, both suffered

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Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Through the Years The Auxiliary to Saanich Peninsula Hospital has been

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Fall Season Spaghetti Supper hosted by the Saanichton Village Association & St. Mary's Church 6.30 - 9 p.m. @ St. Mary's Church (corner of East Saanich & Cultra)

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last word I'm back! After a year's maternity leave to take care of my daughter Tessa, three weeks ago I settled in my desk chair, flexed my fingers over the keyboard and was off, just like I'd never left. … If only it were that simple. I admit it: coming back to work after taking such a long break was incredibly difficult. A few months ago I was an emotional seesaw. On the one hand, I was looking forward to using my brain in a different way, rejoining the team of awesome women at Seaside, reconnecting with our clients and readers, and making a decent paycheck again. The more emotional, primitive side of me, however, didn't care about all that: I had a baby, she needed me, and that was that. How could I even think about leaving her in the care of a near stranger just so I could work? Luckily, I found a great childcare situation and figured out a schedule that would allow me lots of time with Tessa while still meeting my work obligations. I am very fortunate to have a job where I'm able to set my own hours, which helped ease my mind … and as my "back to work date" neared, I stopped worrying and

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initiative A Dementia-Friendly

Terra Munro of Sidney All Care Residence & Stasia Hartley of Bayshore Home Health working together to help create a dementia-friendly Sidney!

Dementia Friends Workshop Wednesday, November 18th, 6:30 p.m. at Sidney All Care Residence 2269 Mills Rd.

Join us to become a Dementia Friend. Learn strategies and gain understanding to better connect with and support people living with dementia. Participation certificates will be provided by the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Movie Night & Silent Auction

Thursday, November 5th, 6:30 p.m. at Sidney All Care Residence Presenting a screening of the inspiring documentary Alive Inside and a presentation about the Society’s Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative and work taking place in Sidney. Silent auction items donated by local businesses with all proceeds to go directly to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Admission by Donation. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.

Please call Terra at Sidney All Care Residence 778.351.2505 or visit for more information and to RSVP or contact Stasia at Bayshore Home Health