Seaside Magazine November 2016 Issue

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The innovation Issue Scene Around Town | Vancouver Island’s Innovative Trio | Remembrance Day Technology That Warms the Heart | What’s Happening This Winter for Kids VRX Ventures | Home is Where the Future Is | Tackling Travel Insurance

November 2016

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Scene Around Town: NEW! 2016 Professionals Awards and Seaside Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Agriculture, Landscaping & Trucking: Saanich Peninsula Firms Have Innovation in Common Remembrance Day: When the Past Meets the Present Community Health: Exciting Initiative Aims to Improve Local Health Care Seaside Homes: Gateway to an Outdoor Life

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First Word Salish Sea News This Month in History Island Dish New & Noteworthy Common Cents Grey Matters Seaside Arts Scene Ask a Stylist NEW! On Design West Coast Gardener Tech Talk Island Adventures NEW! Book Review What’s Happening Sudoku Last Word






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My favorite writing quote is by poet Seamus Heaney: “Between my finger and my thumb, the squat pen rests; snug as a gun.” A life-long infatuation with writing derives from its extraordinary power to influence, persuade and spur action. Recently, I have scored major victories in my own life – directly because of my ability to put pen to paper. I am thrilled to bring awareness to the talented people in this community through my Seaside work – two November profiles put a spotlight on Ingrid Jarisz and Suzi Jack, both high-powered women who are taking the real estate world by storm. A dream unfolding: my own book of short stories about growing up in James Bay within a very colourful and eccentric family. janice henshaw

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Event Coordinator Elizabeth Moss This Month's Contributors Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Jo Barnes, Gillian Crowley, Shannon Donnelly, Colin Eaton, Corrine Gardner, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Valerie Green, Brian Harrison, Dale Henley, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Rebekah Hunter, Barbara Julian, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Jacob McNeil, Karen Morgan, Rosemary Scott, Susan Simosko, Christine Thompson, Shai Thompson, Jim Townley, Virginia Watson-Rouslin, Jo-Ann Way, William Webster P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. In-Room at:

I help people celebrate their lives by writing life stories and creating beautiful photo books for special occasions, such as a colleague’s retirement. I also enjoy writing about homes, businesses, and other topics for Seaside Magazine. In this issue, I covered an exciting company called VRX Ventures, learned about simulators, and was inspired by the vision of founder Robert Stanners. In my home review, I loved seeing the gorgeous view from a stunning home on Cordova Bay. I hope you enjoy coming along with me for some new experiences, new people, and new stories! If you would like to read more of my work, please take a look at my blog and photographs at: rebekah hunter

I am as passionate about people and places as I am about healthy, delicious food! As a Peninsula resident since 1995 minus a few years abroad, I have fallen in love with this gem of a community. With our varied family interests including school life, extracurricular activities and my own personal work as a holistic nutritional consultant, we have been able to immerse ourselves in a range of “people groups” that keep us engaged and cause us to grow. I mostly work with young families, which I love, but there is something to be said for the other side of the demographic curve as well. The seniors are a vital slice of our Peninsula pie, and we as a family have enjoyed rich and fabulously interesting relationships over the years. I have shared some thoughts from a visit with a lovely senior and Sidney resident who lived and served in the last world war. I hope you enjoy it! virginia watson-rouslin

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Why do I enjoy reviewing books? I grew up in a family of bookworms and eventually became a writer myself. After coauthoring a book about baby boomer women and their mothers called My Mother Was Right, I learned how much work went into getting reviews. We were fortunate and accumulated over 100 print, television and radio interviews and reviews, including my coauthor’s appearance on Oprah. But times have changed. There are fewer print publications and those still breathing may not give book reviews any space. 14,200 books were published last year in Canada, yet we’ve seen a radical reduction in readers. As Katherine Govier wrote in an email to me after my review of The Three Sisters: “reviews are rare birds these days; it’s astonishing the change coming over our industry.” Thanks to Seaside Magazine for honouring this noble tradition.


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first word Ah, innovation! To break from the old and usher in the new: a new watch or phone, a new battery, a new art form, the next clean energy source, a new potato slicer. The world economy and humankind thrive on innovation. It changes lives and history, it brought the Industrial Revolution, automobiles, electricity, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll and generally delivered us into prosperity. There is a common perception of innovation as some kind of immaculate conception, where mysterious “a-ha” moments are immediately realized as gamechanging things of beauty. Ok, sometimes miracles do happen, but more often than not innovation is a long, sweaty march towards fruition. And part of innovation is being able to adapt to change, even if it’s unanticipated or let’s be frank, unwanted. In this issue of Seaside we attempt to capture some of those gamechangers in our midst. From a family farm growing fresh produce, equivalent to 1½ acres of land with 90% less water use, all within a 40-foot refurbished container, to a local company that has brought to market an oxy-hydrogen fuel booster that reliably both increases engine

performance and substantially reduces emissions, to a local group of community members and doctors working to build primary health care centres to help solve the Saanich Peninsula’s health care problems. And have you heard of VRX? Stunning simulators; one huge technology toy box! All of these companies have leaders who create a culture that encourages and rewards innovation and risk-taking. However, it’s not as easy as the boss issuing a memo: “We will be innovative.” I know it might sound cliché but it’s a big issue to create mutual respect and trust between co-workers. If you’re working together, it’s really about where each person is coming from, their background and experience, identifying where the hard work is, and what’s valuable that they bring to it. And when you do that, instead of getting the boss telling them what to do, you have people making things together, having ownership together. Better things come out of that. Just how much innovation can we find in our community? Just look around – it seems almost limitless. Maybe there is something in the B.C. water that brings out the strange mix of dissatisfaction, brilliance and courage that leads our community to try and change the world. Whatever it is, it’s certainly in abundance. Innovation is not something that can be easily measured; but I think we can all agree that innovation is how new ideas can change our lives.

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1. Donna Finlayson, Wine Kitz Sidney; Paula Grypma, Outlooks Design 2. Seaside Magazine Publisher & Owner Sue Hodgson 3. Kevin Matthews & Laura McKenzie, Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre (Winner: Branding) 4. Lucas Copplestone, McTavish Academy of Art (Winner: Innovation) 5. Jim Townley, MC for the evening; President, Fresh Cup Roastery CafĂŠ 6. James HaleyBrowning, TD Canada Trust; Elaine Hughesman, Hughesman Morris, Chartered Professional Accountants (Winner: Environmental) 7. Liana Beliveau, House of Lily Koi (Winner: Customer Service); Artur Wilman 8. Alice Bacon, Brentwood Bay Village Empourium (Winner: Community); Susi McMillan, Seaside Magazine Trendspotter; Deborah Rogers, Seaside Magazine Associate Publisher 9. Lola McMillan and Zackery White 10. Seaside celebrates 10 years! Cake by Excalibur Cakes, Lindsey Watt 11. Lynn McNeill cradles baby Daniel, while mommy Jo-Ann Way, Seaside Magazine photographer, snaps a shot at the McTavish Academy of Art.

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Just a quick note to thank you for the great coverage on the [Sidney Fine Art] Show in your October issue – it was wonderful. Diane Thorp We are very lucky to have Seaside Magazine as such a support of business in Sidney. Devon MacKenzie I find it quite astounding and a bit ironic that, in the food-centric September issue of Seaside Magazine, there is the “First Word” article espousing all things wonderful about being able to eat the best using seasonal and local ingredients – including wild spring salmon, the very local food that the critically endangered SRKW depend on for survival, as pointed out in the the equally well-written article by Chris Genovali. Even if our Federal and Provincial governments are lacking the fortitude to act together, in a more concerted and meaningful manner, to help these whales, we as locals should stand up for these iconic creatures by promoting more responsible and sustainable choices, including in what we eat. We have the ability to make far more choices than they do.

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Your magazine reaches a very well-educated and caring audience; all the more reason to be extra mindful, holistic, and compassionate when publishing potentially conflicting messages. Lynette Browne Firstly, I like the magazine and how you support the restaurants on the Peninsula and the food articles as a whole; however, I think if someone is doing a column on trends and downtown (“Yesterday’s Lunch & Tomorrow’s Dinner” September Issue) – and who promotes herself as a restaurant consultant – she should offer full disclosure of who she consults. I feel this would lend a little more credibility to the story. Thank you and keep up the good work promoting the area – of which I am also a resident! Mike Murphy

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From left: the Leafy Green Machine under LED light; Empire Hydrogen’s new production line; new digs for Garden City Tree and Landscaping.

Vancouver Island’s Innovative Trio by Paula Kully

What do agriculture, landscaping

and trucking having in common? Here on Vancouver Island, it’s the use of technology and innovation to start-up or grow business. Greater Victoria is rapidly gaining notoriety as a hotbed for high tech innovation and manufacturing. The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) estimates 867 tech companies in Greater Victoria generating $3.15 billion in sales and a $4-billion economic impact. Of these, 67 are located on the Saanich Peninsula, generating $350 to $400 million in sales and employing 2,200 people. Bright Greens Canada is one such example, owned and operated by Tamara and Bruce Knott who have invested in Freight Farms’ advanced hydroponics unit to produce fresh, pesticide-free lettuce, greens, culinary herbs and micro greens year-round. Tamara is enthusiastic and welcoming about her “farm,” which is packed into a bright green, repurposed 40-foot shipping container that ultimately yields what would traditionally require 1.5 acres of land while using 90% less water.

The container, which has been dubbed “Leafy Green Machine” (LGM), is equipped with high-tech features that include a system which collects humidity from the indoor air and purifies it through reverse osmosis for reuse. LED growing lights produce very little heat and only red and blue spectrum light which is required for plant growth. The computerized “brain” monitors and directs watering, temperature and nutrients, and even notifies Tamara via her phone or desktop of anything out of the ordinary. Approximately 4,000 plants are grown on 256 vertical towers. From seed to sale takes eight to 11 weeks, with yields of 120 to 125 pounds of greens per week. The resulting product is garden-fresh, clean, crisp and flavourful beyond compare. Having lived in a northern community, Tamara was inspired by the challenge of accessing fresh greens when climate or space are restrictive. Unhampered by climate or space, the LGM can bring fresh food to communities where the growing season is short or to urban areas where space is limited. With winter upon us, there is no better time to pick up your weekly november 2016 | 11

greens at the farm on West Saanich Road. Not far up the road, Garden City Tree and Landscaping Ltd. has recently relocated to its new home in the Interurban area. The five-acre site is a beehive of activity and what could be described as organized chaos to the untrained eye. The company’s co-owner, Colin Eaton, ventured into landscaping 16 years ago after leaving a desk job behind. He began with one lawn mower and the desire to make a healthy life change. Four years ago, he partnered with Chris Stansfield and the company has grown steadily ever since. But it is the new site that has enabled the partners to fully realize the expansion of their no-waste, green business practices and ensure Garden City remains competitive. In the past, Garden City spent time, money and resources picking up supplies at the start of the day and disposing of waste collected at day’s end. The new location allows organic green waste to be brought to the yard where it is repurposed through advanced screening technology. Rock, gravel, sand and other materials are stockpiled and then sorted into various sizes for reuse in landscape projects. Likewise, yard and garden waste is mulched and processed into nutrient-rich soil for use in flowerbeds and gardens. This process allows the company to create and control what goes into their finished product while reducing or eliminating any waste going into the landfill. In addition, continued from page 11

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the company’s state-of-the-art software system tracks and monitors consumables and products while allowing employees to report back in real time on handheld devices. The positive environmental impact is also measured in savings of time and travel as Garden City is now self contained and sustainable. Eaton estimates employees have reduced daily travel time by 1.5 hours. These savings translate into growth for Garden City, which currently employs 20 people year round, and a reduction in the company’s carbon footprint. Rounding off our trio is Sidney-based Empire Hydrogen that recently celebrated the opening of a new production line for their patented “Empire Fuel Enhancement System.” Sven Tjelta, CEO and Chairman, was inspired to develop the fuel enhancement system in response to the oil and gas crisis of 2008, when he considered the impact on the trucking industry where up to 50% of costs are fuel and maintenance related. He started Empire Hydrogen in 2009 and after six years of research and development, the system is ready for the road. The self-contained unit requires no modifications to any gas or diesel internal combustion engine and can be fully installed for $7,000 to $10,000. In many cases, the resulting savings see the unit paying for itself within the first year. It works by injecting a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen into the engine’s air intake, causing fuel to burn cleaner and more completely. The benefits are threefold: lower fuel costs of approximately 20%; improved combustion efficiency meaning more power and less wear on the engine; and reduction of carbon emissions which is better for the environment when you consider that everything we purchase is, at some point, transported by truck. Empire currently has 50 units in circulation and the new production line is already sold out. Fully operational, it could produce 500 units at a time and create an additional 10 to 15 jobs. Their present focus is on transport truck, marine industries and stationary generators while working to secure seed capital for further expansion. The future for Empire Hydrogen is promising, as they embark on testing the system on a 737 Jet and locomotive engine through the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). As well, the company’s recent expansion of an office in Norway in February of 2015 has garnered global interest from Australia and New Zealand. Innovation in business practice, thinking and technology are leading to many interesting developments within the economy of the Saanich Peninsula; kudos to those who have seen the opportunity and are not afraid to take it! Bright Greens Canada: Garden City Tree and Landscaping: Empire Hydrogen: Photos by

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A Celtic Family Christmas This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate Christmas concert on Sunday, November 27 at 2:30pm and Monday, November 28 at 7:30pm. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true MacMaster/ Leahy holiday celebration. “Christmas is where this whole concept started and we are excited to be travelling as a family,” says Donnell. “It’s a perfect time to travel across Canada and bring light and happiness to families and fans across the country.” With a lineup of familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic songs, A Celtic Family Christmas brings you in the door, and welcomes you in as part of the family.

David Myles “It’s Christmas” Enjoy a wintery afternoon in the intimate Charlie White Theatre away from the hustle and bustle relishing in the sounds

of the season. Jazz crooner, David Myles, brings his performance of It’s Christmas to Sidney on Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm. It’s Christmas has something for everyone: including original and classic songs in a range of styles, from footstomping bluegrass to crooning jazz. The record includes impeccable covers of Myles’ favourite Christmas standards including Let It Snow, White Christmas, and Les Cloches du Hameau. From poetic and heartfelt to funny and whimsical, It’s Christmas, Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo, and The Gift complement the vintage feel of the album - while making it uniquely David Myles.

Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express The Cariboo Express is a one-of-a-kind variety show led by Canadian superstar Barney Bentall, along with Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Kendel Carson, Matt Masters, Wendy Bird, special guests and The Gold Rush Allstars, a backing band comprised of some of Canada’s finest musicians. Each of the core members have music careers of their own, but every November the group convenes to raise

funds for various worthy charities in the spirit of song, community and giving back to society. The Sidney Lions Food Bank will receive all of the funds raised by the two shows on November 19 & 20 starting at 6:30pm with a silent auction and an 8:00pm performance.

‘Little Red and the Wolf’ A Christmas Panto The Peninsula Players present their annual Christmas Pantomime featuring the timeless tale of Little Red and the Wolf. As always, there will be traditional fun for all ages, filled with humour, live music and audience participation. In this reimagined version of the Red Riding Hood story featuring the Big Bad Wolf and Dame Granny Hood, we’ll also meet the evil Ogre and his awful family, the Three Little Pigs and Mrs. Boot. Dame Granny Hood and her unlikely witch helpers must work together if they’re to save the day! Berwick Royal Oak December 16 - 7:00pm, December 17 & 18 - 2:00pm Charlie White Theatre December 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 - 7:00pm, December 26 - 2:00pm

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Changes Coming to Sidney Visitor Services Following a competitive bidding process, the Town of Sidney recently awarded the management of the Sidney Visitor Information Centre to the Sidney Business Improvement Area (Sidney BIA). “We couldn’t be happier,” says Donna Petrie, Executive Director of the Sidney BIA. “This will not only enable us to enhance our mandate to attract people to Sidney, it will allow us to introduce a number of innovations to assist visitors before they arrive and during their stay.” Funding for the Visitor Information Centre will come from the Town of Sidney and Destination BC. The Sidney BIA believes that visitor services extends way beyond the actual visitor information building. One of the innovations the Sidney BIA plans to introduce shortly after they assume

responsibility for the Centre in January is a “live chat room” feature. This will enable potential visitors to receive realtime assistance from one of the Centre’s knowledgeable volunteers during their trip planning process. Another of the unique features will be “No Tickets for Tourists.” Under this program, the Sidney BIA will pick up the tab for a limited number of parking tickets each year, paying the parking fines and leaving a note for drivers, thanking them for visiting Sidney, and directing them to longer-term parking locations. “We want people to experience the unexpected in Sidney,” says Morgan Shaw, who will soon assume the role of Visitor Experience Manger with the Sidney BIA. “We want them to thoroughly enjoy their visit to the town, the Peninsula

and beyond,” adds Morgan. For the past several years Morgan has managed the Visitor Information Centre on behalf of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. “She brings so much to the job,” Donna says. “Experience, a high level of skill, and an outstanding relationship with the team of dedicated volunteers.” The Sidney BIA plans to create a whole new culture of visitor information services that will benefit not only visitors but local businesses too. As of January, Sidney BIA members will not have to pay for racking at the Visitor Centre. “We hope businesses will make good use of this opportunity to spread the word about their great products and services,” says Donna. Similarly, Donna says that not-for-profit organizations will play a key role in the Centre too.

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Remembrance Day:

When the Past Meets the Present by Rebekah Hunter

He gently folds the jacket bearing

memories from another time and another place: Wartime, some 70 years ago. With great patience he explains to me the significance of the two gold caterpillar brooches pinned to the lapel. They represent the two times he was shot down as an Air Force pilot while completing 41 dangerous night missions, bailing from a burning plane and landing behind the lines of enemy territory. The brooch of boots with wings is pinned to the opposite lapel, signifying his safe escape to his homeland. He is Norman Reid, a dignified man with a soft voice and gentle demeanor belying a sharp intelligence. He is a well educated man with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a M.Sc in Structural Engineering. He is also a World War II veteran, an air navigator and multi-engine pilot. At 93 years of age he impresses me with his factual retelling of his wartime story in perfect chronological order. Beside him sits Tess, his lovely wife of 70 years. That’s right – 70 years of marriage and still devoted to each other. I ask him about the friends he made during his time in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He responds with sadness to be one of the few veterans left; who else can really understand what it was like to lose comrades and family members, to be on the run for months in a foreign land. Norman was a young man barely out of his teens, hiding under hay stacks and in shepherds’ huts, constantly on the move for fear of being discovered and killed. He wishes that he and his peers had known more about how to deal with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Did you know that it isn’t uncommon for those who have endured wartime to still have nightmares in their 80s and 90s? Reflecting on the past can help us to better understand and connect

with our elders. Most of us have grandfathers or great-grandfathers who lived and fought during the world wars. And what about the women? If they weren’t serving as nurses tending to the wounded they took over the men’s jobs, the factory and office jobs, the burden of running farms and caring for their children on their own. Rations; potato peel soup; recycling anything possible; blackouts and bombings – this was an anxious and scary time in our collective history. Today we enjoy a time of relative peace here in Canada. It’s a blessing, and it can be fleeting. Our generation may not fully comprehend what it meant to live through a world war, but we can learn about it and reflect on it. Take a moment to visit with the elderly, in your family or in your community. Retirement homes are always happy to have volunteers stop by and spend some time sharing conversation and companionship with their residents. Let’s encourage our children to see the elderly as people like them with a story worthy of being told and heard. Let’s be the connection between the generations and learn from each other. Our worlds may be different but our dreams remain the same. In the words of Andy Rooney: “The best classroom is at the feet of an elderly person.” Remembrance Day Events in Sidney: 10:30 a.m. Parade of Veterans, starting at the Mary Winspear Centre and ending at the Cenotaph in front of the Town Hall. Service includes two minutes of silence, wreath laying and a flypast. Remembrance Day Events in Saanichton: 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Peacekeeping Memorial Stone Cenotaph (Central Saanich Municipal Hall) under the half-mast flags. Photo by november 2016 | 17


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Solving the Saanich Peninsula’s Health Care Problem by Dale Henley

“We are continually faced

by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems” ~ Lee Iacoca, former CEO, Chrysler Corporation. How do you get health care services? Do you go to a walk-in clinic, or do you go to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Emergency Room (even when you really don’t need that level of care)? How about your friends and neighbours? If you’re like me, you know many people who do these things. They may be new to the community and haven’t found a primary care physician, or like my friends and neighbours, their doctor may have retired and left them scrambling to find another. The shortage of family physicians, and the accompanying overuse (or inappropriate use) of the Emergency Department at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, is perhaps the most pressing healthcare problem our community faces. Up to 20,000 people in the catchment area (population 64,000) of the hospital do Co-Chair, Saanich Peninsula Primary Health Care Society

not have a family physician! After recognizing this we – that is, a group of community members and local doctors – decided we could do something about it. With the support of the South Island Division of Family Practice, we founded a non-profit society and got to work. The purpose of the Saanich Peninsula Primary Healthcare Society is to improve primary health care services for residents of, and visitors to, the Saanich Peninsula by: (a) identifying the health care needs; (b) working alone or in partnership with Island Health or any other healthcare organizations, to deliver patient-centred programs to address those needs; and (c) providing medical facilities to be used for the benefit of residents and visitors. As a first step our Society has started an exciting initiative to improve health care in the community. The goal: a new model of service delivery focused on patient-centred care, featuring a collaborative team of doctors and other healthcare professionals. After some research, we concluded that services should be offered in a network of smaller primary healthcare centres, with november 2016 | 19

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one bigger “hub” building located centrally. The network will be called “Peninsula Medical, your community health network.” While the centres will be located throughout the Saanich Peninsula for the convenience of patients, they will be connected by a standard electronic medical record, to ensure a patient’s medical information is available to all providers treating them. The centres will be able to treat patients with complex care needs, but there will also be an emphasis on staying healthy. In addition to providing care in the community, the doctors who are recruited will provide service at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Many of you may not know that SPH is staffed (aside from surgeons) entirely by GPs from the community. As the existing doctors in the community have aged and/or retired, the numbers of physicians with hospital privileges have dropped precipitously! Our community’s health, both in and out of hospital, depends on having doctors and other caregivers available to support our hospital. Another feature of the network will be to offer a working environment that is appealing to physicians and other health-care providers, by being part of a supportive group practice. For example, in medical school, students learn in teams and, after graduation, look for career opportunities that allow sharing of the workload and collaboration on cases. Practitioners will also be provided the opportunity to be part of a vibrant teaching environment, through affiliation with educational institutions, such as UBC’s Island Medical Program. In discussion with leaders in the Island Medical Program, we discovered that they are looking for cutting-edge learning environments. Where are we now? Our first Medical Centre in Sidney opened in July while undertaking renovations and introducing an integrated electronic medical record. Almost immediately, staff members were swamped with over 1,000 applications for a doctor. In the first few weeks of operation, we were thrilled to see more than 500 of these people achieve the goal of obtaining primary care, with the other applicants currently being processed and assigned to caregivers. There have been many challenges. Because of funding limitations, only one half of the office has been renovated and no more patients (and caregivers, including doctors!) can be accommodated until the second phase of renovations is complete. Work continues with the Canada Revenue Agency to obtain charitable status and reinforce the community roots of this endeavour. In spite of these challenges, the Society is committed to building a network of primary health care centres. If you would like more information, send us an email at:

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different specialized equipment and technology are used every day to help provide the greatest comfort and care to residents, but you wouldn’t always notice it. It's small items like the iPods used in the Music & Memory Program to provide personalized music for dementia patients, bridging the gap for loved ones through the power of music; the electronic overhead lifts that provide comfort and ease of movement for residents and staff; or one of the simplest: blanket warming cabinets. These blanket warmers offer immediate comfort by creating a soothing and calm environment. “I can remember a resident, just a tiny little lady who did not say much, but might utter 'cold' when you spoke to her,” says Kristi Osguthorpe, Assistant Director of Clinical Programs at Broadmead Care. “When you brought her a warm blanket, draped it around her shoulders and tucked it down her back, wrapping it around her with a big hug, she always exclaimed 'Ooh! Nice …' I know it made her feel good, but it made me feel good too! Such a small gesture, but such a big impact.” Having a big impact on the care of residents is what Broadmead Care strives for when working on making "Every Moment Matter." Every Moment Matters is more than just a slogan: it's a genuine expression of care and compassion. It is through this motto that Broadmead Care staff celebrate the lives of seniors, honour the service of Canada’s veterans and acknowledge the life ambitions of adults with complex disabilities. As part of Broadmead Care's new Every Moment Matters Campaign, fundraising is underway to purchase seven new blanket warming cabinets at $4,500 each for a total cost of $31,500. All donations made in support of these warmers will be matched by Broadmead Care’s long-time benefactor Rudi Hoenson, who has announced a generous matching gift of $130,000 for various projects supporting those who are cared for in Broadmead Care facilities. This amazing gift from Rudi means every dollar will go that much further. At Broadmead Care, staff and volunteers believe vulnerable people in our community deserve to feel comfortable, safe and happy. In their residential care facilities, they focus on providing exceptional care, delivered by exceptional people, in surroundings that feel like home. To become a part of the Every Moment Matters campaign and to wrap warmth around those who need it most, donate today at or call 250-658-3274.

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my! Watching these animals in their own environment from the comfort of your home is possible due to improvements in technology including, and maybe most importantly, water and weatherproof camera housing. Now is the time to visit Hancock Wildlife (www.hancockwildlife. org) and dunk beneath the surface of the Chehalis River for the annual salmon spawn. Bookmark this site and head back for a look in the spring when you get a bird’s eye view of bald eagle courtship, and egg laying, tending, and hatching, then follow the family drama as the young quickly grow up. You can also watch salmon spawn in the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest – British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. With above-ground cameras hosted by Pacific Wild (www.pacificwild. org), you have the chance to watch wolves, bears and birds forage on returning salmon or, on their outer coast camera, observe a sea lion haul-out. Earlier this year, staff at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea were captivated by the real-time action of Bigg’s killer whales hunting sea lions. Underwater cameras capture harbour seals jutting about a seaweed garden and, come spring, an additional camera highlights the magnificent coastal event critical for the coastal food web: the Pacific herring spawn. The site’s archived footage features a humpback whale gulping a school of herring. Don’t miss the action by signing up for

Great Bear Live; you’ll be notified directly when something exciting is happening on a live camera. Dive deep with live feeds from Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) at Cameras mounted in the deep offer you a glimpse of life far below the depths scuba can take you. Deep sea fish, crabs, octopus and more can be spotted. Keep an eye on their website for research expeditions and you’ll not only explore in real time with real scientists, you’ll learn about the technology used from ship deck to sea floor. Learn by watching or learn by asking – some expeditions provide the opportunity to communicate with the onboard scientists, educators or crew. Look southwest from Victoria and you’ll see a lighthouse and smattering of small islands representing Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Visit and search for residents of the Reserve, including elephant seals and other marine mammals. For added fun and engagement, the site gives you control of remote controlled cameras for two-minute intervals. How many species will you spot from home? Note: Even with advanced technology and innovation, storms or other factors (like a trawler that dredged an ONC camera) can cause the live feeds to be down. Be patient, as you will need to be anyway to spot our magnificent West Coast wildlife above and below the sea. Photo courtesy Ocean Networks Canada. november 2016 | 23

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Sea Glass Waterfront Grill: The Next Generation by Lara Gladych This is the last in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Zachary Vincent has big shoes to fill as an up-and-coming apprentice chef: his dad’s. Given that his dad, Ron, is owner and chef at Sea Glass Waterfront Grill, Zach is happy to rise to the challenge and make his dad proud. Zach and I talk right off the bat about what he will be preparing for me. He’s excited to share two of his favourite creations of late: a pan-seared sockeye salmon filet Cook & Oscar Photography

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with bacon jam served atop an edamame succotash, and barbecue-smoked pork cheeks with an amber ale risotto. Before heading into the kitchen to cook, we have a really nice conversation about how he and his dad work together, where their visions align and where they challenge each other. I ask him about the atmosphere in the kitchen. “There’s passion, hard work and learning to work really closely with others. It’s hot,” he laughs. “It’s stressful, in a different way. In the middle of a summer

rush with a full house you’re head-down and can’t think about anything else.” Describing his dad as a chef, Zach calls Ron “a great leader, so, so passionate, and proud of his food and crew.” As a mentor, “he’s my influence the whole way … I’m always learning and absorbing his knowledge.” Zach respects and admires the way Ron gives him and the whole team creative leeway and the opportunity to create and improvise. Ron will often give them a starting point, most often a meat, and

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Before he excuses himself, I ask one last question: where does he see himself in five years? “Hopefully owning this place. I want to give my dad the time off he deserves.

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December 9: Bubble Makers An exciting

shallow water scuba diving adventure for kids. A PADI "discover scuba" program introduces you to the wonders of life under the water. Waiver required. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 8-13 yrs. $32. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Register: 250.475.7600.

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December 11:

Grandma and Me and the Christmas Tree Big treat for little ones: Special time with grandma. Enjoy some tea and cookies, make a tree ornament, sing songs. Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. 3-6 yrs. $24 (for the couple). Saanich Commonwealth Place. Register: 250.475.7600.

December 13: Cooking for Fun: More Cheese Please A fun way for kids to learn the practical skills

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December 23: Winter Holiday Storytime Kids, have fun with Virginia, the nice library lady – and celebrate the season with rhymes and songs. Then make a simple winter-themed craft. 10:30-11:15am. All ages. Free. Sidney / North Saanich Library. Register by emailing or phone 250.656.0944.

January 9 to March 13:

Gym Bugs Gymnastics Prepare children for a lifetime of athletics – learning coordination, body control and motor skills. Children earn a ribbon at the end. Mondays, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. 4-5 yrs. 9/$99. Falcon Gymnastics Facility. Register: 250.656.7271.

January 14 to March 18: Ukulele for Kids

Learn how to play the ukulele and sing basic songs. Gain skills in strumming and picking and playing strings and cords. Fee includes work book and CD. Saturdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m. 8-12 yrs. 10/$100. Peninsula Academy of Music Arts. Classroom. Register: www. 250.656.7271.

January 20 to February 24: Mermaid School – Level 1 Ever fantasized about being a

mermaid? Poof! goes the magic wand: Learn basic mermaid swimming techniques, tail skills, and mermaid games. Tail rental included. Fridays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 8-14 yrs. 6/$66. Panorama Recreation Pool. Register: 250.656.7271.

January 21 to March 4: Invader Defence – Alien Invasion!

Oh no, aliens are coming and you have to defend Earth from attack! Build your own video game and live the fantasy. Create game rules and characters. Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. 7-12 yrs. 6/$120. Greenglade Community Centre Room #6. Register: 250.656.7271.

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By Doreen Marion Gee See individual websites for more information classes & programs. For Panorama Recreation and Saanich Parks, Recreation & Culture, see online brochures for registration instructions and lists of more classes and programs.

January 26: Special Australia Day Storytime

It's a special Australia Day Storytime. Learn about Vegemite, kangaroos and didgeridoos. 10:15 to 11 a.m. Age 0-5 yrs. Free. Sidney/North Saanich Library. www. Register by emailing or phone 250.656.0944.

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February 18: ARTRAGEOUS Hey teens, tap your creativity, go wild,

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January 27 to 30: Family Literacy Weekend Family Literacy Day, January

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Fight Back for Teen Girls Girls learn invaluable tools to keep them safe in today's world. The goal is to be "street smart," to prevent girls from being victimized. Teens learn the physical skills to "stun" an attacker, giving themselves the chance to flee. 6 to 9 p.m. 12-18yrs. $50. Greenglade Community Centre Room #6. Register: 250.656.7271.

January 29: Circus

Skate Step right up to the "Big Top Circus" theme skate. Victoria Costumes will provide character costumes and treats. Sunday, 1 to 2:20 p.m. All ages. By donation to the Sidney Food Bank. Panorama Recreation Arena A. www. 250.656.7271.

February 24: Muddy Fun in Clay

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Morning Storytime Tiny ones will love visiting the library with Mom or Dad for stories, songs and rhymes. Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16 and 23. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Age 0-5 yrs. Free drop in. www. 250.656.0944.

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Figure Skate An introductory course to teach little skaters the first steps to twirls, spins, and jumps. Kids should know how to skate forward and stop. Fridays, 4 to 4:40 p.m. 5-13 yrs. 6/$48. Panorama Recreation Arena A – Ice. Register: www. 250.656.7271.

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Christmas is just around the corner and this year you've promised yourself not to leave your shopping until the last minute. You could go online and shop from your computer, but everything seems so expensive. You could visit the big box stores and save some money, but nothing is really unique and special. If only you could find some place which had unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that were reasonably priced and where the service and craftsmanship reflects the way it was years ago. From December 2 to 4, the annual craft show A Touch of Saltspring will be held once again at the Panorama Recreation Centre located at 1885 Forest Park Drive in North Saanich. What's more, the entry fee is the same as in 1991: $5 for three days. The creative craft extravaganza draws large crowds every year. "It's the largest craft show on Vancouver Island," says Ed Price, Event General Manager. This year there will be 240 artisans from all over B.C. and as far away as Alberta. "The Gulf Islands are still the backbone of the show, but we have vendors all the way up to Sointula, Northern B.C. and the mainland too," says Ed. Returning this year are artisans like Saltspring Soap, David Wood's cheeses, and Tony Marcano silverworks. One newcomer is Karen Jones, who will be showcasing her very unique cowboy boot bird houses (pictured). With so many participants, it's a massive undertaking to organize this show, but that wasn't always the case. A Touch of Saltspring began in 1991 with just Ed and a few fellow artisans from Saltspring. They noticed a hole in the craft show calendar. "December was a dead month for craft shows, so we started this show on the Peninsula," says Ed. The creative group brainstormed ideas, rented a space, opened the doors to the public, and the rest is history. "We have a lot of people (vendors) who have been with us for over 20 years. It's their

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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 8, 1900. Did you know that her novel (the only one she ever wrote) 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. She died in 1949 after being struck by a car in Atlanta. One of the most memorable November events was the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Most people who were alive then remember exactly what they were doing when they heard that tragic news. November is also Adoption Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, American Diabetes Month, COPD, Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month and Epilepsy Awareness Month – to name but a few. On a lighter note, November is also known as “Fun With Fondue Month” and in more recent years it has also become “Movember,” a time when men grow beards and moustaches for charitable causes. Unlike our Canadian Thanksgiving which is celebrated in October, American Thanksgiving occurs in late November but, surprisingly enough, the very early thanksgiving feasts were not made up of turkey and all the trimmings we all enjoy today. Instead, those feasts might well have been comprised of some of the following: boiled lobster, roasted goose, corn meal pudding with dried whortleberries, boiled cod, roast duck, stewed pumpkin, roasted venison with mustard sauce, a savoury pudding of hominy and some fruit and Holland cheese. Somehow it doesn’t sound quite as appetizing as turkey, cranberry dressing and mashed potatoes followed by a slice of pumpkin pie! November is of course the 11th month, as well as one of the four months in the year with only 30 days in it. If you were born this month, your star sign is either Scorpio or Sagittarius and your birth stone is topaz. And, on a romantic note, if you were born in the middle of November, there is every chance that you were conceived on St. Valentine’s Day! Finally, one of my favourite quotes about November comes from Emily Dickinson, who once said: "November always seemed to me to be the Norway of the year." Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at november 2016 | 33

island dish "this makes the perfect hostess gift over the holidays and is amazing served over ice cream or paired with cheese."

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This year, prune plums were definitely in abundance. Hopefully like me, you pitted and froze some for later use, be it for jam, crumbles or cakes. I haven’t made this recipe in years and my sister had a large surplus of these purple beauties and asked me if I would help her

make this recipe for Christmas gifts. It makes the perfect hostess gift over the holidays and is amazing served over vanilla ice cream or paired with cheese. This recipe is not complicated; however, it is made in stages and takes time. I started on a Thursday evening and finished on Saturday morning. Believe me, it is worth the time and effort! This is a single recipe and yields


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approximately eight, six-ounce jars. I quadrupled my recipe and we yielded 40 jam jars! Because I cooked such a large volume, the cooking time took about an extra 20 minutes to thicken. So we begin: 1½ cups golden raisins 1½ cups currants ½ cup dark rum 3 medium-size seedless oranges 6 cups sugar 3 pounds prune plums, pitted and chopped Combine the raisins and currants with the rum and let steep for several hours. Peel the zest from the oranges and boil it until tender. Strain. Cool and cut the zest into julienne strips. Sprinkle with ½ cup of the sugar. Refrigerate for eight hours or more. Remove and discard the remaining white skin from the oranges and chop the pulp. Combine with the remaining sugar, steeped raisins and currants and the plums. Refrigerate for eight hours or more. Combine the sugared zest with the fruit mixture in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes, or until thickened, stirring frequently. Pour the mixture into hot sterilized jars. I just run my jars through the dishwasher and take them out one at a time to fill. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has!

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At Dockside Realty in Sidney, staff show their commitment to important values by turning them into action. Licensed realtor Suzi Jack is very proud of their principled attitude towards doing business. “I have always had a passion for real estate and I have worked in the industry for many years, whether it be providing real estate financing, or providing insurance for both residential and commercial properties, and real estate sales,” says Suzi. “My family opened Dockside Realty Ltd. on Pender Island in 2006, and expanded to Saturna Island several years ago, and we are very excited to expand now in Sidney.” Dockside Realty enriches our oceanside community with its progressive presence and positive values. “At Dockside Realty our visions and values align with community involvement, supporting local business and providing personalized and professional service for our clients.” A desire for local involvement and engagement shines through their passionate support of the artistic community: “We have incorporated the artwork of Gulf Island artists into our new Sidney location, to bring together a gallery of fine homes and fine art.” The result is a beautiful juxtaposition of two seemingly disparate aesthetics – the visual arts and real estate. Through supporting local enterprises and businesses, the Dockside

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team is helping our community thrive and prosper. Suzi is excited about building new relationships with local business owners and locals. Passionate about developing supportive connections with local stakeholders, Dockside staff are active members of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Think Local First. Suzi is grateful for the encouragement of the Sidney Meet Up Network of People in Business. Always looking for a way to help with and support community events, she hosted a Halloween Social Mixer for Sidney Meet Up at the end of October. According to their news release: “Suzi Jack, with her many years of experience in the insurance industry in Victoria … is really excited to offer clients her services and provides a well-rounded skill set within the real estate industry. There is no pressure when you walk into our Sidney location. Just peruse the beautiful art and check out some beautiful properties. Suzi is there to help if you have questions about the art displayed or Victoria/Gulf Islands/Saanich real estate properties.” Stellar quality, high standards and solid values are written into every transaction with clients at Dockside Realty and every interaction with local citizens. Suzi Jack is a very valuable player in this “class act.” Contact:

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news Royal Welcome It was a great honour for Brown’s the Florist to be selected to design the floral arrangements for the recent Royal Visit. They used fresh stems from local Eurosa Gardens and Mt. Newton Floral. The Sidney and Westshore teams helped balance the demanding workload while the downtown shop bustled with royal arrangements. “We could not have asked for a better experience,” says Natasha Crawford, owner of Brown’s.

Visitors Welcome The Sidney BIA has won

the bid to manage the Sidney Visitor Information Centre. “We couldn’t be happier,” says Donna Petrie, Executive Director of the Sidney BIA. “This will not only enable us to enhance our mandate to attract people to Sidney, it will allow us to introduce a number of innovations to assist visitors before they arrive and during their stay.” Funding for the Visitor Information Centre will come from the Town of Sidney and Destination BC.

about town Getting Noticed Local business Helping Hands Personal Support Services, a

privately owned non-medical companionship service, has again been nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards, in the Health & Wellness category. Congratulations! www.

Local Interest The Sidney Community Association is dedicated to enhancing the role of Sidney residents in municipal governance. Members seek information and involvement in shaping the community. Protecting the “small town” qualities of Sidney as the town grows is a core value for the Association, as is respectful,

constructive discussion about municipal affairs. They are dedicated to enhancing transparency and accountability in municipal government, advocating for adherence to the Official Community Plan, as well as promoting a strong role for residents in any changes to the OCP. Visit www. sidneycommunityassociation. com for more information.

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Realtor Moves DFH is relocating to fourth and Bevan, in the new Watertower building. They hope to open at the new location sometime this month, so be on the lookout! Their new address is 2407 Bevan Avenue, in Sidney.

Hand Crafted Seaside Cabinetry & Design has moved into downtown Sidney! They are now at 9715 First Street, and are open for

Sidney Mattress & More has opened! Owned by Darryl Adrian and Tom Bazin of Murphy Wall-Beds of Canada, this is a full service mattress and furniture store, offering the latest technologies while being environmentally friendly. All mattresses are made locally in Vancouver. They carry upholstered beds and headboards, and can also supply custom mattresses for boats and RVs. Great prices with free delivery! #3 - 2062 Henry Avenue, 778-3512113.

Burger’s Up Chuck’s Burger Bar is up and running in Sidney, at 2031 Malaview Avenue West (across from Slegg’s). Opened by Chris Preston, Chuck’s is a chef-driven premium burger and poutine restaurant. Fresh and local ingredients. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see their mouth-watering creations, or visit www.chucksburgerbar. com. Open Monday to Saturday.

Fuelling Up The new McDonald Park Road Co-Op, in North Saanich, is well underway and on schedule to open in mid-to-late November, 2016. This location will offer regular, premium, marked mid-grade, and diesel petroleum options at four pump islands, as well as propane

for both auto and bottle fills, in addition to a 2,600-square-foot convenience store and touchless carwash and vacuum!

christmas events Hospital Support The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary is hosting its Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre. Admission is by donation, and all proceeds benefit the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Please support your hospital!

Get Your Pointsettias! Don’t forget to order your Christmas poinsettias from the Sidney-By-the-Sea Rotary Club, by November 15! Contact Marie Rosko, 250-655-4024.

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Tackling Travel Insurance by Corrine Gardner

Winter vacation and migration planning is in full swing in homes across the Peninsula and, if you’re among those families preparing for a trip away in the next few months, buying some form of travel insurance should be included on your to-do list – even for road trips into other provinces or short jaunts into the U.S. Nobody likes to plan for the worst when they’re daydreaming about a sun-soaked holiday, but protecting your family’s health will make sure that any snag during your trip doesn’t turn into a costly disaster. Here are five things to think about when you’re sorting through supplemental coverage options for your upcoming trip: Be honest about your health history. It’s important to know how a pre-existing condition is defined and whether or not it’s excluded from any travel insurance you’re purchasing. Many people don’t realize that medical conditions (past or present) need to be accurately declared in advance. Failing to disclose part of your medical history could result in a claim being rejected. Find out how claims are paid. If you end up needing to make a claim while you’re away, will the insurance company be billed directly or are Senior Advisor, Insurance Island Savings Credit Union

you expected to pay the expenses out of pocket and then submit receipts for reimbursement? The latter may sound OK in the interim, but you need to consider whether you’ll have this kind of cash flow on hand (or if you’ll need these funds for other expenses in the event of an emergency). Make sure you’ve got the "extras" included. In addition to confirming both the dollar amount you’re covered for and your deductible, you’ll need to understand what the coverage is for specialty items such as dental incidents, emergency transportation and professional fees. Double up if you can. Pay attention to the variety of plan types available to you, especially if you have more than one trip planned. You may be able to purchase a multi-trip policy for not much more than the cost of a single trip one. Read the fine-print if you love adventure. Many basic policies don’t provide coverage for incidents resulting from "high-risk" activities. Do you plan on scuba diving or parasailing? If so, you’ll want to talk to your agent to see if you can upgrade your policy to make sure that your family is protected in case of injury. Island Savings offers more than 60,000 members on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands a suite of innovative products and an extensive branch network. Visit for more information.

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Imagine a Guilt Free K-Cup by Jim Townley

“Continuously reinventing your organization doesn’t mean you have President, Fresh Cup Roastery Café Ltd. to start from scratch with each new innovation. Exploring new opportunities is an incremental process that begins with sensitivity to changes in the broader environment.” ~ V. Govindarajan. As a local coffee micro-roaster for over 15 years, I’ve been hoping for the longest time that people would finally come to their senses about singleserve K-Cups™ and pods. In their quest for convenience, coffee drinkers have been generally receiving stale, low quality coffee. Worse is the hideous effect the plastic K-Cup waste stream has had on our environment. When the K-Cup first came out, Fresh Cup Roastery Café started selling reusable SoloFill™ filters to give our customers an environmentally-friendly option to use with our fresh beans. I watched the K-Cup trend, hoping those customers we had lost to convenience would come back. Well, four-plus years had passed and I soon realized that I underestimated the power of convenience; the single-serve category continued to grow. We needed to either adapt to what many customers wanted, or accept the status quo. Our roasting team recognized that the worst aspects of traditional K-Cups are the typical lack of coffee freshness and the absence of sustainability. We asked ourselves: “What if we could fill the K-Cups on demand and in a recyclable alternative?” Under no circumstances would we compromise on our customers’ love of fresh coffee or our commitment to sustainability. Our search brought us to a company that supplies 100% recyclable K-Cups, as well as efficient table-top filling machines. Fresh Cup is now proud to introduce our newest coffee innovation: the guilt-free K-Cup. It’s a single-serve coffee solution that doesn’t require our customers to choose convenience over fresh flavour and protecting our environment. The K-cups are also super fast and easy to rinse and recycle after use. Starting November 15, we invite all coffee lovers to visit our Saanichton store to choose from your favourite, award-winning organic coffees, freshly roasted and delivered in 100% recyclable K-Cups, compatible with your brew machine, at home or office.

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Hands On Health & Happiness: Saanichton Physiotherapy by Jo Barnes 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. It’s a beautiful natural setting where generations have swum the waters, paddled their canoes and hiked winding walking trails. Elk Lake has always been a place where people have enjoyed an active lifestyle. Now there’s something new in the neighbourhood, to help foster health and longevity. Saanichton Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic, which has been in business for 35 years, has recently opened a second location called Saanich Physiotherapy at 5401 Hamsterley

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Road which overlooks Elk Lake. The building definitely catches your eye when you’re driving along the Pat Bay Highway. It’s not your typical square box architecture but has angled walls and roof, gleaming wood and a lakeside view. It’s modern, with lots of windows and crisp lines. The design mirrors well the business core values of unparalleled service, advanced techniques and putting your best foot forward for your clients. “We were finding that we were getting many patients coming our way from Cordova Bay, Prospect Lake and Royal Oak. So it was logical to become more accessible for them,”

says Scott Simpson, owner and Clinical Director of Saanichton Physiotherapy. Since it opened in the late 1980s at 7685 Patterson Road in Central Saanich, much has changed at Saanichton Physiotherapy. Today the facility offers – as well as physiotherapy – kinesiology, massage therapy, acupuncture, sports therapy and orthotics and bracing. It has served the area well, reaching out to clients beyond its Central Saanich borders. The new Elk Lake operation is housed in the Lifesport building, home to Lifesport Coaching, a world-class coaching company. It’s an exciting expansion for Saanichton Physiotherapy as it

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allows therapists to further develop their skills in an environment of like-minded individuals who pursue the best in health and performance. “This collaboration allows for many professional synergies. The team members at Lifesport are exceptional triathlon coaches” says Scott, “They have coached multiple Olympians, world champions and even an Olympic gold medallist!” Saanich Physiotherapy houses a staff of therapists who offer an array of expertise and approaches to clients. “Our two sites are extremely complementary to each other and we have an exceptional group of professionals working with us,” says Scott. The employee group is a remarkable bunch. Most have sports backgrounds and well understand injuries to the body and the process of recovery and rehabilitation. All have completed extensive education and training and are enthusiastic about their profession. Scott Simpson, a competitive runner himself, served as team physiotherapist for the Canadian National team. He has had a lifelong passion

for sports and his own injuries eventually led him into the profession of physiotherapy. “I think that to be honest, Physiotherapy chose me. It is a perfect fit for the way I think

about the world,” says Scott, “I really like the idea that we can empower patients toward independent lifelong health.” Both physiotherapy facilities focus on tailoring therapy approaches to individual clients and helping them to maintain lifelong good health. Staying up to date with techniques, technology and research is key. “Once people thought about physio as

putting machines on, or waving an ultrasound on the skin,” says Scott. “Now we focus on using concise manual therapy, specific exercise prescription and most importantly patient education.” So what services are offered? It’s a long list. Therapists do soft tissue work, acupuncture, IMS (intermuscular stimulation), ultrasound, joint mobilization, sports taping, bracing, foot orthotics, and sports rehab programs. Having come from athletic backgrounds, these professionals know the value of effective diagnosis, appropriate technique and a commitment to reach healthy objectives. “We are currently open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both locations,” says Scott. “We believe pain doesn't have a schedule, so we want to be available when you need us.” Whether you’re running a household or running a triathlon, constructing a building or constructing an exercise rehabilitation program, the professionals at both Saanichton and Saanich Physiotherapy are keen to respond to any bump you encounter along your path to wellness.

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grey matters "I hate winter - it's cold, i'm cold, i'm lonely, fed up, miserable. bah humbug. i'm going back to bed."

Pain Hurts Pain is the insult winter adds to injury and chronic conditions like arthritis. Stiffness waking up, joints screaming for attention, a twinge here, another there, compounded by pre-Christmas rain, snow and cold temperatures and the absence of friends gone south to warmer climes until spring. In the British publication, Medical News Today (April 7, 2016) Christian Nordqvist writes: "In medicine pain relates to a sensation that hurts … There are two types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain is usually short-lived and usually indicates an injury. When the injury heals, the pain normally goes away. Chronic pain lasts much longer. It can be mild or severe." "Don't I know it," you growl, irritability par for the course. "Can't sleep or eat. Heat's up as high as it goes. I sit in front of the box watching Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, The Doctors and re-runs of Dr. by Trysh Ashby-Rolls

Kildare. No one visits; no one cares. I hate winter – it's cold, I'm cold, I'm lonely, fed up, miserable. Bah humbug. I'm going back to bed." The bad news is that staying in bed will only make things worse. So pick yourself up and dust yourself off – but I warn you, there's work involved. Before we start "12 Steps to Winter Happiness," before you get out of that cozy bed, try this: wiggle your toes, stretch your legs, bend your knees and do a few gentle pelvic tilts. Slowly roll your head from side to side and back to front. Extend your arms – sideways, up in the air, out in front. Roll your shoulders one way, then the other. Wiggle your fingers. If you can, with knees bent, roll from side to side. Rest briefly in a side position before letting your legs dangle over the edge of your bed. Push yourself into a sitting position, take a couple of deep breaths and slowly stand up. Put on a warm robe and slippers to shuffle off to the bathroom, then kitchen to break the night's fast. I favour coffee first while my oatmeal cooks. The oatmeal is generously laced with cinnamon and I throw in raisins, chopped apple and maybe coconut and sesame seeds. Add a dollop of yogurt, shower, dress and after one or two household chores, get outside. You gotta keep moving. In the interests of full disclosure, I have osteoarthritis just about everywhere: from a 50-foot fall down a cliff followed by spinal cord surgery; a serious car accident in which I narrowly escaped breaking my neck. I can't take any form of anti-inflammatory, narcotic or even Tylenol. Daily throughout winter, I'm tempted to stay in bed and read. Only rarely do I give in. So, believe me, I'm not just spieling off untried untested gobbledegook, although you may want to adjust my ideas to suit your own situation. Take one day at a time. Vary your timetable but keep quality in everything you do until spring shows her lovely face again and the pain subsides for a few warm sunny months.

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1. Sleep and rest 2. Eat nutritious food 3. Stretch, yoga, t'ai chi, qi gong 4. Walk, dance, pool exercises, swim. 5. Write, make art, listen to music, read, knit, weave. 6. Make plans: extend invitations to meet, visit, have coffee with a new friend. 7. Time with friends: Scrabble, potluck, movie night. 8. Group time: photo or bridge club, choir, other group of interest. 9. Meditation, prayer or contemplation (helps relaxation). 10. Get into hot water: bath, shower, hot tub. 11. BREATHE. 12. Laugh and have FUN.




Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of, and give back to, our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar.

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Muffet & Louisa Patience Brewster Krinkles are here! They will be in their full glory at our first Open House of the season on November 18. 250.656.0011 | 2506 Beacon Ave

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Muffet & Louisa Fall is here with its air of new beginnings and plans for celebration. At Muffet & Louisa, we are excitedly preparing to welcome our new “roomies” who will move in to share our lovely space in October. Barking Dog Studio, who are already well established in Sooke, will introduce us to the work of many different artisans that they have sourced from Duncan to Saltpring. They will show pottery, fabric art, pipe art lamps, jewelry, glass, leatherwork and more. We would love to invite you to meet Debi and Randy at our first open house of the season on November 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. On November 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. we invite you to our 2016 Trunk Show from worldrenowned Designers Guild! Any stunning bedlinens or accessories for your home can be ordered at a 20% discount if paid for during the show, and two lucky people could win one of two DG door prizes! Our final and biggest open house will be on December 2, when all of Sidney invites you to welcome Christmas. Enjoy celebrations in the stores, carriage rides and be serenaded by carollers. Watch our website for further details of all these events:

Antiques, books, collectibles and jewelry. Estates and private libraries purchased. Lest We Forget. 250.655.0700 #106 - 2506 Beacon Ave

The Dancing Orchid Thymes Frasier Fir – A beautiful tradition in fragrance and in giving, with the fresh aromatic snap of the forest. Come explore our shop, with one-of-a-kind greeting cards and an amazing seletion of unique giftware. 250.656.1318 | 2416 Beacon Ave

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You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-akind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our Saanich Peninsula neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Stay local and stay connected to the merchants in your community. By supporting independent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.

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Mermaid's Lair Market Start your holiday shopping early with our large, interesting collection of unique nautical gifts. Fill your pantry with our locally-made sauces and dips; there's something for everyone! A special thanks to our local veterans.

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Brown’s The Florist Locally grown soft purple Maritime Roses mixed with white mini roses, sedum and silver brunia make a bouquet fit for a princess. Sidney: 250.656.3313 2499 Beacon

Pitt & Hobbs Beautiful selection of boxed and individual Christmas cards, unique designs sure to delight friends and family, near and far. Gift packaging too! Come early for best selection! 250.656.3088 | 2408 Beacon Ave

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One Stop Furniture Shop in Sidney is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this November. "Ten Years Already!" owner Janice McEachern says, with enthusiasm, "and it’s all thanks to our loyal customers. We wouldn’t be here without them. "For our 10th Anniversary, we want to give back to our community and do something great for our customers at the same time. We are again giving our annual support to the Sidney Lions Food Bank, which desperately needs help right now. Customers will be delighted with the savings and their opportunity to help those less fortunate. With affordable, quality furniture and décor items, friendly and helpful Product Advisors and a pleasant environment, it is no surprise people drop by on a regular basis to browse and see the ever changing styles and new arrivals. One Stop has built a successful business based on referrals and they want everyone to know how much they really appreciate our community’s support. "We even have customers that represent three generations within a family – isn’t that something!" Janice says. "We have really enjoyed the last 10 years and we are looking forward to many, many more." Great people, great savings and great products … definitely worth the drive. The sale starts now!




Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services

Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop This month Lolly Gobble will be introducing a huge range of specialty sodas. over 30 varieties of hard-to-find, unique brands, all in glass bottles! 778.426.2541 | 9774 Third St

Tea Emporium

Tea Emporium We are a local company offering ethically and fairly traded gourmet tea, coffee, food products and gift ideas of outstanding quality. The Victoria Tea & Gift Emporium carries over 100 (yes, 100!) varieties of tea. Whether you’re looking for a classic black, soothing herbal, spicy chai or energizing wellness tea, we’re sure you’ll find a tea you love. New to the Tea Emporium is “Tea Leaf Reading with Rachael,” a positive, insightful, skilled and sensitive experience. Appointments can be made on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Our gift selection includes products made right here on the Saanich Peninsula but also extends halfway around the world to Ghana and Nepal. Local products include jams, spices, honey, soups and jewelry. The Tea Emporium has officially become a “Social Enterprise” and dedicates a portion of its profits to support social programs. We have supported clean water and reforestation initiatives in Honduras and Zambia and will now focus on school food garden projects to help fight malnutrition in children. We have recently raised funds for an school/orphanage garden in Flores, Honduras. Our legal name is Victoria Tea & Gift Emporium, but you can call us The Tea Emporium! Call us at 250-479-0497 or stop by 4649 West Saanich Road, Victoria.

Tea Leaf reading with Rachael. Positive, insightful, skilled and sensitive. Rachael is a fifth-generation tea leaf reader. Choose from 110-plus gourmet teas at the Tea Emporium. 250.479.0497 | 4649 West Saanich Rd

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Kiddin' Around Blundstones: cozy cocoons for growing feet, and no laces to tie a kid down. Pull-on, kick-off comfort and real footwear independence. Freedom for Mom and Dad, too. And no velcro full of peanut butter! 250.656.1041 a3 - 9769 Fifth St, Sidney

Island Blue Your local destination for art and craft supplies, custom framing and canvas prints. Lots of fabulous gift ideas for that creative person on your Christmas list. 250.656.1233 | 2408 Beacon Ave 250.385.9786 | 905 Fort St

Beacon Cat Hospital A full-service veterinary hospital dedicated exclusively to providing “Special Care for Special Kitties.” Committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care in a community-based environment. 250.656.5568 9711 A 5th St

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Remembrance Day Concert Certain music kindles memories and deep respect for those who sacrificed everything during past wars and recent engagements. The Sidney Concert Band will present a variety of music and song dedicated to veterans and the woman and men now serving. Also participating are the Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band and the Kittyhawk Air Cadets colour party. Concert conducted by Rob Bannister. Tickets: 250-6560275. November 6 at 2:30 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre.

Sidney Classical Orchestra The orchestra’s 2016/2017 season begins with “Beethoven the Concerto Master,” a concert featuring two accomplished soloists: Robert Holliston on piano and Nancy Di Novo

on violin. The regular string orchestra will add woodwinds, brass, and timpani for this concert. Tickets at the door or call 250-480-1133. November 13 at 2:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

First Chance Christmas Craft Show Yes, the big day is not far away! Find the perfect one-of-akind gift early from a myriad of West Coast hand-crafted items. Admission: $4 covers both days. Saturday November 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday November 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre.

Prizes. Her historical novel Beyond Measure was the winner of the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction. Steven Price is the author of two award-winning poetry books. His latest novel, By Gaslight, is a literary historical suspense novel described by Quill & Quire as “an engrossing read” that “immerses us in a world of sights and smells so precisely rendered they are nearly tangible.” Proceeds support the 2017 Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival. Tickets at co-host Tanner’s Books or at the door. November 18 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), The SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney.

Readings by Holdstock and Price

West Coast Chamber Players

Enjoy hearing two talented local authors read and discuss their work, part of the Sidney Fall Reading Series. Pauline Holdstock is an internationally published novelist, short fiction writer and essayist. Her most recent novel, The Hunter and the Wild Girl, won the 2016 City of Victoria Butler Prize and is a finalist for the 2016 BC Book

These impressive musicians will perform music by JS Bach, Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky and Handel as well as a piece written by Canadian composer Peter Tiefenbach. Players: Lauren Stubbs, bassoon; Jim Stubbs, trumpet; Anne McDougall, violin; Kate Rhodes, violin; and Nancy Washeim, soprano. Tickets: Tanner’s Books. November 13 at

2 p.m., St John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road.

Via Choralis – Sounds and Sweet Airs Via Choralis choir sings songs about music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, including two premières by Jennifer Bennett and Lucas Oickle (winner of their 2016 composing competition). Also performing is oboist Katrina Bligh. Tickets at Tanner's Books, Sidney and Brentwood Bay Village Emporium. November 20, 2:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

Locally Made Gifts at Tulista Gallery Get a head start on holiday gifts – traditional and contemporary works by local artists including jewelry, glass, pottery, turned wood, fibre art, wearables, paintings, photography, sculpture and holiday décor. Free admission. Find your treasure! Tulista Gallery, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney. Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Putting People First:

Monk Celebrates 65 Years in Business From humble roots in 1951 with one retail store in downtown Victoria, Monk Office has grown to a multi-faceted business with 10 Vancouver Island retail locations in Victoria, Sidney, Duncan, Courtenay, Campbell River and Port Hardy. Employing over 140 Vancouver Island residents means jobs for local people who support the community. The company services a substantial commercial account base, provides technology product sales, support, service and repair and offers a full range of office interior solutions from office design and layout, office installation and modular construction combined with integrated technology. An award-winning company, Monk Office has received seven awards for environmental business practices and community leadership in the last 10 years, working to provide an inspiring and equitable workplace while becoming a resource and advocate for a better world. By supporting The Mustard Seed and The Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence, providing scholarships for postsecondary students entering Environmental Studies, or supplying a local school with supplies after a damaging fire, Monk Office helps to build more sustainable communities. Ron McKenzie bought the business from Charlie Monk in 1963 and soon opened another location on the corner of Fort & Blanshard.

Twenty years after the purchase from Mr. Monk, James McKenzie acquired the business from his father and further expansion ensued up and down the Island. James is positive about the changes occurring at the organization: “Our strategy may be changing, the way we do business may be changing, but one thing that isn’t changing is our values and our commitment to each other and the community." With Mark Breslauer at the helm of the organization for the last two years, Monk Office is evolving again with new branding, a state-of-the-art website launching this fall, an enhanced attitude of sustainability in the community, and the delivery of new and innovative ways to provide a unique and pleasurable experience for the customer. While traditional office products continue to be central to Monk’s core business, they have broadened in order to outfit the entire office, whether more conventional, home-based or virtual. The focus of the company has shifted with dramatic growth in new and innovative offerings from technology services and comprehensive office set up to environmental office solutions and business interior furnishings with an emphasis on comfort, healthy practices and productivity enhancing products.

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F ashion F ocus Q: I need a new winter coat, what’s my best investment option? Q: What is my must have travel item when travelling with a carry on? A carry on is the best! You get in and out of airports fast by keeping your wardrobe simple. Most people pack a supersized suitcase and only wear 25%. Sound familiar? My favourite must have is a packable tote. If you end up shopping for an unexpected experience you did not plan for (red wine spill, cocktail party invite) you have a method of bringing your purchases home. Make sure it is bigger than your purse or murse so you may fit them inside the tote.

Q: How do I keep my cashmere sweaters from pilling? A: You don’t. It is the nature of this fabric. Where there is friction there is going to be a breakdown of the fibers, especially under the arms. I have seen many people discard an expensive sweater when all they need to do is de-pill it. Your dry cleaner will do it for around $10 and if it is pilled on both sides you must ask for both inside and out to be done. Remember: you get what you pay for when investing in the luxury fabric cashmere.

Q: How do I stay on top of trends for my wardrobe? A: Always remember that what is in today will be out tomorrow. I suggest identifying your clothes as essentials and non-essentials. An essential would be a classic black pant. A nonessential would be a leopard pump. Your essentials should serve you in every way, from wear to wash. Your trend items – “here for a good time not a long time" – should not be where you are putting your wardrobe budget. Accessories will amp up all essential pieces, put you on trend and not break the bank.

A: You say outerwear and my knees go weak! You can never have too many coats: casual, corporate and cocktail! As the temperature drops we all think about getting and staying warm while stepping out into the elements. The best investment coat is a stylish long trench with a zip on/off hood and a zip-out liner. This look is right on trend and is also classic enough to have staying power in your wardrobe for years to come. It is also a look that takes you through the year.

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It can be difficult to feel amazing every day, but I'm here to help you find answers and give direction when it comes to creating and organizing your wardrobe. Always remember: nobody's perfect! Email your questions to Q: When is wearing a tie appropriate? A: The bow tie is rockin’ the hipster look here on the West Coast, while the traditional look of a tie has been hung up. Like all styles they come, they go, they come back again. However, if you are working in a professional environment that calls for a tie, perfect. The non-verbal communication of a tie is very traditional and respectful to global professionals. Formal engagements like black tie, weddings and funerals are also ideal.

November’s Style Tip: With the holiday season just around the corner, now is the time to shop for that perfect outfit. For women I suggest a killer little black dress and for men a fresh shirt. Leaving this to the last minute can lead to a fashion disaster.

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Eternal Shop-timist Luxury consignment boutique House of Lily Koi, and owner Shai Thompson, were recently recognized with a Professionals award from Seaside Magazine readers for offering exceptional customer service on the Saanich Peninsula. Shai thanks everyone for their votes and support and says: "this is validation that the community is being served in a way that I would want to be served ‌ It encourages growth in self and staff to maintain our way of doing business, and to be an example to other businesses in the community. What we feel and state in our mission statement is that customer service should be first." HLK is celebrating its first anniversary! I ask Shai how the boutique has grown and changed in its first year. "The improvement in our inventory has come with staying true to our luxury brand of HLK, and adding to that mix a menswear department that I call 'Twice the Man.' This new department is on par with our high-end women's selection, and the savings and value are comparable." "Let us come to you," says Shai. One of the many services HLK offers is to come to your home to asses any wardrobe, helping to discern how best to organize items. Shai and her team work beyond the scope of consignment, too, assisting in sorting through a loved one's closet after a death. "We strive to nurture clients during the process and pain by Lara Gladych

of change after a loss, simply doing what you do to help people." Compassion and experience paired with intuitive service will allow you to move through this difficult process more easily. This fall and winter Shai offers the same advice she would in any season: "It's vital to pick foundation pieces that feel good and are a good fit for your style and body. If your foundation is strong you can build upon it." Add trend colours by investing in accessories such as a nice shawl, a new purse or fresh boots. She encourages us, by the way, to polish our shoes to breathe new life into them! Top colours (or Pantones) for the season are red, emerald green, mustard, a spectrum of blues, slate grey and cinnabar. When it comes to fabric choices this season, Shai says: "it's velvet everything!" "Express your own personal style by being brave and injecting cool vintage fabrics and accessories." She loves brooches in particular. "They pay a respectful homage to those who came before you." Live it up, girls. HLK has got you covered! Photo by Maureen McCann and styled by HLK.

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Christmas Shopping, Christmas Giving … Gorgeous Bras, Panties, Nightwear and Robes. Shop early for the best selection.

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Brentwood Bay Village Empourium is a beautiful hybrid retail shop and café, featuring a carefully curated selection of decorations, accessories, jewellery, clothing and more. Enjoy an expertlycrafted espresso or a glass of wine and browse for all your Christmas needs. Now booking for holiday events too! Open seven days a week. Open late on Fridays. BRENTWOOD BAY VILLAGE

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on design home is where the future is Judy and George Jetson helped give us a fantastical glimpse of the smart home of the future. Now, thanks to the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and the speed and reliability of fibre optics, technology is bringing these futuristic notions to life in our homes today. by Christine Thompson Smile! You’re on facial TELUS - Broadband Networks recognition technology. Imagine easily keeping strangers out of your home and not having to worry about your keys. A simple facial scan By completing your own final plans today, you can protect your family at the front entry could soon be how your home chooses who to let in and express your individuality. Stop by for your free planning guide. and who to keep out. A kitchen that helps you eat healthier. Watching your calories? Call upon your kitchen counter to count calories of your food items, detail nutritional content and display recipes from your smart cooktop. Save the planet one degree at a time. Even lighting and thermostats are getting smart: they can learn your schedule and 2355 James White Boulevard, Sidney be controlled from your smart device. You’ll never spend an entire vacation worrying if you left the heat turned up or the hallway lights on – you’ll be conserving energy and living in the future instead. Home can be the office, or the doctor’s office. Today’s lightningfast and reliable connectivity enables high-definition videoconferencing from home. Give a product demonstration to a client, get a doctor’s or other professional’s advice or hold a family reunion – all by videoconference. Be art smart. With digital wall displays, your latest mood can be instantly reflected on your wall. Pick an image or video from your smartphone and within seconds, your favourite Monet or crackling fireplace is your pièce de résistance. Ultra HD and everything on-demand. if the definition we have Mesure à prendre ActionAs Required for television viewing isn’t image-crisp enough, now there’s 4K Ultra HD. No longer just for the movie theatre, it’s anticipated that by 2025, half of Canadians will have a 4K capable TV in their living rooms. Add Admiral´s Roofing Paul Pellow Reliable • Responsible • ProfessionalATTN: Guaranteed 5417• WEST SAANICH RD the convenience of on-demand programming and live streaming with VICTORIA BC V9E1J9 CANADA lightning-fast internet speeds, and you’ll be watching the shows you James David fax 1 866 725−6046 ; toll 1 877 478−4593 want, when you want and where you want. Need to escape home for a Fully Insured 14661997AB bit? Virtual Reality (VR) headsets can take you to other worlds. 14661997AB / TD / 3UWWP / E / 2506521818 / Y / / P / 3 / N / / E / ADI Page 1 of 1 Reroofing Soon, all of these smart home innovations could be commonplace HB01 / James David / 1−667038233 New Construction Admiral´s Roofing / 100818 and inter-connected through a central ‘home hub’ you control. As (VIC)Victoria / Roofing Contractors / 1102 Skylights companies forge forward into this new era of home tech, the benefits Repairs extend to greener, healthier living, increased productivity and an They’re On Top Of It. Torch on Systems enhanced “digital lifestyle”. You stay as connected, informed and efficient as you’d like, freeing up more time for other things. So much Call 250.652.1818 For a Hassle-Free Estimate so, we bet even the Jetsons would be impressed. • For more information about how a future home can look, visit #9 - 6782 Veyaness Rd, Saanichton BC or

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West Coast Contemporary

on the Cordova Bay Beachfront

Gateway to an Outdoor Life

The attractive entry courtyard is exuberant with an incredible variety of plants that contrast with the red aluminum-clad, wood-framed windows.

Story by janice henshaw | Photos by jacob mcneil, platinumhd

I have driven on Cordova Bay Road many times and often wished that I would be invited inside one of the road’s unique beachfront homes. Today is the day: I am reviewing a modern West Coast contemporary home, and I can’t wait to get through the gate and check out the view. A lovely rock wall provides privacy, and a maple tree displays its gorgeous fall reds close to the house. Red aluminum-clad wood-framed windows provide a lively contrast to the stained, Sea Gull Gray-painted cedar shakes (Benjamin Moore). The attractive entry courtyard is exuberant with an incredible variety of plants. In addition to a full herb garden, there are apple, banana, pear and fig trees; strawberries; garlic; tomatoes; pumpkins; artichokes; Arctic kiwis; and grapes. As the custom-built wooden front door closes behind me, the quiet of this 3,431-square-foot home provides a welcome relief from the traffic and busy world outside. The lucky residents, Ryan and his wife Kim, are the founders and owners of Great Greens Farm Market.

Through the French doors and large windows, Cordova Bay sparkles in the sunlight. The view is spectacular: a gorgeous white sandy beach, wind-rippled ocean and puffs of white clouds are framed by an azure sky. To the east is San Juan Island, and to the north, D’Arcy Island. Construction on the house began in May 2006, and it was finished in September 2008. The three-storey oceanfront home has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a dramatic, 20-foot-high, edge-grain fir ceiling. In the sitting room, Ryan suggests that I try out one of their two antique and rare Hans Wegner Papa Bear chairs. These elegant, yet very comfortable oak and teak chairs were built during the 1950s in Denmark. The couple’s home designer, Bruce Wilson, helped source the antique furniture. He also designed their fireplaces and bed, chose the cabinetry, wall colours, flooring, and decided on the positioning of lights. Sadly, Bruce passed away in 2011. Ryan remembers Bruce as a

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The three-storey, oceanfront home has a dramatic, 20-foot-high, edge-grain fir ceiling.

Top: custom-built oak kitchen cabinets are perfect for reflecting natural light. Bottom: a guest suite features thoughtful placement of windows .that allow a view right through the room.

very good friend and a phenomenal designer. From the living area, there is a covered walkout deck with comfortable chairs grouped around a large indoor/outdoor gas fireplace. The inside portion of the gas fireplace is faced in smoky blue slate, with a television mounted above it. A second fireplace is located directly below in the family room. Between the two of them, they provide enough heat for the whole house, but a heat pump and radiant floor heating are available for extra warmth during the winter. The main wall colour is Tapestry Beige, and a whitewash stain highlights the warm tones of the home’s oak plank flooring. A custom dining room table was built from an oak tree that fell down in the Uplands. Designed by Live Edge Design in Duncan, it beautifully accommodates the antique Hans Wegner chairs, complementing their sleek, striking design. In the kitchen, custom-built oak kitchen cabinets are perfect for

BATHROOM ESSENTIALS reflecting natural light. The counters and island are topped by a dramatic piece of marble. Behind the stove, the wall is bright with a lively mosaic of ocean coloured tiles. High-end appliances include a Sub-Zero fridge, steam oven, two Wolf ovens with gas cooktops, and a grill. A pot filler is another nice touch. A wine cooler and marble-topped cabinet are built into the adjoining pantry. Conveniently, this pantry can be accessed directly from the car, so bringing home groceries and putting them away is a breeze. Both the kitchen and pantry have an earth-toned slate floor. Outside stairs lead to a separate building, which houses a guest suite. A painting by Ryan and Kim’s friend, Kwagiulth artist Carey Newman, hangs on the wall and a gorgeous antique table and chairs sit near the entry. The thoughtful placement of windows allows a view right through the room from the main house to the ocean. The beachfront yard contains a Jacuzzi hot tub, outdoor kitchen

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and barbecue. Four different varieties of bamboo form a natural privacy wall between the yard and the neighbours on either side. Ryan’s favourite place is the fire pit that faces the ocean in the yard’s southeast corner. Inside it are many heart-shaped rocks that he and his wife have collected over the years. It is a lovely, secluded spot in which to sit and breathe in the ocean air and admire sunsets reflecting off the snow-clad slopes of Mt. Baker. Back in the main house, an oak banister is an artisan’s masterpiece. At the midpoint of the stairs, a sheet of oak-trimmed, opaque glass provides light to the downstairs bathroom. The laundry room is conveniently located at the bottom of the stairs. Ground floor rooms are spacious, with 10-foot ceilings. Luxurious Natuzzi leather couches in the family room look very inviting, and large windows provide an excellent view of winter storms. Down the hall are the two kids’ bedrooms and their bathroom that features a steam shower and marble-topped vanity. On the upper floor, French doors and over a dozen windows ensure the master bedroom is airy and filled with light. A spacious walk-in closet is separated by a solid wood door that ensures no road noise seeps through to the bedroom. In the spa-like ensuite bathroom, there is a choice of a steam shower or Japanese soaker tub. The toilet comes with a digital control panel of options. Ryan, laughing, calls it the “Rolls Royce of toilets.” Along the hall are another bathroom and a second guest bedroom, which has its own private deck and ensuite bathroom. It has one of the nicest views in the house. Ryan says they have often observed orcas hunting for food, and two huge golden eagles that live on

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the other side of the bay. On a regular basis, they see otters, seals, porpoises, and, once, an elephant seal waddled up onto their beach. “We’re outside every day, and what I have learned over time,” reflects Ryan, “is that the more steps you have to the beach, the less you use it.” With only three steps down to the sandy beach, this home is a gateway to a wonderful outdoor lifestyle.

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everything today, is advancing at an incredible pace. Here is an example of only a few changes that work to improve our clients' experience: Controllers. There are two types of controllers on the market: traditional controllers that have existed for years and by Colin Eaton newer "smart" controllers. Each provides a Garden City Tree & Landscape considerably different experience: • Traditional controllers do what you tell them to do. You enter the day, the time of watering and the amount of watering. The controller takes it from there. The disadvantage of this controller is that it has to remain at a constant setting no matter the weather. So if it is hot, mild, windy or raining, watering is always the same. • Smart controllers provide a whole new level of control. The software asks you questions that help it to better understand and manage an individual landscape. Information, including the type of soils, plant type, irrigation nozzles, slope of the property and your location, are entered into the software. You are then assigned to a local weather monitoring station. The smart controller works with the local monitoring station to determine things like hours of sun, relative humidity, wind and precipitation. That information is then used to provide more precise irrigation of your property. The client is able to easily access and control their irrigation from any internet access device anywhere, and your irrigation company can also remote in and review the system when and if needed; how about that for service? Precision nozzles. The irrigation nozzle that exists in most modern day irrigation systems distributes the same precipitation as a hurricane each and every time you water your property. That’s a lot of water! • New precision heads provide a single stream of water from the centre of a head that rotates back and forth over 200 times a second. What this does is distribute water droplets more evenly across a landscape, allowing the soil more time to absorb the water, meaning less runoff. The end result is less watering. • Experience has shown that a retrofit of a home's irrigation nozzles can result in a water savings of up to 30%! • Retrofitting a system is cheaper than you think! Back flow preventer. Every newly installed irrigation system must have a backflow preventer installed at the time of installation. This stops irrigation water from backing up into the main water supply. Before its introduction, everything on your lawn or flower bed went back into the main water supply, including traces of fertilizer, animal feces, pesticides etc. For more information, visit

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Beautiful Lakefront Character Salt Spring Island

Top Floor Corner Suite #301 - 2520 Oakville Avenue, Sidney Imagine living in the heart of Sidney and being able to walk everywhere. Top floor SW corner suite, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace, in-floor hot water heat. Master bedroom with 4 piece ensuite, soaker tub, separate shower, walk-in closet. Located 2 blocks to Beacon Avenue. MLS #370653. Michele's Team 250.656.0911 |

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Beautiful lakefront restored and upgraded character cottage style home, cook’s dream kitchen, master wing, wood floors, French doors, expansive sunny decking, separate studio with 2 offices, dock in place. Enjoy swimming, fishing and canoeing! MLS# R2107975. $998,000. Li Read 250.537.7647

Mayne Island

There is always plenty of excitement to watch from this well maintained waterfront home and deep water dock in Village Bay. A paved driveway alongside a beautifully landscaped garden leads you to a spacious, covered deck and entrance to a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home. A Zen garden, garage with automatic door, master on the main floor, plenty of storage, new roof and new gutters, complete this waterfront residence. MLS# 367028. $749,000. Brenda Dean | 250.539.0739 Toll Free: 877.539.5227

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Craftsman Elegance & Charm Salt Spring Island

A craftsman builder designed lovely home for enjoying a casually elegant lifestyle. Wonderful kitchen, great room , office, formal foyer, superb master wing. Large decks, English country gardens, sunny 0.52 acre. In popular area and close to all amenities. Just move in! MLS# R2107284. $1,080,000. Li Read | 250.537.7647 |

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IMPRESSIVE! This 2007, 3BD/4BA custom home offers 18' ceilings and quality finishing. Master on main, spacious living/dining; chef's kitchen/ softclose cabinetry, quartz counters, w/access to sunny patio. Ensuite upstairs! New exterior paint, upgraded heat pump & builder's warranty still in place. Steps to shops, golf, beaches, yet only 20 mins to Downtown/ Airport. - $1,375,000. MLS# 370901. Ingrid Jarisz* (*PREC) 250.656.4626

With cycling/walking paths and Sidney amenities steps away, you couldn’t pick a better location. This beautiful 2 level home boasts a large master bedroom w/double sink ensuite and walk in closet, two spacious bedrooms, another full bathroom, and large laundry room. 1,638sq.ft. $619,000. | 250.656.3486 |

Come Home to Comfort! $575,000

Beautifully landscaped 1.26 pastoral and ocean view parcel: character home plus a rare Commercial Zone. Lovingly maintained 1,785-square-foot 4+BR, 3BA home featuring: skylights, Open Plan, French Doors to sundeck and glorious English Country Gardens. The Commercial Space is 1,254 square feet on upper level with storage units that currently generate income below. Suzi Jack* (*PREC) 250.203.3919 |

229 Mariners Way - Mayne Island This low bank West Coast style 2 bdrm 2 bath waterfront home has a lot to offer! Open plan living, spacious family room, sun room and an attached log studio. This .41 acre property has super easy access down to the ocean. Hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, metal roof and heat pump are some of the features of this well maintained and uniquely crafted home. Mooring buoy and summer sunsets are included! MLS# 368939. $709,000. Brenda Dean | 250.539.0739 | Toll Free: 877.539.5227 |

Welcome to Victoria's Malibu!

5073 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria Extraordinary walk-on Cordova Bay BEACHFRONT custom home offers exceptional quality finishing in 3,431 square feet with 5 BD/5BA, incredible natural light, spectacular views and ease of living. Dramatic 20-foot ceilings, massive wall-to-wall windows, gourmet kitchen/pantry and 1,900 square feet of outdoor living set the tone for seaside entertaining that's unmatched. $2,988,000. MLS# 36897. Ingrid Jarisz* (*PREC) 250.656.4626

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by millions and continues growing. Social Media has changed businesses communications with customers and partners, incorporating social media into their marketing and communications strategies. Despite the positives, there is also a by Brian Harrison downside. The more we share personal Peninsula Computer information with these platforms, the more Solutions Ltd. we increase the risk of being a victim of identity theft. We can all think "it couldn’t happen to me," but the truth is that it could and it’s happening more regularly than ever before. Criminals are taking advantage by getting hold of personal details, allowing them to open bank accounts, apply for credit cards and loans. They can even secure official documents such as passports and driving licenses – in your name. In 2014, more than one billion records containing personally identifiable information were leaked, medical identity theft claimed 500,000 victims, and $5.8 billion was given to identity thieves from the U.S. tax departments due to fraudulent returns using random social insurance numbers to file tax forms. The number one consumer complaint is identity theft, ranked first place for 15 years running. Children are susceptible, since most under 18 are not actively applying for or monitoring credit. 19 people become victims of identity theft every minute, and on average, victims can expect to spend $500 and 30 hours resolving each identity theft crime. Here are a few tips to minimize your risk and carry on being socially immersed in safer way. 1. Consider unique user names and passwords for each profile. 2. If you're active in social media, minimize the use of personal information on your profiles that may be used for password verification or phishing attacks. Make sure you look at the privacy settings, and if possible make your profile private to just your connections. 3. Avoid listing this information publicly: date of birth, home town, home address, the year of graduation and your primary e-mail address. 4. Create a separate email account just for password reminders and online account details. It's an extra level of protection if your usual email account is hacked. 5. When using a website that asks for sensitive personal information (address, phone number, bank details, etc) always look for the padlock symbol that should be displayed. This means that the website is encrypting the internet connection. If it isn’t there, then don’t fill in any forms asking for personal information. With these five tips you should be able to take advantage of social networking more safely. Take the extra 30 seconds to think twice about what you are going to post, before publishing something you may regret later. Remember: there is no delete button on the internet. For more information visit

What's Up in Downtown Sidney: Sidney First! by Susan Simosko

In any given year, Distinctly Sidney,

the brand name for the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (SBIA), invites thousands of people to visit Sidney. How? By initiating more than 100 creative marketing and promotion initiatives to inform, excite and motivate people not only to visit the town but to shop, eat, stay, play and enjoy all the town has to offer. Established in 2012, the Sidney BIA was formed by a group of property and business owners to establish a Sidney-based organization dedicated to marketing and promoting the downtown district. As Donna Petrie, Executive Director of the BIA, puts it: “Our goal is to attract people from Victoria, up Island, across B.C., Canada and the States and, through social media, from well beyond. We want them to experience all that makes Sidney a unique and wonderful place to live, work and visit.” The BIA is all about increasing footsteps, potential customers, clients and event attendees. As Mark Dickinson, a commercial property owner, recently said: “The SBIA has proved time and again capable of creating inspired initiatives for making Sidney an attractive shopping and business centre. It is reassuring to know that the SBIA is continually striving to bring more people to Sidney’s downtown core.” As evidence of success, Donna points to the statistics provided by Sidney hotels and others. “Hotels have seen substantial increases in occupancy over the past two years,” says Donna. “And most not-forprofits have experienced an increase in event attendees too.” The SBIA is funded through an annual levy paid by property owners to the Town of Sidney, which then passes the funds on to the SBIA. All but a small portion of the budget goes directly to the marketing and promotion of Sidney. Donna is always searching for ways to leverage media opportunities for Sidney businesses too. Last year she estimates that the value of those opportunities equaled close to $100,000 of free publicity. In

addition, the SBIA has continued to build partnerships with destination marketing organizations such as Destination BC, Tourism Victoria and Tourism Vancouver Island to ensure Sidney’s exposure in markets far and wide. The SBIA also maintains strong working relationships with Washington State and BC Ferries, Butchart Gardens and others, and ensures that Sidney is regularly featured in publications such as Northwest Travel & Leisure Magazine, WestJet In-flight Magazine and dozens of others. Without doubt, the SBIA plays a key role in contributing to Sidney’s economic vitality! Check out or pick up a copy of the Sidney Guide & Foldout Map or the Sidney Services Directory & Map to learn more about the SBIA or Sidney businesses. Both are located around town, including at the Sidney Visitor Information Centre.

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Effective January 1st, 2017, Canadian investors will receive a summary detailing how much they paid for investment services in 2016. This is part of an initiative intended to help investors understand the fees they paid and returns earned. Many industry professionals are moving their clients to ‘managed’ investment accounts that charge a percentage fee for trading, advice and service. Deborah believes that managed accounts may not be suitable for all clients’ accounts. If you would like a second opinion on whether you are currently using the most cost-effective payment method, please phone Deborah at (250) 657-0700 to discuss. James Ltd., Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Management, a business segment of Royal Bank of Canada. ®Registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. ©RBC DominionRaymond Securities Inc. 2015. All rights reserved. 15_90853_V9E_003 november 2016 | 67

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by Jesse Holth

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trails running through Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. Although there are many to explore, I’m going to highlight the Tod Inlet trail. It’s one of the most accessible, with a fairly level, gradually sloping path (some of the others can be quite steep). This is a wonderful forest trail that leads down into the Tod Inlet. Fall and winter are perfect times to visit, as there are fewer people on the path. On this walk, you’ll enjoy beautiful fall colours, mossy trees and a stream – Tod Creek – flowing in the gulley below. It is a quiet and peaceful place, perfect for relaxation and reflection. You can feel the echoes of the past: there are several concrete relics along the way which have been almost completely overgrown by nature. These are the remains of the Vancouver Portland Cement Company, founded by Robert Butchart in the early 1900s. In fact, once you reach the end of the trail, you’ll see the same historic smokestack that you may have seen at the Butchart Gardens, which is just on the other side of the trees. You can also spot some culturally modified trees dotting the trail, from the traditional practice of bark-stripping by the original inhabitants, the Saanich First Nation. The land has been spiritually and culturally significant to the Saanich people for centuries, and a sign at the beginning of the trail welcomes you to the traditional territory called SṈIDȻEȽ (pronounced sngeet-kwith). As you make your way down to the water, you may see woodpeckers, owls, squirrels, lizards and other wildlife.

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There are lots of intersecting paths once you get closer to the bottom of the trail, but they will all lead down to the water, so you can choose to go whichever way you like. The Tod Inlet is a protected cove, and the water is usually still, silent and mirror-like. You can sit on one of the benches at the water’s edge for quiet contemplation, or continue walking. You’ll be able to make your way over to the dock, and peer down into the water. In the shallows, there might be large crabs searching for food, huge orange or purple starfish, and other marine life. Sometimes the inlet even freezes in the winter, and it’s a whole new experience. There may be frost on the ground, and you can see the intricate patterns of ice crystals formed in the water. This trail is open all year, and looks different in every season. But visiting in the cooler months will mean a bit more breathing room, fewer people on the trail, and a peaceful, meditative stroll along forest and shoreline. What are you waiting for? Go recharge your batteries! The Tod Inlet trail is accessed from Wallace Drive. There is parking along the side of the road. This trail is in the north portion of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. For more information, visit the B.C. Parks website:

"On this walk, you’ll enjoy beautiful fall colours, mossy trees and Tod Creek flowing in the gulley below."

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first class passage by john c. Smith contemplating a cruise, you might consider this: should a crime occur in international waters, it’s quite possible that the offender might get off scot free. Unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to have a retired Canadian detective aboard reviewed by ship, as the passengers in John Virginia Watson-Rouslin Smith’s murder mystery do. World Cruise Lines’ M.V. Seascape is making its 17-day voyage from Barcelona to Miami and among its 500 guests are Jack and Jean Sterling from Toronto and wealthy Miami widow Rebecca Gessner, accompanied by her paid companion Hannah Goldman. The Sterlings are taking a well-deserved holiday after Jack retires as chief of the 500-person Metropolitan Toronto Police Service. Mrs. Gessner is staying in Royal Suite 7001, something so elaborate that her king size bed is said to “look like a small landing field.” She also wears a Tiffany diamond and ruby pendant valued at US$250,000. This being a murder mystery, it seems clear that Mrs. G is in trouble. A substitute maid sees the pendant and tells a fellow Croatian named Radovan Rudman about it. They see dollar signs aplenty and so, with a pass key, Rudman enters the suite, assuming Mrs. G. is out. She isn’t. She interrupts him, he stabs her, she dies and the rest of the novel explores the difficulties of investigating a murder at sea. The ship is American owned by a Miami-based company, but like many cruise ships is registered elsewhere – in this case, the British Virgin Islands. The VI officials aren’t interested in investigating and the ship’s security officer isn’t trained for this, but he knows someone whose years of experience make him the logical person to step up to the plate. And that would be Mr. Jack Sterling. He works with officials back in the Miami FBI Bureau and together, they do a decent job of securing the crime scene, collecting evidence and capturing the bad guy. Smith does a good job explaining a captain’s difficulty in investigating and arresting criminals in international waters, but too much of the story rests in extended quotes from his characters, who sound quite similar. And that includes the Croatians. Smith is himself a retired RCMP officer.

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Tech Trends at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital by Karen Morgan

A friend of mine mentioned a

recent visit to the Science Museum in London. He saw the very first CT Scanner (pictured). It’s amazing to consider how far we’ve come! The new CT Scanner at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital has been operating for about three months now, and its capacity is still being explored. According to Dr. John Mathieson, Executive Director of Medical Imaging for Island Health: “The new Siemens Force CT scanner is not only meeting, but exceeding, our hopes and expectations. We had hoped to do Cardiac Angiograms, without expensive preparation and nursing care – and that has been a big success. All it takes is a simple oral medication to get even higher quality scans than before. It’s now much less expensive to make this procedure available to a wider range of patients, and we hope it will help us prevent heart attacks. The imaging is not only showing exquisite detail in the heart, but it is achieving success in a group of patients where imaging failed before. When we have an uncooperative patient, perhaps elderly, confused, agitated and moving during the scan, we normally get poor image quality. But the Force is so fast and accurate the study looks as if they were sitting perfectly still. This is a huge advantage for our sickest patients.” Back in 2003, the Foundation raised funds for the first networked heart monitoring system in Acute Care. With it, nurses could track the condition of patients from the nursing station, rather than running into the rooms to check. That system finally needed to be replaced. SPH Foundation partnered with the Auxiliary to SPH to purchase a new system, which is being installed this month. The new system will watch for changes and alert nurses if the heart rate goes too high or low or beats irregularly. It can now even monitor the Executive Director, SPHF

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patient while in bed or while walking! Finally, Emergency doctors and nurses need to train constantly. To assist, SPH has always had mannequins on which to learn and practice. Last year the Foundation learned that these were no longer functional. Enter Mega Code Kelly, the advanced life support mannequin. He (or she – gender can be changed, along with body type and a variety of other features) provides realistic training in advanced lifesaving skills, from airway scenarios to IV therapy. The Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Emergency, Barb Daykin, is very grateful for community support, saying: “We can train staff –new and old – to respond to new situations, making us better prepared to respond in real emergencies.” We’ve posted a video on our website: You need to see what Kelly can do!

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So much changes in the world as the weeks, months and years roll off the calendar, but one thing that can be counted on is that the Peninsula Panthers will have a young and talented squad each and every season. And the 2016/17 edition of the Club that plays in the 9-team Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League once again is true to the vision of owners Pete and Coreen Zubersky and John Wilson. “Our focus has always been on young, skilled, talented local players,” explained Pete Zubersky. “We are the youngest team in our League and I would think in the entire Province, that is just what we do. Historically with a young group, we tend to struggle coming out of the gate, but then the kids figure it out and away we go. I think we will see it play out the same this time around.” Most Junior Hockey teams in North America are comprised of players from out of their area however, the Panthers blueprint could not be any more opposite. The Panthers current 23-man roster is composed of nine players who reside right here on the Peninsula. All the others reside in the Greater Victoria area except for two: Jack McMillan hails from Delta and Marshall Brown resides in Quesnel. Brown’s uncle is a teacher here in Greater Victoria and Marshall lives with his family during the hockey season. There are only three players who are 20 and in their final year of Junior Hockey eligibility including the Panthers Captain Josh Poland, Garnett Roberts and Kai Turner. Roberts and Turner played their minor hockey with the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association. All three are currently attending post-secondary education at Camosun College or the University of Victoria. Junior Hockey teams are only allowed to carry two 16-year-olds on their roster and while most Clubs elect to go with zero, the Panthers do in fact have their two.





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Joe Stafford-Veale and Shota Yamamoto are 2000 born players; both played last season with the Victoria Royals Major Midget program. Both players have a big upside and the improvement in their game has already been remarkable. They are great bets to jump to the BCHL in the next couple years and the pair have an excellent opportunity to move on to the NCAA if they continue to display the improvement of which the staff of the Panthers have already witnessed. Along with the two 16’s, the Panthers have nine 17’s, five 18’s and four 19-year-olds. The Zubersky’s always put a high priority on having people in the organization who are high in character and this year’s version follows close to that plan. “We look for kids who are and will continue to be maintenance-free, it just makes coming out to the rink a lot more enjoyable for everyone involved,” said the Club’s General Manager. The team is a close-knit group and this is evident to anyone who is around the Club. The biggest change this season is in the Coaching department. Brad Tippett comes in as the new bench boss after his arrival from Regina, Saskatchewan. Tippett takes on the title of Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations and is certainly no stranger to the game. Tippett has experience beyond anyone else in the VIJHL, his lengthy resume is impressive! Tippett played Junior Hockey in Saskatchewan and went on to a storied fouryear NCAA career in Michigan, Ohio. He played in the American Hockey League with the Winnipeg Jets farm team before heading back to Saskatchewan and the Western Hockey League to begin a coaching career. He spent several years with the Prince Albert Raiders, both in the Coaching and Management capacity with that Club and then headed south to Regina where he was the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Pats. Tippett relocated to Sidney, B.C. this past July and it was in August when he contacted Zubersky and indicated that he was interested in being part of the program. The two had several meetings and in late August, Tippett joined the management team. The Panthers will play four home games in November. The Saanich Braves come in for a visit on November 4th and the following Friday the Club will host their crosstown rival Victoria Cougars in a Remembrance Day game starting at 7:30 pm. The Comox Valley Glacier Kings and Campbell River Storm will be the visitors for the final two Friday’s in the month of November. The Panthers will take part in a team-builder during the first weekend in November when they head up to Cowichan Lake for a getaway. They will practice on Saturday evening, overnight, and then practice once again the following morning before heading back to the Peninsula. Junior Hockey is one of the toughest businesses to make ends meet and the Peninsula Panthers appreciate the generous support of sponsors and fans alike. Please come out and join us for some VIJHL action every Friday night. (photo unavailable for #9 - Drew Coughlin, Forward - 1999)


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The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (ArtSea) again presents this popular show of contemporary and traditional works. Enter the waterfront gallery to view an outstanding variety of works from 43 Peninsula artisans. Talk to the Artists as they demonstrate and share their creativity in this annual show. Tuesdays - Sundays (closed Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Winspear Centre] is the perfect solution,” she adds. This year’s shows are taking place November 19 and 20. The fundraising premise of the show is brilliant – a business “buys” a song, and Bentall writes a custom song intro with a hilarious monologue, delivered by Barney himself or co-host, Calgary’s Matt Masters. The songs are performed by a member of the all-star cast, including Dustin Bentall, Kendel Carson, Ridley Bent, and more. The audience loves it, and each business is given the opportunity to get their name out in a more accessible and unique way than standard advertising. The show tours across Western Canada each fall, and a charity is chosen as a fund raising recipient by the show presenter. The tour has raised over $350,000 for various charities. “We’re really excited about our decision to keep this show at home on the Peninsula,” continues Gentile. “We spread ourselves way too thin holding two separate shows in Saanichton and Victoria through the years. We can now focus on letting the secret out – this is an incredible show, right here at home.” As well as the Song Sponsorships, this year’s show will feature a separate Silent Auction at each show, as well as the now Legendary “Meat Draw.” The original Meat Draw came about when Bentall himself brought in a selection of free range meats, donated from his own Cariboo ranch, to be auctioned off. “It adds a real hilarity to the evening,” laughs Gentile, “and raises a lot of money, too!” “The food bank is very excited to have Barney move his show to Sidney. This is a perfect time to kick off the Christmas season of giving in our community,” says Bev Elder of the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Elder is already hard at work contacting Peninsula businesses about song sponsorships and silent auction donations. “I’m already blown away by the enthusiasm and generosity from businesses for both sponsorships and our silent auction,” she says. To become a sponsor, contact Bev Elder at For information, email Leslie Gentile:

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For many Saanich Peninsula residents, it comes as a surprise that legendary Canadian rocker Barney Bentall performs in Saanichton once a year and raises big money for a local charity. Last year, Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express Show raised just over $27,000, which was split between the Mustard Seed Food Bank and the Sidney Lions Food Bank. This year, all fundraising efforts will go to the Sidney Lions Food Bank, which supports families on the Saanich Peninsula from Elk Lake north. “This is our 10th year presenting this show, and it’s a huge undertaking,” says Music in the Bay’s Leslie Gentile. “For years we have been holding one show in Saanichton, then packing it all up and moving the whole cast to Victoria for a show the next night. We really needed to streamline, and holding both shows at the Charlie White Theatre [at Sidney’s Mary


Buying a Good Used Car by William Webster

At best, this is a complicated subject as a lot depends upon your expectations, experience and wallet. If you are just looking for reliable transportation, then you live in the right place as the South Island is loaded with local, low mileage, well cared for cars that are not considered desirable to enthusiasts. Find something three to five years old with fewer than 100,000km and enjoy many years of relatively low-cost motoring. You can buy from either a dealer or private seller, but what do you need to know? DEALER: Get your ducks in a row before you shop – if you're not paying cash and you have good credit, find out what sort of a loan your bank will give you. Know in advance what the money is going to cost you so you can compare what the dealer offers. Ask if the vehicle you're interested in is a local car, an ex-rental or lease; whether it has any declarations (he has to tell you); and for its service history. If any of these are factors or there is no service history then you should either walk or adjust the selling price. Give the car a really good look, test the operation of every feature and, if you are still interested, take it for a test drive. Do you want to trade in your old vehicle? If you do then you will save yourself the trouble of advertising and dealing with buyers along with some tax money. In general the dealer will give you book wholesale (which might hurt your feelings) but the number offered also depends upon the condition of your car. Never buy a car before seeing it dry; if it's raining and you're really interested, have them take it in and dry it. Water covers many faults in paint and bodywork. If your total knowledge of automobiles is where the key goes, take a friend who really knows what to look for. At some point the salesman is going to want you in his office to

write this up, but do some math first. By now you should have a fair idea of what the car is worth to you. I like to give them a number that includes the fee they want to write up the deal ($500 to $600) and taxes; how they complete the invoice is up to them but that’s all you are willing to pay. Never fall in love and always be prepared to walk – there is always another car around the corner. PRIVATE SALE: I can’t really recommend this for people with limited automobile experience unless you have a truly knowledgeable car person along with you. Most deals will be as is where is, unless there is still some manufacturer’s warranty available to you, but you will definitely need the service records. If the seller has no service records for the vehicle don’t buy it. Do not buy off the street. Make sure you are at the person's home address; confirm this on the registration or insurance paperwork. Never buy without doing a lien check ($10), and always check with ICBC for declarations of damage. Be aware that home or private repairs do not show up if there has been no insurance claim, so check the car over very carefully. If you are still interested in the vehicle, have it checked by a certified mechanic at your own expense. If all’s well leave a small deposit while you do the checks – don’t pay in full until the car and all its keys are in your hands. There are lots of nice people out there on Vancouver Island who really look after their cars and have file folders full of paperwork; that’s who you are looking for unless you know exactly what you are doing! If you encounter anything that makes you nervous, just walk away. Happy Motoring! november 2016 | 75

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Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Tickets at the door: $10. Proceeds to Community Soup's On Improvements. Light refreshments to follow. november 4

Speaker Series - Artists for Conservation The Centre for Active Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 250.652.4611 |

Artists for Conservation represents 500 artists from 27 countries. Brent Cooke will speak on the mission of this group and present images of the work from various artists and the stories behind their wildlife art. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.

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Salute to Our Veterans Remembrance Day Concert by Sidney Concert Band 2:30 p.m. at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 250.656.0275 |

Variety of music and song dedicated to veterans (wear medals), and service women and men currently serving. Featuring Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band and Kittyhawk Air Cadets "colour party." Tickets $15. november 13

Sidney Classical Orchestra Concert: 2:30 p.m. @ St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 Third St, Sidney

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Concert No. 1. Beethoven. Concerto Master Violin and Piano Concerto No. 4 – Nancy DiNovo, violin and Robert Holliston, piano. Tickets at Tanner's Books and at the door. november 18

HiFi Benefit Concert & Silent Auction for Malawi Children 6 p.m. @ Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 250.882.6333 |

With Special Guests The Parkland Jazz Band. The Sidney By The Sea Rotary Club has been involved with a school in Malawi for about seven years. They have provided scholarships for six girls and are now sponsoring a seventh. Dessert and cash bar at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. november 19 & 20

Barney Bentall & the Cariboo Express Food Bank Fundraiser Silent Auction & Reception, 6:30 p.m., Doors Open, 7:30 p.m., Show at 8 p.m. @ Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 250.656.0275 |

A one-of-a-kind variety show led by Canadian superstar Barney Bentall. The Sidney Lions Food Bank will receive all of the funds raised by the two shows. Tickets $44.10; available via the above contacts. november 22

Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Branch 7 p.m. @ Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

The CFUW, Saanich Peninsula invites the community to its monthly meeting to hear a presentation by RCMP Constable Gerald Phipps, presenting "Tips on Using the Internet Safely." Free presentation. november 27

KlaVIERhands (piano 4 hands) 2:30 p.m. @ St. Mary's Church, Saanichton(East Saanich at Cultra) 250.652.5392 | |

Wendy Stofer and Jane Edler-Davis, piano. $20 – reserve via the contacts above.


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last word As Remembrance Day nears, my thoughts always turn to one veteran in particular: my grandfather, Norman Constantine, who served as a Captain with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in the Second World War. A few years before he passed away, my mom and I sat down with him and my grandma with a list of questions and the goal of capturing some of their memories for posterity. We taped the “interview” on one of those tape recorders with the tiny tapes, but technology evolved and those tapes became obsolete. My stepdad recently converted the tapes to a digital format and, as such, I have been able to “visit” my grandparents once again. As I sifted through over two hours of audio recently, what I was most interested in at this time of year were my grandpa’s answers to our questions about the war. Active service is, of course, life-changing. What I found out is that for my great-grandfather (Norman’s father), the First World War was the start of a journey that saw him marry, move to Parksville and have a family. After being wounded, he met his future wife in the hospital in Epsom, England, where she was volunteering and helping wounded soldiers. As I listened to my grandfather’s words, I was struck by the

realization that not only does war change who you are: it has the potential to change who you might have been. My grandpa, like most of his peers, followed in his father’s footsteps, enlisting in 1941 at the age of 22. If things had been different, he might have become a doctor, a long-held dream and the profession of many of his family members, but by the time the war was over he was married, hoping for a family and nearing 30. His chance had passed, and he returned to his pre-war job at Imperial Tobacco. An unexpected wartime memory emerged as the interview moved on to talking with my grandma. Asked what she remembered from when war broke out and she heard the news, she said: “Bessie [her best friend] and I were running for miles and miles; I don’t know whether we were running to get away from it or to hear more about it or what, but it was very scary.” Although my grandparents have been gone for many years now, I am very lucky to have these interviews to help me remember them. It’s so important to spend time with seniors, not just for us but for our little ones too. As Rebekah Hunter says in her article on page 17: “Let’s encourage our children to see the elderly as people like them with a story worthy of being told and heard. Let’s be the connection between the generations and learn from each other.” Lest we forget.

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