Seaside Magazine December 2015 Issue

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SEASIDE December 2015










Love & Joy This Holiday Season

Tis the Season Local Christmas Traditions

Can We Talk Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm

Seaside Homes Planning for Traditional Elegance

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Thank You,

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for your incredible response to our “Year of the Senior” Campaign!

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our local businesses for participating in our “Year of the Senior” campaign to encourage senior participation through community engagement. Response from local seniors and the community has far exceeded our expectations, and we hope that the success of this campaign will inspire us all to continue to celebrate, and advocate for, the seniors in our neighbourhood and beyond.

Your enthusiastic participation helped us to make seniors feel special, and stay tuned for what’s in store for 2016!

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Tis the Season for Tradition: How We're Celebrating the Holidays on the Saanich Peninsula


Can We Talk: Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm Local Brother-and-Sister Team Sell Holiday Spirit 2015 Christmas Book Roundup: From Photography to the Latest Thriller Seaside Homes: Traditional Elegance in Deep Cove

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Island Life Inside Out Island Dish West Coast Gardener On Design Last Word

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Letters This Month in History Peninsula Restaurant Profile Common Cents In Good Health Salish Sea News

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Ignition Seaside Arts Scene New & Noteworthy Trendspotting Sudoku What's Happening

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december.2015 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE cydney hellier gray

I believe great design lifts the spirit. Creating streamlined and inspiring interiors for my clients is a fulfilling journey. Our home is our haven. Functioning in well-designed spaces that are reflective of one's true self is calming and empowering. There is no better time of year than the Holiday Season to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures in life and to spend quality time with loved ones. Learn to honour yourself at this hectic time, and rejoice in simplicity. We all need to take a break from our busy schedules and relax in our sanctuaries!

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Living in a tent for several years as a toddler led to a close relationship with nature, and resulted in my career researching and classifying many northwest forests. At the same time, I always enjoyed creative writing. The members of my family were voracious readers, kept journals, wrote to local newspapers and even wrote poetry. Although none of them became well known for writing, it was always in the background. I wrote poetry most of my life and then after retirement combined writing with another passion: history. This led to the initiation of several writers' groups, a book, and most recently the Sidney Literary Festival. tina kelly

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As a child, I spent long days exploring the beach below my grandparents' Cordova Bay home and even had my own personal marine science teacher – a great uncle, a high school biology teacher, who lived next door to grandma. This childhood experience no doubt played a role in my decision to study biology at the University of Victoria. Around the world – working on marine research projects – and back again, I am now the one doing the teaching: educating visitors to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre on ocean literacy and marine conservation. In keeping with my life's sea-theme, it's fitting I have the opportunity to write for Seaside Magazine. This month there is a Christmas, or rather "Fishmas," twist to the Salish Sea News.

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I belong to a walking group. Every week there are scheduled walks, primarily around Victoria, Oak Bay and Saanich. Occasionally, there's one on the Peninsula, around Brentwood Bay. It is a lovely walk and quite popular. It begins by going down Verdier and turning right just before the ferry dock. There are a variety of surfaces encountered: roadways, sidewalks, paths and wooded trails that follow the shoreline. The boardwalk below Port Royale leads to a series of stairs up from Brentwood Chapel which are a good cardio challenge. Eventually, we overlook the bay and the Malahat from Wallace Drive. One misses these things when traveling by vehicle. Wherever I am, I've found getting out and walking is the best way to explore.

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first word Reading Shelaugh Begg's "Inside Out" column (pg. 49) really got me thinking. I had to ask myself: who is my hero? My mind went blank for a moment and I suddenly felt a nervous twitch, not knowing who it was supposed to be. But then, in a split second, I realized that my heroes are all around me and they have carried me through to my '40s. I couldn't pick just one! We all need heroes, whether it's a family member, a sports figure, a politician or a journalist. I can remember a few years ago reading about Cathy Black, former president of the Hearst Corporation and called the first lady of American magazines (Hearst Magazines such as Cosmo and O, The Oprah Magazine) in the book Basic Black. It was an amazing read, and for about a week she was my inspiration, she was my hero and every so often when I need a boost I read about her all over again. I think sometimes we might get jaded by talk of heroes as some of our icons keep falling from grace in politics, business and sports. But I think some have to flounder: that way we learn more about who we are and who we want to be. As we strive to become a better leader,

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a better mother, a better person, it will help to have heroes – great leaders you respect, relate to and get roused up by. There is a big lesson we can learn from our heroes: they are all hungry enough to dream big dreams and to pursue them, despite all odds. Do you have dreams of how people, products, technologies, organizations or communities could be different and better than they are today? Do you let these dreams die away when the world doesn't support or cheer you on? Do you succumb instead of pursuing the lesser dreams of others because you get discouraged? Isn't there something for all of us to learn from great leaders – our heroes – about the power of dreaming and relentlessly pursuing the impossible, especially when it feels so right, deep down inside us? I'm on this journey with you and I invite us all to stay in this conversation and explore it together: How can I be a hero? "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." - Arthur Ashe Happy Holidays from all of us at Seaside Magazine!

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As a former arts journalist who has written his fair share of book reviews, I know how difficult they are to pull off. Time and space constraints, and the superhuman effort to fill a few paragraphs with enough detail about a given book to convey the writer's idea of it, make literary criticism a woefully underestimated art form as well as a woefully overlooked form of public communication of deeply personal impressions. I am obviously thrilled with Virginia's glowing review of my new book, From Stray Dog to World War I Hero, appearing in [November's] issue of Seaside. Virginia is a sensitive, forthright, courageous spirit on the page as well as in the flesh, and I couldn't be happier and, indeed, more honoured, than to have her review a book that I wrote with my heart and which she, in turn, reviewed with hers.

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Editor's note – in the November issue: In the profile on Saanichton's All Pets it was said that the store previously in that location was "Parrot Paradise." In fact, locals would know that Home Hardware called that spot home for many years.

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by Deborah Rogers

Tis the Season for Tradition:

How we're celebrating the holidays on the Saanich Peninsula Family traditions, often passed from generation to generation, are part of what makes Christmas and the holiday season so special. We put out a call to our readers and regular contributors to find out what makes the season for them. Perhaps some of these traditions are familiar in your home each year, or maybe it's time to add a new custom to your family's festive season.

From Our Contributors I always have a "glazed ham" with pineapple and cherries on Christmas Eve, with some warm homemade apple sauce. The remaining ham is used the following day, some inside the dressing and some reheated on the side for those who prefer a bit of sweet pork. The ham is always served fireside with a snifter of orange

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brandy. Nothing like a warm fire and orange brandy to finish the lastminute gift wrapping with! ~ Steve Sheppard Every Christmas we have a tree that is adorned with old and well-loved decorations. I make a "green" wreath for the door, and (in our English village) we would prepare for wassail singers: sherry, hot mincemeat pies and a roaring fire. We have a custom of providing a stocking for everyone, no matter how advanced in years. When we have young children in the house, I dress up as "that red coated man" in case they wake up as the stockings appear. On Christmas Day, we open our stockings. Then, it's some form of relaxed breakfast, getting dressed, eventually gathering together and opening the family presents under the tree. The older ones sit, while the children identify the names and deliver them around the family.

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If the weather is reasonable, we drive to a beach or forest where we build up an appetite. Then, back for games, while those who can cook labour in the kitchen. It is a day of food, drink and games. ~ Barry Mathias A friend of mine grew up in North Saanich but moved to Australia as a teenager, 25 years ago. She injects a little Canada into the holidays for her husband and two kids. She is sure to make her grandma's butter tart recipe every year to add a taste of her Canadian childhood to her kids' holiday and to remember her grandmother. Her grandmother's measuring cups are even used in the process. She told me she'd bake more childhood Christmas recipes but the hot Australian Christmas doesn't encourage heavy use of the oven. ~ Tina Kelly Coming to Canada in my '20s [from England] was magical as I had never seen so many outdoor Christmas lights on houses before! Later my own children knew the excitement of their grandparents (my parents) arriving on Christmas Eve and staying overnight to watch them opening presents next morning. I hope the wonder of the Christmas season grows and grows with my grandchildren. Christmas carols and Butchart Gardens are a must. ~ Valerie Green

From Our Readers For the past 20 years, as Brentwood residents, we have always hosted a cocktail party or dinner party and then done a group walk through The Butchart Gardens, then back to our place for fireside desserts and wine. Everyone puts on glowstick necklaces so we can find one another. It is a very important part of Christmas to me. ~ Alice Bacon There are so many great activities that we like to do as a family with the kids! First we love seeing the parade in Sidney and walk down to the pier to see the boats sail by with their lights. Then we try to see Santa again in the parade in Victoria. Then, off to get pictures done with Santa at Mayfair Mall. We can never forget to ride the train at Heritage Acres and see the wondrous light display at Butchart Gardens. We usually top it off by seeing all the beautifully decorated trees at the Empress Hotel! ~ Helen Kinkela-Windsor

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We visit the Mayfair Shopping Centre Santa every year. We don't usually dress our identical twin girls in the same clothes but for this tradition we do (see the adorable photos on the previous page!). I have kept dresses that my girls have worn and the plan is to gift them their dress and the photographs when they are older. ~ Erica Solberg

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It wouldn't be Christmas without carol singing at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital's Extended Care Unit with the 1st Tsartlip Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. It always leaves me with a warm feeling! ~ Deborah

A family tradition Tens of thousands of coloured lights n Twelve Days of Christmas displays n Outdoor ice rink n Nightly Carolers & Festive Brass n Festive dining n

Every year my children ask me to make the orange jello salad; it's a tradition that was passed to me from my mother-in-law, and it's always a hit. ~ Jo-Ann For my family, many of our Christmas traditions centre around food: a delicious, steaming tourtière with a flaky crust and red pepper jelly for Christmas Eve dinner and then a Christmas morning breakfast of stollen, mimosas, a creamy egg casserole and fruit cocktail. ~ Allison The holiday season is not the same without our annual family movie night featuring National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Being together and getting in a few good laughs is most important to my family. ~ Elizabeth Times have changed over the years and so have our traditions, but it's so vivid in my mind how as a child we would all get together as a family, back in the Maritimes; we would put on our snowshoes and head out into the forest in the falling snow to find our perfect tree. ~ Sue

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Our German Christmas traditions started to become mixed with Canadian influence since we moved to Canada in 2001. On December 5th, we all sit on the floor and clean our shoes. Mostly boots because according to my kids, more goodies fit into them. Then, Sankt Nikolaus comes overnight and fills the boots with nuts, oranges, and chocolate. ~ Susi

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December Honours Women by Valerie Green

While researching the

history of events for the month of December, I noticed a theme was developing. It would seem that many women made their presence felt during this month through the years. In Canada, for instance, our own Emily Carr was born here in Victoria on December 13th, 1871, and went on to become one of the most famous painters and award-winning writers in Canada. On December 6th, 1921, Agnes McPhail became the first woman in Canadian history to sit as a member of the House of Commons when she was elected as a federal MP. She became a role model for other Canadian women who followed in her footsteps. On December 23rd, 1981, Jeane Sauve was appointed the 23rd Governor General of Canada, the first woman to be appointed to this post.

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December 6th is now known as the National Day of Remembrance and Action against Violence against Women as a result of the tragic events on that date in 1989 known as the Montreal Massacre when a man screaming "I hate feminists" gunned down and shot 27 women, of which 14 died. The federal government later set up the Panel on Violence against Women. On a happier note, on December 10th, 2013, our own Alice Munro became the 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate winner for Literature, the first Canadian woman to be honoured. Her award was accepted on her behalf by her daughter, Jenny, in Stockholm. Women around the world have also made their mark in the month of December. On December 1st, 1919, for instance, Lady Nancy Astor became the first woman in the British House of Commons. Also in December, but in 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back of the bus. This resulted in a yearlong boycott of the city bus system by African Americans and led to the end of racial segregation on municipal buses throughout the South. On December 3rd, 1993, Princess Diana announced she was stepping out of the public spotlight because of the tabloid press and paparazzi continually hounding her. A year earlier, on December 9th, Buckingham Palace had announced the official separation of Diana from Prince Charles. On December 7th, 1761, Marie Tussaud was born in Switzerland. She established Madame Tussaud's famous waxworks in London in 1802, later adding a Chamber of Horrors. On December 14th, 1918, British women voted for the first time in a general election and were allowed to run for office. It was a major breakthrough. Back in 1775, novelist Jane Austen was born on December 16th. Her works continue to be popular today and many have been made into TV mini-series and movies. December of course commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth on December 25th but did you know it has only been celebrated on this date by the Western World since 336 AD? His actual date of birth is, of course, unknown. I wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas and may all your dreams come true in 2016. Thank you for your continued support and interest in my columns. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with Joan and mike fleming of saanichton christmas tree farm It's such a specialist field; what made you become all about Christmas? After graduating from Claremont Senior Secondary School, Mike did not have a job back in 1968. He went on a hunting trip with his dad into the East Kootenays when the opportunity came up to sell natural Christmas trees. He opened a Christmas tree lot at the old Town & Country Shopping Centre in December of 1968 and the rest is history. Mike started growing Christmas trees in 1979 and is still enjoying the challenge of providing fresh local trees to the British Columbia public 47 years later. In 1981, Joan purchased five acres in Saanichton, and established Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm at 8231 East Saanich Road. Joan and Mike planted 5,000 Christmas trees that first year. After four years of growth, a few trees were ready for market. There was also a demand for Christmas wreaths, door swags and Christmas greenery as well as holly kissing balls, Christmas moss baskets, advent wreaths and cedar garland. Joan took a course in Wreath Making Design, and the added value of these items helped to grow the business. With our success we have expanded to working with school bands and drama clubs, Boy Scout and sports clubs, which buy Christmas trees and wreaths to raise funds for their organizations. You play an integral part in many people's holiday decorating. For you, what constitutes "the perfect tree?" Can you also explain the variety of trees you have and what it takes to grow them? The perfect Christmas tree … everyone has their own opinion of the perfect tree. Some people want the flawless, full

and symmetrical Martha Stewart kind of tree, others want a more open Charlie Brown type while others are looking for the best scent of the alpine fir. With 17 varieties of Christmas trees to choose from including Douglas fir, grand fir, alpine fir, concolor fir, Nordmann fir, western white pine, eastern white pine, bull pine, jack pine, Norwegian spruce, Colorado blue spruce, Colorado green spruce, interior Doulgas fir, Fraser fir and noble fir, there is a wide selection of trees to choose from for anyone's preference. Size matters to all and we are able to provide many varieties of trees ranging from two to 30 feet high. Your job is helping people find the perfect tree to make their holiday special, but what does Christmas look like for your family? For our family, the perfect tree is a semi-open very layered tree, as we decorate our tree with many handmade decorations, and candles! Once a day the family gets together and we put on some Christmas carols, pour ourselves a beverage and turn off the lights. No one leaves the room and we light the tree. It's magic to watch the candles burn. We didn't used to burn candles on our tree, but many years ago a lovely elderly couple that came from German ancestry spent many hours looking for their perfect Christmas tree because the branches had to be spaced just so, since they put candles on their tree. I was fascinated by this. She brought me some candles and candle holders and we haven't looked back since. It is very special. Real vs Artifical – tell us the benefits. Real is real, with all the scents and traditions of a Christmas tree. Real Christmas trees support the local agricultural community and are totally biodegradable after Christmas, making fabulous mulch to be incorporated into walking

paths and garden mulch. Artificial Christmas trees are made from oilbased products and plastics, are not biodegradable and so end up in landfills. They have no scent and do not support the local economy. We have a policy at our farm where we ask people to leave the bottom branch on the stump of the Christmas Tree they cut so that a new tree will grow from the same stump. It will grow faster than planting a new seedling. It has been stated that the artificial Christmas tree has three times more impact on climate change and resource depletion compared to real Christmas trees. PVC's (polyvinyl chlorides) should be avoided as they are the grinchiest of plastics – that most artificial Christmas trees are made of. They are bad for the environment and they are also bad for your health, according to David Suzuki. What is Christmas tree care and what do we do with our tree once the celebration is over? Your fresh Christmas tree needs approximately one litre of water per day to rehydrate itself. The sap at the base of the tree seals over within 15 minutes of it being cut, so it is essential to do a fresh cut just before it goes into your Christmas tree stand. After a fresh cut is made onto the base of your tree, place your tree in its stand and don't let it run out of water. Just water is all your tree needs. No pennies, bleach, sugar, soda or anything else. Just water! If you are placing your Christmas tree in the picture window, draw the curtains when the sun is shining and, if possible, keep it in the coolest part of your house. Also keep it away from the fireplace and any heat source. There are many local groups and charitable organizations that will dispose of your real Christmas tree by chipping and mulching it. Selling Christmas trees is a seasonal business.What do you offer customers the remainder of the year? After the Christmas season we take a short break, then in the New Year we start planting Christmas tree seedlings for eight to 10 years down the road. In the spring we plant a 1.5-acre vegetable garden. We grow the best veggies! We also grow prize-winning dahlias and

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Joan & Mike Fleming Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm This brother and sister team were raised at Elk Lake on a 10-acre farm where the UVic Rowing Club is. Their family "raised and grew just about everything you could think of!" After Grade 12, Joan became a Certified Dental Assistant and worked for 25 years in the field. She worked in many dental offices, taught Certified Dental Assisting at Camosun College and also supervised the Dental Clinic at UBC – Health Sciences Centre Hospital. She became a full time farmer when her daughter Olivia was born in 1992. Mike went to BCIT and became a Coastal Log Scaler and worked for 20 years in the Charlottes. Mike owns Woodstock Evergreens Inc. and has 50 acres of Christmas trees that he farms at Shawnigan Lake.

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The Mouthwatering Seaglass Waterfront Grill by Lara Gladych

This is the second in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. I was pleased to have my second visit with Ron Vincent, owner (along with his wife, Maureen) and Chef at Seaglass Waterfront Grill. It was not only an opportunity to sample three fantastic new items from their lunch menu, but also a chance to have a very funny, and very candid conversation with the guy behind the food.

I ask Ron what means the most to him in terms of feedback from customers. "Bad reviews are the most important, because if I don't know about it, I can't fix it. What I love the most is when someone sticks their head into the kitchen to say thanks." Ron orders for me so that I may try a selection of items from their new lunch menu. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are all new, so it's a great time to come in to Seaglass, if it's been a while since

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your last visit. Ron is "not a super foodie chef." "I cook what I like, what I think people will enjoy. I like to cook honest, straight-ahead food that punches you in the face." He believes in using few ingredients to create something simple that is loaded with flavour – flavour that gets your attention. His dishes are not elaborate or complicated, but they do look pretty, he admits. Though I don't find Ron to be egotistical

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in the least, he tells me that his ego is big, but probably not big enough. The last thing he ever wants to be is a chef who is so full of himself that he no longer connects with the people he's cooking for. I ask him how food evolves in the kitchen, while staying the same for consistency's sake. "Consistency is the hallmark. It has to be the same in the third year as it was in the first." Ron keeps things fresh and interesting for both himself and his customers by changing the menu twice a year, and by creating new features daily, along with two new soups every day (which are always gluten free, incidentally). The first of three dishes arrives: a Baby Shrimp and Goat Cheese Frittata. It's served with wholegrain toast, and to-die-for hash browns. We have an entire conversation about the importance of hash browns, and how they should always be memorable. The frittata is light as air, and boasts sweet

peppers, red onion, baby spinach, both goat cheese and asiago, and hand-pulled Oregon cold water shrimp. It's flavourful and colourful, and not dense or at all heavy. I don't tell Ron, but I'm not typically a fan

"I cook what I like, what I think people will enjoy. I like to cook honest, straight-ahead food that punches you in the face." of frittata. He has won me over. We continue our conversation while I eat. I ask Ron what he enjoys about the Holiday season. It's not a high point in terms of working with fresh, seasonal ingredients, but he likes the rush and the busyness, and he likes when people come in feeling festive. If

they don't arrive happy, then hopefully they at least leave that way! Next up for me is the Italian Sausage Flatbread. I can taste everything in the first bite: the buttery, crisp crust; plump heirloom tomatoes, sweet carmelized onions, fresh basil, homemade marinara, aged cheddar and asiago (which together work really well with the sweet onions); and locally sourced Italian sausage. Like Ron says: it's not elaborate and the ingredients are simple, but it's so perfectly delicious! The last course in my feast arrives promptly: a Crispy Chicken Marinara Sandwich. This is one of those dishes that I always love. It's a breaded and fried crispy chicken breast, topped with Ron's marinara, balsamic and olive oil marinated pepper salad, and melted asiago, all atop a chewy Portofino ciabatta. If your mouth is watering, by all means, head directly to Seaglass Waterfront Grill.

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An Irish Doctor in Love and At Sea Patrick Taylor (Tom Doherty Associates)

When Dr. Fingal O’Reilly of Ballybucklebo attends his class reunion, a chance meeting with friends causes Fingal to remember when he was a Surgeon-Lieutenant in the Navy during World War II and devoted to his fiancé. After his marriage to Deirdre, he is posted overseas, returning unharmed, but then life takes a darker turn.

The Reason You Walk Wab Kinew (Penguin Canada) Wab traces his father Tobasonakwut’s life in residential school, his angry struggles with racism and how these events impacted Wab’s childhood. As he follows his father’s journey toward forgiveness and peace, Wab spends more time with his father and other First Nations elders, which leads him to greater insight into his own difficult pathway.


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The Nature of the Beast Louise Penny (St. Martin's Press)

No one believes nine year-old Laurent’s tall tale about a giant gun until Laurent’s murdered body is found. It has been moved. As retired Armand Gamache joins other Three Pines residents and recently appointed Chief Inspector Isabelle Lacoste to solve the boy’s murder, another murder occurs. It seems unrelated but is it?

Road Trip Rwanda Will Ferguson (Penguin Canada) After becoming friends with Jean–Claude Munyezamu, who escaped from Rwanda just before the massacres occurred, Will and Jean-Claude return 20 years later. While describing Rwanda’s history and Jean–Claude’s own story, Will depicts urban and rural landscapes as well as wildlife. However, it is how people have moved on that perhaps interests him most.

The Evening Chorus Helen Humphreys (HarperCollins)

It is World War II. British pilot James Hunter, a German POW, begins birdwatching, while his sister Enid loses everything in a London bombing and James’ wife Rose finds she loves another man. After the war, their lives change again and the three respond according to how time has shifted their perspectives.

The Girl in the Spider's Web David Lagercrantz (Penguin Canada)

When computer genius Frans Balder is killed, Mikael Blomkvist involves Lisbeth Salander in the investigation which exposes a criminal group called The Spider Society. The Society is jeopardizing American national security; Mikael and Lisbeth strive to expose its leader. Balder’s autistic son August holds critical information that will allow access to certain security files.

The Illegal Lawrence Hill (HarperCollins) Keita, a marathoner, leaves his country of birth after his father is killed and enters Freedom State where illegals are treated harshly. His sister is jailed and Keita is forced to win races for cash prizes in order to obtain her release. Slowly he gathers friends who help him gain protection and his sister’s freedom.










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at the Mary Winspear Centre Share in the Holiday Spirit at the Mary Winspear Centre

The Winspear Festival of Trees will be open to the public from December 4 – January 3. Visit the Centre to cast a vote for your favourite tree. With over 20 beautiful and unique Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and community groups, it will be hard to choose just one! This Holiday Season we are asking the community to donate new unwrapped gifts for ages 6 months – 16 years to the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers (formally Toys for Tots). Gifts can be dropped off between November 16 and December 11 at the Mary Winspear Centre, SHOAL Centre, Buddies Toys, and Bubba Loo Children’s Boutique. Any and all support is graciously accepted. We anticipate the need to be equally great this year and hope by working together everyone on the Saanich Peninsula will have a joy filled Christmas.

New Year’s Eve with the Timebenders One of the Mary Winspear Centre’s most popular events is back! Once again we will be hosting the hottest New Year’s Eve Party, ringing in 2016 with The Timebenders. This year we’ve added a twist with a fun Mardi Gras theme: traditional Mardi Gras masks, beads and feathers will be on display, all in classic green, gold and purple.

The Timebenders Experience is a musical romp through the ages featuring the best dance music and outrageous impersonations of the greatest stars over the last 60 years. A very fast-paced and high-energy presentation makes this show irresistible to dancers and with more than 22 costume changes and upbeat choreography, an exciting show to watch! Performers are constantly moving and rotating positions bringing you an ever-changing, fresh look and sound throughout the evening as the Timebenders’ show covers almost every musical genre from the vocally-charged harmonies of the 50s, the British Invasion, California and Motown sound of the 60s, Glam Rock and Disco beats of the 70s, the New Wave of the 80s, Divas of the 90s and even some surprises from this past decade and hits of today! Included in your ticket purchase is a wacky photo booth with unlimited photos, a glass of champagne and Mardi Gras themed party favours. There will be a full service bar and Red Seal Chef Graham Little from Island Culinary will be serving up dinner, appetizers and snacks for purchase to keep you going throughout the evening. The party begins at the Mary Winspear Centre on Thursday, December 31 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the show at 8:30 p.m. (19+ event).

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Jack and the Beanstalk The Peninsula Players present their annual Christmas Pantomime featuring the timeless tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Like always there will be traditional fun for all ages, filled with humour, live music and audience participation.



Herman’s Hermits

Jack lives with his mother, Dame Trott, his brother Simon and Buttercup, their cow (or is it a horse?), on a smallholding near a country town. The agricultural business has hit hard times and the family is forced to sell Buttercup.


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Then, to make matters worse, Jack loses the money from the sale to the local giant’s enforcers, Woolly and Bully. How will they manage to pay the rent? Will they be evicted from their home? Will Jack & Simon be able to get their money back and rescue Buttercup and a missing princess? It will be no easy task taking on the giant, Woolly and Bully and a wicked witch.

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12-13 Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair

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They may need help from the local squire and his daughter, their other friends and even the audience! Make sure you come to the show to cheer them on and find out the answers to these exciting questions. The Berwick Royal Oak (next to Howard Johnson Inn) December 11 & 12 at 7.30 p.m., December 13 at 2.00 p.m.

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this, I'll be basking on a beach eight degrees south of the Equator. By the time I return home, my mind broadened by travel to a new country, Christmas will be days away, followed closely by the New Year. So I'm making my resolution for 2016 now: Get more exercise. What with a knee injury sustained last February, surgery in late September, and a knee brace that makes me look like a hockey player wannabe, exercise has been restricted to a few leg raises. Or none at all. I want to walk my daily half hour again down to the coffee shop and back. Before I visited my sister in the U.K. for her 70th birthday celebrations in July, I took a train to visit a friend in Durness, located in the most north-westerly point of Scotland. Sitting in the Ozone Café 900 feet above sea level on Cape Wrath (meaning "turn around" from old Norse), accessible by small boat and bus, I met John Peters who is in his fifties. Once an IT professional, Peters retired young. Just as he was leaving his Edinburgh home, backpack over his shoulders, a neighbour called, "Where you going this time?" To which he replied,

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"For a walk." Three weeks and 196 miles (315.4 kilometres) later, over coffee in the Ozone, Peters told me he's walked in the Himalayas, and on other stiff and challenging trails. Part of the Cape Wrath Trail demands self-sufficiency – carrying one's own food, water and tent – across wild terrain. This guy is what you might call an Extreme Walker. Then there's Peter Ragan, 54, from Arivaca, Azrizona. With a few short practice hikes carrying his backpack – complete with tent and other essentials – he left the Mexican/California border on March 22nd to walk the Pacific Crest Trail. After hiking across blistering desert and freezing mountain ranges, he arrived in Manning Provincial Park, B.C. on September 24th. All told he walked 2,663 miles (4,286 km). "You can't really prepare for the actual trail, but those practice hikes helped," Ragan said. "My pack always felt comfortable." I met Ragan in the Slow Coast Café, Pender Island. By far the most extraordinary extreme walker I've met is Sarah Marquis, an explorer and adventurer from Montsevelier, Switzerland. I first noticed the 40-something woman in the breakfast room at the Buddha Zen Hotel, Chengdu, China in 2011. Her plate held a stack of toast at least six inches high. Nosy me had to ask if she intended consuming it there and then, or was she keeping some for later? Explaining that she needed lots of carbs and that she would eat it while we talked, she told me she'd walked from Siberia, across the Mongolian plains and would finish her journey, on foot, in south Australia. I am rarely caught off-guard or wanting for words, but she gobsmacked me silent. Marquis explained that she'd been in Chengdu for over 10 days trying to "sort out her soon-to-expire passport." By the time I returned home to Canada, Chinese military officials had arrested her in the Szechuan Mountains. On her website, which is well worth reading, she describes Chinese officialdom in terms of "the moodiness of the administration in China!" These people and their stories are the stuff of travel. My 2016 goal is vital for my health so I can travel. But I'm not going to extremes. For interesting reading material look at Sarah Marquis' website:

common cents Budgeting for the holidays and beyond A budget is a tool/plan to guide and control spending through the holiday season and beyond. Basically it is a list of what you need and what you want in say, a month, compared to the amount of income you actually receive in the same period. How to create a budget for a month: by Esther Harvey On paper create three columns. In Instep Accounting column one, list everything you have to spend money on as well as what you would like to spend. If you know how much each costs, put the value in column two, otherwise guess the value as closely as possible. Include all your expected household expenses for the next month including food, utilities, cell phones etc. You will have a long list but you will have a good idea of how much you need by adding up column two. If the value in column two is greater than your expected income, there are some choices: 1. Decide what are necessities in your list and take out some of the"nice to have" items. 2. Reduce the value of column two by buying less of an item 3. Lesser-known brands can be cheaper for the same item 4. Organics are nice to have, but read the labels for comparative, cheaper options. If you still have limited funds for holiday spending and your list is all important, thinking about how you normally spend money can highlight areas where you can save, for instance: An everyday coffee $3; your daily donut, danish or muffin $1; lunch $6. Costs of dining out, take-outs and ready meals all add up. Other areas of saving could be the everyday glass of wine or beer (perish the thought). None of the above tricks are set in stone, but 30 days of one less coffee = $90, and 25 days of making a bagged lunch at home could be $125 saved; if two people in the house take the same approach the saving on just these two things could be $430 in a month! One less restaurant or take-out meal could add to that total. Once you are happy with your list, record your actual spending for each item as you go in column three. When you compare columns two and three you will see if you are overspending or not; you are in control. If you buy something that isn't in your plan, try and substitute it for something in the list that may not be as important. Remember that the budget is a guide: it is a flexible tool so if you overspend in one area you will need to underspend in another. By planning in advance of the holiday season and sticking to your budget, you can avoid the trap of impulse buying and save your credit card postholiday season. For more information visit

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a colour palette of three main colours. Your layers and accessories possibly get here so quickly? These should be primarily made up of those three colours. One piece of days it seems like the days just fly by, your outfit should ground the rest, such as a neutral pant or dark but this holiday season I'm going to find time to enjoy it! I've got a jean, in order to create balance. plan for gift giving, I've got a few key outfits to wear for those special Women have lots of options for accessorizing an outfit, with events and I feel fortunate to be surrounded by my loving family. jewelry and scarves, patterned tops and cardigans, or statement shoes, It's the season for giving, and I love it, but I try to shop smart by but men can play too! One of my favourite ways for men to add choosing a well-thought-out quality gift, beautifully wrapped. There texture and interest to their outfits is with a knit tie. We're seeing is so much joy in watching a loved one hold that box, shake knit ties paired with a fabulous it a little in suspense, then carefully open their gift (The "Presentation goes for shirt and jeans! Add a waistcoat, Bremners don't tear their paper.) We can then take time to more than your gifts. a sweater that zips down partially, relax and enjoy and watch each family member open their or a casual sports jacket, finished The holiday season is with an interesting belt and a gift, instead of participating in a paper-tossing frenzy where a great time to dress no one knows who opened what and what their reaction was. shoe that doesn't look like it came So when you're making your shopping list, let me suggest a up a little, to pull out from your grandfather's closet, quality versus quantity approach. your fancy shoes and and you've got an impressive, If wrapping gifts for that "wow" reaction isn't your idea of current look no matter what age actually wear them!" fun, there are many retailers and charities that will do it for box you check. Ladies, if there is you, and many local stores that carry gift bags and coordinating tissue a man in your life that could use some sprucing up, the holiday gift that will do the trick too. giving season is a great way to add some interesting accessories to his But presentation goes for more than your gifts. The holiday season wardrobe! is a great time to dress up a little, to pull out your fancy shoes and Now that you've got these outfits planned out, wear them! As busy actually wear them! It's a perfect opportunity to try something as things are, and no matter how quickly the time goes, try to find outside of your comfort zone, like coordinating colours, textures and time for yourself to look and feel your best. But most of all don't patterns to make a visually interesting outfit. The trick is to create forget to smile, and enjoy this precious gift we call life.

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This is the second in a series showcasing some of the unique fashion boutiques in downtown Sidney.

Everyone has a story to tell and fashion is so important … people want clothes that not only look great but definitely feel great. This is where we come in … professional bra fittings, shapewear, full slips, half-slips, cami's and pantyhose … all the undergarments you will need to make you look good and most important: make you feel good. Please allow our professional bra fitters, Hazel and Bea, to find just the right bra and undergarments to help you not only feel comfortable but to transform your silhouette, enhance your well-being and allow you to look and feel your best … . Our French Chantelle, our beautiful German Felina, Wacoal, Triumph, Warners, Olga, Wonderbra, Playtex, Elita and Coobies comfort bra … and for our younger customers Calvin Klein … lots of bra choices to get just the right fit for you.

of COZY, warm CUDDLESKIN and FLANNELETTE nighties and PJ's for those cool winter evenings, lots of velour and fleece ROBES … Shop for your favourites … Diamond Tea … Arianne … Cyberjammies … NK Imode silk … Patricia … Victoriana … Ringella and of course Calvin Klein. We feature timeless elegant lingerie and loungewear. Great gifts for those you truly care for … we offer FREE gift wrapping with purchase and a layaway program that lets you place a deposit and make payments until Christmas. Don't forget to fill out a ballot for our Customer Appreciation Draw to win gift certificates of $100, $75 and $50.

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The Attraction of Islands: Further Thoughts by Barry Mathias

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islands do so for a variety of reasons, but two in particular: those who want to make an economic killing, or those who want to belong and contribute to a small community. The first become rapidly disenchanted, like those who think it might be fun to swim in the local waters: their ambitions tend to shrivel. However, those who stay will tell you they are living in the best place in the world, and their island is, unquestionably, better than any other. Islanders are rich in character and individuality. Not for them the smart suits and exotic coffees as they rush to work in the big city;


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not for them the stomach-churning time constraints, the traffic jams and the parking metres. Islanders are more likely to consult a Reiki therapist than a phychiatrist, and buy food from someone they know, rather than visit a box company because the processed food is cheaper. It's all to do with lifestyle. In the summer the Islands double their populations with visitors, some of whom want to cycle, walk or kayak. These athletic folk are either experienced in their sporting endeavors: thinking nothing of vertical hills, life-threatening roads and uncertain seas; or wannabes who, in spite of expensive spandex, collapse off their bicycles on the first hill, get lost along marked paths or capsize on their initial paddling foray, never getting past the marina. For the latter, islands can also offer less arduous and bone-chilling experiences. One of the great attractions is the farm stand. These are not always situated outside farms, but can be the optimistic displays of fanatical chutney creators, succulent-fruit jammers and green-thumbed flower growers. Eggs are always a great favourite: giving new meaning to the words "large" and "fresh." On the farm stands, the profusion of vegetables is so appealing that one's self-control is severely tested and one buys more seductive lettuces, tempting carrots, shameless cauliflowers and ravishing radishes than one can devour in a month. Then, there is the question of payment. The whole concept of paying for something without it having to be electronically recorded, and without someone checking the payment is, for some urbanites, a strange and morality-testing occasion. The cost is $5.50 and one only has a $5 note and a loonie … so? Mostly, there are ingenious bank-robber-defying contraptions in which one can place the correct cash, but also a few stands that allow one to open a box and take the correct change. Sadly, there are not as many of these as there used to be. Museums are another popular item on the visitor's list, especially when it's pouring with rain, when one has exhausted every shop and gallery, and when one is frantic to get one's children's faces away from their gizmos. It's amazing to encounter the powerful array of farming and household implements that the early settlers used, and the faded photographs of people whose lives were so different. The well-kept secret is, however, that museums only open on sunny days! Summer visitors, on their way back to Victoria, have one last, fleeting enjoyment … the ferry trip home has already been paid for!

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on the Saanich Peninsula. Peninsula U-Brew Winery staff always knew that the product from (250) 655-7121 • 2031 Malaview Ave. W. their kits was a wine-lover's dream. With recent changes to liquor regulations, they are delighted that a wider audience will enjoy the wondrous and luscious liquid created by their wine kits. They could be part of a new wave of respect for their profession. The owners of Peninsula U-Brew Winery, Maureen Bifford and Stan Roberts, believe that the wines from their kits are comparable Hearing aids have changed. to the finest retail products. Their secret is premium quality juice Schedule your demonstration for a personalized experience from Winexpert. According to, they "source high with the latest technology. quality grape juice and concentrate from the world's best wine regions." Maureen is over the moon about new liquor licensing Hear - Central Saanich policies where wine from her kits will please a larger number 7159A West Saanich Road, Brentwood Bay of palates. Serving Saanich Peninsula | Mayne | Pender As of June 2014, updated policies in the "Special Occasion Licence Call 778-426-4876 | Policy Manual" of B.C.'s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch regarding "Sources of Liquor" state that: "All liquor used at an event under a special occasion licence must be either purchased by the SOL 2015 10 19 Seaside.indd 1 19/10/2015 1:06:11 PM holder from an LDB approved outlet or donated by a manufacturer or agent. The exception is that the host of a family special occasion may serve beer, cider or wine manufactured in a residence or at a licensed Ubrew" but they cannot sell it. A "family special occasion" is defined as a "private event that is attended by family and friends only (not open to the public) and which celebrates an aspect of family life." The host of the event must obtain a "Family Event - Special Occasion Licence." Slipcovers for Living! Examples of family events are weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. Removable • Washable Before the policy update, the wine made from kits could not be Custom Cushions & Shades Available poured at any large event. The new development expands Maureen and Stan's business in many ways. When large numbers of guests at 250.655.1257 | a wedding enjoy the exquisite high-end wine made with Peninsula U-Brew Winery kits, their elation will spread the message far and wide. Before the new rules, only customers who bought wine kits at the winery – and perhaps a few friends and family – were witness to the beautiful final wine. But now non-customers may be converted as large gatherings of people taste succulent elixirs produced through wine kits from Peninsula U-Brew Winery. Could wine kits finally be “Where Beauty Meets Spirit” getting their day in the sun? The delectable results from Peninsula U-Brew's wine-making kits are already gracing wedding tables. Maureen and Stan will be showcasing their fare at Bridal Exhibition 2016, January 17th at Pearkes Rec Centre. With more wines from kits available to larger numbers of consumers, will the industry finally get the respect it deserves? Stay tuned to find out. Contact:

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Staying Well During the Holidays With Local Health Care Services by Doreen Marion Gee

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous chaotic malls full of frazzled shoppers. Where and happy time of celebration. However, the stress of the season can put a serious damper on the merry-making. It is important to relax and stay healthy – physically and mentally – in order to reap the most rewards from this beautiful time of year. There are many health care services and soothing sanctuaries in Sidney to help you do just that. Non-stop shopping and decorating. A jampacked calendar of parties, social events and family dinners. Overflowing parking lots and

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When we are stretched too thin during the holidays, our overloaded nervous system can cause problems in our bodies. A chiropractor could be your best friend during the holidays. In a summer interview with Dr. Randy Kerr at Island Family Chiropractic in Saanichton, he explained: "What we deal with, and what causes all the troubles we see, is stress." The expert techniques used by Randy and Dr. Misty Watson effectively treat that underlying problem, restoring the body back to wellness and health once again. Make this the best

holiday season ever by giving yourself the gift of health at Island Family Chiropractic. It seems counter-intuitive, but a visit to the dentist could be the best way to have a relaxing, joyous festive season. Nobody wants the searing pain of an abscess or a cavity destroying this special time with family and friends. As the holidays approach, give yourself and your family the gift of good oral heath with a dental check-up and maintenance. In a past interview with Dr. Loren Braun of Sidney Centre Family Dentistry, it was clear that he is willing to go the extra mile to make sure his clients are comfortable and get the best compassionate care possible. Dr. Mitra Hashemi of Coast Dental Care Family & Implant Dentistry is constantly thinking of ingenious ways to help her patients avoid dental problems in the first place. At both dental offices, the caring health care professionals want to give people a painfree, relaxing holiday season.

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Are you exhausted and worn out by all the demands of this time of year?

"It is important to stay healthy – physically and mentally – in order to reap the most rewards from this beautiful time of year." Maybe the answer is taking a deeper look at your health and lifestyle choices. With the combined knowledge and expertise of five health care professionals, Reach Health is an excellent place to start. This dedicated team, made up of Registered Massage Therapists Alison Esser, Alyssa Madill and Laura McMillan; Registered Massage Therapist and Aquanetics Certified Hydro Therapist Sheri Griffiths-Piacente; and Lisa Cumberland, Registered Acupuncturist and Registered


TCM Herbalist; will help you have a healthy holiday. They support their clients based on the four main aspects of health: sleep, movement, healthy food and cultivating the spirit. People who live with chronic pain may find their discomfort worsening during the hectic holiday season. Linda Walker, a Registered Physiotherapist at both Brentwood Physiotherapy & Massage Clinic and Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage Clinic, is an expert in chronic pain management. In an April interview, Linda explained that she encourages her patients to be proactive in their own health with homework exercises and regular maintenance: "Having basic core health care principles that you are doing regularly will sustain you in the long run." Linda would no doubt have some very helpful tips on how to take good care of yourself during this season of celebration. Here's a toast to your health this festive season. Be kind to yourself. Happy holidays!

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Festive Flora and Fauna by Tina Kelly

If you don't think the sea can be festive, think again. Common names for some local species embrace vocabulary typically associated with the upcoming season. Mother Nature's marine "decorations" reflect Christmas colours, winter weather and holiday treats, trees and wrapping. Marine Snow: In the poorly lit twilight zone of the ocean – 201 metres to 1,005 metres – marine snow gently falls. Organic material comprised of dead plant and animal plankton along with animal poop, sand and other inorganic materials continuously sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Carbon and nitrogen components of the snow are important nutrients feeding deep sea creatures, many of them scavengers. Christmas anemone: This large (30-centimetre) anemone is sometimes called the dahlia, mottled or painted anemone, but as the "paint" colours are often vibrant red and green, the most appropriate common name – this time of year – is the Christmas anemone, urticina crassicornis. This festive anemone is common on rocks and docks intertidal and subtidal zones. Candy stripe shrimp: Commensally living with the crimson anemone – and occasionally the Christmas anemone – is the candy stripe shrimp, lebbeus grandimannus. Immune to the anemone's sting, this colourful shrimp shelters under the anemone and benefits from food scraps found around the anemone's base. Ribbon worm nemerteans, or ribbon worms, are long, ribbonlike, smooth worms that vary in size and colour. The longest species in the world tops out at more than 30 metres and the smallest is

less than a centimetre, while the colour ranges the full extent of the spectrum. One of our 87 coastal British Columbia species is the perfect shade for the season – bright red! Fir needle algae: Common names for analipus japonicus include fir needle, fir branch and sea fir. These names conjure up clear images of its appearance. This mid- to low-intertidal seaweed attaches to rocks along the coast from California to Alaska as well as in Russia, Korea and Japan. In Japan, it is a food source. Jingle Shell: The two round shells of the green false–jingle grow flat to the contour of a rocky surface. One of the shells is solid and the second has a pear-shaped hole; the sound these shells made when strung together into a necklace determined the jingle name. The inside of the jingle is smooth and iridescent. This season, whether you're diving, beachcombing or exploring at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, take a moment to stop and enjoy the festive species around you. Happy Holidays and Merry Fishmas from all of us at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Photo Credit (clockwise from top left): Christmas anemone, candy stripe shrimp, Jackie Hildering (; fir needle algae, Jenn Burt; ribbon worm, Tina Kelly.

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Peninsula Panthers The Mid-Season Report Card

The Peninsula Panthers Hockey Club has now reached the halfway mark in their regular season schedule, and although there have been the usual ups and downs, the team rocket is clearly on the rise. It is time to take a closer, in-depth peek at each position.

GOALTENDING: Perhaps the most intriguing duo in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, 19-year-old Alex Olson and 16-year-old Shawn Parkinson work between the pipes out on the Peninsula. The brain trust of the club decided prior to the first game that the two would split games right down the middle, alternating each game. And for the most part, this is exactly what has happened until Parkinson sustained an off-ice ankle injury in October forcing him to the sidelines for three weeks. The plan was instituted in order that the youthful netminder could learn from a seasoned veteran and until the injury, this is exactly what had occurred. Parkinson has struggled while Olson has been as solid as a rock. Parkinson has all the talent and size to be a big time goaltender and will play at much higher levels in the upcoming years. He has found it hard to find his groove in Junior and confidence is probably part of the problem. He grabbed his first win in 4-3 overtime win in Comox back on October 2nd and before his injury. Look for Parkinson to improve and he should be a factor in the second half of the season and into the playoffs. Olson is back for his second season with the Panthers and he gives the Club an opportunity to win every time out. He has won a couple of games on his own and the squad looks very comfortable when he is between the pipes. A fierce competitor and supportive teammate, he also gives his younger counterpart comfort and stability. When Olson is on his game, he stacks up against the best stoppers in the VIJHL. REPORT CARD: BDEFENCE: 20-year-old Spencer Loverock is clearly the lynchpin on the back end for the Peninsula Panthers and his unparalleled skating ability makes him worth the price of admission night in and night out. Fans enjoy watching the gifted rearguard lead the rush carrying the puck from end to end and then race back to shut down the opponent as they transition from defence to offence. Loverock has played over 30 games in the BCHL and his experience has had a huge impact on a young defence corps. Garnett Roberts was obtained from the Victoria Cougars just before Christmas last season, and he has fit in nicely on the Panthers. He, like Loverock, played his Minor Hockey on the Peninsula and his laid-back disposition has a calming effect on the Club. Roberts

#33 Goaltender Alex Olson stabs a shot from a Saanich Brave in an afternoon game at the Panorama Recreation Centre on November 11th.

Wearing the “C” on his jersey, Captain Spencer Loverock is the best skater in the VIJHL. Loverock anchors a young group on defence. is a 19-year-old and a veteran in the league and he too is counted on for leadership both on the ice and in the dressing room. Three 17year-old rookies play a significant role in the success of the Club this time around. Ryan Warner, Matt Forbes and Peninsula Minor Hockey product, Braeden Hansen each play big minutes in all roles game in and game out. Warner has taken a big step this season and seems to play with more confidence every time he hits the ice. The lanky defenceman has seen quality minutes on the power play, penalty kill and 5-on-5 and has not disappointed. He is comfortable packing the puck up ice and is somewhat of an offensive threat. Forbes is the grittiest of the group and after having some injury issues early in the season, he seems to be rounding into form quite nicely. Forbes played last season with the Pacific Coast Hockey Academy and will add depth and should be impactful in the second half of the season and into the post-season. Hansen played a game last season as an affiliate player and like all good young players, looks like a world beater at times. He is a mild-mannered young man however, at times during the first half of the season, showed a bit of an edge in the physical part of the game. Like Forbes and Warner, Hansen has had his moments on the power play and penalty kill and has played well in these roles. Twenty-year-old Drayson Lum has added depth on the back end, although he probably feels more at home up front. Lum is probably one of the top defensive forwards in the VIJHL however, adapts quite well on the back end and has seen considerable time there. His gritty style of play is certainly a welcome sight and it has been catchy for the other young defencemen. The Panthers have used a couple of affiliate players up from the Peninsula Midget AA Club however, they are looking to add some quality and depth at this position and will pull the trigger on a deal should an opportunity surface to acquire the right player. REPORT CARD: B FORWARDS: Three of the biggest surprises have surfaced in returning players 19-year-old Kai Turner, 18-year-old Trevor Owens and 17-year-old rookie Cam Thompson. The trio has played much of the season skating together on the top line and have racked up some impressive numbers. Turner is a right-hand shot who has been playing on the left wing and he has adapted to the role quite nicely. Always solid on the defensive side of the puck in all three zones, Turner has also been putting pucks in the net and is willing to go into areas of the ice that are not always welcoming. Owens defensive part of the game has seen a huge jump since his inaugural


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season in Junior Hockey last year. He has always had an offensive flare and although one of the most soft-spoken players on the team, he has let his play do the talking. Thompson plays the right side on the line and coming out of Major Midget, the slick sniper has excelled beyond expectations. Perhaps sporting the softest hands on the Club, Thompson is deadly from in close and has scored early and often and leads the team in goals and points. Three youngsters who were grabbed from the Saanich Midget AA team are 18-year-old Michael Sproule, 17-year-old Ben Dawson and 16-year-old Marty Westhaver. These three can flat out fly! Sproule is the most physical of the three and will bang and crash most shifts. Dawson does a great job on offence and defence, while Westhaver is a rocket and can put the puck Visit our in the net. These three look outstanding one night and go through growing pains on another however, as the second half of the season plays out and the playoffs approach, “We have the youngest their play will undoubtedly become more consistent. Club in the V.I.J.H.L. Matt MacLeod is another 17-year-old who had a huge and likely one of the year with the PMHA Midget team last year, but has youngest in the country. found the transition more difficult than he expected. That being said, the big forward seems to be coming We are going to be a into his own and has been moving up the depth chart factor coming down the as of late. Ty Hermsen played on the same team last stretch.” year and his “Take no prisoners” attitude gives the Pete Zubersky, General Manager/ team grit up front, which is needed on a youth-laden Owner squad. Twenty-year-old Ty Tremblay took several years off, but has come back to play in his final year of Junior, chipping in with some key goals. Nineteen-year-old Josh Poland has had a slow start in his first half after leading the Club in goals last season, but is expected to get things rolling in this department. He wears an “A” on his jersey and is a vocal leader and the management are looking forward to him racking up significant points down the stretch. Eighteen-year-old Koby Hale and 17-year-old Michael Neale are two of the Club’s top penalty killers and these two diminutive players also give the squad hustle and heart. Hale plays as hard as anyone in the VIJHL and his style makes the Club that much harder for opponents to play against. The two chip in with the odd marker however, their real value has been on the defensive side of the puck. Ben Meyerink is a 19-year-old vet who bangs and crashes and he too eats up valuable minutes on the penalty kill. The Club recently added 19-year-old Grayden Hohl who returns from a stint playing Junior in Fresno, California. Hohl should score early and often for the Club. Last season he lead the Panthers in points. REPORT CARD: B

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website: 17-year-old Cam Thompson (pictured below) is the biggest and brightest surprise on the Peninsula Panthers and arguably in the VIJHL. The sniper leads the Club in goals and scoring and has been in the top ten leaders in scoring in the league for most of the season. He scored a spectacular goal in the Panthers’ season opening win at the Panorama Recreation Centre when he snapped a shot over a shocked Saanich Braves goaltender. The goals have just been coming and coming and watching him is easily worth the price of admission..

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Kai Turner is in his second season with the Club and points seem to be coming his way. He sets up shop in front of the opponent’s net nightly.

As slick as they come, 18-year-old Trevor Owens plays in the middle on the Panthers top trio. He is destined for a monster second half.

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter? by Ed Wignall

Although winters in Victoria are much milder than the rest of Canada, preparations for winter driving are still needed to maintain your vehicle in safe, roadworthy condition. A little preventative maintenance for the winter will provide you a better chance for trouble-free motoring. Although we are already well into the winter driving season, there is still time to prepare your vehicle for the winter roads ahead. One of the more important items to be considered is your tires. Many Victorians are still under the impression that as we get little snow in Victoria, proper tires can be ignored. Winter tires have changed enormously from the snow tires of old. Today's winter tires are designed as a tire for all winter conditions: not only for snow but also the colder temperatures and the rain-soaked roads. The rubber compounds and tread designs are specifically designed to work at -7째C. All season tires are not designed for this type of weather and can lose traction in colder conditions. Some roads in our area are posted as requiring winter tires as shown by a symbol of a snowflake on a mountain or a M+S (mud and snow) designation. Always insure that your tires have good tread left and are at the proper inflation as designated on your vehicle's door frame. Windshield wipers are often the most ignored item and require replacement far more often than many drivers realize. When the winter rains come, it's dangerous to attempt driving while looking through a rain-smeared windshield. Wipers are easily replaced and are not expensive. Never use your wipers to clear frost as this will destroy the fine wiping edge. Another related item is washer fluid; make sure

the reservoir contains sufficient fluid and is the right type. Weekly checks of all your lights should be conducted so other drivers will know your intention to change direction as well as insure your own ability to see the road adequately. A regular check can also prevent possible trouble at seasonal road checks. Be sure to purchase a good quality ice scraper/snow brush and lock de-icer (just remember: it won't do you any good if you keep it inside your vehicle). Finally, a check of road conditions before venturing out will often help you avoid problems during the trip. If the weather is unreasonable or is predicted to become worse, stay safely at home. There is probably nowhere you need to be that cannot wait until the weather improves. Although the average vehicle operator is capable of all these checks, never hesitate to consult a professional. Ed Wignall is a retired automotive teacher and service writer at OK Tire. Questions or feedback? Contact him via


seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email It couldn't be easier to select artistic and handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list and support Island artists at the same time.

Arts and Crafts Shows Galore A Touch of Saltspring Christmas Show continues a tradition started on Salt Spring Island in 1991. See what over 230 B.C. and Alberta crafters and artisans are offering at this popular event. Check out the website for parking and shuttle bus information. http://www. or call 250655-0967. Dec. 4th (10-8), 5th and 6th (10-5); $5 for a three-day pass. Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich. Last Chance Christmas Craft Show gives procrastinators a chance to find unique gifts by


Island artists and artisans. Here's a chance to connect with the person who lovingly created your gift item. $4 for weekend entry. Free parking. www. Dec. 12th (10-5) and Dec. 13th (10-4) Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.

including the Company "B" Vocal Trio, whose tight harmonies echo the sounds of the Andrews Sisters. Just like the radio shows from that era, the show will delight with Christmas songs, stories and drama. Tickets: $38. Dec. 7th at 7:30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney.

Woolly and Bully. How will his family pay the rent? Will Jack rescue Buttercup? Come to cheer on the hero and find out what happens next. Dec. 18th, 19th and 28th at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 20th, 26th and 27th at 2 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre – advance tickets at box office or at the door.

Artisans Gift Gallery at Tulista Park will charm with its eclectic display of locally created jewelry, glass, pottery, turned wood, children's clothing and toys, fibre art, wearables, photography and holiday décor. The show ends December 23rd. Presented by the Community Arts Council – Saanich Peninsula. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays), 10-4. Free parking and admission. Tulista Gallery, 9565 Fifth St., Sidney.

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Known for playing upbeat Celtic music, Rig-a-Jig is a fixture of Victoria's contra (folk) dance scene. Their vocals are backed up by fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and washboard rhythms, making it a fun evening for everyone. Presented by the Deep Cove Folk Music Society. Tickets at the door. Dec. 11th at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30) St. John's United Church, 10990 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich.

Len Collins – encaustic artist and graphic designer – will demonstrate the tremendous versatility of the encaustic medium, and share the tools and basic techniques on a few prepared boards. Encaustic is one of the oldest art forms, painting with molten beeswax mixed with pigments and resin. Presented by the Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society. Dec. 7th at 7 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Activity Room 2.

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Peninsula Players' Family Fun

The Island's internationallyrenowned tenor, Ken Lavigne, will present a Christmas Old Time Radio Roadshow that takes the audience back to a 1940s Christmas. He'll be joined by a talented group of performers,

Allan Haynes and John Watts have extended the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk story into an entertaining musical play for all ages. Jack loses the money from the sale of Buttercup the cow to the local giant's enforcers,

Village Gallery is offering its first feature of original small works through December. See over 100 new pieces of original art. Perhaps choose a gift for yourself? 2459 Beacon Avenue, open weekdays 9:30 – 5:30.

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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.

When you shop local, more revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy.

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businesses offer an outstanding range of locally and Canadian-made goods, many handcrafted and some one-of-a-kind. Consider, for example, stunning jewelry, gorgeous hard-wood bowls and cutting boards, Canadian-made linens, clothing, and lovely locally-made jams, candy and baked goods. Explore the best of local wines and craft beers, toys, games and books for kids of all ages and yes, a little something for those four-legged friends too. Some Sidney shops also carry unique internationally handmade goods, often sold in support of local peoples around the world. Of course, you can find lights, cards, decorations, and all the fixings for your holiday meals too, and don't forgot those special stocking stuffers! Sidney's holiday cheer, friendly streets and warm hospitality will bring a smile to your face, for sure. With the outstanding customer service you can expect from owner-operated stores, shopping in Sidney is relaxing and hassle free. Take a few minutes, too, to enjoy a meal or a coffee, and remember to stop and smell the sweet scents of Christmas

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at one of Sidney's fine florists, garden, and gift shops. By supporting locally owned businesses, you help to maintain our community's diversity and distinctive character. You also keep dollars in the local economy. Did you know that the dollars you spend locally have three times the impact as dollars spent elsewhere? Without doubt, each one of your purchases becomes an economic driver that helps to create and sustain jobs, provide better wages, support local events and enhance the sense of well-being within our community. It also attracts investment in our downtown. In part, Sidney's vibrancy and economic health are our shared responsibility. As someone recently said, "We need to put our dollars where our hearts are." So, as we begin this holiday season in earnest, put on your comfortable shoes and boots, button up your jacket and enjoy all Sidney has to offer. Shop with spunk or shop with serenity – just make it local. You'll be very glad you did! Photos courtesy Sidney BIA.

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The Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens The Magic of Christmas Season at The Butchart Gardens begins on Tuesday, December 1st with the Light-Up Ceremony. At 5 p.m. the switch is thrown and The Gardens come alive with thousands of coloured lights. Sing along with the Traditional Carollers or listen to holiday favourites performed by the Festival Brass. Bring the family and enjoy free rides on The Rose Carousel on this special day. This magnificent lighting installation features the 12 Days of Christmas displays tucked throughout The Gardens. As each year unfolds, more and more lights are added to create a spectacle so large it takes a lighting crew two full months to install the beautiful decorations. Every year, thousands of families make the Magic of Christmas a festive tradition. The outdoor ice rink adds an extra holiday experience to the lighting extravaganza. Lace up your skates and glide underneath soft twinkling lights to the sounds of seasonal music. Please note that admission to The Gardens is required to access the rink. After skating, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and other holiday treats

in The Coffee Shop and snuggle up by the cozy fireplace. Children 12 and under are encouraged to bring a homemade paper snowflake to decorate the windows of the Coffee Shop. Each child who partakes in this annual tradition receives a complimentary hot chocolate. If Christmas dining is on your list, stop by The Blue Poppy Restaurant featuring a wide selection of seasonal delicacies. For a more formal setting, be sure to visit The Dining Room Restaurant located in the original Butchart family residence. Both The Blue Poppy and The Dining Room offer traditional holiday dining on December 24th and 25th. Make your reservations early at 250-652-8222 or through for The Dining Room Restaurant. New this year to augment the delicious food options at The Butchart Gardens is a beautiful Christmas Afternoon Tea running from December 23rd through 27th. The tea features a wide assortment of sweet and savoury favourites. Special seasonal menus are available at www.butchartgardens/dining.

Henley & Walden LLP is pleased to welcome

Chris Straub

to the firm as an Associate Lawyer Chris was born and raised in North Saanich. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science (Hon.) and Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, he moved to Calgary to work at a large national firm. After five years away, he is thrilled to be back home on the West Coast. Called to the Alberta bar in 2011 and the British Columbia bar in 2015, Chris maintains a broad practice with particular expertise in facilitating all aspects of private business transactions, as well as the establishment and ongoing management of corporations. He is also looking forward to establishing a real estate and estate planning/ administration practice. Chris prides himself on his strategic foresight and attention to detail, and strives at all times to anticipate the issues which may impact his clients as they manage their affairs. Chris lives in Ardmore with his wife Paige and two young sons. When not in the office, he can usually be found out on the water or exploring the Peninsula with his boys. Chris is welcoming new clients and looks forward to building on his existing relationships within the community.

Laloca – Fair Trade and Local Products by Doreen Marion Gee

A progressive retail business in Sidney infuses a social conscience into everything it does. Laloca's mission is to improve people's lives around the globe and bring out the potential of disenfranchised citizens – all through the kinds of products it sells. Christine Downing, Laloca owner, has a warm kind presence. Her social justice background drew her to initiatives that raise people's quality of life. On a visit to Bolivia, she was impressed with a work cooperative where low-income families create high-quality alpaca knitwear and original crafts by hand. The income generated goes towards improved nutrition, healthcare and educational opportunities for their children. She "fell in love with their work" and decided to support them by purchasing many items. In 2014, Christine opened a shop in Sidney to sell unique handicrafts from different groups around the globe and to support them in their specific humanitarian work. She adds that her products are "mainly made by women." Christine also supports local artisans by bringing in and selling their work. In her business, Christine is fuelled by strong social values. She only sells products from groups and companies overseas that abide by standard "Fair Trade Principles:" creating work opportunities for workers; paying them promptly and fairly; providing safe working conditions free of discrimination; and zero exploitation of children (to name a few). Modern consumers don't want those pretty new earrings keeping them awake at night. What is the best way to truly "help" people less fortunate? Christine: "I have met so many talented folks going through challenges like mental illness and addictions – but threading through that as well was so much talent that was untapped. There will always be people that are in need and will always need support. But you have to create an environment for people to grow away from that if they are able to." Keen to encourage the creative talents of people who are marginalized, Christine sells pottery made by a group of artisans in Vancouver whose challenges present barriers in the workplace. The words "a taste of dignity" are splashed across the group's Facebook page, since they are now using their own skills to determine and control their futures. Laloca's support of many people around the world empowers them to live better lives; when people buy Christine's products, they are part of this humanitarian process. Christine also supports artisans who are being environmentally responsible through recycling and using materials that are safe for planet Earth. Every item in Laloca is handmade with intricate workmanship – these treasures are perfect for any holiday shopping list. With its social conscience, Laloca is redefining what constitutes "good business." For more information visit online at or at the store's new location at 2367 Beacon Avenue in Sidney.


Social Justice in Business:

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As kids we all had heroes, whether they were on the screen or in real life. In our teenage years, we looked up to movie stars and rock singers. By the time you are in your by Shelaugh Begg 40s, however, or older, it is a lot harder to see a hero. I am not saying that inspirational people or heroes are not all around us, just that we do not see them as easily. These days, sometimes seeing a hero or inspiring person can make us feel less. With a world that sometimes beats us down, seeing others succeeding, and doing and being what and who they've always wanted can be hard to take when we feel we haven't had the same successes. Most of us have work, family, homes and health issues that need our attention; our focus isn't always on ourselves. If we do what they ask us to do on the airplane – put the oxygen mask on ourselves first – we would be happier and more fulfilled. Everyone is at a different level with their own strengths and weaknesses. Having trust in your body and stepping out of your comfort zone can be a big leap of faith, but it's one worth taking. For me this happened last summer when I took the first of many steps out of my comfort zone. When I was in grade six, I wanted to go to camp. To get there, my classmates and I would have to ride our bikes from North Sannich School to the Brentwood Bay ferry, then up to camp at Shawnigan Lake. My mom said yes to the camp but no to riding my bike. So instead of that big ride, I rode in a van for the trip. I never became

much of a cyclist, and until recently, I always thought I was not strong enough to do the trip on my bike. Last summer though, I was determined to try. Not only did I ride the whole way up, but I also swam in the lake then rode back home the same day. I told my brother Glen, who suggested I do a triathlon. I thought he was kidding! I didn't swim as a kid and I'd never put my face in the water before, but I signed up for swimming lessons and bought a road bike. Slowly, I'm working on my next goal. You might think riding a bike and swimming in middle age aren't such a big deal, but they were for me. In recent years, I had hurt my back and hips so badly that I could not walk across the street or sit in a chair without severe pain. I got help and worked hard to get and feel better. Then the next challenge hit: despite a change of job, I started to have severe pain in my hands, wrist, arms and shoulders. I headed back into the medical system and learned that I have arthritis. With the help of a lot of people (Backfit, Victoria Arthritis Centre, Panorama Recreation, and my family) and my hard work, I have come back from this too. I am now in the best shape of my life. After overcoming these challenges, my eyes are now open to the heroes all around me, including myself. Not a day goes by without someone inspiring me. Once you shift your thinking, you'll find the people that are doing and being all that they can be. Use the power, drive and inspiration from them in your own life, even in a small way. Taking the first step might lead to bigger and better things than you ever thought possible. Your superhero might just be you!

How to give the gift of health this holiday season

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island dish "fun for us big kids too, with a more adult flavour"

Irish Cream Marshmallows by Jennifer Bowles

Well the holidays are

here again, and with them the inevitable parade of craft fairs and homemade treats. As I'm writing this, my daughter is hard at work preparing a cornucopia of hand-made treats to sell at a children's craft sale and she's come up with some fantastic ideas: fun and colourful soaps, hot chocolate in a jar and, my personal favourite, scratch-made marshmallows. When we first came up with this idea I thought it sounded fun. What kid wouldn't love to make a nice cup of hot cocoa and float a giant strawberry marshmallow on top? The more I thought about it, the more I was sure it would be fun for us big kids too – perhaps with some more adult flavours. I bounced it around and came up with something fun and delicious, and perfect for a winter night, or a holiday morning – Irish Cream Marshmallows. How great does that sound? Float one in a cup of hot chocolate, or even just in a cup of rich espresso. This no-bake recipe is versatile – if you don't like Irish Cream then feel free to try your own flavours! Happy Sipping! Irish Cream Marshmallows 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin powder ½ cup Irish Cream 1½ cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup

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1/8 tsp salt ½ cup water 1 tsp vanilla powdered sugar Pour Irish Cream in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Sprinkle gelatin over top. Swirl mixture gently until the gelatin is absorbed. In a sauce pan heat the sugar, syrup, salt and water over medium heat and stir constantly until the temperature reaches a soft ball stage (240°F). Slowly pour the heated sugar mixture into the stand mixer while on low. Add vanilla and increase speed and whip for about 15 minutes until thickened and mostly cooled. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and coat with powdered sugar. Pour marshmallow into the prepared pan and let sit at room temperature for 4 to 8 hours. Once the marshmallows are set and cooled, cut into large, even squares, turn out from pan and toss in powdered sugar to prevent them sticking together. Enjoy!

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and Gifts is the culmination of owner Laura Waters' love of gardening, cooking and art. Laura grows most of what she either dries and packages into mixes for soups, dips, spreads or breads, or infuses into vinegars or essences. Her goal is to make wholesome and comforting foods easier and more accessible for those short on time, and to get people eating around the dinner table again. Snowdon House soups, breads and vinegars are their biggest sellers, and there are a plentitude of each to choose from. In addition to these are fantastic spreads, dips and toppers too; there's something for all palates and occasions. The white vinegars are a great place to start your flavour journey. With tantalizing combinations such as Apricot & Bay, or Arctic Kiwi & Anise, everyone is bound to find a favourite. The fruits and herbs are locally grown, on Laura's own farm whenever possible. The 1,600 Douglas fir trees on the property were originally planted as a Christmas tree farm, and this season, Laura will open the farm up to the public for U-cut trees (in limited quantities). Those same trees have been used brilliantly by Laura in many of her products, too. For example, the Fir Essences: sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage

infusions, perfect served alone or mixed into a cocktail. The beautiful handmade paper in which many of the products are packaged are all Laura's creations. "There's passion here, and these things take time. There is part of me in this," she says, and there is an abundance of heart in all that leaves the store. Laura has put together several gift packs for Christmas. She has done so with great deliberation as to offer popular and practical items that are also priced affordably. The eye-catching Specialty Angels are smaller bottles of either Douglas Fir or Cranberry Rosemary vinegars, each packaged in a paper angel that can double as an ornament. It's the perfect hostess or teacher's gift, and also ideal for packing should you be travelling to spend Christmas elsewhere. Other lovely gift ideas are the Comfort Pack for 2, at $15, which includes soup and bread mixes, or the Brie Toppers. No wrapping required. If you'll be entertaining this December, the Cheese Paté Mix is quick and easy, as is the Salsa Mix, which when combined with the Lemon Verbena vinegar will impress any crowd. Every Saturday leading up to Christmas this December, Laura is featuring tastings in the store throughout the day. She'll have all her products prepared and ready for sampling. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Laura's products are available at over 20 retail locations across B.C., but a trip to Snowdon House proper is well worth the visit.

Happy Holidays

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A Peninsula Family Tradition Saturday, December 5th • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Coming together with friends and family during the holiday

season creates a warm feeling inside us all. The Village of Saanichton takes the festive season gathering experience one step further by bringing the entire community together with their 11th annual “Saanichton Community Christmas Event.” Children can enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa at St. Mary’s Church (corner of East Saanich and Cultra), have a photo with Santa himself (by donation to the food bank), walk 9 :00 - the Tree Trail, take a ride in a horse11: 15 drawn carriage, decorate a gingerbread man at the Saanich Pioneer Museum, listen to some live music, and most of all … become more familiar with the people in their community.

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This year’s event will have a stronger focus on the Sidney Lions Food Bank drive-in/drop-off being run by the local Scout troop in the village centre at Pioneer Square. Many local businesses put up 9 : 30 a splendid tree for the big and 12:30 small kids to enjoy. Families are given a map to follow (pick one up at Fresh Cup Café or the Pancake Breakfast), with the kids 10 - 1 collecting stamps at each location, and sometimes a little cup of hot chocolate or treat! Drop off your completed map for a chance to win $500 in prizes! The event is presented by The Saanichton Village Association, Seaside Magazine, and the Saanichton business community. There will be a “Winter Market,” featuring over 15 local crafters and artisans, bakers and food producers with live music. For many this event has become a cornerstone of their seasonal Christmas traditions. Be sure to drop off your donation to the food bank at Pioneer Square, get a free coffee, Christmas cookie, Tree Trail Map, and spend some quality family time … because everyone loves horses and Santa! 9 :00 11: 15

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Down by the Bay:

The sheltered waters of Brentwood Bay are located on the eastern side of Saanich Inlet. Early Malahat and Saanich peoples used the area as a winter home base. There was deer and waterfowl to hunt and fresh fish and intertidal shellfish to supplement dried food stocks until it was time to move to open waters in late spring. The first non-native settlers began arriving in the late 1840s and forests were cleared for farming and houses, churches, and schools were built. By the 1900s, the introduction of rail transport and motorized

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Brentwood Bay Then & Now

vehicles enabled people to travel more easily. The population grew and Brentwood Bay became a popular summer destination because of these same sheltered waters and beautiful surroundings. Long-time Brentwood Bay resident Lorna Pugh writes in her memoir Brentwood Bay and Me 1930 – 1940: "The railway opened up the country to campers and, for years summer homes surrounded Brentwood Bay." The British Columbia Electric Railway Company's Interurban service through the Saanich Peninsula was launched in 1913. It ran from Victoria via Burnside and along West Saanich road to the

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right-of-way (now Wallace Drive) and several stops along the way provided summer travelers easy access to Tod Inlet and Brentwood Bay. On the north side of the bay a little community of cottages and boathouses became known as Moodyville and 90-year-old resident Jack Lenfesty still lives in the house his father bought long ago. The family originally lived in Victoria, but every summer his dad, William Lenfesty, rented a cottage on Brentwood Bay. Jack remembers feeling sorry to miss playing baseball with his friends back in Victoria. "But I later realized those kids would have given anything to be out here," he says. On the south end of the bay were more attractions geared towards summer visitors. Local businessman William Oakes Wallace operated the Anchorage Tearoom, a holiday resort with cabins and boat rentals, a small grocery store and a fishing pier. Refreshments were served in the tearoom and dances took place there every Saturday night during the summer. A steam-powered electrical generating plant was also on the south shore. The BCER bought property in 1912 for its Brentwood Bay auxiliary plant which was needed to fill increased demands for electricity around greater Victoria. According to Pugh, the generating plant poured a continuous stream of boiling water into the bay and it made "a comfortable water temperature" for swimming. Further up the road was Brentwood College, a private school for boys that opened in 1923 with an enrollment of 50 boys and four faculty members. The foundation stone for its Boys' Chapel was laid in 1925. The school burned down in 1947 but the chapel survived the fire. The school was rebuilt in 1961 in Mill Bay and the chapel became the local parish church and renamed Brentwood Memorial Chapel. Today, the Chapel is closed, Moodyville's cottages are abutted by luxury homes, and the power plant was demolished and replaced

with the Port Royale development. Still, Brentwood Bay continues to thrive as a popular destination for some of the best kayaking around. The calm, warm waters are also great for scuba diving, paddleboarding and other water activities. Four marinas provide moorage facilities for locals and tourists and the cafes and restaurants near shore offer a scenic spot to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat. Protecting Brentwood Bay's marine environment and eco-diversity takes work. Seachange Marine Conservation Society executive director Nikki Wright says: "The most impactful activities affecting Brentwood Bay in particular are human sewage from derelict vessels, stormwater flows, [and] non-point pollution from the myriad land based activities." Substances such as oil and windshield washer fluid flow off the non-permeable asphalt streets and directly into the Inlet. Twenty years ago, at an Open House held by the BC Ministry of the Environment, local residents provided input on what they valued about Saanich Inlet. Brentwood Bay was ranked the most popular spot along the Inlet for many activities. People said they enjoyed the beauty, abundant and healthy population of marine and land plants, birds and animals as well as the peace and relaxation they experienced. Today, more people than ever are making Brentwood Bay a destination, both for recreation and as a place to live. The amount of new home construction reflects the desirability of this area. In the Village, an array of shops and services are found within an easy-towalk two blocks that include a park and landscaped medians. The mountain views over the roof tops make this a spectacular setting. Medical and professional services, salons, cafes, drug stores, liquor outlets and food markets are conveniently close to home for local residents. There's a butcher, a baker and even several places where one can find a candlestick or two! Photos (this page) by

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by Lara Gladych openings Bookkeeping SecurityHouse Accounting Services is celebrating the grand opening of their second location, now in Sidney, December 1st. At SecurityHouse, they take pride in offering small- and medium-sized businesses a range of services such as bookkeeping, accounting and tax preparation. "Give us your books – take back your life." You'll find their new office at #3 - 2490 Bevan Avenue. Call them at 250590-5162, and learn more about the business at www.

Relocations Wellness If you didn't already know, Sidney Chiropractic and Massage Therapy has moved to the corner of Fifth Street and Beacon Avenue, in the Sidney Centre shopping complex. Formerly across the street from Thrifty's, Drs. Harry Repsch

and Brian Lim, and RMT Mikaela Schubkegel, look forward to seeing you at their new location. In addition to their chiropractic and massage therapy care, services also include soft tissue injury care and prevention, as well as custom foot orthotics. Open Monday through Saturday, you can book an appointment at 250-656-4611, or book online at

honours Local Recognition The Crystal Awards for Business Excellence were handed out October 22nd, at Butchart Garden's Blue Poppy Restaurant. Sponsored by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, this was the ninth annual awards ceremony. There were winners selected in 12 categories, and local businesses, big and small, were recognized with awards ranging from Green Business of the Year to Entrepreneurial Spirit and everything in between. For a

full list of award winners, visit Congratulations to you all!

christmas events Shopping Fun This December, Sidney businesses are participating in the Sidney Passport to Christmas, which encourages shopping locally this Holiday season. Visit any participating businesses between December 4th and 23rd, and have your Passport stamped – no purchase necessary, but certainly welcome! Once you've collected 12 different stamps, drop off your completed Passport at either the Mary Winspear Centre or Sidney Pier Hotel. This enters you in a draw for the chance to win one of three luxury packages! You can find the passport on the back page of the Wish Book, which you can pick up throughout Sidney. For more information visit www. passport-to-christmas/, or follow Distinctly Sidney

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The 3rd Annual Christmas Light Kayak Parade will take place on December 12th in Brentwood Bay. Join Pacifica Paddle Sports for the lighted kayaking event, and add a different activity to your Christmas celebration calendar. The event is in support of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and registration is by donation. For more information or to register, visit, or call 250-665-7411.

Merchant Fun Come out to Sidney on December 4th, between 5 and 8 p.m., for the Sidney Merchants Open House! Kick off your Christmas shopping with an evening out on the town. There will be special activities, festive treats, beautiful shop windows, free horse-drawn carriage rides, and Christmas singers, too. To find out more, you can email, or call 250-893-0093.


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Shams start at $343 per pair (king or queen); duvet covers $667 to $1,047 depending on Collection and size (king or queen). Paula Grypma, Outlooks Design Sidney available at Muffet& Louisa or direct via appointment The Gift of Family Fun The days are long, but the years are short. Having fun together as a family is time where you get enjoyment, amusement or lighthearted pleasure, simply from being in each other's company. Here is a simple idea: get your toque, mittens and family members who are up for some fun at the skating rink at Panorama. Helmet and skates are available.

The Gift of a Good Conversation Imagine … you meet up with your best friend for coffee, stay for a glass of wine, eat house-made food and find unique gifts, all in the same spot on the Peninsula. The Brentwood Bay Village Empourium team makes sure you can just focus on your good conversation while they take care of an incredible selection of gifts, food and drinks in a charming atmosphere.

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The Gift of Creativity Whether you're a professional or a beginner, all ages can tap into their inner artist with the newest trend in relaxation: colouring books! Fresh off the press is "Lost Ocean" from Johanna Basford (creator of Secret Garden & Enchanted Forest). Relax and enjoy a break from the stresses of everyday life with some coloured pencils and your colouring book. Animals $9.99; Enchanted Forest, 20 postcards $14.95; Eastern Magic $14.99; Lost Ocean $21.95. Tanner's Books 2436 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

The Gift of Undisturbed Time Together Sacred time means time for each other, undisturbed. It takes the initiative from one family member or friend to create sacred time. Put your electronic devices aside for the time you are with loved ones. Love, connection, relaxation, positive communication … there's a space where all this is possible: Face to Face. It's kind of simple, and it takes commitment, but what you are left with is a gift.

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Tucking yourself in each night is almost as exciting as the day's events when it includes your own creations. Paula Grypma from Outlooks Design creates bedding with you. Manufactured in Canada, the possibilities are wide open from contemporary to bohemian. You design!




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Seen from the quiet, rural lane, the large house presents an attractive picture set among its lawns and mature trees, and I didn't immediately appreciate I was looking at the side of the house. It has large dormers at each end, with three broad windows between, positioned above a graceful tiled-roof colonnade that matches the blue-grey roof above.

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The beaujolais-coloured siding and the white window frames blend comfortably to give an air of traditional quality. "The house was built in 2003," says Rosemary Scott, owner of Deep Cove Market. She greets me at the main entrance, to the right of the building. It has an imposing porch: a continuation of the colonnade that envelops three sides of the building; with wooden columns supported by stone bases. On the carved wood door is a colourful Christmas wreath. "Don't take your shoes off," she says, with relaxed informality, "we have wood floors." High gloss, wide-planked floors of reclaimed fir stretch away on either side of an eye-catching wooden staircase. It has spindle banisters and wide steps that narrow as they disappear upstairs. We move along the left of this staircase, past a modern three-piece washroom and pleasant guest room and into a huge open space. "It's called the 'Great Room,'" Rosemary says proudly. At this end is a comfortable lounge area with black leather armchairs and a matching three-seat settee, positioned around a gas-injected, woodburning fireplace. On the other side is the dining area; in between stands an enormous, and well-decorated Christmas tree that reaches 12 feet towards an impressive ceiling, 18 feet above. Rosemary Scott shows me a large scrapbook. "We've lived on this property for 21 years." She explains that the original house was a split-level building, which they were going to renovate after the

Along the left of the eye-catching staircase is a modern three-piece washroom and pleasant guest room

blizzard of '96 caused considerable damage. "Eventually we decided to rebuild, especially as my husband, Kevin, loved this property." She opens the scrapbook. "I have a close friend, Carol Betton, who is into designing," Rosemary says. "We took off for Vancouver, and spent two days in a hotel room searching for ideas in 'homes' magazines." She shows me pictures of those ideas, circled in ink, that she had wanted incorporated into her new home. "We designed the house in two days!" Zebra Design was selected to draw up the architectural plans. Andrew Tidman, of Tidman Construction, was the main contractor, and wrote: "Working with Rosemary and Kevin was a truly enjoyable experience. Rosemary has such good design sense, and they both had a very clear vision of what type of home they wanted to create for their family." Rosemary also pays tribute to Kimberly Williams of Kimberly Williams Interiors, "who helped choose floor tiles, paint colours and window coverings and created a continuity throughout the house." "We stripped the house and allowed the children to paint pictures

on the walls," she reminisces. It was bulldozed in February, and the new house was completed in eight months. During this time, they rented a mobile home and lived with their two children on the 1.5-acre property. "We were able to keep an eye on the builders and watch as our home developed." The house uses an electrical heat pump with a forced air system, providing an even temperature throughout. The walls have soft colours varying from sage green to light tan, and the window frames, cupboards, inside doors and scuff boards are ivory. Apart from some small rugs and tiles in the washrooms, there is a continuity of warm fir floors. Along the side of the Great Room are wide windows and a pair of tall French doors that lead out to the front gardens. High above is a further row of windows, ensuring ample natural light. The dining area has an unusually large hutch, specially built to fit into an inset in the wall. Its deep brown colour matches the 10-seat table, also custom-built. Wall lamps and a six-piece hanging light over the table create a grand atmosphere with a traditional flavour. Two attractive wooden pillars stand on either side of a long bar with built-in cabinets and a granite top, creating a natural division between the Great Room and the kitchen. This room is beautifully conceived: spacious, bright and with plenty of drawers, cupboards and counter tops, and with an emphasis on


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wood. The slim island is ivory with a wood top that reflects the floor colour. There is space for three high black leather stools on one side, a range of drawers on the other, and book shelves at one end. The multi-paned windows over the double sink are tastefully decorated with Christmas wreaths, and the double oven on one side

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and the large refrigerator on the other, both in stainless steel, give a sense of balance. To the left is a door to the carport; we pass a useful "mud room" that has coat racks on the left, shoe racks on the right, and a two-piece washroom. Beyond the kitchen is a compact office space with a computer and a sign that reads: "I totally agree with myself." On that optimistic note, we move on into a cozy sitting area, next to the front door, that Rosemary calls the "Family Room." This has a piano inset into the side of the staircase, with early paintings by her children displayed above. We go up the 19 stairs: to the right is Rosemary's exercise room, originally her son's bedroom, with a variety of gym equipment. Next door is the laundry room: an immaculate, tiled-floor area with stainless steel appliances.

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Along the gallery that overlooks the Great Room is their son's exercise room. It's adorned with cups and trophies: "He's into pro motocross racing," Rosemary says ruefully. "He's very good at it." Further on is a luxurious washroom with a large Jacuzzi tub, a double sink unit and a walk-in shower. All of these rooms have large windows; the emphasis is on natural light. Beyond is the huge "Bonus Room." It has two queensized beds in separate alcoves, two couches, a television and ample cupboards. It could be a party room or a comfortable relaxation area. Built above the carport, it is an addition to the house, hence the name, and explains why the second storey (2,166 sq. ft.) is larger than the ground floor (1,992 sq. ft.). The master bedroom is to the left at the top of the stairs, offering complete privacy. There are spacious individual walk-in wardrobes on either side of a short corridor, and a well designed en suite: it is a room of mirrors, with two attractive sink units on opposite walls. "Mine is the larger one," Rosemary laughs. They have a discreet toilet area, and a walk-in shower: "We decided against a tub." It's a comfortable bedroom, with high ceilings and windows on two sides: one overlooks the front gardens, and the other allows a panoramic view of the Great Room. All the windows have blinds; there are no drapes anywhere in the house. This is a grand house and a comfortable home. It is a testament to careful planning, and ideal for a festive Christmas.


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on design holiday decorating: you are the gift Welcome to the fast approaching Holiday Season! Here on the West Coast, we are lucky to conjure up different images of how the holidays appear to us, instead of the typical snowy fields and icy sidewalks. More often than not, we are surrounded by trees of green, with crisp winter berries and cones. We go on family walks, cycle or sail all through December. Over the years we have been inspired by many decorating themes, from the all-white Christmas tree, paperwhites on window sills, the simple pure aesthetic with some glitter thrown in. We've seen silver baubles in large clear glass vases and groupings of vintage silverware collections. From tartan ribbons, big red throws and bowls of pinecones to card collections and groupings of candlesticks, the looks are endless. And then there's the whole topic of what the theme is going to be for all the gifts under the tree. I really feel it's time to take a step back and take care of ourselves. Drop any feeling of guilt from others' expectations; decorate and do what is good for your soul, and those closest to you. Bring nature into your home. Sometimes a dozen red or white roses interspersed throughout all the greenery you've collected on your walks is all you need. I am not a fan of running out to buy the latest and greatest look that's marketed to us. Create a warm environment that truly reflects you, simply. I had a friend whose decorated tree consisted of collected

decorations over the years that reflected what had been poignant for her that year. When she got married, her veil was at the top of the tree that Christmas! Spend time and be creative with what you have. Perhaps you want to reflect on past years; you can have a project by Cydney Hellier Gray table set up with old snapshots Cydney Hellier Gray Design and memorabilia where you and your guests could create ornaments or vignettes from memories. If you're a traveller, showcase pieces brought from afar. Write a poem or words of gratitude for the people at your dinner party. This gift goes a lot further than anything you can purchase. We all love the gift of time; a simple recipe we make and package nicely will be cherished. I always look forward to my sister's homemade Pear Chutney in recycled Mason jars. Healthy breads or gluten free granola … the possibilities are endless. I think even a dinner party can be interactive instead of you, the host, bearing all the stress. Guests can contribute recipes and ingredients, and it will be a real time of sharing. Take care of you and have a warm and inspiring Festive Season! Visit

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Granted, winter isn't exactly the most convenient time to move, but that doesn't mean it's a time to give up. In fact, house shoppers in winter are motivated. They're looking in winter because they need to move, not because they're just looking for fun. If people are going to brave the cold to house hunt during winter, they're going to make their effort worthwhile. Although there will be fewer buyers looking at homes this time of year, the buyers who do look are more serious about closing. When it's soggy and dark at 4:45 p.m., they're not just poking around for the fun of it! The idea that homes sell best in spring and summer stems from the fact that parents want to wait until summer to move school-aged children; today, many buyers aren't married, or no longer have younger children, so their decisions aren't necessarily based on kids' schedules. Ingrid Jarisz (PREC*) 250.656.4626 This is particularly true on the Saanich Peninsula where we have a large retired population. Because of the misconceptions about selling during the winter, many sellers don't think it's worth their time to try and sell their homes toward the end of the year, so they take them off the market. Their loss of a potential buyer is your gain. Serious buyers have few homes to choose from over the holidays, meaning less competition for you and more buyers checking out your even more desirable home, either online or in person. In the winter months, homes typically show better: the decorations, smell of cookies baking and a roaring fireplace all give your home a "warm and cozy" feeling. Just make sure you don't cover up your home's best features with too much holiday décor: World Class Acreages & Ocean Vistas stick to tasteful and simple decorations for the holidays. Salt Spring Island Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean the whole housing Skywater: Your New Dream Home's Address! Spectacular ocean vistas. Building sites, drilled wells, and driveways in place. Arable land market comes to a freeze during the holidays!

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Do you run out of gift ideas during the holidays? And wonder what will light up the face of that hard-to-buy-for person? The interesting shops at Mattick's Farm have something unique and beautiful for everyone on your shopping list this year. With its Scandinavian roots, The Ladybug Boutique offers unique traditional hand-made products imported from Europe. Michael reveals that they have the largest selection of candles in B.C. and "the odourless, smokeless and dripless selection imported from Denmark and Germany is complemented by beautiful hand-painted Lithuanian candles that will be sure to please your friends." Momease Baby Boutique carries oneof-a-kind delights for baby that will please any new mom. Adam and Lyra rave about their grey wicker "B.C. Baby Basket" that contains local hand-picked products: a pair of tiny leather moccasins, 'teething' jewelry made with safe-for-baby beads, little leggings, a stylish fabric bib and a bamboo muslin swaddling blanket. How about your friends who want the "perfect" wine? The VQA Wine Shop at Mattick's Farm specializes in BC VQA Wines, which are assessed to ensure that they

meet quality requirements. The shop boasts an amazing selection of Estate wines. Beth is excited: "We also have a fabulous selection of wine-related giftware." For the sister who wants to turn heads, Sunday's Snowflakes has alluring clothes from France, Denmark and Israel. Patty is proud of their stunning jewelry from both local artisans and designers in Europe. The trendy boutique has been making women look beautiful since 1981. On a winter's night, your friends can snuggle up in Canadian-made sheepskin slippers or moose moccasins from A Stable Way of Life, and their furry pals will love treats from an "unusual array of finds for the cat, dog and horse lover." Valery: "We try to provide gift-giving choices that are both useful and that we are proud to sell!" What can you buy that special women with beautiful curves and a strong fashion sense? Something More provides women with chic dazzling fashions in the latest styles that glorify their uniquely beautiful shape. Karen waxes poetic: "Timelessness is the embodiment of simplicity … For more than 30 years, we have been the intersection of timeless and trend … ." Shirley beams about the Paper Chain: "It is the perfect store to explore – with one-of-a-kind hand chosen greeting cards.

We have an amazing selection of unique gift ware." Proud of their friendly service, they "welcome individual custom orders with many different product lines." Toying Around, also Shirley's shop, is "a quaint experience for ages 1 to 99! We have an extensive selection of puzzles and games along with many popular toy lines. Our shop engages minds, inspires play and appeals to children's creativity." Lily Pad Lingerie has something for everyone this season: exquisite undergarments, accessories, hand bags, lounge wear and much more. Connie welcomes festive shoppers: "Lily Pad Lingerie wants to be your 'new favourite shop' … from Prima Donna bras to PJ's and robes for holiday gift giving." Is there an art lover on your list? Then head straight for The Gallery! Dawn is very enthusiastic: "We carry a wide selection of jewelry, pottery, metal work and paintings, by local artists and artisans from Victoria, Vancouver Island and across Canada. You are sure to find that perfect one-of-a-kind gift for someone special on your list." Finally, be sure you remember to buy a treat for that person in the mirror who is being so thoughtful during the holidays! Contact: Photos courtesy


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Indoor and Outdoor Fun Have fun in the air and on the ground with our selection of remote-control vehicles including drones /quadcopters and cars. Happiness is shopping at Toying Around for a quaint experience for ages 1 - 99. We carry many of the popular toy lines including Thomas and Friends, Playmobil, Calico Critters, Siku, Schleich, and others. Our extensive selection of puzzles, games and novelties makes shopping fun for everyone. See you at Toying Around. Toying Around 250.658.2721 Open 10 am - 5.30 pm daily

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business on the Saanich Peninsula. One starry night in October, there was magic in the air. Happy people received Crystal Awards for Business Excellence from the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in a ceremony at Butchart Gardens. Norma Jeans' Closet, a little funky boutique in downtown Sidney, received "Honourable Mention" in the "New Business of the Year" category. It is quickly becoming the talk of the town. Norma Jeans' Closet has a definite vibe, a sense of razzle-dazzle and glamour. A part of "Upstairs on Beacon," Cheryl Young's consignment boutique is a feast for the eyes – creative, colourful, imaginative. Splendid eye-catching dresses, blouses, pants and coats adorn the racks; Cheryl brings in new, as new, gently used and vintage fare. There are many designer labels in her ravishing collection. The spirit of Marilyn Monroe sashays through the shop: her legendary face is on new exquisite designer pillows, sweaters, duvet covers, curtains and glasses. Fascinating novelties abound: a '60s "peace and love" handbag, intricately designed antique watches, "fairy" art, retro lingerie, new "punk shoes" and sumptuous hats and purses. The owner's jewelry collection must be seen to be believed. An elegant eagle with bright red stones, trailing a glistening golden chain, takes flight from its glass cage. The shop features a brand new line of high-end lustrous designer jewelry. "We don't sell jeans or sweat pants," says Cheryl. Whenever I enter Norma Jeans' Closet, "deluxe quality" resonates from every corner. Every dress, home décor item and handbag is in perfect mint condition and new clothes are from high-end racks. Magnificent vintage gowns with rich intricate designs, colours and patterns are simply breathtaking. They are in surprisingly new condition. The dedicated craftsmanship of a past glorious era is alive and well at Norma Jeans' Closet. Cheryl loves to entice people into her store with special goodies for valued customers. A photo of Norma Jean in a handsome frame is yours with a special shop promotion. Every woman needs a killer black dress in her closet; on "Black Fridays," a sweet deal at the boutique will make you unforgettable. Also be sure to check out "Vintage Tuesdays." Norma Jeans' Closet is also involved in humanitarian enterprises: by selling handmade clothing from Nepal, the boutique is supporting Nepalese children in attaining an education. Norma Jeans' Closet is also one of the businesses within the "Sidney Meet Up" business network. This popular local group of energetic entrepreneurs also won a Crystal Award on October 22nd for their "Contribution to the Community." They have hosted 18 fundraisers to help and support local people and enterprises. It seems that Norma Jeans' Closet is the "talk of the town" in more ways than one. Contact:

A December Plea by Valerie Green

Throughout history, women have lost children for many different reasons such as difficult births resulting in stillborn infants or deaths from such diseases as pneumonia, scarlet fever or smallpox. Today, parents are losing children to an equally horrific kind of death. The tragic end of young lives, which can no longer be categorized as accidental, is happening on our roads, as teenagers take the wheel with little driving experience, operating powerful cars at high speeds, often without wearing seat belts and under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Many of these tragedies are suicidal stupidity. We don't hear about the young people who are responsible, sensible drivers in the media. We only hear about the others. I am sure that everyone knows the dangers of drinking and driving. I am also sure that no matter how many times you hear about

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these tragedies or actually see the blood and carnage at the scene, you are convinced that it will never happen to you because YOU are invincible. I weep for all the parents who have lost a child through reckless behaviour on the roads, parents who will have to spend the rest of their lives with the image of a horrific scene as their child's body was crushed between metal, or tossed in the air like a piece of exquisite china only to land on the concrete and break into a thousand pieces. These graphic images will always be there. Some will find help in their faith. Many will need counselling. Life will go on, but it will never again be the same. We have educated young people about safe driving, speeding, and drinking and driving. People have volunteered at schools to talk of their own car crash experience. I am sure the kids listened, but the fatal crashes still occur. Something has to change. So, before you take that drink, knowing

you will be driving; before you get into an already over-crowded car knowing the driver has been drinking; before you forget to fasten your seatbelt; before you put your foot on the gas waiting for the adrenalin rush which comes with speed: STOP AND THINK: What will happen if I die tonight? How will my parents ever be able to live normal lives again? How will my sister or brother cope? How will my friends bear the loss of our friendship? Ignore the peer pressure which tells you it's cool to drink too much or drive too fast. It is much cooler to be alive the morning after the party instead of dead in the morgue. Even if my Christmas plea only saves the life of one person during this season, then it will achieve its purpose. Remember those who love you and want to see you grow up. You have a lifetime ahead of you. Don't waste it. You are our future. And without a future, there can be no past. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at

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Show. Both 2D and 3D artwork all March 4th Running to 29ththrough December 23rd, Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm. sized tofor fit within a 12” x 12” x 12” Join us our SMALL CACSP Small Expressions Show Expressions Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm A show & sale featuring traditional and contemporary works by Islandpainting, Artisans: Jewelry, glass, space. Featuring: collage, Show. Both 2D and 3D artwork all March 4thwood, to 29th pottery, turned children’s clothing & toys, fibre art, wearables, photography & holiday décor. photography, glass, sculpture, sized to fit within a 12” x 12” xfibre, 12” Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm Eclectic, unpredictable and representative of the rich and varied talents of Island Artisans! pottery,Featuring: metal, wood and more. space. painting, collage, Meet the artists in this co-op run show and celebrate Island Arts. photography, glass, sculpture, fibre,

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11.30 a.m. at Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel More information at

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11th Annual Saanichton Community Christmas Event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. headquarters at Fresh Cup CafĂŠ (Mt. Newton @ Wallace)

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Silent Auction in support of Victoria Hospice Society 12 - 7 p.m. at Black Tie Wines #102 - 306 Burnside Road West 250.818.4250 |

Santa Al invites you to join him for this fundraiser. Please take the time to donate an item, come and bid, and share some holiday spirit! december 13

Cookeilidh Celtic Band & the O'Connor O'Brien Irish Dancers – Sunday Serenade Concert 2:30 p.m. St. Mary's Church (East Saanich @ Cultra), Saanichton 250.652.1611 | 250.652.5392 |

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Sumptuous Stories at Fern St. 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 |

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). december 25

16th Annual Christmas Day Peninsula Community Dinner ~ in honour of John Mackelson Seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Call Wendy (daytime) at 250.656.7678 to register

The Christmas Day Peninsula Community Dinner is a Sidney tradition. The dinner is for people of all ages who would otherwise be alone on Christmas. Dinner with all the trimmings will be served by caterer Clara Knight and more than 30 volunteers and entertainment will be provided by Sunshine Singers, Water in the Crawl Space, Without a Net, David and Mary Lowther and others. Santa will be there to add to the merriment and give out gifts. Register in advance between November 24th and December 20th. Rides available. 76 SEASIDE | DECEMBER 2015

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last word When you're young, getting caught up in the spirit of the holiday season is easy: Santa, his reindeer, the possibility of a white Christmas, gifts under the tree and countless other things all combine to make December simply magical. Speaking of magic, I believed in Santa Claus until I was 12 years old. Yes: 12! I was naive (as a child should be), and wanted to believe in "him" so badly that even when I found a doll under my parents' bed that later appeared on Christmas morning with a "love Santa" tag, I still refused to believe he wasn't real. I think it all stemmed from a story my mom had told me when we were very little: one year, she had actually heard jingle bells and the stomp of hooves on the roof early in the morning on Christmas Day. How could I not believe in the face of such overwhelming evidence? Times have changed now: My 12-year-old stepdaughter hasn't believed in Santa since she was about four years old. I remember myself, Madison and her mom in the car one day. We were trying to dispel her newfound knowledge that Santa wasn't real, but she wasn't

having it. It made us sad that she'd stopped believing at such a young age, but I've since realized that the spirit of Christmas is to be found in many places. In this issue, Deborah Rogers put a call out to readers, contributors and the Seaside team to find out what our can't-miss Christmas traditions are (see the results on pg. 11). It's these traditions that add to the magic of the season every year for young and old. This year, things will be different for me. My fiancÊ and I are taking our daughter to Calgary to spend the holidays with his family, and I think this might be the first Christmas that I haven't spent at my mom's house. I've lived in other places, but Christmas was sacred and wherever we were, my sister, brother and I would always make it back home to celebrate the season. But things change, and as we get older our Christmas traditions have to evolve to accommodate partners, children, and extended families ‌ the torch is passed from parents to their children to create new memories and traditions and to ignite a spark of Christmas spirit in our little ones' eyes. One family's holiday traditions are combined with another's to create something quite splendid and just right. So here's to tradition, magic and family, and above all: capturing the spirit of the season. Happy Holidays to all our wonderful readers.

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