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The holiday Issue Scene Around Town | Talking with SPRIG | Trendspotting | 2016 Book Round-Up Giving a Gift of Value | A Home to Stay in Forever | The Tax Year in Review Decorating Your Home From the Garden | Open Your Heart to Seniors

December 2016

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Scene Around Town: NEW! SPHF Gala and 2016 Chamber of Commerce Crystal Awards Going Back to the Basics This Year’s Christmas Decorating Trends Can We Talk: Deborah Rogers Chats With Saanich Peninsula Refugee Initiative Group Made to Last: Giving a Gift for Posterity Seaside Homes: A Home to Stay in Forever

First Word Trendspotting Island Dish Ask a Stylist NEW! Inside Out This Month in History New & Noteworthy In Good Health The Light Side NEW! Common Cents On Design West Coast Gardener Seaside Arts Scene Trade Student Spotlight What’s Happening In Pursuit of the Golden Years Last Word





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december.2016 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE chris cowland

“A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.” Looking back at my career as an accountant, I have seen hundreds of changes in the Income Tax Act over the years. As soon as a great investment opportunity crops up, it seems to be quickly extinguished in the next budget! However, there are still many ways you can minimize the taxes you pay, as we heard recently during the presidential debates: “Mr. Trump had a fiduciary duty to his company to maximize his deductions allowed by law.” I have lived in Sidney for the last 28 years. I originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London, England, and now run my nine-person practice, Cowland & Associates, out of my office in Sidney located beside Capital Iron. lara gladych

The best part of being a regular Seaside contributor is being out on the Peninsula, meeting local business people and entrepreneurs, and helping to tell the their stories and get word out to the community about all the interesting, fun and sometimes delicious happenings going on. It’s always a pleasure to highlight local business owners in my “New & Noteworthy” column. I also get to give readers a more in-depth glimpse into the persona behind a business, and let them “visit” local shops and restaurants from the comfort of their home, or wherever it is they most like to read their copy of Seaside Magazine. This month you’ll learn more about what goes on beyond the coffee bar from a fashion perspective at Brentwood Bay Empourium. karen morgan

During my first months with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, one event showed me how meaningful this job would be. On a bright Friday afternoon, a couple came to our office. The wife walked carefully, with a slight limp. I stood to greet her; she took my hand and told me that the staff in our Emergency Department had saved her life. With tears in her eyes (and some in mine as well), she and her husband gave me a donation, and then the two of them left, hand in hand. Many of our donors tell me of their personal connection with the hospital; their stories touch my heart and reinforce my belief in human nature. After all, without the wonderful staff at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, it’s just another building.


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Event Coordinator Elizabeth Moss This Month's Contributors Jo Barnes, Chris Cowland, Gillian Crowley, Shannon Donnelly, Shauna Dorko, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Solara Goldwynn, Valerie Green, Matt Hall, Janice Henshaw, Sharon Hope, Rebekah Hunter, Paula Kully, Susi McMillan, Karen Morgan, Michael Pasch, Linda Petite, Stu Rhodes, Krista Rossato, Susan Simosko, Shai Thompson, Tom Watson, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. In-Room at:

stu rhodes

I absolutely love writing the student profile stories for Seaside Magazine because it provides an opportunity to celebrate the successes of our Saanich trade students. I write articles for a number of outdoor magazines too. Am I a writer? No, I’m a carpenter and a teacher. I dabble in taxidermy a bit, enjoy metal fabricating, and still do a little residential architecture on the side. My diverse interests in tangible crafts allow me to relate to many of the students I work with. I totally get how learning comes to life for them when they get to make or build something and work with their hands. It is truly rewarding! This month, you will read about four amazing youth who got their start in trade training programs with the Saanich School District. They all found their niche and love their jobs!

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first word I’m feeling so grateful these days! Over dinner the other evening, we were discussing this topic and someone asked: “Should you celebrate the holidays even if you don’t feel grateful?” I stumbled over the question for just a second. At the time, I believed one should feel grateful in order to give thanks. To do anything else seemed somewhat dishonest or fake, or perhaps an insincerity we should reject. It’s best to be emotionally authentic, right? For many people, gratitude is difficult, because life is difficult. Even beyond deprivation and depression, there are many ordinary circumstances in which gratitude doesn’t come easy. For me, it’s the daily moments of reflection and gratitude for the people and events that have happened in my life, as well as those presently in it. Sometimes people come into your life and

you know right away that they were meant to be there. They serve some purpose, teach you a lesson or help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be – your roommate, neighbour, co-worker, long-lost friend, lover or even a complete stranger. Illness, injury, love, lost moments or true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of ourselves. Without all these tests, life would be like a smooth, paved, straight flat road to nowhere: safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. Sometimes things do happen to us; at the time they might seem horrible, painful and unfair but upon reflection, you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower and heart. A life of kindness and gratitude is tremendously powerful, and when it’s applied to oneself and the community around you, the world is a better place and the results are extraordinary. This is our last issue of Seaside Magazine for 2016 and so it is only fitting that I pause to express our gratitude for your readership and support. The entire Seaside family works hard to publish our magazine, and your positive feedback make it all worthwhile. On behalf of the whole team: thank you. We look forward to providing you with the very best magazine we can in 2017! Best of the season to everyone.

Sue Hodgson,


To the Sidney Merchants’ Annual Open House

Friday, December 2nd 5pm - 9pm

The kickoff to Christmas will feature free horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas carolers strolling the streets, and festive celebrations at all of your favourite Sidney shops! 8 | december 2016

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SPHF Gala Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Crystal Awards







1-6 SPHF Gala, Church & State Winery: 1. Karen Morgan, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation (SPHF); Elizabeth May, MP 2. Renn Bibeau, SPHF; Jodi Jantzen, Saanich Peninsula Hospital 3. Stasia Hartley, Bayshore Home Health; Brett Hartley 4. Dr. Ambrose Marsh, Saanich Peninsula Hospital 5. Sheila Leadbetter, Vancouver Island Health Authority; Laura Reeves 6. Corrie Barclay, BC Assessment & guest 7-11 Chamber of Commerce Crystal Awards, Blue Poppy Restaurant, Butchart Gardens: 7. Guido & Barbara Cina, Bistro Suisse (Winner: Outstanding Customer Service) 8. Kaeli Rose; Rachel Penny; Lucas Copplestone; Drew Betts; Andrew Dunn; Harry Fowler; Alysha Yakimishyn; Sean McNeill; McTavish Academy of Art 9. Jessica Kwasnica, Seaside Cabinetry (Winner: New Business); Brian Liversedge, Hughesman Morris; Tony Rechsteiner, Seaside Cabinetry; Denny Warner, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 10. Nolan Adam, MC for the night, Sands Eco Cremation, with wife Abby 11. Stacy Toews, Level Ground Trading

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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. Thank you for the mention of the Sidney Community Association in the November issue of Seaside Magazine. I always look forward to receiving my beautifully produced copy, but this one was a special pleasure with so many good articles and gorgeous photographs. The focus on local people and happenings on the Peninsula is much appreciated. Jocelyn Gifford, President, Sidney Community Association As an infrequent visitor from Esperance in Western Australia to the Island to catch up with lifelong friends this is the first time I have had the opportunity to read your magazine. Let me say that I find the editions very interesting both in an informative manner and also the way they have been produced. I am certainly not in the print business to be able to fully recognize the virtues of the magazine except to say that “ I like what I read.” Please extend my congratulations to your team on their wonderful work. (As an aside, I also live in a coastal town. We are recognized, scientifically, as having the whitest beaches in Australia. It’s a lovely town similar in size to Sidney.) John Honey I just wanted to say thank you for the article on the Peninsula Panthers Hockey in your November issue. I just moved here permanently in late August. Love the area and enjoy talking it up to my envious friends back in Sask – sometimes by just sending a few issues of Seaside back to them ! Thank you again and wish you continued success. Brad Tippett, Head Coach/Director Hockey Operations Peninsula Panthers Hockey Club Editor’s note: In the October article “The Jazz Singer,” it was incorrectly stated that Craig Henderson began playing the piano at eight years old. In fact, he started playing at five at the Sidney Community Music School. Our sincere apology for the inaccuracy.

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It’s Christmas Time – Naturally by Paula Kully

There is no doubt: Christmas is a

magical time of year that brings light and life to the season, warming our hearts and filling our days with family, friends, food and celebration. It’s no wonder we spend time and money decorating our homes to set the stage for entertaining during this treasured season. Although Christmas is about tradition, that doesn’t mean we can’t weave new, exciting ideas into old customs. One of this year’s Christmas decorating trends finds us going back to the basics, highlighting the natural, rustic, charm and atmosphere of northern climates. Colours are clean white, soft grey, and muted, neutral tones mixed with accents such as pinecones, bark and seashells. Instead of gold and silver, sparkle is provided by copper and rose gold. Wreaths this year are oversized, made of cedar, pine or even willow branches with a simple, neutral bow or sprig of holly. They’re not just outside but are coming indoors on a feature wall to bring together a room. Local businesses such as the Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm and Brown’s The Florist have talented staff eager to provide you with ideas

and materials to create your own personalized wreath or build you a custom creation. Their designs focus on multiple-use decorations by incorporating air plants, shells or other items so that after the wreath is finished, you are left with a lasting memento. Alina from Brown’s advises that “Artists and craftspeople are foraging local material and creating a scene from the natural environment. The theme is mid-century West Coast boho, incorporating items such as shells, driftwood and sea glass.” Take for example their glass globe ornaments strung with rustic rope and filled with moss, pinecones, bits of bark and white sand. The Peninsula’s boutique shopping is especially alluring this time of year with trendy new decorations or traditional classics. Cameron Rose and the Brentwood Bay Village Empourium are filled with textured and tactile ornaments such as unusual paper cutouts and snow covered pinecone hedgehogs. Alternately, you will even find pink flamingos and other decorations with a retro flavour, which seem to be popping up everywhere! For people who love collectibles, Muffet & Louisa brings december 2016 | 11

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continued from page 11 in Patience Brewster’s whimsical, hand-crafted figurines and ornaments. These truly unique creatures include the “Dash Away Reindeer” collection featuring the likes of “Dancer” on pointe in her ballet slippers and with candles in her antlers or Prancer in his lime green top hat, tails and tap shoes. If you are one of the many people who have the Christmas custom of selecting a new ornament each year, these darling reindeer could become part of that collection. Then there is the tree – the Christmas decorating centre of the universe, the main attraction, the pièce de résistance! Whether you choose artificial or real, store bought or U-Cut, a creative masterpiece or a simple “Charlie Brown” tree – it is the project that brings a family together at Christmas. Pinterest and Instagram have an abundance of photos and ideas to get anyone started on their tree, but a few themes that are emerging this year consider the practicality of space and natural design. With many people opting for smaller living spaces these days, rather than a grand, six-foot tree, you can use a series of small trees grouped together or placed throughout your home. A truly West Coast option is a driftwood Christmas tree. Many people want traditional red and green and the nostalgic experience of unpacking familiar decorations, yet the driftwood tree still fits right in. There is even a great website that provides step-by-step instructions to build your tree: Finally, what says Christmas more than holiday baking? The tradition of a Christmas cookie exchange has continued to grow in popularity, but why not bring a new twist to some classic recipes? Maureen Wingerter of the London Chef is passionate about baking and has perfected the art of incorporating decorating into her creations. What makes her goodies extra special and gift worthy is the packaging. When gift wrapping, she seeks out beautiful little bowls, mugs or cute boxes that will hold her treats. Then with a little cellophane, ribbon and a handmade tag, the gift is so beautifully wrapped no one would want to open it! This year, try something unusual when you parcel up your baking – think outside the “box” and look to your favourite stores for unique packaging options. Maureen’s philosophy is to give consumable gifts because: “We all have way too much stuff. It’s easy to go out to the store and buy a gift, but to take the time, decide on the perfect recipe, and bake something as a gift, I think is more appreciated.” However you choose to decorate your home this year, whether traditionally or on trend, it all comes down to embracing the spirit of the season and what that means in your household.

"One of this year’s Christmas decorating trends finds us going back to the basics, highlighting the natural and rustic.”

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can we talk Associate publisher deborah rogers talks with sprig chair mabel jean rawlins and secretary Nola silzer In September 2015 when the world was confronted by images of Syrians desperate to flee their war torn country – symbolized so heartbreakingly by the story of Alan Kurdi, his tiny body washed up on a Turkish beach – people across Canada wondered what they could do to help. You took that question a step further and put in motion the plan to sponsor a refugee family from Syria to live here on the Peninsula; tell me about the way that has worked out. In September 2015, St. John’s United Church looked for a way to sponsor a refugee family – a large task that needed to include the wider community. In November a public information meeting was held when Sabine Lehr of the Inter Cultural Association of Victoria (ICA) explained the basics of refugee sponsorship. A few weeks later, there was another meeting and many people signed up. Refugee sponsorship has three phases. Fundraising came first for us. The 50 people who had come to the meetings were asked to raise an initial $15,000 to prove SPRIG’s capacity to sponsor a family of six. Amazingly by the end of 2016 we had more than 140 contact names and more than $60,000 in the bank. The application stage was more difficult. First we were to be matched with a refugee family through the ICA but in March Ottawa announced new parameters. Following ICA’s suggestion, we partnered with St. John’s to apply under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees “Community Sponsor” route. In May we were matched with a single mother of four children under the age of 11. Her brother, a recent refugee newcomer to Victoria, is a co-sponsor under the federal Syrian Family Link Initiative. Our application was approved in July. Now we await approval for her immigration application. Because we still had uncommitted funds in the bank, we decided to sponsor another refugee. Blended Visa Officer Referred (BVOR) refugees are already pre-cleared for travel to Canada and they receive a government allowance for six months, so our funds would go further. In July we were approved to sponsor Fatma, a 21-year-old woman. She arrived on September 29 with her parents and young brother, who are government-assisted refugees supported by the ICA. Now we are in the settlement phase and are much blessed with

a delightful family and the guidance of experienced ICA staff. With $60,000 raised in just five weeks you must have thought the hard part was over! What challenges have you discovered as you’ve worked together towards your goal? At the beginning of this journey we were told we would need patience. Despite the tragic images coming from the Middle East, it could take months before the arrival of a sponsored family. “Hurry up and wait” became our motto. In retrospect, those months were an important time for preparation. We attended training sessions; clarified roles; launched our logo, website and Facebook; and formalized partnerships. When we started only a couple of people on the Steering Committee knew each other. Strangers have become friends as we learned how to work with each other toward a common goal. Your initial call for help led to a wide range of offers both financial and practical. What does it mean for our community to be supporting this family? This effort makes us more connected to world events and more connected with each other. And then when the newcomers arrive, we become connected to them. It’s a wonderful thing. We get to experience the joy of new friendship and the l to r: Mabel Jean, Fatma and Nola

excitement of watching our new friends adapting to life in Canada. Tell me about the life that refugees can expect to have here, and some of the challenges they face as they start to make the Saanich Peninsula their home. People who arrive here as refugees are deeply grateful for the friendship and practical support offered to them. Meanwhile through their struggle to become self-sufficient they face the pain of separation from loved ones and cultural roots; the frustration of being surrounded by an incomprehensible language written in an unfamiliar script; the exhausting effort of relearning the simplest tasks such as taking a bus, going to the bank, dealing with so much rain and looking for familiar food. Fortunately generous donors have furnished their home and there are thrift stores and dollar stores. Housing is a huge challenge on the Peninsula and we were discouraged by some direct resistance to renting to refugees. Looking forward there is another family coming, a single mom and her four children. How do you feel thinking about them held up in limbo at the moment and what do you hope to be able to offer them when they (hopefully) arrive? I think about them often. Every sponsorship group undertakes to provide financial and settlement support to the sponsored newcomers for 12 months. Beyond providing the necessities of life, we offer our time and friendship to the families we are sponsoring. Unique in the world, Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program has allowed Canadians to offer protection and a new home to more than 275,000 refugees since its beginning in 1979. Anyone who pays taxes is supporting refugee resettlement (like the 25,000 Syrian refugees resettled between 2015 and 2016) but these privately sponsored refugees are additional and only possible due to the care and compassion of communities. Can you share your thoughts about the way our response to refugees reflects on us as a Nation? A year ago the media shone a light on the personal tragedies of war. Thousands of us ordinary Canadians found a way to focus our inclination to make the world better. Through the Private Sponsorship Program we are making major personal commitments to welcome strangers into our communities. While we witness the capacity of our species for hate and cruelty, we are proving the huge capacity of humans to care for each other. There is hope. Photo by

SPRIG Saanich Peninsula Refugee Initiative Group SPRIG aims to privately sponsor and welcome a refugee family to settle on the Saanich Peninsula. The group represents a network of over 140 people in our community, with a steering committee of seven. The Chair is Mabel Jean Rawlins; Treasurer, Art Menu; Secretary and ICA liaison Nola Silzer; Education and Language, Joyce Vandall; Clothing, Ann Grossnickle; Furniture and Household Goods, Eileen Wood; and Health and Employment, Ken Marsh. For more details, visit the SPRIG website at, email sprig@gmx. com. There is a public Facebook account, managed by Heather Gartshore, at SaanichPeninsulaRefugeeInitiativeGroup.

Art lover forever Art, music, literature, the outdoors, the things that make life rich remain the same, regardless of age. All are essential contributors to a person’s happiness and well-being. Engaging the people who call SPH home in these lifelong passions can make a profound difference in their quality of life, everyday. Your donation to our Residential Care Unit will help us to support new art, music and horticulture therapy programs, revitalize the Library and provide personalized equipment for each resident to continue enjoying the passions they love. Remember, it’s our hospital – but it’s their home.

Your donation will help our residents in care by funding the programs they love & the equipment they need.

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Tis the Season for Baking: The Seaside Team Shares Some of Their Favourite Recipes

Family traditions, often passed down, are part of what makes the holiday season so special. Some of the best traditions revolve around the delicious baking that makes an appearance at this time of year. Here, some of the Seaside team share the recipes for their favourites.

Allison’s Almond Roca Candy

1 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 1 tbsp corn syrup 3 tbsp water 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate flaked almonds, toasted (about 1½ cups, but to taste)

Mix first four ingredients together in a saucepan and cook on medium/low for about half an hour until temperature reaches 300°. Using a candy thermometer is best, but if you don’t have one, when you’re reaching the half-hour mark test the candy by dripping a small amount into a bowl of cool water. If it instantly gets hard it’s ready. Butter a cookie sheet and spread half the almonds on it. Pour the candy over top. Let cool slightly. Melt chocolate, spread over top of the candy and sprinkle with the rest of the almonds. Cool in fridge then break into pieces. Trust me: make a double batch!

Kelsey’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup crunchy peanut butter 1½ cup Rice Krispies ¼ cup butter, softened

After 25 Years of Taking Care of Our Peninsula Felines, Dr. Ellen Guttormson of

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is Retiring. To Her Clients, She’d Like to Say:

Merry Christmas and Wishing You All the Best in the New Year

1 cup powdered sugar 1 (6 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips ¼ stick paraffin In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, Rice Krispies, butter and powdered sugar. Form into 1” balls. Melt chocolate and paraffin in double boiler. Using a toothpick, gently dip each ball in the chocolate and set onto wax paper. Keep in fridge, ready when cool.

Deborah’s Deluxe Mince Pies

3½ cups flour 1⅓ cups confectioners’ sugar 1¾ cups butter finely grated rind and juice of a large orange 1 cup cream cheese beaten with 2 tbsp granulated sugar 500ml jar mincemeat*

Cut butter into sifted flour and sugar; rub until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in orange rind, gradually add juice, stirring to form a dough. Gather into a ball in plastic wrap, refrigerate for 30 mins before using. Knead pastry lightly, divide and roll out about ¾ fairly thickly. Using 7.5cm cutter, make 24 rounds. Line patty tins with pastry, fill about half their depth with mincemeat, then put a teaspoonful of the cream cheese mixture on top and level. Roll out remaining pastry; using a star-shaped cutter make 24 stars. Top each pie and brush with milk. Bake in centre of 425°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes until light golden brown. *Many stores import mincemeat from the UK where it is made with vegetable suet so vegetarian friendly!

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Always on the lookout for cool local products, Seaside’s Trendspotter Susi McMillan brings you something for every age, gender and stocking. And all for $10 or under!

Gift Tags $9.59. Brentwood Bay Village Empourium.

Magnet $10. Barking Dog Studio barkingdog Sidney.

Children’s Book $9.95. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea.

Field Guide $7.95. Mineral World. sidneymineral

Bath Soak Sirene Chocolate $10. Dig This. Sidney

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Share in the Holiday Spirit at the Mary Winspear Centre The Winspear Festival of Trees will be open to the public from December 2 – January 2. Visit the Centre to cast a vote for your favourite tree. With more than 20 beautiful and unique Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and community groups it will be hard to choose just one! This holiday season, Peninsula Santa’s Helpers are asking the community to donate unwrapped gifts for children aged 6 months – 16 years. Gifts can be dropped off at the Mary Winspear Centre, SHOAL Centre, Buddies Toys, TD Bank Sidney and the Spitfire Grill. Any and all support is graciously accepted. We anticipate the need to be equally great their year and hope by working together everyone on the Saanich Peninsula will have a Christmas filled with joy!

David Myles - It’s Christmas Jazz crooner, David Myles presents It’s Christmas on Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm.

Performing with his trio, Myles will swing through the 40s, 50s and 60s with a live performance of his album It’s Christmas. Listen to original and classic songs in a range of styles, from folk and footstomping bluegrass to crooning jazz. The record includes impeccable covers of Myles’ favourite Christmas standards including Let It Snow, White Christmas, and Les Cloches du Hameau. From poetic and heartfelt to funny and whimsical, It’s Christmas, Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo, and The Gift complement the vintage feel of the album – while making it uniquely David Myles.

Little Red and the Wolf – A Christmas Pantomime The Peninsula Players present their annual Christmas Pantomime featuring the timeless tale of Little Red and the Wolf. As always, there will be traditional fun for all ages, filled with humour, live music and audience participation. In this re-imagined version of the Red Riding Hood story featuring the Big Bad Wolf and Dame Granny Hood, we’ll also meet the evil Ogre and his awful family, the Three Little Pigs and Mrs. Boot. Dame Granny Hood and her unlikely witch helpers must work together if they’re to save the day.

Berwick Royal Oak December 16 - 7:00pm, December 17 & 18 - 2:00pm Charlie White Theatre December 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 - 7:00pm, December 26 - 2:00pm

New Year’s Eve Party with the Timebenders Ring in the New Year with the Timebenders at the Peninsula’s hottest party! Saturday, December 31, doors open at 7:30pm show at 8:30pm. (19+ event) 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 a fun assortment of New Year’s hats and noise makers.


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Festival of Trees A Magical Christmas Breakfast with Santa The Comedy of Music The Lonely - Roy Orbison Tribute Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair David Myles “It’s Christmas” Uncle Wiggly’s Blues Christmas Show Iconic Superstars Tribute Show


Little Red & The Wolf Panto At Berwick Royal Oak 17 Cookeilidh Making Spirits Bright 22,23 & Christmas Pantomime 26-29 Little Red & The Wolf 25 Community Christmas Dinner 31 New Year’s Eve -The Timebenders

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Sidney’s 50th Anniversary Tea Valdy

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Where Vintage is Value: Norma Jeans' Closet by Rebekah Hunter This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Looking for something unique for the holidays? Thinking of throwing a semi-formal Christmas party with a vintage theme? Look no further than Norma Jeans' Closet. Tucked away upstairs over Odyssia Restaurant on Beacon Avenue is a 1950s-style apparel store, Norma Jeans' Closet, offering new and consignment clothing. Owner Cheryl Young, a dynamic entrepreneur with a background in marketing and a keen eye for flair and fashion, sources one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry and clothing from an era gone by that resurrects itself year after year in contemporary fashion. Little rooms and neat nooks are filled with kitten heel pumps, stilettos, mules and funky green and feathered slip-ons. There are shoes of every colour and size – red boots perfect for a shot of colour on an otherwise cloudy day, or a pop of turquoise that brings an outfit a touch of spunk. The purses on offer range from vintage clutches to alligator handbags, in brands such as Louis Vuitton and Celine, and there are also fascinators and hats in every colour. Swing coats and capes in beautiful fabrics such as tweed, wool, fake fur and camelhair abound in a rainbow of hues. Sophisticated pencil skirts pair wonderfully with polka dot blouses, and designer names like Frank Lyman and Bianca Nygard take centre stage alongside classic wool fedoras, glamourous evening gowns and show-stopper flouncy skirts. But there's more than just clothes and accessories on offer at Norma Jeans': art by Will Davies and a valuable Sally Theilsen mask are just a few of the unique items available. During the month of December Cheryl will be showcasing her jewelry. Get great deals and a 20% discount on designer silver pieces and rhinestones, and gems that include Australian opals, pink topaz and garnets, olive green peridot and marine blue lapis lazuli. To the smart shopper, these are rare finds that could be a lovely gift. Sometimes there is even a story attached to a precious stone from as far away as Egypt or Brazil. If you are looking to simplify this year, shop in our own hometown of Sidney. Get your Betsey Johnson jewelry locally for a fraction of the price. Support a boutique like Norma Jeans' Closet and Cheryl can help you find a unique gift or outfit you from head to toe in vintage glam! She's happy to chat and make you feel welcome in the newly decorated Upstairs on Beacon.

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Following his return from Rwanda, Romeo describes his struggles with genocide images, leading to suicide attempts, alienation from friends and family and the search for help regarding his PTSD. The book spans 20 years, covering his obsession with work to cope, dismissal from the Canadian Forces and his subsequent humanitarian efforts.

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What's Cookin' at the Cove? by Jo Barnes This is the first in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. During the prohibition days of the 1920s, sleek swift rum runners found their way through the fog to safe harbours like Canoe Cove, north of Sidney, where they loaded their precious contraband for the American shores. While the illegal activities of rum runners and prohibition itself are long gone, there are still those who use Canoe Cove as a place for intrepid enterprise. Joe Bourdeau of Canoe

Cove Joe’s is one of them. In June 2014 Joe and his wife Cheryl bought Canoe Cove Coffee Shop in North Saanich. It was a change in lifestyle for them, and Joe was attracted to the business and the location. “I saw the restaurant advertised in a RE/MAX window and I was really intrigued,” says Joe. “We had decided it was time for a change for us. It was by the water and boats, a small building with a patio and licensed – what more could a guy ask for?” Love of good food, good friends and good

times by the water goes back a long way for Joe. “My mom and dad entertained a lot and my father loved to cook,” says Joe. His parents were friends with the owner of “Sid’s on the Seaway,” a popular eatery situated along the St. Clair River. Joe was eight at the time and remembers being impressed by this wonderful lifestyle of boating, friendships and business success. The couple have worked hard to build what is now a thriving restaurant embraced by the marina community and well beyond its borders.

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“Our customers are from North Saanich to Edmonton to Calgary to Victoria,” says Joe. “The boaters in the marina have been very kind to us as have the staff of the companies here. We have many people coming in saying they used to come here years ago.” Running a restaurant is a challenge for anyone, but Joe’s background in retail and restaurant management, coupled with some solid culinary training and unwavering enthusiasm, have all paid dividends. Add in Cheryl’s attention to décor, ambiance and menu creations, and you have the ingredients to success. Joe and Cheryl have crafted a menu brimming with flavour and freshness. “Our meals sometimes take a little longer as they are made fresh to order,” says Joe. “It may take a little longer, but we believe the finished meal is worth it.” Canoe Cove Joe’s opens its doors at 8 a.m., offering a selection of mouth-


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Lunch time visitors are spoiled for choice beyond the usual soup and sandwich. How about crab cakes, chipotle chicken or crispy wings? Canoe Cove Joe’s is well known for its fresh burgers grilled to perfection, but there are also creative options to the beef on a bun. Cheryl’s menu idea, the Wild Coho Salmon Burger,

is a popular choice. The licensed restaurant features Vancouver Island Brewery beer on tap and wines from local Muse Winery to complement the flavours on your plate. “We have Muse Wines, known for their great taste and low sulphites content. Their pinot gris pairs well with our wild Coho salmon burger and their cabernet/merlot pairs well with our red hot and blue burger,” says Joe. People come for the food but stay for the service. Whether you’re celebrating a team victory or a family celebration, Joe and Cheryl will welcome you and ensure your experience is a special one. “I think our customers come back because of our great service. We strive to make our guests happy.” Rum running days are over, but there’s still plenty at Canoe Cove Joe’s to raise your “spirits.”

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Winter Garden Chili by Solara Goldwynn

Wintertime on Southern Vancouver Island is the time of year when local food is valued the most. If you’ve lived here for a while, you know that you don’t actually need to put your garden to bed for the winter, but can grow food year-round in our climate. With a little protection in case of heavy frost or snow and a diversity of crops, a winter garden can provide nutrition and joy during the grayest of days. Although there isn’t an abundance of local produce in the grocery store during winter, several local farms supply restaurants, markets and grocers. With consumer demand increasing, and as more people get into farming, local food is becoming more accessible. Another way to ensure a supply of winter food is to preserve some of the summer bounty. In our pantry right now we’ve got a variety of jam, herbal tea, dehydrated fruit, dried beans, fermented foods, and a freezer full of fruit and local meat, some of which originate from our garden, some from the Farmer’s Market or from friends. Although we don’t have enough to survive off, there is enough to add to many meals. Hatchet & Seed

This month’s recipe is a celebration of a year-round garden and its main ingredient is a nutrient-rich food that grows really well in most gardens …beans! Did you know that 2016 was the year of the pulse? A pulse is the dried seed of beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. Pulses are high in protein and fiber, making them healthy for you, and they are nitrogen fixers, making them healthy for the soil. I used a mixture of dried beans that we saved from our garden and some local lentils. I store all of the drying beans mixed together in jars which make it easy to add to soup, stews or to this chili. If you don’t have saved dried beans not to worry, it’s very easy to find them in the bulk sections of most grocery stores. Just be aware that dried beans found in the store can be several years old, and need quite a long soaking time before cooking. Winter Garden Chili 2 cups dried beans, soaked 12 hours 3 cups chopped leafy greens (kale, mustard & beet greens, arugula, etc) 1 large onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups tomato sauce (I used Sun Trio Farm tomato sauce) 2 cups stock (vegetable or meat) 1 tbsp garden herbs (sage, oregano, thyme) Salt and pepper to taste Rinse soaked beans and put in a large pot, cover with water and cook on the stove until tender. Pour off remaining water and add the rest of the ingredients to the beans and stir well. Simmer up to one hour. Serve hot with fresh chèvre, pickled vegetables, and a thick slice of sourdough bread.

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an iconic piece of Canadian history. They were very excited to finally unwrap them, and although their reactions were perfectly polite, they seemed a little disappointed. However, once fatigue from the day’s excitement set in, one of my sons approached me. It was a magical moment: “Mommy, can I have my blanket?” It was then that I knew I had given my kids something far greater than just a wrapped present – I had given them a gift of value. As the Christmas season approaches, it’s easy to feel torn between the joy and generosity of the season, and its excesses. In an effort to find balance and reduce consumption, consider gifting fewer, highervalue items that are intended to last a lifetime and will forever



create memories. When something has value, be it monetary, historical, sentimental, functional or artistic, we are more inclined to care for it. When we care for something it lasts longer, is better for the environment, and we form a greater attachment until the day comes when it is passed to the next generation. Oftentimes, the cost involves just a little thought or a little time. Here are some ideas: 1. A favourite book or series: A story that is enjoyed by this generation will be shared with the next. 2. A family heirloom: Knowing the story behind an item may be the difference between throwing it away or keeping it. The Heirloom Registry allows you to preserve the story by affixing labels which correspond to a website where you can record the history and memories of that item for future owners. ( 3. A piece of Lodge Cookware: Cast Iron becomes better the more it is used. Empower kids to want to learn to cook by giving them their own piece. By the time they leave home, it will be perfectly seasoned.


4. A Victoriaknox Swiss Army Knife: There is something for everyone in this pocket sized multi-tool, produced since the 1800s. 5. A family recipe book: This is a great way to celebrate, preserve and share your favourite family recipes. Include family photos and this gift not only becomes a cookbook, but also a reminder about the celebration of coming together around food. 6. An L.May MFG Minors lunchbox: Canadianmade with an interesting history. Their blog allows the owner to record the story of their lunchbox – be it an old one passed down or a new one. They offer cool colours too! ( 7. A skills class: What is learned will be lifelong, and then re-taught. 8. A quality tool: Add a piece to a set every year – be it for the kitchen, the workshop or the garden. 9. A life story: Interview a subject. Ask questions about their life and record it for future generations. (; 10. A photoshoot: This is a great way to ensure everyone is in the photo. When taken by a professional the photos are less likely to be buried on a hard drive. 11. A tree seedling: To be planted in someone’s garden or public space. As it grows, it represents the passage of time. 12. A personal creation; make something! An artisan friend of mine is using her skills and resources to make solid wood spatulas for those on her gift list – functional, durable, not so simple, yet forever thoughtful! Recognizing that there are a lot of resources that go into the items we buy or create gives us reason to consider quality, durable and purposeful gifts that are made to stand the test of time.



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What to Give When the Memory Fades by Shannon Donnelly

way to say I love you over the holidays can warm your heart. Even when loved ones may be living with dementia or other cognitive impairments, there are still ways to connect and share in the gift of giving. At the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead, families and friends sometimes wonder how to give during the holidays without adding more confusion or stress. Clinical Nurse Specialist of Dementia Care Megan Hiltz offers some unique and thoughtful gift ideas. For those in the early to middle stages of the disease, try getting creative with a photo collage of loved ones, labelled with names and fun facts about the events happening in the pictures. Simple adult puzzles and colouring books are great to help keep hands and mind busy. Large-faced clocks that offer the day, month and time to help with orientation or maybe a beautiful picture books of places they have once travelled are other good ideas. Aromatherapy is a calming gift, like lightly scented personal care items such as shampoos and lotions or some lavender bath salts for a relaxing bath. With the progression of the disease the later stages provide struggles as communication becomes very limited. Some gift ideas are stuffed animals that give a patient something to hold onto, soft blankets provide comfort, or a favourite movie from days gone by offers familiarity. For loved ones in assisted living, adaptive clothing allows them to continue to wear the clothes they enjoy while maintaining their dignity. For all stages of dementia, the gift of music has scientifically been proven as a powerful tool to reconnect loved ones and give the gift of songs reminiscent of their younger days. Megan adds: “The most import gift of all anyone can give the person with dementia is time – time to listen, time to reminisce and time to love.� Find the time this holiday season to reminisce on days gone by with loved ones and smile at the thought of them. Another way to give this holiday season is to make a donation in honour of your loved one. At Broadmead Care all gifts received to the Every Moment Matters Campaign will be matched by Broadmead Care’s long-time benefactor Rudi Hoenson, who has generously offered to support Broadmead Care with a $150,000 matching gift. Your support provides much-needed equipment and funding for programs and services for the veterans and seniors at the Lodge. To become a part of the Every Moment Matters campaign this holiday season, donate online at or call 250-658-3274. Broadmead Care


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F ashion F ocus Q: I have purchased a three-piece suit; how do I optimize the vest? Just gotta say: great investment! One of my favorite standout looks for men is the vest worn with denim and a killer shirt with the same colour palate. If you have a bit of a tummy this softens the silhouette or, as I like to say “area of concern for fit.” For the fellow with a long torso, this can add balance in place of a sports jacket. The vest acts as a break in the linear line. The nonverbal communication a vest relays is that the man is a man of class distinction and style.

Q: I am going on a date for the first time in 30 years. I am a fit 63-year-old woman and we are fine dining. What do I wear? Congratulations on getting back into the dating world! And thank you for sharing your age, as dressing appropriately for any age is important. The classic go-to is a black cocktail dress, and remember to subtly suggest other sides of your personality. Textured nylons, a funky large ring, or red shoes – pick one and this will bring your playful self forward without saying a word. This evokes a woman of substance and wisdom who has lived a full life and knows herself well. Have fun!

Q: I can't wear wool as my skin reacts, so what can I wear for cozy knits? If you have an instant reaction to wool, stay away from it and never let a salesperson talk you into buying what doesn't work for you; you'll never wear it. There are so many great fabrics on the market that offer a stylish, cozy feeling: cotton, fleece, linen, bamboo, modal and silk are all fantastic options. Bamboo is one of my favourites as it feels like silk, is stronger than merino, is biodegradable and doesn't retain body scent. Fashion and function – love it!

Q: I have several parties to attend this season and I wish to buy one pair of shoes that will go with everything. What should I look for? The first rule of thumb when buying new shoes is to go shopping around 3 p.m. – your feet will be at your true size. Second tip for buying a shoe to fit all looks for the holidays: I love a classic suede kitten heel in black. Sling back, pump or strappy is all about your style choice. They pair perfectly with any dress and will rock a boyfriend jean. Patent leather will scuff easier and does not give as well as suede. The higher the vamp on the shoe (upper section of the shoe) the more support you will have.

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It can be difficult to feel amazing every day, but I'm here to help you find answers and give direction when it comes to creating and organizing your wardrobe. Always remember: nobody's perfect! Email your questions to Q: I work in an office and with the holiday season here, I have a few after work parties to attend. What can I wear that can transition into a killer evening look? A dress is your best opportunity for transitioning into cocktail party hotness from the office. Wear a shift dress with a blazer, classic pumps and hair up to work. Moving into the cocktail hour, remove the blazer and replace with a sheer shawl, strappy high heel, hair down, evening clutch, sexy lipstick and bling. Always be prepared and have a few of these items at your desk for the last minute invite.

December’s Style Tip: Get your style on by getting your smile on. Tis the festive party season and if you want to look your best make sure you have taken time to have your teeth whitened. White teeth and red lipstick are irresistible!

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Eat, Drink, Shop and Be Merry!

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December is a month full of wonderful things: celebrating, reconnecting, giving and yes, inevitably shopping! Proprietors Alice Bacon and John Carswell invite you to try something different this year when contemplating your Christmas buying, and also when thinking about a comfortable local café in which to eat, drink and generally be merry! This December, stop by the Brentwood Bay Village Empourium, and combine some Christmas shopping with a quiet, cozy moment of relaxation as you browse their giftwares and enjoy a hot espresso drink, maybe a glass of wine, and something delicious to eat. Since opening last year, the Empourium has come into its own, while still staying true to the original concept of a "general store" atmosphere with a focus on great coffee and local goods. What they offer changes seasonally, so sometimes you’ll see more apparel, other times more home décor, and during the summer you’ll see an emphasis on pieces that reflect our local culture for visitors to enjoy. What’s in store this Christmas season at the Empourium? In

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keeping with their desire to offer a unique shopping experience and carry as many local products as possible, their apparel and accessory assortment includes popular knitwear by Salish Fusion, jewelry made by artists such as Gary Seaweed and Gini Foley, stamped silver by Shabby Sparrow, and pendants and glass by Rick Reid. The store is decked out for the holidays, and you can’t ignore the amazing array of unique Christmas décor. For under the tree Alice lists a great number of gift ideas from their collection. They have fun and funky socks from Sock It to Me, Blue Q and Odd-Socks. They always carry a good selection of purses, wallets, scarves and cardigans. Alice says she’s a big fan of Lavishy earrings for work, as they are delicate, lightweight and affordable, and she loves Gini Foley’s necklaces for dressing up because they have a lot of character and are always conversation starters. The motto at Brentwood Bay Village Empourium is “Eat. Drink. Browse.” For me that really sums it up. It’s a charming little marketplace where food and drink are a highlight and the beautiful and interesting wares are a pleasure to take in. Make it a destination this holiday season. The more the merrier!

"The Empourium has come into its own, while still staying true to the original concept of a general store atmosphere.”

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their own home as they age. As a result, those who come to Residential Care are older, sicker and more often affected by dementia (defined as “a general decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life"). Dementia can cause unusual behaviour, some of it so destructive as to require calming drugs. In her 2015 report Placement, Drugs and Therapy…We Can Do Better, B.C.’s Senior Advocate Isobel Mackenzie says that B.C. seniors in care are experiencing excessive drug prescription and insufficient access to therapy programs. Mackenzie recently noted that, while anti-psychotic drug use has seen a major decrease (from approximately 50% in 2011 to 34% now), she maintains: “there is more work to be done.” At the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, staff are tracking the reduction in the use of medication and early indications are encouraging. By expanding music, art and horticulture therapy programs, medication usage can be further reduced. These are programs backed by research. Preliminary studies report the benefits of horticultural therapy in reducing pain, improving attention and lessening of stress and agitation. In Alzheimer's, dementia, and other mental disorders, music therapy has been found to reduce aggressive or agitated behavior, improve mood and increase cooperation with daily tasks like bathing. One of our music therapists has been trained in evidence-based techniques of neurologic music therapy, which is particularly helpful to Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer disease (and other dementias) and post-stroke patients. One post-stroke patient, who had aphasia and had lost the ability to speak, was trained to sing his needs. Thanks to our donors, these therapy programs will be more available. Happy Holidays, and please don’t forget about those who make SPH their home.

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Health Link BC tells us people who have dementia caused by stroke may be able to prevent future declines by lowering their risk of heart disease and stroke. Even if you don't have these known risks, your overall health can benefit from these strategies. • Treat or prevent high blood pressure. • Don't smoke.

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• Stay mentally alert by learning new hobbies, reading, or solving crossword puzzles. • Stay involved socially. Attend community activities, church, or support groups.

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In October, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital lost a great friend, and the Foundation lost one of its most dedicated former board members. Dr. Edmund Ford passed by Karen Morgan away, with his devoted wife Eileen by Executive Director, his side. Saanich Peninsula After a 30-year medical career in Hospital Foundation Manitoba, Dr. Ford moved here to start a second career as a GP in Brentwood Bay. Beginning in 1979, he served in many roles at SPH (including as GP anaesthetist) until his wife told him it was time to retire (at age 80!). Eileen and I spoke recently about the many ways Dr. Ford contributed to the hospital, including volunteering. “He wanted patients – particularly those in Residential Care – to feel that they were cared for and appreciated,” she said. “He just loved people and to him they were not just ‘patient numbers:’ they were individuals worthy of love and attention.” So every Christmas morning for many years, Dr. Ford would dress as Santa Claus and visit those who needed a little extra “TLC” during the holiday season. He also made sure his musical group, the Victoria Village Squires, regularly sang barbershop harmonies for them. Dr. Ford understood that while it’s our hospital, for people who live in Residential Care, it’s their home. Over the years, he and a virtual army of volunteers have visited, celebrated special occasions and entertained residents. More recently we’ve learned that we can and must do more. These days, people stay at home longer and are living longer. The latter is largely due to better health (and care) and the former to governments and caregivers recognizing that most people prefer to be in

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Central Saanich Optometry Dr Paul Neumann has been caring for Saanich Peninsula patients since 1995. Central Saanich Optometry offers a modern office atmosphere with well trained staff to answer all your eyecare and eyewear questions. Dr. Neumann, Dr. Leclair and our staff look forward to helping you see 20/HAPPY in 2017.


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The Waddling Dog Liquor Store The Waddling Dog Liquor Store has your holiday shopping covered, with a huge selection of local wines, imports and unbeatablypriced locally brewed beers and your domestic favourites! Looking to splurge? They also offer some highend specialty products perfect for that special someone this holiday season!



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7 Tonollis Deli We wish everyone a great holiday season, filled with fresh apple kuchen, mincemeat tarts, fruit and marzipan-stuffed stollen, brightly decorated Yule logs and tempting pastries. Escape the wind, rain, sleet or snow and come relax in our cozy warm café for breakfast, lunch or a piping hot peppermint latté. We are here for you Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30-4p.m.


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Metro Liquor Let the pros at Metro Liquor help select the wine or beer for your holiday dinner! Just call or email us with your ideas on the menu and let us do the rest. We will put together several delicious food and wine pairings for you to choose from and box it for pickup or delivery anywhere in greater Victoria.

this month in history "one interesting thing i've discovered about december is that many things happened for the first time on december 1"

A Month of Many Firsts by Valerie Green

The Christmas season has officially begun, although many stores were already in a Christmas mode even before Halloween. I still remember the “good old days,” when the Christmas rush did not start until the middle of December and, in the far off distant past when I was a child in England, we didn’t even decorate the tree until Christmas Eve! One interesting thing I have discovered about December throughout history is that,

for some reason, numerous things happened for the first time on December 1. Here are just a few examples. On December 1, 1641, Massachusetts became the first colony to give recognition to slavery. In 1835 on December 1, Hans Christian Anderson published his first book of fairy tales. And did you know that in 1878 the first telephone was installed in the White House on December 1? Or that on December 1, 1887, Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in A Study in Scarlet?

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In 1906 on December 1 the world’s first cinema opened in Paris. It was called the Cinema Omnia Pathé. On December 1, 1919, Lady Nancy Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British parliament. In 1921 the first American helium-filled dirigible made its first flight, and one year later on December 1 Captain Turner of the RAF was the first to fly over the U.S., skywriting the words “Hello USA.” In 1930, Ruth Nichols became the first woman pilot to cross the North American continent. By December 1, 1959, we were receiving the first colour photograph of earth from outer space! On December 1, 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since the Second World War. Jumping to 1991, on December 1 of that year France beat the U.S. in the 80th Davis Cup (3-1). This was France’s first Davis Cup since 1932. And in 1997, controversial Howard Stern premiered his first radio show in Davenport, Iowa on KORB 93.5 FM. A few interesting people were also born on December 1, such as actress Mary Martin (mother of actor Larry Hagman of Dallas fame) in 1913; film director Woody Allen in 1935; and actress Bette Midler in 1945. In 1987, digging began under the English Channel to link England with France. In 1990 on December 1, the British and French workers met halfway and the “Chunnel” was no longer a mere dream but reality. And for all those who love silly trivia, the game of BINGO was invented by Edwin S. Lowe on the first of December in 1929. As for me, I personally still like to think of December 1 as the official first day of the Christmas Season, whatever the year might be. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at

Peninsula Vet Says Goodbye After 40 Years in Practice Sidney Veterinarian Ellen Guttormson is going to be retiring from Beacon Cat Hospital after over 20 years. “I will miss veterinary practice and all my wonderful, loyal clients and their special furry friends. I have been so lucky over the years to have so many clients become close friends. It is so important to me that all of my clients know how grateful I am to them for trusting me with the care of their furry family members for all these years. Dr. Guttormson graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1976. The veterinary school drew students from across the four Western Provinces. That year, out of a class total of 60, there were only six students from British Columbia, and just 13 female students.

Like so many other young girls, all Ellen ever wanted to do was be a veterinarian. “Lots of hard work helped me to realize that dream, and after 40 years in practice I still consider veterinary medicine one of the best professions ever.” The first 10 years of Dr. Guttormson’s practice were a combination of predominantly equine with general small animal practice. “Horses were my passion, but after the birth of my third of four children the long hours associated with equine practice did not coincide well with a young family.” Ellen took

a relatively short break from owning her own practice and did part-time locums for other veterinarians. “Two of the clinics were cats only, which I really enjoyed.” After the birth of her fourth child Dr. Guttormson decided to open a feline-only practice in Sidney, and Beacon Cat Hospital was born! Now after 40 years of veterinary medicine, Ellen feels it is time to retire and pursue other interests that have been “on the backburner" for so long. She has plenty of plans: “Travel, reading, gardening and caring for my small herd of Icelandic sheep and my flock of chickens. But the most important thing now is spending more time with my adult children and my four beautiful grandchildren.”

"After 40 years in practice I still consider veterinary medicine one of the best professions ever.”

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New & Noteworthy News, changes, updates, launches? Email

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openings Home Sweet Home The Eaglehurst Homes Presentation Centre is now open in Sidney, next to Alexander’s Coffee. Their Show Home is located at 9317 Canora Road, in North Saanich. Also open to showcase a new North Saanich housing development is the Regatta Park Sales Centre, at #2 - 9764 Fifth Street.

Garden Lovers Seaberry Garden & Flower has opened at Mattick’s Farm! Seaberry specializes in bird and butterfly gardens, deer resistant, drought tolerant, and shade loving plants. They also carry a range of perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees, and some medicinal herbs, and offer edible landscapes, with a large component of fruit trees, berries, and spring and winter veggie starts. There is a flower shop, too, with bouquets and fresh cut flowers for all occasions. Owner Rob Harris and the staff at Seaberry are gearing up for the

coming holiday season to offer you fresh cut Christmas trees and fresh greens, as well as live potted Christmas trees and poinsettias.


New Faces, Same Places The Latch Inn & Restaurant is now under new ownership! The Chu Family came across this beautiful historical property last year and purchased it with the intention of restoring it to its glory as the former summer residence of Walter C. Nichol, British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor from 1920-1926. Follow them on Facebook, and stay abreast of all new developments!


Innovation Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc. has launched a hydrogen-based fuel enhancement system for internal combustion engines. Six years in the making, the system works with existing internal

combustion engines to make them cleaner and more efficient.

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The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce hosted their 10th Annual Crystal Awards for Business Excellence banquet in October, and a sold-out crowd enjoyed a beautiful evening at Butchart Gardens. Those in attendance heard guest speaker Frank Leonard, and honoured Saanich Peninsula businesses with various prestigious awards. For a full list of winners, visit

Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop is pleased to now offer 30 varieties of hard-to-find specialty sodas, and most are available chilled! Follow them on Facebook for news on all things sweet.


Giving Back Motorize Auto Direct is having a charity car wash (exterior only) on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. By donation of cash or food to the Sidney Lions Food Bank. 97.3 The Zone will be live on location. Rain or shine.

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Charles Dickens Pub & Eatery is giving away two flights to Las Vegas! Make a donation of either cash, food or toys at the pub up until December 15, and receive an entry form. All donations go to the Sidney Lions Food Bank. The draw will take place at the pub on December 24. Contact Dena or

If you enjoy demos at Sidney Natural Foods, there are many to look forward to this month: Harmonic Arts,10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., December 8; Viva, 12 to 3 p.m. on December 9; Garden of Life, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 12; and Omegalicious, 12 to 4 p.m. on December 5.


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

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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One Stop Furniture Shop Style and Quality and, with our showroom clearance sale (up to 50% off), affordable too! 250.655.7467 (SHOP) 9819 Fifth St

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Brown's The Florist December is a magical time to come to Sidney to walk the streets. Most of the boutique-like stores are decorated with sparkle and have splendid choices for holiday shopping. There are fun activities for the entire family; one of our favourites is a gingerbread scavenger hunt that features fun gingerbread creations displayed in shop windows for you to find. Above is a photo of what our very talented designer Alissa made last year: a miniature replica of our flower shop in Sidney on the corner of Beacon and Second Street. We look forward to her creation this year! The trend in our industry of a clean, more natural and woodland feeling is continuing this season. We have brought in a full line of felt, animal-shaped ornaments. As you can see, the fox is absolutely adorable! Contemporary containers focus on the new colour of rose gold. Bringing in shiny metal containers complement our full selection of locally grown and international flowers and we are proud to give you lots of options this year for anyone on your gift giving list. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more info. With warm wishes from our flower family at Brown's The Florist to yours: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

de Buyer Mineral B pans: made in France, the choice of serious cooks worldwide. Seasoning at home will build a natural, chemical-free non-stick surface. Induction friendly! 250.656.0011 | 2506 Beacon Ave

Mermaid's Lair Market In need of unique stocking stuffer ideas or have a "hard to buy for" person on your list? We've got something for everyone. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2017! 250.508.8661 10251 W Saanich Rd

Hypersport Shoes for Christmas! Give the gift of quality footwear this year. At Hypersport we make it easy with hassle free returns/exchanges and Gift Certificates!

Pitt & Hobbs A beautiful selection of boxed and individual Christmas cards, Christmas crackers sure to delight friends and family, ornaments and that special napkin for your holiday table. 250.656.6161 | 2443 Beacon Ave

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

The Dancing Orchid Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics We are pleased to feature this month's Top Stylist, Kelsey Moniz. With over 10 years' experience, Kelsey makes her clients beautiful with every service! She thanks her existing clients for their loyalty and support, and is welcoming new clients into 2017.

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

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Laloca - Fair Trade and Local Products Check out our fun unique Christmas and holiday season at Laloca: local and global handcrafted gifts and decorations while listening to uplifting cheerful music. 778.351.3844 2367 Beacon Ave

Brown’s The Florist A fun way to spice up the season with the trending colour for 2016 - Rose Gold. These containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and complement many different flowers. Sidney: 250.656.3313 2499 Beacon Downtown: 250.388.5545 757 Fort St Westshore: 778.433.5399 #102 - 2972 Jacklin Rd

Barking Dog Studio Featuring the imagination and works of local artisans, unique furniture and décor, pottery, jewelry, health and beauty and so much more … and we are refinishing chalk paint specialists! 250.216.3423 #109 - 2506 Beacon Ave

Barking Dog Studio Barking Dog Studio offers the works of around 85 local artists. Most of them are from southern Vancouver Island, three or four from the B.C. mainland and, just to round out the Canadian feeling, one from Nova Scotia! We have two stores, our first location is in Sooke and we have just opened our second location, in Sidney, allowing us to show off an ever-changing selection of items. Unique furniture, home décor, pottery, jewelry, bath and beauty and more makes for a very interesting browse! We also sell a line of artisan chalk style paint and accessories (Country Chic Paints, which is made in Duncan); one of our specialties is refinishing furniture. We love taking a once-loved piece of furniture and upcycling and distressing it (call it what you will) so it again becomes part of the look and feel you want. And we are happy to encourage, advise and instruct you on how to do it yourself! Barking Dog (we have two daschunds who like to talk a lot) was born from a desire to have a retail outlet for locally made items (yes we were frustrated artists); there are so many talented artists on the Island(s) that we just went for it. Come on down, browse and enjoy!




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100+ Premium Loose Teas. Seven Gourmet Coffee Varieties. Locally Made Gifts, Spices and Delicious Food Products. Now featuring glutenfree soups from Simply Delish.

All the rage: the new mermaid bubble minky blanket! What a splash she'll make at the next slumber party. Any water-loving girl becomes a mermaid the instant she slips into this plush, luxuriously soft sleep sack.

250.479.0497 4649 West Saanich Rd

Kiddin' Around Kiddin’ Around has been serving the local community since 1993. We offer a great selection of new and previously enjoyed quality clothing, footwear and accessories from classic favourites complimenting seasonal styles. Since proper footwear is so important for growing feet, our experienced staff will take the time to measure and fit your child's foot properly. For continually growing feet we offer quality brands that will take your little one from their first steps to running and climbing. To help make your shopping experience complete, we also offer a wide selection of baby and childcare accessories including carseats, wraps, carriers, toys, bottles and so much more! Kiddin’ Around offers a frequent shopper program: “CLUB KID.” For every $10 spent on all new, regular price merchandise you receive a stamp. Once the card is full (25 stamps) it can be redeemed as $25 off your next purchase of regular price new items. Have out of town guests coming? Not to worry, we have baby equipment rentals including carseats, strollers, playpens and highchairs. Items are sanitized and inspected upon return. Please call ahead to reserve. We’ve been a part of the local Sidney community for the last 23 years and are looking forward to another 23!

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Man Cave on Beacon Looking for a gift for the man in your life? Fully lined Nepalese wool socks, mitts, hats and jackets. Men's accessories, collectibles, tools and more! 250.220.3450 2405 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop We are pleased to now offer over 30 varieties of hard to find specialty soda. If you like root beer, we have nine different types! 778.426.2541 | 9774 Third St

Galleon Books & Antiques Antiques, books, collectibles and jewelry. Estates and private libraries purchased. 250.655.0700 #106 - 2506 Beacon Ave

Christmas in Sidney: Wish You Were Here by Susan Simosko

This holiday season reduce the

hassle, relax, and find your Christmas spirit and so much more in Sidney. Spend time meandering, shopping and enjoying all that Sidney has to offer: goods and services to fit every taste and budget, restaurants, cafés and pubs, first rate hotels, hidden treasures up and down side streets, free parking and some of the friendliest business owners and residents in Canada. It’s the perfect place to bundle up, put on a smile and feel the warm glow of a small-town Christmas. Celebrate the season and begin ticking off the names on your gift list. Here are some suggestions: Unique gifts: Sidney shops offer an incredible array of distinctive gifts – whether you are looking for the elegant, practical, whimsical or something in between – in just about every price range. Check out Sidney’s world-class fine art galleries, explore new and used book shops, discover the latest in fashion and shoes, delight in handcrafted fair-trade treasures, and revel in the beautiful gift shops that offer truly unique products from around the world. Home décor and holiday decorations: Sidney is home to some of the finest home décor shops on Vancouver Island. Whether you’re searching for something small or large, contemporary or traditional, chances are a Sidney merchant will have it. Sidney shops offer furniture and furnishings for every room in the house and several specialize

in unique products for the garden too. Several stores also offer an outstanding array of holiday decorations, lights and fresh flowers! Personal services: Looking for something a little different? Why not give a gift voucher for a massage, pedicure or other personal service. Sidney spas and professional aestheticians offer a wide range of personal services designed to relax and rejuvenate. Holiday treats, wine and spirits: Holiday treats on your gift list? Sidney’s got it covered. Chocolate, candy, baked goods, wines and spirits are all readily available in downtown Sidney. And while you shop for friends and family, why not grab a coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a bite to eat for yourself at one of Sidney’s outstanding cafés or restaurants? Recreation and entertainment: Without doubt, the holidays are a time for family and friends, so take time to enjoy a show at the Mary Winspear Centre or Star Cinema and book a game of bowling! Peace and tranquility: Sidney offers something few towns can: a chance to unwind and escape the hubbub simply by walking to the end of the town, breathing in the sea air, and strolling along Sidney’s beautiful waterfront. So take a personal timeout this holiday season to refresh your body, mind and spirit. You won’t regret one minute of it. To learn more about Sidney’s businesses and leisure activities, check out or pick up a Guide to Sidney Businesses located throughout Town or at Information Centre. december 2016 | 49

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Bodybuilding championships. “I competed against mostly 20-something gals. But, I’m making my best gains in my 50s,” says Karen. Well that all sounds good, you say, but what if I’m new to weight training and have never even stepped into a gym? One of Karen’s programs is the 10 Week Best Shape Challenge. Participants are given an E-Workout Card which provides access to a private Facebook page, personal exercise library, weekly lessons, menu plans, videos, audios, webinars, seminars and coaching calls. “Maybe you’ve never even set foot in a gym. I would suggest you hire a trainer at the gym to show you basics on equipment and form,” says Karen. “It’s important to build confidence about working in a gym environment.” Unlike some other online programs, Karen’s is a personal one-on-one system. “I have been coaching for 35 years,” she says. “I am there, answering, supporting, as me, one on one.” Karen doesn’t redirect participants to other

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the light side "the children fell silent and looked up at me as though it was my fault their beloved north pole mascot had died"

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Everyone has Christmas memories,

but mine are a little different. Being self-employed, I’m always open to anything that brings home extra bacon. One of my many seasonal jobs was performing as Santa at corporate Christmas parties. One year I bought a Rudolph costume and hired my 12-year-old daughter, Emily, to impersonate the lovable beast. It was a deluxe costume, with head, antlers, fur suit and a nose that lit up with the push of a button. It was the first party of the season and we arrived ready to deliver a great show. As we got into our costumes, we could hear the noise and excitement from the ballroom. Emily and I went over the cunning plan: we would enter the room, I’d shake my jingle bells and Ho-Ho-Ho; she’d clap her hands, light up her nose and dance around. I’d prepare to hand out gifts while she distracted the kids until their names were called. Emily was always keen to take on unusual jobs if there was a decent payday. I’d promised her $25 if she brought the magnificent animal to life and she jumped at the chance, but dressed in the full fur suit, gloves and booties and with reindeer head waiting on the table, I could tell she was wondering if she should have bargained for more. I lifted the large head and put it on top of Emily, now completely engulfed in Rudolph grandeur. She blinked the nose twice to indicate she was OK. We marched in together, as per the plan, to the screams and squeals of the delighted children. The atmosphere in the room was amazing as these hot and sweaty miniature people, fueled by maple syrup and candy canes, ran around at a fever pitch! As predicted, kids swarmed Rudolph and hugged her with all their might. The gifts were passed to me and I read out the names. One by one, each child leapt up and was thrilled to accept a gift from Santa. Rudolph, meanwhile, seemed a little less animated and was clearly veering away from the carefully scripted plan.

Through the steam on my Santa specs, I noticed she was edging towards me slowly and not engaging the children anymore. As I went to read out another name, Rudolph dropped to her knees right in front of me, nose blinking on and off wildly. Before I could say anything, she keeled over and lay motionless at my feet; the blinking had stopped. Naturally, I assumed Emily was goofing around and, like any good father, I kicked her lightly several times. “Get up Rudolph, we’ve got a show to do!” I said with a nervous chuckle. The children fell silent. Potentially the best Christmas party ever had just turned into a Christmas always remembered as the one where Santa killed Rudolph. Just then one of the parents, clearly armed with a better grip on reality than I, rushed over and said: “It’s OK: I’m a vet!” and grabbed Rudolph by the hooves, dragging her into the hallway. The music started again, I passed out the remaining gifts and was escorted quickly to the scene. Sitting on a pile of boxes was Emily, still in the fur suit but with animal head removed, exposing her pre-teen, sweat-soaked noggin. Turns out the deluxe costume doesn’t breathe very well and thus, promotes fainting. Christmas is a wonderful time of year, filled with many magical memories. In my family, one of the things we remember is how I paid Emily the full $25, even though she didn’t finish the show.

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on local shops on a more serious note, but the world is a pretty gloomy place right now. The temptation is to hide under the bed and read trashy novels while munching on tea and cookies. Unfortunately, after a while even that pleasant pursuit will become boring and you will have to stick your nose out of doors. A great antidote to worry and stress is to spend some time with family and friends and exploring the charming and pretty city we live in. Little enclaves of shops and restaurants are scattered throughout the CRD, some better known than others. Mattick’s Farm in Cordova Bay is the heart of a quiet little community on the Saanich Peninsula. Tucked in next to the famous golf course, it is a rich source of local products from artists and artisans as well as specialty shops both varied and eclectic. So, while a little “retail therapy” may not solve the world’s problems, it is a great way to support your community and get you out and about. Admire beautiful hand-crafted jewelry at The Gallery, handpainted candles and funny little Scandinavian elves at The Ladybug Boutique, or the fresh green of plants and flowers at

Seaberry Garden & Flower. There is much to gladden the heart, bring out a smile and get you going on your Christmas list. Perhaps fuzzy Canadian-made sheepskin slippers from A Stable Way of Life and warm, cozy jammies from Lily Pad Lingerie to make “nesting” a bit more comfortable are in order, or nice winter jackets from Something More or Sunday’s Snowflakes to make a walk on the Lochside trail even nicer will do the trick. If little ones bring joy to your day, Momease Baby Boutique has all manner of things from practical to fun for mom and baby … paradise for Grandma, too! And as we are fast approaching the Holiday Season, Paper Chain is worth a stop for that old fashioned, but oh so nice, traditional Christmas card. Having worked up an appetite wandering the shops, both Adrienne’s Tea Garden and Bill Mattick’s Restaurant at the Golf Club will fill you up with lunch or afternoon tea. Before heading home, the Red Barn and the new Liquor Plus offer vital supplies for those who stayed under the bed while you ventured out … . After all, you say: “Life does go on, one way or another” as you pull cork from bottle, “and besides, Christmas is coming, there will be friends, family and lots more excellent cookies. Can’t hide out forever!” december 2016 | 53

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common cents personal tax matters; the year in review There were quite a few changes to personal tax matters in 2016 introduced by the new Liberal government. I would like to highlight a few, and provide you with reference material if you wish to explore this more extensively. Effective July 2016, an alphabet soup of child tax benefits (the CCTB, by Chris Cowland the NCBS and the UCCB) were Cowland & Associates replaced by the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), a monthly tax-free payment for families with children under 18. The amount you receive depends on the age and number of children in your care, and your family net income. Maximum amounts are $533 per month for a child under six, and $450 a month for one between six and 17. Don’t get too excited – if your income is over $30,000 the payments are reduced, based on a fairly complex formula. For example, if you have two eligible children, the payment is reduced by 13.5% of your family income between $30,000 and $65,000, plus 5.7% of income over $65,000. Some less positive family tax credit changes: the Family Tax Cut is now gone; the fitness credit has been reduced from $1,000 to $500; and the arts credit from $500 to $250. So be sure to contribute at least $2,500 to your child’s RESP to take advantage of the Canada Education Savings Grant (before it too disappears!). The current heated real estate market has led to changes in the treatment of the sale of your principal residence. Until now, if you sold your house and it was exempt from tax because you claimed the Principal Residence Exemption (PRE), you did not have to claim this on your tax return. Also, non-residents could claim a partial exemption. Many people were jumping on the bandwagon and buying, restoring and flipping properties, and paying no tax, but CRA has now tightened the controls. You now have to file a form T2091 to claim the PRE, and it is fairly complex, so you might like to discuss this with your accountant. It's even more complicated if you own more than one property, for example a home, a rental property and a cottage. Because the T2091 will now be in CRA’s computer files, they will be able to search for multiple property flips, and will probably try to designate these as business income rather than capital gains taxed at half the normal rate. Just to end on a happy note, there is a new credit this year called the “home accessibility tax credit” which can be claimed by seniors who spend up to $10,000 on permanent improvements making their homes safer or accessible. Check out the web site for some great information on these and other related subjects. 56 | december 2016


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On the main level, the warm tones of the hardwood floor form the base for a sophisticated beach theme and in the living room, the angled ceiling soars to 16 feet.

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The three-storey, oceanfront Brentwood Drive home owned by Les and Violet Craik started out as an early 1940s cottage. Built on a south-facing double lot, it has seen many renovations over the years. Violet explains why they started this most recent renovation: “we loved the house the way it was, all the history behind it.” During the first two summers when their six grandchildren came to stay on extended visits, however, she and Les “realized that a renovation was needed to create more space.” To begin the project, they engaged lead architect Sylvia Bonet. When Sylvia approaches a design challenge like the Craiks’ home, she asks herself three questions: why, what and how. “The Why is recognizing what there is to offer and seeing its potential. This house’s potential is the location and beautiful views. The What will satisfy the Why, and it was clear that the layout of this multirenovated house needed to change. The How was to open up the floor plan with a clean layout, taking advantage of the views, landscape and natural light the site has to offer.” Sylvia sees renovations as an opportunity to change not only the functionality and aesthetics of a home but also to create a space that will match the lifestyle and personality of the owners. Les and Violet “shared the same dream as we did throughout the whole process,” said Sylvia. “Violet, who naturally understands space and can speak the language of architecture and design, made it possible for all the pieces to come together. Violet did a wonderful job choosing all the finishes, colours and furnishings while we were completing the renovation.” Lead contractor Aaron Yager, owner of Yager Construction Ltd., stripped the house down to the studs. New foundations were poured, walls were pushed out, moved and rebuilt, and the main floor, which consisted of three different levels, was evened out. The area of the home and double garage is now 5,800 square feet. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Improvements included a new charcoal-coloured metal roof, an upgraded elevator, a heat pump, and new red brick and HardiePlank siding. On the main level of the home, the warm tones of the hardwood floor form the base for a sophisticated beach theme. 600lb glass sliding doors open up to fresh sea air and a lively view of passing boats. In the living room area, the angled ceiling soars to 16 feet. Black galaxy granite sparkles from behind the gas flames in the fireplace.

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Top: a Miele coffee machine, regular oven and steam oven are built into the back cabinet wall, and a gas range is installed in the stunning marble-topped island. Bottom: a circular gas fireplace, brick paving stones and attractive deck furniture make the area perfect for entertaining.

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Elegant seating, artistic design touches, remote control blinds, and a built-in sound system create a lovely ambiance. All the kitchen appliances are Miele. A coffee machine, regular oven and steam oven are built into the back cabinet wall, and a gas range is installed in the stunning marble-topped island. Violet demonstrates with the push of a button the downdraft hood that rises while cooking and retracts when the job is done, disappearing into the countertop. Four black stools upholstered in faux leopard skin add a lively contrast. Next door in the media room, the teenagers can hang out and relax after a busy day on the water. “I kept this area very casual because my daughter told me, ‘Mom don’t go overboard,’ so I gave it almost an industrial feel, but it’s comfortable for the kids” (Comfortable for anyone!). A beverage fridge and popcorn making supplies are available in the adjoining multi-purpose room, which also includes laundry machines, an office area, beds and a feeding station for the couple’s three dogs. “We bought this house because we are boaters and have six grandchildren.” Violet’s creative and fun design style is evident in the downstairs boys’ bedroom – the six-bed crew quarters. Brazilian mahogany from the original deck was used to panel the walls, and authentic brass windows and a wooden ship’s wheel highlight the nautical theme. Throw pillows, brightly

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coloured paddles, striped bedding, nautical lamps and the faux-painted grooved door combine to make this room a standout. In the boys’ bathroom, decorative touches include a brass propeller, life buoy ring, striped towels with anchors, a sailboat picture, whale sculpture, and wood paneled strips on the wall. A tall linen cabinet that slides out on castors to provide access for elevator maintenance is a clever use of space. Conveniently, the stairs or elevator can reach the top floor master suite. “It’s our private suite,” says Violet, “our little sanctuary that we can retreat to.” Lovely features include a seating/coffee making area and a 20-foot-long closet. In the ensuite, there is a walk-in glass porcelain tiled shower with three showerheads, two separate vanity and toilet areas and a sit-down makeup station for Violet. Without a doubt, the home is gorgeous, but it’s the outdoor beauty that steps it up to spectacular. A spacious new deck with glass railings opens directly out from the living room. It has a gas fireplace and infrared heaters. Les loves to use the outdoor kitchen that includes a smoker and barbecue set in stone. The Trex composite decking looks smart and, Les says: “It is low maintenance – a big plus for an outdoor living space.” The extensive renovation did not end with the home. Over a six-month period, Garden City Tree & Landscape co-owner Chris Stansfield and his team designed and installed irrigation, hardscaping, softscaping and lighting, and performed arbor work on the retained trees. Beautiful stone tile steps lead down to a new courtyard that features a Jacuzzi tub, curved gardens, and a Lion’s Head Fountain. A circular gas fireplace, brick paving stones and attractive deck furniture combine to make the area perfect for entertaining guests. Les noted that the dock was a deciding feature in buying their house, but it has since been replaced with a new environmentally compliant U-shaped dock. An additional feature was added, one that is sure to make a splash with the grandkids – a 10-foot diving board. “Coming home to Brentwood Bay is like walking into Paradise,” Les says. “The ocean view, the boats, all the comforts of our home, including the elevator, mean that we can stay here forever, we can age in place.” To see all the photos from this Seaside Homes shoot, visit

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a table arrangement or a fragrant cedar garland for the mantelpiece, decorating for the holidays is a timeless tradition. Nature’s finest decorations are just outside your door. Take a stroll around your garden and be inspired by the possibilities of fragrant conifers, coloured by Linda Petite stems, berries, seed heads, cones, moss Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and even flowers. Add some of your favourite baubles, lights and ribbons to give it your personal touch. The first recorded reference to the Christmas tree dates back to the 16th century. In Strasbourg, Germany, people decorated fir trees with coloured paper, fruits, and sweets. In the 19th century Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, brought a tree to England. Within two years every home in England had a decorated Christmas tree for the holidays. Trees were elegantly decorated with glass ornaments, silver tinsel and small candles. To this day, a decorated tree engages our sense of sight, touch, and smell and brings feelings of joy to all ages. A holiday wreath hanging on the door is a symbol of welcome to guests. The word "wreath" comes from the old English word "writhen" which means twist or writhe, relating to its circular form. Evergreen branches represent eternal life, ivy is considered to have healing powers and holly is considered to bring you luck. Traditional holly has great significance to Christians. The pointed leaves signify Jesus’ crown of thorns while the red berries represent his blood. My philosophy is to keep it simple and natural. Something with assorted greenery, coloured twigs and berries in a container on your porch looks amazing. Brighten it up with some twinkling lights and homemade ornaments. To create your own holiday wreath, you will need secateurs, wreath frame, paddle wire, moss and assorted greenery and trimmings. 1) Line your wreath frame with damp moss (this prevents it from drying out). Wire the moss around the wreath frame and place it flat side down. 2) Bundle three to seven pieces of mixed foliage together and wire it onto the frame. Continue layering and wiring the bundles as you go. Make sure the bundles overlap and all go in the same direction. 3) At the last bundle, tie off the wire and make a wire loop to make a hanger. 4) Add snippets of colourful foliage, twigs, seed pods and cones, and make sure that all are wired onto the frame. 5) Tie on a colourful bow to match your door. Some of my favourite plants to decorate with include: boxwood, camellia bud tips, cryptomeria, cupressus, eucalyptus, garrya with catkins, hebe, holly, magnolia grandiflora, osmanthus and skimmia. I encourage you to go out into your garden and be inspired. Happy Holidays to All! • • 250.385.4858

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west coast Gardener the winter garden: a cure for the december doldrums! It’s hard to be enthused about your garden in the heart of a coastal winter. The days are short and gloomy and the spring flush of snow drops and daffodils are still months away. However, there are some horticultural cures to the "December doldrums." Yuletide Camellia (camellia sasanqua; by Matt Hall "Yuletide"). There aren’t many better Wildwood Nurseries choices for firing up some winter colour, especially if you have a space with only part sun. These shrubs bloom profusely with sweet-scented, lacquer red flowers which usually peak during the holidays. They’re deer resistant, they take well to pruning and do very well in a container. I keep mine in a pot and move it to my doorstep for Christmas. Christmas Cheer Rhodo (rhododendron; "Christmas Cheer") These rhododendrons really are the first call for spring. Once they flower, you know that the rest of the rhododendron family isn’t far behind. Soft pink margined with medium pink flowers, these are held up on a nice mid-sized shrub. One can expect them to grow to four to five feet tall and wide. Winter Jewels™ Christmas Rose (helleborus). Winter Jewels™ are a series of winter flowering hellebore that were developed to a very high standard of flower quality and they represent every hue in the hellebore color palette. They’re also deer resistant in all but the most heavily grazed garden. Himalayan Sweet Box (sarcococca humilis). I think sarcococca is one of the finest small evergreen shrubs for our area. Its only fault is that Featuring it flowers so early in the spring that many gardeners miss its jasminelike scent. Its compact shape, love of shade and overall toughness make this plant a real gem. If you need a plant taller than three feet, look to sarccocca ruscifolia for the same features in a slightly bigger plant. "Kramer’s Red" Winter Heather (erica carnea "Kramer’s Red"). I might be selling this heather short to say that it is only "winter flowering" when it blooms from October to April. This is true of many of the winter heathers, but none of them have the hot magenta flowers of Kramer’s Red. They establish well (as long as they have great drainage) and really flourish in sunny gardens. Kitayama Japanese Cedar (cryptomeria japonica "Kitayama"). These tall conifers have the unusual habit of bronzing in cold weather that makes them extraordinary in the garden. In a matter of weeks they will completely transform, going from light green to coppery purple (and then back again in the spring). They are a truly remarkable sight in a winter garden. There are so many more plants that can jazz up your beds this winter, but these are some of my favourites. I always welcome questions so feel free to email me at

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Hot Properties For Sale on the Island

Oceanview in Prime Area – Salt Spring Island Oceanview 3 bed / 3.5 bath home on private and sunny oneplus acre. Custom kitchen, spa style bath, separate studio. Double carport. In prestigious Scott Point! Just move in! Zen-Scandinavian allure! $1,259,000. Li Read | 250.537.7647 |

Superb Ocean Vistas – Salt Spring Island Panoramic vistas from this superb 2-3 bed, 3 bath home, elegant master wing with dream en suite, radiant infloor heating, cherry wood floors, terrific kitchen, dramatic dining, deck with built-in BBQ, media room, office. Sunny 6+ acres. $2,880,000.

North Saanich Beauty 1208 Tatlow Road Beautifully maintained and updated Cape Cod Country Retreat in soughtafter Lands End/Deep Cove offers 4,220sf, 6BD/5BA, flexible layout with room for growing family, inlaws, nanny or B&B. Landscaped 3/4 acre parcel perfect for hobby farm with many outbuildings, variety of fruit trees, veggie gardens, expansive lawns, outdoor patios, decks and gazebo to enjoy the sun. MLS 371916. $1,088,000. Ingrid Jarisz* (*PREC) 250.656.4626

Sidney Townhome - #2 - 10520 McDonald Park Road A very rare find in Sidney! Immaculate 2 BR / 2 BA one level townhome set in a very friendly and well respected gated development. The townhouse offers a terrific open floor plan, 9’ ceilings, wood floors, granite countertops, double garage and 2 large patio areas. Bonus: clubhouse w/kitchen, fitness room and guest suite! MLS 371717. $649,900. Jordy Harris 250.385.2033

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Curteis Point Oceanfront Nature lovers' sanctuary! Marine enthusiasts will love this private, quiet, sunny retreat all on a .6 acre waterfront paradise. Wake up to glorious sunrises over the water throughout the year from solid older home, a gem in its day which enjoys a 180 degree vista of the ocean. MLS 366776.

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Maple Bay - Waterfront Estate 6848 Stoney Hill Road Excellent low bank waterfront on 11.31 acres, facing southwest with approx 1,000 feet of ocean frontage. Main house is a 3 bed Arts & Crafts style home with waters’ edge wraparound deck and private dock with deep water moorage and large workshop that could easily be a studio and a charming guest cottage! MLS# 366752. $2,600,000. Maryan van Stolk* (*PREC) 250.656.4626

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Craftsman style home on one of the most desired streets in Sidney. Some renovations by C&W Campbell Homes. Vaulted ceilings & open beams provide a great sense of space. Wonderful open kitchen with island. Master on main and 2 bedrooms up. Just one block to the beach. MLS 371564.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the most unique southwestern points on the Saanich Inlet. The property has a spectacular vista, 360-degree views with year-round sunsets to enjoy from the hot tub or the 4,500sqft wrap-around deck. Approx. 1,000 feet of ocean

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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email Thank you to all the Seaside readers who check out this page regularly to find out what’s on. I strive for an eclectic mix of events and hope you’ve found some gems this year. I look forward to sharing more of the Peninsula arts scene with you in 2017.

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Enjoy a traditional Christmas concert with Sidney’s own band. By donation. Proceeds will go to support the air cadet band program at Kitty Hawk Squadron #676. December 12 at 7 p.m. Peace Lutheran Church, 2295 Weiler Avenue, Sidney.

Carolling While You Shop Traditional carolers stroll the streets of Sidney capturing the warmth and tradition of Christmas and sharing their heart-warming renditions of seasonal favourites with retailers and customers alike. Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 to 18, 1 to 4 p.m.

Gifts with an Artistic Flair In addition to the many Christmas craft fairs now on, gift givers have two other sources of visual art and artisan designs. Artisans Gift Gallery. This show and sale features traditional and contemporary works from Island Artisans. Meet the artists in this co-op run show and celebrate local and regional arts. Presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula at Tulista Gallery, Sidney. Free admission and parking. Through to December 23, Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festive Glow Home Gallery. Local abstract artist Donna Williams will exhibit and sell her small paintings and new items with her paintings printed onto objects such as scarves and kimono robes. Donna was recently artist-in-residence at the Sidney Pier Hotel. Opening reception December 9, 5 to 8 p.m., everyone welcome. Also December 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10107 Third Street, Sidney.

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Celebrate Youth Art & Music Encourage youth in the arts by attending the Youth Art and Music Night presented by McTavish Academy of Art. Proceeds from the youth art on display will go to the featured artists. Entrance by donation and silent auction with proceeds going to the Art for Everyone Foundation which will fund local community art programs. December 16, 6 to 9 p.m. at McTavish Academy of Art, 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich.

Cookeilidh – Making Spirits Bright Cook up a Celtic yuletide evening with Cookeilidh’s high energy traditional and modernized tunes and also the O’Brien Irish Dancers. Leave with a spring in your step and the holiday spirit in your heart. December 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

Fun for All Ages at the Panto Popular entertainment for families and holiday visitors. As always, there’s traditional fun for everyone, filled with humour, live music and audience participation. This re-imagined version of the Red Riding Hood story features the Big Bad Wolf and Dame Granny Hood, as well as the evil Ogre and his awful family, the Three Little Pigs and Mrs. Boot. Dame Granny Hood and her unlikely witch helpers must work together if they're to save the day! Presented by the Peninsula Players. Matinee December 26, 2 p.m. Evening performances December 22 to 23 and 27 to 29, at 7 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

Be a part of the conversation this holiday season. In today’s busy world, family time is more important than ever. If you’re experiencing difficulty fully participating in conversation at family get-togethers, it might be time for a hearing test. The focus at Hear Central Saanich is on the full spectrum of hearing health care: prevention, assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment. If you’re ready for hearing aids, we deal with all six of the world’s top manufacturers. Book your no obligation appointment now and make the most of the holidays! Locally Owned and Operated: Donna Stewart,M.A.,Aud(C),RAUD

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Library’s Year-End NFB Film Reminisce while watching the film Jack Hodgins’ Island, which captures Vancouver Island as it was 35 years ago. West Coast author Jack Hodgins talks about his world and his work set against a backdrop of logging camps and saloons, people and events from that era. Sometimes serious and introspective, other times hilarious, the film reflects Hodgin’s character and words. Free. December 30, 1 to 3 p.m. Sidney/North Saanich Library, 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney. Reminder: Even though the popular Peninsula Singers Christmas Concert is sold out, the Mary Winspear Centre is taking a waiting list. Shows December 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and December 4 at 2 p.m.

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Healthy Hair Starts With a Healthy Scalp! Nicole Payer looks forward to sharing her knowledge to treat your scalp issues, including fine and thinning hair.

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handiwork in Nancy McMillan's slipcovers enchant the eye. They add affordable class and elegance to any home. In other ways, the allure of her products transcends pure aesthetics: the joy of owning one of Nancy's creations lies also in sheer practicality, making one's life so much easier. For 23 years, Nancy McMillan has been beautifying the Peninsula with her vividly coloured and fashionable slipcovers for couches, chairs, cushions, and pillows. Nancy specializes in manufacturing high-end washable slipcovers for indoor and outdoor sofas, chairs and ottomans. She buys premium fabric with breath-taking patterns. Her design work is intricate, polished and visually stunning. This is a business success story, featuring a coveted product. The entrepreneur owes it all to “Quality work with the clients' budget in mind.” Life is much easier with Nancy's products. When the slipcovers get soiled or stained, they can be cleaned in the washing machine and voila – sparkling and new. Nancy’s durable, washable fabrics are made to last a long time. An investment in Nancy’s products will be less costly in the long run than continuously replacing worn-out furniture pieces with new expensive ones. ry nd le 2 al c. G e rt D A lay p is


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Winter is now upon us, the cold wet windy season of grime and mud – which somehow make their way into our homes. Nancy: “The rainy season means our pets and kids will track in lots of dirt.” The innovative artisan recognized an untapped market in our active, family-and-petoriented Peninsula lifestyle: “Slipcovers that are easily removed for washing are the answer to keeping furniture clean and refreshed. They also protect furniture from the damaging rays of the sun.” "Better living on the Peninsula" should be Nancy's mantra: “With the Christmas season approaching, we all take a look at our home in terms of décor. What a joy it is to be able to wash slipcovers to freshen up your furniture for entertaining. Custom pillows are an inexpensive way to dress up our furniture. Think of them as jewelry for your sofa.” With beautiful vibrant sofas, chairs and cushions, your house will be the envy of the neighbourhood during the holidays. A multi-skilled business person, Nancy also makes custom bedding. Her resumé includes refurbishing boat interiors and making draperies, valances, and shades. “Warm wishes and 'thank you' to all the people who have supported me this year” are Nancy McMillan's final comments. Function and beauty on a budget. Life is good. Thank you, Nancy.

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Muse Winery Goodbye We can still remember our excitement and energy when we bought our winery, and we’d like to thank those of you who have followed our story and attended our events over the years. When we began this adventure it was a dream of creating wonderful wines, growing the winery into a successful business and raising our two girls in this beautiful area called the Saanich Peninsula. Our daughters have grown and blossomed as has this

"We’d like to thank you all for being a part of this incredible journey and making Muse Winery such an overwhelming success." boutique winery we called home. The aches and pains, bountiful harvests, spring launches of new wines, plays, ballets, weddings and art shows have all been exciting times. We look forward to new exhilarating times as we plan new voyages in our lives and officially retire from winemaking on December 31, 2016. We'd like to thank you all for being a part of this incredible journey and making Muse Winery such an overwhelming success. The greatest gift that came from this adventure was meeting all of you, everyone from our wonderful neighbours, our loyal customers and staff, out-of-town visitors, local artists, actors, musicians, chefs and restaurant employees, to tour operators and supportive local wine shops. You were all part of making our dream come true. Our warmest wishes for the holiday season and wishing you many new adventures in 2017. Cheers – Jane and Peter Ellmann.

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Where are they now?

Trade Training Works!

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We first heard from Katrina Archibald in March of 2012. She had completed her Level One Professional Cook training and won her way to the Skills Canada National Competition. When I caught up with Katrina she told me she finished her apprenticeship and is now working as a Red Seal Chef at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa. In her role there, she now mentors and manages several junior apprentices and other kitchen staff while still being mentored herself by head chef, Jena Stewart. "It’s still all about the learning," Katrina says. "I do lots of research and I get to create my own dishes and recipes. One of my favourite things is trading recipes." To young people in general, she advises them to take initiative – "Get a hold of the reins!" To aspiring chefs she says: "Bring new ideas to the table!" Jordan Blake, Auto Service Technician

When we featured Jordan Blake in September 2013 he had recently completed the Auto Service Technician Foundation program at Camosun and won Gold at Regional and Provincial Skills competitions. Today Jordan works as a Red Seal technician for Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln in Nanaimo. He loves the fact that his job offers different challenges each day. He is proud to be a fully certified mechanic now but looks forward to new learning, taking full advantage of the "Ford Factory Training" programs available to him. "You can never know it all, so the learning is constant, and it keeps things interesting," says Jordan. "The world is my oyster! I’m only 21, making good money, I'm 'in the black,' and I’m fully qualified. I can travel, buy a home, or seek other education if I want. More young people should consider exploring the trades."

trade student spotlight

School District 63 career counsellor Stu Rhodes regularly shares success stories of trade program students with Seaside's readers. This month, he checks in with a few of them. In Stu's words: "Every candidate interviewed described how continual learning, new challenges, and mentoring others were among the things they loved most about their jobs. The chance to explore meaningful curriculum that was important to them has motivated them to unprecedented levels of success. Saanich School District extends huge congratulations to these and other students finding success in the trades. We encourage other students to explore career and education pathways that include apprenticeship training.” For more information call Stu Rhodes at 250-415-9211.

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Myles Harris, Carpenter

When we featured Myles Harris in December of 2012 he was working for Randy Cunningham as a Second Year Carpentry Apprentice and about to take his skills abroad on a busman’s holiday. Of late, Myles has been working in a supervisory role with H&R Exteriors, but is currently at Camosun finishing up his Level Four technical training. Red Seal for Christmas! Myles describes himself as a mediocre high school student but was proud to tell me he scored 92% in Level Three theory and 100% on the practical. He is highly motivated by the continuous learning (and teaching). “When I successfully complete a high end job for a client, they respect me, and I respect myself.” What next for Myles? “Gold Seal baby! You need to have drive if you want to be successful in this trade!” Taylor Orr, Hairstylist

In 2013, Taylor Orr's employer, Brett Lacey of Arq Salon, said: "Taylor has all the attributes to create the 'perfect storm for success' in this industry." She was a graduate of the Saanich Hairdressing program at that time. Apparently Brett was right. Taylor has completed her apprenticeship and still works at Arq. Her passion for learning and creating is still growing. She loves to cater to and care for her clients' individual needs. "Their happiness gives me happiness," she says. She engages in some form of professional development almost every week and is currently participating in an in-house training program where she gets to mentor junior stylists. Taylor is very thankful for the early start she got in the Saanich teaching salon, Studio 63. "It was amazing! Other students should take advantage of this sort of opportunity!"

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Head Coach, Director of Hockey Operations

Peninsula Panthers Jr. Hockey Club

Born: Regina, Saskatchewan. September 8, 1959 “Education has always been a big part of my life – especially Mathematics – which led me into the investment finance world.” 1977 Graduated Prince Albert Carlton Comprehensive High School 1983 Graduated University of Michigan – Bachelor of Business Admin. 1993 Canadian Securities Institute 2008 named VP of RBC Dominion Securities Hockey: Minor hockey (4-7) - Moosomin, Saskatchewan (8-12) Regina, Saskatchewan (12-16) Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 1976 -77 Melfort TM’s - Provincial Champions 1977-79 Prince Albert Raiders , 1978 Centennial Cup Runner-ups (named tournament All-star team), Rookie of the Year 1979 – Centennial Cup Champs –League All-Star team, Molson Cup winner – most three stars 1979-83 University of Michigan – Rookie of the Year, Senior Year – MVP, Leading Scorer, Captain, named league top penalty killer and hardest worker three consecutive years 1983-84 Sherbrooke Jets – Winnipeg affiliate – Assistant Captain 1984-85 Fort Wayne Komets Winnipeg affiliate - Captain Coaching: 1985-89 Prince Albert AAA Midget Raiders and WHL Prince Albert Raiders 1989-93 WHL Regina Pats 2008-10 AAA Regina Rifles Various Minor hockey teams my sons played on from 2002-2015 Other Interests: Golf – to relax Cooking – “It’s very therapeutic. Recipes are just guidelines! Putting it all together, it is similar to building a hockey team or a portfolio: a little of this and a little of that. I love to barbecue.” Movies – “I like mostly drama, James Bond, the Jason Bourne series … the last movie I saw was ‘Sully’ – a must-see.”

Travel: “I enjoy exploring new cities – my favourites are NYC, and La Jolla, California is a lot like Sidney. I love Las Vegas and have never put a coin in a VLT or played a hand of cards, but it’s Disneyland for big kids.” Read: “I like Fortune Magazine, biographies of athletes, coaches and financial world figures. The last book I read was Tap Dancing to Work by Warren Buffett.” Favourite TV Show: Madame Secretary, The Newsroom and the whole NCIS series Favourite Music: “The Eagles! Don Henley is best musician I have ever seen. I also love Bob Seger.” Favourite Foods: Greek feta chicken, seafood pasta, Reuben sandwich, barbecuing Favourite Quote: “The only people not allowed to make mistakes are sky divers.” Favourite Hockey People: Joel Quineville, Scotty Bowman, Kelly McCrimmon, Jonathon Toews and Conner McDavid Favourite Sports People: “Bill Belichek is the best coach since John Wooden, Tom Brady (another University of Michigan guy) is another favourite as well as Jason Spieth.” My Favourite Player Growing Up: “Bobby Clarke could score and check – he was gritty, never gave up, excelled in spite of adversity, and was a great leader by example.” In Today’s Game, Who Are You Most Like? Brad Marchand – I always knew if the other team hated me at the end of the game, I did my job. Most Influential People in My Life: Parents, Terry Simpson (Raider coach and mentor), a few teachers. Best Career Advice I’ve Been Given: “Never quit learning.” Parents: Glen, Winnipeg; Maggie in Sidney. Two Sons: Chase, 19 and Barrett, 17, both in Regina – “You don’t know how to really define pride until you are a parent. My eyes water just thinking about both of them. They are each unique in their own ways. Bucket List: “I want to write two books: A comical yet educational perspective of investing and portfolio management, and a guide to coaching a minor hockey team. I also want to play golf at Pebble Beach, take Barrett to see a Great White Shark in the wild and take Chase to the Hockey Hall of Fame. And run a marathon! Already crossed off the list - been on the floor of NYSE.” Best Hockey Memories as a Player: Winning Centennial Cup at home with Prince Albert Raiders. Set up tying goal in championship game in Great Lakes Invitational with three seconds left. Lost 5-4 Triple OT thriller versus Michigan Tech at more than sold-out opening of Joe Louis Arena – at the time largest crowd ever to see a hockey game. Best Hockey Memories as a Coach: Coaching my sons. Regina Pats first round sweep of Prince Albert Raiders. Regina AAA Rifles winning back-to-back Top Guns tournament in Camrose. Favourite “GUYS” Day: 7 a.m. - coffee on practice range followed by walking 18 holes. 12 noon - enjoying a Montreal smoked meat sandwich watching Michigan/Ohio State football game. 5:30 p.m. - head to the rink to coach a game in the evening. 10:30 p.m. - home after a win and enjoy a couple of hours of NCIS on the PVR. Two People Whom I’ve Never Met That I Would Most Like To Have Dinner With: Warren Buffett and John Wooden (iconic UCLA basketball coach). Surprising Fact: “I love to shop - I can’t resist a good deal on a tie!”


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Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting 7 p.m. at the Nell Horth Room, Sidney North Saanich Public Library More information at

Speakers and discussions on the association’s ongoing projects. tuesday evenings

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 7.30 p.m.

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. 2nd Thursday of each Month

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Haro’s Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel Pre-booking required and more information at

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Gingerbread House Challenge Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich 250.656.7271 |

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Get together with your family, friends, teammates and coworkers to kick off the holidays by building a gingerbread house to benefit CFAX Santas Anonymous! december 10

Wreathmaking (Drop-in event; all ages) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 250.478.3344 |

Join CRD Regional Parks naturalists in the spirit of the season to make a festive wreath. We’ll supply materials and instructions – you supply creativity! Drop in anytime and bring a mug for hot apple cider, and clippers if you have them. Meet at the Nature Centre off the main parking lot. december 10

Dinner and Stories with John Elliott

6 to 9 p.m. at ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School 7449 West Saanich Road, Brentwood Bay More information at

Join BC Green Party candidate Adam Olsen and W̱JOȽEȽP Elder, teacher, and storyteller STOȻEȽ (John Elliott) for a celebration of the bounty of W̱SÁNEĆ food and culture. We will be enjoying a feast from the bounty of the Salish Sea while STOȻEȽ shares stories about the plants and animals that have given their lives so that we may live. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased on the Green Party of BC website: http://www. december 10 - 11

Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 am. to 4 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

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The perfect place to indulge in an exceptional Christmas shopping experience with over 25 categories of unique West Coast hand-crafted items to choose from. Offering something for the art connoisseur in us all, from pottery, sculptures, glass and yarn works to body and skin care, jewelry and sweet and savoury treats. Meet the artists, enjoy the atmosphere and find that perfect gift! Your admission fee covers access to both days, along with hourly door prizes from the vendors.

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Seasonal Stories at Fern Street 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 on the third Monday of every month September through June (except December and June when we meet on the second Monday of the month instead). Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). december 25

17th Annual Christmas Day Peninsula Community Dinner

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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, not only singles, but couples and any newcomers to the Peninsula who don’t have relatives or whose families are far away. Dinner with all the trimmings will be served by caterer Clara Knight and more than 30 volunteers and Santa will be there to add to the merriment and give out gifts. Register in advance between November 24 and December 20. Rides available.

in pursuit of the golden years open your heart to seniors this holiday season Amid the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s comforting to be able to count on Christmas as the one sure time that families come together. It’s just one of those understood traditions where we all by Shauna Dorko put aside our heavy workloads and Owner, Sidney SeniorCare petty grievances, and join together to celebrate this magical time of year. Amidst the festivities, however, it is important to remember the well-being of older family members, and senior members of our community. Sadly, many seniors will spend Christmas alone this year, with some having no family nearby and others languishing alone in nursing homes. Even though loneliness isn’t reserved just for Christmas, it is felt more acutely during the holiday season. The best gift we can give seniors this Christmas is to open our homes and hearts up to those who get lost in the shuffle. With this in mind, here are some ways you can help an older person enjoy the holidays: • Seniors like to give as well as receive – offer to help with shopping or wrapping presents for them to give. • Many seniors still like to write Christmas cards – offer to help write them and/or address the envelopes and mail them. • Offer to help with holiday baking, or simply share your own holiday baking with a senior(s) who would enjoy some festive treats. • Invite a senior, who you know has no family nearby, to Christmas dinner. Making an extra place for them at the table would be easy for you, and mean so much to them. • Ask seniors to share their own special memories and experiences of Christmas with you and your family. • Make sure that the seniors in your life are warm and comfortable this season – amid the craziness of the weeks to come, ensure you take the time to check in with them.

Festive Glow Show & Sale December 10th & 11th 10-4 Opening Reception (everyone welcome) December 9th 5-8

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We can all make a difference this festive season, by checking in on an older neighbour, popping a holiday card through a senior’s door, or by simply taking a few minutes to have a chat with an elderly member of your community. These kind gestures only take a moment and can have such a positive impact on seniors’ overall well-being. Communities often organize special efforts to help seniors during the holidays. Check with your local groups, charitable organizations or churches to see if you can help out over the holiday season with cooking/ transporting meals, groceries or gift baskets or simply companionship to a senior in need. Happy Holidays to All! Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at news@ with “Seniors” in the subject line.

Seasons ToatOur Artists & Patrons! WHAT’SGreetings HAPPENING the Tulista Park Gallery Join us for our SMALL Expressions Artisans Gift Gallery Show. Both 2D and 3D artwork all Until December 23rd sized to fit within a 12” x 12” x 12”

CACSP Small Expressions Show March 4th to 29th Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm

space. Featuring:Peninsula painting, collage, The Community Arts Council of the Saanich (ArtSea) photography, glass, sculpture, fibre, presents this popular show of contemporary and traditional pottery, metal, wood and more. works. The Artisans Gift Gallery is a perfect place to buy unique and locally made gifts for family and friends.

Tuesdays - Sundays (closed Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking

We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council.

The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2017. Come in and enjoy the outstanding variety of works from over 40 Peninsula Artisans.

Join Us. Donate. Volunteer. Call to Action for Lovers of the Arts: We’d love to add you to our Community! Direct your tax deductible charitable donation to help your Community Arts Council (ArtSea) support Arts in the Schools or your favourite arts program. Visit our website for more information:

Open Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council. december 2016 | 77




Saturday, December 17 to Sunday, January 1st

WINTER Each year, Panorama Recreation FAMILY Centre’s arena is transformed to CARNIVAL! become a beautiful winter scene, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 complete with falling snow, lights, 11 AM to 3 PM trees, penguins, polar bears, and of course a Christmas tree and Santa Claus! Throughout this winter season, ignite your holiday spirit and drop-by for one of our daily public skates, or book the ice for a private family or corporate function. Book your private skate for only $228! 250 656 7271

Join us for our 11th annual First Night New Year’s Eve celebration! Enjoy an activity-filled evening that includes swimming, skating, face painting, our inflatable obstacle course, indoor skateboarding & scootering and much more. This family friendly event will be topped off with live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display!

Purchase your tickets at Panorama Recreation Centre, Greenglade Community Centre or call 250.656.7271 A VARIETY OF FOOD TRUCK VENDORS WILL BE ON SITE FOR FOOD SALES 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich, BC

Celebrate the season with our popular Festive Lunch Buffet!

Monday to Friday from December 9th – 23rd from 11:30am until 2:00pm Enjoy live entertainment to get you in the holiday spirit! $23.95 per person Turkey & ham, with all the trimmings, seafood, salads and desserts

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last word I’m always learning in this job. Meeting this month with representatives of the Saanich Peninsula Refugee Initiative Group, I discovered that Canada is unique in the world in providing a system through which private individuals can sponsor refugees. Why does it matter? Because I think it speaks to the genuine openness of Canadians. In a time when the media is full of news about other countries wanting to withdraw, build walls and create barriers between people, Canada feels like a pretty friendly place. I acknowledge that’s a huge generalization, but it’s the thing I come back to again and again. I see it in the way people talk to their children – softly, encouragingly, and with patience – and in the genuine good will that’s shown between people. If you compare the morning CBC radio hosts with something like the U.K.’s Radio 4 Today Show, the hosts never sound incredulous or frustrated with their guests, creating a more even, reasonable discourse. On the surface, this “niceness” could come across as being a bit bland (and I’ve been guilty of equating a lack of edge with a sort of cultural deficiency) but the longer I’ve lived here, the more I

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recognize that living alongside people who want to give you the benefit of the doubt first is really liberating. It takes away the personal need to be defensive in your interactions and that leads to people being very straightforward and open. Talking with Mabel Jean and Nola from SPRIG for “Can We Talk” (pg 14) was a heartening experience. They explained the ripples of support that they have experienced whilst navigating the long journey of bringing a Syrian refugee family to live in our community. It can feel like dark times if you spend too long listening to the media at the moment – and perhaps there are global storms coming – but I encourage you to also look to the stories that show our spirit. In their words: “While we witness the capacity of our species for hate and cruelty, we are proving the huge capacity of humans to care for each other.” It’s that time of year when we demonstrate our love and thanks to family and friends – celebrating together and giving gifts. It’s also a great time of year to show your love for your community: by shopping local, supporting fundraisers, or giving your time or money to those in need. I encourage you to reach out and show you care for each other. Thanks for your continued support of Seaside Magazine, and the warmest wishes of the season to you all.

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