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4 The First Word 5 Weatherwit 10 Forbes & Marshall 13 Sumptuous Garden Seaside News 16 Walkabout 20 26 Smell The Coffee 28 Footsteps My Social Disconnect

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January Weather Forecast Edgar Casey, I Ain’t Bones

Partnerships & Education Help Save a Species

More Misadventures on Calypso The People Who Harvest Coffee The Pioneering Newmans

34 Island Dish 36 Get Out! 38 Walkabout 40 Nature Lesson 46 What’s Happening 48 Zais Astrology 49 Sudoku 54 Last Word Lean For Life

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My Social Disconnect Lately I’ve been hearing that I need to be more connected with all these social networking sites. Friends and business associates tell me there’s an untapped world out there full of people that would love to hear about my magazine and me. They say the Internet can connect me to new business and, if I would just get a Facebook page for the magazine, write blogs about myself and Tweet, my ranking on Google would be higher. Not wanting to be left behind, I did some research to see if there were facts behind all this buzz or whether it’s all just hype. Here’s what I found out: the world population is 6,887,400,000, give or take a million or two. There are about 30 social networking sites being ranked and the top 10 are: Facebook at #1 followed by YouTube, Myspace,

Yahoo! Answers, Tagged, Twitter, My Yearbook, My Life, Mocospace and, in 10th place, LinkedIn. Facebook has 500 million registered users, YouTube has 14 billion views a month, Twitter has 190 million registered Twits (what? Isn’t that what you call them?) and LinkedIn has 80 million users. You get my drift: lots and lots of people telling you about and showing you videos about their lives so you can respond. All of these sites come with some form of advertising and the hope is that one out of 10,000 visitors will respond to the ads. So are these sites just another way to get advertising to you or is it truly all about the social network? My research would say it’s about both right now, so I’m going to put more effort into this project in 2011 to ensure that we offer the full range of communication: both

in print and on the Internet. For all those who think this is a revolutionary new way to buy or sell your product I would only say this: when I was a small boy in the ‘60s we had our own revelation about social interaction and changing times. My parents used to go to town, walk down main street and buy their goods from someone they knew. Then something revolutionary happened: the Shopping Mall. My parents hated the Mall, but we loved it because it was cool, fast, offered a lot of variety, was indoors and all our friends hung out there. That was our social network … sound familiar? It’s just a Mall, in a new format. I wish all of you a very prosperous New Year.

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January Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama Knitting keeps me in stitches. I joined a knitting club so I could donate my knitted scarf to someone less fortunate than I at Christmas. I had a lifelong dream to become an expert and produce my own line of formal wear, including wedding dresses. Yep, dreams of easy riches were dancing like sugar plums in my head. I quickly realized that good knitters are very, very skilled. First of all, there are a myriad of yarn choices and types of needles. To understand it all I had to relate everything to different golf clubs (to make a sweater, you need a 9 iron needle, made with Titleist yarn – that kind of thing). Technically a “knit” or a “purl” stitch is easy, but knowing where you are in the maze of it all takes the surgical precision of a quadruple bypass. My first knitting attempt was a scarf that got gradually wider as it got longer. The finished product looked like an extended loincloth. I doubt loincloths are fashionable this winter so I tried again, this time determined to follow my coach’s advice and keep my yarn tension and the number of stitches the same. Well, I’m sorry to say constant tension is near impossible (given that my constantly changing, personal stress levels are transferred to my knitting) and keeping track of the number of stitches can’t be done while watch-

ing a football game. Every time something exciting happened I would throw the whole kaboodle (yarn, 5-iron needles, loincloth) up in the air in celebration. So I decided that I will knit for fun, but not for profit. Well what is the weather knitting for us this January? If you recall, last month I forecasted a cooler and wetter than normal December for these parts due to the La Nina phenomena. As I have had to submit this article in early December to meet publishing deadlines, it’s too early to say whether my forecast was anywhere near correct (especially my sentimental prediction for snow on Christmas day) but I’ll get to that next month. (It will give me more time to make up excuses). La Nina happens every three to five years and is the cool phase of an ocean-atmosphere cycle that happens on a massive scale in the equatorial Pacific. The warm phase of this cycle is the El Nino, and this sister-brother combination represent opposite extremes in the naturally occurring climate cycle called the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). If you recall, an El Nino was in place last winter and probably exerted its influence in creating warmer than normal temperatures in Vancouver during the Olympics. Snow was a rare commodity those days, and it

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A Sibling Resolution

by Wendy Hacking to have a word with his sister about ave you ever watched that TV ending the joke. cooking show where the chefcontestants have to cook a meal from a basket of mystery Sophie has a great sense of humour and loves her little ingredients? The best part is the look of horror on their brother dearly. She readily agreed the joke was stale and faces when they are told to open their basket and they promised to be more creative with her next parcel. A warnspy eel, kumquats, chocolate-covered cherries and cilantro. ing bell pinged in my head, but it was January and we were packing up Christmas and concerned with hiding the shortThat look matched the one on my face when, for the first bread and bringing out the bathroom scale. time, I saw my husband open his annual Christmas gift from Sophie, his older sister. Emerging from a large cardboard You’re probably as curious as we were to find out what mailer and thoroughly wrapped with duct tape were: one was in THIS year’s Christmas box. My husband was brown cowboy shirt, one wheel of cheddar cheese, one homedelighted to find it revealed pieces of old family silver: made plum pudding with a jar – cracked – of hard sauce and salt cellars, mustard pots and teaspoons. Not a pudding one stick of deodorant. Sophie, now approaching 80 and never or roll-on in sight. With a sigh of relief my husband set married, had gifted her younger brother with the same gailyour holiday table with the family silver prominently diswrapped items for over 50 years. Think of the postage! played. Then another box arrived on January 2nd, this one stuffed with his dad’s collection of carved ducks, a Of course there’s a family joke behind each gift, all datdozen porcelain teacups and a shiny copper bed warmer. ing back to when my husband was 12 and Sophie eighteen. Another box arrived January 3rd, and 4th, and another Sophie thought her pre-pubescent brother needed sartorial box appeared almost every day in January! and hygiene advice, knew he despised plum pudding and the cheese … well, just think of the 12-year-old boys you know Sophie had decided the time had come to downsize: move and use your imagination. out of the old family home and into a condo. For one entire month she mailed to her brother all of those family memenFast-forward 50 years. Fifty cowboy shirts had gone to toes that she couldn’t bear to sell but which needed a new the Almost-Nu shop. Fifty sticks of deodorant had dried up home. Ours. Sophie thought she had the last laugh but I found and the moldering plum puddings and cheese wheels never my husband stocking up on brown paper, twine and duct tape. earned a place at the holiday dinner table. But it wasn’t I have a feeling Canada Post is going to be busy this year. until last year that my husband’s January resolution was



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Edgar Casey, I Ain’t by Michael Forbes Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of 98.5 The OCEAN’S popular morning show. They are one of the only married morning show teams in Canada and have two children, Noah and Adam. Join Forbes & Marshall weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. Ah yes. Welcome back. It’s the New Year and I’m sure you are wondering what’s in store for you in 2011. You can pick up any magazine or fire up the internet and there are a whole host of articles and websites devoted to psychic predictions for the next 365 days. Two things you’ll notice: they’re either vague or wrong. You’ll also get the feeling that if they were right it was added after the event actually happened. Perhaps the different font in the printing was our first clue! I figured I’d throw out my wildly inaccurate prophecies and join the chorus of crystal ball gazers. Here are my predictions for 2011. I predict that the building of the new “blue bridge” will be plagued by cost overruns and delays, causing most of Victoria council to jump off the old one. I prophesize an earthquake on the Peninsula, forcing Sidney residents to spend $480 to change the sign so it reads “Sidney Kinda By the Sea.” I see that they will hold that referendum to abolish the HST but we will decide to just keep it. We’ll then choose to just secretly increase it every few months in secret with no fanfare, like the carbon tax. I predict that the Beacon Drive In will remain open and sell lots of ice cream to tubby



tourists, especially in July and August. I predict that some people will still call the West Shore the Western Communities, even though it’s way longer and harder to say. I predict a snowy winter and that Home Depot will sell out of both of their snow shovels in one day. They will make huge breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer in mice but human trials will be years away. I predict that we won’t have flying cars yet but we will still have plenty of flyers on cars in the Mayfair parking lot. There will be even more reality shows about multiple births, little people and rich catty housewives. I predict Elton John will play two sold out shows in Victoria and citizens will demand a statue of him in front of the legislature in place of Queen Victoria. David Foster will return to Victoria and get his old job back at the Strathcona Hotel playing piano, while waiting for someone to anoint him premier. I predict that the designer who made Lady Gaga’s meat dress will accidentally back up into a meat grinder and get a little behind in his work. Charlie Sheen will get into trouble again with a prostitute at Tiger Woods’ house. Finally, I predict the Seaside Times will get their wish and finally convince Oprah to be on the cover!

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by Arlene Antonik vitamins, minerals and enzymes to keep their bodies naturally balanced. A few years ago Mindy was working at a butcher shop on East Saanich Road and customers would frequently ask if there might be a large, meaty bone for their dog. When the butcher shop closed in December 2004, Mindy saw an opportunity to provide the raw meats these pet owners wanted. She relocated the equipment to a shop on Keating X Road and opened Buddies Natural Pet Food store in November 2006. Customers were pleased to have this diet choice for their pets available on the Saanich Peninsula and the business grew quickly. This past June, Mindy moved the store to its new, more spacious location in Keating Plaza and set up a processing plant and retail outlet in Duncan. The products can be purchased at other pet food stores up and down Vancouver Island.

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“I know the prospect of switching pets over to a raw diet may seem intimidating,” Mindy continues, “but usually this is accomplished in just a few days. Pets of any age, even puppies and kittens, can be given this new diet and benefit from it very quickly.” The knowledgeable staff at Buddies is there to help with information and sample menus for weekly meal plans. For Rover this might include poultry, beef, bison or elk with a blend of vegetables or tripe available at the store in vacuum-sealed fresh or frozen one-pound blocks. Ground green tripe is particularly nutritious, providing phosphorous, calcium and essential fatty acids. Tripe is the stomach of ruminating mammals such as sheep (like haggis!) and may be a particularly fitting menu choice on Robbie Burns Day, January 25th! While dogs are classified as omnivores and need a wide range of food in their diets including fruits and vegetables, cats are true (or obligate) carnivores and need to eat meat. Buddies provides a variety of menu choices for Fluffy such as a blend of organs with chicken and tuna or turkey and trout, typically packaged in four-ounce blocks. Most of the blends for dogs and cats contain raw bone. Their teeth and digestive systems are well suited to break this down into valuable nutrients including calcium and other minerals. Beware that cooked bones are dangerous to our pets because they can splinter and cause severe harm when swallowed. The store also carries grain-free dehydrated foods, supplements and pet accessories including toys, grooming products, mats and kennels, chew treats and a Spa line of cologne, bubble bath and even facial scrubs! There are also packages of preservative-free food for ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and chinchillas. “It’s a New Year, why not try your pet on a new, raw-food diet?” encourages Mindy. “You’ll quickly see the benefits in your pet’s health, vitality and energy – and they even smell better!”

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Rob Bond (pictured) and partner John Doyle are the proprietors of Doyle & Bond Home and Garden by Rob on West Saanich Road. Their goal is to create stunningly beautiful spaces for home and garden. With The Sumptuous Garden, landscape designer Rob spreads his knowledge and passion around the Saanich Peninsula.


conifer. Because it’s slowgrowing, it requires little fertilizer and needs little pruning. It delivers great variety in form and texture. Place a few in your beds and watch what happens. A fabulous dwarf specimen is the Japanese globe cedar. This grey-green cedar develops dramatic bronze tips in winter. I also love the dwarf weeping hemlock for its grace as it spills over rocks or softens stone walls.

It’s said a classic beauty must have “good bones.” Your garden may be filled with gorgeous specimens, but without good bones providing the framework, it won’t achieve the lasting beauty every gardener wants. The bones? Any permanent architectural component qualifies – trees, hedges, pathways, stone walls, dry creek beds, fountains and arbors. Fences, driveways and walkways qualify too, but rarely contribute a positive note. The best time to assess your bones is now, when you’re not distracted by the summer spectacle. Inspect your space. Has that lush perennial that stole the show left a gaping hole? Are there large dead areas? No good: you should be able to look at your garden from any angle and find something to tickle your eye.

If you favour the English garden look, a simple boxwood hedge does the trick. I’d go for the true dwarf boxwood. It shapes itself into a globe without a snip from the pruning shears. Plant one every three feet at the front of a bed. The structure pulls the garden together when the foliage from roses, lilies and other perennials has faded. Make no bones about it. Photo of Rob courtesy Carol Clemens. Garden shot courtesy Jeremy Ferguson.

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he was the third of four children, the only girl, born into a privileged family – entailing finishing school, her coming-out ball and a university education in the dirty ’30s. She obtained a degree in Home Economics. She was a champion speed skater and an accomplished classical pianist. She taught school, married, raised four children and lovingly looked after an ill husband for many years before his death. It started with a missed word, then a misplaced sentence, then gradually whole paragraphs were jumbled. It’s an insidious disease, Alzheimer’s, biting those who least expect it. Small, odd things occurred at first, then definitely out-of-character things. She’d leave the stove on and the kettle would boil dry.

She angrily accused her doctor of bringing her in for a pregnancy test. How dare he be so presumptuous! She attempted to book trips around the world. She placed every fragrance ad in magazines in her lingerie drawer. She was shocked and angry when she read of her younger brother’s death. He had never married yet here he was, a married man, with four children and grandchildren! How could he have kept such a secret? She lived in a suite adjoining the home of one of her daughters. Her first guest was Sarah Ferguson. The next was figure skater Elizabeth Manley. The ladies’ pictures were on the cover of Time magazine. Pictures of two of her grandsons lived on her couch. Also Time cover boy Don Johnson, actor in the popular TV series Miami Vice. She served them with afternoon tea and cookies and later dinner. Each of the five houseguests had dinner on a paper plate. After the supposed eating she covered the plates with plastic wrap and put them in the fridge to use again. She gave her guests water at meals, save Don Johnson. He was special and had a Tom Collins.

Her beloved dog, Jenny, was her constant companion. She got lost taking Jenny to the groomers, which she’d done dozens of times. Her dress code changed from elegance to the layered look of nighties, dresses, coats and scarves. She loved her gold lamé scarf and little blue knit toque. Her family got through these tough times with humour. Laughter was the best medicine and salvation.

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News from the Seaside Partnerships and Education Help Save a Species by Tina Kelly, Ocean Advocate, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre In some parts of the world, the ear is a delicacy. The “sea ear,” that is. The scientific name for Northern abalone (pictured) roughly translates to “sea ear.” This mollusc is highly sought after for its edible meat and the nacre of its shell. With the invention of scuba PAINT WORKS LOGOS: in theINDELIBLE 1960s, abalone became easier to harvest and its population quickly declined. In 1990, there was a complete ban on collecting wild abalone. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) registered Northern abalone as a threatened species in 1999. The federal government followed suit in 2003, listing abaOR: lone as threatened under the Species at Risk Act.

cent reaching adulthood and reproductive age, the challenge of population recovery intensifies. In a partnership between the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, the Bamfield Huu-ay-aht Community Abalone Project (BCHAP) aims to replenish wild stocks of abalone. After a strict and lengthy permit process, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre was granted permission from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to display these threatened molluscs. The Centre attained its 10 northern abalone from the BCHAP. They are showcased in a habitat similar to that in the wild – a rocky shore with fast water flow. Along with the hard work of the BCHAP, a key part to the recovery of abalone stocks is education. A rare glimpse at a threatened species can double as a teaching tool.

Regardless of its protected status, the abalone population is not recovering. A highly valuable commodity, the illegal harvesting, or poaching, of abalone continues to be a significant problem. Another roadblock to its recovery is its reproductive strategy. Abalone must group together INDELIBLE PAINT WORKS LOGOS: to spawn; low concentrations of individuals make it hard for spawn to reach other abalone. Add to this the fact that abalone has a slow growth rate. With less than one per-

“We wanted to put this species on display to help our visitors identify abalone if they see it being taken from our shoreline,” says Mike Anderson, head aquarist at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. “If people can recognize them, then we have a much better chance of being able to replenish them and help remove abalone from the list of threatened species.” Familiarize yourself with the appearance of abalone and report any harvesting activity to 1-800-465-4336. The hard work of the BCHAP and the sharply trained eye of passionate citizens can help save this species from extinction. And if anyone offers you an ear for dinner, it is best to decline.


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n today’s high-tech world of iPhones, iPods, iReaders and texting, where even Her Majesty the Queen has a Facebook page, it is very refreshing to discover that there are still some organizations around that have old fashioned values; one whose motto is “We Serve.” One such local club is the Central Saanich Lions Club. The Club is part of Lions Clubs International which began in 1917 as the dream of Chicago insurance man Melvin Jones, who wondered why his local business club could not expand from purely business concerns to help the local community. The Club is now the world’s largest service organization, with over 1.35 million members in 206 countries.

I met for coffee with two of the Lions Club members: John Currie, secretary and Ken Marriette, the new PR person for the Club. The purpose was so they could enlighten me on some of the community projects and fundraisers the Club is involved in. “Central Saanich Lions Club has been chartered since

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The Club also raises funds for the Lions Foundation of Canada which is involved with training guide dogs across Canada. Once trained, the dogs provide freedom, independence and devoted companionship for the blind. They are also involved with the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) which serves the entire world, providing food and clothing to victims of natural disasters, empowering the disabled through vocational training, promoting health by equipping clinics and hospitals and working toward preventing blindness. The Lions Club, in addition to fundraising, also has a fun social side. They host an annual golf tournament, bowling night, whist nights, ladies’ night and the yearend past members’ barbeque. “We are always looking for new members, especially people who want to give back to our community,” explains Ken. The Club meets twice a month and often has interesting guest speakers. If you would like more information, call membership chair Gary Wake at 250-652-4764. could also check with a Commitment toYou Better Hearing out the several Lions websites:, and

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More Misadventures on Calypso – Summer ‘10 by Sharlene Coss

Never before has the expression “What a difference a year makes” held so much truth. The skipper (my husband Phil) and crew (myself) have gone from neophyte boaters bumping into anything that didn’t move out of the way quickly enough to becoming not exactly experienced – but no longer dangerous – mariners. Over the 2009/2010 winter the skipper took a Canadian Power Squadron course that gave him more confidence to tackle the rivers and canals of Europe. While the skipper was learning to navigate by the stars and plot a course from A to B, the crew was busy planning a summer cruise through Holland, across Belgium from east to west and then into France, making our way to a winter mooring at Migennes on the Canal de Bourgogne after a three-week stay in Paris. How awesome! How devastating then when the skipper tore his Achilles tendon just six (6!) days before we were to leave. The crew refrained (with difficulty) from berating him for ruining her summer and managed to be sympathetic and nurse-like while he recovered from surgery sitting in his chair with his leg up for six l-o-n-g weeks! Acting on the theory that one can recover on a boat in the Netherlands as well as one can in one’s own living room, and with the doctor’s permission, we flew to Amsterdam – a month late! In northwest Holland, we picked up the newly improved Calypso (which now boasts a beautiful shower and dressing area) from the boatyard and moved about 750 metres across the river to Vollenhove’s passantenhaven – a small but perfect little village. The haven had all the necessary facilities – electricity, water points, laundromat and, more importantly, a pub just a hobble away. The next five weeks were a delightful recuperating period. We rented a car to get us to nearby villages for a change of scenery as skipper couldn’t yet ride his bike. The weather was amazing – sunny and warm – and we were entertained watching the soccer World Cup games on our little TV. Wearing bright orange shirts, we joined in all the Dutch celebrations until the bitter end. 20


Having the car also allowed us to drive to Gouda to visit with two Aussie couples we met last year. They were moored right in the centre of Gouda, a beautiful city known for its cheese. But we were overjoyed to be invited to stay with Marion and John, a Dutch couple we met last year, in their beautiful home in Driebergen (near Utrecht). They toured us around the area which was delightfully forested and hilly – a great change in landscape. Over the next five weeks, we became part of village life as we had morning coffee and then late afternoon beer in the courtyard square beside the gorgeous church built in the 1600s. The skipper graduated from crutches to two canes to one cane until one Sunday morning he declared: “We are going to France!” The crew moved at sonic speed before skipper could change his mind and in just a few days provisioned the boat, purchased new ropes and boat accessories and new charts to replace those we left at home. Yahoo, France here we come! More misadventures to come in the February issue!


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Mortgage Masters – INVIS by Jennifer Bowles My first house was no larger than the interior of a midsize car. The living room sat two, the dining room sat one, and if you cranked your neck to the left and down, with one foot on the soap dish, showering was a breeze. But you know what; that aside … the house was mine! (Technically, it belonged to the bank). However, no greater feeling ever washed over me than that pinnacle moment when I slid that golden key in the lock of my new home, opened the door and knew that I was no longer under the thumb of a disgruntled landlord or ever had to listen to floor stomping again. Realistically, before you have the whole “golden key” moment, you have to get a mortgage. If you don’t require a mortgage, you would likely be better off reading Fortune 500 magazine. If you do require a mortgage, this article is for you! Traditionally one would think: mortgage = trip to the bank. Not so, says Hein Moes, mortgage broker of INVIS and Canada’s Mortgage Experts. You should go to a mortgage broker first. They can shop around and potentially get your mortgage approved through a bank (even your own), credit unions or other financial institutions at the best discounted rates. INVIS is a nationwide company backed with some of the best industry professionals in the business. They offer independent, no-charge advice

and are able to spread their fingers out to lending corporations that the banks would not necessarily have access to. INVIS’s capability enables the client a greater possibility of qualifying for a mortgage than the bank. “We provide a service that encompasses experience and creative solutions to your mortgage needs,” says Moes. INVIS provides clients with an alternative to the traditional bank route and is a nationwide company backed

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with some of the best industry professionals in the business. The mortgage brokers at INVIS offer independent, no-charge advice and are able to spread their fingers out to lending corporations that the banks would not necessarily have access to. INVIS’s capability offers the client a potentially greater possibility of qualifying for a mortgage than the trip to the bank.

3) How much will my mortgage be? It breaks down to approximately $500 to $600 per $100,000 loaned. 4) There are two basic kinds of mortgages:

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Human Whisperers by Doreen Marion Gee There is something deeply magical about horses. They seem to have a healing and transformative power over humans. The people who run the Forward Equestrian and Wellness Centre in Saanich know these equine secrets. Rebecca Phillips, a Psychology doc-

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rider to regulate themselves into a calmer state. The horse’s involvement also enhances learning in autistic children and teaches them spatial skills. Rebecca uses special exercises with autistic children to help them discern the equine clues. With hyperactive children, the soothing predictable gait of the horse regulates and relaxes their mental state. This action-oriented therapy builds skills and motivates young riders. An integral value of this therapy is in building selfesteem and self-confidence. It empowers clients when they see themselves gaining control over a large strong animal.

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Rebecca’s program has been approved for government autism funding. They will be fundraising to help finance clients on lower incomes. Intakes and assessments are done at the centre – anyone wishing to be a client can just call them. The whole team of therapists is right there on the farm. No horse experience is necessary. Presently the team wants to purchase the farm that they lease and a kindergarten is planned for next September. Rebecca and her team would appreciate any kind of support from the community.

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The People Who Harvest Coffee – Part I about the people who actually harvest the coffee we drink daily?

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The lives of many people are affected by the commerce of coffee. In fact, its overall volume is close to that of oil in terms of trade and we all know the financial impact of oil! Canada is considered to be a medium consumption country when it comes to coffee, importing well over 400 million pounds of green coffee each year, which translates to about 15 billion cups being consumed north of the 49th parallel alone. Coffee is harvested in many countries around the world; however, not all coffee is created equal in terms of the labour practices that are being exercised. Firstly, reputable coffee roasting companies use responsibly harvested coffee: some use the “Fair Trade” classification while others use the “Farmer Friendly” designation. These coffee companies support sustainable coffee practices and pay as much as

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Playful Pet Resolutions by Shelley Breadner How quickly the time passes with another year gone by! Did you know that for our adult pets, one year is equal to approximately five years of a human’s life? Wow! What has happened to you in the past five years? Got married, started a family, had some surgery, major dental repairs, moved house, coloured your hair to hide the grey … Yes, with each year comes aging and wisdom. When our pets start a new year, they are more than willing to meet your New Year’s Resolution to exercise more, lose some weight, change bad habits and more. What sort of resolutions can we ask our pets to share with us to be more successful? Exercise: It’s not easy to find a gym that will take our pets as members. We need to be creative in engaging them with the benefits of being active. Get out for a daily walk around the neighbourhood or take a hike in a local park. Joggers can be thankful for special collars such as Gentle Leaders to help manage rambunctious dogs and still provide an excellent outlet for energy release.

managing issues. Sound like managing your children? Likely because they are very similar. If you are having difficulties, seek out an appropriate trainer or veterinary behaviour consult to help manage the problem. Skin and Coat: As for the grey, don’t worry about colouring your pet’s hair, but do ensure they are maintained with regard to nails and grooming. Mats are not fun to wear as they can cause discomfort and skin inflammation. Healthy skin can be supported through the use of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid supplements. Fleas had a great year in 2010. Let’s eliminate them in 2011 with proper flea control. Ask your veterinarian what product would be best for your pet. Shelley Breadner is the founder of Breadner Veterinary Services on Keating Cross Road, Saanichton. Our hospital cares for the health and well being of cats, dogs, birds and exotic pets.

Cats are also in need of exercise and mental stimulation. Place food items in food puzzle toys that dispense small morsels as your cat rolls them about. Set up multiple feeding stations around the house, so that your cat has to forage for food, burning off calories during the adventure. Regular play with cat toys is also a great benefit to get your cat moving! Calories: Not a favourite word, but intake still needs attention. Food puzzle toys help a great deal for dogs and cats to make those meals last longer! Reducing your pet’s food intake by 1/4 to 1/3 also helps to reduce weight. Reward with play and pats rather than with food treats every time. Break cookies into small pieces so that it appears that you are giving many treats without increasing calorie intake. Bad Habits: If possible, ignore habits you don’t like and reward the ones you do! If your pet is acting inappropriately, you can interrupt without anger or aggressive gestures. This should always be followed with a direction as to what you do want your pet to do. Be proactive. Intervene, distract and redirect your pet to a desirable behaviour before an outburst. Consistency is key to

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The Pioneering Newmans of Central Saanich by Valerie Green Long before it became fashionable to eat organically and promote a sustainable society, the Newman family was already practicing these philosophies on their Central Saanich acreage. For 107 years, the Newman Farm remained in family ownership and very little changed in the manner in which they lived, despite a modern world growing up all around them. Patriarch of the family was Nestor (Nyman) Newman from Finland who purchased acreage in rural Saanich in the 1890s and, together with his wife Allida, built a small cabin on the property which became their first home. By 1905, he had built a larger residence to accommodate his growing family. Newman also worked as a foreman for the V&S Railway which ran by their home, along what is now known as Old Veyaness Road. When Newman died in 1913, Allida ran the farm and raised their seven sons and two daughters alone. Their eldest, George, took over his father’s position with the railway at the age of fifteen.

The Newmans were completely self-reliant in all things. They grew their own fruits and vegetables, ground their own cereal and raised prize-winning Jersey cattle. Fresh cream and butter produced from the cows provided extra income for the family. George Newman and his younger brothers, John and Henry, remained on the family homestead and act-

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ively farmed until 1996. Most of their food came from the land and they continued to live with no electricity or running water. In their world, time simply stood still. They survived by respecting the land and practicing thrift in all things. Often the Newman brothers earned the title of “eccentric” because of these beliefs. Although a little different from the rest of us, the Newmans’ talents were outstanding. John Newman was an accomplished athlete (cycling and rowing), a proficient boat builder and extraordinary photographer. In the 1920s he began creating photographic images of cows, birds, landscapes and rural life on the Peninsula. During his lifetime he took over 20,000 photographs and this collection was donated to the District of Central Saanich for cataloguing. Some of the images may be found on display in the John Newman Boathouse at Heritage Acres. In 1994, seven of the 15 farm buildings were designated as heritage structures and in July of 2003 the Newman Farm was officially gifted to the District of Central Saanich for use as a public park.

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The old Newman farmhouse, completed back in 1905, is a two-storey frame structure. It has a fine Victoriantype door in front and porches at both back and front entrances. There is still

no running water, plumbing, electricity or any of today’s modern conveniences. Heating is still provided by a wood stove, water is pumped from outside and there is an outhouse in the yard. The original Newman cabin (c.1897) was long-ago converted into a bathhouse and photographic darkroom by John Newman. There is also a creamery, a garage, a shed, a barn and a chicken coop on site. Two boathouses stand on the eastern portion of the property. In 1996 an assessment of all these buildings was undertaken by architect Jonathan Yardley, and measures have subsequently been taken to stabilize these buildings with the help of a volunteer group known as the Newman Farm Working Group. In June of 2007, a report from an environmental design company was presented to Central Saanich council concerning the future of the Newman Farm now that the Newmans

are gone. The 6.6-hectare stretch of land, which is 1,000 metres long and 70 metres wide, stretches from Ferguson Cove across the Pat Bay Highway and Central Saanich Road to the old V&S Railway site. The report recommends various future uses for the land as a park. Potential activities could include boat building, restoration work, walking trails, farm tours and community events. The lower “beach field” of the Newman Farm was opened for public use in August, 2009 but hopefully, one day, the farm will all be open to the public. One thing is certain. Any changes made will be approached in an environmentally slow and safe way, respecting the land just as the Newmans did for over a century.

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Dancing With Sheep by Moira Gardener From our ringside seats at the Deep Cove Market we watch these amazing border collies do what they were born to do: work. It is a wonderful dance between the sheep and the dogs as choreographed by the trainer.

(Tee and Murphy) close up. Tee is Julie Carter’s twoyear-old tri-colour nursery dog. This means Tee is a natural at herding sheep. Rachel, Julie’s student, owns Murphy, a rescue dog that has taken well to the work.

The field is set with small white hurdles called panels. The collie is sent by the trainer to fetch the sheep. The dog, 15 to 20 feet behind the sheep, moves them forward at a walk, now a trot but never a run. She gets close, lies down and patiently awaits a signal. Now up, turning them. But the sheep have other ideas and go their own way, those mutton-headed fur balls. The dog comes behind, slows and lies down again. Up, bunching them, turning them, then bringing them back to the trainer who’s been signaling with a whistle. Dog and trainer as one patiently move the sheep into the pen.

Sheep herding, in Julie’s words, “is the practical work of moving sheep at a slow methodical pace.” Already an experienced animal trainer, Julie fell in love with working stock six years ago when she bought a dog from an outstanding shepherd. She observed this incredible connection of trainer and dog and, after shadowing the handler for a winter, she was hooked. A seasoned obedience trainer of 10 years, Julie discovered that “no ring obedience will give you the level of obedience and the type of relationship that this work gives.”

The gate is reopened. Off they go again, until the sheep tire and are driven back to the main corral and exchanged for new sheep ready for the dance. Later, I have the privilege to be in the field feeling the breeze, smelling the grass and watching the dogs

In February of 2010 she leased a field from Meadow Oak farms, fenced it and brought in sheep. What we are watching today is the first stock training on the Saanich Peninsula, and it’s drawn a lot of interested spectators including myself. Julie, like Tee, is a natural. This is evident in the

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The dog gets to know that the trainer is their ally, helping them to perfect the work. The sheep too must trust the trainer. They need to learn to come to the trainer for safety. A shepherd’s love for the sheep makes the job one of protector, as sheep are very gentle creatures who react fearfully to an anxious dog or trainer. The goal is to keep them calm and controlled. This can only be achieved when both trainer and dog radiate confidence and calmness themselves.









It is this type of partnership that sheep trust, and they will then walk into the pen by choice as we witnessed today.

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Car Stops: The Ideal Transportation Solution For Small Communities by Barry Mathias me explain: it is a unique concept that enables people in small communities, that are unable to afford a bus service, to travel free around their island using the generosity of those who wish to drive. A Car Stop looks a like bus stop. A double-sided sign proclaims CAR STOP, and below is another sign which explains how it works: Drivers don’t have to take the first in line; You’re not obliged to accept a ride, that’s fine. You accept a ride at your own risk, But the ride is free, so consider it a gift. (contributed by Don Harrison, MAP Exec. Pender Island)

drivers recognize the sign and give you a lift. It is important to understand that the use of Car Stops is entirely voluntary: people take rides and give lifts as they see fit. There is no obligation on either side; no bureaucracy and no cost. Because there is no exchange of money, the transaction on both sides is voluntary and nobody is actually responsible for other people’s actions, there is an absence of litigation. Once the signs are in position, the system works independently. I came up with the idea in 2008 and after detailed discussions with my group, Moving Around Pender (MAP) Alternative Transportation Society, I contacted the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) and agreed the position of the Stops with our local highways manager.

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Since then, I have been able to expand the number of Stops to twenty-nine, persuade MOTI to remove the pilot designation and add a plastic box to each Stop that contains free Car Stop maps. MAP members have been invaluable; money has been forthcoming from the CRD, via the new Director of Southern Gulf Islands, Ken Hancock, and the local chapter of the Lions Club of British Columbia. The local pharmacy, which runs the taxi service, advertises on the back of the maps and provides them free of charge … it is, in all senses, a community effort. So who uses Car Stops? Their use is increasing all the time and is particularly popular with students, people without cars, visiting boaters, foot passengers from the ferries and local people who travel to work, go shopping,

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Lean For Life? Sandra Froher Has it Covered! by Jennifer Bowles

I know, I know, this year is going to be the year … and I believe you! You’re going to start running, take up pottery, golf more, book the trip to Italy, landscape the garden or sign up for that salsa class your husband has been begging you to take with him … seriously though, baby steps. So you’re a go-getter, a divine doer, setting the bar higher? Well good for you! Not everyone has that same sense of tenacity. In fact, procrastination is creeping in on you right now: already you’re thinking the garden looks better in its rustic state, unkempt is the new groomed right? And when did you start growing zucchini?! January symbolizes a new start: a chance to clean the slate. For this month’s Island Dish, I am going to talk about some things you can do to stay ahead of the game from a nutritional standpoint. I have enlisted the help of Sandra Froher,

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get o ut ! The Get Out series is aimed at reminding us how lucky we are to live on southern Vancouver Island – one of the most diverse and livable places on earth! All my adventures are from the basis of a family with pre-teen kids. Get out and enjoy! Thinking back to that last “bit of weather” we had, I contemplated some of the indoor activities that are on our doorstep. We have some great swimming facilities in the capital region; so diverse, in fact, that you can choose the pool that best fits your needs. All the local pools have family facilities, but check them out: some serve specific age ranges better than others. For toddlers look for a shallow warm pool, bigger kids love the water slides, and then there are the waves! For the serious swimmer lanes for doing laps are often restricted during family swims, but Commonwealth, for instance, has plenty of room in a separate pool and others schedule time that creates space. The Boulders climbing wall at Stelly’s Secondary School (near Wallace Drive and Stelly’s X Road, outside of Brentwood Bay) is a huge hit for those who have never experienced rock climbing before. Indoor climbing adds a large degree of control and safety to what many people (wrongly) think of as a dangerous sport. The Boulders staff are fantastic. Birthday parties are often the first introduction for many kids, but private instruction is also offered. Climbing is a great way to exercise, building strength and flexibility, and it builds character

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and burns off a lot of energy, too. No need to scare yourself with heights, you can always “boulder” (staying within a few feet of the floor) – in fact there is a very challenging route where your feet are just a foot or two off the floor. I was surprised at a recent event I attended that not everyone in Victoria knows of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, located in Sidney. This is a world-class aquarium experience that I simply cannot compare to anything I have ever seen. Amazingly, it is almost completely staffed by volunteers (welltrained ones, I might add). If it’s your first visit, simply turn off the Pat Bay Highway at Sidney, follow the main street down to the roundabout by the water and go left. You won’t regret it and, if you’re like me, you will upgrade your entrance pass to an annual pass. For the astrologist or star gazer there is the Centre of the Universe, atop Observatory Hill (5071 West Saanich Road). The Centre closes to the public, except for school programs, in the winter months, but offers fascinating programs and lectures through the spring and summer. Museums abound. While there may be a couple that are a bit musty and “museum like” the trend of museumology is to create hands-on interactive experiences. Along the Pat Bay Highway check out Sidney’s little museum on Beacon Avenue (I love the Lego creations when on display), or how about

the B.C. Aviation Museum on Norseman Road, near the Victoria Airport Control Tower, or the Saanich Historical Society (turn off the Pat Bay Highway at Michell’s Farm). In the city search for the Maritime Museum in Bastion Square, Craigdarroch Castle (Joan Crescent), the Bug Zoo (downtown at 631 Courtney) … and we can never use the M-word without including the Royal B.C. Museum, holding some of the most extensive displays of First Nations artifacts, those amazing dioramas and the big Imax theatre. Others include Helmcken House, Emily Carr House, Craigflower Manor and the Abkhazi Garden (1964 Fairfield Road). Butterfly World will dissolve whatever weather is plaguing you, but of course the best time to visit is when the little critters are hatching. Call or check their website ( One thing I really like about Butterfly World is you can’t lose the little kids because of the entranceexit doors … although they can tuck away behind some pretty big plants! Go further afield, if the weather isn’t that bad, and check out Sooke’s Regional Museum, just past the Sooke River Bridge (Phillips Road). This is an eclectic assembling of the region’s heritage of people, land and sea. Or how about the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan where logging equipment, a miniature railway and more await. Include Cowichan Bay while in Duncan to check out some classic wooden boats … and maybe the bakery! So what are you doing sitting on the couch? Get out and explore!

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What’s On Your Not To Do List? by Pene Beavan Horton If you’re like me, you are always writing lengthy “To Do” lists … Monday, 1:15, do this, this and this … . Then the other day I came across an article about putting things on a “Not To Do” list … wow. How incredible is that? To Do: Clean the bathroom, vacuum the living room, make lunch, make supper, go to the bank, get groceries, learn Arabic, do taxes, make mango chutney, mow the lawn, play the piano, do genealogy, get the car serviced … . What could go on our Not To Do list? What would happen if we put DON’T DO THIS at the head of our To Do list? Nothing would get done. Realistically, you can’t not clean the bathroom … but you can probably let vacuuming the living room slide for a bit. Instead of making lunch you could grab an apple and a piece of cheese and a good book … but how would the family take it if you scratched “make supper” off your To Do list?

more intangible things like: don’t be ungrateful, don’t hold a grudge, don’t be unkind, don’t drive your Mother crazy, don’t smoke … but we don’t do most of these things anyway.

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Perhaps we can inventory our personal idiosyncrasies and put those on the Not To Do list. Or perhaps not … . Perhaps we can just learn that we don’t have to do everything at once and if there are 15 things on our day’s To Do list, we can probably slide half of them on to a Don’t Do Today list and give ourselves a bit of a break before we get carted off to hospital with a heart attack or find ourselves feeling resentful instead of grateful at the day’s end. It’s lovely to be able to scratch things off our To Do lists – we often write things on them that we’ve already done just for the sheer pleasure of

crossing them off – but perhaps in 2011 we can lighten up a bit and play with a Not To Do list, even if it’s only Not To Do for today.

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What if you happily scratched off “go to the bank” and “get groceries” … could you delegate? Have a lovely hot bath instead? With candles and a good book?

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I mean, how do you cope with a lengthy Not To Do list? It’s worth thinking about. Most of our To Do lists are miles long and fairly intimidating, so perhaps we need to break ourselves in gently and make a Don’t Do This Today list and see what happens? If we can turn it into a Don’t Do This Tomorrow list as well, we’re making progress … or will something nasty bite us on the ankle because we haven’t done it? Are we thinking here that shaving chores off our To Do list will gain us more time to reflect about life, love and happiness? Or will our saved time result in hideous guilt and a marathon of chores to catch up? Most of us wouldn’t put “don’t rob a bank” on our Not To Do list, so what would we put on it? We could graduate to

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Cruising is an excellent way to see the world or just take an all-inclusive vacation. Everything is provided: food, room, entertainment and travel with no worry about packing and unpacking at each location. You board the cruise ship and quickly find your room, food, desserts (my favourite) and where to meet people or just hide away in the library or by the pool. We usually take a room in the “basement” (lowest deck). It’s smoother sailing, less cost and you don’t spend much time looking out the window anyway. We just completed a 14-day Mediterranean cruise, visiting a new port each day. It’s the best way to see Europe. We sailed on the Oceania ship INSIGNIA with only 600 passengers and 440

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as a picturesque city. We were lucky, the main square was flooded the day before we arrived. Croatia was OK. You can see the ex-communist country’s lack of enthusiasm in their lifestyle and lack of tourist shopping. In Greece I drove a 4x4 up into the hills for lunch. The road had many places where only one car could pass. Local drivers didn’t appreciate us slowing down to take a look. Italy was OK, only the Roman ruins made it an interesting place to visit. The Vatican was one big line-up of

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France was interesting, dog poop on most sidewalks. (Nice reputation to have). Spain had much more to see and better shopping. Western Europe cities are excellent for window shopping. It’s better to shop in Canada. I did take a few thousand photos, but once you’ve seen one Roman ruin, one castle, one palace, one church and one statue, you have seen them all! We did have a few cold and rainy days in Northern Italy. The warmest was 22˚C, with an average about 17˚C. I managed the trip without a coat. I wore layered clothing (A quick-wash traveler’s shirt over a T-shirt or sweater over a T-shirt) and carried a small umbrella depending on the weather.

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our woodpeckers. Some measure almost 50 cm in total body length. Unlike the other woodpeckers which hammer out round holes, pileated woodpeckers make rectangular holes. Northern flickers (pictured at left) are woodpeckers that forage mainly on the ground rather than in trees. They are mediumsized woodpeckers and come in two main colour morphs: one has reddish underwings, and the other yellow underwings. The reddish type is called “red-shafted flicker” and it tends to predominate locally. A prominent white spot on the rump, highly visible in flight, is a good way to recognize these birds. Many woodpecker species occur Canada-wide. On winter bird counts, they are often among the most common birds tallied. They are easily observed owing to their relative tameness. In spring and early summer, woodpeckers are especially noticeable because they hammer away on dead trees, house sidings, telephone poles … any substrate that allows them to produce a characteristic reasonant sound that echoes far

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Loose Leaf Tea: For a Superior Cuppa by Carole Pearson Tea bags are convenient. Throw one in a pot and add boiling water. But this method includes the use of bleached paper, glue to keep the tea bag sealed and, with some brands, string, a paper tag, a staple and a paper or foil envelope for each tea bag. If you buy tea bags by the box, don’t forget to add cardboard and cellophane. That is a lot of unnecessary waste! Consider this: most standard quality tea bags are filled with what is left behind after the superior quality whole tea leaves are screened out at the factory. This tea dust is composed of leaf fragments, twigs and stems. Often these are additionally shredded and crushed into granules so it all fits uniformly into a tea bag. This means more surface area is exposed to the air and the product will go stale much faster. It is also less f lavourful. Loose tea makes a better cup of tea because bigger leaves stay fresh longer and more of the f lavour and essential oils are released. Whether brewed loosely or in an infuser, the boiling water can

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Middle Age is a Blessing by Georgina Bourdeau Middle age is when you don’t party till the wee hours of the morning and if you do you pay for it for a week. It is also not the time where you go to bed at eight each night. Middle age is the time between the good ole days and the twilight years. It’s a time when you really know your faults and those positive attributes that allow the people around you to love you for who you are. Middle age is another cross road in your life. It is a time for retrospect on where you are now and where you want to go. The children have left the house, moved on and started their own grand adventure called life. The empty nest can be exhilarating or frightfully lonely. But, as all things change, this is an opportunity to grow, to experience new things and to recapture the romance that was previously squelched by the needs of children and responsibilities. There are forgotten friends to recon-

nect with, clubs to join and hobbies to start. It is truly an exciting part of our lives. We have been given the time and energy to be able to experience all the wonder and opportunities out there to continue evolving into magnificent human beings. It is for once a time to take our needs into consideration and to pamper ourselves. They say midlife can be a time of crisis but I think this is our minds signalling to us that we have fallen into a mundane existence and that we need to make changes. It’s not a time to quit your old existence, to walk away from everything you have achieved and loved: this is a time to tweak the here and now. It is a time to take inventory.



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honour the changes age gives up. It is a badge of experience that we should proudly wear. There’s so much pressure from media to continue looking young. But ask yourself why and for whom? By middle age we know who we are. We welcome that age gives us a wealth of experience and knowledge. So if we know this to be true on our insides why do we fight so much to change what age does to us on the outside? A truly beautiful person is someone unafraid to show their age and is comfortable in their own skin. Our strength and flexibility diminishes, but so what? Do you really want to keep doing triathlons forever? This is a sign our body sends us to slow down a bit and enjoy the simpler things in life. I for one think we need this reminder as life has a way of racing by. It gives us time to turn away from the physical needs and to develop our minds. Middle age is a time of reflection, a time to consider making positive improvements in your life and a time of new beginnings. Our body changes in order for us to come to terms with the fact that we are not spring chickens anymore and that it is okay to stop and smell the roses. I think we should all celebrate middle age – we made it this far and are now starting on the next big adventure of our life. january 2011


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Sidney Museum, 2423 Beacon Ave., Sidney Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-655-6355,

comedic dance shows. Now, they’ve transformed their popular show into a hilarious theatrical marvel, complete with a state of the art multi-media screen and vignettes. All tickets $30.

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January Mondays Cued Ballroom Dancing

Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Meeting

Royal Oak Women’s Institute Hall 8 p.m. 250-474-7393

Mary Winspear Centre Sidney, B.C., 7 p.m. 250-656-7070

Learn to dance! All lessons are run with “angels:” experienced dancers who volunteer their time to help the new dancers learn the steps. No need to pre-register. $5 per lesson.

The Hilarious History of Rock ‘n Roll From The Timebenders

The evening’s speaker will be Dr. Carol Matusicky, former executive director of B.C. Council for Families. Her topic will be Changing Family Dynamics and the impact on parents, grandparents and society. Dr. Matusicky has been a spokesperson on family issues on the provincial and national scene for over 30 years.

8 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 250-656-0275

January 29-30

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A high-energy, interactive romp through the musical ages. The Timebenders have long been known for their high-energy and On Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 7 pm in Sidney, BC.

Mixing It Up In The Urban Garden Saturday - check-in 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fires Burning By: Margaret Watt

Hear the sounds of laughter and tears as this brand new musical which is full of tragedy, love and hope is a true reminder of the strength and resilience of our human spirit. Join young Robbie and Jodi, as they work to build a new life for the children of their town. For Tickets and more information to this incredible show, please contact the Box Office.

Spring Triple Threat Acting Classes Begin February 1st

(250) 656-0275 Adults $10/ Child $5

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Performed by Triple Threat Performing Arts Students

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Saturday: a day-long conference with expert speakers on vegetables, berries and tree fruits, chicken and bees. With selected vendors. Registration $55 (includes lunch, coffee breaks and nutrition snacks). Sunday: practical mini-workshops to put your newly-acquired gardening knowledge into practice. Please dress accordingly. Registration $20. Presented by the Victoria Master Gardener Association.

January 30 Investors Group Alzheimer Walk For Memories University of Victoria Centennial Stadium, McGill Road Registration 9 a.m. Walk From 10-11:30 a.m. 250-727-9191 1-800-667-3742 British Columbians come together to honour and remember the special people in their lives touched by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias while raising vital funds for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. * Our apologies: In the December issue of What’s Happening, the opening time given for the first day of the Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair at the Mary Winspear Centre was incorrect, which apparently resulted in some visitors being turned away after arriving too early. *

CRD Regional Parks January Schedule All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is not required unless otherwise noted. 250.478.3344 • • Saturday, January 8 | 1-2:30pm

these gentle grazers or garden raiders. Meet at the nature centre in the main parking lot off Metchosin Road. B.C. Transit #54 or #55.

Durrance Lake Loop (Guided Walk) – 8 years+ Mount Work Regional Park (Highlands) People aren’t the only creatures that enjoy a dip in Durrance Lake! Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist for a hike around the lake and explore some of the plants and animals that make it their home. Meet in the Durrance Lake parking lot off Durrance Close, off Willis Point Road.

Sunday, January 9th, 10am-2pm

New Year, New Beginnings (Guided Hike) – Adults Only Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) Burn off some of the holiday treats on a 10 km guided walk around the lakes with a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist. Wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the nature centre at the main Beaver Lake parking lot. B.C. Transit #70 or #75.

Saturday, January 15th, 1-2:30pm

Who’s Hooting? (Guided Walk) – All ages Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford) Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to learn some owl calls, find out about these excellent night hunters, and get to know our B.C. owls. Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue. B.C. Transit #50 or #53.

Sunday, January 16th, 9:30–11:30am

Saturday, January 29 | 1-2:30pm

A Winter Walk in Nature (Guided Walk)—8 years+ Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) Walk a wintry trail with guest naturalist Joe Percival to observe and reflect upon the natural world we encounter during this season of cold. Meet at the nature centre off Metchosin Road. B.C. Transit #54 or #55.

Sunday, January 30th, 1-2:30pm Ha-bat-itat (Guided Walk) – All ages Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich)

This guided walk with a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist will help dispel fear and misinformation about these fascinating f lying mammals. Meet at the nature centre off Munn Road.

Celebrating 25 Years in Sidney and 50 Years in Canada !

Winter Birds of Island View Beach (Guided Walk) – 12 years+ Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich) Island View Beach is one of the premier winter birding locations in the region. Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to look for hawks, owls, sea ducks, loons and more. Wear warm clothes and bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the kiosk off Homathko Road.

Saturday, January 22nd, 7–9pm

Next to the Best Western Emerald Isle Hotel

Owl Prowl (Guided Walk) – 8 years+ Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford)

Owls are amazing birds! Join CRD Regional Parks’ guest naturalist David Allinson for this exciting adventure into the dark woods to look for and call owls. $7/person + HST. Register by January 21st. Call 250.478.3344. Space is limited. B.C. Transit #50 or #53.

Sunday, January 23rd, 1–2:30pm

The Deer Next Door (Guided Walk) – All ages Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to learn about SEASIDE  TIMES

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Zais Astrology – January 2011 by Heather Zais ( Aries (march 21 - april 19) Circumstances will provide you with a way out of restrictive conditions or relationships. You have support behind the scenes. There will be a change with those you feel close to; this affects your status. Resources have strings. Negotiate. Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Your many plans and ideas require others’ involvement to be as successful as you envision. Mate or partnership arrangements affect it, so choose carefully. Connections over distance are lucky for you. Make use of the unexpected or past. Gemini (may 21 - june 20) You have the inside track and benefit from others’ influence or resources. Some will win or inherit. Don’t let it slip through your fingers too quickly. You are at an important turning point. Make decisions that secure your long term future. Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Relationships get serious. Plans for the future are laid out or finalized. Balance out any power struggles in business or personal. Financial and security

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issues are in the spotlight. Keep emotional tensions in check to hang onto gains. Leo (july 23 - august 22) Make decisions regarding career. There may be health issues to consider – yours or others’. Take care of obligations under a new set of rules or time management. Pass on some of the load if possible. You come out ahead anyway. Virgo (august 23 - september 22) This new year brings you luck in the love department. The right one could finally be on the scene. There could be a work or business connection. You are ambitious and relationships would have to fit into your future plans. Enjoy it. Libra (september 23 - october 22) Take large steps and move forward this new year. Burdens lift or at least shift. You need to feel secure with a solid home base. Leave those who disturb you. Making a fresh start brings some fun and entertainment into your life. Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) You will be like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon this new year. Personal changes you make will delight others. Put closure to the past. Your mind will be powerfully focused on your future goals. You can easily win over others. Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Behind the scenes deals put you in a more powerful position, especially financially. Important visitors connect to some of this. Smile to yourself in a knowing or confident manner. Others should present a solid case to gain from you. Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Personal ambitions are highlighted as opportunities come your way. Your talents are noticed or required. Forge ahead with success, your intuition will help you sort priorities. Influential people back you. Step into another’s place. Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Major decisions are made and some are confidential as they could affect others. Pay attention to health issues. Investigations proceed. Your position or status is enhanced. Finances get a boost, but keep a rein on expenses. Pisces (february 19 - march 20) You create an illusion. It paves the way for you, near or far. Travel if it is required. You will find out that more benefits are coming your way when you see it in writing. Act like the winner that you can and will be this new year.

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Sudoku Puzzles January 2011 Keep Your Brain Healthy

The Alzheimer’s Association recommends doing puzzles like Sudoku to strengthen brain cells and the connections between them.


Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. * Sudoku Solutions can be found on page 50.

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A Day in the Life of an “Alien” by Bill Coleman In the spring of 1958 I was a young airman on a two-week hitchhiking trip from my base in Clinton, Ontario to Victoria, B.C. and back. I hitchhiked 24 hours a day, sleeping whenever I could. I wore my uniform to increase my chances of a ride. By my second day I was in North Dakota riding along in a transport truck. At Missoula, Montana the trucker turned north and I decided to continued west so we parted company and I continued my trek. Within a short time, a police car stopped and offered me a ride. I was feeling quite proud of myself, being escorted through the countryside by the police, no less. As we chatted away I realized that the officer thought I was a U.S. Marine. When he discovered that I was from Ontario, Canada not Ontario, California, the whole tone of his conversation changed. “I am going to have to take you in!” he announced. “Aliens aren’t allowed to hitchhike in the United States Of America!” The officer was with the Border Patrol, and he promptly delivered me to the RCMP at the Montana/Alberta border. It felt comforting to know that I was safely back in Canada and I was no longer an “Alien.”

Sudoku Solutions Middle of the Road

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Just when I was about to give up hope of ever getting a ride that night, I saw the distant glimmer of lights from an approaching vehicle. It turned out to be an old pickup truck with four passengers in the cab. They came to a stop and motioned for me to get in. I quickly jumped into the back of the truck which seemed to contain piles of old tarps. Because of the darkness I couldn’t see anything, but I soon felt the tarps moving under me. I was sitting on top of some live bodies! No one said anything, other than a few moans and groans as we lumbered along. The driver seemed to be having trouble operating the truck, so I leaned over the side and asked if he would like me to drive. To my surprise and relief he accepted my offer and one by one we dropped off our passengers at their homes along the way. We were on the Blood Indian Reservation in southern Alberta and my newfound friends were returning from, a night on the town. Finally all the folks were delivered safely to their homes except for one large fellow who I believe was the “chief.” He was now asleep so I parked the truck and went to sleep myself. When the first rays of sun began to brighten the sky in the morning, I started the truck as quietly as I could and headed north toward Fort Macleod and the highway west. I was hoping the chief wouldn’t be too upset with me when he awoke, but luckily for me he was very understanding and we had a good conversation on our way to Fort Macleod. I didn’t have much money but I did have a silver dollar which I gave the chief for gas.

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Of all my adventures on that trip, that day was by far the most memorable.

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9522 Lochside Dr., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5551 1-877-656-5551

Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa (15,32)

9805 Seaport Pl., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-9445

Arts, Media & Entertainment Mary Winspear Centre (46)

2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-0275

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13880 Mayfield Pl., Richmond, B.C. 250-232-5600

Fashion & Beauty Age Less Medi Spas (20)

200-4500 West Saanich Rd. Victoria, B.C. 250-472-0400

Brentwood Coiffures Studio (27)

1187 Verdier Ave., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-3333

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1-2449 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-654-0534

and in Broadmead Village 440-777 Royal Oak Dr., Victoria, B.C. 250-744-5791

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Sidney Pier Hotel 9805 Seaport Pl., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-9797

Marmalade Tart Boutique (34)

2378B Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 778-426-3356

Salon J Hairstudios (6) 101-2506 Beacon Ave. Sidney, B.C. 250-656-9111

Smashin Fashin (13)

9774 Third St., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-9558

Home & Garden Décor Connie McInnis Interior Designer (29)

250-652-5584, 250-920-6580

Knickerbocker’s Unique Home Accessories & Gifts (15,25)

Fine Dentistry Dr. Ian Boyd (25) 101-9840 Fifth St.,

Sidney, B.C. 250-656-7553

Invis (Hein Moes) (22)


Madrona Massage Therapy & Chiropractic (21)

2-2490 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-0311

National Bank Financial (Susan Dafoe) (38)

205, 2537 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-657-2224

2536 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5506

12-7103 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-544-8211

Simply Cremations (5)

One Stop Furniture Shop (9)

9819 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-SHOP

Political Party Offices Murray Coell – MLA Saanich North and the Islands (43)

F - 2412 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-5711

Scott-Moncrieff & Company (8)

104-9710 Second St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-0981

2-2075 Henry Ave. West, Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5555

Realtors DFH Realty (17)

2395 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-0131

RE/MAX Camosun (11)

14-2510 Bevan Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-0608

Professional Services

Restaurants & Cafés

Beltone (19)

Bleue Coyote Bar & Grill (29)

2359 James White Blvd., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-3310

201-1581 Hillside Ave., Victoria, B.C. 250-370-5199

310-1175 Douglas St., Victoria, B.C. 250-382-3323

125-735 Goldstream Ave., Langford, B.C. 250-474-2602

Central Saanich Optometry Clinic (4)

#1-7865 Patterson Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-544-2210,

7100 Wallace Dr., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-3252

Breadstuffs Bakery (28)

1191 Verdier Ave., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-5162

Fresh Cup Roastery Café (23)

102-2360 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5668

104-1931 Mt. Newton X Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-5678

Georgie’s Tea Emporium/Café (26)

2-4649 West Saanich Rd., Saanich, B.C. 250-479-6747

Haro’s Restaurant + Bar (32)

Sidney Pier Hotel 9805 Seaport Pl., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-9700

Smitty’s (47)

2302 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-2423

Spelt’s Coffee Shop (41)

7856 East Saanich Rd., Central Saanich, B.C. 250-652-7609

Zanzibar (33)

7120 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-1228

Specialty Services Admirals Roofing (43)

9-6782 Veyaness Rd. Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-1818

GM Contracting Ltd. (50)

250-652-5584, 250-360-7960

Laing’s Lock & Key Service Ltd. (30)


Mesa Construction Mesa Design Group (33)

203-4489 Viewmont Rd., Victoria, B.C. Construction: 250-298-1155 Design: 250-382-2893

OK Tire (31)

6800 Oldfield Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-544-1489

Puppy Love Pet Care Centre (35)

2918 Lamont Rd. Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-2301

Sidney SeniorCare (56) Sidney Senior DayCare (2)

9752 Third St., Sidney, B.C. 250-589-0100 or 250-656-7176

Splinters Millworks Inc. (13)

MEDIchair (19)

7-9764 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-6228

Tender Care Nannies & Manpower Services Ltd. (39)

1856 Quadra St., Victoria, B.C. 250-384-8000

210-2031 Malaview Ave. Sidney, B.C. 250-589-8295

10408 Resthaven Dr., Sidney, B.C. 250-217-2139

University of Victoria (9,37)

Finnerty Rd. Victoria, B.C. 250-721-8121

Orr’s Family Butchers (18)

7103 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-3751

Pacific Paint (23)

Victoria Tank Service Ltd. (44)

2065B Keating X Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-4274

Specialty Shops

1031 Hillside Ave., Victoria, B.C. 250-381-5254

109-2455 Millstream Ave., Victoria, B.C. 250-391-4770

250-385-8221 or 250-883-8422

Affordable Hot Tubs & Saunas Ltd. (27)


Bosley’s Pet Food Plus (42)

2353 Bevan Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-6977

Breadstuffs Bakery (28)

1191 Verdier Ave., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-5162

Buddies Natural Pet Food Ltd. (12)

2410C Keating X Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-2411

Island Blue Print Co. Ltd. (31)

2411 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-1233

905 Fort St., Victoria, B.C. 250-385-9786

Lifestyle Markets & Select Stores (35)

9769 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-2326

343 Cook St., Victoria, B.C. 250-381-5450

2950 Douglas St., Victoria, B.C. 250-384-3388

Liquor Express (14)

2134 Keating X Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-4400

Sidney’s Pet Centre (36)

4-9769 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-3314

Thrifty Foods (55)

9810 Seventh St., Sidney, B.C.

7860 Wallace Dr., Saanichton, B.C.


Sports, Fitness & Recreation Forward Equestrian and Wellness Centre (24)

Poplar Lane Farm, 6309 Old East Rd., Central Saanich, B.C. 250-656-7271

Travel Merit Travel (39)

105-2506 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-0961

3617 Shelbourne St., Victoria, B.C. 250-477-0131

504-1913 Sooke Rd., Colwood, B.C. 250-478-9505

last wo r d

My Year in Review Ah, 2010 … it was a very good year. As I’m sitting down to write my Last Word for this issue it’s only December 12th, so it’s hard to think about New Year’s, or even next year, just yet.

My brother Greg is doing well at Camosun College and taking the Criminal Justice program. He plans to apply to the RCMP or VPD next year. I moved in with my wonderful boyfriend James in early December and am really enjoying living on a farm. I love the peace and quiet here and have been busy for the last couple of weeks trying to make our house a home.

So instead of looking that far into the future, I decided to look back over 2010 and think of all the good things that happened in my family. In April a group of about 40 family and close friends travelled to Puerto Vallarta to be a part of my sister Kathryn and her husband Scott’s wedding. It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to spend time together and get to know new people and we all had a fabulous vacation. Kathryn and Scott have spent the months since fixing up their house and plan to start a family next spring. (Auntie Allison can’t wait)! Two people were missing from Mexico: my cousin Drew and his wife Lesley, but with good reason. Robert Walker Hobbs was born on April 30th! My mom and stepdad have settled into their new house and FINALLY finished all those renos … they have created a warm and inviting spot for the family to gather. Roy had just been saddled with an unthinkable print deadline.....

This year’s blessings were not just personal – the magazine is still growing and is very well received by each new community we distribute to. We’ve added lots of new writers and clients and this January issue is 56 pages – 16 more than last year’s! Our readers make sure we know how appreciated we are by taking the time to email or call with a comment or compliment. Tim and I count ourselves very lucky to be a part of Seaside Times. Wishing all our readers and clients a happy and healthy 2011! Editor-in-Chief

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