WEST COAST CULTURE JANUARY 2012
Healing and Self-Discovery Amid Frozen Landscapes
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west coast culture – january 2012 issue features
Demon Slayer Margo Talbot – a remarkable example of human resilience against overwhelming odds
People, 17 Community Community Coffee
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Columns First Word............................................ 6 Tweet This!........................................ 37 Forbes & Marshall........................... 46 Skin Deep......................................... 47 Weatherwit...................................... 49 Smell the Coffee............................. 51 Last Word......................................... 55
departments 7................................................. Letters 8............................ Raincoast Update 10.....................................Grey Matters 12................................... Can We Talk? 24.......................................... Footprints 45............................. Veterinary Voice 52...........................What's Happening 54................................. Entertainment
On the cover: "Climbing in Ouray, Colorado." Photo courtesy Alain Denis Photography. (page 15)
first w o rd Welcome to a new year at Seaside Times as we embark on our seventh year. In each issue, Seaside Times embraces words and pictures to get to the heart of the matter: the heart of our community. This issue is our third compilation of photos of people on the Saanich Peninsula, in our Community People, Community Coffee series. Our photo essay this month features the people of beautiful Brentwood Bay. In every journey, and in every community, we were able to uncover the beauty of why we call this home and enjoyed learning about some of the people who work in, live in and love their community from the bottom of their hearts. Allison and I (pictured above) had the honour of participating in and filling a few tummies and hearts (Seaside Times was the media sponsor) at the Seventh Annual Saanichton Community Christmas in December, where we helped raise over $2,000 for the Sidney Lions Food Bank.
book, All That Glitters, is the story of her journey to find herself and her quest to exorcise her inner demons through a lot of hard personal work and a loving connection to the healing wonders of nature – specifically, for her, ice climbing. It’s a beautiful story of hope and courage. So curl up with a cup of java and enjoy the rest of what this issue has to offer. We hope you’re inspired to take care of your heart, to follow your heart and to open your heart to others. My daughter wrote to me last year: There’s a place in your heart And I know that it is love. The love that I bring It will always be with you Wherever you go. My love will always be beside me You have your love Wherever you go, Up high or down low Or wherever you go Eva – seven years old
We are happy to annouce the winner of our $1,500 Sidney Speaking of hearts, the cover of this issue and the story Shopping Spree – congratulations to Rene Nielsen! of Margo Talbot went directly to my heart. As you’ll read, Sidney Pier Spa • Seaside Times Jan 2012 Ad • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • Rough 2 • Dec 15/11 Publisher (pg 15), Margo fought depression and addiction, and her
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I picked up a copy of your Seaside Times for the first time at a friend's place. I thought, oh, West Coast Culture, probably some interesting info about the West Coast area, which if you have been around the southern Island for a while, usually means west coast of Vancouver Island, or west part of the southern Island, such as Sooke. But none of the above was in the issue. It is ALL Sidney and Salt Spring Island. Seems a bit snobby. Mind you, the graphics around the "S" are extremely attractive. Well done! So it now seems you have a misnamed magazine, right? In the spirit of being helpful, and maybe pointing out some insight you have not noticed, why not publish some articles/features about places the magazine's heading leads the new reader to believe they are going to learn about? West Coast culture is not ONLY about Sidney, Saanichton and Saltspring Island. Fair comment ? Best Regards, Ken Showers, Metchosin
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A Family Affair by Chris Genovali
he Raincoast Conservation Foundation staff is a tightly-knit group of people, but for Raincoast biologists Andy Rosenberger and Adrianne Jarvela Rosenberger, it’s literally a family affair. In addition to their work as biologists for Raincoast’s wild salmon and marine conservation programs, this husband-and-wife team have taken on two other important roles for the organization: Andy serves as Raincoast’s GIS (Geographical Information 8
Systems) technician and Adrianne handles our donor stewardship duties. Proving the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, their young son Finn is already showing a fascination with the ocean and predictions are he’s a lock as a future marine biologist for Raincoast. The west coast of Canada is a relatively new home for Andy and Adrianne, having lived on the other side of the country for most of their lives. However, the longer they
rainco ast update Andy and Adrianne Rosenberger with son Finn. Photo by Andy Rosenberger
under ice pans, eating the freshest urchin roe, making sushi with leftover lab fish and having polar bears, narwhal and musk ox wander around and through the camp were frequent occurrences. The love of marine waters and its creatures has always brought Andy and Adrianne back to the ocean. After graduating from the University of Guelph, they relocated to St. John's, where Adrianne completed a postgraduate diploma in Coastal Zone Management at Memorial. After that, perhaps the defining moment of their fledgling careers as biologists appeared. Adrianne was offered a summer of field work based on an icebergsurrounded island off the coast of Labrador studying whales, so off they went, spending the summer watching humpbacks glide under their tiny zodiac. Their efforts added to the identification catalogue of highly migratory Atlantic humpback whales and rare North Atlantic killer whales, as well as documenting large groups of whales and dolphins feeding in concert.
reside in B.C., the more captivated by the West Coast they become. Their lives connected on a marine biology field trip in New Brunswick while doing research on small sharks and other Atlantic fish. Andy and Adrianne’s undergraduate research work took them to many places, including Newfoundland, where they later moved. Some of Andy’s most interesting field work was in the Arctic, where diving
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Plowing Through Winter by Trysh Ashby-Rolls You got through Hanukkah, I'd filled a stocking for the Child Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa Within, which I opened with my and even New Year's Eve – all difficult if you live on your cat and teddy bear. Guatemalan worry dolls. An oldown. Some people positively love amusing themselves, but fashioned puzzle. A decorative box. Fruit. A dollar coin. there are those for whom the holiday season is a time of Cookies. Chocolates. Beads. Bath goodies. A gorgeous grief and depression, and there is still the rest of winter to coloured shawl, a gift from Mummy – how carefully get through. One woman described how she got through she'd chosen it. I pulled it around my shoulders. Christmas Day – imaginative yet practical steps that provide Somehow it protected me in ways she never could.” a starting point from which to think up ideas of your own. What about adapting this idea and giving yourself Things could not have been worse for this woman: her a small gift each day until April 1st? It doesn't have to partner had left her for a younger woman; she was in cost much, if anything at all. Maybe your apartment almost constant pain from recent surgery; her son had left doesn't allow pets of any kind, or you can't stand most to live on the streets and she was recovering from various furry critters. No problem. You may feel ridiculous addictions while addressing childhood trauma. She wrote: buying, never mind cuddling or talking aloud to a teddy bear. Do it anyway. There are a lot of lonely “Christmas day was sad, simple, gentle. The previous night teddy bears in thrift shops longing to be taken home. Or get yourself a puzzle and work on it a bit every day. Eat properly. Those Food Group Guides, while telling you you must eat fruit and veg every day, often also tell you a small bit of dark chocolate is vital. You could simply have a dress-up session just to please yourself. Sometimes getting ready for a party is more fun than the party itself. Flowers, of course, are always lovely unless you're allergic to them. One beautiful bloom can make a difference on a grey day.
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That woman had never volunteered nor had she reached out to anyone outside her circle. Frankly, it scared her. "If I wasn't afraid, would I do it anyway?" she asked herself. Yes, she thought. By jumping beyond her fears, her afternoon turned out to be far from lonely. In fact, she felt fulfilled.
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Or what about doing something for others? The same author wrote: “I took my scrapbook, made for me in 1944, to Nellie's, a safe house for battered women, and shared it with a three-year-old boy. I thought of (the child I'd been), of the children my father and my mother had been, of my sister, of my son. The boy snuggled close and we talked about the pictures in my book. I showed him my worry dolls, hidden in my pocket with a tangerine. Out of the blue he hit me. 'I don't like being hit,' I told him quietly. He stopped and held my hand instead, staring intently. Several women eyed me curiously. Some smiled.”
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can we talk? . ........ Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Jenner Richards, What is Quaternion Aerospace? Quaternion Aerospace is a company specializing in designing, building, testing and flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). At Quaternion, we are involved with several UAV projects including the development of our own specialized UAVs as well as prototyping customer designs. We also use UAVs to perform services such as aerial photography. What is a UAV? How does it work? UAVs are an emerging class of aircraft that can range from the size of a hummingbird up to a full-sized jet liner. UAVs have no onboard pilot but are still capable of carrying out complex missions due to onboard computers (autopilots), cameras and other electronics. Typically, an operator on the ground can program the aircraft to perform a variety
of tasks before launching it; the operator can then monitor the aircraft on a ground-based computer in real-time and send additional commands to the aircraft when needed. Currently you are VP of Operations with the company and doing your PhD at the University of Victoria in mechanical engineering. What steered you towards this specific type of aerial engineering? I have always been fascinated with airplanes and things that fly! I started out in engineering so that I could one day help design aircraft and, just as I was starting, UAVs really began to become a hot subject. The thing I love about working with unmanned aircraft is that I can be involved in all aspects, from the high level design to manufacture all the way up to flight test planning and operations. Manned aircraft tend to be much more complex and highly regulated, so usually many engineers are involved, with each one focusing on only a small aspect of the overall project. Tell us about the exciting project you are currently working on with the University of Victoria and Virginia Tech. This is a really exciting project. We have been asked to evaluate a Boeing aircraft design for a very unconventional aircraft concept. Quaternion
Jenner Richards VP of Operations Quaternion Aerospace
With a passion for aerospace and a fascination with airplanes, Jenner Richards takes his talent to new heights.
In 2009, while studying mechanical engineering at the University of Victoria, he and a colleague formed Quaternion Aerospace in Sidney, specializing in designing, building, testing and flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jenner went
straight into his PhD, which he is currently completing.
In the two years since forming, the company has gained some major aerospace customers and has partnered with several businesses and institutions, such as the University of Victoria, Camosun College and Virginia Tech. Currently, Quaternion and the Universities have partnered to flight test a 1/9th scale Boeing "Joined Wing Sensorcraft." The fullsized concept has the same wingspan as a 767 commercial jet but would perform surveillance and reconnaissance missions while being fully autonomous (no pilots or crew).
Vice President of Operations, Quaternion Aerospace and the Universities have partnered to flight test a 1/9th scale Boeing “Joined Wing Sensorcraft.” The full-sized concept has the same wingspan as a 767 commercial jet but would perform surveillance and reconnaissance missions while being fully autonomous (no pilots or crew). Because of the unconventional design, we are building a series of reduced scale aircraft to test-fly and then we can scale up the results to predict how the full size aircraft would behave. This is challenging because these aircraft need to be similar in many ways (for instance the same amount of flexibility in the wings and same flight characteristics) in order to predict the full scaled airplane's response. Adding to the challenge is that these aircraft are powered by two actual jet engines and are very unstable in flight! In the news recently, the CIA lost a RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft (Unmanned aircraft). It was downed by the Iranian Army's electronic warfare and worth about $750 million dollars. What do you think will come of this aircraft and are you building similar prototypes? Unfortunately we don’t have this kind of budget to work with but our UAVs can perform similar surveillance and reconnaissance missions, just on a much smaller scale (shorter range, altitude etc.). The military drones such as the RQ-170 are extremely complex systems, often with more advanced technology than their manned counterparts. Unfortunately, I think Iran will likely try and reverse engineer the technology and/ or sell it to other countries. The company is almost two years old; what is the most interesting project you have worked on? I think all of the projects where we get to go out and fly an aircraft that we have had a part in designing is the most interesting. There is nothing like watching the first successful flight of a new aircraft design. Are there other applications that have been used for the UAVs? What other areas of business could it expand to? UAVs can be used for most applications that full-sized aircraft are used for at present. This would include aerial mapping, firefighting, wildlife monitoring etc. Another advantage is that UAVs are capable of performing dull and dangerous missions that may not be safe or practical for a manned aircraft to perform. At the moment, government regulations still SEASIDE TIMES
limit widespread use of UAVs in Canada’s airspace, but I think once these become relaxed we will see a lot more applications of unmanned aircraft. Do you believe in UFOs? I have never really seen any evidence that would convince me of their existence, therefore I would say it is highly unlikely. However, if you know where I can find one let me know … I want to borrow some of that technology for our next aircraft! While I was travelling abroad recently, I met someone working for Area 51, considered to be a top secret military base testing exotic aircraft and weapons and thought to be the test centre for captured UFOs. Any thoughts on this and do you think the types of aircrafts we are talking about will be tested and used there? The US Air Force can be very protective of their secret technology and I am sure they have lots of secret test sites all over where they test exotic aircraft like the ones we have discussed. I have even heard some crazy stories of the extent they will go to in order to conceal their top secret designs. For instance: I read that while flying one of these aircraft, they have another larger nonclassified aircraft flying as well. Then, when a foreign satellite is above them, they will actually fly the top secret aircraft under the larger one to conceal it from the satellite. It's pretty cool. Will you be testing any of the joined wing UAVs in the near future? If so, where do you do all the testing and what does it involve? We just completed our first round of tests this fall and are planning another round in the spring. Because of the size and complexity of this aircraft, Transport Canada insists that we operate at a remote rural airport in Foremost, Alberta. Besides the long drive, it is an ideal location since it is in the middle of the prairies with few local residences and hardly any air traffic. At such a young age, you are incredibly versed in this industry. What do you want to be when you grow up? I am very fortunate to be doing something I love here at Quaternion. It allows me to work in an exciting area of the aerospace industry while still being able to live in a very beautiful part of the world. When I grow up I would like to be doing exactly what I am doing now (but maybe with a little more vacation time!). For more information visit www.quaternionaerospace.com.
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t takes courage to battle dragons. The worst kind are in your head. Problems like depression and drug addiction can lay waste a life, and surmounting them is an Everest-like challenge. Margo Talbot is a remarkable example of human resilience against overwhelming odds. Her book, All That Glitters, describes her journey to find herself and her quest to exorcise those inner demons through a lot of hard personal work and a loving connection to the healing wonders of nature. Her story is a travel guide for all of us on how to come back from a personal hell and into a hopeful world once again. Margo’s book describes her Maritime childhood as a desolate landscape of severe neglect and abuse, devoid of any human sunshine or loving nutrition. Painful flashbacks to her early years include being chased around a kitchen table when she was three by a drunken uncle wielding a knife, suffering with pneumonia for almost a year while her mother refused to take her to hospital, and years of sexual abuse by a relative. Over the years, Margo turned to alcohol and drugs to anesthetize herself from this trauma. I was stunned at how anyone could survive a life that could only be called a war zone; a roller-coaster life with a charismatic drug dealer, violence from men, mental breakdowns – her book grabs you by the throat. Margo’s own ground zero was being arrested in Jasper for selling marijuana. Margo knew that a "mood problem" ran in the family – her mother rarely got up before four in the afternoon – and when years later Margo experienced similar symptoms, she sought answers. Her mind-bending story transports us through years of a grinding struggle to reclaim her life. With extraordinary courage, she faced her own bipolar demons of manic highs and life-long "great depressions" and embarked on a journey to get well. Early on, Margo discovered the healing power of nature: “I felt at peace standing at the base of that ice strip, on the
side of a mountain, surrounded by the beauty of nature.” Margo fell in love with ice climbing, an extreme sport of scaling frozen waterfalls. Here, she found the perfect route to mindfulness, confidence and mental strength. She writes: “I think climbing kept me sane. It had become a form of meditation, a place where I could be so focused that the battles inside my psyche faded into the background” and “I had just accomplished something using my own strength, and this gave me a feeling of confidence.” Using intuition and creativity, Margo harnessed her own brain power to overcome her black and manic moods. She writes about putting “the power of reshaping my psyche into my hands.” This is the crux of Margo’s message – that true recovery starts with the realization that we really do have the power to make choices that will help us get well. Margo also recognized the pivotal role of supportive friends and counsellors in her renewal. Talk therapy from skilled therapists helped her recover from the abuse and her ruthless depressions. Margo saved the mother lode for her epilogue: “If you were to ask me what got me through the pain and torment of my decades of depression, my answer would be hope.” That’s the best weapon to slay dragons. For more information visit www.margotalbot.com or Sono Nis Press at www.sononis.com. Book cover design by Jim Brennan; cover photo by Alain Denis Photography.
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Community People, Community Coffee A New Year, and Fresh Faces of Brentwood Bay Grace The Walls of Zanzibar Café by Jim Townley, Fresh Cup Café I must start by saying: Our staff and I were pleasantly surprised to see how many people from all over the community came into the café in December to view the display of portraits on the walls. There were a number of warm conversations, and some very robust laughter about those pictured. I also noticed some quiet pauses by those who mentioned they knew someone in a photo, but gave off the impression they were rediscovering that individual again for the very first time! Sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words, and Geoff’s images seem to capture
a lot of emotion. In this month’s edition of Community People, Community Coffee, hosted at the wonderful Zanzibar Café in January, you’ll meet some of the people who make Brentwood tick. These monthly photo essays were the idea of photographer Geoff Smith and Sue Hodgson, publisher of Seaside Times – who wanted to bring a renewed sense of life back to a topic often taken for granted: the everyday people within our community. It was never really about the coffee, except for the fact that coffee remains Canada’s hallmark when it comes to starting up new connections with people or www.seasidetimes.ca
rekindling those that have faded a bit; no matter, conversation over a fresh cup of coffee remains an entrenched part of the Saanich Peninsula culture. In January’s edition, you’ll soon discover that Brentwood Bay is known for more than its ferry to Mill Bay – there is a deep-seated history here of "Wet-Coasters" that embrace all the village has to offer. So what’s next for Community People, Community Coffee? I hear from the publisher that, after a short break, future editions will resurface with even more beautiful photography of our great community and its people when you least expect it. In the meantime, if you know any interesting people, send them an email; you never know who you’ll see next ! Photo this page and following pages courtesy Geoff Smith. january 2012
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Note: Eligible nominees are Peninsula residents and groups, as well as those outside the area, who do/have done beneficial volunteer work on the Saanich Peninsula. If nominating a group, please identify one individual to represent the group.
A special panel will select a winner in each category to be honoured, along with all nominees, at the
2012 Hearts of the Community Volunteer Awards Ceremony & Luncheon Thursday, February 16th - 11a.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre For information on nominating and free event tickets, please call 250-656-0134
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Saanich School District Jumpstarts Student Careers with Apprenticeship Program by Devon MacKenzie For much of 2011, 15-year-old Jorge Costa’s trek to school each day began before most people were even out of bed. He walked and transited from his home in the Western Communities to get to the Independent Learning Centre in Saanichton before classes started. Why did he go to all the trouble? Because the Saanich School District had something Costa wanted. He'd long dreamed of becoming a hair stylist, and last year he got a chance to sign on to do just that, for free, and all while still earning high school credits toward graduation. Costa is one of 16 students accepted into Saanich School District’s specialized trades program in hairdressing and cosmetology. Offered in partnership with Vancouver Island University and the Industry Training Authority, it's comprised of comprehensive technical training and a gradual introduction to working in a community-based salon. The program includes a full-time apprenticeship for two months and ultimately leads to continuing full-time employment in the field.
Saanich School District's trades programs? “You have to just show that you want it and be prepared to commit to it and the school will organize everything else for you. It’s such a great opportunity.” With his sights locked firmly on his future, and School District 63 ready and willing to help him achieve his goals, Costa is looking forward to a career in the trade he always knew he wanted to do. If you want to see Jorge in action, contact Eco Verde Salon and Spa at 250-474-8999 for an appointment. Studio 63, the district’s teaching salon, will be open to the public beginning April 2012 with a new set of students. Call 250-652-5381 for more information. For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in the career program, contact Stu Rhodes at email@example.com or at 250-4159211. For an overview of the trade training opportunities offered by the Saanich School District, be sure to view the promotional Youtube video, “Jump Start Your Career” at http://www.youtube.com/user/saanichcareers.
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Costa is now an indentured apprentice and working full time at Verde Eco Salon and Day Spa in Langford – something he is very excited about. “I love my job. I love making people feel special. You can work anywhere and there’s always new stuff to learn,” Costa said, speaking passionately about his career choice. "Jorge is a very talented young stylist who has a passion for hairdressing," said Costa’s instructor from VIU, Anastasia Antoniadis. Costa’s advice for those interested in any of the
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Sidney Lions Club: Helping Others Since 1964 by Ken Pleasance
In 1964, the Chinatown Lions Club of Victoria sponsored the formation of the Sidney Lions Club. Officially, the Club was chartered on June 27th. In the ensuing years, the Club pursued a variety of projects locally, including the building of an outdoor sunroom at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, construction of playground equipment for local youth, the establishment of the local Food Bank and funding for the RCMP-Sidney Lions Club Bike Rodeo. The Sidney Lions Club is particularly proud of its eyeglass program for children in the elementary school system on the Peninsula that provides prescription glasses (306 to date) for any child needing corrective lenses up to the fifth grade level.
constructed in local parks. The Club has also sponsored a number of youth organizations. The Sidney Lions have provided support on a provincial basis to the three camps owned and operated by the BC Lions Easter Seal Society. These camps provide disabled children the opportunity to enjoy the “camping experience,” with opportunities to challenge themselves and learn new skills in a safe environment. On an international level, the Sidney Lions Club provides funding to underdeveloped countries for programs to address blindness prevention and also collects used eyeglasses for Third World Countries.
There have been a multitude of other smaller projects successfully undertaken by the Club over the years. Residential wheelchair ramps have been built, hearing aids have been purchased and picnic tables and benches have been
The Club’s current commitment to the community will be rebuilding the Tulista Park Playground equipment to bring it up to present day standards and to make it accessible for people of all abilities. The Club is presently
investigating a memorial brick project as a means to fundraise for this endeavor, as anticipated costs are approximately $70,000. Sidney residents have been very supportive of the Club in its previous fundraising efforts and there is every confidence that this support will continue for the Tulista Park project. With 30 members, the Club is hoping to increase membership in the future. Anyone is welcome to join and experience the satisfaction that comes from helping local and international communities. The Club welcomes any inquiries from people, 19 years or older, who would like to be part of this international service club. For more information, call Brian Dunic at 250-655-1077 or Bob Orchard at 250-656-7829. Meetings are held twice a month (first and third Tuesday evenings) from September through June at the Glen Meadows Golf Club. Guests are always welcome!
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria’s past? If so, wonder no more. In a series of upcoming “interviews,” imaginary conversations will be conducted with some well-known (and some lesser-known) men and women from Greater Victoria’s colourful history. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. A woman far ahead of her time, Nellie McClung was well known for her ongoing fight for women’s equality. She lived in Saanich for only 17 years but is still considered one of our own. (Interview conducted in the late 1930s.)
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mcclung: I was born in Ontario in 1873 and my family moved to Manitoba when I was seven. I taught in rural schools at age sixteen. In 1896 I married Robert Wesley McClung and we moved to Winnipeg in 1911. I: How did you first become involved in women’s rights – and why? M: I helped to organize the Women’s Political Equality League in 1912 because I had always felt women were treated unfairly. In 1918, I was the only woman chosen to be present at the Canadian War Conference.
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you manage to write books and raise a family while still being involved in political matters? M: Easy! – I was just doing what I felt passionate about. Yes, I wrote 17 books and many articles and essays and we called our house on Ferndale Road “Lantern Lane” because of the lantern we hung at the end of the driveway. It was featured in two of my books. I: I hear from neighbours that you are also renowned for your delicious homemade cookies and your sauerkraut and dill pickles. M: (Laughing) How kind! I: Of course you are most famous for what you did back in 1929 to establish women as “persons.” Can you tell me about your famous confrontation with Manitoba’s premier who had told you that “nice women” did not want the vote? M: Yes, I was incensed! My reply to his statement was widely circulated. It went something like this: “By nice women, you probably mean selfish women who have no more thought for the underprivileged, overworked women than a pussycat in a sunny window has for the starving kitten in the street. Now, in that sense, I am certainly not a nice woman, for I do care … ” I: We feel honoured that you are spending your retirement years here on Vancouver Island. Women everywhere are grateful for all that you have done on their behalf.
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M: Thank you for your kind words. I may well have been a crusader for women but I’m afraid I was also often referred to as “a hyena in petticoats!”
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(Nellie McClung died in 1951. For her numerous contributions to Canada, her name was commemorated on a stamp in 1974, and a library was opened in her name in Saanich in 1976. Today her house on Ferndale Road in Gordon Head is a designated heritage house.) Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at email@example.com. Photo courtesy Saanich Archives #1981-023-004a (Portrait of Nellie McClung).
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Your Health: Sturdy Through a Peninsula Winter by Dr. Mark Smith The shorter, gloomier, overcast days, fallen leaves and falling temperatures have marked the end of a summer long gone and the beginning of our Peninsula winter. For many, this also means participation in "cold and flu" season. Unfortunately, our fair Peninsula is not immune to this yearly plague, despite our relatively mild winters. While it’s true that more people tend to harbour these common bugs during this time of year, the actual cause of sickness and symptoms lies deeper. Consider your coworker in the cubicle next to you who never takes a sick day while, just next door, you seem to be at the mercy of every wave of infirmity being spread around. Is your neighbour just lucky? Likely not. The unfortunate (and somewhat gross) fact is that they’re sharing the same air that you do. By extension, they’re also being exposed to the SAME airborne particles (i.e. cold and flu germs) yet are not showing symptoms. That’s because getting sick has as much to do with the state your immune system as it does to WHAT you get exposed to. The cause is therefore more directly related to poor
lifestyle habits this time of year. A typical winter evening on the Peninsula does not involve the same activities it might in July. More likely it involves sitting on the couch with some variation of spiked eggnog or a sugary, high-carbohydrate snack in hand while watching TV. In addition is the inevitable lack of sunshine (and therefore Vitamin D necessary to support immune function), eating sugary, rich, high fat foods (which essentially stun immune function), decreased physical activity and the stress of holiday planning, hosting, and gift-buying. When combined, it’s enough physical, mental, and chemical stress to make even the stoutest immune system want to go into hibernation – and it will if it must! The key is therefore lifestyle modification during this season. Try to emulate your spring/summer routine as much as possible while supplementing your diet with Vitamin D3, B complex and multivitamins. Also consider seeing your chiropractor during this season to help remove physical stress and nerve irritation from the body so that you can function to your highest ability during this season when you need to most. Finally, remember that heaping unnecessary stress upon yourself is completely counter to the very reason for the holidays – a season meant for peaceful reflection and quality time with the ones you love. So make time to enjoy it, because if you don’t take time to slow down, the cold or flu bug just might do it for you! Victoria Chiropractor Dr. Mark Smith’s practice, Progressive Chiropractic, is conveniently located on the corner of Shelbourne and McKenzie in the Gordon Head region of Saanich near UVIC and is the only chiropractic office in Victoria using low-level video X-ray of the spine.
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Tempt the Taste at Orr's Family Butchers by Doreen Marion Gee Robert Burns, Scotland’s troubled son, brilliantly captured the unique Scottish passion and zeal for life in his haunting poetry. That earthy Scottish charm came alive as I enjoyed the thick accent and jovial wit of Stewart Orr of Orr’s Family Butchers. When it comes to the calibre of their products, Burns’ ode to his main squeeze in Lass of Cessnock Banks comes to mind: “Tempt the taste. Charm the sight.” As I fiddle around on my keyboard, I can almost hear a faint bagpipe and the rustle of leaves as they blow down over the lush emerald moors to Inverness. The Orr family emigrated from Scotland, bringing their fine butcher skills with them. In 1979, Ronald and Caroline Orr launched their shop in Brentwood Bay and built up a solid successful family business. After Ronald’s passing in 2001, his children took the reins. Fraser and Stewart now own and run the business, with Rhonda up to her elbows in pastry flour. Their superior meat products won the Times Colonist Readers' Choice award for “Best Sausage Maker” in 2003 and earned TC readers' vote again for “Best of the Island” Butchers in 2006.
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The Orrs deeply value the human touch. They offer friendly face-to-face service and are ready to answer any questions. Stewart emphasizes that they are “old school” traditional butchers with a long history of skilled knowledge about their trade. The family is thrilled to serve three generations of faithful customers. Bubbling with emotion, Stewart confides that a young mother wanted her newborn girl weighed on their shop scale years ago. Over the span of decades, that grown daughter came to their shop, and now her adult children are loyal customers. Stewart is proud to announce the opening of the butchers' new shop in Sidney at the Landmark Building (#104 - 2506 Beacon Avenue). Come and join the haggistasting at the Orr's Sidney location on Robert Burns Day, January 25th. If their meats “charm your sight,” go home and “tempt” your taste buds with a delicious steak.
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My Mortgage and Me: A Love Story I love my mortgage. This may seem an odd thing to say given that for most of us, having a mortgage means having a sizeable debt hanging over our head, but I do. Here’s why: my mortgage is what’s called a readvanceable mortgage. By definition, this is a twopart facility with a loan portion and variable (line of credit) portion working in combination with each other. Sounds confusing, but the reality is that it is just like any other mortgage, except it comes with some special powers if used in the correct manner. To give you a sense of the special powers of a readvanceable mortgage, we’ll first need a little background. By now, those of us with a mortgage should be aware that each time we make our regular payment two things are happening: 1) Part of our payment – the interest or cost of borrowing – is going directly to the bank in exchange for loaning us the money to purchase our home in the first place. Nice of them, but let’s not forget they’re in the business of making money and our interest payments are part of that process. It might be argued that this is why the banks continue to be some of the most profitable businesses in Canada. 2) The other part of our payment – the principal – is going toward reducing our mortgage balance. With each mortgage payment we are reducing what we owe the bank. At the start of our mortgage this is a very small amount (just check your most recent yearly cost of borrowing statement), and as time (and many, many payments) passes, this amount increases to the point that towards the end of the life of a mortgage the payments are nearly all principal. This is how your typical garden-variety mortgage is structured in Canada and has been for as long as I can remember. New developments in the way mortgages are structured have arisen over the last number of years and there are now many financing options available to the average borrower/homeowner – my personal favourite, and the reason I love my mortgage, is the readvanceable mortgage.
How Does it Work?
Being a visual person, I often find the best way to picture how a readvanceable mortgage works is to imagine two elevators in the same building: one on the top floor of the building, one on the bottom floor. As you make your regular mortgage payment (principal plus interest), the elevator on the top floor goes down 28
one floor representing the reduction in principal. Simultaneously, the principal is readvanced to you, as an available credit balance, on the line of credit (LOC) portion – the elevator on the bottom floor goes up one floor. Here’s the point: this money that has been readvanced to you is yours for the taking – this is the portion of your home you’ve purchased back from the bank and the bank is willing to lend it right back to you. This money is hanging out, as an available credit balance on your Line of Credit, meaning that you can choose to withdraw and spend it at any time.
Decision Time Each month that passes will show a growing balance of available credit on the line of credit (LOC) side of your loan. With each month the elevator on the top floor will be going down and the elevator on the bottom floor will be going up and you will have the choice to withdraw the funds available to you to use in a manner you see fit – here’s where it can get good.
Special Powers In Canada, if you borrow money with the expectation of making a profit you can deduct the interest expense – the cost of borrowing – on that money. This is fancy talk for generating a tax deduction by borrowing to invest. So if you choose to withdraw the money available to you in your line of credit and invest it – in a business, an investment property or mutual funds for example, the cost of borrowing will in turn create some deductions for you from Canada Revenue. This is why I love my mortgage. By investing the principal amount readvanced to me each month I am able to accomplish two things: I am saving for my future by investing for my retirement and I'm generating a tax deduction for myself and my family by borrowing to invest. Each year come tax time, I eagerly await a nice refund from Canada Revenue for contributing to the Canadian economy by borrowing to invest, knowing full well that I’ve also saved up a significant amount of funds for my future needs. Invested wisely, these funds may serve to make my retirement quite comfortable. The power of the readvanceable mortgage doesn’t come without the requisite small print that most financial instruments these days seem to contain. The available balance on the line of credit portion is money that can be used for consumption just as easily. This type of borrowing isn’t the good, deductible kind: it’s the bad, non-deductible debt. Borrowing money in this fashion is akin to using your
house as a bank machine – all that is being done is you are reducing your non-deductible debt on the loan side via mortgage payments but ramping it right back up again when you reborrow to finance cars, dinners out and other consumption items. The other thing to note of course is that I’m still borrowing this money, so I’ll need to pay for that as well. This expense, the cost of my borrowing, is reduced
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