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SEASIDE January 2013


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Mary Winspear Centre Revitalized leadership under executive director Brad Edgett

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Thoughts on a White West Coast Winter Mary Winspear Centre Revitalized Under Brad Edgett's Leadership

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A Meditation on Water Contemporary West Coast Architecture

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Raincoast Update Can We Talk? Seaside Arts Scene Ignition New & Noteworthy Conversations from the Past Salish Sea News Peninsula Restaurant Profile

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I enjoy all my Seaside assignments, but this month’s article about the Mary Winspear Centre (MWC) was extra special because of my own passion for the performing and visual arts. Interviewing Brad Edgett, the new executive director, led me to realize just how often the MWC enables us to enjoy artists from everywhere – whether from across the street or across the globe. Right here, we enjoy musicians, dancers, actors, painters, jugglers … you name it! The MWC brings these extraordinary people right to our doorstep. Writing the article also led me to think about how often I’ve scrounged for meeting space. No more! The MWC provides terrific (and affordable) meeting-space solutions. Thanks, Seaside, for reintroducing me to the MWC and all it offers and represents.

Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 sue@seasidemagazine.ca Editor Allison Smith in Chief 250.813.1745 editor@seasidemagazine.ca Advertising Marcella Macdonald Sales Lori Swan 250.516.6489 This Month’s Contributors

gillian crowley

Returning to B.C. after many years in Alberta has let me indulge my love of gardening and the pleasure of walking in all seasons. Even better, I’ve discovered a warm and welcoming community on the Peninsula over the past five years. These contacts led to event planning and participation on several boards, two of which were with local orchestras. The icing on the cake is now having the opportunity to report monthly on the local Arts and Entertainment scene in Seaside and I look forward to learning even more about the community. Not yet ready to retire, I continue to apply my experience as a communications specialist to challenges faced by community organizations, businesses and not-for-profits.

linda hunter

I have spent the past 20 joy filled years as an independent Writer and Event Planner, dedicated to service. For the past 17 years, I have been blessed to be participating in a multi-generational home, raising family and living on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula. Involved in a wealth of exciting and fulfilling projects, I remain convinced that life and business are about building authentic relationships, supporting passion and each other, and celebrating change and growth, however that shows up. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by a like-minded business community and to be sharing their stories with readers in the new New & Noteworthy column. Be in touch with me at linda@seasidemagazine.ca. I live by the motto “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give” coined by Winston Churchill.

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Writing is a timeless enjoyment. As a writer of novels, short stories and poetry, I try to keep a number of projects "bubbling" at the back of my mind: something to look forward to completing. I am currently working on another novel: historical fiction, based in Wales, and pre-Norman. It should be finished by next Spring. But always, there is the satisfaction of writing for the next edition of Seaside. It keeps me "in the moment," when I forget the larger project and focus instead on something short and relevant. Will we have snow this winter? If so, I hope Thoughts of a White Winter will provide a humorous retrospective? Be it white or wet on the Islands, it will be enjoyable!

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 hen looking at the final redesign of Seaside for this issue, one word kept swirling around in my head: ANTICIPATION. Other words – energy, excitement, exhilaration … all came to the dance, but anticipation won out. Anticipation, as defined by Wikipedia, is "an emotion involving pleasure, excitement, enthusiasm and sometimes anxiety in considering some expected or longed-for good event." It’s been almost two years since I purchased the magazine, and this issue marks yet another milestone for the company, as we develop a new logo and redesign to the magazine. I can tell you it came with many sleepless nights for myself and my editor, Allison Smith: thinking and wondering, with much anticipation, what you, our readers and clients, will think. This issue also brings a number of new columns: Seaside Arts Scene; where writer Gillian Crowley reports on local arts and entertainment on the Saanich Peninsula; Ignition, where Seaside goes roadside, test-driving new cars; and finally New and Noteworthy, a look into the Saanich Peninsula business community, from technology to tourism and transportation. Anticipation is also an essential feature of human action. By anticipating a goal then taking action, it becomes reality. Such is

our reality, with our new Seaside. Having said that, I’ve learned over the years that marketing yourself or your business means taking some risk, but it also means having the courage and passion to go for it. Seth Godin, one of my favorite authors and a leader in marketing, in his famous book, Purple Cow, says: "Cows, after you’ve seen them for a while, are boring. They may be well-bred cows, Six Sigma cows, cows lit by beautiful light, but they are still boring. A Purple Cow; now, that would really stand out. The essence of the Purple Cow – the reason it would shine among a crowd of perfectly competent, even undeniable excellent cows – is that it would be remarkable. Something remarkable is worth talking about, worth paying attention to. Boring stuff quickly becomes invisible.” It was time to make Seaside that Purple Cow. Finally, anticipation is also the emotion you feel when you consider a longed-for, good event. For sometime now, I have been longing to bring you our new Seaside, but timing is everything, and 2013 felt just right. So, when you are anticipating the anxiety you may experience from what 2013 will or won’t bring you, take time to experience the other emotions associated with anticipation – pleasure, excitement, and enthusiasm. And sit back, relax and enjoy your new Seaside, your Purple Cow. We are happy to announce the winners of our Sidney Shopping Sprees: congratulations to Bridget Hennessy and Adrienne Dyer!

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B.C.'s Wolves Deserve Better by Chris Genovali and Paul Paquet

At minimum, a conservation plan for wolves should include establishment of protected areas for wolves.

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"Draft management plan for the Grey Wolf in British Columbia" recently put forward by the provincial government’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. This is a deeply flawed management plan that contains many scientifically unsound and uninformed objectives. The plan also represents an exaggerated view of the impacts of wolves on both the livestock industry as well as hunting opportunities, while failing to consider the many ecological and economic benefits of having significant wolf populations in B.C. The plan identifies conservation as important, but focuses almost exclusively on population control with little regard for conservation of wolves. Further, the recommended strategies inappropriately conflate and confuse management of wolves with conservation of wolves. The plan promotes contradictory strategies that include protection of wolf populations, hunting and trapping of wolf populations, control of wolf populations, protection of livestock on public lands, and culling of wolves to protect caribou. There is little evidence that the best available science informed the development

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of the proposed management framework or was incorporated into the plan itself. As an

"Despite rhetoric about conservation, the main thrust of B.C.'s wolf management plan is clearly predator control." example, the scientific literature cited and used to support the proposed management strategies is noticeably deficient, particularly relating to conservation of wolves and contemporary conservation science. The superficial use of literature and failure to cite and consider relevant peer-reviewed publications suggests carelessness, a lack of necessary proficiency and knowledge, or an agenda that predetermined the content of the management plan. Despite rhetoric about conservation, the main thrust of B.C.’s wolf management plan is clearly predator control with the goal of reducing predator impacts on

huntable species like moose, elk and deer, plus contributing to a presumed reduction in livestock conflicts. Any rational review of the impact of wolves on B.C.’s hunting opportunities, as well as livestock industry, would demonstrate that there is no "problem" in need of solving. Raincoast Conservation Foundation is strongly opposed to any increase in wolf hunting and/or trapping and recommends that the province revamp and reconsider the fundamental assumptions behind hunting predators. Conservation and wildlife "damage management" are in a period of profound change. However, many government agencies are not in synch with contemporary public and scientific opinion. Public pressure now demands that those involved with management of wolves must consider a wide range of public interests that often appear to conflict with one another. These interests include wildlife conservation, biological diversity, and the welfare of animals on the one hand, and the exploitation (i.e., killing) of wildlife for purposes of recreation and livelihood on the other. At minimum, a conservation plan for wolves in our province should include

establishment of protected areas for wolves. The B.C. Ministry of Environment has an unfulfilled initiative that advocated the creation of "preservation areas" that are "remote and of sufficient size to ensure the long-term viability of wolves." In these areas, wolves were not to be killed, and the primary objective was to "maintain viable populations of wolves in their natural state." Moreover, another Ministry publication noted: "the ecosystems that offer the best opportunities for the continued existence of these wolf-ungulate populations are those which have not yet been substantially altered by human development …" A truly enlightened and progressive conservation plan; however, would abolish the notion that it is acceptable to kill wolves for sport and trophy. Chris Genovali is executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Dr Paul Paquet is Raincoast’s senior scientist. Photos by Klaus Pommerenke.

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w eat h er w it "like the great pyramids, the lost-sock-inthe-laundry phenomena is one of the great unsolved mysteries of the world."

Sole Searching by Steve Sakiyama

Recently I noticed a white athletic sock on a stairwell landing outside the door to my office cubical land. It remained there for a few days, looking up at me, as if asking me to find its owner. “Don’t worry, they’ll be along shortly,” I would say in a reassuring voice. Later I realized that perhaps it wasn’t lost, but was just trying to get past the locked door. I didn’t let it in – building security protocol and all – plus I had never seen that sock around the office before. I hear there are a few dishonest ones out there you know, some even disguising themselves as athletic socks (especially leftfooted ones), so you can’t be too trusting these days. Now here is the strange part. Over several days the sock gradually moved farther and farther into the distant reaches of the landing, seemingly pulled by some inexorable force to the place where all lost socks go – then one day, it mysteriously vanished. Although it is possible the owner finally claimed it, I wondered whether I had just witnessed the “one-lost-sock” phenomena that normally occurs while doing the laundry. Did you know that inside the washing machine, an immutable natural law of the universe – The Conservation of Mass – does not apply? Like the great pyramids, the lost-sock-in-the-laundry phenomena is one of the great unsolved mysteries of the world – although there is probably an X-Files episode where all the unmatched socks that have been lost through history are found neatly pressed and piled in a huge underground hangar in the Bermuda Triangle. "Look Scully … here they are … and they don’t look a day older than when they vanished!" Speaking of things disappearing during the warm and cold cycle of the washing machine, there is a natural phenomenon called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) – a name given to a cycle of north Pacific water temperatures with warm and cool phases that switch about every 20 to 30 years. During the cool phase there is cooler than normal sea temperatures along the West Coast and unusually warm water over the central and western north Pacific. During the warm phase, the location of the cool and warm water reverses. Currently the PDO is in the cool phase, and when this occurs winters over northwestern North America tend to be cooler and wetter than normal. Since its discovery in the mid-1990s,

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scientists have been diligently searching to understand its connection to climate and other cyclic phenomena like El Nino and La Nina. So what kind of weather will appear in January? The long-term outook points to conditions in the normal range, so expect January to be an average month for temperature and precipitation. Since January is a month of new beginnings, my sentimental forecast for January 1st is a sunny dawn – symbolic of the new discoveries to be made in 2013 when we perhaps unlock the unexplained mysteries of the world like Stonehenge, Area 51, Crop Circles and maybe, just maybe … The Lost Sock in the Laundry. ~ Weatherwit Comments about the weather and lost socks? Email weatherwit@gmail.com or visit weatherwit.wordspress.com.


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can w e tal k publisher sue hodgson talks with Victoria Airport Authority president and CEO Geoff Dickson and Scott Cunningham, Director of Facilities for VAA The Victoria Airport Authority(VAA) is committed to providing the best airport experience – (A CNNGo survey voted Victoria International Airport [VIA] one of the world’s 10 most loved airports and it was the only Canadian airport that made the list) – and is equally dedicated to operating the VIA in an environmentally sound and responsible manner, as well as being financially viable. Do most airport authorities take on such responsibilities? Many airports around the world take on these responsibilities and do it well. It is also particularly evident in the Canadian airports, which I believe to be leaders in the field. All land lease arrangements and development at VIA undergo stringent environmental reviews. How did the Sobeys/Thrifty Foods and the Airside Operations Centre (AOC) fit into these specific requirements? As part of our approval process, each of our projects are the subject of an environmental screening prior to approval. Any project deemed to have a potential environmental risk requires the following to gain approval: Each project must have an environmental mitigation plan that identifies any potential threats and states the mitigation measures that will be taken to prevent or deal with these threats; environmental construction surveillance by a third party professional is required during construction to confirm that the construction method is in compliance with the mitigation plan. This would include complying with Fisheries regulations where applicable. Additionally, construction projects that involve excavation require the presence of a First Nations monitor to screen the disturbed soils for artifacts or evidence of prior occupation of the site. With respect to environmental initiatives, we are proud of our record of responsible development and use of LEED guidelines. Examples of

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these include geo-exchange and natural ventilation (conditioned air) at the AOC and the use of bio-swales and rain gardens for storm water management at the Sobeys site. When we built the AOC we conducted a sustainability workshop with the full design team and user group; net result, a "Sustainability Blueprint" for the project. The Reay Creek remediation undertaken last year is an example of going well beyond the "requirements" with respect to our treatment of the local environment. The airport has worked with BC Hydro to identify opportunities for electricity savings and undertook a lighting audit and retrofit of the main terminal building lights. Can you expand on how this particular initiative resulted in a dramatic reduction in electricity usage? The lighting retrofit and audit conducted in partnership with BC Hydro and the Airport Authority identified opportunities to save energy, while maintaining lighting levels for the airport terminal building. With the audit completed, a combined reduction approach was taken to use more current lighting technology, along with installing daylight sensors to minimize lighting used during the brighter times of the day. The result of this work reduced electrical consumption in the terminal building by 750,000 megawatts, which is the equivalent of powering 68 homes for a full year. The further development of the airport will be in response to user demands for airport facilities over time. Currently the airport experiences about 1.5 million passengers per year (10th busiest airport in Canada), with an estimated 3.4% increase in the next five years. The primary environmental concerns affecting the future development of VIA will be Greenhouse Gas emissions and Noise Management. How is VAA working with

the aviation industry to minimize both of these factors? The Victoria Airport Authority is a member of the Canadian Airports Council, which works with the aviation industry to stay on top of environmental trends and initiatives taken by the airlines around both noise issues and greenhouse gas emissions. The airport’s own operation, such as maintenance functions and emergency services, are only a small portion of the total greenhouse gas footprint created. To support our airline partners in reducing their footprint, the airport provides facilities to minimize GHG emissions for their operation where possible. Some examples of these include providing free electricity to electric vehicles used for servicing aircraft and allowing larger Jet aircraft to “plug in” to a passenger boarding bridge, rather than running an auxiliary power unit (generator) on fossil fuel to keep the aircraft ready for departure. Airport design at YYJ is convenient, with runways and taxiways in close proximity to where passengers embark, which helps keep fuel burn of an aircraft to a minimum. In future years as aircraft engine technology improves, fuel burn will continue to be reduced and noise impacts will also lessen as a result. The airport tracks and responds to all noise concerns through our website and our noise management line. Meetings are held twice a year and include local municipalities and other airport tenants such as the DND 443 squadron who are involved in the operation. In early December, VIA embarked on an $8.1-million Airport Improvement Program to the air terminal building. The program will see the expansion of the pre-board security screening; a new 1,400-square-foot Spinnakers on the west side of the lower passenger departure lounge; two brand-new retail stores on the east side; a new central circulation core for the elevator, escalators and stairs; and enhancements to the upper passenger departure lounge. With all of this to be accomplished indoors, is there still talk of a business park development outside, on the southwest side of Willingdon Road? We are presently developing options for a 40-acre site in the southwest corner of our land, not far from the new DND hangar. As an avid runner, I’ve been watching the development of the bike and walking path around the airport lands and look forward to its completion in the summer of 2013. As one of the first airports in the world to construct a 9.3-kilometre airport trail, where did this motivation come from? We just felt it to be the right thing to do for the community as a whole. One of our highest priorities is to be a good community neighbour, and we feel this is one of many positive steps we have taken and will continue to take. Late last year, early signs showed positive increases for the airport with the number of added services: Sunwing Travel offering Thursday flights to Los Cabos and Mexico, while WestJet has its seasonal flights to Las Vegas, Mexico, Phoenix and Honolulu, and CanJet's flights to Mexico. With the runway expansion still to come within the next five to 10 years as part of the master program, what will this mean to the volume of flights available through the airport? We are still exploring options with the runway extension, but what it means in theory is that it would allow international long-haul flights primarily to western Europe. On average there are 120 flights each day at Victoria International Airport, and it would add two to three flights per week. Photo by www.joannway.com.

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Scott Cunningham

Director, Facilities - Victoria Airport Authority Geoff Dickson became President and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority in January 2011. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Geoff is responsible for the strategic planning, operations and financial performance of Victoria International Airport. Geoff has over 25 years experience in the airline and marine transportation industries with a background in marketing, business development, operations, customer service and finance. Scott Cunningham has over three decades of experience in the construction and maintenance world. He is a licensed master electrician and has worked on many large and varied industrial construction jobs as well as participated in, and managed, several large facility maintenance programs. Over the last 18 years, Scott has held progressively more senior positions at Victoria International Airport including Electrical Supervisor, Project Manager, Manager Project Management, Manager Airside Operations and Maintenance, and Director of Facilities. For more information visit www.victoriaairport.com


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SYMPTOMS: Do you suffer from: (a) dry throat? (b) wobbly knees? (c) pounding heart? (d) stuttering and stammering? (e) ALL of the above? DIAGNOSIS: Fear of Public Speaking! Believe it or not, fear of public speaking is near the top of the list of phobias in surveys done around the world. PRESCRIPTION: Attend a Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters meeting on Tuesday evenings at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Come out to see what Toastmasters is all about and how you will benefit. Guests are always welcome. Our meetings provide a friendly, structured, fun and supportive environment in which you will develop the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining greater communication and leadership skills. PROGNOSIS: You will be able to begin speaking before an audience and discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some improvement. One of the benefits of being a Toastmaster is that you decide what pace you set for your selfdevelopment. SIDE EFFECTS: These may include the following: (1) learning how to carry out a number of different meeting roles (eg. giving a toast, presenting a “smile story,” introducing a speaker); (2) learning how to give an impromptu speech on a variety of topics; (3) learning how to evaluate other speakers; (4) learning how to deliver a presentation to

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Thoughts of a White Winter by Barry Mathias

Along the southwest coast of B.C., snow is such a fleeting experience that most of us never come to terms with it. Unlike our friends in the northern parts of the province, we do not see snow as a legitimate part of the winter season, but more a possible variation in the seemingly unending days of rain. On rare occasions, it arrives in a multi-inch dump that never fails to surprise, delight, worry and annoy us. It usually materializes in darkness, and the next day when we get up, everything has changed. J.B. Priestley wrote: "You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" There is something romantic and beautiful about the first sight of snow, when it lies like a thick white cover, draping the bushes and fences, and forming artistic drifts. That brief time, before the first cars’ tires imprint their dark furrows on the hidden roads, when yards and secret driveways remain free of footprints and when tree branches

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are bowed down with the weight – this is the time to observe snow. But soon it starts to change: snowplows, as rare as a dry day in February, are soon charging headlong down our notorious roads, like knights of old, doing battle with the white enemy. Drivers of cars, without winter tires, practise being stunt men as they career, at walking pace, around bends, and struggle in a sideways descent down hills, only to come to an ignominious halt at the first steep ascent. Another delayed ferry has been missed! For children, however, this is heaven. All those inherited behaviors: the walking across a field of undisturbed snow, and then reversing the boots in the same imprints as though the unknown person has been abducted by aliens; the building of snowmen (not snowwomen?), and the creating and assembling of dozens of snowballs for unsuspecting passers-by, who never pass by. The snow fights with friends, the gradual soaking as snow melts down warm backs leading to the eventual return of the warriors to the safety of their homes – wet, cold, shivering and triumphant! Adults remember their winter childhoods with transient pleasure, for soon there is the panic to start the car, and the hernia-causing digging-out of the drive, only to have the snow plough immediately block their entrance to the road. Then, there is the heart-numbing journey to the ferry terminal: trying to avoid those cars without winter tires, helping to push the same vehicles off the road, giving the same drivers a ride and finally arriving to find the ferry is cancelled. Oh, the joys of snow! From the perspective of the retired, those who do not have to hurry to work, and the young who have time to play, snow is a rare and wonderful experience. It is a time to rediscover old skis, be delighted that winter clothes still fit, take photographs of ordinary scenes suddenly made magical, and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to use a toboggan on roads devoid of cars. Snow is one of those strange natural phenomena that provokes a huge range of human reactions: we love it and we hate it. Children are excited and bewildered by it and adults are seduced and enraged by it, but the sociologist would say that our reactions would be different if snow happened for three months of the year. So, let’s just be grateful we live on the Islands.

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seaside A rts scene by Gillian Crowley

Trying to get rid of the January blahs but no plane ticket to Maui? Why not dispel those post-holiday blues by taking in some of the exciting events around the Peninsula?

Put on Those Blue Suede Shoes Elvis may have left the building, but his spirit and songs will live onstage at the Mary Winspear Centre. Described as “the reincarnation of Elvis,” Randy Elvis Friskie has been channeling the King of Rock 'n Roll since his teens. He and his Las Vegas Show Band will perform a tribute to the songs of the '50s, '60s and '70s as part of their 40th Anniversary Aloha Tour. Friskie will be joined by his daughter, Cassandra, whose powerful voice has been known to get audiences clapping and dancing in their seats. Jan. 18th and 19th at 7:30 pm; matinee Jan. 19th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: www.marywinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275.

Museum hosts its famous Lego Exhibit featuring over 250 lego sets. It’s astonishing what can be created from small plastic bricks! Displays range from castles to cars, technic to towers, and planes to pirates. Hard to believe: family-owned Lego is now in its 80th year. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily by donation. For info visit www. sidneymuseum.ca or call 250-655-6355.

Warm Up With the Classics The matchless Galiano Ensemble will perform a themed concert titled "Around the Baltic Sea" on January 9th at UVic. Music director and founder, Yariv Aloni, says: “While there is some melancholy in string orchestra music from this wintery part of Europe, the emotion and warmth of the music are always striking.” In this evocative program the Ensemble’s 22 professional string players will perform Kurt Atterberg’s (Sweden) Sinfonia for Strings; Jean Sibelius’ (Finland) Suite

Champêtre; Heino Eller’s (Estonia) Five Pieces for Strings; and Carl Nielsen’s (Denmark) Little Suite in A minor, Op. 1. January 9th at 8:00 p.m., University of Victoria, Phillip T. Young Recital Hall. Tickets: www.galiano.ca or 250-704-2580. The Sidney Classical Orchestra continues its 20th season celebration with Baroque Bundles on February 1st. Mary Byrne, flute, will perform a rarely heard, but delightful concerto by Francois Devienne in D major. Misako Sotosazki, the concertmaster for the orchestra, will play one of Vivaldi’s violin concertos, and Eugene Dowling, tuba – back by special request – will delight the audience with one or two gems from his considerable repertoire. “It should be great fun,” says music director Stephen Brown. February 1 at 7:30 p.m,. St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Sidney. Tickets: 250-480-1133.

Take the Kids and Grandkids Those who can’t imagine a world without cell phones and video games will find “The Forgotten Children” a perfect introduction to Charles Dickens’ world in the mid-1800s. The musical is a story of comedy, tragedy and miracles based on Dickens’ books Oliver, Little Nell and Christmas with Scrooge. Twenty-two performers, ages seven to 17, will be acting, singing and dancing their way through the streets of London. This full scale production is all part of the training students receive through musical theatre classes, a partnership between Mountain Dream Productions and the Mary Winspear Centre. Both the production and classes are led by Margaret Watt, artistic director and choreographer, Mountain Dream Productions. Budding thespians can enroll in the upcoming Triple Threat Classes which teach acting, singing and dancing for musical theatre. January 25th at 7:00 p.m. and January 26th at 2 p.m. Tickets and classes: www.marywinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275. For more information visit www.mountaindreamproductions.ca. Children of all ages will admire the amazing creations at Lego! Lego! Lego! Every year from January 2nd to March 31st, the Sidney

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If you're like me, then the only thing you’ve managed to accomplish over the past couple of months is to give birth to a second chin, and now you realize it's time to release the death grip on the Doritos and get moving again. The good news is, I have a secret weapon that is a pillar of restraint and the poster girl of discipline that will flog me back into shape. While I was popping Tator Tots like they were Tic Tacs, my wife Lisa just peered through the handle bars of her elliptical and silently observed her husband turn into Jabba the Hutt. She consistently eats the same, never skips exercise and compensates for any treats no matter what the season. Wow, it’s like she's not human! I know at any moment she is going to stick her head into this room, point at her wrist and tell me the treadmill is waiting. On the bright side: looks like I’ve already burned 27 calories exercising my resentment. Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5’s popular morning show. They are one of the few 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.

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Mary Winspear Centre Revitalized! by Susan Simosko

Brad Edgett, the new executive director of the Mary Winspear They wanted people to Centre (MWC), is a passionate man. His top three passions? His be able to access the arts, family, the arts, and the MWC. Since assuming the post in October and become actively 2012, he has devoted most waking hours to thinking about and engaged. That’s what planning how he and the staff can best "give the Centre back to the I hope to create here, community and the community back to the Centre." a vibrant hub where That’s his mantra. people of all ages can As he puts it: "The Centre is an participate incredible place, with so much to "That's what I hope to in and offer, but it’s underutilized and enjoy the arts." create here, a vibrant perhaps undervalued. I want to Like much else in Brad’s life, getting the new job was hub where people change that. I want to create a vision a bit of an adventure. "I was hoping to make a change," of all ages can – a legacy, really – that will continue Brad tells me, "and when I saw that the MWC was the extraordinary legacy of the looking for an executive director, I could hardly believe participate in Winspear family." my eyes. The only problem is I was reading the ad on the and enjoy the arts." As fate would have it, Brad met Bill very day applications were due! I had only a few hours to Winspear 10 years ago when Brad pull mine together. I count my lucky stars that I made it." managed art galleries in the Empress Hotel. Winspear was a regular In addition to his personal connection to the Winspear family customer and the two men shared a profound interest in and his own deep commitment to the arts, Brad is a seasoned First Nations art. "Bill and I just hit it off," Brad says. manager with a wealth of experience. "What I’ve learned," says "I feel so fortunate to have known him." Brad, "is that to be successful you need to create a vision that people Bill and Margo Winspear were ardent supporters of the arts. "They can rally 'round and work hard to actualize. That is what the staff were also extremely generous," says Brad, "not just here on the and I have been working on since day one. We want the community Peninsula, but wherever they went – Vancouver, Toronto or Dallas. – and by that I mean Sidney, North Saanich and Central Saanich –

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WATERLiLY and Flush make a move The recent departure of Fandango Collections from The Cannery left room for expansion and movement. WATERLiLY has filled those shoes and is now located on the corner of Beacon and First, with Flush sidestepping into their new home right next door. Other changes include the exiting of Ocean Palm Spa (Ocean Palm Refresh can be found in the Fairway Market Plaza) and the Doctors have moved in – Ocean Pier Medical Clinic is now open.

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December 17th, Sidney council accepted and approved an application from the Sidney Business Development Group to begin the process to establish a Business Improvement Area. Town staff were instructed to prepare a bylaw for approval by council in January. This bylaw will allow for a 30-day period for responses from commercial property owners in the designated area. If there is not a 51% vote against the proposal during the 30-day period a BIA will be established in the Spring. dining

News and moves for Sidney cafés The Love Café opened its doors recently with open arms along with a healthy selection of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, raw and live foods and drinks. Open six days a week, Dana Lynn and Cayla Meuser look forward to spreading a little more love on the planet. Meanwhile, Melinda’s Biscotti Company continues to offer up a Taste of Happiness, now at their new location on McDonald Park Road in Sidney. Melinda’s cafe is open Monday to Saturday and


Nature's Classroom: Oceans and gardens The SHAW Ocean Discovery Centre has announced its newest endeavour, the Salish Sea Institute Project. Three new Gulf Island field stations will open up the Salish Sea and welcome visitors to learn at three ecological, historical and culturally significant locales. This not-for-profit self-supporting Institute anticipates serving up to 23,000 participants annually with year-round programming for all ages. Find out more and how you can support this project by contacting Angus Matthews, the Executive Director. industry & technology

Breakfast of Champions: SNSIG packs Significant Punch Two decades later and with over 350 members, Bill Cooke’s Sidney Breakfast Club is still serving up its monthly meeting. Founded in 1992, the club works to increase participating companies’ individual and combined market share for technologies and services. Spawned

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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. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Frances (Trevor) Barkley was the first by Valerie Green white woman in B.C. and became something of a legend during her own lifetime. For my first “interview” of 2013, I delved back over 200 years to visualize what life must have been like for this adventurous woman living in an all man’s world. Can you tell me something of your early life? I was born in Somerset, England, in 1769 and was raised in a French Convent. When I was 17, I met the handsome sea captain, Charles Barkley, who was nine years my senior, and it was love at first sight. Within weeks we were married and I agreed to set sail with him to the other side of the world. How very adventurous and brave of you. Looking back, I suppose that it was, but I was very young and I loved Charles immensely. For the next three years, we sailed the oceans and experienced gales, immense seas and even a bout of tropical fever, from which my beloved almost died. I also received much unwanted attention from members of the crew and very little time alone with my husband. We circumnavigated the world, travelled round the Horn, visited Hawaii, and I was the first white woman to set foot on the coast of New Caledonia (later British Columbia) and Alaska. I’m particularly interested about your experiences here when your vessel The Imperial Eagle entered Nootka Sound. That was in 1787, nine years after Captain James Cook’s visit. The native people certainly had strange habits and customs, but we learned to adjust. We then sailed south along Vancouver Island’s coast and discovered the Sound, later named Barkley Sound for my husband, and rediscovered the Strait of Juan de Fuca. How long did all your sea-faring adventures last? For about eight years, during which time we sailed to China, Hawaii and back to Alaska, trading in furs and pelts. We once made our home in Calcutta. And you had many children? 28 SEASIDE | january 2013

Sadly, some of my little ones died in infancy and our first son, William, born in Mauritius, died at age 14 in 1788. Our daughter, Patty, died at sea of a tropical fever when only a year old. Thank the dear Lord that our next three children, Jane, John Charles and Martha, all survived. I have heard that your husband once described you as “the best of women” and that your long red-gold hair like spun silk was revered by the natives who considered you a goddess as you stood on board ship facing the wind. (laughing) How flattering! But really I was very ordinary – just a woman who followed her man to the ends of the world because she loved him. (Frances Barkley died in 1845, the same year as another son, Charles Francis, also died. Unfortunately, many of the Barkleys’ historical achievements were later overlooked when Captain Meares acquired their logs and journals and then claimed much of the credit for himself.) Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at valgee@shaw.ca.


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On January 12th, 2013, Sidney Council 9703, Knights of Columbus will mark their 25th Anniversary with a historical review of the past 25 years. The Order Founder, Father Michael J McGivney, believed that as each Knight shared his faith with his brothers, family ties would inevitably be strengthened, and every time we come through, the reputation of Knights as an organization of charity grows. This is a group of men committed to their faith and to building their families, parish and communities. Whether it is through hosting family-focused activities or supporting community events, Knights serve as valuable role models for other men as well as mentors for children. Last year, the Saanich Peninsula Council contributed over $20,000 to local area charities and youth organizations and acted as the sponsor to the Peninsula soccer goal shoot-out challenge. From its beginning, this Council, under the Leadership of Grand Knight Joe Mowatt and Deputy Grand Knight Michael Wingerter, the original group of 43 Catholic men have led the way to an organization which has a current membership of over 100 Knights. Should you wish more information on the Order or the upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration, please feel free to contact the Membership Director at 250-652-4370.

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you imagine living in an armoured suit, skulking around like a robot on the sea floor? That’s what by Tina Kelly arthropods do," says the narrator of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre’s Armoured Animals Oceancast. From the sea floor to the sea shore and beyond, arthropods are the most successful group of animals on the planet. Representing more than 75% of all living species, examples of arthropods can be found in the air, on land or in the soil, and in both fresh and salt water. What makes an animal an arthropod? First off, jointed feet; these animals take their name from "arthro," meaning jointed, and "poda," meaning foot. Along with jointed appendages, animals in Phylum Arthropoda have their skeleton on the outside – an exoskeleton. Yet another arthropod feature is segmented bodies; this is easy to see on terrestrial arthropods like insects and spiders as well as marine varieties – shrimp and prawns. Crabs, one of the most recognizable marine animals, are arthropods too. Crabs in the Salish Sea vary in shape and size. The rough rockresembling Puget Sound king crab measures 30 cm across its carapace whereas the smooth-shelled porcelain crab maxes out at 2 cm. If your skeleton forms your exterior, how do you grow? You shed it and create a new bigger one through a process called molting. When you’re beachcombing and think "there seem to be a lot of dead crabs around here," take a closer look – if you can pop the carapace open like the trunk of a car, you’re looking at a molt! That crab is living happily somewhere nearby, only bigger. How does a hermit crab differ from the crab on your plate? Their exoskeleton doesn’t surround their entire body: hermit crabs have soft bums! So to protect their bum, they anchor it into a discarded

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snail shell. Their exoskeleton molts too, but to accommodate their bigger bum, they swap out the old snail shell for a bigger one. Surprise – barnacles are arthropods! Barnacles are exclusively marine and the only sessile group of crustaceans. Early scientist Louis Agassiz described a barnacle as "nothing more than a little shrimp-like animal, standing on its head in a limestone house and kicking food into its mouth." Their jointed appendages are feet modified to filter food from the water around them. Arthropods – with their hard exterior and jointed legs – are diverse. Many ocean arthropods can be seen in the habitats at the Centre. Pop in to see a variety of shrimp, crabs and barnacles or ask to see our Armored Animals Oceancast. Beginning in mid-February, "Stay’n Alive," an exhibit on the adaptations arthropods – and other animals – have to protect themselves from the dangers of living in the ocean. Tina Kelly is an Ocean Advocate at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Visit www.oceandiscovery.ca for more information.

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loves, old friends and familiar places. But, he is also on a brand new adventure to build one of the best places to eat on the Peninsula. The stars spelled out "destiny" when Ron Vincent and his wife, Maureen, decided to open a classy new restaurant in Saanich this October. Ron grew up in Sidney. From 1976 to 1978, Ron’s mother owned the Quarterdeck Café. In a strange twist, Ron and his wife accidentally found out that exactly the same location was up for lease when they came here looking for a condo. After being away for 25 years pursuing a cooking 32 SEASIDE | january 2013

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career, "Things had come full circle! It was meant to be" for Ron Vincent. Remarkably, after 26 years, Ron rekindled the flame with his Sidney childhood sweetheart, Maureen, and they were married on December 14th, 2009. Ron Vincent is a warm, genial host with a stellar resumé. He is a "Red Seal Certified" chef, well seasoned from the kitchens of many high quality restaurants. The crazy-paced potboiler world of cooking gives Ron his daily rush. This personable chef loves to create beautiful food – "if it looks pretty, it will taste good." After years of sweating over hot stoves preparing a wide range of

I want people to have the ultimate dining experience here and not have to pay through the nose to get it!" Ron and his wife believe in buying everything local – from fresh produce to their décor. Rick Silas’ breathtaking ice glass artwork adds a layer of beauty to their establishment. Every sauce and dressing is homemade; they make about 95% of their products themselves, and real butter and eggs enrich their heavenly Hollandaise. "We have the best soon-to-be-famous Caesar Salad on the West Coast," boasts Ron – the same recipe that he has had for 18 years. And he is all excited about his "Deconstructed

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culinary delights, Ron Vincent has discarded what doesn’t work, but most important – he knows exactly what does. The Sidney boy is proud of his new digs: "The food quality is spectacular. The customer service is fantastic. And the water views are priceless. It is our commitment to excellence." The Sea Glass Waterfront Grill is a full-service "West Coast contemporary" restaurant, decidedly chic with the whole white tablecloth thing. But there is no ostentation. Just good, hearty "straight-ahead honest" food. These are not easy times. Ron and Maureen’s prices are reasonable: Great food "should be accessible to everyone!

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Baltic amber has been used for centuries with traditional medicine in Europe. Recently "rediscovered," more and more moms now trust the natural healing oil in amber to help relieve teething pain and calm their baby. Five different lovely warm colours are available of this fossilized plant resin from the Baltic sea. Knots before and after each bead ensure safety. The necklace is lightweight and a perfect gift for a little one. ($19.99) Kiddin' Around #3-9769 Fifth Street, Sidney

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Perhaps one of the best ways to view Barry Sherwood and Sandy Wharf’s home in Brentwood Bay is from the water as night falls. Golden light blazes from banks of windows, creating a glow over the rich cedar siding, illuminating an intriguing roofline of protruding beams resembling the wooden prows of classic boats. Nestled organically into the landscape and seascape of the inlet, the home has an interesting provenance. Originally built for Claude and

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Jean Butler in 1979-80, the residence was ahead of its time, both in the open concept design and in the use of a solar thermal cistern for heating. Claude Butler was the grandson of Captain George Butler, one of the pioneering families on the Saanich Peninsula, and the Butler reputation for innovation and lasting legacies continues to this day. Having grown up on the water, Barry, of Sherwood Marine Centre, wanted to flood the interior of the home with light and peel away any impediment to the couple’s sensory enjoyment of a truly panoramic seascape. What followed was a fruitful collaboration with Keith Baker of KB Design, leading to a bold reinterpretation of interior and exterior spaces, creating a gold standard of contemporary West Coast architecture that is aesthetically exciting on a visceral, human scale. Taking the simplest view, the home is perfect for empty nesters: essentially a one-bedroom rancher on the main with guest bedrooms and a walk-out patio on the lower level. However, with an open concept space 94 feet across that, according to Barry, can easily accommodate gatherings of over a hundred people, Keith immediately grasped the importance of scale and relationship. Engineered laminate fir rafters were added to provide structural interest throughout and suggest a timeless strength without being

An extensive use of built-ins throughout the home reflects the owners’ boating passions: everything is neatly stowed away and yet easy to access.

heavy or imposing. The roof overhang that blocked much of the view has been replaced with beams and pergola features, the latter acting as a natural sun filter for the south-facing home. The addition of clerestory and transom windows has provided what Barry says is a “pretty spectacular, frameless view of sea, sky and land,” suggesting the perspective one gains when standing on the bridge of a ship. Glass doors from the kitchen and master bedroom open up to a generous, sun-drenched deck for ease of outdoor living. At one end of the main floor area is the master bedroom, accessed by a pocket door that, when recessed, artlessly expands and extends the outlook onto the bay from the great room. A staircase leads to a surprise loft above the sleeping area, providing a unique view of the water through eyebrow windows, creating an enchanting, intimate area out of what was once emptiness and affording the perfect place to unwind. Continued next page


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An extensive use of built-ins throughout the home reflects the owners’ boating passions: everything is neatly stowed away and yet easy to access, adding to the restful, clutter-free atmosphere. A playful use of circles in the entrance foyer softens the angular symmetry – a porthole window, round mirror, circular hanging light fixture and a sculptural wooden screen holding a ring of wood carries through into the kitchen area where the prep sink is set in a countertop of circular conglomerate rock. Textural elements exist in the unique adzed-edged treatment of

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the cherry eating bars, suggesting the rough chop of waves on a windy day in the bay. A gas fireplace at each end of the main floor, one in the family seating area beside the kitchen and another in the sunken living room, as well as radiant in-floor heating and passive solar warmth, ensure a comfortable environment. Given the extraordinary microclimate of Brentwood Bay, living by the sea is pure pleasure, regardless of the season. Barry sums it up perfectly: “I can have the worst day possible, come home and look at the bay – wonderful.”

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For Keith Baker of KB Design, openness and honesty are the cornerstones of a successful collaboration when working with clients. A highly effective communicator, Keith puts the focus on realizing their vision in a way that remains true to the whole. Fortunately his mastery of 3D modeling makes it easy to see what the end product will look like and to understand the holistic nature of the design process itself. For Barry Sherwood, it was a bit like “peeling back an onion.” The challenge of Barry and Sandy’s home in Brentwood Bay was to open up the view of the water while addressing the huge space of the main floor. As Keith so succinctly puts it: “You have to make a big space work, otherwise you feel lost.” Installing open beams throughout brought the vaulted ceiling down to scale, creating interest and warmth. Peeling away the heavy overhang of the roof provided the opportunity to install banks of clerestory windows, dramatically lifting the sight lines, and to add external elements that make such a unique statement when the home is viewed from across the bay. Cladding the exterior in cedar siding coated with Sikkens Cetol protective wood finish to prevent weathering gave the residence an immediate West Coast

Clerestory and transom windows have provided a “pretty spectacular, frameless view of sea, sky and land.”

Contemporary Residential Designs contemporary look so appropriate to the site. In the Great Room, the original white brick fireplace rose to the ceiling. Keith lowered the height to a more pleasing proportion that didn’t overwhelm the space, replacing the brick with K2 natural grey stone, offset with interesting built-ins, providing the focal point for a generous seating arrangement that can easily absorb any number of configurations. Lowering the fireplace wall led to the inspired creation of the loft, one of the most delightful features of this light and airy home. For Keith, the spatial layout of the main floor had to focus on livability. Two eating bars in the kitchen provide a flexible arrangement, with plenty of room for guests to chat and help the chef, while the dining area can accommodate a more formal grouping. A cosy family space flowing out of the kitchen includes a computer workstation, comfortable seating, gas fireplace and integrated TV. Keith loves the “warm elements of cherry” throughout in the flooring, stairs and cabinetry, while practical slate in the kitchen and dining space provides the perfect foil – nothing is overdone. Keith works closely with Sandy Nygaard of Nygaard Interior Design. “She gets what I do. I’m solving it to a point and she takes it further.” It is this collaborative approach to design that makes Barry and Sandy’s home function so well: a thoughtful use of space and a seamless transition into the enchantment of Brentwood Bay. Photos by www.joannway.com.

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on desi g n New building code requirements for seismic design By the time this column is in circulation a new provincial building code will be in effect, with significant implications to residential design. For the first time the code is written with prescriptive requirements, to design and construct wood-framed homes to resist the forces of earthquakes. Prior to this, all loads were based on gravity, basically written to by Michael & prevent your home from falling down. Now Lisa Dunsmuir lateral forces, as we refer to them, are written Step One Design in, to resist the back and forth, ground-shaking movement experienced during an earthquake. We all know we live in earthquake country – waiting for the big one. In fact, if you are reading this on the Saanich Peninsula you would be in the high seismic region. Several years ago, the office of the B.C. Building and Safety Standards Branch, which writes our building code, began to realize that how we were designing and constructing homes was changing. We were moving away from the traditional house plan, which was generally considered resistant to earthquakes. Years ago homes were typically smaller, with lots of internal compartmentalized rooms, with smaller windows in relation to exterior walls. Although this design could suffer significant damage during an earthquake, it would not necessarily collapse, and therefore was potentially safer. Instead of the smaller, more rigid home, we’re trending toward taller and larger homes with open floor plans and big windows. This design, with no built-in code requirements to resist lateral movement, is what the new code is written to address. This code now provides prescriptive requirements to follow. Basically it is written to say if you follow these requirements, your home will possess a standard to earthquake resistance, without the need to solely rely on a structural engineer to obtain a building permit. In the capital region, many municipalities require engineering for single family dwelling permit applications. This is common practice, and will continue. Today our homes are complex buildings, with engineered beams and trusses that require engineers to design and certify proper installation. What this new code provides is a more comprehensive approach to residential design, and forces forethought for earthquake resistance built into the design process. No longer will we just rely on engineers for seismic design. Designers and builders will need to address the issues related to lateral forces in the design and construction of homes. This is all in the interest of public safety, and long overdue. For more information visit www.steponedesign.ca.

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w est coast g ardener gardening on the wild side I was starting to relax, thinking the garden was safely put to bed for a few months and it was time to indulge in reading novels and seed catalogues. After all, Mother Nature had done her worst. The garden had (barely) survived a late spring, lousy June and then a hot summer blast that dried up the pea vines overnight. Nothing to worry about until spring, right? Not by Gillian so – I’d reckoned without the Furry Ones. Crowley On a rare sunny winter’s day, I glanced out the window to see branchlets scattered around the California lilac so lovingly shaped into a bonsai tree. This is the same bush we bought two years ago because a gardening website declared it “deer resistant.” The doe-eyed garden wreckers obviously haven’t been online recently. Most likely a young one tried a few branches, decided they weren’t dinner worthy and spat them out – but not before leaving a huge hole in the middle of the bush. Even though I know I’m in their territory, the blood boils as hours of work and buckets of money are turned into deer forage. It’s not that I haven’t tried to work out a truce with them. In summer I spray my homemade deer repellent only on plants dearest to my heart (98% of them) and leave a few alone as sacrifices to the gods … sorry, the deer. They were so grateful after finishing off the Euonymus that they waited until the fall monsoon washed off the nasty-tasting stuff to move onto the rest of the garden. I wonder if there’s some species of cacti that can survive cool, wet weather? Soon after this episode I started to notice the lawn looking like the practice range for mad golfers. Divots of grass everywhere but not a tee in site. Finally we discovered that the midnight Tiger Woods were bandit-faced raccoons gorging themselves on night crawlers. Unfortunately, unlike Tiger, they don't replace their turf divots. Overall, I don’t blame the wildlife as much as some of my neighbours. A few soft-hearted ones feel they must help the local wildlife to survive winter in Canada’s Banana Belt by leaving out food for the deer, raccoons, crows and feral cats. Apparently not aware of Social Media for Wildlife, they also attract all the neighbourhood cats (Fluffy, why are you getting so fat?) not to speak of rats, mice and Jonathan Seagull who is happy now to live on the mountain top, far from having to earn a living on the beach. You’d think I could cope with all this. After all, I’ve survived gardening on the prairies where hail regularly smashed hostas into mush and early frost turned tomatoes and beans black in mid-August. It’s just that I thought I was coming to a gardener’s paradise here on the Peninsula where everything grows without much effort. As I draw down the blinds to hide the devastation, I think I can hear a raccoon chortle … or is it an experienced Island gardener?


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thing is served on a light baguette. This is where you will have to use your imagination, as the original Louisiana French bread is apparently impossible to replicate elsewhere. I like to keep it as simple as I can, and play a little bit with the mayo for a kick. Fried Shrimp Po' Boy 125 grams cooked and peeled shrimp per person fresh white baguette (enough for an 8” sandwich per person) iceberg lettuce, shredded 2 sliced tomatoes ½ cup mayonnaise canola oil

¼ cup all purpose flour ½ cup fine cornmeal ¼ cup spice blend (equal parts salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano) Heat about 2" of canola oil in a deep pot to 350° (use a thermometer to monitor the temperature) – optionally you can use a home deep fryer if you are really dedicated. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and 2 tablespoons spice blend. Stir to combine well. Set aside. Whisk 1-2 tbsp. of the spice blend into the mayonnaise and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes. Rinse and drain the shrimp and, working in batches, fry the shrimp for about 2 minutes and drain on a paper towel. Slice the baguette into 8” segments, slice again in the middle and dress with a generous amount of the mayo, some shredded lettuce and the tomatoes. Top with a generous helping of the shrimp. That's it, you're done. Like I said, this recipe is deceptively simple – the flavour is absolutely incredible and the crunch of the cornmeal on the shrimp will ensure you don't leave any on the plate! If you want to go the extra mile, serve this with some red beans and rice and a homemade lemonade. Bon Appetit Y'all!

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currently at the top of his sheet metal class at Camosun College, he could be considered a candidate for a “courage to come back” award. Cole participated in a Secondary School Apprenticeship by Stu Rhodes (SSA) work placement with the Department of National Defence during the summer of 2011, after which he started the technical training “foundation” program for sheet metal and aircraft structural at Camosun. Just a few weeks in, Cole broke his arm in a sporting accident, forcing him to withdraw from the program. However, this did not deter him. After he recovered he spent the following summer back with his employer working in the trade and re-enrolled in the next technical training session, which started last August. Cole loves the hands-on aspect of the trade he is learning. “Math was one of my favourite subjects and it comes in handy to help with all the calculations we have to do. I took two blocks of drafting too, and that really helps to take projects from layout to fabrication,” he said. Cole’s career counselor at Claremont Secondary, Garry Arsenault, says: “Cole is a very strong academic student with incredible attention to detail. He wants to get it right and he’d rather measure twice and cut once than make a mistake.” Cole’s father, Jim Fulton, is also a qualified tradesperson and wholeheartedly supports Cole’s desire to pursue education and employment in the sheet metal trade. “Getting a trade ticket allows you to make really good money, find secure employment, and basically go anywhere you want,” he notes. Cole is easily able to describe the satisfaction and pride he gets

from taking a sheet of raw metal and converting it to a functional product: “You take a sheet of metal and suddenly it’s formed into something.” Talking to Cole and seeing the projects he has completed, two things became immediately evident: he is a very modest young man and possesses exceptional skill. His Camosun instructor, Brian Coey, agrees, saying how impressed he is that Cole is one of just a couple of high school students in a class of adults and is still at the top of the class. Cole says he thinks this is an amazing opportunity for high school students and strongly recommends it to others. “It’s a great idea! You get lots of credits and you get experience. It’s given me a great jumpstart on life!” When Cole finishes his program in a couple of months, he hopes to get hired back on with DND to continue his apprenticeship, but he also realizes his qualifications will make him eligible for employment in a number of related fields including aircraft manufacturing. Now that sounds really exciting! For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District, contact Garry Arsenault, 250-658-6679; Roger Pires, 250-655-2715; Wendy Walker, 250-514-0259; or Stu Rhodes, 250-415-9211. Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/saanichcareers to view the promotional video Jump Start Your Career. RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

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smell t h e coffee "is coffee somehow less worthy, or worth less, than wine?"

Coffee and Wine Part I

Well, I kept my last year’s New Year’s resolution to steer clear of low quality coffee places and this year I have a new resolution: to learn more about the relationship between coffee and my second favourite by Steve Sheppard beverage – WINE. Wine and coffee have a bevy of similarities … both have hundreds of chemical compounds that affect the flavour, with wine averaging 200 to 400 compounds and coffee surpassing 800. Where a wine drinker swirls a glass to release a wine’s aroma, a coffee drinker senses the aromas on different areas of the palate. In the specialty coffee industry, we hear about the similarities between wine and coffee all the time: both drinks are sniffed and sipped for pleasure, both offer a complex variety of palates and aromas, and both enhance meals and occasions. However, looking beyond the common aesthetics and culture of these two drinks, wine and coffee share another trait: their industries. Both are agricultural products from specific regions that are affected by the amount of sunshine and water they receive during the growing process. Why then, does wine sell for five to $10 or $15 a glass, when coffee can only command two to three dollars a cup at the most? I pose the question: Is coffee somehow less worthy, or worth less than wine? Ask most wine drinkers about their favourite wines and they'll

probably be able to tell you why they like it, the kind of grapes it's made from, where those grapes were grown and in what year. Ask many coffee drinkers about their favourite coffee, and they're more likely to answer with a brand name, a level of roast etc. While some may know that they prefer one country's coffee over another, they're not likely to be able to specify why, or to tell you what region it comes from or whether it's a single-origin coffee or a blend. This probably is not because consumers don't care about the coffee they're drinking. More likely, it’s because they don't yet have the knowledge, understanding or vocabulary to explore and appreciate, much less want to pay for, quality coffee. Perhaps our beloved cup has "bean" taken for granted all these years. With a number of micro-roasters emerging onto the Canadian coffee scene, the quality from city to city is going up. Fact: Greater Victoria has more coffee roasters per capita than any place in Canada! I challenge you to search the various roasters here in Victoria, which number over nine … that’s right: there are nine-plus places in Greater Victoria where you can buy fresh beans, which is the one area coffee and wine are completely different. Coffee is best when it’s fresh, while wine, on the other hand, needs some time to develop. Next month I will share some coffee, wine and food pairings for you to try … Steve out.

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WH A T ’ S h appenin g januar y

For details on other events happing in our community, visit www.mypeninsula.ca TUESDAY EVENINGS Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting

Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney, 7:30 pm 250.544.1819 maryjackson@shaw.ca

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience please come out to one of our meetings.

January 1 - 5

Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights Tours 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 250-386-8652, www.cvscruisevictoria.com

CVS Sightseeing is offering Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights Tours including return transportation with live driver narration and admission to Butchart Gardens. This is a very special time at the Butchart Gardens – the festive Holiday Lights bring the Gardens alive. Tens of thousands of coloured lights line walkways and festoon lamp posts. The ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away about the Gardens. While on the bus you will hear about the past present and future of Victoria by your driver guide! Purchase tickets online (see above) $50/adults & seniors; $19/children; $34.25/students. january 6

New Year, New Beginnings (Guided Adult Walk) 18+ Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park Saanich, 10 am - 2 pm 250.478.3344 www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Burn off some of the holiday treats on a 10km walk around the lakes with a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist. Discover the fascinating cultural and natural history of this multi-use park. Bring a lunch and water and wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the information kiosk in the Beaver Lake parking lot. january 10

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon www.peninsulanewcomers.ca

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not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month in Sidney, with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. For more information, please visit our website.

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Year-Round Harvest for the Urban Gardener The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific 505 Quayle Road, Victoria Sundays 1-5 pm (10 sessions) 250.479.6162 www.hcp.ca

The mild winters of Coastal British Columbia make it possible to grow and harvest vegetables all year round. The benefits of growing your own food are many. In 10 sessions, Linda Gilkeson will cover everything from seeds to harvest for large and small urban gardens. HCP members $425; nonmembers add 40%. Includes textbook, handouts and free parking. Call to register. january 14

Companions of the Quaich Robbie Burns Dinner and Whiskey Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.658.1109 wuhrer@shaw.ca

This event will feature a traditional Robbie Burns dinner and four special whiskies in celebration of Scotland’s national poet. Glenn Todd, of Victoria Whisky Festival fame, will introduce The Arran Malts dedicated to the bard. Smart casual Highland Dress or tartan attire welcome. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50. january 17

Johnny Vallis Tribute to Buddy Holly Charlie White Theatre at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm 250.656.0275 www.marywinspear.ca

In his tribute to the Rock icon, Johnny Vallis perfectly portrays both the look and the sound as he rolls out Buddy’s greatest hits “That’ll Be The Day,” “Words of Love,” “Not Fade Away,” Oh Boy,” “Peggy Sue,” “Maybe Baby,” “Rave On!” “Heartbeat” and more! All tickets $32.86 (includes hst).

Stories at Fern 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors open at 7:15 pm Stories start at 7:30 pm 250.477.7044 www.victoriastorytellers.org

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies). "Push for Change" Motivational Speaker Joe Roberts Bodine Hall at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 7 pm 250.655.1558 www.cfuwsaanichpeninsula.org

A public event sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Women Saanich Peninsula. Motivational speaker Joe Roberts will share his story about moving from skid row to CEO. Tickets $5 at the door; youth free. January 25, 26

Mountain Dream Productions presents "The Forgotten Children" Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, Charlie White Theatre January 25th @ 7 p.m. January 26th @ 2 p.m. 250-656-0275, www.marywinspear.ca

The musical "The Forgotten Children," a timeless adventure, is based on stories and characters from the Charles Dickens books "Oliver," "Little Nell" and "Christmas with Scrooge." Tickets $10/adults; $5/children (+ hst). january 25, 27

Starlight Pops Choir presents "Swingin' on a Starlight!" St. Aidan's United Church 3703 St. Aidan's Street, Victoria, 2:30 pm www.starlightpopschoir.com

Featuring classic swing-era hits from Duke Ellington, Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong and many others. Tickets $20/adult; $18/seniors and students. Cash at the door or purchase online via the website. january 26

Durrance Lake Loop (Guided Walk) 8 yrs + Mount Work Regional Park Saanich, 1-2:30 pm 250.478.3344 www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Join a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist for a hike around this picturesque lake to explore its many inhabitants. Wear waterproof footwear. Meet in the Durrance Lake parking lot off Durrance Close, off Willis Point Road.

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This morning I watched a Turner come to life outside my balcony overlooking Mt. Baker and the sea and sky across from me. At 5:45 a.m. the sky and the sea flamed pinkish orange and as I watched, the light intensified until the blinding rim of the sun edged above the hills and there it was: my first actual sunrise in seven years. Who would have thought that just moving from one side of a building to another would be like moving to another country? That just exchanging a west-facing apartment for an east-facing one could make such a difference? I loved my old apartment because it faced west and in the evenings the mellow golden sunlight flooded my living room/studio and made all my paintings come alive. A friend had given me a crystal to hang in front of the big sliding doors to my balcony, and once the afternoon sun caught the cut glass crystal, rainbows danced across my ceiling and floated through the room. I miss that lovely light, and the rainbows, but … . Morning light is also amazing. To see the orange sun come up and then fill the sky and the sea with a golden brilliance that hurts the eyes is a miracle I’m going to enjoy every day that I’m here. The morning light floods into my new east-facing apartment. I can see the sunlight dancing on the water and highlighting triangular white sails as little boats glide like swans across the sea. Directly opposite, Mt. Baker’s snow-covered sides take on a pinkish glow. Back to Turner: how he and Monet would have loved the view from my balcony. Ever-changing light and atmosphere, ever-changing weather … ever-changing sea and sky, with Mt. Baker coming and going, depending on current atmospheric conditions. Both artists painted light and atmosphere superlatively. They got their inspiration directly from nature and their skills from God. See Turner’s Yacht Approaching the Coast, Tate Gallery, and Monet’s

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The Old Fort at Antibes, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Sunrises and sunsets fired the minds, hearts and hands of both these men. But it’s not just the light that’s different up here on the fourth and final floor. It’s the peace and silence too. I could be a million miles from the noises of the parking lot and the street. I hear the odd speedboat but mostly I hear birds singing and squawking and seagulls harassing each other for whatever reason. Far off there’s the dim hum of traffic, but it’s so unobtrusive that I barely hear it at all. Having a sea gull’s eye view of the glorious light in the sky gives me a new perspective. I don’t have actual wings, but in my mind I can soar with the gulls and float on the thermals and then sit on the tall chimney and own the world. Not bad for simply changing which side of the building I now live on!

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ARIES (march 21 april 19) The push is

on to climb the ladder or grab the brass ring. Associates agree that you deserve what you get. Your willingness to take a chance is envied by some and they want to go along for the ride. Discuss your joint interests.

TAURUS (april 20 may 20) You have luck

with those over distance. They open doors for you or help advance your plans. Patience and timing are crucial for it all to come together successfully. You require a stable, secure path for your future. Wait for it. GEMINI (may 21 - june 20)

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are some confidential aspects to it. Control may have to be shared for now. CANCER (june 21 - july 22)

Focus on how you get along with others in personal, business or public relations. You can be a key player on any or all levels. Let others know what your needs are and what is required to fulfill them. Unity increases power. LEO (july 23 - august 22)

Consider how much you want to do in the future and for how long. Look at health issues that could sway decisions – yours or those you care for. Adjust how things are done to make it more viable. It's time to consider changes. VIRGO (august 23 september 22) Look

at the lighter side of life (personal or business). Some rest and relaxation will make a difference to your plans and progress. Romantic opportunities open up. Attend events or places of entertainment.

Mix in graciously.

your rightful place.

LIBRA (september 23 october 22) A focus

CAPRICORN (december 22 january 19) You're a

on residence or base of operations requires a choice for you or those who affect it. Improvements are in order whether you renovate or move; weigh the benefits of each. Entertain or have an open house. It will pay off.

SCORPIO (october 23 november 21) You can be the

star in your community or on the world stage. You have a powerful air about you that attracts attention no matter where you are. Make use of your talents in public relations or mediation to advance ambitions. SAGITTARIUS (november 22 december 21) New or renewed

sources of income increase your financial security and clout. Buy or sell with success. Accept gifts or other benefits that come your way. Your status or reputation is enhanced. Take

powerhouse now with popularity on the rise. Others show their interest in you (personal or business). In any case you can get more of what you want. Negotiate any special terms or requirements. Be a leader. AQUARIUS (january 20 february 18) Work behind

the scenes to advance your ambitions. Investigate or do research. Some information is confidential and may be attached to covert activities or are time sensitive. Your sparkling personality is a good cover. PISCES (february 19 march 20) Schmooze with

the wealthy or influential. Opportune contacts develop into something worthwhile that would be beneficial for all involved. Plan to get together for some serious brainstorming. Be cagey with information.

last w ord If the predicted "doomsday date" of December 21st, 2012 holds true, then by the time you're reading this, the world will be kaput. Actually, I guess that means you won't be reading it, so I won't worry as much about spelling and grammar this month … Although the initial "hysteria" about the world ending in three days (at the time of writing) began quite some time ago, as the date actually nears I haven't heard much mention of it. So, to refresh my memory and amuse my readers, I thought I'd do a little research. According to www.nasa.gov, the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012 started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 – hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012. I don't know about you, but I'm not too worried. However, thinking about "the end of the world" as a whole can make one question their value. After all, no one knows when their time is up. So ask yourself this: if the world were to end tomorrow, would you be happy with the life you'd led? Would there be things you'd left

undone or words you'd left unsaid? I think it's wise advice to live each day as if it's our last: treat others with respect and kindness, tell your family you love them every day, and don't keep putting off that "bucket list" till tomorrow … because tomorrow may never come. Happy New Year from the new Seaside!

Allison Smith,


*Editor's note: the wrong Sudoku solutions appeared in our December issue. If you'd like the correct solutions, email editor@seasidemagazine.ca.

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