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"True Love" on the Peninsula
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west coast culture â€“ february 2012 issue features
Grow, Eat, Love Unexpected opportunities in the Similkameen Valley
Restaurant Spotlight 16 Global Flavours, Local Tastes; Exotic Zanzibar CafĂŠ School District 32 Saanich Jumpstarts Student Careers Darcy Rhodes fast tracked to Scansa Construction Ltd.
Columns First Word............................................ 6 Weatherwit...................................... 15 Tweet This!........................................ 19 Island Dish........................................ 22 Forbes & Marshall........................... 24 Smell the Coffee............................. 39 Skin Deep......................................... 41 Last Word......................................... 55
departments 7................................................. Letters 12................................... Can We Talk? 30......................................... Footprints 35....................................Grey Matters 43.............................. Common Cents 45.................................. Seaside News 49.............................. Veterinary Voice 51.................................. Entertainment 52...........................What's Happening
On the cover: Frann Mac Lean, managing director, Arista Equestrian and "CD." The bond between these two is simply true love. Photo courtesy Geoff Smith. (see page 12)
first w o rd I love February! Not only because it’s a special time for "love," but it’s also getting us somewhat closer to summer, my other favourite time of the year. I’m not sure about everyone else, but when that snow hit in January, I was in lockdown mode. No transportation for almost three days and, for the most part, I got through it. In fact I got lots of work done, including brainstorming lots of editorial and promotional ideas for this coming year for Seaside Times. Twenty-two years ago when I first got into this business, and had no real intention of becoming a publisher, I read somewhere that publishers could actually play at being God – figuratively speaking, of course. I took that to mean that they, among other things, had absolute control over editorial content, and heaven help anyone
who disagreed. I think that the promise of control is why so many people want to be publishers, but what so many newcomers to the industry don’t realize is that publishing is much more complex than first meets the eye. Planning editorial content by understanding your reader is certainly crucial to your success, and believe me, even I don’t get to play God with that. But what's fun about the process is choosing seemingly unlikely people and topics to profile, and taking the risk that those articles will be well received. It’s impossible to please everyone, but finding the right mix of content to keep the majority of your readers informed and entertained is always an interesting challenge. In fact, in this issue, we launch a new column called Common Cents – a local perspective on finance from various experts in the industry. Keep your eyes peeled in March, as we will be debuting our inaugural "Women in Business" issue and launching our "Young Reader's Book Review." Having fun while we do this is exactly what we hope you’ll experience while reading through Seaside Times. Don’t forget to send us your feedback on this issue – we love to hear from you!
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Seaside Times welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via email@example.com. Letters may be edited for space and content. Thanks Seaside Times for a great January edition. First Class! Special thanks to Forbes for the noble article on dogs which shows us that dogs and all animals are so sweet, funny and intelligent and have feelings – this is why I am a vegan and don’t eat them. And thanks for the extraordinarily fine effort by Valerie on Nellie McClung! Wow, that "conversation" was an outstanding approach to journalism. To honour our past heroes in such a way is brilliant and highly educational. Betska K-Burr, The Guru Coach™
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We have watched the Seaside Times grow over the last years and find the articles to be really interesting and informing, the pictures great and even the ads to be vibrant and interesting. My wife and I are very enthusiastic hikers and bikers and enjoy the Peninsula and Greater Victoria area. As you know it is a very special and picturesque place to live. However, I am very confused when I see an ice climber in Colorado on the front cover. Imagine a reader of the "Desert Times" in Tucson looking at the cover of their magazine and seeing a beautiful picture of the waters of Deep Cove. I think the picture of the ice climber in Colorado is spectacular, but not on the cover of Seaside Times. I would rather see a picture of one of the many features offered on the West Coast – celebrate its beauty on the cover of the Seaside Times. Congratulations on publishing a great magazine and I look forward to reading it every month. Best regards, Randy White, Sidney, B.C. * Publisher's response: I deliberated over the choice of this cover because it wasn't local. However, after reading the story of Margo’s journey and seeing the accompanying photo, it was very tough not to use it as a cover; albeit not local, in my heart it deserved that position. I was curious to see if I would get any comments, and I’m glad I did. It will help me in making cover choices in the future. I would also like to suggest on your own journeys locally, take a few shots here and there; think big, think cover!
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Grow, Eat, Love by Stephanie Bowen
t’s the last Penticton Farmer’s Market of the 2011 season, and Justene Wright is exuberant. Every weekday morning for the past six months has found her weeding, irrigating and harvesting vegetables from her fields, sometimes for 10- to 12-hour stretches. Every Saturday morning she has risen at 5:30 a.m. to make the 40-kilometre commute to the city and deftly run her booth at the market. There Justene is a storm of witty banter and friendly advice, educating on the virtues of good food as often as selling her produce.
By noon she is typically so drained that Saturday afternoon consists of quiet time with her family – her only real concession to relaxation each week. But today is the last day of the season, and Justene and I are going for a celebratory lunch. We’re also talking about what brought a 31-year-old single mother from Calgary to the agricultural hub of the Similkameen Valley. "I was working as a merchandiser for an organic market in Calgary and I remember thinking how happy the farmers we bought from always seemed," she says. "They had a completely different kind of energy that I craved, and I knew that I wasn’t going to get that in the city." In 2008 while visiting the Similkameen on a road trip, Justene was given an unexpected opportunity: an older farmer in the valley wishing to retire 8
offered to teach her the ins and outs of agriculture. Justene would rent a home on the property and work four acres, selling whatever crop she yielded. It was a huge gamble. Not only did she have a good job, a small child and a support network in the city, but smallscale organic farming is the ultimate labour of love – by necessity. Market farmers spend half the year working sunrise to sunset, six or seven days a week. They’re responsible for all aspects of their business, from accounting and marketing to production and sales. Competing with conventional farming techniques is virtually impossible, and few organic farmers make enough to sustain themselves in their busiest months, let alone through the winter. Farming is not a 9-5 job: it’s an all-encompassing lifestyle. Flash forward four years and it’s obvious that, despite the challenges, Justene made the right choice. Working with her in the field is akin to watching a professional athlete play their sport: she matches mental focus with physical prowess, picking a row of beans or thinning beets three times as fast as anyone else. She is constantly aware of what needs to happen next, and at the end of the day, when everyone else is dragging their tired bodies into the house, she still has a spring in her step. She also has one of the busiest – and most colourful – booths at the market and a successful wholesale trade,
both of which have granted a new blessing: Justene and her partner have just purchased their own fiveacre farm, and are busily preparing it for the spring. “Not everything you love makes for a viable business,” she chuckles, “And I’m worried that the stress of a mortgage might take the joy out of it. There’s a lot to be said for the lifestyle farming allows. I get to see my kid all the time. We eat so well. Being outside all day, working with your body, doing something people have been doing forever … it feels authentic. I feel pretty lucky.” Still, there are concerns that eat away at her. As the price of land and the average age of farmers in B.C. creep ever upward, she questions the potential for sustainable food production in the province. The Agricultural Land Reserve is slowly diminishing, and the Similkameen
"Being outside all day, working with your body, doing something people have been doing forever … it feels authentic. I feel pretty lucky." is dotted with hobby farms – small parcels of ALR land typically purchased by retirees, which are rarely used to their maximum growing potential. “When factory farming ends – and it has to – the availability of prepared land and actual food for harvest is going to be dismal. And there’s going to be trouble.” So for now Justene is focused on maximizing her land. She has garlic in the ground, cover crop on her fields, and the drive and passion to cultivate a thriving little farm.
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Musings on Saint Valentine's Day by Barry Mathias According to some historians, the Emperor Claudius II banned young Roman men from marrying, as he felt marriage stopped them being effective soldiers. Valentine was a Christian priest who married them in secret, was discovered and put in jail. The night before his death on February 14th, he is credited for curing the blind daughter of his jailer, and some claim he sent her a written message: the first "Valentine card." Whatever the truth, there is no doubt that ancient Romans and Greeks celebrated the festival of Lubercalia, which had strong fertility overtones, around February 14th. With the expectation of approaching spring, this month is often mentioned in connection with the "stirrings" of young men, and it was the medieval Geoffrey Chaucer who wrote that St. Valentine’s Day was " … when every bird cometh there to chose his mate." I wonder if this gave rise to adults’ traditional explanation to
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In Wales, they celebrate St. Dwynen’s Day, the patron Saint of Welsh Lovers, on January 25th and also recognize February 14th, which might explain why there are so many Welsh people around the world! In Japan, women give men chocolates on this day, and the male recipients are expected to give gifts in return that are three to five times more valuable … give chocolate; get jewelry. In Saudi Arabia, they tried to ban the sale of any items connected with Valentine’s Day, resulting in a huge black market in roses and wrapping paper. People react differently to this date. The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, had a referendum on February 15th, and was worried about a potential lack of effort on the 14th by his supporters. He advised them to indulge only in " … maybe a little kiss, or something very superficial." And he still remained popular!
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children who ask: “Where do babies come from?” as having something to do with birds and bees?
There are many humorous tales connected with this date. A young computer geek, when asked what line he used to win his girlfriend, replied: "I just used a regular 56K modem." An enthusiastic grass cutter wrote on his girlfriend’s front yard: "I lawn for you mower and mower each day." And a workaholic, faced with a mountain of work, wrote: "Roses are red, violets are blue, if I weren’t thinking of you, I’d probably be through." A woman in a fruit and vegetable store was asked to change her sign which read: "Local Honey Dates Nuts." My favourite story concerns a keen male student who tried to improve his B- grade by sending his teacher a heart-shaped box of chocolates, with the inscription: "Be Mine." She sent back a Valentine card which read: "Thank you, but it’s still BE MINE-US." It’s fascinating how history changes people and actions: the robber Robin Hood becomes a benefactor to the poor; the murderous Vlad the Impaler becomes the literary character Dracula, and Valentine, no longer recognized as a saint by the Catholic church, has become the romantic icon for the world.
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ca n we talk? . ......... Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Frann MacLean, You are a natural business entrepreneur. What made you move to the Island and leave the more corporate world? My husband and I discussed moving to the Island during our honeymoon when we spent time in Tofino and Victoria and fell in love with the community and lifestyle. When he was offered a position with the BC Cancer Agency in Victoria, we jumped at the chance and when the opportunity came up to buy a kiwi farm/equestrian centre, it was a dream come true. After 15 years in the corporate world,
I was happy to hang up my high heels and spend time farming and riding. I developed a boarding, leasing and lesson program at our equestrian facility and hosted many clinics, and our kiwi fruit was purchased by Thrifty Foods for retail distribution. Was it a difficult decision to sell the farm and equestrian facility? Running a large equestrian facility and farming is a 24/7 job. When I was expecting my daughter in 2005, I realized that it would be difficult for me to be the best I could be at both jobs, especially given my husband's long hours. As it turned out, a beautiful acreage near Elk Lake came up for sale. We built a riding ring on it, have access to Elk Lake trails and our horses can run freely in pasture all summer. So now I have the best of all worlds – time with my family, access to my horses and a job in the equestrian industry! You developed a clothing company five years ago out of your basement called Horse ManUwear and it’s now available in over 50 stores across Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand. Where did you get the idea from and how has it gained such popularity? It was actually one of my partners, Catherine, who came up with the idea of Horse ManUwear. At the time, she and her daughter were spending a lot of time at the barn where their horse was boarded. Catherine wanted to buy her daughter sweatpants and a hoody for around the barn but couldn’t find anything “horse inspired.” She came up with the idea of printing WHOA on the back of sweatpants, found a clothing wholesaler and had some printed. From there, Catherine came up with the brand name and developed a logo. In 2007, she rented a booth at the Mane Event, a large equestrian trade fair in Chilliwack, and sold out! Requests started coming in from stores wanting to sell Horse ManUwear. Catherine and I became business partners and I developed our sales and marketing plan. Currently, Horse ManUwear is undergoing a change of direction. New legislation and a weakening economy have led us to rethink how we market this brand so we did not launch a spring line but hope to be back in the fall.
Managing Director, Arista Equestrian You bought Arista in 2009 with two other very talented women who also have a passion for the horse community. How did you all come together?
You are very committed to your local community and support many local horse clubs, shows and events. What do you see for sponsorship in 2012?
A lot of friendships are developed in barn aisles and the riding ring! Catherine and I met in 2005, during which time her daughter was leasing a horse boarded at my barn. By 2009, Catherine had purchased two of her own horses and she kept them at the same barn where Gail kept her horses. At the time, Catherine and I had built Horse ManuWear to a point where it was in high demand in Canada. We started to look for a complementary equestrian line to provide some economies of scale, and heard that Arista was for sale. Gail expressed an interest in becoming a partner, so the three of us went to Vancouver to meet with Arista's previous owners. We felt an instant connection to Sharie Loychuk, who founded the brand, and were extremely impressed with what Arista was manufacturing.
The Peninsula is an extremely vibrant horse community and it is our mandate to develop Arista through happy customers, relationship building and sponsorship – starting in our backyard. In 2011, we sponsored local dressage and hunter jumper shows as well as providing year-end prizes to a number of clubs. We hope to expand the program this year and are in discussions with show organizers to create sponsorships and partnerships that help support Island equestrian events.
What makes Arista Equestrian apparel so unique? There are a lot of equestrian brands in the marketplace, but Arista stands on its own. Our focus, since purchasing Arista in 2009, has been to introduce the most innovative, technical fabrics in the industry so equestrian athletes can move freely and comfortably in the saddle. In a nutshell, we source modern, technical fabrics and use them to create stylish, well fitting garments. There are even several non-equestrian stores who sell it as active wear and are very successful. We have many customers who purchase Arista for rowing, golf, tennis, even dog walking!
Frann MacLean Managing Director Arista Equestrian
How important is it to you that you continue to develop and manufacture all your clothing in Canada? We currently manufacture Arista in Victoria and Vancouver and believe that this is extremely important to the success of our business. It enables us to be very flexible, responding quickly to special orders and sell through. On a personal level, I like to chat face-to-face with people and by manufacturing nearby, I can do this. I am also passionate about domestic manufacturing and try my best to make all of my purchases as local as possible. You’ve recently been listed with Dover Saddlery, a leading multi-channel retailer of equestrian products in the U.S. What does this mean for the company? This is big news for Arista. Dover Saddlery's reach is substantial, with over one million catalogues distributed annually. Our fourth quarter was very strong last year and we’ve ramped up our projections for 2012 based on the Dover Listing. Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Arista?
Frann’s passion for horses began while she was growing up in Saskatchewan. She completed her Commerce Degree in Ontario, and gained expertise in sales and marketing working with global brands across Canada. Eventually, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to start a marketing consulting firm in Edmonton. In 2001, she and her husband, Grant, moved to the Island where Frann operated a hobby farm while running their 15-stall equestrian facility.
There is a lot of excitement planned for Arista. We have a stunning line-up of new products launching this spring, including our modern hunter line and many versatile pieces which are suitable for all athletes. We are also in the process of creating a great new website (www.aristaequestrian.com), which we hope will make Arista more accessible to people around the world.
Five years ago, Frann and friend Catherine Murray joined forces to develop the Horse ManUwear brand of casual equestrian clothing. Then, with local businesswoman Gail Gordon, they purchased Arista Equestrian, moving it from Vancouver to Saanichton. Frann is the Managing Director of both brands and is proud to continue designing and manufacturing high quality clothing in Canada.
I understand your husband is a Medical Oncologist and is currently writing a book. Can you give us a sneak peek? He has been writing a book that he hopes will help patients and their families make difficult decisions when faced with cancer care. He’s been working on it for some time – maybe by mentioning it in Seaside Times, it will push him to finish it! Photo courtesy Geoff Smith.
February Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama Adventures in Costco-Land: Cleanup on Aisle 387 My first experience shopping at Costco was, um … interesting. Upon entering I noticed that everybody had massive loads of stuff in their carts. “Preparing for the Apocalypse are we?” To my surprise they responded by nodding vigorously. “Did I misread the Mayan calendar again?” I mumbled to myself while nervously loading up my cart with things I never needed before. Get this. All their products are made by a company named “Kirkland” … peanuts, tires, socks and nuclear reactors. “Excuse me, these Kirkland reactors – I know the shopper reviews gave them five stars, but do they come with an extended warranty similar to the formal wear socks?” I imagine there must be a huge Kirkland factory where everything is made, and I wonder how they avoid cross-contamination. “WARNING: these tires may contain peanuts.” Finally, Costco has everything: did you know that they now sell wedding dresses? “Hmmm let’s see … 40 pounds
of pork cutlets, 12 dozen rolls of the variety pack three-ply toilet paper, and, oh yeah, might as well pick up a wedding dress while I’m here. Look! A Kristy Kelly Princess with a bateau neckline in the clearance bin! Wait, there's a BOGO 50% on these next week!” Following on the theme of large volumes of stuff, the atmosphere can shift into the Costco shopping mode as well. There is a winter phenomenon called the “Pineapple Express,” where massive amounts of moisture and warmth are picked up from Hawaii and transported by upper-level winds across the Pacific – eventually hitting the West Coast anywhere from California to our south coast. During a Pineapple Express winter temperatures can reach the mid-teens with heavy precipitation lasting a day or more, causing flooding in the south coast lowlands and heavy snowfall in the mountains. Satellite images from space depict a majestic atmospheric river, with lines flowing more beautifully than a Kristy Kelly wedding dress. Well, what’s in the weather shopping cart for February? The barcodes are still pointing toward greater likelihood that the month will be cooler and wetter, the result of a La
Nina that is currently rated as “weak to moderate.” Through the early winter La Nina’s effect on our weather has been La Nada as December was very dry (we only had 40% of our normal amount of precipitation), contradicting the forecast of wetter than normal conditions. But give La Nina a chance – these long-term predictions are best made and compared on a seasonal basis – so let’s see the cumulative tally at the end of February. February has two momentous days – Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day – please don’t get the two confused. For both of these special days my sentimental forecast will be warm showers, a symbolic anticipation of spring where love, flowers and maybe even a wedding dress is in the air. After a cool and wet winter, I’m in for a case-lot. Questions about the weather? Send them to weatherwit@gmail. com or post them on my blog page: weatherwit.wordpress.com ~ Weatherwit
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Last summer, I took myself on a date. I spent a lazy mellow afternoon soaking in the Zanzibar ambience. Beautiful winding bushes crept around the trellis above as I sat gazing at the sun-drenched Saanich fields. Sipping delicious mulligatawny soup and eating warm herb bread, I was in heaven. The
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warm friendly staff made it memorable – they could not do enough for me! I was impressed. The blooming business is owned by Mohamed Dehairi and Toni Brassard. Toni is all aglow about her popular restaurant: “It’s been gangbusters since we opened!" This calm, amiable woman comes across as a very savvy business person. She shops at a local organic market where meat comes from animals that are grass fed and killed humanely. Menu flexibility around food allergies and preferences 16
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Toni also appreciates her servers: "It's a tough job!" Being a server requires smart multi-tasking: "You have to be really snappy and pretty with it." The job demands supreme people skills, a comprehensive knowledge of food ingredients plus conflict resolution and stress management skills. The hardest part of serving customers is always being on display, where customers are watching your every move. Forget about being grumpy: that smile can never wear off. The owners themselves are a big part of this success story. They have both worked for many years in the food service industry and bring a lot of talent to Zanzibar. Toni and her husband extend a sincere “Thank you” to all who dine at their edgy restaurant
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with the worldly flair. “ We would be nothing without our customers! When people leave happy and laughing, it is the greatest feeling in the world.” The human touch matters: "The staff give back when we treat them well and that is reflected in the business," remarks Toni. The Zanzibar owners put a huge value on customer satisfaction and respecting the staff who make it happen. Happy staff work harder for their customers – who leave satisfied and tell their friends all about it. In this circle of trust, everybody wins. Visit the Zanzibar website at www.zanzibarcafe.ca. Breakfast and lunch is served Tuesday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the café is open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 250-652-1228 and 250-544-1475 for reservations or further information. february 2012
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Do You Google, Plus? by Chris Burdge Google+, Google’s latest entry into the social network arena, has been receiving lots of attention and hype recently – is the latest “shiny thing” to hit the web just a fad or could it be a legitimate competitor to Facebook and something small business should seriously consider? With an estimated 62 million users as of December 31st, G+ is growing 50 times faster than Twitter or Facebook did. Today we look at some of the benefits of Google+ and why you might want to sign up. 1. Get an SEO Boost: If your business relies on search referrals for website traffic, and whose site doesn’t, then G+ can help you. Google+ influences search for all the people who have included your business in their circle, so having an active and engaging G+ account is critical to building a network. It’s also a good idea to put a +1 button on important pages within your site to get free promotion from people who like the page content. 2. Host a Hangout: Hangouts are live video chats with up to 10 people simultaneously. They are an excellent format for businesses to engage in a highly personal way with clients, customers and industry thought leaders. You can also collaborate with employees, partners or clients in other locations or hold team meetings to brainstorm with one another.
extending distribution of your content. Many companies are reporting that they were able to build Google+ “circles” (Facebook equivalent of Fans) in a fraction of the time it took them to build a similarly-sized network on Facebook. 4. Segment Your Audience: A huge benefit of G+ over Facebook is your ability to share select content with specific audiences. Have you ever wanted to post a picture on Facebook but didn’t want your Mom to see it? G+ solves this problem with a feature called “Circles.” You simply place your friends, colleagues, customers, whomever, into different Circles (groups), and the information that you share is displayed only to people in that circle. If you want to post a business-related article or have an offer that is only relevant to your customers, you can choose to share that only with them and give them a sense of exclusivity. 5. Network: You can use both G+ personal and/or “Brand” pages to network, gather data and research media contacts and potential clients to better connect with them when the time is right. Checking the user's “About” section of their G+ profile is a great place to start. 6. Explore & Learn: Use G+ for exploration. G+ is starting to combine social and search. Knowing the impact this has on the way people find information on the web and being a part of it at the early stages can be a huge asset when it hits the mainstream. Are you a Google+ early adopter? If so, why did you start and what advantages have you realized so far?
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Peninsula Arts Off to a Colourful Start! by Dianne Cross The arts community is looking toward the New Year with fresh ideas, new projects and events. In February, the Community Arts Centre will be used by Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society (SPAC) to host a variety of arts activities: sketching, painting, bookbinding, composition and discussion. Organizer Janet Remmer felt, like so many of us at this time of year, that a little stimulation and inspiration will get the creative "juices" going! See www.SPACsociety.com for more information.
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SPAC is the oldest arts group on the Peninsula, having its beginnings in the 1950s. A group of artists joined together to hold meetings and put on a spring show. This year mark its 58th year for this popular event in which all members are invited to enter work. The jurors choose pieces they feel are outstanding and deserve recognition. Many of the Peninsula’s most well-known artists are or have been members of this group. Next at the Arts Centre will be "Artists in Residence." Weaver Diane Thorp and painter Sandy Bligh will set up their studios at the Centre and work for the week of February 27th to March 4th. They invite you to drop in to view and talk about their work. For the remainder of the month of March, the Arts Council will sponsor a show called "Small Expressions," displaying works of art 12 x12 inches or less. For information and entry forms for this event visit www.cacsp.com. The Arts Centre plans to expand its resource centre, providing a space for arts groups to post their newsletters and event information. It is hoped that this will be found useful to artists and visitors alike.
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25 Years of Friendship With the Peninsula Newcomers Club by Liz Ball As Peninsula Newcomers Club celebrates its 25th anniversary, many hundreds of women who now call the Peninsula home are revisiting memories of new friendships, now lifelong friendships, formed through the Club. Uleta Fortune was the first president in January 1987; the Club grew to over 100 members in the first four months and continues to flourish. That speaks to the appeal of this vibrant women’s club: that women new to the area are keen to make friends and learn about their Island community. The tradition of having a monthly luncheon meeting, with an entertaining and/or informative speaker, began early. Membership activities, listed in the monthly newsletter, are only limited by the number of hours in a week and the interests and imaginations of the members! Just a few? Games, hiking, birding and biking; golf and tennis; boating, various crafts; art, museum and winery tours; theatre and opera outings and book and movie groups. There have been pub nights, dining in, dining out and potluck lunches. Members have gone on short excursions to most scenic and cultural points of Vancouver Island, and further afield – hiking at Whistler, a charter bus to Reno and a Panama Canal cruise. For the past several years, the Club has chosen and held a fundraising event for a local charity.
Testimony to the impact of the Club is that some bridge players from the original club still meet. A member stated: “My Newcomer friends have laughed and cried with us – been with us through joy and pain, sharing our happiness at our marriages, our children’s marriages and Photo L to R: past president Liz Ball, first the blessed births of our president Uleta Fortune, past president Delores grandchildren, supporting Savage, current exec Cathy Weston. us in our sadness in the loss of our partners and our parents, feeding us, and sending Current members are grateful love and best wishes during our own to those who began the Peninsula personal challenges with health. Newcomers Club, and invite readers In a new community, one can feel of this anniversary piece to join in very alone during such times, and this experience too. Visit our new friends have come through www.peninsulanewcomers.ca for us with flying colours!” for more info. Our Extended Care Unit is home to some very special people – just like Betty. We need your
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f you subscribe to the “been there, done that, got the kid to prove it” approach to Valentine's Day, then this simple and delicious meal is for you.
If, however, you are in the other camp, the one that plans for months in advance: selecting the perfect location for dinner, the gushing velvet card, the heart-shaped box of mystery candy, flowers and a va-va-voom outfit for the night … well, honestly this is for you too. Let’s face it: some of our Valentine's Day experiences have been a night to remember, fueled by passion and lavish nights on the town, whereas others wind up a colossal yawn. So I decided this month the recipe would be the cherry to top off your perfect evening … literally. This saucy little number will be perfect for you and your Valentine: slow roasted pork tenderloin with a beautiful cherry and shallot sauce. Pork Tenderloin is wonderfully easy and versatile (ie: fabulous for leftovers!) It also won’t put a dent in your pocketbook the same way beef tenderloin would. The cherries are a stunning little accent, and are right on target with the Valentine's Day theme with their glorious burgundy colour!
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The choice of starch is yours. Personally, a pillowy, buttery mashed potato is my go-to but if you decided to omit those heavy carbs, a lighter long grain wild rice or even couscous would complement this beautifully. Desire something green on the side? I’m partial to roasted asparagus finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. If you’d prefer to pair up with a salad, go for mesclun greens with tangy pomegranate vinaigrette (recipe to follow).
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½ kilo pork tenderloin salt & pepper 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and quartered ¼ cup shallots, finely diced 2-3 tbsp good balsamic vinegar ¾ cup chicken stock 1 tbsp butter Preheat oven to 375°.
Season your pork on all sides with salt and pepper. Sear on all sides for 2-3 minutes in a medium pan to create a nice crust. Remove from pan and place on baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes. In the same pan you seared the pork in, turn the heat down to low/ medium and add a tablespoon of oil. Add shallots, cooking until translucent, then add cherries.
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Cook until it is reduced by about half (about 1.5 minutes). Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce again until it starts to resemble a fine sauce. Turn the heat back to low and add a tablespoon of butter to give it a beautiful sheen and silky finish. Slice your pork into ¼- to ½-inch slices and pour the sauce over. This can be done platter style or individually plated.
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Jalapeño Heaven by Michael Forbes In the beginning, when I agreed to write for Seaside Times, I vowed that one day I would actually write by the seaside. So here I am, perched like a pasty poet on a beach in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Yes, we are "made" to take a tropical vacation in the dead of winter by our awful radio station. We've been on a few of these trips over the years and odds are you or someone you know has won a trip with the Ocean. If you’ve never been to an all-inclusive resort before, it’s like staying the week at an alcoholic's place who works at the all-you-can-eat buffet. The irony is that if you really wanted to, you could dine extremely healthily because the variety of food is staggering. Who does that though? You've maxed out your VISA for this trip and you are darn well going to get your money’s worth! In your regular life, you wouldn't dream of having thirds and then waddling back to the table with a platter full of six different desserts. There are some people who must get carpel tunnel syndrome by that repetitive
action of their fork shovelling food to their mouths. There was one resort in Mexico that made these deep fried jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheese. I took one bite and it tasted like an angel sang into my mouth. It woke up some long dormant pleasure centre in my grey matter, so much so that every night I would have to make excuses to get up from the table just so I could cram a few more into my face. Lisa finally put a stop to it when she started finding them in my pockets. Of course, we can't forget about the firewater. Booze is the selling point and cornerstone of every all-inclusive resort and we have a few war stories. One night after drinking a bar dry, one of our Victoria posse went missing. We got up to do a radio show the next day and saw a few early risers on the beach who were putting towels on chairs to save them for later. They just happened to be circled around one lounge chair like looky loos at a crime scene. They were talking and laughing in hushed tones and excitedly snapping photos for Facebook. It seems our friend had passed out wearing only a terry cloth bathrobe, which was fully open, exposing his naughty bits to the morning sun. I hurriedly shooed them away and got him back to his room. Later that day I saw him doing a kind of sideways, slow motion Charlie Chaplin walk of pain. Insert your own deep fried jalapeño joke here. Despite the alcohol-induced fun, the positive effects of these free vacations have allowed people to get away for awhile and recharge. We’ve seen our listener friends get engaged or get married on the beach, we’ve witnessed the smiles of people who needed a break as they coped with a serious illness and we know some who have made friendships for life. Through it all we’ve also managed to learn one very important lesson … whatever happens on vacation, stays on Facebook. 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.
Discussing Changes to Family Law in B.C. Family law in British Columbia is about to change, particularly for people who are unmarried but are in “marriage-like” relationships. A new Family Law Act will come into force in the near future. The most significant change is that people in marriage-like relationships of at least two years will be subject to the same rules about dividing family assets as married spouses. This means that on separation, each spouse is entitled to a 50% interest in all family property, unless either spouse can show that equal division would be unfair. The new law also clarifies what is included in “family property” and what is excluded to reduce lengthy legal battles over this issue. Some examples of what will be excluded is property acquired before the relationship and gifts or inheritances. The current law is silent on the issue of family debt, but the new law provides that spouses will be equally responsible for family debt. You and your spouse can agree to opt out of the new rules about family property by agreement, and it is advisable to put any agreement in writing. With respect to children, the new law clarifies the rights and responsibilities of a guardian of a child and takes the focus off “winning” or “losing” custody. Instead of
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The Best Care Begins at Home
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y father died of prostate cancer. As a surgeon, he spent his entire working career in hospitals; he was at home in hospitals. And yet, when his condition became palliative, there was never any doubt that he would spend the rest of his life at home with his family. My mother was dad’s full time caregiver as his disease progressed through every stage. This spring, my mother died. Like my father, she chose to die at home with her family and I consider myself very fortunate that I was able to look after her during that time. I got to share love, laughter and, yes, a few tears with her during those last weeks. There aren't many times in our lives when we have the ability to put everything on hold while we care for a loved one. We have to earn a living, raise our children and serve our communities. If my mother’s illness had happened at any other time of my life, this story would have had more hardship and sadness than joy in it. My father-in-law had Alzheimer’s disease. My mother-in-law watched as her husband of 50 years changed from being a kind and caring man to an abusive, belligerent stranger. She too had to care for her husband, but the man he had become was no longer the man she loved; there were no longer moments of joy and laughter. Looking after her husband was truly a burden and she desperately needed help. These are some of the stories that led me and my wife, Kathy, to the home care business. We started Serenity Home Care because we realized that our generation, the so-called “sandwich” generation, needed help. From a very personal perspective we understood that having a caring person who could look after our parents would take away much of the guilt and stress we feel when we are torn between our responsibilities to our parents and our children, our jobs and our communities. Quitting work to become a full-time caregiver is rarely an option. For us, the key to success was not to have an army of caregivers who would look after the cooking, laundry, errands and whatever else was needed. The key was to find loving, caring people who would form a friendship with our loved ones and who would do the sorts of things a family member would do. Yes, they do the cooking, laundry, errands and whatever else is needed but, more importantly, they do what friends and family do. They take our loved ones for
walks on the beach, putter in the garden with them, play golf, go to church, go to the theatre or simply watch TV together. Not long ago, a nurse at a care facility told one of our caregivers that she, the caregiver, had transformed a man’s life. The man had been lonely and depressed. His family visited as often as they could but there was not much stimulus in his life between family visits. His caregiver quickly learned that he liked to build things so she began bringing models that they could build together. It is such a little thing, but knowing that you have transformed someone’s life is huge. Murray Tough and his wife Kathy are the owners and operators of Serenity Home Care, an in-home non-medical caregiving company on Vancouver Island. Murray is an active volunteer with the Rotary Club and The Prostate Centre in Victoria.
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Celebrate Valentine's Day by egend has it that Saint Valentine was a Christian priest who married couples in secret. We may not all be saints, but we all deserve a little love. This Valentine's Day, treat yourself and those you care about to a little something special from one of Sidney's unique shops.
Whether it's something for the home, a pretty piece of jewelry, a day of pampering or a great little toy, Sidney's diverse range of stores has everything you're looking for. Shop local and stay connected to the merchants in your community – all year round!
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