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WEST COAST CULTURE MARCH 2010

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The First Word

Luck – Good or Bad?

Forbes & Marshall A Glimpse Into Radio Stuntdom

Sunny Side View Spring Boat Tune-Up

Wrenderings The Hummers are Heading Back!

Footprints

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News From the Seaside

Body & Soul

The Heart & Soul of Our Community

Smell The Coffee

To Decaf or Not to Decaf? What’s Happening

Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Marine Bird Research Takes Flight

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Last Word

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Luck – Good or Bad? The luck of the Irish is a peculiar phrase that may have multiple meanings and there is little agreement on the origins of this idiom. Some suggest it simply means that the Irish are inherently lucky, and seem to be able to land on their feet when bad circumstances occur. Something innate about being Irish makes such folks inherently lucky. Others trace the origin of the phrase to the U.S. where, especially during the exploration for gold in the west, there were a high number of Irish people who got lucky and found their “pot o’ gold” in the gold fields of California, or were equally prosperous in silver mining. There are others who believe that the luck part of this phrase is truly not the right word, especially if it means good luck. A better term might be fortune, which can be either good or bad. Certainly, Irish history attests to plenty of times of ill fortune. For as many men who may have found a few nuggets of gold buried in California, there were more who fought prejudice against the Irish and especially Catholicism in the U.S. and in their homeland. The Irish have lived on land that was taken from them, occupied by the British, the Vikings and other conquerors. They’ve survived famines, war, starvation and prejudice, and these are not fortunate things.

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A certain wistfulness occurs when some people use the phrase “the luck of the Irish.” From a historical perspective there are certainly incidences of extremely bad luck, of difficult times and histories that would make the heart weep. It could just as easily be said that the luck of the Irish relates to poor fortune, bad times and centuries of losses. A look at Irish poetry or writing finds that it almost always focuses on tragedy. In fact, in some writings, it is these multiple tragedies that are held close to the heart and become an essential part of being Irish.

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May the good luck of the Irish smile upon you while you enjoy this month’s issue!

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A Glimpse Into Radio Stunt-Dom by Michael Forbes Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of 98.5 The OCEAN’S popular morning show. They are one of the only married morning show teams in Canada and have two children, Noah and Adam. Join Forbes & Marshall weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. So here I am, on the steps of section 114 of Save On Foods Memorial Centre, dressed in a wedding gown, hockey helmet and veil and about to sashay in front of hundreds of people to promote another radio contest. I had a moment until I was introduced, so I thought about how many times in my radio career I’ve done these stunts to promote myself and the station. I have done it all … driven race cars, thrown up on roller coasters, helped Lisa fake giving birth on air, taken my clothes off on live TV and have been in too many dunk tanks to mention – all for the sake of getting the word out that your station has more fun than the other guys. Sometimes it seems like we are trying to cross off everything on Bozo the Clown’s bucket list! But you know, a man in a wedding dress at a hockey game seems like small potatoes compared to stunts that have been pulled off by other radio personalities around the world. Cleveland DJ Shane French got a lot of attention when he told his audience he had tied a cat to helium balloons and it was flying out of control in the sky. He had people call in fake

“reports,” which just added to the confusion and mayhem. The cops showed up and shut the fun down after about two hours. No kitties were actually harmed in the making of that one.

One prank that has become pretty much folklore in radio was years ago, when the morning man at 2SM in Sydney, Australia did a stunt called “Jumbo Under the Bridge,” implying that on a certain day a jumbo jet would be flown underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. When the day came, thousands lined each side of Sydney Harbour only to see a jumbo elephant floating on a barge with a pilot standing next to it. Listeners either got angry at getting duped or laughed at how utterly ridiculous it was, but it worked. The whole city talked for days and it achieved what the radio station desired: big ratings.

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Some stunts are just plain remarkable in how simple they are but how very effective they can be. A Winnipeg radio station wanted to promote the release of a new Beatles box set and hired a Beatles tribute band to play live on the roof of a downtown building. It was rush hour of course and it caused a big commotion, but again it got tongues wagging. Probably the most famous radio stunt of all time never really happened … or did it? The stunt happened on the infamous WKRP TV episode: “The Turkey Drop,” where they threw live turkeys out of a helicopter for Thanksgiving. I loved when station manager Arthur Carlson said the classic line “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!” This episode may have actually been based on a real radio promotion. Back in 1946, Yellville, Ark., started a “Turkey Trot Festival” where they had a wild turkey calling contest, a Miss Drumsticks Pageant and the ol’ turkey release from the roof of the courthouse. So as I’m standing here in my flowing bridal gown, ready to do another promotion for 98.5 The OCEAN (while Lisa and our boys hide under their seats), I remind myself why I signed up for this job in the first place … cause it’s a whole lot of fun and you never know what tomorrow brings.

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Leeks and Leprechauns by Linda M. Langwith March presents the perfect excuse for celebration. Jump start with St. David’s Day on the first of the month. Admittedly this festival doesn’t have the same hype as St. Patrick’s Day, but to the people of Wales, their patron saint is pretty special and to honour him they wear a leek or a daffodil, both symbols of their country. Save the leek for the soup recipe that follows and sport a bright yellow daffodil on your jacket. While St. David was a man of the sixth century, he had some great advice to those of us in the 21st century – in one of his last sermons as Archbishop of Wales he reminded people to “look after the little things.” Maybe we can’t effect change globally, but within our own individual sphere we can certainly build loving relationships with family and friends, do our bit for a greener future with small economies such as growing our own vegetables and ensure that our local communities remain healthy and vibrant through our support and involvement. When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the buzz word here is “inclusive” because everyone can be Irish on the 17th, regardless of their heritage. Like the life of St. David, much of what we know concerning Patrick is the stuff of legend. Historians suggest that Patrick was born in Wales. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by pirates and taken

to Ireland where he became a shepherd. He managed to escape and eventually returned as a priest to convert the Irish. In North America, St. Patrick has to compete with leprechauns, crocks of gold, rainbows and green beer, but that’s all part of the fun.

Leek and Leprechaun Soup Makes three generous servings – recipe may be doubled. 2 cups water 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 3 medium size leeks, white and pale green parts only 1 cup cream 1/3 cup white wine 2 packets salt-reduced chicken bouillon Freshly ground black pepper Salt to taste Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan.

Seeing as both these fellows are Welsh, it makes perfect sense to combine the two special events of St. Patrick’s Day and St. David’s Day in a soup recipe that includes both leeks, the symbol of Wales, and potatoes, the crop that led to the mass emigration of Irish people during the Great Potato Famine. With its pale green colour it’s also the perfect soup to celebrate the Spring Equinox on March 20th. Who said March was boring!

Cut off roots and dark green tops of leeks. Slit the leeks lengthwise and rinse under running water to remove any dirt. Chop coarsely and add to the boiling water along with the prepared potatoes. Cook until soft. Puree vegetables and water in a blender until smooth, return to the saucepan. Add the chicken bouillon, wine, then cream, stirring to blend with each addition. Flavour with black pepper and salt. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh chopped chives. Linda M. Langwith is the author the mystery novel “The Golden Crusader”, published by Twilight Times Books. Check out her Web site at www.lindalangwith.com.

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Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society Spring Show It’s become a local tradition. For the past 57 years, the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society (SPAC), a nonprofit art group with over 200 members from the Saanich Peninsula, has been presenting a high quality, well respected fine art show every spring. On the weekend of April 24 at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, SPAC will showcase its established and emerging local artists. On display and for sale will be hundreds of colourful paintings highlighting each painter’s style, technique and favourite subject matter. Also featured will be texturally pleasing fibre art ready to wear or display, glamorous jewellery made from fine metals and other materials, beautiful functional and well designed decorative pottery, delicate wood carvings (some of which are made from local woods), whimsical and sophisticated sculptural pieces and many other stunning crafts. The artwork is first selected by the participating artist and submitted for display a few days before the show opens, then all the pieces are artistically arranged and very carefully juried. The SPAC spring show will include demonstrations by member artists who are always pleased to answer questions about their art. Sheila

Be sure to mark the dates and times of the Saanich Peninsula’s Arts & Crafts Society’s show on your calendar – see the back cover of this issue for more details. Come early, stay a while and linger over the many exquisite pieces of art created by the artists living and working in your community. Be sure to enter the draws for the much coveted door prizes! You may also preview some of the member artist’s work preceding the show – it’s located in the display cases in the main hall at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Mather (Sheila Kirkman) will be at the show as this year’s guest artist. Her paintings are mainly executed in pastel, but she also paints in oil and acrylic and she includes some gold leaf in her work for variety. SPAC’s education program includes a student award that provides the winner with funds to use toward furthering his or her art education. This year’s C.C. Thomas Student Scholarship Award winner will be showing their winning work during the show. In addition to the “Main Gallery” exhibit, there will be a great little gift shop to browse through located just off the main hallway. You’ll find all manner of artsy treasures for you to purchase as treats for yourself or gifts for others.

Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society would like to thank all its past art patrons who have been an important part of the annual shows. If you would like to be a patron again this year, or if you would like to be a first-time patron, please contact the show’s convenor, Donna Jean, at 250-6551855. A $125 pledge guarantees you the opportunity to purchase a piece of fine art or craft at a private viewing prior to the show opening, and $100 of your pledge goes toward the purchase of your favourite piece. Submitted by Sharon Malcolm. “Low Tide” (this page) by Phillipa Hudson.

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Twitter-Pated by Maria Kirley A decade (or two) ago, my then boss tapped out his cigarette and called me into his office to have a look at his latest acquisition. “Hey, Hon,” he drawled (those were the days when you could still call your associate “Hon” while puffing on tobacco products, as long as you owned the office). “Whadda ya think about this facsimile machine? The rep told me it’s the next great thing. “I just wonder how many other offices will get one? If no one else has one, who am I gonna send a fax to?” Well, we know the answer to that question. Everybody who needed to get documents anywhere jumped on the fax bandwagon, and thus was another line on the business card created. On the heels of the fax machine came PCs and the accompanying internet. Suddenly everyone who had a computer could

send all manner of information to anyone else who had a computer via email. Put another line on the business cards. Savvy business owners took it to the next level by creating websites. Born in 1998, Google soon became both a noun and a verb and then, with the birth of Facebook in 2004, people who were not even in business joined in the game. Everyone shared everything about themselves and others, and not just the facts in black and white. Hey, it didn’t even have to be factual to be posted – just up close, personal and including grainy digital photos in living colour. Now, when you think we’ve gotten as connected as we need to be, here we are in 2010, and everyone is all a-Twitter. We want our updates, and we need them now. The objective? To stay in touch with anyone who will pay attention.

This sounds like a rant, but there is a point to this timeline. With the onslaught of internet, businesses have access to communications tools unlike any other point in history. As a business owner, you can reach thousands of potential clients with applications like Facebook.com, Twitter.com, Plaxo.com and LinkedIn.com. The list goes on, and these are free applications! However, sometimes free is worth every penny and sometimes it can cost a bundle. Rushing forward without a plan makes you vulnerable to mistakes. Your challenge is to build a strategy and create a presence for your business. Online marketing is a supplement to your existing promotions. When you sit down with your print advertiser to determine what your message will be, consider how it

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translates to your online audience. So, some suggestions: Once you’ve set up your website, keep it current. Linked In and Plaxo are great forums when you’re looking for business connections. Facebook is for friends, but you can set up a fan page to communicate with potential clients. Remember the boundaries for your fan page – fun, but polite. Think of it as a company awards dinner versus your best friend’s bachelor party. There’s a certain difference in level of decorum! When you Tweet, or re-Tweet, share information of value. No one really cares what you had for breakfast, unless of course you found a fabulous new restaurant that serves fresh-baked cinnamon buns and is open at 6 a.m. Finally – for goodness sake – add your email, Twitter and web address to your print ads and business cards. You can make room if you dump the fax number!

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Daffodils: The Symbol of Hope! On a business trip back east in 1956, the late Geoffrey Vantreight Junior embarked upon a huge venture.

by Valerie Green

At the time, he did not realize the enormity of it but, in the half century since, the business deal he launched that year has offered hope to millions of people suffering from cancer. It all began over a casual lunch in Toronto with his sister, Margaret, and two other ladies, Fran Shannon and Mary McGinnis, the organizers of the annual Toronto April Cancer Drive. The national emblem for the Cancer Society was, of course, the daffodil, so Geoff suggested to the ladies that they should have fresh daffodils from the West Coast to distribute and promote the Cancer Drive instead of the usual symbolic imitation. The daffodil, representative of spring and new life, seemed an obvious choice to raise money for cancer. The ladies liked the idea and ordered 100 boxes of fresh daffodils from Vantreight Farms, at that time operating in Gordon Head. In the spring of 1957, Geoff shipped his first Cancer Society order back east in refrigerated trucks. Inmates at the women’s jail outside Toronto built trays for the 10,000 volunteers to carry and distribute the fresh flowers on the streets of the city. Those original 100 boxes of daffodils soon turned into 200 and by the third year of operation, 700 boxes were being ordered and shipped. Although the distribution of fresh daffodils was originally only meant as a reminder of the upcoming April 1 Daffodil Tag Day Drive, once people were presented with a golden flower from the West Coast many wanted to donate immediately. The volunteers, therefore, were not only equipped with a tray of golden daffodils – they also carried a can with them so people could make a donation toward the Cancer Society, which was destined to become one of Vantreights’ most important clients. Demand increased and Toronto was soon ordering over 7,000

boxes of daffodils every year. Other cities such as Vancouver, Courtenay, Nanaimo, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Montreal were also being supplied by Vantreight Farms, and even cities in the U.S. were adopting “Daffodil Day.” Within a few years Geoff was shipping his flowers by air.

For many years, Vantreight Farms was the sole supplier across Canada for the annual cancer drive until eventually the demand outgrew even their capabilities. In 1995, the Cancer Society raised over $1 million from the flowers promoting the April 1 drive. This was most heartening for the Vantreight family. Although this was very good for business, it has also presented major headaches every January and February ensuring that orders can be filled in time. In addition, co-operation from the weather is important as the time frame for picking is small and dependent upon temperature plus the ability to hire enough labour to pick the flowers during that small window of opportunity. Owner Ian Vantreight, fourth generation Vantreight, is continually presented with the problem of finding enough pickers. However, it is a rare day when Vantreight Farms, located on the Peninsula since the early 1990s, does not meet its commitments. Ian’s father, Geoff Vantreight, who succumbed to cancer in May of 2000, would be delighted to know that his dream of making a difference more than 50 years ago is still continuing today. To know that this beautiful flower has become a Symbol of Hope for so many cancer sufferers and is still doing its job every year would make even the staunchest cynic’s heart fill with pleasure, so please remember to buy a daffodil this year for cancer research and continue the ongoing battle. Valerie Green is a historian and author of many books including the family biography “The Vantreights – A Daffodil Dynasty.” She can be reached at valerie_green@telus.net.

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New Dental Office Opens in Sidney There is a fabulous new dental office in town. Fine Dentistry opened the doors in January and everyone who walks through them is impressed.

Guests are greeted with the warm tones and soft textures reminiscent of our fabulous West Coast. Comfortable couches and chairs combine with lovely accents in wood to create a relaxing environment. In fact, you may not even recognize this as a dental office when you first walk through the front door. Boyd_SeasideTimes_Feb10

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beautiful surroundings that enables us to provide fabulous 5-star service for our guests,” says Dr. Ian Boyd. “I also wanted to help ease the anxiety that some feel in a dental office.” Guests are treated to personal concierge service throughout each visit – from freshly brewed coffee or tea to warm towels at the end of each appointment. “Every effort is made to ensure that our guests are pampered and as comfortable as possible,” says Dr. Boyd, who confidently adds: “You will not find another dental office quite like this one – anywhere.” Guests are escorted into treatment rooms where they will enjoy the most comfortable and relaxing dental chairs available. During their appointment, guests may choose to watch HDTV or listen to their choice of relaxing music. The concierge remains at the patient’s side right up until the time they’re “One of our goals AM Pagefinished. 1 is to exceed the expectations of our

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guests on every visit,” says Dr. Boyd. Dr. Boyd and his team are not new to Sidney – they’re currently enjoying their 12th year of service in town. Although they provide all of the services of a general dental office, Dr. Boyd has become specialized in the field of aesthetic dentistry by completing his post-graduate training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. “We love to do smile makeovers for our guests,” says Dr. Boyd, “and we’re just as thrilled as our patients when those fabulous new smiles are revealed for the first time!” “We also do a fair bit of work with pain patients. It is hugely rewarding for us when we can successfully rid an individual of the pain they have lived with for years.” Dr. Boyd and his team invite you to come and experience the welcoming environment that they have created for you. New patients and referrals are always welcome.

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Thousands of boats call the Peninsula home. They come in all sizes, from the mega yachts to the dingy stored upside down in the back yard. Whatever the size, each craft is the captain’s pride and joy. All winter sailors, water skiers and fishermen dream of warmer weather and time on the water. Some call boats a hole in the water for you to throw money in, and from experience I can assure you that they are right. All boats require spring maintenance. Depending on the size of your boat, be prepared to spend some money. Without proper pre-season maintenance, the cost of breakdowns and a possible towing bill could be much higher. By getting a jump on your maintenance you ensure that the boat is ready when the warm weather arrives. You will also find it easier to book repairs and service calls. Instead of feeling the pressure of rushing to get everything ready before the first outing you will have more time to enjoy puttering on the boat.

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The easiest way to get the boat ready is to tow it to your local dealer or call service technicians to come to it, however, by handling your own work you’re better equipped to make emergency repairs on the water if the need arises. The first step is to review any notes or log entries detailing problems during last season, then take a walk around to note anything new. Engines will require careful checking and perhaps an oil change. Outboards may require a lower unit gear lube. How are the batteries and fuel system? Engine breakdowns are the major cause of calls for help on the water. Larger boats will require hauling onto dry land for a new coat of anti-fouling paint. This will also be the time to check all through hull fittings, the propeller, and the overall below water condition of the boat. Sailboat owners have their own concerns. What are the conditions of the sails? Is this the year to order a new spinnaker or storm jib? How is the rigging? When was the last time you serviced your winches? We have become increasingly reliant on electronics for navigation and communications, so remember to check to make sure that your compass is correctly swung and that your GPS is in good working order. Do you have charts for the areas that you will sail? Is your radio working and are the antenna and cable in good condition? Don’t forget your safety equipment. Are there enough lifejackets? Are your flares current? Your well maintained boat will give you a long season of on-the-water enjoyment. www.seasidetimes.ca

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St. Patrick’s Day Strategy: The Eating of The Green This month, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, what’s the best thing you can do for your health? Hint: it doesn’t involve drinking green beer. Along with the wearing of the green, consider the eating of the green – as in vegetables. Nutritionally, they can’t be beat! Vegetables are fat-free, low in calories and packed with important nutrients.

by Dianne Connerly Unfortunately, however, many North Americans consume meager amounts of vegetables. We’re most likely to choose those prepared in a high-fat form like French fries. Here are some facts that may inspire you to make the green scene.

Green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, asparagus and artichokes get their color from chlorophyll – the only substance in nature that can collect and store energy from the sun. Think of them as “solar energy cells” that will give you an energy boost. Speaking of green vegetables, why not give peas a chance? Peas contain dietary fibre, iron, niacin, protein and no fat. Chinese pea pods (snow peas) and sugar snap peas have edible pods that make them an excellent snack and they’re easy to take along wherever you’re going. Turnip greens, broccoli, kale and collard greens are good sources of … drum roll, please … calcium! Good sources of iron include spinach (Popeye’s favourite), chard and beet greens. Since cabbage is a traditional St. Patty’s day dish (as in corned beef and … ), here is an idea for a tasty alternative way to prepare cabbage: light coleslaw. For a tasty dressing, mix light mayonnaise with an equal amount of plain nonfat yogurt, or blend apple juice with vinegar and use this as the dressing. Enliven your salad with minced bell peppers, shredded apple, crushed pineapple or chopped walnuts. The great thing about cabbage is that it’s rich in vitamin C and folacin. Just think … making your own coleslaw is reaping the benefits of cabbage without heaping on the fat of commercial coleslaw made with ordinary mayonnaise.

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The Hummers are Heading Back! some of their favourite sources of nectar, such as fuchsias, are not yet in bloom. The recipe is simple: 1/3 cup sugar to one cup water. This ratio of 1:3 is most like the nectar found in nectar-bearing plants, is appropriate for their metabolic needs and is the ratio most recommended by ornithologists. Do not use honey or brown sugar. Other suggestions to help you attract and keep these “living jewels” in your garden include:

by Jennifer Hill If you haven’t put out your hummingbird feeders yet, now is the time. March is typically the month when the hummers who migrate (vs. the lazy ones who hang around during the winter) return to our gardens, and after their long trip they will be ravenous. Hummingbirds are easily attracted to feeders filled with sugar water, especially at this time of year when

1. If you have never put out a feeder, choose one that has a lot of red on it. If you don’t have any visitors within a few days, try adding some more red: e.g. hang a red shirt next to the feeder, wrap the feeder bottle with red tape or wrap red ribbons around the wire that holds the feeder in place. Never add red food dye to the nectar. 2. When putting out a feeder for the first time, place it close to flowers that you’ve seen the hummers visit. Once you have regular “customers” coming to the feeder, you can gradually move it, but never more than five feet at a time, to your pre-

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3. Hummingbirds will also eat fruit, so consider hanging pieces of apple, banana, papaya – any soft, non-acidic fruit – near the feeder. Hummers also adore water so put out a water mister and see them fly through with grace and agility. A very shallow container, such as a plant saucer, partly filled with water (no more than a third of an inch deep) makes a perfect birdbath for a hummingbird. 4. If you have more than one hummingbird coming to the feeder (lucky you!) and a battle for supremacy erupts, try putting out a second one. To decrease territoriality, hang it at a different height than the first, preferably out of sight of the original one. 5. It’s critical to keep your feeder clean so as not to endanger the lives of the hummingbirds. The solution should be changed every two to three days (more often if you see any flecks developing in the solution), and before refilling, the container should be rinsed thoroughly with hot water. If there are any signs of mold forming, soak the feeder in a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly before refilling. Never “top up” a filler; always flush and replace with new solution. 6. Soaking the bottle and the feeding ports in hot water, to which you have added a denture-cleaning tablet, works well to get the grunge out of the corners. You can also try putting a little dry rice in the bottle, filling it with water, and shaking well.

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It has been estimated that each hummingbird must visit between 2,000 and 5,000 flowers per day, so to a hummingbird, your feeder will be manna from heaven. Put your feeder out now and you will be rewarded by repeat visitors – some may even bring their babies for a visit! Good luck.


Sidney Mortgage Experts Ltd. At the helm of Dominion Lending Centre, Sidney Mortgage Experts is Pam Pettigrew (AMP). Given her long standing reputation for creative mortgage finance, Pam has carefully put together a team who will go the extra mile to ensure the best interests of clients will be met. They include: Maria Kirley, Nick Chepil, Gina Handley and Christine Sinclair. Our mortgage experts excel and capably structure residential purchases, refinances, construction, commercial and private mortgages. Each of us brings our own brand of expertise to serve our clients’ needs. Each member of this team is dedicated to serving the community. All are active and contributing members of the Sidney Business Association (Pam serves as director of Professional Services), Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (Gina has served as a director) and sponsors and members of The Peninsula Business Women’s Networking Group. (With the exception of Nick. Although he leases equipment, he has the wrong equipment for this particular venue). Pam Pettigrew comes from three generations of family born and raised in Sidney. Pam is an accredited mortgage professional (AMP), the highest designation for a mortgage broker. She is a member of the Mortgage Brokers Association of B.C. and Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals. With 20+ years in the industry, Pam left Coast Capital Savings Credit Union to become an independent mortgage broker. Gina Handley served as president of the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club and

is a member of the Mortgage Brokers Association of B.C. Maria Kirley is also a member of the Mortgage Brokers Association of B.C. and serves in numerous other organizations in the community, including the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club. Although new to Sidney Mortgage Experts, Maria brings with her 20+ years of experience working with clients. She appreciates the unique attributes of our community and works diligently to support its growth and well-being. Christine Sinclair, BA, MBA has gratefully returned “home” after building a successful investment finance and development consulting business out east for more than 18 years. A long-term advocate of tax reform for small- and medium-sized businesses, she is passionate that advantage is taken of every opportunity to build equity. Christine is a treasurer of a local nonprofit organization and a member of Business Networking International – Executive chapter as well as a number of other community organizations. Nick Chepil recently joined DLCSidney Mortgage Experts as a mortgage and leasing equipment expert. He brings many years of experience in the business and service industry and is fitting in well within the Sidney community. Nick has a Masters degree in Social Sciences and is also trained in the field of bankruptcy and insolvency, having worked with clients who faced financial difficulties or have had credit challenges.

Nick works extended hours and Saturdays and also provides mobile mortgage services all over southern Vancouver Island. He is very dedicated and committed to his business and his clients and we are extremely happy to have him join our team. Our leasing experts can help you discover ways to start up or expand your business. With a lease, you can pull capital from existing assets to put toward company growth, obtain funds for new equipment or even take advantage of other equipment acquisition opportunities, all without disturbing your existing credit lines. From office furnishings to farm equipment, leasing can be used to expand your business and benefit by deducting lease payment expenses. Many of our lease professionals are also mortgage brokers who can use residential mortgages and property credit line products alone or in combination with lease financing to help you achieve the best solution for equipment acquisition. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or an experienced buyer with excellent credit, Dominion Lending Centers has access to the very best products and rates available across Canada. We help clients with adverse credit get back in the market by giving them tools to help them repair their credit ratings. Whatever your situation, once you are ready to apply for a mortgage or a lease, we have access to multiple lenders and work very hard to match you with the product best suited to meet your specific needs.

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The Heart & Soul of Our Community – The People George Bernard Shaw once said: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”

by Cathy Hanan

Here on the Saanich Peninsula, our grouping of small towns makes belonging to a community easy, and I was recently reminded just how many people in our community are doing whatever they can to make it a better place. A few weeks back I had an unfortunate incident involving a contact lens and some bathroom cleaning products. After spending most of the morning with one eye closed, I made a pleading call to a local optometrist to see if they could help. “Can you be here in 20 minutes?” they asked, and I was on my way. I was quickly diagnosed with a chemical burn and I left with antibiotic drops and instructions to use a pressure patch for 24 hours.

Later that afternoon I met with a group of women from LEAD – Local Environment Action Divas. They are a Brentwood Baybased group working informally to green the world, one community at a time. These women epitomize the slogan “think globally, act locally,” meeting regularly to share ideas for green-

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They started with food – trying to purchase good, locallygrown products and to encourage backyard gardens, garden boxes and demonstration vegetable gardens for public eduction. They have also incorporated other green living components like composting, recycling and chemical reduction in their daily lives. Less than one year after the group came together, the Divas are hosting the first ever Healthy

Be inspired by the people in our “ community and join them in making it a wonderful place to live.” ~ Cathy Hanan

Off I went to the local pharmacy to find a pressure patch. The pharmacist made a quick call to the doctor’s office to make sure he was sending me away with the right patches and I was on my way to recovery.

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ing their own lives and to find ways to expand their influence into the greater community.

Living, Healthy Planet Expo on March 20 at the Brentwood Community Hall. The event is free and will showcase innovative and inexpensive ways to green your body, mind and lifestyle – be sure to stop by and check it out.

Partway through our meeting, it occured to me that perhaps I should have met with the Divas before cleaning the bathroom, and maybe wouldn’t have burnt my eye. I’ll be switching to non-chemical bathroom cleaners from now on! The following day the optometrist’s office called to check and see how I was doing. I was relieved when they said the patch could come off – I was getting tired of bumping into things. After I hung up I reflected on the phone call. I was a last minute, walk-in patient and can’t remember receiving a follow-up call from any doctor, ever. Within a couple of days I was seeing clearly again and grateful for the caring and kindness in our community. From Sidney to Brentwood and Deep Cove to Saanichton, we are incredibly fortunate to live in a place where people look out for each other. Whether it’s helping a distressed writer who thought Mr. Clean was meant for contact lenses or teaching your neighbour how to set up their backyard compost, be inspired by the people in our community and join them in making it a wonderful place to live.

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To Decaf or Not to Decaf

by Steve Sheppard Welcome to Volume 6 of “Smell The Coffee.” Six months have now passed since I started this column and I thought I should touch on the one thing all coffee drinkers have in common – caffeine intake. For most of us coffee drinkers, it’s true love when it comes to caffeine, while there are others who seek the

holy grail of all hot beverages without it. First – caffeine is a naturallyoccurring substance that is present in the leaves, seeds and fruits of more than 60 different plant species worldwide. Many food and beverage products made from these plants inherently contain varying amounts of caffeine. In addition, caffeine is sometimes added to processed foods and beverages during the manufacturing process to enhance flavour, or, in the case of medications, to enhance effectiveness. To get a quick sense of how much caffeine we take in, a typical 12-oz. cup of caffeinated Arabica coffee contains approximately 180 mg. of caffeine, while a double espresso or Americano has about 100 mg. Remember – caffeine is a water soluble element.

Decaffeinating coffee is achieved through a variety of processes, all of which are relatively harmless to your health but harmful to coffee quality. Almost every process for decaffeination consists of soaking the beans in water to dissolve the caffeine, extracting the caffeine with either a solvent or activated carbon and then re-soaking the coffee beans in the decaffeinated water to reabsorb the flavor compounds that were lost in the initial extraction. 1) The solvent method typically uses methylene chloride or ethyl acetate, which both have a low boiling point. Since ethyl acetate is found naturally in fruits you will hear people call this process “natural” (ya sure). In any case, the solvent never comes in contact with the coffee bean itself, but only the water solution containing the caffeine that was previously extracted from the bean. 2) In the carbon dioxide decaffeination process, green coffee beans are

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soaked in highly-compressed CO2 which extracts the caffeine. The caffeine is then removed from the CO2 using activated carbon filters, which are then reused to extract caffeine from the coffee again and again. 3) The sparkling water decaffeination process is similar to the CO2 method, but instead of removing the caffeine with activated carbon filters, the caffeine is washed from the CO2 with sparkling water in a secondary tank. 4) The Swiss Water Process™ method starts with a batch of green (unroasted) beans being soaked in hot water which releases the caffeine. When all the caffeine and coffee solids are released into the water it then passes through a carbon filter that traps caffeine but lets the coffee solids pass. The resulting solution, called “green coffee extract (GCE),” is now available for decaffeinating coffee. New green coffee beans are introduced to the GCE. Since the GCE is coffee solids without caffeine, only the caffeine diffuses from the new beans. The GCE passes through a proprietary carbon filter which captures the caffeine. The process repeats, filtering out all the caffeine until the beans are 99.9-percent caffeinefree. These beans are removed and dried, and thus retain most if not all of their flavour.

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I have to admit, I’ve been fooled by various roaster friends of mine with the occasional decaf Americano made using the Swiss Water decaf method (mostly because of the freshness), but for those of us who love the “perk” that coffee provides, we always find out about the imposter in the rooom … make mine with some of the caffeinated love please.

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$60,000 Raised to Help Salvation Army in Haiti by Rosemarie Enslin, Enslin Group When Sidney town councillor and rotarian Kenny Podmore and his wife Anita sat horrified watching news reports of the devastation in Haiti in mid-January, they looked at each other and said “we must do something.” The next morning, Kenny and Anita started calling Rotarians, community and business leaders, elected officials and their many friends. Offers of help, donations of services, money and auction items poured in.

Saanich Peninsula Pipes and Drums, 443 Squadron Pipes and Drums and Piper Roger Hind all offered to perform – at no charge of course. “It was amazing,” says Kenny, “but not surprising. Sidney is Two Musical known the little town Fundraisingas Concerts Saturday, February 6th, 2010 with the big heart.”

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Space and box office help were immediately provided by the Mary Winspear Centre. Two community bands, the Bayside Big Band and the Sidney Concert Band along with The Linden Singers and

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Two moving and heartfelt fund raising concerts at the Mary Winspear, along with a live auction emceed by CHEK TV’s Ed Bain netted another $18,000. Contributions by individuals, the Victoria Airport Authority, employees from Smith Manoeuver, Empire Hydrogen and the Town of Sidney net-

ted another $8,000. The final amount raised was $35,620.37. “So many of us have been deeply moved by the tragedy in Haiti. We had an outpouring of support throughout the entire community,” said Kenny. “Everything was donated from the performers and the concert hall to posters, publicity and printing.” At the kickoff, MP Gary Lunn reminded everyone of the Government of Canada’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund which matches donations by Canadians. A beaming Kenny Podmore reported the Sidney fund raiser qualifies for another $30,000 of matching funds from the Government of Canada for a total of $60,000. A finale of the fund raising concert was a plaque presentation by Judy and Fraser Smith. The plaque read, “the world needs more Kenny Podmores.” From the standing ovation it was clear everyone agreed.

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A Saanichton Institution

Angelee, Ron and Dave Spelt Looking for a friendly place to stop in Saanichton? How about trying Spelt’s Shell and Coffee Shop? You might not have been to Spelt’s lately (a fixture in Saanichton for 38 years), but things keep changing there! The family-run Spelt’s is so much more than a clean and convenient Shell gas station and fully-stocked convenience store; there is also a great coffee shop on the south side of the building with friendly staff (and some second- and third-generation Spelts) ready to serve you with whatever you hunger for. They happily pour “Direct Fair Trade” coffee that directly helps the coffee pickers and their families – and it’s roasted right in Saanichton! Looking for good old-fashioned friendly service to go with some big fresh donuts? Well, they have them at Spelt’s and they’re baked fresh daily. But Spelt’s Coffee Shop is more than coffee and donuts; they also have great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Did I mention the big muffins, creamy soft ice cream and pie? So why don’t you come on in and see what everyone is talking about and what’s new since you were here last – you’ll be glad you did!

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until the end of March…

what’s happening | march 2010

5th Annual Lego Exhibit Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sidney Museum Corner of Beacon and Fourth 250-655-6355, www.sidneymuseum.ca A very popular family exhibit with over 250 Lego models from pirates to Star Wars and cranes to castles.

March 3-7 LoudSpeaker Festival 2010 250-590-9974, www.myspace.com/loudspeakerfestival LoudSpeaker is a festival of music, theatre, and poetry in celebration of International Women’s Day that invites people of all ages and genders to attend a variety of events. A portion of all proceeds benefits PEERS.

March 10-31 Board Work – More Than Meetings Tulista Arts Centre, 5th & Weiler, Sidney 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday www.cacsp.com A Showcase of artwork by the 2009/2010 CACSP Board of Directors.

March 13 Gartley Station St. Pat’s Day Celebration 108-1931 Mt. Newton X Rd., Saanichton 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-652-6939, www.gartleystation.com Live music, BBQ & Irish Stew, lots of special pricing and free draws. Come say hi!

March 22

Canadian Federation of Women Presentation Mary Winspear Centre, 7 p.m. 250-656-7010, salliearthur@shaw.ca The Saanich Peninsula branch is presenting “Education and First Nations Women: Issues on the Island” by Janice Simcoe of Camosun College. Potential members and guests welcome. The Canadian Federation of University Women is open to membership for any woman looking to join a friendly group of community-minded women offering many fun activities and promoting education for young women through scholarships and bursaries.

March 26-28 Clay Works Pottery Show & Sale Mary Winspear Centre Opening reception 5-9 p.m. March 26 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 27&28 250-656-0275, www.marywinspear.ca Come and enjoy a wide variety of functional and decorative pottery created by local artists.

March 27 “An African Evening” Mary Winspear Centre, Bodine Family Hall Doors open at 5:30 Dinner, auction & entertainment 6:30 - 11 p.m. Presented by the For the Love of Africa Society, this event will feature dinner, silent auction and door prizes. All proceeds support education, health and orphan programs in Tanzania. Tickets $50 – available at Tanner’s Books, Dish Cookhouse, online at www.fortheloveofafrica.org or call 250-891-0762.

March 20

Healthy Living Healthy Planet Expo Brentwood Bay Community Hall, 7082 Wallace Drive, Brentwood Bay 12 - 3 p.m. helen@thegardenbox.ca In Brentwood Bay a growing group of women is taking action. LEAD (Local Environment Action Divas) has invited 60 local businesses, artists, schools, and organizations to showcase green solutions. Please bring your family to enjoy the fun!

March 30-May 4 Grief Recovery Support Group Salt Spring Island A six week support group which helps those who have lost a love one through death. Ones grief is a personal journey which is uniquely theirs. With trained facilitators we help you on your journey. For more information contact Noreen Davies at 250-537-2654, Barbara Dams at 250-653-4945 or Susannah Devitt at 250-537-2570.


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Marine Bird Research Takes Flight

by Chris Genovali, Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation I was on my back on the aft deck of the research vessel. My repose was involuntary as we plied the lumpy waters of Haida Gwaii’s west coast. Not one prone to seasickness, I nevertheless felt like my head was virtually nailed down, a result of the interminable chop. I had no option but to look skyward and there, to my amazement, were albatrosses, escorting us like some squawking air squadron. For me, the albatross is the grizzly bear of marine birds in terms of its iconicity and, with a wingspan of over seven feet, commanding physical presence. After experiencing the exhilaration of seeing the largest marine bird on the coast of British Columbia, I subsequently reflected on the human-caused hazards facing these majestic pelagics and other marine-bird species. Marine birds are abundant, diverse and highly mobile predators and scavengers of the seas. For these and other reasons, marine birds are often used as indicators of ecosystem health and ecosystem change. Raincoast has been working to fill basic knowledge gaps regarding seasonal and inter-annual marine bird distribution, density and seasonal shifts in community assemblages in the waters adjacent to the region known as the Great Bear Rainforest. By repeatedly surveying marine waters, from Dixon Entrance to Queen Charlotte Strait and neighbouring

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mainland inlets, Raincoast has documented over 70 species and amassed nearly 20,000 sightings of over 100,000 individual marine and other coastal birds. Raincoast scientists continue to seek to identify areas important for marine birds and examine the potential for conflict with increasing industrial activity like oil-tanker traffic. Birds are generally the most abundant and conspicuous victims of oil-tanker accidents. Caroline Fox, Raincoast marine bird biologist and University of Victoria PhD student, states that previous scientific reviews indicate that “oil can affect birds in different ways, including plumage and egg oiling, ingestion and indirectly though ecosystem changes. It’s thought that the primary cause of mortality and stress in oiled birds is fouled plumage, which often results in hypothermia and increased metabolic rates. Ingestion of relatively small amounts may cause a number of physiological changes or even death.”

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Brentwood Bay – From Sluggetts to Brentwood Bay by Carole Pearson For many years, the Brentwood Bay area was known as Sluggetts, after John Sluggett who arrived on the Saanich Peninsula in 1875. He purchased 700 acres of land and the following year his wife, Fanny, and seven children came out from Ontario. The Sluggett property would eventually cover more than 1,000 acres and reach from East Saanich Road down to Tod Inlet and between present-day Clarke Road and Benvenuto Avenue. In August 1892, a new post office was opened in the Sluggett home, a common practice in those days, and incoming mail came via the “Sluggett P.O.,” further defining the identity of the community. In 1880, Sluggett and neighbour George Stelly each donated one acre of land and Sluggetts’ first school was built, a one-room log cabin named West Saanich School. In 1908, a bigger school was built on the same property, which is Pioneer Park today. Several generations of farming families attended school there until West Saanich School was closed in 1951 and replaced with Brentwood Elementary on Wallace Drive. Until Mount Newton High School was built on Keating Cross Road in 1931, older children had to go to Victoria to continue their education. Early travel was by horse and wagon but when the B.C. Electric Railway Company’s Interurban service began in 1913, travel into Victoria became much more convenient. Unlike the Victoria and Sidney Railway that came no closer than Keating at Veyaness and Saanichton, the Interurban route followed the western shore along West Saanich and ran through Sluggetts on a right-of-way that later became Wallace Drive. Of course, there was a stop at Sluggetts but further up the track were stations for Tod Inlet (site of the Robert Butchart’s B.C. Cement Company plant) and Brentwood. Brentwood was named after the Essex, 28

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England, hometown of BCER Chairman R.M. Horne-Payne. By the 1920s, some people began calling this Peninsula community “Brentwood” as well. This was further reinforced by the opening of Brentwood College in 1923. When local businessman W.O. Wallace opened a store on the corner of West Saanich Road and Wallace Drive, he called it “Brentwood Mercantile.” Wallace was awarded the contract to run the local post office within his store and mail then came addressed to the “Brentwood P.O.” In 1925, following a petition drive by Wallace, the name of the town officially became Brentwood Bay. With improved transportation, more people were traveling on day excursions or going for seaside holidays at Brentwood Bay. In Moodyville, at the foot of Verdier Avenue, summer cottages began to spring up along the narrow lanes by the water. Besides his store, Wallace also owned the Anchorage, a resort located around the Port Royale area, that offered boat and cabin rentals, a grocery store and a tea room where dances were held every Saturday night in the summer. Community halls were important to the social life of early farming communities. This was where people gathered for meetings, dances, potluck dinner celebrations and sports. Basketball tournaments drew crowds to the Old West Road Hall on the corner of West Saanich Road and Benvenuto Avenue. Badminton was a wildly popular sport when Brentwood Community Hall was built in 1933. It was designed specifically to accommodate badminton and was rated as one of the best facilities in the province. Sluggett Memorial Baptist Church, built in 1911, also provided a valuable space for social and religious functions. Today, the Sluggett name remains very much a part of Brentwood Bay, as seen by the presence of Sluggett House (the former Sluggett church), Sluggett Avenue and the Sluggett Farm that remains in operation, albeit much smaller in size. Photo captions: top – Sluggett house on West Saanich Road (built 1925) Saanich Archives 1984-013-007; bottom – Brentwood Hotel Saanich Archives 1989-008-149.

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The Peninsula’s Hidden Gem New Location, New Name, Original Excellence by Jennifer Bowles There is no secret to the success of this restaurant, just pure hard work. Owners Toni Brassard and Mohamed Dehairi (pictured) take their old baby “Quattro Stagione” and move it up to 1164 Stelly’s X Road. With a quick polish and an amazing menu, “Zanzibar” is born! Born and raised in North Africa, Mohamed, curious about the world, embarked on a culinary journey in his early ’20s that ultimately landed him here in Canada, but his time spent in-between in London, England was where his obvious passion and incredible skills were honed. Under the tutelage of the best classically trained French and Italian Chefs, Mohamed demonstrated an intense desire to learn. Even with a marked language and skill barrier he set out to conquer. Enrolling in cooking school to learn basic techniques, Mohamed soon hit the ground running – taking dish washing jobs in Italian and French kitchens to get a taste of the real restaurant world. Unnecessarily modest, Mohamed tells me that regardless of the language barrier, he was driven and unwavering in his goal to learn everything he could. Poring over books when he wasn’t pot scrubbing, he quickly climbed the 90-degree learning curve from the bottom of the ladder to chef in the very same restaurant. He is now self-taught in the art of classic and Italian cooking and speaks the language to boot! Modest indeed. Enter stage left, Toni Brassard, born and raised Victoria girl. In her ’20s, hungry to travel and see the world herself, she boards a plane to London England. As she journeyed across England working here and there she ultimately landed the job that would introduce her to her future husband. Toni and Mohamed made no bones about it when they told me their eyes met … and the rest was history. So homeward bound for Canada, Toni arrives with Mohamed, and literally two weeks later they were lifting

their new café business, “Quattro Stagione,” off the ground. The café has recently been relocated and renamed as “Zanzibar” and is now considered one of the best restaurants around. Zanzibar’s decor, thanks to Toni, embraces easy clean lines that make you feel immediately at ease. White and forest green beams line the ceiling and small lighting accents in the form of outdoor lanterns and single-light strands transform the room into a fresh and calming atmosphere worthy of every compliment it gets. The room seats 50 with a special function room open during regular hours but available for private functions anytime for up to twenty. The patio (will open when Mr. Sunshine sticks around) is exceptionally beautiful and can seat up to 30 people. Winding grape vines and fig trees adorn the pillars of this wraparound patio and softly nestle into a serene garden view … simply beautiful. Zanzibar’s prices are exceptionally reasonable, with breakfast dishes starting at $7, lunch nothing over $12 and dinner nothing over $19! Mohamed will have you drooling with his motherland dish of beef and raisin stew taking global cuisine to new heights. Moroccan Lamb Kebab with fresh mint and cilantro, spinach Zola baked with oozing cambazola cheese, authentic Indian chicken curry served with basmati rice, sumptuous mushroom paté tucked in a Benedict dish and North African spiced lamb burger with tangy apricot relish will all have your taste buds reeling! Zanzibar is licensed, eat in/take out, child friendly and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything is made in house – yes everything! Fresh, local, authentic and made with passion, this restaurant is a must go for anyone who enjoys true value and mouth watering food. www.seasidetimes.ca

Zanzibar is situated on Tsartlip land, and Toni says her one real desire is to bridge the local communities through her food and hospitality … a feat she and Mohamed will undoubtedly achieve with ease! Good Luck Zanzibar, but I don’t think you’ll need it.

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Breadstuffs Bakery Expands in Roundabout Square by Arlene Antonik Spring has sprung, the grass is riz and the locals in Brentwood Bay know where the best fresh-baked bread is. (With apologies to Ogden Nash). Ten years ago, husband and wife team Dale Carter and Rita Cooney opened Breadstuffs Bakery in Brentwood Bay Village. Every day except Sundays, they arrive at the bakery early in the mor-

to our standards.” One of the bakery’s most popular loaves is made with yams, carrots and poppy seeds. Another favourite is the “Lulu,” a super-multigrain loaded with cereals, seeds, oats and molasses. The display cases are full of other delights made on-site including cinnamon buns, muffins, scones, meat pies, sausage rolls, lasagnas and enchiladas. There are sweet treats such as hazelnut toffee bars, peanut butter crispy squares, doublefudge chocolate cake and freshly-baked pies made with local fruits and berries. Rita is particularly proud of her apple pies – temptation not to be resisted!

ning to start the dough rising for the dozen or so different varieties of breads they offer their customers each day.

With all these goodies waiting to be consumed, expanding the premises to include an eating area seemed the next logical step for Dale and Rita. The opportunity presented itself a year ago when space next door became available.

selves. Our son Adam, who now manages the café, worked in construction for awhile and did most of the drywall taping – a big job!” “We’re happy with the way it turned out,” she added with a wry grin. “But we wouldn’t do it again anytime soon!” Nonetheless, the project is now complete and the Screaming Bird Café (so named from a very early morning brainstorming session) welcomes guests for breakfast and lunch in its spacious and sunny setting. Fresh-baked bread and buns make delicious French Toast, clubhouse sandwiches and fabulous beef and chicken burgers. Like everything else in the shop, the menu items are made from scratch daily. Especially popular are Dale’s soups, legendary among the regulars, who know to watch for his chicken pesto, curried lentil vegetable, and Mulligatawny in particular.

SCREAMING BIRD CAFE “Our breads have their own personalities,” Dale explained. “Each is made from small-batch recipes developed over the years. We experiment a lot, drawing on our experience with what works, adding ingredients until we find another new one to add

“Dale designed the expansion,” Rita noted. “He was also the general contractor and, although we hired subtrades for many parts of the project, we did the painting and carpentry our-

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At the bottom of the menu, this wise advice appears: “Keep your fork, there’s pie!” On the opposite side of the bakery from the café is an expanded area called “Chocolat.” This is where Dale works magic with his chocolate tempering machine and, word is, he’ll be

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helping the Easter Bunny fill Easter baskets with freshlymade chocolate eggs, bunnies and lollipops made of pure Belgian chocolate. Tucked into a corner of Choclat is a great selection of Italian imports such as amazing olive oils and pasta. When you’re tired of your old spaghetti standby, this is the place to go for inspiration!

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Rita and Dale like to support community activities by donating bakery goods to events such as Music in the Park, Music in the Bay and the Bazan Bay 5 K Road Race. Each spring they sponsor a Little League T-Ball team and throughout the year bread and muffins are donated to the Sidney Lions Food Bank. The staff of 12 includes five Stelly’s high school students who help with clean-up and other duties after school and on Saturdays. Some decide to pursue cooking as a career and become “Red Seal” chefs, a designation held by both Dale and Adam. Breadstuffs Bakery, Chocolat and the Screaming Bird Café are located in the newly-named Roundabout Square which is currently undergoing renovations of its own. The new Royal Bank building is expected to be completed by mid-summer and will face the bakery across a landscaped, pedestrian-friendly square. Other shops and a 15-unit condominium building will soon be added. With its charming new look already complete, let Breadstuffs draw you in for a visit and a meal with the tantalizing smell of freshly-baked bread!

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Home and Garden in Style – Doyle & Bond by Tim Flater One of the perks of my job is to constantly be on the lookout for new businesses on the Peninsula. I love to see businesses where the owners have a dream, a vision and offer something unique to the consumer. Sometimes I am lucky enough to meet people that love this great area and are willing to invest the time, money and passion to start a business that will offer customers something different.

fully arranged in and around the space. I quickly felt their passion, vision and experience and a willingness to give me knowledge and advice at no charge.

When I drove up the newly planted driveway and walked into the converted garage, I was greeted by owners John Doyle and Rob Bond and I was taken aback by the amazing home and garden décor they had beauti-

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John Doyle owned an antique and mirror business in Old Quebec City for years before making his way to the Island. He was part owner of Moirés, a very successful business in downtown Victoria. After his partner bought him out nine years ago, he teamed up with Rob Bond to open Mirage Home and Garden on Fort Street. Rob came to the Island via Calgary, where he did garden design from the mid-’80s to 1999, and he has been with John on the Island ever since. John and Rob wanted land with some room to grow and a place to take their complementary skills and many years of experience and start a new business – the Peninsula was the perfect place. John has a great eye for hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind, affordable home and garden décor and Rob is on the lookout for plants for walkways, patios and yards that flow and create an emotion using form and textures in all four seasons.

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by Arlene Antonik The New Year began with a bright and shiny new look at Orr’s Family Butchers with the completion of renovations in December.

Drive in Trafalgar Square, is a busy place with 12 staff preparing and selling a wide variety of meats and baked goods seven days a week. Much of what is offered is

“We re-organized the whole place from front to back to make better use of the space,” said Stewart Orr (pictured left with brother Fraser, right), pleased with the results. “The meat and bakery goods are more prominently displayed in the middle of the store and we purchased some new equipment including a sausage machine and meat smoker from Germany, and a new convection oven for baking our pies and sausage rolls.” Imported dry goods are colourfully displayed on both sides of the store including Scottish shortbread, oatcakes, chutney, liquorice allsorts, jams, jellies, teas and cordials. “As part of the changes,” Stewart noted, “we’ve tripled our number of dry goods and by dealing directly with a distributor in Yorkshire, England, we’re able to keep our prices competitive.” Cool fact: The Highlander pictured on the Scott’s Original Porage Oats boxes is Stewart and Fraser’s Great Uncle Alfie, a famous Scottish shot putter! In 1978, Ronald and Caroline Orr immigrated to Canada from Glasgow with their four children, leaving behind three butcher shops they owned there. A year later they opened up their new business in Brentwood Bay and, in the Scottish family way, the children helped to run the shop. Stewart, then 16, and Fraser, 11, learned their trade at an early age and became the fifth generation of butchers in the Orr family. These days the shop, located at the corner of West Saanich Road and Wallace

poultry come from local suppliers and the “Grade A” beef is trucked in from Alberta. There is a cooler in the shop where meat is hung and aged and specialty cuts can be requested and prepared right on the spot. The pure pork and beef sausages made on site have a reputation all their own. In 2003 and again in 2006, Orr’s Family Butchers was chosen “Best Butcher Shop” in the Times Colonist’s “Best of the Island” Readers’ Choice Awards.

made on-site including the pastry for many varieties of meat pies including steak and kidney, ham and egg, Forfar Bridies and little round Scotch pies made with ground beef that have a little indent for a topping of beans. There are white and black (or blood) puddings made of onion, suet, oats and bread, and clootie dumplings with currants and black treacle. But the “Great Chieftain o’ the Pudding Race” is the haggis. Stewart put it simply: “He is the best.” Surely an indication of the influence of the Scots in this area is the fact that Orr’s Butchers produce and sell four to five tons of haggis each year.

After 31 years in business at the same location, Stewart and Fraser greet many loyal customers by name with a wee chat and a welcome that only a family-run business can provide. Many entering the shop might think they’ve traveled across the bonnie blue ocean back to the hameland. Indeed, if it’s a warm Scottish welcome you’re after, this is the shop for you.

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New Luxurious Oceanfront Condos in Brentwood Sales have begun on six new luxurious OceanVillas, each with direct access to Brentwood Bay Marina and all the five-star resort amenities of Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa right next door. ”This is an unprecedented waterfront real estate investment opportunity,” says developer Daniel Behune. The OceanVillas are being developed by the owners and operators of the award-winning Brentwood Bay Lodge. The OceanVillas provide a seamless sense of indoor/outdoor space with over 1,900 square feet of carefree condominium living with all the quality finishes you would expect in a world-class resort: a gourmet’s dream kitchen in a spectacular great room that opens onto breathtaking ocean views and a double-sided fireplace on the sun drenched “lanai-style” patios. The spacious West Coast contemporary design features two exquisite master bedrooms with “spa-like” ensuite baths

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at home then sit back and count the colours of the sky as the sun sets over the inlet and mountains beyond. “The location couldn’t be better,” says Behune. “It’s the gateway to adventure on the Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands with some of the world’s best boating and kayaking right at your

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doorstep … this unique west-facing oceanfront location has some of the most spectacular sunsets on Vancouver Island.” This is not only an investment in a West Coast lifestyle – it’s also a truly sustainable investment, being one of the first multi-unit residential developments designed and built under the strict green building guidelines of “LEED for HOMES” targeting LEED Gold certification. The OceanVillas incorporate state-of-the-art environmentally sustainable materials and design processes. There will only be six OceanVillas, with prices starting from just $899,000 … these homes will be absolutely exceptional both inside and out! Contact Daniel Behune at Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa or sales professionals Jim LeBlanc and Scott Piercy at Sothebys International Realty Canada. This is not an offering for sale. An offering of sale may only be made after filing a disclosure statement.

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C R NomiNatioNs oPeN Y 4th Annual Crystal Awards S For Business Excellence Gala Awards Night April 14th T Butchart Gardens’ Blue Poppy Restaurant A L Nominate a business* in one or more of these categories:

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* Note: Chamber members and all Saanich Peninsula businesses are eligible.

Find Crystal Awards criteria, nomination information and nomination form at www.peninsulachamber.ca. Nominations deadline is Friday, March 5th. Call the Peninsula Chamber office for more information: 250-656-3616.

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Zais Astrology – March 2010 by Heather Zais (heather_zais@telus.net) Aries march 21 - april 19 Much goes on behind the scenes this month. This can work for you in the long run as you gather your forces together out of the sight of those who would oppose you. Venus moves into your sign on the 7th, bringing good luck in love and money.

Libra september 23 - october 22 You will feel more ambitious than usual. Look at slicker or quicker ways to move things forward. You can multi-task with success. Pay attention to your health as you take on more. Have a backup plan just in case.

Taurus april 20 - may 20 Those in positions of power are on your side – all you have to do is let them know what you need and they will pave the way for you. Your hopes and wishes can come true in wonderful and magical ways. Think big. It will work.

Scorpio october 23 - november 21 You expand your social life. This can attract new or renewed love interests. Attend special events or entertainments where you could meet someone. News about young people or children arrives. Affection is sincere.

Gemini may 21 - june 20 Accept social invitations or attend meetings that will have an influence on your status or ambitions. Popularity rises and you could be mentioned or honoured in some way. You will know you have earned it and are willing to share.

Sagittarius november 22 - december 21 Look at the choices you have regarding home or base of operations. There is opportunity for change for yourself or family members. Renovations are favoured as more room is needed. Gather or meet. You can lead.

Cancer june 21 - july 22 You feel the urge to push forward, but may have to deal with a mate or associate in order to do so. Use charming words for best success. Make your plans more long-term to give them time to formulate properly. Travel.

Capricorn december 22 - january 19 Others will be more interested in your thoughts and ideas now. The way you express yourself makes it easier for them to accept. Be willing to teach or demonstrate. There could be some travel connected – coming or going.

Leo july 23 - august 22 You can gain through others or joint arrangements. A focus on finances connects the past to the present. Transfer some of your attention to love and romance – it can seem more interesting or exciting. An idealistic dream can become reality.

Aquarius january 20 - february 18 You can relax the purse strings now. The effects of jupiter expands or increases your finances. Some of this could be over distance, so don’t be afraid to spread your wings. Other perks include gifts, profits, bonuses and so on.

Virgo august 23 - september 22 There will be more focus on mate or partnership matters. Some could marry suddenly or merge in other ways. In any case, you will benefit from the involvement of others in your plans. Do a search if needed to make contact.

Pisces february 19 - march 20 You will feel more gracious and generous with Jupiter in your sign. It is the planet of expansion, so watch your weight. Your personal position is enhanced and you can climb the ladder of success. Dress and travel in style.

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Guiness Time! by Jennifer Bowles

Back when I was in high school, a hot new Irish-themed band emerged from New York and went straight to the top of the charts. Everyone in school was suddenly Irish. Irish flags sprung from lockers, people boasted about bloodlines six cousins removed on their father’s side and, for added fun, Irish accents were suddenly one’s mother tongue with the insistence that they had always spoken that way! You’ve got to love high school. As for me; no faking required. My great-great-great-Uncle is Thomas D’arcy McGee, one of the Fathers of Confederation and a famous IrishCanadian. Because of this heritage, my history teachers always regarded me as a bit of a celebrity … sadly in Math my luck ran out. My Irish-ness was further enriched when I got married to an Irish guy and his incredible family. My Irish mother-in-law Breda Bowles has shared with me her Guinness stew and soda bread recipes. To say her cooking is exceptional is an understatement, so don’t just save this for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Irish Soda Breda 2 cups white flour 2 cups whole wheat flour – coarser ground is better 1/2 cup porridge oats 1/4 cup wheat germ 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup butter 2 cups buttermilk Preheat oven to 425°. Mix together all dry ingredients. Cut in butter until resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add buttermilk and very gently knead together. Shape in rounds and make crisscross on the top (to let the fairies out). Bake in oven for 15 minutes then turn heat down to 375° and cook for a further 15 minutes. Delicious served with creamed cheese and smoked salmon.

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News from the Seaside The Salish Sea – An Ecosystem Redefined by Molly Perry, Ocean Advocate, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre As islanders, we dip our toes in it every time we take the ferry. It’s a name heard in songs, debated by scientists and detailed on government websites. However, as the Salish Sea has become more fixed in our collective lexicon, few of us still have a clear idea of what is meant by the term. Part of our confusion comes from the way the distinctiveness of the region has been communicated. For example, the geography of the Salish Sea is recognized as being the waters of Georgia Strait, the Gulf Islands, Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound. As a region, it commands an impressive 419 islands and a coastline length of 4,642 square miles. While these boundaries determine the physical characteristics of the region, they are also indelibly linked to an interconnected history of geology, ecology and cultural history that began over 14,000 years ago. The Vashon glacial period saw the Salish Sea region blanketed under an ice sheet which carved out a trough of roughly 10,000 square miles bordered by mountains. Most importantly, it left behind a footprint of submerged ridges that create strong upwelling events when the coldnutrient rich waters of the Pacific Ocean are brought into the area through the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Upwelling, combined with the influx of sediment-rich freshwater from surrounding rivers, seasonal periods of light and a temperate local climate, all contribute to the existence of a large and diversified ecology. Approximately 15 marine mammals, 128 birds, 219 fish and over 3,000 invertebrates make their home within the Salish Sea. They co-exist within intricate, local food webs that depend on upwelling events to mix water with oxygen at the surface, creating a beneficial environment for

photosynthetic organisms like dinoflagellates and kelp. These animals set in motion food webs that begin with the smallest zooplankton and end with larger marine mammals such as killer whales. Scavengers such as crabs and starfish also do well with the arrangement by consuming the by-products from many of these meals. The Coast Salish people who exercised their stewardship over the Salish Sea and its resources for thousands of years also relied on these food webs to live, trade, hunt, gather and potlatch. In fact, the boundaries of the Georgia StraitPuget Sound Basin closely relates to their traditional territory which was referred to as “SQELATSES,” meaning “home.” Their continued presence within and traditional use of the ecosystem have helped to fix the idea of the Salish Sea both within the historical context of the region as well as within our existing cultural framework. European exploration of the Salish Sea began in 1792 and with it, our collective understanding of the historical boundaries that divide it. Captain George Vancouver’s voyage of discovery within the Pacific Northwest led to the naming of both Georgia Strait and Puget Sound. By 1872, another line had been drawn across the region – the border between Washington and British Columbia. While this move was politically motivated, it did little in terms of managing an ecosystem or accounting for the sensibilities of the indigenous people living there. By recognizing the Salish Sea as a complete ecosystem, we move beyond arbitrary lines on maps and begin to understand the distinctiveness of a region rich in both ecology and cultural heritage. We recognize that the international boundaries we have drawn dictate a coordinated bi-national responsibility to manage the area effectively. With the Salish Sea on our doorstep, it also reminds us that although we islanders excel at thinking globally, we can always do more locally to protect our natural wonders.

Rick Shumka Realtor, Victoria, BC

• Born and raised on the Island, Rick Shumka served as a firefighter for 32 years and is now serving you as a realtor on the Saanich Peninsula and in Victoria • Selling your home is an important decision and Rick’s goal is to make the transition as smooth and worry-free as possible

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Victoria Comments from past shows:

“Terrific show!” Presents their all new show:

“Wow! What a great evening!”

Legends of Broadway

“I loved every minute!”

An unforgettable musical evening! Now in its 8th year, the 60-voice chorus presents an evening of Broadway and Hollywood favourites led by pianist Bob LeBlanc.

Photo of the 2009 Broadway Chorus by Rob Leighton

Bob LeBlanc, Music Director

Kathleen West, Choral Director

With Special Guests... Sarah Carlé

Gordon Clements

Dwayne Gordon

Timothy Kyle

March 19, 7:30pm March 20, 2:00pm

March 27, 7:30pm March 28, 2:00pm

Central Baptist Auditorium, Victoria Tickets $25, available at Long & McQuade, Munro’s Books, Ivy’s Book Shop, or at the door. Open seating.

Charlie White Theatre, Sidney Tickets $25, available at the box office or by phone 250-656-0275. All seats reserved.

www.victoriabroadwaychorus.com

Pamela Miller

Paul LeBlanc, Host


Seaside Times Advertiser Directory Accommodation

Home & Garden

Brentwood Bay Lodge

Connie McInnis Interior Designer

849 Verdier Ave. Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-544-2079 1-888-544-2079 www.brentwoodbaylodge.com

Cedarwood Inn & Suites

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

Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

9805 Seaport Pl., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-9445 1-866-659-9445 www.sidneypier.com

Arts, Media & Entertainment Mary Winspear Centre

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

Media One Multimedia, Inc.

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250-652-5584 250-920-6580 conniemcinnisdesigns@shaw.ca www.conniemcinnis.com

Doyle & Bond Home and Garden

6666 West Saanich Rd. Brentwood Bay, B.C. 778-426-4436 www.doyleandbond.ca

Flush Bathroom Essentials

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In Touch Cards & Gifts

2449B Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-4316

Knickerbocker’s Unique Home Accessories & Gifts

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

One Stop Furniture Shop

9819 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-SHOP www.1stopfurniture.ca

Fashion & Beauty

Restaurants & Cafés

d.g. bremner & co.

Bistro Caché

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

440-777 Royal Oak Dr., Victoria, B.C. 250-744-5791

Marmalade Tart Boutique

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

7120 West Saanich Rd. Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-5044 www.bistrocache.com

Bistro Suisse

2470 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5353

Zanzibar

7120 West Saanich Rd. Brentwood Bay, B.C.

Professional Services Broadmead Village Dental Dr. Jerome Bergerman

510-777 Royal Oak Dr., Victoria, B.C. 250-479-8100

CJ (Kip) Wilson

#6-7855 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-544-0727

Beacon Cat Hospital

9711 A - Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5568 www.beaconcatvet.infovet.ca

Fine Dentistry Dr. Ian Boyd 101-9840 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C.

250-656-7553 www.finedentistry.ca

Peninsula Family Chiropractic

4-7816 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-4347

Simply Cremations

2-2075 Henry Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5555 www.simplycremations.com

Realtors DFH Realty

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

RE/MAX Camosun

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

Rick Shumka – Realtor

150-805 Cloverdale Ave., Victoria, B.C. 250-384-8124

Breadstuffs Bakery

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

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Specialty Goods

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Fresh Cup Roastery Café

Repeat Boutique

9788B Second St., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-3338 101-2506 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-9111

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

#102-2031 Malaview Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-5295

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

Financial Services

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

Peggy Yelland & Associates Inc.

Screaming Bird Café

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

102-7851 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-7845

Sidney Mortgage Experts

2393 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-2222

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

Spelt’s Shell and Coffee Shop

7856 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-5517 www.seasidetimes.ca

James LeBlanc 250-812-7212 Scott Piercy 250-686-7789

Deep Cove Market

10940 West Saanich Rd. North Saanich, B.C. 250-656-2547

Gartley Station

108-1931 Mt. Newton X Rd. Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-6939 www.gartleystation.com

Lifestyle Markets & Select Stores

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

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

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


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Olympic Fever!

Like most of Canada and especially B.C., I have caught the case of Olympic Fever that ‘s been going around.

have used the moment at the podium for herself, but instead she chose to celebrate the accomplishment of a fellow athlete. It’s amazing to me how far these competitors have come to get to where they are today. The “Behind the Scenes” mini documentaries on the athletes have been an inspiration, and it was while watching one of these that I learned the story of bronze medallist Kristina Groves (Speed Skating – Ladies’ 3,000 m). Growing up in Calgary, she applied to be a torch bearer in the 1988 Olympics. So sure was she that she’d be chosen, Groves, then just a little girl, started training, running with a hammer to represent the weight of the torch. She wasn’t chosen for the honour, but that was the beginning of her journey to an Olympic medal.

I’ve always loved any event that brings together a community, whether it be a fundraiser or just a farm market, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics are the ultimate example of community spirit. Seeing Alexandre Bilodeau win a gold medal (the first for Canada in Olympics on “home soil”) in Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Moguls, was a great experience. A country’s hopes and dreams rested on that man’s shoulders and he carried the burden all the way to the Olympic podium. He also carried the strong support and love of his older brother Frederic, who has Cerebral Palsy and has been Bilodeau’s source of inspiration for as long as the skier can remember.

As I’m writing this, the Olympics have barely begun, and I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful moments that are still to come.

However, it’s not just the big things happening at these Olympics that invoke the feeling of community spirit … after Maelle Ricker won gold in Snowboard – Ladies’ Snowboard Cross, it was the sight of Switzerland’s Olivia Nobs ushering Ricker to the podium and urging the crowd to cheer for her even louder that brought tears to my eyes. Nobs won a bronze medal and could

* My apologies: Last month I mistakenly credited the Driving Miss Daisy profile to Arlene Antonik. It was in fact submitted by Crosspoint Communications and Driving Miss Daisy. Editor-in-Chief

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