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The First Word

Things That Make Me Go “Hmmm”

Forbes & Marshall

Running: The Elusive Fountain of Youth

Raincoast Update

Not Your Average Bear


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Island Dish

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The Orchard Mason Bee

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Things That Make Me Go “Hmmm”

Sometimes my mind goes on a weird journey of thought and exploration. Random ideas, crazy solutions, places I want to travel, my golf swing, the magazine, things I want to write about and lots more … It’s random, it has no pattern, it doesn’t happen when I’m under any stress, and it’s like I’m stuck in a Trivial Pursuit game. I would like to believe it is part of a creative process but I’m not so sure. Here’s the deal though: this journey in my mind only seems to happen between 2 and 4 a.m. It doesn’t occur with any regularity and I love the brainstorming trip. My challenge is, when I wake the next morning many of the random thoughts are faded but some are very clear. Was I dreaming or was I awake … hmmm? One of my clear random thoughts from last night was about the month of April. I wondered what has happened in this month throughout history? I decided to find out, and the

April 4th, 1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

results of that research are below (in an abbreviated form that I know doesn’t, of course, cover everything).

April 9th, 1865 – The American Civil War ended.

April 1st, 1999 – Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut, is carved out of the eastern Northwest Territories.

April 14th, 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre, Washington. April 15th, 1912 – The “unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. April 18th, 1906 – San Francisco earthquake and fire. April 23rd, 1851 – Canada’s first official postage stamp, the Threepenny Beaver, was issued. April 28th, 1967 – Expo ’67 opened in Montreal. Thanks for letting me share a random thought. Now you know what keeps me up at night … hmmm.

April 2nd, 1871 – The first census of the Dominion of Canada lists the population as 3,689,257.

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April 3rd, 1882 – Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford.

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Patio Season on the Peninsula

lanked by the Saanich Inlet and the Georgia Strait, the Saanich Peninsula is one of the most beautiful areas in the province. This is the driest area on Vancouver Island, with plenty of sun year-round, pristine shorelines, rolling hills, unparalleled views of water, islands, and mountains. As spring and summer approach and temperatures rise, the best place to enjoy the bounty of the Peninsula is on a sunny patio. There is nothing we like more than gathering with friends and family while enjoying the scenery, weather and some delicious local food and wine. To experience one of the Island’s favourite patios, head over to the Pub or SeaGrille terrace at Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa. Tucked away on the shore of Brentwood Bay, the west-facing patios are drenched in sunshine all afternoon and the view over the calm inlet and

Malahat Mountains makes for some truly incredible sunsets. Enjoy handmade firegrilled burgers, thin crust pizzas straight out of the wood oven, fresh shucked oysters, or, for something lighter, try the new Essence of Life Spa Cuisine options.

ently featured and for good reason: the warm climate and long growing season make this area one of the premier wine producing regions in the province and our local brewers are regarded as some of the best in the country. Perfect afternoons with good company, amazing food and drink, outstanding views and plenty of sunshine are some of the classic pleasures of the Saanich Peninsula.

The coastal cuisine is also a celebration of this magnificent area, as the chefs at the Lodge source much of the food from over 20 different local suppliers. Local wine, cider and beer are also promin-

To make things even better there is live music every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and, for those chilly nights, relax under the outdoor heaters or by the fire pit. The season is back so gather your friends and family at Brentwood Bay Lodge and enjoy it for yourself. The Pub at Brentwood Bay Lodge is open Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

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Running: The Elusive Fountain of Youth by Lisa 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. There’s no question, we all seem to lead fairly busy lives. It’s a juggling act most days, trying to fit everything in, get everything done and look after everybody in between. So how do people do it all and still have a sense of sanity at the end of the day? Well for me, it’s running. I started running after I had my youngest son, who turns nine in April. At first, I admit, it was a vanity thing – I wanted to lose the baby weight but it didn’t really come off until I started lacing up the cross trainers and hitting the road. I invested in a treadmill and it’s been a big part of most of my days ever since. Sometimes it’s a real struggle to get the motivation to actually get on there and get going, but once you do the time flies by and before you know it you’re done. It’s how you feel afterwards that’s the real kicker. If you’re having a tough day it all disappears after the run and you feel you can get back up and keep on tackling all the tasks and challenges that come at us every day. You feel refreshed, energized and calm again … which really helps when two boys come barreling at you at the end of their school day! It seems that running may actually be the elusive key to eternal youth. New research from Stanford University School of Medicine suggests regular running slows the effects of aging. Researchers tracked 500 older runners for more than two decades. What they found was that elderly



joggers have fewer disabilities, remained fit for longer than non-runners and are half as likely to die early deaths. I do a fair bit of my routine indoors and, while you might be thinking that running on a treadmill doesn’t sound like much fun, I’ve mastered the art of running and reading so it helps the time tick away. Michael also mounted a TV above the treadmill and my iPod really helps the miles go by. I also love going for runs outside, and this incredibly beautiful city that we live in provides all the motivation you need to lace up those Asics. Thankfully, Michael has taken up running as well – although he’s not nearly as dedicated as I am – and he’ll usually be my running partner a couple of times a week. One of our favourite runs around town is Thetis Lake, in fact, Gold medalist Simon Whitfield calls that route his “church” and we try and worship there as much as we can. We also spend time on the trails of Elk/Beaver Lake – as close to a perfect 10-kilometre as you’re going to get. Sometimes after we’re done our show in the morning we’ll just change into our running gear and take off from Fort Street, down to Dallas Road, dodging dog walkers and kite flyers, and run to the breakwater at Ogden point, which is a gorgeous route. If you need more motivation than just a stress reliever and beautiful scenery, how about some of the many events that benefit a great cause? In April alone, there are three worthwhile events to get pumped up for: The Michael Dunahee 5k Run or Walk is Sunday April 4 in Esquimalt. At Willows Beach Park in Oak Bay, it’s the 2010 MS Walk on Sunday April 11th, and of course the TC10K on Sunday April 25 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We’ll be in it again this year and we hope to see you too! More information on these events can be found at Believe me, running isn’t something you can just immediately start doing; it’s a slow build, but once you do you’ll definitely discover how addictive and extremely rewarding it is!

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I don’t know about you but in our house, when I was growing up, my mother’s noon-time law was designed to control the cacophony of laughs and tears, “gotchas” and “getyou-backs” that erupted among three kids on April Fool’s Day. I remember those April 1 mornings fondly, from the distance of time, but find I am still wary when the annual day of tomfoolery rolls around. So, on a recent April 1 when my husband mentioned casually over breakfast that while taking the dog out he had seen peacocks mating in our back yard, I smiled at him and acknowledged his effort. “Good try,” I said patronizingly. “A little weak, but creative.” You see, we live on a small southern gulf island that has the typical island fauna: deer, deer, deer and a few otters, mink, mice and snakes. Did I mention deer? Raccoons have recently been

Who’s The Fool? by Wendy Hacking

spotted and an Island alert went out a while ago when rats were first spied after years of rat-lessness. But peacocks! What sort of gullible patsy did he think I was? He smiled back and suggested I grab my camera and go out and take a picture for the local newspaper. Fat chance, I thought. The ultimate “gotcha.” He’d be right behind me with HIS camera taking MY photo for the newspaper, caption at the ready: “Woman Fooled in Peacock Ruse!” I knew I could come up with a better “get-you-back” and I had until noon to try. It’s amazing how the child in one can emerge when a gauntlet is laid down. It’s harder to be in the number-two spot when it comes to April Fool’s Day. The Foolee is on high alert and the Fooler has to be just that much more stealthy, but I reign when it comes to stealth from years of silent midnight refrigerator raids and hidden Christmas present searches.

My goal was to be gentle but masterful in my foolery. Knowing that my husband, a former pilot of small planes, is fascinated with the air traffic over our Island gave me an idea. As he enjoyed his mid-morning cup of coffee and a quiet read of the newspaper, I waited until I could hear the approach of an airplane overhead. I pretended to go outside and then faked running breathlessly back into the kitchen. “Come quickly!” I panted. “There’s a WWI bi-plane flying overhead right now. It must be practicing for an air show or something because it’s flying upside down!” Camera at the ready, I quick-stepped behind by husband as he lunged out the door to see this wondrous performance. The regularly scheduled commuter plane was just moving beyond the next island, as it always does. All was completely normal, quiet and peaceful … except for the two peacocks delightedly sharing a morning nuzzle on our back lawn. I gave my husband a look of amazement as he silently mouthed: “Gotcha!”

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by Chris Genovali, Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation As Raincoast’s research vessel Achiever pulled into the inlet on British Columbia’s north coast, I glassed the port side shoreline with my binoculars, checking for wildlife. It was that magical time right before dusk when unexpected and unusual things often manifest in the coastal fall alpenglow.

I’m convinced it was Ursus arctos, although in the end I suppose it doesn’t matter – seeing an albino bear of any species is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. More importantly for me, it was yet another confirmation of the power and mystery of the Great Bear Rainforest in the half-light before sunset.

No one else was on deck and I was standing in the observation tower. On the port side of the inlet, at the water line, was a bear. As I focused in I could see this was “not your average bear,” to paraphrase a well-known (cartoon) bruin. Everything about its appearance was distinctive. The coat was a champagne colour I had never seen on a coastal bear.

My apologies: I neglected to give photographic credit for the picture used in this column last month, which was courtesy of Caroline Fox.

At first I thought it might be a Spirit bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), but as I peered through my binoculars it appeared to have all the physical characteristics of a grizzly, with the dish shaped face, the hump between the shoulders, the size of the feet and length of the claws. But the perplexing factor was this bear’s skin colour – the pads on the feet were pink, the fleshy end of the snout was pink, the skin around the eyes was pink – all signs of albinism. Was I really looking at an albino grizzly?

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Animals can be pure or partial albinos. Pure albinos usually have pink eyes, scales and skin. They’re pink because, without colouration, the blood vessels show through. It’s estimated that at least 300 species of animals in North America have albino individuals. B.C.’s spirit bear is a black bear that has white fur due to a rare genetic trait; it is not an albino, as it typically has a brown nose and eyes.

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I called my colleagues to come up on deck from down below. They emerged with binoculars in hand and we proceeded to go back and forth speculating on exactly what kind of bear we were observing. There seemed to be consensus that it was an albino, but whether it was a grizzly or not was discussed and debated at length. 7120 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay

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Pink Blossoms and Olympic Blues by Natalie King, General Manager, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa


arch really was a magical month; however, all of that super-charged Olympic energy and enthusiasm has ebbed. We were full of Canadian spirit at the hotel and the hope and excitement ran so high it was truly bonding. Sure, we still enjoy working together, but the high-fives and victory hugs have stopped cold! It begs the question: Now what!? What do we have to look forward to in the afterglow of Canada’s shining moment? Well, the weather for one thing – how lucky we’ve been this winter and early spring! Bring on the renewal of all things we love about life on the Island and Peninsula. I was driving down Resthaven the other day to visit a friend and the blossoming trees were such a treat. Pier C&C Ad - Seaside Times Mar2010 DaysSize: atSidney the3.75” beach are just around the corner! I think this is (w) x 4.925” (h) • Rough 1 • March 09/10 my favourite time of year on Vancouver Island. One day of sun-

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Volunteering Works! by Maria Kirley April, the month of showers and the occasional spot of sunshine, is Volunteer Recognition month. If you have lived on the Peninsula, you know about volunteering. New to our community? Just you wait. Once you catch the VB (Volunteering Bug), you’ll be hard pressed to find time for your day job! There are thousands of opportunities to get involved. Half an hour once a month, or all day every day, 365 days a year – your skills are needed and quite welcome. Here are just a few websites I found. Want to try acting? Join the Peninsula Players at You’d rather sing for your supper? Try the Peninsula Singers at If your talents lie more with the graphic arts, you may find yourself drawn to the Saanich Peninsula Community Arts Council. Their new gallery is in Tulista Park, or find them online at www.cacsp. com. To jazz it up a bit, check out the Vancouver Island Live Music Preservation Society at They’re the folks that brought that fantastic Hot Jazz weekend to Sidney last spring, and rumour has it they’re here this month!

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Love history? Sign up for stints at the Sidney Museum – you guessed it –, or the British Columbia Aviation Museum –, or even the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society – Beacon Community Services at the SHOAL Centre has volunteers who do everything from bingo to babysitting – Love hearing “ooohs” and “aahhhs?” Join the team at SHAW Ocean Discovery Centre as an oceaneer – – visitors are amazed at the wonders beneath the sea. Meet Sister City residents of Anacortes, WA, or Nimi, Japan by joining the fun-loving Sister Cities Association or join the Celebrations Society – those people know how to throw a parade! Note: no websites for those last two, perhaps you’d like to volunteer to build one for them? If you’re looking for friends, looking to learn or share skills, or just want the satisfaction of making someone’s day brighter – volunteer – it works! Happy Spring!


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It could have been a child anywhere in the world with her mother or her primary teacher. This was in a dark brick schoolroom in the Tanzanian countryside and Moshi was the kind of teacher you all want for your child’s early schooling. She had an uncompromising love for her kids that expected the best for them and of them and they adored her. We who had dropped into a strange culture in the strangest of settings for three weeks of volunteer teaching took comfort in such familiar things.

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t was the most commonplace of gestures: a small child standing before her teacher, chattering earnestly, and all the while the teacher picking bits of straw off her sweater and straightening her collar and murmuring softly in agreement.

The absent tooth in many elders marks a generation when lockjaw was still prevalent and an extracted tooth provided access for nourishment. Barabaig men are distinct from the Maasai – although both wear bright plaid shawls and carry herding sticks and a lion spear – in that the latter never wears pants while the former does (somewhat the way one separates the women from the men in Scotland). Tattoos mark the faces of some women in swirls around cheeks and eyes. Students wear school uniforms of sweater and slacks or skirt and they even did so on what were, for us, the hottest of days.

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Tues. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Herding animals is the first job children learn. The youngest we saw was a toddler who barely came up to the knees of the cows he was energetically switching along the path. Goats and cattle wandered the countryside, with herders or without. The unaccompanied herds are shooed out of gardens by townspeople. In the countryside, fields are marked out by branches of acacia thorn with three-inch spines that deter anything except hippos and elephants.

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We got used to walking the path into town, avoiding animals and their droppings, waving to every kid who rushed out to practice “hello, how-are-you?” and avoiding the live acacia which lined the route. The wait-a-bit bush is particularly well-suited to training type-A westerners, as they have thorns pointing in two directions on the stalks so that if snagged, you do indeed wait a bit to extricate yourself. The youngsters develop calluses early from chasing after their beasts across such landscapes. Rituals are developed very early here and even young people responded to introductions with a three-level handshake. Grasp down as usual, clasp up and grasp down again. With women familiar to you, kiss or touch cheek-to-cheek on each side while hugging or grasping the hand. There is a wonderful pre-meal ritual wherein the hostess comes around to each guest with a pitcher of warm water and a bowl, towel over her arm, and pours water for each one to wash. We were so treated when we visited a secondary teacher for a meal one evening. In the early equatorial night, we were seated around a coal oil lantern glowing on a table as our hostess came around with the pitcher and the basin. Another commonplace act of hospitality bonded us in the dusk. To be continued in the May issue of Seaside Times.

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Mother Nature’s Greatest Pollinator: The Orchard Mason Bee! by Jennifer Hill

Spring is here! Tulips are in bloom and buds are popping open on our fruit trees. Unfortunately, however, over the past few years, even with lots of blossoms forming on the trees, backyard gardeners and orchardists have reported a decrease in fruit production. Trees formerly laden with fruits such as apples and plums have lately only produced a mere handful of fruit. On the Island, growers who have, in the past, depended heavily on wild bees such as the bumble bee and the honeybee to pollinate their fruit trees are at a loss as to how to increase the fruit yield. The dramatic reduction in feral bee colonies and the loss of domesticated colonies as the result of mite infestation has left us with fewer bees in our garden to pollinate our crops. But … ta-da … to the rescue is Mother Nature’s greatest pollinator, the Orchard Mason Bee (Osmia lignaria), which has been around for millions of years – long before the honeybee was first introduced to North America.

The Orchard Mason Bee (OMB) is a wild solitary bee species (i.e., it lives and works alone). It is a friendly, nonaggressive, efficient pollinator of early blooming crops (in particular cherry, pear, apple, quince, blueberry, holly and early strawberries). They are called “mason bees” because they construct walled-off chambers out of mud for each egg they lay. OMBs begin working early in spring (typically when daytime temperatures reach above 13ºC or 57º F … often as early as March 21st) when flowers, vegetables and fruit trees are just beginning to blossom and before the wild bees have emerged and started to do their work. A female OMB can live between four to eight weeks and can produce as many as 36 eggs. To collect nectar to feed their offspring, they may visit as many as 60,000 blossoms per bee or 1,875 flowers per day – that’s a lot of pollinating! Unlike the honeybee, OMBs even fly in cool, windy, drizzly weather. The OMB is smaller than a honeybee (13mm length) and is shiny dark blue,

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almost black in colour, with a metallic sheen. Unfortunately, this type of bee is often mistaken for a large fly and killed by mistake. The distinguishing feature is the wings: the OMB has a pair on both sides while a housefly has just one. OMBs do not make their own nests and are dependent on others to supply a potential “home.” Luckily for gardeners, they take easily to nests made by humans out of wood, cardboard or plastic with openings that accommodate the bee perfectly – the insect equivalent of a birdhouse – often referred to as a “condo.” The holes should be 7 to 8mm in diameter and be 10 to 15cm in depth. Mason bee nesting blocks can be placed in your backyard, rooftop, or even in an apartment patio garden. It is best that they are placed no more than 30 metres from the flowers which they are to use as their source of food. The absolutely best system of nesting houses is the one that has been developed by Dr. M. Dogterom of Chilliwack – the Stacked-Tray System. The holes are the right size and depth, they are as smooth as possible and they are appropriately spaced. Most important of all, the blocks are easy to clean and are reusable. Dr. Dogteron is also the foremost local supplier of OMB cocoons. One vial containing 10 cocoons is all you need to get on your way and you could have a new hobby – raising OMBs. My apologies: I neglected to give photographic credit for the pictures used in this column in the last two issues, which were courtesy of Stuart Clarke. Photo (this page and in ad) courtesy Derrick Ditchburn ( april 2010

If You Build it, They Will Play


ne or my favourite movies is “Field of Dreams.” The plot is simple; Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is a novice farmer who lives in rural Iowa with his wife, Annie and their young daughter Karin.

by Tim Flater While walking through his cornfield, Ray hears a voice whisper “If you build it, he will come” and he sees a vision of a baseball field. Believing he is somehow being asked to build it, and fearing he is in danger of turning into his father – whom he resented for his lack of spontaneity – Ray strongly wishes

to do so. Although sceptical, Annie is supportive and, watched by incredulous neighbours, Ray plows under his corn and builds the field. Island View Family Golf Centre located just off the Pat Bay Hwy at Island View Road and Central Saanich Road is putting the finishing touches on a new 18-hole Mini Golf Course scheduled to open this spring. The course meanders around a beautiful pond and features 18 distinctive holes that will challenge the serious player and entertain everyone. Now, they’re not plowing under a cornfield but they are turning what was bare land into a beautiful landscaped area that took vision and belief. I’ve seen the work that’s going into this exciting new addition and some of the many features include beautiful stonework, a waterfall, a land bridge with golf holes on it, a water fountain, amazing gardens and some of the best looking mini golf holes I’ve seen. I’m not an expert on mini golf courses but I did play in a mini golf league for three years. Yes, there was such a thing! I’ve seen well over 50 different mini golf courses in my day and I can’t wait to play this one. There are 18 unique holes that you will remember and this is a course that you can play over and over again. Shooting par will be a very good score. Whether it’s just a group of friends challenging each other, a corporate event or the entire family out for some great healthy entertainment, this course has it all.

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My Life So Far …

express the value of learnwas born in Hartford, ing how government works. Connecticut in 1954 to From 1986 to 1988, I worked a British father and an by Elizabeth May to create national parks, draft legislaAmerican mother. In 1973, after 17 tion, negotiate the Montreal Protocol years in the same house, my parents to protect the Ozone Layer, fight acid moved the family to a village on Cape rain, organize the first global scientific conference on cliBreton Island where they had purchased a tourist attraction – mate change … among hundreds of other issues. a restaurant and gift shop that had been closed for a number of years. A romantic choice, but not very practical. My happiest moment was the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Park. Sadly, I felt I had to resign on principle Unable to afford university, from 1974 to 1982 I worked as a when the minister illegally approved permits for two dams waitress and cook in the family business. in Saskatchewan. Subsequently, the Federal Court ruled From 1975 to 1980, I was part of a successful grassroots the permits were illegal. campaign in Cape Breton to prevent forest spraying with In 1989, I became the executive director of the Sierra Club chemicals that are now banned. In the fall of 1980, with of Canada. It was through Sierra Club, and frequent visits to the benefit of a program for mature students, I was able to our B.C. Chapter, that I first fell in love with southern Vanattend Dalhousie University School of Law. While still a couver Island and the Gulf Islands. student, I led a major court challenge to Agent Orange and we obtained a temporary injunction to prevent the spraying My greatest joy has been my children (my daughter, of forests with the herbicide. Sadly, we lost the case in the three step-children and seven grandchildren!) A practicing final judgement, but by then Agent Orange was no longer Anglican, my faith keeps me going. I love writing and have available for use in Canada. had seven books published. I hold three honourary doctorates. My greatest honour was being named an Officer of In 1985, after practicing law in Halifax, I moved to work the Order of Canada in 2005. I hope to be the Member of at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa, practiParliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands – and that will be a cing law on behalf of consumer, poverty and environmentgreater honour still. al groups. The next year, the federal Minister of Environment appointed me his senior advisor. There are no words to

Elizabeth May, O.C. is a resident of Sidney and leader of the Green Party of Canada.

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The Confusing World of Coffee – Pt. I coffee. The degree of roast is determined by the roaster, based on the origin and type of bean. Roasters try to emphasize those qualities of the bean that they feel are most desirable.

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Light or Cinnamon Roast coffees are lighter brown in colour with a dry surface, slightly under-roasted in fact, and often floral, fruity notes that denote a high acidity and can be characterized as “snappy.” A Cinnamon roast will have toasted grain notes to the taste.

by Steve Sheppard This month I thought we should talk about coffee roasting lingo. Have you ever been confused about coffee roast names used in various coffee houses? The assigning of names to coffee roasts can be confusing, but when coffee roast names first began, their application was based, to some degree, on fact. Both the French and Italians had (and still have) a tendency to roast their coffee very dark, thus the emergence of the French and Italian Roasts. But, in today’s marketplace, standard coffee roast names seem to be giving way to individual roasters offering catchy, private label, brand names that don’t really communicate what the actual roast level is. To throw even more confusion into the mix, the roast style names vary by geographic region. Some varieties of names used to describe coffee roasts include: French, Italian, Viennese, Espresso Turkish, American, Full City, Half-City, and Cinnamon. It all seems so confusing! How does a person make sense of it all? Answer: Simply compare the flavour of the coffee with the colour and/or appearance of the coffee beans rather than relying on the roast name alone. High-grown Arabica beans are full of complex aromatic flavours that are just waiting to be released by the roasting process. Other than the origin of the bean, the degree of roast is the next most important factor in the flavour of a high-quality, gourmet

Medium or Viennese roast coffees are a medium to dark brown colour and may have some oily spots on the surface of the beans. The acidity factor (or sour flavours) are decreased in this roast due to the start of caramelization and spicy and nutty notes are often accentuated. Most coffees reach their peak of flavor and complexity with this roast, and it is probably the most common roast used by today’s roasters. Espresso or Continental roasts are a darker brown colour and are shiny with light surface oil. There’s less acidity in this roast and the taste is more bittersweet with caramel and/ or chocolate undertones and a good balance of acidity and body.

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Dark roast coffees have less caffeine and are less acidic. In dark roasts, the oils within the beans have been driven to the surface, making the beans appear shiny. Some of the more subtle, complex flavours of lighter roast coffees are significantly reduced and replaced by more pungent, bittersweet flavors. French, Italian, Turkish and Spanish roasts progress in colour through darker brown to almost black in the case of a Spanish roast. As the colour darkens, the flavour is reduced to a few weak, sweet notes. This plethora of roast names just scratches the surface, and often the darker roasts have sub-categories that could easily fall into the subsequent category. Try all roast levels and find the best one for your taste buds … and try to avoid the catchy names whenever possible !

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Cougar’s Crag – by Allison Smith Have you ever wanted to really get away from it all? Well, as their tagline says, “out there” is closer than you think … at Cougar’s Crag Extreme B&B in Metchosin, B.C. The beautiful 2,500-square-foot red cedar post-and-beam B&B is owned by Steve Schweighofer and Michel Wagner. The idea for the dog-friendly business came about naturally. “When we discovered the area we thought it was great,” says Steve, “but there was no place to stay because we had dogs. We thought ‘there might be something to that.’ ” Six years later, 85 percent of Cougar’s Crag’s guests are dog owners.

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Just two units at the B&B keeps things private. Each room features a 400-square-foot furnished living area and a 140-square-foot sleeping loft under a vaulted ceiling. A skylight provides a breathtaking view of the night sky at bedtime, and a quote by the bed reads “The sky is the daily bread for the eyes ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.” Both units are equipped with a heat stove, full bath, private deck, small fridge and microwave. By designation, bed and breakfasts aren’t allowed to provide stoves, but there are several great restaurants in the area such as The Edge, My-Chosen Café and Markus’ Wharfside Restaurant in Sooke. Of course, guests have no need to source out meals at breakfast time! Steve wields the spatula in this gorgeous hardwoodand-soapstone kitchen where gingerbread pancakes with whip cream are a specialty of the house.

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A stained-glass window in the hallway shows a cougar, a piece Steve says was made by a neighbour. On the ceiling in the kitchen, cupola and library are custom pressed-tin tiles and a doublewalled fireplace is an impressive feature of the communal space. It’s these details that make Cougar’s Crag so special, right down to the old-fashioned push-button light switches. “We couldn’t have furnished the place without the internet,” notes Steve.

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Of course, before the decorating came construction, and Steve says the partners’ goal was to make the building look like it had just been dropped into place. Proof that they succeeded in this aim is a large boulder in pride of place by the back deck, which others may have removed but which Steve says he was very clear about to the crew – “If they touched that rock, the deal was off.” The deck looks out over the Metchosin Valley and the Strait of Juan de Fuca beyond, and it’s when you’re out here that you really understand what “out there” means. The partners have obviously hit upon a great concept – Steve’s “retirement area” houses a writing desk (that he ruefully admits is gathering dust), unused exercise equipment and a telescope he hasn’t put together yet.

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News from the Seaside Help Keep the Sea Plastic Free by Tina Kelly, Ocean Advocate, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Survey your immediate surroundings. What materials do you see? One can bet you will find plastic, plastic and yet even more plastic. Plastic has come a long way from its first form, Parkesine, developed over 100 years ago and today, plastic can only be described as ubiquitous. It is used in a myriad of products and for a variety of uses, marketed under names such as polystyrene, PVC and nylon. It seems utterly impossible to live a plastic-free life. Now visit a local beach and again survey your immediate surroundings. Is plastic ubiquitous enough to permeate our local beaches? The answer is undeniably yes. Two weeks ago, a two-kilometre walk along the shoreline of Sidney Spit culminated in a large haul of garbage, most of which was plastic. Among the finds: a Bic lighter, flip flop, bubble blower, bottle lids and small broken bits and pieces in a full rainbow of colours.

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Take that amount of garbage collected, relative to the area it was collected in, and extrapolate how much flotsam could be littering and polluting the coastlines of the Salish Sea and rest of the world.

that in every square “It is estimated kilometre of ocean, there are over 18,000 pieces of plastic.”

How does it come to litter our beaches? It is estimated that in every square kilometre of ocean, there are over 18,000 pieces of plastic that originate from both land and marine activities. Even garbage dropped kilometres from the shore can end up in the ocean by moving through storm drains, rivers and streams. Winds and currents push the debris in all directions, leaving relatively few areas unscathed from contamination. One noteable accumulation of garbage and plastic can be found in the north Pacific Ocean and is estimated to be, at minimum, as big as the State of Texas. This area is aptly called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex. To some of us, the dislike of plastic in our oceans and on our beaches may simply be aesthetic, but for ocean dwelling animals it can be life and death. Two animals most commonly affected by plastic are sea turtles and pelagic sea birds. The former mistake plastic bags for a common prey item, jellyfish. These bags become lodged in their digestive tracts and the turtle dies. Seabirds, most famously the albatross, are attracted to bits of floating plastic, also seeing it as prey. They return to their nests to feed their young the catch. Chicks die from choking, blockages or from starvation, with a stomach full of bottle caps and other plastic bits. Entanglement in marine debris is yet another concern for many marine inhabitants. While a beach ball can unexpectedly be carried away in a gust of wind, or a fishing line and lure may get accidentally snagged on the bottom and break off, most of the garbage that ends up in our oceans and on our beaches is preventable. Reduce your use of plastic bags, replacing them with reusable cloth versions. Reduce the amount of plastic you purchase by making better-informed decisions. Buy products with less packaging. Recycle as much plastic as possible. A lot of hard and soft plastics are now accepted at recycling facilities – call your local recycling provider for a complete list of items they accept and ensure all remaining items are disposed of properly. Whenever you visit a park, beach or island, remember the old adage “pack it in, pack it out” and help keep the sea plastic free.

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Bill Mattick began growing vegetables and flowers on his property during the mid 1940s. His farm prospered and grew to the point that he began exporting daffodils and tulips to eastern Canada, shipping them by chartered aircraft. However, Mattick’s talents and interests went far beyond farming.

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He was a consummate showman. He built the market and tea garden in the late 1950s and started the golfing tradition on the property when he built the popular Par 3 course and old driving range in 1956. Mattick was an accomplished golfer himself, despite the fact that he had lost his left hand in a farming accident during childhood. Mattick sold the farm in the late ’60s and for the next several years, until his death in 1985, Mattick commuted the short distance between his home and his office on the property. His working day started punctually at 9 a.m. with a “Black Russian” cocktail and a freshly rolled cigarette. The staff at Bill Mattick’s Restaurant

A Stable Way of Life At A Stable Way of Life the summer season collection of stylish sandals and shoes has arrived, featuring high-quality brands such as Naot and Romika plus many more European shoemakers offering fabulous colours and textures. These shoes are a pleasure to take home and a joy to wear anywhere from bistro to beach and conference to coastal walks. An ever-changing selection of handbags and accessories are arriving weekly to complement your Island lifestyle. The quirky gift department focuses on fun ideas for the cat, dog and horse lovers from PJs to toys. Canadian-made Gardeau and Germanmade Haflinger slippers are carried year-round in both women’s and men’s sizes. A Stable Way of Life is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 250-658-3052.

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The Country Goose Clothing Company is a reflection of the lifestyle of the West Coast Woman! We especially love cotton and linen clothing that is washable and easy care. Our collections of Cut Loose – cut and dyed in San Francisco – arrive every month in delicious dusty shades to suit the season. We are now carrying the line of “Jackpot” clothing from Denmark … and it is fabulous – funky pants with beautiful cotton cardigans accented with linen scarves to punch the outfit with colour. The line is well priced with a regular fit for that 40 year and up age group. Canadian-made Splendor and Tricot sweaters are easy care and available in a huge range of colours. This year the new Modea Capri is our staff favourite in denim, navy, black, chocolate and butter – add a jacket and your wardrobe basics are ready for summer travel. Visit often to catch new stock as it arrives. We look forward to dressing you in Spring 2010.

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The Ladybug Boutique Welcome to The Ladybug Boutique! We are the #1 supplier of unscented candles in the Victoria, B.C. area. All of our candles are fragrance-free and we carry the highest quality paraffin, stearin and beeswax candles. Our selection of wrought iron candleholders, chandeliers and sconces as well as glass, pewter, brass and bronze will enhance any decor. Other fine items include our famous Scandinavian specialties (including the “Goody Corner”), glassware, silk rings and pottery by B.C. potters Susan Clarke and Marilyn Henderson, hand-woven table linens from Salt Spring Island and scarves from Judy, a long-time Victoria weaver. There’s so much more, so come visit us … the unscented candle store with so much more! #117 Mattick’s Farm.

Lasting Impression Stamps Bring out your creative side at Lasting Impression Stamps. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned crafter, we have something for you here. Browse our exceptional selection of art stamps, inks and craft supplies – always the latest trends!

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Pure Day Spa Pure Day Spa is your sanctuary of relaxation. Escape busy downtown and come visit our peaceful ocean side location. We are a full service spa specializing in facials by world-renowned skin care lines Yon-Ka and GM Collin. Our staff of friendly and licensed estheticians covers all your spa needs. Special features offered at Pure Day Spa include: • Side-by-side pedicures. • TLC Tuesdays – 15 percent off Body Treatments • Serve & retail Silk Road Tea • Specialized Reflexology treatments you won’t find anywhere else! • New! The OPI Axxium Gel Manicure lasts up to two weeks without breaking or chipping! Perfect for busy moms, professionals, vacations and brides. • Monthly Specials, online bookings and online gift certificates.

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always ready to answer your questions. Our creative team will guide and inspire you with our years of experience. Whatever your crafting style or ability, we have a workshop to suit your individual needs. Check our website for our Monthly Workshop Calendar or join one of our Stamping or Card Making Clubs. Plan a “girls’ night out” at our store. We take care of all the details, customize a class just for you and prepare everything. We want to Inspire You - Come Create With Us!, 250-658-8448.

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Another Deadline Looms by Sandy McElroy

I thought when I retired that the stress of deadlines would be over, but I was so wrong. Life still seems full of many deadlines, some small and others more challenging. Some deadlines are externally set while others are self-imposed. Small deadlines might be as simple as remembering to buy an anniversary gift or a birthday card. Simple right? Try missing these deadlines and beware of the consequences. Or how about forgetting to renew your car insurance? That error can cost you hundreds of dollars. The above are considered a hard or fixed-date deadline. Life is also full of softer “must do” tasks. Every spring the gardener has a multitude of tasks to perform. This year my fruit trees needed pruning earlier due to the mild winter. They were already beginning to bud and needed attention, but travel plans prevented me from tackling the task and I felt the stress of a missed deadline.

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Why is it that deadlines never seem to be evenly spaced so that they can be handled in a systematic manner? No matter what kind of time management system you use, the tasks always seem to cluster in an uneven fashion. You can have the best intentions to accomplish all jobs early, but then bad weather sets in, your computer crashes or there is an unexpected family emergency. How you handle stress will often dictate how quickly you can recover and reprioritize your time to meet the deadline. We are fortunate here on the Peninsula to live in an environment where we have many opportunities to stop and smell the roses. A few minutes in the garden, a walk with my dog or perhaps listening to some music are often all that it takes for me to regain the clarity to redo my to-do list and figure out how to meet my most critical deadlines. I always try to keep my glass half full, but feeling crushed under the weight of deadlines empties my glass. Now I have started to change my to-do list, populated with must

dos, to an opportunity chart. Over my desk there is a calendar marked with opportunities for accomplishment. It may sound corny, but it gives me a visual map of what lays ahead, including windows of free time to fish or travel if I complete my commitments in a timely manner. It is my carrot from a stick approach to handling my deadlines. For a procrastinator like me this is a bold step! Don’t worry – I haven’t resorted to gold stars or smiley face stickers as rewards yet. Now if I can just get my income taxes done then I can take the dog and my grandson fishing … You can reach Sandy McElroy at – he’d love to hear your suggestions or feedback.


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An Easter Brunch

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A few months ago I had a hugely successful brunch at my home. Afterwards, my husband and I cleaned up and enjoyed the rest of our afternoon together. We both looked at each other and said for a crowd ... brunch was the way to go! So for April, I have given you some easy brunch dishes for Easter Sunday or anytime you have a crowd … Enjoy!


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Preheat oven 350°, prepare tins and sift dry ingredients. Add cheddar, thyme and toss. Blend milk, egg , butter and hot sauce. Add wet to dry and combine. Fill tins ¾ full. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

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Add vegetable oil and flour to same pan, stir and blend in brown bits from sausage (3 minutes). Add milk, whisking constantly until gravy thickens (20 minutes). Add salt and fresh pepper to taste (toss in fresh chopped chives for extra flavour)! Return cooked sausage to gravy, serve with muffins or a plain omelette.

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Toast curry powder in a small sauté pan over medium heat (30 seconds), stir in mayo and season. Spread mayo on all bread slices, then evenly divide apple slices on bread. Top with nuts if desired. Cut off crusts for tea sandwiches or cut with cookie cutter for fun shapes.

Citrus Salad 1 large grapefruit 2 tbsp. lime juice 1 tsp. sugar

2 blood oranges (or one navel orange) 2 tbsp. orange juice 1 tsp. olive oil

Cut top and bottom of grapefruits and oranges, cut skin and pith away. Cut into ¼ inch thick rounds. Arrange slices on platter, overlapping and alternating colours. Whisk juices, sugar and olive oil together, pour over citrus slices. Garnish with lime and lemon zest.

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Prawn & Cucumber Salad 1 bag of medium prawns, thawed/cooked/chilled 1 cup mayo ½ cup buttermilk Juice from half lemon Tabasco 1 regular cucumber 1 avocado Slice cucumber on a mandolin into ribbons or thinly slice lengthwise. Combine mayo, buttermilk, lemon, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Toss prawns in mayo mix. Arrange cucumbers on base of platter and place prawns atop of cucumbers. Chop up avocado into squares and scatter over the top. Finish with salt and pepper. HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!

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In Touch Gifts: You Bring the Moments, We’ll Bring The Words by Arlene Antonik


irths and deaths, graduations and anniversaries, birthdays and weddings – these are some of the moments that define our lives.

Sometimes we can’t find the right words to say to family and friends at these times. When words fail us or when we have a special occasion to celebrate, a greeting card or special gift can be just the thing.

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calls for a heartfelt message, a laugh or a dig in the ribs, there are rows and rows of cards to help you choose just the right one. Remember, coming up soon are Easter Sunday on April 4 and Mother’s Day on May 9th! Garry (pictured) and Dorothy Froese opened the business in January 2008 (formerly the Thought Shop) as part of their plans for active semi-retirement. They moved to the area six years ago after 30-year careers in music education, administration and performance in places as varied as Winnipeg, Cincinnati, Dallas and San Diego. “Having lived in big cities during our previous careers, we’re really enjoying being part of a smaller community and the different spirit and support network we’ve found here,” Garry said with obvious pride in his new hometown. Even though the store now occupies much of his time, Garry continues to teach voice and choral conducting at his home studio near Butchart Gardens. A musician never truly retires from music!

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Three years ago Garry became the choral conductor of the Linden Singers who recently participated in two Sidney fundraising concerts for Haiti, helping to raise over $36,000 which was doubled by matching federal government funds. The Linden Singers are currently preparing for the Cora Habana Music Festival in Cuba in April and for the last concert of their season on May 29 at the First Metropolitan United Church. Garry is a member of the Sidney-bythe-Sea Rotary Club whose “service above self” creed provides ample opportunity to give back to the community – a

good fit for Garry and the store. “As a Rotarian I get involved in organizing community projects like last year’s Canada Day celebrations and, as a local businessman, I’m able to donate gifts or gift baskets to a variety of fundraising events around town.” Besides greeting cards, the store carries an extensive array of elegant and affordable gifts such as jewelry, vases and picture frames. Wedding and baby gifts have their own display areas beside a colourful wall of plush pets begging you to take them home! For the “just-right” finishing touch for your gift, there’s a large selection of gift wrap, bags, tags and pre-tied bows. Technology has had an impact on greeting cards with the introduction of sound cards that play a few lines from themes from TV shows or popular songs, and recordable cards which let you send your voice along with the card.In the near future we will prob-

ably see cards that feature holographic images and short video clips. Has the advent of e-cards, Facebook, Twitter and other methods of electronic communication had an effect on the sale of greeting cards? I asked. “When e-cards were first introduced, the annual growth in the printed greeting card industry flat-lined,” said Garry. “However, it’s healthy and growing again because when it comes to marking occasions of significance, many people prefer to send something that is tangible and has some artistic expression. A card lets them add a personal inscription or message. It shows an investment in personal time which is appreciated by the recipient.” Indeed, it’s a pleasant surprise to find a hand-written envelope and greeting card among the junk mail and bills! Garry’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to seek out the challenge of running a small business and he found what he was looking for at In Touch Cards & Gifts. Likewise, the Saanich Peninsula is fortunate to have been “found” by this conductor turned proprietor!

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A Glimpse of Life lived for a period of time before moving into a former school house on Finnerty Road in Saanich. Annie never married and lived with her other unmarried siblings in the house until her death on July 29th, 1953. Over the years, Annie’s photography work grew into a large collection – capturing Victoria and Saanich life and landscapes from 1912 to the 1940s. Unfortunately, her works were known only among the family and after her death, Annie’s photographs were stashed away, forgotten and left behind when the family moved out.


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These ended up in the possession of Lindsay Lambert, a photographic historian. Lambert counted up 41 boxes of glass plate photo negatives, 500 roll film negatives and contact prints – a total of 916 images. Over the next 30 years, Lambert tried to donate these photographic materials to museums and archives across Canada but there was little interest in accepting so large a collection, especially one where the people, locations and time periods were unidentified. It wasn’t until November 2007 that Lambert received a break in his quest to find descendants of the Girling family to help identify the array of photo memorabilia. Through a set of coincidences that a screenwriter would love, he learned a great-niece of Annie’s had moved to the Victoria area. With her help, the people photographed so long ago were finally identified and a background of family stories brought Annie’s photos to life. This also meant it was now possible to determine when the photos had been taken. Lambert’s donation of the Girling photo collection to the Saanich Archives in 2008 was gratefully received and the Archive’s Annie Girling Exhibit webpage was launched for this year’s B.C. Heritage Week.

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ere on the Saanich Peninsula, we are blessed with having some of the best farms that grow some of the best produce. I would like to say THE best, but I’m Canadian and we’re not supposed to brag … oh what the hell, the Olympics freed us from being so humble – we have the best family farms in the world! It doesn’t stop there, though – we also have the best nurseries. First, I would like to thank all the people who make their yards look so nice with landscaping and beautiful plants. I know it’s a labour of love and I just wanted you to know that people notice! My job takes me from one end of the Peninsula to the other almost every day. I take many different routes and I get to enjoy your beautiful yards, from the manicured hedges to the amazing gardens and walkways. I know that these gardens don’t just happen – you need a local nursery to fill your needs and give you good advice. So I found a new nursery that opened in March 2009. Now that in itself is no big deal but it’s who opened it that’s the interest-

ing part! MVP (Michell Valley Plants) is owned by Tara Michell, daughter of David Michell (yes, those Michells). She’s in her second year of business and, as all you gardeners out there know, the second year is when everything really starts to bloom. Tara is using 20 years of experience and a proven track record working at other top nurseries on the Island to get this garden centre off the ground. Her love of plants, need to have her own business and a talent in helping customers find the perfect plants were great reasons to make the leap to ownership. It helps when you grow up with family DNA that makes a living growing things, but Tara knows that’s just a start. “It’s great service, listening and not telling your customers what they need that’s the secret,” she says. MVP is located at Michell’s Farm Market just off the Pat Bay Highway at Island View Road. From herbs to hydrangeas and the deck to the walkway, MVP has you covered, so come say hi to Tara and her team the next time you pass by.

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ixieland, Swing, New Orleans Jazz, Western Swing and Zydeco provide us with four days of world class music as The 5th Annual Hot Jazz Jubilee returns to the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney April 15-18th. Produced by the Van Isle Live Music Preservation Society, this festival continues to grow each year and does not seem to be affected by the “recession.” Over 100 volunteers, from 18 years old to over 80 years old, have worked together to make this Jubilee a most memorable and enjoyable occasion. The Hot Jazz Jubilee is not only supported by the people from Greater Victoria but also attracts people from all over the U.S. and Canada to the Peninsula. Most stay in the area for at least four nights, allowing them time to explore the area, shop, try some of the many restaurants and enjoy the music. Even people from Victoria have already booked their hotel rooms in the Sidney area for this event. The format of the Hot Jazz Jubilee is unique to other festivals, in that with three venues at the Mary Winspear Centre, the bands move among the venues, giving you the chance

to follow your favourite band or stay in one seat and enjoy the variety of music throughout the day, starting at noon. With dance floors at each venue, this Jubilee attracts dancers of all ages. The bands are from all over North America, with Dixieland Express and CanUs representing Greater Victoria. There is not a charge to see a certain band, but rather one charge of $100 for Friday, April 15 through to Sunday April 18th, three days (30 hours) of music. Individual day passes are available at the door. As an introduction to the Hot Jazz Jubilee, we are having “A Taste of Hot Jazz” on Thursday, April 15 at the Mary Winspear Centre. We will have four of our favorite bands performing in the large ballroom starting at 7:00 p.m. The cost is only $25 for this event. Tickets for Thursday and the three-day passes for Friday through Sunday are available through the Mary Winspear Box Office by calling 250-656-0275. Further information on the Jubilee is available by calling 250-882-JAZZ (5299). Let the Good Times Roll!

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“We had almost 20 local artists submit audition forms and we were pleased to see the diversity in the ages and the styles of music they all played,” notes Feed The Soul producer Jim Townley. “Now the work begins, with the musicians practicing their new material, readying themselves for recording in the studio.” Recording for Season 2 is being done once again by T.W. Tobin who brought last year’s songs to their completed form. “It was quite an exciting project working with so many talented artists, all of whom brought something unique to the overall sound of the CD,” commented Tobin. This year there are two local high school students who made the CD, Sam Weber from Stelly’s Secondary and Rebecca Boux from Parkland. Many local residents will recognize Rebecca, a local artist who has spent a lot of time busking at the Thursday night markets here in Sidney as a way of getting more exposure. “This opens up new doors for me within the music community, and I believe in the cause,” says Rebecca.

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As great local music continues to ring out onto the streets of Sidney every Thursday night from Fresh Cup in Sidney during their Open Mic Night one thing is for sure … the local musicians of the Saanich Peninsula continue to care about their community and the important work the Sidney Lions Food Bank does each year. Season 2 of “Feed The Soul” is well underway, with auditions wrapping up this past March.

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April 10 North Saanich Farm Market 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. John’s United Church annex 10990 West Saanich Road Seasonal produce, baked goods, dried fruit and preserves, eggs, seeds, crafts and lots more.

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Spring Has Sprung Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 250-478-3344, Join CRD interpreters at Beaver Lake and enjoy exhibits, crafts and activities that celebrate spring. There will be short guided walks throughout the day and fun for the whole family. Dropin at the Nature Centre near the main Beaver Lake parking lot. All ages.

April 23-25 Spring Art Show Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Rd., N. Saanich 250-656-2552, An exhibition showing the work of seven professional artists: Tara Juneau, Francis Powell Moore, Tony Bounsell, Paul Peregal, David Ladmore, Laurie Ladmore and David Hunwick. Come and enjoy an outstanding exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture.

Bridge Fundraiser Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church 9296 East Saanich Road, Saanichton 12-4 p.m. 250-655-9544 (leave a message) Profits will go to the Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Club’s Educational Trust Fund, a recognized charity providing bursaries and scholarships for young women. $60 per table including lunch and prizes.

April 24 Peninsula Garden Club Spring Plant Sale Mary Winspear Centre, 9-11 a.m. 250-656-0275, Find plants that are grown by local gardeners for local gardens! Everyone welcome. This sale also includes memberships and advice from Master Gardeners.

April 16 - 29 “A Patchwork of Colour” Salt Spring Painters Guild Spring Show Artspring Gallery, Salt Spring Island Open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and evenings when there is a performance at Artspring The spring show will be an exciting exhibition celebrating the versatility of the individual guild artists as they expand their horizons. The guild members are highly motivated to explore new techniques, colours, subjects and mediums. We welcome everyone to join us, meet the artists and view our new work.There will be a silent auction from April 16 to 17th.

April 30 - May 2 Peninsula Singers present “Around the World in Song” Mary Winspear Centre Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m. Saturday 2 p.m. 250-656-0275, A musical trip with Vancouver Island’s favourite show chorus. They’ll travel to many different countries but you won’t need a plane ticket or a passport – just call Mary Winspear for tickets! Adults $20 + tax, children $10 + tax.

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Zais Astrology – April 2010 by Heather Zais ( Aries march 21 - april 19 You impress others as you pull a rabbit out of the hat. They will share in the good fortune with you as they allow some creative behaviour on your part. Plan to meet up in a secluded place as some details are confidential.

Libra september 23 - october 22 Mate or partnership plans need clarification or settlement before mid-month or retrograde Mercury will cause some delay or confusion. You don’t have to be in a hurry unless it’s time sensitive. Others will be affected as well.

Taurus april 20 - may 20 Take a closer look at matters that will affect your longterm future. Pay attention to test results. Check details on papers or documents relating to finances under retrograde Mercury. Recover what you can. Unusual circumstances are lucky.

Scorpio october 23 - november 21 Don’t be surprised if someone from the past looks you up. There can still be a spark between you. Hopes and expectations could have changed. Meet each other half way or in a neutral location. Atmosphere counts.

Gemini may 21 - june 20 Go back to the old tried and true to accomplish what you want. It’s not always necessary to re-invent the wheel. Friends or associates will be more helpful than usual. Your finances will benefit. Social connections are strong.

Sagittarius november 22 - december 21 The new moon activates your creative side. This can extend to romantic relationships or entertainments as well. You can be more aggressive in your actions and make things happen. Get close to loved ones. Clear issues.

Cancer june 21 - july 22 Your professional or career status will change. Some influence comes through official channels. Make sure they have the right information and are willing to back it up. You make great strides with your ambitions. Partner up.

Capricorn december 22 - january 19 A focus on home or base of operations could see you getting new ”stuff” or making improvements. Start spring cleaning. Beginnings or endings occur that could affect where you belong. Entertain or have open house.

Leo july 23 - august 22 Extend your reach or influence over distance for best results. Success will be easier than you think. Expect others to contribute or make way for you, and they will. Call in markers or favours if they are outstanding or due.

Aquarius january 20 - february 18 Hammer out details with a clear mind and direct focus. Mate or partnership relationships are at stake. Charm can sway a stubborn person to your side. Special gatherings or celebrations can be a nice setting for this to play out.

Virgo august 23 - september 22 You can gain through jointly-held finances or assets, even if you are not together. Check tax or estate matters. Travel may be required to take care of some of the details. All your efforts will be worth it. Take a holiday.

Pisces february 19 - march 20 Extra planning and long hours will advance your projects. Ambitious goals are on track even if you have to pull things together. Display your leadership qualities – it attracts luck. Important connections assist you – near or far.

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Nanaimo, B.C. 250-758-1144 1-800-565-1144

Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast (19) 240 Ferntree Pl., Nanaimo, B.C.

250-758-5010 1-877-758-5010

Oceanside RV Resort (32)

3000 Stautw Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-544-0508

Arts, Media & Entertainment Mary Winspear Centre (40)

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

Media One Multimedia, Inc. (46)

201-2612 Bridge St., Victoria, B.C. 250-472-6663

Salon J (31)

Fresh Cup Roastery Café (27)

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

Smashin Fashin (35)

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

101-2506 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-9111 9774 Third St., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-9558

Waterlily Shoes Ltd. (29)

103-2537 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5606

Home & Garden Décor Cameron Rose (28)

2447 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-8782

Connie McInnis Interior Designer (29)

250-652-5584 250-920-6580

Doyle & Bond Home and Garden (18)

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

In Touch Cards & Gifts (30)

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

Knickerbocker’s Unique Home Accessories & Gifts (12,17,28)

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

Haven Spa (10)

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

Marmalade Tart Boutique (31)


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

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

Spelt’s Shell and Coffee Shop (40)

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

The Roost (34)

9100 East Saanich Rd., North Saanich, B.C. 250-655-0075,

Zanzibar (37)

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

Business, Professional & Legal Services Beacon Cat Hospital (32)

9711 A - Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5568

CJ (Kip) Wilson (39)

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

cowland paterson & co. (4)

Fine Dentistry Dr. Ian Boyd (17) 101-9840 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C.

1241 Island View Rd., Central Saanich, B.C. 250-886-0494 9819 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-SHOP

Bistro Caché (9)

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

Screaming Bird Café (38)

One Stop Furniture Shop (8)

d.g. bremner & co. (11)

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

Restaurants & Cafés

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

Michell Valley Plant (36)

Fashion & Beauty

Haro’s Restaurant + Bar (10)

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

Bistro Suisse (26)

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

Brentwood Bay Lodge (5)

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

200-2377 Bevan Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5547


Invis (Hein Moes) (40)


Peninsula Family Chiropractic (17)

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

Sidney Mortgage Experts (35)

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

Simply Cremations (38)

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

Travel Expedia cruiseshipcenters (34)

1-2353 Bevan Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5441

Merit Travel (22)

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


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2428 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5064

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Victorian Birdhouse (14)


9810 Seventh St., Sidney, B.C. 7860 Wallace Dr., Saanichton, B.C. 1-800-667-8280



Thrifty Foods (23)


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




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250-652-5584 250-360-7960

Laing’s Lock & Key Service Ltd. (42)


Montessori Educare (26)

7925 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-881-8666

Pat Bay Air (21)

Widgeon Dr., North Saanich, B.C. 250-654-0646

Peninsula Mini Storage (37)

1933 Keating X Rd., Central Saanich, B.C. 250-544-6464

2072 Henry Ave., West Sidney, B.C. 250-655-6454

Mattick’s farm

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GM Contracting Ltd. (34)

cordova bay rd


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

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5325 Cordova Bay Rd., Victoria, B.C.

MEDIchair (32)

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2497 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-0102


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Maro Goldsmith Studio (17)



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




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Lifestyle Markets & Select Stores (13) 343 Cook St., Victoria, B.C. 250-381-5450




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



Gartley Station (13)

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

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

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

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2444 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-4626



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Sidney SeniorCare (47) Sidney Senior DayCare (2)

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

Sports, Fitness & Recreation Ardmore Golf Course (21)

930 Ardmore Dr., North Saanich, B.C. 250-656-4621

Island View Mini Golf (16)

7081 Central Saanich Rd., Victoria, B.C. 250-652-5215

Panorama Recreation (33)

1885 Forest Park Dr., North Saanich, B.C. 250-656-7271

The Body Barn Fitness & Tanning (35)

101-2245 James White Blvd., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-3393 april 2010


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Happy April Fool’s Day! son’s genius for ending world hunger, the Graphic reprinted the editorial under the headline “They Bite!” ~ Uncle John’s Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.

Since April Fool’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d share a few classic April Fool’s Day jokes with our readers. Hope you enjoy them! When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, it seemed as if he was capable of anything. When the New York Graphic wrote the following year that Edison had invented a machine that could convert dirt into food and water into wine, other newspapers reported the story without bothering to check with Edison if it was true. When the editors of the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser praised Edi-



On April 1st, 1957, the respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.” ~ In 1992, National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” announced that Richard Nixon was running for a second term as president with the slogan, “I didn’t do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.” Listeners were fooled and called in in droves. Later in the show, the host revealed it was a joke and that Nixon’s voice was impersonated by comedian Rich Little. ~


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