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Saanich School District Jumpstarts Student Careers Alex Flatman – Fast Track to Metal Fabrication
Second Wind 34 Local triathlete Howard Edwards won't let colitis take the breeze out of his sails
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Columns First Word............................................ 8 Tweet This!........................................ 10 West Coast Gardener.................... 14 Forbes & Marshall........................... 25 Weatherwit...................................... 33 Island Dish........................................ 41 Smell the Coffee............................. 49 Last Word......................................... 55
departments 9................................................. Letters 12................................... Can We Talk? 18.......................................... Footprints 26............................... Common Cents 43....................................Grey Matters 45............................. Veterinary Voice 47......... Young Readers Book Review 52...........................What's Happening 54................................. Entertainment
On the cover: Celebrating Mother's Day with a local fourgeneration family. Oldest to youngest: Betty MacKinnon, Sheila Stelck, Simone Stelck and Lilia Hayes. Photo courtesy www.joannway.com (see First Word pg. 8)
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Freelance writer & Seaside Times social media maven Doreen Gee Skilled writing helped me earn a Bachelor of Science degree, and seven years of working at the James Bay Beacon newspaper polished my journalism skills. In 2009, I won second prize in a writing competition and recently I was shortlisted for a Victoria Leadership Award. Three local books contain my colourful submissions. Writing for Seaside Times is a slice, and I'm stoked for the chance to help them shine in the social media universe. Photo courtesy www.OrangeFrogStudio.com. "Conversations From the Past" monthly columnist Valerie Green Born and educated in England with a journalism and history background, I moved to Canada in 1968, planning to stay for just one year! Three months into my stay, however, I met my future husband and within a year we were married. Currently working on my 17th book, I love writing for Seaside Times and welcome feedback from readers on my monthly column: email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. "Weatherwit" monthly columnist Steve Sakiyama By day I work for the Ministry of Environment as an Air Science Specialist (aka an “Airhead”) and teach Meteorology at Royal Roads University. By night I sleep … and write for the Seaside Times about the weather and the funny things in life. My wife and I have been blessed with two wonderful children and we have enjoyed life here on the Island for 22 years. "Smell the Coffee" monthly columnist Steve Sheppard I transitioned from barista to coffee roaster and finally to the waters off Vancouver Island, which I now call home. My coffee journey started in my late 20s, and my love of fresh coffee has grown for over 20 years. I'm all about sunshine and the unique perspective living off-shore brings, because Vancouver Island appears much different when you're looking land-ward. I love writing Smell The Coffee. When life gets hectic, I simply pull anchor and head out on the water to enjoy some coffee in a paradise I know all too well. Freelance photographer Jo-Ann Way. My focus is all about making the experience of taking a photo relaxed. Everyone is photogenic, even you, readers; you're my favourite customer! I find joy in meeting people and making connections. This month I worked with For Paws Grooming, and last month I worked with Peter Brand of First Voices in the Can We Talk column. I look forward to every opportunity to work with Seaside Times.
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first w o rd A four-generation family literally embraces the cover of Seaside Times this month. I wanted to find a unique, Seaside way to celebrate Mother’s Day and had the beginnings of an idea of what it might look like as a cover, but finding a fourgeneration family was the toughest part. After many calls to clients, friends, and neighbours, my photographer Jo-Ann Way came to the rescue! And voila, here we have it: Betty, Sheila, Simone and Lilia. Yes, oldest to youngest. Look closely at Lilia, the youngest, staring at us, with the most beautiful freckles I’ve ever seen. She blossomed in front of the camera because she knew it was a special day with her family. We all have our own unique way of celebrating this day, some with great grandmothers, some with grandmothers, others with moms and their daughters and some like myself, unfortunately without a "mom" close by. Nonetheless, we find the time to make that call – make the time to say hello and remember those special memories we share. In this issue, I also had the great fortune to interview and photograph Mac Voisin, founder of M&M Meat Shops Ltd, on one of his stops through Victoria. From real estate to construction to building a frozen food empire,
Mac is undoubtedly one of the most down-to-earth people you could ever meet. Named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies eight times (the last six years consecutively) M&M Meat Shops is also a huge supporter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. It’s through their annual, chain-wide Charity Barbecue Day that they have raised over $21.5 million dollars since 1989. This year’s goal is $1.5 million, with the event taking place on May 12th all across Canada. On pages 34 and 35, you’ll meet Howard, a local 21-year-old triathlete, as he opens up to our writer Doreen Gee about how he deals with this disease on a daily basis. Speaking of writers … as you all know, many people help to create Seaside Times every month, and we decided it was time to introduce you to some of them. In this issue, we launch SeasideContributors (pg. 7); there you'll meet some of the writers who've been with us almost since the beginning: Doreen Gee, Valerie Green, Steve Sakiyama and Steve Sheppard. Doreen has also recently taken on the position of social media maven with Seaside, and you'll be doing yourself a favour to check out her weekly blog at www.seasidetimes.ca. Photographer Jo-Ann Way is a recent addition to the team at Seaside, and her beautiful work graces our cover this month. I hope you celebrate this Mother’s Day with someone special. I will spend it with the family: some one-on-one time with my daughter Eva and a long distance call to "Mom." Happy Mother’s Day to all!
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letters Seaside Times welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters may be edited for space and content. I would like to commend Linda M Langwith, author of "Catastrophic Coffee Collapse." Boy, did you ever have me fooled! I was already visualizing buying huge amounts of my favourite coffee so that I wouldn't run out for the rest of my life. Was I ever relieved when I read the words "April Fools" at the very end of the article. Len Mulholland
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✢ ✢ ✢ As I’m sorting stuff I’ve been looking at the covers of past issues of the Seaside Times … they’re some of the most beautiful photographs I’ve seen on magazine covers … and that leads to sitting down and re-reading the magazines. At this rate I’ll never get through my piles of files. But thank you! Pene Horton
✢ ✢ ✢ Well I must commend whoever is in charge of the website – it has to be one of the best out there. Keep up the excellent work as I really enjoy reading the Seaside Times when I am not in Sidney. Cheers, John Hutchison
✢ ✢ ✢ Just wanted to say how much the members of the Sidney Sister Cities Association appreciated the article you included in the April issue of Seaside Times. We confidently expect it will stimulate significant interest in the SSCA. Seaside Times is doing a wonderful job of making its readers much more aware of activities and organizations on the Peninsula. Well done. Bob McLure, President, SSCA
✢ ✢ ✢ I read your article in the Seaside Times: "Catastrophic Coffee Collapse" … have to admit, I read it quickly, was TOTALLY blown away … a couple days went by, I continued to feel anguished and was already building plans to stockpile my coffee beans and having ideas about constructing a green house to house the hundreds of coffee plants that I would buy. Today, my 11-year-old daughter was aimlessly snacking and the article caught her eye. "Hey Mom, did you happen to see the little clover at the bottom? It's an April Fool's day joke! I laughed and laughed. After years of playing my fair share of April Fool's day jokes I have finally been totally taken! Kudos to you and thank you for making me appreciate my latte … although I think I might still invest in some secret bean stockpiling!! Rebekah Hunter
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Social Media Success Story – Victoria Wellness Professionals submitted by Chris Burdge The following is the winning entry in the Social Media Camp “Success Stories” contest from Narina Prokosch, owner of Saanich fitness studio Victoria Wellness Professionals (www.victoriawellness.com). Social media? Just what does that mean and how or why does it impact your business? Good questions, and ones that I am sure almost anyone making forays into the social media world are asking. In fact, I am still asking those questions, but today I know some of the answers and depend on experts in the field to help with the others. I made my first venture into social media several years ago.
Owning a private fitness studio dictated that I find out what all the chatter was about. I can’t remember how I heard about Twitter, but it seemed like a good venue to share ideas and meet the local Victoria community. I was also interested in the ability to meet/chat with others in my field from all over the world. So, setting up a twitter account (@narinaanne) seemed like a good way to do that. It didn’t take too long and I was learning the basics of tweeting and hopefully good Twitter etiquette. Along with Twitter, I had come to realize that a Facebook account was the next aspect of my social media campaign that I needed to learn about. Having never been on Facebook, it was a bit of a steep learning curve. Learning about personal profiles, business pages, advertising and just what/when/why and how I was to communicate is still a work in progress. I attended the first Social Media Camp in 2010. Social media camp was an eye opener to say the least. I had absolutely no idea the field of social media was so huge and far-reaching. Yes, I dabbled a little bit and did see the value of what I was doing, but this conference opened up my eyes to just how vast this emerging field is.
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M&M Meat Shops is 32 years in business and running strong. With over 450 locations coast to coast and with more than 500 products to choose from, did you ever expect this level of success? No, I never thought we would enjoy this level of success. When we opened our first store, we said “If this catches on, we could end up with 50 to 100 outlets across Canada!” I guess we were just not dreaming in technicolour yet! Ha-ha. Was building this empire easier than when you built homes? Building homes was a lot of fun and I very much enjoyed it. The problem is that if you do a good job on the construction, they don’t ever want to move, so I said: “I have to get into a business where we can get repeat customers.” Food was the logical choice. If people stop eating, we’re in trouble! In the ever-changing economic times, good and bad, what potential challenges do you see M&M Meat Shops facing in the next five to 10 years? We have always been challenged by the competition trying to copy our products. Plus, today it seems every business has expanded to "sell everything!" For example, Canadian Tire, Zellers (now Target), Walmart, Shopper’s Drug Mart and many convenience stores all sell frozen foods. Loblaws, 12
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Safeway and other food chains now sell a wide variety of non-food items – i.e. household goods, tires, etc. How have the needs of your customers evolved since you opened your first store in 1981, and how has M&M Meat Shops evolved to meet those changing needs? We are always evolving. Since day one, we have been downsizing some of our pack sizes, selling more single serve items, offering more international flavours, etc. We’ve also introduced a complete line of fully microwaveable meals. We continue to reformulate our products with the emphasis on providing healthier food items (salt reduction, etc.) and now have our biggest and best lineup of products ever. I’m a huge advocate of the book “Purple Cow.” The reason it would shine among a crowd of perfectly competent, even undeniably excellent cows, is that it would be remarkable. Something remarkable is worth paying attention to. I think this concept connects well with one of my favorite statements you make: “Act big, even if you’re perceived as little.” Can you expand on this? Right from day one, we believed in the theory “Think Big, Act Big, and it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” We wanted consumers to believe we were successful even when sales were dismal. We would convey the
Chairman & Founder, M&M Meat Shops Ltd. message that life and business were great, never referring to tough economic times, or bad weather, or whatever excuses retailers love to dwell on. People want to deal with successful people. They don’t normally make purchases because they feel sorry for the retailer. I’ve had the opportunity over the years to get to know Dave and Diane Lamsdale and Angela and Shawn Cote, two of the franchise owners photographed here with you. They are both very community-minded and they do what it takes to run a successful local business. Is there an operational strategy in place for how you choose your franchise owners, or is it all about the money? We have a very comprehensive program for evaluating franchisees to try to determine if we have a "fit." There are three basic characteristics that need to be present in any franchise organization for the franchise to enjoy success:
Most franchises require about half of the capital cost. This down payment or initial investment cannot come from a loan or a mortgage on the house or business. This would put too much financial strain on the operation. Grocery pricing continues to be on the increase and it’s obviously very competitive among the larger grocery chains. How has this affected M&M Meats Shops and what do you offer that’s consistently more unique than your competitors? We compete with the chains by offering our own unique products in the right pack sizes at the right price. In today’s tough economic environment, we have moved more toward hot featured pricing to compete with the chains. We also offer in-store sampling and weekly specials or incentives to get customers into our stores, and then show them our great lineup of new and existing products.
Firstly, the franchisee must be a team player and want to work in an environment that has corporate "rules" or "restrictions." If a franchisee is too entrepreneurial, he or she will become frustrated with a structured system.
The 24th Annual M&M Meat Shops Charity Barbecue Day benefiting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) takes place on May 12th. How did this partnership come about? What is your fundraising goal for this year?
Secondly, the candidate has to have the desire to make the franchise a success. We, like other franchise companies, provide the tools necessary to make the franchise successful, but then it’s up to the franchisee to do their part! So we ask: is the candidate prepared to roll up their sleeves and dig in?
In 1989 we looked at all the little-known charities across Canada. We wanted to help make the biggest impact with the least-funded cause with the most sufferers. We discovered back then that Canada had well over 100,000 sufferers of inflammatory bowel disease and there was very little money going towards research. No one wants to admit they have the disease, so there's not much awareness of it and therefore no money for research. So, we decided to help the charity by raising awareness and funds for medical research. Today, there are over 200,000 sufferers, with 9,000 new cases of IBD being diagnosed each year in Canada. Through our annual chainwide Charity BBQ Day, we have raised over $21.5 million since 1989, and this year’s fundraising target is $1.5 million. NOTE: This year’s Charity BBQ Day is May 12th at all 455 M&M Meat Shops store locations across Canada!
Thirdly, the prospective franchisee needs to have the unencumbered funds necessary for financial success.
Chairman & Founder M&M Meat Shops Ltd. Born and raised in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Mac graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Unable to find work in the field, he chose to sell real estate and then started a construction company with his brother Greg in 1976. In 1980, Mac and then-brotherin-law Mark Nowak (hence M&M) became frustrated with the lack of quality, convenient food products being offered in the marketplace, so they set up their first M&M Meat Shop in Kitchener. Mark left the company in 1985 to return to his law practice. Today, there are 455 M&M stores across Canada. M&M has received the highest awards in the food and franchise industries, and for the last six consecutive years was named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. M&M raises millions of dollars each year for various charities across Canada, and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada is their corporate charity of record.
What is your favourite meal to take home? My favourite meals are the Lemon Pepper Sole, Beef Pot Roast, and Cabbage Rolls (unique to M&M). I love the Shrimp Party Pak as an appetizer, and the Chocolate Chunk Buttercream Bars for dessert! It’s all "So good to come home to" and it’s "Hundreds of meal ideas, one aisle!" At M&M Meat Shops, we want to create a fun food shopping experience that makes our customers say "I'll be back!" For more information on M&M Meat Shops visit www.mmmeatshops.com or, for more information on the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada, visit www.ccfc.ca. Photo courtesy Geoff Smith, Creative Thinking Photography. www.seasidetimes.ca | may 2012
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What triggers all this magic, and how can you ensure your flower beds have a healthy start to the Colin Eaton South Island Landscaping new season? It's important to understand that healthy soil is full of a variety of organisms. Based on DNA analysis, researchers have estimated that a single gram of soil can contain as many as 10,000 species of bacteria! These organisms are relatively dormant during our winters and become active once the soils begin to warm, and they are essential to the health of the soil and the plants within it. In our forests there is constant deadfall that decays to provide food and shelter to the organisms in the soil. In our gardens we clean up this deadfall, leaving the soils exposed to the wind, rain and sun. Imagine those poor organisms: cold and wet or sunburned and parched with no protection because their caretaker efficiently raked everything up and trucked it all away. So, the organisms pack their bags and head for greener pastures and as they leave (or die), so too goes the health of the soil. Now, I am not suggesting that you neglect the cleanup of the deadfall, because to do so will undoubtedly raise the blood pressure of some neighbours, but you can replace that deadfall with mulch. Not only does mulch provide the soil with a layer of protection, proper mulch will break down to provide valuable nutrients to the variety of organisms within the soil. Mulch is also excellent at retaining moisture in the soils and it keeps the weeds down. Less weeds; everyone likes the sound of that! There are a variety of mulches available – my preference is aged dark bark mulch or leaf mulch. I like it as finely ground as available because too chunky means years of natural decaying before it can provide any benefit to the flower beds. So mulch away, and let the plants and soil know you care! Colin Eaton is the owner and operator of South Island Landscaping. Visit www.southislandlandscaping.ca.
Have a Good Night and Sleep Well by Susi McMillan “Sleep well,” I say as I tuck in my kids at night. I repeat the same phrase to myself before I close my eyes. Sometimes we don't get the rest we need, and it was important for me to create the perfect sleep environment for my family. My first step was to switch to natural latex and wool pillows and a certified organic latex mattress and a wool duvet, all of them hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. After I had addressed possible allergens I thought I was done, but there was so much more to consider. In my quest for the perfect sleep I reached out to the local Sidney health community and consulted with three amazing women who shared some of their knowledge with me. "According to Statistics Canada, one in every seven Canadians aged 15 or older have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep," shares Dr. Marita Schauch of the Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic. A lack of sleep puts you at a greater risk for anxiety, heart disease, lowered immunity, high blood sugar levels and obesity. She adds that a lack of sleep can cause your stress hormones to become unbalanced, and insomnia often comes in times of stress. Our bodies produce more stress hormones, including cortisol, which should be lower in the evening. Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist Mikiala Christie of Health Within TCM & Acupuncture Clinic notes that in order to sleep well it is essential to focus internally. The most important first step, she says, is to check your breathing. Most of us pant or breathe shallowly, and this can stimulate the sympathetic system (fight or flight response) which increases stress hormones that can prevent a sound sleep. She suggests a regular, daily meditation practice or simply being aware of the tension that you hold within your body and finding ways to breathe more deeply. Secondly, Mikiala recommends exercise to further deepen the breath and diffuse stress levels. Dr. Kristen Bovee of the Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic emphasizes the importance of diet for sleep. For example: caffeine causes a release of stress hormones and adrenaline and can remain within your bloodstream several hours after consumption. She suggests foods high in tryptophan such as chicken, turkey, beans and legumes. Tryptophan increases serotonin levels in the brain which are then converted to melatonin, your sleep hormone. Tryptophan is best combined with a whole grain such as brown rice or oats in order to transport it more easily to the brain.
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It became clear to me that aside from allergy triggers, I needed to make sure that my family and I were helping our immune systems by dealing with our stress levels. Doing this means our immune systems will be stronger and our allergies will be less. Now, before we go to sleep we rest easier knowing that by managing our stress levels, eating well and reducing our allergy triggers, we have done the best that we can to sleep well. If you want to learn more, join us at our "Sleep Well" Health Talk: May 30th, 7 p.m. at 2348 Beacon Avenue in Sidney. Susi McMillan is Co-owner of Riverbank Design and Partner of West Coast ECO HOME. hanging baskets • perennials • annuals • herbs small trees • cut flower bouquets • pottery
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Saanich School District Jumpstarts Student Careers – Alex Flatman by Devon MacKenzie Alex Flatman always loved shop classes in high school, so it only made sense that when his career coordinator at Claremont Secondary mentioned there was an opportunity to do his work experience at the Victoria Shipyards, he jumped at the chance. At the end of tenth grade, having just turned 16, Flatman began work at the shipyards over the summer months and loved it. “I went in for a two-month period over the summer, just to get a taste of what the shipyards were like, and the rest is history,” said Flatman of his early career choice. The following summer, he returned to do more work experience. When the school year started again in September, he concentrated hard on his grade 11 and 12 school work, maintained good grades in his academics and achieved a 97% average in his secondary school apprenticeship classes. By February of last year, he’d completed all of his grade 12 courses early and was hired on as a full-time Metal Fabricator apprentice. “[At the shipyards] there is such a variety of different applications for metal workers. From working on submarines, to making pieces for armoured vehicles and making equipment used for avalanche prevention, there’s so many opportunities to learn new things,” said Flatman. Now that he has completed the Secondary School Apprenticeship program through Claremont, Flatman has three more years to go working as an apprentice at the shipyards and attending the British Columbia Institute of Technology for his theory work before he gains his Red Seal Journeyman Metal Fabricator certification. Through his years at Claremont and now at the shipyards, Flatman’s passion and drive for what he does hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“Alex was a pleasure to have in class: he was always mature, enthusiastic, achieved top marks and always had his applications and paperwork for the apprenticeship program in on time,” said Claremont career coordinator Garry Arsenault. “He is so mature and he treats everything like someone way older than 18,” said Trevor Hill, Flatman’s supervisor at the shipyards. School District 63's Secondary School Apprenticeship program (in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Industry Training Authority of B.C.) features a wide range of trades from hairstyling to meat cutting, available to students in grade 10 and up. The apprenticeship program provides students with an opportunity for personalized learning that allows them to receive technical training, and work as legitimate apprentices on a part time basis, as part of their high school education package. Flatman’s advice for anyone considering the program is to gain as much experience as possible in the field in which you are interested. “Any work experience you can get in the field you want to work in, do it. Experience is the key to eventually landing a good job,” he said. For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this or any other career program in the Saanich School District, contact the career coordinator at any Saanich secondary school. For an overview of the trade training opportunities offered by the Saanich School District, be sure to view the promotional YouTube video, “Jump Start Your Career” at http://www.youtube.com/user/saanichcareers.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria’s past? If so, wonder no more. In a series of upcoming “interviews,” imaginary conversations will be conducted with some well-known (and some lesser-known) men and women from Greater Victoria’s colourful history. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Rosanna Todd was stepmother to two children and mother to four of her own. She had a notable career as a teacher before becoming the second wife of 19th century Victoria industrialist, Jacob Hunter Todd. Far ahead of her time, she reinvented herself as a “second wife” and proved that being a mother is one of the most important careers a woman can have. (Interview conducted in 1929.) Interviewer: Tell me about your early life, Mrs.Todd. Rosanna: I was born in England, the ninth child of Josiah and Mary Ann Wigley. Both my parents came from wealthy, influential backgrounds. We lived comfortably and were all well-educated. Later, my father made some bad investments and lost everything, so he went to South Africa to try and recoup his losses. I: What happened?
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R: His plans did not work out but he decided to stay there anyway. Sadly, it split our family up … my mother stayed in England and some of my siblings joined father. Mother then decided on Canada and some followed her. I was only 18 but I took care of my younger siblings after mother left. Later, I also left for Canada where I became a governess and then a teacher. By 1863, I was able to open my own school. Eventually I moved to Brampton, Ontario, and taught at the Brampton Ladies' School. I: Tell me how you met Mr. Todd.
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R: After his first wife died, Mr. Todd came east to find boarding schools for his son, Charles, and daughter Sara. We met and eventually he asked for my hand in marriage, but first I wanted to be sure that he loved me and was not simply
looking for a mother for his children. Once he had convinced me of that, I agreed to marry him. At first, we lived on Johnson Street in Victoria – but I wanted no reminders of his first wife – so eventually he built a new house for me. During the first years of our marriage I suffered three miscarriages. I thought I would never be able to bear a child. I was already in my late 30s.
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I: Oh dear, how sad. R: Eventually my first son, John Lancelot, arrived. Mr. Todd and I had gone out for a buggy ride that day when I suddenly went into labour and he had to assist with the birth – right on the side of the road! I: How amazing! And then I believe you had another son and two daughters? R: Yes, Albert Edward was born two years later, followed by my two daughters, Mai and Nellie. I: Education for your children was very important to you?
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R: Indeed it was. Our sons attended Upper Canada College in Toronto. We wrote letters to them every Sunday and insisted they write back every week. Our two girls attended school in Dresden, Germany, and became accomplished in many of the arts. They Sidney-by-the-Sea: married two of the Gillespie brothers. Closest Best Western I: You must be so proud of all your children.
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Diamond Jubilee High Tea at SHOAL Centre This year Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years as the British reigning monarch, and Sidney plans to mark this auspicious occasion with a Diamond Jubilee High Tea hosted by the SHOAL Activity Centre. Activity and Rental Coordinator Anna Hudson has been planning the event, on Wednesday, June 6th, since February. Sterling silver charms from $30
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“We held a wonderful Royal Wedding Gala last April, in honour of the marriage of Kate and William, and it seems only fitting to celebrate this royal occasion as well,” she said. The High Tea will feature a menu by SHOAL Food Services Chef Don Bottcher and will include Royal Tea Sandwiches, Crown ‘n Cranberry Scone, Palace Squares, Queen Lemon Tart and Coronation Strawberry Garnish. Town Crier Kenny Podmore will be on hand, in full regalia, to escort guests to their tables, and will open the festivities with an official “Cry” he composed exclusively for the Coronation Anniversary. A fashion show by Heritage Productions, a local nonprofit group, will highlight the six decades of the Queen’s reign, from the 1950s to the present. Gloves and hats are optional for those who plan to attend, “but we hope people will get into the spirit of the event,” says Anna, “the way they did for the Royal Wedding Gala.”
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Anna always likes to build in a few surprise touches at SHOAL events, and Kenny is hoping to have some memorabilia on hand from the royal collection of the former Victoria Wax Museum. As a tribute to the 60th anniversary, the tea will be limited to 60 tickets. If demand is heavy enough, a second tea will be held Wednesday, June 13th. Tickets are only $20 for this special event, and can be purchased by phone or in person at the SHOAL Activity Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney. Call 250-656-5537.
Breakthrough Technology to Freeze Away Body Fat CoolSculpting™, an innovative technology designed by Harvard medical scientists that freezes away unwanted fat, is now available exclusively at MD Esthetics Medical Laser & Skin Rejuvenation Centre, making it the first medical practice on Vancouver Island to offer this breakthrough in non-invasive fat reduction. CoolSculpting™ has been featured on numerous mainstream TV programs including: Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Today Show and Good Morning America, Extra!, Rachael Ray Show, The CBS Early Show, E!News and numerous others. “CoolSculpting™ is an exciting new approach that is non-invasive and has shown significant results in clinical studies for removing fat without the potential risks and downtime of invasive procedures,” said Dr. Milkovich, MD Esthetics Medical Director. “We have found the procedure to be extremely effective, especially on resistant localized areas of "reserve fat" called belly fat, back fat, love handles, muffin tops, post-pregnancy pooch, saddle bags or the spare tire. CoolSculpting™ is comfortable and our patients are highly satisfied.” Approved by Health Canada, CoolSculpting™ gently chills the unwanted fatty bulges, thereby inducing a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells. Based on science developed by the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, this breakthrough is based on a vast body of research that demonstrates that fat cells are more susceptible to cold and are selectively, painlessly and permanently destroyed. Starting several weeks after the procedure, cooled fat cells begin a process called “apoptosis” and begin to shrink and disappear. The body proceeds to naturally and gradually eliminate the cooled fat cells, reducing the thickness of the fat layer. “Within several weeks of your first treatment, you will notice the fat in the treated area has lessened considerably and your clothes will fit better. The CoolSculpting™ procedure is for people who have stubborn body fat that diet or exercise alone does not seem to help,” said Dr. Banks, MD Esthetics Medical Director. “Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Unlike many other methods of fat reduction, CoolSculpting™ involves no needles, surgery or downtime. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately afterwards.”
During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area, thereby specifically targeting fat. A typical procedure takes only one hour and patients spent that time reading, working on their laptops, watching a movie or simply relaxing. Patients can have additional procedures for more pronounced effects if they desire. On average, each CoolSculpting™ procedure results in a 20 to 25% reduction of fat in the treated area. Patients can start to see results as soon as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months in most patients. With more than 178,000 treatments performed worldwide, CoolSculpting™ is proven safe and effective for helping you get back the body shape you desire. For more information or to view actual results, visit www.lookamazing.ca.
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is the male thing to say. As a man, I haven't been exposed to the same pressures to be attractive. Unlike a woman, I really haven’t had the air-brushed celebrities and their unrealistic body image rammed down my throat like an ill-advised feeding tube. When a man gains weight, he either goes about losing it or he accepts that he is, in fact … fat. A responsible woman would advise the bulging bride that losing weight should be a gradual process in the months leading up to the wedding combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise. As a guy, I would tell her not to worry about it: it’s nothing that a bigger dress size and a little duct tape for the wobbly bits can’t fix! Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5’s popular morning show. They are one of the few married morning show teams in Canada and have two children, Noah and Adam. Join Forbes & Marshall weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m.
If brides are willing to go to such desperate measures, they may want to consider what those extreme fighting knuckle draggers do before a pre-bout weigh in. It’s called Weight Cutting. Hours before, they work out intensely while wearing garbage bags. Under a doctor's supervision, they lose gallons of sweat which causes a huge drop in weight. If brides were to do this, I’d like to see them put on their wedding dresses and fight each other in a cage match, where the winner gets her nuptials paid for. If you see this on pay per view, and you will … remember it was my idea. Fad diets with promises of dramatic weight loss have been around since the dawn of time. No doubt you’ve heard of Atkins, Southbeach, Grapefruit and of course the ever-popular tapeworm larvae. When my wife was young, she remembers her mom being on the cabbage soup diet. Lisa says her mother gave her a spoonful once and it tasted as if she let a pair of dirty sweat socks simmer in puddle water for a few hours. After a week, the only thing mom lost was a few pounds of cabbage down the garburator. Isn’t this why God invented Spanx? Yes, that certainly www.seasidetimes.ca | may 2012
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“Nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes,” is a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin. It has been over 200 years since those words were originally penned and, although we may not yet be able to control these inevitable events, a lot has changed in the way we plan to deal with these two certainties of life.
Not long ago, most people’s assets were straightforward – a house, a bank account and maybe some savings bonds – all of which could be dealt with by a simple will. Today our individual financial worlds have dramatically changed with the introduction of investments like RSP’s, RIF’s, TFSA’s, mutual funds, stocks, bonds and a myriad of life insurance products including annuities and guaranteed income funds … all of which are intertwined with more layers of taxation than Mr. Franklin could ever have contemplated when he wrote his words. Your legal professional, working with your financial advisors, can develop an estate plan which not only reflects your wishes and protects those persons and things that are important to you, but also incorporates strategies to minimize taxes for your estate and your heirs. While some taxes are impossible to avoid when you die, there are ways to minimize these costs and still maintain control of your assets while you are alive. These strategies might involve special tax effective provisions within your will, beneficiary designations outside of your will or even the use of trusts, which are no longer the exclusive domain of the rich. Estate planning is not just about how your assets will be distributed when you die. It is also about planning for the management of your assets if you are unable to make your own financial decisions and providing for the appointment of someone to make decisions about your health care if you are unable to. Estate planning is about you and your family and those people and things that matter in your world, and the reward to you is peace of mind. All of which leads to another saying attributed to Ben Franklin: “if you fail to plan you are planning to fail.” For more information visit www.henleywalden.com.
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The Geezer Gang Goes on a Drug Run by Hans Tammemagi We were a rough-looking bunch, and heads turned as we revved the engines of our hogs and rumbled off the ferry at Swartz Bay terminal. Well, OK, so we were only 10 older guys (aged 53 to 78) from Pender Island out to enjoy a sunny day of exploration on our scooters, which were mostly little 50-cubic-centimetre putt-putts, although a few ranged up to 400 CCs in engine size.
From Mill Bay we headed along back roads, exploring the farmlands and rolling hills of the Cowichan region. We stopped to pick blackberries, sample vintages at the Cherry Point Winery and enjoy sea views, forest glades and quiet little towns. On uphills, the slower scooters fell behind, only to catch up on the next long downhill. We were discovering that scooters are the perfect means of transportation (and fun!) on Cowichan’s winding and scenic roads.
At Brentwood Bay we caught the ferry to Mill Bay. Lined up, our 10 “hogs” caught the eyes of fellow passengers, as did the motley, grizzled riders. We wore improvised motorbike apparel for protection against possible falls. Some sported gardening gloves, one wore rubber boots, a few had leather jackets, and one bravely – or perhaps foolishly – wore sandals and a T-shirt.
At Cowichan Bay we stopped for lunch and then some of us wandered through the Maritime Centre, a delightful museum with a pier extending far into the bay and many models of boats from yesteryear. Others went looking for pasteon tattoos so we could improve our image as bandito bikers. Too soon the sun started to lower in the western sky, and we headed back to catch the ferry from Crofton to Salt Spring Island. Landing at Vesuvius Bay, we separated for we were running late and had to race to catch the ferry to Pender Island, which departed from Long Harbour on the far side of Salt Spring. The faster bikes roared ahead, while the slower ones puttered across the Island as best they could.
When a lady asked what we were doing, we tried to look as tough as possible and responded: “We’re the Geezer Gang from Pender Island, and we’re doing a drug run.” When her eyes opened wide, we hastened to add: “Yes, we’re going to bring back a haul of multivitamins, Geritol and Viagra.” She smiled with relief.
Fortunately, we all arrived on time and roared aboard the Queen of Nanaimo. As we guzzled coffee in the sunshine on the top deck, we geezer bikers smiled, laughed and regaled nearby passengers with tales of our adventures. We were already planning our next outing, perhaps to Galiano Island. But next time we need tattoos.
From Swartz Bay we headed along the Pat Bay Highway, struggling to keep up with the fastflowing traffic. We took the first exit and then the fun began. The smell of freshly mown hay hung in the air as, single file, we passed farms, an occasional church and a clutch of houses and caught glimpses of the sea. Although most of our motorbikes only had torpid top speeds of about 70 kph, this was perfect for enjoying the winding back roads. We leaned into the curves, felt the wind blowing past and pictured ourselves as Easy Riders. Our leisurely progress perfectly matched southern Vancouver Island’s go-slow character.
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