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First Word Strawberry Fields Forever

Raincoast Update A Woman Who Runs With Wolves

Forbes & Marshall Moxie Crimefighter

Smell The Coffee The Fine Art of Espresso

Veterinary Voice Cats and Kidneys

Skin Deep The Beginning

Tweet This When I opened the bathroom door all hell and damnation broke loose. My pileated nemesis had poked a hole in the screen with his multi-tool beak and there he was, inside the bathroom, feasting on the vanilla leaves a metre away from where I stood with door and mouth wide open. “nemesis” ~ p. 32

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Weatherwit June Weather Forecast

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Strawberry Fields Forever As the month of June is now upon us I would like to review my spring to-do list: weed the flower beds, check (I hate that one); take the winter tires off my car, check (has winter ended yet?); clean all the windows inside and out, check (wow, what a difference); get the golf game in shape, semi-check (still working on that one); enjoy some local strawberries, nope (darn cold spring weather). Not to jump on the band wagon and become a weather basher, but what the heck: my strawberries won't be

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ready until late June due to the cold spring. That’s the last straw … berry. We’ve all had to be tough islanders these last nine months. We have been stuck in a La Nina rut, causing the weather to be one to two degrees colder with more rain than normal. The weather is playing havoc with our arbutus trees, tourism and our local farmers, amongst other areas. Our strawberries will get to us in late June, about three weeks late I'm told. While you ponder what the first one of the season will taste like, here's a little background on our luscious berry to take your mind off the wait. The name strawberry was derived from the berries that are "strewn" about on the plants, and "strewn berry" eventually became "strawberry." They are from the Rosaceae family, and are of the Fragaria genus. They are not berries or fruit at all, but enlarged ends of the plant's stamen. Strawberry seeds are on the outer skin, instead of in the inner berry, and there are about 200 seeds per berry. Strawberries are non-fat and low in calories, rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, fiber and vitamin B6. Over history strawberries have been used in various medicines, in the

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treatment of afflictions such as sunburn, discoloured teeth, digestion problems and gout. As far back as the 13th century, the strawberry was used as an aphrodisiac. Strawberries were served at medieval state events; they symbolized prosperity, peace, and perfection. The most famous public eating of strawberries is at Wimbledon each year, when strawberries and cream are consumed between tennis matches by properly attired English. Russian empresses also loved them. American Indians allegedly invented strawberry shortcake: mashing berries in meal to make bread the colonists enjoyed – but they must have used wild strawberries, since strawberries have been cultivated in America only since 1835: the Hoveg variety was imported into Massachusetts from France in 1834. The Fraser clan in Scotland derived its name from French immigrants named Strawberry (Fraise) who came with William the Conqueror in 1066. There are references to the strawberry as far back as ancient Rome.

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This Month’s Contributors Arlene Antonik • Georgina Bourdeau Shelley Breadner • Chris Burdge Michael Forbes • Dave Gartley Doreen Marion Gee • Chris Genovali Valerie Green • Sharon Hope Tomas Jackson • Ryan Labelle Linda M. Langwith • Teagan McKay C.J. Papoutsis • Bob Ramsey • Steve Sakiyama Steve Sheppard • Fraser Smith Heather Zais • Steve Zio Seaside Times magazine is printed 12 times a year in Richmond, British Columbia by Rhino Print Solutions. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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Celebrity Chefs Come to the Peninsula Country Market “Where else can you find better food, receive tips on preparation and have some fun at the same time?” asks market manager Lynn Fanelli. “It’s an easy and beautiful drive to get to the Saanich Fairgrounds, it has almost everything you need, and it’s a great place to meet and chat with your neighbours and make new friends. “We’re planning a regular weekly 'Celebrity Chef Series' cooking demonstration, live musical entertainment and even fun games for the kids as well as the kids at heart. We’ve got lots of free parking, free admission and our big grass field is dog friendly and wheelchair accessible. This is shaping up to be our largest

Victoria residents are fortunate to have a vibrant agricultural industry at their doorstep. The Peninsula Country Market connects local producers directly to the community. For residents, buying local not only supports these businesses, it also means access to fresher, higher-quality produce, which in turn means no preservatives, more vitamins and better flavour. This season it's all about the food.

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Think back – remember the Black Stallion books … or perhaps the movie? You can experience that same thrill by seeing dozens of horses and dedicated riders in real life, every month at the Open Horse shows at the Saanichton Fairgrounds! It’s great fun for the family and a community tradition here on the Peninsula! Shows are open to all horse breeds and sponsored by the Vancouver Island Arabian Horse Association. These shows are free to attend, and give families a chance to see riders of all ages – from juniors and teens to adults – compete with their peers in a variety of events on most every breed of horse on the Island. Most shows feature over 60-plus events, with riders in every discipline. You can see English Pleasure, Show, Road Hack, Western Pleasure and more performed by horses ranging from ponies to thoroughbreds!

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Moxie Crimefighter (and Other Celebrity Kids’ Names) by Michael Forbes

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Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of 98.5 The OCEAN’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. There seems to be a baby boom in Hollywood these days, with an endless list of celebrities who are popping them out at an alarming rate. Kate Hudson, Natalie Portman, Jewel, Pink and every single one of the Spice Girls are having or just had a little bundle of joy. We all love to hear when a star has a baby because we can’t wait to see what they name them and they usually don’t disappoint. Mariah Carey’s twins arrived just over a month ago and she named the girl Monroe after Marilyn and the boy Moroccan after a favourite room in her mansion. I think we all figured out that’s probably the love nest where the twins were conceived. As in, “if this room is Moroccan, don’t come a knockin'.” There are actually experts who have studied why the stars give their kids such outrageous monikers and they’ve come up with a pretty obvious answer. We are dealing with people with big egos who are eccentric and very creative, so it would make sense that they would come up with something memorable. It all started with Frank Zappa, who called his kids Moon Unit, Dweezil and Diva Thin Muffin. Not really a shocker

Other than a Vicodin washed down with a bottle of wine, there has to be something that inspired a lot of these handles … let’s start with Jason Lee, the star of My Name is Earl. He named his boy Pilot Inspektor. He said he got the name from a line in a song that ends with “he’s the pilot.” I guess the Inspektor part came from the fact that he really needs to get his head examined. Courtney Cox named her daughter Coco after an old nickname which was a combination of the first two letters of her first and last name. On the bright side, Coco can skip school on career day because, with a name like that, it’s been predetermined she’s going to be a Las Vegas showgirl. Actress Shannyn Sossamon, who barely qualifies as a celebrity, named her kid Audio Science. Wow, I think I took that class in grade nine! However, when it comes to the stars on their creative name choices, we probably shouldn’t be too judgmental. It’s their job to keep us interested and entertained, right? My name is Michael, which is the most common name of the past 50 years and has been voted one of the most boring. I called my mom the other day and asked her why she wasn’t more inspired in her choice of names for me. She told me she was originally planning on naming me “Crusty Muffin Moron” but it was already taken. SEASIDE  TIMES

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Whale Watching with Sea Quest Adventures by Arlene Antonik Breaching, spyhopping, bow riding, tail slapping – if these terms aren’t familiar to you, it probably means you haven’t been on a whale watching tour. What are you waiting for? Sea Quest Adventures, located in the Cannery Building at the foot of Beacon Avenue, offers three-hour exhilarating, extraordinary tours – and they start right from Sidney’s waterfront. For those of us who live on the Saanich Peninsula, there’s no need to travel to downtown Victoria for a whale watching expedition. In fact, while Victoria-based tours take time to travel outside the Inner Harbour, Sea Quest tours begin where the orcas swim, in the protected waters right off Sidney and the Gulf Islands. Our coastline is home to the Southern Resident J, K and L pods of killer whales, numbering approximately 90 altogether. Whale sightings on the tours are guaranteed during the summer months and often occur within the first 15 or 20 minutes of leaving shore.

Sea Quest Adventures owner Michael Child (pictured at right) described the experience of being close to these magnificent animals: “To see the whales breaching (propelling their bodies out of the water) or spyhopping (treading water) is spectacular. Even after all my years on the water, it’s still thrilling to see our guests experience the majesty of these whales for the first time. Some people are brought to tears by these close encounters.” Mike and his three brothers practically grew up on the water off Port Hardy where they were born and raised by a family of commercial fishermen. In 1999, he and his younger brother, Steven, moved to the Sidney area and worked as tour guides at Sea Quest Adventures. Five years ago, Mike purchased the business and Steve assists as co-manager. As part of their commentary on the tours,

on gift certificates for fathers for a three-hour whale watching tour. That’s gotta beat a new tie or pair of socks! Reservations can be made online at or by calling 250-656-7599.

Mike and Steve draw on their Kwakiutl heritage to share stories on the history and culture of the first inhabitants of these shores. Both brothers have their certified skipper’s tickets through Transport Canada, marine naturalist training and diplomas from Camosun College in adventure tourism.

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“Steve and I are also experienced kayakers,” Mike added. “We give lessons and can take people out on guided tours or multi-day excursions if they wish. We have single and double kayaks available for rental year-round.” In May, Mike amalgamated with Emerald Sea Adventures and plans to rename the combined businesses Sidney Whale Watching in the near future. He acquired the former company’s 12-seat Zodiac which is available for tours and charters along with K-Ko (named after Free Willy’s Keiko), Sea Quest’s 29-foot aluminum vessel made for photo opportunities with its “walk-around seating.” 105-2357 Beacon Ave, Sidney, B.C.

“In all my time here,” Mike advised with a grin, “we’ve never had anyone get seasick. That’s because these boats have twin 225-HP motors allowing them to cruise at 30 knots with an up-and-down motion on the water, not the rolling motion that can turn some people green around the gills.” As well as the orcas, there are often sightings of minke, humpback and grey whales. Nearby islands are home to seal colonies and porpoise feeding grounds and sea lions can be seen basking on sun-warmed rocks. Sometimes, bald eagles soar overhead while Dall’s porpoises, looking like baby orcas with their black-and-white saddle patches, bow ride – playing in the boat’s bow waves or wake – causing quite a sensation for those on board. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th. In advance of that special day, Sea Quest Adventures is offering 15% off SEASIDE  TIMES

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Maybe you don’t buy into all the commercial hype around Father’s Day, in which case dear old dad and/or stalwart husband and father of your kids cannot expect a new socket wrench set/ portable barbecue/gift certificate or other token of appreciation. However, on the third Sunday of June, hopefully you will be inspired to honour, in some way, that special guy in your life because you know in your heart he deserves the Nobel Prize. Fathers are great at cleaning up life’s little messes created by the tiny tots in the family, like the particularly pungent diaper guaranteed to devastate anyone unfortunate enough to be standing downwind or the red blobs you thought were blood at first, dribbled over the new broadloom. Instead of having hysterics he calmly dips his finger in the stuff, tastes it (no, not the diaper mess – that would be gross – the paint mess!), and announces that it isn’t blood, no one has been murdered, and perhaps the budding Monet would like to help with the carpet cleaning. Dads are on frontline duty when it comes to last-minute, just before bedtime, “but I forgot” projects that have to be handed in the next day, effortlessly turning cardboard into castles and sugar cubes into igloos. As for science fairs, who else is prepared to help the emerging geneticist in the family by tending an exploding population of fruit flies desperate

to propagate in the bananas. Don’t forget math homework – dad is such a whiz now, having helped all his offspring from kindergarten to grade 12 unravel the mysteries of fractions, decimals, long division and all the other numerical nightmares that would leave the normal person babbling incoherently and reaching with trembling fingers for the calculator.

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The Gettin’ Higher Choir: Singing to Help the World by Tomas Jackson I am proud to be a member of a large and inspiring choir based in the Saanich Peninsula and Victoria. I also happen to be the youngest choir member (I’m 13; everyone else is older, a lot older!) and that makes participating extra fun for me. The Gettin’ Higher Choir is a non-audition community choir with over 300 members. All voices are welcome, whether you have sung before or not. Since so many people love to sing in this choir, practices are held on three different nights each week, and you can choose which night suits you best. My home branch meets on Monday nights at the Brentwood Bay Unitarian Church on West Saanich Road from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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What makes the Gettin’ Higher Choir so much fun? First, the songs are energizing and inspiring. Many of them are about working together to make the world a better place. Some have African words and rhythms and all the songs are beautiful. Second, I am learning to read music and to sing my tenor part in a four-part choir; when sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses harmonize together, the sound is awesome! Conductors Shivon Robinsong (who started the choir) and Denis Donnelly make rehearsing fun: everyone is included and we laugh a lot. I am learning to play saxophone in the Bayside Middle School band and bass guitar in our school rock band, and performing in the Gettin’ Higher Choir helps me gain confidence on stage and grow musically. Lastly, singing in the choir lets me use my voice to make a positive difference in the world. Money raised at January concerts is donated to the Power of Hope, a Victoria-based art-centred program for teens ( and funds raised at June concerts is donated to The Kapasseni Project to help a village in Mozambique. This year’s concert (Kinobe) takes place June 10th and 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall in Victoria. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. If you’d like to try singing your part in an exciting choir, and have a great time helping others, the Gettin’ Higher Choir will welcome you and help you become the singer you’ve always wanted to be, however old you are. Be brave and check us out – you’ll be happy you did! For more information visit

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Students from eight to 18 are taught in different ability groups and can progress quickly or slowly to suit their needs. They’re encouraged to test and stretch themselves under the watchful eyes of the Club’s fully qualified Canadian Yachting Association instructors. Students gain confidence and self-reliance – learning lessons for life as well as developing their sailing skills. SNSYC also has four safety boats to make sure that everyone is safe – if not always dry! If you think your youngster might be interested in this opportunity, call Karin at 250-656-4600 or email her at for details and application forms. You can also check out and go to “Junior Program” for all the details and photographs from last year’s courses.

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Students will be in classes with one instructor per six trainees. There will be dry land instruction to give students a basic understanding of the theory of sailing and then they’ll spend lots of time on the water! The students get to use dinghies that are suited to their capabilities – slower, more stable ones for beginners and faster models for more experienced sailors. Throughout the program the focus is on fun, learning and safety.


Whether a youngster is a complete beginner or has some sailing background, SNSYC has a course for them. Classes are designed with specific ages and capabilities in mind and are tailored to individual needs and the young sailors will

be taught by fully qualified instructors in a safe but exciting setting in Tsehum Harbour at the north end of Sidney. All kids have to do is show up at 9 a.m. with a packed lunch and they’ll be ready for a funfilled and challenging day of training and sailing.


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Cats and Kidneys by Shelley Breadner, DVM Many of you may know George – our “well bred, well fed” 14-year-old hospital cat has been an icon in our facility for the past 13 years. George arrived on our doorstep with urinary tract obstruction and has been managed successfully for all these years. Now George is facing urinary issues of a different kind: his kidneys are failing him in his old age. It is likely that his kidneys will stop supporting him at some point, and we will lose a dear friend. However, there are a significant number of medical management steps we can take to maximize his quality of life and allow those kidneys to sustain him along the way.

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Cats tolerate reduced kidney function (renal insufficiency) of gradual onset reasonably well. It is common for their kidneys to become slowly scarred and less functional as they age. As a result, owners are often unaware of this illness until it is well advanced.

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This is easily done in the examination room. High blood pressure can cause kidney damage over time. Maintaining normal blood pressure will reduce stress on the kidneys, extending their lifespan. Sometimes we have to use medications to lower the blood pressure to acceptable levels.

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When owners go on vacation, cats are put in kennel or someone may check in on them at home intermittently. Often cats will reduce their activity and water intake due to the change in routine. They can become significantly ill from renal disease as they dehydrate further. Many cats with illness of renal insufficiency will respond to a number of days of supportive care in hospital, and return to their former plateau at home. Sometimes the kidneys are no longer able to function, and a compassionate choice for euthanasia may be made. This is a time for sorrow, but Fun, Flirty, also for feeling blessed for Fabulous Fashion! having shared in the life of a remarkable friend. We will discuss the compassion of euthanasia in next month’s article.

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them in a constant state of dehydration. This is easily managed with regular fluid administration under the skin every one to three days, depending on the cat. Owners can learn to do this at home without difficulty. Many cats have survived months to years with this beneficial support.

toxins of protein metabolism. Extra protein such as tuna, salmon, etc. is not desirable. However, we do not want to greatly reduce the protein intake, as cats are obligate carnivores and need the protein in their diet. If lowered, they will simply break down protein from their own muscles, and we also want to avoid this. A good quality diet of optimum protein levels can be recommended by your veterinarian to best manage your cat’s kidney health.


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The Forgotten Hydrant – Pursuing A Mystery by Sharon Hope An old hydrant streaked with red and yellow paint rests among alders and Douglas fir on the Victoria Airport Authority lands. Less than 50 metres from the hydrant, concrete foundations can be found with notches where joists were fitted. What building would warrant a hydrant, and why was it constructed in the trees?

the airport on its south side as well as water storage tanks of equal size for firefighting located to the north and east. Wooden stave pipes brought the water from Elk Lake and distributed it.

George Maude, stationed at the airport during the Second World War, owns several maps marked “Secret” that show the location of each building constructed there in the 1940s, the plan number and the construction date. The original farm structures taken over by the airport have the landowners’ names: names such as Brethour, Slater, Nunn and Jones. The Jones’s barn, in fact, was used as a nose hanger.

Approximately 6,000 to 7,000 armed force members were stationed at Patricia Bay, including professions as diverse as nurses, doctors, dentists, chaplains, fire fighters, laundry workers and mess staff. There were about 3,500 trainees. Men and women frequented a number of small restaurants and taverns nearby but only Mary’s Bleue Moon Café remains. The Patricia Bay airport even had a pigeon loft allowing a pilot to carry a pigeon with him so that if his radio failed, he could send back a handwritten note. The pigeons’ flight limit was considered to be 300 miles.

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The brown building in question, called “Sector or Fighter Control,” had both phone and power lines brought in from Creswell Road. It was constructed in the trees deliberately to avoid detection in case of Japanese air attack, a possibility taken very seriously. “Sector” was accessed using the Michell farm road that turned south after the farmhouse and extended through the woods to the building. There were at least 30 people working there, divided into three shifts, with personnel driven to the site. The controller stayed all night and one of the women usually cooked his breakfast in the kitchen the following morning. Training for these positions took place in Ontario and no one could take the textbooks home from the classroom. The building was a key radio and detection centre where unfamiliar planes could be tracked and then fighters sent up to investigate. The code name that the pilots used when calling in was “fritter.” Like the British war movies, it had a room where girls pushed labeled model planes about on a large

gridded table map to show the location of the Patricia Bay pilots and unidentified aircraft. The room had a series of daises overlooking the table. It was here that radio equipment was located as well as the commander and his assistant. Initially, messages were received in a series of small rooms at the back of the building but this area was eventually taken over by another group. One young woman working there remembered at least two unusual incidents: once her shift was called back from a dance because a submarine had been detected off a nearby island. In the second instance, a Japanese balloon with a bomb attached, designed to start fires, had drifted over the Pacific to the coast and was discovered hovering above White Rock. These balloons, because of our moist climate, rarely caused fires. Given “Sector’s” role, the building warranted a fire hydrant and it still exists today near the foundations.


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Retirement - Started Planning Yet?


by Fraser Smith hope I don’t live longer than my money.

Have you ever heard anyone say that? Have you ever said that? Ever thought that? Depending on what stage of life you’re at, chances are good you have, I’ll wager. Not a nice thought to be having and when you think about it, a somewhat gloomier way of saying that is: “I hope I die before my money runs out.” Now isn’t that pleasant. The sad fact of it all is that while a few Canadians have begun to think about their pensions and retirement well before that event happens and should be quite well-prepared, a huge number of us have not, and we’ll pay for it. Retirement planning just doesn’t seem to be able to fight its way to the top of the "to-do" list on the fridge. When we’re in our 20s the last thing we are thinking about is retirement. In our 30s we’re too busy saving to buy a house and paying or planning for baby expenses; who can afford to think that far into the future? We hit our 40s and think: “I still have time to plan for my retirement and anyways I have to save for my kids’ education before I can worry about what comes after that.” In our 50s our ears are a bit more tuned to retirement and we’re noticing more discussion on pensions and retirement planning, but when we’re struggling to feed hungry teenagers and/or subsidizing education costs, let’s just say the kids have been better fed throughout the month than the piggy bank. Then we’re in our 60s. Education costs for the kids have disappeared, the house is quieter, we’re taking a bit more time off with the spouse and things seem OK. Of course, the bills still have to get paid, the mortgage – our oldest acquaintance – still must be serviced, the cars have to be kept on the road … at the end of the month there’s still not a lot left over, but whatever there is, maybe we’re putting some away for our retirement. Finally we have some time to sit down and do a bit of the math. We don’t like what we see. Now we start to worry in earnest. Our RRSPs, if we even have any, haven’t amounted to much because over the years, while we may have contributed here and there itsy bitsy-style, it seems



to have been the last aspect of our lives to get any attention. Nope – the RRSPs aren’t going to cut it. Well, there’s the Canada Pension Plan to help out. Bad news – on any given day in the papers, on the web and on TV, we can find fresh, less-than-optimistic news on that "social safety net." It’s in trouble. Well, how about my corporate pension plan? Wait a minute, I don’t have one! Fewer and fewer Canadians do. Trust me, the older you get the more sleep you lose over your pension. Those closer to the far end of the bookends of life may be quite discouraged to be agreeing with the above statement whole-heartedly. Those of you still at the younger end of your lives would be wise to take note if your first thought about retirement planning is: “I’ve got plenty of time to worry about that.” That isn’t a voice in your head. It’s an alarm bell going off. Ignore it at your peril. Take a look at all the people working the doors at the big box stores or behind the counter at fast food restaurants. Have a good look and you’ll notice that a sizeable number of these people are at a stage in life where you’d think they’d much rather be taking that trip to Europe they always promised the spouse, or golfing during the week to avoid the crowds, or planting seasonals in the window boxes, or taking care of the grandkids while the parents are at school or work. Do you think all of these people are working by choice? With a little investigating, you may also discover that in retirement a great number of Canadians have been forced to downsize, whether they want to or not, or start selling the house back to the bank to access monthly cashflow to augment a meagre conventional pension. We most certainly want whether we decide to leave the house to the kids to be our decision. The answer to the pension problem is quite simple and everyone, even you, knows what it is – start providing for your retirement as soon as possible. Not tomorrow. The problem with "tomorrow" is that it always comes again … tomorrow. Do not procrastinate. Start investing in your retirement now when you are as young as you're ever going to be. There are of course many different options and opportunities when planning for retirement and one of them is The Smith Manoeuvre, a strategy which will convert the non-tax deductible interest

of your terribly expensive mortgage to the pleasant deductible variety while at the same time helping you save for retirement. Instead of letting your home equity build up due to rising markets and continual mortgage payments and letting this equity moulder, earning you negative returns due to inflation, on a monthly basis you access whatever equity you've created just by making the mortgage payment you are already making and invest. This accomplishes three things simultaneously: 1) you are generating tax deductions because you are borrowing to invest; 2) you are paying your nondeductible mortgage down significantly faster than otherwise because you are using any resultant tax refunds to overpay

your mortgage, and 3) you are starting to save for your retirement immediately, rather than waiting for your mortgage to be paid off in 25 years before you can start to save. If you have indeed made the decision to start now, then you’ve taken the first step toward your financial well-being. Seek the assistance of a trusted professional. Get help from someone who performs this type of financial assistance for a living. Make a solid plan and stick to it. Be disciplined and do not waver. If you have a mortgage, then maybe your first step is learning about The Smith Manoeuvre; if this is where you’d like to begin, please call LuAnn at 250-656-7077 to learn more and refer to this Seaside Times article. Whatever your action is, take it now. Procrastination is the enemy of your financial success.

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by Dave Gartley Welcome to the first Skin Deep article in a series of many. I’d like to broaden your knowledge of wine without turning you into a “wine snob” or inflicting an excessive amount of mental anxiety. My ultimate goal is to share information that will assist you in tasting, evaluating and pairing wines with the foods you enjoy. The right wine can turn an everyday meal into a 5-star meal! So: “Who is Dave Gartley?” I have been the owner of Gartley Station Fermentations in Saanichton for the past 14 years. I’m a trained and accredited wine and beer judge and the recipient of numerous local, national and international awards as an amateur wine and beer maker. I’m passionate about the ritual of preparation and the appreciation of finely crafted wines and beers and am committed to spreading the good word about wine.

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Nemesis by Steve Zio

Nemesis is almost an onomatopoeic word. It has more brains than “enemy” and more brawn than “foe” or “opponent.” Nemesis implies a rival with fortitude and intelligence – a thorny something or someone capable of nestling under the skin or psyche. Nemesis was the Greek goddess of divine retribution and vengeance. With ire directed at those who succumbed to hubris – arrogance before the gods – Nemesis represented a militant and constant reminder that humility towards natural forces is inviolable. It is an important lesson I have been forced to remember daily at 7:15 a.m. My nemesis has neither the gravitas nor import of the science fiction film, Agatha Christie mystery, Phillip Roth novel or other works called Nemesis. Unlike these fictional creations my nemesis is real and a natural force. My nemesis, you see, is a male pileated woodpecker. Our house atop a rise near Horth Hill Regional Park at the head of the Saanich Peninsula is nestled in a wooded grove consisting of Douglas firs, red cedars, maples and other trees. Built in 1980, our home occupies a lot on a quiet, dead-end street

hospitable to an expanse of wildlife, not the least of which are birds plentiful in number and variety. Of our neighbourhood birds, the most regal in size, bearing and volume is the aforementioned woodpecker. For a local bird, the adult dryocopus pileatus is massive. About the height of a table lamp and weighing something akin to a jar of instant coffee, when compared with the songbirds or hummingbirds that visit us regularly, these woodpeckers are behemoths. Even more remarkable and outstanding than their size are the veritable thunderclaps these birds invoke with their pecking. The north wall of our house is accented by a timber-frame box built for an unconnected chimney originally intended for a woodburning stove. Within this frame rises a long sheet-metal stovepipe open at both ends. Although visually nondescript, when pounded by an attention-seeking pileated woodpecker the combination pipeand-frame structure amplifies and reverberates to a degree anything but ordinary. I can hear the animal’s joy at its discovery. Compared with a tree, our chimney frame must sound like Carnegie Hall.

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a hole in the screen with his multi-tool beak and there he was, inside the bathroom, feasting on the vanilla leaves a metre away from where I stood with door and mouth wide open. There were astonishing amounts of flapping and thrashing – some even from the bird. What to Mr. Pileated might have seemed a large entry hole in the window screen had shrunk to miniscule proportions as an exit and there were stressful moments on both sides of the bird/human divide as this winged break-and-enter specialist made his escape. Finally he was gone but the bathroom lay strewn with debris from leaves and screen. Adrenalin still pumping, I sat on the toilet seat to calm myself. I’d thought these birds large before but, take my word, that bathroom wasn’t big enough for the both of us. Since that time, Mr. Pileated has come and gone and come again. We are currently in the “on” part of the rotation and I wonder how much longer before he tires again of his head-banging exploits. I’ve never liked show-offs and this woodpecker is no exception. At the same time, my personal nemesis has taught me about nature and hubris. Every time he bangs on my wall I am militantly and constantly reminded that humility towards natural forces is inviolable.

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by Chris Burdge, bWEST Interactive Once considered the adversary of print publications, the Internet and particularly social media now represent an opportunity for magazines. Many publishers are still in denial about the popularity of digital media; however, the innovative ones are using popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter to promote and complement the content in their magazines. How can traditional media successfully leverage social media? That's what we intend to find out over the next three months in our “Social Media Challenge” series of articles in the Seaside Times. From reader endorsements to editorial interaction, there’s no shortage of social tools that print publications can leverage to their advantage. No doubt Linda in Sidney loved the May article on biking in Victoria, but the only way for her to pass that along was to mention it to friends. What if she could simply click “Like” or “Tweet” to offer her praise to thousands of “friends” and followers, giving the magazine the type of reader endorsement not possible in print format and driving hundreds of new readers to the site. Exploring the pros and cons of social media over breakfast with Seaside Times publisher Tim Flater recently, we decided to embark on an experi-

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Geocaching – Get to Know Your Park If you’ve ever enjoyed that thrill of discovery or revelled in a sense of victory when you reach the end of an adventure, you’re in for a treat! This summer, as part of Parks Canada’s centennial celebrations, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve launches a new geocache experience – a “treasure hunt for techies.” You, the cacher, will follow a trail of hidden treasure by plugging GPS coordinates into your handy dandy GPS device. An iPhone or a Blackberry will do. Cache boxes containing entertaining stories, maps, photos and activities are hidden in strategic locations throughout the park reserve. The program will be officially launched on June 11th through and on the park website ( The entire family can try out the Gulf Islands Survivor Challenge: each of the four family-friendly routes include four cache sites where kids can test their skills, do fun activities and learn cool stuff.

If you’re looking for a more challenging route, step up to the Gulf Islands Top Ten Challenge. With 10 cache sites on three islands, this route hits the park’s top destinations and covers more varied hiking terrain.

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Conversations From the Past – Alfred Waddington by Valerie Green 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 lesserknown) 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. As an author, I am always interested in the publication of any new book. There is invariably much hype surrounding its “launch” – media attention, reviews and book signings. However, when the very first book rolled off the presses in

British Columbia in December of 1858, little attention was given to it or to its author, Alfred Penderill Waddington. Had I lived back then I would loved to have talked with Mr. Waddington.

Interviewer Mr. Waddington, can you tell me about your early life in England and how and why you first came to British Columbia in the 1850s? Waddington I came to Victoria from San Francisco. I had owned a wholesale grocery business there, but I was born in London, England in 1801, and received my education both there and in Paris at the Ecole Speciale du Commerce. I also studied in Germany. Then,

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I I believe you also opened a grocery business in Victoria upon arrival, so I assume it was after that that you headed for the Cariboo gold fields? W Yes, my business here was called Dulip and Waddington, but eventually I headed for the gold fields to witness for myself what was happening there. So many miners were returning to Victoria full of disillusionment. I What was your first impression of things there? W During the spring and summer of 1858 there was widespread excitement, but by the fall, disappointment was rampant. The flood waters of the Fraser had risen and those who had staked their claims along the river banks lost everything. A large exodus of hopeful miners was about to take place and New Caledonia, as it was then called, was losing its charm. I So what did you decide to do?

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W I wanted to promote the area. I could see great potential in what would soon become the province of British Columbia. I needed to dispute that “bah humbug!” attitude about the Cariboo that was taking place.

I And that’s when you decided to write about it all in your book The Fraser Mines Vindicated? W Yes. Indeed. I spent a few hours of scribbling at spare moments and by November of 1858 I had completed my 49-page manuscript. By early December it was in print. I I understand you had one fairly good review from the Daily Colonist, but the owner of the paper, Amor de Cosmos, also criticized the quality of the print? W Well, you can never satisfy everyone! I had at least presented some first-hand accounts of the gold rush and pointed out that there were still riches to be found – if you searched in the right places. I had revealed the truth.

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a person. Aphids are the people that suck the quality out of your way of life by replacing it with drama, chaos and overall negativity. Who are your nasturtiums and marigolds? You might have someone in your life that always has your welfare, safety and health at heart. They question why you continue relationships with people that bring turmoil and pessimism into your life. They push you to conquer addictions and bad habits. Whether you want their help or not, they’re always there for you, trying to guide you on a less destructive path. We plant sunflowers and corn in our garden to give other plants shelter and support. We all have people that represent these plants in our lives. They provide us with protection from situations and events that can cause us harm and they give us the moral and psychological support to overcome the obstacles placed in front of us. This could be someone who provides financial stability in our lives, spiritual support, emotional support during illnesses and difficult times or someone who is just positive and enthusiastic and encourages and inspires you. Legumes like peas and beans actually feed nitrogen into the soil so that it is unnecessary to use fertilizer the next time you plant.

There are people in our life that serve as muses: they inspire us and give us energy to stretch our wings and be more than we thought possible. They feed our minds and our spirits with ideas that give us both physical and mental energy. They ignite a spark that propels us out of our mundane lives and encourages us to take risks. They are fuel for our fire. They are also the people that feed our mind with information and our bodies with nutrition. They can be looking at your whole health and passing on the information that will build a better you. Companion planting is selecting plant life that contributes to the well-being of the vegetables or flowers in our garden. I think we should be just as careful when we choose the people that we surround ourselves with. If we fail to do this successfully there may be forces out there that are doing a little companion planting for us. All we have to do is realize who is beneficial in our lives and spend more time getting shelter, support, love, direction, energy, inspiration and knowledge from the people around us. We can then become stronger, healthier and more productive. When you’re planning your garden this year, think about planting some companion plants – not just in your garden but in your life.

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What’s Happening – June 2011

Now Open

B.C. First Nations Exhibit Saanich Pioneer Museum 7910 Polo Park Crescent, Saanichton Saturdays & Sundays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 250-658-8347, The display includes a wide range of baskets, arrowheads, stone scrapers, blanket buttons, paddle, bow and mask from along the B.C. coast and into the B.C.interior as well as locally made rush matting and a totem pole carved by Ed Underwood. Tours welcome.

Fridays till July 8 Friday Forum

The Centre For Active Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay, 1 - 2:30 p.m. 250-652-4611, The Centre is offering a new forum of nine speakers on varied topics such as: food sustainability, serious leisure, osteoporosis and the blue whale project. Free admission. Open to all ages. Refreshments served. There will be no forum on July 1st.

Odette Laroche Gallery, 1 - 4 p.m. 203-2527 Beacon Avenue (upstairs), Sidney 250-655-8278,

Presented by the Sonrise Singers, the Youth Choir of Bethany Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas. Admission is by donation. Reception follows the performance.

Take a mini vacation and celebrate new gallery renovations with “The New Paintings,” seascapes and landscapes, oil paintings by Odette LaRoche.

June 11 & 12

June 5

World Oceans Day Beacon Park & Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, 9811 Seaport Pl., Sidney, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 250-665-7511, World Oceans Day is celebrated around the world to honour the body of water that connects us all. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre will be celebrating with the help of the CRD, Parks Canada and many other environmental organizations. The celebrations will include live music, food, storytelling, face painting, videos and presentations. Celebrations will be outside in the Beacon Park and inside the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Visit the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre website for a full list of activities.

June 6

June 1

Early Evening Canoeing (guided paddle)

Star Cinema, Sidney, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. showings,

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich), 6 - 9 p.m. 250-478-3344,

Cycle Night at the Cinema! Join us for an evening of great films for a great cause. 6:30 p.m. – Hoima Bicycle (US/Uganda), Where on Earth is My Bike (Canada/Namibia), Life Cycles (Canada, 2010). 8:30 p.m. - Hoima Bicycle (US/Uganda), Breaking Away (USA 1979). Admission by donation ($10 suggested). All proceeds toward Bicycles For Humanity's work in Africa (see website for further details).

June 1-2

Canadian Blood Donor Clinic Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 1 - 7 p.m. 1-888-2-DONATE, Approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. In fact, according to a recent poll, 52% of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. The good news is that one blood donation – in just one hour – can save up to three lives. Come out and give!

June 4

"The New Paintings" Open House/Show Opening

Paddle in the evening searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary. You must pre-register: $20+HST/pp (15 yrs+); $10+HST/pp (5-14 years and adult non-paddlers).

June 7

Multiculturalism Day Celebration Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 2 p.m. 250-656-0275, Cultural presentations, Latin America Dance, Persian music, an official proclamation by the Sidney Town Crier and more! (No admission.) Followed by a traditional English tea at 3 p.m. – $6.95. Call above # to reserve.

June 9

Contemporary Musical "The Waiting" Peace Lutheran Church, Sidney, 7 p.m. 250-656-2721,

CACSP Spring Studio Tour Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Road, N. Saanich 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-656-2552, Spring brings artists Barry Tate, Craig Benson and Pauline Olesen, all from Piers Island, to the Winery for the Studio Tour. They can't show off their studios on Piers for the tours, so they will bring their work – paintings, stone sculpture, glass and jewelry to the Winery. Joining them will be master goldsmith Terry Venables and painter Mary Kennedy. For a lunch reservation contact

June 13

Kick Off Summer With Stories 1831 Fern Street, Victoria, 7:30 p.m. 250-477-7044, The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Tickets $5 for adults, $3 for students (includes tea & goodies).

June 18

Father's Day Weekend Celebration & Garage Sale B.C. Aviation Museum, 1910 Norseman Road, Sidney, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-655-3300, Bring Dad out to visit the museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – entrance by donation in celebration of Father's Day Weekend. Enjoy our big Garage Sale from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lots of items for everyone!

June 20

Companions of the Quaich Dinner & Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 p.m. 250-658-1109, Jay Wheelock, brand ambassador for Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., will honour us with a return visit. This time he will introduce several premium scotch whiskies distilled by Macallan in Speyside and surprise us, as usual, with a special bottle. Sheena Hogan, executive chef, Sidney Pier Hotel will create the BBQ menu. Members and guest welcome at all events. Dinner & tasting $60, dinner only (designated drivers) $50.

Celebrate Canada on the Peninsula! Canada is so great that we spend June 21st to July 1st celebrating it. This year, Peninsula residents will get together to discover where we come from, learn to appreciate the wealth and diversity our communities offer and take pride in being Canadian. This is an opportunity to gather from coast to coast and proudly celebrate all we have in common. It is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, born in the audacious vision and shared values of our ancestors, and which are voiced in nearly all of the languages of the world through the contribution of new Canadians.

250-656-0275 or visit Canada Day is a time to celebrate the heritage passed down to us through the works of our authors, poets, artists and performers and rejoice in the discoveries of our scientific researchers, in the success of our entrepreneurs, and to commemorate our history. To continue our celebration of Canada on the Peninsula, you will be entertained by the Canada Day Parade July 1st along with fireworks the evening of June 30th. Visit for more information.

During the 11 days we celebrate National Aboriginal Day June 21st, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24th, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27th and of course Canada Day on July 1st.

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Canadian Multiculturalism Day is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and our commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect and to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society. In 2002, the Government of Canada, by Royal Proclamation, designated June 27th of each year as Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

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This year on the Peninsula you can come out and appreciate some of the wealth our community offers with an afternoon celebration at the Mary Winspear Centre. June 27th will see a celebration starting with the official proclamation at 2 p.m. undertaken by Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore. We on the Peninsula will be entertained by various dancers and singers. There is no admission charge. Following the performances, a traditional English afternoon tea will be available. Scones, strawberry jam and cream along with tea and coffee will be served. Cost is $6.95. For tickets or more information call the Mary Winspear Centre Box office at

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The Alzheimer’s Association recommends doing puzzles like Sudoku to strengthen brain cells and the connections between them. Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. * Sudoku Solutions can be found on page 52

Zais Astrology – June 2011 by Heather Zais ( Aries (march 21 - april 19) Put a positive spin on plans and projects that will affect others. Some concern or involvement relates to housing. Extra running around could tax your patience with no way around it. Keep your options open or negotiate.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) Take your plans to a larger format or daring level. Flashes of insight show a short cut to the finish line. Expect the unexpected on any level. Meet with others over distance to conclude agreements in person, then relax.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) You feel more optimistic about your finances as changes are under way. Make sure the data you are relying on is correct. Jupiter moving into your sign gives you a boost. Your intuition guides your next moves forward.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) The influence of Jupiter brings opportunities on many levels, especially with anything jointly held. Expect returns or to "cash in," no matter what the circumstances. Your focus or motivation is enhanced. Future looks good.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) Start fresh under the new moon in your sign. A change of look or manner works well for you. Pursue your goals with confidence as they unfold in positive ways. Don't look back. You feel freer as you take an alternate path.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) The new moon solar eclipse will place added emphasis on relationships – personal or business. Decisions improve or advance arrangements. Work or career matters get a boost from Jupiter(your ruling planet) – it's good.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Look behind the scenes or review confidential data, relating to yourself or others. Follow particular guidelines to give you an edge. Play your cards close to the vest – let others show theirs. Put the past behind you for good.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Your personal sense of power increases. You can say "I told you so." Positions or status changes affect the workplace pecking order. Pay attention to health matters – yours or others. Jupiter brings you romance or children.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) Associates – near or far – take on added importance now. Don't be afraid to spread your wings. Connections you make or revive will bring added gains to the bottom line. A positive attitude helps you up the ladder of success.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Wishes can come true regarding home or living situation. Expand, improve or add to your holdings. There will be easy circumstances attached. Other countries or foreigners capture your interest. Travel or entertain.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) The new moon solar eclipse has an affect on your career or status. Stay the course to get to the finish line, then you can relax. Jupiter moves into harmony with your sign, allowing you to travel or have a pleasant holiday.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) Changes with family or associates are sudden – think on your feet. Others wait to see what you will do. Endings can be new beginnings if handled in a positive manner. Decide on home or base of operations – it's time.

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The Promise of Summer our little piece of West Coast paradise is a must. First off, I will try to do as much of my shopping at local farm markets as possible. I recently picked up a copy of Farm Fresh, a yearly guide to fresh local farm produce, and it's a great reference to make sure you don't miss any of the Island's hidden gems. You can pick up a copy at many locations but if you can't find it, visit the Farm Fresh website at for a comprehensive list of local farms.

This summer, I have committed to exploring and taking advantage of all the Peninsula has to offer. While sitting on the grass at my boyfriend's cricket game last night, I took a deep breath of the sweetsmelling, still-slightly-cool air and looked out at the beautiful fields and blue sky before me. Once again I was reminded how lucky I am to live here, and making sure I reap the benefits of

A great source for "everything fresh," the Peninsula Country Market has been running at the Saanich Fairgrounds (1528 Stelly's X Road) for 20 years and offers everything from pie to produce! It runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 8th. I think that exploring your own backyard is just as important as shopping locally, and I'm sure many of my readers feel the same way. In this issue I tried to bring you lots of articles that will give you tons of ideas for doing just that. From horse shows at the Saanichton Fairgrounds to youth sailing lessons at Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club and geocaching with Parks Canada, there is no shortage of things for you to do locally this spring and summer.

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