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the Peninsula: 10 Celebrating A World-Class Destination!
"Diverse By Nature" – the rebranding of Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula
the Grape 30 Romancing Focus on Peninsula Wineries Spotlight 40 Restaurant The Saanich Roadhouse Bar & Grill – A Happening Place!
Columns First Word............................................ 8 Forbes & Marshall............................16 Smell the Coffee............................. 23 Island Dish........................................ 26 Weatherwit...................................... 35 Tweet This!........................................ 57 Last Word......................................... 63
departments 9................................................. Letters 14................................... Can We Talk? 29.................................. Seaside News 34.............................. Common Cents 36......................................... Footprints 44.................... West Coast Gardener 47......... Young Readers Book Review 51.............................. Veterinary Voice 55....................................Grey Matters 60..........................What's Happening 62.................................. Entertainment
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"Island Dish" monthly columnist Jennifer Bowles My most favourite smell is our family BBQ as it heats up surrounded by a pocket of June sunshine! Wafting smells of fire and coal fill the air, my flipflops and T-Shirt on and my everyday suit parked in my closet. For me, this month’s pork burger is the epitome of summer fare: juicy grilled pork, velvety brie and spicy arugula all dance together to make one of the most sumptuous burgers of the summer! Twenty-two years in the food and beverage industry has given me a few things, but one that I will never forget is that food is always a blank canvas and your imagination is the brush … . "Veterinary Voice" monthly columnist Dr. Shelley Breadner, Breadner Veterinary Services. I have always had two passions: being a veterinarian and being an artist. I find honour in being an advocate for the pets that I tend. Their families also need support, and we work together to find the best way to care for their pets. I enjoy sharing important health topics with the animal lovers of our community. We see so many different animal species in our practice, and preventive measures are best for optimum health, including simple things like water intake in cats. But how does one make it interesting and informative? That is where my artistic passion finds its path in my articles. Thanks, Seaside Times; I enjoy supporting your highly creative community magazine! Freelance writer Linda M. Langwith June has been a great month as I love to craft a story and this time I have three in Seaside Times! You’ll discover some wonderful places in “Romancing the Grape,” a wine tour of the Saanich Peninsula – I’m looking forward to a bit of serious sampling this summer. “Sanctuaries in the City” showcases two of my very favourite gardens, Abkhazi and the grounds of Government House – I hope they’ll become special places for you too. “Do It For Your Dad” features the upcoming Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer, of special poignancy for me as I lost my husband to this disease. Freelance writer Susan Simosko I am delighted to have two articles in Seaside Times this month. What a pleasure to write about "Diversity by Nature," the new tagline for the Peninsula. Everyone I spoke with is excited about the new image, and the connector shuttle service scheduled to start in July. Their enthusiasm definitely rubbed off while I was preparing the piece! The same is true for the article about the Saanich Roadhouse Bar and Grill. Its owners are passionately committed to offering new and adventuresome foods and music – underscoring, indeed, the remarkable diversity of tastes and talent on the Peninsula.
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first w o rd Summer is here soon … it has to be!
what’s happening on the Saanich Peninsula: what’s fun, important, creative and worth a look.
We’ve all been anxiously waiting for the temperature to rise, the flowers to bloom and our moods to lighten after what feels like a long schlep through winter.
In this issue we’ve done just that. We asked Susan Simosko to talk with Angus Matthews, executive director of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, as he and three other organizations have come together to investigate how they could better promote Sidney and the Peninsula as a world-class destination.
At Seaside Times, the mood is one of a special celebration, as this marks my one-year anniversary (and our sixth year in business), since purchasing the magazine last June. Not only is Seaside Times the longest-publishing community magazine on the Saanich Peninsula, but we have some of the longest-established clients in the city. We know that a business can only be as healthy and successful as the community it serves. In order to survive, small businesses today not only have to be innovative, financially sound and forward thinking, they must be flexible, too. In these ways, Seaside Times has evolved and grown over the past six years, staying in step with the rapidly-changing economic landscape. As creators of a community magazine, our job remains the same. However, we know it is not enough simply to roll out reader surveys. We must strive to make sure we give our readers the latest intelligence on
"After analyzing hundreds of responses from focus groups, the number one thing that emerged," says Angus, "is the remarkable diversity found on the Peninsula." This led to the adoption of the "Diverse by Nature" tagline and logo (see story page 10). Just as Seaside Times has become an integral part of the community over the years, it has to continue to evolve and be shaped by the community it serves. These four groups – Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Butchart Gardens, Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse and Victoria Butterfly Gardens – are also doing just that by creating a sense of community pride and attracting more visitors to explore all that the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. So as you sit down and enjoy another issue of Seaside Times, please don’t be shy! Send us your letters, ideas and comments and tell us what makes "you" have such a sense of pride for living on the Peninsula!
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letters Seaside Times welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via email@example.com. Letters may be edited for space and content. My name is Jamie Day and I manage the Prairie Inn Pub. I have to say that a few months back, and for many years before that, I have been very hesitant to advertise. I was unable to judge whether our advertising was working unless a coupon was attached! I am proud to say that I have found an option that works for me, and that is the Seaside Times. This magazine is read by many people on the Peninsula and is a very well-operated business. I have had so much feedback and response from customers about my ads that I know people are actually reading the magazine. It would be my recommendation that if your business is not meeting its full potential or you are just starting out, use the Seaside Times to bolster your business. Jamie Day, Prairie Inn Pub
✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ I belong to the Peninsula Singers and wanted to thank you for including details of our upcoming show in your April issue! We're also newly on Facebook so I paid close attention to Chris Burdge's article on social networking. I'm already using his tips to help build our presence
on Facebook and YouTube. All funds raised during our concerts go directly back into the community, and support from local businesses and publications like yours work wonders when it comes to spreading the word about the fabulous shows we have in store for our audiences! All the Best, Adrienne Dyer
✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ One of the first responses I received to the "Can We Talk" interview in the April edition came from an Aboriginal language champion in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your online edition was forwarded Downunder by a local reader of the print edition. The Aussie recipient immediately struck up a dialogue, reminding me once again of the relevance of both print and new media in today's communication technologies – especially when the two are merged as professionally as you do at the Seaside Times! Thanks again for raising awareness about endangered languages. Peter Brand Our Apologies: In the May 2012 issue story "Saanich School District Jumpstarts Student Careers – Alex Flatman," it was stated that Alex is doing his apprenticeship at Victoria Shipyards. He is, in fact, serving his apprenticeship at the Federal Department of National Defence Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton.
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Celebrating the Peninsula: A World-Class Destination! "Diverse by Nature" may not sound as sweet as Victoria's "City of Gardens" or as provocative as Las Vegas' "Sin City," but "it is who we are," says Angus Matthews, executive director of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Diverse by Nature is the new tagline for the Saanich Peninsula, with Sidney at its centre. "Part of our problem," Angus says, "is that we are surrounded by so much natural beauty, we sometimes take it for granted
'Diverse by Nature' serves as a unifying descriptor for the entire community – Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula." With the support of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, four organizations joined forces to investigate how they could better promote Sidney and the Peninsula, regionally and internationally, as a worldclass destination. They wanted to identify and celebrate the qualities that make our part of the world so unique. The four partners: Butchart Gardens, Sea Cider Farm and
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until we hear a visitor say 'Wow! This is incredible.' Then we notice." Angus, along with several other community leaders who have worked on the "rebranding" of Sidney and the Peninsula over the past two years, hopes that the new tagline and logo will help to create a sense of community pride and yes, attract more visitors to explore all the Peninsula has to offer. "Promoting Sidney alone is not as effective as promoting the whole Peninsula," says Angus. "We hope that
Ciderhouse, Victoria Butterfly Gardens and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, sponsored focus groups across the region with residents, visitors and representatives of business, industry and the non-profit sector. "After analyzing hundreds of responses, the number one thing that emerged," says Angus, "is the remarkable diversity found on the Peninsula. We are surrounded by water, mountains, forests and rich agricultural land, all teeming with life and each providing an “Whatever we set out to make, we should make as well as we can. To do otherwise is spiritless.” P. T. Sudo
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According to Angus and Lisa, the logo and tagline will be visible across the community this summer, most notably on the Peninsula Attractions Connector (PAC), a shuttle bus scheduled to run during July and August. The Connector, managed by CVS Sightseeing, will link BC Ferries and Washington State Ferries with several major attractions on the Peninsula, the Town of Sidney and downtown Victoria. "It's going to be a great get-on-and-off service," says Doug Taylor, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. "People will be able to stop at one, two or three attractions, shop, enjoy a meal in Sidney or Victoria, and still get back to their car or ferry on time." Once purchased, passes will be good for unlimited travel over two days. "We hope the Connector attracts people from Victoria, Vancouver and Washington State who want a day or two out exploring and enjoying the Peninsula," says Doug. "They can leave their cars at home or in a ferry terminal and still travel from one end of the Peninsula to the other, all for under $10. Now that's a good buy!" As if to celebrate the high level of creativity found a across the Saanich Peninsula, Lisa explains how she hopes the tagline will be used. "Anyone can use or modify 'Diverse by Nature'," she says. "People can adapt it to suit their own needs. For example, I can well imagine something like 'Travel by Nature' to attract people to all the excellent kayaking and canoeing opportunities available on the Peninsula or – dare I say it – 'Shop by Nature.' Sidney is, after all," she says with a glint in her eye, "a seaside town that offers great, and very diverse, shopping!" Anyone interested in using the logo and tagline to promote, advertise or celebrate their Peninsula-based products and services can request a copy by contacting Holy Cow Communication Design at http://holycowcom.com/. Information about Connector fares and schedules are available at www.attractionsconnector.com or by phoning 1-877-578-5552.
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Do It For Your Dad by Linda M. Langwith The third Sunday in June is Father’s right? It just seems like women are far Day, and before you groan and say it’s more proactive about health issues just a cheap marketing ploy to get you than men. So this Father’s Day, why to spend money, why not embrace it not put the focus on his health and as the perfect opportunity to celebrate encourage dad to do those things fatherhood? Whether you’re a new dad that will ensure he’ll be there for the coping with the demands of a baby, grandkids in the future. The Do It or a dad with grown-up kids, you For Dad Fathers Day Walk/Run for should know that dads play pivotal Prostate Cancer is held at Royal Roads roles in the lives of their children. They University on June 17th and promises often assume the mantle of primary a fun day out for the whole family. caregivers, volunteer at their children’s Run the 8K or walk the 3K, sponsor school and master the art of running a participant or make a donation. a household. It’s not so much that they Whichever you choose, you’ll be are taking the place of mothers, but that sending the message that dad’s health they are bringing their own unique is important. Details can be found perspectives and gifts to the wonders at http://www.theprostatecentre. and challenges of parenthood, with org/2012/fathersdayrun/information. the active support of their partners. As If you’re a grown-up kid needing to for us mothers, wouldn’t you rather rekindle the relationship with your your husband become accomplished dad because you’ve drifted apart or at cooking dinner, changing diapers, you’ve just been too busy, now’s the shopping for groceries, cleaning up little messes and entertaining the kids so that you can get on with your career Central Saanich or enjoy some me-time? Sharing the role is a win-win situation all around, Central Saanich with the kids coming out on top.
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ca n we talk? . ................... Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Iain Muir, Petro Barrier Systems assists in significantly reducing the risk of contaminating water systems due to oil spills, other hydrocarbon accidents and heavy metal contamination. You have a patent called MLM technology: a containment system equipped to filter urban runoff and contain large oil spills from entering the water system. How did the company arrive at this patent and how does this new technology work in the real world? Iain Muir, president of PBS spent a number of years as a consultant, working for an American firm
in the oil spill containment field. After discovering that the technology being used by this company to contain spills had some deficiencies when applied to Canadian applications, Muir spent two years refining and redeveloping the current technology which has been patented in both the U.S. and Canada. The technology has been adapted for use in a number of different applications including Floor Drain Filters for use in transformer vaults, Storm Drain Protectors for use in storm and sewer drains and Berm Barriers for large transformer sites and fuel stations. The patented technology is a mixture of various absorbent chemicals, in which the majority of hydrocarbon oils (gasoline, diesel, PCB’s and paint solvents) are removed and contained while allowing the water to continue to flow into the water system. Major oil spills around the world can be estimated to have released over 925,000 tonnes of oil into the marine environment, and stories about these horrendous types of spills are ubiquitous. Each year, it is estimated that 84,000 tonnes of oil products are released in North America through on-land human activity and enter the marine environment through runoff and other means, mainly through storm and sewer drains. In the 22 years the big spills cover, our on-land spills dripping from old cars, leaky equipment and general carelessness total 1,848,000 tonnes, or about double what the highly publicized offshore spills generated. Why do you think there is so little coverage of these “average” spills? It is because oil drops from vehicles and machinery is simply less sensational than a large oil spill. It is easier for people to see the devastation that a large spill creates on the environment, but not as easy to see the gradual devastating effects of hydrocarbon oil pollution as a result of urban runoff/human activity. What successes have you had in our community, whether with local businesses or local government that have embraced your technology with the concerted effort to make a difference in the environment?
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On a municipal level, both Sidney and Colwood have been very pro-active in protecting storm drains from hydrocarbon pollution and in doing so have adopted or recommended the use of our technology for use in drains that are proximal to delicate ecosystems. Sidney was the first Municipality to protect their drains using our technology.
President & Founder, Petro Barrier Systems Inc. As far as local businesses, we have had success in the automotive and marine field. A number of local automotive dealers, including Metro Lexus Toyota, Pacific Mazda and others are protecting shop and parking drains with our products and complying with local bylaws and specifications. Local yacht clubs including the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and Delta Yachts have purchased filtration systems from us, which allow them to clean and recycle waste water from the washing of boats. In 2006, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club had to comply with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada to ensure that contaminated waters do not exit into the ocean. Your firm launched a comprehensive system that allowed the marina to recycle their wash water and use it for watering lawns around the property, complying with this request. How does this system work exactly? The wash water is collected in a sump/large drain where the solids in the water are allowed to settle. After solids have settled, the supernatant water (water above the solids) is pumped into a second sump/large which is then pumped through a pre-filter, incorporating the MLM oil absorbent technology into a fourcompartment oil water separator (in a capacity compliant with the CRD regulations) and finally through two pressure filters which are responsible for removing residual oil and a variety of heavy metals including copper, zinc, mercury and phosphorous. The clean water, which meets regulatory specifications, is then pumped to a storage tank for subsequent re-use. It also meets specifications for disposal into the Sea. You are working on another important patent-pending technology that will give you the capability of monitoring filtration system performance, i.e. storm drains, and will assist clients in determining their high risk areas and
President & Founder Petro Barrier Systems Inc. Petro Barrier Systems Inc. is dedicated to the protection of our natural water systems from contaminants including hydro-carbon oil, heavy metals and hazardous chemicals using patented technology. Founded in 2002 by President Iain Muir, after many years of research and development Petro Barrier Systems products can be found all over the world in a variety of different markets (hydro electric, municipal, automotive, marine) and applications, such as floor drains and storm and sewer drains. Recently the company has developed an innovative system to treat water from contaminated sites.
alerting them of potential problems, i.e. a large oil spill. Can you expand on this? With the help of two Camosun college engineering professors, we have patent-pending technology which has been demonstrated to provide important information/data on an ongoing, daily basis and can be done at a distance as it incorporates wireless technology. Sensors have been developed, which indicate the presence of oil in the water. This information is then wirelessly transmitted to an online data base, which allows us and the client to monitor drains remotely. You were recently awarded a contract by Farmer Construction Ltd., on behalf of League Assets, to manage the contaminated water from the site for the $1-billion mixed use development known as the Capital City Centre. Is this a big undertaking? At times, this project was difficult, but the PBS team worked tirelessly with Farmer Construction Ltd. to overcome obstacles and eventually produce quality results from both a quality control and performance standpoint. This system allows Farmer to pump contaminated site water, produced as a result of excavation, into the sanitary sewer, while abiding by municipal regulations, instead of having to ship it away for treatment, saving the client time and money. Iain, you started the company back in 2002. Looking back, did you ever think that you would have accomplished as much as you have? Can you give us a hint to whatâ€™s next, especially with Zac and Mike on board to manage and expand the sales and marketing for the company? Looking back on it I donâ€™t think I expected to make as much progress as we have, but it is gratifying to know that our solutions to contamination problems have been successful and work extremely well. I also never expected to see our products being used outside of North America but they are currently being used all over the world. As far as the next step, I have been conscious for quite some time that this company needed more of a sales and marketing focus and I have recruited Zac and Mike, both recent graduates from the Bachelor of Commerce program at Royal Roads University, to remedy this situation. They will bring fresh, youthful legs and ideas to the company. They are currently working on expanding distribution channels, penetrating new markets to which our technology is applicable and shifting the focus of the company from just a product manufacturer to both a product manufacturer and service provider. The company will continue to find viable solutions to contaminated water problems, wherever they may occur, as we have done for the last 10 years. Photo courtesy www.joannway.com. Left to right: Mike Ansley, Iain Muir, Zac Dalrymple. SEASIDE â€ŠTIMES | june 2012 | www.seasidetimes.ca
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A Father's Lament by Michael Forbes Last month I joked with Lisa that Mother's Day is really just a dress rehearsal for Father's Day. On mom's big day we work out all of the bad mojo so when Father's Day arrives I will have a wondrous day free of kid fights, and plenty of chili cheese dogs and alone time in the bathroom. I know I’m kidding myself because lets face it, dad’s big day never lives up to an event devoted solely to mothers. I won’t be going off to meander around Butchart Gardens, there will be no vouchers for a spa day or a bouquet of fresh flowers. If I’m lucky, I’ll get a drugstore card and a pair of socks. Nothing has really changed since I was a kid other than the fact that my dad got the same card and a school-crafted ashtray. The contrast in days is just the way it’s always worked. Mothers are those angels that carried us in their womb for nine months and kissed our boo boo’s when we fell off our bike. Dad scooped you up and gave you to mom and put the chain back on your ride. For mom, it’s that kind of unconditional love that inspires her children to repay her by taking her out for brunch. It may be that the mom lets them know they are loved no matter what and dad’s job is
to prepare his kids for the real world and in that role, something may be lost. My two boys are getting older too fast and it seems like yesterday when I could magically find a quarter behind their ear or amaze them with my stunning shoe lace tying powers. Then one day my 14-year-old wakes up and convinces himself that his father might actually be a moron. Yes, from his view, I’ve stumbled around my whole life like a giant bumbling baby unable to do anything for myself. It’s obvious to my hormonal teen that I cannot drive a car, I certainly am not capable of picking out my own clothes and it was announced at the dinner table the other night that I chew weird. It’s as if I was feeling a little too good about myself so I hired a heckler to follow me around just to put me in my place. They tell me it could be worse: I could have had girls. If you are a father, then you already know that it’s really tough sometimes to wear the dad hat and, although we try and do our best, some of us may have occasional doubts and wonder whether we might actually be making a mess of things. It seems though, just when you are lamenting what a tough gig this is, they surprise you by saying “I Love You” or find something you do to be “epic.” It gives you hope that maybe this bumbling moron might someday eventually turn back into their dad again. Until that day, I’ll be holed up in my heckle-proof bathroom, reading my drug store card and admiring my perfectly tied shoes. 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.
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Saanich School District Jumpstarts Student Careers – Daniel Wason by Devon MacKenzie The Saanich School District and the Individual Learning Centre offer students many opportunities, and 18-yearold Daniel Wason is no exception. Wason began at District 63’s ILC when he was in ninth grade and since then, with the help of ILC Career Counselor Wendy Walker, he has discovered a career path that he hopes will take him far. After beginning at ILC Wason chose to participate in District 63’s specialized trade program in the welding field. The program, which is dedicated to giving high school students the opportunity to learn skilled trades while still earning credits towards their graduation, is offered to any student who is interested in pursuing a skilled trade. In order to make the program possible, the school district partners with the Industry Training Authority of B.C. and various post-secondary institutions to enable students to incorporate the building blocks of their desired trade into their high school education plan. “We work with the individual student, so each program is tailored specifically to the student's needs and their desired trade, essentially creating a personalized learning plan,” explained Walker, one of the program coordinators.
The welding program that Wason chose to pursue is comprised of both comprehensive technical training through classroom time at Camosun, as well as a gradual introduction to working in a fully functional fabrication shop. “I loved being a part of the program,” said Wason. “It is so great because it’s a lot more fun than school was for me and it was also much more practical. It was a great opportunity.” Wason achieved his work experience hours through Sherwood Industries, located in the Keating Industrial Park, and is now attending ILC to complete his final credits for graduation. Once he has completed his Level C welding certification, Wason says he is planning on pursuing a higher qualification. “I’d really like to continue at Camosun in the program and go back [there] in February and earn my Level B,” Wason said. Meg Robinson, Wason’s math teacher at ILC, touts the trades program for engaging students who might otherwise lose interest in the standard education stream. “Daniel came to ILC as a capable but less than enthusiastic student. Off to Camosun he went to the welding program and he absolutely excelled. He came back not only a skilled trades worker but also a student with a renewed sense of purpose for completing his graduation,” said Robinson. Through his involvement with the school district’s skilled trades program, Wason has not only achieved great work experience but he has also gained great life
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experience by being part of the Skills Canada BC Competition for the South Vancouver Island Region which was held at Camosun’s Interurban Campus recently. Wason competed against other secondary school apprentice welders and won the gold medal, and advanced to the provincial Skills Canada Competition as a result of his regional win. 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 a career coordinator at any Saanich secondary school: Garry Arsenault, 250-658-6679; Roger Pires, 250655-2715; Wendy Walker, 250 5140259; Stu Rhodes, 250-415-9211. For an overview of the trade training opportunities offered by the 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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June 13th is June Bug Day! In 1973, I invented June Bug Day. It was a family celebration for about six years and then faded into the background of my children’s growing up, but I always thought it deserved wider appreciation.
be the day when The Great June Bug would come to our home to reward these special kids for being so wonderful at looking after Dad.
At the time I was raising (or being raised by) three energetic kids, having been separated from my wife for about five months. Then, after a long late-night discussion, she and I reached a tentative reconciliation and she came back. The next morning, June 13th, I rushed into the children’s rooms rousing them to “Come see what the June Bug had brought” and herded them into my bedroom to find their mom, somewhat less enthusiastic than I at that hour, restored to her usual place. Sadly, the reconciliation didn’t last, but the June Bug idea did.
Over the next few years, the mythology was developed and refined so that it turned into the time when TGJB rose out of the lawns of the nation and carried summer toys to all the good little boys and girls who had taken mom or dad breakfast in bed the previous year. It became a time to provide small gifts of tennis balls or baseballs or swim suits or goggles, and to capitalize on the kids’ natural desire to do nice things for me. Besides, they could put together a pretty nice breakfast, so I also stood to gain from the occasion.
The following year, I prepared everyone for June Bug Day. It would
In a couple of years, we were cutting up magazines to make cards
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There was some good-natured grumbling from neighbours, of course. You can’t have kids explaining the new badminton game they were setting up as a June Bug Day present without creating a bit of upset in the immediate community. Fortunately, no one but us remembered the event from year to year. I don’t know just when we stopped celebrating June 13th as June Bug Day. I think at some point after they were in high school and we weren’t spending summers together on the road or camping, it just stopped happening. I thought of reviving it when the grandchildren came along, but I didn’t want to impose something so personal on the next generation, or maybe I didn’t even think it through that far. It had been first something to celebrate hope, and then a distraction from loss, and both the hope and the loss were ours, not their kids’. I think at some point we all matured into the knowledge that we didn’t need magic to determine our responses to the events of our lives, either good or bad. The Great June Bug hasn’t flown since.
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and having a pretty good time of it. Once I provided sets of envelopes which led each kid on a round-the-house search for the June Bug gift. Once, I started each with a lure attached to fishing line which they had to follow to find the rod. They got into the spirit of the celebration too: one famous ditty penned by my youngest to the eldest (though much to his disgust) went: “Because you haven’t been naughty/Look by the camper’s portapotty.” It was a masterpiece of poetic scansion if not hygienic discretion.
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Memorial Display to Honour Local Veterans by Chelsey Foote In 1921, when the North Saanich Women’s Institute and Sidney Athletic Club decided to create a memorial for the men and women who lost their lives in the Great War, they wanted a place where the entire community could gather and feel united. The War Memorial Athletic Park and playground was purchased by the two clubs, and by 1922, the park was officially dedicated. Known as a place to be used by all, including the local softball teams and tennis players, the park quickly became a place to celebrate life, as well as mourn locals who paid the ultimate price. Sidney’s reputation as a town which holds remembrance in high regard was further exhibited with the erection of a memorial cairn in 1924 at the Park. The cairn, created almost completely by rocks brought from individual farms from across the Peninsula, demonstrated the personal bond locals felt with this memorial. When the memorial cairn was moved in 1970 to the Sidney Town Hall, the next generation carried on with the strong tradition of honouring those who gave their lives in war.
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Now, on the 90th anniversary of the Memorial Park, the Mary Winspear Centre is planning to once again honour the past with a Memorial Display. The display will focus on the personal sacrifices and hardships suffered not only by the global community, but much closer to home, here on the Saanich Peninsula. To continue this tradition, the display will be unveiled at the Mary Winspear Centre on November 11th, 2012. It will seek to cover not only the two World Wars, but also Canada’s other international efforts including Korea and Afghanistan, as well as our long history as a nation of peacekeeping. In order to complete this project, the Mary Winspear Centre, with the assistance of the Sidney Archives, require local help to fully narrate the story of not only those who fought for our country, but those who were left behind. Personal stories, letters, photographs and any other keepsakes from these time periods are extremely important for the project and will help to ensure that future generations will continue to understand the importance of the sacrifice local men and women made. Anyone that can assist in providing items and information for this project please contact the Sidney Archives at 250-656-1322. We would appreciate hearing from you. www.seasidetimes.ca | june 2012
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The Music of Coffee by Steve Sheppard Music plays such an important role in the feel of a café, but few people can name a song about coffee, so … one, two, a-one-two-three-four. One of the first songs I ever heard with any mention of java was called Coffee & Cigarettes by the famous Otis Redding, and while I’ve never had the urge to ruin a great cup of coffee with a smoke, I definitely appreciate the historic nature of this song. Another icon in the music business, a barely-known to the "text generation" Frank Sinatra, brought his distinct tone to The Coffee Song, which is really an ode to Brazil. The song Black Coffee by Sarah Vaughn should, under no circumstances, be confused with the other song called Black Coffee by the band Everlast. While the songs share the same name they are a very different, much like what you would expect when you buy a cup of black coffee from "Charbucks" compared to that of one from a local roaster who is committed to freshness. The Everlast version is tolerable if you consider the guitar (like adding a lot of cream and sugar), but the vocal is harsh and over-roasted (oops, I mean overdone). Sarah Vaughn, on the other hand, brings sweetness, liveliness and clarity to her rendition, much like what freshly roasted coffee brings to your cup. I digress, back to the music.
it: Cup of Coffee. Whether you are a fan of Bob Dylan or not, he might have started the takeout coffee trend with … "One more cup of coffee for the road, one more cup of coffee before I go … to the valley below," which tells you it was at least his second coffee of the day, and confirms he was a coffee lover through and through. A coffee song that I feel compelled to warn you about is Black Coffee In Bed by an '80s band called the Squeeze, which makes me want to reach for the decaf (Swiss Water of course). Then there’s the song by Dire Straits called Expresso Love, which shouldn't be confused with our love of espresso. No matter, Mark Knopfler is outstanding on guitar as always. As a barista of many years I witnessed my fair share of Mrs. Jones moments, which is also a song that talks about cafés and how they play a role in relationships. If you have a chance, check YouTube for this song being performed by a talented Canadian singer Zappacosta, who is no relation to Frank Zappa, who may not have sung about coffee but was definitely "on it" most of the time, smart man … Steve out.
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Think for a moment. What was the best burger you ever had? Was it a juicy beef burger oozing with cheddar, crisp lettuce and fresh tomato? Maybe it was a spicy chicken burger loaded with sautéed onions, hot sauce and blue cheese. How about a veggie burger stacked with fresh sprouts, crunchy green pepper rings and lemon mayo? Any way you slice it, there are a million variations of this old classic. The bottom line is: burgers = good food. It’s classic comfort food that everybody craves, perfect in summer sunshine or when you just need some serious nosh. There is a tradition in my family that, in lieu of gifts for birthdays and special occasions, my husband and I will cook each other dinner. Not just any dinner, but a "four-courser" complete with a few starters, an entrée and dessert. Frankly, I would rather have a meal cooked for me with love then chocolates and flowers any day. Last June it was my turn to cook for Father’s day. It was fast approaching and I was mulling over my menu. My husband loves curry and of course loves a flavorful, juicy burger. I wondered how I might be able to combine flavors into one burger … and I came up with a gem – a curried pork burger. Over the last year this has been in regular rotation at our house – it’s delicious and deceptively easy. I decided on pork as the base; it's light and more able to carry subtle flavours than beef. Beef commands strong companions with sauce and cheese selections, and I wanted the curry (and other flavours) to shine. Next, I had to figure out how to incorporate his favourite curry topping: 26
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raisins. I debated a raisin mayo, but thought the texture might not work, so I tossed a handful of golden raisins into a pound of ground pork and seasoned with salt, pepper and a teaspoon of curry powder (mild to hot, your choice). The next ingredient to tackle was mango chutney: I couldn’t decide if it should be a condiment or in the patty, so I did both! I pureed ¼ cup of mango chutney and added 2 to 3 tablespoons to the meat. I worried I was risking the burger being too sweet, but the saltiness of the pork balances perfectly and I knew I could accent the burger with a bold sauce and a good cheese. That’s the mixture for the pork patty all done; next up was the burger sauce. Mayo as the base of course. I mixed it with the remaining pureed chutney, a pinch of cardamom and a few leaves of minced cilantro. Blended together it makes a gorgeous sauce, balancing the bright taste of the cilantro with chutney and spice. The cheese was an easy pick: double cream brie. The velvety texture and mild flavour is the perfect top to this beautiful burger. Last, but ever important, is the bun. Choose a bun that isn’t your everyday kaiser. Check out your local bakery; look for something unique for this bad boy. I’ve done poppy-seed, Naan bread and even in a pita. The patties works best on a grill, but try it in the oven or even on a griddle and you won’t be disappointed! So the moral of this story is your favourite dish can easily be flipped into a burger extraordinaire. Enjoy! Any way you slice it, there are a million variations on this age-old classic. Wine Pairing Suggestion, courtesy of Liquor Express: When the sun is out, the grill is on and the spice is up, you need a pairing to meet the heat all around. A dry or just off-dry rosé would be a great fit. The fresh fruit will complement the mango and raisin sweetness, and the acidity will carry the curry spice. Of course, it’s nice to cool off with a chilled rosé on a hot day too! We have many excellent examples from B.C., or look for a juicy Spanish rosado (Spanish for rosé) for an international choice. Reiki • Ceremonies • Drum Journeys • Medicine Wheels • Power Animals Crystal Chakra Balancing • Reiki Drumming … and much more
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The Next Wave by Tina Kelly Like the surfers at Long Beach, we’re waiting for the next wave. A surfer’s wave is comprised of water; ours will be of youth. Each year The Ocean Project picks a theme for World Oceans Day, June 8th. "Youth: The Next Wave of Change" is 2012’s theme. In honour of this theme, I’ve sought out local youth and asked them each four questions.
What do you love about the ocean? Hunter (Age 13): Everything. Casey (Age 18): I love how endless the ocean is. When you look out over it you see only water and islands but underneath there is a whole different world with so many species and colours. Janelle (Age 13): I like the variety and the colours of the animals. People who come to the touchpool at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre are always amazed at the colours. Sierra (Age 13): All of the animals.
What is your favourite species and why? Hunter: Striped perch. I really like the shape of them. Casey: My favourite animals are octopuses and nudibranchs. I like how intelligent octopuses are and how both species function. Janelle: Everything, but I especially like grunt sculpins. Sierra: Grunt sculpins and Pacific spiny lumpsuckers because they are so small.
What do you think is an environmental concern for the Salish Sea or the world’s oceans in general?
Hunter : Abalone poaching because abalone is an endangered species. Casey: If the new Enbridge pipeline gets built, there will be many concerns about our coast and the safety of our water and animals. This will affect our lives. When I think of the West Coast, I think peaceful, freshness and beauty, not oil tankers! Janelle: Pollution and boats going through eelgrass beds destroying the plants. Sierra: Oil spills.
What steps are you taking towards improving the health of the ocean? Hunter: Sometimes I go to the beach and pick up garbage. I also volunteer at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Casey: Learning as much as I can to gain the knowledge needed to keep the ocean clean. I also recycle in every way I can. Janelle: I never litter and instead of asking my parents to drive me around, I walk or ride my bike. Sierra: When I go to the beach I pick up garbage. To surfers, “Off the hook” describes a wave of good size and shape. If these youth are any indication, I’d say the next wave of youth is definitely “off the hook.” Youth can join the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre for the Peninsula Co-op Salish Sea School. These one-week day camps start July 9th. Visit www.oceandiscovery.ca for more information. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre celebrates World Oceans Day on June 3rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tina Kelly is an Ocean Advocate at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. www.seasidetimes.ca | june 2012
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Imagine a vacation where each day offers the tantalizing prospect of a visit to a different winery: sample artisanal wines, stroll the vineyards, enjoy locally sourced food, experience outdoor musical and theatrical events, select from unique works of art and get to know the vintners behind the vintages. You don’t have to max your card on a trip to Tuscany, because all this magic is to be found on our own blessed terroir of the Saanich Peninsula. Featured in this article are just some of the many wineries thriving in the rich clay and loam soil of a unique microclimate – places you’ll love to take your friends and family for a special experience this summer. The Roost Farm Centre on the corner of McTavish and East Saanich promises "a great night of food, friends and wine" for their Tenth Anniversary Backyard
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