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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

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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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This Month’s Contributors Muriel Jarvis Ackinclose • Trysh Ashby-Rolls • Jennifer Bowles Shelley Breadner • Chris Burdge • Chelsey Foote Michael Forbes • Gerti Herrlich Fuss • Doreen Gee Valerie Green • Sharon Hope • Pene Beavan Horton Amhar Humble • Richard Julien • Tina Kelly • Linda M. Langwith Devon MacKenzie • Dave Manning • Barry Mathias Joe Nygren • Derek Peach • Steve Sakiyama Susan Simosko • Brooke Smith • Steve Sheppard Jim Townley • Jo-Ann Way • Heather Zais

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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 editor@seasidetimes.ca. 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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chance to reach out and reconnect on Father’s Day and start a new tradition of staying in touch more often. Let the conversation begin with "remember when … " and see where it leads. You might both be pleasantly surprised. Linda is the author of “The Golden Crusader,” a mystery/ action novel published by Twilight Times Books. Check out her website at www.lindalangwith.com.

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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

Iain Muir

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 what’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 don’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  TIMES | 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

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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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Romancing the Grape by Linda M. Langwith

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

Party June 7th, according to Amaris Fisher, PR person. Highland House Wine Bistro, open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., showcases cocktails, estate-grown local wines and Chef John Des Biens’ inspired menu. At de Vine Vineyards, 6181B Old West Saanich Road, a pleasing variety of wines awaits the discerning oenophile in the tasting room weekends and holidays, 12 to 5 p.m., until the end of September. “Our intent is to shortly open our picnic patio … (with) local musicians on certain Friday nights,” enthuses Ryan Windsor. Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, at 2487 Mt. St. Michael Road, crafts artisanal ciders from organic heritage apple varieties grown on their farm. Aficionados will discover a complex range, from still to sparkling and delicate to earthy, using traditional methods of cider production. Enjoy tastings and food pairings in the cider house overlooking the orchard and the ocean, daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 1st to September 30th. Symphony Vineyard, 6409B Oldfield Road, debuts June 2nd. The vines, planted in 2004, are now producing

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June 9th & 10th: Spring Studio Tour June 5th & 26th: Eine Kleine summer music encore concerts July 14th, 28th, 29th; Aug. 11-12: “Suddenly Sasquatch” musical adventure with Peninsula Players. Special dinner and lunch seating available in the Bistro Muse – visit www.musewinery.ca for further information.

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an eclectic selection of wines, handcrafted in small tanks and oak barrels. Savour a glass, enjoy locally sourced picnic goodies, peruse the gallery featuring artist Dorothy Haegert in the timbered tasting room and tour the vineyard, weekends from mid-June to September, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

Summer at the Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Road, promises a heady blend of music, theatre and art in addition to alfresco dining and fun in the Tasting Room with flirty labels like “Voluptuous Vixen” and “Roll in the Hay.” The Wine Shop also features gifts and artwork. Tastings and tours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and holiday Mondays; Bistro 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

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Strengthening Community with Nu-to-Yu

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f you were told that a volunteer organization had raised over $1.1 million and reinvested it back into the community, you would think it remarkable, but that is exactly what Pender Islands’ Nu-to-Yu has done.

When the organization’s President, Jan Palko, invited me, she said: “Come on Tuesday at 9 a.m., and you’ll see organized chaos in action.” However, when I arrived, the 14 volunteers were sublimely organized, and there was no hint of the promised chaos. “On a Tuesday, when we arrive, we are sometimes overwhelmed with the donations that have appeared since Saturday evening,” said Anne Orlaw, the shop manager. A pool of approximately 40 volunteers performs a range of activities. Some unpack the bags and boxes containing donations, while others price, mend and repair the items, or dismantle and send them to the Recycling Centre, which profits from this ongoing arrangement. Nu-to-Yu was started in 1983 by Bea Lane of South Pender. She and six other women began by selling clothes, mainly their own, at the farmer's markets at the Driftwood Centre. Then, after a temporary home at Medicine Beach, they were able to move into a single room in the building they now lease, next to the Library. Gradually, they expanded into the multi-roomed building that is now Nu-to-Yu. I met June Allan, one of the original founders, and Sally Round, a member since 1986, both working hard as they do each week. Tuesdays and Thursdays they receive; Fridays and Saturdays they sell. Every room is a treasure trove. The main upstairs rooms include a picture gallery and a large multi-purpose room

with a counter and till, selling women’s coats, jewelry and expensive items. Next door is the clothes department, including toys, two small changing rooms and a recess for books. Downstairs is a long, narrow room which sells everything you would need to set up a kitchen, plus a variety of sports gear. Next door, you can find a range of small electronic items, and a selection of DIY "things" to keep any man happy while his wife is shopping upstairs. There is a room for furniture and lighting, and always the chance of finding an apple press, a telescope or a mink coat. “All the money that we raise, after our basic expenses, is filtered back into the Pender community,” said Jan. Their Constitution states that the society’s aim is: "To support health care and other worthy causes … ." All applications are carefully reviewed, and student bursaries up to $1,500 are awarded. Large amounts of medical equipment have been funded, and recently a small award was given to the popular Car Stop program. “Anyone on the Penders can apply,” Anne said, “but they have to clearly show their need.” Sadly, dumping occurs, and video cameras have had to be installed. “Once a guy left two old toilets. He was identified, and had to remove them. Unusual donations have included a straw hat with a flower decoration of colored condoms; a solid silver tea service left in a plastic bag; a gold bracelet worth $400; a picture valued at $3,000; and recently a lady left them her whole estate. “We often find $50 notes in pockets,” said Anne, “and once we found a ring worth $16,000. We returned it to the owner, who did not know it was missing.” Nu-to-Yu is unique, as are the people who work there.

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June Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama All in favour, say “Pie.” Sometimes a reader will challenge me to write something both funny and related to weather on some obscure topic – so this month the topic is “Pies.” Now I love pie with fruit in it, and the mere mention of “apple pie” … well … sigh … . “You had me at fruit pies” (from King of the Hill). Believe it or not, there is the American Pie Council (the APC), something like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission I guess where standards are established (like the pie circumference to filling ratio can’t be less than 2.578, that kind of thing), as well as providing resources so we can all commit “random acts of pieness.” It’s probably because pies are so important to life as we know it and critical to the existence of Western culture. I for one am thankful for the APC. My love for pies started during University when my fellow housemates took turns making dinner. This somehow evolved into a dessert competition, where the main course was a miserable, shoe-sole pork chop accompanied by peas that made clattering noises as they rolled around the plate. However, desserts were always elaborate offerings that looked like a Rose Bowl parade float made by Julia Child. We had strawberry bavarian (renamed strawberry barbarian after we tasted it), chocolate mousse (called “Moose” after strategically placing two marshmallow eyes) and baked Alaska (that sprung a leak as we peered through the oven window while it baked, so we shouted: “Captain Kirk, this is Scotty … she’s gonna blow!”) My specialty was fruit pies using my mother’s ancient Japanese recipe. This pie was rumoured to have stopped

battles between warring Samurai many centuries ago. All I did was substitute apples for wasabi and it was a great success, although the dried seaweed left a funny aftertaste. Speaking of cooking up wonderful things, during sunny summer days the hot sun can whip up a “sea-breeze” along the coast. As the sun bakes the surface of the earth, the land heats up rapidly while the ocean remains cool. The warm land heats the air above it, which in turn rises just like a hot air balloon (or a good mousse). With warm air rising over the land, cool air over the ocean moves sideways onto the land to replace it, resulting in a cool, refreshing on-shore wind called a “sea-breeze.” So although it can be T-shirt weather inland, near the shore you may need a sweater. Well, what will the weather recipe be for June? With a dash of this and a sprig of that, the long-term forecast indicates no particular bias toward warmer or cooler than normal temperatures, although there is a greater chance that the South Island will be drier than normal. Since June is the month in which picnics are in full swing, my sentimental forecast is for weekends by the ocean enjoying friends, seabreezes, and random acts of pieness. This June – have a slice. If you have any challenge topics, fruit pie recipes or questions about the weather, email me at weatherwit@gmail.com or post them on my blog at weatherwit.wordpress.com.

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Interviewer: Tell me, Mr. Wain, where were you born and how did you end up on the Saanich Peninsula? Wain: I was born in 1826 in Kent in England. I was an adventurous young man; in fact I made seven trips around Cape Horn on various sailing vessels before I came to Victoria for the first time in March of 1850 aboard the Norman Morison. I also worked aboard the Recovery and I later returned to England on the Princess Royal.

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I: Goodness me, that is adventurous! But I hear that you are also quite the musician, plus a carpenter by trade. W: (Laughing) Well, I love to play my violin for amusement and yes, I am also a carpenter. In addition, I am a farmer and a hotelier, and I’ve acted as postmaster out on the Peninsula at times. I: So how did you find time for all those other adventures? W: Well, most of those happened before I settled down here. For instance, back in 1850, I made a canoe trip to Fort Nisqually (today this is Tacoma, Washington). The Fort had fallen into American hands as a result of the 1846 Treaty of Washington between the British and the Americans. Fort Nisqually was the first European settlement on the Puget Sound and was founded in 1833 by the Hudson’s Bay Company. In company with some other men, I went there in an attempt to negotiate better terms than the $650,000 which the Hudson’s Bay Company had been paid by the U.S. government for the


Fort, when the border between the U.S. and Canada was officially drawn up and the Fort went into U.S. hands. I: And how did you find time to marry, settle down and raise a family, Mr. Wain? W: On one of my many trips back to Kent I married my sweetheart, Sara Davis, and together with our daughter Emily, the first of our eight children, we sailed back to Fort Victoria in 1856, purchased acreage on the Saanich Peninsula and settled here to raise our family. I: And what was your connection to the Swan Lake Hotel? W: Well, in the early 1860s, I went into partnership with my brother-in-law, William Smith, as joint owners of the Swan Lake Hotel, originally known as “Swan Lake House” which was situated two-and-a-half miles from Victoria. That establishment contained a large Ball Room which was open for Quadrille Parties every Thursday evening. I often played my violin there to amuse my guests. I: You must have been very busy because in addition to running the hotel and farming here on the Peninsula, I understand you did the carpentry work on the front hall staircase railing and window frames at Craigflower Manor and the windows for the old schoolhouse.

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W: Yes indeed. And, together with my friend Henry Simpson, I was one of the founding members of the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society. We both grew hops, a talent which must have come from my early years in Kent. Descendants from the marriages between Henry Wain’s daughter, Ellen, and Henry Simpson’s son, Edward, as well as from Wain’s son William’s marriage to Adelaide Simpson, still live on the Peninsula today. In addition, Wain Road is one of the many reminders of this “other Henry,” a talented musician and by all accounts a great story teller. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at valgee@shaw.ca.

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Plants to Love A springtime breeze tousled my hair, and the sun planted a warm kiss on my cheek. It was delightful in the garden cutting back dead hydrangeas and rose blossoms. I wondered if I should get madly adventurous and prune the rose down to one third of its height as the books tell us to do. Chickening out, I progressed to the herb bed, admiring its fortitude in surviving our winter. Ah … my beloved herbs. Much as I love the beautiful colours and scents of flowers, my hungry taste buds predominate every time. What a treat it is to snip a few sprays of fresh mint to enhance green peas or new potatoes for dinner, or to concoct a mint sauce for lamb dishes. A few leaves in your tub ensures a fragrant, skin-soothing bathe. Next to mint, my favourite herb is parsley, which in our climate pops up from wind-blown seeds with seasonal disregard. When it is most prolific, I chop lots of it to freeze in little sandwich bags for the cold, wet, winter days. Parsley's addition to mashed potatoes and potato salad make them gourmet. In our kitchen it is popped into every soup, stew and dressing. My sage with its furry grey leaves is wisely hanging back in the bed and waiting for my complimentary assessment. It is a tasty accompaniment to any pork recipe, and a sage and onion stuffing betters veal roast and poultry cavities. Anytime is a good time for thyme – to belabour the pun. It flavours beef dishes beautifully, but can enhance almost any meat pie, gravy, stew, soup or hamburger. Marjoram and oregano both grow in the herb bed and make a charming, ornamental contrast to the other plants. I'm not partial to pasta dishes, but without marjoram and oregano they would lack a vital addition, as well as break any Italian's heart. Rosemary's mauvy-blue sprays of blossom outshine every herbal companion, and its piquancy-packed needles benefit any meat dish, especially lamb. It lends its charm to our inner and outer bodies, a delight to our taste buds and tummies, and, in a tea rinse, adds health and shine to our hair. According to the ancient Romans, fennel is the herb to ease every ill, from the eyes to the toes. It flings its seed from its great height trying to create

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and neighbours gather to enjoy one another’s company, soak up good music and have some fun. To say nothing of enjoying great food and drinks! Friday through Sunday, the Roadhouse presents live music. “It could be rock, country or jazz,” Fran explains. “We didn’t want to get locked into one type of music. We’re always open to possibilities, as long as it pleases the audience. If the audience likes a performer, we invite them back.” 40

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Involving the audience is just one way the Jinnouchis stimulate a sense of community. “We have theme nights,” Fran tells me. “People seem to love them. So far we’ve had several hoedowns, a Blues Brothers' night and we’ve planned a Hawaiian night for June.” On theme nights the Roadhouse offers not only great music and food, but an opportunity to win prizes. “It’s so much fun,” says Fran. “For example, on hoedown nights we give prizes for the best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl. People really seem to enjoy dressing up and getting in the spirit of the evening.”


Young musicians also have a special place at the Roadhouse. “We like to give young people a chance to perform in public,” says Fran. “We hold Up-and-Comer Nights. Each musician gets to play a 30-minute set and, if the audience responds well, we might invite them back to do more, when they are ready.” In typical fashion, Fran stresses that it’s all about building community – one made up of different kinds of people with very diverse interests. In the coming months, for example, the Roadhouse plans to host a poetry night and possibly a health and wellness Sunday. Keep an eye on the website for details (www.saanichroadhouse.com).

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It would be easy to describe more of the special events at the Roadhouse, but it is important to add that the Roadhouse offers delicious food too. Under the able guidance of Chef Rudy Cerda who hails from Chile, everything from paella to steak to grilled halibut is on offer. “We are so lucky to have him,” Fran says. “And for that matter, I’m grateful to all our staff. Each and every one is committed to our vision. They know that quality customer service is fundamental to our success – as a restaurant and community hub. We couldn’t be happier with our Roadhouse adventure.” The Roadhouse is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. until late night. It is located at 5285 West Saanich Road. www.seasidetimes.ca | june 2012

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The Saanich Roadhouse also offers a Ukelele Strum Along the last Thursday of every month. “What I like about these evenings is that we attract people of all ages, from nine to 90! People come just to enjoy the energy,” she says, but quickly adds: “If you play the ukelele but don’t have one, you can usually borrow one for the evening.”


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by Linda M. Langwith You don’t have to go far to find garden sanctuaries in Victoria – special places of peace and tranquillity. Pass through the welcoming gates of Government House, the ceremonial home of all British Columbians, at 1401 Rockland Avenue, to discover 20 different gardens and a camas-ribboned Garry Oak meadow, 36 acres in all, lovingly cared for by a dedicated group of volunteers: the Friends of Government House Gardens Society. Each garden is unique, ranging from lush herbaceous borders to a formal Victorian Rose Garden. The magic is how their differences combine to create a synergy of colour, texture and scent while complementing the natural landscape. The grounds are open free of charge from dawn to dusk every day of the week, with parking on site. Chat with volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings – you’ll find their enthusiasm infectious! Stroll meandering paths, enjoy the water features, picnic on the lawn, find a secluded bench and stay awhile. Volunteers don’t just get their hands dirty here. The Castle Cary Mews in the lower southeast corner features an exciting Interpretative Centre showcasing the history of Government House and the office of the Queen’s representative, the Lieutenant Governor. Enjoy the costume museum, gift store and tea shop, entirely run by

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the Friends, open Wednesdays and weekends from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Within the courtyard of the Mews, KwaGulth artist Chief Tony Hunt is working with the current Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Steven Point, to carve a replica of the Hosaqami pole. The original pole, commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1959 as a gift to the British Royal Navy and carved by Chief Hunt’s grandfather Chief Mungo Martin, is now much weathered and beyond repair, and is returning to the earth close to the new pole. Once completed, the new Hosaqami will be erected in front of the House on September 8th in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. The excitement doesn’t stop there though. The Friends are hosting a horticultural extravaganza, “BC Blooms,” June 22nd to 23rd, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee and the 20th anniversary of the Friends Society. Guided tours, music and art in the gardens, floral displays, a judged horticultural show, plant stall and refreshments guarantee a wonderful day out, with plenty of fun activities for kids too. As well, the popular outdoor concerts on the lawn are scheduled for July, with music on a Jubilee theme. Not far from Government House is another special sanctuary, one that owes its existence to the love of a couple separated by war who

miraculously found each other again – Abkhazi Garden, located at 1964 Fairfield Road. Tucked away in a leafy urban neighbourhood, the garden, home and summer house are a testament to the inspiration and vision of the original owners, Peggy and Nicholas Abhkazi, who enlisted the help of expert horticulturalists in choosing a layout that enhanced the rocky landscape. Today, the property is owned by The Land Conservancy, and once again volunteers are making a difference as they tend the gardens, staff the gift shop and provide a delightful variety of treats in the restaurant. A nominal entrance fee goes to supporting this Fairfield gem, where winding paths reveal surprises at every turn: heritage rhododendrons with woodland underplantings, colourful mixed borders, reflecting pools in natural rock depressions, soft scented lily of the valley and so much more, all in one glorious acre. Details about ongoing garden events can be found on their website: google Abhkazi Garden. Treat yourself to these special sanctuaries where the beauty of nature works in harmony with nurture. You might be inspired to volunteer in one or both! Linda is the author of “The Golden Crusader,” a mystery/ action novel published by Twilight Times Books. Check out her website at www.lindalangwith.com.

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Container Gardening by Brooke Smith Spring is whipping by super fast and most of us are short on time – neglecting your garden is not an option, but if you have, there is still time. It’s all in the containers! Think colour in June. For all those fun summer events that you plan on hosting, how better to impress your guests than with amazing containers, colourful salads Brooke Smith Marigold Nurseries and fresh herbs that came all from your garden. Be it in containers or not, it’s the satisfaction you did it all yourself. Small spaces, large spaces and even awkward spaces can be fixed with the perfect container to make that spot look awesome. The combinations can be endless when it comes to container gardening. They can be purely for esthetics or they can be strictly useful, or a beautiful combination of both.

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A very hot trend is to combine “business with pleasure,” which most of us struggle with within our real lives! With this I mean throwing in a tomato plant surrounded by beautiful annuals such as calibrachoas; not only will the colours of the blossoms highlight your fruit before it’s ready to be picked, but you get two pleasures in one. To be successful in container gardening there are some key points to consider and questions you should ask yourself: Always choose the right plant for the right place. • Is the container in a sunny or shady location? • What is the container size, and what are the plant's growth habits? What is it that you want out of your container? • Do you want it for pure pleasure or would you like a veggie container, or a combination of both? • Could it be a container that you are planting on a patio for privacy? • Is it going to be a permanent planting or do you want to replant year after year? For more tips and information on design and care come visit us here at the garden centre. Remember: if gardening is your addiction, we at Marigold Nurseries are your enablers!


A Silent Walk Spring is a lovely season for a walk. Birdsong and gentle warming breezes invite us outdoors. My wife and I occasionally host a nature walk. We’ll gather together some friends and select one of the many trails or beaches here on the West Coast to explore together, but our walk is a bit different from the usual outing: it’s silent. Yes, we’ve discovered a real inspiration in taking a silent walk with others.

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spend the remainder of their day in silence. Once an artist friend went home afterwards and painted one of her most inspiring works! Consider a silent walk with a companion or two; anyone can do this. Have fun and be imaginative. Let nature be your teacher. Let’s

The group gathers at the beginning to discuss the structure of the walk, such as where to go, how long will it be, that it will be completely silent, and that we will meet again at the end to break the silence and share our experiences.

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The main idea of the walk is to take our time, stop often, and be totally in each moment; the goal is the walk itself, not getting somewhere. We want to lose ourselves in nature, not in our minds. We still our minds by concentrating very intently on the natural world all about us. We stop for a moment to closely examine a flower or a single leaf on a shrub; we feel the bark of a tree; we listen to the wind or to how many different birdsongs we can hear; we touch the water in a pond, stream, lake, or the ocean. We pick up a stone and get to know it with our eyes closed; we smell some moss or a handful of soil; we shut our eyes and feel the sun or the wind or the rain on our face. We walk backwards for a few gentle steps, seeing where we’ve been; we get down on our hands and knees and carefully examine a square foot of the good earth; we watch an animal do its thing for at least a full minute. At the end of the walk we gather again to verbally share what occurred with each of us. Some individuals have become so still and peaceful that they choose not to speak out loud at this time. Some have even decided to

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The One and Only Ivan Reviewed by Amhar Humble, 12 Ivan, a silverback gorilla captured from the jungle as a child, is now the main attraction at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. He is an easygoing, crafty and quick-witted gorilla who spends his days drawing with crayons and painting on canvases in his glass domain while people look on. Ivan is unsure of his role in life: though he looks fierce and powerful he is in fact a gentle, passionate artist. He drinks soda and watches TV, yet he is named the Mighty Silverback. Is he human or gorilla? The only thing Ivan is sure of is that he is an artist. Once free and wild, he has forgotten his old life and makes the best of his new one. When Ivan’s close companion, Stella, the wise old elephant in the next cage, dies from an infection, a new star attraction is brought in. Ruby the baby elephant is full of so much curiosity and joy that Ivan cannot help but be drawn to her. Ivan had promised Stella that he would protect Ruby, but slowly, as time goes by, her spirit is broken. Her eyes, once full of innocence and spark, now droop. Ivan notices this right away; this is when the mighty silverback in Ivan comes out. He is determined to save her and uses his love of art which results in an unforgettable ending. This book is written from Ivan’s perspective using simple, short phrases which made me better understand what Ivan was feeling and how his mind and heart work. This incredible story will bring a tear to your eye. When you are reading this book it is almost as if you are the one trapped in the cage, taking care of a small baby elephant. Being a vegetarian, I have always been sympathetic to the plight of animals, and this story brings a voice and dignity to them. The One and Only Ivan is a heartwarming story about love, friendship, hope and bravery – all combined to make a truly remarkable tale. This is a must read for all ages. New Releases – Available at The Children's Bookshop: Council of Mirrors, by Michael Buckley Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems Fire Ascending, by Chris D'Lacey Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album, by Karen Levine Kate and Pippin, by Martin Springett Out of Sight, Out of Time, Ally Carter Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Eric Litwin Red Blazer Girls, Michael D. Bell Ruby Redford, Lauren Child The Serpent's Shadow, Rick Riordan

A Saanichton Institution Spelt’s has been providing high quality service since 1971. The business has evolved over the past 41 years and for the last 23 years Ron and brother Dave Spelt have been operating the modern Shell gas station and convenience store. In 1996 Ron added a coffee shop and sister Angelee soon joined her brothers to manage it, offering the best fresh donut selection in town and delicious Level Ground coffee roasted right in Saanichton! She and her staff (with some second and third generation Spelts) also serve muffins, great soups, sandwiches and more! The modern gas pumps and four pay points inside help Spelt’s staff to service their customers fast and efficiently so they can focus on providing the “Fast, Fresh and Friendly” cornerstones for their business. Back in 1971, when a car drove through Saanichton, Ron would stop and wave because he usually knew who it was. Nowadays, there are a lot more people in the area but Spelt’s is a still a great place where you can meet friends day and night.

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Moving and Downsizing Where do you fit in? Are you a tosserouter, or a compulsive keeper of things that may come in handy at some future date or that have sentimental value? How do you toss out love? All those crayoned drawings and splotchy ink-blotted love letters from your kindergartners, and later the beautiful, carefully chosen birthday and anniversary cards that you put away safely. But how can you keep them? Especially when you are about to move and downsize your living arrangements. I’ve started off bravely, hauling down one of the 16 file boxes stacked in a corner of my office. The boxes show signs of wear and tear and by now the writing on the outside usually bears no relation to what’s inside. But whatever these boxes hold must have special meaning for me, otherwise I wouldn’t have kept them. One of the boxes is labelled WRITING, and some of it goes back 50 years. The carbon copies are fading, but it’s a chunk of my previous life (which alas, is fading much like the carbon paper). I started to go through individual files in the box and surfaced three hours later, having laughed myself silly over some of the stuff I found, and teared up over some of the other bits. Like finding a scrap of paper written years ago by one of my then-six-year-old twin sons … he had scrawled: “SORRER TO MOM I am SO BAd I WILL NEVER EAT AGANE …” Thirty years later I’m heart sore – what was so bad that he felt he had to give up eating? I can’t remember what he did, all I can do is hope I was nice to him at the time. Another short essay detailed the woes of my being a single Mom, with 16-year-old twins, and the shenanigans they got up to while I was at work and out of sight. This was one of the bits that made me laugh, but only because those days are blessedly behind me. It’s hard for me to toss things out because it’s like throwing away pieces of my life – not just paper, but a sometimes sweet/sometimes painful tapestry of memories that I’m reluctant to recycle. Next question: who, other than I, will care

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about my carefully saved files full of memories? Will someone lovingly sit down and go through my life’s precious saved highlights after I die? Who has time? I am beginning to think I should grab those 16 boxes, shut my eyes and dump the contents unread into the recycle bin. It’s time to downsize, and maybe shutting my eyes is the only way to do it.

Moving and downsizing … when she died, my Mom left nothing behind but the clothes in her closet, a few precious photographs and a dresser drawer with some papers in it. She was not a keeper of tangible things, but when she moved on she took some intangibles with her: a lifetime of shared love.

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Does Your Cat Have a Drinking Problem? by Dr. Shelley Breadner Cats love their dry food, but often do not drink enough water to adequately flush out their system. “Eight glasses a day” in cat lingo equals almost one cup a day for the average cat. They do get moisture from canned cat food, and from drinking out of the glass on your nightstand, but this is not quite enough. Why do we want your cat to drink more? Cats have an amazing ability to concentrate their urine to very high levels to help maintain hydration. Yet concentrated urine produces more urine crystals and increases the risk of urinary obstruction. Bladder or urethral stones can form and cause serious harm to your cat. Kidneys have an easier time and may have a longer lifespan when the body is well hydrated and the urine is not so concentrated. Cats with concentrated urine may also be more likely to urine spray. Nobody wants that in their house! So how do we get our cats to drink more water and be healthier? Here are a few pointers for you and your cats. • Canned food is an excellent way to encourage water consumption. Canned food is high in water content and most cats love the taste. Try to feed at least some canned food two to three times a day. • Provide fresh water every day. Cats seem to be very aware of the temperature and taste of water. • Make sure the water bowl is filled to the brim at all times. Cats have very sensitive whiskers and do not like putting their face into a bowl. Use a wide shallow bowl such as a glass pie plate or large dog bowl so their whiskers are free and clear.

• Some cats do not like the taste of tap water. Other options include refrigerating the tap water, or use Brita or other filtered water. What does your cat like best? • Circulating water fountains are an excellent method for increasing water intake in most cats. The “slide” type is usually preferred to the “spout/stream” type. These fountains filter and aerate the water to improve water quality. Please follow recommended cleaning instructions. • If your cat prefers to drink from a tap, make sure they can always get to the tap (don’t lock them out of the bathroom if that is where they like to drink). If your schedule permits, turn the tap on for the cat as often as possible throughout the day. This should not be the only source of water for your cat. • Keep the food and water bowls away from the litter box area. • Keep the water bowl clean (cats have a keen sense of smell and are easily turned off by odors on the edge of the bowl). Stainless steel, glass or ceramic dishes are easier to keep clean and odor free vs. plastic dishes. The water dish should be washed every day when refilled. • Of course, there is always the toilet bowl, with fresh, cool water. Not our preference, but some cats do use this. It meets so many of their criteria! Once your cat is eating and drinking healthy, we’ll start having kitty yoga class! More information can be found at www.breadnervet.com.

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Live Music at the Market by Jim Townley

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There’s a lot to love about the Peninsula Country Market, but there is nothing more important to the feel on the field than the "Free Live Music" and what it offers each week. I’ve been around the music scene on the Peninsula for a few years now and I have to say, live music is often taken for granted. The music lineup this year is shaping up to be one of the best you’ll hear from the following musicians: Chick Wagon starts the year off with their country sound, combined with harmonies similar to that of the group "Heart." Then there’s Ted Tanner, who has a super James Taylor flavour that makes for a mellowyellow mood.

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A Peninsula resident and Juno Award nominee, Bill Johnson shows what the Blues is all about a couple of times this year, and for those Johnny Cash fans we even have something for you with Eric Roberts, who plays the man in black’s favourites. Rounding out the lineup is Rhonda Broadfoot, who loves playing for the sake of playing, and one of my favourites, Gareth Hurwood, brings an East Coast kitchen party every time he plays the market.

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Coming back for another season is Jennifer Louise-Taylor, whose gentle sound makes you want to stay all morning just to listen. For those of you not familiar with Brad Prevedoros, he’s back with a newly-released CD this summer showcasing his classical guitar. After being away for a season, Barry Perrin returns to the field with a sound that is a smooth rendition of what you would hear from Bob Dylan. Dave Harris is simply a one-man-band, and he’s back playing the songs you know him well for.

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Elder Abuse: Solutions by Trysh Ashby-Rolls Suppose “Sunny Jones” fell in his kitchen, broke his hip, underwent surgery and stayed in hospital for several weeks. His son, who had power of attorney, sold Sunny's house and belongings in his dad's absence and booked him into a Care Home. Sunny felt disrespected, unheard and treated as if he were a child. Wondering what had become of his money, he complained to a friend, who called the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BCCEAS). According to Martha Jane Lewis, executive director of BCCEAS, this story is typical of the sort of problem the Centre helps resolve. She says that just because a senior isn't able to function on one level doesn't mean he can't manage on other levels. “You can't go to the police,” she says. “It's not a criminal matter.” Despite Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson assuring Canadians in March, 2012, that the courts would mete out tougher sentences to those who abuse seniors, critics say long prison terms don't address the problem. More programs are needed: elder abuse hot lines, clear action and intervention guidelines, more caregiver support and specialists to investigate crimes and victim support. Lewis says most of the calls the Centre receives are for emotional support. Staff refer callers to their legal department if more information or practical assistance is warranted. If a case goes to court, resources are available to support a client through the justice system. If possible, she says, staff try to resolve an issue before it comes to litigation, referring individuals to mediation first. Calls are not usually from elders themselves; more likely they're from relatives, neighbours, adult children,

social workers – even police officers. Sometimes a senior will follow up to say: “Good to know you're there.” Martha Jane Lewis says most abuse is committed by a family member – a grandson with a substance abuse or gambling addiction stealing money or a spouse hitting out impatiently. The family may not want the grandson charged, they just want the behaviour to stop. Counselling or “tough love” may work. It's a judgment call only the family can make. Perhaps the spouse is the caregiver without any support in place, frail and exhausted at the end of his or her tether. In either scenario, if the elder is at risk, call 9-1-1. Other typical problems reported by adult children are complaints Dad is sending money to a woman in Brazil he met through an online dating service. Or Mom keeps buying things from the Avon lady she neither needs nor uses. “Families need to know that their elderly members get lonely,” says Lewis, “making them vulnerable to whoever pays them attention. It's important to encourage older people to get out into the community so they don't get isolated and depressed. Do call or send cards even if you can't often visit.” If you suspect an elder is being abused in a senior care facility: speak to staff first, then the manager and, if nothing changes, report the incident(s) to the Assisted Living Registrar. Since the government is in the throes of standardizing a telephone number for both private and government facilities, Lewis suggests calling the BCCEAS for the correct number to call for the time being. British Columbia Centre Elder Assistance Society 1-866-437-1940, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or www.bcceas.ca.

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What's All the Talk About? by Chris Burdge Social media conversations are consumer-driven, transparent, inclusive and often very engaging. They are not controlled, exclusive, formal or one-sided. The challenge is that there are so many conversations, so many channels to have them on, and not enough time to effectively participate in all of them. Which is why it’s critical to your success to think through, and answer, questions like these before you begin: • Why are we doing this? • What do we want to achieve? • Who are we talking to? • What are the best channels to use? • Which conversations should we join, or start ourselves?

Listening

Like all conversations, the key to social media is listening. Start by listening to yourself. What have you been saying to customers and prospects in your current marketing channels? • Who are you talking to? • What channels are you using? • What is the tone of the message? • Do those channels reflect your company’s mission? Then listen to your customers, competitors and others in your category. What are they talking about and who with? There are a number of tools available to automate the process of gathering and analyzing conversations, from the high-end and very expensive – Radian6 and Lithium – to the basic and free: SocialMention and GoogleAlerts. Because social media is about conversations, you can look at messaging on a much deeper level. What attitudes define your company and brand? What social networks have the most activity related to

your business? What kinds of people do most of the posting? What other organizations are these people connected to? The answers to these questions will help you determine which networks to focus your energy on, who you should engage, which values you should promote and attitudes you should change.

Join the Conversation

Start tweeting, pinning, posting and liking. There are no hard and fast rules, but there are some best practices you should follow: • Mind your etiquette. Each of the social networks has its own unique nuances. For example: #hashtags are popular on Twitter and can be used on Google+, but mean nothing to Facebook or LinkedIn users.

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• Be transparent. Let people know who they are talking to. Use a name and, where appropriate, a picture. People like to talk to people, not brands or logos. • Keep it conversational. Lose the corporate speak. Write like you’re talking to a friend or a customer in the store. • Talk about what you know and what’s relevant to your company. Don’t get pulled into conversations about politics, religion or potentially controversial issues. • Admit mistakes – they happen. Be the first to admit when you make a mistake and do your best to make it right. With a well-thought-out strategy in place, you’re on the right track to successfully leveraging social media to grow your business. For more social media marketing tips, visit Chris’ blog at www.bwest.ca.

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Ultimate Fun: Cycling in Water by Doreen Marion Gee Panorama Recreation Centre is a frontrunner in innovative technologies for people craving the ultimate fitness experience! It continues to set the bar higher and higher within our Island community of rec centres. Panorama is the only recreation centre in North America with an elevator to the top of their gigantic water slide for people with mobility issues. Its stateof-the-art mechanical lifting system, carrying patrons in wheelchairs around the pool, is a marvel of technology. Now, true to form, our venerable oasis-of-fun is the first recreation centre on Vancouver Island to offer the latest in water fitness: Aqua Spin classes. Biking in a pool? How cool is that! Let me introduce the Hydrorider: a lightweight portable bike made of non-corrosive marine stainless steel. It is immersed in the pool, bringing the benefits of cycling to the water realm and enhancing the options of aqua fitness. Dan Ovington,

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19 Artists 38 Artworks 13 Countries Gallery Hours 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday donations welcomed

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Panorama Aquatic Coordinator, gives me the skinny on the considerable perks of this aqua cycling experience. The Aqua Spin classes are similar to the dry land type but have the added benefits of a water adventure: regular aqua-fit arm exercises, a “low impact” workout that causes less strain on the back, joints and limbs and greater stability on a bike due to the buoyancy of the water. Most important, the moving water massages areas of joint pain, tenderness and injury to increase blood flow. This produces healing in the body by removing toxins. Aquatic exercise has unique ways of building endurance, taking off the pounds and combatting disease and injury. Enjoying bikes in water is an accessible, all-inclusive fitness experience. It is perfect for athletes who need an endurance workout: the pedal scoops can be adjusted to increase resistance in the water and the gentle water motion rejuvenates their muscles and tissues. The new aqua spin classes are an excellent routine for people who are elderly or mobility-challenged who could never get on a regular bike. Here they can still enjoy the overall body toning and strengthening perks of cycling. Patrons at all fitness levels can work at their own rate, including those with serious physical barriers. The circulation-boosting healing water massage is an effective therapeutic tool for people with joint problems and a rehabilitation prayer for athletes with sports injuries. In a nutshell, anybody can come, get fit and have a world of watery fun to boot! The Aqua Spin classes will start in July. Interval training – bursts of high and low intensity – is included in the experience. Please contact Dan Ovington for an explanation of the content of these classes and the registration procedures. Panorama is using these special bikes in a variety of ways: pool classes, personal training and individual rehab. Once again, Panorama rocks the fitness world. Will you be the first to brag about riding a bike in water? Contact: www.panoramarecreation.ca for more info. Photo courtesy Doreen Gee.


Dust to Dust and Back: Bamberton's 100 Years Bamberton, once an active cement factory, deep sea port and company town located on the Malahat Drive, is considered one of the most important industrial sites in B.C.’s history. Financed by British investors in 1912 and named after the company’s managing director, HK Bamber, it later merged with Canadian entrepreneur Robert Butchart, bringing worldwide attention to the shores of Saanich Inlet.

its own corporate entity, was successful in securing CVRD approval to rezone 136 hectares for light industrial, commercial and adventure-tourism, beginning the next fascinating phase of Bamberton’s history.

Dr. Bob Griffin, (Royal BC Museum) states: "Bamberton, the only cement manufacturing plant in western Canada from 1920-1956, supplied cement for every major construction project in B.C. as well as similar projects around the world." The company town flourished as well, with houses, a school, and community hall strung down the steep hillside: a close-knit community dependent on the ups and downs of the cement industry. After the Cobble Hill Quarry was purchased in the 1950s, the company promised jobs well into the 21st century. However, after the La Farge Co of Paris built a multimillion-dollar plant in Richmond, B.C. in the '70s and Bamberton’s parent company countered with their new plant in Delta, Bamberton’s demise began. A strike was called in 1980, which ended Bamberton’s manufacturing but, while a cement distribution operation continued on site, the factory buildings fell into disrepair. The RCMP and the military used them for artillery practice and bomb detonations and one developer after another put forth rezoning proposals. In March 2005, Three Point Properties purchased the site and commenced the province’s largest private remediation project as well as a new rezoning proposal On April 11th, 2012, seven years and $35 million later, Bamberton Properties, now www.seasidetimes.ca | june 2012

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What’s Happening – June 2012

June 5, 26

June 12, 19, 26 Snowdon House Farms Papardelle's Pasta Nights

A Journey With Your Spirit Mallet Workshop & Drum Circle

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Imagine the sounds of strings magically floating across the vineyard. We are pleased to be included in this summer concert series for two Encore Performances at the Winery. The June 5th concert will feature a performance of Brahms String Sextet #1 in B flat and Schubert's String Quintet in C major. On June 26th guests will enjoy Beethoven Septet in E flat major, Op.20 and Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor. Muse tickets are $27 per person. To purchase tickets call 250-413-3134.

Come and join Laura in the farm kitchen for an exciting night of wonderful gourmet pasta, salad and bread. Enjoy savouring the flavours! June 12th – Chipolte Black Bean Tagliatelle with Tequila Lime Sauce; June 19th – Lemon Chive Angel Hair pasta with walnuts and prawns; June 26th – Tunisian Harissa fettucini with avocado and cambozola cheese. $20 per night, limited seating for ten. Please phone and book ahead.

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June 9

South Vancouver Island Potters' Guild Annual Show and Sale

Eine Kleine Summer Music at Muse Winery

Morning Mist Canoeing (Guided Paddle 5+) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich), 8-11 a.m. 250-478-3344, www.crd.bc.ca/parks Paddle in the lake 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 (15 yrs+); $10+HST (5–14 years & adult non–paddlers).

Saturdays til Oct. 27 North Saanich Farm Market St. John's United Church Annex 10990 West Saanich Road, 9:30-12:30 www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca Expect to find seasonal veggies, eggs, mushrooms, baked goods, meat and crafts, and of course seeds for the home gardener. Come out and meet your neighbours and support our local farmers.

June 11

Victoria Storytellers Guild Evening 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors open @ 7:15 p.m., Stories begin @ 7:30 p.m. 250-477-7044 www.victoriastorytellers.blogspot.com Kick off summer with stories! Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies).

June 16

1335 Thurlow Road, Victoria, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 250-388-4110 • jekagan@telus.net Some three dozen potters will set up display tables and tents inside the Garry Oak Room and outside on the lawn.

June 16

Vancouver Island Cultural Festival St. Ann's Academy, Victoria www.vicfest.ca V.I.C. Fest is a one-day outdoor festival held at the historic St. Ann's Academy, providing a stunning and unique backdrop to a true Island experience. The event will feature two main stages with the Island's most talented performers along with a sprawling orchard hosting the Island's best local breweries, a newly improved and expanded wine garden featuring wineries from around Vancouver Island and local food vendors feeding you the most delicious Island cuisine. Look for Muse Wines at the event.

June 17

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Guided Walk, all ages) Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich), 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 250-478-3344, www.crd.bc.ca/parks Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to peek under the rocks to get a glimpse at what is often hidden by the ocean. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the picnic shelter on Homathko Road, off Island View Road.

June 17

Make a drum mallet and take part in a drum circle and ceremony to raise the vibration of mother earth and all that is. Material will be supplied but bring your own drum if you have one! Admission by donation. Everyone welcome; please phone to RSVP.

June 18

Companions of the Quaich Whisky Dinner & Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 p.m. 250-658-1109, wuhrer@shaw.ca Whiskies of royalty, politicians and explorers. The fondness for whisky transcends all classes of society, professions and interests. Explore the whiskies enjoyed by royalty, politicians and explorers over the past hundred years including the much heralded recreation of the whisky left in the Antarctic by Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1908. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50.

June 24

Sidney Concert Band Free Concert Waterfront Park, Sidney, 1:30 - 3 p.m. www.sidneyconcertband.ca This 30-member band will play a selection of popular music guaranteed to get your toes tapping! Don't forget your lawn chair! Donations to the band will be gratefully received.

June 24

Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Sessions Gartley Station, 1931 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 250-652-6939, www.gartleystation.com $20 per person, credited toward your purchase. Call for details and to reserve a seat!

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The English Travelers by Sharon Hope

THE ENGLISH TRAVELERS

As a child on rainy weekends, I pored over illegible letters tucked into scrapbooks and musty handwritten diaries stored in cupboards. This was my environment. Although no adult family member felt that these items were historically valuable, they couldn’t bear to discard them. Through the letters and journals, the personalities of my forebears sprang to life and I saw how they lived as part of the fabric of history. However, it was many years before The I returned to those documents. English

Travelers

SHARON M. HOPE

The first account in The English Travelers is the diary of 29-year-old Susannah Estlin, who travels to France in 1789. Arriving in Paris just before July 14th, she witnesses the storming of the Bastille and other events now part of French SHARON M. HOPE history. A woman of strong opinion, she records French customs and Paris sights. Susannah describes travel difficulties in 1789, crossing the channel by packet and riding in a chaise for weeks on roads with varying conditions. Three Narratives

Grandson John Prior Estlin, age 20, a bank clerk, arrives in London and keeps a daily journal for a year. Victorian London fascinates John with its churches, public baths, Billingsgate fish market, sailing ships, docks and Hansom cabs. John not only describes the Chartist movement as he experiences it, but he illustrates his journal with sketches based on his daily life. He describes the fogs, the Vauxhall Gardens and London streets as well as the Thames, the lifeblood of Dickensian London, containing an occasional body. In 1881, John Prior Estlin’s oldest son Alfred becomes the spokesperson for the family when his father dies immediately after the family emigrates to Canada. John Prior had a vague idea of farming in the new country, but his family has no idea how to farm or how to contend with the vast land and its customs. Leaving most of the family in Point Edward, Ontario, Alfred and one of his younger brothers decide to take up homesteading in Manitoba. They endure the Red River flood of 1882 and, after traveling 21 days by wagon and oxen to the Souris River, they settle near the Turtle Mountain. This is a story of endurance, hard physical labour and bitter disappointment as the brothers try to reunite the family and attempt to succeed as farmers. The English Travelers, published in January 2012, can be found in Tanner’s Books, Sidney, as well as at Ivy’s Bookshop and Munro’s Books, Victoria.

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Zais Astrology – June 2012 by Heather Zais (heather_zais@telus.net) Aries (march 21 - april 19) Your ideas and correspondence increase and extend over distance. Speak, teach or otherwise get the information out there. The influence of Jupiter makes others more interested in what you are doing. Meet or attend gatherings.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) Invitations lead to travel plans or destination events. Look at the long view with future security in mind. This may involve relatives or associates. In any case you have good news coming your way. Do shipping or receiving.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) You find ways to recover or increase your finances. Buy or sell where you can. Accept gifts, bonuses or other perks. Make changes with how you "do business" and you will feel energized and positive about the future.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) You benefit from funds or assets attached to others. This could include estate matters as well. Make sure wording is clear to avoid any legal issues or grandstanding. Events of the past influence the outcome.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) Your charm is contagious and opens doors for you on various levels. You make headway in relationships – personal or business. Your position or status increases easily. Others want to be connected or involved with you.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Public relations improve on all levels. Mate or partnership matters flourish as well. Some marry or go into business together. Influential associates approve. Follow legal or official protocol. The full moon adds power.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Working behind the scenes and doing further investigation gives you added leverage. This includes matters related to health or institutions etc. Work around delays or limitations. Pull some strings. Keep it confidential.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) You climb the ladder of success or get promoted. Others speak well of you and appreciate all you do. Take some time for yourself and pay attention to the health of yourself or loved ones. Make progressive changes.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) Your social circle brings you more opportunities in business or personal areas. Well-connected individuals put in a good work for you or give you the "nod." Your hopes and wishes seem to unfold without the usual effort.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Make use of your creative talents or get involved in entertainment. You feel lucky and will be tempted to speculate or invest; take it easy. Happy news is connected to children. Romance is in the air; take time for it.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Popularity rises along with honours and respect. You are a key person on more than one level. Added responsibility comes in the form of perks or title change without extra work required. Follow regular duties or formats.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) You improve or expand your home or base of operations; family will benefit as well. Purchase of an alternate place or holiday spot is favoured. Arrange special gatherings or reunions. Emotions run high. Welcome guests.


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Dex has come so far – his people skills are way better and he's getting more comfortable with dogs, especially when they're smaller than him. He really does take only three times to learn something new … although that could just be the treats – he's absolutely obsessed with food. Mixed in with the "good stuff," however, has been the night he ate an entire loaf of bread and bag of English muffins, including some of the bag, which, I'll just say delicately, didn't "agree" with his system … there has been a destroyed screen door, strong separation anxiety, the aforementioned obsession with food, and a few "incidents" with the local deer. Beyond all that though, I already have a huge bond with this dog, and wherever life with Dex leads us, at least it will never be boring! I'll keep you posted … .

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DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES?

SO DO WE ... At Motorize Auto Direct: Any Make. Any Model. We Can Find It For You. Julian and Al don’t just sell cars, cars sell themselves. We offer the best cars and trucks at the best prices in British Columbia. As a licensed and certified motor dealer, there are no headaches, no sales games and “zero” pressure. Welcome to the future of car buying. Motorize Auto Direct shops factory direct, just like franchised dealers. This is your chance to buy upstream from your LOCAL big DEALER. Now you can access the best vehicles currently available. The smartest decisions are always made when there is no sales pressure. Buying a car or truck is a big decision and there are often substantial sums of money involved ... buy smart. At Motorize you will be buying on a wholesale level with a nominal fee.

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#203- 2031 Malaview Road, Sidney, B.C. V8L 5X6 (across from Slegg Lumber in Sidney) Phone: 250-655-3534 Toll Free: text to 250-884-2698

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Seaside Times June 2012 Issue  

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