Seaside Times July 2012 Issue

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west coast culture – july 2012 issue features


Restaurant Spotlight Bringing Italy to the Peninsula: The Latch Inn & Restaurant


the Grape, Part 2 24 Romancing Focus on Peninsula Wineries Scows 28 Steamers, and Speculators: A History of Sidney

A Pet 30 Pet-A-Palooza: Lover's Extravaganza!

Columns First Word............................................ 8 Smell the Coffee..............................16 Forbes & Marshall........................... 21 Weatherwit...................................... 23 Island Dish........................................ 42 Last Word......................................... 55



departments 9................................................. Letters 10................................... Can We Talk? 14........................... Raincoast Update 27............................. Veterinary Voice 32.............................. Common Cents 36......................................... Footprints 39........ Young Readers Book Review 44.................... West Coast Gardener 45....................................Grey Matters 52...........................What's Happening 54................................. Entertainment

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Freelance writer Arlene Antonik My writing adventures with the Seaside Times began three years ago when I became the first assignment writer for its predecessor, Peninsula Times. Since then, I've been sent all over the Saanich Peninsula to meet with amazing people who contribute so much to our daily lives here. Two examples of this are Daksha’s Gourmet Spices and the Just Love Animals Society, which it’s been my pleasure to tell you about in this issue. My husband and I have lived in Saanichton for 37 years, raised three sons, and now delight in watching our grandson grow up here too. We know how lucky we are!

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"Grey Matters" monthly columnist Trysh Ashby-Rolls In a journalism career that spans more than 30 years, I've tackled most challenging social issues. Although I love to make people laugh and have a whacky sense of humour, it's become a mission to shine light in dark places. When the opportunity came to write for Seaside Times, I tried lighter subjects before starting "Grey Matters" for the elder set. Since I'm in my senior years, it's a natural fit. I also write non-fiction books. If you'd like to know more, please visit My regular blog, written for anyone in recovery, is at

This Month’s Contributors Arlene Antonik • Ron Armstrong • Trysh Ashby-Rolls Jennifer Bowles • Shelley Breadner • Yvonne Bulk Rob Campbell • Peter Dolezal • Lynn Fanelli Michael Forbes • Doreen Gee • Chris Genovali Valerie Green • Pene Beavan Horton • Linda M. Langwith Cindy Lister • Barry Mathias • Ingrid Ostrander Carole Pearson • Simon Quinn • Bob Ramsey Steve Sakiyama • Susan Simosko • Steve Sheppard Jim Townley • Wayne Watkins • Jo-Ann Way • Lauren Wiegel • Heather Zais

"Raincoast Update" columnist Chris Genovali As Executive Director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation, one of my roles is to serve as a spokesperson, writing about who we are as people, in addition to the science and conservation work we carry out to protect coastal B.C.’s environment. One of the most enjoyable assignments I’ve had is writing for the Seaside Times, which has allowed me to profile the highly expert, dedicated staff of Raincoast. Describing Raincoast’s unique projects is rewarding as well. In this edition, I cover our initiative to enlist 50 artists, including some of Canada’s most celebrated, on a sea-going expedition to take up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray B.C.’s fragile "raincoast." Freelance writer Barry Mathias My previous articles in Seaside Times have focused mainly on Pender Island activities, apart from "Meditations on a Garden in Early Spring," a humorous look at gardening, which even produced "fan mail!" In this edition, "I Beans and Gone and Done It … Again" is another light-hearted look at a horticultural problem. As a writer of novels and short stories, I enjoy producing short, comic pieces that examine situations we can all relate to, and hopefully will produce a smile. There is no doubt that living on an island provides a rich opportunity for humour.

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first w o rd Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there. They serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be – your roommate, your neighbour, professor, long-lost friend, lover or even a complete stranger who, at the very moment you lock eyes with them, you know that they will affect your life in some profound way. For me, at this moment of my life, that person is my very dear friend, Anthony Westlake. About a year-and-a-half ago Tony got diagnosed with lung cancer, the kind that only 15% of people who never smoked a day in their life get. For the past year Tony's body has accepted a targeted chemotherapy drug called Iressa. I call it a miracle pill. However, in the past month or so it stopped working, and the old-fashioned way of chemotherapy is what Tony is now facing.

I sat with him last week upon his return home from the hospital, with tears backed up in my eyes, and said: "Why you, Tony?" "Why not me; better me than someone else," he answered. At that moment in time, for just a second, my heart felt like it stopped, my breath seemed to whisper "I get it now," and my mind was at ease. The people you meet who affect your life and the successes and downfalls you experience … they are the people who create who you are. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. Those lessons are the hardest, and probably also the most important ones. I believe everything happens for a reason: nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments or true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of our soul. Without these small tests – whether they be events, illnesses or relationships – life would be like a smooth, paved, straight, flat road to nowhere … safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. Sometimes things happen to you, and at the time they seem horrible, painful and unfair, but upon reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would never have realized your potential, strength, willpower and heart. Tony, my dearest friend and a loving father and husband; this issue is dedicated to you. You have shown me that in life, no matter how difficult it can be, we are in it together.

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letters Seaside Times welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Like us on Facebook and you could win a $25 gift certificate to Spitfire Grill. Letters may be edited for space and content.

Peninsula identifier. Excellent use of the beach kids' photo with Tina's article as well. Thank you both! Angus Matthews, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Love Seaside Times. Especially enjoy Ms. Langwith's contributions. "Do It For Your Dad" was particularly good. Dads deserve some stroking, and stepdads too. Linda puts a very human touch on her stories. She scores again with her lovely article about the beauty of the Government House gardens. It reminds us that the work of volunteers is vital to keeping order – not just to the gardens, but to our souls. Nuala Vermeiren

Just received the Seaside Times this a.m. It is GREAT. You are doing a fabulous job in providing a local magazine that supports community endeavours and local businesses … always worth the read. Regards, Marie R.

✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ It was a pleasure to write "Celebrating the Peninsula: A World-Class Destination" for the June issue and I love that the cover illustrates the point so perfectly! Susan Simosko

✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ Well done with the Diverse by Nature article and the entire June edition … another great and clever cover and I like the space you gave for the

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✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ Thank you so much for your amazing blog. I appreciated the way you took the time to understand all of our goals and reflect them in your blog/article! We are thankful for the support from you and the ripple you have created. We are already hearing from people who have read your blog and are offering support. You are amazing. Peggy Mahoney Editor's note: In the June 2012 issue story "Plants to Love," the writer noted that she had used comfrey in place of spinach on Oysters Rockefeller. A reader has alerted us to the fact that the ingestion of comfrey may not be safe there is much controversy regarding its possible toxicity.

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ca n we talk? . ............. Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Sylvia Olsen, You are a woman who wears many professional hats: author, knitter, project manager for new construction in Tsartlip and small business owner. How do these individual projects work together? My work appears to be a strange mix of seemingly unrelated activities. As a young girl I was a committed handworker, and I followed that love when I married and moved to Tsartlip First Nation. I was immediately interested in the women's woolworking and have been involved with knitting ever since. I am a historian by education, with training in public administration. My first job when I graduated from university was as a housing manager on the reserve. Once I began working in that field it opened up for me a window into government/First Nations relations. It was tough work but endlessly fascinating so I never quit. I went from one aspect of housing to another and now have tied that work together with my historian hat. Currently I am writing a PhD dissertation on a history

of government involvement with on-reserve housing. On being an author … I see life as a story, many stories, with fascinating characters, plots, subplots, intrigue, exciting beginnings and disappointing endings (or the other way around). Through the convincing of Diane Morris, one of my publishers, I began to write about 10 years ago and because of her constant encouragement I continued to write. I now tell stories as well. I am a lateral thinker and have lived long enough to do a few of the things that interest me. I get up at 4 a.m. – I think that may have something to do with what often looks like an insane pace. Perhaps what really ties it all together is that I love life and enjoy what I am doing and I do what I enjoy. Your most recent venture is West Saanich Woolworks, a business that is jointly owned between you, your daughter Joni and your son Adam. How did the company come about? Our family owned and operated a Cowichan sweater business for years from a shop behind our house in Tsartlip. The kids were raised in bags of wool and with daily visits from knitters bringing their sweaters for sale. In the early '90s we closed the formal business but woolworking continued to be an important part of our family. Several years ago I knit and felted bags, pillows, blankets and rugs for their grandmother's memorial giveaway. We got together at that time and imagined how fusing knitting and felting could create a new kind of product. Since then we have been experimenting – some products have emerged that they can produce and market. Your creations are labelled “Salish Fusion Knitwear” – can you tell us what that means? Cowichan sweaters were, in the first place, a wonderful fusion of traditional Coast Salish blanket making skills and techniques and European (especially Scottish) knitting practices and tools (knitting needles). It is the woolworking in both peoples that has deep roots and important cultural significance. Ingenuity and need created the specific products. Adam and Joni became particularly interested in the fusion aspect of the Cowichan sweater because of their fused heritage, so to speak, of Scottish/ British and Coast Salish parents. Their grandmother, Laura Olsen, was a knitter for more than 80 years. She

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Author, Designer, On-Reserve Housing Technician Sylvia Olsen has lived and worked on the Saanich Peninsula for more than 40 years. She is an author, designer and on-reserve housing technician. After working in the housing field since the mid-'90s she has returned to university to think about things for a while. 10


Sylvia is the grandmother of six amazing children who are her joy and inspiration.

Author, Designer, On-Reserve Housing Technician made hundreds of Cowichan sweaters but she also created an amazing array of spontaneous designs. She was an innovator and my kids have the same sort of spirit. It seems that, as often happens with many cultural traditions as the population ages, Cowichan knitters are becoming few and far between. Along with yourself and Joni, all work is performed by Vancouver Island knitters – do you see the business as a way to pass on this very important cultural practice? Knitting became a vocation for many Coast Salish women during a time when there were few opportunities. It was hard work and paid little in return, and yet it was still a beloved occupation. Thankfully there are now many higher paid jobs for First Nations women, but there is a resurgence of interest in knitting by women who are retiring, wanting something to do part time to supplement other income or wanting a paying hobby. It is always a struggle selling handwork; the business can provide an outlet for some of it. West Saanich Woolworks recently braved “The Dragons” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. I know you can’t reveal whether or not you made a deal, but could you tell us why you decided to take the business in this direction? Dragon's Den was not my decision. Adam loves the business and also has a flare for the theatrical; he brought the business and Joni along with it to Toronto. It was an outlet for his combined interests. However, in spite of my initial foot-dragging, I must say Adam and Joni's experience with the show was extremely beneficial. They did a lot of preparation. They organized and thought through the business much more rigorously than they would have otherwise. It has been said that, as a writer, you often find yourself exploring the “in-between places where Native and non-Native people meet.” Could you expand on that? I was 18 when I moved to Tsartlip First Nation. I lived there for more than 35 years. My children were raised in that community and have made their homes there and my business was there. I was blond and blue-eyed in a world where blond people were not very welcome. The experience formed how I see the world. Because it was such a profound experience I have studied the places where the two peoples come together – how we get along and how we don't. Some people are brimming with desire to get along with and understand the "other." Some people are entrenched in harsh stereotypes and want to stick together in their own packs. There are reasons for both. There are as many of both types of people on both sides of the racial divide. We can get through it and beyond it but it takes effort and a willing heart and mind. I find these ideas wonderful and discouraging, but either way they provide endless ideas for stories.

As project manager for new construction in Tsartlip and a member of the Board of Directors for the First Nations National Housing Managers Association, it is clear you highly value the needs of your community. How have you passed that sense of responsibility on to your four children? Our home was always a hotbed of discussion about the world, culture, politics, religion … being a cross-cultural family, tensions of society were never far away. Carl, the kids' father, and I never backed away from the issues. I think we all just assume that our role as humans is to contribute something of value to society … otherwise what is the purpose of our energy? With all your work and years you’ve put into housing management, it’s not a surprise to hear that you’re now working on your PhD, focused on the history of reserve housing. Given all that you’ve experienced with the issues facing the First Nations, in your opinion, who’s to blame? While I don't usually think blaming is useful, as a historian I think knowing the roots of our problems is essential. It is easy to say that acts of colonization resulted in the difficult conditions First Nations experience today. When one people superimposes its society on another and systematically excludes the original people from wealth-making opportunities then it follows that there will be vast inequality and social disruption. A further important question is why have the inequalities lasted so long? Housing is a good example. First Nations people make very few of the important decisions about how on reserve housing is delivered to their communities. Until recently, financing for housing on reserves was confined to structures set in place by the Indian Act of 1876. On reserve residents had no access to mainstream housing finance mechanisms. There are no easy answers but there is a better approach. Let people speak for themselves and act on their own behalf. If people are to take responsibility for themselves they must have input into decisions regarding their lives. I am very optimistic. Change is happening and I think, in the long run, it will be change for the better. Last year, your book Working with Wool, a Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater, won the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for historical writing – what is one of the next stories you’d like to tell? I continue to write kids' books. Sebastian Sasquatch, a picture book, is coming out with Sono Nis Press this fall and The Problem with Promises, a novel for young readers, will be out with Orca Book Publishers in spring 2013. Besides writing about the history of on-reserve housing I would like to tell a story about white women who have lived most of their lives on reserves. Perhaps it's because I am getting old that I want to look at my own experience and find people who have lived in similar circumstances. It has been both wonderful and difficult and that's the stuff that makes a good story. For more information visit Photo courtesy Rob Campbell. SEASIDE  TIMES | JULY 2012 |


I Beans and Gone and Done It … Again by Barry Mathias Every year, I approach my small vegetable patch with blithe anticipation and a bounce in my step. I always have a vision that this year I will achieve fruitful orderliness: lines of lush lettuces; huge, silky white cauliflowers; succulent carrots; and, of course, runner beans. Of all the preparations in the garden, it is the erection of the beanpoles and their careful stringing together that produces the greatest satisfaction. For, unlike the other beans which are marked by pegs or a single string line, the runner beans have a complex edifice above them: a visual confirmation that something important has been achieved. “I hope you haven’t planted too many beans this year,” my wife remarks.

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I protest my innocence. “Oh! Fewer than last year. Yes, considerably fewer.” There is the excitement of the first sprouting beans, followed by their gradual, remorseless climb to the top of the poles. Then, the red provocative flowers, the humming of innumerable bees, and suddenly the first, small pods appear. On a number of days I say: "We’ll have fresh beans tonight for supper." But each time I return to the kitchen empty-handed. Eventually, oh immeasurable joy! The first delicious pickings arrive; the true essence of summer. It is like a scene from Macbeth: "Is this a bean I see before me? Come let me clutch thee. I see thee, yet I have thee not … " The beans are clever and elusive, but worth the effort of finding them. Soft, juicy, tasty beans. Ambrosia of the Gods! This is the succulent taste of real country living. But every year it happens – something stops the gentle rhythm of the picking: unavoidable social engagements appear without warning, there is a bedroom to decorate, the boat needs attention, and always the dog gets fleas! A number of days pass before I get to the beans, and once again the battle is lost: there are beans everywhere. Huge, military-looking beans with bulging muscles sticking out at all angles. Long, thick, shiny, knobby beans … they fill bucket after bucket. “No more beans!” my wife protests. The freezer is full, neighbours disappear if I approach with anything resembling a bean, and it becomes the new swear word in our house. “I knew you’d planted too many beans! You always do.” It’s true. Every year it happens. But, next year will be different … really it will!

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Art For an Oil-Free Coast by Chris Genovali

Fifty artists – some of the country's most celebrated and many who are First Nations – have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada's fragile "raincoast" – one they feel is threatened by Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline and supertanker project. A network of coastal lodges, tour boat operators and businesses donated or discounted their services, enabling the artists to explore some of the most spectacular and remote locations of British Columbia's central and north coast. Over a two-week expedition in June they depicted the rich biodiversity and ecological elements of the forest, intertidal and ocean zones, and the people, flora and fauna that have lived there for thousands of years. Their goal is to bring attention to the dramatic beauty and ecological diversity of B.C.'s central and north coast that will be at risk if tankers are permitted to ship tar sands oil through the region's narrow and dangerous channels. The resulting works, combined with prose and poetry, will be published this fall as an art book titled Canada's Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast. The original artwork, donated by the artists, will become part of a traveling art show to raise public awareness of what is at stake on this priceless coast and why it needs to be kept oil-free. The art-for-conservation idea is the recurring brainchild of Tofino artist Mark Hobson, who helped coordinate a similar venture in 1989. That project produced the book Carmanah: Artistic Visions of an Ancient Rainforest, which

drew international attention to the Carmanah Valley on Vancouver Island and led to permanent protection of the area through its designation as a B.C. provincial park. "Since the call went out to the artist community to participate, the response has been overwhelming," explains Hobson. "Many feel as I do; it will only be a matter of time before incidents like the Exxon Valdez and Nestucca oil spills repeat themselves in this incredible coastal ecosystem." The artists are united in the conclusion that an oil spill resulting from the collision or grounding of a supertanker will have an impact whose magnitude will far exceed anything ever experienced on Canada's shorelines. “This is one of the most rich and beautiful biotic zones on planet Earth and it could be utterly destroyed,” adds Canadian icon Robert Bateman, who was part of the June expedition. The Art for an Oil-Free Coast project is being coordinated and supported by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. In addition, Raincoast's research vessel, Achiever, was one of the boats that hosted the artists' journey. Among the artists participating in the project include the aforementioned Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson, Michael Svob and Alison Watt. Chris Genovali is the executive director of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Photo courtesy Eric Sambol.

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We’ve shown that by working together we can make a difference. That’s a very important function of the Society.” “We’re always looking for new volunteers,” Newton says, “people who like to get dirty, have fun and make a difference.” The Society is committed to providing hands-on opportunities for anyone – children and adults alike – who want to improve the local environment. “We have become the watershed stewardship leaders on the Saanich Peninsula,” says Newton. “That’s why it is such exciting and important work for people of all ages.” The family-friendly July 14th celebration will include live music, art activities for kids, native tree planting opportunities and more. Food and wine will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

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Coffee, Sex and Politics by Steve Sheppard Three of the most powerful words in our culture today, but never underestimate history. Below is a glimpse into how they were well-entrenched in the coffee world well before our time! In 1475 the first coffee shops appear in Constantinople. In fact, coffee becomes so much a part of the Turkish culture that they create a law making it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he fails to provide her with her daily quota of coffee, which is now widely believed to be an aphrodisiac. In 1511 the trouble begins: coffee houses gain popularity in Mecca and Governor Khayr Bey bans the drink, fearing its influence promotes opposition to his rule. As a result, riots break out and unrest spreads! Just when it appears a coffee revolution could erupt, the Sultan of Cairo intervenes and has the Governor executed. In Venice Italy, 1600, the Church notices the increasing popularity of coffee. The local clergy believe it to be satanic, a product of Ottoman infidels, so Pope Clement

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VIII decides to inspect the dark beverage himself. The aroma is so pleasant, the Pope succumbs to temptation and tries the "devil's concoction." After tasting it, he proclaims: "Why, this Satan's drink is so delicious that it would be a pity to let the Infidels have exclusive use of it. We shall fool Satan by baptizing it." In 1637 a Greek student at Oxford University brews the very first cup of coffee in England. With his newfound get-up-and-go drink, Nathaniel Conopios could stay up all night throwing dishes, dancing and cramming for tests; however, Oxford's porcelain was more precious to them and "Nate" was summarily expelled. In 1668 a little-known factoid: coffee overtakes beer as New York City's favourite breakfast beverage, while in London, public drunkenness is a problem and coffee houses replace taverns as the place of choice for meetings. London in 1675 – coffee is at the centre of a war between the sexes, and women are barred from most male gatherings. So if their men weren't at work or the pub, they were spending time at coffeehouses. Women surmise that coffee encourages men to drink more liquor and they circulate a petition entitled "The Women's Petition against Coffee," which states that coffee makes their men impotent and is creating a "very sensible decay of that true Old English vigor." Around the same time, King Charles II orders England's coffee houses closed. Charles, it seems, was afraid of a war of a different kind: revolt. Coffee houses breed the kind of talk and ideas that might run counter to his royal rule. Protests are so severe that Charles' coffee ban lasts only 11 days, which is about how long I can go without … (ahem), coffee … Steve out.

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little Alessandra Cisotto gives me a big teddy bear hug. She is all excited about the “Mini-Latch” that daddy built her outside (with a little help from his friends). With her nickname, Jewel of the Latch, Alessandra is a part of The Latch experience when she serves bread to delighted patrons. Two other daughters grace this European family: Julia and Ariana. This family sentiment trickles into their restaurant business, where every customer is treated like a loved one. The service is friendly and accommodating. To Valeria, “Everyone who comes here is part of the family! 18


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We want people to feel at home – because they are special.” The Cisottos only have one dinner seating, so patrons are never rushed out and can stay as long as they want – just like having dinner with the folks. “Many people who come here just need to talk with somebody,” reflects Luigi. “We treat them like family.” “Spaghetti and meatballs is not Italian!” laughs Luigi, setting me straight in a New York minute. The value of authentic European food is etched in gold leaf in this Peninsula business. Their

Quality homemade ingredients are a carryover from Luigi’s Italian homeland. Vegetables are fresh every day. All food is cooked when ordered and never beforehand. Both Cisottos do the cooking and make everything from scratch: focaccia bread and Sicilian antipasto are just a few of their delicacies. Their salami and cheeses come straight from the Continent. Luigi brings his own family recipes from Italy and Valeria has her own specialties from Romania. Luigi beams with pride: “My antipasto is beautiful!” Tradition is based on experience – another value from oceans away. Valeria has experience in many kitchens and Luigi worked all over the world, bringing the gourmet edge of many European countries

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to the Peninsula. He honed his craft on cruise ships, learning from the “best of the best” chefs. In Italy, the title of "chef" is reserved for those culinary virtuosos with years and years of experience following their schooling. It is this dedication to excellence that underscores the quality dining experience at The Latch. The Cisottos extend a sincere “Thank you to all of our wonderful patrons who keep coming back and who continue to support us.” If you want to go to Italy for an evening and watch crepes Suzette sizzle under moonlight, treat yourself to The Latch. As Cher would say in that classic film: “Capisce?” For more information visit | JULY 2012


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restaurant is a taste of real pure Italy – not the watered-down American version. Their lasagna contains lots of chopped up vegetables and the marinara sauce is actually made of seafood. The Cisottos’ genuine cannelloni is made with white meat and their consommé comes from hours of cooking beef bones.

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The Dawn Patrol by Michael Forbes As early morning radio hosts, the big question we get asked is: how do you get up so early and do you ever get used to it? The answers are "I don't know" and "no." After an endless string of 3 a.m.'s, it is something that no respectable human ever fully gets their head around. The only time that dragging your carcass out of bed at that hour can even be remotely awesome is when your grandpa wakes you up holding a fishing rod or there is an airport-bound cab outside waiting to take you to Puerto Vallarta. While you are nestled snug in your Craftmatic adjustable bed, I'm out in a bizarre world teeming with activity and laced with a big dose of strange. Some mornings, I stand in the driveway and stare off into the dark void, straining to hear an eerie moan coming from the creek near the house. I have described the sound to people, who just pass it off as deer calling out to each other. Ya right, I have watched enough of those YouTube videos to know it's a Sasquatch. Then there's a commotion in the shrubs and I can see the outline of Moonbeam, Buttercup and Charlie. These raccoons enter my backyard with all of the tact and grace of a mob heist and leave the remnants of my Country Grocer rotisserie chicken strewn all over the lawn. Probably payback for the cousin we hit and almost killed on Blanshard a couple of years ago.

a couple of hours ago still looking for a party, crossing paths with those of us trying to do our job. Sometimes we clash, which explains how one morning I stood over the bathroom sink at work trying to rinse a Big Gulp out of my hair after being caught in the middle of a 7-11 bare knuckle brawl. Hands down though, the oddest thing I've noticed in the wee hours is that some birds actually chirp. That cheerful sound seems incredibly out of place with the street lights still on. Do you know why birds sing in the morning? It's because they don't have to go to work … and also I think because they are trying to warn me of the Sasquatch on my back deck. 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.

Dodging wildlife on our way into Victoria is nothing compared to the close encounters of the human kind. I once braked for a body lying in the middle of the street and gingerly got out to check for a pulse. As soon as I lifted the corpse's arm, his eyes snapped open and, through a toothless grin, he said: "and then one day this lady met this fellow." Scared witless, I said "Waa?" He then staggered to his feet and skipped off, belting out the theme to the Brady Bunch. Sometimes at 4 a.m. you do hear a distant siren which is puzzling because, during my first stop at Timmies, I could blindly throw a Tim Bit over my shoulder and hit at least five cops. Police do seem to be out there though because they, along with the delivery truck drivers and the morning DJ's, witness a kind of bizarre changing of the guard. It’s the anonymous drifters who left the bar SEASIDE  TIMES | JULY 2012 |


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Island Blue Celebrates 100th Anniversary Island Blue Print Co. Ltd., operating today as Island Blue, the well-known Victoria business specializing in digital printing services and the retail supply of art materials on the corner of Fort and Quadra, officially celebrates 100 years of business on July 4th, 2012.

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Island Blue Print Co. Ltd. was founded July 4th, 1912, when the assets of the Electric Blueprinting and Draughting Company were purchased by Joseph B. Davenport, a draftsmen, and partner Bateman Hutchinson, a land surveyor, for the sum of $1,000. In 1910, a major fire had completely destroyed the T.N. Hibbens Co., “Booksellers and Stationers” business, thus the loss of the original map of Greater Victoria. Mr. Davenport was commissioned to replace this map. This marked the beginning of a new business to be known as Island Blue Print & Map Co. Ltd. and the mapping (Davenport Maps) of the most populated cities and small communities on Vancouver Island. The main focus of the company throughout the next 40 years was map drafting and map sales, along with the sales of drafting supplies and blue print production. After Davenport’s sudden passing in 1954, Victor Shemilt, who joined the company in 1950 as a junior office boy/ draftsman trainee, was given a year to prove he could run the business. He expanded the business with more drafting, survey and graphic products and additional print services and in 1969, he and his wife Pam purchased the company. Today, Island Blue remains a family-owned and operated business under the second generation Shemilts: Mike, Craig and Rob. On July 4th, the company will hold an open house celebration for its customers with door prizes and cake in the “Art Store.” The classroom in the Art Store will be turned into a museum showcasing Island Blue Print’s old maps dating back to 1912, historical calendars and cards, drafting products including custom sheets of old Letraset (dry transfer lettering) and marketing materials from the past.

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With a staff of 45 and locations in downtown Victoria and Sidney, the company operates three different divisions: the “Reprographic Digital Print Center,” offering a variety of small to large format digital printing marketing solutions; the “Art Store,” Vancouver Island's largest retailer of arts and craft materials; and a book printing division, “Printorium Bookworks,” with customers across Canada. The company commissioned local artist Steve Milroy to create and paint a mural on the Quadra Street side of Island Blue’s Art Store building to commemorate the event. The mural is a wonderful homage to painter Emily Carr and her adorable sidekick Woo.


July Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama I'm Walking on Sunshine … A friend of mine, who shall remain nameless but the first initial starts with “Doctor,” suggested that I do aerobic exercise to relieve stress – caused by the pressures of writing humor (funny how that is). Jogging first came mind because runners are very fit, smart and all beautifully glow-ish. I want that. However, when joggers run they all seem to have a strained look on their faces, and they take their pulse often as if to say: “Am I still alive?” This wasn’t particularly appealing to me. The comedian Wendy Liebmann says she only runs when the ice cream truck is doing 60 – and I agree with her. The only time I experienced a “runners' high” was when I chased down a Dickie Dee ice cream truck as it meandered through our neighbourhood – all while sweating profusely and exhausted while waving frantically, trying to get the driver’s attention. The truck’s musical bells invoked a Pavlovian response which beckoned me further and drove me crazy, so crazy that I imagined the street lined with vast crowds all shouting: “Run Forrest … Run! So instead of taking the leap into jogging, I thought it would be good to start with “power walking” (an oxymoron in my mind). Apparently you burn loads of calories, so who cares if my power walking style looks like a tourist in Mexico looking desperately for a bathroom. I now fly past octogenarians with walkers, feel “the burn” (in my ankles) and experience what joggers call “a second wind” – normally associated with going for the next round at the buffet table. I’ll be running like the wind soon.

Speaking of wind – what causes it? Due to changes in air temperature and density over the surface of the earth, the air pressure can vary from one location to another. In order to equalize the pressure difference, air will move from high pressure to low pressure – just like when a vacuum sealed can of coffee is opened and the air rushes in. The speed of the wind is directly related to the magnitude of the pressure difference between the two locations – called a “pressure gradient.” A strong pressure gradient means the wind moves very fast, just like a steep slope where a ball will roll very quickly down. Conversely a weak pressure gradient (gentle slope) means the winds move slower. Continuing on the theme of slow-moving things, the weather through mid-June wasn’t warm enough to break a sweat, so let’s look forward to a July jog into summer heat. The long-term forecast models are showing 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. As we run headlong into July, my sentimental forecast for Canada Day (July 1st) is warmth and sunshine – perfect weather for Canadians to catch their breath and celebrate with fireworks, parties and ice cream. Listen … I hear bells … ~ Weatherwit. Questions about the weather? Email or post it on my blog at


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Romancing the Grape; Part 2 by Linda M. Langwith

Coming down Tatlow Road in North Saanich towards Chalet Road and the sparkling waters of Deep Cove, the eye catches a vineyard right out of the Loire Valley, serried ranks of vines stretching up to the edge of the wood, sturdy trunks bearing cordons from which the promise of this year’s harvest is just beginning. It’s the Muse Winery, and I think I’m falling in love with a vineyard! Caring for the vines and bringing the grapes to fruition is intensive work, a year-round labour of love, requiring a practiced eye and deft hands. At this time of year the vines are a bit like small, exuberant children, sprouting up and running about in all directions. While pruning starts in January when the vines are dormant, come June, with the beginning of bud clusters, the focus is on


removing excess shoots and training the remainder to grow upright, called Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) or "nip and tuck," to quote Carol Wallace of Dragonfly Vineyard and Winery. Training involves different methods such as taping the shoots to a wire or encouraging them to grow within a double wire. The end result is a rather pleasing vision of upright leafy soldiers bearing tiny bunches of flower buds. Nip and tuck, however, is no easy feat when faced with acres of vines, but the vineyard is a peaceful place and an iPod helps as well. John, the vineyard manager at deVine Vineyards, can prune through the 10 miles of vines in two-and-a-half weeks! In July and August work on the canopy begins, making sure the vines are growing horizontal to the wire, removing stubby shoots to ensure light and air gets through and the energy of the plant goes into the grape rather than into more shoot production. If the weather is cool, grape clusters might be reduced to one or two to ensure more likelihood of ripening. Ongoing is the application of foliar fertilizer and compost, as well as weeding, for which John uses "The Badger."


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Tastings & Sales: Enjoy expanded open days and hours this summer in the intimate garagé winery. Email vintner Carol Wallace for details: As an added treat, view the unique vintage tractor display in a bucolic setting and the prettiest flock of sheep imaginable.

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“Suddenly Sasquatch” musical adventure: with Peninsula Players July 14th, 28th, 29th; Aug. 11-12th. Special dinner and lunch seating available in the Bistro Muse – visit for further information. Tastings & Tours: 11am - 5pm Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays. Bistro: 11-4 Thursday through Sunday.

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Music in the Highland House Wine Bistro: Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights 5 p.m. till late. Enjoy various musical groups as the perfect accompaniment to great food and wine. Follow The Roost on Facebook (TheRoostFarmCentre) to learn about more events.

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An Eye For An Eye We take it for granted: our vision. Yet, if it falters even slightly, it can be life changing and stressful. Our pets have eye health issues as well. No, they don’t read or have to drive a car, but their eyes are just as special as our own. Being aware of changes may help you save your pet’s eyesight one day. Eyes are very delicate and what may seem minimal to you may be serious to your pet. Let’s review signs of concern: A painful eye needs attention. Squinting is a good indicator of pain; it can mean inflammation to the eye lining, also known as conjunctivitis. Pain also occurs with a scrape, ulcer or puncture to the eye surface (cornea). These can seriously affect the eye’s long term health. Many people comment that their pet’s eye is rolled down. In actual fact, it is likely that the pet’s third eyelid has come up. This is a protective membrane that slides up over the eye surface with trauma, pain or neurological change. This time of year we can find grass seeds behind the third eyelid, rubbing on that cornea and causing an ulcer. Yeow! That must really hurt! You may notice that one of your pet’s pupils is a different size than the other. Good observation! A painful eye can result in constriction of the pupil and further pain. Neurological conditions can also result in this change in size. Dogs love riding with their head out the car window, but this can be dangerous for many reasons. Objects in the air such as cottonwood fluff, grass seeds, bugs, etc. can act like a missile, causing serious eye damage on impact. Sometimes these damaged eyes have to be removed. Blink reflexes are just not fast enough to save an eye from injury. Prevention is the key, so keep those heads inside the vehicle.

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tear production, leading to inflammation, pigmentation, mucus discharge and eye ulcers. This is a serious lifelong condition that needs supportive treatment. Cataracts do develop in cats and dogs. This can be hereditary or a result of diabetes. Cataracts result in slow onset of vision loss and animals learn to adapt to this. Abnormally high pressure within the eye – glaucoma – does occur in animals as well as humans. This is a true medical emergency, and your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian. You may notice red eyes, eye pain, avoiding being patted on the head and more. Sometimes we have no option but to remove the eye to relieve the pain. So have your pet seen early with an eye issue! High blood pressure can also result in vision loss due to detached retinas. This is most commonly seen in cats, but can occur in dogs as well. They can reattach if caught early. Animals do adapt to vision loss, but ideally, we want to help them retain their sight and eye health. By reading this, I know you will have better insight into your pet’s eye care. We’ll be seeing you at the earliest sign of eye issues! More information can be found at PET FOOD PLUS


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Steamers, Scows and Speculators: A History of Sidney by Carole Pearson A History of Sidney will be the first in a three-part series by Carole Pearson. Our August issue will look at Saanichton, followed by A History of Brentwood Bay in the September issue. Noise from steam locomotives and rail cars, steamers, scows and stern-wheelers, and the unloading of freight and passengers from them all were just part of a typical day on Sidney's waterfront at the turn of the 20th Century.

Frustrated by this set-back, there seemed only one course of action for the local landowners: build the railway themselves. Morrison says: “Consequently, Julius and Henry Brethour with Robert Irving developed plans to promote the Victoria and Sidney Railway Company, which was incorporated on April 23rd, 1892. Up to this point, Sidney Townsite saw very little development or land sales.”

The Brethours and Irving In 1892, Sidney was were able to get construction still “nothing more than underway on their V&S Railway a tract of farmland and and, within six months, more forest overlooking a small businesses had opened in Sidney bay," according to Darryl in anticipation. By the summer of E. Muralt in The Victoria 1893, a wharf with a warehouse and Sidney Railway, but the was complete and the Sidney construction of a railway 1913 Beacon Avenue looking East from 5th Street. Note Mills sawmill was in operation. from Victoria to the Chinatown on the right. Photo P011.10.1, courtesy Sidney Archives. Saanich Peninsula quickly The official inaugural run turned Sidney into a busy hive of activity. of the V&S Railway took place on the afternoon of June 2nd, 1894, departing from the Victoria terminus on A proposal for a link to the Mainland by a train to Hillside Avenue with the train decorated with flowers. a ferry wharf at the end of the Saanich Peninsula was Unfortunately, despite its importance, the railway first made in 1886 by Amor de Cosmos, former premier company was plagued with economic difficulties. It soon of British Columbia and a North Saanich landowner. faced competition from other rail transport companies Word of De Cosmos' proposed railway piqued the interest and the increased popularity of road vehicles. The of a group of six local landowners that included Julius V&S Railway made its final run on April 30th, 1919. Brethour and Robert Irving. They were men who saw a The historic Saanich Cannery Company was once one of the good business opportunity ahead and created a joint-stock area's biggest employers. Started in 1905 by James White and company named the Sidney Land Improvement Company. Colin Cochran, the company's first product, Saanich Brand Sidney Archives Manager Brad R. Morrison canned clams, was a great success. It prompted the company to notes in A Walk Through Time that “They had shift into year-round production, processing fruit and berries expectations of selling lots to interested speculators from Peninsula farms. The cannery was sold to BC Packers in association with railway development.” when White and Cochran retired in 1939. The next year, it was purchased by Canada Packers who closed the plant in Julius Brethour and his brothers, Henry and Wesley, 1942 when the war created a workforce shortage and fruit also had 50 acres of their own lands surveyed, subdivided became too costly. The buildings were demolished in 1966. and registered as the Townsite of Sidney, taking the name from nearby Sidney Island. Five acres by the The formation of the BC Ferry Corporation by the waterfront were set aside for a future saw mill and Province in July 1958, with its new terminal at Swartz another area was designated for a railway terminus and Bay, marked the end of an era for ferry service at the a wharf. All that was missing was a train and tracks. once-busy wharf at the foot of Beacon Avenue. On March 20th, 1889, the federal government granted a charter to de Cosmos for his Victoria, Saanich, and New Westminster Railway Company, but a lastminute dispute over financing with the City of Victoria caused the project to collapse in October 1891. 28


Today, the noisiest activities near Sidney's waterfront are parades, the street market and Sunday afternoon concerts. If you look closely, though, there are a few reminders around of Sidney's rugged past, whether a mural, an anchor, or the beacon that warned passing ships of long ago.

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The Winspear Cup was first held at the Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club in 1972, sponsored by the late Francis Winspear, a long-time resident of the Saanich Peninsula. His son Bill Winspear sponsored the cup after Francis’ death, and Bill’s son Malcolm is now continuing the tradition at Glen Meadows. While Malcolm and his wife Jill have supported the Charity Event, this year they are committed to raising funds for the Mary Winspear Community Cultural Centre operated by the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Foundation and its supporting charity, the SANSCHA Community Cultural Centre Foundation. Did you know that the Mary Winspear Centre was named after the Winspear family's Aunt Mary? She was born in 1901 in Birmingham, England. Mary completed her undergraduate degree in 1930 and then continued on at the same university, earning both her MA in English (1931) and PhD in Philosophy (1942). Mary spent many of her summers visiting her younger brother Francis at his summer house in North Saanich, and upon her retirement she moved to Sidney. She took an interest in her community and its constituents and enjoyed the arts, the love of learning and of course the seascape.




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Pet-A-Palooza – A Pet Lover’s Extravaganza! by Arlene Antonik It’s a summer seaside party and you and your pet are invited!

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No pet? Not to worry – you can find your new furry friend at Pet-A-Palooza, a pet- and family-friendly event featuring the largest, one-day adopt-a-thon ever held on Vancouver Island. The goal is to find forever homes for over 250 dogs and cats through the various rescue societies that will be showcased that day. Pet-A-Palooza is a free outdoor festival being presented by the Just Love Animals Society on Sunday, August 12th at Ogden Point from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bosley’s on Yates is the title sponsor. The idea is to celebrate and enjoy our pets while learning about holistic care and the many animal resources available on the West Coast.

Three local groomers will be offering face and nail trims – for dogs only! Called the Canine Clip for the Cure, funds raised will go to the Canine Critical Illness Fund established by the Just Love Animals Society for hard luck cases that require financial assistance. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of this non-profit Society, as it was just incorporated this past March. Lonnie Powell, one of its three directors, explains the purpose of the new organization. “Jordan, Anne and I have been animal lovers all our lives. Through our own experiences we have seen the need for a unifying organization to support the work of existing rescue and animal welfare groups and to provide education and awareness on holistic animal care. We are thrilled with the enthusiastic welcome we are receiving from this community and from local businesses that are opening doors for us.”

Taking part that day will be certified trainers, pet shops, nutritionists, herbalists and other holistic animal practitioners along with live music and entertainment converging on 35,000 square feet along the waterfront. Your dog will be able to sample treats, try on the latest summer styles and accessories and take home a swag bag full of nutritious goodies. People treats will be available too, with food vendors such as Prima Strada Pizzeria, Pig BBQ Joint and wannawafel ready to provide the fixin's for an afternoon picnic.

The three directors and founding members of the society, Jordan Illingworth, Lonnie Powell and Anne Lee (as pictured, left to right), are well-equipped to take on this new challenge, with extensive backgrounds in public relations and marketing, special events planning, graphic design and finance. They are pet owners themselves, with two great danes, three cats, a jack russell/pug cross and eight chickens between them!

To add to the fun, watch for the “Running of the Bulls” where English and French bulldogs will run races and compete for the grand prize of a one-year supply of Bullwrinkles. There will also be a celebrity dog wash

“We are planning some major fundraising events,” Lonnie continued. “Over the summer we are running the “The Naked Lemon” campaign selling vitamin-infused fresh lemonade at various locations, such as the Sidney

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Summer Market. Planning is underway for “Delicious,” a food, wine and art party at the Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel on November 3rd, and for a themed-bride show to be held next spring. ”Sponsors and volunteers are always welcome to help out with the various events. The directors can be contacted by phone at 250-217-0799 or emailed at More information is available at www. The society can also be followed on Twitter (@jlasociety) and found on Facebook ( justloveanimalssociety). Sign up now online for Pet-A-Palooza – the first 350 registrants get the swag bags! “Our passion is animals,” Lonnie said. “Our Society is here to provide assistance to them in any way we can through their care-givers, be it individuals, organizations or businesses. Already our phone is ringing 24-7. We are living and breathing this and we couldn’t be happier!” Photo courtesy Arlene Antonik.

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Standard & Poor’s 2011 Indexes Versus Active Funds Scorecard (SPIVA) reported that in 2010, “only 19.6% of Canadian Equity active funds were able to outperform the S&P/TSX Composite Index.” The Report went on to conclude that over longer time frames of three- to five-year periods, the performance worsened, with only 11% and 2.5% respectively outperforming the Index. This dismal performance is quite understandable. To achieve even break-even performance with passive funds such as ETFs and Index Funds, equity mutual funds must outperform the Index by at least the 2% cost premium they charge. For the five-year period ending in 2010, the TSX Index delivered an average compound annual return of 3.8%. To improve on this return by two percentage points, a mutual fund would have needed to deliver an average annual return more than 50% greater than the Index. As actual performance clearly indicates, this is a virtually impossible expectation, especially over longer time frames. Mutual funds may have a niche role in some portfolios. The investor, however, should be aware that compared to much lower-cost ETFs or Index Funds, many mutual funds start out with a handicap of roughly 2% annually. As years of actual comparative performance demonstrate, this handicap – to the mutual fund investor’s detriment – is rarely overcome. A retired corporate executive, enjoying postretirement as a financial consultant, Peter Dolezal is the author of three books, including his most recent, The SMART CANADIAN WEALTH-BUILDER.

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What Smells So Good? Cooking With Daksha’s Gourmet Spices by Arlene Antonik Exotic and gourmet may not be words that come to mind when thinking of Williams Lake, especially in the 1980s. However, Bhaskar and Daksha Narsing brought their own brand of spiciness to that rural community when they started up their home-based business, “Daksha’s Gourmet Spices.”

Bhaskar continued. “Then they are blended and packaged. These spices, when used in combination, create all the dishes featured in Daksha’s four cookbooks. Tastefully Indian, which has just been published

Over a cup of aromatic spiced chai, I asked Daksha and Bhaskar how their business began. “One day my neighbour in Williams Lake came over to my house and told me I was driving her crazy,” Daksha explained with a laugh. “She said the smells from my cooking were wafting through her windows. ‘What are you cooking that smells so good?’ she demanded to know.” “I shared some of my spices with her and recipes that I learned from my mother and grandmother in India and Zambia. Almost immediately, others were asking for them too. Bhaskar and I decided to package our spice mixes and sell them at local craft fairs. The only sterile plastic bags I had were baby bottle liners so we used those for years before our packaging became a little more sophisticated!” Today, Daksha’s Gourmet Spices is run out of a production facility in Saanichton with an extensive array of products for sale based on the original premise of providing 100% pure spices of the highest quality with no additives. The spices arrive in 50-pound bags from exotic locations around the world including Malaysia, Madagascar, Spain, Turkey and India. “We sieve and hand clean the spices to remove any impurities,”

contains all gluten-free recipes.” The curry mixes are sold in small, flat boxes with recipes printed on the back, such as Aloo Gobi, Daal, Chana Masala and the everpopular Butter Chicken. You will quickly and easily be turned into an exotic and gourmet chef! Bhaskar and Daksha sell their products online at and at craft shows and farmers markets all over B.C. and Alberta. Watch for them at the Peninsula Country Market, the Sidney Summer Market and at the Saanich Fall Fair. Their spice mixes and organic teas can also be found at local retail outlets such as Peninsula Co-op, Lifestyle Markets in Sidney and the Country Grocer on West Saanich Road.

What fates brought these two together? Bhaskar was born and raised in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Daksha in Zambia at a time when both African countries were striving for independence from Britain. Apartheid, conscription and expropriation of property convinced their parents it was time to leave. Bhaskar’s family relocated to Vancouver and Daksha’s to England. Bhaskar found mechanical engineering work with Gibraltar Mines in Williams Lake, while Daksha’s father opened a large fashion store in London where she worked as a buyer and enjoyed the theatre and ballet. In 1984, Bhaskar took a twoweek vacation to London and through family friends was introduced to Daksha.

recalled. “All the same, we hit it off and before Bhaskar returned to Canada he had proposed to me. He returned to London with his family for the wedding and then it was my turn to travel to Canada with him. We arrived in Vancouver and drove north to Williams Lake. We arrived at sunset and I loved it right away. With its wide open spaces and sense of community, it was a great place to raise our family.” When their two sons and daughter chose the University of Victoria for their post-secondary education, Bhaskar and Daksha decided to move south with them. In March of 2010, they found the right location for their business in Central Saanich and began operations a few months later.

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In view of all things royal of late, I thought it appropriate to conduct an interview with a member of the royal family from days gone by! Princess Louise was the fourth daughter and sixth child of Queen Victoria. The Queen herself never visited her namesake city; however, this artistic, free-spirited daughter came on a visit in September 1882 with her husband, the Marquis of Lorne, who was then Canada’s GovernorGeneral (1878-1883). Mostly at Louise’s instigation, they stayed until December. Interviewer: Thank you for granting me this interview, Your Royal Highness.







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Louise: Well, I love talking about your beautiful city. I: Can you tell me what you have most enjoyed here? L: Oh, all the interesting people definitely. We are staying at Cary Castle (now Government House) which is such a charming place “halfway between heaven and Balmoral.” And I simply adore shopping at all the little shops along Government Street. It has been such a treat to walk around without attracting attention. I: But, if I may say so, I think your gracious presence has attracted attention, Ma’am! People have loved to talk with you as you have made yourself so accessible. Can you also tell me about your early life in England, and then how and why you came to Canada? L: My dear mother considered me a rebellious child because I loved to draw, paint and sculpt. My happiest memories were spent at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight when dear Papa was still alive. He built us a playhouse there and it was all so carefree. Back in

London I soon realized life was not always happy. The Crimea War was raging and Mama and I once distributed medals to wounded soldiers at Chatham Hospital. I was only 13 when Papa died in 1861. The household was plunged into mourning. Mama made me sleep on a couch in her room for many years and I was always dressed in black and never allowed to attend parties. It was all very sombre. In 1864 I contracted tubercular meningitis and was ill for a year. I was later told I would never be able to have children and I still have the most terrible migraines. I: (Wishing to change what was obviously a painful subject) I believe you later did pursue your artistic interests? L: Yes, I studied at the National Art Training School in South Kensington. I even convinced Mama to model for me on one occasion. I also worked for a number of women's rights issues, but Mama wanted me to marry and "settle down." Luckily I was able to make my own choice and I fell in love with John Sutherland Campbell, the Marquis of Lorne. We were married at Windsor in March 1871. I continued my work with such organizations as The Ladies Work Society for Impoverished women, but after Mama appointed John Governor-General of Canada, we came to Ottawa to do our bit for the British Empire! I: We are so pleased you accompanied your husband on this visit to Victoria, Ma’am. You have won the hearts of us all. L: How very kind. We will always remember Victoria – the Beacon Hill Fall Fair, and all the local merchants. Visits to St. Ann’s Academy, local schools and the Jubilee Hospital will remain in our hearts forever. On December 7th, 1882, the royal couple finally left the city. After completing their term of five years as Canadian ambassadors for the Queen, they returned to England where Princess Louise resumed her royal duties. She was active in the preparations for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, and would no doubt have been delighted to know that our present Queen would be celebrating her own Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Princess Louise died at the age of 91, an enigma to some but a strong-willed, determined and very loyal friend to many. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at

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Being a "Friend" Of The Peninsula Country Market by Jim Townley We all value friendship, and you’ve heard the term "friends with benefits" many times before, but has being a friend ever gotten you discounts, free coffee and a wonderful eco-friendly canvas shopping bag? My guess is no. For over 20 years, the Peninsula Country Market Society has created one of the most unique community gathering experiences the Saanich Peninsula has to offer, and this year we have put together a wonderful fundraising program that rewards our loyal local customers on the field while at the same time helping us to raise money for this important community icon. For a reasonable $20 contribution to our non-profit society, the new "Friend of The Market" program gets you coupons, discounts and free coffee! All proceeds raised from the program will go towards maintaining the Society, which

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Reviewed by Simon Quinn, 11 For this book report I chose to read Sleuth or Dare: Partners in crime, the first in this series by Kim Harrington. The main characters are two girls who have to do a business proposal for a school project. They want Simon Quinn to think of a different business, not just dog walking. They come up with a detective agency – partners in crime! Their report is so well done that someone thinks the girls might actually be able to help them locate a missing person. With a little detective work to find the sender of the email, they discover it's from the most popular girl in their class. She has reason to believe that she has a sister she's never met! (or does she?) There are a lot of great characters in this story that help the girls get to the bottom of this case. There's also someone trying to scare them off the case, but that only makes the girls want to get to the bottom of the mystery even more! With some computer research and digging around, this novel is hard to put down until you know what happened. Without giving away the ending, there are some great new friends made, a detective business getting underway and a not-so-missing person to be found. This is a great story from begining to end and I'm looking forward to the next case: Sleepover Stakeout. New Releases – Available at The Children's Bookshop: Council of Mirrors, by Michael Buckley You Have to Stop This, by Pseudonymous Bosch Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo Out of Sight, Out of Time, by Ally Carter Theodore Boone: The Accused, by John Grisham The Enchantress, by Michael Scott Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin Wumbers, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Homer, by Elisha Cooper

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How Honest Are We? by Pene Beavan Horton “Are you honest in all your dealings with your fellow man?” My father told me he would rather someone cheated him than the other way around, because then he could sleep at night. I am honest to a fault, maybe because I remember him telling me that when I was thirteen. My Dad was right. It is better to be cheated than to cheat someone. Cheating means we’re out of integrity, and being out of integrity causes families, businesses and nations to fail. Is lying cheating? Are the little white lies used socially to oil relationships or avoid confrontations harmless? We could argue that to gratuitously tell people what we think, when it's uncomplimentary, is not kind. So is it okay then to tell little white lies? I don’t believe so. It’s better to say nothing than to undertake any type of lying. We can change the subject, or say we’ll have to think about the question and get back to them, or … . Or what? I once went to an art exhibition that didn’t appeal to me. What could I say if someone asked me what I thought of it? Being honest would be hurtful. Saying nothing, not an option. Then I read that if you don’t like something, you can always truthfully say it’s interesting. (Awfully interesting or interestingly awful?) Interesting. Remember that word. But it may not always work. When a mother comes home with an "interesting" hat she’s just bought and wants us to love it as much as she does, "interesting" doesn’t cut it. When the checkout lady gives us back too much change, or forgets to ring up an item, do we think “Oh well, groceries are so expensive these days, it’s nice to get a little break,” or do we point out her mistake? What do we do if we find a $20 bank note in the street? Accept it as a windfall or take it to the police station? What do we do when someone asks us to lie for them? What happens if the phone rings, we answer and it’s for a friend? We look at him, point to the phone and mouth “It’s for you …” and he shakes his head and says “Tell them I’m not here!” What do we do? We can’t truthfully say “He’s not here,” however much our friend wants us to. If he’s

sitting on the couch with his feet up, we can’t truthfully say he’s busy. He hasn’t asked us to take a message. He’s asked us to lie for him. To be strictly honest, we should say: “He’s asked me to tell you he’s not here.” Difficult. The bad thing about lying is that it becomes second nature, and we can start to believe our own lies. My Dad was right. If we look at our world now, we see lies and corruption from top to bottom. Maybe it started when someone was asked to lie for somebody else. Conversely, can we be "too" honest? Perhaps, but honesty is the basis of all successful human interaction with others and with ourselves. Honesty with God is also a requirement for spiritual growth.

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3.14 – Blueberries and So Much More by Jennifer Bowles Lemons, Blueberries and Cream Cheese … layer them in a sweet toasted almond and amaretto pastry topped with a cinnamon meringue and you have the mathematical equation for one incredible Π … (that’s for you Einstein). We seek snappy desserts in the summer – desserts that are light on labour but still have that wow factor! This July, get smart with your final course and finesse this perfect pie together! Showcase your love of seasonal ingredients in this one magnificent dessert. This packs a seriously tangy lemon punch with sweet creamy blueberries topped with a cinnamon-kissed, chewy meringue. Your choice: you can cut a few corners (your guests will never know) and put this together in about 30 minutes, or if you want to take the homemaker route, make it all from scratch. I’ll give you the homemaker route first and then the 9-5. Here we go!

Homemaker Crust

2 cups flour 1 cup shortening 1.5 tsp sugar ¼ tsp salt ½ cup ice water 1 tbsp amaretto liquor ¾ cup toasted slivered almonds Combine dry ingredients (exclude almonds), add shortening and work with your hands until it resembles coarse crumbs. Toss in almonds, add ice water one tablespoon at a time until it resembles a dough. Chill 30 minutes. Roll out into a single pie pan or make individual pies.

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Homemaker Lemon Curd 1 ¼ cup sugar 3 tbsp flour 1.5 cups water 2 tbsp butter 1/3 cup lemon juice

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Blind bake your crust, pour in lemon filling and set. When you are ready to serve, spoon your blueberry sweet cream cheese filling on top. Dollop with meringue. Want to get fancy? You can pipe the meringue on the blueberries by pulling up into spikes (see photo). Now, I would invest in a good brulee/meringue torch, available at most kitchen stores – it's a very handy tool, especially if you want to add a bit flare to your dishes! Don’t have one? Fire up your oven on broil but BE CAREFUL: you want to brown your meringue, not burn it, and you also don’t want the blueberries and cream cheese to melt. It's gotta be fast and quick or stick with whip.

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Blooming Baskets by Yvonne Bulk Be the envy of your neighbours with the best blooming baskets on the block! There are several ways you can help your hanging basket thrive. First, you need to decide which basket to get. Since they're all so beautiful, let’s look at what will work best for your situation. Consider lighting: will you need a "sun basket" or a "shade basket?" Sun baskets need more than eight hours of sunlight every day. Calibrachoa is a good choice if you're Yvonne Bulk looking for something that Patio Gardens requires no dead-heading. Single-leaf ivy geraniums might be your choice if it's at risk of drying out, because it won't die if it dries out once.

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Perhaps you will need shade baskets, which prefer four to five hours of morning sun or filtered sunlight all day. Fuchsia and lobelia are beautiful and classic shade options. Begonias are another option, but did you know there are many different varieties to choose from? Dragon wing, illumination, non-stop and fibrous begonias will all do well in your shady place. Next up: consider your watering. How you water will make or break a beautiful basket. Water only when dry test this by pushing up on the basket to feel the weight. When the basket is lightweight, water it thoroughly. If your basket does get extremely dry, take it down and water with warm water. As your basket gets bigger and the days get sunnier, it will need soaking every day. Wind can be even more brutal than sun: it dries your baskets out and burns the leaves. To protect your plants, spray the foliage with water daily in windy conditions. To keep your basket looking fresh, take it down every two weeks and remove spent blooms, trim where necessary and feed it with liquid fertilizer (such as 20-20-20).

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While this may seem like a lot, remember that this bit of effort and care will ensure that you have a flourishing basket all summer, even until the frost! The most important part is to remember to enjoy your hanging basket. Yvonne Bulk is the owner and operator of Patio Gardens in Saanichton. Visit

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Diet For Sore Teeth by Trysh Ashby-Rolls While the tooth fairy pays cash for teeth our grandchildren and great-grandchildren put under their pillows, we have to put money under our pillow for that darn fairy to bring dentures. Dave (who prefers not to give his surname) has always had bad teeth. He says it's genetic. “Growing up in the U.S., my friends ate the same food – pop, candy, icecream – and their teeth did just fine.” In his elder years he just wants to save what's left. “My front teeth are wearing so thin they could crack anytime; then I'll look weird if I smile. I have a bit of vanity left.” He laughs without embarrassment. “I live with it.” It would be a hassle and expensive to replace them, he says. For many seniors in the same boat, eating can be a pain – literally. They exist on milk shakes often with protein powder, banana, milk, yoghurt or even ice cream. Sound delicious? It's boring after a while, and not conducive to good health. Dave, in his early '70s, is the picture of health. "Use it or lose it" his motto, he hikes daily, gardens, chops wood and keeps active and interested. The key to his diet is eating a wide variety of grains and vegetables mashed or steamed to a soft consistency. A blender is one of the few gadgets he owns and the most helpful. He even puts his salad in the blender, adding a little water or herbal tea for a smoother consistency. “For anyone who can't chew, blending is the answer.” Recently he had a couple of teeth removed. “I couldn't chew anything at all, but I discovered that blended quinoa, rice, millet and steamed veg, the diet I started 35 years

ago trying to get healthy, works great.” He wears a lower plate that needs replacing. “It's good enough," he says. “If it wasn't for that I couldn't manage any real food at all.” So what does Dave's daily menu look like? For breakfast he grinds oats to meal, adds hot water and a mixture of ground sunflower, flax or sesame seeds, ground almonds, walnuts or filberts. He prefers his cereal plain, but any type of milk or yoghurt could be added, with apple or rhubarb sauce or mashed banana. Lunch is usually a hearty soup with corn or potato chips or a piece of bread soaked in it for a few minutes. “I can eat broccoli flowers, but not the stems unless they've been in the blender. Carrots, parsnips and so on have to be very soft or put in the blender too. I don't eat meat. If I did, same thing.” Dinner is usually mushrooms, onion, grains, vegetables and salad. What he can't manage goes in the blender. Any vegetables that aren't soft enough go on his wife's plate. It's been a bit of Jack Sprattism with her; she likes her veggies crisp but “she's made sacrifices.” In-between meals snacks include soft cookies or cake. “Anything I can soak in tea or yoghurt. If I'm out on the trail, I soak them in my saliva.” Dave makes sure to take in plenty of calcium each day in the form of apricots or black-strap molasses and he makes certain to drink plenty of water and herbal tea. “The main thing is not to be discouraged or unhappy about eating,” he advises. He doesn't care whether his food is liquid or soft, as long as he gets his nutrition. “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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He was quite good at making toast: all he needed to do was to spread out all the slices from a whole loaf of bread over the floor of his cave, take a deep breath and whoosh! blow hot flames over all the bread slices – instant burned toast! Yum-yum, this dragon certainly knew how to have fun. One day, while cruising through the air at low altitude, very early in the morning, (before people got up, so he would not frighten them), he smelled a delicious fragrance of toast, black and crisply burned, just as he liked it. The dragon flew lower down to have a closer look. Softly he landed beside the large building from where that enticing smell was pouring out of a tall chimney. Oh yes – the smell of burning bread was really strong here! The dragon looked around and noticed that there was a sign over the main entrance that read “Cracker Factory.” When he looked through a tall window into the building, there were many people running around inside, holding their handkerchiefs over their faces. Smoke was everywhere and all the machines in the big hall had stopped. At the end of a long table there were piles of black crackers, still smoking. The dragon could hardly

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keep himself from rushing inside to eat those burned bits of bread; after all – they were his favourite food. Just then a big truck came roaring around the corner and almost crashed into the dragon. The truck driver got scared but then he yelled at him to get out of the road! Now this dragon had been taught by his Mommy to be polite and kind to strangers, so instead of yelling back at the truck driver, he just very gently, politely breathed some fire on the truck so that only the front tires got burned and the truck driver had to get out and walk into the cracker factory to telephone his boss. In the meantime, some of the people inside the factory had noticed the dragon outside their window. They all were frightened of this huge, scaly green creature. All except one young boy, who tiptoed to the window through which the dragon was longingly ogling those burned crackers. The boy, with his high, squeaky little voice, asked the dragon what he was doing here? So these two very different beings started talking and it turned out that the toasting unit in the factory had burned out. Now all the workers would lose their jobs until a new toasting unit could be ordered, shipped and installed – which would take about three years. Do you know what happened instead? The manager hired the green dragon to toast the crackers and as payment he was allowed to burn the first and last batch each day for his own food. From then on, this cracker factory had a dragon on its payroll and all the customers were ever so pleased: now they could buy dragon-toasted crackers.


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Once upon a time, there was a big, green DRAGON. He had emerald-green scales all over his huge body and the crest on his back was bright red; his eyes were glowing orange, his claws were shiny black and his teeth were large, sharp and snowy white. He lived in a large cave close by the sea so that he could lie on his bed and look over the ocean. He enjoyed swimming in the water, he had fun flying through the air on his wide, green wings, but best of all, he loved to eat black, burned toast. Oh – he also liked to eat juicy hunks of meat, whole watermelons and all kinds of other food, just for a change, but burned toast was definitely a treat!

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The main feature event of “Jaguars On The Island” is the Concours d’Elegance held at Windsor Park in Oak Bay on Saturday, July 28th. This event is a gathering of automobile owners to have their vehicles judged on their appearance, authenticity and condition. The different classes are “Champion” or “Driven” divisions in which the entire car, inside and out, is judged. There is an additional class, the “Enthusiast” division, in which the vehicles are not judged but are eligible for popular choice awards determined by votes cast by those participating in the meet. Jaguars On The Island is the largest such event in North America sanctioned by the Jaguar Club of North America (JCNA). This very popular annual event regularly attracts well over 100 classic and modern Jaguars from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Alberta, Seattle and Portland. Participants will enjoy a Friday evening Meet and Greet Reception, the Saturday Concours d’Elegance car show at Windsor Park and the Saturday evening Awards Dinner. Sunday activities will include a visitors driving tour (the Prowl) around Greater Victoria and finally the Farewell Luncheon. Last year's Jaguars On The Island featured the iconic Jaguar E-Type model celebrating 50 years since its introduction in March 1961 at the Geneva Automobile Show. For 2012 the featured model is the Jaguar XJS, a sports touring model introduced in 1975. It was in production until 1996 with over 115,000 cars being produced. More than 25 of them are proudly driven by members of the Jaguar Car Club of Victoria. On July 28th the public is welcome to go to Windsor Park and see a variety of Jaguars from vintage to newer models. Jaguar owners who would like more information are welcome to contact Event Chair Merritt Chisholm at 250-656-0030. The public, including all Jaguar owners, are most welcome. Submitted by Wayne Watkins, Jaguar Car Club of Victoria.

Pink Glove Day In an effort to raise Breast Cancer Awareness, Rest Haven Lodge has joined the “Pink Glove Day” craze sweeping across North America. Residents, their families and staff donned pink gloves and accessories to make a human outline of the Breast Cancer Ribbon. With hands in the air, participants were captured in photos snapped from the rooftop by Bev Lewis, a staff member from the Lodge. With a variety of creative poses by different departments, a calendar will be created and sold as a fundraising venture for the campaign. Medline, the medical supply company that provided the pink gloves, contributes a dollar to breast cancer research from every case of gloves sold across North America. Rest Haven Lodge was the first facility in Western Canada to embrace the spirit and energy of this campaign. Participation by all who joined was very meaningful as breast cancer has touched the lives of those we care for and work with. Watch for the Rest Haven Lodge Pink Glove Bus in the Canada Day Parade on July 1st, 2012! Rest Haven Lodge has served the Peninsula and its families for 30 years.

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by Ron Armstrong It lies placidly on Victoria's southern shore, below Dallas Road yet well above the Juan de Fuca waves. It is partly sheltered by thick bushes and maple trees. A lone arbutus stands sentinel on its north bank. This is city-owned Harrison Pond, one of only two purpose-built model boat facilities on the entire west coast of North America (the other is in San Francisco). It is named for colourful Mayor Claude Harrison, who persuaded a reluctant Council to use provincial funds to build it in 1955. It is concrete, 240 feet long, 80 feet wide and averages 18 inches deep. It was quietly finished in 1956, and immediately used by modellers with self-steering sailboats. Later, gas powered models sped around tethered to a post. From about 1965 usage declined as baby boomers found more "stimulating" recreation. During this period waterfowl took their place, fed by heedless residents and pedestrians. To this day it is called "The Duck Pond" by those ignorant of the Pond's meaning. However, in 1996 the Victoria Model Shipbuilding Society (VMSS) – the largest in BC with 60 plus members – re-established the Pond's true purpose. From May to October a few can be found testing their boats between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays, depending on the weather. A variety of events have both exercised members' skill and entertained spectators, from Battle of the Atlantic manoeuvres to regattas to the Christmas Lighted Model Parade. In 2010 the club saluted the Navy's 100th birthday with a special Sailpast reviewed by a serving naval officer. When you visit Victoria and stroll the southern shore, walk over to Harrison Pond. You may be surprised … and delighted. Ron Armstrong is Publicity Director of the VMSS, and discovered Harrison Pond in 1962 with his first model ship.

Get Out on the Trail – Great Recreation For All Ages! The outdoors is calling! Our great Peninsula offers exciting challenges for horse and rider for the coming months … where forrested trails offer riders of all ages spectacular views, terrain and summer fun with equine companions! Regardless of age or skill level, recreationnal riding on the Peninsula trails offers quality time at any time. Outside the show arena there's a different agenda: it's more about fun along the trails, from Elk Lake, Lochside and North Saanich to rugged areas up Island. You'll see all breeds, as many show horses also like to "unwind" with their riders. One such owner and rider is Mr. Bev Highton, of Victoria, owner/broker at NAI Commercial Realty. Bev began his realty career in 1968, and enjoys sailing and his classic MGA, but prefers to make time for riding by keeping his horse near Elk Lake, at Jem Arabians, owned by Edwina and Jeff MacDonald. There, Bev enjoys riding along Elk and Beaver lake trails as a change from his office time. It's also a "change up" from the challenges of the show ring for his horse – "Put Me In Coach" – a chestnut partbred Arabian gelding. "Coach" was saddle broke but required lots of training, love and attention to advance. Today, he is a well-adjusted, kindhearted horse that does very well at local shows, with rider Louisa Feary riding him both English and Western. Both Bev and Coach (pictured, with rider Danielle) like to ride in the Beaver Lake Trail System the best; it

helps them unwind after whatever the day brings. Many recreational riders enjoy the Arabian horse – it is a great companion and has an eagerness to please. Its versatility and athletic ability are noted throughout its proud history, and combine with an intuitive gentleness that make a lively ride on the trail. Even if you put riding "on hold" for a while, it's never too late to reconnect … one senior rider in Saanich recently started to show again, after a 30-year absence, to find it more fun than ever. Riding the trails is a tremendous way to "reconnect" and rejuvenate the spirit. Gayle Wolfe of Saanich said: "It should be about having fun on the trail, in the ring or in the barn." Regardless of skill level, we invite you to visit the Vancouver Island Arabian website (www.viarabianhorse. com) for a helpful list of upcoming events and farms that you can visit, for horses matched to all ages, from youth and beginner to adult. Many can be ridden on lease, or for sale, in a wide variety of training levels geared to suit riders at all levels or resources. For show enthusiasts, VIAHA sponsors open shows for all breeds every month, providing events for riders to gain experience and perform in all disciplines, for minimal cost. Each monthly show has over 70 events allowing riders and owners to work at various skill levels and age brackets at the Saanichton fairgrounds. Submitted by Bob Ramsey. | JULY 2012


What’s Happening – JULY 2012 Daily

The Raptors at Church & State Chuch & State Wines, 12:30, 2 & 3:30 p.m. 1445 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich 250-652-2671, At the Raptors at Church & State, you’ll get close to some truly impressive birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures as they demonstrate their natural flying and hunting abilities. Guests are invited to order a glass of wine (not included in ticket price) which they may enjoy while our raptors specialists explain the birds’ behaviour and their unique personalities. The best way to demonstrate the need for conservation and protection is to see and experience it first hand. Adults $14; seniors $12; students (12-16) $10; children (311) $7. Demonstrations subject to change, call for daily updates.

Saturdays til Oct. 27 North Saanich Farm Market St. John's United Church Annex 10990 West Saanich Road, 9:30-12:30 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.

July 6

Beach Snoop at Low Tide (Guided Walk – All Ages) Island View Regional Park (Central Saanich), 1-2:30 p.m. 250-478-3344, When the tide goes out an exciting world comes into view. A CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist will help you discover the creatures that make Island View Beach their special home. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the picnic shelter on Homathko Road, off Island View Road.

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Local Food, Local Music Jennifer Louise Taylor & Rose Birney Highland House Farm Winery at The Roost 9100 East Saanich Road, North Saanich, 5-7:30 p.m. Join us for wonderful food and live, acoustic music with rich harmonies and artful instrumentation at the Roost's Highland House Farm Winery and Bistro.

July 10

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Saturdays til Oct. 13 Peninsula Country Market Saanich Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Everything fresh! This market offers everything from farm-fresh organic fruits and vegetables, locally made jams and jellies, honey and freshly roasted coffee beans to homemade bread, assorted meats and fish and arts and crafts. Free admission, free parking and live music!

Sundays July 8 - Aug. 26 Sidney Summer Sounds Beacon Park, Sidney, 2-4 p.m. Come and experience new music every Sunday in Beacon Park. Gather with other music lovers to enjoy the sunshine while being entertained by some of the most popular local musicians at Beacon Pavilion (Sidney's Outdoor Opera House!) Full itinerary available on the website above.

Come and join Laura in the farm kitchen and enjoy the exoctic flavours of India. Goan curry, angel hair pasta, paneer and ginger coconut dahl. $20 per night, limited seating for ten. Must book ahead.

July 14

Peninsula Streams Society 10th Anniversary

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The Empress of Ireland, Canada's Titanic, sank in 1914 and 934 lives were lost. Hear the story from Chris Klausen, collector and historian! Learn the history of Canada's greatest marine disaster. Admission by donation: $5-$15 suggested. $15 includes membership in Saanich Pioneer Society. Current members admitted free.

July 21

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve – Parks Day Old-Fashioned Picnic East Point, Saturna Island, 1-3 p.m. Roesland, Pender Island, 1-3 p.m. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of old-fashioned pleasures. On Saturna, enjoy free ice cream from Saturna Parks and Recreation, tours of the Fog Alarm Building and kite-making. On Pender, celebrate Parks Day and the birthday of the Pender Islands Museum Society with stories and activities.

July 26

Sidney Health Talk: Healthy Homes: Living Environments WestCoast ECO HOME 2348 Beacon Ave., Sidney, 6 p.m. 250-778-426-2762, Designers JC Scott and Ann Squires Ferguson will showcase examples of homes that support mental, physical and emotional well-being. Learn about new and healthy ways to live in your home, creating everything from yoga spaces to outdoor living rooms. Because West Coast Living is much more than simply a style: it’s your lifestyle.

July 29

Centennial Park, Central Saanich Field House and main picnic shelter, 2 - 6 p.m. 250-363-6480,

Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Sessions

Come help us celebrate! There will be something for everyone at this free, family-friendly event. Displays and games, live music, wine and snacks, art activities, adopt-and-release a fish (by donation), native tree and shrub planting opportunities, free draw for new members ($5/year).

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July 14 - 15

Canada's Titanic: Talk with Chris Klausen Log Cabin Museum 7910 Polo Park Crescent, Saanichton

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Bamberton Celebrates 100th Anniversary Please join the Bamberton Historical Society Sunday, July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1451 Trowsse Road for a unique opportunity to share the stories of people who actually lived and worked at Bamberton. This is a living history of a community that went from "Dust to Bust" and is considered one of the most important historic industrial sites in B.C. Why should we care a century later about an industry and community that came and went in the 1900s? Dr. Bob Griffin of the RBC Museum states: “The importance of Bamberton cannot be over estimated. Our province was built on the products from this industrial site; it made British Columbia what it is today.” Bamberton, once an active cement factory, deep sea port and company town located on the Malahat Drive, was financed by British investors in 1912. Named after the company’s managing director H. K. Bamber, it later merged with Canadian entrepreneur Robert Butchart, bringing worldwide attention to the shores of Saanich Inlet. 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. On Sundays in July relive this unique history with guided tours of the site and museum. Travel down the old main street to the original quarry dug 1,000 feet into the mountainside. Enjoy entertainment, displays, original artwork, the unveiling of a 100-yearold sign and the launch of a newly published book. For more information contact Maureen Alexander at 250-743-9196 or visit

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Zais Astrology – July 2012 by Heather Zais ( Aries (march 21 - april 19) Moves or changes with base of operations gives you a new lease on your ambitions. You reach a point where you can share the load. Be willing to let go of the reins a bit. Put power struggles aside; teach others what you know.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) Mars entering your sign this month will boost your energy and ambitions. Take the next step up the ladder of success. Your status or reputation improves. Work around those who try to slow you down or eclipse you.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Organize your ideas and get them down on paper. Presentations look successful; communication with the right people is very important if you want them on your side or to invest. Be out and about locally. Travel may be needed.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) Attend to matters relating to family or community. Certain changes make you consider your future direction, especially where others are involved. Your mind is powerful and capable. Pick a location. Attend to paperwork.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) Your personal charm radiates to others and they respond to your wishes. Explain how it's a win-win situation all around. Seek stability in personal or business areas; crunch the numbers to make sure everything is covered. Buy or sell.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) There are benefits from other's resources. Keep the arrangements private until it's a done deal. Focus on gaining financial power in other areas as well; you can handle a few irons in the fire. Showcase your talents.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) The sun shines on you this month; it's a perfect time to come out of your "shell." You have many talents and abilities that could bring you benefits. Your confidence rises as others compliment you. Relationships grow affectionate.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) The sun shines on relationships – business or personal. Uniting with others will be beneficial. Compare notes on what each can bring to the table. If a move is required, choose who will do it. Plans move ahead nicely.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) A lot goes on behind the scenes. Do research or investigate. This includes health issues of self or others. Rub elbows with the socially connected, especially if it will help charitable causes. Your big heart is appreciated.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Your sense of adventure could see you planning to travel or visit with others. Make sure your health is up to it. Consider changes to work or the way things are done. Lighten your load in general – it's time for fun.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Shift your focus to increasing your income and fine tune procedures that cut costs. Expand or do business over distance. Clear up any misunderstandings with legal, mate or partnership matters. Sail straight ahead now.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) Company is entertaining as your social life warms up. Have an open house or attend one. Enjoy relationships of all ages as you have the ability to relate on many levels. Your future looks bright. You are feeling affectionate.



last w o rd A while ago, my boyfriend's daughter Madison and I made up a "Bucket List" of things we wanted to do together this summer. Well, the weeks have passed and nothing has been checked off our list yet; the summer, as is often the case here on the West Coast, is slow in coming. So I thought for this month's Last Word I would share some of my Summer Bucket List with our readers. Hopefully this will give me the nudge I need to get these activities checked off, whatever the weather, and inspire you to share some of your favourite summer activities with me in return. Email, and in the August issue I'll pass on your summer bucket lists to the rest of our readers. We all know how lucky we are to live on the Saanich Peninsula; this is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves why! 1. Go to the beach. This one's simple; the hard part is picking which of our wonderful beaches to go to! One of my family's long-time favourites is Sunset Beach, at the end of Aboyne Avenue, off Ardmore Drive in North Saanich. This is the perfect spot for a picnic dinner – depending on the tide, only a tiny strip of beach is left in the evening, just enough room to lay out a blanket, set up your BBQ and settle in to watch the sun sink into the horizon. 2. Sidney Spit. In high school, this was the favoured camping spot of my friends. Sadly, I don't think I've been back since, so this is a must this summer, whether simply for a day trip or a weekend campout. For information, including ferry schedule, visit 3. Geocaching. This is something new for me – geocaching is an interactive treasure hunt played with a GPS unit; this one is played throughout the Gulf Islands. The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve offers geocaching loops that cater to all ages and abilities - visit pn-np/bc/gulf/activ/activ2.aspx#challenges for details. 4. Go Bike Riding. Last summer I became the proud owner of an old Raleigh bike. After a tune-up at Brentwood Cyle and the installation of a new seat, I was all set for lots of riding along the Lochside Trail. Somehow most of my boyfriend's and my cycling time ended up being spent teaching Madison to ride, but we never got to the point where we felt comfortable taking her beyond the school parking lot (aka training ground). This summer she's ready to ride! Please email me at and share your favourite summertime family activities with our readers!

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