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High Tech Tools: Coin Flipping Real Estate Bored

Elk and Beaver Lakes History Corny Times

Late Summer Resuscitated The Salmon Goddess

38 Smell The Coffee 42 Footprints 55 What’s Happening 56 Zais Astrology 57 Sudoku 62 Last Word

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High Tech Tools: Coin Flipping In today’s world of Blackberrys and iPhones delivering my phone calls, emails, Twitters and Facebook updates, God knows one day I expect a pizza to pop out of the thing! If I only knew how to use all the stuff that’s on all these battery-operated, must-plug-in-eachnight devices, I might be able to have them make decisions for me too. If you’re like me and have any of these blinking, vibrating, can’t-function-without-it devices, you look to them way too much to help you find information, show you where to go (or sometimes where not to go) and, of course, to talk way too much on about way too little on a thing that gets way too hot when you talk a lot on it. So I had a brilliant idea: what if someone added the application “Decision Function?” We could call it the DFB (Decision Function Button). Let’s say you need to decide whether

to stay home or go to a movie, who should pick up the kids or who should go first. You could go to your noisemaking, vibrating, oops-I-lost-you box and push the DFB and voilá, decision made. Oh if only technology had advanced that far. May I suggest a better and lower-tech way to make these decisions? It is a tried and proven method, will not have to be plugged in each night and won’t require you to be “in range” of anything. It’s waterproof and the decision could be final – if you both agree. Flip a coin! It will be amazing.

coin up in the air and the second person must predict which side of the coin will lie face up after it rests back on the ground. A correct prediction results in a win. Another variation has the person catch the coin in one hand and slap it on the back of their other hand. Traditionally, the second person calls out “heads” or “tails” while the coin is in the air. The historical origin of coin flipping is the interpretation of a chance outcome as the expression of divine will. I recently let a coin flipping decide something very special in my life and others who aren’t here anymore directed the outcome of that coin flip. It was divine will. Grab a coin; it may change your life.

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2010 Golf Classic: A Swinging Success The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Classic held at Glen Meadows Golf Course last month was a swinging success! With 140 (108 golfers) attendees at the tournament, this texas scramble event was off to a great start due to the terrific sponsorship from so many businesses. From hole sponsors – many with activities at their hole – to prize donations and goodie bags our golfers had a “TEErific” time. Tournament winners were: Lowest Score: Mt. Doug Boys (pictured left to right: Adrian Ross, Alex Anthony, Matt Webb and Drew MacLennan); Longest Drive Men & Women: Alex Anthony and Alicia Cormier; Straighest Drive Men & Women: Al Danes and Wendy Everson; Closest to the Pin Men & Women: Brian Nyberg and Leanne Guthrie; Putting Contest: Rob Woodburn; and Highest Score: Janine Cox, Marley Sanderson, Christina Eversfield and Marlene Wilson. Our thanks go out to the following hole sponsors: A-Channel Vancouver Island, Audiotronic, Bank of Montreal, C.J. (Kip) Wilson Law Offices, Coast Capital Savings, Events to Be, Flader Hale Hughesman, Home Hardware, Horizon Power Installations, Mark’s Work

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Real Estate Bored by Michael Forbes

road where we park the car behind a bush and hang out for a while. There is no way that we are going to get kicked out of our home at 7:30 on Wednesday night for a whole hour when the buyers only stay for five minutes.

Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of 98.5 The OCEAN’S popular morning show. They are one of the only 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. We decided to sell our house. It was a great place when we bought it nine years ago, perfect for two small children and with an in-law suite for Lisa’s parents. Now, our little ones are getting much bigger and we’re basically huddled on the top floor of an up-and-down duplex, so we decided it was time for that exciting new home: a house with a little bit of land with the white picket fence and lots of trees. That was four months ago. They say that selling a home has the same stress factor as a divorce or getting shot out of a cannon at a circus. Showings mean cleaning the house all the time, sometimes on short notice. We just love when our realtor calls and says they have someone who wants to see it in 45 minutes and they pound your door 15 minutes early. I usually answer the door drenched in sweat looking for a place to shove my feather duster. Not exactly the best first impression.

You do have things that make the process a little more interesting and retain a shred of sanity though. We have a certain stakeout spot about a half a block down the


We did get caught once returning to our house after the lookers had left. It seems the realtor forgot her purse and didn’t expect anyone to be home yet. With house key in hand, she was welcomed by a man in his underwear and an angry shi tzu. So here we sit, four months and counting … we’re in that limbo that only home sellers know. We have already said goodbye to our first realtor and are on to our second. We’ve been told it’s the market, that our price was too high, that’s it’s slow in the summer, people don’t like stratas … you name it we’ve heard the reason why.

We’ve learned that everything that isn’t nailed down can be stuffed into a closet … out of sight out of mind right? The biggest challenge is finding things after you get back, trying to remember which nook or cranny you put it in. I’ve gone days without the salt shaker, only to discover it wedged behind the frozen peas in the freezer.


Here’s the golden rule of every showing in case you didn’t know: if they stay five to 13 minutes, it’s a no go. Anything after 14 minutes gets promising and if it’s a half hour? Well … then expect a call from your realtor with an offer! So far, no one has stayed past the 15-minute mark.

I can’t quite put my finger on a reason but I think I may have found out one thing that may explain it. The other day after a showing, I came home and found two footprints by the closet door covered in a pile of junk and what looked like the indent of the back of someone’s head in the carpet near the dresser. Hope they found my feather duster!





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British Columbia Aviation Museum Commemorates B.C.’s 100th Anniversary of Flight by Leia Smoudianis blue wings hanging from the ceiling. It’s a replica of the first plane that flew in B.C. and is there to commemorate B.C.’s 100th anniversary of flight this August.


he British Columbia Aviation Museum houses a collection of vintage air force and civil aviation planes that have been open for the public to view since 1992. With the recent completion of a new hangar, there is even more room to house the 20 restored planes along with an extensive restoration area where additional projects are currently underway. When entering the museum, it’s hard to miss the large aircraft with

Another popular exhibit is the restored 1947 Auster (pictured) which was used by the Canadian military for various duties including casualty evacuation and supply drops. The plane was retired in 1949 and has since been restored with donations and admission funds the museum has received. Next to the Auster is the impressive 1953 Vickers Viscount, a passenger aircraft that is currently being restored. At an astonishing 38,000 lbs and with a maximum speed of

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380 miles per hour, the Viscount is a major attraction for the museum. It was the first passenger airplane powered by turbines, which allowed for a more comfortable and quiet ride that convinced Trans-Canada Airlines to purchase 51 of these aircrafts, one of which is now available for you to see at the museum. An additional exhibit at the museum that is just as remarkable is the Noorduyn Norseman. This particular aircraft was used by the RCMP to explore the northern regions of Canada and was used in search and rescue operations. It is the only flyable plane currently housed at the museum and is featured in the center of the British Columbia Aviation Museum’s logo. The remarkable aircraft at the museum are featured among smaller exhibits that are just as fascinating. Among the other exhibits is a section dedicated to the first mail sent by air and a section devoted to the uniforms worn by men and women in the air force. Both adults and adolescents can appreciate the British Columbia Aviation Museum for both its educational value and the entertainment it provides for its visitors. The museum is entirely run by volunteers and relies on donations and revenue from admission sales. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until September 30 and children under 12 receive free admission.

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When visiting the museum, you will likely see Vern Turley carefully restoring a 1925 Lincoln Sport replica, a project he has been working on for six years. Stop and chat with him; he could use a break from his work! For more information on the British Columbia Aviation Museum call 250655-3300 or visit the museum’s web site at www.bcam.net.

Wsi-I-Kem: Gateway to Paradise Secrets of Shoal Harbour Sanctuary by James K. Finley including the coastal Douglas fir ecosystem in MacDonald Park, the Wsii-kem salt marsh with its beds of fleshy jaumea and winter-resident population of green-winged teals, the Garry oaks of Nymph Point, the spectacular vistas and ambience of Lillian Hoffar Park, the serenity of Resthaven Island, the rich mudflats of Roberts Bay renowned for its punctual buffleheads (pictured at bottom left) and the fascinating geology of Armstrong Point overlooking Mount Baker, all encompassed within Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

The very first glimpse, and the very last impression, of Vancouver Island for millions of residents and tourists alike is a beautiful little lagoon called Wsi-i-kem. As they hurry to and from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal in North Saanich, most do not realize they are bypassing a little piece of paradise. Unfortunately, the scenery is marred by highway signs, and the landscaping has been badly neglected along the Trans-Canada highway and biking trail. The lagoon is obscured by an unsightly thicket of Scotch broom which, for once, has a useful purpose in maintaining the tranquility, protecting a rare intertidal plant community and limiting disturbance of the winter-resident green-winged teal (pictured at top right) that thrive on the rich tidal mudflats. There are no signs indicating that we are overlooking the historical area of Wsi-i-kem (referring to its clay substrate), the original home of the Coast Salish, and that we are also looking at one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries on the Pacific Coast. If we paused for a while, we would discover this gem

Within these vistas on the Salish Sea are the real gems: the astounding array of songbirds, seabirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, kingfishers, ospreys and eagles that occupy the diverse habitats that constitute the rarest ecosystem in Canada, with its signature species: the Douglas fir, arbutus and Garry oak. Photographs courtesy Suzanne Huot.

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In 1850, the Hudson’s Bay Company appointed Joseph Despard Pemberton to survey Vancouver Island. Work was begun in November that year to survey the area north of Mount Douglas. Beaver and Elk Lakes first appear on an HBC map in 1855, according to Sea-Lake author Anne Pearson. From 1875 to 1920, Victoria’s water supply came from Beaver Lake. Construction of a dam began in 1873, and, to improve the water quality, filter beds were added in 1896. As the population of Victoria increased, the Beaver Lake supply became inadequate. The Sooke Reservoir was built and came into use in 1920 and the lake returned to recreational use, the old concrete reservoir becoming a favourite swimming spot. Olive McHattie, a Central Saanich resident who grew up close to the lake, remembers the roller rink at the west side of Elk Lake. She estimates it was about 60 by 100 feet with strings of lights to permit evening skating. Young people from the Peninsula showed up later in the day, after farm chores were completed. People who came out from Victoria tended to be better skaters since they had paved roads to practice upon at home, says McHattie. At the southeast side of Elk Lake, the Black Swan store and concession stand sold candy, ice cream, drinks and groceries. It was located at Eagle Beach but the spot was more commonly known as Black Swan Beach. The store was a convenient stop for beach-goers and summer cottage folks.

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George Maynard’s Elk Lake Automobile Camp consisted of 12 summer cottages, conveniently located across the road from the lake, and Algernon Henry Pease’s famous Hamsterly Lakeside.

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pavilion that could accommodate 150 couples. During the summer, cars would be lined up “for miles” along East Saanich road every Wednesday and Saturday night. Dances began at 9:15 with music provided by a five-piece orchestra: the Hamsterly Lakeside Serenaders. Also part of Hamsterly Lakeside was the Toby Jug tea room. The Toby Jug was famous for its “English Countryside Teas” that consisted of scones served with fresh strawberries (grown on the Pease property) and Devonshire cream.


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Another successful business at Elk Lake was George A. Robinson’s nurseries and greenhouses on Brookleigh Road. Started shortly after the First World War, Robinson and his two sons operated a seed propagation and cultivation business. By the 1930s, Robinson’s seed nursery had earned widespread recognition and orders were received from around the world through the company’s seed catalogue. Two varieties created here were the Kirkwell Aster and the Cupid Dwarf Marigold. In 1923, Chartres and Agnes Cunningham opened their Log Cabin Garage and Auto Court at Sayward and (now) the Pat Bay Highway. They started out selling Imperial Oil but switched to Shell Oil in 1928 and the property remains a Shell station to this day although the original log cabin was replaced long ago. At Beaver Lake was Alfred Petterson’s Wooded Wonderland. Opened in 1962, this commercial attraction featured scenes from familiar nursery rhymes and bedtime stories like the Three Bears and Little Boy Blue. A Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall at the entrance, visible from the highway. Postcards of the attractions were sold to visitors but a dispute over lease arrangements with the municipality saw this business shut down in 1970. The notion of creating a park at Elk and Beaver lakes first arose in the 1920s but it wasn’t until 1966 that Elk Beaver Lake Regional Park came into existence, ensuring the natural surroundings and recreational facilities are preserved for everyone. www.seasidetimes.ca



Stroll, Learn and Taste at the Flavour Trail! by Anny Scoones


flea market; Learn the benefits of a native hedgerow and how to plant one which attracts bees, butterflies and birds; Buy organic potatoes, honey, fresh pastries, woolen socks and lush beets at our farm market; Learn about wildflowers, ecosystems and Garry oaks through a gentle guided hike up Horth Hill; Meet Boris the Boar and his piglets, Stroll our heritage cemetery and learn about our agricultural pioneers and what used to be grown where the airport’s runway is today; Learn about plant viruses at the Centre for Plant Health and how to compost and then take a stroll through the historic gardens of Dominion Brook Park.

o you know the difference between a “Grosso,” a “Polish Crested” and a “Gloria Mundi?” Is an Indian Runner a woollen rug, a duck or a bean? Do you know the signs of “Rubbery Wood?” Come and find out at the Flavour Trail! Everyone is welcome at North Saanich’s Flavour Trail, the big annual farm and cultural event packed full of events for every age throughout the District, and, better yet, it’s FREE! Come and experience these country and cultural highlights:

SPECIAL EVENT (adult oriented): Food and Country Themed Literary Readings by renowned Canadian authors Lorna Crozier, MAC Farrant, Pauline Holdstock and Patrick Lane. Saturday, August 21st, 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s United Church (West Saanich Road across from the Deep Cove School). Free event – seating is limited.

Learn the history of the “Lady” apple; walk through walnut trees; Take a tour through our local vineyard (wine tastings too); Visit the sculpture garden and be inspired to make a creative garden of your own (look for trolls and other surprises in the wildflower meadow); Meet our firefighters at a giant

Maps and detailed brochures are available from local businesses, at www. northsaanich.ca, the North Saanich Municipal Hall or by calling Anny Scoones at 250-656-9740.

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You’ll Never Be Out in the Cold – F.A.S. Fuels by Maria Kirley It’s August, and has finally warmed up, so I doubt you’re thinking about how much heating oil you have in your tank. But, tucked away in a corner of the industrial park off Keating Cross Road in Saanichton, a family-owned business is preparing to look out for you this winter. Meet Daryl Mowat of F.A.S. Fuels. F.A.S (Father And Sons) has been serving the community for 15 years. The business was originally headed up by Daryl’s father, and he’s hoping that eventually his sons will join him. Currently, his brother Kevin shares the responsibilities.

that she might as well be! Either way, you know that when you deal with F.A.S Fuels you’re talking with real live people. Daryl laughs – “When you call to get a delivery truck dispatched, ASAP, it’s probably my wife taking the call, and the person behind the wheel of the truck that pulls up to fill your tank, that’s ME!”

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Committed to providing exceptional service at a reasonable price, Daryl’s motto is “We’re here for you.” He goes on to explain. “A lot of the ‘big guys’ have computerized answering services. Everything is automated, and you’re really lucky if you get through to an actual person. Then, you’re told you can leave a message to schedule delivery when they have time. The last thing you want to hear when you’re calling because you’re out of heating oil is a recording asking you to leave a message.” No computer messaging at his office. If it’s not Daryl’s wife Kim answering the phone, it will probably be the office manager Sheila. She’s not related, but they all work so well together

you could say I’m always on call. ~ Daryl Mowat

In addition to economical, prompt fuel delivery, F.A.S. offers a full line of motor oils, grease, lubricants and hydraulic products for tractors and heavy duty machinery. So, whether you are doing your own oil change or you need to top off the John Deere, you can pop into the Saanichton location and Daryl can help you.

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As for service, Daryl points out that even though he is available in emergency situations, the ideal customer signs up for an automatic delivery contract. The contract keeps the tank topped up and top-ups are much easier on the budget than filling an empty 1,000-litre tank all at once. Also offered are pre-season inspections, same- or next-day delivery and a furnace protection policy (that’s insurance on the furnace against breakdown). Did I mention you can sign up for one to five years automatic delivery? That gets you 100 litres free. There’s more – every 500-litre delivery gets a fivepercent discount. Daryl takes his commitment to providing excellent service and reasonable pricing seriously. Another thing he takes very seriously is his commitment to community, evident in his annual contribution to the Mustard Seed. Each Christmas they receive 200 turkeys, courtesy of F.A.S. As father of three sons, Daryl’s quite active with the Stelly’s basketball team and is proud to sponsor the local Drug and Alcohol Program. As you can see, Daryl believes that actions speak louder than words, so when you need an emergency fill-up give him a call. Better yet, give him a call BEFORE it’s an emergency. You’ll get the benefit of excellent service at competitive prices and you’ll be supporting a local business. You can find F.A.S Fuels online at www.fasfuels.ca, in person at #27, 6782 Veyaness Road Saanichton, BC, or call 250652-6915 to be first in line to set up your fall deliveries.

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Corny Times by Jennifer Bowles

tion about what’s in season, where to go, our local farmers, tips and guides, maps to the farms and so much more! Visit www.islandfarmfresh.com and you will find a product list and list of farms that sell that product (i.e. farms that sell blueberries). Go to islandfarmfresh.com/product_front.htm and then click on your product of choice – that will take you to a list of farms that sell that product.

August is upon us and our bountiful crops of juicy local corn are at their peak of sweetness and ready for your table! With each and every bite, soft kernels burst and pop into your mouth delivering that quintessential taste of pure summer. Like a typewriter, you move from one side of the cob to the other and then back, savouring the rich, creamy, buttery taste that drips into your palm and down your wrist. You nearly forget about that steak on your plate and instead continue to relish the experience until your cob resembles an empty honey comb. Nothing says perfection better than that! If you’re not already familiar with a publication called Island Farm Fresh, I would get familiar with it. It’s available at most local farmers markets. Island Farm Fresh is a publication that promotes and supports our incredible, hard working island farmers. This little magazine is a wealth of informa-

Island Farm Fresh also has a list of seasonal products available so you can plan ahead. Now, there is no excuse not to buy local and eat local: it’s so simple, and the product blows the imported goods out of the water! Here are a few Tips and Tricks about our friend corn that everyone should follow to ensure they get the maximum flavour and most succulent, delectable cob yet! Now, lend me your ear; (I know, corny ... forgive me, I couldn’t resist). 1) DO NOT peel your corn until you are ready to eat it. This actually greatly reduces the sweetness of the kernel. You always see people in the grocery store whipping the husks off the cobs to check and see if the corn is ripe. You don’t have to do that. Simply puncture one of the kernels with your finger and look for a milky white sap that will ooze out … if it does that, you’re good to go. Imagine the husk to be like a long coat. Now imagine the corn to be your 15-year-old daughter on a date.

The coat stays on … AT ALL TIMES. 2) If you’re boiling corn, DO NOT add salt to the water. You may think you are imparting flavour but unfortunately with corn, you are also essentially toughening the kernel. Tough corn ends up tasting like rubber and salt robs it of its moisture. 3) Corn should be stored in your fridge for no more than a couple of days. It’s one of those veggies that puts on its best show as soon as you bring it home. As each day passes, picked corn starts to lose its crispness and juicy texture. So, best to buy it the day of. 4) Grilling corn is much easier than you think. Just peel the husk back, do not remove completely, and soak the corn in water for 15 minutes. Then pull the husk back on and tie them back up at the top with some wire or a metal twist tie. Now grill them for about 15 minutes on a hot grill. The water from the corn will mull around inside the husk and steam the corn to pure perfection! 5) Corn packs a serious punch in the nutritional world too, with fibre, niacin, folate and some vitamin A. One average ear runs about 85 calories (without butter). So there you have it! A few tips and tricks for a fabulous corn on the cob every time! Any questions? Recipe ideas? E-mail me at islanddish@columnist.com.


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Peninsula Country Market – From Flowers To Fish


he morning dew is on the grass as I pass under the Peninsula Country Market archway. I make the Saturday morning trek each week to buy my fresh produce, bread and flowers for my table. My morning has started off just beautifully with the smell of fresh cut hay off in the distance.

A distinct smell catches my attention and it seems to be coming from the Scentsational Plants booth. Mark, the owner, calls out a “good morning” and I take a moment to smell the beautiful blooming flowers from the fragrant plants. The market is full of bustling shoppers and I notice a local musician setting up to play for the morning; oblivious to the scramble going on around him.

I sit beside a couple who I see at the market often enjoying the music, outdoors and the sunshine. I’m told that it runs every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. right up to Thanksgiving weekend. I can’t wait to see the bounty of excellent produce with all the varieties of potatoes, winter squash, pumpkin, carrots and beets available. The market really has everything you need – from flowers to fresh fish – each and every week, which reminds me, I will grab a fillet on my way out from Captain Pete.

I pick up my strawberries from Joan who owns Saanichton Christmas Tree & Ostrich Farm and some perfectly ripe blueberries at the Nicholas Farms booth. I swing over to the Dan’s Farm booth for my weekly veggies, then purchase delicious carrots that Robin from Hazelmere Farms always sells. My bags are full and it is time to stop and enjoy the music over a nummy sticky bun and cup of organic coffee from Fresh Cup.

I linger a little longer than most days and realize my daughter’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks. I see the beautiful photography by Iris Benson and she has a horse picture card. The vendor tells me that the picture is of her horse and it’s perfect! Whether you’re looking for preserves, fresh bread, baking or a cup of locally roasted coffee, the Peninsula Country Market is sure to provide you with quality products to meet your needs right through to Thanksgiving at the Saanich Fairgrounds. See you at the Market next week and remember to buy local!

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Tia’s Heritage Café: a New Community Café in Prospect Lake by Deborah Tubman


ia’s Heritage Café, the new community café in Prospect Lake, is now open for business. Located in the historical Prospect Lake Store at the corner of Sparton and West Saanich Roads, the former Ken’s Café was purchased June 1 by new owner Sophia Miles-Dheenshaw. Sophia is now in the process of creating her vision of a community café based on the principles and aspirations that are close to her heart and way of life – community connectedness, extended family relationships and the sharing of delicious, freshly prepared local food as a focus for people to come together, share and create community.

and a sense of belonging. Sophia is currently revising the menu based on the concept of “back to basics” – whole food, mindful eating, local and ethical sourcing, seasonal ingredients and old-fashioned recipes. The new and popular homemade Cornish pasties give customers a taste of future culinary pleasures. Look forward to fresh halibut fish and chips, clam chowder with hot-off-the-griddle bannock, winter stews and roast

“  Tia is the Spanish word for aunty, and the café’s name honours Sophia’s many aunties. ” ~ Deborah Tubman

Tia is the Spanish word for aunty, and the café’s name honours Sophia’s many aunties who provided encouragement and safe harbour through the laughter and tears of life with support, knowledge sharing, love and companionship.

Tia’s Café is intended to provide the same for the Prospect Lake community – a place for neighbours, friends and family to meet, share excellent food and find in the process a hospitable welcome, community connection

Sophia brings energy and positive aspirations to this new endeavour. She draws on her involvement and commitment to: local farming, healthy, local food for healthy communities, volunteer work with “Trinity Time,” an outreach program to foster community connection and communication with our Saanich First Nations’ neighbours* and as a director of the new Prospect Lake Heritage Society.

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Tia’s will rely on and support local suppliers and farmers. Current suppliers include the Miles-Dheenshaw Sol Farms, Red Damsel Farm, Irene’s Bakery and local free range eggs. Sophia and her extended family – Tirath Dheenshaw and three children and parents Jo and John Miles – are 12-year residents in the Prospect Lake area. The children attend Prospect Lake Elementary School and Claremont Secondary School and Jo regularly works at the café.

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beef with Yorkshire pudding for damp, chilly winter days, fresh local produce for salads and vegetable accompaniments and heritage home baking.

All community members are invited to participate as the café slowly evolves and changes. Sophia envisions it as a place of community activity – local art and artists, book clubs, music and kids’ outreach. If you have a group that needs a centre for the heart of the group, contact Sophia with your idea. Heritage recipes for baking and menu items are also sought. Please share your family recipes with Sophia for incorporation into the menu. Current hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In late August/early September hours will expand to include dinner, offering one or two specialty menu choices each evening. * Second Thursday of every month at Holy Trinity Anglican church. All welcome. Please contact Sophia if you’re interested.



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Late Summer Resuscitated by Rob Bond

Rob Bond (pictured) and partner John Doyle are the proprietors of Doyle & Bond Home and Garden on West Saanich Road. Their goal is to create stunningly beautiful spaces for home and garden. With The Sumptuous Garden, landscape designer Rob spreads his knowledge and passion around the Saanich Peninsula. We’re not the only ones wilted by hot, dry summers on the Saanich Peninsula. By late summer, the best and brightest of blooms are literally under the weather – hung-over, you know. August is not the best of times. We can pump up the display with shortterm annuals, but it’s a temporary

rescue and means costly water usage. Let me suggest instead half a dozen

terrific, droughtresistant perennials to resuscitate your garden. Plant ’em now, enjoy ’em for years to come. What a deal!

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And now a big hand for: Verbena bonariensis (purpletop vervain), a tall, slender perennial that flowers from mid-July to the first frost. Fragrant rosepurple flowers burst and cluster at the tips of long, elegant stems. Backing borders or fronting hedges, it has the presence of Audrey Hepburn at a church social. Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (plumbago or leadwort) is an extremely adaptable longflowering, mounding groundcover. Brilliant blue flowers with striking red calyces cover bright green foliage from midsummer to fall. After blooming, foliage begins a month-long transformation to vivid mahogany hues. Planted in front of rudbeckia, rosemary or euphorbia, it glows with fall colour. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (fall aster). A fave in the perennial border sweepstakes, it forms aromatic, bushy mounds loaded with pink and purple daisy-like flowers. Eye candy? You bet, but also a source of nectar for butterflies and bees and winter seed for birds. From the hot end of the spectrum, rudbeckia fulgida (goldsturm or black-eyed susan, pictured above) claims superstar status among border perennials. Expect a profuse display of brown-eyed, golden-yellow daisies from midsummer through fall.

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Airy and beautiful perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage) produces spires of small, tubular flowers of blue-to-lavender above silvery foliage. They loom most elegantly from mid-summer to late fall. Finally, there’s no surpassing sedum spectabile (autumn joy). Flowers bloom pink in August then morph to salmon and dusty red in autumn making for superior dried flowers. All photos courtesy Jeremy Ferguson.

Sidney Town Crier’s Cape Retired by John Thorp Bert Stevens (pictured), Sidney’s first town crier, sadly passed away on June 6th. In recognition of Bert’s many years of tireless contribution to the community, the Town of Sidney has decided to retire the cape that was designed and made for Bert 12 years ago. In 1996, the first year the World Town Crier Competition was held in Sidney – an event that Bert was instrumental in getting for the Town – Bert’s original polyester cape, purchased in 1992, was becoming worn and torn. Local artisan Kerry McGaw suggested the idea of making a new cape to the Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild, who enthusiastically agreed to take on the project. Production of the cape started in 1997, with the support of a grant from the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP). The grant was used to purchase materials and a number of Guild members were involved in making the cape, volunteering their skills and collectively putting in hundreds of hours of their time. The design of the cape presented a number of challenges in that it had to be lightweight, “non-wrinkling” and able to be worn in all seasons. Weaver Diane Thorp, who led the project, designed the warp and wove a number of small samples in her North Saanich studio to determine which mix of materials and colours would best meet these requirements and produce the right texture and shade. Once the best sample was selected Diane, with the help of other Guild weavers, wove the 16 yards of material for the cape on her 60-inch AVL loom. The material, consisting mainly of wool and silk, is royal blue in colour, with the silk accent giving the impression of glistening waves, reflecting Sidney’s close association with the ocean. Helen Thomas – using a Japanese Marudi tool – worked on the gold coloured (Kumihimo) braid that was used to trim the final garment. Bert, who was very much involved in the design of the cape and even tried his hand at weaving which he described as a “real work-out,” was presented with the cape in the spring of 1998. Over the years, he wore it with great pride. In 2000, Bert wore the cape at the Town Crier Competition in Ghent, Belgium, and was named the “best dressed” crier. The cape is currently on display at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. From there, it will go to the Sidney Museum where it will become part of the Town archives and be displayed periodically.

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Snapshot of a Studio Tour by Moira Gardener


he June Art Studio Tour is something I look forward to every year, making it a point to visit only a few venues so as to absorb the works and the artisan. This year we begin at Muse winery. Entering the tasting room there is a wine tasting in progress, so we make our way along the hall and I see Doug from Stone Street Café is cooking up fragrant cuisine for an afternoon lunch. We first meet Pauline Olesen with her beautiful fused glass and flame-worked jewelry. Terry Venables has his exquisite goldsmith and precious gem talents on display and Mary Kennedy kindly offers us baklava treats while explaining her passion for Newfoundland and Arizona and how their kinship is in the expansive vistas. Talented professional David Hunwick works sculpturing jackrabbits and the creative energy fills the room with much talent and inspiration. Moving along, we drive on down the road to Paul Harder’s Bronze Work Studio. Walking up the flowered driveway, a red flag marks the way down a meandering bark mulch path. We find ourselves outside what I see as Bilbo Baggins’ house at Bagend with bronzed otters frolicking on the grass outside. Greeted by the artist I ask how long he has been at his craft. It began as a hobby 10 years ago, he explains, and evolved into what we see today. We are about to find out how truly professional he has become. Paul offers refreshments and shows us

the puffin he’s working on. Using an abalone model he explains the process. A Styrofoam oval and thick cable was used to begin the sea bird on the workbench. To this rough form the supple clay is applied and the hard work begins: detail upon detail lovingly sculpted into the creation. A wax replica of the finished sculpture is made using a rubber mold, followed by a bronze casting using a second ceramic mold. Then my eyes stop on pictures of wolves, a personal passion. Paul explains that he has a commission to do a wolf for a private pond. Quick to pick up on my interest, he invites me to view the piece when it is complete – truly an unexpected bonus I look forward to.

Other guests arrive so I move on, taking my impressions and story of the young woman captured on canvas.

It was a delightful experience and I left with artistic visions in my mind and a desire to feel clay between my fingers and somehow put this experience into my craft – words.

The ocean beckons and we take in nature’s art at the beach along Madrona Drive. Sitting atop a gnarly black rock, our eyes are filled with the ocean, our ears with birdsong and we feel the sun upon our faces. The tide is out and the place is ours for a moment. One final stop at our wonderful Deep Cove Store for a veggie wrap and camaraderie completes a perfect sun-filled Sunday afternoon on the Saanich Peninsula.

Next, at the studio of Judy McLaren, we receive an enthusiastic welcome

(With thanks to my friend Amy for sharing this experience).

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Cleaning My Way to Happiness What do you do when your spouse is out of town for a few days? Stay up late? Eat that extra cookie? Watch the television shows only YOU want to watch? Not me. I’ve long coped with arrivals and departures, absences and losses, by cleaning. Yes, cleaning – the house, the basement, the yard, the dog. Not for me to wait for spring to wade into those dark and nasty corners, tackle the gunk and junk and polish, polish, polish. I wait until I’m … alone. Last week my husband flew off to Toronto for a few days to visit his only sister. What an opportunity! As soon as I knew the date of his flight I started making my mental list of what I would clean. My husband well knows that while driving him to the airport, behind my sad goodbyes and murmurs of “I’ll miss you lots,” I was wondering if I had enough duct tape to de-fur the ceiling fan. Our house is open plan with a peaked ceiling soaring three stories above

by Wendy Hacking the living room. Hanging from that peak, like a spider from a thread, is the ceiling fan. In winter we heat with a woodstove and, referencing the word “gunk” mentioned previously, the blades of the fan become black with sooty dust. Unbalanced and noisy, they demand to be cleaned. Fortunately, we have an interior second floor balcony upon which one can recklessly perch to tackle fan cleaning. Here’s my how-to. Go out to the shed and bring in the extension pole, the one that will grow to at least twenty feet. Remove all objets d’art, glass-fronted pictures and lamps that could inadvertently be taken out by the pole en route to the ceiling fan. To the end of the pole attach, with duct tape, the articulated wand of one of those environmentally unsound blue microfiber dusters. Keep stack of replacement dusters nearby. Extend pole. Pray.

Realize that ceiling fan is still on. Curse. Carefully lay down 20-foot pole, go downstairs and switch off ceiling fan. Go back upstairs, pick up pole and gently start to dust blades of ceiling fan. Curse again while trying to keep fan blades from swirling every time you touch them. Curse a bit more when the dog appears, attracted by the motes of greasy dust falling onto the floor. Convince the dog, with words and gestures, to hide under the bed. Finish cleaning fan. Sweep up dust-worms just as dog reappears. Carefully walk extension pole out to shed and put away. Switch ceiling fan back on and watch loosened dust-worms fall throughout the house. Curse. Vacuum. When the noise of the vacuum stopped the dog reappeared. More naive than my husband, the dog was not aware of my mental list and his place on it, which was just below “ceiling fan.” Catch dog, wash dog, towel dog and wipe down bathtub. Next: the dreaded deep-freeze defrost. Am I happy yet?

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The Salmon Goddess

by Chris Genovali, Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation At Raincoast Conservation Foundation, biologist Misty MacDuffee is known as “The Salmon Goddess.” Misty gained this appellation not only for the expertise she has developed in salmonid ecology, but also for her passion and dedication as an advocate for these amazing fish.

In addition, she sits on a management committee that oversees salmon and watershed planning in Rivers and Smith Inlets on the central coast.

Misty has worked at Raincoast for over a decade, with her primary focus being salmon conservation. Her duties have involved field research such as analyzing sediment cores she extracted from the bottom of Owikeno Lake in order to tease out the history of fishing, climate and other factors that can impact salmon abundance.

Misty’s salmon work has also resulted in the publication of important peer-reviewed science, usually published with her colleagues at Raincoast. She is trying to ensure a truly sustainable fishery, not just for humans but for the entire ecosystem.

Misty is also immersed in the policy realm, serving on a federal fisheries committee that determines harvest allocations for the salmon fishery.

One of the key motivations for Misty’s work is the importance of salmon to wildlife and the coastal watersheds that support them. She argues

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that more salmon must be allowed past fishermens’ nets and hooks and into the jaws of hungry whales and bears. Despite her efforts, she has serious concern for the future of wild salmon. “We are paving their watershed habitats where they spawn and changing the ocean that feeds them,” says Misty.


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“The root cause is an economic system based upon unlimited growth on a finite planet. At what point do we acknowledge that this system, which converts natural environments to commodities, is failing us?” Prior to her tenure at Raincoast, Misty worked for Peninsula Streams, based out of the Institute of Ocean Sciences, and as the lead campaigner on local and international forestry issues for the Wilderness Committee in Victoria. A founding member of the Land Conservancy of BC, in her “spare time” Misty serves as the current chair of the Gulf Islands Alliance.

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Sunny Shams is Back! by Maria Kirley Sidney’s Sunny Shams, age twenty-two, is a talented musician who is fast building an international music career. As promised, Sunny is returning to the Peninsula to share his talent with his community. Mark your calendars for his shows at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney – Friday August 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $20 each.

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Sunny’s tour with the University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble in the Czech Republic was a resounding success, and we are fortunate to have him back on stage this month. If you missed him in May, here’s your chance to enjoy some fabulous entertainment while supporting a worthy local cause. The event is for the benefit of the Sidney Rotary Club to help raise funds for the North Saanich Freeride Bike Park. Readers who remember Sunny’s Jazz performances at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria will be delighted to know that each of the August shows will include both jazz and opera. The show is reasonably priced, it supports healthy community initiatives and you’ll get to see Sunny in person before he reaches international acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera House. No exaggeration; he does have connections with both the Met and the Victoria Symphony. In November 2009, Sunny was awarded an Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and in December he captivated audiences when he made his official debut with the Victoria Symphony, performing selections from Puccini’s La Bohème. Sunny has been a part of the UBC Opera Ensemble since 2007, has been in the chorus for several Vancouver Opera Productions in the past two years and has also sung as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony. When he completes his show here on the Peninsula he heads back out to UBC to perform in the prestigious Bard on the Beach event in Vancouver. Tickets are going quickly – to guarantee your seat call 250656-0275 or visit www.marywinspear.ca.

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What if Your Father Had Never Met Your Mother?


by Pene Beavan Horton ave you ever stopped to think that if your father and mother hadn’t met, you wouldn’t exist – at least, not in your present form?

What twists and turns of events brought your mother and father together? Some of the freakish coincidences that led to their meeting and marrying could have been huge, like a father who missed the Titanic … or small, like a mother being late for a dentist appointment and riding up in the elevator with the man she would later marry. Other causes and effects are so subtle and ridiculous that it makes you wonder … I mean, how would you like to put your present existence down to a jar of face cream? I would not be here if it weren’t for that jar of face cream. A young woman was on a train just pulling in to a station somewhere in South Africa in the 1920s. She was getting ready for bed by slathering her face with cold cream. At that moment, the train drew to a halt, chuffing and chugging, with its brakes squealing. Wanting to see which station it was, she thrust her face out of the window almost into the face of a young man standing on the platform.

him to move off her sweater, at which point he would adroitly apologize and introduce himself. His ploy worked. They met a few times and Elsie got aunty Stella’s permission to invite Eric to a dance Stella was planning. Chance played no further role in my being here. Eric and Elsie fell in love, were married and produced my older brother, Kerry, then me, then my younger brother Bill. I’ve often thought about the twists and turns of destiny … here a nudge, there a tweak, here a derailment, there a victory … one day it will be fun to unravel all the connecting threads that led one by one to our being born. Stella need not have looked out of the window with a face covered in cold cream … Bunny need not have been standing right outside her win-

dow at that exact moment. Mom might have decided to skip the holiday in Rhodesia with Aunty Stella and Uncle Bunny. Is this all a coincidence? Does it matter to anyone, even to me, that I’m only here because of Aunty Stella’s jar of cold cream? I like to think of these “chain” events as pivotal points in our history. How much is chance and how much is planned? Is there some Heavenly Vital Statistics Department carefully weaving all these relationship threads together? It might be newsworthy to say “I’m here because my father missed the Titanic.” It’s more embarrassing than newsworthy to say “I’m here because of a jar of cold cream.” But that’s my story and I like it. What’s yours? Send it to editor@seasidetimes.ca.

He looked so startled by her pretty face smothered in cold cream that she burst out laughing. Still choking with laughter, she pulled in her head and shut the train window. The young man was enchanted by her. He tracked her down somehow and they were married. They became my great aunty Stella and great uncle Bunny. They lived on a farm in Rhodesia and my future mother, Elsie, spent a holiday with them before taking up nursing as a career. She was nineteen, and while staying with them she met my future father, Eric, a good-looking young cattle inspector. My dad said that as soon as he saw Elsie, he was desperate to meet her. He watched her playing tennis then sat down on her sweater and waited for her to finish the set. He knew she would ask www.seasidetimes.ca



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New Dove Settles on Peninsula by Robert Alison If you think you’ve seen a strange-looking wild dove in the area recently, you’re probably right. A new dove species, the Eurasian collared dove, has recently penetrated onto Vancouver Island and several have already made their way to the Saanich Peninsula. They seem to like our area as much as we do, and biologists think they’re here to stay. These doves are originally from Asia, but for some reason they have expanded their range enormously. They spread to Germany by 1945, the United Kingdom by 1953 and soon after to Iceland, Africa and Japan. Researchers say they are among the most successful of all avian dispersers. They were first recorded in the Bahamas in the 1970s, probably escapees from captivity there, and since then, they have spread across the continent, recently reaching as far north as Alaska. They are hardy and adaptable and first turned up in western Canada in 2001. They are now locally plentiful on the B.C. mainland. So far, the doves aren’t common on Vancouver Island, but there have been several sightings in recent months, including two spotted in Sidney in late May and again in early June. Other reports continue to dribble in. Biologists say that numbers are expected to explode, so we had better get used to seeing them. The North American Eurasian collared dove population has gone from about 1,000 in 2000 to well over 15,000 at present. Figures suggest the B.C. population has doubled in the past year.

The Saanich Peninsula is ideal habitat for these doves, with many bird-feeders available to provide their diet of seeds. Also, there is plenty of waste grain, which they readily add to their fare. These doves actually prefer to live near people, and virtually all nests are built within one kilometre of an occupied building. They like us, and that is why their numbers are greatest in built-up areas. They breed tirelessly, usually yearround, often producing four broods a year. These doves have a very unique dispersal method called “jump dispersal” in which a few pioneers are followed very shortly by a larger population surge. In some places, their numbers rise by six-fold every year. So far, scientists aren’t sure if the newcomers pose a threat to local ecosystems, but there are some suspicions they might compete with our native mourning doves.

Most people seem to find the new doves agreeable peaceful visitors to their backyards and gardens, and they don’t begrudge them a few weed seeds. But as their numbers grow, as they most surely will, that positive attitude might change. In Florida, where they are locally very plentiful, a hunting season was recently declared to thin out their numbers, despite a public protest. So far, here it seems we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg.

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Carmel Macchiato Drinkers – This one is tough … these folks can be moody: sweet one moment and on the warpath the next. When I am with a caramel macchiato drinker I’m always ready to duck quickly.

This month I delve into how the coffee you drink reflects your personality. This is far from palm-reading stuff: there’s a lot to be said based on what kind of coffee you drink. From astute observations and conversations over the decade I was a barista I developed the same insight as that of a bartender, who at the end of the day may be able to help you figure out life for less money than a counsellor.

Americano Drinkers – these people are value seekers. They aren’t looking for caffeine so much as taste. They can be very specific … anal retentive in fact. The ones who want a specific number of seconds on their shot likely have sex with their socks on … I’ve yet to verify this fact, but if I was a gamblin’ man!

Coffee drinks and personality … here we go: White Mocha Drinkers – do a lot of Facebooking, are trying to look sophisticated and continually buy everything with too much sugar in it … my guess is they decorate their surroundings with frills.

Black Coffee Drinkers – simply know what they want and are minimalists. If you checked their bank accounts you’d likely find a healthy sum … smart people these ones are.

Latte Drinkers – like to savour their coffee, taking time to ponder life’s complexities, and are often inspired by a past trip to Europe or Central America. Cappuccino Drinkers – These folks can be complicated. Straight-down-the-middle “Cap” drinkers are fairly predictable and are texture people: the kind of person that will avoid a certain food because of how it feels in their mouth (no matter how good it tastes). Complication creeps into the cappuccino world when people get “specific” about how much foam they want – in millimetres! – and these ones typically dress the same as the people they’re with. Then there’s the cappuccino drinker who wants half the caffeine because they are convinced they have a “sensitivity” to it (amongst other things). These ones likely spend a lot of time in the refund line up at department stores and don’t cut the grass at home.

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he waterways surrounding Vancouver Island are becoming busier than ever, with an increase in local power and sail recreational boaters, out-oftown visitors, float planes, cruise ships, water taxis and kayakers. Understanding the “floating rules of the road” is a fundamental responsibility of every boater. Abrupt weather changes, tides and currents can bring all kinds of surprises. Many of the unfortunate accidents on the water can be prevented with some basic boating safety knowledge. The best way to become a confident boater is to take a boating class. Especially now: you will be ticketed if you are checked for your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and you don’t have one.

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By June of 1885, the Church was completed and Bishop Hills himself rode out on horseback from Victoria to officially dedicate the little church. At that time the name “Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity” was bestowed upon the building. People came from far and wide on the day of consecration and a picnic followed the event. The first minister was the Reverend William Henry Gregory who served from 1885 until 1889. Another early incumbent was the Reverend F. Granville Christmas (fondly known as Father Christmas) who also served as rector at St. Stephen’s.

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Hyperthyroidism in Cats Hyperthyroidism, which is overfunctioning of the thyroid gland, is the most common endocrine disorder in the cat. This disease, which usually affects cats over eight years old, is a result of small non-malignant tumors of one or both thyroid glands. These tumors cause an over-production of the hormones T3 and T4 which in turn “ramp up” the whole metabolic system of the cat resulting in multi-systemic disease. The clinical signs of hyperthyroidism are many and varied, with some cats exhibiting all signs and some only a few. The signs may be subtle to start with and may progress to very severe before diagnosis is made. The most commonly recognized sign is weight loss, even in the face of what seems to be excessive appetite and excessive food intake. Asking for food and increased vocalization may accompany the increased appetite. Hyperactivity – an older cat that was relatively quiet suddenly racing around or even seeming “jittery” – is a frequently seen sign. A cat that has never vomited much may be seen to have increasingly frequent bouts of vomiting. Some have accompanying diarrhea. Both of these signs, however, can also be found in many other disease processes, so a complete veterinary exam is very important in determining the cause of any apparent digestive disturbance. Increased water consumption and increased urination can be seen in hyperthyroid cats, but can also be seen in older cats with decreasing kidney function or in diabetic cats. The difference with a diabetic cat is that weight loss is usually accompanied by excessive thirst and excessive urine production. A very rapid heart rate, usually well over 200 beats per minute, is a classic sign of feline hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism produces a thyrotoxic affect on the heart muscle resulting in cardiomyopathy, and an accompanying heart murmur is often seen. The good news is that the pathology of the heart muscle will usually reverse after hyperthyroidism is brought under control. The bad news is that if left untreated, the cardiomyopathy may progress to congestive heart failure. There can be an uncommonly seen set of

by Dr. Ellen Guttormson signs of hyperthyoroidism whereby the typical signs are replaced by depression and decreased appetite. The diagnosis of hyperthyroidism is based on seeing weight loss with one or more of the clinical signs described above. On veterinary exam most cats will have a palpable increase in the size of one or both thyroid glands. These glands, like those in humans, sit just on either side of the trachea or “windpipe.” The definitive diagnosis of hyperthyroidism is made through blood testing. A complete Geriatric Blood Panel and urinalysis is necessary to also check for other accompanying abnormalities. In older cats it is not uncommon to see both hyperthyroidism and decreased kidney function occurring at the same time. The good news is that most cats respond well to treatment for hyper-

thyoroidism with weight gain, a return to normal heart function and cessation of vomiting and diarrhea. The ideal treatment is a onetime injection of radioactive iodine. Although expensive to start, the injection is curative in over 90 percent of cases. The second most common treatment which will work well for most cats is the administration of an antithyroid drug such as methimazole. The primary downside to methimazole is that it needs to be administered once or twice daily for the rest of the cat’s life. In addition, thyroid levels need to be rechecked through blood work on a fairly regular basis to make sure that the current dosage is correct as dose requirements may change over time. If you have any questions relating to hyperthyroidism you should contact your regular veterinarian or you may contact Dr. Ellen Guttormson at Beacon Cat Hospital.

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The Sad Story of the Grab and Go Bag That Didn’t


n 2001 I dutifully packed a “Grab and Go” bag for emergency evacuation situations. Recently, I thought I’d better check my bag. I did, and found that a plastic bottle of the antiseptic Betadine had leaked and the reek had spread through the entire bag.

by Pene Beavan Horton I checked the expiry date on food items like crackers and Bovril chicken soup packets, and they’d expired all right. So had everything else, including the spare clothes I’d stashed in the bag. For some reason they’d shrunk (or I’d expanded), and they too smelled like Betadine. When I told my daughter, she laughed and said when she checked their emergency bags she found she still had Jonny’s diapers in there. He’s now a teenager. She’s since remedied the situation. So have I! If you already have a Grab and Go bag, maybe it’s time to check it. If you don’t have one, maybe it’s past time to put one together. Not if, but when the “Big One” hits, you may as well be as comfortable as having a current Grab and Go bag allows you to be. The PEP (Provincial Emergency Program) Web site states: “We live in an earthquake zone where over 1,200 small earthquakes are recorded each year. There is a real risk that one of these could be ‘the big one.’ It could happen at any time of the day or night; on the weekend or a workday, in any season and in any weather.” So why not pretend you’re going away

for a week, and pack a Grab and Go bag as if your life depended on it? It might. It may take a day to get ready, but a lifetime to be glad you did. While you’re at it, it’s better to be able to last on your own for at least a week. Helpful web sites: 1. http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/Earthquakes_2004.pdf. Gives an overview. 2. http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/ knw/kt/bas-eng.aspx. This site tells you what goes into a basic needs Grab and Go Bag. You can make one up yourself, including First Aid supplies. 3. For everything you need to know about preparing for earthquakes or other natural or unnatural disasters, visit http://www.pep.bc.ca/index.html and http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/prepare_now/prepare.html or call these numbers for more information: 4. Provincial Emergency Program, Victoria: 250-952-4913, or a PEP Regional Office; 5. Emergency Preparedness Canada, Victoria: 250-363-3621; or 6. Locally, Sidney Fire Equipment Sales and Service sells one-person 72-hour emergency kits for $35. Contact them at 250-656-3473. These kits are good to have as an adjunct to your Grab and Go bag.

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Puppy Rules by Wendy Hacking Within the space of a few months I retired from work, sold my urban home, put my worldly goods in storage, moved to this small Southern Gulf Island and married the man with whom I had fallen in love. On the stress scale I was a 10+. All this paled, however, next to the one other event that occurred within this change-oflife stew. We acquired a puppy and my life changed forever. My husband and I had talked endlessly about the pros and cons of getting a dog. He had always owned dogs, big dogs mostly, but also a beagle, a neurotic basenji and a nippy corgi. He famously bought two lab puppies while working in London. He spied a whole litter frolicking in Harrods’ window and returned to the office with Oscar and Felix snuggled in his coat. His most recent dog had been Fred, a black lab renowned on the Island for his cockamamie antics. Fred, genetically a retriever, was expelled from dog training school for repeatedly hijacking and hiding the training equipment. My husband, needless to say, was dog experienced. The only dog in my life had been our golden cocker spaniel when I was growing up. Penny was as much a part of my youth as was my little brother and I paid them both the same regard. Whichever one I could entice into my doll carriage to play “baby” was my pal of the day but was otherwise ignored. When it came to choosing the breed for our new dog my husband and I narrowed it down pretty quickly to a dachshund. We had enjoyed dog sitting for Pickle, a full-sized dachshund with French as his first language (his given name was Cornichon) who had character and cuddles galore. We decided that for our stage in life a miniature dachshund would be perfect and we put our name on the list for a puppy with a reputable breeder. Time passed, and Sprocket, a sleek little redhead, joined our lives. I quickly brought out “The Puppy Rules.” No jumping onto the furniture.

No sleeping on our bed. No barking indoors. No bodily elimination except in designated outdoor areas. No jumping up on visitors. No cutesy-wootsie talk to, or about, the dog. Unfortunately, Sprocket brought along his own set of Rules. Look really, really cute at all times. Worm your way into your owners’ hearts. Jump, walk and play on the furniture. Sleep on the bed and hog the pillows. Bark loudly everywhere. Eliminate anywhere. Jump up on visitors and pee on their shoes. Pretend to tolerate cutesy-wootsie talk to get extra biscuits.

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Nothing is Impossible to a Willing Heart by Peni Fitzpatrick My good friend Emmy lost one eye to glaucoma and the other eye quickly followed. There are a lot of skills that a blind dog needs to re-learn and that’s where I came in. As a dog trainer, my job is to help dogs re-learn commands like “go slow,” “stop” or “wait.” (These commands take on a whole new meaning when you can’t see why you have to go slow or wait). Dogs need to learn to follow the sound of their handler’s voice and the handler needs to learn how to walk a blind dog and how to help it negotiate obstacles. Negotiating the house can be a huge thing for older dogs: if they have some foggy sight there are contrasts in light and lighting. There are the “pathways” around furniture but … gosh … what if you have to move homes? Learning how to accept physical assistance is a must. Other senses get sharper, so smell or scent, plus the voice, cue the dog. Negotiating the yard and re-learning playtime! Ahhh the games of “sound” and/or “scent” – games with more than one person (family games), water and swimming, toys good for blind dogs and learning or relearning group dog play – all to be learned by a blind dog. Negotiating the community: Noises from cars, buses and people all sound different now so we need to re-evaluate audio feedback, learn how to do cognitive mapping and how to meet human and canine strangers. And yes, riding in the car can be a whole new experience. Making the transition: As a general rule, dogs that go blind gradually, who are young in life and are not striving to be pack leaders, make a faster and easier adjustment. Older, frail, dominant dogs and those that lose their vision suddenly can experience more difficulty. This adjustment can typically take three to six months; there are instances where it has taken much longer. Going by the rule “it takes as long as it takes” and finding an experienced trainer who can teach you and the dog eases this transition.

Owning any dog requires compassion, patience, kindness, understanding and devotion. Owning a special needs dog requires a lot more of all of these. If you have never owned and trained a dog I do not recommend your first dog be a special needs one. Dogs are individuals and they respond to hardship and stress in a variety of ways. A good thing for humans to know about dogs is that they too can go through things like depression, aggression, fear and dependency. All dogs need to know what the rules, limitations and boundaries are and who is in charge. If you want to do the best for any dog, feeling sorry for them is not in their best interest or yours! Dogs are brilliant. They have brains and a great need to use them. They are always watching and listening to everything you do and they remember it too. Emmy and her parents Ron and Marcy took up the challenge with the attitude that “nothing is impossible to a willing heart” and succeeded in learning many new skills. Ron and Marcy are artists and Emmy started smelling the paint and touching it, so they put some on her paws and she has created some fabulous pieces of art … I have one!

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Alice by Patricia Zimmel

~ Dedicated to all 4H Club members past and present ~ Our local western emporium carried an array of halters and Dad was over by the door talking to one of our neighbours while waiting for us to choose. There it was. It jumped out at us like our favourite puppy. We approached Dad slowly at first, but the closer we came, the faster our pace. It was important to both of us to be the one to show him our find. We pushed and shoved our way. “We found it!” Luckily, Dad had two arms, one for each of us. Pulling him towards the rack, we pointed to the prize on the wall. We promised to look after Alice as if she were one of our favourite cousins visiting from the city, if only this halter would be hers. Dad agreed and engraved the small gold plate on its side with her name, “Alice.” Erik was able to keep the halter in his room that night, but Mom said I could look after it in the morning. When I ran into Erik’s room, I found the halter under his pillow. Being the big sister isn’t easy. At the ripe age of eight, I felt the heavy weight of responsibility, a responsibility that said “what you are about to do will have consequences.” A quick tug and the halter would be mine. I planted my feet solidly and poised my body with determination to release the prize. Unbeknown to me, the halter was wrapped around my brother’s hand and further up his arm and the tug resulted in two heads knocking together as we fell to the rug. Groans turned into screams, loud crying and eventually moans. Mom came dashing into the room to see me comforting Erik for fear of my guilt being exposed. That heavy feeling of responsibility fell over me like a quilt on a cold winter evening and I would soon know the reality of my consequence. Dad had left to pick up Alice and the rest of us were busy doing the chores around the barnyard and readying her stall. My chore was emptying the wheelbarrow half-full of manure to the foul and hot pile behind the barn. The smell

of fresh hay and clean water was a welcome relief after clearing that out! Mom suggested a small pail of pellets while leading Alice to her new home would introduce her new handlers. I would take the reins and Erik the pellets. Molly and Shane, our two Irish Setters, announced the arrival of the truck and trailer, which came to a slow and easy stop in front of the barn. Halter on, Alice was soon out of the trailer. Dad handed me the lead rope. Erik with the pellets and I at the lead, we proudly took Alice to her stall. She kicked up her heels and romped around.

ing. The bag from the Emporium revealed two brushes, and after five minutes or so of grooming, we noticed the silhouettes in the kitchen window had disappeared. Erik and I had plans! Two saddles were hanging over the corral fence. One was English to exercise the younger horses and the other was a Western saddle. Erik dragged the Western over. Working together, we hoisted the saddle onto Alice, who stood quietly while the girth strap tightened; one leg up and Erik was sitting on the seat, tightly grasping the horn.

Later, Erik and I pulled on our boots and started for the barn with the bag from the emporium. Alice was lying down in her stall, but as we opened the half door she stood to greet us. Erik and I cornered Alice, stroking her and talking to her all the while. Her head swayed, making it difficult to put the halter on.

I led Alice around the corral and my pace quickened. I felt relaxed. Suddenly, a cry for help echoed throughout the barnyard! I turned to see Erik and the saddle slowly descending towards the ground on the other side of Alice. Erik’s foot was still in the stirrup, now resting on her back. Gazing into Erik’s fearful eyes under Alice’s belly, I recognized two pair of boots and stood up to see Dad and Mom lifting Erik upwards.

We took turns walking her up and down the length of the corral and could see Mom and Dad watch-

To this day, Mom and Dad will gently remind us of Alice, our three-yearold heifer!

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Essential Messages by Derek Peach that did not go to the desired destination; indeed, it made but two stops on its loop from one bus station to another. I had just settled in for a pleasant clatter into the city when the conductor stopped and everyone disembarked. He looked around at us, still hanging onto the straps and barked, “Get off!”

There are moments when language and incident come together like a cymbal clash in the 1812 overture. Politicians, hoping their speeches will contain such grand conjunctures, are seldom rewarded. “Veni, vidi, vici” just doesn’t cut it when the economy tanks. We, however, on a recent jaunt about Portugal, collected the expressions that now orchestrate our lives.

Perhaps he didn’t really bark, but there was a definite attitude present in his tone that suggested he was tired of explaining to tourists that they should have taken the other bus from the last stop. We got off.

It started with a simple request for directions. The desk clerk looked at the map and began tracing a route while giving instructions in the best English he could command. “Go two kilometres. Go through the roundabout and take exit for autostrada A-7 and then … Don’t Move!” This last was an imperative burst worthy of a drill sergeant. I nodded vigorously and assured him we wouldn’t move. We would definitely stay on the freeway all the way to Lagos. That should have been that, except it wasn’t.

Now B had two little verbal gems and she sprinkled them liberally through daily conversations. “I’m just going in here to look at a few dresses. Don’t move!” “You’ve been reading in there long enough. Get off!”

The next time B was taking a picture, she looked up over the camera, frowned at maximum and ordered: “Don’t Move!”

Well, you get the idea. It became contagious and I confess to stooping so low as to rig the conversations at times to create an appropriate opening.

Well, OK, it was amusing, once. But then it began to acquire the status of a mantra.

“I wouldn’t use Raid on these bugs. I think we should get Off.” The final line came to us at one of those low points in the day when nerves were taut and patience low. B was being too uncertain about what she wanted to do or where to go and I was being too conciliatory, offering all sorts of possibilities. Finally, she turned to me in exasperation and demanded, “For God’s sake, just take me someplace!”

“Don’t Move! I’m stealing this bit of pastry from your plate.” “Don’t Move! I need to get the sunblock out of your backpack.” “Turn over and Don’t Move! You’re snoring again.”

That is how we came to the guiding principles for our lives together. Oh, some couples may know straight off that it’s “God and country” that will be the context for their relationship, or even “Frankly Scarlet, I just don’t give a damn.”

Cute, y’know? It would have made a nice anecdote from our trip. Then we met the tram conductor on the two-stop line. Trams are wonderful conveyances. I used to ride on a streetcar in Toronto on my monthly trips to an orthodontist, so I have always felt a nostalgic glow rattling along in them whether in San Francisco or Lisbon. In the Portuguese capital, however, we had inadvertently climbed onto one



But for us, it has resolved itself into these three little lines that now inform the most intimate moments of our lives:


Take me! Some place. Don’t move! Get off!



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Sidney Summer Sounds

2-4 p.m. Beacon Park (foot of Beacon Ave.), Sidney www.summersounds.ca Gather with other music lovers to enjoy the sunshine while being entertained by some of the most popular local musicians at the brand new Beacon Pavilion (Sidney’s outdoor Opera House)!

Sundays until Sept. 26 Bamberton Mystery History Tours

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Throughout August Sidney Plein Air Painters Exhibition

Sidney Museum (corner of Beacon & 4th) Open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-655-6355, www.sidneymuseum.ca An exhibition of paintings depicting scenes around Saanich Peninsula. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

August 7 & 14 Dial “M” For Merlot

Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Rd., N. Saanich 250-656-2552, info@musewinery.ca www.musewinery.ca Muse Winery has partnered with the Peninsula Players to present the Peninsula’s first open air musical theater production. Enjoy succulent bistro savories and superb Muse wines before the curtain goes up at 6 p.m. Reservations suggested for Bistro Muse on these performance evenings. Tickets available at: Stonestreet Café, Salon J, Victoria Costumes, Central Saanich Senior Centre and Muse Winery. $20 per person (food & beverages not included).

Peninsula Country Market

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Saturdays until Oct. 30 North Saanich Farm Market

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. John’s United Church gardens, 10990 West Saanich Road www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca Seasonal produce, baked goods, dried fruit and preserves, eggs, seeds and plants, arts and crafts and live music.

August 10 Over the Moon Coles Beach Regional Park (North Saanich) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 250-478-3344, www.crd.bc.ca/parks Coles Bay is home to many marine creatures. Drop in and join a CRD Regional Parks interpreter as we discover the amazing animals whose lives are controlled by the moon and tides. Prepare to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Park in the lot off Inverness Road, off Ardmore Drive and follow the signs down to the beach.

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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (lunch included) 250-507-2336 for details and bookings Escorted outings with Driving Miss Daisy ® in groups of three. Select from: garden tours, nature walks, beach strolls, museums, ecocruises, shop hops, harbour walkabouts, parades, tourist attractions and more!

A Summer Pairing – Fine Art & Fine Wine

Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Rd., N. Saanich 250-656-2552, info@musewinery.ca www.musewinery.ca Award winning artists paired with award winning wines. Enjoy the beautiful blend of watercolour, acrylics, stone, bronze and glass by artists Sheena Lott, Christine Reimer, Craig Benson and Pauline Olesen. No admission to the exhibition and sale, extended hours on the 28 to 7 p.m. Bistro Muse will extend its hours.

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Sundays until Sept. 5

Zais Astrology – August 2010 by Heather Zais (heather_zais@telus.net) Aries (march 21 - april 19) Butting heads becomes a battle of egos. Make sure you wear a “helmet”. Deal with pressure, delays or extreme circumstances. The upside of this situation can be a freeing experience even if you did not expect it. See who really cares.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) You are at a crossroads between your hopes and wishes and those of others. See who has your best interests at heart for the long term. Make decisions fairly soon. Relationships are altered. Some will marry or enter partnerships.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Pressure from the planets make you question where you belong. Plans to move affect you or others involved. Avoid power plays with those in controlling positions. Pull strings behind the scenes. Catch up or regroup under retrograde Mercury.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) Timing is very important. Waiting is hard but necessary to get the right results. Others resist your force of will – try to compromise. Controlled actions knock out the opposition; they are obliged to make way for you. Take your place.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) Your need for freedom increases. Relationships will be altered. Travel or getting away becomes more important. Love interests are exciting. Be out and about and be seen. Let them know how you feel. Don’t hang onto the past.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Focus shifts to events at a distance; travel is likely. Opportunities open up. This is positive, but stay grounded no matter what the circumstances or promised gains. There is financial increase for you. Make business or career changes.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Be cautious financially until you are sure of your sources. Others influence it to some degree. Improve home environment or property value and assets. Family relationships improve. Entertain or have an open house. Take care of duties.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) You benefit from the influence or assets of others. Arrangements need to be good for all involved. Keep details private until the right moment. Compromise where you must. Attitude will be important when dealing with those is control.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) The sun in your sign puts you in the spotlight. Bring your plans forward with confidence. Your mind is sharp and your words have necessary force for action. Attend special events or celebrations. Follow protocol or required formalities.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Measure your words to match expectations. Balance in all things will be important to achieving your ends. An inner feeling of power needs to be contained or channeled properly. Keep a politic position no matter what’s happening.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Take time to rest and restore your strength and confidence. Slowly but surely things come together, making you more secure. Meet in private. Attend to medical matters. Get information you need to further your goals. Avoid obstacles.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) Settle “scores” and move on. Your patience is running out with those who drag their feet. On the upside – your personal life or relationship picks up. Encouraging words can soften feelings. Passion rises. Plan your future together.

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Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa (18)

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Arts, Media & Entertainment British Columbia Aviation Museum (8)

1910 Norseman Rd., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-3300, www.bcam.net

Community Arts Centre (5,44)

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Mary Winspear Centre (54)

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (37)

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d.g. bremner & co. (15)

2449 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-654-0534

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Marmalade Tart Boutique (33)

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Salon J Hairstudios (40)

Sidney Nail & Spa (41)

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Smashin Fashin (16)

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Sweet Talk & Lace (25)

2420 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-1002

Waterlily Shoes Ltd. (41)

103-2537 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5606

Home & Garden Décor Cameron Rose (33)

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Connie McInnis Interior Designer (49)

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Doyle & Bond Home and Garden (33)

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Elk Lake Garden Centre (44)

5450 Pat Bay Hwy., Victoria, B.C. 250-658-8812

Knickerbocker’s Unique Home Accessories & Gifts (11,31)

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Bleue Coyote Bar & Grill (27)

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Breadstuffs Bakery (36)

1191 Verdier Ave., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-5162

Brentwood Bay Lodge (35)

849 Verdier Ave., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-544-2079, 1-888-544-2079 www.brentwoodbaylodge.com

Fresh Cup Roastery Café (19)

102-2360 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-5668

104-1931 Mt. Newton X Rd. Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-5678 www.freshcup.ca

Haro’s Restaurant + Bar (18)

Sidney Pier Hotel 9805 Seaport Pl., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-9700, www.sidneypier.com

Saanich Roadhouse (23)

5285 West Saanich Rd. Victoria, B.C. 250-479-6612

Spelt’s Coffee Shop (42)

7856 East Saanich Rd. Central Saanich, B.C. 250-652-7609

The Roost (58)

9100 East Saanich Rd., North Saanich, B.C. 250-655-0075, www.roostfarmcentre.com

Tia’s Heritage Café Co. (20)

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Zanzibar (50)

7120 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-1228

Ladybug Boutique (39)

Political Party Offices

Moodyville Collectibles (44)

Elizabeth May – Green Party of Canada (44)

5325 Cordova Bay Rd., Victoria, B.C. 250-658-3807, www.ladybugvictoria.com 822 Verdier Ave., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-544-8181

One Stop Furniture Shop (9)

9819 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-SHOP www.1stopfurniture.ca

Pacific Fireplace (10)

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Pauline Olesen Fused Glass Art & Jewelry (52)

250-655-4812, www.paulineolesen.com

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Central Saanich Optometry Clinic (4)

#1-7865 Patterson Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-544-2210, www.cseyecare.com

CJ (Kip) Wilson (15)

#6-7855 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-544-0727

Enabled Financial Solutions Ltd. (10)

550-2950 Douglas St., Victoria, B.C. 250-514-2699, www.enabledfinancial.ca

Fine Dentistry Dr. Ian Boyd (34) 101-9840 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C.

250-656-7553 www.finedentistry.ca

Henley & Walden Personal & Business Law (34)

201-2377 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-7231

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National Bank Financial (Susan Dafoe) (38)

205, 2537 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-657-2224, susan.dafoe@nbf.ca

Shields Harney Legal Counsel (43)

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Simply Cremations (54)

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DFH Realty (21)

2395 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-0131, www.dfh.ca

RE/MAX Camosun (13)

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Specialty Shops Affordable Hot Tubs & Saunas Ltd. (29)

Island Blue Print Co. Ltd. (30)

2411 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-1233

Montessori Educare (51)

905 Fort St., Victoria, B.C. 250-385-9786 www.islandblue.com

Pat Bay Air (46)

Lifestyle Markets & Select Stores (11)

9769 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-2326

343 Cook St., Victoria, B.C. 250-381-5450

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Liquor Express (27)

2134 Keating X Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-4400 www.liquorexpress.blogspot.com

Maro Goldsmith Studio (62)

2497 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-0102

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Peninsula Mini Storage (47)

1933 Keating X Rd., Central Saanich, B.C. 250-544-6464

2072 Henry Ave., West Sidney, B.C. 250-655-6454 www.peninsulaministorage.com

Sidney SeniorCare (63) Sidney Senior DayCare (2)

9752 Third St., Sidney, B.C. 250-589-0100 or 250-656-7176

Splinters Millworks Inc. (49)

210-2031 Malaview Ave. W., Sidney, B.C. 250-589-8295, www.splintersmillworks.com

MEDIchair (48)

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Muse Winery (52)

11195 Chalet Rd.., North Saanich, B.C. 250-656-2552, www.musewinery.ca

Orr’s Family Butchers (42)

7103 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-3751

Red Barn Market (40)

5550 West Saanich Rd., Saanich, B.C. 250-479-8349

751 Vanalman Ave., Victoria, B.C. 250-479-6817 www.redbarnmarket.ca

Sidney’s Pet Centre (30)

4-9769 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-3314, www.sidneypetcentre.com

Thrifty Foods (17)

9810 Seventh St., Sidney, B.C. 7860 Wallace Dr., Saanichton, B.C. 1-800-667-8280 www.thriftyfoods.ca

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Ardmore Golf Course (32)

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Body Barn Fitness & Tanning (30)

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Pacifica Paddlesports (50)

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Panorama Recreation (48)

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2388 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-655-8994, www.greenvillagesidney.com

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The Ultimate Boss I have been extremely lucky in my working life; having one great boss after another. Sure there have been bad ones mixed in, but overall I feel very blessed. For the five years before I moved back to the Island and started with Seaside Times (then Peninsula Times), I was working as editor of a trade journal called Harbour & Shipping. A commercial trade magazine about freighters and tugboats, it wasn’t my dream job, but the thing that kept me there for so long was my boss and his family. It was a small operation, similar to Seaside Times in that there were only two of us working full-time. Because of this, an office space was unnecessary so we worked out of my boss’s house. There I felt like I truly was not only an integral part of the magazine but an important part of their family. My boss Murray often referred to me as his “second daughter” and I loved


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Seaside Times August 2010 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...

Seaside Times August 2010 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...