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west coast culture â€“ august 2012 issue features
14 Magnificent Men and 16 Those Their Flying Machines at
Romancing the Grape: The Harvest Focus on Peninsula Wineries
"Victoria's Largest Little Airshow!"
Spotlight 30 Restaurant This August Temperatures Dip
Below Zero: RC Grillhouse n' Lounge Golden Age of Flying Boats: 32 The The Legend Lives on at Victoria Airport
Turgoose to Saanichton: 44 From The Village at the Crossroads
First Word............................................ 8 Smell the Coffee............................. 18 Island Dish........................................ 20 Forbes & Marshall........................... 35 Weatherwit...................................... 43 Last Word......................................... 53
9................................................. Letters 10................................... Can We Talk? 23.............................. Common Cents 24......... Young Readers Book Review 27............................. Veterinary Voice 36......................................... Footprints 40.................... West Coast Gardener 47................................... Seaside News 50..........................What's Happening 52.................................. Entertainment
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Victoria's Largest Little Airshow, August 11-12 at Michell Airpark in Central Saanich (see story pg.16)
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"Forbes & Marshall" monthly columnist Michael Forbes When I was first invited by Seaside Times to offer my quirky sense of the world, I must admit I was intimidated. What the heck would I write about? Then it dawned on me to pen articles on the people and life events we experience everyday. In radio, we call it “slice of life.” My latest slice focuses on those “Out of Towners.” Tourists are the lifeblood of our economy, but they’re also good for a laugh! It makes you wonder what the locals think of us when we go on holiday. In this month's column, find out why Hawaiians don’t like me. "Seaside News" bimonthly columnist Tina Kelly As the Visitor Experience Director at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, I am extremely fortunate to be able to share my passion for marine science. What better location for me to advocate for ocean conservation than overlooking the beautiful Southern Gulf Islands and the proposed site for a new National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA)? To see my childhood playground of Cordova Bay included in the southern NMCA boundary makes me extremely happy. Also included is an area home to critically important glass sponge reefs – a topic I'm excited to share with Seaside Times readers this month. Freelance writer Carole Pearson Local history has always interested me, and any road trip I take involves stopping at any museums along the way. Doing research for my article in this month's Seaside Times allowed me to learn more about Saanichton's history. I have been a frequent contributor to Seaside Times, and its predecessor Peninsula Times, since June 2008. As a freelance writer, I have written for numerous publications including the Globe and Mail and Canadian Living magazine. Since moving here 12 years ago, I have concluded I live in the best part of Canada. Regular contributor Jim Townley My passion for writing comes from the entrepreneurial spirit within me. Starting in business at the age of 22 on the Peninsula has given me over 20 years to formulate a unique perspective of what it means to be a younger person trying to make a go of it in business. Operating a business on the Peninsula is complicated. On the one hand, you have to sustain profitability to survive and balance the social aspects of a small town, while at the same time respecting the ambiance of what we love about the area. I hope my enthusiasm and love for the community shine through in the stories I write.
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first w o rd Take a look at this picture of these three kids. In many ways, it took my breath away because, in that split second in which I took the picture, the kids have no idea of their journey in life yet, and no cares in the world. In this split second (up high in the air), they're enjoying just "being:" just enjoying life as it is, this second. This issue brims with people who believe, without hesitation, that their work, paid or not, is worth the effort in life, worth that moment, for their community. Take, for example, Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow, in its 11th year on the Peninsula, where many volunteers come together to raise money for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and CFAX Santas Anonymous. The event has raised over $140,000 in the past 10 years. On page 38, a must read is The Finity Project, a foundation that raises money for seven charities: Help Fill a Dream, for children with life-threatening illnesses; the MS Society; Cystic Fibrosis Trust (UK); the Simon Keith Foundation, for youth who have undergone organ transplants; Livestrong, for people with cancer; Michael J. Fox Foundation (Parkinson's); and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Finity Project was founded by two young women, both diagnosed with MS, who asked: "What if we did a whole bunch of challenges and raised money championing other diseases, not just our own? Made people realize there’s power in numbers? Not necessarily to find a cure or just survive the disease, but to LIVE well with it.”
According to Merriam-Webster, life is defined as a sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual. There is also a saying in life: "In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away." For me, my life journey to get here, to get to Seaside Times, took almost 45 years, but I can remember almost every moment. Well, maybe not every moment … There are some moments in my life that, whether easy or not, have helped make me who I am today, and there are other moments in my life that have just seized that one second, that one breath.
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Spices … thanks for the tip. You continue to do a wonderful job … it’s such a visually pretty magazine as well as an interesting one. Take care, Pene Horton
✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ I always look forward to receiving your magazine at the start of every new month: great articles and always informative. I ALSO enjoy the sudoku puzzles in each issue. I noticed there were none in the July issue. Are they now a thing of the past? Jaci Ross Editor's note: It was hard to tell whether our readers valued the Sudoku so, when we ran out of our backlog of syndicated puzzles, we left it out for July to test what kind of a response we’d receive. This is just one of the emails we’ve had from readers who missed it, so you'll be happy to know it's back! (pg. 52)
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ca n we ta lk? . ......... Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Dennis Paulson, Straitline Precision is your family business, which specializes in designing and manufacturing high precision parts for the aerospace, marine, recreation and medical industry. You started the company out of your basement back in 1996, and 16 years later you produce more machined parts than I can name, with extensive Canadian and European distribution. Where did this vision originate? The company started with my dad (Mike Paulson) and I (Dennis Paulson). My brother D.J. joined shortly afterwards. Originally our vision was to make whatever a customer asked for. This included any number of machined or fabricated components, and later evolved into a desire to produce strictly high precision components for various industries using state-of-the-art CNC equipment. Our father passed away recently. Although my brother and I are now the driving force behind the company, we still share his ideals and forward thinking. We are also surrounded by a great group of employees that makes what we do possible! Over the years you have diversified the products that you build so as not to not rely on one source of direct revenue. Can you tell us what parts you manufactured at the beginning and what variety you work with now? In the quest for diversity, we have designed and produced a number of products in-house. The first big one for us was equipment for the diamond cutting industry. The next was the SeaSaber, a line-cutting product for marine shafts to prevent net or rope entanglement in a boat's propeller. We continue to manufacture this product line with the intention of growing it over the next few years as that industry revives. The latest line of products is by far our most successful: Straitline Components, our brand name for a high-end line of aftermarket mountain bike components. All along, we have continued doing contract work in the aerospace, oil and gas and security industries. You were quite involved in the conception of Jumpship, a mountain biking and outdoor lifestyle festival that was held in Victoria in June. For this event, you were asked to produce a prototype gyro hydraulic brake system for one of the high caliber riders. What was the outcome? A show called EdgeFactor caught wind of our story. Next thing you know, we were on the phone with them planning the shoot and Jumpship made so much sense. For our episode they wanted to capture how a small firm like us 10
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is reliant on robotics and automation to stay competitive and we made a hydraulic line detangler that was to be tested in live circumstances at Jumpship. I helped Jumpship get off the ground with great help: Rob Fawcett, Jordie Lunn, Geoff Pendrel and the City of Victoria. This was a great win/win: the city now has an annual world-class venue, and we got to film a show to grow our business. You were also very involved in the completion of the North Saanich Bike park, a huge endeavor by a number of local community partners. Can you expand on how this moved forward, and who was involved in the final development? This was a massive project and a blast to do and by no means a one-man show. The late Mike Paulson threw a newspaper on my desk one day and said “Do It!” I read the article: Denis Paquette was asking for help to save the local bike park before it was reclaimed by the city. I met with Dennis that day and we hit it off. He has a big sense of community involvement as a local businessman and knew everyone imaginable and I knew everyone in the biking world, so we moved forward. Luckily we have all the talent necessary locally so I asked Andrew Mitchell, four-time Canadian downhill champion, and Kyle Michell, who builds UCI and Olympic tracks worldwide. Together we hashed out a pretty slick concept and layout. We brought in the Rotary club to help fundraise and erect their Family Fitness zone in the park. That is the coolest part by far: a massive, professionallybuilt pump track that will tire out any pro rider and allow any family to just play. Denis supplied everything from G&E excavators, bulldozers and rocks from Allyards to free
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Straitline Precision Industries is a small but highly-automated CNC machining firm located in Sidney, B.C. Started by the Paulson Family 16 years ago, it has quickly flourished into a reputable firm with a diverse clientele list and strong international trade connections. Exporting its own internal bike brand worldwide from Russia to Singapore, Straitline is proud to keep everything local and in-house, proving that manufacturing is still a viable business in B.C.
D.J. Paulson and Greg Parish, Straitline Precision light systems for nighttime work. The City of North Saanich backed it 100% and Cliff Halliday from the Parks Division oversaw everything, lending out tools and manpower when needed. This was truly a community approach. We encourage more businesses to think local and invest marketing dollars into fun projects. Your company seems to be able to turn any concept into reality, and you have exemplified the importance of local manufacturing. In your experience, do you think our local government is doing what it should to promote local manufacturing? I am not sure that they do everything that they could; manufacturing seems to be very overlooked generally, even though it employs people in great jobs with above average wages. I don’t think that politicians find manufacturing to be especially “sexy,” but they are usually blown away when they enter our facility. I understand you're doing some educational promotions through a number of schools to encourage the “real life” manufacturing story to youth, which puts a positive spin on technology, making manufacturing a hero and a real viable career. What successes have you had thus far? When we filmed Jumpship with the EdgeFactor crew we dreamt up an idea with the Producer, Jeremy Bout, to do an ongoing reality show where we simply ask students what they think is needed in biking. We invited two other competitors to get in on it as well, making it a true real life situation where the student had to catch our eye with an intelligent design. We recently refilmed at Jumpship using the winning design. The student designed a part that bridged two existing products into one requiring minimal investment to take it to market. Next year the show goes worldwide
into the school systems as a free curriculum package for teachers. You gave me a tour of the operations on Galaran and I’m astounded by the investment your company has made in some of the machinery you have. What is more amazing is that you can physically close the facility at 5 p.m. and the machines keep working. Can you expand on this? When you are competing with China, you're not going to win with minimum wage manpower. Our philosophy is buy the best, most automated equipment we can get, and use highly skilled people to run many machines, effectively minimizing the labor cost as much as possible. We use the latest CNC technology to run at least two shifts a day. I’m a huge advocate for more affordable housing for the Saanich Peninsula, so that companies such as yourself and many others in your area can continue to employ our local community. What obstacles do you see in our community that will make it difficult for you to continue to do business here? The hardest part is growing your business and as we all know that comes with a cost. If we were to expand, we'd be able to make more of our components, but there is no one experienced enough to run the new machines. With fewer people telling youth to get into manufacturing, we are not going to see an influx of trained machine operators anytime soon. Cost of living keeps a lot of the talent in the East and the need for affordable housing is a must if we want to lure the right people. I would like to think that filming our EdgeFactor episode and creating a reality design competition for the schools is helping get the youth motivated for a unique career. For more information, visit www.straitlinecomponents.com.
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Learning Together, Growing Together by Doreen Marion Gee “This government has a vision for education in B.C. – one where schools and community organizations can create Neighbourhoods of Learning where people can access educational and community services under one roof.” (2008 News Release, Gordon Campbell.) The former premier’s $30-million dream has become a reality here on the Island. Panorama Recreation Centre is happily jumping on board with a local school partner to make sure that every person in Saanich has access to educational opportunities and a good quality of life. Dustin Ray-Wilks, Panorama’s Community Recreation Coordinator, is very excited about their new partnership with North Saanich Middle School. The school is opening its doors to Panorama in its off-hours for the immense benefit of every learner of every age in this community. Panorama
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will have exclusive public use of facilities within the school such as the gymnasium, fitness room, drama room and science, food and textiles classrooms. During this summer, Panorama will have regular badminton and yoga programs at the school plus
"The idea is to have … all different age groups coming in to enjoy the programs at the same time" children’s camps. In the fall, the treasure chest opens wide with these gold nuggets: Mad Science, Exploring the Impressionists with Acrylic, Swordsmanship, Whole Foods for Wellness – and much more. These will be offered on weekends from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and during the week from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. This new partnership is a way to get people together in accessible learning and personal development, where no one is left out. The school provides more space to offer activities for all age groups. Dustin reflects: “The idea is to have intergenerational facilities with all different age groups coming in to enjoy the programs at the same time.” Dustin reveals a primal concept at Panorama of “active aging, where both the mind and body are exercised and challenged.” Dustin is proud of the program: “It has also allowed Panorama to expand into areas not traditionally accessible.” Now they have access to a large gym for the first time, which means they can accommodate sports leagues and extended clinics. Cooking classes are possible with access to large kitchen facilities. “Kids are going to get that great theatre experience!” with the school’s theatre stages, technology and lighting. The community benefits most in the end. Nobody has a corner on education and learning. The new Neighbourhood of Learning paradigm adopted by Panorama and its school partner will ensure that every Peninsula resident, both young and young-at-heart, can access opportunities for self-fulfillment and self-development. September 8th is Panorama’s “Grand Opening” of the new partnership. Come one, come all to North Saanich Middle School for refreshments and tours around the facility from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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by Linda M. Langwith As summer mellows into autumn, the grapes turn plump and golden while the apples in the cider orchard redden in the sun’s warmth. All the hard work that has gone before, the pruning, thinning, weeding and fertilizing, is about to literally bear fruit and in amazing abundance. At Sea Cider, harvest begins in August, extending into early November, for 60 different varieties of apples don’t all ripen at the same time. With some 20,000 pounds hanging on the trees or sourced from local growers and LifeCycles, no wonder family, friends and staff are a vital part of the harvest. Once the apples are picked, they rest for a week or two (called "sweating the apples"), concentrating the juice and the flavour. Some are put into cold storage for later use. Pressing begins in early September and carries through to
the winter. Apples are hand selected, with the emphasis Farm Winery & Roost on quality,Afor as Kristen Jordan says: “IfBistro you’re not willing to eat it, it doesn’t go into the grinder.” The resulting lovely mess, called "pomace," the consistency of frozen hash browns, is shovelled onto the rack and cloth press which squeezes the juice out of the apples through layers of heavy canvas cloth termed "cheeses." It’s a rather messy process, so no wonder there’s a shower in the ciderhouse! Meanwhile, in the vineyard, our busy vintners know that the longer the harvest can be delayed, the higher the sugar content in the grapes, for our cool coastal springs and fickle weather are a challenge. Pocket-sized refractor at the ready, Peter Ellmann at Muse tests individual grapes from the back and middle of a cluster to get an accurate reading of the sugar level, or Brix. Foliage is trimmed back, exposing the clusters to more sun and heat. Of the grape bunches, called shoulder, tap and main, the shoulders come off, and the clusters are generally reduced down to one so that the vines can put more energy into what remains. Around the end of September, out comes the hygrometer. Gathering grapes from all four corners of