Seaside Times September 2010 Issue

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4 The First Word 6 Seaside News 18 Smell The Coffee 22 Get Out! Garden 31Sumptuous 38 Nature Lesson Hello Oak Bay!

Give Time, Get Thanks Women and Coffee Sidney Spit

Prima Donnas of the Fall The Life of Eagles

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43 44 Footprints 50 Walkabout 55 What’s Happening 56 Zais Astrology 57 Sudoku 62 Last Word The Man Your Man Should Smell Like

Saanichton Fair – Then and Now First Catch Your Pachyderm

Arts & Entertainment Calendar What do the stars hold? For all the addicts Texas Hold’em

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Cover: Sunset on the Saanich Inlet. By Anne Fearon-Wood.


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Hello Oak Bay! For our new readers, let me tell you a little bit about the ways things work around here: in every issue our goal is to give you articles on a wide variety of topics. We like to think of it as telling you stories each month; informing you of people, places and things that will simply make you go “hmm … that was interesting.” We also have several regular monthly columns that keep our readers informed on everything from gardening and coffee to local history.

If you’re reading the Seaside Times for the very first time, welcome! My name is Tim Flater and I’m the owner and publisher of this magazine about West Coast culture and seaside living.

This publication was established in 2005 and has, until now, been focused on the Saanich Peninsula. We have been printing 12,000 copies per month with 9,100 delivered through the Times Colonist and 2,900 distributed to the clients and key pick-up locations. This month, Jennifer Bowles has written a fantastic story about the

new Oak Bay Beach Hotel so I decided to increase the number of copies printed to 20,000 and drop 5,600 into the Oak Bay area. I was born in Victoria and went to school at Oak Bay High School; I’ve wanted to share Seaside Times with all of you for a long time, so this seems like the perfect opportunity! If you haven’t been up to Sidney lately, come and take a walk down Beacon Avenue and see all the great shops we have. Don’t forget to check out the new band shell at the foot of Beacon and stop by the many local farms to pick up the freshest produce you will find anywhere. Of course, we have The Butchart Gardens and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre too! Let me know what you think by emailing Enjoy the magazine!

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Lavender Fields – More Than Soothing Scent by Moira Gardener

Did you know that we have Provencelike lavender fields right here on the Saanich Peninsula? This I have to see, so with pen in hand and camera slung over my shoulder I depart. Take a trip with me to discover what’s down the graveled lane off of John Road outside Sidney. On arrival as we step out of the car, there are warm welcomes from Max and Cosmo – the farm’s Welsh border collies – who wag their whole bodies in greeting. Next we meet the birds: ducks, chickens, geese and peacocks go about their business as we begin to explore the wonderful gardens coming into bloom. The most popular varieties of lavender are grosso and royal velvet, but the betty blue is my favourite, with its stalks of star-like flowers coming into full bloom every July. The farm I’m visiting is an agri-tourism farm and one of four sites belonging to Victoria Lavender, owned by Alan Mayfield and Susan Abbey. This is the only farm site they have open to the public. It supports 11,000 bushes with 30 varieties on seven acres and has two lavender shops; one on the farm and the other in Sidney on Beacon Avenue. I get a chance to meet the farmer

himself, whose passion for his work is so apparent, and am amazed to find out that all of what I see here has been accomplished in two short years. Wow now that’s passion for a project! Farmer Alan explains that this past winter he cleared out the brush at the entrance of the property to create yet another delight. The area will become a Garry oak meadow complete with native wildflowers and a duck pond – what a resort for our feathered friends. Not only is it tranquil, interesting and beautiful, but above all, the lavender farm is functional. I never dreamt lavender was so versatile: it is used for far more than the traditional sachet or the obvious beautification of your garden. Lavender is an herb whose disinfectant and antiseptic properties can make it useful in healing many types of aches, pains and swellings. The rejuvenating herb’s scent at evaporation may calm, refresh and soothe, making it a perfect choice for aromatherapy by offering both physical and emotional support. Then there’s the cosmetics aspect. Lavender has been known to produce an anti-allergic essential oil with antibiotic-

like qualities. This makes for wonderful astringents and moisturizers, not to mention soaps, oils (a must-have) and lotion. Believe it or not, you can even eat the English (Angusta folia) species of lavender with its 80 varieties. This I verified with farmer Alan, who stressed that it is the only species of the plant that is edible, as it belongs to the mint or Lamiaceae family which also includes sage, thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano, balm and, of course, mint. The farm’s lavender shop is bountiful. Not only do I see many of the items I have talked about already but I also spy lavender honey, relishes, biscotti, jam, teas and even a martini mix. Lavender harvest time, like daffodil picking, is labour-intensive: done by hand with a curved serrated knife that cuts the fibrous stems. The knife that Alan has is a Japanese rooting knife and it’s as sharp as it was nine years ago. Well, I don’t know about you but I for one have certainly gained a new respect for the lavender herb and those who propagate it. I’m already scouting out just where in my garden I shall put my own soothingly-scented plant! Photo courtesy of Jim Gardener.

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Peninsula Country Market – From Soap to Squash Well, I’ve been successful at making the Saturday market a “weekly thing” for me and my family. The price is right – FREE! – and I think the kids are getting the message at an early age that you need to support local growers whenever you can. To my surprise, the kids have even started to eat more vegetables. Fall is upon us and we have something to be thankful for: delicious home grown fruit and produce. I arrive at the Peninsula Country Market again to the familiar sounds of cows mooing, tractors swathing and the smell of fresh baked bread. Janet the Bread Lady gives me a cheerful good morning and I ponder which bread I should buy this week. I choose the flax bread and then head to the 4H trailer for a breakfast bun. The music has started up and it is my favourite local musician: Brad Prevedoros. He’s an amazing guitarist and I enjoy his repertoire. While I sit and have my breakfast my newfound market friend joins me and the chatting begins! Judith informs me that she is doing some Christmas shopping and I’m surprised how some people are so much more organized than I am. I overhear one lady mention the pumice soap by Benefiscent Soaps works fabulously at removing stains on clothing and that her mother

asked her to pick some up. This sounds like a great stocking stuffer! The group discussion turns to the upcoming indoor markets, on October 2 and 9 this year, celebrating the harvest of squash, pumpkins, potatoes and beets that will be ready for Thanksgiving. Soap to squash comes to mind. I briefly drift off in a daydream about the trip I have planned soon and remember the great suitcase tags that a sweet lady named Sandra makes, so I whip over and get a couple of sets. I come back to the tables and someone mentions that special guests may be attending the last couple of markets at the beginning of October to show off some great cooking tips using freshly harvested ingredients. Apparently you can even learn how to create your own Thanksgiving centerpiece for the table … look out Martha here I come! I think back on the markets I’ve come to this summer and realize that this whole experience has heightened my sense of community, so I make a promise to myself that through the winter I will make an effort to go to the local vendors as much as I can when the Saturday Market is not running … maybe I can even keep the adventure going with a weekly mini road trip with my kids!

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Call 250-656-4365 to volunteer or offer sponsorship. We have opportunities year round to participate with. Come out and enjoy the festivities brought to you by the volunteers of the Peninsula Celebrations Society. Celebrating our Community! Greetings from the Peninsula Celebrations Society (PCS) – celebrating its 31st anniversary this month. The group’s mandate is to organize events that celebrate and promote our culture and community; the good things that bring us together. Every year tens of thousands of people take in the (mostly free) events that PCS oversees, such as the Easter Egg Hunt at Dominion Brook Park, Canada Day celebrations, the Summer Sounds Concert Series, “Sidney Sparkles” Christmas launch and the New Year’s Polar Bear swim. But these events don’t just happen on their own. Behind the scenes is a cast of hundreds - people who plan a mini-marathon, send e-mails and make phone calls, flip pancakes, don vests and help marshal at a parade, haul tables and chairs, and on and on. These are our valued Community Partners: service clubs, businesses, students, municipal staff and many ‘volunteers at large.’ We’re often asked, “Who pays for these events?” Excellent question! The answer may surprise you. Most of the funding for the events you enjoy throughout the year comes from generous contributions - cash donations and valuable in-kind support - from local businesses, community groups, and grants from the 3 Saanich Peninsula municipalities, most notably from the Town of Sidney.

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Happy Anniversaries to Brentwood Coiffures Studio!


by Arlene Antonik

orty years ago this summer, Brentwood Coiffures opened its doors in the Brentwood Shopping Centre at the corner of Verdier Avenue and West Saanich Road. This month there is another anniversary to celebrate – the successful first year of new owners Liz Thompson, Sylvia Simpson and Sherry Simpson (pictured left to right respectively). While there is a new name – Brentwood Coiffures Studio – and the Centre

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As a master colourist, I love finding just the right hair colour with my clients and those who’ve tried the new block method of colouring have been delighted with the results.”

You might even say there is a feeling of “family” about the place.

Sherry’s love of colour is also apparent on the walls of the Studio, which are adorned with her water-based oil paintings featuring brightly-coloured flowers and birds. These are for sale as are her hand-painted porcelain mugs and plates. She’ll take custom orders too.

“Liz and I are sisters,” Sherry advised. “Our mother operated a large beauty salon in Toronto so we grew up in the business. Although we’ve lived in different places, we always knew we wanted to work together some day with my daughter Sylvia and when this place became available, it just felt right. We are delighted that Mom’s legacy is being carried on by the third generation.”

“ We always knew we wanted to work together.” ~ Sherry Simpson

Although her mother and aunt got a head start on her in the industry, Sylvia is a specialist in her own right, with 15 years of hair-styling experience and a young Mom’s eye for the latest trends. “I encourage the younger set to come in and try something new,” Sylvia noted with cheerful enthusiasm. “I like to take time with my clients to help them get the look they want.” “She’s our expert in highlights and lowlights,” added Sherry with obvious pride in her daughter’s talent for the beauty business. “She’s also terrific at cutting curly hair, probably because she has curly hair herself!” Working their magic alongside Sherry and Sylvia are fellow stylists Chris Mutrie and Maureen Scholefield, both previous owners, who continue to welcome their long-time customers. There are also two apprentices getting “hands-on” experience.

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“We all take courses and workshops to keep current with the latest developments in the industry,” Sherry noted.


“I specialize in up-dos, fine hair and, for those with thicker hair, razor cuts.

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has been renamed Roundabout Square, the friendly atmosphere welcoming the locals for a haircut and a coffee remains the same.


All three owners are certified estheticians but it is mainly Liz that provides the spa treatments. Considerable buzz is being generated over the Non-Surgical Face Lifts she offers. “With the proper series of treatments, this procedure rolls back time,” Liz advised enticingly. “Over the years, facial muscles contract causing wrinkles. The machine I use delivers a micro-current to the pressure points above and below the muscles which, over the course of a series of gentle treatments, strengthens them, increases collagen and gives the skin a healthy, youthful glow. When I hand my clients a mirror after their first treatment they’re amazed at the difference from just one session.” This fall, manicures and pedicures using the popular Shellac gel-based polishes will be available. Goodbye chips and smudges! By placing the fingers or toes under a UV lamp between each coat, the polish is baked on, the drying time is dramatically reduced and the results are guaranteed to last flawlessly for at least two weeks. Sherry, Liz and Sylvia are delighted to be part of the Brentwood Bay community and extend a warm invitation to visit their new “home” where they intend to celebrate many more anniversaries in the years ahead.

Will Your Investment Today Pay Off in the Future? by Janice McEachern, One Stop Furniture Shop Inc. You may read this article and wonder what on earth has this got to do with investments? What is seldom understood is each purchase made is an investment – in your future, your children’s future, your community, your country etc. An article on buying locally in July’s issue of Seaside Times set on fire thoughts that have been smoldering for quite some time. I truly believe we all have to start being more conscientious about where we spend our hard-earned money. The article mentioned that if you spend $100 at a local retailer a whopping $68 goes right back to the community. If you took comfort at the next statement about $42 going back to the community when you shop at the big box stores, remember this refers to the community where the store is situated. Langford is booming for sure; how’s your community doing? Next time you’re at a local sporting event or fundraiser, look around at the retailers that are supporting your community and shop there. Support the people that are supporting you! Remember to tell them where you saw their name; retailers like to know where their clients hear about them. Let’s take a look into the future and presume that the big box stores have muscled all the small local retailers out of business. Where will all the employees that once worked for these small retailers go? We know that one way these big box stores maintain low prices is by having minimal staff at minimum

wage. Will these employees go to work for minimum wage or will they be on unemployment? How will this affect our economy? What will happen to housing prices if your town centre fails? What will happen if these stores get a monopoly – would the prices remain the same? I’m not saying never shop at these places, but be conscious every time you open your wallet. If you’re making a large purchase, comparison shop (via flyers or otherwise), but bring your findings back to your local supplier. If you find an item for a great price somewhere, don’t just go and buy it. Bring the ad to your local retailer and ask them to consider matching the price. If it’s only a slight difference you may decide to pay it for the security of knowing your local merchant is far more likely to take care of you now and in the future. Now you’re investing in your community. If you can think of other ways of saving money and shopping locally, please email them to Maybe together we can all figure out a way of balancing our budget and contributing to our future (and our children’s future) at the same time. Last but not least, ask your local retailer about their Canadian products and try to buy Canadian-made products as much as possible. Let’s do all that we can to help our community not only survive, but thrive … .

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News from the Seaside Give Time, Get Thanks by Tina Kelly, Ocean Advocate, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Wild, wet and laid-back are some of the words used to describe the West Coast. How about the “giving” West Coast? British Columbians win the award for the most volunteer hours by province. According to Imagine Canada, in 2004, 45 percent of British Columbia residents over the age of 15 volunteered their time. Broken down, that is 1.6 million people providing a total of 315 million volunteer hours or the equivalent of approximately 164,000 full-time jobs. Not-for-profit organizations rely heavily on individuals donating their time. These run the gamut from crisis lines to food banks, from environmental organizations restoring damaged habitats to sorting groceries for house-bound seniors and from teaching English to new immigrants to educating boaters on how to be “whale-wise.” Many of the events and festivals we enjoyed over the summer and all year long would not have happened without volunteers. Visitors to nature centres and museums would have a much different experience without docents, naturalists or interpreters donating their time. This certainly holds true for visitor experience at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Volunteers aged 11 to eighty-five, referred to as oceaneers, are an integral part of all Centre operations. From behind the scenes helping with animal care and feeding to front-and-centre teaching school programs, oceaneers see to it that with each visit, our guests not only have a good time but have also learned something new about an animal or an environmental issue. Oceaneers help out in retail, upgrading a guest admission to an annual pass or selling an educational book. The largest contingent of oceaneers can be found in our galleries – greeting guests as they disembark the submarine through to the end where they ensure crea-

tures in the touch pool are handled gently by guests. Others are quick to jump to needed tasks such as flyer distribution, marketing at local markets and festivals, or working special events, including corporate parties and weddings. The benefits of volunteering flow in both directions. Of course, the organization, the environment and the community win, but the benefits for the volunteer are tremendous. Young volunteers learn skills for future employment, meet mentors, gather references and gain important insight into possible careers. University students may volunteer for those very same reasons yet with more urgency as their career choices loom. A poster on the wall of the Volunteer Victoria office shows an image of an older gentleman and beneath it reads: “I volunteer because I am retired from work, not from life.” Retirees, the formerly stereotypical volunteer group, may help out to use their expertise or skills from a former career or hobby, to maintain social links or because they have a keen interest in learning something new. The benefits of continued learning and being engaged with the world around you are better than relying on Sudoku to keep the mind active. A study of older couples done by an American university found that those who contributed to the lives of others may extend the length of their own lives. If you have participated in a beach clean or a broom bash, given your time to a local food bank or hospital or helped out at a festival or fundraising event, society thanks you. Healthy and vibrant communities result from all your hard work. To the oceaneers at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, I thank you – for your enthusiasm, hard work and commitment to ensuring visitors see and learn about the wonders of the Salish Sea. For information on the many ways you can volunteer, check out or contact an organization or community service you are interested in directly.

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major change in my life was leaving the family business (Orr’s Family Butchers), and it wasn’t an easy decision. Many might say “burnout,” “stress” or “overworked,” but really it was just my time to depart. I had worked in the family business for nearly 30 years and helped to establish a great butcher shop, but the time was right for me to slow down a wee bit. I was taught by the best: my dad, Ronald Orr, always put his customers first and that’s the way it was for me too. Leaving my two brothers to carry on without my help was hard but I knew that the business would take a new curve and gee … look at those brothers of mine now!

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I’ve had two years to try to adjust to this new lifestyle and you know what? I just miss my customers. Maybe this little business of mine, Forget-Me-Not Senior Home Help Services, might just fit the bill. I miss helping people. Let me cook you a favourite recipe or I would love to help in your garden and I would be glad to assist you in downsizing or look after your home while you go away. A wee cup of tea and a chin wag would be nice too if you feel the need for a companion! I have a long list of other services so if you would like a free one-hour consultation then give me a call at 250-884-6022 or email I hope to help those on the Peninsula and in the Victoria area with senior home help. My main concern is keeping our elders in their own homes as long as they want and keeping them independent longer too. In the process, I will give a little support for children or friends of the elderly who might need a day off here and there or are living far away and now can relax a little knowing home help and phone support is there. Many of our elders feel that they are a bother so they just don’t ask for help, but at Forget-Me-Not nothing is a bother. “Help, help me Rhonda.”

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Worriers Anonymous – Join The Club! by Pene Beavan Horton It’s a bit hard for worriers to stay anonymous, given their (our) tendency to worry out loud on every conceivable occasion. We know who we are. Unfortunately, so do most of our friends and family members. Chronic worriers need something to worry about. In the early ’60s my worry list included everything from catching sight of a rat in the basement of our mountain-side cottage on Grouse Mountain to fearing a threatened nuclear holocaust. Which, you have to admit, runs the gamut. At the time people were building bomb shelters and President John F. Kennedy was facing down Nikita Kruschev during the Cuban missile crisis. Come to think of it, my list hasn’t changed much. Is Israel going to bomb Iran? And if so, how soon? And if so, what will happen next? Further down my list is a small, niggling worry that I have to shed 10 pounds, and the older I get the harder it becomes to shed anything other than hair. That’s next on my worry list.

You can worry yourself to death, because constant stress makes you sick. The kind of worrying I do stops short of panic attacks, but some worries may be caused by a medical problem, in which case it’s wise to check with your doctor.

But even in Church I can worry right through singing Cast Your Burdens on the Lord … Meditation. That’s the answer. Take time to slow down and meditate. Start painting something other than a wall.

“If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.” ~ Calvin Coolidge So what to do about it, other than take a multi-vitamin tablet twice a day and extra Vitamin D? How do you turn worry off? Change the subject as soon as you realize you’re worrying? Think about something else? Listen to music. Dance. Slam the lid on a worrying thought the moment it rears its head? Sing a favourite hymn?

Go and write an article about Worriers Anonymous or something. You can Google “How to Stop Worrying” for more ideas, but perhaps one of the best remedies is to be able to laugh at yourself. Don’t do this in public, however, because, well, I’m worried that it might give someone the wrong impression … .

I worry about my children and grandchildren. Their future. What will the world be like 30 years from now? Will we be dramatically running out of drinking water? Will more oil wells spring devastating leaks? Will our great-grandchildren have to walk around in respirators because of air pollution? So I worry about all the children and our planet. And my old car finally breaking down. Not in that order … or maybe in that order, because the old car will break down before the other stuff happens. I’ve heard all the arguments about not worrying … it doesn’t do you any good … you can’t change anything so why worry? Ninety percent of what you worry about never happens. Worry poisons your system. It makes you boring to be around. It’s a waste of time that you could be using more productively on something positive – like gardening. But I can garden and worry at the same time. And do laundry and worry at the same time. Come to think of it, I can do anything and worry at the same time, which is truly multi-tasking!



Sidney’s Pet Centre: a Treasure Trove of Pet Goodies


by Leia Smoudianis

idney’s Pet Centre & Aquatics has been providing pet owners on the Peninsula with all the necessary products and services that cater to our adored, and sometimes spoiled, pets since 1989. In 1998 the current owner, Don Adams, took over the Pet Centre and continued to develop the business to cater to pet owners and their needs. Over the last 12 years, Don and his staff have been greatly involved in the local community. Through the Pet Centre they have made significant donations to schools and animal charities, furthering their reputation as genuine animal lovers. Like all the staff at the Pet Centre who share a desire to care for animals, Julia Hamstra provides a helpful service to the dogs who come in. Julia is the resident dog groomer and she has experience with all sizes and breeds. The grooming centre is air conditioned and tailored to keep the dogs comfortable and happy. In order to beat the heat, the Pet Centre has brought in products for the home such as chew toys that can be frozen and temperature-controlled beds for cats and dogs. Among other services, Sidney’s Pet Centre also provides a full line of pets for purchase. The store has guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, a wide variety of fish and all the products necessary for taking care of your new pets. The store boasts

over 100 types of fish and live plants. They specialize in fresh water fish and offer top-of-the-line fresh water products. During the summer the Pet Centre supplies seasonal fish, including koi and pond fish. For those who already own pets and are looking to buy the best available products to care for them, the store carries a large selection of food and supplies. After moving to a new location two years ago (they are now located at 9769 Fifth Street), Sidney’s Pet Centre has doubled its space which allows for greater selection and the opportunity to host more sales events. The store currently has a frequent buyer program for food purchases and a VIP program that gives members discounts. Among the large selection of food available, the Pet Centre provides a unique variety of local and organic pet products from Nanaimo and the Peninsula. Dogin It is a local brand that makes dog treats in a number of flavours including cranberry turkey and peanut butter banana.

Sputnik organic dog treats provide more flavours such as bacon bites and oatmeal cookie. The Pet Centre also carries Coco’s Cookies, a popular business based in Vancouver. These delicious and healthy treats are perfect for dogs of all sizes. With the recent expansion of the store and the ever-increasing number of products and services provided, Don and his staff continue to plan for the future. They hope to be able to provide dog licenses and open a doggy daycare when city bylaws adjust to allow it. For now, they are focusing on supplying the best products for pets and offering friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Staying up-todate on all the products and services Sidney’s Pet Centre & Aquatics offers is simple; you can sign up for their bi-monthly e-newsletter or you can visit their newly re-launched website at www. where you can find coupons, store hours and soon-tocome pet care guides.

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Women and Coffee by Steve Sheppard

Wow, how fast a year can go by! This is already volume 12 of “Smell The Coffee” and this month we delve into the mysterious world of women and the consistent world of coffee.

reduces the risk of breast cancer. Previous studies have shown that women can reduce their breast cancer risk by drinking three cups of coffee a day. Jernstrom’s findings have been published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Coffee & Pregnancy In the reading that I did, I learned that caffeine easily passes from the mother to her unborn child through the placenta. Because the systems for breaking down and eliminating chemicals are not fully developed in the unborn child, blood levels of caffeine may remain elevated for longer periods in the unborn child compared to those in the mother. Higher amounts of caffeine could affect babies in the same way as it does adults.

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Notice how I define the two topics beforehand? There’s a lot we know about coffee and a lot we don’t know about women, so I thought I would share some tidbits on how my two most favourite pleasures interact.

Coffee & Breasts A study done in Europe back in 2008 by a woman named Helena Jernstrom linked small-breasted women to coffee consumption. It seems that half the women in the study group of 270 clearly connected the relationship of coffee and breast size! The study was actually about coffee and breast cancer in women, not the fact that women who drank coffee had a smaller cup size. The study linked half of the participants in the study as having the same gene that linked breast size to their coffee intake.

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Women with average weight but big breasts and a high number of mammary glands run an above-average risk of developing breast cancer. But while a regular brew appears to have a somewhat deflationary aspect, there is also one very positive effect of coffee on women and that is … coffee

Some reports have stated that children born to mothers who consumed more than 500 mg./day (about three 12-oz. cups) were more likely to have faster heart rates, tremors, increased breathing rate and spend more time awake in the days following birth. Also, caffeine has a diuretic effect, which results in fluid and calcium being drawn out of your system. This will prevent your child from getting some of the important nutrients and fluids it requires during growth. Further, coffee and tea, especially when taken with cream and sugar, are filling and satisfying but don’t provide mothers with the nutrients that are required during pregnancy. Caffeine may even prevent the absorption of vital things such as iron. In all, mild caffeine consumption doesn’t seem to cause any serious birth defects, but it’s probably best to try and limit your caffeine intake throughout your pregnancy. So coffee seems to be good all around for women (even if it means a smaller breast size), and we can sure do without breast cancer. On that note, don’t forget to support women by inviting them out for a cup every day (even if they’re pregnant), because coffee with a friend always has a positive upside to our health! Steve out.

Celebrating & Memorializing Life Brings Peace of Mind by Hewitt Helmsing


life should be celebrated in the manner in which one has lived,” says First Memorial Funeral Services General Manager Ryan McLane.

“Life should be celebrated. It is a special day when people who loved a person get together and celebrate their life happily and remember the person as they were, alive and vibrant.”

opportunities. These “Gardens” exist because life is worth loving and remembering. In these beautiful gardens with pond and water features and many species of plantings, lives are commemorated, deaths are recorded, families are reunited and memories are made more tangible. The Gardens represent testimonies of devotion, pride, and remembrance that pay a warm tribute to the accomplishments of life – not death – of a loved one. The Gardens accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched.

Added McLane: “A life is able to be celebrated in many ways, be it a Chapel Service, religious or secular, a Memorial Tea or a simple gathering to share memories and provides a great peace of mind.” Today, First Memorial is the only funeral provider to have a location with all the services and conveniences under one roof, crematorium, chapel, after service reception centre and the beautiful “Garden of Memories.” “Having all the services in one location is a great comfort for families as they are not faced with having to find other locations to complete their arrangements and the celebration of a loved one’s life,” said McLane. First Memorial’s unique “Garden of Memories” cremation

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The “Garden of Memories” is a history of people, a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. The public is invited to walk and view these beautiful gardens. The Gardens are beautifully situated on the same property adjoining our First Memorial Funeral Services® location at 4725 Falaise Drive in Victoria. McLane concluded: “Today, we at First Memorial hold true to the same simple belief of our founders of five decades ago that everyone should be entitled to a dignified farewell at reasonable costs without sacrificing quality or professionalism.”

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Ryan McLane is the General Manager of First Memorial. Ryan lives in North Saanich and has provided leadership in many areas of endeavour including Victim’s Services as well as community recreational pursuits. As General Manager, Ryan has also provided personal and company support to many organizations including the CFAX Santa’s Anonymous program and the Missing Children Society of Canada. His many skills and professionalism have taken him to leadership in the Profession serving as the President Elect of the Funeral Service Association of B.C.

Christine is a Family Service Advisor and a former teacher, is married to Ron and they live in the Ardmore area of North Saanich. Christine served on the Board of Mary Winspear and has been active in the Peninsula Celebrations Society, the Peninsula Country Market and coordinated the Sidney Summer Market. Many newcomers will have met Christine during her time with the Sidney/North Saanich Welcome Wagon Program.

Lenora is a Family Service Advisor and was born in the old hospital on Resthaven Island in Sidney, the daughter of Vera and Barry Gear. Mother Vera is an active member of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sidney and father Barry was a well known Parkland School teacher. Lenora resides in Brentwood Bay with her husband Jim and children Claudia, Matthew and Jacob. Over the years Lenora has been active in all the children’s school and sporting activities volunteering at Brentwood Elementary School, Managing a Children’s Soccer team and assisting with hockey. Lenora loves life on the Saanich Peninsula.

Hewitt is General Manager Emeritus of First Memorial and now serves as Celebrant and part time Funeral Director. Hewitt and wife Gay reside in Sidney where Hewitt was long time president of the Peninsula Celebrations Society, Chair of the SBA Community Development Committee, Chair of the Saanich Peninsula Health Association and a Director of the SBA, Saanich Peninsuola Chamber of Commerce and the Saanich Peninsula Foundation. His extensive community service extends into the Greater Victoria area as Founding President and Chair of the Dragon Boat Society, as well as the President of Victoria AM Tourism Association.

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UVic Students Win Awards in Emission Control System In August 2007 Dan Dinsmore (yacht captain, marine electrical engineer) of Serinamar Marine Services, Ltd., and his wife Marlene suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while crewing aboard an 85-foot yacht. After this near-death experience, they returned home to Victoria, B.C. Marlene (Mar) has always been interested in hydrogen energy and this experience moved her to begin research in earnest for a product that could reduce or eliminate the amount of emissions that collect on yachts while underway or at anchor.

gas is injected into the air intake where it mixes with the fuel. The hydrogen and oxygen creates a cleaner burn, whereby reducing the emissions. The control system was needed to handle the high amperage and to control the amount of hydrogen and oxygen going into the air intake. Then, Dan developed a constant current pulse with modulator that was water resistant and shock proof, able to withstand the rigors of open sea or commercial vehicle use. Good, but it needed to be developed into a computerized system.

After three years of research and testing systems already on the market, they still found nothing strong enough for a marine vessel. So, finding nothing suitable on the market, they determined to design their own solution: the Hydra Cat Performance System. This is a Hydrogen Injection System for combustion engines. The control system was the difficult part of the design. The Hydra Cat separated the water mixed with an electrolyte into a hydrogen and oxygen gas. The hydroxy

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The team of graduating mechanical engineering students: Chris Chow, Brent Reynolds and Lee Adams, took the project on. Their hard work paid off – at the Science Fair at the University of Victoria on July 23rd, they came in first with the IDC Award for Innovation and Commercialization Potential and won the UVic Mechatronic System Design award. Since then, Dan and Mar Dinsmore have been approached by a Camosun College group that is also interested in becoming involved in the project.

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Says Mar: “We are excited to have our schools involved in the development of the hydrogen injection and control system. Our next great challenge is to develop a system large enough to handle the largest of our marine vessels, reducing their emissions dramatically and increasing fuel efficiency. With the help of UVic and Camosun we believe this challenge can be met.” For more information on Dan and Mar’s latest developments, visit

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Fashion Tips For The Plus-Size Woman by Jennifer Hill Over 50 percent of Canadian women are a size 14 or above and, nowadays, large women won’t accept baggy, “unstylish” clothes that make them look even larger! Even though it’s taken a long time to see change, some clothing designers are finally beginning to recognize that large women represent a huge share of the fashion market. While it is still uncommon to see plus-size women modeling clothes, companies are slowly seeming to realize that “skinny-minnies” are not necessarily the best target market. Have you seen the Dove commercials which show not only larger size women, but women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds? Nike is another company that often uses plus-size models to sell its goods, as does Levi’s.

it off, don’t hide it! Keep it Simple: Too many patterns and too many colours can ruin an outfit. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear patterned clothes, just be cautious of patterns and especially mixing different ones together.

some fabrics that work better than others. Tight-fitting fabrics (e.g., “slinky” wear) are usually not very forgiving as they usually cling to your worst spots. Similarly, shiny fabrics usually aren’t as good as those that are matte as they will reflect light off your most obvious spots! Keep Everything in Proportion: Colour is not the only factor that helps to create the long silhouette. Length is also a key feature. Long jackets, long skirts and long tops can all add height but not width. In terms of proportion, it is important that you consider the size of the accessories that go with your various outfits. For example, big clunky boots can ruin a fitted skirt and carrying a purse that is too small will not only look out of place, it will detract from the “put together” effect that you are attempting to convey.

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The purpose of this article is to help you make good choices: choices that will emphasis your assets and de-emphasize your problem areas. Clothes shouldn’t hide your figure, they should accentuate and enhance it. Real beauty is not size dependent, and carefully chosen clothes can make even the largest woman look spectacular! Always dress with a sense of “joie de vivre” and flaunt your best features! Be bold, be daring … become a big, bold and beautiful woman! There are three cardinal rules that should be followed when choosing what to wear.

Similarly, that doesn’t mean that you can’t wear different colours, but typically an outfit that is monochromatic (i.e., of the same colour or hue) tends to be more flattering than one in which the top is one colour and the bottom another. In general, smaller prints or patterns are better than bigger ones. A large pattern, however, can often work if the pattern and the background colour are similar in hue. In terms of fabrics, again there are

Finally, the best advice of all: stand straight and be aware of your posture … celebrate your shape … love your body. You don’t have to be a size six to be beautiful!

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Sidney Spit by Frank Gee

The Get Out series is aimed at reminding us how lucky we are to live on southern Vancouver Island – one of the most diverse and livable places on earth! All my adventures are from the basis of a family with pre-teen kids. Get out and enjoy! Sidney Spit is a must-do for locals and visitors alike because it is such an easy way to enjoy a marine excursion (for those of us living on an island without a boat). Simply walk to the end of Sidney’s Beacon Avenue (the main street) and your adventure has started! The walk-on ferry schedule is very convenient for a day trip or afternoon and it provides access to the camping facilities (group and individual). Day trips will feel like a real get-away as you lounge on the many beautiful beaches, explore the tidal flats, stroll the spit or wander the forest trails. If you’re there for the beach but need some relief from the sun, set up your chairs in the grassy shade of the point just above the cluster of picnic tables. Campers have access to large wheelbarrows to haul gear to their

site, making it a lot easier on dads! Group campsites can be booked through the Parks Canada office in Sidney and offer a huge kitchen shelter. Fantastic beaches exist on both sides of Sidney Island. If you’ve planned your visit around a low tide, then go to the east side and enjoy the extensive tidal flats and sunny sand. Herons and eagles are almost always present and kids can watch crabs and sculpins in the pools. The beach area near the dock is also nice and is convenient to the cluster


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of picnic tables. It’s also a good place to watch the boats coming and going. This beach curves gently towards the campground to the south, or extends north out on the spit. Both areas provide quiet spots to settle in and enjoy your day. Incredible wildlife viewing opportunities abound. As mentioned, herons and bald eagles are common. Osprey frequent the shallow waters, but don’t forget the many swallows and purple martins. Walkers are almost certain to spot deer in the shaded woods; both coastal black tail and (introduced) fallow deer are common. There are river otter, seals and maybe even orcas out in the water. The lagoon south of the campground often hosts a variety of waterfowl, but the area is a protected zone so don’t go boating there, just sit back with binoculars and observe! First Nations have a long history on Sidney Island. Try to avoid walking over any shoreline that looks to be a shell-pile (midden) and certainly don’t take anything that might look “interesting” such as bones or arrowheads. If you discover something of interest contact a Parks Canada staff member for assistance. Finally, interpretive signs are located throughout. In your wanderings take a moment to learn a little about this gem that is so close to the Victoria area. Enjoy! september 2010

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Freedom of the Town of Sidney Bestowed To The 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron The 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, a local Canadian Forces helicopter squadron, will be bestowed with Freedom of the Town of Sidney on September 18th, 2010, in recognition of its long and distinguished service to the community and Canada. The granting of the Freedom of the City is a traditional means for a municipality to honour a unit of the Canadian Forces. The decision to grant this symbolic freedom rests with the municipal authorities.

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with one phenomenal pub! Décor is laid back and comfortable with an open concept. Lee says they’re considering an application for an increase in seating in order to really maximize the space they have. There are multiple flat screen TV’s showing all the big events including Canucks Pay Per View and Ultimate Fighting Championship. Lee and Burrows were excited to announced that they just received the approval for a new games room!

This will add to their current line-up of Keno, pull-tabs and Video Poker. The new room will feature billiards, actionpacked arcade games and I am certain a whole lot more! Bleue Coyote’s Chef, Margaux Gagnon, who started out as a cook for the pub, has eagerly and fastidiously worked her way up the ladder and now proudly owns the much respected title of Chef. Margaux packs a serious punch with her generous menu fea-

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turing appetizers such as “Rawhides” – BBQ pulled-pork potato skins topped with mixed cheese, green onion and served with sour cream. Or try the Santa Fe Quesadilla with a choice of spicy ground beef, pulled pork or Cajun chicken, jalapeño, tomato, red onion, green onion and aged cheddar cheese served with sour cream and fire roasted salsa! I couldn’t resist trying the Halibut Soft Tacos with f lash-fried battered halibut topped with shredded cabbage, fire roasted tomato salsa and cilantro sour cream! This dish was so mouth-watering; kicked up with a fresh squeeze of juicy lime and tucked into seriously pillowy soft tortillas!


It needs to be said right off the bat that Chef doesn’t fool around with imported product either. Everything is made in house from scratch with real ingredients. The mission is, as Lee states, “taking it back to basics,” by concentrating on good food done well. Who doesn’t want that?

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Further though the menu, Chef Margaux tempts you with in-house made pizza pies! Try one of their six delectable choices; Texas Chicken, with roasted chicken, in-house made smoky BBQ sauce, pineapple, banana peppers and mixed cheeses. Or stay on top of the southwestern feel and have the Taco Pizza, piled with spicy ground beef, tomato, lettuce and banana peppers. There are also some beautiful salads by Chef starting with Wild Coho Salmon Salad: a charbroiled salmon filet on a bed of tender baby spinach leaves topped with feta cheese, pistachio nuts, tomato, cucumber, oven roasted red peppers and a silky honey vinaigrette. Hungry yet? They also have eight tantalizing burgers to choose from, ranging from the Blue Coyote Loaded Burger and the most captivating “Widow Maker” – a charbroiled 8-oz patty smothered with the pub’s Memphis-style pulled pork, smokey BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese! The tag line in the menu for this baby is in bold lettering – “Don’t say we didn’t warn you!” Okay … I’ve been warned! The Bleue Coyote has a exceptional variety of choices. With over 16 draft beers to choose from like Brentwood Bay Lager all the way over to Budweiser, they refuse to monkey around with “sleeves” of beer, no, theirs are true 20-oz pints, served just the way you like it! Daily drink features and an impressive martini list make your choices abundant and easy. The menu is very well planned and offers something for everyone. So, if you are looking for some real fun, head down to the Blue Coyote, sit back and relax on their sun-drenched patio and get ready for some incredible food and good times!

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An ‘Epic’ Cross Canada Coffee Journey by Jocelyn Chambers


t’s amazing what some people will do for coffee. Yesterday, this young guy made a feeble attempt to butt in line at my favourite morning coffee stop. As my heart rate went up at the thought of this happening (even without my caffeine), it soon returned to the normal pre-caffeine pace as my fellow caffeine-loving comrades gestured their displeasure for him to move to the back of the line. It reminded me that there are “no shortcuts,” and as the line-up got shorter my mood improved in anticipation of my first morning sip only moments away. Speaking of shortcuts … Fresh Cup Roastery Café, an established coffee company here on the Saanich Peninsula, has avoided taking shortcuts for the past 10 years while they worked to perfect a new environmentally friendly coffee roasting method. Not only does Fresh Cup’s innovative roasting technology dramatically reduce the impact on FREE IN-HOME DESIGN SERVICE Custom cabinetry and the finest hardware. Over 20 years of quality installations. Often imitated, never duplicated.

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to the atmosphere,” notes Roastmaster Mel Townley.

“It’s amazing how time flies,” notes Jim Townley, president of Fresh Cup. “It seems like only yesterday we started roasting coffee in our garage and sold it at the weekly Peninsula Country Market.”

A simple explanation provided by Mel reveals something many people don’t understand about coffee roasting: “Coffee has natural oils in it, so when it’s roasting the volatiles generated go up into the air.” Many coffee roasting companies of today run afterburners in an effort to reduce emissions, however in many cases these afterburners consume three times the energy of the roaster which is where the emerging technology of Fresh Cup also excels.

While Fresh Cup is not the first

small-batch coffee roasting company to realize success by way of freshly roasted coffee, they are, however, the first Canadian company to address how roasting really impacts the environment.

Fresh Cup’s technology reclaims the heat during the roasting process and scrubs the re-circulated air before introducing it back to the beans, reducing overall energy consumption and emissions. “The Roastaire™ is five times more energy efficient than gas-fired roasters of the same capacity,” adds Jim.

“The Roastaire™ is closed to the environment 85 percent of the time in comparison with the current coffee roasting methods out there today, which are open 100 percent of the time

So, why is this an “Epic Coffee Journey?” Well, Fresh Cup recently travelled to Toronto to tape for the popular CBC TV series “Dragons’ Den,” which showcases Canadian companies that

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have innovative technology they think will attract investment from one of the revered dragons. “It was a nerve-wracking experience, and I hope the segment we taped was good enough to make the show,” notes Jim. “Making it to Season 6 would really send a message to the Specialty Coffee industry.” Another chapter of this “Epic Coffee Journey” is the fact that Fresh Cup is taking one of their patented Roastaires™ across Canada to be showcased at the upcoming Canadian Coffee and Tea show in Toronto in September. “We leave September 18 for Toronto on a cross-country coffee journey and will be roasting for about 2,500 delegates over the course of the two-day show,” notes Jim. Fresh Cup plans to bring their innovative technology to the Canadian Specialty Coffee Market so other independent coffee houses can start offering freshly roasted coffee on site to their customers. Local support has come from Triangle RV, the Peninsula’s leading RV dealer. Triangle has sponsored a specially designed trailer to ensure the Roastaire™ reaches its destination safely. “We’ve watched all the staff at Fresh Cup grow this small coffee company, and we wanted to support their journey,” noted Gary Blaine, sales manager for Triangle RV. While Seattle is considered the birthplace of coffee in North America for many, Fresh Cup hopes to create a name for the Saanich Peninsula by bringing Canada’s Most Environmentally Friendly coffee roaster to everyone’s attention. “Freshness matters in terms of taste, however, so does the environment and with a Roastaire™, urban friendly coffee roasting is possible,” says Mel. So as the miles of pavement go by, one coffee company from the Saanich Peninsula embarks on an Epic Coffee Journey to show why Canadians should never take shortcuts or settle for a stale cup of coffee anytime … and because that first tasty sip you take in the morning matters that much to them!

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Redefining Heritage: The New Oak Bay Beach Hotel Set among the stately mansions of prestigious Oak Bay, this celebrated English country manor house is undergoing a transformation by jennifer bowles


f you have travelled down Beach Drive lately, you will have noticed there is a mighty big hole in the heart of Oak Bay. For a few in the community it represents a loss, but now, for the majority, it is the long anticipated rebirth of an Oak Bay institution … the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Kevin and Shawna Walker, owners of the hotel since 1995, are far more than that title holds; they are stewards of this community icon. What this property has meant and what it will mean are foremost in their minds as they journey through this tremendous process of preserving generations of memories. Built in 1927 and rebuilt in 1930 after being destroyed by fire, the old Tudor style building grew to become a nostalgic fixture in the collective memories of many, many Victorians. There are few people today that don’t have a fond recollection of the Snug Pub, the traditional grand lobby or the breathtaking ocean view from the property. The deep attachment many Oak Bay residents have for the old hotel has been a huge source of much of the controversy surrounding its demolition. “The building was never meant to be more than a 50-year building, built with two-by-fours to a residential standard in 1930,” says Kevin Walker. While pouring millions of dollars into maintaining the property his father purchased in 1972, the writing was clearly on the wall.

Artist’s rendering of the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel 32


Cosmetically Kevin could continue to hold her beauty by applying more lipstick, more blush, more concealer, but her bones were crumbling and failing and it was time for the old hotel to be put to rest. When the B.C. building code was amended to include mandatory seismic upgrades for older buildings, the bill on Kevin Walker’s table was just shy of $11.5 million for the Oak Bay Beach Hotel – not viable. The realization that the

Artist’s rendering of the new lobby at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

hotel needed some serious revitalization was step one

minds of many

for Kevin. From there the long journey began.

Oak Bay residents. They continued to stand by words

In 2003 Kevin began talking with neighbours about the challenges facing the aging property and the possibility of a complete reconstruction. With an RM3 zoning (a residential zoning that prohibits construction over three stories) a disintegrating foundation and an unfeasible $11-million bill, the challenges were mighty. But, the majority of the Oak Bay residents didn’t want to hear about Kevin’s challenges. “To say that (the possible demolition)

like heritage, tradition and legacy. Fearful that their beloved Oak Bay Beach Hotel was going to be lost to someone whose only interest, they perceived, was the almighty dollar, the residents prepared for battle,

“The historic significance of the Oak Bay

Beach Hotel was a sensitive issue that was dealt with by adapting and reusing large parts of the original hotel . ~ Shawna Walker

was not well received is a gross understatement,” begins Kevin, and he isn’t kidding. With continuous Oak Bay council meetings packed from floor

and that is just what the Walkers got … a battle. “The only way out is through it,” says Kevin, when

to rafters with opposition to his proposal, and close media

asked how he endured the battling days. Having made the

scrutiny, it is no small feat that he has managed to bring

final decision of a complete hotel rebuild, Kevin recalls

his project this far forward. But why is there so much

his many obstacles in the stages of this lengthy process.

resistance? What’s the big deal? Wouldn’t everyone want

First and foremost was the neighbourhood opposition.

a new shiny property in their neighbourhood? A possible

Without their support there was to be no new hotel,

new destination with modern amenities and a breathtaking

period. How were they going to get the residents on

view? Okay, I know the construction process can have

board with this project? What was really at the heart of

its obvious annoyances, but, like all construction, it will

all this controversy, pain and not letting go? The simple

end and you will have a beautiful finished product!

answer to that, says Kevin, is “memories.” Countless memories were stored in the walls, halls and fixtures of

Well, this notion was the farthest thing on the

the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and the residents of Oak Bay



Artist’s rendering of the mineral pools at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel were simply not willing to let go. So how do you preserve the memories of the old in a new environment? Can it be done? The answer is yes; Kevin and Shawna Walker have warehouses full. Can you guess what’s in them? Memories. In 2004, Kevin and Shawna formed a group. The “Community Advisory Committee” was born and encompassed a variety of sectors of the Oak Bay Community to provide input into the redevelopment concept. The Walkers’ questions to the group included: what elements of the historic hotel were important to preserve? How do we deal with density (tall or sprawl)? What is important to the community? And, of course, how do you preserve those classic memories.

With deconstruction set to begin in 2007, how did the Walkers managed to preserve those memories that were so important to everyone? How would they make sure that the legacy and the tradition of the hotel was kept alive? By the careful implementation of a process known as “Adaptive Re-Use,” the Walkers will endeavour to recreate the magic and old world charm that the Oak Bay residents have held so dear to their hearts.

So, in collaboration with Architect Rick Hulbert of The Hulbert Group International, Kevin and Shawna got to work and the first sketches were born. In the fall of 2004 they presented the original concept to Oak Bay Council and it was rejected December 13 that same year … back to the drawing board. In 2005, the Walkers started working on the second redevelopment concept that was presented to Oak Bay Council in December. This time, under the direction of Bas Smith, an architect who had recently completed The Carlton House in Oak Bay. In the following year Kevin and Shawna began to see a little bit of light; just a little bit though. They worked through the approvals process with numerous public meetings. A grassroots organization was formed: “Friends of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel,” which assisted in conveying the hotel’s story and brought public opinion in the Walkers’ favour. Finally, over the course of a two-night public hearing in September 2006, condition approval was granted for 34


building the new hotel! The condition? The Walkers were to review and rewrite the covenant that granted public access to the waterfront along the hotel’s garden path. The developers were never opposed to having public on the hotel property and the Walkers readily agreed.

“The historic significance of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel was a sensitive issue that was sensitively dealt with by adapting and reusing large parts of the original hotel. These elements were carefully removed from the original building and are being stored until they become an integral part of the new hotel and a touchstone to the past,” says Shawna Walker. JC Scott, Principal Designer at ECO who was brought onto the hotel project as a consultant, says: “The adaptive re-use planned for the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, which did not have formal heritage status yet was a building that had heritage significance, is somewhat limited in scope but very significant in social value. The entry, the lobby and the Snug Pub have all been dismantled, preserved and planned for adaptive re-use in the new version of this landmark hotel.” So with the adaptive re-use plan in motion, a whopping 95 percent of the old Oak Bay Beach Hotel was able to be recycled and only five percent went to a landfill! Those numbers are staggering and incredibly commendable.

With the initial hurdles cleared and construction underway and due to be completed in spring 2012, the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel will be nothing short of astounding. Carrying forward with its elegance, sophistication and warm hospitality, the hotel will offer its guests and residents a complete five-star experience. The Walkers have covered every base in their quest for the complete package. When asked what the hotel’s mission statement was, Kevin responded “Intentional Hospitality.” This hospitality is showcased with amenities not found at any other property in Victoria. One of the more intriguing offerings will be the Butler Service. The Walkers have been in contact with the Butlers Guild of Great Britain and will enlist their services in training the Oak Bay Beach Hotel Butlers. As one could imagine, the Butler will ensure that your experience is unsurpassed. With one phone call prior to arrival or during your stay, you can have your suite stocked with fresh fruit, favourite wines or tickets to a show! Explore some of the hotel’s expansive dining offerings during your stay. Guests and residents can choose to dine at any one of the four outlets. Start your morning off with a cup of gourmet coffee at the café located on Beach Drive. The Discovery restaurant will offer guests the fine dining experience perfect for that special occasion. Elegant casual cuisine can be enjoyed at the Bistro and you can always share a pint and classic pub fare with friends at the re-born and much loved Snug Pub. At every turn your expectations will be exceeded. If cooking is your passion and you want to get in touch with your inner chef during your stay, take advantage of the top-ofthe-line appliances found in your “in-suite gourmet kitchen.” If you want to know what wine goes best with your local mussels, you will be able to call upon the “onstaff sommelier” to guide you through the selection of the perfect wine pairing from the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s wine cellar. If it’s entertainment you seek, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is planning to continue its popular dinner theatre program. With a new sophisticated purpose-built theatre, it promises to bring the entertainment scene in Oak Bay to new heights. To really accentuate the five-star experi-

ence, the Walkers have plans for a first class spa that will include the ocean side mineral pools. These stunning pools are situated right on the seashore and with the dazzling view of the ocean you can find pure relaxation. For the adventurous type who is nautically minded, The Marine Adventure Program is certain to suit. With activities ranging from kayaking, whale watching and dinner cruises from the dock, you won’t have to venture far for the full B.C. experience. The Walkers have carefully considered the community and potential purchasers and guests when outlining the opportunities at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. There are three investment choices available to you; 1) Purchase a private residence as your permanent or second home and become part of an emerging trend to live in luxury on the doorstep to fivestar amenities and services. 2) Own a vacation hotel suite which will provide you with up to four months of use. The balance of the time you are

paid a lease fee and the room becomes part of normal hotel inventory for hotel operations. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel Vacation Hotel Suite offering is unique to other fractional or whole ownership opportunities in that the Hotel Operating Company pays all of the unit’s operating expenses leaving the unit owner free to enjoy both usage and revenue. 3) Invest in the Bond Program – Second series Bonds are still available providing investors with a seven percent rate of return. These opportunities can be further discussed and explored with Brad Neufeld, director of Sales and Marketing. He can be reached at 250-598-4556. While the old bricks and mortar may be gone and a few tears were shed along the way, the Walkers have worked fastidiously to honour the rich heritage and memories associated with the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. This iconic destination will continue to live on and promises to create new memories for many more generations to come.

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The Life of Eagles by Mike Yip

ald eagles are unique to North America and

with loyal audiences around the world viewing their secret

without a doubt they are the most recognizable

lives through the Hornby Island and Sidney nest-cams.

and popular birds on the continent. They adorn the logos and crests of many teams,

Despite all their fame and notoriety, there are still many misconceptions about bald


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eagles have white heads, but

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it actually takes about five

place in legends, mythology,

years for the eagles to mature

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heads. During their first four

just to see one perched regally

years they have brown heads

on a seaside snag or soaring

and are often mistaken for

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golden eagles.

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up to seven feet and can weigh up to 14 pounds. Males have wingspans up to six-and-a-half feet and can weigh up to 10 pounds. Under ideal conditions they can live up to 40 years, and when they mate, they usually mate for life. Vancouver Island eagles are not generally migratory. They do disappear for a while after the nesting season, but it’s usually a short distance away to their favourite salmon spawning stream. Most return to their nesting area by late October. Meanwhile, their populations are augmented during the winter as many



non-resident eagles flock to the coast to

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escape the mainland and interior cold.

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Bald eagles actually start thinking about nesting in early winter when they start to build or repair their large stick nests or aeries on tall trees, cliffs or even rocks. The nests can grow up to 10 feet wide and weigh 2,000 pounds after a few years of adding sticks and other nesting material. Mating takes place in late winter or early spring, and two or three eggs are generally laid in March or April.

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of the lone eaglet. Unfortunately, the Hornby eaglet was within a week of fledging when it succumbed to pneumonia.

This year the Sidney eagles laid

After fledging, the juveniles are still fed

their eggs on March 4 and 7 while the

by the parents for about two months.

Hornby eagles followed on March 21

After that they are on their own, and, if

and 24 respectively. Incubation takes

they haven’t mastered their survival skills,

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for salmon in the local rivers and food is generally plentiful.


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Can you imagine a 92-year-old woman with a walker becoming as enthused as a teenager when she discovered the old Gravenstein apples she had known as a kid? Her words: “you have made my day.”

• Display of 316 apples, all grown organically on Salt Spring Island;

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This is a very unique, diverse and exciting organic Apple Festival. The 1,200 or so happy people who attended in 2009 are the best advertising: at the end of the day, they were full, satisfied, happy and enthused and they had all become Salt Spring Island apple connoisseurs. Where else do you have over 350 different apple varieties being grown organically and for good taste?

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The Man Your Man Should Smell Like by Michael Forbes 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. It seems the runaway hit of the summer was not a reality show, a sitcom or any one of the 22-odd versions of CSI … no, it was a commercial. It’s one of those rare gems that advertisers and their agencies drool over. The premise? Too many men smell like women, so you need to smell like the Old Spice man. The original ad features actor Isaiah Mustafa reciting a quick monologue about how “anything is possible” if a man uses Old Spice. He is brilliant in the role and really nails that “wildly smug, cool-cat smooth dude persona.” If you haven’t caught it on TV, than the girls at work have definitely made you watch it on YouTube. It has been gawked at over 16 million times and has been a standout in the advertising world’s newest frontier … the internet. In fact, ad agency Wieden+Kennedy took it one step further and, in an advertising first, allowed people to Facebook or Twitter questions for the Old Spice man which he answered and posted back on the net in real time. Celebs like Demi Moore, Paris Hilton and other prominent people are big fans. It was hilarious to see him fulfill Demi’s tweet to beat a piñata while saying her name. It just added to his fame and filled their coffers. This hottie in a bath towel has paid off big; sales are up for Old Spice to the tune of 107 percent. Old Spice certainly wasn’t the first to capture a fickle public’s attention. A group of the world’s leading ad execs in New York were asked recently to choose their favourite commercials of all time. Standouts include the 1977 version of the

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Saanichton Fair – Then and Now by Valerie Green For many children, the Saanichton Fair in early September is the highlight of their summer holiday, even though it is the last weekend of summer and signals the end of holidays and a return to school the following week. Now held at 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, the Fair has three times more exhibits than the PNE in Vancouver and over 5,000 entries in more than 26 sections. The Fair is run by the North & South Saanich Agricultural Society, a non-profit society, and has been in existence since 1868. But how did it all begin?

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In 1867, ten pioneer farmers on the Saanich Peninsula wanted to show off their farming skills to the rest of the province, so they formed the North & South Saanich Agricultural Society and the following year staged the first Fair to showcase those skills. The Fair was first held at Robert Brown’s farm. Brown was also the first Fair president. The following year, the Fair was

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eight dollars. A good deal for all. An average of over 45,000 people usually attend the Saanichton Fair and anyone can be an exhibitor. Even after 142 years, the Saanichton Fair, held every year on the Labour Day weekend, seems to be the most well-known and popular event on the Island and still brings visitors from far and wide. It has continued to be a tradition on the Peninsula throughout all those years and one that everyone enjoys, even though, sadly, it seems to mark the end of summer. Valerie Green is a local author and historian and can be reached at

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hould a couple of grandby Jan parents be doing this? My husband, Joe, and I are attempting a new position that requires one of his legs to slip between mine before going on to the next move. On the video demonstration it appeared very sensuous, yet easy; we could hardly wait to try. So why has he gone east while I’ve gone west? And instead of seductively brushing his leg with mine as in the demo, why do I have the urge to kick him? Because we’re learning Argentine Tango. We’ve been assured the feeling of impending murder is not uncommon for couples learning together. Two beginners can hardly give each other confidence; more often they focus on the other’s mistakes. Our teacher wisely encourages switching partners throughout the lesson. How much kinder one can be to a stranger who lands on your toe.

My back went up a tad when learning that the woman is called the follow while the man is the lead. But I soon learned that Argentine Tango is not “I command, you obey.” Rather, it’s a silent conversation of invitation and acceptance, allowing both parties to express themselves. In fact, most moves showcase the woman and provide opportunities for independent embellishments of her choice. I’ve learned that flirtyleg-flip-thing is a boleo, and that little tracing-a-circle-with-a-toe-move is a lapiz. Who could not love anything when it’s said in Spanish? Sigh. A complicated dance, it can take months of practice for the mind and body to cooperate. Stumbling around the dance floor, I notice a poster with bad news/good news: It Takes Ten to Tango – 10 years to become proficient, but 10 years of fun along the way. One can hope. At the moment, our smooth moves are more like Franken-lurches. What prompted us to take this on? Quick answer: a lifelong interest in music, including Joe’s love of playing and building

guitars, and a PBS special on Argentine Tango. Within an hour we were mesmerized by the unique music, tangled limbs and layered history. To my surprise, Joe said: “We should do this.”


“What?!” His only previous dance experience is a best forgotten youthful-drunken-bar-room-table-top-flamenco performance. Tango’s history, like the dance itself, is complex. In the late 1800s a massive number of European (Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and Polish) immigrants, mostly single young men, arrived in Argentina. Their music and dance – reflecting their longing for people and places left behind – mixed with that of African slaves already there and native-born Argentines. Originating in the low-life districts of Buenos Aires, tango was shunned by Argentine high society until 1913 when introduced to Paris to become an international craze. Victoria has an active and friendly Argentine Tango community which may not be apparent unless you’re looking for it. We’ve been warmly welcomed and encouraged. Six months from now, we’re told, it will no longer feel like an exercise in public humiliation to be on the dance floor. I want to believe this. Things have changed in my closet and in our home. Dance shoes now vie for attention with barn boots. A couple of frilly skirts and blouses, which I would have shunned just months ago, cohabitate with jeans. The DVD Forever Tango lives here, along with a collection of tango music. If you were to peek in the kitchen window most nights you’d see our faltering, but enthusiastic, practice session in progress. If it really does take 10 to tango – or untangle – we have no time to waste. For information on local Argentine Tango venues and teachers, check out Photos courtesy Jeanne Tweten.

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Do you remember your very first brand new two-wheeled bicycle? I do. For my ninth birthday my parents gave me a blue Raleigh with pink plastic flutteries on the handgrips and brilliant white fenders over both wheels. I was as excited as a nine-year-old can be about riding my new bike to school the next day. When the last of my birthday party guests departed my mother asked me to ride my bike to the corner store, just a few doors down the street, and bring home a quart of milk for breakfast. A bike-riding assignment! I was in seventh heaven. That night while I slept, my dad did something to my bicycle, as a surprise for me, that I would never forget. With the best of intentions he stenciled my first initial and last name vertically, in bold black letters, on the white fender over my rear bike tire. Go on; look at my name and laugh, just like all the kids in fourth grade did when I parked my bike at school on the morning following my birthday. The gift of that first new bike holds a special memory. My dad died shortly after my 10th birthday. I’ll never forget his hands holding me steady as I practiced riding my new two-wheeler and then watching proudly as I peddled down the sidewalk. I’ve had other bikes since that Raleigh, all second-hand and all perfectly fine steeds for many wonderful rides uphill and down over rough rural roads and smooth urban asphalt. But there is just something about a NEW bicycle. Fifty years after that Raleigh, as a birthday gift from my husband, I received another brand new bike. This one is bright emerald green and urban retro in design. It boasts a wide, well padded seat – a good match for my own – upon which I perch smartly upright, poised to take in my surroundings. I feel as if I ought to practice the gentle wave of the arm á la the Queen, as a greeting to passing cars. Until I get that wave down there is a little old-fashioned bell that I can ring in false hope of moving a deer off the road to let me by or to alert a walker to watch out: recreational rider coming slowly by. I still have the same name I did 50 years ago and my husband, a man as kind and conscientious as was my dad, may get ideas for the naked fender covering the rear tire of my latest new bike. If you should happen to travel down a quiet country road and you spy “WHACKING” on the fender of a bike, it will indeed be me. Give me a toot!

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“Whoa,” says Elephant-wallah, poking Ms. Jumbo with his three-pronged stick and looking for all the world like the head honcho Hindu god, Shiva, who sits atop many a building here. “Whoa,” repeats Ms. Jumbo’s keeper, beckoning to the would-be rider. Ms. Jumbo sniffs Memsahib from head to toe, toe to head until deeming her pheromonally compatible. Flapping her not so insignificant ears, she sticks out her large pink tongue, expecting some sort of treat – Jumbo, that is, not Memsahib. None is forthcoming. “Velly nice Inglis lady,” Elephantwallah says, more to himself than to Memsahib. “You must to let her be checking you.”

Velly nice Inglis lady wonders if Ms. Jumbo will wrap her trunk around her, in the manner of a python squeezing its prey, to swing her up onto her back. Memsahib has obviously watched too many Hollywood movies because that doesn’t happen. Perhaps Ms. Jumbo will fold her knees and bend down for Memsahib to climb aboard. That doesn’t happen either. Instead Elephant-wallah backs Ms. Jumbo up to a stone wall outside a tiny shop selling cotton apparel in every colour of the spectrum. He points for Memsahib to mount her grey and wrinkly friend – almost as wrinkly as herself, for she’s no spring chicken. Facing the beast’s rear end, her awareness of what she is about to do hits Force Ten. A filthy gingham tablecloth of the type used in French bistros, circa 1960, covers several sacks tied on with rope. Memsahib makes to jump. Elephant moves forward. “Whoa,” shouts Elephant-wallah. Memsahib stops. Ms. Jumbo stops. Second try. Good job she dressed in salwar kameez (long cotton tunic and baggy trousers). Otherwise her lack of decorum would be commented upon in the strict Brahmin household where she is a guest. With the aid of the rope, Memsahib shimmies down the length of the elephant’s back until she sits on the animal’s neck, her sandaled feet tucked behind Ms. Jumbo’s ears. All of a sudden she slaps Memsahib’s feet. Hard. Then, and only then, Elephant-wallah pokes the animal and leads her down the street. Sitting up straight and feeling like an Indian rani, Memsahib adjusts her dupatta (wide scarf) around her head in the custom of a high-born married lady. Tourists take photos. Memsahib’s friend waves and tries to rustle up email addys for copies of the pictures. Today of all days he would leave his camera behind at the music school where he is studying sitar, teaching tabla and musicology; where

Memsahib is taking classical Indian dance and singing lessons.

“Namaste, Mr. Sadhu.” Memsahib bows respectfully and smiles.

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by Helen Lang fields surrounding the airport, but they are, sadly, long gone. So we are back to the crows and the seagulls. Crows aren’t beautiful birds but they are ever-present, especially on garbage day, when they spend a lot of time pecking at black plastic bags in search of some tasty morsel abandoned by a harried housewife. When they’re nesting, it’s wise to avoid walking under, or even

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September 18 Peninsula Garden Club Fall Plant Sale 9-11 a.m., Mary Winspear Centre 250-656-6070, An opportunity to buy plants, fruit and vegetables grown by local gardeners! Everyone welcome. This sale also includes memberships and advice from master gardeners.

September 18 Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast 5 - 9 p.m., Saanich Fairgrounds, Brentwood Bay 250-652-4691, A community celebration of Saanich Peninsula Food and Farms. Wine tasting at 5 p.m., dinner starts at 6 p.m. For information on where to purchase tickets, contact the above.

September 19 Country Cousins’ Square Dance Club Free Lessons

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Royal Oak Hall, 4516 W. Saanich Road 250-479-7698 Country Cousins’ is a nonprofit community organization committed to offering enjoyment and friendship through dancing. They invite members of the community to come out and have fun! This is an opportunity to keep fit – it’s like walking to music you can wear whatever you want! A great time to meet new people.

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Zais Astrology – September 2010 by Heather Zais ( Aries (march 21 - april 19) Pay attention to health or work issues. Surprise discoveries cause a change of plans. Look into the past for answers or solutions. A desire for results can intensify emotion. Close relationships are altered one way or the other.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) Investigations behind the scenes shed light on questionable matters or tests. Follow through on special procedures or prescribed activities to get desired results. Hold firm. Resist manipulation by pushy controllers.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) The new moon highlights romance, entertainment and events related to children. Look at way to express yourself creatively. Take time to analyze what is really going on and who will be in your future. Extra effort brings rewards.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) You sway others to your side. Patience is tested, but perseverance pays off. Plans are coming together with you in the driver’s seat – its a worthwhile trip. Your intensity is like a magnet attracting personal or business contacts.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) All that careful planning and work brings desired results, gains or increased status. Make sure you don’t overdo it physically; an even pace works just as well. Entertain or have an open house. Important people meet with you.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Career ambitions get the green light. Behind the scenes talks reach agreements that are satisfactory to all involved. Finances will be affected. Mid-month is a turning point when Mercury goes forward. Life improves.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Beginnings and endings affect home or base of operations. You seek a more solid and secure situation. You will have to work with time constraints as others don’t see things your way. Take care of closure or moves.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) You are ready for change and it’s coming. Various opportunities are opening up. Hold on to what is stable and secure until you settle on a path that will benefit you for the long term. Added financial luck is helpful.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) New or renewed sources of income are activated. There is some connection to the past, others’ money or assets. Decide on what direction or location is best for your long-term future and who will be there with you.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Your financial status increases with ease. Move forward in your career ambitions. Your focus on goals will bring rewards. Take control or a leadership position – you can do it. Unexpected advantages come your way.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Step into the spotlight with the sun in your sign. The planet Mercury resumes forward motion, so what was on the back burner can be put on the front one. Focus on your own position or status. Mate or partnership flourishes.

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last wo r d A few years ago, when I was living in Vancouver, my Island friends started playing Texas Hold’em poker. Inevitably when I’d come over for a visit, a game would start up and I’d wander aimlessly around the table while they played, trying to make some sense out of the cards and betting. Those who’ve seen Hold’em played but don’t play themselves know that figuring out what’s going on is close to impossible, and just watching isn’t much fun. Texas Hold’em games have been televised for a while, but it wasn’t until someone had the brilliant idea of revealing each player’s “pocket” cards to the viewers that the popularity of the game really took off. All of a sudden it was exciting to watch, and interesting to see why each player

Texas Hold’em was betting the way they did.

hensive rules can be found online.

In its essence, the game is simple: each player is dealt two cards face down. A round of betting takes place, then three cards (called the flop) are dealt face up. These are communal cards and may be used by everyone in combination with their pocket cards to form the best possible poker hand.

Eventually I decided I wanted to learn to play, and my friends were very welcoming and happy to teach me. We play a game every month or so for fairly minimal stakes, and it’s an opportunity to visit with friends while doing something different. The chance to win some money is nice too!

There is another round of betting and then the dealer flips another communal card onto the table. This is called the turn. One more round of betting, then the dealer places a final card face up on the table. This is called the river. Players can now use any of the five cards on the table or their two pocket cards to form a five-card poker hand.

I also often go to the Waddling Dog, which offers B.C. Amateur Poker League Hold’em on Monday and Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. It’s well-organized, free to play and the people are really friendly and helpful to newcomers. If you haven’t played Hold’em before, come out and try something new!

There is one final round of betting; after that, all of the players who haven’t folded reveal their hands. The player who shows the best hand wins. Of course this is a very basic explanation of the game, but more compre-

Note: In the picture in last month’s article on Ardmore Golf Course, Greg de Jong, superintendent, was incorrectly identified as Brian Wallace. My apologies. Editor-in-Chief

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