Seaside Times October 2011 Issue

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Check out this month's special feature: "Celebrating Small Business on the Saanich Peninsula!"

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This month, we launch our new column "Can We Talk" (p. 38) where Sue Hodgson sits down with Grant Rogers, president of Marker Developments and co-owner of The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa.

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For information on this year's show and the 2011 Peninsula ArtSea Festival, see stories pages 40 & 67.

Island Dish Grey Matters Skin Deep Smell The Coffee Veterinary Voice Forbes & Marshall Weatherwit Tweet This! Walkabout Footprints What’s Happening On the cover: "The Pumpkin Field" by Clement Kwan, Sidney Fine Art Show returning master.

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first w o rd Twitter is cool. Facebook is neat. Blogging is very interesting and email is email. These tools are all useful in helping communicate with each other when we’re separated by great distances. They help us bridge the gap and create great brand recognition while providing fast, efficient means of communication. I know firsthand, as we recently launched Seaside Times into the world of social media. However, I still haven’t forgotten how important face-to-face communication is for business, especially with our readers and clients. I’ve been in the publishing industry for over 20 years and understand how relevant "ink on paper" is. Getting to know the people behind the ink; however, is most insightful and most interesting, so in this issue we launch a new column: Can We Talk? (page 38). Each month you’ll be getting to know some of the Saanich Peninsula’s unique business entrepreneurs. I’m thrilled to be able to begin the new column with Grant Rogers, president of Marker Developments and co-owner of The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa. Not only does he have a great

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sense of humour (watch: he’s always grinning), he's incredibly humble and is respectfully known by his colleagues as a mentor and a great friend. We also celebrate "Small Business Week" (October 16th to 22nd) in this issue with our own Seaside twist. On pages 41 through 49, you’ll come face-to-face with 24 local business owners in our special advertising section "Celebrating Small Business on the Saanich Peninsula." I asked Jim Townley, president of Fresh Cup Roastery Café, to open this section and share his experience as an entrepreneur on the Peninsula. He bought his first business at 22 years of age and, as you will read, his journey continues. We have such a diversity of business here – these owners work hard every day to create something they love for all of us. A special thank you to all the businesses that came on board and believed that Seaside Times was the place to tell their story. So, remember how to talk to each other and remember that face-to-face communication is the real power behind the most successful organizations and teams. And remember to smile a lot, like Grant! Seaside Times loves to hear from our readers! Please email and let us know: What's your favourite part about fall on the Peninsula?

Sue Hodgson, Publisher

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Arlene Antonik • Trysh Ashby-Rolls Jennifer Bowles • Shelley Breadner • Chris Burdge Anthony de Goutiere • Michael Forbes • Dave Gartley Doreen Marion Gee • Chris Genovali • Sharon Hope Pene Beavan Horton • Clement Kwan • Ryan Labelle Daphne Macnaughton • Teagan McKay • Ingrid Ostrander Carole Pearson • Steve Sakiyama • Steve Sheppard Hans Tammemagi • John Thorp • Jim Townley Rick & Lauren Wiegel • Heather Zais Seaside Times magazine is printed 12 times a year in Richmond, British Columbia by Rhino Print Solutions. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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Utilizing this sturdy, safe and smartly designed working boat as our research platform, we undertake our own science initiatives and partner with other organizations such as the Institute of Ocean Sciences, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. We also charter Achiever to academic institutions and government agencies conducting their own coastal research, and to documentary film crews for media outlets such as NHK, BBC and National Geographic.


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All Aboard the Opera Bus! by Carole Pearson Love opera but dread driving to the theatre? The Pacific Opera of Victoria has a solution for you! The POV’s Opera Bus transports fans from around the Saanich Peninsula and points beyond to Sunday matinee performances of the opera. After its inaugural season, the Opera Bus was deemed a great success, according to POV marketing manager Heather Boulding: “Everyone loved it. We make it very convenient to come to the opera.” The POV bus is a full-sized coach with comfy seats. It sets out from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal at 12:30 p.m., picking up opera fans from the mainland and Gulf Islands, with additional stops at Mary Winspear Centre and St Mary’s Church in

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Jennifer Bowles When I think of the word “cozy” I think of two things: a word that is often used in real estate listings to describe homes that are under 200 square feet, or a warm quilt, crackling fireplace and good old-fashioned pie. Pie itself is taking a culinary leap from Grandma’s windowsill to being front and centre at posh bakeries, headlining at restaurants and dominating food trends right now. With its versatility of fillings and, to be honest, an uncomplicated culinary process, a slice of this flaky beauty suits morning, noon or night. There are so many variations: sweet, savoury, cheese and nuts baked into the crust and exotic spices and fillings. Without a word of a lie, I found this just for fun:

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Total = $11,980 PER PIE!!! Frankly, I will likely have to pass on that one, what with my pesky mortgage and all, yeesh! Back to reality however, with the autumn wind blowing – the fireplace is on and you want to bunker down with a glass of jammy red wine, wrap up in your quilt and tuck into a gorgeous piece of pie. Here you go! The following recipe below is extremely versatile and I would encourage you to think of seasonal ingredients that you can really play with to create your masterpiece. The pastry is your call. So many people have a triedand-true recipe that works for them every time. Some people go the frozen puff pastry route and others spend

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3) Brown pork, seasoning well with salt and pepper 4) To pork, add potato, bacon, onions, raisins, apple filling, sage, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir in wine and water and add flour if you need to thicken. 5) Pour filling into your pie plate/dish and bake at 375° according to size. 6) The best part! Microwave the whole brie wheel for about 30 seconds, slice an oozing wedge and put on top of the slice of pie. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans – amazing! Questions? Email

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PCEC Children’s Book Recycling Project


by Daphne Macnaughton

erhaps readers of Seaside Times have heard of Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC), but in case you haven’t, I would like to tell you about PCEC and one of our initiatives, the PCEC “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project. PCEC is a network of individuals who have been working for seven years to connect people on the Peninsula who provide services for children from birth to five years old. Annually, we sponsor activities for young children and their families, including celebrations such as National Child Day in November, Family Literacy Day in January and our “Children Count!” Fair each spring. PCEC facilitates professional development opportunities for kindergarten teachers, early childhood educators and service providers. We believe strong connections meshed with shared goals and commitment contribute to healthy communities. In April 2008, our network embarked on a children’s book recycling project. Our initial goal of recycling 1,200 books has been revised many times. To date, donors across the Peninsula have helped us to gather and redistribute 36,252 books (at press time). We do this work because: • Literacy affects everyone, and the consequences of illiteracy are profound. Adults with low literacy levels do poorly in the job market, often requiring social assistance. They may lack the skills needed to support the healthy development of their children. • Reading to young children on a regular basis increases their chance of early success in school. Interventions in later school years are expensive; our project is an investment in prevention. • Experience with books promotes language and literacy development. Stories and non-fiction materials engage children and offer them opportunities to explore previously unimagined worlds and possibilities.

• When reading to children we give them our full attention. Doing so confirms they are valued and offers them time to bond with trusted adults. In the PCEC “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project, gently-used picture books can be donated to any school in District No. 63, the School Board Office or at the Peninsula Co-op Food Centre. Volunteers screen the books for suitability and count, label, sort and bag them as gifts for distribution. Gift bags of books are available through the Sidney Lions’ Food Bank, three Strong Start Centres, NIL/TU,O Child and Family Services, the Ministry for Children and Family Development (Saanichton Office), two Teen Education and Mothers’ programs, Peninsula Babies, Military Families Resources Centre, Peninsula Co-op Food Centre and the Saanich District Board Office. We hope all children on the Peninsula will have at least 1,000 books read to them by the time they are five years old – hence the title “1000 x 5.” That’s less than one story a night – a precious gift for young children. PCEC members are thankful for funding from Success by 6® (South Vancouver Island), which enabled us to establish the project. We have ongoing in-kind support from Beacon Community Services, School District No. 63 and the Peninsula Co-op. We have continuing commitment from the family-serving agencies and individuals, organizations and businesses that have supported us to date. We have the infrastructure and volunteers to maintain the flow of books from donors to recipients. PCEC needs a stable source of funds to sustain and extend its work. We are looking for corporate sponsorship or local businesses, service clubs or individuals able to invest in our community literacy initiative. If you have suggestions or would like more information, please contact: Daphne Macnaughton, PCEC “1000 X 5” Project Leader, at

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Islanders Invited to CLaS Act With Navy training of the helmsmen and bridge personnel for maintaining their course while the HMCS Winnipeg and Vancouver flanked the HMCS Protector on port and starboard during the entire drill. I also thank the personnel who manhandled the jackstay tackle and kept our feet dry. We were especially impressed by the continual training at every level, whether it was on the bridge, in the operations centre or on the flight deck. The ongoing mentoring and training gave us an immense sense of assurance to the sustainability of the Maritime Forces. Each crew member we spoke to shared their education history and often their career ambitions. We also came away with an appreciation of the academic achievements of our seamen and a new awareness of the ascending opportunities for career advancement within the Navy itself. This is a career pursuit we would encourage any young Canadian to consider. Most importantly, we came away with a new consciousness of the onboard operations that continue 24/7 allowing Canadians to enjoy the privilege of freedom.


by Rick and Lauren Wiegel e can still feel the warm Hawaiian winds in our faces and the surge of adrenalin each time we relive the experiences of our recent Community Leaders At Sea Program (CLAS).

As far as travel adventure, we think this excursion has topped the list. We can put away our passports now, as nothing can equal the excitement, privilege and honour experienced while participating with Canada’s Pacific Fleet. From the first reception on land to the departing rigid hull inflatable adventure, we were repeatedly impressed by the professionalism of the crew, the synchronicity of operations, the intensity of role performance, the attention to safety and the adventure they wove into our experience. Following a tour of Pearl Harbor and a poignant visit to the Arizona Memorial, we observed man overboard rescues by boat and helicopter, a Naval Boarding Party enactment and an impressive ship handling demonstration where we stopped in one ship’s length from steaming 29 knots. We were also allowed the awesome privilege of being helmsmen of the 440-foot frigate, sharpshooters behind the trigger of automatic rifles and machine guns and passengers on the Sea King helicopter. Most exhilarating however, was the RAS (Replenish at Sea) operation where we were transferred by means of light jackstay between ships over open water (pictured). I thank the concentration and expert 16


Captain Dempsey urged us to return to our communities with the message that our Navy is relevant to the defense of our shorelines and peace of our Nation. Not only do our forces commit themselves to our freedom, but on the world stage they are ambassadors in the fight for peace and serve in humanitarian efforts. The truth unfolds that “relevance” of our Canadian Navy in the national and global arena is not up for debate. We need to assign resources to sustain and build this fleet and support our Canadian forces. Life as we know it depends upon it. The Canadian Leaders at Sea (CLaS) program invites leaders from corporate, government, education and service sectors to embark in a Canadian warship at sea. Participants spend two to three days at sea embedded into the ship's company engaging in all aspects of life at sea – from live firing of weapons to embarking in Sea King helicopters to dressing in fire fighting equipment. This program provides a rare opportunity to witness first hand the leadership employed in transforming a diverse collection of men and women into an effective, cohesive, fully-integrated combat team. For more information email

Lifestyle Select 15th Anniversary For 15 years, Lifestyle Select has been bringing the Peninsula community a great selection of vitamins and supplements, healthy organic grocery items and natural skin and body care products. Gluten-free diet? Not a problem. Raw and dairyfree alternatives? Yep, we’ve got those too – all the products you need to get more from life.

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• Level Ground pays an average of 26% above “Fair Trade” price to the farmers. This directly supports the pickers and their families by offering scholarships, medical insurance and clothing by being “hands on” in the communities the coffee is grown in. Because of this, the best quality beans are reserved for us to serve to you! • Our coffee is air-roasted in small batches right here in Saanichton – since 1997. • The coffee is roasted-to-order to provide maximum freshness for us to serve.

We’re celebrating our anniversary and we want you to join us! Come on in October 14th and 15th at Lifestyle Select, 9769 Fifth Street (the corner of Fifth and Bevan) in beautiful Sidney, B.C. Visitors can enjoy wheat-free chocolate cake, carrot cake, samples, giveaways, free product demos and more. You could be a lucky winner! Enter your name for a chance to win one of several great gift baskets of free health products worth $50 to $100 each. We’ll also be collecting for the Sidney Lions Food Bank so please bring along a non-perishable food item to donate.

Come on in and try our full-bodied, fresh coffee – also available in the gas bar! at the corner of Wallace Dr. & East Saanich Road

A lot can change in 15 years. New advances, shifts, and trends in the natural health industry can leave you wondering, “What products are right for me?” Lifestyle Select’s knowledgeable product advisors are a reliable source of natural health information you can count on. We carry a wide variety of products such as: Anti Viral Formula, my personal favourite for those really stubborn viruses; homeopathic remedies specific for sinus congestion, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms; and herbal supplements and medicinal mushrooms like Reishi and Cordyceps, to boost immunity and help the body stay vital.

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You may also want to try one of our medicinal teas or specialty tonics for those who find swallowing tablets a challenge. Lozenges, cough syrups, nasal sprays, children’s remedies – we have those and more. We literally have something for everyone! We’d love to say thank you to all of our loyal customers for your support and for making Lifestyle Select your first choice for quality nutrition products. Let’s celebrate together – we look forward to seeing you there! For more information about the event, please email Stephanie at

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The Romance of Trains by Trysh Ashby-Rolls Every year, close to Granny’s birthday, her eyes mist over and she longs for home. She came to Canada as a war bride and she’s happy here; it’s just that she wants to visit the land of her birth: Britain. This is a long-held wish. At 89, she determines to make the journey because maybe, just maybe, she won’t be around next year. She tells her daughter she must go “over ‘ome” this fall. No argument. Her daughter sighs, says the usual about Granny’s age, the heart attack last year. Her grandchildren worry about carbon footprints if Granny flies to Britain. But Granny isn’t listening; she’s far away in the memories that sustain her dream. “Feisty” best describes Granny who, undaunted, researches on the computer. What about taking a train? Her own grandmother told stories about the Orient Express snaking its way across Europe to Constantinople, and the Flying Scotsman, which first appeared on the face of a black penny stamp. The residents of Scarborough, Yorkshire, welcomed their first holidaymakers in 1845. Nobody said boo about carbon footprints. Britain decreases its carbon footprint annually with various initiatives. A train emits only one quarter of the gases compared to a plane traveling the same distance – and 50% less harmful greenhouse gases per passenger kilometre than car. By 2015, when Granny imagines pushing up daisies, nitrogen oxide emissions between 118,000 and 362,000 tonnes may no longer foul the air. She passes the information along to her grandchildren. As to the airplane, Granny proposes to plant trees – not herself, naturally –through a supplemental payment. When she invites Mother to go with her the family concedes. The train that takes the two women to Glasgow leaves right from Manchester Airport. With their BritRail pass, they can get on and off the train as they wish. Granny is in her element.

At Bolton, a thoroughly modern dude – Granny doesn’t exactly call him a “dude,” but she gapes at the sight of his tattooed, pierced face, Mohawk hairdo the colour of sunset, denim mini-skirt and neon pink runners. He alights at Chorley. “Each to his own,” Granny says, staring at an immaculate golf course.

The train passes ploughed fields, a murder of crows flying toward a copse. Trees, their leaves turning copper, spell autumn. At Lancaster there are pretty stone cottages and a station that resembles a castle, replete with crenellations. The railway line parallels the coast along a stretch of sandy Morecambe Bay. Trains are a great way to explore and to pick out interesting and picturesque spots to stay overnight. Detrain at Oxenholme for the Lake District where Granny hiked with Grandpa, the Canadian soldier who stole her heart and for whom she crossed the Atlantic aboard ship and then by CPR across Canada to settle with in Vancouver. Trains, Granny decides, are still romantic. Better yet, modern ones smell clean, sport soft comfortable seats, spacious facilities with plenty of soap and towels and they’re quiet. No more chuffing and chugging, whistle blowing and soot flying in the window while you attempt to close and secure it with the leather strap. The only arduous task is choosing what to eat. In First Class – well worth the extra money – food and beverages are brought to you. There’s breakfast, sandwiches all day, snacks and treats and a full menu of drinks including a selection of fine wines. For a substantial meal, there’s a restaurant in the next coach. Granny munches on her cheese ploughman’s on malted bread. She imagines her grandchildren pleased at the bio-degradable package that contains the sandwich. Next to it is a mouth-watering apricot and hazelnut flapjack, some fair trade organic chocolate and a glass of “very full bodied, rich, structured” port. Giddy with happiness, Granny and Mother make two more stopovers before they disembark the train at Glasgow. From there they fly back to Canada, and Granny’s dream has come true. The attractive range of BritRail Pass products – not available in the U.K. – can be purchased from ACP Rail International, BritRail's exclusive global distributor – or 1-866-938-RAIL.

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Wine Pairing by Dave Gartley This month we recap wine tasting principles and present “the whole enchilada” on pairing wines with foods. Save this article – it's good stuff!

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• Research your wine varietal before opening the bottle. Know what to expect.

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Canada's Coffee Mecca: Vancouver Island! took top honours and you should have seen this pair of baristas fly at making drinks: it was truly amazing. Speaking of straight up … I drank more espresso in one day than ever before. I even tried to do the whole "sip, taste and then spit" thing, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spit out the delicious coffees that I was sampling.

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K, I think the ultimate caffeine hangover has finally worn off, so I guess the charge of excitement I feel is all real! I had more fun at the "For The Love of Coffee" show in Victoria than words can describe, and what has become caffeinatedly clear to me is … Vancouver Island is "Canada’s Coffee Mecca." I mean, it was simply an amazing display by baristas, coffee roasters, espresso machine makers and likeminded coffee lovers from all over Western Canada. Kudos to Julia from Reg Barber Enterprises for putting the whole thing together! Check out their website for great photos of the event: There were two days of competition with some amazing performances, but in the end one well-versed barista from Fernwood Coffee Company took home first place. Morgan Allen was awarded for his hard work and dedication to the art of barista-"ing," with a signature drink that included three types of espresso and some savoury elements, if you can imagine. Not your traditional approach to a specialty coffee making, but things are changing in the world of coffee and the curiosity level is going straight up. In the "Pairs Competition," team Logan from Discovery Coffee SEASIDE  TIMES

While maintaining my maximum caffeine quota, I floated around talking with various baristas and found myself connecting with Mel Townley, roastmaster from Fresh Cup, who was providing onsite roasting demos. Mel showed me why their technology is the talk of the coffee roasting world here in Canada, and it was interesting to witness other roastmasters come

around and try to wrap their heads around how it worked. The Roastaire’s unique approach to reusing heat was impressive, but the lack of emissions was mind-boggling. It exemplified what this coffee show was all about: progress, innovation and really passionate coffee people. I enjoyed my two days at the show and basked in the glory, knowing that we West-Coasters led the Canadian coffee charge confidently, caffeinated and … not so calmly. Now, I am preparing for round two, in Vancouver at the beginning of October at the Canadian Coffee and Tea Show where I'm going to test my new caffeine limits … Steve out.

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A Fitting End – Amusing Tombstone Tributes by Pene Beavan Horton A “fitting end” indeed! The people whose tombstones bear the following inscriptions would probably have thrown a fit if they’d known what their nearests and dearests intended to have chiseled on their headstones. Some of the most uninhibited quotes taken from real tombstones in real cemeteries were found on the Internet by my friend, Lottie Duthie, who recently shared them with us over lunch. This is not as gruesome as it may sound, since the inscriptions made us laugh … we just hope that the dear departed interred under those stones weren’t listening! In a London, England cemetery: “Here lies Ann Mann, Who lived an old maid, But died an old Mann.” Ribbesford, England: Anna Wallace: “The Children of Israel wanted bread, And the Lord sent them manna. Old Clerk Wallace wanted a wife, And the devil sent him Anna.” Uniontown, Pennsylvania: “Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake, Stepped on the gas, instead of the brake.”

From Boot Hill in Tombstone, Arizona: “Here lies Lester Moore: One slug from a 44, No Les, no more.”

say you have to know the ins and outs of the deceased to find a graveyard real enjoyable,” says one of them.

Silver City, Nevada: “Here lays The Kid, We planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger, But slow on the draw.”

Prompted, perhaps, by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s references to engraved tombstones, P.E.I.’s PFAs (People From Away) show considerable interest in graveyards.

More recently, Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York, is remembered by these words: “Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was.” Another friend offered this story: a man called Odd hated his name, so he made his wife promise not to put it on his tombstone. After he died, his wife honoured his request and the headstone remained blank. People who passed looked at the headstone and said “That’s odd!” There are, of course, inscriptions that bring one to tears, but another person who was intrigued by pithy headstone inscriptions was author Lucy Maud Montgomery … one of her favourite pastimes was to read the inscriptions in local cemeteries. She often has her characters doing just that. “I always

One importunate PFA pestered a graveyard attendant with assorted questions about the interred tenants. She ended up asking how many dead people were in the cemetery. “They’re all dead, lady, they’re all dead,” said the old man crossly. Another friend who’s lived across from a graveyard for 30 years says it doesn’t worry her. “They make good, quiet neighbours,” she says cheerfully. On which note, have you thought how you’d like to be remembered forever? What would you like carved on your headstone? It might be a good idea to put it in your will, just so you won’t have to live with … or rather, die with … an inscription that would make you throw a fit.

Hartscombe, England: “On the 22nd of June, Jonathan Fiddle Went Out of Tune.”


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Mary Winspear Centre 10th Anniversary Come join your friends and neighbours to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mary Winspear Centre on Saturday, October 22nd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there will be dancing to the Swiftsure Band and other entertainment as well as a silent auction among the evening’s events. Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and refreshments will be served and a prize draw will cap the evening. Money raised during the event will support the Centre and will be used to establish an Arts and Music Fund to enable more children to participate in our programs. Tickets for the anniversary celebration ($55 including HST) are available at the Box Office or by calling 250-656-0275. The Mary Winspear Centre opened its doors in September 2001, but its roots run deep in the community. In 1921, the North Saanich Women’s Institute and the Sidney Athletic Club began work to establish a 12-acre park, including an athletic field and children’s playground, dedicated to the memory of local residents who lost their lives in the First World War. Sanscha Community Hall was built on this land and it served the community well for over 40 years. In 1995, a proposal was developed to build a new facility that would include a 300-seat theatre, an art gallery and meeting rooms of various sizes for community groups. To honour the rich past of Sanscha Hall and its volunteers, the new centre was built around the original hall, upgrading it acoustically and seismographically. In September 2001, the Mary Winspear Centre opened its doors to an excited and proud community. Like Sanscha Hall in the early years, the Mary Winspear Centre has continued to evolve into a cultural and community centre that is the heart of the Saanich Peninsula, and in recent years it has also become a conference centre that contributes to the economic health of the region. The Centre and the lands, which include Blue Heron Park, are operated as a Public Trust by the Memorial Park Society, with the residents of Sidney and North Saanich as the beneficiaries – a testament to the founding and servicing of the lands and centre by the community. We hope you will join in the celebrations of your cultural and community centre on October 22nd.

ThirdQuarter: Make Skills Count The aim of ThirdQuarter, a two-year pilot project, is twofold: to connect Canadians over 50 to jobs and volunteer opportunities, and to help business and volunteer organizations find ThirdQuarter employees. ThirdQuarter Canadians are mature individuals aged 50 and over who want to explore new jobs, work flexible hours or volunteer in their communities. The majority of ThirdQuarter Canadians registering for the project want to work, see retirement years in new ways and contribute to the business and volunteer sectors in their communities. ThirdQuarter is an online meeting place that makes it easier for individuals to find jobs that match their skills. It also helps businesses and organizations narrow the field of potential employees to those who have the qualifications they're seeking. After registering on the site, individuals complete a ques-

tionnaire that identifies their skill set. Businesses and volunteer organizations post full-time, part-time and casual or contract jobs, then the website matches registered workers' skills and experience with available job opportunities and alerts them – opening the door for them to connect with firms. "ThirdQuarter originated in Manitoba, where the combination of an older potential work force and the young people moving to other areas left a labour shortage," says Greater Victoria Coordinator Jim Tighe. "In our area we have more than the average number of Third Quarter folks who either need to or want to stay in the workforce; they need to stay active." Those that hire a ThirdQuarter employee will get a worker that comes to the job ready to make an immediate impact and contribution. Their experience and maturity are used to mentor others and contribute to workplace productivity.

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The Envelope Please by Michael Forbes

e’ve all heard the odds: you have more chance of being struck by lightning, while being trampled by a water buffalo at a bar mitzvah, than winning the lotto. Yet, thousands of us line up at the corner store and lottery kiosks every week for our chance to live a life of leisure. Think about it now: you are mortgage free with no more financial worries and a job is just something you do so you won’t be bored to tears. It’s very seductive. Now, my number cruncher brother-in-law, peering out from his tweed suit with the patches on the elbows, would advise me to invest. He would say you need to take control of your finances and not go berserk and waste money on chance. Looking up from his Wall Street Journal, he'd tell me that if I saved $10 a week instead of playing the lottery (40 years at 5% return) I would definitely have at least $65,000 in the bank when I retired. If I invested more wisely and got a 10% return, I would have over $270,000. Then he would fidget slightly and shift his weight to the left a bit to compensate for the pole up his butt. That sounds totally responsible and completely awesome, but where's the fun in that? The whole point is that it’s a game and it preys on that one emotion that no other creature on the planet has: hope. It is defined as “the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive

outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life.” Ah, that primal feeling: that the next lotto ticket could be the one, just one more pull on the one-armed bandit will be the jackpot or that moment when you throw in all your chips in a game of Texas Hold Em. All this month our radio station, Ocean 98.5, is featuring a big money contest called the “$50,000 Work Day Payday” which we play every weekday morning at 8:20 a.m. The game is simple: we open envelopes one after another until you tell us to stop. Each one is stuffed with a certain amount of cash and the amounts could go either up or down. The real threat is that they could be empty. That, however, doesn’t matter to some people who get $600 in their first envelope but that little thing called "hope" makes them give up the bird in the hand because maybe there’s a couple more tweeting in the bush. It’s fun to listen to, because you may experience that other human emotion that only the Germans have a word for … schadenfreude. Definition? “Pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.” Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5’s popular morning show. They are one of the few married morning show teams in Canada and have two children, Noah and Adam. Join Forbes & Marshall weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. 28


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October Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama Driven to distraction: This morning I noticed a driver in a van with an EggMcHorton's-Muffin stuffed in his mouth. In a miraculous feat of gastronomical athleticism, he was eating it while driving with both hands on the steering wheel. When the van stopped at a light, I asked through his open window: “Is it good?” We laughed (or he tried to). Next to cell phones, eating food is next in line for distractions while driving. I suppose hot coffee would top the “distracting food” list for obvious reasons (my lap cringes at the thought of it). Tacos would be next – anything that can unravel and leave the interior of your car looking like a cruise ship buffet has to be distracting. I’ve been guilty of this – once I was trying to eat take-out tempura with chopsticks while driving though busy Vancouver in a heavy rain, and my wife was justifiably worried: “Please be careful and use both hands.” “Yeah, but I need one hand for driving,” I responded.

no preference for warmer or cooler temperatures, and no bias for drier or wetter conditions – so let’s look to October weather “as middle of the road.” However, as we head into winter, a meteorological speed bump awaits … a “double dip” La Nina. It seems we just recovered from the La Nina that brought us cooler and wetter conditions early this year. A La Nina occurs when a current of cooler-than-normal surface water flows along the equator from the coast of Peru westward across the Pacific. Although it disappeared this summer, it has shown up again, prompting the experts at the U.S. Climate Prediction Centre to issue a “La Nina advisory” for this winter. This means a repeat of a cooler and wetter winter – although historically when two La Ninas occur in a row, the second one is weaker (and the attendant affect on our weather will be weaker). Whether this year’s version follows this pattern is anybody’s guess right now.

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I promptly fumbled the chopsticks onto the floor, so (fortunately) I had to pull over since it is a serious culinary faux pas to eat tempura with your fingers. Speaking of distractions, summer drove through August and September with the convertible top down, and provided all the Vitamin D and warmth we were missing earlier this year. The average daily temperature for August was 17° C (normal temperature is 16.4° C), and we received 11.4 mm of rain – only half of our normal rainfall.

But I’ve gotten too far ahead – right now let’s be in the moment and enjoy October. It’s a month of harvest and a time to be thankful with family and friends for the many wonderful distractions we have been blessed with on the South Island. So my sentimental forecast for Thanksgiving is a clear, crisp fall day to celebrate all that is good: Egg-McHortons, hot coffee, tacos, tempura, convertibles, friends, family and of course … driving with two hands on the steering wheel.

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The Midas Touch Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation transforming goodwill into funding by Doreen Marion Gee Angels are adrift on the warm winds of the Peninsula, and they have found a way to turn compassion into gold. The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation (SPHF) and its kind community supporters have transformed goodwill into funding that raises the quality of care in the hospital and the quality of life in the community. It is one thing to feel compassion, but it is quite another to back up that value with actual practical results. When it comes to first class care at our local hospital, both the Foundation elves and caring community members definitely have the Midas Touch. There is an air of calm kindness about Karen Morgan (pictured), the executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. She lovingly talks about the non-profit charity that was started in 1985 by a group of volunteers. Since then, the Foundation has raised $26 million to make sure Peninsula residents have a first-class experience at their local hospital. “The community has been extraordinarily generous!” says Karen. The Foundation’s revenues come from fundraising and investment

income. Kind citizens make private donations, in-kind gifts, bequests, pay membership fees and support annual campaigns and events. Amongst other projects, the funds raised through this remarkable partnership have gone toward renovating the Emergency Room, full funding for new ER equipment plus a huge project still in the works – three new operating rooms. The philanthropic work of the SPHF has earned it many awards. That golden touch really sparkles when it is up close and personal. The Foundation put donors’ money into a new elegantly designed chapel (above), and fundraising also helped pay for the new Palliative Care Unit. Here patients are treated to a restful Eden in their last days – lights down low, soft voices and rooms decorated just like home. Outside on the patio is a celestial

garden with gorgeous flower beds and ornamental rocks with a tiny waterfall. Floral beds between the Acute and Extended Care units dazzle the eyes. All this beauty was paid for by community nymphs, through the Foundation. A witness to the Foundation’s compassionate work is Judy Smith, a long time Palliative Care volunteer and member of the Foundation Board. She recalls a palliative patient who was finally able to get some time alone and the respite and peace she craved at the end of her life: “This is heaven. I feel so safe in here.” Judy commented that some patients thrive so much with the unit’s respectful personal care that they live longer than expected. Local angels ensure that the Foundation can fully fund a music therapist for Palliative and Extended Care patients. Through the use of music, people revisit old memories, helping them to resolve and put to rest past issues in their final days. When Joan Robinson’s husband was dying of melanoma, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital flew in a special vaccine and Joan's doctor and pharmacist worked after hours trying to save her husband’s life. This is medical care in its finest hour: “The one time out of the 15 weekly injections that the vaccine didn’t arrive meant our GP and the pharmacist stayed late into the evening to make sure that the vaccine was administered after it was flown in – they even went to the airport to pick it up (I believe),"

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Soon the boys became bolder and started shouting at the birds to scare them and make them fly up and then they tore branches off some trees to throw at the poor frightened birds. After a little while, all the birds had left. Then they started hitting the pretty frog flowers with their sticks so the flowers got broken and fell into the water. Eventually, it got darker and the cruel boys wanted to go home. It was Halloween and they had planned to go trick-or-treating. Pretty soon mosquitoes began to bite the bad boys.

There had been many little broken flowers in the water, but they had sunk to the bottom. A few flowers had been too high up in the trees so the boys had not been able to reach them. These flowers had seen what had happened and they were so sad. In fact, they had been so frightened that they lost all their pretty colours and turned white, very pale, pearly white! While the nasty boys were still looking for a way out of the swamp, a light wind had sprung up and white flowers, glowing pale in the darkness, were moving in the breeze. They looked like little goblins, dancing between the dark trees.

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Sometimes, people came through the swamp in their boats. Perhaps they wanted to go fishing or get to the other side; nobody went into that swamp just to be there – it was easy to get lost and nobody liked to find alligators looking at them. One day in the fall, when some leaves were already turning orange and yellow, a few boys were pushing a small boat through the swamp. They had decided to play hooky – not go to school but instead explore the wild swamp. At first, they were very cautious – they had been warned about the fierce alligators. But it was a warm day and the alligators were asleep.

They looked for the way back but everywhere they went, the swamp looked the same: big trees, shaggy with mossy branches, dark glistening water and no sound other than some alligators growling and bellowing in the distance. The wicked boys did not know how to find their way back.

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ly; their flowers were shaped like little frogs and they had many different colours: there were pink, blue, yellow, purple and orange ones but the best were bright red. When the wind blew through the swamp, all the leaves and mosses stirred and swayed and those little frog flowers danced happily in the soft breeze.

When those boys noticed the “goblins” flying above them, oh, how they got scared. They jumped out of their little boat and tried wading or swimming anywhere – just to get away from the swamp. I don’t know if those horrible boys ever found their way home, but you can still find the small white frog-flowers in the swamp. They are now called “Florida’s ghost orchids.”

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The Smith Manoeuvre Helps Me Sleep at Night


by David Eckman

’d like you to meet my wonderful family: my wife Farrell and my two lovely daughters, Georgia and Jamie. We also have a dog, Abby. She took the picture. We live in Vancouver but in the photo we’re on Piers Island just outside Sidney, B.C., where we sometimes go to let the kids run loose. Like anyone, I have always wanted to be successful in all aspects of life. With regards to the dollars, I came to the realization early on that a paycheque doesn’t afford a whole lot of opportunity to make one a wealthy person and I decided that better odds may be placed on starting one’s own business. After 20 years I’m still trying to replace the beater with a Porsche, but I am making headway! Before I met my beautiful wife I worked way too much starting up and operating a website optimization and analytics company: Cardinal Path. I worked probably 15-16 hours a day, but after I met my wife I worked significantly less – maybe 13- to 14-hour days. Back to the photo: I’m Dave, the proudlooking guy on the right. I tell everybody my barber keeps his scissors too sharp. I’m proud because I think I’ve managed to take quite good care of the family I love since I got it started about six years ago. Nothing is more important to me than family – it is what I work for, what I keep myself healthy for, and occasionally what I get concerned for. Life is not easy, as we all know, and almost all of us find ourselves unable to sleep every once in a while as we think about the future – where we’ll be and how we’ll fare. As with many folks, I’m sure, I find myself thinking about financial security probably more than anything else. The demands of life are incessant and the worry of being able to provide my family with the quality of life they deserve is something that will certainly never end. But when you're able to clearly see that you have made a move that greatly improves your chances of financial security, you find your anxiety diminishing. You worry less and less often, and that’s a nice feeling. Back in 2006 I looked into The Smith Manoeuvre. It was explained to me that as a homeowner in Canada we are 36


at a distinct disadvantage to the American homeowner for the fact that we cannot deduct the interest on our mortgage while the Americans can. We also discussed something that I had long known already – the pension system in Canada is broken and a lot of Canadians are going to find themselves in a bit of a pickle when it comes time for them to retire. Many Canadians are aware of this and are concerned about their retirement and are losing sleep over it. Or hair. At our first (and long!) exploratory meeting, the advisor and I talked about the financial problems out there with your average Canadians. We discussed what The Smith Manoeuvre entailed in terms of these problems, including potential benefits and risks. Afterwards, Farrell and I had a long chat about where we were, where we wanted to be and how we thought we could get there. We did our research and had a good back and forth, and when we were done we decided to jump in. At that time we had a $380,000 mortgage that had another 22 years left on it and was claiming a hefty chunk of our monthly income. Income that we had already paid tax on. Like most, we were dejected yet resigned at how small a proportion of these big mortgage payments we made every month went to actually reducing the mortgage balance; perhaps more depressing was how much was going to the bank as interest. When it was gone, it was gone. As for our future retirement, we were putting some money away each month, which made us feel good, but deep down we knew that it wasn’t going to be enough. Not by a long shot. As soon as we began The Smith Manoeuvre, things changed. We began earning thousands of dollars in annual tax deductions – which went to addressing the taxation inequality we Canadians suffer when compared to the Americans. We also began saving thousands of dollars each month for our retirement – money that we weren’t saving before we began The Smith Manoeuvre. Currently I’m putting away almost $1,800 per month. It is now five years to the month since we began The Smith Manoeuvre and I’d like to share a little about where my family and I are at now. Remember that 22 years I had left on my mortgage five years ago? A simple bit of math will tell you that today I would have 17 years left on it. Well, as it happens, just last month I paid it off. Seventeen years ahead of the bank’s expensive schedule they set for

me. What The Smith Manoeuvre has enabled me to do is convert that mortgage into a tax deductible investment loan, and I can benefit from those tax deductions every year for the rest of my life. Remember me saying that previously I wasn’t saving enough for my retirement? Well, after five years I have been able to build up a bit of a nest egg. The Canada Pension Plan, after both you and your

employer contribute to it your entire working life, presently sends a recipient less than $1,000 per month. Then it’s taxed, so let’s say you get $600-$700 per month to live on. Due to The Smith Manoeuvre I have built up in my own Personal Pension Plan with the capacity to generate $1,550 per month in tax-efficient cashflow. In my own, non-government-controlled Personal Pension Plan, I have more than doubled the CPP payout in five years and I'll be continuing to increase this potential for many, many years as I’m not done yet. It feels great! So I’m sure you didn’t buy the line about my barber keeping his scissors too sharp. Fact is it may well be the case that I wouldn’t have to use that line if I had learned about The Smith Manoeuvre sooner than I did.


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If you would like to arrange a complimentary meeting with Fraser Smith to learn how The Smith Manoeuvre might improve the future for your family, please call LuAnn at 250-656-7077. There are reviews that will interest you at our website


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can we talk ? … w i t h G r a n t Rogers

Grant Rogers

President, Marker Developments Co-Owner, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa Grant Rogers knows a thing or two about being an entrepreneur. After his 12-year career in high tech and fibre optics with companies such as Seastar Optics, SDL and JDS Uniphase, Rogers returned home and saw the opportunity to build a quality mixed-use development on the Sidney waterfront as vital to the town’s growth and development. In 2004, after an eight-month public consultation process, The Residence at The Pier and the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa began construction under Rogers' leadership. In May 2007, the doors opened – Sidney not only got its long-awaited hotel but gained expanded waterfront parkland, a refurbished custom house building and a grand aquarium and marine education centre (the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre).

From right: Grant Rogers, President, Marker Developments, Co-Owner, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa; Lisa Makar, Brand Development Manager; Ryan Nicholson, VP Finance; Mike Cronquist, VP Business Development. Photo by Harrington Creative


ou’ve spent many years with high tech and fibre optic companies. What made you decide it was time to do something new, especially here in Sidney?

After spending 12 years in high tech and traveling or living in many different places, Karen and I decided that the Saanich Peninsula (where we both grew up) was the best place to raise our family. Karen was a big part of the decision to slow down from the excitement and craziness of the hightech industry and, luckily, convinced me that it was time to be with the family more. Because of my experience with large projects, and the ability to control the time invested, Property Development was a natural fit.

In this issue of Seaside Times we celebrate small business on the Peninsula. As a successful entrepreneur, what advice would you give to those starting a new business? If you are starting a new business, make sure it is something you love to do. I have yet to find someone become suc38


Known as a mentor and a critical thinker, Rogers talks to Seaside Times publisher Sue Hodgson about what it takes to build a successful business.

cessful and happy doing something they do not enjoy. You are a true entrepreneur. As such, what criteria do you use to evaluate a project or development? What do you consider success in a business or project outside of its financial success? Evaluating business opportunities is a mix of gut feel and setting realistic goals. In most cases, Marker works on projects to which we bring some type of expertise that will make it successful. Projects that create enough value, through innovation and community partnership, to benefit the public, our customers, our employees and ourselves are true successes. As my family lives within the community in which we work, it's important to continue to develop responsibly and consistently with each communities’ Official Community Plan. What is your core philosophy behind your business? Our philosophy is driven primarily from understanding our customers. Everything we build, and all the products

and services we offer, require someone that finds it of value so that they will purchase it. If we do not know who we are producing things for, we have a limited chance of producing what they want at a price they can afford. What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned from your career? Probably that if you are lucky enough to do what you enjoy, you are always in danger of having it become too large a proportion of your life. I often have to remember that real happiness depends upon balancing different aspects of life including work, family, friends and recreation. Have you experienced any opposition from the community around the new development going up? If so, how have you handled it? We are currently working on two developments and, honestly, we have not seen any real opposition. I think that both are seen as improving the communities because we apply that criteria of adding value and sharing that value. Can you give us a glimpse of what other projects you might be looking at? Do they involve another waterfront project?

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Marker is continuously evaluating waterfront projects. We are installing a new Community Public Pier in Port Alberni which will result in better protection for the fishing fleet, a commercial centre on the Pier and an expansion of the moorage for the Port Alberni Port Authority. We hope to have that complete by the end of November. How would you define success? Having a happy family and getting to do what you love every day. What do you enjoy when you’re not working? Traveling with my family, waterskiing, boating and, at certain moments, golf. Speaking of which, I've heard you love golf! What’s your highest and lowest score yet? I shot 115 last week on Bear Mountain and a 75 in sandals with a pink ball in Hawaii … some memories are good, some are best forgotten. What is your dream holiday? We regularly charter boats (sailing and power) in different places in the world. We would like to try the Turkish or Dalmatian coast next.

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Henley & Walden has been serving the legal needs of the Saanich Peninsula for well over 30 years. From simple, legal questions to complex issues and disputes, the lawyers of Henley & Walden provide wise counsel and guidance across a wide range of legal services. Our experienced lawyers provide exceptional professional services in Personal and Business Law including Real Estate, Corporate and Commercial, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements, Executorships, Estate Administration and Litigation, Family Law and General Litigation.

Supported by a friendly, professional and helpful staff with years of experience and dedication, we pride ourselves on serving the Saanich Peninsula community in the most proficient and professional way possible. If you have any questions with respect to a Personal or Business Law matter, one of our experienced Henley & Walden lawyers would be pleased to meet with you at your convenience.

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2011 Sidney Fine Art Show: Oct. 14th - 16th “The excellence and strength of this community is shown through the commitment it has to the arts; this is most impressive and awe-inspiring.” - Arthur Vickers

Craig Benson, Tara Juneau, Clement Kwan and Johannes Landman. This group of artists have been presented with a major prize twice

The Sidney Fine Art Show, now in its ninth year, is one of the largest and most anticipated juried art shows in British Columbia, and a highlight on Vancouver Island's cultural calendar. The 2011 Show takes place at the Mary Winspear Centre in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea from Friday October 14th through Sunday October 16th and promises to continue a tradition of showcasing excellence.

The Show begins October 13th with opening celebrations for invited guests. Leading off the celebration is a reception for sponsors and patrons who have the first opportunity to view and purchase the artwork chosen for the Show at very reasonable prices. An Awards Ceremony follows in the Charlie White Theatre. This year, the Show is pleased once again to have Sheryl Mackay, host of CBC Radio’s North by Northwest, participating, and to welcome this year’s speaker, Victoria artist Keith Hiscock. The Sidney concert band will provide entertainment before the ceremony. Prizes are awarded in categories such as Best in Show and Best 3-Dimensional. There are also six Jurors' Choice Awards, the Colin Graham Award for Innovative Work and the Show Designer Award. Following the ceremony, there is a Show preview and reception for sponsors, patrons, artists and volunteers.

Commenting on last year’s Show, Sidney Mayor Larry Cross said: “Sidney is a town with a vibrant art and literary scene. In visual arts, the Sidney Fine Art Show stands out, and continues to build a provincial and national reputation as one of "the" shows for artists to participate in, and for art lovers to visit to experience and purchase outstanding art. I am proud to be the mayor of a town where so many residents are so committed to the arts.” In September, jurors Don Farrell, Mary Reid and Peter Shostak selected approximately 375 pieces to be included in the Show, based on excellence, creativity, originality and technical achievement, with an emphasis on artistic accomplishment. This year, the Show welcomes two new masters, Dale Dziwenka and Noah Layne, who join returning masters

Run by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), the Show is not for profit, and staffed totally by volunteers without whose efforts a town the size of Sidney could not possibly undertake such a show. The work of our volunteers is continually singled out for praise by jurors, artists and visitors. As last year’s opening night speaker Robert Amos said: "They really know

how to put on an Art Show in Sidney." The Show continues to make a significant contribution to the local art community. Not only do artists receive 80% of their sales revenue, but any surplus from the Show goes directly back to the CACSP to support its many diverse programs, including the summer children’s and seniors art classes, Arts in the Schools, Gallery by the Sea, the First Nations and Métis fall show, Artisans, many grants provided to member groups and the operation of the Tulista Art Centre. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. October 14th and 15th and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 16th. There will be artist demonstrations every day. Saturday October 15th from 7 to 9 p.m. is “Meet the Artists” night with more artist demonstrations and refreshments. Admission is $6 per day or $10 for a three-day pass. Visitors can win fabulous door prizes every day. Once again this year the Show is part of, and kicks off, the Peninsula ArtSea Festival, which runs from October 14th - 23rd. Building on the success of the Show, and the Saanich Peninsula Fall Studio Tour which takes place the following weekend, the Festival will include a full range of other activities across the Peninsula that celebrate a broad and diverse combination of artists working in multi-disciplinary areas. For more information, visit or call 250-656-7412.

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Celebrating Small Business on the Saanich Peninsula Spotlight on: Admiral's Roofing • Alan Jones Construction • Beacon Community Services Burkmar Automotive • Champs Personal Training • Deborah Reid, RBC Dominion Securities Gordon Hulme Realty • Health Within TCM & Acupuncture • Hear Central Saanich Hemp and Company • Itzyu Designs Natural Clothing • Knickerbocker's Maggie Warkentin Interior Designer • Marlin Travel • Pacific Paint • Parrish Twin Supply Peninsula Lifetime Eyecare Centre • Phi Massage & Well-Being Centre Sidney Pharmacy • Silastial Studios & Galleries • Studio A Hair Design The Denture Clinic • Tidman Group • Triangle RV Centre


hen it comes to excellence, the Tidmans can honestly say it runs in the family. Three generations have built a very successful business empire on the Saanich Peninsula. Roy Tidman founded Tidman Construction in 1948, specialising in custom-built homes. When the torch passed to the next generation, Ron and John Tidman expanded his legacy to include development, construction and operation of commercial and industrial projects and – most recently – Independent Living Facilities.

Full Circle

John is happy: “We are returning the focus of our company to where we started.” When all is said and done, it is family that matters. Roy Tidman now resides in one of the Tidman Group retirement facilities which is managed by his granddaughter, Denise.

With the third generation, everything has come full circle. John Tidman is proud that his son, Andrew, is carrying on the family tradition. They will continue with all of their projects, but the new focus of the company is customised home building once again.

His voice full of emotion, Ron confides that “ At age 101, it is nice for Dad to be able to enjoy his sons and grandchildren and see their success in carrying on what he started!” By Doreen Marion Gee

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Our Local Entrepreneurs


by Jim Townley, president, Fresh Cup Roastery Café

vividly remember the moment of excitement when I signed the papers to buy my first business. In retrospect, buying a health club was a huge undertaking at the age of 22; however, I was (and still am) an entrepreneur and where I was light on business experience, I made up for in sheer work ethic. I remember working long days and renovating at night, sleeping only a few hours in my office, always fueled by the thought … I am an entrepreneur! After running the health club for 10 years, I fell in love with coffee, sold the club and started a second company here on the Peninsula. Over the past 12 years my partners and I have managed to invent Canada’s most sustainable coffee roasting technology, and plan to sell it all across Canada. Many people don’t understand the whole entrepreneur thing, but the truth is, 70% of Canada’s economy is driven by "us:" the small business entrepreneur. Canadian Small Business Week is being celebrated from October 16th to 22nd, and on the following pages you'll have the opportunity to learn about some of your local business

men and women, and what they offer to their community. Let’s talk "business sustainability" on the Saanich Peninsula! It’s not easy being a small business these days on the Peninsula; there are challenges. Disproportionate tax levels, limited population growth, slumping tourism and, of course, big box stores, all amount to small businesses having to work harder and harder for every dollar. It’s one thing to say you "support local business" because it’s chic, but it’s another entirely to live that commitment … consistently. Our hope is that during October, all residents of the Saanich Peninsula take a moment to not only celebrate the small business owners and the hard work they put in, but to seek out goods and services locally before traveling to Victoria: spending any potential savings on fuel and time. Remember the rule of seven: Every dollar spent in your local community cycles seven times! We, the small business entrepreneurs of the Saanich Peninsula, look forward to meeting you again, or for the very first time … enjoy the good read ahead. Finding the right colour for the spaces in your home can be one of the most timeconsuming aspects of a renovation. You want the perfect paint colour, but you also want quality that will last. Pacific Paint Centres – with locations in Victoria, Saanichton and Langford – offers a vast line of Benjamin Moore paints, popular among home designers because of its sterling reputation for quality. Manager Terri Heal (pictured above right with decorator Carla Hedman) says Benjamin Moore paints have a higher quantity of solids, which results in more lustrous pigments and better coverage.

Pacific Paint & Wallpaper 1031 Hillside Ave 250-381-5254

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Pacific Paints West 109-2455 Millstream Ave. 250-391-4770 Pacific Paints West 109-2455 Millstream Ave. 250-391-4770

Pacific Paint delivers the Benjamin Moore line of products with a level of personalized service that meets the highest standards in the home renovation market. All 12 employees can advise clients based on years of experience – some have been with the company for more than a decade. They are knowledgeable professionals with backgrounds in design, art, interior decorating and professional painting. Terri sums up the Pacific Paints philosophy: “We want to get you the right product, in the least amount of time, with the best satisfaction, so you’ll come back.”

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San Diego Bébé was inspired by a young mother seen unsuccessfully breastfeeding her baby under a blanket at a San Diego beach one day. As the mother struggled to keep the blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, founder Sandy Clark decided to design a product that would help resolve a mother’s struggle for privacy while nursing, and San Diego Bébé was born.

Grand Opening October 8th! Hemp & Company Sidney is a locally owned and operated family business offering comfortable, natural clothing that doesn’t cost the earth. Since 1999, H&C has promoted sustainable products from eco-friendly materials such as hemp, bamboo, soy and organic cottons. H&C carries men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, soaps and bodycare products, hemp seeds, mineral cosmetics, jewelry, fair trade coffee, yerba mate, paper products, shoes, and more! Authorized Soap Exchange Refill Centre.

Eco-Nursing Pillow –

Deluxe privacy pillow with a comfort bolster

Support, Comfort, Discretion … for both mom and baby! • Glue-free • Hypo-allergenic • Non-toxic, non-flammable • Foam-free • Lead-free • Recyclable • Phthalate-free • Odour-free

Follow us on Twitter: @HempandCoSidney

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Parrish Twin Supply, based in North Saanich, has been a busy distributor for Double Blessings for over eight years. They’re excited to be part of this new product line and welcome your order. ❊

A Sidney Family Business

Jennifer MacVicar, RMT

Britta Frombach, RMT

Phi Massage & Well-Being Centre has been in Sidney since 2005. Owner Britta Frombach RMT and Jennifer MacVicar RMT have combined experience of almost 30 years in practise. Mission Statement: Our goal is to create an environment that supports and encourages well-being for all aspects of our nature. We are committed to providing a calm, balanced approach that is specifically designed to honour each unique client and their every individual visit. By providing the best possible care with safety, confidentiality and integrity we intend to assist people to reach their full potential.

Phi massage & well-being centre 9756B Third St., Sidney • 250.655.0515 44



idney Pharmacy has been a family business for over 50 years. Originally opened in 1959 by Jim Brigham, the pharmacy is still operated by his wife Frances and their two daughters, Judy and Becky. Also part of the pharmacy family is David Randall, who has been with them for over 30 years. The staff at Sidney Pharmacy offers free prescription delivery and will supply compliance packaging at no extra charge. Also for sale or rent are walkers, wheelchairs, crutches and canes.

Sidney Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sidney Pharmacy LTD.

2425B Beavan Avenue, Sidney 250-656-0744

Are You The Next Champ?

Joanna Vander Vlugt is a BCRPA-certified personal trainer who makes house calls. She will design a fun and challenging personal training program using equipment you already own! If you don`t have any, she`ll bring her own.


eninsula Lifetime Eyecare has been serving the Sidney community since 1977. Optometrists Dr. Laurie Brennan, Dr. Mark Bourdeau, Dr. Aisha Cheng and their staff provide the highest standard of professional, comprehensive eye and vision care. Along with dedicated service, they offer a wide selection of eyeglass frames and contact lenses. They are a proud participant of the Sidney Lions Club “Eyeglasses for Children” project and the Sidney/North Saanich Library “Summer Reading Program.” New patients are always welcome. For more information visit

Joanna is proud of her clients. Whether it`s adding 20 yards to your golf swing, or getting you black-dress ready, Joanna will make sure you keep your fitness commitment to yourself. 250.893.5055 •

Rick L. Silas …

Itzyu Designs Natural Clothing Ltd. began in 1995 on Pender Island, B.C., and has had a storefront in Sidney for 10 years.

is an internationally renowned glass artist. For over 30 years, Rick has pushed the edges in decorative art glass, developing many new cold-worked techniques using reclaimed tempered glass, and has created hundreds of pieces.

Sixteen years later, the company’s philosophy remains the same: “to create clothing that is natural in fibre, and classic in cut.”

Rick welcomes private, public and corporate commissions. Workshops are now being offered. Rick currently has over 300 pieces of his work on display and he will also be participating in the CACSP Fall Studio Tour at Silastial Studios and Gallery. For more information, google Rick Silas.

Owner/Designer Nicki Gurr (pictured) creates her clothing line with comfort in mind. Sizes offered are ladies 6-18 and men’s small-XXL. The Itzyu label is proudly manufactured in Canada – among only 1% of the world’s textiles that are made here.

Two Locations! #2 - 9764 Fifth Street Sidney, B.C. 250-655-6780 Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tues - Sat, or by appointment or by chance

#208 - 10114 McDonald Park Rd. (Sidney Business Park) 250.656.9370

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he main focus of the team at Marlin Travel is to provide their customers with as many travel options as possible. They can help you with every aspect of your travel plans. Marlin Travel offers a wide range of services: • Spa Resorts

• All-Inclusive Packages • Cruises

In 2007, Kristine Flater and her daughter Shannon opened the first Knickerbocker’s, in Brentwood Bay, B.C. The second location opened in Sidney, at The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, in July 2010 and a third location will open at Broadmead Village, Victoria in December 2011.

• Adventure Travel

• Destination Weddings • Travel Insurance

• Honeymoon Gift Registry … and more!

Wherever Your Dream Vacation Takes You …

We’ll Get You There!

Knickerbocker’s is the largest Pandora dealer on Vancouver Island, the exclusive Island dealer of Brighton Collectibles and carries a wide selection of home accents and gifts for all occasions, including the Lampe Berger line. brentwood bAy trAfAlGAr sqUAre 250-544-8211

sidney sidney pier Hotel & spA 250-656-5506

Donna M. Stewart Audiologist/Owner

2468 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC

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“Whether you’re looking for a no-pressure hearing test to find out if you have a hearing loss, or you’re ready to take the first steps toward better hearing, call for an appointment. We’d love to help.”

After almost 20 years of working in corporate and government clinics, Donna Stewart, Audiologist and owner of Hear Central Saanich, achieved her dream of opening her own clinic. Donna’s goal was to create an environment where patrons would feel welcome and unrushed. Where they would have the opportunity to find out about their hearing and recommended solutions, without fear of being pressured into making a purchase.

r. Jeffrey Jones TCM and Mikiala Christie BA, R.TCM.P started Health Within TCM & Acupuncture in 2005 in the little white house with black trim on the corner of Fifth Street and Bevan Avenue in Sidney.

Jeffrey and Mikiala offer a pain management clinic and also focus on hormone balancing, stress, headaches, migraines, digestive disorders and skin conditions. Health Within can also help with allergies and chronic or acute cough.

Got Pain? We Have the Relief. #216 - 9764 Fifth St., Sidney (above Mark’s Work Wearhouse)

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Studio A Hair Design has been providing its clients with full service hair treatments from the latest trends to traditional styles for over six years. Arlene Thompson and her staff of dedicated professionals have always been proud to be a part of the local community and are constantly looking to build upon their respected history in the beauty industry by offering the highest quality service to their clients.


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Maggie Warkentin may be a newcomer to the Saanich Peninsula, but with over 25 years’ professional experience, she’s no rookie to the interior design field. Maggie studied Interior Design in Great Britain, at the diploma and bachelor’s degree levels, and is a former IIDA member and a former Interior Design faculty member of Lethbridge Community College. Her portfolio includes residential and commercial design (both renovations and new builds) and many award-winning show homes. Maggie founded Interior Innovations Inc. which she sold when she and her husband, Vern, moved to Sidney three years ago. Maggie’s services include space planning, kitchen/bathroom design, materials selection, lighting plans and preparation of contractor specifications. She will also be working with home owners to “stage” their properties for equity growth and maximizing sale value. “To me, business-building is about creating relationships – based on trust, integrity, service and hopefully fun.” In response to why there is a gerbera on her card: “ … nature inspires design – hence the flower – and the red gerbera reflects my particular design style: vibrant, clean, simple and contemporary.” Maggie loves living on the Peninsula and looks forward to working here for many years to come.

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Blogging For Business by Chris Burdge

All of these give visitors to your website a reason to return. Lets face it: most websites are pretty static and stale. Add a blog to the site and keep it fresh with good content and watch your visitor stats grow exponentially. According to a study by Hubspot, websites with blogs get 55% more traffic that those that don’t. Don’t have time to blog? I hear that one all the time. Look around at the content you already produce. You may have good blog content and not realize it. Do you produce a newsletter in email or hard copy format? Do you write articles for magazines or journals? The best place to start is to write down the top 10 questions you get asked by customers about your company, product or service. Write out answers to those questions. There: you have 10 good blog posts. Like joining a gym or a new diet, getting started is the hard part, and blogging is no different. It gets easier once you’ve done a few. Who knows: you just may enjoy it! You can find more tips and advice on blogging strategy on Chris’ blog at Have a question or feedback? Leave a comment for Chris on the Seaside Times blog at

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4. Provide though leadership.


The first “weblogs” (so named by Jorn Barger in December 1997) originated around 1998 when there were just a handful of sites of this type. As of February 2011 there were over 156 millions public blogs in existence.

3. Connect with customers and get their feedback.

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The modern blog evolved from the online diary, where people would keep a running account of their personal lives. Such writers called themselves diarists or journalers. Justin Hall, who began personal blogging in 1994 while a student at Swarthmore College, is generally recognized as one of the earliest bloggers.

2. Demonstrate your expertise.


According to Wikipedia, a blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.

1. Put a face or personality on the brand.


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There are plenty of good reasons for small businesses to blog:


This month we take you deeper into blogging – the key component of an effective social media strategy. For any small business or entrepreneur, the foundation of your social media strategy should be your blog.

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In the September issue we announced Seaside Times’ foray into the world of social media. Since then we have added a blog to the website and created a Seaside Times Facebook page and Twitter account. So now Sue (publisher) and Allison (editor) are tweeting and blogging and Facebooking. It’s early days but they have already attracted a small following and a few social media savvy readers are leaving comments.


Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast by Anthony de Goutière


e said au revoir to our traveling companions and left beautiful Umbria to drive south to Sorrento, our next destination. Having pre-booked our hotel there was a need to make good time, so we used the autostrada. The Italians like to drive fast and do not pay attention to the speed limits. At one point, while we were about five kilometres over the limit, a Smart car passed us! Our route took us into Sorrento and then up a winding road into the hills above to our hotel, “Il Nido.” Below was a large lemon orchard, one of many in the area. We had lovely views looking out over the city, the Gulf of Naples with

Vesuvius looming in the distance and, not far off, the Island of Capri. The next morning we joined the cliff-hugging Amalfi coast road. There are lots of blind corners, so not only are there reckless car and motorbike drivers with death wishes, but tour buses to watch out for as well! We were very grateful for the many places to pull over and marvel at the spectacular views and allow our white knuckles to turn pink again. There was time to admire Positano, stroll down the pathway into Praiano and take a rowboat ride into the Grotto dello Smeraldo that lives up to its name with crystal clear emerald green water. We continued driving, with a detour down a tortuous

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Furore, Amalfi Coast, Italy


Instead of stealing the Bentley we took the short ferry ride to Capri, did some window shopping in the crowded town then walked a long uphill road to the ruins of Villa Jovis, an old castle on top of the cliff. It’s a beautiful

location and we had it to ourselves. The emperor Tiberius once lived here and we looked over the cliff from which he tossed people he didn’t like. It’s a long drop so his victims would have had time to admire the spectacular views. On the way down to the town and the ferry we paused often to admire the

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The next morning we went into Sorrento to explore the town. There was a vintage car show going on and we wondered if anyone would notice if we exchanged our Renault for a lovely old Bentley convertible.

Ravello, Italy looking out from Villa Rufolo


We tore ourselves away from this lovely town. Penny took over the driving on the journey back, and did a masterful job of keeping calm while negotiating twists and turns and avoiding corner-cutting Italian drivers. Before heading back over the top of the peninsula, we drove down to the pretty little fishing village of Marina Cantone for a well-earned beer. Then it was back to our hotel.


Ravello’s cathedral was founded in 1086 and remodelled in the 18th century. It has a beautiful mosaiccovered pulpit and an ambo (lectern) with a mosaic of Jonah and the whale.


Back on the coast road, we turned left at Amalfi and drove up a steep road, negotiating many hairpins, to the old town of Ravello. There was time to explore so we wandered around the terraces of the 13th century Villa Rufolo and enjoyed the breathtaking views of the gardens, the coast, and the Gulf of Salerno. What a panorama! In 1880 Richard Wagner stayed in Ravello. It was there he found inspiration for part of his opera: Parsifal.

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Little Saanich Mountain’s Premier Astronomer by Sharon Hope In 2010 the Astrophysical Observatory, on West Saanich Road near Victoria, B.C., became a National Historic Site. John Stanley Plaskett was instrumental in launching the Observatory’s construction and its telescope. Although Plaskett completed high school at 14, his father’s untimely death forced him to spend years managing the family farm in Ontario. During this time, he nurtured his interests in mechanics and physics by building various devices at home. Finally, leaving his brother to take care of the farm, John entered a foundry as an apprentice and then joined the Edison works in Schenectady, New York. In 1890, he became a technician for the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. There, encouraged by his wife, he studied physics and mathematics at night to complete his BA. After graduation, he eventually became an astronomer with the federal government in Ottawa, beginning his career at age forty. It was here that he conceived the idea of building a large reflecting telescope, upon completion one of the largest in the world. After convincing the Minister of the Interior in


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Photo: Aerial view of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Saanich Archives 1993-002-001.

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The telescope, which took several years to construct, cost just over $90,000. While the telescope’s construction was under way, workmen created the building on Little Saanich Mountain in which to house it. After the completed parts of the telescope were shipped to Victoria in 1916, Waldo Skillings and a partner, owners of Victoria Baggage, hauled the parts out to the Hill.

Plaskett, upon retirement, became a consulting engineer for the firm of Warner and Swasey, makers of telescopes. He died in 1941. In 1988 a gold medal was proposed in his honour for the most outstanding doctorate thesis in astronomy or physics submitted to a Canadian university within the prior two years. It was a fitting tribute for a man who struggled to provide the best Observatory in Canada.


As soon as an agreement to build the telescope was reached, W.E. Harper, who later joined Plaskett in Victoria, scrutinized potential sites including Ottawa, Banff, Penticton and Medicine Hat. Victoria proved best because of its small variation in temperature and low precipitation. Little Saanich Mountain was closer to town than other sites and had better access. The provincial government provided $50,000 for the purchase of Saanich Hill, as it was called, and the construction of a road.


February 1913 to agree to his plan, Plaskett sought the most progressive technology he could find in the U.S. and Europe.

J.S. Plaskett became the director of the Observatory, later achieving international fame and many honours. He discovered a steller system known as the Plaskett Twins: a double star rotating with a period of 14 days and a mass equal to 160 suns and determined the rotation of the galaxy and its dimensions. Astronomers at the Observatory have continued to make significant discoveries to present day.

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The heaviest pieces consisted of the polar axis at 9.5 tons, the central section of the tube weighing seven tons and the south pier head also weighing seven tons. Imagine plodding at a snail’s pace to the top of Little Saanich Mountain with draft horses kicking up dust the entire way. The transport of the equipment took approximately two weeks; the polar axis alone took approximately four-and-a-half days and used as many as six pairs of draft horses. At the building site, a capstan turned by a horse provided the means to lift these parts at about one foot per minute with frequent rests. However, the telescope was not complete until 1918 when the optics and mirror were finally mounted.

Fences … and the Deer That Jump Them

by Hans Tammemagi Fences abound on Pender Island and the neighbouring Gulf Islands and encompass a wide variety of styles, each with their own character. Some are straight like rulers, some curve gently and some are plain and utilitarian, while others are elegant works of art. At my favourite, the fence top curves sinuously like waves rolling onto a beach. The fences have just one common trait: they are all tall. These ubiquitous fences, usually reaching eight feet or more in height, are not for privacy, for we islanders are a friendly lot. The reason is simple: “odocoileus hemionus columbianus,” more commonly known as the

Columbian black-tailed deer. They are small in size, but they can jump! They also have a dark side – they consider cultivated gardens to be treasure troves and have the uncanny ability to seek out and devour flowers and plants with incredible speed and ruthlessness. Gardeners regard deer as a pestilence, and go to great lengths to protect their prized plants. But it’s not easy,

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A friend who has a ¼-acre garden surrounded by a chicken-wire fence described how bucks used their antlers to lift up the chicken wire and crawl underneath. Although she kept plugging the holes, one night they broke in and demolished the garden, devouring kiwis, cabbages, beans, lettuce and all the leaves from the miniature apple trees. “I lost everything but the leeks and onions,” she said. “But I built a new eight-foot, chainlink fence. Now I can enjoy my garden in peace.” Another friend knows deer well, for they visit her apple orchard regularly. “They love the tender growing tips of leaves,” she said. “They reach quite high by standing on their hind legs, looking like kangaroos. And they cooperate: one will grab a branch and pull it down so others can eat. The deer only eat apples once they fall to the ground. Late in the autumn, when the apples have begun to ferment, the deer become quite mellow in their behaviour,” she added with a smile. Cute as deer are, their numbers have grown to the point where there is serious conflict with humans. During mating season in November, the bucks can be aggressive toward humans. Road collisions occur occasionally. The deer also disrupt the delicate balance of the ecosystem on the Gulf Islands. For example, deer eat young arbutus tree leaves and bark, killing them. Considerable debate continues about whether and how deer populations might be controlled by such means as culling, increasing the hunting season and sterilization.

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Until the number of deer is reduced, fences remain the solution of choice for gardeners. Here are some guidelines: • A fence should stand at least eight feet high, but can be a bit lower if it is made of wood or solid material that blocks the view, for deer are reluctant to jump into an area they can’t see.

• Avoid fencing your entire property, leaving some land for deer to graze and as a pathway or corridor so they can move freely. • Fence maintenance is crucial as deer are able to squeeze through even small holes. I love the fences of our little island. They are fascinating, a form of art, and each one tells a story not only about the animals that live here but also about the fence owner.

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Gobble Up Some Treats at Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop! by Arlene Antonik Step out of the ordinary into the extraordinary. As you enter Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop, a kaleidoscope of colourful candies swirls around you and you become a kid in a candy store once more!

Billed as Sidney’s Traditional Candy Store, shelves lined with jawbreakers, candy sticks, Pez, Dubble Bubble, SweeTARTS, fizzies and jars of jelly beans (Jelly Bellies) bring memories flooding back to those of us of a certain age. The variety of Jelly Bellies is astonishing, with tempting names such as candy floss, tutti frutti, raspberry licorice, chocolate pudding, buttered popcorn and cream soda. In fact, this shop has more individual flavours of Jelly Bellies than anywhere else on Vancouver Island! Sidney’s candy land opened at 9774A Third Street only eight months ago, and is constantly being discovered with delight by children of all ages. Grandparents take their

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time browsing to find just the right treat for their precious little ones and might slip in a retro-goody for themselves as well. For the many Saanich Peninsula residents whose childhoods reach back across the Atlantic, there is a wide selection of British sweets including bonbons, Walnut Whips, Fry’s chocolate bars, Romney’s Kendal mint cake bars, Edinburgh Rock stick candy, treacle toffee, humbugs and more. There are all sorts of novelty candies for today’s kids, including the popular Toxic Waste Hazardously Sour Candy, War Head Extreme Sours and the sweetertasting whirled and twisted lollipops. They can create colourful “sand art” in tubes six, 12, 18 or 34 inches long at the Pucker Powder stand and – weighing in at three-quarters-of-a-pound each – are the Big Bite Gummy Bears! If you’re buying a gift, the staff will wrap your treasures in a pretty cello bag with ribbons, free of charge! The Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop is family owned and operated by Ann Roche, who emigrated from North Queensland, Australia two years ago with her husband and two sons. “We did our research and chose this

area as an ideal place to live,” Ann said. “We are nothing but pleased with our decision. However, I’ve kept a little bit of Down Under with us in calling the store Lolly Gobble – lolly being the Australian word for candy.” Both of Ann’s sons help out at the store part-time while attending Grades 11 and 12 at Parkland Secondary School. The shop also provides employment for three more local young people along with Janine Johnston, whose expertise in creating candy bouquets is key to the success of the business.

anniversaries, birthdays and other parties and we can customize them, perhaps with a particular colour scheme, flavour or theme,” Ann noted. “They make unique and fun table centrepieces for special events such as this month’s Thanksgiving and Halloween celebrations.” While there’s a good selection of ready-made candy bouquets on display in the shop, you can also order them online at With Thanksgiving and Halloween upon us, it’s an ideal time to register in-store to become a Lolly Gobble member and earn Lolly points every time you shop.

Lolly Gobble holds the franchise rights to “Candy Bouquet” on the Saanich Peninsula. The tagline “a delicious alternative to flowers” explains the concept of these delightful bouquets of candies, chocolates, ribbons and other decorations beautifully displayed in unique containers such as baskets and vases.

If the thought of all that sugar in your child’s Halloween bag has you shaking, check out the sugar-free treats including chocolate bars, fudge toffee, licorice and peanut brittle.

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A Lady of Laughter by Moira Gardener

ate Roxbourough is a lady of laughter with a passion for comedy theatre and a unique way of teaching Laughter Yoga.

The third child of four, Kate’s world has always included humour. Even through tremendous adversity, she has been able to laugh and provide laughter for others. “When I am funny and making people laugh I’m diffusing tension both at home and in life,” says Kate. Her daughter recalls a childhood with the gift of laughter as a treasured memory. Kate always wanted to be an entertainer and received encouragement from her mother, who told her she was born dancing and singing, and her grandfather as her ever-enthusiastic audience. She expanded her natural talent through community theatre in Ontario by being an active participant for 10 years. More recently, during a period of convalescence where she injured her hip in a fall, laughter was paramount in her recovery. “It was important,” she said, “for me to use laughter to heal, ” and that’s just what she did by taking her wealth of information and experience to create her Mae West persona. Mae was a great success and part of Kate’s healing. What is it that drew her to this character? Kate sees Mae as a businesswoman ahead of her time, a strong icon that set the allimportant timing in comedy, and although doing Mae was for fun, Kate had a bigger vision. Contemplating, she said: “… wouldn’t it be wonderful to utilize all these skills to help other people heal themselves by providing workshops that incorporate theatre and laughter for the purpose of better self-awareness, fun, and healing?”

My first encounter with Kate Roxbourough was as a Laughter Yoga instructor. Her vibrancy and easy laugh was contagious, full of play and refreshing. I also found part of my own theatrical side being fed by the actor bend that is so much a part of her and can’t help but spill over, giving her classes a 60


unique quality. I found this only enhanced my laughter yoga experience. She was instrumental in getting me to lighten up, and also take a look at my drama queen. I became more playful and saw the importance of exploring the world of humour with the intent of bringing it into my own craft of writing. I really do have a sense of humour, with definite British overtones. For Kate, staying connected to her passion of laughter, theatre arts and fun are what gives her a life that heals. “Laughter is healthy whether it’s at work, on a stage, or in a line-up at the grocery store.” Whether you’re entertaining someone by making them laugh or teaching them how to put laughter in their own life, it’s all therapeutic. Life happens to us all, but it’s the response to it that made the difference in Kate’s life. Melding the best in theatre arts and healing through laughter in its many facets (including Laughter Yoga) is the vision, and Kamarox Entertainment the vehicle. Kamarox is a venture originally intended for large-scale entertainment but is ever-evolving. What does she see in the future? She would love to get her one-woman show off the ground, and give therapeutic workshops using her unique blend of talents to fulfill her vision. Like Mae West, Kate is a woman ahead of her time. I see her as a comic therapist who views entertainment and laughter as having common threads of presence and focus. Kate is a highly animated, warm individual whose contagious laughter – so freely shared – brings connection, healing and playfulness, things many of us have lost somewhere along the way. Dedicated to Ruth Love, another lady of laughter. Moira Gardener is a freelance writer on the Pacific West Coast and can be contacted at Photo courtesy Chris Mika.

The Ghostly Hallows by Linda M. Langwith For those of you who are convinced that Halloween is simply an excuse to dress up in bizarre costumes, scare yourself silly and binge on candy, you might be surprised to know that this festival goes back a long way – over 2,000 years in fact – to pagan roots in Celtic Britain and Ireland. Samhain celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of winter, and occurred around the end of October and the first of November. It’s easy to imagine our ancestors coming together to enjoy the fruits of the harvest, lighting bonfires to chase away the darkness of longer nights, feasting and storytelling, the labours of spring and summer now behind them. But there was a darker side to Samhain, as the Celts believed that the dead could mingle with the living at this time of year and even foretell the future. So there’s no surprise that spooks turn up at Halloween. The early Christian church, wanting to corner the market, decided to absorb Samhain by creating All Hallows or Hallowmas on November 1st. Hallowmas – All Saints Day – celebrates saints: those individuals who were martyred for their faith or who lived exemplary lives. This was followed by the creation of All Souls Day on November 2nd, when people remember their loved ones who have passed away. The day before Hallowmas was called the Eve of All Hallows, which became Halloween. In some parts of Europe, food was prepared for the departed spirits and lamps would be lit to guide their way back home, just as we turn on the porch light and have goodies ready for the neighbourhood ghosts and goblins who come trick or treating on October 31st. Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without jack-o’-lanterns, and even they have an intriguing history. One unfortunate fellow, Jack by name, according to Irish legend, tricked the devil once too often and was doomed to wander the planet with only a lump of coal from Hell in his lantern to light the way. In England, before

pumpkins were discovered in the New World, villagers, often wearing costumes or masks, made do with hollowed-out turnips, using a stump of candle inside to guide them and ward off the evil spirits that were thought to be abroad on Halloween, as they went from door to door asking for cakes in exchange for prayers. Dressing up in a zany or scary costume has become a huge part of the fun at Halloween, especially for kids, though adults too take part. Whether you let your imagination run free and make one out of whatever you can find around home or buy one at the store, the choice is pretty amazing. Storebought costumes really came into their own in the United States around the 1930s, and while representing the supernatural at first, with ghosts, witches and skeletons being popular, they were soon followed by favourite cartoon and movie characters. Decorating the house and yard takes Halloween to a new level of fun, with graveyards sprouting up like mush-

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Pender Island Community Farmland Acquisition Project by Barry Mathias “Pender used to be a net exporter of food,” said Elizabeth Montague, the fundraising director of the Pender Island Community Farmland Acquisition Project Society (PICFAPS). “Today, we produce roughly 5% of the total food needs of the Island.” Standing in the grounds of the Community Hall, surrounded by the stalls of the Saturday Agricultural Market, we were aware that only a handful of these stalls sold eggs and vegetables and none sold locallymilled flour or farm animals. It was a telling observation. Pender Island Community Farmland Acquisition Project Society (PICFAPS) was registered in November 2009 with the aim of acquiring farm land that would remain, in perpetuity, as a community asset. The group’s president, Matilda Te Hennepe, leads an enthusiastic group of core members including farmers, conservationists,

market gardeners, young families and retirees. The group is actively seeking to acquire agricultural land. In the spring of 2010, they came close to purchasing a property in the Spalding Valley of South Pender. In roughly two months they were able to raise a large portion of the purchase price, but fell short of their goal by the seller’s deadline. However, the experience demonstrated the significant support within the community and the group is currently assessing the potential of four alternative sites. In recent decades, farming has focused on the intensive cultivation of mono crops, using expensive machinery and huge acreages. Farm animals and poultry have become the sad inmates of factory farms, where they never see the sunlight, and small mixed farming has become uneconomic. “Unless young farmers inherit land, it is almost impossible

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for them to raise the money to buy a farm,” said Elizabeth. “Times are changing, and with increasing transportation costs, the price of imported food will continue to rise.” Small islands have the opportunity to compete with the larger food chains if they can encourage people to farm the land and sell locally. The latest statistics show that the average age for farmers in B.C. is 57, so it is essential to encourage younger people into the industry. PICFAPS wants to provide access to farmland through land use agreements that will encourage young farmers to grow food for the local community, and will maintain the farmland in perpetuity in the hands of the community. The main aims of the Society are to provide sustainable agriculture and enhanced local food security while preserving the unique features of the land, encouraging education and research into food production and providing community benefits. “We are not necessarily the ones wanting to farm, but we feel it vital that we provide the opportunity for others to farm, and for the land to be kept for ever,” said Nori Pope, a director with PICFAPS. “We want the farmland to be available for our children

and our children’s children.” Community farmland can provide the incentive for increased farming and can involve the whole community in creating orchards, berry production, bee-keeping and community gardens. “If food is grown locally, the carbon footprint is reduced, and gradually we will improve our food security,” said Anna Lundeen, the director for Activities and Outreach.


As part of its community involvement, members of PICFAPS agreed last fall to harvest the apples on private land where the owners were unable to pick their own fruit. One third was given to the owners, one third to the food bank, and the rest was eaten or crushed to make apple juice or cider. PICFAPS is actively engaged in reviewing four new possibilities for its acquisition plans, and is optimistic that this project will succeed. It’s an idea whose time has come. This is yet another example of small communities banding together to acquire valuable agricultural land, which will help them survive an uncertain future. Photos courtesy Davy Rippner.

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What’s Happening – October 2011

Until October 23

October 8

3rd Annual Invitational First Nations and Métis Art Show and Sale

Peninsula Country Market – Last Day!

Tulista Art Centre, 5th St @ Weiler (Lochside Dr) Open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.,

Twenty years of everything fresh! This market offers everything from farm-fresh organic fruits and vegetables, locally made jams and jellies, honey and freshly roasted coffee beans to homemade bread, assorted meats and fish and arts and crafts. The Celebrity Chef Series cooking demonstration will feature a well-known local chef who will walk the audience through the preparation of a delicious dish made with local ingredients. Free admission, free parking and live music.

Traditional and contemporary First Nations and Métis artists will be featured. There will be a wide diversity of art expressions to be enjoyed by all. Opportunities to meet the artists, music and stories are planned. All proceeds of sales go to the artists.

Saturdays till October 29

North Saanich Farm Market St. John's United Church Annex, 10990 West Saanich Rd 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Seasonal produce, locally grown mushrooms, eggs, baking, plants, crafts. Free entertainment every week. Drop in and meet your neighbours.

October 2

Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival Suggested starting point Fulford Hall, 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road Salt Spring Island 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 250-653-2007 A chance to visit apple heaven while still on Earth! Featuring apple varieties all raised organically on Salt Spring, historical reenactments, a 13-farm apple festival tour, apple baking, orchard tours, apple ID, educational info, apple history, apple sales and leading experts in orchard bee pollination. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students, children under 12 free. View past festival highlights at

October 8

Oktoberfest at Gartley Station #108 - 1901 Mt. Newton X Road Saanichton 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 250-652-6939 Live music and Bavarian smokies!

Saanich Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

October 11

Advocacy and Conservation: The Sea-to-Sea Greenbelt Example Room 159, Fraser Building, UVIC, 7:30 p.m. 250-388-7158, Large land-use changes have occurred and are occurring in the Capital Regional District. In 1990 the Greater Victoria Water District was still clearcutting the drinking-water watersheds and only three parks existed in the lands between Saanich Inlet and the Sooke Basin. Join Ray Zimmermann as he looks at the campaigns and legal actions that led to the area now protected in the Seato-Sea Green/Blue Belt. He will also provide perspective on present land-use issues. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and a coffee mug.

October 14

Greater Victoria Police Chorus Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 7:30 - 10 p.m. 250-656-0275, Eagle Heights Africa in BC presents the wellknown Greater Victoria Police Chorus. All proceeds will provide educational opportunities for students in Kenya. Tickets $22 adults, $10 students and children. Tickets may be purchased from the Mary Winspear box office (see info above) or contact Bill German at or 250-889-4103.

October 14-16 Sidney Fine Art Show

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Open every day at 9 a.m. Meet the artists Oct. 15th 7-9 p.m. 250-656-0275, $6 admission or $10 for a three-day pass. Fabulous door prizes every day! Fresh, diverse and exciting artists and their work.

October 17

Companions of the Quaich Dinner & Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 p.m. 250-658-1109 This event will feature whiskies from a few of the remaining independent and new startup distilleries. Graeme Macaloney, a Scottish fermentation engineer, will introduce the whiskies. An excellent three-course dinner and four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50.

October 17

Victoria Storytellers Guild Harvest Stories! 1831 Fern Street, Victoria (park on Begbie) Doors open 7:15 p.m., stories begin 7:30 p.m. 250-477-7044 The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies).

October 18

Social Media Camp Workshop Mariott Victoria – 728 Humboldt Street 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A practical, hands-on social media workshop delivered by industry experts. $99 + hst; working lunch optional for extra $29 + hst.

October 21-23, 29 Forest Spooktacular (Drop-In Event – all ages)

Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 250-478-3344 Drop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with family and friends for this spooktacular afternoon of Halloween fun with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. At 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. join the guided walks, if you dare – we’ll fill the cauldron with spooky treasures from the natural world. Displays, Halloween crafts and hot ghoulish brew await. Wear a costume and win a prize. Meet at the Francis/King nature centre off Munns Road.

2011 Saanich Peninsula ArtSea Festival Each October, art lovers look forward to two major events on the Saanich Peninsula – the Sidney Fine Art Show, one of the largest and most anticipated juried art shows in the province, and the Saanich Peninsula Fall Studio Tour, with many artists on the Peninsula opening their studios for the public to visit. The Peninsula ArtSea Festival (October 14th to 23rd), now in its second year, builds on these two much-anticipated events, as well as Sidney’s reputation as a book town, to include a full range of other activities that celebrate a broad and diverse combination of artists working in multi-disciplinary areas.

with art displays and by hosting artist demonstrations. Highlights of the Festival include a number of concerts including the Sea Cantata Concert with Nick Fairbank, Via Choralis and the Viva Youth Choirs on Sunday October 16th, the First Nations and Métis Art Show at Tulista which runs through the 23rd, an art display and other events throughout the Festival at the Shaw Discovery Centre and a "mini" Art Film Festival at the Star Cinema. For more information and the full schedule of events, please go to

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The Festival, inspired by the connection we have with the sea that surrounds us, provides a showcase for the depth and diversity of the creative activities that are truly an inherent part of the "community of arts" in Sidney and on the Peninsula. In addition to fine art and crafts, the work of artists from film, creative writing, performing arts and the work of visual artists will be showcased in a variety of venues. The business community supports the Festival

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Zais Astrology – October 2011 by Heather Zais ( Aries (march 21 - april 19) Mate or partnership choices are in focus. Look at how you deal with others in general. Issues could get overblown emotionally on both sides. If you still want them in your life there will have to be some compromise or settling.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) You look better and feel better as a result. You attract good opportunities followed by improved income. This will make you more secure about your personal direction. Negotiating any deals should be a breeze for you now.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Your work or income potential increases. Divide your time in practical ways that won't impact your health or what you are trying to achieve. Look at ways to have your cake and eat it too. Relationships improve with ease now.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) You work well behind the scenes. Your talent for getting information or results is well known. Navigate around limitations – yours or others. Contact with hospitals or institutions is likely. Pay attention to dreams or déjà vu.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) Take a break for some R&R. Make up for lost time or recovery. Contemplate the next steps toward your future goals in a relaxed environment. Enjoy special entertainment and delightful company. You're on a roll – ride it out.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Your hopes and wishes are unfolding as they should, so relax. Important people in high places are helpful as they know they can count on you. Income increases. Take control of circumstances – it all works out OK.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Home and property matters are in focus. Make residential choices or improvements for yourself or loved ones. Any transitions can be painless with proper organization. Entertain to create a good impression. Make connections.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Your popularity rises at work and in relationships. Praise or offers of assistance are appreciated. You have what it takes for the long haul. Showcase your ideas and there will be more left on the table for all involved.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) You draw the interest or focus of those around you. Let your views be known in acceptable ways in order to have the impact you desire. Your talent or leadership qualities shine. Be available to travel – short or long.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Perks attached to long distance encourage you to travel. Visits feel like reunions as you catch up. Be open to expanding your contacts or locations. Opportunity is knocking; weigh all your options before deciding.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Your finances improve one way or another. Accept gifts, bonuses or other perks. Investments pay off; value is an individual matter. Look at what you have compared to what you want and lay the groundwork accordingly.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) Evaluate your net worth compared to what is held jointly or invested. There needs to be a certain amount of security to backup your plans for independent advancement. Your future looks promising. Make your move quietly.

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Our Beloved Songster: The House Finch by Robert Alison House finches are arguably our best avian songsters. Their songs are cheery, buoyant and heartening. What’s more, they sing in all sorts of weather: cloudy, rainy, foggy or snowy. But, they sing best of all on bright sunny days. They vocalize year-round. They aren’t especially fussy about where they sing – downtown Sidney, parks, roadsides or perched on buildings or in fields. Their songs are pervasive, ongoing and extremely pleasant to hear. Some researchers say they are “loquacious” because their song repertoires are so spectacular and varying. Tests confirm that whereas females only have two songs, males can belt out up to nine. Most male songs are variants of a primary rambling warble. There are local, regional, national and international dialects. Acoustic tests show song syllables and themes are locally similar but vary every few kilometres. In addition, some males alter their song quality depending on the situation. Some males can mimic the songs of other bird species. House finches are fairly common locally but they are relative newcomers. Early Vancouver Island residents never saw them:



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The first British Columbia report was in 1935. According to Audubon Christmas Bird Count data, there are close to 20,000 in the province now and more than 400 in our local area. Many call Sidney their permanent home. These birds come in a variety of colours. They are roughly sparrow-sized and the females are dull brown. Males are usually striking red; they look as if their head and upper body had been dipped in raspberry jam. Some are orange or even yellow, but red predominates. Recent studies confirm that females select their mates based on their colour. Studies show the most colourful males make the best fathers and are the most attentive towards the young. They also rear better-quality offspring. Male colour depends on the diet. Reds are derived from carotenoids in food, so the more colourful males have the most nutritious diets, making them the best choices for females. One good place to see these birds is at feeding stations as they often congregate there. They are mainly seed eaters and are easily attracted by commercial bird seed as well as millet and suet. In most seasons, they are common visitors at local bird feeders. Courtship is elaborate. Males start out by casually pecking at the female’s beak, followed by coy leaning in her direction. Chivalry intensifies and wooing vocalizations become more frequent. The male flicks his tail vigorously, then explodes into the air in which he ascends to around 40 metres, then descends on fluttering wings to an exposed perch. Then, he pours out the most effervescent songs. Nesting ensues after pairs are formed. Nests are typically in cavities and just about any will do – in a tree or in a building. They like to nest in hanging plant-baskets. Males show much gallantry in defending the nest area and bully off other males.

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the first one was seen on the Island in 1937. Since then, their numbers have increased rapidly.

House finches are quite tame locally and are easily approached. Sometimes they are gregarious. Other times, they are encountered as singles or pairs. They are especially fond of built-up areas. Although house finches are native to Mexico and the southwestern U.S., and have spread naturally to B.C., they were introduced to eastern North America in the 1940s in New York State. From there, they have spread rapidly and are quite plentiful in Ontario and elsewhere in eastern Canada.

last w o rd Ah, the wonderful world of technology … when it's working, it can make your life so much easier, but when it's not, all of a sudden that efficient life comes crashing down around you. Earlier this month I decided to upgrade the RAM (memory) on my computer, something our tech guy told me was necessary for the graphics programs I use to run properly. One simple installation later and the computer was zipping along, switching between programs with a speed I'd never seen before. I went to bed that night happy with my "new" system, sure it would make my work life easier and more efficient. I'm sure you can all guess where this story's heading … the following night I sat down at my computer, ready to do a few hours of work. I turned it on, and instead of the happy chimes of an iMac starting up, I got a blank screen (referred to as the "white screen of death" by sufferers of the same fate) and an alarm that made my heart fill with fear. After many phone calls to the tech guy and a visit to a computer repair store, I received my fate: I had installed "Bad RAM" which had, for lack of a more technical term, "screwed up" my system, and in order to fix it my HARD DRIVE NEEDED TO BE ERASED. As scary as that sounded at first, the repair guy assured me that almost everything could be saved, but when I turned the computer on again, I realized what hadn't been: the last three months of my email communications. Anything sent or received and any new clients or writers added to my address book during that time had all been lost. In an industry in which almost nothing is done in person anymore, this was a huge setback. Figuring out what had disappeared and recovering that information took many long days, and of course this was right in the middle of what would have already been the busiest time of the month! In her First Word, Sue says "I still haven’t forgotten how important face-to-face communication is for business, especially with our readers and clients." Computers and email may make our lives easier, but they're not a substitute for meeting someone, connecting with them and forming a working relationship: when your computer fails, you will have a face, a name and a connection, rather than a lost email or phone number, to count on. Seaside Times loves to hear from our readers! Please email and let us know: what's your favourite part about fall on the Peninsula?

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