Seaside Times October 2012 Issue

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west coast culture – october 2012 issue features

Challenge: The 10 Sidney's Community's Opportunity

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Old Bikes to Good Use 19 Putting Bikes for Humanity West: the next phase 36 Seaport in Marker Developments' thoughtful waterfront vision for Sidney

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Columns First Word............................................ 8 Smell the Coffee............................. 13 Weatherwit.......................................16 Forbes & Marshall........................... 24 Island Dish........................................ 50 Last Word......................................... 59


6 (Small Biz).................. Can We Talk? 9................................................. Letters 14............................... Common Cents 20....................................Grey Matters 35.......................... Raincoast Update 47..................... West Coast Gardener 48.........Conversations From the Past 53........ Young Readers Book Review 56..........................What's Happening 58................................. Entertainment

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Freelance photographer Jo-Ann Way Being a photographer is rewarding, entertaining and it makes me happy! I love what I do. Creating a professional, relaxed and easygoing environment for my customers is my goal. This month you can find some of my work in the feature section Seaside Homes and the Can We Talk article. Throughout the magazine you will also see some great ads like Motorize Auto Direct, For Little Paws Grooming Studio and Lakes Grillhouse. No matter what or who I photograph for the Seaside Times, I am blessed to work with the people who create this magazine, and I look forward to meeting more readers and getting to know more businesses every month. Contributing writer Mark deMedeiros As the president of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and as General Manager of Business Banking for Island Savings Credit Union, I couldn’t be happier to help kick off Small Business Month with my first article in Seaside Times. Immersed in small business, I can’t help but get excited when given the chance to discuss the Entrepreneurial Spirit growing on Vancouver Island. Running a small business is not easy; it takes thick skin and quick minds. I hope to encourage all of us to take a few moments over October to thank our favourite small businesses for all that they do for us, and for our community. Contributing writer Stu Rhodes Writing about trades comes easy for me since I served an apprenticeship myself. As an educator now, I help students discover and engage in learning that is important to them, where they get to learn by doing, and see the tangible results of their efforts. Sharing their personal successes with our community gives me a great deal of pleasure and pride. In my current role as a career counsellor with Saanich School District I tell people I get to help build futures, and it’s pretty rewarding work. Outside of school I am also a frequent contributor to a variety of conservation and outdoors magazines. Freelance writer & Seaside Times social media maven Doreen Gee Writing is my soul food and primal love. Nirvana is finding those perfect words that flow like liquid silver. The bonus was a writing award in 2009. Years of university writing, working for the James Bay Beacon and penning letters to local papers have polished my skills to a satin glow. Writing for Seaside Times is a divine ride: I loved jamming with Lois Brown, fearless Antarctic adventurer, and writing about our community treasure – the Sidney Concert Band. Blogging and posting on Seaside Times' social media, with the buzzing wildfire frenzy of instant information, has put magic back into my life. Photo courtesy

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This Month’s Contributors Arlene Antonik • Trysh Ashby-Rolls • Rosemarie Bandura Jennifer Bowles Michael Forbes • Doreen Gee Chris Genovali • Valerie Green • Linda M. Langwith Barry Mathias • Suzanne Morphet • Carole Pearson Deborah Reid • Stu Rhodes • Steve Sakiyama Steve Sheppard • Susan Simosko • Brooke Smith Jim Townley • Jo-Ann Way • Heather Zais

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of whatever success I’ve had, in business and life. When I look back at my childhood, high school and university years, it’s amazing how clearly I can trace the interests and inclinations that later shaped my professional life. If you plan on working 40-hour weeks from age 20 to 65, you’ll be spending about 90,000 hours of your life at your job. For that reason alone, you owe it to yourself to figure out something you really enjoy doing. Besides, if you’re doing something you enjoy, I think you’ll be better at it. I was once asked: "Don’t you ever just want to get away from the magazine business for a while? When you go on vacation, do you run past magazine stands so you don’t have to think about them?" The question struck me as funny, because I absolutely love magazines and almost never go anywhere without a tote full of them. As I write this, I think about our community, the place I call home. We are surrounded by a business community that strives to be the best of the best in their field, and they love what they do. This issue of Seaside Times is celebrating "Small Business" for just that reason. It’s for all of you. Take a minute or two and get to know some of these people in your community, those people that aspire to give you the best. Remember: it’s not about whether you can do it all, it’s about whether you can be happy whatever you’re doing!

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Like every good story, we’re about to bring the history of coffee to its current climax. Most of the 1800s was sleepy when it came to coffee: I think Gold Fever took over much of the world's focus. Aside from Jabez Burns bringing the drum roaster to the forefront of coffee roasting, it wasn’t until the 1900s that things start to buzz once again. In 1906, inventor George Washington creates the first mass-produced "instant coffee." During the height of its popularity in the 1970s, nearly a third of the roasted coffee imported into the United States was converted into an instant product, resulting in annual sales of more than 200 million pounds. In 1907 Theodore Roosevelt comments that this delightful coffee is "Good to the Last Drop," resulting in one of the most famous advertising campaigns in the history of coffee being launched. It still stands today for Maxwell House. Melitta Bentz, an innovative German housewife, invents the paper filter, designed for removing coffee grinds. In 1926 the prestigious Science Newsletter deems coffee "healthy" and many have since tried to prove otherwise. My guess is it’s the descendents of those who took a bath at the Tea Party in Boston (some people just can't let things go). By 1940 the U.S. is drinking 70% of the world coffee supply. When the

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In 1982 a photocopier salesman from XEROX convinces Starbucks to hire him. Howard Schultz spends his first five years as director of Marketing trying to convince the owners to start serving lattés and cappuccinos in the stores along with their beans. In the 1990s Starbucks expands at a blistering pace, with one new store opening each day somewhere in the world. In 2008 however, Schultz returns to the company, trying to bring people back to the coffee house

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Saanich Peninsula ArtSea Festival Sidney and the Peninsula will again be filled with lovers of all forms of artistic expression from October 12th through October 21st during the third annual Peninsula ArtSea Festival. Bookended by two major weekend events – the Sidney Fine Art Show, and the Saanich Peninsula Fall Studio Tour, the Festival includes a full range of activities for everyone that celebrates a broad and diverse combination of artists working in many different areas. This year’s Festival – sponsored by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, The Peninsula Celebrations Society and the Town of Sidney – 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. The business community is also an active supporter of the Festival with many businesses hosting art displays and artist demonstrations. Highlights of the Festival include the Sidney Fine Art Show, one of the largest and most anticipated juried art shows in the province, now celebrating its 10th year, and the Saanich Peninsula Fall Studio Tour, with many artists on the Peninsula opening their studios for the public to visit. This year, visitors will also be able to experience the delights of Sidney’s new Sculpture Walk, enjoying the beautiful pieces on display along the sea front. This is a fabulous addition to Sidney’s waterfront – as Times Colonist Art Columnist Robert Amos said in a recent column:

“The meandering walkway offers brilliant locations for the installations arranged by the Town’s engineering department. Surrounded by colourful plantings, convenient benches and the irresistible lure of the water’s edge, the sculptures draw strollers along, and give reason to linger. The area was already studded with pools and fountains, commemorative plaques and a number of sculptures. With 12 new works added this summer, it just keeps getting better.”

The First Nations and Métis Art Show will be at the Tulista Arts Centre throughout the Festival, and many other artists will be showcased in a variety of other venues throughout the Saanich Peninsula. In addition to the visual arts, there will be street music performances in Sidney on both weekends of the Festival, starting with the ScotiaBank barbecue at 11 a.m. on the 12th, as well as two mini film festivals at the Star Cinema, the first featuring The Whale, which tells the story of Luna; and New Zealand’s award-winning Whale Rider, the powerful, New Zealand drama; and the second featuring films by Marlene Dietrich. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre will host an art display, a number of artists in residence, and a weeklong series of children’s art classes. For more information and the full schedule of events, please visit

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Putting Old Bikes to Good Use Imagine having to walk everywhere. How many hours a day would that take? A 30-minute bus ride might take three hours on foot. Add another three hours going back, and there goes your whole day.

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arrived in Namibia in early September. Namibia and Uganda are the most frequent recipient countries. “People are very generous with their used bikes,” says Robertson. “The bikes will go to change a life, totally.” Bikes are compacted down to fit into the containers and reassembled at their destination. B4H provides training for men and women to service the bikes. This requires donations of bike tools as well.

Think of how liberating a bicycle would be. Especially if you also had to walk miles for water, firewood, health services and schooling, as many people in Africa now do. A bicycle would make the journey faster and you'd suddenly have more time. Goods could be transported to market and sold to earn an income, if one had a bicycle.

“We'd love to be able to get more tools,” says Robertson. He says B4H can also use donations of 24- or 26-inch inner tubes, tires and wheels. “Ideally, we like to get a complete bike, but we'll take a bare frame and bike parts as well.” Mountain bikes and fat tire bikes are preferred because of their sturdiness.

To a poverty-stricken villager in Africa, a bicycle can be a transformational tool. Just ask John Robertson, assistant fire chief for Central Saanich and a volunteer with Bicycles for Humanity, B4H for short.

Sometimes the shipping container remains in Africa for use as a Bicycle Empowerment Centre (BEC). “These BECs go to remote areas that don't have any bicycle infrastructure. It's humanity walking, really,” explains Robertson. “We send them a shipping container full of bikes and tools and they keep the shipping container. That becomes their bike shop and it ends up employing, in the beginning, three people and it grows from there.”

B4H is an international grassroots organization founded in 2006 to ship used bicycles to Africa. The Victoria chapter was founded by Chris Wille (pictured), who was cycling from Cairo to Capetown when he first saw the work of B4H in Namibia. He learned how a bicycle can facilitate the “journey from poverty to a better life.” The Victoria Chapter sent its first container of bicycles and parts to Africa in 2009. The second one was loaded at the end of 2011 and, this past July, volunteers spent four-and-a-half hours moving donated bicycles into container number three. Each shipping container holds between 400 and 450 bicycles.

Besides old bicycles, cash donations are also welcomed to cover transportation expenses. The frequency of shipments are dependent on the number of bikes collected and funding. Locally, R&B Trucking and Van Isle Containers donate their services and provide storage space which helps cut costs.

The container is then trucked to Swartz Bay and put on a barge to the mainland. On the other side, it is taken by truck to Deltaport terminal at Roberts Bank and put on a ship bound for Africa. This latest shipment

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When Someone You Love is Seriously Ill by Trysh Ashby-Rolls Shock and sadness sum up my summer. Doctors diagnosed my sister, age 68, with Multiple Sclerosis. Then one evening, a picture of one of my best friends, a famous actress in the UK, came onto the BBC World News with the announcement of her death from pancreatic cancer. Over the years we'd kept in touch on and off, met when I visited London, and I read of her exploits in British Hello! magazine. She kept her illness from me, and friends from theatre school had long since scattered. It's been 50 years after all. I started out with five close friends in England, now I'm down to two. Julia, whom I'd known since age nine when she rescued me from the schoolyard bully, wrote in 1994 of

her inoperable brain tumour. The following year I stayed with her in St. John's hospice until the last week of her life. Her husband took over fulltime after I came home to Canada. What a privilege, those 21 days. Sometimes she wasn't lucid, nor could she speak or move; her bald head was horribly misshapen. Yet, when she opened her eyes, memories rushed back: little girls in braids; teenagers attending parties in candlelit basements, drinking wine from jam jars, dancing to jazz on a record player or pop tunes blaring from a jukebox. In school we read our brilliant essays out in class – without being caught for plagiarizing. On the contrary, she rose to the top of the class; the


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As the days grew closer to our parting, I sang her childhood songs, especially Over the Sea to Skye. By then we communicated by “one squeeze of the hand for yes, two for no.” Sometimes the answer took 15 minutes. I sat quietly then, breathing at her rate. The night I had to leave I told her goodbye, good journey. She closed her eyes as if my departure was too painful. A week later she died in her husband's arms. He wrote: Julia was quite radiant as she took her final quiet breaths.

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Surprisingly, yes. The Swiss love their mountains and when I visited last March I was amazed to find wellmaintained hiking trails in the snow at several resorts. There’s nothing quite as invigorating as walking in the Alps on a cold, sunny day, or on a clear, starry night, followed by a cheese fondue or a soak in a natural hot spring. I boot-tested trails at three resorts in the Valais region, all of which are easily accessible by train and funicular (the cable cars used on steep slopes) from major cities. Riederalp – The antithesis of glitzy ski resorts like Zermatt or St. Moritz, you’re unlikely to bump into celebrities here – a bonus in my view. Everyone walks in this tiny village high in the mountains – there are no cars – and in winter, that means walking on groomed snow trails. (When you arrive with luggage, you can take a snow "cat" taxi to where you’re staying.) From the village, ride one of several cable cars up to a walking trail with spectacular views over the Aletsch Glacier, the longest ice flow in the Alps at 23 kilometres. A hike from Moosfluh station back to Riederalp takes about 2.5 hours and winds alongside the glacier before descending into pine-scented forest. Stay: Walliser Spycher is a beautifully furnished family-run hotel ( Zurshmitten Tea-Room rents rooms with small kitchens (email

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Stick it to the Van by Michael Forbes It seems these days they have taken away everything we can do in our car legally and really, all that's left is just boring driving. Gone are the days when you could crack open a brewski, chain smoke with your toddler riding shotgun and text your BFF about the cute hottie you just saw. At least we can still pass the monotony at red lights by reading bumper stickers and wondering how a baby on board sign could possibly make me accidentally rear end her more carefully. Every day other drivers send us messages about themselves through their unicorn decals: bumper stickers that declare their kid is an honour student or signs pleading with Emo kids to cheer up. A thousand years from now, anthropologists are going to dig up a fossilized Ford Escape and be able to tell a lot about the people who owned it by the auto hieroglyphics adorning the back window. Even today, social psychologists have studied why some of us need to make a statement. Think of your

car as a private space within public territory. Apparently, people with aggressive tendencies tend to "mark their territory" with stickers and decals, which explains why they may be less patient and more agitated behind the wheel. In the study, they would tailgate, honk and flip the bird more often than people without them. One surprising finding was that it didn't matter what type of marking the driver had. Even if you only have a "baby on board," you may be just as aggressive as the guy in the pickup with the Megadeth decal. Are the experts trying to tell us that those mini van drivers with the stick figure families carefully glued onto their back windows are just really lunatics disguised as soccer moms? I think they're just proud of their family and want to share it with the world ‌ although some can get pretty creative. I have seen stick figures of a couple with no kids standing beside a pile of cash. Ain't that the truth. Then there was the adult-rated decal with a male and female stick figure in a contorted position with little stick smirks on their silly stick faces. Underneath was the caption "making the family." The saddest one though has to be of the mom and two kids, and you could clearly see the gap and glue outline on the glass where dad used to be. I can just picture her and a couple of girlfriends laughing and crying in the driveway with glasses of wine, having an ex-husband peeling off ceremony. Betcha that little stick fella was stuck with alimony and child support payments. Some say that the only thing stick family drivers are guilty of is too much information. One glance and other drivers know that not only do they have a baby on board, but a dog at home, two cats, a hamster, a goldfish and what looks like a toothless crack dealer living in the basement. Or at this distance, it could also be grandma. 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.


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Next time you’re out the airport way, pull up your flaps and drop your landing gear at the Spitfire Bar and Grill. Parked on the edge of the runway, along Willingdon Road, this eatery is as iconic as its famous namesake, the Spitfire plane that helped win the Battle of Britain. You can’t miss the restaurant: the Spitfire on the billboard is coming right at you. If you’re an avid cyclist, try

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Wally believes in community, so it’s no surprise to learn that he sources products from local farms and Peninsula wineries, using seasonal items in his extensive menu choices. With the emphasis on quality, good value for money and portions that satisfy the heartiest of appetites, Wally is excited about his new chef and the energy and commitment the kitchen staff bring to their craft. He credits Barbara, his wife of 35 years, with being the motivator behind the business. “She’s the real Spitfire,” he praises. There’s no pretentiousness at the Spitfire Bar and Grill. Forget the white tablecloths, more cutlery than you know what to do with, a hovering wine waiter and all the fuss that goes with a Michelin-starred

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Recovering From Holidays There is a phenomenon on the Islands known as "returnee euphoria," or the "thank God I’m back" syndrome. Those afflicted are easily identified, even by strangers: they have pale, rain-drenched complexions, fanatically bright eyes, and a propensity for kissing the earth … a mannerism introduced by President Johnson, who had a habit of falling down the steps of aircraft, and by certain religious prelates while looking for their contact lenses. Holidays do not always match the optimistic dreams of the intrepid travelers: unpredictable weather, unexpected expenses (How much for that coffee?!) and unforeseen dilemmas all take their toll. Holiday brochures show vivid photographs of majestic hotels, clean blue oceans and empty beaches with the occasional sun-soaked Vogue model cavorting with a Mr. Atlas-type replica, but not the remotest indication of any disharmony in the holiday universe. No warnings of camera robbery on the raked sands, or of stone fish, sharp coral and unidentified brown objects in the sea. Or why it's cheaper to buy a deck chair than to hire one, or why places around the hotel pools get booked at 2 a.m. each day, yet remain unoccupied until sundown, defended only by an anonymous towel. Remaining healthy is a major concern in hot countries: the water is suspect and survivors are given "endurance" medals for lasting two weeks without needing a doctor. For this reason, tourists consume bottles of poor wine, avoid the ice cubes in their gin and tonics and have champagne for breakfast … it’s known as "Happy Hour," and lasts all day. Many travellers avoid meat – as one doctor remarked: "Vegetarianism is harmless enough, though it is apt to fill a man with wind and self-righteousness."

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The average tourists wear their most attractive and comfortable clothes for travelling, wash them at the first opportunity and continue to wear them throughout the holidays. Their cases remain bulging and semi-unpacked and, complete with excess baggage charges, serve no practicable purpose other than to boast the size of their wardrobe. Occasionally, travellers are seen at airports with only a knapsack and a supercilious smile; they are immediately apprehended by stripsearching officials and potsniffing dogs … nobody can be that sensible and law-abiding! The choice of a foreign country is always a problem. The United States is merely an embryonic form of Canada, from which individual states import bald eagles, wolves and illegal immigrants. Mexico is a country where the men wear big hats which the women dance on, and most of them are in the process of moving to the U.S. Visiting the British Isles is equally confusing, as it has four parts. There's Ireland, where, according to Sir Sidney Littlewood: "The Irish don’t know what they want, and are prepared to fight to the death to get it." Wales is a place where everyone wants to be a teacher, a nurse, a Methodist preacher or a politician … and those who fail become actors. In Scotland the women wear trousers and the men wear kilts; to prove their manhood they throw huge lumps of wood around, blow the heck out of sheep’s bladders … and the food is simply offal! Finally, there is England where, according to Groucho Marx: "Only one man in 1,000 is a leader of men; the rest follow women." It is little wonder that the majority of Islanders are delighted to return to their lotus isle, where life is uncomplicated and there are no deck chairs to rent. The latest fad is to visit other islands, and as long as you don’t want to swim, you should survive.




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The Extended Encore of Our Local Harvest by Jim Townley I think it’s important to be thankful for each year’s bountiful harvest on the Peninsula and this year's is no exception; however, it’s truly amazing to see how fast a season can go when the start seemed so horribly cold and painfully slow. It was like Mother Nature was simply unwilling to come out to the garden to begin this year; perhaps it’s her way of protesting. She did, however, show herself after Canada Day and we’ve seemed to have had a fairly good run of weather for most of the summer since. The 21st season of the Peninsula Country Market is quickly coming to a close, on Saturday, October 13th at the Saanich Fairgrounds (inside the RCMP barn) and we would like to thank all of the residents who have supported the many local food producers, specialty food makers and crafters every Saturday. Everyone has worked through what feels like a tougher market season

than I can remember in years, but in the end every Saturday morning on the field with warm sunshine and coffee in hand is, without question, my favourite place to be on the Saanich Peninsula no matter what. The members of the Market have decided to extend it by one additional Saturday, because the warm weather necessary to start the growing was slow to arrive, and Thanksgiving comes early in October this year. Some of the best bounty we have access to doesn’t come on until mid-October, so the extra week just means we will be able to stock up one more time before the season ends. We invite you to come and find out what "pickling & souring" is all about on Thanksgiving weekend, October 6th, and then on the 13th you'll see a cornucopia of squash to celebrate. For more information on the Peninsula Country Market visit

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Saanich School District Jumpstarts Student Careers – Andrew Parsons by Stu Rhodes It’s no accident that Andrew Parsons completed level two of his technical training as an auto service technician before his 19th birthday. According to Roger Pires, career counsellor at Parkland Secondary School: “Andrew came to me in grade nine already knowing he wanted to be an automotive service technician.” Andrew’s keen desire to learn about automobiles, support from family and a personalized education plan developed for Andrew by Roger Pires enabled Andrew to successfully pursue his life dream. “Starting in grade 10 I would go to school for half a day then go to work in the afternoons – it was so great!” said Parsons. He was able to work at his father’s shop, Steve’s Service, where he gained valuable work experience and insight into the trade. Andrew managed to attend to his academic requirements in the mornings and earn elective credits through work experience and secondary school apprenticeship courses at Steve’s Service in the afternoons. “I had the desire to do it, which was helpful, but the most important part is just to be dedicated and have the support of a sponsor employer.” Andrew’s father signed him as a secondary school apprentice, which permitted Andrew to log hours for his trade certification throughout his high school years.

“Students can enter the work force earlier and get their earning potential up faster,” said Steve Parsons, owner of Steve’s Service. “I would recommend this program for other employers too.” Pires created a plan that permitted Andrew to attend Camosun College in grade 12 to complete his “level one” technical training as an auto service technician, earning him high school credits as well as college level certification. “I had been around the shop forever, and I already knew so much about it so it just seemed like the perfect next step for me,” Andrew commented about heading to Camosun for his technical training. “We are able to design programs for each individual, so in Andrew’s case he was able to make up all of his electives for graduation through his courses at Camosun College and his secondary school apprenticeship courses. Andrew was the perfect student in the way he combined his academics with his apprenticeship,” said Pires. Saanich School District supports tuition costs for their trade students through funding received from the Industry Training Authority’s youth initiative program known as ACE-IT. Upon graduation from Parkland Secondary, Andrew received a $1,000 secondary school apprenticeship scholarship in recognition of his accomplishments. Since graduating he has returned to Camosun to complete “level two.” At this rate he will likely complete the four-year apprenticeship by the time he is 21 years old thanks to the head start he got in high school! Andrew says he would recommend this type of program to anyone interested in the trades because it allows students to get lots of valuable work experience and training before they even leave high school. For more information contact Garry Arsenault: 250-658-6679, Roger Pires: 250-655-2715, Wendy Walker: 250-514-0259, Stu Rhodes: 250-415-9211. Visit


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Ha vin g an operation can be a scary exp erience . . . No one wants to see a friend or loved one undergo surgery, but sometimes it is necessary. When it is, it’s reassuring to know that our hospital has the most up-to-date facilities and equipment. As the new operating rooms start providing service, the need for new pre- and post-operative areas has become acute. More privacy, more space, a patient washroom, plus a new endoscopy suite will help to reduce the stress of these difficult times for patients and families. Saanich Peninsula Hospital does a wide variety of surgeries, and it’s a fast-paced environment. Efficiency counts and so does compassionate care.

Help us make the rest easy.

Your donation will help build pre- and post-operative areas.

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“Business IS our Business” Where successful business owners come for expert accounting, tax and advisory solutions. tel: 250 590 5211 | 202 - 830 Shamrock St. Haven Spa • Seaside Times Oct 2012 Ad Victoria • Size: 7.75” 4.925” (h) |• Final REV2 • Sept 13/12 2V1 BC(w)| xV8X Erin J. Solbakken, BComm, CA

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Predators in the Gulf Islands Healthy ecosystems require a full suite of species distributed across a hierarchy of levels on the food chain. If a link is removed, changes in the numbers and types of species will follow. "Mesopredator release" is a phenomenon that occurs when top predators, such as wolves, cougars and bears, are removed from ecosystems. It allows smaller, mid-level predators to increase in numbers and consume prey at higher rates. This can lead to extreme reductions or even extinctions of species at lower levels on the food chain. B.C.’s Gulf Islands Archipelago is an excellent place to study mesopredator release. As a PhD student at the University of Victoria working with Raincoast Conservation Foundation, biologist Justin Suraci is examining how the loss of wolves, cougars and bears has allowed smaller invasive predators, specifically raccoons, to flourish. Hailing from Virginia, Justin came to B.C. in 2008 to undertake a Master’s degree in the Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology Research Group at Simon Fraser University, where he studied gull foraging decisions and their impacts on populations of intertidal animals. “I am extremely excited to be joining the Raincoast team and look forward to the opportunity to help protect B.C.’s rich biological heritage,” says Justin. When raccoons arrive on islands where they are not native, considerable changes can occur to songbird populations and intertidal animals. By comparing islands with and without raccoons, Raincoast and UVic researchers hope to understand the effect that unnaturally high raccoon numbers have on local

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biodiversity, a result that should translate to other places where wolves, cougars and bears have disappeared. It should be noted that wolves, formerly present in the southern Gulf Islands, once played a key role in ecosystem health. A lack of top predators doesn't just affect raccoon numbers. Research suggests that fear of predators alone can change an animal’s behaviour. With no fear, each animal does more of what it likes: namely eat and breed. Understanding how raccoons behave with and without large carnivores present is key to understanding the effects of predator loss. Ideally, the raccoon mesopredator project will inform conservation and park management in the southern Gulf Islands. Chris Genovali is the executive director of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Photo by Justin Suraci.

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Designed for Living – Seaport West the sea creatures at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, again part of the Marker commitment to meaningful waterfront development. And Seaport West is front row centre.

by Linda M. Langwith Something quite magical has happened on Seaport Place at the bottom of Beacon Avenue. The dreary little parking lot opposite the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa has been transformed into Seaport West: a delightful enclave of 10 exclusive upscale residences offering a superb location and every amenity imaginable, at prices that won’t break the bank. Seaport West represents the next phase in the thoughtful vision that Marker Developments is planning for the Sidney waterfront. This Saanich Peninsula-based family run company is truly committed to building community by offering spaces to live, work and have fun. Just look at the Sidney Pier Hotel, where you can enjoy a latté at Georgia Café and Deli, invite friends for dinner at Haro’s, and experience some serious pampering at the Haven Spa. It doesn’t stop there though. Stroll along the enhanced waterfront walkway, revel in the whimsical sculptures, and enjoy the lush green space, perfect for family picnics, outdoor concerts and making memories. Be entranced by

Whether you’re looking for a pied-à-terre when your work or travels take you far away, or a home close to the marina for easy access to your boat, these iconic West Coast cedar and stone residences are designed for living the good life. Empty nesters wanting to downsize from the family home will find the open layout perfect for their new lifestyle choice. Your very own in-suite storage room means you could still store your adult kids’ stuff, but don’t tell them that! The best surprise? A private, easily accessed underground single car garage, plus extra parking for guests. Mobility issues have been thoughtfully addressed by local architects deHoog and Kierulf, as all residences are level entry, with extra wide hallways, in-suite elevators with battery backup, and generous walk-in tiled glass showers, as well as deep soaker tubs. All the features you would expect in such an upscale development are here: soaring ceilings, gorgeous bamboo plank flooring, rich carpet and tile, generous windows that bathe the spaces in natural light, warm neutral colour palettes, and private, sundrenched patios and balconies for ease of outdoor living. The ergonomic kitchen is designed for some serious culinary fun, showcasing top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, an eating bar, plenty of prep space and golden oak cabinetry. Ensuite and guest bathrooms bring the spa experience to a whole new level – you won’t want to rush your morning ablutions! Huge closets, generous master and guest bedrooms with easy access to private outdoor spaces – what more could you want? Boutique shopping is close at hand on Beacon Avenue, while the new retail wing of Seaport West promises more delights to come. Big city amenities, with a small town feel, that’s Sidney and Seaport West – make it your place and be part of the excitement. Linda is the author of “The Golden Crusader,” a mystery/action novel published by Twilight Times Books. Design and Construction Check out her website at

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The first fee simple development on Vancouver Island


he project under construction on the corner of Oakville Avenue and Fifth Street in Sidney looks like four townhomes, but it’s not. It is fee simple.

Local builder Alan Jones of Alan Jones Construction Ltd. approached the Town of Sidney when the property came on the market last year to see what was on their wish list. The Town wanted to see fee simple ownership for brownstonestyle housing, and that’s exactly what 4on5th is.

Fee simple means ownership without strata, allowing owners the benefits of townhome living without strata fees or strata rule restrictions. There are a few municipalities on the Lower Mainland that have had success with this type of ownership, but this is first fee simple development on Vancouver Island. Eric Barker Architect Inc. was hired to create a design that embraces the site as a transitional location between Sidney’s downtown core and the charming residential neighbourhood of Orchard Park. The design marries the adjacent commercial buildings with the architectural features of the quaint neighbouring homes. The location was also chosen for its proximity to the heart of Sidney. “Walkability� is the key to urban living. When asked who the target market is for this project, Alan Jones says: “Purchasing a unit at 4on5th is choosing a boutique lifestyle. I’m a fourth generation resident in the Sidney/North Saanich area and I’ve seen Sidney emerge as one of the sweetest little towns in the Pacific Northwest. My vision was to create timeless, carefree homes for owners who want to live two blocks from the charms of Sidney and its oceanfront playground. And the fee simple concept was just the icing on the cake. Freedom from strata restrictions? It’s ideal.� The brownstone style is also a new concept to Sidney. These homes do not shy away from the fact that they front Fifth Street. The setbacks established by the Town for this type of housing are really guidelines to design the frontage so that the home includes the streetscape, the sidewalk and the culture of urban living. The entertainment deck, the huge picture windows, the landscaping and the entrance are all oriented for the owners to fully live an urban lifestyle. Privacy plays an important factor as well. Privacy glass, custom blinds and second floor main living allow the option to turn off the outside world. The interior finishes were chosen to offer the owner a sanctuary to creatively express themselves. Alan mentions: “We didn’t want the homes to be circa 2012 or to have any designer labels. We strove to ensure the interiors are timeless and classic.� Alan and his wife are still living in the home where they raised their two daughters, but they are getting to the age

where they are considering downsizing. Alan insists on building homes in which he himself would live. With downsizing on his mind, Alan ensured that 4on5th would boast twocar garages with room for a workshop and an adjacent flex-room, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, the quintessential kitchen, dining and living room for entertaining and lots of storage. “Hey, if at my age I’m still plucking at my bass, accumulating golfing toys and thinking about buying a Harley, then I better be sure that anything I build will accommodate boys with toys.� Oh, and his wife agrees, because she’s going to ride a Harley too. Photo by: Builder Alan Jones stands in front of his 4on5th construction site.



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Fall and late autumn are a great time (once again) to CLEAN and MULCH. If your weeds have gotten a bit out of control, now is the time to rid your beds of them. You are best to do it before they set seed and flourish next spring and summer. This is also a great time to re-mulch your beds and protect your tender perennials.

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Police Chief Josiah Bull by Valerie Green Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria’s past? If so, wonder no more. In this series of “interviews,” imaginary conversations are conducted with some well-known (and some lesser-known) men and women from Greater Victoria’s colourful history. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Josiah Bull, a member of the Saanich Police department from 1930 until 1957, was an exceptional man, once quoted as being “one of the kindest men you could ever meet.” He became Chief of Police in 1938 and served his municipality well, claiming there was no such thing as a “really bad person.” Some people, he said, were just a little better than others. (Imaginary interview conducted in 1958.) Now that you’ve retired, Mr. Bull, can you look back on your life with satisfaction? Indeed I can, having numbered both rich and poor among my many friends. Were you born in Saanich?

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Yes, in the Royal Oak area, in 1896, and I grew up on my father’s 40-acre farm while attending Royal Oak School. I always intended to be a farmer like my Dad as I enjoyed taking care of the cattle and horses. In 1907, after buying more land in the Quadra area, my Dad built the “Manor House,” named after the farm he himself was born on in Huntingdonshire in England. When did you join the police force? In 1930. At that time the force only consisted of Chief Rankin, Sergeant Robert Brown and two constables named Cummins and Hayden. When Constable Hayden left, the force was once more brought up to five by Eric Elwell joining. The Chief was the only one with a car. Brown had a push bike and the constables, including myself, used motorcycles. Why had you become interested in police work after being so passionate about farming? I think my interest stemmed from childhood after seeing some police officers dressed in their handsome khaki uniforms and patrolling on horseback. What was police work like in those early days? Well, it was hard. We only had one day and one night off each week, and there was always the

chance that we would be called on duty even then if there was a special event happening. We always had to be within answering distance of a telephone just in case. Holidays were non-existent. In winter time it was especially unpleasant driving miles over the area in miserable weather conditions. When were you made Police Chief? In 1938, by which time the force had become more modernized with a second car added for the sergeant. Two more police cars were added in 1940 and 1941, and a two-way radio was also installed in 1941, making the policeman’s lot far happier. Of course, the force had greatly enlarged by the end of World War II. Then, in 1950, the three-shift system came into effect.

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What was that? It meant that each man had an equal amount of duty and time off, working in shifts. I believe you retired last year in 1957. How are you enjoying your new life? Very much. I have kept five acres of the original Bull farm and my wife, Gladys, who comes from Sidney, and I still live in the Manor House. We have four children, and our eldest, Joyce, works in the premier’s office. My sister, Elizabeth, was the first stenographer to work for the Municipality of Saanich, working there from 1915 until 1920. What an interesting family! “Joe” Bull was long remembered as one of the best men the police force ever had. He had an inborn gift for public relations, enabling him to easily converse with people from all stations in life. Following his death in 1965, Joe’s widow, Gladys, stayed on at “The Manor House” (fondly referred to as the old Bull house) until her own death at the age of 85 in 1985. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at Photo 1992-017-001; Saanich Police Officer, Josiah Bull; courtesy Saanich Archives.

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Simple Twist Behold, the venerable pretzel. The classic snack adored by so many … whether dipped in chocolate or as a leading character in your party mix, the crispy salty twist is the perfect nosh for any beer lover or kid on the block. For a "twist" (sorry, couldn't resist) on the crisp little snack we know so well, go the European route! Think bigger, think better, think softer and think jumbo! This month, in honour of Oktoberfest, we are going to make a traditional Bavarian pretzel that is fantastically easy to prepare and will be a treat with a cold beer, some hot mustard and your favourite oompah album. Make a dozen, get on your lederhosen and invite your friends for a sing-along. Before you book the hall, here’s a (very) little history of our twisted friend: Hailing from its Germanic roots, a "brezel" is a traditional twisted bread treat that can be served either savoury (my favourite) or sweet. The chewy, doughy bread is far simpler than its shape would have you believe. There are many stories on how this twist came to be, including arms folded across a person’s chest in prayer. Whatever the origin, for us they are synonymous with fun.

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some incredible dipping options perfect for all your twisted friends. This is the recipe I've found to give the best results: 1 package active dry yeast 1 ¼ tsp salt 4 cups all purpose flour 2 tbsp baking soda Kosher Salt

2 tbsp sugar 1 ½ cups warm water 2 cups warms water melted butter

Preheat Oven to 450°. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast, sugar and salt in 1½ cups warm water. Mix in flour and knead dough on a floured counter until smooth and elastic. Place dough into a greased bowl and coat the dough ball with oil, cover with a towel and let rise for an hour. Combine 2 cups of warm water with baking soda in shallow dish. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn out dough onto counter, punch it down and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll out each piece to the thickness of your finger (they will be quite long). Twist into pretzel shape and quickly dip in baking soda solution, place onto baking sheet and let rise for 20 minutes.

Once they have risen, into the oven they go for 8-10 minutes. Take out,(h) brush them with melted That's the history lesson done with, so now we are going to Sidney Pier (Haro’s) Seaside Times Ad October 2012 • Size: 7.75” (w)them x 4.925” • Final • Sept 13/12 butter and sprinkle with coarse salt. Enjoy! make these not-so-little gems and then serve them up with






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The Kneebone Boy, where legend has it that a boy-like monster lives in the castle next door. They soon find themselves digging into multiple mysteries, such as "what happened to Mother," "who is Great-Aunt Haddie," "Does Kneebone Boy really exist?" and "Is this really a five-legged cat?"

Reviewed by Lucas Person, 11 The Kneebone Boy is actually pretty good. The author gives us just enough information to make us wonder without giving us so much information that we figure it out. By the third-to-last chapter I was left half mad trying to figure out how the story would resolve itself. She ends each chapter at such a thrilling part. Otto, Lucia and Max have been living as social outcasts in their small town since the mysterious disappearance of their mother several years before. Their isolation is also, perhaps, because they are a bid odd. Especially the eldest, Otto, who always wears the same scarf around his neck, and only speaks using sign language. Everything seems to change when their father sends them to stay in London with their silly aunt, who happens to be away on holidays. They find themselves launched on an adventure of a lifetime, in a village

When I got to the end of The Kneebone Boy, and realized how the story and the tales shaped the people, their expectations and their lives, it was wonderful. It was also nice at the end to understand how everything came together.

by Ellen Potter

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Sunday, October 28, 4:30pm - 6pm

A fang-tastic Halloween event for the entire family, which includes a carnival of games, craft activities, face painting, family entertainment and our giant inflatable obstacle course! Don’t forget to wear your costume!

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The Sidney Concert Band: We Will Remember!

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When my father listened to the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah, tears would stream down his face. Exquisite music can invoke a state of ecstasy in those primal parts of the brain. Music is a very powerful medium, etching magical lasting memories that touch us forever. Great music has the power to make us remember what is important, “lest we forget.” The Sidney Concert Band reminds us of the majesty of music, and how a band’s efforts can ripple throughout our community, spreading love to every corner. As president, Claire Mackelson loves being a part of the Sidney Concert Band. She trembles with glee as she talks about playing her beloved euphonium. “It turns a switch inside of me and is like electricity, a spark. I love it.” The music of the Sidney Concert Band has infused a lot of joy into this community since the band’s inception in 1986/87 – playing at the Sidney Band Shell, Beacon Park Pavilion, in schools, in local parades and providing the music for numerous events. The musicians’ hearts are always in the community. Claire glows: “We want to be able to make people smile and we want to help our community because they helped us!” The talented band deeply appreciates their generous sponsors: Holmes Realty in Sidney, The Mary Winspear Centre,

Thrifty Foods and the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. This support gives them the secure base to perform fundraising concerts for local partners such as the Air Cadets, schools and local charities. The event for the Sidney Concert Band, “The Musical Salute to Our Veterans – Remembrance Concert,” happens November 4th at the Mary Winspear Centre’s Charlie White Theatre (2 p.m: admission by donation). An excited email bugle call by Claire happily states: “The Sidney Concert Band is delighted to announce that our special guests are the Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band and the Canadian Scottish Association Band. The SCB is delighted to be joined by the Pipes & Drums.” According to Claire, this is the first time that the Scottish Band has joined this “prestigious community salute to veterans.” Claire is happy to report that the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre in Victoria will be helped by monies raised at the Remembrance concert.

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What’s Happening – October 2012

Tuesday Nights Snowdon House Farms Papardelle's Pasta Nights

1890 Mills Road, North Saanich, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 250-658-3419 • Come and join Laura in the farm kitchen for an exciting demonstration of wonderful gourmet pasta, salad and bread. Enjoy tasting the flavours! Oct. 2nd – sweet potato pasta with pumpkin, sausage and cavolo nero; Oct. 16th – roasted garlic pasta with South Indian-style vegetarian curry; Oct. 23rd – orange Szechuan pasta with eggplant, scallop and broccolini stir fry. $20 per night, limited seating for ten. Please phone and book ahead.

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

Until October 21

First Nations and Métis Art Show Tulista Park: 5th & Weiler, Sidney Tuesday through Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-656-7400, A unique art show in Canada with representatives of First Nations artists from across Canada. Local Coast Salish territories artists, as well as Métis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibway, Navajo, Inuit and Chickasaw Nations. The gallery will be displayed to reflect the intent and spirit of the event. The diversity of art expressions include: carving, weaving, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, beading, leather work, painting, jewelry and some that might surprise you!

Saturdays til Oct. 27 North Saanich Farm Market St. John's United Church Annex 10990 West Saanich Road, 9:30-12:30 Find seasonal veggies, eggs, mushrooms, baked goods, meat and crafts, and of course seeds for the home gardener. Meet your neighbours and support our local farmers.

October 1

Companions of the Quaich "The Wood Makes The Whisky"

Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 p.m. 250-658-1109,

Wood plays a crucial role in the development of a malt whisky. Originally only oak casks were used, but changes in wood management have caused a noticeable shift in the flavour profile of Scotch whiskies produced by various distilleries. This dinner tasting features four whiskies finished in a variety of barrels to highlight the contribution wood makes. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50.

Oct. 5 - Nov. 9

The Journey – Navigating Aging Free Six-Week Course The Centre For Active Living 50+, 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 250-652-4611, In partnership with Silver Threads Service, Victoria. Topics will include stretching a dollar, still eating well, where to move to and more.

October 6

Gartley Station 14th Annual Open House #108 - 1931 Mt. Newton X Rd, Saanichton , 10-4 p.m. 250-652-6939, Free lunch (barbecue smokies and vegetarian chili), live music, draws and special pricing on the wines you love!

October 11

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Sidney @ 11:30 a.m. New to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. You must register with the club before you are able to participate in the luncheon. To register check out the website (above).

October 15

Fall Into Stories on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria 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).

Oct. 19, 20, 21, 27 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 spook-tacular afternoon of Halloween fun with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. At 11:15 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 ghoulish brew await. Wear a costume and win a prize. Meet at the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road. Wheelchair accessible.

October 20 Harvest Bazaar

Peace Lutheran Church, 2295 Weiler Avenue, Sidney, 9:30 - 2 p.m. Good used/new household items, children’s toys, handmade crafts, books, unique Ugandan crafts, home baking. Soup, lunch and refreshments by donation. Lots of surprises; come and find a treasure! Proceeds to help others, both at home and abroad.

October 20, 21

CACSP Fall Artists Studio Tour The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula is pleased to host the Fall Artists Studio Tour in and around Sidney, North and Central Saanich. The Studio tour is self-guided and, of course, free. This Tour will have 28 venues with 65 artists, several new to the Tour. A colourful brochure and location map is available at the area’s coffee shops, book stores, Michell Bros. Farm Market, at the studios/venues and online at

October 23

Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Meeting Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 7 p.m. Presentations by a panel of speakers including the national president of CFUW.

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Sidney Fine Art Show The 2012 Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS) will take place from Friday, October 12th through Sunday, October 14th at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. For the 10th year, the Bodine Family Hall at the Centre will again be turned into an inspiring gallery of outstanding local art that will be viewed by the close to 6,000 people who annually attend the show. For two days in September, jurors Don Farrell, Sandra Fraser and David Goatley faced the daunting task of winnowing the 1,020 pieces submitted from 475 artists down to the approximately 375 works accepted for this year’s show.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. October 12th and 13th, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 14th and feature artist demos every day. October 13th, from 7 to 9 p.m., is the very popular “Meet the Artists” night with more artists’ demos and refreshments. Admission is $6 per day or $10 for a threeday pass and visitors can win fabulous door prizes each day. More information can be found at or follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Events begin the evening of October 11th with opening celebrations for invited guests. Sponsors or patrons will have the first opportunity to view and purchase the artwork chosen for the show and attend an awards ceremony in the Charlie White Theatre. This year, the SFAS is pleased to again have Sheryl Mackay, host of CBC Radio’s North by Northwest, to emcee the ceremony. Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, Best Work on Canvas or Board, Best Work on Paper or under Glass, Best 3 Dimensional, Best Photo/Photo Based Medium, the Colin Graham Award for Innovative Work, six Juror’s Choice Awards and the Show Designer Award. Following the awards ceremony, there is a preview and reception for sponsors, patrons, artists and volunteers. The show also showcases master artists Craig Benson, Dale Dziwenka, Tara Juneau, Clement Kwan, Johannes Landman and Noah Layne, each of whom have been presented with a major prize at least twice in previous shows. Run by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), and staffed by over 300 dedicated volunteers, the not-for-profit SFAS continues to make a significant and needed contribution to the local art community. Artists receive 80% of their sales revenue, with any surplus from the show going directly to the CACSP to support its many diverse programs including children

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and seniors art classes, Arts in the Schools, Gallery by the Sea, the First Nations and Métis fall show and other CACSP programs as well as the operation of the Tulista Arts Centre.

Again this year, the Sidney Fine Art Show and the Saanich Peninsula Fall Studio Tour which takes place October 20th and 21st, are the "bookend" events to the Peninsula ArtSea Festival, which runs from October 12th through 21st. The ArtSea Festival includes these two much-anticipated events as well as a full range of other activities in between. In addition to fine art and crafts, these include music, dance, literature, film, and, of course, the "art of shopping." Visitors can also participate in the CACSP’s self-guided "Seaside Sculpture Walk" on the waterfront of Sidney.

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Zais Astrology – October 2012 by Heather Zais ( Aries (march 21 - april 19) Pull opposing factions together as you seek more solidarity in personal or business relationships. The practical needs of both sides are the main consideration. Improve the working or living environment. Review confidential matters.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) Take more of an independent leadership role until you know who you can count on. Hold the line financially while assessing the areas of need. You have the opportunity to stay where you are or climb to something bigger.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Decide how much further you want to go on your present course. You are at a crossroads for change – get ready. Health or work issues affect your choices. Consider who will be on the path with you and whether your needs blend.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) A lot goes on behind the scenes. Investigate or have tests done – yours or others as the results affect limitations. Visit shut-ins. Separate yourself from the past or "stuff" you no longer want. Have a clear future target.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) Your social life should be in high gear this month - special entertainment gets your attention. Associate with those of status or influence and the connections will be helpful in other areas. You are in a blossoming cycle.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Be out and about making contacts or enhancing present ones. Promote yourself in a gracious way for easy acceptance. Others give you the "thumbs up" on more than one level. Wishes unfold and ambitions advance.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Location of home or office takes on added importance now. Make sure you feel comfortable or another move will be necessary. Others will have an opinion on your choice as their needs are different. Focus on financial security.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Be flexible when it comes to locations – home or work. The world is open to you if you are ready for it. Walk an independent path that takes you ahead of others. Your status or popularity is rising – grab the opportunities.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) Attend special gatherings or events. Love and romance is in the air; pay attention to notes or messages that convey a deeper meaning. Use charm to handle those who are unstable or overemotional so they don't react too much.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Your thoughts travel over distance; consider whether you want to go there in person. There are some funds available through others now. Decide if you want to accept it or not. Catch up on correspondence for clear sailing ahead.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Take your place with dignity and you will be admired or compensated for it. Patient determination gets you to the next level. Silence is golden when dealing with gossips or those trying to discredit you. They need you now.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) Keep certain financial arrangements private until you know who wants what; make sure it's fair. Relationships can be sweeter now under the influence of Venus. Spend quality time with that special someone. Plan travel.

last word So there I was, debating which case to buy for my iPhone. What was the source of the debate? Colour. I was waffling between buying a much more expensive case for the simple reason that the cheaper version didn't come in any colours I liked. I made the sane decision and went with the less expensive case, but I stood there, considering the other one, for longer than I care to admit.

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What is it about colour that's so personal? With this question in mind, I decided to do a little bit of research. "Whether we’re a vibrant Orange, or a peaceful Blue, our color preferences are a key to understanding our personalities," says website The test on the site says that my preference for green means I am a generally frank, community-minded person, fairly sociable but preferring peace at any price. On, an article says "Research on the psychology of colour consistently demonstrates that colours evoke emotional, behavioural and physical responses. Psychologists have found certain colours in our environment help or hinder performance of certain tasks."

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