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A Clear Vision Welcome to the first issue of the Seaside Times in High Definition. Do you remember the first time you saw a TV show in HD and how clear it looked? So clear you would go up to the picture and touch it because the colours and the sharpness were unbelievable. That’s how I feel about this month’s issue.

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So why switch to this type of printing? When I started to change the magazine in January of this year my vision was to give you a high quality magazine that both you and I could be proud of: a magazine that was read, not just looked at; a magazine that the business community wanted to advertise in because it gets results with extremely competitive rates. So I switched, to give you, the reader, the sharpest, clearest images possible so that we can showcase West Coast Culture at its finest. I’m constantly asked: “So what’s this magazine about?” In a nutshell, it’s about people, places and things in our community; it’s about people and their stories; people like you. It’s about the places that surround us that make us stop and take notice. It’s about the things that make our West Coast Culture interesting. Enjoy your day and thanks for taking a few minutes to read the crystal clear Seaside Times, a magazine about us.




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Celebrating Sidney-by-the-Sea

by Pene Beavan Horton As those of us who happily live here know, Sidney-by-theSea is a small tourist town perched on the oceanfront of southern Vancouver Island, with an ever-changing sea view. If the sun is shining, and it often is, the silky blue water leads your eye to the horizon. It’s restful to the eyes and the mind to walk to the end of Bevan Pier, lean on the wooden railing and then just gaze at the water, the islands and the boats tipping their sails in the sea breeze. Let it all wash over you; the healing feeling compounded of sun, air, sound and light, until you’ve soaked up all you can of that blessed expanse of sea and sky. Friendly seagulls perch on the pier railings or fly screeching overhead, their white feathers turning silver in the sun. Ungainly looking cormorants balance on pilings by the Fish Market and the odd crow struts its stuff, squawking raucously like the Wicked Witch of the West.

of all shapes, sizes and colours taking their owners for walks. Although we’re close enough to Victoria for people who want bright lights, nightclubs, heritage buildings, a colourful inner harbour and more shops and restaurants than you will need in one lifetime, we’re far enough away to keep our small-town values. Sidney-by-the-Sea has much to offer visitors and residents, if you remember that we have possibly the worst drivers in the country. So step lively when you step off your boat at one of the local marinas, or drive off the ferry at Swartz Bay. But do come, if only for the joy of experiencing a small seaside town while it is still small and still lovely. Photo courtesy Robert Beavan White.

Sidney is a destination…and a starting point for tourists who come to kayak, hike, bike, watch whales, sail, scuba dive, golf and sightsee. We also have 12 bookstores, art galleries, arts and crafts shows, theatre and musical events at the Mary Winspear building, and, in season, a farmers’ market. A stroll down Beacon Avenue takes you past interesting boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants. Want Greek, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Thai or pub food? It’s all here, plus excellent bakeries and grocery store delis if you just want to find a local park and picnic. Beacon Avenue stretches from the Pat Bay Highway (that takes you quickly to ferries and the airport), to the Fish Market, The Pier Hotel, the Cannery and shopping complex and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (an aquarium and marine education centre right on the ocean). Everything you need on vacation is here, including post offices, supermarkets and service stations where you can fill up your tank or get needed repairs for your car. Sidney is definitely a puttering place…small enough to be friendly so that most people you meet on the street greet you in passing or stop to chat. It’s a delightful candy store for garden lovers, and it’s also a dog-and-owner place. You’ll notice plenty of prancing dogs [[[WIEWMHIXMQIWGE



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Quilting Harrison Style

An interest in quilting brought a group of newcomers together six years ago. The group, called “The Sidney Sew‘n Sews,” meets monthly and has created and donated many traditional-style quilts to hospitalized children, as well as encouraging each other to “paint” with fabric. This past spring, when challenged by one member to create a quilt using Ted Harrison’s paintings for inspiration in order to raise funds for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, the group worked together to create the stunning wall hanging shown above. This tribute to Harrison’s iconic work has received his enthusiastic approval and he has signed his name to the quilt, increasing its worth considerably. On Sunday, November 15th, enjoy Tea With Ted in the lobby of the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney between 1 and 4 p.m. The winning ticket for this brightly coloured “Harrison-inspired” wall hanging will be drawn at 3:30 p.m. Ted Harrison plans to join everyone for tea and will sign copies of his biography by Kathryn Gibson. The quilt is currently on display at the CACSP Arts Centre in Tulista Park, Sidney. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Tulista Park, Legacy Gallery on Yates, Crown Publications on Superior Street and Ted Harrison Gallery in Oak Bay, or at Fabric Traders, Muffet and Louisa and Holmes Realty in Sidney, as well as the Hospital Foundation office.


Gifts From the Heart by Sandy McElroy The holiday season is drawing near and for many with pocketbooks lightened by a year of financial woes, this can be a trying time. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be though â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a bit of creativity you can turn a challenging time into a memorable event.

about front-end loaders. During our holiday that summer I took a series of pictures of my wife on or near several frontend loaders. I then wrote a story called Grand-mère and the Excavator which was a big hit. Another favourite and cherished gift is a photo album or scrapbook. A well done book will be a lifetime treasure. You could also create a family recipe book.

Spending a little time on the gifting program can lessen the meltdown factor on your credit cards. The first step is to think about those on your gift list. What are their interests? What comes out in the dreams or fantasy tales spun by a youngster? Perhaps the harried parent has unique needs. What does the senior with too much time on their hands really need?

There are always treats such as homemade smoked fish, dried fruit, jams or cookies that are much appreciated. Add a personalized label and the recipient will think of you each time they taste your gift.

The next task is to make a realistic assessment of your skills. You will be surprised at all that you have to offer when you take off the blinders. Think of all the crafts youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done over the years, then expand your thinking to include crafts that you have always wanted to do. The computer offers a rich smorgasbord of possibilities for creative gifts. The kitchen and the garden have also always offered a cornucopia of gift giving ideas. Basic woodworking skills and tools are all you need to make childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boats, trains, trucks and dollhouses. More advanced woodworkers can tackle furniture, rocking horses and even wagons. Make sure that the toys are sturdy and have no parts that a child can choke on, and be sure to finish the project with a non-toxic finish. With a computer the opportunities are endless. You could create a calendar with pictures of family members, pets, historical events, holiday highlights or favourite locations. Add birthdates to make the calendar even more useful. Perhaps you can create a short booklet with words and pictures. One year my grandson could not stop talking

With each of these gifts you are giving a part of yourself. I find that when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m making a gift for someone I think about them. During the creative process there is time to consider why I care about them. Creating a gift may seem old fashioned or too time consuming in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frenetic world. However, family treasures and rich memories donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come stamped â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made in China.â&#x20AC;? Pictured: Sandyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s granddaughter, Larika McElroy, with a hand-crafted doll bed.

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The Grizzly Bear Necessities by Chris Genovali Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

2008 ranked as one of the worst years for salmon returns on British Columbia’s central coast and the “silent fall” I experienced there last year, while not surprising given the lack of fish, was disturbing nonetheless. The silence along the river was almost deafening. No bears, or even birds, appeared along the banks. The reason soon became obvious: not a single salmon was to be seen in the glacial-fed water. Not a single salmon carcass lay on the ground, not in the estuary or the forest. There was no sign of predation and no sign of decomposition. The usual sounds of fall in this coastal rainforest valley were agonizingly muted. The thrashing of salmon swimming upstream, the splashing of griz-



zlies pouncing on fish in the shallows, the cacophony of multiple bird species scavenging the bears’ leftovers – all were virtually nonexistent. Not a whiff of the fetid odor of dead and decaying salmon I have come to associate with this time of year was evident and the unnatural quiet sent a chill up my spine. While it appears salmon returns, pink runs in particular, on the central coast are much improved in 2009, grizzly bear sightings have remained inconsistent. The ability of grizzlies to get their quotas for salmon is really a matter of competition and the odds are stacked against the bears. As fishermen, humans engage in what ecologists call “exploitative competition,” capturing salmon en route to spawning grounds


before they reach waiting carnivores. In a recent opinion piece for the Times Colonist, Raincoast biologists Chris Darimont and Misty MacDuffee stated that “referenced against past and current declines in salmon runs, we suspect coastal grizzlies receive a fraction of the salmon they used to, which ultimately manifests in population declines. Not by ‘die-offs’ as some have speculated, but through repeated years of low birth rates. Grizzlies are omnivorous and can persist even without salmon, but they have far fewer offspring.” Fisheries managers have always assumed that salmon exist exclusively for human consumption. Consequently, runs are only protected from harvest when they are overfished or endan-

gered. But how does status quo fisheries management serve the terrestrial ecosystems that salmon nourish? Not well. As Darimont and MacDuffee explain: “Put yourself in the paws of bears. Imagine if your big annual paycheque was reduced by four-fifths, then imagine the effect on the coastal food web economy. The nutrient subsidy used by the forest from the salmon carcasses is also greatly diminished. “As such, ‘protected areas’ that host highly exploited salmon runs are not really protected if a major ecological process is being compromised. “Of course, it’s not just fishing photo courtesy Tim Irvin nets that rob bears of this yearly bonanza. Fish farms, climate change, habitat loss, fresh water withdrawals and changing ocean conditions all influence salmon abundance.”

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scientists are directly addressing this question. In hair collected from (harm-free) fur snagging stations, DNA and isotopes are used to track bear numbers, estimate how much salmon coastal grizzlies are eating and explain the relationship between the amount of salmon and the number of bears. Like CSI sleuths, Raincoast is also assessing hormone levels in the hair to provide information about potential stress, reproductive activity and protein deprivation bears might show in response to poor salmon returns. From this knowledge emerges an informed basis for action.

Did You Know? The presence of salmon determines the size, fecundity and population density of coastal grizzly bears. Reproductive success for female grizzlies is directly related ir body mass in the fall. to their

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B.C. Memorial Avenue â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Have We Forgotten? by Carole Pearson In the afternoon on October 2nd, 1921, B.C. Memorial Avenue was formally dedicated. The ceremony was held near the entrance to Mount Douglas Park on Shelbourne Street, where 7,000 people arrived to hear speeches by B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lieutenant Governor Walter Nichol and Premier John Oliver. Following the end of the First World War in 1918, Canada began erecting statues and cenotaphs to honour the memory of its war dead. During this time, there also emerged a popular movement with the belief that it was more useful to the greater community to build â&#x20AC;&#x153;practicalâ&#x20AC;? memorials like hospitals, schools, halls, and libraries instead. Out of this arose proposals for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Road off Remembrance,â&#x20AC;?or a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memorial Avenue,â&#x20AC;? to serve as a living tribute to fallen soldiers. Shelbourne Street became the first Road of Remembrance in Canada, according to Gordon Fulton of the Manitoba Historical Society. Similar projects were also created in the U.S. and Britain and consisted of a long road double-lined with tall, stately trees of a single variety. A tree-lined avenue conveyed two symbolic meanings: first, it was a replication of the country roads of France where so many soldiers died and secondly, a living memorial represented the message of life over death.

never fully developed as planned: a tree and name plate for every war casualty from B.C., signs at all cross streets and archways at each end of Shelbourne Street. Only a few name plates were attached and over the years, even these disappeared. Shelbourne Street grew into a busy thoroughfare and as the surrounding farmlands were converted into residential subdivisions and shopping plazas began to pop up, the street lost its rural ambiance. In 1961, B.C. Memorial Avenue was re-dedicated to t include soldiers killed in the Second World War and Korean War but eight years later, some of o the London Plane trees were â&#x20AC;&#x153;temporarilyâ&#x20AC;? removed to allow road widening to accomr modate a new shopping centre at McKenzie Avenue. As further development stretched along Shelbourne Street and the road was expanded from two lanes to four, a huge swath of the boulevard of trees simply disappeared. Yet, 88 years ago, when the first tree was planted on B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road of Remembrance, it had great significance. With the proposed re-development plans for the Shelbourne Corridor, there is an opportunity for a revival of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Road of Remembrance.

In Victoria, an early prototype was created on Vining Street and dedicated on April 20th, 1917 to commemorate the second anniversary of the Battle of Ypres. Fourteen maple saplings were planted near Victoria High School in memory of the students and teachers killed in the war. In 1918, a similar plan was proposed for Shelbourne Street, then just a quiet country road. Original plans had the entire roadway lined with double rows of trees from the top of Mount Douglas Park to Bay Street. There was room for 1,500 trees and each would display a small brass plate inscribed with the name of a B.C. soldier killed in the Boer War or the First World War and a second plate with the name of the visiting dignitary who planted the tree. Sections of the Memorial Avenue would be allocated to different B.C. municipalities so trees bearing the names of the war dead from that community would be grouped together. Trees were planted 30 feet apart, alternating London Plane trees with Mountain Ash trees. The London Plane was chosen because of its majestic size and longevity. The fastergrowing Mountain Ash were removed as the slower-growing Planes matured. With the passing of time, the initial burst of enthusiasm for the project waned. In 1928, the BC Colonist reported that the project was near completion however, the memorial was







We Day 2009 Focuses on Amazing Kids by Sarah Stratton

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing how a small action can lead to many helping.

I had the most amazing experience at We Day 2009, held September 29 in Vancouver. This great conference focuses on children of all ages helping free other children from all kinds of terrible circumstances. There were speeches from many people who want to encourage us kids to take a stand and make a difference. One of the most inspiring speakers was Spencer West (pictured at right with Sarah Stratton). He has no legs, but he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that stop him; he goes out and helps others instead! He told us the most incredible story that truly inspired me. Spencer was in Africa in his wheel chair in a very remote location meeting everyone and shaking hands while trying to push

himself up a steep hill. He said it was very difficult and he was getting tired when he felt a push on the back of his wheelchair. When he looked behind him he saw a small boy, helping him up the hill, then another and another joined in until there were six little boys.

Another speaker, Mia Farrow, put pictures in my mind that I will never be able to forget: the faces of war and torment, small children dying of lack of nutrition, wounds and disease. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horrible what goes on while we are sitting at home playing on our computers. Think about your games, how real they can get; now imagine that in your house, really happening here and now. Bombs and gunshots and you in the middle of it all. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe that we have it so easy, and when I thought about it I felt like screaming because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so unfair. Thankfully, Sarah McLachlan started to perform Angel.




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After her last song, Gordon Campbell came out to give a speech encouraging youth of all ages to help however they can. The cast of Degrassi then came onstage and their speech made me realize how many people really do need our help. His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to the crowd, answering questions and giving wise advice. He was actually very funny! Others spoke about their experiences and what they want and do for the world including Robin Wiszowaty and Michel Chikwanine (pictured below with Sarah Stratton).

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Michelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past was horrible; he was taken as a child soldier at the age of five. He went through things nobody should ever have to experience. His speech was amazing and incredibly inspirational and he made me realize that you never really know how much strength you can find in your spirit until there is no other choice but to stand for what is right and good. Michel was able to escape his captors and he ran for three days and nights until he found help. As the day came to a close, Canine performed and Jane Goodall spoke about doing great things with very few resources. Jacob Hoggard from Hedly spoke and then Jason Mraz ended the day with a great performance. After the conference, I got to meet several of the speakers and performers including Louise Kent, Spencer West, Michel Chikwanine and Craig and Marc Kielburger. I felt very honoured to be part of this day and will never forget it. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my turn to help! I have lots of ideas and will let you know what I come up with. Thank you to Helijet for sponsoring my flight to Vancouver.

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Cats: Good For Your Health by Dr. Ellen Guttormson, Beacon Cat Hospital There have been multiple well researched and documented studies in the past few years which suggest that pet ownership results in a variety of health benefits, and, as far as pets are concerned, cats often top the list of those pets that provide the most benefits. One study from the University of

Minnesota suggests that cat owners are less likely to die from a heart attack or stroke, and they did not find the same results amongst dog owners. Documented studies suggest the following benefits: reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, higher survival rates from

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A similar study of 100 people aged 20 to 40 years showed interesting results when comparing their cats to their partners: almost 50 percent enjoyed a better nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep with their cat on the bed than they did with their partner in bed, 60 percent said they could put up with their catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad breath but not their partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and 55 percent would tolerate their cat taking most of the bed covers at night but not their partner doing the same! I found this set of results to be particularly enlightening and wonder if I should perform the same survey in my veterinary hospital? A final survey of younger cat owners, under the age of 13, showed these results: 80 percent said their cat helped them get on better with family and friends, 81 percent said they would rather chat to their cat about their feelings than to their parents or friends and 87 percent regard their cat as a friend. Both cats and dogs have been found to help children with emotional difficulties and autism.

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A study of 500 cat owners in the U.K., aged over 55 years, provides the following statistics: 82 percent found their cat helped them overcome feelings of stress, 62 percent said that cat ownership helped overcome feelings of loneliness and 75 percent sometimes preferred to share their feelings with their cat rather than a partner or friend.


Over the years, in my own veterinary practice, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve certainly been privileged to have clients share many stories of their lives and the personal benefits that they have derived from the close bond with their cats. I have also been told on many occasions of the family cat who just seems to know when a family member is sad, ill or even dying. These cats will often be the unwavering companion, providing comfort when so badly needed and decreasing stress levels for all family members.

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Waiting For Peter A Short Story by Linda M. Langwith It was a cold, blustery November day and the bright lights of the coffee shop beckoned Kate. Her walk on the beach left her chilled and she knew only a cappuccino would revive her. The place was packed however, and the only spot was at a table by the door. She would have to share, though she was not really in the mood for chat. Still, the small woman sitting there, her hair styled with a froth of short curls that made her look like an aging Shirley Temple type, her eyes fixed on the door, looked harmless enough. The last thing she wanted was to have to make small talk with a smartly turned out rich woman bragging about her doctor husband and her successful offspring. Kate ordered her coffee, approached the table and asked: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi, is this seat taken?â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Susie, by the way.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Kate.â&#x20AC;? She watched Susie play with her salad and mess about with her muffin, taking small sips of her lattĂŠ in between, as if to make the moment last as long as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you come here a lot?â&#x20AC;? asked Kate, making small talk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, practically every day. Except on the weekends â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too busy then. This is our favourite table. Peter always sits there, just where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting.â&#x20AC;? Kate shivered, feeling the cold November wind steal in from the door of the cafĂŠ. The waiter brought her cappuccino and she sipped the hot liquid gratefully, wrapping cold fingers around the cup.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, no, not actually,â&#x20AC;? replied the woman. She was slow to remove her jacket that was placed over the back of the empty chair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expecting anyone, were you?â&#x20AC;? asked Kate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, yes, my husband.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice. Got any special plans?â&#x20AC;? Kate felt someone push past her chair, bumping her shoulder. Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anyone ever say â&#x20AC;&#x153;excuse meâ&#x20AC;? anymore? She looked around to glare at the culprit but there was no one near the table. How odd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were going to take a trip but he got sick.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too bad.â&#x20AC;? Kate shivered again. Maybe she was coming down with something. She slipped her coat over her shoulders, feeling the soft down on her arms rise up in goose bumps. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was never sick before. I almost thought I should stay home today. I cried my eyes out,â&#x20AC;? she confessed, staring at Kate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You feel it donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peter.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pardon?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always feel heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here, even though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been dead three years to the day.â&#x20AC;? Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffee cup smashed to the floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like you. I can always tell,â&#x20AC;? said Susie matterof-factly, wiping the crumbs from the corners of her mouth. Kate staggered to her feet, knocking over the chair.

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White-faced, refusing the offers of another cappuccino from one of the wait staff, she rushed towards the door, letting in a swirl of cold wind as she left the cafĂŠ. Susie righted the chair and carefully placed her jacket over the back.

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How to Protect Your Feeders From Furry Feasters by Jennifer Hill Not a day goes by without customers complaining about uninvited “guests” at their feeders. The diners are either those who prefer to eat bird food (e.g. squirrels and rats) or those who have a fondness for eating birds and/or bird’s eggs (e.g. cats and raccoons).

stationary objects can thwart some. Even better, stringing empty popbottles, short lengths of garden hose, plastic hair curlers, 35-mm film canisters or even old vinyl LPs on the line makes it all the more difficult to cross. • If you hang your feeder from a tree

For some people, the unwanted visitor list even includes birds, such as starlings and crows, who love to eat suet. This month’s column will examine how to keep squirrels and rats away and in another issue I will address other types of callers. While it’s impossible to keep all rodents at bay, it is hoped that the following suggestions may help to foil some (or at least amuse you in the process): • Squirrels’ excellent jumping skills make feeder placement critical. They should be at least two metres above ground and three metres from any launching pad (e.g., roof, fence or overhanging branch). A “tight rope” (e.g. a taut clothesline or strong wire) stretched between

limb or some kind of hanging device, a dome baffle, either a commercially available one or a homemade one made out of a plastic bucket, a metal bowl or a hubcap may prevent an “aerial attack.” Similarly, if you mount your feeder on a post and the varmint

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(Mis)adventures in Holland – Part I “Then why are you in Holland?” is the puzzled response to our declaration that “No, we don’t have family, nor do we have friends, in Holland.” The Dutch just don’t understand why my husband and I are spending four months cruising the rivers and canals of the Netherlands. But then, neither can we. We were supposed to be in France! Our adventure began with the TV cooking show Rick Stein’s French Odyssey. There was Rick, cruising on a barge on the Canal du Midi, extolling the virtues of French wine and regional cooking. The scenery was stunning – a barge silently gliding along a beautifully calm canal, grassy banks lined with plane trees and water dappled by the sun’s rays streaming through the leaves – an inspiration for artists, poets and foodies alike. How romantic and idyllic was that, and really, there was absolutely nothing to stop us from following in his footsteps, we said to each other. Our internet research led us to blogs of other couples who spend either months or years cruising the rivers and canals of Europe. We got a sense of what it’s like



by Sharlene Coss to cruise long term on a boat (small and cramped) and what the costs associated with living in France were (the exchange rate is going to kill you). But, our enthusiasm remained undaunted and we started seriously planning the trip and looking for a boat. It didn’t take long (if you don’t count the number of nights Phil was on the computer until 3 a.m.) to discover that: a) the best boat to buy is a Dutch steel cruiser; and b) the best place to buy a Dutch steel cruiser was in Holland. Not a stretch, grant you, but that’s essentially how we ended up spending the summer in Holland: two retired Canadians who have never driven a cruiser much less owned one were now embarked on the adventure of a life time. Our hunt for a boat began on the way from the airport to our hotel which was very near a boat broker – Jachtmakelaardij in Dutch. In this new age of online commerce, “buyer beware” needs an addendum – “buyer beware of pictures on internet sales sites.” The first boat


was disgusting – so different from the pictures on the internet – we almost cried. If this was an example of what our budget could afford, we might as well go home now, we thought. Many miles in our rented car and several boat yards later, we found our little gem. Calypso was love at first sight (for me at least – but let’s not go there). Ten metres long, 3.3 metres wide and eight tons of solid steel – our new home on the water. It needed a few adjustments to make it perfect – the shore power connection we installed immediately and a shower will be put in over the winter while we are back in Nanaimo. But before one casts off, one should really know how to drive a boat. Knowing how to dock and/or avoid solid and moving objects is also helpful. We hired a British ex-submariner to teach us the basics and we soon set off on our own. Nothing like a little real-time practice to get the juices flowing! Our first encounter with a lock’s closed gate was a little scary. We were

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Continuing along Mills Road, past the airport (with one eye on the road and one checking to see if any of the old warplanes I admire are out of their hangers and of course, always wondering what Mr. Ramsay and Co. are building),

I am constantly reminded why I love so much of what we have here on the Peninsula. I realize, standing at the Dutch door of our store on Beacon Avenue, greeting and being greeted so warmly by our many friends, acquaintances and customers as they walk by, how proud I am to have become part of this wonderful community. I am saddened only by the thought that one very welcome and familiar face is missing, that of my father, who passed away in August. Yet fall in the clothing business is always exciting. Now the colours and the textures really come into their own, and every day the boxes arrive. Even after all these years, it’s still like Christmas for me every time I open one. This season we have a new line, one that Kim and I found on a road trip through Carmel last year; Claudio Campione. It’s been in the store for just a couple of weeks and we’re almost sold out! We’re frantically burning up the phone lines to Germany to get more, and will have at least one more shipment before Christmas – thank goodness Kim speaks a little German; it’s coming in handy! We’re really excited about the line, and if you’re in the neighbourhood, please pop by and have a look at Campione’s great shirts, sweaters and jackets. Also come and see the new Fender shirt line, designed by Christopher Wicks of English Laundry – I have a feeling it will be a popular gift for guitar players this Christmas!

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early evenings and find some fun, free fitness near you. If you have smaller children, try combining a trip to the playground with a short walk tagged on the end. Playgrounds at the Panorama Leisure Centre, Tulista Park and Centennial Park all have nearby trails ideal for a quick jaunt before heading home. Make it fun and neither you or the kids will know you are exercising. For an educational experience at the same time, stop by the Sidney library then spend 20 minutes on the equipment circuit at the Community Wellness Park â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ideal for all ages and abilities. Make stopping at Reay Creek Park in Sidney a regular activity. The park has a 20-minute long walking trail and a chance to watch our local fish habitat as the seasons

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change. For a host of one-off activities, check the CRD website ( parks) for guided walks and nature events at nearby parks. Got a bike? The Peninsula has great roads and trails for cycling but did you know we also have a free ride park? Drop the kids while you shop for groceries, or better yet, hop on your bike and try out the trails with them. If BMXstyle trails arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your thing, the Peninsula has tons of great cycling routes including the Lochside Trail or the new paved bicycle path that runs along the Mills Road side of the airport. Like to hike? Gather a few friends or a couple of families and make a morning of it. Hiking trails in Horth Hill Regional Park and John Dean Provincial Park provide lots of options for leisurely jaunts or calorie-burning, high intensity exercise. Walking, hiking and biking options on the Saanich Peninsula are almost endless. When you run out of ideas, pick up a copy of the free Saanich Peninsula Walking Guide at the Panorama Leisure Centre or a copy of the North Saanich 2009 Guide to Parks, Trails and Beach Accesses is available for $2 from the municipal office in North Saanich. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be complicated or expensive to add a little extra exercise to your weekly routine â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just look around your neighbourhood to find easy ways to increase your activity, have fun, get fit and stay healthy this winter.










Treasure Hunt at Sidneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tivoli Gallery by Arlene Antonik While the treasures at the Tivoli Gallery have never truly been lost, they are yours to find at this unique store at 2475 Beacon Avenue in Sidney. There are so many wondrous delights tucked ucked into various nooks and crannies, you just know when you leave that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve e missed spotting some â&#x20AC;&#x153;must haveâ&#x20AC;? and another visit is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;must do!â&#x20AC;?

and Moreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Campbell River provide us with pottery dishes the shape of seashells and we have hand-crafted pewter bowls from Delia Pewter of Newfoundland.â&#x20AC;? There are also fair trade imports from around the world, many selected by Inga aroun her holiday and business travels. on h Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Inga immigrated by ship to Canada as a child with her family. Now a long-time Canadian citizen, she has retained a touch of Europe by naming her store after the magnificent Tivoli Gardens in her homeland.

Owner Inga Michel and staff members Penny and Janat are keen to supply the background on whatever catches your eye. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be pleased to tell you that much of the jewelry, clothing, accessories, home dĂŠcor and artwork is exclusive to Tivoli Gallery and is produced by local and Canadian artists.

The Tivoli Gallery has been in business at the same location in Sidbu ney for 24 years.

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(From left to right: Karl, Janat, Inga and Penny) â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to have the biggest framing shop in town at Marina Court,â&#x20AC;? he sighed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but now I have the smallest at my home studio out back â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even the mice complain.â&#x20AC;? Nonetheless, framing orders, including those from his wife, continue to provide him with a large amount of work. In fact, they first met when Inga took one of her paintings to Karlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shop to be framed! Christmas is coming. Explore the Tivoli Gallery and discover unique, local gifts to put under your tree this year.


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Baby Boomers in a Modern World by Valerie Green My computer and I are the best of friends today, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always that way: back in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s when we first met, we had a love-hate relationship! Unlike todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generation who are computer-savvy practically from birth, my generation was forced into the modern world of technology later in life and much more painfully. Consequently, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still learning. I do have a cell phone, but I admit I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tweet, twitter, text or blog which, in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world, makes me a dinosaur. I am, however, on Facebook and have become somewhat addicted!

people insist they do know how to spell, they just use the abbreviated forms for speed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hopefully not when driving. So, I have finally decided that if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat them, then you just have to join them. Here are a few of my personal favourite abbreviations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if I ever decide to joint the masses. RUT (Are you there?) LTNS (Long Time No See) LOL (Laughing Out Loud) LTD (Living the dream)


Connecting in this way all started a few years ago when a friend in England suggested I sign up for Friends Re-United, a English website which reconnects you with old school, college or workplace friends.

Two years ago, my daughter signed me up for Facebook and, as a Baby Boomer Plus, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve certainly learned a lot. I now thoroughly enjoy catching up with friends and relatives around the world, learning about their daily thoughts and activities and enjoying their photographs. Some younger people prefer that their parents not be on Facebook as it enables the parents to learn things they would not otherwise know. My generation, however, simply worries about the safety and privacy issues involved.

BCOS (Because) NOYB (None of your business) BGWM (Be gentle with me) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I will definitely need this one.

DNC (I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand!) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Undoubtedly this will also get a great deal of use by me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sign off now BCOS itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting complicated. So TTFN (ta ta for now). Now, that was one abbreviation I actually remember from years agoâ&#x20AC;Śback in the day when we actually wrote letters to one another with real words and then sent them by snail mail! Oh Happy Days!

For instance, adding the letter D to a colon means you are open-mouthed with delight! Or you can wink by placing a semi-colon in front of a bracket ;) If you are feeling very unhappy, you can express your feelings with >:-( If you are actually crying (heaven forbid), you can announce this emotion with :-(. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m now more than ever convinced that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to text because text language has a life unto itself. I wonder if the younger generation will ever learn how to spell real words 4COL (translation â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Crying out Loudâ&#x20AC;?)! I realize you have to be brief when texting and abbreviation and speed is the way to go today. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a good work-out for your thumbs! But, I still prefer the old-fashioned way of writing and spelling. Young 7)%7-()8-1)7


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Did you know, for example, that there are more than 1,000 text messaging abbreviations in use today? Plus there are the hundreds of emoticons devised by the usernet community. A bracket, colon, semi-colon and period no longer mean what they once did; today they convey emotions such as humour or anger.


But this entry into the modern technology of the 21st century has also presented me with another far greater problem â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I need to learn a whole new language!




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Peasant Buffet Reborn by Jennifer Bowles your most lustful encounter with food and wine, giving you a visceral feast for all senses.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a reference library of olfactorial experience. Hard wired to the trigeminal brain stem what we see, smell, taste, feel, ultimately imagine engenders emotion before intellect. When eating and drinking we are at our most primitive and vulnerable state. Sips is a dialogue animated metaphor to the colours, sounds, movement and archetype of indigenous food and drink.â&#x20AC;? ~ Brian Storen

With degrees in both literature and journalism and armed with a vocabulary that would have Webster himself curled in the fetal position, Brian animates one of the most sensuous styles of eating while bringing to light what is fast becoming one of the most popular trends in food. What is Brian describing? Charcuterie â&#x20AC;&#x201C; cheese and wine â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all presented â&#x20AC;&#x153;as they comeâ&#x20AC;? for tasting and sharing. While cheese and wine are common vernacular, you may not be familiar with charcuterie. As elegant as it sounds, it simply means cured, dried, pateeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d or similarly prepared meats.

Pow! Like the impact of a 2x4 in a chocolate box, Brian Storen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;mascotâ&#x20AC;? and sommelier at Spinnakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sips Bistro in James Bay, breathes fire into the restaurant world. He can read your mind and merge the experiences; first kiss, running in rain, your best cry and worst nightmare and parlay them into

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the local grocer with parsley garnish and slippery hamwrapped cheddar sticks, oh no. This is supremely thin slices of sopressata dry salami, duck prosciutto and a shingle of smoked Sooke trout, paired with hunks of horseradish monterey jack, blossom’s blue cheese and wasabi verdelait cheese and a glass of Venturi Schulze’ wine to kiss your lips and sink back with friends on your couch and simply… love it. Serve any of these with crispy baguette licked with grainy mustard and danced upon by a dollop of rhubarb compote. If you want to partake at home then go for it, but certainly one of your first experiences should be at Sips. It is where one truly connects and learns with food; without question it’s worth the trip. If you’re lucky enough to speak with Mr. Storen, an alumni of Sooke Harbour House and Barefoot Bistro in Whistler (not to mention voted Sommelier of the Year by En Route magazine in 2005), you can experience how he translates your wine notes into poetry that will have you begging for him to read you a bedtime story. Try this one on for size: “like a large-bottomed nude is how it finishes in the mouth” or another: “slipping into a gooseberry lined bed and the trembling embrace of a post-pubescent fig tree” or “the slap of a baby dragon’s tail.” I could not make these up! Charcuterie at Sips is like Disneyland for the senses. The myriad combinations of meat and cheese are as endless as the hours you will want to spend relishing this amazing experience. Choux Choux’s on Fort Street, Charelli’s on Foul Bay Road and Ottavio’s on Oak Bay Avenue all have excellent selections of charcuterie, cheeses, exquisite preserves, crackers and so much more so you can bring this experience home. They are also all exceptionally helpful when describing their wares and they will always let you sample first. Anyone can prepare an impressive plate with morsels of varying tastes and textures, a glass of beautiful wine and a cozy fireplace…incredible.

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Dress in your best black or white duds and enjoy the glittering lights, great food, fun people and the swinging sounds of the Commodores Big Band – so you can Dance Dance Dance!

Wines to Pair by Brian • Tugwell Creek, Sooke 2006 Meadery – old fireweed honey, medieval wine • Orofino, Cawston B.C. 2008 Sauvignon Blanc – wet cat in tall grass, honeysuckle

Cocktails, appetizers, silent auction, live auction preview – 6 p.m.

• Kettle Valley, Naramata 2006 Malbec – leathery bovine sweat-crushed carnations

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Gray Skills are Great Skills For Canadian Business by Margaret Boyes Are you a mature worker, (50+) who is out of work or changing careers and not receiving Unemployment Insurance and have not been on Unemployment Insurance for the past three years or maternity leave for the past five years? If so, the Victoria Gray Skills program may be right for you.

The next week I went to a Gray Skills workshop on accessing the hidden job market. My middle-aged classmates and I laughed our way through the next two hours as we shared work histories and goals. Tim told us that 80 percent of jobs are

The next Gray Skills Workshop was on healthy aging. There we learned how wellness includes the spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of life. We discussed exercise, nutrition and even sex. The next workshop was on networking, which means telling everyone you know that you are looking for work. I experienced this in action when a classmate gave me a copy of the Seaside Times and suggested I write for them.

Tim said the goal of Gray Skills is to help people find not just a job but work they like. He noted another program he was involved with had a 97-percent job placement rate and was hoping to achieve the same goal with Gray Skills. not advertised. He suggested we ask potential employers for informational interviews – then they’d already know us when jobs become available. Reading for the workshop included

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Tim also gave us instructions on contacting employers and a list of job search websites. Some of these (e.g. and I’d never heard of and they are very useful.

I was 58 when I decided to find an employment program after losing writing clients in the recession, and when I phoned Spectrum Employment Services they suggested Gray Skills. At my first Gray Skills appointment, I met a courteous 60-year-old man named Tim Power, the employment counsellor. He gave me psychological tests to determine my skills and abilities including the Myer-Briggs and Personality Dimensions.

I looked Tim Power up on the Internet and found he has his own consulting company and an online college and was the past director of Community Services for the John Howard Society. He’s also a published poet and author.

quotations like “When you know where you’re going you’re halfway there,” and “Whether you think you can or you can’t you’re right.”


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The True Meaning of Fresh Coffee shine and seeing what was new. Before I hopped back on board I grabbed an Americano at a place right down near the wharf and cast off. After leaving the harbour, I put up the sails and lay back to enjoy my cup of joe in the sunshine when things started to go horribly wrong…nothing with the boat, not to worry, it was the first sip of my coffee! It was ABSOLUTELY wretched tasting, so much so that a second sip wasn’t an option.

by Steve Sheppard Welcome to the second edition of “Smell The Coffee.” I love coffee and what it means to our social culture here on the West Coast and won’t pull any punches on anything that I write about…I hope you enjoy the monthly column here in the Seaside Times.

Now, I don’t know if any of you’ve ever had such an experience but as an accomplished barista I pride myself on making good coffee buying choices all the time. I guess I was so distracted by the beautiful day that I let my guard down and wasn’t thinking.

On a recent sunny day I sailed into Nanaimo harbour, docked and walked around the downtown area for a couple of hours, soaking up the sun-

Since then I’ve vowed to never let sunshine, people watching or anything else get in the way of me enjoying a truly fresh cup.


So often taste can bring you back in time and the jolt of this stale tasting cup threw me back well over 10 years – thankfully it didn’t throw me overboard! I clearly remember one of my first experiences that prompted me to start seeking the “True Meaning of Fresh Coffee.” For those that may not know, the boating community is really good at sharing information over the radio and I remember the time I heard a conversation about a small coffee roasting company on Thetis Island called “Pot of Gold.” I came into Telegraph Harbour, docked and found that the place was within walking distance. There I met a very personable couple who’d been selling freshly roasted coffee to boaters for years so I bought a pound to take back on the boat with me. Over the next few days I thoroughly enjoyed the coffee – the taste was amazing and it was then that I realized that most of the coffee that I had been paying a premium price for up until then was not


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need has changed. Social connections are important at this time. Attend special events or gatherings. This can fill any gaps for now. Your view of life is opening up. You will see what you have missed. Enjoy yourself. Libra september 23 - october 22 With the planed Saturn in your sign it’s time to get serious. Your personal brakes are on in one form or another. There is a need for more security in the financial area. There are opportunities for this. Choose those with solid backing or foundation. Real estate is a good choice. Enter into private arrangements it works better for you. A change or break can be like a new life for you. Take it. Scorpio october 23 - november 21 It’s time to change your mind or tactics even if you said you never would. A wise person is willing to move in positive directions. You can still get what you want. It’s like taking a different road to the same town. You will be able to promote yourself well with the sun in your sign. Influential contacts from the past can reenter your life in positive ways. Joint plans bring success. Sagittarius november 22 - december 21 The full moon will shine on health and work issues for yourself or those you care for. Keep appointments and follow up on tests or treatments. On a lighter note, you can make plans for a holiday or have company from out of town. You can attain further financial power or control by aligning with those in positions of power. Your intuition is strong and can guide you toward your goals successfully. Capricorn december 22 - january 19 You may feel like you are in a movie as others look at you differently. You emanate powerful energy that is making you more attractive now. You can thank Pluto in your sign for that. The full moon highlights your love and romance cycle, heating up relationships – old or new. Your status is likely to change. This can affect personal plans or career future. Deal with patterns or habits – yours or others. Aquarius january 20 - february 18 Your popularity is on the rise. Others view you in a more positive light and pave the way for you to seek advancement in your target direction. Call in any favours now. Promotions should go well. Demonstrate your abilities or the results of your work. Take care with secrets that could interfere with your plans. Take things to their destined conclusion. Follow a tried and true path. Make order out of chaos or confusion. Pisces february 19 - march 20 Put in added physical activity or overtime if it is needed to get the job done. You may have to cover for others or take their place. It will be worth it in the long run. Your intuition will guide you to opportunity and the right contacts – even if they are connected to your past. They will be happy to help. Guard your personal or financial information from jealous competition. Avoid their questions.

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A Random Act of Kindness by Peni Fitzpatrick Lasting acts of kindness are often left unnoticed or unmentioned. Gary Green, a dear friend of mine, retired from the Victoria Police Department a few years ago, and he now enjoys the “other side“ of life. He rides his motorcycle everywhere. He is trying to stop road rage one smile at a time, to hear him tell it. Can you believe it? Smiling at people in traffic? Oh sure, Gary rode a motorcycle when he was a police officer but geesh who the heck was happy to see him then? Today you can see him driving down the highway or along the streets of Victoria and the area with his two red and white border collies, Reba and Scarlet, in his sidecar. The dogs are secured in place with proper harnesses, and wear “doggles” to protect their eyes. They are a wonderful sight to behold! People pulling up alongside them at traffic lights, stop signs or along the highway all of a sudden start to smile. After a walk and run with the dogs Gary always stops at the local Tim Horton’s for coffee and a donut (some habits are just too hard to break). The trio no sooner gets parked than people are taking pictures and talking to the “biker girls,” who sit calmly in the side-

car soaking up all the attention while Gary drinks his coffee and quietly sits at the window watching the joy he and his dogs are bringing to people.

“look at that!” as he pointed out Gary going by on the motorcycle with his “girls” in the sidecar. My friend watched at the store window to see Gary stop and park. She approached him and asked if he’d mind driving by the store very slowly so her stepfather could get a really good look. A few minutes later, Gary and the girls cruised slowly by. Gary smiled and waved and the dogs looked right at the old man in the doorway who was waving, smiling and laughing like a small boy at a parade. He was thrilled he was able to be so close and see such a wonderful thing. It made his day!

I might add that when they stop, if there’s not enough shade for the girls, Gary has a very nice white umbrella to shade the “ladies.” The reason for my story is this: You never know what effect an act of kindness can have. A friend of mine was taking her elderly stepfather shopping at a local store. All of a sudden, the stepfather stopped and turned and said to her

My friend and her stepfather finished up their shopping and, as the stepfather sat and waited for her to pay for their purchases, he fell asleep…forever; hopefully dreaming of the two dogs and their wonderful owner who took the time to do an act of kindness. It was the last such act my friend’s stepfather would ever know, and one my friend is forever grateful for. I am very blessed to have a great friend like Gary and a great true story to share.

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Lest I Forget Remembrance Day has always been important to my family, being the children and grandchildren of veterans of both the First and Second World Wars. However, since the death of my grandpa almost two years ago, Remembrance Day has taken on new significance for me; a special day for honouring the wonderful grandfather I lost. My grandpa never missed a Remembrance Day parade, marching with great dignity and looking incredibly dashing in his uniform. He was so proud when his grandson Drew, an RCMP officer, marched with him one year. He was a man who loved his family very much. One Christmas, he gave my mom and her three sisters a framed poem titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love.â&#x20AC;? He wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a very demonstrative man, finding it hard to share his feelings, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been carrying the poem about unconditional love in his wallet for many years and finally figured out a way to share its sentiment with his daughters. My grandpa was a great man who touched many lives, and there was a large turnout at his funeral, held at the Gibsons Legion, Branch 109. There were many veterans at the service, all turned out in their finest; in uniform to honour the man who had been one of them. At the front of the legion was a small display; a picture of my grandpa, one of his ever-present golf caps and a small wreath. At the end of the service, the veterans lined the centre aisle and, one at a time, approached the front. Each of them stood for a moment, saluted my grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picture, then removed a poppy from their lapel, placing it on the wreath.

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