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48 Nature Lesson 4 The First Word Footprints 9 Nature Lesson 52 Raincoast Update What’s Happening 10 55 Seaside News Zais Astrology 56 20 Smell The Coffee 57 Sudoku Last Word 62 40 Island Dish Going Western For One Night

Pelagic Magic

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The Extraordinary, Eccentric John Dean!

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Today’s Choices Provide Future Fish

What do the stars hold? For all the addicts

Remembrance Day & Coffee Conversation

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& Spa, under the leadership of Natalie One of the many things I think we King, GM of the Hotel, put on one hell are blessed with on Vancouver Island of an event. and specifically on the Saanich Peninsula is community From the The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa spirit and participation. We moment I Wild West show up when it’s for a good walked past cause and give our time, the very attendance and money to enthusiastic those areas that matter. ticket booth y a d and saw On October 16 I attended ur Sat what was no the Wild West Roadshow at longer an airthe Viscount Hangar located port hangar on McDonald Park Road just but an old behind the RC Grill House. JIM CUDDY fashioned Yes, you read that right, an Blue Rodeo saloon with airplane hangar. When I first Ticket price is $150 card tables, a heard of this event featuring jail, two bars s Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, I e pri z wildwestroadshow.com and a stage wondered how in the world to rival any could a hangar be a good you might venue for an event looking find at a large concert venue, complete to raise funds for the Saanich Peninsula with all the show girls, cowboys and a Hospital Foundation at $150 a pop? band with fiddlers and banjoes, I knew Well, the team at the Sidney Pier Hotel

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that we were in for one special night. The venue looked like it was a movie set: we were in the Wild West. There was a separate heated, covered food tent, just outside the hangar/saloon, that was able to serve the masses without missing a beat. No lineups, just great food and lots of it. Jim Cuddy came on around 10 p.m. and gave us an hour and 40 minutes of classic tunes from Blue Rodeo and his own collection, including the huge hits “Bullet Proof” and “Pull Me Through.” The crowd went wild … the Peninsula loved going western for one night. Over 450 people attended this very intimate evening to help raise money for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. At the time of publishing, there were no details on the amount raised. I will let you know next issue. Great job, I had a fantastic time … .

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Raising Funds to Meet The Community’s Changing Needs by Lorne Jack President, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation According to Statistics Canada, in 2006, 42 percent of the population of the Peninsula was over the age of 55 (the provincial average was 27 percent). We need to make our whole community, and that starts with our hospital, age-friendly. In response to these statistics, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation is raising funds to renovate the “South Unit” and the old Administrative offices in order to create more clinic space. Chief of Staff Dr. Ambrose Marsh emphasizes the importance of both projects: “Our community is growing older and we need to be able to assist its members with the many and often complex issues they face during the process of aging.” The South Unit of Acute Care began life as a general medical care area. People not requiring surgery, but needing a longer stay, would be placed there. This included stroke victims and people with chronic diseases needing their condition and/ or medications stabilized. Over the last 15 years, its purpose has shifted to housing people who have been assessed and are awaiting placement in extended care facilities. It has become more of a transition “home” for vulnerable seniors and needs changes to better fulfill that purpose. In order to make this unit more effective, aging bathrooms will be replaced and overhead lifts installed. To make it more “homey,” worn-out window coverings, flooring, millwork and furniture will be replaced. These changes, with new materials and fabrics, will make the rooms easier to clean and prevent the spread of infections. Renovating the lobby area for more outpatient/inpatient clinics will also help meet the changing needs of patients. A positive byproduct of this is that community doctors can refer their patients for more intensive treatment when they spot vulnerabilities. Clinics provide disease management by specialists. “These clinics help to reduce emergency room visits as a result of falls and subsequent fractures or instability due to a chronic disease,” says SPH Site Director Dawn Nedzelski. “We currently have Seniors at Risk clinics, which are run out of the Orthopedic Clinic; however, we need more space to expand the scope of our activities to better help the community. “Our goal is to see people on the Peninsula stay where they want to be – in their homes – for as long as possible,” she adds. The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation raises funds to help meet the healthcare needs of people living on the Peninsula. www.seasidetimes.ca

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The Key Connection ota, a 9-year-old border collie, sits up very proudly in his specially-designed window seat in Jim’s van.

“He’s with me every day. I really believe he is part of the business – guarding my truck,” Jim Laing (pictured with Cota) of Laing’s Lock & Key Service says. The company has been operating around the Peninsula, Victoria and the Western communities for over 25 years.

target hardening – often using custom fitted astragals along with knob guards, tamper-proof hinges and secondary door locking slide bolts (commercial type lobby double doors). “Finally, good quality hardware is crucial. There is no point putting on high security hardware first when the bad guys are getting in some other way.”

“We are a mobile service, going to the job, because you can’t bring us your home,” says Jim. “We install and repair all kinds of locks plus target hardening common entry doors, lobby doors, storage lockers and overhead grill doors. “We also install and maintain complete master key systems along with high security Abloy key systems for residential homes, condominiums and commercial properties. We use Abloy high security keys and key cylinders which are virtually pick- and manipulation-proof. The best of the best.” “Do you know how many people live in big expensive houses, flashing all the toys, with a 10-cent lock on the doors that don’t work properly?” Jim asks. “They think they’re secure. Too often the security is last to come and more often than not it’s after a robbery has occurred. Residential strata condo and commercial security is much more than just a lock on the door. It includes personal safety as well as lighting, visibility (shrubs trimmed down to three feet and trees trimmed up to six feet), secondary

Laing’s Lock & Key Service was originally started in 1984 by Jim’s father, Neil. Candace (Neil’s daughter) came on board for several years in 1997. Jim, now forty-six, was born and raised in Victoria. He trained and worked as a mechanic on the Peninsula, Lower Mainland and Kelowna before moving back to the Peninsula to become part of the family business in 2000. Jim started hands-on training with his father and after five years was pro-

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On a more personal note, Jim makes his home in Saanichton and is very happily married to Joelle. They have a seven-year-old daughter, Lena, who is the light of his life. When he has the time, he really enjoys camping and fishing and has both a street bike and an off-road trials bike. Jim is very community minded and has supported many causes over the years. He has supported the Peninsula Country Market for the last three years and the Sidney Lions Food Bank Feed the Soul Vol.1 and Second Helping Vol. II CD’s in 2009 and 2010 respectively. For the last three years he has also sponsored the Saanichton Community Christmas (another Sidney Lions Food Bank fund raiser). Along with Ann Monto of Genesis Hair & Esthetics, they have provided horse and carriage rides around the Saanichton Village for the past two years. Jim also plays the Grinch at this event and the Sidney Santa Claus parade. If you need a positive solution to any lock or key problem, give Jim Laing a call. As Jim says, “A home is the largest purchase most of us will ever make, and protecting your person, family and property should be the highest priority. A simple re-key provides peace of mind, rendering all other keys useless.”

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There are a lot of Christmas events each year on the Saanich Peninsula, but none is more about family and the food bank than the Saanichton Community Christmas … “A Peninsula Family Tradition.” For the past five years, businesses in the Saanichton Village have come together to create the famous “Christmas Tree Trail” event. Whether you’re young or old, the Tree Trail is a magical morning of touring around the Saanichton Village collecting stamps and goodies at the participating locations … with over $1,000 in prizes awarded each year. The entire reason for this fun family community event is to raise much-needed money for the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Last year, the event raised $4,200 in cash and food donations, which goes a long way at Christmas time for the everstretched Sidney Lions Food Bank. Over 900 people use the Sidney Lions Food Bank each month, with almost 40 percent of that number being children in our community, so Santa and the gang would like to help. This year, the fun returns to the Saanichton Village on Saturday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with your hosts The Grinch (who will not steal your Christmas), Mrs. Claus (with FREE Photos with her husband Santa) Jack Frost, Rudolph enjoying his one day off before Christmas Eve, The Elves, Christmas Trees that glimmer and talk and free coffee, hot chocolate, apple cider, cookies, a Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast by donation at St. Mary’s Church and live music to keep your feet moving. Genesis Hair & Esthetics and Laing’s Lock & Key sponsor the horse and carriage rides which are provided by Tally-Ho Carriage Tours.

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The event is brought to you each year by the Seaside Times, The Saanichton Village Association and the Peninsula Celebrations Society. Participating businesses last year included Fresh Cup Roastery Café, St. Mary’s Church, Island Family Chiropractic, Prairie Inn, Anchor Insurance, Spelt’s, Coast Capital Savings, Thrifty Foods, Unlimited Detailing, Peggy Yelland CGA, Escape Solutions, Melinda’s Biscotti, Victoria Costumes, Olio’s Market Cafe, Saanich Pioneer Society, Peninsula Family Chiropractic, Western One Rentals, The Central Saanich Volunteer Fire Department and this year SHAW TV is coming onboard to tell the story to the rest of Victoria. Please join us at Christmas Central, 1931 Mt. Newton X Road, on Saturday Dec 11 to help your community and enjoy a morning of fun with everyone. For donations to the event, please call Jack Frost at 250-888-2525.

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Seabirds Get a Taste For Plastic by Robert Alison Seabirds are very common sights along our coasts all winter. They come in several shapes and sizes: gulls, murres, guillemots, murrelets, cormorants, loons and mergansers. They are all mainly fish-eating birds, and some can dive to great depths to get a fish dinner. What’s unusual about our seabirds is that they have developed a taste for plastics. Most of them aren’t all that fussy about what plastics they eat: any type of plastic will do. Data presented at the most recent World Seabird Conference indicates some seabirds have developed a liking for swallowing plastic bottle caps. Others seem to prefer plastic six-pack yokes … or elastic bands. A recent study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows the entire North Pacific is “a sea of plastics.” Tests confirm the plastic debris originates in many countries around the Pacific Rim. Plastic doesn’t look like fish and it likely doesn’t taste like fish, so why do seabirds eat it? Scientists don’t know the answer. Regardless, plastics are rapidly becoming a major part of the seabird diet. One recent study shows that 44 percent of all seabirds eat

plastic, mostly gleaned from garbage dumped at sea. Researchers say the area is becoming a “plastic soup.” Some of the plastics cause birds to choke, while others have been implicated in causing cancers. It is not a pleasant picture. New data suggests plastic bags might look somewhat like jellyfish, and some hungry seabirds could swallow plastic bags under the impression they are eating jellyfish. In some cases, the error could result in fatal choking. Toxic plastics don’t naturally occur in our oceans. Some are virtually indestructible when they get there and others break down eventually, but there are often toxic chemicals released in the process. A recent official estimate suggests about 14 billion pounds of plastic trash ends up in our oceans every year. Oceanographers call that volume “shocking.” Researchers warn that as long as seabirds fail to discriminate plastics from edible food, the increasing amounts of ocean plastic trash poses a real threat to their future.

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by Chris Genovali, Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation As Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s senior scientist, Dr. Paul Paquet (pictured) plays a crucial role in our research and conservation efforts. In fact, more than any other single individual in the history of the organization, Paul has influenced the vision and mandate of Raincoast with his emphasis on rigorous science, informed advocacy and a “wildlife welfare” ethic. A true mentor for the other biologists at Raincoast, Paul generously lends his considerable expertise and experience to our up-and-coming scientists. Paul working for Raincoast is tantamount to having a professor on staff as he has an extensive teaching background at the university level with associations at numerous academic institutions. He is currently an adjunct professor of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, at Brandon University, University of Manitoba, University of New Brunswick and a faculty associate at Guelph University in Ontario. Paul worked as a biologist for the Canadian Wildlife Service for many years and is a long-time fellow of World Wildlife Fund Canada. He was one of the architects of the World Wide Fund for Nature and European Union’s Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe. An internationally-recognized authority on mammalian carnivores with research experience in sever-

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VAA President & CEO Retires After 12 Years

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or over a decade travellers at the Victoria International Airport have been enjoying the comforts and safety provided by the Victoria Airport Authority under the leadership of Richard Paquette.

Previously a federal employee in the field of airport management and operations, Richard has ample experience and was the perfect choice to take over the VAA 12 years ago. He took over when Transport Canada transferred the operation of the Victoria International Airport to the Victoria Airport Authority. The transfer from federal to local control was the catalyst for many changes in the airport itself and for the surrounding community. In the past 12 years, the VAA has played a central role in many of the high profile developments in the area. Richard acknowledges that the Airport Authority would not have achieved as much success had it not been for the dedicated board members and the support and positive attitude from the community. He says he is proud of the strong relationships the VAA has established with members of the local community through projects such as the cleaning up of Raey Creek.

environment and have made great efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the airport. After the expansion, the terminal building lighting was switched to a more efficient system and the hot water in the building is provided by solar panels on the roof. Another environmentally friendly endeavour taken on by the VAA was the establishment of the car rental area. Its close proximity reduces transportation time, lowering emissions from rental cars. Now the VAA is working closely with BC Transit in order to establish regular and convenient bus routes to the airport. The development the Victoria Airport Authority has been involved in under the leadership of Richard Paquette has allowed it to have some of the lowest fees to airlines in the country. This makes it a desirable place for airlines to fly to without weakening the financial status of the VAA. When Richard retires at the end of the year, he will be leaving the Airport Authority in good financial status and, more importantly, he will be leaving it with strong ties to the community. Richard’s influence will continue to shape the VAA and guide its projects, such as the ongoing expansion of the runway that will accommodate larger aircraft and in the future will allow for direct flights to destinations such as London and Frankfurt.

Another project that involved both the VAA and the neighbouring communities was the establishment of a roundabout at East Saanich and Willingdon. Previously, the intersection had one of the highest accident rates in the area, but with the involvement of the VAA in the community decision-making process, the project was completed and getting to the airport is now safer than ever. In a similar effort to make transportation safer and more efficient, the VAA has contributed $3 million to the McTavish Road interchange project. The VAA’s involvement in this project not only increases public safety and transportation efficiency; it has also created many jobs in our local community. In addition to the contributions made to the community under Richard’s guidance, the Airport Authority has made many improvements to the airport terminal, the runways and other facilities. The terminal building was expanded and improved with the aid of local architect Tom Moore, who helped capture the local feel of Victoria while maintaining a functional and attractive terminal design. Tom, like Richard, focused on the most important aspect: the people and the community. Richard and his team have also been concerned with the www.seasidetimes.ca

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November – Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Do you know how to prevent Type 2 Diabetes? It’s possible to both prevent the disease and manage it after a diagnosis.

In either Type 1 or Type 2 the main organs to help regulate are the pancreas and the kidneys. The pancreas is important because of insulin secretion while the kidneys are important because of the endocrine system. According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys are directly linked to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which are hormone regulators. How can you regulate these organ systems? The first and most talked about is sugars or starchy foods. In our modern diet, refined sugars and starches are highly concentrated. These foods are more like a drug than a food. Corn syrup, refined white sugar and refined white flour are naturally derived yet chemically treated and over processed. The pancreas becomes overloaded with such a high concentration of sugar it can no longer regulate sugar metabol-

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by Mikiala Christie ism. The body becomes inefficient at breaking down sugars and we develop insulin resistance. How should you change your diet? Cut out the obvious culprits such as refined sugar and flours and extend that limitation to processed or commercially made foods. Introduce more whole grains into your diet. Have a meat-free, vegetarian day of the week by substituting with beans and lentils. Whole grains and beans are low glycemic index foods that help regulate your metabolism and help you to lose weight. They are easier to cook than you think and give you more energy over a longer period of time than high glycemic index foods such as refined sugar. To help regulate the kidneys, it is less about diet and more about lifestyle. The adrenal glands are situated above the kidneys and the two systems are closely linked. What taxes the adrenaline system? Stress and working long hours. When the body is inundated

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with stress hormones it has less capacity to manufacture and regulate hormones like insulin. One of the best ways to replenish your kidney/adrenal system is to take time out every day to rest quietly. This could be simply when you are having lunch or dinner. How often do you rush through both meals to be able to do something else? Enjoy your meal and take some time to chew thoroughly. Stop to “smell the roses.” This quiet time will not only regenerate you but also aid your digestion. Lastly, there are certain Chinese herbs such as atractylodes, cyperus and rehmannia that help to regulate blood sugar by creating a hypoglycemic effect. It is vital in this fast-paced, busy world that we stop and take a moment for our health. Mikiala Christie BA, R.TCM.P is a registered acupuncturist and a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner who practices at the Health Within TCM & Acupuncture clinic. For more information visit www.healthwithin.ca.

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Cycling The Lochside Trail by Moira Gardener passing Sidney we turn into the outskirts and go straight for Lochside Road. I’m impressed by the size of a dahlia as we pass by. Finding the cyclist’s rhythm, we go up and around, along and down. There’s nothing like bicycle touring, allowing you to see so much more than in a car.

It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday. Throwing water bottles into the brackets on the mountain bike and shouldering a pack we begin our cycling trip. Destination: Mattick’s Farm via the Lochside Trail. Along Lands End road over the Pat Bay Highway and down, flying past the marinas and onto what I like to call the biker’s highway. Those special little roads with yellow dotted lines made with the cyclist in mind and yielding to hikers of course. There are lots of cyclists today. Road bikes, mountain bikes and the currently popular hybrid. Turning onto McDonald Park Road we see a family on tandems – one of the kids on the back is peddling like mad.

We stop at Marigold Nursery for a sniff and an eyeful of colour and I take mental notes on what might survive my purple thumb. Riding around the corner to the “Golden Arches” for water and a cone, we sit outside watching cyclists come and go. M-m-m-m-m vanilla – ah, warm sunshine; better get going, I think, or I won’t! We glide past the Artifact Society then Michell Brothers Farm Market.

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The cornfields wave in the breeze, beckoning us on. A mild headwind has come up, making for a better workout. A remotecontrolled airplane flies overhead then makes a perfect landing – now on to the giant pigs! These pigs give the cliché “happy as a pig in mud” new meaning, and of course are a great photo op. Lots of cyclists stop to watch; everyone grinning, chatting, clicking shutters and of course cycling. After a good laugh at the wallowing pigs it’s through the beautiful farm fields. We’re grateful to the farmers who make our trek possible. A mom, dad and two trailers with preschoolers in tow pass us on their way to the pigpen. Peddling, peddling, finding the rhythm of the wheels once again, we soon arrive at the forested section of the trail with its natural leafy archway and soft bark mulch. Coming towards us is another family. One little girl has training wheels and mom has a well-mannered black lab in tow, dutifully running at a safe distance from the wheels – smart dog. On past Lochside ballpark up the road and there’s biker’s highway again. Twisting and turning and Mattick’s Farm quickly appears. Look at the bicycles and the line-up for ice cream. Since I had the McD cone I decide I’ll go healthy and shop the farm market, browse the boutiques and drink lots of water. Now refreshed, it’s time to return. With the breeze at our back it’s a much easier ride. Along the road past homes and long driveways we stop for one more photo op: humongous thistles. As you can see, cycling to me is a stop n’ start affair and exercise a simple bonus.

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Heading straight for home we find that final rhythm. Crossing Sidney skate park field, biker’s highway, riding past schools then there’s the steady climb. I make it up the last hill and am rewarded with the downhill wind in my face. We live in cycle heaven: this trek is only one of many mini-adventures to enjoy on the network of trails available locally.


Honneur et Patrie by Linda M. Langwith

We landed in Nantes in the Loire Atlantique region of France on a grey drizzly late afternoon. With an on-board GPS system in our rental car, finding our accomodation at La Roulais really shouldn’t have been that difficult, but as is so often the case with bed and breakfasts in France, they are indeed well off the beaten track. With dusk upon us, we entered a small hamlet where everyone seemed to have gone early to bed. There was one house still with lights on, and as I was the only French speaker in our group I ended up banging hopefully on the front door. Eventually it was opened by an enormous Frenchman who towered over me. He was all charm though when he discovered we were lost, and was soon ringing up our hosts, telling them “Les Anglais” were on our way as he pointed down the road, saying “Suivez les Juignés-des-Moutiers.” I thanked him profusely and we shook hands, his big beefy one engulfing mine in a gentle squeeze.

gné. The path through the wood was littered with crisp leaves that crackled underfoot, and the sunlight shafted through the branches of the beeches, illuminating the leaves like golden flecks on an illuminated manuscript. The twittering of birds high in the canopy mimicked the sound of children playing and the peace was palpable, until we came upon the ruins of a cottage, tangled in undergrowth, and beside it a stone memorial topped with a cross. Carved in the stone were the words “Honneur” and “Patrie.” Below were the names of the fallen – young men for the most part – who had been killed by the Nazis in retaliation for resistance. Pierre Avoue, Albert Gauthier, Pierre Marsollier, Georges Bubban, Maurice Gratien, Pierre Pietin,

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the youngest but nineteen, the oldest forty-two, the rest in their twenties. The memorial marked the spot where the horror had taken place: “Abattus ici.” Even in this most beautiful and peaceful part of France there was no escape. The shadows lengthened in the afternoon, stealing across the memorial, and in the somber light it was easy to feel the sadness of the place and to know that Remembrance Day has a human face.

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by Tina Kelly, Ocean Advocate, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Fish oil is said to reduce the risk of breast cancer and heart disease and is used in the treatment of depression. Fish oil also helps our brain, joints, digestive tract and skin. The media, health magazines and physicians encourage us to take a daily fish oil supplement and to eat fish several times per week. It appears the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil are the magic bullet to cure all that ails us. But once the ocean is depleted of the fish that are the source of this magic oil, what will we depend on? What will cure the ocean of overfishing? A key part of protecting global fish stocks is to consume only sustainably caught seafood. The buzzword “sustainable seafood” is becoming commonplace, and making sustainable seafood choices is getting easier. With the click of a mouse, we can get the information needed to make informed seafood purchases. The Ocean Wise program, found at www. vanaqua.org, is a conservation initiative started by the Vancouver Aquarium that certifies retailers and restaurants who sell or serve only sustainably caught seafood. According to the Ocean Wise website, a sustainable species is: 1) Abundant and resilient to fishing pressures; 2) Well managed with a comprehensive management plan based on current research; 3) Harvested by a method that ensures limited bycatch on

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From Success to Significance by Ron Kubek

uccess may drive us, but at the end of day, you can’t take it with you.

I have been blessed with success in my life and career and now, I feel it is time to bless others. But how? I always assumed that I had to give up one to do the other properly. However, opportunities abound to do both simultaneously. We live in one of the richest countries in the world and virtually have all that we can ask for. Yet for some, something significant is still missing.

and someone loved them. What a great domino effect to be a part of. Bob Buford’s book Half Time is about moving from success to significance in your life. The first 40 years of your life is likened to the first half of a football game. I am 47 as I write this, starting

Since that first experience, I have been back to volunteer in Romania six times. This fall I will be volunteering in Macedonia, Romania and El Salvador. As for the future, I plan more trips to Romania – to paint bright pictures on the walls of the hospital to inspire the children’s minds and building mobiles above the cribs so that they can have brightness in their lives.

For me, significance means giving my time, skills and money to create significance for others. Several years ago, my business was booming and I was at the top of my game teaching and training others, however, the question remained: “Was I making a big enough difference?” My first volunteer trip opened my eyes to what was beyond my daily reality. In 2007 I had the opportunity to visit Romania. We did a makeover on a 164-square-foot home for a family of six (you read it right – 164 square feet, one room, six family members). We also spent time working in a children’s hospital. To see a father, a proud man, in tears because a group of strangers had decided to make a difference was inspiring to say the least. The children in the hospital didn’t care how many homes I sold, how many investments I owned or how many speeches I had given – they just wanted to be held, to feel that they belonged, to be heard and to be comforted. For that brief time, they felt that they were significant

I found that I can use my gifts to bless others without needing to sell everything I own to become a missionary. Many people do a lot by volunteering their time and/or money locally and around the world. To all of you that make a difference, take a bow – I take my hat off to you.

I plan on raising more money to supply the diapers that are desperately needed, to renovate another home for a deserving family every year, to spread the word and to challenge everyone to see how they can move from success to significance. Giving back has resulted in even more success and blessings in all of my life: spiritual, emotional, physical and financial. I consider this … significant. my second half, taking stock and asking myself: What are my gifts I have to give? What do I want to be remembered for? If my life were perfect, what would it look like?

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In 2007 the great Canadian artist and conservationist Robert Bateman and his wife, Birgit Freybe Bateman, donated a vast collection of paintings, drawings and other works worth $11 million to Royal Roads University. The University has taken this opportunity to plan a centre to house the art and will take the initiative to educate students and the community on sustainable environmentalism. The Robert Bateman Centre will be a world leader and will bring much deserved attention to Royal Roads University and the Vancouver Island community. The Centre will operate as a dynamic place for students and the community to come together and make a joint effort in research and education in order to promote lasting changes in our lifestyles. When completed, it will provide a unique experience and will draw visitors from across the world. Executive Director Paul Gilbert, whose personal relationship with the Batemans dates back to when Gilbert was a high school arts student, describes the project as an intensely personal venture for both himself and Bateman. Gilbert describes Robert Bateman as a man with endless faith about the good in people and both men believe people should have the opportunity to fix their mistakes. For them, the Centre will give people the opportunity to engage with nature and learn about how to sustain our environment for future generations. When the Robert Bateman Centre is complete, visitors will have access to a truly unique tour that connects art with human and natural history. Visitors will follow a footpath from the parking and transit area through the west forest and around to the Centre entrance. Once inside, visitors will have access to information guides to enjoy the displays, including guides for smart phones. There will be a permanent exhibit of the donated Robert Bateman pieces that will rotate every two to three months and there will be a changing exhibit of other artists’ work. This area of the Centre will allow for great exposure and recognition for the featured artists and Gilbert expects that it will create an intense sense of the University at work.

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at Royal Roads University: Sustainable Environmentalism From the Centre there will be exquisite views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains and the spectacular natural beauty of the region. After visitors have explored, they will be able to explore the outdoor areas of the campus such as the Japanese and Italian Gardens. Gilbert’s dream is to build a suspension bridge that will provide stunning views over Hatley Castle to the Strait and the mountains; however the construction of the bridge depends on successful fundraising. With or without the bridge, there will be a series of experiences downhill from the Centre ending in the wetlands, designed by Bateman, including a bird watching sanctuary. Trails also connect to the Colwood Creek Trail, allowing visitors to take an extra hour to walk through the magnificent area and enjoy the natural scenery.

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by Steve Sheppard This month we acknowledge Remembrance Day and the importance of coffee conversation. I often try to steer away from politics, religion and relationships, however, I realize that so much of what we talk about these days includes these sensitive and traditionally forbidden topics. It’s abundantly clear that coffee is significant in terms of today’s culture, if nothing less than to fuel our life’s passionate banters in marathon form. November is a month of reflec-

tion for many of us in Canada. A huge number of Canadians have loved ones who have offered up some level of sacrifice, be it with Canada’s recent involvement in Afghanistan or in the past with the Korean and World Wars. I will only say this about war … anyone who has lost someone or had to care for someone who has been injured due to war is more likely to appreciate the value of peace. I recently read an interesting article that was both controversial and thought provoking. It looks back on history and compares recent transgressions being carried out in the world today. If you have a moment to read it, the article can be found at http://www.gregfelton.com/satire/2008_11_10.htm. The point to this month’s “Smell the Coffee” column is that we share

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a lot of great conversation over coffee. I heard a Joni Mitchell song the other day called “Coffee & Conversation” and it reminded me that if we didn’t take coffee breaks, life would not be as enjoyable. Coffee is such a big part of our culture that we’ve even named a furniture and a specific time of day after it (coffee table and coffee break). It pains me to see how the “wireless age” has taken away from so many opportunities to engage in casual conversation within the traditional coffee house. All too often now you walk into a café only to see people with their heads down pounding away on their computers or cell phones texting someone they probably will be seeing (or just saw) in two minutes. The traditional coffee conversation is under siege and I think it’s time to lift up our heads, turn off the phone and connect with those around you. It’s time to “Remember” the people who are in your life now over a cup of coffee and a conversation. In terms of coffee and relationships, well … many of us have started our best relationships over a cup of coffee, some even have regular coffee dates – mine is a weekly cup in bed with my girlfriend and a paper while listening to CBC Radio. Caffeinated conversations with our regular coffee klatch matter a lot more than we realize and, if we want to make some progress in terms of peace in the world, we need to start with the human connection: conversation. Meeting with a friend over a cup to talk about things is healthy and decreases stress. So as we take the time to observe a moment of silence this November 11th, think about all the people who you haven’t connected with lately, people that you could invite out for a cup of fresh coffee and catch up with in person … Steve out. november 2010


Lift Your Spirits With Liquor Express! by Arlene Antonik

“You picked up the wine for dinner tonight at Bob and Carol’s, right?”

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It’s Sunday evening, you and your partner are heading out the door for a lovely dinner invitation but the promised bottle of wine somehow didn’t get purchased. What to do?

“You can count on us to be open,” noted Peter Heemskerk (pictured on left), director of Operations for the Vancouver Island chain of stores. “We offer convenience and a great selection of beer, wine and spirits in our neighbourhood stores. People come in and chat with our staff and often with a neighbour or friend who has also dropped by, day or night!”

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Food Centre. The knowledgeable staff enjoy being asked about their “Staff Picks” featured around the store, each adorned by their own coloured star. The blue star of store manager, Easha Rayel (pictured on right), was recently seen beside bottles of “Red Passion,” an Alizé liqueur from France. “Drink it on the rocks, or mix it with vodka or club soda,” she advised with a knowing smile. “It’s delicious and occasion special.”

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One Thousand Days as an Expert – Book Review by Derek Peach “Then before we could comment or react they were among us. A herd of wildebeest, intent on their migration, was charging through our camp … The tent was not touched. Our daughter didn’t even wake up though the very earth was vibrating for the 25 minutes that it took the herd to pass.”

end, his reflections on the effect of foreign aid in developing nations have gained the credibility merited by his fullhearted participation in the life of one such nation. He found that much that passes for aid is motivated by political greed or opportunism, such as the “tied” aid that gives money that can only be used to buy materials from the donor country, or it is implemented in the kind of boneheaded stupidity that saw a modern bakery built that deprived all of the local independent bakers of their livelihood. Even CIDA comes in for a share of the criticism. So, what works?

Anecdotes such as that are threaded through Chris Harker’s second book: One Thousand Days As An Expert. In his straightforward style of narration he often shows himself to be far from expert in matters pertaining to babies, animals and official bureaucracies, but it’s this very honesty that compels attention to his memoir. The time period is 1969 to 1972; the location is Mkwawa Secondary School at Iringa, Tanzania; the cast includes his family, expatriot colleagues and friends and political entities both recognizable and mercifully nameless. Shortly after marrying Catriona, and indeed to fulfill an engagement promise, he took a CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) posting in Tanzania as a foreign “expert” to teach for three years – the 1,000 days of the title – and began the series of adventures recounted here. Memoir has become a major literary genre recently, and this one has the feeling of authenticity of lived experience that could only come from recent experiences or be derived, as was the case, from letters sent home to his family at the time and recently re-acquired. Mkwawa Secondary School was the site of a CIDA project and with the Harkers were teachers from Europe and Asia as well as Tanzania. The reason for there being no Americans is fascinating. Though this is a personal memoir it sometimes reads like a good history text, albeit one that is often hilarious.

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Education works, for one. Chris Harker is a retired Saanich teacher now and, with Catriona, donates much time and money to supporting an NGO, the Canadian Harambee Educational Society, dedicated to educating girls in Kenya and Tanzania. The book can be purchased for $20 from Chris. Contact him at chriscat@pacificcoast.net or 250-656-9229.

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Pure Passion, Pier Perfection: Sidney Paves The Way Home to over 11,000 residents, Sidney is a rare town that marries atmosphere, pride and stunning beauty by jennifer bowles

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uite possibly one of Vancouver Island’s most serene and inviting waterfront towns, Sidney-by-the-Sea on the Saanich Peninsula continues to captivate tourists and locals season after season. Home to over 11,000 residents, Sidney is a rare town that marries atmosphere, pride and stunning beauty. Sidney boasts a beautiful, accessible and vibrant waterfront – a home to hotels, attractions and a breathtaking water view. But it wasn’t always that way … the waterfront properties were, until quite recently, a series of lots, canneries, a small park with an out-of-date bandstand and a lacklustre ocean attraction. Through the vision and diligence of a group of business owners, developers and a vocal, interested and committed public, this waterfront has transformed into an exciting destination for locals, neighbours and out-of-towners. Sidney was originally home to many canneries, fisheries and related industries. Founded in 1858 by Sir James Douglas, this town was a hub of industry on the Saanich Peninsula. In 1891, The Hotel Sidney was erected and has stood in one incarnation or another ever since. Although technically a hotel at that time, it had only 19 rooms and was more notorious for its always raucous pub of 250 seats. The waterfront remained an industrial hub throughout the first half of the 20th century until the Hotel Sidney made a few changes. In 1963 the hotel was purchased by Prairie dweller and award-winning service and salesman of trucks, tractors and cars, Roland Paquette. In my interview with Roland’s son, Denis Paquette, currently the hotel’s general manager and marketing director, I inquired 32

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1950 Sidney Wharf, Hotel Sidney, Heirloom Photo Resoration as to whether purchasing a hotel was considered a departure from selling tractors. Denis deftly replied: “It’s all sales and service; it’s looking after the customer and that is what we have always done.” In 1964 Roland moved his family to B.C. and stepped into his new family business. They took it upon themselves to start refurbishing and renovating the hotel and pub extensively. Over time, they worked to purchase the adjacent cannery lots. During the course of the next several decades the family managed to secure all of those adjacent lots, put in a waterfront walkway and were the first to install windows in a lounge in B.C. Now this intrigued me. First windows? www.seasidetimes.ca

On Election Day 1967, the enterprising owner sought to add a little “light” to his lounge. So while everyone was off voting and the pubs were mandatorily closed, Roland promptly cut out a portion of his lounge wall to make a window in order to expose his beautiful waterfront. Windows back in those days were illegal in drinking establishments, because one was not allowed to see into a bar, but when the liquor inspector came round to check the Sidney Hotel’s newest reno, he said “Hmm … good idea!” “It was easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission,” said Denis, and so from there the family continued to make additional changes – adding the first coin-operated pool table, B.C.’s first licensed waterfront


The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa has been a major force in the revitalization of Sidney’s waterfront.

patio and the removal of the gender-separating walls dividing two halves of the pub that had been in existence for decades with Ladies and Escorts on one side and men on the other. In the late 1990s half of the old Hotel Sidney was torn down, with the intention to re-build a second phase. Through several starts and stops a plan was finally reached in 2004 to build a new multi-use cannery style building. The artfully designed building by architect Soren Rasmussen now hosts intriguing shops, a lush, tranquil spa, restaurants and 10 spectacular high-end suites in addition to their existing 26 rooms, now called the “Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites,” formerly The Hotel Sidney.

Sitting down with Mike Cronquist, vice-president of Business Development for the Marker Group, developer of The Pier Building, I was walked through the revitalization of the Sidney waterfront project. Mike was quick to clarify the point that this was not a solo effort. The inclusion of the people of Sidney in the process was first and foremost. With many meetings and consultations with the public, businesses and the Town of Sidney, Marker Group was able to conceive their concept.

Sidney’s revitalized waterfront includes The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, The Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites and the expanded Beacon Park featuring the Beacon Pavilion.

The rooms possess several impressive amenities including very spacious bathrooms, complete with deep luxurious soaking tubs, kitchenettes and skilfully selected interiors by Roselyn McDermid, who also co-owns and runs the hotel and happens to be Denis’s sister. With her obvious talent for interior design and passion for perfection and comfort ability, Roselyn has complemented every angle of the rooms with her keen attention to detail. So, although over time the Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites has seen a lot of changes, what hasn’t changed are the commitment, loyalty and personal attention the Paquette family has shown to their guests and continue to show year after year. Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites is only one part of the complete waterfront re-birth and re-branding for the town of Sidney; there have been many other changes including the development of the now highly regarded Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa and Pier Building.

After plenty of planning and public input through the development permit and rezoning process, Marker Group reached a landmark and mutually rewarding agreement with the Town of Sidney. In essence, the agreement took on notes of a trade. On one side, the Town of Sidney would receive the ownership of the waterfront walkway space, improvement of the existing green space, the relocation of the existing Customs building and a share of the hotel property in the form of the 10,000-square-foot Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Marker Group secured the rights to the contiguous properties needed for the construction of the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

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The Cannery Building, part of The Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites, features many unique shops. and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. The Marker Group went on to include as part of the development deal the improvement and expansion of the existing green space known as Beacon Park. This improvement consisted of extending the park by approximately 14,000 square feet; a complete re-landscaping. “Really, a win-win situation.” says Cronquist. Before implementing the proposed changes there was essentially nothing drawing people down to the end of the Beacon Avenue. With the current layout of public amenities, businesses and attractions, the Town of Sidney benefits from property taxes these properties generate and the businesses gain from increased traffic and beautiful surroundings. One of the more dominant features in this rejuvenated neighbourhood is The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa. This beautiful, modern building which contains both residences and relaxed and elegant hotel rooms was an entirely new addition to the area when it was opened in 2007 and has been a major force in

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Once an unfinished gravel walkway and green plywood fence, Sidney’s waterfront walkway is now a wonderful place to spend a sunny day. the revitalization of the waterfront. The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, complete with a casually sophisticated restaurant, a bustling café and stress relieving spa, exudes warmth, casual elegance and the feeling of a home away from home. After touring some of the suites, it was obvious the focus of the rooms was to provide the guest with a quiet sanctuary to relax and rejuvenate while providing comfort and, of course, the most extraordinary of ocean views. Speaking with Natalie King and Lisa Makar, the Hotel’s current managers, it was apparent that they were fiercely proud of the property itself and their staff. “Our staff would turn themselves into a pretzel to help a guest: we are so fortunate to have a staff with amazing individuality and be able to support a multi-generational work force,” says King. They went on to say that the Hotel didn’t always have the support of the entire community, due to a reluctance to change; however, in conjunction with their incredible team they made every effort to win over their fellow residents and public opinion soon began to really turn around. One of the reasons for the Hotel’s popularity is because it goes out of its way to be an active member of the community and good neighbour by sponsoring activities, charities and events. “We sponsor these events that touch our community at large. It is important to us to support the people around us, and so we never say no,” says King and Makar … commendable indeed. Another notable element of the Hotel’s philosophy is a sharp focus on eco-friendly practices. As quoted in their Green Initiatives statement: “The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa is committed to sustainable

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practices that preserve the delicate balance of our natural environment and its resources.” This focus is realized in all aspects of the hotel from the Geothermal Energy System which warms and cools the building by extracting heat from and returning excess heat to the ocean, down to a paperless check in and check out system. This hotel is set to be a major destination and has already proven to be a welcome and active member of the community. Located on the same property as The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa proudly sits the multi-million-dollar Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. This world-class aquarium and marine education centre showcases the diverse ecosystem of the Salish Sea. The Centre is run as a not-for-profit charitable organization. The family-friendly exhibits include jelly fish, all manner of sea life and a multitude of hands-on and interactive activities. One of the key attractions right now is the resident octopus “Darla.” After being captured in the nearby Saanich Inlet, and originally intended for a short stay, this

octopus surprised the Discovery Centre staff by laying over 30,000 eggs in the aquarium. Today in plain view, allowable only by such an amazing facility, you and your family can get a close-up view of this Mom coddling and caring for her strings of tiny eggs, which resemble strands of pearls flowing in the sea. The Discovery Centre is a must-see for the whole family!

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre showcases the diverse ecosystem of the Salish Sea.

Each of these unique businesses is a part of a bigger picture. The picture is that of a unified community that has stuck together throughout the changes their town has seen. The residents of Sidney are incredible people: they maintained their stand through decades of diverse interests and came together to support one another in the growth from an industrial town to a tourist destination that they can be proud of as a community.

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Sidney waterfront will hypnotize you with its beauty and mystique. The shops are aplenty and of a calibre worthy of any big city hot spot. With many restaurant choices, spa facilities, attractions or hotels to meet your vacation desires, Sidneyby-the-Sea takes you away from it all and promises an unforgettable seaside experience for many generations to come.

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Your Passport to Exotic Global Journeys Ever have “one of those days?” Yes, B.C. is beautiful but sometimes, especially in those short dark days of winter, don’t you just long to “get away from it all?” Wouldn’t it be nice to go to, hmmm, say, Bali for some R&R? Perhaps India or Japan are more to your taste. Want to get away without standing in long airport security line-ups; to embark on an exotic global journey without leaving town? Welcome to the Age Less Medi Spa – Tropical Retreat, where you can book your “exotic journey” to last an hour-and-a-half or a full afternoon. Consider the Ultimate Seas & Oceans of the World Journey. This multi-sensorial, three-hour head-to-toe pampering ritual guides you through four different cultures. Begin in the Mediterranean with a skin smoothing exfoliation massage using refreshing lemon verbena infused Sea Salt Soufflé followed by a refreshing multi-headed shower. Next visit the land of eternity – Egypt. Cleopatra set the standard for this creamy, sensual Goat’s Milk and Vanilla Wrap. While lying buoyant in your floatation massage bed you continue your journey to the Indian Ocean and India. Here, while enveloped in your skin-smoothing wrap, you feel any remaining tension slip away 36

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by Maria Kirley as you enjoy an aromatic Indian Head Massage. Still floating, you reach your final destination: China. Here your facial skin takes centre stage. You’ll experience a fruity Enzymic Peel; warm, aromatic towels and revitalizing serums. While your facial skin luxuriates in a brightening crushed Pearl Mask, your hands and forearms receive a massage. To complete this intoxicating journey, as you remain prone your feet are massaged in strategic reflex points. You will awaken from this experiential journey regenerated with soft, glowing face and body skin, supple muscles and the calm tranquil mind of an eastern Yogi – Nirvana! Often, with today’s busy schedules and demanding lifestyles, a 90-minute minivacation is a more realistic fantasy. That’s OK. Journeys to Bali, Japan, Thailand, India or Tibet are also great destinations; your choice! Your exotic journey toward www.seasidetimes.ca

health, wellness and an overall sense of well being conveniently begins right here in the Greater Victoria area. A consummate perfectionist, Spa Director and Owner Marilia Silva-Brand is renowned for her attention to detail and as such truly delivers on the mind/body wellness concept, with a loyal client following from all over the world. A diplomat of the College of Clinical Nutrition and the College of Natural Therapies, she is committed to ongoing advanced training for herself and her team. A much soughtafter radio talk show guest, Marilia is one of the few nonphysicians currently completing a fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and is also working on her Doctorate in Alternative/Integrative Medicine. Her goal is to bridge the gap between prohibitively expensive destination spa vacations and clinical medical spas. The


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VRDA – 21st Annual Rideathon by Christine Leach It was a moist, misty morning on Sunday, October 3 when 30 horses and riders set off from the Metchosin Riding Ring along the Galloping Goose Trail heading for Matheson Lake and Roche Cove. Victoria Riding for the Disabled Association (VRDA) volunteers manned the check points accompanied by West Coast Amateur Radio Association volunteers who knew where any given rider was at any time. Fortunately, we didn’t require the services of PattyAnn Lea, medical first responder. A welcome break happened at Roche Cove with muffins and juice provided by Thrifty Foods. Four hours later, we arrived back to the ring, eager for chili and buns prepared by Wendy Bickerton and Barb Mills at very short notice. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Kerry and Niels couldn’t be with us. At 2 p.m. the sun came out for the prize giving. One of our independent

riders, Kim Scott on “Queen,” raised the magnificent amount of over $3,000, winning the Nicole Bell Trophy for Under 18s. The Russ Knight Trophy was shared by Margot Swinburnson and Loranda Bath. Montana Garrington won the “ERIK the Pony” Trophy (donated by Gary Kangas) for best Tack and Turnout. VRDA horses and riders Stella French on “Warden,” Cheryl Haines on “Lily,” Sarah Johnson on “Tigger,” Kim Scott on “Queen” and Christine Leach on “Sally” won the Tidman Trophy for Club with the highest pledges. The grand total was approximately $8,000, which directly benefits our Therapeutic Riding Program, held five days a week at our own barn on Veyaness Road, enabling 142 riders with disabilities to participate.

A huge vote of thanks to our most generous Incentive Prize Donors and to Sue Colgate for arranging the sponsors for the T-shirts (names in the Stable

Voice). We saw many new faces this year. Thank-you to all the hard working volunteers and especially the riders and horses who made it all possible.

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November Chicken Pot Pie 1 package frozen puff pastry (thawed) 1 tbsp. olive oil 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (precooked & diced) 2 carrots, peeled and medium diced 1 med. onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 2 large leeks, dark green tops removed and the rest diced 2 cups turnips, Yukon gold potato, or yam 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tbsp. flour leaves from 3-4 sprigs of thyme 2-3 cups chicken stock 1 cup green peas 1 cup corn kernels 2 tbsp. Lea & Perrins Salt & pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add celery, carrots, onion, leeks and root vegetables and cook, stirring until softened, about five minutes. Add garlic and thyme, stirring for one minute. Sprinkle

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in flour and cook for one minute. Add chicken stock to just cover the vegetables and keep some in reserve. Bring to a simmer. Add chicken, peas, corn and Lea & Perrins and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir together until gravy begins to thicken. Remove from heat and transfer into deep casserole dish or individual hot pot dishes. Roll out pastry and cut to required size. Cover the dishes with the crust, pinch edges and make a vent on the top for steam to escape. Brush pastry with egg wash and bake for 20-25 minutes until pastry is puffed and golden brown.

Autumn Salad 1 bag seasonal mixed greens 1 local pear, sliced (a squeeze of lemon prevents browning) 1/4 to 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese 1/4 to 1/2 sweet onion, sliced 1/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar ½ tsp. Dijon mustard Salt & pepper to taste

also amazing if you drizzle with real Canadian maple syrup and toast as usual. Wash and rinse the greens, add the pear, then the onion. Make the dressing by combining the vinegar and mustard, then whisk in the olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Toss with the salad and sprinkle toasted walnuts and parmesan cheese!

Apple With Butter Dessert 8 seasonal local apples of your choice 3 tbsp. sugar 1 cup apricot jam 1/4 cup butterscotch liquor (this is an excellent investment, it goes a long way, poured over ice cream, added to coffee, drizzled over cakes and it adds a wonderful flavour to whip cream! Find it in the liquor store) Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel, core and slice eight apples in wedges and place them in a well buttered dish.

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Confessions of a Reluctant Environmentalist by Cathy Fletcher

I didn’t plan to become an environmentalist. My personality does not suit being an activist. I’m the shy, quiet type, and don’t like being “out there.” I hate asking people for stuff, their money or their time.

what the acidification of the ocean would do, such as: the disintegration of coral, the loss of wild seafood that many people and other species depend upon and the reduction of oxygen released into the atmosphere.

I’m also an eternal optimist and only like to think about the positive things in life. This sometimes requires keeping my head in the sand. I don’t like bad news.

Even though she ended the talk with a sense of hopefulness, I felt traumatized for weeks. I fell into a state of grief over the inevitable loss of our world as we know it. We either have to stop our addiction to fossil fuels (which will require drastic changes to our lifestyles) or we will have to suffer the effects of what they are doing to our oceans (which will result in drastic changes to our lifestyles). I prefer the former, but we have to do it fast! I had no idea the situation was this critical. I keep

So hearing about the global warming skeptics gave me hope. Maybe the situation isn’t that bad after all. Sure, I was responsible. I recycled, tried to keep my energy use down, carpooled and all that, but without giving it a great deal of thought. I love going for drives, travelling, eating imported food, etc., and was not willing to give all that up, especially since everyone else wasn’t.

wondering: why aren’t our governments doing more about it? So, having had my head dragged out of the sand, I feel inspired to be more environmentally friendly: driving less, using more eco-friendly cleaning supplies, eating less meat, buying more local organic foods, thinking twice about traveling, sending emails to politicians, supporting the Green Party, attending environmental protests, joining environmental groups and supporting them financially. I guess I’m an environmentalist now. What about you? Could you please help spread the word and let your government representatives know what your thoughts are? Maybe join an environmental group or two? We need to collectively step out of denial and work together on this, quickly. It’s the only way to be hopeful about the future of the planet. The optimist in me thinks we still have a chance to turn things around.

Then I inadvertently went to a talk at UVIC by journalist Alanna Mitchell, author of the book Sea Sick. Now, I wouldn’t normally go to something like that, which sounded like it might involve listening to some bad news, but the community choir that I belong to was invited to sing at the event, and I love to sing at community events. It’s usually a positive, uplifting experience. Well, there’s a reason Alanna is affectionately referred to as “The Armageddon Lady.” This was the most depressing information I had ever heard. She spoke about the current state of our oceans. “In a nutshell, some of the carbon dioxide we are putting into the air by burning fossil fuels is being absorbed by the ocean. That reverts it to a state it has not been in for millions of years: more acid, warmer, and more prone to vast oxygendeprived dead zones. At risk is the very structure of life in the ocean and therefore, on the planet as a whole.” (http:// www.alannamitchell.com). She painted a pretty bleak picture of www.seasidetimes.ca

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Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, See No Evil by Trysh Ashby-Rolls Monkeys in India are as annoying as foxes in England or deer in the Gulf Islands. Great for vacationers’ photos, pests to everyone else. For the most part, foxes and deer who invade the privacy of garbage cans and gardens get off scot-free, but it’s quite another story in India. Men in uniform shoot their brand of pest: monkeys, who climb public buildings and run amok on roof tops where they turn on water taps, climb into storage containers and sometimes get into people’s homes to steal food. Go on a picnic in the countryside and just as you’re taking out dessert – bananas say – out of nowhere a monkey sneaks up and snatches the fruit, often right out of your hand. Been there, done that, and even though the babies are sweet, dessert is dessert. But there is one young monkey in India who has become the stuff of legend. Let’s call him Ben since the name Curious George has already been

taken. This young fella – Ben – was probably on the cusp of adolescence when this story took place. He loved to roam around the terrain where he’d been born, where he still lived with his ma ’n pa. Bet his pa had warned him about the dangers of curiosity. Bet he’d told his young son to keep away from the power lines, too. Did Ben listen to his esteemed father? Apparently not. Young Ben sallied forth one day in the direction of a hydro tower which he proceeded to climb. He climbed and climbed until he got up to the connecting wires that take electricity across the sub-continent. Or so the story goes. If Ben thought about

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swinging across the wire like a tightrope walker in the circus, the little chap made a terrible mistake. He got burned. His fur sizzled. His feet and hands hurt like the dickens. He let go and fell a long way down to the ground where he landed with a thump. Stunned, he lay there for what in monkey time is forever. For all anybody knows, he became unconscious. Not that anyone really does know, it’s just thought that this is how the story unfolded. Anyway, next thing Ben knew, he had terrible pain in his feet, such that he just had to get away as fast as he could. Who knows whether his intention was to get home to his ma ’n pa or to the Hanuman shrine a kilometre or more away. Newspapers reported “miles.” There are 10 major gods and goddesses in the Hindu religion, each one representing a different part of the Supreme Being (Brahmin). Hanuman is the mighty ape god who helped Lord Rama in his mission to oust the forces of evil, described in the classic Indian epic, Ramayana. Not only is Hanuman one of the most popular deities, he is revered as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. When things go wrong, devotees chant Hanuman’s name or sing his special hymn, Hanuman Chalisa. When Ben was found curled up on the feet of Hanuman’s statue he was neither chanting nor singing. Visitors brought food and water. The media came and pieced together Ben’s story. Photographers took Ben’s picture. Gradually, Ben’s burns healed, his health improved and one day he just wasn’t there anymore. What happened or where he went is not known, but you can bet your Birkenstocks he dines out on stories of his amazing adventure, and keeps his youngsters well away from power lines.


The Power of Pawsitive Thinking by Shelley Breadner, DVM, Breadner Veterinary Services

With all the books, television shows and DVDs out there on training our pets (dogs in particular), how do we choose what is right for us, and more importantly, for our pets?

If it’s food, use it! Food is like money for most dogs and many cats. Toys, privileges and attention can all work but have to be of value to the individual.

More often than not, you are told that you have to be dominant, be the “alpha:” you must use discipline and force your dog into doing what you say and your dog must submit to you the leader.

• Set them up to succeed and Catch Them Doing It Right, rather than pushing them to see how long they can last before they fail.

It is a well established fact that positive thinking results in an increase in levels of happiness and enthusiasm. It lowers your body cortisol (that stress hormone) and allows you to function better in mind, body and spirit. Interestingly, when your pets are positive and happy, they also have less stress and anxiety. They respond more willingly, learn faster and retain lessons much better in the short and long term. When pets are forced to do something resistance is created both mentally and physically. Their first experience is negative. This creates stress and anxiety and a very poor learning environment. The next time they may resist more vigorously or try to avoid the conflict even before it happens. Numerous undesirable behaviours can result, often impacting these beings for life in a negative manner.

Paw-sitive Thoughts For our Pets: • We can readily direct our dogs to respond eagerly and appropriately with enthusiastic and positive directions, rather than barking out commands. Remember, they are the dogs! • Give them a reason to work! Would you go to work if your employer didn’t give you a paycheck? Find out what motivates your pet, rather than what you think should motivate them.

• Set boundaries like a good parent would. Every time you have to say “Uh-Uh!” that’s not allowed – always pair this with a direction as to what you DO want them to do. Follow through and catch them doing it right! • When following any trainer’s instructions, always ask yourself “Is this socially acceptable to do to a child?” If the answer is no, then it is not acceptable to do to your dog, cat or other pet. Remember, you want to build bonds of trust, not break them down. How to Choose an Appropriate Trainer? Check out these weblinks: AVSAB Position Statements – How to Choose a Trainer http://www.avsabonline.org/avsabonline/images/stories/Position_Statements/how%20to%20choose%20a%20trainer.pdf. CCPDT – How to Choose a Trainer http://www.ccpdt.org/index. php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40&Itemid=32.

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Sunday, September 12 was the official dedication of The Well at Centennial Park Baptist Church on Wallace Drive. A great number of dignitaries, municipal as well as well as provincial, were present and spoke the usual lofty phrases. The building is totally unpretentious, light, warm, welcoming and very functional. The only adornment I saw was the shape of a water well depicted in the entrance and a lovely stained glass window in the back of the building depicting a fountain, flowers, frogs and winged creatures. I was taken in by the joy that was so obviously visible in all the parishioners, having reached this final stage. Not everything is finished: some walls still need floorboards and kitchen cupboards are still lacking, but overall the building was ready. There is even a lovely library, a nursery, and, upstairs, lots of space for young people’s activities. What struck me most of all though was the sheer determination over 11 years of dedicated volunteering that accomplished this huge undertaking. They had faith. “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” (Bible, N.T. Hebrews 11:1)

The parish of “The Well” has a long history. The congregation was started in 1891. The founders included John and Fanny Sluggett, well known early settlers, and Fielding Spotts. Their first services were held in a schoolhouse in Saanichton. In 1898 there were 14 members, half of them Sluggetts and even today, the secretary is a descendant of the Sluggetts. Some of these members have roots in the Peninsula going back more than four generations. Sitting there, I could feel the solid sense of place these people have. That sense of belonging to a location. A need to continue what parents, grandparents and great-grandparents have accomplished before them. The men with little more than a shovel, sweat and tears transformed virgin forests into arable land. The women bore children under the most primitive conditions. Yet, they found time and energy to build schools and churches. That is what has made the Peninsula home for them. They will never leave and even if their children leave temporarily, they will come back here to make a home because their roots are here. I, having only recently moved here, will never have that sense of belonging. I envy them that feeling and can only hope that four or five generations after me, my descendants will have that strong sense of belonging to this beautiful place, this rural paradise we call The Peninsula.

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Thaw the puff pastry, then roll out to approximately an eight-inch square. Fold the edges in ½ inch. Place on parchment paper on a flat baking sheet and chill in the fridge while making the frangipane and preparing the fruit. Combine the ground almonds and the icing sugar. Beat the egg, add the almond flavouring and add to the almond-sugar mixture. Cut the plums in half, remove and discard the stone and slice the fruit into six wedges per plum. Remove the chilled pastry from the fridge. Spread the frangipane on the pastry up to the raised edges. Overlap the plum slices on top of the frangipane. Sprinkle with a little white sugar to taste and some sliced almonds. Generously brush the beaten egg over the raised edges of the puff pastry. Place in a preheated oven (330° F) and bake until puffed and golden.

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Most people associate the ocean with aquatic species such as salmon, halibut, sharks or whales, but for birders, it’s all about the birds. The ocean is the home for hundreds of thousands of pelagic birds – birds that spend their entire lives at sea and only return to land for sex and reproduction. For some it is an annual affair, but for immature albatrosses it could be over five years before they reach sexual maturity and return to land. The magic can start just a few kilometres west of Vancouver Island, but for the best results most bird charters head for the Swiftsure Banks about 20 kilometres

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to October. For the birds the fleet is like a shopping mall of fast-food restaurants. The bonanza of fish scraps is a welcome respite from the arduous task of searching miles of ocean for food.

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The north Pacific is the host for many pelagic birds, from the gigantic stiffwinged, tube-nosed albatrosses to the diminutive stormpetrels. The monstrous black-footed albatross (pictured at right) with its sevenfoot wingspan is common and abundant. It nests on central Pacific islands like Midway off Hawaii and spends most of its time in the north Pacific. The Laysan

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(pictured at left) is another albatross that is often seen, but it is much less abundant than the black-footed. The black-footed and Laysan are among the smallest albatrosses. The largest albatrosses, like the wandering and southern royal, have wingspans over 11 feet, but they are rarely seen in the north Pacific. Like all albatrosses, the black-footed and Laysan look awkward on their landing and take-off, but once they are airborne they are master gliders and can glide hundreds of miles without flapping a wing. The most abundant pelagic species are the shearwaters and fulmars. They are similar in size with their 40-inch wingspans. The sooty, pink-footed and short-tailed shearwaters are regular visitors from the southern hemisphere, and it is not surprising to see them by the thousands circling around the factory fishing boats. The flesh-footed shearwater from New Zealand is also regular but uncommon compared to the other shearwaters. On the other hand, the northern fulmar breeds along the northern B.C. and Alaskan coastline

and is a year-round resident of the north Pacific. The diminutive forktailed and Leach’s storm-petrels are among the smallest pelagic species. They are slightly larger than barn swallows with their 20-inch wingspans but seem like mosquitoes in comparison to the albatrosses. Other common pelagic birds include the parasitic, pomarine and long-tailed jaegers; small gulls like the Sabine’s and black-legged kittiwake; and alcids like the tufted puffin and Cassin’s auklet. Interest in pelagic birding has been growing in the past few years, and more charters than ever have been venturing offshore with binocular and camera-laden birders. Pelagic tours out of Tofino have been available for years and increasing num-

bers have been chartered out of Sooke in recent years. The best time for pelagic birding is from May to September. If you are interested, check the local birding website, http://groups.yahoo. com/group/BCVIBIRDS, for charters as they often have space available. Mike Yip is the author of the popular books Vancouver Island Birds (Volumes 1, 2 and 3). He recently spent three weeks on a fish boat photographing pelagic birds. His books are available at Victorian Bird House, Tanner’s Books and most Island bookstores.

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The Loneliness of a Sailor’s Daughter by Linda Wowk This story is a true memory of a little girl who loves her daddy with her whole heart. Her father, a submarine

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The Extraordinary, Eccentric John Dean! by Valerie Green John Dean Provincial Park in North Saanich is one of the more beautiful spots to visit on the Peninsula, but the man who gave his name to this land may well have been one of the most misunderstood men of his time. Born in England in 1850, John Dean was orphaned by age eight. As a young man, he apprenticed to a building firm

but, in 1873, emigrated to Canada, his first destination being Toronto. After numerous other moves throughout North America, Dean finally came to Victoria in 1884 and entered the real estate business. He was also interested in politics but soon became cynical and frustrated about the way things were run. He was elected to

the Rossland council in 1900 and in 1903 became mayor of that city. Always disillusioned by what he described as “the political rat race,” Dean once wrote: “I hope you never have much to do with politicians … they are a pretty ‘crumby’ crowd. Whenever they don a sanctimonious face and begin to look pious, by jingo, that’s the time to watch the blighters … ” He spent the next 30 years battling against what he termed “governmental inefficiency and pomposity.”

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In 1906, Dean purchased 80 acres of land at the top of Mount Newton and three years later built a log cabin on his property. It was the one place he liked to escape to and live a somewhat hermit-like existence, earning him the reputation of an eccentric. Occasionally he invited a select group of friends to his wilderness retreat and sometimes music could be heard emanating from his phonograph. Dean also kept a diary during those years which tells much of how he lived his lone existence. Despite his apparent lack of affection for the “outside world,” Dean was, on occasion, known to be a generous man. From the 1920s onwards, he allowed the First Sidney Boy Scouts, under Scout Master Freeman King, to camp on his mountain. He also donated much money to Church organizations and would always willingly dig


into his pockets for money for any young person who stopped by his cabin. During his lifetime, John Dean also traveled the world. Between 1914 and 1929, he journeyed to New Zealand, Australia, China, Burma, India and Alaska. Whenever he returned from these travels, he came armed with facts and figures enabling him to do battle with city councils. He constantly crusaded for improved government and a more beautiful environment by writing numerous letters, organizing petitions and doing exhaustive research. In both 1928 and 1929 he contested the Victoria mayoralty, but was defeated on both occasions, despite what the late historian, Ainslie Helmcken, once said of him: “I think it is safe to say that John Dean was the first and most insistent voice advocating for the adoption of a plan of city management for Victoria … “

the area was officially named John Dean Park in his honour.

But John Dean continued to have little faith in politics and became very pessimistic on occasion. Seven years before his death, he even had his own tombstone built which bore the following inscription:

No trace remains today of his cabin but countless people still hike the trails and enjoy “the wonders of the sky” from Dean’s mountain-top. Valerie Green is a local author and historian and can be reached at valgee@shaw.ca.

“It’s a Rotten World, Artful Politicans are its bane. Its saving grace is the artlessness of the young and the wonders of the sky.”

Photo, previous page: John Dean’s Home, “Illahie,” Mount Newton, 1918. Saanich Archives 1984-010-002c. Photo, this page: John Dean at the gates of “Illahie” 1918. Saanich Archives 1984-010-001.

He then had the tombstone erected in Ross Bay Cemetery and stood beside it to have his picture taken. Date of death was left blank!


 
 


 

 


Dean never married despite rumours of an unhappy love affair in his early years in Victoria. He once told a reporter that “ … If there is any chance of being happy, it is by being married with youngsters, but … I was always too busy traveling.”

He believed the secret of his longevity (he was 97 when he died in Vancouver in March 1943) was because he had never smoked nor drunk intoxicating liquor for 33 years, and had always walked long distances and indulged in hard physical work. He was also a vegetarian.


 




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“Shaggy-Dawg” Dog Grooming (41)

C2-7060 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-888-4476 www.shaggydawg.ca

Sidney SeniorCare (63) Sidney Senior DayCare (2)

9752 Third St., Sidney, B.C. 250-589-0100 or 250-656-7176

Tender Care Nannies & Manpower Services Ltd. (56)

10408 Resthaven Dr., Sidney, B.C. 250-217-2139

Specialty Shops 4 Seasons Heating & Cooling (21)

12-6782 Veyaness Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-0886 www.4seasonsheating.com

Affordable Hot Tubs & Saunas Ltd. (19)

250-881-2680 www.affordablehottubs.ca

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Tia’s Heritage Café Co. (47)

Bosley’s Pet Food Plus (45)

4670 Elk Lake Dr., Victoria, B.C. 250-658-8989

5303 West Saanich Rd., Victoria, B.C. 250-590-4912

Zanzibar (53)

7120 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-1228

Specialty Services Admirals Roofing (30)

9-6782 Veyaness Rd. Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-1818 www.admiralsroofing.com

F.A.S. Fuels (48)

27-6782 Veyaness Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-6915, www.fasfuels.ca

GM Contracting Ltd. (56)

250-652-5584, 250-360-7960 gmcontracting@shaw.ca

Laing’s Lock & Key Service Ltd. (6)

250-652-2923

OK Tire (58)

6800 Oldfield Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-544-1489, www.oktire.com

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Buddies Natural Pet Food Ltd. (40)

2410C Keating X Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-2411 www.buddiesnaturalpetfood.ca

Deep Cove Market (16)

10940 West Saanich Rd., North Saanich, B.C. 250-656-2547

Gartley Station Fermentations (30)

108-1931 Mt. Newton X Rd. Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-6939, www.gartleystation.com

MEDIchair (39)

7-9764 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-6228

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Murphy Wall-Beds of Canada (40)

3075 Douglas St., Victoria, B.C. 250-744-2195, www.murphybeds-victoria.com

Muse Winery (13)

11195 Chalet Rd.., North Saanich, B.C. 250-656-2552, www.musewinery.ca

NOBLE Car Buyers Service Ltd. (45)

104-3960 Quadra St., Victoria, B.C. 250-881-7662

Orr’s Family Butchers (51)

7103 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-652-3751

Pacific Paint (43)

2065B Keating X Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-4274

1031 Hillside Ave., Victoria, B.C. 250-381-5254

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Sidney’s Pet Centre (30)

4-9769 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-3314, www.sidneypetcentre.com

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9810 Seventh St., Sidney, B.C. 7860 Wallace Dr., Saanichton, B.C. 1-800-667-8280, www.thriftyfoods.ca

Victoria Costumes (52)

7060 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, B.C. 250-896-0781, 778-426-0781 www.victoriacostumes.com

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Poplar Lane Farm, 6309 Old East Rd., Central Saanich, B.C. 250-656-7271 www.panoramarecreation.ca

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Panorama Recreation (42)

9769 Fifth St., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-2326

343 Cook St., Victoria, B.C. 250-381-5450

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105-2506 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. 250-656-0961

3617 Shelbourne St., Victoria, B.C. 250-477-0131

504-1913 Sooke Rd., Colwood, B.C. 250-478-9505 www.merittravel.ca

Liquor Express (28)

2134 Keating X Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-652-4400 www.liquorexpress.blogspot.com

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Merit Travel (54)


last wo r d A recent ad campaign appearing in some of North America’s most popular magazines has created a buzz that has gotten people talking and given new hope to those in the publishing industry. You may have seen these ads; they’re clever, to the point and perhaps surprising to those who had started to believe that printed media was going the way of the dinosaur.

Will the Internet kill magazines? Did instant coffee kill coffee? New technologies change many things. But not everything. You may surf, search, shop and blog online, but you still read magazines. And you’re far from alone. Readership has actually increased over the past five years. Even the 18-to-34 segment continues to grow. And typical young adults now read more issues per month than their parents. Rather than being displaced by “instant” media, it would seem that magazines are the ideal complement. The explanation, while sometimes drowned out by the Internet drumbeat, is fairly obvious. Magazines do what the Internet doesn’t. Neither obsessed with immediacy nor trapped by the daily news cycle, magazines promote deeper connections. They create relationships. They engage us in ways distinct from digital media.

To the right is one of the most recent ads by Magazines The Power of Print ®. Their website homepage states a simple goal: “We hope to dispel many commonly held myths about the state of our industry, and to share the exciting story of magazine advertising’s outstanding value, unmatched recall and vast cultural impact. Enjoy!”

In fact, the immersive power of magazines even extends to the advertising. Magazines remain the number one medium for driving purchase consideration and intent. And that’s essential in every product category. Including coffee.

I am a book and magazine person. Always have been, always will be. In my opinion, there’s just no substitute for the feel of the page as you turn it, and no e-reader or computer screen will ever take its place. I’m guessing this love of the printed page holds true for our loyal readers! A fact from the website: “The average reader spends 43 minutes reading each issue.” To me, that means finding a way to fill our readers’ 43 minutes with interesting articles, and to our advertisers that’s 43 whole minutes to catch and hold our readers’ attention. Goals that, thanks to the uplifting message of the Magazines The Power of Print ® ads, suddenly seem very achievable.

www.powerofmagazines.com

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november 2010


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Seaside Times November 2010 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...