WEST COAST CULTURE NOVEMBER 2011
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west coast culture – november 2011 issue features
Restaurant Spotlight This Country Road Leads to the Saanich Roadhouse Bar and Grill
People, 25 Community Community Coffee
Coming together at Georgia Café in the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa Butcher, Baker, 37 Candlestick Maker Touch of Saltspring Has it All!
Columns First Word............................................ 6 Weatherwit.......................................11 Island Dish.........................................16 Skin Deep......................................... 23 Smell the Coffee............................. 34 Tweet This!........................................ 39 Forbes & Marshall........................... 49 Last Word......................................... 55
departments 7................................................. Letters 8.................................... Can We Talk? 12.......................................... Footprints 19.............................. Veterinary Voice 47.....................................Grey Matters 50..........................What's Happening 53................................. Entertainment
On the cover: Ken Norbury, owner of Satellite Fish Co., graces the wall of Georgia Café this month in our photo essay. See page 25. Photography by Geoff Smith, Creative Thinking.
first w o rd Fishermen, firefighters, farmers, police officers, pilots … what do all of these have in common? You got it: our local community. Coffee shops seem to be the chosen location for gatherings nowadays. Whether it's a business meeting, friends catching up or simply a group of travelers stopping to rest, all are there to have a conversation and enjoy each other’s company. In this issue of Seaside Times, I took this idea and made it real. Ten photos. Ten local people in the community. Local photographer Geoff Smith used his brilliance and expertise to capture their stories with photography. On pages 25-27, you will be inspired by these photo essays, and for the month of November these photos will grace the walls at Georgia Café,
in the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, for all to enjoy. From land to sea, David Smith, owner of Professional Components, steered me on an inspirational journey of his life in this month's Can we Talk? Each of us decides how to live our life and decides what it takes to make us happy. Through his genuine demeanour and inspirational words, David reminded me that life is a journey that we all must live to its fullest. I’m always honoured and humbled by the people I meet in our community. We are so lucky to have a community we can call our own, a community we can call home. And don’t forget to have an extra cup of java on me!
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I wanted you to know that because of my ad in your October issue, I have my first corporate client. Yay! I'm going to be holding fitness classes for this client's employees. Joanna Vandervlugt (owner, Champs Personal Training)
✢ ✢ ✢ Thanks Seaside Times (the September issue) for your support of our recent Art Show. Members of the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula and all the participants of the First Nations and Métis Art Show and Sale were pleased with the cover image of Virgil Sampson's "Heron" as well as the article featuring Charles Elliott and Chris Paul. With community help of this nature, our efforts to link the Peninsula artists with the artists of native heritage, especially the local Coast Salish artists, have had beginning success. Regards, Donna Cottell
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can we talk? … P ublisher Sue Hodgson sits down to
ince you were very young, you’ve loved building things … did you start with race cars or did something else peak your interest? We built carts from scrap wood and robbed wheels from anything we could find and raced down dirt hills. I started hanging out at local garages when I was 14 and got on a pit crew as a car polisher. One thing led to another, and I built my first cars when I was in my late teens You were always known to be a little eccentric, a little wild. From some of the people I spoke to, there were not many people in the race car world that could design or build a race car like you could. Tell us something about that world. What do you miss? Nothing. Life is still the same. I operate in a competitive environment and I have the freedom to innovate and do what I like. We have shifted from being the winners at the track to the leaders in shock mitigation seats. I still get to create, innovate and experiment. Maybe the only thing I really miss are the days when there were less rules and you could get on an airplane with a bottle of shampoo!
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Scoremaster is a product we produce in Sidney. We have the highest quality aluminum sports goals in the world and ship worldwide – mostly to the U.S.
I recently started cycling again and do yoga. I spend a lot of time on the water fishing and testing our seats. I love the outdoors. One of the last people I coached was Ryder Hesjedal. I stay in touch and we talk on a motivational level that is in a different world. He is always appreciative of the part I played and we are always comparing notes on what gets us through the tough spots. He is a true champion and I think there is a certain amount of role reversal. Once he looked to me for inspiration, and now I look to him. Maybe it is reciprocal at times.
You produce Shock Wave high performance seats and chassis for offshore boats. How did that develop after everything else you did?
Owner & President, Professional Components For David Smith, life has always moved fast. Not content to wait for graduation, he left school a year early and moved to Sidney, where he began building and racing cars. This soon evolved into a professional career building championship winning NASCAR stock cars.
A customer in England recommended us to Bear. What did you take away from it? Confidence and pride in myself and knowing that there is always hope and always a way. We learned an immense amount about our products as we trusted our lives to them. What a vast and great country Canada is and we truly found the meaning of Canadian spirit: not that Alaskans are mean and nasty, but the folks in Canada, the Inuit, bent over backwards for us. What did you want to be when you grew up? Ha ha … still not grown up yet! Life for me has never followed a road map: I just let it happen.
Is there any advice you would give to someone starting a new business?
Do what you love to do. Don’t work for poor people. Embrace modern technology (computers). Build a team and network that includes your banker. Cherish your employees. Hire for attitude and don’t be afraid to train – you're not a boss, you're a coach.
Our new line of multi axis suspension systems that integrate the controls in suspension, much like the boat we took up north, are a new dimension and will keep us going for years to come. I never know when new ideas will hit. Just when I think we are at the end of the road, we hit a new freeway to adventure and innovation.
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35 years in business … what’s next for Professional Components?
Earlier this year, you and TV adventure guru Bear Grylls became the first ever to pilot a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) through the Northwest Passage. How did this experience come about?
Smith started Professional Components in 1980. In the beginning, the company built everything from waste containers and barbecues to ambulances and buses, then it evolved to aluminum hulls for Zodiacs. An avid outdoorsman and boater, Smith put even more of his talent to work to conceive Shockwave marine shockmitigating seating. Shockwave supplies its RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) to almost all of the world's Special Forces. In 2010, TV adventure guru Bear Grylls and his team, including David Smith, journeyed through the Northwest Passage, one of the greatest test platforms for Professional Component’s shockabsorbing console seating.
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We built aluminum hulls for Zodiac. I built a boat for myself to take to Alaska – I couldn’t find a decent shock mitigation seat and built my own. It showed promise so we "sold the farm," so to speak, and invested everything the company had in the development of that product line. It did not come cheap or without risk.
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Professional Components was started by building race car parts, then Zodiac boats and ambulances. It is also a very successful manufacturer of Scoremaster products. What is Scoremaster and where does production take place?
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You used to be a member of the Canadian national mountain bike team. Are you still involved in the sport? How do you spend your leisure time?
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A fter Thanksgiving by Barry Mathias
Thanksgiving is over, and the islands have emptied of tourists. They have returned to the sanctuary of their own traffic jams, as if drawn by a huge urban suction machine. The tourists know their brief, warm sojourn is over and, with the approach of a cooler version of a wet day, they pack up their damp tents, bid farewell to their B&B’s, and close down their summer cabins.
pollution, and the deer-ogling drivers who perform emergency stops on precipitous roads or blind bends whenever they catch a glimpse of a deer. For visitors, the ubiquitous deer takes on the rarity of a panda. The lineups in the stores have dwindled and we begin to recognize the other shoppers. The roads are quieter and drivers can wave to the occasional vehicle without it becoming a nonstop aerobic exercise. In the pubs and cafés, islanders discuss the past years as though they were yesterday, and conversation topics might include the increasing cost of ferry travel: it will soon be cheaper to fly to Hawaii! There is, of course, the perennial discussion as to the true meaning of a cord of wood, which involves as much guesswork
Those permanent residents, the islanders, review the brief summer: memories of enthusiastic oncea-year cyclists who pedal off the ferries like advertisements for energy supplements and are noticed, two hours later, pushing their laden bikes up steep inclines, redfaced and suffering. There are the nimble berry pickers, who always choose the fruit nearest the road, as if to ensure a coating of exhaust
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as it does mathematical calculation. And always the wasp problem; usually the worst wasp summer in recent years, and resulting in masochistic boasts of unlimited stings and a rash of creative wasp trap designs which add a macabre touch to many public places. Jam-making and pickling has begun in earnest. Recipes include blackberry and apple and wasp, plum and wasp, and hornet pickles. We know it's that time: shops run out of sugar, vinegar and ginger, houses take on a distinctive aroma and partners go fishing … all day. With the demise of the last-minute outside painting frenzy, the vegetable harvesting hysteria and the final, never-to-be-repeated, unbelievable, mammoth, 50% off (on limited items) sales, we can concentrate, once again, on joining things. Each island has a remarkable array of clubs, associations and voluntary organizations that can happily fill every spare waking hour during our weathered martyrdom in the monsoon period, euphemistically called "fall." We can learn to play bagpipes and watch the "for sale" signs go up on neighbouring plots, we can learn to make our own alcoholic beverages and be blissfully unaware of the wet months, or we can take up golf and try to learn the difference between a pond and a waterlogged green. The First Nations people of Vancouver Island would build long houses, wear masks and perform spiritual rituals as a way of surviving the unutterable boredom of West Coast weather. Today, we have modern houses with enough gadgets guaranteed to go wrong to keep us busy. We can indulge in dressing for an occasion (which means forsaking jeans), or we can invest in a Ouija board or take up organized religion. We can play, sing, build or help others … but it’s still going to rain. www.seasidetimes.ca
November Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama “Lions and Spiders and Bears, Oh No!" Everybody has their fears and mine are spiders. It started when I was in the jungles of northern Australia, spending the night in a rustic cabin deep in the forest. As I was talking to my wife, the expression on her face changed to what would best be described as a mixture of horror and amusement – there was a hand-sized, hairy tarantula crawling up the wall beside my head. It was so big that “it appeared to be wearing the pelts of small mammals” (a Dave Barry expression). In a supreme act of bravery, I burst out of the cabin and conscripted two Aussies to get rid of the thing: “No worries mate.” What followed was a comedy of panicked spider-chasing around the cabin, complete with rafter climbing, mattress flipping and expressions like: “Crikey, that’s a big one.” It culminated in the spider taking shelter in my running shoe, which was promptly thrown out the door. My fear disappeared as my shoe faded into the darkness, and as I thanked my Aussie exterminators I was filled with appreciation for sweet home Victoria. In looking ahead to our weather this November, my spidey sense has been tingling. As the experts predicted last month, our friend La Nina has come crawling back and is anticipated to strengthen through the winter. In November we will just begin to feel its effects, as there is a greater chance of wetter conditions and some indication of coolerthan-normal temperatures. As we head into early 2012, the bias toward cooler and wetter conditions will increase, but I’ll wait until December’s forecast to see if the shoe is full or empty on that one. But we Victorians take all this in stride. It’s wet in November – in fact November and December are the wettest months of the year. By this time our fair weather friend, the “Pacific High,” has retreated southward to hang out with the surfers off the California coast and a new player begins to dominate our weather pattern
– the “Aleutian Low” – located near the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska. This is not a single low pressure system but rather a graveyard for any low pressure systems that pass by and get caught in its web. Some of these systems (called coastal lows) swing in from the Pacific, bringing us storms and precipitation and then continue north where they eventually end up in the Aleutian Low. Despite the typical wetness of this time of year, my sentimental weather forecast for November 11th, Remembrance Day, is overcast with the sun breaking through on the 11th hour – a symbol of the sacrifice made by those in our Armed Forces who gave their lives for our freedom. To those who have either served or who continue to serve Canada in the Forces, I say thank you for your courage, determination and sacrifice. It is a wonderful thing to live without fear, in this incredible place we call home. ~ Weatherwit. Questions or comments? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a humorous Victoria weekend weather forecast, visit http://weatherwit.wordpress.com.
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Conversations From the Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria’s past? If so, wonder no more. In a series of upcoming “interviews,” imaginary conversations will be conducted with some well-known (and some lesser-known) men and women from Greater Victoria’s colourful history. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Mifflin Gibbs, a black man from Philadelphia, came to Victoria in 1858 seeking a more tolerant society. Although he was disillusioned and frequently mistreated, he managed to break down barriers, making his way politically, both in Victoria and later in the U.S. (Interview conducted in 1907). interviewer: What made you first come to Victoria back in 1858, Mr. Gibbs?
gibbs: I came here from San Francisco where my friend, Peter Lester, and I had been in business together as importers of boots and shoes. We thought there would be more tolerance to men and women of colour in San Francisco in 1849. I initially had been lured there from Philadelphia by gold fever. I: Did you find the tolerance you were seeking?
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G: Oh, a I: Where did you go? terrible affair! G: To Little Rock, Arkansas, where there was a There were large black population. I took courses in law and some Amerbecame a county judge. icans in the audience I: Is it true that you were the first black man to who incited hold the position of judge in America? anti-black G: (Humbly and proudly) Yes, I was. feeling when they saw us with President Benjamin Harrison also appointed our friends Gibbs the state’s registrar of lands, and in 1897, in the he became U.S. Consul to Madagascar. After his gallery seats. return visit to Victoria in 1907 at age 84, he moved They even to Washington, D.C. to write his autobiography in went back which he referred to himself as a “student of life.” stage, insisting He died in Little Rock in 1915, but was long rememthat the performbered for his distinguished career in Victoria. ers refuse to sing until we all left the Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be building. Luckily the reached at email@example.com. performers resisted and continued perRenovations & Extreme Makeovers a Specialty forming, but then the trouble-makers began hurling vegetables at us and Before After emptying sacks of flour everywhere. Esquimalt naval officers eventually had to restore order. I: How awful! Yet you still pursued your cause to stop racial prejudice? How did you do this? G: I ran for city council in 1862, and in 1866 I was finally elected in the James Bay Ward – I was chairman of the finance committee and acting mayor during Mayor James Trimble’s term. I also represented the Salt Spring Island black settlers at the Yale Convention.
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G: The last straw was when blacks were excluded both from the annual Queen Victoria’s Day Ball and from the farewell banquet for Governor Douglas, whom I had thought of as my friend. So, we decided to return to America and try and help my people there.
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by Muriel sucked in my tummy, pulled my shoulders back, straightened the seams of my nylons, tucked a wisp of hair under my perky little brown hat and gave a nervous sigh. After one last glance in the mirror, I picked up my purse and gloves, buttoned the jacket of my checkered brown suit and left the house. You’re right, of course: this had to be many years ago! Today, who wears nylon stockings with seams? Who wears a hat and gloves to go out? We used to then.
And so, at last I was on my way. I paid for my fare at the CPR dock and boarded one of the Princess ships for the voyage to Vancouver. I just can’t remember which "Princess" it was, but it really doesn’t matter – it would have taken more than royalty to impress my anxious and agitated mind on that occasion! The voyage was too long and boring. I wondered how I could be so removed from reality: not to enjoy the marvellous scenery, the Gulf Islands bathing in the spring sunshine, the velvety spring growth of trees and bushes, the blue seas dotted with boats in which passengers were hauling in magnificent gleaming silver salmon. A cup of coffee didn’t help. I wandered from lounge to deck and back, trying all the seating arrangements and not able to settle in any of them. I had a huge balloon of air somewhere in the area of my solar plexus. I felt breathless, and kept taking deep inhalations of fresh, salty ozone trying to quiet my inner turmoil. I tried to read the mystery novel I had brought with me in my bag, but found I was reading the same page over and over again without knowing what it said A mother with two little children came and sat next to me in the lounge The little girl, about three years old, placed her book on my knee and asked: “Will you read my book to me?” The mother remonstrated with the child, telling her not to bother me. I replied: “I’m sorry, but I have a terrific headache
and I just can’t right now. I can’t even read my own book.” (What on earth was wrong with me, how could I be so churlish to the sweet little thing?) With another “Sorry!” I sheepishly shoved my book away and got up to resume my shipboard prowling.
Eventually, the "slow boat to China" arrived, except Vancouver was the destination. It docked and I proceeded to make my way to the CPR Station. There followed more pacing and more clock-watching in the echoing old building. Sorties to the ladies room interspersed the above activities, first to check my hair and makeup, and frequently to use the facilities for which the room was originally designed. Dear God, would the hour I was waiting for never arrive? The minutes ticked by on elephant feet, until I was sure the beast had stopped and died. I had just decided to take off my hat and rearrange my hair when a final glance at my watch told me "voilà!" – the magic hour had arrived! I hurried to the platform where the crosscountry train was coming in and glanced down the ramp where the passengers would be getting off. A young couple came first, then a mother with a babe in arms. A breathless, dramatic pause, then I saw him – handsome as ever in his RAF uniform, racing up the ramp, throwing his duffel bag and suitcase sliding along the platform and grabbing me into his arms. Completely unaware of the people now thronging off the train and trying to get by his pile of luggage, we held onto one another for the first time in two years, never wanting to let go again An attendant with a sly grin tapped him on the shoulder. “Sorry, sir, but you must move your luggage, you’re holding up the others!” The war was over, we were together at last and our little son waited in Victoria to meet his father for the first time. The future stretched ahead like a glorious challenge. Such bliss was a hard act to follow, but we did!
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Butter Up, Butternut by Jennifer Bowles
When I think of crepes I always think sweet. Thin pancakes stuffed with cool cream and a scattering of fresh berries ladled with a creamy sauce and a sprig of mint. Not this time …
versatile. As Graham told me, this dish can be made on a smaller scale (smaller crepe) and served at cocktail parties as a finger food, or maintain the standard crepe size and serve at dinner parties or just for two!
This month I'm going to take crepes to a whole new level and tempt your taste buds with a savoury butternut squash crepe stuffed with beautiful walnuts, crisp apple, tangy goat cheese and spicy chorizo drizzled with warm brown butter and sage sauce. I think that beats the pants off Crepes Suzette any day!
The ingredients are seasonal, simple and this combination is gorgeous for any November night. Enjoy!
Sadly I can’t take ownership of this recipe and so I hand over the kudos to the very talented Sous Chef, Graham Smith of the Empress Hotel. Upon asking him what he thought about butternut squash, he had some incredible ideas out of which came this one! Not only was this incredibly easy to make, but it's very 16
Butternut Squash Crepes
Crepe Batter 100g shredded butternut squash (cooked) 100g white flour 2 whole eggs 300 ml milk Salt
Cut the squash in half. Be careful: these are tough little gourds, so make sure you brace the board and have a
very sturdy, long knife. Spoon out the seeds and drizzle with olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Place squash skin side up on a parchment-papered cookie sheet and bake in a 400° oven for 35-40 minutes. I checked on mine halfway with a fork – the fork should slide easily into the meat of the squash, then you know it’s done. When squash is cooked and cooled, shred on a box grater; the course grate works well.
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Whisk together flour and milk until there are no lumps. Add eggs and whisk together until well mixed. Add grated cooked squash. Let the crepe batter rest for about 20 minutes Preheat a crepe pan if you have one but if not, a wide bottom non-stick pan will do. The crepe batter should be very thin and should just coat the bottom. As always, practice makes perfect and your first few crepes may not be stunning, but even if you don’t make crepes every day you'll soon get the hang of this. When they're cooked, lay crepes flat on parchment paper and begin to prepare your filling. Roasted Apple & Chorizo Filling 3 small apples diced into small chunks (skin on is best, but your choice)
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Sauté your apple and chorizo in a pan with a touch of oil, remembering to season each layer with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the apple is tender, drizzle in your maple syrup and add all spice. Cook for 5 minutes. Add walnuts and lemon juice; cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool for 4 minutes and fold in crumbled goat cheese. Sage Brown Butter ½ cup butter 3 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar In a frying pan, add butter and cook on medium. The butter will melt and start to bubble – when the butter starts to turn a light brown colour add the sage, remove from heat and add apple cider vinegar. Stuff the crepes, drizzle the beautiful butter sauce over and voila! Heaven. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.seasidetimes.ca
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The People’s Choice Winners
#1. Seals on the Rocks Gale Brown
#2. A Special Friend Nancy Rotolo
#3. Sunbeams Under the Sea Ron Wilson
Tied for #3. Puffin’ Billy Roger White
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Oh Those Aching Joints! by Shelley Breadner, DVM As our pets mature, they can suffer from arthritis just as Father Time plays havoc on our own joints and ligaments. The cartilage in our joints can be worn away over time, leaving exposed bone to rub together and cause pain. We all know that the cooler, wetter weather can exacerbate joint pain conditions. Because our canine and feline family members cannot communicate verbally (in the English language that is!), it's important to recognize some signs of pain: • Reluctance to walk or play • Difficulty in standing or climbing stairs • Reduced ability to jump up on furniture or counters • Sensitivity to being touched on the back or legs
• Lagging behind or limping • Frequent yelping or whimpering • Changes of character or aggression when handled
series of four weekly subcuticular injections and monitor the pet’s response. There are usually no side effects, and the benefits can be amazing. The other mainstay of arthritis treatment is anti-inflammatory medication. It's very important to consult your veterinarian before administering any drug to your pet, as some can be very toxic. Aspirin and ibuprophen are not suitable for use in dogs and cats, even though they are well tolerated in humans. The group of drugs, collectively called NSAIDS, decrease inflammation and pain in the joints. Just like us, these drugs can cause tummy upset and ulcers, so only medicate as directed by your veterinarian. There are several different drugs available, and sometimes one will be more effective than
another. Their role and our goal is to really improve your pet’s quality of life. Besides a pharmaceutical solution, it is important to keep your pet trim and fit throughout life. Regular exercise and controlled snacking can prevent obesity and thus less strain on the joints. Regular exercise should be maintained in moderation. This helps keep the blood supply moving to the joints and carrying away inflammatory toxins, as well as helping to maximize joint mobility. Remember: a lifelong healthy diet and exercise regime minimize problems as our pets age. Recognize the early signs of arthritis and consult with your veterinarian; don’t let your friend suffer in silence. More information can be found at www.breadnervet.com.
• Less interaction with the family • Reduced appetite
If you notice some or all of these signs in your dog or cat it is important to seek veterinary advice as to the management of arthritis. We have many options for making your pet more comfortable. It is always best to start treatment options early with a natural solution. Nutraceuticals such as fishbased Omega 3 fatty acids or green lipped mussel supplement can be of immense benefit. Glucosamine and MSM are also effective in some individuals. Please avoid supplements that contain shark cartilage, as this can often come from illegal harvest and “finning” of sharks. The next complementary treatment is that of “cartrophen,” an injectable product that benefits the joints in many ways. As cartilage degenerates, the joint becomes “dry” and painful. Cartrophen aids in the settling of inflammation and development of fibrocartilage, as well as the improved lubrication of joints. We use a SEASIDE TIMES
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Follow the long and winding West Saanich Road to the Prospect Lake intersection and stop by the Saanich Roadhouse Bar and Grill for some down-home southwest cookin’.
restaurant following a recent million-dollar renovation.
Two months ago, Marc and Fran Jinnouchi, who also own Evedar’s Bistro in Langford, opened the
“We fell in love with the country-style décor and decided to plan our menu around it,” Fran told me on a recent visit. “Our chefs, Tom Corless and Rudy Cerda, have come up with some smoked and saucy grilled entreés such as bourbon BBQ baby
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back ribs, blackened steak and smoked mesquite chicken. When they really want to spice things up, they add some of Rudy’s snake-bite hot sauce!"
as the buttermilk chicken sandwich. Rudy’s caramel and kahlua, cranberry, and local pear cheesecakes are customer favourites.
How hot is snake-bite hot sauce? “If you have to ask, it’s too hot for you!” Fran grinned. “However, we want everyone to feel comfortable here, including families, and there are lots of milder choices on the menu.”
The décor, with its saddles, stuffed beaver and pheasants, broad ceiling beams and sparkling central bar area certainly adds to the country and western atmosphere.
The menu is extensive, offering an abundance of seafood, steak and pasta dishes along with burgers, soups, salads and sandwiches such
At one end of the dining room, the stage is framed on either side by life-size likenesses of the Blues Brothers and a 1947 Harley mounted overhead.
“We like to support the local musicians and it’s proved so popular, we’re now booking on Sundays too. "We’ve started theme nights such as the Country Hoedown we had on October 15th. The Chick Wagon Band provided the toe-tapping music and we provided prizes for the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl. The event was so successful we’ve booked them again for November 24th.” Other performances scheduled for November include everything from folk, blues, classic rock, and Celtic to jazz with performances by the West Coast Blues Doctors, Maureen Washington, Jean Bedard, Char, Terry Brennan, Rob & Ian, Brad Prevedoros and Jim Moffatt. Check the website at www.saanichroadhouse.com for more details or call 250-479-6612. The Saanich Roadhouse is open Tuesdays through Sundays (when prime rib and Yorkshire pudding
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by Dave Gartley Last month I gave you 10 basic pairing rules. Did you save that article? You should have. If you didn't, shame on you! As soon as I can kick-start my web designer into creating my blog you'll be able to grab all my preceding articles. Print them out and keep them on the fridge for handy reference. Before we start sipping and tasting, we need to identify the main components of food and wine. This month we will cover the four components of wine: acid, tannin, sugar and alcohol, and we'll leave food components for next month. Acid: livens the mouth up and cleans the palate by stimulating saliva production. Imagine biting into a lemon: did your mouth start to water? Acid also balances sweetness in foods. Tannin: perceived as bitterness but it is actually astringency. It dries out your mouth by attacking protein-rich saliva, leaving you with a “sandpaper” tongue. A mouthful of strong cold tea is very tannic. Tannin adds structure to wine and is a critical component in ageability. Sugar: enhances fruit flavours and aromas in wine and counteracts acidity. It leaves a soft-smooth feeling in the mouth, much like a ring of tiny fairies wearing silk slippers dancing on your tongue. Alcohol: gives wine body and fullness. In wines with high alcohol content, 13% and up, it gives a perception of sweetness in the mouth but a warming feeling in the throat. Vinum placet.
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Community People, Community Coffee Sidney community comes alive at Georgia Café and Deli at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa
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by Sue Hodgson I met Geoff Smith a few months ago at a local coffee shop and was amazed at his talent for bringing out people’s real personality in photos, something that's often difficult to do. “Everyone has a story,” says Smith. He is a professional photographer, with a long background as a creative director for advertising agencies in Toronto and the U.K. As a newcomer, he noticed that everyone he photographed for these pages talked about how important the community is. “People might leave for a while but they always come back; this is their home,” says Smith. Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula have so many interesting, local people with a story to tell. I love to share these stories with ink on paper in the magazine every month, but decided to launch a photo essay where those stories are told in a photograph. The photos will be displayed at Georgia Café at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa in November. We'll then continue the photo essay throughout the Peninsula, traveling next month to Saanichton and then Brentwood Bay in January. These photo essays will also be featured in the next two issues of Seaside Times. On the following pages, Smith presents 10 portraits of residents of Sidney, a bustling neighbourhood that sits within three major transportation hubs and connects over 10 million people a year. On the next page, take a peek at Sidney farmers Thomas and Kristin: they met in Victoria – he an east Berlin émigré and ship's carpenter and she a ballet teacher. They have spent 10 years renovating their once-rundown property into a pristine produce farm, established a donkey sanctuary and renovated a classic wooden sailing yacht. One of my favourites is Ken,
the fisherman. He comes from a fishing family but keeps his feet firmly on the ground. Handy with his knife, he made short work of this 30-pound yellow eyed rockfish. This is more than an exhibit of fine photography. “I prefer to have an exhibit of this nature in a coffee shop rather than in a gallery, for it's about the community,” says Smith. These pictures celebrate the uniqueness of Sidney, full of amazing and interesting people who enhance our www.seasidetimes.ca
communities and ensure this beautiful place and its culture are treasured and celebrated. As you look through the photos, friends are made, conversations will be had and bonds will be formed. People are part of our community; come meet them all during the month of November at Georgia Café. We will have a "Meet and Greet" on Friday, Nov 25th from 5-8 p.m. We all need community: our lives are nourished by it. Our souls are reflected in it. NOvember 2011
Sidney farmers Thomas and Kristin met in Victoria – he an east Berlin émigré and ship's carpenter and she a ballet teacher. They have spent 10 years renovating their once-run-down property into a pristine produce farm, establishing a donkey sanctuary and renovating a classic wooden sailing yacht.
Parkland school’s glamorous rowing aces train on the same water as Canada’s national team. Watch out for Amanda, Kaley, Emma and Nicole in the 2016 Olympics. This photo could be worth a fortune! Island-born Martia has escaped many times to vineyards across the world, from Italy to New Zealand, in pursuit of her goal as a master of wine. If that wasn't enough fun, she fills her spare time with world music, dance and a passion for painting.
A band of brothers is how these firefighters describe themselves. That’s why they stay, some for decades. What greater sense of community is there than that?
When a disaster strikes, chances are Noel will be there, volunteering for ShelterBox, an organization that specializes in shelter provision. They are helping to rebuild communities abroad.
“Literary lovers” Clive and Christine have surrounded themselves with books all their working and married lives. Their wealth of knowledge is shared at Beacon Books.
Shae spends hours waiting for standby flights. The daughter of airline parents, travel is a bloodline passion, but she is always grateful to get back to Sidney and B.C.
Win a $1,500 Shopping Spree in Sidney! Jack has spent much of his life in the air, as a pilot in the Arctic flying DC3’s and piloting B.C. politicians all over the province. There isn’t much Jack doesn’t know about flying and its history in B.C.
Ken comes from a fishing family, but keeps his feet firmly on the ground. Handy with a knife, he made short work of this 30lb yellow eyed rockfish.
As Sidney’s community police officer, Ravi loves what he does. You can tell by the way everybody’s eyes light up when you just mention his name!
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Your Mortgage: a Ticket to the Best of Both Worlds
anking and ordering are two of mankind’s great obsessions. I’m not a scientist, but from my lifetime of ad hoc empirical research it has become apparent that we all have an insatiable desire for lists. David Letterman turned his Top Ten lists into a lucrative brand. Consumer Reports knows the magic as well. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Porsche or Ferrari? Merlot or Shiraz? If you’ve ever pondered the age old scenario of the 10 books you’d want if stranded on a desert island, you understand. We agonize over these questions, argue about them over dinner, then change our mind an hour later. Of course, these are mostly superfluous exercises. Most of us will never be able to afford a Ferrari and, if we were somehow marooned we’d likely not have the luxury of our favourite authors. Still, they endure. Connery or Brosnan? Betty or Veronica? There is one such conflict I’d like to discuss that rages to this day, and it is anything but fluffy. While not as entertaining as The Top Ten Signs You Might Be a Newlywed, it is much more important: What should you do with your money – save for retirement or pay off debt? Taken as a simple either/or question, the solution is clear given basic assumptions. Either a) the interest on your loans is higher than the returns from your investments, so you should pay off your debts, or b) your investment earnings are higher than the interest you are paying on the debt, so you should keep investing. The first scenario is the most common. We all want to use our money in the most efficient way, and most people sleep better knowing our big expensive debt (a mortgage for instance) is gradually declining. Others prefer the second scenario – to carry a little more debt, comfortable in the knowledge their house will increase in value over the years and increase their equity. This enables them to 28
invest more now, and they see their savings build up over time. Of course, we cannot know what interest rates will be in the long term or what investment returns will be in the short term, so it's hard to argue either position with certainty. It doesn’t take a PhD to see that this experiment is not fair to either side, so the debate continues. Thankfully there is no reason to see this question as either/or. Why choose between savings on interest costs and gains on retirement savings when you can have both – simultaneously. A universal reality is the immense expense of living life – particularly in this beautiful corner of the world. No matter how much money you make, there just doesn’t seem to be enough. As such it is rare that a family has any money left over at the end of the month with which to save; if there is any saving it is usually minimal. If it was available, would $500 more at the end of the month help? Would $1,000? There is a way to generate these sums of investable cash each month without increasing your monthly outlay out-of-pocket. You can create substantial tax deductions beginning today that continue into the future indefinitely. The innovative strategy that opens up these opportunities is called The Smith Manoeuvre, and it is essential knowledge for all Canadian mortgage payers. The average mortgage balance in our area of the country is about $300,000. Assuming that mortgage is charged at 5% and paid off over 25 years, you will pay over $220,000 in interest alone. Remember, these are all after-tax dollars, so depending on your tax rate the amount of income you have to earn could be getting up toward $400,000 – just to pay the interest. Canadians have the ability to convert that immense burden into a gift. Specifically, you can begin – today – to deduct all or part of that $220,000 against your personal income through a simple modification of your finances. If you are in the 40% tax bracket, that's a
potential $88,000 in tax refunds. Non-taxable refunds. There are no back doors, no offshore magic tricks. In fact, the principles of The Smith Manoeuvre have been held up in the Supreme Court of Canada repeatedly. Check out the table on the previous page to see what your annual deduction might be.
your control. Never will anyone tell you to stop contributing, or force you to withdraw your funds. The exact amount you can utilize is based on your situation: everyone is a bit different. But even a mere $500 per month, with a growth rate of 8%, will be worth over $480,000 after your 25-year mortgage term. This requires nothing other than an adjustment of your monthly cash flow. As long as you have the mortgage, shouldn’t it work for you instead of against you?
On top of the tax relief, you can begin to invest considerable sums every month to begin what we call your Personal Pension Plan (PPP). This is a non-registered, free and clear investment portfolio totally in
Your mortgage is an opportunity, not a burden. Sean Connery is obviously the best Bond. I may be in the minority, but I think Lamborghini trumps Porsche and Ferrari every time. But what's the better option – pay down non-deductible mortgage debt or save for retirement? For my money, it’s both. How about yours? If you have a mortgage, take the time to investigate The Smith Manoeuvre at www.smithman.net. You may find it worth your time.
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he merchants of Sidney welcome you to come and enjoy this year’s holiday shopping experience. Find that something special for her, for him, for the children and for your home right here along the lovely streets of Sidney by the Sea. You’ll find that our diverse range of unique small businesses offer personalized services to take the best care of you – our valued customer. Warm wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season from the merchants and staff of the shops in Sidney.
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The Food Bank Matters to Us: Saanichton Community Christmas It’s not often that the Grinch and I (Jack Frost) agree on things, but when it comes to good food and making sure people in the community are taken care of, even the Grinch comes to the table … literally! For the past seven years the Village of Saanichton has come together to host their "Annual Community Christmas" event, which brings over 800 people together to enjoy some of the best coffee, baked goods, hot cider, live music and cocoa around. A favourite part of the event each year is the Christmas Tree Trail. This is where the kids get to wander around the Village collecting stamps from all the local businesses who’ve transformed their shops into a little bit of "Winter Wonderland" to show everyone how much fun Christmas in a small Village can be. This year we plan to have the horse and carriage rides again, and the ever-so-popular Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary’s Church to get everyone’s energy level up at the start, and hopefully Santa will appear like he has in the past for some great photos with the kids. The point of this event is to raise money for the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Last year we achieved about $4,000 in
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The Random Act of Kindness by Steve Sheppard Well, the Canadian Coffee Show in Vancouver was everything I imagined it would be! I attended a number of amazing seminars at the show: the "Advanced Cupping" session was mind-blowing. We cupped five different coffees from around the world, all roasted to the same level for us to compare. What was cool about this was we were able to clearly taste the difference in the beans as they related to their region of origin. I’d never thought about cupping coffee this way, and it really brought home how much regional impact there can be on the humble Arabica coffee plant, not to mention how the amount of sun, rain and elevation can impact the taste of the green coffee itself. After the seminars were done I hit the show floor to collect samples of the newest products, which brought the thought of giving to mind and a big question came up: What’s happened to the random act of kindness? November is the time of year when we honour the people of our country who have served during war and peace time efforts. These fellow Canadians have enabled us to enjoy true freedom, and we really do live in the greatest place on earth … Canada! If you doubt this, have a look at the news and you’ll see more global unrest than ever before. November 11th is an important day for Canadians who have lost someone, or know someone who has. The mere idea that anyone would give their life for our freedom is sometimes hard to rationalize, and to me this represents "the ultimate random act of kindness." Where am I going with this, you ask? Well, there are many people who engage in some kind of sacrifice on a regular basis. Perhaps we could take the concept of Remembrance Day and expand it to everyone who often does something special? The whole point of Remembrance Day is to remember, and I believe that we should take time in November to remember everyone who has done something unique in our lives or for our community, and invite them out for a cup of coffee and some conversation. Tell them how much you appreciate what they do: most people who help out or volunteer do it because they envision a better world. Taking time to remember people for the good things they do would sure reduce global stress levels, and I think that a few cups of coffee and good conversations are cheaper than the cost of war … Steve out.
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hen it comes to excellence, the Tidmans can honestly say it runs in the family. Three generations have built a very successful business empire on the Saanich Peninsula. Roy Tidman founded Tidman Construction in 1948, specialising in custom-built homes. When the torch passed to the next generation, Ron and John Tidman expanded his legacy to include development, construction and operation of commercial and industrial projects and – most recently – Independent Living Facilities.
John is happy: “We are returning the focus of our company to where we started.” When all is said and done, it is family that matters. Roy Tidman now resides in one of the Tidman Group retirement facilities which is managed by his granddaughter, Denise.
With the third generation, everything has come full circle. John Tidman is proud that his son, Andrew, is carrying on the family tradition. They will continue with all of their projects, but the new focus of the company is customised home building once again.
His voice full of emotion, Ron confides that “ At age 101, it is nice for Dad to be able to enjoy his sons and grandchildren and see their success in carrying on what he started!” By Doreen Marion Gee
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Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: A Touch of Saltspring Has it All! Every year, about a authors, jewelers, potby Doreen Marion Gee thousand people line up ters, candle makers, outside of the Panorama Recreation Centre, waiting for their wood workers, jam experts, bakers, dressmakers and everything turn to see a show like no other. “A Touch of Saltspring” in between. Your senses will dance to the aromas of chocolate, is the event of the Christmas season! It's a dizzying cornucoffee, various cheeses, fudge, tuna and salmon. Here you'll find copia of every form of artwork and local fare imaginable – innovation in action, with unique new art and crafts. Ed knows: from handmade toys to seaweed creams to local fish and “You will not find two pieces of jewelry the same.” Many of the produce. There are solid reasons why this Arts and Crafts artisans only exhibit at "A Touch of Saltspring." show is the biggest and most successful on Vancouver Every year, the Show brings 15,000 to 20,000 people to the PenIsland; come close so I can whisper those secrets in your ear. insula and pumps millions of dollars into the local economy. "A Touch of Saltspring" arts and crafts show is the brainThis Christmas show-of-shows really benefits our community. child of Ed and Joan Price. Every Christmas season, PanRelishing the special treats at “A Touch of Saltspring” will put orama Recreation hosts this event extraordinaire. Boastthat childlike sense of joy and wonder into your Christmas. Come ing over 230 vendors, it has the highest public attendance one, come all to see the butcher, baker and candlestick maker! A of any arts and crafts show on Vancouver Island and Touch of Saltspring takes place this year from December 2nd to the second-highest attendance of any show in Western 4th. For more information, visit www.atouchofsaltspring.com. Canada. Artisans willingly go on a wait list for years just for a chance at this golden goose, and they come from as far away as the Yukon and Ontario. What is the appeal? “Everything is done to make the show a success!” Ed reveals. “You have to go the extra mile.” This includes providing buses for people to get to the show, setting the show's hours so the public can still enjoy their own family time, serving gourmet food by Blue Eyes Catering in a dining area, providing music to soothe the mind and offering ATM machines for instant cash. With his soft husky voice and wide grin, Ed zeroes in on the talented artisans and vendors who bring the real star quality to this event and draw in the crowds. He is very proud: “It's the best collection of artisans anywhere in Western Canada. You have to be interested in what the artists are doing and how they do it. That's what makes a good show.” The event features Nancy Dawson – one of B.C.’s premier goldsmiths, in Ed’s opinion. According to a website by Ruby Tuesday designers, Nancy‘s silver and gold jewelry is “actively sought by private collectors, museums and galleries throughout North America.” Another vendor is Diane Bernard, The Seaweed Lady, who uses the soothing powers of the marine plant in creams and gels. Ed and Joan take great joy in seeing young vendors mature and grow. “We are helping the artisans build their careers,” Ed says, beaming. “We see the vendors graduate to galleries and their own shows.” This feast for the curious has everything under the sun; small wonder it's popular! Anyone can find something to love. There is even a modern-day Geppetto, making toys by hand. Try a sample of mead, a honey wine from ancient times. Over three days, visitors will meet artists, SEASIDE TIMES
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Is Social Media Too Hard? I’ve been helping small businesses develop and implement social media strategies for a few years now. Recently I noticed that although most of them got off to a great start, some of their social communications have faded or dried up altogether. This got me wondering – is social media too hard for small businesses? There’s no doubt that being “social” is hard work. It’s time consuming and the results aren’t always immediately apparent. If you’ve been in business more than a few years, you know that this has nothing to do with social “media.” Business is about creating and nurturing relationships and that has always taken time and effort. Before Facebook and Twitter, we attended events and we networked. We would “work” the room, chat with colleagues and hopefully meet someone new who would either become a client or a valued business contact. Many people still work this way, without the help of social media, and do it well. They take the time to develop relationships.
• “Schedule it – first thing, before lunch and at the end of the day. Sometimes a few minutes is all you need.” • “Do it on a smart phone, while waiting, on a bus, on the toilet, anywhere.” • “Create a routine: take time to comment, like, engage. One post on Facebook … five tweets. Build your following with valuable peeps, not numbers.”
The 90-Day Twitter Challenge If you’re up for it, you can take my “90 Day Challenge.” If you commit to this schedule for 90 days I guarantee you will have a solid Twitter foundation and will be on your way to building relationships. 1. Do a search for keywords related to your business. Check it every day. 2. Tweet every day at least a few times. Talk about what you’re passionate about. 3. Find 10 people to follow in various aspects of life: business, hobbies, sports, passions. 4. Retweet people whose tweets you enjoy.
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6. @reply once a day with a comment or question. 7. Post a relevant picture using Twitpic or Hootsuite. 8. Use a few hashtags (e.g. #YYJ) or those related to your business.
I used Twitter to ask a few successful business people how they manage their time to build relationships. Here’s what they said, in 140 characters or less: • "Book it into your schedule so it becomes routine. Just 15 minutes spread throughout the day can work wonders!"
9. Adhere to the 10:1 tweet ratio: 10 value-added tweets for one marketing tweet. You can find more tips and advice on social media strategy on Chris’ blog at www.bwest.ca/blog. Have a question or feedback? Leave a comment for Chris on the Seaside Times blog at www.seasidetimes.ca.
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The idea of the Grand Cariboo Opry took hold with Bentall, and it has grown to have a life of its own as a touring show. The Opry was recently featured as a CBC TV special, and has garnered rave reviews across Canada, but it's more than just a great concert. The show has become an annual fund-raiser for local food banks. In the past four years, it has raised over $26,000 for the Mustard Seed and Sidney Lions Club Food Banks. What's the show like? Imagine Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts took over the Grand Ole Opry and invited their friends for an all-star show. Cast members include son Dustin Bentall, Kendel Carson, Ridley Bent, Daniel Lapp and Leeroy Stagger. Song sponsorships provide the foundation for each show. A local business buys a sponsorship, and Barney writes a song intro featuring the business name. Sometimes it's a real stretch to tie the business name in, which is even better. The audience loves it and the food banks reap the proceeds.
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Lest We Forget by Linda M. Langwith I met my great uncle Will only once. He seemed ever so old, but then when you’re 12 anyone over the age of 30 is positively ancient. He was just passing through on the way to somewhere exotic, Sri Lanka I think. “A perpetual pilgrim,” my great aunts said, clucking their tongues and shaking their heads in unison, adding that he could never settle. “A rolling stone,” they called him. He travelled light, just a leather Gladstone bag, plastered with labels from far away lands. “Don’t mention the war,” whispered the great aunts, his sisters. All I knew was that Uncle Will fought in the First World War and was wounded on the Somme, and the great aunts had a letter from the War Office to prove it. One night, his sleeves rolled up and his brown, sinewed arms buried in a sink full of suds and dirty dishes, I couldn’t help but notice dark marks under the skin, like bruises. He caught me looking and laughed. “I expect you’re wondering … well, they’re slivers of shrapnel. Darn things work their way to the surface and then I get them out if they bother me. I just happened to be standing in the wrong place at the wrong time.” And then he handed me a plate to dry and winked. The day Uncle Will left on his next adventure I hung around the guest
bedroom watching him pack. He drew a small leather case out of the inner pocket of his Harris Tweed jacket and tossed it to me. “Here kid, that’s for you. Just don’t open it until I’m gone, don’t tell anyone about it ‘cause they’ll just take it from you. Keep it safe until I come back.” He gave me a brief kiss on my cheek, the stiff grey stubble on his face lightly grazing my skin, like fine sandpaper, and then he was out the front door and into the waiting taxi, with just a brief look back and a wave. Mindful of his words, I’d secreted the little box in the pocket of my jeans, and it wasn’t until I was alone in my room that I opened the gift with which I’d been entrusted. It was a shiny silver medal, polished to perfection. On one side a man sat on a horse that was stomping on a dragon, the dates 1914 1918 embossed across the top. On the other side there was a picture of a bearded man – George V said the inscription. After a little research I found out that it was the British War Medal. I’ve kept it safe all these years, though Uncle Will never returned. Having narrowly escaped dying on a foreign field in the War, he managed to get trampled by an elephant in Sri Lanka.
He lived for adventure, so maybe he didn’t mind too much. There are no veterans left from the Great War now, and how long will it be before we must say goodbye to those who fought in the Second World War, many in their 90s now? If you have a veteran in your family, maybe it’s time to hear those special stories, keep the memories alive and honour those who gave of themselves so selflessly that we might enjoy the life we have today. The website www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/feature/ remembrance has some wonderful activities, especially for young people. Download a Remembrance App for your iPhone, check the location of a Remembrance Day ceremony near you, create an online scrapbook with the site’s resources, then share by tweeting and blogging your friends and families. And never forget! Linda is the author of "The Golden Crusader," a mystery/action novel published by Twilight Times Books. Check out her website at www.lindalangwith.com.
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VRDA Ride a Thon a Success The Victoria Riding for the Disabled (VRDA) had its 23rd Annual Ride-aThon on October 2nd. This is a fundraising event – riders collected pledges and rode along the Galloping Goose Trail, from the municipal riding ring in Metchosin to Matheson Lake and on to Roche Cove. Participants are given the option to ride horses, walk, run or bike. Approximately 35 people took part and to date over $9,000 has been raised.
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"I Do" on the Far Side of 60 Janelle and Lenny met on an adventure vacation, but it wasn’t half as much fun – or adventurous – as being married to each other. Post divorce, Janelle says, she was quite happy to mind her own business. She’d got her life organized fairly satisfactorily and it did not include any complications or entanglements. She liked the idea of Lenny being her travel companion – “I didn’t have to travel on my own any more” – and that was it. No more commitments, thank you very much. Besides: he lived in New York, she in Sydney, Australia. Lenny, however, knew Janelle was the woman he’d waited decades for. Fast approaching 70, he persisted. “He nagged,” she says.
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ethic drilled into them from the start: “You marry for life. You don’t chop and change jobs. To do otherwise is irresponsible.” She chose medicine. “As a doctor I had to choose my rut and stick with it. It’s hard to change course but I’m happy with what I chose.” She shocked her parents when she left her marriage, bought herself a “divorce” ring and quit a job that was untenable. “It felt good. There have been small milestones in bucking the system for my own betterment and not living in quiet desperation.” Each brings a unique perspective and personality to the marriage. Janelle is more introverted than Lenny. “I’ve mellowed out,” he says. “I was looking for someone smart and able to see the funny side of things, someone who neither takes life too seriously or personally.” Janelle simply wanted a radically different husband from her first. “I’ve discovered he has some similar characteristics,” she says, without a trace of malice. “My selfconfidence has grown. I know myself, and make good boundaries, which Lenny’s learned to respect.”
As Lenny tells the story, he took her to her favourite restaurant in Sidney and proposed. She replied in such a low-key voice she might have been asleep: "Well, I 'spose." There is a nice energy and humour between them, which begs the question “Do you fight?” They answer simultaneously. “No,” says Lenny. “Yes,” says Janelle. He adds: “I never know when we’re fighting. My parents fought all the time during their 51-year marriage. My mother went on and on to me about my father.” Nevertheless, he was close to both of them. An only child, Lenny is from a Jewish family where the rules stated that he finish school, go to college and start a professional career. His mother insisted he marry and have children. To do otherwise was nothing short of insanity. He became a pharmacist and until he was 30 did all the right things – except wed. During his off-time he traveled. He wondered: “What shall I do with myself?” To his mother’s horror, Lenny enrolled in art school. Becoming an artist was better than becoming a therapist: his second choice. “People don’t really change,” he asserts. “In art, one is creating.” He continued to work as a pharmacist three days a week, attending school doing his art and learning dance and music on the side. “The hardest thing is breaking the pattern, stepping out of the box,” he says.
Both are independent and able to fend for themselves, which is just as well since they divvy up their time between New York and Sidney. Lenny’s mother used to say that if he didn’t get married, he’d "end up a lonely old dog." “So I took barking lessons," he laughs. "Since marrying, I don’t need to bark or growl. I just worship at her feet and whimper.” Janelle gets the last word: “That’s when I pat him on the head.”
Janelle, who is close to 60, comes from a Christian family background. “My parents had arguments and disagreements when I was a child,” she says. “As they got older they became mellower and more harmonious.” She has one younger brother and sister. The three of them had the Anglo-Saxon work www.seasidetimes.ca
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I swear to you, 10 months ago on the very day we bought our used 2007 SUV, gas prices shot through the roof. We purchased it because it was red, had these flashy wheels, lots of room and a sunroof. It was only after I parked it in the driveway for the first time that I Googled the gas mileage. When it came to the page for this vehicle, there were no stats or figures on it; it just featured a photo of Mother Nature weeping. The good news is, in celebration of keeping the oil wells in Alberta humming furiously, folks in the town of Fort McMurray have created a special day in my honour. This vehicle is such a fuel pig, the driver's manual requires you to use gasoline instead of windshield washer fluid.
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This is not like me … I've always wanted to use less fuel, not more! Having been inspired by the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car, I was outraged that they destroyed an attractive viable option over corporate greed. I have always wanted a fully gasless vehicle, in part to save the planet and mostly for the satisfaction of sticking it to the man. The issue right now is that most of the vehicles made these days are hybrids, so I'm holding out for a while. If I'm gonna stick it to someone, I want to fully insert it where the headlights don’t shine and that means all the way electronical people! I, like most of us, don’t want to rely on the gas companies or their CEO’s for one drop of fuel if I can get away with it. Although I think we all applaud car companies for stepping up and giving us some options, they're still mostly making hybrids. Perhaps there is a solid reason for that, but I think we just want the full meal deal here. A car we can plug in once and its fuel-less engine takes us to work and back for a few days. A lot of us are put off by the price too: some gas efficient hybrids are still thousands of dollars more that the gas chug-
ging vehicles in their class.
So, partly out of guilt I suppose, Lisa and I bought ourselves bikes. Not only is it great exercise, but we use them to do a lot of the things we used the car for. We whip down to the corner store, take a ride out to the Peninsula on a Sunday afternoon or pedal downtown over the Johnson street bridge to have a latté in our favourite coffee shop. The gas-swilling swine sits in the driveway more and more these days
We have found that there can be hazards out there for newbie cyclists though. Just the other day I decided to slam on my bike brakes which caused Lisa (who was following close behind), to wipe out. I was mortified and my wife got her first case of road rash since she was eight. Yes, I groveled in the gravel for about 10 minutes after that one. I've also noticed that some motorists don't pay attention to people on bikes and they drive around angry. I think certain drivers should surgically alter their hands into the flipping of the bird position, to save themselves the trouble of having to do it numerous times a day to the cyclists they feel have cheesed them off. There may come a time when every parking stall has a simple wall plug for a electronical vehicle on the same post as a lockup for your bike. That just might go a long way in helping to cool things down a bit on this amazing planet. Until that day comes, I will continue to ride my bike more and drive my car less, try not to cheese off motorists and hope that “electronical” becomes an actual word. Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5’s popular morning show. They are one of the few married morning show teams in Canada and have two children, Noah and Adam. Join Forbes & Marshall weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m.
What’s Happening – November 2011 November 11
Via Choralis Chamber Choir Remembrance Day Concert St. Elizabeth's Church 10030 Third Street, Sidney, 2:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org www.viachoralis.ca Under the direction of conductor Nicholas Fairbank, the choir will present choral selections about peace and remembrance with readings by Karen Lee Picket and a special guest appearance by trumpet player Kate Clarke. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Tanner's Books or at the door.
B.C. Aviation Museum Fundraiser 1910 Norseman Rd, Sidney 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 250-655-3300, www.bcam.net The B.C. Aviation Museum is supporting the Sidney Lions Food Bank by giving visitors free admission when a non-perishable food item is donated. Let's all help this worthy cause!
November 11-20 MD80 Celebration
Various Venues in Victoria 250-704-0680 www.mountdougalumni.com A huge fundraiser celebrating Mount Douglas Secondary School's 80th anniversary, with alumni participation and proceeds going to benefit future student services needs for the school. Check out the website for info and to purchase tickets. Events include a Remembrance Day ceremony, “Glorious Noise” band concert, Homecoming Socials, “Art Tasting” art, wine, cheese, ”What I Did for Love” performing arts show, Fashion Show of the Decades, Sports Social and David Foster Idol Contest.
Living Well With Diabetes Annual Educational Symposium Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 12:45 - 4:30 p.m. email@example.com www.marywinspear.ca Smart lifestyle choices make a positive difference on your diabetes and well-being! Keynote speakers will be Dr. Priya Manjoo, endocrinologist, presenting "How can lifestyle changes positively impact diabetes?" and Dr. Dave Docherty, PhD, with "The role of physical activity in weight management." Connect Hearing will be on hand to give free hearing tests. Admission is $15.
Shopping with a Conscience Kazuri Jewelry & Timeless Treasures II Sale Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (corner of West Saanich & Mills Rd) www.holytrinityns.org All proceeds from the sale of dramatic Kazuri ceramic jewelry handmade by African women are donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign to support African grandmothers and the millions of AIDS orphans in their care. The proceeds of the Timeless Treasures II sale, which features unique and beautiful pieces of new and nearly new designer clothing, support the Light of Justice Scholarship that will be given to a young student who shows promise as a future moral leader in Ukraine. Cash or cheque only. Refreshments by donation.
Raucous Raccoons (Drop-in Event – all ages) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich), 1-3 p.m. 250-478-3344, firstname.lastname@example.org www.crd.bc.ca/parks These masked bandits are curious and interesting and have certainly earned their "stripes." Drop by the nature centre at Beaver Lake with the family anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. to discover more about these fascinating creatures of the night.
Companions of the Quaich International Whisky Dinner & Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 p.m. 250-658-1109, email@example.com Single malt whisky is no longer exclusively a Scottish product. Knock-off whiskies are produced worldwide. This event will feature whiskies from non-Scottish distilleries, which have won Scottish whisky competitions and accolades in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. An excellent three-course dinner and four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50.
VRDA Galloping Ahead Silent & Live Auction 3475 Ripon Road, Victoria, 6-9 p.m. 778-426-0506, firstname.lastname@example.org A fabulous evening of tasty appetizers, cocktails, live and silent auction featuring works by well-
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Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 250-544-1664 www.marywinspear.ca Featuring handmade crafts, sewing and knitting, baking and Christmas confections, jams & jellies, collectibles, antique linen & lace, hidden treasures and more! New this year: a wonderful selection of artwork. Admission by donation; all proceeds to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. No table rentals available.
Sunday Serenade Concert St. Mary's Church, Saanichton, 2:30 p.m. 1973 Cultra Ave. @ East Saanich Rd. 250-652-5392, sue@email@example.com Sunday afternoon concert featuring the Linden Singers. Tickets: adults $12, students $10, children under 12 free. Tickets will be available at the door or purchase via contact info above.
November 21 Victoria Storytellers Guild Evening
1831 Fern Street, Victoria (park on Begbie) Doors open 7:15 p.m., stories begin 7:30 p.m. 250-477-7044 www.victoriastorytellers.org The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies).
Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Meeting Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 7 p.m. www.cfuwsaanichpeninsula.org Our speaker this evening, Olive Bailey, a past president of Victoria University Women's Club and a member of the Churchill Society Speakers Bureau, will present '"The Code Breaker" – fascinating tales of the Official Secrets Act from one who actually was there as a code breaker.
Peninsula Singers' "Christmas Wishes" by Virginia Rouslin For the young and old and those in their middle years, Christmas is a time for wishing. You may be one of those people: one who has a list and is checking it twice. Maybe your list includes a fabulous Christmas concert, something terrific that will leave you humming and smiling as you leave the Mary Winspear Centre? Well, look no further: this is a wish that Glenda Korella and the Peninsula Singers can fulfill! Their annual holiday concert, “Christmas Wishes,” promises to be filled with beautiful songs, traditional and new, that salute this special season. “For me, the challenge in finding songs for our Christmas concert is narrowing down the pile of music by my piano,” says Korella. “I like to organize the songs around a theme, which makes choosing much easier. This year, I was inspired by John Rutter’s ‘I Wish You Christmas,’ because I want to celebrate the wonderful thing that happens when we wish for something and that something comes true.” Korella has selected both sacred and modern songs. The traditional Spotlight on a Young Artist will feature 11-year-old violinist Aline Dumalski, a student at the Victoria Conservatory of Music who recently achieved “Distinction” in her Grade 10 violin examination. Aline will play “Zigeunerweisen,” or “Gypsy Airs” by Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate. Profits from the three concerts go to support the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Music Therapy Program. The audience is also invited to bring non-perishable items for the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Thrifty Foods, Helping Hands and the Peninsula News Review are concert sponsors. Concerts take place December 2nd and 3rd at 7:30 p.m. and December 4th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $11 for kids under 12 and $22 for adults. No HST! Available at the Mary Winspear box office, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney or by calling 250-656-0275. For more information, visit: www.PeninsulaSingers.ca.
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Libra (september 23 - october 22) You attract good luck in finances. This allows you to add to your possessions as well. You show your generosity by passing on what you don't need any more to those who can use it: paying it forward. There is always more.
Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Public image and relations are in focus as others question where you stand. Intense feelings can help or hinder the situation depending on how they are handled. Rely on your practical sense to bring stability to any situation.
Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) You stand out from the crowd. Your personal magnetism is high, comments are made. State your position – others are willing to go along with it as they recognize your strong leadership qualities. Take over the reins.
Gemini (may 21 - june 20) You find out who is really on your side and this will influence decisions you make regarding work, health or activity. Step away from people or situations that you don't really need in your future. Your talents are applauded.
Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Much goes on behind the scenes. Some activity relates to health or investigations. Pay attention to tests or treatments – yours or others. Gather your forces together to advance toward a successful conclusion.
Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Your social life becomes more important to your future direction. Connections open doors for you or provide opportunities you have wanted. There would be a boost in income if you follow up on these. Make your choice easily.
Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Others pave the way for you as they see how valuable you are to them. Income increases or additional perks come your way. Ride the positive tide. Rub elbows with power people – they like your style and attitude.
Leo (july 23 - august 22) Your interest in home and property matters increases. This will be for yourself or others. If you have been waiting to make a move it looks positive. Choices relating to locations get settled. Relationships will be affected as well.
Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Popularity brings other honours your way. You have a unique style in the way you present yourself that is hard to resist. Any opposition fades away as your leadership talents stand out. They agree to work with you.
Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Attend meetings, gatherings or others' social events where you can be seen. Make a good impression on those who will affect your status or position. It will count in the long run as they "vote" for you as their best choice.
Pisces (february 19 - march 20) The world is open to you as you expand your horizons personally or in business. Relax some of your efforts to blend with the timing of events. You will gain much more that way. Travel or make plans to entertain company.
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last w o rd In "Community People, Community Coffee" (pages 25-27), we celebrate members of the Sidney community with a wonderful photo essay by photographer Geoff Smith. I consider the communities that surround me to be one of the best aspects of living on the Peninsula, and that wonderful spirit of community has never been more present than it was at a fundraiser for my friend, Joak De Castro Alves. Joak is on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. This could happen at any time, and the recovery process will take up to four months. Some of his amazing friends and family decided to raise money to support Joak during his recovery, and the idea for "WAK's Classic Golf Tournament" was born. Eighty golfers showed up at Glen Meadows
Golf & Country Club on October 2nd in support of their friend and colleague, and $4300 was raised. It was a beautiful day, and so nice to see my community rally around one of its own. The total fundraising goal is $10,000, and any extra funds raised will be donated to the Renal Agency. The second stage of fundraising is a silent auction, to be held at the Prairie Inn on November 26th from 5 to 9:30 p.m. I encourage everyone to come out for a great meal and the chance to donate to a worthwhile cause. Anyone who'd like to donate auction items may do so at the PI – ask for Jamie Day. If you'd like to donate directly to Joak, visit Island Savings in Brentwood Bay.
Community can be defined as "a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals." I'd say for our community: for Joak's community, that sums it up perfectly.
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