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west coast culture – november 2012 issue features Coast Living Open Spaces, Natural Places 11 West Stress-Free Christmas Shopping: 37 A Touch of Saltspring Christmas Show 2012

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Spotlight: 50 Restaurant Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant Valerie Green's new book on the disappearance 57 Vanished! of Michael Dunahee.

Columns First Word............................................ 8 Weatherwit...................................... 10 Smell the Coffee............................. 24 Island Dish........................................ 38 Last Word......................................... 63

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18......................................... On Design 21..................... West Coast Gardener 23.................................. Trendspotting 27.............................. Common Cents 28.................................. Can We Talk? 34.................................. Seaside News 44.........Conversations From the Past 53............................. Veterinary Voice 54........ Young Readers Book Review 55....................................Grey Matters 60..........................What's Happening 62.................................. Entertainment

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Contributing writers Michael and Lisa Dunsmuir Michael and Lisa Dunsmuir have over 20 combined years working in the building design industry. Michael is a certified residential designer and Lisa is an interior design consultant. In 2010 we finally joined forces and started Step One Design. As a husband-and-wife design team, we each bring different skill sets and experience to the house design process. We are excited to be a part of Seaside Times, and hope to impart some knowledge and insight to readers. We take great pleasure in helping people achieve their goals and dreams for their homes. Designing is our passion! Contributing writer Dianne Connerly Writing about ways to help people live happier, healthier lives comes with little difficulty as I am a TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Coordinator who has lost 75 pounds to goal. Obesity among our youth has nearly tripled in the past 30 years. One of the contributing factors is technology … too much time spent in front of a screen. We all, children and adults alike, have to get up off the couch/chair and "Move It or We Will Lose It" … mobility that is, not fat! Thanks to this magazine for printing my submissions on how to live the good life. Contributing writer Amanda Punch Ever since I was young, reading and writing was a passion of mine. After a certain point you can no longer see the words on the page, but instead images that take you away from reality. The Anti-Prom was a pleasurable novel to review, and hopefully my article will inspire others to enjoy reading. As a grade nine student at Stelly’s, I am blessed with the opportunity to have rock climbing as one of my courses, and am challenging myself by taking grade 10 math in the second semester. Also, outside of school I play competitive basketball. Contributing writer Susi McMillan Spotting trends comes easily to me as one of my passions is networking with community members of all ages and interests, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Community is my passion in so many ways, for individuals and for the overall dynamic of the area. I am known in our community as face painter Susi Sunshine. I have been an event organizer, an environmental advocate and a woodworker. I specialize in providing comfort for newborns to elders with natural sleep products. Our community has so much to offer and I am happy to connect, introduce, network and trendspot what is well-loved and new.

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first word number viewed the last two. What is less easy to understand, and more interesting, is why Canadians did. Part of the Canadian attraction, of course, is the tremendous importance of our trade relationship. Canadians watched these debates because they are convinced that America and its values matter in the world, and that our proximity to those values means by osmosis they are, at least in part, Canadian values too.

What pops into your head when you hear the word leader? If you’re like most people, you envision a general leading soldiers into battle, or a politician rousing a crowd to action. It’s easy to understand why Americans cared so much about the U.S. debates – it's their country, after all. About 67 million Americans watched the first Presidential debate and a similar

During the debate (yes, I too was one of the Canadians watching) I observed 20-somethings who were glued to their TV's and I wondered what they understood about the issues at hand. I asked a couple of them if they knew what the Pell Grant was or when the Affordable Care Act (which provides health insurance to 32 million previously uninsured Americans) was passed and how it could affect our already deficient pool of physicians in Canada. Just to give you an idea, that 32 million is roughly the population

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of Canada. On both accounts, they knew very little and seemed more interested in which candidate shared their values. As Canadians, we have our own issues at hand, trying to make do with this long, drawn-out recession. If we look locally, we really need to build an even stronger community at home. In this issue, Steve Sheppard's Smell the Coffee and Debbie Gray's Common Cents columns echo my thoughts about investing in our community; that means not only buying local but finding ways to encourage the younger generation to build their lives on the Peninsula. Advocating for more attainable housing and increasing the awareness of the abundance of local manufacturing jobs right here in Sidney is just the beginning. As much as it all starts locally, our government leaders have to take some responsibility. If Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau or Thomas Mulcair seek to inspire Canadians they would do well to take a page from our neighbours to the south and convince Canadians, no, tell them, that we are not just another country. We matter. Canadians have a responsibility and an important role to play in the future of both our country and, even more importantly, our local community. We need to make a difference. This coming holiday season, whether you're gift giving, buying trimmings for the tree or food for the feasts to come, please Shop Locally, Give Locally – it will make a difference in your community. And let us not forget to take a silent moment on November 11th, to remember all those other leaders in our community who fought for our country and died in the line of duty. God Bless.

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anybody noticed – like scanning the distant horizon for a rescue ship, or waiting for the style marks from a panel of judges. “Aww, only an 8.8 … next time I’ll keep my toes pointed."

Yesterday I walked into a glass door with a gentle “clunk” while leaving a hardware store. I saw the closed door, but I was walking fast to my next very important appointment and I expected the door to open for me. It didn’t. You see, some doors open automatically while others do not, and this causes much confusion in my world. By the way, when I walk into closed doors or even a sidewalk light pole (yes, I’ve had a bit of experience with this as well) my philosophy is to continue walking as if nothing ever happened, even though I could be in blinding pain. Others have a different philosophy, such as those who stop and look around quickly to see if

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Water faucets and especially paper towel dispensers confuse me as well … the automatic ones require multiple hand waves of a secret gang sign in front of a mysteriously located sensor before an undersized paper towel appears with a “frizzzzt” sound. Sometimes I’ll be trying in vain to get the dispenser to expel its precious cargo using all sorts of hand waving and body contortions … only to find out labeit isn’t automatic. “Oh posh,” I announce to the amused onlookers, “I just have to press this bar labeled PUSH HERE

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aaannnd … here it is! … ha, ha, ha” as I wave my trophy of paper towel high in the air, then make a hasty exit. Speaking of automatic water faucets, during November the skies open for the start of the “wet” months. Based on Victoria airport measurements, typical precipitation amounts during July and August are a mere trickle at around 20 mm. However, as we head into the fall, the accumulations slowly increase in September and double in October, then double again in November (to 147 mm) when the faucets are fully open and stay that way before the flow begins to slow in January. Now this August and September the precipitation amounts were far below normal and conditions were especially dry – only two milimetres of rain fell for each of these months. The drier-thannormal condition was predicted earlier by long range forecast models and the message is still the same for November – although how much drier is anybody’s guess. Temperature-wise, nothing unusual is showing so November will likely dispense average conditions. Despite the wetness for this time of year, my sentimental forecast for November 11th, Remembrance Day, is overcast with the sun breaking through the clouds at the 11th hour – in recognition of the sacrifice made by those in our Canadian Forces. The values of our country that we enjoy did not come automatically – they came at the cost of those who gave their lives to throw open the doors of freedom. To those that have served or currently serve Canada in the Forces, I say thank you for your courage, determination and sacrifice. Questions or comments? Email me at weatherwit@gmail.com or visit my blog at weatherwit.wordpress.com.


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while the abundant supply of rock was transformed into a stunning curved retaining wall that flanks the meandering driveway, sheltering an impressive row of crimson-leaved maple trees.

For master builder/contractor Darren, the challenges of the site were apparent from the beginning. It took an entire year to prepare the area. Nothing was wasted: all the timber used in the house came from the property and was milled on site,

True to their vision, the home is an organic entity, clad in natural cedar and stone, the varying rooflines mirroring the staggered heights of the fir trees on the forested property. Generous windows reveal pleasing vistas of open spaces, water features, wildflower meadow and natural woodland. Indeed, for Hali, “The property is the artwork.”

hen Hali Strandlund and Darren Noble bought their 10-acre property in North Saanich in 2007, they shared a vision of a home that would be part of the natural world, emerging from the landscape rather than imposed upon it. “We wanted the outside and the inside to be one.”

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This 9,200-square-foot residence is built to last, with a superstructure of steel beams and concrete walls. The mechanical service room, which according to Hali would not be out of place on a small ship, reveals Darren’s passion: “I like to do a house that is really high tech.� It’s no wonder Darren and Hali’s home won the 2011 Gold Care Award for Best Residential Interior over 6,000 square feet and Best Kitchen over 450 square feet – they put so much of themselves into creating spaces that are both ergonomic and holistic. With an open concept for the main floor, the kitchen commands centre stage, showcased by ProNautic’s unique curved eating bar and a sparkling wall of cracked glass on steel. If you don’t like making a culinary mess in front of your guests, the pantry boasts a complete extra kitchen. Recessed oval ceiling features treated with marble dust in the dining area and library suggest intimate, private spaces, while angled clerestory windows open the eye to the fluidity of sky and light. A trompe l’oeil wall of mahogany playfully reveals a liquor cabinet in the family room area, and a concertina of folding doors opens onto a covered patio, a seamless transition from inside to outside. The creative use of ambient lighting throughout the house and in the landscaped areas softens the transition from day to evening and changes the mood with a turn of the dimmer switch, creating an enchanting effect much like a flickering of fireflies.

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Elements of playfulness abound in the private spaces. The boys’ suite, accessed by stairs cantilevered magically into a floor-to-ceiling stone wall, with twisted steel railings forged in Darren’s metal shop, showcases a curved play area with a commanding view of the great room below. The main floor master bedroom, an entity in itself, extends the walk-in closet to the lower level where a delightful boudoir, complete with a generous makeup counter, provides the perfect space for girlfriends to drink cocktails, listen to music on the surround sound system and try on clothes. “I love this room,� enthuses Hali, and no wonder! The lower level is designed for having fun, with a media/ theatre room, games room and areas still in transition, for as Hali says: “There’s no panic filling spaces,� though she is justly pleased with her "suitcase garage." A flex room above the triple garage provides Hali’s office space, exercise equipment, mini-kitchen, guest sleeping area and bathroom, while a single garage is earmarked for the collector car, a Corvette. With an outdoor kitchen in the works for the patio, and an electrical outlet installed by the waterfall ready to host a band, Hali and Darren love to entertain indoors and out, and they have the perfect home to do just that. Linda Langwith is the author of “The Golden Crusader,� a mystery/action novel published by Twilight Times Books. Visit her website at www.lindalangwith.com

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hen Darren Noble and Hali Strandlund first consulted with architects Silvia Bonet and Art Finlayson to discuss their proposed new home, they knew what they wanted and how to build it. Within two hours the concept was roughed out with some quick sketches. “I give total credit to them,” acknowledges Silvia who, after the initial meeting, took on the six-month project of designing the spaces to match their vision.

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For Silvia, lifestyle defines space, and hence the question she has for her clients is quite simple: “What is it that you like in your everyday life?” Discovering how you like to cook and entertain to where you take your morning coffee, Silvia arrives at an intimate understanding of the clients’ spatial needs and from there she is able to create a plan that is both dynamic and organic. When it came to designing Hali and Darren’s contemporary West Coast style home, Silvia grasped intuitively their desire for a structure that forms part of the natural surroundings. According to Silvia, the presence of sky, earth and forest, through the generous use of windows and folding patio doors, is highly evocative, creating an incredibly relaxing environment and suggesting a synergy between the outside and the inside. Hali and Darren’s vision of a huge open space for their main floor living area called for an innovative approach. The key was Darren’s proposal to use steel beams to support the roof ridges and form the main frame. The resulting open ceiling is as uplifting for Silvia as the interior of a cathedral, but perfectly proportional, “quite beautiful and very organic.” In addition, the private spaces move easily into the heart of the home, connected in a natural, visceral way.

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Introducing flow into this family space was very much on the couple’s mind. Silvia’s design concept for the kitchen included a graceful curvature of polished mahogany for the island, exactly mirroring the form of the landing above: “The idea of the curve was to give it a more natural flow.” The theme is carried throughout, with features such as a dark ribbon of small tiles inset into larger tiles in the great room, suggesting the flow of water, as well as Silvia’s treatment over the front door of two opposing inversed arched beams connected by a small steel ball, injecting a Japanese element into the design. As an architect, Silvia knows that “everything we do translates into space.” By designing spaces that allow form to reflect function and support lifestyle, Silvia has created a truly holistic home, integrated perfectly into its natural surroundings.


                

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Make a list of your needs and requirements. Bring magazine photos of ideas. If your renovations include an addition, a digital survey of your property is required by the designer in preparation of plans. Think about what your budget is – and we hate to inform you – be prepared to times it by two. Under budgeting is a common mistake. It’s better that we remove that band aid quickly right now, rather than suffer through the pain and aggravation later. Ouch. Sorry. For more information visit www.steponedesign.ca.


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was living on the North Shore of Vancouver when I first fell in love with gardening. When I moved to Victoria 23 years ago I knew I wanted to further my evolving passion for gardening and create a garden for people and for play as well as the birds and bees. After buying a house, I began to garden in earnest. Initially I misread gardening here, assuming it would be similar to that on the mainland. Victoria has one of the most unusual climates in Canada: not only is it temperate, it is full of mini-microclimates. As I progressed in my garden I realized a few important rules. First, do not be afraid to experiment with plant placement: most plants can be moved. In my garden the majority of plants have been repositioned at least once, including rhododendrons and trees.

Another rule is keeping the garden as organic as possible, using composts, never poison. There are many excellent books and magazines on plants that attract birds and butterflies. A garden is, after all, a place of life. The spirit of the garden is shown in the way you decide to manage pests or invasive plants, going as natural as possible and never using harmful toxins. Your garden is your personal canvas, but we all need a little inspiration. I found going on open garden tours, reading books and magazines, attending plant study weekends all helped. Meeting other gardeners is highly recommended: they will share their years of experience, knowledge and even a rare plant or two. Up and down the Peninsula we have a vibrant horticulture community. Within 30 kilometres are many world-class public gardens: Government House (free), the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific Northwest and Hatley Castle, just to name a few. We also have a great number of wonderful nurseries, pond builders, stonemasons, tree experts, garden designers and speciality garden shops. Everything you need to get creating! We are influenced by other gardens and we can use ideas we glean from all sources but ultimately the Spirit of the Garden is the fusion of place and your self-expression. Terry LeBlanc is a garden designer with Doyle & Bond Home and Garden. Visit www.doyleandbond.com for more info.

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Remembrance to Buy Local

by Steve Sheppard

The idea of another Christmas season coming so quickly on the heels of such an amazing fall is daunting. It’s like we catapulted from sunny skies, past the smell of autumn leaves, to gray clouds and rain. I was thinking over my morning cup(s) of fresh locally roasted coffee that we’ve now been in a recession for the past four years and I have concluded that this is no longer a recession, it’s the new way of life here in Canada and around the world.

carry on with what? In my humble mid-life opinion, we’ve lost perspective of why the Canadians that came before us defended our country and our way of life.

In Canada, November is best known for Remembrance Day as a celebration of our freedom. In fact, I’m only here because of a brave grandfather who lied about his age and went off to war at 16. Fortunately, he was one of the lucky ones who came home victorious so that we could maintain our freedom and carry on. In retrospect,

You’ve likely heard the phrase “Penny wise, pound foolish.” Buying local from someone you know keeps the money in the community and ultimately keeps the economy strong. If we can’t so much as buy a cup of quality coffee for ourselves we’re in a lot of trouble, never mind the important locally produced foods and specialty items that our great country is known for.

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When I was a kid (humour me here for a moment), I remember buying everything local, other than a few things when our family went on their twice-a-year shopping trip to Toronto. Since my childhood, it seems like a lot of Canadians have changed their outlook on how they buy things (including something as Canadian as a cup of coffee). This unfortunate change in attitude has caused a decline in our ability to prosper in the long term. Buying cheap offshore items (or stale coffee) may provide some level of instant gratification because you save a penny or two, but buying local is the only way we can sustain our communities for the long term.

As we enter another Christmas season, your buying dollar matters; take a moment to think how buying local WHENEVER POSSIBLE can be your change in the world. Changing our buying habits, starting with our simple daily cup of coffee bought from local café owners, could grow into a bigger movement. You would be well on your way with one New Year’s resolution that will make a difference not just in your life … but our entire country. If we all made the choice to BUY LOCAL, I think that would please the people who laid their lives on the line for more than a "made in China" future for Canada … Remembrance Day Steve Out.

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Muffet & Jen created an account, pinned their business on the map and completed their business profile with photos and other details. The best part is it's free and it's going to help corral more of that walk-in and drive-by traffic. Our smartphones know where we are geographically, and when we search for “housewares” or “restaurants,” guess who comes up? Muffet and Jen smile because they know who comes up now.

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Creating a More Complete Community by Debbie Gray When I was asked to write this article, I had to really think about what an interested reader would want to hear, that they haven't already heard a hundred times before.

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"How to protect your assets?" "How to invest in smart properties?" How about investing in your community! How about helping to create a more Complete Community?

When we moved here in the early '80s, this community was in a recession, but it had heart. The schools were filled and the hockey arena and ball parks were in need of repair. We must have had over 20 adult slow pitch teams! Sanscha Hall, as we called it then, had flea markets on Sunday mornings and dances in the hall on Saturday nights. The Sidney Hotel and The Bear Pub had country music, and it was easy as a newcomer to fit in, even if you didn't take a pint or two. We have grown into a community where the demographics are such that we are losing our young families due to the high cost of housing. Every five years or so, the markets will change, allowing a few young families to sneak back out here and purchase an affordable home, but that doesn't last long. "Common Cents" suggests we build more attainable housing for all age groups, but focus on the younger generation who work and want to live here. I read a lot on the progress in Portland around Complete Communities. They call it "The Portland Plan," and it's working. Well, how about "The Peninsula Plan?" The roadmap to 2035 and beyond. I know each community has their own plan, but we need more togetherness, and not the political rivalry we are so famous for. I may need to find another house cleaner – she and four careworkers in my neighbourhood all have to come in from the city by bus and by car. They are waiting for the next recession before they too, can purchase on the Peninsula. Debbie Gray has been a local Sales Representative with Remax Camsoun in the community for 26 years. She can be reached at 250-655-0608. Photo by www.joannway.com

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Years ago, when one went on to post-secondary education, there was more prestige attached to going to university than a local college. While the Island’s technology sector has grown into a $1.67-billion industry, so has Camosun College evolved into a highly successful engineering technology school; it’s considered the Island’s premier training facility. What has caused such a shift in thinking about post-secondary education? A shift has occurred in the Government of Canada’s understanding of research, which sees colleges adding unique value to innovation in Canada. Colleges’ extensive partnerships with business, industry and community organizations position them as key players to facilitate research alliances and knowledge sharing across all sectors. They play a lead role in strengthening regional capacity to innovate by helping businesses and community organizations to compete more effectively through new and improved products, processes and services. Camosun College’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) is a focal point for research and innovation at the college. Recently, Camosun has been awarded over $417,000 in federal grants that have allowed it to partner with four local companies and directly engage five faculty and nine students with our community. Can you elaborate on the benefits of such partnerships? The benefits include: direct economic enhancement for the company; relevant involvement of our faculty that is reflected back into the curriculum; and direct involvement of our students that enhances their academic experience, improves relevance of their education and introduces them to potential local employers. 28

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Camosun College was awarded a Natural Sciences Engineering Research Council (NSERC) – Applied Research and Development (ARD) grant to partner with Scott Plastics Ltd., a 60-year-old Sidney company. What does this mean for Scott Plastics and how will it affect their business? This grant supports a project that will develop a new process that allows for economical small production runs and prototyping of molded plastic parts. If everything goes according to plan, this can open up new markets for Scott Plastics, improving their competitiveness and allowing them to offer some new injection molding services. These grants are all about helping local companies innovate and grow, helping them compete on the world stage, and exposing our students to that process so that they are ready to contribute to our community. Research funding stills seems to be predominantly focused on universities rather than community colleges. Some report more than 95% to universities, leaving less than five percent to go to colleges. This doesn’t seem at all balanced! What would you say are the issues that negate better funding for colleges? I don’t think this is really about issues that negate better funding so much as a recent realization that effective utilization of college resources can have an immediate and direct economic impact. Colleges are built on a very solid foundation of community engagement and are comprised of people with a strong hands-on connection to local industry. By applying this expertise, technology resources and best practices to solving industrial and social challenges, colleges are playing a significant and growing role within the community. At the same time, this activity better prepares students to enter the local workplace.


Camosun College; Josh Cockcroft (student); and Jeff Lewis, Scott Plastics Ltd. There are three other Sidney companies that were also awarded the federal grant. Can you speak briefly on each one and explain what these partnerships will result in. Environmental Sensors Inc. is a world leader in moisture sensory instruments and irrigation control systems serving the oil, agriculture, scientific research, waste management, and turf grass management industries. Camosun has partnered with ESI to design and develop a new profile moisture sensor probe system.

Jeffrey Stephen

Petro Barrier Systems Inc. is a leader in storm drain water protection systems serving utility companies and municipalities across Canada and abroad. This partnership is allowing Camosun instructors and students to work with PBS to design and develop a storm drain alert system which will allow industry and municipalities to cost effectively monitor their hydrocarbon water emissions.

Jeffrey Stephen is a Mechanical Engineer whose eight-year tenure on Camosun’s Engineering Faculty marks almost 20 years since he himself was a student in Camosun’s Technology program. Jeff is the technical research lead for CARI’s research project with Scott Plastics Ltd.

MB Laboratories Ltd. is a full service analytical laboratory. This partnership is focusing on the design and development of novel methods for pesticide residue testing in fruits and vegetables which will help create a more comprehensive and cost effective test. Sports Innovation and Research Centre (SPIN), part of CARI’s applied research group, is also a partnership initiative of Camosun College and Canadian Sport Centre Pacific. Its work focuses on high performance Olympic and Paralympic athletes, product testing and prototype development. What does this mean for our up-and-coming athletes? This means that the training of Canadian athletes is greatly enhanced by SPIN’s efforts to provide leading edge research and technology development in the areas of human performance. SPIN technology was recently utilized by Canadian Olympic athletes in preparation for the London 2012 Games and its research has been highlighted in a number of national publications.

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Mechanical Engineering Student, Camosun College

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Josh Cockcroft is completing his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Camosun College. As a result of Josh’s success with his Co-op placement this summer with CARI, Josh was offered a part-time position with CARI to continue his research work with Scott Plastics.

As a 23-year employee of Scott Plastics Ltd., Jeff Lewis' duties as Project Manager include all aspects of product development, from initial concept through design, prototyping, tooling, moulding and manufacturing. Jeff is the technical research lead for Scott Plastics Ltd., on this applied research project with CARI.

With all of your experience thus far, what can each of you – a faculty member, a current student and an established company – explain to our readers that they may not fully understand about the CARI program at Camosun College. Jeffrey: CARI not only allows us as instructors to balance the students' academia with practical experience, it allows us to work alongside them and explore new applications of mechanical engineering together. Having local companies involved is a great way to keep our program current. Josh: I place great value in the practical experience of assisting in design and production of prototypes. For me, my recent Co-op experience with CARI has introduced me to a variety of new ideas and ways of thinking. Jeff: Our partnership with the CARI program at Camosun allows us to make calculated decisions and improvements based on computer simulation and "true life" modelling and testing. This helps Scott Plastics develop successful products at a lower cost. www.seasidetimes.ca | november 2012

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Inked! I’ve wanted a tattoo since I saw the sailing ship on my uncle’s knee. I was five. My mother nearly choked when I told her I wanted one. “Drunken sailors get tattoos and regret it the rest of their lives,” she said. When I mentioned it again at 13, she whispered: “Women with shady pasts have tattoos.” At 13, you’d kill for any kind of past, especially a shady one, so I decided to go for it. In the 1960s tattoo studios were called “parlours” and were in scuzzy neighbourhoods. That didn’t stop me. I

by C.J. Papoutsis symptom plus a few new ones, I arrived at Empire Tattoo in Victoria for my appointment. Shawzy, my artist, had prepared a transfer of my design from a drawing I’d given him. As I sat on a stool with my arm extended on a surface covered with white paper like a doctor’s examination table, he applied the transfer and explained the process. I reminded myself over and over that this was something I’d always wanted, not a painful diagnostic procedure ordered by the medical profession. When Shawzy fired up the tattoo gun, it sounded like a squadron of wasps invading a picnic. The needles felt like a hot, annoying cat scratch which was tame, compared to the "appendectomy-without-anaesthetic" experience I had expected. He used different needles for shading and for outlining, explaining each stage as he worked. Pain faded into the background as I relaxed and watched, fascinated as my tattoo came to life. When it was finished, Shawzy bandaged my arm and gave me an instruction sheet for aftercare. I was inked!

"When Shawzy fired up the tattoo gun, it sounded like a squadron of wasps invading a picnic." squared my shoulders and walked in. “I want a tattoo,” I said. A giant with hairy arms and tattooed neck pushed a battered folder at me. I looked through the well-worn pages of naked ladies, hearts with "Mom" scrawled across them, and skulls with snakes crawling out of the eyeholes and asked: “Do you have any sailing ships?” He replied: “You gotta be of legal age to get tattooed, but I can probably find you a sailing ship, if you still want one, in about 10 years.” Fifty years later, and after a serious illness, I decided to get my tattoo as a rite of passage – one that would remind me that with Divine Assistance I can get through anything. I talked to people whose tattoos I admired, researched on the Internet, checked out several studios and decided on a design for the inside of my arm, just below the elbow. Tattoo parlours have changed since the '60s. They’re called studios now. They’re on main streets, not in alleys or third floor walk-ups of old, rickety buildings. Tattoo artists have business cards, portfolios, wear rubber gloves and make appointments. You still need to be over 18 to get a tattoo, but that’s a good thing or there’d be a lot more women of a certain age with sailing ships on their knees. I knew it hurt to get a tattoo, but everyone’s pain tolerance is different. I’m a wimp. With every known anxiety

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Dispelling Stigma: Global Hope by Doreen Marion Gee Try to imagine being branded by others as dangerous, untrustworthy and incompetent – for no reason. Try to imagine telling the truth and not being believed, no matter how hard you try. Try to imagine being denied a job, even when you are highly educated and skilled. Or denied opportunities that would transform your life. And all because of your affiliation with a misunderstood group. A terrible thought, isn’t it? But these things happen every day to people with mental illnesses by a society that hangs on to myths and stereotypes that have no basis in fact. Like all other forms of discrimination, the stigma about mental illness needs to be challenged and eradicated. But there is another sense of urgency: the victims are not the only ones getting the short end of the stick. Glenn Close was absolutely riveting as a guest speaker at the international conference in Ottawa this June called “Together Against Stigma: Changing How We See Mental Illness.” We all bore witness to her bizarre upbringing in a perfect "All-American" family torn to shreds by things that were never spoken. Even in a perfect storm of addiction, suicide and madness, the stigma kept

The revolutionary Ottawa conference was a joint venture between the World Psychiatric Association and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Over 600 global experts, researchers and scientists deconstructed the toxic stigma about mental illness, offering new paradigms to eradicate it. The media took a lot of the heat: A study of 11,000 Canadian newspaper articles about mental illness found that 50% tied it to violence. Global initiatives to increase accurate reporting were encouraging. Inclusive employment, reducing stigma through the arts, anti-stigma training for doctors and new human rights protections were just a few of the dizzying array of talks and discussions. What a thrill ride! Last year, I co-facilitated a workshop for youth in recovery. Nothing could have prepared me for the whirlwind of talent in that room. Despite heavy diagnoses, those young people were some of the most brilliant and creative individuals I had ever encountered. The stigma is a tragic double-edged sword. Not only does it rob victims of opportunities, but it keeps our communities from utilizing a vast gold mine of brains and talent. The time has come for people with mental illnesses to walk through open doors with the sun on their backs, their dreams unfolding. That was the promise of Ottawa.

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them silent. Tears stung my eyes as I listened to Lloyd Robertson, our legendary anchorman. Born in a time devoid of treatment or hope, his mentally ill mother was kept hidden behind curtains of shame. A frontal lobotomy kept her moods – and brilliance – muted and controlled.

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Ocean Myths Debunked In the three years since opening, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (SODC) has been visited by more than 335,000 people. As we talk with those visitors, we often encounter misconceptions about sea life, so we’d like to set the record straight on a few of the most common fallacies. All fish lay eggs. Blame this on Goldstream Provincial Park. We’re surely kidding, but this myth is no doubt perpetuated by us locals – myself included – who grew up with annual trips to the river to watch the iconic West Coast salmon partake in an epic journey to reproduce. Others maybe think of the roe on their sushi. But some fish species give birth to live young (albeit less common than external development of fertilized eggs). These fish are referred to as “ovoviviparous:” the eggs develop inside the mother’s body and the fish are born live. A notable local example is perch. All seastars have five arms. The five-point star is a basic shape we learn as kids, but in the world of seastars, five is Get ready for winter! mention this ad when bookinG and receive

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Stress-Free Christmas Shopping: A Touch of Saltspring by Linda M. Langwith Christmas shopping – two words that can fill us with dread: fighting to get a parking spot, struggling to find perfect presents for our loved ones, worrying about how we’re going to pay for the seasonal overindulgence. What if you could turn it all around? What if Christmas shopping was a pure joy, stress-free and funfilled? Bah, humbug you say! But yes, miracles do happen at Christmas, and this one is called "A Touch of Saltspring." The brainchild of Ed and Joan Price and some other like-minded artisans, this amazing craft fair, now in its 21st year, takes place in the tennis building at the Panorama Recreation Centre November 30th to December 2nd. Admission is just $5 for a three-day pass, with children 12 and under free, so it’s easy to make it a family affair.

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Organizing what Ed calls the biggest craft show in Victoria takes a lot of planning and networking. Loyalty is the key here, as many of the 228 crafters from Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the mainland keep coming back. “We have people who have been here from the beginning. It’s a big family,” says Ed, whose only requirement for participation is that the artisans create what they sell rather than outsourcing. “That’s what makes it special,” he enthuses. All the vendors are consummate professionals – “It’s unbelievable what they do.” If you’re looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts you’ll never find in a shopping mall, this is the place to come. Ed puts the focus on offering plenty of amenities, with eager helpers there to ensure everything runs smoothly.

His two daughters, Liz and Karol of Blue Eyes Catering, run the on-site restaurant, providing delicious goodies to keep the energy levels high. ATM's are available, and the building is completely wheelchair accessible. Even the layout of crafters’ tables is designed with your shopping pleasure in mind. Ed is working with Sidney and North Saanich to provide an extended Park and Ride that will see shuttle buses running from Sidney and Rotary Park to the rec centre. He knows how important the show is to Sidney merchants as business triples during the event. For Ed, “A Taste of Saltspring” is all about building community and fostering relationships. Just like Christmas! Linda Langwith is the author of “The Golden Crusader,” a mystery/action novel published by Twilight Times Books. Visit her website at www.lindalangwith.com.

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by Jennifer Bowles Few things in life evoke the same level of comfort as a warm, yummy cup of soup. As you wrap your hands around your favourite mug you feel the heat start to warm your heart and soul from the inside out … and it can sure keep your tootsies warm too! My favourite fall soup is seafood chowder. With the rich and abundant sources of fresh B.C. seafood, we West Coasters have no excuse to not make the very best chowder every time. If you didn’t already know, the difference between a soup and a chowder is quite simple: a chowder is generally a soup that is creambased, rich in taste and paired with chunky seafood and vegetables, while a soup is lighter in texture and taste. The word “chowder” evolved from the French word “chaudière” which is the name of the pot French fisherman would use to boil samples of their catches with potatoes and vegetable and serve to prospective buyers. This recipe is so simple, and one of our family’s favourites. It is rich with all the cream but if you are looking to cut your fat intake or want to make it lighter, try substituting half and half or even whole or 2% milk. The consistency will change, but you will have achieved the "light version."


For me, the best part about homemade chowder is the garnish. You can dress it up or keep it really straightforward but for a dinner party, I will serve this in a small bowl with a fresh sprig of dill and a tiny dollop of caviar. You can also do a single lobster claw on top or a small handful of fresh crab piled in the centre. Mussel shells also look beautiful just perched on the top and another one I love is trying different infused oils – fennel oil, lobster oil, red pepper or even a spicy one – just drizzle over the top before serving and voila … culinary expertise! So gather up a crowd, throw on an old movie, toast up some fresh baguette and warm up to fall with this West Coast gem. (Serves 8) 1/8 cup olive oil 2 carrots, diced (¼") 2 celery ribs, diced 1 onion, diced 1 small fennel bulb, diced 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, diced ¼ cup white wine or sherry bay leaf 1 litre heavy cream ¼ cup chopped fresh dill 1 can clams with nectar (drain and reserve nectar) 500 g firm fish (salmon, snapper, etc) cut into chunks Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced vegetables and bay leaf. Cook until mostly tender (6-8 minutes) without browning. Add the reserved clam nectar and sherry, cook until mostly absorbed (2 minutes). Stir in 2 tablespoons of flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly add half of the cream and bring to a slight bubble. Add in the clams and fish and the fresh dill – stir and let fish cook for 4-5 minutes. Add in remaining cream to get the right consistency; you may not need the whole amount. Chowder should be creamy, but chunky and thick.Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a slight bubble and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Enjoy! Wine pairing courtesy Liquor Express: This is a rich, weighty and flavourful dish and it needs a wine to match. Look for fullbodied whites that can stand up to the complexity of flavours. Creamy California or Chilean Chardonnay would work, as would a powerful, oily Alsatian Pinot Gris. Naturally, you can pair West Coast ingredients with a local Chardonnay or Pinot Gris as well – look for one that has spent some time in oak.

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of Lawrence for setting up a small landing strip close to enemy lines. This resulted in a 45-minute ride across the desert to attend a dinner given by the famed Colonel, which seems to indicate Lawrence was far happier in semi-seclusion than in the company of the top brass.

our present day sophistication. The small scout planes flown by my Dad were, as the name suggests, used to uncover the whearabouts of enemy troops and warn the bombers. Interplane communications in those days consisted of flying a colourful streamer to show you were leading a flight to the correct destination! The wandering Arab tribesmen which Lawrence of Arabia made into an army were well in evidence. Dad's first encounter with the Bedouin was also his first with Lawrence. After he had sternly chased a ragged Arab out of a plane hangar, he encountered the same man in the Officer's Mess and it quickly dawned on him he had been ordering Lawrence himself about! During the course of their military escapades, my Dad and another pilot earned the personal praise

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For his part in WWI air defence, my Dad was awarded the DFC together with the Order of the Nahda, an intricate and ornate insignia which is probably the only one in Canada. It was established to commemorate the revolt of the Hejaz against the Turks and is confined to people who actually took part in this series of battles. The colours are those of the Hejaz flag – white, black, green and red – and their significance reads like something from the"Arabian Nights." It's not noted that the Order was awarded to Lawrence, although he would in all eventuality have refused the honour because of his professed aversion to self-glorification. Perhaps this explains my Dad's reluctance to engage in the topic of war. The father I knew much preferred music, literary pursuits and driving his car with reckless abandon, preferably in undisturbed territory. I have memories of being driven over high and rocky Mt. Finlayson because he remembered riding a horse over that hilly terrain. His love of the written word was evident in the multitude of letters and poems he wrote, some even finding their way into print. We will never know the conversations which transpired at that long ago desert gathering with Colonel Lawrence; those youthful Royal Flying Corps pilots are all gone. But the Order of the Nahda remains, it's glowing lustre a reflection of another time and place, and a Remembrance Day reminder that departed spirits still shine as brightly as ever.


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“He disappeared,” my aunt said. In the early 1930s, Raymond Jackson, my aunt Barbara’s husband, vanished without a trace from Victoria B.C., leaving his small son Pat behind. A detective, hired by my grandfather Henry Hope, searched for him, but Ray was never found. What happened to Raymond Jackson? Modern genealogical techniques permit greater access to records than was possible at the time of Ray’s disappearance. Census and passenger records indicate that Alfred, Raymond’s father, was a British engineer who often travelled to North America. In 1911, the Jacksons, who lived in a cottage called the Nest outside Worthing, Sussex, seemed financially comfortable. In 1923, the Jackson family decided to emigrate from England to Vancouver where Alfred started a business. Raymond, 22, his only son, was a machinist. He was a handsome, charming man, but suffered from narcolepsy.

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Constance Skinner Davie’s life was anything but ordinary. Born in a primitive shack on the outskirts of Fort Victoria in 1853, she rose to become the wife of British Columbia’s ninth premier, Alexander Batson Davie. A woman far ahead of her times, she was very influential in the politics of early Victoria. Mrs. Davie, I understand your parents, Thomas and Mary Skinner, came to Victoria in January 1853 because your father had accepted the position of bailiff at one of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company farms? Yes indeed. The voyage here had apparently been horrendous for them and upon arrival, in a snowstorm no less, they discovered there was no accommodation ready for them at the Fort. Instead, they were offered a shack on the outskirts of town and it was there that I was born a few weeks later. I was the sixth child in the family. Did things eventually improve? Yes, building work soon began on a home for us in Esquimalt which my parents called Oaklands, and there my mother created an English-style garden. Our nearest neighbours were the McKenzies at Craigflower Farm, two miles away through a dense forest trail. A very different lifestyle. At first it was hard for the family to adapt, and we were always greatly in fear of the native people because they seemed so strange to us. Once most of the forest was cleared and replaced by open farmland, I enjoyed growing up on a farm with my brothers and sisters. Often there would be visits from naval personnel and my father’s political friends. I soon became very familiar with the discussions of the early settlers deciding the fate of a colony. My father was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1854 and later he represented the district of Esquimalt and Metchosin when elections were held for the first Legislative Assembly. Exciting times.


So you were interested in politics from an early age? I was indeed, but later my father became disgruntled with the Hudson’s Bay Company after they took over the Puget Sound’s assets. He decided he could no longer stay in Victoria under Company rule so he moved us to Cowichan a very remote settlement then. I was 11 years old and did not at first appreciate living the pioneering life in a log cabin. Later we built a house called Farleigh, but I always longed for the old social life we had enjoyed in Esquimalt. When my older sister Annie married a naval officer I was very envious as she was able to return to England with him. But didn’t you also soon meet your future husband? Yes, I fell in love with Alexander Davie who was then a young up-and-coming lawyer, and we married in 1874 when I was 22. By the time Alex was 30 he was an elected member of the Legislature and in 1877 he joined Premier Elliott’s cabinet. We settled in Victoria and lived in an elegant house on Michigan Street. It soon became the meeting place for all the politicians of the day, and I loved to entertain and join in those lively political discussions. Not many women at that time were allowed such a privilege. Upon the death of Premier William Smithe in 1887, Alex became premier of the province. Sadly, he died two years later while still in office. He was only 43. How sad for you and your children. Our faith sustained us. Alex and I had earlier converted to the Roman Catholic faith. I lived on in Victoria with our son and four daughters, and soon began to immerse myself again in a social circle of lawyers and politicians. I was quite the chatelaine. Constance died in December 1904, age 51. She is buried beside her husband in Ross Bay Cemetery. From her humble beginnings, she had risen to great heights. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at valgee@shaw.ca. Plants  Shrubs  Garden Gifts & Ornaments  Trellis  Arbors  Pots, Pots & More Pots!

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Saanich School District Jumpstarts Student Careers – Luke Martin by Stu Rhodes If you saw Luke Martin walking out the doors of Splinters Millworks at the end of the day you might think, there’s just another dusty-looking kid heading for home. What you wouldn’t know about Luke is that he is living a life dream … to the fullest! Ever since grade six when he started learning about woodwork from his dad in their family shop, Luke has developed a passion for working with wood.

"Coming to work here is like getting paid to go to school, because I learn so much every day!" “My dad has a significant woodworking shop and he’s a logger, so we always had an abundant supply of wood on hand,” says Martin. When Luke was in his grade 11 year at Claremont, career counsellor Garry Arsenault helped facilitate a work experience placement at Splinters Millworks in Sidney where Luke started working on a part-time basis on Saturdays. As Luke’s keen interest evolved, Arsenault developed an educational plan for Luke that allowed him to work on his academic studies in the mornings and attend work in the afternoons. According to Splinters owner Dave Sheridan: “This is when his skill development really started to pick up.” Sheridan is one of those amazing community-based employers who believes in the power of youth. He

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Live Long, Live Healthy! Breaking news! Aging is not a downhill slide: older can mean fitter and healthier. Michelle Bourgeois’ powerful and hopeful message is that people can be strong and healthy at any time of their life. The Panorama professional is very inspiring. Here are some delicious tastes of Michelle’s wise menu of tips for a long healthy life.

we need to actively build it up as we age. Combining strength training with a low-fat, healthy diet will increase muscle and shed those pounds. Building muscle mass around joints supports and protects the joints from injury and decreases pain from arthritis or inflammation.

Michelle Bourgeois is the Fitness, Weights & Rehabilitation Program Assistant at Panorama Recreation Centre. A few years ago, Michelle earned two certifications: personal trainer and sports nutritionist. An energetic Panorama multi-tasker, Michelle is a marketing whiz, special events planner, personal trainer and fitness instructor. She is passionate: “I love helping people feel better and stronger!” “Aging is just a number. Anyone can improve at any age!” Michelle’s positive attitude is infectious, but she is very clear about the necessary work: “Use it or lose it!” Muscles and joints have to keep moving to stay healthy. While all types of fitness are beneficial, Michelle’s number one magic bullet for all ages is “Strength Training” to build muscles. Muscle mass can be increased at any age. A major reason that we tend to gain weight after 30 is because our metabolism slows down. This sluggishness is caused by a loss of muscle mass and strength, so

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We can all be proactive in taking charge of our health with exercise, good nutrition and smart lifestyle choices. Michelle believes in "balance:" finding a good blend of selfcare and relaxation to offset the stresses of life and work. The interview was illuminating: “Exercise is huge for reducing stress and very effective for reducing anxiety and depression. Exercise is great for brain health. Studies show that if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, your body will regenerate nerve cells.” The friendly personal trainer recommends taking one hour out of every day to exercise and take care of "you." When it comes to keeping fit and well, Panorama has it covered. Michelle is proud: “If people want to improve their health, this is a great place to come.” And a few grey hairs don’t matter at all! Contact: www.panoramarecreation.ca, 250.655.2189, mbourgeois@panoramarec.bc.ca.

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Psychology 101: Treating people well is good for business! Bill and Jane Singer aced the course. They know that happy customers come back for more. At the Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant, customer service is the highest priority. The core value of "respect for their patrons" underscores every aspect of the

Singers’ restaurant business, from the menu, to the food, to a caring relationship with their customers. Bill and Jane Singer are the proud owners and managers of The Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant in Sidney. The seaside restaurant with the million-dollar

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The Rumrunner was a glowing success right from the start, based on a high regard for the people who dine amidst the polished wood and fine glasswork. Bill knew that locals wanted a real full-meal sit-down eating experience. The Rumrunner had Sidney’s first all-inclusive menu that offered a wide variety of options. Over the years, they have constantly


High quality food is always the daily special. Bill and Jane bring in good fresh local food and buy the best from elsewhere. According to Bill, his corned beef from Montreal tops the local charts. Almost everything is made from scratch. Their burgers are all pure Angus beef: “no fillers here!” Bill oozes about their high level kitchen with Terry Deelstra, Red Seal certified chef. Munching my fish, I noticed the couple’s very kind regard towards the needs of their customers. Bill went to sit with a lonely older man; Jane was very worried about someone in the bathroom. They are totally familyfriendly. If children act up, Bill is there with crackers and crayons. The owners want everyone to feel comfortable in their pub and restaurant, and have a zero tolerance policy towards rowdy drunks on a Saturday night.

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“You are important!” This is the message from Bill, Jane and their staff as soon as you walk in the door. When I asked Bill about his highest priority, the answer was quick: customer service. The Singers know that a successful business is based on respect that flows like melted butter between customers and staff, but they are savvy enough to actually put it into practice. Web: www.facebook.com/RumrunnerPub (website under construction). Telephone: 250-656-5643; email: rumrunnerpub@shaw.ca.

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moulded their menu to entice and please all tastes. Meals are adjusted to accomodate allergies and gluten intolerance. A fish and chips purist, I was skeptical when I chomped into that savoury halibut flesh with a gluten-free batter. But it was scrumptious! “We change our oil every second day.” Bill’s smile is ear to ear.


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their occurrence is low. These include iodine deficiency and goitre, which is common in birds. Thyroid tumours and infections can also result in low thyroid function.

Metabolism is regulated by the thyroid gland. This includes how fast your hair grows, how quickly your cells regenerate themselves, how well your cells use energy to run their operation, deal with infections, etc.

Secondary hypothyroidism is caused by the lack of specific hormones secreted by the pituitary gland within the brain. This condition can be more difficult to diagnose, but does occur in a small percentage of cases.

If the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormone, it is called hypothyroidism. This is a common disease of dogs and people, but extremely rare in cats. Primary hypothyroidism occurs due to changes in the thyroid gland itself. Two types occur in the dog: lymphocytic thyroiditis and idiopathic atrophy.

Clinical signs are gradual in onset, and people often think their dog is simply slowing down and getting older. It may be that they have hypothyroidism. First signs may be as simple as cold intolerance. Other signs can include weight gain/obesity, lethargy and mental dullness, loss of interest in exercise, dry brittle or coarse hair, thin coat to extreme bald patches, recurrent skin problems, seborrhoea, chronic ear or anal gland inflammation.

Lymphocytic thyroiditis is an immune-mediated inflammatory condition resulting in the body’s own destruction of the thyroid tissue. This condition accounts for 50% of primary hypothyroid cases. Gradual destruction of the gland occurs over months to years. Antibodies are present against the thyroid cellular antigens. Idiopathic follicular atrophy means the thyroid tissue deteriorates without any inflammatory condition and is replaced by scar tissue. The cause of this condition is unknown (idiopathic). This condition accounts for the other 50% of primary cases. Hypothyroidism is most commonly seen in purebred, mid- to large-size dogs. The disease usually occurs at four to six years of age, but high-risk breeds often show the disease by two to three years of age. Although any dog can develop hypothyroidism, high risk breeds include the beagle, boxer, cocker spaniel, dachshund, Doberman pinscher, English bulldog, golden Retriever, great dane, Irish setter, miniature schnauzer, poodle and Shetland sheepdog. There are other causes of primary hypothyroidism, but

Other affected body systems include immune system dysfunction, impaired cardiac function, neurological weakness and nerve deficiencies, muscle diseases, gastrointestinal conditions and infertility. So ask your veterinarian about this condition and get your pet tested. Diagnosis is made by routine laboratory tests, and occasionally requires additional testing to confirm. Treatment is managed by supplementing the thyroid hormone by mouth. Dogs have hypothyroidism for life and require regular treatment. The response to treatment can be astounding, particularly to attitude and interest in life. Physical changes come along in the weeks following initiation of therapy, allowing your pet to feel and function in a healthy manner. Prepare for next time! We will review hyperthyroidism, commonly seen in geriatric cats. More information can be found at www.breadnervet.com.

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New Releases – Available at The Children's Bookshop: Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee (reissue) Crosby's Golden Goal by Mike Leonetti Guardian Angel by Robert Muchamore Killer Koalas From Outer Space by Andy Griffiths The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan Mossy by Jan Brett Nightsong by Ari Berk Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin Pie in the Sky by Jane Smiley Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson


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Empty Nester Carves New Life by Trysh Ashby-Rolls Early morning on the Mekong River. Swallows skim the surface questing for insects; a kingfisher gets lucky diving for fish. Except for the occasional Laotian Buddhist monastery, its long staircase descending down the hillside to a village below, there is little break in the landscape. On the opposite bank Vietnamese fishermen inspect their nets. It’s a peaceful scene, broken once in a while by a boat loaded with industrial machinery or cargo thundering by. Then silence again. The Cave of the Four Thousand Buddhas looms against a hazy sky, signalling another hour-and-a-half to Luang Prebang, where Suzy Young retired from the fast lanes of international journalism several years ago. Why Laos? “It’s important when we get to our age to get out of our comfort zone,” she says. “At home I was mired in comfort, but stuck. Parenting had always been my big thing but I knew intuitively I had to do something different.” Active parenting over, Young says the time had come to step back and let her adult children forge their own path in life, to reshape her own life and re-establish her individuality while she still had the energy. Her husband, on the other hand, wanted to “live in the country and contemplate his navel.” After 20 years of marriage they separated amicably, sold their house and, while he went off to rural living, she bought a plane ticket to Laos, which she’d visited before and loved. This time she decided to stay longer and find out what, if anything, it held for her. Journalism no longer excited her and she determined to reshape her career along with everything else. With her flair for languages, it didn’t take long to

learn Laotian and speak it fluently. She made friends and settled in with a family whose house she shares overlooking the Mekong River. “In my dotage, they’ve adopted me,” she says. Locals started asking her to teach them English so they could get into the burgeoning tourist industry as travel guides. Friends opened new hotels and restaurants but found it hard to find Englishspeaking servers who could step outside the Asian model of waiting in the background until a guest snapped his fingers. Suddenly, Young had her career: teach English along with the skills needed to serve farang (foreigners). English is “an inexplicable, insane language with rules that keep changing and I don’t hesitate to tell my students.” She laughs. Her ad hoc “school” is beginning to take off even though it’s still difficult to find appropriate classroom space. Sometimes she’s relegated to a hot, stuffy staff canteen. “I’m teaching a useful skill because the tourist is paramount here.” It’s not simply a question of how to serve food and drink, but how to understand farang attitudes, what to say, which words to use and how to keep guests happy. Suzy Young doesn’t make much money from her training endeavour – mostly because she helped a nearby village put in proper sanitation, assisted a nurse to purchase books for medical school in China, and started a soccer club that helps keep young adolescent boys out of trouble. And every Christmas she travels home to celebrate with the whole family. Without doubt, the life Young has carved out for herself in Luang Prebang has renewed and reinvigorated her – it’s apparent from the glow that emanates from her and the youthful spring in her step.

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Vanished! Valerie Green’s New Book on the Disappearance of Michael Dunahee It happened in the blink of an eye – he was there and then, he wasn’t. Many of us living in this area remember the fateful day. On the morning of Sunday, March 24th, 1991, Bruce and Crystal Dunahee were looking forward to a touch-football game on the playing fields of Blanshard Park Elementary School. Their four-year-old son, Michael, had begged to go to the playground by himself for the first time. After some hesitation and laying down of rules, Michael was allowed to run the few metres to the playground while his parents, in the parking lot, unloaded football gear and the baby-buggy for his six-month-old sister, Caitlin. Almost immediately, Bruce went to check on Michael at the playground. He wasn’t there. Thus began the greatest missing-child mystery in Victoria. Over the 21 years since Michael’s disappearance, thousands of tips have been followed up by police, and the family has never given up hope that one day their son will return to them. Michael would now be 26 years old. An artist’s rendition of what he would look like today appears on the cover of Valerie Green’s new book: Vanished – The Michael Dunahee Story which appears in bookstores this month. “I feel so honoured to have been entrusted by Crystal and Bruce to write this book and to keep Michael’s disappearance in the public consciousness,” Valerie says. “It became a labour of love for me. Partial proceeds from sales are being donated to Child Find BC, an organization which they both work so hard to support.” Crystal Dunahee is currently the president of both Child Find BC and Child Find Canada. She is the driving force behind the “Keep the Hope Alive Fun Run” held

by Arlene Antonik each spring which marks the anniversary of Michael’s disappearance and raises funds for Child Find BC. Crystal’s outstanding contributions toward keeping children safe and assisting families going through similar horrendous situations were recognized in 2011 when she was awarded the Order of British Columbia during a ceremony at Government House. “Vanished” is Valerie Green’s 17th book. Two of her books were published last year: Mysterious British Columbia – Myths, Murders, Mysteries and Legends; and Above Stairs – Social Life in Upper-Class Victoria 1843 – 1918. Both offer unique insights into the history and mystery that surrounds us right here in our beautiful province. Seaside Times readers will be familiar with “Conversations from the Past,” where Valerie chats with colourful characters and brings our local history alive. “History and writing about the people who lived in different times have always been my greatest interests,” answered Valerie when asked why she is so keen to delve into the past. “Maybe it came from my childhood in England, where my family lived in a 17th century 'haunted' farmhouse, or from working at MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5) in London, or from my love of travel. When I emigrated here in 1968, I discovered there were many stories to be told about Victoria’s past – full of intrigue and mystery!” In this month’s issue, travel back in time with Valerie for a visit with Constance Skinner Davie. Sit in on their conversation as this award-winning author brings 1890 Victoria back to life! RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

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Calling All Mouse Potatoes! It's Time to Surf Smarter by Dianne Connerly Ah, the lure of the Internet. So many interesting sites to check out, chat rooms to visit and online stores for impulse shopping. It's easy to get caught up in it all, then a glance at the clock reveals that for the last several hours, you've hardly moved a muscle except for an occasional twitch of your index finger. Uh-oh. You're on the slippery slope to becoming a mouse potato.

Like couch potatoes (their TV-loving counterparts), mouse potatoes are glued to a screen – in this case, that of a glowing computer. But while couch potatoes confine their indulgence to the family/living room, mouse potatoes face temptation both at home and at work. No one's suggesting you stop surfing the Web, but you can learn to surf smarter. Try these tips: • At least every half-hour, take a break from the keyboard. Get up, move around and do some gentle stretching. • Make sure your equipment is arranged so that you can maintain good posture without straining. You'll be less likely to slump and suffer fatigue.

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Christmas Gift Gallery Oct 27th - Dec 23rd 11am - 4pm Wed to Sun

Community Art Centre @ Tulista Park 9565 Fifth Street (Lochside Drive)

Traditional & Contemporary Arts & Crafts Showcasing creative work by local artists ❄ Painting, Sculpture, Pottery, Woodwork, Glass, Weaving, Quilting, Metalwork, Folk Art & More ❄ FREE Admission! ❄

Presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula

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Gallery by the Sea 2012 (located at the Fish Hut on the Sidney Pier)

The People’s Choice Winners

#1. For You, Rachael Windsong Lawson-Gurevitch #2. The Fisherman by the Sea, Mayumi gon Nogami

#3. Full Color, Roger White

Do you enjoy the art shows, literary events and theatre in our area? Become a member of the Arts Council, where an actively working Board meets monthly to ensure that the Community Arts Centre is showcasing local art, arts grants due to this area are accessed, performing and visual arts groups are supported and children and student art is celebrated. By joining the Arts Council you may be making yourself eligible for entry to shows, keeping up with arts events or maybe you’re just someone who wants to support a vibrant art scene on the Saanich Peninsula!


What’s Happening – November 2012 Tuesday Evenings Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting

Vancouver Island Regional Libray Sidney, 7:30 p.m. 250-544-1819, maryjackson@shaw.ca Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience, please come out to one of our meetings.

November 2, 9

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

November 5

Companions of the Quaich "Speyside Superstars" Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 p.m. 250-658-1109, wuhrer@shaw.ca

November 8-10

Snowdon House Christmas 1890 Mills Road, North Saanich 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily 250-658-3419 • www.snowdonhouse.ca Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Fresh handmade Christmas wreaths, journals, handmade cards, stationery products, preserves, soups, gourmet and gluten-free pasta homemade vinegar, Christmas ornaments, bath treats and so much more!

November 10

Annual Winemakers' Dinner Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Rd, North Saanich 250-656-2552, www.musewinery.ca Each year our dear neighbours, Bev and world-renowned Chef Pierre Koffel of Deep Cove Chalet Restaurant conspire with Muse to create an exquisite menu paired perfectly with our Muse Wines. This evening is not to be missed and seating is limited, so we suggest you reserve early and book a limo as wines are generously poured! $135/person all-inclusive price (HST and gratuity included).

November 10 Spectacular Spiders (Guided Walk) 5+

Island View Regional Park, (Central Saanich), 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 250-478-3344, www.crd.bc.ca/parks

The Speyside region has plenty of isolated glens, fresh spring water, sufficient barley and enough peat to malt the barley and fire the stills. Add a hint of defiance after the Jacobite Rising in 1745 and it’s no wonder the demand for smuggled Speyside whisky resulted in the largest concentration of distilleries in the region. Some of the old distilleries, now legal, continue to produce “Super Star” whiskies. This dinner will give the opportunity to judge some of the best. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50.

Join CRD Regional Parks’ guest naturalists Claudia Copley and Darren Copley as we go on a seaside expedition searching for spiders that make the beach logs and shore their home. Meet at the picnic shelter off Homathko Road, off Island View Road.

November 8

Parade begins at Mary Winspear Centre and marches to the War Memorial on the front lawn of the Town Hall for service and wreath laying.

Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Sidney @ 11:30 a.m. www.peninsulanewcomers.ca

November 11

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. For more information, check out our website.

November 11 Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney @ 10:15 a.m. Town Hall, Sidney @ 10:45 a.m.

Via Choralis Remembrance Day Performance St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 3rd Street, Sidney 2295 Weiler Avenue, Sidney, 3 p.m. Featuring Gabriel Faure's Requiem. Directed

by Nicholas Fairbank. Adults $15; students $8. Tickets available at Tanner's or at the door.

November 14, 15 Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, Activity Room 2 Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. 250-656-0275, www.marywinspear.ca Blood. It's in you to give.

November 19 Stories at Fern

1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors open @ 7:15 p.m. 250-477-7044 www.victoriastorytellers.blogspot.com The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies).

November 22

A Tribute to War Brides presented by SHOAL Activity Centre 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, 2 p.m. 250-656-5537 Sidney's SHOAL Activity Centre presents a tribute to War Brides, with High Tea and “Fashions from the Wars” by Heritage Productions. Tickets $20.

Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2 A Touch of Saltspring Christmas Show

Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat/Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 250-999-8103, www.atouchofsaltspring.com With over 230 crafters and artisans, this is the largest attended arts and crafts show on Vancouver Island. If you are looking for unique and thoughtful gifts for the holiday season, make a point to come see the show.

For details on other events happening in your community, visit www.mypeninsula.ca


Peninsula Singers Present: A Christmas to Remember by Virginia Watson-Rouslin The deep smell of evergreen trees, twinkling coloured lights, poinsettias, our family around the dinner table, what might be under the Christmas tree for me? and Santa in all his glory – that is, when we still believed. Some of these are cherished Christmas memories each of us carries. And then, when we hear Christmas music, these memories come rushing back. It’s the best of the season’s music that the Peninsula Singers will present in their “Christmas to Remember” concert series December 7th to 9th at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. The shows are guaranteed to lift your spirits and remind you why Christmas – stripped of the hype and stress – is such a glorious time of year. “I’ve chosen songs that I know people will remember,” says Glenda Korella, artistic director of the Singers. “But I’ve got a few surprises for the audience, such as beautiful new arrangements of familiar carols and a humorous take on The Nutcracker March as well.” The concert’s signature song, A Christmas to Remember, will feature soloist Sherry Majocha. Since the Peninsula Singers are a show chorus, there will be costumes, choreography, an urbane Master of Ceremonies and plenty of laughter. Five talented young musicians from the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Collegium Program will be the featured Young Artists, a staple of every Peninsula Singers’ concert. Together, these youngsters have nearly 25 years' performing experience in front of audiences. The Collegium Piano Quintet is, in the words of their director Michael van der Sloot, “among the top student ensembles in the province and country. To listen to this ensemble is to listen to the stars of tomorrow." Ms. Korella will be assisted by new accompanist Janet Yonge, Master of Ceremonies Jim Kingham and bassist Lynell Korella.

Prism

December 15th @ 7:30 p.m.

Classic Rock – The Stuff of Legends The band rocks with an energy matched only by their exciting showmanship Tickets $33 + hst

Profits from these concerts will go to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Music Therapy Program. Concerts take place December 7th and 8th at 7:30 p.m and December 9th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $11 kids/$22 adults; available by phone at 250-656-0275. Tickets can now be ordered online at www.marywinspear.ca. For more information, visit www.PeninsulaSingers.ca.

Snowdon House Christmas The Peninsula’s Best-Kept Secret! November 8-10, 9 am to 5 pm daily Journals • Handmade Cards • Stationery Products Preserves • Soups • Gourmet & Gluten-Free Pasta Homemade Vinegar • Christmas Ornaments Bath Treats … and so much more!

The Perfect Gift For Everyone on Your List! Studio open Tuesday - Saturday 10-5 1890 Mills Road, North Saanich Laura Waters 250.658.3419 • www.snowdonhouse.ca

Unforgettable November 24th @ 7:30 p.m.

The Music of Nat King Cole Performed by Don Stewart Telling stories of love, hurt and joy in a memorable and beautiful way that leaves audiences transfixed. Tickets $33 adults $28 Seniors & students (+hst)

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Zais Astrology – November 2012 by Heather Zais (heather_zais@telus.net) Aries (march 21 - april 19) A focus on relationships makes you think about how much you're willing to share or what the benefits will be in return. Personal or business areas are affected. Settle outstanding financial issues before moving ahead on a new arrangement.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) You look at ways to solidify or increase your income. It's easier than it seems. Make use of special connections who would come on board or pave the way. There are gifts, bonuses or other profits coming your way. It's good.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Negotiate when it comes to a contest of wills. Let the facts speak for themselves; that will settle it. Expand public relations in a positive direction. Take care of legal matters that could affect the future of your reputation or status.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) Others look to you for leadership. You have what it takes to be strong and responsible. Get in touch with others or attend meetings. Speak or lay out plans that are easy for everyone to follow and it will be more productive.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) Others count on you more in the workplace. You have the ability to glide past or over controversial topics, putting out fires before they escalate. Your multi-tasking talents are applauded; attracting more money and benefits.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) A lot goes on behind the scenes. Some activity relates to others; do your duty. Fine tune plans and information to avoid having to redo. Investigations capture your interest as you get results. Your abilities impress others.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) You seek more freedom from pressure or restrictions. Circumstances are changing. Step out of your comfort zone in a way that does not interfere with your larger plans. Others have a role to play in your destiny – check it out.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Friends, associates or VIP's pull strings for you. Focus on your status and ways to increase your finances. A realistic approach always works best in the long run. You have the ambition to succeed. Opportunities open up.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) Family and property matters are in focus. Do what is necessary to make it secure for all involved. Decisions about location come up for you or them. Fluctuating markets work in your favour as your instincts are on target; follow them.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Your popularity increases and important people are in touch. Go for the brass ring – it's closer than you think and you deserve it. Be willing to step into the limelight for your own status or on behalf of others – good results.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Your mind is strong and your words carry weight. Others see that you know what is going on and will follow your lead. Be out and about in the community or attend events – you can be the star. Show them what you've got.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) Take some time out for yourself or to travel. Even if there is a business connection, you can handle it in a friendly, social manner. Make time for visitors or other social activity. Your position is good, so enjoy all the perks.


last word In my November 2010 Last Word I focused on a North America-wide ad campaign by Magazines the Power of Print® that was running at the time.

of these times, Accent Inns is surviving, and the key to this is listening to feedback from staff and clients. Well, Seaside Times, I am pleased to report, is not just surviving but thriving! For this we thank our community – your support has helped us become what we are today. Your backing has made it clear that we have created a relationship with you, our readers.

"Will the Internet kill magazines?" it asked. "Did instant coffee kill coffee?" There were several different ads running in the campaign, but the gist was the same: magazines do what the internet doesn't: "they create relationships. They engage us in ways distinct from digital media." Well, it's been two years, and it's clear the internet has not killed magazines, although it has undoubtedly expanded the means by which we get our news and entertainment. But back to one of the points the ads made: magazines create relationships and engage their readers. Nowhere is this more true than at Seaside Times. Mandy Farmer, president and CEO of Accent Inns, spoke at the recent Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 2012 Crystal Awards For Business Excellence. Her speech was inspiring: Mandy proudly said that despite the economic uncertainty

"Shop Local" is not simply a buzzword anymore: it's quickly becoming a necessary way of life if we wish to help our communities, and the businesses within them, flourish (see Steve Sheppard's Smell the Coffee and Debbie Gray's Common Cents, this issue). I am so happy to see that "Shopping Local" has become something Seaside Times not just promotes but gets back in return … we feature local businesses, our community reads the magazine and shops at those businesses, who then are able to support us by advertising. In my opinion, a perfect Shop Local cycle! Editor's note: In the October issue story on the Sidney Fine Art Show (pg. 57) we neglected to include the credit for the artwork shown. The painting is "Lemons in Box," oil on canvas, by Noah Layne.

Allison Smith, Editor-in-Chief

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Seaside Times November 2012 Issue  

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