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Act like the house is on fire limate scientists have been sounding the alarm for some time. Many of you will have heard of the young Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, and her now famous speech to the World Economic Forum in January in which she urged us all to “... act as if the house was on fire. Because it is.” The acknowledged crisis-state of the environment has sparked activity at the local level, where municipalities, including the three on the Saanich Peninsula as well as the Capital Regional District, have entertained (some have passed) motions declaring a climate emergency. Reaction at the municipal and regional level is highly appropriate given most of our country’s infrastructure is controlled by these levels of government, and that they/we have much to lose

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economically, environmentally, and from a community health perspective if damage resulting from climate breakdown should occur. Think of the devastation wrought by forest fires and flooding. The main goal of the local declarations of climate emergencies is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Is that enough? Cutting emissions is an important start. Influencing others to do the same is important. Recently, in Vancouver, council adopted a climate emergency plan that arrived at “six big moves” for pollution reduction. The six areas of action are:

3) Pollution-free cars, trucks and buses. 4) Zero-emission space and water heating. 5) Lower carbon construction. 6) Restored forests and coasts. In addition to these targets, Vancouver council also approved an impressive list of 53 “accelerated actions” that will ramp-up local action right away. Vancouver is an inspiring example of municipal leadership in this regard. Let us also be seen to be acting as if our house was on fire and use public money to support the urgent opportunity and priority rather than subsidizing the economy of the past.

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BY RON BALSKE, OWNER, STYLE COAST BY SIDNEY CASUALS t has been almost a year since I moved my family to the Peninsula from the tranquil, easygoing setting of the West Kootenays. The people of Sidney have been wonderful in making our transition to a much more energetic and dynamic coastal lifestyle so enjoyable. My wife Nancy and I bring many years of retail experience with us to our new store. We have enjoyed getting to know the store’s regular customers and working out exactly the right balance and blend of stock to bring in. We are, of course, committed to continuing the excellent customer service and quality clothing that our Sidney Casuals customers expect, but with the rebrand to Style Coast, we hope, also, to attract visitors and new clientele.

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Sidney takes Canada Day to new level elebrating Canada day is something we take great pride in on the Peninsula. Everything from parades to themed dinners to famous fireworks can be expected over the long weekend. Get your red and white ready because June and July will be packed with festivities your whole family can enjoy. Saturday, Jun. 29, kicks off the weekend with Dinner en Rouge in Beacon Park. You may be familiar with Dinner en Blanc. Bring your dancing shoes and an appetite, as there will be music and delicious dishes at this stunning venue. This one sells out, so contact the Mary Winspear Centre to reserve a spot. Don’t wear yourself out too much as Sunday promises to be a busy day with the annual Sidney Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival. On Sunday, Jun. 30, the day begins at 9 a.m. in Beacon Park with yoga by Sidney Hot Yoga, and a second class at 10:30. Take advantage of this free opportunity to stretch in the morning sun as the

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parade begins with a crowd singing of O’ Canada, as the first colourful float makes their way down Resthaven and onto Beacon. A viewing area for individuals in wheelchairs will be located at the corner of Fifth and Beacon. Following the parade, get ready for some quality entertainment. The Slegg Building Materials Build-A-Boat competition begins at noon. After four hours of hard work, participants will race their boats at 4:30 p.m. with a helicopter squadron water rescue demo following the race. While the boats are being built, check out the fun at Iroquois Park with Peninsula Celebration’s Family Fair, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Activities include a triple lane mega slide, archery nerf challenge, inflatable hockey, carnival games, photo booth, face paint, and even a dog show by Sidney Pet Centre. Sidney is the place to be over the Canada Day weekend, with something for everyone, thanks to the generosity of our community businesses and non-profit organizations. Visit sidneybia.ca for details on local businesses and events.

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REMOVE THE CURLY SEED HEADS OF HARD-NECK GARLIC – CALLED “SCAPES” – SO THE PLANT WILL PUT ALL OF ITS ENERGY INTO THE BULB. THESE TENDER TOPS MAKE GREAT ADDITIONS TO STIR FRIES. AND YOU CAN MAKE A DYNAMITE PESTO WITH THEM.

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The Peninsula June 20, 2019  

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The Peninsula June 20, 2019  

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