Year of the White Metal Rat

  • January 15, 2020
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The Rat is the first sign of 12 animal cycles in the Chinese Zodiac. The White Metal Rat Year means new beginnings and renewals, a strong, prosperous and lucky year for all Chinese zodiac signs. This is a great year for founding and evolving. It’s a clean, fresh year—a gift—with no mistakes and no regrets. Set new habits to initiate actions you have wanted to do...

The Amazing Journey of a MISSA Artist

  • January 14, 2020
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By Anne Marie Moro, Editor Photo Credits: MISSA, MaryLou Wakefield ~MaryLou Wakefield For the past 35 years, thousands of artists, teachers, and adult art students have attended the Metchosin International Summer School of Art located on the Pearson College campus and left with memories and friendships to cherish for a lifetime. MaryLou Wakefield, a local Victoria artist, came away with a life-altering experience last summer. It changed...

What a Vibrant, Diverse Community

  • January 14, 2020
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Royal Bay, Colwood’s master planned seaside village continues its growth into 2020 with two new additions to its GableCraft Homes community. The first units of both Compass townhomes and the third phase of single family homes are now available. The two- and three-bedroom Compass townhomes will add 58 units of open concept living to Royal Bay. All units feature lofty 9’ ceilings with bright, inviting windows—perfect...

Is Simply Having A Will Enough Anymore (Part 2)?

  • January 14, 2020
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WHAT IS THE WILLS VARIATION ACT? In a nutshell, the British Columbia Wills Variation Act is the statute which permits a surviving spouse or children to contest a will on the basis that it does not make adequate provision for the claimant. The class of eligible claimants includes the surviving spouse, common-law spouse, same-sex spouse and both the natural and...

Tai Chi: A Gentle Way to Exercise

  • January 14, 2020
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“Take good care of your body. It's the only real home you have to live in.” —Anonymous Tai Chi means the ‘ultimate of ultimate’, often used to describe the vastness of the universe. Based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism, Tai Chi stresses the natural balance in all things and the need for living in spiritual and physical accord with the patterns of nature. This...

A True Passion for Seniors

  • January 14, 2020
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Interview by Anne Marie Moro, editorCherish at Central Park is a resort-style independent living retirement community in the heart of the West Shore. Micky Fleming, its president and CEO, is committed to making life for her residents the absolute best it can possibly be. It’s what energizes her every day. She grew up on a cattle ranch in Alberta, a culture that encourages people to...

Savoury Beef Bourguignon!

  • January 14, 2020
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By Steve Walker-Duncan, M.Ed., CCC Department Chair, Culinary Arts Camosun CollegeThere are some recipes that are worth the wait and Beef Bourguignon is one of them. Beef Bourguignon does take a little bit of time; but when a recipe is this good, you can’t and shouldn’t rush it. There’s a reason why beef bourguignon is a culinary cult-classic, and when you taste it,...

Select Your Forever Home!

  • January 14, 2020
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New year, new beginnings. If home ownership in the West Shore is on your mind, rent-to-own at Crossing at Belmont is a great first step! While the two rental buildings are now 70% occupied, with 108 of the 156 units already rented, there is still a good selection of unit types still available for you to look at. You’ll be pleased to notice that all...

The Paradox of Aging

  • January 14, 2020
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Anne Marie Moro, Editor —Ann Landers Getting older is an enigma. On one hand, there’s no question that there are increased risks of illness and decreased mobility as we age. However, research suggests there is another positive side to aging that is often overlooked; that is, we should be feeling good about getting older, because as we age our perspective on life changes...

A New Home to Suit Every Lifestyle!

  • January 14, 2020
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In just a few short years, Westhills has become one of the most exciting and most desirable master planned communities on Vancouver Island, mastering the art of building the family home. Our many home options include single-family homes with detached garages and one-bedroom legal income suites, single-level ranchers, and spacious family townhomes. To get away from it all, thoughtful features like private guest rooms, bonus rooms for...