GoWestShore Magazine Apr 2018 E-Edition

In this Issue

A Growing Neighbourhood

The Westhills Community Master Plan continues to progress as infrastructure and public amenities develop alongside: Leigh Road is on schedule to connect with Langford Parkway this summer, the Al Charron Rugby Canada Training Centre is now open, and the Mayor has reported on plans to expand the seating capacity of the Westhills Stadium.

Hearing Music in Everyday Sounds

Karel Roessingh is an accomplished composer, arranger, producer and musician extraordinaire. He has written scores for over five hundred television episodes, many award-winning films, documentaries and promotional videos as well as performing on countless recordings for other artists. He has produced more than fifteen of his own recordings, including several for the Canadian Naturescape series, two jazz trio CDs and many solo piano CDs. He has performed with symphony orchestras and rock, jazz, folk show and country ensembles throughout the world.

I went to visit him at his home and ‘treehouse’ studio in the Highlands last month to find out more about him, his amazing life and inspired music.

Landscapes to Remember

Canada has some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the world—and we here in the West Shore have our own bountiful share of beautiful spaces. Everybody experiences different kinds of landscapes, whether that be in an urban or rural setting. The kind of landscape you grew up in can’t help but live with you throughout your life.

Hot Tub Safety!

If you’re in the market for a new or preowned hot tub or you want to relocate your existing hot tub to a new location, there are a few things you should think about before you start filling up the tub with water! First of all, wiring up a hot tub or spa is not a DYI project you want to tackle on your own. Figuring out how to wire a spa takes time and, if you’ve never done it before, it can be very unsafe. For safety’s sake, it’s best to leave it for an electrician. Water and electricity just don’t mix!

Creating a New Neighbourhood in Langford

Belmont Residences is an inspiring new 24-acre community located at Jenkins Avenue and Division Avenue known as Belmont Market .

Belmont Residences is a 440-unit multi-phase development with seven buildings being built in six stages over the next five years.

It will eventually include seven residential market and rental buildings targeting first-time home buyers, working professionals, and downsizers. The development is enhanced by 220,000 square feet of commercial amenities (being developed by Crombie REIT), including a landmark Thrifty Foods spanning 52,700 square feet.

A Garden Oasis in Sooke

Imagine for a moment that you’ve discovered an artisan marketplace. You’re strolling through a spacious garden and everywhere you look you see extraordinary things—unique treasures that you’d have a hard time finding anywhere else. It’s not your neighbourhood mall, that’s for sure.

The Yard of Your Dreams is Within Reach

For many of us, our yard is an extension of our living space. One of the reasons people choose to live in the West Shore is to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy their property in this way. But landscaping can be costly: how do you create your private oasis?

It’s important to understand the size and scope of your project. Getting some new annuals from the garden centre is different proposition than completely re-doing your backyard to put in a meditation garden. As with any investment in your home, do your research and get some professional quotes for the work.

World-Class Training Facility Opens in Langford

Approximately 1,900-square-metre, two-storey Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre will serve as the home to all of Rugby Canada’s national teams, as well support the training needs of other high performance amateur athletes in the region. It’s a world-class facility right here in the West Shore.


Forty-eight years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

Earth Day has now become the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. This year, Earth Day is April 22, 2018 and will focus on rallying the world to end plastic pollution. The growth of plastics is growing exponentially and is so grave a situation today that it threatens the survival of our planet. Plastics are poisoning and injuring marine life, disrupting human hormones, littering our beaches and landscapes and clogging our waste streams and landfills.

Getting Up Front and Personal with Your Food

As days gradually get longer and warmer, I start thinking about the new food-growing season in our back yard, sundeck, patio, and window ledges. Our dependence on imported food, both from off island and beyond, has become so acute, it’s putting us at the mercy of global corporations and giant retailers for the very nutrition that we all need to sustain us.

Come for the Music, Stay for the Food!

Bright and early every morning, Executive Chef Hinkelman is the first to arrive at Darcy’s Pub Westshore. He spends his early hours assessing previous day sales and receiving fresh orders from great local providers, like ‘Portofino Bakery’ and ‘Rossdown Farms’.

Everything on Darcy’s menu is hand-made so his day starts preparing what will be needed to assemble his menu offerings, everything from sauces and soups to fixings for salads and sharezies, burgers and house-cut strip loin steak.

Feel Energized & Refreshed with a Spring Cleanse

Spring is here. You can feel the spring breeze in the air and the days getting longer. We start to put our winter clothing away and pull out some of the lighter clothing. We spend more time out-doors. Spring is a season of change where we let go of the old, welcome the new.


Delicious New World Wines can only be matched with delicious new recipes. This month we wanted to shine a light on a mouth-watering Malbec, paired with a cheesesteak slider. This Okanagan red with its fun and whimsical label is juicy, ripe, and smooth with flavours of dark cherry and red currant on the palate. Monster Vineyards Malbec is simply a behemoth of tantalizing flavours! Sip on this local delight while creating one of our favourite recipes to pair!

Do Your Eyes Water a Lot?

Often times I hear people say, “How could I have dry eyes? My eyes water all the time!” If your eyes tear excessively, it may be a sign of dry eyes. As our eyes become dry, our brain gets a signal and tries to help by producing more tears. Unfortunately, it will sometimes cause an overproduction of tears, giving us watery eyes. There may also be other symptoms associated with dry eyes like burning, decreased vision, redness, light sensitivity and the feeling of having something in your eyes all the time.

There are a few reasons why we get dry eyes, but age is a big one. Our tear production decreases as we get older. Health conditions, like autoimmune and thyroid diseases, and medications, like antihistamines and acne treatment, can all cause dry eyes.

A SafeStart for Families with New Drivers

Is your teen ready to get behind the wheel? Many parents find it stressful to take on the responsibility of teaching their child to drive. It’s an exciting time for a family but the process of learning to drive can cause friction, stress and safety concerns for all involved. DriveWise has developed a free SafeStart Parent workshop to help parents get off on the right foot and make teaching their child to drive a positive experience for their family.

The Landscape of Your Life

The need to say goodbye is a universal human experience. Through every era and across all cultures, our families, friends and communities commemorate the death of someone special with ceremonies to mark their passing.

Over the years, this ritual has become a standardized service recognized as the “classic funeral.” This beautiful, traditional format is still the right choice for many families, but today, you can choose a different approach – a personalized event.

Spring Has Sprung!

This is the time of year we can say goodbye to the cold winter and welcome the spring season. The most important gardening tool we have is our body, so learning proper gardening ergonomics is the key to injury prevention.

Gardening is a great way to reduce stress by getting in touch with nature. It also requires a great deal of physical stamina involving standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting and crouching, which can lead to unwanted aches and pains. Here are some tips that will allow you to safely enjoy your gardening season.


Sports fans already know how excited they can get when they attend a live lacrosse game at the Q Centre. What they don’t see, however, is all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make these games possible. That’s where Michelle Evans comes in. This is her second season as the Game Day Manager for the Victoria Shamrocks.

Plant Based Nutrition for Dogs

With more people turning to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, it raises the question: can dogs stay healthy eating vegetarian or vegan diets, too?

Yes, a meat-free diet can be a great option for dogs (and humans) with serious allergies and reduces damage to the environment. The most important aspect of a meat-free diet is ensuring that your dog still consumes a sufficient level of protein. The food you choose should contain all the essential amino acids and supplemental ingredients that provide complete and balanced pet nutrition.