GoWestShore Magazine Mar/Apr 2020 E-Edition

In this Issue

What Goes Around Comes Around!

Believe it or not, the average Canadian throws out 81 pounds of textiles annually! North Americans together manage to send 10 million tonnes of clothing to the landfill every year — most of which could be reused or recycled, according to statistics compiled by Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

But things are changing!

Second-hand luxury fashions are not only going mainstream, the acceptance of pre-owned goods is becoming more widely accepted around the world. Not surprisingly, the younger generations are leading the charge with more conserving habits. They are doing it 2.5x faster than any other age group.

What’s Old is New Again!

The best pieces might be something you “borrow” from family members, friends or discover at estate sales, second hand stores and so forth. Beautiful pieces are given a new life.

I spoke with a local interior decorator, Maria Uriegas-Leupelt [Sunlight Interiors], to get a sense of the influence this style direction has had on her business. She offered some great advice for the adventurous designer in all of us.

Redefining the Lifestyle of the West Shore

What’s New?

Belmont Residences East is an exciting evolution of earlier Belmont Residence West homes with new design elements, including:
• Nordic-inspired interiors showcasing clean lines with light muted colours complemented by warm wood tones and textures creating contrast with the trendy black stainless steel appliances creating a harmonious, balanced effect.
• Technologically enhanced materials. Premium materials that are more durable and resilient.
• New layouts, like the one-bedroom + flex unit, brings homeownership within the realm of possibility for more people. 40% of the homes are under $399,900. Unit sizes range from 648 to 1,191 sq. ft.

This latest phase in the #MyBelmont vision “Opens More Doors to Home Ownership” according to Director of Development, Marcela Corzo.

Classic Ceviche The Perfect Party Appetizer!

Ceviche is essentially a seafood cocktail using fresh fish that is marinated or “cooked” in a large amount of lime juice. It’s one of those dishes that seems to make folks nervous due to the omission of heat to ‘cook’ the raw seafood ingredients.

What is really happening is that the acetic acid in the lime kills bacteria and coagulates proteins that actually cook the product. This is a method has been utilized for centuries in South America to render potentially hazardous seafood safe as well as to create delicious dishes.

This is What Excellence Looks Like!

It takes an award-winning team— like the South Island Home Team —to ensure you get the best real estate service possible on Southern Vancouver Island. Together, with their diversity of skill sets, they have built a reputation as one of the most sought-after realty teams in the region. Their integrity and dedication to their customers have earned them numerous accolades. Meet your local, award-winning real estate team.

Making the Shift To Solar Panel Power

Who isn’t looking to reduce the hydro consumption required to heat and cool their home?

So it was with the residents of a Bear Mountain home who had been looking for alternatives for some time. They had already implemented every conceivable adjustment recommended by hydro experts to reduce their bill. Nothing worked. Year over year, the rising cost of hydro outstripped any energy efficiencies they adopted. They wanted a viable, permanent solution.

OMG!? A Gigantic Leap Forward for Our Community!

OK it was kind of unusual to have a Council Meeting at the City Centre Grill on Tuesday, February 25; but, hey, this was a Langford Council Meeting and they told us they something BIG they wanted the community to know about.

They were right! It was a night with a number of huge, surprising announcements about planned future community projects that are coming to Langford. It’s hard to think of anything this impressive in recent memory that even compares to it!

Women in Trades A Win-Win Situation

Avoids labour shortages in a booming industry

In the years ahead, the B.C. construction industry will need all the help it can get. With $115 billion in projects currently underway and another $206 billion in proposed future projects, BCCA forecasts an accumulated labour shortfall of over 7,900 skilled workers by 2028.

The trades sector is a key economic driver throughout British Columbia. It employs about 180,000 workers out of a total of more than 242,000 construction jobs. Yet, despite a strong sector performance—up 17% since 2014— a severe labour shortage exists, especially in the skilled trades sector.

Boosting diversity is good for business!

A Forfeited Career

I grew up around an extended family of entrepreneurial tradesmen—everything from brick layers to general contractors for high-rise residential and commercial buildings. After my brother went on to pursue a corporate career, there was no male left in our family to manage my Dad’s construction business. It died with him. That always saddens me to think about it. In those days, as a female, I didn’t feel I could be a contender.

Yet, looking back, it was clear that construction had my attention. On Saturdays, I was the one my Dad took to help him with a variety of clean up tasks on the job site; like picking up loose nails, sorting lumber and removing nails out of the pieces that could be used again. I stacked Quick-set drywall bags and roofing shingles, sorted tools, picked up garbage, coiled electrical wires and cables, and washed trucks. As a teenager, I progressed to demolition and managed work schedules and supply flow during the summer.