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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.