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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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 for a long time. Everything is possible; you are the creator of your own life.

For the past 35 years, thousands of artists, teachers, and adult art students have attended the Metchosin International Summer School of Art [MISSA] 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 her perspective on what she could achieve as an artist— with courage, curiosity and the willingness to take a risk. Here is her story.

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