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There’s no such thing as complacency around the Victoria HarbourCats—the coaching staff, the roster or the experience for fans.

Our ballpark has a new name too, thanks to the tremendous support of The Wilson’s Group of Companies. It’s now officially known as Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park.

Many people recognize Bob Saunders as the face of his family business and the ‘Saunders Family Foundation’, a non-profit foundation to benefit youth and sports in Greater Victoria. It turns out that Bob is also known for getting people to to do all kinds of things, even when they don’t know they are doing it!

We met up with Dave Saunders who explained how both his parents had a huge influence on the family and community they love so dearly. And of course, some of the ways Bob grew into his character!

As the gardening world welcomes a whole new batch of plant and vegetable enthusiasts, I am going to take a moment to set the record straight on what you really need in your space. So, what do you need to be successful in the garden? Here are some of the gardening terms, tools and practices that have caused a lot of confusion.

Cherish at Central Park is community living at its best. It’s dedicated to creating an inclusive, resort-style independent living retirement community for people 55+. Located in the heart of the West Shore, the emphasis is on building a community where you can enjoy a carefree lifestyle, each other’s company and access to an exceptional variety of resources and services for changing lifestyle needs.

A life of total convenience—everything you could possibly want is here!

In some cases, having a will may not be enough. We are all aware that family dynamics are becoming increasingly diverse, and when it comes to planning your legacy, things are rarely as simple as they once were. Even the most straight forward estate can benefit from avoiding probate and all the associated time, energy, and costs.

There are many different options available to carefully construct an estate plan to provide maximum benefits and minimize complications for your family members.

Looking ahead to find things to do as a family this summer and yet make it an experience that everyone can enjoy, too? Nothing is more magical than a shared, live musical experience. Forget the headphones, streaming music on your computer, CD player or car radio. How about taking your family to a place where music is the entire focus, where, enraptured by music, your everyday world dissolves into a symphony of glorious sound!

I work with many seniors & clients that have been in their home for years. The family is gone and they know they need to move into something smaller and with less maintenance. But just the thought of moving from a home is very overwhelming for them. Downsizing is especially daunting if they have been living in their current home for 20 years or more. It is like being a first-time buyer and seller all over again—not to mention the decades of accumulated stuff that built up over the years.

If you are considering downsizing, let me offer you some tips that can make your feelings about moving less stressful.

Most adults understand the concept that a Will is an important document to create when you have assets, debts and, most importantly, minor children. However, many people are unaware that a Will only plays part of the role in a well thought out Estate plan.

In the event of your death, your Will kicks in and your named Executor takes over handling your legal and financial affairs. But what happens if tragedy strikes and you are still alive? Who would take care of your everyday bills, daily financial affairs and potentially even manage all of your assets, including your Real Estate if you were unable to?

June 1st marks the end of an era at Darcy’s Pub. Our longest running house band, Monkeywrench, will be playing their last show with us! As Monkeywrench continues on to other endeavours, we will be showcasing a variety of other awesome local bands, every Friday. We have Lost Boys, Southern Urge, Cities, and The Tumblin’ Dice joining us on Fridays throughout June. And of course, our Saturday house band, BiPolar Bear, will still be playing every week.

We also have a special Sunday evening show this month, ‘Remembering Jason’. This will be an evening of rock and blues music dedicated to the memory of the late, great Jason Buie. The Jason Buie Band & Friends will play from 6-11pm. It will be an evening you don’t want to miss.

It’s hard enough to think about death without having to consider the financial realities that go along with it. Making the right decisions about funeral and memorial expenses can be especially tough when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one. But, as thousands of Canadian families have already discovered, there’s a way around that.

Funerals and cemetery services cost money—that’s unavoidable—but if you’re smart, you can cut those costs and protect your family for that day when you have to leave them. With well-informed estate planning, you could save thousands of dollars and spare your spouse and children from a heavy financial and emotional burden.

Over the years my parents have attended many funerals. Dealing with these losses can take a toll, as often the people they lose are part of their support system. As adult children, we can support our parents through this process, even though death is something that makes many people uncomfortable.

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