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Did you know that roughly 1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year —approximately 1.3 billion tonnes—gets lost or wasted? To put the amount into perspective, that is enough food to feed 3 billion people a year. Canada throws out approximately 40% of the food that we grow. The average Canadian each year contributes 170kg (873 lbs.) per person to that pile of waste. It’s disconcerting, isn’t it, to see how much food is wasted. In fact, a great deal of this waste happens before we even see the food in our grocery stores. 

As our West Shore community grows, the requirements of Fire Fighting services will grow, too. So, the municipal fire chiefs are working very diligently together to find ways for greater efficiency in a cost effective manner to keep our families safe. Every fire department has something to offer.

New technologies and innovative ways to think about fire and its behaviour are making a real difference in the way firefighters work in Canadian forests. Here are a few of those new firefighting technologies, some of which are still being tested:

• ‘Safeguard’ is a continuous water curtain technology system that uses 120 water sprinkler cannons — some of which can pump out up to 1,250 gallons of water per minute — to create a more than 180-metre-wide water curtain between the wildfire and a town. Fort St. James is testing this system.

This month I sat down with our Grooming Manager, Kelsey, and chatted about her experience as a dog groomer and what makes her job so special every day!

Q: In twelve years of grooming, what has become your favourite part of the job?
A: My favourite part about being a dog groomer is gaining a dog’s trust and helping them overcome a specific issue. Although it’s viewed by many owners as a ‘spa day’ for their dogs, grooming can be quite a stressful, fearful, experience for some. I need to communicate to an anxious dog that everything will be OK. Being able to help dogs through that stress and build up trust with them is a very special time for me; it makes my day that much better!

Walking up the front steps of the TELUS Future Home, I’m greeted by the upbeat words of a woman welcoming me home.

I look around, searching for this greeter. Instead, the voice repeats herself and I realize that this virtual welcomer is speaking to me through a pane of glass at the entryway to the home. She asks me to scan my face to unlock the front door. I oblige, and once inside, a team of enthusiastic TELUS Future Home hosts show me around station by station.

In the kitchen, the refrigerator suggests some meals I can make based on the groceries I have on hand. It also suggests I pick up a few items I’m low on next time I’m out, and gives me the option to make a grocery list with the tap of a screen.

PCFSA is dedicated to delivering vital services to the West Shore communities of Colwood, Langford and Sooke. 2018 marks our 50th year of community service with educational, counselling and creative programming maintained in collaboration with partner agencies across the CRD.

Our PCFSA programs provide counselling and support services to all persons within the community. Services are delivered based on individual need and circumstance. Our mission is to enhance the quality and dignity of life for individuals and families. By encouraging healthy patterns of living, the lives of youth and families are enriched as they acquire the skills they need to improve connections to family and build on community relationships.

Have you ever been referred to an eye specialist’s office for additional testing? One of these tests may have been an OCT. Have you ever wondered why your eye doctor has recommended this test and what it is for?

OCT, or Ocular Coherence Tomography, is a non-invasive and painless diagnostic instrument used to create an image of your retina and optic nerve. While similar to a CT scan in the way that it produces images of your internal body structures, the OCT uses light—instead of radiation—to rapidly scan the layers of your retina and create a 3D cross-section of the area. What that scan reveals about the condition of your retina can be interpreted by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.

Hello! My name is Michael Williams. I am a classically-trained chef, born and raised in Victoria. I have traveled to many places in the world to learn my craft and now I am happily settled in Victoria. Many people know me as the ‘Country Grocer’ chef. For the past three years, I’ve been the Executive Chef offering catering services to all of the ‘Sands Funeral Home’ locations on Vancouver Island, including Colwood.

I use my culinary knowledge to create a varied menu of sandwiches, wraps, desserts and platters. Everything is made from scratch, using fresh, local ingredients, whenever possible. On a typical day, you will find me baking my own focaccia and other breads, making mayo from scratch, creating Chorizo Sausage Rolls with pasture-raised Metchosin pork and roasting and slicing all the meats used for sandwiches. I also make all desserts from scratch.

Technology and tradition aren’t usually two concepts that go hand-in-hand; but, when it comes to the Victoria Shamrocks, both ideas are critically important to the team’s front office operations.

“We have an amazing fan base that covers almost every demographic,” says Gareth Gilson, Fan Experience Manager with the club. “Because of that, we have to provide face-toface, telephone, and online services to our fans who expect it.”