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by Jo Barnes – It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child … but how would you feel about raising your child in a global village? For local couple Bob and Deb Buschgens, their family journey overseas provided experiences that not only informed their daily lifestyle and strengthened the family bond, but forever shaped their children Mark and Michelle’s perspective on the world. Their adventure began in 1995 in Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia where Bob had accepted a position at an oil refinery.  “I was atRead More

Posted On May 3, 2019By seasideIn Top Stories

2019 Kids to Watch

Kayden Hayes, 13 Kayden Hayes is an amazing 13-year-old attending Bayside Middle school. While maintaining her academics at an honour roll level, Kayden has accomplished some things in competitive diving that she’s pretty proud of: making nationals three years in a row, getting to travel all around the world in tropical places, finishing in the top six at provincials several times and winning an international competition that she worked very hard for. Kayden humbly says: “There are not too many goals I have in my diving career; they’re mostly justRead More
by Janice Henshaw | photos by Andrew Bradley, Itty Bitty Sign Shop Living in a townhouse has many advantages. In a lovely town like Sidney, local residents can enjoy the energy from the downtown core as well as amazing ocean views – and not have to worry about mowing their lawn. How about a relaxing walk to a nearby restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a concert, a play, or the theatre? Grocery shopping is also convenient: you can buy fresh seafood, veggies and bakery treatsRead More

Posted On April 3, 2019By seasideIn Top Stories

Haida Gwaii: A Sea Voyage

by Debra Lewis – Local retired naval officer, Doug Mitchell, decided to journey to Haida Gwaii in his 45-foot boat for several reasons. He had not yet seen the central and north coasts of British Columbia, and he had a yearning to take his 65-year-old decommissioned BC Forest Service patrol vessel further afield. Mostly, though, he was “fascinated by Haida Gwaii, a unique area which has been inhabited by the Haida people for over 12,000 years.” Doug and his friend, John Gourlay, made the 2,300-nautical-mile round trip to Haida Gwaii viaRead More
by Jo Barnes – Many years ago, living on the Saanich Peninsula required people to draw their sustenance directly from the land upon which they lived. While most of us today rely on grocery stores, markets, or at best tend to backyard gardens, there are still those in our community for whom living off the land is a way of life. A critical part of farming is getting the product to market, and one local farming enterprise is not only working hard to bring fresh locally raised product to itsRead More