Top Stories Category

  – Story by Hans Tammamagi, Photography by – Occasionally, when you walk into a house for the first time, you feel comfortable, very much at home and just want to lay back and relax. That’s the ambiance as you enter the home of Karen McCoy and Neil Munro on Curteis Point in the quiet, secluded northeast corner of the Saanich Peninsula.  The house is elegant and well-appointed, but it’s also welcoming, and casual. Approaching the house along a pathway flanked by a tall star magnolia tree on one side andRead More
– by Carole Pearson – The community of Brentwood Bay was originally known as Sluggetts (or Sluggett’s). In 1875, John Sluggett arrived on the Saanich Peninsula from Ontario and purchased 1000 acres of land, reaching from Benvenuto Avenue to Clarke Road, and from the water to East Saanich Road. In August 1892, a post office was opened in the Sluggett home to serve the small number of local residents. When letters and parcels were mailed, they’d be addressed to the ‘Sluggett P.O.’ and the area became informally known as Sluggetts.Read More
  A highlight on Vancouver Island’s cultural calendar takes place at the Mary Winspear Centre in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea from Friday, October 17th through Sunday, October 19th, and promises to continue a tradition of showcasing excellence. The Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS), now in its 12th year, is one of the largest and most anticipated juried art shows in British Columbia. Produced by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), it showcases the best of the region’s most recent fine art, while providing a significant economic boost to theRead More
Barb, how long have you been at Saanich Peninsula Hospital? I have worked at SPH, in a variety of roles, for 17 years. I am proud to live and work in this wonderful community. Have you seen a lot of changes in how things are done in the OR? In recent years there have been many changes in the OR. Advancements with instrumentation and improvements in surgical procedure have meant shorter stays in hospital for patients. In many cases patients have surgery and go home the same day, where inRead More
Small Business
– by Ian Chisholm – When I moved here 10 years ago, the first thing I noticed was the high number of what author Bo Burlingham calls “Small Giants” ( – businesses that choose to be great instead of big. Behind each of the stories in this issue is the question of why anyone chooses to own and operate a small business? It’s daunting: the investment, the sacrifice, the hours, the effort, the risk and the responsibility. Here are a few of the reasons I work the way I do andRead More