Top Stories Category

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

Posted On September 25, 2014By seasideIn Top Stories

Can We Talk: Julie & Ken Coward

You launched your business in 1997. With the role of an advertising agency dramatically changing over the years, what do we really need from this type of business? Help in planning, researching, creating, producing, picking media … all of these, or none of these? The change is remarkable. The role of advertising agencies has evolved with innovations in technology. This has caused the expectations of consumers to change, too. We now know that consumers want a relationship with a brand. It’s no longer a single, “broadcast” style method of communication.Read More

Posted On September 25, 2014By seasideIn Home & Garden, Top Stories

Seaside Homes: Industrial Evolution

  – by Deborah Rogers | Photography by – Nature’s Retreat has a Built Green Platinum house certification (third-party awarded) for being energy efficient and environmentally responsible. From the very beginning of the design process it was important to its owners that they made the building process low-impact, and the house as energy efficient as possible to run. Having seen other houses designed by architect Keith Baker (, they were happy to put their ideas to him and thrilled with the design he came up with. As a complete changeRead More

Posted On August 29, 2014By seasideIn Top Stories

Seaside Snapshots

  “Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode – from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage – the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected”- unknown author. Like virtue, photography is its own reward, triggering memories of life’s greatestRead More