by Paula Kully –


Building Bridges Through Art
The Town of Sidney’s Council Chambers has a new addition. A beautiful Coast Salish cedar carving by local Tsartlip artist Chazz Elliott was recently installed. The carving is circular and depicts elements that are relative to the area and the W̱SÁNEĆ people. The Artist explained that “the shape of a circle symbolizes bringing things (and people) together and a spindle whorl creates something larger out of something smaller.”

Keeping “The Keeper”
The large stone sculpture called “The Keeper,” which stands along the shore of the Salish Sea in Ocean Spray Park, has been purchased by the Town of Sidney as part of ArtSea’s Sculpture Walk revitalization initiative. ArtSea is looking for buyers or sponsors to keep the other sculptures along the sculpture walk as many of them are only on loan.

Making Old News, New
The Sidney Museum and Archives is currently undertaking a digitization project of momentous proportions! They are digitizing 46 rolls of microfilm contain approximately 38,000 pages of newspaper archives from the Peninsula News Review (and its other former iterations), spanning nine decades from 1912 to 2002. If you want to be a part of this incredible project, the Museum is seeking sponsors to raise $10,000 for the matching funds required by the granting agency.


Pop-Ups Are Not Just for Clothes
Truffles Catering of Brentwood Bay has partnered with 2% Jazz Coffee to open a pop-up coffee shop called Sequoia Coastal Coffee built of shipping containers. The pop up will open this summer for three years while the Royal Bay Commons village is being built.

More Than Just a Taste of Italy
Porto Osteria restaurant in Canoe Cove Marina recently underwent renovations that include the addition of an island to teach pasta making, velvet curtains that make the dining area more intimate and air-conditioning. Porto Osteria also hosts an evening of opera once a month as well as a cultural night. Details are on their website:

On the Water
Sea Glass Waterfront Grill has partnered with Miles Arsenault of Bay to Bay Charters to offer first-class meals and boat tours. They will be offering breakfast, lunch and dinner tours or, they will pack a picnic for you to enjoy on your adventure!


A Great Run
Chef on the Run is celebrating 23 years in business this spring in Sidney. They provide balanced, nutritious and delicious meals to go but they also deliver for a fee. There are seven different meals to choose from each week for just $10 each.

Say It Isn’t So!
The iconic Deep Cover Market on West Saanich Road is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The Market has been a mainstay in the community providing a truly fresh, farm to table approach. However, Rosemary Scott, owner of Deep Cove Market, has recently announced she is selling to travel and spend more time with family.

A Dedicated Employee!
Brown’s the Florist congratulated long-time staff member, Kathy Blaine, on 42 years with the company! Kathy started working for what was then Holloway’s Florist in 1978 when she was in her early teens. She began as a driver, a year later became a designer and eventually a manager. Kathy’s favourite flower is the cymbidium orchid.

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