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Ode to John Hellum.

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Art, Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, General | 0 comments

Ode to John Hellum.

John Hellum was larger than life in every possible way, physically, mentally and gastronomically. Unfortunately for us John has died and has left us poor mortals for that ultimate kitchen in the sky. The patrons there will soon learn to recognise and love the man in the hat just as we did. Fortunately as long as there is one person here that knew him, John will live on. His swagger,  his story telling ability, his incredible knowledge base on all things, his kind and gentle heart and his rapier like wit will never leave us. Fortunately we can also still experience the essence of John...

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Tax Free Savings Accounts

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Finance, General | 0 comments

Tax Free Savings Accounts

Let’s talk about Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSA). The government does not give you many chances to save on taxes, this is definitely one you should be taking advantage of. You have been allowed to contribute to a tax free savings account since 2009, with varying maximum annual contribution limits. You do not have to contribute annually, or even the maximum annually, and all limits can be carried forward to future years indefinitely. TFSA contributions can be made all year, not to be confused with RRSP contributions which have to be made by the 60th day of the year to qualify for the...

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Glen Eden Organic Farm

Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, General | 0 comments

Glen Eden Organic Farm

  Certified Delicious!  Originally from London, UK Howard and Sally Green met in Toronto where they were both working in an advertising agency. Interestingly they discovered that they shared a common interest for gardening. They left Toronto, turning their caps towards the West Coast in search of a quieter life. Soon their gardening interest took over and retirement plans of sunbathing, traveling or resting on their laurels quickly turned into a farming frenzy. The 8 ½ acre property located on Cowichan Lake Rd, was acquired in 2002 and a great amount of work and effort as well as extensive...

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Artisans of Gabriola

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 1 comment

Artisans of Gabriola

In the clearest, broadest sense, Arts Gabriola “A creative, engaged, and inclusive community sustaining Gabriola’s vibrant island culture, oversees the importance of arts in community and individual development—both social and economic”.  When I was scanning the scape looking for gifts for buyers and sellers of real estate properties here on Gabriola, I discovered right before my very eyes, Allana Thorne, creator of The Thorne Crate Co.  Established in 2012 as a start-up she focuses on quality Gabriola-made juicy items stuffed into nifty baskets, all wrapped up spiffy so you can see...

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 Fresh from the Cowichan Valley!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, Gardening, General | 0 comments

 Fresh from the Cowichan Valley!

The 8 ½ Acres Farm is located just North of the Highway 18, this family farm has it all. Mike Shelten and Talyn Martin grow various seasonal fruits and vegetables all year long. Among their usual products you may find garlic scapes, greens and beans, berries, herbs and many more! Although farming isn’t an easy job and working in this line of business means constantly facing new and unpredictable challenges, adapting to fluctuating weather conditions, and working long hours, these charming farmers enjoy the lifestyle farming offers. The fact that they are able to spend their days...

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Lawn to Food

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Business, Featured Slider Posts, Food, Gardening, General, Health & Wellness, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Lawn to Food

It’s a very unsuspecting location to find Lynda Smith’s business. In the middle of a Comox neighborhood where homes sit on lots not much larger than a quarter acre, an active vegetable farm is in production year-round. Lynda, founder and operator of Lawn to Food, is immersed in a small business that not only brings fresh, organic and plentiful food to her family’s table, but allows her to educate and coach others to do the same all while sharing the fruits of her labour for others to enjoy. “We had always gown food but I was always the one doing it and the one preparing it and I...

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Too Far From The City

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles, Real Estate | 0 comments

Too Far From The City

Did I hear you utter under your breath, “Too far removed from the city for me.” I know you’d be gobsmacked with our “Gabriola emergency services infrastructure”.  And, this is what I’m going to call it because moving here without much thought to what would happen if:  I locked myself out of my house, out of my car, the campfire got out of control, found my neighbour running down my driveway with his hand slit open from his band saw, hadn’t heard from my elderly neighbour for weeks, witnessed through the autumn mist a crush of Highland cattle herding themselves down Burnside...

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A New On-Line Shopping Page.

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Animal Health, Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 1 comment

A New On-Line Shopping Page.

On-line marketing has become an ever increasing presence an the market place and Island Woman magazine has created a platform to assist smaller companies on the island to easily access and share in its potential. Trish Summerhayes, the owner of Island Woman, said “It’s very important to me to do all that I can to encourage small business’ on the island, especially those of island women. I was a small business owner for many years and I know that it can be very difficult to start up and run a business, especially for women. It is so draining trying to obtain start-up money...

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Planning For The Unexpected

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Finance, General | 0 comments

Planning For The Unexpected

You’ve worked hard to make your business a success. There may have been times when you gambled on a business strategy and won – but, for the most part, you stuck to the meticulous business plan that has been your blueprint for growth and achievement. Now, it’s time for a new plan. What would happen to your business if you were taken away from it, even temporarily? Would it survive? If you’re like most small business owners, the odds are that your years of careful nurturing and building could come tumbling down without your energetic hands on the reins – because you are your...

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Bullying And Harassment

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

Bullying And Harassment

Managing employee conduct issues is one of the most difficult tasks that managers face. When those issues fall under WorkSafeBC legislation about Bullying and Harassment, the responsibilities on supervisors, managers and business owners is great. Being educated on this relatively new legislation will not only reduce the likelihood you will have to deal with a Bullying and Harassment complaint; it will also enable you to respond to an allegation in the best way possible so that you can mitigate the damage. WorkSafeBC legislation regarding workplace bullying applies to all organizations in BC,...

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Holidays In The Workplace

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Holidays In The Workplace

Tis the season for celebrations … What better way to thank your employees for their contribution to your business over the past year? Well-planned festivities can be a great way to not only recognize your staff for a job well done, but also to boost morale, encourage collaboration and increase team building. Unfortunately, even the best intentioned employers can open themselves up to liability issues if they don’t consider the impact that an office party can have when things go awry. It has become common for employers to cut back on their seasonal parties, not because they don’t want to...

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Local Sourcing Brings Rewards

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Business, Food | 0 comments

Local Sourcing Brings Rewards

Scott DiGuistini and Merissa Myles set out on a five year business plan to bring wholesome, high quality food to the community while doing their part in land stewardship in support of local agriculture farming. Yet, in less than three years, the Comox Valley couple surpassed their goals and have taken their business, Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt, to a whole new level. Production has grown beyond the ‘mom and pop’ shop initially set on their Old Island Highway site to become a yogurt supplier for top restaurants, to 125 independent and franchise grocers on Vancouver Island, now with the...

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Minding Your Manners At Work

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Business | 2 comments

Minding Your Manners At Work

If you find yourself thinking that things at work are too casual these days, you may be right – but you may also be showing your age. On the other hand, Millennials could learn a thing or two from their senior co-workers in how to conduct themselves in the work world. Business etiquette – whether at the company picnic or in the office – is something that everyone should abide by to ensure that professionalism is maintained at any occasion that involves your colleagues and supervisors. Most companies have policies and procedures to deal with the big ticket items such as Conflict of...

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Little Boxes

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Business, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Little Boxes

The world puts things into little boxes. Little boxes with labels; sorted by usefulness or normalcy so that it’s easy to understand what is going around us. These boxes compartmentalize the world into digestible packages; framing what we know, who we are and how we interact with the world. Boxes, categories, classes, they all mean one thing; a limitation on our potential, our self and our connection to the world around us. In my life, growing up on Vancouver Island, going to school in Burnaby and returning as a small business owner to Central Vancouver Island, I have never had much success...

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Hiring a Great Employee

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Hiring a Great Employee

So you are ready to hire an employee … simple, right? Put together an ad and choose from the resumes that come in – what could be simpler? Think again. If you have your own business or are in charge of hiring for an organization, the steps you take to hire a great employee will determine the success of your business going forward. Make sure that you have a job description so that you know exactly the type of person you want to hire and the specific skills that are required for the position. This can take some thinking but it will be well worth it in determining your candidate’s...

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Alison Strom’s Yoga Bliss

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Business, Health & Wellness | 2 comments

Alison Strom’s Yoga Bliss

If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time. (The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell, author and scholar of mythology and comparative religion)   I am sinking down into the mat, all muscle has let go and my bones are heavy on the earth; my breathing has slowed. This is peace; this is rest: my body has stopped, and I have separated...

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