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Town Talk: Magazine publisher puts on a new face

Canada Wide Media president Samantha Legge put a new face on the magazine publishing firm by launching Evalina Beauty cosmetics with part proceeds going to Crabtree Corner and other women-and-children charities.

FACE FORWARD: The digital era has obliged many ink-and-paper publishers to put on new faces. That’s literally so for Canada Wide Media president Samantha Legge. With company founder Peter Legge sunning his mug in Palm Springs, daughter Samantha recently launched Evalina Beauty. Not a traditional magazine like CWM’s B.C. Business, Western Living and suchlike, Evalina is a collection of creams, glosses, eyeliners and other cosmetics that is only marketed online. Facial products ready for introduction are named Flutter, Glaze and Liquid Love, which sounds as though it might be applied elsewhere. Partial proceeds currently go to the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre that feeds, houses and otherwise supports needy women and children, Legge said.

 Pictured at the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre, Diane Forsythe Abbott was honoured for long supporting that DTES facility.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Crabtree Corner was an unexpected stop for Diane Forsythe Abbott in December, 1995. Having accidentally locked the keys in her car, she entered the DTES facility to phone for help and promptly learned what it and its clients needed. Leaving, she said: “I’ll be back with help and supplies.” She wasn’t kidding. Recruiting friends and their friends, Forsythe Abbott launched an annual luncheon, usually at Hy’s Encore, that had raised well over $2 million by 2018, plus $1 million that Jane McLennan added to the pot. The luncheons ended this week with a private tribute to Forsythe Abbott and further donations to Crabtree Corner on her behalf. With failing eyesight, she doesn’t drive today. Still, anyone can see that her “help and supplies” promise was kept.

 B.C. Business magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Geoff Chutter has developed global waterparks that make humans as happy as basking harbour seals.

WETTER IS BETTER: B.C. Business magazine recently named Whitewater West Industries founder-head Geoff Chutter its Entrepreneur of the Year. That was for literally cleaning up in the global waterpark park business. Not in politics, though, as Chutter lost two bids to be Vancouver Quadra’s Conservative MP. Much as at waterparks, his campaigns illustrated that even those going with the flow have to make a splash or end up high and dry.

 Mission Hill president Darryl Brooker and Science World’s Janet Wood fronted the Science of Wine benefit for Science World’s On The Road program.

WINE-SCI: Science World was packed to its geodesic gills recently for Uncorked: A Celebration of the Science of Wine. Its short seminars on vineyard and winery practices showed attendees how science turns grapes into what gets imbibers glowing without becoming blind. The event’s participating wineries — CedarCreek, Checkmate, Martin’s Lane, Mission Hill and Road 13 — rely on such science. But attendees would likely settle for revamping Euler’s Polyhedra Formula, V-E+F=2, to mean Vines minus Extremities (grapes) plus Fermentation equals Two having a good time. Scanning attendees, Science World president-CEO Janet Wood said their $89 tickets will help fund the False Creek waterfront facility’s On The Road program that takes scientific gee-whizery to 40,000 students in and beyond the wine-producing Okanagan Valley.

 Having co-founded Haida Gwaii Glamping Co., forestry family member Alana Husby met eagle Helen at the nearby Penthea sanctuary and rescue centre.

SHOW AND TLELL: Previous reports had Alana Husby extracting, milling and marketing hardwoods that had spent almost a century underwater in the Panama Canal’s Lake Gatun. Now, the model-like, tough-as-ironwood daughter of Husby Forest Products founder Dave Husby has returned to where rainfall can match Panama’s and where unsubmerged timber supports the family firm’s diversified activities. With sister Nicole, she’s developed beachfront Haida Gwaii Glamping Co. in Graham Island’s Tlell region. Their tent-topped rooms will remind African-safari veterans of the Maasai Mara, but with eagles rather than hornbills flying by.

 Ron Rule welcomed Chilean fellow landscape architect Teresa Moller who explained her naturalistic “unveiling” style at a UBC garden-design lecture.

MANY PATHS: City landscape architects Jane Durante, Daniel Roehr and Ron Rule invited famed colleague Teresa Moller to fly from riot-plagued Chile and demonstrate the serene style she calls “unveiling.” She delivered a UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture garden-design lecture that the trio arranged. Moller’s work includes a north-of-Santiago oceanside footpath so subtly configured that her role and nature’s are hard to tell apart.

 At a reception for Teresa Moller at Robert and Marie Khouri’s home, math-software whiz Robert demonstrated how to calculate the mathematical symbol pi.

Landscapers, clients and academics attended a reception honouring Moller in Robert and Marie Khouri’s home. Marie sculpted four fountains that stand beside the Hôtel de Crillon on Paris’s Champs Elysee. Robert designed a system for international brokers to trade options on the Société Bourse Française. The ticked-off stock exchange finally paid “eight figures” for it. Eyeing the reception’s dessert table, math-whiz Robert said that by rearranging very narrow pie slices nose-to-crust to form a rectangle, the mathematical symbol pi can be closely estimated. Modern supercomputers have calculated pi’s still-unresolved radius-to-area ratio to 10 trillion digits, which is the mathematical equivalent of a Moller footpath around all the world’s continents and then some.

SETTING IT STRAIGHT: The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s Treasured Belongings exhibition will run to Nov. 27, 2020.

 When currently expat filmmaker Richard Bell screens his Brotherhood feature here, possibly in January, real brother Ian will doubtless be in the audience.

COMING ATTRACTION: Expat Vancouver moviemaker Richard Bell, who wrote and directed the feature film Eighteen here, will premiere his latest, Brotherhood, at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Cineplex theatre Dec. 6. It’s based on a 1926 storm that drowned 11 male teenagers attempting to cross Balsam Lake, Ont. in a 30-foot canoe. The summer-campers’ fathers had all perished in the 1914-1918 Great War. Bell expects a Vancouver screening in January.

DOWN PARRYSCOPE: Vlad Dracula’s advice to Washington: “Why impeach when you could impale?”

malcolmparry@shaw.ca
604-929-8456

Town Talk: Magazine publisher puts on a new face

Canada Wide Media president Samantha Legge put a new face on the magazine publishing firm by launching Evalina Beauty cosmetics with part proceeds going to Crabtree Corner and other women-and-children charities.

FACE FORWARD: The digital era has obliged many ink-and-paper publishers to put on new faces. That’s literally so for Canada Wide Media president Samantha Legge. With company founder Peter Legge sunning his mug in Palm Springs, daughter Samantha recently launched Evalina Beauty. Not a traditional magazine like CWM’s B.C. Business, Western Living and suchlike, Evalina is a collection of creams, glosses, eyeliners and other cosmetics that is only marketed online. Facial products ready for introduction are named Flutter, Glaze and Liquid Love, which sounds as though it might be applied elsewhere. Partial proceeds currently go to the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre that feeds, houses and otherwise supports needy women and children, Legge said.

 Pictured at the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre, Diane Forsythe Abbott was honoured for long supporting that DTES facility.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Crabtree Corner was an unexpected stop for Diane Forsythe Abbott in December, 1995. Having accidentally locked the keys in her car, she entered the DTES facility to phone for help and promptly learned what it and its clients needed. Leaving, she said: “I’ll be back with help and supplies.” She wasn’t kidding. Recruiting friends and their friends, Forsythe Abbott launched an annual luncheon, usually at Hy’s Encore, that had raised well over $2 million by 2018, plus $1 million that Jane McLennan added to the pot. The luncheons ended this week with a private tribute to Forsythe Abbott and further donations to Crabtree Corner on her behalf. With failing eyesight, she doesn’t drive today. Still, anyone can see that her “help and supplies” promise was kept.

 B.C. Business magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Geoff Chutter has developed global waterparks that make humans as happy as basking harbour seals.

WETTER IS BETTER: B.C. Business magazine recently named Whitewater West Industries founder-head Geoff Chutter its Entrepreneur of the Year. That was for literally cleaning up in the global waterpark park business. Not in politics, though, as Chutter lost two bids to be Vancouver Quadra’s Conservative MP. Much as at waterparks, his campaigns illustrated that even those going with the flow have to make a splash or end up high and dry.

 Mission Hill president Darryl Brooker and Science World’s Janet Wood fronted the Science of Wine benefit for Science World’s On The Road program.

WINE-SCI: Science World was packed to its geodesic gills recently for Uncorked: A Celebration of the Science of Wine. Its short seminars on vineyard and winery practices showed attendees how science turns grapes into what gets imbibers glowing without becoming blind. The event’s participating wineries — CedarCreek, Checkmate, Martin’s Lane, Mission Hill and Road 13 — rely on such science. But attendees would likely settle for revamping Euler’s Polyhedra Formula, V-E+F=2, to mean Vines minus Extremities (grapes) plus Fermentation equals Two having a good time. Scanning attendees, Science World president-CEO Janet Wood said their $89 tickets will help fund the False Creek waterfront facility’s On The Road program that takes scientific gee-whizery to 40,000 students in and beyond the wine-producing Okanagan Valley.

 Having co-founded Haida Gwaii Glamping Co., forestry family member Alana Husby met eagle Helen at the nearby Penthea sanctuary and rescue centre.

SHOW AND TLELL: Previous reports had Alana Husby extracting, milling and marketing hardwoods that had spent almost a century underwater in the Panama Canal’s Lake Gatun. Now, the model-like, tough-as-ironwood daughter of Husby Forest Products founder Dave Husby has returned to where rainfall can match Panama’s and where unsubmerged timber supports the family firm’s diversified activities. With sister Nicole, she’s developed beachfront Haida Gwaii Glamping Co. in Graham Island’s Tlell region. Their tent-topped rooms will remind African-safari veterans of the Maasai Mara, but with eagles rather than hornbills flying by.

 Ron Rule welcomed Chilean fellow landscape architect Teresa Moller who explained her naturalistic “unveiling” style at a UBC garden-design lecture.

MANY PATHS: City landscape architects Jane Durante, Daniel Roehr and Ron Rule invited famed colleague Teresa Moller to fly from riot-plagued Chile and demonstrate the serene style she calls “unveiling.” She delivered a UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture garden-design lecture that the trio arranged. Moller’s work includes a north-of-Santiago oceanside footpath so subtly configured that her role and nature’s are hard to tell apart.

 At a reception for Teresa Moller at Robert and Marie Khouri’s home, math-software whiz Robert demonstrated how to calculate the mathematical symbol pi.

Landscapers, clients and academics attended a reception honouring Moller in Robert and Marie Khouri’s home. Marie sculpted four fountains that stand beside the Hôtel de Crillon on Paris’s Champs Elysee. Robert designed a system for international brokers to trade options on the Société Bourse Française. The ticked-off stock exchange finally paid “eight figures” for it. Eyeing the reception’s dessert table, math-whiz Robert said that by rearranging very narrow pie slices nose-to-crust to form a rectangle, the mathematical symbol pi can be closely estimated. Modern supercomputers have calculated pi’s still-unresolved radius-to-area ratio to 10 trillion digits, which is the mathematical equivalent of a Moller footpath around all the world’s continents and then some.

SETTING IT STRAIGHT: The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s Treasured Belongings exhibition will run to Nov. 27, 2020.

 When currently expat filmmaker Richard Bell screens his Brotherhood feature here, possibly in January, real brother Ian will doubtless be in the audience.

COMING ATTRACTION: Expat Vancouver moviemaker Richard Bell, who wrote and directed the feature film Eighteen here, will premiere his latest, Brotherhood, at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Cineplex theatre Dec. 6. It’s based on a 1926 storm that drowned 11 male teenagers attempting to cross Balsam Lake, Ont. in a 30-foot canoe. The summer-campers’ fathers had all perished in the 1914-1918 Great War. Bell expects a Vancouver screening in January.

DOWN PARRYSCOPE: Vlad Dracula’s advice to Washington: “Why impeach when you could impale?”

malcolmparry@shaw.ca
604-929-8456

Brian Minter: Vancouver Island grower’s new roses have old-fashioned charm

'Kensington Gardens' rose from Eurosa Farms.

A few weeks ago, while buying plants and flowers early one morning at United Flower Growers in Burnaby, some truly unique cut roses caught my eye.

Their form was reminiscent of old-fashioned garden roses and similar in appearance to the Danish Renaissance and David Austin English roses but, alas, without the perfume. That really didn’t matter because they were so beautiful.  It turned out that they are a new variety of roses being grown by Eurosa Farms on Vancouver Island.

 ‘Mystic Gardens’

To learn more, I spoke with Ryan Worsfold, son-in-law of Hans and Debbie Bulk, the founders of Eurosa Farms. Worsfold said they’d had their eye on these roses for five or six years after first spotting them growing in California.  However, because of their poor growth habit and low production, these novelty garden roses did not seem like a viable crop for the cut rose market.

On a European trip, the Eurosa folks noticed them again at Vip Roses in Holland.  Their breeders had been working for over 10 years on these varieties, and they were having significant commercial success.

In past years, much of the breeding stock would have been discarded as being a little far out of the ordinary, but they persevered because there was something truly special about each of these garden roses, and their uniqueness captured the public’s fascination. These roses still offer little or no fragrance, but it’s early days in the breeding process, and there will be many more varieties to come.

 ‘Regents Park’  ‘Yuldz’

Vase life is another consideration. Eurosa is using new floral preservatives to enhance the vase life, which currently stands at five or six days.  Some of the flower heads are quite large in relation to the stem size, and shorter stems are better for getting consistent water to the flowers, as well as holding up the heads. They are close to the qualities of traditional rose varieties, and as the breeding work continues, the life span will improve.  I tested their performance by putting a dozen in a glass vase, and they were perfect for six days with no cooling or special attention.

So far, the colour range is really quite good.  From peach, light pink and lavender to white, fuchsia, coral and soft yellow, there is already a very good selection, and a new red is on the way, hopefully for 2020.  The most popular colour is a unique grey called ‘Westminster Abbey’.  It has generated quite a following, but unfortunately, it produces only about half the cut flowers of the other varieties.

 ‘Westminster Abbey’

Worsfold’s favourites are a beautiful coral called ‘Kensington Gardens’, as well as ‘Westminster Abbey’.  He also loves the remarkable ‘Tinkerbell’, with its soft, creamy pink blooms that have a grassy green centre.  Part of the charm of these roses is their unique green centres.  In Europe, they are called “green islands.”

 ‘Kensington Gardens’

Worsfold explained why these roses are a little more expensive than other cut roses.

“It’s simply because of the cost of production.  These roses are about 30 per cent less productive than other roses grown for the cut market.  We have a young crop.  We’ve grown them only three or four months. We haven’t yet gone through a full year. So, we’ll see.  As the roses mature, we are noticing good signs of improved production and quality.”

 ‘Buttercup’

The team at Eurosa is proud of bringing these fabulous new roses to the cut flower market, and they are delighted that the demand for them is growing quickly. Worsfold is quite confident that once folks experience these roses, they will fall in love with them.

“We’re getting lots of emails asking to know where they can be purchased,” he said.

I asked Worsfold if the Millennial generation are the ones most interested in them and to my surprise he said yes, but he also assured me that all demographics are excited about them.  People seem to love that old garden look.

 ‘Tinkerbell’

They are definitely a cut rose that needs to be grown locally because they really don’t ship well.  Many people, particularly those on Vancouver Island, are really supporting these locally grown roses, and that’s nice to know.

I always admire the men and women who introduce new products to our local market, and I’m a huge fan of these new introductions.  Eurosa is learning how to grow them under the varying weather conditions we experience year-round, and they are doing a great job.

I really recommend tracking the Eurosa roses down.  In a bouquet, they are absolutely stunning.  You can’t help but stare at them — they are that exceptional.

 ‘Lady Lyndsay’

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