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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know” Published by Okanagan Matters Publications

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Nickle Plate Nordic Centre ~ Open Nov 11th Apex Mountain Resort ~ To Open Dec 2nd

Volume 14 : Issue 3 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

November 2017

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Quick Facts: 2500 copies are printed monthly from September 2017 through April 2018. Distribution covers Osoyoos to West Kelowna and around Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com.

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Welcome to the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Winter Office Hours 9-3 Daily www.nickelplatenordic.org

56 kms of Groomed & Track Set Ski Trails / 25 kms of Marked Snowshoe Trails Day Lodge & Kitchen Facilities / Heated Washrooms / Change Rooms & Showers Ski & Snowshoe Rentals & Lessons Available

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre OPENING DAY Saturday, November 11th

The winter season has arrived at Nickel Plate! The Nordic Centre will be opening for the season on Saturday, November 11th. The grooming crew has been busy in preparation for the season. With cooler temperatures in the week leading into opening, early season conditions are very good. And, it is looking like it will be another great year on the snow! We have seen a growth in club membership, already higher than last season at 563 members and counting! Photos below were taken on Saturday, November 4th, when our base was measured at 38 cm. See you on the trails soon!

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On The Road To The Olympics

By Andi Naude After a fantastic training camp in the Swiss Alps, I have returned home to a very welcome surprise… a blanket of snow on our mountains! With merely one month to go until opening day at Apex, I am sure that you are all just as excited as I am to get back out on the slopes! Since my last update, my teammates and I have concluded our final Apex’s Andi Naude, significant on-snow training block Ranked 4th in the World prior to the 2017/2018 competitive For Women’s Mogul Skiing season. We spent three weeks in the beautiful Swiss Alps, in a village called Zermatt. I am sure I have mentioned this before, but Zermatt is one of my most favourite places to visit in the entire world. Everything about it is simply stunning, nestled at the base of the world-renowned Matterhorn. If you have yet to visit this magical place, I definitely recommend it, trust me, you will not be disappointed! My main goal for the training camp in Zermatt was to come home feeling confident in my skiing and my ability to perform solid top-to-bottom runs. Up until Zermatt camp, my teammates and I generally focus on the little pieces that make up a topto-bottom run. For example, in May we focus mainly on skiing technique, and in July we focus mainly on acrobatic jumping. In Zermatt, however, we are able to put all the little pieces together, as we have the luxury of skiing a full mogul course. We train our top-to-bottom runs, and even perform competition simulation, which helps us rehearse performance on demand. Overall, I could not be happier with where I am at, heading into the fast approaching competition season! Now we have some time at home to rest, as well as dial in our strength and conditioning, prior to flying to Vancouver for fitness testing in early November. After that, it is game time as my teammates and I fly to Ruka, Finland for the World Cup Opener on December 9th! Time is flying, and before I know it, I will be back in the start gate, proudly representing Apex, the Okanagan, and our country. I want to thank you all again for the love and support. Without you, this journey would not be possible! Until next time!

Nickel Plate Season Opener Race Notice: Saturday, December 2nd ~ Starting at 10 am

Day of Race Registration Only - 8:30 - 9:30 am $10 kids / $15 youth / $20 adults Mass Start-Classic and Skate Technique Categories Kids 2km (up to 9 yrs) Youth 5km (10-15 yrs) Adult 10km (16+) This race is a fundraiser for the Nickel Plate Junior Racers. Andi Naude (left) & teammate Alex-Anne Gagnon (right) hiking in Zermatt, Switzerland. There will be food, prizes, and a fun day for families.


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The Inside Track ... On Snowmaking At Apex

Snowmaking is the production of artificial snow in the form of granular ice particles for use on ski slopes. Snowmaking is a relatively new technology and is constantly changing to An Apex snow gun helping Mother Nature. keep pace with the growing ski industry and our ever-changing and consistently warming climate. Unfortunately, snowmaking is an inherently inefficient process and very expensive. Snowmaking plants require very large and expensive water pumps and air compressors that use massive amounts of electricity or diesel fuel. For these reasons, manufacturers of snowmaking equipment are developing more efficient ways to make snow. By doing this, ski areas use less energy and get more production for the same or sometimes less money. Snowmaking has become more technical over the years as well. Turning to computers to automatically control equipment, based on the weather can decrease wasted energy and improve production. Snowmaking efficiency is becoming exceedingly important to the success of the ski industry year after year. This is due mainly to the changes in the climate and the growing popularity of skiing and snowboarding. Many ski areas depend on snowmaking to produce the quantity of the snow they require to make it through a season. Snowmaking efforts first began back in the early sixties and for Apex they first started in 1990. By 1994, Apex Mountain Resort hooked up to the water resource of Nickel Plate Lake. Apex Mountain Resort has invested time and money over the years into their Snowmaking Program. These efforts have consistently allowed the resort to open earlier to the public, along with being able to host early season training for many alpine and freestyle teams. The resort’s terrain parks are also open earlier, due to snowmaking. Currently, Apex has 11 snow guns, with each gun having the ability to make a pile of snow 125 feet long by 8 feet tall by 15 feet deep, under ideal conditions in a 12 hour period. Apex is the only resort in the valley capable of making snow top to bottom. Snowmaking now covers a dozen runs and 2000 vertical feet. They actually store water and not consume it, meaning snow melts in the spring and enters the water grid. As temperatures allow, they usually start around November 1st and try to be finished by December 24th. It is possible to start the snow guns at -2 degrees Celsius, but rather more effective to start at -5 degrees Celsius, with a humidity of 95% or lower. During optimal conditions, Apex snowmaking will run 24 hours a day. These snowmaking efforts have really paid off, as Apex now attracts International training teams year after year. Because of their consistent dedication to snowmaking and thus catering to these athletes’ needs, the resort has also been able to host many higher level competitions, such as NorAm Downhill and Super G Races and World Cup Freestyle Competitions. Apex is the official training venue for the Canadian Olympic Mogul Team and will host many other international teams this winter.

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Pre-season & Your Physiotherapist

By Denise Mend, PT Snow is showing up in the hills! I for one can’t wait until I can get out there. If it isn’t summer, I want the ski hill to be open! Who remembers that familiar burn of the first runs of the season?!? I have added throwing a few weights around to my training regime and feel ready to go. What sports have you been doing over the summer? Do they cross over to winter sports? How is your strength going into a different season? How is your balance? These are all important questions to ask as you transition to snow and if you can’t answer those questions, your physiotherapist may be able to help you. Pre-screens and functional testing can give a skier (nordic or downhill) some objective information about strength and conditioning and increase confidence before starting the season or give some specific things to work on. Have you had some nagging injuries or recurring issues when starting up winter sports? Again, your physiotherapist can assess your strength and function and prescribe some desensitizing activities and strengthening specific to your particular issue and preferred sport. Which strength patterns do we need to ski with confidence? 1. Squatting ability 2. Lateral hopping ability 3. Trunk strength ... to name a few! This photo is a great example of an efficient leg strengthener: one legged box squats while wearing a weighted vest. Most athletes want to be efficient when planning a strengthening routine. I know I would rather be playing on the mountain than working out in the gym, but a few key exercises can make all the difference. Check in with your physiotherapist or one in our group if you don’t have a regular one and spend the next six weeks building some strength before heading down The Chute or one of my favourites, Dirty Harry. Happy skiing everyone! Denise Mend, PT has been an associate at Dale Charles Physiotherapy (250-493-7343) & Sports Clinic Physiotherapy (250-487-1455) for the past twenty-ish years and gets above the clouds every chance she can in the winter.

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Our properties are already booked for most weekends, the holidays, and pre-season ski teams. We need more properties! Please contact Michelle to book a viewing and see if your property will fit into our inventory! Call 250-292-8256. Stay at Apex is in business for two reasons: 1) To assist our property owners in generating income and preserving value in their family’s real estate asset. 2) To provide our guests with a friendly, positive experience at Apex Mountain Resort, so they come back again and again.

By working with us at Stay at Apex you get the following! Personal service provided by the owners of Stay at Apex that are long standing members of the local community. An ownership team that cares about your asset and will take an interest in what you are looking for from your property. Access to a growing database of repeat guests that have been booking through Stay at Apex for 12+ years, which has created solid repeat business for our owners. Established long-term relationships with the major wholesalers for BC Ski Vacations. A fair contract and lots of extra value. Effective marketing that includes International exposure and strong relationships with Wholesale Vacation Companies, Local Travel Agencies and Internet Marketing Travel Companies. Friendly and professional staff to handle all bookings, reservations and check-ins, as well as 24 hours assistance to all our owners and clients during the ski season. You and your family can still enjoy your property and we will rent it out during nights that it is available. Less wear and tear, as opposed to long term rentals. Housekeeping and hot tub maintenance are all provide by our company. A strong relationship with Event Organizers to be one of the recommended accommodation providers at Apex Mountain Resort.

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Concussion By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician An interest of mine of late is surrounding Concussions prevention, occurrence and treatment. They happen on the hill, from a fall, or from a motor vehicle accident. Let’s talk about how it happens, misconceptions, symptoms to watch for, and what to do if one occurs. How It Happens ~ There is a blow to the head. Or, a rotational force on the neck. Either situation can lead to a shaking of the brain. That’s where the name ‘concussion’ comes from - the Latin word concutere “to shake violently”. The detailed result at a cellular level is not known. Yet, we do know that there is a chemical change that can occur as a result of this sudden acceleration-deceleration injury. Who Is At Risk ~ Concussions are more common in children. They have a large head compared to the size of their body. Plus, let’s face it, kids fall more and when they do they are more likely to hit their head. After one concussion, a person has a higher risk of having another concussion. Misconceptions ~ You don’t have to lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion. The magnitude of symptoms does not mirror the severity of a head injury. You don’t have to hit your head to suffer a concussion - as rotational forces and acceleration/deceleration forces can occur without impact. Symptoms are not always apparent at first. It may take up to 24 hours for any indication that a concussion has occurred. Common Symptoms ~ Family members should be on the look out for confusion, memory loss, repeatedly asking the same questions, headache, dizziness, change in vision, sleepiness, ringing in the ears and nausea. A more in-depth list can be found at www.parachutecanada.org. This organization has developed awareness around concussions in sports across Canada. Baseline Testing ~ In my naturopathic medical practice, I recognize that everyone is an individual. Those suffering concussion symptoms are no different. No two concussions are the same. To track progress and enable an athlete to safely return to sport, I believe that baseline testing is essential to be able to objectively make the appropriate calls. Both physiotherapy clinics in Penticton offer baseline testing. Treatment ~ Be aware that a concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Early intervention is important. Refraining from sport immediately following a concussion hastens recovery time. Most mild concussions do resolve with proper rest. This rest includes refraining from sport, stress, school, TV and electronics. Manual therapy can help alleviate headaches and neck pain. Natural medicine has a spot here in reducing brain inflammation, providing brain supportive nutrients and addressing anxiety or pain symptoms. References: www.parachute.org Asken, B, Baruer, R, et al. “Playing Through It”: Delayed Reporting and Removal From Athletic Activity After Concussion Predicts Prolonged Recovery. Journal of Athletic Training, doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-51.5.02, published online May 2016.

Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma. She practices in Penticton. You can also find her on the hill, as part of the Volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.

Apex Freestyle Update

By Kenni Kuroda, Head Coach REGISTRATION IS OPEN: apexfreestyleclub.com New to the Apex Freestyle Club’s programs for 2018 is Big Mountain. This program will run for 10 consecutive weekends beginning January 13th through to March 17th. Skiers can sign up for 2 days a week or Saturdays only or Sundays only. The program is directed at advanced skiers aged 13 years and up with parents and adults welcome. The 10-week program will focus on safety and will begin with a mandatory Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST1) course January 12th (evening), January 13th and 14th. Those who already hold a current certificate for this course will not have to retake it. Fees for this, as well as other courses, are extra. The Apex Freestyle Club is bringing back the Development Program for 2018 and will combine it with Freestylerz. This program is geared for young skiers 12 and up who want to sharpen their freestyle skills whether it be moguls, slopestyle or big air in a non-competitive environment. The program will run 11 consecutive Saturdays beginning January 6th and run through to March 17th. Registration is open for all our programs. For more infromation on our programs and to register, please visit our website at www.apexfreestyleclub.com.


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A Ski Movie that will make you ... DROP EVERYTHING!

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Matchstick Productions is proud to introduce the funniest, most action-packed ski movie of 2017: DROP EVERYTHING. Following an artful, narrative-driven 2016 film release, the team at Matchstick took a decidedly more light-hearted approach that returns the focus to the featured athletes and world-class action. DROP EVERYTHING features the world’s preeminent freeskiers, along with quick-hitting comedy, stunning locations, a potent sound track, and stellar cinematography. Movie starts at 7pm on Thursday, November 9th at the Cleland Theatre in support of the Apex Freestyle Club. Get your tickets online at valleyfirsttix.com or at the SOEC Box Office. Thanks to our sponsors - BP Wood and the Lakeside Resort in Oliver, BC.


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6th Annual Event Continues to Raise Thousands to Assist in Getting Kids Outdoors! By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company The Youth Outdoor Recreation Society (YORS) was founded to help get more kids in our community outdoors and active by subsidizing programming that does just that. In Penticton, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by mountains, bluffs, lakes and rivers with endless opportunity for exploration and activity that leads to a healthy lifestyle and respect for ourselves, others and our environment. The two biggest barriers to opening up outdoor recreation opportunities to all the children in our community are: 1. Educating parents how they can access the outdoors with their kids; and 2) the cost of introducing programming into the schools and/or extracurricular activities. Both of these barriers are very possible to overcome, if we all work together to show our children the value we put into their/our connection to the outdoors, our culture and sustainability. On November 25th, there is a great opportunity to have some fun and raise some money for YORS in their strive to get more kids outside, active and connected to nature year round. Participants can register for the 5k or 10k walk/run or enter your little one in the 2k fun run! 100% of the proceeds go back to the school of your choice! Over the past 6 years, this event has raised thousands of dollars that has helped kids kayak, bike, hike, rock climb, snowshoe, and expand their adventure based learning opportunities in the community. We are proud of the ongoing success of the event and hope to see even more community members out this year! For more information on YORS and the benefits of getting kids active in the outdoors, please visit www.youthoutdoorrecreationsociety.ca. Please encourage your friends and family to come out to the Santa Rec Run, dress up and show off your best Christmas running gear, as we make our way down Lakeshore Drive and finish with hot chocolate and indoor climbing by donation at Hoodoo Adventure Company. See you there!


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Fitness, Is There An “App” For That?

By Rhonda Roth, Fitness Trainer and Active Aging Specialist, City Centre Health and Fitness In today’s world where we insist upon instant success and gratification, is there a quick fix for fitness and weight loss? Some of us seem to focus our energy on time saving devices, short cuts and the immediate desire to see fast results and success. Is there really a need to make a lifestyle change that requires a long-term commitment to health and fitness? There must be a quick pill, easy button, magic cure, tabloid trend or diet craze to remedy our weight gain and fitness woes. There must be an “app’ for that! We have all experienced that horrible feeling when we see ourselves in a photograph or a picture on Facebook that doesn’t show us in the most flattering light. We realize that is time to get back into shape and lose weight. We wonder what the fastest, easiest way is to accomplish this. Why is it that people we know can go on a calorie deprivation, pound dropping, body toning, muscle honing, fast acting solution and lose the 10 pounds, 10 inches, 10 years in 10 days? If these results were achieved too quickly through unhealthy weight reduction practices, they are not sustainable and are a shortterm solution to a long-term issue. When we attempt a diet of severe calorie deprivation, we actually lower our metabolism and sacrifice lean muscle mass. Metabolism, the body’s internal furnace, loses it’s ability to efficiently burn fuel or use what we feed it and after 3 days of severely lowering our food intake, goes into “ starvation mode” and begins to horde fat. During this time our metabolism is lowered, body fat may increase and upon return to regular eating habits, have now reduced the amount of food we can consume and maintain our weight, so eventually weight gain occurs. We get so caught up in looking for the quick fix that we forget to channel our energy into gaining, maintaining and sustaining metabolism and lean muscle mass by making a long-term commitment to health and fitness. Instead of focusing our time and energy on the goal of lowering an arbitrary number on a scale; let us put our effort into reducing the need for medication, lowering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reducing body fat percentage, losing inches around the waist (under 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women for people of Caucasian ethnicity), lowering stress levels and chance for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and depression. Let us feel good about our overall health and fitness through a proper weight management and exercise program. We need to find a renewed commitment to increasing our stamina, agility, flexibility, strength, better breathing, digestion, sleep patterns, and the ability to perform our daily tasks with a sense of well being. Appreciate the fact that success does not happen overnight. Approach our weight and exercise goals by focusing on a program that we can enjoy and stick with. Applaud our efforts, as we realize that we are all a work in progress and we should celebrate our success along the way. There is an “APP” for fitness; it is just not in the form of an easy button.

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The Living Legends of Apex

By Ronda Barzilay nee Mason What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon by visiting with Nella (Nel) Kenyon in her beautiful home overlooking Okanagan Lake. Nella is 92 years young and enjoyed sharing her many memories of how Apex got started and what she loves best about Apex. I asked Nel how it all began and her answer was simple, it started with a team of horses who helped with the moving of the logs to build the first lodge. Nel proudly announced she was in charge of the bathrooms and that was her job. When she wasn’t supporting her wonderful husband Al in this amazing adventure of building Apex, she was busy raising her young family. Nel reflected on trying to keep their three little boys (Ron, Doug and Larry) warm and dry, back then all we had were rubber boots and not so waterproof pants. Nel then reflected on how she spent the first two weeks of teaching Cathy how to ski and then after that spent the resting of the time trying to catch her. When the kids were in school, Nella talked about loading up the station wagon full of women to head up for ladies day held each Thursday. And, how Frieda Gibson needed to ride in the front seat so she did not get car sick. She also talked about her other friends, like Pat Wickett and Brilla Bent. On the ride home, there was often a bottle of wine shared among the ladies. I am starting to think there was a real theme among the early skiers of Apex, which often involved drinking wine. Come to think of it, I do not think anything has changed, the only thing now is the wine is better! Nel talked of meeting up in the spring and sharing a bottle of wine with friends on top of the mountain. Nel skied right up until she was 80 years young, when she needed to get some bionic parts that no longer allowed her to ski. One of the things she misses the most about no longer skiing is the dreams of skiing. To Nel skiing was about the laughs and the good times with friends and family. I asked Nel if she had a favourite run and she said it really depended on the conditions, but it definitely was not Hanks Hollow! I am sure that there is a bigger story behind Hanks Hollow, but I felt it best not to ask. Nel still enjoys visiting Apex and staying with Mark and Cathy in their fancy cabin, and sharing her love of the mountain and snow with her four grown children, ten grandchildren and with a big smile she said nine great grandchildren with more on the way! In this picture to the right, Nella is wearing a lovely red ski jacket, which came with a funny story. As she put it, she did not normally wear red. One day on top of the mountain she ran into young Jeff VanOs, who was with his girlfriend at the time. Nella admired her lovely red jacket and much to Nella’s surprise Jeff’s girlfriend offered to sell it to her right then there! Nella agreed, hence the beautiful red jacket! Nella stated, “we always had a ball”! Thank you Nella Kenyon for sharing your wonderful memories of Apex, and we look forward to seeing you in the Village this winter!

Nella Kenyon (far left) with her ski buddies in the Apex village.

Slushy Thoughts from the Snow Bank

By Brad Nunes The hills are alive, with the faintest dusting of snow. It has begun! From here on out, it is a base race (which is a race to build up the base, of snow that is). We skier and snowboarders are a bit of a twisted lot. When others grumble about cold rain in the valley, we sit back, look up and smirk with glee. They then cast cold glares at me. I secretly hope they bring the temp down a little more for that extra champagne powder. Others think we are sadistic, but I say that I’m a dreamer ... and I know that I am not the only one. I’d bet you would join me and the world can ski as one. Black Friday is coming up. I mean yeah there is some sort of American family gathering going on about the same time, but let’s be honest. Forget the dry bird with the bread crumbs up its butt, we want those sweet sweet money saving deals! I have my favorite little tricks to beat the crowd during the mad crush. First off, don’t shower for like three or four weeks. Get a real nice rind on yourself. Then, just start pushing forward when you get to the line at Best Buy. Only those truly committed to the sirens song of BOGO will stand their ground. The mere mortals among you will wither and fade, as your particular bouquet punches then in the nose. For the more stubborn advisories/ fellow shoppers, you’ll have to employ more ... direct tactics. A well placed baton to the knee cap will slow or stop most of those not already going down due to your fumes. Just give one or two fellow shoppers the old ‘Tonya Harding’ to the patella and you will advance a few more places. Now, the trick is don’t go swinging too early. You want to make sure it looks like something happened in the crush otherwise someone is bound to nark and toss you to the back of the line (or police car). The hope is someone in front of you with a stronger moral compass will come to the aid of fallen, while you dance ahead. Also, the fallen shopper plugs up the route behind you preventing those of fleeter foot from charging past. I’m sure there is nothing that can go wrong with this plan. Or, you can just sit at home in your underwear and a bowl of cereal furiously clicking links online. Showering is still optional, but you don’t have to put on pants or risk being arrested for assault. Lastly, but most certainly not least, I am going to take a break from my normal tone. I want to specifically recognize our veterans, active service members, and especially those who we have lost in conflict. November 11th is truly a sacred and special event and I encourage everyone to take time to stop and remember. Personally this year, we lost my grandfather who served on escort missions in the Atlantic during World War II. I will be thinking of him and celebrating the amazing legacy he left by spending the long weekend with his great grandchildren in this amazing and free country, something I appreciate every day that he fought for. Thank you Harry, and all those in service and who have served. We Will Remember.


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Monthly MLA Update By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen

its humble beginnings 21 years ago, have volunteered for the Festival of the Grape in Oliver. Marie and George Boychuk have been volunteering at FOG every single year since its start in 1996. A festival that began with a handful of local wineries and 400 visitors and has grown to over 50 participating wineries and more than 4000 visitors. It is the single largest Wine Festival in the Okanagan and only happens with the support of volunteers like the Boychuk’s. A big thank you to all of you who volunteer your time to help showcase our award-winning wines, and help celebrate what our agricultural industries have to offer.

Now that we have been back in the Legislature for several weeks, I would like to give you an update on two of the important bills that are now under debate. Bill 2: “Budget Measures Implementation Act”. BC has benefitted from a competitive tax environment with low corporate and business taxes, as well as low personal income taxes. That advantage has attracted investment and grown BC’s economy to become one of the strongest in the country. This bill eliminates that competitive advantage by raising personal, corporate and carbon taxes that will be passed along to consumers, taxpayers and industry. The Carbon Tax will no longer be “revenue neutral”, and added to the price of gas at the pump and to home heating bills. There are many other changes in Bill 2 that will have an impact on all of us, so I urge you to go online and become better informed. Bill 3: “Election Amendment Act”. I support the intent of this bill that will limit union and corporate donations and reform campaign finance laws. This bill was first introduced by the Liberal Government last spring and has now been reintroduced by the NDP, but with some significant changes and the addition of Section 20. Section 20 includes taxpayer funded political party financing, something myself and several of my colleagues have stated publicly that we do not support. The taxpayers of BC will be out of pocket $14 million for this alone, plus the reimbursement of 50% of campaign expenses on top of that which is an additional $11 million dollars. The Riding of Boundary-Similkameen will not be accepting this money. I have always been proud of the financial support of the individuals and small businesses that have covered the costs of my election campaigns.

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The Regional District proposes to register as an Intervener to the Fortis BC 2017 Rate Design Application to the BC Utilities Commission later this year and are looking to gather supporting These two bills that I have noted must be of concern to all the documentation on the impacts to citizens to add as supporting people of BC, as everyone will be directly financially impacted. evidence in our application. Please send in your testimonial to Christie Lang by email (clang@rdos.bc.ca) or deliver to 101 We are also in the process of estimates. This allows us to Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 by November 15th, 2017. question the spending being proposed in each Ministry and we will debate and question the budgets. I will be questioning the On October 19th, the RDOS Board approved the following new Minister of State for Childcare on her budget and how she recommendation: THAT for the Apex Mountain Waste Transfer plans to fulfill the promises made to create $10-A-Day-Daycare Station the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen recover capital costs from taxation and operational costs as for the parents of BC. a fee for service. For further details, please visit www.rdos. As you can imagine, there is never a dull day in the Legislature! bc.ca/regional-government/board-meetings/2017-schedule-ofLocally, this is a critically important time for everyone involved in meetings-agendas/ regarding cost recovery options available agriculture and our Wine Industry, as harvests are completed. associated with construction and operation of the Apex And while the work never stops, we do take time to celebrate Mountain Waste Transfer Station. Please note, RDOS Staff with many community events and Wine Events throughout our will conduct consultation with Apex Mountain property owners region. All of these celebrations need an extraordinary group of this winter regarding the construction of the waste transfer volunteers, literally in the thousands, from Princeton to Christina station and the cost recovery mechanism. Lake, Osoyoos to Kaleden, and every place in between. Forecast for this weekend … Weather Advisory SNOW In closing, I would like to mention two volunteers who, from warnings!


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The APOA Season Opening Social

The APOA ... The Heart of the Apex Community!

By Julia Valenti, APOA Board Member The annual APOA Season Opening Social will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 4:30-7:00 pm in the Rock Oven at the Apex Mountain Inn for all APOA members. You can renew your membership at this time and also it would be great to bring some non-members with you, so they can become members too. Associate members are also welcome, those being anyone who supports the work of the APOA, but do not own property on the hill. Managing partner Mike Duggan of the new ownership group at Apex will be introducing himself to the property owners. He will be speaking about changes already implemented in the village and plans for the resort’s long term potential. Mike is keen to hear from all stakeholder groups and resort users, so this is an opportunity to ask questions and offer your input. We will be hearing the latest from our Forestry Committee and you will be updated on some developments behind the scenes in government and with other groups wanting and working for forestry practice changes that protect recreational lands and provide more sustainable harvesting than what has occurred in BC for the past many decades. The Fire Brigade will give a re-cap of this past wildfire season, how important it is to realize the fire threat our properties face every fire season and what we can do to protect our homes. The Rock Oven will be under the management of Stephanie Ikeda this season, who is opening a Japanese Noodle House, referred to as Kamakura, and a cake and pastry shop, called The Frosted Snowflake. She will be providing our appies for this Social and any subsequent APOA events held at the Apex Mountain Inn. We are anticipating some of our standard, tasty appie selections, plus some Japanese selections from her appetizer menu. As well, sweets will also be provided for our enjoyment. The APOA Board welcomes Stephanie to the Apex business community and looks forward to her restaurant adding variety to the resort. Please welcome her with a personal ‘hello’ when you see her on December 9th, working to provide us with wonderful food. Stan and staff will be behind the bar serving wine, beer, cider, and highballs for $6, with a dollar from each beverage going towards the APOA, an easy way for you to enjoy your adult beverage and help build the finances of the Association at the same time. See you on December 9th, a great way to start the season off by re-connecting with each other. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Apex Fire Brigade Update

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building a bit of history, and plan on being around for a whole lot longer. Thank you for your support and we are proud to By Mike Polywkan, AFBS Fire Chief be protecting the community of Apex Mountain Resort. Also, Hi Everyone! The snow is starting to accumulate please support the APOA, as they are fighting to look out for and is cause for great excitement for the the best interests of the community and with them we all have upcoming ski season. We are all looking forward to a great a stronger voice. Till next issue! start to the season. With the low availability of rental properties in Penticton, the new ownership, and the promising start to the season, the annual population appears to have increased substantially. With hopes of higher skier visits this year, it looks as though there will be even more activity in our little village. Though this is great for the vitality of our village, it also brings an increase of potential incidents. This adds a large potential burden to our fire department. With increased calls and expectations, we will require more members, more equipment, more training and more funding. Right now, our funding is strictly by donation Top Left - Apex Fire Brigades first call. No one expected this! Gary is catching the and this will not get us to where we need to be with a larger aviation fuel that is leaking out of the plane’s wing tank to prevent it from getting into population. We are going to have to seriously consider other the creek. Top Right - Apex Fire Brigades second call ever. The infamous loge fire. This was a tough one as the temperature was -30 degrees Celsius with a wind chill. options. On Left - They let Rick Since our last article, The Apex Fire Brigade has responded drive the fire truck at the to a couple of incidents, neither of which was dispatched BC Volunteer Firefighters through 911. One incident was a concern of a potentially Spring Training Seminar. This was only the third dangerous open fire that had the potential to spread to forest seminar that we had and structures. The AFBS ensured that the fire was reduced attended. If I were not to campfire size, reducing the risk. The other incident was on the other side of the caught by the watchful eye of one of our members and he truck chasing him out dispatched our department to another chimney fire. The owner with a big stick, I think had already gotten some liquid on the fire to slow it down when that he would still be the fire brigade arrived. An extinguisher was used in a precise sitting in that seat. manner to put the fire out, but not contaminate the residence with expellant. During this, it was noticed that a large amount of 6 Cardlock creosote had been left in a pocket that was in a prime location Locations: for ignition, even though the owner had just had the chimney Princeton cleaned by a professional chimney sweep company. The home Cawston owner was warned by AFBS not to use the chimney until it had Osoyoos been fully inspected and the necessary repairs had been made Your Local Independent Fuel and to the chimney to ensure safe operation. The home owner Lubricant Distributor Since 1998 Okanagan Falls was also asked to monitor the enclosed area of the structure Penticton for signs of a structure fire. We don’t have a thermal imaging Antifreeze West Kelowna scanner, so our only choice would be to open the space up Window washer NOW OPEN! Lubricant Products doing considerable damage or ensure the resident understands Fuel conditioners the implications of not opening it up and have them monitor it Grease guns for an extended period of time and call us back if they suspect Filters anything. Recognized departments are legally required to Farm tank fittings open the space up, unless they can prove that the structure is Two full lines of industrial not burning with a thermal imaging scanner. Not all volunteer lubricants and greases departments have scanners either, as they are very expensive. Food grade lubricants/greases The other residents in this complex were also warned not to use their chimneys until they have been re-inspected to ensure www.bbfd.ca 1-866-318-2233 that this potential hazardous condition did not exist in their freshly cleaned chimneys as well. The Apex Fire Brigade has a new Facebook page! Follow us and stay up to date with what we are doing, safety suggestions, and fire restrictions. We also post activities of other fire departments just like ours that are also not tax funded. Our p. 250.762.7722 | f. 250.762.2232 departments operate differently because our demographic toll free 877.311.7722 is different, but we are great supporters of each other, as service@okanaganofficesystems.com we should be because being a little department, even just 523 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna surviving, can be a struggle. Here are some photos from our “Serving all your Office Equipment and Stationery needs” past practices. We have been around for a while and are


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Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest By Jeff Burko, PEAK Executive Medical Director Recently, I was speaking with a friend about a person who had collapsed aboard his transatlantic flight. He described how the message had gone out over the aircraft’s PA system asking for a doctor to come forward and provide assistance; by the way this sort of thing happens more often than one might think. During our conversation, my friend used the terms ‘heart attack’ and ‘cardiac arrest’ interchangeably. In the past, I have also noticed others have said the same thing. I asked him a few questions to gauge his knowledge on the subject. I then asked a number of other people if they could tell me the differences between a heart attack versus cardiac arrest. What I realized is that there is a definitely some confusion and a lack of information about the subject. Hopefully, this month’s column will clear some of that up. Before one can delve into the differences between ‘heart attack’ and ‘cardiac arrest’, we need to look at the basic cardiac anatomy. The heart is an involuntary muscle, which means that we don’t have conscious control over it. As long as we are alive, the heart just keeps beating generally between 60 100 beats per minute. The heart, for all intents and purposes, is a 2-stage pump. It’s job is to pump deoxygenated blood to the lungs where it is then oxygenated. Once the blood is oxygenated, it is then returned to the heart to pump oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. Not unlike any other muscle in the body, the heart needs oxygen and nutrients to fuel the cells and removal of waste products produced by the cells. Because the heart literally beats continuously without a rest, it requires a constant supply of blood to feed the heart muscle itself. The heart has an intricate system of blood vessels to accomplish this. These vessels are referred to as the coronary arteries.

Heart attack (also referred to as myocardial infarction or MI) is a blockage of a coronary artery. This blockage does not allow for blood to reach beyond the blockage, thus starving the heart muscle tissue. If left untreated, the tissue dies. Depending on the location of the blockage, i.e. if the blockage affects a large segment of heart tissue, the heart can stop beating - this is known as cardiac arrest. So, in other words a heart attack is a blockage of a vessel and cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating altogether. Heart attack therapies are very time sensitive. I strongly urge everyone to take a CPR course, not only to learn the potentially life-saving skills of CPR, but also to learn the signs and symptoms of heart attack. The more time that passes following a heart attack to more tissue death; TIME IS TISSUE. When in doubt call 911. Better to be safe than sorry. Jeff Burko is the Executive Medical Director and founder of PEAK Emergency Response Training. Since 1998, PEAK has provided training, certification and medical direction services to many BC Search and Rescue teams, Heli and CAT skiing operations and a multitude of ski resort patrol teams, including our own Apex Mountain Resort of which Jeff is the Medical Director. In addition, Jeff is a Veteran Paramedic with 34 years of experience with the BC Ambulance Service. Jeff and his family live part-time at Apex. Need Peak Emergency Response Training or have a topic you would like covered? Please call 778-899-7325 or email admin@peakemergencytraining.com. For more information, visit www.peakemergencytraining.com.

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An Apex Glance At Our Night Sky

Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share another thought provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden.

Colliding Stars

By Ken Tapping, October 24, 2017 About 130 million years ago, two neutron stars collided. Their impact created waves in space-time - gravity waves, which radiated off into space at the speed of light. Here, 130 million light years from the event, our gravity wave detectors have just picked it up. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, just under 1E13 (1 followed by thirteen zeros) kilometres. This event is especially interesting in that it was first detected through gravity wave observations, and then monitored with other telescopes, providing a wealth of data on an unusual event. Moreover, we might have for the first time obtained multiple observations of the formation of a new, small black hole. The idea of gravity waves was first raised by Albert Einstein in 1916, when he proposed gravity is not a force, as proposed by Newton, but is in fact due to distortions of the fabric of space-time by material objects. The more massive or more compressed a body is, the greater the distortion. Imagine dropping balls of different sizes and weights onto stretched rubber sheet. Just as the impacts make ripples run over the sheet, explosions and other dramatic cosmic events make ripples in space-time, and bodies moving through it make a bow wave and a wake. However, Einstein thought gravity waves would remain of academic interest only, being too weak to observe. On the other hand, successfully detecting them would be the ultimate vindication of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, so the search was on, and it was a long one. In 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), built in 2002, which had to that point detected nothing, was upgraded with new, more sensitive detectors. In 2016, it successfully detected the collision of two black holes and then went on to detect gravity waves from two more black hole collisions. Einstein was right. However, in August this year, something really interesting turned up. On August 17th, LIGO detected a “chirp” of gravity waves. Two seconds later the Fermi Space Telescope received a short burst of gamma rays. These are the highest energy electromagnetic waves and an indicator of a really dramatic event. The LIGO and Fermi observations identified the patch of sky the waves came from, so around the world telescopes got to work searching. Eleven hours later, a telescope in Chile found it, in the galaxy NGC 4993, in the constellation of Hydra. Lots of telescopes monitored the object over the following days as the explosion faded. Observers realized that what they had seen was a collision between two neutron stars, and possibly the birth of a new black hole. Neutron stars are formed in the explosive deaths of large stars. Shock waves compress the cores of the stars so hard that the atoms collapse. Atoms are mostly empty space, with a number of electrons orbiting around a nucleus consisting of a number of protons and neutrons. The shock wave pushes the electrons right into the nucleus, where the electrons and protons combine to form more neutrons. The result is a ball of neutrons, a few kilometres across, with the mass of a star. A teaspoonful of neutron star material would weigh around 100 million tonnes. A collision between two neutron stars can produce even greater compression. There is a point in the compression where an object’s own gravity overcomes its ability to resist. Theoretically, the object will then shrink without limit. The idea that something can achieve zero size and infinite density is questionable, but if the object shrinks enough, it will distort space-time enough to close itself off behind a one-way, no return frontier called an event horizon. It has become a black hole. The next new moon is Nov 18th and next full moon is Dec 3rd.

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Mommy & Me: No Excuse November

By Rachael Van Cleave The holiday season will soon be upon us, which means treats, pastries, and hearty, deliciously-bad-for-you food. While reports of average weight gain over the holidays are grossly over exaggerated, people still gain about a pound on average. This isn’t necessarily good news, however. Over an average adult life span, you gain two pounds a year, so the holiday season accounts for half! So, how do we fight the holiday weight gain, especially when we’re taking care of little ones? Join me for “No Excuse November”. You commit to doing a 20-minute workout every day, making sure to get one day of rest, of course. You’ll want to do AT LEAST this workout every day, but ideally in addition to your normal workout. You can build them yourself; just make sure to include a cardio move, an abdominal move, an upper body and a lower body move. Below is a sample workout to use in November. 1. 40 Jumping Jacks ~ This is your cardio, which is essential for a wellrounded workout. If your child is big enough, ask them to join you! 2. 30 Crunches ~ This is a classic, easy-to-do move to work your core. 3. 20 Squats ~ This will work your lower body. Make sure to stick your butt out and keep your chest up for good form. This is one where you can push your baby in the stroller as you go down into the squat. 4. 10 Pushups ~ This is your upper body move. Try to start on your feet and go to your knees as needed. You can include your baby by having them under you and giving them a kiss each time you go down. Full workout ~ Do this as many times as you can in 20 minutes. That will end up being about 5-10 rounds of the above moves. Remember 99.9 percent of the time, you will not regret working out. Just show up and you won’t regret it. Please note: Be sure to check with your doctor first before you start a new fitness routine, especially after having a baby.


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I am always in awe of the view when I reach Nickel Plate Lake. It is one I have taken many pictures of in many seasons. A short bit of road and then the trail is back to single track following the lake to the opposite end. Within the first 5 minutes of this trail is a spot I call “the bay”, which is exactly that, a small bay with a small knoll. This spot has always attracted me to it. My friend and I spread some of our dogs ashes here. Today, the warm sun invited me to lay down on a makeshift bench, which was positioned perfectly in which to do so. While laying here and enjoying the warmth, a Whiskey Jack landed on my foot and then on my bike seat. Brave food beggars are these birds. One more oddity which I have never noticed before, was a tree growing horizontally from the ground with three trees growing straight up from it. Pretty amazing! After about half an hour of pure nirvana, it was time to ride. I jumped on my bike and rode to the north end of the lake. From here, the trail turns to two track which was covered with snow, forcing me to hike a bike most of the way to the “big rock”. The next section, also two track, all the way to Nickel Plate Road was bikeable, but tricky in places as the snow was soft and slippery. Crossing Nickel Plate Road, I started up Riordan Mountain taking the first right onto a single track, then right onto a two track again, and then a left onto a single track. This trail was used for the mountain bike races from years past (as was most of the Nickel Plate Lake Trail). It comes out just above The Circle and crosses the creek and on down towards the old Gunbarrel. From here, I rode the power line road, which was muddy and icy, all the way back to my starting point. It was an awesome fall ride!


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CRM2 - What does it mean for you?

Making sure your financial future is secure.

By Robert McLennan, RBC Investment Advisor Providing investors with greater transparency about the cost and performance of their accounts is the driving force behind new industry-wide regulations, known as the Client Relationship Model II (CRM2). Top of mind for investors is how CRM2 will affect them as the regulatory changes are implemented over the coming months. CRM2 is part of a global shift towards increased disclosure and transparency in the investment industry. Under CRM2, all investment dealers and advisors in Canada must provide their clients with specific reporting regarding their fees and account performance. CRM2 does not change the amount you are paying your investment firm; it merely provides you with more details on the fees and performance of your investment accounts, and aims to improve your ability to assess how you are progressing toward your financial goals. Under CRM2, investors receive more specific details on the cost and performance of investments via: • Conversations with their investment advisors. • More details on existing account statements and confirmations. • Two new annual reports, an Annual Charges and Compensation Report and an annual Investment Performance Report began in early 2017. Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor of RBC Dominion Securities, strongly supports the changes brought to the industry under CRM2. They build on his team’s commitment of continued transparency for clients, and help ensure you’re on track to achieving your financial goals. If you’re unsure about how much you’re paying for investment advice, or if you have questions about CRM2, please contact Robert McLennan today. Whether you need a consultation or a second opinion on your portfolio, Robert has the experience and resources to help you gain peace of mind in your investment portfolio. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member - Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Answer key to the right is for the Apex Matters Sudoku Puzzle found on page 22. Answer key below is for the White Kennedy Puzzle of Top 25 Canadian Brands found on page 23.

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Volunteering With A Team Benefits Your Health

Volunteering offers more benefits when you volunteer with a group. You’ll have a great sense of achievement working together to achieve a goal. The type of bonding that occurs in volunteering as a team helps you grow on a personal level, gaining self-esteem and self-worth. Volunteer teams can be family members, a group of friends or employees. Here are a few projects where several volunteers could work together: • The Dragon Fly Pond Society’s Uniquely Fashionable Fashion Show November 16th at the Lakeside Hotel from 7-9 pm is looking for volunteers to help the models with photos, and choosing outfits. This event offers individuals with special needs the chance to participate in a fashion show. To volunteer, contact Michelle at 250- 490-3305 or Dragonfly@vip.net. • The Shatford Centre/OSA has volunteer openings in the kitchen, building maintenance crew and garden helpers. Volunteers work in a fun, team environment with nourishing snacks and beverages! Contact Louise at louisejpunnett@ gmail.com • The Alzheimer Society’s Walk for Memories on May 6, 2018 event has openings to volunteer in such areas as promotion, recruitment, sponsorship, registration, site coordination and as route marshal. Contact Mary Beth at 250-493-8182 or mrutherford@alzheimerbc.org • The Penticton Art Gallery is looking for reception volunteers who will learn about merchandising and display, and art and current hot topics. Contact Jacinta at reception@pentictonartgallery.com. • Okanagan College Literacy Program OK Falls is seeking an Adult Literacy tutor for one-to-one reading, writing, speaking, listening and/or basic math skills. Contact Brianne at 250-492-4305 ext. 3331 or BNiznikowski@ okanagan.bc.ca Considering Volunteering? Join our Team Volunteer Project ~ Join our “Team Volunteer” project where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Contact the Volunteer Centre for more information and to join a team. The Volunteer Centre is hosting team training on November 14th with expert trainer Charlene Dishaw. Everyone is welcome. To learn more and register, visit www.volunteercentre.info. The SOS Volunteer Centre connects residents with meaningful volunteer work. Browse Opportunities and register as a volunteer to receive updates at www.volunteercentre.info. For more information or to meet with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.


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Apex Matters Sudoku Puzzle

Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically and without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. Answer on page 21.

Tunes to Turn to ...

Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Apres Ski Chillout Lounge Bar Music Club Album: Apres Sky Luxury Chillout Lounge Bar Track: “Snow Break”

The season is about to begin! The first day of riding will be hard on those muscles, regardless of whether or not you’ve been working out in preparation for the season ahead. Don’t feel bad, it’s the beginning of the season! Remember, after skiing and snowboarding, take a “snow break” and enjoy apres time with family, friends and a bevy. Don’t worry, there will be many more turns and laughs on Apex Mountain this season. See you on the hill! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Tunes To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in.

CatMatch My name is Bella!

I am looking for love, the kind of love that lasts no matter what. I had a rough upbringing and bear the physical scars of an unfortunate accident. I, however, refuse to let it affect my outlook on life, which is full of hope and my spirit has remained undamaged. I am ready to offer affection and loyalty to the right partner. Are you my soul mate? I am currently living at West Kelowna Bosley’s, so come and visit! www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

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Great Cabin Recipes Everything But The Kitchen Sink Quiche By Dee Martens The leaves have all changed - they’re in the process of falling, there is snow on the mountains and Christmas is so close that I can smell the rum (and eggnog). The holiday season comes with many great things, but one of the ‘added bonuses’ - cooking for friends and family - can sometimes seem daunting, especially when breakfast is expected (and eggs are so tricky!) This past weekend, I found myself hosting some out-of-town guests and, on Sunday morning when I woke up, I scavenged the fridge to see what I could find for breakfast. The results? 5 eggs, half a head of broccoli, one yellow pepper, one portobello mushroom, some chicken slices, 4 slices of bacon, some cheese, onions and butter. I thought to myself, ‘ill make a quiche’ and that’s just what I did! One of the wonderful things about quiche’s is that they can be filled with any mixture of vegetables that your heart desires. Keeping in mind that the ingredients listed above are simply just the contents of my fridge, don’t fret if you have to make substitutions. For instance, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach make great quiche additions while ham, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes are a fun way to spice up breakfast - just make sure that you have fun with it! For the crust: Every good quiche begins with a light, airy crust that is strong enough to hold the contents of the quiche; thus, I’ll share with you my simple quiche crust recipe - easy and scrumptious! In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of flour with 1 tsp. of salt and set aside. In a separate bowl, add ¼ cup of butter and ¼ cup of cold water and whisk until the mixture is frothy. Continue by combining the two mixtures until a soft dough has formed. The dough should be tacky, but not stick to your fingers - take extra care to ensure that no flour has been left behind in the bowl. Press the dough evenly into a pie plate using your fingers and set aside to be filled. For the filling: No one has ever complained about bacon (or ham) being the star of the breakfast table. With this in mind, begin by slicing the bacon into small strips and cooking them until the fat is rendered before setting aside. Next, add thinly sliced onions, broccoli and peppers to the bacon-greased pan, cooking until the onions become translucent (about 4 minutes). Add sliced mushrooms and chicken to the mixture with some herbs and spices (I used 4 sprigs of lemon thyme, chives and salt and pepper). If you were opting to use spinach or kale, now would be the optimal time to wilt the greens with the mixture. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine 5 eggs, ¼ cup of milk and 1 cup of grated cheese and whisk vigorously. Once veggie mixture is thoroughly cooked, distribute evenly on top of the pie crust, topping with bacon and egg mixture. Cover the quiche with tinfoil and cook in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove tinfoil and let cook, uncovered for 15 minutes. This is a breakfast dish that is sure to wow your guests! For added flair, pair with Monster Vineyard’s 2016 Brute and orange juice - Can anyone say mimosa?!


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DOWN 1 Global dairy giant 4 Drugstore chain based in Quebec 6 Bharat Masrani is CEO 7 Has a stamp in its honour, created in 2004 8 Purchased American Apparel in 2017 9 Largest theatrical producer in the world 10 Founded by an Irish immigrant in 1865 in Montreal 12 Recreational vehicle giant 14 Quebec based telecommunications company 16 Initially a footwear company 17 Canada's biggest bank 21 Founded in Vancouver in 1971 and now has 22 locations in Canada Answer Key on Page 21


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