Apex Matters October 2020

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of bed to the desk that sits in the corner of the same room. I am also thankful I can now attend those long, thrilling teleconferences By Brad Nunes (that used to be in person meetings) in my wonderfully fluffy Happy Spooky Turkey month everyone! Actually, let’s not go onesie pajamas. I am also thankful for masks. Yes, they can be there. Last time the family had a spooky turkey, we nearly backed uncomfortable, warm and itchy, but they do protect us and others up the septic system! Basically, keep your Halloween and your from the virus. They are also fantastic for mouthing obscenities at the person who just sneezed on the oranges in the supermarket. Thanksgiving separate. Things are a lot safer that way. Also, my normally awkward smile in photos is now replaced by a Speaking of keeping things apart, I am writing this prior to the lovely blue screen and a hearty thumbs up. guidelines on COVID Halloween being released. At this point, I am hedging my bets that candy will be allowed, but that we will have On a serious note, I do wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I to devise some method of 6 foot distances delivery. I am currently hope you can find your blessings and that you are surrounded, considering either some kind of high powered candy cannon or a either in person or virtually, by the special people in your life. tripod mounted sweets slingshot. My goal is to hit an open trick-or- And, Happy Halloween! Just remember, if we can’t trick or treat, treat bag from a great distance. Basically, if I can hear your plea for you can still dress up and just go buy a box of candy. Much less chocolatey cavity bombs, I want to be able to lob the confections walking. Take care and stay safe everyone! with speed and accuracy. Training will have to start right away. I figure I will need at least a 3 person team manning the gun. Advertise Your Business Here. Next We will need a spotter manning a scope, munitions personnel to Shop Local. Buy Local. Deadline handle the fun-sized bars, and a gunner on the trigger. It will be October advised that the first ten or so visitors arrive with some kind of face Neighbours Helping Neighbours. shield, as it will take a little time to get the system sighted properly. 30th apexmatters@telus.net 250.490.6951 Now, we also ask what we are thankful for at this time of year. A lot of us may be struggling to feel thankful in these ‘different’ times. Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2020 through April But, that is when we have to buckle down and really dig deep to 2021. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around find the blessings buried under the dung heap we call 2020. Me? Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex I am thankful for the ability to work from home. Yes, sometimes I Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 17th season in print! am in the middle of an important business meeting, while my two Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of boys decide that it is time to start a royal rumble in the living room. the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this I have to scramble to mash the mute button before my youngest publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the attempts a full ‘Randy Savage Elbow Drop’ off the back of the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as couch. The things these kids learn from YouTube ... I tell you. possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their But, I am thankful that my commute now consists of rolling out final approval is requested before being published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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Who’s That On The Hill? Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone Oh-boy! Time to meet another patroller! You’d think we would have run out of them by now, but there are like 50 of us, so we’ve got a few seasons to go! Up this month, we have Avery! What is your name? Avery ‘The Label Maker’ Pryce. Where were you born? Avery is a local boy. He was born (and likely conceived) right here between the lakes in sunny ol’ Penticton. How many years have you been on Patrol? This is Avery’s 4th season on patrol, so that means he ... has been here for four years ... Most people don’t make a big deal about 4th anniversaries. We will be more jazzed when he hits year 10, but 4 is real good. Honest. What shift are you on? It is one better than D, it is the feisty C. Do you Ski/Board/Tele etc? Avery claims to be a ‘hot dog’ skier, which means he either consumes tube steaks while bombing down runs or he likes to ‘wag his tail’ while he skis ... Either way he is very talented. What is your favorite run? If you ever just see a streak of red blasting down The Ridge to The Chute, you probably need to go get your eyes checked. But, you may see Avery there as well. What do you like most about patrolling? Avery loved learning real, practical skills he can use on and off the hill. He also likes always having great ski buddies to cruise around with. What is your favorite food? Cheap hot dogs. But like just the dog. No bun. And microwaved. The man is an animal. What other stuff do you do for fun? Avery likes to play video games, so I assume he ‘pwns n00bs’ for fun. He also likes to play

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pranks on his co-workers. So yeah ... he is THAT guy. What do you do for money? He just replied with ‘anything’. I leave you, dear reader, to ponder this and find creative ways to give Avery money. Can people hunt for you on Tinder? No. Avery is very married. Like SUPER married. I have never seen so much married in my life. Well now you know Avery! Say hello and maybe ... give him a horrible hot dog?

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager A reminder that Early Bird pricing on membership are available until October 31st. Sales are up approximately 30% from this time last year, so you know Nickel Plate is going to be the place to be this winter! If you’re looking for new-to-you gear, don’t miss the Nordic Ski Swap at the Bike Barn in Penticton on October 17th from 9-1. The Nickel Plate Junior Racers will be there to make sure you get the right gear, and a portion of the proceeds go to the racers to keep the team in top shape. To make sure all of our visitors stay safe and healthy, the club has developed COVID-19 policies following the guidelines of the provincial government and our sport industry leaders. The policies still need to be ratified by the Board of Directors, but drafts can be read online at https://nickelplatenordic.org/covid-19-resources. There will be a lot of changes to what you might be used to, so please check them out so we’re all on the same page. One of the big procedure changes for COVID-19 is the move to online sales for day passes and rentals. We’re really forcing this in order to limit the amount of time people are standing in line ups and the amount of contact between staff and guests. Our primary fundraiser, the Banff Mountain Film Festival, has been extended! You can watch the best in mountain films until October 24th. In order for Nickel Plate to receive credit, you need to use our affiliate link that is posted on our Facebook page. On Saturday, September 26th during our work party, we were blessed with the first snows of the season! It wasn’t like last year when we groomed 10 km the first days of October, but there were flakes in the air! And lastly, marketing ... We’re sure you have the same growing excitement as we do. Let’s see your best Nickel Plate stories and memories on Instagram via #mynickelplate.

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Jessica was involved in sports from a very young age competing in triathlons in the summer and alpine ski racing in the winter. During her high school years, she also competed at the provincial level in tennis, volleyball, badminton, x-c running, javelin and swimming. In her grade 11 year, she was introduced to Nordic skiing and she quickly fell in love with the sport. She quickly joined the local racing program and through that was able to race at all levels from locally to internationally. The racing program and the years with the team molded Jessica into the person she is today, she looks forward to bringing a new perspective to the Nickel Plate Junior Racers. The racers this season range in age and skill, but are all super enthusiastic about the sport and being active. If someone you know is interested in a fun way to keep active this winter, there is still time to register with the Junior Racers by sending an email to jessica@nickelplatenordic.org. Climbing, Hiking, Camping, Winter Sports & Apparel #101 - 136 Front St | 236.422.3733 | www.eskalamountainsports.com Page 4 | October 2020 | ApexMatters.com

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Transitioning Into Fall By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni This first month in Calgary has proven itself to be great. Training with a team has never been better and the coaches sure know what they are doing. It is a little different for sure. It’s much harder to go out and do a two-hour run in a field, when compared to back home where I could choose a new mountain everyday. Nonetheless, I cannot complain.

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School has also started. I am currently taking three courses in Kinesiology; only three so I can primarily focus on skiing. All the classes are online, which is nice in the sense that one can work their school schedule around training rather than training around school. We have gotten out for a few epic runs as well. On September 27th, we ran into the Haig glacier. (See photo to right). Under normal circumstances, Nordic training camps are held on a set glacier throughout July and August. This summer marked the first year since its opening (1998) that it did not hold any camps. It was quite the run, although on the slower side; 38 kilometres in just over five and a half hours. We hit snow just over an hour in, which we were not expecting whatsoever, so to say we were under dressed is definitely a euphemism.

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The race season now is right around the corner, and I am feeling to be in the best shape I have ever been. This should be an exciting winter to follow. A big thank you goes out the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre and the Warehouse Group for major contributions towards a team fundraiser this fall! Wishing for early snow back home ... I’ll be in touch next month.


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Carvers Corner

By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Apex Ski Club is excited for another season! Apex Carvers registration is now open. This is a great opportunity for your kids to acquire skills needed to move through our wonderful sport. We are so fortunate to have a resort like Apex to call home. Since I was a child I have heard, “If you can ski Apex, you can ski anywhere”. We look forward to your registration in our programs. You will enjoy watching your children’s skills progress through the season. Buy & Sell ~ This is the time to get organized and have the best winter ever! Let’s all check our gear out and be organized for when the snow flies. Apex Ski Club will host a “Buy and Sell”, if anyone is looking for used race gear on our website, www.apexskiclub. com, where you will also find out about registration, etc. Skills and Drills ~ This was a program we started last season for Saturday nights. It’s included in your registration. Parents, kids and coaches spend a couple hours on the hill and work on some specific needed skills. This is extra time allotted to master skills needed in our everyday skiing. Practice makes perfect. One can never practice enough. World Cup skiers work on the basics daily. New U12 Coach ~ The Apex Ski Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Tyrah Henderson as our Head U12 Coach. This is exciting news for the club as we bring back one of our own to coach this lucky group of U12s. Tyrah was a member of the club from U12 to U16 then moving to the Okanagan FIS team for three years. Tyrah is proof that with hard work you can achieve your goals. Welcome back Tyrah! U12-U16 ~ The kids have now started dryland. We workout twice a week together pre season. We will hit the slopes when the snow flies. Last season was amazing. Coaches were so excited to work with such a talented dedicated group of skiers. Hopefully, many of you witnessed these kids crushing Westbank. This is our favorite run for the team. Seriously, it’s one of the greatest runs on the hill. FIS U18 and Beyond ~ We are so excited for these kids. Congrats to Marcus Athans and Heming Sola on their summer of training with the Provincial Ski Team. These two young men are 2 of 5 male athletes on the team. Both men are headed to Europe in October. Very excited for you both. Reece Howden will spend his winter in Europe skiing Racing Ski Cross. Reece will take on the world now. Reece was just a part-time World Cup skier last season, as he needed to finish his University studies. Lookout he’s coming this season. Reece is so ready! This part-time World Cup ski cross skier got his first win last season. One of the youngest yet to achieve such a historic win in Canadian Ski Cross. Warren Miller Movie ~ Sadly due to Covid, we are unable to host the fall traditional Warren Miller Movie Night at the Cleland Theatre in Penticton. However, you will have an opportunity to see the new movie online. Warren Miller Entertainment will be creating a link that you can purchase to view the show in the comforts of your own home this November. The good news is that $3 from every link purchased will go towards supporting the Apex Ski Club. All you Warren Miller fans out there ... this will be the way to keep those riding vibes alive and the excitement stoked for the fresh new season ahead. Stay tuned for more information on the date and how to get the link in the next issue of Apex Matters.

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Heading To Europe To Train By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni The Canadian National Ski Cross Team is heading to Europe to train. We are wearing masks all the time in the airport. The bonus is that all the international flights are empty, so there are full rows to yourself. We are headed to Zermatt and then Saas Fee for the month of October. We are treating our team like a bubble which makes having a great team even more important. Stay tuned, as I will keep you updated in the next Apex Matters.

The 2018 Canadian Ski Cross Team from left to right - Front left in green boots is Reece Howden, in red boots is Kevin MacDonald, in white boots is Brady Leman, and in far right green boots is Chris Delbosco.

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By Kristi Richards, Head Coach I can’t say enough about how good it feels to finally come back to my home hill, my home club ... its time to give back to the roots that nourished me into an Olympian, and gave me so many profound life experiences. Like many of you, this year has been quite a strange one, but our silver lining as a club is that we did get our Covert Farms Water Ramp Training facility running for the summer after many protocol changes and adapting to the new times, and had an exciting and successful season. I was able to meet a lot of the athletes and parents from the club, as well as some visiting teams and athletes. We have a strong team coming into the winter, stacked with some new tricks and skills from a lot of the athletes! Some athletes even had over 250 jumps this summer!!! Congrats! My coaching motto is always about fun first ... then, I ask the athletes to just be curious and interested ... Interested in the learning process and their potential and excited to learn every day! Even into my 10th year on the World Cup Tour, this is what kept me interested to show up to training every day. It was always a daily process and a discovery of what I could learn from each experience, whether it was a challenging experience or an elating one. Every athlete and every person is different, and I strive as a coach to nourish the needs of each individual athlete, the club as a whole, and the coach’s development process, so that we can collectively build, learn, laugh, grow, and rise up together! We are working on our 2020/2021 Programming, which will be available in the coming weeks. Check back at www.freestyleapex. com for more information. Let’s pray for Mother Nature to bless us with some nice cold temperatures in November and some snowfall for an early season start. And, we are keen to assist Mother Nature with the addition of two new snow guns that are dedicated to the early season freestyle training facility! So excited! Thank you to the AFC Board, Freestyle BC, Freestyle Canada, Apex Mountain Resort and TechnoAlpin, who made this great gain for our facility and sport possible through the Freestyle BC Capital Improvements Grant.

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By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member I didn’t think it would happen this year, but after lots of collaboration with both the Canadian and Swiss governments, our team is back in Zermatt. You might think it is fairly reasonable to go six months without skiing, but for our team this is basically blasphemy. I think since I was about ten years old there was only one other time where I went so long without skiing, and that was due to a torn ACL. This summer, however, the Horstman Glacier in Whistler never opened, so after an entire summer of ski deprivation, it feels great to be back on snow. I’ve had four days of training now and it has been quite productive. Luckily, all the effort put into training doesn’t fade too much after half a year (at least that’s what I like to tell myself). Over the next few days though, it looks like a large storm will be passing through. Up to 150 km/h winds have been forecasted. After such a long break, I think the wind would have to be at least twice as strong for me to skip a day of skiing, but unfortunately, they don’t even open the lifts when the wind is half as strong. Once the weather has calmed itself down, we will hopefully get a few more days of training before heading home for two weeks of quarantine. Then maybe by the next edition of Apex Matters, I will have some news on what the rest of my ski season is going to look like!

Jordan Kober training on the Zermatt glacier a couple of years ago.

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By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member September flew by, and I’m so pumped to feel the air getting colder. Winter is coming, and it feels like it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to ski. I have been training hard, working on my strength at the gym and outdoors. The next Team BC training is coming up on October 14th, when we fly to Quebec for training at Maximize. We will practice our big tricks on the airbag there. I look forward to being with the team again and heading into another great winter. We will stay here in BC mostly this winter, so it’s a good thing that we have epic mountains. Stay tuned for what’s ahead in the next Apex Matters.

I’ve Gotta Go! By Leslie Spohr, Registered Physical Therapist Dale Charles Physiotherapy While last year’s ski season didn’t end in quite the way anyone imagined, here we are at the start of another memorable year. With favourable weather predictions and international travel unlikely, there won’t be a better place to be spending the winter months than outside enjoying all that Apex has to offer. With all your 2020 plans blown out of the water, I’m sure you’ve been heeding our past advice to do stretches, strengthening and numerous core exercises before hitting the slopes and undoubtedly you’ve tried on all your gear at least twice so far to make sure you’re looking as flash as ever. It’s almost time to gather your gear and your hot drink for the road and hit the slopes. But first, you better go to the bathroom. Once you’re parked, gear in hand you take a look around. Take a big breath of that crisp snow hill air and soak in the view. Time to strap in and get going. But first, you better go to the bathroom. First run is a bit rough, as expected, but otherwise things are feeling pretty good. Time for run number two! But first, you better go to the bathroom. I mean, you did have a big cup of coffee on the way up. There seems to be a pattern every couple of runs, you get the sudden, and unwanted, NEED to pee. You shift around in your seat on the chairlift, hoping it will go away, but it doesn’t. Once on the top of the hill, you reassess the situation and realize it’s not going away. With nothing suitable at the top, and not wanting to go in the trees, you ski all the way down. You hurry to the bathrooms ‘walking’ with your knees pressed together and boots on. This is never easy, but don’t worry, you still look good. You race to the stall, you start to unzip, but due to the cold you have two layers of long johns on under your snowsuit and your fingers are frozen. You start doing the pee dance, because this always helps, wondering if you’ll actually peel the layers off in time. Sometimes we do. Sometimes we don’t. If we do, we can head back up the hill only to find ourselves in a similar situation a short while later. If we don’t, it becomes a very short, and uncomfortable, ski day. The ‘need to pee’ will often increase in cold weather and higher elevations. Due to the changes in body temperature and blood pressure this can be a common and normal reaction. However, if you find yourself in this situation after every couple of runs, or throughout a normal day in the week (sans multiple layers and frozen fingers), you may be experiencing symptoms of an Over Active Bladder. Over Active Bladder (OAB) is a common problem that, according to The Canadian Continence Foundation, affects nearly 1 in 5 Canadians, both men and women, typically over the age of 35. OAB is a sudden urge to urinate despite the bladder not being full. It may also be associated with Urinary Urge Incontinence (UUI), or the unintentional loss of urine. Symptoms of OAB include: 1. Increase Frequency: urinating more than 8 times in a 24 hours period (and you haven’t been guzzling water all day), and more than 1 time at night (2 times is normal for those over 60). 2. Urgency: That uncontrollable ‘Need To Go ... NOW!’ with little to no chance of postponing it. 3. Incontinence: involuntary loss of urine following a sudden, strong desire to urinate. Although common, and often associated with getting older, OAB

(and/or incontinence) is NOT a normal part of aging. It is not a disease. It is a symptom indicating that something else could be going on in the body, and it should be discussed with a healthcare professional who is interested and knowledgeable in the area. Like a physiotherapist (yes, some of us are specially trained to treat symptoms like these). So, if this story, or symptoms listed above, sound familiar don’t worry, there’s hope. First line of action is to discuss these symptoms with your doctor to rule out a urinary tract infection or other causes. Second step is to contact a pelvic health physiotherapist (there are 4 of us in Penticton!) who can help with the behavior, lifestyle and muscle changes that are essential for proper bladder control. Have a happy and safe 2020/21 season! Helpful links: www.canadiancontinence.ca/EN/index.php; www.nafc.org; and bcphysio.org/find-a-physio Good Bladder Habits ~ It is normal to go to the toilet about 5-7 times per day and no more than once at night (twice over the age of 60). Your bladder should be able to hold up to >2 cups of urine. Try to go only when your bladder is full and when you need to go. Don’t go to the toilet ‘just in case’, as this may result in the bladder developing a smaller capacity. Take your time when emptying your bladder, so that it empties completely. Being in a rush may lead to incomplete emptying and predispose you to urinary infections. Make sure you sit on the seat (when able). Hovering prevents full voiding. Try your best not to bear down to empty. as this involves the wrong muscles and prevents proper voiding. Drink an adequate amount of fluid. Assuming there are no other medical problems, 6-8 glasses per day is a recommended amount. This amount ensures urine does not become concentrated (which can stimulate urination). It is also advisable to limit intake of bladder irritants such as tea, coffee, cola drinks, alcohol and spicy foods.

Don’t Forget To Tip Your Server By Lyndie Hill I have been meaning to write this article since going into lock down in March, but as the world closed, then went completely sideways, slowly re-opened and has changed drastically almost every day since, I have struggled to keep up. But alas, here we are, the ski season quickly approaching, along with our first full winter in a pandemic and recently, a new order given from the Provincial Health Officer to close all nightclubs and beverage sales after 10pm, indefinitely. Now feels like the right time to write this. After all, the ski bar is one of the resort’s biggest attractions. As some local readers may know, my career and life’s work revolve around adventure tourism and outdoor education. I am proud of my accomplishments in the industry, but the truth is I would not be the person I am today without the hospitality industry. At the age of 13, I got my first restaurant job. I was a “salad girl” at a small family owned restaurant. The owner was there every day open to close and only took Mondays off when the restaurant was closed. He taught me my first restaurant lessons, “Never have empty hands and always scan the room to make sure you take the least trips possible. Be efficient.” These would be the first lessons in a million I would learn over the next 20 years that I would have my hand in the industry. As this pandemic has unfolded, tourism and the hospitality industry have been hit hardest. I recently wrote a letter to the MLA asking consideration for additional financial support for the hospitality and tourism industries in hopes that government would recognize their value reaches far beyond the increased spend of tourists during peak months. In the letter, I briefly outlined how these industries “create employment opportunities for our youth who learn the value of a dollar and hopefully gain respect for the adults in their lives who work every day to provide for them. They learn humility and hustle, how to use a broom, how to count back change, how to look into the eye of a stranger, how to face their own fears and become part of the world. It perhaps even allows them to help their own families that are struggling financially. It gives them purpose and we need this now more than ever.” Within days, this letter reached over 10,000 people and was hand delivered by the MLA to BC’s Premier and the Minister of Tourism and published in the Tourism Industry Association of BC’s weekly newsletter, further proving the importance of our industries to so many people. The fact is, working in a restaurant can prepare you more for life than any classroom. It teaches patience, how to perform under pressure and multi-task. Budgeting, sales, marketing, math and tech skills matched with a thickened skin and important lessons on how to respond to difficult situations and still hold your head high. Lifelong friendships are built over mind blowing experiences that only those who have worked in a restaurant will ever truly understand. Anthony Bourdain put it perfectly when he said, “You can always tell when a person has worked in a restaurant. There’s an empathy that can only be cultivated by those who have stood between a hungry mouth and a $28 pork chop, a special understanding of the way a bunch of motley misfits can be a family. Service industry work develops the “soft skills” recruiters talk about on LinkedIn ... discipline, promptness, the ability to absorb criticism, and most important, how to read people like a book. The work is thankless and fun and messy, and the world would be a kinder place if more people tried it. With all due respect to my former professors, I’ve long believed I gained more knowledge in kitchens, bars, and dining rooms than any college could even hold.” As we enter this next season and we all begin to tire of these restrictions that have been put upon us, as you hit that local ski hill and work up a hunger and thirst, when all you want do is sit down for

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GB’s career server, Wendell Clark, preparing an infamous Gunbarrel Coffee. ApexMatters.com | October 2020 | Page 9

From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay I arrived back in Ottawa last Sunday to begin debate on the Throne Speech and the government’s new bill to provide supports for Canadians affected by the COVID crisis. While the Throne Speech usually dominates debate at the start of a parliamentary session, it was the new legislation that was top of mind for the NDP caucus. Sunday happened to be the day that CERB benefits to out-of-work Canadians ran out, leaving millions unsure about their ability to pay rent or put food on the table. Why was this critical decision left to the last minute? We were actually set to debate this a month ago, but the Liberals prorogued Parliament, eliminating any chance to get this done on time and, not coincidentally, also eliminating any chance for committees to continue studying unethical behaviour in the WE scandal. The NDP was primarily concerned about two aspects of the new bill. One was the proposal from the Liberals that benefits to CERB recipients would drop from $2000 per month to $1600. No reason was given for this illogical move. If $2000 was considered the lowest amount that would provide a liveable wage for those who lost their jobs back in March, why would that suddenly go down to $1600 when millions of those jobs have not returned?

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Statement From Linda Larson I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all the Constituents of the Okanagan / Similkameen, who over the last seven and a half years have shared their stories, the good and the not so good, with myself and my Constituency Staff. Many issues we have been able to help with, and many not so much. However, we have always treated everyone who has come to us for assistance with courtesy and made every effort to direct their concern to the appropriate Government Agency or Staff for assistance.

We have, together, been through devastating fires and floods and I have great admiration for all those who are on the front line and who never falter in their unselfish commitment to our protection. The second concern was a provision for paid sick leave. The NDP Thank you. has been fighting for this for the past six months. Many Canadian Finally, thank you to my Constituency Staff in Oliver and my workers don’t have any paid sick leave benefits. If they don’t go Legislative Staff in Victoria for always following up on requests in a to work, they don’t get paid. That doesn’t make sense in normal timely manner and never loosing their sense of humour. times, but in pandemic times it is a recipe for disaster. It has been a privilege and an honour to serve as MLA for the If a worker wakes up sick, they have to balance the risk of missing Riding of Boundary/Similkameen. Stay safe and wash your hands. out on pay with the risk of infecting their co-workers. If they actually have COVID, these infections could easily shut down their FROM THE DIRECTOR entire workplace - a grocery store, restaurant or a care home, for instance. The original Liberal proposal on paid sick leave in Bill For RDOS Area ‘I’ C-2 would have required workers to have a positive COVID test to Forestry practices are still planned for be allowed to qualify. That would not have helped workers make 2020 around the community of Apex, that critical decision to stay home when symptoms first appeared. including some wildfire mitigation work The Liberals eventually agreed with the NDP. The new Bill C-4 in 2021 and beyond to reduce the risk that replaced C-2 kept both the $2000 per month benefits for for the community by creating a barrier workers who have lost jobs due to COVID and a broader set of around the community. qualifications for paid sick leave benefits that will keep Canadians With large interface wildfires on the healthier and keep businesses open. Subrina Monteith rise, the Apex community needs to To get the legislation passed on time so that people who had lost Director of agree on a decision on how to move RDOS Area ‘I’ their CERB benefits on Sunday wouldn’t lose critical paycheques, forward and support the Apex Fire the NDP agreed to fast track C-4 through the House of Commons Brigade. The AFBS has done an amazing job of growing, training on Tuesday. The Conservatives decided to use their political and acquiring basic equipment to protect the community. The next powers to delay the proceedings to complain about the lack of time step in 2021 will be public engagement with residents, which will to debate such an important piece of legislation. While I totally lead the community to a vote on creating a Fire Protection Service agree that full debate is always desirable, the government’s delay through RDOS to ensure that the department can be adequately in bringing the legislation gave us no option but to proceed quickly. trained, staffed and equipped for the current community needs The Conservatives could have chosen to be active participants in now and into the future. Stay tuned for more information. negotiations around drafting the bill but did not. The Apex Waste Transfer Station repairs have been completed In the end, the bells rang at 2 am on Wednesday morning and the under warranty and modifications are underway to capture liquids bill was passed. I’m proud that the NDP used our time and energy that escape the compactor. RDOS is moving towards composting, to ensure that the bill was significantly improved and passed on which will be an added potential regional service in the coming time. I agree with the Conservatives that the job of an opposition years at Apex. Apex Mountain Resort is providing the maintenance party is to oppose, we must also propose constructive changes service on the Apex Waste Transfer Station located in the village. to legislation, changes that will make the lives of all Canadians Access to education is a challenge for year-round families at Apex. better. That’s what the NDP has been focussed on throughout the I encourage you to write rural trustees of SD53 and SD67, asking pandemic. them to initiate change with regard to the boundary catchments. If you have any questions or concerns, please email richard. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. cannings@parl.gc.ca or phone 250-770-4480 in Penticton. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca Page 10 | October 2020 | ApexMatters.com

Drive-In Movie Night At Apex By Erica Fletcher, ACA Secretary On August 22, Apex played host to a brand-new event ... a Drive-In Movie in the main parking lot! This was my first drive-in movie, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I have to say, it was pretty cool! The novelty of having an event like this at Apex, in the summer, was fantastic and I’m excited to have been a part of it. For those of you who missed this event, I’m sure you would like to hear the details, so here is my less than comprehensive summary. The screen was a marvel, for one. Outside Cinema Inc. arrived for set up with a tiny trailer and I couldn’t help thinking, “I thought it was supposed to be a 40 foot screen? How does all that fit into such a little trailer?” I soon found out when the cinema crew began inflating their screen, and it was up and ready to use in no time flat! We screened three outdoorsy documentaries over the evening: “50 On the Fur Brigade Trail”, “Klunkers: A Film About Mountain Bikes”, and “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey”. My personal favourite was Klunkers. It was hilarious learning how the revered sport of mountain biking had its beginnings. Basically, taking all the useless clunky bits off old balloon tire bikes, chucking them into a pile in an attempt to make the beastly bikes somewhat rideable, on terrain they were definitely not meant to be ridden on. Combine this with the insatiable thirst for adrenaline, adventure, and a love of biking from a daredevil group of people ... and mountain biking is born. My kids couldn’t get over the fact that none of these pioneer mountain bikers wore helmets. After they mentioned that 10 times, they went to sleep, but for the adults it was nothing but laughs all the way through. For one of my viewing companions, he reminisced all night of when he and his buddies were doing the exact same things shown in the film, many moons ago now of course! Part way through the screening of Klunkers, the stars came out; it was fantastic. I wish I had a camera to capture the novelty of it, but some things are just meant to be experienced. All in all, it was a great event. The drive-in style movie made it feasible to host an event and provide a fun night out in a safe way during this time of Covid-19. While this virus is taking the screen in many ways in all our lives right now, it was nice to have a night out. It was great to see some friends and acquaintances and to watch a movie together, albeit in a different way, but no less fun for the safety measures followed. Before I sign off, the members of the Apex Community Association (ACA) would like to give a huge thank you to all of the sponsors for this event: Apex Mountain Resort; Beecroft Fuels; Glenn Perrin Dental; Hoodoo Adventures; MackinleyClark Paving; Royal LePage; and Wildstone Construction. Your support in this endeavour was greatly appreciated! Thanks also to everyone who purchased tickets and came out to make the first ACA event a huge success! Thank you so much, and I hope you all enjoyed this event as much as we did. I can’t wait to see you all again at the next Apex Movie Night next summer. The Apex Community Association is a local volunteer driven society, whose main goals are to promote the Apex Community. Apex is a unique little mountain village with a fierce ‘pride of place’. The ACA hopes to enhance everything that we love about it, whether it’s maintaining a

trail, building a new one, planning and hosting events, or even building community infrastructure ... you name it, we want to do it! We are a community of our own and there is no such thing as an ‘off’ season up here. So far, the ACA is a small group of local individuals who love this place and who are ridiculously optimistic about what we can accomplish. If you have any interest in pitching in, please don’t be shy. Come to meetings, give us your input and ideas, or join as a member or Board of Director (it doesn’t cost anything, except your time). We’d love to hear from you! Email us at apexcommunityassociation@gmail.com.

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Ensuring Financial & Operational Sustainability Into The Future By Kelly Johnston, RPF Assistant Fire Chief The topic of residential and commercial insurance coverage for individual homes and strata developments has emerged as a primary concern for many Apex residents over the past year. A core and inseparable component of residential and commercial insurance is fire insurance. The Apex Fire Brigade Society (AFBS) is working with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) to pursue a referendum that will provide residents with the opportunity to vote on establishing a sustainable tax-base funded fire service for the Apex community. A sustainable fire service is expected to result in significant residential insurance benefits to Apex homeowners. We can likely expect that the insurance situation will only worsen in light of the recent sharp increase of catastrophic home losses to wildfire. Each year, new “unprecedented” home loss records are set resulting in re-occurring and crippling financial impacts for insurance underwriters and providers. The very same insurance underwriters that are experiencing fire losses in states like California, Oregon and Washington underwrite many of the insurance companies that provide residential and commercial coverage for Apex properties. Through my work with local, provincial, state and federal governments across North America, as a community fire protection professional, I am seeing these insurance concerns and insurance industry engagements with regards to fire losses increase at an alarmingly rapid rate. More and more of the projects I am asked to undertake either directly involve insurance providers concerned with fire risk to their assets, or governments concerned with the impact of insurance on their residents. The insurance industry is scrambling for solutions to address the fire risk to the assets they insure. In British Columbia, insurance providers are increasingly relying on the Fire Underwriter Survey (FUS) community fire protection rating to assess their fire risk in rural areas that are currently considered unprotected (Apex). Personally, my long-term insurance provider recently informed me that they would not renew my residential insurance, because Apex is considered unprotected. I was fortunate to find another provider that would insure me ... for this year anyway. The AFBS has received reports of similar stories from other Apex residents. We have made enquiries and also heard from residents who have been told by their insurance providers that their insurance rates will drop by as much as 50% if Apex becomes a FUS certified community. Over the past 20 months, the AFBS volunteers have been working tirelessly to create a fire service that can meet the minimum FUS requirements. With the fantastic support of local residents and businesses, we have come a long way in moving toward this goal. Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go. Through the generous donations from businesses and residents, the AFBS has established a minimum number of trained volunteer fire fighters, acquired a fire engine that meets the immediate minimum requirements, and acquired much of the basic equipment that is required. Apex Mountain Resort has generously provided the “barn” as a temporary location to secure and store the fire engine and equipment. This has allowed the AFBS to kick-off a basic fire service for the immediate short-term. The AFBS, with the help of expert fire service mentors, has carefully evaluated the current Apex Fire and Rescue operational capabilities and sustainability with regard to FUS certification.

Additional influences on this evaluation include AFBS’s ability to meet WorkSafeBC regulations and fire service minimum safety standards. This evaluation focused on the organization’s ability to: • Sustain volunteers that are trained to the minimum FUS and regulatory safety requirements and are capable of safely and effectively responding to fire emergencies. • Acquire and maintain personal protection equipment (PPE) that meets the minimum regulatory safety requirements and effectively protect volunteer responders while training for and responding to emergencies. • Acquire and maintain emergency response vehicles and equipment that can sustainably meet the minimum FUS and regulatory safety requirements. The AFBS Board of Directors has determined that the overall outcome of meeting these requirements in a sustainable manner will result in a minimum FUS fire protection rating that is expected to translate into significant annual insurance savings for residents. There is also good evidence that a FUS certification will likely become the dominating factor in determining whether homeowners can obtain insurance at all in the near future. Unfortunately, the AFBS Board of Directors has been unable to acquire adequate funding to allow the organization to take the next step to achieve sustainable FUS certification. The donated funds are already exhausted. The current attempt to achieve an adequately supported fire service, that meets a sustainable FUS certification, by a combination of donations and grants has not been (and likely will never be) successful. Furthermore, due to liability concerns, most BC regional districts, who have historically supported volunteer fire services through grant funding, are withdrawing that grant funded model and transitioning to taxfunded models. Most of the fire services within the RDOS are already operating on an RDOS tax-funded model to ensure sustainability in meeting FUS requirements. The AFBS Board of Directors has been unable to identify a non-tax based funding solution capable of supporting the required additional resources for sustaining operations that will meet FUS certification.

Some of the immediate challenges that we face: • The current fire engine will require replacement within 4 years. • Certified fire suits for volunteer responders are required as the current equipment is outdated. • An ongoing annual operations and maintenance budget is required. • The availability of the current “fire hall” is short-term at best, and will become unavailable within the next 1 to 5 years when the resort moves ahead with development plans for this location. Therefore, a permanent fire hall with ample space to provide a secure and sustainable base of operations is also required within that same 1 to 5 year period.

After significant research and careful consideration of all influencing factors, consultation with internal and external expertise, and collaborative discussions with the Apex Mountain Resort, the Apex Property Owners Association Board of Directors, the AFBS Board of Directors has determined that a tax-funded fire service is the only viable solution to achieving a sustainable FUS rating that will provide adequate confidence for insurance companies to continue insuring Apex homes. The AFBS is currently working with the RDOS Area “I” Director, Subrina Monteith, and RDOS staff to table a motion with the RDOS Board of Directors for the establishment of two referendum bylaws: • A referendum bylaw that will provide Apex property owners and residents with the opportunity to vote on an Apex Fire Service Operational Budget. • A borrowing bylaw that will provide Apex property owners and residents with the opportunity to vote on the RDOS borrowing of funds to build a fire hall that is capable of securing and supporting the operational readiness of the required fire resources. The success of these initiatives is crucial to the sustained provision of FUS certified fire protection for Apex residents. As this initiative moves forward, Apex residents can expect further engagement, updates and additional details from the AFBS and our collaborating partners. For more information, please visit apexfirerescue.ca or email referendum@ apexfirerescue.ca. The Apex Fire Brigade Society thanks you for your ongoing support.

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Increasing Insurance Premiums By The APOA Board Most of BC’s medium and large strata/condo corporations have been hit hard by the insurance industry this past year, and Apex condo owners are no exception. The smaller buildings (2-4 units) are not as hard hit, but insiders report most larger complexes throughout BC are seeing eye-popping, wallet-busting insurance premium increases. Media reports quote the insurance industry as saying many strata corporations in general, and BC strata corporations in particular, are racking up huge claims, aren’t maintaining their buildings, and are generally reducing profitability in the condo insurance market. Also, the number of providers who offer insurance to larger condo complexes has declined, reducing competition considerably. Provincial regulation mandates all strata corporations to carry common property insurance for full replacement value at all times. So strata councils, even those with a well run building with few claims, have no option but to accept whatever insurance they can get. It is a recipe for huge premium increases and much higher deductibles. It has gotten so bad that more than a few are calling it price gouging. As a result, strata councils are stressed to the limit when forced to budget for common property insurance costs that suddenly double, triple, or more in a single year. Meanwhile, property managers tell strata councils that how their specific insurance premium is determined by the broker is “a very complex process”. For councils able to compare their premiums with other strata councils, the whole premium setting process can appear to lie somewhere between reading tea leaves and throwing darts. No wonder that for many of Apex’s condo owners, insurance has become an expensive, confusing, frustrating mess! Getting a better Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) rating for Apex should help lower insurance costs, and having our hard working Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade in place has already improved Apex’s FUS rating. But that rating needs to be sustained, and doing so on the brigade’s current shoestring budget isn’t really an option. As importantly, our FUS rating can be significantly improved with a properly funded and equipped fire department. We will be hearing a lot more about this in the coming months ... stay tuned. In the meantime, if you see an Apex condo owner or an Apex Fire Brigade member give them a hug. The former needs it, the latter deserves it. Oh wait ... Covid ... no hugs. What a year. But the absolutely fantastic news is that both Apex Mountain Resort and Nickel Plate Nordic Centre are ramping up for another great ski season! It is NOT too early to start doing your snow dance! ApexMatters.com | October 2020 | Page 13

A Plant Based Diet By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, Prolotherapist Do you want a competitive edge to your skiing this year? How about a quicker way to building muscle and reducing likelihood of injury during preseason? Or if you are nursing an injury, do you want to know how you can ensure a good season ahead by taming down the inflammation and promoting injury repair? Have you ever considered that the answer may come from the fuel that you put in your body every day? Your meals can either promote healing or thwart it. Let food be thy medicine is an age old concept that is coming to the present as top shelf athletes are constantly looking at ways to up their game. What I am talking about here is a plant based diet. A plant based diet involves eating more vegetables and fruits. Eating less of dairy, meat, fish and eggs. This diet discourages the use of processed foods. But, what about the protein you may ask. You can still meet your protein needs by including beans, lentils, seeds and nuts in your meals. Before you close the book on this diet, do read on to see how eating more plants helps to reduce aging, promote healing and keep you active on the slopes. Heart Disease ~ Cardiovascular disease has its roots in atherosclerosis, or hardening of arteries. Development of this disease is associated with a diet high in meat and fat. Conversely, plant based foods rich in antioxidants give a protective hit on the blood vessel lining. Top Cardiologist, Dean Ornish, MD has shown that a plant based diet with regular exercise alone can actually reverse heart disease. Healing ~ When you injure yourself your body needs good quality fuel to promote healing. You do want some inflammatory markers around, as they are part of the process toward wound healing. But it’s all a balance, as you don’t want inflammation to get out of control. A plant based diet helps the body regulate levels of inflammation. If you are going toward plant based during this time, make sure you are getting adequate protein, also needed for repair, through beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. I often recommend boosting protein even with a pea based protein powder. Joint Pain ~ But what if you experience joint pain and think that skiing has a limited lifespan for you? Tipping the scales to an antiinflammatory diet can significantly reduce your pain. An example of a pro-athlete who was able to get back into her game by considering her dietary fuel is tennis pro, Venus Williams. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder where she experienced extreme fatigue and joint pain, causing her to withdraw from her game. Venus adopted a plant based diet and states that “once I started, I fell in love with the concept of feeding your body in the best way possible. Not only does I help me on the court, but I fell like I’m doing the right thing for me.” For some more inspiration on the concept of plant based diets and athletic performance, check out the documentary “The xGame Changers” on Netflix. If you are looking for health related information regarding plant based diet benefits, check out “Physicians Committed for Responsible Medicine” at pcrm.org. It doesn’t mean that you need to give up all of those juicy burgers, but adding in a Meatless Monday can be beneficial to your longevity up here on the hill. References: www.ornish.com; Nutrients. 2018 Dec 1;10(12):1841. doi: 10.3390/ nu10121841

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A new favourite recipe in my family’s routine is this Portobello “Steak” Fajita found in “Oh She Glows Cookbook” by Angela Liddon. INGREDIENTS Portobello Steaks ~ 4-6 large portobello mushrooms; 2 Tbsp plus 1 1/2 tsp grapeseed oil; 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice; 1 tsp dried oregano; 1 tsp ground cumin; 3/4 tsp chili powder; 1/2 tsp sea salt; and black pepper. Stir- Fry ~ 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil, olive oil, or coconut oil; 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced; 1 large orange bell pepper, thinly sliced; and 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced. To Assemble ~ 4 to 6 tortillas; sliced avocado; salsa; hot sauce; cilantro; and shredded lettuce. Remove the stems from the portobello mushrooms and discard. With a small spoon, scrape out and discard the inside black gills from the mushroom caps. Remove debris from the mushrooms and slice them into long, 1/2 inch, strips. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, lime juice, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add the sliced mushrooms and toss well to coat. Let the mushrooms marinate for 20 to 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the bell peppers and onion and sauté over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Preheat a grill pan over medium or high heat. Lay the marinate mushrooms on the pan and grill them for 3 to 5 minutes per side. To assemble, place a tortilla on a plate and top with some of the grilled portobello strips, sautéed vegetables, and your desired toppings. Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also find her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Penticton Snowmobile Club Update By Stuart Drake, President

As our thoughts turn to winter, we start to plan and prepare for the upcoming snowmobile season. This time of year we find a lot of Fall time means that the warm, comfort food comes out of the our members doing maintenance on their trucks, their trailers and recipe books and goes straight to my thighs! Just kidding ... but for their snowmobiles in order to be ready as soon as the now flies. real, this Chicken Pot Pie is absolutely amazing and sure to please You never know exactly when that first epic adventure will happen. even the pickiest eaters in your home. This season has been forecasted for very cool temperatures and Begin by mixing 2 ½ cups of flour with ½ tsp. of salt with a fork. heavy snow loads. As a result, we are looking ahead to some very Next, add 1 cup of cold butter, chilled and diced, and ½ cup of cold promising conditions for an amazing season. This will include lots water to your flour. Using a fork (or pastry blender), try to make the of club rides for our members to get out and explore some areas butter into pea-sized balls. Be careful not to over mix, as the flakey that they may not be familiar with or may be new to them. We texture is usually from the hidden butter balls in the mix! Cut dough always look forward to this time of year with anticipation of what in half, press first half of pie dough into pie plate and poke a few the weather will bring for the upcoming season. times with a fork, saving the other for the top of the pie. We recommend all of our members get their sleds in for their yearly To make the filling, heat ¼ cup of butter in a cast iron skillet. Next, maintenance. This will include cleaning clutches, checking the sweat 1 large onion cut into small diced pieces, 4 stalks of diced belts for wear and tear and giving them a good cleaning, greasing celery and 2 medium sized carrots (this should take approximately all the moving parts in the rear skid and suspension, checking all 5 minutes). Once cooked thoroughly, add ¼ cup of dried or fresh the shocks for rebound and to see if they need seals or rebuilding thyme and 1 tsp. of sage. Next, coat your ingredients in ½ a cup in any way, plus we always recommend checking the sliders on of flour, stirring to avoid having a gluey mess before adding ¾ cup the rear skid and replacing them if needed as well as ski carbides. of milk. Once you have brought your mixture to a boil, add ½ a All of these things can be done at any reputable shop, your local cup of frozen (or fresh) peas, ½ dealer, or even by yourself if your in the know. It’s always good to cup of frozen (or fresh) corn and get these things done now before the snow flies, so that you’re the meat from 2 large chicken ready for action when it does. breasts, diced. Add chicken filling We are very excited for the upcoming season and are working to your prepared pie crust before towards finalizing our meeting dates and club rides. Do be sure topping with remaining crust. to look for more information on our Facebook page in the coming Bake for 50 minutes at 400 weeks. Let’s get ready and make this season one to remember! degrees until crust is lightly By Dee Martens


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