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Mining WEEK

April 28th to May 4th, 2013

Roller girls triumph at tournament FSS students Walk for Water - Page 3 SPARWOOD

For the love of dance - Page 22 SOUTH COUNTRY

Jaffray Branch Relief Society - Page 28 INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pampering for Mom! Gift Ideas for Today’s Mothers Mother’s Day Dining Menus

Pages 17 to 19 INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Mining WEEK

APRIL 28 - MAY 4, 2013

Mining Week Pull-Out

Fernie’s Avalanche City Roller Girls All Star team spent last weekend competing at roller derby tournament, Spokarnage, in Washington. For the full story and more photos, turn to page 23. Submitted photo

Fernie election forum Boaters rescued by gets questions rolling U.S. border agents By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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wo candidates vying for the opportunity to serve as Kootenay East MLA drew the crowds to the Fernie Community Centre Wednesday night for a Fernie all-candidates forum hosted by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. Around 100 people were on hand for the first candidates forum of this election putting Liberal incumbent Bill Bennett against NDP

candidate Norma Blissett. The candidates were asked questions that had been submitted to The Free Press and the Chamber ahead of time. With Glen Purdy moderating, the candidates were asked their opinion on topics from the legalisation of marijuana to how they feel about Coal Bed Methane extraction in the Elk Valley. The environment appeared to be a big concern for voters, with questions also about selenium

in the Elk River, but the candidates were also asked how they plan to promote tourism, meet the skills shortage facing the region, support small businesses, take care of the seniors and enhance education. The forum was the first of several leading up to the May 14 election date. There will be a forum in Sparwood May 7 and one in Elkford May 8. Turn to page 25 for photos.

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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hree boaters were rescued from Lake Koocanusa last week after their boat broke down. The trio were rescued Friday by U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection agents, who found them on a remote part of the lake. They were reportedly tired and cold, but safe and sound. Their small boat had broken down several kilometres from

their original launching point. Customs officials say that all three Canadian citizens were suffering from exposure because of the bad weather and exhaustion. Agents patrolling the lake spotted the trio and coordinated the rescue using "specialized riverine patrol watercraft," according to a news release. The boat was eventually towed safely to the Rexford, Montana boat launch.

WHAT CHOICE WILL WE MAKE? Low Taxes or High Taxes? * New Jobs or Lost Jobs? * A Strong Economy or the Worst Economy in Canada? Access to Our Backcountry or More Road Closures & Parks? * A Strong Proven MLA or a Rookie MLA?

Our choice has consequences. To keep Kootenay East strong, our choice on May 14th is Bill Bennett

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, May 2, 2013

Taking Action on Water Quality Teck operates five steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley which employ over 4,000 people. We raise our families in the valley, fish and swim in the river and care deeply about ensuring the environment is protected. That’s why we’re taking action to ensure that water quality is protected in the valley now and for generations to come.

The Challenge Mining generates large quantities of leftover rock that contains naturally occurring substances such as selenium. Water from rain and runoff flows through these rock piles and carries selenium and other substances, such as nitrate, into local waters. If concentrations of these substances continue to increase, they may reach levels that could affect aquatic health.

A Strategy to Protect Water Quality Our proposed water quality management strategy includes investing more than $600 million over five years for construction of water treatment plants, research and development, and ongoing monitoring. Our first water treatment plant is already under construction at our Line Creek Operations. This strategy builds on the steps we have taken over the years to address water quality, including studies, construction of water diversions and establishing the Strategic Advisory Panel on Selenium Management.

Fish Health and Human Health Leftover Rock

Monitoring and studies show that while there may be effects to individual fish in isolated areas in the upper Fording River; selenium and other substances are below levels that would affect populations of fish and other sensitive animals and plants.

Creating the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan Together

Monitoring of fish from the Elk and Fording rivers demonstrates they are safe to eat. Selenium levels in municipal drinking water sources in the valley are also below Health Canada and B.C. drinking water guidelines and are not a human health concern.

The B.C. Government has created guidelines for development of an Elk Valley Water Quality Plan to address water quality issues. We will consult extensively and work with communities, government, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders to create this plan. The Elk Valley Water Quality Plan will set target levels for selenium, cadmium, nitrate and sulphate, as well as calcite formation. Water treatment technologies and strategies already developed by Teck will help in the development of the new plan. Timeline for the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan: Spring 2013: Develop terms of reference

2013–2014: Consultation and development of plan

Get Involved Spring 2014: Submit final plan to province

Throughout: Implement solutions to protect water quality

We will be consulting and working with people throughout the region to finalize the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. To learn more and provide your feedback and suggestions, go to www.teck.com/ElkValley or call 1-855-806-6854.


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Fernie Secondary students walk for water By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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ernie Secondary School students learnt just how important water is with a Walk for Water on Friday. After learning that many people survive on just three to six litres of water a day, and must walk to get it, Janet Kuijt’s Outdoor Education class had an interesting exercise

in front of them. The students each calculated how much water they used daily and then devised a system that would allow them to carry enough water back from the Elk River for their entire family. As part of the Earth Week activities, the class turned the lesson into reality and strolled from Fernie Secondary School to the river and back, using their handmade water carrying devices.

Fernie Secondary School students took a Walk for Water on Friday. Submitted photos

U.S. suggest Canadians pay a fee to drive south of the border By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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f officials in the United States get their way, a day trip to Montana could become more expensive. The Department of Homeland Security wants Congress to authorize the study of a fee that could be collected from everyone who enters the U.S. at land crossings bordering Canada and Mexico.

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But Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade thinks a fee to simply enter the U.S. would be bad for business between the two countries and said it will fight the proposal. The 2014 Department of Homeland Security budget proposal seeks increases in existing fees charged for services, including fees that air and sea travellers must pay when they enter the country.

But the agency also wants to study the feasibility of collecting a land border crossing fee for pedestrians and passenger vehicles along the northern and southwest borders of the United States. No fees have previously been imposed on those who enter by car, bus or train. The budget doesn't suggest how much the fee would be. The study is to be completed within nine months.

Fire destroys shed By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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utdoor burning led to the destruction of a shed in Fernie on Thursday, April 25. Fernie Fire Rescue responded to the fire in the 2400 block area of Highway 3 at 4:30 that afternoon. Upon arrival, firefighters found the shed fully engulfed, with the occupant trying to prevent the flames from spreading to an adjacent building with a garden hose. Firefighters were able to use 1 ¾ inch hose lines and foam to put out the blaze, but the structure and its contents were a total loss. The fire was accidental and no one was injured. Following this incident, Fernie Fire Rescue would like to remind the public to use extreme caution at all times when they are doing any outdoor burning.

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British Columbia Elections 2013 Choose your next MLA Submit the questions you want your next MLA to answer to editor@thefreepress.ca. Your question could get asked and answered in this 6 week feature. If your party wanted to make the Flathead a National Park would you vote against your party to keep the Flathead wild or support the party in making the Flathead a National Park? the Flathead intact. That’s why I persuaded my government to remove mining & oil & gas from the Valley. That’s why I’ve also supported some AMA’s there to limit motorized access.

Bill Bennett - B.C. Liberal Candidate

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he Flathead Valley is a special place and must be managed carefully. We have five open pit coal mines in the Elk Valley and it’s important that we keep

Most already know from my record that I will always stand up to Victoria and stop a Flathead Park, no matter who is suggesting it. I do believe, however, that the NDP record on standing up for the people of the Elk Valley is not the same. When the NDP wanted to bring in a grizzly bear hunting moratorium, Erda Walsh caved

in to her party. When the coal mines were struggling, then mines minister Ann Edwards caved in to her party. An NDP MLA cannot be trusted to stand strong against the pressures that would be brought to bear on her. Last week at the Fernie Forum, the NDP candidate, in answer to this question, said, “I am only one vote.” I suggest that is the answer that reveals how much she would fight for us.

Norma Blissett - B.C. NDP Candidate

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he BC NDP is not proposing a National Park in the Flathead. A National Park can only be established by the federal government.

The BC NDP supports the protections contained in the Flathead Watershed Area Conservation Act, 2011 which prohibits mining and oil and gas extraction. This legislation meets the commitments made in the 2010 memorandum of understanding signed with the State of Montana. From talking with people on the doorstep, my perception is that most local residents are satisfied with the current protections for the Flathead. My job as your elected MLA is to represent the views of local residents at the provincial table. In the

event there is a proposal to change the status of the Flathead, as your MLA I would make sure that the proper data was collected so that I could accurately represent the views of my constituents and vote accordingly. Local residents are best served by an MLA that can work within the government to bring forward their views and to lobby for support from caucus colleagues. Kootenay East constituents can count on me to be an effective voice in the new government that will form after May 14.

District of Elkford 816 Michel Road P.O. Box 340 Elkford, B.C. V0B 1H0 P.250.865.4000 • F.250.865.4001 • info@elkford.ca • www.elkford.ca

STREET SWEEPING The District would appreciate if residents would rake only sand and gravel to the curb gutter. We ask that this material be placed against the gutter, instead of on the road, so it can be picked up by the sweeper cleanly in the last pass. Grass and leaves plug up the screens inside the sweeper, which slows down the process. Grass and leaves can go in the compost barrels we have provided around town.

BLEEDER VALVES Remember -

residents must turn OFF the bleeder valves in their residences by May 1, 2013. Please ensure valves are in working condition. For more information please call Public Works at 250.865.4025

SPRING CLEAN UP May 6th - 18th

The District of Elkford will remove pick-up loads from residences (within reason) of accepted household waste on your designated days. Check the website for details. This service will not replace the regular Thursday garbage pick-ups. FREE tipping May 6 – 18th Elkford Transfer Station Summer Hours Monday - Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Remember to cover your loads. Take advantage of these opportunities to tidy your home and yard, and dispose of any unwanted materials.

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings May 6 May 13 May 13

Special Council Meeting @ 6pm Committee of the Whole @ 5pm Regular Council Meeting @ 6pm

These meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.

The District of Elkford is proud to support Mining in the Elk Valley. For mining opportunities, tours and events within the region, call 1-877-ELK-WILD (355-9453) or visit www.elkford.ca

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK

Open House

Saturday May 4th, 3 - 6pm, Elkford Fire Hall Meet members of Elkford’s Fire Rescue Service, Emergency Social Services, Emergency Program, Search and Rescue and BC Ambulance Station 405 who will be on hand to answer questions and provide skills demonstrations.


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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, May 2, 2013

Fernie mourns fallen workers

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A Day of Mourning

By Mary Giuliano Mayor of Fernie

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riday, April 26 was the Workers Day of Mourning and City employees commemorated the occasion with a ceremony in front of City Hall. Staff and workers gathered at 10:30 a.m. to pay respect to workers lost or injured in the workplace. Mike Poirier conducted the short service on behalf of the employees. He read a message from the Union giving a brief explanation of the meaning of the day, asked me in my capacity as mayor to say a few words and then requested a moment of silence. Workers Memorial Day was started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in 1984. In 1985 the Canadian Labour Congress officially declared April 28 as the annual day of remembrance for workers who

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The City of Fernie held a Workers Day of Mourning ceremony Friday morning outside City Hall. Photo by Mary Giuliano

have been killed and injured on the job. This date was chosen because it was on this day in 1914 that the third reading of the Workmen’s Compensation Act took place. On December 28, 1990 the Government of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act, establishing April 28 as the official National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the

workplace, making that day an official Workers Mourning Day. Since then this day has been observed in over 80 countries, the Canadian flag is flown at half-mast on Parliament Hill and workers and employees observe this day by wearing black ribbons, armbands and having a moment of silence. The purpose of this day is to remember and honour those lives lost

or injured and to renew the commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace to prevent further deaths, injuries and diseases. As mayor I expressed my thanks to all the employees for being conscientious about safety in the City of Fernie. Commitment to safety is noticed and appreciated not only in the City but in all workplaces.

Sparwood community members came out to Centennial Square on Sunday afternoon for the annual Day of Mourning ceremony. Photo by N. Liebermann By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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embers of the community came out to Sparwood's Centennial Square Sunday afternoon for the annual Day of Mourning ceremony. The Day of Mourning remembers workers injured or killed on the job.

Speaking at the ceremony was Steve Kallies, representing USW Local 9436, Councillor Ron Saad, representing the District of Sparwood, Norma Blissett, NDP Kootenay East candidate, Mary Giuliano, Mayor of Fernie, and Alex Hanson, representing USW Local 9346. Rick Corak wrapped up the ceremony with a closing prayer.

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Opinion

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Editorial by Angela Treharne

In the U.S. presidential election, the winner is usually the candidate with the most charisma and charm - the one with the ability to win over the voters with smooth talk. If this was the case in the race for MLA, there would be a clear winner and the race would be over long before election day, May 14. At the election forum in Fernie last week, the race for the Kootenay East seat was contended by two candidates that could not be more different. Liberal incumbent Bill Bennett is known for his straight talking, and answered his questions with the polish and expertise of someone who has been in the game for many years, which he has of course. NDP candidate Norma Blissett unfortunately could not stand up to the questioning and was left looking a little lost and confused, and out of her depth. Bennett came across as genuine, even cleverly identifying some of the Liberal party’s mistakes rather than trying to make excuses for them – a tactic that will definitely endear an audience. Norma Blissett defended her party admirably, and made lots of promises about more funding for schools, skills training and health care, but talked more about the province than the valley, and did not really say where the money would be coming from. Whether you are a Liberal or NDP supporter, everyone wants to see competition in the election. That’s what democracy is all about. We want to have choices. I don’t think anyone expected Blissett, with her lack of experience, to come across as well as Bennett. But I think everyone hoped she would be able to stand her own, answer questions, and seem more prepared. It felt like she had things she wanted to say, just couldn’t find a way to articulate them. In closing, Blissett asked the audience, “More of the same or a change for the better?” Bennett was able to think on his feet, and responded with, “Time for a change? Be careful what you wish for!” Hopefully Blissett has learnt a lot from the first forum, and will be better prepared for the forums coming up in Sparwood on May 7 and Elkford on May 8. Then maybe we will actually be able to find out more about how she proposes to make these changes for the better she talked about, rather than just being distracted by the Bill Bennett show.

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Letters to the Editor Fernie forum has clear winner I attended the all candidates forum in Fernie and although I went there intending to vote for Bill Bennett, I did not expect such a total lack of knowledge from the local NDP challenger. One of the questions was "How will you contribute to the economic drivers of your community?" Mr. Bennett talked about ensuring that Teck Coal can continue to operate against the selenium challenge, finding money for fixing our highways and keeping

taxes low. The NDP candidate said she would “shop local”. She then proceeded to claim that the HST drove all businesses out of B.C. She clearly does not understand f u n d a m e n t a l economics and how much a value-added tax helps any business: forestry, mining, construction, tourism, manufacturing or small business and does not understand how getting rid of HST has put B.C. business at a competitive disadvantage with Ontario and Alberta. Next was her incredible claim that the 1990s were a golden period for B.C.

I started and operated a small business during the 1990s, and times were very lean. There was virtually no construction activity, few visitors, no tourism economy and the local coal mines were struggling to remain in business. Not once in 10 years did our local NDP MLA meet with small business, visit our businesses or ask us how to create jobs or to build a prosperous community or economy. Bill Bennett is always available for any non-profit group, citizen or business. The NDP decade of decline is now used as a case study in

business schools to teach students how poor government policy can quickly take a strong economy and turn it into a weak economy. When asked about standing up to her party if the NDP wanted to put a park in the Flathead, she replied, "I am only one vote”. Bill Bennett said “no”. To top it all off, the NDP candidate just kept promising to spend money, hundreds of millions of our tax dollars. She had no clue where the NDP would get that money, but she did ridicule Mr. Bennett because he is proud of having the lowest personal income taxes

in Canada and having a strong credit rating especially compared to governments in Spain and Greece. It is clear, the NDP will find the $3 billion Mr. Dix has promised from higher taxes on individual citizens, small businesses and corporations. If I ever had any doubt about voting for Bill Bennett, it is long gone now. Going back to an NDP government like their 1990s is not "change for the better.” Mike Delich Fernie

Correction: In the Mining Week preview supplement published in last week’s Free Press, the winner of the 2011 surface mine rescue competition was named as Greenhills. It should have read Elkview.

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FERNIE SKATING CLUB AGM & Awards Banquet

May 14th, 2013 at the Stanford Inn.

AGM at 5:30 pm & Banquet at 6:30 pm - RSVP by May 8th. If you attend AGM, your name goes into a draw for a free Canskate Membership or a $200 credit voucher for Jumpstart or Test Skater for next season. Positions open for next year: President, Vice Chair, Publicity, Competition, Ice and Fundraising. For more information please contact Karen Hughes kkhughes@telus.net

Coal Miner Days 2nd Annual Youth Duathlon Sunday, June 9, 2013 Sparwood, BC

What is a duathlon? Simply put, athletes will do two tasks – a short run followed by a bike ride and finish with a longer run! Distances will vary based on age.

Age Categories, Distances & Start Times:

Fernie resident and treasurer of the Fernie Rod and Gun Club Mario Rocca has been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett presented the medal to Rocca on Saturday night, during the Fernie Rod and Gun Club’s annual banquet and fundraiser at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Photo by A.Horton

Fernie Chamber elects new board

The new Fernie Chamber of Commerce board.

6-7 year olds 500m run, 2.2 km bike, 1 km run START: 12:30 pm

8-9 year olds 500m run, 4.4 km bike, 1.1 km run START: 12:30 pm

3-5 year olds 200m run, 400m bike, 200m run – any type of bike/trike is acceptable START: 12:00 pm

Cost: $10 FREE t-shirt for athletes that Registration Information: register on or before Pre-registration at Recreation Centre preferred Late registrations from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on race day Thursday, May 16, 2013 Package Pickup: Race Day from 10:30 am to 11:30 am All racers will receive water, juice, granola bar, a racing bib and a timing chip in their race package. Prizes: Please stick around after the race as prizes will be awarded once all participants have finished the duathlon. Many draw prizes to be won! Also, we would like to encourage all participants to be supportive of the other athletes and cheer them on as they complete their race! For FUN: The Bouncy Business and Astro Jump Bounce Houses will be set up in the soccer field on Sunday to provide entertainment for children when they are not racing! Sunday is also FOCUS ON FAMILY Day and there will be games and activities for everyone! For more information, contact Renee at 250-425-0021 or coalminerdays@hotmail.com or visit www.coalminerdays.co

Tourism Fernie Fernie Destination Marketing Organization

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Annual General Meeting of the Fernie Destination Marketing Organization Wednesday June 19th, 2013 Fernie Golf & Country Club - The Clubhouse 201 Fairway Drive, Fernie British Columbia ALL WELCOME Photo by A. Treharne

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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10-12 year olds 800m run, 4.4 km bike, 2.2 km run START: 10:30 am

he new Board of Directors for the Fernie Chamber of Commerce was elected on Thursday morning. Following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting, which was held at Lizard Creek Lodge, Todd Fyfe, Ryan Doehle, Tanya Utenda, Tammy Ogden, Sheila Byers, Aysha Haines, Ev Cutts, Mel Mackay, Vanessa Croome, Tristan Woods, Jill Barclay and Andy Cohen were elected.

4:00 pm Business/Voting portion 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Reception with Speakers After the formal portion of the afternoon members are invited to stay for a reception including a couple of presentations from local tourism stakeholder organizations. Appetizers and cocktails will be served. Reservations are required for the reception. Please note that only Tourism Fernie members in good standing have voting rights during the Business / Voting portion of the AGM For reservations or more information please call 423-2037 or email: info@tourismfernie.com www.TourismFernie.com

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Mondays

• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10am to 11:00 am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:15am to 11:15amAquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 1:00pm- Dominoes Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:00pm to 3:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm – Bridge Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 6:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm- Mahjong Fernie Seniors Drop in Centre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Tuesdays

• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:30am to 10:15am- Aquafit Elkford Pool • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 8:00pmSparwood Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 1:30pm- Crafts Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pmToonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pmStorytime Fernie Library • 3:30pm to 4:45pm- After School Program for Kids at the Fernie Library • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:30pm- Ladies Archery, Fernie Elks Hall • 6:30 pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre

• 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre

Wednesdays • 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 11:00 amAquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 5:00pmSparwood Library Open to Public • 10:15am to 11:15amAquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pmToonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pmStorytime Fernie Library • 12:00pm- Fernie Rotary Meeting Park Place Lodge • 1:00pm- Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 3:30pm to 4:45pm- After School Program for Kids at the Fernie Library • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:30pm to 8:00 pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 9:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Thursdays

• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:00am to 8:00pmSparwood Library Open to Public • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:30 am – Sparwood Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm-

Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 8:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 3:30pm to 4:45pm- After School Program for Kids at the Fernie Library • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm- Youth Archery, Fernie Elks Hall • 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Fridays

• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15 am- Aqua Blast Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:45am to 9:30 am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:00am to 11:00amAdult Badminton Fernie Community Centre • 9:30am to 10:15am- Aquafit Elkford Pool • 10:00am to 11:00amAquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pmSparwood Library Open to Public • 10:15am to 11:15amAquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pmToonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 6:00pm Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pmStorytime Fernie Heritage Library • 3:30pm to 4:45pm- After School Program for Kids at the Fernie Library • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 4:00pm to 5:30pm- Free Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre

• 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:30pm- Jitney Darts Fernie Legion • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00pm to 9:00pm- Teen/ Adult Swim Elkford Pool

Saturdays

• 10:00am to 5:00pmSparwood Library Open to Public • 12:00pm to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:00pm to 5:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:30pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 4:00pm to 6:00pm- Meat Draw & 50/50 Fernie & Sparwood Legions • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 5:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Sundays

• 12:00pm to 2:00pm- Family Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 2:00pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

UPCOMING EVENTS M AY 02 03 03 04 04 04 04-05 06 06 06 07 07 08 08 10 10 11 12 13 13 13 14 14 15 17 16 18-19 20 21 21 22 22 23

Elkview Operations Mine Tour Fording River Operations Mine Tour La Fille du Regiment by Donizetti, Fernie Arts Station, 7:00pm Garden Whimzies Pottery Class at The Arts Station, 2:00pm Sparwood Coal Miner Days Society, Silent Auction & Comedy Night, Curling Rink, 6pm Sparwood Legion hosts a Tribute to Neil Diamond Intro to Watercolour Painting Workshop at The Arts Station Elkford Special Council Meeting, 6:00pm Sparwood Council Meeting, 7:00pm Fernie Council Meeting, 7:00pm Fernie Overwaitea Customer Loyalty Day (10% off groceries, prizes) – all day All Candidates Forum in Sparwood, Causeway Bay Hotel, 6:30-9:00pm All Candidates Forum in Elkford, Community Conference Centre, 6:309:00pm Fernie Minor Hockey AGM, Fernie Curling Club, 7:00pm Move for Health Day in Sparwood The Snow Sisters host Vegas Night at The Arts Station (Relay for Life fundraiser) Rotary Golf Tournament at the Fernie Golf & Country Club Mother’s Day Elkford Committee of the Whole Meeting, 5:00pm & Regular Council Meeting, 6:00pm Sparwood Council Special Meeting, 7:00pm Sparwood Golf Club AGM, at the Clubhouse, 7pm Fernie Skating Club AGM & Awards Banquet, 5:30pm, Stanford Inn Vote For Your Next MLA Men’s Opening at the Fernie Golf & Country Club No School Friday Art Madness, Fernie Arts Station, 9am-noon EV Minor Hockey Assoc., AGM, Elkford Com. Conference Centre, 6:00pm Life Drawing Weekend Workshop at The Arts Station Victoria Day Fernie Ghostriders AGM, Annex Room in the Arena, 7:00pm Sparwood Council Meeting, 7:00pm Fernie & District Historical Society, 7:00pm, Fernie Museum The Abramson Singers, Fernie Arts Station, 8:00pm The Arts Station AGM, 7:00pm


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d is tr i c t o f spa rwo o d Box 520, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Phone: 250.425.6271 | Fax: 250.425.7277 Email: sparwood@sparwood.ca

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Upcoming Meetings of Council (in Council Chambers)

Monday, May 6, 2013 Monday, May 13, 2013 Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Monday, May 27, 2013 Monday, May 27, 2013

Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Special Meeting at 7:00 pm Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Parcel Tax Review Panel at 7:00 pm Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:30 pm

2013 Parcel Tax Review Panel Notice of Meeting

A meeting of the Parcel Tax Review Panel will take place on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC, regarding the following bylaws: • • • •

Matevic Road water service, authorized by Parcel Tax Bylaw No. 878, 2002 Sewer and Water Reserve Replenishment Parcel Tax Assessment Roll Bylaw 1091, 2012 Michel Creek Road Water Extension Local Service Area Parcel Tax Assessment Roll Bylaw 1122, 2013 The purpose of the Hearing is to receive complaints on one or more of the following grounds: 1. There is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the parcel tax roll; 2. There is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel; 3. There is an error or omission respecting the taxable area, or the taxable frontage; 4. An exemption has been improperly allowed, or disallowed;

A complaint shall not be heard by the Panel unless written notice of the complaint has been made to the office of the Director of Finance, at least 48 hours prior to the time appointed. (4:00 p.m. on Thursday May 9, 2013) The parcel tax assessment rolls are open for inspection at the District Office during regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding statutory holidays. Barbara Nunes Director of Finance

NOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF LAND

TAKE NOTICE that Council of the District of Sparwood will be considering a resolution to authorize the disposition of the following property as outlined in bold on the map below. The property is described as the proposed serviced new LOT 1 DISTRICT LOT 4589 KOOTENAY DISTRICT UNREGISTERED PLAN EPP23685, being approximately 6.07 Ha. in area, and located on the south side of Highway 3 across from the intersection of Highway 3 and 43, and outlined in bold in the map below: Council will consider approval of a Sale and Purchase agreement for the above mentioned Lands, at the sale price of $3,675,000.00 to Joy Global (Canada) Ltd. A copy of the draft sale and purchase agreement may be inspected at the District of Sparwood Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC during regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, excluding statutory holidays. Terry Melcer Chief Administrative Officer

POSITION: DATE OF POSTING:

JOB POSTING

OPERATOR III PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

April 22, 2013

Written or typed applications for this position must be filed with the undersigned no later than May 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

NATURE OF POSITION: This is a Full Time position that performs duties as an Operator III. This position encompasses a variety of general and specific labour type duties related to the maintenance of the District of Sparwood’s fleet, infra-structure, buildings, roads, parks and other facilities, as well as operating equipment under the current Operator III designation. This employee may be engaged in anything from installation, maintenance and repairs of roads, sewer and water systems, sidewalks, parks, fields, gardens and equipment. This position receives general direction and varied levels of supervision from the Director of Operations or his designate. Responsible for efficient and effective operation and must assure own safety as well as the safety of others.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Valid Class III Drivers License or higher with Air Brakes Endorsement (provide abstract). • Physically capable of lifting heavy weights etc. • Rubber tire loader, back-hoe, track loader and all equipment experience listed under Operator II. • Grade 12 Education or equivalent. • Capable of following oral and written directions. • Able to perform duties as set out in the skills assessment for this position.

Wages, benefits and conditions of employment are governed by the current 2013 collective agreement with CUPE Local 2698, Operator III – $31.80/hr. APPLY TO: Mel Bohmer Director of Operations District of Sparwood Box 1929, 477 Pine Avenue Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0 mbohmer@sparwood.ca

NOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF LAND

NOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF LA

TAKE NOTICE that Council of the District of Sparwood will be considering a reso following property as outlined in bold dashed line on the map below:

TAKE NOTICE that Council of the District of Sparwood will be considering a resolution to authorize the disposition of the following property as outlined in bold dashed line on the map below:

The lands are described as the proposed serviced new LOT 2 DISTRICT LOT 4589 KOOTENAY DISTRICT UNREGISTERED PLAN EPP23685, being approximately 3.3 Ha. in area and are located on the south side of Highway 3 across from the intersection of Highway 3 and 43. The area includes the shaded area of 1.12 Ha and the adjacent Lot A, Plan The lands are described as the proposed serviced new LOT 2 DISTRIC NEP22532, which together will be UNREGISTERED PLAN EPP23685, being approximately 3.3 Ha. in area and are consolidated into the new Lot 2. across from the intersection of Highway 3 and 43. The area includes the shaded Plan NEP22532, which together will be consolidated into the new Lot 2.

The sale price for this serviced parcel is $1,224,000.00 and the sale is to 6079789 Canada Inc., on sale price for this serviced parcel is $1,224,000.00 and the sale is to 6079789 generally the following terms andThe conditions: terms and conditions:

• The District will be taking in trade, a 5 acre parcel legally described as Lot B Plan EPP1729, will be taking in trade, a 5 acre parcelfor legally valued at $239,000. Included in The theDistrict sale price are the servicing costs Lotdescribed A, Planas Lo Included in the sale price are the servicing costs for Lot A, Plan NEP7 NEP72532, which reverts back to 6079789 Canada Inc. under a previous Option agreement. Canada Inc. under a previous Option agreement.

• The District will grant an Option on the new Lot 3, shown on the plan above, in favour of The District will grant an Option on the new Lot 3, shown on the plan abov 6079789 Canada Inc., for a term ofafiterm ve years, with Option payments annually. of five years, with Option paymentsofof$10,000.00 $10,000.00 annually.

• The Purchaser has several subject The conditions for their benefit, which may be waived at their Purchaser has several subject conditions for their benefit, which may sole option, including completion completion of environmental assessments, geotechnical assessments, of environmental assessments, geotechnical assessments, top topographic and site surveys.

A copy of the draft sale and purchase agreement may be inspected at the Dis to F

A copy of the draft sale and purchase agreement may beBCinspected at the Districthours of Sparwood Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, during regular business of Monday statutory holidays. BC during regular business hours of Monday to Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, excluding statutory holidays. Terry Melcer Terry Melcer Chief Administrative Officer

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Monday, May 1

Pursuant to Sections 890 and 892 of the Loc hereby given that a Public Hearing will be hel City Hall, located at 501 3rd Avenue, Fernie amendment:

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

City Council Meeting Schedule

Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 7:00pm

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Regular Council meetings are open to the public and held at City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: cityhall@fernie.ca Website: www.fernie.ca 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250-423-4226

Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466

Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3) Phone: 250-423-2254

For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

Public Notice -

Bypass to Elk River

April 22, 2013 The City of Fernie wishes to advise area residents that in order to dispose of excessive amounts of stormwater in the sanitary sewer collection system due to recent rainstorms and snow melt it is necessary to temporarily bypass treated effluent to the Elk River. The bypass will take place April 23 to May 7th in accordance with the Ministry of Environment operating permit. For further information please contact City Hall at 250-423-6817.

Please note MAIN POOL ONLY Closed to Public Thurs. May 2, 6:30pm - 8pm Fri. May 3, 9:15am - 10:45am Fri. May 3, 3:30pm - 5:30 pm Sat. May 4, 2pm - 3pm Due Private Rental We apologize for the inconvenience. The Fernie Aquatic Centre Staff

Turbidity in Our Water

April 30, 2013 - Water Quality Rating “FAIR” The City of Fernie reminds the public that due to normal snowmelt conditions and in the event of heavy rains Turbidity levels in our water may fluctuate throughout the spring season. During these fluctuations the City of Fernie will issue public notices advising of the water quality ratings. For daily ratings check the City’s homepage at www. fernie.ca. If you or your business would like to receive this notification via email or fax please contact City Hall at 250-423-6817.

Pursuant to Sections 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c.323, notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 7:00pm at Fernie City Hall, located at 501 3rd Avenue, Fernie BC with respect to the following proposed bylaw amendment: BYLAW NO. 2207, cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 143, 2013 Applicant: Jane Wilson Location: 1102 – 11th Avenue Bylaw No. 2207, cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 143, 2013 proposes to change the zoning of Lot 10, Block 93, District Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan 902 from R1- Single Family Residential to R1B - Single Detached Plus Residential. This change would allow for the construction of a new detached secondary dwelling unit on the lot. A copy of the proposed amendment bylaw and other relevant documents may be viewed during normal business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm on May 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13th, 2013 at City Hall, 501–3rd Avenue, Fernie, BC, or online at www.fernie.ca Anyone wishing to address this Amendment Bylaw will be afforded the opportunity at the public hearing to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission, on all matters contained in the proposed Bylaw. For more information on this application, please contact the Planning Department at (250) 4236817. If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing, written submissions must be received NO LATER THAN 5:00PM, May 13th, 2013, to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. Written submissions can be provided by any of the following methods: • IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall 501–3rd Avenue; • BY FAX: to (250) 423-3034; • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Planning Department, PO Box 190, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0; or • BY EMAIL: E-mail submissions should be sent to cityhall@fernie.ca All submissions must include your name and street address. Submissions cannot be accepted after the Public Hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The Corporation of the City of Ferni

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARIN

NOTICE OF

Monday, May 13 th , 2013 at 7:00pm

This Notice is published in accordance with Section 892 of the Local Government Act. Notice given by the Corporate Officer.

Pursuant to Sections 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act R.S.B.C hereby given that Public Hearing willwishing be heldtoonaddress Monday, 13th, 201 Anyone thisMay Amendment rd City Hall, located at 501 3 hearing Avenue, BC inwith respect fo to Fernie be heard person, by toa the repres PUBLIC HEARING amendment: contained in the proposed Bylaw.

Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 7:00pm

■ NOTICE OF DISPOSITIONS

Notice of Disposition of Real Property Interests Pursuant to Sections 890 and 892 of the Local BYLAW Official Being DisposedNO. of by 2208, the City Fernie as to Loaf Real For more information on thisofcited application, ple Government Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c.323, notice Honest Bread Ltd. (Loaf Bakery) Bylaw No. 1923, Amendment Bylaw is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be 6817. held on Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 7:00pm The City of Fernie hereby givescited notice ofas its intention BYLAW NO. 2209, Zoning at Fernie City Hall, located at 501 3rd Avenue, to dispose of its interests in land to Loaf Real Honest Amendment Bylaw No. 144, 2013 Fernie BC with respect to the following Bread Ltd. bytoway of issuance of a Licence of If you are unable attend the Public Hearing proposed bylaw amendment: Occupation to operate an th outdoor patio on a portion THAN 5:00PM, May 13 ,adjacent 2013, to ensure ofApplicant: municipal sidewalk/road to Loaf Bakery, BYLAW NO. 2208, cited as Official Focus Corporation located at 641-2nd Avenue (Lot 5, Block 18,by District th Written submissions can be provided any o Community Plan Bylaw No. 1923, Amendment Location: 1201 – 6 Avenue Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan 734), for a fee of Bylaw No. 24, 2013; and BYLAW NO. 2209, • IN PERSON: Drop offforwritten submissions $10.00 per square meter a term of one year. cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 144, 2013 • BY FAX: to (250) 423-3034; Bylaw No. 2208, cited as Official C Notice of Disposition of Real Property Interests Being Applicant: Focus Corporation No. 1923, Bylaw No. • BY MAIL: City ofAmendment Fernie, Planning Departm Disposed of by the City of Fernie to Eeto and Unta Location: 1201 – 6th Avenue Holdings Ltd. (The Central Hotel)Community change the Official • BY EMAIL: E-mail submissions should beP Bylaw No. 2208, cited as Official Community The City of Fernie hereby gives 4, notice of its intention Designation of Lot District Lot 4 Plan Bylaw No. 1923, Amendment Bylaw to dispose of its interests in land to Eeto and Unta No. 24, 2013 proposes to change the Official Plan 2918 All submissions your name and Holdings Ltd.must by from wayinclude of Highway issuance of a Corridor Licence of Community Plan Future Land-Use Designation Intensification. Occupation to operate an outdoor patio on a portion of Lot 4, District Lot 4588, Kootenay after the Public Hearing. All written submissio of municipal sidewalk/road adjacent to the Central District, Plan 2918 from Highway Corridor to of Information andatProtection of (Lot Privacy Act. Hotel, located 301-2nd Avenue 1, Block 6, Residential Infill and Intensification. Bylaw District Lot No. 4588, 2209, Kootenaycited District,as PlanZoning 734), for a B Bylaw No. 2209, cited as Zoning Bylaw fee $10.00 per square meter for a term of one2013 year. p Amendment Bylaw No. 144, This Notice isofpublished in accordance with Section 892 of No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 144, 2013 zoning of Lot 4, District Lot 4588, Ko proposes to change the zoning of Lot 4, District Notice of Disposition of Real Property Interests Being Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan 2918 from 2918 from C1Retail Commercial Disposed of by the City of Fernie to 685945 B.C. Ltd.to C1- Retail Commercial to R1SL – Single (The Northern BarSmall and Stage) Residential Lot. Family Residential Small Lot. The City of Fernie hereby gives notice of its intention A copy of the proposed amendment bylaws and other relevant documents may be viewed during normal to dispose of its interests in land to 685945, B.C. business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm on May 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13th, 2013 at City Hall, 501–3rd Avenue, Ltd. by way of issuance of a Licence of Occupation Fernie, BC, or online at www.fernie.ca to operate an outdoor patio on a portion of municipal

A copy of the proposed amendment bylaws and other relevant document

sidewalk/road adjacent to the Northern Bar and Stage, Anyone wishing to address these Amendment Bylaws willnormal be afforded the opportunity at theof public hearing to 5:00pm on May 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 an business hours 8:00am located at 561-2nd Avenue (Parcel A (See 181034I), to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission,rdon all matters contained in the proposed Lotat 5, Block 14, District Lot 4588, Kootenay District, 501–3 Avenue, Fernie, BC, or online www.fernie.ca Bylaws. Plan 734, Except part included in plan 9947), for a For more information on these applications, please contact the Planning Department at (250) 423-6817. fee of $10.00 per square meter for a term of one year. If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing, written submissions must be received NO LATER THAN Anyone wishing to address these Amendment Bylaws will be afforded 5:00PM, May 13th, 2013, to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. Written submissions Notice of Disposition of Real Property Interests public hearing to be heard in person,Being by aDisposed representative, or bytowritten can be provided by any of the following methods: of by City of Fernie Big Bangsu contained in Hall the 501–3rd proposed Bylaws. Bagels / Grass Roots Bistro. • IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Avenue; • BY FAX: to (250) 423-3034; The City of Fernie hereby gives notice of its intention • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Planning Department, PO Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0; or to dispose of its interests in land to Big Bang Bagels For more information on these applications, please contact the Plannin • BY EMAIL: E-mail submissions should be sent to cityhall@fernie.ca / Grass Roots Bistro by way of issuance of a Licence 423-6817. of Occupation to operate an outdoor patio on a All submissions must include your name and street address. Submissions cannot be accepted after the Public Hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and portion of the municipal sidewalk/road adjacent to Bang Bagels/Grass Roots Bistro, located at 502 Protection of Privacy Act. If you are unable to attend the PublicBig Hearing written submissions - 2nd Avenue ,(Lot 20, Block 13, District Lot must 4588, th This Notice is published in accordance with Section 892 of the Local Government Act. Kootenay District, Plan 734), for a fee of $10.00 per , 2013, to ensure their availability to Council THAN 5:00PM, May 13 Notice given by the Corporate Officer. metreof for the a termfollowing of one year. methods: Written submissions can be providedsquare by any


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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR PERMANENT CHANGE TO LIQUOR LICENCE (FOOD PRIMARY) FOR A NEW OUTDOOR PATIO For Council consideration on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:00pm Public notice is hereby given that Council for the City of Fernie is gathering the views of residents that may be affected by the application for a permanent change to the Food Primary Liquor Licence of the Grass Roots Bistro (located at Big Bang Bagels) to add a new outdoor patio. Council will consider written submissions with respect to the change at the regular meeting to be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers, in City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue, Fernie BC. Applicant: Owner/Operator of the Grass Roots Bistro (located at Big Bang Bagels) Location: 502 – 2nd Avenue Purpose: The applicant has applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) for a permanent change to their existing Food Primary Liquor Licence. The application, if approved, will allow liquor service to a new outdoor patio with a maximum occupant load of 14 under the amended Licence. Although not required as part of the application process for a change to a Food Primary Liquor Licence, Council has directed that the views of residents that may be affected by the proposed change be gathered for consideration. In conjunction with the application to LCLB to change the liquor licence the proponent also applied to the City for a Licence of Occupation that, if approved, will allow a new outdoor patio to occupy a portion of the municipal sidewalk/roadway adjacent to the Grass Roots Bistro (located at Big Bang Bagels). The Licence of Occupation limits the operating season of the patio from May 1st to and including October 15th and stipulates that the patio shall not be operated between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Persons who feel they may be affected by the Grass Roots Bistro’s (located at Big Bang Bagels) application to change their Food Primary Liquor Licence to add an outdoor patio are invited to submit written comments to Michelle Martineau, Director of Corporate Administration Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013. The submissions will be taken into consideration by City of Fernie Council when formulating a resolution regarding the application that will be provided to the LCLB.

Public notice is hereby given that Council for the City of Fernie is gathering the views of residents that may be affected by the application for a permanent change to the Food Primary Liquor Licence of the Loaf Bakery & Cafe to add a new outdoor patio. Council will consider written submissions with respect to the change at the regular meeting to be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers, in City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue, Fernie BC. Applicant: Owner/Operator of the Loaf Bakery & Cafe Location: 641 – 2nd Avenue Purpose: The applicant has applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) for a permanent change to their existing Food Primary Liquor Licence. The application, if approved, will allow liquor service to a new outdoor patio with a maximum occupant load of 16 under the amended Licence. Although not required as part of the application process for a change to a Food Primary Liquor Licence, Council has directed that the views of residents that may be affected by the proposed change be gathered for consideration. In conjunction with the application to LCLB to change the liquor licence the proponent also applied to the City for a Licence of Occupation that, if approved, will allow a new outdoor patio to occupy a portion of the municipal sidewalk/roadway adjacent to the Loaf Bakery & Cafe. The Licence of Occupation limits the operating season of the patio from May 1st to and including October 15th and stipulates that the patio shall not be operated between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Persons who feel they may be affected by the Loaf Bakery & Cafe’s application to change their Food Primary Liquor Licence to add an outdoor patio are invited to submit written comments to Michelle Martineau, Director of Corporate Administration Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013. The submissions will be taken into consideration by City of Fernie Council when formulating a resolution regarding the application that will be provided to the LCLB.

Written submissions can be provided by any of the following methods: • IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall 501–3rd Avenue; • BY FAX: to (250) 423-3034; • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Director of Corporate Administration Services, PO Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0; or • BY EMAIL: E-mail submissions should be sent to cityhall@fernie.ca The deadline for written submissions is 5:00PM on MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013. All submissions must include your name and street address. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information, please contact the Director of Corporate Administration Services at (250) 423-6817.

Written submissions can be provided by any of the following methods: • IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall 501–3rd Avenue; • BY FAX: to (250) 423-3034; • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Director of Corporate Administration Services, PO Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0; or • BY EMAIL: E-mail submissions should be sent to cityhall@fernie.ca The deadline for written submissions is 5:00PM on MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013. All submissions must include your name and street address. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information, please contact the Director of Corporate Administration Services at (250) 423-6817.

Notice given by the Corporate Officer May 2, 2013.

Notice given by the Corporate Officer May 2, 2013.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR PERMANENT CHANGE TO LIQUOR LICENCE (LIQUOR PRIMARY) FOR A NEW OUTDOOR PATIO For Council consideration on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:00pm Public notice is hereby given that Council for the City of Fernie is gathering the views of residents that may be affected by the application for a permanent change to the Liquor Primary Licence of the Grand Central Hotel to add a new outdoor patio. Council will consider written submissions with respect to the change at the regular meeting to be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers, in City Hall, 5013rd Avenue, Fernie BC. Applicant: Owner/Operator of the Grand Central Hotel Location: 301 – 2nd Avenue Purpose: The applicant has applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) for a permanent change to their existing Liquor Primary Liquor Licence. The application, if approved, will allow liquor service to a new outdoor patio with a maximum occupant load of 40 under the amended Licence. As part of the application process for a change to a Liquor Primary Licence the local government must gather the views of residents that may be affected by the proposed change. In conjunction with the application to LCLB to change the liquor licence the proponent also applied to the City for a Licence of Occupation that, if approved, will allow a new outdoor patio to occupy a portion of the municipal sidewalk/roadway adjacent to the Grand Central Hotel. The Licence of Occupation limits the operating season of the patio from May 1st to and including October 15th and stipulates that the patio shall not be operated between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Persons who feel they may be affected by the Grand Central Hotel’s application to change their Liquor Primary Liquor Licence to add an outdoor patio are invited to submit written comments to Michelle Martineau, Director of Corporate Administration Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013. The submissions will be taken into consideration by City of Fernie Council when formulating a resolution regarding the application that will be provided to the LCLB.

Public notice is hereby given that Council for the City of Fernie is gathering the views of residents that may be affected by the application for a permanent change to the Liquor Primary Licence of the Northern Bar and Stage to add a new outdoor patio. Council will consider written submissions with respect to the change at the regular meeting to be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers, in City Hall, 5013rd Avenue, Fernie BC. Applicant: Owner/Operator of the Northern Bar and Stage Location: 561 – 2nd Avenue Purpose: The applicant has applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) for a permanent change to their existing Liquor Primary Liquor Licence. The application, if approved, will allow liquor service to a new outdoor patio with a maximum occupant load of 40 under the amended Licence. As part of the application process for a change to a Liquor Primary Licence the local government must gather the views of residents that may be affected by the proposed change. In conjunction with the application to LCLB to change the liquor licence the proponent also applied to the City for a Licence of Occupation that, if approved, will allow a new outdoor patio to occupy a portion of the municipal sidewalk/roadway adjacent to the Northern Bar and Stage. The Licence of Occupation limits the operating season of the patio from May 1st to and including October 15th and stipulates that the patio shall not be operated between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Persons who feel they may be affected by the Northern Bar and Stage’s application to change their Liquor Primary Liquor Licence to add an outdoor patio are invited to submit written comments to Michelle Martineau, Director of Corporate Administration Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013. The submissions will be taken into consideration by City of Fernie Council when formulating a resolution regarding the application that will be provided to the LCLB.

Written submissions can be provided by any of the following methods: • IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall 501–3rd Avenue; • BY FAX: to (250) 423-3034; • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Director of Corporate Administration Services, PO Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0; or • BY EMAIL: E-mail submissions should be sent to cityhall@fernie.ca The deadline for written submissions is 5:00PM on MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013. All submissions must include your name and street address. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information, please contact the Director of Corporate Administration Services at (250) 423-6817.

Written submissions can be provided by any of the following methods: • IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall 501–3rd Avenue; • BY FAX: to (250) 423-3034; • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Director of Corporate Administration Services, PO Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0; or • BY EMAIL: E-mail submissions should be sent to cityhall@fernie.ca The deadline for written submissions is 5:00PM on MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013. All submissions must include your name and street address. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information, please contact the Director of Corporate Administration Services at (250) 423-6817.

Notice given by the Corporate Officer May 2, 2013.

Notice given by the Corporate Officer May 2, 2013.


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One of local designer Brylee Geddis’ designs.  Photo by Melissa Saarinen By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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orn and raised in Fernie, clothing designer Brylee Geddis has drawn inspiration from her hometown to create her latest clothing line, ‘chute’. A small-town girl and skier at heart, Brylee moved

to Vancouver to attend Kwantlen University’s Fashion Design and Technology program. “Being a ski racer and being strongly influenced from my home-ec sewing class at Fernie Secondary, I came to Vancouver to pursue my dream in designing outer-

wear,” she said. Brylee arrived at Kwantlen with one goal in mind: to supply female skiers with clothing they could be excited about. Now in her fourth and final year at the University, Brylee has produced a line that is a true representation of her roots. “Fernie is the reason I am here today,” she remarked. “Coming from a small ski town into a fashion design program set me apart, as well as guided me. With a strong understanding and dedication to the outdoors I was able to make a collection around a sport that I knew and others around me shared. I honestly feel with a Fernie support team, anything is possible.” The young designer was able to combine her skills, knowledge, and passion to create her thesis collection, chute. A women’s side-country specific line that exhibits style and function, chute displays Brylee’s extensive knowledge and background in the ski industry. “By combining

technical features, style, long slim fit, and natural colours, I am confident this is a line that has the ability to reach female skiers and push them to the next level.” She went on to say, “I am inspired by the simplicity and beauty of the outdoors. Mixed with a retro, heritage feel I am able to combine my knowledge for what is needed in outdoor equipment with a simple mindset. Whether it is the natural colour palette, or a tree line inspired design, my roots appear in every one of my designs.” A passion driven outerwear brand, born from the feeling of skiing, chute is designed to help protect and support female skiers. By focusing on sidecountry functions and supplying high performance outerwear, the line offers safety and style on the hill, and beyond the map. Brylee’s goal is to develop outerwear that will inspire more female skiers to get out there and push their limits. By mak-

ing well-sewn, aesthetically simple, and long-lasting apparel, the vision of chute is to reduce environmental impact by providing clothes that don’t need constant replacing. “To be able to combine my inspiration and my passion has really given me a strong foundation to start my future career in the industry,” shared Brylee. “I can’t wait to pursue my dream and get more women on snow doing what they love.” Now that graduation is just around the corner, it’s time for Brylee to focus on the future. “I have always dreamt that this career would lead me into a job at Patagonia, so it may be time to chase that dream. I eventually want to get my Home Economics teaching degree and come back to my roots,” she commented. “But, until then, I hope to work in the industry and continue to sew some garments under my label chute.”

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ernie Friends of Opera are proud to be screening La Fille du Régiment at The Arts Station tomorrow night. Conducted by Bruno Campanella and directed by Laurent Pelly, this is Gaetano Donizetti at his musical best and a true showcase for tenors. In the aria “Ah! mes amis”, leading man Juan Diego Flórez performs flawlessly the breathtaking nine high-Cs. The comic opera was first staged in 1840 in Paris and is set for this tale in early 20th century Europe. It tells the light-hearted, though highly unlikely, story of Marie, a baby orphaned on the battlefield and raised by soldiers. She grows up and falls in love with Tonio, a local boy who joins the occupying regiment to be near her. The opera unfolds with surprises for all, plus a happy ending. Don’t miss the chance to see La Fille du Régiment, tomorrow, 7 p.m. at The Arts Station.

Sparwood set for big laughs By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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ome well known Canadian comedians will be entertaining Sparwood this weekend to help raise money for Coal Miner Days. Jebb Fink, Matt Billon and James Moore will be performing their stand up acts on Saturday night’s Comedy Night and Silent

Auction Fundraiser at the Sparwood Curling Rink. There will be a dance after. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance. All proceeds will go to the Coal Miner Days Society. For more information, contact Renee MacCormack at 250-4250021 or email coalminerdays@hotmail.com

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COTR to offer haul truck operator training By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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ollege of the Rockies Fernie campus will soon be offering Haul Truck Operator training, preparing stu-

dents for work in the local and national mining industry. “We work closely with partners in the B.C. mining industry and the Alberta Oil Sands to ensure training is relevant to employer needs,” said Leah Bradish,

College of the Rockies’ Director of Continuing Education, Contract Training, and Campus Operations. “Thousands of haul truck and heavy equipment operators will be needed in Western Canada in the next decade.

College of the Rockies is excited to be offering this training to our local residents.” The Fernie campus is hosting an open house on Friday, May 3 to give potential students a chance to see what the program

is all about. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., anyone interested can take a test drive in one of the state-ofthe-art, motion-based haul truck simulators.

MAY 2013

GENERAL ELECTION Get ready to vote. In the 40 th Provincial General Election, British Columbia’s voters will vote for their Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. BC Has More Ways to Vote All voters can:

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Vote in any district electoral office from now until 4 p.m. (Pacific time) on General Voting Day, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Vote by Mail You can ask for a Vote by Mail package from your district electoral office or through the Elections BC website at elections.bc.ca Vote at advance voting Voters can attend any advance voting location in the province from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 11. All advance voting locations are wheelchair accessible. Vote on General Voting Day Voters can attend any general voting location in the province from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time), Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

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If you don’t have any of the above, bring two documents that together prove your identity and current residential address. A complete list of acceptable identification is available from Elections BC. Voters without identification can be vouched for by a voter in their electoral district who has identification, or by a direct family member, or by someone who has legal authority to make personal care decisions for the voter.

Or, contact your district electoral office. Hours of operation Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Kootenay East for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Kootenay East Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Bill Bennett BC Liberal Party

Bill Brock 104 24th Ave N, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4X2

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Norma Blissett BC NDP

Rezin Butalid 2620 3A St S, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5B1

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District Electoral Offices: 240-1113 Baker St Cranbrook, BC (250) 417-6006

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id you check all your equipment before setting off to hit your first basket of golf balls at the practice range? If you put away your golf bag in a corner of the basement last fall, you will probably need to do a good clean-up

before starting your season. A brush and some soapy water should be enough to clean your clubs properly. If you spot any rust on the head or the shaft of a club, use an anti-corrosion spray. Examine the grip of every club. If they are

smooth or worn, be sure to have them replaced. They could also be rubbed with steel wool to improve adherence. Your golf bag will also need a good cleanup. Empty the contents of all the compartments and wipe them with a damp cloth. Check your

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inventory of balls, tees, ball markers, divot repair tools, towels, etc. Avoid unnecessarily filling all the pockets. Is it really necessary to bring three dozen golf balls when you leave for your Saturday morning game? Don’t forget to inspect your golf cart as well. Maybe the wheels and other moveable parts need to be lubricated. And finally, giving your shoes a good clean will make them look like new. Ensure they are not missing any spikes and replace any that are worn. Make a habit of checking your equipment thoroughly after every game. Regular cleaning of your clubs and your shoes will increase their lifespan. Finally, rather than leaving your golf bag in the trunk of your car all summer, take it out and store it in a dry place.

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f you haven’t been in a sunny climate all winter, the time to prepare for your golf season is right now. But before you head out to your first tee-off, think about adopting a good

training program that will help you avoid injury. It cannot be repeated often enough: good physical fitness plays an important role in even this slow-moving

Get full access to the Sparwood Golf Club for the entire 2013 season. Challenging and beautiful course with a laid back attitude! We have a membership to suit your needs Book online and get 2 for 1 Adult Senior green fees until Couple Junior May 17th Strip Passes (12 Rounds for the price of 10) Men's Night Tuesdays from 5pm Ladies Night Wednesdays 5pm Make sure that you "Like" us on Facebook www.facebook.com/SparwoodGolfClub We will doing draws to Win Free rounds etc.

sport. Regular exercise helps with flexibility, cardio health, and the smoothness of your swing. It will also help you prevent injury to the back, shoulders, and hips. Even simple stretches will help to improve your flexibility and balance. Don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a professional who will know how to adapt the appropriate exercises for your physical capabilities and requirements. Once golf courses open for the season, it is important to plan several sessions on the practice range in order to work your muscles and regain your rhythm with the iron in your hands. It’s not recommended to make your maiden outing of the season be a full round. Devote your first baskets of balls to your short game, using your 8 and 9 irons as well as your pitching wedge. Apart from sparing your body, you will master shots of less than 100 metres more quickly. This aspect of the game often makes the most difference on a score card. You can then gradually continue your preparations with longer irons, finishing off with your woods. Always take about ten minutes to do some stretching exercises before each round of golf. And it is wise to plan to spend some time on the practice green in order to improve your concentration. Regular visits to the practice range are always a good idea in order to correct errors or to re-establish your routine. A few lessons with a pro can also be of real benefit.


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Tenth annual Banner Project launches

Choose Your next MLA Elk Valley All Candidates Forums Tuesday May 7th in Sparwood at the Causeway Bay

The Fernie community came out to The Arts Station Thursday evening for the launch of the Banner Project. Photos by A. Treharne

Time: Door opens at 6:30 for submitted questions and forum 7 to 9pm Format: 40 min of open mic, plus 40 minutes of pre-submitted questions (all questions will be pre-submitted by emailing publisher@thefreepress.ca or manager@sparwoodchamber.bc.ca or at the forum between 6:30pm and 7pm on May 7th) Moderator: Glen A. Purdy, Q.C. Majic, Purdy Law Corporation

Wednesday May 8th in Elkford at the Elkford Community Conference Centre, Teck Hall

Time: Door opens at 6:30 for submitted questions and forum 7 to 9pm, 8:30 will be a 30 minute meet & greet. Format: No open mic, all questions will be presubmitted by emailing publisher@thefreepress.ca or info@elkfordchamberofcommerce.com or submit your questions at the forum between 6:30pm and 7pm on May 8th Moderator: Glen A. Purdy, Q.C. Majic, Purdy Law Corporation

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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here was a great turnout at the launch of the Banner Project at the Arts Station in Fernie Thursday evening. There were 34 works of art on display, from painting, quilting, photography, pottery and glass, all available for sponsorship at $100. The banners will be hung along

Victoria Avenue in downtown Fernie. After being on display for one year, the banners will spend another year lining the highway, before becoming the permanent property of their sponsors. Although the Banner Project is possible thanks to the City of Fernie and the Fernie Arts Council, sponsorship from the community is what makes it sustainable.

Sparwood Coal Miner Days Society In conjunction with Callback Corporate Entertainment present…

Comedy Night & Silent Auction Fundraiser Tickets:

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May 4, 2013 @ Sparwood Curling Rink

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Doors open at 6 pm **Arena concession open for dinner – appetizer platter special Silent Auction from 6 pm to end of comedy show Comedy Show from 8 pm to 10 pm Dance to follow until 1 am – DJ McRae For more information, contact Renee MacCormack @ 250-425-0021 or email coalminerdays@hotmail.com

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You count the number of sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they are equal. You hide in the bathroom to be alone. Your child throws up and you catch it. Someone else’s kid throws up at a party and you keep eating. You master the art of placing food on a plate without anything touching. Your child insists that you read “Once upon a Potty” out loud in the doctor’s waiting room and you do it.

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet Sunday May 12th, 2013 ~ 10 am – 2 pm

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Flowers $100 Gift Card to Lulu Lemon Blue Lime Gift Certificate Fernie Garden Centre Gift Cards Discounts from Boston Pizza ....and much more!

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You hire a babysitter, because you haven’t been out with your husband in ages, then you spend half the night talking about the kids and checking in with the sitter. You hope ketchup is a vegetable, because it’s the only one your child eats. You find yourself cutting your husband’s sandwiches into unusual shapes. You fast-foward through the scene where the hunter shoots Bambi’s mother. You obsess about your child clinging to you when it’s time to go to school, then you obsess about her running in without looking back. You can’t bear to give away baby clothes — it’s so final! You hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth when you say, “Not in your good clothes.” You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you. You read that the average five-year-old asks 437 questions a day and feel proud that your kid is “above average”. You have time to shave only one leg at a time. You don’t mind sharing a public swimming pool with dozens of pee-filled, swimmy-diapered toddlers. Your purse contains endless clean and not-so-clean facial tissues. When you don’t mind putting on Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, or Spiderman bandages.

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You count the number of sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they are equal. You hide in the bathroom to be alone. Your child throws up and you catch it. Someone else’s kid throws up at a party and you keep eating. You master the art of placing food on a plate without anything touching. Your child insists that you read “Once upon a Potty” out loud in the doctor’s waiting room and you do it.

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Celebrating another successful season

By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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he Fernie Rod and Gun Club celebrated another successful season Saturday afternoon with their annual awards presenta-

Club members packed the Fernie Memorial Arena and awards were given out for hunting, fishing, shooting, and archery. The festivities carried on into the evening with a banquet and fundraiser.

Sierra Grywacheski came in fifth place for Junior Fishing - Pike.  Photo by N. Liebermann

From left: Ty Marasco (left) and Austin Marasco (right), both the winners of several Junior Fishing plaques, with Fernie Rod and Gun Club president Kevin Marasco.  Photo by N. Liebermann

Life wouldn’t be the same without mining.

Landon Kubos walked away with several awards in many different categories, including Most Species Junior. Photo by A. Horton

Think you don’t need mining? Mining helps us with just about every aspect our modern lives. Cell phones, computers, appliances, bicycles, buses, cars, homes and electricity are just a few of the things that require minerals and metals. Besides that, mining is one of BC’s biggest generators of jobs and tax revenue.

Who needs mining? We all do. Ask your candidate where they stand. Go to to votemining.ca

Clare Howard came in second for Junior Fishing - Perch and second in Junior Fishing - Bass. Photo by N. Liebermann


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Kalan Therrien won several awards, including first in Junior Fishing Perch. Photo by N. Liebermann

Carly Rusnak ranked first in Junior Fishing Kokanee and second in Junior Fishing - Eastern Brook. Photo by N. Liebermann

Belle Boehm won the plaque for Junior Hunting - Mule Deer. Photo by N. Liebermann

Jeremy Reed was presented with the First Archery Elk of the Season Ron Kiedyk Memorial award. Photo by A. Horton

Jared Hutchinson came in second in Junior Hunting - Whitetail. Photo by N. Liebermann

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Sparwood kids perform for the love of dance By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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parwood continued its celebration of B.C. Arts and Culture Week Thursday evening with a dance recital at the Sparwood Curling Rink. Presented by Miss Kelly and the Sparwood Leisure Centre, dancers of all ages delighted the audience with performances ranging from jazz and ballet to belly dancing and hip hop.



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Wolff says goodbye Avalanche City wins to the Ghostriders big at U.S. tournament

Head Coach and GM Barry Wolff is leaving the Ghostriders to take over as Head Coach of the Coquitlam Express with the BCHL. Photo by N. Liebermann By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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ust one season after returning to Fernie, Barry Wolff is saying goodbye to the Ghostriders once more. The Head Coach and General Manager of Fernie’s Junior B hockey team is moving up to the Junior A ranks. He’ll be the Head Coach of the Coquitlam Express with the BCHL for the 2013/2014 season. “I’m very excited with the new position,” commented Wolff. “There are only 16 jobs in this league for Head Coach and GM and I am lucky enough to have one today. I can't wait to get the fall training camp going and start playing regular season games, but there is a lot of work to do before that

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happens.” Wolff returned to Fernie this season after spending the last few years coaching at the Junior A level in the B.C. Hockey League and the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He previously coached the Ghostriders when the Junior B hockey club was part of the North American Hockey League. It was a fantastic 2012/2013 season for Wolff and the Riders, finishing in the top of their division and making it to the second round of the KIJHL playoffs. “My favourite moments of the season were watching the players develop, on the ice and off the ice,” remarked Wolff. “We were very immature at the start of the season and we came so far in that aspect. I got

to watch the guys have success and grow as a team to become a team. I’m proud of every one of those players.” Wolff admits he will miss the community of Fernie just as much as he will miss the team and its support system. “I loved my time in Fernie when I was here before and I loved it again this past year. It’s a great town, great people, I love the rink, the rink staff, the Ghostriders executive, no one works harder,” he said. “The staff we had from the coaches to the trainers, team dentist, doctor, chiropractor to the media, and of course the fans are all first class.” Wolff went on to say, “It is always tough at the end of the season. From the end of August to the end of season that is your family, and you will do any thing for one of those family members.” The Ghostriders are now on the lookout for a new Head Coach and General Manager and are currently accepting applications. Wolff believes no matter who takes over, the team has a lot to look forward to next season. “The future is bright for the Ghostriders. They will continue to be one of the best junior teams around, on and off the ice, and that credit goes to the hard working executive who keep the team going year after year.”

The Avalanche City Roller Girls at Spokarnage in Washington over the weekend. Submitted photo

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ernie’s Avalanche City Roller Girls (ACRG) All Star team headed down to Spokane, Washington over the weekend to compete in Spokarnage, ‘a killer roller derby tournament’. The tournament brought together 20 teams from Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Canada to compete on two tracks in the Spokane Convention Centre. The Roller Girls spent the previous weekend at Camp PivotStar in Creston, hosted by three of Team Canada’s coaches and players, and their training certainly paid off. The team’s ability to utilize high-level strategy brought them two big wins on the first day of the tournament. The first game found the ACRG pitted against the Rossland Trail Roller Girls, and ended with Fernie winning with a whopping score of 141 to 45. Their second game saw a hard fought win in the last seconds of the game against the third ranked team, the Spokannibals,

Avalanche City Roller Girls The Avalanche City Roller Girls All Star team showed the competition what they’re made of at the Spokarnage ‘killer roller derby tournament’ in Washington last weekend.

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with a 98 to 93 win. On Saturday, ACRG lost 68 to 134 to the Kootenay Cannibelles, who later went on to win the tournament. They bowed out after their second loss to S.S. Rodeo, with a score of 62 to 118. “The weekend was an incredible experience for ACRG in their first U.S. tournament,” said co-captain Abby Lewtas, aka Flash Fury. “Other teams were impressed with our high caliber skating and strategy, considering we only have one season under our skates.” The Avalanche City Roller Girls will begin their official season in the Mountain Meltdown at the Fernie Memorial Arena on May 11. The triple-header event will see Fernie facing off against Cranbrook’s Mountaintown Maulers, and the Creston Black Eyed Cherries taking on Kimberley’s Barvarian Barbarians. The Fernie junior team, the Avalanche City BombsQUAD, will also be playing their first bout against Central Alberta’s Misfit Toys. Tickets for Mountain Meltdown are available at Frejya, GearHub, and online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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Dolphins dive to new depths

The Elk Valley Dolphins hosted their annual invitational swim meet last weekend. Photo by Julie Winter By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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he Elk Valley Dolphins hosted their annual invitational swim meet last weekend. The pool at the Fernie Aquatic Centre was packed with over 250 swimmers from Calgary, Cochrane, Cranbrook, Columbia Valley, and Drumheller, from April 26 to 28. The Dolphins put on some great performances. Some highlights of the event included first place by Cassandra Nixon, a second by Morgan Mudge, and third by Maygen Maartman in 200 m IM (individual medley). Cassandra Nixon also placed third and Maddy Burnett placed fourth in 50 m freestyle. Also, Cassandra Nixon took second place and Maddy Burnett took third in 100 m freestyle. Mac Dressler swam away with third in 200 m breaststroke, fourth in 50 m freestyle and fifth in 200 m IM. Jeanne Schalekamp was fifth in 200 m breaststroke. Rudra Joshi took sixth in 100 m backstroke and seventh place in 200 m IM. Taylor Syrja was seventh in 200 m breaststroke.

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International track meet By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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he Fernie Secondary School track team took their passports along for their most recent meet. The team attended a meet in Libby, Montana on Saturday, April 20. Schools involved were Libby, Eureka, Whitefish,

Columbia Falls, Troy and Noxon. The senior girls finished third in total team points with strong top six finishes in a variety of events by Emily Scheller, Laura Serafini, Montana Andreola, Jessica Smith, and Jayde Borgen, including second in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays. Notable performances

included Emily Scheller, first 3,200 m, second 100 m and long jump and third in the triple jump and Emily Dykhuizen came second in the junior varsity girls 400 m. The boys were lead by Graham Anikina's first in the long jump and third in the high jump.


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Annual General Meeting DATE: Wednesday May 22, 2013 TIME: 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: The Fernie Museum 491 2nd Avenue, Fernie, BC Please RSVP by May 21, 2013 by calling – 250 423 7016 or E-mail: history@ferniemuseum.com

Refreshments Will Be Served

Did You Know? Ecstasy and MDMA

Ecstasy and MDMA are often used interchangeably in many professional publications. However, drugs that are manufactured in unregulated laboratories often contain toxic additives or unwanted substances. As such, you are not guaranteed to be getting what you think you are. It is important to understand the potential consequences of taking illegally manufactured substances. Nonetheless, MDMA and/or ecstasy targets the pleasure centres of the brain, which means, it promotes feelings of well-being. Even though this may sound tempting, altering the chemistry of the brain, even periodically, is known to have unwanted consequences. Wagner et al. (2012) completed research that implicates MDMA in the deterioration of executive functioning; particular to, learning and memory functions. Additionally, BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information (2008) indicated confusion, paranoia, depression and aggression as some of the common experiences of individuals who regularly use ecstasy and/or MDMA.

Two candidates vying for the opportunity to serve as Kootenay East MLA drew the crowds to the Fernie Community Centre Wednesday night for a Fernie all-candidates forum hosted by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.  All photos by A. Treharne

BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information (2008). Learn about… Ecstasy and Other “Club Drugs.Retrieved from www.hertohelp.bc.ca Wagner, D. et al. (2012). A prospective study on learning, memory, and executive function in new MDMA users. Addiction, 108, 136-145.

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new group for women in the mining industry is asking the District of Sparwood for support. Jo-Anna Singleton, a geologist at Greenhills and the president of Elk Valley Women In Mining (WIM) spoke at a council meeting on April 2. “Women in Mining Canada is national, it’s also international, there are branches all over the world,” explained Singleton. “It has a long history in Canada of women working in the mining industry and meeting to network, have lunches, and build camaraderie within their group - especially when women were much more underrepresented than they are now.” The national not-for-profit organization formed in 2009 and the Elk Valley branch started up last May. “We aim to connect individuals employed in, associated with, or interested in the mining industry,” Singleton said. “Our main objective is to provide a forum to share knowledge, experiences, and relationships

that encourage growth and diversity. “Especially in the valley, there is a lot of potential for young women to take advantage of a really lucrative mining career and we’d like to see increased diversity in all occupations and levels within the industry. This is all the way from truck drivers to general managers.” Since forming last spring, the Elk Valley WIM has held a few events, including workshops and meet and greets. The branch has now organized an official chapter with an executive committee and has many more events in the works for 2013. “The main reason that we exist right now is to present local professional development, networking, community involvement, and personal growth opportunities to local women at little to no cost to attendees,” commented Singleton. “We want to create a network of women that can provide each other support, advice, and encouragement.” She added, “We are not limited to women only, we would

Invitation to Tender West Fernie Dike Improvement Project Phase 3 and 4 SEALED TENDERS marked, “Tender - West Fernie Dike Improvement Project Phases 3 and 4” and submitted to the attention of Jim Maletta, AScT., Engineering Technician, Regional District of East Kootenay, 19 – 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 will be accepted until 2:00 pm MDT on May 17, 2013.

welcome men at our events. Our goal is to encourage diversity and encourage women to be in the mining industry.” The branch has already received support from a few local organizations including Teck and Finning, and is now hoping the District of Sparwood will do the same. Singleton stated, “I believe our goals are in line with the District’s vision for a sustainable community, because we are trying to get women into the mining industry, which supports the District as well. We also aim to enhance community engagement. We want to get the local women involved and active in the community.” Specifically, Elk Valley WIM is hoping the District may waive rental fees on occasion for facilities the branch would like to use for non-fundraising events, as well as promoting the organization and their events on the digital signs around town. District staff will review the requests from Elk Valley WIM and bring back recommendations for council to consider at a future meeting.

A mandatory Pre-Tender Site Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 8th 2013 at 10:00am MDT at the entry to West Fernie Park, off the east end of McDonald Avenue. Example items of work include, but are not limited to: •

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12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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*Single Entry - $125 *Team of 4 - $425 *Non Playing Dinner Tickets - $35

Tournament Agenda

9:30 - 10:30 am Registration 11:00 am Shotgun Start 4:00 pm Complimentary Jug of Beer and Snacks per Team 5:00 pm Team & Individual Prizes 5:30 pm Tournament Dinner (extra tickets available) 6:30 pm Silent & Live Auction (Open to Non Players)

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The success of our tournament is due mainly to the generous support of local businesses, individuals and groups.

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very month the sisters in the Jaffray Branch Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have an activity night with a message. This month in conjunction with the Jaffray School’s efforts they are also going to help the Soles 4 Souls foundation by having a story night called “Walk a Day in My Shoes.” The Soles 4 Souls foundation helps to put people into others’ shoes worldwide, because half of the people in the world don’t own adequate shoes. “Shoes are worn for many reasons, and every pair has a story. Just like shoes, women are in different seasons of their life, and every woman has a story!” The delightful evening started out with an opening prayer and hymn, and then we watched a very inspirational video about the Soles 4 Souls foundation and the work that is done. The hostess was first up to talk about the shoes she had brought and why they were so meaningful. For instance, the boots she wore on her first date, her wedding shoes when she married her best friend, and the pink slippers she wore at the hospital the day she became a mother. That was just the beginning of the rollercoaster ride of emotions.

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We went from crying to happy to feeling inspired and then excited about what may be in the future in our new shoes. Many touching stories were shared from the loss of loved ones, to marathons ran, and to worldwide adventures. The Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Relief Society was established in 1842 for women 18 years of age and older. Its purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, to strengthen homes and families, and to help those in need. They are a support network for women, and always have helpful tips, like how to prevent dryer fires, how to make your own laundry soap, and even a better way to make dehydrated apples yummier. They are a volunteer based church and a lot of what they do is humanitarian service work. They help local communities and worldwide. In the past they have made quilts for local women’s shelters, they have collected and assembled baby packages for people in Haiti, they also help by collecting food for and working at the local food bank, along with other various activities. Every woman is welcome and they usually meet the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please contact Shirley Miller, Jaffray Branch Relief Society President at 250-429-3224.

from her extensive closet. Gutzman has a wide range of choices that have been collected over the years. Jenny’s Closet will be open for rentals on Thursday, May 2 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 562 Fifth Avenue. All rentals are $35 with the proceeds going to Relay For Life. Gutzman says, “It’s first come, first served” unless a bidding war erupts for a certain item. Tickets are available at Barkside Pets and cost $25. The Elk Valley Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, June 8 at the Fernie Secondary School track from 11 a.m. till 11 p.m. More teams and volunteers are needed for the event – to register go to www.relaybc. ca and choose the Elk Valley location. For more information about this year’s Relay contact Lori Bradish at lori@ elkvalley.net. Check out the Facebook page at Relay for Life – Elk Valley.

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left. and located two people At about 4 p.m. on confirmed to be Jacob and Tuesday, the Elk Valley Anja Oosterwijk, the misRCMP were notified of a sing couple. radio transmission received The Oosterwijks were from a remote area in Bow transported to the hosRiver. A happening, woman with be evaluated. that was andaso, pital with to the intention of starting operation but no station European accent after becom-The or freight shed had been out of a tent, Theindicated Free Press Apparently, a newspaper business. that and her husband’s ingFree stuck, two were wasshe born. Pressthe is still in the same built. When all the materials car In had become1898 stuck, a cabin with August Mr.and G.G able lot,toonlocate Second Avenue. and equipment he had they could not get itin out. theeast call to ordered finally arrived, it Henderson arrived Fernie. a radio, He and thenmake went Her husband had didn’t an forbuy assistance. Shortly after Although the town the plant and stock was thrown out of the train injured knee, but otherwise transmission, and once look like much back then, thenecessary to build a first and dumped into two feet they were OK. The area was deterMr. Henderson had transa hunch a narrower class newspaper and job of snow. mission a police was that it was was very goingbroken, to grow mined, printing office,dogreturning The first home of The Free and details could able to locate the stranded intono further something amazing, late in November of the Press was in a 12 foot x be A helicopter soascertained. he and his brother Mr. vehicle. same year. 12 foot rough board shack, was the area, and rear Anja of were safe R.L.dispatched Hendersontobought a lot The railway was then inJacob in the thefound present

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Celebrating Mining Week The importance of mining to Canada’s economy By Angela Treharne

ities to our large urban cenirst celebrated in tres. 1996, National British Columbia's minMining Week rec- ing and mineral explorao g n i z e s tion industry the importhas a rich histance of the ory and a promCanadian It is a chance ising future.  BC m i n i n g has been one to celebrate industry to of the world's the important major mining the economic development regions since the role that of Canada. mid-1800s and mining plays to this day is a It is a chance to in the lives of key internationcelebrate al player.  Canadians. the importEncompassing ant role that the largest part mining plays of the Canadian in the lives of Canadians. Cordillera, a mountain belt It is hard to imagine a life rich in minerals and coal, without minerals and met- BC produces and exports a als — every day, we all use significant amount of copand rely on products made per, gold, silver, lead, zinc, from them. molybdenum, coal and Mining takes place in industrial minerals every almost every province year. and territory in Canada Historically, BC's vast — creating jobs and busi- mineral resources have ness opportunities, and contributed extensively to supporting industries and the province's growth and workers from rural, remote development.  and Aboriginal communThe Hudson's Bay

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Company first started producing coal on Vancouver Island in the 1840s, and the discovery of gold along the Fraser River in the 1850s sparked a major gold rush, which was ultimately responsible for the settlement of many parts of that region.  As BC's population increased, the provincial infrastructure improved, and miners were able to explore more and more of the province's terrain, leading to many new mineral deposit discoveries.

Historically, BC’s vast mineral resources have contributed extensively to the province’s growth and development.  Throughout the century following the Fraser

River Gold Rush, most mining activities in British Columbia took place underground.  But in the early 1960s, the feasibil-

ity of open-pit production increased tremendously, and as a result, several huge copper mines opened, including Highland Valley

Copper—the largest openpit operation in all of North America, and, of course, the coal mines here in the Elk Valley.

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A Brief History of British Columbia Coal Mine Disasters

By John Kinnear

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arly coal mining history in BC started on Vancouver Island

around 1849 with small amounts being mined by the Hudson’s Bay Company. It wasn’t until 1874 that production began to ramp up with 81,000 tons being produced that year. Production continued to increase yearly until 1891 when this number reached over a million tons. Over half of the 1891 production was shipped to California, a state that used almost two million tons of coal

that year.  Mines in the Comox and Nanaimo Basins continued to expand to meet these huge production demands and with this aggressive expansion and production pressure came significant increases in loss of human life. There were dozens of ways that an early coal miner could lose his life underground back then but some of the more disastrous events that occurred

Coal Creek miners -1902- Most in the picture did not survive the May 22 disaster.  Submitted photo

2013 East Kootenay Zone Mine Rescue and First Aid competition Saturday, May 11 at the Finning Yard in Sparwood 8am – 2pm (approx.) Watch teams from local mines and emergency services show their mine rescue and first aid skills in a series of adjudicated tasks. • Barbecue sponsored by Finning, SMS Equipment and Cummins Western Canada • Kids’ climbing wall • Sparwood Fire Department ladder truck • Hosted by Teck’s Fording River Operations

periodically led to tragedies on a scale that left whole communities numb with grief.   The first significant loss in BC’s history came on April 17, 1879 in the Wellington Colliery in Nanaimo where an underground fire that miners had been trying to control since the 15th of the month eventually led to an explosion in ten levels that killed “seven white men and four Chinamen”. With primitive mining conditions it was pretty well inevitable that these types of incidents would occur and sure enough on February 22, 1884 another explosion occurred at Wellington in Number 3 shaft taking 23 men with it. Explosions underground were almost always deadly with the violence of the initial blast killing most in its path and later the life-snuffing afterdamp (carbon monoxide) robbing the more remote miners of

1902 Brick Commemoration at Fernie’s Miners Walk Exhibit.  Submitted photo

“... an underground fire that miners had been trying to control since the 15th of the month eventually led to an explosion in ten levels that killed ‘seven white men and four Chinamen’ ” life-giving oxygen. It was only three short years later that No. 1 Esplanade mine in Nanaimo was to experience BC’s worst mining disaster and Canada’s second worst overall. Shortly after 6

pm May 3, 1887 smoke and timbers burst from both the hoisting and ventilation shafts from explosions so deep in the mine that they were barely perceptible on the surface. The long blast of the mine

whistle announced the bad news and when all was said and done 147 of the 154 men on shift were lost, mostly to asphyxiation. Some were sealed in side shafts and died Continued on page 4


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A Brief History of British Columbia Coal Mine Disasters Continued from page 3

waiting for rescue, etching messages in the ground with their shovels as their oxygen ran out. Incredibly only one year later Number 5 Pit in Wellington was struck by yet another deadly explosion that took a further 77 lives. That made 247 men lost in three separate explosions in less than four years. One has to wonder how and when officials would finally step back and consider this horrific consequence. Yet the inquests and usually laconic descriptions by area inspectors typically read: “With respect to all the accidents, I have not discovered that any blame or negligence could be attached to anyone...” The verdict

of the inquiries was sadly always the same. British Columbia wasn’t the only

“In 1901 there were three separate incidents on Vancouver Island that took 83 out of the 102 miners lost that year to accidents.” province to be stricken in such a way. Nova Scotia has a longer history of such disasters with the first large scale loss coming a year before BC’s coal history began to develop in a serious way. The Drummond

Mine in Westville, NS lost 60 men to an explosion in 1873. Ironically, in 1891, the year Vancouver Island exceeded  the million ton production number, Nova Scotia was witness to Canada’s fourth worst mining disaster, one that took 125 men and boys at the infamous Springhill Mines. The turn of the century did not bring much relief to these periodic heartbreaking disasters and in the process the Elk Valley mines made a terrible entrance into this theater. In 1901 there were three separate incidents on Vancouver Island that took 83 out of the 102 miners lost that year to accidents. The first, on Feb 15th, resulted in the suffocation of 64

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Grave marker for father and son John and Reuben Meakin killed in Nanaimo in 1887 disaster.

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Chinese tracklayers were lost to a fire that

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Mining Week and what it means to us

sector in BC practices are the best and most In the Elk Valley, mining profitable they can be. Teck also plays an especially strives to give back i m p o r t a n t to the communities “This part of our in ways of celebration community. The sponsorships and industry creates promoting events has a long jobs, supports and activities that history in BC bring people closer businesses, fosters growth, and creates together in play The first BC communities. as well as work. Mining Week The Elk Valley Mining Week gives us a chance to not took place 25 also benefits from only pay tribute to having top trained years ago in mining throughout mine rescue Vancouver. ” BC but to celebrate workers available how it has helped in the event of an the Valley grow. As accident at one of well as creating jobs for many the mines. local people, Teck also helps As mining week begins, the the community with donations Elk Valley remembers the rich to schools, clubs, groups and heritage of mining in the Elk organizations in the Elk Valley Valley while looking ahead to a while ensuring their business prosperous and vibrant future.

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ining is one of BC’s largest and oldest industries and BC Mining Week provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contribution of the modern industry to British Columbians. BC Mining Week is declared each year by the Legislature of British Columbia. BC Mining Week 2013 takes place April 28-May 4, 2013. This celebration has a long history in BC The first BC Mining Week took place 25 years ago in Vancouver. What began as a celebration in Vancouver many years ago has now spread provincewide in communities across the province that want to participate in the recognition of the contribution of the mining

Women’s work

Members of Elk Valley Women in Mining branch talk about their varied jobs in the local mining industry. Name: Jo-Anna Singleton Age: 33 Role: Senior Geologist, Teck Coal, Greenhills Operations I worked as a geologist at Coal Mountain Operations from 2007-2012, and recently returned from maternity leave to this role at Greenhills Operations. My role involves planning and coordinating exploration drilling activity, coal quality training and supervision, geological modeling, and reporting reserves and resources. What is your favourite part of your job? I have two favorite parts. First, I enjoy the  daily mix of working part of the day outside in the pit and part of the day in the office. Second, I love the technical part of the office work which involves using mining software to make 3D geological models.   I never wanted a full time office job sitting at a desk all day - which was part of the reason I became a geologist in the first place. Do you have any advice for a woman who is considering a job in mining? If you are interested in geology or engineering,

try  to get into an academic program that has a co-op or work placement component. I think the work experience  is invaluable and I wish I had that opportunity while I was in university. Also, join the local Elk Valley Women in Mining branch (elkvalleywim@gmail.com) to meet other women in all sorts of roles in the mining

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Learn more about native tree species By Curt Derbyshire, Contributor

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ust last summer, the Canadian government officially recognized the first endangered tree in Western Canada, adding the Whitebark Pine to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk

Act. This hardy tree loves the mountain tops of Southeastern British Columbia and Southwestern Alberta, but due to an introduced fungus – White Pine Blister Rust, climate change, Mountain Pine Beetle and fire suppression

efforts, the favourite food and shelter of a variety of local wildlife is at risk. This year, during British Columbia’s Mining Week, from April 28 to May 4, Teck Coal will be sponsoring an in-school program that will

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educate students on the importance of the Whitebark Pine and how it is effectively used in reclamation efforts throughout the mines of the Elk Valley. Randy Moody, Chairperson of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada, will be making the rounds at the local area schools, conducting the presentations. Moody said that because the troubled tree’s restoration efforts will benefit so many plants and animals, he’s sure that it will hit home with a number of students. “It’s an endangered species”, said Moody. “And it’s an important species for wildlife like the Clark’s Nutcracker. So even if you’re not a plant enthusiast, you’ll find it interesting.” Moody said that the characteristics of the Whitebark Pine happen to make it excel-

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“It’s an endangered species...And it’s an important species for wildlife like the Clark’s Nutcracker. So even if you’re not a plant enthusiast, you’ll find it interesting. ” with a brief natural history introduction to the Whitebark Pine and follow with an interactive game and some hands-on seed

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Women’s work

Members of Elk Valley Women in Mining branch talk about their varied jobs in the local mining industry.

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the game will simulate the difference between normal years and the mast year by providing students with both a small and large number of seeds to hide and then recover. The difference in the amounts that students can recover under each scenario will demonstrate how the Whitebark Pine regenerates in the forest. The Clark’s Nutcracker is just one of several species that rely on the Whitebark Pine, Grizzly Bears enjoy the seeds as well. Mountain Bluebirds and Squirrels will establish their nests in the tree and Elk and Grouse are often found using stands of the pine for their summer habitat. For more information visit: www.white-

planting activities. “The game is based on the Clark’s Nutcracker feeding habits,” said Moody. He explained that Clark’s Nutcrackers feed on the seeds of the Whitebark Pine by collecting and creating stashes of them a few centimetres below ground throughout their territory. They use these stashes to feed their young or when food becomes scarce. Every five years the Whitebark Pine has a “mast year” where an abundance of seeds are available. This overwhelms the Clark’s Nutcracker and their ability to recover all of the stashes, leaving many clumps of seeds buried and ready to germinate. This also explains why the Whitebark Pine tends to be found in clusters of a few trees. Moody said that

around the house so I could work overtime to pay for it.  When they are included I think they have a better understanding about why I was working and not home. On my four days off we would go all over - to the lake, family visits, ski hill. That made up for me being away for four days of work. How have you/your family benefited from you working in the mining industry? I am financially independent. I don’t rely on anyone but myself, and the kids have learned to do the same.  I can afford to send them to university, and we have been on numerous vacations, such as one month in Europe, a week in Mexico, two weeks in

southern California. Travel is important for kids to learn and see how people live in other parts of the world, and to be thankful for where they live.  My working in mining has afforded them the opportunity to follow their dreams, not just get a job that pays the most.

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Between the covers of mining history By Jenna Jensen

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uring mining w e e k , interested readers can find many intriguing facts, stories and photos between the covers of several mining books showcased at the Sparwood Public Library. "Mining, and the history of mining in this area, is something that is very near and dear to me," says Jim Bertoia, Head Librarian at the Sparwood Public Library. "I was born and raised in this area and my family has been a part of this history. I feel like it is important for people to know and learn of the first settling families, the history of the beginning of mining and the stories of the people who made this community what it is today," he says. Each book being showcased tells a different story or idea, but covers topics of all aspects of mining. 100 Years Of Mining by Gordon Ramsey was

created as a regional project, giving readers an in depth look at the history of mining in the area, the communities such as Michel, Natal, Morrisey and Corbin and the people who lived and worked in the coal mines. Remember When, a book created by the Michel-Natal Heritage Society is filled with photographs and family histories of the first families settling in Michel, Natal and Middletown and those who had moved to Sparwood with their growing families. The almost 600 page book will give readers a glimpse into the lives of these people, and the hardships and happiness in their lives while recalling history of what made these communities so special. In the book The Forgotton Side of the Border readers can jump into the unique historical experiences of miners in the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass area with a collection

of memoirs and topics familiar and forgotten. Karen Buckley takes a look at the darker side of mining in Danger, Death and Disaster giving readers a look into the human dimension of mining in the Crowsnest Pass area. The book recalls the way of life, the thinking and the realities of life and death in the early years of mining. For those who are interested in learning about these families and the history of the early years of mining, each of these books are available for loan at the library. "We also want to let people know there are many websites, rich with info on mining in the area, and we can help people access those sites on the computers at the library. There is so much to know, and appreciate about mining history in the Valley, just come down to the library and check it out," says Jim.

Jim Bertoia, Head Librarian at the Sparwood Public Library, stands behind some of the mining history books being showcased at the Sparwood Public Library during Mining Week.  Photo by Jenna Jensen

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Sparwood gets ready for Coal Miner Days By Jenna Jensen

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he small town of Sparwood is getting ready for the biggest community celebration of the year known as Coal Miner Days. This annual event sees thousands in attendance enjoying everything from BBQ's

to bed races and so much more. Not only does the community come together to celebrate, many visitors also filter into the community to enjoy the weekend filled with fun. "Coal Miner Days is really special to our community, it gives us

all a chance to show how proud we are of the mining industry, while also giving people the opportunity to reconnect with new and longtime residents in the community. During this time of the year, many people that have left Sparwood, return making it a time of reunion as well," says Coal Miner Days Organizer Renee

MacCormack. "Let's face it, without the mines being here, none of us would be here in the community, therefore Coal Miner Days, is really an occasion that is made for celebration on many different levels," she says. The weekend will see all types of events for people of all ages. "People will enjoy all of their old favourite

things to do such as ball hockey and slopitch tournaments, street markets and the soapbox derby as well as new events such as a tug of war and even more blow up toys and games than ever," says MacCormack. Hundreds of hours of planning and volunteer time go into the event creating a weekend packed with



events and activities. "We are really lucky to have the support from the community and the volunteers who really make this all possible, without the help of volunteers we could never make this event what is has come to be," she says. "We are always looking for people to help and donate their time, and we understand people don't want to give up their whole weekend, so we are

All photos by Jenna Jensen

simply asking for one hour of time, with 75 volunteers giving only one hour of time, we should be able to fill our need." Coal Miner Days celebrations will occur from June 7 - 9 and all are encouraged to come out and enjoy the weekend. For more information, please email coalminerdays@hotmail. com or call Renee MacCormack at 250-425-0021.

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Fernie local produced a documentary following his journey to teach health and safety

Fernie local and USW Local 9346 member Steve Kallies spent 10 days in Mozambique in November as part of a workers exchange. Submitted photo By Nicole Liebermann

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F e r n i e local has produced a d o c u m e n t a r y following his journey to Mozambique to teach health and safety to coal miners. Seen through Steve Kallies’ eyes, The Price of Admission follows his unforgettable journey into the world of union corruption, worker intimidation, and war zone level poverty. A member of United Steelworkers Local 9346, Kallies spent 10 days in Mozambique in November as part of a workers exchange. “I am the safety chair for our union, which represents workers at Elkview, and of course I work at a mine and have an extensive background in mine rescue and firefighting,” explained Kallies. “So I was asked to go to give some entry level health and safety and emergency response training to workers that are going to be mining with the same sort of techniques and the same sort of coal that we are.” When Kallies arrived in Mozambique, it was clear that his trip was not going to go according to plan. It appeared that the company Kallies was to work with had been bought off and corrupted. He was surprised to learn that

most of the workers he was meant to train were too afraid to attend. “They told the workers that were supposed to participate that if they were to attend they would not recognize them as union people anymore and the mining companies would end up firing them for sort of being dissenters and troublemakers,” Kallies remarked. “And this is only to teach them about the dangers of coal dust, things like that.” He went on to say, “What we did get was a bunch of townspeople who had once been part of a bigger community. “What happens is the mining companies take these communities, because the coal is underneath them, move them to resettlements, and split them up so they’re hours and hours drives away from each other.” Kallies created a new training program that revolved around what he calls “grassroots labour movement 101.” He said, “What I did was show them a little bit of what we fought for in the last hundred years as far as standards go. Trying to bridge that gap of, if you don’t even know what to ask for, if you

don’t even know the hazards that exist, how do you say that this is how it’s done in the rest of the world, maybe we should do it

the same way?” Kallies believes the lessons he ended up teaching were important reminders of why unions are so important. “What we’ve been finding is that a lot of people in first world nations have this notion now that unions have run their course. We’ve got all these things like education, the weekend, eight hour shifts, and all the safety rules that didn’t exist 100 years ago do now, so unions just don’t need to be there anymore,” he said. While Kallies had always intended on documenting his trip, The Price of Admission became the vehicle for a much bigger message than he had planned. “We wanted to show that we exist so we can help other places raise

their levels up. What we didn’t realize, is that there’s going to be a big shift in world markets on the coal front in particular.” “It’s very hypersensitive and very relevant to the Elk Valley in particular because they’re going to be mining the same coal that we produce here, selling to the same customers, on

the same market. What I think has been overlooked is that they are going to be able to produce a heck of a lot more coal than we can, for a fraction of the cost. “If you look at just simple economics, when you can produce something in more quantity at a far lesser cost, the price for everything

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drops. There’s that, in this Valley, to be particularly alarmed about.” Kallies is now working on setting up a showing of the documentary in Fernie, in the hopes of increasing awareness in the Elk Valley. The Price of Admission can be viewed online at http://youtube/ NxOLKeGeXAo.

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Mine teams to the rescue

By Curt Derbyshire, Contributor

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ine rescue teams from across the East Kootenay region will put their skills on display for the East Kootenay Mines Industrial Safety Association Zone

Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition. On Saturday, May 11 at the Finning yard in Sparwood, the competition mine rescue teams from Greenhills, Elkview, Coal Mountain, Fording River and Line Creek mines will

compete against each other in a series of mock mining scenarios. Mine rescue competitions have been taking place in the area for nearly a century. Coleman held its first in 1916 and Fernie followed the very next year. In 1919 the East Kootenay Mine Safety Association was established and competitions became a more regular occurrence. These days the competition features a variety of skill challenges, starting with a written exam at 7 a.m. in the morning. Spectators are invited to arrive after 8 a.m. when the teams will have made their way into one of the five scenarios they will face throughout the day - First Aid, Fire, Bench, Rope and Other. The judges, who watch each team closely to see how they deal with the tasks, will make their decision between 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. There will also be family activities on site, and a barbecue organized by Finning, SMS and Cummins. The responsibility for

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coordinating the event rotates throughout the local operations and, this year, East Kootenay Mines Industrial Safety Association (EKMISA) representative, Brad Hogg of Fording River Operations, is taking the reins. Hogg said that the competition always

draws a good turnout of spectators for the action and noted that Staying Alive First Aid Academy will be sponsoring an Occupational First Aid (OFA) competition that takes places at the same time and place. The first aid competition will include a number of other local teams.

The winner of this competition can compete in provincials against other teams from across BC If successful there they would move on to the National Western Regional Mine Rescue Competition, which includes all of Western Canada and the United States.

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Direct jobs in the Elk Valley: 3500 Worksafe B.C. statistics show that the mining industry is the safest heavy industry in BC. Coal represents a third of the industrial traffic at the Port of Vancouver, the largest port in Canada. Mining is one of the highest paid industrial sectors nationwide. The coal stocks of southern British Columbia and Alberta are among the richest in Canada. Major minerals produced in BC (as a % of Canada’s production): Coal (66%); Copper (40%); Silver (50%); Gold, Lead, Molybdenum & Zinc. Canada is one of the worlds leading mining countries.

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Line Creek Ships Coal Feb. 19 1982 Free Press Files

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t noon on Wednesday, a spanking new 108 unit coal train branched off CP Rail’s haulage line and pulled up under the spanking new Crows Nest Resources Ltd (CNRL) loading facility. Neither the unit train, nor the load-out would ever be the same. It was an historic, and also thoughtful moment as the train inched its way along the long siding. The Procor-leased coal cars were shining new, with the CNRL’s crest painted in green against a black

background, and the inside workers away from the of the 100-ton capacity cars windows and back from were as white and clean as the electronic gadgets. a surgical theatre. Shortly after 1 p.m. the That, you can be assured middle of the train robot of, didn’t cars, passed last long. under the F r o m spout at a “It was an the control speed slower historic, and room beside than the Dead the loadMarch in also thoughtful out sprout, Saul and the moment as the operators lead engine p u s h e d of the long train inched its buttons, train inched which had way along the long its way never been siding. ” across the p u s h e d access road in earnest to the loadbefore, watched dials out, forcing those inside and “things” on a video the “corral” to take the machine and tried to old road, long used by keep their curious fellow sportsmen to reach such

spots as Cigarette Flats up Line Creek. “Everything is going good,” said one of the load out operators. “It’s working like a charm.” The thermal coal being loaded was destined for the Ssangyong Corporation in South Korea, which is the parent company to one of the world’s largest cement manufacturers. But before heading down to tidewater at Roberts Bank to begin its long transPacific voyage, certain ceremonial observances had to be handled with all the decorum a coal train could put to such an occasion as a “first.”

Committed to Community Teck’s five steelmaking coal operations produce more than just steelmaking coal. We support families, build infrastructure and foster economic growth. Our operations in the Elk Valley directly employ more than 4,000 people. In 2012 we spent more than $890 million on local goods and services and invested $2 million in local community groups and projects, including Fernie Search and Rescue, Fernie Trails Alliance and Fernie Heritage Library. Find out more: www.teck.com/sustainability

Members of Elk Valley Women in Mining branch talk about their varied jobs in the local mining industry.

Name: Amy Mac Con Role: Human Resources Superintendent, Line Creek Operations I started working for Teck in 2002 in the role of a Human Resources Co-ordinator and was promoted to the Superintendent role in 2008. My role involves oversight of recruitment, retention and engagement programs for employees, general site safety and administration of the collective agreement. What is your favourite part of your job? I enjoy the fast paced and varied environment. I have the opportunity to work and interact with many different people on the mine site and enjoy the challenge of finding solutions to multifaceted problems. How do you manage work/family life? Working in the mining industry can entail long hours which can place additional strain on a family. I have been able to balance the responsibilities of work and home through various childcare arrangements, a supportive spouse and acknowledging the need for work life balance. It is important to plan and organize my day so that I can accomplish all I need to do at work and still be home for my kids’ soccer practice. It is great to see the culture changing in mining which will attract a more diverse workforce.   


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broke out on a curtain (sacking material called brattice used for redirecting or blocking air flow) and raced up a slope overcoming 16 men who could not find their way ahead of the fire safely. The next year the Elk Valley became an unfortunate part of this early mine disaster legacy by recording Canada’s third worst mining disaster. While early records indicated 128 men lost subsequent detailed research has upgraded this number to 130. It was a classic example of the shotgun effect. Gas deep in the mine in Macdonald’s level was ignited which then ignited the heavy suspension of coal dust that ran all throughout the mine. The explosion replicated itself through all areas until it burst from the entry to the outside. Again most men were found in pairs in their working places killed silently by afterdamp. The next year Union Colliery in Cumberland lost 16 to an explosion, the first disaster of this scale to the mining area around Comox. That same year here in the Elk Valley, Morrissey No. 1 Mine suffered a nasty gas outburst on Oct. 15 that took four men. Morrissey outbursts were a phenomenon that would haunt this mine in its short life and the very next year on Nov. 18 it occurred again this time taking 14 lives. The wife and family of one of those lost, Thomas Jenkins, had only just arrived at Morrissey the day of the disaster. What heartbreak. While the severity of annual losses were reduced by more modern mining practices and safety measures they never the less continued to plague both the Island and interior mines up until the 1930’s. Mines like Reserve Nanaimo, No. 3 Michel, Coal Creek and Comox No. 4 &6 mines were dealt fatal hands at the whim of gas, coal dust and even lightning strikes. The last major event was at Blakeburn in

the Tulameen District in 1930 in which an explosion took 45 men.    The losses of three men or more mercifully died down after the Michel No. 1 East Mine bump of 1938 and lasted for

thought the days of major losses in underground mines were a thing of the past. All were reminded then that the deadly recipe of methane and coal dust was ever present and if it was

“The explosion replicated itself through all areas until it burst from the entry to the outside. Again most men were found in pairs in their working places killed silently by afterdamp” almost thirty years. Then came Balmer North in 1967, just when everyone

not handled properly it could transform an underground mine into a killing field.

BC mining disasters of three men or more were commemorated with a series of pillows at the Hillcrest Memorial Monument in the year 2000. While space restricted the acknowledgement of all men there is no doubt that every single miner lost across Canada in coal mines is in itself a disaster. The days of major underground mine losses are long gone and today, mercifully, the coal mines of British Columbia boast one of the finest safety records of any major industry in Canada. 

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About Elk Valley area coal mines

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Fording River

Coal Mountain Our Coal Mountain operation is located 30 kilometres southeast of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. Coal Mountain is comprised of 3,836 hectares of coal lands of which approximately 1,016 hectares are currently being mined or are scheduled for mining. Coal Mountain produces both steelmaking and thermal coal. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are approximately 2.5 and 3.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. Proven and probable reserves at Coal Mountain are projected to support mining at 2011 production rates for a further 6 years.

Greenhills

Our Fording River operation is located 29 kilometres northeast of the community of Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. Fording River is comprised of 20,304 hectares of coal lands of which 4,263 hectares have been mined or are scheduled for mining. Coal mined at Fording River is primarily steelmaking coal, although a small amount of thermal coal is also produced. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are approximately 8.7 million and 9.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. Proven and probable reserves at Fording River are projected to support mining at 2011 production rates for a further 75 years.

Line Creek

Our Greenhills operation is located eight kilometres northeast of the community of Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. Greenhills is comprised of 11,806 hectares of coal lands of which approximately 2,265 hectares have been mined or are scheduled for mining. Greenhills is operated under a joint venture agreement among Teck, POSCO Canada Limited (“POSCAN”) and POSCAN’s parent, POSCO. Pursuant to the agreement, Teck has an 80% interest in the joint venture while POSCAN has a 20% interest. Coal mined at Greenhills is primarily steelmaking coal, although a small amount of thermal coal is also produced. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant (on a 100% basis) are 5.0 and 5.0 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. Proven and probable reserves at Greenhills are projected to support mining at 2011 production rates for a further 17 years.

Our Line Creek operation is located approximately 25 kilometres north of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. Line Creek supplies steelmaking and thermal coal to a variety of international and domestic customers. Line Creek consists of 8,183 hectares of coal lands of which approximately 2,267 hectares have been mined or are scheduled for mining. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are approximately 3.2 and 3.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. At 2011 production rates Line Creek has an estimated remaining reserve life of approximately 23 years.

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23.2 million Number of tonnes of coal sold in 2010 Teck is the world’s second largest exporter of seaborne steelmaking coal. Our coal business consists of six mines: five in British Columbia and one in Alberta. Coal sales were 23.2 million tonnes in 2010. This accounted for 48% of our operating profit and 47% of our revenue.

Worksafe BC statistics show that the mining industry is the safest heavy industry in BC Coal represents a third of the industrial traffic at the Port of Vancouver, the largest port in Canada. Mining is one of the highest paid industrial sectors nationwide The coal stocks of southern British Columbia and Alberta are among the richest in Canada The Terex Titan, displayed in downtown Sparwood has a gross vehicle weight of 1, 209, 000 lbs. The Terex Titan became a public monument in Sparwood in 1993 Major minerals produced in BC (as a % of Canada’s production): Coal (66%); Copper (40%); Silver (50%); Gold, Lead, Molybdenum & Zinc Canada is one of the world’s leading mining countries

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Our Elkview operation is located approximately three kilometres east of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. Teck has a 95% partnership interest in Elkview. The remaining 5% is held equally by Nippon Steel Corporation, a Japanese steel producer, and POSCO, a Korean steel producer, each of which acquired a 2.5% interest in 2005 for US$25 million. Elkview is comprised of 27,054 hectares of coal lands of which 3,599 hectares have been mined or are scheduled for mining. Elkview produces primarily high quality steelmaking coal, although a small amount of thermal coal is also produced. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant (on a 100% basis) are approximately 6.0 million and 6.5 milllion tonnes of clean coal, respectively. At 2011 production rates, Elkview is estimated to have a remaining reserve life of approximately 52 years.

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DRAGLINE - An excavating machine that uses a bucket operated and suspended by lines or cables, one of which lowers the bucket from the boom; the other, from which the name of the machine is derived, allows the bucket to swing out from the machine or to be dragged toward the machine to remove overburden above a coal seam.

ACID SENSITIVE ENVIRONMENTS Environments which can be easily damaged by acid deposition. Some environments have natural buffering capabilities which allow them to neutralize significant amounts of acid deposition.

ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATOR - An electrical device for removing fine particles (fly ash) from combustion gases prior to release from a power plant’s stack.

AGGLOMERATION - A family of processes which can be used to concentrate valuable minerals (including coal) based on their adhesive properties. ANTHRACITE - Coal of the highest rank; it is almost pure carbon and is used mainly for home heating and cooking in some developing countries industrial purposes. BITUMINOUS - An intermediate ranked coal between anthracite and sub-bituminous coal. It has a high carbon content and is low in moisture content. Bituminous coal can be used for both steelmaking and power generation. Low and medium volatile bituminous coals are ranked by their carbon content, while high volatile bituminous coals are ranked by their heating value. BOILER - A tank in which water is heated or steam is generated. BREAKER - A machine which combines coal crushing and screening. Normally consists of a rotating drum in which coal is broken by gravity impact against the walls of the drum.

CHARCOAL - The residue, primarily carbon, from the partial combustion of wood or other organic matter. CLEAN-COAL TECHNOLOGIES - Technologies that allow coal-based power or electricity generation to have improved environmental performance, through decreased emissions. These technologies decrease emissions by using coal in a more efficient and costeffective manner.

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ACID DEPOSITION - The transfer of acids or acid-forming substances from the atmosphere to the earth’s surface. Referred to as wet deposition when the transfer occurs through precipitation (rain, snow, fog); and dry deposition when the transfer occurs through other processes such as absorption, impaction, sedimentation, and chemical reaction.

CARBON DIOXIDE - A colorless, odorless, nontoxic radiative gas that is essential to plant and animal life. It is also emitted as a result of burning organic materials, including fossil fuels.

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CLIMATE - The long-term / overall weather of an area. Climate therefore, is the cumulative grouping of separate weather patterns. (see Weather) CLIMATE CHANGE - A wholly natural phenomenon in which climate varies over centuries and millenia through the influence of various factors, such as solar cycles, the change of relative humidity in the atmosphere, and changing levels of so-called “greenhouse gases”. This phrase is often used in place of the term “global warming”. (see Global Warming) COAL - A fossil fuel composed mostly of carbon, with traces of hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur and other elements. COAL DESULPHURIZATION - Removal of sulphur from coal or coal gas. COAL GASIFICATION - Any of a variety of processes by which coal is converted to a gas. COKE - A hard, dry carbon substance produced by heating coal to a very high temperature in the absence of air. Coke is used in the manufacture of iron and steel. COMBUSTION CHAMBER - The part of a boiler in which fuel is burned. DEMONSTRATION PHASE - A stage in the research and development process during which a process or facility is tested under anticipated operating conditions.

ENERGY - The capacity to do work; more commonly used as an all-encompassing generic term describing fuel sources used to provide power.

ENERGY MIX - The combination of sources used to provide energy at any given time and place. Energy sources include coal, oil, gas, water (hydro), uranium (nuclear), wind, sunlight, geothermal and others.

FAULTS / FAULTED - A fracture in the earth’s crust causing displacement of the layers.

FLUIDIZED BED COMBUSTION - A process which has a high capability of removing sulphur from coal during combustion. Crushed coal and limestone are suspended in the combustion chamber in the bottom of a boiler by an upward stream of hot air. The coal is burned in this fluid-like mixture. Instead of being released as emissions, sulphur from combustion gases combines with the limestone to form a solid compound recovered with the ash. GASIFICATION - (see Coal Gasification)

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING - The branch of engineering that specializes in assessing the stability and strength of soil and rock materials, as well as groundwater conditions. In mining, geotechnical engineering principles are used to determine the appropriate design of mine features such as pit walls, tunnels and earthen embankments. GLOBAL WARMING - A potential increase in the temperature of the earth’s lower atmosphere which some researchers link to the build-up of radiative gases in the atmosphere. (see Climate Change)

GREENHOUSE EFFECT - A misnomer for a natural phenomenon that occurs when so-called ‘greenhouse gases’ trap radiated heat in the atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is actually a minor portion of a complex and dynamic process of heating and cooling that occurs in the earth’s atmosphere. This natural process of heating and cooling also includes the fluid dynamics associated with atmospheric moisture (such as clouds), oceans and other surface water, soot and other dust particles known as aerosols. The entire heating and cooling cycle warms the atmosphere and makes life on earth possible.

GREENHOUSE GASES - Gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (NO2), and other trace gases which restrict the re-radiation of infrared heat back into the atmospheres.

HOPPER - A bin or funnel that is loaded from the top and which discharges through a door or chute at the bottom.

HYDROCARBONS - A class of compounds containing hydrogen and carbon formed by the decomposition of plant and animal remains, including coal, mineral oil, petroleum, natural gas, paraffin, the fossil resins and the solid bitumens occurring in rocks. Gasoline is a mixture of hydrocarbons. HYDROELECTRICITY - Electricity generated using falling water as an energy source. LIGNITE - A low-rank coal with a relatively high moisture and low heat/energy content. Ranging in colour from black to brown, lignite is used in power generation. LIQUEFACTION - The process of converting coal into a synthetic liquid fuel, similar in nature to crude oil and other refined products.


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glossary of mining terms LOW SULPHUR COAL - Coal which has a sulphur content generally ranging from 0.1 per cent to 1.0 per cent. All western Canadian coal is low in sulphur. METALLURGICAL COAL - A term used to describe varieties of bituminous coal that are converted into coke for use in the steelmaking process. METHANE - The most simple of the hydrocarbons formed naturally from the decay of vegetative matter, similar to that which formed coal. It is the principal component of natural gas and is a radiative gas. Mtce - Mega tonnes of coal equivalent. NITROGEN OXIDES (NOx) - Formed when nitrogen (N2) combines with oxygen (O2) in the burning of fossil fuels, from the natural degradation of vegetation, and from the use of chemical fertilizers. NOx gases are a significant component of acid deposition and a precursor of photochemical smog. The primary source of nitrogen oxide emissions is automobile exhaust.

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OZONE (O3) - A bluish toxic gas, with a pungent odor, formed of three oxygen atoms rather than the usual two. Occurs in the stratosphere and plays a role in filtering out ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays. At ground level ozone is a precursor of photochemical smog. OVERBURDEN - Layers of rock and soil covering a coal seam. In surface mining operations, overburden is removed using large equipment and is either used for reclaiming mined areas or hauled to designated dumping areas. PEAT - A dark brown or black deposit resulting from the partial decomposition of vegetative matter in marshes and swamps. PIT PONIES - Small horses, mules, or ponies which were used to pull coal shuttle cars from underground mines during the 1800s. PROVED RESERVES - Those quantities which geological and engineering information indicate with reasonable certainty can be recovered in the future from known deposits under existing economic and operating conditions.

RADIATIVE GASES - Any of the natural or man-made gases which, when released, accumulate in the atmosphere. A characteristic of these gases is that they tend to allow the sun’s heat to pass through to earth but do not allow the heat radiated back from the earth to escape from the atmosphere. SCRUBBER - Any of several forms of chemical/physical devices which operate to remove sulphur compounds formed as a result of fossil-fuel combustion. These devices normally combine the sulphur in gaseous emissions with another chemical medium to form inert compounds which can then be removed for disposal. SHEARER - A rotating cutting device used in underground mining to remove coal from the coal seam. SUB-BITUMINOUS - A generally soft coal with a heating value between bituminous and lignite. It has low fixed carbon and high percentages of moisture and volatile material. Subbituminous coal is mainly used for generating electricity. SULPHUR OXIDES (SOx) A family of gases, including sulphur dioxide (SO2) formed when sulphur, or fossil fuels containing sulphur, burn in air. Airborne sulphur compounds may be converted to other substances which contribute to acid deposition.

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TECTONIC FORCES - Forces pertaining to, causing or resulting from structural deformation of the earth’s crust.

THERMAL COAL - A term used to describe coal which is used primarily to generate heat. Also referred to as steam coal.

TON - An Imperial unit of weight equivalent to 2,000 pounds or 907.2 kg. This is also known as a “short ton”.

TONNE - A metric unit of weight equivalent to 1000 kg or 2,240 pounds. This is also known as a “metric ton” or “long ton”.

TURBINE - A machine that has propeller-like blades which can be moved by flowing water or gas (including steam) thereby rotating a component in a generator to produce electricity.

UNIT TRAIN - A train typically consisting of approximately 100 to 110 cars, which is dedicated to the transport of a single commodity such as coal.

VOLATILE MATTER - Matter that is driven off as gas or vapor when coal is heated to about 950° C.

WEATHER - Weather is the state of the atmosphere at a given time that includes temperature, precipitation, humidity, pressure, winds.

Members of Elk Valley Women in Mining branch talk about their varied jobs in the local mining industry. Name: Rebecca Edwards Age: 31 Role: Communications Coordinator in the Teck Communities and Aboriginal Affairs team My background was in journalism before I got this role in 2012. I work with a designer to create all Teck’s local advertising and any print materials needed by the operations or offices in the Elk Valley. As part of the Communities and Aboriginal Affairs team it is my role to ensure that Teck is communicating clearly with our local communities, whether through open houses, public meetings, local media or information brochures.

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Teck sets standards for safety

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he Elk Valley steelmaking coal industry has once again been recognized for its dedication to mine safety. In 2011, Line Creek Operations had the lowest lost-time accident frequency in BC for a mine of its size, earning the operation the John Ash Safety Award, which is awarded by the BC Ministry of Mines, Energy and Natural Gas. The award was presented in June 2012 at the Provincial Mine Rescue awards banquet in Revelstoke. The win came in the very first year that the operation was eligible for the award, after clocking more than 1 million worker hours in one year for the first time. The Elk Valley is no stranger to the province’s prestigious annual awards. Previously, in 2010, Line

Creek Operations won awarded the Edward Prior the Edward Prior Safety award. Award, in recognition that Established in 1961 it was the BC mine with the by the Minister of Mines lowest lost-time accident and Petroleum Resources, frequency after working the Open Pit Mine and 200,000 to 1 million worker Quarry Awards recognize hours. excellence in open pit and The same q u a r r y year, Elkview safety. Operations “...we would like J o h n won the John Ash was Ash Safety to thank them for BC's first Award for their hard work M i n i s t e r the sixth Mines, and dedication.” of time since appointed the operation in 1874. This reopened in position 2003. has always, and continues Coal Mountain to be, a key leader and Operations was awarded supporter of mine safety. the 2010 John T. Ryan Safety The Edwards Prior Award by the Canadian award is named after Institute of Mining and BC's first mines inspector, Metallurgy for attaining the Edward Gawler Prior, lowest lost-time accident who subsequently served frequency in Canada. as Minister of Mines and In 2009 Fording River went on to become BC's Operations won the John 15th Premier and 11th Ash Safety Award and Lieutenant Governor. Greenhills Operations was "I know a lot of these folks

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personally, and I know the amazing level of their commitment to safety," said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. "Southeast BC has a proud tradition in mining, and these awards are a testament to the workers in this region." “Line Creek Operations winning the 2011 John Ash Safety Award is another positive example of the leadership and commitment our employees and contractors have shown towards Teck’s vision of everyone going home safe and healthy every day,” said Robin Sheremeta, Teck’s Vice President of Operations, Coal. “We are very proud of the effort people have made to raise our safety performance standards at all of our operations, and we would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication.”

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Name: Barb Anderson Age: 49 Role: Process Maintenance Scheduler I started as a casual clerk (July 2008), then was employed as a clerk (Sept 2009) and that led into my current role in September 2010, which involves scheduling and planning jobs for the plant maintenance crew What is your favourite part of your job? The job is very dynamic with a great deal of involvement

within the operations and outcome of the work completed at the Line Creek Operations. Do you have any advice for women considering a job in mining? When working in the field, be confident in the job you have or role you do. You cannot be timid if working out in the field. Teck also realizes and recognizes those who work hard and contribute to the overall team and success of Teck overall.

How have you/your family benefited from you working in the mining industry? Both myself and family have benefitted from the mining industry through personal job stability, community contributions (both financial and supportive) made by Teck to the activities and the community in which we live. What is the most important skill for success in mining? Strong leadership skills, communication skills and teamwork.


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Sparwood offices:

eck aims to source goods and services from local businesses as much as possible. In 2012 Teck’s coal business unit spent more than $890 million with businesses in the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass. In 2012 Teck’s coal business unit invested $2 million in local community organizations, including Fernie

Search and Rescue, Sparwood Seniors Centre and Elkford’s Mountain Meadows Golf Course. In 2012 the five Elk Valley mines produced 24 million tonnes of steelmaking coal – around 80% of Canada’s steelmaking coal production, and a vital part of making steel which is used in everything from playgrounds to automobiles.

We were there.

(Celebrating 115 years of serving the Elk Valley.)

115 years of recognizing the importance of mining in our communities and honouring Mining Week April 28 - May 4, 2013

Call 250.425.6905

Proud to Support the Mining Industry.

We are proud to serve the mining communities of Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, Crowsnest Pass and area

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Mining Week ~ April 28 to May 4

THE FREE PRESS, Thursday, May 2, 2013

National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition (Eleventh Biennial)

will be held in Fernie, British Columbia on

September 6 & 7, 2013 Provincial and Territorial Surface and Underground Mine Rescue winners from (Western Canada) Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest Territories/Nunavut as well, as the winning surface and underground teams from the Northwestern United States make up the competition. This event allows Fernie to showcase its proud mining heritage and is the largest mine rescue competition in Canada. Mine rescue team members are your neighbours or the face in the crowd who you recognize as a member of the community. Camaraderie, sportsmanship and the sense of pride to be a member of a mine rescue team all contribute to a high-energy competition where teams compete against their peers; where the stakes are high and competition is fierce. Admission is free for spectators to come out and watch the competition - you won’t be disappointed.

If you would like to be a part of the competition and participate as a volunteer or a patient or show your support as a sponsor, please contact: Phil Pascuzzi at 250-426-1701 or email: phil.pascuzzi@gov.bc.ca Val Luznar-Purdy at 250-423-4666 or email: customerservice@thefreepress.ca


The Free Press, May 02, 2013