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Mountain market back for third season

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City to be audited over arena dealing


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New lift chairs for Red Mountain Resort’s Grey Mountain are prepared for installation. The resort had planned a “major” announcement Wednesday on the hill, but it was delayed. Check www.rosslandnews. com for an update on this story this week.

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Going out on top Water issues cascades down at RSS TIMOTHY SCHAFER Rossland News

The best high school in the district and one of the best in the region dropped in the annual Fraser Institute’s secondary school LUXURY CONDOS rankings for the province. FOR RENT Rossland Secondary School (RSS) fell from 49th out of 260 secondary schools to 103rd out of 284 secondary schools in the or call 250-362-5553 Concierge Service annual School Report Card ranking system, Only Official RED Provider for the 2011-2012 year, the last year for the traditional learning program at RSS before blended learning was instituted.. With an enrolment in Grade 12 of 43, the average exam mark for the final year of RSS was the lowest it has been in five years at Your Horoscope For the Weekdown from a high of 75 in 71.6 per cent, with Michael 2010.O’Connor The inside percentage of exams failed Horoscope the West Kootenay Advertiser decreased to 5.6 per cent from 6.1 per cent. For the Week • See SCHOOL, Page 7 with Michael O’Connor inside the West Kootenay Advertiser


The squeaky wheel will get the grease as problems within the City of Rossland’s tendering, contracting and project reporting practices brought to light earlier this year are to be addressed by a higher power. The province’s new Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) office has agreed to wade into the tangle created when the city’s former building inspector Jason Ward’s own company was able to bill the city $185,000 for arena renovations, unbeknownst to council. Councillor Kathy Moore brought the matter to light in council in 2012 and a municipal auditor looked into the matter, coming back with a letter saying it wasn’t handled as it should have been, but “there was no material financial impact and did not impact the audit.” Moore’s letter to the municipal auditor and the response were not made public until a Freedom of Information request was made several weeks later.


With the budget to renovate the former Rossland Secondary School building possibly costing more than was budgeted for, the existing problem of poor water quality in the school is being dropped like a lead weight. The issue of lead in the water won’t be addressed before students go back to school at RSS in the fall but it should be part of the renovation cost, says one Rossland parent and advocate for safe drinking water at the school. Deb Dovgala said she is outraged the problem of unsafe drinking water has not been

taken care of, five years after it first came to light. “Why would you do all those renovations, and not take care of the water problem?” she said. “It seems pretty basic.” A renovation project to convert the high school to a kindergarten to Grade 9 facility has been estimated at $550,000 but only includes very minimal changes to the building in order to have the required number of classrooms initially, according to a SD20 missive earlier this year. Resolving issues with the drinking water at RSS are an estimated one time cost of $127,000. Dovgala wondered if there

was something in the renovation budget the district could give up if it was that tight for money. School District 20’s finance and facility committee chair Mark Wilson said the cost of the renovation is out for tender, and no figure on the renovation cost will be released until the bids were closed. He admitted the figure would be hundreds of thousands of dollars because the school board is “trying to do it the right way.” The budgeted figure could not be released, but it is “substantial,” Wilson said, and it could be more than expected.

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Arts and culture UPCOMING Rosslanders bring group your rossland events Calendar Friday, June 28 • ART FOR PEOPLE Ninth annual Art for People fundraising art show. This year’s art show will take place at the home and garden of Martine Bédard and Andy Holmes at 1930 Monte Christo on Friday, June 28, starting at 5 p.m. This year part of the proceeds will go Art for People Projects (AFPP). Please see the AFPP website ( for the projects that AFPP has funded to date. There will be wine and cheese, a raffle to win a painting of your choice and lots of art to look at. Saturday, June 29 • GOLd FEvER FOLLiEs Every year for 27 years, Rossland’s unique theatre group has been entertaining visitors and locals with their live performances. in 1987, a small group of theatre enthusiasts started a musical revue based on Rossland’s exciting gold rush days of the late 1890s. The show was embellished with local lore, old time tunes and real Can Can dancers from the Boomtown Garter Girls. Over two and a half decades later, the Rossland Gold Fever Follies are still going strong with original stories from Rossland’s rich gold mining history. While artistic license is often in play, many of the characters are based on real people from Rossland’s past. For 25 years the Rossland Gold Fever Follies has been going strong with original stories from Rossland’s rich gold mining history. While artistic license is often in play, many of the characters are based on real people from Rossland’s past. This live musical theatre show, held in the restored 1898 Miners Hall, only runs for two months. Performances take place from June 29 to Aug. 24. showings are at 3 pm and 7:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. This year’s new show is called A job well done, a brand new comedy by Kate Eldridge with music by Harris Anderson. Ongoing • THE ROssLANd MusEuM is now open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday. Open daily July and August 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. including holidays. Admission is adults $10; children 6-13 $3; students 14+ $5; seniors 60+ $8; children under six free. Family rate is $28 based on two adults and children. • viNyAsA FLOW yOGA instructor Cynthia Anonuevo, RyT, is hosting an outdoor beginner vinyasa Flow yoga class at the Rossglen Park in lower Rossland. The weekly class will run on Wednesdays, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. until July 31. Please contact Rossland Recreation, at 3622327 for more information.

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Looking to turn city into a hub of learning timothy schafer Rossland News

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For those who’ve been to the annual Art in the Park shows at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, it’s a familiar scenario. This month, a new group of artists from Rossland will showcase their own take on the experience when they present their works from a trip to the Mount Carlyle Lodge in the Kokanee Range of the Selkirk Mountains. The Carlyle Group consists of Rossland artists Jenny Baillie, Brigitte Debois, Louise Dresche, Stephanie Gauvin and Mirja Vahala. They will be showing more than 50 works from a five-day trip to the lodge last September. They were there during a stretch of clear days and nights, before the snow fell and with a full moon lighting up the nights. “We could see as far as the Kokanee Glacier with the light gleaming off of it in the distance,” Vahala said. “There was brilliant blue sky and sunshine that would light up the anemones, which were glowing. The larch were backlit, and there were these great distant blue hues of the mountains and all the myriad of colours of the grasses.” The five artists hiked into the lodge with their painting supplies. Each day, they would hike out to different spots and capture what they saw, said Vahala. “What we do is start with trying to simplify what we would see,” she said. “Choosing a portion of the entire view, and simplifying into mass forms and shapes, and then interpreting with the colours each of us individually would express our feelings.” They debuted their work at the Rouge Gallery in Rossland in December. There will be 52 paintings on display at the Revelstoke show. “The styles go from a full carte type of look to very colourful expressionistic paintings,” said Vahala. Mount Carlyle opened at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre June 14. The show runs until July 5.


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Forces are being marshalled to turn the Golden City into a hub of learning. A planning exercise several months ago by the Rossland Sustainability Commission to determine what Rossland would need to move towards sustainability unearthed the idea of a central place for learning. The idea would broker some of the expertise in the area and invite other people to come to town, not just to ski and bike, but to come and learn something, said commission member Terry Miller. “There’s a lot of very capable people in this town. Would they be interested and willing and able to run a workshop to share some of that knowledge?” he said. Provisionally called Innovative Education, the city could also become a satellite of a university, putting tourism onto a whole different level, said Miller. A university extension could mean new teaching jobs and the birth of a new knowledge economy residing in Rossland. A lot of the things are already going on but Innovative Education would ramp up the marketing and the centralization of the administration, creating some standards and a whole new ethos, or industry, in town, said Miller. The new group would first

make an inventory of who is out in the community and what expertise they currently hold. As the idea moves along there would be the possibility of bringing experts in for various courses. “There’s medical tourism that happens all over the world. Well, we would like to become known for learning tourism,” said Miller. To get the ball rolling, the Sustainability Commission invited people with a passion for life-long learning to the Rouge on Wednesday night. The evening was structured in a World Café conversation style, aimed at exploring the potential to develop Rossland into a hub of learning. The concept is not to be confused with the Neighbourhoods of Learning (NoL) and Independent School initiatives. This hub of learning concept may have later connections but for the moment is intended to be outside the scope of delivering K-12 curriculum. The commission will require some funding down the road to start to do the business planning and the tentative plan is to hit the ground running in September. People can contact Terry Miller at 250-362-9656 or if they would like to join in Innovative Learning or they have an idea to contribute.

Folk and violin fusion at the Miners’ Hall submitted Rossland News

Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are the combined forces of a mesmerizing and soulful violinist and a prolific Canadian singer/songwriter who will perform at the Rossland Miners’ Hall on Thursday, June 20. Frechette and Thomsen bring a joy to music and a power to phrases that move listeners, reminding audiences that the best moments of music are full of surprises. Frechette has recorded 13 solo albums and many of his songs have been covered successfully by other artists. Classically trained violinist Thomsen performs and records across a variety of genres, founded the Violin Geek Podcast, and is a regular contributor to Strings magazine. “This dynamic duo will surely warm your way into the summer months of 2013 with their passionate musical synergy,” said Rachael Roussin, administrator, Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC). Presented by the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture, Frechette and Thomsen will perform at the Rossland Miners’ Hall on Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $10 at the door and at Out of the Cellar on Columbia Avenue. To listen to Frechette’s music visit

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What: dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen Where: Miners’ Union Hall When: Thursday, June 20 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, at door

RCAC now accepting artistic entries for exhibition submitted Rossland News

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is accepting artistic entries for a two week craft exhibition Oct. 16 -30 at the Rossland Art Gallery. This event will raise the profile of local craftspeople within our communities as part of the province-wide celebration of the BC Craft Council’s 40 year celebration. A variety of different mediums will be showcased in the exhibition including fibre, metal, jewelry, wood, clay, glass, soap making and bas-


ket weaving and others. Part of the celebrations will be workshops and demonstrations. This event will: • showcase local crafters and their works; • celebrate and raise the profile of local craft and craftspeople in our community; • provide learning experiences and inspirations to local craftspeople and the general public around craft; • initiate collaborations between the different Lower Columbia crafts people. Submission forms for artistic entries available on the RCAC website:


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new liquid waste plant pitched for city TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

When it comes to liquid waste most people know it flows downhill and pay day is every Friday. But there is a third axiom now being touted by the City of Rossland. The city—through its representative on the Joint Local Advisory Liquid Waste Management steering committee, Kathy Wallace—has asked the partners in the regional service to consider a waste treatment facility for Rossland. The city is proposing the construction of a standalone liquid waste treatment plant in Rossland (option 3A), and some upgrades to the existing plant in Waneta, as there is a potential likelihood it could benefit the partners of Trail, Warfield, Area B and the Golden City. Towards that end, Wallace gained approval on a motion—Trail was against it—for Regional District of Kootenay Boundary staff to provide an estimate on what a feasibility study would cost for a rapid infiltration plant to be constructed in Rossland. There was some hesitancy about a delay to the process that has been underway since 2008, but a service review requested by the City of Trail two years ago had already delayed the process. “Given that this is a very expensive project and so essential for the long term viability of our community, let’s get it right,” Wallace said. “That’s what Rossland is saying.” Currently there is a primary treatment plant shared between Rossland, Warfield and Trail in Waneta called the Columbia Pollution Control Centre. It’s the last primary treatment plant left in B.C. that is going into fresh water. Right now the plant is non compliant with federal and provincial regulations, but the regional Liquid Waste Management Plan planning process that started in 2008 questioned how to bring that plant up to regulation. However, there are long term capacity concerns at the existing plant, whether it will have enough capacity for decades into the future, even with significant upgrades, Wallace said.

The first phase of planning for liquid waste was identification of options and three were put on the table: Upgrading the existing plant where it is; build a brand new facility for somewhere in the Columbia Gardens area (at that time Fruitvale and Montrose were participating in the process); and a stand alone plant to serve the Rossland population, but still as a piece of the regional service. The option 3A (for Rossland) was dropped at the end of stage one when Fruitvale and Montrose were still involved in the planning. After a very formal process to review the service at the request of the City of Trail, in early 2013 both Montrose and Fruitvale decided not to participate in the process. Montrose has a functioning plant, and Fruitvale was given the permission by the Ministry of Environment to upgrade what it had. “So neither one felt the need to join the regional service,” said Wallace. “What Rossland is proposing is that now, without those participants, option three becomes a more viable option than option two.” During stage two planning, Mayor Greg Granstrom brought a task force committee together in Rossland, with a number of community members who had the expertise and the technical wherewithal to put together a proposal for a liquid waste facility in the city. At the last liquid waste steering committee meeting Wallace presented those reasons and why option 3A was a much more viable option than option two. The other options include upgrading the Columbia Pollution Control Centre or building a new plant in the Waneta area. “But that is where Rossland said option two does not make sense. If we don’t have those other two participants, then option three becomes a better option,” she said. An answer from the regional district is expected to take place in the fall and the steering committee will decide on whether it is willing to spend money on a feasibility study for option 3A. Public consultation on the options available will take place after that.

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The signing of the Friendship Agreement on May 17—Norway’s National Day—with Surnadal, Norway, was a historic event for the City of Rossland. Signing the document are, from left, Ray Gaudart, Spirit of Red Mountain, Rossland Mayor Greg Granstrom, Mons Otnes, Mayor of Surnadal, Lilli Husby Cultural Director Surnadal. According to the friendship agreement, the document was “in recognition of our shared history through Olaus Jeldness. He ties the bonds from Surnadal to Rossland with his skiing exploits and his passion for life, sports and community. The agreement states that in “the future our two communities could consider working together on an exchange, possibly a student exchange program, a program for cultural exchange or coordinated sports events.” Both communities will always have their doors open to anyone in these communities who would like to come for a visit. And in Norwegian: “Dette er en erkjenning av vir felles historie gjennom Olaus Jeldness. Han knytte banda fra Surnadal til Rossland med sin skidugleik, sin lidenskap for livet, sport og samfunn. Framover kan vare to samfunn tenke seg a jobbe saman om nokre utvekslingsprogram, dette kan vere eit utvekslingsp’rogram innanfor skulesektoren. eit’program for kulturell utveksling og eventuelt koordin:enng av idrettsarrangement. Begge samfunn vii alltid gjensidig 0nske bes0kande fn\ desse kommunane hjarteleg velkomne.”



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“There were a lot of questions about what happened and council was just not that interested at the time,” said Moore. “There have been some things the city is doing, which are not public at this point. So it’s not a dead issue.” However, in spring council passed a motion to ask the AGLG to look at several different aspects of city operations. Council voted in favour of asking the AGLG to look at: powers council has delegated to the chief administrative officer; adequacy of policies for tendering, contracting, project management and reporting; adequacy of accountability and management of arena project; and a review of hiring and contracts for senior staff. However, the auditor has only agreed to look at the adequacy of city policies for tendering, contracting, project management and reporting. “In my opinion, there were areas we needed help with, so I brought it to council’s attention and they agreed,” said Moore. “Would they have agreed had the public not got involved? I don’t think so. There was plenty of time for council to take action and they didn’t.” On Jan. 3 Mayor Greg Granstrom held a public meeting to air concerns over the arena renovations and the city inspector’s behaviour. Over 80 people packed the senior’s centre to hear what had happened with the $1.2-million project—which included a new roof— and what the city was going to do about it. Although council said in the meeting the matter would be looked into it, no report has been issued to date.

In the interim, council resolved to direct staff to hire a qualified inspector to review the work contracted to ADA Co. Inc. for the Rossland Arena in 2010 and 2011. Council also directed staff to ensure “that the structural component of the work performed on the Rossland Curling Arena is inspected.” In the coming audit the provincial office is expected to make recommendations to council on the best means to provide adequate oversight of contract services and project management and to reduce the possibility of fraud in the future. The province has contracted with KPMG and Grant Thornton to assist in the conduct of the performance audits. Basia Ruta, auditor general for local government, said the AGLG will share best practices and lessons learned to improve governance. Last month councillor Cary Fisher passed motion to strike a committee to look at the procurement and tendering policy and how the city manages it. “That was the crux with the arena: how was this allowed to happen? And how can we prevent it from happening in the future? That’s what we really need to know now,” said Moore. By requesting the inquiry and sharing the results, council will be providing full disclosure to the citizens of Rossland and will be able adopt recommendations and best practices to improve governance in the future, said Ruta in a letter to council. Individual audit reports for City of Rossland are expected for web release in the last quarter of 2013/14.

Conroy gets work Hot on the heels of the provincial election, Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy has been given her new workload in the Official Opposition. Conroy will assume the mantle as the critic for Senior’s and Senior’s Health, but now adds the Columbia River Treaty, Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power to her duties. During the election Conroy said the New Democrats were concerned with the public consultation process leading up to the treaty’s renegotiation.

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Mountain Market kicks off third season caley mulholland Rossland News

Good things come in three’s. And with this year marking the third season the Rossland Mountain Market has existed, the connection between local growers, producers and artisans to customers in Rossland is even better. The Mountain Market is back downtown at the corner of Queen Street and Columbia Avenue every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. beginning Thursday, June 27 (and running until Sept. 26). It’s the social event of the week all summer long, with music, great food and good friends. Products on sale will range


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“Any time you are opening up an old building or a house, sometimes you run into unexpected things,” he said. “And we want to get this done and we want it done properly.” He said the board was hoping it would be able to take care of the re-piping of the school with this renovation, but the SD20 budget for 2013/14 doesn’t have $127,000 for such a project rolled into it. “We are well aware of (the problem) and it will be fixed as soon as we can come up with some money,” Wilson said. Right now water fountains are turned off, like they have been for over five years, and the school district will continue to supply bottled water until the problem can be dealt with. Wilson said money will be set aside for the repair, but could not say when that would happen. “It’s got to be addressed and it’s got to be fixed, but it could be a very serious problem. That $127,000 from the Syntac report is just for the cold water line going into the school,” he said. “It could possibly be more than that we would have to do down the road.” Capital improvements are typically funded through a Ministry of Education capital grant (a separate allocation from the Ministry of approximately $900,000 per year) and not the operating budget. A consultant hired by the district to study the situation and provide cost estimates noted providing bottled water was cheaper than re-piping the entire school—at a cost of $64,000 for Maclean Elementary and $127,000 for Rossland Secondary—but could still be a longterm solution to the problem. In the commissioned report, elevated lead levels, above those permitted by Health Canada guidelines, were found in all 10 water samples analyzed at the two schools, as well as both solder samples. Some piping in RSS was noted to be galvanized. “Though not analyzed, the zinc coating also most likely contains lead,” the consultant report read. Dovgala realized it was a money issue, but






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she trusted the school board would do the right thing after the facilities review was over and the dust had settled on the question of the Rossland schools. And when the board again deferred a decision to re-pipe in favour of a renovation again she was shocked. “It’s time the school district looked after the Rossland kids like they were part of the district and not like a pain in the ass, and that’s what we have felt like every step of the way,” she said. “It just makes me wonder ... why are you not taking care of our children, what did we do?” After being stonewalled by the school district on two occasions, Dovgala contacted Interior Health as well as the Ministry of Education about the problem. The province said the matter was in the hands of the local board. “The Kootenay-Columbia board has a longterm facilities plan for the district and I understand the board is working to remedy the water pipe issues at Rossland Secondary,” said Heather Hill, director, Capital Management Branch, BC Ministry of Education. In May of 2009 SD20 had the water tested at all of its schools. It was found that there was lead leaching into the water at RSS, MacLean Elementary School and one other school in Castlegar. Shortly after the problem was found, SD20 began supplying bottled water to MacLean and Rossland and there were signs put up not to run the water. Because the amount of lead in the water was not over the “hand washing, exposure limit” Kootenay Boundary Interior Health gave SD20 the okay to continue with providing bottled water until they decided the fate of Rossland Secondary School. Dovgala hoped to incite some interest from other people in the community by publicly raising the problem, and help pressure the school board to remedy the problem sooner than later. “It would be nice if kids could drink the water out of the fountain and they should be able to, in all our schools. We aren’t a third world country and it seems like we should be able to do that,” she said.

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Chamber of Commerce and the Rossland Public Library—had approved the designs as presented. But the other city groups included in the branding project had options to choose from, while council did not. The style of the brand was made to match the new sign the city had placed at its entranceways. That entranceway design was decided upon through a public process, said Blomme. It did have a lot of involvement and was “sitting in the background” before it came out. At its Feb. 12 meeting council had passed a motion to move forward with the city’s individual branding project using the grant money provided by Tourism Rossland from Kootenay Rockies Tourism Community Opportunities Fund. The board of Tourism Rossland felt that the continued consistency of look, feel and colours was to “everyone’s advantage.” New business cards would cost $710 for 10 boxes, while 22 new truck decals would be $407, costing the City $1,117 to change the design.



The city is still putting its brand on the design for a new city brand. Nearly all of council got together to decide to send ideas and four tentative designs for a new city watermark—or logo— back to the designer with a newly struck committee in tow. A trio of councillors—Jill Spearn, Jody Blomme and Kathy Moore—will meet with graphic designer Shelley Ackerman to come up with three designs that are more specific to what council wanted. Most councillors wanted a simplified design, one that would be more recognizable and still contain some of the graphic elements representative of the modern Rossland. Council was unable to come up with a recommendation based on the four choices they had been given by the designer. “I didn’t feel that any of the four were what I would wish for for Rossland, a brand that stands us as a community of heritage, or mountain bike riding, or anything we are trying to promote,” said Spearn. “I didn’t get excited by any of

these.” No time table had been set for when the new designs would come back to council. Tourism Rossland received a grant from Kootenay Rockies Tourism Community Opportunities Fund for the Rossland wide branding project. The board of Tourism Rossland approved use of the grant towards the costs of the City’s (Chamber ’s and Library’s) individual branding work. At its meeting on April 22 council had previously resolved that they be presented with more alternatives to the single word mark design that had come forward for their approval. As a result, the designer came forward with four designs for council’s approval. The word mark design is an identifying logo or stamp that would be used on the city’s website, letterhead, email signatures, truck stickers and on business cards as stock was depleted. Part of the city-wide branding project, the other parties in the project—including Tourism Rossland, the Rossland




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A Kootenay Avenue road closure bylaw adopted by council on May 24 is back on the books and could include a land swap between the city and two residents. The initial bylaw had been submitted to the Land Title Survey Authority (LTSA) for registration with the corresponding subdivision but was rejected because the area represented in the bylaw was slightly different than the subdivision plan. A new bylaw is now tentatively on the books, repealing the original bylaw and containing drawings accurately representing the road closure. Council made first and second reading of the bylaw and set a public representation opportunity on June 24, 7 p.m. in city council chambers in City Hall. The proposed land exchange is intended to result in no increase or reduction in lot size from the three properties; sections of boulevard acquired from the City’s Kootenay Ave. boulevard assume the same value as that acquired from the three lots. The City will be obliged to cover the costs of surveying and registration. A copy of the highway closure bylaw and plan may be inspected at City Hall between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.


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Backing the industry If the provincial government truly supported business across the province and not just on the Lower Mainland it would see the good thing it has in the mountain biking industry in Rossland. The industry pumps hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy, and a similar amount back to the province in all forms of taxes. To show its support of that industry the province should ante up and help pay for the insurance on all trails—which will become an ever increasing cost—and help the sport grow.

Back in the deck “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Mark Twain once said. Although we still believe Rossland Secondary School (RSS) vice principal Mike Vanness’ value to the community and the young people of Rossland is inestimable, his impact will not be lost in Rossland as was noted last week. Vanness is staying at RSS as a teacher, and also will be teaching at Trail Middle School.


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Energy Diet basics revealed To the Editor: Re: Some perspective on dieting Ken Holmes’ recent critique of the Energy Diet initiative was puzzling to me, not so much the pedantic detail offered to support his criticism, but rather the difficulty I have in understanding the ultimate purpose of his missive. The ultimate purpose of the Energy Diet is clear enough: to conserve energy. That’s good isn’t it? Whether Rossland is amongst the fattest in the nation or just plain plump is not really the issue. If we all used just a little bit less energy that would add up to a lot. We all know that but most of us need a carrot or two to guide us down the path of righteousness. The Rossland Energy Diet is a practical example, demonstrating that the demands ordinary consumers place on our energy resources can be

reduced. ‘Demand-side management’ is becoming something of a mantra these days; the regulators are insisting on it and the energy utilities are embracing it, hence the grants and subsidies—the carrots— that are now encouraging the exploitation of this relatively low cost energy resource: conservation. It’s been a long time coming: 40 years since another ‘crowd’ jousted with BC Hydro, first at the Seven Mile

water licence hearings, then Revelstoke, then Site C, seeking to convince BC Hydro and the BC Water Comptroller that energy conservation was a viable alternative to dams, dams, and more dams—BC Hydro’s only answer to their 12 per cent annual energy growth projection at that time. Two of those projects were built, but still a lot of water has flowed down the rivers since then. The conservation option

has become respectable; BC Hydro, Fortis and other utilities are now walking the talk. The BC Utilities Commission requires rate structures that penalize excessive use instead of rewarding it. This is all good to see for someone who was involved all those many years ago. The Energy Diet is good to see too, because it brings conservation home to where we can all make a difference. Graham Kenyon, Rossland

FortisBC: Thankful to Rossland for energy diet

To the Editor: In 2011, the Rossland Sustainability Committee recognized that Rossland had a large number of homes with electric heating and older homes with little insulation. The committee asked FortisBC to determine what amount of electricity was being used and to help the city’s residents upgrade their homes to become more energy efficient. As we began defining the program, we looked specifically at electricity use. We researched the amount of electricity that the community used and found that the average use per residential customer for British Columbia was 10,963 kWhs

and the average usage for residents in Rossland was 14,924 kWhs, or close to 40 per cent more. In-depth research was also conducted to determine customers’ barriers to making improvements to their homes. The outcome resulted in the Rossland Energy Diet. The program was designed to help customers understand how they used energy, provide information about energy efficiency improvements for their homes, and to access the ecoEnergy and LiveSmart BC rebates. To assist customers who did not have ready funds, the program partnered with

Nelson and District Credit Union to provide low interest, long-amortization loans. The Energy Diet was incredibly successful. To assist households with lower incomes FortisBC PowerSense installed energy efficient lighting and lowflow shower heads at no charge in more than 200 suites and apartments in the Kootenays. It also provided hundreds of energy savings kits to homeowners. The expanded Kootenay Energy Diet, which was launched in May, provides residents another opportunity to access a low-cost energy assessment along with the installation of energy efficiency products.

Participants can also access the LiveSmart and FortisBC rebates for insulation, heating systems and Energy Star windows and doors. FortisBC is providing free energy assessments and other assistance to low-income households. The five local credit unions are also offering low-interest, long-amortization loans for those who may choose to finance upgrades for their homes. We’re thankful to the residents of Rossland who helped make the Rossland Energy Diet such a successful program. Carol Suhan, MBA PR manager, PowerSense Service

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A favourable outcome for all involved To the Editor: It is my pleasure to write a letter supporting the Red Mountain Academy. I feel confident that an academic partnership between the Academy and Self Design High (SDH) will provide a favourable outcome for all involved: students, athletes and parents. It will be a “win win” situation for all. Online schooling has demonstrated success across the globe. In my seventh year serving on the

Davenport School Board, it has been my pleasure to witness such success in our hometown of Davenport, WA. It’s always exciting to watch students graduate from our local school that runs solely through an online partnership. Online schooling, including the Red Mountain Academy’s new partnership with SDH, provides a fabulous opportunity for students who, for a variety of reasons, choose an educational path other

than the “mainstream.” In conclusion, I fully support the efforts of the Red Mountain Academy as they seek an academic partnership with Self Design High. Any educational opportunity which allows our children to experience greater course satisfaction and learn more in less time with greater ease and confidence, will greatly benefit the entire community. Heather Panke Red Mountain Racer parent, Davenport School Board

Independence: On the cusp of greatness To the Editor: The Neighbourhoods of Learning (NOL) committee is on the cusp of creating something remarkable in Rossland, kindergarten to Grade 12 education for the 2013/14 school year. As a community we have adamantly expressed a demand for what the NOL has now actually produced, this is an exciting time. The new independent school will be partially government funded. There is an extra tuition fee of $1,000 ($100 per month) to attend this school. However, the intention of NOL is that this venture is in no way exclusive. This fee will be waived to students with financial need. This education will be provided in the Old Firehall or at the Red Mountain Conference Centre (as a temporary measure). The school will offer a full grade 8-12 curriculum in an highly supportive and professional learning environment. It will be a place where full potential will be realized.

The Red Mountain Academy has committed to enrolling its nine international students in this new school. However, the Red Mountain Academy needs to be assured that this school is confirmed by June 25. The enrolment of the Red Mountain Academy students into this new school can make this a financially viable venture for NOL. To move forward this school needs a minimum of 33 grade 8-12 students enrolled by June 25. This school is open to any grade 8-12 B.C. student. Rossland can make this happen (now) if the Red Mountain Academy contribution aligns with the expressed community interest. This is a call to action. The NOL is presenting us with an opportunity to create a community asset with an enormous potential to enhance Rossland’s strength and spirit. Let’s make this happen. Contact Aerin Guy of the NOL for more information at Mark Impey, chair, Red Mountain Academy

question of the week Mountain biking is becoming a growing industry in the region, particularly around Rossland, with the development of more and more trails and increased marketing and exposure from Tourism Rossland. As a result, there is increased traffic on the trails in the area, meaning some riders are pushing further into the backcountry on Crown land and creating unauthorized trails and features. Although uninsurable in the province’s eyes, those trails are helping create a mountain biking industry for the city, and putting much needed dollars into the local economy. So we asked for your opinion ...

Should the province insure unauthorized trails and features in the backcountry on Crown land? June 7 marked the final Grade 12 graduating class coming out of Rossland’s Secondary School. After 61 years the city’s residents will no longer have the chance to celebrate the emergence of its young people from the public school system in the city and see them off into the next chapter of their lives. The high school was not only a place of learning and a vehicle for sports, but it was a gathering place for the community, with many events—school related and not—being hosted within its walls. Last week we asked for your opinion ...

Will the loss of the Rossland Secondary School program leave a hole in the culture of Rossland?

you gave us the answers

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Committed to the region To the Editor: This week I travelled to Victoria to be sworn in as MLA and I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to the people of Kootenay West for my re-election. I am honoured and I will do my very best to represent all constituents and take the concerns of this area to Victoria and the legislature. I will be an active member of the Official Opposition caucus and in that role I have a duty to question government and to make sure that my constituent’s views are heard. I take this responsibility seriously and will continue to do so. My new critic position within the Opposition caucus will be Senior’s and Senior’s Health, and also critic responsible for the Columbia River Treaty, Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust. We will be returning to the legislature on June 26 and one of the main pieces of legislative business we will be dealing with is the passing of a budget for the province. When we last sat in Victoria in February, the


Liberal government introduced a budget that they claimed was balanced. The Opposition caucus has grave concerns on the legitimacy of this claim. As we see it the only way the budget can be balanced is to use the deferral accounts from BC Hydro, sell large numbers of government assets and bring in significant reductions in government services. Any government service reductions hit rural B.C. particularly hard. As we know in the Kootenays we have very little left to cut. Funding for health, education, and transportation have all been dramatically reduced and we have already endured many cut backs in this area. Our social safety net has been reduced and many are falling through the cracks now. As we start a new four-year term I am committed to trying to protect our region from further cuts, advocating for more funding for local school districts, Selkirk College, healthcare, local transportation, seniors care, local parks and environment. I will also be very

involved with gathering information and attending meetings regarding the Columbia River Treaty. As always you can reach me and my staff through my constituency office in Castlegar. Even while I am away in Victoria I have two staff members who are there to assist with questions or government programs. You can also coordinate through my Castlegar office for setting up meetings or invitations to events. I will continue to be accessible to constituents through a variety of ways, including my toll free phone number, e-mail, a website, facebook and twitter accounts. I look forward to working with the residents of Kootenay West over the next four years. Sincerely, Katrine Conroy, MLA, Kootenay West Contact • 250-304-2783 • 1-888-755-0556 • Katrine.conroy.mla@ • www.katrineconroy. ca • @katrineconroy • Facebook: Katrine Conroy

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The school where RSS students could be heading this fall, J.L. Crowe Secondary School in Trail, performed better but was still behind RSS’ performance at 107th in 2012, down from 80th. The average exam mark at Crowe was 68.1 per cent, up slightly from 2011’s 67.8. The average exam mark in the last five years—for an enrolment of 159 Grade 12 students—has not risen over 70 per cent. The percentage of exams failed also decreased in 2012 to eight per cent from 8.3 per cent. The average exam mark at Castlegar ’s Stanley Humphries was 67.6 per cent, down slightly from 2011’s 68 per cent. The school’s performance dipped at 173rd in 2012, down from 119th in 2011. The average exam mark in the last five years—for an enrolment of 142 Grade 12 students—has not risen at Stanley Humphries over

70.1 per cent. The percentage of exams failed also increased in 2012 to 10.3 per cent from 8.6 per cent. In the nearby Kootenay Lake school district the top school was Nelson’s L. V. Rogers, that was ranked 98th out of 284 schools. To the north in the Arrow Lakes school district, the district’s only high school in Nakusp rose three rankings from 207 to 204th. To the west in the Boundary school district, Grand Forks’ high school rose from 191st to 133rd in 2012, while its only other high school, Boundary Central in Midway, was 213th, down from 131st in 2011. Only two public schools appear in the top 20 secondary schools as private schools continue to dominate the ranking system. Public school Okanagan Mission is ranked 17th, while Vancouver ’s University Hill is slightly

lower at 18th, tied with private schools Kelowna Christian and King David. Private school York House rated the highest, with a perfect score of 10 out of 10, followed by Crofton House, Southridge, St George’s and West Point Grey. The lowest ranked secondary schools in the province were Century International in Vancouver, Kumsheen in Lytton and Nisga’a in New Aiyansh in northern B.C. The Report Card rated 284 public and independent schools based on several factors, largely based on mandatory provincial exams in grades 10 through 12. The annual report card also includes information about each school’s makeup, including parents’ average income, the percentage of ESL students and the percentage of special needs students.


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This week the Trail Regional SPCA is featuring a stray by the name of Sarge. He is a dashing black and white tuxedo short haired cat. When Sarge was brought to our shelter in April he was pretty ruffed up. He had definitely spent some time defending himself out in the streets. His battle wounds have since healed but his longing for a forever home is very apparent. He loves to be around people and will be your new best friend within the first couple of treats and cuddles. Sarge will make somebody a wonderful companion for many years to come. He looks a little rough around the edges but he is a real charmer with a lot of love to give! If you have been thinking about getting a well rounded cat with personality do not hesitate to come down to the Trail Shelter and meet 3 year old Sarge today!



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The Beaver Valley Soccer Club hosted the annual Mini World Cup for girls, boys and mixed teams (U910) on June 8 in Fruitvale. Teams from the Kootenay South Soccer Youth Association area formed teams and participated in this all day Soccer Tournament at Mazzochi Park. Each team was named a different country from around the world and four continents were displayed in colorful flags. Pictured above are some of the Rossland team members and coaches. The country was Kenya that Rossland represented this year. Players Shamus McColl MacEwan Leask Ronan Hinds Matthew Derosa Liam Gaudet Natasha Podgurny Iman Livingstone Linden Fontaine Nicolas Scully Isaac Power Will Ellis-Kusy Kalum Power

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landowners, and its own insurance in place. However, the new changes will affect popular trails such as Seven Summits, Plewman and Old Glory, as well as trails like Larch Ridge and Full Monte, which all fall on Crown land. There are a few unauthorized trails with advanced features in out-of-the-way locations, Spooner noted, built by a small percentage of the local riders. The features KCTS has constructed typically fall within the new provincial guidelines, he pointed out, so it will only be a matter of recording and maintaining them to receive coverage. “We’re haven’t taken on covering that (advanced) end of the spectrum anyway. We’re building for most people ... The most skilled riders and the most advanced riders will be looking for something beyond what we can provide,” he said. The new ruling could have broader implications as it plays out, Spooner predicted, with the changes eventually governing trails on private land. “My fear is it that will happen,” he said. “We’re not sure how much of a carry over there will be to private land, ... but I’m anticipating we will have to do this level of reporting on our regular trails, not just features, and it will involve more bureaucracy rather than important stuff of building and fixing trails.”

Trail work Work is progressing on the extension of the Bluffs trail down to Sunningdale in Trail, and should be finished this fall. Once that happens, crews will begin work on extending the Upper Redhead trail project on the lower third of Red Mountain. That trail extension will take some traffic off of Red Top trail. The next couple of weeks will be focused on getting Seven Summits trail open, even though the snow hasn’t quite completely melted yet. There is a lot of trail to maintain, said Spooner, and will require a couple of weeks work. Crews will be getting rocks off the trail, fixing features and trail beds that have worn out and cutting trees out that have fallen. “It’s a pretty remote place to work in and there is a lot of work to do,” Spooner said. “So, hopefully, the trail will be in great condition by the time the snow melts off of it and we’ll be able to ride it.”

Tracking The Trail of Trails Managing Recreation Sites and Trails Maintaining or developing recreation sites and trails on Crown land requires authorization by RSTBC. The level of maintenance at a site or trail depends on the type of structures present, environmental conditions and the amount of use. Maintenance activities are designed to ensure safety, provide sanitary conditions, protect the environment, ensure access and convenience, and maintain facilities and infrastructure. Trail authorization People planning to construct, rehabilitate or maintain a trail or recreation facility must prepare a written proposal and obtain authorization, prior to commencing works. Applications can be submitted to Front Counter BC for processing and submission to the appropriate district recreation officer. Development of trails Recreation site, trail or facility development involves basic procedures related to layout, right-of-way clearing, construction of roads, trails, camping pads and other facilities, building and placement of structures and landscaping. Each of these procedures has certain principles to be considered, depending on the specifications presented in the development plan. A partial list of most common site and trail infrastructure and approved designs can be found at Source: Recreation Sites and Trails BC A11

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School’s out early and pool ramps up its programs

Recreation, Education, Community Rossland Rec Department

Lap swimming The Rossland Pool is offering evening lap swim this summer. The days of the week and times of day change between June and July, so if you’re interested in evening lap swim, please take note of the following dates and times. Evening Lap Swim in June is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. and shares the Pool with Public Swimming. There is one lane rope in the Pool, separating the two activities. In July, evening Lap Swim is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and shares the Pool with Public Swimming. Getting bronzed If your teenager is looking for something to do the last week of June, consider registering them for the Bronze Camp, June 24-29 at the Rossland Pool. This course offers the Bronze Medallion and the Bronze Cross for candidates who want to do both courses – the Bronze Medallion and the Bronze Cross. If your teenager wants to do only one of those courses that’s fine – both courses will be running at the same time and candi-

dates can do one or both. The Bronze Medallion and the Bronze Cross are the first two courses in the list of required courses in the journey to becoming a lifeguard. School’s out School’s getting out a little earlier this year. RSS students will be out of school on Friday, June 21 and MacLean will be dismissed on Tuesday, June 25. There are lots of great programs through Rossland Recreation and surrounding recreation departments. There are also several camps in the area that you may not know about. If you’re wondering about opportunities for fun over the summer, give our department a call for some ideas. The last week of June is a great week to register your young teenager into the bronze medallion / cross camp, running at the pool from Monday, June 24 to Saturday, June 29. If you have younger kids, the VISAC Gallery is holding an art camp for the week of June 24-28 with an emphasis on lino prints, pottery and painting. Classes are 9:30-4:30 p.m. daily. For more information, or to register, please call 250-3641181 or email to Outdoor yoga Are you looking for an outdoor Yoga class? Instructor Cynthia Anonuevo, RYT, is introducing an outdoor beginner Vinyasa Flow Yoga class at the Rossglen Park in lower Rossland, starting Wednesday June 5, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The weekly class will run on Wednesdays, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. until July 31. Classes will

combine flowing progressions from one pose to another, as well as sustained postures with attention to basic alignment and therapeutic principles. These drop in classes are by donation with all proceeds being donated to the Rossland Food Bank. Please contact Rossland Recreation, at 250-362-2327 for more information. Aqua Tot If you have an infant, toddler or preschool child, the Aqua Tot classes start next week, at the Rossland Pool. This half hour class is from 11:3012:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and runs 8 weeks until the end of August. Aqua Tots is a fun, social time for parents and little ones. Lessons will cover buoyancy, movement, floating, gliding and swimming skills while enjoying active water play. If you’re a regular, we’ll keep track of your progress as your little one works through the Red Cross Preschool swim skills and we’ll present you with a report card for each level completed.

quiet setting near the corner of Park Street and LeRoi Avenue. Annual membership dues can be purchased at the Recreation Department. The other court is located at Red Mountain on the right hand side as you drive into the residential area. This court doesn’t require a membership. For more information about programs or to inquire about renting a facility during the summer months for a wedding, reunion or party, please contact our department, at 250-3622327or


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Take notice that the Council of the City of Rossland intends to adopt a bylaw that will close a portion of the road abutting 1960 Kootenay Ave, 1980 Kootenay Ave and 1992 Kootenay Ave, legally described as Lots 1,2 and 3, NEP 82582, DL 535, Kootenay Land District, which will form part of the lots noted above in exchange for an area of land to be used as snow storage. A copy of the Highway Closure Bylaw #2555 and plan may be inspected at City Hall between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

PO Box 1179 Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0

Persons who consider they are affected by the highway closure bylaw may make representation to City Council at their Regular meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013 commencing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall. Tracey Butler, Deputy CAO/Corporate Officer

Email: traceybutler@


Snow Storage

Road Closure

West Kootenay Transit Effective July 2, 2013

Simplified and Multi-zone Fares More Regional Connections Nelson – New routing Castlegar – 34 Kinnaird extends to Southridge


all fares subject to change


Family Swim The Family Swim time at the Rossland Pool changes to 5:00pm-6:30pm, seven days a week, as of July 2nd. If you have young children it’s one of the nicest ways to end a hot summer day, before the demands of dinner and bedtime routines. The Rossland Pool has season’s passes available to make things even easier! Contact the Rossland Pool at 250-362-5455 or the Recreation Department for more information. Tennis anyone? If you’re interested in playing Tennis in Rossland, there are two courts to choose from. One court is a beautiful, 100 year old court located in a


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he Rossland Pool is open and the water is warm. Check out the schedule for lap swim, lessons, camps and other programs online, at, City Hall, Recreation Department, Program Guide. The summer brochure can also be picked up in hard copy at the Rossland Library, the Recreation Department, the Rossland Library and around town. If you’re not able to access the Internet and you can’t get out to pick up a hard copy, please contact our office and we’ll mail you one.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY ACCOUNTANT/COMPTROLLER The City of Rossland, situated in the beautiful West Kootenays, offers an exceptional lifestyle with an abundance of recreational activities and cultural experiences. Only two hours from the City of Spokane, Washington and three kilometers from the base of Red Mountain Ski Area, Rossland is rapidly growing into a first class Resort Municipality. The City of Rossland is seeking a professional, experienced Accountant/Comptroller to join our Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for advanced accounting duties and performing tasks relating to the City’s financial services. The successful applicant will work closely with the Chief Administrative Officer/ Finance Officer with succession opportunities available to the right candidate. The ideal candidate will have completed third year in a designated accounting program and currently be enrolled to complete a professional designation in accounting (CGA, CMA,CA) or must have equivalent experience and education. Preferred candidates will have municipal experience and are proficient with Vadim’s iCity Software. The rate of pay for this CUPE bargaining unit position is $33.57-$34.50 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. Those interested in this exciting career opportunity can find out more details about our community and this position at If this career opportunity interests you, please forward your resume and cover letter indicating how you meet the qualifications by Friday, July 5, 2013 to: City of Rossland, Attention Deputy CAO/CO Box 1179, 1899 Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0 We thank all interested candidates; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Trail Operations is currently seeking an individual in the role of Accountant, responsible for the accounting requirements for one or more of the functional departments that support production; oversight of the accounts payable group; and developing/coordinating the flow of accurate and timely information for internal reporting. This is one of various positions reporting to the Manager, Financial Reporting & Systems and has 3-4 direct reports. The ideal candidate will possess and be responsible for the following: Responsibilities • Maintain oversight of Accounts Payable group to ensure timely and accurate payments, in addition to focusing on continuous improvement of the payment process and co-ordination of activities with Treasury group. • Provide financial expertise to support department(s) in evaluating operating scenarios, determining project economics and analyzing business cases utilizing various financial skills including analyzing cost data, developing financial models and forecasts, and identifying appropriate tax treatments. • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the business model for Trail Operations and its implications to budgeting, forecasting expenditures, SR&ED investment tax credit process, and manipulation of JD Edwards reporting and various system interfaces. • Contribute to cost efficient operations through the preparation of annual budgets, financial plans, and the subsequent measurement of plan performance for one or more support departments. • Prepare and analyze monthly financial and cost reports for support departments and continually review financial and cost reporting systems and procedures to ensure timeliness and accuracy. • Maintain and update business process documentation and test conformance to policies and procedures. • Ensure integrity of applicable general ledger account balances by reconciling and investigating anomalies. • Establish and promote maintenance and continuous improvement of a Safe and Healthy-working environment through personal commitment to the principles of the Trail Operations Safety and Health Policy and ensure personal compliance with the specific Safety & Health System responsibilities as defined Controlled Document #3843. Qualifications: • University Degree with a recently obtained Professional Accounting Designation (CMA, CGA, or CA). • Preferably 2-3 years’ experience in a related industry: ie. smelter/refinery, raw-materials, or mining. • Proven ability to identify and implement improvements to financial systems and procedures. • Working knowledge of JD Edwards Enterprise One software or ERP system preferred. • Excellent computer skills in MS Office and able to prepare cash-flow forecasts. • Excellent written, communication, and reporting skills. • Excellent time management skills. Teck Metals Ltd. is committed to employment equity and offers competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package including relocation assistance. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply directly online to:, at the Trail Operations location.

Qualifications: • Completion of Grade 12 and an applicable Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) program • Proof of WHMIS certification • Currently indentured as an apprentice at any level will also be considered • Related industrial maintenance experience • Knowledge of computerized maintenance management systems considered an asset Teck Metals Ltd. is committed to employment equity and offers competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package including relocation assistance. Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit their cover letter, and resume on (Please select Trail Operation, BC as the location or Zinc as the business unit.) Applicants will be required to participate in an assessment process designed to measure fitness, aptitudes and personal attributes. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply directly online to:, at the Trail Operations location.



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Green thumb

First time gardener Alisa Senecal illustrates the ease of growing green delights in Rossland REAL Food’s Community Garden


hen Alisa Senecal first put seeds into the ground at the Rossland Community Garden in late April she had no idea what she was getting into. She wanted to put her belief in food security into practice, albeit on a limited scale, and try her hand at growing some of her own food. Now, six weeks later, her seeds have taken off into a robust, bursting-with-life, little garden that the trained nutritionist is having trouble keeping up to. Asian greens, kale,

lettuce, kidney beans, a mix of salad green, snap peas and potatoes (from person who had the garden bed last year) are creating an embarrassment of riches for Senecal, all on her first try at gardening. She credited the wealth of information, resources and the facilities of the community garden for her beginner’s luck. “What is great about the community garden is it is already set up,” Senecal said. “The bed is here, you have water hoses, all the tools you need. It makes it easy for someone like me to

come in and start gardening.” Although raised in Rossland and exposed to flower gardening her whole life, this is Senecal’s first attempt at growing a garden. She had been moving around the last five years since she graduated from Rossland Secondary School to complete her schooling in nutrition. She always wanted to try her hand at gardening— growing more than just herbs and potted tomatoes— and try to cultivate local food. So she started with easy crops for her first her, absorbed

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everything she could from an introductory workshop offered by Rossland REAL Food—who operates the garden—and leaned heavily on the expertise of fellow community garden members. “There are times when I come to water my garden and often there are other members here as well and I am always asking them ‘What do I do with this?’ and they can tell me, so that’s nice,” she said. Located at the north end of Jubilee Park (behind the high school), the garden

Alisa Senecal in her garden.

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Celebrate Canada Day in Rossland!

Monday July 1st, 2013

9am-Hike Up Mount Roberts Join the community for this time honoured and popular hike up Mount Roberts. Every year over 100 hikers ranging in age from 4 to 84, converge at the top for a picnic lunch and to sing the national anthem while the flag is raised. Most hikers start before 10:00am in order to be at the top for the official flag raising at 11:30.

12pm-3pm - Pioneer Park for BBQ, Music & Cake! Get the whole family in on some live music. Rossland Radio Co-op will be BBQ-ing up a storm selling burger and hot dogs. Cake cutting at 1:00pm. Kids games too!

Please visit the Rossland Chamber of Commerce’s website more details of the day, description of the hike, the band, and cake cutting times.


regular sized beds (four by eight feet) for rent to members, as well as two higher, easy-accessibility beds and a large community bed that contains herbs and other assorted plants. The rules of the garden are simple: members are responsible for their own beds and are expected to participate in some work parties, maintenance and watering schedules throughout the season—a commitment of five hours per season. But the exchange of information is invaluable, said Senecal. She was instructed on how to extend the growing season in Rossland, enrich the soil, and fight the sometimes killing May frost. She placed plastic

over the bed to create a hoop house and it allowed her beans to come up a lot quicker and earlier than they normally would in Rossland’s alpine climate. “With that (hoop house), probably this time of year they would be just starting,” she said, pointing to the four-inch tall beans. The rental cost per bed is $15 per season, plus a $50 deposit for volunteer hours. People interested in a garden bed can contact Rossland REAL Food community garden coordinator Ami Haworth at journey_ For more information, go to

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Rossland News, June 20, 2013  
Rossland News, June 20, 2013  

June 20, 2013 edition of the Rossland News