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Thursday, July 4, 2013
Vol. 8 • Issue 28
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Time heals all wounds. And time will be needed to reduce the wound of the Columbia/Washington project, a vital and necessary infrastructure upgrade with subsequent make over that has put the downtown in a new positive light, but the city in a financial bind. A 26-page report from city staff to council has found the project will cost the city $5.78 million—a number revealed after the project scope was finalized in early 2012. It’s a sizable sum, but one that is right on budget. According to the report from city staff, delivered June 24 to council for review, the construction cost of the $7.23 million project was never in doubt, with a figure of $4.9 million being originally touted, and the number that now has come due. Now borrowing for the $5.78 million—which includes engineering costs—will head out to the public for approval through the alternate approval process to either soften or sharpen the blow to city taxpayers.
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Horoscope For the Week with Michael O’Connor inside the West Kootenay Advertiser
Winter revenue is dropping in Rossland for its downtown businesses, say a pair of longtime business owners. Roseanne and Richard Chobanuk of Legacy Gift Room and Brew Shop have Your Horoscope For thea Week noticed steady with Michael O’Connor decline in inside the sales the West Kootenay Advertiser and traffic in the ski town’s downtown,
and they have pointed to one factor as the culprit. “Since much of the accommodation for ski visitors has moved to the base of the ski hill, we have noticed a significant drop in winter revenue over the past 22 years,” they said in a letter to city council.
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The wheels of the season are spinning as snow is largely off the mountain bike trails in the area. Rory Belter of Revolution Cycles bleeds the brakes of a bike that is aching to get back on the fresh trails that are open. Along with Tyler Merringer, the two are tuning up multitudes of rides for Rosslanders and putting people back in action for the season.
Arts and culture UPCOMING Camping your rossland events Calendar
Monday, July 15 • WILL STROET ON TOUR Will Stroet’s performances are often described as bilingual rock concerts for kids. Songs like Bike Safety Boogie and Full of Beans have the audience dancing and singing to the catchy beat. Your child can experience this talented, energetic entertainer and songwriter at the Rossland Public Library for free on July 15th at 2 p.m. Ongoing • GOLd FEvER FOLLIES 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. • 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.
Many are called but few are chosen. And two Rossland young people were chosen for the Chief Commissioner’s Gold award, the final award girls can get in Guiding. Megan Heximer and Beth Aiken completed all requirements of the Ranger program, successfully meeting challenges in eight different areas which celebrated guiding, community connection, environment, outdoors and camping. The award usually takes three years to complete but Megan and Beth completed it in two years. As well, the requirements dealt with exploring your creativity, global awareness, healthy living, leadership and management, and “your future.” The girls had to do a community service project which included at least 20 hours. They chose the areas they were interested in and expanded on them. Leadership and planning activities with other guiding groups was encouraged.
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There are a plethora of things to do in the city this summer through the Recreation Department TimoThy Schafer Rossland News
It’s the camp days of summer. There is no excuse for boredom this summer for young people of all ages. A cornucopia of camps offers a multitude of milieus for fun this summer through the city’s department of recreation. Camps range from week-long daycare for wee ones to three-day mountain bike camps for budding teenagers. Here’s a run down of a few of the offerings this summer ... Four Winds Daycare Summer Camp Four Winds daycare is a Rossland daycare that offers childcare and activities for children ages 5-12 and wee ones, 30 months to five years. The daycare is open 7:30-4 p.m. daily. Rates are $40 per day, or $25.50 per half day. Info: 362-5233 July 2-5 bike camp July 8-12 geocaching July 15-19 recycling week July 22-26 little miners camp July 29-Aug. 2 art camp August 6-9 nature outdoor adventure camp August 12-16 pirate camp/fantasy camp August 19-23 bike camp part 2 Golden Bear Golden Bear daycare has summer openings in their ages three to five program for the months of July and August. The staff have lots of fun planned for the summer, including swimming lessons at the Rossland Pool and tennis lessons with Paul deVilliers. Gymnastics summer camp Young gymnasts are introduced to the basics of gymnastics on the vault, bars, beam, floor and trampoline. Week 1: July 15-19; Week 2: July 22-26; Week 3: July 29-Aug 2; Week 4: Aug 6-9; Week 5: Aug 12-16. Gymnastics Camps run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. These camps are for kids five years and up. Cost is $110 per week. Preschool camps are 9-9:45 a.m. and cost $45 per week. Call to register at 364-5688. Camp Tweedsmuir Scout camp Camp Tweedsmuir in Fruitvale has two Scouting Canada camps for girls and boys, this summer. Log onto www.adventurecamps.ca for more information. Kids will learn many outdoor skills such as, fire lighting, shelter building, outdoor cooking, archery, orienteering, trip planning and hiking, forest lore and traditions, local animals and plants, and leadership skills and development. Rhythm in the Streets • with John Han and Cate Richardson Come play rhythmic games, create your own band, design your logo and even write a poetry you can rap to the music we create. If you like skipping rope rhymes, banging on pots and pans and learn how to have fun with music, this camp is for you. date: July 8-12, 6-9 years (9:30-11 a.m.); 10-13 years (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). At the Miners’ union Hall. Cost is $50.
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Gold Fever Follies musical theatre camp • with John Han and Ingrid Moore If you have what it takes to sing out loud in your shower, come show us what you can do in this camp. We will learn some classic Broadway tunes, learn some simple dance to them and perform for your parents. You get to be on stage, play some fun games and learn a couple things on how we do it here at Gold Fever Follies. date: July 15-19, 6-9 years (9:30-11 a.m.); 10-13 years (11-12:30 p.m.). At the Miners’ union Hall. Cost is $50. Gold Fever Follies gleeful camp • with John Han and Alexandra Wever If Broadway show tunes aren’t your thing and you enjoy more of what’s on the radio, this is the camp for you. Basic dance moves to impress your family and friends, and learning how to sing in a group proved to be a lot of fun last year’s camp. Maybe we’ll throw in a couple oldies for your parents at your mini gleeful concert. date: July 22-26, 6-9 years (9:30-11 a.m.); 10-13 years (11-12:30 p.m.). At the Miners’ union Hall. Cost is $50. Physical theatre workshop • with Alexandra Wever The students will learn to create a theatre piece using dance, mime and mask techniques. Every student will be given a mask that they will decorate and make unique. The masks will become the characters in the story that we will create all together. The students will also learn mime technique and to use dance and movement as a way to tell a story. At the end of the workshop there will be a small performance. date: August 12-16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., ages eight to 12. At the Miners’ union Hall. Cost is $62 Gold Fever Follies theatre jam • with John Han and Vaughn Naylor This creative camp is for those interested in general theatre and story telling. We will explore different ways to tell stories, brainstorm our ideas and create a short play for our family and friends. Maybe there will be dragons or a group of vampires that are M.I.A.—it will be up to you. date: July 29-Aug. 2, (9:30-11 a.m.); 10-13 years (11-12:30 p.m.). At the Miners’ union Hall. Cost is $50. Rossland art camp • with Shelley Painter over the course of a week, you will have the opportunity to use your creativity to practice a variety of drawing and painting skills, build sculptures and make puppets. As the week progresses, you will use all these skills to create digital movies. You will learn how to create and edit stop-action and regular short movies, complete with titles, sound effects and music. date: Aug.19-23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Rossland Arena lounge. Ages eight to 12 years. Cost is $150.
Trails may include Cemetery/Bones and Milky Way. The group will choose the final day’s ride. These three-day camps Contact: feature a professional City of Rossland instructor, skill developrecreation department ment, vehicle assisted 250-362-2327 shuttles. firstname.lastname@example.org date: July 2-July 4, 9:30 www.rossland.ca a.m.-1 p.m. at MacLean Elementary School field Ages nine to 13 years. Cost is $129. A minimum of a 20” bike is required.
Lights, Camera, Action! • with James Klemmensen A summer film camp for budding film-makers. This camp will teach story development, film making and editing and result in completed project to premier for friends and family, in an exciting “wrap up” showcase. Students will benefit from the development of new skills, group work, teamwork and will come out of the course with a couple short films they are proud of. All participants and parents will be required to agree to and sign a “code of conduct” for this camp. date: session 1: July 8-11; session 2: Aug. 26-29, 9:30-3 p.m. in the Rossland Arena lounge. Cost is $100. Ages eight to 12 years old. Boy’s mountain bike camp: intermediate • with Betty Go Hard Same camp description as the girl’s camp. Skills and progressions include balance and body position, braking, descending, cornering (slow and high speed), flow, maneuvering over and around manmade obstacles, wheel lifts and safety and trail etiquette. They will also go through basic bike maintenance, including changing tires, cleaning their bike and lubing the chain. Riders in these programs typically ride full size mountain bikes (24”-26″ wheel) and have the necessary equipment and fitness to ride on the trails for two hours at a time. Riders must have a minimum of a 20” bike. date: July 15-17, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at MacLean School field Cost is $129. Ages nine to 13 years.
Girl’s mountain bike camp: intermediate • with Betty Go Hard This summer camp is for riders who are confident on blue trails but roots, drops and steeper terrain can still be pretty challenging. They would like to learn some more advanced bike handling skills to ride more confidently and meet other girls who ride.
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Melding history and technology
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The past met the present for the future as Grade 10 students at Rossland Secondary School created a legacy for the entire city. Through a social studies class in the school’s blended learning program, 24 students created an augmented reality historical tour through the school’s Grade 10 social studies class, bringing the city’s history to life through an interactive online program. The brainchild of biology teacher Bernie Hofmann and teacher librarian Nicola Kuhn, the mundane aspect of history was brought to life through the use of technology. “Social studies is often difficult to teach from a text book. Kids don’t connect and they often find it dry,” said Kuhn. “History is one of those things that is challenging at times to make it relevant and connected,” Hofmann added. The idea was simple: create a historical tour of the city, accessible by clicking on an iPhone “app,” revealing pages of informationand maps on historical areas and aspects of the city. It brought history to life for the students, said Hofmann, and it leaves a legacy of accessible information for residents and visi-
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A class project from the Grade 10 students of Rossland Secondary School, including Levi Schonbuch (middle), has the city’s history online and interactive courtesy of RSS teacher Bernie Hofmann, left, and teacher librarian Nicola Kuhn, right.
tors to Rossland. Back in fall, Rossland Museum’s Libby Martin approached the school to get student input on museums. The move made Kuhn and Hofmann realize not only could the museum be a resource for students, but students could be a resource for the museum. They thought they could use students to generate interest in Rossland history and, in turn, the Rossland museum itself. Using the idea of augmented reality from places like the Calgary Science School and other museums, Kuhn and Hofmann found Aris, a free and easy to use iPhone program that was location based. Through the program they were able to
merge the idea with learning outcomes of social studies 10. “So if we were able to cover that curriculum through the lens of Rossland, then it’s a way of tying kids to the community, going more in depth on a topic, and also creating authentic learning,” said Hofmann. It is learning that had some longevity, learning that is more than just a report students produce for a teacher for a mark that will never be seen again, he added. “They are producing something now that the public will be able to enjoy and will benefit the community for years as long as this app remains active,” he explained. In the project students were allowed to
focus in on an area of interest, so it personalized it for them, said Kuhn. “And because they didn’t have to be in a set classroom for a certain part of the day, they were able to go to the museum as often as they wanted.” Although neither Hofmann nor Kuhn were social studies 10 teachers, they wanted to collaborate on project and thought it would fit the curriculum. Blended learning allows for teacher collaboration. The students tackled several important historical areas, including the three major fires that hit Rossland in 1900s, historical buildings, mining, skiing, saloons and brothels, Chinese gardens, ladies of the night, banks of early
Rossland, the role of immigration to Rossland, sports, John Kirkup and father Pat. “Any time you can connect kids to their learning they are winning,” said Hofmann. Students started the project in February and created an outline for the course, did research in March and April, worked on writing the tours in May, and then went live in June. Hofmann hoped the chamber of commerce and Tourism Rossland would help promote the new program. People can download the Aris app, then click on “nearby tours” and “list of tours” to find Rossland and then all of the student’s tours will come up. email@example.com
Changes to Bear Aware program create WildSafe TimoThy Schafer Rossland News
Bears are taking a back seat when it comes to encounters with humans this year. And to reflect that philosophic change, the program once known as Bear Aware has been changed to WildsafeBC. Modelled on Bear Aware— around since 1999—the program has expanded its scope to cover more than just the wayward bruins in its purview. Cougars, coyotes and deer have been added to bears as animals to be concerned about under the new provincial program, said WildSafeBC coordinator for Rossland, Sharon Wieder. “What we were discovering over the last several years was there were more animals coming into urban areas and coming into conflict with people than just bears,” she said. So a decision was made to add more
animals to the list, and change the philosophy to one of keeping wildlife wild and keeping communities safe. The message is slightly different, she said, with a look for a balance to keep animals wild and keep people safe, getting people to focus on where they live, work and play. If communities are educated as to how to live responsibly with wildlife the number of conflicts can be reduced, as will the number of bears that have to be destroyed because of conflict. Over the life of the Bear Aware program the annual number of bears being destroyed in B.C. dropped from approximately 1,000 a year to about 500 a year. Last year in Rossland there were four bears destroyed, down from the 16 shot in 2010. “In our area (the problem) is still predominately bears, but the increase of cougars and coyotes in the last couple of years shows either a change in our behaviour, or a change in the popula-
tion of the animals, or a combination of both,” Wieder noted. There are new pages on the website that talk about the four animals, with each individual animal having its own information as to how to avoid conflicts. “We are just trying to get people to focus on their own safety around the animals but also how they can minimize their impacts on animals in the wild,” Wieder said. The new program covers a broader spectrum of animals with a similar approach as Bear Aware plus new features. One is the Wildlife Alert Reporting program, an interactive map people can look at and see where wildlife are being reported, and what type. Visit the new WildSafeBC website and see where animals have been sighted at www.wildsafebc.com/WARP. firstname.lastname@example.org
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In order to qualify for permissive tax exempt status, all of the following criteria must be met: • Must be a registered charity or non-profit society • Is the registered owner of the property or a tenant under a lease requiring taxes be paid directly to the City of Rossland • Must qualify for an exemption under the provisions of the Community Charter (Part 7, Division 7, Section 224) The revitalization tax exemption program (Bylaw #2488) is meant to encourage investment and revitalization of certain properties in order to stimulate the Rossland economic climate. In order to qualify for revitalization tax exemption, the following criteria must be met: • Applies to Class 4 (industrial), Class 5 (light industrial), Class 6 (business) and Class 8 (recreation & non-profit) properties only • Minimum increase in taxable assessed value due to investment in revitalization of $10,000. Further information and the application forms are available on www.rossland.ca or at City Hall, 1899 Columbia Avenue, Rossland. The deadline for application submissions for both programs is July 31, 2013. Tracey Butler, Corporate Officer email@example.com 250-362-2321
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This week the Trail Regional SPCA is featuring two very special Dwarf Rabbits. They are both 2 year old neutered males that go by the names of Bugs and Thumper. Bugs and Thumper love treats like carrots, lettuce, apples, and frozen water bottles to keep them cool on hot summer days. Before adopting rabbit you should know that they need to be let out of their cage for at least 4 hours a day, making sure that they can’t sneak out and that there are no cords or other harmful things to chew on. Their pens should include a little house for privacy, a litter box with wood pellets, plenty of fresh hay, food and water, as well as toys to keep them amused. If you are looking for a wonderful family pet, come down to the Trail SPCA and meet with Bugs and Thumper today!
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City incentive offered for dieters TimoThy Schafer Rossland News
The early bird gets the $25. For those looking to have a home energy assessment done, the City of Rossland will contribute $25 for the first 100 homeowners that sign up off of the cost of $60. All homes must do an initial audit to identify necessary work, and a post-work audit to certify that the work was done. During the initial assessment, a certified energy advisor (CEA) will install energy saving features, such as energy efficient lighting, low flow shower heads, and pipe insulation.
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Around $1.6 million was spent in the local economy the winter of phase one and it is estimated that 340 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions were avoided in the city with a 20-50 per cent reduction on home energy bills. Rossland will receive almost $10,000 in Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) grants in 2013. Over two thirds of the funding has been allocated to do energy audits of the arena and City Hall. The remaining funds (approximately $2,500) will be allocated to the initiative to lower the initial energy audit to 100 Rosslanders. Castlegar, Grand Forks and
Trail have committed to pay $25 towards the first 100 participants to register as well. The City of Rossland will be credited with having invested in the program, meaning the city could claim the credits generated. The city needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 400 tonnes to meet its requirement. Homeowners can complete an online application form and submit it within the next three weeks. For more information, contact FortisBC PowerSense Ambassador Shelley Hastie at 368-1918, email at energydiet@ fortisbc.com or visit fortisbc. com/energydiet. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mayor Greg Granstrom said the fact that the cost came within budget was remarkable. “With any project, once you start digging into the ground there are surprises. The surprises in this case, were not as significant as they could have been,” he said. He lauded the look of the city’s main thoroughfare, but also the unseen aspects of the project. “In order to have a viable community it is all relevant to the state of its infrastructure,” Granstrom said. “While not everyone sees the pipes under the ground, what you don’t see are cuts in the asphalt or leaks and disruptions to businesses because these pipes were replaced.” In 2011/2012 the City of Rossland, in conjunction with the Ministry ofTransportation, funded a major project to upgrade Columbia and Washington Streets. It was a one-time opportunity to improve the infrastructure in the downtown and the two streets for efficient traffic flow, tourism attraction, pedestrian safety and reduction in greenhouse gas through improvements in street lighting. A bylaw to authorize the borrowing of $6 million for the project received elector approval through the
Long versus short term
If the long term borrowing fails, council will review a strategy for borrowing over five years and further depleting reserves. This would result in borrowing $3-4 million and repaying over five years. The annual debt repayment would be between $650,000 and $840,000. The estimated annual tax increase to that same average home would be between $300 and $400 per year. If 10 per cent of the electors—256 signatures—sign the petition against the bylaw then the long term borrowing fails. It is estimated that the total number of electors who are residents and eligible non-resident property electors in the city is approximately 2,558. The established deadline for response is 4 p.m. on Aug. 27. Source: City of Rossland
alternative approval process in February 2011. However, due to a timing issue the inspector of municipalities did not issue the required certificate of approval. In early 2012, the project scope was finalized. The resulting budget for the project for the city’s portion was set at $5.64 million. The city advanced the required funding in order to ensure that the project could proceed as planned. In May 2013, as part of the 2013-2017 5 year plan, a further $130,000 to cover the costs of street furniture and signage, handicap stalls and other sidewalk works was approved. The total budget including these additions was now $5.78 million. The total project is projected to be within the total budget of $5.78 million. The funding proposed is $295,313 from the Towns for Tomorrow grant, $31,375 from development cost
charges, $1,014,547 and $4 million from long term (30 year) borrowing. The reason most municipalities borrow for large capital projects is that borrowing enables the sharing of the project cost with future taxpayers, said city chief financial officer Cecile Arnott. Funding a capital project strictly from reserves and surplus means past and present taxpayers are the only contributors to the project. And the impact of borrowing $4 million could result in an estimated annual debt repayment of $212,000. The average home in Rossland is assessed at $255,400. Therefore, the maximum estimated annual tax increase would be $96 per year. However, council is reviewing the long term strategy for managing its assets, therefore the increase could be lessened through strategic planning, Arnott pointed out. Councillor Kathy Moore thought the
project was up from the $3.6 million estimated in an October, 2011 presentation to city council by the project consultants. Arnott said the budget was not presented accurately at the time, and did not include the engineering costs that will run the city around $885,000, including conceptual design, preliminary design and construction. Ministry of Transportation’s portion of the project was budgeted at $1.592 million and came in at $1.747 million. Moore was concerned an opportunity was lost to show the citizens of Rossland a straight forward accounting on a big infrastructure project that rose after its initial estimate. “I want to be clear, the downtown looks great and it is probably worth every penny, but I think the citizens of Rossland need to know what we thought it was going to cost and what it actually cost,” she said. “To me, to not put those honest truths of what the budget was and how the money was spent is disingenuous at best. It’s not what we thought we were going to spend, it’s not what we signed up for, and that bothers me.” She said the city did not do a good or accurate job of reporting the budget number changes to the public. email@example.com
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Numbers come in for Seven Summits IN BRIEF TimoThy Schafer Rossland News
What started as a rumour and a show of hands at a school district public meeting months ago has taken shape. Minimum enrolment numbers for the city’s independent school have been achieved, moving the Seven Summits Centre for Learning from a vision to a reality for Rossland youth. And all it took was another public meeting. On Wednesday, June 26 at the Rossland Gallery over 100 people turned out for a Neighbourhoods of Learning indepth look at the Seven Summits Centre for Learning proposed for the city in the wake of Rossland Secondary School closing. And what they saw was enough for 16 more students to enrol, bringing the student body to a count of 24—including eight international students—more than the 15 needed to make the centre viable. With courses already certified by the B.C. Ministry of Education, and confirmation the school would receive partial funding from the province, it only needed bums in the seats to materialize this fall. NOL coordinator Aerin Guy said there will be more students coming. The Visions for Small School society (VSS), which will administer the school, had to set a narrow time line for initial registration in order to meet the minimum requirements. “But now that the pressure is off more people are downloading registration forms so we expect more (students),” she said. “Now that we have this many kids it will keep on growing.” Most young people are in Grade 8, with numbers dwindling as it reaches the higher grades. No registration deadline has yet to be set. The partnership between Red Mountain Academies, VSS, NOL and SelfDesign Learning Community will deliver a learnercentred, inquiry-based learning approach that encompasses the entire B.C. Grade 8-12 high school graduation program. At present there is no particular space set for the school until enrolment numbers are solidified. However, the school will use the conference room at Red Mountain in fall if a more permanent spot isn’t ready to go. Tuition will be $1,000 a year for the Seven Summits Centre for Learning, with some tuition subsi-
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Full and part-time options are available to fit each student’s schedule, creating flexibility not only for Red Mountain Academy athletes who will be attending, but any people who would want to focus on other interests and activities in addition to their academic studies. Students are educated with mentorship and facilitation by B.C. certified SelfDesign High mentors and learning consultants. Working with individualized programs (each student has their own learning plan), students are provided with a challenging, focused and comprehensive academic program. The selection of curriculum can be tailored to the individual needs of each student with the guidance and assistance of the SelfDesign mentors and learning consultants. The student to mentor/learning consultant ratio is low and they will be available to collaborate with parents on individual student needs. At the high school level a mentor stands with the youth, sometimes in a teaching gesture, sometimes guiding, and at times learning from and with the youth. All mentors are certified teachers with the Ministry of Education. In the younger grades SelfDesign offers a learning circle approach where youth have the support of a learning consultant (certified teacher) who works with them in both the online environment and in the centre. Students will be challenged to think for themselves, to be accountable for their studies and deadlines, and to organize their thoughts in order to communicate clearly and well, it added. What is offered In addition to the core academic requirements of language arts, social studies, mathematics and the sciences, students at the SelfDesign High level also have opportunities for study in the full range of SDLC electives, including Spanish, French, technology/life skills, service and outreach, comparative civilizations, contemporary studies, Earth science, geography, jazz studies, philosophy, chemistry, physics and more. Learners can take up to 10 courses a year at high school. In many cases elective courses can be tailored to learners’ particular fields of interest or extra-curricular activities. For the full range of SelfDesign courses, see: www.selfdesignhigh.org/descriptions.html. More information on the Grade 6-9 program can be found here: http://k-9.selfdesign.org/program-overview/gateways-program/. Learners will need to provide their own laptop computer (Mac or PC). Source: Neighbourhoods of Learning
dies available. Tuition fees will help to cover the cost of the facility. Education through SelfDesign is free to all B.C. residents with funding from the Ministry of Education, Independent Schools Branch. SelfDesign—co-founded in 2002 by Brent Cameron—is primarily an independent distributed learning school which means that a portion of the program is online, offering personalized learning customized to each student’s needs, using online interactive learning and face-to-face learning. SelfDesign High mentors (teachers) will be working at the centre with students. There are some obvious advantages to the new program, said Guy, with flexible scheduling allowing a focus on extra-curricular activities and outside interests. Although the learning centre would be small, it would have a low ratio of learners to SelfDesign High mentors and learning consultants, and students would be able to fast track through high school if desired. Students can still participate in RSS and Crowe sports teams, as per BC School Sports policy, and Grade 10–12 learners could crossenrol if desired, taking one or more courses at Crowe, and the rest through SelfDesign.
“It’s a great option for kids across the district, for whom a larger high school is not the best fit,” said Guy. Seven Summits will be administered by VSS, with the long term goal to become a learning hub for the entire community, with postsecondary and after-hours classes available to anyone. Graduation scholarships for post secondary are listed on SelfDesign’s website for students. The number of teaching staff— accredited within the BC education system and trained in the SelfDesign system—will be determined by enrolment. Students will be required to fill out a Seven Summits application form, as well as to enrol online with SelfDesign. Red Mountain Academies students will also have to fill out an RMA application form. Vice principal of SelfDesign, Barbara Nicholl, will do an information session in Rossland in the next two weeks with parents geared towards revealing more aspects of the program. For more information or an application package on the new school go to www.sevensummitslearning.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com
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People throughout the Basin have given Columbia Basin Trust input on the key social, economic and environmental issues in their region, and how to address them. Now the public is invited to help increase understanding of the region’s priorities. “We had a terrific response for step one, with over 10,000 individual thoughts and ideas,” said Neil Muth, CBT president and CEO. “We got great, varied feedback on what the challenges and possible solutions are—now we’re asking everyone to show us your priorities from the ideas that were generated in your part of the Basin.” During the first step, Basin residents responded online to six open-ended questions. The second step now asks the public to review these thoughts and assign stars to the ideas they like best. Participant information remains confidential. Finally, CBT will share a final report with all participants. CBT is piloting an online engagement tool called THOUGHTstream. To show your priorities, visit www.cbt. org/engagement2013. Input welcome until 11 p.m. on July 7.
Jangula finishes strong in traithlon The 2013 Pharmasave Christina Lake Sprint Triathlon had a silver lining for Rossland’s Gabrielle Jangula on June 23. Jangula finished second overall on the girl’s side with a time of 1:30:59, just behind Kelowna’s Ashlee Robinson who finished with a time of 1:28:43. Trail’s Jackson Konkin was the first out of the water for the swimming portion and he finished in a time of 1:19:26, first overall and tops in the male category and amongst his age group (male 13-18 years). The triathlon requires adult competitors to swim 750 metres, bike 20 kilometres, and run five kilometres. In the kid’s event, a pair of Rossland racers took first and second respectively. Morgan Corkill and sister Loren finished seven seconds apart with Morgan crossing the finish line first in 40:47. In the team event Rossland’s Pepper Power won bronze with Logan Merringer doing the swim, Kian Merringer the bike, and Liamt Gaudet the run. Eighty-three adults participated, along with 38 children for the KidSprint event, which took place before the main triathlon.
Keeping the seal of approval Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall remains the most popular provincial head of government in Canada, while newlyelected BC premier Christy Clark enjoyed a post-election popularity surge, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll indicates. The online survey of a representative national sample of 6,540 Canadian adults asked respondents in nine provinces about the performance of their premiers and provincial party leaders between May 31 and June 4, 2013. Saskatchewan was the only province where a majority of respondents (67 per cent) are satisfied with the performance of the premier. Ranking second was British Columbia Premier Christy Clark with Clark an approval rating of 45 per cent. Clark saw a 20 per cent increase in job approval rating since April 2013. B.C. Green Party Leader Jane Sterk’s approval increased from 32 per cent to 43 per cent, while NDP leader and leader of the official opposition Adrian Dix saw his approval fall from 49 per cent to 35 per cent.
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ven though most people know what the political life holds for them before they take the plunge, they never really can get a sense of what degree the microscope is turned up to until they are elected to office. Not to say Rossland council is unaware of the burden they have shouldered. There are many veteran councillors on the current roster, and there is enough political savvy and acumen to navigate nearly any tumultuous issue. Like the Columbia/Washington project. A big dollar project that grew bigger as it went along, a new report to council has shown the extent of the cash involved, and its more than expected. Its a hard pill to swallow for any council to admit it couldn’t rein in costs and, in this day and age, not many are able to. But council still did their due diligence in accountability and fought the good fight to keep costs down. And with the incredible make over the city’s downtown now sports, any criticism council may face over the cost should be salved by the knowledge of a job well done.
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To the Editor: I am writing on behalf of Rossland Radio Co-operative. The co-operative is dire need of volunteers and programmers. Currently, we are a “bare bones” group now due to a lack of new shows and volunteers. Some may have read earlier on the plight of the group on where they are located. As a member going on seven years, I would like to see this non-profit continue on as a vital part of our fine community. When I started back in 2006, it was a single room establishment that was only on the Internet with about 10 shows or so. After a while, it picked up some steam and more programmers joined. Then after a while, the cooperative moved from where it was located to a new place for a few years and some new faces joined up and slowly the shows from the first place dwindled. After about a year at the new studio, the co-operative moved to the current place
and now only a few shows, including mine, are left. The board is pondering another move, but nothing has materialized yet. Since about February the group has been fundraising slowly by having DJ-ed events at the Aerie and currently at the town square with a barbecue. Down the line, we’re going to have a table at the farmer’s market to sell merchandise, an upcoming bottle drive at the radio station on July 7 to which people can bring empties to the station (located at 1807 Columbia Ave.). For becoming a member of this fine group of eclectic tastes of music, just drop by the radio station during a station meeting every Monday starting at 7 p.m., and hear what’s happening internally. And if you want to do a show, the more the merrier. The cooperative are looking for people to do shows in the mornings and afternoons to get the city tuning in and enjoying the alternative station that is literally located in their backyard when they are
gardening or having a barbecue with friends. There are different tastes of music and bands in this community and Rossland Radio would like to expose that, something the other stations in the area wouldn’t do. On my show, I play mainstream bands, like Van Halen, whose works won’t be played on the big name stations, or cover songs that you never hear on the radio like a Japanese punk version of
ABBA’s Dancing Queen. Rossland Radio has a duo that plays stuff only on records and another host that plays nothing but funk. So, on behalf of Rossland Radio Cooperative, the board and the members, come and join this non-profit group, make new friends and have your music and voice heard on the radio. Sean Bateman Rossland Radio Cooperative programmer
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To the Editor: The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is a volunteer driven organization. It is because of volunteerism that the CCS is able to raise the funds needed to deliver support to those living with cancer, continue research into earlier detection and improved diagnostics, and continue ongoing education to lower the risks of developing cancer. The CCS volunteers in Rossland who sold daffodils and went door to door canvassing in April exemplify volunteerism. Rossland residents responded to their request with sales of $2,127 in fresh daffodils and pledged $15,649 at the door. Once again, our sincerest thanks. Each and every year, support from Canadians makes a difference as we strive to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer. Mary Hatlevik, president, Rossland Unit, Canadian Cancer Society
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As a result, the Chobanuks and several other prominent business people added their voices to the presentation by Tourism Rossland to city council on June 24 to establish a local, free ski shuttle bus to Red Mountain Resort for the winter. Executive director of Tourism Rossland (TR), Deanne Steven, stood before council and again iterated the importance of the city approving a move to bring a free service to the ski hill for the winter. She asked council to approve a resolution—provided by the board of Tourism Rossland—to allow continued funding for a winter shuttle. Approval on an amendment to the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI)’s Resort Development Strategy (RDS) must be granted by the city, and subsequently the province, in order to release money to Tourism Rossland for an internal shuttle system from Rossland to Red Mountain. The approval would cost the municipality nothing, said Steven. But the shuttle is the number one priority for Rossland businesses, she added. And within the city’s own Strategic Sustainability Plan was a desire to “establish and maintain a shuttle bus between downtown Rossland, Red Mountain Resort and the Redstone Alpine Golf Resort Partnership with Red Mountain Academies.” She also pointed to the fact there is limited public transit in the winter, with no taxis and very infrequent BC Transit linking the communities in the region. “This economic development project we believe will have an immediate impact on tourism revenues in Rossland,” Steven said. Without the shuttle bus many destination visitors to the ski hill are missing out on what the city has in store in its stores, since many people fly into the area rather than drive. “We have had several comments from visitors stating that they had no idea that there was such a lovely little downtown as they hadn’t been able to find a way in sooner,” said the Chobanuks in their letter, causing them to wonder how many people never did discover the jewel of Rossland.
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The cost of the service will draw funds from several places, but it is contingent upon a decision forthcoming in the next week from the provincial inspector for accommodations. There could be an annual cost drawn from the RMI of $24,000 (based on one per cent), or $48,000 (based on two per cent). The percentage is the calculated portion of the hotel room tax the city—directed by Tourism Rossland— receives from the province from its general revenue. Tourism Rossland should know in the next week (an inspector visited the city last week) if it has achieved the requisite 450 units of accommodation registered with the Destination B.C. Accommodation Guide to warrant a two per cent return. There are 367 units right now registered in the city, yielding a one per cent return. Other stakeholders in the shuttle service are expected to contribute $54,000 (based on one per cent) or $30,000 (based on two per cent). Additionally, Steven said TR has already raised $22,375 in support from local businesses and organizations for the internal bus and are working with a supplier to negotiate terms of a contract. Last year, with funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative, TR set up a partnership with Red Mountain Academies and contracted it out to a Trailbased company to offer a limited service to the hill for the first time. They had 780 trips, with around 22 riders per day based on three round trips. If TR is successful with the two per cent increase to the hotel room tax revenue then a delegation to council to request an amendment to the RMI plan will be necessary followed by approval of the province. The proposed shuttle would be a partnership with Red Mountain Academies, Red Mountain Resort and local businesses and stakeholders. The proposal will be coming back for council decision at its next regular council meeting. Steven also suggested council spearhead a community-wide discussion regarding the visitor centre once the Gateway feasibility study has been completed.
“We believe that being able to wander through the downtown area is an important part of the complete vacation experience.” The RMI was started in 2006 with 14 RMI communities, of which Rossland is the smallest. Rossland will receive $28,362 in 2013 from the initiative. In 2012 the RDS was amended to include a pilot project for an internal shuttle service with a budget for $11,000. This was financially possible by using left over (unused) funds from previous years from the RMI. For 2013/14 winter ($11,000) and 2014/15 winter ($7,000), unused funds are earmarked for the internal shuttle. But after 2014/2015 no funds will be available based on the projected amount of RMI funds allocated to Rossland. But Tourism Rossland and the busi-
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There are elevated levels of lead and arsenic in the Upper Columbia River directly south of the Canadian border associated with Teck Trail Operations, according to a Washington State Department of Ecology report. Undeveloped forest private lands were tested by the state and are now asking for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin sampling residential and recreational areas. The study showed contamination beyond clean-up guidelines for sediment.
question of the week Last year was the first time a shuttle service was operated between Red Mountain Resort and the city. It has been touted as the asnwer to both the city’s businesses and the resort questions of how to grow their operations in the current economic climate. So we ask your opinion ...
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With the new fixed-grip Poma quad chair announced for Red Mountain Resort’s Grey Mountain last week the ski hill and the city are poised for an influx of destination visitors coming to play on the new runs. The new lift gives access to 40 per cent more terrain on the hill, but management has assured there won’t be a corresponding increase in visitors (from 115,000 total per season per year). So we ask your opinion ...
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It was the last day for a school that still had many good days ahead of it. But with the fate of MacLean Elementary School sealed by School District 20, 33 years of elementary education in the new building were given a last look as the academic institution said goodbye to the staff and students it still
hosted. It was a very sad day for all teachers, students and staff. “School principal Teresa Berdusco was as moved as we all were as she gave a warm send off to the students and teachers who she has come to
know and care for in her six years as the principal,” said Grade 5 teacher Jill Spearn. In their send off, the students sang a song, Berdusco read a story to everyone and then she was presented with an original paint-
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It was a golden end to a very good year. The Rossland U11B boy’s Dunham soccer team won gold this year after heading into the Super 8 league playoffs in fourth place, allowing only one goal in three playoff games. The young Rossland club faced Beaver Valley in their
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the finals. The Rossland club continued its stingy defence Wednesday, June 26 against the neighbouring Trail club, allowing only one goal and scoring two of their own to win the league playoff title by a score of 2-1. Dunham finished the league with a 4-6 record, behind Castlegar Anderson, Castlegar Larocque (7-3) and Trail (5-5).
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first playoff game June 17 and handled the Greater Trail club 8-0 to advance to the semi final match up against first place Castlegar Anderson. Castlegar Anderson—who compiled a formidable 9-1 record during league play— could not crack Rossland’s defence and the league’s top club fell 1-0 on June 24 in the semi-final match, with Dunham making an under dog trip to
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The Rossland Butler U13 boys soccer team capped their season with a bronze medal finish in the Super 8 league playoffs last week. The underdog club nearly made it to the final game. Rain-soaked fields at the Castlegar Complex highlighted the semi final playoff match June 24 between Castlegar Carlson and Rossland Butler in a hard-fought U13 Super 8 boy’s league playoff match. Despite the field conditions the match was tightly contested, with Castlegar’s Ryan Trickey stretching out to head a ball past the
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It was a one-two winning punch for Rossland at the third annual Vernon offroad triathlon on Sunday, June 24. Rossland was represented by two women—Caroline Rousselle and Carolyn Buehler—and both returned home with gold and silver medals, respectively. Buehler, first over-
lete off the pavement and onto the trails. The event followed the order of a road triathlon beginning with a lake swim, followed by a mountain bike (typically cross-country) and finished with a trail run. The Vernon off-road triathlon offered a short distance course (750 metre swim, 12.25 kilometre bike, 6.25 km. run) and a long distance course (1,500 m. swim, 21.25 km.
all woman in the Vernon short course triathlon in 2012, decided to step up to the challenging long distance course this year. Rousselle, owner of Rossland’s Revolution Cycle, confirmed that the Vernon trails provided some exceptional mountain biking Off-road triathlon (formerly called “Xterra”) is starting to gain popularity in B.C., taking the triath-
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It was the perfect end to a perfect season. The U13 Rossland girl’s soccer team went through their Super 8 league season undefeated at 13-0, and then capped off that run with two straight playoff wins to win the league title on June 27. To say the club played some great soccer would be an understatement. Although the 20-player house team contained some remarkable athletes—with a blend of skill, strength and speed—it was their commitment to learning the game that made the difference, said the club’s coach, Kelly Acheson. The players worked really hard on positioning and play-
making, she explained, as well as what it meant to play soccer with your head up. “They are just such natural athletes, you know, at kicking the ball, but if you are in the right position, and you are playing some heads up ball and you are understanding the needs of your team mates around you, you put yourself in a better position to score,” she said. The club listened to that advice and executed the strategy. They also added in additional practices—not a normal feature in house league soccer—scheduled in to work on skills and team strategy. The players and their parents really bought into the extra time commitment to the club and what was going on, said Acheson. “You just need to have that
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The Community Charter requires that, by June 30th in each year, a municipality must prepare an Annual Report and make that report available for public inspection. This report will be available for public inspection on June 25, 2013 at City Hall and on www.rossland.ca At the Regular Council Meeting, July 15, 2013, 7:00 pm at Rossland City Hall, Council will consider submissions and questions from the public regarding the Annual Report.
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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 www.rossland.ca, City Hall, Recreation Department, Program Guide. The Summer Brochure can also be picked up in hard copy, at the Rossland Library, the Recreation Department, and around town. If you’re not able to access the internet and you can’t get out and pick up a hard copy, please contact our office and we’ll mail you one. Evening swim 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. In July, evening lap swim is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and shares the pool with public swimming. In August, evening lap swim will be Monday to Thursday, between 6:30-7:30 p.m. and continues to share the pool with public
swimming. There is one lane rope in the pool, separating the two activities. Aqua tot If you have an infant, toddler or preschool child, the Aqua Tot classes have started at the Rossland Pool. This half hour class is from 11:30-12 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and runs eight weeks until Aug. 22. Cost is $2 drop-in for pass holders and $3 for non-pass holders. 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. Catch the fever The Gold Fever Follies annual summer production is running on Tuesdays through Saturdays with shows at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The famous summer theatre production is located in the historic Miners Hall, located
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Reading program The Rossland Library Summer Reading Program started this week. Ages six to eight are on Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m. and ages nine to 12 are on Tuesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday Teen Nights are from 6:30-8 p.m. with movies, games, and crafts. Afternoon at the Movies is July 17 and Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. and movies and a snack are included. Preschoolers can join the Summer Read to Me Club on Fridays starting on July 5 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for stories, songs, games and crafts. Family concert Come out for a Family Fun concert on Monday, July 15 at 2 p.m. with award-winning children’s entertainer Will Stroet as seen on Kids’ CBC TV. For more information at the Library, call 250362-7677 or check out more about Will Stroet at: www.willmusic.ca Open air 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
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at 1765 Columbia Ave. The cast of the Gold Fever Follies also offers Theatre classes through the Recreation Department. If you have a child in the house who’s interested in theatre, take a look at the daily classes offered through the month of July and into the beginning of August. The courses are advertised in the Summer Brochure which can be viewed online, at ww.rossland.ca then Recreation Department, then Program Guide. Mile high market Rossland Mountain Market has started and runs from June 27 to Sept. 26 on Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. The market is located downtown on Queen St. next to the Credit Union. The slogan is “Make it, Bake it, Grow it!” and features fresh produce, baked treats, artisan goods and live music. Come out and participate in Rossland’s number one weekly summer social event. If you would like to be a vender please visit: www.rosslandfood.com or email rosslandmountainmarket@gmail. com
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. Family swim The Family Swim time at the Rossland Pool changes to 4-5:30 p.m., seven days a week, as of July 2. 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 250362-5455 or the Recreation Department for more information. For more info For more info contact 362-2327or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Fourth Annual Kids Triathlon is getting ready to swim, bike, and run July, 6 at the Trail Aquatic Centre, and this year organizers are adding an exciting new event. The fun race for children ages four to 12, includes a swim, bike and run, followed by a lunch celebration at the end of the race, but this year the triathlon is looking to get even more young athletes involved by employing a group mentality. “We’re trying to promote teams this year,” said Trail Recreation Coordinator Lisa Manaigre. “If people were less comfortable with the swimming or biking portion of the race, they could enter as a team. It might give more kids access to it that way.” Teams can be made up of three kids each performing a different leg of the race, or two can enter as a team if they choose to alternate with
one doing two of the three legs. The Team categories are comprised of seven to nine, and 10 to 12 year olds, while for the individual race, there is the four-yearold division, followed by the five to six, seven to eight, nine to 10, and 11 and 12s. Distances vary for each group. The kids triathlon attracted nearly 90 athletes last year, and Manaigre is hoping for even more. The triathlon also welcomes back Easy Rock’s Chris Kuchar as official announcer, and one very important aspect of the race that often gets overlooked is the people who make it go. “It’s the volunteers that help make it work, we don’t have the funding to hire people to help so its all of the volunteers that come out to help are greatly appreciated.” The event starts at 9 a.m. and will go until noon, with check in at 8:15 a.m. Individuals and teams must register by Tuesday. For more information and for race distances and route, contact the Aquatic Centre at 364-0084.
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Kootenay challenging for Trans Canada Trail sheri regnier Trail Times
It’s been a rocky road for the Trans Canada Trail Foundation to connect the Kootenay section of trails. The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest network of recreational trails that when fully connected will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres, linking 1,000 communities from coast to coast. “The trail is constantly improving and adapting,” said Clive Webber, Trans Canada Trail B.C. coordinator. “It is virtually a living organism that grows and evolves so in this sense, we can connect the trail, but we will never truly complete it.” To honour Canada Day 2012, Teck Resources donated $1 million to the foundation to complete the Kootenay portion of the line’s unfinished section between Trail, Nelson, Salmo, Kimberley through to Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford. “Contrary to what I thought when I originally got involved as a volunteer, the actual process of building trails is much more than setting off into the bush with some shovels and handsaws,” said Webber. “Rather, the path of least resistance is to utilize as much existing trail as possible.”
The Trans Canada Trail is currently about 77 per cent connected across the province, with a goal of being 100 per cent connected by January 1, 2017, added Webber. He explained that the significant gaps in the Trans Canada Trail within the Kootenay region present challenges other than rough terrain. “We are facing two stumbling blocks,” he said. The first is that some desired routes, which have existing trail or roadways in place, run through private property and local trail stewards do not have formal agreements in place with the property owners. “Second, in areas with no existing trails, we lack the framework to efficiently designate provincial roadways as our interim route.” In areas where trails do not exist and opportunities for developing a trail is low, the foundation along with its provincial partner the Trails Society of BC, is seeking cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to designate roadways instead. “This is an issue near Trail and Nelson,” said Webber. “All of these segments utilize roadways at one point or another.” The main focus for roadway connections between trail segments is to con-
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centrate on creating safe routes for cyclists, as they are the core users of these types of connections. “We would like to work with the province to designate optimal, safe routes,” said Webber. “Or just simply raise awareness among drivers that they may indeed encounter cyclists along the route.” The Trans Canada Trail begins its Kootenay-Boundary journey to the west of Trail in Christina Lake, follows a rail grade up and over the Paulson Summit to Castlegar, then travels from Castlegar to Trail down the east side of the Columbia River on a section called the Columbia River Trail. Unfinished sections remain between Trail and the Beaver Valley and out to Salmo, where the trail picks up on an old rail grade up to Nelson along the Great Northern Rail Trail. On the surface, the trail is an opportunity to be part of a unique moment in Canada’s history, said Webber, and Teck’s donation will ultimately provide the Kootenay region with better recreation avenues and improved lifestyles for those who call the area home. “Locally, this is a great investment for our employees and their families who live and recreate in the area,” said Catherine Adair, community engagement coordinator for Teck Metals.
Keeping carbon funds in reserves sheri regnier Trail Times
The City of Trail has voted to save instead of purchase, carbon offset credits that is. Last week Trail council adopted the Climate Action Reserve Fund bylaw, which allots $30,000 to be transferred into a reserve fund for 2013. Initially in its 2013 budget, the city earmarked those funds to purchase carbon offsets through the Carbon Neutral Kootenays (CNK) for the Darkwoods projects, a nature conservancy program in B.C.’s Selkirk Mountains. However, earlier this year B.C.’s auditor general, John Doyle, said in a report that the carbon offsets
program was “not credible” in achieving the province’s carbon neutral government initiative. Doyle’s scathing review of carbon offset purchases included the Carbon Neutral Kootenays (CNK) consortium and its association with the Darkwoods project. Council agreed that they would no longer support the purchase of carbon credits in support of the Darkwoods Project or any other carbon sinks at this time, he said. In 2012, the city purchased $30,487 in carbon offsets at a reduced rate through CNK. Earlier this year, CNK had recommended the purchase of offsets in support of the Darkwoods project at a maximum cost of $25 per tonne, which translated to $31,850.
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round of $2 million led by Toronto’s First Generation Capital Inc. “This is an exciting investment,” said Ian Ihnatowycz, president and CEO of First Generation Capital Inc. “I’ve been very impressed with the team, the vision of the product and the sales traction to date. Thoughtstream offers a uniquely powerful solution for online stakeholder engagement and the potential is huge.” Thoughtstream is a stakeholder engagement solution, used by the private and public
sectors as well as associations and non-profit organizations. Based in Rossland, it provides a comprehensive online platform and accompanying services. Thoughtstream enables customers to connect with the people affected by a decision and hear what is most important to them. This disruptive software and service is now experiencing a rapid growth phase as
Thoughtstream is a software and services company committed to building and supporting online collaboration solutions. Thoughtstream was founded in 2009 by software developer Jim Firstbrook, businessman Amos Michelson and community engagement consultant Dave MacLeod. They shared a belief that powerful online tools could be developed to leverage the power of the Internet to resolve challenges by making meaningful group interactions efficient, inclusive and insightful. Thoughtstream is designed and owned by Fulcrum Management Solutions Inc.
customers see the benefit of creating buy-in,
Summer Camps with Nicola Marynowski
All camps are held at the Trail Gymnastics Club Facility 5 weeks to choose from starting July 15th week to August 12th week. Preschool age and up.
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City of Trail Parks and Recreation At Haley Park – includes FREE ball & t shirt
July 22 - 26 10:45am - 11:45am
9:00am - 10:30am
9:00am – 12:00pm
Player Development Ages 6-16yrs
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Player Development Ages 6-16yrs
9:00am – 4:00pm
Full Day Advanced
Ages 8-16 yrs
Players will be grouped by age and/or ability.
$92 $120 $165
ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE MADE AT TRAIL PARKS AND RECREATION For more information contact: 250 364 0844 Email: LManaigre@trail.ca Register in person or mail applications & payment to: Trail Parks and Recreation, 1875 Columbia Ave., Trail, BC V1R 4T8 Cheques payable to: City of Trail Parks and Recreation
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Host a Soccer Coach!
Receive a rebate of up to $80 towards your camp fees! Camp Cawabunga (ages 6-8) and What is a host family? This has become one of the most popular elements of Challenger’s British Soccer Camp Summer Adventure Camps (ages 9-12)
program. Each year we receive hundreds of emails from families telling us what an incredible involve themes time they hadWeekly hosting onecamps of our coaches. The coaches on yourfull camp will stay with local families in your community for the duration of the camp week. In return, of adventure, games, sports, arts & not only will you receive a rebate of up to $80 towards the cost of your camp fees, but more importantly you will enjoy a unique week learning about the UK, learning about soccer and building lasting crafts, projects and FUN! friendships with our staff.
Camps run 9 am to 4 pm
What is expected of a host family? at Gyro Park We encourageMondayour coaches to fitFriday in with the normal pattern of your family life. We would like you to provide the coach with a bed; showering facilities; laundry facilities and meals (to include breakfast, lunch, and(drop dinner). off starts at 8:30am). How long do they Included stay with us?are free visits to the The coaches will typically arrive in your town on Sunday evening before the start of your camp. Aquatic Centre, weekly fieldtrips, We try to get them to arrive at around 6:00 pm and they will usually meet at a central location e.g. Haley Park. Unless otherwise notified,on the coaches will stay with you until the Sunday and free pizza Friday’s! following camp.
Full week registrations also receive
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Do I need to provide transportation? No. The coaches will beaprovided their ownt-shirt. transportation. Please understand that our auto free with camp insurance policy does not cover our drivers when driving host family automobiles and our staff may not transport campers in their vehicles Pick the week that suitsat any youtime. best starting
2nd week Augare19th Do we have toJuly do anything specialuntil once they here?week. The coaches will obviously be kept very busy during the week of camp. Each coach is contracted to work for 6 hours a day and they may have additional coaching commitments for one or two evenings during the week of camp. If you wish to arrange any social activities with your family on free nights you may, however this is not required.
Our coaches will be staying with many different families during their summer with us and we find it avoids confusion if you discuss any house rules or routines with them beforehand e.g. if they have to be in by a certain time in the evening; meal times; use of laundry facilities and your expectations of them during the week.
Call Trail Parks and Recreation to register IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HOSTING A COACH, OR WOULD at LIKE368-6484 MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL LISA AT 364-0888. or the Aquatic Center at 364-0888
building trust and informing their decisions through effective stakeholder engagement. As a result of this rapid growth, Thoughtstream will add eight new positions, with a preference for candidates in the Kootenays in the areas of sales, software development and customer support. Visit www.thoughtstream.ca in the coming weeks to see posted positions. “We’re excited to be hiring in the Kootenays and building a strong B.C.based high tech company,” said Jim F i r s t b r o o k , Thoughtstream CEO. “We see this as the way to continue to provide the strong customer support and innovation of our first few years.” The money will enable the Rossland company to further enhance its software and services, said Amos Michelson, Thoughtstream chair.