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Next phase of mining begins at Line Creek By Tamara Hynd with files from Ministry of Environment Free Press Staff


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‘Those eyes sold papers.’ Coraline Cherney volunteered to sell papers for CBAL’s Reach a Reader Thursday, October 10. Photo by Meghan Morton


nvironment Minister Mary Polak and Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett have issued a conditional Environmental Assessment Certificate to Teck Coal Ltd. for the Line Creek Operations Phase II (LCll) project located 20 km northeast of Sparwood in the Elk Valley. The decision was made after considering a review led by British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). The ministers also considered supplemental information concerning the Minister of Environment’s Order for Teck Coal to develop an area-based Management Plan to address water quality in the Elk Valley, through which the company will stabilize and reverse trends in water contaminant concentrations from coal mining in the Elk Valley watershed. A record of the factors that the ministers considered in making their decision can be found in the Reasons for Ministers’ Decision at: “We are pleased to have received the primary regulatory approval necessary for our LCII project,” said Nic Milligan. “LCII is the next phase of mining for our Line Creek Operations and is required in order to maintain existing steelmaking coal production and employment levels at the mine.” Teck has already begun working with regulators to fulfill the conditions of the LCII environmental assessment certificate and this work will continue over the life of the project. As part of the environmental assessment application, Teck conducted a thorough assessment, which included ensuring protection of the environment and health as well as assessing social and economic factors.

“(The) first production of coal from LCP II is expected in early 2015,” said Milligan. Clean coal is the coal, which has been processed, to ensure customer specifications are met and is then ready for transport to the customer. “Currently, our first fullscale water treatment facility is under construction at Line Creek (West Line Creek Active Water Treatment Facility) and is expected to be operational in early 2014 at a cost of approximately $100 million. “We are currently working… to create an Elk Valley Water Quality Plan that will maintain the health of the watershed and ensure continued, sustainable mining in the Elk Valley. It is our intention to ensure that LCII fully aligns with that plan.” According to Teck, LCII will maintain the approximately 500 existing jobs and current production levels at Line Creek Operations, and extend the life of the mine by about 18 years. The Environmental Assessment Certificate includes 26 conditions, which together with the design specified in the Certified Project Description will mitigate potential impacts of the project. Each of the conditions is a legally binding requirement that Teck Coal must meet to be in compliance with the certificate. It is also a legal requirement that Teck Coal build and operate the project in accordance with the Certified Project Description. Key conditions for the project include that Teck Coal must develop management plans to mitigate local and cumulative effects on water quality and wildlife; develop a compensation plan to offset fish habitat loss and a regional fish habitat management plan; complete a population assessment of westslope cutthroat trout in the Upper Fording drainage basin. Teck must also verify the findings of the human-healthrisk assessment.

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Learn not to burn Submitted

By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


rade three students at Isabella Dicken Elementary School (IDES) and The Academy learned about Fire Safety and took part in the "Learn Not To Burn" program over the last few weeks. The Fernie Fire Department supports and delivers the program to students every year.

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tudents of The Fernie Academy (TFA) gathered on a crisp golden morning in the garden of the Fernie Heritage Library to donate funds to the Friends of the Fernie Heritage Library. Students raised the funds during the Oct. 6 race

through concession proceeds run by the older students. Younger students provided racer support at six water stations throughout the 21 kilometre race course handing out water, Gatorade, snacks and plenty of cheers and encouragement, especially when they saw their teachers running the course too.

(Left to right) Fire Prevention Officer Dave Kurchenska, “Fire Chiefs for a day”: Charlie Leckenby (IDES), Rachael Barden (Fernie Academy), Seth Rogers (IDES) and Lieutenant Brett Uphill.  Photo by D. Voysey

Photo by A. Horton

Photo by D. Voysey

(Left to right) Students of The Fernie Academy surrounded the Fernie Half Marathon course director Brendan Morgan and race director Wendy Howse as they presented a cheque for $2500 to the Friends of the Fernie Heritage Library Chair Angela Morgan and Secretary/ Treasurer Judy Little. Photo by T. Hynd

Job Well Done!

The Fernie Museum directors and staff want to recognize the outstanding contributions that made our 5-year Museum Project a resounding success. Fernie now has a beautiful community facility for all its citizens. Historic Contributors -$10,000 +

Mike Pennock, Museum Curator, right, and Museum President Steve Kuijt unveil the donor recognition panel. Project Coordinator Laura Nelson looks on.

City of Fernie Teck Resources Columbia Basin Trust - Community Development Program Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance Canadian Heritage -Cultural Spaces Western Economic Diversification Canada Community Infrastructure Improvement Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Island Lake Resort Group Heritage Legacy Fund of BC Art & Ingrid Sombrowski Igor Landa Construction Fernie Rotary Club Double Dare Design Fernie Miner’s Walk Society

Millennium Contributors - $2500 +

Bluerock Engineering River City Woodworks Jared Robinson Cook’s Electrical Service BC Hydro Laura Nelson Nick Vale Fernie Museum Board of Directors Fernie Branch of Scotiabank Chinook Scaffold Systems Ltd. Stratton Plumbing & Heating Regional District of East Kootenay - Area A

Century Contributors $1000+ D’s Drywall Julia Hutchings Anonymous Kevin McIsaac Park Place Lodge Terry Nelson Tara Higgins East Kootenay Community Credit Union

Decade Contributors $500+

Angela Morgan Inc. Fernie Auto Parts Vickie Green John Bull Carolyn Johns W. Ingram Building Material Ltd. Sparling East Medical Centre

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Prosecution seeks eight years for Hopley Copyright Jail sentence would be followed by 10 years supervision for the Sparwood man who abducted Kienan Hebert By Sally MacDonald Townsman Staff


andall Hopley should receive a sentence of eight years jail plus a 10-year long-term supervision order as well as dangerous offender status, Crown prosecutor Lynal Doerksen argued Thursday in the sentencing hearing for the 48-year-old man who abducted Kienan Hebert in September 2011. But defense counsel William Thorne said Hopley is not a dangerous offender and should be sentenced to two years in prison after consideration for the time he has served in custody awaiting sentencing. It was the final day in Hopley’s sentencing hearing Thursday, October 10 in Cranbrook Supreme Court. Justice Heather Holmes won’t be handing down a sentence this week: she will make her decision on Friday, November 29 in Cranbrook. Doerksen argued that Hopley has a pattern of behaviour involving young boys, starting when he was 15 and continuing until 2011,

when Hopley abducted three-year-old Kienan Hebert from his bed in Sparwood, bringing him back four days later. There was no sexual paraphernalia found in the cabin where Hopley kept Kienan for those days, Doerksen told the court. However, Doerksen said, a sexual motive can’t be dismissed. “Why does a male abduct a child? I think it’s safe for the court to conclude that it’s to sexually assault the child,” Doerksen said. “The main element is that Hopley will take a child for his own purposes.” The abduction of Kienan Hebert was Hopley’s second attempt – and this one successful – to abduct a child from home, and it was a premeditated act, Doerksen continued, referring to Hopley’s attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy in 2007. “It may have been impulsive through the selection of the victim, but the nature of what was found in the house Kienan was held in shows it was not an impulsive act.”

For the defense, Thorne said the abduction of Kienan and the attempted abduction in 2007 are not connected to a spate of sexual offenses against children that Hopley committed as a teen. “This should not be considered a pattern of behaviour at all,” Thorne said. “(Doerksen) suggests that having an interest in children itself establishes a pattern. I respectfully disagree. It has to be more than that.” Hopley “grew out of” the type of sexual offenses he committed as a teen, Thorne said. “What we have here to consider is a criminal past, beginning in the middle of his teen years and extended into his early adult years, of sexually assaulting children. Then there was nothing for quite some time.” Hopley holds that in 2007, his motive for trying to abduct the 10-year-old boy in Sparwood was to return the child to his biological mother, who offered Hopley $2,800 for the task. And, Thorne said, Hopley has consistently said that

he abducted Kienan Hebert because he felt he was unfairly treated by police and the court system following the 2007 crime. Crown and defense agreed that sentencing should take into account the fact that Kienan was returned to his home. Thorne disagreed that Hopley should be considered a dangerous offender, instead arguing for a five-year global sentence for the abduction of Kienan, breaking into the Heberts’ home, and for breaking into the cabin at Crowsnest Lake where Kienan was kept. Thorne said Hopley should receive credit at time and a half for the time he has spent in custody awaiting sentencing, bringing the sentence down to two years. Doerksen suggested a sentence in the range of nine to eleven years for the combined charges, with time served credit as day-for-day, making the range between seven and nine years. That should be followed, Hopley will learn his fate on November 29 in Cranbrook.

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U.S. company is looking at taking advantage of unsuspecting people in the Kootenays. "It has come to our attention that a company by the name of That's Great News has been approaching customers who have had stories in our papers," said Chuck Bennett, Group Publisher for Black Press in the Kootenays. "This is obvious copyright infringement." How it works is that once a story appears in the newspaper, that customer is contacted with an offer to purchase a plaque with the story and newspaper's logo at the top. The cost is $179. "We have had

feedback from our customers wondering about this," said Bennett. "We want them to know that this has nothing to do with Black Press and is actually an infringement on our copyright."

“This is obvious copyright infringement.” Chuck Bennett Group Publisher for Black Press in the Kootenays

Bennett also asks that anyone receiving this type of request to contact the paper right away. "We are looking into our legal rights to protect our copyright so we would really appreciate hearing from people who are contacted."

The Fernie Lions’ Club would like to say Thank You to the following businesses and individuals for making our

Annual Demo Derby Trico Homes Teck Coal Cameron Enterprises Fernie Readi-Mix Rocky Mountain Electrical Fernie Auto Parts Shoesmith Construction Mitchell Excavating Fernie Rentals City of Fernie Rayco Steel Home Hardware Bulding Centre Fernie Skating Club Creations by Jeannie Overwaitea Foods Sparwood Communications T.R. Wood Products

Pace Excavating Newalta Corp. – John Furedi Sparwood Lions Club Girl Guides of Canada Sparwood Towing – Glen Leydon Mike Sevinski – Water Truck Southeast Disposal Fernie Ghostriders Mountain Manna Water Co. Flame Guard Hosmer Volunteer Fire Dept. Murray Pask & Staff – Fernie Brewing Co. Mow & Snow Fernie Ford Sparcom Rigby Signs Cody Walker 279 Elk Valley Air Cadets Fernie Ski Patrol Langley Lions Club Pass Trak

A “Smash ing” Success ! Special Thanks to our Trophy Sponsors: The Bridge Bistro Overwaitea Foods Tim Hortons Home Hardware Building Centre Backyard Mechanical Fernie Auto Paarts R & K Contracting Coal Valley Motor Products

And a big thank you to all of our incredibly hard-working volunteers and, of course, the drivers. We couldn’t do it without you, and hope to see you again next year!



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Home Based Business regulations move to public hearing in Area A

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ecently, through the request of Regional District East Kootenay (RDEK) Area A Director Mike Sosnowski, some changes to the Home Based Business (HBB) Bylaw in the RDEK were proposed. According to Sosnowski, traditional HBB regulations would not change significantly. The activity will have to be totally inside the residence or a small shop with no outside storage. This can be conducted on any size property. The expanded HBB would allow for a greater range of activities on parcels that are five acres and larger. These activities would be governed by a new bylaw with restrictions to the size of a facility that includes outside storage, number of employees and the types of activities allowed. Both the City of Fernie and the District of Sparwood Councils did not support the proposal by the RDEK. This is not the first time Sparwood Council has rejected this proposal. In a special meeting held on September 23 Council rejected the proposal for a second time based on a series of concerns. Some of which included: The expanded activities and allowances for non-resident employees could

result in very intensive commercial/ industrial operations, which would be inappropriate in rural areas; a conflict with the Regional Growth Strategy and challenges to enforcement. Fernie City Council also cited some of their own concerns including: creating an uneven playing field for businesses within the municipality as compared to businesses within the Regional District and similar to Sparwood’s concern, there needs to be an obligation to monitor business within the zone, which is not built into the bylaw as drafted. “To create a zone that is so broad, that covers such a large portion of the valley could have negative ramifications that we would have to live with for decades,” said Fernie City Councillor Randal Macnair. Fernie residents also voiced their concerns at the September 23 Council meeting. “This rezoning will encourage existing and prospective businesses to look outside the City of Fernie to grow or establish their businesses as it will be far cheaper to operate in this area,” stated Fernie resident Simon Piney in a letter directed to Council. “The City should be fighting this tooth and nail to protect existing businesses,” said RDEK resident Gary Walker. Director Sosnowski believes there

are a lot of misconceptions about the proposed bylaw amendment. “I was asked to pursue this because there are businesses currently operating in Area A that are operating illegally,” said Sosnowski. “Nobody wants to operate illegally looking over their shoulders; they are good law abiding citizens.” At the Fernie Council meeting on September 23, Councillors asked Sosnowski how the amended bylaw would benefit Fernie. “The benefit to the municipalities is most of the revenues from these activities will be spent at businesses inside the municipality,” said Sosnowski in a subsequent interview with The Free Press. “There would be little or no competition with commercial businesses within the municipalities given the proposed restrictions. “With the restrictions in the bylaw there is a limit to the size of the expanded HBB and if one becomes very successful, it would have to move to the municipality in order to operate.” Recently Sosnowski requested and got a deferral from the RDEK board to delay the vote on having a public hearing on this bylaw until December. This will allow time for public consultation at a Town Hall Meeting on October 28 at 7:30 pm at the Fernie Family Centre.

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Sensible BC looking for signatures By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


ensible BC is collecting signatures between September 9 and December 5 in efforts to pass the Sensible Policing Act. A registered canvasser must collect signatures and only registered voters can sign the petition. It’s one more reason to become a registered voter. This law would redirect all B.C. police from detaining or arresting adults for marijuana possession. Minors with marijuana would be treated as if it were alcohol. This new law would also call upon the federal government to repeal marijuana prohibition, so B.C. could legally regulate cultivation and sale. According to Elections BC, “if Dana Larsen (the proponent) is successful in collecting signatures from 10 per cent of the registered voters in each electoral district and submits the petition signatures by December 9, and the signatures pass Elections BC’s verification process, the Chief Electoral Officer must forward the

draft Bill onto to a Select Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives,” said Don Main, Elections BC communications manager. That amounts to approximately 3,200 signatures in the East Kootenay. “The Committee has two options: send the draft Bill to the Legislature for debate; or, send the draft Bill back to the Chief Electoral Officer to conduct an initiative vote.” Initiative votes are scheduled for the last Saturday in September, every three years. The next one is scheduled for Sept. 27, 2014. For the initiative vote to be successful more than 50 per cent of the total number of registered voters must vote in favour of the draft Bill, and more than 50 per cent of the registered voters in twothirds of the electoral districts must vote in favour of the draft Bill. At that point the government must introduce the draft Bill in the Legislature. For more information, visit Sensible BC Kootenay East on Facebook or call 604-343-4684.

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u e s tions. S o many questions. Lately my girls, ages two and four, Shelby Cain are laden with them. They range in complexity. Two asks ‘why?’ after literally every word that comes out of my mouth. Four asks some real doozies. The other day she looked up from her breakfast, and with an incredibly thoughtful expression, asked, “Do ugly people have bones?” As a parent, I feel like I need a psychology degree to deal with this question. I figured there were three ways to address this. 1. Explain that we don’t call people ugly, people look different, but what really matters is who they are on the inside. 2. Brush over the ‘ugly people’ and go straight to the equality issue, everyone has bones, regardless of how they look or 3. Take the easy way out and just mumble yes while jamming my bagel in my mouth and avoiding eye contact. Guess what I did. I went for the unmentioned option four…I laughed. Hysterically. Like tears streaming down my face laughed. Probably not what the parenting manuals would recommend. I felt guilty about it for the rest of the day. My main job in life right now is to be molding these little lumps of clay into good, kind, moral people. If I don’t take the opportunities handed to me to imprint the foundations for these qualities, what am I doing? I will defend myself slightly by saying that just the day before Four asked if the flowers cried when it rained because they had no umbrellas. Jackpot. This was it. My biology degree was finally going to pay off. I was going to take this opportunity to teach…to impart my wisdom onto these eager, knowledge thirsty brains. So I sat down, gathered them both in my lap, and began my ten-minute kidfriendly dissertation on photosynthesis. When I was finished Four asked… ”Mommy?”…Here it was, a thoughtful question to let me know that my words had hit home, that it was really time well spent. “Do frogs wear lipstick?” I didn’t laugh that time. I sighed deeply, clutched my head in my hands, and fought the urge to cry. So I think the spontaneous burst of laughter the next day may have been a byproduct of my overall frustration with questions in general. I won’t quit. But on the days when I’ve been talking so constantly I feel like an auctioneer and the only response I can muster is to laugh…maybe that’s teaching too?

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Letters to the Editor Poaching the Peoples’ power Vol. 2

Jenna Jensen

Bill Bennett must think we’re stupid. Two out of Mr. Bennett’s 3 Facts about BC Hydro in The Free Press Oct. 3, 2013 are blatant misrepresentations of reality. In his self promoting paid ad, Bennett mentions that BC Hydro gets 20 per cent of its power from small, clean ‘independent power producers.’ What he doesn’t mention is these IPP’s cost nearly 50 per cent of all the power BC Hydro brings to market. He fails to mention that Hydro is forced to buy this power from IPP’s at 10 times its own cost to produce and around three times what it sells for. Exact numbers are unavailable because these 20+ year contracts are secret. Bennett also fails to mention that BC Hydro had already done all the research on green projects decades ago but was prevented from developing green power by the Liberals. The research was then handed over to Liberal insiders for free to develop the IPP’s. That’s why the Liberals gave their pals these secret contracts at inflated rates to the tune of $55 billion. Now the Liberals are pointing at BC Hydro like they can’t manage their affairs. This is really just theft from the People! We, the People own BC Hydro. It’s like owning a bakery and having the ability to bake our own bread. Why would we elect a government that was going to steal our bakery and give it to their buddies so they can sell our own bread back to us at an inflated rate? This is complete lunacy! BC Hydro might not be perfect but it’s ours. It’s also under financial attack by the people we elected to manage our assets. We the People immediately demand these secret contracts be made public and have an inquiry into their validity. If Mr. Bennett really represented the People as Minister of Energy he would come clean about these secret contracts in his 3 Facts! Alex Hanson

Conservatives letting our veterans down

Imagine you are a Canadian soldier who has been disabled in the line of duty—what kind of support do you think you’d get as you transition to civilian life under this supposedly military-friendly Conservative government? Odds are you are in for a lot of headaches. Under the Conservatives’ New Veterans Charter, you will get a lump sum payment instead of a disability pension. Many, including Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman, say that this sum is inadequate for the pain and suffering you’ve endured. A group of injured veterans is suing the Conservative Government because they say the money they have received is paltry and doesn’t even keep up with Workers’ Compensation awards. When you try to access government services for help, you’ll find a system that the Auditor General says is overly complex and hard to use. You’ll have a one-in-four chance of being released from the Canadian Forces without a support plan because the Department can’t even meet its own service standards. If you don’t live in a major city, you’ll have to drive for hours if you need a meeting with a

Veterans Affairs official because the government is closing nine Veterans Affairs’ offices, including Kelowna. The office in Prince George, B.C. has already been shut down. If the Department makes a mistake, you’ll have a tough time getting it fixed. The Veterans Ombudsman found that in cases that ended up in Federal Court, the Veterans Review and Appeal Board had failed to make fair decisions 60 per cent of the time. The state of the system is shocking. As one Veteran told me recently: “Many believed that their government would look after them, but obviously we were wrong. The battles that we have at home hurt more than those that were fought in other parts of the world...” The Conservative government puts more time and energy into using veterans for photoops than it does in meeting their needs. That’s wrong. Our veterans put their lives on the line for our country. We owe it to our veterans to do everything we can to help them recover, re-integrate into civilian life and live with dignity and respect. Yours sincerely, Jim Karygiannis, MP Liberal Party Veterans Affairs Critic 613-992-4501

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Time for sensible marijuana laws in B.C.

Mr. Fletcher's recent editorial on The Free Press website misrepresented the Sensible BC campaign, and could lead to confusion about our efforts for a marijuana referendum. The ultimate aim of Sensible BC is to have B.C.'s marijuana industry regulated in a similar manner to wine. Our proposed legislation, the Sensible Policing Act, is designed to bring us closer to that goal. The Sensible Policing Act has four components, all carefully designed to

be within provincial jurisdiction. The first aspect is to redirect police resources away from being wasted on simple possession of marijuana. Last year, B.C. police made over 16,500 arrests for marijuana possession, draining $10.5 million in police and court time away from investigation of more serious criminal offences. If Sensible BC is successful, then tens of thousands of hours of police and court time would immediately be freed up to pursue real criminals. This means safer communities for everyone, and less backlog in our courts.

Second, our legislation treats a minor in possession of marijuana exactly the same as if it were alcohol. The allows police to deal with a teenager smoking pot, but without the lifetime criminal record that can restrict travel and employment. Third, the Sensible Policing Act calls upon the federal government to repeal marijuana prohibition, so B.C. can regulate and tax it in a manner similar to wine and beer. This would send a powerful message of change to Ottawa, and give our Prime Minister the mandate to legalize. Finally, our legislation creates a B.C. commission to figure out the rules needed to implement legalization. Like alcohol and tobacco,

most of the regulation for legal marijuana would be determined at the provincial level. British Columbia cannot fully legalize marijuana without a change to federal law, but we can take some sensible steps in the right direction. That is what Sensible BC is all about. We're now about one month into our three month time-limit for gathering signatures. This is the largest and most organized marijuana reform effort in Canadian history. If you support sensible marijuana laws, then join our growing team of over  3000 canvassers, and help collect signatures in your community. Find out more at Dana Larsen

Women in Mining present an evening of networking By Sara Moulton Contributor


he Women in Mining Elk Valley Branch are inviting all to attend an information and networking evening at the Sparwood Seniors Drop In Centre, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm on Wednesday, October 23. Whether you’ve been considering a role in mining or are

looking to network with other women already working in the sector, this event is sure to be a great opportunity to find out more about the involvement of women in the mining operations in the Elk Valley. This no-charge evening is open to all ages and will include refreshments and desserts. Women in Mining is an inter-

national organization that seeks to connect individuals and is open to anyone who is in any way involved in the mining sector. Current and prospective employees alike are encouraged to attend, as well as those with family members working in the industry or perhaps just looking to find out more about mining in the region.

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On Remembrance Day… Remembering those who served.... We recognize the many sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform both today and throughout our nation’s history. We honour their courage and dedication, and we thank them for their recognize thetomany sacrifices made by our men contribution our country.

We and women in uniform both today and throughout our nation’s history.

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September 3 - December 22, 2013


District of sparwooD Launches new BranD

Early Bird Swim Gentle Fit Aquafit Lanes & Leisure Lane Swim Family Swim Lane Swim Lanes & Leisure Public Swim Red Cross Swim Lessons Lane Swim Public Swim Public Swim 14+ Adult Lessons Aquafit

Monday, Wednesday & Friday Monday, Wednesday & Friday Monday, Wednesday & Friday Monday to Friday Monday to Friday Sunday Saturday Tuesday & Thursday Saturday & Sunday Monday to Thursday Monday to Sunday Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Thursday, Friday & Saturday Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Monday Tuesday

7:00 - 10:00 8:30 - 9:30 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 12:00 12:00 - 1:00 12:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 2:00 1:00 - 3:00 2:00 - 5:30 3:30 - 5:30 5:30 - 6:30 6:30 - 8:00 6:30 - 9:00 8:00 - 9:00 8:00 - 9:00 8:00 - 9:00

Arena Season Pass Child $ 43.00 Student/Senior $ 56.00 Adult $ 83.25 Family $134.00 Season Skating Passes are valid through to March 2014 Arena Schedule Skate & Shoot Public Skating

Monday – Friday Tuesdays & Thurs (Most) Sundays Parent & Tot Tuesdays After School Rec Hockey Wednesdays Adult Rec Hockey Thursdays

12:00-1:00 pm 7:00-8:00 pm 3:00-4:45 pm 1:30-2:30 pm 3:30-5:00 pm 9:30-11:00 pm

Yours & Mine. together. The District of Sparwood is pleased to announce the

Intermediate Yoga

Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 - 9:00 pm October 15 - December 12, 2013


Deepen your yoga practice with continuous flow, LEARN TO MAKE AUTHENTIC Melcer. “This allows our brand to resonate with breath our most quieting the mind, yoking to body, exploring yoga beyond the postures. Must have previous PEROGIES important audience first — our own community.”

Hot tub special only $2.25 after 8:00 pm Aquafit - Main pool open for only, with hot tub & tot pool launch ofparticipants its new brand andsauna, identity. “We’re now yoga experience. available Sunday Free child mindingideally for children 3 and overtoduring morning t positioned clearly andaquafi consistently share 3:00 our - 5:00 pm Yoga Additional public swim on statutory holidays 1:00 - 4:00 pm November 17, 2013 $35.00 Tuesday exercise & Thursday include a new The initial results of the branding School District #5 community’s non instructionalstory,” Fridays said 1:00 -Terry 3:00 pm Melcer, The District ofJoin us as we learn how to make authentic Potato & Cheese Perogies. 6:45 - 7:45 pm Not only will you get to taste what you cook,new you will be able to take October website, 15 - December 12, 2013 Drop In or ALP logo, taglines, a community professional Sparwood’s Chief Administrative Officer. some home for your family to enjoy! Come out & experience yoga with your community. images, posters, trade showMove materials, ads, your body, andand add other this class to your fitness schedule! Infants (2+under)Unlike many community FREE brands, Sparwood’s brand has informational collateral, as well as recommendations on Preschool (3-5 years) $ 2.50 55+ Yoga Child (6-12 years) $ 3.50 am to implement the brandTuesday not been developed primarily to increase tourism or Monday & Thursday, 9:00 - 10:00how as the community moves Student $ 4.25 September 23 - December 13, 2013 Drop In or ALP 1:00 - 2:00 pm (13-25 years with student card) visitors. Rather, its brand development Total Body with Total body Resistance eXercise. This class attract destination October 15share - December 10, 2013 Drop In or ALP forward and begins to proactively its story. Senior $ 4.25 provides cardio intervals combined with body weight Connect coordination, flexibility, and balance in a Adult $ 5.50 is to strengthen its distinctive characteristics, demonstrate resistance exercises using the TRX. A high energy challenging comfortably paced environment. A great class for Family $ 11.00 workout. Progressions for each exercise arenot given, making this men and women to increase vitality on and “We’re intent on strictly developing aslooking a tourism a desire to continue to develop economic diversity, and Climbing Wall/Wallyball $ 3.50 workout suitable for all levels. A great introduction to the TRX. off the mat. (Must be able to get up and down from Showers No Class Oct 14 or Nov 11 the flwe oor.)are intent on community,” says Melcer. “But

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• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Active Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 1:00pm- Dominoes Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:00 to 3:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm – Bridge Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm- Mahjong Fernie Seniors Drop in Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00 to 9:45am – Aqua Blast at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00am to 1:30pm- Crafts Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30 to 11:15am – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime at the Fernie Library for ages 3-5 years • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • Afternoon – Seniors Curling League Play, Fernie • 1:30 to 2:30pm – Parent & Tot Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:30pm- Ladies Archery, Fernie

Elks Hall • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Active Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Free Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pmToddlertime at the Fernie Library for ages 2 & under • 12:00pm- Fernie Rotary Meeting Park Place Lodge • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 1:00pm- Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:15 to 2:30 pm – Skate & Shoot at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:30 to 4:45 pm – Lego Club & Board Games at the Fernie Library, ages 6-10 years • 3:30 to 5:00pm – After School Rec Hockey in the Sparwood Arena • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 9:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 7:00 to 9:00pm – Adult (19+) Badminton, Fernie Community Centre • 7:30pmAlcoholics Anonymous Meeting, Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. Fernie • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at

the Sparwood Pool Thursdays • 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00 to 9:45am – Aqua Blast at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:30-11:30am - MOMs Group at the Fernie Library • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30 to 11:15am – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 11:00am to 8:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm- Youth Archery, Fernie Elks Hall • 6:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 9:30 to 11:00pm – Adult Rec Hockey in the Sparwood Arena


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Aqua Blast at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 9:00 to 11:00am- Adult Badminton Fernie Community Centre • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime at the Fernie Library for ages 3-5 years

• 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • Afternoon – Seniors Curling League Play, Fernie • 1:15 to 3:15pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 3:30 to 4:45pm – Word Play at the Fernie Library, ages 11-13 years • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 4:00 to 5:30pm – Free Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:00 to 8:00pm – $3.00 Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 8:15pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:30pm- Jitney Darts Fernie Legion • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – Teen Swim (Grades 7-12) at the Elkford Pool


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• 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • Noon to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 1:00 to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 2:00 to 3:45pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 2:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:00 to 5:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:30 to 4:30pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 4:00 to 6:00pm- Meat Draw & 50/50 Fernie Legion • 5:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:45 to 8:15pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena




• 12:00 to 2:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00 to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 1:00 to 5:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 2:00 to 5:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:15 to 4:00pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:00 to 4:45pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena (most Sundays) • 7:30pmAlcoholics Anonymous Meeting, Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. Fernie

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Elkford Family Literacy Program, Alliance Church, 9:1511:15am (Oct. 10-Dec. 12) Getting to Know Classical Music, Lorraine Kneier at the Fernie Heritage Library, 7-9pm Fernie Friends of Opera: Madama Butterfly, by Puccini, Fernie Arts Station, 7pm EcoGarden in Prentice Park (Fernie), Work Party, 9:30am4:30pm Hypnotist JR Matthew, Coal Miner Days Fundraiser, Sparwood Rec. Centre Jazz – Jaclyn Guillou at the Fernie Arts Station, 8pm English as a Second Language (Conversation Café), Sparwood Public Library, 10am-12pm Deadline for Remembrance Day Photos, submit to The Free Press Sparwood Council Meeting, 7pm Columbia Basin Trust, Think Elk Valley Open House, Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre, 7-8:30pm Columbia Basin Trust, Think Elk Valley Open House, Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre, 7-8:30pm Columbia Basin Trust, Think Elk Valley Open House, Elkford Community Conference Centre, 4-5:30pm Columbia Basin Trust, Think Elk Valley Open House, Sparwood Council Chambers, 7-8:30pm English as a Second Language (Conversation Café), IDES Library, Wednesdays, 7-9pm (Oct. 9-Dec. 18) Community Job Fair, Fernie Community Centre, 2-5pm Columbia Basin Trust, Think Elk Valley Open House, Sparwood Council Chambers, 4-5:30pm Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards Gala, Clubhouse FG&CC, 5:30pm Columbia Basin Trust, Think Elk Valley Open House, Elkford Community Conference Centre, 7-8:30pm Seniors’ Computers, Sparwood Seniors’ Centre, Fridays 10am12pm (Oct. 25-Nov. 29)

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The City of Fernie is now accepting applications for grant funding for the 2014 budget year. Any community groups or organizations that are interested in requesting grant funding from the City for the upcoming year and can demonstrate financial need are encouraged to submit an application.

The City of Fernie is once again offering Windrow Clearing assistance to seniors 65 years or older and residents with a physical disability residing within the City.

Application forms and guidelines for obtaining grant funding are available for pick-up at City Hall at 501–3rd Avenue and can also be found on our website at

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

Completed applications can be faxed, mailed, emailed or dropped off at City Hall. The deadline for submission of completed application forms is Wednesday, October 31, 2013.

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall

Phone: (250) 423-6817 Fax: (250) 423-3034 Email:

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


DOGS IN OUR COMMUNITy Dogs must be on-leash and under the control of a competent person whenever they are off the property they reside on.

250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466

Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3)

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

Fernie Aquatic Centre

SCARy SWAMP SWIM & DANCE PARTy Wednesday October 30, 2013

Dance Party 6-7pm (Ages 8-12) Swamp Swim 7-8pm (All Ages) Join us for an evening of spooky fun! With games, goodies, music and more, we will make your night one to remember! Regular Admission Rates Apply 250 Pine Avenue 250.423.4466

A dog caught running off-leash and at large will be impounded and taken to the City Dog Pound. Dogs may run off-leash on private property, as long as the area is fenced in. Respecting the rights of your neighbors and ensuring that your dog is not causing problems or bad feelings in the neighborhood is an important aspect of community living: • Barking and roaming dogs can cause tempers to flare, so be a responsible pet owner • Please license your dog(s) annually • Respect the rights of your neighbors and other property owners by cleaning up after your pet and keeping it under control at all times The City of Fernie has two off-leash parks where dogs are permitted to be off leash while still in the control of a competent person - Annex Park between 13th & 15th Street and South of the Fernie Aquatic Centre. Just because these areas are offleash, don’t forget to: • Clean up after your dog • Be considerate and responsible as you share the off-leash area with others • Keep your dog in sight For further information regarding control, licensing and impounding of dogs in the City of Fernie stop by City Hall for a copy of Bylaw No. 1995 cited as the Dog Licencing, Regulating and Impounding Bylaw or visit Enforcement of the bylaw is carried out by the City Bylaw Officer, if you have an animal control complaint; please contact the City of Fernie at 250 423-6817.

Fernie Memorial Arena Winter Public Program Schedule No School Friday

Public Skating

Adult Shinny

Skate & Shoot

10:30am - 11:15 am FREE Public Skaking 10:30am - 11:15 am

Saturday Sunday

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Youth Shinny 10:45 am - 11:45 am

Noon - 12:45 pm

Friday Saturday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

For more information, the Windrow Clearing policy including eligibility criteria and levels of service are available on the City website at or call City Hall at 250.423.6817.

Terry Holt, Director of Financial and Computer Services

Fernie Aquatic Centre

Days of the Week

This service is to push the row of snow blocking the driveway entrance onto the boulevard / homeowner’s property. Seniors and disabled residents interested in obtaining this service should complete a Windrow Clearing Assistance Application Form available at City Hall or on the City website at Applications must be renewed each winter season.

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

8:45am - 10:15am

Wednesday 1:15 pm - 2:30pm 250 423 2245 ext. 0 250-423-4466

Property use issues impact living conditions for residents, businesses, and visitors to the City of Fernie. Unsightly properties can impact neighborhoods’ and the general enjoyment of our community. Well maintained properties, whether private, commercial or industrial, add greatly to the beauty and appeal of Fernie. Those that are poorly maintained lead to perceptions that an area is unsafe, untidy and poorly cared for. If you are a business owner this could have a negative effect on your business and could lead to increased levels of graffiti, vandalism and other anti-social behaviour. Bylaw No. 1587 - Unsightly Property Prevention Bylaw requires owners and/or occupiers to keep their premises tidy and free from rubbish, inoperative or unused vehicles; to clear the property of noxious weeds, dead landscaping, uncontrolled growth of landscaping as well; the accumulation of junk, discarded materials and garbage, deterioration of fences, buildings or other structures. Maintenance of boulevard and sidewalks abutting the properties is also the property owner’s responsibility. This means keeping the sidewalks clear of plant growth, and trimming shrubs and trees so they do not obstruct sidewalks, roads, or the view of traffic. Help Fernie look its best. Thank you!


Gain Experience. Get Involved. Become a Volunteer! Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, gain valuable experience, have fun, and get involved in your community. The City of Fernie currently has a vacancy on the Design Review Panel for one member to serve a one year term as a representative of the community-at-large. All who are interested are encouraged to apply. Experience in the building/architectural industry with knowledge of local history is considered an asset. The Committee is responsible for reviewing development applications within the context of the Official Community Plan, Building Design Guidelines for all permit areas within the City. Visit the website at under “City Hall/Civic Boards and Committees” for more information. Written applications can be provided by any of the following methods: • IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue; • BY FAX: to 250.423.3034; • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Director of Planning, PO Box 190, Fernie BC, V0B 1M0; or • BY EMAIL: email submission should be sent to cityhall@ The deadline to apply is 4:00PM on MONDAy, November 4, 2013. Thank you for your interest in serving the civic needs of your City.



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

Upcoming Meetings of Council (in Council Chambers)

Monday, October 21 Monday, October 28 Monday, November 4 Monday, November 18

Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 pm Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm

No Shooting Area This map shows the area designated by bylaw where the discharge of a firearm is prohibited except as permitted by Firearm Regulation Bylaw No. 540. Firearm means a device that propels a projectile by means of an explosion, compressed gas or spring and includes air guns, air rifles, air pistols, spring guns, longbows and crossbows. This map has been provided as general information only and is based on the District of Sparwood Firearm Regulation Bylaw No. 540. The full bylaw is available on our website at For more information please visit our website or call 250.425.6271.

No shooting area Road


Nature of Position: Reporting to the Director of Finance or Deputy Director of Finance, the District of Sparwood Administration Department has an opening for a Casual Clerk. This casual position is on an oncall basis to cover absences due to illness, vacation, special leaves or any approved leave, to fill temporary vacancies, augment regular full-time or regular part-time staff during peak periods. This position may also be scheduled to provide on-call back-up to the Public Works Department. Successful applicant must have the following skills: • ability to deal with the public both in person and by telephone in a courteous and effective manner; • excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word; • familiar with other Microsoft Office Programs; • relevant accounting experience – i.e. cash receipting, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll; • good writing skills, ability to draft letters; • ability to work with minimal supervision is a necessity. Detailed job specifications can be found on the District of Sparwood Website Wages and conditions of employment are governed by the current Collective Agreement with CUPE Local 2698 and would be at the Casual Clerk rate (currently $23.69 per hour). Closing date is Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM. Please send detailed cover letter and resume to: Barbara Nunes Director of Finance District of Sparwood Box 520, Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0 Fax: 250-425-7277 E-mail: Copy: CAO, C.U.P.E. Local 2698, Payroll


The District of Sparwood has available for purchase, the following property, on the following terms and conditions: Legal Description: Lot 3 District Lot 4589 Kootenay District Plan EPP23685 Sale Price: $1,000,000.00 The property is located at Highway 3, at the south corner of the new controlled intersection to be constructed immediately across from Highway 43. The property is being sold as a serviced lot, with services being installed in the Spring of 2014. The property is an ideal location for a business that would need this high profile intersection. Council reserves the right to refuse any offer where the use is not compatible to this location. The property is encumbered by an Option to Purchase, with a third party having 30 days in which to consider whether the third part would like to purchase the property on the same terms and conditions. Further information on the property may be obtained from the undersigned.

Be Bear Smart!

It is that time of year again! Bears are bulking up for hibernation and eating as much food as possible. Bears have a very keen sense of smell and garbage or other food sources can easily attract bears to your property. • Keep garbage in a secured shed or garage until pick up day. Never leave fish or meat remains outside or in your compost. Instead, put them in your freezer or a cold place until garbage day; • Cooking oil, grease, dairy products or fruit should never be left outside or put in your compost; • Try using lime to cut odour from your compost; • If you have fruit trees, pick the fruit as it ripens and clean up windfalls immediately. Remove any unwanted fruit trees; and remember that • A fed bear is a dead bear – by ensuring that there are no attractants in our community the bears do not become habituated to human food sources.


RECREATION DEPARTMENT Learn to Make Authentic Perogies Sunday 3:00 - 5:00 pm November 17, 2013 $35.00 Join us as we learn how to make authentic Potato & Cheese Perogies. Not only will you get to taste what you cook, you will be able to take some home for your family to enjoy! Begin to Spin Monday & Wednesday 5:00 - 5:30 pm or 5:45 - 6:15 pm September 23 - October 30, 2013 Set 1 November 4 - December 11, 2013 Set 2 $50.00 Here is an opportunity for beginners to give spin a try with a 30 minute class focusing on newcomers! No Class Oct 14 or Nov 11 Power Spin and Core Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 - 9:00 pm September 24 - October 31, 2013 Set 1 November 5, - December 12, 2013 Set 2 A one hour ride where you will be challenged both mentally and physically, burning more calories than any other form of a cardio workout! There are two Drop In spots available for this class!

Spin for UR Life Sunday 6:30 - 7:30 pm September 29 - December 15, 2013 $69.00 A new high endurance journey designed to improve metal toughness. Push your limits with "Spin For UR Life". No Class October 13th & November 10th Total Body Monday & Thursday, 9:00 - 10:00 am September 23 - December 13, 2013 Drop In or ALP Total Body with Total body Resistance eXercise. This class provides cardio intervals combined with body weight resistance exercises using the TRX. A high energy challenging workout. Progressions for each exercise are given, making this workout suitable for all levels. A great introduction to the TRX. Yoga Tuesday & Thursday 6:45 - 7:45 pm October 15 - December 12, 2013 Drop In or ALP Come out & experience yoga with your community. Move your body, and add this class to your fitness schedule!


Jaclyn Guillou Western Wind tour includes Fernie Arts Station By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


a n c o u v e r ' s sophisticated jazz chanteuse tours across B.C. and Alberta. A new singer is on the rise, and although you may have already seen her in concert, seen her on CBC television in her recent episode of Absolutely Vancouver, or heard about her through a friend of a friend, you will soon discover that this talented young lady is making a real dent in the Canadian jazz scene with her strong contribution of artistry and talent. Guillou will be performing at the Arts Station in Fernie on October 19 at 8 pm. “I have tapped into new layers of my emotional capacity as a vocalist, and as I get more involved with doubling up for myself as a composer and lyricist,

I can get to the source of why I sing. It's an amazing soulful place to be” said Jaclyn Guillou. “I know that technical ability is extremely important but being cautious to not forget who you are, where you come from and why you do it are all crucial factors to being a truthful artist.” Guillou is a west coast singer, born and raised in North Delta, B.C. She has been a performer since she was a very young child and has worked all over the world in multiple facets of the entertainment industry as an actor, dancer and singer. She has been featured in jazz festivals across the country and spent numerous seasons performing with companies such as the Arts Club Theatre Company, one of Canada's longest running theatre companies to ever exist. Jaclyn Guillou will be

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About Community Living month-oCtober with MLA Bill Bennett 1. The care and well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families is a government priority. Community Living BC (CLBC) was established in 2005 to provide disability-related services and supports for adults with developmental disabilities. 2. For 2013-14, CLBC’s total operating budget, which includes operating contributions from the B.C. government, is $756.7 million. In 2012-13, government committed an additional $80 million over three years to develop new approaches to day and employment programs, to improving transition planning and to other key changes and innovations in support of the deputy ministers’ report released January 2012. 3. In addition, $36 million in contingency funding has been allocated over three years to further support anticipated CLBC caseload increases. Government is committed to ongoing funding and support for people with developmental disabilities Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

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Music to the ears

Music teacher David Pasivirta leads the student choir practice at Fernie Secondary School. Photo by T. Hynd By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


he Fernie Secondary School Choir has been revived with the help of music teacher David Pasivirta. Between 20-25 students, ranging from grade seven to 12 including two international students from Germany and Spain have started singing a variety of folk music, a bit of classical and some pop. When I sat in during a choir practise in September, I quickly realized that it was a cool place to be musical and it was obvious that these kids know music and have rhythm. A mixture of sopranos plus high voices filled the acoustically designed room. The kids corrected their posture by planting both feet on the ground and sat on the edge of their seats to help

their breathing. They practiced the timing of their breathing to ensure they pronounce words entirely without fading off at the end. They focused on techniques to help them sing strongly. “Always think about your tone,” said Pasivirta. “Watch your vowels as we change from one vowel to the next. We’ll work on this for the rest of your life.” Pasivirta said everything would be in a capella (without instrument accompaniment). The choir will be performing at a Christmas performance with the band and will be ready for the spring performance of the Wizard of Oz. Pasivita started the choir last January, which has more than doubled in numbers.

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Black bear and three cubs reported in Ridgemont. Bear sightings also reported on McDonald Ave. in West Fernie, on the dike trail by Coal Creek Bridge and in the Annex Park. Mt. Fernie Provincial Park is still closed until further notice due to an injured grizzly and her two cubs in the area.

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Science students learn about the local watershed

Science students from the Fernie Academy planted dogwood cuttings at the new boat launch at Dogwood Park in Fernie.  All photos by T. Hynd

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cience students from the Fernie Academy planted red osier dogwoods at the new boat launch at Dogwood Park as part of Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) ‘Know Your Watershed’ (KYW). The grade eight science students first step was to harvest dogwood ‘stakes’ from existing bushes further upstream along the Elk River with the help of Ayla Bennett, CBT environmental educator for KYW. They coated the tops with a latex paint to seal the dogwood stakes and for visibility. The cut ends were soaked in buckets of water as the students transported the stakes and branches down stream to their new planting site. Students used rebar

to punch narrow holes deep into the ground, 30 centimeters apart and two meters away from the newly planted conifers. They lightly tapped the dogwood stakes to half of their length into the ground. Seventeen grade eight students planted over 80 dogwood stakes and various branches. “These grade eight students partnered with the City of Fernie (COF) to maximize the effectiveness of their Student Action Project,” said Bennett. “They wanted to help the COF restore the shoreline in Dogwood Park.” Part of the project included students learning about the importance of native vegetation. The dogwoods that survive the winter will come to life next spring along the shoreline.

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he Elk Valley’s third annual Reach A Reader event took place on October 10. Each year the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) teams up with Black Press to raise funds for literacy programs in the Valley. This year saw many volunteers including representatives 2012 from the Ghostriders who sold copies of The Free Press by donation. The total amount raised throughout Sparwood, Fernie and Elkford was $1,228. All of the funds remain local.

Spencer Bender and Cole Keebler outside of CIBC in Fernie.  Photo by S. Moulton

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Earth Rangers presenter Krystal White and animal ambassador Crimson the Red Tegu lizard fascinated IDES students during their visit on Oct. 9.  Photo by T. Hynd By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


sabella Dicken students got to meet four Earth Ranger ambassador animals when Earth Rangers trainers brought them to their school on Oct. 9. Echo the Barn Owl swept across the gymnasium without a sound. Timber the Pine Marten leapt from podium to podium, Crimson the Red Tegu lizard flicked her long forked tongue and Linus the Harris Hawk peered at students with his keen eyes. Earth Rangers is the kids’ conservation o rg a n i z a t i o n dedicated to educating children and families about biodiversity and inspiring them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats. Bring Back the Wild

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Ghostriders deliver another 4-3 victory at home against Creston Valley Thunder Cats By Sara Moulton Contributor


he Fernie Ghostriders thrilled an almost 500-strong crowd in an explosive game at Fernie Memorial Arena last Friday, October 11, with a game-winning goal being secured as only seconds remained on the clock. The first period started off well for the Ghostriders, with an early goal by Colby

Burns (assisted by Aaron Neufeld and Ben Primeau) followed less than a minute later by a second goal, courtesy of Spencer Bender (assisted by Aidan Geiger and, again, Neufeld). The controversial awarding of a goal to Creston near the end of the period added to an already eventful game, causing tension to continue building throughout the remainder of the

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match. The second period provided another power play goal for the Thunder Cats, leveling the score and giving Creston a fighting chance leading into the third. Both teams began looking more focused and serious about the game, with minimal penalties and some great goal keeping on both sides. This, however, proved to be the calm before the storm, as the third period erupted with fights, penalties and excitement. With Creston scoring their third goal of the night to take the lead in the final period, the Ghostriders began working extra hard to fight back. Bender (assisted by Anthony Gilbert and Kurtis Bond) delivered an equalizer just a minute later, scoring his second goal for the night and setting the scene for an intense final 15 minutes of the game. With only 28 seconds left and advantaged by a power play, Josh Teves (assisted by Neufeld and Bender) managed to score the final goal for another home win for the Ghostriders. Goalkeeper Phoenix Logan-Hill gave a great performance, particularly in the third period, where he made a series of great

Burgess chases down the puck through the Thunder Cats defence.

saves and ultimately stopped 32 of 35 shots on goal throughout the game. However, despite their win, Logan-Hill believes that the result could have been even better if not for several dubious calls by the referee – a sentiment shared by many spectators. “That first goal [for Creston] didn’t actually go over the line, but they called it a goal, and then we got a bunch of stupid penalties called on us, like slashing, tripping or kneeing,” said Logan-Hill. Nevertheless, LoganHill was glad for the win and is looking

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forward to the rest of the season with his new club. Arriving in Fernie after two seasons with the Princeton Posse, he has been appreciating the enthusiasm of the Ghostriders’ supporters, especially in the lead up to the city’s busy winter season. “It’s different…in Princeton, we’d have at most 100 people, and now the small games are like 500 fans. It’s crazy!” said Logan-Hill. “It’s good to be in a new town, a new atmosphere.” Special mention also goes to Spencer Bender, who has accumulated a total of

eight points in his five most recent games. Bender has been particularly effective at his home arena, where he has scored two goals in each of the past two home games, along with several assists. The 18-year-old rookie from Calgary was highlighted this week on the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s

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website and will be one to watch over the next few months. The Ghostriders will play Creston again at their next home game, 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 19 at the Fernie Memorial Arena. They were defeated at their away game in Grand Forks on Saturday, October 12, two goals to three.

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RDEK Public Hearing Notices BYLAW 2494 & 2495 Bylaw Amendment - Baynes Lake The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Cecelia Feigs to amend the Baynes Lake Official Community Plan and the South Country Zoning and Floodplain Management Bylaw. If approved, the amendments will amend the designation of the subject property to accommodate a two lot subdivision. The property is located on Chief David Road in Baynes Lake as shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2494 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Baynes Lake Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2319, 2011 – Amendment Bylaw No. 3, 2013 (Chief David Road / Feigs)” will amend the designation of Lot 10, Block 10, District Lot 132, Kootenay District, Plan 1181 from MH, Medium Holdings to SH, Small Holdings. Bylaw No. 2495 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – South Country Zoning and Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 2320, 2011 – Amendment Bylaw No. 5, 2013 (Chief David Road / Feigs)” will amend the designation of Lot 10, Block 10, District Lot 132, Kootenay District, Plan 1181 from RR-2, Rural Residential (Small Holding) Zone to RR-1, Rural Residential (Estate) Zone and RS-4, Residential (Acreage) Zone. A public hearing will be held at: Baynes Lake Community Hall 468 Jaffray-Baynes Lake Road Baynes Lake, BC Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area A and Electoral Area B. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Tracy Van de Wiel, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0306, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email

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BYLAW 2464 Bylaw Amendment - Home Based Business The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering the adoption of a bylaw which includes regulations that govern minor home based businesses in the Jaffray, Tie Lake, Rosen Lake Land Use and Floodplain Management Bylaw area. Bylaw No. 2464 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Jaffray, Tie Lake, Rosen Lake Land Use and Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 1414, 1999 – Amendment Bylaw No. 21, 2013 (Minor HBB / RDEK)” will introduce the minor home based business category and revise relevant regulations. A public hearing will be held at: Jaffray Community Hall 7375 Jaffray Village Loop Road Jaffray, BC Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area A and Electoral Area B. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Karen MacLeod, Planner, at 250-489-0313, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email

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wner of Prestige Tours, Mike Sosnowski, is closing his snowmobile tour company after 13 years of operating the business. Sosnowski started Prestige Tours in 2000. His company employed three other guides. A Fernie local and passionate sledder since his childhood, he provided guided snowmobile tours for beginners and experienced snowmobilers from around the world. Guests would explore areas such as Coal Creek, Hartley Lake, and Harvey pass by snowmobile with one of four guides. "Everyone should have the opportunity to experience our winter backcountry as I have," said Sosnowski. “Snowmobiling is a great outdoor activity and

as a business it is also very demanding physically and operationally. “It was a tough decision to close a successful business. With small business, you need to be passionate about it 100 per cent.” Sosnowski holds a 30-year tenure for the area but it is not exclusive meaning others can apply. After 13 years in the business, Sosnowski is busy developing another project. People in the tourism industry helped Sosnowski out by sharing information rather than having to learn by mistake. With a small business, family and friends were called upon when extra hands were needed. “I would like to thank the people that have helped me over the last 13 years from all of the friendly staff that worked so hard to give visitors the Fernie experience,” said Sosnowski.

“Friends and family that helped out when asked and especially the clients.” Prestige Tours had over 1000 clients in the best year and down to 300 in the lower years. The majority of clients were from Europe, Britain, and Australia until 2008 when Prestige began directing its marketing towards Eastern Canada resulting in many clients from Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Sosnowski still has a lot to keep him busy. He continues to hire out his snow cat supplying services to mine sites and on Fernie cross-country trails, including compacting the snow on the town dike trail. Meanwhile, Sosnowski is selling a fleet of 10 used Arctic Cat snowmobiles and an assortment of avalanche equipment on Saturday, Oct. 26 at his shop on Anderson Road.

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Lorraine Kneier, author of Music: A Window to the Soul, believes music is a powerful and lifelong source of energy. Through her writings and teaching she hopes to convey the ways in which music enhances our awareness of beauty and love. If you love music, this is an evening you will not want to miss! To register call 250-423-4458 Cost- FREE!

Harm Reduction

The International Harm Reduction Association (2002) defines harm reduction as: Policies and programs which attempt primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of mood altering substances to individual drug users, their families and communities, without requiring decrease in drug use.

Understanding the intent and principles of harm reduction can be difficult to digest in the midst of Bill C-10 that promotes tough drug laws. This has gotten the attention of the medical and judicial communities in both Canada and the US. Chief medical officers in four of Canada’s provinces have written a paper reviewing the impacts of illicit drug policies, all of which determine a solely criminal approach to drug use actually increases use. The impact on community, family and individual drug users is far from favourable where “organized crime has profited, incarcerated drug users have suffered HIV and hepatitis outbreaks and gun violence have grown” found in the doctor’s review in Open Medicine (CBC News, 2012). Eric E. Sterling, a previous counsel member for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, warns that imposing jail sentences for minor drug offences is a mistake. Information obtained from “Tough drug laws health and safety, doctors say” (CBC March 28, 2012) & “Mandatory sentences staying in crime bill, Nicholson says” (CBC February 22, 2012) East Kootenay Addiction Services Society has sponsored this column. The intent of this column is to provide information and to encourage healthy choices. Free, confidential services are available to anyone dealing with their own or someone else’s substance addiction or misuse. For more information contact 250-423-4423, 1-800-644-6144 or visit



Senior’s Lifestyle Community Keeps Winter at Bay

Life in winter can be daunting for seniors. The cold temperatures can make the simplest of tasks much more difficult. Chores like shoveling the drive-way or picking up groceries can turn into momentous tasks. Ice and snow represent real physical dangers that can not only cause a nasty fall but also get in the way of activities outside the house. There is always the worry of a broken or failing heating system that can result in all manner of bills and troubles, adding more unnecessary stress. Combine these stresses and it may lower quality of life, causing family members endless worry. Fortunately retirement housing at Rocky Mountain Village can provide plenty of peace of mind for both the residents and the family members, with apartments designed to take the worry out of winter. Not only are the studio, one and two-bedroom suites appointed for comfort and independence but also include many key features to help with each resident’s individual wants and needs. Independent heat and air-conditioning controls allow them to set the apartments temperature to whatever will be most comfortable for them. Full kitchens and large wheelchair accessible bathrooms can help residents maintain their independence while weekly housekeeping services and 24-hour assistance is available for complete peace of mind. Since the Village boasts many leisure opportunities, residents don’t have to worry about braving the harsh winter weather in search of relaxation and fun. Just outside of their front door they will find many amenities such as a games room, library, and spa, as well as many lounge areas which are certain to be filled with friendly

faces and familiar smiles. There are also special recreational and social activities such as live entertainment, exercise programs and excursions to local attractions, which are all covered in the affordable monthly rent. Also included in the rent are the delicious meals which are prepared by the onsite chef in the warm central dining room where residents can enjoy meal next to a cozy fireplace where friends and family are always welcome to join. Rocky Mountain Village also understands just how much pets are a part of the family. Residents are encouraged to share their apartments with their companions in the totally pet friendly building. With all of these wonderful features the Village relieves worries not only for residents but also for family members. “I had the best winter last year because I live three hours away and didn’t have to worry about my mom being alone.” said Linda Frew, whose mother is a resident at the Golden Life location in Kimberley. “I have total peace of mind knowing there is staff on site 24 hours a day, that she has company for dinner every night, and she is being well cared for. But most of all I have peace of mind knowing she is very happy.” No longer should seniors have to worry about shoveling the walkway or what they’ll do should a maintenance emergency befall them. Cold weather is no reason that seniors shouldn’t be free to enjoy the many activities, freedoms, and quality of life. Rocky Mountain Village provides just that and much, much more. Open daily; call Rocky Mountain Village at (250) 423-4214 for more information or to book a tour.


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egendary Fernie explorer, author, and speaker Jon Turk will tour the Kootenays this fall, sharing personal stories from his many adventures in the world's wildest places. One of National Geographic’s 2012 Top 10 Adventurers of the Year, Turk has led human-powered expeditions all over the world, from the Canadian Arctic to Siberia and Kamchatka, and from the Himalayas to South America's notorious Cape Horn. In storytelling fashion, backed by stunning imagery, Jon Turk will take his audience on a trans-global journey: sea kayaking in the Solomon Islands, the circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in the polar Arctic, a bicycle ride across the

Tibetan plateau to the birthplace of the Dalai Lama, and into our own backyards. “The Kootenays are an integral part of planet Earth,” explains Turk with his unique global perspective, “and by starting here, we join with other people in other communities, working within other organizations, to join hands for the common good.” Turk is working with Wildsight to highlight how important it is to preserve our own backyards, to highlight why wild places like the Flathead, the David Thompson Heritage Lands, or the Heart of the Purcells are so critical for healthy communities. "Wildsight is all about connecting," explains Wildsight's  Erna Jensen-Shill, who is coordinating Turk's tour of the Kootenays.

"We work to facilitate connections between Kootenay residents and our world-class wildlife, wilderness, and recreation. We are excited to bring Jon's global perspective to audiences around the Kootenays."  “This journey that we talk about, while global in nature, is implemented one person at a time, one river valley at a time, one ecosystem at a time," explains Turk. "These journeys constitute a quest for the “spiritual revolution” that must underlie humanity’s greater journey into the 21st century, if we want to have a reasonable hope of creating a peaceful, equitable, healthy, and sustainable world." Turk will be at the Fernie Arts Station on Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 pm.

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Sparwood Legion seeks volunteers for survival T By Sara Moulton Contributor

he Royal C a n a d i a n Legion is seeking your help to continue their ongoing work in supporting veterans, ex-military personnel, seniors and youth in the Sparwood area. Since 1926, the Legion has been providing services to communities throughout Canada. As the largest veteran’s organization in the country, the Legion is focused on promoting remembrance through programs at national, provincial and local levels. All branches are staffed by volunteers and are dependant on members stepping up to take on leadership positions within their branch. Unfortunately, the Sparwood Legion

has been experiencing some difficulties in both acquiring members and filling volunteer executive positions in recent times. The branch in Kimberley closed for similar reasons two years ago, and the Executive Director of the British Columbia/ Yukon Command, Inga Kruse, does not wish Sparwood to suffer the same fate. Kruse emphasises that any adult may join and that prior military service is not a prerequisite, making the Legion an ideal place for young adults and recent graduates to develop their skills while helping their community. “(Many long-term members) have a lot of experience and are excellent at passing on their knowledge

to people who might want to volunteer for a great organization and gain some experience at the same time,” said Kruse. As a not-for-profit organization, the Legion also relies on volunteers to help with business matters such as accounting requirements and other professional services, as well as appealing to younger members to help build and maintain a social media presence. Any assistance that can be offered is always appreciated, and those willing to help are sure to find that their time spent will be equally rewarding. “The Legion is a great place to socialize, make friends and relax,” explains Kruse. “Legion branches have volunteer roles

for any level of time commitment. Even a few hours a month could make a huge impact on the future of the branch in your town.” With Remembrance Day approaching on November 11, now is the perfect time to become involved. If you or your business are interested in finding out more details on how you can help your community, please contact the Sparwood branch at (250) 425 0081 or r c l b r 0 8 1 @ s h a w. c a . Further information about the Legion in B.C. can be found at www.legionbcyukon. ca.

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Location: Trinity Lodge Day/Time: Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm Start and End Dates: October 31st- December 5th, 2013 Cost: FREE! For more information or to register, contact: Meghan Morton Community Literacy Coordinator 250-946-6474 CBAL is grateful to our funders including: Ministry of Advanced Education and Decoda Literacy Solutions

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Working collaboratively with the Ktunaxa Nation, Teck must develop a number of plans, including a Cultural Management Plan, a Work Force and Business Opportunities Plan and an Economic Participation in Mine Closure Plan. “Consistent with its enhanced compliance and enforcement program, the Environmental Assessment Office will ensure that is satisfied that the certificate conditions are met,” stated a Ministry of Environment (MOE) press release. “The project will extend the life


of Teck’s Line Creek Operations, which would otherwise exhaust coal reserves and cease operation in 2014. Phase II will produce 3.5 million tonnes of clean coal a year for an estimated 18 years. “British Columbia’s environmental assessment process involves a rigorous, thorough review that provides for significant opportunities for First Nations, government agencies and the public to provide input on the potential for environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects from a proposed project.”

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In Loving Memory Buchan As we loved you, so we miss you. In our memory you are so near. Loved, remembered, longed for always. Bringing many a silent tear and fond memories of happy days. Phyllis - Oct. 17, 2003 Hugh - July 20, 1999 David - Jan. 22, 1997 In our hearts always; Jean, Edna, Evelyn, Andrew & families

The family of Margaret Fink would like to thank all the friends & family for all their support, kind words & phone calls received at this difficult time. We would like to especially thank John & Lynda of Cherished Memories and the ladies at the Seniors Drop In Centre for the nice luncheon. Thank you to all the nurses and doctors in the Fernie & Cranbrook hospitals. Thank you again, Doug Fink & family

An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson, Alta.

On behalf of the family of our dear mother, grandmother & great grandmother, Agnes Lightburn, we would like to extend our sincere thank you to everyone for their phone calls, cards, visits, food & flowers. We would also like to extend our sincere thank you to all the staff at Rocky Mountain Village for the care given to Agnes during her stay there. Thank you to Dr. McBeath, John & Lynda Gawryluk & Coralynn of Cherished Memories and Pastor Bill Plant. Thank you to Sand Creek Lady Lions for the lovely luncheon. Thank you to all... The Lightburn Family


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Mow and Snow Land Care is looking for fun, enthusiastic Snow Shovellers & Machine Operators for this winter season as well as Landscape & Lawn Maintenance workers for summer 2014. Machine operators must have experience & a valid driver’s licence. Wages are competitive & based on experience. Hours vary upon snow fall. A typical snow day for a machine operator is 5am to mid afternoon & for a snow shoveller 7am to lunch time. If you’d like to join our fun team environment please contact us by email: or stop by our shop: Unit 3 1501 10th Ave., Fernie.

Fully Certified Fernie Based Contractor Needs: Carpenter: framing, concrete, roofing experience. 2 Labourers: general construction experience. We offer: travel allowance, ITA Training, opportunity to get Red Seal Certification. You will be: accountable, punctual, honest, energetic. Pay Scale: Union rates based on experience & certification. Phone 250-4230272 for appointment. Make extra $$$ delivering phone books The BetterBook requires a responsible and reliable person(s) to deliver phonebooks to residences and businesses in Fernie and area.Reliable vehicle (van or covered pickup) is required and the ability to lift heavy bundles of phonebooks. This is a great group fundraiser! Contact Linda in our distribution department at 1-800-663-8555.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Experienced Truck Drivers Drivers License Class 1 or 3 with air. Snowplow experience not required but would be an asset. As & When Positions for winter months in Cranbrook, Kimberley, Yahk, Invermere Fernie, Sparwood & Jaffray. Mail or fax resume, including current drivers abstract to: Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting LP 258 Industrial Rd F Cranbrook BC, V1C 6N8 Fax # 250-417-4641


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YOU ARE INVITED! Mass Times: Saturdays: St. Michael’s ~ 7:00 pm Sundays: St. Michael’s ~ 11:00 am St. Bernard’s Mission, Elkford ~ 4:00 pm Thursdays: St. Michael’s ~ 6:30 pm Fridays: Lilac Terrrace ~ 11:00 am Confessions: Following each mass, or by appointment. Pastor: Father Bart Van Roijen 250-425-6444

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 691 4th Avenue, Fernie Sunday Worship...1:30 pm Pastor Fraser Coltman

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Sunday Worship & Children’s Ministry ...10:30 am Wed; Fellowship & Bible Study...7 pm Friday Youth Group...7 pm Pastor Dennis Williamson Office 250-423-4114 Res. 250-423-4102

HOLY FAMILY PARISH Catholic Church 521 4th Avenue, Fernie

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250-425-7787 Affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) Services: Sunday 10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study: 6:47 pm Everyone Welcome Pastor: Rev. R.G. (Ross) Powell

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Elk Valley Water Quality Plan Consultation Open Houses Teck is working with communities, First Nations and governments to create an Elk Valley Water Quality Plan that will maintain the health of the watershed and support continued, sustainable mining in the Elk Valley. We Want to Hear From You The objective of the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan is to stabilize and reverse the increasing trend of selenium and other substances related to mining activity in the watershed. The process to develop the plan will include three formal public consultation periods, with the first period taking place from October 28 to November 29. Further public consultation periods will take place in 2014. We are asking for your feedback on the framework we are using to develop the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. Your input during this public consultation period will be considered in the development of the Plan. More information and an online feedback form are available at

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