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Five of the six Fernie Academy (TFA) 2013 Graduates earned $1000 scholarships from the Province of B.C. last week for scoring in the top 5000 in the province on their government examinations. Congratulations!  These five students attended The Fernie Academy from elementary through to graduation and participated fully in the enriched high school program earning over 150 credits each.  They are currently studying at Trinity University, Germany, University of Calgary, Mount Allison University and University of Saskatchewan. (From L – R) Jocelyn Tanton, Max Sombrowski, Rosaele Tremblay, Madalon Burnett and Hallie MacLachlan Photo by Jamie Hide Photography

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Teck continues random drug testing at Elk Valley coalmines By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


he United Steel Workers local 9346 (Elkview) took Teck Coal Ltd.’s drug and alcohol testing policy to the Court of Appeal while the issue is before the Labour Relations Board in efforts to halt the testing in the interim. On Nov. 12, the BC Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal for an interim injunction on Teck's drug

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and alcohol policy on the grounds that the Labour Relations Board has jurisdiction on the matter. That means Teck can continue to randomly test employees for drug use at five of the open pit coalmine facilities in the Elk Valley while the matter is currently before the Labour Relations Board. The Court of Appeal made no determination as to the actual injunction, or the merits of the case, or any other determination

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regarding the legality of random testing. They  simply decided they did not have the  jurisdiction  to even look at the injunction case, and decided it belonged before the Labour Board where it now currently resides. "Its unfortunate the Court of Appeal has refused  jurisdiction,” said Alex Hanson, president of United Steelworkers Local 9346. “We do have another appeal before the Labour Board. We continue to

believe the Arbitrator committed fundamental errors in his decision not to grant us an injunction as happened in Alberta with the Suncor injunction. "The Supreme Court of Canada has already ruled this type of testing is not permissible except under extreme conditions which do not exist in our mines. We are asking the Labour Board act quickly to hear our appeal.

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From left to right: Rachael Fitzios (Fernie Chamber of Commerce), Dan Savage (Savage Marketing), Matt Mosteller (RCR), Mayor Mary Giuliano (City of Fernie), Robin Siggers (FAR), Karen Pepper (FAR), Jeni Pearson (FAR), Andy Cohen (FAR), Cali Sammel (RCR). Submitted photo Submitted


he Fernie Alpine Resort Community Summit Fund between 2007 and 2013 has provided $150,000 in cash to close to 150 community goodwill projects. Some of the many great works include support for health, wellness, education, culture and arts. From the BC SPCA, Elk Valley Society for Community Living, Fernie Mountain Bike Club, Fernie and District Historical Society, Isabella Dicken Playground, The Miners Walk, Elk Valley Canadian Cancer Society and many, many more. “There is nothing like this at any other ski

resort in a mountain community in the Canadian Rockies,” said Matt Mosteller, VP, Marketing and Sales Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. “The Fernie Alpine Resort Community Summit Fund sets the bar for community giving and more importantly it is creating positive opportunities for non profits and volunteer groups to do their good work in our community.” The new fund starts this month and will run for four years with $100,000 in cash allotted for community projects. We are very fortunate for the guidance and positive input provided by Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano and MLA Bill Bennett.

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West Fernie Dike project By Sara Moulton Contributor


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intery weather couldn’t ice celebrations for the completion of the West Fernie dike project along the Elk River on Friday, November 15. MLA for East Kootenay, Bill Bennett, joined federal MP for Kootenay-Columbia, David Wilks, in visiting a section of the dike alongside the West Fernie bridge. Braving the elements during one of Fernie’s trademark snowstorms, Rob Gay and Mike Sosnowski of the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) spoke about the importance of the project, in particular following the devastating effects of floods throughout the region earlier

in 2013. “I can safely say that West Fernie is the best flood protected community in the Elk Valley at the completion of this project,” said Sosnowski. “I believe that, without this dike, Lower West Fernie would’ve been flooded this spring.” The dike reinforces over 1,200 metres of the Elk River bank and has taken a total of five years to complete. Wilks and Bennett both acknowledged the efforts of RDEK in obtaining funding through various federal and provincial sources, and identified the work as a critical infrastructure project for the region. “The federal government recognised the issue on the Elk River with erosion… it’s a project that’s really good for the

people of the area,” explained Wilks. The completion of the dike means that the door is now open for new projects to be considered, which Bennett hopes will lead to further upgrades within the Elk Valley. With a large number of proposals from other regions around British Columbia and across Canada, the two representatives are again preparing for the tough task of securing a share of the available government funding. “This program is done, so now we have to renegotiate a new infrastructure program that will cover things such as flood mitigation, highway construction and all kinds of other public infrastructure,” said Bennett.

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Fernie Rotary presented Andre Bloemink, of Shelterbox Canada, a cheque for $2000 from proceeds from the May golf tournament. The $2000 has been dedicated to Haiyan relief and as the Federal Government is matching funds, this means Fernie Rotary’s donation of $2000 will lead to $4000 of aid.  A special thank you to Aysha Haines for her leadership and work on the Fernie Rotary Golf Tournament. Pictured left to right: Emma Dressler, Evelyn Cutts and Andre Bloemink.Submitted photo

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Fresh Frozen Seafood from Digby Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Waters available in Fernie and surrounding area Ocean Perch Alaskan King Crab Legs Digby Clams Snow Crab Meat (Opilio) Bar Clams Black Tiger Shrimp (Jumbo) Tuna Steaks

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Local ShelterBox ambassador may be deployed to Philippines By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff

We have all been inundated with news coming out of the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan passed over the island nation on November 3,” said Andre Bloemink, ShelterBox ambassador and response team member. “Fernie and ShelterBox Canada have had a history of raising funds for various disasters over the past few years. A call for help is obviously once again upon us. This disaster may be especially poignant due to an increasing local Filipino population here in Fernie. A $2000 donation made by the Fernie Rotary Club to ShelterBox two weeks ago has been matched by the Government of Canada. “ShelterBox already have teams in the country with more on the way, including Canadian Chairman of the Board Ron Noseworthy who is very experienced. There is a strong chance that I will be deployed in the coming weeks to help with relief efforts.” Bloemink works with Noseworthy’s son in Fernie. With winds of 300 kph and

gusts up to 379 kph, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) struck the Philippines on November 7 and is predicted to be the largest storm ever recorded. Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon. To give a sense of scale, the Haitian earthquake in 2010 affected roughly 3.5 million. The U.N. said Thursday, Nov. 14 that the death toll from the monster typhoon had reached 4,200. The Philippine government disputes this figure and has reported 3,637 deaths as of Saturday, up from 2,360. According to the Philippine disaster council 12,501 individuals have been injured and 1,186 are still missing.  Three million people have been displaced, with 371,000 people currently living in 1,086 evacuation centers and 2.7 million people displaced elsewhere. Haiyan is one of the most powerful recorded typhoons to ever hit land and likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset this poor Southeast Asian nation. The devastation resulted in the loss of lives, electricity,

drinking water, telephones and shelter. ShelterBox has had a team in the Philippines since midOctober in response to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. More teams are enroute. Focus has now shifted to assessing the need associated with the typhoon. ShelterBox Response Team volunteer Mark Dyer said, "The storm has now passed our area and our team is doing well. But we are getting reports of homes being washed away in flooding and communications are down. Millions of people have been forced to seek shelter following hundreds of damaged buildings and houses." Logistics will be challenging for this relief effort due to the widespread nature of this disaster affecting this island nation. Every dollar donated prior to December 9 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Government of Canada. Donations can be made online directly to ShelterBox Canada at Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.

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Community Art Show – Wednesday December 4, 2013 We are inviting all community artists to participate in the Community Art Show on Wednesday December 4th. This is an opportunity for artists of all backgrounds to showcase their art to the community. The show will run from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Teck Hall at the Community Conference Centre. The show will coincide with the Seniors Christmas Luncheon from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and then will be open to the public from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The intent of the event is to showcase art, those looking to sell are encouraged to connect with other community events such as the Chamber’s Moonlight Madness or craft fairs. To book a space or for more information, please call 250.865.4010 or stop by the Community Conference Centre.

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Winter Upon Us… To achieve efficiencies in snow removal and to reduce unequal windrow distribution while plowing, on-street parking will be prohibited from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, November 1 to March 31. Parking on the street during snow plowing, snow removal, snow hauling, or sanding operations is prohibited. It is an offence to push, place or throw any snow or ice upon a highway or lane. The District of Elkford will be actively working with residents to inform and ensure compliance with this new bylaw, as the intent of these changes is to increase the efficiency of snow removal within the community. The Public Works Department works seven days a week to keep the roads accessible and clear of snow based on priority routes outlined in the District’s Snow Clearing Policy No. 1996-02. The policy can be found on the District’s website The road allowance between the curb and your property line was established intentionally as an area to place snow from the streets. Generally, this space is 10 feet from the curb. All snow moved within your property should be placed on your property. Store snow at the furthest distance from the area you want to keep clear to allow for additional accumulations throughout the winter. Please do not put ice, snow or debris on the street. To ensure water is available to the Fire Department, please do not pile snow around fire hydrants.

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Letters to the Editor I recently sent a letter to the B.C. Utilities Commission decrying the extortionate charges, $35 per month, to keep and maintain my analog hydro meter. Further to that letter I met and talked with the person who reads the analog meters for Terasen Gas (Fortis B.C. Energy). This person told me that he is paid 40 cents per meter and works for a firm called Ola Meters Inc. that does contract meter reading in North America. This person assured me that contracts can be reached to read any kind of meter. This would include hydro, gas and water meters and the cost would be very low. When B.C. Hydro says that the $35 per month fee is not revenue generating or punitive, I believe it is misrepresenting the facts. Historically, the meters have always been physically read every other month and the cost was such that it was included in the normal monthly charges. For that


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by Lisa Skubovius

Some first meetings are so pivotal, so significant, so life-altering you never forget them. It was summertime in the mid-nineties at my step-brother’s starter condo in North Vancouver. It was still a time of computer nerds, people who stood out because of their affection for all things digital, and he was one of them. How quaint. Seating me in front of a large desk-top computer with an enthusiasm to match, Donny said he was about to show me something extraordinary. Turns out his charismatic introduction was justified: that sunny day, I met the ‘internet’. Over the next while, I thought about this new phenomenon, this ‘intranet’, this ‘world-wide web’, and what it might mean for humans. I wish I could say I predicted a bunch of stuff, like Facebook or talking animals on YouTube. But honestly, I didn’t see any of that coming. In fact, the only thing I did foresee hasn’t yet happened: I imagined the most practical application of the internet would be to allow each and every one of us to vote on each and every issue locally, provincially, and nationally. Yes, in the relative naivete of my twenties, I thought the internet could create the truest possible democratic process. Obviously we’re not there...yet. In the meantime, we can buy rare Chia Pets online and determine the outcome of reality television shows. But all is not lost -- though we’re not voting in Parliament, the spinning of this worldwide web is still in our hands. Ever-increasing online petitions and other opportunities give people the ability to influence governments and corporations in just seconds. What an opiate mix of immediate gratification and power! You can experience this exhilaration yourself beginning next week by going to www.! How do you think over half a million dollars from the Columbia Basin Trust should be spent to enhance this valley socially, economically, and environmentally? With a few quick clicks, you can vote on priorities set by many valley residents who’ve already voiced their opinions online or by attending a community meeting or handing in a survey. Indeed, democracy is hard at work, but you don’t have to break your back to participate. You don’t even have to leave your living room. It’s the 21st century and we’re about to see what arm-chair politicians can really do. And, truly, with hope even larger than Donny’s old desk-top, I can’t wait to see what happens.

Jenna Jensen

cost to now approach the cost of energy used is not rational and must be stopped. I believe it is time that B.C. - with their water meters – stand up to the corporate bullying in this regard and demand an end to the illegal practice of negative billing. Signing a contract with Ola would meet these conditions in a fair and equitable way. It might also employ many additional people in B.C., maybe laid-off B.C. Hydro meter readers! The cost of meter reading would be greatly reduced by allowing co-operative reading of all meters on one visit, including City water meters. It should be remembered that cities in B.C. used the same bullying practices when residents were forced to pay up to $1,000 so that they could be safe from the radio emissions of these water meters. B.C. residents must stand up for their individual rights or they will lose them. Call your MLA or MP. Tony Brumell Kamloops, B.C.

The petition referred to in this letter asks the Chief Justice of Canada to instruct judges that they must decide cases upon justice rather than legal tactics, especially when they are deciding upon the well-being of a child.   The use of legal tactics can be soul-destroying.    As family breakups are frequent and often end up in court, this problem could easily have a future devastating impact on somebody close to you.    This petition is about morally challenged lawyers using tricks to get judges to ignore the law and make decisions that are unjust, unfair and often cruel.    Some examples are ignoring the principle that a

person should have the right to answer to allegations against them, an unwritten law that men should not have emotions and the use of an injunction based on an appeal which all parties know will never happen.   A detailed statement is on the link below or go to and search for "legal tactics".    If you think justice is important, please read and sign the petition and please forward this message to as many people as you can. petitions/beverley-mclachlin-p-c-chief-justice-of-canada-please-don-t-allow-theuse-of-legal-tactics.  Art Powell, Enderby, B.C.

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Elk Valley Water Quality Plan open houses hosted by Teck By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


eck held three open houses regarding the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan (EVWQP) last week in the Elk Valley. The open houses began at 4:30 pm with a presentation at 7 pm with a question and answer session in Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie. “Approximately 20 people participated in consultation in Elkford, 30 people in Sparwood and 60 people in Fernie,” said Chris Stannell, Senior Communications Specialist, Teck Resources Limited. At the open house in Fernie, a panel of five Teck employees and one member of the Technical Advisory Committee, Chair, Lynn Kriwoken, Executive Director Water Protection and Sustainability Branch from the B.C. Ministry of Environment plus facilitators Judy Kirk and associates from Kirk and Co. were present. The five Teck employees were Dan L’Heureux, Director of Water Strategy; Chris Stroich, Cumulative Effects; Matt Gay, Project Manager; Doug Brown, Public Affairs; and Michael O’Shaughnessy, Director Business Planning. Casey Brennan, Teck Aboriginal Affairs Coordinator, led the presentation by reviewing the EVWQP Consultation Discussion Guide and feedback form. There were several questions from the

members of the public who were present during the presentation at the Nov. 14 open house in Fernie. Questions of mitigation included discussion of two water diversions projects at the Elk Valley mine sites that failed largely due to the flooding in June 2013. Lack of bank stability due to slope angle is one reason these diversions have not been repaired. Teck is exploring synthetic membranes to cover waste rock piles to reduce contact with water but again slope poses a challenge for complete coverage. Finding a synthetic material that will last a long-term amount estimating 100 years is tough even if organic mater such as soil is placed over top of the liner to reduce solar degradation of the membrane. Actual target levels for reduction and mitigation of various substances like selenium and nitrate are yet to be set. The second consultation phase is anticipated to be in March 2014. Teck is anticipating that the third and final phase of public consultation will be in May. This does not leave a lot of time for Teck to make changes to the plan that is due July 22, 2014. This public consultation and development phase of the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan is a small part of the Order Teck Coal Ltd. was issued by former B.C. Minister of Environment Terry Lake on April 15, 2013. Bound by section 89 of the Environmental Management

Act Teck had 90 days to submit the plan’s Terms of Reference (TOR) for MOE’s approval. MOE approved of the Terms of Reference on July 22. Teck has 12 months to complete the plan, which directs them to include public input. On March 21, 2013 the toxicity levels of the Elk River made front page news across B.C. as the results of a report commissioned by the Glacier National Park in Montana, U.S. clearly linked the effects of open pit coal mining on the water quality in the Elk Valley including Fording River, Elk River, and Lake Koocanusa. The Hauer and Sexton Transboundary Flathead River: Water Quality and Aquatic Life Use Report published on March 4, 2013 at the University of Montana stated that waterways in the Elk Basin below mine sites had elevated nitrate, sulfate and selenium concentrations levels. “Nitrate and total nitrogen concentrations were significantly elevated (1000 times) at sites downstream of existing coal mining in the Elk Basin compared to what was observed either among all Flathead Basin sites or samples from Elk Basin sites above coal mines. Sulfate concentrations were also significantly elevated (40-50 times) in Elk Basin sites below coal mining. Selenium concentrations were elevated seven to 10 times above naturally occurring levels observed among Flathead Basin streams and rivers sites and Elk

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Basin sites above the coal mining.” Hauer and Sexton Report March 2013 -Executive Summary The objective of the new EVWQ plan is to stabilize and reverse the increasing trend of selenium and other substances such as related to mining activity in the watershed. The key steps in developing the plan will eventually include setting medium and long-term water quality targets. The Order states “The purpose of the Plan is to describe the operational actions which will be taken by Teck to immediately begin to stabilize water quality concentrations of selenium, cadmium, nitrate, and sulphate, and the rate of formation of calcite in the designated area.” The feedback discussion guide did include that the new West Line Creek water treatment plant can remove 1.8 kg’s of selenium from 7,500 cubic meters of water per day once it is operational in 2014. However, the Order lists seven locations that target levels must be addressed immediately, and in the medium and long term. “Public consultation for the second phase will be similar to the current phase, with the potential to adapt or improve the process

based on what we learn from phase one,” said Stannell. “There will be numerous avenues for feedback through venues including open houses and online. “The creation of the plan is a collaborative process involving a number of individuals at Teck with input from governments, First Nations, communities and other stakeholders. “There will be three phases of public consultation. Input and feedback received from the public at each phase of consultation will be summarized by Kirk & Co., the independent consultation and engagement consultant assisting us with this process, in a Consultation Summary Report. The reports will be provided to Teck and will be submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan and made available to the public. Input received will be considered along with technical and social-economic information in the development and refinement of the plan.” Teck continues to ask for your feedback at www.teckelkvalley. com until Nov. 29. The Consultation Summary Report will be available at the same site once complete.


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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• 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 – 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 12:00pm- 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 • 6:30 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 • 7:00pm – Free Dance Lessons in the Fernie Legion Hall • 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


• 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 – Free 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 • 6:00 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


• 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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Christmas Crafts & Games, Fernie Aquatic Centre, 4-5pm Fernie Trails Alliance AGM, Red Tree Lodge, 7pm Teen Event, “Untitled” Write it Out, Fernie Heritage Library, 6pm Christmas Crafts & Games, Fernie Aquatic Centre, 4-5pm Fernie Golf & Country Club AGM, Clubhouse, 6:30pm Simone Boccanegra by Verdi, Opera at the Fernie Arts Station, 7pm Introduction to Encaustics at the Fernie Arts Station, 10am Christmas Crafts & Games, Fernie Aquatic Centre, 4-5pm Indoor Garage/Craft/Bake Sale Fundraiser for the 2014 Grads, Fernie Legion Hall, 9am-2pm Kids Dream Catcher Workshop at the Fernie Arts Station, 2pm Elkford Council Meeting, 6pm Sparwood Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7pm Fernie Council Meeting, 7pm Red Cedar Book Club (second) Meeting, Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30pm Gallery Opening, Deck the Walls, Fernie Arts Station, 7pm Shop Local (Black Friday) in Fernie Kids Fun With Clay at the Fernie Arts Station, 6pm Minkha Sweater Sale (Anne Beurskens), Christ Church Anglican (46-13 Ave. S Cranbrook), 10am-5pm Fernie Alpine Resort Opening Day (conditions permitting) Coming Home with Evangelist Mel Israelson, Blairmore Elks Hall, 7pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm WeeFest (Local Talent) at the Fernie Arts Station, 8pm


Indie Film “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Vogue Theatre in Fernie, 7pm Sparwood Council Meeting, 7pm

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, November 21, 2013



City of Fernie CONNECTION | Community Information and Opportunities | City Council Meeting Schedule


to provide assistance under a Partnering Agreement between the Corporation of the City of Fernie and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies – Fernie Alpine Resort

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

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall

Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: 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

Fernie Aquatic Centre

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

Notice is hereby given that at the November 25, 2013 Regular Meeting the Council of the City of Fernie intends to consider entering into a partnering agreement pursuant to S. 21 of the Community Charter the terms of which would provide assistance to Resorts of the Canadian Rockies – Fernie Alpine Resort for the provision of municipal services, being a New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the Resort. The proposed partnering agreement provides for payment by the City to Resorts of the Canadian Rockies – Fernie Alpine Resort the sum of $1,000 to partially pay the costs of providing the Service. Funding for the Service is proposed to come from the province’s Resort Municipality Initiative. Specifically the funds would come from the Tourism Incentives Investment Fund as identified in the Fernie and Area Resort Development Strategy. A complete copy of the proposed partnering agreement can be viewed at the office of the undersigned at City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue, during regular business hours. Jim Hendricks, Chief Administrative Officer Posted at the Public Notice Posting Place this 14 day of November 2013 and advertised in the November 14, 2013 and November 21, 2013 editions of The Free Press Newspaper.


For some, the first snow fall of the year is a welcome event. For others, the first snow fall brings worries of slipping and falling. Please ensure that your sidewalks are cleared and safe for everyone to use. The City would like to send out a big “thank You” to all those residents and businesses who shoveled their sidewalks after our first snowfall. The owner or occupant of any business or private property adjacent to a sidewalk is deemed responsible for the removal of ice and snow from that portion of the sidewalk before 9:00AM each day, failure to do so could result in a fine. Snow that remains on sidewalks is hazardous for everyone, but especially for people with limited mobility who may be severely injured from a fall on ice or snow. Snow/ice covered walkways and driveways make it difficult for people who deliver services in our city - as well our firefighters, and paramedics.


Monday & Wednesday 5:30 – 7pm

Plan Ahead: • Be sure you have the proper tools to maintain your walks. A good snow shovel, an ice chipper and sand are all essentials that you should have throughout the winter months. The City of Fernie appreciates your cooperation!

Friday 6:30 – 7:30am

Hey Fernie, it’s time to be a “Good neighbor”

There will be a certified swim coach available giving tips and work out plans.

For anyone looking to volunteer their services you could consider becoming a “Snow Angel” by helping neighbours in need, especially seniors, with snow removal this winter.

Season passes and punch cards available.

It only takes a few extra minutes when shovelling your own sidewalk to shovel a neighbour’s sidewalk or driveway and to keep them clear, ice-free and safe.

FERNIE FIRE RESCuE Auxiliary Support Positions Needed • be part of the community • be part of our team • be part of Fernie Fire Rescue

FERNIE lEISuRE SERvICES Winter Registration

The Fernie Leisure Services Department is currently taking registration for the January - March 2014 gymnastics set. Registration for the January - May 2014 swim lesson sets will open December 1, 2013.

Fernie Fire Rescue is seeking both men & women of all ages to offer a supportive role within our department. These “auxiliary support” positions are to be filled by individuals who want to be involved, but not in active fire fighting. Cleaning and rolling hose, filling air bottles, cleaning fire apparatus and equipment, public education etc. Drop by the Fernie Fire Department, or contact Ted Ruiter, Fire Chief at 250. 423.4226


Notice of Intention to provide assistance under a Partnering Agreement. (Chamber of Commerce – Annual Griz days Festival) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Fernie intends to provide assistance to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce under the terms of a partnering agreement pursuant to Section. 21 of the Community Charter for the provision of municipal services, being the annual municipal celebration of Griz Days for the years of 2014, 2015 and 2016, providing for payment by the City to the Chamber of Commerce the sum of $15,000.00 annually for the services described in the agreement. Council will consider this partnering agreement at the december 16, 2013 regular meeting of Council A complete copy of the proposed partnering agreement can be viewed at the office of the undersigned at City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue, during regular business hours. Michelle Martineau, Director of Corporate Administration Services Posted at the Public Notice Posting Place this 21st day of November 2013 and advertised in the November 21st, 2013 and November 28th, 2013 editions of The Free Press Newspaper.



THE FREE PRESS Thursday, November 21, 2013

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 Monday, November 25 Monday, December 2 Monday, December 16

Bid for:

(in Council Chambers)

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

PART I: Notice to Bidders

Sparwood Arena and Curling Rink Energy Retrofit Project FOR THE DISTRICT OF SPARWOOD Individual consultants, businesses or companies with proven experience and expertise in the retrofitting of recreation and leisure centers and/or H-VAVC and DHW systems are invited to submit detailed proposals by which the goals, objectives and other requirements of this request may be best met. Proposals will be received in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with the name and address of the Proponent, the name of the Project: “Request for Proposal: Arena Energy Retrofit Project” and be addressed to Duane Lawrence, Director of Community & Facility Services, no later than 2:00 pm (MST), Tuesday December 10th, 2013 (the “Closing Deadline”), at the following address: District of Sparwood – Leisure Centre 367 Pine Ave. Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 This fixed fee design build project entails the updating of the Sparwood Arena and Curling Rink Complex HVAC and DHW supply systems. Copies of the Request for Proposal can be obtained from the District of Sparwood Leisure Centre at 367 Pine Avenue, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 or online on BC Bid ( on or after October 28th,2013. Inquiries regarding this project shall be directed to: Duane Lawrence Director of Community & Facility Services District of Sparwood Phone: 250.425.6821 Fax: 250.425.0551 Email:


POSITION: LABOURER I PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT DATE OF POSTING: November 7, 2013 Written or typed applications for this position must be filed with the undersigned no later than Friday, November 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm. NATURE OF POSITION: This is a Full Time position that performs duties as a Labourer. This position performs a variety of general and specific labour type tasks requiring agility and physical effort in the performance of semi-skilled tasks related to the maintenance of the District services infrastructure, buildings, roads, parks, cemeteries and other facilities. Assists employees engaged in installation, maintenance and repairs of roads, sewer and water systems, sidewalks, parks, fields, landscaping, etc.; shovels and removes snow. Operates small trucks, power and hand tools, snow blowers, etc. Cuts grass, assists in the development and maintenance of landscaped areas, fields, walking trails and related outside facilities. Performs other related duties as assigned. This position receives general direction and varied levels of supervision from the Director of Operations or his designate. Responsible for efficient and effective operation and must assure own safety as well as the safety of others. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Valid Class 5 Drivers License. • Physically capable of lifting heavy weights etc. • Grade 12 Education or equivalent. • Capable of following oral and written directions. • Able to perform duties as set out in the skills assessment for this position. Wages, benefits and conditions of employment are governed by the current collective agreement with CUPE Local 2698, Labourer I - 23.69/hr. APPLY TO: Mel Bohmer Director of Operations District of Sparwood Box 1929, 477 Pine Avenue Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0 (250) 425-7760


Council approved a windrow removal pilot program for the 2013/2014 winter season for all residents affected by the District’s snow removal program. General guidelines of the program include: Windrow removal service will be provided only when the windrow is an accumulated height of 6 inches or greater; No windrow removal service will be provided to residents who push snow from their driveways into the windrow for removal by the District; and The intent of the windrow removal service is to knock down the windrow and allow for vehicle passage; it is not the intent of the program to provide full clearing and cleaning of the entire width of a driveway, from edge to edge. Approximately 1-2” of snow will be left to avoid damage to driveways. Snow that has been cleared from driveways will be deposited on the boulevards and periodically removed, as required, to make room for additional storage.

Please be a snow buddy in your neighbourhood this winter….

Many of our senior citizens and persons with disabilities find it difficult to remove the snow from their driveways in the wintertime. Please look around your neighbourhood and lend a helping hand to those who may not be able to clear their own driveways. It’s the neighbourly thing to do and one of the things that make Sparwood such a great community in which to live. At the end of the winter season the District accepts nominations from residents for their “Snow Buddy”, who will be recognized at a Council Meeting.


POSITION: CASUAL LABOURER ( 2 Positions ) PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT DATE OF POSTING: November 7, 2013 Written or typed applications for this position must be filed with the undersigned no later than Friday, November 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm. NATURE OF POSITION: This is a Casual Position that is on an on-call basis to cover absences due to sick leave, vacation, special leave or any approved leave or to fill temporary vacancies or augment regular full-time or regular part-time staff during peak periods. Performs a variety of general and specific labour type tasks requiring agility and physical effort in the performance of semi-skilled tasks related to the maintenance of the District Services Infra- Structure, buildings, roads, parks and other facilities. Assists employees engaged in installation, maintenance and repairs of roads, sewer and water systems, sidewalks, parks, fields, gardens, etc.; shovels and removes snow and ice; digs and backfills graves by hand as and if required. Picks up and collects garbage, empties garbage containers into garbage trucks and assists in the disposal thereof. Operates light trucks, small tractors, mowers, edgers, trimmers; snow blowers, power saws, steam cleaners, various hand tools and miscellaneous equipment, hoses, etc. Cuts grass, assists in the creation, planting, grooming and general maintenance of gardens, fields, walking trails and related outside facilities; Performs other related duties as assigned. Receives general direction and varied levels of supervision from the Director of Operations at Public Works and/or as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Valid Drivers License. • Physically capable of lifting heavy weights etc. • Grade 12 Education or equivalent. • Capable of following oral and written directions. Wages, benefits and conditions of employment are governed by the current collective agreement with CUPE Local 2698, Casual Labourer - 23.69/hr. APPLY TO: Mel Bohmer Director of Operations District of Sparwood Box 1929, 477 Pine Avenue Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0 (250) 425-7760


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, November 21, 2013


like socks in the dryer Deck the walls Submitted


he launch of Keith Liggett’s new book of poetry, like socks in the dryer, will be held at Clawhammer Press on Nov. 23 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Keith will read at 8 pm. The evening is also a celebration of Clawhammer’s second anniversary. like socks in the dryer is a collection of Keith’s recent poems. Mike Hepher of Clawhammer Press designed the book and illustrated the cover. The covers and interior wrap were printed on a letterpress at Clawhammer Press.

Keith Liggett is a ski bum and writer. With a B.A. in Pilosophy from Grinnell College, what else could he do? Chronologically – Aspen, Vail, Jackson Hole, Breckenridge, a sabbatical on the East coast for a real job in advertising, Breckenridge, the Gorge and now Fernie, B.C. His ski writing has appeared in most major ski journals and in over 75 newspapers. His fiction and poetry has been published in numerous regional and national publications over the last 40 years. In 2009, Whitecap Books published Island Lake Catskiing: the cookbook, which won a Gourmand Award, and

went into a second printing in May 2010. In the winter, Keith’s weekly ski column is carried by The Free Press and over 20 papers across the northwest U.S. and western Canada. Keith taught at the Beargrass Writers Conference for several years. In 2007, he founded the Fernie Writers Conference and directed it for three years In 2012 he worked with St. Eugene Resort to establish occasional small scale weekend writing retreats. He regularly organizes and teaches writing workshops. Liggett blogs at: www.fernie. com/off-camber and at www.

Christmas tree lighting brings on holiday cheer By Jenna Jensen Contributor


esidents of Sparwood will soon have the opportunity to participate in an evening full of holiday cheer with the annual Christmas tree lighting in Centennial Square. Hosted by the Sparwood and District Arts and Heritage Council, a lot of planning and preparation has gone into this event to guarantee all those attending will enjoy this Christmas celebration. The event will begin on November 21, at 6:30 pm in Centennial Square. To warm up

chilly fingers and toes a bonfire will be held by the Sparwood Fire Department and hot chocolate and popcorn will be sold by the Sparwood Cadets. A local church group will carry on the Christmas spirit singing carols throughout the event and Santa will arrive around 7 pm. "The Christmas tree lighting is such a great event to gather everyone together as a community and celebrate in the Christmas spirit,” said Rose Sharma, organizer. “Children love seeing the tree being lit up, and Santa stays to visit until every child has seen him, and received their candy cane. We want to welcome everyone

to come out and enjoy the entertainment." Also taking place on November 21 will be the annual Christmas Craft Sale in Greenwood Mall from 10 am - 8 pm, giving residents another opportunity to check out many local crafts and items being sold by local vendors. "This is a big time of year for the Arts Council, and it's really a lot of fun. We are just looking for people to come out and enjoy themselves and participate. Having people come out to these events and have fun, really makes it all worth it," said Sharma.

Art and gift sale Submitted


e’ve made a list…. checked it twice….time to Deck your Walls with something nice! Deck the Walls is The Arts Station fifth annual year-end art show and sale. Each and every item is for sale and everything is priced under $100. Previously known as On Fire, this annual show has been renamed Deck the Walls in order to celebrate the arts all year around. This once a year show offers the community a great chance to support local artists while at the same time getting some Christmas shopping done! Come see the amazing works of art made by a multitude of local artists. Every medium you can imagine will be on display, from paintings to pottery to photography and everything in between. “This show offers an opportunity for people to purchase local, high quality artwork as gifts or for

themselves just because they are amazing works of art at a very reasonable price,” says Courtney Baker, Arts Station Administrator. “As well, it is a great way for local artists to gain continued exposure in the community and beyond. Deck the Walls reminds people of the diverse artistic and cultural talents that Fernie has to offer.” Deck the Walls opens on Thursday, November 28 at 7 pm. Join us to be the first to see these amazing handmade works of art! You are also invited to our Saturday art and gift sale happening on December 7 from 10 am – 2 pm. On this special day we will have holiday treats, button making, and even more art and gift items for sale. Bring the whole family and get a jump start on your holiday shopping. If you have any questions about this event or other events at The Arts Station, please contact us at 250-423-4842 or info@

River on Fire - fire spinning at lantern festival 2012/13.  Submitted photo by Jenn Woods


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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, November 21, 2013

Elk Valley Snowmobile Club

Pet therapy By Andrea Horton Free Press Staff


nce a month for the past 20 years Cathy Clarke-Smith has brought pet therapy to the community. It began at the Hospital’s extended care, then at the Tom Uphill Memorial Home and now at Rocky Mountain Village. Part of the program teaches people how to feed puppies safely while in wheelchairs and using walkers. Smith also offers puppy school, which she teaches in the courtyard at Rocky Mountain

By Sara Moulton Contributor

Village in the spring, summer and fall. In nice weather the residents are able to sit outside and enjoy the schooling, otherwise they can watch through the large windows that surround the courtyard. Pictured below are Rosie and Chip, two labs both just new to pet therapy as well as Princess Snowball Precious Kisses, also known as Precious, a four year old ragdoll purebred cat, that has been a part of pet therapy for three years. Smith said that they used to pass her from lap to lap and now she just moves from person to person herself.


f you’ve been looking to make new friends and have some motorized winter fun around Fernie, then the Elk Valley Snowmobile Club might just be for you. The club was formed two years ago with the aim of promoting a safe and fun alternative to other winter sports in the Elk Valley area. The president of the club, Dan Rotella, enjoys the camaraderie involved in snowmobiling and is keen to grow the club as a family-based organization that focuses on fundraising for the community.

“Our plans are to have several events during the year…our goal is first of all to raise money for charities,” said Rotella. “(Almost) every event that we’re going to have will be a family event; we’ll have poker runs, barbeques, treasure hunts, that kind of thing. STARS Ambulance is one of major charities we’re looking to work with, but we’ll also be focusing on local charities and helping people in need.” Rotella also explains how the sport of snowmobiling has been becoming increasingly popular over the years and has registered the club with the Association of British Columbia Snowmobilers. Those who are

new to the area or have not had much experience with the sport will find that joining a club is a great way to make friends and build skills in a safe and supportive environment. “It’s a great way to meet people and get out and enjoy the outdoors. We’re about safety; about what’s important, and what you need to know about snowmobiling.” The club’s website, www., offers contact details and further information on the club, while membership books can be found in Fernie at Quality for Less Furniture or at Stephenson Paint and Performance.

All photos by A. Horton

Operation Christmas Child Submitted


he East Elk Valley Operation Christmas Child campaign is coming to an end. This Sunday, November 24 is the final day to drop-off your gift filled shoeboxes at one of the local participating businesses and churches. After that, you’ll need to wait another year. Volunteers using various vehicles are coming to the local pick-up locations on Nov. 25 so hurry up and finish packing your gift shoe box. The area volunteer chairperson, Tarja Nolan and the volunteer team emphasize it is important to get the shoeboxes to the drop-off centres by Nov. 24. Otherwise you’ll miss having the boxes delivered

by transport truck to the main warehouse in Calgary and onto the needy children of the world. This year’s boxes will be travelling by air, sea and land to many places in the world where children are in need. In 2013 a milestone was met when Samaritans’ Purse announced that over 100 million shoeboxes have been delivered worldwide to kids of all races since 1993. You may drop-off your gift filled shoebox as soon as possible, at anyone of the following locations in the Elk Valley. Fernie: Fernie Extra Foods and Overwaitea Foods Sparwood: Overwaitea Foods Elkford: East Kootenay Community Credit Union

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Elk Valley Snowmobile Club - Poker Run 2012.

Photo by Dan Rotella

Fernie Holiday Craft Fair By Sara Moulton Contributor


he Fernie Holiday Craft Fair hosted a full house of artisans on Saturday, November 16, with a wide range of merchandise offering something for everyone. The holiday fair is one of three annual craft gatherings for the year, alongside a fall event and a special fair that coincides with the Griz Days festival. The popularity and demand for spaces at this year’s winter fair has prompted the organizer of the event, Tanya

Malcolm, to offer an additional winter event next month. “We have 68 vendors here today, which means we’re completely booked up,” said Malcolm. “Our second holiday fair on December 15 will give everyone a chance to do some last minute shopping ahead of Christmas.” Products available ranged from clothing and accessories to jewellery, ornaments and gourmet food items. Other tables specialized in home decoration; selling handcrafted candles, lamps and artwork. While the weather outside was

wintery and cold, the Fernie Community Centre was a warm and cozy space to spend some time browsing for the perfect item. The silver-coin admission raised money for the Elk Valley Society for Community Living, while the Fernie Christian Youth Group provided refreshments and goodies for hungry shoppers. Details for registering at upcoming fairs can be found at www. or by searching for Fernie Craft Fairs on Facebook.



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The S3 really is the sweet spot for drivers that want to have extra power but with a very compliant and comfortable ride. Zack Spencer

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Audi’s road ahead paved with more than good intentions 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet/S3 MONACO: Over the next 12 months or so, consumers are going to be treated to an onslaught of new entries into the premium market. Not to worry, the next wave of German sedans and convertibles are of a more affordable nature. Recently Mercedes Benz introduced their all-new CLA 250 at an eye-popping price of just $34,000 for a sleek and sexy sedan. Next year we will see the introduction of BMW’s new 1-series and 2-Series sedans, coupes and convertibles. Audi has been ahead of the curve as they helped pioneer this entry-level segment with the original, the A3 sportback, sold in Canada for years. The all-new Audi A3 sedan will arrive in March of 2014 and the convertible and more powerful S3 sedan will arrive in the fall of 2014. This week I had a chance to drive both the convertible and S3 in Monte Carlo, a full year ahead of their introduction here. I suspect the real reason to have a media event so far in advance is to give the buying public some insight and possibly delay buying a competitor’s car. Audi is one of the fastest growing premium brands and a big part of that is the variety of cars they offer. Unfortunately, we will no longer get the sportback, but the fact we get the rest of the line of A3s is exciting for buyers.

Looks The A3 is built off a shared of the quietest on the market because of a special layer of sound insulation. platform with VW called MQB. This The interior headliner is colour-matched platform was a significant investment to the car for an added level of visual for the VW group as it is lighter, bigger pop, plus the roof can be and stronger than the raised or lowered while last Golf platform and the car is driving up to provides a sturdy basis 50km/h. for the A3 Cabrio and S3. The new Cabriolet is 60kg Inside Another lighter than the outgoing strength of Audi is European model, yet interior fit and finish the wheelbase is longer and these new products The A3 Cabriolet and the interior room are covered in first class and trunk more ample. It and S3 confirm that materials. The dash has could be argued that Audi good things do come a centre-mounted screen is building some of the for accessing the easy-toin small packages most attractive cars these use computer controller. Zack Spencer days and these smaller Unlike the Mercedes CLA, products still convey the this screen can fold into same sense of power and solidity the dash to provide a more polished that the bigger products portray. The look. Some think the dash-mounted S3 is especially forceful with a 15mm screens look like an afterthought, but lower stance than the A3 sedan. The this one gets around this problem. air intakes are bigger with more detail; Space is good for such a compact car. the side mirrors are highlighted with The back seat of the S3 sedan is actualbrushed aluminum; and the rear of ly big enough to fit adults up to six feet the car looks more masculine thanks tall and the side windows are much to chunky exhaust tips. The Cabriolet bigger than the new Mercedes CLA, on the other hand is a more sophistiproviding a more practical day-to-day cated approach thanks to the use of sedan. The trunk is large and the rear aluminum around the front windshield seats split and fold for added cargo and trim along the doors and rear volume. This is true with the Cabriolet quarter panel that make the car look but the space is constricted when the bigger than it is. Audi claims that this roof is down. The S3 comes with nicely new five-layer convertible roof is one bolstered front seats in contrasting co-



lours, plus an optional diamond pattern stitch can be ordered to take the sporty sedan to another level. I found the seating position very comfortable and outward visibility is not a problem. The Cabriolet seats are fitted with a heater that showers the front passengers with warm air across their shoulders and neck for top-down stints. The weather in Monte Carlo was perfect for the convertible – the sun was shining off the Mediterranean, showcasing this car of opulence at a more affordable price. Drive The Canadian models have not fully been nailed down, as there is still a year to go until the Cabrio and S3 arrive. What is established is the convertible will come with the all-new 2.0L direct injection turbo with 220hp, matched to Audi’s Quattro all-wheeldrive system. A six-speed automatic is confirmed but the duel-clutch S-Tronic transmission might be sold as an option in this model. There will be no manual shift and no diesel, which is a shame, as I drove one of the European versions with this setup and it was superb. The S3 comes standard with a 300hp version of the same 2.0L engine and the duel clutch automatic, and of course, AWD. It’s not as powerful as the 355hp Mercedes CLA 45 AMG, but I feel it has more usable power. continued on next page

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The CLA gets peak horsepower at very high revs, whereas this new S3 pulls from very low speeds up to higher speeds. I experienced this carving the switchback mountain roads just above Monaco. Power is not an issue; I would argue that the S3 is a better everyday car compared to the more nervous feeling AMG competitor. The suspension is more compliant and the power is a perfect combination of drivability and enthusiasm. At the end of our day I sat next to Florian Uselt, Audi’s head of small engine development, and I asked why they did not decide to chase the horsepower rating of 355hp from the Mercedes CLA AMG. His answer makes sense and

was confirmed in the way the S3 behaves. He feels that everyday drivability and performance need to be balanced and they look at the car as a whole, meaning the environmental impact and fuel consumption as other targets, not just power. Audi claims a 0-100km/h run will take just 4.9 seconds in the S3 and use a combined 6.9L/100km (European fuel rating). Verdict It is going to be an exciting time to be in the market for an entry-level premium car over the next year. The A3 Cabriolet and S3 confirm that good things do come in small packages. Pricing has not been established for the Cabrio but it was hinted that this model would be roughly the same price as the S3, which has been confirmed at $44,000,

roughly $6,000 cheaper than the CLA AMG. The base A3 sedan will arrive in a few short months with a 1.8L turbo gasoline engine, an optional TDI diesel and the same 2.0L turbo found in the Cabrio. The S3 really is the sweet spot for drivers that want to have extra power but with a very compliant and comfortable ride. The combination of usable trunk space and back seat, simple yet elegant dash, power the driver can use at a lower price than the competition, is something potential buyer might want to wait a year to try first hand. The Lowdown Power: 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder with 220hp or 300hp. Fill-up: 6.9L/100km (combined). Sticker price: $44,000 for S3

Hitch up those snowplows the white stuff if flying

I know I wrote about winter driving last week and the snow and rain began to fall in various parts of the province but please don’t blame me for this first blast of chilly weather. I’m here to help and at the risk of bringing on a blizzard, I thought I would share some information on snow plows. For most people who are just using a plow for clearing their own driveway, a straightFor most people blade will more than likely be just fine. Snowsport offers a personal plow that is who are just using perfect for the homeowner. This system a plow for clearing attaches to a front mounted receiver just their own driveway, as a boat trailer would. The U shaped bracket is connected to the a straight-blade will receiver and the snow blade rides up and more than likely be down on these bars to allow for change just fine.” in the terrain your plowing. Because there are no hydraulics involved, all you do is Ian Harwood back up and the snow blade lies back skimming over the surface. When driving forward the blade automatically re-engages for plowing. When you are finished, lift the blade back over the push frame into the transport position. The cost of this option is $1,644. K2 is another brand of snowplow designed for the homeowner with acreage. Designed to work with a front receiver hitch, just like the Snowsport, it simply slides in the receiver and locks in place with a hitch lock.

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The winch is controlled from inside the cab and will raise or lower the height of the blade. The blade comes with a hardened steel cutting edge scraper, rubber snow deflector, skid shoes, and plow markers. It is available in 82”, 84”, and 88” lengths. Cost is $1,315. If you use a plow to make money, then you will want to be able to do the job quickly and efficiently, so you may want to go with the multi-position. Multi-position plows are up to 50 percent faster due to the fact that you can reposition the blades to all straight-blade positions in addition to the scoop and V positions. This makes the plow adaptable to nearly any job you need to do. When it comes to the composition of the blade you have the choice between steel and poly. The vast majority of snowplows on the market today come with steel blades, although the poly plows are becoming more and more popular. The reason for the growing popularity is that poly is just as strong as steel and maybe stronger. They also have a lower coefficient of friction, which saves on fuel costs and is easier on your vehicle. The poly plows are also saturated with color all the way through so nicks and scratches do not show like they do with steel, plus they do not rust. Attaching and detaching the plow is very important as well. You do not want to be freezing and trying to deal with getting a blade on and off your truck. Try the attachment system for yourself at the dealer so you can see firsthand how easy or difficult it is to use. Most snowplow makers use a single halogen light bulb, which are not bright enough; some makers have come out with dual halogen bulbs with the option of upgrading to High Intensity Discharge. These HID lights are four times brighter than standard halogen bulbs and also last ten times as long. Hydraulics is probably the most important part of the plow, along with the controls. Be sure that the hydraulics system is dependable and the controls are simple and easy to use. Go for quality rather than trying to

save a buck. Remember “you get what you pay for” definitely applies here. Cost for these units are $6,000 to $8,000 depending on the model. When it comes to the warranty, be sure to know exactly what you are getting and what the warranty covers. Some only cover parts, while others cover parts and labor. Warranties are usually either one year or two years; so pay attention to the warranty. Take all of these things into consideration when shopping for a snowplow and you will be able to choose the right one to suit your needs.

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They should just call the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan the Gas Miser. The car is here for market testing right now but surely, it will see production next year and arrive in dealerships later in the year. And when it does sell your shares in Big Oil. It only sips gas by the spoonful; how else do you account for an easily achievable 4.1 L/100km combined city/highway fuel economy rating? Drive gently around town and you can purr along in all-electric mode for between 20 and 28 kms depending on road conditions. You won’t achieve that all at once, unless it’s the dead of night on a flat road, without any other traffic and green lights all the way. However, it is estimat-







ed that if you achieve that 20-plus all-electric ride during a 100 km journey, the power unit will consume electricity/gasoline at an equivalency of around 1.6 L/100km. In truth, it’s hard to put a real life meaning into that number but it is useful when comparing with other similarly equipped cars. But when you look at that number and the


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with green aspirations that I have driven, it coaxed me into a little competition with myself every time out to achieve maximum fuel efficiency. It’s fun to select EV mode and pull away in the morning in silence, operating as a pure electric vehicle. Even in stop and go traffic, it works well, the regenerative braking keeps topping up the battery. As the speedo creeps up the gas engine kicks in quietly and


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Why women can negotiate a better car deal For many people, buying a car is a stressful process. Something worse than going to the dentist or for women, a Brazilian waxing. Ouch. It can be a lengthy one too. Furthermore, it doesn’t always start by going from dealership to dealership. In fact, most people have access to the Internet, so they’re doing their research beforehand, prior to even leaving their home and finding themselves on a dealer lot, or with glossy brochures in hand. They look at various vehicle reviews, flip through newspapers (like the one you’re reading now) and ask other car owner’s opinions. When they get to the dealership, that’s when it becomes real. You take the car for a test drive, fall in love with it or walk away from it. When you find “the one” then comes the time to sign on the dotted line. But before you seal the deal, it’s time to negotiate, unless you’re happy with the price given. For women, this can be an even more intimidating process. Getting through the dealer’s door is just the first hurdle they feel they have to overcome. But for Vijay Jeyapalan, of Unhaggle (www., which helps Canadian car buyers get the best price on their new car by getting dealers to compete to offer the lowest price – he’d argue that women are better negotiators than men; an idea that challenges societal norms when it comes to car buying. Jeyapalan says, “Before stepping into the showroom or test-driving a vehicle, most women are recognized to have done their homework and pre-purchase preparations. This advantage allows them to properly assess what they want upon arrival and ask the necessary questions to advance the car buying process.” His point centres on the notion that when you know less, you prepare more. With all the tools out there, it’s not as T:14”








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he Elk Valley Air Cadets have been the recipients of generous donations from organizations, businesses and members of the community in the last couple of weeks. The squadron, which just finished one of its most important community volunteer tasks (assisting the Michel-Natal Royal Canadian Legion with poppy sales, and participating in both the Sparwood and Elkford Remembrance Day ceremonies), was presented with a cheque for $500 from the New To You in Sparwood. Also, Captain Bruce Timbrell (ret.) made a personal donation of $500, and Telus, through the Dollars for

Doers program, made a donation of $200 in recognition of employee Roger Fairhurst’s volunteer efforts with the squadron, as well as matching his personal contribution of $260, for a total of $1,720 in donations. S q u a d r o n Sponsoring Committee (SSC) chair Yvette Doratty said the donations will be used to fund travel costs, sports nights, campouts, parties and other activities the cadets participate in. “It’s really so amazing how much the community gives back to these young men and women, in recognition for their work in the area. The cadets really do so much,” said Doratty. “We’ll be helping the Sparwood Lions this month with

their TV Auction, and the Toys For Tots food drive, and we worked out at the Wapiti Ski Hill in Elkford with some clean-up and renovations last month. It’s just so good to see such giving and hard-working teens helping out.” While many of the cadet activities are covered, such as gliding, the SSC is a registered

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he United Steelworkers has reached a tentative agreement with Canadian Forest Products. After a five-week pause in talks, Canfor and the USW resumed bargaining on Friday at the B.C. Labour Relation Board in an effort to get an agreement. While both parties were adamant that there was only a sliver of room to move, mediated talks allow them to overcome some key barriers

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On the ride home from school yesterday Four piped up from the backseat. “Mom, some kids were arguing at school today.” “Oh? What about?” “About Santa. Jack said he wasn’t magical. Nora said he was magical. Is he magical Mom?” Another one of those super tough questions kids ask that leave you in a moral dilemma. I went with the classic deflection. “Well honey, what do you think?” She thought about this for about a block and a half, which is the equivalent to very deep thought in kid time. “I think he’s both.” Whew. Ok. Very diplomatic. And we will get through another Christmas with the sometimes-magical Santa Claus in tact. It’s funny, but I couldn’t agree with her more. As a kid, if you believe

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Santa is real, then how cool is it that this big chubby dude in a red suit reads your letter, gets you a gift, and then flies to your house with reindeer and drops it off for you in the middle of the night. Magical. If you don’t believe, then he just looks like Rob Ford in a red suit and a fake beard. Not magical. As a parent, Santa is definitely magical. He is the ultimate law enforcement officer. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad, or good. It’s awesome! So for at least six weeks before Christmas we play the Santa card relentlessly. “Four, do you think Santa would like to see you jumping on your sister’s head?” “Two, Santa knows if you actually put that toothbrush in the potty or not, so you better tell Mommy the truth.” And on, and on. And I gotta tell you, it works like a charm. My friend just bought

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something that takes the Santa blackmail to another level. It’s a little elf doll that sits on shelves and counters in your house, and you’re supposed to move it around every night to a new place so the kids can find it. But the REAL purpose of this heavenly little creature is to show the kids that Santa actually has foot soldiers on the ground that are watching them. Constantly. It should be called Santa’s Narc. Brilliant. Did our forefathers actually invent Santa for this purpose? Maybe it’s just a lucky side effect. And yes, I realize my girls may be a little disappointed when they find out the inevitable. But I plan to ride this bull until it bucks me off. Four and Two got up this morning and went downstairs to clean up the destroyed toyroom before Santa saw it. I thought to myself, is Santa magical? Hell yes.

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Sports Skaters shine at provincial level By Lisa Skubovius Contributor


atching the shine of her skate blades, Emma Nieuwesteeg of the Fernie Skating Club was delighted to bring home a silver medal from the Skate Canada B.C.-Yukon Sectional Championships. “It was fun doing it,” the 12-year-old skater said of the early November competition which was held in Richmond. “I’m relieved it’s over but it was fun.” Less than two points separated Emma from the first-place finisher in the Juvenile event, but her total score of 30.64 is likely enough to secure her a chance to shine again at the B.C. Winter Games. On the same weekend, another Fernie skater, Jodi Stemberger, competed at the Skate Canada Alberta-NunavitNorthwest Territories Sectional Championships in Edmonton, along with Abby-Anne Hughes, a resident of Sparwood. Stemberger and Hughes are both associate members of the Fernie Skating Club who choose to compete in the Albertabased section because of its closer proximity. Stemberger placed fourteenth in a field of 33 skaters in the Pre-Novice

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category, and Hughes was tenth out of 33 in the Juvenile division. All three skaters were pleased with their performances after months of preparation. Unfortunately, Gabrielle Runzer who was set to compete at the BC-Yukon championships had to withdraw due to a concussion suffered in the days just before the event.


Falcons place second The Fernie Secondary School senior girls volleyball competed in the ‘A’ Kootenay Finals this past weekend, placing second out of eight teams. Fernie lost in the final match against the Mt. Sentinal Wildcats. The top two teams are advancing to the provincial championship next week in Duncan, B.C. The Fernie girls have worked hard to earn a spot in the Provincials and are now fundraising for the trip. The girls are leaving on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and returning on Sunday Dec.1. Fernie is competing against 15 other teams in Duncan, and will work hard to make their coaches, family and community proud.

Both the Alberta and B.C.-based provincial figure skating competitions were broadcast live over the internet on Ustream. Skaters from Elkford, Sparwood, and Fernie are currently training hard to prepare for the East Kootenay Invitational competition which will be held November 30 and December 1 in Kimberley.

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From left to Nieuwesteeg,

right: Jodi Stemberger, Emma and Abby-Anne Hughes. Photo by Lisa Skubovius

Austin Hirano Austin Hirano, assistant captain for the Ghostriders, is sporting some battle wounds from their latest game against the Kimberley Dynamiters.

eek four of Elk Valley Superleague saw Coal Valley Motor Products remain undefeated with an 8 to 3 win over A&B Liquor Store. Kal Tire needed last rock to run Sparwood Esso out of stones to win their matchup 9 to 7. Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters easily handled Alpine Lumber holding them scoreless 8 to 0 in only four ends. Falkin’s Insurance scored in four consecutive ends on route to a 10 to 5 victory over Rocky Mountain Driver Training.

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Riders triumph in explosive game against Dynamiters By Sara Moulton Contributor


he Fernie Ghostriders bounced back to form, defeating arch-rival Kimberley Dynamiters in an exciting match at the Fernie Memorial Arena on Saturday, November 16.

After winning their road game 5-4 in Golden the night before, the team returned to deliver a spectacular 5-2 result in front of their home crowd. The two wins were a welcome rebound from their previous weekend, where

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they endured three consecutive losses. The Ghostriders’ rivalry with the Dynamiters is well-known within the league, and with no less than six fights breaking out on the ice, spectators were not disappointed. The game was tame to begin with, as both teams moved strongly around the arena. Kimberley scored the first goal of the night, before Dylan Robertson (from Joel Burgess and Aidan

Geiger), Josh Teves (from Kale Johnston and Robertson) and Spencer Bender all delivered goals before the end of the first period. It was in the second period when things became really interesting, as the tension between the two teams bubbled over and the fights began. The Dynamiters scored their second and final goal for the night in the first few minutes of the second period, while Johnston

(assisted by Robertson and newcomer Jon Thompson) delivered another for the Riders soon afterwards. The third period

erupted with fighting to the delight of the crowd, and the benches of both teams looked sparse as several players were sent off

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the ice. The biggest event occurred when Dynamiter Dallin Wolf charged at Ghostrider goalkeeper Phoenix Logan-Hill, leading to a massive fight. Somewhere amongst the commotion of the period, Johnston (assisted by Austin Hirano and Robertson) scored the final goal for the night. The battle wounds of the players were on show after the game; worst of all on Hirano,

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who took a blow to his nose and eye. The Elko local is an assistant captain in his second year with the club, and while acknowledging his role as a leader of the team, he also explained the reasons behind the players’ actions. “It’s always been a rivalry; we’re two close teams that have always played each other and sometimes it gets a bit out of hand… it was a really good game until then,” said Hirano. He attributed some of the tension to the decisions of the referee, particularly in not reining in both teams equally. “(The referee) let the game get out of hand…especially when Primeau was getting tossed down and no-one called it; someone had to do something,” said Hirano. The Ghostriders will host Kimberley four more times this season, including at their next home game on Saturday, November 30. Fans can expect another exciting match at 7:30 pm at the Fernie Memorial Arena, so be sure not to miss it.

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About RuRAl Voting PoweR... with MLA Bill Bennett 1. After every second provincial election, the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act requires government to strike a Commission to evaluate BC’s 85 constituencies. The main consideration is the ratio of population to MLA or “representation by population”. This process typically results in fewer rural Ridings. 2. While “rep by pop” is a key democratic principle, we believe an MLA must also have a realistic, practical possibility of representing people in a large, sparsely populated Riding. Otherwise, the number of rural Ridings in BC will diminish and rural voting power weakens. 3. The BC government has released a white paper with proposals for changing the law. Our proposals would preserve northern & rural Ridings. Please let us know, before January 15, 2014, what you think of our proposals by emailing: Further information can be found at legislation/ebca/index.htm Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

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District recognizes Von Matt The Balance of Powder wins Island Lake Catskiing Marketing Campaign of the Year By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


(Left-right) Kyra Von Matt received recognition from Sparwood Mayor Lois Halko and Councillor Joanne Wilton during a regular Council meeting on Nov. 18. Photo by T. Hynd By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


parwood Mayor Lois Halko and Councillor Joanne Wilton recognized Kyra Von Matt for her continued involvement with community and congratulated

her on her receipt of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Von Matt is a recipient of a Duke of Edinburgh Award from B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, OBC. The award is for youth 14 to 24 years who participate in the community.

Halko described Von Matt’s various activities involving her with communities including the Canadian Girl Guides, Von Matt’s journey to Ghana where she helped build a school and her assistance with campaigns like ‘Free the Children’.

CP Holiday Train is coming to the Elk Valley By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


he CP Holiday Train will be coming to the Elk Valley, stopping in Sparwood, Fernie and Jaffray on Dec. 10. Major James Hagglund will be there to accept donations collected at the event on behalf of the local food bank. Since the Holiday Train program first launched in 1999, it has raised $7.4 million and three million pounds of food for local communities. Musicians traveling aboard the trains will play more than 150 free concerts from their boxcar stage. CP asks that attendees bring a non-perishable food or cash donation, and all donations stay with the food shelf in the community where they’re donated. Items like infant formula, canned meats, and

spaghetti sauce are in particular demand for the millions of North American’s who turn to food banks each month. Each Holiday Train consists of 14 brightly decorated railcars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. For the fifteenth year, CP’s elves have updated the thousands of LED lights that adorn the sides of both trains with new holiday designs. A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: The train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief ceremony takes place which involves local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes its show. After about a half hour that usually includes a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed

songs, the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off into the night on its way to the next stop. For 2013, Holiday Train supporters will enjoy the music of Jim Cuddy, Matt Dusk, Doc Walker, Melanie Doane, Tracey Brown, Willy Porter, The Claytones and other musical guests. For additional information, visit: Supporters can also join the Holiday Train on Facebook and follow the two trains on Twitter @CPHolidaytrain #CPHolidayTrain. Sparwood, British Columbia 367 Pine Ave., behind leisure centre 3:45 pm MT Fernie, British Columbia 700 - 1st ave, behind the CP station 5:30 pm MT Jaffray, British Columbia Across from the community centre Stop N’ Go, 6:15 pm MT

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o o t e n a y R o c k i e s To u r i s m (KRT) has awarded Island Lake Catskiing with Marketing Campaign of the Year for its T.V. show The Balance of Powder. Marketing director Mike McPhee was at the 36th KRT Annual General Meeting and Tourism Industry Conference in Rossland to receive the award on October 30. “Creating The Balance of Powder was a huge endeavor. We wanted a show with quality ski footage with a cerebral and emotional touch so we hired Sherpas Cinema. We knew we wanted skiing through the trees, mountain top views and the contrast between big city and the pure mountain experience, plus the soft side of Island Lake, the lodging, food and après ski scene but we wanted it in an non marketing way. Six of the best pro skiers and boarders in the world came to film on three different trips at Island Lake Lodge and one with Mica Heliskiing in the winter of 2009/10.” “It cost $100,000 to make the T.V. show yet we got $25 million worth of advertising from it. It’s hard to compare but it had more views than the average Canadian television show.” “Bookings are the best they’ve been

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the quality of the film. The cinematography and editing by Sherpas Cinema were leading edge. They told the story we wanted told.” “It was time consuming and somewhat stressful to film but it paid off in the end. My philosophy is to step outside of your comfort zone and think a little bigger.” Expecting a film to have a two-year life span and to celebrate its 25-year anniversary, Island Lake Catskiing has just released another short film The Lines of Legends that documents the history of cat skiing and boarding at Island Lake Lodge.

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, November 21, 2013

Teck continues random drug testing at Elk Valley coalmines Continued from page 1

"Teck has never produced any evidence of any danger and continues to promulgate speculative fear as the reason behind its unreasonable and unjustified gross violation of the privacy rights of its workers." Curiously, Teck does not do random drug testing at its copper mine in Kamloops or its smelter in Trail. When asked why Teck

has a policy to do random drug testing at the Elk Valley coal mines but not at its copper mine or smelter, Chris Stannell, Senior Communications Specialist Teck Resources Ltd. said, “The focus of our random drug and alcohol policy is currently at our coal operations and we are closely monitoring the program. We continue working towards having our arbitration case heard as quickly as possible.”

While another appeal by USW Local 9346 under Section 100 is before the Labour Relations Board, Teck can continue to randomly test its Elk Valley employees for drugs and alcohol. Teck introduced its new drug and alcohol testing policy for union review in November 2012; the Union filed a grievance under the labour relations context. Teck implemented its new policy in December 2012.

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For the love of cats By Sara Moulton Contributor


he efforts of an impressive young woman have been helping to give a second chance to stray cats in the Elk Valley. Kaida Wannamaker, an eighth grade student at The Fernie Academy, has been working with the Fernie Pet Society to rehabilitate feral cats and find them new adoptive homes. Along with her moth-

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er, Nycki, and the rest of her family, Kaida has saved over 20 cats by teaching them to trust humans and by providing training in preparation for a life in a loving home. Kaida is keen for prospective cat owners to realize the benefits of adopting a former stray instead of purchasing a kitten from a store or responding to adverts for ‘free’ animals. “Feral kittens are more appreciative; they like that they have a warm home, a full belly and love,” explains Kaida. “You save them, and they can feel that,” adds Nycki. The kittens are also properly checked to ensure they are healthy and up-to-date with their shots before being adopted, as well as being fixed to prevent the problem of unwanted or stray animals from growing. “The adoption fee includes spay or neuter, as well as a happy and healthy kitten,” says Kaida. Tanya Carre of the Fernie Pets Society is highly appreciative of Kaida’s work and explains how her efforts have helped the residents of Fernie. “In the absence of a local SPCA, the work (the Wannamakers) have done has really helped to reduce the amount of homeless cats in Fernie. The benefits of less feral cats

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or the past 12 years, Nonstop Ski & Snowboard have been helping thousands of snow enthusiasts make the most of the mountains with a wide variety of instructor courses, improvement camps and holidays in Fernie, Rossland and Banff. As this year’s World Snow Awards approached, Nonstop were delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Best Ski Tour Operator category by a panel of industry experts. Considering the size of Nonstop’s niche operation versus the tens of thousands of clients that travel with some of the other finalists each winter, the Nonstop team, including Dave Richards, Canadian Operations Director, were both ecstatic, and a little shocked, to discover that they had managed to drum up more public votes than their rivals and had scooped the coveted title. Rupert Taylor, Nonstop’s MD expressed his delight following the announcement. “We were initially in a state of shock when the results were announced at the awards ceremony by former GB Olympic skier Graham Bell, but now we’re really enjoying the achievement and the recognition that the award has brought us. When reflecting on the win, we realized that what we lack in volume of clients is more than made up for in their passion and engagement with our brand. Because we offer a richer experience than a typical ski holiday operator our clients are incredibly enthusiastic about the time they have with us, and subsequently they made the effort to vote for us. “The "Nonstop experience" our clients have with us is unlike anything that they've had before and the memories stay with them for years and years. What we do is really positive and our passion passes on to them.” In addition to the ski and board instructor certificate courses and backcountry skiing, guests in Fernie get a taste of mountain life. “We make sure our clients get to sleep in a snow cave, try snowmobiling, go to Ghostriders hockey games and, new this year, will be skating in the wind at Crowsnest Pass,” said Richards. “They can

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also build their own skis with local manufacturer Jean-Vincent Lebrun at Deliberate Industrial Design (DID) with whatever graphics they want. Mountain life in Fernie is a pretty exotic experience for people in the U.K. and Australia.” “So many people have influenced the company, our culture, the programs we offer and our clients' experience,” said Taylor. “From the office team to the course hosts, from our pros to the hotel and restaurant staff, and from the backcountry guides to our bus drivers, everyone has had their impact. This award has been won by all of us. I am immensely proud of what we do but above all I am hugely thankful to everyone that has ever been involved in Nonstop.” Founded in 2002, Nonstop is a family run business specializing in providing expert ski and snowboard tuition camps. Canadian specialists, Nonstop are the leading provider of ski and snowboard coaching in Canada. In the past 12 years Nonstop have helped over 3,500 skiers and snowboarders achieve their skiing and riding ambitions on the flagship 11 week instructor course, making it the most popular snow sports instructor course of all time. Nonstop’s ski and snowboard coaching courses range in length from one week to 11 weeks. The cornerstone of every Nonstop course is premium ski and snowboard tuition from their team of passionate and dedicated instructors, who are some of the most highly qualified, experienced and respected in the industry. This is teamed with skiing and riding in small well-matched groups and a great social atmosphere and unforgettable experiences. Key audiences for the Nonstop product range are gap year students, aspiring instructors who want to enter the ski or snowboard industry, career breakers looking for a well earned break in the mountains or even a complete career change and keen skiers and snowboarders. Further details of the Nonstop ski and snowboard coaching programs can be found on the Nonstop website. [http://www.]

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