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he District of Sparwood has agreed to loan $48,842 to the Society for Kids’ CareElk Valley (SKC). The interest free loan is to cover Treehouse Daycare operational costs remaining from 2012 for a term of no more than five years. Councillor Joanne Wilton removed herself from the council chambers citing a conflict of interest as she previously sat on the Board as president of the society before she was elected onto Council. Duane Lawrence, director of community and faculty services and newly elected president of SKC was not present at the Council meeting as recommended by Chief

Administrative Officer (CAO) Terry Mercer to reduce conflict of interest. Council decided to support the request after receiving a report and recommendation made by Director of Leisure Services Duane Lawrence and CAO Terry Mercer. Terry Mercer explained that Duane Lawrence was directed to sit on the Society for Kids’ Care Board of Directors as a District representative. Recently at the last AGM Lawrence was elected president of the Society. The daycare is overseen by Society for Kids’ Care-Elk Valley, which is a seven member board. Lawrence is the new president and Sharon Strom is the vice president. The Treehouse Daycare has the capacity to house up to 12 children in the infant toddler room; 24 three to five year olds and 24 children in

the after school care room. Sharon Strom made a request for the loan in a letter to CAO Terry Mercer, explaining where the shortfall in funds came from. “At the end of 2012 the Daycare centre discovered that its current bookkeeper had stopped making payments to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA),” wrote Strom. “Since that discovery the centre has been working with the CRA to determine the exact amount owing from 2012 and to determine the most effective manner in which to repay the outstanding funds. The CRA generally does not provide long-term repayment plans and charges a high rate of interest that is compounded daily. Although the CRA would likely grant a three to six month repayment schedule the

daycare is not in a position to be able to pay the outstanding funds in that time frame.” Upon the conclusion of their annual audit the Board determined that the quarterly payments to the CRA had ceased in May of 2012. “Upon completing two additional audits, one internal and a second by the CRA, it was determined that no funds were missing and that no fraudulent activities had occurred,” said Lawrence. “The error was in all likelihood the result of an error in judgment and the lack of experience of the bookkeeper at the time.”  With respect to the CRA, the current interest rate is around seven per cent-compounded daily with a repayment term of no longer than 12 months.  $7,218  of the $48,842

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Elk Valley Nordic Centre trails opening in December By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


Fernie Nordic Society has created five kms of new cross-country ski trails with trail designer Reidar Zapf-Gilje. Photo submitted by FNS

ordic skiers in Fernie have a good reason to be excited about this winter’s Nordic ski season. The Fernie Nordic Society (FNS) will be opening a new system of cross-country ski trails adjacent to Mount Fernie Provincial Park with events on December 6 and 7. Approximately five kilometers of new trails will be set for classic and skate skiing with four different loop areas. One loop is more challenging with an intermediate section. The trailhead is located at the Mount Fernie Provincial Park overflow parking area with a small warm up hut for this first season. Thanks to agreements with private landowners, the Vale family at Cedar Development and Galloway Co. family, the Elk Valley trail system will reach the Fernie Alpine Resort boundary once phase two of the project is complete. A bridge will cross Lizard Creek once approval has been received from the Ministry of Forestry, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The project is costing $175, 000 and began in December 2012. To initiate the planning phase $25,000 was received from the Ministry of Community, Sports and Cultural Development in 2012 when MLA Bill Bennett was the minister. In the bidding process for a trail designer, Norwegian trail

designer Reidar Zapf-Gilje stood out from other applicants. Zapf-Gilje is known as one of the best Nordic trail designers in the country and he does a lot of work for non-profit societies, as it is his hobby and passion. The trail construction cost of $100,000 was funded by a grant from the Resort Municipality Initiative fund through the City of Fernie. Teck donated $50,000. “In order to maintain a high level of transparency, it’s important to have a bidding process and financial accountability,” said Megan Lohmann FNS president. The FNS has a new partnership

with the Ktunaxa Nation. There will be interpretive signage on the trails in the future as an educational opportunity and to acknowledge the land as Ktunaxa traditional territory. The FNS will also be able to host Provincial races at the Elk Valley Trails. A season’s pass costs $35 for an adult, $90 for a family or $10 for an individual day pass. These trails are for Nordic skiers only. People with dogs, snowshoes or hiking are asked to use trails on the city dike or at Island Lake where those activities are permitted. For more information go to

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Official Community Plan update By Sara Moulton Contributor


he City of Fernie presented the draft of the Official Community Plan (OCP) update at an open night last week, allowing residents to have their say on Fernie’s future. The two sessions on Wednesday, November 20 attracted over 30 members of the community, who provided feedback on the proposed update. The Mayor of Fernie, Mary Giuliano, was pleased with the turnout and is keen to see the project completed before the

new year. “It needs to be done by the end of this year, and it will be,” said Giuliano. “(The reaction) has been very good; there’s been a really good turnout, and we’ll be looking at the suggestions before the plan is completed.” The update provided information on the project, which is designed to guide the policy direction for the city over the next decade. The last Official Community Plan was completed in 2002, and the current draft focuses heavily on matters such as growth and development in the Elk Valley.

Cheeying Ho from the Whistler Centre for Sustainability has been working with the City of Fernie over the last year and a half, and has been striving to understand and incorporate some of the specific concerns of the community. “We’ve worked a lot with the community advisory committee, who have been reviewing the policies in detail and giving feedback,” said Ho. “The policies do encourage development, but they also really strongly encourage protection of natural areas and the environment.”

The current draft also addresses matters such as health, recreation, housing and transportation in the area, as well as zoning for economic activity; which all tie into the city’s ‘Forever Fernie’ long-term vision. “Something that came up strongly in Fernie was protecting the historic downtown; keeping the centre of town for arts and culture and really separating those uses from what can be allowed on the highway,” said Ho.

Christmas Hamper Campaign gets generous start to season By S.L. Furedi Submitted


he Sparwood Food Bank is gearing up for its busiest time of year, with 100 Christmas hampers needed to bring holiday cheer to local families and seniors. Carol Walmsley, food bank director, said the donations received over the next few weeks keep the service going for the whole year. To kick off the season, the Sparwood New To You has donated $5,000 to the charitable organization. “We get a lot of support from New To You,” said Walmsley. “They’ve been doing it for 20 some years now.” Tootsie Quaren, a New To You

volunteer, said the work she does throughout the year is well worth it when they’re able to contribute to an organization such as the food bank. The Sparwood Food Bank will be collecting through the schools, businesses, the Toys for Tots drive and the CPR Holiday Train in the coming weeks. Then volunteers will start the process of sorting and organizing the donations to be boxed for Christmas hampers. “We need strong backs to help out,” said Walmsley. “It’s a lot of work.” Anyone wishing to volunteer with the Christmas hampers can call the food bank at (250) 425-6435.

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Crafters infuriated as they are City of Fernie kicked out of Greenwood Mall budgets for 2013 Christmas party By Jenna Jensen Contributor


rafters have always been a regular sight in Sparwood's Greenwood Mall. Ladies could be seen sitting at their tables selling various items from jewelry to canned goods and always making cheerful conversation with those passing by. Recently, Greenwood Mall has undergone renovations, giving the building a new look, along with new rules. Effective immediately, crafters are now banned from setting up in the mall. "With part of the new look, we wanted to get a handle on what's going on in the inside,” said Glen Noort, owner of the Greenwood Mall. “The mall is being utilized by too many people. The things going

on inside are too random, and too uncontrolled, so we are going to curb a lot of the activity. “We have committed to still

“The mall is being utilized by too many people. The things going on inside are too random, and too uncontrolled, so we are going to curb a lot of the activity.” Glen Noort Owner of the Greenwood Mall

allowing the Salvation Army and the Lions Club access though, and will review others on a case by case basis. With this new look, we really

intend on tightening things up, inside and outside." Crafters have strongly voiced their opinion on this change; some have rallied together sending Glen Noort emails, and voicemails expressing their concern. They believe that it is the crafters that draw people into the mall and give it vibrance and life. They always have eyes on what's going on, and deter any vandalism or crime. It costs $10 a day to set up a table, which goes to mall improvements, but now they feel that once the mall improvements were done they were told they are no longer welcome. Greenwood Mall crafters are hoping that Noort will hear their concerns, and will allow them back in the mall.

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ernie City Council has allocated $10,000 from the budget for a staff Christmas party. “The City has 100 employees and the expenditure will be dependent on the number of people that will attend,” said Mayor Mary Giuliano. “We will form a committee of eight from all the different departments and we will be looking at the most inexpensive venues and food.” Mayor Giuliano also commented that just because $10,000 has been allocated for the festivities doesn’t mean that all the money will be used and they will also be looking for some sponsorship. “Fostering comraderie and showing apprecitation for the work that the City employees have done over the year is important,” said Giuliano. “It promotes good moral.”

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lovely group of ladies enjoyed a light luncheon of refreshments and treats while enjoying the Friends for Friends fashion show organized by Alice Booth. Home based businesses had tables displaying jewelry, creams, art and cullinary spices for people to browse. “It was a lovely evening for a very good cause,” said Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano. “As this group is helping local people suffering with cancer with financial and emotional support.”

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or the very first time, Frank J Mitchell Elementary School (FJMES) has launched a free, volunteer run breakfast program. After seeing a need, and having the desire to help, Pauline Schmidt, an Educational Assistant (EA) at FJMES has spearheaded the initiative and has seen a great amount of students swinging by for a breakfast of toast with butter and cinnamon or honey which all the children have now affectionately named "Heaven Bread." "Children may be hungry for a number of reasons other than economic hardship within the family. Some may come for toast because they didn't feel like eating much at home, or are simply growing and need a boost. Studies show, and you can see it in our own students, that having breakfast helps kids learn and stay focused, "said Schmidt. "Right now, the popularity is overwhelming, but as the new wears off we expect to see a decline in the students participating."


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Hailey Rothel, Stan Schmidt Manager of Overwaite Foods, Sydney Cleggett, Jasaed Ward, Dakota McCartney, Aaron Jensen Owner of Rapid Water Services and Pauline Schmidt EA and Program Organizer are thrilled to be seeing the Breakfast Program take off with such success. Photo by J. Jensen

The first week saw an astounding amount of heaven bread produced. Over 50 loaves or 1133 slices were served, filling the tummies of almost all of FJMES students. Along with the success of the Breakfast Program comes a cost. The District budget of $400 was used up right away and it is yet to be seen how future costs will be covered. Upon the start of the program, Stan Schmidt, Manager of Overwaitea Foods generously donated four toasters, and is offering the school a discount on bread. A local bookkeeper,

Ron McIntyre has also donated several containers of honey. Also, learning of the program, and wanting to help was local company Rapid Water Services who stopped by the school to drop off a $600 donation. "I truly believe in the importance of kids having breakfast before school and the difference it can make in their day. Hearing of all the volunteers and effort that is going into this program, I am thrilled to be able to help," said Aaron Jensen, owner of Rapid Water Services.

1. Premier Christy Clark promised in the election campaign that all ministries and crown agencies would be reviewed to determine if tax payers are getting good value. She appointed Bill Bennett as Minister Responsible for the Core Review, as well as Minister of Energy & Mines. 2. Last week, the Core Review Committee announced that the Provincial Capital Commission and Pacific Carbon Trust will be folded up, with a savings to tax payers of $6.6 million. There are 90 crown agencies in government, as well as the ministries. 3. The main goal of government’s Core Review is to ensure the best possible use of government resources and respect for the interests of taxpayers. The Core Review process will continue to review agencies, ministries and programs until the end of 2014. Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

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The other day my girls and I were crossing Main Street. I grasped their little hands as they tried to run Shelby Cain ahead. My twoyear-old turned to me and said, “Vamonos Mama.” A nice lady passing by stopped in her tracks and said, “Wow, they speak Spanish! That’s impressive!” I sheepishly thanked her and hurried across the road. Two and Four both speak Spanish. They could probably follow a map around Mexico City and find the best Chimichangas in town without much trouble. Why was I not more proud of this accomplishment? Because their Spanish tutor is Dora the Explorer. Yes, I admit it….my kids watch T.V., and apparently enough to become fluent in another language. Yikes. When I got home I was still feeling the shame like a scarlet letter on my chest. I set the girls up with some brain-enriching crafts at the table and googled ‘kids and T.V.’ – how much is too much? Here’s what the studies say. Kids under two should watch no T.V. That’s right – zero. Over two, kids should max out at a couple hours per day. OK, that’s manageable. But here’s the problem. If you just need a minute… to make dinner, shower, do laundry, etc, and you have one kid above and one kid below the cut-off, what do you do with the younger one? When I was a kid, the T.V. situation was definitely different. We didn’t have twenty-four hour cartoon channels and endless programs available online. We had Mr. Dress-Up and Sesame Street during the week, but really it was about waiting for the all-out bonanza on Saturday morning. And I hate to say this, but Sesame Street was as strongly influential on my education as any university professor I ever had. I definitely don’t believe in planting kids in front of the T.V. for hours, especially when you can be astonished by how much fun they can have with a stick and some dirt in the yard. But the odd show here and there throughout the day while I get something done should be ok, shouldn’t it? I rose this as a question because every time I have someone coming over I make sure, in my flurry of throwing things into closets, that the kids are NOT in front of the T.V. If someone pulls a drop-in and the kids happen to be watching something I feel obligated to explain they just sat down. Why do I feel so guilty about T.V? As parents, we can’t be fully engaged and entertaining every minute of the day. And if I ever find myself on a family vacation in Mexico City looking for a good Chimichanga, I would be very thankful for Dora the Explorer.

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Just recently, Minister Flaherty updated Canadians on the state of Canada’s economy and our government’s finances. It’s clear from the Liberal Finance Critic’s letter of November 14, 2013 that he wasn’t paying attention. If he was, he would have heard that our government is firmly on track for a return to balanced budgets in 2015 – exactly as we had planned, with an expected surplus of almost $4 billion. Unlike the Liberal party, we will achieve this without raising taxes, or by gutting transfers to healthcare and other important social programs. By making government more efficient and keeping spending in check, Canada’s long-term financial position is well ahead of all G-7 countries. The Liberals suggest we can do better than Spain – in fact, we are and we’ve set the bar higher. Not only are we doing better than Spain, we’re also doing better than Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Well managed public finances are critical to the long-term sustainability of social programs that Canadian families depend on – a reality that seems to be lost on the Liberals. Our government


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Letters to the Editor In response to Liberal Finance Critic’s letter: November 14 issue

Sara Moulton

Shelby Cain

recognizes that hard-earned tax dollars spent servicing debt are hard-earned tax dollars not supporting important programs for Canadian families. By taking this fiscally responsible approach, our Government has been able to keep taxes low for Canadian families. Since 2006, we’ve cut taxes over 160 times (like reducing the GST from 7% to 5%), which has lowered the average family’s tax bill by over $3,200. We’ve also taken action to reduce costs for workers and employers by bringing predictability and stability to the E.I. rate setting process. This includes freezing E.I. rates for the next three years, and legislating a long-term break even rate to ensure that E.I. rates are no higher than they need to be. I find it interesting the Liberals should criticize this move, as it was them who used the E.I. Account as their own personal slush fund. Unlike the Liberal party, our Conservative Government has a real plan to create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. For the Liberals to suggest otherwise, when Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau freely admits to not having one single idea on the economy, shows that they are the ones who are out of touch. David Wilks, Member of Parliament Kootenay Columbia


A couple of weeks ago, I had been considering whether I should get this year’s flu shot, when contracting the disease made the question moot. It was a ghastly experience, which lead to a painful throat infection. I learned my lesson, and next year I’m getting vaccinated. Still, I’m one of the lucky ones, as I have access to the flu vaccine. I was very ill, with a possibility of developing pneumonia. I’ve had it before. If flu feels bad, pneumonia is beyond awful, a terrible disease and global killer. Last year alone, pneumonia killed more than 3,000 kids every day. While vaccines exist to prevent pneumonia and other common diseases, the poorest parts of the world don’t have access. GAVI Alliance is the world’s provider of vaccines in poor countries, and is on track to immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, preventing nearly four million deaths in the process. Canada has long supported GAVI, which is now running out of funding. It’s crucial that we step up and pay our fair share at replenishment. My recent illness showed me how vulnerable we all are to disease, and how privileged we are in the West with our easy access to vaccines. My not getting vaccinated at the earliest opportunity I can only put down to foolishness and complacency. But continued funding of GAVI can ensure that those who need vaccines have access to them, and I doubt they will make my choice. Nathaniel Poole Victoria, B.C.

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, November 28, 2013


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


ernie resident Andre Bloemink was deployed to the Philippines on Monday, November 25 by ShelterBox to help with disaster relief due to the devastation created by Typhoon Haiyan. Bloemink received the call late last week to go to the Philippines to help with ShelterBox’s ongoing relief efforts. Bloemink was scheduled to land in Cebu City late Tuesday night, and travel by boat to Bantayan on Wednesday. Bloemink will be on the island of Bantayan, where 27,000 of the island’s 30,000 residents were directly affected by the storm. He will be part of a logistics team arranging shipments of supplies, transportation and communication with customs and officials plus providing situation reports daily to the team leader based out of Cebu City. “Logistics is a new role for me but I’m a project manager at work so I see it as an extension of that,” said Bloemink. “I am happy

to go help.” S h e l t e r B o x deployments are usually two weeks but Bloemink will be going for three. The bulk of assistance is coming from people from the U.K., U.S., Canada and New Zealand, which mean 30 hours of travel so they have asked for three weeks. Bloemink’s two employers Larson Whalen Enterprises Ltd. (LWE) and Fernie Wilderness Adventures have been supportive allowing for a flexible schedule and his work crew at LWE quickly donated $370. Bloemink had many arrangements to make before his departure on Monday from Calgary. Final immunizations for Hepatitis A and B, a flu shot, purchase antimalarial medication and book his flights, while continuing fundraising efforts including rallying Elk Valley schools to participate in the Sticking Together fundraiser had Bloemink busy. He was advised to bring rations, enough food for one week. “Where I’m going could have been described as a tropical

paradise before the typhoon but they were very hard hit. They are mostly small fishing villages so fruit and fish will likely be the staple diet once my rations run out.” Dengue fever is another mosquitoborne risk, as are cholera outbreaks in disaster areas. ShelterBox has committed 6,000 ShelterBox’s to the Philippines, which cost $1000 and weigh 55 kgs each. A standard ShelterBox is a 2x2x3 foot tote full of tools for rebuilding and survival supplies. The container itself can be reused as a crib or a water container. It contains a hammer, axe, pliers, saw, 50 meters of rope, tent, blankets, ground mat, two mosquito nets, a kitchen set of dishes, pots and pans, a LifeStraw Family water filter and a children’s activity. The tent is meant for a family of six but can hold 10 people. Tents are four meters across, three meters high and wind tunnel tested up to 100 kms per hour. The fact that some Haitians are still living in their tents

after an earthquake 7.0 in magnitude in January 2010 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012 is a testament to the tent’s durability yet a sad reflection of the lengthily recovery times from large disasters in poorer countries. The water filter can clean 18,000 liters of water or enough drinking water for a family of five for three years with a basic funnel and tube with screen and charcoal filter design. Before leaving, Bloemink had contacted most of the schools in School District 5 inviting them to participate in a fundraiser called ‘Sticking Together for the Philippines’. A faculty member(s) will be taped to a wall with sections of duct tape available for purchase. Three schools had committed to the fundraiser before Bloemink was deployed and franchise partners Fernie Home Building Center, Canadian Tire and Alpine Lumber in Sparwood are donating the duct tape. Canadian Tire also offered to buy one for one any Canadian

Want more business for your business? TOURISM FERNIE SALES & SERVICE TRAINING with Twitchy presenting the 1-800 Mastery and How To Wow seminars created for Whistler prior to the Vancouver Olympics. THURSDAY 5TH OR FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2013 SCHEDULE (Both Days): 9am-11am: Resort Sales  1-800 MAS-TERY is a one-of-a-kind reality based inside sales/call center leadership training program. Created and presented by Stuart Ellis-Myers to well over 5,000 people. This program celebrates and showcases the real life ‘Howto-wow’ selling insights and actions as shared by Whistler’s top 1-800 reservation inside sales/call center performers. Select this program to refresh, refuel and refocus your inside sales/call center sales team. Appropriate for all front line staff, but geared towards sales staff & reservation agents. 

2pm-4pm: Triple Trip Advisor – How to Over-Wow every Fernie Visitor! Resort Service Mastery is now a one-of-a-kind based program that video-captures, celebrates and showcases the real life ‘How-to-Wow’ Service Mastery’ insights and actions that Whistler’s top performing front line housekeepers, front desk clerks, waiters, bartenders and ski mountain staff use every day to ‘WOW’ their guests. Discover the immediately transferable team strengths, communication and guest experience skills of today’s top performing Whistler Resort hospitality employees. Geared towards ALL staff who come into contact with visitors, clients & guests- from maintenance crews to servers to sales agents and every other employee in your company!

LOCATION: Best Western PLUS Fernie Mountain Lodge

COST: $50 per day per attendee, Tourism Fernie Members • Daily rate applies regardless of whether attendees attend one session or both sessions  (AM and/or PM.) • Please specify which day when booking - December 5th OR December 6th. $75 per attendee, Non-members • Daily rate applies regardless of whether attendees attend one session or both sessions  (AM and/or PM.) • Please specify which day when booking - December 5th OR December 6th. Early booking group discounts for companies sending more than 5 employees – please call for more info.


Tire money which can be gathered from students homes. “I hope people will still favour participating in something quite special here in the Elk Valley,” said Bloemink on Nov. 23. “I am sorry to jump ship somewhat (travel to the Philippines) but I trust that you all understand where my energies should be directed.” “If we do not meet our goals of $10,000 that is okay as every penny counts! Time is of the essence to meet the due date in two weeks. However, I know we can pull this off. “This fundraiser could potentially net $30,000 from the Elk Valley schools and a generous offer from Teck Coal. Student

Fernie resident Andre Bloemink left for the Philippines on Monday, Nov. 25 for three weeks as part of a ShelterBox response team to provide disaster relief to residents of the island of Bantayan.  Submitted photo

donation plus matched grant by Federal Government plus Teck matching donation up to $10,000 equals potentially $30k. This is provided we can get this submitted on or before December 8 to Shelterbox Canada’s office in Toronto. Since Bloemink’s

departure, Randal Macnair has offered to assist with Sticking Together on behalf of Fernie Rotary. Macnair can be reached at or 250-423-7461. For more information on ShelterBox, visit www.


Elkford Parents Against MindUP I’m wondering when it happened that schools went from learning how to read and write; add, subtract and multiply; learn about Canada and other Countries; do science experiments…….to learning how to meditate and clear your mind? Have your heard of Pavlov’s Dog? Known as “classical conditioning” or “Pavlovian conditioning” or “respondent conditioning”? “Pavlov presented dogs with a ringing bell followed by food. The food elicited salivation (an unconditioned response), and after repeated bell-food pairings the bell also caused the dogs to salivate. In the experiment, the unconditioned stimulus is the dog food as it produces an unconditioned response, saliva. The conditioned stimulus is the ringing bell and it produces a conditioned response of the dogs producing saliva.” MindUP uses the same conditioning responses, only using a Zenergy Chime. “The teacher strikes a Zenergy chime, which encourages children to generally sit cross legged, palms up and eyes closed. They are then to direct their attention to the sound of the chime and focus intently on their breathing. The chime will gradually evoke a conditioned response in the children, as similar tools do in Buddhist monks. “ When did it become OK to evoke a conditioned response in our children? We do not wish our children to become “hypnotized” by the ringing of a chime – to condition them to mindlessly fall into meditation. We wish to teach our children our way of meditation at home. The way we choose to meditate should be taught by us, the parents; not to be enforced upon by teachers or principals of our school system. Also, It says in The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Schools Act Section 76 (1) & (2): “All schools and Provincial schools must be conducted on strictly secular and non-sectarian principles” and “The highest morality must be inculcated, but no religious dogma or creed is to be taught in a school or Provincial school.” When did it become OK to teach our children that it is acceptable to break the law? MindUP is a new program being implemented into Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Elkford, BC. Their core practice is akin to certain forms of Buddhist-style mindfulness meditation. “Buddhism is a religion indigenous to the Indian subcontinent that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teaching attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning “the awakened one”.” Buddhism is a religion. Christianity is a religion. Islam is a religion. Hinduism is a religion. Agnostic is a religion. Only to name a few. We are not necessarily for or against any of these – neither are we discrediting any. We are saying “…no religious dogma or creed is to be taught in a school or Provincial school.” Religion, meditation, prayer, religious rituals….those should be taught in an individual’s home….not in a school. Those are choices we make as parents – not teachers – what “religion” to bring our children up with. Just as it is our choice whether our children take a sex education class in school – or teach them from home. Whether our children will go on a field trip, join school sports, any type of extracurricular activities – those are our choices as parents. This program is an extracurricular program. One not mandated by our Government. One, which goes against the laws that our Government has put in place.

On Tourism Fernie's Youtube page: watch?v=xM0HqFnrKek& 1-800 Mastery: How To Wow:

Before you make a rash judgment call on this program – before you jump to a quick conclusion whether you are for or against this program – be encouraged to do research. The Hawn Foundation, MindUP Program. Founder Goldie Hawn.

SPACE IS LIMITED! BOOK NOW for more information please contact the Tourism Fernie Office: 250 423 2037

There is an online petition you can sign:

We leave with you one final thought….10-15 years from now when our children are “functioning” adults in society...these adults do not have a basic knowledge for the English language, these adults do not know basic addition and subtraction, these adults do not know how to vote or why they are even voting….but, boy oh boy, when they hear a chime; they can sure stop everything and practice their meditation… Carl & Jennifer Norgate - Kevin & Lorrie-Anne MacLeod -


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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 • 7:30pm- Alcoholics 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) • 7:30pm- Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting, Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. Fernie


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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

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Indie Film “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Vogue Theatre in Fernie, 7pm Sparwood Council Meeting, 7pm East Kootenay Senior Caregiver’s Network, Fernie Heritage Library, 1 pm Options for Sexual Health, Elk Valley Hospital, Fernie, 6:308:30pm Art Tapas Workshop at the Fernie Arts Station, 6-9:30pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Nelson Leafs, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Sparwood Chamber Staff Christmas Party, Causeway Bay Hotel Jingle Jam at Mugshots in Fernie, 2-4pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Creston Valley Thunder Cats, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Free Card Making at Clawhammer Letterpress in Fernie, 1pm ages 6-8yrs & 3pm ages 9-12yrs Elkford Council Meeting, 6pm Fernie Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert, Fernie Arts Station, 7pm Holiday Train, CP/Fernie Arts Station 5:30pm

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City of Fernie CONNECTION | Community Information and Opportunities | NOtICE OF INtENtION

City Council Meeting Schedule

to provide assistance under a Partnering Agreement between the Corporation of the City of Fernie and tourism Fernie

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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

FErNIE FIrE rESCuE Auxiliary Support Positions Needed • be part of the community • be part of our team • be part of Fernie Fire rescue 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 is hereby given that at the December 16, 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 Tourism Fernie for the provision of municipal services, being the operation of a Winter Shuttle Service between the City and Fernie Alpine Resort, for the 2013/14 operating (ski) season with an option for the agreement to be extended to include the 2014/15 and 2015/16 operating (ski) seasons at the discretion of the City, providing for payment by the City to Tourism Fernie the sum of $50,000 per operating season to partially pay the costs of providing the Service. Funding for the Service is proposed to come from the province’s Resort Municipality Initiative and the service is an approved project 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 28 day of November 2013 and advertised in the November 28, 2013 and December 5, 2013 editions of The Free Press Newspaper.


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.


NEW FItNESS CENtrE 6:30am - 8:00pm Mon. to Fri. 2:00 - 8:00pm Sat. & Sun

Parented Swim lessons

Geared for children age 4 months to 3 years, our parented lessons are a great way to introduce your little one to the water. Join us for a drop-in lesson on Tues/Thurs from 10:00 to 10:30am. Or if you are looking for a great evening activity to do with your baby/toddler register for a whole set on Mon/Wed from 6:30 to 7:00pm. 250 Pine Avenue 250.423.4466

MAStErS SWIM Club Monday & Wednesday 5:30 – 7pm Friday 6:30 – 7:30am There will be a certified swim coach available giving tips and work out plans. Season passes available.




Admission Rate includes use of pool facility! Keep an eye out for scheduled fitness programs. Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 423 4466

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.


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

Upcoming Meetings of Council Monday, December 2 Monday, December 16

(in Council Chambers) Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm

Notice of Road Closure


Notice is hereby given that Council at their Regular Meeting to be held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC intends to approve a loan to Society for Kids Care – Elk Valley as follows: Amount of loan Purpose of loan Interest rate

Repayment terms

$ 48,842

Enable payment of Canada Revenue Agency shortfall 0%

Annual payments of $ 9768.40 due on December 31 of 2014, 2015, Where? 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Society may prepay the loan or any portion Notice offrom Road Closure Red Cedar Drive Centennial thereof at any time without notice, bonus or penalty. Street to Alpine Place (the Hill). Where? When? Red Cedar Drive from Centennial Street to Alpine Place (the Hill). Beginning the week of December 2 for approximatelyWhen? 2 - 4 weeks. Beginning the weekWhy? of November 26 for approximately 2 - 4 weeks. To repair the embankment on Red Cedar Drive. Why? To repair theWhat? embankment on Red Cedar Drive. Soil nailing - a method of placing Council approved a windrow removal pilot program for the 2013/2014 winter season for all numerous steel rods What? or tubes into the Soil nailing - a method of placing numerous steel rods or tubes residents affected by the District’s snow removal program. of the embankment onananangle angle intoside the side of the embankment on to stabilize the soil. to stabilize the soil. General guidelines of the program include: Who?Who? The General Contractor will be Geostabilization International Windrow removal service will be provided only when the windrow is an accumulated height The General Contractor (GSI) will be of 6 inches or greater; Geostabilization International (GSI) Detour? No windrow removal service will be provided to residents who push snow from their Detour? Use Centennial Street to Spruce Avenue and Pine Avenue to driveways into the windrow for removal by the District; and Use Centennial Street to Spruce detour. The intent of the windrow removal service is to knock down the windrow and allow for Avenue and Pine Avenue to detour. Pedestrian? Pedestrian? vehicle passage; it is not the intent of the program to provide full clearing and cleaning of Both staircases will stay open and the pedestrian trail on the will stay open and will remain northBoth side ofstaircases Red Cedar Drive (above the fence) the open. entire width of a driveway, from edge to edge. Approximately 1-2” of snow will be left to the pedestrian trail on the north avoid damage to driveways. side of Red CedarQuestions? Drive (above the Contact Engineering at 250.425.6830. Snow that has been cleared from driveways will be deposited on the boulevards and fence) will remain open. periodically removed, as required, to make room for additional storage. Questions? Contact Engineering at 250.425.6830




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

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

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Mauve Friday is Coming. Scaffolding lined the walls of Greenwood Mall to assist in the light installation on Oct. 21. Photo by T. Hynd

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Fernie’s Premier Senior’s Housing Community Nov. 18- Renovations almost complete as Christmas decorations and a big red chair were ready for Santa’s arrival on Nov. 21. Photo by T. Hynd By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


he Greenwood Mall has been given a new interior makeover with work completed by MDG Contracting on Nov. 21. The exterior will receive

a face-lift too and should start in 2014 once weather permits. The total renovations will cost $500,000. “There are no new tenants since the renovations began,” said mall manager Rick Pater. “But who knows what the new look will bring.”

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Arts&Entertainment THE FREE PRESS Thursday, November 28, 2013

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he fifth annual WeeFest on November 30 will feature the fantastic talents of Redgirl, Bubba Dos and Thar be Dragons! Expect to see many of the great acts that Fernie has to offer from poets to performers and troubadours to trombonists. If you love music,

the unexpected, and concerts at The Arts Station then you don’t want to miss the 2013 WeeFest! WeeFest is a mini festival and annual Arts Station fundraiser. It is a multi-genre single night extravaganza featuring primarily local talent. Produced by local artist Troy Cook, this is a concert that is sure to be full of surprises. The possibility of

confetti cannons and costumes always exists and this concert will not disappoint! Come prepared to participate in an unforgettable evening. Have a question or want to know more about this event or any others happening at The Arts Station? Give us a call at 250-423-4842 or send an email to

It’s a comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. “Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, Much Ado About Nothing. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of

sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.” Fernie Arts Station MembersAdults: $9 Youth: $8 Non-Members-Adults: $10 Youth : $9 Rated PG-13.

Creative Energy Arts Factory presents Hercules: The Journey of a Hero

Indie Films Fernie presents Much Ado About Nothing By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


uch Ado About Nothing is playing on Monday, December 2. It’s the last film of the Indie Films Fernie series and starts at 7 pm at the Vogue Theatre on 2nd Ave.

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Much Ado About Nothing is playing one night only on Monday, December 2 at the Vogue Theatre. Submitted photo

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n December 5 and 6, Creative Energy Arts Factory: Studio for the Performing Arts will present an adaption of Hercules. This is our ninth full length, narrative production. In the spring we presented Aladdin, which was exciting, and a lot of fun, and this time we are taking a trip to ancient Greece. The student’s love being able to perform in a different show each time, and the audience really enjoys it as well. This show has plenty of magic and a lot of laughs. Preparing for our winter production is always challenging. We have eight weeks to choreograph and stage the entire show and the students have the same time to learn their dances and develop their characters. It’s crazy fun, and the kids always amaze us with their hard work and dedication. People ask how we put it together in such a short time but our students have this amazing enthusiasm and energy, always dancing and performing with so much heart and dedication. Each production is a unique and

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incredible experience. The story takes place in ancient Greece, and tells the tale of the legendary hero Hercules and his journey to win back his stolen immortality and his place on Mt. Olympus. It has some very notable characters like Hades, Megara and Zeus as well as a plethora of monsters, zany characters and quirky gods and goddesses. It’s a little dramatic, a little emotional and a lot of funny. Monsters are slain, heroes fall in love and Zeus hip hops. I guess you could say its “fun for the whole family.” Creative Energy Arts Factory shows have always sold out and we have heard the feedback that many people are disappointed that they are not able to get tickets. This year we’ve made some adjustment so there will be tickets for the public. I love when the community gets to see the dancers perform, and I know the dancers love it too. It’s fantastic to see the performing arts bringing community together. Tickets are available at 371 2nd Ave. (Minife’s Accounting Office) there will also be a limited amount of tickets available at the door on show night.

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Annual Moonlight Madness in Elkford By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


oonlight Madness took place in Elkford Community Conference Centre with a total of 42 vendors attending. This event welcomed several hundred people and vendors came from far and wide with all of their holiday treasures for sale on November 21. Shoppers browse at all of the holiday treasures.

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residents attended and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time shopping, browsing, meeting friends and listening to the Rocky Mountain Elementary School Choir and local performers.” From fresh baked holiday goodies, to raffles, to hand

made custom fishing rods, Moonlight Madness  had something for everyone looking to get an early start on their holiday shopping.  Santa Claus made an appearance as well, and live holiday music entertained the crowd throughout the evening.


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Serving up some volleyball on the weekend By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


he Jr. Girls Volleyball finals had the Fernie Secondary School gym in an uproar over the weekend. Thirteen teams included Fernie Secondary School Falcons, The Fernie Academy, Sparwood Secondary School Spartans, Elkford Celtics and teams from Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Invermere and Golden. It was a long day on Saturday with the Jaffray Rebels placing second after three sets with the Parkland Middle School Raiders from Cranbrook. During the final game the Raiders assistant coach sported a shimmering red cheerleading costume Alex Beswick sets the ball to her playing it up for the teammate Photo by K. Haarstad crowd. At the same time the Duncan Christian School on Vancouver Island hosted the B.C. Provincial Senior Boys A Volleyball Championships. The Sparwood Spartans placed ninth and Fernie Falcons boys placed eleventh. The Fernie Falcons senior girls are competing in the Provincials for the Senior Girls A Volleyball Championships this weekend in Duncan on Nov. 28-30. Have fun Falcons!

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Joy Attalla

It was Joy’s idea to camp out at the skihill in an effort to be first on the Elk chair for FAR’s opening day with her dad and little sister, Amy.


eek 5 of Elk Valley Superleague Curling saw Rocky Mountsin Driver Training stealing the extra end to defeat Sparwood Esso 9 to 8. Coal Valley Motor Products remains undefeated after scoring two in the final end to beat Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters 7 to 6. Kal Tire got off to a rough start early and fell to as of November 26, 2012 Falkins Insurance W L PTS by a 7 to 5 score Coal Valley Motor Products 5 0 10 and Alpine Falkins Insurance 4 1 8 Lumber over A&B Liquor Store EV Bighorn Outfitters 3 2 6 8 to 5. Elk Valley Alpine Lumber 3 2 6 Superleague A&B Liquor Store 2 3 4 Curling takes Kal Tire 2 3 4 place Monday nights at the Rocky Mountain Dr Tr 1 4 2 S p a r w o o d Sparwood Esso 0 5 0 Curling Club.


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Ghostrider profiles

Ghostriders Cole Weber and Ben Primeau during a game.Photo by S. Moulton By Sara Moulton Contributor


laying for the Fernie Ghostriders is an experience that the team members embrace with great enthusiasm, but it is also just one aspect of the lives of the remarkable young men who entertain their fans week after week throughout the season. As junior hockey is open to those aged 16 to 20, the decision to play comes at a crucial time for young men who are often completing high school or beginning their post-graduation journey. Team captain Ben Primeau and teammate Cole Weber are two players who will be finishing their junior hockey careers this season, and both took the time to talk to The Free Press about life off-the-ice. Primeau has played two previous seasons with the Ghostriders after graduating early

from high school in 2010. At 20 years old, he is now reflecting on his time playing hockey and considering his options once this season ends. “Being a couple of years out of school, I have a way better understanding of what I want to do for my future,” says Primeau. “I’m more academic than anything. I’d love to go into engineering, and I’ve always been interested in business, too.” For Weber, relocating to Fernie this season was largely due to the influence of head coach, Dale Hladun. Determined to begin further education this year, the 19-year-old balances full-time university with his hockey commitments by commuting to Cranbrook on most days. Weber is currently enrolled in a business program and is considering law as a postgraduate option. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it,” he says. “Hockey

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has always been my passion, but there comes a time where you have to think about your future if it doesn’t work out.” Both men agree that the experience of leaving home for the first time and being far from home can be difficult for some players, as they are separated for long periods of time from their families and girlfriends. However, Weber points out that this year’s team has already become exceptionally close, and with some players living together in their billet homes, they have to accept the good with the bad. “In the end, you get super close and it’s pretty much like having a full team of brothers. I suspect that by the end of the year, we all would’ve been at each other’s throats a couple of times!” The team are often seen participating in community activities around Fernie, including volunteering at the local schools and fundraising for various charities. Several players also work at local businesses in addition to their commitments with the club, which ensures they are always kept busy. Ultimately, the experience during such a formative time involves so much more than what can be seen from the grandstand. “In the end, it’s such a good learning experience. A lot of guys do it just for fun and they end up getting a lot more out of it than they thought they would,” says Primeau. “Everything makes you better in the end, even when it’s hard.” The Ghostriders will play their main rivals, the Kimberley Dynamiters on Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm.

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Invitation to attend the Fernie Information Trade Fair 2013-14 Winter Season Tourism Fernie and the Fernie Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend the third annual Fernie Information Trade Fair. Join us to see all that is new & exciting in the Fernie tourism industry! Now is the perfect time to enhance the training of all your staff and volunteers, meet others who provide exceptional customer service, and get re-acquainted with friends, and colleagues. Where: When:

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This event allows key businesses in Fernie’s tourism industry to promote their product or service to Fernie’s front line staff (YOU!) ahead of the busy winter season. It encourages these staff to learn about Fernie’s retail, food & beverage and activitybased experiences and communicate these effectively to guests, creating a more positive tourist experience. Enjoy fantastic DOOR PRIZES! COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS & SNACKS! Exhibitors will comprise of: • Activity Providers • Food and Beverage Locations • Accommodations and Services • And much more! Please RSVP with the number of attendees from your company by Monday December 2nd, 2013 To: Rebecca Hall at Tourism Fernie: or (250) 423-2037 WALK-INS & PUBLIC ARE WELCOME


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Let the ski and snowboard season begin! By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


ernie Alpine Resort opened on Saturday, November 23 for a preview weekend to the delight of skiers and snowboarders who lined up early to be first in line to ride the first Elk Chair up the hill. The sun crested, illuminating the crowds’ frosty breath rising with excitement, as the countdown to the first chair of the season began. First in line were eight and



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six-year-old Joy and Amy with their dad, Paul Attalla, and Greg Barrow. It is Barrow’s thirteenth year making the first chair, complete with a snowboard from his Fernie shop, Edge of the World, which opened in 1999. Originally from the U.S., Barrow attended his first buying show in Las Vegas in 1982. Jake Burton, Chuck Barfoot, Tom Sims, and Dimitrije Milovich were in the parking lot trying to sell boards out of their vans because they were not allowed in the Ski Show.  “That fired me up even more,” said Barrow. “By the mid 80's there were about 25 Banner Elk (North Carolina) kids terrorizing the slopes and snowboarding got banned.  My kids said ‘Dad, let's be a snowboard shop... it's the future.’  So I took their advice.  After lots of meetings and begging we got snowboarding allowed back at the local ski resorts.” Two adventurous little girls and their

Skiers and snowboarders lined up early for opening day at FAR.  Photo by T. Hynd

dad managed to join Barrow in his tradition. “It was Joy’s idea to camp out,” said Attalla. “She suggested we try to be first on the chair this year. When I told her it might be difficult because we’d have to get here really early before any one else, Joy suggested we camp out overnight,” said Paul. “I didn’t get home until 9 pm last night but Joy and Amy had their Barbie backpacks ready to go. I thought, ‘Wow, we’re really going to do this then.’” The three arrived at midnight to set up their tent at the Elk chair and snuggled into warm sleeping bags to brave the minus 14-degree

with sunshine made it a great way to make some early season turns, and catch some speed and vitamin D. The short loop of the cross-country Nordic trails was groomed and track set too. FAR opened early for a preview weekend Nov. 23 and 24 with its full season opening including Timber Express and Whitepass chair beginning this Saturday, Nov. 30. Here’s to Ullr and whatever else will bring more snow for another winter of playing in the mountains with hopes the ski season will be as legendary as the four individuals who got it started today.

temperature. FAR staff getting ready for opening day woke the family up at 7 am. Breakfast was a well-deserved bagel and hot chocolate. Joy and Amy come by their drive honestly. Their dad rowed across the Atlantic Ocean awhile back. In 2008, Attalla rowed solo an epic 5,500-kilometres across the South Atlantic Ocean, in his 24-foot boat ‘Spirit of Fernie’ from the Canary Islands to Antigua, West Indies in 76 days. A solid snow base on 34 groomed runs off of the Elk, Bear Express Quad, Boom chair lifts and the Haul Back t-bar mixed

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Local restaurant madeover


By Sara Moulton Contributor


offee and donut enthusiasts in Fernie w e l co m e d the re-opening of their local Tim Hortons last week, following a month of renovations at the popular restaurant. Howie Ashmore from radio station ‘B-104’ and ‘The Drive’ was on-site for a live broadcast on Saturday, November 23, as a steady stream of customers came through for their morning coffee fix. The line for the drive-thru also reflected the popularity of the store, including a stretch limousine that skilfully navigated the tight corners around the building. Patrons will notice updates in the interior colour scheme and furniture, as well as the installation of a cozy fireplace and television. Less obvious changes include extensive upgrades to production equipment and the electrical and plumbing systems. Owneroperators Pierre Pelletier and Kristine Hovind-Pelletier were excited to unveil the store and are pleased that their customers are enjoying the new look. “We officially re-opened at 6 am on Thursday, November 21. We’ve been receiving lots

Holly Robinson bites into a donut while Howie Ashmore reports live in front of the new fireplace. Photo by S. Moulton

of positive feedback on the changes,” said Hovind-Pelletier. “Every 10 years, we renovate; new look, new equipment. It’s a little different.” Atemporary mobile restaurant operated out of a trailer as the main building underwent a complete overhaul, and the decision to keep operating was well received by the local community. Hovind-Pelletier noted the success of the mobile facility, which allowed staff to continue providing speedy drive-thru service. “The response to the trailer was actually quite positive,”

said Hovind-Pelletier “I got a lot of comments from people saying that it was still as fast as a drive-thru.” Further work on the property will be completed over the upcoming months, including the addition of a second drivethru lane that is planned to open in the spring. For now, Horvind-Pelletier is just glad to be back offering the great service and products that Tim Hortons is famous for. “We’re back up and running, open for business and excited about the new changes,” she said.

Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club make a big splash Submitted


nce again the Dolphins did an outstanding job this past weekend in Calgary at the Winter Cup. Rudra Joshi had one fourth place finish in 200 breast, two fifth places, one seventh place and one eighth place finish. Isabelle Klapp achieved

another A Provincial time and three personal best times. Mac Dressler swam hard to one personal best time and two top ten placings in 200 and 100 breast. Alison Howse achieved four personal best times, two fourth place finishes in 100 and 50 backstroke, three sixth place finishes and one seventh place

Did You Know?

7 principles of natural discipline Parenting can be rewarding and difficult. It is important to build a strong connection to your child from a young age as a means to manage the rough waters of challenging behaviours. Neufeld and Mate (2005) have provided some guidance on how to increase connection with your child. Keep these in mind throughout the years; even though a child’s age will change, the connection he or she needs will not.

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finish. Ariana Davidson had personal best times in freestyle and breast. Olivia Howse and Chloe Hannan made the club proud with their effort and commitment. Head coach Marie couldn’t be prouder of the team and looks forward to making big waves at the next meet.

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Information Obtained from “Hold Onto Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers” by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate (2005).

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Congratulations to the following winners: *Cheyenne Beaton; $75.00 scratch ticket basket *Gerda Henderson; $55.00 Autobath gift certificate *Trish Guzzi $55.00 Autobath gift certificate *Jennifer Marcotte $100.00 statue (Autobath) *Kyra vonMatt $45.00 carving set (Autobath) *Clair Berry $90.00 hair care package (Hair Care Solutions)

Varonica Aragones and the Sparwood Outreach would like to give special thanks

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Treehouse daycare receives interest free loan from District

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is interest and penalties. The Society is currently in the process of applying to the Taxpayer Relief Committee for forgiveness of the interest and penalties.  “In order to ensure this error does not occur in the future the Board has instigated by-monthly reporting from our new bookkeeper on all payments to the CRA to our treasurer,” said Lawrence. “In addition, the board has retained the services from a third party financial service for additional support and oversight.”  “In order to ensure the longterm viability of the centre a review of the current fee structure has been completed. With the new

Treehouse daycare in Sparwood.

fees and registration guidelines, the Board is confident that all costs will be covered including

Photo by T. Hynd

loan payments to the District of Sparwood.” “We are looking forward

to continuing to provide exceptional child care services in Sparwood and are appreciative of the support from the District of Sparwood.” A repayment schedule of the interest free loan will be determined in consultation with Director of Finance Barbara Nunes. By giving the Director of Finance the ability to discuss with the Society the repayment terms, the monthly payments could be varied to take into consideration varied enrollment in the summer months. The Nov. 8 report to council stated, “The Daycare is current with respect to their 2013 remittances and all other monetary obligations.”

Regarding Council’s decision Mercer said, “We want parents to know that the daycare has a solid future and that they do not have to be concerned about their child care requirements.” “The Treehouse Daycare provides an incredible service for our community,” said Mayor Lois Halko. The daycare opened in the fall of 2011 as an initiative by the District of Sparwood, with support from Columbia Basin Trust and Teck, to address childcare needs. The District leases the daycare building from School District #5, then sub leases it to the daycare. Teck generously donates to the daycare by covering the daycare’s utility costs.

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hen two citizens suffered preventable head injuries as a result of riding bicycles without helmets, the Fernie community came together to create a program that would increase awareness and encourage the safe operation of bikes. In 2011 they started the 'Caught Being Good’ bicycle safety initiative. It was well received and has since expanded to include Sparwood and Elkford. Throughout the summer local RCMP and firefighters in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford gave ‘tickets' to any child or adult who was 'caught being good' when

By Lisa Skubovius Contributor


t takes just minutes and the benefits could last years! Go to to voice your opinion about how $600,000 worth of funds from the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) should be directed to improving life for residents of the Elk Valley. The online voting process is now open and will be available until December 9. With a quick visit to the website, you will enter your email address, and a survey form will be sent to you immediately. There are a few simple background questions, and then you identify the projects you believe are most beneficial to the valley with a few quick clicks. There is also the option to voice your views using the tear-out survey found in this issue of The Free Press. Simply fill it out and bring District it to Fernie City Hall or to your local Office by December 9.   Over 750 project ideas were generated   from Elk Valley residents during community meetings, a Free Press tear-out survey, and   through online submissions. The Elk Valley   Community Directed Funds Committee (EVCDFC) has used community interest and   the funding guidelines to determine the top ten project ideas upon which citizens will vote. The CBT funding will come over the next three years, with $200,000 annually to make long-term improvements that are of social, environmental, and economic benefit to the entire valley. More information on this unique Background funding opportunity is available at www.

riding their bikes and following bike safety rules such as wearing a helmet, obeying traffic signs and using hand signals. These tickets were entered in a draw at the end of the campaign. An adult and a youth winner were chosen from each community. The youth winners received a gift certificate for sporting goods and the adult winners received gift certificates for an evening out for two. Teck is proud to sponsor this community safety program. Prize winners are: Fernie Youth - Michel Bruderlein, Adult - Patrice Oscienny; Sparwood Youth - Nevin Hayward, Adult - Colin Kearley; Elkford Youth Erin Mills, Adult - Bart Vanrojan.

(Left to Right) Tammy Ogden, Community Liaison Teck, Erin Mills, Elkford Youth winner, Corporal Gerry Sliworsky, RCMP. Photo submitted by Shannon Parnall

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Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust, the next three years will bring $200,000 per year in the Elk Valley Community Directed Funds for innovative projects and initiatives to create social and economic benefits that improve quality of life and well being for all parts of the Elk Valley. Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust, the next three years will bring $200,000 per year in Elk Valley Comm Directed FundsThe for Elk innovative projects and initiatives to Committee create social and benefits that impro Valley Community Directed Funds will useeconomic the input received LaHue’s Bookkeeping from residents andall stakeholders develop quality of life and well being for parts of thetoElk Valley.the Elk Valley Community Priorities Plan that will guide the allocation of the funds. & Tax Services Ltd

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The RDEK’s Elk Valley Community Directed Funds Committee (the ‘Committee’) has been established Is looking for motivated and reliable individuals Which these ElkPriorities Valley projects and initiatives do you support most? w to join our team for the upcoming taxdevelop season. an Elk Valleyof Community Plan thatprojects will guide the allocation of the funds. Priorities Question: Which of these Elk Valley and initiatives do you support most? Experience is an asset but not required. Please developed as per the Committee’s Mission to: drop off resumes in person at 70-101 Red INSTRUCTIONS: Cedar Drive between the hours of 9:30 am to 4 1. You have 10 points to assign to the project ideas below. pm Monday to Thursday. Those of interest will be contacted.

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“Guide the allocation of funding for Elk Valley-wide socio-economic priorities 2. You may allocate up to 3 points to any one project. community consultation.” 3. determined You do not havethrough to use all 10inclusive points.

Note: IfIf your total than 10 10 your response willwill notnot be considered. NOTE: your points total more than your response be considered. The Committee now seeks the votes input of more Elk Valley residents and stakeholders on 10 ideas for specific projects and initiatives residents identified during Stage 1 consultation inopportunities October 2013. Support for farming and food-growing Improve for childcare


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preferred Elk Valley projects and initiatives in one of two ways: Support development of an Elk Valley Host Elk Valley Games and/or other 1. Submit your ideas and priorities online by going to no later than • If you are employed (f/t or p/t) in the forestry sector Arts Council large sporting events • If you are unemployed and not on employment insurance (EI) th December 8th .   Develop Elk Valley-wide teen and Improve Elk River access and What will this program will provide? 2. Submit your ideas andprograms priorities in writing by completingstewardship this form. Please submit the prioritiza Participants of this professional development course will gain enhanced skills youth for “real life” on the job tasks; Foster innovation, motivation and increase job form to the front desk of your City Hall or local District Office no later than December 8th.   satisfaction; Develop transferable skills; Provide opportunities for advanceWho should apply?

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HOLLAND: Supported by her loved ones, Charlene Marie Holland passed away on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Charlene was born in Yorkton, SK on June 4, 1947. Charlene is survived by her son Brett, 3 sisters: Shirley (Gordon), Donna (Felix), and Leona (Chuck) and her brother Doug (Shelley) as well as nieces, nephews and some wonderful friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Lillian Stockham, her sister Carol, and in 2009, her beloved husband Doug. In 1981, with the closure of the mine in Leaf Rapids, Doug and Charlene relocated to Fernie. When their son Brett was born in 1990, Charlene completely and selflessly devoted her life to motherhood. Whatever activities Brett became involved with, Charlene was always there to be supportive and encouraging, and happily joined in to help with any fundraisers. Charlene made many lifelong friendships in Fernie. She will be forever missed by her son Brett and her family. Memorial donations may be made in Charlene’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, 4-1551 Sutherland Ave. Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9. Messages of condolence may be made to the family at www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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Downtown Sparwood Available Dec. 1st. Large 2 bdrm suite in commercial building. Very private (only one suite), carport, large deck. No smoking. References required. $1050/month inc. utilities. Call 250-425-5440 or 250-425-5218.

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Volunteer Kettle Worker The Salvation Army will have a Christmas Kettle located in the Sparwood Mall from November 28 to December 24. If you can help by volunteering to stand at the Kettle and say Merry Christmas to those who donate it would be greatly appreciated.

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Volunteer Kettle Worker The Salvation Army will have a Christmas Kettle located In Fernie from November 28 to December 24. If you can help by volunteering to stand at the Kettle and say Merry Christmas to those who donate it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Pearl by calling 250-423-4661.

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Quattrin Manor, 352-6A Ave, Fernie. 2 bed and 1 bed apartment. No pets. No smoking. Includes heat and hot water. Long term tenants. Please call 250-423-4245

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Condos in Sparwood Heights Well-kept condo for rent in Sparwood Heights: 411A Carbanado - 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo that includes fridge and stove. $850.00 per month. No pets or smoking. References required. 205 Ponderosa: FULLY FURNISHED & DECORATED 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom condo ready to be moved into just bring your clothes. Comes with all appliances including an in suite washer and dryer $1200.00 a month. No smoking or pets. References required. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711


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FrontCounter BC Cranbrook has received an application made by Elkford Ready Mix (a division of Interoute Construction Ltd), on behalf of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) Kootenay Region, for Investigative Permit for the purpose of testing for the capacity to extract and produce of sand and gravel situated on Provincial Crown land north of Sparwood, BC and containing 7.0 hectares more or less. The MFLNRO File Number that have been established for this application are 4405434 (lands). Written comments concerning this application should be directed to FrontCounter BC, 1902 Theatre Road, Cranbrook B.C., V1C 7G1 or email to: Comments will be received by FrontCounter BC until Dec 25, 2013. FrontCounter BC may not be able to consider comments received after this date. To review the Lands Act applications please refer to our website: jsp Search Search by File: insert Lands File Number for more information. These applications will be available for viewing at the FrontCounter BC office in Cranbrook. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the FOI Advisor at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations regional office in Cranbrook.

Sparwood Heights 2 bedroom condo 4 appliances Heat included Nice clean unit Call Rick 250-425-5432 or Erin 250-425-7711 Well kept 2 bedroom Condo for rent in Sparwood Heights Includes fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer, storage area, use of exercise room & sauna. No Smoking, No Pets. Available immediately $900 furnished Plus utilities. Heat included. Call 250-423-3598 or 250-425-4431

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SPARWOOD, ELKFORD & FERNIE - Furnished & unfurnished rentals available. Contact Tammie Davy at 250-425-2968 or apply on line:

Modular Homes Mobiles in Mountain View MHP 103 - 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom mobile with small porch. Includes fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer. $750.00 per month includes pad rent. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711

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Duplex Lower Sparwood 418A Mountain Ash - 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom duplex. Includes fridge and stove. Large fenced yard and shed. $1000.00 per month. References required 429B Engelman - 3 bedroom, 1 bath, larger fenced yard, deck and garage. $1,000.00 per month. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711 references required Duplex in Sparwood Heights 1234 Pinyon - 1/2 duplex with 2 bedrooms up, 2 down and 2 bathrooms. This place has it all with a sunshine basement, large fenced yard and new deck, garage, and fireplace. $1200.00 per month. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711 references required.

Mobiles in Spardell MPH 2 Spardell - 2 bedroom, 1 bath mobile reasonable rent $650.00 per month 13 Spardell - Clean 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom mobile home. $650.00 per month including pad rent 23 Spardell - 2 bedroom, 1 bath mobile for $500.00 per month 76 Spardell - 3 bedroom, 2 bath larger mobile with open concept living room and kitchen. Includes fridge, stove, dishwasher. $900.00 per month includes pad rent. References required 87 Spardell - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom mobile home. Includes pad rent for $650.00 a month. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711

1234 Pinyon in Sparwood Heights 1/2 duplex with 2 bedrooms up, 2 down and 2 bathrooms. Sunshine basement with a large deck. Please call Rick 250-425-5432 or Erin 250-425-7711

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Kimberley Townsite Newly renovated - PAINT, FLOORING, WINDOWS & FURNACE. 3 bdrm, 1 bath, carport. Close to schools & parks. $900/mth. Call 250-423-7248

SPARWOOD, 2-storey, 3bdrm townhouse for rent w/full basement, close to school & rec centre. (250)425-4448

Sparwood- 3 bedroom, 2 full bath house for rent. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer & dryer. 2 vehicle car port, paved RV pad. Very clean and quiet. No smoking. Pets may be considered. Available December 1st. $1400/month plus utilities. Please call 250-4253761 SPARWOOD - FOR RENT Mobile home - all appliances. $900/month Call Joe 250-425-5387

Storage SELF STORAGE: Personal & commercial. Call Finnigan’s Storage. 250423-3308 or 250-423-4207.

Townhouses For Rent, 3 bedroom townhouse Sparwood, $1200.00/month. Call Frank @ 250-425-5555


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Local birders to take part in 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count




he annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the longest-running Citizen Science survey in the world and will take place from December 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014. Fernie, Elkford, Cranbrook, and Kimberley naturalists will join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout North America braving winter weather to add a new layer to over a century of data. Individual Christmas bird counts occupying a single calendar day. For many years, the Christmas Bird Count was organized at the continental scale by the National Audubon Society, and since 2000, Bird Studies Canada has partnered with Audubon to co-ordinate counts in Canada. Scientists rely on the remarkable trend data of the CBC to better understand how birds and the environment are faring throughout North America, and what needs to be done to protect them. CBC results are at the heart of numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies. “Each CBC volunteer observer is an important contributor, helping to shape the overall direction of bird conservation,” says Dick Cannings, Bird Studies Canada’s Christmas Bird Count Coordinator. “Bird Studies Canada and our U.S. partners at Audubon rely on data from the CBC database to monitor bird populations across North America.” The Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago when 27 conservationists in 25 localities, led by scientist and writer Frank Chapman, changed the course of ornithological history. On Christmas Day in 1900, the small group

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suggested an alternative to the “side hunt,” in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most game, including birds. Instead, Chapman proposed that they identify, count, and record all the birds they saw. Now Binocular Brigades often brave winter’s chill, ice, and snow to record changes in resident populations before spring migrants return. Counts are often family or community traditions that make for fascinating stories. Accuracy is assured by having new participants join an established group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 24-km diameter circle, or can arrange in advance to count the birds at home feeders inside the circle and submit the results to a designated compiler. From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds, the excitement of friendly competition and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation. For more information about CBC participation and watching your feeders (please fill your feeders) in the East Kootenay please contact: Fernie – Saturday, December 14 – Kevin Knight– 250-423-6562 Cranbrook – Saturday, December 28 – Greg Ross – 250-489-2566 Elkford – Sunday, December 29 – Ulrike Sliworsky – 250-865-7744 Kimberley – Saturday, January 4 – Dianne Cooper – 250-427-1921

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LA-LA Land auto extravaganza LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Auto Show is full of eye-popping sights and some even include cars! It’s not difficult to have your head turned but it is a challenge to pick one’s top picks but I’m for the challenge. Nissan GT-R Nismo Nissan stole the show with not only one of the fastest cars in the world but the fastest man in the world. Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt was on hand as Nissan’s Director of Excitement. Usain was clearly taken with the new GT-R Nismo, there were also promises to get him one to replace his gold coloured GT-R. Power has been pumped up to 600hp taking this new Nismo version to 100 km/h in just two seconds. Look for the new GT-R in the spring of 2014. I suspect Usain will get his a bit earlier. Chevrolet Colorado The mid-size pickup truck market has been all but abandoned by the domestic automakers over the last few years leaving this category entirely to Toyota and Nissan with the Tacoma and Frontier trucks. Wait until next year and the choice will include the all-new Colorado from Chevrolet. Building off the success of the all-new full-size Silverado, the engineers have taken the same approach to this new truck. On the economy front, eventually there will be three engines to choose from. Out of gate, there is the base 2.5L 4-cylinder engine or a 3.6L V6. Subaru WRX Fans of the Subaru WRX will be very excited about the arrival of an all-new car but maybe a bit disappointed that this production model

doesn’t look very much little the sleek and sexy concept that was unveiled earlier this year. It should prove to be a capable car thanks to an all-new direct injection 2.0L 4-cylinder putting out 268hp and matched to the first 6-speed in the WRX. Subaru Legacy Concept A head Zack Spencer turning design that my sources tell me looks a lot like the production car. The metallic, almost chrome looking paint, certainly helps to make the car pop but the bold front grille and macho stance could very well be included in the final version. Lincoln MKC Lincoln has a long and distinguished history as an American premium brand but over the last few decades, it has been an extension of existing Ford products using different badging and trim. There is now a long-term plan to resurrect the Lincoln brand with all-new vehicle that use some Ford components but are developed separately from the main Ford line of products. The compact crossover MKC shares a platform with the Ford Escape but has been designed and engineered to be a very different car. The design, other than the trademark Lincoln grille is very European and the back wrap-around hatch is maybe Audi-inspired. Standard in Canada will be all-wheel-drive and adaptive suspension, matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

BMW 4 Series Cabriolet BMW has changed its naming: the 3 Series is now the sedan only while the coupe and convertible version are now called 4 Series. The all-new cabriolet is wider and features a new three-piece retractable hardtop and for the first time X-Drive AWD is now available on the convertible models. Interior refinements include a new neck warmer to that blows a steady stream of warm air on the front passengers neck and shoulders, helping to elongate the convertible season. Porsche Macan This small SUV is based on the same platform as the Audi Q5. This lower, sleeker and much more aggressive Macan will attract a lot of attention based purely on looks. Porsche made it very clear that this is not juts a Porsche in name but also in performance. Look for the Macan coming next year. Jaguar F-Type Jaguar made a big splash with the Jaguar F-Type convertible this year and next year we look forward to the coupe version, a dynamite looking coupe with a stunning silhouette and improved dynamics thanks to a stiffer body. The body of the car is built with extensive use of aluminum to produce the stiffest Jaguar ever made. This is one heart-pounding coupe I cannot wait to try.

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