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If career training (or retraining) is part of your new DOWNTOWN STUDIO years resolution, you might want to consider connecting JENNY (or reconnecting) with your inner Jamie Oliver and signBAILLIE ing up for culinary school. - ARTWORKS You may not become a celebrity chef, but in the current labour market finding employment as a professional cook may be as close as it comes to a sure thing. Based on the results of a 2013 study by the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy (TLMS) 18,620 new jobs will 2020 Washington St. open up for chefs, food counLocated above ter attendants & kitchen helpMtn. Town Properties. ers between 2011 and 2020, Call 250-362-5519 with 589 of those positions located in the Kootenay Rockies region. The predicted shortage of cooks is so significant that the TLMS study is being expanded to look at the demand for skilled kitchen workers in industries besides tourism— $199,900 namely the oil and gas sector, 4 bed 1 ½ bath care homes and other instituclose to all trails ! tions. MARIE“We need to know how CLAUDE many culinary jobs are likely 250-512-1153 to become available,” explained Arlene Keis, CEO of go2 (BC’s tourism and hospitality human resource asso1st Trail Real Estate ciation), “so that B.C. can 1993 Columbia Ave. Rossland come up with a strategy for recruiting and training people fill these positions.” YourtoHoroscope For the Week with Michael O’Connor inside Although the number of Horoscope the post-secondary West Kootenay Advertiser tourism trainFor the Week ing programs in B.C. increased with Michael O’Connor from 200 to 300 between 2003 inside the West Kootenay Advertiser


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and 2011, with the largest growth in professional cook programs, there is no way the province can train enough people to meet the demand. “An increase in professional training opportunities is necessary,” said Keis, “but culinary programs are not easily fitted into the average post-secondary institution due to the need for experienced educators and specialized equipment.” Bob Falle, chair of the School of Hospitality and Tourism which runs the Professional Cooking program at Selkirk College in Nelson agrees. “The current demand for trained cooks presently exceeds the number of students we have in our program,” he said. But according to Falle, more cooking schools may not be the solution. “Additional training opportunities have been attempted over the past year with the prep cook program,” he said in reference to the expansion of the program at Selkirk. “However, there weren’t enough applicants to fill the program. Our current enrollment has been low due to a very low unemployment rate in the area.” For the students who do enroll, Falle reports a 100 per cent placement rate for those who remain in the cooking field with 60 per cent finding training-related full time employment less than one month of completion.

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Olaus Jeldness was dressed in his Yuletide best on Christmas Eve as Rosslanders gathered with their family members for the big event.

To all of our Members and Staff. Thanks for a great year and for banking local! Happy Holidays and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year.


Thursday, January 02, 2014 Rossland News


Local governments weigh in on treaty

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hello classical music lovers Rossland House Concert • Friday, January 10 7:30 p.m. People are invited to an exciting night of music at the home of Brenda Trenholme. If you have enjoyed La Cafamore concerts in the past, you may also have heard Nina Horvath and Nicola everton play as well. They are excited to be joined by Nelson-raised violinist Natasha Hall for a night of duo and trio music.

Triple Threat Experience for youth • Classes run Jan. 4-March 8 presented by Steps dance Get the basics of all three disciplines through games, workshops, scene study, group choreography and vocal exercises. Spend four weeks learning your craft and the next four weeks preparing for the production of Seussical (dr. Seuss musical). experience all aspects of a Broadway show alongside three specialized instructors (Juliana Marko-dance, Nadine Tremblayvoice and Carolyn Ferraro-acting). Steps offers three different levels based on the ages and skill level of the students. Levels and pricing: • 7-9 years: Saturdays, 4-6:15 p.m., $250 • 10-12 years: Saturdays, 4-7 p.m., $325 • Teen: Saturdays, 4-7 p.m., $325 Please email Juliana with questions or to register at juliana@ Ski Registration • CROSS COUNTRY SKIING Bunnies and Jack Rabbits. This is a cross country ski program for children ages four-12 years. The objective of the program is for children to learn basic crosscountry ski skills - both classic and skating. The program is designed to help children develop confidence and to provide children with an opportunity to ski and socialize with their ski-friends. Register at • Red MOUNTaIN RaCeRS Red Mountain racers and Nancy Green Ski League are gearing up for fall training and winter registration. So you think you can ski? Skier development programs available for all ages starting at five years and up. Contact Phil Patterson at 250-362-9132 or at Ongoing Youth Action Network • Rossland has a new youth coordinator who’s putting together fun for the community’s kids. Mike Kent is working at creating opportunities around a parkour club, art workshops, dances, movie nights and more. Check out the Facebook page and “like” it to receive updates. To email Mike directly to discuss programming opportunities, ideas, sponsorship or to inquire about committees, contact Rossland Golden City Quilt Guild • The guild meets every Monday. The guild meets at the Senior Centre on Rossland avenue from 7-9 p.m. Rossland Retirees Curling Club • The curling club invites men and women interested in curling on Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., to call Bill at 362-9462 or Jim at 364-1051.

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Local governments have submitted their recommendations regarding the future of the Columbia River Treaty (Treaty) to the provincial and federal governments. Ensuring a voice for Basin residents in future Treaty discussions, reducing impacts from Treatyrelated dams, enhancing ecosystem function, and sharing equitably in any benefits flowing from the 1964 Treaty are among the key recommendations. “Basin residents were clear about their issues and concerns related to the future of the Columbia River Treaty and we’ve worked together to find practical solutions that address a range of Treaty-related issues from salmon restoration, to increasing input from Basin residents in dam operations,” says Deb Kozak, chair of the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee. “Our recommendations are with government now and we expect that they will be incorporated into any decisions about the future of the Treaty.” Both B.C. and the U.S are in the process of developing recommendations on the future of the Treaty because 2014 is the earliest opportunity that either country can give notice to terminate substantial portions of the Treaty, which would

Treaty issues: • local government status in international discussions; • continued engagement with Basin residents; • assessing benefits and impacts; • reducing negative impacts to the Basin; • equitable benefit-sharing; • expanding the focus of the Treaty to include ecosystems and other interests; • flood risk management; • Canadian input to Libby Dam operations; • power generation; • continuing Treaty rights to water use in BC; • integrating climate change; and • pursuing salmon restoration. Recommendations regarding regional or so-called domestic issues address: • mitigation and/or compensation for negative impacts in the BC portion of the Basin; • community economic development; • meaningful ongoing engagement of Basin residents; • restoration and conservation of fish and wildlife in the East Kootenay-Koocanusa; • a water management process for the Kootenay River; • full implementation of the Columbia River and Duncan Dam Water Use Plans; and • the Columbia Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.

to keep their mechanical meters, and 13,110 more did not respond to BC Hydro’s letters, so they will have the $35 fee added to their bills until they choose another option. BC Hydro reports that 99 per cent of its customers now have the wireless meter. Most of those have been switched to automated billing, and have their daily electricity use displayed on their online account pages. Claims of health effects from wireless meter transmissions have been rejected by health authorities, and also by the BCUC in a review of FortisBC’s wireless meter program.

2014 negotiations. The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and the Heath Employers Association of B.C. have ratified the agreement negotiated in November, four months in advance of the current agreement’s expiry on March 31, 2014. The term of the new agreement is from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2019. It provides for a modest 5.5 per cent wage increase over the five years of the term, with potential for additional increases if the B.C. economy exceeds the annual forecasts set by the Economic Forecast Council. The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association represents more than 16,000 front-line health workers in more than 100 different specialized disciplines that provide diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services.

IN BRIEF Holdouts ante up BC Hydro’s imposition of manual meter reading fees has persuaded most holdouts to accept a wireless smart meter. BC Hydro imposed a $35 monthly fee starting Dec. 1 for customers who refuse to part with their mechanical electricity meters, after offering the 68,000 customers who still had them the option of accepting the new meter with the radio transmission function on or off. BC Hydro reported the results this week to the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC), which is reviewing the fees. More than 48,000 customers chose the smart meter to avoid the meter reading fee. Another 450 chose the radio-off meter, which comes with a $100 setup fee and $20 a month starting April 1 to cover costs of collecting readings. Another 6,270 customers chose


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take effect in 10 years. “Residents want local government and First Nations’ input into any future discussions about the Treaty,” says Kozak. “And they want the Provincial Treaty Review Team to continue assessing alternative scenarios for Treaty dams and reservoirs that would improve ecosystem function and other values. Residents in BC especially want to understand what it would mean for this region if the Columbia River was managed to meet the U.S. request for increased Columbia River flows in spring and summer.” More than 235 people attended recent workshops hosted by the Provincial Treaty Review Team and the CRT Local Governments’ Committee in November, and more than 100 people provided written input on the recommendations drafted by the committee. Residents generally support the committee’s 12 recommendations directly related to the Treaty, and its five recommendations to address domestic Treaty-related issues. They also suggested refinements to the draft recommendations which the Committee has reviewed to prepare their current recommendations. The committee’s recommendations are available from the committee’s webpage ( They address the following international

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Violin Lake area to be logged The Silver City is looking to log the land between Rossland and Trail. City council in Trail advanced a proposal for ATCO Wood Products to begin logging city-owned forest in the Violin Lake Watershed by June 2014. Discussions with ATCO were initiated earlier this year to determine if the producer of softwood veneer would have opportunity to expand into the 45-hectare area, which would add $640,000 to the city’s revenue. “The last time we did business with them in 2002 it was very well executed and they lived up to all their commitments,” explained David Perehudoff, Trail’s chief administrative officer (CAO) during a recent governance committee meeting. That section of Violin Lake land derived the city almost $750,000 and has since been replanted and a current review indicates the reforested area may be able to be logged again in future years, added Perehudoff. “We don’t see any issues or concerns and ATCO is looking at the city to commit and formalize an agreement so they can establish their plans in term of resources to get in there and start logging the property.” The city has developed a partnership with the wood products company related to ATCO’s ownership of various haul roads that gain access to city property with the company assuming responsibility of all issues related to logging the area, and paying Trail on the basis of the volume of timber cut from city land. “Due to the fact we have no way to get the logs off of the city’s property over land, the costs would be prohibitive,” explained the CAO. “The only other way to log without the use of haul roads would be via the air and this is not economically feasible.” With the city investigating measures to decommission the Cambridge Dam, a barrier to water drawn from Violin Lake and stored in a reservoir known as the mill pond, Trail may have a future in the sale of logs. “Additional logging opportunities in the lower areas of the valley around the mill pond and Violin Lake will be looked at again next year,” explained Perehudoff. “There isn’t the revenue to start roads but with respect to the dam and if the pond is drained that will impact and possible gain access to some pretty prime timber.” A team of engineers, is working on the plan to decommission the Cambridge Dam with a report expected mid- January. ATCO’s current proposal takes into consideration the changes in the logging market and the increased cost associated with logging based on the timber cruise. The company is willing to pay the city a fixed price of $32 per cubic metre for saw logs and $5 per metric tonne for pulp logs.

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Leaving no stone unturned in its 8.6 million hectare territory, the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) has released the 2013 State of the Basin report. In the works for several years, the 2013 report updates and builds on the work produced in the 2008 State of the Basin report. The 75-page long report and 16-page graphic-based snapshot report provide an important sketch of southeastern British Columbia. “The goal is to benchmark and increase our collective understanding of well-being in the region and to promote discussion on where we are at and where we might want to go,” says Dr. Terri Macdonald, regional innovation chair for the RDI. “In this report we provide a picture of this region at a given moment in time in a report that explores economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions and trends.” In 2006, the Columbia Basin Trust responded to long-standing requests for information on economic, social, environmental and other trends in the region by launching the State of the Basin initiative. Resulting from the work of project consultants, a volunteer working group, Columbia Basin Trust staff and more than 50 expert advisors, the first State of the Basin report was put together in 2008. Response to the 2008 project indicated that the State of the Basin initiative addressed an important need for information in the region, and that future iterations would be of benefit to local communities and organizations. The Columbia Basin Trust transferred responsibility of the State of the Basin initiative in 2011 when a partnership was created with Selkirk College to create the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute. “The release of the 2013 report is really just the beginning of our work at the RDI,” says Macdonald. “We now look forward to working with communities to support their efforts in using this data.” The report is loaded with valuable information that will enable community leaders, businesses, investors, non-profits and individuals to make decisions that will enhance the work already being done to make the region stronger. Working on the four pillars of the region – economic, social, cultural and environmental – the report gauges issues like the business climate, consumer confidence and a breakdown of growth sectors. It also explores areas like traffic volumes on regional highways, high school completion rates in each community and volunteer trends. Many aspects of life in the Columbia Basin are touched on in the report. The work on the report does not end with the release of the findings. The public has already been important in the compiling of the data – a telephone poll reached 400 residents this past summer and ongoing surveys of regional businesses through business retention and expansion projects across the region has included 555 surveys conducted – but there is still more work to be done. Residents are encouraged to visit, to sign up for the RDI e-newsletter, and to explore the full text of the long report and the snapshot report. Access to the online survey can also be found using the links from the homepage. The Basin-Boundary region included in the 8.6 million hectares includes the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, the Regional District of Central Kootenay, the Regional District of East Kootenay, Valemount and a portion of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

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To the Editor: For over 100 years Trail Operations has operated as a world class refinery and smelter in the West Kootenays of British Columbia. Our facility refines and recycles everything from metal concentrates to used batteries into metals and fertilizers that we all rely on. Over our 100-year history we have grown in lockstep with the city of Trail and surrounding communities. Our people live, work and raise their families in this community. I can say with certainty that no one cares more about the health and safety of people in this region than those of us who live here. We are supportive of the efforts of residents of Northport, Washington, a community south of Trail, to determine what is causing any unusual rates of illness in their community. It is important to note that we have not seen similar rates of illness in Trail. Further, a 2004 human health study relating to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) by the United States Department of Health found no link between the rate of IBD in Northport and in other counties in northeast Washington and Trail Operations. And, a recent study by the BC Centre for Disease Control found rates of IBD in Trail were far lower and not comparable to those reported in Northport. We take our commitment to supporting the health and safety of residents very seriously. We have invested more than $1.5 billion at Trail Operations to modernize the facility and improve its environmental performance. As a result, Trail Operations has seen a 95 per cent decrease in emissions of metals to air and water since the mid-1990s. We are committed to continuing to improve our performance and ensuring the West Kootenay region remains a great place to live and work. Greg Belland, general manager, Teck Trail Operations


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A hopeless wish list for B.C. in 2014 bers trying to prepare as they run down the hallways. It leads to mistakes in new laws and adds to the public’s B.C. Views cynicism about the whole TOM FlETCHER business, but it gets things done with minimum exposure of the government to Here are a few things I’d like to see in B.C. political life criticism. Stephen Harper would approve. in the coming year, but A political debate about real won’t. issues, rather than just a compeAn orderly schedule of legislature sittings, one in the spring tition to score points in an endless election campaign. and one in the fall. I appreciate that this is I canvassed this topic with hopelessly naive, but setting Premier Christy Clark in our aside enough time to considyear-end interview, and got er issues could, at least in the usual runaround about theory, lead to that happenhow it’s always been optioning occasionally. al since old Gordon what’sCertainly the hastily his-name set the schedule of staged mock combat of our sittings and elections more legislature today isn’t winthan a decade ago. Spring is ning new friends for any for the budget and MLAs sit political party. The main in the fall if they need to disgrowth area today is people cuss legislation. who have given up on the They need to all right, but whole thing. what governments want to An opposition with ideas. do is ram it through as fast as The B.C. NDP will have they can, so that’s what they another leadership contest in do. The last couple of years 2014, and they’d better bring of this have been a sham more modern policy to the worthy of a South American table than they had in the last banana republic, with three chambers running simultane- one. Remember the big issues ously and opposition mem-

in that pillow-fight? Me neither. I had to look them up. Health care? Local organic carrots into the hospital food. Forest industry? A job protection commissar to force the mills to stay open. Resource development? They’re for it, unless you’re against it. These guys need a Tony Blair-type makeover. They need to be for something, and they need to leave the past behind. Media that care about more than conflict. News organizations are in bad shape these days, and the competition for a rapidly fragmenting audience is having some ugly effects. One thing that needs to go is obsessive coverage of who’s winning and who’s losing. If the news media are going to be interested mainly in the gaffes and gotcha moments, is it any surprise that’s what politicians try to provide? The Canada Post announcement that it has to wind up home delivery offers a recent example. Is it really so outrageous for the CEO to suggest that walking

to the corner is good exercise? When there’s a 24-hour news cycle to fill, it’s a scandal! How many people know that Canada Post’s unfunded pension liabilities amount to $6.5 billion, as it continues to pay a dwindling workforce to hand out mostly advertising flyers? Should they just keep doing that until they run out of cash? Are taxpayers really expected to maintain another two-tier service that’s only available to selected urban people? Facts to go with opinions. Whether it’s the government’s fantasy figures on job creation or the opposition’s arithmetic-challenged child poverty claims, serious problems can’t be understood, much less solved, without defining them accurately. Submitting government advertising to scrutiny by the Auditor General to make sure it is accurate and nonpartisan would be a good place to start. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email:

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Ten overdue skiers on Red Mountain now found TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

The scare created when 10 skiers on Red Mountain Resort’s new Grey Mountain slopes did not report in Sunday was resolved Monday morning. All skiers who were reported missing Sunday were found


unharmed later that night by Rossland Search and Rescue. On Sunday, Dec. 29, shortly after 5 p.m., Red Mountain Resort reported 10 overdue skiers that had not reported in. They had set off in the morning and had spoken of exploring the new area of Grey Mountain. The 10 skiers varied in ages

and all were from the state of Washington, said RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson of the Greater Trail detachment. “Although from out of town the lead male knows the area, has a residence at the resort on Red Mountain and is believed to be an advanced skier,” he said. Search and Rescue was acti-

vated and subsequently located the skiers on the back side of Grey Mountain near Esling Creek Sunday night. “No one was injured and all were accounted for,” said Johnson. “They had been able to start a fire and await assistance.” Given the terrain and other variables search and rescue

determined that they would set in for the night on Sunday and be brought out at day break. At first light on Monday a helicopter was deployed to shuttle out the overdue skiers and the search and rescue team that located them. The process of shuttling out skiers was expected to be completed Monday.

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“There is a substantial increase in demand for trained cooks in the province,” Falle confirms. “We get calls weekly from employers from all over the region; East and West Kootenays and beyond.” For these reasons, go2 will be looking outside our province’s employment rich labour pool and recruiting international culinary students to do work experience here in B.C. “It is important to give Canadians first opportunity,” said Keis, “but if there are no Canadians to fill the gap, we need to look elsewhere.” Although the TMLS numbers can not be broken down by city or areas within the six tourist regions, anecdotal evidence suggests that attracting people from elsewhere has not been a significant challenge for Rossland. Red Mountain had no issues staffing their operations, states Don Thompson,

vice-president operations for the resort, and that includes their new food stop at the bottom of Grey, Wiener Take All. Both Red Mountain Village and the Prestige Mountain Resort did have to advertise heavily to fill housekeeping positions this season, however, lending credit to other findings from the TMLS study which also predicts a shortage of cleaners, servers, managers, bartenders, front desk clerks, recreation and sport instructors, and bus and taxi drivers across B.C. Between 2011 and 2020, the expected number of new job openings in the Kootenay Rockies tourism region totals 3,089 (three per cent of the provincial total for this period) in accordance with a projected average regional labour demand growth rate of 1.3 per cent. Growth is obviously good, but only if there are enough resources to fill the need.

B.C. TMLS is currently developing a strategy to meet this challenge. And for them, the demand for tourism employees in remote areas requires unique consideration. “Rural communities are not for everyone,” said Keis. “We need to target people who are looking for that lifestyle or people who are already living there.” Recruiting professionals in their 50s who are thinking about retirement to fill positions that do not need significant training like customer service is one such strategy. Also family members of people moving into the community to fill jobs in other industries or people outside BC and Canada who are willing to do temporary, seasonal work. “Everyone’s heard of Vancouver and Whistler,” said Keis. “We need to raise the

profile of more rural, but equally beautiful and inviting places.” Teaching employers that there are other things people value besides wages is another strategy. “BC has the highest tourism wages in the country but it is still hard to compete with industries like mining,” explained Keis. Focusing on flexibility, job satisfaction, recreational opportunities, lower cost of living – these are the perks of filling tourism positions in rural areas. “Tourism is strong in B.C.,” said Keis, “because we have a great product and because the province has listed tourism as one of the eight sectors they want to grow.” In short, people want to come here. And when they come, they need to eat. So get out that chef’s hat and prepare to dig in—a career in tourism could be your recipe for success.

Did you know? • 85% of Canadian adults have read a newspaper in print, online, tablet, e-reader or mobile in the last week • More people read a newspaper every week (on any device) than use the internet every month. 2,3 • There are 122 daily newspapers and over 1,100 community newspapers in Canada. There are 21% more daily and community print newspapers in Canada than there were in 1970.2 • Print remains the preferred choice for newspaper readers with 73% of adults reading a print edition each week.5 • Ads in newspapersare the most acceptable compared to out-of-home, radio, magazine, TV and online ads.7 • Ads in newspapers are deemed to be the most truthful (compared to other media).7 • 4 out of 5 adults took action (clipped a coupon, bought, visited a site) as a result of newspaper ad in the past month.8 • 3 million views on You Tube would be a once-in-a-lifetime smash hit. For newspaper websites, it’s Tuesday.2 • Newspaper websites are considered to be the most trusted online news source (vs. Facebook 3%, Twitter 0.2%).11 • Newspapers are recycling champions - recycled at a rate of 80% (and as high as 97% in Ontario) - higher than any other product!13

Dave Dykstra Sources: 1. Totum Research; Canadians 18+, any week, December 2011 2. Newspapers Canada 2012 3. Canadian Media Research, “Is the Internet Over-Rated, June 25, 2012 4. BBM, June 25, 2012; StatsCanada 2012 5. NADbank 2011 6. ComBase 7. Ad Standards Canada 2011 8. Newspaper Association of America 2012 9. Research Brief: Center for Media Research, “QR codes best in magazines, newspapers and packaging”, Aug. 26 2011 10., “News is a top online activity for Canadians”, October 13, 2011 11., “Ongo survey finds Americans trust news on social sites significantly less than newspaper sites with editoria curation”, September 21, 2011 12. NewMediaAge., “Premium publishers most effective for performance campaigns”, August 9, 2011 13. Forest Products Association of Canada

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Ian Lockey’s journey has taken him from New Zealand to Rossland to Russia; from a broken back to the biggest sports competition in the world. And Rosslanders get to claim Lockey as their own as he heads to Sochi to represent Canada in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. As part of the first ever snowboard event at the Paralymic level, Lockey will compete in a time trial version of the Snowboard Cross. In this event, each rider performs two or three timed runs—with only one rider on the course at a time—tackling modified terrain features including banked turns, rollers, tabletop jumps and Wu-tangs. In other words, Lockey will be riding a difficult course, competing with the best athletes in the world, on a snowboard adapted for lower limb impairment. At the age of 25, Lockey crashed while dropping a cornice on his snowboard in New Zealand. The accident crushed three of his vertebrae, resulting in a severed spinal cord and a minor head injury. As a standing paraplegic, Lockey has only 50 per cent use of his muscles from the waist down. “I have no calf muscle in either leg,”

explained Lockey. “No hamstring, gluteus maximus or peraforma muscle on my left side (and majorly reduced function of the same muscles on my right side) as well as missing some posterior abdominals and some internal organ function.” “I can’t walk on my toes,” said Lockey. “When I bike I stand on my pedals on my heels. Yes, I look funny.” In snowboarding, he uses a third binding strap that runs from his shin to his highback so he can use his upper body strength to lean forward on his board. Judging by the photos, there’s nothing funny about the set up—just successful. In his eight years on the Canadian National Adaptive Snowboard Team, Lockey has traveled to World Cup events in Whistler (host of the first ever Para-Snowboard World Cup in 2008), USA, Slovenia, and Spain. He’s collected a trophy case full of medals, including North American Alpine and Freestyle Adaptive Champion in 2007 and 2010. In May 2012, after years of effort on the part of Canada Snowboard and the rest of the snowboarding community, Snowboard Cross was officially added to the 2014 Paralympic Games. One year later, Lockey was nominated to the 2014 National Para- Snowboard team, fulfilling a dream that’s forced

him to amp up his game plan. “I’ve been training really hard at Get Focus personal training in Trail,” said Lockey, “working hard on max strength of my core, quads… and concentrating on getting my hips forward.” Lockey is appreciative of all the support he’s received from Get Focus. He also gives credit to the rest of his home team, including Scenar Health Rossland, Rossvegas (“the best snowboard shop ever”), and his wife, Natasha, “my biggest motivator and helper.” In addition to physical and mental preparation for the games, Lockey’s been working hard to fund this season. “All my trip to World Cups are self paid with the Olympics being the only funded event,” he said. The cost for snowboard equipment, in addition to contest and travel expenses, well exceeds $10,000. “I have been lucky enough to have my friends donate about $3,000 through the website helpIan.” To find out more, visit www. and get ready to cheer on Rossland’s own as he and his teammates make history this March at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Lockey, who loves the freedom of snowboarding and has fun playing with gravity, has already given us lots to celebrate—even before leaving home.

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Practising the martial art of Iaido

Rossland’s Brian Mauchline is teaching the martial art of Iaido in classes in the New Year.

JIM BaIley Trail Times

A Rossland man is giving the region a taste of Japanese swordsmanship. Brian Mauchline is a third degree black belt in the 400-year-old martial art of Iaido (pronounced e-i-do), teaching the forms (katas) in the fitness centre at the Trail Memorial Centre. His movements are smooth and precise, executed with intense focus, yet, with an ease and fluidity that belies its martial origins and deadly intent. Mauchline practices the Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu style, a popular form of Iaido that uses a wooden or steel sword in a variety of movements that focuses on drawing and cutting with a sword and returning it to its sheath in one fluid motion. But it is as much a mental discipline as a physical one, invested with Zen qualities, the ethics of Confucianism, philosophy of Taoism, and aspects of bushido. “It’s like Chinese Taoism, the same kind of concept. What it (Iaido) means is ‘the way of being prepared for whatever happens to you in life,’” said Mauchline. Iaido evolved following the Warring-States period (400-300 B.C.) that introduced 200 years of relative peace for the dominant Samurai class. “They had to keep their martial skills up, because that

was their function in society, but there weren’t any major wars going on, so what happened was the forms of martial arts developed into the Budo … where the idea became less the idea of self-protection and more the idea of self-perfection,” added Mauchline. It’s modern form developed with the collapse of the Japanese feudal system in 1868 and the abolishment of the Samurai, and has since undergone many transformations, and variations. “Obviously, with Iaido you’re not going to run into somebody carrying a sword, and you’re not going to be carrying a sword, so the selfdefence aspect of it is totally gone now, it’s much more focused on personal development.” The retired Teck worker began studying the art of Iaido almost a dozen years ago under fifth-degree black belt David Williams, a fellow Teck employee who moved to the area from Vancouver. Mauchline also has a black belt in Aikido and his interest was sufficiently piqued when he learned of Williams’ arrival and his desire to start a club. “It took me a while. It wasn’t until a friend of mine was practicing with him and he said, ‘You know this guy is too good to be missed,’ and I said, ‘You’re right he is.’” Since then Mauchline has practiced Iaido diligently, offer-

Iaido, abbreviated with iai, is a modern Japanese martial art/sport. Iaido is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard or saya, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. While new practitioners of iaido may start learning with a wooden sword (bokken) depending on the teaching style of a particular instructor, most of the practitioners use the blunt edged sword, called iait. Few, more experienced, iaido practitioners use a sharp edged sword. Practitioners of iaido are often referred to as iaidoka. Iaido emcompasses hundreds of styles of swordsmanship, all of which subscribe to non-combative aims and purposes. Iaido is an intrinsic form of Japanese modern budo. Iaido is a reflection of the morals of the classical warrior and to build a spiritually harmonious person possessed of high intellect, sensitivity, and resolute will. The metaphysical aspects in iaido has been influence of several philosophical - and religious directions. Iaido is a blend of the ethics of Confucianism, methods of Zen, the philosophical Taoism and bushido. Source: Wikipedia

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ing his expertise to newcomers for the past several years. The practice also has its competitive element, with the focus on perfecting the many and varied katas derived from the different styles. Although Mauchline and his students do not compete, their reason for practicing Iaido is a personal one. “Why do people play golf? You’re competing against yourself, you’re never going to have a perfect game, but you can always improve. And it’s very similar with Iaido, we are trying for perfection doing a series of physical movements, and, really, we’re never going to get there - but there’s always room for improvement.” Iaido classes are currently underway at the Trail Memorial Centre with a new session starting in January, on Mondays from 3-4:30 p.m. Call the Trail Parks and Rec at 364-0008 or visit www.trail. ca for more information.



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Recreation, Education, Community Rossland Rec Department Rossland Recreation The Winter 2014 Brochure is available online, at, city hall home page and the Recreation Program Guide page. You can also pick up a hard copy at City Hall, the Credit Union, Rossland School, the Rossland Library and at the Rossland Arena. Registrations for all programs starts Jan. 2. The recreation department hours over the holidays will be as follows: Closed Friday, Jan. 3. All other days the office is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The arena is open for regular ice time throughout the holiday season, except for the following dates and times: Closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. If you would like to rent ice and the recreation department is closed, please contact the arena directly at 250-362-7396, ext. 1229 or 250521-0110. The arena staff will be able to assist you with available times and rental rates. Public skating schedule The holiday public skating schedule is as follows: • Thursday, Jan. 2: 5:15-6:45 p.m. • Sunday, Jan. 5: 2:30-4 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. For more information about admission prices, skate rentals and more, please log onto the city’s website, at, then arena page. Youth Action Network Painting with Stephanie Gauvin The second in our local artist series, youth artists can come and learn painting techniques from popular local artist Stephanie Gauvin. Space is limited so register now at Rossland Recreation 250-362-2327. Times: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Rossland Art Gallery, four sessions: Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Cost is $25 for all four sessions. Includes art supplies. Rossland Youth Action Network logo contest Design their logo. The winning logo will be included on all posters, event pages, etc. This could be your 15 minutes of fame.

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Chess players? Paul DeVilliers is volunteering with the Seven Summits Centre for Learning and is teaching the students how to play chess. Paul is looking for donations of chess games and would also like to hear from other local folks who play chess well and would like to volunteer at the Learning Centre as Chess mentors. The students are in Grades 8-12 and Paul is using chess as a tool to teach abstract thinking and increase problem solving skills. Interested in passing on your knowledge and skills? Contact Paul at 250-362-0024. Rossland Public Library Check out the library’s website for a complete listing of the programs they’re running. From Storytime for toddlers to Teen Movie night, the library has some excellent opportunities to connect with others and to further a love of literacy. Rossland Seniors The Rossland Seniors Hall has lots of great activities running in the New Year. On Mondays at 1:30 p.m. the Rossland Seniors Art Club meets. Contact Edith Harasin at 250-362-5477 for more information. On Monday evenings, the Rossland Quilters Guild gets together at 7 p.m. Contact Deyanne Davies at 250-362-7727 for more information. On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. the Rossland Golden City Old Time Fiddlers practice and play. The public are welcome to sit in and listen to the old time fiddlers play their music. Visitors should contact Richie Mann before going to the hall. Contact Richie or Audrey at 250-362-9465. On Thursdays between 9:30-11 a.m. join the seniors for stretching exercises and morning tea and snacks.

IN BRIEF Beaver Valley on the bubble with Rossland in recreation It seems the City of Trail won’t play nice with anyone when it comes to recreation. After much discussion, the BV Recreation Committee has decided not to renew the recreation agreement with the City of Trail. Facilities covered by the agreement include the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre, leisure programming, Field House and Haley Park. However, Trail city council agreed to extend the Trail Residency Program (TRP) on a month-to-month basis with the caveat that Beaver Valley Parks and Recreation show a willingness to reconsider its position and renegotiate the agreement. Beaver Valley is no longer willing to cost share in regional recreation which means the price to play pickleball, swim or maybe join a yoga class in the new year will be considerably more expensive for valley


residents after the current agreement expired Dec. 31. “The city has received considerable feedback regarding Beaver Valley’s decision not to renew the Recreation Cost Sharing Agreement,” explained David Perehudoff, Trail’s chief administrative officer (CAO). “It would seem as though there is significant concern coming from the residents of Beaver Valley who are impacted. “The city is more than willing to enter into negotiations with Beaver Valley Parks and Recreation if there is interest in renewing,” said Perehudoff. Until an agreement is considered, council gave three readings to amend the Trail recreation fee bylaw which excludes the Beaver Valley communities and now defines “resident” as an individual from the City of Trail, Village

of Warfield or Electoral Area B. “Adoption will be held in abeyance if there are discussions associated with renewing the agreement,” explained Perehudoff. “Otherwise council can adopt the bylaw and B.V. residents will be subject to higher rates (effective Jan. 1).” Players in the Greater Trail minor hockey who do not have a residency card and reside in Rossland, Fruitvale, Montrose or Area A, will continue to receive a free sport pass for minor hockey. The five-year agreement was negotiated following the collapse of the Regional Recreation Service when all Greater Trail communities contributed to Recreation and Culture as part of the regional service. This agreement commenced in 2009 and called for a $200,000 financial contribution by the Beaver Valley.


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