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Moving day at the visitor information centre

It was a busy day for Revelstoke’s business development group as they began the move into the new visitor information centre and offices on Monday, Jan. 20. The final stages of the construction were still underway, with furniture, phones and more still needing to be installed. They expect to be fully operational by this Monday at the latest. The building features the visitor centre on the main floor and offices upstairs. The VIC will be anchored by two art works – a large wood carving provided by Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation above the greeting desk, and a large photo of the wildflowers on Mount Revelstoke by Rob Buchanan that will sit above the brochure racks. Photos, clockwise from left: Don Gillespie and Rob Buchanan install the final panel of wildflower photo; The visitor information centre as seen from the parking lot at Campbell and Victoria; Some of the business development staff in their upstairs office. From left: Deb Wozniak, the special projects coordinator; Roberta Ciolli, the Basin business advisor for Community Futures; Margaret Pacaud, the executive assistant to the business development group; and Kevin Dorrius, the business analyst for Community Futures. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review

MP Wilks to make case for federal highway rescue truck funding Aaron Orlando

Kootenay–Columbia MP David Wilks is visiting Revelstoke on Jan. 22, where he will discuss the issue of the damaged Revelstoke Highway Rescue truck with stakeholders, in addition to providing an update on his lobby for Trans-Canada Highway improvements. Revelstoke’s highway rescue truck was severely damaged in a crash on Dec. 20, and city officials are looking to other levels of government for help replacing the expensive vehicle. They argue it’s used extensively

In November, Kootenay–Columbia MP David Wilks (centre right) joined members of the Revelstoke HIghway Rescue Society to acknowledge their nomination and receipt of a road rescue award from Emergency Management BC. Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Times Review

on provincial and federal highways, so those governments should help pay for the capital cost of the truck. Provincial authorities have argued it’s not their responsibility to purchase a new truck. When asked by the Times Review, Wilks wasn’t able to commit to funding, but his message will likely be welcomed by local groups lobbying for help replacing the truck. “On Wednesday, I’ll go talk to Mayor [David] Raven and I will go see if there is something that maybe, potentially available

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Canadian Avalanche Centre focusing on role of mentors

Marty Schaffer of Canadian Powder Guiding (Capow!) leads a group of Revelstoke youth through a beacon search exercise. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review Alex Cooper

On a beautiful day at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a group of kids go scrambling across the clearing next to the top of the gondola, searching for a beacon. All very young, they were taking part in an avalanche awareness days event at the resort being held by Capow! (Canadian Powder Guiding), a Revelstoke-based ski guiding outfit started by Marty Schaffer. Elsewhere, ski pros Sean Cochrane and Greg



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so everyone can be housed together. The CAC has also started a rebranding exercise to coincide with their 10th anniversary next winter. A request for proposal closed last week for submissions on a new name, logo and look for the CAC. The aim of the rebranding is to help clarify the differences between the CAC and the CAA, which are often confused. The former is focused on public avalanche awareness, while the latter is an association of avalanche professionals. The CAC is also planning on developing a new website. A full-time fundraiser has been hired to raise money to launch new programs next winter. “We look at the 10 years and the successes we’ve had, and we’re planning for the next 10 years,” said Valade. On the technology side, the CAC launched a smartphone app in the fall. Currently the app can be used to view the daily avalanche bulletin, but there is more planned. For phase two, which is schedule to launch in the coming weeks, the app will be expanded to allow users to submit observation from the field. Backcountry users will be able to upload photos and comments on their snowpack observations to the CAC. “It’s crowd sourcing. We’re going to have lots of real-time information that will be made available,” said Valade. “It’s going to be helpful for regions where we don’t have a lot of data coming in from commercial operators or field teams.” Phase three for the app will allow users to submit more detailed snowpack observations similar to what professionals do, said Valade. The CAA, last week, launched an upgrade of their InfoEX software. Working with TECTERRA, a company that specializes in geomatics technology, the text-heavy InfoEX software has been changed to make it more visual and interactive, increasing the users’ ability to read the data and creating a simpler and more reliable decision-making process, the CAA said in a news release. “InfoEx plays a significant role in public avalanche safety,” stated CAA executive director Joe Obad. “Critical technical data is exchanged within this professional network, allowing all subscribers to better manage the safety of their guests and members of the public. Through TECTERRA’s generosity and expertise, we have made vast improvements to this uniquely Canadian service.”

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Mayor: Letters last chance for Conservation Officer Service position in Revelstoke Aaron Orlando

Revelstoke City Council hopes a last-ditch letter writing campaign will convince the Ministry of Environment to preserve a Revelstoke-based Conservation Office Service (COS) staff position. In late December, the Revelstoke Times Review exposed ministry plans to cancel the Revelstoke position and transfer the last COS position to Golden. The news was revealed after an incident where police shot a bear in Farwell in December. Resulting questions by the Times Review unveiled the fact that the ministry wasn’t planning to renew the position here, and official confirmation came in a Dec. 23 letter to the Times Review from B.C. Minister of Environment Mary Polak. At Revelstoke City Council’s Jan. 14 meeting, council opted to write a letter to the provincial ministry stating they are “displeased” with the decision. In response to questions from the media, Mayor David Raven said he’d contacted the senior conservation officer in Victoria to express his “strong upset” with the decision. “He was sympathetic but he understood my anger,” Raven said. “He didn’t promise me anything at that

time, but we’ll see what happens when we start writing letters.” Several stakeholders wrote to council to protest the change, including Revelstoke Bear Aware, the Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club and Columbia River—Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald. Mary Polak is the B.C. Minister of Environment. Her email is *** On Dec. 23, the Times Review submitted a list of questions to the B.C. Ministry of Environment about the cancellation of the last Revelstoke-based Conservation Officer Service position in Revelstoke. The reply came in a Jan. 14 email from a Ministry of Environment spokesperson: Revelstoke Times Review: To confirm, there will be no COS staff based in Revelstoke? Ministry of Environment: There will be 4 COS staff that will cover the Columbia Kootenay Zone. As the transition takes place the COS will continue to provide a high level of service. RTR: Has local and regional government been informed of this change? When were they informed? MOE: Yes, local and regional governments have been informed of this change. They were informed December 2013.

Four conservation officers patrol the Columbia Kootenay zone; the Ministry of Environment is proposing locating two in Golden, two in Invermere and none in Revelstoke. Ministry of Environment image

RTR: Have the RCMP been informed of this change? When were they informed? MOE: RCMP were informed December 2013. RTR: This change shifts the duty of dealing with urgent bear calls to the RCMP. Does the COS plan to work with the RCMP on plans and procedures for dealing with problem bears? MOE: The Conservation Officer Service remains the primary agency that responds to human-wildlife conflict calls. Local agencies have always worked in coordination with the COS to provide the best possible public health and safety response and service

to the community. RTR: Have stakeholders such as Revelstoke Bear Aware and the Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club been informed? When were they informed? MOE: The COS has informed governments and stakeholders of the decision and are continuing to speak with relevant agencies in the new year. RTR: What is the total number of conservation staff covering this area? MOE: There are a total of 4 staff within the Columbia Kootenay. Given Revelstoke’s proximity to the zone boundary, assistance will also be provided by the North Okanagan Zone, which has 6 officers.

RTR: Stakeholders such as the Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club have complained of ongoing poaching in the Revelstoke area due to lack of adequate COS service here, due partially to the current CO’s managerial duties requiring him to be out of town. How does the ministry plan to deal with this poaching situation? How will the staffing alignment improve the situation? MOE: Poaching remains an issue that the COS manages across the province. The COS will maintain their levels of compliance and enforcement in the Columbia Kootenay Zone. The staffing alignment will allow the COS to develop strategic approaches to focus compliance efforts where they are needed most and can be most effective. The public is encouraged to call the COS RAPP line (1-877-9527277) with any information regarding poaching incidents. RTR: Will the COS service maintain an office in Revelstoke? MOE: The COS plans to maintain an office in Revelstoke. RTR: Has the MLA for the region been informed? When was he made aware? MOE: The COS has informed governments and stakeholders of the decision and are continuing to speak with relevant agencies in the new year.

Before the beer can flow, the sewer must go Aaron Orlando

There is reassuring news for Revelstoke residents concerned about the possibility the Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. might build a proposed $1.5–$2 million brewery outside of Revelstoke. In late 2013, brewery president Bart Larson appealed to city council for some kind of tax relief, saying building a new brewery here was prohibitively expensive due to high commercial and light industrial taxation rates. Council agreed to explore developing a new property enhancement exemption bylaw designed to give tax breaks to property owners who improve their properties.

There hasn’t been any substantial news to report on the revitalization proposal since then, although some councillors have requested updates on its progress. However, at council’s Jan. 14 meeting, a sewer relocation plan showed that the brewery is taking tentative development steps on a proposed location near the Revelstoke Railway Museum. 903 Farrell Road refers to a collecation of lots next to the rail museum’s parking lot. It used to be a trailer park, and was slated for substantial redevelopment about six years ago, before the great recession halted those plans. Larson has said the lots were a potential site for the new brewery. Now, the City of Revelstoke is planning

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to relocate a city sewer line that crosses diagonally through the property. The City of Revelstoke’s engineering director Mike Thomas said the city doesn’t have the proper legal paperwork in place, so the existing pipe is essentially trespassing on the property. It’s also a hindrance to building a brewery on top of the line. In order to make way for the development, the City of Revelstoke plans to fund a $125,000 relocation project out of a 2014 sewer budget. In an interview with the Times Review, Larson said the sewer project is a step in the right direction, but the deal to develop the property is still subject to conditions. “Proceeding depends a lot on this revitalization tax [bylaw],” Larson said.

WOODLOT LICENCE 461 PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE On behalf of Woodlot 461, Stella-Jones Canada Inc. will be conducting salvage harvesting of blown down and Douglas fir beetle-infested timber on Boulder Mountain in the spring of 2014. The public is invited to view the harvesting plans at an Open House in the Revelstoke Community Centre’s Macpherson Room on Friday, January 31st from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

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When Columbia Shuswap Regional District officials approved construction of a new office building, they were aware there would be some criticism, but didn’t expect the source. Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper is airing her concerns now, despite the fact the decision to proceed has already been made and Salmon Arm council gave the project a unanimous thumbs up. “I have been getting an earful,” said Cooper, noting people have been asking why the city can’t stop the regional district from proceeding with their construction plans. “I voted against it, but I was very respectful. This is a beautiful view piece of property and just the wrong location for government offices.” The mayor says that when complaints came from well beyond the borders of the city to the regional district’s Electoral Area C South Shuswap, she decided it was time to speak out. “I totally respect them; we do want the CSRD office here, but I would have liked to have seen them on this side of the tracks instead of this site with an unrestricted view of the lake,” she says. “I did try to direct them to find another site because I felt it should be maybe a hotel or  a couple of



retail (units) and a couple floors of apartments. That’s what I did say to them.” Cooper pointed out such development would add dollars to the city’s coffers and that, as municipal government, the CSRD does not pay taxes. But neither does the City of Salmon Arm. “We are built on a site that was not bringing in taxes previously, because it was part of a park, so we weren’t collecting previously,” she said. “It’s not like we went out and built on a property where we could be collecting taxes.” Charles Hamilton, chief administrative officer for the CSRD, says he was somewhat astonished to hear of the mayor’s concerns now and also surprised he has not personally received any calls voicing opposition to the new building or the site. “At a meeting on Sept. 23 of Salmon Arm council, in Canoe, the regional district’s development permit went before council for consideration and approval and the minutes that I have indicate the approval carried unanimously,” he says. “If there’s such an issue, surely that would have been the time to raise such objections. But the report that I received was that the proposal was looked upon very favourably.” He says the regional district went through the customary  and competitive public process with the request for proposals appear-

ing in newspapers, on BC Bid and BC Online. “The fact is, the proposal to construct on the lakeshore was the lowest cost proposal,” he says, pointing out the project is a “hybrid approach,” that is a design-build-procurement land strategy whereby proponents were to supply a suitable piece of land. “We’re cutting out the middleman rather than buying land, retaining an architect, tendering the project, then rolling them together.” Hamilton says the successful bid by MMH Developments Ltd. of Salmon Arm was the lowest at $5.78 million. The middle proposal was budgeted for $6.1 million and the third was $6.6 million. The regional district currently operates in three separate offices and officials had embarked on a process to identify a suitable space in 2008. It was determined at that time that the CSRD would need 25,000 square feet within a fiveyear period. And while he maintains Sicamous, Revelstoke and Golden would relish the idea of having the CSRD offices, employees and the $3.1 million annual payroll in their municipality, most staff members live in Salmon Arm and there is already an established presence on the north side of the tracks. Construction is planned for this spring.

A MESSAGE OF THANKS TO OUR CARING COMMUNITY On behalf of the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society, it is my pleasure to extend a sincere thank you to our community for the amazing support that has been shown to our organization over the last year.

The number of individuals, organizations and businesses that have donated in so many ways has de�initely helped shape the future for many of the women and children that have walked through our doors.

The funding we receive from BC Housing provides solely for our clients’ basic needs. Through generous support from our community we are able to transform our shelter into a home and increase the services we can make available to the women and children who come to stay with us. The families that bene�it from services at the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter all come with individual needs and often with little or nothing to their name. At the core, they all need and deserve the same comfort and security we expect for ourselves. With your help, we can continue to encourage them to rebuild their lives and make their dream of a peaceful home a reality.



We would also like to extend our wishes for a safe, healthy and happy 2014. Sincerely,

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Local groups fear loss of recreation officer post in Revelstoke Alex Cooper

There’s no more conservation officer in Revelstoke. Now, local outdoor recreation groups are worried that Revelstoke could lose its recreation officer too, as Ken Gibson prepares for retirement later this year. "The stuff he's done, who's going to do that for us?" said Dave Kaegi, the president of the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club. "To have that direct local link of support has been huge. For the mountain bike club, the Nordic ski club, the dirt bike club, he's there to help make things work." Gibson's retirement is still not entirely certain. In a response to an e-mail from the Times Review he wrote, "It is a little too early to say – likely March 31." The question of who, if anyone will replace him, has user groups worried. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations gave a positive but non-committal response. "The Recreation Sites and Trails branch has expressed a desire to retain this position in Revelstoke," said Brennan Clarke. "However, since Mr. Gibson is not due to retire for another three months, it’s too soon to speculate on his replacement." Gibson was praised by the people we spoke to for his work to help develop Revelstoke's recreation infrastructure. Kaegi called him a "monstrous asset for all clubs in the community," saying he provided great support in getting applications through government bureaucracy. Chris Pawlitsky, the president of the Revy Riders dirt bike club, said Gibson was "invaluable to the success of our club and probably all the other clubs in town.”

Revelstoke has seen a recreation infrastructure boom in recent years, including trails like the one on Frisby Ridge. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review file photo

He said Gibson was a stickler for the rules and made sure everything was done properly, which he believes has paid off for everyone. Gibson also made sure all the local user groups cooperated and got along, said Pawlitsky. "It's going to ensure continued success of all the recreational groups in the valley because he wanted everything done so properly," he said. Mayor David Raven said he was concerned about the possible loss of Gibson's position and that it would be a blow to the community, both because it would mean losing a well-paying, full-time job, and also because it would impact the community's connection to the land base. "Because the community has a sense of ownership of the resource that surrounds it, the land base that surrounds it, then it will have a corresponding loss of management and control on that land base," he said. Both Kaegi and Pawlitsky pointed to the fact that Gibson is out skiing on the Nordic trails or riding and jogging on the moun-

tain bike and dirt bike trails, and that he has firsthand knowledge of what is happening here. There is fear that if his post is moved out of town, whoever takes it over won't have the same local knowledge of what is happening in Revelstoke in the area of recreation infrastructure. "Say we wanted to get a trail built, if it went to somebody out of town, it wouldn't even be a blip on the radar on some bureaucrats desk in Victoria. It wouldn't mean anything to them," said Pawlitsky. Revelstoke has seen a boom in recreation infrastructure in recent years, with many new trails and facilities being built thanks to the work of local recreation groups and funding from the tourism infrastructure fund.

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The BC NDP will select and announce its new leader this September, about a four-day day voting period. Voting will take place within the party from Sept. 24-27, 2014 and a new leader will be announced on September 28 in Vancouver. Votes will be cast over the telephone and an Internet voting system. “We have set in place rules for a modern, fair, one-member one-vote leadership election,” said Craig Keating, president of the BC NDP. “I’m looking forward to an exciting leadership election with great candidates presenting a positive vision for our

province.” In September, 2013, Adrian Dix said he would be stepping down as leader in 2014, once his party voted to replace him. In last May’s provincial election, Dix and the NDP lost to Christy Clark and the BC Liberals, despite an overwhelming number of predictors and analysts forecasting an orange victory. “It has become clear to me that the best interests of our party mean that I need to step aside for a new leader who can lead us to victory in 2017,” Dix said in September. “It is my hope that a leadership vote can be held by mid-2014 at the latest, though of course any final decision on timing will be made by the NDP.”

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BY NORM MACDONALD Never underestimate the value of your participation in democracy The people of this area have benefitted greatly from the formation in 1995 of the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). The purpose of the Trust is to support the social, environmental and economic well-being of the residents in the Canadian portion of the Columbia River Basin which was affected by the Columbia River Treaty. Basin residents are passionate about the

Columbia Basin Trust. They feel a sense of pride that their efforts to redress the losses of the past have resulted in such an innovative and successful organization. And they feel a strong sense of ownership. My experience as a representative of this area has shown me time and time again that the best decisions are made by the engaged citizens who will be most affected by those decisions. And the management of the assets of the Columbia Basin Trust is just another example of that fact. In 2004, the board of the CBT decided to explore the sale of its joint venture power assets to BC Hydro and to invest the proceeds. But as part of the Trust’s due diligence, public meetings were held to consult with Basin residents. Basin residents were absolutely clear that selling off these valuable assets was the wrong thing to do. Even though there might be some short-term gain in investing such a large amount of money in the stock market, residents took a much longer view.

With the benefit of hindsight we can now see just how much money the CBT would have lost had it gone ahead with this plan. Money that currently funds local literacy programs, supports youth activities and improves environmental conditions in the Basin would no longer be available. And it took Basin residents who took the time to participate in the consultation process to make this clear. This is an example of benefitting from collective wisdom, but it would not have happened if there had not also been an opportunity to share that wisdom. Never underestimate how important your involvement is in the decisions that are being made in your community and your province. And let us fight against every attempt that is made to remove our involvement in the decision-making process. Norm Macondald is the MLA for the riding of Columbia River–Revelstoke.

Family gives thanks for help after car crash Editor, On Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, my family and I were coming home from Radium at about two in the afternoon. A lady heading east bound fell asleep at the wheel and crossed over into our lane, striking us in the side. The impact sent us spinning, sliding and tumbling into the bush just by the Peaks Lodge, destroying our vehicle. This is to thank all those who came to our aid, from the fire and rescue to the paramedics. Thank you to the female paramedic person who came to our rescue in

L ET TER the afternoon and was at the desk of the Sandman later in the afternoon. Our taxi driver Rob from R Taxi who was exceptional picking us up at the hospital and taking us around to get necessities, and later taking us to our vehicle and helping us salvage what we could. Thank you to those at the tow yard Classic Towing who went through the bush gathering up our things and finding our laptop and my company cellphone. Thank you to the doctor who

was traveling ahead of us and stopped to help. Thanks to the paramedic that was taking Boy Scouts camping who also stopped to help. Thanks to the manager and staff at Red Apple who gave us discount on the clothing after the accident. Thank you to Revelstoke for everything. My wife and are still working through some recovery and my son and his friend have mostly recovered now. We just haven't been able to find all the right words to say thank you until now. Tim Waldern and family

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Revelstoke fire department welcomes new aerial truck

Clockwise, from above: Fire chief Rob Girard and Mayor David Raven welcome in the new truck; The bell on the front of the truck is inscribed with a dedication “to all the firefighters of the Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services.; The city’s name is emblazoned on the truck. Alex Cooper

There was a feeling of glee at the Revelstoke fire hall last week as Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services unveiled its shiny new toy – an aerial truck dubbed Ladder 6. Ladder 6 arrived in Revelstoke on Thursday, Jan. 16, and the media were invited to give it a look while volunteer and professional firefighters unpacked all the equipment from the vehicle. The truck, a 100-foot American LaFrance Aerial Platform Apparatus, was parked inside the fire hall next to the vehicle it’s replacing – the 37-year-old Snorkel 6. The contrast between the vintage look of the old boy and the shiny new kid in the garage was remarkable. Fire chief Rob Girard, mayor David Raven, councillor Phil Welock and several city staff were on hand to welcome the new vehicle. Girard gave a short tour of the new vehicle, explaining why it was worth the $873,000 the city spent on it. First was the 100-foot ladder – almost twice as long as the 55-foot ladder on Snorkel 6. The ladder is rear-mounted and lined with LED lights, making it visible even in very smoky situations. “It helps the operator guide it,” said Girard. “If you’re in fog, smoke, whatever, you can actually see where you’re going.” The platform supports more than 400 kilograms and has lighting around it so it can act as a light tower. It can be controlled from the bottom, so firefighters can spray water on fires even if there’s no one on the platform. “If we are in a real smokey situ-

ation, we have to fight the fire from one location and we can’t risk putting people up there, we can just set it up there and then we can adjust where we want the water to go with the electric valving,” said Girard. Two large air canisters allow firefighters to tap into air valves, meaning they don’t have to lug heavy canisters on their back. There are four outriggers on the truck so it can be jacked up and balanced out when parked on uneven ground. The new truck will be most useful when fighting chimney fires, said Girard, but it will be brought out to pretty much every single structure fire. It will mean that firefighters don’t have to walk on a dangerous roof while working. “The platform is designed so we can pull up to somebody’s house and put out the chimney fire,” he said. “With Ladder 6, can raise up to the roof with all the tools we need to fight fire without putting the firefighters in danger.” Girard also said the city got a great deal on Ladder 6, saving $300,000 by purchasing a demonstrator model instead of a brand new one. The fire engine was brought to fire chief conferences, dealerships and fire departments in Philadelphia, Ohio and Detroit before being driven to Revelstoke. The department was scheduled for training on the new truck over the weekend. Girard said the fire department will hold an open house in the spring where they will demonstrate the new fire truck and give tours of the fire hall. “The community is going to see this truck a lot.”

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PUBLIC WORKS NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS: CLEARING OF DEEP SNOW AND SANDING SIDEWALKS The City of Revelstoke wishes to advise the Public that although City crews assist property owners with the clearing of deep snow and sanding sidewalks, the ultimate responsibility for keeping the sidewalks clear of snow and ice, rests with the property or business owner, whose property borders the sidewalk. (pursuant to Bylaw #1400, 1992). Public Works Department

COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER PROJECT EVALUATORS The City of Revelstoke invites applications from residents to serve as evaluators for project submissions to the Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs delivered in partnership with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. The program evaluators are volunteers selected for their interest, previous experience, knowledge and skills relative to the economic, environmental and social aspects of the area. If you are interested in applying, please submit a letter noting your interest and a brief outline of your qualifications. This can be mailed to the attention of T. LeRose, Manager of Legislated Services, at the City of Revelstoke, Box 170, Revelstoke, B.C. V0E 2S0, or e-mailed to no later than 4:30pm on January 30, 2014. For additional information, please call Alan Mason, Director of Community Economic Development at 250-837-5345. Thank you for your interest.


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as the airport. Council heard the fund now sits at approximately $650,000. Is it a cynical raid designed to reduce taxes through an accounting trick? Listen to this exchange from Revelstoke City Council’s Jan. 14 meeting: Coun. Chris Johnston: “If I were a cynic, I would say this could be seen as an opportunist move to – on the short term – say that taxes have been reduced, whereas in the long term you’re going to pay for it, in that the fund that could be used for other economic development projects is being put into an operations junket, so to speak.” Mayor David Raven replied: “It’s kind of where it is.”

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Residents voice budget opinions, but was council listening? AARON ORLANDO

Residents filled the Revelstoke Seniors Centre on Jan. 14 for City Council’s town hall meeting on the 2014 budget. Many took the time to come to the microphone and say what they’d like to be cut from the budget, or what they’d like to be left alone. They asked for higher level of services – like more snow clearing. They pointed out places where they felt the city could be more efficient. They offered lots of helpful suggestions, many of which are listed below. The response to the speakers’ input drew the most comment and concern. For the most part, they were allowed to speak themselves out, and only sporadic responses came from council or city staff. “When will we get answers? Otherwise we’re wasting our time,” said resident Jessica Klikach of the unusual, one-sided conversation. In fact, gauging the level of public interest and engagement in affairs at city hall is a central debate. Over at the Revelstoke Current, editor David Rooney won $100 off of councillor Chris Johnston after the journalist bet correctly that more than 100 people would show up for the town hall. Johnston took a wager with no perceivable upside for a possible incumbent in the 2014 election. He bet that not more than 50 people in Revelstoke cared enough to show up for the town hall. Rooney was happy to publish a photo of Johnston handing over two $50 notes. Up until late 2013, the City of Revelstoke rarely issued media releases, or used their social media tools for anything other than posting committee meeting times or community centre events

like yoga class schedules. A relative flurry of media statements has ensued, including a message the next day on Jan. 15, that announced council would deliberate on the public comments at a special meeting on Jan. 21. City officials hope to approve the budget by Jan. 28, the City of Revelstoke said in the media release. One can make many observations about the meeting. A few rise to the top. For example, it’s clear it’s an election year. The campaigning is underway. Residents want more efficient services. They’re very sure city hall could be doing the same job for less money. These are a few observations. If you had to pick just one story from the meeting, it’s that council and senior city staff once again struggled to connect with the community in this rare public appearance, despite trying to reach out more. *** Here are comments from the majority of speakers who provided comments at the Jan. 14 town hall. They are brief summaries: Nelli Richardson said the city needs to keep funding the social development coordinator. She read out a long list of accomplishments by coordinator Jill Zacharis. The coordinator does lots of community-wide work that individual agencies don’t have time for, said Richardson. Doug Hamilton is concerned about snow removal around Selkirk Gardens, where he lives. Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce executive director Judy Goodman wants business and light industrial tax rates lowered, targeting a 2:1 ratio compared to residential. Wanda Watson is concerned

about city taxpayers paying for a highway rescue truck and about snowplowing in Columbia Park. Connie Brothers is concerned about city resources paying for a highway rescue truck. Arvid Zakary asked about city lawsuits, asking how much they are costing the city. Mayor Raven replied: “There were no multimillion dollar lawsuits last year, and that’s all I’m saying.” Pat Wells said the city should sell the golf course and they should build a marina instead of expanding the airport runway. He said the snow removal priority appears to be the route to the ski hill and not residential streets. Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce board president Steve Bailey said the tax system and the budget are not conducive to public feedback. He felt the city should consolidate revenue streams and provide more detailed expense information. Brad Faucett was on hand to represent volunteer firefighters. Bill Shuttleworth is concerned about the cost of the fire department acting as first responders. “How much do they cost and what do we get for it?” Scott Duke said the city provides great services, but would like to see it done for less. “We spend $20 million, can we do it for $19 million?” he asked. It was one of many questions that went without a reply. Don Teuton said he spent four hours reviewing budget documents and hopes council gets more information than what’s available. He’s willing to put in time to help out with the budget. Kevin Coulter said nobody minds paying for taxes if we get something for it. He said the city is hiring too many high priced

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THE BIG PICTURE – RETHINKING DYSLEXIA Come for a special presentation

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the forecasters who produce the daily avalanche bulletins. Anyone from backcountry rookies to seasoned pros is welcome to attend and ask questions of the forecasters. From 5–7 p.m. CRAIG CARDIFF Songwriter and troubadour, Craig Cardiff builds landscapes of sound using live digital loops, bringing the room to a hush. Edged, folk, beautiful, melancholy and left leaning, one song breaks your heart, and the next one puts it back together. He’s at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at the Big Eddy Pub, Big Eddy Liquor Store, and the Village Idiot; or $15 at the door. Part of the Frostbite Music Series. JOHN JENKINS Real and simple songwriting rooted in small town life. Live at the Last Drop at 9 p.m. JAYSE ASPEY Whistler DJ will be showcasing a video set with his music. At the Traverse at 10 p.m.


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Anja McCloskey has multi-cultural roots. Half-German, half-American, her grandfather would play her the accordion when she was child and she developed a love of the instrument. Now based in the UK, she played in a number of bands before starting her own solo project in 2010. She released her debut EP – Turn-Turn-Turn in 2011 and her first album – An Estimation – came out in 2012. With it, the press praised her vocals and music, calling it “sultry folk, like a Romany gypsy cabaret show,” and “a New Orleans funeral dirge. She is playing at Benoit’s Wine Bar on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m., accompanied by fellow UK singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse. Adam Prosser photo

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Fernie put 27 shots on net and scored three times in the first to pull ahead 3-0. Afterwards, the team’s were even, with Brodie Buhler, Brendan Jay and Ethan Larson scoring for Revelstoke in the second. Still, two Ghostrider goals put Fernie up 5-3 heading into the third. In the third, Revelstoke pressed for the tying goal, but it was Fernie who got the only marker and the 6-3 win. On Saturday, the Grizzlies headed to Kamloops to face the Storm. Unlike the last game between these two teams (a 13-3 Kamloops win in early January), this game was much closer thanks to the work of Grizzlies goaltender Matthew Mitchell, who made 57 saves in a 5-1 loss. Cody Hendrickson scored the only goal for Revelstoke. The Grizzlies take to the ice three times this week. They start things off on Thursday in Chase against the Heat. On Friday, they play the Eagles in Sicamous. On Saturday, the Heat come to Revelstoke to finish off the week.


Revelstoke Grizzlies goaltender Matthew Mitchell stops a shot by Blake Arcuri of the Fernie Ghostriders while defenceman Brendan Jay sprawls in an attempt to block it. Jay, 16, scored his first ever KIJHL goal in the 6-3 loss. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review

The Revelstoke Grizzlies losing streak reached 18 games after they dropped three more last week. Revelstoke was in Golden last Wednesday to face the Rockets. The game started out even, with both teams scoring twice in the first period. John Jamieson and Kent Hendrickson scored for Revelstoke. The Rockets broke the game open in a 4:30 stretch of the second, scoring four quick goals and chasing Grizzlies’ goalie Jaxon Nohr from the net. Golden added a seventh goal in the third for a 7-2 win. Revelstoke only managed 15 shots in the game. On Friday, Revelstoke hosted the Fernie Ghostriders in front of a raucous crowd at the Forum. A poor first period cost the Grizzlies in what was otherwise their best game in a long time.











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Sadly missed by his wife Marjorie of 63 years. His brother Jim, daughter Glenda (Jeffrey), Naida (Lance), Marilynne (Gordon), Lorilynne and son Jamie (Jeanette). He was the proud Papa of ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He is sadly missed by his little Pomeranian Foxy. Memorial service was held January 6, 2014 in Burns Lake, BC. Donations to Vancouver Children’s Hospital in Ken’s name are gratefully accepted, in lieu of flowers.

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Armstrong, Terry (Therese Roy) July 3, 1924 – January 11, 2014 Terry was born in Camp Lister, B.C. and lost both parents when she was very young. Her first language was English but she proved a quick study learning French fluently in public school in Falher, Alberta. She graduated from high school in Picture Butte and at age 17 moved to Calgary to support herself. She married Dr. William (Bill) Terrance Armstrong in 1949 and the young couple lived briefly in Vancouver, Kamloops and Vernon before settling in Revelstoke to raise their growing family. After 15 years in Revelstoke the family moved to Rossland, BC. Terry and Bill retired to Langley, BC in 1986. Terry is predeceased by husband Bill and brother Eugene Roy. She will be missed by children and their spouses, Gerry (Sandy Chalmers), Joanne (Randy Taylor), Rick (Donna Davis), Larry (Marsha Scott), Glen (Mary Tkachyk), Donna, Ken (Denise Lacombe), sister Marilyn Hain (Tony), 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and friends. Terry raised her family in a home that never saw a storebought loaf of bread, cake or cookies and whose kitchen table was the envy of all. We will cherish and pass on to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren the many beautiful knitted and crocheted afghans, sweaters and other treasures she made for us all over the years. Mom’s memory will live on in our hearts, her many recipes in our kitchens and in kitchens everywhere and her hand-crafted treasures in our homes. The family would like to thank all those at Evergreen Heights, Peace Arch Hospital and the Irene Thomas Hospice for their kind care and support. A funeral mass followed by a tea will be held at the Star of the Sea Catholic church in White Rock on January 17, 2014.

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Obituaries Len Best Harold Leonard (Len) Best of Revelstoke, BC,  born November 25, 1936, passed away on January 4, 2014 at the age of 77.

Len is survived by his older brother Arthur of Calgary, AB, and his sister Carolyn Cherney of Vilna, AB, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, John and Bessie Best and three brothers: Francis, Jack and William. Len had a passion for music and shared his love of singing and playing wherever he went. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of his life will be held at the Revelstoke Senior Centre at 603 Connaught Ave., on Sunday, February 9th at 1 pm. A private interment will follow in the spring in Malakwa, BC.  Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting Len’s obituary notice at Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke

Ellen Josephine Truman Ellen Josephine Truman passed away at Mt. Cartier Court Extended Care, Revelstoke on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at the age of 91 years. There will be no formal funeral service by Ellen’s own request. Ellen was born on the family farm in Saskatchewan on December 23, 1922 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1997. Ellen’s home was her castle and family was her main interest in life. She enjoyed playing bridge in her later years and was happiest living in Revelstoke. Ellen was predeceased by her husband Garfield, daughter Floryan, grandson Cory and granddog Dash. She is survived by two children: Karen (Harold) Pulver of Revelstoke and Ryan (Betty) Truman of Surrey; grandchildren: Pamela, Brent, Michael (Tracie), Kelly (Crystal) and their child on the way, Bradley, Andrew (Cora Lynn), Adam (Kat), Chris and Janet (Tim); great grandchildren: Ramaa, Anand, Kira, Wyatt, Michael, Nicholas, Chris (Kelsey) and Brieanna. Messages of sympathy may be sent to Ellen’s family by viewing her obituary at Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.

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“We do not recommend pedestrian travel on the Trans-Canada highway during the winter due to hazardous conditions like avalanche risk, limited visibility and limited shoulder room,” Parks Canada spokesperson Jacolyn Daniluck said. They advised McDonald to take an alternate route or wait until spring but he pressed on. Parks Canada had been in touch with McDonald months before and had advised him to not run through the Pass until spring, or choose another route. “We had this huge discussion on how we would do the tunnels,” McDonald told me. “Parks Canada wanted me to get in the car and be driven, but I’ve ran every single inch and to get in the vehicle and take those miles away would have devastated me.” McDonald said the run to the pass was one of the toughest of his life. Getting there was a huge relief. He descended to the Asulkan parking lot on the other side and trudged through the snow to the Wheeler Hut where he spent the night.

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McDonald using social media to promote run “Iand fundraise McDonald is nearing the end was relieved because I’d say everyone I’ve met along the way has made me fear that pass,” he said. “People don’t mean to, but when they’re fearful of something, they have to let you know. Sometimes you have to not take it on your shoulders and just believe everything will be OK, and it was.” The next day, he ran to Albert Canyon, where he slept on the couch in a helicopter hangar. On the way, a few employees from Trapper Snowboards drove out to feed him. The next morning he was treated to a helicopter flight over the Selkirk Mountains before beginning his run. On Thursday, Jan. 16, he ran the final stretch from Albert Canyon to Revelstoke. He arrived looking weary and grimy – the natural result of running thousands of kilometres of highways. *** Dozens of people run and bike through Revelstoke every year on their way across Canada. At the Times Review, we hear about many of them, but usually they’re heading from west to east, so they haven’t made it that far by the time they get here.

of his journey and, when (if) he makes it, he will the first person to ever make the run unsupported. He’s gotten lots of press wherever he’s gone and back home; people are attracted by his constant Tweeting, Facebook updates, YouTube videos and more. “To be honest, it’s me and a baby stroller,” he said. “I’ve been sleeping rough for most of this journey.” The attention has helped him raise more than $100,000 that will be going to children’s hospitals across Canada. He expects to reach Vancouver within the next few weeks. His father has booked himself a flight to be in Vancouver from Jan. 31 to Feb. 11, so that’s his deadline to arrive. “I’m going to cry like a baby, then fly home,” McDonald said when asked what he’ll do once he’s finished. “I think it’s time. For me, family time was never massively important. Now that I’ve done a journey like this, I’ve missed Christmas. There’s been so much hardship.” For more information on Jamie McDonald, visit www.jamiemc-

will continue to appeal their assessments. He noted the city collected $7.9 million in tax money, about $1.5– $2 million of that came from resort lands. Greg Hoffart of Tree Construction said the city needs to lower development cost charges (DCCs). He said the costs are $25,000 to start building a single-family home here, adding lower DCCs would help people build homes. Glen O’Reilly pushed for lower DCCs. He said his contracting company has lost work due to high DCC costs. He said more accountability is needed. For example, the courthouse roof consultant should have been held accountable for not noticing lead paint. Scott Renaud said he has serious concerns about amount of capital equipment the city owns. He said the city owns lots of equipment that doesn’t get used very much. “We have more equipment than we ever had and it seems like we’re doing less with it.” Stuart Andrews wants to see a long-term plan for court house. Susan Teuton said she is curious about RCMP and fire department

budgets, noting they are costly. Bart Larson of Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. said the city should simplify and reduce expenditures. He said he doesn’t feel like the city listened to feedback from past financial focus groups. Larson said communication can be greatly improved. Angelo Brunetti set off one of the more interesting exchanges. He said the city should reduce staff, to which Mayor David Raven replied the city had reduced staff by 25 per cent by attrition. Brett Renaud wondered why the budget for city salaries is going up if staff numbers have been reduced by 25 per cent. Bill Macfarlane expressed support for the city’s social development coordinator. Bob Melnyk said the city does not not operate efficiently and they should sell city hall and move into court house. Victoria Long expressed her support for the social development position, saying wonderful things have come from it. – with notes from Alex Cooper

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people: “We’re a simple community. We’ve been a simple community for 60 years. Let’s get back to it.” Dennis Holdener countered accusations that the city has been spending heavily on the golf course, saying people are being allowed to say things that aren’t true, and that it wasn’t the case. James Walford said that council should move council chambers back to city hall. Peter Humphreys felt the city should stick with core services such as infrastructure. He felt the city wastes too much money on consultants and that they should do more in-house. He felt the capital budget documents don’t provide enough details. Peter Bernacki said the city needs to follow up on people’s suggestions. He said the city can’t keep jacking up taxes because the cost of living is going up but wages aren’t. Revelstoke Mountain Resort general manager Rob Elliott said he recognized the challenge of the budget process. He said the city needs to factor in assessment adjustments into budget because Northland Properties

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MP to discuss highway improvement effort at luncheon Highway rescue, from page 1 for this type of scenario,” Wilks told the Times Review. “Seeing that this riding is unique to Canada because of the the three national parks that we have going through it … I think there may be a case for me to argue, that from time to time, there needs to be some funding available for the capital cost.” Wilks said any federal solution would likely take the form of a capital contribution, but not operational funding. The MP said if federal departments – Parks Canada for example – were to be involved in operating a rescue truck, they’d likely want jurisdiction over how it’s deployed. Operating a rescue vehicle with several layers of jurisdiction becomes “really problematic” and wouldn’t work, Wilks said. He preferred to look for a one-time contribution. “I think that’s what I can do. I can go to maybe the Minister of Public Safety, or the Minister of Environment who oversees the three national parks, and say … a municipal and provincial vehicle is being used within the national parks for vehicle recovery and for motor vehicle accidents involving serious injury.” The highway rescue truck is one of several topics Wilks with discuss at a noon-hour presentation to the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 22. Wilks has lobbied with local and provincial government politicians for improvements to the Trans-Canada Highway, including submitting a PowerPoint

Kootenay–Columbia MP David Wilks will speak in Revelstoke on Wednesday. File photo

presentation to the prime minister, and ministers for state, finance, transportation and the environment (the latter oversees Parks Canada).

He’s calling for a long-term plan that will cost in the range of $1–$1.5 billion. “I said listen, this has to get done, because every year we bury our head in the sand, it costs us more,” Wilks said. “It’s not going to be cheap.” “Let’s look at a 25- to 30-year plan, let’s be realistic about it, and let’s start it and let’s spread it out over 30 years with the ultimate goal of it being completed within 30 years. What that does from a capital perspective and an operational perspective is it spreads the money out over a long period of time.” Wilks said this initiative differs from past Trans-Canada Highway initiatives because it focuses solely on the federal section of the highway through Parks Canada, and isn’t as dependent on provincial funding partnerships. He said a long-term funding plan would provide a legacy that could outlast the government of the day. Wilks will also present on the federal government’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiations. The proposed bilateral free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union is under negotiation. Opponents of the proposed deal deride the plan as a corporate power grab masquerading as a free trade deal. They say it was negotiated in secret and will jack up the price of prescription drugs, pressure privatization of local water systems, transit and energy, and restrict how local governments spend money. Wilks will make the case for the deal.


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