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City raises concern over waste removal By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff
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ccording to City of Fernie staff, residents and visitors have been exercising poor waste removal habits this past winter, scattering waste outside of inaccessible garbage bins throughout Fernie. During the Jan. 26 council meeting, the city discussed the garbage left near the waste removal bins around the dyke, noting that this is likely a response to the bins being inaccessible during the winter months. “We either need to unzip tie and creatively work with leisure services to reinstate that garbage
facility or perhaps, now that summer has happened again, we can unbolt it and remove it,” Coun. Ange Qualizza said of the garbage bins along the dyke. “I’m not saying anyone has the right to dump garbage. All I’m saying is I think that people are mad because they see it zip tied and that’s why they’re acting so poorly.” The inaccessible bins are meant to have maps indicating nearby garbage bins that are accessible, Director of Leisure Services Cam Murtz said. Murtz noted that the bins that are strapped down are ones that the city cannot easily access and maintain during the winter, including the one near the dyke.
“Most of the garbage bins are accessible right now. When we had our preliminary discussion about serviceable areas we identified that that particular can was not easily accessible,” said Murtz. While the public had access to 40 cans during the summer months, many are strapped down throughout the winter. In previous years, bins were temporarily removed from their original location, but the city changed direction this year. “In a press release we put out to the public we indicated it was a trial and we were trying something different as a way to bring better service,” Murtz said. “Where we are finding the most complaints is where they are banded [zip tied]
and people are not going to the open garbage can that’s identified on the map.” Murtz also noted that people are dumping their garbage underneath the new Montane development sign off Coal Creek Road. “It’s almost like the public’s saying there should be a garbage here. It’s just bizarre to me,” he added. Although council expressed their disappointment with the garbage piling up, the majority of them recognized that this is an issue that won’t be resolved until next season. “It’s really disappointing and I feel that needs to be said,” Coun. Dan McSkimming said. “Unfortunately, we’re going to fix the problem by rewarding bad behaviour.”
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ook lovers of all ages took part in all-day events scheduled at the Fernie Heritage Library on Tuesday, Jan. 27 as part of Family Literacy Day. Over 300 people slurped alphabet soup, were entertained by songs played by the library’s community programmer Anie Hepher and listened to stories told aloud. Seniors from the Rocky Mountain Village and children under the age of six made up a large portion of the library’s audience. “I love having a variety of ages present here,” noted Hepher of the attendees. Hepher added in regards to the day, “I think what’s critical about this is that it’s Family Literacy Day so it’s focusing back on the family and it’s not just literacy in terms of letters but any kind of literacy and any kind of connecting that people can make.” A demonstration by Mike Hepher of Clawhammer Press also kept attendees busy, along with numerous after-school activities for schoolaged children.
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Underground mine rescue Fernie Child Care team certified in Sparwood Society moving workings, our workforce has strongly advocated that we still have proper training certification and equipment in the unlikely event of an emergency or disaster in that tunnel,” said Kallies who gave credit to Teck for investing in the gear necessary to train workers for the purpose of the certification. “Steelworkers strongly advocated United Steelworkers 9346 have obtained certification for an underground for this certification mine rescue team. The eight-person team includes: (Back; left to right) and now that we Brent Roberts (Staff), Josh Kendrick, Miles Potter, (front; left to right) have it, it gives us Preston Engel, Steve Kallies, Cory Robinson, Collin Kilford and Matt the ability to have people in the local Peterson. Submitted photo area to deal with By Sarah Kucharski situations,” said Free Press Staff Kallies. “The general overall health and safety of Elkview has improved because of this, which nited Steelworkers 9346 felt a sense of I think is the biggest bonus.” victory after finally obtaining certificaKallies explained that although certified tion for an underground mine rescue teams exist for surface rescue, legally Elkview is team, filling a role left vacant for 30 years. not defined as an underground mine, so proper Steve Kallies, USW 9346 Health and Safety certification for underground rescue was never Chair said that this a requirement. certification should “Due to the evolution and be a point of pride “in “The general overall change in our culture safety, the commitment and health and safety of Teck has embraced [the need for advancement of safety” certification] and realized that Elkview has improved for both Steelworkers and there was a deficiency there. because of this.” Teck. They previously didn’t believe Kallies said that there was a legal requirement Steve Kallies Steelworkers have but with their commitment to United Steelworkers 9346 been advocating for the safety and the culture changing, Health and Safety Chair underground mine rescue they’ve decided that it may not certification ever since he be a legal requirement, but it is a took the Health and Safety best practice,” said Kallies. Chair position three years ago. The officially certified group now consists of The need for certification was strongly felt eight members, with plans to certify 10 more. due to a 1.5 kilometre tunnel at Teck’s Elkview According to Kallies, the most important operation, which hosts a conveyer belt that aspects of the week-long training process moves coal from the pit operations to the involved learning how to use underground processing plant that workers occupy daily. breathing apparatuses, which differ from their “It requires workers to be in that tunnel every surface counterparts in the amount of oxygen day of the calendar year and considering that that can be provided to a rescuer. we’re in a coal area and there’s underground
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Sparwood council renews Vantage Point signs Council was split on decision to extend contract that allows signs on Highway 3 By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff
ue to a request by a pair of councillors, the District of Sparwood reconsidered its decision to reject Sparwood real estate developer Coal Town Properties’ (CTP) renewal application for its highway signs and went on to provide a renewal for the signs until December 2015. Council had previously denied CTP’s renewal application on two occasions, first in July 2014 and then more recently at the Jan. 19 council meeting when Bill Harker, a delegate from CTP, approached council. Harker noted that had CTP sold the 21 houses and 59 lots it still owns, renewal for the signage would not be necessary. “The slow down in China and low coal prices have obviously negatively impacted … our ability to sell houses. We are trying to sell additional houses for permanent residence in Sparwood and signage is an extremely important aspect of trying to sell real estate,” said Harker. The signs in question have been up for the last three years and are located at 1302
Hwy. 3, 6000 Hwy. 43 and 1800 Sparwood temporary, which is why renewal is given Heights Dr., advertising the sale of homes in only six-month increments. and lots at the Vantage Point development. “Certainly I understand that times are Harker expressed confusion as to why different now than even three years ago but the district had denied the renewal. I think the objective of the recommendation “Over the past three years we have had earlier was to clean up some of the signage a renewing license arrangement with the that is on the highway,” responded District of Sparwood McDougall. for three signs. Manager of We have paid just Planning Nelson “I have come to realize that under $11,000 for Wight seconded it is in the best interest of the right to maintain this notion and Sparwood to keep these signs. those signs over the stated that CTP last three years … was encouraged We are trying to attract more We are not aware to take part permanent residents to the of any complaints in the multidistrict and CTP is trying to about our signs, the business sign sell houses. This is a win/win district generates agreement with situation for us.” income from the the Sparwood signage and, much Chamber of Brad Bowen more importantly, Commerce in District of Sparwood councillor benefits with more order to avoid permanent residents business signage in the community clutter on the due to our signage,” highway. said Harker. “Vantage Point Mayor Cal McDougall responded is now participating in that program,” that these types of signs are meant to be said Wight, “however, according to the Ministry of Transportation, you cannot have signage outside of that program. That violation is another reason why we recommended they be removed.” Wight said that during the previous renewal for the signs to CTP in July, it was indicated it would be the
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developer’s final renewal. Coun. Lois Halko agreed on the recommendation to not renew the sign’s lease. “Vantage Point has had numerous extensions and certainly we appreciate Mr. Harker’s business and that is one of the reasons why the extensions kept occurring, but with the last extension they were given notice it would be the last one. Signage is a huge issue and a topic on its own and I am concerned that if we extend again we set a precedent for other businesses who may want an extension for their signage on the highway,” said Halko. Despite council deciding to reject CTP’s renewal application and force the removal of the signs within two weeks, Coun. Brad Bowen and Coun. John Baher asked for the reconsideration of council’s decision at the Feb. 2 council meeting. “I would like for council to reconsider our previous decision,” said Bowen. “I have come to realize that it is in the best interest of Sparwood to keep these signs. We are trying to attract more permanent residents to the district and CTP is trying to sell houses. This is a win/win situation for us.” Halko remained steadfast in her recommendation to not renew the lease but ultimately she and Coun. Jenna Jensen were outvoted by Bowen, Baher and Coun. Joe Jarina on the matter, thus resulting in the renewal of the signs on the highway until December 2015.
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Shred Kelly sings night away with huge audience Local band performs for all ages and premieres “Sing to the Night” music video
Last Saturday, Shred Kelly hosted a CD release party for their new album Sing To the Night. Children and adults alike made their way to the Fernie Community Centre to enjoy the local band. Photos by S. Kucharski By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff
im Newton smiles over his banjo, looking down upon a dozen small faces pressed to the edge of the stage or twirling around, tossing and playing with inflatable balls. That’s how Shred Kelly celebrates a successful CD launch. The local band hosted a CD release party for their new album Sing To the Night on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Fernie Community Centre with the night split between an all-ages family-friendly event earlier in the evening followed by a 19+ party that went into the early hours of Sunday morning.
When not on stage, band vocalist and out crowd with almost 500 locals coming keyboard player Sage McBride and out to the party. several of the other Shred Kelly members Prior to taking to the stage, the band work with children in the community at premiered the music video for their new daycares or as youth care single, the title track workers, making the all“Sing To the Night.” “It was like playing ages event that much more McBride said of the special for the band. premiere, “It was cool for a second family.” “It was like playing for because you usually Sage McBride a second family,” said put videos online and Shred Kelly vocalist and McBride. “We love doing you never get a verbal keyboard player the family shows because reaction, so it was nice it’s nice to do something to have an actual audible for all-ages and it’s great response instead of just in the winter that there’s likes or shares.” something for families with kids to do on In addition to making the crowd jump a Saturday night.” along to their infectious melodies, the The band’s 19+ show resulted in a sell- band’s opening act Sidney York — a
Calgary-based duo who hit Fernie’s Wapiti stage last summer — also warmed the room up. McBride said she was grateful to the community for supporting the band’s CD release — their third effort overall that sonically transcribes the band’s journey from their folk-y roots into banjo-based melodies now washed with more layers of synthesizers than ever before. Physical copies of the album are now available for purchase at Freyja. For locals who missed the CD release event, Shred Kelly will make their homecoming return on March 28 following a cross-country tour that kicked off in Banff on Monday evening.
Elk Valley Literacy Champion awarded By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff
he Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) named local Jillian Doey their Elk Valley Literacy Champion last Tuesday evening at the Sparwood Library. Doey is the coordinator at Sparwood Early Years, a community organization that provides service to caregivers and parents of children under the age of six. Meghan Morton, Community Literacy Coordinator at CBAL, presented Doey with her award. “Jillian is well worthy of this award,” said Morton during the presentation. “As the Early Years Coordinator in Sparwood she works tirelessly to coordinate and/or support programming for children aged 0-6 years old, and she also coordinates learning opportunities for parents or caregivers to help them facilitate the learning of children. The work that Jillian does provides children with many opportunities to learn and grow.” “I’m truly grateful for this award,” said Doey of the accolade. The award is given to a local who shows a commitment to literacy, supports literacy work Jillian Doey received the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy “Champions for Literacy” community award on and speaks about the importance of literacy in the Tuesday evening at the Sparwood library for her work as coordinator at Sparwood Early Years. Photos by S. Kucharski community.
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Mid-January brought warm weather to the Elk Valley. At one point in time the weather was warm enough to walk outside in just a sweatshirt and jeans. For me, this weather was more than welcoming, but in a ski town like Fernie warm weather in the middle of winter can be problematic to say the least. After chatting with some friends, I realized that the lack of snow and cold weather is in fact starting to cause trouble. Several friends and acquaintances working up on the ski hill have started losing shifts in the last week, working three shifts instead of their typical five day work week. This becomes a challenge when you’re relying on consistent hours to pay bills and remain financially comfortable. It seems that some young adults are now in search of part-time jobs to make up for the difference in hours. I spoke with an employee at WorkBC Employment Services East Kootenay (EK Employment) who said that in the last week she’s noticed a few people filtering in from the ski hill in search of part-time work. The employee said the individuals coming in are looking to fill the gap in order to pay for their monthly expenses. This employee noted that this is starting to become a concern. Although part-time work seems like it is readily available in a town like Fernie, balancing two jobs can be a challenge. This is especially true when you take into account that the rest of the ski season is still uncertain. It could start snowing at any point in time, bringing tourists back to the hill. But then what does that mean for employees? Will they go back to working their typical five days a week and be forced to quit their part-time job? It’s unfortunate that the weather has such a huge influence over our economy and over certain employment positions. When I was a teen, I faced a similar situation. Working as a lifeguard for an outdoor pool had its difficulties, as it rained constantly leaving me out of work. Fortunately, I was only in high school and didn’t have bills to pay. I can’t imagine what it would be like for someone that relies on five shifts a week to cover their expenses, especially for someone that moved to Fernie solely to work and ski this winter. I have my fingers crossed that the weather will improve and shifts will go back to normal so these young adults don’t have to scramble to make ends meet.
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Letters to the Editor Letter to the editor in response to Tom Fletcher’s letter Tom Fletcher’s wolf kill justification facts are selective. I’ve read government documents like, “Implementation Plan for Ongoing Management of Boreal Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou pop.14) in British Columbia” as well as the “Science Update for the Boreal Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou, pop. 14) in British Columbia” and the scientists explain very clearly that the caribou population decline is due to “anthropogenic disturbances” explicitly described as “destruction, degradation and/or impairment of biodiversity and natural processes” caused by humans, mostly industry and not wolves. The scientists clarify, “Decreasing the expected rate of decline in the boreal caribou population and significantly reducing the probability of extirpation may be achieved by protecting caribou and their habitat from industrial activities, and managing the size and/or mitigating the effects of industrial footprint” and suggest such actions as “protecting habitat from industrial activities by changing practices associated with industrial activities and standardizing operating and planning practices.”
Elkford's Municipal Bylaws I recently had a very eye opening experience into the bemusing world of municipal bylaws and zoning. As an avid gardener I grow a lot of my families’ food and I thought that a couple of hens for eggs would be a great addition to this. Keeping backyard chickens has really grown in popularity in the last couple years, but first I needed to find out if keeping backyard chickens is permit-
They suggest remediation by, “restoring habitat disturbed by past industrial activities, and developing industry standard management practices” and give examples including, “industrial and military effluent pipeline leaks and flare stack leaks creating mineral licks introducing toxins and mortality” as well as “air-borne pollutants and flare stack sour gas poisoning.” They state, “caribou have low productivity rates, bearing one young per year” and “caribou have many natural predators, besides wolves, including black bear, grizzly bear, wolverines, lynx and even golden eagles, observed preying on neonatal caribou calves in the spring.” Other cumulative ‘threats’ besides wolves and energy production include, “residential and commercial development, agriculture, mining, transportation and service corridors, hunting and logging, natural system modifications including dams and water management /use, invasive and other problematic species such as deer migrating into caribou habitat carrying disease and parasites, pollution and climate change causing habitat shifting and food alteration and temperature extremes.” To blame the wolves and create this ‘WITCH HUNT’, as a helicopter pilot of 20 years in the South Peace region explained it to me, is unjustifiable, this coming from a man who admits to enjoying hunting and killing wolves, who sees the truth regarding what’s happening with the caribou with his own eyes. Stacey Gaiga Port Alberni, B.C. ted in Elkford. I talked to the local bylaw officer and went online to Elkford's website. After much searching I found what I was looking for — it was prohibited. I can handle being told no and fully understand the reasons for not allowing the keeping of chickens on a residential lot. What surprised me was the fact that I felt like I never needed to make a decision as a homeowner beyond paint colour again, the District of Elkford had already made all of the big decisions for me. Continued on page 7
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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Continued from page 6 How many cars I can park on my residential lot, how many pets I can house, how to landscape my yard, how many roommates I can have, how much of my lot I am able to cover with structures and so on, it’s all in there. I was aware that in 2013 Elkford updated/amended the bylaws, but like most people I didn't pay much attention. I think bylaws are completely necessary, please don't get me wrong. I wonder though is the average Elkford resident aware that before they put up that Canadian Tire car tent, they need a permit from the district office? Sure you can put up that temporary structure (car tent or greenhouse) for a small fee, sure you can apply for a variance to build a little taller than is allowed for $50, but when do these bylaws become a cash grab? I am more aware of the bylaws now, however, I noticed countless violations. If we have hundreds of bylaws that are needed to keep order, why is it that the district can decide which ones to enforce and which ones to just ignore? Why include a bylaw if you don't enforce
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it? Is it just in case you really need to throw the book at someone? It was encouraging to see a little more interest in municipal politics in this past election, but somehow it still feels like a forgotten issue for most, with the same old people making the decisions for all of us with little debate or public input. It takes a lot of hard work and planning to keep a town running smoothly and I appreciate the district employees, I love living in Elkford, but maybe there is more the district can do to get people interested in local politics and decision-making. The district has done a great job branding our small town, putting on events like Winter in the Wild and Wildcat Days, however, they can't only involve the public in these things while the powers that be make all the decisions regarding our properties behind closed doors with little public notice of what they are deciding. I remember reading a letter to the editor regarding the deer cull in Elkford. A resident wrote in stating that there was little public notice of this issue and he felt like it was done deliberately so the district could do what they wanted with little opposition. That is not the way to handle municipal affairs. At what point does it change from a district to a dictatorship? Tammy Fedorek Elkford, B.C.
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International Development Week It was my mother's birthday yesterday, and soon it will be mine. As the world turns, my daughter's birthday will naturally follow. When she was born I received a card that said: “Your new baby will bring you love small enough to hold in your arms, but big enough to fill your world with love.” Even while I held her in my arms, I could picture the black and white photographs of my mother holding me. Now let's travel to Africa, shall we, but don't forget the bond of love that I have just described between mother and child. Only this time something is terribly wrong. The child is dead or dying and the mother is crying. Why is it so easy for us to forget or dismiss the pain that a mother there endures when her child dies? Is that mother or child any less deserving than those of us who have so much? This week we celebrate 'International Development Week,' though the word 'celebrate' seems unjustified. While worldwide Overseas Development Aid (ODA) rose by 6.1 per cent in 2013, for a total of 134.8 billion USD in net official develop-
Re: MP David Wilk’s Response to Mr. Stetski Mr. Wilks, I was profoundly disturbed to read the first sentence in your response to Mr. Stetski. I would remind you and your colleagues that while terrorists and radicals do not recognize the rule of law or the rules regarding conduct during wartime, we Canadians do. You are correct when you say that our flag stands the world over as a symbol of freedom, but if you and your colleagues continue to trample civil lib-
ment assistance, Canada's contribution dropped by 11.4 per cent in 2013, a decline of more than $600 million from the previous year. This drop means that Canada spent only 0.27 per cent of its Gross National Income on ODA, far from the UN goal of 0.7 per cent, which is a target all countries agreed to in 1969. It was our own Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson who suggested that number. The end of extreme poverty is actually within reach. All we lack is political will. We have an election year upon us, and an opportunity to make our voices heard, to 'be the change we want to see.' If you like the scene described in the first paragraph, don't simply dismiss and ignore the real life misery described in the second scenario. Do something – appeal to your MP. Exercise and experience your democracy by writing or talking directly to your MP. Let your voice be heard in this election year. What a great way to celebrate 'International Development Week.' Do it!
arts, culture & heritage funding Program brochures and application forms are available online at www.basinculture.com.
erties in the name of “security”, that will change. Terrorism can never destroy our way of life, but our response to that terrorism could be the end of freedom and justice in this nation, not just for the terrorists who threaten us but also for every citizen of this free country. Spying on citizens without warrants, secret trials where the accused cannot confront their accuser and pre-crime detention without charge are not the hallmarks of a free and just society.
Deadline for applications is March 6, 2015, or March 20, 2015, depending on the program. Administered and managed by: Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance P.O. Box 103, Nelson, BC, V1L 5P7. 1.877.505.7355 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Trevor Fairweather Fernie, B.C.
For all of your personal, commercial or industrial automotive repair needs! come check out our new sparwood showroom! From bumper to bumper and the ground up come see Mountain Mechanical for all of your repair needs!
Home of the elk valley’s Most exPerienced Mechanics!
Free local pick up and delivery! 250-425-6535
Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust, invites individuals of all artistic disciplines and arts, culture and heritage groups in the Columbia Basin to apply for project funding.
Connie Lebeau Victoria, B.C.
Correction: In the Thursday, Jan. 29 edition of The Free Press, in the article “Baldy Ridge Extension Project open house,” it stated, “The death of fish was thought to be the result of increased selenium levels.” This information is incorrect. According to Teck, the startup process of the water treatment facility, installed to reduce selenium levels in the water, at the Line Creek Operations is believed to be related to the incident.
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Planting the Seed to Entrepreneurship: Fundamentals of Business Ideas and Planning Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency is pleased to host Planting the Seed to Entrepreneurship: Fundamentals of Business Ideas and Planning. The morning will focus on Fundamentals of Business and what steps to take to become an entrepreneur. The afternoon session will cover Contract Awards and steps to Register as a Business. The workshop will be held at College of the Rockies 342 3rd Ave, Fernie, BC. Thurs Feb 12, 2015 beginning at 9:00 am. Lunch will be provided for the participants as well as excellent door prizes. For information and to register for the Planting the Seed to Entrepreneurship workshop please contact Janice Alpine, KABDA toll free 1 888 480 2464 ext 3164 or email@example.com visit www.kabda.org
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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Friday, Feb. 6 - Thursday, Feb. 12
BOOK THE ARCADE FOR YOUR NEXT AFTERNOON OR EVENING PARTY! Visit www.ferniemovies.com for more info. Call 250-423-3132 to book.
RATED G • 7 pm Nightly 7 pm & 9 pm Fri, Sat & Tues
The Imitation Game
RATED PG • 7 pm Nightly 7 pm & 9:10 pm Fri, Sat & Tues 3 pm Matinees Sat. & Sun. ($6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D)
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• 6:15 to 8:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00am to 8:00pm – Fitness Centre Open at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:00 to 9:30am – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Active Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:30 to 10:30am –Aquafit at the Sparwood Pool • 10:30 to noon – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot Hockey 18+ at the Sparwood Arena • 3:00pm to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 3:45 to 5:00pm – Public Skating at the Sparwood Arena • 4:00 – Special Olympics Athletes Bowling at Sparwood Lanes • 4:00 to 5:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:30 to 9:00 pm – Women’s Night at Old School Boxing • 8:00 to 9:00pm – Aquafit at the Sparwood Pool • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool
• 7:00am to 8:00pm – Fitness Centre Open at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:30 to 10:15am – Aquafit at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 10:30 to 11:15am – Free Admission Public Skate at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 10:30 to noon – Toonie Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot Hockey 18+ at the Sparwood Arena • 1:00 to 2:30pm – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 1:30 to 2:30pm – Parent and Tot Skating at the Sparwood Arena • 1:30 to 2:30pm – Water Walking at the Sparwood Pool • 3:00pm to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 3:45 to 4:45 pm – Swim Club at
the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 4:00 to 6:00pm – Water Slide Open at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:30 to 8:30pm – Opt Fernie Clinic at the Elk Valley Hospital • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Public Skating at the Sparwood Arena • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool
• 6:15 to 8:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00am to 8:00pm – Fitness Centre Open at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:00 to 9:30am – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Active Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:30 to 10:30am –Aquafit at the Sparwood Pool • 9:30 to 10:15am – Aquafit at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 10:30 to noon – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 10:30 to noon – Toonie Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00pm - Fernie Rotary Meeting Park Place Lodge • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot Hockey 18+ at the Sparwood Arena • 1:15 to 2:30pm – Skate & Shoot at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:00pm to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 3:45 to 5:00pm – Public Skating at the Sparwood Arena • 3:45 to 5:00pm – After School Rec Hockey at the Sparwood Arena • 3:45 to 4:45 pm – Swim Club at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 4:00 to 5:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:30 – Ladies Darts at the Fernie Legion (new members welcome) • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:00 to 9:00pm – Aquafit at the Sparwood Pool
• 7:00am to 8:00pm – Fitness Centre Open at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at
the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30 to 11:15am – Free Admission Public Skate at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30 to noon – Toonie Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 10:30 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot Hockey 18+ at the Sparwood Arena • 1:00 to 2:30pm – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 1:30 to 2:30pm – Water Walking at the Sparwood Pool • 3:00pm to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 3:45 to 4:45 pm – Swim Club at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 5:00 to 6:00pm – Lane Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm – Darts at the Sparwood Legion • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Public Skating at the Sparwood Arena • 7:30 to 9:00pm – Women & Men’s Night at Old School Boxing • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 9:30 to 11:00pm – Adult Rec Hockey 19+ at the Sparwood Arena
• 6:15 to 8:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00am to 8:00pm – Fitness Centre Open at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:00 to 9:30am – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Active Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:30 to 10:30am –Aquafit at the Sparwood Pool • 9:30 to 10:15am – Aquafit at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 10:30 to noon – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 10:30 to noon – Toonie Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 10:45 to 11:45am – Youth Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena (No School Fridays) • 10:45 to 11:30am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • Noon to 12:45pm – Public Skate at the Fernie Memorial Arena (No School Fridays) • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot
Hockey 18+ at the Sparwood Arena • 3:00pm to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 3:45 to 4:45 pm – Swim Club at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 4:00 to 5:30pm - Free Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 5:00 to 6:00pm – Lane Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:00 to 8:00pm - $3.00 Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm to 8:15pm – Public Skate at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:00pm – Jam Night every 2nd Friday at the Sparwood Legion • 7:00pm - Jitney Darts at the Fernie Legion – everyone is welcome • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 13+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:00 to 9:00pm – Teen/Adult Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre
• Noon to 6:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • Noon to 6:00pm – Fitness Centre Open at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 1:00 to 2:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:00 to 3:00pm – Family Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:00 to 3:45pm – Public Skate at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:00 to 5:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:30 to 5:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 4:00 to 6:00pm - Meat Draw at the Fernie & Sparwood Legion • 5:00 to 6:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood & Elkford Pool • 6:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood & Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Women & Men’s Night at Old School Boxing • 6:45 to 8:15pm – Public Skate at the Fernie Memorial Arena
• Noon to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • Noon to 6:00pm – Fitness Centre Open at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • Noon to 6:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 1:00 to 2:00pm – Family Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00 to 5:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 2:00 to 4:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:15 to 4:00pm – Public Skate at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:00 to 4:45pm – Public Skating at the Sparwood Arena • 4:00 to 5:00pm – Lane Swim at
the Sparwood Pool • 5:00 to 6:00pm – Lane Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 7:30pm - Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting, Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. Fernie
UPCOMING EVENTS February 6 6 6-8 6 6 6 6 7 7
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Kootenay Old Time Dance! It’s Hip to be Square – Elk’s Hall 6:30 pm Free Women’s Lunch at Fernie Women’s Resource Centre 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Western Ski Cross Race Series #2 at Fernie Alpine Resort Rose Ranger at Infinitea 8:00 pm – Folk/Pop Musician Nerd Dress Up Party with FlatSpin and Straus at the Central Riley J. Ghetto Funk at the Royal Hotel First FridayArt, Food & Wine at the Parkplace Lodge Fernie Snowdrag Races Judgement Night at Fernie Community Centre – amateur boxing fundraiser for Smiles for Shyanne – doors open 6:30 pm. Goosebumpz from New Zealand at the Central – Glitch-Hop Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at the Fernie Legion – register 6:00 pm/ start 6:30 pm Pancake Breakfast Elko Hall 9:00 – 11:00 am - $7.00 per person, children under 10 $3.00 SKIP (Seniors and Kids International Programs) Story Time Rocky Mtn. Village 11:45 am Mobile Library at Seniors Drop in Centre 12:15 – 12:45 pm Fernie Ski and Touring Club AGM at Freshies 7:00 pm – Everyone Welcome Fernie School Aged Care 3rd Annual Valentines Bake Sale Fundraiser at Max Turyk Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley Rockies Fernie Memorial Arena 7:30 pm
CITY OF FERNIE BRITISH COLUMBIA
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City of Fernie CONNECTION | Community Information and Opportunities | www.fernie.ca City Council Meeting Schedule February 2015 1 8 15 22
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Regular Council meetings are open to the public and held at City Hall at 7:00 p.m.
City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall
Ph: 250.423.6817 Fx: 250.423.3034 Email: email@example.com Website: www.fernie.ca 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250.423.4226
Fernie Aquatic Centre
250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250.423.4466
Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3)
For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911
External Posting Leisure Services Department Fernie Aquatic Centre Regular Part-time Cashier Receptionist I no guaranteed hours The City of Fernie Leisure Services Department is now accepting external applications for the Regular Part-time Cashier Receptionist I– no guaranteed hours at the Fernie Aquatic Centre. Detailed applications are to be submitted to the undersigned no later than 4:00pm local time, February 12, 2015. Cam Mertz Director of Leisure Services City of Fernie, 401-4th Avenue PO Box 190, Fernie, B.C. V0B 1M0 T: 250.430-1766 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Curbside Recycling in Fernie for 2015 The City’s Residential Recycling program offers curbside collection of household items picked up on an area basis on alternate Fridays (see schedule below). Residential recycling pickup includes: • • • •
Household plastic #1 to #6 and plastic grocery bags Newsprint, cardboard, box board, egg cartons and mixed paper Tin cans No limit restrictions on recycling
2015 Recycling Collection Schedule AREA 1: Alpine Trail Parkland Annex Maintown AREA 2: West Fernie Ridgemont Mountview Castle Mountain
Jan 2, Jan 16, Jan 30
Feb 13, Feb 27
Mar 13, Mar 27
Apr 10, Apr 24
May 8, May 22
Jun 5, Jun 19
Jul 3, Jul 17, Jul 31
Aug 14, Aug 28
Sep 11, Sep 25
Oct 9, Oct 23
Nov 6, Nov 20
Dec 4, Dec 18, Jan 4
Jan 9, Jan 23
Feb 6, Feb 20
Mar 6, Mar 20
Apr 3, Apr 17
May 1, May 15, May 29
Jun 12, Jun 26
Jul 10, Jul 24
Aug 7, Aug 21
Sep 4, Sep 18
Oct 2, Oct 16, Oct 30
Nov 13, Nov 27
Dec 11, Dec 28, Jan 8
For further information please visit the Garbage & Recycling Collection page on the City website. Information on Household Hazardous Waste and Oil Recycling is available from the Regional District at 1-888-478-7335 or at www.rdek.bc.ca. The Fernie Bottle Depot (1291 Ridgemont Ave) accepts paint aerosols, paint and paint related materials (alkyd paint) and end of life electronics.
Mobile Street Vending Survey The City is seeking feedback through a public survey from the community regarding Mobile Street Vendors operating in the historic downtown core. The survey covers issues as hours of operation, location, proximity to other businesses, etc. We seek to maintain a vibrant downtown that balances the needs of local “sit-down” merchants, street vendors, residents and visitors alike. Take part and make your views known on this important issue! Surveys are available on the homepage of the website now until 4:00pm February 13, 2015.
50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada On February 15, 2015 we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada! Since our red and white maple leaf was first raised on Parliament Hill on February 15, 1965, it has been part of celebrations of the success of Canadians on countless occasions, both at home and abroad. Our national flag speaks to what we have accomplished together, to the historical moments that have served to define us, and to the promising future of Canada. Events will be held across the country and Canadians are encouraged to celebrate and honour the Canadian flag by participating February 15, 2015. Visit the National Flag of Canada website http://pch.gc.ca/ eng/1359734222181 for the history of the flag and specials ways you can celebrate!
Leisure Services Happenings FREE BC Family Day Swim & Skate February 9th is BC Family Day so to celebrate the Fernie Aquatic Centre will be open for public swim from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Spend the afternoon on the Inflatable Crocodile or riding the Waterslide from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. The Fernie Memorial Arena will be home to tons of fun for the whole family. Public Skating times are 3:00pm to 4:30pm and 7:15pm to 8:45pm. Skate & Shoot for all ages 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Please wear helmets. Skate rentals are available for $2. Fernie Memorial Arena At the Fernie Memorial Arena we offer skating programs for the whole family. Take part in Adult Shinny, Skate & Shoot (NEW Time) and No School Friday skating events. Check our website for program dates and times. Fernie Aquatic Centre Pool, Pajamas and Movie Night! Bring your children down to the Fernie Aquatic Centre for a play in the pool, pajamas, popcorn and Despicable Me a fun movie your kids won’t want to miss! Ages 7 and up. February 20, 2015 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Admission is only $14.67+GST Winter 2015 Swim Schedule (January 4 - March 7, 2015) Public Swim Monday to Friday – 7:00am -1:00pm and 3:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday and Sunday – 12:00pm- 6:00pm Water Slide Monday to Friday – 4:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday – 1:00pm – 5:00pm Aqua Fit Active Fit Mon/Wed/Fri – 8:30am – 9:15am Gentle Fit Tues/Thurs/Fri - 10:30am – 11:15am (NEW TIME!) Crocodile Swim 1st and 3rd Saturday each month 3:00pm – 5:00pm For more information on Aquatic Programs including Lifeguard Training courses and Private Aquatic bookings available please call the Fernie Aquatic Centre at 250.423.4466.
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d is tr i c t o f spa rwo o d Box 520, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Phone: 250.425.6271 | Fax: 250.425.7277 Email: email@example.com
Upcoming Meetings of Council Monday, February 16 Monday, February 23 Monday, March 2
(in Council Chambers)
Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 pm Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm
Energy Efficiency Incentive Program
The District of Sparwood has introduced an Energy Efﬁciency Incentive Program. Builders are encouraged to participate in this program. For homes that achieve EnerGuide 80 or better, Sparwood will rebate 50% of the building permit fees and 100% of the energy audit fees. That incentive, combined with the incentives from BC Hydro could add up to almost $6,000 for a typical new home. For more information contact Nelson Wight, Manager of Planning at 250.425.6271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015/16 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. Application forms and proposal guidelines are available at the District of Sparwood Municipal Ofﬁce and on the RDEK website at www. rdek.bc.ca under CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. The application deadline for project proposals is 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2015.
Request for Proposal
2015 Polygon 1 Windthrow Salvage
The District of Sparwood is requesting responses to this Request for Proposal for removal of conifer blowdown and clean-up of debris. Treatments are to be carried out on approximately 4.3ha and include cutting and disposal of windthrown, merchantable coniferous stems and downed woody material. Material is to be utilized and all post-harvest debris must be disposed of either by removal, burning and/or by other means proposed by the bidder. The estimated timber volume is 500m3 All enquiries regarding this Request for Proposal must be directed to: Mr. Geoff Byford, RPF Tanglefoot Forestry Consultants Ltd. PO Box 134, 1724 Industrial Rd. #2 Cranbrook, BC V1C 4H7 Phone: 250.489.0624 Cell: 250.417.9838 Email: email@example.com
Sealed proposals clearly marked “Bid Proposal – 2015 Polygon 1 Windthrow Salvage” must be received by 4:00 pm, Friday, February 13, 2015 by the ofﬁce of Mr. Jim Jones, Director of Fire Services, District of Sparwood, Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0, ﬁrechief@ sparwood.ca. Note – proposals may also be hand delivered to this ofﬁce located at 479 Pine Avenue in Sparwood. RFP documents may be viewed on the District of Sparwood web page at www.sparwood.ca. RFP documents may be picked up at Sparwood Fire Hall #1, 479 Pine Avenue or the Main Ofﬁce, 136 Spruce Avenue in Sparwood.
BC Family Day: Monday, February 9, 2015
GET CONNECTED STAY INFORMED
THERE WILL BE NO GARBAGE PICKUP ON BC FAMILY DAY
Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Please note that the Main Ofﬁce, Planning & Engineering, and Public Works Ofﬁces will be closed on Family Day.
The Recreation Centre will have a free public swim from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and a free public skate with complimentary skate rentals from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. For more information on the public swim please call 250-425-0552.
District of Sparwood Building Inspection and Permit Services
Building permits provide homeowners and building owners with a reasonable assurance that the structure will perform as intended and provide occupants with an acceptable level of life safety. District of Sparwood Inspection Services is the approving authority for all construction and renovations and is responsible for: • Issuing building/plumbing permits • Inspection of construction for all types of buildings • Plan review • Building code administration
The best way to ﬁnd out if you need a permit is to contact the Building Inspector prior to beginning.
In the past Sparwood has not required a survey certiﬁcate for new construction, but this practice is coming to an end. As of April 1, 2015 the District will require a survey certiﬁcate at the foundation stage.
Be responsible and be safe. Contact the Building Inspector, Riley Barnfather, for information on permits at: District of Sparwood 136 Spruce Avenue 250-425-6271 OR 250-425-6833 or buildingofﬁcial@sparwood.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org
TEA & TAXES & TREATS If you live in Sparwood, you are invited to a Public Budget Consultation Meeting that will be held to discuss the District’s Financial Plan for the next five years. Council invites and encourages the public to attend and provide feedback that will assist Council in setting priorities for our community.
Wednesday, February 25 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue
Can’t make it? You will miss the yummy treats but you will be able to find the information displayed at Greenwood Mall and on our website for the month of March.
sparwood.ca Feedback? PO Box 520 Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Email: email@example.com
Phone: 250.425.6271 Fax: 250.425.7277
Letters to the Editor continued from page 7 Letter to the editor in response to MP David Wilks letter In March 2003, Stephen Harper wrote
a servile letter to the Wall Street Journal apologizing to the Americans because the Chrétien government had refused to put Canadian troops in harm’s way in Iraq. Since then, Harper has put young Canadians in harm's way in Afghanistan: Ground Zero for the 158 who died there, and has offered very little support for those who came home, bearing psycho-
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logical and physical scars from Kandahar and the Panjwai Valley. When Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks was reminded of this in Wayne Stetski's letter concerning the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), (The Free Press, Jan. 22), he responded (The Free Press, Jan. 29), but unfortunately avoided any mention of the following in his letter: That the DVA underspent its budget (2006-2013),
returning $1.13 billion to the treasury this $1.13 billion is what remained of the $5 billion, all of which Mr. Wilks falsely claimed in his letter was invested in the DVA. That in 2011-12, DVA managers were paid $343,000 in bonuses to cut services for veterans and have spent, to date, $694,000 in fighting veterans' compensation claims in court. Continued on page 12
District of Elkford 816 Michel Road P.O. Box 340 Elkford, B.C. V0B 1H0 P.250.865.4000 • F.250.865.4001 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.elkford.ca
Land Held for Resale Price Listing January 2015
Community Conference Centre Toboggan Hill, Lit every evening! 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, Council hereby gives notice of its intention to dispose of the following land by sale, subject to an Option to Purchase agreement.
Property Zone Size (Acres)
Estimated Development Cost Charges
Total to be paid to District (excluding GST)
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Urban Wildlife Management Advisory Committee
Mobile Home Housing (Map 1) 410 Bickford Drive Lot 68, DL 3512, Plan 13132
Apartment Residential (Map 2) Alpine Way
Lot 258, DL 3512, PL 14725
Neighbourhood Commercial (Map 3) Balmer & Caribou
Lot B, DL 3512, PL 14706
13 Bear Paw
Lot C, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 0.229
17 Bear Paw
Lot E, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 0.331
19 Bear Paw
Lot F, DL 8965, PL NEP91179
21 Bear Paw
Lot G, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 0.289
2 Bear Paw
Lot H, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 0.476
6 Bear Paw
Lot I, DL 8965, PL NEP91179
8 Bear Paw
Lot J, DL 8965, PL NEP91179
10 Bear Paw
Lot K, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 0.150
Lot 9, DL 3512, PL 14726
The District is seeking to ﬁll two (2) positions. Membership is open to residents of the District of Elkford only. Volunteer Application Forms and copies of the Terms of Reference are available at the District Municipal Ofﬁce or the District of Elkford’s website at www.elkford.ca. Applications will be accepted at the District Municipal Ofﬁce, by mail, fax or e-mail, no later than February 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm.
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The Urban Wildlife Management Advisory Committee examines the issues related to urban wildlife within the District of Elkford and provides advisory services to Council related to these issues.
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The sales are subject to conditions of a sales agreement and are generally as outlined below: 1. An offer must be for an amount not less than the Council approved List Price; 2. An offer must include a 10% deposit; 3. An offer must be submitted on the District of Elkford form; 4. The contract of purchase and sale requires that the purchaser enter into an Option to Purchase agreement that will be registered at the Land Titles Ofﬁce. The Option to Purchase agreement must require that the purchaser complete a building on the Property for the use as authorized in the Zoning Bylaw, by December 31 in the year that is no more than three years after the acceptance of the offer. If a building is not completed as required the District will have the right to repurchase the property within ten years from the date of registration of the option at the Land Titles Ofﬁce. Development Zones * All sales subject to sales agreement including building requirement. Mobile Home Housing - R-MH For more information, please contact: Apartment Residential - R-4 Curtis Helgesen, Chief Administrative Ofﬁcer, or Service Commercial - C-2 Scott Beeching, Director of Planning and Development Services Neighbourhood Commercial - C-3 District of Elkford PO Box 340, 816 Michel Road Elkford, BC V0B 1H0 250.865.4000 email@example.com www.elkford.ca
Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
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Winter in the Wild! February 13 and 14, 2015
It might be cold, it might be snowing, but here in Elkford we know how to have a howling good time despite the weather. So put on a parka, grab your hat and mitts and join us for a fun-ﬁlled family weekend! Fireworks and activities for the entire family! Events Outline (Please note: events subject to change without notice) Friday, February 13th • Rocky Mountain Elementary/Elkford Secondary Snowman & Quinzee Building • Elkford Secondary Winter Activity Afternoon • Pee Wee Zone Hockey Playoffs • Bonﬁre, ﬁreworks, and Torchlight Run • Night Skiing • Public Swimming Saturday, February 14th • Pancake Breakfast • Pee Wee Zone Hockey Playoffs • Snow Ball Tournament • Family Sled and Skate Party with free hot chocolate • Sleigh rides • Paintball • Outdoor public skating • Turkey Toss • Wapiti Ski Club’s Family Fun Day activities • Public swimming • Preschool Pizza and Dance Party • Family Movie Night • 2015 Ladies’ and Newbie Ride and Valentine’s Day Dance, hosted by the Betties Power Sports Network Sunday, February 15th • Pee Wee Zone Hockey Playoffs
Citizens’ Advisory Committee @ 6 pm @ the Community Conference Centre Regular Council @ 6 pm Regular Council @ 6 pm
These meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.
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Continued from page 11 That in 2012 the Harper government spent $28 million to celebrate the bicentennial of the burning of Washington, although there may be few, if any, veterans surviving from the War of 1812. That further cuts of $132 million to the DVA budget are scheduled for 2016. Our veterans' sacrifices, however, have not been in vain. Their most recent military engagements have propelled our prime minister onto the world's political stage where he struts and swaggers up there with the big boys. And it may be that veterans, some even from their wheelchairs, will be grateful that Mr. Harper has allowed their financial sacrifices to help balance his next budget. Somehow though, I doubt it.
Ode to the Troops Mr. Wilks’ recent attack on one of his constituents (Letter to the Editor, Free Press, Jan 29, 2015) is par for the modern day Harper Conservative course. While Mr. Wilks proclaims a $5 billion cash infusion into Veterans Affairs, Harper wraps himself in the flag. Neither man mentions that veterans’ claim administrators routinely receive bonuses for not spending the money allocated to Veterans Affairs – a political flim-flam by taking credit for spending money on veterans, while simultaneously being good fiscal stewards by coming in under budget. Meanwhile services are reduced by closing physical locations in favour of phone apps making it more difficult for non-techsavvy senior veterans to access service, while also making denial of claims easier via digital disassociation. Furor among veterans erupts. A minister is then replaced with a cheerleader to quell veteran dissent. Then there’s always the $694,000 in taxpayer dollars spent fighting brain damaged war vets in Supreme Court to prevent them from getting the equivalent of an injured domestic worker
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on CPP, as well as eliminating lifetime injury pensions to boot. We should ask Mr. Wilks: How should we recruit more soldiers required for national defense in a hostile world if it’s public knowledge that your government treats them with such contempt after they do their job – which is to sacrifice themselves for us? Canada is now less safe than it was when the Conservatives took power. Global terror is on the rise. We’ve already sustained deadly attacks on our home soil at Parliament itself. Veterans Affairs is broken. But the battle cry is still: “We are going to be attacked and killed, so don’t vote for the other guy or we will more likely be attacked and killed.” We’ve already been attacked. Canadians have already been killed. Canada is less secure, both physically and financially, than before the Harper Conservatives showed up on our doorstep. Fear of change is, as Mr. Wilks knows all too well, a potent weapon at election time – and that the truth is always the first casualty of war. Alex Hanson Fernie, B.C.
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ernie is home to many successful women in business, including artist Angela Morgan, and this small community caters to women exploring and growing their businesses. Last week Infinitea T-Bar & Boutique was filled
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with career driven women, and a few men, as the Fernie Chamber of Commerce hosted their first Women in Business event. “One thing I find just totally inspiring are the number of women owning businesses in town,” Rhea Wilson with the Fernie Chamber of Commerce said. “I was just awestruck by it.” As a way of commending their achievements, the chamber brought a room full of women together in order to discuss how their businesses became successful. Through social interactions like last week’s, the chamber hopes to develop a support network for businesswomen in the Elk Valley. “Sometimes it’s nice to just have that support,” Wilson noted, adding that Fernie’s support network is something that initially drew her to move here in September. “There was something about this town, I was just compelled to come here.” After socializing among themselves, the ladies sat down to listen to guest speaker Angela Morgan, who spoke about her early success and how she developed her business into what it is now. With 12 galleries across Canada, a gallery in Switzerland and a recently opened gallery in Southern Ireland, Morgan has been able to re-define success. Comparing her business to trying to catch a runaway train, Morgan noted that her fine arts career has been both exciting and rewarding. “That seems to be what’s happened to my business in the last couple of years,” said Morgan. “It has really taken off.”
Local artist Angela Morgan spoke about her business during the Fernie Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business event, held at Infinitea. Photo by K. Dingman
By following a few words of advice, Morgan has been able to focus her time and energy into the creative aspects of her work, while finding like-minded employees to sell her work and assist her in creating her final products. “Paint what you know. Do what you know,” she said. “You follow that and everything else will follow along.” For Morgan, that entails painting light-hearted, happy images of children and families, images that she described as colourful and full of life. “I just stuck with what I knew,” added Morgan. Morgan opened up the floor to questions during her presentation and invited Women in Business event attendees to view some of her work, including an array of bright pillowcases, clothing and blankets.
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TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
You have some success in your professional life. You bring together a lot of people for a specific event and benefit from some discounts.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 21)
You want to conquer the world this week. Your head is filled with great ideas, and you succeed in all your endeavours. You receive many congratulations.
CANCER (June 22 - July 22)
You spend a lot of time at home or in the company of family members. They entrust you with some new, rather overwhelming responsibilities.
LEO (July 23 - August 22)
At work, you hear a rumour about a good promotion. However, you’d better negotiate your new working conditions well in order to avoid more stress.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
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LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)
There’s lots of action on the horizon this week, especially if you have young children. You might hear that a family member is going to live abroad for a while.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
The harsh winter tends to drain your energy. But during this phase right now, you may be filled with inspiration and create a real work of art.
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There are always lots of people around you, to the point where you find the situation quite stressful at times. A little rest is going to be necessary before the end of the week.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)
Don’t be too surprised if you’re assigned some new client responsibilities. You are very popular and people want to do business with you.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
You feel like going on a nice trip. You want to have some new adventures, each one more fabulous than the next. You also think about signing up for a course.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
You feel on edge, especially if you’re living through a rather bumpy financial situation. Fortunately, solutions are not be too long in coming.
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By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff
he Family Fishing Derby for Kids with Cancer will return to the area for its sixth year on B.C. Family Day. Undeterred by recent mild temperatures, the derby will proceed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9 near Fort Steele at Horseshoe Lake. Families from the Elk Valley can get together to enjoy a day of ice fishing, tobogganing and kid-friendly activities like snow painting, tug-owar and ice jug bowling as well as a silent auction and 50/50 draw. Another huge draw of the derby is
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Itâ€™s all about the kids at Family Fishing Derby child. The Fishing Derby assists in raising funds for travel expenses to receive treatment, financial support for families, wigs and peer support. Opportunities for vacation from treatment are also an option for local children, giving families the opportunity to travel to Disneyland or take a houseboat vacation on Lake Koocanusa. Families that would like to enter should contact the event organizers. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors and are available at Fernieâ€™s Extra Foods or online at Last yearâ€™s Fishing Derby drew a large crowd of www.eastkootenay.snapd.com. families from the Elk Valley.
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‘Panger’ brings back the stack I
Jeff Orser and Brandon Butler stack the pads as Gerry Pang explains the use of the old-time hockey maneuver. Photo by S.Moulton
Gerry Pang, the goaltending consultant for the Fernie Ghostriders, with Brandon Butler (left) and Jeff Orser (right). Photo by S. Moulton
t’s an otherwise normal Tuesday night practice at the Fernie Memorial Arena, but something different is brewing down in the crease. Goalie tandem Jeff Orser and Brandon Butler listen patiently to the team’s goaltending consultant Gerry Pang, then take turns throwing themselves sideways in front of the net in a way not often seen anymore – known to the hockey world as the two-pad stack. “This is a desperation move … but shooters don’t expect today’s goalies to stack the pads,” explains Pang. “The desperation move just might save a goal, so why not bring back the stack?” With decades of experience in all things goaltending, Pang has seen more than a few strategies come and go in an attempt to stop a puck. It’s been 45 years since he helped his son, Darren, strap on the pads for the first time, before overseeing his eventual development into a NHL netminder for the Chicago Blackhawks. Here in the KIJHL, the Fernie Ghostriders have benefited greatly over the years from the wisdom and patience that Pang brings to the bench as a volunteer consultant. “Panger has been around for so long and has so much experience, and as the elder statesman, I find he has a calming factor,” says Craig Mohr, the head coach and general manager of the Riders. “He gives the goaltenders a voice and is someone they can talk to; someone who is there specifically to watch them, because sometimes goalies can get forgotten.” As Orser and Butler continue practicing their new manoeuvre, it is clear how much they appreciate the guidance of their mentor. However, when Pang begins speaking about his pupils, it quickly becomes obvious that the respect is mutual. “It’s a real pleasure to work with our two young goalies … even in a
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Standings DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Eddie Mountain
By Sara Moulton Free Press Staff
GP W L T D OTL Pts
y-Fernie Ghostriders 47 x-Kimberley Dynamiters 47 x-Creston Valley Thunder Cats 46 x-Golden Rockets 47 Columbia Valley Rockies 46
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DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Neil Murdoch
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GP W L T D OTL Pts 46 48 48 47 45
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DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Doug Birks
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GP W L T D OTL Pts 45 47 48 47 46
30 23 25 22 19
12 16 21 20 20
0 2 1 0 2
1 0 0 0 0
2 6 1 5 5
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DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Okanagan
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Fernie Alpine Ski Team teens head to Winter Games the Big White Resort slopes in the Ski X category. “It feels pretty cool because there’s so many other skiers out there and it feels cool to be at the top,” Mittertreiner said. Mittertreiner’s mother Jan Donald added, “I think it’s remarkable because the Canada games only happen every four years and it’s only for U16 athletes. It’s kind of great timing.” The 16-year-old boys have both been skiing since they were just two, beginning their racing careers at the young age of six. “I just like the challenge and the competition,” Mittertreiner said. “It’s just really fun, I’ve loved it my whole life.” Ryan added, “It keeps me fit.” The athletes travel to Fernie nearly every weekend to ski the powdery slopes of Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR). “We’ve grown up skiing in Fernie,” said Mittertreiner. In fact, Ryan’s mother Susan Finley said she and her husband have been coming to Fernie every weekend for the past 28 years. Ryan Finley (left) and Devin Mittertreiner gear “They’re here because we are,” she said of up for the Canada Winter Games. the boys. “When the kids were born, nothing Photo by K. Dingman changed. All our kids love skiing so we’re lucky.” By Katelyn Dingman Susan went on to say, “It’s a holiday every Free Press Staff weekend. It’s beautiful to be here.” The next stop for these enthusiastic boys he BC Alpine Ski Association finalized its Canada Winter Games selection last is Whistler, where the boys will compete in Friday, with two Fernie Alpine Ski Team as many as four disciplines, including Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Ski X. Opening (FAST) teens making their way to the top. Competing against over 50 U16 category racers Ceremonies for the Canada Winter Games are from around the province, Devin Mittertreiner set for Feb. 13 in Prince George, B.C. and Ryan Finley, both from Calgary, dominated
Encouraging youth to take a swing at golfing By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff
ernie Golf & Country Club is swinging in the new year with some great deals for youth interested in golfing at their picturesque course. This season, junior memberships will be free of charge with the purchase of an adult pass. The offer also applies to the couple adult memberships, which will include two junior memberships. “It’s one of the things we’re doing that we wanted to promote in the community,” Mel Dies General Manager/Executive Professional Fernie Golf & Country Club said. “We’ve been trying to do everything we could do to encourage them to get out [onto the course].” Although the golf club provides Fernie students from Isabella Dicken Elementary, Fernie Secondary School and Fernie Academy, between 500 and 600 per season, with the opportunity to golf through their summer camps, Dies noted that children rarely come to play outside of those camps. “Our concern with this is that it’s not developing a lot of juniors into coming and playing on their own,” he noted. “We’re trying to find ways of making it attractive for the juniors not just to come for three or four times with the school but to actually come out and play golf.” For children who want to pursue golfing but may not have a chance to get a free membership, junior packages are available for $199 a season. Previously, junior memberships were restricted to golfing on the 18-hole course and a range membership had to be purchased separately. “A lot of kids would just buy range memberships and practice,” Dies said, noting that this year, prices include both the 18-hole course memberships and the range membership. “It makes it pretty affordable when you compare it to other sports,” he said of the golfing memberships. The current discounted prices are available until March 1 and the course hopes to open at the beginning of May, depending on conditions.
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Elk Valley Snowmobile Club races into season By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff
Hundreds of snowmobilers gathered for the Elk Valley Snowmobile Club’s social. Submitted photo
fter several years of negotiations with the federal government and working to promote themselves in the community, the Elk Valley Snowmobile Club (EVSC) have grown their small unestablished club into a legitimate organization keen to ride some of the best powder in North America. Last week, EVSC held their first official get-together, attracting hundreds of snowmobilers from near and far. “We had a well attended weekend,” EVSC president Dan Rotella said. “We had over 100 snowmobilers come in from all over B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.” The snowmobile club first made their mark on the valley in 2013 when they hosted a poker run — an event where snowmobilers visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each destination in the hopes of claiming the best dealt poker hand. “It was a tremendous event,” Rotella noted, “[but] at that time we didn’t have a legitimate trail system like we do now. A lot has transpired.” After negotiating terms with the federal government, the EVSC is now operating out of the Morrissey Creek area.
In fact, the organization has set up camp at Wranglers Cabin this season with the hopes of drawing locals and visitors alike to enjoy some powdery fun. Their first event, held on Sunday, Jan. 18 proved to be successful, attracting snowmobile enthusiasts for a day of snowmobiling, barbequing and lounging by the fire. The club hopes to host another poker run within the next few weeks. All funds raised during the events are distributed to Elk Valley charities. “Our club wishes to establish ourselves as a contributing group of riders who will focus on organizing fun events and rides, with all our proceeds going toward worthwhile charities in the Elk Valley,” the EVSC website says. “We presently consist of a core group of men and women who have a passion for the outdoors and appreciate the Elk Valley area for what it is; second to none in breathtaking scenery, great people and some of the best snowmobiling on the continent!” For more information on the club and for a list of places where you can pick up your membership, including GearHub Sports, visit their website at www.elkvalleysnow. ca
Judgement Night to deliver knockout fundraiser By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff
Emma Van Tussenbroek, an employee at Yamagoya, trains with Mike Johnson for Judgement Night. Photo by S. Kucharski
n Saturday, Feb. 7, Fernie Old School Boxing’s fundraiser at the Fernie Community Centre — dubbed Judgement Night — will be raising money for Fernie local Shyanne Osmond and the medical bills she and her family will face. Volunteer boxers from local businesses have been training for the last few months for their time in the ring and will take up six fights on the night’s docket. In addition to these volunteers, fights from Old School Boxing Club members and a number of amateur boxers who hail from Kelowna, Saskatoon and Vancouver will also keep attendees entertained. With each punch and ticket sale, the event hopes to raise funds for six-year-old Osmond who was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that requires extensive surgery. A move across the country to Ontario was compulsory for the family in order to access the level of care that
Shyanne needs. “It promises to be a great night,” said Old School Boxing President Mike Johnson. “By supporting this event you are supporting Smiles For Shyanne [a charity in Shyanne’s name] and amateur boxing in B.C.” Sales from tickets as well as bar and event t-shirts will go towards Smiles For Shyanne. Tickets are available for $20 each at Yamagoya Sushi, Giv’Er Shirt Works, Stephanie’s Glass, Boardstiff or at the door the night of.
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SCHERER, CHRISTINA “KITTY” Passed away in Cranbrook on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Beloved wife of Derek Scherer. Loving mother of Chris, Robert and Serena Scherer. Cherished daughter of Ernest Schmidt and the late Kathryn McCastle. Dear sister of Wendy Jarvis (Daryl), Barb Black (Doug), Ernie Schmidt, and Eric Schmidt (Tammy). Besides her mother, Kitty was predeceased by her infant daughter Anna Rose Marie Scherer and her brother Robert Schmidt. Kitty was an avid knitter, and many were recipients of one of her hand-crafted-with-love dish cloths. She loved animals, and simple things. Prayers were held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church where a Funeral Mass was held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM. Interment followed the service in Rivercrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Kitty’s name to the charity of donor’s choice. Memories and condolences received at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services, Fernie, BC.
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ocals filled up the benches at Clawhammer Press & Gallery on Jan. 22 to enjoy the passionate lyrics of Winnipeg-based band The Small Glories, a musical union between folk/root artists Cara Luft and JD Edwards. The Small Glories filled the room with their powerful vocal blend and acoustic beat, along with their humorous stories of life and love, while an audience of nearly 50 listened with anticipation. Luft noted after developing a relationship with Michael and Anie Hepher and being introduced into their Fernie gallery, it has become one of her favourite locations to play, having frequented the venue on numerous occasions. “There’s always just such a great audience and I think that’s partly why it ends up being such a wonderful experience from the performers point of view,” said Luft. “Mike and Anie have created a space there, and their personalities are really community oriented. They’ve created an evening out for people where it feels like everyone’s connecting with one another.” Luft commended Fernie for having a great sense of community. “There’s something about Fernie and the vibe,” Luft added. Although The Small Glories was only formed at the end of 2012, when Edwards and Luft were partnered together for the Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre’s 25th anniversary concert, the duo project has been able to establish themselves throughout Winnipeg. Luft said they are now working diligently to build the buzz and get the word out about their music, with a feature length album expected to come out in the new few month. “Once the album is out [in five or six months] we’ll be coming back through western Canada on some big CD release tour dates,” she noted. “Hopefully we’ll be in Fernie for that because we really, really love it here.”
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Feb. JD Edwards and Cara Luft sang to a crowd of locals at the Clawhammer Press & Gallery on Jan. 22. Photos by K. Dingman
Between his performances Plessis took the opportunity to address the audience of nearly 100 attendees, providing insight and history into his relationship with the pieces he alented pianist Jesse Plessis played a concert for a full played, including anecdotes and stories of his coming to crowd at Mountainside Church on learn them on piano. Saturday, Jan. 31. “I really do think that goes a long The recital marked the Sparwoodway,” noted Elias. “I really think it “As time has gone on, Jesse grown musician’s first show in Fernie in brings the pieces to life and allows has gotten infinitely more the last year and a half. audience members to connect with busy, so we were really “As time has gone on, Jesse has gotten the music in a whole different way lucky to have him.” infinitely more busy, so we were really and Jesse does a great job of that.” lucky to have him,” said Sylvia Elias, 88 The 88 Keys Grand Piano Society Sylvia Elias Keys Grand Piano Society president. hosted Plessis as part of their 88 Keys Grand Piano Society Plessis played a selection of pieces, mandate to bring classical music President including iterations of Chopin, Debussy programs to the community. and Beethoven. By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff
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Powerful poet at Booked! series By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff
oet and novelist Amber Dawn paints a frank and candid portrait of her life over a 15-year period — narrating her history of sex work, queer identity and surviving in a neighbourhood that became synonymous with missing women. Dawn was in Fernie Saturday, Jan. 31 as part of the Fernie Library’s Booked! series. At the event, Dawn presented her novel, How Poetry Saved My Life, which marries her love of poetry with autobiographical prose and personal essays. “I had this bright idea that I would pair an incredibly popular genre that is the memoir and an incredibly unpopular genre that is poetry and hope one would influence the other,” explained Dawn of the stylistic union. Since its release in 2013, Dawn said she has been approached by many women who praised her for telling a story that Dawn herself feels is greatly misunderstood. “First and foremost I really wanted this book to reach other survivors and sex workers, people who grew up perhaps feeling stuck or feeling silenced. I wanted to encourage people that no story is too stigmatized to be able to hone it or tell it,” said Dawn. Much of Dawn’s earlier autobiographical stories speak of her time as a street worker in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood where many women went missing and were subsequently killed. Angie Abdou, Booked! series program coordinator, described Dawn as a powerful presence. “I was in Vancouver for a writer’s festival and I went to a panel that some of my friends were speaking on. Amber was there too but I didn’t attend primarily
Poet Amber Dawn made her way to the Fernie Heritage Library last weekend for the Booked! series. Photo by S. Kucharski
for her … but when [Dawn] spoke I was covered in goosebumps and I knew I had to get this women to Fernie,” said Abdou of her invitation to Dawn to take part in Fernie’s literary series. “It was a brave story that I thought a lot of people needed to hear and I think it’s a testament to her writing and the power of words,” Abdou added. Throughout the book, Dawn said that she tries to display a multifaceted portrait of her life. The succinctly titled novel uses poetry as the anchor that pulled her through many difficult moments in her life, but the author also makes note of how words and literature can be celebrated through comedy and love as well.
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he Fernie Museum, in partnership with the Fernie Rotary Club, are pleased to welcome Canadian Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury to Fernie on Wednesday Feb.11. As a featured athlete in the museum's Olympic Spirit exhibit, Tewksbury was excited to come to town. Tewksbury will be making presentations on anti-bullying at Fernie Secondary School. He will also speak about the fundamentals of achievement with the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club. The main event, The Fundamentals of Leadership: Stories from the Chef (de mission) will be a luncheon presentation hosted by the Fernie Rotary Club and held at the Park Place Lodge at 11:30 a.m. Tickets or reservations can be purchased or made online at www.eventbrite.com or at the Fernie Museum. Tewksbury first came to prominence as the star athlete who burst out of the water at the Barcelona Olympics. He’s an Olympic champion with gold, silver and bronze medals, numerous awards and a cover appearance in TIME magazine. Following his swimming career, Tewksbury has hosted television shows, authored three books and has become a sought-after speaker. He was the master of ceremonies for the Dalai Lama’s Canadian appearances, and was invited by the government of France to address human rights at the United Nations in New York City. Tewksbury was the chef de mission returning to the Olympic Village in 2012. He also led the Canadian Olympic Team and its 600+ person delegation at the 2012 London games. Tewksbury will share stories from behind-thescenes, bringing some fundamental leadership traits to life.
Tewksbury sits on the board of directors for the Special Olympics Canada, is the National Ambassador for CANFAR’s Legacy Group, and is honorary coach for Team Canada competing at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this summer. For more information contact the Fernie Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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have a December baby. Three turned four in December. So technically, Shelby Cain she’s ready for kindergarten in September. I’m having a very hard time with this. While I will admit that a small part of the problem may be my desperate desire to have my last baby home with me a little while longer - in the afternoons only of course - the larger part of the problem is that when I watch her interact with kids born in the beginning of the year, I’m not sure she’s ready. The chasm of development and maturity that occurs between these early years is like the Grand Canyon. Obvious even from space. I realize this is not the case for every child. Some December babies are ready. And I know she still has half a year to grow and mature and gain the skills she’ll need academically and socially to forge into a full day of kindergarten. But what’s the rush? If you know me, then I have probably asked you lately if you or your kids have later birthdays, and if so, what’s your experience been? I’m slightly obsessed. There are tons of books and articles on the subject, which leaves me with some sense of validation. At least I’m not the only one struggling with this. I’ve spoken to parents who wish they would’ve held their kids back. I’ve talked to grown men who had a later birthday and always felt they were playing catch up with their peers. But the other side of the coin is, what’s wrong with a bit of a challenge? In our lifetime we face a lot of challenges, and the ability to thrive in the face of them is priceless. Why not start young? Without challenge comes boredom, which isn’t great either. So here I am, standing at a crossroads between teaching her it’s okay to back down from challenges, or potentially destroying her confidence. Once again, parenting is harder than I ever expected it to be. I just want her to be happy, and I know she’s got the basics down. Most of us learn them pretty young. Be kind. Share. Surround yourself with people who love you. Don’t let anyone take your sunshine away. When I think back on mistakes I’ve made in my life - some of which still make me shudder - most of the time I knew better, but did the opposite. I can’t begin to tell you why. But I don’t think a little more confidence would’ve been a bad thing. So maybe giving our kids more time to stew in themselves before sending them out into the world, or in this case kindergarten, wouldn’t be a bad thing. Maybe.
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THE ROAD TO THE OLYMPICS The Fernie Museum & The Fernie Rotary Club present
Canadian Olympian Mark Tewksbury WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11 11:30 am PARK PLACE LODGE $25 Luncheon Presentation The Fundamentals of Leadership: Stories from the Chef (de mission) Mark Tewksbury burst onto the scene at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, winning gold in a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the 100 metre backstroke. Twenty years later, Mark returned to the Olympic Village again, this time leading the Canadian Olympic Team and its 600+ person delegation at the 2012 London games. Mark will share stories from behind-the-scenes to bring some fundamental leadership traits to life.
Reservations and Tickets available online eventbrite.com Fernie Or the Fernie Museum Welcome Desk Open 7 days 10am-5pm OLYMPIC SPIRIT: CANADA’S SPORTS HEROES Fernie Museum | November 28 to March 29
The Fernie Museum’s exhibit Olympic Spirit: Canada’s Sport Heroes features portraits of 12 Canadian Olympians, including Tewksbury, who have led Canadian sports culture through the years.
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Make Love, Not War Play More than just muffins: Parents of school-age children discussion group school sweetheart, a married couple facing the challenges of marriage and a British Tourist. “It’s a romance,” Steele added. “We just wanted to do something different from the Christmas show.” Catered to adults, the musical will feature an originally scripted performance and a live band, singing mainly adapted songs with one original song. In fact, Steele and From left: Erik Thorlakson, Rachel Butterworth, Doreen Oosterhuis, Oosterhuis began Regan Haydu, Markus Glickman, Virginia Robinson, Denise Baughan, writing this play in Nadine Steele, Casey Brennan and Andy Blakemore gear up to perform the summer of 2014 an original play Make Love Not War. Missing: Randal Macnair and and, with input from Suzanne Champagne. their cast, have been Photo by K. Dingman continuously adapting it since. By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff “We collaborate with our cast about the songs, the characters and the plot,” Steele noted. “Our Do you want to dance and hold my hand,” motto is you speak, we tweak,” Oosterhuis the actors of Fernie’s original play Make added. Love, Not War sang last Thursday evening This performance was made possible with at the Fernie Arts Station. assistance from the Columbia Basin Trust, through The local musicans, along with 10 local their Columbia Kootenay Culture Alliance actors and actresses, are gearing up for writes/ (CKCA) grant, which Steel said encourages local producers Nadine Steele and Doreen Oosterhuis’ artists to get involved in performances such as original play, set to take place at the Arts Station this one. on Feb. 20 and 21. “That’s what we feel our play is doing,” said After selling out of tickets for their Christmas Steele, who noted that the 10 artists involved in performance, held during the annual What the play are all from Fernie. the Dickens Christmas celebration, Steele and “There’s nobody that doesn’t live here,” Oosterhuis are confident that their self-coined Oosterhuis added. ‘home grown musical for grownups’ will be a hit. Among the actors and actresses in the play Set in the Elk Valley, the ‘70s themed are Erik Thorlakson, Regan Haydu, Markus performance will showcase the struggles faced Glickman, Randal Macnair and Andy Blakemore. by an array of characters, including a young Tickets for Make Love, Not War will go on sale veteran from Afghanistan in search of his high- Feb. 4.
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here are many support and discussion groups in the Elk Valley for parents with children under the age of six, but Meghan Morton felt that there was a gap in terms of service for children over that age. Morton is the Community Literacy Coordinator at the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) and she created the program Muffins and More — a program that facilitates discussions with local parents about different types of literacy and learning. “There is so much support for parents during the early years but once your kids hit school-age, you’re kind of left on your own,” said program facilitator Chrisy Hill. “So Meghan came up with this fantastic program where we can help each other out. We discuss a different topic about learning and literacy and how we can help each other help our kids,” said Hill. The group meets at Max Turyk Elementary School every Tuesday morning, with a room next to their meeting place for their younger children to play. “We get maybe six or eight parents a week, but it can vary depending on who can get away,” explained Hill of group attendance. Last week, Muffin attendees discussed Family Literacy Day and how to engage parents in the parallel learning process with their kids. “Chrisy is the guide of a conversation but the conversation can go whatever direction we need. It’s not a rigid group, it starts with a topic and it can foster really great discussion,” said parent Isabel Craig. “You’re not coming to sit through a seminar,” seconded Chelsea Breeze-Kent. Previous topics for the group have touched on financial literacy and discussing money with children, artistic literacy and how children can express their emotions through art, even discussions regarding child goals and how they can achieve them.
On Fee Increases at BC Parks
Come out of hibernation and join us at Lethbridge College.
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Experience the hands-on learning environment that gives students the leading edge in industry. Friday, Feb. 6 Game day 5- 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 Open House experience 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1. This is the first province wide fee increase in four years, most campgrounds will increase by $2.00 per night while others will increase $3.00-$5.00. 2. These increases don’t effect Sani-stations, mooring buoys, backcountry camping, picnic shelters or group camping. 3. The fees will be invested back into BC parks and are estimated to generate $1.3 million per year and fees at BC public campgrounds and provincial parks remain among the lowest in Canada.
To learn more or to register, visit:
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Help your kids become financially literate Submitted by Meghan Morton
time to learn from their mistakes. Want more ideas on how to help your kids learn? Join Muffins and More - a program put on by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy for adults who want
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Savings Over $20,000.00
2015 FORD FIESTA 4 DOOR SE
2014 FORD FOCUS 4 DOOR SE
2015 FORD FUSION 4 DOOR SE
19,189 OR $132 bw
20,764 OR $147 bw
26,739 OR $188 bw 2014 FORD F150 SUPERCREW XLT
31,749 OR $226 bw
2014 FORD F150 SUPERCREW FXR
33,279 OR $236 bw
2015 FORD EXPLORER SPORT 4WD
46,390 OR $323 bw
34,878 OR $259 bw
2015 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY CREW CAB DIESEL
50,690 OR $352 bw
39,989 OR $297 bw
2015 FORD F150 SUPERCREW LARIAT FX4
MSRP $53,649 $
2015 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY CREW CAB XLT GAS
28,264 OR $195 bw
2014 FORD F150 SUPERCAB XLT
2015 FORD ESCAPE SE 4WD
2014 FORD FOCUS 5DR TITANIUM
50,690 OR $352 bw
52,988 OR $392 bw
All payments at 4.99 % oac. All payments over 84 months. $0 down calculated on all payments. Example: NT1413 - total interest paid for total of 84 months would be $7,487; total payments would be $47,241. $499.00 documentation charge calculated on all payments.
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February 05, 2015 edition of the The Free Press