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former councillor strongly recommended that Sparwood’s current council draft a letter to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) to provide a stronger voice for the community in regards to the Baldy Ridge Extension Project. The project itself is proposed to produce an estimated 6.8 million tonnes of coal per year for the next 30 years. On Jan. 19, Hungry Baytaluke wrote a letter to council, requesting

that council ask to place a 10-year cap on the project’s EA permit. “That permit is being issued at the request of Teck Coal based on the life service of the mine,” said Baytaluke. “When I spoke to one of the EAO representatives, they said it isn’t something that absolutely is not possible to change but they generally take the request from the proponents and if the project is meant to last 30 years, they automatically draft the proposal to last the term of the project.” By placing a 10-year cap on the permit, the project would have

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to undergo at least two more assessments during its operation. In addition to the letter, Baytaluke also urged council to set an example for the district by leaving comments on the EAO public comment webpage, which only hosted two comments as of Feb. 4. Baytaluke also suggested that the district host their own open house in addition to the governmentsponsored event that was held on Jan. 22. “If you haven’t heard enough from some of the voices in the community I think it would be wise to possibly

hold an open house so that you could form an opinion based on what the public is suggesting to you,” noted Baytaluke. The Baldy Ridge extension would introduce new pits, waste rock, expand on current tailings facilities and relocate the mining infrastructure. The extension would also bring Teck’s operations even closer to the District of Sparwood. The EAO’s public comments form will be made available until Feb. 16 and is located http://www.eao. form.html

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Boxing club fundraiser a great success

The community raised over $12,500 for Shyanne Osmond at boxing event

Hundreds of spectators made their way to the Fernie Community Centre for the Judgement Night boxing fundraiser put on by the Fernie Old School Boxing Club.

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ocals came out in droves to the Fernie Community Centre on Saturday, Feb. 7 for Judgement Night — a boxing event put on to raise funds for six-year-old Shyanne Osmond. It was a sellout crowd on Saturday evening, with hundreds of people cheering for local volunteer fighters and amateur boxers from across the province who entered the ring. The event was held in support of Osmond, a Fernie child whose family was

recently uprooted to Toronto, Ontario in order to receive extensive medical care and multiple surgeries for an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that creates an abnormal connection of blood between her arteries and veins. Organized by Fernie Old School Boxing Club, the club’s president Mike Johnson said the overwhelming response that raised over $12,500, final numbers still pending, for Shyanne was “humbling.” “There isn’t one word I can say to express my thanks for the support we received,” said Johnson. “We had huge support from the community by being sold out. The

crowd was energized; I think there was a lot of support for the community fighters who have put in a lot of work over the last three months. They certainly stood up and were counted and got in that ring and had a really good evening. They all thoroughly enjoyed it.” The community fighters included employees from local businesses such as Yamagoya Sushi, The Livery and Fernie Ford. Johnson said that the intensity and energy was a hundredfold for those fighters in comparison to their training sessions at the club.

“You’re on your own in that ring, it’s just you and your opponent. I think a few of the boxers found out about themselves and their courage and who they are by getting in that ring and boxing,” said Johnson. Johnson also wanted to extend gratitude to the fighters from the clubs who travelled to Fernie for the event. “MadKatz Boxing Club from Kelowna, Bisla from Surrey on the coast … those are long drives just to come to our community for this event. They weren’t paid, they just did it for the love of the sport and I appreciate that,” said Johnson.


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appearance at the Oct. 20 council meeting last year to ask for Sparwood’s participation and funding in the program. She appeared again at last week’s Feb. 2 meeting, when council responded to the funding request. During her presentation to council, Murray mentioned six bears that became conditioned to human contact and had to be destroyed in 2014. With the district’s participation in the WildSafeBC program, which seeks to educate the public on human/wildlife conflict, Murray said she hopes to save future wildlife from the same fate. “We have all chosen to work, live, play and grow food in wildlife habitat. With this comes the responsibility to ensure that wildlife remains wild,” said Murray. “Through the WildSafe program, the end Sparwood recently joined the regional Elk Valley WildSafeBC program. result is fewer bears, cougars,  From The Free Press files. deer, coyotes and other wildlife in the community,” she By Sarah Kucharski concluded. Free Press Staff The program’s educational services will entail presentations made to schools as well as informative public displays, media he District of Sparwood has agreed to join the regional coverage and door-to-door campaigning. Elk Valley WildSafeBC program at a cost of $2,000 per As part of the regional Elk Valley program, there will year for the next three years. be approximately 10 days that will be spent in Sparwood Kathy Murray, a delegate from WildSafeBC made an delivering those educational services.

MP for Kootenay Columbia constituency take Conservative candidate title By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff


avid Wilks, MP for the KootenayColumbia constituency, has been declared acclaimed as the area’s Conservative candidate for the next federal general election. Boundary changes that altered the Kootenay-Columbia constituency to include the communities of Nelson, Salmo and Kaslo opened up a nomination process to select the candidate for the next general election. All Conservative Party members in the area were notified of the nomination process, however by the nomination deadline, only Wilks’ name had been submitted. Wilks was interviewed by a candidate selection committee and unanimously approved.


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Three’s a charm for top employer Interior Health

Fire departments respond to Galloway Mill fire By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


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rews from the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Departments responded to an early morning fire at Galloway Mill last Saturday. Crews managed to get the fire under control, but not before it caused extensive damage to the building. “We got the call just before 7 a.m. and nine firefighters responded,” Elk Valley and South Country Fire Services Chief Dave Boreen said. “The fire was in the control room for the kiln and caused extensive damage to both the structure and the computer and other equipment within the control room.” As a result of the fire, the Elko Equipment Expo was cancelled. The information session and presentations scheduled for Saturday morning still went forward as planned. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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nterior Health was named one of B.C.’s Top Employers for a third year in a row. The designation is meant to recognize employers across the province that provide exceptional workplaces. Criteria for the award was based on recruitment and retention, high employment standards, physical workplace, work and social atmosphere, benefits, community involvement and more. “As an organization whose business is all about care, we recognize that every person matters,” said Interior Health Board Chair Erwin Malzer in a press release. “Interior Health has a culture of achievement, collaboration and innovation in a region that offers beautiful landscapes and a great lifestyle. It also offers benefits that are among the best in the country.” Shirley Mercier, Director of Acute Care at the Elk Valley Hospital was pleased to hear about the recognition. “The Elk Valley Hospital in particular offers excellent health care benefits, wages, vacation and advancement opportunities … Fernie offers an exceptional playground from which to launch a career in the healthcare field, while enjoying a variety of sports and activities,” said Mercier. Interior Health is also one of the province’s largest employers, boasting almost 20,000 employees and 1,500 physicians across the region.

Adjustments made to harvest allocation policy

Protests from resident hunters across the province sparked government rethinking By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff


orests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced last Friday he would be revising the split on limited-entry hunting areas following resident hunter protests. The split designates a percentage per species allotted either to local hunters/ residents or guide outfitters. The revision transferred approximately 60 species to guide outfitters from resident hunters, compared to the calculated shift of 168 animals from the December 2014’s originally announced plan, which caused a stir in local hunting communities.

Following December’s allocation policy revisions are meant to reflect the divide announcement, many hunters felt the 2014 between hunters with the B.C. Wildlife split unfairly Federation and the f a v o u r e d Guide Outfitters industry guide Association of B.C. “I now look forward to working outfitters, while In the Kootenays, with the BC Wildlife Federation guide outfitters the changes mostly and Guide Outfitters Association felt that the affect bighorn of B.C. on ways we can all work long-standing sheep and grizzly more effectively together on split prior to bears with a wildlife management.” 2014 created 60-40 and 68-32 a negative split per species Steve Thomson b u s i n e s s respectively Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural environment for between resident Resource Operations the industry. hunters and The new guide outfitters.

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Additionally, the split for mountain goats was marked for 65-35 and bull moose 80-20. Thomson said in a release that he remains “committed to resident priority” but hopes that the change will provide guide outfitters who complained of negative affects to their business with some “relief and additional opportunity to increase the likelihood of success.” Thomson added, “I now look forward to working with the BC Wildlife Federation and Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. on ways we can all work more effectively together on wildlife management.”

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Fernie Community Centre Report addresses renovations underway recreation issues Negative feedback following spaghetti fundraiser dinner at Koocanusa “Until then we don’t really want to spend a whole lot of money to do something piecemeal now,” Giuliano said. “We have significant fter receiving a lot of negative feed- infrastructure in this town [and] we want to do back following the Smiles for Shyanne more than just a little Band-Aid fix up in the Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner and kitchen.” Auction, council has moved forward with renoShe went on to say, “The wonderful volunteers vating the Fernie Community Centre kitchen. that put on that amazing dinner had to struggle a Volunteers, including organizer Chris Inglis little bit, but it did work out and hopefully in the and kitchen team leader Rose Mangone voiced future when we do get it all done, we won’t have their complaints about the icy parking lot, broken to worry about it.” chairs, non-functional kitchen appliances and no Fernie Fire Chief Ted Ruiter inspected the fan in available dishes. the kitchen prior to the spaghetti dinner fundraiser Mangone said that because there were no dishes and, according to Giuliano, the stovetop was available at the Community deemed unusable. Centre, supplies had to be “That was a safety issue donated by Bridge Bistro. that the fire chief was quite “The wonderful volunteers “There was just nothing adamant about,” Giuliano said. that put on that amazing there,” Mangone noted. “It And despite ‘Band-Aid’ dinner had to struggle a just makes it so hard to have solutions not being in the little bit, but it did work a function when you have plans, Giuliano noted that out and hopefully in the nothing. It’s pretty sad.” because of this safety issue, the In addition to not having future when we do get it city has moved forward with access to dishes, Mangone all done, we won’t have modifications in the kitchen said that when she tried to to worry about it.” to ensure it is functional for turn the stove on the dial future renters. fell into her hands, forcing Mary Giuliano “I’m so happy this is her to call someone from the City of Fernie Mayor being done right away,” said city to fix the stove so they Giuliano. could warm up pre-cooked In terms of the lack of dishes, food. Mangone suggested that council supply the Mayor Mary Giuliano said that although Community Centre with the dishes and utensils renovations for the Community Centre are on required, draft up a list of the supplies and lock the agenda, with a current remedial work budget them up, so that after each community event, of $7.49 million allocated to city buildings in need if anything goes missing, the party hosting the of repair, the Community Centre is simply not in event will be held responsible. the budget at this point in time. “It’s as simple as that,” Mangone said. By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


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ake Koocanusa is a hot spot destination for tourists and locals alike, but after continuously being faced with environmental issues, including the degradation of sensitive grassland and wildlife habitat and excessive litter and garbage in the backcountry, a report aimed to reduce the tourism impact on the land has been initiated. The Koocanusa Recreation Steering Committee (KRSC) was set up in 2014 by MLA for Kootenay East Bill Bennett and Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson in order to address the issues that have arisen around the Koocanusa Reservoir. Among the group representatives are members from the B.C. government, the Ktunaxa National Council, the Tobacco Plains Indian Band, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). “Constituents in this area have identified long-standing issues,” Bennett said. “That’s why I brought this group of agencies together to explore how we can effectively maintain important tourism and recreation opportunities in the area while reducing some of the negative impacts.” KRSC commissioned the Koocanusa Area Situation Analysis report focused on maintaining the economic values, ecological integrity and aesthetic appeal of the Crown land for current and future users. “By partnering and commissioning this report, we can now help identify actions to ensure the lands around the reservoir are appropriately maintained for all,” CBT president and CEO Neil Muth said. KRSC’s priority is to educate recreational users about appropriate behaviour, which would entail creating a recreation code of conduct, a brochure and website for the Koocanusa area, as well as signage at popular recreation sites. In addition, the group also plans to enhance waste management facilities. These recommendations will be implemented in the upcoming months. For more information and to read the report, visit koocanusarecreation. ca

On Mount Polley Independent Expert Panel Findings with MLA Bill Bennett 1. On January 30, the independent panel appointed to investigate the cause of the Mount Polley tailings storage facility failure announced its conclusion that the dam failed because its original design did not account for a layer of complex glacio-lacustrine soil underneath the dam. This layer became overstressed, causing the dam to collapse. 2. Government will act on the recommendations of the independent panel to ensure a similar failure never happens again, starting with a letter to all operating mines to confirm whether similar soils exist underneath their dams and if so what measures have been taken to ensure their design accounts for those conditions. 3. Government will also make Independent Tailings Dam Review Boards mandatory, as recommended by the panel and will initiate a code review to determine how to best implement the panel’s remaining recommend Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

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Editorial by Katelyn Dingman

Last night I was woken up by the high-pitched sound of the train whistle at 2 a.m. This isn’t the first time this has happened. I live right beside the train tracks, and although living at such close proximity to an extremely loud vehicle carrying thousands of tonnes of coal on a daily basis was my decision, I still get annoyed from time to time. I understand that the train whistle is necessary, being that there aren’t gate arms at several major train crossings, but I still feel that some conductors are not respectful. For example, there is an open field and several commercial buildings right next to my apartment, but rather than waiting a few seconds to pass the building where hundreds of people are attempting to sleep through the night, the train lets loose right next to us. When I’m walking in clear view of the train the train conductors, for the most part, don’t blow the whistle until they’re a couple of meters ahead of me. In fact, sometimes the train conductor will wave to me as I walk my dog. Then there are the conductors that blow the whistle when they’re right on your back, almost like a passenger or driver cat calling you while you’re trying to walk down the street. This not only scares me to death, it also makes me extremely frustrated. I’ve gotten used to falling asleep with the train rattling past my apartment at night and hearing the horn in the distance, but I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the infuriating sound of a train horn right on my back, nor should I have to. I understand that I made the decision to live right next to highly active train tracks, but I feel like there should be better guidelines to help prevent some of these disturbances. The ultimate goal, of course, would be to have gate arms installed, especially near highly populated residential areas, like the 13th Street crossing. I realize that, although the City of Fernie supports the installation of gate arms at this crossing, it is not necessarily feasible due to Canadian Pacific (CP) guidelines. I still, however, feel that something needs to be done, something that will continue to enforce the same standard of safety that is currently being enforced, while at the same time not compromising the quality of living for nearby residents. I don’t necessarily have a solution, but I feel like there is a solution within reach.

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Letters to the Editor A Canadian icon at risk In the 2012 federal budget the Conservative government announced their plan to cut $115 million from the CBC’s annual budget between 2012 and 2015. An additional cut of $130 million by 2016 was announced in April 2014. Total job loss – 1,307 jobs. Impact on those who care about what it means to be Canadian – significant! Why should we care? It is the CBC, our public broadcaster, that keeps us informed on what the issues are across our country (e.g. Cross Country Check Up), keeps us entertained (e.g. The Debaters) and gives us the opportunity to laugh while we learn (e.g. The Rick Mercer Report). These are just a few program highlights. When you live in a largely rural region like the Kootenays, CBC radio becomes the friend that travels with you along our

highways. Simply stated, we need expanded CBC coverage, not less. Cutting millions of dollars will take us in the wrong direction both nationally and internationally. We need the CBC when we travel on business or vacation, or as part of the Canadian Armed Forces, to keep us in touch with home. In the early 1980s I coordinated a series featuring B.C.’s provincial parks with CBC television called Adventure BC. I traveled the province with a producer, a cameraman and program host Bob Switzer, provided by CBC television. Using local experts, we featured what makes parks and heritage places like Cody Caves, Fort Steele, and St Mary’s Alpine such important assets. More Conservative government means not only will regional programming be a thing of the past, meaningful national coverage will also be seriously at risk. If we care about Canada and the things that define us as Canadians, we can’t let that happen. Wayne Stetski Cranbrook, BC

Just to clarify the New to You’s association with Sparwood Food Bank When Westar shut down, New to You, along with a number of churches and different organizations, started to provide Christmas food hampers. With a growing need in the early 1990s and with a lack of space, the New to You asked the existing food bank, which operated out of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, to relieve it of that particular role. It would continue to provide funding towards the cost of hampers and New to You continued to support the food bank while it was in the church. In 2002 the food bank moved out of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Sparwood Food Bank was formed and became a society and registered charity in its own right. Since that time, New to You has continued to provide financial support to the food bank. New to You Judy Lindley

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Letter to the editor regarding BC Hydro As rural B.C. residents experience another winter of exorbitant electricity bills, they should be aware that this is because the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) approved a two-tier pricing system for BC Hydro and FortisBC that was incorrectly designed. A correct two-tier pricing system would encourage all customers to conserve electricity and only raise the bills of those who failed to act. The one approved by the BCUC simply penalizes those who use electricity for space and water heating (primarily rural residents who have no access to natural gas), even though their high electricity consumption has nothing to do with their level of energy efficiency. The

resulting revenue is then transferred to those residents who use natural gas for space and water heating in the form of lower electricity rates. As a result, this so-called "conservation rate" is actually encouraging the majority of customers (about 70 per cent) to consume more electricity. There is a petition requiring the BCUC to immediately fix the design of their so-called conservation rate. The petition, and further information on this issue, can be accessed at: html Nicholas Marty Osoyoos, B.C.

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Teachers leading the way Contrary to Tom Fletcher’s assertion that B.C. teachers and the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF) are not “adapting,” we are actually leading the way in protecting and enhancing education in our province. The BCTF is actively involved in B.C.’s task force, on assessment, the graduation requirements review and the curriculum redesign teams. Our two vice presidents and I have been meeting with senior Ministry of Education staff on these initiatives as well. As a union of professionals, we work hard to enhance our practice in support of teaching and learning. The BCTF has 32 provincial specialist associations — ranging from science, social studies, and art to technology and trade education — that put on exceptional professional development conferences, write reports and lead important teacher inquiry projects. Recently, the BCTF has partnered with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the B.C. School Superintendents’ Association to create a province-wide mentoring program that will formalize an integrated system of support for developing and retaining teachers in B.C. We also funded, created, and launched a new online platform called TeachBC that enables teachers from across BC to share their research and teaching resources. There are a lot of excellent things happening in B.C. schools, and teachers are front and center making it all happen. However, we cannot forget that any government strategy, initiative, direction, plan, etc., needs funding. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting for this government to fund the basics like improving class size and composition. A change in government attitude towards funding is the first adaptation B.C. students need.

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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




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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 Valentine’sTrafficLightParty at the Royal Griz Kidz Family Games Night at Slopeside Coffee Shop Fernie Alpine Resort 6:30 – 8:00 pm Valentine’s Dinner & Live Music at Infinitea featuring Hark Raving Sirens (limited space) Valentine’s Dinner at Lizard Creek Lodge Call 250-423-2057 for reservations Valentine’s Dinner at Max’s Restaurant Ash Grunwald from Australia at the Royal – Roots & Blues Griz Kidz Family Movie Night at Slopeside Coffee Shop 6:30 – 8:00 pm Special Long Weekend Big Bender at the Royal Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley Rockies Fernie Memorial Arena 7:30 pm SKIP (Seniors and Kids International Programs) Story Time 1:30 – 2:30 pm at Tom Uphill Manor Red Cedar Book Club: Legends, Icons & Rebels at Fernie Heritage Library 6:30 – 7:30 pm Fernie Mountain Film Festival at the Fernie Community Centre Jeep Junior Freeski at Fernie Alpine Resort


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City of Fernie CONNECTION | Community Information and Opportunities | City Council Meeting Schedule February 2015 1 8 15 22

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3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 24 CITY 25 OF 26FERNIE 27 28 BRITISH COLUMBIA

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

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall

Ph: 250.423.6817 Fx: 250.423.3034 Email: Website: 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250.423.4226

Fernie Aquatic Centre

250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250.423.4466

Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3)

For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

Reminder to Snow Removal Contractors The City reminds Contractor’s providing snow and ice removal services that the following regulations are in effect per Snow and Ice Removal Bylaw No. 1928: •

No person shall direct, dump or allow snow to be placed so as to obstruct a traffic control device.

No person shall direct, dump or allow snow to be placed within 30 feet of any corner or an intersection so as to obstruct the visibility of any driver of a vehicle approaching that intersection.

Snow plowed from access lanes or offstreet parking areas shall be placed in a manner not in violation of the above and, on written request to the Operational Services Department, may be removed and deposited at a location specified by the City. Contractor’s wishing access to the City snow dump should contact City Hall at 250.423.6817 or email cityhall@fernie. ca. Persons found in contravention to this bylaw are subject to a fine of up to $2,000.

Pay Your Annual Utilities by February 27th and receive a 5% Discount

50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada

The 2015 annual Utility charges for single family dwellings and residential strata units are set out below. A 5% discount is available if the full year is paid no later than February 27, 2015.

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.

Single Family Dwelling - Fernie 2015 Annual Utilities (water/sewer/garbage) If paid by February 27, 2015

$657.36 $624.49

SAVE $32.87

Single Family Dwelling – West Fernie 2015 Annual Utilities (water/garbage) If paid by February 27, 2015

$421.44 $400.37

SAVE $21.07

Residential Strata Unit - Fernie 2015 Annual Utilities (water/sewer) If paid by February 27, 2015

$587.64 $558.26

SAVE $29.38

The 5% discount is also available for business and all other classes of Utility accounts. Please contact City Hall at 250.423.6817 or for more information.

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 for the history of the flag and specials ways you can celebrate!

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, paper 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 The Fernie Bottle Depot (1291 Ridgemont Ave) accepts paint aerosols, paint and paint related materials (alkyd paint) and end of life electronics.

Leisure Services Happenings 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. February 20, 2014 5:30pm to 8:30pm $14.67+GST Ages 7 and up.

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 (NEW TIME!) Tues/Thurs/Fri, 10:30am - 11:15am Crocodile Swim 1st and 3rd Saturday each month 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Red Cross Swim Lessons (February 16 – March 12, 2015) New lesson sets for Preschoolers Ages 3-5 Years & Swim Kids Ages 6+ Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays Feb 16 – Mar 12, 2015 For more information all 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:

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 1:00 pm Please note time change 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

Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs

Baldy Ridge Extension Project

Teck Coal Ltd. is proposing to extend the working life of the Elkview mine by developing and operating the proposed Baldy Ridge Extension Project.

The proposed project is subject to review under BC’s Environmental Assessment Act.

The BC Environment Assessment Office is seeking public comments to ensure that all potential effects that might result from Baldy Ridge Extension Project on Valued Components are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process. Valued Components are aspects of the natural and human environment that are considered to have scientific, ecological, economic, social, cultural, archaeological, historical or other importance. The public is encouraged to submit their comments in writing by February 16, 2015. All comments received during this comment period in relation to Valued Components Selection will be considered.

The Environment Assessment Office will accept public comments through their website at, by fax at 250.356.7477, or by mail to: Kate Haines Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9V1

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 under CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. The application deadline for project proposals is 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2015.


Consultation on Species at Risk Act Listing Process for Terrestrial Species

Environment Canada is committed to working with local governments to ensure the protection of species at risk and their critical habitats and is seeking comments on the potential impacts of amending the List of Wildlife Species at Risk under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).


You are invited to submit comments on the potential impacts of amending the List of Wildlife Species at Risk according to the Committee of the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada status assessments. Your comments will be considered and will inform the Minister’s recommendation to Cabinet.

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.

Six terrestrial species will follow an extended consultation process. Please provide remarks by October 15, 2015 for species following an extended consultation path.

Wednesday, February 25 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue

A complete set of statements and the consultation path for each species are available at:

Please provide remarks by April 15, 2015 for species under a normal consultation process.

Student Summer Employment Opportunities

The District of Sparwood is currently recruiting for the following summer student positions: • • •

Parks and Greenbelt Workers Parks and Greenbelt Worker – RDEK Administrative Assistant

Employment begins May 4, 2015 through to August 28, 2015. You must currently be attending a full time program and be returning in September.

Please visit the District of Sparwood’s website at for further information on our employment opportunities.

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. Feedback? PO Box 520 Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Email:

Phone: 250.425.6271 Fax: 250.425.7277


Arts&Entertainment WhatsOn THE FREE PRESS Thursday, February 12, 2015

What’s on in the Elk Valley this week.

Pride: A heartwarming union of clichés By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff


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ride is a 2014 film that touchingly balances a myriad of familiar storylines based on a true story. It’s a film that holds the audience’s hand, lifting it into the sky to engage in triumph and celebration against hardship and prejudice. It also maintains its grip on the audience in a parental way, weaving the watcher through a familiar landscape of tropes. Pride explores the unlikely allegiance of a queer collection of friends who create a support group (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) during the U.K. Miners Strike of 1984-1985. Along with their leader Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer), the LGSM members line the London streets, shaking buckets at passersby to collect money for miners sequestered from their union’s funds by the government. “Lesbians and Gays support the miners,” they would chant to the reception of change in their buckets or spit at their feet. Ashton continues to persevere here as homophobic newspaper headlines are quickly stamped out for equally terrible text about the miners. “If anybody knows what this treatment feels like, it’s us,” he declares. Due to government interference blocking funding to the national miners union, the group adopts the Welsh mining community of Dalais Valley to support them directly. Here, the townsfolk are split and we are introduced to those who embrace the group, who turn a homophobic leaf and become grateful to LGSM and those who act as the group’s villainous adversary to their charitable efforts. Still, there are quiet moments the film surprisingly offers the audience, keeping the viewer’s attention rapt on the issues at hand; the environment in which these brave individuals are living. The film touches on the paranoia and misinformation of the AIDs epidemic at the time and the fear that must live in the backs of these character’s minds as they live an out and proud lifestyle in a lessthan-accepting world. These points are discretely delivered, but subtle enough to remain in the viewer’s mind for the duration of the film. At its end, the primary message of Pride is carried in both its title and in the opening and closing sequences of the film. It is a movie carried by the pride in people and the different ways it can manifest. For some of the characters, their pride is in their knowledge of who they are, in others it is in who they have grown to be. In others still it is in their accomplishments and what they learn. It is also a film about unity and solidarity, which can be found in all of humankind — no matter how unlikely the source of support. Although the messages are clichéd, they are messages about human kindness that warrant repetition. Pride played at The Vogue Theatre as part of Indie Films Fernie, a screening event of excellent independent films on the first Monday of every month.


ometimes it’s best to stick to what you know. Five’s hair is really curly, so with Shelby Cain length came knots. One day I noticed that even under my watch, some of the knots had joined forces and became one baby dreadlock in the back of her head. I tried to get it out. I used brushes and combs, even an old pick I’d kept from my spiral perm in the late 80s. It was no use. We had to go for the steel. I’d take off just enough so that after the removal of the dreadlock it would look even. Five seemed fine with it. I combed her wet hair slick down her sides, parted it in the middle, and sliced that knotty chunk out. Man, did it ever feel good. There was something about that slice slice sound that felt so satisfying. I handed her the three-inch piece to inspect, and then I really got into it. I felt a bit like Edward Scissorhands as I whirled around her, clipping and chopping while Four squealed with delight and collected the piles of dark locks I left in my wake. It was all over pretty fast. As I stepped back to inspect my work my heart started to beat faster. Five’s apprehensive face stared back at me. Like, a lot of her face. So much. A thought came rushing to my consciousness. Something I should have considered before I began shearing my child like a hedge. Curly hair shrinks, significantly, as it dries. I have curly hair. I know this to be true. So as the slicked down sides, buoyed by their abrupt weight loss, began to rise up in twisted harmony, I realized my enthusiasm may have overridden my desire for moderation. This was extreme. Four stopped gathering hair and stood beside me, taking in the metamorphosis of her sister. “Mommy, you really did it now!” Panic flashed through Five’s eyes as she reached to touch her hair. Or, where her hair used to be. She grabbed for her scalp but before she could say anything I jumped into action. “Five, it’s so cute! It just needs a little gel. Come on, lets run up to Mommy’s special drawer you’re not allowed to open and put some magical hair stuff in. Let’s go!” I needed a miracle. I hoped if I could apply large amounts of gel, I might be able to stop the shrinking before it reached Afro status. If Five saw it and started to cry, the guilt would destroy me. As we ran through the house in the middle of our serious hair-mergency, I recognized while I – like most mothers - am a jack of many trades, hair styling is not one of them. Next time I’ll leave it to the professionals.

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Performer Mat Duffus brings music fun to Fernie By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


omic singer Mat Duffus will be making his way to the Rusty Edge Restaurant beside the Griz Inn this Saturday and Sunday for what he hopes to be an engaging performance.

“I do things that other people don’t act to having his audience get up on necessarily do,” stage to sing along “I do things that other people Duffus said, adding with him. “There’s that this includes definitely some don’t necessarily do.” everything from comedy in there.” Mat Duffus what he describes as The shows are Singer/songwriter a comedic chicken scheduled from 3 to

6 p.m., as well as an après ski show from 7 to 10 p.m. on both the Saturday and Sunday. Duffus said that although he has 14 original songs, he typically sticks to playing well-known acoustic pop songs. Continued on page 13

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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

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Friday, February 13th • Pee Wee Zone Hockey Playoffs • Bonfire • Fireworks • 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

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Performer Mat Duffus brings music fun to Fernie Continued from page 12 This past year Duffus played 101 gigs between Okotoks, AB and Prince Rupert, B.C. The solo musician noted that he has played shows in Fernie on multiple occasions, as Fernie is a place several of his family members call home. “It’s a bonus when you’re playing to go and visit family,” said Duffus. Playing at both pubs and family festivals, Duffus said that he has to gauge how interactive his audience is going to be before encouraging attendees to get up on stage. In terms of his upcoming show, Duffus added, “Hopefully people come up and join in with me.”

Mat Duffus will be performing at the Rusty Edge this Saturday and Sunday.

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Australian musician set to sing his heart out Blues musician Ash Grunwald is playing at The Royal this Valentine’s Day said he was astonished by the local’s enthusiasm for live music. “The gig was absolutely amazing,” Grunwald said of last year’s show at The Royal. “It was just a massive party and the people were really cool. We had a really great night.” He added, “We’re just really looking forward to coming back and playing again.” The five-time ARIA (Australia’s Juno award) nominee, whose music has landed him a spot on the Limitless soundtrack and opening gigs for Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd and the Black Keys, noted that he’ll be showcasing four to five new songs during his B.C. tour. “There’s a lot Musician Ash Grunwald will be playing at The Royal this Saturday for his of new music,” second year in a row. From The Free Press files. Grunwald said, adding that he has a By Katelyn Dingman new album coming Free Press Staff out this year. “I’m pretty proud of it. It was just the time in my career to do the ustralian blues artist Ash Grunwald is spreadbest album I’ve ever done.” ing his love for music this Valentine’s Day as he Grunwald’s music has been described makes his way to The Royal for what he hopes to as a hard-driven mixture of punk rock, be another groundbreaking performance. hip-hop, blues, electronic, rock and soul After playing in Fernie exactly one year ago, Grunwald


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music, and although his main goal is to get the audience partying to his beat, Grunwald admitted that this can be challenging sometimes. “I’m doing a lot of meaning-driven songs about the things that are important to me,” Grunwald said, adding that this includes lyrics that engage in social and political comment. “It’s a challenge to get my political views heard and have people still partying to my music.” However, with the strong support Grunwald received last year during his Fernie performance, his political and social agenda will likely not get in the way of his avid Fernie fans. Grunwald is set to hit The Royal stage on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m.


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Elko kicks off Recruitment Drive Week organizing equipment and even helping with paperwork. If you are interested in giving back to your community and being part of a team, there is We can spend all the money we want on a role for you as a volunteer in our departments,” equipment but it doesn’t count for much if added Boreen. we don’t have volunteers,” said Dave Boreen, The Wednesday night information session Elk Valley and South Country Fire Services Chief. was just one of the events last week to recruit If the over 60 people who filled the seats at volunteers. A door-knocking the Elko Community Hall campaign on Tuesday on Wednesday evening evening and an Equipment “Volunteers are the heart of was any indication of Expo on Saturday were also our departments. Without potential recruitment, scheduled to attract interest in them, there is no fire service.” Boreen is hopeful that the department. Due to afire the community will step in Gallaway, the Equipment Dave Boreen up to fill the slots at the Expo was cancelled. Elk Valley and South Country Fire department. The Elko Fire Department Services Chief “You can be of any age, will be providing fire of any capability and I can suppression for vehicles, guarantee that there will structures and wildfires, be a job for you,” assured Boreen. rescue support as well as a first responder program. Presentations from active volunteers, BC The department expects to be established by fall. Ambulance, the Wildfire Management Branch, Application packages for the Elko Fire Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle and The Department are also available at the Jaffray Fire Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Hall and on the RDEK’s website. supplemented the evening in the hopes of appealing Deadline for applications is Feb. 20, 2015. to community members and encouraging them to “Volunteers are the heart of our departments. enroll for a volunteer position. Without them, there is no fire service. We are “Many people think being a member of a hoping these information sessions will help department is just about fighting fires; however, inspire residents of the community to pick up a there are so many other opportunities for package and apply,” said Boreen. volunteers, from medical first responder to

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Dave Boreen, Elk Valley & South Country Fire Services Chief, hopes to recruit locals as volunteer firefighters for the Elko Fire Department. Photo by S. Kucharski

Fernie’s Premier Senior’s Housing Community

Sparwood to sell its interests in temporary arena floor By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff

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New Kindergarteners at École Sophie-Morigeau

From left: teacher Valérie Miller, principal Sophie Lemieux, an École Sophie-Morigeau student and Parent Advisory Council (PAC) president Véronique Roy welcome new students. Photo by K. Dingman


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Hitting the slopes as the sun rises

Skiers gathered on the slopes of Fernie Alpine Resort at 8 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 31. for the First Tracks program. Photo by K. Dingman

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eginning a winter sport can be expensive. After purchasing ski or snowboard gear, amateur powder junkies have to find the funds to purchase ski lift tickets as well. This season, Sport Chek teamed up with 19 ski resorts throughout the country, offering customers two ‘First Tracks’ passes along with one lift ticket with the purchase of $300 worth of skiing or snowboarding equipment. The First Tracks program, offered through resorts like Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR), caters to skiers and snowboarders keen on slashing some fresh powder in the early hours of the morning. Powder enthusiasts can make their way to the resort for 8 a.m. to enjoy the early morning snow before the lifts open at 9 a.m. The program runs for two hours, giving skiers and snowboarders priority lift access from 9 to 10 a.m. “[Participants] can do laps until they can’t feel their legs anymore,” FAR First Tracks instructor Joel Whalen said. “It’s a great program for the days we get snow.” Despite conditions being unfavourable in the last few weeks, Whalen noted that skiers and boarders have still been enjoying freshly groomed runs. He did, however, add that First Track’s booking is dependant on the quality and quantity of snow. “The more snow we get, the more they book it,” said Whalen. “It’s great for people to get out there and experience an hour of pure powder skiing before the lifts open.” Whalen went on to say, “I encourage people to take advantage of that program and every other program. It allows them an opportunity to see Fernie in a different way.” The Sport Chek First Tracks program ran from Jan. 6 to Jan. 26.

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Do You Have Used Electronics to Recycle?

The electronics recycling depot for the Elk Valley is located at: Fernie Bottle Depot 1291 Ridgemont Avenue Phone: 250-423-2009 Hours: Tues-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, closed Stats They accept • Televisions • Earphones • Computers & peripherals • Microphones (keyboard, mouse) • Telephones • Monitors • Speakers • Fax machines • Radios • DVD/VHS players • Cable, satellite and PVR boxes • Scanners • Vehicle audio and video systems • Stereos, MP3 players Discman In addition to electronics, a number of small appliances are also now recyclable at the Bottle Depot. Products are divided into the following categories: • kitchen countertop (ie/ blenders, microwaves, slow cookers, mixers) • time measurement (ie/ clocks , timers) • weight measurement (ie/ bathroom scales, food scales) • garment care (ie/ ironing board, irons, steamers) • air treatment (ie/ air purifiers, portable heaters) • floor care (ie/ vacuums, floor mops, dustbusters) • personal care (ie/ curling irons, electric toothbrushes, electric razors) • power tools • sewing & textile machines For a complete list of accepted products, visit

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Downpour no match for dedicated snowmobilers

The bad weather didn’t stop these snowmobilers and spectators from enjoying the annual Snow Drag races. Photos by S. Kucharski

By Sarah Kucharski and Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


he Fernie Snowmobile Association braved the sleet that hit the Elk Valley on Saturday for the Snow Drag races. As rain filled the tracks, the stands remained unfilled, with only 300 people in attendance. “It’s down from last year,” organizer Monty Sosnowski said of the attendance. “Due to weather, some people lost interest.” The attendees who made it out for the races sat under covered seats or gathered under umbrellas to watch the races. Sosnowski said it was a challenge trying to get the track ready for the races this year. “There was a lot of work involved in making the track with all the wet weather,” he noted. The races themselves comprised of 55 racers total, with many local riders from the Fernie and Sparwood areas speeding down the snowy track for prize money. “It went really well,” said Sosnowski, noting that regardless of the weather, people still made it out to the field to enjoy some rainy fun. Sosnowski thanked the event sponsors, including Foothills Silva Culture Inc., The Cat Rental Store and Brandt Tractor.

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Joel Whalen Joel Whalen instructs Fernie Alpine Resort’s First Tracks program. Whalen hits the slopes at 8 a.m. most weekends to enjoy the first fresh tracks of the day.

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Environmental Assessment Certificate Application Review of the Proposed Fording River Operations Swift Project Open House and Invitation to Comment Teck Coal Limited (Teck) is proposing an extension, referred to as EAO accepts public comments through the following means: the Swift Project (Project), to the existing Fording River Operations •By online form: located north of Elkford, B.C. The Project would maintain the existing coal production capacity of the Fording River Operations •By mail: Tracy James and would extend overall mine life by approximately 23 years. Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Office Teck must obtain an environmental assessment certificate PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Gov (Certificate) before any work can be undertaken on the proposed Victoria, B.C. V8W9V1 Project. Teck has submitted the application for a Certificate (Application) to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). •By fax: 250-387-2208 EAO has determined that the Application contains the required information and accepted it for detailed review. The review of the Application will occur over a 180-day period, starting January 28, 2015. During the review, EAO will prepare an assessment report on the Project and recommendations to Ministers on whether a Certificate should be issued.

Invitation to Comment EAO seeks public comments on the Application to ensure that information and concerns regarding the effects of the Project are identified and responded to during the review stage, and taken into consideration for the Ministers’ final decision to issue the Certificate. The 45-day comment period will begin on February 20, 2015 and end on April 6, 2015. EAO will consider all comments related to the Application received during this period. An electronic copy of the Application and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at DVD copies of the Application are also available for viewing at these locations during the comment period:

Open House EAO invites the public to attend an Open House about the environmental assessment process, and the purpose and content of the Application. The Open House will be held: at:

Elkford Community Conference Centre (Teck Room) 818 Michel Road Elkford, B.C.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015


4 pm until 8 pm

EAO, Teck and Teck’s environmental assessment consultants will be present to provide information and respond to questions about the Application at the Open House. This will be the final public comment period on the environmental assessment for the Project. There will be an additional public comment period held for the provincial permits associated with the Project.

•Elkford Public Library (816 Michel Rd, Elkford, B.C.) •Sparwood Public Library (110 Pine Ave, Sparwood, B.C.) •Fernie Heritage Library (492-3rd Ave, Fernie, B.C.) •Crowsnest Pass Library (2114-127 St, Blairmore, AB)

NOTE: All written submissions received by EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed Project are considered public and will be posted to the EAO website.



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Local ice climbing athletes Hozjan skates her compete in Switzerland way to the top An icy ascent to success for ice climbers

Ice climber Karlee Hall of Jaffray recently took part in an ice climbing competition in Switzerland. Submitted photo By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff


ontinuing to make their ascent through the ranks of ice climbing, local athletes Karlee Hall of Jaffray and Noah Beek of Cranbrook recently returned from an ice climbing competition in Switzerland. Hall, 17, and Beek, 18, were still fresh from a gold-winning sweep at the UIAA North American Youth Mixed Climbing Competition in Durango,

Colorado last month when they began making plans to compete in Saas Fee, Switzerland for the UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing competition. Hall ultimately placed fourth in the 17 to 19-year-old age group for the Youth World Cup Championship and placed 20th overall in the women’s competition. Beek himself placed 15th in the youth competition and 25th in the men’s category. Hall described the atmosphere of the competition as more serious and intense than she has ever experienced. “The mood there was so intense, there aren’t really words to describe it,” explained Hall of her time in Saas Fee. “Also the way the competition was done and the isolation we were placed in, not being able to see other climbers. It was difficult, but in a way it forced me to become better and to move faster,” said Hall. Hall said that she knows she can climb better and that ultimately, “technicalities, inexperience and head space got the best of [her].” “I know that I can do better than what I did in Saas Fee,” said Hall, “but in a way it’s pushed me to go back there and do it again.” Hall said she already intends to return to Switzerland and various other European cities to complete the entire World Cup climbing circuit. “The circuit goes through Italy, France, Russia, Korea and Switzerland and I want to do the entire thing,” said Hall. Presently, she intends to get back to climbing her way to ensure she’ll be ready for next year’s championship. Hall said, “Right now I’m excited to get back into training hard.”

Ava Hozjan of the Fernie Skating Club won the junior artistic award for the Kootenay region during the Kootenay Regional Championships held on Jan. 31 to Feb. 1. She also won the juvenile ladies freeskate competition.  Submitted photo


Contract Position - Elk Valley Child Care Research Project Project Context Individuals and organizations concerned with child care availability, affordability and accessibility in Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie, came together and the Elk Valley Child Care Advisory Initiative (EVCCAI) was established, recognizing that each of the communities in the Elk Valley have unique child care issues. To better understand these issues, the Advisory Initiative Steering Committee, under the umbrella of the Elkford Women’s Task Force, is seeking a social specialist to survey the communities and develop recommendations. Contract Details Qualifications: Preference will be given to an individual with a social science background and experience in qualitative and quantitative research. References are required. Term: 6 months, to be completed no later than the end of September 2015 Hours: Flexible Requirements: Vehicle and driver’s licence for travel within the Elk Valley and a laptop Deadline: Bids must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015 *** Only those bidders selected for consideration will be notified*** For More Information To receive a copy of the project Terms of Reference to assist with your bid submission, please contact the project managers: Kim Bauer, Executive Director Elkford Women’s Task Force Society at or 250-425-5125 or, Sharon Strom, Coordinator Sustainability Teck Coal Limited at or 250-425-3343


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Yoga routine for skiers and snowboarders explained Letcher. She added, “It’s a good way to cross-train and make sure that you’re not building up habits that are oraley Letcher is a Fernie going to create injuries.” yoga instructor who Letcher put together a quick yoga believes in the importroutine comprised of seven poses she “It’s a good way to ance of cross training and applybelieves will assist powder enthusiasts, cross-train and make ing skills acquired in yoga during demonstrating the sequence at The sure that you’re not other physical activities — like Arts Station while decked out in building up habits when hitting the ski hill. athletic-wear by Freyja. “One of the great things about that are going to “Balance, flexibility, concentration yoga is that it’s a balance between create injuries.” are all things that yoga supports and stretch and strength so when those are skills you need when you’re you’re taking it into something Coraley Letcher skiing or snowboarding,” said Letcher like skiing and snowboarding it Yoga instructor of the poses she selected. gives you an opportunity to build For the full routine, including photos strength in areas that need support of each pose as well as full instructions like the thighs, knees and ankles and benefits provided by Letcher, visit and stretch out areas that get tight like your hips,” The Free Press website at By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff


Yoga instructor Coraley Letcher demonstrates a routine to help skiers and snowboarders. For the full sequence, go to The Free Press website.  Photo by S. Kucharski

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Summer Student Positions SPRING & SUMMER 2015

Columbia Basin Trust has five summer student positions available throughout the Basin: 1. Technical Support Analyst (Castlegar) 2. Delivery of Benefits Research Assistant - 2 positions (Castlegar or Nakusp) 3. Operations Assistant (Castlegar) 4. Technical Assistant, CBBC (Cranbrook) Apply by February 20, 2015 at 4 p.m. PST. 1.800.505.8998

THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 5 SOUTHEAST KOOTENAY seeks Public Input into the 2015/2016 Annual Budget Monday, February 23, 2015 Board Office, Cranbrook 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Fernie Secondary School 4:30 p.m.

If you wish to make a presentation to the Board, please contact Corinne Burns at 250.417.2055 or by email at by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17th for presentations in Cranbrook or by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd for presentations in Fernie. An estimate of the amount of time necessary for your presentation is required in order to be included on the agenda. Allotted time is 10 minutes per presentation. Presentations to the Board will be accepted in writing if you are unable to attend or if you do not wish to attend the meeting. You may drop off your requests at the Board office, 940 Industrial Rd 1 or email your requests to


ast time, we talked about the stresses teenagers face as they transition to adultWhen it hood. Adding to that challenging journey, is more than anxiety and depression: Bipolar which all teens must make, is the fact that 75 disorder and Schizophrenia. per cent of all mental health conditions show Dr. David Smith up in the teen and early adult years. Today we talk about bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which tend to first show their signs and symptoms between the ages of 13 and 25. As noted last week, and in all the columns to date: If you are worried that your child or teen may be showing signs of a mental illness, talk to your family doctor, or contact the Child and Youth Mental Health program provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development in your region. Call Service BC at 1-800-661-8773 for the MCFD office nearest to you. Bipolar: Originally called manic-depression, bipolar disorder is marked by extreme shifts in mood, energy and activity levels, ranging from severe depression on one side to mania on the other. During a manic episode, the youth will be highly talkative, energetic, full of ideas and enthusiasms, may take risks or behave impulsively, and may even become jittery, sleepless and irritable. During a depressive episode, the youth is very tired or feels slowed down, is very sad and hopeless, has a hard time concentrating or making decisions, and may also be restless or irritable. Different types of bipolar disorder have different extremes in moods and different speeds of cycling between them, but most high or low episodes last several days or longer. Sometimes the extremes in moods can bring on psychosis — losing touch with reality and having hallucinations (hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, or feeling things that are not actually there) and delusions (a strong, illogical belief, such as feeling one’s actions are being controlled by others.) Early psychosis intervention, called EPI, is very successful. An EPI program exists in many communities in each health authority in BC, see Bipolar disorder is known to run in families, but most individuals who have a family member with the disorder will never develop this condition — some other trigger is often needed and research is not yet clear what that is. Many famous and highly successful individuals have bipolar disorder, in part because the manic phase can produce extreme creativity and productivity. Yet the disorder can cause havoc with family relationships, jobs and finances. Substance use, particularly excessive alcohol consumption, is common with the disorder, especially during a manic phase. Significant mood changes can be stabilized with various medications, or their combinations, plus different types of psychotherapy. With long-term treatment productive lives can be lived. Attention to good sleep, healthy diet and exercise, regular routines, and avoidance of mind-altering substances, along with medication and therapy, can minimize the number of mood episodes. For more information see Mood Disorders Association of BC,; and; Schizophrenia: Perhaps no mental health diagnosis causes parents and youth more fear than schizophrenia, which is marked by losing touch with reality and experiencing hallucinations, delusions, disorganization and cognitive impairment, such as poor judgement and decision-making. But the outlook need not be bleak: treatment works, and recovery and a return to good functioning occurs regularly. About one per cent of all British Columbians have this illness and it affects men and women equally, but first symptoms often appear for men between ages 16 and 20, and women between ages 20 and 30. While schizophrenia also runs in families, it usually needs more than just genetics to arise, although exactly what else triggers it is not fully known. Sometimes it occurs in individuals with no family history, perhaps as a result of a subtle or past brain injury. In the last decade, new antipsychotic medication and the introduction of Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) programs, noted above, are greatly helping newly diagnosed people with schizophrenia. Like bipolar disorder, along with the right combination of medication, good sleep, healthy diets, regular exercise, established routines and avoiding mind-altering substances will help those with the diagnosis live full and productive lives. In fact, dynamic and well-spoken individuals like BC’s Brent Seal, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia while a university student and now runs a company called “Seal Wellness” are helping change the face of schizophrenia. Seal, a mountain climber, ultra-marathoner, wellness coach and inspirational speaker, as well as others who are thriving after a schizophrenia diagnosis, show that good, meaningful lives are possible with the right treatment. For more information about schizophrenia in BC see Complete Radiator Service;; the Industrial Truck & Heavy Duty Equipment BC Schizophrenia Society,; and the Canadian Mental Health Association BC chapter, SERVING THE MINING & LOGGING INDUSTRY SINCE 1982

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STOCKELL: Robert (Bob) William Stockell passed away on February 1, 2015 at the age of 76 at the Elk Valley Hospital with family by his side. Bob was born in Magrath, AB on October 2, 1938. He resided in several places from Calgary to Vancouver and other places in between until residing in Kimberly, BC. Bob was a lover of music. He sang and played guitar, and was once a member of a small band in Kimberly before meeting his wife Aggie in 1999. They married in 2000 when Bob moved to Fernie. Here he opened the Fernie New & Used Exchange business, running that until he was too ill to manage. Bob enjoyed running his shop and rarely missed being open for business, even during his fight with cancer. He liked to socialize one on one with people, was a lover of vintage cars; mainly “Cadillacs”, and was always on the phone with either family or one of a great many friends. Bob will be greatly missed. Memories of him will be cherished within our hearts. Bob is survived by his wife Agnes, three stepchildren: Teresa Voth, Richard Voth, and Ronda (Dale) Corrigan; 3 step grandchildren: Miranda and Danielle Corrigan, and Braydon Voth; his brothers: David Stockell, Jim (Hilda) Bailey, Doug Androsoff, and Terry Bailey, and sisters Sylvia (Ed) Turner, and Janice Androsoff as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his mother Kavaleen, his father Mike, his son Michael Skinner, brothers Keith and Kenny, and his step grandson Michael Voth. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be shared at Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.


Ross Wilcox

of Fruitvale passed away peacefully on February 3, 2015 at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with lung disease. Ross was born on November 16, 1954 in Trail, BC. Ross is survived by his daughters; Stacey (Shawn), Meikayla (Jimmy), his son Hunter, his grandchildren; Sydney, Jayce, Autumn, Parker, Clayton and Garrett, his sisters; Linda Swanson (Lou Buskey), Cindy (Mark) Carlson, Della (Paul) Piche, Leonn Wilcox (Bill King), Joann Anderson and Trena Morency. He was predeceased by his mother Thelma Anderson and his father Allen Wilcox, his brother Joe Anderson and his brotherin-law Steve Morency. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles but especially by his “Shopping Buddy” Marik Swanson. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Montrose Hall. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Ross’s name may be made to the BC Lung Association at 2675 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 2K2 or online at or to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation at 4 - 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9M9 or online at You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at

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CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN 591 4th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-6517

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Sparwood Treehouse Daycare is a not for profit licensed Child Care Facility and believes in the importance of providing a safe, secure, and positive environment that every child will thrive in. We have an immediate opening for a Part-Time Daycare Manager (20 hours a week) to lead our team of Early Childhood Educators and Assistants and Daycare Operations. Responsibilities: t Create and maintain a safe and secure environment in accordance with relevant provincial licensing, Early Childhood Development legislation, policies and procedures. t Manage the administration of the Daycare Programs including payroll, benefits administration, preparation/ management of annual budget, paying bills, invoicing, entering payments, and accepting email transfers, monthly and annual reporting. t Manage staff work schedules, and supervise staff. t Ensure the development and implementation of programs. Qualifications: t Prior supervisory and administrative experience. t Early Childhood Educator; Early Childhood Assistant license would be considered an asset. t First Aid / CPR Certification. t Experience with ADP, Simply Accounting, and Childcare Pro would be considered an asset. Wages: Based on Experience and Qualifications, this position offers health benefits To apply or get further information: Contact Lori Morley. Phone: 250-425-4443 Email: In Person at: 421 Pine Ave. Sparwood, BC

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To apply for this position, please Email your CV to: (Apologies in advance; only those considered for an interview will be contacted)

Mack 2 heavy duty sewing machine, ex. cond., $1000. (250)427-5517

SAWMILLS FROM only $4,397 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT.

STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online:

Misc. Wanted Private Collector Looking to Buy Coin Collections, Silver, Antiques, Native Art, Estates + Chad: 778-281-0030 Local

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Real Estate







Acreage for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Duplex / 4 Plex

Modular Homes



*MOVE IN SPECIAL* Bonus - receive $300 after 3 months, and $300 again after 6 months!! (New rentals only) Now available: Newly renovated one bedroom suites and two bedroom suites with den. New fridge, stove, built in microwave, heat and hot water included. Secure and quiet building. Starting at $775! View at Call 778-518-2253

1228 Pinyon - One of the largest duplexes in Sparwood. This unit has 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms and a fully finished basement, new paint, paved driveway, shed and a large fenced yard. $1200. per month not including utilities. Please contact Erin at

Sparwood - Several Mobile Homes for rent $700 - $1000 per month. Utilities not included. Please contact

8 Foot Camper, Hyd. Jacks. Heavy Duty Tie Downs $1500 250-529-7470

2000 Ski-doo Summit High Mark, Yellow Snowmobile, 151 inch track, 3557km, excellent condition. gold finger left throttle, service manual, cover, Bombardier modular technology revolution helmet (Lg) 250-423-8758 $4200 OBO

Rare opportunity to purchase private 150 acres 5 minutes from Cranbrook BC. Borders crown land on 3 sides. Mixture of timber and fields. Not in the ALR zoned RR60. Serious inquiries only 250-489-9234

Business for Sale DVD RENTAL business. Selling due to illness. Fully stocked $5500.00 OBO. 250-5420743

Live in scenic & peaceful Elkford

ALDERWOOD PLACE Comfortable apartment units

1 Bdrm - $775 (& up)-month 2 & 3 Bdrm - $850 (& up)-month

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent Scenic Downtown Elkford

ALPINE COURT Spacious NEW apartments

Includes: covered parking, sauna, heat, lights & hot water


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1 Bdrm - $775 (& up)- month 2 Bdrm - $850 (& up)- month

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New condos in Sparwood Heights 2 bed/2 bath units are $1250. per month. 2 bed/1 bath units $1200 per month. These units are in a new complex. New stainless steel appliances, granite counters, in suite washer/dryer. Building comes with an elevator and on site storage unit. No smoking or pets allowed. References required. (Utilities not included) Call Rick at 250-425-5432 or Erin at 250-425-7711 Sparwood 1 bdrm condo, partly furnished, inc. util, w/deck, no pets, fridge & stove, $800 + DD. Call 403-616-6467 or 403-474-3926. Sparwood Condo for Rent 2 bedroom 1 bath Furnished $1100 pm or Unfurnished $850 pm Email Erin at or call 250-425-7711

or 250-425-5432

Unit 4 Rent - Baynes Lake

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New building beautiful views, In unit Laundry. Call 250-531-0025 or

Well kept 2 bedroom Condo for rent in Sparwood Heights Includes fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer, storage area, use of exercise room & sauna. No Smoking, No Pets. Available Immediately $950 Furnished Heat included Call 250-425-4431 or 250-423-1224

or call 250-425-7711 for more information.

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House for rent Sparwood. Large deck, shop, barn & horse pastures. Call 250-425-5387

Vehicles for sale

House for Rent Whiskey Jack Golf Resort 2074 Golden Eagle Drive $2100 per month $2100 DD Utilities not included No Smoking, Parties or Pets 3 Bdrm, 2.5 Bath, Triple car garage and undeveloped bsmnt with private entrance. Lrg open kitchen/dining rm Living room with gas fireplace 2 Large decks Call 403-448-0003 or 403-653-4663

Find that special vehicle you’ve always wanted... in the classifieds!

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


Est. 1898

Got something you really want to sell? Put it in front of the faces of thousands of readers everyday in the Classifieds. Call today to place your ad! Est. 1898


SELF STORAGE: Personal & commercial. Call Finnigan’s Storage.

250-423-3308 or 250-423-1236


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YOUR HOROSCOPE for the week of February 15 to 21, 2015


ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

Family responsibilities preoccupy you this week. You have very little time for yourself. You also plan a large gathering.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

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1. Narrow gash 5. Toe the line 9. Piglet’s mother 12. Thin strip PUZZLE NO. 748 13. Skin opening 14. Night before a holiday 15. Cake decorator 16. Roofing material 18. Short reminder 19. ____ in the bag! 20. Fonda or Russell 21. Curve 23. Golf goal 24. Alternately 28. Extremely annoyed 31. Fish’s wing 32. Honolulu greeting 34. ____ good to be true 35. Tolerate 37. Blame 39. Child’s treasure 40. Pull or haul 41. Agreement 43. Little one 45. Other than 49. Sticky substance 51. ____ ma, no hands! 52. Bee’s follower Copyright © 2015, Penny Press 53. Native metals


At work, you’re so successful that your bosses can’t help but give you a raise. They want to secure your loyalty for the long term.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 21)

You are facing some existential questions. You seek to undertake some major changes that will allow you to see life from a better perspective.

CANCER (June 22 - July 22)

After some sort of conflict, you’re able to reach an understanding and restore harmony among the people around you. You show great wisdom in this situation.

LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Your work week promises to be very stimulating. Be careful not to create unrealistic expectations for yourself. The success you achieve will be equal to the effort you make.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

You find yourself at the centre of attention. You can even expect to be applauded. This situation greatly enhances your selfesteem.

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1. Thin 2. Doily fabric 3. Newsy bit 4. Tonsils’ site 5. Kind of illusion 6. Ferry, e.g. 7. Goes astray 8. Slangy affirmative 9. Keep apart 10. Cooking chamber 11. Used to be 17. Slightly closed 22. Prepared 23. Baby grand, e.g. 24. No ____, ands, or

buts 25. Young louse 26. Grabs 27. Sawbones 29. Actor Cruise 30. Chunk of eternity 33. Spiciest 36. Written message 38. Lives 41. Step 42. Summer beverages 43. Become weary 44. “____ the Rainbow” 46. Coil 47. Root beer, e.g. 48. ____ out (barely manages) 50. Soak


LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

You spend a day at home going round in circles, waiting for a delivery or something similar. You also seriously consider redecorating certain rooms.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

If you must drive, make sure you have good directions so you don’t waste a lot of time looking for your destination. A map or GPS is a very valuable tool to bring along.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

You may need to tighten your wallet a bit this week. But this situation motivates you to take all the necessary steps to correct the situation.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

There is a fair amount of action going on around you. You feel overwhelmed by all sorts of responsibilities that seem to take up a lot of your time. Fortunately, you are a well-organized person.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

If you catch a bad cold this week, it’s a signal from your body telling you it’s time to rest. You may tend to worry for a lot of different reasons.


HOW TO PLAY : Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 only once.


Each 3x3 box is outlined with a darker line. You already have a few numbers to get you started. Remember: You must not repeat the numbers 1 through 9 in the same line, column, or 3x3 box.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

At work or elsewhere, you have to take responsibility for some people. You’ll be expected to take the initiative, which means you have to do a lot of managing.


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Goddess Rising announces scholarship for women Submitted


sessions. A healthy and hearty $8 lunch will be served and can also be booked ahead of time at International Women’s Day was founded in 1910 and now takes place in countries throughout the world, with thousands of

events on every continent and a global collective of women taking part. It was designed as a strategy to promote equal rights and suffrage for women. There is now an annual theme, and this year’s theme is ‘Make it happen.’ For more information about Goddess

Rising or the scholarship, contact Rachel Cline at 250-946-6322, or http://

new and inspiring scholarship aimed at young women in the Elk Valley graduating this year opened on Feb. 7. The scholarship is available for any young woman who resided in the Elk Valley and plans to go onto further education once she graduates in 2015. There is a simple application online at http:///goddessrisingfernie.blogspot. ca/p/scholarship.html and we encourage all women to come and meet us in person at the Goddess Rising event at the Fernie Community Centre on March 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Goddess Rising is a not-for-profit event that is in its third year and has always given back to the local and international community. Over the past two years the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre has benefited .* from a large donation following the event, however this year the organizers are very excited to launch a scholarship specifically aimed at the young women who they wish to inspire in their local communities. “We are so pleased that in our third year we are able to tailor our ‘giving back’ donations so specifically and that we will really see the outcome of this amazing scholarship,” organizer Rachel Cline said. The Goddess Rising event will feature workshops hosted by naturopath Dr. Karley Denoon, business woman Pamela Barnum, yoga instructor Heather Ivany, holistic nutritionist Krissi Hyland, plus many more. The highly successful pampering session from last year will return this year, bigger and better. New for 2015 is the addition of child-minding sessions, giving mothers with young children equal access to the Call 310-MYTV (6988), event. Pre-registration for go to or visit your TELUS store. all workshops and pampering sessions on the event day are encouraged, as many TELUS STORES sell out ahead of time. Cranbrook Tamarack Centre 101 Kootenay St. N 717 Industrial Rd. 2 The event is free (by *Offer available until March 22, 2015, where access and line of sight permit, to residential customers who have not subscribed to TELUS TV or Internet in the past 90 days. TELUS Satellite TV is not available to residents of multi-dwelling units. Minimum system requirements apply. Final eligibility donation at door), with for the services will be determined by a TELUS representative. TELUS reserves the right to modify channel lineups and packaging, and regular pricing without notice. Cannot be combined with other offers. HDTV-input-equipped television required to watch HD. A retail value of $689, based on the free workshops and by manufacturer’s suggested retail price, plus a 2 year extended warranty, provincial government eco fees and shipping. TELUS reserves the right to substitute an equivalent or better product without notice. A cancellation fee applies for early termination of the service agreement. The cancellation will be the value of the promotional gift received in return for your term commitment, multiplied by the number of months remaining in the term (with a partial month counting as a full month), divided by the total number of months in the term, plus applicable taxes. If you have chosen donation pampering fee free PVR and digital box rental, an additional cancellation fee applies and will be $10 multiplied by the number of months remaining in the term. Rental equipment must be returned in good condition upon cancellation of service, otherwise the replacement cost will be charged to the account.

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February 12, 2015 edition of the The Free Press

The Free Press, February 12, 2015  

February 12, 2015 edition of the The Free Press