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parwood council made the unanimous decision to deny Spardell Mobile Home Park owner Rick Pater a development variance permit (DVP) at the Tuesday, April 7 council meeting. Coun. Jenna Jensen advised council to deny the request but waive the application process time restriction, which, if passed by council, would have prevented Pater

from reapplying for six months. “I feel like it’s our responsibility as council to look after the community as a whole. I know that there have been several public complaints in addition to people who are afraid to speak out. I’m not sure if allowing this variance to proceed while there are certain system failures in the park is a responsible choice,” said Jensen. Coun. Margaret McKie backed Jensen’s remarks, stating, “I am not going to support this because I think

the water system should be fixed before any pads are put in there.” The DVP would have allowed Pater to expand the mobile home park to add four new pads without having to adhere to modern building standards, which include street lighting specifications, the installation of curbs and gutters and a narrower road width. Of the DVP Pater said, “It makes no sense to have half a block of sidewalk [in only one section of the park]. I do have a water

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Spardell variance permit denied Continued from page 1 I don’t want this to go forward because of all the water problems,” said Leppard, detailing how in the past week alone she has had to use water facilities elsewhere in order to shower and that she was forced to miss work to get her plumbing fixed so she could flush her toilet. “This is getting really frustrating for me,” she said. “I can’t drink water at home, I never know when I’m going to have water for a shower. It’s very frustrating and I wish someone would help us have drinkable water and water all the time.” According to Manager of Planning

Nelson Wight, who has been working distribution system we have nothing with Pater new to and Interior provide to Health on council,” “I can’t drink water at home, I never the water s a i d know when I’m going to have water i s s u e , Wight. for a shower. It’s very frustrating and council is W i t h I wish someone would help us have still waiting council’s drinkable water and water all the time.” on concrete denial plans from of the Mary Jane Leppard Pater on permit, Spardell Mobile Home Park resident how to Pater’s go about improving reapplication will be considered as new, the water distribution system. and it will have to be readdressed to “Until we receive plans on how council and Spardell residents as new he intends to improve the water

information. Coun. John Baher asked if the reapplication would necessitate open houses again. “We would serve everybody again and that’s not such a bad thing because ownership and residence tenancy does change in a mobile home park perhaps more quickly than a residential subdivision,” responded Chief Administrative Officer Terry Melcer. Mayor Cal McDougall added, “It would also give us a clearer indication of what is moving forward with the residents.”

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ernie Search and Rescue (SAR) recovered three skiers and one snowmobiler last week after three backcountry skiers were reported lost in the Lost Boys pass area on Thursday, April 9 and a snowmobiler was injured near Wrangler’s Cabin on Sunday, April 12. Simon Piney with Fernie SAR said that a helicopter search team located the three backcountry skiers on top of Mammoth Head above Fernie Alpine Resort. On Sunday, rescue crews found a 25-year-old Jaffray man suffering from significant lower back trauma and a suspected broken ankle following a snowmobiling accident. Thursday’s rescue involved a helicopter

landing to retrieve two of the skiers, however, due to fading light, no injuries and Fernie SAR not wanting the third skier to be left on their own, the three skiers made their way down the hill on foot with direction from rescue crews. “As all three were in good spirits, well equipped and uninjured, Fernie SAR was able to direct them [on] how to get back to the resort and down to the base,” Piney said. “Call contact was maintained until they were safely back at the base of the ski hill at around midnight. Fernie Alpine Resort management alerted Cat crews to ensure safe passage down the ski hill.” The snowmobiler that was injured on Sunday was packaged for flight with the assistance of other snowmobilers and taken by helicopter to the Elk Valley Hospital, Piney said.

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Middletown Crossing project delayed

Sparwood council pushes Highway 3/43 project to 2016 By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff

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onstruction on Sparwood’s Middletown Crossing has been delayed until 2016 as the district waits on the approval of a grant. The fate of the Middletown Crossing construction project, also known as the Highway 3/43 Intersection Improvements Project, is subject to the

approval of an $8.6 million grant under the Small Communities fund. The grant will provide two-thirds of that funding through the federal and provincial governments. Construction was originally meant to start this spring, following the tendering process, however, a provincial grant reviewer has advised Sparwood that decisions on the grants may not be received until Fall 2015.

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“In order to put that project out for tender and get the best pricing which is usually early in the construction season [January and/or February], we are recommending to delay it until 2016 to get the best competitive pricing,” said Director of Engineering Danny Dwyer. “If that grant for some reason is turned down then we have to rework that project and strip out a number of components in order to fit it into our

Spring flowers bloom at Tom Uphill Manor By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff

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he District of Sparwood has agreed to provide in-kind donations to the Fernie Family Housing Society (FFHS) in the form of planters and hanging baskets. After being approached by the FFHS and asked to provide improvements to Fernie’s Tom Uphill Manor’s gardens and landscaping, council agreed to provide FFHS with the district’s used planters and hanging baskets. Coun. Jenna Jensen suggested recycling some of the district’s older planters, as Sparwood had purchased newer self-watering baskets and planters in December 2014 through the district’s beautification program budget. “I would like to turn this over if I could to our Director of Operations to see if there’s a possibility we can make an in-kind donation of old flower baskets that we may have,” Jensen said. “I’m not sure what state they’re in as

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budget,” he added. Sparwood Mayor Cal McDougall said the delay was “very unfortunate but a sign of the economic times.” By choosing to delay the project, the district will now have to face renegotiations with Joy Global and Teck to extend the companies current land sale agreements with the project. The new completion date has now been slated for Fall 2016.

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they do need to be replaced every few years but we can certainly look at those and see if they will be of benefit and if there is a desire for our existing planters,” responded Chief Administrative Officer Terry Melcer. Coun. Lois Halko added, “I like supporting this initiative because there are people in Sparwood who do take advantage of affordable housing out there.” The decision was passed unanimously by council. The FFHS is a non-profit charitable society that provides affordable housing to low-income seniors, families and people with disabilities.


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Building a greener city

Custom energy efficient house constructed in Fernie By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff

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rchitectural technologist Steve Knudsen has recently grown a green thumb after beginning work on an energy efficient house near Fernie’s downtown core. The house is borrowing practices from the passive house standard — homes that have been certified to use 90 per cent less energy than standard houses. These passive homes are built with minimal air leaks, superinsulation and no thermal bridges that typically allow warm air to escape to the outside. They also are oriented so that the sun can provide most of the heating. The custom house Knudsen is building for a local family with Element Mountain Homes will not be built to passive standard but will be approximately 80 per cent close and will also achieve a high EnerGuide rating of 88 — a rating based on a scale of zero to 100. “Passive house building is quite restrictive. It takes a lot of effort to get there and economically and practically it just didn’t make a lot of sense to achieve that standard for this family. But it will be extremely close and our focus has been on trying to use as many passive house technologies as we can,” said Knudsen. Knudsen has described the project as a team effort from everyone involved. “There have been some unconventional details that we’ve had to deal with but everybody has had to pay attention to them in order to make this work,” he said. “Framers, plumbers, electricians, drywallers — everyone has really had to be on board. It’s been a real team effort and it’s required a lot of communication and awareness, but I think my team has put a lot of pride into their work.” Knudsen added, “It also takes commitment from the

homeowners. The more compact and simple the design, the easier it is to achieve a green building standard. The family has been committed right from the start to having a simple, compact looking house that is southern-oriented [facing the south] for maximum heating. They came prepared and they came with a vision and they’ve been great.” One of the owners Yori Jamin said that the knowledge of building to passive standards came from his work in environmental engineering. “A lot of it I came by through my work but one thing I think that’s important to understand is that if you’re going to be building a custom house, wanting to be a part of the process and all of the details every step of the way goes hand in hand. And for us, reducing our environmental footprint just made sense.” Jamin, his wife Patty Villasenor and their children hope to take residence by Architectural technologist Steve Knudsen has been working on an energy efficient custom home for a Fernie family. Photo by S. Kucharski June. “We’ve been living in Fernie for the last couple of years and really liked built in Fernie and only a handful of them exist across the the community. We have young kids and we enjoy province, homes scattered throughout the city have also the outdoors, the mountain biking, the skiing and the been built to high-energy efficiency standards. running and we wanted to commit to Fernie and so we This includes LEED certification — the most widely wanted to build a house we planned to live in for a long used green building rating system in the world. time … and because we wanted one that would have a low environmental footprint, that drove a lot of design decisions moving forward,” said Jamin. Though up until now no passive homes have ever been

Snow Pines generates flurry of interest By Sarah Kucharski Free Press Staff

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now Pines — the new mountain resort development at Fernie Alpine Resort — sold out in 24 hours, prior to its official launch. “The demand for a place where you have world class skiing outside your front door and summer trails for walking and biking out your back door is incredible,” said Senior VP Marketing and Resort Experience Matt Mosteller in a press

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release. “There truly are few places like Fernie that offer such a perfect four season playground,” he added. The sell out of the Snow Pines division on the hill included the sale of four lots on Highline Drive ranging in price from $250,000 to $300,000. The lots were sold within 24 hours before Canadian Rockies Realty could even create any sales or promotional material. “That really just shows the strength of the Fernie brand in the market place,” said Mosteller.

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Drive 4 UR School benefits Fernie Secondary “Everyone’s been very supportive, we’ve had a really good turn out so far.” At 12 p.m. Fernie Ford had already raised $1,500, with just over 70 individuals taking the opportunity to test drive a brand new Ford vehicle. Johnson noted that their ultimate goal is to raise $6,000 for FSS. The Ford Drive 4 UR School and Community programs, which began in 2010, have already generated more than $5.5 million in donations for high schools and organizations throughout Canada through more than 1,950 events. “We’re excited to partner with Locals test drove Fernie Ford vehicles during the Drive Fernie Secondary School to help 4 UR School fundraiser held on Saturday, April 11. raise funds for the graduating class,”  Photo by K. Dingman Fernie Ford dealer principal Jim Johnson said in a press release. “Not By Katelyn Dingman only is the Drive program a chance to support Free Press Staff extracurricular activities and give back to the Inviting drivers to brave the rainy weather, community, but it allows us the opportunity Fernie Ford hosted their annual Drive 4 UR to showcase Ford of Canada’s high-quality School program at the Fernie Memorial Arena line-up and innovative safety technologies to parents, teenagers and other drivers.” on Saturday, April 11. This year’s Fernie event features the 2015 Along with the proceeds raised from the F-150, the 2015 Ford Escape, the 2015 Ford barbeque, Fernie Ford and Ford Canada Focus and the 2015 Ford Fiesta. donated $20 to Fernie Secondary School (FSS) The event took place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for each individual who test-drove a vehicle. “Despite the weather, we’re doing really and Johnson said the unofficial total raised well,” Fernie Ford service manager and during the event is $3,500 from test drives and co-owner Loretta Johnson said of the event. $400 from the barbeque.

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Fernie Ford claims national award receive an award that’s based on our customers.” With Fernie Ford recently ernie Ford Sales Ltd., a well- moving to their current Brenners known company in the Elk Road location, Johnson said their Valley, recently received one services will continue to improve. of the country’s highest dealership “We can take more vehicles in honours for outstanding sales and [and] get them in and out quicker,” customer satisfaction. said Johnson. Claiming the Fernie 2014 President’s Ford dealer Award by Ford “It’s an honour to principal Jim Motor Company receive an award Johnson added, of Canada for the “Earning the that’s based on our third year, Fernie President’s customers.” Ford proved Award signifies their excellence our entire staff’s Loretta Johnson in dealership dedication Fernie Ford service operations, to delivering manager and co-owner sales, service s u p e r i o r satisfaction and c u s t o m e r overall dealership satisfaction day experience. Fernie in and day out. Ford received I couldn’t be more proud to receive exceptional customer feedback this recognition, especially since it through survey responses. comes from the people we value “We’re very excited,” service most — our customers. They’re manager and co-owner Loretta the reason we are able to accept Johnson said. “How we win [the this award.” award] is based on our customer The award was first introduced satisfaction and for us, that’s the in 2000 to Ford dealerships most important. It’s an honour to throughout Canada.

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2015 Volunteer Appreciation Event

We Appreciate Elkford’s Volunteers! Traditionally, our Volunteer Appreciation Event has taken place in September. This year, we’ve decided to line it up with National Volunteer Week, which takes place April 12 18, 2015. The District of Elkford would like to say thank you to all of our local volunteers who have dedicated their valuable time and shared their knowledge within the community. Mayor, Council and staff would like to take this opportunity to show their appreciation by inviting all Elkford volunteers and their families to join us for a complimentary barbeque and family entertainment.

Saturday, April 18th 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Elkford Community Conference Centre 750 Fording Drive Please RSVP by Saturday, April 11th by calling 250.865.4010 or by emailing recreation@elkford.ca. We sincerely thank you for all your time and dedication as a volunteer and we look forward to seeing you at the festivities. You are a gift to the community!

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Editorial by Katelyn Dingman

Spring is in the air. As the snow continues to melt, locals are going to start preparing for warmer weather. Digging out bicycles, helmets and hiking shoes and putting their skis, snowboards and snowmobiles to bed for the upcoming season. But as locals prepare for the spring, businesses are bracing themselves for the slow season. While May and June are ideal for hiking in warm, but not too hot weather and biking through muddy terrain, these spring months are not very popular for tourists and will likely be challenging for local businesses, especially this year as winter in the Elk Valley was difficult to say the least. As a result of poor conditions, several annual events were cancelled, including last week’s Coca-Cola Slope Soaker and the annual Griz Days Commit 2 Pain Rail Jam. Businesses were forced to change plans last minute. Despite having one of the best skiing seasons I’ve ever had, I recognize that the Elk Valley in general underwent some serious changes this season, specifically in regards to tourism. I think that the Elk Valley needs to brace themselves for the future and focus on preparing for the off-season, as it seems like the winter months can no longer support businesses for the entire year. As climate change continues to affect the Elk Valley, it’s important that the City of Fernie prepares themselves for the possibility of future mild winters. After speaking with friends, I came to realize that several businesses, including landscaping and working up at the hill, were negatively impacted by conditions. Many workers were cut down to three shifts per week. I recognize that the demand for many services was not as high as usual this season but I also believe it’s important that young employees can comfortably live in the valley on their earnings. One solution to this issue would be affordable housing. Although buildings like the Veneto Place apartments provide Fernie with low-income housing units, it’s important that the community works to provide affordable housing for individuals staying in Fernie for short periods of time. Fernie is home to many transitional workers who come to the area solely to work in the winter months and it’s vital that these individuals find an affordable place to live. After a difficult winter season, I believe the Elk Valley needs to look to the future and, rather than relying on attractions that have thrived in the past, they should look to adapting to the current economic climate.

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residents of Kootenay Columbia. That is one very important reason why I am running to represent you in Ottawa.

The role of Member of Parliament (MP) is to understand the issues of the people that he or she represents, and to be willing Wayne Stetski to speak on behalf of those citizens without hesitation. It is the NDP candidate for Kootenay Columbia responsibility of your MP to protect your interests even when that means speaking out against the government. The current MP for Kootenay Columbia has indicated that he feels that he can only vote the way the prime minister tells him to vote; he’s a cheerleader for government regardless of the consequences for his constituents. Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism bill, is a classic example. The current MP is 100 per cent in support of the bill even though he knows that the resulting degradation of your rights and freedoms could seriously impact your life. Rural residents rightly feel Sponsored by strongly about any legislation that could result in unreasonable access to their personal information. Bill C-51 will result in significant damage to your rights to privacy. Your personal information could be widely shared between federal agencies. Canada’s privacy commissioner says that Bill C-51 sets the threshold for sharing Canadians’ personal data too low. he ree ress The current MP, regardless of what his leader tells him, should be standing If you are the individual in this photo you have won a $10 gift voucher from Rocky up for your rights and freedoms. Mountain Chocolate Factory. Drop into The Free Press office for your prize. I will speak out loudly against any attempts to degrade the rights of the

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Calling for climate justice: to provincial premiers Can you imagine a future where the Arctic has warmed by 14 C? The east and west coasts have warmed by 4 C? Northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec have warmed by 6 C? This could be the future our children and grandchildren will live with at the end of this century if we do not seriously reduce greenhouse gas emissions soon and get to a zero-carbon economy. (For more information on the data presented in this letter, please consult Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars). In terms of our per capita energy consumption, Canada’s usage of low-carbon energy sits at 25.7 per cent, which is higher than the world average of 18.3 per cent. For Sweden, 68 per cent of per capita energy consumption is low-carbon; we can do better than 25 per cent! Also, in terms of per capita average energy consumption, Canada is much higher than the developed world. With respect to average emissions produced per capita, Canadians are twice the average of Europeans. In other words, we Canadians contribute to greenhouse gas levels at a greater proportion per capita than the rest of the developed world. It is time to get serious about moving to a zero-carbon economy. B.C. and Québec have put a price on carbon and Ontario will very soon, and contrary to the predictions of the fossil fuel economists, B.C.’s emissions have decreased while

Living like they do – for a cause I’m not looking forward to the end of the month. As part of a global anti-poverty fundraiser, I’ve vowed to take part in a program called Live Below the Line. The unfortunate reality is that 1.5 billion people live on $1.75 a day or less. As a plump and well-fed westerner, I’ve been challenged to do the same and see how it feels. I have to live for five days on less than a cup of coffee a day. Pretty much rice and beans. I’ve done it before, and it’s very hard. No more eating or drinking for pleasure or comfort. I’m eating just to stay alive. My food is profoundly bland and low in nutrition. No

the economy has prospered more than any other province. Putting a price on carbon will NOT kill the economy as Prime Minister Stephen Harper asserts. And for your information, clean technology jobs numbered 23,700 versus the tar sands jobs numbering 22,340. We need national standards. Canada committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020, but that target, experts say, is not achievable. Canada also signed on to a goal of holding global warming to less than 2 C, but the federal government does not have a strategy for achieving this. We need a national strategy with respect to a price on carbon. We need the elimination of subsidies to fossil fuel companies and increase the subsidies to alternate energy initiatives and research. The clean energy sector needs a level playing field so that it can grow even more in our move to a zero-carbon future. Our provinces’ premiers are meeting in Québec City on April 14 to talk climate. Mr. Harper has refused to create meaningful climate justice strategies; it is therefore incumbent that our premiers set the direction for pricing carbon and for implementing a carbon fee and dividend program together. Send your provincial premier a strong message to act on behalf of our children and children’s children. Signatories: David Boyd, Laura Sacks, Andromeda Drake, Mike Geisler, Shirley Moon, Judith Fearing, Elizabeth Ellis, Gerda Lang, Evan McKenzie, Matt Schmidt, Marylee Banyard, Irene McIlwaine, Cynthia Quinn-Young, Louise Benner, Bryan Reid and Ron Robinson. David Boyd Nelson, B.C. variety. Think how often you enjoy the taste of your food or look forward to your meal. Now imagine an amorphous lump of cooked grains two or three times a day. Nothing green, no meat, no fruit. Day after day. This is the reality for far too many, and it’ll be mine for five days. Find someone doing Live Below the Line and be generous, because while they endure this for five days, for 1.5 billion it’s never-ending; a preventable reality.

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Mondays

• 6:30 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 – Skate & Shoot Hockey 18+ at the Sparwood Arena • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 3:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 3:45 to 5:00pm – Public Skating at the Sparwood Arena • 4:00 to 6:00pm – Water Slide open at Fernie 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 to 9:00 pm – Women’s Night at Old School Boxing • 8:00 to 9:00pm – Aquafit at the Sparwood Pool

Tuesdays

• 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 • 10:00 to ll:00am – Kindergym (1-5 year olds) Fernie Family Centre • 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 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 11:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 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 • 3:00 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

Wednesdays

• 6:30 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 • 10:00 to ll:00am – Kindergym (1-5 year olds) Fernie Family 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 • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot Hockey 18+ at the Sparwood Arena • 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 • 3:00 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 6:00pm – Water Slide open at Fernie 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+ Aquafit at the Sparwood Pool

Thursdays

• 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 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 11:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot Hockey 18+ at the Sparwood Arena • 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 • 3:00 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 Fernie 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 10:30pm – Adult Rec Hockey 19+ at the Sparwood Arena

Fridays

• 6:30 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 • 10:00 to ll:00am – Kindergym (1-5 year olds) Fernie Family 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)

• 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot Hockey 18+ at the Sparwood Arena • 12:00 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 • 3:00 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 • 4:00 to 6:00pm – Water Slide open at Fernie 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 • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Public Skate/ Rec Hockey at the Sparwood Arena • 6:00 to 8:00pm - $3.00 Swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre • 6:30 to 9:00pm – 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

Saturdays

• 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 • 1:00 to 5:00pm – Water Slide open at Fernie Aquatic Centre • 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

Sundays

• 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 • 1:00 to 5:00pm – Water Slide open at Fernie 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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Volunteer Appreciation, Rocky Mountain Village – noon RSVP by Apr 9 to Shelley 250-423-4214 Annual Banner Project Launch at The Arts Station 7:00 pm Deadline for Sign up for Fernie Legion Ladies Auxiliary Turkey Dinner Garage & Bake Sale at Holy Family Parish 10:00 am to 2:00 pm TurkeyDinner,FernieLegion 6:00 pm (sign up by April 12) Guy Davis at TheArts Station 8:00 pm Intro to Watercolour Painting at The Arts Station 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Opening Reception - New Works by Alice Byrne at The Arts Station 7:00 pm

Free Women’s Lunch at Fernie Women’s Resource Centre 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Avalanche City Roller Girls vs. Nelson Kill Joys, Fernie Arena Men’s Opening Fernie Golf Country Club East Kootenay Junior Open Fernie Golf & Country Club


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Environmental Assessment of the Proposed James White Park Wells Project

CONNECTION

Invitation to Comment

CITY OF FERNIE BRITISH COLUMBIA

The City of Fernie (Proponent) is proposing to construct two groundwater supply wells in James White Park (proposed Project). The proposed Project would provide a secondary water supply to address seasonal periods of poor water quality at the Fairy Creek water supply.

EAO accepts public comments through the following ways:

• By Online Form at City of Fernie CONNECTION | Community Information and Opportunities | www.fernie.ca

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The Proponent has now submitted its application (Application) to obtain an environmental assessment certificate which is required before any work can be undertaken on the proposed Project.

Invitation to Comment

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• By Mail:

Environmental Assessment the Proposed Kate Haines The proposed Project is subject to review underof British Project Assessment Manager Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act. James White Park Wells Project A/Environmental Assessment Office

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

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall Ph: 250.423.6817 Fx: 250.423.3034 Email: cityhall@fernie.ca Website: www.fernie.ca 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm (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

Corporation of the City of Fernie 2015 – 2019 Financial Plan The budget deliberation process is the mechanism for determining the revenue requirements and resource allocations that ultimately inform the decision on municipal tax rates. The City produces a balanced budget, meaning that its appropriated expenditures do not exceed the amount of resources it estimates will be available for that year. Preparation of the City’s 2015 – 2019 Financial Plan commenced in 2014 and has involved a series of public meetings. To conclude the budget process Council will consider adoption of the 2015 – 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw on May 11, 2015. For those members of the public who have not participated in the budget process to date, Council invites your input into the proposed 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan at the Special Meeting to be held in Council Chambers at City Hall 501-3rd Avenue at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 20, 2015. Information on the proposed 2015 – 2019 Financial Plan is available on the City of Fernie’s website (www.fernie.ca) and at City Hall. Jim Hendricks, Chief Administrative Officer

PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V1

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Fax: 250 356-7477 The City of Fernie (Proponent) is proposing part of the assessment process. to construct two groundwater supply wells in EAO There are 33 days for the submission of comments by the accepts public comments through the An electronic copy of the Application and information in relation Project). to the Application. commentways: period will James White Parkpublic (proposed The The following regarding the environmental assessment process are begin onprovide Thursday, 23, 2015, and end on Monday, proposed Project would a April secondary • Bythis Online Form at available at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. Copies of the Application May 25, 2015. All comments received during comment water supply to address seasonal periods of are also available for viewing at this location: http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca will be considered. poor water qualityperiod at the Fairy Creek water • By Mail: supply. City of Fernie, City Hall The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all Kate Haines 501 3rd Avenue, Fernie BC potential – environmental, The proposed Project iseffects subject to review economic, social, heritage A/ Project Assessment Manager and health – that might result from the proposed Project are under British Columbia’s Environmental Environmental Assessment Office identified for consideration as part of the assessment Assessment Act. PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt process. The Proponent has now submitted its Victoria BC V8W 9V1 application (Application) to obtain an • By Fax: environmental assessment certificate Fax: 250 356-7477 which is required before any work can be An electronic copy of the Application and Fernie Aquatic Centre undertaken on the proposed Project. information regarding the environmental Spring Swim Lessons are open for There are 33 days for the submission of assessment process are available at www. registration. Please visit website www.fernie. comments by the public in relation to the eao.gov.bc.ca. Copies of the Application are ca or call the Aquatic Centre for time and Application. The comment will begin NOTE: Allperiod submissions receivedalso by EAO during the relation to the proposed Project are available for comment viewing period at thisinlocation: date for your child’s level. on Thursday, April 23, 2015, and public end and on will be posted to EAO website. considered City of Fernie, City Hall Movie Night: “Hotel for Dogs” April 17th at Monday, May 25, 2015. All comments 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Join us for fun pool time received during this comment period will be 501 3rd Avenue, Fernie BC then into pajamas for a movie and popcorn. considered. Cost: $14.67 + GST The intention of seeking public comments

Leisure Services Happenings

is to ensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration as

The NEW Spring Public Swim Schedule is now available online.

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

Fernie Memorial Arena

Keeping Sidewalks and Intersections Clear and Safe Public safety is one of the City’s top priorities. To achieve this, we regularly monitor public places to ensure that city sidewalks are clear and safe for pedestrians and that intersections on public roads have good visibility without obstruction. The City of Fernie “Dangerous Tree Bylaw No. 1397, 1985” states that: Section (4) “Owners or occupiers of real property are prohibited from allowing trees, hedges, shrubs, or bushes from becoming dangerous to the safety of the public or creating an inconvenience to the public or from becoming injurious to a road, sidewalk or utility service” Landowners have a duty to use reasonable care to manage their property (trees, bushes, shrubs, etc.) in a way that does not harm others or their property. Routine pruning is one way to prevent your landscaping from getting out of control and obstructing vehicle and pedestrian traffic on sidewalks or public roads. The City is reminding property owners to keep trees, bushes, etc. trimmed and in compliance with the Dangerous Tree Bylaw, Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, 1997 and Highways and Related Matters Bylaw No. 1417, 1986. For more information on dangerous trees, sidewalk impediment and visibility of intersections please visit the City’s website at www.fernie.ca to view Dangerous Tree Bylaw No 1397, 1995, Zoning Bylaw No 1750, 1997 and Highway and Related Matters Bylaw No 1417, 1986 or contact Bylaw Services at 250.423.2244 or bylaw@fernie.ca.

Please call the Aquatic Centre for more information or to register for programs and summer camps at 250.423.4466 ext “0”. The Fernie Memorial Arena Regular Season has ended as of Thursday, April 2nd, 2015. The ice will be in until April 18th and private booking inquiries can be made by calling 250.423.2245. Parks & Sport Fields At the beginning of May our staff initiate playground checks, open public washrooms and other service amenities. They commence spring cleanups in and around public facilities and repair damage inflicted by the winter season. Sportfields and green spaces begin to be maintained regularly and trails are resurfaced. In times of early spring conditions our Department is faced with many challenges as the community is desirous to get out and enjoy the weather and our various community facilities. The Leisure Services Department is asking for the public’s patience as we initiate the summer operations and respect the operational capacity of our Department to fully open our Parks, Trails, Sport Fields and Playgrounds. We want you to have a safe and enjoyable summer in our public spaces. Please avoid accessing public spaces until they are completely dried out, especially the Sport Fields and the Dirt Jump Park. Please call our Department to report any damage or concerns immediately at 250.423.2245. Summer Facility Rentals Weddings and Family Reunions to be held in City of Fernie’s public areas require a booking through the Leisure Services Department. If you are planning an event please call 250.423.2245 to reserve the space.

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Upcoming Meetings of Council Monday, April 20 Tuesday, April 21 Monday, April 27 Monday, May 4

(in Council Chambers)

Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Special Budget Meeting at 9:00 am Committee of the Whole Meeting at 1:00 pm NOTE TIME CHANGE Regular Meeting at 1:00 pm

How Are We Doing?

The District of Sparwood is seeking feedback from the public on the performance of civic services and the overall quality of life in Sparwood. These survey results will be used for future strategic planning and as performance measures within the Annual Municipal Report. The survey will be available both online through the District’s website (www.sparwood.ca) and shall be distributed to all households in Sparwood through Canada Post. We ask that you take a few minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire as your opinions are very important to us! The deadline to submit your feedback is May 1, 2015.

Be a Sparwood Superhero! April 25 Starting at 9 am

Let’s work together to clean up the litter in Sparwood! BBQ Lunch for participants!

Bags and gloves are available from the District Main Office (136 Spruce Ave) or Recreation Centre (367 Pine Ave) until Friday, April 24.

On Saturday, April 25 you can pick up your supplies from the East Kootenay Community Credit Union Sparwood Branch (124 Aspen Drive) starting at 9 am. To Register a group or as an individual, contact Nelson Wight at 250.425.6828 or email nwight@sparwood.ca

Notice of Public Hearing

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC, to hear representations concerning Official Community Plan Bylaw 1165, 2015. Applicant: Property affected:

District of Sparwood All properties within the boundaries of the District of Sparwood

The Official Community Plan Bylaw 1165, 2015 will replace the current Official Community Plan Bylaw 869, 2002. The new Official Community Plan is a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management, within the District, respecting the purposes of local government. AT THE HEARING the public will be allowed to make representations to Council or present written submissions respecting matters contained in the proposed Bylaw and will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard.

AND TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT a copy of the aforementioned “Official Community Plan Bylaw 1165, 2015” and related documents which have been or will be considered by Council may be inspected at the Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, B.C., from Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – Monday, April 20, 2015 during regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday. Written submissions may be sent to the District of Sparwood, Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 and will be accepted up to 4:00 pm on Monday, April 20, 2015 to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. Electronic submissions by email should be sent to sparwood@ sparwood.ca. Please note that due to potential email issues, all submissions sent by email should be confirmed by phone at the number listed below.

All submissions must include your name and street address and are considered public information, pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Planning Department at 136 Spruce Avenue or (250) 425-6271. NO WRITTEN OR ORAL REPRESENTATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED BY MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC HEARING.

This notice has been published in accordance with Section 892 of the Local Government Act. Notice given by the Corporate Officer on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Michelle Martineau Director of Corporate Services / Corporate Officer

Notice of Intention to Provide Assistance

Notice is hereby given that Council at their Regular Meeting on April 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC will consider a motion to provide assistance to the Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society, by way of a grant in the amount of $37,000.00 per year, for five years. These funds are being provided for the repayment of a construction loan granted by the District of Sparwood to Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society, who operate Lilac Terrace, for the expansion which is currently underway. For additional information, please contact the undersigned. Barbara Nunes Director of Finance Bnunes@sparwood.ca Direct Line: 250 425-6811

Sparwood Business Retention and Expansion Survey Open House Sparwood Senior’s Centre 1-3 pm, Wednesday 29th April

The results are in from the Sparwood Business Retention and Expansion Survey.

Come along to look over the findings from the survey and discuss results with District staff.

Conducted with support from the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, the Sparwood Business Retention and Expansion Survey is a community driven effort undertaken by the District of Sparwood focused on identifying the needs of our existing businesses.

Seeking Expressions of Interest

The District of Sparwood seeks expressions of interest for the purchase of the property located at 156 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, now advertised for sale without the previous conditions requiring inclusion of a restaurant. The building is owned by the Municipality and was most recently used as the District’s Engineering office. It is singlestory construction totaling approximately 2,966 sq ft including a garage, parking spaces, wheelchair access and is currently zoned institutional. As a condition of the sales agreement, the District will undertake a rezoning to C-1 Commercial if required. The building is post and glulam beam construction, offering the most flexibility for redevelopment. Additional documentation is available upon request and site tours will be welcomed. The location of this building in close proximity to the Centennial Square business area and Highway 3 make it a prime candidate for a restaurant operation, or combination of restaurant and office space or other uses permitted within the C-1 zone. Proposals may incorporate a mixed use development; • Proposals must include consideration of required car parking options; • Proposals may include suggestions for incorporation of District own lands in the vicinity, for landscaping, amenity space and parking; • All proposals are subject to the successful rezoning of the property.

Proposals will be reviewed on their individual merit with consideration given to submissions incorporating creativity, consideration of the local operating environment, forecasted number of employees neighbourhood impacts, as well as a robust business plan and the timing for development. Council of the District of Sparwood reserves the right to give consideration to the proposal that they deem, in their sole discretion, to be in the best interests of the District. The highest, nor any offer may be accepted. The asking price for the property is $340,000. Proposals will be accepted until 4:00 pm June 24, 2015. For further information please contact: Jude Smith Business Development Liaison jsmith@sparwood.ca cell: 250.910.0167 office: 250.425.5091


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Fernie so I talked her into coming.” Reading her own endorsement from the back of Fawcett’s book, Abdou continued, “Katherine Fawcett is blessed with a fierce imagination. Her style is as original and wildly diverse as her characters.” As Fawcett read an excerpt from The Little Washer of Sorrows, her imagination came to light. Dragged into Fawcett’s fantasy world, you begin to envision the three mythological sisters portrayed in her Sirens Sisters tale. A modern twist From left: Local author Angie Abdou and on a Greek myth, Fawcett’s Katherine Fawcett showcase Fawcett’s novel humourous piece didn’t The Little Washer of Sorrows at the Fernie hold anything back. The author joked that the Heritage Library. According to Fawcett, the black balloons, portrayed on the cover of her four qualities that helped her publish the book were book, represent a celebration of sorrow. Photo by K. Dingman “being cheap, being lazy, being optimistic and being By Katelyn Dingman a worrywart.” Free Press Staff Fawcett said she began writing atherine Fawcett’s sense of her book after entering several humour came to life as she short story writing contests. She did a reading from her first quickly realized she could get free fictional book at the Fernie Heritage memberships to literary magazines if she won the contests – hence being Library on Sunday, April 12. Travelling from Pemberton, B.C. cheap. As for being optimistic, Fawcett to Calgary, Alta., Fawcett made a said, “After two and a half years of pit stop in Fernie to promote her really, really encouraging rejection collection of short stories titled The letters, finally I was picked up.” Little Washer of Sorrows alongside Fawcett also noted that the vicious local author and mentor Angie circle editing process, in which eight Abdou. “This is such a great space, it’s a female writers got together once a magical space,” Fawcett said as she month to critique each other’s work, took a glimpse of the large windows contributed to the creation of her lighting up the inside of Fernie novel. “The book wouldn’t exist without Heritage Library’s open space. my writing group,” Fawcett After attending a workshop at the Whistler Writers Festival, taught by admitted. “All the stories in this Abdou, Fawcett reached out to her collection have gone through the and asked if she would sponsor her writers group.” Fawcett’s reading was followed by short adult fiction book. “I read it and I loved it, it’s a musical performance put on by the brilliant,” said Abdou of Fawcett’s Kootenay Stringbenders. The Little Washers of Sorrows can be The Little Washer of Sorrows. “We have purchased at Polar Peek Books. quite a good writing series here in

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LEARN MORE @ www.facebook.com/earthdayfernie Trash Bash Challenge Nature Hike up Castle Rock Kick off your day with the “Trash Bash Challenge.” Find an outdoor area that you love and take initiative to clean up your neighbourhood. Grab your friends and family and get outside to make a difference.Take a photo and post it to the Earth Day Fernie Facebook page, www.facebook.com/earthdayfernie. With your post include how many bags, how many people and how much time you spent cleaning up your neighbourhood. Prizes will be awarded for participation. All day.

Get Wild Challenge

Grab your camera or cell phone and become part of the “Get Wild Challenge.” Get outside, take some deep breaths, see the beauty and take some photos. Share your great photo-ops on www. facebook.com/earthdayfernie. Let us know why you love spending time in nature on Earth Day. Tell us how much time you spent outside and what you did – then post it on Earth Day Fernie Facebook page. At the end of the day, visit the site to discover what others have done! You might get some great ideas - it’s all good clean FUN! Prizes will be awarded for participating in the Get Wild Challenge. All day.

Think Tank Cinema Films

View an amazing selection of Think Tank Cinema films that may be borrowed to view in the comfort of your own home. These inspiring environmental films were selected as part of the Think Tank Cinema series.

Seed Swap

Get ready to garden with the EcoGarden’s Seed Swap. Bring your own locally grown seeds to swap or bring money to donate for seeds that you take home. The Seed Swap will offer information about Seeds of Diversity, a resources of locally grown seeds and local growing information. 3-6 p.m. at the Fernie Library

Power Smart

Join the BC Hydro Power Smart Outreach Team from the Okanagan and learn about energy conservation with games, activities and more. 3-6 p.m. at the Fernie Library.

Join Wild Nature Tours on a free guided hike up Castle Mountain. See the Elk Valley from a completely different perspective atop this often sunny peak. Hikers will learn about various mountain and valley features as well as how they were formed. Bring water, snacks and appropriate footwear/clothing for the weather. Meet outside the front of the Fernie Library. Noon - 3 p.m.

Stormwater Walk

Join the City of Fernie on a walk that will follow the path of water from the library to where it directly discharges to the Elk River. Meet at 5:15 p.m. outside the front of the Fernie Library.

Toddler Time

Toddlers (ages 0-2) and their caregivers are welcomed to the Library for environmental stories, songs and fingerplays. 11:15-noon at the Fernie Library

Kids Fun

Come on down to the Fernie Heritage Library for some serious fun. Get your face painted and make a button. Join in a nature activity in the library garden. It’s all free, and it all happens from 3-6 p.m. at the Fernie Library.

Water Wonder

Explore water with the Elk River Alliance and fun water games and water experiments. Family fun for all ages. 3-6 p.m. at the Fernie Library

Grow Me Instead

Learn about alternatives to invasive species with the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council. 3-6 p.m.

From the Ground Up: A tribute to the landscape we live in

Take some time to enjoy Laura Nelson’s exhibit showcased upstairs at the Fernie Museum. This series of new paintings is inspired by the landscapes in and around the Elk Valley. 3-5:30 p.m.

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he Fernie Community EcoGarden is continuing its focus on food production and local food sustainability. Besides offering locally grown seeds at our Earth Day Seed Swap/Sale (from 3 pm to 6 pm), we will be holding a Seedling and Perennial Plant Sale at the EcoGarden in May, co-hosted with Elk Valley Homesteading. The EcoGarden will also be holding free workshops at the garden on how to save seeds in August. Gardeners will learn how to collect and store seeds from their own gardens to share and plant in succeeding years. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome to attend these workshops. The EcoGarden calendar at www. ecogarden.ca has details on this workshop and more. The EcoGarden's Adopt-A-Bed program is also offering opportunities to get your hands in the dirt. "The EcoGarden has many perennial beds that need an occasional weed and water." said EcoGarden Advisory Committee member, Dawn Deydey "The Adopt-A-Bed program allows gardeners to enjoy being involved with the EcoGarden without a large commitment. Plus, it's a great way to learn more about gardening as Advisory Committee members help train you to care for the gardens. Come connect with the EcoGarden and learn more about the many opportunities that abound at Wildsight's Community EcoGarden on Wednesday April 22nd. This is also an opportunity the public has to trade their locally grown seeds or purchase Fernie-grown seeds.

Let’s work together to prevent wildlife human conflict on Earth Day by Kathy Murray

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here and how we “LIVE” is one of the greatest opportunities and challenges for reducing wildlife/human conflict. Our homes and yards are where we spend the bulk of our time and it is here that we are most protective of ‘our’ space. It is also where we create so many attractants and opportunities which may result in wildlife/human conflict. For some species it is just a matter of removing the attractant – such as securing our garbage from bears. For other species it is much more complicated, especially for animals like deer where your whole yard becomes an attractant: if it is vegetation and a deer is hungry enough, it’ll probably eat it. A general approach to preventing conflict with wildlife is to ask yourself, is there something that is bringing wildlife into my living space? Food such as garbage, fruit trees, compost, bird seed, pet food or any other attractant? Is it shelter, does my landscaping provide cover for the animal? Maybe your yard is in the path or a travel route for bears – is there opportunity to accommodate the well-behaved traveler or is fencing needed? Understanding of how wildlife can shift from being something nice to see or experience to something that is a real threat to human safety and/or property is not always easy. Hindsight usually lets us see when the wildlife became a problem but by then it is often too late. Your best strategy is to think about what the long term outcomes could be from your present interactions with wildlife. Spring is the best opportunity we have to prevent bears from learning bad habits by ensuring that our properties are free of attractants (unsecured garbage, dirty BBQ’s, bird feeders and other attractants). If bears get the upper hand early by feeding in our back yards, it will be hard to make them wild again. Thank you for taking time this Earth Day to remove wildlife attractants from your property. The end result will be a cleaner and safer community for wildlife and people. For more information on preventing wildlife/human conflict go to www.wildsafebc.com

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April 22, 2015 is Earth Day

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Which household appliance uses the most energy? A) Refrigerator C) Dishwasher B) Toaster D) Washing machine Recycling 1,000 kg of aluminum saves enough energy to heat a/an ____________ for 10 years. A) Typical home C) Corner store B) Elementary school D) Restaurant What household appliance uses the second most amount of energy (the first is the refrigerator)? A) Hair dryer C) Microwave B) Clothes Dryer D) Computer The average Canadian home is illuminated by ___ light bulbs: A) 31 C) 51 B) 41 D) 61

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You can use ANY yellow bin in the East Kootenay. Here are some quick tips to remember when recycling in the yellow bins or Fernie blue bag curbside program: • All plastics MUST be clean and have a number between 1 and 6. That number must be in the triangular recycling symbol. If there is no number, it should go in the garbage if it can’t be reused. • All plastic grocery/shopping bags can be recycled -- even if they don’t have a number on them. This is the only item that can be recycled if it doesn’t have a number. All other plastics must be numbered • Styrofoam CANNOT be recycled in the yellow bins/blue bags -- even if it is marked with a number 6. • Tin cans should be well rinsed with labels removed, if possible. • Cardboard should be flattened to save bin space. • All paper products can go in the yellow bins (and Fernie’s blue bag program) -- including hard and soft cover books. Foil covered or waxy papers (like milk cartons or foil greeting cards) cannot be recycled. Milk cartons can be taken to the Fernie Bottle Depot for recycling.

Unused and expired medicines can be returned to pharmacies participating in the Health Products Stewardship Association.

Paper, cardboard, tin

The average Canadian uses 36,000 L of water each year for: A) Showers C) Laundry B) Dish Washing D) Toilet Flushing Composting can reduce your household waste by: A) 10% B) 25%

cans, grocery bags and plastics #1-#6 go in the

C) 50% D) 75%

yellow bins in the RDEK

Answers: C; A – Refrigerators use about 11% of a household’s total energy consumption; A - Recycling 1,000 kg of aluminum saves the equivalent of 10,000 L of gasoline; B; B; D - the average toilet uses about 19 litres per flush; C.

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and the City of Fernie’s blue bag program.

What to do with Packaging Multi-Materials BC is a non-profit stewardship organization that oversees the new product stewardship program for printed paper and packaging. Their only depot in the East Kootenay is the Cranbrook Bottle Depot. They take paper/cardboard products, aluminum and tin*,glass, styrofoam*, and plastic packaging (including film/wrap*). *Some items in these categories are not accepted in RDEK yellow bin program

Visit http://recyclinginbc.ca/program/can-recycled

Where to Take Used Paint All paint and aerosol paints in the Elk Valley should be taken to the Fernie Bottle Depot. Containers must be sealed in paint containers and clearly labeled. If paint cans are dried out and there is no liquid left, the cans can go in the garbage. More info at: www.regeneration.ca

What’s accepted: All prescription drugs Non-prescription medication Herbal products Vitamin and mineral supplements Throat lozenges

In BC, over 50,000 kg of unused or expired medicines are

What’s NOT accepted: Cosmetics, skin care products Disinfectants/cleaners Contact lens solutions Sunscreen/suntan lotion Mouthwashes and toothpastes

collected each year

Both your alkaline and rechargeable batteries are recyclable, as well as cellphones are recyclable. From AAA to odd size batteries (like the ones in your portable phone), batteries can be recycled in many communities around the region. For more information, visit he drop off locations for old batteries and cellphones in the Elk Valley include: City of Fernie Fernie Aquatic Centre Canadian Tire - Fernie

Fluorescent Lights Can Be Recycled

Proper disposal of medicines is important. Check dates on medications today - and call your local pharmacy to see if they are participating in the Return Program. For more information visit www.healthsteward.ca.

Recycling Your Old Electronics The “environmental handling fee” you pay on electronics in BC are managed by Encorp and a wide range of electronics are accepted for recycling.

LightRecycle is the BC residential light recycling program. Accepted products include incandescent lights, LED’s, compact fluorescent and tube fluorescent light bulbs. The recycling program is for residentially generated lights only. There are currently three LightRecycle Depots in the East Kootenay: Fernie Home Building Centre 300 Manitou Road Cranbrook Home Hardware 1901 McPhee Road Cranbrook - Skyway Distributors Ltd 304 NW Slater Road

The electronics recycling depot for the Elk Valley is: Fernie Bottle Depot 1291 Ridgemont Avenue, Fernie Phone: 250-423-2009 They accept a wide range of electronics, including: • Televisions • Computers & peripherals (keyboard, mouse) • Monitors • Fax machines • DVD/VHS players • Scanners

Batteries & Cellphones

For more information, visit www.regeneration.ca

• • • • • • •

Stereos, MP3 players & docking stations Speakers Earphones Microphones Telephones Discman, walkman Radios

Small Appliance Recycling The Fernie Bottle Depot also accepts small appliances for recycling, including: • Blenders • Bathroom scales • Microwaves • Ironing boards & irons • Food Processors & mixers • Portable fans & heaters • Bread Makers • Automatic toothbrushes • Coffee Grinders • Electric razors • Clocks & timers

Learn More About Earth Day Earth Week is a great time to think about what each of us can do to make a positive difference. Reducing, reusing and recycling really add up. This year, they have a “Make It Count” Challenge, which focuses on four action categories: eat, grow, transform and share. The 2015 Earth Day challenges offer: • Step-by-step guides that kids, teachers/group leaders can use • Tips and activities for individuals, groups and businesses to work together to keep commitments

www.earthday.ca

Find complete list and more info at: www.regeneration.ca

For more information, contact the RDEK at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335

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April 22, 2015 is Earth Day

Earth Day Fun Trivia Earth Day was first celebrated in: A) 1960 B) 1965

C) 1970 D) 1975

Which household appliance uses the most energy? A) Refrigerator C) Dishwasher B) Toaster D) Washing machine Recycling 1,000 kg of aluminum saves enough energy to heat a/an ____________ for 10 years. A) Typical home C) Corner store B) Elementary school D) Restaurant What household appliance uses the second most amount of energy (the first is the refrigerator)? A) Hair dryer C) Microwave B) Clothes Dryer D) Computer The average Canadian home is illuminated by ___ light bulbs: A) 31 C) 51 B) 41 D) 61

Recycling 101 - The Basics

Medications Return

You can use ANY yellow bin in the East Kootenay. Here are some quick tips to remember when recycling in the yellow bins or Fernie blue bag curbside program: • All plastics MUST be clean and have a number between 1 and 6. That number must be in the triangular recycling symbol. If there is no number, it should go in the garbage if it can’t be reused. • All plastic grocery/shopping bags can be recycled -- even if they don’t have a number on them. This is the only item that can be recycled if it doesn’t have a number. All other plastics must be numbered • Styrofoam CANNOT be recycled in the yellow bins/blue bags -- even if it is marked with a number 6. • Tin cans should be well rinsed with labels removed, if possible. • Cardboard should be flattened to save bin space. • All paper products can go in the yellow bins (and Fernie’s blue bag program) -- including hard and soft cover books. Foil covered or waxy papers (like milk cartons or foil greeting cards) cannot be recycled. Milk cartons can be taken to the Fernie Bottle Depot for recycling.

Unused and expired medicines can be returned to pharmacies participating in the Health Products Stewardship Association.

Paper, cardboard, tin

The average Canadian uses 36,000 L of water each year for: A) Showers C) Laundry B) Dish Washing D) Toilet Flushing Composting can reduce your household waste by: A) 10% B) 25%

cans, grocery bags and plastics #1-#6 go in the

C) 50% D) 75%

yellow bins in the RDEK

Answers: C; A – Refrigerators use about 11% of a household’s total energy consumption; A - Recycling 1,000 kg of aluminum saves the equivalent of 10,000 L of gasoline; B; B; D - the average toilet uses about 19 litres per flush; C.

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and the City of Fernie’s blue bag program.

What to do with Packaging Multi-Materials BC is a non-profit stewardship organization that oversees the new product stewardship program for printed paper and packaging. Their only depot in the East Kootenay is the Cranbrook Bottle Depot. They take paper/cardboard products, aluminum and tin*,glass, styrofoam*, and plastic packaging (including film/wrap*). *Some items in these categories are not accepted in RDEK yellow bin program

Visit http://recyclinginbc.ca/program/can-recycled

Where to Take Used Paint All paint and aerosol paints in the Elk Valley should be taken to the Fernie Bottle Depot. Containers must be sealed in paint containers and clearly labeled. If paint cans are dried out and there is no liquid left, the cans can go in the garbage. More info at: www.regeneration.ca

What’s accepted: All prescription drugs Non-prescription medication Herbal products Vitamin and mineral supplements Throat lozenges

In BC, over 50,000 kg of unused or expired medicines are

What’s NOT accepted: Cosmetics, skin care products Disinfectants/cleaners Contact lens solutions Sunscreen/suntan lotion Mouthwashes and toothpastes

collected each year

Both your alkaline and rechargeable batteries are recyclable, as well as cellphones are recyclable. From AAA to odd size batteries (like the ones in your portable phone), batteries can be recycled in many communities around the region. For more information, visit he drop off locations for old batteries and cellphones in the Elk Valley include: City of Fernie Fernie Aquatic Centre Canadian Tire - Fernie

Fluorescent Lights Can Be Recycled

Proper disposal of medicines is important. Check dates on medications today - and call your local pharmacy to see if they are participating in the Return Program. For more information visit www.healthsteward.ca.

Recycling Your Old Electronics The “environmental handling fee” you pay on electronics in BC are managed by Encorp and a wide range of electronics are accepted for recycling.

LightRecycle is the BC residential light recycling program. Accepted products include incandescent lights, LED’s, compact fluorescent and tube fluorescent light bulbs. The recycling program is for residentially generated lights only. There are currently three LightRecycle Depots in the East Kootenay: Fernie Home Building Centre 300 Manitou Road Cranbrook Home Hardware 1901 McPhee Road Cranbrook - Skyway Distributors Ltd 304 NW Slater Road

The electronics recycling depot for the Elk Valley is: Fernie Bottle Depot 1291 Ridgemont Avenue, Fernie Phone: 250-423-2009 They accept a wide range of electronics, including: • Televisions • Computers & peripherals (keyboard, mouse) • Monitors • Fax machines • DVD/VHS players • Scanners

Batteries & Cellphones

For more information, visit www.regeneration.ca

• • • • • • •

Stereos, MP3 players & docking stations Speakers Earphones Microphones Telephones Discman, walkman Radios

Small Appliance Recycling The Fernie Bottle Depot also accepts small appliances for recycling, including: • Blenders • Bathroom scales • Microwaves • Ironing boards & irons • Food Processors & mixers • Portable fans & heaters • Bread Makers • Automatic toothbrushes • Coffee Grinders • Electric razors • Clocks & timers

Learn More About Earth Day Earth Week is a great time to think about what each of us can do to make a positive difference. Reducing, reusing and recycling really add up. This year, they have a “Make It Count” Challenge, which focuses on four action categories: eat, grow, transform and share. The 2015 Earth Day challenges offer: • Step-by-step guides that kids, teachers/group leaders can use • Tips and activities for individuals, groups and businesses to work together to keep commitments

www.earthday.ca

Find complete list and more info at: www.regeneration.ca

For more information, contact the RDEK at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335

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Transform trash into new and useful items

Handling trash is a mammoth task, and one of the easiest ways to tackle such a task is to reduce the amount of garbage we produce. Turning some trash into useful items is one way to effectively manage waste, and many items that typically find their way into landfills can be turned into new tools.

Glass bottles and jars Even though glass items are regularly recycled, it’s possible to repurpose glass containers around the house. Empty wine bottles and jars can make lovely candleholders. Pair glass items with a soy candle and cast delicate light on surroundings without using any other resources. Scores of craft projects can be made from jars. Jars with lids can be repurposed into storage containers for home improvement and craft supplies. Such jars also can be used to store other foods. Books In an era of ebooks and digital news, more and more books are finding their way into landfills. But books can be turned into decorative items. Gluing or attaching books together makes for an interesting storage shelf that can hold newer books or other items. Stacked and secured books can be transformed into a conversation piece, such as a side or coffee table. Hollow out a niche inside of the pages of a book to use as a treasure chest or to store jewelry you’d like to keep hidden. Jewelry Various items can be repurposed into jewelry after their initial use. Bracelets can be made from discarded electronic components or recycled paper. Even plastic bread clips can be gathered and strung together for an eclectic looking piece of jewelry.

Old clothes Many people donate their old clothes to the needy, and such gestures help support charitable efforts that benefit the less fortunate. But old clothes also can be turned into may different items, even by those people with only minimal sewing skills. Use cotton, linen or even polyester clothes to create tote bags or wine caddies. Turn discarded clothes into items for doll dress-up. Or, use fabric from clothes to make slipcovers for throw pillows. Small swatches of fabric can be sewn together for change purses or to hold mobile phones.

Plastic bottles Trimming plastic bottles into different shapes creates possibilities for various storage containers. Turn an empty shampoo bottle into a device charging station that hangs from an outlet, keeping charging cords tidy. Or trim a plastic bottle to form a phone holder that can be attached to a bicycle. Empty milk containers can be turned into indoor terrariums or to start seedlings before spring planting. Paper Paper is another household item that need not find its way into landfills. Scraps of paper can be bound together to form note pads, and documents can be printed on the back of previously used pieces of paper to fuel conservation efforts. Shredded paper can be used as filler for mailing packages or as decorative confetti inside of gift bags. It also can be used to stuff dolls and toys made from recycled fabric.

So many items are deemed trash and taken for granted. But before tossing items into the garbage, consider how they can be upcycled into useful new products.

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Five reasons to help our planet

More than 500 million people around the globe will celebrate Earth Day on April 22. This event, which first appeared in 1970 in the United States, highlights the importance of taking care of our planet. Here are five things that will motivate you to change your habits. 1. People living in high-income countries, such as Canada and the United States, consume ten times more energy than those living in developing countries. 2. It is estimated that there are 592 cars per 1,000 inhabitants on the streets of North America. The carbon dioxide produced by these vehicles is one of the principle causes of global warming. 3. A study done by a British non-governmental organization shows that from now until 2050, one billion people will be forced to flee their homes because of extreme weather conditions caused by global warming. This in­cludes such weather events as flooding, hurricanes, and drought. 4. The world’s population has experienced an unprecedented increase and now numbers more than seven billion human beings. Drinking water is becoming a rare commodity for many of them; the most recent WHO-UNICEF report estimates that one billion people do not have access to this precious resource. 5. Urban sprawl is one of the main causes of the disappearance of wetlands. These play a vital role in the natural cycle, including filtering toxins from our waterways.

During its 4.5 billion years of existence, Earth has survived assaults of meteorite showers, tectonic shifts, and the disappearance of the dinosaurs. According to scientists, life on our planet will conti­ nue for another 500 million years — but in what condition? The unknown answer to that question is exactly why it is so important to take care of our home, the “blue planet.”

Did you know?

Plastic bottles are routinely recycled into other plastic items and new bottles, but they can be turned into much more. When you were sipping water from that bottle, you probably never thought of the possibilities of wearing that very plastic. However, fabric innovators are turning disposed plastic into durable garments. When compared with producing virgin materials, recycling plastic products helps save up to 70 per cent on energy costs. Recycled bottles can be broken down into pellets of pure recycled plastic that is virtually indistinguishable from virgin plastic. Then the pellets are turned into yarn, which can be woven as-is or mixed with other yarns to produce polyester clothing. According to Waste 2 Wear, a recycled clothing company, anywhere from 12 to 20 bottles can be saved per garment and transformed into anything from robes to shirts to uniforms. Recycled clothing presents yet another way to turn trash into treasure.

The impact of plastic bags

Plastic bags are used by millions of people to transport their groceries and other purchases. About one million plastic bags are used every minute, accounting for a total consumption of one trillion plastic bags worldwide each year.

First introduced in the 1970s, plastic bags are a relatively young invention. Because plastic bags are relatively easy and inexpensive to produce, few people treat them with any worth, oftentimes using and discarding bags after a single usage. Although a handy convenience item, plastic bags can be harmful to the environment in several ways. A single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade, and even after a bag breaks down, materials within the bag remain toxic. That’s especially disconcerting considering that only a small percentage of plastic bags are recycled, while the rest end up in landfills or littering the landscape.

Plastic bags also can attract a variety of land and marine wildlife that mistake the bags for food. Bags that carry food residue can be particularly attractive. Animals that attempt to consume bags can choke on them, or the bags may become lodged in an animal’s digestive system, causing a slow death from starvation or infection. Plastic bags littered about a landscape are an eyesore. Municipalities spend millions of dollars per year to remove litter. Plastic bags are a large component of the Pacific Trash Vortex, which is a suspended area of trash trapped by currents in the North Pacific Ocean.

The production of plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum, but banning plastic bags altogether may not cure the problem. According to a study from the National Center for Policy Analysis, paper bags and recycled plastic bags use more energy and resources and produce more greenhouse gases than plastic grocery bags. Paper bags are energy-intensive and, unless they are made from recycled paper products, they require cutting down trees as well. A combination of taxing bag use and encouraging the reusable bags may be the best reduce reliance on single-use bags.

plastic use of way to plastic

Plastic bags may seem convenient, but the price of that convenience is costly, especially for the environment.


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Party of the century

Fernie local Margaret Bella recently celebrated her 100th birthday By Andrea Horton Free Press Staff

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Left to right: Delphine Kennelly, Rita Wilson, Peggy Morris and Carmen Carr. Front: Margaret Bella. Photo by A. Horton

Margaret Bella received several certificates to commemorate her 100th birthday, including certificates from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and from Queen Elizabeth II. Photo by A. Horton

argaret Bella was born and raised in Fernie. The eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs J.W. (John) Bella, her chosen career was in the field of nursing. She obtained her degree at Holy Cross School of Nursing in Calgary, Alta. When WWII broke out she joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was posted in Halifax, N.S. Later on, she was transferred to Victoria where she remained until her retirement. In 2005 she returned to Fernie and now resides at the Rocky Mountain Village. She celebrated her 100th birthday on April 7, 2015.

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Balls up for Kootenay Cup

East Kootenay Volleyball Club dominates at Rich Wayling Memorial Tournament based EKVC, is coached by Mike Nelson of Creston and features Fernie players Ben Gilmet, Talon Vale and Andrew Craig. “We played everyone and had important contributions from each player,” said Nelson, who regularly rotated his three bench players onto the court during all eight matches, including three players each from Creston and Cranbrook. “It was a team win.” It wasn’t necessarily an expected triumph given that his was the only U15 entry in the six-team field, which also featured U16 clubs from Spokane, Wash. and Vulcan, The victors sporting their gold-medal spoils (from left): Back row: head coach Alta., and the EKVC, in Mike Nelson, Dylan Bohmer, Parker Thomson, Andrew Craig, Davis Nelson, Ben addition to the EKVC’s Gilmet and assistant coach Niall Cobbe; front row: Quinn Gris, Talon Vale, Mark U18 reps (whose results Armstrong and Marcus Bell. Submitted photo didn’t count in the official standings because of the Submitted age difference). “Although I’m aware we were out-sized and outlder, bigger and harder-hitting opponents skilled, we have a group of confident kids that were no match for the Avalanche underbelieve they can beat anyone,” the coach said. “We 15 boys’ team, who won the Rich Wayling are stressing the importance of hard work and that Memorial Volleyball Tournament in Cranbrook on defence and ball control are what wins matches.” April 4. Lethbridge power hitters dominated the first set, The East Kootenay Volleyball Club (EKVC) reps but the Avalanche produced a big push-back in the rallied from a set down beating Lethbridge Volleyball second to take leads of 13-4 and 21-6. Club 19-25, 25-18 and 15-10 in a thrilling best-of-three They fell behind 4-1 early in the decisive third set championship match to claim the Kootenay Cup at but rallied to lead 8-4 at the change-over, then found Parkland Middle School. themselves deadlocked at 9-9 before pulling away in The U15 Avalanche, a branch of the Cranbrook-

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the clutch, with Marcus Bell of Creston serving out the last two points. “We were able to out-defend and our ball control was excellent in those final two sets,” Nelson said. “That was the difference. Both teams had excellent setters and they were far stronger attackers, but we served and passed better during the match.” Nelson added, “This will undoubtedly provide us with confidence heading into provincials.” Those provincials are the Alberta championships which will take place May 2-3 in Calgary, where the team will return two weeks later for the national club championships at the University of Calgary. The Avalanche downed the EKVC U16 boys 19-25, 25-12, 15-10 in a nail-biting semifinal that saw the eventual winners squander a 5-0 third-set lead before staging a late rally of their own. The U16s led 8-6 at the change-over but were tied 10-10 before Bell, having recently come off the bench, served out the final five points. The Avalanche came back strongly after the opening set loss, winning the first seven points of the second set on serve. Earlier in the day they posted a 25-20, 25-16 quarterfinal victory over a game group from Vulcan which had finished last in the preliminary round the day before, only to nearly upset Lethbridge in a 2-1 defeat to start the playoffs. The Avalanche posted a hard-fought 4-1 match record on day one to finished second to Lethbridge in the round-robin, edging Vulcan 15-25, 25-14, 15-6, the EKVC U16s 14-25, 25-18, 15-8 and Spokane 26-24, 26-24, after having trailed the Americans 23-16 in the opening set. The U15s were the only team to take a set off of otherwise unbeaten Lethbridge in a 22-25, 25-18, 15-11 first-round loss. They didn’t roll over for the U18s in a 25-16, 25-14 defeat that was credited as a 2-0 U15 victory in the official standings, as was the case for all the older team’s opponents.

Hail no match for Powder, Pedal, Paddle

Dressed in their best custom attire, 23 teams the last leg of the race, dashing 2 km up the hill to the ski skied, biked and paddled their way through base finish line. Competition results were announced following the Fernie. Sporting rock star and Teenage Mutant Fernival’s free concert, with Mothers In A Half Shell Ninja Turtle costumes, the relay racers were claiming the Best Costume prize, the Mountain Girls divided into 17 teams of between two and five coming out on top in the Women’s Fastest Team category and the Broken But Not Busted team winning first place participants and six brave soloists. “[We have] some great costumes this year,” in the Men’s Fastest Team category. Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) marketing coordinator Karen Pepper said, adding that despite lower than usual numbers, participants had a lot of energy. The 18.5 km trek began at the top of the Great Bear Express Quad chairlift, where participants skied 4.5 km into Cedar Bowl, ending at the bottom of Kangaroo run. Mike Wenzlawe with FAR Ryan McKenzie, also known as “I’m Too Sexy For My Skis” noted that participants typically participated in the pedal portion of the Raging Elk Powder, Pedal, ski another route, but due to Paddle relay. Photo by K. Dingman unfavourable skiing conditions this year, the route was switched. By Katelyn Dingman Following the ski portion of Free Press Staff the race, bikers pedaled 6 km through the Timberline Subdivision and down Highway he rain and hail didn’t stop enthusiastic relay 3 to the Fernie bike-paddle exchange. participants from competing in the annual Raging Braving the chilly Elk River, paddlers in Elk Powder, Pedal, Paddle (PPP) relay this past canoes and kayaks raced 6 km to the bottom Participants paddled up the Elk River in hail and rain during the Saturday April 11. of Ski Hill Road where runners finished off annual Powder, Pedal, Paddle relay. Photo by K. Dingman

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Creek Lodge. approach aimed at meeting customer needs through New to the Fernie business visual media, including videos, high quality images and community, Riley and Oleksow blogging. “Summer has really been growing in Fernie in the last expressed their desire to become more involved in the five years. It’s a huge season of opportunity,” Gyorki noted, adding, “[Content marketing] is about really community. “We’d like to thank everybody engaging in the essence of what Fernie is.” “We really looked at the past and the future and [different] for coming tonight,” Oleksow trends,” Gyorki said of their said, adding, “We strategic plan. “Our main really appreciate objective at Tourism Fernie is the support from “We’re very cognizant of filling overnight visitation and the community the challenging winter increasing length of stay by and we are really season that we have just encouraging people to stay an looking forward extra day because of all these to getting more come out of and how we amazing things that Fernie has involved.” can learn from that and to offer.” Tourism Fernie move forward from that.” There to speak about executive officer the history of Fernie was Jikke Gyorki Jikke Gyorki Fernie Heritage Museum congratulated the Tourism Fernie’s executive program coordinator Lori young business director Bradish. Bradish briefed owners on their business owners on the recent purchase museum’s summer schedule, of the spa prior which includes a Morrissey to providing the Internment Camp exhibit audience with and the reintroduction of the a brief Tourism From left: Mireille Fortier with SPA 901, SPA 901 co-owner Laura Oleksow, Fernie Fernie presentation. heritage walking tours. Lodging Company’s Caitlin Bates and Tourism Fernie’s Nancy Gillis enjoyed wine “It’s the 100th anniversary since the creation of the After recovering from a and cheese at SPA 901 and Tourism Fernie’s social event on Thursday, April 9. difficult winter, Gyorki outlined camp,” Bradish said. “[The exhibit will explore] the  Photo by K. Dingman Tourism Fernie’s strategic plan whole social feeling in Fernie at the time and what led to By Katelyn Dingman the creation of that internment camp. It should be very for the upcoming fiscal year. Free Press Staff “We look at what the trends are and what’s happening interesting.” Bradish noted that the heritage walking tour will be in the market place and what’s transpired in the past. fter taking ownership of SPA 901 last month, We’re very cognizant of the challenging winter season offered through July and August twice a day every Fernie entrepreneurs Jessica Riley and Laura that we have just come out of and how we can learn from Saturday. Oleksow teamed up with Tourism Fernie to host that and move forward from that.” “It will offer people a look at the community as it an open house event on Thursday, April 9, inviting local Gyorki noted that, like other businesses in Fernie, developed,” said Bradish. businesses to socialize and tour the 6,600 sq ft luxury spa. Tourism Fernie is continuing to build on tourism in Fernie Aside from the speeches, the social event provided local Guests were invited to enjoy wine, fine cheeses supplied during the summer months and plans to continue to do businesses with the opportunity to interact and discuss by Le Grand Fromage and appetizers catered by Lizard so through content marketing — a strategic marketing future endeavours.

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Mayor’s update for March M inister Coralee Oakes has informed me that the City of Fernie will receive a $50,000 grant to help with work related to the land use and planning for the implementation of the By Mary Giuliano West Fernie restructure project and that the Regional District will get a $20,000 improvement district conversion grant to assist them. Six bids were submitted for the 2015 Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade Project and it has been awarded to Cummings Construction Ltd for the tender price of $1.2 million excluding GST. Upgrades are recommended for the Liquid Waste Management Plan and will provide the city with an advanced level of treatment for when it becomes necessary to discharge directly into the Elk River. The lack of snow on Griz Days necessitated $5,500 from the province’s Resort Municipality Initiative to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce for their services. Congratulations to the organizer on a very successful event. The Fernie Rod and Gun Club is hosting the BC Wildlife Federation Convention in April and support has been provided through Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funds to assist with the cost of city facilities. Interior Health has a phone line for voicing complaints — 1-844-770-5524. The portable stage purchased with RMI funding is being requested for rental, so a rental fee schedule has been established; for pricing information, call Fernie City Hall. An invitation was extended to Fernie by Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi regarding the annual Canada mayor’s poetry challenge. Council accepted the invitation and is looking for schoolaged youth and adults interested in reading an original written poem at a regular council meeting in April. A bylaw was initiated by the city, specific to c-hwy zoned parcels on the west side of Highway 3 and adopted to allow houses to remain residential, as prior to the bylaw being adopted, destroyed properties could not be rebuilt as a residence. Council passed a motion to have staff look into a program to increase knowledge of local government by inviting youth to participate in council meetings. A motion was also passed to assist Wapiti Music Festival organizers with street closures, the use of Annex Park, barricades etc. on August 6-8. Development Cost Charge Bylaw No. 2276 was adopted to included a complete review of DCC procedure. Included in the bylaw are policy considerations, development projections,

project costs, timing of proposed capital projects, addition of new projects to the program where necessary, and the removal of those capital projects that have been completed or are no longer necessary. Staff Sgt. Lorne Craig and Sgt. Will Thien provided quarterly reports on the detachment and asked for council’s priorities for 2015. They said that police patrols for downtown have increased and disturbance issues decreased. Council stated that priorities for 2015 were downtown core patrols and speed zones, and it was indicated that the Elk Valley is a safe place to live with a very low crime rate. Interior Health (IH) representatives presented interesting stats, showing that Fernie’s 50-54-year-olds make up the highest number of residents, followed equally by the 25-39 and 35-39 age group. The 55-59 age follow. Chronic disease rates are lower than B.C. numbers, with depression at the top with 27 per cent and Fernie at 17 per cent. McDonalds was asked to extend their hours of operation. The owner attended a meeting to explain that with labour shortages and low population this is difficult, however, he would consider implementing longer hours this summer. A councillor commented that residents inquired as to why only this one venue was asked to extend hours of operation. This was a request brought forward by one councillor, a motion was made and passed and several other restaurants have since been sent requests for consideration of extended hours of operation. Last year it was suggested by the ministry that the RMI might not continue past 2015. This program is intended to help small, tourismbased municipalities support and increase visitation. With a smaller tax base, it was noted that the demand of tourism activity can strain resources in providing infrastructure and event programming. RMI funding therefore allows improvement of the tourism based infrastructure and amenities to attract more visitors and encourage longer stays. At the beginning this was a provincial tax transfer, but it has since been changed to one funded by general revenues. It has basically become a grant for the 14 resort communities. Extensive reporting several times a year has replaced annual reporting and the total amount has now been capped at $10.5 million with an extension to 2017. The formula is determined each year by using the 2 per cent municipal and regional district tax collected in the previous year, however, if the total of all 14 communities exceeds $10.5 million the amount will be reduced by an equal percentage to make sure the total value remains within the capped amount. There was a collected sigh of relief from the communities, however, there is still the distinct possibility that this program won’t continue despite the ministry acknowledging that this is a very successful program.

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GARAGE SALE Sunday, April 19 11 am – 2 pm Bridge Bistro Highway 3, Fernie Spring clean your house or business and sell your items without the fuss! The Bridge Bistro will be hosting a community garage sale with tables supplied on a first come, first served basis. No registration fee, simply arrive for set-up between 10 am – 11 am. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary, and the event is dependent on fair weather. Please call Lillis on 250-423-9040 for more information or to reserve a spot.

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Last year, 39 arrests were made in relation to inter-partner violence over the other. Tens of thousands of women live with other forms of violence including being put down and called names, being manipulated and humiliated, being pril 12 to 18 is recognized as Prevention of denied access to money or having sex forced upon them. Violence Against Women in Relationships week He may not allow her to make decisions or he may blame in Canada. Every six days, a woman is killed her for his behaviour. The threat of continued violence by their spouse in Canada. On average 460,000 sexual and abuse often does not stop when a woman leaves a assaults are reported each year in Canada. In 2014, 14 relationship. Many women face ongoing intimidation women in B.C. were murdered by an intimate partner, and threats, name calling, guilt-tripping and economic and many others were seriously injured after being abuse after they leave. In fact, in the year after leaving an punched, slapped, choked, kicked or attacked with a abusive partner the risk for a woman increases. For this weapon. Abuse certainly exists at the physical level, but reason, careful safety planning is encouraged for women the effects of a controlling partner can be seen in many who are considering leaving an abusive relationship, and layers of a relationship and can be identified as any the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre or Safe Homes can behaviour pattern that leads one partner to exert power support women with this. When faced with figures like these, we may be able to see the extent of the problem nationally but people have a tendency to say, “not in my town.” Abuse and sexual assault are often hidden from the view of many people and, unless you know someone who is personally affected on an intimate level, you may struggle to comprehend that these crimes are taking place locally. Domestic abuse and sexual assault are very real issues within the Elk Valley. RCMP statistics show that 39 arrests were made last Monday, April 20, 2015 year in relation to inter-partner violence, and 10 were made in relation to sexual at 6:30 pm assault. When we consider that only 22 per cent of domestic violence and less At the Stanford Inn than 10 per cent of sexual assaults are reported to police, we can see that the ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND real figures would be approximately 177 incidents of domestic violence and 100 Submitted by Kat Boag-Munroe Women’s Resource Centre

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incidents of sexual assault. When we bury our heads in the sand, we perpetuate the taboo that exists around abuse and we fail in our ability as a community to support those who have been victimized. As members of the Elk Valley community, we encourage you to break the silence around violence against women. Let’s have conversations with our friends and with our children around abuse and sexual assault; let’s normalize these topics to help people to reach out for the support they need from their social circle and professionals. Let’s call people out when they use language or make jokes that perpetuate the culture of violence against women. Let’s non-judgementally offer our support to a friend who may be in danger and listen to her without telling her what to do. And if you are currently in an abusive relationship, we at Fernie Women’s Resource Centre stand in solidarity with you. You do not have to make a police report in order to access our services, nor do you have to want to leave your situation. We are here for you; you do not have to do this alone. Fernie Women’s Resource Centre provides free counselling and advocacy support for women who have ever experienced any kind of abuse. Our drop-in centre is based at 1592 10th Ave, Fernie, and is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. Appointments are also available in Sparwood and Elkford upon request. Please contact us at 250-423-4687 or via our website at www. ferniewomenscentre.com. If you are in need of immediate assistance outside of our working hours, please contact Safe Homes at 1-800-200-3003 (available 24 hours). *Although we refer to a male-female relationship throughout this article, we acknowledge that abuse also occurs in same-sex relationships. We are a trans-inclusive organization.

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John H. Hutchinson May 18, 1971 – April 21, 2012 We thought of you with LOVE today, but that was nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and the days before that too. Your memory is our keepsake, which we will never part. God has you in his safe keeping, while we carry you in our hearts. For those we love don’t go away, but continue to walk with us each and every day. You are so deeply missed. Love always and forever, Your wife Christine & family XOXOXO

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in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford Kal Tire is a Canadian company that was founded in 1953 and has grown to become Canada’s largest independent tire dealer. Based in Vernon, BC, Kal Tire has flourished by focusing on customer service and teamwork Kal Tire’s key differentiator is its 5000+ Kal Tire Team members who are committed to exceeding the customer’s expectations with the best technical skills, quality products, competitive prices and exceptional service available anywhere.

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An outstanding corporate culture where you become part of the Kal Tire family A complete comprehensive and purposeful training program A very competitive salary A benefits program including extended health, dental, long-term disability, employee assistance program and life insurance A strong and growing brand with over 240 locations servicing both retail and commercial customers across Canada Exposure to the newest tools and technology in automotive Work hard, play hard mentality – you WILL be rewarded

We are currently recruiting for the following positions: SALES & SERVICE

t You continually strive to provide exceptional customer service and exceed every client’s expectations t Perform tire removal/installation/repair service safely for all passenger and light truck vehicles. This includes removing wheel assemblies, dismounting tires, balancing, inflating, and installing repaired or replacement tires, and reinstalling wheel assemblies according to procedure. This also includes diagnosing injuries, evaluating repair ability, and choosing and carrying out proper repair methods t Assist and perform mechanical inspections and service including complete understanding and use of work order inspection procedures and tools, basic understanding and use of alignment machines, flush machines, oil lube and filter service as trained using the Kal Tire Mechanical Fundamentals training, and successful sign off by journeyman technician t Valid drivers licence t Grade 12 or GED t Excellent commutation skills, a mechanical aptitude and detail oriented

SERVICE ADVISOR t t t t t

You bring 2+ years of direct sales experience and are confident in the customer service industry Strong communication and relationship-building skills Dedicated to learning through hands-on training and development Previous knowledge and experience in retail and/or the automotive industry Previous management experience servicing local and neighbouring markets also an asset

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN (or 3rd year apprentice) t t t t t t

You hold a provincially recognized trade’s ticket and have experience in front end brakes, shocks and wheel alignments You can confidently inspect, diagnose, adjust, service and repair a wide variety of vehicles Assist in identifying potential mechanical sales with team members You have a strong passion for people and understand the true value of good customer service You are methodical and patient in your approach and have a keen eye for detail Supply and maintain personal tools

All team members are expected to contribute to a safe and environmentally responsible workplace by following all safety and environmental policies and rules, and by taking an active approach to accident prevention and environmental protection. You’ll need the ability to excel in a physically demanding environment that includes moving constantly throughout your shift, and to contribute to an upbeat atmosphere in the workplace by supporting and providing assistance to other team members Applicants may submit their resume to craig_hanzel@kaltire.com indicating the name of the position in the subject line, or deliver in person to 601 Sparwood Drive, Sparwood. For more information, visit kaltire.com/careers

SUMMER JOB EXPO APRIL 29 2-6pm

@ The Arts Station – 601 1st Avenue If you are looking for a great work experience this summer, swing by with your resume! We’ll be doing drop in interviews for positions in our:

Restaurant, Hotel & Spa Food & refreshments will be provided.


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Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Food Products

Heavy Duty Machinery

BC INSPECTED

GRADED AA OR BETTER LOCALLY GROWN NATURAL BEEF Hormone Free Grass Fed/Grain Finished Freezer Packages Available Quarters/Halves $4.50/lb Hanging Weight Extra Lean Ground Beef Available TARZWELL FARMS 250-428-4316 Creston

A-CHEAP, LOWEST PRICES STEEL SHIPPING Dry Storage Containers Used 20’40’45’53’ and insulated containers all sizes in stock. 40’ containers as low as $2,200. Also JD 544 & 644 wheel Loaders & 20,000 lb CAT forklift. Ph Toll free 24 hours 1866-528-7108 1-778-298-3192 8am-5pm. Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com

S lives here. It’s here in our community. Please make a difference by volunteering.

Misc. for Sale

1•800•268•7582 www.mssociety.ca

Apple iPhone 5C, 16 gb, white, un-used ear phones & charger, Otter Box case, all in pristine condition, $400. 1(250)939-9518 ericbaker2012@yahoo.ca Cranbrook area

Pets

Pets

Sclerosis Society of Canada S Multiple

FERNIE PUPPY SCHOOL Presents:

Spring Puppy Classes

for Puppies of all ages! Six one-hour classes

$150.00 Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings Beginning April 22 7:00 P.M. Call Cathy:

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Merchandise for Sale

Rentals

Rentals

Rentals

Rentals

Misc. for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Scenic Downtown Elkford

SPARWOOD, B.C.

Live in scenic &

ALPINE COURT

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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 mills.com/400OT or call 1-800566-6899 Ext:400OT.

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

Spacious NEW apartments

Rentals

1 Bdrm - $775 (& up)-month

Acreage

Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land

This is a notice that Gunpowder Resources Inc. of Kelowna, B.C., has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Kootenay Region, for a license of Occupation for the purpose of a roadway on Provincial Crown land located east of Sparwood, and containing 2.964 hectares more or less.

250-865-2722

250-865-2722

1-250-865-7676

Apt/Condo for Rent

1 & 2 Bedroom Units Furnished & Unfurnished

695 per month

$

Hot Water Included

For Rent: 2 Condos turned into one very large, clean 2 bedroom, 2 bath fully furnished condo for rent in Sparwood Heights. This unit has everything you need including Jacuzzi tub, dishes, bedding. Just bring your clothes.. $1200 per month. Call Rick at 250-425-5432 or Erin at 250-425-7711 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 PineCrest Apartments Sparwood BC 1 & 2 bedroom apartments newly renovated, furnished and unfurnished available immediately starting at $800/month

Sparwood, B.C.

PINEWAY COURT Apartment Units r$MPTFUPEPXOUPXO r"GGPSEBCMF r)PUXBUFSJODMVEFE r:PVSOFXIPNF 1 Bdrm plus den $775 (& up) month 2 Bdrm plus den $850 (& up) month

250-425-9912

Contact Manager - 778-518-2253 or view at www.glprentals.com

2 bedroom, 1 bath fully furnished condo for rent in Sparwood Heights. Just bring your clothes. $1150. per month Call Rick at 250-425-5432 or Erin At 250-425-7711

1422 & 1462 – 6th Avenue, Fernie Located behind the Best Western

For more information call

250-423-1358

Sparwood 1 bdrm condo, @ Mtn. Air Chalets - furn or not inc util, w/deck, no pets,$200. off first and last months rent, $750 + DD Call 403-616-6467 or 403-474-3926.

Place of Worship

Place of Worship

Centennial Square, Sparwood

WELCOMES YOU Sunday Meeting Morning Services

11:00 am

Corps Officers: .. Majors James & Gwen Hagglund

Fernie Office 250-423-4661 Fx 250-423-4668

KNOX UNITED CHURCH Sunday Service UCW Women’s Group

10:00 am 1st Tues each month 7:00 pm

YOU ARE INVITED! Mass Times: Saturdays: St. Michael’s ~ 7:00 pm Sundays: St. Michael’s ~ 11:00 am St. Bernard’s Mission, Elkford ~ 4:00 pm Thursdays: St. Michael’s ~ 6:30 pm Fridays: Lilac Terrrace ~ 11:00 am Confessions: Following each mass, or by appointment. Pastor: Father Marcel Cote 250-425-6444

SNOW VALLEY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

HOLY FAMILY PARISH Catholic Church

201 2nd Avenue, Fernie

1361 8th Avenue, Fernie

521 4th Avenue, Fernie

EVERYONE WELCOME

Parish Office 250-423-6127 Masses:

Clergy: Jane Clarke D.L.M. 250-423-6010 www.elkvalleyunited.com

Tues. & Wed. 9:00 am Saturday 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am Confessions: Before 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday or by appointment

Monday Mens Fellowship...7 pm Sunday Worship & Children’s Ministry...10:30 am Friday Youth Group...7 pm Friday Morning Prayer Group...10 am

YOU’RE WELCOME AT KNOX

Father Marcel Cote

Office 250-423-4114

SPARWOOD CHRISTIAN CENTRE (formerly Fernie Baptist Church)

1622 10th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4112 www.mountainsidechurch.ca

Sunday Services

436 Pine Avenue Sparwood BC V0B 2G0

250-425-7787 Affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC)

10:00 am in Fernie 4:00 pm Sparwood Campus gathering

Services: Sunday 10:00 am Wednesday Bible Study: 6:47 pm

Contact Pastor Shawn Barden shawnbarden@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. R.G. (Ross) Powell

Everyone Welcome

Duplex / 4 Plex 1228 Pinyon - Very large 3 level 1/2 duplex located in Sparwood Heights. 3 bedroom, 2 bath with fenced back yard, close to park and just steps away from the school bus stop. $950 per month, utilities not included. Contact Erin at

assistant@sparwoodrealestate.ca or 250-425-7711 or 250-425-5432

1234 Pinyon Sparwood Heights - large clean 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, 1/2 duplex with fenced yard and large deck. Park nearby, and bus stop across the street. $950. per month utilities not included. Call Erin at 250-425-7711 or Rick at 250-425-5432

Modular Homes 14’ wide Mobile Home for Rent 3 bedrooms, all appliances Call Joe at 250-425-5387 Sparwood - Several Mobile Homes for rent $600 - $1000 per month. Utilities not included. Please contact

assistant@sparwoodrealestate.ca

or call 250-425-7711 for more information.

Classifieds Get Results! Homes for Rent Furnished and Unfurnished Properties for rent in Sparwood and Elkford Contact Tammie Davy with Custom Real Estate and Property Management at 250-425-2968 or log on to www.elkvalleylistings.ca for more information. Sparwood 2 houses for rent 3 bedroom with full basement $850 p/m plus utilities. Available April. 1 Call Erin @ 250-425-7711 or Rick @ 250-425-5432

assistant@sparwoodrealestate.ca

Seasonal Acommodation

ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH 741B 2nd Ave., Fernie

Sparwood Heights - Fully upgraded - Must see! Large 1 bdrm furnished condo. Carbonado Court, Main floor, paved parking with plug ins, heat, water, laundry & hydro. Non smoking. $800/month plus DD. Call 250-425-5071.

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

ELK VALLEY CHURCH SERVICES

The Lands File for this application is 4405568. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to FrontCounter BC,1902 Theatre Road, Cranbrook BC V1Y 7G1 or email to AuthorizingAgency.Cranbrook@gov.bc.ca. Comments will be received by MFLNRO up to April 18, 2015. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after that date. Please visit the website at http://arfd. gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/index.jsp >search>Search by File Number 4405568 for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. Access to these records requires the submission of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. Visit http://www. gov.bc.ca/freedomof information to learn more about FOI submissions.

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

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

Walking Distance to Mall

Legal Land Act:

Comfortable apartment units

Includes heat, lights, & hot water

Apartments for Rent

From

ALDERWOOD PLACE

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

1 bed, 1 bath apartment in Sparwood. $700. per month including utilities. Call Erin at 250-425-7711 or Rick at 250425-5432 2 Bed, 1 Bath condo for rent in Sparwood Heights. $900 per month, utilities not included. Call Erin at 250-425-7711 or Rick at 250-425-5432

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, $675,000. 250-489-9234

peaceful Elkford

GOLDEN OAK GARDENS

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

(250) 423-7257

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For rent: 2 RV Moyie River front lots, fully serviced, side by side, 100x40, at 3 Valley Resort in Yahk, BC, $1000/year each including services. Email for more info: green_thumb_lina@hotmail.com

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

250-423-3308 or 250-423-1236

Townhouses

27 Juniper - 3 bedroom townhouse with fenced backyard. Close to Rec Centre, park and schools. $850. per month plus utilities. Call Rick at 250-4255432 or Erin at 250-425-7711 assistant@sparwoodrealestate.ca

Transportation

Recreational/Sale 2002 model TT265 Travel Trailer. Can be viewed at Home Hardware in Fernie. Asking $12,000. Call (250) 423-1363

Boats World’s Finest FISHING BOATS

Weldcraft, Hewescraft, Lund, Godfrey Pontoons Mark’s Marine, Hayden, ID 1-888-821-2200 www.marksmarineinc.com


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YOUR HOROSCOPE for the week of April 19 to 25, 2015

THE LUCKIEST SIGNS THIS WEEK: VIRGO, LIBRA AND SCORPIO

ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

With summer on the way, you feel like treating yourself, especially to a new car. Friends and family also send you some interesting invitations.

BRAIN GAMES ACROSS

1. 5. 8. 12. PUZZLE NO. 757 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 20. 21. 24. 26. 27. 28. 31. 32. 34. 35. 38. 39. 40. 41. 44. 46. 47. 48. 52. 53. Copyright © 2015, Penny Press 54.

CROSSWORDS

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

You’re sure to be tempted by a bit of shopping. Your friends may influence you and help you build a much busier social life.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 21)

You feel very dynamic. Despite some budgetary restrictions, this drives you to undertake lots of great initiatives, each one more exciting than the next.

CANCER (June 22 - July 22)

Stress is truly the scourge of the 21st century and you won’t be able to escape it if you don’t take the time to relax. It might help if you were to adopt a more spiritual lifestyle.

LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Even if you’re a rather quiet, reserved kind of person, you spend a lot of time in the company of numerous people. You’re responsible for an event that brings together a large crowd.

Judge’s concern Signal assent Has Draft animals Hot temper Moderately cold Decade unit Short-term job Pine ____ Alternate Got the best of Largest mammal Close Bald bird Half of twenty Take it on the ____ Made holy Clan Turf Stags and bucks Foot parts Polite chap Winding curves Coin side Hobo MGM’s trademark Glass part Effortless Resting Act like Detective’s find

55. Dogs and cats 56. Fountain ____ 57. Young adult

DOWN

1. Shy 2. Woodsman’s implement 3. Caribbean, e.g. 4. Registers 5. Close, once 6. Adjust to surroundings 7. Unit of heat 8. Happen 9. Dates 10. Zilch 11. Snow coaster 19. Cut one’s molars

21. Spiders’ structures 22. Angel’s headgear 23. Like some cheese 25. Song 28. Commits perjury 29. Skilled 30. Army eatery 33. Aretha Franklin hit 36. Snare 37. Bar 39. Trait carriers 41. Turn over quickly 42. Camp helper, e.g. 43. Foal 45. Prayer concluder 49. Brewery beverage 50. Prosecute 51. Wish

ANSWER/LAST WEEK - PUZZLE NO. 756

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

You’re given a nice promotion at work. If you’re looking for a job, you find a position that has good future prospects.

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

You start thinking about a trip. You may even form a group to experience this adventure together. This will also allow you to enjoy better discounts.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

Generally speaking, you’re a very sensitive person. You’re also very generous and some people tend to take advantage. Fortunately, you know how to assert yourself this time.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Lots of preparations are necessary with a view to some negotiations. You have to gather a lot of information, either for work or for an important purchase.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

You have lots of little details to consider. This is a great week for settling disputes and billing errors for which you have evidence.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

Buying a home is very time consuming. Fortunately, this project is really positive for you and helps build your self-esteem.

PUZZLE NO. 493

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.

Answers:

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)

You should experience some great times with your family. There’s a project to undertake with your loved ones, such as buying a home or some sort of new organization concerning your work.

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Wise customers read the fine print: *, ≥, >, §, ≈ The Drive It Love It Sales Event offers are limited time offers which apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased from participating dealers on or after March 3, 2015. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. All pricing includes freight ($1,695) and excludes licence, insurance, registration, any dealer administration fees, other dealer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Dealer may sell for less. *Consumer Cash Discounts are offered on select new 2015 vehicles and are deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. ≥3.49% purchase financing for up to 96 months available on the new 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan/2015 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package models through RBC, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Examples: 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan/2015 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package with a Purchase Price of $19,998/$19,998 (including applicable Consumer Cash) financed at 3.49% over 96 months with $0 down payment equals 416 weekly payments of $55/$55 with a cost of borrowing of $2,928/$2,928 and a total obligation of $22,926/$22,926. >3.49% purchase financing for up to 96 months available on the new 2015 Dodge Dart SE (25A) model through RBC, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. The equivalent of $7/day for the 2015 Dodge Dart SE (25A) is equal to a Purchase Price of $17,498 financed at 3.49% over 96 months with $0 down payment, equals 416 weekly payments of $48 with a cost of borrowing of $2,557 and a total obligation of $20,055. §Starting from prices for vehicles shown include Consumer Cash Discounts and do not include upgrades (e.g. paint). Upgrades available for additional cost. ≈Sub-prime financing available on approved credit. Finance example: 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan CVP with a Purchase Price of $19,998 financed at 4.99% over 60 months, equals 260 weekly payments of $87 for a total obligation of $22,605. Some conditions apply. Down payment is required. See your dealer for complete details. **Based on 2014 Ward’s upper small sedan costing under $25,000. ^Based on IHS Automotive: Polk Canadian Vehicles in Operation data available as of July, 2014 for Crossover Segments as defined by Chrysler Canada Inc. TMThe SiriusXM logo is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of FCA US LLC used under license by Chrysler Canada Inc.

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2015 FORD FIESTA

/

STK NC0181

2015 FORD ESCAPE SE

/

$32,849 $31,465 OR $235 BW 84 MONTHS

$20,489 $19,189 OR $132 BW 84 MONTHS

MSRP

MSRP

SALE

SALE

2014 FORD F150 SUPERCREW XL XTR

/

STK NT1459

2015 FORD F150 SUPERCAB

/

STK NT1413

$47,864 $34,878 OR $259 BW 84 MONTHS

STK NT1460

$51,179 $43,574 $317 BW 84 MONTHS

2015 FORD EDGE

2015 FORD FUSION TITANIUM / STK NC0187

MSRP

SALE

2015 FORD F150 SUPERCREW LARIAT STK NT1468

$65,439 $54,899 $407 BW 84 MONTHS

2015 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY CREW CAB DIESEL

/

MSRP

MSRP

MSRP

SALE

SALE

SALE

SALE

2013 FORD FIESTA

/

STK UC0248

REDUCED $14,900 OR $129 BW 72 MONTHS 2010 FORD F150 FX4 4X4 / STK UT0697

REDUCED $19,990 OR $200 BW 60 MONTHS

2010 FORD ESCAPE

/

STK UT0699

REDUCED $14,990 OR $152 BW 60 MONTHS 2013 FORD ESCAPE 4X4 / STK UT0698

REDUCED $24,488 OR $209 BW 72 MONTHS

OR

OR

2009 FORD RANGER SPORT 4X4 / STK UT0703

REDUCED $14,990 OR $152 BW 72 MONTHS

2010 CHEVY SILVERADO 4X4

/

STK UT0704

REDUCED $15,990 OR $162 BW 60 MONTHS

2014 FORD ESCAPE SE 4X4 / STK UT0702

REDUCED $24,990 OR $187 BW 84 MONTHS

STK NT1444

$64,589 $50,690 $352 BW 84 MONTHS

MSRP

OR

STK NT1476

$50,239 $46,850 OR $348 BW 84 MONTHS

$40,669 $38,499 OR $274 BW 84 MONTHS MSRP

SALE

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2012 DODGE RAM 1500 SLT / STK LT0008

REDUCED $30,778 OR $261 BW 72 MONTHS

All payments at 4.99% interest $0 down calculated on all payments. Example NC0181 total interest paid for 84 months would be $4,165.54. Total payments would be $26,280.80. $499 documentation fees calculated on all payments.

Visit our new Brenner Road location

NOW OPEN!

New extended hours to serve you better. Monday - Thursday till 7 pm Friday till 6 pm And Saturday till 5 pm

Associated with Legacy Auto Group

250-423-9211

www.fernieford.ca

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