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A large fuel spill from a rolled semi forced an eight-hour closure of the highway between Warfield and Rossland on Saturday. The 911 came into Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue just after 10:30 a.m. that day with reports of a high mechanism rollover incident on Highway 3B near the gravel pit just up the hill from Warfield. The semi- trailer was loaded with food items destined for a Trail grocery store when the vehicle went on its side and slid between 100 feet to 120 feet down the hill, Fire Chief Terry Martin told the Trail Times Monday morning. By the time the truck came to a stop, all four lanes of traffic were blocked and fuel was pouring


onto the highway, said Martin. The driver was able to exit the semi’s cab with minor injuries, and was later transported to the hospital by BC Ambulance. The major concern for rescue teams at that point was containment of diesel fuel that was freely escaping one of the truck’s tanks. “It was coming out of the actual fuel cap,” explained Martin. “Unfortunately the one tank emptied while the truck was laying on its side. And the brakes were really hot so we were concerned with that ignition source.” He said a quantity of fuel entered the ditch and saturated soil prior to the crews’ arrival. Once on scene, firefighters from Trail and Rossland utilized Hazmat materials such as booms and pads for fuel absorption and they created makeshift dams from dirt to ebb the flow away from the roadside.

“The fuel didn’t get into the waterway which goes down to Trail Creek, “he confirmed. “That was our concern but it didn’t get that far. But they will have to do some remediation work in the ditch where the fuel soaked in.” Once Emcon Services and the RCMP Commercial Vehicle Inspector team (CVI) arrived, fire crews remained on standby at the site until after 6 p.m. “It was very fortunate all around, the driver wasn’t hurt and nobody got hurt driving up the hill,” said Martin. “Unfortunately, it put a lot of people in a bad way having to go around through Castlegar with the highway shut down for that length of time,” he added. “But it was all required.” Police continue to investigate the accident and await the CVI report before determining possible charges.

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You’d be hard pressed to find someone with political roots as deep as Lyle Kristiansen. He was named after a politician. His grandparents attended the founding convention of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, forerunner to the New Democratic Party. His parents met at a CCF social evening. His earliest memories were of political meetings in his family’s living room and listening to CCF leaders. So it’s little surprise Kristiansen grew up to be a politician himself, serving two terms as New Democrat MP for Kootenay West, from 1980-84 and 1988-93. Kristiansen, who died June 18 in Sechelt at 76, was also the last Nelson resident to represent the area in parliament. Two weeks before his passing, he shared a quote with his daughter from American labour leader Eugene V. Debs: “I don’t want to rise above my class, I want to rise with my class.” “Lyle said this was important to him because unless all of us raise our standard of living together, none of us are secure,” said Haida Bolton. “As his daughter, this to me means we need to work together as a society to ensure a strong and health middle class.”

A very political family Lyle Stuart Kristiansen was born May 9, 1939 in Vancouver to Thorvald (Denny) and Hilda Kristiansen, and named after Dr. Lyle Telford, his parents’ doctor and MLA who later became Vancouver’s mayor. Denny immigrated to Canada from Denmark in 1923 and worked in Nelson hauling bricks to build Hume school. He was also a waiter on the sternwheelers and a cook’s assistant in logging camps before moving to Vancouver in the 1930s. Hilda’s parents were involved in many social movements including the United Grain Growers and Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in addition to the CCF. Kristiansen grew up in Vancouver’s west end, and got involved with the CCF’s youth wing as a teenager. He was elected president of the Vancouver Centre constituency association at 18. He attended the University of BC for two years where he said he “majored in political activity.” During the 1960 provincial election campaign, he met Vera Sharko, who was working on future NDP leader Tom Berger’s campaign. “Most of our courtship took place at political meetings and

TOP: Lyle and Vera Kristiansen decked out in heritage costumes. Lyle’s favourite achievements all related to historical preservation. ABOVE: The Kristiansens campaign door-todoor with son Eric. Courtesy Kristiansen family protest marches,” she recalled in her memoir, A Very Political Family. They married the following year — and honeymooned at the NDP’s founding convention in Ottawa, although they came to regret supporting Hazen Argue for leader over Tommy Douglas. In 1963, Kristiansen was hired as secretary for the New Democratic Youth in Ottawa, while Vera worked for a Hamilton MP. They returned to BC two years later where Lyle stood as the NDP candidate in Vancouver Centre, but finished third. At loose ends, a friend in the IWA asked him if he was interested in working with the

labour movement. He arrived in West Kootenay in early 1967 with a letter of introduction to local IWA president and failed Nelson-Creston NDP candidate Jack Munro. He spent six weeks applying for a job at local sawmills before Stafford Bros. of Harrop finally hired him — although owner Beldon Stafford bet him $20 that he wouldn’t last two weeks. Kristiansen’s intensely physical job, loading green lumber into railway boxcars, had him vomiting every few minutes. But he soldiered on and won the bet. He subsequently worked at Pacific Logging in Slocan and Kootenay Forest Products in Nelson. The Kristiansens began organizing for the local NDP, which

“Most of our courtship took place at political meetings and protest marches. Vera Kristiansen

at that time only had 28 members in Nelson-Creston, 100 in Rossland-Trail and a handful in Kaslo-Slocan. “We called on each member and asked for ten names of potential members,” Vera recalled. “As each of these potential members was called, we asked for ten more names … We worked nonstop to recruit new NDP members and build an organization.” By the 1968 federal election, the party had over 1,000 local members. Lyle was campaign manager for Randolph Harding, who won Kootenay West handedly. Lyle declined to stand as a provincial candidate, but Vera was elected to the local school board and helped persuade teacher Lorne Nicolson to seek the Nelson-Creston NDP nomination. Lyle was again campaign manager, but they were unsuccessful. Nicolson ran again in 1972 and was elected. Lyle was also a director of the West Kootenay Pollution Control Society, which opposed the establishment of a pulp mill on Kootenay Lake and set up the first recycling depot in Nelson. Although it faltered, toward the end they hired a young man from Vancouver. “He wore a trench coat, a beret, had a short haircut and was full of energy,” Vera wrote. “His name was Gerald Rotering.” Years later Lyle would hire him as his constituency assistant, which Vera said was “the smartest thing we did.” When Randolph Harding announced he wouldn’t run again, Lyle dithered about trying to replace him — Vera, too, was torn about whether to encourage or discourage her husband. But Lyle finally agreed to put his name forward after someone pointed out only five MPs could be considered blue collar workers. There were six candidates for the nomination, but Kristiansen won on the first ballot. In the 1979 federal election, he squared off against incumbent Progressive Conservative Bob Brisco in the first of four straight election and lost by 2,000 votes. Nine months later, Joe Clark’s minority government fell and Canadians returned to the polls. Once again there was a six-way race for the Kootenay West nomination which Kristiansen won on the third ballot. On election night, Feb. 18, 1980, he took an early lead and never fell behind, defeating Brisco by less than 800 votes. During his first term, Kristiansen participated in the occupation of the David Thompson University library to prevent the collection’s removal. He also arranged funding for the first stages of restoring Nelson’s Capitol Theatre and Streetcar 23.

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through recent political developments, such as the federal NDP forming the official opposition in 2011. “He loved that,” his daughter Haida said. “He was really happy to see the NDP form government in Alberta this year and so wanted to hold on until the next federal election. As soon as he got sick 2½ years ago, he just wanted to make it to the next election. He was preparing a month ago to get his ID updated so he could vote.” In the last few weeks, Kristiansen contracted pneumonia, which his lungs were too weak to fight. While in hospital, he spoke fondly of the things he got to do in retirement on trips to South Africa and Tanzania: pet a cheetah, kiss a baby rhinoceros, and hug an old tortoise. Haida said his proudest accomplishments as MP all related to local historical preservation: the SS Moyie (which his father worked on) and Rossland Miners’ Hall in addition to the Capitol Theatre and Streetcar 23. He also specialized in Napoleonic history — and died on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. “My mom will miss having political and historical discussions with him,” Haida said. “His mind was sharp. He was great at debates and could pull up facts like an encyclopedia.” In addition to his wife and daughter, Kristiansen is survived by sons Eric and Colin and five grandchildren. Details of a service are still being worked out, but it’s expected to be held in Vancouver in a few weeks.


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• Ran in Kootenay West in 1979. Received 11,503 votes but lost to Progressive Conservative Bob Brisco, who had 13,645.

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• Ran in Kootenay West-Revelstoke in 1988. Elected with 16,381 votes to Brisco’s 12,667.

Top: Vera and Lyle Kristiansen marked their golden wedding anniversary at the 50th anniversary of the NDP’s founding convention in 2011. Above Lyle Kristiansen with then-constituency assistant Gerald Rotering. Rotering would become mayor of Nelson.

• Ran in Vancouver Centre in 1965. Received 5,184 votes but finished third, behind Liberal Jack Nicholson, who had 9,008 and Progressive Conservative Douglas Jung, who had 6,248.

• Ran in Kootenay West in 1984. Received 15,060 votes but lost to Brisco, who had 15,804.

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• Ran in Kootenay West in 1980. Elected with 12,232 votes to Brisco’s 11,417.


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The Kristiansens thought the 1984 election would be an easy victory. “We had lots of volunteers, loads of money, and Lyle and I were received very warmly throughout the riding,” Vera wrote. However, Brisco prevailed by about the same margin as Kristiansen had previously won. Kristiansen went around saying he got the next four years off for good behaviour. He returned to Nelson as the city was facing bleak times but poised for a turnaround, partly under the leadership of Gerald Rotering, who was elected mayor. Kristiansen revealed a theatrical side by acting in three plays — I Always Wanted to Ride a Streetcar, Arsenic and Old Lace (he played an Irish cop) and Cinder Fella, in which he had two silent roles as an Egyptian eunuch and a hockey player. In 1988, he and Brisco faced off for the last time in the redrawn riding of Kootenay West-Revelstoke; this time Kristiansen won easily. He didn’t seek re-election in 1993. While Rotering was expected to succeed him, he decided not to. Instead Heather Suggitt carried the NDP banner, but lost to Jim Gouk of the then-fledgling Reform Party. Lyle and Vera retired to Madeira Park on the Sunshine Coast to be closer to family. A smoker for 50 years, Kristiansen suffered from emphysema and lung cancer. His will to live came partly

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MARK CONLIFFE At the heart of her stunning debut story collection Mireille Silcoff portrays the impacts that unexpected change can have on life. She knows such impact firsthand. Unexpected change caused her to write these stories. Ten years ago Silcoff, a Montreal journalist who writes for the National Post and the New York Times Magazine, was diagnosed with spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak. Because of spinal fluid leaks, there was very little spinal fluid to cushion Silcoff ’s brain, so it would sink to the back of her neck. What made her feel better was having her head lower than her chest, so that her brain wasn’t pulling. She couldn’t do much in this position, but she could write, and she wrote this collection’s title story, she explains, “in 15-minute daily

spurts lying upside down, holding my notebook over my head.” Ever the optimist, she implies she was given an opportunity — that is, that “there wasn’t much else to do or to distract me. I was so shut down in every other way.” She is also saying that she had choices. We might agree that her decision and actions were extraordinary ones, but we might contend that she could have done nothing. This tension between acting on one’s behalf in the face of hardship, sadness, or frustration, on the one hand, and doing nothing about it, on the other, infuses each of these eight stories. The quietly comic “Chez l’arabe” traces the disconnect between the needs of the young narrator, who has a condition that must resemble Silcoff ’s, and the care her family gives her. In “Davina” we learn how and why Anne’s love of dinner parties defines her life. “Appalachian Spring” makes the central character’s rehabilitation away from her family a time of discovery and realization. “Champ de Mars” explores lasting effects that the death of their daughter Sam has on her parents Ellen and Dory.

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What does life deliver, the protagonist of “Shalom Israel!” asks, when your mother decides to move in with you? After all, “a mother does not raise a child to be turned away from her door, valise in hand, at sixty.” Perhaps a tougher question: What do you do when someone whom you’d never considered a close friend proposes that she is, and in fact she wants to come visit you on her own terms? Read “Complimentarity” for some ideas. In “Flower Watching” the narrator and her husband Antoine are struggling. Antoine won’t admit what he can’t do, and he won’t listen to what his wife wants. And, “Eskimos” charts the ups and self-inflicted downs of Gerry Dubinsky’s eventful and potentially prosperous life. Despite their focus on changes that could lead to sadness or despair, these stories aren’t dark. Silcoff gives us characters who understand their choices and thus who accept their utterly human acquiescence, resilience, or independence. As she details these understandings, she reveals her own disarmingly stirring attention to emotions that inspire these choices.

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B.C. adding to aboriginal education Public schools and post-secondary will be introducing more history of First Nations in the coming year Rustad will be in Prince George at a ceremony to rename Fort George Park to recognize the original inhabitants, the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. A Lheidli T’enneh flag will be raised at city hall where it will be permanently flown. National Aboriginal Day events are planned around the province, including a three-day cultural festival at the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria with dance, arts and crafts and traditional foods. The past year has been pivotal for aboriginal relations in B.C., with the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision recognizing aboriginal title to traditional territory of the Tsilhqot’in Nation near Williams Lake. The province is working on a protocol to manage access by non-aboriginal people to the Nemiah Valley, where provincial jurisdiction no longer applies. While progress in treaty negotiations has been slow, the B.C. government continues to reach resource revenue sharing agreements with First Nations around the province, covering forestry, mining and oil and gas projects.

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When the city of Prince George was being established a century ago, the aboriginal people on the site of the present downtown area were relocated to a new reserve and their homes were burned. That’s a part of B.C. history that many people in Prince George and around the province don’t know, and an example of why changes are coming to B.C. school curriculum, says Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad. More changes will be announced soon for post-secondary education, based on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The B.C. government is providing $4.3 million to establish an emergency financial assistance for aboriginal students and $12 million for a scholarship program. “There have been attempts over the years to include more information around First Nations and our aboriginal history, but this is going quite a bit further and trying to tell a more complete history of us as Canadians, all Canadians,” Rustad said. National Aboriginal Day is Sunday, June 21.


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The Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice announced today the launch of a new tool to support people dealing with chronic pain, and they are inviting public input to further develop the tool. According to Canada-wide statistics, more than 1 in 5 Kootenay Boundary residents suffer from the disease. Dr. Joel Kailia, a GP in Nelson specialising in chronic pain management and member of the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice said, “Chronic pain has a profoundly negative impact on peoples lives, including physical, emotional and psychological trauma. It results in reduced quality of life for patents as well as their relatives and friends supporting them.” The disease also has a huge impact financially on the health care system as well as business productivity in our region. The annual cost of chronic pain to the health care system in Canada is estimated to be as high as 62 billion, more than cancer,

AIDS and heart disease combined. Chronic pain is a condition that typically affects patients for longer than five years and while often caused by injury, arthritis or spinal disk abnormalities, in many cases, unfortunately, the cause is unknown. “What we do know is that while treatments like medication, injections and surgery are useful tools for managing pain, the best approach to dealing with pain is multi-disciplinary,” added Dr. Kailia. To help address this issue, doctors in the Kootenay Boundary have developed the Chronic Pain Tool, a document that aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach to managing the disease, and provides a list of practitioners, services and resources patients can access in the area. With a range of methods including medical treatments, body work, cognitive therapies, self management and education, doctors aim to build a re-

source that supports the needs of this patient population. Sandi Jewell, a registered physiotherapist based in Warfield said, “It’s exciting to see this tool being launched. In my work as a physiotherapist, I know that patients are the experts when it comes to their own care, so I’m delighted we are approaching them to help build the tool.” Dr. Kailia added, “We’ve made a great start and now we’re asking for input from other practitioners, community groups and the public. If you have or know someone dealing with this disease, we want to hear about any resources that will expand and improve our initial list.” The chronic pain tool can be found at www.kbdivision. org/chronicpaintool. To recommend any further practitioners/services/resources, please contact Paul Edney at the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice at


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The cast from Rossland’s Gold Fever Follies extended a warm hand to Trail council on June 22, impressing all with their humour, stellar voices and in sync dance moves. This year’s show is a Kootenay spin on a classic tale of two star-crossed lovers. (Left to right) Ty Wright as Donald Guthrie; Jessica Rowat, Gertrude; Nadya Corscadden as Ellen Guthrie; Nick Heffelfinger, Alderman Flute; Lauren Halász as Isabella Mezzonotti; Kirsti Hack, Mabel; Alexandra Willett, Romola Mezzonotti; Aaron James, Julian; and Amy King the Velvet Queen.

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“Parting is such sweet sorrow” following a performance by the Gold Fever Follies. Bold, witty and based on historical Rossland and Trail political relations, this year’s “Summer is Coming” promises plenty of laughs and great songs in a story told through the eyes of two young lovers. Written by Brian Turner, a Trail born, Warfield raised and Rossland schooled script writer, the play gives a Kootenay twist to the Shakespearean classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. Set in Rossland in 1903, the cities are at each others throats because of politics and past grievances, explains Amy King, the show’s assistant music director, accompanist and actor. Instead of the Capulets and Montagues feuding as in the original, Rossland and Trail fill those roles, she said. Aaron James portrays Julian (Romeo) a Rossland volunteer firefighter who falls head over heels for a girl from Trail named Romola Mezzonotti, played by Alexandra Willett. After the two characters meet and it’s love at first sight, the question becomes, “Can the two live in peace even though they are from different worlds?”

“Come and find out,” said King. “Also, see how well you know the story of Romeo and Juliet (because) every character has a connection to a specific character in the classic Shakespearean tale.” This is King’s second year being part of the Gold Fever Follies, now in its 29th season. “I decided to try my luck a year ago and got in,” said the recent Canadian College of Performing Arts graduate. Originally from Pense, Sask., King was cast as a romantic lead in the 2014 “Off the Rails” production which brought her to the West Kootenay for the first time. “We would take cast trips to Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Montrose and nearby lakes and rivers,” she said. “While staying in Rossland I fell in love with this part of the country.” King portrays the Velvet Queen, the proprietor of the Velvet Hotel and head of the Garter Girls in “Summer is Coming,” as well as chorus/narrator. “Behind the scenes I play the piano for the show, stage manage and run lights at the same time,” she said. “It’s a job that is quite a challenge, but is such a thrill to do.” The show runs twice daily to Aug. 22 at the Rossland Miner’s Hall.

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Libby Martin, president of the Rossland Historical Museum & Archives Association, rides an educational bicycle, donated to the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre by FortisBC’s PowerSense program. The bike helps riders understand how much energy it takes to power things like LED lights, fans and hairdryers. For example, it takes about one-tenth the effort to light up the LED bulbs than to light the incandescent bulbs. Martin took turns riding the bike with FortisBC’s Craig Clare, supervisor at the Trail Contact Centre. Photo credit: FortisBC

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SLURPS AND BURPS FEEDING GROUP Tuesdays until Nov 3, 11:30 am to 1 pm. Family Obstetrics Clinic, 4th Floor Maternity, KBRH Trail. Share your experiences with your peers in an informative place for breastfeeding and bottle support. Whether you are an expectant mom, brand new mom, or a more seasoned mom, we welcome you! THE CHURCH OF DIRT Mondays, 5:30 p.m. @ the Centennial Trail-head parking lot. Come out and get dirty, meet great folks young and old, and add to our fantastic trail system. Reminders, updates, and location changes will be posted on Bhubble before each build night. No experience needed. COMMUNITY JAM AT THE OLD FIREHALL Every Thursday until Oct 8, 6-9 pm @ the Old Fire Hall Ron Halliday hosts an acoustic, play together, music night in this historic and beautiful room. ART DROP IN NIGHT Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. @ the new space next door to RHC Insurance


ADULT CO-ED REC HOCKEY Tuesdays 9:45 to 11 p.m. Sundays 9:15 to 10:30 p.m. Join this fun, co-ed recreational program of non-contact drop-in hockey. Full equipment is required and some experience necessary. PICKLEBALL Indoor Pickleball at RSS Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ROSSLAND MONKEY CLUB Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. @ RSS Auditorium. Parkour and freerunning. Ages 8 and up. $5 drop-in. TEEN NIGHT Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. @ the Rossland Public Library. Let Sage and Sally know what you want to do at Teen Night. Come out and have fun! ROSSLAND BEAVER SCOUTS Mondays 3 to 4 p.m. Girls and boys ages 5 to 7 years. Please contact Deanna Leask at 250362-7118 to join. LOCAL WRITERS DISCUSSION Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. @ the Rossland Seniors Hall. To share ideas, expertise and knowledge, critiques, and open opportunities for


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Rossland Museum charity golf tourney Charity golf tournament at Redstone Resort for the Rossland Museum Renewal Project

The Rossland Museum is holding their first annual charity golf tournament on July 11 with all proceeds going towards a renewed Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre. There will be teams of four players, divided into Mens, Womens and Mixed teams and prizes for each division. Also, lots of opporunities to win prizes for hole competitions, and even a hole-inone sponsor for $10,000, courtesy of Hall Printing. It will be a shotgun start at 3 p.m., and best ball play. The cost is $55 for Redstone members (includes $10 cart seat) and $80 for non-members. Price includes dinner and dessert in the clubhouse with even more opportunities for prizes. Event supporters are: FortisBC EZ Rock Kootenay-Boundary Redstone Resort & Restaurant


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE WEEKLY CAMPFIRE AND CONCERT Tuesdays, July 7 - Aug 25, 5-7 p.m. @ the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre

JUNE 2015

ROSSLAND POOL The outdoor pool is open from June until September in downtown Rossland. Rossland’s 80 year old pool is also a Heritage site.

experienced and want to be writers. For more information contact Les Anderson by email lesanderson66@ or phone @ 250-362-5532. ROSSLAND SENIORS Monday 1:30 p.m. Seniors Art Club meets. Contact Edith at 250-362-4477. Monday 7 p.m. Rossland Quilters Guild meets. Contact Dayanne at 250-362-7727. Wednesday 7 p.m. Rossland Old Time Fiddlers play. Visitors should contact Richie or Audrey at 250-362-9465. Thursday 9:30 to 11 a.m. Seniors stretching exercises and morning tea and snacks. ROSSLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY The library has lots of great programs and events: Homeschoolers Happy Hour: 1st and 3rd Friday 1-2 p.m. Lego Club: 1st and 3rd Thursday 3 to 4 p.m. Books and Babies: Fridays at 11 a.m. Songs and story time for little ones 0 to 30 months. Page Turners Book Club: 2nd Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. for kids 8-11 years old. Book Club for adults: Last Wednesday of each month. Movies and Munchies: 4th Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. For kids 6-12 years.


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The Kootenay Robusters competed in Lethbridge this past weekend. Photo submitted

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Your local dragon boat team, the Kootenay Robusters, recently took part in the ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, held at Henderson Lake in Lethbridge last weekend. Travelling from Grand Forks, Christina Lake, Castlegar, Trail and Rossland, the team arrived Friday evening in time for a final practice. The festival organizers had provided newer dragon boats called Elementals and, after a few tippy moments, the team got used to the different feel and quick response these boats provide. Saturday saw the team compete in two heats in the women’s category (open to all women) as well as the special race for breast cancer survivors only. For that race, the Kootenay Robusters, who were travelling with only 14 survivors, combined with the Cranbrook team, Abreast in the Rockies, to form a new group, Kootenay Abreast, completing the roster of 20 paddlers. Despite never having paddled together before, the amalgamated team won gold in the survivor race and took the C Cup, donated especially for this race. Afterwards, all survivors took part in a moving “Rose Ceremony” plucking the petals from roses and setting them adrift in the waters of the lake, to remember loved ones who have been stricken with cancer. Thanks to a strong effort on the first day of the festival, the Robusters

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Physical Literacy in the Columbia Basin

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Monday July 13 6:00pm Council Chambers 1899 Columbia Ave


OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 2593 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2594 What are Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Amendment Bylaws No. 2593, 2594 about? The purpose of the bylaws is to rezone the land at 2099 Third Ave (formally Jehovah Hall) from P1-Public and Institutional to C2 – Commercial Service. This also requires an Official Community Plan Amendment from Institutional Public Lands to Mixed Use.

Pictured from left to right: Nicole Marynowski, Amy Shields, Janis Neufeld, Kim Palfenier, and Sandi Lavery. Photo submitted

Over 400 professionals from across the world and from a range of sectors including health, education, leisure, play and sport gathered with the common goal of developing a global community committed to the development of physical literacy. The International Physical Literacy Conference 2015 was held in Vancouver from June 13-16. In attendance from the Columbia Basin were Amy Shields and Nicola Marynowski from the Trail Gymnastics Club, Kim Palfenier from the Nelson Regional Sports Council and Sandi Lavery and Janis Neufeld from PacificSport Columbia Basin. Physical activity is a lot more fun when we are physically literate. In addition, if we want our children to remain active for life, they need to develop physical literacy at a young age. What is physical literacy? Leading authority Professor Margaret Whitehead, University of Bedforshire, provided the definition as, “...the motiva-

tion, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” Physical literacy is the journey of gaining physical movement skills to enable and encourage participation in sport and physical activity throughout a life span. Furthermore, it is a well-established body awareness leading to fluent movement, which can be applied to any sport, or physical activity and is an understanding of the principles of holistic health leading to greater self-esteem and self-fulfillment. Researchers in attendance shared studies and evidence to support the concept of children learning physical literacy skills in their early school years rather than the previously garnered thought of focusing on sport specific skills to gain success. Giving opportunities and encouraging children to participate in a variety of sports, movements and experiences will create the foundation for

specific sport skills further along in their development. This is an exciting concept for children and parents in the Columbia Basin due to our limited access to sport opportunities for youth, especially in rural areas. A child exposed to an environment developing physical literacy can reach their potential as an athlete without specializing at a young age. The next step is to encourage our communities, schools, clubs and recreation organizations to adopt the principles and methodology of physical literacy. Decision makers in health, education and sport need to be influenced to adopt and embrace physical literacy as an integral part of the development of all persons living in the region. There are many resources available through the Canadian Sport For Life websites at and

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How will this affect me? The purpose of the bylaw is to allow commercial development on the site. The applicant has offered 2 pedestrian right of ways to the City. One on the west side and one on the south side of the property.

How do I get more information? A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the City of Rossland Office, 1899 Columbia Ave on regular working days from 9 am to 4pm, and also online at Stacey Lightbourne—Planner


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Kootenay Danceworks donates $2799 to the Maternity & Pediatrics Department at KBRH. This donation was made possible through proceeds from the Dancing Divas and Dads year end recital. Renee Salsiccioli, owner Kootenay Danceworks (center) presents the donation to KBRH Health Foundation representatives Lisa Pasin, Director of Development (left) and Mike Conci, Board Director (right). Photo credit: KBRH Health Foundation

On June 30, twenty-one men, all who have daughters in dance, overcame their hesitation and fear of the stage in order to perform in the year end show for Danceworks, Dancing Divas and Dads. The event was a fundraiser for the KBRH Urology campaign. One of the dads, Steve Cutt said, “The first day took one and a half hours to get 30 seconds of a 90 second routine. Although most are athletic, dance was not our stong suit.” Pictured here, the guys relaxing after a great dance to Putting on the Ritz. Back row (L-R): Aladar Reus, Jeroen Kassels, Jonathan Jinjoe, Bernie Hoffman, Vic Bobbitt, Peter Wan, Junior Hamm, Brad White, Paul Mckay, Terry Ferguson, Parry Lafond, Jeff Hussey, Brian Stefani and Steven Hargreaves. Front row (L-R): Seth Bitting, Jesse Brown, Steve Cutt, Gonzalo Ansede, Rene Salsiccioli, Marcus Bruckmeier, Jim Leithead. Missing: Heath Clement. Photo submitted

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