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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
VOL. 10 • ISSUE 38
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Rosslander runs for the Greens Samantha Troy joins the race
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Rossland resident Samantha Troy became the Green party candidate for South Okanagan-West Kootenay on Sept. 13. Since then, she’s been kept busy filling out paperwork, attending debates and meeting constituents. Troy was inspired to run when she learned there was no Green party candidate for the riding. She liked the Green party’s platform and decided someone should run for the party. “With the world as it is we need to start making some really concrete ... choices,” she said. “ I sure like the way Elizabeth May has presented herself over her time in parliament, and not too much research to go look up the
Green party platform and go, ‘Wow, that really makes sense, and it’s actually pretty doable.’ And for all those reasons we should have a candidate in this riding, and I can be that candidate.” Troy is a mother of one, and has been living in Rossland since 1996. She said she tries to be active in the community, and she works at Red Mountain, where she’s involved with the union. As a teen, Troy also volunteered with a local theatre company in Kamloops. “I learned so much stuff there, and it was a pretty big responsibility,” she said. “It really instilled a good sense of teamwork.” For Troy, the most important issue this election is changing the election system.
“I think I feel most strongly about working hard with all the parties to get proportional representational voting,” she said. Moving away from a fossil-fuel based economy is also important to her. “I’d really like to see us branching out into more sustainable options, embracing new technology,” said Troy. The Green candidate has spent a lot of her life working outdoors, and she said, “I really get it that our economy and our environment are so intertwined.” Asked what she thought the election issues were for Rosslanders, Troy said, “I think I need to talk to a lot more Rosslanders, and just ask their direct opinions as to what their concerns are.” So far, Troy said she gets the impres-
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sion that the main concern for Rosslanders is electing a different government than the one that’s been in power for the past nine years. “That seems to be louder than any of their individual issues,” she said. She also thinks that Rosslanders are generally pretty concerned about the environment. “We’re a tourist town. We need snow on our ski hill, and if it’s not coming there’s only so much laissez faire, that’s just the way the weather goes, sort of perspective before you really need to go, ‘No, we want to maintain our jobs, and we want to maintain our place as an active resort destination.’ ” Troy encourages Rosslanders to contact her via email at samanthan.troy@ greenparty.ca to share their concerns.
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Meth traffickers appear in Rossland court Chelsea Novak Rossland News with files from Times Staff
Two Fruitvale residents appeared in Rossland court Monday after police uncovered approximately 20 grams of crystal methamphetamine and two grams of black tar heroin in their vehicle. At about 8 p.m. Friday night, the Trail RCMP General Duty Section pulled over a vehicle, which was travelling from Rossland to Trail. The three occupants of the vehicle were arrested for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. Numerous charges including possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of drugs, breach of undertaking, and breach of probation
have been recommended against two of the occupants of the vehicle. These two persons are known to the police, said the press release, and were remanded in custody prior to their appearance in Rossland court on Monday. Both were released on bail on Monday, and are scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 22. Their vehicle was towed from the scene and issued an inspection order as it was deemed unsuitable for highway travel. The RCMP press release stated, this was a proactive police investigation taken on by local uniformed members and is a significant seizure of crystal methamphetamine for this area.
Rossland council approves loan Chelsea Novak Rossland News
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Rossland city council voted to approve borrowing more money for the Trail pedestrian and pipe bridge on Friday. Following a three hour period during which the public was invited to drop by and give feedback on the bridge, council voted to approve a Regional District of
Kootenay Boundary bylaw that will allow the district to borrow more money for the bridge on behalf of Rossland. “It was a pretty quick decision,” said Councillor Aaron Cosbey. “We already more or less discussed what we were going to do about that decision.” At a previous meeting, council voted to adopt the bylaw, pend-
ing approval of the public input process by the BC inspector of municipalities. Cosbey said only eight or nine people showed up to talk to council about the vote, and none had any major objections, so council went ahead. Council also voted at that meeting to move the Washington St. design charette to Oct. 30.
Wildfire hazard fuel treatment work
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The City of Rossland Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Fuel Treatment work has recommenced. The work will start on a 6.5 ha unit on the east side of Star Gulch Reservoir east of the highway (adjacent the Eddie J Trail) before moving to a small (.6 ha) unit behind the Rossland Museum and then to a couple of units (4.0 ha total) north of Highway 22 west of Rossland. The work will con-
tinue through the fall for scheduled completion before Nov. 30. The contractor, A&G Reforestation will be working with a crew of six to thin small trees and flammable brush in strategically located areas. The fuel reduction work is being performed to specifications designed to maintain the wilderness aesthetic of these areas while reducing the fire hazard in a significant way. Larger trees will be
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pruned with some dead trees being selected for removal. Thick layers of surface debris and old piles of slash and brush will be removed as well. Trees and slash will be burned in small piles on site using a “hot fed” pile burning technique that keeps burn piles hot and relatively smoke free. Crews follow a detailed burn plan established by Fire Dept. and Forest Service officials and daily consultation
with Ministry of Environment forecasters avoids burning under poor smoke venting conditions. No burning will take place prior to the lifting of provincial fire restrictions. For further information about this program contact Stacey Lightbourne, City of Rossland planner 250-3627396 or Don Mortimer, project technical contact 250-362-9680 or visit website for more information.
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Rosslanders dropped in at the Miners’ Hall to give city council feedback on what they think the goals and priorities should be for the next three years. Photo by Chelsea Novak
Rossland gets strategic CHELSEA NOVAK Rossland News
The walls of the Miners’ Hall were decorated with large posters on Thursday, Sept. 17, where Rosslanders could indicate what they thought were important priorities using stickers and sticky notes. Rossland city council is entering into a strategic planning session for the next three years, and hosted a public input session to get feedback from Rosslanders on the issues they think are important, and what they think the priorities should be. Upon entering the Miners’ Hall, participants were given a brief orientation and a sheet of stickers at the first station. The second station laid out what the current council has accomplished since taking office. “Here we’re thumping our chest a little,” said
Councillor Andy Morel, “with some of the things that we took on this year since the election.” As they made their way around the hall to different stations, participants could see some of the priorities and issues that city council and staff had identified for the next three years. “There’s also opportunities to provide your input on those priorities. What you see as a Rossland resident that are of interest to you and you feel that they mean something and need to be pursued,” explained Morel. Participants identified which priorities they thought were important by using coloured stickers, and also had the opportunity to share their own priorities by using large sticky notes. Another station also offered Rosslanders a chance to chat one-on-one with one of the councillors or the mayor.
Rossland plans to pack the polls CHELSEA NOVAK Rossland News
Rossland is the tenth participant to join the Community Voters Challenge. The city joins RDCK areas D, E and F, the villages of Kaslo and Nakusp, and the cities of Fernie, Grand Forks, Castlegar, and Nelson in trying to up their voter turnout. Whichever community can show the greatest percentage increase in voter participation from 2011 will win the challenge. Basing the competition on the change in percentage, rather than the change in number of voters, means that different sized communities can compete fairly. The challenge will not only be to make sure Rosslanders pack
the polls on voting day, but to make sure that everyone is registered to vote. Rosslanders can check to see whether or not they’re registered online, and if they need help the staff at the Rossland Library is happy to assist. To actually register, Rosslanders will need to either visit the Trail Elections Canada office or request a Voter Registration Form to be mailed to them. Those who register by mail will need to send in copies of photo ID, which library staff is again happy to help with. The organizers behind the Community Voters Challenge are still calculating all of the community voter turnouts from 2011 — a process complicated by advanced voting numbers —
but no doubt Rosslanders, wellknown for their competitive spirit, can rise to any challenge and pull off record numbers at the polls. In her letter accepting the challenge, Mayor Kathy Moore said, “Rossland City Council enthusiastically accepts the Community Voters Challenge. We are in complete agreement that voting is a privilege, a responsibility, a lot of fun and that more people should do it. I believe that if you can get citizens interested in politics and government while they are young, they will be lifelong voters. Our democracy will be the stronger for it. Rossland, like Nelson is a very engaged community so… Game On! May the most politically astute and engaged community win!”
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Maybe a sugar tax will add common sense to our diets
You would never dream of cradling a bottle of tequila in your child’s left hand, a smoldering, fat cigar in her right, and sitting her down to savour the fumes wafting from the tailpipe of a running Chevrolet. Why aren’t you thinking twice before handing her an ice-cold bottle of pop? This week’s call from the Canadian Diabetes Association for a sugar tax is a terrific idea, one that our politicians need to endorse. Sugary drinks may be the single most under-appreciated health threat facing us today. The links between high sugar consumption, obesity and diabetes are well-known. The societal costs to families are incalculable, but the out-of-pocket burden on our health care system is easily tallied. According to the CDA, it will amount to $14 billion this year alone. It’s simply common sense for some of the cost to be shouldered at the root of the problem. Incessant burning of gasoline wreaks havoc with the environment, which in turn does the same to people’s respiratory systems. Alcohol takes a terrible toll on livers and on the families forced to struggle with the ramifications of addiction. The link between cigarettes and cancer and a bucketful of respiratory ailments is well-founded. Perhaps because we don’t want a nanny state, perhaps because we treasure freedom of choice, perhaps because we simply think life is better fueled by a judicious bit of tobacco, alcohol or gasoline we haven’t banned any of these noxious pleasures. But we haven’t ignored them either. Each has been the focus of widespread attempts to educate or even shame those who overuse and abuse. Each has been subjected to surcharges and levies aimed at recouping some of the cost it adds to our health care bills. The same needs to be done for sugary drinks. Pointed advertising campaigns need to target those who make a case of soft drinks a part of their weekly routine. Moms and dads need to be warned right at the store about the amount of empty calories that slushy drinks or jumbo-size sodas pump into their child’s system. Meanwhile, adding a sugar tax will create a new funding source for the treatment of diabetes and ailments related to obesity. It may also encourage people to shop for cheaper — and preferably healthier — alternatives to quench their thirst. By offering your child certain cans of pop, you are effectively spoonfeeding her 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar with no other nutritional value whatsoever. If you saw your neighbours feeding their kids sugar by the spoonful, you’d probably be on the phone to social services. But for some reason not everyone is getting the message. We aren’t trying to demonize pop. We’re not saying never indulge yourself or your kids. The issue is that it should be a treat, not a regular dietary staple. If your kid is thirsty, give him or her a drink of water. Then call up your MP and urge them to do some sweet talking about a sugar tax.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 Rossland News Kootenay group publisher: Chuck Bennett Advertising: Christine Esovoloff Operations manager: Jennifer Cowan
An Inauspicious Beginning
Incorporated in March, 1897, the city of Rossland had an inauspicious beginning, not because it lacked promise, but because of the antics of its first mayor, Robert Scott. Scott was a wealthy As it happens business man and exRon Shearer email@example.com perienced municipal politician from Galt, Ontario, who came to Rossland not to put down roots but to make money dealing in real estate and mining properties. He did not sever his business ties to Ontario. In his election campaign Scott presented himself as a man of demonstrated managerial competence and fiscal probity, but also as the friend of the working man. A major campaign issue was recreation for miners and in this regard his bête noire was the legendary lawman, Provincial Police Constable Jack Kirkup, who had made Rossland “the most orderly mining camp in the world.” Rather than relishing this reputation, Scott argued that Kirkup’s policies deprived the lonely inhabitants of dreary rooms in dreary rooming houses of their cheery Sunday recreation in saloons. Scott promised “some latitude” for gambling and Sunday drinking (not to mention profits for his saloon owning friends). He also supported the union’s call for a $3 daily wage for underground labourers (the current wage was $2.50) and promised to pay city workers accordingly. With the enthusiastic support of workers he was elected by a wide margin over his conservative shoe-salesman opponent, C. O. Lalonde, and the first city council had a majority of Scott-friendly aldermen.
To relax enforcement of provincial and federal drinking and gambling laws, Scott had to control the municipal police force. The Police Commission initially selected John Hooson, Kirkup’s highly respected deputy, as Rossland’s first municipal police chief. However, following an angry confrontation with Kirkup over another policing issue, Scott persuaded the Commission to reverse that decision and appoint instead John Ingram, an experienced policeman with a morally compromised past. The policy of “some latitude” was implemented, with serious consequences in the future — but that is another story. The tasks facing the new city government were formidable. A city administration had to be organized, streets opened and graded, sidewalks built and most importantly a sewer system designed and constructed. Some money was borrowed from a local bank to get started and a $33,000 contract was let for the sewer system. Money was tight and when the enthusiastic Board of Works quickly exhausted its budget it recommended that the daily wage be cut to $2.50 or perhaps $2.00 for any unemployed men hired as an act of charity. Scott’s city council did not respond, but money had to be found to carry out the mayor’s ambitious program. Scott proposed cutting salaries of bureaucrats and merging positions to save salaries and he suspended the city solicitor, Albert MacNeill, to save his $200 monthly salary. MacNeill, like Scott, was one of the heroes of the campaign to incorporate the city. He was respected and popular. Indeed, when the mayor was temporarily absent, the council reinstated him and he continued to serve for a short time — but he had been turned into an implacable enemy of the mayor.
Scott went east and arranged the sale of $50,000 of city debentures to a friendly trust company. However, he had not done his homework; the terms of the arrangement were illegal and MacNeill seized the opportunity. With Ross Thompson, the founder of Rossland, he went to the provincial Supreme Court and succeeded in having the sale quashed, leaving Rossland with a large sewer bill, a municipal payroll and other bills and no means to pay. Fortunately, a local bank stepped in and purchased the debentures and more, on better terms than the Ontario trust company had offered. The city was saved from financial turmoil, but Scott’s reputation for fiscal perspicacity was demolished. MacNeill rubbed salt in the wound by obtaining a court injunction on a legal technicality to prevent the city from paying Scott’s salary out of money borrowed to fund its operations. The outcome was not reported — presumably the city scraped together sufficient funds out of scarce ordinary revenues to pay the salary. In his 1897 election campaign, Scott had been supported by the Rossland Record and bitterly opposed by the Rossland Miner. The Record was rewarded with a monopoly on city printing. When he ran for re-election, Scott offered the Miner the same deal if it would support him, but the Miner blindsided him by revealing the offer, with documentary evidence. Scott became the laughing stock of Rossland. His candidates for alderman withdrew and, faced with certain defeat, Scott eventually did also. Scott soon packed his carpet bag and returned to Galt to manage his businesses. He died there in 1926. He was a vexation, but ever-resilient Rossland survived his quixotic mayoralty.
Rossland plays host to heritage conference Chelsea Novak Rossland News
Starting Thursday, Oct. 1 Rossland will play host to Heritage BC’s 2015 Annual Conference. The three day conference is a collaboration between Heritage BC, the Rossland Heritage Commission, and the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre. The museum will host an opening talk by former CBC host Mark Forsythe called “How I Caught the Heritage Bug” on Thursday evening, and it promises to be a great start to the conference.
“It’ll be like just a nice walkaround cocktail night,” said Joelle Hodgins, the museum’s director. “The museum is hoping to have local beer and wine.” The Thursday evening event is free for anyone to attend, and there will be a shuttle running between the museum and the Miners’ Hall. Tech is a major sponsor for the evening’s events. Hodgins says there will also be a signature cocktail for the evening. Friday morning will feature heritage expert Jim Mountain as a keynote speaker discussing the conference’s theme, “The Main Thing.” Christine Esovoloff Sales Associate
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The afternoon will feature a number of workshops, which Rosslanders can attend for $35 each. “They span from downtown revitalization to climate control to fundraising to hands-on timber framing workshops,” explains Jackie Drysdale, chair of the Heritage Commission. “They really run the gambit.” The Prospector’s Dinner Conference Social will be held in the evening, featuring entertainment from the Golden City Fiddlers and the Boom Town Garter Girls. “From a Rossland perspective, it’s certainly brings home
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again the heritage of our community,” Drysdale said of the event. “We’re gonna have some people in costume, [and] the entertainment goes way back to our earlier days.” Rosslanders can pay a special ticket price of $40 to attend the dinner. That price also includes one complimentary beverage. Saturday there will be further workshops, and a number of heritage tours, including a walking tour of downtown Rossland, a guided tour of the Rossland Museum, and a walking tour of Columbia Cemetery. The tours are free to Rossland residents. Chuck Bennett Publisher
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Chamber alters format for federal candidates forum Rossland News
Reconsidering the format for the Oct. 6 political forum was one of the first tasks Audry Lochrie checked off her to-do list. “I had to keep asking myself, ‘Who is this forum really for?’” says the new executive director of the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce. “And the answer is, ‘it’s for you, the public.’” The original plan was to give candidates a heads up with questions prior to the Federal All Candidates Forum. Community feedback opposed to that format created synergy, Lochrie said, so this week she revised the rules and procedures. “This is to ensure voters are given the most time possible for directing their on-the-spot questions to the candidates (that) Tuesday night,” she added. “The candidates are looking forward to responding to the revised voter-focussed format the district chamber has settled on. An open mike session begins after moderator Catherine Adair kicks off the evening at 7 p.m. in the Cominco gym. “Question period starts with Round 1, which is open to the public on a first come, first serve
basis to the microphone,” Lochrie clarified. “And allowing one question for one candidate.” Round 2 follows with the media panel presenting rapid-fire random questions. The evening will close with one prepared question directed to all the candidates, during Round 3. “In order for the public to have the most time to ask questions, we are only having one submitted question to all the candidates,” Lochrie noted. Conservative Marshall Neufeld, Liberal Connie Denesiuk and Green candidate Samantha Troy have confirmed they will be at the podium. NDP candidate Richard Cannings’ status remains tentative, explained Lochrie. The audience could end up hearing from even more candidates. Independent Brian Gray has confirmed his attendance and Independent Doug Pederson said he’s planning to take part, although neither have officially registered with Elections Canada. The deadline to register as a candidate for the federal election is Sept. 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the evening is slated to wrap up at 9 p.m. For more information contact the chamber at 250.368.3144.
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We Should All Be Feminists AUTHOR:
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MARK CONLIFFE In this slight, but inspiring and important call to action Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie asks us not simply to be human beings. She asks us to be feminists. Be that “man or woman,” she implores, “who says, ‘Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better.’” She is adamant in this request, agreeing that feminism is a part of human rights, but clarifying that to her mind, “to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem
of gender.” After all, throughout the world, she argues, human beings have been divided into two groups — men and women — but only women have been excluded and oppressed, ignored and silenced. “I am angry,” she explains unapologetically. “We should all be angry.” Adichie is the awardwinning Nigerian author who is most famous for her novels Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Purple Hibiscus, and her collection of short stories The Thing Around Your Neck. We Should All Be Feminists is the
modified version of the talk she delivered in 2012 at TedxEuston, a yearly conference focused on Africa (for the talk, see https:// w w w. youtu b e . c om / watch?v=hg3umXU_ qWc). In We Should All Be Feminists Adichie gathers her writing and speaking voices to examine a compelling collection of episodes and points. She weaves personal stories and friends’ anecdotes from life in Nigeria and the United States with societal facts, drawing on examples we all recognize and attaching those examples to moving questions about the ways in which boys and girls are raised. We might not feel that some of her examples apply to us personally, but the odds are we have seen
them and other examples up close. Do we allow boys, but not girls, to run roughshod and then do we simply accept those boys’ actions and attitude with the observation, “Well, they’re boys”? Do we define masculinity narrowly, teaching “boys to be afraid of fear, of weakness, of vulnerability” while asking girls to “shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller”? Thus, do girls silence themselves because of what they internalize as they grow up? Even if her examples do not apply to us or to those who are close to us, we should not ignore Adichie’s wish for a fairer world. If the world were fairer, it also would be happier. Who wouldn’t want that?
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Our sincere gratitude goes to the many citizens, business owners, and community groups who participated in events, dressed in period clothing, hosted events and booths, volunteered their time behind the scenes and/ or during the weekend events, shared their talents on-stage, generously donated goods and services, created turn-of-the-century store displays and held special sales events, purchased GCD items, and supported the committee’s efforts to bring you a fun-filled family festival celebrating our rich pioneer heritage! Special thanks to Terry Brinson, Sylvia Mair, Lisa Henderson, Kristen Coull, Bev Rintoul, Jenn Wood, Lori Drake, and Mike Williams for their dedication and commitment in producing the weekend’s events! RAFFLE WINNERS: J. Albo, M. Cullen, T. Hall, D. Downing, I. McNeill, A. Tondu, M. Miller, B. Kivell, H. Kennedy, D. Reynolds, P. Stevens, A. Ens, M. Thompson, H. L’ecluse, W. Lazareff, A. Kirk, R. Brinson, D. Wardy, D. Hrappsted, T. Thatcher, J. Hanson, D. Boyko, B. Tomich, N. Hill, H. May, R. McGill, C. Spence, G. Hill, J. Rice, P. Grimsrud, G. Roberts, M. Kowalchuk, T. Exner, P. Senecal, L. Drake, J. Griffiths, M. Tingley, S. Tanabe, C. Sahlstrom, B. Crone, A. Antonenko, R. Samuelson, S. Wardy.
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Community planting success Submitted by Rachael Roussin A terrific turnout for the school and community planting days on Friday and Sunday at North Jubilee Wetland Park saw over 200 native trees, shrubs and grasses planted that will grow to create a natural wetland setting. Many thanks to the enthusiastic volunteers who got their hands dirty to re-vegetate this wetland habitat. The Alpine Grind and Mountain Nugget Chocolate provided energy to the volunteers with chocolate and hot drinks. The selection of trees and shrubs were bought with funds raised by students at Rossland Summit School from their The Lorax fundraiser and also with support from WSP Engineering. The wetland project is supported by the City of Rossland, the Rossland Society for Environmental Action, Columbia Basin Trust and BC Wildlife Federation.
Clockwise from top: Students from J.L. Crowe Secondary School and Seven Summits School helped plant the wetlands on Friday. Rosslanders came out on Sunday to help re-plant the Jubilee Wetlands. Members of the Rotary Interact Club helped out with planting during the community planting day on Sunday.
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Louise Drescher and Jenny Baillie are opening a new studio-gallery in the Velvet building. Photos by Chelsea Novak
New art gallery Chelsea Novak Rossland News
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Rossland will soon be home to a new art gallery. Local artists Jenny Baillie and Louise Drescher are opening a studio-gallery in the Velvet building, where they can paint and display their work. For now they’ll only be displaying their own work in the gallery, but that may change. Baillie and Drescher aren’t sure yet when exactly the studio gallery will be open for business, but the first public event will be a workshop fro Oct. 23 to 25. “Personally, I’m hoping to be work-
ing here on a regular basis as of October 1,” said Baillie. “But we wouldn’t have the public coming in until our gallery’s set up,” added Drescher. They’re also interested in opening the space to members of the public so that they can mentor other painters who’d like some one-on-one painting time. But their first priority is having space to work. “We want to keep painting, and this is a place to paint,” said Baillie, indicating the open space of the studio. “It’s got the right vibe, it’s got the right spaciousness to fling paint and stuff.”
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Gabriel Palatchi this Saturday The Gabriel Palatchi Trio will be jazzing up the Miners’ Hall in Rossland this Saturday, Sept. 26, as the first performance in the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) 2015/16 performance series. Palatchi is a piano virtuoso whose music is being played on radio stations all over the world from Alaska through South America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. His performance has been hailed a “must see” by Beat Niq Jazz Club proprietor Rob Young, who states, “Gabriel has this uncanny gift of song, and this was certainly demonstrated in his ability to wow the crowd.”
Gabriel has delighted audiences at Jazz festivals around the world and this weekend he will wow one more crowd, in Rossland. Be prepared for an eclectic musical journey; Gabriel’s music encompasses sounds from around the globe including Latin Jazz, Tango, Middle East, Funk and more. The Waterloo Jazz festival says “Their delivery of Latinflavoured jazz whet the appetite of the audience, got them on their feet moving, and left them thirsty for more.” RCAC is expecting nothing less in Rossland and will be ensuring there is space for dancing at the event. “We will respect the au-
dience members who wish to sit and listen to the show,” says RCAC Board member Andy Stradling, “but we also want to provide room for those who want to get up and move. Gabriel’s songs make people want to dance, and we invite our audience to get caught up in the
music!” RCAC encourages all performance lovers to come out for an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $20, available in advance at the Charles Bailey Theatre box office in Trail, and Out of the Cellar in Rossland. RCAC members receive $2 off the ticket price. For more information, tickets, and memberships you can also visit www.rosslandartscouncil.com. To hear some of Gabriel’s music before the show visit his website www. gabrielpalatchi.com.
The Ruby ladies golf tournament The Redstone Ladies golf tournament — The Ruby — was held on Sept. 13 with 36 participants. It is a two person, best ball format. The first place gross winners were Cherie Baker and Sue Christison from Creston with a score of 72. The low net winners were Willa and Kayla Johnson from Rossland with a score of 58 by retrogression. The other winners were: Second place gross:
MaryAnn Gaschnitz and Linda Tamblyn from Castlegar with a score of 75 by retrogression. Second place net:
Jeanne Kim and Denise Gausdal from Trail with a score of 58. Wanda Flack and Connie Kostash from Christina Lake with a score of 75. Joanne Drystek and Lorna Manzer from Rossland with a score of 61 by retrogression.
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NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Monday, September 28, 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 6 p.m. SEVEN SUMMITS CENTRE FOR LEARNING OPEN HOUSE AND AGM Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m. All parents of Seven Summits Learners are welcome to attend After the Open House, we invite you to attend the Visions for Small Schools Society Annual General Meeting at 8:00 pm. If you’re interested in becoming a board member, then this meeting is for you! We have several open positions and are looking for keen and committed people to help us achieve our goals.
ROSSLAND MAKERLAB FOR YOUTH 12-18 Thursdays, Sept. 24 to Oct. 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. @ YAN 2076 Columbia Ave Newly renovated and expanded for this year, the Makerlab is a meeting ground for youth who share a keen interest in all aspects of technology. Bring your technology project, whether it is robotics, motion graphics, creating and printing 3D models, or something completely different. You don’t need experience, just an enthusiasm for technology! By donation. SATURDAY NIGHT SOCCER Saturdays 7-9 p.m. until October 31 @ Jubilee Park. All ages welcome!
PAWS FOR A CAUSE AT GYRO PARK Saturday, Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m. to 12p.m. SPCA’s annual fundraiser takes place at Gyro Park in Trail. Rosslanders are encouraged to register online with the Rossland Furballs 2015! (Password: furballs)
FAMILY CAREGIVER SERIES Sept. 29 and Oct. 13, 1-4 pm @ Selkirk College, Trail campus. This course covers the most important skills and information for caregivers at all stages. To register, call 250-364-5770.
SACRED HEART CHURCH OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Sept. 26, 1-3 p.m. @ Sacred Heart Church 2396 Columbia Ave. Golden City Days may be over, but if you still feel like stepping back in time, join the parishioners of Sacred Heart Rossland in celebrating the 100th anniversary of their church building. refreshments and cake will be served. A special door prize will also be awarded. Everyone welcome!
BOOK CLUB Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 p.m. @ the Rossland Library. This month’s book: At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen.
ART DROP IN NIGHT Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. @ the new space next door to RHC Insurance downtown. There will be no instruction, just a space to be creative with other youth artists.
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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 250-362-7118 to join.
$25 or $40 for the series of 4 kids shows www.trail-arts.com 250.368.9669 Monday 7 p.m. Rossland Quilters Guild meets. Contact Dayanne at 250-362-7727. Wednesday 7 p.m. Golden City Fiddlers play. Visitors should contact Richie at 250-362-9465. Thursday 9:30 to 11 a.m. Seniors stretching exercises and morning tea and snacks. ROSSLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY Lego Club: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 3-4 p.m. Library Bingo: 2nd Thursday of the month. Pick up card at the library. Movies and Munchies: 3rd Thursday of the month. 3-4 p.m. Books and Babies: Every Friday, 1111:30 a.m. Stories, songs and fun for those 0-30 months and their grownups. For more info: 250-362-7611
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 experienced and want to be writers. For more information contact Les Anderson by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone @ 250-362-5532. ROSSLAND SENIORS Monday 1:30 p.m. Seniors Art Club meets. Contact Edith at 250-362-4477.
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End of season harvest festival This Thursday! The Rossland Mountain Market (RMMS) summer season wraps up, on Oct. 1. The final outdoor farmers’ market of the season will celebrate the 3rd Annual Harvest Festival and feature an abundance of fall harvest produce, fresh food of all kinds, baked and preserved goods, Gypsy Wagon wood fired pizza, local Kootenay artisans, live music and a live street performance by local fire throwers! The community is encouraged to participate in the annual salsa and pumpkin contests by entering their best salsa in one of two categories: Traditional or Non-Traditional, and/or a pumpkin of perfection into the “Most Perfect Pumpkin” contest. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. at the RMMS table. The RMMS is also recruiting new volunteers and will have a table of information and a sign-up sheet for all of those interested. Want to be part of a new, exciting, fun and community strengthening organization? Got a passion for local food? Join our team! Information for the upcoming AGM and Winter Farmers’ Market series will also be available. Come on down to the last Farmers’ Market of the 2015 summer season, and celebrate Harvest with your favorite local vendors! 3-6 p.m., downtown Rossland at Columbia and Queen St.
Public input needed WHAT: Public participation in a Design Charrette for the Washington Street Infrastructure project, scheduled for summer 2016. WHERE: The Gallery, 2004 Columbia Avenue (Old Bank of Montreal) WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 4-8 p.m.: Casual drop in. 6 p.m.: Presentation/Q & A HOW: Drop-in format to: ask questions; provide input and ideas; answer questionnaire; view visual displays. WHY: The infrastructure replacement project for 2016 provides an opportunity to enhance the Washington St corridor and advance the City of Rossland’s Official Community Plan. Proposed Ideas Include: • Sidewalk from Downtown to Centennial Trail • Bike lane from First Ave to Rossland Summit School. • Intersections at Fourth Ave, Turner and Sixth Ave closed. • Re-designed intersections at Second Ave, Third Ave, Kirkup, McLeod, Washington/Plewman for better sight lines, safer bicycling/pedestrian flow.
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Literacy Skills are Essential
More than half a million British Columbians face significant challenges because of limited literacy skills, whether it’s an inability to read the newspaper, or a lack of understanding of important financial or health documents. Literacy skills are vital to all British Columbians because they are a necessary part of everyday life and impact everything from healthcare to employment and economic status. Literacy is no longer just the ability to read or write, but encompasses a much wider scope of daily activities - including using technology, doing calculations, communicating verbally and in writing, and problemsolving. This month, Black Press, Kootenay Savings Credit Union and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) are joining forces to raise funds and awareness about the importance of literacy with the 5th Annual Reach a Reader campaign. The campaign will culminate with community leaders and volunteers hitting the streets across the Columbia Basin and Boundary to distribute special editions of local papers and collect donations in
The Importance of Literacy: Talking Points Literacy Matters for the Economy • A one per cent increase in literacy levels would raise Canada’s productivity by 2.5 per cent, or an estimated $32 billion boost to our annual GDP. Literacy Matters for Health • Thirty per cent of those with high literacy say they have excellent health, compared to 19 per cent of those with low literacy. • Researchers estimate that three to five per cent of total health care costs are due to limited understanding about health information. This translates into $680 million each year in B.C.
Help make a difference and donate to literacy programs in our community. Submitted photo support of community-based literacy programs. The Reach a Reader campaign coincides with Decoda Literacy Solutions’ Literacy is Life Campaign; a provincewide fundraising and awareness campaign designed to put a human face on literacy and shed light on how low literacy affects children and adults, Aboriginal and immigrant communities, those in the workforce, and the economy as a whole.
CBAL’s Executive Director, Ali Wassing, says “Literacy skills are essential for a vibrant BC economy, so addressing limited levels benefits everyone. We would encourage anyone who is affected by literacy issues to tap into the many resources and literacy programs available in their community.” To find out more about literacy in Trail, contact Sonia Tavares at email@example.com or go to cbal.org.
Literacy Matters for Seniors • Literacy skills may decline with age due to health problems and lack of use. Over 70 per cent of seniors have low literacy. • Seniors with low literacy may have problems filling out pension forms or understanding medical information. Literacy Matters for Immigration • By 2030, immigration is expected to provide 100 per cent of new labour force growth. • 60 per cent of immigrants with a first language other than English have literacy levels below a highschool graduate. • Over one quarter of B.C.’s population was born outside of Canada.
Literacy Matters for AboriginalPeople • Aboriginal students make up 10 per cent or more of the school population in many school districts. • School completion rates for Aboriginal people remain below 50 per cent, compared with 79 per cent for the general student population. Literacy Matters for Families • Reading to children before they start school helps develop their language skills and their interest in reading and learning in general. • The children of parents with higher education levels have higher literacy levels, and much of the benefit comes with high school graduation. Literacy Matters for Children and Youth • In B.C., one in four children is “developmentally vulnerable” when beginning kindergarten and one student in five is not completing high school in the expected time. • Almost four in 10 youths aged 15 have insufficient reading skills. • In 2008, 20 per cent of Canadian teenagers aged 15 to 19 were no longer pursuing a formal education. • The Canadian government will spend more than $2,500 on employment insurance and $4,000 on social assistance annually for each high school dropout, for a total annual cost of 2.4 billion dollars.
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100th Anniversary of Sacred Heart Church
The city of Rossland is graced with many historic buildings and this fall one of them will celebrate its centennial year. Sacred Heart Roman Catholic church first opened its doors to parishioners in 1915. Originally designed to hold 360 people, the church is a substantial building measuring 88’ x 38’. A tall bell tower, which houses a 1,029 pound bell, is surmounted by a cross on top, which is 85 feet from the ground. Its location, on the corners of Butte Street and Columbia Avenue in upper Rossland, creates an imposing appearance from the high elevation it occupies. Modelled on the old Spanish Mission churches of California, the original design called for stone construction; however plans were altered to permit a frame building when the cost of stone proved prohibitive. The interior walls are finished plaster, with exposed beams and trusses. For many years there were no pillars or posts to interfere with the view from any part of the church. All the building’s weight rests on the five buttresses located on the outside walls. The building also boasts several beautiful stained glass windows. Since its dedication on Oct. 31, 1915, the church has undergone significant changes, especially in recent years. From 2013 to 2015, major renovations took place to both the interior and exterior of the building. Most notable on the inside is the mostly open “great wall” that divides the former large church space into two almost equal sections; a smaller, but original worshipping section and a new gathering space. In addition to this, a new washroom, a kitch-
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I don’t fool around while waiting for the school bus.
I clear off all my car windows so that I can see clearly.
When the laundry is out, we’re in!
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I do not bother the bus driver.
When a school bus has its lights flashing, I stop my car and wait.
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I stop my vehicle at least five metres behind a school bus when its lights are flashing.
I don’t drive carefully in a school zone. SLIDE DOWN
The Village of Midway
When I drive, I always slow down when the roads are slippery.
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27 I drive faster than 30 km/h in a school zone. SLIDE DOWN
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When I have to cross in front of the bus, I always move far enough away so that the bus driver can see me.
I never stick my arms or head out of the school bus windows.
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September 24, 2015 edition of the Rossland News