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A Sinister takeover of Crowsnest Pass
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Over 1,550 runners came to Crowsnest Pass this weekend to race in the Sinister 7 Ultra. The race - totalling 161 km with 6,400m of elevation gain with a cutoff of 30 hours can be completed solo or in teams of up to seven people. It was the event’s 11th running in the Pass and, according to Sinister Sports, the solo finish rate this year was one of the highest at almost 40 percent. Soloist Jean-François Cauchon from Quebec was the first to finish and set a new course record of 18:17:29. The first soloist female to cross the finish line was Arden Young from Calgary with a time of 22:50:29. The Original Joes all-male team from Edmonton was the first group to complete the race in 13:53:07. This was the first year that a festival was organized around the race, Sin Fest. See page 7 for more photos from the event. The 2019 Sinister 7 Ultra will run from July 5 to 7.
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GaraGe Sale July 21 & 22 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 22706 – 11th ave. Hillcrest Mines
Happy 55tH anniversary July 6th, 2018
Gloria and Edward Oczkowski Love, Wendy, Kevin David, Cheryl and families
MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS NOTICE OF DEVELOPMENT PERMIT LAND USE BYLAW No. 868-2013 The Development Authority of the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass recently approved the following development application(s): 1. DP20108-028: Lot 3, Block 2, Plan 4309EW; 5657 – 16 Avenue, Coleman Discretionary Use: Moved-on Dwelling; Setback Variances 2. DP2018-031: SW31-7-3 W5M, Frank; Frank Slide Center Pull-out Discretionary Use: Free-Standing Sign 3. DP2018-028: Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 1411556; 8502 – 14 Avenue, Coleman Discretionary Use: Ready to Move (RTM) Dwelling 4. DP2018-034: Lot 21 and 22, Block 23, Plan 6808CU; 8514 – 22 Avenue, Coleman Discretionary Use: Over-size Garden Shed 5. DP2018-037: Lot 2, 3 and 4, Block A, Plan 7134AI; 20550 – 25 Avenue, Bellevue Discretionary Use: Addition to Detached Garage (As-Built); Setback Variances 6. DP2017-091: Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 1711995; 11105 – 108 Street, Blairmore Discretionary Use: Secondary Suite, Variances for Waterbody Setbacks Any persons claiming to be adversely affected by the above development may file an appeal in writing by July 18, 2018, to the MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS, SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD, BOX 600, CROWSNEST PASS, ALBERTA T0K 0E0. A fee of $400.00 must be included with the appeal. Lisa Kinnear Development Officer 403-563-2218 firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Riversdale update ~ Awaiting panel appointment ANNA KROUPINA Pass Herald Reporter
Riversdale Resources is still waiting for joint panel approval, reported Alisdair Gibbons, General Manager of the Grassy Mountain Coal Project, at a Council meeting on July 4. The next update from Riversdale is scheduled for September 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Council chambers. Regulatory update Riversdale has answered approximately 700 questions from the public, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) since November 2017, shortly after they were issued the Notice of Application in October 2017. At this time, Riversdale is awaiting government approval of the joint panel. Once the joint panel is appointed, the panel reviews all documentation, hosts public consultations and, once they complete their analysis, announce a decision on behalf of the province and a recommendation to the Minister of Environ-
ment on behalf of the federal government. The Minister of Environment will issue a final decision statement. The process can take 24 months, but could potentially be completed in a shorter time period.
one year, and be followed by a rapid acceleration of labour recruitment once construction begins. Engineering Riversdale is in the process of assembling tender documentation
Ongoing work As the company waits for the joint panel to be approved, Riversdale has ongoing studies taking place throughout the summer. Aquatic studies, environmental monitoring and Indigenous site visits occur regularly. “We had Siksika and Kainai visit last week. They will be coming here again soon to visit areas of importance for them on Grassy Mountain,” says Gibbons.
and civil work materials required for construction projects. Project designs are expected to be completed by the end of summer and will then go out to tender.
Workforce Riversdale is in the process of hiring an engineering manager, a construction manager, a senior mining engineer and a project engineer to add to their current team of 16 people. If the permit is issued, the Riversdale workforce is expected to double in
Community From their recent information booths, Riversdale has noted common concerns among the public continue to center around dust, noise and visual impact of the rail load out. The company website provides information for mitigation plans for
each of these concerns. Riversdale will have concept drawings and schematics of what the load out would look like from highway and from various locations around the community available to view during an infor-
“We had Siksika and Kainai visit last week. They will be coming here again soon to visit areas of importance for them on Grassy Mountain.” -Alisdair Gibbons, General Manager Grassy Mountain Coal Project mation booth to be held in late July or early August. Riversdale will have a booth at the Crowsnest Community Market every second week for the market season. The next Riversdale booth will be at the July 12 market. Golf course Tenders for both the maintenance and clubhouse buildings are expected to be awarded in the coming weeks. These buildings are expected to be operational for the 2019 golf season.
Canada Day 2018 event summary Coleman Community Society
Canada Day 2018 was another success for the Coleman Community Society and the people of the Crowsnest Pass and beyond. We were extremely grateful to Mother Nature for literally not raining on our parade and enabling everyone to go the route without having to don their wet weather gear. That said, following is a list of the winners in the floats and walkers categories who received ribbons and cash prizes. In the Floats the winners for Non-profit Organizations were: 1st to the Crowsnest Museum; 2nd to the Island Lake Centre; 3rd to the Crowsnest Figure Skating Club. For the Business class winners were: 1st to Paws & Claws; 2nd to Riversdale; and 3rd to Crockets Trading Co. For the Best Canada Day/Theme the winners were: 1st to D & P Woodwork; 2nd to Groves Music; and 3rd to Cole-
man Community Society. This year we also had a special award for a float that stood out from the rest, this ribbon going to the Crowsnest Historical Society’s Museum float.
and 3rd to Deb Bezzeg and her Canada Day scooter. The Family/ Multigenerational Children’s category winners were: 1st to the girls with their old buggy; 2nd to the
Our next big event is coming up on August 4th as we put on the annual Country Market at Flumerfelt Park. 19 vendors are signed up with space for only 30 in total. - Coleman Community Society
For the Walkers category the winners in Organizations were: 1st to Gail and Alistair and their Coleman Seniors’ Centre entry; 2nd to the group from Parent Link; 3rd to the Coleman Royal Canadian Legion #9 who led off the parade. In the Canada Day/Theme class the winners were: 1st to the small but mighty Cranbrook Bugle Band; 2nd to the Bellevue Underground Mine group;
Missegher/Groves family/ and 3rd to the Newton children. It was due to the help and participation of all these people and those of the Coleman Community Society and friends that we were able to pull off another great Canada Day and, although the sudden rain storm mid-afternoon shut down the activities at Flumerfelt Park a bit early, the day did not end there. The Rocky Mountain Con-
cert Band from Calgary was a huge hit as they and members of our own Big Beat Band put on a packed concert at the Polish Hall, followed by an also soldout supper provided by Chris’ Restaurant. We have heard nothing but rave reviews for the day and look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come. Just a heads up that our next big event is coming up on August 4th as we put on the annual Country Market at Flumerfelt Park. If you have not yet booked your table you had best do it soon, as we already have 19 vendors signed up and due to space we have room for just over 30. You can book your spot for this always fun and active day by contacting Jane Ann Reimer at 403-564-5408. See you at the Market, and look for the upcoming ad in the Pass Herald to find out all we will have to offer that day.
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In the lIne of fIRe Between June 29 and July 4, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 44 calls for service including the following reported incidents. One (1) assault, two (2) fraud/forgery, one (1) threat/harassment, one (1) mischief (vandalism), one (1) theft, one (1) impaired driving, three (3) disturbing the peace, two (2) other criminal code, one (1) other provincial statute, seven (7) driving complaints, three (3) motor vehicle collisions, five (5) assistance to general public, five (5) suspicious occurrences, one (1) lost/found, three (3) assistance to other agencies and seven (7) invalid 911 calls. Stolen & found ATV On June 29, RCMP received a report of a stolen ATV side-by-side from the Hillcrest area. On June 30, the vehicle was recovered in the Lost Creek area.
GDL drinking On June 29 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a vehicle was stopped for a traffic stop. The 19-yearold male driver had been drinking. He had Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), which has a zero tolerance for alcohol. His vehicle was towed and his driver’s licence suspended for 30 days.
the Bellevue area. If the item is found, it can be turned into the RCMP detachment.
Theft from Atlas On June 30, three jerry cans of fuel and a Yeti food cooler were reported stolen from a camping area in the Atlas Staging Area. The theft occurred some time overnight.
Facebook fraud On July 3, RCMP received a complaint of fraud where someone on Facebook was claiming that those who provided personal information and iTunes gift cards would be eligible for $5,000. No information was provided to the scammer.
“No contact” breach On July 2, a 35-yearold male in Blairmore was arrested for breaching conditions of a “no contact” order. He was remanded in custody for next court date. Lost card holder case On July 3, a silver with blue card holder case was reported lost in
Banking fraud On July 3, RCMP received a complaint of fraud where someone had gained access to the victim’s online banking through emails. The matter is under investigation.
Revenue Canada fraud Callers identifying themselves as employees from the "Revenue Canada anti-fraud department” are leaving messages requesting a call back, but the number returns to an unknown business in British Columbia. The callers are
also asking people to purchase gift cards for Steam, a digital gaming distribution platform. A reminder that Revenue Canada does not call people.
The RCMP has launched a new specialized Call Back Unit that handles non-emergency calls for service. This means that if a Crowsnest Pass resident calls the local complaint line with a concern, their call may be handled out of Edmonton. When a call is made to the complaint line, it first goes through the Alberta RCMP Operational Communication Centres (OCC). There is one centre in Southern Alberta, which handles calls made from Crowsnest Pass, and one in Northern Alberta. The call-taker at the OCC determines whether the call goes back to the Crowsnest Pass detachment for further investigation, or whether it is more appropriate to have it diverted to the Call Back Unit. If the Call Back Unit determines that a member in Crowsnest Pass needs to investigate the complaint further and that there is a reason for the member to attend in per-
son, then the file gets passed back to the detachment. In 2017, the OCC received almost 700,000 complaints and 911 calls. A significant number of those calls were non-emergency and did not require police officer attendance.
vestigations, things that are actually happening that may be a risk to public safety and engaging in some of our crime reduction initiatives. We have members being able to do more of that because they've had time saved in this way,” says Laurel
“It is meant to take our lower priority calls to service, meaning calls that we don't feel require an immediate police response. There are some calls that can be handled over the telephone as opposed to the dispatch of a police response." - Laurel Scott, RCMP Media Relations Officer The purpose of the unit is handle these nontime sensitive that have no risk to the public in order to take some of the backend workload like paperwork and documentation off the front-line staff to allow them to focus on proactive patrols and crime reduction initiatives. “Every call that we get is important to us. We are endeavoring to manage our calls more efficiently so that the members in the detachment can concentrate on time-sensitive in-
Scott with the RCMP. “It is meant to take our lower priority calls to service, meaning calls that we don't feel require an immediate police response. There are some calls that can be handled over the telephone as opposed to the dispatch of a police response." Examples of the types of calls handled by the Call Back Unit are a lost wallet with no evidence on scene, minor theft from a motor vehicle with minimal property taken and
The smallest bones in the human body are found in your ear.
Found item A Vtech phone was found in the Blairmore parking lot. Scams Reminder to residents of computer scams, credit cards scams, Grandparent scams, Revenue Canada scams asking for money or cash cards and saying warrants out for arrest. Do not give out personal information to persons you don't know. Do not open emails if you are suspicious of their origin. Anyone with information regarding any crime is urged to contact the Crowsnest Pass RCMP Detachment at 403-562-2867, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-422TIPS.
RCMP launches new call back unit AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter
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no evidence on scene, frauds and scams where there has been no money lost and traffic offenses not happening at the moment that the call is being made. Police officer investigators who work in the unit will make a determination whether there is reason to attend. The unit, made up of one corporal and four constables, launched in February 2018 and as of the end of May 2018, has answered over 1,000 calls for service rather than dispatching the front-line members. That's a very appreciable savings of man hours,” says Scott. “We feel that this has been a positive response by saving some hours for the guys out there, in the field and the idea is that time saved on these lower priority calls allows more time to be out on the road and focusing on some of our other strategies, like our crime reduction, patrolling in areas where we feel that crime is happening and targeting repeat offenders and monitoring people.”
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recipe corner Breakfast has long since been dubbed “the most important meal of the day.” While some might dispute that distinction, there’s no disputing that a delicious breakfast can be a great way to begin a day. Freshness can go a long way toward making breakfast something special. For example, fresh peaches make this recipe for “Peach Bruschetta with Blue Cheese” from Christopher Hirsheimer’s “The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market Cookbook” (Chronicle Books) something to savor. The dish also works as an appetizer and can be made with nectarines.
Peach Bruschetta with Blue Cheese 4 2
slices country bread peaches Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 1⁄4 pound blue cheese, gorgonzola or Blue Castello cheese Preheat the broiler. Arrange the bread slices on a rimmed baking sheet, slip under the broiler and toast, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. This should take only a few minutes. While the bread is toasting, halve the peaches lengthwise, pit them and then peel each half. Cut each half lengthwise into 1⁄4-inch-thick slices, keeping the shape of each half intact. When the bread is ready, remove from the broiler and brush each slice on both sides with olive oil. Spread one-fourth of the cheese on each slice of warm bread, place a sliced peach half on top, and serve.
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Editorial and Opinions Just sLow Down I use the pool a lot. I swim there, my kids swim there, and my kids work there... So as you can see, I’m there a lot. Oftentimes, I’m even stuck going there to bring my kids food when they work. What I have noticed is people driving through the area forgetting that there is a pool and playground right beside them. The block from the four-way stop in west Blairmore in front of Water Magic used to be zoned as a playground once upon a time, with a 30km/h speed limit. A few years ago, the zoning changed. Alberta Transportation Guidelines for School and Playground Zones and Areas has, through its regulations, zoned the area a 50-km/h zone. Why, you may ask, is it zoned as such with a pool and park in the area? People are wondering what happened. Why did it change? Well, according to the regulation, it’s a 50 km/h zone based on a number of factors, some of which include the width of the road, adequate parking, fencing around the pool and park... This is only a few, but I think you get my point. Interestingly enough, the road behind the pool on 21st Ave. does not have proper width and depth so guess what, that area is in fact a 30 km/h zone. Bet only a few of you knew that! On Monday, I read about a lady falling while crossing the road at the crosswalk to the pool and a driver actually driving around her, rather than waiting for her to get up and proceed to the curb. Well, that has nothing to do with the speed zone, but rather an awful person in an obvious hurry to get somewhere. Just for the record, you as a driver are not supposed to proceed through an intersection until the person is fully through to the other side. My question then is this - is it the responsibility of council to intervene and change the speed zone in the area, or is it up to the drivers in this community using that section of road with an obvious park and pool to just slow the heck down? Slow down, not because we put up a sign that said you have to, but because there are tons of little kids and parents using the area. Why must we constantly create rules just so that people just do what’s obvious and right? We have a rule to wear our seat belts, a rule to say you can’t smoke in your car with your child in it, a rule that says you can’t speed, we have rules, rules, rules. Why can’t we just use common sense to say, “Hey, I’m in a park and pool area, maybe I should just slow down to 20 or 30 km/h ‘cause it’s the right thing to do.” I once had a professor tell me that common sense isn’t that common. The older and wiser I get, the more this adage becomes true. So people of the Crowsnest Pass, please just slow down in that area. Slow down because common sense tells you to. Let people cross the crosswalks fully before you proceed. Stop and just enjoy the sun, the view and this great community. Quit trying to get somewhere at the sake of safety. That’s the way I see it. Ls
Letters to the Editor Co-existing with e-bikes Dear editor; I would like to provide an alternate approach to power assisted bikes (e-bikes) than what we have been reading in some recent letters to the editor. Each of us values our independence and freedom to do what we will with few or no constraints. Freedom can be 'from' something or ‘to do' something. Freedom from tyranny, draconian laws, oppression, violence bullying and prejudice, etc. This type of freedom can be called freedom from a negative. This type of freedom is common to our society and the media. Movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Independence Day and Schlinder's List are good examples. On the positive side of freedom, the freedom to do for the common
good, to do what ought to be done, is less known. Wars are fought for freedom 'from' so that future generations can build a freedom 'to do' world for the greater good of society. Sometimes oppressors or those with a vested interest will try to override less groups or individuals to maintain the status quo or to enhance a position. A case in point is the recent negative posturing regarding trail use with power assisted pedal bikes (ebikes). All of a sudden, individuals and club members are wanting to restrict the use of their developed trails, some of which were developed legally, and some not. Others lament about safety, conjuring up feelings of support through imagining multiple worst case scenarios. Both posi-
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tions are not helpful. Societies do not function without trust. We can be sure in our society that most will follow the rules of the road when they are clearly defined, and that some (less than 5 percent) will break the rules. For the non-compliant, we develop laws and compliance programs. The creating of laws should always be carried out to allow for maximum freedom with limited constraints. Trail system rules need to be developed in this light. Everyone uses the trails and laws are developed to deal with the abusers. In maintaining maximum freedom with limited restraint, e-bikes and powered scooters for the aged or disabled are free to do the greater good, which is in this case riding responsibly with courtesy towards others. E n v i r o n m e n t a l l y,
none of the paved trails are scars on the landscape and can withstand e-bike use. The extra weight is minimal, and those organizations or governments restricting their use will be faced with increasing pressure to allow e-bikes. Why even suggest a draconian banning of ebikes on paved trails? Why not just formulate standards of use? The number of power-assisted bikes is increasing and is likely to multiply exponentially as battery technology improves and production costs drop. Let's keep power assisted bikes and electric scooters for the disabled on the trails and off the main highways. Respectfully submitted, tim Juhlin
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Bricks - Slow down by the pool. I know it’s not a 30-km zone, but just use some common sense. Kids, pool, parks, just slow. Why do we have to legislate everything and make a rule that forces you to slow down? Bouquets - To the staff at the Pass Community Pool. These young adults are doing a terrific job. My son cut himself at the pool this weekend and the guard handled it perfectly. What a great group of people.
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Friends and Neighbours by Jocelyn Thomas Jocelyn Thomas is an artist and writer who lives in Blairmore
Giovanni Belcastro He was born in the Calabria part of Italy, and lived in France from age 7 to age 9, after which his family moved to Canada. There were six children. Dad was a bricklayer and later on purchased a hotel. Giovanni favoured art and music in school and, by high school, already had the idea to, some day, become a chef. Giovanni spent no less than 31 years in the restaurant industry since the age of 13. Food Industry Starting out making pizza boxes, young Giovanni, barely a teenager, advanced to the role of dishwasher, then to prep cook, and finally, to that of head line cook. It was in 1982 when Giovanni finally owned his first eaterie, a pizza restaurant with takeout service. Interests As a youth, Giovanni was developing a fondness for hunting and fishing. He had played hockey in high school, had played accordion as a boy, and had played trumpet as a teenager. Petwise, Giovanni had had a pet boxer for a dozen years. In adulthood, Belcastro added horseback-riding to the list, and owned some Polish Arab, hunting-trained horses. Home Life As fate would have it, Belcastro met his wife, Helen, who has a British background, while working at La Dolce Vita Cafe in Calgary. They have been a couple for 21 years now, are happily married for 16, and have six children, five of whom are from Giovanni's previous marriage. Conveniently, Helen works as a realtor inside the Belcastros’ Bellevue store, Crowsnest Convenience. Not surprisingly, in the Belcastro garden you will find six kinds of tomatoes, zucchini, spaghetti squash, cucumber, garlic, and a host of herbs including cilantro. Belcastro's own food favourites include lasagna, canneloni, creme brule and creme caramel. (He professes that French and Italian desserts are very much alike.) Success Story The first anniversary of the Crowsnest Convenience store was this past April. “A lovely place” is a frequent comment from customers. Belcastro has succeeded in his objective of providing not just the only convenience store service in the Pass, but also in providing an extremely high quality one. “It is slightly unique and different because I carry more European brand names than anybody in the region,” he says, which essentially makes Crowsnest Convenience a food “boutique”, really. Importantly, Belcastro sources out any products that customers may request. Seasonal green olives are another special commodity. His prices are identical to those in Calgary, and not one penny extra. Finally, Belcastro prides himself in being punctual in his opening time, and reliable in his overall schedule, an appreciable accomplishment considering that Crowsnest Convenience is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. “I have travelled all over” Belcastro has travelled to Barbados, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Ireland, and Italy. Some of these destinations have been visited at least seven or eight times. Naturally, Giovanni hopes to one day return again to Italy. Familiar with the north of the country, he wants to discover more of the south. He calls the Pass “absolutely breathtaking” with its majestic mountains and “a sight for sore eyes.” Down the Road In the future, ultra hardworking Giovanni would like to take things a little more slowly and retire in the not-too-distant future. On the worldwide stage, he wishes that the world could eliminate poverty, and that every child could be well taken care of.
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Children’s Services seeks local foster homes in Pass AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter
The Ministry of Children’s Services is hoping to engage more foster homes in Crowsnest Pass to alleviate the pressure off some of the existing homes and to allow children in foster care to remain in Crowsnest Pass. Foster care is the fulltime, temporary care of a child in your home. Foster caregivers are compensated based on the age of the child they are caring for. Tony Sprado, a supervisor with the Ministry
out of Lethbridge, and other ministry employees will be attending the Crowsnest Community Market each Thursday to educate residents about the foster care system and hopefully find additional homes for the area. According to Sprado, there are 93 foster homes within the South Region, which covers Taber west to the British Columbia border and from the U.S. borther north to Granum. Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek together have two foster homes, but Sprado says they are
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either at or over capacity already. Children up to 18 years of age come into foster care when their parents or guardians are unable to keep them safe. A lot of the parents that the Ministry deals with, says Sprado, might have addictions or mental health issues. If the child is unable to stay with a guardian, family member or someone of a significant relationship, they go into a foster home. With the limited number of foster homes available locally, some kids need to be relocated to a home in a different town. Sprado says children from Crowsnets Pass have recently had to be relocated to an outside town, which makes it hard to do any type of family reconciliation. “In the event a child could not remain with their guardian and we were unable to find family and/or significant relationship the child would need to be removed from their home
community. Currently we have children from the Crowsnest Pass placed elsewhere. In the event we had more homes in the Pass we could transition these children back to their home community and culture and they would be closer to family,” says Sprado. “It’s already difficult on the kids, who are not only losing their parents, but possibly going to a different community, new school, having to make new friends. It’s very hard on them, so we’d like to keep them in their home community whenever possible.” With only two foster homes in the area, Sprado says respite care providers are also “desperately” needed to provide temporary relief to regular caregivers. "Respite care providers could commit to provide care for one weekend a month, or more depending what they are comfortable with,” he says. Although there are
cases when the kids are placed for adoption, foster care is ultimately a temporary solution. “The intention of foster care is to be short term care. The goal is always to have the kids return back to their parents,” says Sprado. “When the kids are in foster care, workers are working with the guardians in order to mitigate any issues they might have been dealing with that led the child to go into care.” If parents are unable to resolve their issues, the parents are removed of their guardianship and the Ministry takes permanent guardianship of the child. At that time, the Children’s Services looks for a permanent home for those children. Sprado says he would be “very happy” to get about six additional foster homes in Crowsnest Pass to accommodate potential local children as well as periodic care to give the other foster homes a break. Interested foster care-
givers need to undergo a screening process to ensure that they are fit to care for a child. Some foster homes, says Sprado, specialize in caring for a specific age group and can request children in that age group. Foster homes profiles encompass a variety of social situations. There are caregivers who are married, single, retired, with kids at home, homeowners or renters, or even people who have never been parents. Anyone interested in becoming a foster home can visit the Minsitry of Children’s Services booth at the Thursday Crowsnest Community Market, or contact Sprado at 403-388-7661. There are certain criteria to become a foster caregiver. You need to be at least 18 years of age, financially stable, physically and mentally capable of caring for a child, and additional requirements found on the https://www.alberta.ca/ become-fostercaregiver.aspx website.
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Clockwise from top: Although it wasn’t nearly as hot as it was last year on race day, runners welcomed being sprayed by kids with water guns. A photo contest was held for race volunteers and the winning shot was a photo of Toy Story’s Woddy hitching a free ride on a runner’s backpack. “Laughing helps recovery,” said the Facebook post announcing the winning photo. Volunteers are what made the race possible and played an integral role in organizing and hosting the event. Pictured are volunteers setting up a tent at one of the racer check points. Herald contributor photos
Exercise is good for your mental health Alberta Health Services
We know that physical activity supports our physical health, but did you know that physical activity can also improve mental health? In a world where digital devices keep social pressures constantly in their back pockets, and competing priorities from school, work, and activities demand the attention of our teens, exercise might be their best defense against stress and anxiety. Exercise has a chemical effect in the brain that can help reduce stress, anxiety, and fight depression. By stimulating the release of feel-good hormones (endorphins) and reducing levels of stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol), exercise can do some amazing things for our mood! According to the Canadian Psychological Association, these are some noticeable benefits of exercise on teen mental health: • Boosts academic performance • Increases self-reported happiness and lower levels of sadness and loneliness, both in the short term and later in life • Reduces feelings of fatigue, improves sleep quality, and lowers risk of insomnia (provided physical activity is not done too soon before bed) • Boosts self-esteem from early childhood straight through older adulthood So, how much exercise is recommended? The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth recommend accumulating 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, as well as several hours of light physical activity throughout the day. Here are some easy ways to support your teen’s mental health through physical activity: - Encourage them to take 5-10 minute walking breaks during study sessions - Drop them off a few blocks from school or encourage them to walk from home - Encourage them to go for a walk during their noon-hour break - Plan family outings (e.g. nature walks, tennis matches, playing catch) Remember that all activity is good activity, and getting active for just 5 mins can help boost your teen’s mental health. Start small, and do it often. Desirea Agar is a health promotion coordinator at Medicine Hat Community Health Services and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I look at empty businesses and the weed-covered parking lots of abandoned factories. Unkept apartment blocks and pot-holed, unmaintained roads leading to rusting bridges. Everyone is worried about being cheated or gouged, and the most common phrase is, “Drive safe.” It is dangerous on a road where everyone is competing to get ahead of everyone else. I was born in what you may call a different world. Not a different planet, but a world that had only a small resemblance to the world you see through your window or on your TV screen. The war was over and the Baby Boomers arrived, with me being one of them. Mom and Dad worked hard doing all things by hand. Work meant sweat and sore muscles. Schools were too small for all of us, and classes were held just about anywhere. The Soviet Union was more advanced in science as well as education, and we were watching the night sky to see Sputnik, which was the manned space vehicle the Russian Yury Gagarin was piloting. People in my younger life were behaving in a gentleman’s way, communities were tight-knit, and individuals were concerned about each other. The bus would drive slow behind a horse-drawn buggy, and no one was passing. You may not believe me, but talk to one of the old folks still around. In the 50s, the US learned from the Russians that the base for the success of a nations was a good education for all people. In the 60s, John F. Kennedy came to power and the West, after a struggle, realized that to get ahead, we needed to involve all of our people and that we couldn’t win by fighting wars. Korea was the same size as before the war, the Vietnam War was lost, and the only “win” was the Suez Canal crisis in Israel in ‘57. We fought against racism and apartheid. Canada harboured Vietnam draft dodgers, and universal healthcare was established, making Canadians the envy of Americans. Our generation changed the dress code, welcomed the electronics revolution and popularized rock ‘n’ roll. Canada became truly independent with its own Constitution and Bill of Rights. Now came a long period of a new type of war. The people of my generation focused on using the newly available tools and developed more. Housework became mostly automated and women became equal partners. People learned to use credit and higher education was still not out of reach for most. Gone were the protests and strikes, and wars were normalized by a population who watched the worst on the screens. It was not the easiest time, but the Baby Boomers were raising their kids and trying
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to do it in new ways. The rugged hippy look gave way to office attire, unions were condemned for corruption, and we all turned somewhat into business types. Everyone was testing the little bits of freedom that we gained earlier with a lot of sacrifice and pain. When the planes hit the Twin Towers in the early part of the new millennium, we took a new look at the world that we created. It was a scary picture. We, the people who fought for freedom and equality, who worked hard towards a good middle-class life, could not offer it to our children. Our innovation and sweat equity went into the coffers of a small well-off class, and our children saw very little hope for social mobility. They were destined to a life of making payments on the interest of loans and no middle-class status. My children will not have what I have and cannot achieve it in the way I did. They are told to think positively, to increase freedom for business, but only very few may have the positive results that they should be hoping for. They gave up on possible bright futures, and settled for “jobs.” Just as recently as last Father’s Day, my daughter wrote to me in a card, “You have made me what I am today.” Yes, I did, and she and her generation are paying for the results. They and we have one major card to play which makes a big difference in our lives. We live in a democratic system, and we can influence events by choosing the type of government that we place over ourselves. My generation witnessed governments like the Alberta Peter Lougheed government that did so much good, and we failed to notice that the party name remained, but the substance changed. In came Ronald Reagan and his counterparts and convinced us to give all the power to the people who took away the future of our children. It was I and my age group that stripped those behind us from all the defense mechanisms that we have enjoyed. Now my children pretend to be middle class but can’t balance their checkbooks. They are enslaved to student loans, half a million dollar mortgages and high-interest credit card debts with hardly a sliver of hope that things will improve. They are told to reduce taxes on those who stripped them of their share in the economy and save the money by giving up their own social security safety net. My own daughter believes that if big business prospers, she will have a better life than I did, even while big business motivates our politicians to cut her future pension by making her work well into old age. Onwards we go, removing restrictions we earlier placed and giving up our protections to increase profits for those who trade the benefits of our productivity for other’s personal gain. It was the Baby Boomers who told the millennials that the “market” would lead them to prosperity, and now they are suffering the outcome. It’s my fault, and there is hardly enough time left to correct it. This is a link to my blog: thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca. Feel free to check other articles and comment.
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NEVILLE GERALD DRAPER JULY 31, 1939 ~ JUNE 27, 2018
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Neville Draper on June 27, 2018 at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre in Blairmore, AB. He was 78 years of age. Nev was a man of many talents and interests, but he especially liked classic cars and to watch car racing. In his early years, he worked as a cable splicer for AGT, and later went on to become a property manager for a low-income apartment building in Calgary, AB. No matter the job, Nev took great pride in his work, and he loved helping those less fortunate. A perfect example of his charitable spirit was the Christmas dinner he hosted every year for the residents of his apartment building who otherwise would have been alone. Nev was never happier than when spending time with his family, and he wanted to share that joy with others. His boundless kindness and compassion will be deeply missed and never forgotten. Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life is his son, Farron (Liz) Draper of Nelson, BC; his granddaughter, Zoey Draper; his brothers, Terry (Marilyn) Draper of Ontario and Martin Draper of Ontario; his sisters, Marlene (Garfield) Jelly of Ontario, Colleen (George) McIlwaine of Ontario, Verly (Darwin) Lamb of Ontario; his sister-in-law, Sheila Draper of Ontario; as well as many nieces, nephews and his extended family. He was predeceased by his mother, Florence May Watters; his father, William Emsley Draper; his brother, Alvin Draper; and his niece, Debra Jelly. With respect for Neville’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the non-profit animal welfare organization of your choice. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
WARREN KRISH (1961- 2018)
Mr. Warren Darren Krish, beloved son of Marie Krish of Lethbridge, AB passed away in Cranbrook, BC on June 21, 2018 at the age of 56 years. Warren was born in Coleman, AB on August 9, 1961. The proud parents Walter and Marie Krish, along with his brothers, were raised to appreciate family, friends, and the simple pleasures of life. He will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew him. Warren loved cooking, hunting, fishing and hiking, along with many other activities. He is survived by his mother Marie Krish, his brothers: Curtis (Helen), Walter (Sharon), Duwain (Myrna), Darcey, Jamie and Donald as well as several nieces and nephews. A special “thank you” to good friends Brenda “Pearl” and Dewy Reay and family for helping Warren through difficult times. Warren was predeceased by his father Walter Roy Krish and his brothers Roy Brian and Colin James. A Graveside Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Service Ltd.
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Looking Back By John Kinnear
Geswanouth Slahoot My Heart Soars Like a Hawk
Geswanouth Slahoot is the given name of a remarkable man whom I first came across in 1969 while watching the epic film Little Big Man. This movie ranks as one of the top 10 best movies I have ever seen and is a must-see for anyone who finds the old stereotypical Hollywood presentation of First Nations people as offensive as I do. Its opening scene is an interview with a gnarly-looking 121-year-old man named Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman) who claims to be the only white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn. His scratchy-throated narrative is used marvelously throughout the movie One of the principle characters in this movie is Geswanouth who is called Old Lodge Skins in the film but is in fact the iconic Chief Dan George. The story of this special man’s rise to fame and work as a tireless champion of First Nations people is one worth knowing. I found his book My Heart Soars/My Spirit Soars to be a profound work of prose and poetry that has affected me deeply. Its content carries messages important to all of us that we should try to understand and embrace. Simple messages of spirituality and respect for others and your surroundings. A typical quote from Chief Dan George is: “There is a longing among all people and creatures to have a sense of purpose and worth. To satisfy that common longing in all of us we must respect each other.” I won’t go into the details of Little Big Man for those of you that haven’t seen it except to say that Dustin Hoffman was extraordinary in it, playing so many characters I lost count. He portrays a young settler that gets kidnapped and raised by the Cheyenne, a gunslinger that knew Wild Bill Hickok, an apprentice of a snake-oil salesman which gets him tarred and feathered, a town drunk, a hermit and trapper and eventually a mule skinner with Custer’s 7th cavalry. But it was Dan George’s rich character and profound words that have stayed with me for almost 50 years. What struck me about Chief Dan George, in this movie, was his quiet demeanour amongst chaos and the simple thoughtful observations he passed on to Little Big Man. It left me wondering more about this enigmatic man so I dug a little deeper into his story. In my copy of the My Heart Soars/My Spirit Soars compilation author Harriett Shloossberg claims his given name was Teswhano which means: “thunder coming up over the land from the water.” Other sources say Geswanouth Slahoot which in English was Dan Slaholt. Chief Dan George was born in 1899 on a Salish Band (Tsleil-Waututh) reserve on Burrard Inlet and was one of twelve children whose father was the band chief. Like most native children of that time he was sent to a Catholic white residential school at the age of five where he remained until age sixteen. They of course felt bound to anglicize his name to George. I personally struggle to imagine how difficult that must have been, being separated from one’s family, culture, language and customs. They must have been heartbreaking years for him. We did this to First Nation’s children consistently for decades. Dan George went immediately into the bush at 16 to work and at nineteen married a Squamish girl who he was devoted to for 52 years and with whom he had eight children. He worked as a long shoreman for almost 30 years and in the forties played bass fiddle for dances all across BC three or four times a week in a band known as Dan George and His Indian Entertainers. From 1951 to 1963 he served as his band’s chief. But it was in the 60s that his life was transformed when he played the part of Ol’ Antoine in the CBC TV series Caribou Country. He also performed in the powerful play The Ecstasy of Rita Joe for years, a role that gained national acclaim. An episode of Caribou Country got picked up by a Hollywood studio and he was tested for a Disney movie called Smith, with Glenn Ford. He got it easily and from there his career reached its peak with the role of Old Lodge Skins in Little Big Man which he got an academy award nomination for. Chief Dan George’s highest aim though was always: “a better understanding by white people of his culture and his people” which he pursued with determination, wisdom and courage. In 1967 he delivered a powerful speech to a crowd of 32,000 people in Empire Stadium in Vancouver on the occasion of Canada’s centenary celebration. His “Lament to Confederation” silenced the crowd and remains today a striking example of the First Nation’s take on our flag waving fireworks extravaganza. Here then is the first part of this speech that was according to Janet Rogers: “perceived as a radical piece of writing delivered unapologetically by the one person who could make those kinds of critical statements and get away with them.” Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations in Ontario who has lived on traditional Coast Salish lands since 1994. Here, then, is part of Chief Dan George’s lament: “How long have I known you, Oh Canada? A hundred years? Yes, a hundred years. And many, many seelanum (lunar months) more. And today, when you celebrate your hundred years, Oh Canada, I am sad for all the Indian people throughout the land. For I have known you when your forests were mine; when they gave me my meat and my clothing. I have known you in your streams and rivers where your fish flashed and danced in the sun, where the waters said 'come, come and eat of my abundance.' I have known you in the freedom of the winds. And my spirit, like the winds, once roamed your good lands. But in the long hundred years since the white man came, I have seen my freedom disappear like the salmon going mysteriously out to sea. The white man's strange customs, which I could not understand, pressed down upon me until I could no longer breathe. When I fought to protect my land and my home, I was called a savage. When I neither understood nor welcomed his way of life, I was called lazy. When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of my authority. My nation was ignored in your history textbooks - they were little more important in the history of Canada than the buffalo that ranged the plains. I was ridiculed in your plays and motion pictures, and when I drank your fire-water, I got drunk - very, very drunk. And I forgot. Oh Canada, how can I celebrate with you this Centenary, this hundred years? Shall I thank you for the reserves that are left to me of my beautiful forests? For the canned fish of my rivers? For the loss of my pride and authority, even among my own people? For the lack of my will to fight back?” In 2017 Janet Rogers revisited his words, in a CBC opinion piece, on the occasion of our 150th celebration. In it she indicated she was deeply disturbed by on line comments that appeared in a Global News article about the 150th in Vancouver being a year-long celebration of First Nations culture, art and music. It was called Canada 150+ - the plus sign denoting the years of Indigenous history predating colonization The celebration’s theme was to be ‘Moving Forward Together’ and was in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. Rogers speaks to Chief Dan George’s fourth paragraph in the lament in which he uses the terms savage and lazy. “Those names are still hurled towards us today but now they are less audible and more textural where they remain visible for many more to witness and add to.” “We have new cyber territories created through social media sites, where those who know better than to show themselves as the face of racism out in public do so from the comfort of their homes on stolen land, with the support of like-minded mobs and from behind anonyPhotos courtesy of Wikipedia, mous avatars. This is the new battleground. And it really doesn't take much to incite a verbal/textual back-and-forth.” Youtube and John Kinnear “Want to take the temperature of racial progress in this country? Read any comment section of an Indigenous news story online and tell the Chief and I that we're wrong.” I’d like to think we are working towards a more conscientious embracement of First Nation’s cultures and values and learning to be - Dustin Hoffman as the 121 year old respectful of their ways. But there is still many who scoff and post racially biased comments like this one from 2017 after the Vancouver Jack Crabb - Little Big Man - running time 2 hours 27 150+ article ran which read: "The people who came to this beautiful country (and didn't have their hands out, looking for a free ride — but min. WORKED) — those who made Canada what it is today... will get NO recognition. Of course... And what was I thinking, silly me?" - Little Big Man learns the ways of the Chief Dan George passed in 1981 and is buried on his traditional lands. I am sure if he were around today he would say: “It appears Cheyenne we still have a long way to go.” - My Heart Soars/My Spirit Soars - The Author’s Note: Let’s hope my brief insight into one man’s life doesn’t incite similar comments like those above. If it does it will merely best of Chief Dan George reinforce the point.￼
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