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It was a fun, social evening of burgers, treats, face painting, balloon animals and chasing bubbles as Horace Allen School (HAS) welcomed their returning and new students with a barbecue on September 6. The School Council executive organized the event to give school staff and families a chance to get to know each other. “This is something they organize every year to kick off the school year because there’s so much excitement. It’s a nice chance for families to connect with school staff and with other families,” says HAS vice principal Myrna Dembicki. The bubble machine, pictured above, was a big hit with students! Isabelle Sellon School hosted a welcome back BBQ celebration for their students on September 4.
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No decision made on Grouped Country Residential RVs AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter
Council has tabled second reading of the proposed amendment to the Land Use Bylaw that would
prohibit the storage of recreation vehicles (RVs) on Grouped Country Residential (GCR) parcels, having requested that Ad-
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Thank You Pam and Randy York, owners of Cozy Corner Quilt Shop in Coleman would like to thank all who helped with the closing of the shop. Thanks to those who provided muscle, old customers over the years and new customers who purchased inventory we still had and so helped local charities. A special thanks to Rag Bags. The last two weeks have been great fun and the support we’ve received has been wonderful. We really picked the perfect place to live when we moved here. Local charities that benefitted from our sale are: The Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation, Women’s Resource and Crisis Centre, S.P.C.A., Allied Arts Association, CNP Food Bank, Crowsnest Consolidated High School breakfast Program and the Crowsnest Historical Society.
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. DP20108-069: Lot 5, Plan 8211290; 1809 Evergreen Drive, Hillcrest Mines Discretionary Use: Detached Garage with Side-yard Setback Variance 2. DP2018-071: Lot 3, Block 8, Plan 6099AQ; 22810 – 9 Avenue, Hillcrest Mines Discretionary Use: Residential Addition with Rear-Yard Setback Variance Any persons claiming to be adversely affected by the above development may file an appeal in writing by September 19, 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
ministration prepare a report on how many parcels have a primary residence. “Before I get this information, I don’t want to be forced into voting. I would like to see how severe of a problem this is,” said Councillor Gord Lundy, who had proposed the motion. “Council has requested a report from Administration that will tell us how many non-compliant properties are within our community. This is for information only, and to let us know exactly how many of these properties need to be dealt with,” says Mayor Blair Painter. During the discussion, Councillor Lisa Sygutek outright stated that she would not be supporting the proposed bylaw as it is written. “I think we have bigger issues in this community than people who have acreages with their trailers on them. I really tried to think about the issues that were brought forth and why we’re trying to have this bylaw. One of the issues that came forth was that it was unsightly. I don’t understand how people having their family come out and spend time on their acreage that is nowhere near town, with their trailers on their acreages, unsightly for anyone in this community,” said Councillor Sygutek, whose comments were met with applause by some members of the gallery. “If you’re talking about noise issues, we have a noise bylaw. I don’t understand why it’s our responsibility to tell people what they can and cannot do on the land that they purchased.” Several other Councillors expressed opposition to the proposed stipulation that prohibits storage of recreational vehicles during construction of a principal
dwelling, but maintained that GRC parcels should not be used as a campground. “Historically, if you look at Grouped Country Residential going back to the early 80s, it has been permitted for use as a single-family dwelling. If you look at our definition of single-family dwelling, it talks about ‘a freestanding residential dwelling, other than a manufactured/modular home.’ Only since 2013 have RVs even been shown as permitted use in our Land Use Bylaw,” said Councillor Dean Ward, alluding to the fact that if a use is not listed as permitted or discretionary, it is by default prohibited. “I don't want us to be known as a place you can buy a lot for camping. I want to see it used for what it’s meant to be used for.” Listening to this discussion was Rick Neudorf, a landowner of a GCR parcel on Tecumseh Road whose permanent home is in Lethbridge. He spends between five and seven weekends a year in his motorhome on his acreage, which he purchased in April 2016, to recreate in the area. Neudorf represents a contingent of landowners on Tecumseh Road who are opposed to the proposed bylaw, friends and neighbors among whom some have built primary residences and others have not. He says that prohibiting RV use is an impractical decision that affects people who pay taxes and simply want to enjoy time with their families. “To me, it just seems so menial," says Neudorf. “We want to support and be part of the community, we’re just not there seven days a
week. We're going up there, we’re buying gas, we’re buying groceries or eating in the restaurants. We’re getting to know the people up there.” The municipality maintains that RV use has never been a permitted use on GCR properties. “The bylaw is being revisited in order to finally come to some resolve with residents that are not in compliance with the current GCR zoning by using their properties for RV usage without having a permanent home on their property,” says Mayor Painter. “Council’s primary concern with this type of usage on these properties is that RV usage does not comply with the present GCR zoning. We do have other areas in our Municipality where this type of usage is permitted. We are also not getting the appropriate tax levy on these properties.” While Neudorf acknowledges to this being the case, he says the complication goes back to two matters: a lack of disclosure on the part of real estate agents when selling homes and on a lack of enforcement on behalf of the municipality. These two acts combined led to RV use on GCR parcels becoming normalized behavior, even though the municipal bylaw never actually allowed their use. Local realtor John Redekopp agrees that real estate agents have an obligation to inform potential GCR acreage buyers of permitted and prohibited uses, but states that the onus is on the homeowner to get the proper information, as well. He adds that he has had difficulty receiving a clear response from the municipality when raising questions about permitted and prohibited uses on GCR parcels.
At this time, Neudorf does not have immediate plans to build a primary residence on his property, although it is something he is considering in the long term. “In the end, I’ll probably end up building a small cabin to be able to spend the time up there, but I've got a business to run, I've got a house, I've got payments. I can’t afford to build another house. I don’t want to get in debt at this stage of my life. If I sold my motorhome, then I can take that money and put it into Tecumseh, but I still enjoy travelling,” says Neudorf. Approximately a dozen property owners of GCR parcels, mainly along Tecumseh Road, attended the Council meeting wearing t-shirts with the writing “Bylaw 1011 2018” in an interdictory circle on the front and “Tecumseh proud” on the back. The intent, says Neudorf, was to continue to voice their opinion now that the public hearing is closed. “We can’t speak, so we had to figure out a way to build our voice without speaking,” says Neudorf. Although the public input period is closed, members of the gallery are still able to share their insight and opinion at the end of council meetings during the Public Input Period. Neudorf says he will “definitely” be at the next council meeting where the proposed bylaw is on the agenda. He adds that he hopes second and third reading would be held on separate days for an opportunity for public input following second reading. Visit the municipal website to see when Bylaw 1011, 2018 – 2018 Grouped Country Residential Recreational Vehicle Standards is on the agenda.
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In the lIne of fIre Between September 3 and 9, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 69 calls for service including the following reported incidents. Two (2) residential break and enter, one (1) other break and enter, three (3) mischief (vandalism), three (3) theft of motor vehicle, eight (8) thefts, two (2) disturbing the peace, four (4) other provincial statutes, eight (8) driving complaints, eight (8) motor vehicle collisions, six (6) assistance to general public, five (5) suspicious occurrences, five (5) lost/found, two (2) assistance to other agencies, two (2) invalid 911 calls, two (2) false alarms and three (3) animal calls. Found bike On September 4, a vehicle was travelling west on Highway 3 following a fifth wheel trailer when
one of the bikes fell off their bike rack near Blairmore. The driver turned the bike into the Elk Valley RCMP Detachment. Anyone missing a bike can call the Crowsnest Pass or Elk Valley detachment. Stolen cash On September 4, cash was stolen from lock boxes at the Dutch Creek, Racehorse and Lundbreck Falls campsites. The thefts occurred some time over the long weekend. Stolen generator On September 5, a generator was reported stolen from a campsite at Racehorse Creek. The generator was chained but the chain was cut to remove it. The theft occurred within past few days. Trailer broken into On September 9, a holiday trailer was broken into while parked
The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl
My ancestors didn’t take land from Indigenous peoples in America. They participated in taking land from the Palestinians instead. My home now is situated on land I have purchased from another person and the line goes back to those who simply took the land from those who used it before them, since they had a more efficient army. All humans took land from someone else at some point. There are winners, and there are losers everywhere and according to the theory of evolution, the winners have more kids and the species improve. Tell that to the great whales who may not exist 50 years from now. Looking at the situation now, in 2018, it seems as if our turn to perish and clear the Earth for those more suitable for survival has come. Some believe it will be insects. All we must do is stay on course and let evolution do its natural duty. First scenario is for humans to let some world nuclear power leader push the button on his desk and boom, three years later there will be no more human civilization. Scenario two, which the smoke outside reminds me about, is a bit slower. We keep the orgy of burning things for free energy to do our work. There will be more fires, more floods, and all other related disasters. Going that way will prolong human existence, but in much more difficult conditions. Those who are concerned with immediate pleasure and less about the future advocate leaving the problem to be resolved by future generations. Ironically the same people are complaining about social debt and want to see austerity exercised upon the majority of people existing today. Remove the social blanket and let nature take its course. Reminds me of my children when they were toddlers. They learned how to say “give me” but didn’t yet understand that they could break things. I am driving my red Ford on a country road watching fields rolling between foothills framed by blue mountains. The fields alternate and are squared off by fences. Some have cylindrical bails, and others are swatted. A pond in the valley is shimmering blue, and horses surround the one shore. Another greenfield and next there are cows and behind them hundreds of windmills white and moving. A valley with a farm beside a bridge and another farm in which sheep graze in front of the house. I glimpse the beautiful prairie town Pincher Creek, and my eye gets stuck on an eagle soaring, while a flock of blackbirds carries my gaze back down towards
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overnight at Racehorse Creek. Stolen motorcycle On September 6, a Honda motorcycle was reported stolen from a garage on 18 Avenue in Blairmore. The motorcycle was recovered the next day on 22 Avenue in Blairmore. The licence plate is still missing. Stolen bikes On September 7, two stolen bikes were stolen from a yard on 17 Avenue in Blairmore. The theft occurred some time overnight. The bikes were later located a few blocks away in Blairmore. Stolen television On September 8, a television was stolen from a commercial business in Blairmore. The theft occurred some time over the past couple of days.
Arrest A 30-year-old male was arrested on numerous charges including assault, theft, fraud, mischief, breach of conditions. He was remanded in custody for his next court date in Pincher Creek. Lost/found items A Vtech phone was found in a mall parking lot in Blairmore. An expedition tent was found in Coleman. An orange backpack with a flower design was lost. A Dodge key was found in Blairmore An iPhone/camera was found. 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 1-800422-TIPS.
the road I am supposed to be watching. Here on the right, there is a fresh brown newly tilled field. I see the beloved earth I was looking for. I understand Hebrew and know a secret that most people here don’t. The Hebrew word for “man” is “ben Adam” which means son of dirt or soil. It’s strange that one of the oldest writings refers to humankind that way. How did primitive tribe people so long ago figure that we and all that we use is made of the earth, will return to the earth and become something else? I pass by the brown field and now see a stretch of gold. It's wheat that only looks like gold. Gold itself is worthless unless people decide that it’s valuable. My mind goes back to who owns the land, from which all things are made. It is dirt and water which makes all that there is. We find evidence of earlier civilizations big and small on every continent. People were created or evolved, but societies came and went. It seems like this is the natural progression of Earth’s living things. Just like people, the societies and civilizations begin, flourish and die so other living things will take their place. Possibly the Earth is trying to grow a civilization that will live forever and will not be recycled back into dirt. Perhaps the earth is using superintelligence to raise living creatures who will develop the heaven that everyone is dreaming about, but what will it take? First, we must re-educate the humans who are only concerned about what they can get and accumulate fast without consideration for the rest. They will bring an end to our kind, and there is no way to survive the damage they inflict upon our world. We have witnessed their effect often in history or even in our own lives. Secondly, we must pay full attention to those amongst us who are trying to save us from distraction and take action before it’s too late. It is similar to the biblical stories about prophets who said repent or else... Some nations survived, and others were destroyed. The part that we don’t easily understand is, we must act before it’s too late. If you smoke a pack a day, don’t expect radiation or chemotherapy to save you. One must do the right thing when the opportunity is available. Last, we must have hope. This world, regardless of who owns parts of it, is built according to the picture in the minds of those who built it. I like to say that God is creating what we expect him to create. We, the creatures with imagination, have to create a picture that will work out, not just for ourselves, but for the whole Earth. Nothing short of it will work. Forget evolution and natural selection, forget markets dictating the future. It’s only good for creating greedy, selfish Earth destroyers. If we share the fruits of our labor, work towards clean energy, and clean up the mess we’ve made, we may survive. It is simple, but life depends on it. This is one person’s opinion. Here is a link to my blog: thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca Feel free to check other articles and comment.
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Editorial and Opinions A fAtAL miStAke I made the mistake of reading the report regarding the ammonia-related deaths that happened at the Fernie Memorial Arena last yearb and I can tell you I had many sleepless nights. Three men lost their lives, families have been decimated and a community is still reeling from the shock of what took place on October 17, 2017. Two City of Fernie employees, Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith, and an-out-oftown contractor, Jason Podloski of Turner Valley, died from the ammonia leak while doing routine maintenance at the arena. Although this was the first fatality from ammonia at a hockey arena, there have been several reports of injuries. A report from Technical Safety B.C., which oversees the installation and operation of technical systems like refrigeration and boiler systems, shows there were 40 reported “refrigerated-release incidents” involving ammonia across the province between 2007 and 2015. That’s 40 incidents, each one that could have proven fatal. We have the same type of refrigeration system at our arena, a system that is around 30 years old. When town administration did its due diligence and had our system inspected, it came back to council that it will require $50,000 to $70,000 in upgrades just to get the arena operational for this year, a late start-up slated for October 2018. Council just learned that the entire system would need to be replaced at a cost to the taxpayer of around $800,000. Yes, we need a new system in place for next year and it will cost you, the ratepayer, $800,000. That is a lot of money, but I will tell you I am not comfortable opening that facility until the initial Band-Aid is fixed for this year and I swear I won’t breath easy until the entire system is replace. I never want to have to look into a family’s face and tell them their loved one is dead because we didn’t think it was fiscally responsible to replace an aged, possibly failing system. I don’t ever want the dubious distinction of being that community where three people lost their lives. The tragedy in Fernie is a wake up call to all communities to spend the money to fix failing infrastructure. We all know money is tight, but we need recreation for our kids, a place where they can do the things they love, and we need somewhere safe for them to do it. As my mother once stated, you pay for your taxes in recreation or policing. I don’t want the latter. So here’s to hoping that our arena is fixed by early October to a state that it is safe for the remainder of the year until it can be replaced. We have seen the consequences when things are not done properly, and we don’t want that here. At least that’s the way I see it. LS
Letters to the Editor A perspective on the proposed changes to acreages Dear Editor; As a GCR (Grouped Country Residential) property owner, I am against the proposed bylaw. Prior to Bylaw 9872017 As a local, I have driven by and seen RVs on bare land acreages (GCR zoning) for years and never knew this to be a problem. These RVs have been and still are very visible on parcels throughout the Pass. I also have met with previous Development Officers regarding this, as have some other landowners. What I understood from these meetings was that it wasn't a problem for a landowner to have their RV on their acreage while they were making improvements to their land in preparation for their future build. The majority of landowners are not locals, so it made sense for them to be able to use their RV while they were in the Pass working on their land. Many come a long distance to cut the long grass (fire hazard), to do weed spraying, clear brush, develop roads, install services, etc. My neighbour comes from Edmonton to do maintenance work on their parcel, which we appreciate. Also in past years, many GCR landowners have stayed in their RVs
while their homes were being constructed. I know that we did this while our home was being built. Thank goodness it wasn't a problem back then as the RV provided facilities during the day for contractors and we stayed in it overnight to keep watch on the building supplies and construction equipment to make sure nothing disappeared! Land Use Bylaw 8682013 went into effect June 2013 and at that time, there was no RV bylaw and Schedule 4 only went to Part 43. There was no Part 45 back then. In 2017, the RV Storage and Use By-Law 9872017 was passed and GCR landowners were informed that they can only store one RV on their acreage for a maximum of 30 days per year until they build their home and could have one RV on-site for the duration of the home construction, etc. On July 4, 2018 all the GCR owners received a letter regarding the first reading of By-law 1011 removing the above allowances that were just enacted in 2017! Many of these landowners travelled on a work day in the middle of summer holidays from Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, High River, Turner Valley, etc. to attend this public hearing and to voice their
objections. After the meeting some of owners said that they will be selling their acreage if this by-law is approved. Their feedback was that they are paying high taxes for no services to now be told that they can't even have their RV on their own land! Another landowner said they were planning to build their dream home on their acreage, but now think they will consider building a "tiny house" to satisfy the dwelling requirement. They love their property and have become close friends with neighbors so do not want to sell but are not financially able to build their dream home yet. (As buyers cannot get a mortgage on bare land, getting financing to buy the acreage has stretched finances for a lot of the buyers.) This landowner said there are no restrictive covenants regarding the building size on their acreage and he will make sure that the "tiny house" will meet the house requirements (2 x 6 construction, plumbing, etc.) for the municipality. Unless, he said, that is the next amendment! There were several good comments at the public hearing, for example one landowner's comment concerning the point prohibiting camping or temporary living in RVs on any Grouped Country Residen-
tial parcel. As per his comment, everyone has visitors who come with their RVs (even in town, this happens) and this bylaw would prohibit anyone from sleeping in their RV, regardless if you have a principle dwelling or not? It appears that the proposed by-law amendment is not supported by the majority of current GCR landowners as was evidenced at the packed Public Hearing on August 14, at which a large number of landowners who are against the bylaw came out to voice their objections versus only one letter signed by five landowners who are in support of the bylaw. Is the Development Officer getting complaints regarding RVs for this bylaw amendment to get drafted? I do not know what the underlying problems are but believe that they should be dealt with instead of approving such a drastic bylaw! I cannot see current landowners selling their acreages or building/moving in lowend homes/cabins as a positive result of this proposed bylaw. Hopefully the councillors will not give third reading to this proposed bylaw as I believe approving it will cause even more problems. A concerned acreage owner
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MP Barlow adds to portfolio Heald Contributor
OTTAWA, ON – On Friday September 7th, 2018, Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition, appointed John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills as Shadow Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour. John Barlow previously held the role as Associate Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food. “I am honoured to have been asked to take on the cabinet role of Shadow Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour. It has been a pleasure to serve as Associate Shadow Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for the past year, and I look forward to the coming year standing up for the rights of hard working Canadians and those striving to enter the workforce. I thank my colleague MP Steven Blaney for his dedication on this file and extend my congratulations on his new role as Shadow Minister of Canadian Heritage, Official Languages, and La Francophonie. Under the strong leadership of Andrew Scheer, Conservatives have an amazing, united, and principled team and we are squarely focused on what we have to accomplish over the next year.”
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The Crowsnest Dental Clinic is inviting you to their Community Appreciation Tailgate Party on Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., held in the dental clinic’s parking lot. “It’s a social thing to say a big thank you,” says office manager Cindy Biswanger. “Come meet our staff, our doctors, and come see what we do. Just come and have fun. The patients here are phenomenal, so we just want to give back.” Tons of activities and treats are planned for the Community Appreciation Party, all free. There will be bison burgers served, live entertainment by local musician Lani Folkard, gift basket prizes, face painting and lots of other fun activities for the kids. “We’ll have tents in case it rains. You can bring lawn chairs to listen to Lani. It’s just a fun, social way to say thank you,” says Biswanger. As part of their initiative to give back to the community, guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Crowsnest Pass Foodbank Society. Crowsnest Dental will also be hosting a 50/50 draw from which half the proceeds will go to the winner and the other half will be donated to Crowsnest Consolidated High School’s breakfast program. This will also be an opportunity meet the staff and “tooth fairies” at Crowsnest Dental, who will attend dressed in white lab coats. "I think a lot of people don’t realize who we are. For example, I know a lot of people didn’t know that I was the manager,” says Biswanger, who has been office manager for approximately eight months now. “I want everyone to know that we’re here for them.” Crowsnest Dental is located at 2132 129 Street in Blairmore. Tickets for the 50/50 draw are being sold as of Monday, September 10 and can be purchased at the dental clinic office.
CROWSNEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING September 18th, 2018 • 5:00 pm 8102-19th Ave, Coleman EvERYONE IS WELCOME The Society is currently looking for new dedicated Board members to volunteer on our Board of Directors. If interested please come to the AGM and/or contact James Woodall at 403-563-3585 - ext 22 for more information.
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Great weekender or revenue property. This permitted non-conforming duplex and double garage is close to shopping, walking and biking trails and the golf course. Walking distance to medical services. A great revenue stream or keep half for your needs and rent the remainder. $165,000 CALL JOHN MLS
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Sweet Riding This past September long weekend, Sweet Riders and WOW (Women on Wheels, from Edmonton) teamed up to put on the First Sweet WOW Women's Only Beginner/Intermediate Mountain Bike Camp here in Crowsnest Pass. Sweet Riders founder Karey Watanabe and WOW founder Natalie Rix met online via the common interest of running women's only mountain bike clinics in Alberta. This was how a great friendship and mountain bike camp were born. Seventeen women, including several locals, came from places across Alberta, such as Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Fort Macleod, and Pincher Creek. It was hosted at The Crowsnest Mountain Resort where the women shared the cosy five cabins for three days. The weekend included a welcome dinner and breakfasts that were catered by Country Encounters, lunches by The Stone's Throw Cafe, a bike maintenance session put on by Brian MacFarlane of CogNation Cyclery, a yoga session with yoga mats provided by Spry, a liquor donation from Greg's Liquor and Cold Beer Store, prizes from Ascent Cycle in Lethbridge, handmade custom Sweet Riders fenders from Bart Denie and coffee for all participants from Crowsnest Coffee. Our local Pass Powderkeg skill hill mountain bike trails were used, including the United Riders of Crowsnest’s newly designed trail to meet Buck 50 halfway down the hill. Certified head coaches included Karey Watanabe from Sweet Riders, Natalie Rix from WOW Edmonton, and coaching assistants/sweeps included Bryan Castellarin, Brian MacFarlane from CogNation Cyclery and Leona Pharis. Sweet WOW will happen annually the September long weekend and another camp is planned for spring 2019. Stay tuned for more information on these events at www.sweetriders.com or www.womenonwheelsyeg.com. Herald Contributor photo
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Ascent Dental’s partnership and new building Two long-standing dental offices merge to offer consolidated services in a new office AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter
Ascent Dental and Creekside Dental, two clinics in Pincher Creek, have merged together this summer and are operating out of a brand-new building. The dentists decided
to retain Ascent Dental as the clinic name. The locally-owned and operated dental clinic now has four dentists on staff, Dr. David Baker, Dr. Mark Leishman, Dr. Fraser Peterson and Dr. Greg Steed. Among them, they have almost 60 years
of experience. “The nice thing about combining practices is that patients have access to more specialized services now," says office administrator Rashelle Leishman. “We can pool resources between the different dentists so that pa-
tients can get the best treatment in one office.” Dr. Steed is the most long-standing dentist, with over 35 years of experience. Each dentist has a specialization to offer patients, meaning that multiple services and treatments can be performed under one roof.
“It provides a greater convenience for patients so that they can get the best care without having to travel back and forth between different offices,” Leishman says. “It provides so much more in that one space. We brought what you could expect from a larger centre to a small
town with the technology that we have and the services that we are providing.” The new building is almost double the size of Ascent Dental’s prior office. A large 12-chair reception area greets patients and a kid’s play area is available to keep the tots occupied. A big change is that the new location has private rooms, eliminating distractions and increasing privacy for patients. “It’s a nice, new, modern office. We wanted to accommodate all of our patients better and along with that, we have all the new modern technology,” says Leishman. “It made sense to join together in the new building because now we can share a lot of the expenses for the office, which also keeps costs down for the patients. We can buy supplies in bulk and share staff.” The new location is at 1342 Veterans Street, Pincher Creek. Visit www.ascentdental.ca for more information.
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~ Council Briefs ~ AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter
The USW9346 Women of Steel would like to thank the following contributors and supporters of our Annual Back to School Backpacks Campaign Sparwood Golf Club and Barrie McWha Elisa Gaudet - President of Women's Golf Day Elk Valley Thrift Shop USW Local 7884 USW Local 480 PPWC Local 15 USW Local 1-405 USW Local 9346 Elkview A Crew Golf Tournament (Kevin Poch) Adanac Adventures/Steiger Flooring - Blairmore Southgate Station Aesthetics - Lethbridge Tervita Environmental Services - Calgary Limber & Pine Smokehouse - Coleman Buds & Blooms - Sparwood Fernie Physiotherapy Jade River Healing Centre - Fernie Fernie Chiropractic Health Hub - Coleman Interior Envy - Fernie High Maintenance Spa - Blairmore Napa - Sparwood
Starbucks - Fernie Rocky Mountain Optometry Barkside Pets - Fernie Giv'er Shirt Works - Fernie Fernie Mountain Spirits Teck - Elkview Komatsu - Sparwood Pass Herald Lions Mane - Sparwood RBC Royal Bank - Sparwood Ben Wongs Restaurant - Blairmore Cummins - Sparwood Backpacks Campaign. Canadian Tire - Fernie Healing Hollow - Fernie Scotia Bank - Fernie Theresa Henschell Tammy Griffiths Tyler Charbonneau Ron Ivanco Horst Gandner
and all of our members and the staff at Elkview who supported our Bus Stop BBQ's and generously gave donations of cash and school supplies. THANK YOU!!
Electrical Utility Reserve Two years following the sale of the communityowned electrical distribution system to FortisAlberta, the municipality has received a payment of approximately $4 million. Council passed a motion to proceed with the sale of the community-owned electrical distribution system in April 2016, but was waiting for the Alberta Utilities Commission to approve the sale prior to being able to receive payment. At Tuesday’s meeting, council passed a motion to transfer the funds to a Restricted Investment Reserve and to invest for a period of 12 months. At the end of the year, council will discuss what to do with the money. Sawback Ridge gets 18month extension In June 2018, the developers of the Sawback Ridge development project asked council to consider three options: an extension on the subdivision, a joint venture with the municipality or waiving the minimum tax if construction proceeds immediately. The developers said that while they are still willing and financially able to proceed with the development project, now is not an opportune time to go ahead. They pointed to the importance of having a green light on the Grassy Mountain
Coal Project, anticipating a huge demand in housing once the mine is approved and moves forward. At Tuesdays’ meeting, council passed a motion to extend the subdivision application by an additional 18 months, enough time that a decision to approve or deny the mine would be made. Cannabis Council passed third reading of an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw that defines cannabis-related uses, creates a new C-4 district where retail cannabis facilities would be permitted and designates the Sentinel Industrial Park as a district for permitted cannabis production facilities. Rezoning to a C-4 district would always need to be approved by Council. During second reading of the bylaw in May 2018, Councillor Gord Lundy moved to include the definition of “public parks”, separating passive and active parks. Passive parks are green spaces with no children's equipment, such as the Gazebo Park in Blairmore, while active parks include playground equipment. However, Administration advised that since the public hearing for this bylaw has been closed, Council is unable to make significant changes in accordance with the Municipal Government Act. They would need to rescind sec-
ond reading and reopen the public hearing if they insisted on having this change made at this stage of the process. Council decided to proceed with the bylaw without the “public parks” definition considering that interested operators would be required to apply for a C4 rezoning bylaw to open a cannabis facility and Council would still have the authority to implement specific restrictions at that stage of the bylaw. Recognizing that the entire province is struggling with bringing forth the proper regulations for an entirely new industry in the country, Council conceded that this initial bylaw would be in a test phase and requested that the bylaw come back in 12 months. Coleman revitalization suspended In a statement released on September 10, the municipality announced that the downtown Coleman revitalization project would not be completed this year as originally planned. “We are unable to award the Coleman Downtown Upgrade project due to quotations received from contractors exceeding the available project budget,” indicated the statement. The municipality will be revising the project scope and releasing a new Request for Quotation at a later date.
Should I require my tenant to have renter’s insurance?
An invitation to all:
Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Crowsnest Consolidated Athletic and Academic Society. The Crowsnest Consolidated Athletic and Academic Society would like to welcome the new and returning students and families to the 2018/19 school year. For those of you not familiar with CCAAS, it is a non-profit organization made up of volunteer parents. Our mission is to support and enrich our children’s athletic and academic endeavors at Crowsnest Pass Consolidated High School. We would like to invite you to get involved: we need your participation in the form of volunteerism and ideas. Please attend our Annual General Meeting to learn more about our society and how you can help the students at CCHS maximize their high school experiences.
The meeting will be held on: Monday, September 25th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the CCHS Library. It takes a village… We hope to see you on Monday, September 25th 17th. ~ Kind Regards, The Crownest Consolidated Athletic and Academic Society.
Many landlords do not require their tenants to have their own renter’s or tenant’s insurance. Renter’s insurance benefits both the landlord and tenant and we would highly recommend all tenants to have it as a term in the lease agreement. Why? Many tenants assume that their landlord’s policy will cover their personal property if it is damaged, destroyed or stolen. This is not the case, however. The only items that are covered under the landlord’s policy are items that the landlord personally owns like appliances or furniture (in a furnished apartment). The best way for tenants to protect their own possessions is to have renter’s insurance. It is inexpensive (usually under $20 a month) and can often be paired with an existing car insurance policy for a further discounted rate. What are some of the benefits of renter’s insurance? For the landlord, there is an additional layer of liability protection. If someone is hurt on the rental property, the tenant’s policy would respond first. It also helps reduce the possibility of a lawsuit and helps screen potential tenants (it’s a pretty big red flag if they won’t insure themselves).
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Renter’s insurance offers liability coverage. Liability coverage protects both the tenants and the landlord in the event they are found at-fault for damage to another person, the apartment or the building. For instance, if the tenant is found to be at fault for a fire that damages the building or the next-door neighbour’s property, the tenant would be covered by their renter’s insurance. Similarly, if someone slips and falls in the apartment, the tenant could be held financially responsible for the cost of the injured person’s pain, suffering and medical bills. With renter’s insurance, the tenant and landlord could rely on the insurer to carry the cost in such a situation. Renter’s insurance reduces the possibility of a lawsuit against the landlord. The most beneficial reason to require tenants to have renter’s insurance is because it helps the landlord in case of injuries. Quite often, when an uninsured tenant suffers damage to their belongings, they try to make a claim against the landlord - just or not. With their own policy, the renters will have their belongings covered (as long as it’s covered by their policy). Renter’s insurance helps screen potential tenants. While that may not be its main purpose, requiring rental insurance can also be a useful screening tool. If a landlord requires a potential tenant to have it and they complain about not being able to afford it, that could be an indication that the potential tenant can’t afford the rent in the first place. Renter’s insurance is so affordable that this should not be a difficult requirement to meet. Make sure you request proof of insurance (at least annually) as some people will purchase a policy and cancel it - or not get one at all. Renter’s insurance helps the tenants. Having rental insurance also protects the tenant in the event of damage to the tenant’s own personal possessions. And lastly, if the renter can’t live in their home due to repairs after a claim and have to get temporary accommodation, renters’ insurance would help with these additional costs. Some closing thoughts… Rental insurance is beneficial from both the landlord and tenant’s perspectives. It reduces stress for both parties and gives both the renter and the landlord peace of mind. This results in a better landlord/tenant relationship, even in the event something bad happens. Your local A-WIN Insurance broker, Megan Cartwright is happy to discuss the importance of renter’s insurance both as a property owner and a tenant. Please stop by the office at 12931 20th Ave. in Blairmore, call us at 403-526-2191 or email email@example.com.
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Looking Back By John Kinnear
Daniel Revie Walker, Operation Manna and a Wall In my last article I promoted, with great enthusiasm, the Nanton Bomber Command museum’s 75th anniversary commemoration of the Dam Busters raid. It was held on August 24 and 25 at their expansive hangar and was an absolutely marvelous event from beginning to end. From the special displays to the talented Cold Lake Band to the commemorative talks, it left me somewhat overwhelmed. The fact that 41 Canadian family members of the former Dam Buster 617 squadron came from all across North America to be there was profoundly moving. Ted Barris, author of “The Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany”, transfixed a crowd of several hundred for over an hour as he walked us through the stories of the Canadian participants. The Saturday afternoon events were capped off by the running up of the four Rolls Royce Merlin V-12 engines of the Lancaster AJ-M bomber. It was a moving moment as those four powerful engines that carried Lancasters on thousands of deadly missions systematically roared to life. The crowd was in awe of AJ-M’s power and beauty. As I stood there with that massive crowd, listening to the Merlins settle into a steady drone, I tried to imagine what it was like for those crews to fly into a place as deadly as the heavily guarded Ruhr Valley at night. The almost overpowering noise, the constant vibration, the numbing high altitude cold, the continual flack bursts and the constant weaving the pilots did to try and avoid being “coned” by huge spotlights. That coning allowed the ground anti-aircraft gunners to hone in on their location. It could be deadly and was. It filled me with pride to know that 30 Canadian airmen were hand-picked because of their training and abilities to be among the 113 who flew into that night of hell. And it saddened me to know that 14 did not come back. Earlier in the day, as the 41 special guests took their reserved seating for the speeches, I spotted the name John Walker on a family member’s name tag. John is one of five children of Daniel Revie Walker who was the navigator on AJ-L Dam Buster Lancaster and eventually guided that Lanc to a successful drop at the Eder Dam. John sat proudly in the front row with his wife Amy and daughter Kenzie. Daniel Revie Walker was born in Blairmore in 1917 and eventually went to work for the Alberta Forestry Service before enlisting in the RCAF in 1940. Revie completed three operational tours and was the very first Canadian of the Second World War to be decorated by the Queen with the bar to the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) and the DFC itself was presented to him by King George VI. Walker did the navigational planning for 617 Squadron when it attacked and sank the monster battleship Tirpitz on November 12, 1944 in Norwegian waters. That attack used 12,000 pound “Tallboy” bombs. Tirpitz was the sister ship to the Bismarck, had 15-inch guns and was a formidable threat that the Allies spent over a year mounting large scale air raid attacks on until she was finally sunk. Revie Walker was repatriated to Canada in 1945 and held assignments in Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Alaska, Alabama, Ottawa, Washington State and Prince Edward Island. He retired from the forces in 1967 and made his last trip to England in 1977 to honour a then-90-year-old Sir Barnes Wallis, the designer of the bouncing bomb. When he looked back on his wartime career, he believed he should have been killed and counted every day afterwards as a gift. Revie’s uniform is on display at Bomber Command Nanton. The dedicated museum areas at Bomber Command are full of amazing interpretive panels and displays of artifacts, uniforms and of course those 19 very moving pieces of artwork of Lancasters in action. I was pleased to come across a painting depicting the loading up of a 12,000-pound Tall Boy bomb in preparation for an attack on the Tirpitz at Tromso, Norway. Wallis designed it and Walker helped deliver them. As I worked my way through the displays, I came across a remarkable painting entitled Operation Manna. It was of a Lancaster flying very low over a windmill in Holland. As I read the interpretive panel on this painting, I knew I had to find out more. It depicts a very special operation of Lancasters and other bombers that occurred in late April and early May of 1945 over Holland. Their delivery was life giving not life taking. The scenario that resulted in the need for this mission goes as follows. The winter of 1944-45 is referred to by the Dutch as Hongerwinter (hunger winter). That is because the occupying Germans had blockaded all shipments of food and fuel from the farm towns. About 4.5 million people were affected and only survived because of soup kitchens. People were starving and dying. Prince Bernhard, then-Commander of the Dutch Armed Forces, appealed directly to Churchill and Roosevelt to intervene in this looming tragedy and in short order Eisenhower authorized the mission. On April 23rd negotiations between the Allies and German officers determined that participating aircraft would not be fired on. Our very own Farley Mowat was part of that negotiation. There was a test flight of two Lancasters on the 29th, one of which was nicknamed “Bad Penny”. (a bad penny always turns up!). They flew in as low as fifty feet and made their drop and so began the life saving Manna rescue. In all RAF Lanc’s flew 3,146 sorties dropping gunny sacks of food in strategic spots. It was somewhat nerve wracking as a ceasefire had not been signed. Although over 11,000 tons of food were dropped in the 10 days of the operation, some 20,000 people died of starvation. The testimonies of those on the ground are extremely moving to read and it was noteworthy to learn that five of Bad Penny’s crew of seven were Canadians from Ontario. The interpretive panel next to that painting contains this moving recollection by 17-year-old Arie de Jong. It reads: "There are no words to describe the emotions experienced on that Sunday afternoon. More than 300 four-engined Lancasters, flying exceptionally low, suddenly filled the western horizon." Arie's diary recorded, "One could see the gunners waving in their turrets. A marvelous sight. One Lancaster roared over the town at 70 feet. I saw the aircraft tacking between church steeples and drop its bags in the South. Everywhere we looked, bombers could be seen. No one remained inside and everybody dared to wave cloths and flags. What a feast! Everyone is excited.” It was no small irony that standing with me if front of this dramatic artwork that day were three brothers of the Vander Linden family, Casey, Art and Peter. All 11 children of the Vander Linden family emigrated from Holland with their parents to Canada in 1950, travelling by boat. And is that ever a story unto itself. Art, who lives in Coaldale, recalled to us that day having talked to a founding member of Bomber Command many years ago. His name was Joe English, an exceptional man who flew 30 missions with Lancaster 625 Squadron. Joe told Art a mind-blowing story of talking to a man who was cutting his grass for him some years later. As Joe told the man about his first flight over Holland the man, Ron Groeneveld from High River, told him he was one of the recipients of the food drop and was standing on the windmill when he flew over. Go figure! The Bomber Command Museum of Canada does an important job of presenting the story of Canadian airmen Top to bottom: and their contributions to the war effort. If you haven’t stopped there, do it! You won’t regret it. - Revie Walker's son John, wife Amy and daughter Author’s Note: There was one more defining moment for me at Nanton. It came when I beheld their beautiful polished black Kenzie (photo by John Kinnear) granite memorial wall on the south side of the hangar. It has a heartbreaking 10,673 names engraved on it. Names of Canadian - Loading a Tall Boy bomb into a Lancaster (courtesy airmen lost in that war. Think about that number for a minute! There is a George Publow Kinnear on that wall. He was 23. Bomber Command Museum) The Memorial is 41 feet long and made of five panels (eight feet wide and four feet high) which are three inches thick. It - John Rutherford's Operation Manna painting (courcame to me right there and then that Fred Bradley’s recent suggestion that we consider commemorating every single coal miner tesy Bomber Command Museum) lost in Canada at Hillcrest is doable. It would, like Nanton, make Hillcrest a national commemorative site that acknowledges the - Joe English and Ron Groeneveld - Manna deliverer and recipient (courtesy Bomber Command Museum) thousands of coal miners lost across Canada. I can see it clearly now. - Bomber Command Memorial Wall dedicated in 2005 Be sure to check out the online post for dozens of additional pictures! (courtesy Bomber Command Museum)
September 12, 2018