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October 28, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 43 $1.00

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The Municipal By-Election was held on Monday October 26th. Oliver Strickland and Glen Girhiny were candidates for the final Municipal Council position. The unofficial results of the election were Glen Girhiny - 298 Oliver Strickland - 256. Official results will be announced on Friday, October 30th.

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Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council briefs and update Municipal Health and Safety - Development Permits - Road Closure - Structural Protection DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

Policy 1805-05 - Municipal Health and Safety Policy Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMSHA) auditing standards are now requiring our Municipal Health and Safety Policy to indicate the scope to cover psychological and social well-being of Employees. These changes have been made to fulfill this requirement. This requirement is part of increased focus on mental health and well-being in health and safety programs based on the understanding that health extends beyond just physical. Other initiatives we have completed include creating the harassment and violence prevention plans in 2019 and providing training in psychological health and safety.

Bylaw 1057, 2020 LUB Re-designation Redesignating Lot 18, Block 2, Plan 3387AE (1326 - 82 Street, Coleman) from Recreation & Open Space - RO-1 - to Residential - R-1. Administration received a development permit application for a residential addition at 1326 - 82 Street, Coleman (Lots: 16, 17, & 18; Block: 2; Plan: 3387AE). In reviewing the application, Administration found that a portion of the subject parcel is designated within the Residential (R1) Land Use District, that portion being Lots 16 & 17, and the other portion of the parcel is designated within the Recreation & Open Space (RO-1) Land Use District, that being Lot 18 (see Attachment 1). When a parcel is designated within two (2) dif-

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ferent land use districts it is colloquially known as split zoning. Schedule 4(24) of the Land Use Bylaw #868, 2013 (LUB), prohibits the issuance of a development permit on parcels with multiple land use designations. By re-districting Lot 18 from RO-1 to R-1 all of the lots that form the subject parcel will be designated within the R-1 District and the applicant can proceed with submitting a development permit application to the Development Authority for a residential addition. After a short discussion, Councillor Anctil moved that council pass first reading of the bylaw and the motion was carried. Bylaw 1060, 2020 - Golf Course Road Closure Amending Bylaw At the September 15th, 2020, meeting of Council, Council gave Third and Final Reading of Bylaw 1025, 2019, that being a bylaw to close to public travel, creating title, and disposing of 0.872 Hectares (2.15 Acres) more or less of a

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lor Ward then moved for second reading of the bylaw and that was also carried. Councillor Glavin followed by moving for consideration of third and final reading, which was carried. Councillor Filipuzzi then made a motion for third and final reading and that motion was carried. FRIAA Structural Protection Exercise-2021 The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass recently had a Structural Protection Plan and guidelines prepared through a FRIAA grant funding opportunity (valued at $30,000). This preplan has not been physically exercised and it is the intent of this project, that it is operationally understood and effective with both the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass emergency personnel and our mutual aid partners. The mutual aid partners would be representatives from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, RCMP, Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission, Willow Creek, Sparwood, and Elkford. It is addi-

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public roadway all within SW1/4 11-9-4-W5M. Following Third and Final Reading of Bylaw 1025, 2019, Administration provided a certified true copy of the Bylaw to the surveyor for registering the road closure with Alberta Land Titles. Alberta Land Titles informed the surveyor that Bylaw 1025, 2019, cannot be registered until the Bylaw is amended. The required amendments are considered a technical error and have been detailed in Bylaw 1060, 2020 - Golf Course Road Closure Amending Bylaw. In accordance with Sections 63 and 191 of the MGA (see above), Council may pass First, Second, and Third Reading, of Bylaw 1060, 20210 - Golf Course Road Closure - Amending Bylaw, to correct the technical error of Bylaw 1025, 2019, without holding a Public Hearing. The original and revised Bylaw can then be registered with Alberta Land Titles. Following a short discussion, Councillor Filipuzzi moved for first reading of the bylaw and that motion was carried. Council-

ALL NUMBERS ARE UP TO DATE AS OF Monday October 26. Province wide, there have been 25,733 cases to date. Of these cases, 4,477 are active. 307 people have died from the virus. The number of cases in the South Zone by area is as follows: South Zone total: To date, there have been 2,268 total cases in the south zone. 1,986 people have recovered from Covid-19 in the south zone. There are currently 255 active cases in the south zone. There are currently 10 outbreaks in the South Zone. These outbreaks locations include 8 in Lethbridge, 1 in Coalhurst and 1 in Coaldale. Here is the community breakdown of cases in the south zone. Crowsnest Pass: 3 cases reported, 1 case is active, 2 cases recovered. Pincher Creek: 27 cases reported, 0 cases active, 25 cases recovered and 2 deaths. Fort Macleod: 33 cases reported, 0 cases active, 30 cases recovered and 3 deaths Claresholm: 30 cases reported, 11 cases active, 19 cases recovered. C a r d s t o n County/Kainai: 108 cases

reported, 4 cases active, 99 cases recovered and 5 deaths. County of Warner: 71 cases reported, 6 cases active, 64 cases recovered and 1 death. Lethbridge: 452 cases reported, 161 cases are active, 289 cases recovered and 2 deaths. Lethbridge County: 129 cases reported, 23 cases active, 105 cases recovered and 1 death MD of Taber: 50 cases reported, 6 cases active, 44 cases recovered City of Brooks: 1,162 cases reported, 30 cases active, 1,123 recovered and 9 deaths. County of Newell: 42 cases reported, 7 cases active, 33 cases recovered and 2 deaths. County of Forty Mile: 45 cases reported, 3 cases active, 42 cases recovered Cypress County: 38 cases reported, 5 cases active, 33 cases recovered. Medicine Hat: 90 cases reported, 6 cases active, 82 cases recovered and 2 deaths. Oyen: 13 cases reported, 0 cases active and 13 case recovered. Vulcan: 53 cases reported, 3 active, 48 recovered and 2 deaths. Albertans with symptoms • You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if

you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. • The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. Tested positive for COVID-19 • You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have tested positive for COVID-19. • Isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. Have symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19 • If you tested negative and have known exposure to COVID-19, you are legally required to isolate for 14 days. • If you tested negative and have no known exposure to the virus, you are not legally required to isolate. However, it is important to stay home until your symptoms resolve so that you do not infect others. Close contacts of confirmed cases • You are legally required to isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if you are a close contact of a person

tionally proposed that we conduct a tabletop exercise and then a "live" event in 2021 to exercise the plan, gain a better understanding of our capabilities and limitations, and determine areas for improvement. A requirement of the proposal is to provide documentation of Council support. The plan is to organize and execute an exercise for a defined area in our community, which will include the deployment of our sprinkler trailer, wildfire firefighting equipment, command post, and operations therein. This will be an incredible opportunity to gain familiarity with different operating systems and equipment/resources. The intent is to hold the exercise over 2 days, incorporating the Municipal ICP in the early stages. Councillor Filipuzzi put forward a motion that Council endorse the proposal for the Crowsnest Pass Interagency Structure Protection Exercise to be held in 2021 and that motion was carried. who tested positive for COVID-19 (provides care, lives with or has close physical contact without appropriate use of personal protective equipment, or comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids) • If you become sick with cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat during this time, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer. Travellers • You are legally required to isolate for 14 days if you return to or enter Alberta from outside Canada. • If you become sick with cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat during this time, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs. Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.


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In the lIne of fIre Between October 19 and October 26, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 45 calls for service including the following reported incidents. One (1) assaults, one (1) break and enter (other), four (4) threats/harassments, two (2) mischief (vandalism), one (1) theft of motor vehicle, three (3) thefts, one (1) disturbing the peace, three (3) other criminal codes, six (6) other provincial statutes, two (2) driving complaints, five (5) motor vehicle collisions, three (3) assistance to general public, three (3) suspicious occurrences, four (4) assistance to other agencies, one (1) 911 call (invalid), three (3) false alarms, one (1) animal call and one (1) municipal bylaw. Abandoned Vehicle and Trailer On October 19th, 2020, there was a report of an abandoned motorcycle and trailer on highway 22. Police attended and the vehicles were towed as they were identified as being stolen.

Stolen Trailer On October 19th, 2020, there was a report of a stolen 1981 Shasta holiday trailer from Island Lake camping area including various camping items. The theft occurred within the past two weeks. Suspicious Male On October 20th, 2020, RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious male in a recreational trailer on private property area west of Coleman. Police attended but the male was gone. Theft On October 22nd, 2020, there was a complaint of theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked in the Frank Industrial Park. The theft occurred sometime overnight. Vehicle Damage On October 25th 2020, there was a complaint of damage to the ignition of a Dodge Ram truck parked on 21 Avenue in Blairmore. Arrest On

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2020, a 27-year-old male and 27-year-old female from Calgary were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and numerous other charges. The incident stemmed from a break and enter in Cowley earlier that morning. Both subjects held in custody for Justice Hearing. Found Items RCMP have two found bikes, which were found in Blairmore area in the past couple of months. There is also one found ladies gym bag with clothes in it and a laptop that was found on 27 Avenue in Bellevue. Reminder to property owners to lock your doors and vehicles. Also mark your belongings and record serial numbers of tools and other important items. Be aware of a new scam. Victims get phone calls from someone pretending to be from Service Canada or another government agency, saying their social insurance number (SIN) has been blocked, compromised or suspended. The call

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1968 When we are young, we believe in immortality and feel invincible. The future is ours and the world will provide, or God will. That is how I was in 1968, the year that changed the world. It was my first full year in Canada and I paid only a little attention to the news. In 1968 there was no internet and the news came from three TV stations, radio, and newspapers. Most of us were only slightly aware that there was a pandemic which was named The Hong Kong flu. It was brought over by the American conscripted soldiers returning from Viet Nam. It was not over before killing 100,000 Americans and many Canadians who were not involved in that meaningless war that the US lost. I was very busy learning English, finding dirty low-paying jobs available to newcomers, and assimilating into my new environment, so I missed a lot of the news. I didn’t miss the hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating in the US, the country which I left the year before. I saw the young black students being escorted into schools, other students being shot, and so much more. The entire world was watching the American Gandhi, the Noble prize winner Dr. King, and he was shot. I remember Robert Kennedy on the news telling that the great man was killed and a little while later the young Kennedy was assassinated as well. 1968 was the year of change. I was in the US in 67 and it was a great place, the America that people dreamed of. You couldn’t tell that it had all the problems it did until violence and huge demonstrations began, but there was no internet yet. Now we are witnessing a worst situation but many people are covering their eyes and denying what is happening. I remember the book “1984” by Orwell. He wrote it after witnessing the rise and eventual fall of the Nazi Party in Germany, the horrible outcome of the Soviet experiment in totalitarianism under Stalin, the rise of Fascism in Spain, and the rise of Communism in China under Mao. It was a prediction about a world in which governments have full control of the people, and people have no say about their faith. President Kennedy said that people must have a peaceful way to express their concerns. In 1968 we saw what happened when they don’t. Now we

might be one of the latest variations on caller ID in which fraudsters disguises the number seen on the ID display in order to trick victims into answering phone. The person will ask for SIN and other personal info, such as date of birth, address, etc. Victims who provide personal info are at risk of identity fraud. Also, Do not say yes to any questions if you are unsure of who is calling as people can use voice recognition to access other information. 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. 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.

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are seeing it across the world. I have hope. I have been close to death for a long time now, and it doesn’t scare me. Time after time something comes up and I wake up on a sunny morning able to enjoy life. The message I get is that I may be destined to see with my physical earthly eyes an appreciable change. In the summer I watched a caterpillar grow, feed, and thrive. One day the crawly friendly creature was gone and in its place was a cocoon attached to a branch. A little google search thought me that the caterpillar is completely dissolved in the cacoon and that no physical aspect of it remains visible. One nice day the cocoon was opened and empty. There was a beautiful butterfly nearby possibly emerged from the cocoon. It could fly amongst the flowers, tease the cat, and mesmerize my human eyes, creating a story in my brain. The brain never sees the light. It creates a reality based on the messages that the sensory organs send it. What is inside the cocoon never sees light also until it flies as a butterfly. The butterfly will breed or create other caterpillars that will end up being butterflies. That is the physical side of the wonderful creature. What about the life force that animates it, I wonder? I call it the soul and I know that it exists but is not visible to the human eye. Does it also go through a complete transformation? Since it is not visible what could it be doing? The cosmic mind's thoughts are what we perceive as matter. There is a way more to “life” than what the eyes can see or the brain recreates in pictures. I am an old man now, closer to the end than the beginning. I worked hard to set things up so I will enjoy old age and I do. I need the support of the medical profession. That is what I paid for over long, hard years. My ex-roommate is sick. His kids set up a Go Fund Me page to help cover his extra expenses. He is on a waiting list and surgeons will operate on him after they do the private surgeries which offer more profits. The list will be shorter since those with money will go first. When I see some young political opportunist destroying our health care “to save money” which he didn’t earn, (I did) I get upset. He is stealing our savings and openly giving it to those who have more than enough, often not because they worked harder. I and the older generation of Alberta citizens are the real investors who formed Alberta into a great place. We are old-style people who have hope because we truly believe in God’s justice. If it exists or not remains to be seen but I wouldn’t fool around with it. There is a God, and he is watching. Dear leader: Keep our medical professionals and don’t mess around trying to get more profits from the poor essential workers. Help the poor and disadvantaged and follow the old teachings. That is the real meaning of being “pro-life.” Those who do that don’t get kicked out of Jesuit universities. Here is a link to my blog: https://thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca/ Feel free to check other articles and comment.


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Crowsnest Candy Company opens in east Blairmore DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The Crowsnest Candy Company has opened a new store location in Blairmore. Yvonne Gingrich has been running a smaller candy operation for a couple of years out of her other business and recently decided to expand

it into a larger store. “We have Adanac Adventures and we have a little store there that we would stock snacks and some camping gear. The candy seemed to be a really good seller. We started to focus more on the candy. We started a website and then I asked my brother-in-law if I

could have a bookshelf in his store to sell some candy. We talked about it and he mentioned the space we're in now and it blossomed from there.” Crowsnest Candy Company operates out of the Steiger Flooring building on main street in Blairmore. Co-owner of the

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Crownsest Candy Company owners Val and Yvonne Gingrich have opened a new location in the Steiger Flooring building on main street in Blairmore. They offer a large selection of candy and also offer ice cream and fudge as well. They are open daily 11am-7pm.

Crowsnest Candy Company, Val Gingrich, says there were always plans to open a larger candy store. “We've had it going on for a while online. We also went to some of the markets. We always had a plan to do it. We always wanted to do it. When we saw this space we thought it was a good start for a candy store.” Yvonne says that this space was a perfect choice after looking at other options that didn’t suit what

they were looking for. “We did look at space in different places but couldn't find anything good until this space was available.” Both Yvonne and Val say they try to stock their store with unique candies. “We want to try and get in stock that maybe you wouldn't see anywhere else,” said Val. “Some of it is seasonal. We have Halloween products right now. We have some

Christmas stuff coming in a few weeks. Then we have our standard things we try and get all the time. Some of it you can’t find in other stores,” said Yvonne. The Crowsnest Candy Company is open every day from 11am7pm. Gingrich says that they will re-evaluate hours if needed. "We'll see how it goes and if we need to change we'll look at that in the future."


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Editorial I love traditions. I grew up with a mom that made every holiday over the top. I remember each Halloween decorating her house and the night before Halloween making candy apples from scratch. We would skewer the 150 apples and off to the races we would go. When I was little, my job was to wrap the apples and put them outside to cool on the cookie sheet. I was too young to twirl the apples in the candy that we made. As I grew up, we still made those candy apples together. When I started to have kids, I took over the tradition. My mom would come over to the house and as she got older, it was her job to wrap the apples, while I twirled them in the boiling hot candy. We have this amazing recipe that’s been handed down over generations and for the last 18 years, I’ve taken over the art of candy apple making. I only missed one year, the year that my mom died in 2016. She passed away right after Halloween. I remember when she was in long term care, I’d make those apples and bring them over. She wasn’t able to do much those last few years but that smile when I walked into that room filled my heart. Since mom left me, it’s been bittersweet making those apples. It’s a ton of work that usually includes a burned fingertip or two, but every time I pour the food colouring in the melted syrup and it bubbles, I smile and think of my momma. In the last few years, the boys have helped me make the apples. Aiden and Quinn don their aprons and the work (and fun) begins. Quinn takes the apples outside and wraps them and this year, Aiden is going to learn the art of making candy. I know they are boys but my hope is that one of them will remember this tradition and do it for their kids. In this day and age, traditions are so important. We get caught up in our digital lives. We spend more time on our phone texting people then we spend actually talking. You shop online for clothing, you can now order your food from restaurants online, you can do everything on line. Somehow, all it’s really done is disconnect us from human interaction. Making apples is face-to-face time. We talk, we cook and we laugh our faces off stuffing our mouths with leftover candy. One day, when I’m gone, I hope my boys remember these traditions, that when Halloween comes around, they tell their kids about all those apples we made together. So, you see, traditions are really memories, memories that for one moment make you smile and just be happy that you had them. So I will guarantee you when you read this paper today, I will be sitting in my kitchen on Friday making 150 candy apples with my boys, smiling about my mom and thanking her for passing on this tradition. If you get a moment stop by the window in the office and look at some of the best colouring contest submissions I’ve ever seen. I had a smile on my face all day looking at them. I don’t think I can pick just one, so every one that brought one in is going to win a prize because I think I loved them more then anyone. Have a safe and happy Halloween from my family to yours.

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A take on the Grassy Mountain project and the economy Dear Editor; The following is a letter into the Riversdale review process from the Juhlin Family and friends. Statements of Concern (SOC) regarding an AER decision in support of : Application under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012, Alberta Coal Conservation Act and AlbertaEnvironmental Protection & Enhancement Act for the Benga Mining Ltd. – Grassy Mountain Coal Project. We appreciate the opportunity to present the following Statement of Concern (SOC) in favour of the Grassy Mountain Coal Project. I, the writer, am a native son of the Crowsnest Pass and, like many, had to move away for my post secondary education and work but I have been fortunate in that I was able to move back to the Crowsnest Pass in 1997. My father worked hauling coal off of Grassy Mountain many years ago so we are very

aware of the mountain and streams bordering the project. That said I would like to present our perspective based upon the three pillars of sustainable development, social, economic and environmental. Social: My wife and I raised four children and they are working scattered all around Alberta because there is no work in the Crowsnest Pass. This tends to minimize the closeness of family and is unfortunate. The development of the Grassy Mountain mine project would provide opportunity for our children and their families to move to the lovely Crowsnest Pass. I am deeply concerned that our government is making monies available to Non Government Organizations (NGOs) that are diabolically opposed to any development. It is okay for groups to have an opinion against a project, but to

also provide them with the funds to launch negative positions is appalling. Since they are organized, NGOs are able to dominate and play the news media disproportionately above their actual numbers, giving the public a false sense of the issues. I have noted that there are two divisions of people living in the Crowsnest Pass. Those raised here are more prone to want the mine developed than those who have moved to the area. Those moving in are often retired and have made their money, often working in primary industries such as oil and gas development but who now feel a sense of wanting to “give back” to the environment so they strike out at any development. It is a fact that as we get older we fall into the trap of “hardening of the categories” which begins to limit our ability to rationalize and appreciate other points of view. There is no set rule here, but I believe that there is

a value clash associated with whether one grew up here or one has moved to the area. I say, let’s provide opportunities for both groups of people. The Government of Alberta has chosen to dictate that a park is to be in place south of the Crowsnest Pass. It seems reasonable that a limited development north of the Crowsnest Pass such as The Grassy Mountain Project should move ahead so that some of our children can move back to the area they love to work and raise their families. It is very difficult to continue along the social pillar of discussion without entering into the economics of the matter so I will now move my focus to the value of the Grassy Mountain Project to the community. Economic: We are very aware that development just for growth’s sake to increase the Gross Domestic Product (Gross Domestic Cont’d on page 10

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Halloween is just around the corner and this year, it might look a little different for certain families. Due to Covid, some families might not be as keen on heading out with their kids collecting candy. Others will still feel safe doing the usual Halloween festivities they’ve always done and that’s okay too. It will be important to still act safely and take the necessary precautions if families plan on going out. Most kids costumes these days come with built in masks anyway so it shouldn’t be too hard to have kids keep a mask on if needed. I’ve also seen posts of people coming up with safe and unique ways to distribute candy to people passing by. One post I saw had carved pumpkins on the front of a lawn filled with different types of candy for people to take. This is a creative and fun way to ensure that people can still go out and get some candy while making sure physical distancing measures are being taken. It’s easy to relax how seriously we take precautions in a community like ours that hasn’t been hit hard but with one case now confirmed in the community it’s increasingly still important to come up with safe and fun ways to celebrate Halloween. For anyone choosing to stay home and still want to get your kids an assortment of candy, head to Crowsnest Candy Company in the Steiger Flooring building! I’ve been there twice already and they have so much variety I’ll be heading back there many times in the near future. I will be enjoying the Halloween weekend with my Crowsnest Candy Company candy at my parents in Lethbridge. Every Halloween growing up, my parents always bought us an abundance of candy and we would stay in and watch a movie together. That’s the only way I’ve ever known Halloween to be. As I got older I obviously realized many families did Halloween differently but my parents always made sure that I had candy to take with me to school the next day so I wasn’t the only one without any. I never felt the need to get dressed up in costume and go out to get candy. It’s probably a good thing my parents did what they did anyway because I was scared of pretty much everything growing up so I probably wouldn’t have done very well late at night with scary decorations. However you plan to do Halloween this year, I hope you’ll do it safely and that everyone will enjoy a fun and safe weekend. Let’s keep our community happy and healthy!

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PRIme BUIlDInG loTS UnDeRGRoUnD PoWeR SeRVIce anD all oTHeR UTIlITIeS Timberline ridge in Bellevue offers a sunny location, beautiful mountain views and wide paved streets. These prime building lots are available at affordable prices, from $68,000 to $140,000. Large and fully serviced lots have underground power, easy topography, and are ready for the spring building season. Crowsnest Pass offers unparalleled value in the Canadian Rockies. Active, friendly community. CALL JOHN FOR MORE INFORMATION MLS

562-8830 jpundyk@shaw.ca 31 IRonSTone Beautiful bungalow under construction at Ironstone Lookout. Open floor plan with luxurious finishes. Magnificent mountain views. Unobstructed vista to the south. Two bedrooms up and two down. 3 bathrooms. Kitchen with quartz counter-tops. Spacious media room. Large double car garage and driveway. Hardwood and tile flooring. Main floor laundry. Tremendous value for a luxurious home. Choice of finishes if bought early in the process. The purchase price does not include GST. $419,000 + GST CALL JOHN MLS

BlaIRmoRe One of a kind historic brick home located on an extra-large corner lot in Blairmore. This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 1920 with brick.. Self-contained apartment on second level. Amazing decks and backyard. Huge lot. Possibility of building another home without compromising the existing living and outdoor spaces. 24’ x 38’ garage, large garden shed and fenced RV parking. Phenomenal value and potential. $499,000 CALL JOHN MLS

BelleVUe Fantastic opportunity for commercial location along busy Highway 3. East and West bound traffic access. Currently occupied as a successful fly-fishing shop, known to fly fishermen throughout Canada and the U.S. Can be sold as a business to someone wishing for a change of pace or for a property that can be re-purposed. C1 zoning allows for different opportunities. High traffic volume in front of the property. $435,000 CALL JOHN MLS

coleman Solid 2 bedroom home with a newer 16x26 garage. Located on corner lot, very sunny Coleman location. Great mountain views. Fenced yard and RV parking. Affordable mountain get-away or revenue property. Very solid foundation for home in this price range. Crowsnest Pass offers tremendous opportunity for mountain enthusiasts. $135,000 CALL JOHN MLS

BlaIRmoRe commeRcIal Opportunity for first class office space in busy downtown Blairmore location. Currently used as a mine office, but may be re-purposed into any other commercial use. Excellent main street location. Current zoning is commercial. $104,000 CALL JOHN MLS

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Letters to the Editor - A take on Grassy Mountain project cont’d from pg. 6 Product (GDP), is the broadest quantitative measure of a nation's total economic activity) does not guarantee a meaningful life or personal happiness. I would say, though, that an industrial development that provides high paying jobs can contribute to a healthy community. Currently the

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is in dire straits with predicted deficits that will devastate the ability of the community to provide basic services. There are statistics on the amount of revenue a community needs to survive and when the tax base is mostly based on home taxes with little in20105AA4

dustrial revenue generation, the communities cannot survive. The development of the Grassy Mountain mine will provide a positive tax base for the community and higher wages than can ever be attained through service industry jobs that may be associated with the development of a Park. It is amazing to me that people actually believe that our long term outlook would be better if we develop tourism instead of industry. Tourism jobs generally provide low wages and individuals employed are often transient and one tends to never see the development of “stewards of the community” fostered. (Fernie B.C. is plagued with this problem. No one in the CNP wants to see a Banff developed here.) We need to cultivate an attitude that allows for both tourism and industrial jobs for the Crowsnest Pass to survive and that is why our family and many friends support the development of the Grassy Mountain Mine. The mine and associated infrastructure is very limited in area compared to the region so we can envision ongoing tourism opportunities with the mine operating. The development of the Grassy Mountain Mine

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will allow opportunity for improvements to the cultural and recreational facilities in the Crowsnest Pass. Currently the municipality is faced with a variety of old facilities that all drain monies from the public coffers. With improved finances, economies of scale will be achieved so that these concerns can be addressed in a more holistic manner. Housing prices have dipped a little, however should the mine come in, home values will rise. If one is an owner now, this is good so there is a need for the development of affordable housing in the Crowsnest Pass. Should the mine be approved, there would be more impetus to complete new affordable housing projects. Currently businesses are not thriving in the Crowsnest Pass. Any infusion of high paying jobs and benefits will contribute positively to the health and well being of the community. There are many local heavy equipment companies in the area that are sitting idle. Should this development move ahead it would be advisable that local companies be considered first over the importing of equipment from outside the area. The company needs to be proactive in assessing heavy equipment assets in the community and communication to local companies. Environmental: The critical habitat order for Cutthroat is not a show stopper. There are a variety of options available to the company developing the Grassy Mountain Mine project. With the proper implementation of drainage paths and structures, the habitat of the species can be maintained. Additionally, offset options are available. The need for creative thinking is required here. For example, the stream with the most potential for silt movement could have species modifications made. Cutthroat moved to a preferred stream and rainbow from that stream could be placed in the stream closer to the mine. As Alberta Government biologists survey headwaters for pure stream cutthroat, the public is seeing locations of the species expanding. Let’s not forget that whenever you see reference to pure stream cutthroat, there is an inherent implication of government stocking of rainbow. This has been

the real demise of cutthroat. Yes, access and development and the resulting increased recreational activity along access roads can result in reduced populations of all fish species, but pure stream cutthroat challenges are a direct result of rainbow stocking and the biologists responsible for this stocking are now retired and trying to deflect responsibility by blaming forest harvesting and off highway vehicle use for low numbers. In general, the headwaters are in great shape as has been stated by the Oldman Water Council (OWC) in their report on the state of the headwaters. How strange that they have moved their focus from dealing with water degradation due to land use on the prairies (fertilizer and feed lot impact, etc) to the preservation of the headwaters that they have already declared ‘good’. It is a doable thing to monitor the quality of streams and the NGOs could be involved in ongoing monitoring, or better yet, a mix of NGO and interested locals who would help provide a balanced perspective, could take on the monitoring function. Dust is a challenge with any mine operation. We have seen that the company is proposing facilities and processes to address this concern. We believe that the Municipality should be asked to provide representatives along with members of the public to work on a task force to come up with the a combination of best management practices/procedures to deal with the issue. The impact of train access from the main line to the proposed load out location is significant, but manageable. Personally we would have preferred to see the site chosen by the mining company because it would represent the least amount of site disturbance; however we can see the wisdom of placing the load out and more importantly the possible location for stockpiled coal out of site of the main highway. The public was never allowed to get involved in the location of the load out debate which was controlled by the Mayor and council of the municipality of CNP. Regardless of this, the Company has submitted a load out for the golf course. This is a given and it would be advised that the Company also go the extra mile to identify visual quality steps that can

be taken so that line of sight visuals are the most natural that they can be. This will help minimize any negative impacts on the tourism potential for the area. It would be a good decision for the company to develop a tour route and market it as something that visitors can do when in the area. This would provide impetus for the company to demonstrate and show off their procedures, structures and safeguards in place to protect the environment. In a time when the provincial and federal governments are enamored with minimizing our carbon contribution to the world, it would be good to see the development of a research arm to develop clean coal use technology. A clean coal use facility could be tied into a tourism opportunity related to the mine and this would provide additional jobs for the area. The Municipality of CNP is struggling with upgrading the sewage treatment facilities and has some long term debt. An increased tax base will help the Municipality address the concerns, thus helping the environment of the Crowsnest River. Conclusion It is the hope of many in the Municipality that the review process for the Grassy Mountain Coal Project be conducted efficiently and the process not take the maximum amount of time to approve. With the slowing down of energy development projects in Northern Alberta, there must be excess staff capacity to short track the review process while making sure precautions for protection of the environment are put in place. As with all big decisions, tensions exist. Plotting out a course that best meets the social, economic, and environmental needs for development is a challenge but we believe that the right balance can be achieved to meet most objectives. My wife and I, our family and many friends all believe that the Grassy Mountain Coal Project must be approved. The project can be developed with minimal impacts and will lead to a better more prosperous and healthy community for raising children and will yield a sense of ‘community well being’ that is missing at this time. Respectfully Tim & Sheila Juhlin


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PUMPKINS IN THE PARK…ING LOT Sunday, Nov. 1 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm Coleman Sportsplex Parking Lot EVERYONE WELCOME DRIVE BY ONLY Sponsored by Coleman Community Society & Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Drop off at Hillcrest and Bellevue Post Offices, Morency’s Plumbing, Parking Lot at Sportsplex before 3 pm.

Curling club ready to rock DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The Crowsnest Curling Club is kicking off their new season. Club President Gary Sigsworth says this year will look slightly different than previous ones. “We have some pretty serious Covid restrictions in place. When you enter the building, you have to wear a mask and continue to wear one until on the ice. It will then be optional when on the ice. We have a group of three ladies who have done an awesome job with the Covid documentation to allow us to continue curling. We submitted them to the municipality and to Curling Alberta and both were pretty happy with them.” Sigsworth says they are hopeful to have a couple of bonspiels this year and says there is one officially on the docket so far. “We are hoping to have a couple of bonspiels. We're not sure yet if they will go ahead. It's really going to depend on

what the municipality and Curling Alberta have to say about travel. A couple of the bonspiels we have are typically mostly local. We do have one Curling Alberta qualifying bonspiel. It's mixed doubles and will take place in January. They just opened registration for it. Everything this year is going to depend on the government and Curling Alberta. We've been pretty lucky with Curling Alberta. They like us, which is nice.” All regular leagues will also be beginning shortly. We're going ahead with our regular leagues. The seniors will be Monday and Thursday at 1:00pm. We have our open league, which can have four players of men, women or mixed and then we have the mixed league as well. The open league starts on Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:30pm and the mixed league is on Thursday nights at 7:00pm and begins on October 29th.”

Sigsworth says teams can either pre-register or show up to the first night of each league. "We have an online registration app that people can use. They can also drop-in or provide information via email or phone. If people would prefer they can pay by etransfer, cash or cheque. According to Sigsworth, the rate system will be the same as last year. "This is the second year that for our registration fee, you can curl in any league that you want. Seniors fees are $125 plus GST, regular members is $150 plus GST and that's a pretty good bargain for any curling." For more information on the different leagues, visit crowsnestcurlingclub.com and the register for a league visit https://docs.google.com /forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe 8EOnl1DMjXkTw41g9fZf 0 m p r C u m L 9 S y 7 v Ye ZlAlO2h4v-7A/viewform.

Front line workers walk out Submitted

EDMONTON – Front-line hospital workers have walked off the job at locations across Alberta today (Monday, Oct. 26) to defend their jobs and the public healthcare system that keeps Albertans safe and alive. “Anger has been building among members for months,” says Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE). “The recent announcement by Health Minister Tyler Shandro of 11,000 jobs being cut in the middle of a global deadly pandemic was the last straw for them.” He adds: “Nursing-care and support workers decided today that there was no other option but to fight to protect Albertans at risk, especially during the deadliest pandemic in a century. By constantly short-staffing public health care, this government is pushing our members to the breaking point exactly when Albertans need them most.” Smith continues: “Across this province, working people are rising up against Jason Kenney’s job-killing policies and are joining the fight in solidarity. This was a decision taken by the members themselves. AUPE is a democratic union and we respect the wishes of our members.” The AUPE president will be available to speak to media at the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s main entrance on Kingsway Avenue at 8:30 a.m. AUPE vice-presidents are fanning out across the province to support members in this fight. AUPE represents more than 90,000 workers, including about 58,000 in health care. The union represents about 2,800 nursing-care and support workers at the Royal Alexandra. AUPE members are committed to ensuring patients safety during any dispute. “Members will do everything in their power to keep Albertans safe. Public safety is why they are taking this action. They know that slashing thousands of front-line jobs during a pandemic is mad. It will lead to lower levels of care and higher costs. It will lead to tragedies,” says Smith. “Shandro and Kenney have arrogantly dismissed the vital role our members play in front-line health care. After risking their lives to come to work every day for more than seven months - to treat patients, to prevent infections, to keep hospitals running - their reward is to see their jobs axed and handed over to corporations seeking to profit off patient care. That is shameful.” Smith appealed for other Albertans to join the fight. “All Albertans are being targeted by this government. If you are a public or private-sector worker, a parent, a student, a teacher, someone with a handicap or disabilities, you are all under attack. This is your fight, too.”

Ilegal strikes: Statement from Minister Toews “I’ve been aware of a number of illegal strikes taking place in hospitals and health care settings across the province. “Government’s primary concern is ensuring the health and wellbeing of patients, which has been put at risk this morning. “Alberta spends 42% of its budget on health – which has increased 17% since 2015. Health spending is at record highs and is expected to be $20.9 billion this year – this does not include $769 million earmarked specifically for COVID-19. “Alberta Health Services is taking immediate action with the Alberta Labour Relations Board to end this illegal activity. Those involved in this illegal action will be held accountable. “My expectation is that all unions respect the bargaining process, stop putting Albertans’ safety at risk and abide by the law.”


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Should Alberta open the Oldman Watershed to open-pit coal mining? David McIntyre - Op-ed

The Oldman watershed provides essential water to more than 200,000 Albertans. Should this already overcommitted watershed have openpit coal mining added to its litany of woes? I stand in opposition to open-pit coal mines in the headwaters of the Oldman because I’m convinced the proposed projects fail to serve society; pose known and obvious health and welfare threats; needlessly degrade the environment and its lifesustaining gift of clear, clean water; and effectively kill all other economic options within a region—The Crown of the Continent—characterized by world-class beauty and open-vista intrigue. The world is changing. Climate change issues demand that we step past the past. The Elk River’s dead and dying trout are today’s canary in British

Columbia’s dirty coal pits. These trout, in death, speak to us in terms of assessing the worth of openpit coal mining in Alberta. It is perhaps understandable, but frightening, to realize some members of society, within a world threatened by a pandemic and financial upheaval, are quick to rise to the bait cast by wealthy speculators’ assurances of easy coal money. Hidden from this view: a plethora of dark unknowns and the assured loss of stunning vistas and quality-of-life living. What’s most troubling is a get-rich-quick thinker’s tendency to embrace futuristic engineering schemes and untried technology while ignoring the constraints imposed by existing scientific knowledge. This liability leads to speculation that lacks rigor, full-equation data, and full-spectrum research. Some people are already launching dreams

of instant coal mining wealth while blind to the many other economic options available. They stand poised to assault the land that sustains life and its free—but increasingly rare—gift of clear, clean water. Do open-pit proponents see nothing more than foreign speculators’ cash, an outreached hand and, with it, an alluring, passing promise of prosperity? If we reach up to accept this offer, we accept, too, its liabilities and must stand willing to throw away all other forms of economic advantage and long-range virtue. The Oldman watershed, in addition to being the water tower for southern Alberta, is a cathedral, a place of worship, and not just for indigenous people. Its doors are open to everyone. Exposed here is a breathtaking, worldclass mountainous panorama known across

oceans. This headwaters landscape, a priceless possession, belongs, not just to the people of Crowsnest Pass or the people of Alberta, but to all Canadians. It’s a rare and spectacular asset worth billions. It should never be squandered for someone’s short-term gain. Alberta’s long-range wealth, health, and prosperity depend on its ability to keep intact the mountains that feed our souls, provide us with clear, clean water, and offer us a wild landscape in which to grow, a land we can share—intact!— with the world that passes at our doorstep. During graduate studies, I had occasion to visit southern Alberta and travel through Crowsnest Pass. I, instantly, fell in love with the area’s raw beauty, its visible wildlife, its edge-of-world intrigue. I was disturbed, however, by the sight of a coal-

blackened landscape and coal-blackened roadside miners who stood at highway’s edge waiting for the company bus. Shortly afterward, I applied for and was given the job of managing, for Alberta Culture, interpretive programming at the Frank Slide, HeadSmashed-In Buffalo Jump, and the Turner Valley Gas Plant. My new home: Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. And so it came to pass that I, in love with “The Pass”—as it’s called by locals, as if it’s the only mountain pass on Earth— came back to The Pass and its raw surroundings of natural beauty. I came back despite a plethora of lingering scars left by unreclaimed mines. I came back because The Pass’s dirty affair with coal mining was history, a thing of the past. The land was no longer black with coal dust. There was beauty. You could again hang your laundry in the west

wind. And the land, some of it wounded and bleeding, could begin to heal. My wife and I met on this land. Our paths intersected on this arresting thrust-faulted landscape where a wind-shaped pygmy forest characterized by ancient limber pines and whitebark pines reached up to towering cliffs and a spiritual power-peak known as Crowsnest Mountain. We met amid the rubble of the 1903 Frank Slide, North America’s deadliest rock avalanche, and one of Alberta’s worst life-claiming disasters. My employment with the government enabled me to work for more than a decade with geologists, geophysicists, and geotechnical engineers engaged in deformation monitoring of Turtle Mountain, producer of the 1903 Frank Slide.

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Franz Joseph Koci

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1927 ~ 2020

Leaving us with heavy hearts we sadly announce the passing of Franz Joseph Koci of Blairmore, Alberta. He succumbed to illness on October 14, 2020 while receiving care at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre in Blairmore, Alberta. Franz was born in Duisburg, Germany in 1927 and immigrated to Canada in 1951. Shortly after his arrival he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Fujiko Hayashi and married her. Franz Koci was a well-known professional artist within the Canadian Art scene for over 60 years. Although he was known for his symbolic sculptures of the crows located in the Crowsnest Pass; he was also recognized for the creation and construction of a 30 ft. high Canada goose in Wawa, Ontario, a commemorative moment for the opening of the Trans-Canada Highway. His artistic diversity encompassed several styles, techniques and mediums including oil paintings, sculptures, wood and stone carvings, woodcuts, serigraphs and murals. Franz’s work has been recognized by the Alberta Art Foundation and the Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association. He designed logos for the Alberta Summer Games and rendered drawings for the Frank Slide interpretive centre. He received literary distinction, accolades, personal interviews and was featured in numerous Canadian publications including trade and government journals and newspapers. His work had collectors throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. Franz was founder of the Pass Promoter newspaper with circulation throughout the Crowsnest Pass and surrounding areas. He was active for four years with the Promoter gathering sponsors and ads in the Pincher Creek and Crowsnest community. Franz Joseph Koci was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Selma Koci; his wife, Elizabeth Koci; two stepsons and two grandchildren. He is survived by his brother, Gunther Koci; stepdaughters, Ruth Plante ( Walter), Faye Espeseth (Wayne), Carol Hendrickson (Lloyd), Patricia Taylor; stepson, Wayne Hayashi; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. At Franz’s request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted in memory of Franz Joseph Koci by the York Creek Lodge (PO Box 1050, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0), or by the CNP Allied Arts Association (PO Box 1469, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

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16 – CROWSneST PASS HeRALD – Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Crowsnest Cando looking to resurrect the Roxy Theatre DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The Crowsnest Cando Society is looking at ways to resurrect the Roxy Theatre in downtown Coleman. During a presentation to Council on Tuesday, October 20th, Council was provided information on multiple aspects of a potential project to return the Roxy Theatre to its former glory. President of the Crowsnest Heritage Initiative Society and Crowsnest Cando Director, Fred Bradley, highlighted the steps that can be taken to restore the Roxy and also provided background on the building. The Roxy Theatre was originally constructed in 1948 as a theatre after a fire destroyed the original opera house. A new building was constructed in two sections to meet the entertainment and performing arts needs of the community. The front section features an asymmetrical entryway, brick cladding, and a neon marquee sign. The rear of the building is composed of a prefabricated quonset hut with seating for 338, a large movie screen and a stage. The building housed the town’s movie theatre, symphony orchestra and local concerts. The property is on the local heritage inventory

and is currently being reviewed by the government of Alberta for provincial historic resource designation. The Roxy has not been occupied since 2003. Bradley says the project vision is to rehabilitate the historic Roxy theatre as a multi-use community performing arts centre operating as a social enterprise. Bradley says the timing is right for this project. “Embarking on this project is both vital and timely. A refurbished Roxy theatre can facilitate the sustainability of a growing regional arts scene. Within Crowsnest Pass, two new theatrical production companies have formed; three new artist spaces have opened, on top of the already vibrant scene of an orchestra, music festival, film festival and various galleries. The revitalized Roxy can be made to serve our community for years to come not only as a performing arts centre but enhance current programming and embark on new programming to serve all the residents of the community.” Bradley also mentioned that restoring the Roxy could benefit the community with the potential for industry growth in the area. “The potential industry boom happening in our region and the influx of

new residents will make the creation of a performing art centre even timelier as many new residents will want the cultural experiences they were used to in their former locals.” According to Bradley there are also any other benefits for the community if the Roxy is restored, including the fact it would provide the community with a multi use performing arts centre for community groups and travelling artists/performers and serve as a catalyst for art and entertainment district and economic revival of downtown Coleman. Bradley says there would also be economic benefits to community via accommodation, food and beverage and cultural businesses. Other benefits would include opportunities to engage youth in performing arts, for performing arts workshops, study space and cultural programming. To date, Bradley says there have been many steps taken to get this project underway. “A steering committee was formed to assess opportunity in December of 2019 and discussions with the owner about the project concept and right of first refusal also took place in December of 2019.” Bradley also said during the presentation that they received consent of

Crowsnest Historical Society to assess project feasibility in January of 2020 and applied for a feasibility study to “investment readiness program” of community foundations of Canada in February of 2020. The Crowsnest Cando endorsed the project at their July 2020 AGM. Bradley says they have started their fundraising and are hopeful to complete stage one by the end of the year. “Stage one is to raise $50,000 through donations and grants by year end 2020 to assist with purchase of building.” Stage two will be to raise $100,000 through donations and grants to complete all engineering, restoration and design studies needed to proceed with the project. Stage three will then be to raise the necessary funds for the ongoing completion of the project, which Bradley says has a planned completion date of summer of 2023. Currently, Crowsnest Cando is working to inform the community about the project and its benefits and will engage community partners and potential donors over the next weeks. Bradley also says that if Wintervention will go ahead, there are plans to centre parts of the celebration around downtown Coleman and the Roxy

Crowsnest Cando is working to resurrect the Roxy Theatre. Council was shown a presentation providing insight into what resurrecting the Roxy Theatre could provide for the community. Many local groups could benefit from the theatre re-opening and touring artists could also use the venue to play concerts. Crowsnest Cando is currently in a fundraising phase to help aid in purchasing the building. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Theatre. Bradley finished his presentation by providing information on what Council can do to help this project move along. "We'd appreciate if the municipality could endorse our project and provide letters of support for grant applications. We will also be requesting, once we've acquired the building, that the municipality consider waiving the property taxes on the structure to assist us with the ongoing operating expenses. There is a lot behind the post office and by

the theatre that the municipality owns, we'd ask you to consider allowing us to use that as parking." Following the presentation, Council agreed that this project is something they would like to see move forward and be completed stating that this would help draw more people into the community in the future. Crowsnest Cando will now continue to move forward with their fundraising plans to help purchase the building and restore the Roxy Theatre.

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rockslide capable of claiming human life, crossing the Crowsnest River valley, and inundating the Canadian Pacific Railway line and Highway 3. When will this occur? No one knows. Following my government employment, and during the 100th anniversary ceremony of the Frank Slide, then Premier Ralph Klein announced the government’s commitment to renew and upgrade the Turtle Mountain monitoring program. I was asked to join this new deformation monitoring team. It’s my long-range exposure to the ongoing threat imposed by Turtle Mountain that causes me to express concern today for the potential of close-proximity mine blasts to generate seismicity that could trigger and/or otherwise accelerate and exacerbate the potential for Turtle Mountain’s well-known and already unstable structure to fail, and do this in a potentially life-threatening, catastrophic way. I believe it’s inherently dangerous to engage in any “experiment” that adds to the known risk Turtle Mountain poses to the lives

of those who pass beneath it. The mountain’s existing display of its ability to transform the valley and claim human life is, I would think, more than enough to promote profound caution, extreme restraint. There is no need to add the impact of closeproximity mine blasts to an already crumbling equation. The people of The Pass have weathered hardship, tough times, and an unthinkable litany of disasters. Perhaps nothing speaks so succinctly and with such power as the voice of those who have lived through Crowsnest Pass’s black times, people who can look at their roots and see the meager wins and the colossal losses witnessed during their journey through life. These people, and all Canadians, stand at a crossroads today. There are those who look favorably upon the dirty vision of returning to the vagaries of their coalmining past. Others wish to turn their backs on the black vision of living in the back seat of someone else’s money-waving speculative ploy. I suggest that futuris-

tic, long-range thinkers are focused on the clean air and spectacular mountains at their doorstep. They, wishing to write their own future, are inspired, willing and able to step forward into a world forged on the backbone of the Rocky Mountains, a world that embraces and draws its strength and economic viability from its long-range thinking, its world-class surroundings … a world that lies at the hallowed, sacred foot of Crowsnest Mountain. Crowsnest Pass and the work-and-play lives of the people passing through this community embody a paradoxical puzzle, a dichotomy that places those who most love of the land in conflict with those who seek to exploit it and destroy it for perceived shortterm gain. I believe most people who actively choose to live within the Oldman’s headwaters love this mountainous home for its raw, wild beauty. We immerse ourselves so inextricably within this vision we began to feel we own the land, that it’s ours. In truth, however, it’s the mountains that own us. We be-

long to them and look to them for strength and guidance. Our mountains—they’re our hope and salvation—are not seen as sacrificial offerings. Parting questions: Do Albertans wish to destroy their headwaters heritage and cripple their future for someone else’s short-term gain? Do Albertans and Canadians stand in support of leveling mountains and adding to Canada’s needless contribution to global warming? David McIntyre lives on the land he loves in the storied headwaters of southwestern Alberta’s Oldman River. He has passionate interest — and knowledge — in diverse natural history disciplines, and is a strong advocate for the long-range economic and ecological worth of intact landscapes. David holds a MSc from the College Of The Environment, University of Washington, and, for decades, led multi-day study tours for the Smithsonian Institution — via hiking and whitewater rafting trips — throughout the U.S. West and the Canadian Rockies.

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October 28, 2020

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