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February 24, 2021 ~ Vol. 91

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Students and Staff at Horace Allen School celebrated the 100th day of the school year on Monday, February 22nd, by dressing up as 100-year-old seniors. The celebration provides another fun day for staff and students.

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Crowsnest Community Support Society undergoes some changes DAviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The Crowsnest Community Support Society (CCSS) has recently undergone some personnel changes. Dianne Grey has taken the position of Executive Director for CCSS. Grey says she has been around the world and has come to really value small communities.

“I am a global child. I have traveled, lived and worked all over the world. I have come to especially value the spirit that lives in small rural communities. I have found that the people within these communities become like an extended family to me.” Her decision to become the Executive Director for CCSS is based

Notice Crowsnest Pass Memorial Society is looking for new members. If you are interested please call Irene Shafer at 403-562-8331. Please leave a message. Thank you.

around the organization itself. “The spirit of family and the determination of those within the organization really resonated with me. The length of time that both the founders and the staff have remained with CCSS exemplify this. Each one brings with them their own unique abilities, resilience and dedication while working towards enhancing the life experience of all our Individuals.” When it comes to her overall vision for CCSS, Grey says it’s important that CCSS is sustainable and open with the community “I will be working within the strategic plan set out by the Board of Di-

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within all our amazing community organizations and the staff her at CCSS.” Former Executive Director, James Woodall, has changed his role in the society. “I stepped down as Executive Director last year, as I was initially planning to move to Calgary. Due to Covid and some exciting opportunities that arose over the past year, my family and I did not end up leaving Fernie. Therefore, after discussions with Dianne, I decided to stay on in a part-time role as Data and Financial Coordinator with Crowsnest Community Support Society.” Woodall says he is excited about continuing on

with the CCSS. “I am excited about my new role and I am looking forward to continuing my journey with CCSS. Dianne and myself are currently pursuing a number of initiatives and I am looking forward to seeing everyone over the coming months especially as life begins to return to normal following the vaccine.” For Grey, she is excited to be a part of the Crowsnest Pass and is looking forward to working with everyone. “I look forward to meeting everyone in the community. When we all work together, we will prove that pigs really do fly here in 2021.”

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rectors and Founders to help in fulfilling their dreams for the organization. I will work to help create a viable and sustainable organization, which will be an asset to our community. I believe in an open-door policy and welcome any and all comments or suggestions. We will be working to revamp our current website so be sure to stay tuned.” The CCSS has also made changes to their newsletter. Grey says that she decided on the title of the newsletter to help create more conversation. “I have decided to call the first edition of our revised newsletter ‘When Pigs Fly’. I chose this title to create conversation

should be their time to shine. A Made-In-Canada solution has the potential to open businesses, open our borders, our schools, and not only get our economy back on track, but to make it boom. We need to change the narrative and that conversation starts right here, right now. As a member of the Standing Committee on Health, my focus has been to approve, secure and distribute rapid and home-based testing. This technology is being used in jurisdictions around the world and is used to reduce the need for lockdowns and keep long term care and health care facilities safe. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, Health Canada has been slow to approve rapid and home-based tests even those developed by Alberta companies like ClearMe technology. I met with representatives from the Calgary company last summer and their rapid test technology is 98% accurate and approved for use in the United States and United Kingdom, but it is still awaiting approval in Canada. There have been similar delays on Canadian vaccines and antivirals. Although vaccines will not, and should not, be mandatory it is important to have access to vaccines for those who want them. Providence Thera-

peutics, another Calgary company who is developing a vaccine, reached out to the Government on many occasions, but received radio silence. Providence CEO Brad Sorenson, who appeared at committee in the House of Commons said, “We have a Canadian solution, we’ve sourced it… we’ve followed the rules, we’ve done what we’re supposed to do and we’re not getting engagement from the government. “We would welcome the federal support, but … we now have the ability to go to the capital markets and to raise sufficient capital funds to carry forward our plans, regardless of whether or not we have support.” The story is similar with Solstar Pharma, another Canadian company and the developer of an antiviral, which moved its development south and is being funded through the United States government. Whether it is personal protective equipment, rapid tests or vaccines, we have heard too many of these stories from talented Canadian innovators who simply ran into a brick wall when trying to get the attention of the Canadian government. It is unacceptable for the Liberals to partner with the Chinese Communist Party (CanSino) to develop and manufacture vaccines instead of investing in a made in Canada

solution. As a result of the failed CanSino agreement we are relying on an undependable global supply and dipped into a vaccine cache meant for poorer countries, which is an embarrassing stain on our reputation globally. We should be proud of our Canadian companies, our Canadian innovators and strive for Canada to be a trailblazer for global solutions. It is not too late for the Liberal government to act. I raised this issue in the emergency debate on vaccines in the House of Commons and I am continuing to press the Ministers to reach out these groundbreaking Canadian companies and provide them with the resources needed to accelerate the development and manufacturing of these vaccines and antivirals. If we have learned anything during COVID it is Canada cannot rely on the global supply chain. Whether its processing cattle or manufacturing vaccines there must be additional capacity within Canada. The Liberal government must partner with these Canadian companies to secure a Canadian solution because our economic future, and the lives of many Canadians, depends on it. The world is watching, now is the time to be Canada proud.


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In the lIne of fIre Between February 15 and February 22, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 34 calls for service including the following reported incidents. Four (4) assaults, one (1) break and enter, (residential), one (1) break and enter (other), two (2) fraud/forgery, two (2) threat/harassments, one (1) mischief/vandalism, two (2) thefts of motor vehicles, one (1) theft, one (1) disturbing the peace, two (2) other provincial statutes, three (3) driving complaints, three (3) motor vehicle collisions, three (3) assistance to general public, two (2) suspicious occurrences, four (4) assistance to other agencies, one (1) 911 calls (invalid), one (1) false alarm, two (2) animal calls, one (1) municipal bylaw and one (1) Coroners Act. Email Scam On February 15th, 2021, there was a report of a possible email scam resulting in a large amount of money being deposited

into bank account without consent or knowledge. The caller then asked for funds to be transferred to another bank account in foreign country. It is under investigation. Thefts On February 16th, 2021, there was a complaint of theft of unregistered vehicles stolen from a residential property in Coleman. A 1998 Ford Winstar van and a 1997 Buick Regal were stolen within the previous week. On February 16th, 2021, there was a complaint of theft of monies from a hotel room in Coleman. Fraud On February 17th, 2021, there was a complaint of fraudulent use of a debit card within the past month. It is under investigation. Break In On February 20th, 2021, there was a com-

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plaint of holiday trailers broken into and fishing gear and hiking gear were stolen. The trailers were parked at Burmis camping area. Licence Plate On February 21st, 2021, there was a report that during the sale of a vehicle, the buyer drove off without returning the license plate to the owner. 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 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

The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl

Will a bug end human slavery? The Earth which we are made of and live on is truly a great recycling system. Billions of years ago it was a hot soup of melted everything whirling in cold space. According to the laws of physics, it started cooling off, and eventually, some separated into elements. Billions of years later, but no-one was counting, it developed dirt and air. With the water, a habitat for life was created. Some billions of years later there were living, breathing biological creatures, plants, and an eco-system. Humans evolved from primitive animals into thinking conscious creatures aware of themselves. They lived, died, and recycled like the rest, but formed and communicated memories and ideas. Stories were told, making us what we are. As time went by, humans made a choice to live differently than the animals around them. The agricultural revolution made us able to specialize, grow food, have armies, and develop arts and culture. Land became the most coveted commodity, and nature was tamed. Man was making food “by the sweat of his brows.” People enslaved other people, built cities, and some escaped slavery for a duration. Civilizations came and went. Outstanding achievements were made and art became important in shaping humans’ thoughts. Eventually came the industrial revolution, expanding our ability to conquer the natural world that gave us birth. Mankind transitioned from dependence on the natural laws to using and abusing nature. This entire process harnessed most of the humans’ work, often without proper compensation or care for those who made it possible. The next stage in evolution took place, enabling people to use artificial beings (robots) for work threatening the existence of the billions of workers. The individual components took priority from the collective goal. Individuals formed groups to compete with other groups. Nations were created. A new revolution called “digital” gave superiority to some, diminishing most others until it spread amongst all humans to some degree. Artificial Intelligence is now the tool for some humans to dominate others. The advanced apes, as some call us, took control from nature and used new powers to compete against each other. We ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Division barred us against becoming Gods. History repeats itself. Artificial intelligence lately is being developed to have more and more individuality and also to amalgamate with human intelligence. Self-aware weapons are pitted against each other. Recent developments are making the tool “AI”, capable of com-

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. DO NOT OPEN EMAILS if you are suspicious of its origin. Do NOT purchase gift cards for payment to Revenue Canada. Do not send monies to person claiming you have won a prize and need to send money for delivery.

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peting against its makers, even self reproduce. Robots can build robots. There is an enormous gap between God’s intellect and ours. That is why our most critical functions are co-ordinated by the subconscious. There is no doubt that a human mind combined with artificial thinking machines can take us closer to becoming what we call God. We would achieve new heights if and only if we are united instead of fighting each other. Recent events such as the present raging pandemic and Global Warming highlighted the issue for most advanced humans. Unfortunately, they are often blocked by others who are motivated by a quest for power and nothing else. We have been warned about the problem for thousands of years. Artists of all sorts messaged that humans must work together while combating selfish sentiments. One need not go far to see the messages. Tour the great cathedrals, for example, that took the efforts of many human generations to build. Listen to historical classical music written for large orchestras. Read your New Testament. The message is always the same. Work together and care for each other. While our ancient fore-parents had very little access to works of art, now the situation flipped. Our present generation is exposed to limitless information available to all at their fingertips. Now we are dealing with people not being able to decipher all the ideas and latest knowledge. The volume is overwhelming and humans shut their senses off trying to resolve important issues of faith or beliefs. They join camps, often called parties, and let self-proclaimed “leaders” make their decisions. I have become convinced that the catastrophe we are currently dealing with is manufactured to teach us what we must learn (if we are willing). Conflict is built into our world. Male and female, people with various skin pigmentations, even mountains, and prairies which depend on each other’s existence for mutual survival. With an increase in human’s abilities to reshape nature, additional problems surfaced. The test is to discover if humans can care for each other and the world, and failing means extinction. Most people are sheep while a few become shepherds. The order from God to shepherds is “feed my sheep.” We can try, but we will not get away from it. The sooner we understand and act, the better it is for us. Every human can believe what comes from within or not. Do what is natural without convincing yourself to ignore nature’s directives. See that every human being is that, a human like yourself. Our technology is growing exponentially and soon will do what a few years ago would have been called miracles. These developments can make life great and even defeat death. It also will have a dark side. We can destroy human civilization quickly and efficiently. Judgment day is upon us. It is time to act or risk annihilation. The COVID pandemic made many people more generous and helpful towards each other. It also served to expose the mislead individuals who would destroy the rest if able to. We can clearly see who refuses to take measures to save others’ lives, such as not wearing masks, refusing vaccinations, reducing funds for health care, not feeding starving unfortunate people, and so on. We have relatively a short time to convince these people or figure out what to do about them. Now the long-predicted “water wars” began, right in our backyard in Southern Alberta. Here is an opportunity to unite behind solutions that will serve us all. Here is a link to my blog: https://thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca/ Feel free to check other articles and comment.


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Scotiabank Donates

Frozen in Time During the deep freeze that rocked many parts of Alberta over the last couple weeks, a local resident found a way to snap some photos that show just how cold it was. Local photographer, Jennifer Vanderplas, took this photo of boiling water being instantly frozen when exposed to the frigid temperatures. It makes for a great photo every time.

On February 12th Scotiabank did a $1000 donation to the Minor Hockey League in the Crowsnest Pass. This is a yearly donation from Scotiabank Community Hockey Program to minor hockey teams/leagues across Canada. Along with the cash donation Scotiabank provided the league with pucks, touques, and drying cloths for skates.

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Bricks & Bouquets

BOUQUETS - Would like to give shout to the Rose Peddler who delivered free flowers to all acute/long term patients! Amazing BOUQUETS - To Lisa for the awesome editorial on our medical system and how they treat anyone over the age of 70. BOUQUETS - To John Kinnear, the Plonka series was absolutely amazing.

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BOUQUETS - Heartfelt thanks to Chester and Volker Stevin for allowing the York Creek Residents Association to use their shop for our new bus driver training. We were able to stay warm, out of the wind and cold! You are awesome!" BOUQUETS - To the management of Pass Powderkeg ski hill for coming up with the idea of creating a way to skin up the ski hill on All Terrain skis. So much fun!


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Letters to the the Editor

Editorial Communication. I swear half the arguments and issues in this world would be resolved if we had clear concise communication. An example would be our Class 4 vs. Class 2 mining issue taking place here in the Crowsnest Pass. When I wrote my editorial about Mayor Snodgrass in High River, he gave me a call. He was quite upset with my editorial. He said at no point did he or his council have an issue with our Class 4 coal projects, only the repeal of the 1976 Coal Policy and the changes to the Class 2 designation. My response was, “really that’s not the impression that either myself or pretty much any person in Alberta is hearing. Your communication platform sounds as if you’re against coal mining, period”. He assured me on the phone that neither he, or his council, are against the Class 4’s Montem and Riversdale project. Again, with clear communication, this may have mitigated a lot of issues in Alberta. This brings me to the crux of this editorial. We had a train derailment here in the Pass a few weeks ago. This is no small issue. 42 cars came off the track as well as two upright locomotives in the middle of the train. Potash was spread over the ice and one car is actually submerged. Rightly so, the community is quite worried about the water. We have a rail car full of potash sitting in our lake, pristine mountain water full of fish. When we contacted CP Rail for an update David talked to Salem Woodrow, Manager, Media Relations and Community Affairs. David sent her very specific questions that we are getting asked here at the paper. Her response to the four questions was minimal at best with a blanket statement for the four questions. I told David to email her back indicating that she isn’t really answering anything. People in the community are worried about the quality of the water, they want to know what caused the derailment, they want to know if the fish are going to be okay, they want to know how and when CP is going to remove the car from the water, they want to know everything. In fact, in my opinion, they have a right to know everything. We are talking about the aquatic life in the lake and the quality of our drinking water now that an entire car of potash is in it. I told David to tell her that we are going to say that Mrs. Woodrow is not in fact answering anything of value and that in itself says a lot. If this is how a manager responds to the media, I wonder how she responds to public inquiry. I find it ironic that the mention of possible Selenium in a coalmine garners national attention but a car full of Potash, submerged in a lake isn’t even front page anywhere but this newspaper. Mrs. Woodrow called me at the paper and to say she was belligerent is an understatement. I really felt like she was going to put me in my place, you know small town newspaper and some meek publisher. Wrong woman, wrong day. I specifically asked her what CP was hiding because not answering four basic questions in detail, makes me wonder if there is more to the story. She said, fine, I’ll answer your questions if, and I quote, “it makes you happy.” My response is that it’s not about whether I am happy or not but whether the people of the Crowsnest Pass feel safe and secure in her answer, that in fact they are happy with her response. That one stumped her, the phone suddenly went quiet with a final comment, “fine I’ll answer all four”. As you can see in the story on the back page the response to the four questions is minimal at best. See this sums up communication. Why can’t governments, and corporations like CP Rail just be open and detailed in their communication platform? Why is everything general with a spin on just enough information to make you wonder what they are actually not telling you? This is why the general public doesn’t trust government or big business anymore. All I want is a politician or someone from CP to just tell it like it is. Other than John Barlow our MP, I can’t name very many who do. When asked something I try to be concise and truthful and in fact I find it quite freeing. I may upset some people with my opinion, but for God sakes at least I give it with integrity and honestly. This seems to be missing in the world. Why can’t we all just communicate with normalcy, because if we did perhaps the public would actually trust what politicians and big business are actually saying and not worried that half-truth is buried in rhetoric? LS

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Wind power and cold weather Dear Editor; Alberta could generate 16,403 MW of electrical power if all the installed power generating capacity was operating at one hundred percent efficiency. Of this total, wind could generate 1,781 MW or 10.86% of the province’s total installed capacity. NOTE: Coal Fired Plants have a capacity of 5,072MW (30,92% of the province’s total installed capacity), Natural Gas has 7,963 MW (48.55% of the province’s total installed capacity), Hydro has 894MW (5.45% of the province’s total installed capacity), Other includes Biomass and solar energy produces 693MW (4.22% of the province’s total installed capacity). On January 25, 2021 at 10:49am wind turbines were generating 67 MW (3.8% of capacity and 0.65% of the Province’s total), on January 29, 2021 at 6:10am it was 1.0 MW (0.06% of capacity and

0.01% of the Province’s total) and on February 6, 2021 at 08:31am it was 87 MW (4.9% of capacity and 0.88% of the Province’s total.) In all cases, the outside temperature was below zero, which means that the wind turbines not turning are taking electrical power generated by the “dirty fossil fuel plants” to keep themselves warm. Last week, I for one was extremely happy that Alberta has excess power generating capacity installed to pick up the slack when the wind stopped. At minus thirty degrees, I really like my furnace to work. It also struck me as totally unfair that the people who approved the installation of wind turbines and those who demonstrate and sign petitions requesting that Alberta ban coal and gas fired power plants, are more than happy to turn to “dirty power from hydrocarbon generation” to keep their

lights on when the wind stops. As a result, of bending to the demands of these pro-renewable energy groups, we are forced to have “dirty power generation facilities” on standby for when, and not if, the wind stops blowing. We are paying to have standby power generation facilities operating because a vocal minority of people in Alberta think that it is a good idea to install wind turbines. The technology exists to install a device on the homes of those who approve or demonstrate for more wind turbines. This device is a simple on/off switch that can turn the power off and on and is tied into the AESO website. The AESO website, which is available online, is updated every minute and lists the amount of power being generated by each type of generation facility. When the wind stops or slows down, with this

simple device installed, instead of having standby hydrocarbon power generation facilities operating, we can cut the power to the homes of those who think windmills are a good idea. This would be a substantial savings in power costs and make the vocal minorities live with their decisions to ban “dirty power generation facilities”. When the wind returns the homes would have the power restored. As an old retired guy, I know this will never be allowed to happen. Our Federal and Provincial Governments will continue to roll over and listen to the vocal minority and ignore the silent majority. The vocal minority, which is protected by both the media and government, know they are free to make us “Do as they say, not as they do.” To the silent majority I say either “get vocal or enjoy your increased power bills.” Phil Rickard Bellevue, Alberta

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Pool renovation ready to go DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The Crowsnest Community Pool is receiving some upgrades ahead of the 2021 season. According to the original tender on the project the work being done on the pool consists of change room and washroom updates that will improve accessibility to both the Men’s and Women’s Washrooms as well as some other optional improvements. Lesley Margetak, a member of the pool board, says that upgrades are needed to help meet provincial standards. “The upgrades allow the Pass Pool to be barrier free and compliant with all provincial standards.” All work being completed at the pool will begin at the end of the month and will be completed prior to the start of the 2021 pool season. The budget for renovations including design, construction and contingency is $318,615.00. The construction contract is for $283,150.00. The pool should be ready to open, if allowed by provincial restrictions, on the May long weekend.

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coleman acreaGe I promised everyone I’d follow up last week’s column with my report on how my first time snowboarding went. I can gladly say overall, I enjoyed it and was able to return home with nothing broken but my pride. I was glad to see many other first timers out on the hill. It was a little unfortunate most of those first timers were more than half my age. I was able to pick up certain aspects of it fairly quickly. Getting up and riding my toe edge went fairly well for me but anytime I tried to get up on my heel edge, I couldn’t quite do it. After a few times on the smallest run, I managed to make it over halfway down without falling, which felt pretty good until I tried again and couldn’t make it four feet without falling. I’ll need to find some consistency in that regard. Overall the day was really enjoyable, until I got home and my legs felt like they were run over multiple times by a semi. Since I was always stuck on my toe edge, I was using the same parts of my legs all the time so they got really tired really quickly. If I had been able to figure out how to ride my heel edge more, my legs may not have been as sore as they ended up. I’m still mulling over whether or not I will take to the mountain again. Although considering my favourite parts of the day were spend looking at the scenery while riding the chairlift up the mountain, I’m not sure I’ll be back out any time soon.

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4 bedrooms 4 bathrooms. Fantastic mountain view. Deluxe townhome still under construction, purchaser can choose own finishes. Large attached double car garage; double car driveway. Spacious laundry room and storage area. Crowsnest Pass has championship golf course, hospital, 2 medical clinics, dental clinic, and 3 pharmacies. Area famous for blue ribbon mountain fly fishing, x-country skiing, hiking. Close to down-hill ski resorts. $419,500 + GST CALL JOHN MLS

HIllcreST loT Affordable mountain property. Large corner lot on the edge of town. Spectacular open vistas to the south and east. Extra large 66’ x 120’ lot. Good location for an RTM. Access from front or sidestreet allows for large garage. Services in front street. Close to 4 season recreational activities. $75,000 CALL JOHN MLS

belleVue commercIal Commercial land with east and west bound access on busy Hwy 3 corridor. Located at first entrance to Crowsnest Pass with access to municipal water and sewer. Tremendous traffic count in front of the property. Zoned commercial and suitable for many different activities. $190,000 CALL JOHN MLS

lundbreck Beautiful home for active living in the Canadian Rockies. 2 + 1 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in Lundbreck, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Large, level lot with attached 30’ x 40’ heated garage. Meticulous inside and out. Town water and sewer, plus a water well. Fantastic view of the magnificent Livingstone Range. Fly fishing and Castle Mountain rec area nearby. $334,900 CALL JOHN MLS

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 $88,000 to $115,000. 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

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Looking Back

At the 2004 unveiling of the statistical pillows at the Hillcrest Monument an invited guest by the name of Bill (Bronco) Moncrief, the Mayor of Cumberland on Vancouver Island, pointed out a missing statistic to me at the ceremony. It was my worst fear come true; that an important tragic event would get by me somehow and not get onto the master list for the pillows. The master list was a compilation of every coal mine disaster in Canada of three men or more. I eventually went on to revisit those statistics and a total of 19 items were added to three new pillows that were installed in 2014 at the hundredth anniversary commemoration. There are a total of 6 Cumberland/Comox mine disasters that total 77 men on the pillows and I had in fact missed three of them. The missed disaster Montcrief spotted occurred on August 30th, 1922 at the Comox #4 Colliery in Cumberland when a broken electric power cable ignited methane gas. It took the lives of eighteen men. Nine were Chinese, 6 were Japanese and 3 were (as the mine's report terms them) white. While doing the monument research I noticed that the BC Annual Mines’ Reports showed no Chinese were ever reported as working in the mines in BC’s central and southeastern coal mining districts. No doubt this had a lot to do with a deliberate screening process fueled by unsubstantiated stories of them being the cause of some of the awful mine disasters that befell Vancouver Island mines. In all 295 men died in the Cumberland Mines. I wondered then, where and when did all these Chinese men come from that worked at the coastal collieries from 1887 on. At the time of the 1922 accident at Comox #4 there were 369 Chinese and 121 Japanese out of a total force of 836 underground workers at that mine. A little research revealed that the gold rush on the Fraser River in 1858 had a lot to do with their eventual presence there. As soon as word hit San Francisco that year about the Fraser gold strike men like Chang Tsoo and Ah Hong made a beeline for Victoria, the jumping off point for the rush. They were the very first Chinese immigrants to Canada and the first Chinese gold prospectors on the Fraser. By January 1860 some 1,195 Chinese fortune hunters had passed through Victoria on their way to the mainland gold fields. Up to 7,000 Chinese, mainly single men coming via the United States landed in British Columbia in the early 1860's. An interesting side note to the Chang Tsoo and Ah Hong story is that 70 years earlier 50 Chinese artisans and carpenters accompanied British sea captain John Meares to Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island to help build a non-indigenous settlement to develop a year-round fur trade in sea otter pelts between Natives there and Canton, China. Unfortunately the Spanish still ruled the roost in the area at the time and drove the English off. Many of the Chinese decided to settle on the island and sought shelter with the locals. Reports years later by American sailors and Hudson Bay Company traders told that these Chinese had blended into Native society quite well. There were Chinese-Native unions and children but apparently through the years indigenous culture and language prevailed and all trace of these original Chinese gradually disappeared. There is another interesting story from Nootka Sound that I will share soon about a Nootka (Mowachaht) Chief named Maquinna and an 1802 massacre known as the John Hewitt Story. The Mowachaht are Nuuchah-nulth and are part of 15 related tribes of the Nootka Sound/Pacific Northwest Coast area. The gold rushes were not the only reason though that Chinese immigrated to Canada. Events in China prior to the rushes also drew them here. They were firstly the Opium War which began in 1839 and led to the ruin of Cantonese textile firms and tea trade and the Taiping Rebellion of 1851 which resulted in a civil war in which 20 million people died and many were left homeless, jobless and poor. For some of them emigration was the only way out of poverty. If you really want to understand where China is today and what the British did to that country study the opium war history at length. They learned of the gold strikes and of work opportunities in North America. The Canadian and American railways, as we know, used cheap Chinese labour to open up the Western frontiers. They were denied full citizenship rights in B.C. and in the words of the 1884 Canadian Royal Commission on Chinese Immigration they were:"living machines worked for the benefit of progress and free enterprise." The 15,000 Chinese who toiled for Andrew Onderdonk to complete the CPR between 1880 and 1885 saved his company an estimated $3 million to $5 million. They were in his words "industrious and steady" and he said that the "development of the country would be retarded and many industries abandoned" without them. Racial "accidents" gave rise to that terrible saying that "for every foot of railway through the Fraser Canyon, a Chinese worker died." It was not quite that bad but at least 600 Chinese workers perished in helping Sir John A. MacDonald fulfill his dream of uniting Canada coast to coast. At the time the western link of the CPR was completed most of the 2,900 Chinese rail workers had drifted back to the coast mostly to Victoria where an established Chinese community already existed. Not all went west though; many headed east following the railway. By 1911 Calgary's Chinatown was home to 1,700. In all, that year, there were 28,000 Chinese spread across Canada, most of them working as cooks, laundry workers, domestic servants and any other job that didn't pose a threat to white male workers. They may have appeared to be mostly bachelors but most had wives and families back in China. Our bigoted government saw to it that it stayed that way with the introduction of the Dominion Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 which imposed a $50 head tax on immigrants and severely limited their number. Not being needed anymore for the hard labor jobs the feds found it easy to continually raise this head tax till it reached $500 in 1903. No other immigrant group ever had to pay such a patently racist tax to enter Canada. The movement to full rights for the Chinese in Canada was a long time in coming. Saskatchewan gave full voting rights to its Chinese population in 1944 and B.C. opted to only give voting rights to those Chinese who had fought in the two World Wars. My aren't they a benevolent bunch. Thankfully civil libertarians, veterans and church, labour and business groups joined to demand an end to all legal discrimination. The Canadian Citizenship Act of 1947 finally restored their voting rights federally and B.C. followed suit provincially soon after. The story of the Chinese coal miners on Vancouver Island and how Robert Dunsmuir exploited them has been thoroughly documented by Lynn Bowen in her book "Boss Whistle". It is a piece of B.C.'s not so romantic history everyone should know about. Here is a small excerpt from Lynne Bowen’s book Boss Whistle, “The boss whistle was silent when the Big Strike closed the mines, it bided its time and then sounded again defiantly as it called scabs to work in the place of union men. When the coal markets began to die, the boss whistle assumed even greater powers. Families listened each day for its voice, their livelihood depending on its message. One whistle- work tomorrow. Two whistles- another day without work. And when a retired miner stopped on the street to check his watch with the twelve noon whistle from the mine he was acknowledging the lifelong influence of the Boss Whistle.”

By John Kinnear

A Historic Chinese Puzzle

Author’s Note: The 3 men-or-more acknowledgement of coal miners lost in the Crowsnest Pass falls terribly short of the mark of proper recognition of every single miner lost here. With that in mind I have started the research to create databases of those lost at every mine within the Pass. Ultimately I hope to be able to bring them forward to where, like the Bellevue Mine, a commemorative plaque can be placed at an appropriate spot at each former mine site. I have begun my research with McGillivray Mine where 58 men were lost during its operational years. It is the right thing to do.

Photos from top: One of 3 new pillows at Hillcrest with Cumberland disasters on it - John Kinnear photo, Comox #4 Colliery site of the 1922 disaster - Cumberland Museum photo, 1913 Chinese head tax certificate for $500 - Canadian Encyclopedia, Chinese gold miner on the Fraser River, Chinese at work on CPR in mountains - 1884 - Wikipedia


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Livingstone Range investigates changes to school week FRANK MCTIGHE GAZETTE EDITOR Livingstone Range School Board will investigate two options regarding the school week. Trustees voted Feb. 16 to investigate returning to a full day of instruction on Fridays, ending early dismissal. Trustees also voted at the same meeting to investigate a four-day school week that runs from Monday to Thursday. Trustee Brad Toone introduced both motions at the school board’s Feb. 16 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building in Fort Macleod. “Administration can look at the pros and cons and bring it back,” Toone said. Toone said the idea of investigating changes to the school week came out of input into the 2021-’22 and 2022-’23 calendars that were also approved Feb. 16. Trustees first discussed the idea of returning to full instructional days on Friday, rather then ending the day shortly after 1 p.m. Toone proposed asking parents and students for their opinion on returning to full instructional days on Friday. School board chair Lori Hodges said while it is fair to ask the question, students and parents need background in order to make an informed decision. “I think there is a lot of education that has to go along with this survey in order for them to make an educated decision,” Hodges said. Toone explained that common themes developed when parents were asked about the school calendars. Those themes included more opportunities for extended family time during the school year and student mental health. Toone said changing the school week could allow the division to respond to those themes. Trustees saw the value in investigating the options but first wanted to hear from division staff, including administration and principals. “I think we should look at it,” trustee Jim Burdett said, adding trustees should first explore the options before presenting them to parents and students. Trustee Greg Long agreed, adding administration could check with school divisions that already have a four-day week. “I like the idea of exploring this,” Long said. School board vicechair Lacey Poytress said a

four-day week would be useful for creating long weekends, aiding student mental health with a break, and allowing time for professional development for staff. There would also be cost savings if school buses did not run one day a week. “It’s important that we take a look at the whole picture,” Poytress said. Trustee Greg Long was adamant that finances could not drive any decisions on the school week. “I would put education of students and support of parents above finances,” Long said. Trustee John McKee said the board would have to establish a clear majority for support from parents for changes to the school week, such as 75 per cent in favour. Toone said the decision should be made prior to the election in October, rather than leaving it to a new board with less experience. “We have an amazing board with a lot of experience,” Toone said. “We have to leverage that.” Livingstone Range coping with pandemic pressures Livingstone Range School Board received a pandemic update last week. Trustees heard there have been a total of 24 cases of COVID-19 identified in schools. “Overall I would say our students and staff are doing a good job of following the COVID protocols,” superintendent Darryl Seguin said. Seguin provided trustees with an update related to the COVID-19 pandemic during their Feb. 16 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building in Fort Macleod. Seguin reported that from September to December, 13 cases of COVID-19 were identified in eight schools. Eleven cases were identified in January, of which four were active at the end of the month. Sixty-three staff members and 459 students were impacted by the COVID-19 cases. Some were impacted by more than one case. There have been no COVID-19 cases at Granum, West Meadow, Horace Allen and Canyon schools. Livingstone Range has undergone seven Environmental Public Health and three Occupational Health and Safety inspections related to the pandemic. Seguin said Livingstone Range parents have been quick to let schools know when a child tests

positive for COVID-19. “We really appreciate parents letting us know as soon as possible so we can take the appropriate actions,” Seguin said. As the pandemic progresses, schools are making appropriate plans for graduation ceremonies. Seguin said those schools that celebrate graduation early will plan scaled down, personal events that do not bring a large number of people together. “They made these very special last year,” Seguin said. Schools that celebrate closer to the end of the school year in June are still hopeful they can hold a larger event, such as F.P. Walshe school’s outdoor ceremony last year. Seguin said he is impressed with how well people have coped with the pandemic. “Kudos go out to our school administration and our staff and our students,” Seguin said. School division recruits new bus drivers Twenty-eight people have responded to Livingstone Range School Division’s search for new bus drivers. The school board received a report on a recent recruitment campaign during their Feb. 16 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building in Fort Macleod. “We’re super happy with what we got from our recruitment program,” transportation department assistant Kristi Edwards said. The need to recruit new drivers was based on a majority of the present drivers approaching retirement. In-person recruitment presentations were made in Fort Macleod, Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, Nanton and Claresholm. An on-line session was also held. A total of 32 people attended the sessions. Edwards told trustees that 4,595 flyers were sent through direct mail and ads were included in a total of 4,800 copies of local newspapers. Ads were also aired on radio and distributed through social media. The result of the campaign was seven new drivers in Fort Macleod; five in each of Claresholm and Nanton; four in each of Pincher Creek and the Crowsnest Pass; two in Granum; and one in Stavely. The recruitment campaign did not identify any new drivers in Lundbreck, but Edwards said that com-

munity could be covered by drivers from Pincher Creek. Drivers who require it are receiving training specific to school buses. “We’re entirely happy with the way things are going so far,” Edwards said. Trustees were pleased the campaign was successful. “That’s amazingly successful,” trustee Greg Long said. “That’s great.” Trustees approve school calendars Livingstone Range School Division’s calendar is set for the next two years. Trustees approved the 2021-’22 and 2022-’23 calendars presented by associate superintendent Richard Feller. Feller presented the two calendars at the board’s Feb. 16 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building in Fort Macleod. Feller told trustees a software program titled Thoughtexchange was used to gather input into the calendars, with 263 people making comments. In the background of all discussions were the requirements set out by the province for each school year. “We have ensured we have met those requirements,” Feller said. Livingstone Range will have 183 instructional days in 2021-’22, with 198 operational days. The first day of school in 2021-’22 is Tuesday, Aug. 31, with Friday, Dec. 17 the last day prior to the Christmas break. School resumes Monday, Jan. 3 and continues to Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Feller explained schools must remain open until June 28 due to provincial diploma exams. The Easter break is from Tuesday, April 19 until Friday, April 22. Schools are also closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. The 2022-’23 school year also has 183 instructional days, with 199 operational days. The first day of school for 2022-’23 is Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, with Friday, Dec. 23 the last day prior to the Christmas break. School resumes Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, and continue to Tuesday, June 27. The Easter break is Tuesday, April 11 to Friday, April 14. Schools are also closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. Trustee joins Y2Y committee Trustee Greg Long will represent Livingstone Range School Division on a

development advisory group. The school board on Feb. 16 approved Long’s participation on the advisory panel for the Emerging Economies committee of the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Project. Long made the request for approval at the school board’s meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building in Fort Macleod. “It’s a committee that gives advice regarding development — all forms — on the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies,” Long said. The group asked Long to join the committee to provide input from an education point of view. “I thought it was a great opportunity for us,” Long said. Long said being part of the panel allows Livingstone Range to keep up-todate on development, to provide input and to develop partnerships with other organizations. The panel is made up of members of the public, business people, local government officials, provincial representatives and politicians. The panel’s first meeting is March 11. Trustees were supportive of Long joining the panel. “I’m all in favour,” trustee Brad Toone said. “I think this is a huge thing to be involved with.” Long said he will keep the board updated on discussions, and represent the school division’s interests to the panel.

School division innovates with Pursuits program Livingstone Range School Division is working to offer students innovative and flexible learning opportunities. The Pursuits plan would pool the division’s resources to offer programs that might not otherwise be available in small schools. “It boils down to the divisional motto, ‘Every student, every day,’” principal of at-home learning and home education Tara Tanner said. Tanner and associate superintendent of curriculum and innovation Chad Kuzyk made a presentation Feb. 16 to trustees. They outlined the Pursuits program during the school board’s meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building in Fort Macleod. Trustees were told that educational delivery may change following the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuits will provide a framework for innovation though virtual and experiential learning opportuni-

ties. “It’s very exciting,” Kuzyk said. Pursuits is in keeping with the pillars of the provincial redesign of high school curriculum: flexible learning environments, personalization, and rigorous and relevant curriculum. The Pursuits program would be offered to students in Grades 10-12. Teachers will deliver content for a variety of course on-line, including English, Social Studies, CALM, Math, Science, and Phys Ed. Options such as Foods, Media Studies, Rec Leadership, Special Projects and Tourism would also be offered on-line. Pursuits will also offer a hub of qualified, vetted tutors, addressing the challenge of finding tutors in local communities. There would be an opportunity to offer programming in varied areas such as outdoor survival, avalanche training and wilderness first aid. Pursuits will co-ordinate pre-employment certification for students in courses such as first aid, WHMIS, H2S Alive, construction safety, food safety, ski instructor Level 1 and backcountry touring. Pursuits would also allow the school division to expand its international student program with an international language centre. International students could take part in threeweek camps to learn English from certified teachers. They would also take advantage of a range of physical activities, community events and the outdoors in southwestern Alberta. Livingstone Range will offer a virtual school for students in Grades 7-12, with the potential to add Grades 4-6. A Pursuits campus would be set up at the Gateway school, Crossroads campus and Granum school. Teachers would offer virtual programming while supervising in-person support to students. The school division would move to a common time table so courses could be offered at the same time virtually to students across Livingstone Range. As an example, F.P. Walshe school in Fort Macleod could take the lead in a subject such as physics, becoming Livingstone Range’s “physics school” with subject matter experts on staff. “We want to be the school division of choice and to have the most flexible programming that we can offer,” Kuzyk said.


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Work on Wastewater Treatment Plant to begin DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

Technical Workforce Inc. (TWI) acts as a subcontractor, supplying a skilled workforce to the industrial, infrastructure, and civil construction sectors in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. We supply construction craft workers, including apprentices, journeypersons, foremen, and superintendents in all compulsory and non-compulsory trades.

TWI is currently recruiting for construction Workers for the FRANK WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION Length of Project: April 2021 into Spring 2022 WE ARE LOOKING FOR: • JOURNEYMAN AND APPRENTICE CARPENTERS • JOURNEYMAN AND APPRENTICE PIPEFITTERS • GENERAL SKILLED LABOURERS CONCRETE FINISHERS Job Description: • Greenfield/Brownfield work • Construct new clarifier and install all process piping and equipment • Expansion to existing facility with some demo and refit of existing plant Visit our website http://www.technicalworkforce.com/ Please send your resume to michelle.basken@technicalworkforce.com We thank you for your interest in TWI however only those selected for phone screens/Interviews will be contacted.

Work to upgrade the Frank Wastewater Treatment Plant is slated to begin next month. The project will see an expansion done to the existing headwork building and will also see the construction of a large clarifier tank. Lee Hutton, Superintendent for Graham, the head company in charge of the project, says the project will be done in phases. "We'll start with major excavations in April and then move right into the concrete work with our civil team. As the building starts to get constructed our mechanical process team, electrical team and plumbing/Hvac will start to kick off as well." "As the main structure starts to come up out of the ground, we then start to backfill and the installation of all underground piping and utilities needed for the plant

will take place. Most of our major process equipment will be coming to site by end of summer and we hope to be installed out early in 2022 with commissioning starting right after.” Hutton says applications for jobs are still being accepted as well. "Anybody can send across a resume and we'll reach out to them. I interviewed three people from the area recently. One is from Pincher Creek and two are from Coleman. We are moving forward with hiring all three of these workers on and are planning on continuing to hire local." According to Hutton, the other contracts that are awarded scopes of work may also look to hire workers in the near future. "As we look to award these different contracts in the next few weeks, our team will pass on any resumes for workers with experience that aligns with their scope of

work.” Hutton says the amount of workers on site will vary from time to time. "We'll have two superintendents on site full time to oversee the project. We are aiming on starting in April with five workers on site and then in the summer months we'll hope to be peaking at around 30 before tailing off at the end of the year. In the commissioning phase, TWI typically carries a handful of workers." Hutton says the company is excited to work in and support the Crowsnest Pass while the project is being completed. "We've reached out to a bunch of different businesses in the area [like catering companies, motel/hotel and other businesses]. As a company we're excited to work in the region and support the region as well."


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~ OBITUARIES ~ obituary

BRIAN REID WATMOUGH February 23, 1951 ~ February 14, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Brian Watmough of Hillcrest Mines, AB on February 14, 2021. He was 69 years of age. Brian was born on February 23, 1951 in Calgary, AB to parents, Lloyd and Margaret Watmough. He grew up to be a focused and hardworking young man who found a career as a screen printer. When his health made it necessary to retire from the printing industry, he was able to turn his talent and passion for carpentry into his second career. On December 7, 1984, Brian married his soulmate, Roxeena. The happy couple went on to be blessed with thirty-six years of marriage and countless wonderful memories. Brian was an avid fly-fisherman and he also enjoyed camping. He and Roxeena could often be found at the Beauvais Lake Campground even before they moved to the Crowsnest Pass in 2003. Brian’s kind, loving disposition was evident in everything he did, and his strength of character was an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be forever remembered with great love and respect. Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life is his wife, Roxeena Watmough of Hillcrest Mines, AB; his brother, James (Becky) Watmough of High River, AB; his sister, Donna Watmough of Calgary, AB; his nephew, Cameron Watmough; as well as his extended family and many friends, especially Theresa and Les Thomas – there are no words to express how much your friendship and assistance are appreciated. He was predeceased by his father, Lloyd Watmough; his mother, Margaret Watmough (Née: Birse); and his nephew, Ian Watmough. With respect for Brian’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation “Greatest Need” (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0), or by the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

obituary

HELEN GIBOS (Née: Klis) October 22, 1926 ~ February 15, 2021 It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Helen Gibos (Née: Klis) on February 15, 2021 at the Crowsnest Continuing Care Centre, Blairmore, AB. She was 94 years of age. Helen was born in Blairmore, AB on October 22, 1926. At the age of ten, she lost her mother and was left to help raise her two younger brothers Helen was an integral part of our community, volunteering and planning our local library and ordering the books. She was also active in the Royal Purple, Catholic Women’s’ League and the Blairmore sewing group, as well being on the planning committee for our new hospital and serving as town councillor for a number of years. In her free time, Helen enjoyed gardening, reading (we are sure she read every book in the library), baking the best bread and cinnamon buns and the absolute best waffle cookies ever. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her daughters, Christine Lee, Tina Carrigy (Brian), Marion Gibos; her son, Tom Gibos (Laura); eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law, Helen and Irene Gibos; sister-in-law, Shirley Klis of Ontario; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Tom; her brothers, Paul and Stan; numerous members of the Gibos clan; and many friends. Our mom was a kind, gentle soul who was nonjudgmental and accepted everyone as they were. She faced all the adversities in her life with grace and compassion. She will be missed by all. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Bellevue Vet “Spay Our Strays” program, or by the charity

of your choice. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555


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Obituary

BRIAN LUINI 1947 ~ 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Joseph Luini of Hillcrest Mines, Alberta who succumbed to his illness on February 12, 2021 while receiving care at the Crowsnest Pass Hospital. Brian was blessed with 73 years of a full and wonderful life. Brian was born on December 17, 1947 in Blairmore, Alberta to parents, Guiseppe and Genevieve Luini. He was raised with an appreciation for the outdoors and its rugged beauty. He obtained his Surveyor’s Certificate and gained employment with various oil and gas as well as construction companies. He was talented at trapping and enjoyed time spent with family and friends on his trapline and was a member of the Alberta Trapper’s Association. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and every moment spent outdoors but his greatest love in life was his beloved Cindy. A lovely and gentle lady, Cynthia Liska, won the heart of Brian and they pledged their love in marriage on July 6, 1991. They delightedly spent as much time together as possible and Cindy, also a talented surveyor, worked and traveled with Brian for many years. In 2017, after a long illness Cindy passed away with Brian taking care of her and never leaving her side. Our only comfort in losing Brian is knowing that he is now walking hand in hand with his beloved Cindy in heaven. Although he is gone from our eyes, he will remain forever in our hearts. He is survived by his brothers, Charlie (Leona) Luini and Harold Luini; his sister, Peggy (Pat) Pow; his stepbrother, Dave (Eva) Welsh; his in-laws, Steve and Pat Liska and Craig (Kim) Liska; numerous nieces and nephews and the many friends he made throughout his lifetime. He was predeceased by his beloved, Cynthia Luini; his parents, Guiseppe and Genevieve Luini/Welsh; his brother, Garry Luini; his nephew, Joe Luini; and his step-father, David Welsh. A private family visitation and prayers were held at Fantin’s Funeral Chapel with a graveside service to be held at a later date. Donations may be directed towards the Alberta Trappers Assoc. and condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

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HOWARD McELHAW November 10, 1956 ~ February 12, 2021

With broken hearts we announce the unexpected passing of Howard McElhaw on February 12th, 2021. He passed peacefully at his home in High River, Alberta. A life well lived to the fine age of sixty-four. Howard will be greatly missed by family and friends. Howard is survived by his only child and best friend, Troy McElhaw; three brothers, Dave McElhaw, Tony Allen, and Michael Allen; and both fathers, Clontarf McElhaw and Chester Allen. Howard was born in 1956 in London, Ontario to Joan Ann McCullough and Clontarf McElhaw. Howard was a magnificent skier, someone who truly impressed with every turn. He loved the outdoors and used every opportunity to bag another mountain or raft another rapid. His wishes were to have his ashes spread on his favorite ski hill. By trade, Howard was an Engineer, 3rd Class for Alberta Health Services South Health Campus in Calgary, Alberta. A Celebration of Life will be held at an unknown future date discerning provincial health regulation. Condolences may be sent to Troy McElhaw at troy.mcelhaw@gmail.com, or registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. We miss you pop. Rest in powder.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

~ A Place for Parents ~ Tips for Everyday By Darcy Makin, CNP Parent Education & Support

Balancing Work and Family Our daily lives can be very busy trying to fit in work, family needs, children’s extracurricular activities and time for our own activities. It can be challenging and stressful to balance everything and cope with the stress of it all. Work can bring its’ own stress if there is little job security, poor communication or conflict in the work place. When parents are stressed by work it can negatively impact family life. The same is true of a stressful home life. Parents that face challenging behaviours from their children or are in conflict with their partner can bring that stress into the workplace and are more likely to experience conflict in that setting. Successfully managing both of these roles is key to doing well in both areas. The following are some tips from the Triple P Program to prevent stress at work from negatively affecting your home life: • Be as organized as possible with your work. Being “on top of things” can prevent problems and reduce stress • Encourage children to be as independent and possible and to do more for themselves, like dressing, eating, packing school bags. This will give you more time to get yourself ready for your day

• Have a consistent, basic morning routine every day that your children are able to follow • Try to avoid disagreements before work. Keeping things positive will help set the tone for the day for everyone • Avoid scheduling important early morning meetings or stressful tasks at the start of the work day. It will add more pressure to be on time which isn’t always possible when we have children • Work as a team with your partner. Share the work at home and support each other • Find quality childcare if you need it. You will have more peace of mind knowing your children are being well looked after while you’re at work • When you’re at home make your family your priority. Spend quality time with your family and put work worries aside. Being able to relax and enjoy your time at home will allow you to be more productive at work and your time off will be more enjoyable And the same is true of family life. It is also important to prevent family responsibilities from disrupting your work: • Have realistic expectations of what you can accomplish in your work day. Focus on achievable tasks • Focus on work when you are there and avoid letting family issues disrupt your concentration • Complete challenging or stressful tasks earlier in the day rather than right before you leave for home in order to take less stress and worry home with you • Make your personal and family needs known to your employer and speak up for what you need • If you commute to and from work use the time

as time to relax. Listen to your favorite music or an audio book to put work out of your mind and unwind • Don’t take on too much. Reduce unnecessary extra commitments • Be sure to take the time off work that you’re entitled to. Take allotted vacation time, forget about work for a while and enjoy time with your family • When you are at home try to switch off thoughts about work. Put off thinking about work until an appropriate time. Think positive thoughts like “I am home now and not at work. I’ll think about that tomorrow morning when I can plan my work day” • Try to make the first hour after you arrive home from work as pleasant as possible. Greet your partner and children affectionately, change out of your work clothes and take interest in talking to each other about your day. Making an effort to keep your work and home life separate will allow you to feel more positive and productive in both areas. Keep things in perspective and focus on what you’re doing in the moment. Have calm discussions with your employer and family members when challenges arise. For more information on this and other helpful topics contact: Crowsnest Pass - Darcy Makin, Parent Educator Email: crowsnest@pcfamilycentre.ca Phone at 403-563-1237 Pincher Creek – Jacqui Bruns, Program Coach Email: jacqui@pcfamilycentre.ca Phone: 403-627-5569


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CP Trail derailment cleanup update DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

CP Rail and Alberta Environment, along with other agencies and stakeholders continue to monitor and clean up along the rail line near Crowsnest Lake after 42 cars derailed in the early evening of Friday, February 12th. Mayor Blair Painter has been in close contact with CP Rail throughout the clean up process and says the one car in the lake is continuing to be monitored and clean up is continuing. "There is one car that is in the lake and that's the reason for the water monitoring. There is some product that has spilled along the shoreline. CP will be continuing the cleanup until it is all cleared." Mayor Painter says that the clean up process isn't the easiest due to the cooler weather and difficulty of location. "The weather is the big thing. It's been cold so

it's a slower process than a nice warm day. It's also in a really difficult spot because there is very limited access to get equipment into the area. I'm out there constantly checking on it and it's definitely a slow process. Time wise they like to say that it would be entirely cleaned up within 10 days but it's really difficult to put a timeline on it. They've been cleaning up and pulling cars west or east once they're emptied." The Pass Herald reached out to CP Rail spokespeople to see what kind of update they could provide on the cleanup process. The following questions were asked with their answers to follow. Is there an expected date for full cleanup of the potash? No. CP is working diligently to ensure the area is cleaned up, remediated and restored.

What kind of water monitoring is being done regarding the car in Crowsnest Lake? CP is working closely with Alberta Environment, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders on an ongoing mitigation plan, which includes thorough water monitoring. Will the cause of the derailment be made public when the investigation is done and when will that investigation be complete? The cause of the derailment remains under investigation. CP will communicate with stakeholders as appropriate. What kind of contact has CP had with the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass since the derailment? CP has been in frequent contact with Mayor Painter since the derailment occurred.

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Clean up continues near Crowsnest Lake after the train derailment on Friday, February 12th. Crews continue to clean up the potash that was spilled after 42 cars derailed during the incident. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

When is the car submerged in the lake expected to be removed? The car in question is being monitored and will be removed when it is safe to do so. When asked if they were able to expand on what type of water monitoring is being done and what "when it is safe to do so" means, CP provided the following statement. "Unfortunately we can’t provide further clarity on when specifically the car will be removed except to say that the car is stable and CP won’t be removing until it is safe to do so. CP is continuing to work with Alberta Environment on that plan."

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