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March 10, 2021 ~ Vol. 91

No. 10


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Kids in the community are able to enjoy some time on the ski hill thanks to the Riversdale Rippers Apres School Program. The program gives young kids the chance to learn the art of skiing in a fun and safe environment. It’s great to see young kids enjoying the great outdoors the Pass has to offer.

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MP John Barlow holds live town hall • Hotel quarantines • Vaccines • Minority Government • Alberta allienation DAviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

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MP for Foothills John Barlow held a Facebook Live Town Hall on Wednesday, March 3, giving constituents a chance to ask him questions. Below are some of the questions that were asked and his responses. Hotel quarantines: JB: We’ve had a few pieces of legislation come up. The hotel quarantines and lockdowns; we’ve certainly had some interesting discussions at the health committee. One of the things that we were really pushing on was to see some data and definitive proof that justifies the reason for having those hotel quarantines. I was really frustrated to see that there was no justification for those. There was no science or data that if your asking a Canadian to go into a hotel and quarantine, what makes that more

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effective than them being able to go home? They weren’t able to answer those questions and I think that really goes to show that these decisions are being based on politics and ideology and not based on science and data and what’s best for Canadians. That’s where we have to draw the line. As Conservatives, we have now demanded that these hotel quarantine fiascos be dissolved and no longer be a requirement of Canadians returning home. There’s no reason for it and it’s an infringement on your rights. It’s certainly much safer for to go home and quarantine at home. Hopefully that’s what we’ll begin to see. Vaccines: I want to reiterate that vaccines are not mandatory and they will not be mandatory. Those decisions are made by the provinces. The Prime Minister has said he will continue to allow that decision to be made by the provinces, as they should. Premier Kenney here in Alberta has been adamant that vaccines will not be mandatory here in Alberta. For those who do want the vaccine we have to ensure that we have access to those vaccines. To see that the United States is vaccinating two million people a day and we haven’t even vaccinated two million people total is ridiculous and it just shows how the Liberals have bungled this entire process of the procurement and the distribution of vaccines when we had potentially made-in-Canada options here at home. To see how they have fumbled this has been completely incompetent by the current government. We want to see the contracts that they have signed with those companies, show what they have committed us to and what’s really important is we want to see if there are obligations by those companies to meet their commitments in terms of vaccines delivered to Canada. We have now learned that other countries have negotiated this on a monthly basis with cash penalties if those companies don’t meet their obligations. For

Canada, we don’t know if we have any of those restrictions or components in the contracts we have signed. We have now seen Canada, the Liberal government, has dipped into a pool of vaccines that are meant for poorer countries. We did that once about a month ago and now we’ve seen them do it again. Not only did we do

Alberta allienation JB: There’s no question western alienation is real. It’s something that we are aware of and I can tell you the Alberta and Saskatchewan members have been very outspoken on this issue within our caucus and our team. The number one issue is winning an election. Justin Trudeau has done a great

“I want to reiterate that vaccines are not mandatory and they will not be mandatory.” - John Barlow MP, Foothills

it once but we did it twice. I think that is a real stain on Canada’s reputation on the global stage. Minority Government JB: I’ve seen this question a lot that if we are in a minority government, why are the Liberals able to get away with so many of the things they are? Short answer is they are being propped up by the NDP for the most part. There have been two votes of non-confidence since the fall sitting and both times when we could’ve brought down the Liberal government, the NDP voted with the Liberals to maintain their government. When it comes to a lot of these other issues, the firearms legislation being one, the hotel quarantine, travel restrictions, the Conservatives are the lone voice of common sense fighting for your rights and trying to protect our economy. The Liberals, the NDP, the Greens and in many cases the Bloc, they all support what the Liberals are trying to do and that is continue to keep Canadians locked down and keep these quarantines in place. As Conservatives, we are trying to ease restrictions and lockdowns and get Canadians back to work and get businesses back open and our economy back up and running. We are the lone voice there in Ottawa and I know that can sound frustrating but that’s reality. We need more Canadians ‘ voices. We will continue to push on that. Even though it’s a minority government that’s the situation we’re having right now.

job of politics by division. Pitting one region against another or one group of Canadians against another. Our job as Alberta MP’s is to stand up for what’s important for western Canada. Whether that’s agriculture, energy, our tech sector or small businesses. We’ll see what Jason Kenney can do on the fair deal panel. I think the biggest thing is western Canadians just want respect. We want to be appreciated for the contribution that we make to confederation. Whether that’s the energy sector, equalization payment, all of those things. It’s not that we don’t want to do these things, in my lifetime, we’re happy to do it as long as we get appreciation for doing it and are allowed to do what we do best. Where things go wrong is where other provinces are asking for this or that but when we need them for something they turn their backs on us. The most important thing for us is to continue to fight for western Canada but also educate our colleagues in eastern Canada and the urban centres about what western alienation is and what the western provinces do for confederation. That’s a process that’s ongoing. Anyone interested in hearing the entire Town Hall can do so by going to John Barlow’s Facebook page John Barlow, MP Foothills to find the post. The main ways to contact Barlow is by phone at 403-603-3665 or by email at John.Barlow@parl.gc.ca.

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In the lIne of fIre Between March 1 and March 8, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 38 calls for service including the following reported incidents. Three (3) threat/harassments, two (2) other criminal codes, six (6) other provincial statutes, four (4) driving complaints, four (4) motor vehicle collisions, five (5) assistance to general public, two (2) suspicious occurrences, five (5) assistance to other agencies, three (3) 911 calls (invalid), one (1) false alarm, two (2) lost and found and one (1) Coroners Act. Found Cellphone On March 1st, 2021, there was a cellphone found on highway 507 near Crowsnest River bridge. The owner can claim the phone by identifying it. Harassment Complaint On March 4th, 2021, there was a complaint of harassing communications. A 24-year-old female was arrested and charged and released on

documents with conditions for Pincher Creek Court. Hit and Run On March 2nd, 2021, there was a complaint of a hit and run to a parked vehicle at Crowsnest Mall parking lot. Breach of Conditions On March 2nd, 2021, there was a complaint of a person breaching no contact conditions. A 24-yearold female was warned to not contact. Planter Returned On March 4th, 2021, there was a report of a wooden planter that was previously stolen last summer was located at a residence in Coleman. The planter was located and returned to owner. Lost Cellphone On March 5th, 2021, there was a complaint of a lost Samsung cellphone between Pincher Creek and Burmis. Found Tools

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On March 8th, 2021, there were oil burner tools found in the Bellevue area. 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 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

The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl

Punish or Teach? ?I am a historian by training and I enjoy the “Looking Back” section in our little paper. Last week’s column about the Chinese people in Canada was a treat. I spent some time studying the sad history of the oriental people of Canada. I had teachers, doctors, and many friends whose origins are in the far east. Mr. John Kinnear told some of the injustice and horrors of history but skipped some others, probably out of concern that some readers may be shocked. I remember how some of the abused Chinese workers tried to unionize before the railway to BC was fully completed and were left in the mountains to freeze and starve. You can add to that the stories of the Japanese immigrants and citizens who were relocated and see what we collectively did. Don’t open the chapter about the Canadian native population, it was worse. I have my own horror stories to tell, and I am not a visible minority. My mother used to tell me about the later stage of her childhood when she was taken from Warsaw and put to work in a munitions factory in Germany. I look at my happy young grandchildren today here. They have a problem with “nothing to do mom” and lately lack of access to other kids. It is sad and damaging to their mental health but it could be worse, much worse. Their great-grandmother was a slave labourer at thirteen and suffered from being overworked and underfed. You are probably familiar with the conditions in prisoners’ camps or you can read about the migrant refugees today. She had medical experiments performed on her and obviously survived since I am telling the story. My mom read a lot of classical stories and translated them for me, perhaps when I was too young. One favourite was Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Her favourite was Captain Nemo, who hated humanity for what it did to his wife and child. He used his submarine to inflict merciless vengeance on humanity. Mom used to say, humans are the worst animals on Earth and Nemo was the punishing hand of God. I grew up with some level of hate for my own kind. As the years went by, it was easy to see many examples of cruelty and injustice people inflicted on each other. When I finally was settled in Canada, I managed to get a Hebrew translation of the New Testament for the first time in my life. I had been to some of the most

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. Crime mapping is available online to residents who are interested can login online at Municipality of Crowsnest Pass website (RCMP crime map for Crowsnest Pass). Crime mapping shows property crimes that occurred within the past two weeks in our area.

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famous churches but never had that book and priests used to preach in Latin which I didn’t understand. Here was a new concept. Win by forgiving, helping the needy, caring about others, and sacrificing the “self.” It didn’t sound right, but I wanted to believe it. I even met some living people who demonstrated it. Soon I discovered that most Christians, just like Jews and Muslims, didn’t follow the hard stuff. Instead, they built temples and worked on evangelizing. My mother was still alive at that point and tried to explain. The all-forgiving, loving God apparently is keeping score and will deal with the bad guys at the end. Until then we must follow ”in Rome you do as the Romans do.” My mother passed away, and I went on with life like everyone else. Home, kids, education, career, all took my full attention until I finally retired. A neardeath experience left me, (after a long healing period,) with time to ponder the realities of life. After settling into a new mountain community where almost everyone is nice, I learned how to use the new tool, the internet, to learn what I could about my kind, human-kind. It is not as bad as I understood from my mother, but far from the ideal that once I thought Christians should be like. I devoted a lot of time to learning history. Was Captain Nemo right, and should humanity be punished for all the evil it inflicts on all living organisms? Would we be better off put out of our misery? The current government is making it possible to euthanize at least some of us. The public is interested in making it possible to kill humans before birth and close to death. Suicides are a major cause of death, and we have an epidemic of addictions meant to help forget life. This is affecting rich and poor, old, young, and successful people as well as those who didn’t do well. I have faith in human ingenuity. We create problems, identify and solve problems. Our greatest enemy is ourselves all competing to be superior to each other and consume something more than all other human beings. It is a built-in sentiment designed to move us forward and easily serves as the tool that could destroy us, possibly in the very near future. How can we slay the monster before it kills us? Will we survive without it? Will we work and sustain ourselves if we are not pressured to do so? It’s debatable. When people built great civilizations, they always devised ways to harness the work of many, mostly by force. You work or you starve. You work or we will kill you. If you wish to harvest food for your family, you pay the landowner a tax first. If you don’t obey your religious leaders, you may suffer in hell for eternity. We believe that a few must force the many to do what is right. We are wrong. There is another drive in a human. It makes adults raise children, males and females seek each other’s company and keep the world rolling without being noticed. It is called “Love.” It is stronger than natural selection and competition. We can use force, punishment, and coercion, or possibly teach each other about that invisible force within us. It is a question of using our free will, making our own decision, and sticking to it. Here is a link to my blog: https://thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca/ Feel free to check other articles and comment.

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Dr. Seuss Day at Horace Allen School Students at Horace Allen School celebrated Dr. Seuss Day by dressing up in their favourite characters from one of Dr. Seuss’s many books. Dr. Seuss’s books have been a staple for many generations of young kids learning to read and rhyme. Herald Contributor photo

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Letters to the the Editor

Editorial I’m writing this editorial on International Women’s Day. In the past I’ve always said that I didn’t need a day to celebrate my strength as a woman. I’m a strong woman every day. However, I think I lost the context of what today represents. To me it represents the strength that women have internally, that perhaps we have not even accepted and understand. Women bring creativity and critical thinking to all levels of society, from the home to the office, laboratory, boardroom and anywhere else they may be. Yet their achievements and contributions often go overlooked, unacknowledged, or even minimized. Today is a reminder to appreciate those who are typically forgotten or pushed to the side. A strong woman raised me and I have had some incredibly strong women mentor me in life. Some of the women who inspire me every day include Kate Kollee, my Auntie Elenor Kubik and Betty Wamsley to name a few. These women are mavericks. They have made life decisions that many, male and female, would not have the guts to do. All three grew up in a time when women were not expected, or in some cases, even admired for their strength. They didn’t care what was expected, what barriers came into their paths. These women forged ahead. Isn’t that the perfect example of a strong woman? I have been blessed to know each one. I’m not sure if it’s attractive to be a strong woman. I’ve been called all types of names when I state my opinion or challenge the perception of my role as a woman. I always find it interesting when people meet me. Often they are put off by how I look, not necessarily how I think. Remember I was homely for a good portion of my life, but the one thing that didn’t ever let me down was my brain. I’m smart, sometimes more intelligent than I give myself credit for. With it, however, comes some life naivety. I tend to trust people, I always give the benefit of the doubt and I sometimes forget how powerful I am. So today is the day that we as women should celebrate our power. We should celebrate our strengths, not our weaknesses, and we need to remember who we are and the women that inspired us to be more then we even believed we could be. I have raised three incredible children, two of whom are men and they will be a huge addition to this world. They are all kind, thoughtful, decent people. Quinn is on the road to follow suit with his two brothers. I am smart, not just book smart, but driven. I gave up a good portion of my life to raise my boys and now that they are leaving me, it’s my turn to go out and conquer the world. The things I want to accomplish in the second half of my life are extraordinary and I will do it. I have learned that I’m okay alone. I don’t need any man to validate who I am. I didn’t bury three of the most important people in my life in thirty months and not be strong. A weak person doesn’t climb mountain tops and run across the valley. I am fierce! You don’t run for council and put yourself out there and not be a powerful woman. You don’t fight for what you believe is right for your community and not be tough. I’m not liked by some of the anti-mine people or the extreme environmentalists in the community but I don’t actually care. I had a lady in town stop me and tell me she was disgusted with me as a human being regarding my stance on the mining issue. My response was, “look, first I don’t care what you think about me. You and you husband have great jobs and came into this community to make it your playground. I care about the 52% who live in poverty”. See the thing about me is that I don’t really care if she likes me, because I ultimately like my choices and I don’t have any issue looking in the mirror when I wake up in the morning. None at all! The comment that surprised me was that she said she didn’t feel comfortable talking to me because I was fierce. Well that is who I am; a fierce woman with an opinion that was elected to use that opinion. If you don’t want the bull, don't touch the horns. So on this day I celebrate who I am, along with the women who shaped me. I honestly don’t need anyone in my life and that’s what makes me fierce. I have learned how to be comfortable with myself and as long as I accept me and utlimately like who I am, the opinion of others really doesn’t matter. LS

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A letter to John Kinnear Dear Editor; To John Kinnear, It has taken me a long time of contemplation to put pen to paper and express my thoughts, I was afraid to barge in where angels fear to tread. My heart felt sadness and empathy in your quest to find Lorraine that you so courageously wrote about. The hiking on Vicky’s Ridge, the yellow abundance of

balsamroot flowers covering the southern slopes in spring. The olfactory sensation of the dames rocket, just to name a few. Not to forget the majestic soaring of eagles and other birds. In view of the above, I wish you the consolation of seeing the smile of Lorraine in the balsamroot flowers. That you feel her presence when you pick dames rocket and smell

their perfume. That you sense her spirit soar high above not only Vicky’s Ridge but any ridge. Lorraine is now omnipresent one with the universe. I’d like to end with an Apache prayer blessing. May the sun bring you energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new

Take care of your brain ASH  Wellness Articles

March 15 marks the start of Brain Awareness Week. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury. Post-concussion syndrome occurs after a concussion. Common symptoms are changes in the ability to concentrate, think, remember, or solve problems. Symptoms, which may include headaches, personality changes, and dizziness, may be related to stress

from the events caused the injury.


Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or Health Link at 811 you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take. • Rest is the best treatment for post-concussion syndrome. • Do not drive if you have taken a prescription pain medicine. • Rest in a quiet, dark room until your headache is gone. Close your eyes and try to relax or go to sleep. Do not watch TV or read.

• Put a cold, moist cloth or cold pack on the painful area for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the cold pack and your skin. • Have someone gently massage your neck and shoulders. • Take your medicines exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor or nurse call line if you think you are having a problem with your medicine. You will get more details on the specific medicines your doctor prescribes. Try to reduce stress Some ways to do this include: • Taking slow, deep breaths. • Soaking in a

strength in your being, may you walk quietly through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life. This is also my wish for you. Thinking of you. Nel Van Kamer

There were some typos in this letter that required us to re-print for accuracy and context of the story. We thank Ms. Van Kamer for bringing to our attention.

warm bath. • Listening to soothing music. • Having a massage or back rub. • Drinking a warm, non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage. • Get enough sleep. • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. A balanced diet includes whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables, and protein. Eat a variety of foods from each of those groups so you get all the nutrients you need. • Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs. • Try relaxation exercises, such as breathing and muscle relaxation exercises. • Talk to your doctor about counselling. It may help you deal with stress from your injury.

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Royal LePage South Country Real Estate Services Ltd. 5 bdrm acreage. Big mountain views to the south. Spacious floor plan. 2 fireplaces. Surrounded by mature Douglas Fir trees, close to Forest Reserve and mountain trails. Large garage with big loft. Located between Fernie and Castle Mountain resort. Championship mountain golf course, Blue-Ribbon fly fishing, and X-country skiing nearby. Tremendous value and opportunity. $504,900 CALL JOHN MLS

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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


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2 - Garth Collins of Blairmore, $200.00 Allied Ace Hardware Gift Certificate 3 - Arnold and Edna Nelson of Pincher Creek, $120.00 Pure Country Gift Certificate

blaIrmore Central Post Office Building. Prominent Blairmore location. Government constructed concrete and brick building. Mixed commercial and residential use. Large penthouse suite with deck and double car garage. Concrete floors and full basement. Lots of parking front and back. $949,000 CALL JOHN MLS


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

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Beautiful mountain acreage with tremendous views. High quality 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with high vaulted ceilings and tall windows. Wide plank flooring, custom cabinetry, and granite counters. Bright loft overlooking living areas. Heated attached garage, slate steam shower in master ensuite. Towering evergreens and professional landscape. Fully developed walk-out basement. Separate RV parking. Large deck. Tremendous value. $799,000 CALL JOHN MLS

26 kananaSkIS courT Spectacular south-facing mountain lot. Northside of the valley, off Alberta Forest Trunk Road, and Forest Reserve. Sun exposure all year round. Suitable for a walk-out bungalow looking towards the South Range and the Flathead. No timeline to start building. 1/3 acre with all required services: water, sewer, power, gas, cable, telephone. $127,000 CALL JOHN MLS

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

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coleman acreaGe This past Friday, I went for an interview at the Crowsnest Community Support Society to discuss their new Men’s Shed. There’s an article in this issue that highlights what it all is and the opportunities it will provide for any men interested in the community. I’m very happy to see something like this coming to the Crowsnest Pass. I feel it’s very important to have opportunities like this for the people who may need it. Having a Men’s Shed where guys can gather together and work on different projects or just hang out and talk is massive for helping with mental health, especially in the current world we live in. There’s this false idea that men need to be these strong people who never let emotions in and it’s caused a lot of men to hide their depression and feelings until it’s too late. The government of Canada website shows that men and boys have the highest rates of suicide risk and mental illness like depression is one of the most common reasons for suicide. It is immensely important for groups like this to exist. This Men’s Shed in the Crowsnest Pass will give men the opportunity to gather and talk if they need to. Providing this opportunity is huge for the men of this community. The article also highlights how, right now, a lot of seniors are somewhat forced to stay home to ensure their safety with covid-19. Being stuck inside with no opportunity of face-toface conversations is extremely detrimental to someone’s mental health. Even for me, a very introverted person, I need some face-to-face interactions to help keep me sane. Anytime someone suggests an in person interview I’m more than happy to make that work. Humans were made to interact with each other and creating the Men’s Shed will give men in our community a chance to have those interactions while doing something with which they all have common ground. I hope more ideas like this come to the Pass and give community members every opportunity to enjoy each other’s company.


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

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

blaIrmore Two-bedroom, top floor condo with fantastic southern exposure and beautiful mountain view at Crowsnest Condominiums in Blairmore. Close to the Crowsnest River, waking paths, Blairmore Ski Hill, fantastic mountain golf course, and bike trails. Also, hospital, 2 medical clinics, dental office and shopping close by. $119,000 CALL JOHN MLS

coleman Fantastic commercial lot in downtown Coleman. This corner 50’ x 100’ lot has tremendous visibility, is close to the post office, and popular restaurants. Level and with back lane access. Crowsnest Pass offers incredible opportunity for mountain activities, hundreds of miles of back country trails, and mountain-bike trails. This property has two titles, creating additional opportunities. Both are to be sold together. $69,000 CALL JOHN MLS

coleman Fantastic mountain views, lots of sun. Tremendous B&B potential. 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom home northside of the valley facing Flat Head Mountains. 2 gas fireplaces. 4,544 square feet. South facing walkout basement. Large decks. Natural gas BBQ. Two soaker tubs. 4 pc ensuite in master bedroom. Washer and dryer on each floor. Two great rooms with plumbed in counters. Attached double car garage with additional parking. In floor heat and heat exchanger. $555,000 CALL JOHN MLS

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38 kananaSkIS WIldS South facing, stunning mountain views and mature douglas fir trees. Great building site. All services, including water, sewer and high speed internet at property. Special mountain community, northside of the valley above Coleman, just off Kananaskis Hwy. Beautiful 1/3 of an acre fully serviced lot. $119,000 CALL JOHN MLS

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In our opinion, there is nothing that makes a country song resonate sweeter than hearing a fiddle in it. Our March 'FEATURED MUSICIAN' has been making beautiful music with his instrument for three decades now and has a list of accolades that makes him one of the biggest stand-out fiddle players in Canada. Mike Sanyshyn is an artist, musician, instructor, composer and studio session player. He is well respected in the music community and is known as a mentor for up-and-coming fiddlers. His signature sound has been recorded on hundreds of CDs and millions have heard Mike’s fiddle on the Vancouver Olympics introducing Whistler 2010.

He has played in a dazzling array of situations over the years from performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with recording artist Aaron Pritchett and acting as Musical Director for the 2020 BC Country Music Association Industry Awards to big concert and festival appearances. Mike is a first-call studio musician, well-respected fiddle instructor and judge as an artist he has released 3 CDs and an original book of music. He's already had quite the career! He is a 3rd generation fiddler following in the tradition of his father Evan and grandfather John. He was born in the beautiful and rugged peaks of Coleman Alberta, in the Crowsnest Pass. He began playing the fiddle at 8 years old and it became a passion for him after watching 'Ontario Old Time Fiddler Winner' Al Cherny on CBC’s Tommy Hunter Show. At the age of 12, Mike and his family moved to White Rock, British Columbia. It was there that his opportunities in music began to flourish. In the midst of learning various styles from Canadian Old Time to Bluegrass, Celtic, Swing and Metis Fiddle, Mike also studied Classical music for five years which helped him “get the proper technique” and it's definitely impacted his career in a positive way. At the age of 22, Mike was selected to play for recording artist Duane Steele in a band handpicked from across Canada. Their first show was opening for Nashville stars Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw. That was his first introduction to touring and being exposed to large crowds. He's also had the opportunity to open for Trisha Yearwood, Terri Clark, Prairie Oyster and many other acts. Subsequent opening spots included Alan Jackson, Big and Rich, Merle Haggardand, Shania Twain and he has also graced the stage with Ian Tyson, Randy Bachman, One More Girl, Johnny Reid and Nashville star Luke Bryan. His introduction to the national televised scene came with appearances on The Rita MacNeil & Friends Show and an appearance on the Canadian Country Music Awards. Mike has also been featured on numerous videos for the likes of Aaron Pritchett, Chad Brownlee, Lisa Brokop and Duane Steele.

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Former Pass resident and fiddler extraordinaire Mike Sanyshyn was recently highlighted as the “Featured Musician” for the month of March in an article in the C to C Canadian Country Music Insider. Sanyshyn has spent many years performing with and for many different high end musicians and has received high honours for his music.

He's also had the opportunity to play in some capacity with artists like Meghan Patrick, Aaron Goodvin, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Dallas Smith, The Reklaws, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Gord Bamford. This impressive list also includes Deric Ruttan, George Canyon, Jann Arden, Doc Walker& Patti Loveless!! Mike was named the BC provincial Champion 4 times, placed in the top 3 at the Canadian Grandmasters Fiddling Championships, the best finish ever for a BC fiddler to date. He's also won the BCCMA Gold Achievement Award for Fiddle /Mandolin. He's been nominated several times for 'Fiddler Player of the Year' at the CCMAs and won a CCMA in 2007 for All-Star Band for his fiddle playing. Rest assured there are precious few fiddlers, Canadian or otherwise, who can or ever will make that claim. He's also contributed to the CD 'Then And Now' which features duets with inductees of the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame. The last major concert he performed at was a sellout at The Commodore Ballroom for Canuck County Rocks in March 2020. He was a part of the back up band for this event playing not only the fiddle but the mandolin, banjitar, and percussion for The Heels, Jojo Mason, The Odds, Kadooh, Shawn Austin, Madeline Merlo and Aaron Pritchett. Immediately after that event the

dates he had on the calendar all came to a crashing halt. It was then that he decided to focus on getting a home studio set up and he's been tracking fiddle, mandolin, banjitar and background vocals since for several artists. He's also been focused on his side project with his band ‘Jackson Hollow’ releasing a quarantine video with them in 2020. During the pandemic, one of the positive outcomes for him has been that he's had the time to reorganize his life and had the opportunity to be able to work on some of the behind-the-scenes part of the music industry. He's been writing and collaborating with other artists and musicians. He's currently recording a fiddle tune that he and one of his musical inspirations, Calvin Vollrath have co-written together which is to being featured on his newest CD to be released this year. His band Jackson Hollow have completed their debut album and are planning on releasing singles starting in the late spring. At a time when the music industry has almost come to a standstill, Mike has been lucky enough and creative enough to find a way to continue working on a regular basis. We're hoping for his sake the industry will quickly recover in 2021 and we will be lucky enough to have the chance to see Mike perform in person very soon! Until then Mike, keep making beautiful music in the way only you know how!

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Welcome to the Men’s Shed Program our individuals that we work with here. They're subjected to stay in their house because of their compromised immune systems and so on. To watch them be this happy person regressing to someone who has to stay home, it sucks to see that. Hopefully this is going to take that negativity away and put smiles on peoples faces. That's all we want," said Waldner.

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The Crowsnest Community Support Society has created a new not-for-profit organization names Men’s Shed. The Men’s Shed provides men of any age in the community a chance to get together and do a number of different activities. The first meeting was successful and organizers are planning to hold their second meeting sometime over the next month.

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The Crowsnest Community Support Society (CCSS) has created a new not-for-profit organization. The CCSS Men's Shed provides an opportunity for men of any age to get together and do a number of different activities. The two men spearheading the Men's Shed are Conrad Peta and Jeremy Waldner. "Men's Shed's are welcoming, supportive places for friendship and fun. They provide opportunities for men to socialize, take part in activities and learn something new. They're places where members can just be themselves. The core vision of Men's Shed's is a quality inclusion for all members," said Peta. Men's Shed's first started in Australia before making their way to Canada in more recent years. The main goal of Men's Shed is to help promote men's mental health, something that Peta and

Waldner both view as an important mission. "Mental health along with friendships comradery and just a sense of belonging as well. A lot of people that come are new to the Pass and when you're older it's harder to make friends. If you have a place that provides a group of likeminded people the chance to get to know one another it's a lot easier to meet people. When you get up in age your friends are basically work colleagues. It's always nice to have separate people. It's just hard to meet those people outside of work and hopefully this will open some doors and opportunities for people." said Waldner "Even for younger people as well. I just moved here. It's hard to find new people to hang around with and go fishing do these different activities," said Peta. The first meeting for the CCSS Men's Shed was held on Friday, March 5th. Waldner says overall he was pleased with the

turnout. "We didn't know how it was going to go or how many people were going to come. It turned out pretty well. We had some of our individuals here, some of our board members and also some people who heard about it by word of mouth as well." The Men's Shed is open to any man who is interested in joining. The next meeting is still being planned but Waldner hopes it will be sometime in the next month. "The next meeting will hopefully be within the next three weeks to a month. We're wanting to advertise a little more and get the word out a little more and see where it takes off." Peta and Walder hope to see some positivity come out of the Men's Shed. "The key point in this Covid society right now is loneliness for seniors. Mental health is the key objective here," said Peta. "We see that a lot with

CP Derailment Clean-UP Salem WoodroW Manager, Media Relations and Community Affairs

CP is getting ready to remove the single potash car that remains in the Crowsnest Lake. Here is an updated statement from CP in that regard. On Feb. 12, a CP freight train carrying potash derailed in the Crowsnest Pass just east of the B.C./Alberta border. CP has completed the removal of the railcars involved, with the exception of one, which became submerged in Crowsnest Lake. Working closely with Alberta Environment, preparations to remove that railcar proceeded successfully over the past week, with crews removing ice and preparing the railcar for lifting. CP plans to remove the railcar from the lake on March 10, subject to weather conditions. Daily water monitoring is ongoing and no water quality concerns have been identified to date. The Alberta government has authorized CP to close the boat launch to assist with the clean up. It will be reopened as soon as possible. CP and its crews will be focussed on safety throughout this process.

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Local community gym reopens with COVID protocol The Community Fitness Connection Gym has reopened in Blairmore DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The Community Fitness Connection Gym has reopened in Blairmore. The gym will be operating under strict health guidelines put in place by the Alberta government. President of Community Fitness Connection, Debbie Greenwood, says the 12 board members put a lot of work into the reopening of the gym to ensure it will operate safely. "The last government announcement left us scrambling. We have reopened with three metre distancing and mandatory masks. We have 12 board members that were very diligent in this process. We want to operate as safely as possible and adhere to all the rules." Greenwood adds that gym members are very

cooperative in keeping a safe space. "Our members are great about sticking to the rules. They had lost their gym so they're so happy to have it back and they're willing to do what we need to in order to keep it open." The gym is also cleaned every 24 hours and other safety measures are also in place. "The facility is as safe as it can possibly be. We do daily cleaning and we have hand sanitizer at the door. When you walk in there's an antiviral spray bottle right there. Members use it before and after being in the gym. If there's no bottle there, it means the gym is at capacity," said Greenwood. According to Greenwood, there is also an air system that helps clean air throughout the gym

Thank You To everyone who has supported us following the death of Lennie MacIsaac, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation. The many cards, flowers, food items, telephone calls, mass intentions and kind words have provided us with great comfort in our bereavement. Special thanks to the staff at Crowsnest Pass Long Term Care who showed Lennie such care and compassion over the last year and a half of his life. We are truly blessed by our community of support. Judy MacIsaac Carla Koe and family Leah McNeil and family Karen Haydamack and family Greg MacIsaac and family

area. "We also have a professionally installed air

they're allowed. "Most people are coming back the second

"The facility is as safe as it can possibly be. We do daily cleaning and we have hand sanitizer at the door.” - Debby Greenwood President of Community Fitness Connection

exchange system. There are six vents in the cardio room and two vents in each of the other two rooms as well. We're not breathing stale air. It's the equivalent of having windows open, which was one of the suggestions health officials suggested." When the gym first reopened, members were required to book two hour time slots in order to ensure the proper amount of people in the gym. Greenwood says the gym is moving back to a drop in format on March 10th. “The gym is falling back on drop in format Wednesday and will use fob records and spray bottles as approved alternate measure for controlling maximum capacity. To date, booking records show a fairly even spacing of gym users throughout the day. The Board will continue to monitor usage to ensure user safety and if need be will revert back to appointment bookings only.” Greenwood says there were a decent amount of members who returned as soon as

we open our doors. We get around 80 per cent of our members returning right away. This time is a bit different because we can't offer cardio yet and there are some people that come just for cardio." There are also some members who have asked to have their memberships paused. "We've had about 15 members right now that have asked us to pause their membership. It is our loss but we'll work with everybody and accommodate them. We've paused those memberships and when they're ready to return, we'll begin their memberships again. If you had two weeks left on your membership when the closures

happened, you'll have two weeks now." Greenwood says the facility is open it's regular hours. "We are a 24 seven facility. If someone wants to book at two in the morning they can do that. Our town is very fortunate that way." It hasn't been the easiest having the building closed for extended periods of time but Greenwood says they've managed to handle everything with no real issues. "We bought that building on November 30th of last year. We purchased with the assumption there would be a second closure. We ended up structuring our payments to handle that. We're fortunate that we've qualified for two provincial grants as well. The first closure we received $1,800 and the second closure we received $5,400 and there is promise of a third grant that I predict to be around $1,800 again. We can't knock the government for that. They were very easy to apply for. We're very grateful for

that." Greenwood adds that even with the help from the government, the timing of the closures has been difficult and she says that the community is grateful that they now have their go to option available again for workouts. "We've lost our highest revenue earning months twice. That hurt. It's easier to find other sources of cardio but it's harder to find the resistance training aspect in a home gym. I think that the lost social connections were immeasurable to our members and they are quite happy to come back and do what it takes to keep it open." Community support is something Greenwood says makes the gym what it is. "We have the support of the community and they were really good about supporting us the second they could. If they can continue to support us that way together we can do amazing things with this facility."

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Fire & Rescue, Community Peace Officer Program and Agriculture/Field Services Fire Rescue As 2021 progresses, we are all cautiously optimistic about moving towards a time where restrictions relax, and we can start inching ourselves to whatever the new “back to normal” is. With that, I am wondering if this upcoming year will be as demanding as last year, for visitors coming for recreation. There are so many positive spin offs from this, but it does keep us busy. The work to select the new aerial apparatus is well underway and I am confident that the community will soon be seeing an industry leading asset which will greatly benefit our operations. The process for acquiring this apparatus is complex with budget, operations, and needs all being taken into consideration. 2021 calls for service have been fairly routine with 23 being recorded to date. A question I get asked a fair bit is, “What determines if a 911 call is needed?”. And it’s a good question. I always answer that we would rather be called and then determine we are not needed than the opposite. It is understandable that many of you may be nervous about making that call, (many in their lifetime will never do it) but it really is not a big deal if you feel our help may be needed. The last point I’ll leave is, do not call a fire station directly for an emergency or situation. In days of old, this used to be the way but truly the “easy button” is 911, and your quickest route to help. Go out and have fun-but be safe and be prepared! - Jesse Fox-Fire Chief

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Multi-year wildlife monitoring program in the Pass Nature Conservancy of Canada and Miistakis Institute partnering on a multi-year wildlife monitoring program Carys riChards

Communications Manager, Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Miistakis Institute are partnering on a multi-year wildlife monitoring program in the Crowsnest Pass. The data gathered through this program will be used to inform future wildlife management strategies across Highway 3. More than 30 wildlife cameras have been installed on either side of the highway and at existing structures, such as bridges, culverts and an overpass, between Coleman and Crowsnest Lake. These cameras are triggered by movement and work 24 hours per day in all light conditions. Additional cameras have been placed in the Rock Creek Corridor and are being managed by the Miistakis Institute.

Located between Crowsnest Lake and the town of Coleman, this wildlife corridor is situated within a low-elevation valley where opportunities for wildlife movement are limited due to roads, development and human activity. Seventeen local volunteers in the Crowsnest Pass are involved in the project. Each has been assigned specific cameras to help collect images and identify species. This camera trap project will use WildTrax, an online tool developed by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, for image storage and review. The ABMI is an important part of this project, as they also supplied most of the cameras. Monitoring wildlife movements with camera traps will help better understand future conservation and stewardship

needs, which will, in turn, result in maintaining healthy wildlife populations in the area. By pinpointing the areas of highest use, this data will also generate information leading to recommended strategies in mitigating animal and vehicle collisions on the highway. Almost all of the wildlife species in the foothills and mountain regions of Alberta use this corridor, including ungulates (elk, deer, moose and bighorn sheep) and carnivores (bear, wolverine and cougar). This project is occurring in an area called the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor. Named after former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, this corridor is a network of conservation lands across Highway 3 in an area that naturally funnels wildlife movement through the Rocky Mountains.

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Prentice was an active supporter of conservation, including NCC’s work, both during his time as premier of Alberta and as minister of the Environment with the Government of Canada. NCC announced the campaign to conserve this corridor in October 2018. Since then, the organization has been securing and stewarding key properties in the corridor. The securement phase of the campaign is ongoing, and NCC is currently in discussion with landowners while exploring additional securement opportunities. The design, coordination and volunteer engagement of the camera trap project are being completed by both NCC and the Miistakis Institute. “This camera trap project is an important step in expanding our understanding of how wildlife use the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor. By determining what species are crossing the highway, where they’re moving, and at what times of year we can make better recommendations on how to mitigate wildlife and vehicle collisions, which will make the Crowsnest Pass a safer place for people and for animals.” -Tom LynchStaunton, Regional Vice President, Nature Conservancy of Canada

“Remote cameras are a great way to monitor wildlife and engage local community in conservation science. We can learn so much about how wildlife are using the landscape. But the number of images can quickly become over whelming – the public can meaningful contribute here by classifying images to species.” -Tracy Lee, Miistakis Institute “I think living in the mountains we have such a responsibility to wildlife. Knowing there are so few throughways for them I was thrilled when NCC notified our community of the camera trap project. I get to help collect the data that will inform good decisions going forward and I am able to go outside to a new place with such purpose and learn more about my own neck of the woods. It’s a win-win." -Monica Zyla, project volunteer Facts • Development in the Pass has created challenges for wildlife movement. This has affected animal populations by limiting genetic diversity, increasing mortality rates and impacting the ability to migrate. The Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor initiative will ensure that open, undeveloped areas will remain in order to fa-

cilitate wildlife movement. • Not all cameras are located on NCC land; the organization is working with multiple partners and landowners to make this project happen. • Mitigation (e.g. fencing and wildlifecrossing structures) can help reduce the risk for both humans and wildlife. Studies in Banff National Park indicate that road impacts on wildlife can be effectively and practically reduced through investment in road-mitigation infrastructure that helps wildlife cross safely. • Funders on this camera trap project include Canadian Pacific, Canadian Western Bank, TC Energy and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. About Us The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading notfor-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast. In Alberta, NCC has helped to protect more than 450,000 hectares (1.1 million acres). To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.

Frank Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Press Release Press Release

The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is pleased to announce that the Highway 3 Interim Improvements project is slated to begin on March 15, 2021. This project is a partnership with the Government of Alberta Ministry of Transportation and the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and will see improvements at three locations along the highway throughout the community: • Highway 3 & Highway 40 intersection improvements are anticipated to run from March 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021 and will include geometric roadway improvements and traffic signal installation. • Highway 3 & 213 Street intersection improvements are anticipated to run from April 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021 and will include the installation of traffic signals. • Highway 3 through Frank improvements are anticipated to run from May 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021 and will include paving and lane marking to allow for a center two-way left turn lane. Traffic will be disrupted throughout the duration of the project; however, detours are not anticipated. For your safety please obey all construction signage. We thank you for your co-operation and assistance.

The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is pleased to announce that the Frank Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade project is slated to begin shortly with the Graham Infrastructure beginning mobilization to the site on March 15, 2021. This project is a partnership with the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta Ministry of Transportation, and the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and will see improvements to the plant which was originally built in the early 1980s. The work that is commencing will see the construction of a new clarifier, new headworks and screening, a bulk water fill station, sewage receiving station, and an RV sani-dump, along with some building upgrades. There is also design underway for the construction of tertiary treatment for the plant. This project is slated to be completed by April 30, 2022. There will be minimal impact to residents other than when accessing the Community Yard Waste Site, there may be temporary access routes or closures. For your safety please obey all construction signage and do not enter the construction site. We thank you for your co-operation and assistance.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - crowsnest PAss HerALD - 15

~ OBITUARIES ~ Obituary

DAVID STANLEY WRIGLEY January 26, 1949 ~ February 26, 2021

It is with incredible sadness that we announce the sudden passing of David Stanley Wrigley on February 26, 2021 in Blairmore at the age of 72 years. Dave was born on January 26, 1949 in Tisdale, Saskatchewan and grew up on the family farm near Ditton Park, Saskatchewan with his older sister, Phyllis, and younger brother, Delbert. He loved the farm life and grew up with many cousins whose families farmed in close proximity. Instead of continuing on with farming, he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. While in university he married Mabel Thomson, which lasted 20 years and then they parted ways. Dave moved his family to the Crowsnest Pass from the Elk Valley in 1976. He started at Kaiser Resources Ltd. in the Survey Department, continuing on as a heavy equipment operator for several years before completing his Heavy-Duty Mechanics apprenticeship in 1998. He worked at various mines in the Sparwood area until retiring in 2018. Dave was quite the character. He always had some interesting fact or story to tell and was always telling jokes or testing your knowledge with the “Final Jeopardy” question. That being said here is today’s final Jeopardy question in the Category: David Wrigley. The answer is: In 1980, near Pincher Creek, Alberta and in 1982 outside of Sparwood, B.C. Dave, while driving in his car, had a run-in with these, walking away from both incidents suffering only minor injuries. He loved being outside and was extremely proud of his garden (except when the deer invaded). When we were younger, we did quite a bit of canoeing, camping, and throwing the ball around with Dad. He enjoyed playing badminton and games of Cribbage and Canasta. Dave was an avid collector and was always on the hunt for the newest treasure. Dave excelled at working with wood and over the years made wooden puzzles, children’s table and chair sets, stilts, bookcases and the occasional carving. He never really knew how talented he was and was very modest about his work. Dave was always supportive of his children in their sports and activities and volunteered with the Cub and Boy Scouts and was even a T-Ball coach. He loved road trips and it showed when his odometer read around 800 000 kms on his 1989 VW Golf. He has driven to Mexico and Arizona, California (multiple times), Saskatchewan and British Columbia (multiple times), and across Canada all the way to the Maritime Provinces. We don’t think that he would ever fly anywhere as long as he had a diesel Volkswagen to drive. Dave was very talented at fixing things whether it was cars, lawnmowers, or appliances, and was talented at building anything from houses to decks. He always had a multitude of projects on the go whether it was installing vacuums, or flooring, fixing something on or around one of his rentals, or trying to get one of his VW’s going again. But we’re glad he always made time for A&W breakfasts or going for lunch or coffee with the boys. He loved information!! He has always been a CBC Listener and for years listened to Paul Harvey and Art Linkletter. He was a great teacher, maybe a bit long winded at times, but he was always willing to share his knowledge. He also never passed an opportunity to stop and have a chat with anybody especially if he had the time and even if he didn’t. He was a great father and grandfather and never missed an opportunity to teach the younger generation. The correct question to today’s Jeopardy answer: What are trains? And now you know “The rest of the story.” He is survived by his son, Ken (Kathleen Rainsong) Wrigley; his daughter, Shelley (Steven) Ranson; his sister, Phyllis McFaddin and brother, Delbert Wrigley; his step-grandchildren, Theadalyn, Joshua, Shamaya and Emma; his grandchildren, Sasha and Samuel; and his niece, Sharon McFaddin. He was predeceased by his father, Philip and mother, Thelma Wrigley (Née: Will). We will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date when Covid-19 restrictions allow and when the weather warms. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by any local charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

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

Pool  upgrades begin Work on the Crowsnest Pass Pool has begun. The upgrades include switching the men and women’s change rooms around and also making them more accessible to every user. The work is expected to be completed in time for the 2021 pool season. Photo by David Selles

16 – CrOWSneSt PASS HerALD – Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Looking Back

The goings on in the Crowsnest Pass were religiously documented by Vern Decoux for many years. Vern was the Crowsnest Pass correspondent for the Lethbridge Herald from 1950 to 1985. He wrote news stories, took photographs, dealt with circulation, sold advertising and looked after the areas paper carriers. His son Bruce told me that at one time there were as many as 80 paper carriers for the Lethbridge Herald. I’m sure there are some of you out there nodding your heads right now and remembering your route. Fortunately for us,  Vern and his wife Florence clipped and scrapbooked every single Pass news item reported from 1951 to 1976 in what was called the Crow’s Nest Pass Bureau section of the Herald. Yes, it was spelled that way back then! They are beautifully bound 12” by 15” books that provide a perfect cross section of what was happening in our valley year by year. I thought it might be interesting to look back 70 years ago, through the first scrap book, and revisit some of the stories. The very first item posted in the very first scrap book had to do with complaints of coal and street dust- August 1st - “Clouds Of Dust Bring Complaints – Homes Resemble Coal Tipple” One must remember that back then the No. 3 highway passed through what we call Italian town (2nd street) in Coleman.  It seems that the roadway had been washed out for years by annual spring thaws and was patched up with gravel. This mixed with coal dust from passing coal trucks (as many as 28 a day, probably hauling Tent Mountain coal) brought the following commentary, “Homes of residents living in the area have a faint semblance to the interior of a coal tipple with everything covered in fine dust.” I found it interesting that interspersed amongst the myriad of stories heading into 1951 the writer chose to use the terms, “Called by Death” or “Death Removes Pass Resident” for those who had passed. Journalism bylines have changed a lot through the times.  I never thought of people who had passed as Being Removed but I guess that’s what it is. The question is, where are they removed to? If I am called I ain’t answering. There was always some interesting news to report for Vern.  An August 11th clipping. “Pass Chinese  Beaten, Robbed”  and following that, :”Two Held In Pass Robbery” revealed that the culprits in this incident were soldiers from Wainright Camp. Later in the scrap book a clipping shows that both got sentences of a year at hard labour for their beating and robbery of 54-year-old cook , Chu Fun Fung.  As I mentioned in my last column, I am proceeding with a compilation of those lost in McGillivray Mine and in August of 1951 one of those on the list was profiled in the paper. “Mine Worker Dead When Doctor Arrives” describes 53-year-old Joseph Gardecki. It was the one and only Doctor Aiello who was called in to check him. An inquest revealed no apparent cause to his internal injuries and determined he may have been “rolled” (squeezed) between a coal car and a timber as the car moved down the track.  He will be acknowledged, that is my promise. As usual Vern went deep into his life story which makes for some interesting reading. Vern had a nice touch with words. Here is an August 15th intro into the ongoing dust story. The article is titled, “ Coleman Women Threaten Blockade Street As Last-Ditch Dust Protest”.  Titling ( a mini-version of what is to unfold), was the hook for drawing one’s attention to a particular story.  His intro reveals his education and humour. It reads, “Gathering her brow like a gathering storm; Nursing her wrath to keep it warm,” wrote Robert Burns. He goes on to write, “Luckless old Tam O’Shanter’s wife had nothing on the ladies of 2nd Street, alias No. 3 Highway, in Coleman. For weeks now, while smothering clouds have risen off the broken pockmarked surface of the street, the housewives have been smouldering as they wielded their dust mops and fought a losing battle to keep their homes clean.” This, of course, was slowly being resolved and the construction of the new No. 3 Highway route was proceeding down Fourth Street, through  the rock cut and on to the west side of Flumerfelt Park. It in itself raised the ire of locals and council and there are several articles complaining about this large grading of the road between the cut and the overpass at the park. Elevating the roadway with, “hundreds of tons of bedrock.”  They undoubtedly used the rock from the rock cut bluff for fill.  Drainage, lack of access,  parking and even access to coal bins were issues. So, as many of us have wondered, we now know that this new route was built in 1951. A cultural clipping caught my eye, given the recent push on the Roxy Theater rescue. It is titled, “Ukrainian Folk, Music, Dances Feature Program”. It was a gathering of Canadians of Ukrainian descent that came to a Coleman for a special event at the Roxy. He goes on to say they were here observing the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the first Ukrainian settlers in Canada. “Canadians of Ukrainian origin from the Crowsnest Pass, Fernie, Natal-Michel, Lethbridge and Calgary paid tribute to the pioneers who first came to Canada 60 years ago and proudly claimed to be “an inseparable part of Canada.”  Drama, music, singing and dancing. Wow! I can just imagine what an amazing cultural event this was. There is a small clipping in early September about Blairmore visitor Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ducklow. They were the parents of Sergeant Vernon Rupert Ducklow who was one of the seven that died at the DC-3 plane crash in 1946. We have heard stories occasionally about items found up there related to the men lost. A ruby ring, a watch engraved on the back and so on. In this case while visiting the crash site, five years after the accident , Mrs. Ducklow found the blade of a burned ice skate. She kept it as a keepsake, “believing the blade belonged to a pair of skates owned by her son.” Imagine how that felt? In the fall Vern often reported on a shortage of cars for shipping coal, as the grain shipments ramped up. It was sometimes an occasion for idle miners to grab their hunting rifles and head for the bush. It was a chronic problem for the mines. October saw two more coal mining casualties reported, Allen Carey died in the International Mine in an event similar to Gardecki, being crushed between an air locomotive and a mine prop. A week later Melvin Brooks was crushed by a collapsing coal wall in the Hillcrest-Mohawk strip mine. He was a driver for the Southern Trucking Company. His father Roy had died only 7 months earlier being crushed under a coal truck he was repairing. The headlines are so varied and significant. I had no idea that in 1951 Bushtown was not officially part of the town of Coleman. This was the year the amalgamation of the Hillcrest-Mohawk, the International and the McGillivray mines began and was ultimately called Coleman Collieries. The town of Frank got its power from Blairmore from the West Canadian Collieries power plant and was switching away to Calgary Power. I could do a dozen columns on the stories and their significance. The scrapbooks are fantastic annual windows into our amazing Crowsnest Pass. It was a year of huge immigrant influx as Europeans sought a new life elsewhere from their war-ravaged countries. There is a November report of Vern’s that says the National Employment Service reported 75 Central Europeans, mostly Germans, had been successfully placed in our mines and bush camps. Two of those who came that year and built new lives were Gunter and Franz Koci. You can read all about Gunter’s coming here in the series, Tales from the Cookie Box, in my on-line archives in 2019. At the end of 1951 came a rather disturbing headline clipping which read’ “ Communist Extortion Racket Reaches Photos from top: One of thirty bound scrapbooks of Into Crow’s Nest Pass. There were in fact letters sent from China to three local Chinese restaurant owners here designed Decoux clippings, Small Euclid hauling hock from the cut to fill in Fourth Street highway construction, to extort “atrocious sums of money to “guarantee’ the safety of relatives and families living in China”. One restaurant Joseph Gardecki, killed in McGillivray Mine August owner had received descriptions of relatives being subjected to torture in ways too disturbing to relate here. Not sure how 8th, 1951, Typical death notice wording, Chinese all this ended. Perhaps I’ll find out in the 1952 scrap books. communist blackmail comes to the Pass. As so it went in 1951. Dust, immigration, fatalities, construction, cultural events and a veritable cornucopia of everyday Vern Decoux collection photos life in the Pass. Vern’s work will stand as the front line coverage of our lives here in the Pass for decades to come. 

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