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FEBRUARY 2015 | ISSUE 98

IN THIS ISSUE: FEATURE ARTIST MARLA CANNON DISCUSSES HER PASSION | FEATURE RESIDENT ANDREA BYRNE ON FREESKIING IN FERNIE | ANDREW VALLANCE AND HIS TOP FIVE MOVIES FOR 2014 | JESSE BELL SPENDS A DAY AT THE MEAT MARKET | HEART HEALTH BY DR. TAINA TURCASSO FERNIEFIX.COM

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FEBRUARY 2015

Safety is at our core Teck’s goal is everyone going home safe and healthy every day. That’s why we are proud to support Avalanche Canada’s South Rockies local observer team, who spend the winter collecting data in the local backcountry. Their expertise makes the South Rockies avalanche bulletins the best resource to plan your safe trip. www.avalanche.ca

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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS | 7 Getting to Work - Trades: Big Choices and Big Opportunities by Amy Boeckner Business News/New Business

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | 14 Feature Artist – Marla Cannon Abdou’s LitPicks – The Fernie Originals: Fresh Dining in Fernie, 2014 by Keith Liggett (photos Henry Georgi) by Angie Abdou Rental Fix – My Top Five Movies of 2014 by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – Slap that Funky Music by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY & EVENTS | 22 Feature Resident – Andrea Byrne by Krista Turcasso FernieFix.com Events Calendar / February at the Arts Station

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 37 Fit to Play – Motivation Through Empathy by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Health Naturally by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M. Be Kind to Your Heart - Cardiovascular Health Nourish Through Nature by Krissi Hyland, RHN reTREAT Tales From An Unexpected Yogi – Relating Empathy to Our Inner Sensitivity by Heather Ivany Around the World with Rebecca Hall – A Quick Trip to Oz You’ve Got Male: That’s Snow Excuse by Adam K. MacDonald

BITS AND BYTES | 51 The Answer Guy – What to do when you have WiFi here, but you want it over there by Kevin McIsaac Monthly Horoscopes by Claire Simmons

FERNIE FUN | 54 Fix Trivia

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Martina Halik of Avalanche Canada’s South Rockies local observer team examines layers in the backcountry snow pack.

Never Have I Ever – Fernie Meat Market by Jesse Bell In The Tracks – A Guide to Nordic Skiing: One Skate, Two Skate by Jeff Williams Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Getting it Done for You by Terry Nelson Women of the Mountains by Hannah Griffin – Amy Bohigian A Day in the Life of a Lifty by Mike Cotton – Working On a Powder Day

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COVER: The Fernie Skating Club celebrates 50 years. Skater: Emerson Zimmerman Photo by Jamie Hide, www.jamiehide.com THIS PAGE: Splitboarder Mikey Witlox on the uptrack for an evening ride. Photo by Ben Ross


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what they are going through. But what is very interesting is the change a person can undergo by making connections with new and unlikely people. These connections help us to change our perspective, and widen our world view. They allow us to empathise with people that perhaps before we held a prejudice against or never thought about personally.

Without empathy, we are selfish and indifferent. How we feel is mirrored in how we act, and these actions or inactions are communicated to those around us. It negatively affects our relationships, which in turn negatively affects all aspects of our life. Most of us are at the very least empathetic with those we are close with – it is easy for us to learn about their lives and to put ourselves in their shoes, and thus when they are going through something we can more easily understand

As I was learning I was thinking of my daughter. It seems more prevalent than ever to hear about youth being cruel and disrespectful to others their age. If we as adults and caregivers don’t lead by example, this behaviour can lead to a lack of development when it comes to these important emotional skills, which could affect our children’s relationships and in turn many aspects of their lives in the future.

So, this February as we are bombarded by Valentine’s Day, let’s use it as a reminder to find ways to increase our own empathy. I have a feeling that making this small change within ourselves will create exponential change in the world around us. Krista Turcasso, Editor

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ANGIE ABDOU is a local fiction writer. Vancouver Sun says her fourth book, Between, is “darkly funny and elegantly written [....] Abdou is an important voice in Canadian fiction.”

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ANDREW VALLANCE is a cinophile nerd who currently lives on the wet coast. Girlfriendless, he spends his time going to movies, buying DVDs and flirting.

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A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO I was pondering a theme for February’s edition. The obvious choice, “love” has been done, and is a bit broad in scope. I started to research topics such as relationships, compassion, generosity… eventually my search led to empathy. The more I read, the more I realized that empathy is truly at the core of all of these, alongside love.

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SARAH INGRAM, kinesiologist, is hoping empathy might help your motivation to exercise! If you need help with an exercise program specific to you, call us at 250423-9167 or visit us at www.sarahsactiverehab.com

MIKE COTTON is a writer and photographer from England. You can find more of his work at www.nomadsontheroad.com. JEFF WILLIAMS moved to Fernie ten years ago for downhill skiing but was lured to Nordic skiing for its lack of crowds and great fitness. He has been coaching with the Fernie Nordic Society for three years and is the head coach for the Fernie Nordic Racers. When the snow is gone he can be found running on the Fernie trails or playing golf. KRISSI HYLAND is a holistic nutritionist and whole food chef stoked to be writing for the Fix and inspiring the community to eat not only healthy but tasty foods. Visit NourishThroughNature.com or call 250531-3553 for a nutritional consult or cooking class. JESSE BELL spends a day at the Fernie Meat Market and slices 60 pounds of beef jerky. Yum! HANNAH GRIFFIN is excited to come back to Fernie and looking forward to a winter full of snow and good times.  

DR. TAINA TURCASSO is a naturopathic doctor and midwife practicing in Calgary, Alberta. She spends most of her time catching gorgeous babies, and is slowly inching her way back to Fernie. This month HEATHER IVANY takes on the power of empathy. Join Heather Ivany and Sam Lloyd Sunday Feb 1 for a full day workshop on how to take your practice off the mat and into your day. REBECCA HALL loves to hear and write about the places that Fernieites travel to. If you’d like to share your travel story, write to her at hall.rebecca.j@gmail.com. ADAM K. MACDONALD wishes the Bourgeois family safe travels back to Switzerland. Thanks for getting me out for the evening run, Bertrand and Dave! KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material. CLAIRE SIMMONS is an intuitive Reiki Master living on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia who spent last winter in Fernie. Stay tuned for a link to her blog where she’ll be writing about the intuitive process and posting tips.

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Trades: Big Choices and Big Opportunities

Celebrating 25 years

AMY BOECKNER

IF YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF THE TRADES as a viable career option, then I would encourage you to think again. Talk to people or try a preapprenticeship or introductory program to get your feet wet. My guess is you may just be hooked.

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The messaging is pretty clear and is only becoming ever louder and (hopefully) heard. Yes, open up a newspaper or turn on the news and you will hear of initiatives and incentives to get people into the trades and employers to sponsor apprentices. For example, almost a year ago now, BC’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint was released and, according to the Canadian Occupations Projections for Red Seal trades, there are twenty-four Red Seal trades with projected labour shortages. While the exact shortfall is debated at the national level, things seem a little clearer here in the Elk Valley. Managing the local employment centre I see both big and small employers struggling to fill positions across a variety of sectors from industrial, to construction, and service. The shortage is impacting how they operate their businesses now and is affecting how they plan for the future. Reasons for this shortfall range from lack of entry (not enough people getting into the trades and/ or completing their training) to attrition

CHOOSING A TRADE IS THE SAME AS CHOOSING A CAREER. YOU NEED TO THINK THROUGH “YOU” AND CONSIDER WHAT IS IN DEMAND. YOU CAN WORK DIRECTLY IN AN INDUSTRY OR TO SUPPORT THE INDUSTRY. (people are leaving due to retirement or for jobs elsewhere). What I also see on the ground is that many people are interested in getting into the trades, but don’t know how many options exist or how to take the first steps. Sometimes they are discouraged as they struggle to get their foothold or because nothing is immediate. Online you will find the following standard advice: choose a trade, find an employer to sponsor you, and complete work-based and technical training. In theory this sounds easy, but as always practice can be a bit more nuanced and requires some effort and commitment.

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Finding an employer sponsor seems to be where people get most tripped up or discouraged. This in and of itself is a huge topic. My non-traditional advice is to start out at the bottom, as a labourer, with an employer who has the capability of sponsoring apprentices. This is a great way to see the job from the ground up, know what you are getting into, and it is a common way people become a sponsored apprentice. Through working from the bottom up, the (soon to be) apprentice builds a solid work history and relationship with an employer who, after seeing their skills, work ethic, and commitment are willing to continue investing in the training of their employee and take on the role of official sponsor to the apprentice. Want more information? Go to Canada’s recently updated website focused on the skilled trades at www.careersintrades. ca. Curious to know what trades are in demand locally? Check out the job board at www.ekemployment.org or www.workbc.ca.

For options, there are over two-hundred skilled trades in BC. Some are compulsory (requiring a certificate) and others are voluntary. Some offer Red Seal certification. Choosing a trade is the same as choosing a career. You need to think through “you” and consider what is in demand. You can work directly in an industry or to support the industry. You can work in a “traditional” trade or one that is less common. Non-traditional advice is to remember that the trades are as sensitive to downturns in economies as any other field, and some trades are sensitive to seasons. Knowing this can help you think through what trade will work for you and enable you to plan for these realities.

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Fernie Griz Days GRIZ DAYS, FERNIE’S WINTER FESTIVAL that has been held each winter since 1978, is less than a month away! Celebrating the legendary Griz who is said to grace the valley with an average snowfall of more than 29 feet, this year’s theme is “Fire and Ice” with the festival being held in the Historic Downtown, at the Fernie Aquatic Centre and at Fernie Alpine Resort February 27, 28 and March 1.

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Griz Days includes a variety of activities such as the Griz Parade, held Saturday evening. Other activities include a Craft Fair at the Community Centre, Extreme Griz competition, Rail Jam, live music, junior hockey, the Dummy Downhill, and as always, visits from the Griz himself. Organized by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fernie, alongside many dedicated volunteers, support this annual event by purchasing the 2015 pin. Visit www.facebook.com/GrizDays to keep up to date on all things Griz.

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Each night begins with the Fernie Mountain Social – a great way to get dinner, meet friends and prepare for some great films.

THE FERNIE ARTS STATION'S 12th Annual Banner Project is coming up this spring, and submissions are now being accepted until February 20, 2015.

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Thursday evening is Locals’ Night, highlighting local talent and offering cash prizes for audience favourites. Friday and Saturday evenings begin with a feature film followed by a selection of shorts – stay tuned for film titles and guest speakers. There is also a Kid’s Matinee taking place at 4:30pm on Saturday!

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The Fernie Mountain Culture Award will be handed out Saturday evening. It's a great way to say thanks and to celebrate locals who have worked hard to make Fernie a great place to live. Nominations are encouraged, submission forms are available at www.ferniefilmfestival.com.

This project's objective is to add colour and interest to Fernie by showcasing local artists' creations on banners hung on lampposts along Victoria Avenue in downtown Fernie. A variety of visual media is accepted, including paintings, mixed media two-dimensional art (quilts, stained glass, etc.), three-dimensional art (sculptures, pottery) and photography. 36 art works are chosen and printed on the high-quality banners, which are first shown at the Banner Launch April 16, 2015 at 7pm at the Arts Station. Artwork must be submitted in a two to one ration on a memory stick as a designready file with a minimum 300 dpi, and include a brief biography and contact information. For more information, visit theartsstation.com/get-involved/bannerproject-201/. FERNIEFIX.COM

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THE FERNIE MUSEUM AND THE FERNIE CURLING CLUB are pleased to host Canada’s premier Olympic curler Kevin Martin in Fernie as part of the museum’s Road to the Olympics program series. The 2012 Vancouver Olympic Gold medal winner will be the featured presenter at Draw Weight – Curling to the Olympics at the Fernie Curling Club Saturday, February 28. Banquet tickets, $50 per person, include gourmet buffet, celebratory toast, silent auction and presentation.

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Martin will also be leading a Curling Clinic at the Fernie Curling Club that day. The clinic is open to all curling abilities, $15 per student, $25 per adult. For ticket information contact the Fernie Museum at programs@ferniemuseum.com.

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The Fernie Museum exhibit Olympic Spirit: Canada’s Sport Heroes, on display until March, features portraits of 12 Canadian Olympians, including Martin, who have led Canadian sports culture through the years.

Three Sisters Day Spa 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6395 THREE SISTERS DAY SPA is now offering Massage Therapy! Haley Dolighan, BC RMT has recently moved back to Fernie, where she is excited to be a part of the health and wellness community. Haley has always been interested in learning about human anatomy and believes in helping people to feel their best. She attended the 3000-hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC. Now, with an extensive and thorough knowledge base SUBMITTED PHOTO and a fresh skill set in her mind, Haley is ready to discover and cater to her clients’ specific needs. With an interest in fitness and the outdoors herself, Haley appreciates the importance of a healthy mind and body. Haley can conveniently be found working downtown Fernie on 2nd Avenue at the Three Sisters Day Spa. Call 250-423-6395, stop in, or book online at www.threesistersdayspa.com. FERNIEFIX.COM

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My Fernie story began in December 1998. My boyfriend Dave and I came to Fernie for Christmas so that he could check out the place he'd bought, sight unseen with his buddy. Six weeks later, the bags were packed and we made our way back to this beautiful mountain town and started setting our roots. In 2005, Dave was presented with the perfect opportunity to begin his own business and D-Can Concrete Finishing was born. It has been the backbone of our family ever since. Dave runs the entire work end of things while I take care of the office end. Fast forward 16 years and we are now married with two kids, six-year-old Gwen and her feisty four-yearold brother Max, and numerous furry friends.

was drawn to the hipster style of clothing that has been trending. I tried my hand at knit fabrics and immediately turned my focus to working with the organic knit substrate. I was hooked. I'm not quite sure how and when things took off to where they are today, but after setting up at a few markets this summer, the past two craft fairs, and putting myself out there on social media, I have had an overwhelming amount of support and love for Olive•me! While pregnant with Gwen, I took up an interest in handmades. Not only was I intent on shopping for original, quality items, but I wanted to try my hand at making things myself. It began with curtains for the nursery, then progressed to a keen interest in quilting. I found that I not only enjoyed the process of making quilts, and teaching myself all of the techniques, but I was really drawn to finding modern fabrics that I loved and I found myself with an addiction to fabric! I started to receive a lot of positive feedback from friends for my simple and contemporary designs, so I decided to open up an Etsy shop in 2010 selling quilts and blankets. The response was great, but with Max on his way by that point, my creative time came to a standstill. As he got a little older, I took up sewing some of my kids' clothing and found that I loved making them fun and

one-of-a-kind pants. I went a little pant crazy and made a lot of pairs, and the style came to be known around town as "Marla Pants" as various kids have worn our hand-me-downs! One year ago this month, I found myself in the happy place of being able to actually devote a decent amount of my time and energy to my creative needs. It began with a dear friend's pregnancy and I just wanted to make her things! I went on to make a few quilts, a whole lot of burp cloths, and bibs and the supportive response led me to start back up on Etsy, but this time under the name Olive•me handmade… the play on words felt perfect. I started up with the modern clean lines that were my style of baby goods, and quickly realized I

My product line currently includes baby and toddler leggings, bandana bibs, cowl scarves, headbands, the very popular slouchy toques (seen all over town!), and teething rings. My plan now is to solidify the brand I've created and try my best to keep up with the demand. As it is now, as soon as I have items ready to sell, there are lovely people from all over that are waiting to buy them… coast-to-coast, across Canada.   I could not have gotten to where I am without the people of Fernie, especially the moms who have been behind me 100% with their support. Thank you! For more information on Marla’s beautiful creations, visit www.facebook.com/olivemehandmade, www.etsy.com/shop/olivemehandmade, or the Green Petal in downtown Fernie.


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The Fernie Originals: Fresh Dining in Fernie is not at all what I expected. I figured: “A recipe book: perfect. I love Fernie restaurants. I’ll jump at the chance to add some of their favourite dishes to my very own kitchen.” My expectations were pretty high. Fernie’s restaurant scene has seen huge advances in response to the tourism growth over the last decade. We can boast many great places to eat, with an impressive range of options, especially for such a small city. So: A Fernie recipe book. “Good idea,” thought I, “I’ll buy one.”

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But The Fernie Originals is much more than a cookbook. It’s a love letter to Fernie – to the dreadlocked dog-walkers, to the drastic shifts in seasons, to the miners who settled the town, to today’s citizens who spend more money on their mountain bikes than they do on their cars. The photos capture Fernie’s majestic setting, in every season, and Keith Liggett’s stories – his wide variety of brief tales of this place and its people – complement those photos perfectly.

decided a fine cheese shop was the one gaping hole in Fernie’s offerings, and Cam Carr who somehow found his way from Japan to Fernie to open my favourite sushi restaurant (thank you, Cam!). But Keith doesn’t restrict himself to restaurant owners. He also profiles many other local entrepreneurs. My favourite of those stories is the chairlift romance of Derick and Heidi Berry, owners and operators of Fernie Central Reservations. Derick must have been quite the ski instructor to win the up-and-coming model’s heart and lure her away from the excitement of New York! The Fernie Originals is full of heart and life, its pages filled with the same energy that draws us to live and play Fernie. AND the book has recipes too … mouthwatering, to-die-for recipes. I can hardly wait to try the “Maple & Coffee Infused Smoked Duck Breast with Stone Fruit Chutney.” Or maybe I’ll save myself the trouble and walk down to the Livery and order it there, where I’ll have the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the wonderful people celebrated in the stories of The Fernie Originals.

Through Keith’s prose pictures, readers get We live in a special, beautiful place. I love to know Fernie’s restaurateurs: the Heaveys the way Keith Liggett’s new book pays tribute to that multifaceted beauty. from the Beanpod who packed up their four children and moved here from Ireland to open a world class chocolate factory, Pierre from Le Grand Fromage who FERNIEFIX.COM

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My Top Five Movies of 2014 ANDREW VALLANCE

Birdman Birdman is the tale of Regan Thompson, a struggling actor who at one point 20 years ago, reached Hollywood super stardom by portraying macho superhero Birdman. The movie follows Thompson as he tries to restart his career by starring in a Broadway play about love relationships and the human condition. Naturally, everything goes wrong. Michael Keaton plays Regan Thompson. It is odd to see him essentially playing himself in a movie that describes a fall from grace very much like he experienced in his own career. Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Zach Galifianakis also star in this excellent film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past They're back! In this wonderfully exciting and action-packed reboot of the X-Men franchise, we are re-acquainted with some of our favourite mutants as Wolverine is sent back in time with the task of saving the world from an apocalyptic future where all those with mutations have been hunted to near extinction by killer robots. Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart plays Professor Charles Xavier, and Ian McKellen reprises his role as Magneto. Also present are Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence, playing younger versions

of Magneto, Xavier and Mystique respectively. I am glad to see Brian Singer back in the saddle directing this terrific X-Men movie.

Fury Set in the final days of World War Two, Fury details the adventures of an army typist played by Logan Lerman, who is assigned to a tank crew of grimy savages led by tank commander War Daddy. The film follows them as they tear across Germany destroying the remnants of Hitler's army, and enjoying it. Directed by David Ayer, this is a good film that does not romanticize war nor idealize the soldiers as saints, as both Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood have done in their past movies. The men are brutes and the situations in which they find themselves are both frightening and heartbreaking. Brad Pitt and Michael Pe単a also star in this quality war film.

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Night Crawler The movie deals with the rise of Lou Bloom, sneak thief and sociopath, who seeks to achieve fame and fortune by filming crimes and car accidents for late night news broadcasts. Action-packed and incredibly entertaining, it provides one of Jake Gyllenhaal's best performances as he portrays the film's sinister anti-hero. Rene Russo also gives a good performance as Gyllenhaal's aging boss/love interest. I enjoyed this film very much with its commentary on the present American economic system, which makes people desperate for employment and gives those who should be in jail, power over those less fortunate.

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Gone Girl Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in this well-scripted thriller about a man searching for his wife, who has disappeared without any probable cause. It is well acted, and well directed by David Fincher, who has previously done both the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network. This is a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat while making you question marriage as a viable institution in today's society. Definitely worth checking out.

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Slap that Funky Music

traveller word of mouth. He was attracted to both the big mountain adventure, as well as the more intimate community. Now that he has spent some time here, he is blown away by the amazing talent we are squirreling away – and for the many opportunities to share his talents.

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LIVE MUSIC IS THE MOST TRANSITORY, the most ephemeral of all the art forms. Here as it is played, but the moment the note dies, it only exists in the listener’s memory. This mirrored in the travelling acts that grace the various stages in town and, in Fernie, mirrored in the temporal workforce of the seasonal aspect of town. So let’s make this introduction quick, because it won’t be long before Bevan Cuthbertson is gone and adventuring through Europe. If you come across the Australian native playing the Brickhouse open mic or at Infinitea or the Royal, you’ll need no introduction. He’s the dude that makes a whole lot of noise slapping his guitar, which is on his lap. Rhythm and guitar all in one. No extra instruments strapped to his neck or foot – just two hands and a guitar. Slap-lap guitar. If you’re thinking Jeff Healey or slide steel, there are a few videos of him on YouTube that’ll set you straight. “It’s definitely a different style and something that grabs people’s attention on many levels,” Cuthberson explains. “I originally learned a song by an artist called Andy Mckee. His style was the traditional position of the guitar but played with hands coming over the top of the neck and a lot of rhythm played on the body of the guitar. Once I played around with that, I guess I became bored. I wanted to make it harder, more complex and more visually entertaining. So I layed it on my lap and played away like a piano and a guitar and bashed it like an old TV that won’t work.” At this point, Cuthbertson feels more comfortable playing on his lap. Although he can play guitar in the more classic sense, his lap style employs complex

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Cuthbertson will be joined on stage at Infinitea by local Linden Gigliotti (who was last month’s feature artist) and Emilie Fitton. “I’ll be slapping away and playing some folky toe tapping tunes in a way most of you will have not seen,” Cuthbertson says. “So get down to infinite, Grab some beers, amazing food and enjoy my last show before I leave Canada.” Sidebar:

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[BEVAN CUTHBERTSON]’S THE DUDE THAT MAKES A WHOLE LOT OF NOISE SLAPPING HIS GUITAR, WHICH IS ON HIS LAP. ...JUST TWO HANDS AND A GUITAR. SLAP-LAP GUITAR. rhythms and open tuning, so it can be challenging reverting back to a guitar on a strap. “It makes it very difficult for people to jam along,” he adds. “So that’s when I get back to the old classic guitar!” Bevan Cuthbertson – a winter transplant from Byron Bay and something of a carpentry wunderkind (he almost made the cut to represent Australia in the 2013 Trade Olympics) – came to Fernie through

If you haven’t seen music at Infinitea, I urge you make your way there. The shows are earlier than at many of Fernie’s other venues. Over several years, owners Stephanie Fleming and Coralee Salomons have worked hard to make it a place where both new and accomplished performers can relax and give truly intimate shows. Coming up in February: 6: Rose Ranger is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver who has had her music played on shows ranging from The Young and the Restless to Dawson’s Creek. 13: Ben Wilkinson is an electronic folk artist from New Zealand. Imagine folk guitar and singing over low-fi beats and melodies. Quite heavenly. 14: Hark Raving Sirens Speaking of heavenly. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing this trio sing some of your favourite songs in harmony, get thee down to Infinitea. Especially perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat. 20: Bevan Cuthbertson

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F E AT U R E R E S I D E N T made a good decision, as her success in the Freeski world has been impressive. Last year she came 2nd in the North American Championships, and 1st in Canada, which provided her with a quota position for all competitions this year because of her ranking alongside an invitation to the Junior World Championships in Andorra February 7, 2015.

Andrea Byrne KRISTA TURCASSO

THIRTY YEARS AGO, my neighbours hired the most amazing nanny from Germany. She was full of life, very artistic, loved the outdoors, and her name was Alice. A large portion of my childhood was spent with her, and it’s amazing to see the connection she still has with us neighbourhood kids years later, as she made Fernie her home and raised a beautiful family here. Not surprisingly, her three children are as enthusiastic about the mountains and all they offer as she is.

Andrea recognizes and appreciates the support she has received from the community of Fernie. Teck, the Will Bouchard Foundation, Emily Brydon Youth Foundation, Evolution Health and Fitness, among others, have been integral to her reaching the goals she aspires to. It is obvious that Andrea is a motivated and hard working individual. Dedicated to her training program and sponsors, working at Overwaitea, conducting her own fundraising through bottle drives, and volunteering for community organizations and events whenever she can, she is a great role model in our community.

Sitting across from Andrea Byrne at Freshies feels oddly familiar. Alice’s youngest child, Andrea is a 17-yearold ready to take on the world. She finished high school a semester early this December to ensure she can compete on the Junior Freeski tour January through April 2015. “I plan on doing nine competitions in Canada and the US,” says Andrea. “This year the Junior Comps are with the Freeski World Tour, so it should make it easier to get into the tour once I turn 18 next year.” Growing up at the base of the ski hill has its perks. While anyone living in Fernie can brag about their close proximity to mountain recreation, living a short walk to the chair lift is definitely above par. Andrea’s parents always encouraged their kids to get outside, so spending time recreating outdoors quickly became a natural pastime. When it came to skiing specifically, not only were Andrea’s parents both instructors, she had two older brothers to keep up to as well. She joined the Fernie Freestyle Ski Club when she was 12 with the support of the I Ride for Will and the Emily Brydon Youth Foundations. She enjoyed the team environment, and that the club exposed her to other girls her age in the sport. “It pushed me in a positive way. I didn’t want to compete at first, but our coaches made it more about

“I might check out different ski towns and mountains for a winter, but I want to come back to Fernie. It’s a great place to settle down.” A love for Fernie is yet another attribute she shares with her mom. Good luck, Andrea. Know that Fernie will always welcome you. 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here? I arrived in Fernie at birth via Shelley Forrest. My parents brought me here. 2. Where did you first live in town? KYLE HAMILTON PHOTO

fun than pressure to do well,” says Andrea. Andrea excelled at the sport, competing at the BC Winter Games and bringing home medals in multiple disciplines, but decided it was too difficult to train in Fernie and set her sights on freeskiing. “I began freeskiing when I was around 14,

and realized that I wanted to make the change,” she says. Branching out on her own, as there is no freeski team in Fernie, Andrea was lucky to catch the attention of Nelson coach, Pete Then. “Originally from Fernie, Pete took me under his wing and began to help me at events etc. The support was great!” Evidently Andrea

I’ve always lived at the ski hill, my parents built my house up there and it’s been my home ever since. 3. What was your first impression? One of the first things I remember as a kid was weekends spent with the Walker family, going for hikes. And the first snowfall. I guess my first impression was that it was beautiful.

4. What keeps you in Fernie? Everything. School, friends, family, the mountains, and all of the opportunities and connections I have made here. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? That day we got 100cms, how great it was when the school bus didn’t show up. Probably the best day ever.

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6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? Winter! Skiing! And it makes you think that you live in a calendar because it is soooo beautiful. Especially at the top of Polar Peak, it’s amazing. 7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years?  I see Fernie expanding. We already have so many people coming here in the winter. The population nearly doubles and I feel like a lot of these people become residents of Fernie. There are so many things going on, and developments taking place, it makes you realize Fernie is getting bigger.

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8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? I go to Freshies before school and do homework if I have time. On a ski day, I wake up and look out the window and see if there is snow. If yes, skip breakfast, grab my ski stuff and get up there as fast as I can. I usually ski all day, all the days I can. If I missed school, I try to catch up! Then, I head to work at Overwaitea. 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you. 

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“I make a 60-pound batch three times a week,” Mark says. That’s 180 pounds of beef jerky every seven days, sometimes in five different flavours. The bin weighs 23.5 kilograms (51 pounds). With lunchtime looming, we stack the remaining meat and head out. As we walk along Second Ave for lunch, I can’t help but notice how Mark carries himself; a wave to this person, a harmless heckle to that person. He is a clearly a familiar face in town, always with a kind word. “I know almost everyone that walks through those doors, just like my dad did,” he tells me over soup and sandwiches. Mark was in Grade 8 when he started working. Today he makes his own sausages, mixes his own spices, slices and ties his own roasts. After almost 48 years it just comes naturally. He tells me about completing a meat cutting certification (1800 hours) after graduating and about having a part as a butcher in a Disney movie filmed in Fernie.

prepare a meat tray for a party, slicing garlic sausage and cheeses. Despite eating all day I grab a piece of each and indulge. As I mosey around I notice a substantial collection of photographs and old newspaper clippings on the walls. A framed photo of Mark with his father and uncle, each holding trophies from various smoked sausage competitions in Alberta, hangs behind the front counter. That contagious grin Mark so often has is spread across all of their faces. It’s a smile that carries pride. I clean up and say my goodbyes, thanking Mark for such a fun day. He smiles, says, “you’re hired” and then invites me back anytime.

Fernie Meat Market JESSE BELL

AS A YOUNG GIRL IN A NONVEGETARIAN HOUSEHOLD I loved going to the Fernie Meat Market with my dad. We’d walk inside, the aroma of cured meats and sausages filling our noses, and stuff a paper bag with enough beef jerky to last most normal people an entire month. The bag never lasted us more than a few days. So when local butcher and owner of the market Mark Brown agreed to let me join

AS I WORK I NOTICE SMALL CHUNKS OF MEAT AND BLOOD BETWEEN MY FINGERS. I DON’T MIND, THOUGH, ‘TIS THE LIFE OF A BUTCHER.

the jerky will be smoked. As I follow his instructions and begin to trim the fat from the beef, we talk about his family business.

him for the day, I was to the moon.

The Fernie Meat Market has been a part of Fernie’s history for nearly a century. The shop at 512 5th Street was purchased by Mark’s grandfather in 1926 and run by his grandmother, his father Ed and his Uncle Bob before coming into Mark’s hands.

I arrive on a Saturday morning and Mark greets me with a mammoth-sized smile. He hands me a white apron and leads me to a giant piece of beef resting on a cutting board.

Eighty-nine years and three generations of Browns slicing steaks and winning awards for best quality meats. It’s no wonder the jerky is so good, the recipes have been polished to perfection.

The cut is called the flank and Mark tells me that we are going to be making beef jerky. Today we cut and in two days

I slice strips of flank and pile them in a bin on a scale at the back.

Back at the shop I’m left to my own devices while Mark, Lana and Deanna help customers at the front. Three alumni Fernie Ghostriders players come in and visit; they are old friends. They hug Mark and laugh about past times. As I work I notice small chunks of meat and blood between my fingers. I don’t mind, though, ‘tis the life of a butcher. I take the boning knife and slice strips of beef repetitiously. Kim Mitchell’s classic Patio Lanterns comes on the radio and before long I’m dancing in my apron, wielding my knife around merrily. Embarrassed, I remember there’s no one around to judge me but a big, dead slab of beef, and I continue on dancing. Near the end of my day I head out to the front. Fresh snow falls outside and the girls

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IN THE TRACKS good balance keep their body in between their skis and never get the full weight transfer on to the gliding ski, resulting in the ski always being on an edge. As with all Nordic skiing techniques it is important to have your hips over your feet so you can achieve full weight transfer and glide on a flat ski. Here are a few drills to help you improve your balance for gliding.

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WINTER IS NOW IN FULL SWING and the new trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre have never been better. Hopefully your skis are all waxed and you have been able to take advantage of the great trails Fernie has to offer. This month I will focus on what many feel are the most difficult skate ski techniques: one skate and two skate.

One Skate One skate is considered the second gear in the skate ski transmission and is characterized by one skating motion for every poling motion. It is used on flat to uphill terrain where offset would be over-revving your engine. With one skate technique your body position goes from a high position where you are standing on a straighter leg while gliding and going into a lower position during the poling and skate push. As you transfer your weight onto the other ski to begin gliding, your arms and body return to a high position to initiate the poling and skate push that will take you back onto the initial ski. The timing is one of the more difficult aspects and involves the upper-body initiating a double poling motion as the skier begins to push with the skating leg onto the gliding ski.

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Once you have gone through the progressions, find a flat slope and practice both the one skate and two skate techniques. Try slowing your movements down and focus on the timing and weight shift. Next month I will discuss offset, which is the first gear in the skate skiing transmission and usually the easiest for people to pick up. Now go enjoy the trails and don’t forget to check out fernienordic. com for upcoming adult lessons.

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Two Skate Two skate is the third gear in the skate ski transmission and is characterized by two skating motions for every poling motion. It is used on flats and gradual down hills where you are going too fast to one skate. Two skate is very similar to one skate except that in two skate the poling motion only occurs with every

Find a gentle down slope and without poles try to glide for as long as you can on one ski before you have to push onto your other ski. Try to get your hips over your gliding ski and make sure you are not just tipping over for balance. When you are feeling more comfortable with your balance you can move to the next progression – the hop skate. For this drill, do the same as the previous drill but once you are gliding on your ski you add a little hop and then push off to the other ski. The timing is glide-hop-glide and then push off to the other ski. Repeat this on both sides as you move down the trail.

This will force you to get your weight and hips over your ski as it is difficult to hop on one foot with your weight not directly over it. The final drill is called V4 and this one requires poles. On the same gentle down slope add a few skate pushes to get moving and then while gliding on one ski try to pole two times before pushing off to the other ski. Once on the other ski, pole two times before pushing off and repeat down the trail.

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second leg push and you do not return to a high position on the gliding ski but rather stay in a relatively low position. While gliding on the non-poling side your arms extend behind you and you ride that ski in a relatively low position similar to a speed skater. From this position you swing your arms forward in conjunction with a powerful skate push to get you back onto

the poling side. On the poling side the whole body returns to the high position to begin the poling motion and skate-push that will take you back to the non-poling side. These techniques are more challenging to learn, as they place a greater demand on one’s balance. Many skiers who lack

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February 2015 Monthly Events

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SUNDAY 1.2.2015

FRIDAY 20.2.2015

Mobile Library @ Senior’s Drop in Centre, 12:15-12:45pm. Browse books to sign out while enjoying lunch. New selection each week. Fernie Ski and Touring Club AGM @ Freshies, 7pm. Open to everyone, view agenda at www.fernietrails.com.

Banner Project Submission Deadline @ Fernie Arts Station Byron Bay Musician Bevan Cutherbertson Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Ben Fox from Nelson @ The Royal FlatSpin & Straus DJ Party @ The Central

7th Sew-A-Thon for Days for Girls Elk Valley, BC Chapter @ Christ Church Anglican, 1pm Indie Films Fernie: Pride @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm

THURSDAY 12.2.2015 – FRIDAY 13.2.2015

SATURDAY 21.2.2015

Fernie School Aged Care Third Annual Valentine’s Day Bake Sale Fundraiser @ Max Turyk

TUESDAY 3.2.2015

FRIDAY 13.2.2015

Amazonian Party with Flatspin & Emci @ The Royal

Fernie Ghostriders vs Col Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Ben Wilkinson @ Infinitea, 8pm. NZ musician. Valentine’s Traffic Light Party @ The Royal Local DJ Party @ The Central

Live Painting Night and Art Auction with Local Artists @ Infinitea, 6pm with DJ Shiny Things from Golden, BC @ The Central, with Riley J Mobina Galore @ The Royal, back in Fernie playing punk rock.

Super Bowl Party @ The Fernie Super Bowl Party @ The Pub Live Music with Jay Burns @ The Griz Bar

MONDAY 2.2.2015

WEDNESDAY 4.2.2015 Spoken Word writers group @ Infinitea with Keith Liggett, 7pm Funkanonics from Germany @ The Central, with Riley J

THURSDAY 5.2.2015 Adult Programming: Meal Planning and Healthy Eating @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30pm. Join Irene Pereverzoff and Roberta McNabe for an evening of practical ideas about meal planning.

FRIDAY 6.2.2016 – SUNDAY 8.2.2016 Western Ski Cross Race Series #2 @ Fernie Alpine Resort

FRIDAY 6.2.2015 Free Women’s Lunch @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 11:301:30pm on the first Friday of each month. No School Friday @ Fernie School Aged Care, full day and trip to the Aquatic Centre Rose Ranger @ Infinitea, 8pm. Canadian folk/pop musician. Riley J @ The Royal, playing Ghetto Funk Nerd Dress Up Party with FlatSpin and Straus @ The Central First Friday Art, Food & Wine Showcase @ Parkplace Lodge. Enjoy menu samplings paired with wine, alongside art by a local artist each month. Community Old Time Dance and Social @ Fernie Elks Hall. 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Featuring the Old TIme tunes of the Kootenay Stringbenders and fantastic dance caller Leslie Bauman Gotfrit from Calgary. This event will be a fundraiser for the Elk Valley Hospice Society. Tickets available Clawhammer Press, $12 for adults and $6 for kids uner 6.

SATURDAY 7.2.2015 Fernie Snowdrag Races @ Fernie, BC Judgement Night @ Fernie Community Centre, an evening of amateur boxing raising funds for Smiles for Shyanne. Doors open at 6:30pm, tickets $20 in advance available at Yamagoya, Boardstiff, Giv’er Shirt Works and Stephanie’s Glass, or at the door. Local DJs @ The Royal Goosebumpz from New Zealand @ The Central, playing glitch-hop

WEDNESDAY 11.2.2015 SKIP (Seniors and Kids International Programs): Story Time @ Rocky Mountain Village, 1-1:45pm. All welcome.

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Gallery Graham Fowler. Opening Reception Thursday January 29th at 7pm. Exhibition Continues until Monday February 23rd. Graham Fowler is a Fernie based visual artist working in watercolour and acrylics. His work reflects his introspective personality and basic need for hands-on spontaneous creativity. Concerts World Music- Small World Project. Monday February 9th at 8pm. Members: Adult $15 youth $10 / Non-members: Adult $20 Youth $14. Tickets available At the Arts Station, Freshies and online. Appearing like a UFO on the music scene in

THURSDAY 12.2.2015

SATURDAY 14.2.2015 Griz Kidz Family Games Night @ Slopeside Coffee Shop, Fernie Alpine Resort 6:30-8pm. Three-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner and Live Music @ Infinitea, with Hark Raving Sirens (limited space) Valentine’s Day Dinner @ Lizard Creek Lodge. Four-course dinner for $69.95/person. Call 250-423-2057 to reserve. Valentine’s Dinner @ Max Restaurant Local DJ Party @ The Central Ash Grunwald from Australia @ The Royal, playing roots and blues.

SUNDAY 15.2.2015 Fernie Ghostriders vs Col Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Griz Kidz Family Movie Night @ Slopeside Coffee Shop, Fernie Alpine Resort 6:30-8pm. Special Long Weekend Big Bender @ The Royal

TUESDAY 17.2.2015 Cooking Class @ Infinitea, 6pm

WEDNESDAY18.2.2015 SKIP (Seniors and Kids International Programs): Story Time @ Tom Uphill Manor, 1:30-2:30pm. All welcome.

THURSDAY 19.2.2015 Red Cedar Book Club: Legends, Icons and Rebels @ Fernie Heritage Library, Grades 4-6 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about famous songwriters and musicians, and try your hand at songwriting. New members welcome.

THURSDAY 19.2.2015 – 21.2.2015 Fernie Mountain Film Festival @ Fernie Community Centre.

THURSDAY 19.2.2015 – 22.2.2015 Jeep Junior Freeski Event @ Fernie Alpine Resort

FRIDAY 20.2.2015 - SATURDAY 21.2.2015 Fernie Skating Club Ice Carnival: The LIttle Mermaid @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7pm. Celebrating 50 years!

2008, the unclassifiable Small World Project impresses with its arsenal of small string instruments (ukulele, charango, banjolele, strumstick), its mini-percussion and bass. www. smallworldproject.ca Indie Folk- Lynnea Rose & Amelie Patterson. Tuesday February 17th at 8pm. Members: Adult $15 youth $10 / Nonmembers: Adult $20 Youth $14. Tickets available at The Arts Station, Freshies and online. Hailing from Nova Scotia and the Rocky Mountains, these two Canadian songstresses bring a mixture of Celtic-infused folk songs with a pinch of pop and country, blues and rock. www. lynnearose.com, www.ameliepattersonmusic.com Indie Films Fernie Pride (2014). Monday February 2nd 2015. 7pm at The Vogue

SATURDAY 21.2.2015 – SUNDAY 22.2.2015 Elk Valley Critical Incident Response Team Training Courses @ Sparwood Fire/Rescue Hall, 9am – 4pm. Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies and Wellness Strategies for the Helping Professional are two courses run by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute. Call 250-423-3516 to learn more or to regiser.

MONDAY 23.2.2015 Spring Break Resgistration Begins @ Fernie School Aged Care

TUESDAY 24.2.2015 Fernie Wine Club Event @ Infinitea, 6pm. Four-courses paired with wine, limited space. Commit House Party @ The Royal

WEDNESDAY 25.2.2015 Mobile Library @ Senior’s Drop in Centre, 12:15-12:45pm. Browse books to sign out while enjoying lunch. New selection each week.

FRIDAY 27.2.2015 No School Friday @ Fernie School Aged Care, full day and visit from the Griz! Adult Programming: Tea and Talk Book Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1:30-2:30pm – new members always welcome. Hurtz Donut from Whistler, BC @ The Central Electro Swing Night @ The Royal

FRIDAY 27.2.2015 – 1.3.2015 Fernie Griz Days Winter Festival @ Fernie, BC. With events taking place in town at the Fernie Aquatic Centre and at Fernie Alpine Resort, this event is fun for the entire family!

SATURDAY 28.2.2015 Fernie Craft Fair and Griz Day Pancake Breakfast @ Fernie Community Centre, 10am – 3pm 16th Annual Classic Canadian Street Hockey Tournament @ Parkplace Pub. Beer gardens and BBQ, spectators welcome. Griz Days Parade @ Downtown Fernie, 6:30pm Scenic Route to Alaska Playing Live @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, alongside Commit Rail Jam and beer gardens and concession. The Fernie Museum and Fernie Curling Club host Olympic Curler Kevin Martin @ Fernie Curling Club, complete with a dinner and presentation. Tickets available at the Museum or Curling Club. Details to follow. 36? Indie @ The Royal, trip rock. 8Bit Ninja @ The Central, FoxxyFest headliner in town! Theatre. Members: $9/adult; $8/youth. Non-Members: $10/adult; $9/youth. Tickets available at The Arts Station and online Workshops Gelli It Up! With Win Dinn. Saturday January 31st and Sunday February 1st. $225 Register at The College of the Rockies 250423-4691. http://windinnart.blogspot.ca/ Theatre Make Love Not War. Friday February 20th & Saturday February 21st. 8 pm at The Arts Station. Tickets $15. More information coming soon Banner Art Project Submissions Submissions are due February 20 at 2pm at the Arts Station. Please call the Arts Station for more details or visit www.theartsstation.com

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DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Wings Night @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 4-6pm $4.50 drinks Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Pitcher and Poutine for $20 @ The Fernie Free Movie and Popcorn Night @ Infinitea, 7pm with $6 meals Mix and Match Pasta @ Pub Bar & Grill Karaoke with Topo & Special Guest @ The Royal Mani Monday Special @ Spa 901 Mussel Mondays @ The Livery with $6 glass of Proseco Pitchers and Wings on Special @ Lizard Creek Lodge Happy Hour @ Rusty Edge, 3:30-5:30pm Locals Day @ Rusty Edge, $10 Beer and Burger Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 Pints of Cider, $10 Appies @ The Northern TUESDAYS Feature Pasta and Wine Night @ Boston Pizza and Sports Bar Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 4-6pm $4.50 drinks Wing Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill Date Night @ Lizard Creek Lodge, Three-course meal for two with wine for $85. Happy Hour @ Rusty Edge, 3:30-5:30pm Wing Day @ Rusty Edge, $10 Pound of Wings and Jugs of FBC on special Want to throw a Party? @ The Royal, contact jcomete@hotmail.com $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedicures for $100, 2 manicures for $70, 2 facials for $130, all three for $275

February 2015 Weekly Events

$10 Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Northern WEDNESDAYS $7 Off Large Pizzas @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 4-6pm $4.50 drinks Rotisserie Chicken and Drink for $15 @ Bridge Bistro Night Bright with Riley J and Friends @ The Central Karaoke Night @ The Fernie Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge 1lb of Mussels @ Lizard Creek Lodge for $14.99 Wine Wednesday @ Max Restaurant with 50% off Select Wines Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal Happy Hour @ Rusty Edge, 3:30-5:30pm Rib Day @ Rusty Edge, $10 Pound of Ribs and Domestic Bottles on Special Featured Pub Burgers on Special @ The Pub Bar & Grill Locals Night @ Loaf, 5-9pm Spoken Word/Crochet Club/Tarot @ Infinitea, 7pm Crochet Collective & Sweater Club Knitting @ Infinitea, 7-9pm Wine Wednesday @ The Livery Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal $8 Wings, Beat the Clock Draft & Highballs and Karaoke @ The Northern THURSDAYS $3 Off Tacos @ Boston Pizza Acoustic Jam @ The Brickhouse Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 4-6pm $4.50 drinks Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Braised Beef Poutine for $12 @ Lizard Creek Lodge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Bar & Grill Free Samples @ Sweet Shop with any purchase over $5.

$2 Off Appies @ The Fernie, 6-9pm 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe RileyJ+Ash / Flatspin+Friends @ The Royal Happy Hour @ Rusty Edge, 3:30-5:30pm Ladies Day @ Rusty Edge, $6 House Wine or $8 for Two Ounces Hula Hoop workshops or Beautea Night with Trillium and Tarot @ Infinitea Choice of Pizza or Pasta with Wine or Beer for $15 @ Loaf Bakery and Restaurant Spring Clean Spa Day Special @ Spa 901 Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill House Gun Doubles $7, $5 Fernie Pints, $3 Sliders @ The Northern FRIDAYS Full Rack of Ribs for $19.95 @ Boston Pizza Brewery Tour @ Fernie Brewing Co. 3pm Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 4-6pm $4.50 drinks Tastings at The Tipple @ The Tipple. 1st Friday of the month only. Live Local Music @ Infinitea, 7pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Welcome Night with Fresh Shucked Oysters and Bubbly @ Lizard Creek Lodge Happy Hour @ Rusty Edge, 3:30-5:30pm Prime Rib and Corona Buckets @ The Pub Bar & Grill $10 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Live Music @ The Central Live Bands & DJs @ The Royal, check facebook page for details Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Domestic Bottles $5 and $12 Fish and Chips @ The Northern SATURDAYS Large Gourmet Pizza for Medium Price @ Boston Pizza

OUTDOOR & FAMILY MONDAYS •Dominoes @ The Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Mahjong @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Special Olympics Athletes Bowling @ Sparwood. 4pm •Duplicate Bridge Game @ The Seniors Drop-in Centre •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •ActiveFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •StrongStart @ IDES, 9am-12pm •Swimming Lessons @ Aquatic Centre, kids under 3 from 10:30-11am •Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church, 7pm, open to everyone •Adult Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Community Climb Night @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 7pm •Ladies Night Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Little Sports @ Max Turyk Recreation Room, ages 3-6 years old $40/ day. charlottecwillis@me.com •Parent and Tot Fun Times @ Knox United Church, 9:30-12pm. Free program for kids age 0-6. TUESDAYS •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7:30pm •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm •StrongStart @ IDES, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Holy Family Centre, 9:30-noon. $6 •Knits and Knots @ Fernie Library, age 8+, drop in, 3:30-4:45pm •Adult Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Public Skating @ Fernie Arena, 10:30am – 11:15am (Free) •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Gentle Fit @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •Born to Sing and Dance @ Fernie Arts Station •Drop-in Climbing @ College of the Rockies Climbing Wall, 7-9pm •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm

Skate WEDNESDAYS •Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am - noon Ages 6 months-2 years •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Drop in Workshop @ Clawhammer Press. 6-9pm, $30 •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. All levels welcome, drop in for $5 •Introduction to Letterpress Printing Workshop @ Clawhammer Press, $30 6-9pm •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •ActiveFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •StrongStart @ IDES, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Holy Family Centre, 9:30-noon. $6 •Paper, Rock, Scissors @ Fernie Heritage Library, age 10+ 3:30-4:45pm •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Adult Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Little Sports @ Max Turyk Recreation Room, ages 3-6 years old $40 per day. charlottecwillis@me.com •Skate & Shoot @ Fernie Arena, 1:15-2:30pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Adult Programming: Crafterspace @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1:303:30pm. Enjoy company while you craft during the winter months. •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm THURSDAYS •Better Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre. 1pm-3pm, every 2nd week. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. From 7-9pm come enjoy indoor flying and practice •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:30-10:30pm •Mixed Boxing Competitive @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am •Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6pm •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Gentle Fit @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •StrongStart @ IDES, 9am-12pm

Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 4-6pm $4.50 drinks Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Pizza Night @ Loaf Bakery, 5pm – close. Porketta Lunch and Prime Rib Dinner @ Lizard Creek Lodge Prime Rib Special @ Max Restaurant & Pub Bar & Grill $5 Glass of House Wine, $5 Off Bottles of Wine @ The Fernie Live Music @ The Central Live Bands & DJs @ The Royal Happy Hour @ Rusty Edge, 3:30-5:30pm Apres Ski with Mickeys Beer and Homemade Meat Pie @ Infinitea, $12 Domestic Bottles $5, Jager Bombs $6, Steak Sandwich $12 @ The Northern SUNDAYS Kids Eat for $4.99 @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 4-6pm $4.50 drinks Brunch @ The Livery Restaurant, 9am – 2pm Brunch @ Nevados, 10am – 2pm Caesars and Homemade Pizza @ Lizard Creek Lodge Fish & Chips plus Caesars and Pints on Special @ The Pub Bar & Grill Happy Hour @ Rusty Edge, 3:30-5:30pm Men’s Day @ Rusty Edge, FBC Pints for $5 Steak & Eggs & Build Your Own Caesar Bar @ The Fernie $10 Roast Dinner @ Infinitea Orphan Night: $3.50 highballs and draft, warm dinner and ski/snow boarding videos @ The Northern Big Bender with Goffles @ The Royal

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•MOMs Group @ Fernie Heritage Library, 9:30-11:30am •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Lego Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm, age 7+ registration required •Red Cedar Book Club Grades 4-6 @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30pm – Last Thursday of the Month •Kids Boxing Boot Camp @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, ages 8-16 5pm. •Adult Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Public Skating @ Fernie Arena, 10:30am – 11:15am (Free) FRIDAYS •Cribbage @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7:30pm •Jitney Darts @ Fernie Legion, 7:30pm •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am •StrongStart @ IDES, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Holy Family Centre, 9:30-noon. $6 •Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am ages 0-2 •Lunch Bag Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 12:15-1:30pm, age 7+ •Storytime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 2-2:45pm ages 3-5 years •No School Fridays Kids Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:30-11am *registration required •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Public Skate @ Fernie Arena, 7-8:15pm and 2:15-4pm on No School Fridays •Youth Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 10:45-11:45am on No School Fridays •Little Sports @ Max Turyk Recreation Room, ages 3-6 years old $40/ day. charlottecwillis@me.com •Women’s Writing Group @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 2-4pm. SATURDAYS •Family French Fun @ The Arts Station, 10:30-11:30am. $12/person or $5 per family member (maximum $20/family). •Public Skate @ Fernie Arena, 2-3:45pm and 6:45-8:15pm SUNDAYS •Fernie Pets Society Group Walk @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9am. •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •First Sunday of the Month Family Climb Time @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 2-4pm •Public Skate @ Fernie Arena, 2:15-4pm

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HITTING THE TRAILS WITH THE FERNIE TRAILS ALLIANCE

Getting it Done for You TERRY NELSON

Trails are shared by landowners whose property the trails cross, and have signed agreements with the FTA to permit certain trail uses. It is critical that all trail users respect landowners conditions, so public access can continue. For example,

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FERNIE’S TRAILS ARE FOR SHARING. People of all ages, backgrounds and modes of self-propelled activity enjoy Fernie’s trails at any given time, for exercise, adventure, and to be out in nature. Enhancing our collective well being, the trails are spokes of life that radiate from the heart of our community. It’s rewarding to encounter like minded folk out on the trails, and feel the connection that comes through a shared experience. A common appreciation for the value of our surroundings connects us regardless of how we may differ from one another. Encounters may vary from quiet greetings with smiles exchanged, to hoots and hollers and breathless tales of animal sightings and personal triumphs. These encounters remind us we are not alone out on the trails, that we share this privilege with many users, and that how we conduct ourselves determines the quality of not only our own experience, but also that of others. It’s important as a trail user to focus on immediate surroundings as the natural environment is full of unforeseen details. Whether we are keeping our senses peeled for possible wildlife encounters, other trail users, changes in the weather, or just the general track on which we tread, we all are responsible to ensure that encounters with others are safe and enjoyable, and everyone is safe, and comfortable. These group dynamics are what make us as humans, vital in spirit, compassionate, and ultimate survivors.

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communication, and a collective sharing of knowledge, patience and encouragement, Fernie’s inclusive trail culture will continue to evolve and many great experiences will continue to be shared out on the trails.

TRAIL OF THE MONTH The Montane Trail Network

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Distance – 8km Loop or 4km Loop Difficulty – Moderate Throughout the winter months, the Fernie Trails Alliance has partnered with the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club and Parastone Developments to groom ten kilometres of the Montane Trail and Road Network weekly.

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the new Montane trail, which is being constructed from the Coal Creek Barn to the southern Fernie municipal boundary, is made possible by just such an agreement and a private-public trail construction partnership. This trail is intended to be non-motorized multi-use to support winter snowshoeing, snow biking, nordic skiing in winter, and hiking and mountain biking in summer. This access privilege has a sharethe-trail condition caveat.

Although most users are aware of, and respect these necessary rules, and practice good trail use etiquette, there are bound to be those who do not. Violations are frowned upon as there is much at stake. Our trails exist only because of years of hard work by dedicated, passionate volunteers including more recent work done by the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) on behalf of user groups to ensure public access through the signing of agreements with landowners. Through positive

To access, park at the Coal Creek Barn just off of Coal Creek Road. Once you cross the bridge, take a left to access the groomed trails. It is recommended to travel the loop counter clockwise, so when you reach a fork turn right. For the outer, 8km loop stay right. Eventually the trail will turn the opposite direction and you will be travelling back towards Coal Creek Road. For the shorter loop, take a left at the second fork you reach. These trails are open to multiple users, including snow bikers, snowshoers, Nordic skiers and dog walkers. Snowshoers, snow bikers and walkers are asked to stay on the outside of the trail to help maintain the integrity of the Nordic grooming. Dog owners, please clean up after your dogs.

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Amy Bohigian

Are there certain times or places where creativity hits you most?

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DOCUMENTARY WORK engages us on specific topics, often propelled by a compelling and true story. The ability for documentary film and photography to create empathy in the viewer is one of the most powerful things about these forms of visual storytelling. Viewing documentary work can create empathy about the lives of others and the issues that they are experiencing, even if the viewer was previously completely uninformed about them. Recent documentaries like Blackfish, Searching For Sugar Man, and The Invisible War introduce us to characters who go through trials and challenges that may feel far removed from our lives, but with skilled storytelling the viewer can identify and relate to their emotions. This kind of empathy is key to creating a bridge for understanding between different people. Nelson-based filmmaker Amy Bohigian runs Watershed Productions, where her team focuses on creating socially aware films. Amy has a diverse background that includes managing YMCA Camp Pine Crest in Ontario, working at a girl’s detention centre in Boston, and a Master’s degree in education from Harvard. In 2006 Amy moved from Toronto to Nelson, a town she had previously visited and loved. “I didn’t need a lot of convincing to put it on my list of places to move to,” she says. When Amy arrived in Nelson, she enrolled in a filmmaking program at Selkirk College. After graduating, she worked on some small projects, and eventually began teaching a kid’s filmmaking camp, and momentum built towards the interesting career Amy has today. Amy’s interest in documenting social issues is clear from her 2011 documentary Conceiving Family, a look at her and her partner’s experience of adopting biracial, 15-month-old twins. The twins were raised

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from birth by Christian Fundamentalist foster parents who had serious concerns about the children being raised by a same-sex couple. The film also examines the challenges and experiences of other same-sex couples as they move through the adoption process. The film was featured in several festivals, and was the winner of the 2012 Best Documentary Feature Award at the Women in Film Festival in Vancouver. As someone who is working in the arts community, what do you think are the best parts about the Nelson community? I just think there’s a lot of creative minds around, and people who are just willing to take risks and do really interesting projects, so it’s not hard to get something going. You have an instant team of people around you if you want, and there’s always something happening here to inspire you as well. So there’s always a constant motion in terms of creative energy in every sector, really. There’s an incredible theatre and music scene here, there’s some amazing visual artists, a lot of filmmakers running around, and it’s just a really neat place to settle in and practice something too because you’re not distracted by commuting to work both

ways or other things that you can get kind of distracted by in a really busy urban life. We’re surrounded by this beautiful scenery that we live in, and that helps to settle a creative energy.

I walk my dog everyday, and a lot of times I feel too busy to do that, but because I have to do it, I go and do it, and it’s the best thing I could be doing because you get out in some fresh air, you don’t have to be returning emails and thoughts come up that way. That’s been a huge part of my creative process. We’ve had him for the last seven or eight years now. And it’s simple but that’s one thing. And also it’s invaluable to have two or three really good people that you trust to just tell you if your idea sucks or not basically [laughs]. Half the things that come out in your brain, you have to have a good sounding board. I tended to go with people who would tell me what I wanted to hear when I was younger, and now I go for the people who I know tell it like it is, and I think it’s made a huge difference. You don’t always want to hear that the idea you think is fantastic isn’t going to

fly, but it’s not always up to them either. You have to do what resonates with you, but there’s something really great about honest friends. Between those two things that’s a big part of how I get stuff started and keep things going.

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Conceiving Family is based on your experience adopting as well as those of other same-sex couples. Was it challenging to make a film about an experience that was so close to you? As a documentary filmmaker I don’t think it’s supposed to be objective, I think that’s kind of a myth. But to actually see the film away from your own life, it was really positive because it helped me process what I had been through. And it also helped for my kids to have this document of how they came to our family and how loved they were when they were young by their foster parents. So I think that in and of itself was a good reason to make the film, if nothing else. It was a great challenge, and for me it’s the ultimate gift to my kids.

Are there any teaching techniques that you learned working at camp and at the girl’s detention centre that you apply when you teach filmmaking to kids? I think it’s all about creating a safe environment with kids. Find out what they’re interested in. The detention centre kids absolutely did not want to be there, the Pine Crest kids completely did, but between the two populations or demographics, you can’t get through to any of them unless you find out what they’re interested in and build off of that. So I think with film, the number one thing I do every time I go into teach something related to film, or have kids work on their own film is basically just figure out what they’re interested in and build the film around that. Then they’re just completely motivated to learn everything that comes with it. If they’re not a technical kid, or they have a hard time being creative or coming up with ideas, as long as you have the thing that they’re into, then you can

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IT’S 11AM AND YOU’VE BEEN pulling tees on the Haulback solidly for the past hour. Every 15 seconds or so you’re sending another tee up the line with a happy rider onboard. Their smiles and snow crusted faces tell you a story and their words convey a slight sense of sympathy, if you listen carefully enough. “Have you managed to ride yet?” most of them ask. You smile and shake your head, “Not yet mate, hopefully on my lunch break.” Let’s rewind for a moment. It’s Friday afternoon and it’s puking, snow is falling at an incredible rate. Come Saturday the hill is busy as everyone waits for Fernie Ski Patrol to do their thing and start opening terrain. In Fernie that means the Bowls. Siberia and Timber are usually open first, followed by Currie and Lizard, the Cedar high traverse, including Snake Ridge, is usually the last to open.  Ski Patrol work diligently and open up the majority of the terrain by midday save for the high traverses in Lizard and Cedar Bowls. Everyone is loving the powder. They’ll drink some beers in the Griz that night and tell their tales of first tracks all-day. Sunday rolls around and the hill is quieter. Lizard high traverse opens, Fernie is stoked. Cedar high traverse also opens, but upper Snake Ridge is still closed due to high avalanche danger.  Sunday night and there is a buzz in town, the weekend is over and a lot of us are starting our “weekend.” But you have one more day of work before you can enjoy the snow; you just hope there is some left. Monday starts cloudy for a lot of people, figuratively speaking. Weather-wise it’s a crisp, clear sunny morning. Those who aren’t too hung over are up bright and early and queuing at the bottom of the Elk

Chair. They are waiting for their chance to ride the untouched powder on Snake Ridge, deciding which line or run they will go for first. Monday morning for a Haulback lifty on the other hand is not quite as optimistic. You roll up at 7:15am with your ears still ringing from last night’s talk of Snake Ridge. You sit in the lifty room and get your gear ready for the day. You put your boots on knowing you will have the shortlived comfort of riding down North Ridge. Soon enough, you’re strapping into your board and skating your way from the far side of the resort towards the Elk Chair – your commute that day. Along the way you try and avoid giving the cat drivers a heart attack as they finish their grooming shift; they too will be in line for the race to Snake.  As you ride up the Elk Chair you can hear the unmistakable sound of ski patrol letting loose their bombs. They are readying Snake Ridge for the hordes of powder-hungry shredders – who works a Monday morning during winter?  After the Elk Chair you take the Bear Chair up to the top of Cedar Bowl, you can still hear patrol hard at work. You ride down North Ridge; there is a dusting of fresh of snow on top of a perfectly groomed run. 

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Upon your arrival at the bottom of the Haulback you go about your checks and set up the maze. You help the maintenance man dig out the lift hut. The maintenance man gets ready to leave and you notice his skis on the back of the snowmobile; it seems everyone is going to shred today. Around 9:30am the first customers arrive at the bottom of the Haulback, they ask if Snake is open yet. Then 10:00am comes around and you see the first of many happy skiers and boarders. Some are hollering, some just smile, lots hi-five and shout at each other to get back up there. Snake is open. Soon the line is out of the maze and you’re under pressure to get everyone up the lift as soon as possible, everyone wants to ride more of what Snake has been hiding all weekend. Your relief comes to give you lunch around 11:15am, and you hurry to get to Snake, but will there be any powder left? Next month, I’ll explain what it means to be a lifty on the quietest days of the season, as spring starts to stir, and Fernie receives lots of snow and lots of snow. Have fun out on the slopes and remember to smile at your lifty!

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Motivation Through Empathy SARAH INGRAM, BSC.HONS.KINESIOLOGY, BCAK PRACTICING KINESIOLOGIST

DO YOU EVER WONDER what it feels like to be someone else? How some people manage to work out every day or not work out at all? How it feels after you walk up a mountain, run a marathon or recover from a broken bone? Motivation for working out is very individual. However, after working as a trainer for 16 years, I can tell you exactly how you will feel if you exercise regularly following exercises specific to your needs: you will feel very good, maybe even the best you have ever felt! So, how do you get to this point?

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Here are a few different personalities I have trained and a little insight into what they may be going through. Marathon runner. Most marathoners run six days a week with specific distances leading up to the goal. Cross training onetwo days in the gym helps prevent knee, hip and overuse injuries, which can be quite common due to the repetitive nature of the sport. There is also a lot of mental preparation for running that length of time, and stretching, icing and massage! Fit momma. Fit mommas plan their workouts around childcare hours at the gym or during school hours. They also plan a lot of activities to do with their children such as swimming, skiing, hiking and outdoor play and you rarely see them standing around. They are very conscious about healthy snacks and staying hydrated.

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Someone who exercises regularly. These people may not have started this way, but once exercise was built into their weekly routines, they cannot imagine life without it.

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Someone who is recovering from a major injury. These individuals have to start very slowly with range of motion exercises and progress as tolerated into strength and cardiovascular exercise. They have good days and bad days, but the more they persist with movement, the more good days they have. Very often, once they have recovered, they feel stronger and fitter than they’ve ever felt. Funny how it sometimes takes an injury to remind you how good healthy feels. A professional athlete. Athletes often work on a periodized schedule. During their on-season they do simple exercises to prevent overuse injuries and maintain strength. During the off-season, they focus first on recovering and rehabilitation and then move into strength and power work specific to their sport. They often train four-eight hours a day, six days a week in the off-season. By putting yourself in these people’s shoes, you might just find a shoe that fits into your fitness goals and a few ways to achieve them.

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FEBRUARY IS A MONTH that gives us the opportunity to celebrate love and empathy with its most notable holiday, Valentine’s Day. As the heart is the symbol for Valentine’s Day, I thought a tie in to cardiovascular health for this month’s issue would be appropriate, because there can never too many reminders of how to optimize your heart health and cardiovascular disease has become a leading cause of death in Canada for both men and women. Heart disease is not a single condition, but a group of conditions affecting the structure and function of the heart with a variety of root causes. These conditions include coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, angina, and myocardial infarction (heart attack). There is actually even a heart condition that is called “Broken Heart Syndrome” (or stress cardiomyopathy) because it can occur in people after the death of a loved one, or after a particularly stressful life event. There are a lot of different risk factors for developing heart disease, and many are within your control. In fact, even if you have a known family history of cardiovascular disease, you can still mitigate that risk, or even reduce the risk of potentially compounding co-existing conditions, such as diabetes. One of the most important things you can do to decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease is to have an active lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight. It is important for adults to incorporate at least 30-40 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, at least four times a week. The

IF YOU ARE A SMOKER, QUITTING SMOKING IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND INCREASE YOUR LIFESPAN. recommendation for those under 18 is to be active for at least 60 minutes daily. It is interesting to think about the difference between activity levels in youth now compared with 20 years ago because we didn’t even need to think about fitting in activity – our lives were active. Things have changed so much that many kids don’t grow up naturally incorporating movement into their lives, and it has had a definite impact (along with diet) on the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in that population. Maintaining a healthy weight is more challenging than including a specific amount of exercise because determining what a healthy weight is for an individual is more subjective. We talk about BMI (body mass index) and waist circumference as guidelines for being at a “healthy weight” but they are so limited in terms of accounting for the vast differences that occur in body type and should be used as just that; guidelines. Eating a healthy diet is also key in reducing risk and is connected to maintaining a healthy weight, as well as in preventing diabetes, which is another major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is important to eat a diet that is high in fibre (ideally food based fibre, rather than fibre supplements), low in sugar and refined, simple carbohydrates, and high in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. Replace table salt with unrefined sea salt, and avoid

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all processed forms of sodium, including monosodium glutamate (MSG). Most of these recommendations come more naturally when you move towards a whole foods diet, free of any processed foods. Not smoking is another way that you can improve the health of your heart and significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease or having an adverse cardiac event. Of course it is ideal to not start smoking in the first place, but there is a lot of good research supporting the benefits of quitting smoking at any stage of the game. If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and increase your lifespan. Stress management may be relatively new to the table when discussing cardiovascular disease risk reduction and management, but that makes it no less important to the topic. Managing stress effectively, particularly when you do it through the practice of yoga, meditation, or any form of martial arts emphasizing deep breathing techniques, will help you to manage hypertension, decrease your risk of a cardiovascular event as well as some types of cardiovascular disease, improve your quality of sleep and improve your well being overall. Start by incorporating only ten minutes daily, and you will start noticing benefits within only a handful of days. Elevated cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), and diabetes are all major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, so reducing your risk and/or effectively managing these conditions will be cardioprotective as well. Of course, the recommendations around reducing your risk of heart disease apply to them as well. Cardiovascular disease needs more attention, particularly in women who think that these risks don’t apply to them. This February, when you see a heart celebrating Valentine’s Day, think about your own heart. What changes can you make to improve your heart health? FERNIEFIX.COM

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tied up in a red bow right in your face as soon as you walk in. A clever and effective marketing strategy because it makes you want to eat them! Not to mention that 365 days a year there are chocolate bars staring at you at the check out! Ok I’ll say it, my name is Krissi Hyland and I am a chocoholic. This chocolate pudding is one of my fave recipes. It contains avocado and you won’t believe how good it is! It’s a healthy version of snack pack pudding that will satisfy any chocolate lover.

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WE ALL HAVE OUR GUILTY PLEASURES and food that feeds our soul. After eating these foods we sometimes have a feeling of guilt or shame. You may trash talk yourself saying “I have no will power” or “I was doing so well until this!” This month, and hopefully onward, let’s change that self-bashing banter and the way we TREAT ourselves. (I love puns!)

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Michael Pollan wrote the simple rule: Treat treats as treats! There is nothing wrong with a special-occasion food, as long as every day is not a special occasion. He explains in his book Food Rules that making poor food choices is not only easier these days but most often cheaper! This is so true, SO this month’s goal is to take the guilt out of our pleasures and make our favourite treat at home. YES! You can have your treat, as long as you make it yourself. This way you can choose

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healthier ingredients like mineral rich sweeteners or if you prefer salty foods then choose Himalayan sea salt (or any salt that has colour to it). One of my favourite treats is chocolate. This month is when the stores start putting chocolates in all shapes and packages

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Relating Empathy to Our Inner Sensitivity

ability to grow because there is no space for freedom and movement. The energy centres when stagnant, are less receptive to what is coming in. We end up feeding our fears, insecurities and destructive patterns. When we operate from such a dense level it is challenging to get out of our own story let alone hold space for anyone else.

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OFTEN THE FEELINGS OF COMPASSION, empathy and vulnerability are labelled as soft or even meek. If we pause and think about it there is a tremendous amount of strength that needs to be conjured up in order to be truly honest, open and vulnerable. That’s why I love the title of this month’s theme… the POWER of Empathy. There is a sensitive place within us that houses the feelings of compassion and empathy. It grows from having walked miles in your own shoes…. not someone else’s. It’s the by-product of cleaning up your inner systems so all of life grows brighter. When we feel connection and wholeness ourselves, we foster compassion and empathy for others. So, why do we close up and separate from wholeness? Here is one little piece of our amazing little puzzle of self. Our bodies contain an element of primitive and instinctual energy forces, most easily understood as our “flight or fight” centres. It is our basic instinct to find food, shelter and safety. For most of us in North America these basic primitive needs are taken care of. The threat of physical danger and safety is no longer a daily concern. Logically we would think that these energy centres if unused would simply close up and get forgotten. But Einstein’s law states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed, only transferred.   Our primal energy gets transmuted from a physical survival to a psychological survival. Where in the past we were like the deer running and hiding when we heard a physical threat, now when we hear a threat we still run and hide… but on the inside. We close down in an attempt

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IF WE PAUSE AND THINK ABOUT IT THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF STRENGTH THAT NEEDS TO BE CONJURED UP IN ORDER TO BE TRULY HONEST, OPEN AND VULNERABLE. to protect ourselves. It is a protective defence we have been implementing since we were small and has been playing out in our behaviours and patterns for most of our lives. Sounds all right from an initial understanding. Nothing wrong with protecting ourselves from feeling pain or hurt, yet here’s the flip side of that coin.   When we shut down and close off we have no filters from good vs. bad. It all shuts down. Our ability to be sensitive towards ourselves and feel empathetic towards others diminishes. Our protected areas become weaker and eventually there is no

The strange thing is our society is totally okay with this. We have the means to bandage our inner challenges and we perceive this behaviour as acceptable. Think of how often we get anxious over what other people think of us. How bent out of shape we become if our material possessions get damaged or stolen, or how inwardly stressed we become if we can’t control our environments. If our physical body were this fragile we would label ourselves as sick. Yet on a psychological plane it’s socially acceptable. In fact we adore those who “have it together” or who are “highly disciplined.” But this process of inner protection merely masks what is hard to face within ourselves. There comes a point in spiritual growth where we understand that if you protect yourself, you will never be free. Because you are scared you lock yourself in your house and pull down the shades. Yet now it’s dark and you miss the sunshine. We cannot be protected and free at the same time. It’s impossible. So now we have the choice of every moment of everyday. Will this experience, this moment in time teach me to choose contraction or expansion? Will I choose the light or the dark? If you choose light you’ll reach a point of no return. The possibilities for expansion and connection are infinite. The spirit snipers will still be out there, the pain of life is still experienced. Yet now you learn to gather the tools to move the energy through you rather than trapping it in and closing down. Eventually, you shine a light on the understanding of the power of being compassionate, empathetic and sensitive.  

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AROUND THE WORLD

A Quick Trip to Oz REBECCA HALL

ON A SUITABLY DAMP AND DRIZZLY DAY last October I found myself with a few hours to re-discover the Emerald City. This jewel of the north – also known as Seattle – has many charms and secrets. In uncharacteristically subdued fashion (for the United States) it draws the visitor in less with bells and whistles and more with a subtle wink. Pike’s Place Market is a natural place to start a visit to Seattle. Grab a coffee from the first ever Starbucks, and enjoy the live theatre of the flying fish at Pike Place Fish. Stroll the market and waterfront and sample some of the Northwest’s best produce or pick up a piece of local art to take home. The Great Wheel at Pier 57 is Seattle’s newest attraction, soaring to 175ft for spectacular views of Puget Sound (or a lot of fog, depending on what kind of day it is). Seattle’s history is as rich as it is varied. Just like Fernie, a great fire in 1889 shaped the city it has become. Just like Fernie, the fire resulted in an ordinance that all future buildings must be built of brick or stone resulting in a charmingly solidfeeling city centre. And perhaps just like Fernie, underground tunnels were integral to life at the turn of the century. I have only heard rumours of Fernie’s tunnels (and spotted a few suspicious doorways in basements here and there) but in Seattle this history is available to discover – take a tour and see for yourself. There’s many to choose from, including ghost tours, historical tours and tales of the sin and debauchery of the end of the 19th century.

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WALKING BENEATH A BRIGHTLY LIT GLASS CEILING OF SEACREATURE-LIKE FORMS WAS LIKE TAKING A STROLL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN. of glass artist Dale Chihuly I was thrilled to find out that a permanent installation dedicated to his work opened at the Seattle Center in 2012. Chihuly Garden and Glass incorporates a series of eight galleries, 4500-sq-ft glasshouse, sculpture garden, gift shop, glassblowing theatre and restaurant. As you traverse through the galleries, each one is an artwork more stunning than the last. Unique lighting, highly reflective surfaces and focused arrangements turn each room into an experience. Walking beneath a brightly lit glass ceiling of sea-creature-like forms was like taking a stroll at the bottom of the ocean. In a darkened room, giant structures grew out of the ground like a scene from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. In the garden, the sculptures are arranged within the beds to resemble plants and natural forms. The experience is spectacular, unique and tangible – the visitor experiences the artwork in a very intimate setting. If you find yourself in Seattle one damp and drizzly afternoon, make sure to go and visit this inspirational body of work and maybe even catch the artist at work in the theatre. If Seattle is the Emerald City, Chihuly is certainly the Wizard. I hope you enjoy the photos I took of my all-too-brief visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. I’d love to hear about a special place you’ve visited to share on these pages. Please write to me at hall.rebecca.j@gmail.com.

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Most of the spring, summer and fall are like this for me. Then comes winter. I make vague commitments to keep running… then I stop running until spring. In Fernie, this can mean a six month hiatus. Why do I stop running in the winter? I have run a few times and (unless it’s extremely cold or icy) I feel safe as long as I am suitably dressed. So if not safety, why? I think I have several excuses, and one or two legitimate reasons.

RUNNING IS GOOD FOR ME. I mean, running is great for me. Sure, running improves my muscles, my endurance, my cardio, and my general physical health. But running has several intangibles too. Running gives me a sense of accomplishment (a bonus accomplishment if I bring the dog with me too). Mentally, running helps me to reduce anxiety and keeps my self-worry in perspective. My own heartbeat seems to drown out the negative voice. Even economically, running is very affordable compared to many other physical pursuits. Also, (and I suppose this is connected to physical and mental) I sleep better, which helps to make everything a little better. Now, just because running is good for me, does not mean I always like it. I have a love-hate relationship with running. Runs are fairly predictable for me. They start with procrastination and avoidance. My head is filled with excuses that it tries to convince me are bona fide reasons not to run (housework, time, weather, et cetera). I dread running. Hopefully, I get out the door. Five minutes into the run, I am surprised at how much I enjoy running. Suddenly, the reasons for not running seem lame and pitiful. Even the bad weather, rather than feeling like a legitimate reason for not running, makes me feel happier with myself for getting outside. The worse the weather, the more I feel like a badass runner. I tell myself things like Why was I avoiding this, this feels great? Next time, I’ll go out right away. I should do this more often.

The next run presents the same process.

My excuses are more convenient and readily available in the winter. The couch and the TV are more inviting. Fernie’s winter weather can always be twisted into an excuse. Also, there are fewer official running events to sign up for to get motivated. The daylight is shorter. Getting dressed for winter running feels like more of an obstacle. Wah-wah-waaah… now that I’ve listed my excuses, let me list the reasons. One I already mentioned is safety. There are a handful of days that I consider unsafe for running due to weather and conditions. The tricky part is not letting the slacker voice in my head convince me that minor things like snow or below zero temperatures, justify staying home. Usually, weather obstacles can be overcome with proper clothing and footwear. The other, stronger reason for not running is the multitude of physical activities available only during the winter. I’m fine with skipping a run to go for a skate, or a snowshoe, or a ski. For me, being conscious of staying physically active in the winter is at least as important as in the summer. For one reason, winter in Fernie is long. Also winter, with its darkness and cold, leaves me more prone to anxiety. In addition,

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winter reduces my outdoor time: in summer I can be somewhat inactive, but still spend lots of time outside. In winter, I need to commit to outdoor activity and have a reason to be outside. I have had a few friends lately inspire me to try my foot at winter running. I have one friend who goes out most mornings before work and brings his professorial dog out with him. They don’t go super long, maybe fifteen minutes, but a fifteen minute jog before work is a great way to start the day with a sense of accomplishment. Also, two of my coworkers have been running an evening or two each week. This week they invited me to join them… and I did. I guess my nose is not the only part of me that can run in the winter.

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MOST OF US NOW HAVE AT LEAST ONE and possibly more wireless devices that we use regularly. At a minimum we have our cell phone connected via WiFi, but for many people all their computers and devices are run from a WiFi router. If you have a good central location for your WiFi router then there's a good chance that you can get a good signal from anywhere in the house. But what if you'd like to use your WiFi in the basement, or the garage, or out in the yard, or in a city park? Well, you may be in luck. Devices to extend WiFi's reach have been around for some time, but over the last couple of years they've also become very affordable. The most common problem that people have is an area of the house with a weak or non-existent signal. This can be caused by a variety of problems, usually it's just the combination of materials between your WiFi device and the router. When you're just out of range the easiest solution is a WiFi Range Extender. This is a device that is typically about the size of an egg timer that plugs into the wall. You need to plug it in where it can receive a signal from your current WiFi router, but is closer to the area that you need coverage. It then acts as a repeater, making it appear as though your WiFi coverage area is much bigger. You don't need to change anything on your computers or devices as they just see one network. The D-Link DAP-1320 runs around $50 and does this job well. When you're shopping around you'll often see these marketed as “wireless media connectors” or “gaming adaptors.” One other advantage to these devices is that they can also act as a “bridge.” In this mode you use the WiFi bridge to connect

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wirelessly to your WiFi network, but then plug in your computer into the bridge's ethernet port. To your computer it appears to be plugged into your router directly. The bridge just appears to be part of the wire. This is nifty as it lets you use a computer that doesn't have WiFi on your wireless network. If you need to go further than one range extender you can, but you'll need to use equipment that supports Wireless Distribution System (WDS). This almost certainly means using multiple range extenders of the same make and model. When they're all configured for WDS, and plugged in at various locations, they can make one long daisy chain of WiFi. There are a few caveats with this setup, such as ensuring that you don't create loops, and WDS doesn't support the highest level of WiFi security in use, so if you need to do something like this then some research is in order. If you need to go even further, say to another building, or as in the case of the Wapiti Music Festival, to the middle of a city park, then wireless radios are needed. These are very similar to the range extender except that they're deployed in pairs. Radio A is plugged into your network. Radio B is deployed at the remote location and then the remote devices are plugged into it. Usually Radio B is deployed with an ethernet switch to allow you to plug multiple devices in, but you can also plug in another wireless router and keep on going. Using dedicated wireless radios in bridge mode, with good line of sight, it's possible to span distances of up to 5km with sub $70 radios. It's possible to go 50+km if you're willing to spend $100. These radios do require a fairly unobstructed line of sight to each other to be effective, but they are quite remarkable. I like the Ubiquiti NanoStations for this purpose. They run around $65 a piece. Don't forget, you'll need two. Happy Computing. FERNIEFIX.COM

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it. You'll notice it will be well received and your heart will be warmed as you support others.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Stillness

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Inspire

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Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Presence Happy Birthday Aquarius! It's the beginning of a new year for you so take time to just be. Let whatever you want to bring to life this year come to you while you take the time to be present with yourself and be mindful with your actions.

Seek out stillness this month. Whether it's in nature, in meditation, over a cup of tea... your body and mind are craving some It's time for you to inspire others this Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) month by being the best you can be. People quiet time and inactivity. Give yourself a break each day and see how your energy Discover look up to you and there is a knock-on replenishes. effect when you live authentically. Rather Go on an adventure! Get out in discovery than telling someone to do something, Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) mode this month. Go with a friend or go inspire them through your own actions. Effort by yourself – what matters is that you go! Look at the world with fresh eyes and see Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Is there a project or goal that you've been what you've been missing. Growth working on? The only way for you to get there this month is by exerting yourself You are going through a period of considerable growth. Hold a vision of your and hard work. Put your physical and desired outcome and take action from your mental powers to the test and see what you can do. heart rather than your head to achieve it. You will be absorbing a log of new ideas and this may trigger more emotions than usual. 

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Guide

Be a guide for others this month. You have an innate ability to recognize where people are coming from and where they are going. February will be a month of deep peace for Help them stay on a path that's true to themselves and you will be helping all of you. Life will seem to be in slow motion. humanity. Take time to enjoy your newfound peace of mind and bask in the lightness of it. Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Peace

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Flow Things are moving quickly for you this month but all in a lively state of flow. Let each event, idea, or moment lead into the next and trust the rhythm of going with the flow. If you do, you'll accomplish a lot more.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Encourage You have a great gift of seeing the best in people. This month, tap into that skill and provide encouragement to those who need

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This is a time to be playful and have fun! Do whatever it takes to have a laugh this month. Soak up the energy that comes from joy and engage in activities that keep a smile on your face.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Create February is a time for you to create! Get dreaming, get making, get doing! This month bring to life at least some of the ideas you have in your head. Tune into your muse and get busy!

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