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MARCH 2016 | ISSUE 111








COVER: Family tobogganing fun Photo by Matt Kuhn THIS PAGE: Family portrait Photo by Olivier Gosselin

EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS | 6 Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais Employees First

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | 12 Feature Artist – Pepper Couëlle-Sterling Fernie Reads with Ange Qualizza – Can you Hear the Nightbird Call? by Anita Rau Badami Rental Fix – Star Wars by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – March Music Madness by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY & EVENTS | 20 Feature Residents by Krista Turcasso – Courtney Haesler and Erich Leidums

Walking in My Shoes – Values by Micah Morris You’ve Got Male: The Dinosaur and the Golf Ball by Adam K MacDonald Family Stoke – Families by Shelby Cain Events Calendar / March at the Arts Station

OUTDOOR LIFE | 32 Swim, Bike and Jog by Brendan Morgan: The Training Plan Never Have I Ever – Extreme Griz by Jesse Bell In The Tracks – Family by Jeff Williams Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Who We Are by Terry Nelson The Name Game – Shakey’s Acres by Karen Pepper

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 43 Fit to Play – How Fit is Your Family by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Health Naturally by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M. - Eating for Your Family’s Health Around the World with Rebecca Hall – Family Travels Beauty and Fashion in a Fix – Spring Fashion for the Busy Mom by Solange and Zoe

BITS AND BYTES | 51 The Answer Guy – Books on iPad by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

FERNIE FUN | 54 Fix Trivia

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Editor’s Fix ON OUR OWN, WHO ARE WE? Are we defined by the people that we surround ourselves with? The people at Sunday dinners. At the start and at the finish lines and the in between. The people who show up with food after the baby arrives. Banging nails to finish that renovation before the snow flies. Where does the “I” begin and the “We” end? There are so many ways I define myself in relation to others. One of five in my immediate family. One of three sisters. One of ten grandchildren. A companion in parenthood. A mother of two. A business partner. I feel so strongly connected to these people and our joined experiences, and yet we are all individuals. 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. CAROLYN NIKODYM thinks the amount of music in town this month will please the Griz greatly. PATTY VADNAIS is the Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, a winter-time wanna-be ski bum, and summer-time golf slice professional. For more information on business resources, contact Patty at the Chamber, 250-4236868. ANGE QUALIZZA is your local government City Councillor, lover of Nordic skiing, bibliophile and wine aficionado. Rarely found indoors, you can always catch Ange on a trail, rain or shine! SHELBY CAIN was raised in the East Kootenays. After spending a decade wandering the prairies - she’s back, baby. Writing and mothering and enjoying her daily dose of #ferniestoke. Her first novel, Mountain Girl, comes out with Oolichan Press in the spring of 2016. Tweet her @ ShelbyCainWrote JESSE BELL explores her cross-country skiing technique, or lack thereof, along the new Montane Trail. True to form, she and her friends reinstate the phrase #nordicdorking and they do so proudly.

Even with these intrinsic ties, I have a seemingly primal need for time on my own. I crave moments I am so lost in what I am doing… so deep in a meditative state I have to stop and take a look around to figure out where I am. It’s these times that I am able to work through so much of my own “stuff” and to really recognize who I am. What I want. Where I am going, and with whom. Although at times I question this need and feel a pang of guilt, it’s undeniable that I am far better for it. It drives me straight into the arms of the ones I love, with patience, attention, love and fresh eyes. More importantly, with time. So while we may be a piece of a puzzle that makes up one to several little families, all of which make up a community that,

MICAH MORRIS is a Fernie teen that is living life to the fullest in this incredible mountain town. Depending on the season you will find her shredding the ski hill, mountain biking on the trails, at the soccer pitch, or swimming at the creek. She invites you to walk in a teenager’s shoes. KRISSI HYLAND is a Holistic Nutritionist,Ski and Snowboard Instructor nestled in the Japanese Alps in Hakuba, Nagano, Japan. This season Krissi is taking on the challenge of making healthy versions of traditional Japanese dishes. Happy shredding and healthy eating! BRENDAN MORGAN would like to encourage people who would like to get fit in the new year to try the great cross training sport of triathlon. KAREN PEPPER, is the Marketing Coordinator at Fernie Alpine Resort, and will be sharing fun historical facts and stories about the ski hill with Fix readers this winter. JEFF WILLIAMS has been a coach for the Fernie Nordic Society Track Attack program for four years and is head coach for the race team. This winter his column focuses on technique and training to help you enjoy the sport of Nordic skiing. SARAH INGRAM, is quizzing your fitness this month. If you need help getting ‘Fernie Fit,’ call 250-423-9167 or visit

together with other communities, make up a city and so on, each piece holds its significance. Each piece can stand alone. It is just that together, perhaps we get a glimpse of the full picture. Perhaps, together we’re all a little stronger. Krista Turcasso, Editor

FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: Box 1124, 841 7th Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym All content copyright Claris Media. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher.

The FERNIE TRAILS ALLIANCE is a non-profit organization that works with outdoor recreation groups, government and private land owners to enhance and maintain the Fernie trail network.This winter, their column shares information to help us enjoy and explore these trails. 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. 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 Operators and sisters of No.3, SOLANGE and ZOE have a passion for fashion and beauty combining their expertise into their salon and boutique. ADAM K. MACDONALD wishes everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material.

YANN LORANGER from Happy-Culture Inc. is your local resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy. Astrology courses are offered at the College of the Rockies in Fernie from January 7 to February 5.






Community Volunteer Income Tax Program 250-423-4905/250-423-4758 NEED A HAND TO PREPARE YOUR TAX RETURN? Is your income under $40,000 for families and $30,000 for individuals? The CRA community volunteer income tax program can help you file your 2015 income tax. Volunteers will be available Saturdays in the library boardroom, starting March 5 (1-4pm) and ending on Saturday April 30. Volunteers will also be at the Seniors Drop in Centre on Tuesdays, starting March 1, (1-4pm) and ending April 26. Remember to bring your 2014 T-1 and 2015 information slips. If you have any questions, please call Terry (250-423-4905) or Bill (250-423-4758) directly.


L’Association Francophone des Rocheuses du Sud 250-430-2115 MARCH IS A SPECIAL MONTH for the AFRoS (Francophone Association) because it is the month during which French language and French culture are celebrated around the world. To celebrate their cultural diversity, the AFRoS is presenting its 3rd edition of the FrancoFest on March 12 at the Arts Station. This French lovers’ soirée will feature music, wine and cheese (obviously). Auguste, this year’s special guest and musician, is from Sherbrooke, Québec. With a repertoire consisting of his own folky-French songs and classic French covers, he is sure to wow the crowd. To make the evening even more special, Auguste has been working with the students from Fernie’s French school, Sophie-Morigeau. Together, they have prepared a song that they will share with those in attendance. Keep your eyes open for a poster in town and for ticket sales.

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Essential Yoga Studio 761 7th Ave 250-423-9672 JOIN LIFE COACH AND MASTER YOGA INSTRUCTOR Francesca ter Poorten for a Body Positive weekend workshop, March 25-27. Sign up for one session or the whole weekend. Shift the focus of thoughts about your body from attempting to “fix what’s wrong” to a practice of improving and maintaining self-care behaviours that are motivated by positive rather than punishing forces. By cultivating self-love for your body, no matter what its shape or limitations, become aware of how you want to treat yourself and be treated by others. Become more closely connected to your purpose and choose values that align with how you wish to live your life. Essential Yoga Studio would also like to welcome instructors Tricia Clarke and Mackie Bentley-Lobban! For pricing, information and to register for classes or workshops visit, Facebook or download the MindBody App.

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Stag Leap Running Co. will offer basic coaching – from the beginner to those keen to take the leap to ultra-marathons, organize group runs, help people find trail buddies, set monthly Strava Challenges, and form a Fernie Trail Team. They also plan on bringing more races and events to Fernie, with a target of bringing the Ultra back to Fernie in 2017! Stag Leap Running Co. is launching in March, with full details on their website and Facebook page @stagleaprunning. FERNIEFIX.COM



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Employees First PATTY VADNAIS

I AM SITTING WITH SOME FRIENDS when a cell phone rings. Wife says to her husband – is that your work wife? I started thinking about a work day. 1/3 of it is at work, 1/3 of it you are asleep (if you are lucky) leaving 1/3 of the day for family, travel, exercise, eating, grooming, friends, and other hobbies. So really, some of us may spend more time with our work family than our real family. We spend a lot of time with these people; should we treat them like family? And what would that do to business profits? I asked 2015 Business Excellence Awards Employer of the Year winner Fernie Super 8 Hotel and finalist Nevados Restaurant about their work culture, and if it takes on attributes of a family. Both described to me work environments of trust, respect, openness, and reward. Further, they noted that their low turnover rates and high customer satisfaction ratings related to the emphasis they put on their work culture. This employee-first focus is a conscious decision by both companies. Jeremiah Pauw of Fernie Super 8 described to me, “If your employees feel happy and empowered you can guarantee your customers will be happier. The customer first has been the industry norm forever, and it has proven not to work because without engaged, enthusiastic employees to make those customers happy, my business would suffer.” Jeremiah is in good company on this strategy. Billionaire Richard Branson has been quoted saying, “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.” Kurt Saari of Nevados said to me, “Sometimes your child gets really sick, or your car breaks down. Sometimes you get the flu in the middle of your scheduled work week. We put our employees first because we have been in those situations,


just like they have. It’s during these times you realize how truly important your team is.” This conscious approach to employees first creates team togetherness and effective communication amongst staff. Competition for employees is high, especially in the hospitality industry that sees about a 20% higher staff turnover rate than other industries. Building a family and team environment creates better employee retention and happiness says Kurt. Maybe it is a high five for the person who has done something well and stopping a second to enjoy the moment and celebrate. Jeremiah says that creating an enjoyable workplace results in improved customer experiences, and employees that care about their job put effort into their tasks. How important is work culture? An Academy of Management study looked at 904 employees over a six-year period. Organizational culture had a significant effect on the rate of which newly hired employees voluntarily terminated employment – quit. The culture also had a significant effect on job performance.

The culture effect was more important than labour market and employee demographics. Companies that focus on their employees and the environment they work in will see better staff retention and increased worker satisfaction. In return, the company provides better customer service and sees bigger earnings. One tool for creating a better work place is to empower your employees. Inc. magazine lists eight tips to empowering employees including: foster open communication, reward self-improvement, encourage safe failure, provide plenty of context, clearly define roles, require accountability, support their independence, and appreciate their efforts. And one last thought for creating a great work culture from Anne M. Mulcahy, former CEO and chairperson of Xerox. Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they are your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.




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Couëlle-Sterling Children are natural artists because they love to play. They choose their colours without rules, sing happy tuneless songs and dance with abandon to any beat. Where does that freedom of expression go when we grow older? I remember reading in university that “creativity is inversely related to the number of years spent in school,” but does it have to be? Certainly many of you have heard the song by Harry Chapin, although I’m dating myself, where the young boy was disciplined because his flowers weren’t just red and green. The little boy in the song just saw COLOUR and expressed it through the freedom of his imagination. It’s the joy of creating art that I find so infectious working with children in this community. Through teaching art and running the Art Safari Camp in the summer, I reap great rewards by watching them play with art and drama, growing with pride in their accomplishments. At Art Safari Camp, children create art in the morning that corresponds to drama in the afternoon. At the end of the week, they can show off their efforts in an art show and presentation for family and friends. Our enrollment is always full because our young community values the arts. The Art Safari tag line “where art and adventure play together” sums up what I think of as a Fernie community motto. Children love to explore their imaginations creatively and physically in our beautiful mountain town.

After years of art history at university and two degrees, I worked as an Art Director for magazines in Toronto. I enjoyed creativity, but it was so closely tied to commerce and deadline that I missed the pure “play” element. When I moved west, I continued to do graphic design, but found my heart’s calling as a teacher. Teaching was work and play in equal parts with people that were still in touch with their imaginations. My latest endeavour in the field of the arts, writing a book, has been a long but enjoyable process. Publishing it locally, being supported by resident authors and the Fernie Heritage Library has been an incredible experience, and just another example of how strong the arts run through the veins of our community. My personal experiences of art through my father, teaching and travelling have been the inspiration for my writing, but so has my desire to continue allowing my imagination to come out to play.

Secrets of the Painted Door is my first published children’s novel, but I never really set out to

be an author. It was written over several years when I was sailing in the Caribbean in the winter. When I wasn’t spearfishing for dinner, navigating the turquoise and coral studded waters, or dealing with endless maintenance, I daydreamed and scribbled down a story. The main character was insistent and wouldn’t go away, so when I opened the door, she and her story, came tumbling out. The book launch at the Fernie Heritage Library was created for the audience, so of course there were helium balloons, magical bookmarks to be made, as well as an author reading, chocolate cupcakes and children’s questions. Everyone knows about Fernie’s outdoor playground in the mountains, trails and the rivers. It’s well marketed. But our town is also an incredible place to play in so many forms of the arts. We have a community choir, a small orchestra, several musical groups, resident artists, an Arts Station, galleries and courses cropping up continually. So go sculpt, draw, paint, act, sing, dance and – play, play, play! FERNIEFIX.COM



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Can you Hear the Nightbird Call? by Anita Rau Badami

We learn to lean into neighbours and friends until they become family. We share birthdays and Christmas dinners with this new family.


LAST MONTH THE ONLY PERSON CONVICTED in the Air India bombing was released and our country was forced to recall the emotional residue of such a horrific incident. In 1985 terrorism wasn’t the news cycle of the hour populating headline after headline, until we became – as Don DeLillo predicted – deaf to the white noise of it all. In 1985 Air India flight 182, en route to New Delhi, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland killing all 329 people on board, most of them Canadians of Indian descent. It remains the worst terrorist act of Canadian history, and hearing about the release of the bomber stopped me in my tracks. Books are a powerful roadmap to my life; the books that earn a permanent spot in my library have either challenged one of my core beliefs or helped me to understand an impossibly complicated situation. Anita Rau Badami did both of those things with her novel, Can you Hear the Nightbird Call? Badami writes from a unique multicultural place, her novels showcase Canada as a heavy hitter in Indian Diaspora writing. Blending Indian culture with the heroism of ordinary people immigrating to Canada is where Badami triumphs. She allows us to become deeply, madly in love with all of her flawed characters because she shows us their unrelenting courage. The novel pivots around significant points in history; the partition of India and Pakistan, the assassination of Indira Ghandi and the explosion of the Air India flight 182. Badami weaves


together a narrative that walks the reader through a Canadian perspective of these events seamlessly, clashing traditional culture, gender inequalities, class and caste systems, a Punjab history, and the challenges of being an Indian immigrant in Canada. We become involved quickly and deeply with a group of immigrants clinging to the familiarity of one another in a foreign country, overcoming formal obstacles and overlooking cultural differences to create a new community. However, geo-political events in India ripple into this Vancouver community and very quickly we see friends becoming enemies, fear and hatred taking over. After the assassination of Indira Ghandi the Sikh backlash was swift and brutal. In an interview, the author admits to witnessing a Sikh man being burned alive and tossed over a bridge. It is this type of unspeakable violence that degenerates and pervades a quiet neighbourhood in Vancouver. It is a difficult narrative to control, but Badami demonstrates, without too much indulgence, how a string of events can rip apart a community that has only known friendship for decades. How quickly and absolute a belief system can tear apart new loyalties. In this month devoted to family, you can look around at your own Fernie family. It is likely unique because most of us chose Fernie leaving behind perhaps a home country, or parents that live elsewhere.

We are no different than the characters in Badami’s novel; however, we are not immune to ego and issues that divide friendships quickly and forever. Literature that moves us through such tragedy of discarded friendships should remind us to forgive one another our faults and love more. Reading this book again has made me keenly aware of my own Fernie family and how fortunate I am. If you find yourself struggling to comprehend how an overseas geopolitical event could or would affect your neighbour and friend, pick up Badami’s novel. It will lead you uncomfortably close to an appreciation for complexities that might not have been on your radar. Which, in my opinion, is the purpose of a great novel.

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Star Wars

at that point was a relative newcomer to film, and Jake Lloyd (the young Anakin Skywalker). The things that were spectacular about the film were its special effects, which still hold up in comparison to other CGI films produced in the late 1990s, and the light saber duel between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul, featuring the amazing martial art stylings of taekwondo expert Ray Park.


THE FIRST MOVIE IN THE STAR WARS SAGA was released in May, 1977. It was written and directed by then newcomer George Lucas. The story revolved around the adventures of Luke Skywalker, a young idealistic farm boy who, along with a ragtag band of stalwart allies, attempted to aid the brave rebel alliance in its attempt to free the galaxy from domination by the evil galactic empire. Featured in the cast were Mark Hamill, now most famous for lending his voice to the Joker in Batman the animated series, Harrison Ford, who went on to star in numerous big budget Hollywood productions, theatre legend Alec Guinness probably most famous for playing a lead role in Bridge over the River Kwai, George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Carrie Fisher, who has all but disappeared from the cinematic landscape. It broke new ground in terms of special effects and redefined American film making, and through the film, Lucas created the modern blockbuster. It was something fresh that hadn’t been seen before, and used practical effects such as puppets and models to create a spectacular science fiction universe that was new and more rooted in fantasy than had been seen previously in Gene Roddenberry’s television series Star Trek. The movie was simply called Star Wars, but was retitled in 1981 Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope. It was the first of three films, the other two being The Empire Strikes Back released in 1980 and Return of the Jedi released in 1983. The same actors appeared in all three movies. The Phantom Menace came out in May 1999 and was the fourth film in the Star Wars franchise. Set thirty-two years before the first Star Wars film, The Phantom Menace followed Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and


The film was quickly followed by two horrible sequels, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It is sad watching The Phantom Menace now, as it shows the beginning of the end of Lucas’ magical talent at film making.

THANKFULLY, THE FRANCHISE HAS RETURNED, BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER. his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they protected Queen Amidala in her efforts to secure a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by a young Anakin Skywalker, a slave with unusual powers of the Force, they contended with the mysterious return of the evil Sith.

Thankfully, the franchise has returned, bigger and better than ever. If you want to view a recent Star Wars film of incredible quality, see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams, and be amazed at how he is able to rejuvenate the dying franchise.

The film cost $115 million to make and made over one billion at the box office. It was absolutely awful. The acting was stiff, the script was clunky, the characters weren’t well developed and many of the computer-generated alien creatures were based on racial stereotypes, including the now infamous Jar Jar Binks, whose dialogue was almost unintelligible. Given that the majority of the characters were played by such talented actors as Liam Neeson, Ewan MacGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Terence Stamp and Ian McDermid, it revealed Lucas’ talent for bringing out the worst in his actors. The ones who suffered the most under Lucas’ direction (or lack thereof) were Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala), who FERNIEFIX.COM



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March Music Madness CAROLYN NIKODYM

WHETHER WITH YOUR NATURAL BORN FAMILIES or your mountain families for a season, there are plenty of ways to spend time together in March. It kicks of with Griz Days, the ultimate celebration of snow, snow and more snow. That first weekend of March has more things to do than the Griz can shake a musket at, because along with the usual Griz Days traditions – Extreme Griz, Dummy Downhill, parade, etc. – there is also a whole lot of music going on. The Elk Valley Hospital Foundation is hosting Country Stomp II, with the Ken McCoy Band on March 4. This Mission, BC band plays country and southern rock, so you can expect line dancing and stomping. Also on the Griz Days roster is The Bitterweed Draw on March 5. A bluegrass band from Calgary, The Bitterweed Draw will also inspire a footstomping good time. Check out www. for more details on these shows and all of the other events planned. Karl Schomann takes the Infinitea stage again on March 4, during Griz Days. The Fernie local puts on shows that make the audience feel like part of the family – they are interactive and commanding. Also on March 4 is Edmonton band Tallest to Shortest, performing at The Pub. This power trio’s rock is energetic and spans genres like nobody’s business – from surfer to hard rock and everything in between. The next night (March 5) – to warm up after a long day outside – the Northern has got 7 Inches of Pleasure. This night will be an epic dance night, with Vinyl Ritchie, Mat the Alien, DJ Pump and DJ Illo. If DJs aren’t your thing, then do yourself a favour and check out jazz singer Laura Landsberg at



Infinitea. The Nelson native has a voice that melts butter. More jazz at The Arts Station on March 6 with Montreal’s Small World Project. This band blends jazz into world music and mixes in well-known classics (like Jimi Hendrix), using all manner of instruments, from standup bass to ukulele. The show is vibrant and fun. Miles Davis said, “Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” That sounds like the musical ethos for Small World Project.

You probably want to save a bit of energy (or rest up after Griz Days) for Fort Macleod’s John Wort Hannam. He’ll be playing Clawhammer on March 9. He’ll have a fresh album in his bag of tricks. Love Lives On displays a musician completely in tune with himself. Although this is his second album produced by Leeroy Stagger, it was recorded over a year (instead of a frantic three or four days), and the songs are better for the breathing room they got. While very much a Wort Hannam record, it feels different this time. For more old time music, check out Clawhammer’s next show, Pharis and Jason Romero on St. Patrick’s Day. This duo really is royalty in old time music circles. Pharis has been on stage since a young lass, with her family’s country band, and Jason builds custom banjos that are individual works of art. Their last album – A Wanderer I’ll Stay was released a year ago – got heaps of attention and accolades, including nominations for a Juno and an International Folk Music Award. FERNIEFIX.COM



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Courtney Haesler and Erich Leidums KRISTA TURCASSO

OVER THE LAST NEARLY TEN YEARS PUBLISHING this magazine, we have featured numerous residents who spend time organizing events, volunteering, standing for what they believe in, helping others and generally just giving back. It has been such a privilege to learn more about these people and to share their stories with you. Recently, I discovered a foundation that pretty much does everything I listed above – The Outdoor Connections Foundation. A non-profit organization, it delivers “meaningful outdoor education programs designed to enrich the lives of children in the Elk Valley.” Founded by Courtney Haesler and Erich Leidums, this foundation is also centred around the affordability of these programs, and providing opportunities for children to “connect to themselves, each other and the natural world.” Courtney and Erich are both very passionate about the outdoors and the benefits to be obtained from spending time in nature. When asked where this passion derived from, both have an endless supply of memories from their childhood, adolescence and post-secondary days to share. Courtney grew up on a farm, so being outside was just part of life. Her family was also heavily into camping. Erich is from the east, a tourist town near Toronto where people would flock to enjoy the lake life. He grew up valuing this natural environment and all that it offered him in his youth. The duo met in Fernie, where Courtney was teaching and Erich was a patroller at Fernie Alpine Resort. At that time, Courtney was already dreaming of this foundation. “I remember teaching in


school and looking outside, and I would want to be out there! I saw so much value in the kids being outside, and thought it could be incorporated in the school,” she remembers. That was over five years ago. When the duo had their first son in 2013, they got the ball rolling. Since then, the Outdoor Connections Foundation has only grown. Originally, Outdoor Connections offered two week-long summer camps. The response was very positive, and they added to their programs with additional camps such as the Elk Valley Youth Leadership Camp, Adventure Teen Camp, and day camps during the school year on No School Fridays. From there, they saw the opportunity to reach more kids by working with the schools through their program Project Connect. “Acceptance of others, teamwork, self-awareness, appreciation for

the environment and leadership are just some examples of the key interpersonal skills that we emphasize,” Courtney says. Most recently, Outdoor Connections has announced the addition of the Beyond Four Walls Preschool – an outdoor, playbased school for children ages 3-4 years. This addition had been in the works since September, when a group of parents and their toddlers would meet weekly for informal play, rain or shine. “With support of parents, teachers, colleagues and outdoor enthusiasts, this informal outdoor playgroup has created a Formal Forest School starting September 2016,” says Courtney. “This type of environment provides more ability for free play and free exploration, where we believe the learning can take place. It allows for those natural opportunities to learn.”

Courtney and Erich have big plans for this foundation, including an Outdoor Education Centre helping people of all ages get outside. “There would be something for everyone ranging from pre-school to corporate teambuilding to wilderness therapy,” says Erich. “It starts with a dream!” They also believe there are benefits beyond learning when it comes to spending time outside. “It’s such a bonding experience, taking your family outside. The kids nap better and sleep better, they get ‘outdoor tired’,” says Erich. “It also gives you perspective. A tolerance for adversity. If you can handle the elements with your kids on a hike, it gives you the tools and your kids the tools for tolerance.” With a nearly one- and three-year -old, Erich and Courtney admit that they have tapered their family adventures… for now. But it seems to us they have their adventures in store, with Outdoor Connections. 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here? C- 2007, I drove here in a snowstorm and that’s exactly why I was here, for the snow! E- 2011, Ski Patrol Job. 2. Where did you first live in town? C- The Airport. E- On 6th Ave. 3. What was your first impression? C- I came here for a few ski vacations as a teenager and was sold from the first pow lap down Curry. E- Fernie’s got it all. It’s much more than just a ski town. 4. What keeps you in Fernie? C- The energy of the people. I love being challenged and inspired on a continual basis. E- Can’t think of a better place to raise a family. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? Both- Champagne Tuesday. Jan 17, 2012. E- I remember Courtney picking

me up in her little red VW golf to head to the mountain to ski the 60cm that fell overnight. It kept snowing 5-10cm/hour for storm total of over 100cm! 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? C- Winter. I’ve been addicted to skiing since that winter I spent following around the speedy Cathy Morris. E- Winter! There’s just something about the peaks and the snow. 7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years? C- I see children everywhere! E- I think the snow line will creep up in elevation but there are still many years of good snow! And there will be lots of local little rippers. 8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? C- A lazy morning with my two boys, followed by some outside play time. This winter hanging in our quinzee has been a daily ritual. E- I recently discovered a series of exercises called Foundation Training that has totally eliminated my chronic back pain! I start off every-day with a 20 min routine.

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I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH to grow up with most of my family living right here in Fernie. Our family has lived in Fernie for the last four generations, and with such a close knit community, I have grown to know many families. I have always been surrounded by adventurous, outdoorsy people who have pushed me to try new things, and led me to the lifestyle that I am living. I can’t think of better people to have supported me in the things that I want to pursue. Family is valued in every culture and every country, when you ask people what they value the most, “family” is a common answer. In my generation, different family structures are becoming more common, as well as sociably acceptable. The stereotypical format of a family is no longer as common and society is just starting to figure out that it doesn’t matter who your parent figures, or the people that care for you, are. The definition of family is different for everyone. When I was younger my parents were always just mom and dad and my sister was always just my sister, but as I grow older, I have realized that they are so much more than those words. They are my best friends, the people that I tell everything to, and the people that are excited without hesitation to hear about the smallest details of my life. They have become a part of my routine that never gets boring. This relationship that I hold with my family will always be dealt with a careful hand. I believe that holding grudges against people is a pointless as well as exhausting task, often over things that have no value compared to a healthy relationship with your family. As teenagers, our parents and other family members are the biggest and most important influences and impacts in


our life. They teach us how to be kind, interesting, smart people, and we can choose to accept these qualities as well as learn from their mistakes. The greatest memories for me were the ones spent outside camping, at our cabin on Tie Lake, hiking, mountain biking, skiing or ski touring. All these activities gave our family goals to reach and a common activity that we all enjoy. One experience in particular stands out for me: when I was twelve years old our family picked up our lives and moved to Whistler for a winter. Nearing to the end of our stay we decided to go for a twoday ski touring trip along the Spearhead Traverse. This trip, I remember, tested our patience, our parents expected little to no complaining as we walked for what felt like forever over ridges and mountain tops. We all slept in a two-man tent, laying head to feet to be able to fit inside the precipitation-covered walls of the tent. Then the next day, waking up to

the sunrise, hot tea, pure cold silence and pulling on our frozen ski boots for the full day ahead, with changing weather and occasional gear difficulty. That trip will always be one of many memorable adventures that I was able to share with them. And I will always be thankful that my family has been able to pass down their knowledge and passion for the mountains. We don’t get to hand pick our family. No matter the things we find annoying or the topics we disagree on, we have to find ways to appreciate their flaws and work around them. Living around the same people all the time is not particularly easy; every person holds different opinions on subjects and different ideas on how things should work. But it is a great lesson on how to live in the world, and provides a mindset that we can hold with all people, our class mates, co-workers and acquaintances; we should always choose kindness over exclusion. FERNIEFIX.COM



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The Dinosaur and the Golf Ball ADAM K MACDONALD

WHILE TRYING TO WRITE THIS ARTICLE, I have been interrupted (repeatedly) by my toddler. He keeps trying to look at my head using an otoscope he made out of Lego. You see, last night, at bedtime, my toddler was in a mini-tent in his bedroom, pretending to be a dinosaur. He burst out of the tent like a rodeo bull leaving the chute. Unfortunately, we have a bedside table beside our son’s tent. Small, but wooden and solid. SMACK! There was that one second of silence and then my son started to bawl. I scooped him up and hugged him. He was frantic. After a few moments, I manoeuvred him to get a look at the damage. His forehead looked like someone had inserted a golf ball between the scalp and the skull, then painted the bulge every shade of purple. After several minutes, he began to calm down. The goose egg was impressive and he was telling us his neck hurt, so we decided a hospital trip was in order. I slid his winter coat and boots over his jammies and buckled him into the car seat while trying to apply ice to the injury. I took another look at his forehead and was relieved to see the golf ball was shrinking. By the time I arrived at the hospital, my son’s golf ball was gone, replaced by an unimpressive bruise, and he was now smiling. The hospital doors slid open and we were greeted by a nurse who led us to the Triage Room. The nurse spoke to my son and reassured him as she took his vitals. She had him fascinated with the beeping machines. After taking his temperature, the nurse shot the disposable thermometer-tip across the room into the trash. That is when my son started laughing. Next, she convinced him the


finger-heart rate monitor clamp was a toy alligator and she demonstrated on me. My son was amused and then excited that he got to put his finger in the mini alligator’s mouth too. We were shown to a fascinating button-filled bed in Emerg where my son was further entertained by the nurse in a quick, giggle-filled game of peekaboo. The nurse left to phone the doctor-on-call and my toddler begged to see the nurse again. Sure enough, the nurse came back and had Jack in stitches (figuratively, I should point out). She listened through his bellybutton with a stethoscope, at which point my son smiled and loudly announced, “I farted!” The nurse laughed and encouraged him to “let it out.” I felt badly about the doctor having to come in on the Saturday evening of a long weekend for what was looking more and more like an everyday bump on the head. The doctor arrived in no time at all and bent down to my son’s level to chat with him about the fire trucks and helicopters on my son’s pajamas. By the time the doctor began the examination, my son was 100% comfortable and at ease. He checked my son’s forehead and his neck. After warning my son that “this might tickle a bit,” the doctor used an otoscope to peer into my son’s ear canals. My toddler was cleared to go home and get a good night’s sleep. Our family is heading to the Alberta Children’s Hospital next week (unrelated to the head bonk). My son is excited for another hospital visit. The staff at Fernie’s Elk Valley Hospital has set the bar high. They might not have the latest technology or the most advanced medical equipment, but it is hard to imagine a better staff. A huge thank you from our family to all of the staff at the Elk Valley Hospital, especially to the nurse and doctor who were on the night my little dinosaur came in with a golf ball on his forehead.




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MY MONTHLY COLUMN IS TITLED “Family Stoke.” Considering this month’s theme is family you’d think it would be a slam dunk. Turns out you’d be wrong. I think it’s comparable to asking the writers at Ski Canada magazine to write about skis, or Quill and Quire to write about books. I need more. I need an angle. And as I sit here I realize that maybe needing an angle is the angle. Families are very complicated organisms with infinite dynamics, politics, and roles. If this month’s theme was mom-guilt, siblingrivalry, or ageing, I’d be off to the races. There’s just something about the word family that feels enormous, and incredibly simple, all at the same time. From the outside you may see a group of people that fit the general profile of a family – a few old, a few young, perhaps a canine or two – and think “what a nice family.” Simple. But below the outer appearance is a multi-faceted and vibrant relationship so complex, it’s practically impossible to decipher. It seems as though the second you feel like you get everybody’s roles and responsibilities figured out – they change. My five- and six-year-old girls have recently completed yet another metamorphosis. Before my eyes they have turned into these kids who joke around and have secrets and close the door to their room. And not so they can do some forbidden act like colour on the walls or put cream on their doll’s hair. They actually want to talk about something and they don’t want a parent to hear. What the heck are they talking about? It’s freaking me out. And changing my role yet again. Now I’m sneaky-listening-at-the-door mom. Too soon. I asked Five what she thought the word family meant. She didn’t hesitate before answering “people who take care of each other.” So maybe this is what’s tripping


me up. If we drill down to this very basic definition, rather than boring old DNA, how many families are you a part of ? It seems the older we get the more family roles we tend to take on. Daughter, mother, sister, wife, friend, band-mate, coworker, drinking buddy. No wonder I often feel like I have a touch of multi-personality disorder. Each role involves a separate group of members, responsibilities, and behaviours that you hone over time. Not all families are permanent. They ebb and flow, as life often does. And with every new family you become a part of you take on yet another facet of who you are. The other day I was talking on the phone with my longest and dearest friend. I’ve known her since I was seven and we don’t get a chance to talk on the phone often, but when we do we usually fall back into something that happened when we were thirteen, and the laughter starts all over again. Just as we were ending the call my husband walked into the room. “How’s Jodi?” I look from the phone to him, thinking for a second about the days when someone could be listening on another extension, and then being overcome with relief as I remember that can’t happen with a cellphone. For some reason our


reminiscing generally involves a jacked-up level of girl-talk that I wouldn’t necessarily want him knowing anything about. You know, keep the mystery alive. So then I ask, “How did you know it was Jodi?” He looks at me like the word “seriously?” is in a cartoon bubble over his head, and says, “Because you were doing your Jodi laugh, and you had your Jodi smile. Oh, and you were using your Cranbrook accent.” Now, the laugh and the smile are proof to my point made above. In the little family of me and Jodi, my personality is a unique mixture of silly and rebellious. But if we use Five’s definition of family, one thing rings true. You take care of each other, in one way or another. Even if it’s as simple as laughing at each other’s jokes, or as complicated as nurturing little souls from children to adults. So enjoy all your families, and the different version of yourself you get to be in each one. It keeps life interesting. As for the “Cranbrook accent” comment, I continue to deny its existence.

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March 2016 Monthly Events WEDNESDAY 2.3.2016

THURSDAY 10.3.2016

Senior Storytime for all ages with Ms Anie @ Tom Uphill Manor, 1:30pm

Beautea Night with Spa 901 @ Infinitea, 6pm. $10 massage/ manicures/makeup Fly Fishing Film Fest @ The Vogue Theatre. Elk River Guiding Co. and the Vogue Theatre present the Fly Fishing Film Fest. For more information visit 8pm

THURSDAY 3.3.2016 Teenspace @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30-8pm. A venue for teens to come and be together in an environment that is nonjudgemental and available.

FRIDAY 4.3.2016 – SUNDAY 6.3.2016 Griz Days Winter Festival @ Fernie. This popular annual festival honouring the mountain man that encourages Fernie’s champagne powder to fall from the sky, Griz Days includes fun for the entire family including a scavenger hunt, pub crawl, hockey tournament, craft fair, extreme Griz comp, Rail Jam, parade, fireworks, and more. Visit our events calendar at for the full lineup.

FRIDAY 4.3.2016 Griz Days Stomp II @ Fernie Community Centre, 6:30pm with Live Dj, The Ken McCoy Band, line dancing and more. $25, tickets available at Scotia Bank, Jaffray Sports and Sparwood and Elkford Health Centres. Hosted by the Elk Valley Hospital Foundation. Tallest to Shortest Live @ The Parkplace Pub, 8pm. Indie rock band from Edmonton. Fozzy Fundraiser, Griz Days Celebration @ The Royal Karl Schomann & Friends Live @ Infinitea, 8pm

SATURDAY 5.3.2016 Griz Days Craft Fair @ The Fernie Community Centre, 9am-2pm. Local crafts, baked goods and more. The 17th Annual Classic Canadian Street Hockey Tournament @ The Parkplace Pub. A Griz Days classic with outdoor beer garden & BBQ. Spectators welcome. Mixed “Get Into it FAT” Weekend @ Fernie Bike Guides, 10am – 2pm. 250-423-3650 The Testers Live @ The Griz Bar Laura Landsberg Band Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Fat Tony Ski Party @ The Royal 7 Inches of Pleasure with Vinyl Richie @ The Northern, 10pm

SUNDAY 6.3.2016 Raging Elk Dummy Downhill @ Fernie Alpine Resort Mixed “Get Into it FAT” Weekend @ Fernie Bike Guides, 10am – 2pm. 250-423-3650 The Testers Live @ The Griz Bar Small World Project Live @ The Fernie Arts Station

MONDAY 7.3.2016 Indie Films Fernie: Learning To Drive @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm

WEDNESDAY 9.3.2016 Senior Storytime for All Ages with Ms Anie @ Rocky Mountain Village Serenity Room, 1pm John Wort Hannam Live @ Clawhammer Press Bey Blade Competition @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:45-4:45pm for ages 7 and older. Suffragette Movie Screening @ The Fernie Arts Station, 7pm. Pre-event for International Women’s Day Goddess Rising. Tickets are $15 at

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Gallery “At Home in the Woods” by Summer Breeze. In the Gallery until March 29. Gallery Opening: Vanessa Croome​. March 31, 7pm

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IFF films presents Learning to Drive. Monday March 7. As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each


SATURDAY 19.3.2016 Monster Energy Boarderstyle @ Fernie Alpine Resort The Runs @ The Royal, the local favourite punk band

FRIDAY 11.3.2016

MONDAY 21.3.2016

Fernie Friends of Opera: Barbiere De Siviglia @ The Fernie Arts Station, 7pm. Entrance by donation. Ryan O’Connor Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Local DJ @ The Royal

Wildsight Wild Ideas Focus Group: Urban Farming @ Infinitea, 7pm with $12 meals Mr. Royal 2016 @ The Royal

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SATURDAY 12.3.2016

Think Tank Cinema: Hadwin’s Judgement @ Arts Station, 7pm

Conscious Cleanse @ Spa 901, 8:45am. A retreat focusing on inner well-being. Full-day package includes 1hr yoga session, workshop with Dr. Karley Denoon, ND, spa treatment, and three course dinner at Loaf Restaurant. $179/person. Goddess Rising @ The Fernie Community Centre, 9am-4:30pm in celebration of International Women’s Day, by donation. Includes workshops, pampering sessions, socializing, refreshments lunch and more. Sign up at Helly Hansen Scavenger Hunt @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 9am-4pm. Griz Kidz Winter Carnival @ Fernie Alpine Resort The Deadstrings Live @ The Griz Bar FrancoFest @ The Arts Station. An evening of music, wine and cheese to celebrate french culture and language. With special guest, Auguste, a musician from Sherbrooke, Quebec. Songwriting Workshop @ Infinitea with local musician, 5pm Wildlife Party @ The Royal

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SUNDAY 13.3.2016 Helly Hansen Scavenger Hunt @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 9am-4pm. The Deadstrings Live @ The Griz Bar German Sparkle Party with Goff @ The Royal

TUESDAY 15.3.2016 – 17.3.2016 Crown Managers Partnership Forum @ Best Western, Fernie. In partnership with the Crown Conservation Initiative, The Wilderness Society, the US Forest Service, the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada and the US Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation. To register or for more details, visit www.

Beautea Night with Spa 901 @ Infinitea, 6pm. $10 massage/ manicures/makeup

FRIDAY 25.3.2016 BenFox @ The Royal, Shambhala Nelson

FRIDAY 25.3.2016 – SUNDAY 27.3.2016 Body Positive Weekend @ Essential Yoga Studio. Learn to love your unique body. Book online at

SATURDAY 26.3.2016 Kokanee Retro Ski Day & Party @ Fernie Alpine Resort, www. Songwriting Workshop @ Infinitea with local musician, 5pm Big Shake – Dahly Llama Hip Hop Party @ The Royal

SUNDAY 27.3.2016 Griz Kids Easter Activities @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 10am – 12pm Easter Egg Hunt Party @ The Royal

TUESDAY 29.3.2016 Cooking Class @ Infinitea, $35 at 6pm

THURSDAY 31.3.2016 Engineer’s Lego Challenge @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6-7pm. Form a child/adult team for a special challenge to celebrate National Engineer’s Month. Moontricks & Shiny Things @ The Royal

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Craig Cardiff In Concert @ The Fernie Arts Station, 8pm

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THURSDAY 17.3.2016 St. Paddie’s: Dublic @ The Royal St. Patrick’s Day Interactive Dance Party @ The Parkplace Pub, with DJs Goff and Ben on the decks. Pharis and Jason Romero @ Clawhammer Press

FRIDAY 18.3.2016 Monster Energy Boarderstyle @ Fernie Alpine Resort other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.

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Friends of the Opera presents: Barbiere di Siviglia. Friday March 11, 7pm at The Arts Station, by donation.

Workshop Intuitive Painting with Marla deBoon. Starts February 29 Monday March 14: Adult Workshop: Literally Painting – an experiment with expressions in painting, writing and recreating ideas with Aidan Lindsay.

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Small World Project. Sunday March 6. These guys are back - best concert of the 2014/15 season!! This time they are also bringing to the Big Screen a unique performance combining the oldest surviving animated feature-length film The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) by German director Lotte Reiniger with a brand new score. Craig Cardiff. Wednesday March 16th. 8pm. The Arnprior, Ontario-based folk singer worked with producers Ben Leggett (Faraway Neighbours, Ben Hermann) and Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Luke Doucet) to record an album that is quite different than anything Cardiff has released before. Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise) is one-part boisterous group sing-along, one-part gentle lullaby.


March 2016 Weekly Events

DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Burger and Bud $14.99 @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel Movie Night from 7pm and $6 Meals @ Infinitea Mexican Mondays! Chicken or Beef Tacos $3 Happy Hour Corona (Bottles) @ Parkplace Pub Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 $12 Mussels and $4 Wine @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge Monday Beats @ The Royal, 10pm Locals Day: Burger and Fernie Beer $10 @ Rusty Edge Buck a Shuck: $1 Oysters and $5 Prosecco @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge Jam Night with Zac @ The Rusty Edge, 3-6pm TUESDAYS Pasta Specials @ Boston Pizza Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Wing Night @ Parkplace Pub $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 $10 Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Northern Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Tuesday: Shot gun Karaoke with TOpo @ The Royal Pizza Day: $5 off All Pizzas @ Rusty Edge

Buck a Shuck: $1 Oysters and $5 Prosecco @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge Kids Eat for $5 @ Loaf, 5-9pm Chicken and Beer for $15 @ The Bridge Bistro WEDNESDAYS $7 Single or $14 Double Wings @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Karaoke Night @ The Fernie Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Zack’s Jam Night @ The Royal $10 Smokie, Beer and Fries @ Parkplace Pub Tarot Card Readings w/ Miss Janeil @ Infinitea Crochet Collective & Sweater Club Knitting @ Infinitea, 7-9pm Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal $15 Jugs and $8 Wings @ The Northern $10 Vietnamese Sub and Beer @ Pho Locoal Buck a Shuck: $1 Oysters and $5 Prosecco @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge Wing Day $0.50/wing and $14 Jugs of Beer @ Rusty Edge $10 Pizza Menu All Night @ Loaf, 3-9pm Chicken and Beer for $15 @ The Bridge Bistro Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa, 30% off waxing services. THURSDAYS Tacos for $12.95 @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie

2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe RileyJ+Ash / Flatspin+Friends @ The Royal 6oz Cocktail Jugs $20 @ The Northern $15 Feature Burger and Team Trivia for $100 Tab @ Parkplace Pub Ladies Day $3 Tacos, $5 off Bottles of Wine and $5 Signature Drink @ Rusty Edge Buck a Shuck: $1 Oysters and $5 Prosecco @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge $10 Pasta and Drink Specials @ Loaf, 5-9pm Beautea Night with Spa 901 @ Infinitea, $10 massage/manicure/makeup 6pm, every other week FRIDAYS Full Rack of Ribs $19.95 @ Boston Pizza Tastings at The Tipple @ The Tipple. 1st Friday of the month only. Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Fish & Chips plus Rib Night @ Parkplace Pub $11 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Live Music @ The Central Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Steak Sandwich and Steigl Pint $14 @ Rusty Edge Live Music Nights @ Loaf including Doug Paddock Jazz Trio, Hartt & Zac’s acoustic duo and others. DJ Aurora @ The Griz Bar SATURDAYS Any Large Pizza for Medium Charge @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion

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 •Swimming Lessons @ Aquatic Centre, kids under 3 from 10:30-11am •Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church, 7pm, open to everyone •Community Climb Night @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 7pm •Ladies Night Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Parent Tot Fun Times @ Knox United Church, 9:30-noon •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-noon •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Public Swim and Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am – 1pm and 3pm – 8pm. Waterslide 4-6pm 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 •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 •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. $7 without rentals, $10 with. •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-noon •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •Public Swim and Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am – 1pm and 3pm – 8pm. Waterslide 4-6pm •Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Free Public Skate @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Knits and Knots @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm ages 8+, drop –in

Skate WEDNESDAYS •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. Drop in for $5 •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •ActiveFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-noon •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •Charadians Drama Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45 ages 9+. •Public Swim and Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am – 1pm and 3pm – 8pm. Waterslide 4-6pm •Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Free Parent & Tot Skate @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Skate & Shoot @ Memorial Arena, 11:45am-1pm THURSDAYS •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. 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 •MOMs Group @ Fernie Heritage Library, 9:30-11:30am •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Open Roller Skating Evening @ Max Turyk Gym, $2 drop-in fee. 6-7pm •Kids Boxing Boot Camp @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, ages 8-16 5pm. •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-noon •Lego Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45 ages 7+.

Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub $5 Glass of House Wine, $5 Off Bottles of Wine @ The Fernie Live Music @ The Central Live bands and DJs@ The Royal Rib Night: $19 Half/$24 Full @ Parkplace Pub Songwriting Workshops and Wine Specials @ Infinitea, 5pm Lagers and Jagers for $5 @ Rusty Edge 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf $10 Eggs Benny, $5 Baileys and Coffee @ The Bridge Bistro until 1pm Open Mic Night @ The Fernie SUNDAYS Kids Sunday $4.99 @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse Brunch @ Nevados, 10am – 2pm All day brunch starting at $10 @ The Fernie $10 Roast @ Infinitea Sunday Roast Dinners and Happy Hour All Day @ Rusty Edge Party Tunes with GOFFles waffles @ The Royal Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort $18 Sausage and Mash @ Parkplace Pub 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf $10 Eggs Benny and $5 Caesars @ The Bridge Bistro until 1pm Steak Sandwich & Caesar Specials @ Parkplace Pub


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The Training Plan BRENDAN MORGAN

WINTER AND SNOW ARE SLOWLY COMING TO AN END, and hopefully general fitness was in your cold weather repertoire. Now is the time to begin a 12-week specific training program for your Elkford or Wasa sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) triathlon.

12 Week Training Calendar MARCH Mon: Off Tue: Run - 20 min. easy (conversation speed) Wed: Bike - 30 min. easy or spin class Thu: Off Fri: Swim - 10 to 16 x 25m easy (alternate with pool buoy on odd reps), rest 20 seconds Sat: Run - 20 min. easy Sun: Bike - 30 to 40 min. easy or spin class Swim: During weeks 3 and 4, swim 8 to 10 x 50m, rest 15 seconds. Bike/Run: Increase by five minutes each week (week 4 should be 35 min. run). APRIL Mon: Off Tue: Run - 3 to 4 two-minute intervals* Wed: Bike - 50 to 60 min. easy or spin class Thu: Run - 35 to 40 min. easy Fri: Swim - 8 to 10 x 75m easy (alternate with pool buoy on odd reps), rest 15 seconds. Sat: Bike 50 to 60 min. steady with high spin rate (90-100 rpm) Sun: “Brick”: Bike - 30 min. steady, then with no rest Run - 20 to 30 min. easy


Swim: During weeks 3 and 4, swim 5 x 100 m (alternate with pool buoy on odd reps), rest 15 seconds. Bike: Increase by five minutes each week.

*Run: Begin interval training: Warm up for 15 min., then alternate two minutes at a faster pace with two minutes jog/walk. Cool down for 15 minutes; increase by one interval each week.


is very thin, so as not to restrict your arm rotation. Finally, the suit is thick in the waist area where you need the floatation. You can pick up an entry-level triathlon specific wetsuit for under $200, or you can rent a wetsuit from Tri It Multisport store in Calgary for $45 a week.

Mon: Off Tue: Run - 6 to 8 two-minute intervals Wed: Bike - 60 to 70 minutes easy Thu: Swim - 800m easy Fri: Run - 40 min. easy

The “Brick”

Sat: Swim - 800m easy or 30 min. in open water (Surveyors Lake)

When you come off the bike in a triathlon and start to do the run portion of the race, your legs will feel like you have cement blocks tied to your ankles. As you switch modes of exercise, your body needs to effectively and efficiently prepare for the next demand while recovering from the previous level of stress. Back-to-back bike-run training workouts – we call them “bricks” – are essential. “Brick” training will prepare you to run on legs that feel like jelly after hopping off the bike during your race.

Sun: “Brick” - Bike: 50 min. steady, then with no rest, Run 25 to 30 min. easy. During weeks 2 and 3, do the brick on Tuesday; on Sunday, do a mini tri (15-minute swim, 45-minute bike, 20-minute run). Race week: Revert to month 1, week 1. The day before your race, rest or swim easy for 10 minutes.

Pool Buoy It is important during the swim segment of the triathlon to save your legs for the bike and run. This is why triathletes rely mostly on their arms to pull themselves through the water. When swim training, complete alternate reps while squeezing a pool buoy between your legs. This forces you to swim with your upper body and consequently prevents lactic acid from building up in your legs. The lower the lactic acid levels, the less tired your legs will become, and the more ready you will be when you need those legs to bike and run.


panicky or get tired, you can just roll over to your back and take a rest. Please do not use a skiing or diving wetsuit. These are way too restrictive in the shoulders and you will tire out within the first 50m of the swim. A triathlon specific wetsuit is very smooth on the outside, therefore it reduces drag. Also the neoprene in the shoulders

If you have any questions or need any clarification on this program feel free to email me

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If you are a sinker like me, seriously think about doing your lake and race swims with a triathlon specific wetsuit. The neoprene in the wetsuit keeps your legs afloat, much like the pool buoy does. The suit helps you refrain from kicking so hard to keep your legs where they need to be: near the surface of the water. Also, if you are stressing a bit about that open water swim, you can take some solace in the fact that the wetsuit will keep you afloat. If you feel

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Extreme Griz JESSE BELL

THERE ARE VERY FEW DAYS that I find myself saying, “I wish I had a beard.” More often I question why there is a newfound whisker growing beneath my chin, forever cursing the aging process. But for three days of the year, I wish I had a beard. It is a strange want, yes, but if you’ve ever attended Griz Days, you might understand my plight. Fernie’s snowy carnival and weekend-long party celebrates the legend of the Griz; a burly, bear-killing, monstrous mountain

man who carries a musket and makes it snow. One of the weekend’s events, the Extreme Griz Competition, is one I’ve always wanted to take part in. And so last year I did, tapping into my inner Griz and doing manly activities with other aspiring Grizs. After finding the furriest clothes, friends and I head to the community centre’s Craft Fair for the beginning of the Griz competition. Along the stage sits a row of tables in preparation for the pancakeeating contest. I wear a moose hat and a thrifty fox fur vest, along with a pair of moccasins and a red flannel. There are knee-length fur jackets, fox tails and plentiful facial hair.

All of the competitors grab a seat and receive a stack of pancakes. Before long everyone devours their breakfast. I am a terrible under-pressure eater and am the last to finish my stack, deciding to savour each bite instead. Indigestion imminent, the Grizs soon head to the ski hill for more events. Someone brings a musket-style beer bong and we guzzle mountain beer in the sunshine at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort before meeting at the competitors’ grounds for some old-fashioned axethrowing. I chuck an axe at a stump and manage to lodge it into the wood, far away from the intended bulls-eye.

One competitor, Evan Thibaud – who by now has dove far too deep into the musket bong – throws his first axe, misses the full can of beer wedged at the centre of the bulls-eye and then projectile pukes on the snow near his feet. He then picks up the axe for a second time and sends the axe directly into the beer can, creating a beer explosion. It is quite a feat and the gathering crowd cheers, forgetting all about the recent spew. Then begins the log-toss and tug-of-war. Alex Hutton – better known as Top-O – competes bare-chested, his hefty physique annihilating all other competitors. I think to myself that the cold hath no chill for a true Griz, especially when his beard is the size of a small child. Afterwards the obstacle course begins; we all strap on snowshoes and weave in and out of bamboo poles, scoot on a rubber

tube, spin five times with our heads resting on a ski pole and then leap in and out of more rubber tubes. It is a struggle to navigate the poles on faulty snowshoes and even more of a struggle to do so after finding yourself under the influence of belligerent friends and too much beer. But our Griz talent knows no bounds and we finish mostly unscathed. We head back to town and do some old-fashioned leg-wrestling before joining in the Griz Days Parade that evening. I talk with Willard Ripley, Fernie’s original Griz winner from 1978, about the winter celebration. “It’s such a great tradition in Fernie,” he says. “It should be wild and crazy. If at the end of Griz Days someone wasn’t disapproving, then it wasn’t successful.”

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I WAS EXCITED WHEN I HEARD THAT “Family” was the theme for this month’s Fix so that I could share the inspiring story of the Canadian twin sisters that dominated the cross-country ski scene from the late 1960s to mid-1980s. Their story could have easily suited any of the recent themes of gratitude or adversity, but I feel it best fits “Family.” Shirley and Sharon Anne Firth were born on December 31, 1953 in Aklavik, NWT. As members of the Gwich’in First Nation, they were among the first indigenous athletes to represent Canada at the Olympics and were members of the first Canadian women’s cross-country ski team at the Olympics. They were introduced to cross-country skiing through the Territorial Experimental Ski Training (TEST) program. The program was developed in the North West Territories in the 1960s to bring competitive and recreational sports training to the Gwich’in community to help promote self-esteem, motivation and confidence that the athletes could use as a tool for the rest of their lives. The Firth sisters won silver and bronze medals in their national debut at the Canadian Junior Cross-Country Championships in 1968. They followed up their podium finishes by representing Canada on the national cross-country ski team for an unprecedented 17 consecutive years and competed in four consecutive Winter Olympic Games – Sapporo (1972), Innsbruck (1976), Lake Placid (1980) and Sarajevo (1984). Between them, the sisters won 79 medals at national championships, including 48 national titles from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. Shirley won 42 national championship medals (29 gold, 10 silver, and 3 bronze), while Sharon won 37 national championship medals (19 gold, 14 silver, and 4 bronze).


Shirley, who passed away in 2013. Sharon spoke about doing everything “hand-inhand” and how they did everything in life together. The sisters were able to race all over the world together and shared many amazing experiences. Participating in a sport with family and sharing experiences together creates special moments and bonds that cannot be underestimated.


In October of 2015, the Firth sisters were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Sharon accepted the honour and spoke on behalf of herself and her sister

The Fernie Nordic Race team has 15 athletes ranging in age from ten to 15 years old. The team has four sets of two or more siblings, and even includes two sets of twins. At the regional races that are held each winter throughout the Kootenays, it is the norm to have brothers and sisters racing, husbands and wives and even

grandchildren, parents and grandparents racing together. With spring around the corner, now is a great time to think about getting yourself, and maybe even the whole family, into the sport of cross-country skiing. Local shops will have great deals on ski equipment and buying all your equipment in the spring means you will be ready when the trails first open next winter. Here are some tips for new cross-country skiers. 1. Buy good equipment from a reputable store and preferably from someone who cross-country skis. If you are on a budget and need to prioritize your investment in new equipment I would do it as follows: skis first, poles second and then boots. Don’t forget to save some money for ski wax and waxing equipment. 2. Ski without poles. New skiers tend to use all upper body to get around the trails and forget to use their legs. Find some rolling terrain, drop your poles and ski just using your legs. No pole skiing is essential for improving both classic and skate skiing. Even if you are an intermediate skier it is good to ski without poles. 3. Take a lesson… later. The first stage of learning to ski is just getting comfortable on your skis. Balance is a fundamental component of skiing so practice gliding on your skis and just staying upright. Taking a lesson within your first couple times skiing is a waste of money at this point. However, don’t wait too long because it is really easy to create bad habits that are hard to break. If you already have ski equipment, get out on the trails and enjoy the last month of skiing and if you don’t have equipment yet or maybe want to upgrade, now is the perfect time. If you are interested in learning more about cross-country skiing in Fernie or are interested in taking a lesson visit

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FAMILY IS WHO WE ARE. With the promotion of solid ethical trail use etiquette, and general good behavioural values to instil upon our trail-user family, the Fernie Trails Alliance is an integral part of this community’s fabric. If I may use the analogy of being woven into the mountain towns ethos, I will. Trails provide opportunities for multigenerational experiences to be shared in a natural, nourishing environment, also referred to locally, and affectionately as “The Bush,” we are all welcomed by these life-enriching surroundings. When out on the trails, it is very satisfying and comforting to see a broad range of representative ages from young children, parents and grandparents all sharing a common activity. My personal family experiences include forcing screaming and thrashing youngsters into car seats, then driving to one of the trailheads, and unloading the now somewhat pacified kids out into a powerful, intimidating frontier. All resistance evaporated, a smooth transition out into nature, provided the necessary back-to-the earth grounding that the family required to get reacquainted.


The most recently constructed Montane trails now provide opportunities for all ages to explore these rich forest bench lands. Whether on the exciting new cross-country ski trails in winter, or careening about the nicely sculpted berms of the Montane Blue trail in the summer, the community is rewarded with the exhilaration of sharing experiences with friends.

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The Island Lake Resort Group has a large family of employees, that work together to create quality mountain experiences for visitors and local residents alike. A prime example of this close-knit cooperation is I have fond memories of spending the positive working partnership with the adventurous family moments learning how FTA that allowed for the creation of the to ride mountain bikes on the Crestbrook The groomed ski trails at the Fernie Golf Lazy Lizard trail. The trail extends from Interpretive Trails, which were located and Country Club provide access close the Island Lake parking lot to Island Lake, where the now expansive network of the to town for beginners to the nordic skiing and can be accessed in winter with snow Montane trails reside. Our family would sport, whereas the Elk Valley Nordic shoes, followed most likely by snow bikes, ride through fern frond-surrounded mud Centre offers many options from short and then just winter walkers. In summer holes, much to the delight of two young beginner loops suitable for small children, it is very common to see family groups boys, listening for the sounds of the noisy to more challenging longer loops for the conquer the 8 km hike to the lodge. The Stellars Jay, and absorbing the smells of the more seasoned enthusiast. These trails offer collective efforts of many, churned out temperate rainforest, all the while having more varied terrain, winding in amongst what is undeniably the most accessible an energizing, skill enhancing, technical the western cedars, down to a Lizard family trail in the region for all to enjoy. bike ride (with no shocks, carbon fibre, or Creek bridge crossing, and now connecting Fat Tires). to the ski hill. With the Club hosting many The Fernie Mountain Bike Club, another one of the FTA family members, has all-access events, with final receptions at

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Shakey’s Acres KAREN PEPPER

WHILE POURING OVER THE FAR WINTER TRAIL MAP, a few more run names have jumped out at me. Month two of my quest to learn about the people behind the names led me to Dave Aikens, a long-time member of the Fernie Alpine Resort Pro Patrol. I’ve known Dave for many years but have never asked him about his alias “Shakey,” or about his namesake run Shakey’s Acres. This was the perfect opportunity to delve into some fun ski hill history with Dave! Shakey’s Acres (#13 on the trail map) is located in the Timber Bowl, and is accessed from the top of the White Pass Chair. The “acreage” boasts natural, ungroomed, wide open bowl style terrain – great for adventuresome intermediates, along with advanced skiers. Like most terrain, the run can change greatly with snow and weather conditions – from a run full of moguls and bumps, then turning into a dreamy powder field with one snowfall. Very visible from the White Pass Chair, it’s a natural amphitheatre where skiers and riders can show off their skills to their captive audience on the chairlift! Dave arrived in Fernie in 1979, after being hired by Heiko Socher as the Head Avalanche Forecaster and lead for the avalanche safety and control program at the ski hill, which was named Fernie Snow Valley at that time. While nicknames are common in the ski industry, Dave originally came by his out of necessity – at one time, there were 16 Daves on staff at the ski hill. To alleviate confusion, the Daves were numbered (he became Dave #5). Dave also had the longstanding nickname “Dave A.” Finally, a creative member of the grooming crew started calling Dave “Shakey” – a fitting name for the man who shook the mountain while doing avalanche control.


teaching avalanche safety courses or when doing patrol staff training. Shakey’s Acres seemed to be a natural fit, and has been on the map ever since. A couple of additional spots not mentioned on the trail map, but unofficially named as reference points for our Pro Patrol, include Shakey’s Knob (the high point on a knoll on skier’s left of Shakey’s Acres), which you can hike up to and then ski/ride down Shakey’s Rib (the spine leading down from the knob along skier’s left of Shakey’s Acres).


When the Timber and White Pass chairlifts were installed and the resort terrain expanded, there were many runs and areas that needed to be named. It was well known that this particular area had always been a favourite location for Dave to take his students and staff when

Dave is still working with the Fernie Alpine Resort Avalanche Forecasters, and enjoys his work and play, and everything the Elk Valley has to offer. Every year is different, posing new and interesting challenges and opportunities. When asked what he loves about Shakey’s Acres, Dave responded that it’s a great place to ski powder. It’s particularly a great place for people to get their first powder turns and learn the art of skiing and riding in powder. Additional tidbit: Cascade (in Lizard Bowl) was named for the airborne avalanches that resulted in that area when avalanche control work was being done.




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HERE IS A LITTLE QUIZ to see how your family measures up on the Fernie fitness scale. 1. How often do you and your family participate in activities such as walking, biking, or skiing? a) 2+/week b) 1/week c) 1-3x/month d) never 2. How often do you and/or your spouse do sports, fitness classes or workout? a) 3+/week b) 1-2/week c) 1-3x/month d) never 3. How many hours daily do your children watch television or play video games? a) 1 hr or less/day b) 1-2 hr/day c) 3-5hr/ day d 6+ hr/day 4. How often does your child participate in extra curricular physical activity? a) 3-5x/week b)1-2x/week c) 1-3x/month d) never 5. How often does your child participate in non-organized physical activities? (skiing, biking with friends, street hockey, snowman building?) a) 3-5x/week b) 1-2x/week c) 1-3x/month d) never 6. What did your family have for dinner last night? a) Balanced meal around the dinner table b) Healthy choices but too busy so ate


separately c) pizza and wings d) packaged dinner around the TV Scoring: a=3 points, b=2 points, c=1 point, no points for d. How do you rate? 13-18: Fernie Fit! You are one of the many fabulously fit families in town making the most of our amenities. We will likely be cheering your family on in the PPP, running into you on the Lazy Lizard biking trail and dancing together to Shred Kelly. Keep it up! 7-12: Fernie Fun! You are certainly ‘on the team’ but could probably step it up a notch. Make sure to plan fun activities on the weekends or try to join some of the many activities around town to help keep you accountable! 0-6: New to town? Looks like you have a little work to do to get Fernie Fit. Check out the Fernie Fix for activities around town, walk wherever you can and try to implement small changes into your weekly routine. Building a foundation of good health will help you enjoy all that our community has to offer and turn a laydown

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DURING THE WINTER MONTHS when cold and flu viruses abound, it seems to be easier to keep your kitchen stocked with immune-boosting superfoods and supplements but these illnesses can occur at any time of year and to adequately arm your family from them, it is important to utilize nature’s pharmacy regularly, and throughout the year. Many of the essential nutrients are abundant in certain foods, whereas some of the more potent immune-enhancers are better utilized in a supplemental form. Here are five immuneboosting foods and supplements to keep your family healthy, all year long: Turmeric - Turmeric, or Curcuma longa, is an herb (aka spice) that is a rhizome from the same family as ginger, native to southwest India. Not only has turmeric been used medicinally in Asia for thousands of years, it is also being studied extensively for its role in reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, promoting cardiovascular health, delaying the onset of diabetes, preventing Alzheimer’s, acting as an anti fungal and antibacterial agent and treating cancer. While it may be appropriate, on occasion, to supplement with a more concentrated form of turmeric, I recommend introducing it into your meals on a daily basis. Make a turmeric paste, and drink a warm cup of “golden milk” before bed, or flavour (and colour) your soups with the addition of turmeric. It is warm, peppery, colourful, and makes a great addition to your cupboard. Things to consider: turmeric is also an anticoagulant, so be cautious about taking it in combination with any coagulative disorders or with any blood thinners. Berries - Berries such as blueberries, huckleberries, blackberries, strawberries,



elderberries, and currants are full of nutrients including bioflavonoids, vitamin C, and fibre. Because of their status as a powerful antioxidant, they can boost your immunity, help to regulate blood sugar, contribute to weight loss, promote mental clarity, fight cancer, and improve cardiovascular health. Concentrated elderberry is a great supplement to have in your cupboard because of its effect on viruses like the common cold once they descend upon your household. Try to find a low-sugar syrup form, or a glycerite for their flavour and potency. Fermented Foods - There is much emphasis placed on gut health by ND’s, and that is because so much important work happens there. It’s where your food gets broken down and essential nutrients get absorbed, and it’s where a large portion of your immune system does its fighting. The gut is full of GALT, or “GutAssociated Lymphoid Tissue,” that is made up of several types of lymphoid tissue, including T and B type lymphocytes. If we don’t create the right balance of bacteria in the gut, both of these functions become impaired. Supplemental probiotics can be an important component of returning the gut’s ecosystem to a balanced state, but it can also be maintained by regularly ingesting fermented foods such as

Vitamin D - It should come as no surprise that vitamin D continues to hold a place on this list. Vitamin D is a super nutrient, and while you should continue to take it regularly (in addition to implementing safe sun exposure into your life), it is also a tool to have handy when you are feeling worn down, or are coming down with a cold or flu. Research indicates that cells of the immune system are capable of synthesizing vitamin D, and have receptors for vitamin D. The implication of vitamin D deficiency on the immune system has recently become clearer as it appears to result in an increased susceptibility to infection and a decreased ability to mount an immune response when an infection presents itself. Dark, Leafy, Greens - Greens like kale, chard, spinach, romaine lettuce, and arugula contain many nutrients that promote a healthy immune system, including phytonutrients, fibre, B vitamins, and vitamins A and C. Incorporate these foods into your weekly rotation, in the form of sautéed greens with lemon and olive oil, green smoothies (fibre and all), or soup with finely chopped greens. The easiest way to treat the cold or the flu is to prevent it from happening. Once you have become vulnerable to a virus, it will run its course. Including these nutritive foods (and vitamin D) into your family’s day-to-day life will bolster your immune system and reduce the likelihood that you will fall prey to seasonal bugs, and if you do, that your system will have an easier time with recovery. Don’t make these changes all at once, but introduce them one at a time, to allow your family to fully appreciate them and embrace the change. FERNIEFIX.COM



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A COMMON THEME OF MY TRAVEL RESEARCH is that a family holiday is a chance to reconnect and take time for each other, to learn about one another on a deeper level and to appreciate each other through shared experiences. As I write this column during the February “Family Day” season here in Canada, I look forward to a new travel experience with my own family this summer; I’ll be meeting up with all of my immediate family members for a special holiday in Spain to celebrate several milestones with my sisters. I’m looking forward to some quality time exploring Barcelona, taking my nieces and nephews to the beach and sipping rioja on our villa terrace at sunset. We’ve spent a lot of time planning this trip to make sure it suits everyone – not easy when our group will have members from every decade spanning 70 years. We’ve booked a villa within walking distance of a medieval village, close to hiking trails and beautiful beaches. We’ve lined up our flights to meet at the airport, and we’ve talked about daytrip options and house rules. Now we will spend time researching all the fun activities we can do there and I’m learning Spanish at the College of the Rockies. It’s amazing how quickly you can get from “Dos Cervezas, por favor” to “Ellos quisieran arrendar un kayak para dos persons durante dos horas” under Javiera’s guidance! (Any grammatical errors are entirely my own.) But, this is a travel column, not a personal diary; so let me tell you about a beautiful and historic place to visit in Scotland. I’m lucky to have family in several of Scotland’s most beautiful places, and Oban, on the Argyll coast, is certainly one of the most lovely towns. I’m lucky to be able visit regularly and explore this special place.


Known as the “Gateway to the Isles,” Oban has a bustling harbour with ferries and cruise ships coming and going through the narrows of Kerrera on a regular basis. Oban is the seat of the Clan MacDougall, and Donollie Castle (now a fascinating ruin), has recorded history dating back to the 7th century. The Castle Museum tells stories of Scotland’s connection with Ireland and the kingdoms that rose and fell around this area under various clan chiefs and lords over the course of 1300+ years. Oban itself is a charming harbour town with a Victorian feel, lined with 19th century hotels and shops. High above sits McCaig’s tower, a giant folly of granite arches built between 1897 and 1902 as a memorial to the architect’s own family. It’s easy to see this structure as the nonsense of a wealthy banker with an inflated ego, but it’s just as true that McCaig built it to provide winter employment to local stonemasons. Oban is like that – you can’t define it with one story.

Other points of interest include Pulpit Hill (a beautiful two-hour hike with spectacular views towards Mull) and the Oban Sea Life Centre – wonderful for small children. The Falls of Lora are a spectacular natural phenomenon just north of town where a tidal race is formed between Loch Etive and the Firth of Lorn (the open sea) and is a popular spot with sport kayakers and photographers. For more info on Oban visit Fernie-ites will love the cycle touring options in Scotland, Oban is on Route 78 of the Caledonian Way. The 77km stretch from Oban to Fort William is mostly traffic free and follows the coastline with beautiful views, including spectacular Castle Stalker. More info at: uk/ncn/map/route/oban-to-fort-william. I’d love to hear and write about your travel experiences – write to me at hall.rebecca.j@gmail. com. Happy travels!





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SPRING FASHION FOR THE BUSY MOM SOLANGE AND ZOE The fashion forecast this month is calling for spring! If you have had a chance to check out the shops in town you will notice shipments of fresh, new clothing. Colours, new styles and fresh looks. As the days are getting longer and the weather getting brighter, it’s nice to get outside and play with your family. This month we want to focus on easy to do looks for the busy mom.



As spring in Fernie still has cold days we recommend layers. This way while you are out on the town enjoying the beautiful day you can undress a little to soak up those rays.

Only have 5 minutes to spare before grabbing a latte and heading for a play date at the park? No problem! 1. Apply some moisturizer to a clean face.

Bottoms: Black leggings. Comfortable, easy to wear and you`re ready to chase those little ones around. 

2. Use a foundation or concealer. To save time, conceal just the areas you feel need it, such as the bags under your eyes or blemishes and blend well. If you have an extra 30 seconds apply a powder to blend the concealer or foundation and take away any shine. Don’t over do this as it can make your makeup look “caked” on.

Accessorize with a cute scarf and big sunglasses.

3. Eyes: Start with some eyeliner to the upper lid. Then add some mascara to your lashes.

For shoes try a cute pair of gumboots or if the weather is in your favour, try slipping on a Toms-style flat or a laceless sneaker – one of this spring’s must have looks for shoe wear. 

4. Lastly, add a touch of blush to your cheekbones and a splash of gloss to your lips and you are ready to run!

Tops: Throw on a simple sweater or hoody and layer it with a cute leather bomber jacket. It adds a little spark to the outfit.

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I STILL READ PAPER BOOKS, but I also read quite a bit on my iPad. I’ve tried a few dedicated eReaders and have done a column on them in the past, but ultimately I keep coming back to my iPad, because it does so much more than just let me read books. In general eReaders do a fine job of letting you install the books that you’d like to read on them, but they do tend to limit you to their built-in book sources. The iPad is no different. Apple definitely pushes you towards using the iTunes bookstore if you’d like to install a book. It works well and has quite a few titles, but it doesn’t always have what I want. In part that’s because I’m often reading technical manuals or other non-popular pieces. But often niche market books can have a tough time making it into the mainstream market too. So, I’ve developed a few different ways of getting books on to my iPad that bypass the iBookstore. First though, it’s helpful to get books in a format that works well. The best format I’ve found for reading on the iPad is EPUB. This format is widely available and was created specifically for eReaders. Many books are found in PDF format, and this can work, but it is less than ideal. More on PDFs shortly. Assuming you can find the book you want in EPUB format, how do you get it on your device? The easiest way to load an EPUB into iBooks used to be to just drag and drop it inside iTunes, but that doesn’t seem to work as well anymore. Now I use a combination of the following depending on circumstances. Emailing the EPUB. If you can, email the file to yourself. Now, on your iPad open the email and tap the attachment



to download it. Open it if it asks you to do that. Depending on your mail client it may ask if you want to open it in iBooks or it may just open it, as it does for me in Gmail. If it opens it, check for an Open In icon in the top right corner. It looks like a small square with an arrow out the top. Tap the icon and AirDrop will ask you where you’d like to open the file. Choose iBooks and the EPUB will open there. Another way to do this is if you have a Dropbox account, simply drop the EPUB in there. Open up Dropbox on your iPad. It will likely tell you that you can’t preview it because the file type can’t be viewed. Ignore that and look again for the Open In icon at the top. Use that to send the EPUB to iBooks and you’re off to the races. If you’re not a big iBooks fan, then other readers can be coaxed to do something similar. My personal favourite reader is GoodReader. Not only does it handle pretty much any file format you can throw at it, including PDFs, it deals well with remote storage of books, and has a plethora of features that can enhance your reading. It includes features such as highlighting, bookmarking, annotating, printing, etc. Which brings us back to PDFs. An awful lot of publications come out in PDF. The PDF format works great at What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) viewing and printing, but it’s pretty mediocre on small devices. Some applications such as Goodreader do a decent job of converting PDFs to a more readable format, but in

Finally, one last word on the iPad. Use the dark modes in reader applications at night time. It’ll help with the brightness of the screen keeping you awake. There’s also a nifty Low Light filter that you can enable. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom Filter and choose Low Light. You won’t notice the change in the daytime, but at night it’s a better experience. Rumours abound that a Flux-Like blue light filter is coming in the next version of IOS. If so that should help more. Some studies seem to show a relationship between quality of sleep and exposure to blue light, so why not reduce it if you can.


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MARCH IS A CRUCIAL MONTH. January and February helped us to develop a better understanding of our personal interests as they were more and more exposed to our surroundings. This allowed our personal interests to evolve and become more conscious. Every time we evolve, the past knocks on our door to test our new choices one last time before it definitely lets go and yields the place to the “new version” of ourselves. The total solar eclipse of March 8 will perfectly be playing this role. Eclipses reoccur at the same position every 18 years. The dark or bright actions, emotions and thoughts we worked with during the last 18 years might visit us around this day. The second eclipse (March 23) will be of a different nature, underlining the promise of a new beginning carried by spring. For those who consciously worked to embellish their personal interest, this will be an opportunity to heal from the past. A chance to embrace all our imperfections, accept what they taught us and stop fighting against them. Trust that nature’s laws have a purpose for them. We have to foresee the treasures that are hidden behind them. Kiss a handful of compost, knowing that beautiful flowers and delightful food will soon come out of it. Before establishing peace around us, we must install it within ourselves. For those who kept relying on and feeding the flaws of their personal interests, the cycle won’t be ripe enough for the work mentioned above. The same influences will rather bring stress and the visit from the past could be a costly one. Since we all have a little bit of each sign within us, consider each of the following interpretations as addressing a specific part of yourself. Read it all, for all aspects within yourself.

EVERY TIME WE EVOLVE, THE PAST KNOCKS ON OUR DOOR TO TEST OUR NEW CHOICES... Aries (March 21 - April 29) Humility You’ll need patience. Or, you’ll need to use your impatience in a good way. Spring might be early outside, inside, winter will last till Spring equinox. Think of the crocus. Do just like him, use your energy to create the first glimpse of beauty.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Explorer Let your heart discover the vastness of your inner space and fill it with your legendary strength. New horizons could open before you.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Hero What counts for you is the new beginning! You will give all you have to see the dawn of this new day coming. You will go through a lot, but you will be rewarded!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Vigilance


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Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Truth Human relationships can be a complex matter. It’s time to clarify a few of them. Don’t run for it, but be open when the situations unravel.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Forgiveness You rarely forgive because you don’t want to do it pretending. This time, the conditions are perfect. You can feel real forgiveness! It might cost you a few tears, but it is a delight for your deep nature.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Ponder The past is there at your door and reminds you of all the things you did that are not that great. You have a lot of conclusions to draw!

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Satisfaction You always want to complete what you have started. This serves you well and you seem happier than others as the end of this astrological year is quite demanding.

Listen to yourself. Take your time and monitor your emotions. Don’t let them rule your inner state, but hear what they have to say. They will probably be strong and asking for healing. Think of love, light and life.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Vulnerability

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Perseverance

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Temperance

Lots on your shoulders. You can’t make everyone happy and this brings weight even on your heart. Keep doing your best without exhausting yourself.

More than ever, this is your month. What a delight for you to feel the waves of the past and the future interweaving, influencing everyone so clearly. Rejoice as your feelings can freely expend.

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