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the recharge issue Feature Artist Matti Martin on becoming a goldsmith and where life’s paths have taken him and his family. Troy Nixon, Feature Resident, discusses his contribution to the Fernie Freestyle Club. Sarah Ingram tells us why rest is so important as part of our exercise regime. Dr. Taina Turcasso reminds us how to prepare for the cold and flu season. FERNIEFIX.COM


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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS IN THE VALLEY | 6 Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais – Shop Local Money Matters – T’is the Season of Giving… but is it Taxable? by Jaime Hanson, CPA, CGA of GPI Chartered Professional Accountants

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | 12 Feature Artist – Matti Martin Rental Fix – Elementary by Andrew Vallance

COMMUNITY AND EVENTS | 18 Feature Resident – Troy Nixon by Krista Turcasso

You’ve Got Male: Ceiling Staring by Adam K MacDonald Events Calendar Family Stoke – No Words by Shelby Cain

OUTDOOR LIFE | 26 Never Have I Ever – Autumn Fever by Jesse Bell Hitting the Trails: Ridgemont on Foot by Julie Kelly, FTA

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 31 Fit to Challenge – Rest is a Weapon by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Food Intelligence: RD-Approved Hacks to Recharge your Routine by Tiffany Schebesch, RD, BASc Health, Naturally: Recharge Your Immune System by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M.


BITS AND BYTES | 36 The Answer Guy – Building a PC by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

FERNIE FUN | 38 Fix Trivia

COVER: It’s always fascinating how different everything looks at night. White Pass chair with the lights of town in the background. Photo by Matt Kuhn, THIS PAGE: Seasons Change. Photo by Nick Nault,



WHAT IS THIS INITIATIVE? The key to community sustainability is communities and industry working together to lay the foundation for a strong future. The purpose of the Communities of Interest Advisory Initiative is to foster dialogue and communication between the five coal operations and community representatives within their area of influence. Examples of areas of interest discussed by the advisory committee include childcare in the Elk Valley, healthcare and aging, and community safety.

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to their jersey. Soar Studios offering free community classes this weekend.


We may not be able to heal a broken heart. A loss of a loved one takes time to heal, and can be felt for a lifetime. In a small town like Fernie, the loss of such essential community member trickles down to Five days ago, our community was ever everyone – we all have a connection, a story changed and from that moment I have been or know someone who has. So, it’s not anticipating this opening, not knowing surprising that within hours of hearing of what would outpour from all of the loss the tragedy at the Fernie Memorial Arena, and grief and worry that has consumed our the residents of Fernie got into action and community. found ways to take care of our people. These acts of kindness and generosity have But then, I remember. Mug Shots offering been the silver lining to this dark time. free food and drink to those evacuated and And as we continue to mourn and mend Mountain View Dental Office donating our hearts, we’ll continue to turn to one toothpaste and toothbrushes. Fire fighters another or lift one another up. Because, feeding the cats of residents displaced. The that’s what we do. And Fernie, you sure outpour of volunteers lending a hand at showed up this week. the Seniors Centre. A Cranbrook hockey team adding an emblem of Fernie in a heart have been sitting here, staring at the white space of the Word document in front of me for hours. Written and erased the first sentence numerous times.

This edition was meant to recharge us before the next busy season headed our way. Instead, I hope it offers some peace and calm of mind and heart. Much love to you all. In memory of Wayne Hornquist, Lloyd Smith and Jason Podloski. Krista Turcasso Editor

FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: Box 1124, 361A 1st 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.

Contributors ADAM K. MACDONALD wants to wish his wife a Happy Birthday!

JULIE KELLY is the Manager for the Fernie Trails Alliance and loves spending time on the Fernie trails.

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

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

JAIME HANSON is a staff accountant at GPI Chartered Professional Accountants. When she is not busy bean counting, she enjoys the great outdoors and experiencing all that Fernie life has to offer.

JESSE BELL Jesse Bell recharges with a road trip to Vancouver Island this month, and returns home reminded of the little things that matter; friends, sisters, turkey and pumpkin pie.

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. SARAH INGRAM, is visiting a taboo topic in Fernie- rest days. Rest is a weapon and she tells us all about how it helps us to recharge. If you need help with your program, call 250-4239167 or visit 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, is now available! Tweet her @ ShelbyCainWrote

TIFFANY SCHEBESCH is a registered dietitian and owner of Peak Nutrition Consulting located in Fernie, BC. With a basis in mindful and intuitive eating, she helps clients create lasting changes towards their nutrition goals. 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. 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.



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oing into its sixth year, this initiative was put into place to provide the communities of the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass a voice on topics of mutual interest to residents and industry. “The key to community sustainability is communities and industry working together to lay the foundation for a strong future.” To date, the COIAI has accomplished many positive outcomes, including but not limited to developing a website with resources for those in these communities; begin dialogues around the benefits of acquiring post-secondary education opportunities within the Elk Valley; supporting Interior Health awareness and understanding of the poverty that exists in the region; creating connections for communities to come together; and form umbrella groups including Elk Valley Child Care Advisory, Health Care Task Group, and Closure Task Group. The members of the steering committee are proud of these achievements, and look forward to working with these communities and providing additional resources in future.

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ancy McNay and Marilyn Brock are proud to announce the opening of their new Real Estate office Century 21 Real Mountain Living. With a combined Real Estate experience of almost 30 years helping clients purchase and sell their homes, they have what it takes to make your dreams become a reality. Nancy and Marilyn have designed an upscale office located at 362B 2nd Ave in downtown Fernie. “We wanted to have an office that was bright and spacious, where clients can feel comfortable and relaxed,” says Nancy. The office had its official Grand Opening on Saturday October 7, with a ribbon cutting, cake and refreshments for all who attended. “We are open and ready to serve the community.”


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aige Mueller never thought that she would start a business. And she certainly never thought it would be based out of Nepal.Yet, after meeting her business partner Nadia Roy when they were both working in Kathmandu in 2016, something magical happened. The two women combined their passions and came up SUBMITTED PHOTO with a project in ethical shopping and traceability. Earthbeats combines Mueller’s love of filmmaking and Roy’s social entrepreneurial spirit to create something unique. Earthbeats is primarily an online store selling handmade and handcrafted herbal products from the foothills of the Himalayas. Everything from handrolled incense, to herbal amulets and handmade paper products. They work solely with small producers, whose shops they frequented months before the idea of Earthbeats arose. To make sure that the business was as transparent as possible, the team travelled all over Nepal making short documentary films about the production processes.You can meet the artisans and view the shop at

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ountain Addicts - Guiding and Instruction is excited to announce their new Fernie based winter guiding and education operation. Mountain Addicts is currently offering Avalanche Skills Training courses as well as private and group ski touring. Custom dates and courses are available.

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nce a month, a Fernie Chamber member opens up their business to host the Business, Banter, and Beers event. The host welcomes 20 to 30 businesses and community leaders into their space to share some eats, drinks, and laughs. The Chamber has been hosting these events for two years now and it is always a good time. It provides our business community a chance to chat about common challenges, celebrate success stories, and build connections. In October, the event was hosted by three companies – Lilac Media, Fernie Fireplace and Appliances, and Elk River Homes. From 5:30 to 7pm, people from a variety of businesses showed up to check out the space, get an update from the Chamber, and hear from the owners of the three host companies. There was something special that happened at the October event that blew me away. One of our hosts, Dave Hozjan of Elk River Homes, provided a great commentary on business in Fernie and the evolution of the Fernie economy. Dave noted that Fernie businesses are dependent on many things we cannot control such as the weather, will it be a good ski year, or Alberta and the oil market. We are at the mercy of these things we cannot control. Even with the outside forces, we have seen many local business owners and entrepreneurs carve out an existence for themselves here. Our local businesses building an economy here. Dave continued that as Fernie has evolved, more and more people are coming here because the growing industries and strong businesses are building a local economy. Paraphrased, he gave examples of ‘we don’t have to leave Fernie to get local roasted coffee anymore, it is here. We don’t have to leave Fernie to get appliances or printing, we don’t have to leave Fernie anymore.


Fernie is an island and the more we can offer our visitors and occupants, the better off we will all be and the longer we can all stay here.’

or Fernie leaves you with the same car at the end of the day, but the Fernie purchased car sponsors our local hockey team, concert series, or community trails.

Dave’s words were a testament to the value of shopping local and the variety of products and services offered locally. Fernie entrepreneurs are creating products and services for all. With all these great offerings, I hope you recharge this fall and shop local. So, if you still need convincing, here is a list of five reasons to shop local.

3. It is an investment in our City. Property tax on our businesses represent 23% of the City of Fernie property tax revenues. Those revenues are used to pay for infrastructure in our public spaces, road, and pipes in the ground. Strong businesses support our community through tax dollars.

1. It is environmentally friendly. Why drive out of town when you can walk or bike to our shops with locally curated product selected with Fernie lifestyle in mind? Save the money on gas and get yourself something extra that was designed with Fernie in mind.

4. It provides jobs. Small businesses are the largest employers nationally. We all know many who came for winter and stayed for summer. Shopping local means more jobs for more to stay year-round.

2. It supports our non-profits. Spending local recirculates money into our local non-profits. Have you ever noticed the number of events in this town, and the number of local sponsors making these events happen? Buying a car in Cranbrook

5. It’s personalized service. Local businesses are managed and run by the people in our community and they are vested in your success as much as their success. And with the creativity growing in Fernie, there are more and more products you can source locally. FERNIEFIX.COM


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T’is the Season of Giving… but is it Taxable?

contributions must be made. For purposes of EI premiums, a benefit is only insurable if it cash. EI premiums are not paid on non-cash or near-cash benefits. Rewards like bonuses, are considered remuneration, and regardless of form (cash or non-cash) are taxable benefits that are outside of the CRA’s gift and award policy. There is no minimum allowance on bonuses and reward and every dollar or fair market value equivalent is a taxable benefit.



ith the Christmas season fast approaching, many of us are starting our shopping lists and checking them twice. Our thoughts turn to family, friends and those we want to thank and show our appreciation for. For many small business owners, employees top the list of people to thank for their efforts and contributions over the past year. If employees are on your list this year, the decision between a Christmas gift and Christmas bonus should be considered and the tax consequences understood. The rules and list of taxable benefits that an employer can provide to an employee is extensive. Everything from automobile allowances, board and lodging, child care, education, meals, loans, RRSP’s, group benefits and the list goes on! In many cases the value of the benefit and the taxable portion thereof depends on the circumstance. The focus here is specifically on Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) policy for non-cash gifts and awards. CRA considers all gifts to be a taxable benefit unless a specific exemption under their policy for non-cash gifts and awards applies. Gifts must be in recognition of a special occasion such as a religious holiday, birthday, wedding or birth of a child. A gift without an occasion is likely a reward and will be a taxable benefit. An award is defined as employment related, whereas a reward is related to job performance. To compare the two an award could be given for exceeding safety standards, whereas a reward is tied to job performance, such as a reward for



If employees are on your list this year, the decision between a Christmas gift and Christmas bonus should be considered and the tax consequences understood. completing a project under budget or ahead of schedule. Awards typically have a limited number of recipients, a defined criteria and an evaluation/ nomination process. To be a non-taxable gift or award the item must not be cash or near-cash. Items such as gift certificates, precious metals, securities and stock options which are easily converted to cash are near-cash equivalents and are taxable benefits. An employee may receive an unlimited number of gifts and awards with a combined total value of $500 annually. The value is determined at fair market value of the item including tax and not the cost to the employer. Any amount over $500 is a taxable benefit, and must be included in employee’s T4. Payroll deductions must be made on taxable benefits. If a benefit is taxable, it is also pensionable and both employer and employee CPP

Awards may also be given for long service. Long service awards; also have $500 fair market value maximum. The long service awards may be given to employees for service of at least five years and cannot be given within five years of the last service award. For example, if an employee was given a long service award after seven years, the next non-taxable service award could not be given until year 12. Service awards are considered separate from the annual gift and award amount and can therefore be received in the same year, however the amount is not transferrable from one to the other. For example, if a service award was given with a fair market value of $400 the $100 shortfall cannot be added to the annual gift and award balance. Trivial items such as coffee, chocolates, mugs, plaques or trophies do not have to be included in accounting for the $500 annual value. An important note is that the noncash gift and award policy does not apply to non-arm’s length employees, such as shareholders or related persons. This is especially important, as gifts to shareholders and related parties can result in double taxation, as the business expense can be disallowed and the fair market value of the item added to the shareholder’s taxable income. For more information please consult with your professional tax advisor.



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M AT T I M A R T I N I am often asked the question, “How did you become a goldsmith?” I began pursuing goldsmithing after I was introduced to the work of Albert Paley, now a modernist American metal sculptor who began his career exploring small scale sculpture in the form of jewellery making. I was intrigued by his work and career path, particularly the progression of scale and my intention was to continue into larger metal sculpture as well, however the growing demand for custom made jewellery prevailed and larger work is something I still look forward to in the future. I began studying jewellery making at Camosun College in Victoria, BC, and then returned to Winnipeg to enrol in the Fine Arts program at the University

of Manitoba. Following my first year at the U of M I discovered an intensive Jewellery Arts program offered at another local collegiate, the technical emphasis appealed to me and I immediately enrolled. Upon completion I was offered a work placement position with a local jeweller and in hindsight I recognize this as the catalyst to launching my career as a goldsmith.  Discovering a niche market within Winnipeg I began selling my work through local boutiques and art galleries. With the momentum of designing and selling new pieces, our love for music and the lure of the road, we decided to pack up our Westfalia and sell jewellery throughout the Western Canadian folk festival circuit. 

In 2003 my wife Trisha accepted a job opportunity in the Okanagan where I opened my first studio / shop. It was a season of taking more risks and growing as an entrepreneur. We also began growing as a family and after having two boys 18 months apart we decided to return to Winnipeg in 2011 and settle amongst family. The following five years witnessed the birth of our daughter and opening our second retail location, the demands of life were full on. Our love for Manitoba remains: family, friends and cabin life yet the draw to be back west was alive and well. We wanted to slow down our pace of life and refresh our business vision. The Kootenay’s have often been a camping and snowboarding destination for us so we decided to take a year off and spend it in Fernie. It was

such an intentional decision with so many implications at this stage in life. “Let’s give it a year, have a family adventure, and see what Fernie’s like…” Well, one year’s up and we’ve since purchased a home and set up our business. The community, epic pow, hiking and biking trails and the beautiful Elk River… we are thrilled to raise our children here and launch our new business. Over the years I’ve learned that where I live plays a significant roll in cultivating creativity. I’m inspired by many things: relationships between simple shapes and form often seen in architecture and furniture; colour and the natural beauty of gemstones, rugged landscapes, mountain sunsets. Making jewellery continues

to stimulate me through perfecting techniques and designing work that’s original. Custom made wedding rings have become a specialty for me; I enjoy working with people to create something individual, something distinctive and meaningful. Trish and I have enjoyed taking our time recharging getting to know Fernie this past year while reinventing and launching our new business called Element 7 nine (hint: periodic table). Our new line is comprised of original designs that are modern yet timeless. We’re proud to say that Element 7 nine is designed and manufactured in our studio here in Fernie and we plan to sell this line locally and abroad. 

Through word of mouth we’ve had really positive feedback and encouragement from the people of Fernie and look forward to becoming more involved and known amongst our community. Our studio shop is located in the Mugshots building and we are generally there 10am -5pm, Monday through Friday and welcome design appointments outside regular hours. Call 250-430-0070 or visit element7nine. com for more details.



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ir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories have been adapted numerous times to screen and television. The most recent British adaptation was a series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and ran from 2010 until 2017. It was a co-production of the BBC and WGBH in Boston. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Unlike earlier films, this series is mainly set in present day London. The show is excellent so it only makes sense that CBS, the most mainstream of American networks, would want to copy the success of the BBC series. Elementary follows the exploits of Sherlock Holmes, transplanted this time from his native London to New York City, turning John Watson into Joan Watson, and making our

It’s quite clear that the writers don’t have the same love for Conan Doyle’s original work. There aren’t a lot of shout-outs from the original stories and the character of Moriarty is dramatically different in this series, as is the personality of Holmes. There is also the uncomfortable relationship between Sherlock and his father whose character does not appear in any of the earlier stories. Joan Watson is played by Lucy Liu, known for her roles in Kill Bill: Part 1 and Charlie’s Angels. Liu is the only actor who has so far succeeded in playing Watson as a bland cypher, someone with little warmth or character. When compared to Martin Freeman, Edward Hardwicke and Nigel Bruce who have played Watson in the past, her performance is decidedly lack lustre. Thankfully, Johnny Lee Miller plays a

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magnificently manic and disturbed Sherlock Holmes and is undoubtedly the best part of the show. While his role is not as flamboyant, Aidan Quinn does a great job of playing Inspector Gregson of the New York Police Department. He fulfils the part of the role that is usually taken up by the character of John Watson. He is strong and professional, but also sympathetic and caring for the welfare of a clearly unhinged Sherlock. Quinn is a seasoned actor and has previously starred in such notable films as Legends of the Fall, Desperately Seeking Susan, Practical Magic and Benny and June. The minor role of Detective Bell is well played by John Michael Hill. He has a limited filmography, but has appeared in Standing8 and Detroit 1-8-7. The show, while not designed for diehard fans of the original stories, is still excellent for general audiences. Our hero uses the typical Sherlock Holmes techniques to solve murders that stymie ordinary detectives, and while there might be a flaw or two in the story telling, Miller’s performance is so excellent that it distracts the audience from any inconsistencies in the show’s narrative. Liu’s performance as Sherlock’s sidekick notwithstanding, this is still a very good show. The mysteries are challenging and engaging, the acting and characterization are excellent, and Miller’s frenetic behaviour keeps his audience well entertained. Two thumbs up.

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roy Nixon may be a newer resident to Fernie, but he has swiftly become well-known through his extensive involvement in the community. Troy, his wife Tara and their three boys were living in Calgary, travelling to Fernie once the weekend hit. They did this for three years. Tara, a Gastroenterologist, was contacted to help find a locum for Fernie’s gastro specialist. “I said to her, why are you looking? We should do it,” Troy tells me. And after what was probably a brief consideration, the couple decided to make the move to Fernie “for what was supposed to be a year… but we knew that would change,” he adds. “It’s just where we want to be.” Once here, it didn’t take long for Troy to work his way into the community’s heart. As an avid biking family, he naturally gravitated towards the Fernie Mountain Bike Club and became a member of the Board of Directors. With an extensive background in fundraising for organizations in Calgary, he decided to organize the Trail Razr – a fundraiser for the amazing trail network in Fernie. It was hosted at the Fernie Golf and Country Club in 2015, and was a great success raising much needed funds for the Fernie Trails Alliance. He then decided to organize the Wam Bam Dirt Dump Jam in 2016, which was deemed another popular and successful event over the Labour Day weekend. This year, the Trail Razr II took place, raising additional money and awareness for the trails. Troy was also part of the team who brought national athletes Catharine Pendrel and Sandra Walter to Fernie for the fantastic High Roller weekend. Most recently, Troy has become very involved in Fernie Freestyle. When asked how he got involved, he states that they are his son’s sponsors. “When we moved here,


Andrew got into it. I kept my head down for a few years, but this year everything changed,” he tells me. Troy realized that the club needed better facilities. “Which includes a mogul course/pitch and an air site for Slopestyle,” he adds. Fernie Freestyle has always had a lease agreement for land at Fernie Alpine Resort, previously located on Falling Star and then on Kodiak. Last season, the club hosted its first competition in February with 80 participants. “We had a drought in January, so we had to scrape Bear Central to make it a rectangle. It was a lot of digging,” Troy says. Then it snowed 20cm the day of the competition, and continued to snow nearly every day that week. “We had 140cms in 12 days, and trying to maintain it for the club was a lot of work.” Troy decided to pitch the idea to Fernie Alpine Resort of a permanent mogul course for the club on that location. “It’s high-profile, doesn’t conflict with FAR operations, we don’t have to worry about closures, and it’s a well-protected area with a good slope,” he says. After last year, they knew they could do it and FAR got behind them. Part of this project is developing the land itself to decrease the

work during the ski season. “We pushed all the dirt, and dirt doesn’t melt,” he tells me. The land was surveyed this summer, and construction completed this October due to set backs with the fire ban. An integral person in this process was Scott Walker, from Okotoks. A volunteer with the Freestyle community, he had helped last year with the comp, worked on world cup events in Calgary, and is well known in the industry. Passionate for the sport, he came on board to help with this project. When asked why he does it, Troy quickly answers, “I want to help make Fernie a better place, and I think I can do that through my energy and time. One mogul course at a time, one board meeting at a time, one event at a time.” He adds that, “Fernie has been super duper awesome. We love it. It’s the place that you’re always excited to go home too. That’s how I feel. Coming home to anywhere else would be disappointing.” Troy plans to continue doing what he’s doing, jumping on opportunities when they present themselves or if he sees anything he thinks could be interesting for Fernie. For now, he is excited about the upcoming ski season and the new mogul

course at FAR, “It’s going to be one of the best mogul pitches in Western Canada!” We’re looking forward to it, as well Troy! Thanks for all of the hard work. 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here? My friend Donna Biddel invited me to come down and stay up at the Ski Hill, when Ben was in Kindergarten… that was 12 years ago!

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2. Where did you first live in town? Alpine Trails. 3. What was your first impression? We loved it. 4. What keeps you here? Everything… mountain biking, skiing, the people, the community, the schools. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory?

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Skiing Stag Leap in December last year, powder up to my waist. 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? Spring because of the biking. December because of the skiing. Too hard of a question. 7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years? Moderate growth, with the same general feel. I hope it doesn’t change its authenticity. 8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? Latte. 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you. I still play Lego with my kids. 10. Quote to live by: It ain’t going to build itself. FERNIEFIX.COM


November 2017 MONTHLY EVENTS WEDNESDAY 1.11.2017 Senior Storytime for All Ages @ Tom Uphill Manor, 1:30pm THURSDAY 2.11.2017 All Soul’s Service @ Christ Church Anglican, 7pm. Service of remembrance and contemplation. Meet the Sitter Day @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6-7pm. An opportunity for families and caregivers to meet. Babysitters register by emailing FRIDAY 3. 11.2017 Kris and the Blues Machine @ The Royal Ghostrider Pre Game: Pint and Hockey Ticket Special @ Kodiak Lounge Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm FRIDAY 3.11.2017 – SUNDAY 5.11.2017 Writers’ Retreat @ Lizard Creek Lodge, register at SATURDAY 4.11.2017 20 Winters: Last One Standing @ Board Stiff, celebrating 20 years as the longest running boardshop in town by hosting the famous snowboard giveaway and party. Ten people can participate and win a new snowboard. Harley Card Quintet @ The Arts Station, 8pm MILFs on the Bar and DILFs on the Decks @ The Royal, with Master Revan playing hip hop/funk/disco FAST Ski Swap @ Fernie Community Centre Fernie Ski and Board Film Fest @ Fernie Community Centre, 6:30 -11:30pm featuring Drop Everything, Rouge Elements, and Arcadia Movie. Reiss Zibin @ Fernie Hotel Open Stage. 7:30pm SUNDAY 5.11.2017 Ferne Freestyle Ski Club AGM @ The Northern, 10:30am Indie Films Fernie: Their Finest @ Vogue Theatre, 5pm Six Week Prenatal Yoga Series Begins @ Essential Yoga Studio MONDAY 6.11.2017 Morning Show with Agus Liedtke Live @ Infinitea, 8pm WEDNESDAY 8.11.2017 Senior Storytime for All Ages @ Rocky Mountain Village 1pm Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest @ The Arts Station, 7:30pm THURSDAY 9.11.2017 Ukulele 101 @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30-7:30pm. Register for this free beginner workshop at FRIDAY 10.11.2017 Mainroad Pre-Winter Operations Public Meeting @ Park Place Lodge, 1:30pm. Ghostrider Pre Game: Pint and Hockey Ticket Special @ Kodiak Lounge Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm 1950s Dance Lessons @ The Fernie Academy, 6pm in preparation for the Fernie Museum’s fundraiser. Red Ge Live @ Infinitea, 8pm The Denim Daddies @ The Northern

SATURDAY 11.11.2017 Remembrance Day Service @ Fernie Courthouse, 11am Five Day Yoga/Juice Detox with Stoke Cold Pressed Juice Begins @ Essential Yoga Studio. Mogul Smoker Fundraiser with Flatspin/Mister Moffat/ Cona/Kid Eh/Straus/Freebooter/Aurora/BroD, $5 Cover WEDNESDAY 15.11.2017 Walkie Talkie Book Club: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10am at the steps of the Library. Adaptive Sports Presentation @ Park Place Lodge, 12pm THURSDAY 16.11.2017 Building a Legacy, Public Open House @ Best Western, showcasing locally available resources and services for renovating and building energy efficient, cost-effective, comfortable homes. 6:30pm Fernie Chamber of Commerce: Taste of Fernie @ Local Businesses, 4:30-9pm $35/ticket, 100 available at the Chamber. Pizza League @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6-7pm. Monthly teen drop-in, ages 13+. FRIDAY 17.11.2017 Building A Legacy Builders’ Workshop @ Best Western, 7:30am Ladies Jam Night @ Infinitea, 8pm The Runs @ The Royal, Fernie’s local punk band The Mike McKenzie Band @ The Northern FRIDAY 17.11.2017 – SUNDAY 3.12.2017 Elk Valley Festival of Trees @ Park Place Lodge, help to raise money for local charities and enjoy ten beautifully decorated Christmas Trees and special events. FRIDAY 18.11.2017 Shake, Rattle and Roll Hop @ Fernie Community Centre, 7pm. Another fun Fernie Museum fundraiser. Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Mogul Smoker Pre Party with Syraz @ The Royal, shuttle leaves from here, free entry Ghostrider Pre Game: Pint and Hockey Ticket Special @ Kodiak Lounge Dawson Rutledge @ Fernie Hotel Open Stage, 7:30pm The BurrLapz Premier After Party @ The Northern MONDAY 20.11.2017 Wildsight Wild Ideas @ Infinitea, 7pm, a focus group and discussion TUESDAY 21.11.2017 Family Early Years Hub: Project Playtime – Make and Take Busy Bags @ Heritage Library, 0-5 years WEDNESDAY 22.11.2017 Senior Storytime for All Ages @ Trinity Lodge, 1:30pm THURSDAY 23.11.2017 Booked Event: Adam Lewis Schroeder @ Fernie Heritage Library, 7pm. Author of All Day Breakfast will be interviewed by Angie Abdou, event includes live music and cash bar. Warren Miller’s Line of Descent @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm FRIDAY 24.11.2017 – SUNDAY 26.11.2017 Chanting, Manta and Sacred Sound Teacher Training


with Prashant Michael @ Essential Yoga Studio FRIDAY 24.11.2017 Tea and Talk Book Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1:30pm. Copies of current book available at library. Fun Friday: Behind the Lens @ Fernie Heritage Library, 2-4pm for ages 10-12+. Sponsored by Reel Film Fest, registration required. Twilight Holiday Craft Fair @ Community Centre, 5-9pm PK Sound Presents: Inc. Line/WesPlease/Naturalist/ Farmer Fred @ The Royal, $10 cover Brad McKay Live @ Infinitea, 8pm SATURDAY 25.11.2017 Holiday Craft Fair @ Community Centre, 10am-3pm Mick Schafer Band @ The Brickhouse, 9pm Bel Canto String Quartet – Beyond Classics @ Knox United Church, 5pm Anatomy for Yoga Teachers Workshop @ Essential Yoga Studio Super Saturday: Behind the Lens @ Fernie Heritage Library, 2-4pm for ages 10-12+. Sponsored by Reel Film Fest, registration required. Family Storytime @ Heritage Library, 1-1:30pm. Stories, singing and fun for the babies – preschoolers. PK Sound Presents: Chuurch/Artikz/DJ PJ/Punky Le Freq @ The Royal, $10 advance, $15 at the door Ghostrider Pre Game: Pint and Hockey Ticket Special @ Kodiak Lounge Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Linden Anthony @ Fernie Hotel Open Stage, 7:30pm TUESDAY 28.11.2017 Cooking Class @ Infinitea, 6pm $40 per person, reserve at 778-519-5258 THURSDAY 30.11.2017 Holiday Wreath Show @ The Arts Station, 7pm.

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November 2017 WEEKLY EVENTS

DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Pair it up Appies @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel $6 Meals @ Infinitea, 1st and 3rd Mondays. Essential Oils Workshop at 6pm Mexican Mondays! Chicken or Beef Tacos $3 Happy Hour Corona (Bottles) $5.25 @ The Pub Bar & Grill 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 Free Pool and $4.50 Spice Rum @ The Royal Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm $10 house-smoked wings and a draft beer @ The Loaf Margarita Night @ Frida, $7 2 for 1 Burgers @ Clubhouse Restaurant Jam Night @ Kodiak Lounge, 9pm to close TUESDAYS Gourmet Pasta $11.99 @ Boston Pizza Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Wing Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill $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 Jameson Shotgon Karaoke @ The Royal Half Price Appy’s @ The Fernie Hotel. 5pm Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Closed @ Infinitea, available for private functions Tasting Night @ The Loaf. A four course tasting menu paired with wines for $40 Industry Bingo @ The Northern, 9pm $20 Pasta and Wine Night @ Cirque Restaurant High Roller Pool Comp @ Kodiak Lounge, 8:30pm WEDNESDAYS Wings 50% Off Single Order @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Trivia Night @ The Fernie Hotel. 8pm Build Your Own Poutine @ The Pub Bar & Grill Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal $15 Jugs and $8 Wings @ The Northern Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa, 30% off waxing services. Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal, with PBR and Old Mill specials. Margherita pizza and two glasses of wine for $20 @ The Loaf Wednesdays 1/2 Price Ice Bar 4-9pm @ Lizard Creek Lodge Ice Bar Tarot Readings @ Infinitea, from 8pm

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, 6pm •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre, 10-11:30am ••Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Community Climb Night @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 7pm •Ladies Night Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Discover Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:30-8:30pm •Parent Tot Funtimes @ Knox United Church, 9:30am-12pm •Club Cre8 @ The Arts Station, for kids K – Grade 6 •Drop In Play @ The Play Room, 9-1pm (except July 3 & August 7) •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9-12. Free program, kids 3-5 welcome. •Parent Tot Fun Times @ Community Centre, 9:30-12pm •Elk Valley Chapter of Days for Girls Sewathon @ Basement of Christ Church. Last Monday of every month from 1-5pm. •Public Swimming @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 6:30am-1pm, 3pm-8pm •Adult Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Drop in Gymnastics @ Elk Valley Gymnastic Club, 11am-12pm ages 0-4, $8 •Tiguidous – Learn French While Having Fun @ CBAL Office (above Family Centre), 11am – 12pm. TUESDAYS •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Adaptive Yoga @ Senior’s Drop In Centre 2:30pm •Chess Group @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 7pm •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •English Conversation Cafe @ CBAL office 9:30am-11:30am, Free •English Conversation Cafe, Evening Class @ CBAL office 6-7:30pm •Public Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm, $7 •Drop in @ The Play Room, 10:30am – 2:30pm, •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9-12. Free program, kids 3-5 welcome. •Fernie Community Choir @ The Fernie Arts Station, 7-9pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am. $6


Well Wednesday @ Kodiak Lounge. All well drinks $4 all night long

Happy Hour $15 Jugs and $3 Highballs @ Clubhouse Restaurant, 3-6pm

THURSDAYS Large Pizza for Price of Medium @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Bar & Grill Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza 6oz Cocktail Jugs $20 @ The Northern 2oz Espresso martinis $8 (1st & 3rd Thur @ Infinitea Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill Taco Thursday @ Frida, any three tacos for $12 Naturalist/Aurora DJs @ The Royal, alternating weeks Thirsty Thursdays: $4 Beers @ Kodiak Lounge, all night long

SATURDAYS Desserts $2 off @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Live bands and DJs@ The Royal Coffee and Baileys Special @ The Bridge Bistro Taco and Marg Night @ Fridas, enjoy three tacos and a margarita for $20 Vinyl Appreciation Night @ Infinitea, bring your records and enjoy $6 glasses of wine Happy Hour $2 off Cocktails @ Clubhouse Restaurant, 3-6pm Feature Salad Specials @ Max Restaurant and The Pub Open Mic Night @ Fernie Hotel, from 7:30pm

FRIDAYS Cactus Cut Nachos $12.50 @ Boston Pizza Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Fish & Chips @ The Pub Bar & Grill $13 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Hotel. Supporting FTA. Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Live music from 6-9pm @ The Loaf Fish & Chip Night @ The Pub

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Kids Programming

•Family Early Years Hub @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1:30-3pm. Join Jodie Parker to get connected to free services for families in Fernie. All welcome. •Public Swimming @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10:30am-1pm, 3-8pm •Adult Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Public Skating @ Fernie Arena, 10:30 – 11:15am FREE •Free Guided Meditation @ Soar Studios, 12:30-1pm WEDNESDAYS •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Gentle Exercise @ Seniors Drop In Centre 10:45am ••Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. Drop in for $5 •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •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. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym ••Unplugged @ Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 8+, drop in •Tai Chi @ Seniors Drop In Centre 6:30pm •English Conversation Cafe @ CBAL office 9:30am-11:30am, Free •Drop in @ The Play Room, 12:30-4:30pm, •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9-12. Free program, kids 3-5 welcome. •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am. $6 •Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church, 6:30-8:30pm •Knit Clique @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10am. BYO project, enter through back entrance. •Public Swimming @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 6:30am-1pm, 3pm-8pm •Adult Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Parent and Tot Skating @ Fernie Arena, 10:30 – 11:15am FREE •Skate and Shoot @ Fernie Arena, 10:45-11:45am •Lego Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:45-5pm for ages 7+ •Drop in Gymnastics @ Elk Valley Gymnastic Club, 11am-12pm ages 0-4, $8 THURSDAYS •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Morning Yoga @ Seniors Drop In Centre 8:00am •Canasta / Cards @ Seniors Drop In Centre 1pm •Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre, 10-11:30am •Yoga @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 11:30am •Seniors Drop in Library Club @ Rocky Mountain Village, 11am •Reading with Seniors @ Rocky Mountain Village, 11am •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:30-10:30pm


SUNDAYS $4.99 Kids Meals @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse All day breakfast @ The Fernie. 9am-4pm $10 BBQ & Beats, 6-9pm @ Infinitea Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Curry Sundays & Caesar Specials @ The Pub Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro Roast dinner, family-style from 3-10pm @ The Loaf. $15 adults, $7.50 for kids


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•Mixed Boxing Competitive @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6pm •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Open Roller Skating Evening @ Max Turyk Gym, $2 6-7pm •Kids Boxing Boot Camp @ Old School Boxing Club, ages 8-16 5pm. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Public Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm, $7 •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9-12. Free program, kids 3-5 welcome. •MOMS Group @ Fernie Heritage Library, 9:30-11:20am •Public Swimming @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10:30am-1pm, 3-8pm •Adult Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Public Skating @ Fernie Arena, 10:30 – 11:15am FREE • Calendar Kids @ Fernie Heritage Library, create your own calendar for ages 7+, 3:45-5pm •Free Guided Meditation @ Soar Studios, 12:30-1pm FRIDAYS •Cribbage @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Jitney Darts @ Fernie Legion, 7:30pm ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library Ages 0-2 11:15am •Breastfeeding Mammas @ Library, first Friday of the month. •Senior’s Day @ Fernie Golf and Country Club •Drop in @ The Play Room, 12:30-4:30pm, •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9-12. Free program, kids 3-5 welcome. •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am. $6 •Public Swimming @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 6:30am-1pm, 3pm-8pm •Public Skating @ Fernie Arena, 6:45-8pm •Youth Shinny @ Fernie Arena, 10:45-11:45am (No School Fridays) •Public Skating @ Fernie Arena, 12-12:45pm (No School Fridays) SATURDAYS •Karma Meditation Class @ Essential Yoga Studio 8:00am-8:45am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Prenatal Yoga @ Essential Yoga, 11:30am-12:30pm •Public Swimming @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 12-6pm •Public Skating @ Fernie Arena, 2-3:45pm and 6:45-8pm •Public Skating @ Fernie Arena, 2:15-3:30pm SUNDAYS •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Public Swimming @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 12-6pm •Stop – Focus – Hear Yourself @ Soar Studios, 2-2:30pm



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“put my thoughts on a shelf.” If I found myself obsessing about something I would think to myself, like a mantra: Well, I can’t do much about it now; I’ll put it on a shelf until morning. Sometimes I even pictured shooting the problem toward my shelf, like a basketball or a paper ball.

I was about 15 when I started to improve my ability to fall asleep. I learned some tricks, and got better at putting things in perspective. I was able to go to bed and fall asleep, to recharge for the next day. Perhaps the biggest thing I learned was to

On nights when my mind was especially busy, I imagined a boat in my head. I visualized ocean waves as representing my problems. The boat moved smoothly through the waves. But then I would notice some water (thoughts, stress) washing up on the boat. I would acknowledge the water, and let it run off the boat’s deck and out the scuppers. I wouldn’t berate myself for overthinking. I would acknowledge, maybe even with amusement, then let my boat (my mind) empty again. Counting sheep never worked for me, but the boat helped a lot. I also sometimes used to picture an empty notebook. In my mind’s eye, I would slowly turn the pages, one at a time. This


’m good at falling asleep. I can sleep anywhere, anytime. I’ve even been known to fall asleep in the theatre. But that wasn’t always the case for me. As a kid, I would lie in bed for hours, my feet on the slanted ceiling, replaying the day and previewing the next. Things that wouldn’t bother me during the day, grew huge in the wee hours of the morning. I would watch the neon lights of my clock radio, do the math of how many hours I had left before I needed to get up, then triple check that my alarm was set right and that I hadn’t mixed up AM and PM.

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worked well for slowing my mind, but I eventually gave it up in favour of the boat. The sensory feel and sound of ocean waves was a bonus. Focusing on my breathing was a big step too. Breathing a little louder than normal, drowning out background noise; our breath is a natural white noise machine. Sometimes, I would visualize that each inhalation filled my body with wet, heavy sand. And then each breath out expelled the day’s stresses. Breathing more like I was already asleep (a bit louder and deeper). Fake it until you make it. Hiding the clock helped too. I would turn my clock around and cover it with a t-shirt. Keeping my own word is important to me. So, when I committed to not peeking at the time of night (or morning), I followed through. I love to read. And it helps me sleep. I mostly read fiction at night. Light reading, page turner kind of stuff. I find it puts me in another world, and lets the part of my brain in charge of organizing my world, relax and wind down. Reading an action-suspense-thriller story to relax my mind seems counterintuitive, but it works. Speaking of counterintuitive, my last trick really fits the bill. I remember watching a movie, A Midnight Clear, and stealing the idea from it. In the film, these soldiers are holed up in a cabin, exhausted, but one cannot sleep. Another soldier advises him to try his hardest to stay awake, to keep his eyes open and to stay awake. Soon after, both soldiers are asleep. This trick seems to only work for me when I am desperate. When I have tried everything, and I’m past tired. But In those times, it always amazes me how consistently it works. I don’t often need the mind tricks anymore. Falling asleep has become my norm. I’m sure parenthood has helped with that. But, once in a while, like the night before a new school year, or some other big event, I revisit my old techniques and trick myself to sleep. Good night. FERNIEFIX.COM


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re you okay? It’s a simple question. But for some reason, it can stir something inside of us. Cause an unsettling. An unexpected pooling of tears and a burning lump in your throat. Maybe it’s because this question does not generally come from a stranger. Most often, it is cautiously articulated from the lips of someone who knows you well enough to ask. A good friend or a spouse or a family member. When they do ask, they already know the answer. They are asking because it is the kindest way to express worry. To let you know that your delicately shaking hands and lack of focus are not going unnoticed.You are not okay. When responding to this question, there are obvious and universal ailments that require little explanation. If you tell someone you are in pain from an injury, or having relationship or financial challenges, your words are usually met with empathy. A smile and a friendly pat on the arm. There is a sense of justification in being ‘not okay’ while struggling through this type of hardship. When you tell the concerned party what you’re dealing with, they will nod, maybe even offer a similar difficulty they, too, are enduring. They get you. But there are other reasons to not be ‘okay’. Reasons that are difficult to find the words to express. I recently asked my close friend this loaded question. Because I knew she wasn’t. She told me that when someone is struggling like she is, when you open your mouth to tell the person if you’re okay, no words come out. Just the stream of tears that sprung to your eyes. The ones that, once they start, might never stop. Because how do you explain that you’re scared of invisible demons, and that some days - even though you don’t understand why or from what - all you want to do is hide. Then you realize you can’t hide from yourself. But still, you try.


With any substance or action that might provide you with temporary relief. And that gets really ugly. People start asking if you’re okay. And you can’t pretend forever. I am writing this column on October 10, which happens to be World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organization states that there are globally more than 300 million people suffering from depression, and more than 260 million live with anxiety disorders. Many suffer from both. This is not a small problem. It is not uncommon. So why is it so difficult to talk about? And why are some sufferers made to feel like mental health inflictions are a weakness, rather than an illness? But I look around and I believe this is changing. Patients suffering from mental illness are beginning to speak out from all professions and walks of life. They are shedding the stigma of lacking strength, and they’re answering this difficult question boldly and bravely. “No. I am not okay. I am ill. And you may think that because my life looks fine to you - that I have nothing ‘real’ to complain about - that this frightening condition I

have can be conquered with a good pep talk and some exercise. Well, that is not the case. But, I’m fighting. I’m trying.” And I say, bravo. Last month, a dear friend of mine from high school decided to end his life after battling mental illness for decades. Decades. His weary soul could take no more. Another difficult question that floated in the air as we congregated to celebrate his colourful and inspiring life was, “Why?” But this is yet another question surrounding mental illness where there are just no words. If only someone could answer it, the millions of sufferers could stop asking themselves the same thing. There is no ‘why’. There is only love, and support, and empathy. There are remarkable treatment centres and mental health professionals available for anyone brave enough to reach out. There is asking if someone is okay, and then listening. Not judging. Even if no words come out. This issue of the Fernie Fix is dedicated to re-charging. In that spirit, make the effort to nourish and protect your mental health. If you feel yourself creeping closer to the edge, tell someone you’re not okay. Nothing is more important. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Autumn Fever by JESSE BELL


get a little, well, stir-crazy in the fall. It’s possible that the looming winter leaves me craving a change in scenery, and though the leaves are golden yellow and the trails tacky and sweet, I can’t shake it. I must go somewhere. And so, with very little money but a lot of determination, I head for the west coast and Vancouver Island. My high-school best friends are in Vancouver, and my sister is in Victoria—a visit with them will help me recharge, and get me through the next six months of snowy days and frozen nights. My bike attached to the back of my car, and with the first season of the Serial podcast downloaded, I hit the road early on a Thursday for Vancouver. Though I’ve driven Hwy. 3 across BC a handful of times, I’ve never done it alone. I pass through Cranbrook and Moyie before stopping for breakfast at my aunt’s in Creston, then onwards over the pass to Castlegar for a third coffee. I would stop in Grand Forks for the hotel’s famous borscht—like we did when we were kids—but it burned down a few years ago. Already I appreciate the solitude, accountable to no one but myself. I can listen to Ludacris as loud as I want. I have the freedom to stop and look at a lake without someone nagging from the car, “Let’s go!” When I reach Greenwood, Canada’s smallest city, I park outside a vintage toaster shop and go for lunch in one of its historical hotels. The soup is delicious, the town—ghostly. Empty storefronts and silent streets make my visit pleasant but short-lived. Soon I am engulfed in the Serial podcast, and then I remember a place I hoped to stop; Klikuk, or Spotted Lake. Just past Osoyoos, this saline endorheic alkali lake


can be seen from the highway—it is all sorts of strange. “I just don’t understand,” I say to myself. Self-talk is another perk of a solo road trip. Giant spots with different colours make up the lake. As I walk the shoreline my boots crunch in salt. It has historical significance; Klikuk is a traditional medicine lake for First Nations, and its minerals were used to make ammunition in WWI. I get back to the Serial podcast, but before long stop at one of the numerous vendors along the highway in Keremeos.Various shades and shapes of orange pumpkins scatter the vendors, and I buy a bag of peaches. They smell like they belong in mid-July, their scent fills my car with sweetness.

When I descend into Vancouver I’m reminded of the time I lived here; bustling streets, wild nightlife, the mix of salty ocean air and street car exhaust. I stay with my friend Shelby for the night, and in the morning we celebrate. Our good friend Said, originally from Mexico, becomes a Canadian citizen this morning. Shelby, Renee, Chrissy and I have come together for the ceremony— it has been two-and-a-half years since we were in the same place. We watch as Said, among 55 others from 18 different countries, says his oath to Canada, sings the national anthem, and receives his citizenship. It’s emotional. We all gather for brunch afterwards as though no time has passed. Good friendships are funny like that.

Then I catch the ferry to Victoria and sneak into my sister’s apartment. Unbeknownst to her, I plan on spending the long-weekend. I watch like a creep from her window as she arrives home. I don’t want to scare her—that’s a lie, I definitely do—and hide in her living room. When she walks in I say “hello.”

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Ridgemont on Foot by JULIE KELLY, FTA


ovember is a good time to reflect on the season and recharge your batteries.You never know what you are going to get for weather this month or what activities will be available. Skiing, hiking or biking, maybe all three? To play it safe this month’s route will focus on a hike or trail run on some lower elevation trails. Start off in Ridgemont heading up the new Cemetery By-Pass easier route. This was designed for younger kids and less skilled trail users. It’s a nice gentle grade, with some switchbacks to take you to the top. Stay right and walk or run down Scary Trail to the lower section of Space Unicorn (formerly Broken Hip). Cross the road and stay left on Elk Valley Trail (segment of the Trans Canada Trail) for a level grade and nice views of NEW CEMETERY BY-PASS EASIER ROUTE | PHOTO BY V. CROOME the mountains. Cross Coal Creek Road, go over the bridge and continue on the Elk Valley Trail. Head up the wide trail around a few corners before it levels off and descends. Stay right and follow the trail back to the barn on Montane.


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Rest is a Weapon

Meditation can also be a huge asset in switching your mind off. If you are new to meditation I would recommend checking out “Headspace.” It is an app you can download with free ten-minute meditations that you can do anywhere there is wifi.



n a motivated town like Fernie, it is rare to hear people talking about their rest days. There seems to be an associated guilt that comes with a “rest day” or a weekend that didn’t include an epic adventure… and we need to get over it! People who “go hard” often end up in our office recovering from overuse injuries or struggling with plateaus, stress, poor sleep, poor nutrition, and bad exercise habits. AKA burnout.You do not want this, it sucks and is actually pretty hard to recover from. “Rest is a weapon” is the mantra of Jason Bourne and he is definitely onto something!

Sleep is also a weapon. Just ask someone who is not sleeping how effective he or she is feeling. Try to set a regular bedtime, limit screen time before bed and if you find yourself lying awake at night, try to appreciate that you are resting and see if you can go five minutes without thinking about anything. The most important thing is to listen to your body and watch for signs of overtraining. Experiment with your rest days to see what works best to keep you recharged. REST DAY | V. CROOME PHOTO

What rest does for the body: • Restocks glycogen (energy) stores, tissue repair, builds strength • Minimizes fatigue, reduces overuse injuries, avoids mental burnout What exactly does rest mean? The amount of rest you need depends on the intensity and frequency of training you are doing. If you are an elite athlete working out hard three to five sessions weekly in addition to three to six sessions of your sport, you are best to have a rest day with only a casual walk as your limit in order to recharge for the following week. Every eight weeks, you should incorporate a de-load week where your intensity is lightened and increase your soft tissue, mobility and flexibility. Elite athletes usually have a periodized strengthtraining regime (pre-season strength, on season maintenance, post season recovery) so depending on what phase of your sport you are in, rest should also be adjusted accordingly. If you are currently a non-competing athlete or motivated Fernie-ite who works out/participates in classes three to five sessions weekly, your rest day can include


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aura has been feeling down lately. Not depressed, more so just feeling in a slump. Nothing significant has changed recently in her life, and there isn’t anything wrong with her job, her friends or her children. She almost feels guilty for her low mood, and finds it embarrassing to talk about with her friends. There’s “real problems” in the world, so why should she be complaining? She has the same daily routine of waking up, getting her children ready for school, spending the day at work and returning home to make dinner and once the children are in bed, relax for an hour on the couch. Recently, however she’s felt apathetic about the monotonous series of her day. She knows she hasn’t gained weight, however she isn’t happy when she looks in the mirror. She reaches out to her local nutrition professional for some advice.


confident and motivated once you finally dragged your butt there and finished it? There’s some science behind this sentiment. The key lies in endorphins. During exercise, there are complex hormonal and metabolic responses that release endogenous opioids, Temperatures are cooler, evenings are including beta-endorphins, which bind to darker and we’re smack in between the two neuron receptors in your brain. Endorphins seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas. have been linked to psychological changes November is often a time my clients including exercise induced euphoria and express that they’re feeling unmotivated and mood state changes; as well as physiological fatigued. Let’s take a moment to explore changes such as decreased pain perception. this. With the change of seasons and lack of Basically, exercise will ward off depression, holidays to look forward to, these feelings anxiety and boost your self-esteem. are completely natural. It’s important to Every day, it’s important to incorporate remember that they’re also transient. We some type of physical activity. This can know that we’ve felt this way before, and range from gentle movement such as yoga that the feeling will pass with time. It’s a natural progression to have highs and lows. and walking to more intense activities like cycling and weight lifting that really get Once you’ve accepted this as normalcy, your heart pumping. There is no “good” or it will be easier to pull your socks up and “bad” exercise – the best type of activity is find simple solutions to feel energized and the one you’ll enjoy! joyful. Feeling stuck in a melancholy mood?

Trapped in erratic eating habits?

Have you ever gone to the gym after a stressful day and immediately felt more

When we get stressed and feel defeated, many of us turn to food for comfort. And

often, this isn’t a binge on veggies, fruits and lean protein. We turn to the comfort culprit – carbs. The first step to moving past emotional eating is acceptance; acceptance that food is meant for nourishment and pleasure, not shame and guilt. Instead of letting the food control you, focus on eating mindfully and intuitively. This means sitting down to enjoy a meal distraction free. Listen to your hunger cues; your body is an expert at what it needs. Focus on how you feel after eating a balanced meal comprised of whole foods. The science behind eating balanced meals is proven. When we pair our carbohydrate foods with protein and fibre, it helps stabilize our blood sugars. This prevents the immediate high you feel from a carb binge, and the inevitable crash a few hours later. This pairing allows us to have blood sugars that look more like rolling hills than an unpredictable roller coaster. Aim to have half of your plate as veggies, a quarter as a whole grain and a quarter lean protein. And don’t forget to listen to your body, start to get back in touch with what hungry and full really feel like.

Are you tired all the time?


Fatigue is similar to pain, when you’re feeling tired it often puts a blanket over all other emotions. For example, often when you feel too tired to exercise, you’ll lounge at home on the couch instead. This creates a negative cycle of feeling more exhausted, plus you’re not doing the one thing that would actually give you more energy – exercise. Feeling exhausted all the time can be due to a number of medical reasons, so it’s best to rule this out with your doctor. More often than not however, chronic fatigue is from lifestyle habits such as rollercoaster shifts in blood sugar levels (see above) and just a plain ol’ lack of sleep. Want to catch more shuteye? Implement a few positive sleep hygiene habits such as sticking to the same bedtime, avoid using electronics before bed, and try a relaxing activity such as reading a book half an hour before bed.


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utumn is a beautiful season, with crisp clean air, sunny days, changing colours, and a slower pace to our day to day lives. Unfortunately, along with colourful leaves comes the inevitable cold and flu season. These nasty bugs start popping up with more regularity in October, with the flu typically peaking twice, in December and February, though not really tapering off until March. A flu vaccine is offered every year, but whether you choose to get the flu vaccine or not, you are still vulnerable to all of the other viruses circulating around and so may want to consider getting your immune system in tip top shape to ward off other types of infections. Though your immune system can use a boost at any time of year, this is a great time to consider a more intense recharge to arm yourself with your best defence against this year’s bugs. Here are some tips to get your immune system fired up: Avoid alcohol and sugar - Alcohol and sugar both depress the immune system, making it more difficult for it to battle infections in your body. Limiting both alcohol and sugar will enable your immune system to function optimally, keeping you healthy or at least reducing the length and severity of your cold.


Supplements - It’s important that you have a regular source of essential nutrients at any time of year and this is especially true during cold and flu season. Try to incorporate a multivitamin into your regime, as well as extra vitamin C and vitamin D. Keep your cupboard stocked with elderberry syrup, zinc lozenges, and echinacea to take at the first sign of illness.


Though your immune system can use a boost at any time of year, this is a great time to consider a more intense recharge to arm yourself with your best defence against this year’s bugs.

Sleep - Sleep is such an important time for our bodies. It’s when most of our recovery and repair happens, and you’d better believe Exercise - Mild to moderate exercise that the same rule applies to your immune boosts your immune system and allows it system. I believe that in general we need to work more efficiently. As we head into more sleep during the darker winter winter, ensure that you have a plan for months, so have a little more awareness and getting in exercise to keep yourself strong intention around establishing good sleep and healthy. Additionally, severe exercise hygiene and catching all of those magical actually has the opposite effect so if you feel zzzz’s. like you are beginning to come down with Hydrotherapy - Stimulate an immune a cold or the flu and you are exercising heavily, slow things down a bit to stimulate response by doing a little hydrotherapy. Two of my favourite methods include alternating your immune system rather than suppress hot and cold in the shower (3 minutes of it and allow yourself to get healthy again before returning to your training program. hot followed by 30 seconds of cold), always ending with cold and ensuring that you

Hygiene - If you can do one thing to prevent you and your family from getting sick from the cold or flu, it’s practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands every time you come home, before you eat anything, after tending to your sick little ones - all the time. Heal Your Gut - A large part of our immune system is located in the tissues in our gastrointestinal system so good gut health is imperative to a properly functioning immune system. Keep up with those probiotics and/or incorporate a daily source of fermented food into your diet. This can include sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir or kombucha (amongst others). Try to avoid foods that you know are inflammatory for you. Despite doing everything right, you still might come down with a bug this winter and, if you do, stay home and look after yourself to protect both yourself and everyone around you. No one benefits when someone tries to show up for work sick. A few days of recuperation at home may mean returning to your normal activities sooner than you might if you try to just push through. Have a healthy winter!



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Building a PC by KEVIN MCISAAC


ecently a friend needed to build a new computer. He’s into stock trading and wanted to pick out some parts to build a new computer. Having a specific kind of use for a computer, whether it be gaming, word processing, video editing, or stock trading, is very helpful when selecting computer parts. There are several different parts of a computer that contribute to the performance of a computer. The main processor (CPU), the graphics processor (GPU), memory (RAM), motherboard (MB), and hard drive all affect the performance in different ways. Besides those components you’ll need to consider power supply, cooling, and possibly disk array management (RAID). How to spend your money in each of these areas has changed over the last ten years or so. It used to be mostly about CPU unless you were a gamer then it was equally about GPU. Nowadays it’s less about CPU unless you’re doing specific tasks. Even a midlevel i5 is very fast for almost everything but serious video editing.

i5. If you’re gaming spend for the extra GB of memory on the video card. The other budget consideration is: when do you want to buy your next computer? A solid fast computer has a half-life of about three to four years. So if your annual budget for computers is $500, then build a $1500 $2000 computer. And so on.

a crazy 8GB overclocked video card and have almost nothing to spend on CPU, RAM, cooling and a good power supply, then you are going to be disappointed. Use to help you coordinate parts. It’ll warn you if you pick a motherboard that’s incompatible with your CPU, etc.

Finally, let’s talk about balance. All the parts of a computer work together to produce an output. A crazy fast CPU is hamstrung by slow RAM, and by a low end MB. If you’re working with large files and need to go to the hard drive often, hard drives are orders of magnitude slower than the rest of the components, so buy a fast one if that’s your scenario, or your whole computer will feel slow.

Finally, consider the hockey stick curve. Computer parts tend to be priced on a curve that looks like a hockey stick. That is, the majority of video cards are very close in price. Then as the video card components increase in speed and number at a certain point the price skyrockets. Just before that point, at the heel of the stick – that’s the sweet spot for purchasing.

Generally, pair a fast CPU with fast RAM, GPU, etc. Buy all mid-level components, or all high level. I know this contradicts my focus on specific components from earlier, but what I mean here is that if you are gaming and spend all your money on

My stock trading friend was able to put together a solid computer, not counting the six monitors he wants to use, for about $1200, so you don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot, if you focus on your needs and creating a balanced system.

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Let’s look at an overall approach to building a PC. The first thing is what are you going to do with it. The second consideration is budget. The third consideration is balance. Once you decided on your primary use you can then order your priorities. Gaming? Think GPU, CPU, RAM, cooling, and power supply. Office processing? Think RAM, CPU, and hard drive.Video editing? CPU, RAM, GPU, hard drive, cooling, and power supply.You get the idea. Then consider your budget.You’re going to want to spend up on the more critical things for your usage. If you’re video editing you’ll definitely want an i7 not an

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November 2017 by YANN LORANGER


his month three collective planets will be actively working on all other planets and luminaries. Each one will be teaching us a lesson of collective thinking. Everyone who thinks of humanity as a united family and make efforts to support the whole will feel these influences strongly and sharply. Those who don’t will finally receive the benefits of this type of consciousness. These planets are quite big and strong, so expect the unexpected. Let’s start with the work of Pluto. Pluto will be shedding light on our will, on our simple and plain actions. If there is a disconnection between our ideal or aspirations and our actual actions, we will feel strong discomfort. Usually, we try to convince ourselves that what we do is for the best interest of all, but if it is not 100% true, we will feel it seriously and it will make our decisions look weak and wrong. This is a great time to find out if we are doing good or not as we’ll be feeling it more clearly, resulting in self-evaluation. Uranus will take care of Saturn and Mercury with a gentle trine. This is a major aspect bringing flexibility to established or crystallized ways of thinking. Taking place in a fire signs ensures a great creative potential while rejuvenating old beaten tracks. Neptune will bless with a trine of the most “beneficial” planets, respectively: Sun,Venus and Jupiter. Taking place in water signs, this has the potential of enriching our usual feelings, allowing us to experience an elevated level of gratitude, grace, compassion and divine love. The Moon will be visiting all aspects, increasing their effective and concrete impact. Since we all have a little bit of each sign within us, consider each of the following as addressing a specific part of yourself. Read it all for every aspect within yourself.


Aries (March 21 - April 29) Patience

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Awareness

We can no longer stand the dogmatic aspect of anything that surrounds us. It is necessary for us to shed light on these aspects without rejecting the whole.

Our mind opens up to new ways of seeing life pulled upwards by our high ideal.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Compassion Our values will be shaken. This month won’t be about our own comfort, but the comfort of all.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Receptivity In order to resonate with the depth of feeling proposed this month, we need to do more listening than talking.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Adulthood Something big will cross our path. This tends to scare us, but this time we are able to open up to it.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Foreman We want to see the results of the mind shift that is happening. To ensure that, we watch the moves of everyone and encourage all to move in this direction.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Preparedness Our stability in this time of change is both surprising and reassuring.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Benevolent Our main interest is to make sure our feelings will follow the trend and evolve too.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Sacred Fire Our creativity is crucial to inspire the old paradigm that starts moving slowly towards a shift.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Guardian We stay grounded and focused on daily essentials, keeping this initiation to the collective reality at the reach of everyone.

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Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Transmutation Our hidden deep feelings, driving forces and interests often seem dark… but not this month! It’s a great opportunity to let them shine brightly and discover that behind appearances, they can be tremendously helpful when used towards a collective vision!

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