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THE MEMORY ISSUE Dedicated to Heiko Socher






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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS | 7 Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais – Who is Running Tomorrow?

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | 10 Feature Artist – Pruthvi Harshan Fernie Reads with Kyle Hamilton – Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne Rental Fix – Penny Dreadful by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – Based on a Real Interview by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY AND EVENTS | 16 Feature Resident by Krista Turcasso – Lesley Graham You’ve Got Male: The Greatest Accomplishment by Adam K MacDonald Family Stoke – Legendary by Shelby Cain Events Calendar / November at the Arts Station

OUTDOOR LIFE | 24 Never Have I Ever – 30-Day Yoga Challenge by Jesse Bell Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Factors of Maintaining Trails by Tom Gibson

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 29 30-Day Ski Season Leg Challenge by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Nourish Through Nature by Krissi Hyland, RHN – Brain Fuel Beauty and Fashion in a Fix – My Grandma’s Closet by Solange and Zoe

BITS AND BYTES | 35 The Answer Guy – Sandboxing by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

FERNIE FUN | 38 Fix Trivia

COVER: Heiko and Linda Socher, 1974 Photo courtesy of the Fernie Museum THIS PAGE: Coal Creek barn stargazing Photo by Andrew Richards


Lest We Forget On November 11th, we pause to remember those who have served and are currently serving our country both at home and overseas. We will never forget.

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Editor’s Fix MY NONNO AND ISOISÄ PASSED AWAY before I was born. While I was acutely aware of this, we rarely spoke of them and I felt uncomfortable asking questions as I didn’t want to hurt my parents. Thus, I grew up knowing little about these two men who so intrinsically shaped who my parents are and who shared a life and family with two women I loved and knew so well, my Mummu and Nana. As my sisters and I got older, we started to talk about our Nonno and Isoisä. Searched for photos that would give us a glimpse of who they were. Listened acutely whenever their names were mentioned. Eventually, we began to involve other family members in these conversations. And slowly, the stories and memories were shared and we began to feel like we actually knew who they were. To really love them, and to mourn the loss of what might have been. What was really amazing is that it also helped us to understand and appreciate our parents on an entirely new level. When my Nana passed, my oldest daughter was just two years of age and I was expecting my second at any time. 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 tries to remember her band interview. 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. Better known for his ability to “write with light”, KYLE HAMILTON sometimes writes with a keyboard and screen, or a pen and paper. 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

It was extremely difficult to lose her. We grew up talking to and seeing her nearly every day, and all of a sudden she was gone. I think I anticipated what I would go through, the days, weeks, months and years following this loss. What I didn’t anticipate is the loss I continue to feel for my kids. After our experience growing up, my sisters, parents and extended family all seem to be navigating this situation differently, even if it has been extremely difficult at times. We have photos of Nana throughout our homes. We talk about her regularly, share stories with our girls and remember her openly at family gatherings. You see, we realize the importance of Nana in our lives and cherish her memory, and we want her to live on in the memories of her great grandchildren. And while I am still sad for Nana to have never met her namesake or for her to continue her and my eldest’s ridiculously cute and kindred relationship, I feel extremely grateful that my girls will grow up knowing their Nana, through all of us. With the recent passing of Heiko Socher, Fernie as a town and community lost an individual so integrated in its story. Whether here visiting or having lived here our entire life, whether we had met him or JESSE BELL moves into the 30-Day Yoga Challenge at Essential Yoga Studio and discovers that the goal of yoga isn’t to do handstands and backbends. The goal of yoga is to create a deep appreciation for yourself, your heart and your mind. Namaste. KRISSI HYLAND is a Holistic Nutritionist, Ski and Snowboard Instructor currently spending her last few months in Fernie, BC enjoying everything summer here has to offer. Do you remember the burning in your legs in the first few weeks of ski season? This month SARAH INGRAM challenges you to a 30-day challenge to keep that sting away. If you need help developing a program individual to you, call 250-4239167 or visit 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.

learned of him through friends or at the Fernie Museum. We all feel as though we know Heiko. We all have stories to share. We all know of his vast accomplishments (which we will continue to learn as stories like Shelby’s in this month’s “Family Stoke” are revealed). And because of this, Heiko and his memory will also live on through all of us and through those that follow. RIP, Heiko. You are indeed Legendary. 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.

CORRECTION The content on page 66 of the Fernie Fix Winter Guide is a paid advertisement. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Fernie Fix. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. 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. 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 will be thinking on Remembrance Day about how fortunate he is. 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.






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301 Hwy #3 250-423-3002 THE BRIDGE BISTRO, located just off the highway adjacent to the Elk River and is known for its amazing views of the Lizard Range, is an independent and locally owned restaurant featuring madein-house European and North American style cooking.

1542a 10th Ave 250-423-7444 JIM AND LORETTA JOHNSON OF KOOTENAY SIGNS are pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2016, they have acquired A-Signs. Julie Winter, former owner of A-Signs, is now working with the Kootenay Signs team and they are excited as with a combination of Julie’s design skills and sign experience, she will be a great addition to the business. This move will enable Kootenay Signs to provide Fernie and area with more extensive signage options, as well as quicker turn around time.


Kootenay Signs provides signage services such as wide format printing, graphic design, banners, signs, CNC wood router machine, stickers and much more. They invite you to visit their office to learn more and to see the signage options that they can offer you.

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Bright Beginnings Preschool 778-519-5288 BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL is a licensed Community Preschool, open to children aged 30 months to five years. It is the only not-for-profit preschool in Fernie. Being a not-for-profit, Bright Beginnings relies on parent volunteers and fundraising to keep fees low, which also allows them to be more affordable to all families in the community. Through a play-based learning centre, the Preschool enjoys exploring both indoors and outdoors daily, and encourages children to celebrate their unique individuality. Educators, Jenna and Stacey, take the children into the community every month to discover new places and

This fall, the Bridge is offering extended hours on weekends for breakfast. Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy three types of Eggs Benny, breakfast wraps or a traditional breakfast from 9am to 1pm. Open seven days a week, fall hours are 11am-4pm Monday to Wednesday, 11am – 9pm Thursday and Friday, and 9am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday. The Bridge is also hosting its Small Group Christmas Buffet Dinner December 5.


to meet the extraordinary individuals that make this town great. Community involvement is central to the Preschool’s philosophy and it endeavours to get involved, including visits to Salvation Army, the Fire Hall, Police Station, Library, Post Office, Elementary School, Secondary School, The Arts Station and Tom Uphill Manor. This year they are excited to implement a Fundraising Committee to help them find new initiatives that will benefit both the preschool and the community. Follow them on Facebook to find out more.

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462 2nd Ave 250-423-4813 ET HAIR SALON has a diverse group of talented stylists at its salon. SELENE, CHANTEL AND KELLY | SUBMITTED PHOTOS This month, ET welcomes Selene attended hair styling school in Lethbridge Petersen. Selene recently moved to Fernie and moved back to the community she from Cranbrook, and is excited to meet loves to share her knowledge and expertise. her Fernie clientele. With ten years of experience Selene is still passionate about Kelly has been a part of the ET family the styling industry and enjoys keeping up for 11 years. After having kids she stepped with the latest trends and techniques. back to work part-time, but can now devote more time to her career as her kids Chantel Caldwell has been a stylist at ET are in school. Kelly is passionate about Hair Salon for two years, where she is colour and continually learning, and is passionate about specializing in changes excited to be more accessible to her clients and loves all aspects of the industry. including evening appointments. Having grown up in the Fernie area, she

Fernie Mow and Snow 250-423-1665 MOW AND SNOW IS EXCITED to announce that as of November 1, 2016, Cam and Kari Mertz will be the new owners of this fantastic local business. Cam has been working in the business for the past year and thanks to the Duncan Maisels Mentorship Program, is fully prepared to continue the Mow and Snow awesomeness. Cam, Kari, and their two boys Owen (11) and Nolan (9), have been living in and loving Fernie for the past five years. They are very excited for the opportunity to continue to provide quality year round property maintenance services to residential and commercial properties. 


Mow and Snow provides a wide variety of services some of which include: landscaping, full service turf maintenance, winter snow removal, tree pruning, gardening, yard cleanup, excavating. Their team is known for its ‘can do’ attitude and look forward to helping you with your next project. Contact Cam at 250-423-1665 or at

Fernie Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation 901 5th Ave 250-423-4800 THIS FALL, FERNIE ATHLETIC THERAPY has been busy completing baseline concussion evaluations with some of the local sports teams and clubs. In the event of a suspected or diagnosed concussion, a baseline concussion evaluation gives medical professionals better insight as to how the brain functions “on average” and some objective measures to compare. A baseline concussion evaluation is a piece of the puzzle, and very valuable information. If you would like to book an individual Baseline Concussion Evaluation, please call 250-423-4800 or toll free 1-888-423-9006. If you would like to discuss how to organize evaluations for a whole team or club, please visit and send an email to Since 2006, Fernie Athletic Therapy has been proudly providing the Elk Valley with one-on-one sport injury rehabilitation services. They also offer custom foot orthotics partnered with PeakOrthotics. com, bracing with DonJoy and concussion evaluation and treatment.




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THIS YEAR THE VOGUE THEATRE is teaming up with the Fernie Food Bank to collect non-perishable food items just in time for the holiday season, by offering a delicious incentive for your donation. Starting November 15, the Vogue is encouraging customers to bring in a non-perishable food item and in return you will receive a FREE small popcorn or small pop. If you give, you shall receive!

PLAY IT FORWARD SPORTS THERAPY is pleased to introduce Fernie’s newest Certified Athletic Therapist, Kerri Dunsmore who has taken over patients while owner/therapist Sanne is on maternity leave. Kerri, who was a homeless tree planter, mountain biker, hiker and snowboarder met Sanne this summer volunteering with the Transrockies Single Track 6 race. Kerri is excited to have made her move to Fernie! She is here to help you get back to sport, play, and work faster and recover from muscle and ligament injuries,

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chronic pain, postural imbalances and concussions. Kerri is a manual therapist, who has extensive training in orthopedic assessments, soft tissue release, myofascial stretching and exercise prescription. She is also a certified First Responder. Kerri is excited to be working with the Avalanche City Roller Derby girls for the 2016/2017 season.


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THE ELK VALLEY FESTIVAL OF TREES, sponsored by Fernie Rotary and taking place at the Park Place Lodge will kick off the holiday season as an amazing community building event that will become a must-see holiday tradition. Fernie Rotary’s goal in sponsoring this event is to raise a large amount of funding for multiple community organizations at one time.

RANGE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LTD is Fernie’s newest licensed property management brokerage. Formerly Park Vacation Management Ltd. (strata division), Range Property Management is excited to announce it has expanded operations to now include rental management services. Range Property Management’s accessible and responsive team is excited to connect with home owners and strata corporations to discuss management options related to their properties. Please visit us online at rangepropertymanagement. ca or send an email at info@ for more information. They look forward to hearing from you.

“Let’s all work together to ensure the box is overflowing with food for those that need it this holiday season!” Visit for more information on what’s playing or coming soon, the Indie Films Fernie series, arcade, special events and more.

What is a Festival of Trees all about? Up to ten of the most dazzling Christmas Trees will be displayed for all to admire this side of the North Pole. Open to the public, the festival invites visitors to browse through the holiday display and cast a ballot for their favourite tree. The event will run for three weeks and will include numerous events from November 18 until December 4, including a Tree Lighting Reception, Black Friday Holiday Fair, and the Grand Finale event with Santa.

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Who is Running Tomorrow? PATTY VADNAIS

WE ALL LONG TO BE REMEMBERED FONDLY. Recently, Arnold Palmer died and there was no shortage of wonderful memories shared by his colleagues and the people he mentored. He paved the way for those behind him to have a path to success on the golf course. He taught young golfers how to be respectful and moulded them into future champions on the tour. Arnie was doing succession planning for the PGA. While the finality of death is not always the case in the workplace, businesses do deal with staff leaving because of illness, termination, and retirement (the baby boom exodus is coming). Looking at ownership, 75% of small business owners will be retiring over the next decade. Succession planning deals with who will take over those businesses.

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Succession planning is often overlooked by business for a number of reasons. Organizations are busy with day-to-day challenges; some examples could be being understaffed, keeping the bills paid, collecting from customers, and marketing. There is also the issue of managers feeling threatened by subordinates and the unwillingness to train a successor. With everything else, succession planning just falls off the radar. Succession planning is important to an organization for a number of reasons. One reason is that there are huge tax implications. If an individual sells a business to an unrelated person, it is considered a capital gain and subject to a significant exemption. However, if the business is sold to a family member, CRA views the cash as remaining within the family unit and taxes it at the top marginal


rate. Yet, with some long-term planning, by setting up a family trust, an estate freeze, or implementing other strategies years in advance, this tax bill can be minimized. Another reason that succession planning is important is that it takes significant time to finance the succession. It can take years to find a buyer with enough capital to buy out a retiring owner. A lack of planning can lead business owners to sell at a discount because potential buyers have not had time to raise the funds. A third factor to consider is that millennials are projected to make up more than half the workforce by 2020. While succession plans are often seen as exit strategies for business owners, they are also essential to a business’s retention strategy. By showing employees clear opportunities for growth and potential for ownership, businesses will increase staff loyalty and engagement, therefore increasing profitability and the value of the business. With some insight and careful planning, this can be managed. A few things businesses can do to foster and develop employees from within and increase retention are: •

Assess their current and future needs based on either their strategic plan, goals and objectives, or priority programs and projects

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Develop a plan to manage the gaps that will arise when individuals in key positions leave or are promoted

Planning and preparing now to pass off your hard work to a new generation of leadership will ensure your legacy is passed on. Will your legacy be that of Mr. Palmer’s? We can all dream.





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Arts and Entertainment


Pruthvi Harshan

Fernie is an amazing community with many talented artists. There is so much art and culture here and seeing it made me want to be a part of it in my own unique way. I’ve been seriously painting for over fifteen years. I have a bachelor’s degree in painting from Bangalore University, India and I’ve spent some time painting in Chicago and Vancouver, these experiences have added some layers of complexity to my work. But moving to Fernie around five years ago was huge! I had never lived in a small town, it has taken me a while to understand Fernie, first thing I’d say is that the town is small only in its population, the people you meet here and the way they think is anything but. Fernie is complex and so full of

energy and I’ve struggled a bit to create something that fits in this town. Colour Me Fernie is my way of trying to stand out in this exceptional crowd. My passion has always been to involve my audience in my art, to participate, and contribute toward the final work and help it emerge. The end result being a work of art that is no longer just my own but something that belongs as much to its viewer as it does to me. I wanted to explore this concept of involving viewers in my art, and see how much farther I could scale it. I came across some articles about adult colouring and how it could be therapeutic. That is when I thought Fernie themed Colouring Pages could

be a neat concept. The sights here are so exceptional. And most people in Fernie have exhausting fun! What better way to unwind than by colouring in the beautiful scenery around you? Last winter I put together a few drawings of our amazing mountains and some wild flowers that people could colour in. It was a hurried and excited effort, my first try. And it was made possible with the help from so many friends here, ranging from words of encouragement to marketing suggestions and everything in between. This year I started early, still I have only managed to make a small number (14) of drawings from my long list of things to draw in Fernie. ColourMe Fernie drawings are a part of what Fernie is all

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about. The drawings are very detailed, which makes colouring them that much more fun! They are available as cards (great for the holidays) responsibly printed on rain forest alliance certified paper, 100% post-consumer paper/ pulp envelopes and FDA approved compostable eco clear bags. When I first moved here, not only was I enthralled by the majestic natural beauty, but also the architectural heritage blew my mind away! The heritage library and the court house with the memorial sculpture being a few of the very first buildings I’ve

wanted to draw as soon as I saw them. Inspiration is endless in this beautiful town. And so is the list of things I want to draw: the views from different peaks, series of mushrooms and wild flowers from this area, drawings of skiers, mountain bikers, folks fishing, trail runners having the time of their lives – I want to draw all of them. I want ColourMe Fernie to be the ultimate collection of drawings that most people either living here, or visiting can relate to. If you’re here for a short visit, then it can be a memory of a few of the wonderful experiences you’ve had.

And to top it off, you can be a part of the creative process and relive your favourite moments as you unwind and colour those cherished memories that made or make Fernie so enjoyable for you. Like “ColourMe Fernie” on Facebook to get updates about my newest creations. I also make custom drawings of your favourite sites or memorable occasions. And there are free giveaways every now and then. ColourMe Fernie cards are available at Polar Peek Books. FERNIEFIX.COM



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Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

and devise their hunting tactics based on what they think would catch themselves.


WINNIE-THE-POOH IS ONE OF THE classic children’s tales of modern literature. However, with the pervasiveness of the character in modern pop culture the original story of Winnie the Pooh has become lost to many. As a father of a two-year-old (almost three!), the luxury of “personal reading time” for the last two years has been relegated to books with large images, and few words per page. The character of Winnie the Pooh has been in numerous versions of these literary tomes, however, it wasn’t until my daughter found a copy of the 4th edition of Winnie the Pooh in a box of books that my parents had recently brought me from my childhood home that I was reminded of the original story, and the brilliance of A.A. Milne’s writing. It is one of the first “chapter” books I was ever given, and inside the front flap is a dedication from my grandmother saying, “To Kyle, Dec 24th, 1984.” By my math, that would mean my grandmother gave it to me for my third birthday. Memories of my Granny, and my parents, reading me this book, and now getting the chance to read it to my daughter has helped remind me of the importance of spending quality time with our kids, as well as the ways that children develop their sense of place in the world. The story begins with Christopher Robin (the main human character of the book, and also the author’s son’s name) dragging his stuffed teddy, Edward Bear, unceremoniously headfirst down the stairs to listen to a story before bedtime. What immediately distinguishes the story from other novels aimed at young children is the use of narrative voice. The contemporary useage of this narrative style, and the one most likely to be recognized by individuals of a certain generation (i.e. kids who grew up in the ‘80s), is in The Princess Bride. In

this style, the reader follows a fictional plot line, but the plot line gets interrupted by the narrator and/or his listener for dramatic effect. As any parent who has read a story to a young child can attest, this is precisely how story-time usually progresses. The book is composed of ten chapters, each of which is a stand alone story. With each additional chapter, an additional character is added. The story commences and finishes with Christopher Robin on the stairs, but the setting of the characters is the 100 Acre Woods, a woods not of the usual fear and frightening type, but rather a safe, and welcoming woods, where everyone can just be as they are. The characterization of Winnie the Pooh and his friends is heavily influenced by the developmental stages of young children, and are based around the real Christopher Robin’s toys. The reasoning and logical conclusions that the characters follow is expertly pulled from that of an immature mind. A.A. Milne absolutely nailed the idiosyncracies of childhood thought processes. For example, in the first chapter, “In Which We Are Introduced to Winniethe-Pooh and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin,” Winnie thinks he can outwit some bees and steal their honey by inflating some balloons, painting himself black, floating up to their hive, and pretending that he is a rain cloud. In another story, Pooh and Piglet try to catch a Heffalump,

As the theme for this months’ Fix is “Memory,” and we remember those who have fought and lost their lives for our liberties and freedoms, I also want to take a minute to discuss that relevance to this story. As our Canadian Heritage Minutes remind us, the name of Winnie the Pooh is inspired by a Canadian soldier’s pet bear named Winnie. Harrry Colebourn acquired the bear cub while travelling across Canada, from a hunter who had shot its mother, before attending a training camp to prepare for World War One. After shipping overseas, Colebourn donated the bear to the London Zoo, where A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin first encountered the bear. The name Winnie is derived from Colebourne’s adopted hometown of Winnipeg. Thus the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh was born.

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Based on a Real Interview CAROLYN NIKODYM

AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, I’ve been interviewing bands for a long time – which is important to this month’s story for a couple of reasons.

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Let me get the first – and most embarrassing – one out of the way. During my interview with Winnipeg’s Greek Riots lead singer Jacques Richer, I had a recorder malfunction. Meaning that I didn’t manage to get one little bit of our conversation on the record, verbatim. I always take notes, though, so we’ll get through this. The second reason is that after all of the conversations I’ve had, I’ve often wondered how often one of my interviewees lie. And I don’t mean in a malicious way. I mean in a way that helps them overcome boring interviewers or boring questions they get asked over and over. Well, when a band takes on the name “Greek Riots,” they have to expect being asked for an explanation. I poked around online to try finding a suitable explanation. All I could find was a story about how Richer and lead guitarist Duncan Murta just threw words around until they found some that sounded cool together. So either Richer and Murta are completely unaware of Greece’s 2008 uprising, or Richer is completely full of it when answering this question. Are they young enough that those riots weren’t really on their radar? Perhaps. But surely a quick Google search would have been more than fruitful. It turns out there are two official versions of the band-name genesis. You’ve heard the first. So had I, and that is why I had to ask. Richer’s answer sounded


like something he made up as a joke. It turns out that there is some truth to this version. Richer and Murta did think the name sounded cool. The second version, what Richer calls the more artsy one, is the idea of Greece as this paradise that people visit for escape versus all of its internal problems. Trouble in paradise. The indie rock Greek Riots formed in 2014. The five-piece is full of energy with crunchy, garage-y guitars and poppy keyboards. The band definitely has a large and anthemic sound and would not be out of place in the Wapiti or Wednesday Night Social lineup (hint, hint). While Greek Riots is young enough to be embarking on its first full-fledged western-Canadian tour, the guys have already released the Cavalier EP and the full-length Middle Children. With Middle Children, Richer says that the band (rounded out by keyboardist Breandan Flynn, bassist Seamus H.P. and drummer Mack Hatcher) had gotten a lot of positive feedback about its live shows, and wanted to capture the energy and rawness of those performances with minimal production. The songs weren’t recorded live off the floor or anything, but there isn’t any Auto-Tune going on either. Greek Riots is working on another EP to be released next year, with the single “Tourist Town” coming out … sometime before that (apologies for the vagueness – this is where a successfully recorded interview helps). But if you go see them at the Northern, then you can ask the band yourself ! Greek Riots perform at the Northern on November 4. FERNIEFIX.COM



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Penny Dreadful

Harry Treadway (Control, Fish Tank, The Lone Ranger) appears as Dr. Frankenstein. The doctor is a brilliant heroin addict with an inordinate amount of difficulty relating to women.


IT IS GENERALLY AGREED THAT Victorian Era Britain stretched from the start of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837 until her death in 1901. It was a time of industrialization, expansion of the British Empire, and great scientific progress. The Great Exhibition that took place in London in 1851 lauded the industrial and technical advances of the age. Since the 18th Century, working-class people were drawn to urban centres to work in factories. Their working and living conditions were generally deplorable with child labour increasing with industrialization. However, during Victoria’s reign there slowly developed a higher emphasis on education, especially amongst working-class children. Whereas formerly the ability to read and write was limited to the educated upper class, during the Victorian period writing was seen as an essential business skill. An increasingly literate population increased the demand for the printed word, and there developed a market for cheap popular literature that could be published and distributed on a large scale. The first “penny serials” were published in the 1830s. They were priced to be affordable to working-class readers and were therefore cheaper than the serialized novels of such authors as Charles Dickens. Most stories were reprints or thinly disguised plagiarisms of Gothic thrillers including The String of Pearls: A Romance, which introduced the character of Sweeney Todd. Another serial featured 254 imaginary exploits of the real-life highwayman Dick Turpin. Penny Dreadful, the television series, is based on many of the terrifying Victorian tales of horror and features some of the characters of horror classics such as Frankenstein and his monster,


It is a dark, dark show, definitely not for the faint of heart and not at all like other Victorian-era period pieces produced by the BBC, which tend to portray the time period as more civilized and orderly.

Dorian Gray, Professor Van Helsing and the minions of Count Dracula. The series features battles between good and evil, with the well-known Victorian characters in constant struggle against the forces of darkness both internal and external. The show’s main character is Vanessa Ives, a trained witch and psychic played by Eva Greene, who achieved notoriety as the Bond girl in Casino Royale playing opposite Daniel Craig. Also featured in the cast is Timothy Dalton, who can also be recognized for his roles in the earlier James Bond films The Living Daylights and Licensed to Kill. Here he plays Sir Malcolm Murray, father of Nina Murray, fiancé to Jonathan Harker from the novel Dracula. Other main characters include Ethan Chandler, expertly played by Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbour, Lucky Number Slevin, Black Hawk Down), who appears as a mysterious gun fighter from the New Mexico territory and Ives’ love interest. Rory Kinnear plays Frankenstein’s monster. His earlier roles were in Imitation Game, and in three James Bond movies (Sky Fall, Quantum of Solace and Spectre). He does a marvelous turn as a man with the soul of a poet but the body of a reconstructed murder victim and the temper of a wolverine.

Unfortunately, the series does not seem to have sympathy toward the female characters, which is odd since the main character is female and very well played by Eva Greene. Most of the women are either the victims of mental torture or murder, or they are murderers themselves. Still this is an excellent show and well worth watching. One and half thumbs up.

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LESLEY GRAHAM and her partner Oz Parsons arrived in Fernie for the first time nearly twenty years ago, and they held it in their minds as a place they would come to learn more about the Rocky Mountains. 11 years later that opportunity arrived when Oz was offered the administrator position with the Fernie Arts Station, and the pair packed up and headed west. With a passion and strong background in the arts, Lesley quickly became involved with the community in this capacity. While originally working in private galleries after attending Art School, she found it wasn’t nearly as interesting as combining people of all backgrounds and ages in a setting they can create together. “Art reflects life. It can be chaotic… you don’t know the combinations you will arrive at. It’s always interested me a lot more, the process of how people invent together. Wonderful things have happened for me and other people when grouped to create. It’s very kinetic.” Lesley began teaching a lot of mixed-age classes through the Fernie Arts Station as well as kids classes and mixed media. She has also worked with other teachers for school off days and has gone into classes to work on book arts and story telling alongside teachers. In 2010, the Arts Station celebrated its 20th Anniversary and they were looking for ways to celebrate the impressive accolade. The idea of a Lantern Festival was born, with the theme “Art on Fire.” “It sounded sizzly, and people who were curious rallied together to see what we could make happen,” recalls Lesley. It has been a very popular event from the beginning, with this year marking the fourth biennial festival. Each one has been different with themes such as “River

on Fire” and the “Northern Lights,” but they always include the community from the beginning with free Community Build sessions, which allow individuals to come to the Arts Station and create their own lantern to light and parade the streets of Fernie with. “Parents with children, adults, teenagers… we’ve had people from the same place of work build something together. There are easy options to the more complex and elaborate,” she says. This year’s event is themed “Into the Woods,” and takes place November 19 and the community build sessions began in October, but continue November 9 (5-9pm), 11 (1-4pm), 13 (11-5pm) and 14 (6-9pm). “It’s amazing that Fernie gets behind such an event. The Lantern Festival has always involved so many people, groups, funders, and volunteers. Schools are provided with ideas and materials, and the classes get behind the event and make lanterns which are key components to the installations. It is an all-ages affair, so depending on who comes forward that’s who creates the lanterns. If it’s adults, it results in larger installations, with children it’s beginner’s mind energy which is great.” Lesley feels like these types of festivals are important as they are an incredible way for people to get together and experience a collectively created event. “People don’t often take to the street carrying something they’ve made, chatting to whomever is next to them. The Lantern Festival helps people to step out of every day boundaries and provides the opportunity for people to try something new and build confidence… creating something beautiful and harmonious


together is a good way for people to spend time.” It is a refreshing perspective, and if you’ve attended the Fernie Lantern Festival, you know the feeling. If you haven’t, mark your calendars, attend one or two of the build sessions, and get ready to enjoy a night outdoors in the Rocky Mountains this November, as we head “Into the Woods.” Lesley would like to thank the many people involved with organizing, volunteering, donating and supporting this event, and encourages you to visit or for more details. 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here? Nine years ago, and the wonderful community Arts Station which is so unique to Fernie brought us here. It was good timing, we were ready.

2. Where did you first live in town? In the Annex, in a tiny little house which was a lovely place to land. 3. What was your first impression? Exquisite mountains from the grocery store parking lot. Wow. 4. What keeps you in Fernie? The natural beauty, the people, and that there is still more to learn and deepen. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? Doing the Yoga Challenge and lying down on a mat in the middle of the street for Feel Good Fernie. It was incredibly peaceful and invigorating at the same time.

7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years?

Our trainer. Your goals. Everybody’s SmartFit.

Of course I hope to see it thriving and developing very sustainable economies that enable people to make a living and stay here. 8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? I always look out the window for quite awhile, and see what the natural world is bringing me, maybe read something inspiring and create a bit of a mental list of what I would like to do that day. Slow and quiet. 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you.

6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why?

I always wanted to return to the town Leh in the Himalayas. Maybe somehow Fernie is connected and this is as far as I’ll get.

Well, I would just say right now. Yesterday morning was so exquisite with the snow and mist and golden larches.

10. Quote to live by: There are so many quotes, I think people should have fun making up their own.

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November 2016 Monthly Events WEDNESDAY 2.11.2016

WEDNESDAY 16.11.2016

Stitch and Bitch @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10am Senior Storytime with Ms Anie @ Tom Uphill Manor, 1:30pm with IDES Kindergarten Class All Souls Service @ Christ Church Anglican, 7pm. A special service designed to help those who are grieving. All are welcome to a safe space for contemplation, reflection, prayer and meditation.

Montreal Guitar Trio @ The Fernie Arts Station, 8pm Tree Lighting @ Parkplace Lodge, 7-8:30pm as part of the Elk Valley Festival of Trees.

THURSDAY 3.11.2016

FRIDAY 18.11.2016

First Thursday Social: Meditation @ Fernie Heritage Library, 7pm Luca Fogale Live @ Infinitea, 8pm

Fernie Museum Lunch and Learn Series @ Fernie Senior Citizens Society and Drop in Centre. Hosmer Heritage Restoration project revisited with Fred Lightfoot.

FRIDAY 4.11.2016

SATURDAY 19.11.2016

Fernie Museum Lunch and Learn Series @ Fernie Senior Citizens Society and Drop in Centre, 12pm. A Hosmer hero: Fred Elderson presented by John Kinnear. Yoga, Wine and Beauty @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:15-10pm. Yoga, Wine and a Makeup Lesson. Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley Rockies @ Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Samm Bailey & Kye Pullan @ Infinitea, 8pm Greek Riots @ The Northern Bar and Stage. Live Indie/Punk Rock at its best! Ambassador Program and All Things Fernie Course @ College of the Rockies. Great for seasonal staff or as a team building exercise. $10/participant. 9:30am-12:30pm

SATURDAY 5.11.2016 FAST Ski Swap @ Fernie Community Centre, 10am-2pm. Sell and purchase equipment and clothing for the winter season. Fernie Ski and Board Film Fest @ Fernie Community Centre, 6:30pm. Enjoy three feature films Ruin and Rose, Tight Loose and The Fourth Phase, great prizes, food and beverages. Foonyap & The Hermitess @ The Dome House, 8pm Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express @ Key City Theatre, 6:30pm

SUNDAY 6.11.2016 Indie Films Fernie: Into the Forest @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm. $10 Roast and Foonyap Live @ Infinitea, 6-9pm

TUESDAY 8.11.2016 Fernie Wine Club Event – Prohibition Theme @ Infinitea, 6pm ($35 tickets)

WEDNESDAY 9.11.2016 Senior Storytime with Ms Anie @ Rocky Mountain Village, 1:15pm with Creative Minds Preschool

THURSDAY 10.11.2016 – 14.11.2016 The Secrets of Meditation and How to Teach Them @ Essential Yoga Studio, advanced teacher module

Pizza League @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6-7:30pm for ages 13+. Drop in for pizza and fun.

Active Release Workshop @ The Castle on First, 11:30am. Learn tools and techniques to releae chronic pain and improve performance. Family Saturday Lego Holiday @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1:303pm. Adults and children team and build their dream vacation in lego. All Around Colouring @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:30pm. All ages BYO colouring book or use one of theirs, pencil crayons provided. Fernie Ghostriders vs. Golden Rockeys @ Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Fernie Lantern Festival: Into the Woods @ The Arts Station, 6:30-8pm. The fourth biennial event lights up the streets with community –made lanterns. You are invited to make your own lantern at a Community Build session, November 9, 11, 13 and 14.

MONDAY 21.11.2016 Wildsight Wild Ideas Series @ Infinitea, 7pm with $12 meal specials

TUESDAY 22.11.2016 Cooking Class @ Infinitea, 6-8pm. $35 includes meal and wine.

WEDNESDAY 23.11.2016 Walki Talkie: Be Frank with Me @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10am. THURSDAY 24.11.2016 Tea and Talk Book Club: Hour Glass Factory @ Fernie Heritage

Library, 1:30pm. Copies of the book are available at the library. Ambassador Program and All Things Fernie Course @ College of the Rockies. Great for seasonal staff or as a team building exercise. $10/participant. 12:30-4:30pm Ukulele Sale and Social @ Clawhammer Press, 6:30pm. Try out and purchase ukuleles in the shop, both new and used. Free demonstrations and uke tips by Anie Radish, uke circle, goodies, giveaways and sale prices.

FRIDAY 25.11.2016

Pat Moloney Live @ Infinitea, 8pm

TUESDAY 15.11.2016

SATURDAY 26.11.2016

Fernie Ghostriders vs. Golden Rockets @ Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Krief live @ The Fernie Arts Station, 8pm

FRIDAY 11.11.2016

Teaching Yoga Nidra: The Journey Within @ Essential Yoga Studio, advanced teacher module

SATURDAY 19.11.2016 Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley Rockies @ Memorial Arena, 7:30pm

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THURSDAY 17.11.2016

Fun Friday Spies and Surprises @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-2:30pm Black Friday Holiday Fair @ Parkplace Lodge as part of Festival of Trees, 5-9pm. Twilight Craft Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 5-9pm Fernie Museum Lunch and Learn Series @ Ferrnie Senior Citizens Society and Drop in Centre, 12pm. Hosmer: Boom, bust and war. Examine the unique history with museum director Ron Ulrich.

THURSDAY 10.11.2016


Holiday Craft Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 10am-3pm Black Friday Holiday Fair @ Parkplace Lodge as part of Festival of Trees, 10am-4pm. Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters @ Memorial Arena, 7:30pm

INDIE FILMS FERNIE Sunday 6th November IFF: Into the Forest 5pm @ The Vogue - Into the Forest (Canada) is a mesmerizing and powerful story about two teenage sisters who are forced to fend for themselves in a society that may be on the brink of collapse. In the not too distant future a massive North American power outage with no end in sight forces the sisters to contend with threats of intruders, disease, loneliness and starvation. As time passes the young women are forced to re-examine their place in the world and their relations to the land, their home, and each other. Featuring brilliant performances by Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood and offering a disturbingly plausible vision of an apocalyptic future, Into the Forest is a thought-provoking film about hope, despair, and the bonds of love.


Friday Nov. 4, 18 (1st and 3rd Fridays) Wine & Wheel 6.30-8.30pm 21+ Perfect pairings for busy folks: red or white, smooth or lively, you can get muddy like Demi Moore in Ghost. Unwind and get creative with clay! $30 drop-in 11th & 25th November, Kids’n Clay 9.30-11.30am 7-11yrs Three days, three projects. Sculpting clay into maginative creatures and characters from stories we tell in the Elk Valley about Big Fish, Ghostrider and Ktunaxa princess, Grizzly bear and coyote. Sculptures will be glazed and fired. $75


Thursday 10th Concert: Keif @ The Station 8pm (Singer/ Songwriter) ~ Montreal singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Krief is taking a big stride with his 4th solo album Automanic. After a devastating string of deaths in his life, and the end of a romance, Krief dealt with emotional trauma the way musicians do: by pouring all the heartbreak, grief, despair and fear into writing. The result is lyrics that are earnest and abstract, personal poetry with universal reach and a sound unbound by genre but encompassing myriad shades of contemporary pop and rock. Saturday 12th November Bel Castro Classical Concert @ United Church Wednesday 16th Concert: Montreal Guitar Trio 8pm (Jazz/World ) ~ Described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with, as well as an interactive force in various musical forms. For over 15 years, the trio’s virtuosity, rigour, creativity and impressive stage presence ‘’where humour and interacting with the public go hand in hand’’ have been winning over audiences around the world. The trio, composed of guitarists Marc Morin, Sébastien Dufour and Glenn Lévesque, has given hundreds of concerts in some of the most prestigious venues across North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.


Saturday 19th November Laternfest The Fernie Lantern Festival “Into the Woods,” is packed full of fun activities for the whole family! Come to one of our Community Builds and make your very own lantern to carry in the parade down main street. OR build your own at home out of any material you like. Friday 11th November Opera Screening: Doctor Atomic 7pm @ The Station

IN THE GALLERY Thursday 24th November Gallery Opening: Deck the Walls 7pm Annual year-end art show and sale. This show offers an opportunity for people to purchase local, high quality artwork at a very reasonable price.

November 2016 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 all Day @ Infinitea 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, Spice Rum Special @ The Royal, 10pm Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm

Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Tuesday: Shot gun Karaoke with TOpo @ The Royal $10 pizza, 3-5pm @ Loaf Half Price Appy’s @ The Fernie Hotel. 5pm Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Closed @ Infinitea, available for private functions

WEDNESDAYS Wings 50% Off Single Order @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Trivia Night @ The Fernie Hotel. 8pm Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal $10 Smokie, Beer and Fries @ The Pub Bar & Grill TUESDAYS Tarot Card Readings w/ Miss Janeil @ Gourmet Pasta $11.99 @ Boston Pizza Infinitea Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free Wing Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill underam wax with any other hair removal $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe $15 Jugs and $8 Wings @ The Northern Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedi- $10 pizza, 3-5pm @ Loaf cures for $100, 2 manicures for $70, 2 facials Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa, 30% off waxfor $130, all three for $275 ing services. $10 Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie BrewNorthern ing Company, 10am – 6pm

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 ••Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •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 •Discover Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:30-8:30pm •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Parent Tot Funtimes @ Knox United Church (201 2nd Ave), 9:30am12pm •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Active Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am 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 •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm •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 ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am ••Never Bored for Tweens @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for Grades 5-7. •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Free Admission Public Skate @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Senior Lane/Tot Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 1-3pm •Lane Swim@ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Gentle Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •Prenatal Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 6-7pm

Seniors Programming

THURSDAYS Large Pizza for Price of Medium @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Bar & Grill Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza RileyJ+Ash / Flatspin+Friends @ The Royal 6oz Cocktail Jugs $20 @ The Northern $10 pizza, 3-5pm @ Loaf Espresso Martini specials @ Infinitea Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill

SATURDAYS Desserts $2 off @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Open Mix and Live Music @ The Fernie Live bands and DJs@ The Royal Songwriting Workshops and Wine Specials @ Infinitea, 5pm $10 pizza, 3-5pm @ Loaf Coffee and Baileys Special @ The Bridge Bistro Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm

SUNDAYS $4.99 Kids Meals @ Boston Pizza FRIDAYS Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse Cactus Cut Nachos $12.50 @ Boston Pizza All day breakfast @ The Fernie. 9am-4pm Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm $10 Roast, 6-9pm @ Infinitea TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge CLOSED (available for special events/priFish & Chips plus Rib Night @ The Pub Bar vate parties) @ The Royal & Grill Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford $13 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Resort Draw @ The Fernie Hotel. Supporting FTA. Steak Sandwich & Caesar Specials @ The Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Pub Bar & Grill Date Night Special @ Spa 901 $10 pizza, 3-5pm @ Loaf $10 pizza, 3-5pm @ Loaf Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Kids Programming

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 •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •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 •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am ••Unplugged @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 8+, drop in •Tai Chi @ Seniors Drop In Centre 6:30pm •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Free Admission Parent and Tot @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Skate & Shoot @ Memorial Arena, 11:45-1pm •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Water Slide@ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Active Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am THURSDAYS •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Morning Yoga @ Seniors Drop In Centre 8:00am •Canasta / Cards @ Seniors Drop In Centre 1pm •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. •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 •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. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. $7 without rentals, $10 with. •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm



Library Program


•Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. ••Lego Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 7+, must register •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Free Admission Public Skate @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-8pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Gentle Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am FRIDAYS •Cribbage @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Jitney Darts @ Fernie Legion, 7:30pm ••Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library Ages 0-2 11:15am •Women’s Writing Group @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 2-4pm. •Breastfeeding Mammas @ Fernie Heritage Library, first Friday of the month. •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •AFRoS @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10-11am. Sing, play and have fun in French. •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 12-12:45pm (No School Fridays) •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 7:15-8:15pm •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Active Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Gentle Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am SATURDAYS •Karma Meditation Class @ Essential Yoga Studio 8:00am-8:45am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 2-3:45pm •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 7-8:15pm •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 12-6pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 12-2pm and 4-6pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 1-5pm •Inflatable Toy Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 2-4pm SUNDAYS •Fernie Pets Society Group Walk @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9am. •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •First Sunday of the Month Family Climb Time @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 2-4pm •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 2:15-3:30pm •Public and Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 12-6pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 1-5pm






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TO BE YOURSELF in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. –Ralph Waldo Emerson I remember wanting a tattoo. I was about 17 when I shared this little wish with my mother. “Oh, Adam dear, maybe wait a little while and make sure. I’d hate for you to have something on there that you regret two years from now.” And since that was only about the fourth piece of advice my mother had ever given me, I listened. My mother is amazing and still knows when to offer advice and when to let things be. Two years after her advice, I knew I still wanted a tattoo, but I also knew my mother was right. Most of the things important to me when I was 17, I still liked at 19, but not enough to have inked on my body forever. Some of the possibilities had been volleyballs, Canadian flags, and quirky quotes. At the age of 19, I knew I still wanted a tattoo, but I didn’t know what. I continued to search for ideas but nothing seemed just right. Two years later, I was living in Toronto and working at Covenant House, a shelter for young people living on Toronto’s streets. A friend had recommended a book, Shaving the Inside of Your Skull, which is a collection of thoughts and articles. I was reading one article (called “Authenticity Has No Barcode”) when I was struck by an idea for a tattoo. What I remember as being the gist of the article is that we all have pressures to be a certain way. Our coaches, our teachers, our friends, our spouses, et cetera all expect us and want us to be a certain way. Amidst all of that expectation, the author’s message was for us to remember who we


THE THEMES OF STRESS, AND SELF-CONFIDENCE, AND KNOWING WHEN TO SPEAK UP, PLAY OUT AS OFTEN IN MY LIFE NOW AS THEY DID BACK THEN. want ourselves to be. That message struck me. I was young and living away from my hometown for my first time. And I was working with lots of teens who were struggling to find who they wanted to be too. I used to think that peer pressure and the expectations of others only affected teenagers and kids. Now, heading on 40, these issues still pop up in my life often. Sure, things like mortgages and my own children and my job, replace the stresses of minimum wage and friends and teammates. But the themes of stress, and self-confidence, and knowing when to speak up, play out as often in my life now as they did back then. So I decided on a tattoo of a barcode. I realized that for such a standard thing, barcodes vary quite a bit. I wanted one that was a specific size and shape. So off to the grocery store I went. Many were too wide and some were long but skinny. Then, I found just the one. On a box of Pop-Tarts. I bought the breakfast treat, cut out the barcode and took the TTC transit to a tattoo place near my work that had been recommended by another good friend (thanks Aryon). I went to a tattoo parlour just a couple of blocks from where I worked and asked for a tattoo of a barcode and handed over my $2.99 prototype. The tattoo is on my ankle, so most days I’m the only one who sees it. And I like that. The barcode still reminds me to think about who I am and who I want to be, and how to navigate the difference in “a world that is constantly trying to make me something else.” FERNIEFIX.COM




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how things were going. The last time Steve saw Heiko was when he came to check on his build in Montane.


The life of The Castle started slowly. Now, it has found a steady heartbeat. It is a source of joy and peace and community. It is a fitness mecca that brings people together to laugh and sweat and find a boost for the day. Every time I walk through that door, the door that Steve laid a wooden ‘H’ in to honour the legend, I think of seeing Heiko in that same space. Covered in dust. Linda up a ladder somewhere painting. And I am grateful for Heiko’s vision for this town, and the fact that it included my family.



















WHEN YOU LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN LIKE FERNIE, you end up sharing a lot. Including memories. The incredible powder on Jan 17, 2012. Shred Kelly at Wapiti. Every time you skied into Birch Meadows for Raclette. If you weren’t there, you heard about it. You’ll be there next time. There’s something about sharing these experiences as a community that makes them even more special. I was raised in Cranbrook, and moved to Alberta to attend university. As soon as I had my first of two daughters I knew, with everything in me, that the city was not for me anymore. I needed to go home. Even Cranbrook felt too big for me now. I wanted small. And the idea of driving for six minutes to go skiing seemed impossible. And perfect. Lucky for me, my husband was on board. We had been waiting for the “right” moment to make the move, but it never came. So one day we packed our truck and left the city, hoping to make Fernie work. With the help of some friends we got a line on a condo for rent, the only available rental property at the time. Little did I know, renting that condo would change our lives. You see, the condo belonged to Heiko and Linda Socher. Shortly after we moved in Linda called and asked if Steve was interested in doing a small carpentry project with Heiko. I hung up the phone, and with tears in my eyes, told Steve the amazing news. He had work. Steve met Heiko the next morning. I know that as many of you read this you’re sharing this same memory. The time Heiko gave you a job. Heiko had a way of knowing who needed a boost, a purpose, a job. He would seek you out and before you knew it you were wielding a chain saw or a rake or a hammer and working so hard you quickly forgot the



time you weren’t. No matter how young or fit you were, you were never working as hard as Heiko. It was inspiring and slightly frustrating and miraculous to watch.

Rest at last, Heiko. When we ski in your tracks, hike in your footsteps, and gather under your roof, we will share – and deeply appreciate - your memory.

Steve started working on the “small” project that day, doing the carpentry for The Castle. At that time Heiko had taken the building over from its previous owner because he knew it had to be finished. It was a unique building in Fernie that had memories living in the walls, and they had to be restored. That’s what Heiko did. He made things for people to enjoy. Things that make Fernie the special place that it is. When I first stepped into The Castle I looked around and thought: how will this EVER get done. But it did. One day at a time. Because Heiko had the vision and determination to work on things for as long as it took to finish them. A trait that I hope our generation can cling to. It is the way of the great ones. As they worked throughout that year, Heiko told Steve stories of his childhood and his journey to Canada. When they completed that project Heiko referred Steve on to other jobs. We could stay. Fernie quickly became our home and we will never look back. As Steve went on to build his own houses, he could always count on Heiko coming by the site to see FERNIEFIX.COM



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30-Day Yoga Challenge



THE GOAL OF YOGA isn’t the Headstand, the Handstand, the Dragonfly or the Scorpion. It is much simpler than that—it is fashioning space where you were once stuck and appreciating your body. It is being aware of your mind and calming the noise it creates. It is being at peace with who you are. And of course, if you move into the Bird of Paradise pose smoothly at a hot yoga flow class for the first time, it is your heart exploding with joy on the inside, and a deep breath on the outside. This is day 23 of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge at Essential Yoga Studio and, for the first time ever, I feel like yoga and I belong together. Until now I’ve never been much of a yogi, though my collection of yoga pants is plentiful. On occasion I might set up my mat in the comfort of my living room just to be distracted by my dog’s overenthusiastic need to stretch out beneath me. That, or the dust bunnies floating on my floor put me into a cleaning frenzy and my practice crumbles. Fortunately, at Essential there aren’t any fluffy, dusty distractions – only yoga. I sign up for the challenge mid-September after my friend Sinead convinces me to. I have 40 days to complete 30 days of classes ­– there is flow yoga, core yoga, yin yoga and hot yoga, among many others. I don’t know the difference between any of them, only that they all serve a purpose. In the first couple weeks I learn about proper alignment and familiarize myself with the numerous poses, adjusting them to suit my capabilities. “Eventually you’ll crave a deep stretch when you’re in line at the grocery store,” a teacher says one night. A few days later

while waiting to pay for a tub of Ben & Jerry’s half-baked ice cream I think of this, and find myself stretching in line. Before long yoga becomes a part of my daily routine. One night while attending my second hot yoga class (the room temperature is set at 40 degrees C), I realize I can’t take the heat and remove my shirt, now clad in 3/4 length tights (awesome tights, for the record) and a sports bra. I carry no shame whatsoever despite there being 15 other people in the room. The sweat beads and pours from my skin. First I feel like dying, then I feel reborn; profuse sweating has that effect. There is an enormous amount of non-judgemental acceptance here – that, in turn, makes it easier to accept myself, even in a sweatsoaked sports bra.


By day 15 I can feel my body changing. I go from dreading a Vinyasa (usually a series of Chaturanga, Cobra and Downward Facing Dog poses) to longing for it. Then one night with Sinead as my teacher, I move smoothly into the Bird of Paradise pose. I’ve been practicing the pose without success for several days, but tonight I feel balanced and grounded. I text Sinead later and tell her how happy I am. “Yes!” she replies. “I did that pose for you, I knew you could do it on both sides!” As the challenge comes to an end I think how incredible yoga really is – not necessarily because I’ve done a Handstand (I haven’t), but because now I understand its purpose. In doing so I’ve come to understand myself a little better, too. And that, my friends, is the whole point. The light in me honours the light in you. For yoga in Fernie visit essentialyogastudio. com,, or

My new friend Mel and I share a laugh as we slip into the next pose, the sweat so abundant that we make squelching sounds. We stifle giggles; who knew yoga was for making friends, too? When I speak with Francesca Ter Poorten, owner of Essential, about my experiences during the challenge, she is nothing short of encouraging. I watch in one class as she moves into a headstand with ease – she is deliberate, precise and connected. I admire her dedication, though she never once makes me feel like less of a yogi for remaining in Child’s Pose. Francesca opened her studio in 2004 after realizing that she wanted to share what yoga was doing for her mind and body with other people. “I love the excitement of the yogis in Fernie, they inspire me every day,” she says.

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Factors of Maintaining Trails

trails. All the people who have come out to help with our trail work parties. Without these volunteers we simply wouldn’t be able to keep up with the work that needs to be done. It is passion and community spirit like this that help our trail network flourish. We also have a small group of passionate trail builders who dedicate a tremendous amount of time and effort to our trails. On behalf of everyone who uses the trails, a huge thank you to these people.


I DON’T THINK I’M ALONE when I say we are very fortunate to live in this town. The people, the views, the mountains and rivers, even the critters we share it with. We are also fortunate to have an incredible trail network. Our trails provide us with an escape, a place to connect with friends, nature and even ourselves. Our trail network is constantly growing and evolving. Just like us, the trails have personality and just like us, the trails mature. Over time our trails will change, they will adapt. What we used to know and remember may not be how the trail is now. Just like the leaves changing, this is inevitable. As our trails become more and more popular this is going to become more obvious. Again, like us, our trails need a little help along the way. Not only do we have epic trails we also have the most admirable trail crew. People who dedicate their time to creating new trails, restoring old forgotten trails and keeping our ever-growing network maintained and trim. You might not always see these trail gurus at work but what we do see is all the work they do; berms buffed, features built, and trees trimmed. It may not be common knowledge but before any work is started on our trails there is a process that has to happen. The Fernie Trails Alliance must always approve any work. Why? We want to keep the personality of the trail consistent. If something does change on the trail it’s always gone through a lot of careful consideration. Lots of factors will determine if and when something changes on a trail. The overriding factor is always to improve


the trail longevity and allow the trail to continue to thrive. Even with the amount of effort, sometimes we all need to help the trails out. This could be as simple as leaving no trace: the pack it in, pack it out rule applies! This can become more complex when it comes down to the mark we leave from our tires or runners. Keeping on track is vital to keeping the trail close to its original state. Granted there may be a more direct route, which may be faster (and you might even beat your buddy on a certain social media app); however the trail wasn’t built to get you from one point to another the fastest, the trail was built to flow. By cutting corners and not staying on trails you can be undoing years of work. One other example of trying to minimize our mark is being conscious of not riding when the trails are muddy. I’m not talking about every time it rains we can’t use the trails, however think back to spring, when the ground is thawing. Damage here can have long lasting effects that may not be reversible. A prime example of this is the section of Lazy Lizard, which has now been armoured. What started out as a wet section of trail soon became a damaged section of trail, which required many hours of work to fix. As we look back and remember how fantastic and rewarding our season has been I think this is the perfect time to thank anyone and everyone who has played a part in creating and maintaining our

As the season changes and we look forward to using the trails again in the spring, take a moment to ask yourself if you can contribute just a little of your time and give something back to our trails. Cut a fallen tree, swing a tool at a maintenance night or just be conscious of your impact on the trails. To many more seasons of amazing riding, hiking and running on the Fernie trails!

Destination of the Month by Julie Kelly – DEM BONES Distance: 5km Time: 45 minutes -1 hour Difficulty: Blue There are so many great trails in Fernie, it really is hard to pick one each month. In the theme of remembering it is a great time to reflect on the old classic trails like Dem Bones. The great thing about this trail is it can be ridden up or down. Today let’s rip it down. Start at Mount Fernie Provincial Park and hop on Stove for a moderate grade climb to the powerline. Once at the powerline turn right and look for the Dem Bones sign on the right. This trail has a bit of everything; windy corners, a short climb, lots of roots and some nice berms to finish things off. There are tons of other options for trails to ride, run or hike in the Park or perhaps you just want to grab a coffee and reflect on the day. FERNIEFIX.COM



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30-Day Ski Season Leg Challenge


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IF YOU WANT TO HAVE the most epic ski/snowboard season ever, preseason training is a must. This 30-day leg challenge provides a little motivation to help you get ready! Don’t forget to get in the gym for cardio and upper body, too.


Remember that you must never experience pain during exercises and consult a health care professional if you have any concerns prior to commencing your challenge. Good luck!

The exercises: 1. Squats: Feet hip width apart, feet straight. Keep your heels down and knees over toes as you bend both knees. 2. Sumo squats: Wide legs, toes out. Keep your knees over your toes as you bend both knees so they are going out to the sides as you bend. 3. Alternate lunges: Step approximately two shoe lengths ahead and bend both knees keeping your posture tall and shoulders over back knee. Step feet back together and repeat on the other side. 4. Calf raises: Feet straight and hip width apart. Keep your weight even big to little toe as you lift heels. Try to go down slowly. 5. Bridging: Lay on your back with your knees bent to 90 degrees. Lift hips until you have a straight-line knee to shoulder.

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Brain Fuel

Cabbage isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to digest and some people have issues with gas, so I’ve added some things into this slaw that help with exactly this. Apple cider vinegar and salt help break down this tough leafy green and fennel is a carminative to help reduce bloating and gas. Finding ground fennel is hard so you can use a mortar and pestle or designate a coffee grinder as a spice grinder (definitely don’t mix spices and coffee).


THE DOCTRINE OF SIGNATURES was an aspect of folk medicine used in the middle ages. The idea is that the shape of an herb or food resembles what organ it is used or helpful for. For example, a walnut is helpful for the brain, broccoli for the lungs, or a tomato for the heart. Picture a tomato cut in half, you can see the four different chambers representing those of a heart. While this method is not scientifically based, it is still fascinating and does relate if properly applied. This month, of course with Remembrance Day, I decided to focus on foods to help and improve cognitive health and memory. Using this doctrine of signatures, I’ve picked walnuts, which are high in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, and cabbage, which is rich in anti-cancer compounds like polyphenols – antioxidants such as anthocyanins (the pigment in blueberries), which also can help in the proper function of the brain and nervous system. Did you know brains are the fattest organ of the body? It consists of at least 60% fat! The healthy fats and antioxidants in this health slaw can help combat stress and inflammation in our body and brain, and fuels our brain to fight free radical damage and help prevent neurological degenerative diseases. Cabbage, walnuts and olive oil are only a few of many foods you can eat to support cognitive health. Other great foods include coconut oil, bone broth, choline and lecithin-rich egg yolks, avocado, omega-3 fish, blueberries, broccoli and all other anti-oxidant foods.

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• Challenge yourself mentally. For example, crosswords, doing mental math, or a great game in the car is start from the letter A and think of as many countries that begin with each letter of the alphabet. • Avoid Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) hidden in most savoury processed foods. This flavour-enhancing food is a neurotoxin that can pass the bloodbrain barrier. This is the body’s filtering mechanism that carries blood to the brain and spinal cord that blocks substances from entering. Labelling laws allow companies to rename MSG on ingredient labels as yeast, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract, and even under the term ‘spices!’ Always read your labels and pick reputable brands. • Avoid aluminium. Bake with unbleached parchment paper and switch out those aluminium laced deodorants with the plethora of aluminium-free natural options.

Want to improve your memory? Along with a healthy dose of the brain fuelling foods above, add these to your regime:

• Limit healthy sweeteners and avoid processed sugars. In other words, treat treats as treats.

• Take an Omega 3 supplement. Most people get too many Omega 6’s and 9’s and not enough 3’s in their diet. A supplement ensures you fuel your brain and increase cerebral circulation.

• Get some good old vitamin D to maintain brain health. Did you know there are vitamin D receptors in your brain and central nervous system?

Serves 6-8 Dressing: 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (always buy “with mother” that contains the probiotics) 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or flavourless MCT oil 3 Tbsp mayonnaise - optional (my favourite is Vegenaise) 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (depending on your sweet tooth) 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt ½ tsp ground fennel Salad: 2 Cups green cabbage, finely chopped 1 Cup red cabbage, finely chopped ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced 1 apple, with peel, finely diced 1 carrot, julienned (or shredded) 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced ½ Cup Italian parsley, finely chopped ½ Cup walnuts ½ Cup fruit juice sweetened cranberries, currants or figs Optional add in: 1-2 leaves of curly kale, torn into salad size pieces • In the bottom of your salad bowl combine the dressing ingredients and whisk together. • Prepare all the vegetables and add with remaining ingredients to the salad bowl. • Toss to coat in dressing. Let sit for 30 minutes, this allows the apple cider vinegar and salt to break down the cabbage to become more digestible. • Serve at room temperature or chilled. • This recipe will keep for 3 days; stored in a sealed container in the fridge. FERNIEFIX.COM



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Fur is popping up a lot again. My Grandma had some beautiful floor length fur coats, which pushes the trend a bit, but we are seeing fur in small doses… collars, handbag, scarves. Get on this trend and be sure to find inspiration from the ladies of your past, even in an accessory!


GROWING UP FRIENDS would often ask where Zoe and I got a certain piece of clothing. Often without hesitation our answer would be, “my Grandma’s closet.” Our Gram is a lady of great taste, from years of owning two clothing stores in Fernie as well as travelling the world as a clothing rep. I guess it’s in our blood to have a love for fashion like our Mom and Grandma. We are bringing back some memories this fall in fashion and makeup inspired by styles many of us have already worn but were absolutely worn by our mothers and grandmothers!


Do you remember wearing velvet? When

MAKEUP we were little, we always had beautiful Christmas velvet dresses or with hints of velvet. Well ladies, I’m bringing back the past and wearing a classic velvet dress for Christmas this year! If you aren’t feeling velvet clothing, try it in a shoe or clutch. Feathers and fringes are adding texture to tops, skirts, and pants as well as on handbags and shoes. We can`t get enough fringe! Another hot look this fall is chokers! They are fun and can add to your already fabulous fall and winter outfits.

The ‘80s are once again inspiring the fashion world, with a lot of makeup inspiration from this fun decade. Bright colours on the eyes, red lips and the classic winged cat eye eyeliner are some of the hottest trends this fall and winter.


We love the grey hair trend. This look is hot and there are many ways to incorporate grey and silver into your hair. Remember that in order to tone your hair grey it first has to get to a light/white blonde, which can be damaging. Be sure to see a professional for this look. It may take a lot of care and maintenance, but it’s worth it.

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WE’VE ALL DONE IT. We’ve downloaded a sketchy program. Perhaps sent to us from a friend, or found while searching for something on the Internet. Perhaps even a program recommended to you by this column. Downloading and installing programs has been unsafe since I started in computers in 1984. I recall spending an entire weekend installing a new hard drive in a server. In those days it took an entire weekend. Only to have ‘Your PC is now stoned!’ appear on the screen on Monday morning. Ack! It’s not just downloaded programs either. Just surfing the wrong website these days can put your computer at risk. What to do about it? Well, in the past I’ve recommended a variety of applications that can help stop viruses and Trojan horses when they appear, applications such as Malwarebytes AntiMalware and Microsoft Security Essentials, but there is another way to keep your computer safe while you browse and when you want to install a new, but untrusted application: sandboxing. In computer parlance a sandbox is a virtual environment inside a computer or network where applications are restricted from accessing anything outside the sandbox environment. The virtual environment can be deleted and recreated, thereby returning the computer to the exact state it was prior to the sandbox being created. This lets you run applications, but limits their behaviour. This isn’t a new idea. Virtual environments have been around almost since the first computer, but it’s only been in the last few years where a non-expert user could take advantage of them.

...THERE IS ANOTHER WAY TO KEEP YOUR COMPUTER SAFE WHILE YOU BROWSE AND WHEN YOU WANT TO INSTALL A NEW, BUT UNTRUSTED APPLICATION: SANDBOXING. First a caveat. Sandboxes are not 100% bulletproof. There have been instances where nefarious software has been able to bypass the sandbox restrictions, but these instances are rare. Your Windows PC performs a light version of this already. Whenever it asks you before installing a program it is asking you for permission to let the currently running program make its changes permanent.


system tray and select the option you’d like. If I’ve downloaded a program I’m unsure of, I’ll open Windows Explorer in the sandbox. Navigate to the program and then launch it in the sandbox. I can watch the installation. I can then execute the program, still in the sandbox, and watch what it does, and see if it accesses the network for example. If it exhibits any behaviour other than what I expected I just close the sandbox and it’s like it never happened. Sandboxing isn’t something you’ll need often, but it is a useful tool to have in your computer belt if you need to use an application or go to a website that you’re unfamiliar with and perhaps don’t trust completely.

There’s a free sandbox program called Sandboxie that is easy to install and use. It can be found on There are paid versions, but also a free version if you look for the “Click here to download it.” Sandboxie, once installed, will create a sandboxed browser. It runs the default web browser, in my case Google Chrome, in a virtual environment. It gives you an important visual clue that it is in Sandbox mode by putting a yellow border around the browser window. Important things to note. Anything you do in this browser will disappear when you close it. If you do download a file you can save it to a non-sandboxed environment, but the default behaviour of saving to the Downloads directory will not save it beyond the sandboxed session. Besides running a web browser you can also run other programs or Windows Explorer inside a sandbox. Just right click on the Sandboxie yellow icon in your

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HAVE YOU EVER HEARD astrologers or clairvoyants say that 2017 will be the most tense year of the 21st Century? If not, you might find it interesting that many are forecasting 2017 as a difficult year for humanity. Astrologically, there is a main aspect that explains the situation. This aspect begins in November 2016 and will last for about ten months. It is a square between Pluto and Jupiter. A lot deserves to be said about this coming year, but, for now, let’s skip this fascinating topic to focus on the actual month, November. Since we know that the trigger of a tense year will be sowed this month, we must be extremely aware and cautious of our decisions and even more vigilant towards our reactions to what is happening. Our first imprint memory towards a matter is of great importance, it will influence our entire relation to it. We will create this imprint in November, sowing the roots of what we will face in 2017. There is something even more particular happening as this profound phenomenon takes place. Venus is part of the game, as it will be in conjunction with Pluto. We should take this indication quite seriously. It means that deep within us, the part of us that will be challenged in 2017 is our feminine side... our feelings, our vulnerability, our sweetness, our gentleness, our true beauty. It comes to no surprise, as the situation of our feminine side is relatively bad, worldwide. There is a lot of literature discussing this, and I’m afraid it is only the tip of the iceberg. Consequences above the ground include many dealing with emergency situations, in spite of our good will. We might tend to forget our feminine side as a humanity, but it is clearly indicated here: the key is and will be in our heart.

WE MIGHT TEND TO FORGET OUR FEMININE SIDE AS A HUMANITY, BUT IT IS CLEARLY INDICATED HERE: THE KEY IS AND WILL BE IN OUR HEART. 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 every aspect within yourself.

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Determination You remain focused on last month’s potential, trusting that what life proposes to you is good. You bring all this energy a few steps forward!

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Challenge Wisdom is testing you... not your favourite test, but you have no choice. Count on your patience.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Open minded You are entering a reality that is much greater than you, with cycles that are much slower than yours. Don’t draw conclusions too quickly.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Collector Early in the month, you keep gathering all positive energies from last month’s conjunctions. Fill your reservoir well, you need it for your sensitivity will be under pressure as time passes by.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Faith The depth of what is happening is a bit too much for you. You feel it as darkness, crushing your spirit and flame against moist greyish walls. Don’t worry too much,

this is not conspiracy theory, it is still life, at its most updated and actual state.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Scientific Study In such important moments, it is important to be aware of all details, to study and learn from the reaction of “small things.” You do it really well!

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Power Management Exam Relationships are a delicate matter and should be considered with wisdom. When considered only with power, it can hurt many.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Harmony Quest Your energies demand to be channeled positively. Don’t let them stagnate.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Meditation In order to understand what is happening, you should ponder on the law of causes and consequences.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Soil Being a faithful Earth sign, the seeds for 2017 are sowed in you. Take good care of them.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Pride Your will is exposed to the pubic. Even if it gets attention and is appreciated, don’t let it take the whole floor, give some space to your heart.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Doubtful Don’t make decisions too spontaneously, postpone some if need be. It’s better to let time rule your world than chaos.


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