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THE knowledge is power ISSUE Learn more about your online neighbour in “Making Social Media Work.”

Feature Artist Téa Jasmin shares with us her passion for learning and creating.

Feature Resident Nicole Neufeld discusses her journey with education.

How to help with the Back to School Dread in “Planning Ahead” by Kerri Wall.

Why you need to Derby with Jesse Bell in “Never Have I Ever.”








THURSDAY 13 | 5:30-8:30 pm | FERNIE FAMILY CENTRE | $30

FRIDAY 14 | 5:30-10 pm | DOWNTOWN | FREE


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FRIDAY 14 | 12:00-1 pm | FERNIE LIBRARY | $25


SATURDAY 15 | 11:00 Am-4 pm | DOWNTOWN | FREE

SATURDAY 15 | 7:30 pm - 1:00 am | MUSEUM | $70

SUNDAY 16 | 2:00 pm | FERNIE SENIOR'S CENtRE | $25


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A special thank you to all the Bubble Bubble Circus Circus Dance Dance Arts Arts who help sponsors and volunteers Party Party make this festival happen. Face Face Painting Painting

Phil Iddon/Fernie Auto Parts Photo Photo Booth Booth Save-On Foods • Michael Bull • Interior Health • Arts Station • CBAL • Grow • Fernie Fix • Claris Media • Wapiti • Wildsite • AFROS • Fernie Fire Rescue its its Place Lodge • Fernie School • Teck • Park free! free! Aged Care • Fernie Youth Action Network • Starbucks • August Crumbs Cakery • Sharon Sunday, Sunday, August 12, 12,2018 2018 Kelly • DJ Jay Ray •10am-2pm Dressler Family Rotary Rotary Park, Park, 10am-2pm FernieChildrensFestival FernieChildrensFestival

EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS IN THE VALLEY | 6 Business News/New Business Making Social Media Work - Six Reasons to Know your Online Neighbour by Christina Pilarski Money Matters: Ponders of PST and Pedalling by Jaime Hanson, CPA, CGA

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | 14 Feature Artist – Téa Jasmin ArtBeat: The Power to Share by Michael Hepher At Peace and Yet On Fire – My Turn reTurning by Sadie Rosgen with Zeth Ellis Rental Fix – Solo: A Star Wars Story by Andrew Vallance

COMMUNITY AND EVENTS | 22 Feature Resident – Nicole Neufeld Planning Ahead: Back to School Dread and Excitement by Kerri Wall Family Stoke – Sweet Dreams by Shelby Cain Inside and Out with Rebecca Hall – I Know What You Did This Summer

RECREATION AND OUTDOOR LIFE | 33 Time to Solitude by Mel Makepeace – Acrophobia Two Trails Diverged in a Wood by Jeff Colden - Emergency Preparedness Never Have I Ever – Derby by Jesse Bell Hitting the Trails: Ridgemont Firesmart Harvesting by Julie Kelly, FTA

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 40 The Magic of Compost – Plant Multiplication by Ashley Taylor For The Love of Food by Katie Hamar – Intuitive Eating The Find – Too Cool For School by Crys Stewart Food Intelligence – Polly’s Picky Eating Predicament by Tiffany Schebesch, RD, BASc

BITS AND BYTES | 48 The Answer Guy – The Right Keyboard is Key by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

FERNIE FUN | 52 Fix Trivia COVER: Paper boats and a back yard creek, the simple joys in life. Photo by Matt Kuhn, Mkuhnphoto.com THIS PAGE: Looking forward to those crisp fall walks. Photo by Matt Kuhn, Mkuhnphoto.com



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e’re laying in my daughter’s bed. She’s brushed her teeth and had some water. We’ve read the books and she’s all tucked in. The lights are out and we’re cuddling. Just when I think she’s falling asleep… “Why do I float but rocks sink? “How do planes fly?” “Why is my hair curly?” Questions have been coming at me since 7am, and it can be really tough at the end of the day. But more and more I’m shocked by her mind, and find myself saying, “That’s a really good question.” It makes me so excited for her! And envious of her thirst for knowledge.

After all, shouldn’t we be cultivating curiosity not only in children but in ourselves? We can get into slumps. Patterns. Doing the same thing, day-to-day. Sticking with what we know, spending time with the same people, working the job we’ve been at for ten plus years… but then, something happens… something catches our eye or stops us mid-step. Oooh, that looks fun! Maybe I should try it? What is that event taking place next week? Who is that new business owner downtown? Our mind lights up, is ignited with curiosity and all of a sudden, we’re filled with purpose and excitement. It’s the beginning of learning, of meeting someone new, of perhaps even stepping outside of our comfort zone. A recent study found that on average, curious children ask 73 questions a day.

“How do you pedal your bike up the mountain, momma?” Hmmmmmm. Keep them coming, girls. I’m up for the challenge… or will be, after I spend some time brushing up on my physics, math, anatomy… gulp. Krista Turcasso, Editor

FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: info@clarismedia.com Box 1124, 361A 1st Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 www.clarismedia.com Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome Associate Editor | Kevin McIsaac Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym All content copyright Claris Media. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher.

CONTRIBUTORS 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. ASHLEY TAYLOR grew up in the mountains of the Elk Valley. To give back she has put her passion for all things green into her new business focused on composting and growing luscious organic food. Check out Valley Vitals on Facebook. CHRISTINE PILARSKI of CIPR Communications believes in the power of meaningful relationships and strategic engagement, both on and offline. After a 35-years in publishing, CRYS STEWART enjoys road trips with her husband between Fernie and Ontario. When not writing, taking photographs or riding shotgun, she’s sharing a glass of red with family and friends. 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 has to offer.

JEFF COLDEN is expanding his horizons all the time, always looking for the next adventure in wine, photography and the great outdoors. JESSE BELL teaches us about the importance of car-smashing, beer-drinking, and dust-eating at the annual Lions Demolition Derby, this Sept. 2. JULIE KELLY is the Manager for the Fernie Trails Alliance and loves spending time on the Fernie trails.

MICHAEL HEPHER is a painter, printmaker, sculptor and musician living and working in Fernie. His work is collected internationally and can be seen locally at Clawhammer Press and a variety of galleries and public spaces in Western Canada. REBECCA HALL is making the most of summer attending as many events as possible and enjoying the occasional Base Camp Pale Ale.

KATIE HAMAR grew up in the Maritimes and has lived in Fernie for the past five years. She is a self-professed foodie, wine lover and works as the Sales and Event Coordinator at Island Lake Lodge.

SHELBY CAIN has lived in the East Kootenays most of her life. She’s a full-time writer and musician in the roots band, Wild Honey. Shelby’s first novel, Mountain Girl, is available at a book store near you. Her second novel? Any day now…

KERRI WALL specializes in group facilitation, mediation, parent coaching, and leadership training. She welcomes inquiries at kerriwall.ca.

TIFFANY SCHEBESCH is a registered dietitian and owner of Peak Nutrition Consulting where she helps clients create lasting changes towards their nutrition goals.

KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material. MELISSA MAKEPEACE is the owner of Mountain Addicts - Guiding and Instruction, and an ACMG Top Rope Climbing Instructor and Apprentice Ski Guide. Her bucket list climb is the Split Pillar on the Grand Wall of the Squamish Chief.

YANN LORANGER from Happy-Culture Inc. is your resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy and offers courses at the College of the Rockies in Fernie.



Business in the Valley


Fernie Alpine Resort 5339 Ski Hill Road 250-423-4655


ernie Alpine Resort is expanding its events, activities and programs into the autumn months! Kicking the fall off with the addition of Bonus Weekends through September (weather/conditions permitting), there will be lift accessed hiking and mountain biking, aerial park tours, guided hiking, and mountain bike clinics for guests to enjoy. The fall calendar is jam packed with events SUBMITTED PHOTO and programs for all ages. New this year, check out the Lobsterfest Weekend at Lizard Creek Lodge on Sept 21-23. It’s a full weekend celebrating maritime fun and great food - full package includes two nights of accommodation, Lobsterfest dinner with live entertainment, additional meals and a guided nature hike. There also is a Lobsterfest Dinner Only option (Sept 22) available. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Moving into October, join in the celebration of German culture and beer at the First Annual Oktoberfest at Fernie Alpine Resort on Saturday, Oct 6. A few more exciting fall highlights at the resort include: Sunday, Sept. 9 - Fernie Mountain Market at the FAR Base Area Plaza Oct. 23-28 - You and Your Body Wellness Retreat at Lizard Creek Lodge Nov. 2-4 - Yoga Retreat at Lizard Creek Lodge For full details on Fall Fun at Fernie Alpine Resort, please visit skifernie.com or call 250-423-4655.

Fernie Physiotherapy 901 5th Ave 250-423-3423


ernie Physiotherapy welcomed their newest addition this summer! Nikki is an RMT and Certified Yoga Instructor. She graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy with an award of practical excellence and spent the first part of her career practicing in Squamish and Whistler, BC, as well as Calgary, AB. Nikki enjoys helping people set their therapeutic goals, and finds that through assessment and succinct treatment planning great results are achievable. Her treatment style uses a variety of treatment modalities for preventative and maintenance purposes as well as SUBMITTED PHOTO rehabilitation. She knows that wellness in the body goes far beyond the treatment room and enjoys helping people come up with creative and practical ways to bring postural awareness and balance into their daily lives. Visit Ferniephysio.com to book an appointment or for more information.

Katie Joyce Yoga


atie Joyce Yoga is excited to join forces with The Guide’s Hut to host her first Yoga and Bike Retreat right here in Fernie, September 14-16. It starts late Friday afternoon, and is a weekend of guided rides around Fernie, a variety of yoga classes held at Soar Studios, lunch at Island Lake Lodge, deals at select local shops, restaurants and hotels (including Giv’Er Shirtworks, Elevation Showcase, The Bridge Bistro, and the Red Tree Lodge), and a whole lot of fun. You must be at least an intermediate rider, but no yoga experience is necessary. For more information, contact Katie directly at katiejoyce@ outlook.com or sign up at The Guide’s Hut. Follow KatieJoyceYoga on Facebook to stay up to date on classes, workshops and events.

Business in the Valley

Polar Peek Books


Emily Brydon Youth Foundation

592 2nd Ave 250-423-3736



his September 4, 2018 Polar Peek Books is hosting a celebratory launch for Angie Abdou’s latest book, Home Ice: Reflections of a Reulctant Hockey Mom. In her latest book, Abdou combines revealing personal stories with careful research on issues such as cost, gender bias, concussions, and family pressures to offer a thoughtful look at the struggles, joys, and strains of having a child in amateur hockey. Praised by Booklist in a starred review as “a first-rate memoir” and “a must-read for parents with youngsters who play organised sports,” Home Ice offers a compellingly honest insider’s view of what it is like to parent today’s young athlete in a competitive, high-pressure culture. For more information contact Polar Peek Books at polarpeekbooks@telus.net


he Emily Brydon Youth Foundation hosted its third annual Summer Social this August Long Weekend at the Fernie Golf Course’s new restaurant, the Cast Iron Grill. Guests arrived at the event and immediately were pulled into the fun environment, that included a variety of games such as the Burpee Challenge and Corn Hole. Emily and Rosemary were touched by the generosity of Fernie’s business community once again, with an abundance of great silent auction items and prizes to go along with the games. The evening also included a heartfelt speech by Emily, which led into the exciting live auction with Kevin Giffin where individuals and groups bid on “Fernie Experiences.” These items paired true Fernie pastimes with amazing restaurants in town, including White Water River Rafting, Fly Fishing, Guided Backcountry Ski Touring, Painting Session with Tara Higgins and Pizza Party for ten with Latin Dance lessons. The Mitch Belot Band had guests dancing into the late hours, and the foundation was able to raise approximately $16,000. “We raised these much needed funds because of you! Your kindness, generosity and passion. Thank you for making a difference and creating opportunity and hope for the youth in the Elk Valley,” Emily said. The Foundation is now accepting winter applications.Visit the website for further details.


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This fall, Fernie’s partners in tourism will undertake a local consultation process to help in the development of a Community Tourism Master Plan.


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elebrating its third year of operation, Rooftop Coffee Roasters strives to create a local coffee culture centred on sourcing beans responsibly and roasting them to highlight their distinct qualities. Turning their attention to the effects of their buying practices, Rooftop works with coffee importers who ensure farmers can earn a real living from coffee. In turn, this empowers farmers to improve their environmental sustainability and offer more opportunities for their families, for mere pennies more for a cup of coffee. Much like Fernie, where the beans are roasted, these producing communities are all unique and rich with culture and history. By sourcing delicious coffee and sharing their stories, Rooftop wants to excite with every sip. Cultures around the world share the common practice of enjoying coffee among friends and placing it at the centre of social life and community. Rooftop hopes to play a part in that small ritual.

Led by a tourism consulting company and a local task force including Tourism Fernie, City of Fernie, and Fernie Chamber of Commerce, this plan will identify key strategies that will help guide tourism development, sustainability and marketing over the next 10+ years. w w w . To u r i s m P l a n F e r n i e . c o m

Fernie Colour Crawl 5km Fun Run

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 RUN @ noon After Party with Hark Raving Sirens 5km just for fun WALK or RUN, Music, food and beer garden at the finish line. All ages! Register at Scotiabank or online at www.eventbrite.ca Proceeds go to the Fernie Child Care Society.

Register Early and receive a free pair of sunglasses (while quantities last)! Prizes for costumes, team spirit, team name and more!

Business in the Valley


Brecan Furniture Studio 441 C 2nd Ave 250-423-0560


recan Interiors is proud to announce the opening of its new furniture store situated in the IGS Building in Downtown Fernie. Brecan Furniture Studio is now serving the Elk Valley with V. CROOME PHOTO top Canadian made furniture brands such as DeFehr Furniture bedroom and dining suites, Dynasty sofas, love seats and sectionals, and they also carry top mattress brands including Sealy, Tempu-Pedic, King Koil and Simmons/Beautyrest. Accessories include mattress protectors, bed sheets, pillows by Pure Care and rugs by Surya. Brecan Furniture Studio is also the exclusive fireplace dealer for Regency, Enerzone, Kozy Heath and Stuv.    

Join them for their official Grand Opening on Thursday, September 20 and meet their knowledgeable staff, enter to win a queen size Sealy Mattress and foundation - no purchase necessary. The draw will take place in the evening of the same day.

Heart to Hand 250-687-1441


re you a senior who needs support to help you stay at home? A caregiver who needs a break? Do you have a loved one in long term care who would enjoy an outing? Heart to Hand can meet your needs and provide compassionate, professional care.

Heart To Hand is a small private home care service developed by Mary MacLeod, a Registered Community Health Worker and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She has many years experience in the field of Human Services and takes pride in providing personalised support to families.


Wild Heart Therapies and Farmacy 561 Hwy #3 250-531-0154


ild Heart Therapies and Farmacy is an expansion of Dr Denoon’s Naturopathic Medical Clinic. Dr Karley Denoon ND started her Naturopathic Medical practice out of a single windowless office six years ago, and has served close to 2000 patients. The clinic continues to provide individualised health care. Dr Denoon recently brought on a nutritionist and life coach, Jennifer O’Donnell and will also have a second full time doctor in the fall of 2018.


Services include respectful personal care, housekeeping, medications, transportation and companionship. Heart To Hand also offers specialised skills in diabetes management, dementia care, wound care, colostomy care, post operative rehab, massage, music and pet therapy. Palliative care is available round the clock to provide support with end of life transition. New this fall is a home cooked meal delivery program. Call Mary for a free consultation or email her at marymacleod.56@gmail.com.

Dr Denoon would like to thank the medical doctors who have supported her practice and shared patients through collaborating care. Wild Heart Therapies and Farmacy is committed to providing collaborative, unparalleled, supportive health care. The Farmacy provides access to bulk organic herbs as well as tonics and remedies, opening at the end of September. For all current and new patients, appointments will be at the new office in October, 2018. FERNIEFIX.COM


rockies notary & legal Family and Youth Programming at the Library this Fall Family Programming STORYTIME (Ages 3-5 years) Tuesdays 11:15am-11:45am TODDLERTIME (Ages 0-2 years) Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:15am-11:45 am SENIOR STORYTIME For all ages with seniors and local preschool/ Kindy Children (drop in) Rocky Mountain Village Serenity Room: Wed, Sept 12th at 1:00pm Trinity Lodge: Wed, Sept 26th at 1:30pm Children’s Activities for Grades 1-6

LEGO TOWN (ages 7+)

Wednesdays 3:45 pm-4:45 pm pm September 12th-October 3rd, 2018 We are building a Lego town complete with all our favourite parks, places, shops and ammenities. MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND on eventbrite “Lego Town-Sept” or email fhlprogrammer@gmail.com TECH PETTING ZOO (ages 10+) Thursdays 3:45 pm-4:45 pm September 13th-October 4th, 2018 Meet some of the new technology at the library and discover cool ways to use coding at this learner and play-driven afterschool program. MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND on eventbrite “Tech Petting Zoo” or email fhlprogrammer@gmail.com

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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.


September 21st 4:00-5:30 pm, with Popcorn “What I did on my Summer Vacation” Slide Show. Email us five photos of your summer fun (by Wed. Sept 19th), then join us for our community slide show with your stories. All are welcome to attend. Children under 7 must be supervised by a responsible caregiver. Tweens and Teens


Calling all teens who want to play a more active role in our town though volunteering and local government. Snack provided. IN COLLABORATION with the Fernie Youth Action Network (grade 7+) Watch for this program beginning late September.

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WORKING TOGETHER WITH YOUR BEST INTERESTS IN MIND. In May 2017, a subgroup of the Communities of Interest Advisory Initiative was established. As a community advisory group specific to the topic of mine closure, the Closure Task Group’s mission is to facilitate Teck’s development of best practices regarding environment, social and land use aspects of mine closure.


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Business in the Valley

Six Reasons to Know your Online Neighbour by CHRISTINA PILARSKI


nowledge is power when creating your social media strategy. The more you know about your community, your audience, and your industry means the more you can leverage to bolster your profile. This knowledge isn’t always instinctual.You might push back assuming this research is time consuming and focusing solely on the customer is the priority. My answer: by knowing what is going on around you, you get to know your customer even more. So why should you invest time into growing online knowledge? 1. Connection to the community is powerful. One of the first things I always ask a client when we create their online strategy is their connection to their community. What are your favourite causes, hang outs, people, organisations? These things should be part of your social media content schedule. Each connection to your community extends your reach and proves you are invested in Fernie.


you could be featured on their next social post. 4. Businesses in the same industry may have a secret sauce. My favourite example here is #TravelTuesday. A major air carrier started this trendy hashtag using it to promote sales. Now it is used industry wide by travel companies, destination marketing organisations, bloggers … and, yes, still by that major air carrier. By knowing what industry players are doing successfully you can gain powerful reach by doing it too. 5. You can find partners. Admit it, you’ve been caught in an Instagram contest loop! Those loops are great ways to share your product with your target audience through a trusted third party. Find companies with similar values and complimentary services. Think of online promotions that can promote what you both do and leverage one another’s following to increase your own. 6. Your competition might be doing something cool. Think of an empty taco

stand on a Sunday. Every other day of the week they have a line up. With a simple scan online, they see that every Sunday the taco stand on the other side of town gives a free sombrero with every purchase. Light bulb! Social media allows you to get a direct view into what your competitors are up to – these things can inform your communications tactics AND your business strategy. A successful social media strategy always includes elements of research. Do your homework and make sure you regularly check out popular Fernie hashtags, competitor accounts, and community influencers.You never know what or who may turn into a great online opportunity for your business. Follow us at @CIPRComs - we share our own communications and marketing knowledge, so you can maintain your edge. Use the hashtags #PRPower and #FernieSuccess to let us know what you are following online to get a leg up.

2. You should know what’s trending in your world. No one should ever know what’s trending in the whole world; you should know what is trending in YOUR world. What’s happening in Fernie? What are your friends and neighbours talking about? Is it where the Fernie Elf is hiding? Is it a pending visit from the Griz (hopefully not yet!)? Is it a new business initiative from the Chamber? These are all things you can leverage – use those trending hashtags and ride the local trend wave. 3. You might find a fun new ambassador. When you are researching online regularly chances are you will get to know which of your customers are the most engaged online. If you continue to notice a happy client’s posts getting high engagement approach them to see if their next visit with



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Ponders of PST and Pedalling by JAIME HANSON, CPA, CGA


hile Fernie arguably gained its fame for its legendary powder, it is fast gaining popularity as a mountain bike destination. With over 100 diverse trails, there is something for every level of rider to enjoy. Fernie truly is a mountain bike town where bicycles often rival the number of cars on Main Street. In my work, I am often asked questions about some of the quirky and less known provincial sales tax (PST) rules and exemptions. The Ministry of British Columbia currently has 99 PST Bulletins covering everything from registration, industry specific rules and specific exceptions. Therefore it is not surprising to discover that our PST program is not all that straightforward. I find PST Bulletin 204 “Bicycles and Tricycles” especially interesting. In a town where a large contingent of the population takes pride in owning a bicycle that is worth more than their vehicle, I thought this would be a good topic. For our visiting Alberta friends who often cringe at our 7% PST, there is relief for everyone on bicycle purchases. Purchase your bicycle from the knowledgeable staff at one of Fernie’s many great bike shops and there is no PST.

Purchase your bicycle from the knowledgeable staff at one of Fernie’s many great bike shops and there is no PST. There are two main key points here. First, the unit must be non –motorized. While that may seem a simple concept - bicycle versus motorcycle - consider the ever expanding electric bicycle (e-bicycle) market. Many of these bikes look like regular bicycles, and require pedal assistance to engage the electric motor or assist kit. So where do they fall? Under the “old” PST system these bikes were exempt for a time, however the exemption period expired during the HST realm and e-bicycles were not granted exemption status with the return of PST in April 2013. I’ll discuss more on e-bicycles and associated rules further on. The second key point is the number of wheels. Two wheels or three (over 350mm) are exempt. For those travelling on one wheel, plan on dishing out the extra 7% on your purchase. There is no exemption in place for unicycles. With the basics of a qualifying unit established, let’s dive into parts, accessories, safety, and service. For simplicity, I will use the term bicycle to refer to a qualifying unit.

While most people are likely aware of the PST tax exemption on bicycles, there is a myriad of other specific PST rules in the wide world of pedalling and accessories that are less known.

Parts that are essential to the basic operation of a bicycle are exempt. This includes items such as handlebars, forks, tires, pedals, chains, seats, brakes on so on. Pretty straightforward stuff.

Let’s start with the basics. What exactly qualifies for the PST exemption when it comes to pedalling? The exemption applies to all non-motorized bicycles and adult sized non-motorized tricycles, where each wheel has a diameter of 350mm or more. Admittedly, I had to look at an image online of an adult tricycle to get a visual!

Accessories are much more exciting! A little planning in this department can save you dollars. Basic items such as baskets, saddlebags, bottle cages, toe clips, kickstand and even streamers are PST exempt if purchased and installed/attached on the bike at the time of purchase. This


is the case, even if the items are itemised individually on your receipt. Decide the next day that you want a horn, mirror, and flag on your bicycle and you will be paying the 7% PST. So load it up at the time of purchase with all the bells and horns, so to speak. While the BC government wants to give those travelling under self-propelled power a tax break, they also incentivise doing it safely. Bicycle lights, reflectors and personal safety gear such as helmets and high visibility vests are exempt. In both cases there is no need to prove the safety equipment will be installed on a bicycle or that the person purchasing the safety gear will be riding a bicycle. PST is not charged on service of bicycles or on the service of installing attachments after the bike is purchased. It is however charged on accessories brought in for repairs not attached to the bikes. For example, if you had a broken toe clip PST would not be charged on the service to repair the clip if attached to the bicycle, but would be if only the toe clip was brought in! I talked briefly about e-bicycles and the fact that they do not qualify for the exemption. What about the case where a bicycle is converted to an electric bicycle? In this case, PST is not charged on the bicycle, however is charged on the electric assist kit. PST is not charged on the install of the kit, however once the kit is installed all future parts and service to the e-bicycle have PST as it is no longer a non-motorized unit. This includes parts, such as disc brakes, that may be designed for non-motorized bicycles, but are for an e-bicycle. For more information on the how PST relates to your specific situation please consult with your professional tax advisor.



Arts and Entertainment


Téa Jasmin My name is Téa Jamin. I live in Fernie but I was born in Calgary, Alberta. We moved when I was no more than seven years of age, one of the things I remember is that if I wasn’t reading, or daydreaming I was doodling, colouring and doing crafts. This hasn’t changed; even in school my favourite subject is Art. In Grade 6 we did water colour paintings of red birds in trees. My teacher taught us how to sketch out a simple bird; I had never considered

a bird for an art piece. I enjoyed spending time drawing this one bird and spent a long time painting it. I like to take my time and focus on one subject in my art, the bird, the face of a person, one mountain. I draw landscapes as well, but I keep them kind of general, like a snapshot of a photograph. I’ve learned more about landscape and canvas painting thanks to the Fernie Youth Action Network and the Art and DJ afternoons. Vanessa Croome offers

great advice while we paint and listen to music. She taught us how to make the river darker as you go farther back into your canvas, how to add detail using tools for texture. I look forward to learning more at these events. I like learning different art styles, but my true passion is drawing with a pencil and paper. That’s where I can really express myself. Some of my favourite things to draw include animals, nature scenes and

manga style characters. Manga is a drawing style originally used in Japanese comics, something I really enjoy reading. The style has several unique characteristics that include large eyes, practically nonexistent noses, simple mouths that can be quite large, and crazy hair styles, the outfits are pretty crazy too. I learned to draw manga style characters using online tutorials on youtube.com. The hardest part is proportioning the body to the face.

The face has so many parts that are over exaggerated that you can’t help it taking up most of the space on the page. I have drawn all sorts of mythical characters, such as fairies, demons and elves. I invent the characters using influences from the books I’m reading. I give them names and specific powers, and sometimes I write stories with them as characters. I am currently working on a manga of my own, just for fun and because

my mom makes me write in a journal every day in the summer. I’m only 13 right now, and I plan to continue in Fine Arts at the Fernie Secondary School. I’d like to learn more about colour schemes and how to draw different angles and subject poses, as well as different art styles in general. It’s early, but I’m hoping to pursue art after high school. Possibly get a degree at the Alberta College of Art and design.

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The Power to Share by MICHAEL HEPHER


s a hands-on tactile learner, I struggled through my own school experience. From our first days in the education system, we are taught facts and systems, history and calculus. I love books and facts, but unless I can make it alive by participating in a process I don’t get much from it, which is difficult for teachers to do with a class full of different learning styles. As a result I had to teach myself to learn, and now learning has become a life-long passion—the idea of discovering a new fact or idea or skill will never lose its appeal to me.   When we opened Clawhammer Press in 2011, I had a meagre amount of knowledge about the retail world and the local market. I didn’t even have enough experience in printing to really be considered more than an intermediate printer. What I did have was a lot of initiative, a hungry mind for learning, and the confidence to give it a try. After a couple of years of running Clawhammer, growing my experience and products, I realised I had exhausted my knowledge about the craft and I needed new input. I signed up for a large conference for letterpress printers near Chicago. Printers from all over the world meet there to listen and share knowledge (as well as a few beers). When I arrived at the conference, I was eagerly welcomed into a world of new friends, colleagues and printers of all levels and ages that freely shared knowledge and passion and time. There truly was an excitement about giving up some little lesson or tip about the process. I left feeling like part of something greater than myself, and honoured to be part of a worldwide community of letterpress artists. I had found my people.


That experience got me thinking about why it was such an appealing group of people. There is a kind of humble strength in sharing what you know: it’s an acknowledgement of the weight of the learning, and a concern about the future of its existence. It’s also a confidence that adding your knowledge to the greater world will benefit you in tangible and intangible ways. Part of the motivation for sharing in the letterpress world is that we know that our trade is so rare and old that if we don’t share, the trade will die. The other part is this secret that most artists know: the real power of having knowledge comes not in the acquiring of it, but in the sharing of it. Like love and money, knowledge has this characteristic: when we hoard it, it becomes a negative force in our lives: we can use it to control and manipulate, but it makes us miserly and miserable. When we share it, however, together we raise ourselves up from where we were. Here in Fernie we have vast resources of knowledge that we can use to make our town more beautiful, sustainable, equitable, and interconnected. The people of the

Elk Valley, as well as our planet, are facing all kinds of new challenges and we need to move towards this open source model of knowledge sharing in order to solve these issues before it’s too late. We have a great education system, and access to all kinds of knowledge, but there’s too much information out there for any one person to be able to hold all of it. In this era of specialisation we are ever more dependent on others to make our knowledge come to life. To truly harness the power of knowledge, we need to apply our creative thinking by learning to learn, and then we need to make that knowledge available to others. This is the only way we will be able to pick ourselves up out of this hole of our own making. The bonus of doing so means that we will find ourselves in the middle of a community of like-minded people all looking for the same kind of connection. Never stop asking, never stop listening, never stop learning, and never stop sharing. Knowledge is a kind of power, but it’s only when we share that power that we truly become a powerful people. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Zeth Ellis is more than just a name. This young man and his unique pedigree has skills for days. When I moved into my downtown neighborhood, he welcomed me like a long lost relative. Cool, kind, and connected are words I can easily use to describe him. He is also athletic beyond measure and has already retired at age 12 from motocross racing. As he blazes on with fire in his eyes, I am thrilled to have collaborated with someone who not only gives his all to his teammates, but has plenty of energy left over for the rest of us. Go Zeth!

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Wailing for what’s mine in time for Christmas holidays but first, labour daze. A different kind of crazy, but I’m lazy, a foot taller, holler!

By Sadie Rosgen and Zeth Ellis It’s the welcome back attack, the mic mac patty wack give your dog a phone ‘cause it’s ringing and I am not at home.

So throw on the collar, the institution is ready to teach but my brain is still on the beach, the sand, collecting under my seat.

I am here, getting schooled in these hallways. Fresh freckles from the summer sun and all the fun. The lake stays and the all day breakfast that my vacation gave me. Like a newborn baby, am I ready?

There’s no homework when you’re sleeping in. So I’ll power up in the shower. Here’s me trying wrap my brain around why knowledge is power.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story by ANDREW VALLANCE


an Solo is one of the most popular and recognisable characters in the Star Wars saga. A smuggler, pilot and rogue with a heart of gold, Han has been winning the hearts and minds of millions of fans for 40 years, ever since he first appeared in the original Star Wars film in 1977. Given the popularity of the character it makes sense that Lucas Film would try to make a Han Solo origin-story. The film deals with the adventures of Han Solo before he met Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi and during the trials and tribulations he faces after getting involved with the Empire, smalltime smugglers and big time gangsters. It relates how he met Chewbacca, how he acquired the Millenium Falcon, and it introduces Lando Calrissian. It also foreshadows Han’s relationship with Jabba the Hutt.

Donald Glover, who is best known for his roles in the television series Community and the film The Martian, as well as his prolific Rap career, plays Lando Calrissian. Paul Bettany plays Dryden Vos, the movie’s villain. He is currently playing Legion in Avengers: Infinity War. He recently played Kaczynski the real-life character whose story was used as the basis of the movie Manhunt: Unibomber (2017). This is a decent summer blockbuster with fast-paced dialogue, great action sequences and wonderful special effects; however, I have the feeling that it will only appeal to hardcore Star Wars fans, the people who already know the details of Han Solo’s life, from his shoe size to what he eats for breakfast. Other mainstream movie-goers may be confused by the story line. Add that to the fact that Harrison Ford is no longer playing Han Solo due to the inconvenience of his advanced age, and you can virtually guarantee that Lucas Film will lose money


on this one. Pandering almost exclusively to Star Wars fanboys and girls was not a good idea. There are simply not enough of us to bring Solo to the top of the box office. Unfortunately, this also means that a sequel will not be forthcoming. Part of me would dearly love to give this film two thumbs up, but due to its exclusionary nature, it will leave a lot of non-Star Wars fans out in the cold. One thumb up.

Unfortunately, this particular production has been fraught with behind the scenes drama, with the original directors being fired, and 70% of the movie having to be re-shot. The director that was finally chosen to do the extensive re-shoots was Ron Howard, a talented director whose work will not be particularly flamboyant, but is still solid and workman-like. Alden Ehrenreich, an actor probably best known for his excellent turn in the Cohen Brothers movie Hail Caesar, plays Han Solo. Woody Harrelson is, as usual, entertaining as Tobias Beckett, Han Solo’s mentor. Amelia Clarke plays Qi’ra, his love interest. She will be familiar to audiences because of her role as Daenerys Targaryen, one of the popular characters in Game of Thrones. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Nicole Neufeld by KRISTA TURCASSO


ast year, Isabella Dicken Elementary School welcomed a new Principal Nicole Neufeld. I so remember the awe I had for principals I had growing up in Fernie. I still see many of them, and have yet to call them by their first name, much to their disappointment. A great teacher and/or principal can impact us in life. And from what I have heard, IDES is bursting at the seams, not just population wise but with amazing, life-changing teachers and administrative staff. With my own daughter starting there this month, I just had to get the inside scoop and who better to chat with than Ms. Neufeld. Nicole started her studies in Kinesiology, as she loved sports. Through her studies, she worked in day camps and as a swim and ski instructor and realised that she wanted to go into teaching. Originally from the Elk Valley, she had escaped to the coast with no thoughts of coming back. After graduating, she started teaching in Whistler and Squamish. “I just couldn’t see raising a family there,” she tells me. She came home for her ten year reunion, and pregnant with her first daughter convinced her partner that they should move back. “Houses were dirt cheap, and Fernie was the little mini ‘Whistler to be’ so that was it,” she adds. Nicole continued teaching, interestingly her first contract was in Jaffray where she attended school herself. In 2004, she began teaching at IDES. “It was not easy to get a job here then. I literally taught everything, doing what I could,” she tells me. Driven to continue her education, Nicole completed her Masters and applied for the VP position at IDES in 2008. “It was good timing, not many other working teachers were interested in getting into admin and I had done a lot of leadership stuff in school. Rick Gris and Bob Smith encouraged me to apply.”


When asked what she loves most about teaching, it’s a quick and confident “the kids.” As a VP, Nicole still had the opportunity to teach, working with the students in the classroom setting. She couldn’t see herself in the Principal position for this reason. But as she continued her career, and the opportunity arrived, she admits that it was a natural transition. “It was just a different step. Last year was the first year I didn’t teach, which was a bit sad, but I am still involved with the kids and get to see them a lot, so it was easier than I thought it would be,” she tells me, adding that it helps that whenever she has a break she heads out into the halls or to the classrooms “to find somebody little to talk to.”

In her new found role, there were definitely projects and ideas Nicole wanted to champion. “I always wanted a playground out back, so put the idea out there. We just had the perfect PAC this year, so it actually happened. It needed to be done, for the kids,” she says. Other than that, Nicole admits that a lot of her energy is put towards dealing with the growth of the school. “I want to preserve the community of the school, to preserve the feeling. I’m worried about having these satellite portables. How to make those students feel a part of the school. The staff is doing a fantastic job with this space challenge.” Unfortunately, the Ministry’s priority is seismic upgrades in the lower mainland even if a new elementary school for Fernie is a priority in our District. “But

it’s inevitable. It will happen, because it needs to happen and everybody wants it,” she adds confidently.

Thank you, Nicole. I couldn’t be more excited about the community my daughter and family is becoming a part of this fall.

Additionally, each year the teachers and administration create a growth plan.

1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here?

“We write it together. This year, we’re focusing on social and emotional learning. The research out there shows that it’s a real indicator of success. Building kindness, gratitude, self regulation skills, empathy, resiliency in children… We started looking at this last year with some professional development as a team. It’s important for us to be connected, we have an excellent team at IDES and it makes it easy to be principal because of them.”

I was born in Cranbrook, and raised in Elko. Came back ten years after graduation in 1998.

Nicole is a firm believer that there is a lesson to be learned in everything you do in life… “You learn so much more in school than in schooling,” she says. “As educators and parents we need to embrace this. Every time a child goes through something in school, there is a lesson. The key is knowing this and not focusing on the results, rather the process.” She also is open to how education is changing. “It’s a hard time to be an educator. Kids can google anything, parents can google. You are no longer the expert. Rather a facilitator. To teach the process of being able to learn. We have to role model the willingness to learn and do something new.” Another goal for IDES is taking students into the community and nature. “School is no longer about sitting at a desk,” she says. “I want students to embrace this. Janet Kuijt our VP is huge on environmental education, we are looking forward to seeing more of this.” Personally, Nicole admits that it’s pretty full on as principal so it’s tough to do much outside of this within the community (although, as her children grew up she was heavily involved in the activities and organisations they were). A general goal for her is, “fostering the growth of our school while ensuring that all students, staff and parents continue to feel welcome, safe, and connected to the school community.”

2. Who did you first meet in town? It’s a hard one because I grew up here. My mom used to work at the Day Lodge at the ski hill, that’s how we got to know the older ski hill crowd. Other than that it was my parents and friends. 3. Do you remember your first general impression of Fernie? One was coming to the ski hill on the weekends. We got up early and drove with her to work, waited for the hill to open and skied all day until she was finished working before we could head home. Another was figure skating lessons at the arena. For some reason those involved early mornings as well. We would drive to Fernie, skate in the morning then my mom would drive us back to Jaffray for school starting at 9am! 4. What keeps you here? The community, my life, my job, my kids, my friends. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory or pastime?  Over the years, I have done a lot of running and training for marathons or half marathons. Running on the trails, spring, summer or fall on my own with my dog is truly a favourite. 6. What time of the year do you love most in Fernie, and why? Summer, because I like the warmth and to hike and bike and run and play soccer, be outside, float the river, be at the beach. I’m a summer person.

7. Where do you see or hope to see Fernie in five years? Not much different. 8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? Morning coffee, and then either walking the dog with a girlfriend or we go to the gym. 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you.  Actually most people are surprised when they find out I grew up in the South Country ( Elko-Galloway strip, school in Jaffray) BUT also most people don’t know I spent a few summers working as a whitewater rafting guide and I keep my old guides licence as proof. 10. Quote to live by: It’s a magnet on my fridge so I guess it’s the best one for me: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Ghandhi


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Back to School Dread and Excitement by KERRI WALL

Back to school’ is emotionally loaded for many of us. As a phrase, those three words can represent many different feelings all tangled together. I interviewed a few teenagers for this piece, and asked the initial question, “when you hear the term ‘back to school’ what is the first thing you feel or think about?” Every teen I talked with shared some version of these three responses: • Excited to see friends • Dreading early morning wake up routines • Anxiety about the homework load One teen going into Grade 10 explained to me how ‘back to school’ has changed for her now that she is in high school. This individual said September re-entry at elementary school used to be a lot easier and more gradual, so she didn’t dread it as much. It would take a week before the class really got into the curriculum. As a teenager things are different and she told me that going back to school is pretty horrible because on the first day she will already have a lot of homework. Another teenager spoke about getting older and going back to school for Grade 12. She said she likes going back to school in a higher grade because with maturity she realises how easy the lives of her and her peers are right now, compared to the challenges they will face once high school is over. She said, “I can appreciate spending every day at school with my friends because in the summer most of us have jobs, which can make it tricky to see each other as much as we want. I also value learning and school more as I get older.” 


This summer Vox reported on a research study that revealed an astonishing statistic – starting at age 25 we lose more friends than we make each year. Those friendships that young people hold dear are a valuable commodity! We also know that relationship investments have the biggest pay-off in terms of health and wellness as we age, so I respect the importance of social connections for teenagers. I think adults would do well to follow the lead of young people when it comes to prioritising and building closeness.

and money, but they also felt the pressures of reality and additional responsibilities getting heavier.

When I asked, “What’s hard about getting older and closer to high school graduation?” I heard it was a very stressful time and they experienced difficulty making decisions regarding post-secondary education. Teenagers hate being constantly asked, ‘what are you doing after high school?’ This is partly because they don’t know and don’t appreciate all the pressure to suddenly figure out their lives. Also, as one young man articulated so well, “I hate always being asked about after I graduate because it seems like my life as a young person doesn’t count and the only thing that matters about me is what choices I make after high school.”

It’s important to remember that school is not automatically synonymous with learning, knowledge, or wisdom. Parents, how can we recognise learning that happens over summer when school is not in session? How can you verbalise and validate to your teenagers the discoveries and developments you have seen them make?

All of the teens I talked with expressed a similar mixed reaction to getting older and advancing through high school - they liked the growing sense of control they had over their time, the courses they take,

Young children typically have very little autonomy, starting from birth when they are almost entirely dependent on others to meet their needs. Independence progresses slowly through childhood, especially in our culture where adult ideas dominate most of the things that kids do. No wonder teenagers can’t wait to take charge of their own life and make decisions for themselves.

We become disconnected from the real meaning of knowledge when the reward for doing well in school is more school. It’s difficult for teens attending conventional schools to feel involved in things that actually matter or that they’re making a difference in the world, so encourage their non-academic interests and celebrate the milestones they reach outside of institutional learning. There are multiple intelligences, and every one of them is valuable. FERNIEFIX.COM


September 2018 MONTHLY EVENTS SATURDAY 1.9.2018 Historic Walking Tour: Rum Runners @ Fernie Museum, 11am Historic Walking Tour: Fernie At War @ Fernie Museum, 1pm Shawn Rawlins and Tyler Bartfai @ The Kodiak, 9pm Reggae Night @ The Royal, 9pm SUNDAY 2.9.2018 Fernie Tears & Gears Mountain Duathlon @ The Aquatic Centre, 10am Specialty Hike - Forestry @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 11am Fernie Lions Demolition Derby @ Railway Ave (next to City Yards of 13th St), 11am-5pm. A long standing tradition for all ages. Shaun Rawlins, Tyler Bartfai and Reiss Zibin @ Infinitea, 6pm Fernie Mountain Market @ Rotary Park, 10am MONDAY 3.9.2018 Closing Day - Regular Summer Operations @ Fernie Alpine Resort TUESDAY 4.9.2018 Health Care Assistant Program @ College of the Rockies, 9am Book Launch: Home Ice by Angie Abdou @ Polar Peek Books and Treasures, 7:30pm WEDNESDAY 5.9.2018 Fall Registration Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 6pm-8:30pm THURSDAY 6.9.2018 Essential Oil Basics @ Infinitea, 6pm Fall Registration Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 6pm-8:30pm FRIDAY 7.9.2018 Shop Late Night @ Freyja Lifestyle Fashion, 6pm Fernie Friends of Opera Screening: Tales of Hoffman @ The Arts Station, 7pm SATURDAY 8.9.2018 Plein Air Painting Workshop with Mike Hepher @ Fernie Museum, 10am. Contact the Museum for tickets. Highline 100 @ Fernie, BC. Ride 40, 60, 100 or 160km in “Fernie’s Fondo.” Raising funds for FAST, the Elk Valley Hospital, and F.I.R.E Adaptive Ski Program. Highline100. com Bonus Weekend #1 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 10:30am SUNDAY 9.9.2018 Pop Up Mountain Market @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 10am Indie Films Fernie: Puzzle @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm Project 9 Mountain Bike Race @ Island Lake Parking Lot, 7pm MONDAY 10.9.2018 Intro to Hand Building with Helena Dejong @ The Arts Station, 6:30pm. $35 per person per session Private guitar workshops with Sami Valavaara @ The Arts Station. Mondays and Thursdays 4-7pm for children aged 7+. Contact admin@theartsstation.com details. Little Critter Criterium @ Annex Park, 6pm TUESDAY 11.9.2018 Conflict Resolution Workshop @ Fernie Chamber, 9-10:30am WEDNESDAY 12.9.2018 Walkie Talkie Book Club @ The Library, 10am

Senior Story Time @ Rocky Mountain Village, 1pm Focused Wheel Throwing Workshop @ The Arts Station, 6-9pm. $90 per person. THURSDAY 13.9.2018 Auditions: Do They Know It’s Christmas @ The Arts Station, ages 14 and up. Pride and Paint @ The Valley Social, 7pm. The Fernie Museum hosts an evening of creativity and carousing. Fozzy Fest @ Koocanusa, Fozzyfest.com FRIDAY 14.9.2018 Auditions: Do They Know It’s Christmas @ The Arts Station, ages 14 and up. Fuze: BC On Tap @ Fernie Museum, 5:30pm. Red Eyed Soul, Flatback and Ndidi O open the Chautauqua weekend. Fozzy Fest @ Koocanusa, Fozzyfest.com SATURDAY 15.9.2018 Horseshoe Camp @ The Fernie Hotel Community Tennis Tournament @ James White Park, 10am Doors Open @ Fernie, explore Fernie’s architectural gems. Seven community buildings through the Historic District will be open to the public with displays. 11am-4pm Fernie Art Walk @ Downtown Fernie, 11am Chautauqua Vintage Market @ Fernie City Hall, 11am Walking Tour: Fernie’s Greatest Heritage Hits @ Fernie Museum, 11am Walking Tour: Is That From Eatons? @ Fernie Museum, 1pm Bonus Weekend #2 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 10:30am Walking Tour: Fernie At War @ Fernie Museum, 3pm Chautauqua Main Stage @ Fernie Museum. Join Peter and the Wolves, Jon Wort Hannam and Heather Blush and the Uppercuts playing live, the Chautauqua Grill and a variety of food trucks, free! Scenic Dinner at Lost Boys Cafe @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 4pm. Ride the Timber Chair and enjoy a BBQ dinner. Skifernie.com Fozzy Fest @ Koocanusa, Fozzyfest.com Kakagi Stay UP Late Tour @ The Northern, 9pm Sunday 16.9.2018 Retro Mountain Bike Race @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 12pm Chautauqua Jazz Brunch @ Park Place Lodge, 10am with the Johnny Summers Quintet Chautauqua Afternoon Tea @ Senior Citizens Drop In Centre, 2pm Fozzy Fest @ Koocanusa, Fozzyfest.com MONDAY 17.9.2018 Intro to Hand Building with Helena Dejong @ The Arts Station, 6:30pm. $35 per person per session WEDNESDAY 19.9.2018 Focused Wheel Throwing Workshop @ The Arts Station, 6-9pm. $90 per person. Business, Banter and Beers @ Denham GM, 5:30-7pm Del Suelo @ Infinitea, 8pm THURSDAY 20.9.2018 Fernie & District Arts Council AGM @ The Arts Station, 6pm. Live entertainment to follow, attend AGM and receive a ticket to the show! UKE 101 @ The Library, 6:30pm Belle Regards @ The Arts Station, 8pm. Tickets available for purchase at Theartsstation.com. Belleregards.com


FRIDAY 21.9.2018 Fun Friday - What I Did on Summer Vacation @ The Library, 4pm. Send five photos in by Sept 19. Mirja Vahala Painting Workshop @ The Arts Station, three days. No School Friday Club Cre8 @ The Arts Station, 9am CBT Fernie Community BBQ @ Fernie Community Centre, 6pm. Catered by the Bridge Bistro, with live music RedGirl. AGM at the Best Western at 4pm. Lobsterfest Weekend @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Two nights accommodation, meals, guided nature hikes. Skifernie.com SATURDAY 22.9.2018 Fourth Annual Fernie Colour Crawl @ The Arts Station, 11:30am raising funds for the Fernie Childcare Society. Bonus Weekend #3 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 10:30am Lobsterfest Weekend @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Two nights accommodation, meals, guided nature hikes. skifernie.com Dirt Diggler DH @ Aquatic Centre Parking Lot, 10am to pick up race plates and T-shirts. Shuttles to Microwave Towers at 11am. SUNDAY 23.9.2018 Potter’s Guild AGM @ The Arts Station, 3pm Lobsterfest Weekend @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Two nights accommodation, meals, guided nature hikes. skifernie.com Tom Savage Canadian Tour @ Infinitea, 6pm Ladies’ Closing @ Fernie Golf Club, 1pm WEDNESDAY 26.9.2018 Senior Story Time @ Trinity Lodge, 1:30pm Glazing 101 @ The Arts Station, 6:30-8pm. $20 per person THURSDAY 27.9.2018 Exhibit Opening: The Art of Building by Hornquist Family Members @ The Arts Station, 7pm Seniors’ Closing @ Fernie Golf Club, 12pm Shotgun start FRIDAY 28.9.2018 Tea and Talk Book Club @ The Library, 1:30pm Women’s Trail Running Workshop @ Fernie Alpine Resort, a running camp teaching technique and form, that also includes yoga, massage, meals and accommodation. Skifernie.com Gillbilly Fest @ The Arts Station. A weekend of jamming, evening concerts, workshops, fishing, food and friends. SATURDAY 29.9.2018 Fall Craft Fair @ The Community Centre, 10am-2pm Bonus Weekend #4 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 10:30am Women’s Trail Running Workshop @ Fernie Alpine Resort Gillbilly Fest @ The Arts Station. A weekend of jamming, evening concerts, workshops, fishing, food and friends. FMBC Highroller @ The Royal and Fernie Trails. The yearly epic poker ride to celebrate another great season of riding in Fernie. Bikefernie.ca SUNDAY 30.9.201 Fernie Half Marathon, Three Person Relay and 10km Run @ Annex Park, 10am Men’s Closing @ Fernie Golf Club, 12pm Women’s Trail Running Workshop @ Fernie Alpine Resort Gillbilly Fest @ The Arts Station. A weekend of jamming, evening concerts, workshops, fishing, food and friends.


September 2018 WEEKLY EVENTS

DINING, NIGHTLIFE and SPECIALS MONDAYS Gourmet Pizza Night @ Boston Pizza Pool Tourney Mondays @ The Pub Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel $6 meals @ Infinitea Ladies Night @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge Monday Mayhem with Goffles @ The Royal Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company Happy Hour @ Loaf, 3-5pm Pizza and Beer Specials Date Night Mondays @ Island Lake Lodge TUESDAYS Pasta Night @ Boston Pizza Wing Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Northern Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre Karaoke @ The Royal Curry Night @ The Fernie Hotel Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company Happy Hour @ Loaf, 3-5pm Pizza and Beer Specials WEDNESDAYS 1/2 Off Wings @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse

OUTDOOR & FAMILY MONDAYS Dominoes, Duplicate and Mahjong @ The Seniors Drop in Centre Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre Ladies Only @ Fernie Old School Boxing Parent Tot Funtimes @ Fernie Family Centre Public Swimming @ The Aquatic Centre Drop-In @ Elk Valley Gymnastics, 11-12pm for ages 0-4 TUESDAYS Crib/Whist, Chess and Drop In @ Seniors Drop in Centre Storytime Ages 3-5 @ Heritage Library Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall Junior Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre Open Climbing @ Evolution English Conversation Cafe @ CBAL Office Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies Fernie Community Choir @ The Fernie Arts Station Free Guided Meditation @ Soar Studios Public Swimming @ The Aquatic Centre Ladies Night @ Fernie Golf Club Teens Drop in @ Elk Valley Gymnastics,7:45-8:45pm WEDNESDAYS Crib, Gentle Exercise and Tai Chi @ Seniors Drop in Centre Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement

All Day Happy Hour @ The Fernie Hotel Wing Night @ The Northern Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal Half Price Ice Bar @ Lizard Creek Lodge Ice Bar Tarot Readings @ Infinitea, 8pm Happy Hour @ Loaf, 3-5pm Pizza and Beer Specials Wine Tasting Wednesdays @ Island Lake Lodge THURSDAYS Buy Two Appies, Third for Free @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Essential Oil Basics @ Infinitea, 6-7:30pm Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Bar & Grill Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill Thirsty Thursdays @ Kodiak Lounge Happy Hour @ Loaf, 3-5pm Pizza and Beer Specials FRIDAYS Rib Night @ Boston Pizza Fish & Chips @ The Pub Bar & Grill Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Hotel Seniors Programming

Kids Programming

Competitive Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club Toddlertime Ages 0-2 @ Fernie Heritage Library Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre Open Climbing @ Evolution English Conversation Cafe @ CBAL office Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church Knit Clique @ Fernie Heritage Library Drop-In @ Elk Valley Gymnastics, 11-12pm for ages 0-4 Public Swimming @ The Aquatic Centre Wine and Wheel @ The Arts Station Latin Vibes: Rhumba @ The Arts Station Fernie Women on Wheels Ride @ Bike Park, 6:30pm Ladies Night @ Fernie Golf Club Lego Town @ The Library, ages 7+ 3:45-4:45pm Adults Drop in @ Elk Valley Gymnastics,7:30-9pm THURSDAYS Morning Yoga, Drop in, and Canasta/Cards @ Senior’s Centre Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School Mixed Senior Recreational Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre Open Roller Skating @ Max Turyk Gym Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, Free Guided Meditation @ Soar Studios Public Swimming @ The Aquatic Centre

Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Fish & Chip Night @ The Pub Live Music @ Loaf, 6-9pm Happy Hour @ Loaf, 3-5pm Pizza and Beer Specials Live music @ Infinitea SATURDAYS Kids Pool Party, BBQ and Movie Night @ Lizard Creek Lodge Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Coffee and Baileys Special @ The Bridge Bistro Pint Night with Overtime Beer Works @ Infinitea Rib Night @ Max Restaurant and The Pub Open Mic and Live Music @ Fernie Hotel Happy Hour @ Loaf, 3-5pm Pizza and Beer Specials Large Pizzas for the Price of a Medium @ Boston Pizza SUNDAYS Kids Meal Specials @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse Mini Jugs and Caesars @ The Fernie Hotel $10 BBQ and Beats @ Infinitea Off the Grill Sundays and Caesar Specials @ The Pub Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro Happy Hour @ Loaf, 3-5pm Pizza and Beer Specials



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Weekly Trail Maintenance Night @ Bike Park Throwdown Thursdays Mtn Bike Race Series @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 7pm Tech Petting Zoo @ The Library, ages 10+ Knit Clique @ The Library, 6:30pm FRIDAYS Cribbage @ Seniors Drop in Centre Jitney Darts @ Fernie Legion Toddlertime Ages 0-2 @ Fernie Heritage Library Public Swimming @ The Aquatic Centre Fernie Women on Wheels Ride @ Bike Park, 9:30am SATURDAYS Karma Meditation Class @ Essential Yoga Studio Open Climbing @ Evolution Prenatal Yoga @ Essential Yoga Public Swimming @ The Aquatic Centre Heritage Walking Tours @ Fernie Museum at 11am, 1pm and 3pm SUNDAYS AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement Public Swimming @ The Aquatic Centre Guided Meditation @ Soar Studios Drop-In @ Elk Valley Gymnastics, 3:45-4:45pm for ages 5-12 Heritage Walking Tours @ Fernie Museum at 11am, 1pm and 3pm



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Sweet Dreams by SHELBY CAIN


have a new obsession. Correction. I should say we. We’re obsessed. It’s taken over the attention of my entire family with such a maniacal fever that we dream about it. Simultaneously. If a ghost floated through my house deep into the witching hours he’d find four contented souls tucked under the covers, breathing deeply, randomly whipping an arm into the air and calling out to the raging blue liquid in our minds – drift, set, fish on! You guessed it. I’m Shelby, and I’m a fish-a-holic. But not the old cast-and-reel fishing of my youth. Oh no. That was just a gateway to the real fix. The one that gets you so high you can’t help but dream of the perfect cast into a frothy drift, right by the log where the water turns dark. I’ve started pulling over on the highway to scout holes and check for access. My girls - ages seven and nine - catch bugs, drop their rods, and come running to me so I can inspect them. “Mom, the Grey Drakes are hatching! Switch me up! Quick!” Fly fishing. Growing up in the Kootenays, it’s something I’ve witnessed others do for most of my life. Singular men, clad in shades of beige, stalking the riverbank. Suspenders and funny hats and deeplylined foreheads from summers spent with the identical look of concentration on their faces. I watched them crawling over and around debris to get to the good holes, while I would stand on the shore and cast my Five-of-Diamonds randomly, wondering what all the fuss was about. Well honey, now I know. There’s an art to fly fishing. It’s knowledge and instinct and experience and a tiny bit of luck. Finding the right hole on the right day, selecting your fly based on the hatch, then casting that baby exactly where a fish just rose. A flash of silver. An open mouth. And a perfectly timed set that bends your rod in half. It’s a sport that you suck at, at first. It’s hard. But as you practice and learn


some tricks you get better.You can see a difference in what you’re doing and the fish you’re catching and you feel proud of yourself. I’ve watched my girls stand at the edge of the river, casting away in silence. Watching the flow and mending their line until they find success. “Got one!” They squeal. Rods curled and faces beaming with delight. We’re so lucky to live steps away from world-class fly fishing accompanied by the support of experts who live here for that very reason. The Elk River is an absolute gem, but without the right help and support, venturing onto its banks and finding a good hole can be overwhelming. When I first walked into the Elk River Guiding Company, I was intimidated. I knew next to nothing about fly fishing except that my husband never wanted to stop doing it. It was a classic ‘if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em’ scenario. Lucky for me, Paul and Lisa Samycia, the lovely owners of the shop, have only one intention for

every man, woman and child that steps into their welcoming store. They want you to love fishing. Because they love fishing. They don’t care if you’ve never tied a fly on a line or have no idea what ‘mending’ actually is. They’ll gently explain everything you need to know. Paul has fished the rivers surrounding Fernie for over fifteen years and has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology to boot. An unparalleled combination of knowledge and experience. The shop is bustling busier than ever this year - Paul tells me as my girls survey the walls of flies, giggling at names like ‘Sexy Sally’ and ‘Woolly Bugger.’ So I guess it’s not just me. This fly fishing thing is catching on. It truly is an all-age activity that engages your mind, your heart, and some deep human instinct that we have to catch stuff. Remember that? I think it fades as we get older, but I’m telling you, it’s in there. Go see my friend Paul, get yourself a Sexy Sally, and give it a try. Sweet dreams. FERNIEFIX.COM




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I Know What You Did This Summer by REBECCA HALL


s we head back to school for the fall, it’s a great time to look back over the summer and think about new friends made, trips taken and lessons learned. Here in Fernie, summer has gone from being our slow season/going away time just a few years ago, to a hyped-up sun-fest you just don’t want to miss; from Canada Day celebrations on July 1, right through to Labour Day weekend in early September. Over the years the weekly Concert Series at Station Square has built from a small concert to a big attraction complete with supporting DJs and a collection of food trucks. This year hasn’t disappointed, with huge crowds gathering to catch up and enjoy the live show. At Wapiti on August 10-11, we were not deterred by a brief evacuation caused by a passing lightning storm. Although Yes We Mystic’s set had to be cancelled, the show was back on in under two hours and the crowds quickly returned to the park to be wowed by a massive ensemble finale hosted by My Son the Hurricane when the already huge band invited many of the weekend’s other performers up on stage for a supercharged rendition of ‘Waterfalls.’ If you didn’t make it to Wapiti this year, be sure to get your tickets early for next year – both days sold out in record time. The summer weather also caused a few delays to the start of the popular 2knee Tuesday bike race series, but competition was underway by mid-July. At the time of writing after five of seven races, Dre Nimmo leads the women’s field in this seriously uncompetitive (or if you like, un-seriously competitive) series by a huge margin, with Ryan Cowie leading Strahan Loken by just two points in the men’s field. The sun baked slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort brought back the weekly Thursday night race series once again,


with the addition of the new bi-weekly North Face trail running race adding to the mix. All over town there have been new and old events to enjoy over the summer, from splash parties for little ones, mountain market treasures to discover, the attraction of the Show n’ Shine to the big hits including the Elk Valley Ultra and BC Cup downhill mountain bike race. Smoky skies returned in August, but the trails, river and downtown remain as busy as ever. As we head into September, mark your calendar for the return of the Indie Films Fernie – now on the second Sunday each month, bonus opening every weekend in September at Fernie Alpine Resort, and Island Lake Lodge open all the way until Thanksgiving! There’s so much to enjoy this month including the Demo Derby, Tears & Gears, Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair, all your favourite big mountain bike races, Lobsterfest at Cirque and Gillbilly to round out the month. How do you fit it all in?



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amount of time it takes a climber to come to a stop after falling. As the falling time is increased, the force is decreased. For this reason, the lower the impact force in kN indicated on the climbing rope, the less force applied to the falling climber, the belayer, and the rock climbing gear. Don’t let the low kN impact force rating on your climbing rope scare you, but rather assure you that a fall can be fun and comfortable when all of the equipment is used properly, and the climber and belayer have been instructed on safe climbing practices.


I’m afraid of heights!”

I hear this panicked exclamation escape the lips of the majority of beginner climbers. This natural fear of heights is instrumental in making sure that we live to see another day. When you think about it, it’s not as much the actual elevation that instils panic and dread in most of us, but rather the fear of falling from a lofty perch and the undesirable consequence. There are ways to reconcile the self-preserving fear of heights and go on to enjoy the vertical challenges of rock climbing. Understanding the safety systems used to keep us off the ground during a rock climbing fall is a good first step. Most climbing equipment manufacturers get the safety stamp of approval from one of, or all of, the following organisations. The Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme (UIAA) accredits manufacturer’s labs that test climbing equipment at the technical safety standard set out by the UIAA Safety Commission. The CE stamp is a safety certification required to sell goods in Europe, and since climbing equipment manufactured all over the world will be sold in Europe, the CE certification mark can be found on most climbing gear. The CE mark indicates that manufacturers’ labs are qualified to test products on an annual basis, or conform to an ISO quality assurance program. The ISO series is the company rating system that lets consumers know that the products they purchase have passed stringent and thoroughly documented quality control measures. These stamps of approval should let your mind relax a little, as you can trust that your gear has been built for the job. Now that we know how to evaluate whether our safety system has been designed and certified for rock climbing, let’s discuss the strength of climbing gear. Always keep the information booklets that



come with your gear as a reference for proper use, maintenance, and inspection. The strength of climbing equipment is rated by force in kilo newtons (kN). 1 kN of force is equal to 100kgs. For simplification, let’s think about ourselves as 1 kN of force. If you take a look at a carabiner, a sling, etc., you will see a kN rating on that piece of equipment. Generally speaking, static gear, like carabiners and slings, have a strength rating minimum of 20 kN, or 2000-2500kgs. If you were to hang on a carabiner statically, you are exerting 1 kN of force on that piece of equipment. A shock load, for example falling from above that carabiner and then loading it with your weight, will increase the force exerted onto the carabiner. The human body can withstand approximately 12 kN of force before it breaks, therefore certify organisations generally require carabiners to be rated to double the amount of force that we can withstand at minimum.

Knowing that climbing equipment is purposefully and safely designed to keep you off of the ground, and then trusting that system, is the first step toward conquering your fear of falling, and enjoying the unique sport of climbing and the battle against gravity. Learn more from an ACMG certified guide. ACMG.ca Happy climbing!

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Emergency Preparedness by JEFF COLDEN


e do seem to get our share of extreme weather in Fernie. Avalanches, floods, blizzards, and perhaps worst of all, fire. To some degree it is the price we pay for living in these beautiful mountains. But the people of Fernie are far from defenseless in this battle with nature. We have excellent emergency services – paid and volunteer including police, fire department, forest fire fighters, ski patrol, or search and rescue. Perhaps even more significant is how folks around here are both able to look after themselves, and eagerly try and help each other. As I write this in August, the Coal Creek fire is burning 0% contained and is up over seven hundred hectares, Corbin Road has been evacuated and there’s more lightning in our future. So by the time you are reading this, I hope that this information was unnecessary, but maybe you are thinking ahead. There are some things that you can do to be prepared. First and foremost in any disaster situation, you should be able to look after yourself for 72 hours – three days. So that sounds easy enough, but what if there is no power, or gas, or running water? It starts to get a little harder, doesn’t it? So what do should you do? Here is what my family does (disclaimer, I am not a disaster preparation professional). Water. You cannot live without water and if a flood contaminates the supply, you need this. It isn’t really optional. While many of us own water purifiers, in flood situations, getting near a body of water is a dangerous idea. In my storage room we keep a few Culligans of water, they don’t take up much space and they don’t cost much.


Food. For three days your body will survive without food, but it won’t be fun. You don’t get my physique by missing meals. I rely on the freezer and pantry here. In most homes there is enough food for a few days. It may not end up as a gourmet meal, but you won’t starve and will have the energy to deal with whatever you need to. Fuel. Lots of what you have to eat may need to be cooked. Here we always have a camping stove and fuel around. We just make sure that if we use up the fuel – you know camping- we replace it at the end of the trip, not the start of the next. Valuables. We all have things that are meaningful to us. They are different for us all and no one can tell you what you should value. Make a list of what is important to you, so you don’t have to think about what to take during an emergency. If there is time, you can just grab the swag and go. Items that pose a risk to first responders. The last thing you want to do is make matters worse for people who are trying to help. If the disaster is a fire, there is probably more things that pose a risk. Try and take any fuels you can with you, shut off gas to your BBQ, move wood away from your home, and lastly, if you are a firearm owner, take your ammunition with you.

A safe evacuation plan. There are not too many ways out of the Elk Valley.You can head towards Cranbrook or you can head towards the Crowsnest Pass. But what you need in order to get there is fuel. I sometimes am bad for this, but keep fuel in your car’s tank. When fires are close, staying topped could be critical. During the Fort MacMurray fires there were cars abandoned on the side of the road, for want of gasoline. It’s worse if you drive a diesel as not every station carries it. A mild frustration normally, but it can be far worse. A communications expectations. Locally, there are already gaps in cell phone coverage. Imagine the very real possibility of losing a tower or two during a disaster. Now, put people in extremely slowmoving queues of vehicles on the highway, with no way to get a hold of relatives of family members. As part of your safe evacuation plan, talk about how to plan to be in touch, if you must vacate in separate directions. We’ve told our extended family to wait a day before stressing, if they can’t get a hold of us during a natural disaster, because it may just take that long to get into a situation where we can reach them. I know it’s not the most exciting topic, and hopefully you never need it. But as they say, “better safe than sorry.” FERNIEFIX.COM


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enim vests and cutoff denim shorts, trucker hats and chewing tobacco. Small cars, big trucks, mud and dust all over your face, your hands, your feet, your clothes (if you happen to be wearing any). This, all of this, is Derby. Derby Day in Fernie is by all rites a national holiday, an elaborate and wild celebration at the end of the summer, a Labour Day Sunday always worth attending. Everyone—despite their geographical background or personal preference for exploits—comes together. Families fill bleachers and others pack into beer gardens. People spend weeks and months fixing up old cars to drive them into the stadium to be destroyed. A hot dog becomes our best friend, a glass of water our enemy. And when the cars and trucks smash, we yell. We yell so loud we almost drown out the revving engines and our voices become hoarse. We choke on the dust, and raise overflowing beer-filled cups. I love Derby. When I was a kid I’d stand on the second rung on the gates at gymkhana and watch rust buckets collide. I like to think I always appreciated the excitement of it all, but it wasn’t until I moved home that I finally understood. If you haven’t been to Derby, you’re missing out on Fernie. Real Fernie. Nitty, gritty, get-filthy Fernie. And it’s all for a good cause. The annual Lions Club fundraiser has been running Derby Day for 40 long years, and each year seems better than the last. The smash, bash, crash-athon began in Hosmer in the 1970s, but coal dust pushed the event here, and in 2012 it moved to an open field with the Lizard Range as


background, gophers chirping in the grass nearby.

the beer-filled cheers and crash-induced screams, it’s the reaction to a rollover.

To date, the event has raised nearly half-amillion dollars for local charities, families, youth sports and other community causes.

“I’ve never rolled over, but I’m still trying,” says Rick. “I always paint something on the bottom of the car; get a rollover and the crowd goes nuts. Anything you can do to please the crowds, that’s what we’re there for. We’re there to entertain.”

I can’t think of a better reason to go. Rick Mitchell remembers when Derby started—he was just ten years old. Nearly every year since he’s been involved, fixing up old trucks and cars, entering the stadium prepared to hit the gas, the number 66 painted on the car’s side. His kids became a part of the event, and now his grandkids too; a Derby tradition for three generations. “It’s the thrill when you’re out there,” he says. “It’s just awesome, you don’t know where the hit’s coming from, but you’re goin’ to get hit.” Rick’s won several derbies, both for best dressed and the main event, but it’s not only winning he considers to be the best part about it. It’s the crowd, the reactions,

Entertain indeed. Since its inception more than 1000 cars wound up punished and mulched, and thousands of people have found themselves fully immersed in the chaos. I haven’t missed a Derby since moving home seven years ago. First it was Derby brunches with unfamiliar friends— now it’s Derby Day with my best friends. Denim clad head-to-toe, there’s a sense of nostalgia with each flick of mud and crunch of bumper. Derby and river swims, the greatest sense of community, a little car-crashing education.

Admittedly, I look over the fence that separates the beer gardens from the competitors with envy. Clad in full coveralls, the people who put time and money into a few short minutes of thrill and adrenaline are some pretty incredible people. I’ve contemplated the Powder Puff event, but I’m just not badass enough. Each year I raise a glass to them. Okay, okay. Several glasses, some hotdogs, vulgar yelling and terrible dance moves.

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Ridgemont Firesmart Harvesting by JULIE KELLY, FTA


f you’ve been out biking, running, or hiking in the Ridgemont Trail Network recently, you have probably noticed new flagging in place and perhaps Vast Resources Solutions Ltd. employees in reflective vests placing said flagging. Contracted by the land owner, Pollyco Group,Vast Resources Solutions is implementing a harvesting plan for their property (see map) to create a fire-smart post-harvest stand structure.

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Additionally, the City of Fernie has a Facebook page (FernieFireSmart) dedicated to keeping our community informed and educated when it comes to Fire Smart practices. This summer, they hosted family friendly FireSmart demonstrations, which offered hands-on experience and information to allow everyone to get involved and educated.

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For more information, please contact the property managers, Parastone Developments Ltd. Parastone.ca

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Objectives: • To retain 50-100 stems per hectare of mature wind firm trees

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As stated in the document Vast Resources Solutions presented to the FTA and City of Fernie, “Firesmart recommends the elimination of understory trees and some woody shrubs as they can serve as “ladder fuels” providing a pathway for a surface fire to reach the forest overstory and develop into an active crown fire. Despite this, it is recommended that 1-5 clumps per hectare of undersize trees are retained for biodiversity and aesthetics. It is also recommended that as much understory as possible be retained within MFZ’s established along watercourses, seeps, and rec trails for water course protection, slope stability, and to enhance the recreational experience.”

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Plant Multiplication by ASHLEY TAYLOR


ver wonder how your local greenhouse seems to have endless rows of succulents? Or how your green-thumb garden guru neighbour never seems to run out of garlic? There are a lot of plants that do take the tender care of growing from seed to seedling but you may be startled by the number of everyday house and garden plants that take no time at all to grow as they are are already well on their way. There are two methods of plant procreation, also known as propagation; sowing seeds and taking cuttings. We are going to explore the latter, taking cuttings, which is an asexual form of reproduction. What does that mean? It means if you

have a plant you love you get to keep all the awesome traits of that parent plant by making a new one from just a piece of it. No seeds required! Does it work for all plants? Not all of them, but I will cover a selection of common garden and household plants so you can get your hands dirty and explore from there.Your local library or garden centre are also great resources. Stem Cuttings Stem cuttings are the most popular method of propagation and can be used for a wide variety of plants including herbs, perennials, trees, and even some fruits. Using a sharp knife or razor the stem is removed from the parent plant right below the node or “leaf joint.” The cutting is then left to take root in water, soil, or another medium that may require rooting hormones depending on the plant.

Let’s take hops for example. Hops is well known for its use in beer but can also be used to make ‘sleepy time’ teas. It has a lovely flower, is an excellent climber for along railings or lattices, and most importantly the root system can survive a Fernie winter with a little leaf cover. For hops the node is the distinct lump along the stem. This part of the plant contains the hormones involved in rooting. Cut the hops below the node making sure you leave at least three nodes above from where you cut to allow the plant enough vital energy to create roots and continue growing. If you have a long section of hops you can can continue cutting down the vine in groups of three-four nodes. Make sure you keep track of which side is up and which side is down; they won’t grow if you pant them upside down! Then plant the cuttings in a pot of soil, placing the bottom node about two inches deep; you can plant them quite close and then separate them later

once they develop some root structure. Keep them well watered and watch those babies grow! Root Division This classic method is done by cutting or separating the roots of a plant in order to propagate it. Examples of common plants multiplied using root division include garlic, day lilies, and potatoes. Ever forget a potato in the corner of your cupboard to find it growing funny little sprouts (eyes)? This is the perfect opportunity to try your new-found propagation skills! Take a sharp, clean knife and cut the potatoes into chunks about the size of a golf ball. Make sure each segment has at least one ‘eye.’ Place these chunks into soil about two to four inches in the ground, cover with mulch, water, and it’s just patience from there on. As the plant grows you can mound up more soil against the stem; where the soil comes in contact with the stem more roots will grow and therefore more potatoes! Countertop potatoes are great to experiment with but if you want a potato crop I would recommend starting with some ‘seed’ potatoes (potato varieties selected for their quality and performance). Layering Layering is my go-to strategy for berries. Blackberries, raspberries, boysenberry berries, currents, and many more can all be propagated using this method. In this method a branch, stem, or bow is partially buried. Like the potato, where the soil comes in contact with the plant it will being to develop new roots. Therefore, if your bend a raspberry cane over, bury the tips, then allow for root growth you can then come back and where the tips have taken root you can clip the cane above each rooted section. Each rooted section is now a new, independent plant! This particular method of layering is called ‘tip layering.’ There are many other method of asexual plant propagation and YouTube is your best friend for visual guides. So play around! What’s the worst that can happen? Probably a house full of baby spider and aloe plants!

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Intuitive Eating

aware of what feels good in your body so you can be fully satisfied at the end of the meal.


Honour Feelings Without Food. Stress, sadness and anger are emotions we sometimes try to squash with food, whether we are aware of it or not. Though comforting or numbing for a period of time, try to resolve the issue without leaning on food because it will ultimately be required anyway.


abies are born knowing how to eat intuitively. When they are hungry, they cry and are fed. Once full, they stop eating. As we grow, we are taught there are “bad” foods, we shouldn’t surpass X daily calories, and diets are the fast-track to our goals. Intuitive eating aims to re-sync you with your body’s cues instead of listening to your mind that has been molded by varied opinions and media. It is an eating plan, not a diet, that breaks the cycle of sporadic dieting and promotes mindful guilt-free eating. The term was first coined in the 90s by registered dieticians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, and the duo has been educating the masses on their method ever since. There are ten principles of intuitive eating: Reject Diets. The foundational first principle of intuitive eating is to stop dieting because it’s not sustainable. Diets may lead to quick weight loss but the restrictions are oftentimes unrealistic to maintain. Honour Hunger. Instead of weighing portions and counting calories, tap into when your body is hungry. Avoid reaching the point of excessive hunger that can lead to unconscious bingeing but rather keep it consistently fuelled with sufficient calories. When you’re able to recognise the biological signal of hunger, it becomes easier to trust your instincts and repair any negativity you may feel towards food. Make Peace With Food. Give yourself permission to eat what you want instead of believing the complete avoidance of certain foods is the only way to eat healthily. If foods are seen as forbidden, you may feel a building deprivation that can result in bingeing and subsequent guilt. When you tell yourself you are always permitted to have any food, it doesn’t become taboo.



Intuitive eating aims to resync you with your body’s cues instead of listening to your mind that has been molded by varied opinions and media. Challenge the Food Police. According to intuitive eating’s founders, the “food police” is the voice in your head that oversees what you eat and tells you you’re “bad” for not following the dieting rules you’ve heard. Fight back and reject that you should feel guilty for eating dessert or not counting calories. Respect Fullness. The same as how you honour your hunger, respect your fullness. Are you comfortably full? Are you continuing to eat to numb an emotional state like stress or boredom? Pausing midmeal is helpful in assessing how you feel. The Satisfaction Factor. The hub of intuitive eating is finding enjoyment in the process. Mindfully appreciating the food’s taste allows you to tap into the simple satisfaction of the process. It’s about being

Respect Your Body. Viewing your body with reverence and appreciation is a cornerstone of intuitive eating. Though the practice may lead to sustainable weight loss, that is not its goal. The idea is to love your body for the amazing instrument it is instead of constantly critiquing it. Exercise. Shift your focus to the benefits of exercise other than calories burned. Exercise is empowering, mood-enhancing, increases productivity, improves sleep, builds muscle and strengthens the heart. Zero in on these paybacks instead of viewing exercise as a chore. Find a way to move your body that feels good to you. Nutrition. While intuitive eating allows you to eat what you want, well-rounded nutrition should remain an important focus. If the preceding principles are followed first, however, healthy food choices will naturally ensue. Of course, it is about balance. If it feels good to treat yourself once in a while, enjoy that chocolate cake without guilt but look to nutrient-dense foods for the bulk of your nourishment. Intuitive eating aims to bring you back in sync with your body’s cues. It says the answer lies inside instead of within the media and other’s opinions. It promotes self-respect and appreciation, and encourages you to enjoy mindful satisfied eating. With no restrictions and an improved relationship with self and food, it could be just what your intuition is asking for. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Too Cool For School by CRYS STEWART

Your cheat sheet to acing some of life’s trickier issues.

How to Get Organised Using Recycled Horseshoes Are your books and tablet lying around in a disorganised mess? Is your study or work area decidedly uninspiring? Then you need desk accessories that will tidy things up with a good measure of quirkiness. To the rescue is fifth generation blacksmith David Barrett and his tablet holder and bookends, made from horseshoes. He created them at the Fernie Forge, a workshop that includes a traditional coke-fired hearth he and his wife, Sandra, founded in nearby Hosmer. He sourced the shoes near Sparwood and, yes, they’re real horseshoes once used by real horses. Recycling can be an important part of the blacksmithing process. Barrett explained, “With iron and steel, you can infinitely recycle it.” When he’s not producing his own pieces, both practical and artistic, he’s fulfilling a surprisingly wide variety of commissions–everything from heavy-duty tent pegs to sausage-making machine parts. Local farmers ask for new ploughshares (Google it). The oddest request? He figured that’s when a museum representative asked for a metal stand to display a Polaris missile. A decommissioned one, of course.


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How to Cook Like a Chef With One Special Bottle If knowledge is power then thank goodness Pat Robertson, a former teacher with three degrees (I’ll repeat that, three degrees) is using his accumulated powers for good, not evil. One of those degrees was in microbiology, including the study of industrial fermentation. Fast forward to his retirement and now he and his wife, Loie, a retired banker, are bottling your easiest way to turn dinner from okay to gourmet–a carefully aged, small-batch cabernet wine vinegar crafted in their Fernie home-based vinegary. Chefs at some of the best restaurants in Calgary, Edmonton, and Banff, as well as Chateau Lake Louise and our own Island Lake Lodge routinely order it by the case to add a dash of specialness to their dishes. For non-pros like you and me, Pat suggested trying it in vinaigrettes, pan sauces, on oysters, and, intriguingly, in tomato soup.


So what elevates this vinegar so far above that days-old grocery store stuff? First, the juice, sourced from the Okanagan, is aged a full year in small barrels of French oak. Pat pointed out that the oak, coming from only a few select forests in France, is the most prized in the world for making barrels to age wine and vinegar. Then there’s the fact that it’s additive free. Pat explained that vinegaries and wineries using a faster production process (as in those above mentioned grocery store vinegars) need additives to increase their products’ shelf-life. The Robertson’s long, slow process stabilises the liquid naturally. As long as it’s stored in the dark, their vinegar can be kept indefinitely. “We like that whole slow food, slow life style. You’re here to enjoy life,” said Pat. Wise words and one smart buy. Robertson Estate Cabernet Wine Vinegar, $13.95 for 200 mL, $29.95 for 750 mL, at Le Grand Fromage, 672 2nd Ave.


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Polly’s Picky Eating Predicament

on the table. Setting the stage that there will be no snacks, juice or milk in between this time is very important so that kiddos are hungry at meals. Children decide: whether to eat, and how much. Along with the parent’s role, defining the children’s role in the feeding relationship is equally as important. At each set time, children have the choice of whether they would like to eat, and which foods from those offered they’re going to choose, along with their portions. I know, this concept sounds a bit scary at first for all those picky eater parents thinking “but my kids won’t eat anything I put out!” And that’s fine, children will learn with a meal schedule that if they choose not to eat lunch, they will have to wait for the next snack or dinner.



he evenings are cooling off, trees are starting to change colours, and moms everywhere are preparing for the back to school grind. Polly loves her kiddos, but she is excited to get a bit of a break while her son goes to kindergarten, so that she’ll have more time to take care of her toddler, Parker. As much as Polly loves being a mom – the random cuddles, learning to be curious again and their smiling faces after a long day – sometimes being a mom is tough. One of her recent struggles is dinnertime. While her older son will eat just about anything, Parker has limited his intake to slices of cheese and the occasional granola bar. Nothing seems to be working to get him to eat with the family. She has tried playing music at meals, giving him toys to keep him seated and even the occasional bribe of dessert. Every meal ends after 45 minutes of frustration, and almost always, her son “wins” the mealtime battle. She is worried that her son might start losing weight or become deficient in certain nutrients. Polly’s struggle is not uncommon. Picky eaters in the house can be a constant frustration and worry for parents. Here’s a strategy to help your youngsters develop healthy relationships with food and take some of the stress off mom and dad’s shoulders. Make mealtime family time. This is very important for many reasons. Taking this time to visit and talk with your family keeps the meal pleasant and relaxed. This sets the stage for children to be curious eaters. Parents are the best role models for their kids. What this means, if you’re constantly commenting on how gross broccoli is, the chances of junior trying it out is slim to none. If every night isn’t



Put children in the driver’s seat, Getting children involved with all aspects in the kitchen will help spark their innate curiosity for foods. realistic, aim to set a small goal such as a few times a week, and make sure everyone’s schedule is blocked off for this time. Parents decide: what, when, and where. Ellyn Satter devised the “Division of Reasonability,” which is a fancy way to define the feeding roles of both mom and child. For parents, the job is to decide what foods are being prepared, when meals and snacks are eaten, and where this takes place. This creates clear boundaries for children, so they know that they’re getting three meals and two to three snacks everyday and that mom or dad will be choosing what’s

Patience works better than pressure. I can hear it now “easier said that done.” When children are throwing a tantrum at meals because they “hate chicken and it’s the worst food ever,” it can be hard to calmly enforce the boundaries and tips above. However, this point is very important to keep in mind when things are getting heated to ensure you don’t stoke the fire. Offer healthy foods, including recognisable and new ones, on the table and let them decide. Putting pressure on them through bribing, punishing or tricking can cause negative relationships with food in the long term. Put children in the driver’s seat, Getting children involved with all aspects in the kitchen will help spark their innate curiosity for foods. Some great ideas can be planting a backyard garden together, taking them grocery shopping with you, having them help wash fruits and veggies and setting the table for meals. At the table, teach them to choose a small amount of food first, and take more if they’re still hungry. They may take too big of a portion the first time, but through guidance and role modelling they’ll learn for themselves what amount of food is right for their body and stay in tune with hunger cues. FERNIEFIX.COM


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The Right Keyboard is Key

MX Browns and Clears for gaming. They have a very tactile feel but with a quieter click. If you like keys that are quiet and don’t need the feel then Cherry MX Red or Black is probably for you.



hese days, with everyone on their phone, the lowly keyboard is beginning to take a bit of a backseat. That’s unfortunate because it’s happening just as keyboards are experiencing a bit of a renaissance. My first keyboard was an IBM Model AT. It was a very, very good keyboard. My second, an IBM Model M. It still may be the best keyboard ever made. It had a buckling spring that gave a very mechanical feel. It ‘clicked’ when you typed on it. A positive, happy click that let you know you have typed a key. There have been many copies made of that keyboard, and some of them are very good, but none of them are the Model M. I learned to type on a mechanical typewriter and to type without looking at the keyboard. I may be of the last generation of the rulers-on-the-knucklesfor-looking at the typewriter while typing. At least I hope so. That mechanical typewriter left me with the need to know that I’d hit the letter. A gentle push wouldn’t do it. A confident poke was necessary to get the letter to leave its impact on the page. That feeling has never left. I still need to feel the key click. Much to the consternation of Mrs. Answer Guy on occasion, I might add. But that click, if I misspelled a word, or hit a double key I knew instantly. Call me a purist, but I still like a mechanical keyboard. And thanks to an old hoarding school chum’s need for a cordless Mac keyboard I have a Model M again. I don’t use it. Goodness no! It weighs over 5 lbs. Its base is solid metal. It’s enormous. I’ve long since stopped using the numeric keypad, which the version I have now has. But I’ll say this about it – it’s over 30 years old and it still works perfectly.


Every letter works. The space bar is not worn out. It just works. Side note: in case you’re thinking it’s just old computer dinosaurs like the Answer Guy that are fond of these, Markus “Notch” Persson, inventor of Minecraft uses a Model M.

The better mechanical keyboards don’t come with backlighting, or USB ports, or media switches, so they’re not for everyone, but if you type for a living, or just want to own something that you won’t have to replace every year then a good mechanical keyboard is just what you want.Varmilo, Leopold, IKBC, and Ducky are solid makers of excellent keyboards. They have full size and tenkeyless and come in almost every type of key switch.You should expect to pay upwards of $100 for a good mechanical keyboard, and over $200 for a truly great one. Of course, you should only ever have to buy one, so there is that.

Back to the Renaissance. In the days of the Model M, there weren’t a lot of choices for keyboard styles. Today there are plenty of good choices if you like mechanical keyboards. My current keyboard is Leopold FC200RT. It uses Cherry Brown MX keys. It’s an 87 key keyboard. It has the right layout in that matches up almost perfectly with the old Model M layout. It’s not crazy expensive – about $100. So, I can risk an occasional cup of coffee while using it.

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All else aside though, it’s all about the keys. My Leopold has Cherry Brown. Personally, I like the Blues better for typing, but I also game occasionally and the Browns are a good compromise between gaming and typing. Cherry is a German company that makes keyboard switches among other things. They have a full-colour spectrum of switches to choose from with each colour providing a different kind of feel on the keyboard. I like clicky and tactile, so for me, Cherry MX Blues or Greens are the sweet spot. A lot of people like the Cherry

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September 2018 by YANN LORANGER


eptember is a time of great transition where life is setting up a proposal for us: to move from a Saturnian and personal way of dealing with our karma to a more Uranian and global way of following the path of our destiny. How this translates into our own life depends on who we really are!

September is a time of great transition where life is setting up a proposal for us... Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Power

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.

Your participation will make the change. You might feel unimportant and left behind backstage, but this gives you the chance of offering your energy where you want, without the pressure of being asked for it. As this energy won’t be expected, it will have the greatest impact.

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Generosity

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Preparation

The stars are finally looking at you and taking care of you. Being the most spontaneous Sign, what you have to offer is very precious. In such time of change, giving your spontaneous consent to work in line with Uranus is extremely valuable and significant. It is time to show your good will.

It is a very good time to plan the future! You receive all the support necessary to create a very good plan! What was keeping you from moving ahead is slowly vanishing and you feel the possibilities opening. It might not be time to act, but it certainly is time to plan.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Preoccupation You can’t forget the changes you need to make in order to plan for a better future. Those ideas simply stick in your mind and can’t leave you alone. What a surprise for those surrounding you, to see you pushing for the change since they’re used to seeing you persevere on your usual path.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Inner Process Life keeps you on the ground.Your need to feel up in the air, free and sometimes lightheaded is far from being fulfilled. This mild deprivation will allow you to discover new perspectives in life. A wonderful opportunity to make the change you’ve only dreamed of doing in the past.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Architect The material outcome of this month is in your hands. It demands a lot of focus to get where life is bringing you and you have lots of skills in this field. The goal is to tune the energies that are triggering all sorts of reactions in your psyche with your material work.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Wisdom The way you see relationships will change. It will not only change in your heart and habits, but also in your mind.You will become aware of the influence generated by the karma and heavy mindsets of others in your relationships.


Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Appreciation You will be extremely vulnerable! Your feelings will be visible to all. It will become very important to appreciate the intensity of this month.You will go through quite deep feelings that might even take the lead of your mood, but you will need to appreciate those feelings.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Humility Your expertise will be useful for sure, but it won’t receive the praise it used to. A great moment to cultivate the virtue of Service. You shouldn’t let your pride limit your participation to this very important time of energy shift.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Evolution For quite a while, you had so much power you were barely able to deal with it! Now it is time to pass it on to others.You will do this with all the attention such important moves demand.You should try to give it to those who have greater potential at this time than you.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Realistic Great expectations are upon you! You feel pretty small compared to the pressure you are experiencing. One step at a time will do it. Nothing is wrong with great expectation as long as you keep track of every inch of progress you make.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Remembrance You keep in memory all that happened before. As you see everyone rushing towards the new trend, you are the reassuring ones who show others how was life before. A great moment to draw conclusions from the past.



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