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the back to school issue Carolyn Nikodym gives us the low down on music not to miss this September. Feature Residents Jerrold Jewsbury and Alan Day talk about the National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition. Jesse Bell educates us on the Grizzly Bear Project. Back to School lunches with Tiffany Schebesch.



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Feature Residents – Jerrold Jewsbury and Alan Day by Krista Turcasso You’ve Got Male: Big Brother by Adam K MacDonald Events Calendar Family Stoke – Hazy Days by Shelby Cain

Fit to Challenge – Family Fitness Challenge by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Food Intelligence: Brooke’s Lunchbox Battle by Tiffany Schebesch, RD, BASc


The Answer Guy – Domain Control by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais – Invest in Your People Money Matters Revenue Agency Proposes Changes to Private Corporations by Gerald Price, CPA, CA, CGA

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | 17 Feature Artist – Angie Abdou: Another Fernie Finisher Rental Fix – Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes - Fall Into Music by Carolyn Nikodym

Between the Shores – Learning to Paddle by Gord Bunston FAR Adventures: Mountain Biking with Guillaume Boutet Lesperance by Karen Pepper Going Places by Ahmed Mumeni – Table Mountain: Where Mountains Greet the Prairies Never Have I Ever – South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project by Jesse Bell Spin to Win: Trail to Ale by Julie Kelly, FTA


FERNIE FUN | 50 Fix Trivia COVER: Full concentration and ready to drop in on the big teeter totter. It’s no wonder all the kids around here are rippers. Photo by Matt Kuhn, THIS PAGE: Homeschool kids with Florence Phillips reading at the library. Photo by Judy McMahon

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ADAM K. MACDONALD wishes his niece Marley a happy sixth birthday and a great back-toschool! AHMED MUMENI is an engineer by day, and an avid traveler, photographer, and motorcyclist at other times. A recent transplant to Fernie, he enjoys capturing sounds and sights by camera, and preferably on two wheels. 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.

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CAROLYN NIKODYM isn’t sad about the end of summer music in Fernie because she saw what’s happening in September. GERALD PRICE of GPI Chartered Profesional Accountants has experience in preparing audit, review and notice to reader financial statements and corporate, personal, estates and trust income tax returns. Gerald enjoys skiing, water skiing, trapshooting and riding motorcycles. GORD BUNSTON has yet bought a bike, and keeps finding his feet in the water. He can be found around the Kootenays teaching Swiftwater Rescue Courses to recreational paddlers, industry workers and to river professionals. Reach him at JESSE BELL learns a thing or two about grizzly bears while wandering in the woods with the South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project.

EDITOR’S FIX JULIE KELLY is the Manager for the Fernie Trails Alliance and loves spending time on the Fernie trails. KAREN PEPPER has worked at Fernie Alpine Resort for almost 15 years. She looks forward to sharing tidbits about the mountain with readers this summer. KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material. PATTY VADNAIS is the Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, a winter-time wanna-be ski bum, and summer-time golf slice professional. SARAH INGRAM, practicing kinesiologist, is soooo ready for her kids to get back to school! Mostly because she loves running club and team sports, which start now too. If you need help developing a program individual to you, call 250-423-9167 or visit SHELBY CAIN was raised in the East Kootenays. After spending a decade wandering the prairies - she’s back, baby. Writing and mothering and enjoying her daily dose of #ferniestoke. Her first novel, Mountain Girl, is now available! Tweet her @ ShelbyCainWrote TIFFANY SCHEBESCH is a registered dietitian and owner of Peak Nutrition Consulting located in Fernie, BC. With a basis in mindful and intuitive eating, she helps clients create lasting changes towards their nutrition goals. YANN LORANGER from Happy-Culture Inc. is your local resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy. Astrology courses are offered at the College of the Rockies in Fernie.


rowing up, we always discussed as a family what we wanted to do when we were older. For a long time, I wanted to be a paediatrician. I liked the idea of working with kids. Then, as I got into the piano I was very interested in pursuing musical arts. My dad is an engineer, and he came from a blue-collar family. They always recognized specific occupations… doctors, lawyers, engineers. So, this interest in the arts was a little hard for him to wrap his head around. Later in high school, I began to really enjoy writing and my teachers encouraged me to continue post secondary. But, I also wanted to make my family proud. I decided to attend the University of Victoria, with the goal of entering the Engineering program. After my first semester, I quickly realized that the right thing for me was English Literature. Not only did I enjoy it, it felt right. We just clicked. Although my parents were proud of me, they couldn’t help but wonder what I would do with a BA in English Literature. I wouldn’t even have questioned continuing with a Masters, but they made me think. What would I do? Would I enjoy being a professor? So, I had a tough decision to make. After a year off, I was accepted into an MBA program… and it surprised me. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and focused my studies on Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this time in life and all of the important choices that are made, because of friends whose kids are at this same point. And it’s really interesting to hear their perspectives and also those of their children. Some are deciding to travel, some heading straight to school, and others still unsure what they want. Honestly, I don’t have the answers. Everyone has to make their own decisions and find their own path. But I do know that we shouldn’t be terrified of the unknown. As long as we’re following a path that we connect with and taking the time to really consider the factors and listen to those closest to us, we will get where we’re supposed to go. Looking back, I am happy with the choices I made. Maybe I didn’t do exactly what my parents were hoping along the way, and maybe it took me awhile to get here, but here I am and I couldn’t be more grateful to have a job I love, in a town I love, raising a family I love. And I’m sure there are a lot of people better off for me not having pursued a career in medicine… Good luck to those heading back to school, in whatever shape or form, and to those considering their next path. We hope this edition helps you along the way.

Krista Turcasso Editor

Once again, I graduated and had no clue as to what I would do with this mix FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM of education. I never in a million years Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for anticipated that I would actually use both general inquiries: degrees, and it never dawned on me until a Box 1124, 361A 1st Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 few years into starting the Fix with Vanessa p: 250-423-4062 that I do just this. And it was my parents Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome who pointed it out to me. Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym

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ifteen artists from Fernie and area created an amazing selection of original work for outdoor appreciation during the Wapiti Music Festival at the second annual ArtExpo. At their leisure, festival goers could walk around the easels to browse the artworks and then vote for their favourite piece. Fernie has an amazing diversity of talented artists ready to be discovered beyond our community. Organized by Sandra Boer and Bob Bougie, ArtExpo celebrates this talent and provides artists with an opportunity to have their work appreciated by local and visiting festival goers. The results were spectacular and over 640 votes counted, for both the People’s Choice Award (winner Aiden Lindsay sponsored by Wapiti) and Online Voters Choice Award (winner Brad Hays, sponsored by the Arts Station). Pictures of this year’s ArtExpo can be found on the Fernie Art Station and Wapiti Music Festival Facebook pages.

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lk Valley Hospice is hosting a free information session on Advance Care Planning with guest speaker lawyer Gord Leffler. At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make his or her own healthcare decisions. Advance Care Planning involves learning about the types of decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and then letting others know about these preferences. Many people don’t know how to begin or do not realize the importance of planning ahead and speaking with family and friends about care preferences. Making your wishes known now helps those who care about you make the right decisions if you can’t speak for yourself. The website provides tools to help with this planning. Join the information session on Tuesday September 12 at 7pm at the Fernie Seniors Centre to learn more and to start the conversation over coffee, tea and homemade desserts.


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r. Claire Wilson, ND will be offering advanced injection therapies at their Naturopathic clinic in downtown Fernie. Injections may include prolotherapy, neural therapy, prolozone, platelet rich plasma injections, or a combination of the above based on your injury and assessment. Join Dr. Wilson in an informal lecture that discusses the benefit and use of these therapies on Wednesday November 8, 2017, at 7pm in the comfortable waiting room at their office. Dr. Wilson is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor providing care to families and individuals of all ages in Fernie. She has a specific interest in pain management and recovery by using therapies such as advanced injections, acupuncture, electrostimulation, and IV therapy. When she is not caring for patients in the clinic, you will find her teaching dynamic yoga classes at Essential Yoga Studio. To book an appointment, call directly or visit the clinic’s website – FERNIEFIX.COM


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n 2008, Stacey Goldade and Noel Vanoostenbrugge set their sights on Fernie as the destination for their hair salon. They saw the potential Fernie presented, and loved everything this and its surroundings offered.


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o one can argue that Fernie had an awesome summer. The weather was great, the trails were busy and the town was hopping. And though there aren’t any hard statistics yet many business owners say they experienced an increase in visitor traffic. The Fernie Ambassador Program, which resumes September 21, aims to help business owners train staff with local knowledge and customer service training to elevate the level of service provided. The main goal of the program is to create a welcoming environment for visitors by having a knowledgeable workforce that is engaged in the local scene. Marina Pauw of Fernie Super 8 believes it does just that. “The Ambassador Program equipped my team with the skills to be able to go above and beyond for our guests. Improving the visitor experience is beneficial to everyone.” For more information call the College of the Rockies at 250-423-4691 or visit ambassadorprogram.

Over the past nine years, Stacey and Noel have been busy building a thriving business, raising a young family, participating in community activities, and falling more in love with Fernie. So much so, they decided SUBMITTED PHOTO to act on their dream and make the biggest investment of their life — purchase a parcel of land and design a building that would be their new home and salon. That dream is now a reality, with the completion of a threestory building with a modern hair salon on the first level and their two-story, mountaininspired home above. There’s no question this hard-working duo’s roots are firmly planted in Fernie, and their commitment to this community unwavering. Book your appointment online at or call directly.

Heather Ivany Yoga


ith over ten years of teaching yoga in Fernie, Heather Ivany Yoga is now expanding to include private and semi-private classes that can be brought to your home, office or rental space. So what is the advantage to taking private yoga lessons? • You get a class that is specially designed to meet YOUR needs • She will help you create a safe and enjoyable home practice to do between your sessions together.


• You get 100% of Heather’s attention, meaning she can break things down as much as you need. • Heather will lovingly hold you accountable for your practice. If you think private yoga may be right for you, contact Heather online or via email at and she will schedule a FREE 20 minute phone call to answer any of your questions to determine if she and you will be a good fit.  FERNIEFIX.COM



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Thunder Meadows Health and Wellness 632 2nd Ave. 250-423-2673


hunder Meadows Massage Therapy is pleased to announce they are changing their name to better reflect the services they provide. The new name is Thunder Meadows Health and Wellness. Stay tuned for other exciting changes in the coming months. Thunder Meadows Health and Wellness provides BC trained and Registered Massage Therapists seven days a week as well as Chinese medicine from Laurie Sibbeston, a BC trained and registered acupuncturist.  

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rillium Day spa is pleased to welcome Tricia Clarke to the team, offering Reiki Master Holistic Healing treatments. Reiki helps boost the immune system for quick recovery from injuries and illness, aids insomnia, eases anxiety, depression and stress. A wonderfully relaxing treatment to help bring clarity, peace and harmony back into the body and mind.  

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Bela-tüs 641 7th Ave., 250-423-9772


ela-tüs is a micropigmentation and paramedical services provider offering a range of services including microblading, paramedical services such as nipple reconstruction for mastectomy patients, skin pigment correction, and microneedling rejuvenation treatments. Bela-tüs also offers a full range of permanent makeup services. Bela-tüs is owned and operated by Casi-jo LaSalle who was born and raised in Fernie and, after working in AB for a few years, she came to her senses and returned to the place that has always held her heart. Casi-jo was trained at the Eternal Beauty Institute in Calgary, AB and has her Interior Health certified medi-spa located in Sparrow’s new location at 641 7th Ave. in Fernie. Bela-tüs is excited to be open and meet client’s unmet needs in this sector of the beauty industry throughout the Kootenays.




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Course valued at $200 for this certification program. This course is a 2.5-day workshop about wetland conservation. Participants gain skills in wetland classification, site survey and health assessment, plant and animal identification, soil sampling, and hands-on wetland stewardship techniques. Participants will receive a Wetlandkeeper Certificate and get hands on experience stewarding local wetlands with ERA's has ongoing projects in the Elk Valley.

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Invest in Your People by PATTY VADNAIS


mployee engagement is important to business success and less than a third of Millennials surveyed by Gallup say they are engaged in their work. Millennials are those born in the ’80s and early ’90s. They are known to job hop and be consumers of the work place. This is much different from the Baby Boomers (born between ’46-’64) who tend to be loyal to an employer and Generation Xers (born between ’64-’79) who focus on problem-solving. Win over and engage Millennials and you will win the war for employees. This generation is the largest growing segment of the workforce. Knowing how to engage them in their roles will help grow your business. According to a Harvard Business Review report, Millennials are looking for opportunities to learn and grow. So the question is, have you built a plan to invest in these young workers? It reminds me of one of my favourite quotes that floats around LinkedIn and other social media sites. It is the conversation between Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The conversations starts with the CFO asking the CEO, “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave us?” and the CEO replies, “What happens if we don’t and they stay.” During this back to school season, perhaps it is time to look at learning opportunities for your staff. Investing in your people benefits your company in many ways and it is worth the risk. Further, investing in employees helps you retain your employees – especially the young ones. Every generation looks for something different when applying for a job and opportunities to learn and grow top the list for Millennials. So, if you are looking to engage this largest growing sector of the work force, you may need to look at the


opportunities you are providing for growth and education. Here are four simple ways to help your Millennial employees learn and grow: 1. Talk to them about their career goals. Part of the learning and growth you can give your employees is to help them better understand career paths. How can an individual move up in the company? These individuals are young and starting out in their careers. They want to know that there is a path to the next step. 2. Make time to mentor and provide guidance. Millennials want to look up to you and learn from you so plan to spend time teaching and coaching. They have a can-do attitude and regular mentoring will guide that attitude to success for them and your business. 3. Teach them about the business and show them how each role contributes to success.

Millennials are interested in the big picture and how they fit into that picture. They also want to know that they are providing goods and services that make a positive difference in people’s lives. Showing employees how the business does this will help them engage in the opportunities in front of them. 4. Hold regular meetings. Millennials are more likely to be engaged when their manager holds a regular meeting with them. They thrive with structure so be sure to have project due dates, scheduled activities, and clear goals. Be sure to communicate daily with Millennials and identify personal milestones that allow the employee to track their own success. The workplace is changing and business owners must adapt to the needs of a new workforce. Understanding what is important to the next generation will help businesses engage employees resulting in higher employee retention, better job satisfaction, and steady profits. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Revenue Agency Proposes Changes to Private Corporations by GERALD PRICE, CPA, CA, CGA



n July 18 Finance Minister Bill Morneau released a consultation paper and related draft legislation proposing changes to taxation of private corporations. The proposals are aimed at reducing the income tax advantages of income splitting and multiplying the capital gains deduction, holding passive investments in private corporations and preventing surplus stripping or the conversion of income to capital gains. These proposals will reduce some of the advantages that private corporations have enjoyed for a number of years. The proposals on income splitting will employ tests of reasonability for salaries and dividends paid to family members who presumably have lower marginal tax rates than the primary shareholder. The tests will be different for taxpayers between the ages of 18 to 25 and those taxpayers who are older than 25. The reasonableness tests are aimed at ensuring family members are not paid more than what an armslength person would be paid. To qualify for salaries, the family member under 25 will need to demonstrate they are actively engaged on a regular, continuous and substantial basis in the activities of the business. For those over 25, it is sufficient to show the family member was involved in the business. Dividend sprinkling will be curtailed. This will be done through limiting rates of return on capital contributed to the business. These rules will be effective for 2018 and subsequent years. Access to the lifetime capital gains


exemption will be constrained so there are fewer opportunities to multiply the deduction. Holding passive investments inside private corporations allows for income tax deferral. The government intends to tax the deferral resulting in an acceleration of when the tax is paid. There are no time lines currently in place indicating when or how the deferral will be taxed. The minister is seeking feedback for implementation of a tax system for these passive investments. Owners of private corporations that have passive investments can expect to pay more tax in future years. Converting income into capital gains through surplus stripping will be curtailed by the proposals. This article is intended to inform of proposed changes regarding private corporations. Due to the complex nature of the rules and the limited space of this column additional enquiry needs to be made before acting on any information in this article. These changes may or may not become law as interested parties are invited to make comments about the proposals until October 2017. I recommend that you consult with professionals regarding your specific situation.



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Angie Abdou: Another Fernie Finisher O

“You’re a finisher,” one mentor told me. “A lot of people can’t finish, and they blame their lack of success on others.”

n September 14, I launch my fifth book into the world. This novel has taken me on a journey very different than the others. During its three-year voyage, I accumulated a pile of bizarre stories. Let me share one.

I’d never thought of myself in those terms before, as “a finisher.” But in light of my mentor’s comments, I realize that I call the right place home.

Two months before the novel went to press, a friend accused me of having stolen her idea. She didn’t call me up and say “Hey, Angie, that new novel of yours sounds a lot like my idea.” Instead, she emailed my publisher, setting out her accusation and demanding we address her concerns in a timely fashion.

Fernie is filled with finishers. Paul Attalla sets out to row his boat solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He finishes. Abi and Mike Moore set out to run one-hundred kilometres in a single go. They finish. Greg Blackwell sets out to bike the Iditarod before anyone else has even thought to bike on snow. He finishes. Jon Turk sets out to navigate an island that has never before been navigated (because it is completely inhospitable to human life). He finishes.

Let me be clear. This woman has never read my forthcoming novel, and I have never read her work-in-progress. She makes these accusations based on a brief catalogue description of my forthcoming novel. The similarities, according to her? A return to an ancestral home, a character befriending an enigmatic neighbour, and a discovery of past misdeeds for which the newcomer must make amends. As any reader will know, these are archetypal plot points. They hint at the book’s bone structure, but reveal nothing of its guts.

Unlike the first friend, this one wrote: “Congratulations on your book! It sounds kind of like what I’ve been working on. I guess that’s what I get for taking so long. I can’t wait to read yours!”

Nobody has ever died of a hurtful email. In comparison to my Fernie friends, my accomplishments are extraordinarily unextraordinary. Here in Fernie, I keep world-class company.

She might as well argue that anyone who tells a love story has plagiarized Romeo and Juliet.

The second friendship remains intact; the first does not.

The extreme claims and demanding tone of her email shocked me. Because I thought her a friend, I was also hurt and, eventually, angry.

The similarity between the two emails highlights a connection between the creative process and the zeitgeist. We live in the era of Truth and Reconciliation. As writers attempt to find a way forward from Canada’s horrific history and begin to think about ways to make amends for our ancestors’ misdeeds, there will be many “truth and reconciliation novels.”

Thank you, Fernie, for making me stretch. Please come help me celebrate my own (more imaginary) journey on September 14 at the Fernie Heritage Library. Marty’s bartending!

But then things got interesting. A month later, I received an email from a different friend. This friend also saw the catalogue description of my book and noted similarities to her work-in-progress. Her work, like mine and that of my other friend, featured a white character making amends to an indigenous one.


Angie Abdou is a Canadian author who resides in Fernie, BC. Her publications include The Bone Cage, Between and coming out this September, In Case I Go. Angie is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the Athabasca University, a mother of two, and partner to Marty.

I understand the accuser’s frustration at feeling beaten to the mark. Publishing can be a discouraging business – hard work, few rewards. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life by ANDREW VALLANCE


his month I review Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the Netflix miniseries which was released in 2016, sixteen years after the first episode of the original Gilmore Girls, a popular TV series about two privileged white women living in a small new England town as they deal with the kind of problems that privileged white women deal with. I previously reviewed the Gilmore Girls in July, and, to be quite frank, I’m not sure what to say about this mini-series. What we get essentially are four extremely highbudget episodes of the show with very little in terms of original content. The story takes place nine years after the original series ended in 2007. After years of working as a freelance journalist in New York and London, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) has returned to her home in Stars Hollow to visit her mother and the other oddballs who reside in the town. The visit lasts for a year with each episode in the mini-series focusing in on one of the four seasons. Not much has changed, with Rory, her mother Lorelai, and Luke Danes, the irascible owner of Luke’s diner, forming the central characters. One of the main problems with the mini-series and the preceding series is that most of these characters have not evolved much over the intervening nine years. Luke remains a lovable misanthrope. Lorelai is still a teenager stuck in a 40-something woman’s body. Rory’s grandmother continues to have a good heart but is still very much bound by convention. Her grandfather, however, is no longer in the series simply because Edward Herman, the actor who portrayed him so expertly, and who was, in my opinion, the best part of the television show, died on December 31, 2014.


Unfortunately, Rory has evolved from a sweet-natured, compassionate and self-sacrificing individual who acted more or less like an anchor for the less stable characters that surrounded her into a rather unpleasant young woman. In other words she has become more like them, which is a shame. Watching the mini-series has brought into sharper focus aspects of the original show that I did not like. Lauren Graham received many acting award nominations for the original role of Lorelai, which she performed very well, but the character is emotionally arrested, spoiled and irresponsible. She does not garner my sympathy and I find the character hard to watch on a regular basis. Luke (once again played by Scott Patterson) is portrayed as a sensible person who has remained in love with Lorelai over the years. It’s hard to understand the attraction since he is so grounded and she is not. It is also amazing that in 2017 the creators of Gilmore Girls have still not seen fit to give Stars Hollow more diversity by including a greater number of people of colour in the cast of this mini-series. One of the more interesting developments over the last nine years is the casting of the 35-year-old Alexis Bledel, who still has the innocent look of Rory Gilmore, as the angry, rebellious Ofglen in the new Handmaid’s Tale. It was a test of her acting ability, which she successfully passed. In the end this new series will appeal to the most ardent fans of Gilmore Girls. If you’re not absolutely devoted to the show, I would give it a miss. FERNIEFIX.COM





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Fall Into Music by CAROLYN NIKODYM


ow that our summer is winding down, and we start to bring a summer of outside music indoors, here are a few of the things we have to look forward to this month. It starts with banjo and ends with banjo, and there’s all kinds of other music to fill in the between. Dan Walsh – Sept. 7 After two months of hosting wonderful weekly outdoor concerts in July and August, The Arts Station opens its official Concert Series with Dan Walsh. The Brit is known for crushing it on banjo. He sings too, but the real stories come through his banjo strings, using them to explore sounds from around the world, from Middle Eastern to rock ‘n’ roll. Walsh has been loving music for his whole life and picked up the classical guitar at eight years old. A chance meeting with a banjo teacher in the UK led into an obsession that has seen him release six albums since 2009. If you think you’re not really into banjo, be prepared to be surprised. Too Many Zooz – Sept. 13 If you want to know if your music is any good, being able to attract the attention of harried New Yorkers at a subway station is a good indication. It’s an intense residency. After a couple of years of subway-station busking, a fan posted a video of the selfdescribed “brass house” trio on YouTube and the video went viral. Since then, the band has released three EPs and the Subway Gawdz LP. A crowning moment was backing the Dixie Chicks and Beyoncé at the CMAs in Nashville last November. Bring your dancing shoes to the Northern for this one. Fozzyfest – Sept. 14-17 Starting as a friend’s birthday party in Kananaskis in 2005, Fozzyfest found its Koocanusa home after the floods of 2013


made its previous location untenable. Since then, it’s become a fun way to close out summer for local fans of dance music. With three stages, the festival brings in Canadian and international DJs, as well as bands. Make sure you check out the festival’s website for more info, and get your tickets in advance because the festival won’t be selling tickets at the door. Kootenay Hootenanay – Sept. 15 The Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair welcomes country musician Craig Moritz to town. His down-home and pop-country music has been wowing audiences from the Calgary Stampede to Nashville and back again. His easy smile, heartfelt lyrics and toe-tapping rhythms will have more than a few of you two-stepping away your Friday evening. Brett Wildeman – Sept. 17 During the summer of 2015, this folk musician rode around the Pacific Northwest, cycling some 2,800kms and writing songs about his journey. The fruits of this trek were released on an album, The Tools We Possess, last month. His music is raw and intimate, conveying his love of the natural world. Check him out at Infinitea. Tim Williams – Sept. 28 If the end of summer has you singing the blues, go to The Arts Station to commiserate with Mr. Williams. After 40 years in the roots scene, Williams certainly has the chops to entertain, and he garnered first place in the solo/duet category at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He truly is a master at blues slide guitar, and we’re lucky that he often includes Fernie on his circuit.




Gillbilly Festival – Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 The Old Type Music Society is bringing back the Gillbilly Fest for a second year for a fly-fishing, banjo-strumming extravaganza. Pharis and Jason Romero, Jim and Lynda McLennan and Chris Coole will be performing and there will be enough jammin’ and eatin’ and fishin’ to fill your weekend. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Jerrold Jewsbury and Alan Day by KRISTA TURCASSO


his spring, Elke Weber at the City of Fernie stopped to chat with me about featuring a story on the Mine Rescue Competition that takes place in Fernie every other year. To be honest, I knew it took place and that it’s an extremely popular and important event. I have friends who compete and coach and win competitions, and am continually amazed… but I still didn’t know exactly what went down, and why. What better time to educate myself, and our readers, than through the “Back to School” edition of the Fix. 

I met with Jerrold Jewsbury and Alan Day at Mug Shots in Fernie this summer, during one of their many visits here for work purposes. Jerrold lives in Cranbrook, and Alan in Kimberley but as inspectors for the Ministry of Energy and Mines in BC, they travel here often alongside various other locations in the area.


some context, and volunteer with search and rescue, fire fighting or as a paramedic. How fortunate we are.

It’s obvious from the get-go that these two have known one another for some time, and that they enjoy working together. Both Jerrold and Alan have worked their way through the mining industry. When asked why they got into mining, Jerrold quickly says, “I’m a second generation miner.” Alan, on the other hand says a frank “It was a good job in 1972 or whatever year it was.” And they laugh. Alan and Jerrold started at the bottom, “grease monkeys” Jerrold tells me. “Menial jobs to staff positions.” Eventually they were both drawn to the safety side of things, working as safety coordinators, mine rescue instructors and the like. (Jerrold worked 25 years in mining before moving to the ministry six years ago, and Alan 25 before his eight with the ministry.) “It’s one of those things you do because it’s


interesting at first, but then you become so absorbed in it. It begins to spread outside of your work… as a part time paramedic or volunteer fire fighter,” Alan says, and I can see the light in his eyes. And it makes me think, of the many people I know in Fernie who both work at the mine in

We start to talk about the competition in Fernie this September, which is the National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition. It is the 13th Biennial, running September 8-9 and includes the Surface and Underground Mine Rescue winners from Western Canada as well as teams from the North Western United States. Each team participates in five tasks, including first aid, fire and smoke simulation, rope task and a written exam. Organizers started planning this event in October of 2016. Both Alan and Jerrold have competed in past, then coached and instructed. This year, Jerrold is a judge and Alan the coordinator (these position switch every two years). The underground tasks take place at the Memorial Arena on the 8th and the surface tasks at the City yards the following day. Spectators are welcome to take in the events, and will be given information so they understand what is happening and why. “These are trained and certified

people. They work in the mines, and spend eight hours every three months doing the training to keep certification. A lot of the mines have practices every month to stay current,” Jerrold says. “The competitions give us the chance to see the different teams and gauge them on their capabilities within the mine site and mutual aid. In the case of a larger issue, we know who we can call at a different mine if something happens.” The City of Fernie is the host and originator of this competition. They knew Fernie was a great location for the event, with its vast history in the mining industry. “The first ministry office was actually in Fernie,” Jerrold informs me.   Not having attended the event in the past, I ask what they think the best part of the competition is. “Putting people into a situation, and watching them use their techniques and training to get out within the Golden Hour,” Jerrold says. “It’s designed for team members to practice but it also brings them together on a common ground and let’s them see what other people are doing. In the end it fosters mutual aid and furthers skills and development.” Jerrold and Alan are busy guys. Not only do they work and have families, they are heavily involved with the community. Whether it’s through the cadets or BC Ambulance and emergency programs, their hearts are in this. “It’s all a spin off of being interested. It’s in our blood. And as soon as you have kids, you see the need for it and it helps you and your kids with life skills in the long run,” Jerrold says. “For those in mine rescue, it’s not about the job that you do, it’s about the passion and heart. They’re not just worried about their own safety, they’re concerned about everyone around them as well and want to ensure they get home to their own families. And this includes females, they’re right there with the guys doing the same thing working as a team.” Thank you, Jerrold and Alan for the Coles Notes on Mine Rescue, the many laughs,

and for all of your dedication to the safety of others. If you’re interested in this event, visit under special events. Or just head down to the Memorial Arena or City Yards. From what I hear, it won’t take long to get into it! 1. When did you first arrive in Kootenays and what brought you here? A. 1953, my mother. And then 2015, I returned for the Ministry of Mines job that brought me back to my old stomping grounds. J. 2012, came from working up north to the Ministry of Mines. The Job brought me to the Kootenays. Al was actually my inspector up north. 2. Where did you first live in town? A. On Rotary Drive in Kimberley. J. Above Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook. 3. What was your first impression? A. I had to get out, left when I was a little over 40. When I came back I thought it looked a little more run down than it had been, but it’s been fantastic to run into people I haven’t seen in 35 years. It’s a homecoming for me, I know so many people there. It’s great to be home. J. First impression of Cranbrook… it’s a hard one. We’re in the mountains, with back lakes and as an outdoors person with survival training I look at that as things I can go do, explore. After six years, there are things that I miss… you do have to travel to get to the things you were spoiled with before. It’s a small town, but I do like that about it.  4. What keeps you here? J. To be totally honest with you, my job.You go where the job is. A. I’m not moving again. I left Kimberley for Lethbridge, then we moved from one house to another, then to Campbell River, to Prince George, then back to Kimberley. Done.  5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? A. Skiing cross-country and downhill.

Phenomenal. And skiing in Fernie, it’s a different hill. It was always a great road trip. The Griz Pub was a rocking little pub. J. I think being able to go out and within five minutes be on hiking and biking trails. At first it was the snow, as it was the first place I lived with snow… although last year, maybe not so much. 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? A. Spring, summer, fall and winter. Seriously, when I moved to Campbell River it was spring…. Here we have all the seasons. And they’re all good. J. Fall, because it’s the change, and it’s time to start gathering wood and sitting in front of the fire.  7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years? A. Kootenays are going to grow, consistently. As the bigger communities get so outrageous to live, it will be a destination for people to get away from the larger centres and near the outdoors. J. I see it staying the same size, with no major growth but just keeping the heritage side of things.  8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? A. My alarm clock is the coffee pot dripping, and I get up. Watch the news, go to work. J. Tim Horton’s, got to have the coffee in the morning. It’s like the old Cheers, show. They have my coffee waiting as I walk in the door.  9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you. A. I’m a very shy person. (Jerrold laughs.) J. We are what we are! I’m an open book, you get what you get. Maybe, that we actually do a have a life outside of the ministry.  10. Quote to live by: J. Work safe to be safe. It’s been at the bottom of my email for years. A. Attack life, it’s going to kill you anyway. It’s from Steve McQueen. FERNIEFIX.COM


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have a memory, or at least a memory of a memory, of walking up the school bus stairs on my first day of school. I was nervous, but even more excited. Having an older brother, who I look up to, was a huge help. I had been hearing about school from him for two years. I had even been in the school a couple of times for things like Christmas concerts and forgotten lunch drop-offs. I already had a decent understanding of words like “recess,” “math,” and “show-and-tell.” They were not total mysteries to me, though they did still hold some magic. I remember asking Geoff (my older brother) about the school bus months before my first day. For two years, alongside my diapered younger brother, I had watched out the living room window – the huge, magical vehicle come and pick up Geoff in the morning and then bring him back in the afternoon. This was before the days of Google, when someone could have searched the image of a bus interior for me in seconds. Geoff had described the inside of the school bus several times – where people sat, the colour of the seats, the lack of seat belts. He even described the bus driver (nicknamed Mel due to his similarity to the owner of Mel’s Diner from the old TV show Alice). Still, there was one detail that did not sit well in my head. “Geoff, how do the big kids get to the back?” “They walk.” “But how?” “They just do. They walk past all the other seats.” “But how?” Finally, the all-important detail that I had been missing came out – that there was an aisle down the middle of the bus. Up


until then I had been picturing students climbing over a dozen rows of seats in order to get to the coveted back row, unofficially reserved for the coolest of the oldest kids. The kids who, when Mel zoomed over the bridge would get the best bump. Some would hit their heads on the ceiling! (Ok, my adult brain knows that those kids jumped for dramatic effect.) The perks of having an older brother continued way past the first day of school. All through elementary, I was able to play at recess and lunch with Geoff and his friends. Like most younger brothers, I never admitted it at the time, but Geoff and his friends were my heroes and celebrities. I would hang out on the outside of their games, waiting for them to need an extra player. When we moved schools (Grade 3 for me, 5 for Geoff) I would watch for him in the hallways and at the end of the day. Geoff was no angel. In high school he hit one teacher with a water balloon and an orange (separate occasions). He was no stranger to the principal’s office. I remember hearing the rebellious cassette

tape sounds of Poison, Iron Maiden, The Doors, Metallica, Notorious B.I.G., and Public Enemy escaping from his bedroom. Geoff still enjoys music and is one of my go to sources for good new music. He wasn’t perfect. There were times when I was the brunt of his frustrations. But he was always there, paving the road. I knew he was there if I needed him. I never once doubted that. My son, my oldest, starts Kindergarten next year. This milestone makes me think back to my own tiny elementary school, and Mrs. Dewar (who taught me Primary and Grade 1). I am glad I had Geoff pave that road ahead of me. Geoff didn’t have that, and neither will my oldest. Like Geoff, my oldest will pave the road for younger siblings. There might be a few more bumps in the unpaved road. But there will also be the pride of being the paver, the adventure that comes with being a pioneer. Along with the unpaved road, there might even be a few more bumped heads at the back of the school bus.



September 2017 MONTHLY EVENTS


FRIDAY 1.9.2017 Peak to Park to Pint Mountain Bike Tour @ Fernie Alpine Resort Hark Raving Sirens @ Infinitea, 8pm Los 3 Amigos @ The Royal, local DJs SATURDAY 2.9.2017 BagOBeats @ The Royal, Hip hop/funk/reggae from Spain and Ewoc local support. $5 SUNDAY 3.9.2017 Fernie Tears & Gears @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10am. A mountain duathlon for runners and bikers of all ages and levels. Lions Club Demolition Derby @ Railway Ave, enter via 13th, beyond the City Yards. 12-4pm Derby After Party @ The Royal, with Cold Meats and The Runs. Local rock and punk bands. $5 Special Derby Day BBQ and Beats @ Infinitea, with tunes from Charlie the Messenger, 6-9pm Closing Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort, for regular operations Indie Films Fernie @ Vogue Theatre, first of the fall and winter series! MONDAY 4.9.2017 Essential Oils Workshop 101 @ Infinitea, 6pm TUESDAY 5.9.2017 Hospice Course @ College of the Rockies, 7pm. $30 for eight sessions, preparing you to assist individuals and their families with end of life support. THURSDAY 7.9.2017 Dan Walsh @ The Arts Station, 7pm Beautea Night @ Infinitea with Spa 901. $10 massages/manicures, 6-9pm FRIDAY 8.9.2017 Adam Hill Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Sideshow @ The Royal, DJ. $2 FRIDAY 8.9.2017 – SATURDAY 9.9.2017 National Western Regional Mine Rescue Competition @ Fernie Memorial Arena and City Yards. FRIDAY 8.9.2017 – SUNDAY 10.9.2017 Women’s Trail Running Weekend @ Fernie Alpine Resort. New this summer, hosted by Magi Scallion at Lizard Creek Lodge. SATURDAY 9.9.2017 – SUNDAY 10.9.2017 Bonus Weekend #1 @ Fernie Alpine Resort. SATURDAY 9.9.2017 Scenic Dinner @ Lost Boys Café, 4pm. Boyd Haddad @ Fernie Golf and Country Club Soar Studios Grand Re-Opening @ Castle on First, 461 1st Ave. Celebrating spin, yoga and fitness classes, giveaways, the Chopstick Truck, Stoke Juice, 15% off all merchandise and more. Project 9 Mountain Bike Race @ Island lake Parking Lot. SUNDAY 10.9.2017 Pop Up Mountain Market @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 10am – 2pm. Enjoy this popular farmers market in a new location, at the plaza at Fernie Alpine Resort! Sunday Funday Mountain Bike Race @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 4:30pm. Entry is $5 and includes a post-race beverage. Course revealed closer to the day, will include mid to lower trails on Timber Side. BBQ and Beats @ Infinitea with DJ Aurora, 6-9pm MONDAY 11.9.2017 Discover Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:30-8:30pm. Runs five weeks, sign up online. Little Critter Criterium # 4 @ Annex Park, 6pm. The last of this amazing summer series hosted by the Fernie Mountain bike Club. TUESDAY 12.9.2017 Yoga for Teen Girls @ Essential Yoga Studio, 3:45-4:45pm, runs for five weeks. Sign up online. Learn to Skate and Info Night @ Max Turyk Elementary School, 7pm. Hosted by the Avalanche City Roller Girls. WEDNESDAY 13.9.2017 Fungus Among Us @ Wildsight. Discover forest fungus and learn which are tasty, deadly and essential to forest health.

SATURDAY 23.9.2017 Family Yoga @ Essential Yoga, ages two and up. All levels welcome, 2-3pm. Dirt Digger #12 @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10am. This popular event tests bikers’ downhill skills on Fernie’s most epic descent. $50 for the race, official t-shirt, plate, prizes and après awards and dinner. Aurora @ The Royal, local DJ. Free SUNDAY 24.9.2017 Women’s Closing @ Fernie Golf and Country Club Elk River Shoreline Clean Up @ The Elk River, 1pm. Join the Elk River Alliance and volunteer for the beautiful water that flows through our community and beyond. Prenatal Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 3-4pm. Runs for six weeks, sign up online. BBQ and Beats @ Infinitea with Live DJ, 6-9pm TUESDAY 26.9.2017 Raw Foods Cooking Class @ Infinitea, with Tamara Dunn at 6pm WEDNESDAY 27.9.2017 Myc Sharratt Live @ Infinitea, 8pm THURSDAY 28.9.2017 Gallery Opening: Mark Locki @ The Arts Station, 7pm Senior Men’s Closing @ Fernie Golf and Country Club Tim Williams @ The Arts Station, 7pm FRIDAY 29.9.2017 Little Women on Wheels with Catharine Pendrel @ Fernie Bike Park An Evening with Catharine Pendrel @ The Vogue Theatre. Visit for full details. Carly Reirson Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Reggae Night with DJ Irie Been Jammin @ The Royal, free FRIDAY 29.9.2017 – SUNDAY 1.10.2017 Gillbilly Festival @ Fernie. Hosted by the Old Type Music Society, the second annual fly-fishing, banjo-strumming weekend is back with Pharis and Jason Romero, Jim and Lynda McLennan and Chris Coole, along with jams, seminars and more. Oldtypemusic. com/gillbilly SATURDAY 30.9.2017 Fall Craft Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 10am – 3pm Highroller Mountain Bike Event @ Fernie Trails. The Fernie Mountain Bike Club epic season ender. Course and details to follow at Nemkae @ The Royal, local DJ. Free SUNDAY 1.10.2017 Fernie Half Marathon, Three-Person Relay and 10km Run @ The Annex Park Indie Films Fernie @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm Men’s Closing @ Fernie Golf and Country Club

250-423-3322 Too Many Zooz @ The Northern. A “brass house” trio that will have you on the dance floor. THURSDAY 14.9.2017 Fall Food Fest @ Sparwood Chamber Parking Lot, 11:30am to 8pm. Food trucks, refreshment gardens, music and more! Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series: Angie Abdou @ Fernie Heritage Library, 7pm. Angie launches her much anticipated book, In Case I Go as the first event of this series and to launch the Fernie Chautauqua weekend. Music by Red Girl, Ktunaxa dancers in the garden at 6:30pm, refreshment bar and more. THURSDAY 14.9.2017 – SUNDAY 17.9.2017 Chautauqua & Fall Fair @ Fernie Museum. The weekend kicks off with Angie Abdou’s book launch on Thursday, followed by the Kootenay Hootenanny on Friday with a great lineup of live music, beer garden and food trucks. Saturday, enjoy the pancake breakfast, more live music on the stage, an antique car show, children’s festivities, art walk, historic tours, and more. Sunday, enjoy the Fernie Fall Fair at the City Hall, community church service, afternoon tea at the Seniors Centre, and the Harvest Dinner at the Family Centre. FozzyFest @ Koocanusa. A fun way to end summer for local fans of dance music. Three stages, this fest draws Canadian and international DJs as well as bands. FRIDAY 15.9.2017 Author Presentation: Lee Reid @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30pm. Readings and discussions about her new book Growing Home: The Legacy of Kootenay Elders. Aerial Yoga for Teen Girls @ Essential Yoga Studio, 3:45-4:45pm, runs for five weeks. Sign up online. Tim Ketchum Live @ Infinitea, 8pm DJ PJ @ The Royal, local DJ. Free Scenic Dinner @ Lost Boys Café @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 4-7pm Los Morenos @ The Royal, world Latin band. $10 SATURDAY 16.9.2017 – SUNDAY 17.9.2017 Bonus Weekend #2 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, SATURDAY 16.9.2017 Grand Re-Opening @ Sparrow Hair, 641 7th Ave. 3-7pm SUNDAY 17.9.2017 Fernie Kids Tri @ The Aquatic Centre. This event sells out early every year, but head on down and cheer on this year’s competitors! Retro Mountain Bike Race @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 12-4pm. Grab your pre-2000 bike and race down Deer Trail. Bikes must have front shocks and working brakes. Entry is $10 and includes post race beverage. BBQ and Beats @ Infinitea with Brett Wildeman, 6-9pm MONDAY 18.9.2017 30 Day Yoga Challenge @ Essential Yoga Studio, 40 days to complete 30 days of yoga. New classes added, prizes to be won. Essential Oils Workshop 101 @ Infinitea, 6pm WEDNESDAY 20.9.2017 Cara Batemen Live @ Infinitea, 8pm THURSDAY 21.9.2017 Senior Ladies Closing @ Fernie Golf and Country Club Fernie Ambassador Program @ The College of the Rockies, 8:30am. A four-hour orientation session focusing on strengthening your customer service skills and enhancing your knowledge on all things Fernie. FRIDAY 22.9.2017 Rob Boland Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Bro-D & Straus @ The Royal, Local DJ. Free FRIDAY 22.9.2017 – SUNDAY 24.9.2017 Sound Touch Therapy – Level 1 @ Black Dog Chalet, Fernie. Learn to use your voice to tone into your chakras and body organs, balance out pain and reharmonize your body. Contact Dr. Natalie Jensen at FRIDAY 22.9.2017 – SATURDAY 30.9.2017 Take Your Practice Further @ Soar Studios with instructors Heather Ivany and Lindsay Park. For the curious and serious, topics include Belief Systems, The Human Brain, Art of Restoration, Advanced Yamas and Niyamas, and Yoga Nidra. Book the entire seminar, one class or multiple classes. Visit Heatherivanyyoga. com for more info or to register.

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Dan Walsh Concert. Sept 7, 8pm BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year Nominee 2016 Tim Williams Concert. September 28, 8pm. Blues-based singersongwriter / multi – instrumentalist.


The Fernie Friends of Opera. Friday, September 8.


We Are Planetary – Becca Musso @ The Arts Station. Opening in the Gallery: Exploring the Elk – Mark Locki. September 28, 7pm


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September 2017 WEEKLY EVENTS

DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Pair it up Appies @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel $6 Meals @ Infinitea, 1st and 3rd Mondays. Essential Oils Workshop at 6pm Mexican Mondays! Chicken or Beef Tacos $3 Happy Hour Corona (Bottles) $5.25 @ The Pub Bar & Grill Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 $12 Mussels and $4 Wine @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge Free Pool and $4.50 Spice Rum @ The Royal Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm $10 house-smoked wings and a draft beer @ The Loaf Margarita Night @ Frida, $7 2 for 1 Burgers @ Clubhouse Restaurant TUESDAYS Gourmet Pasta $11.99 @ Boston Pizza Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Wing Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedicures for $100, 2 manicures for $70, 2 facials for $130, all three for $275 $10 Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Northern

Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Jameson Shotgon Karaoke @ The Royal Half Price Appy’s @ The Fernie Hotel. 5pm Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Closed @ Infinitea, available for private functions Tasting Night @ The Loaf. A four course tasting menu paired with wines for $40 Industry Bingo @ The Northern, 9pm $20 Pasta and Wine Night @ Cirque Restaurant WEDNESDAYS Wings 50% Off Single Order @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Trivia Night @ The Fernie Hotel. 8pm Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Build Your Own Poutine @ The Pub Bar & Grill Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal $15 Jugs and $8 Wings @ The Northern Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa, 30% off waxing services. Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal, with PBR and Old Mill specials. Margherita pizza and two glasses of wine for $20 @ The Loaf Wednesdays 1/2 Price Ice Bar 4-9pm @ Lizard Creek Lodge Ice Bar Tarot Readings @ Infinitea, from 8pm

OUTDOOR & FAMILY MONDAYS •Dominoes @ The Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Mahjong @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Special Olympics Athletes Bowling @ Sparwood. 4pm •Duplicate Bridge Game @ The Seniors Drop-in Centre, 6pm •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre, 10-11:30am ••Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Community Climb Night @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 7pm •Ladies Night Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Discover Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:30-8:30pm •Parent Tot Funtimes @ Knox United Church, 9:30am-12pm •Club Cre8 @ The Arts Station, for kids K – Grade 6 •Group Ride with Caleb and Rob @ Gearhub, 6pm •Drop In Play @ The Play Room, 9-1pm (except July 3 & August 7) •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9-12. Free program, kids 3-5 welcome. •Parent Tot Fun Times @ Community Centre, 9:30-12pm TUESDAYS •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Adaptive Yoga @ Senior’s Drop In Centre 2:30pm •Chess Group @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 7pm •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym ••Never Bored for Tweens @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for Grades 5-7. •Knits, Knots & Yarns @ Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm, ages 8+. •Kids Coding Club @ Library, 3:45-4:45pm, 8+. Registration required. •Ladies Day @ Fernie Golf and Country Club •English Conversation Cafe @ CBAL office 9:30am-11:30am, Free •English Conversation Cafe, Evening Class @ CBAL office 6-7:30pm •Public Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm, $7 •Ladies Ride with Jenny and Ashley @ Gear Hub, 6pm •Drop in @ The Play Room, 10:30am – 2:30pm,


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

SUNDAYS $4.99 Kids Meals @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse FRIDAYS All day breakfast @ The Fernie. 9am-4pm Cactus Cut Nachos $12.50 @ Boston Pizza $10 BBQ & Beats, 6-9pm @ Infinitea Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Curry Sundays & Caesar Specials @ The Pub Fish & Chips @ The Pub Bar & Grill Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro $13 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw Roast dinner, family-style from 3-10pm @ The Loaf. @ The Fernie Hotel. Supporting FTA. $15 adults, $7.50 for kids Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Live music from 6-9pm @ The Loaf Fish & Chip Night @ The Pub Happy Hour $15 Jugs and $3 Highballs @ Clubhouse Restaurant, 3-6pm

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•StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9-12. Free program, kids 3-5 welcome. •Fernie Community Choir @ The Fernie Arts Station, 7-9pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am. $6 WEDNESDAYS •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Gentle Exercise @ Seniors Drop In Centre 10:45am ••Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. Drop in for $5 •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym ••Unplugged @ Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 8+, drop in •Tai Chi @ Seniors Drop In Centre 6:30pm •Read it First Book/Movie Club @ Library, 3:45-4:45pm for ages 10+. •Men’s Night @ Fernie Golf and Country Club •Fernie Women on Wheels @ Bike Park Gazebo, Fernie Aquatic Centre at 6:30pm. All levels welcome. •English Conversation Cafe @ CBAL office 9:30am-11:30am, Free •Drop in @ The Play Room, 12:30-4:30pm, •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9-12. Free program, kids 3-5 welcome. •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am. $6 •Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church, 6:30-8:30pm THURSDAYS •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Morning Yoga @ Seniors Drop In Centre 8:00am •Canasta / Cards @ Seniors Drop In Centre 1pm •Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre, 10-11:30am •Yoga @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 11:30am •Seniors Drop in Library Club @ Rocky Mountain Village, 11am •Reading with Seniors @ Rocky Mountain Village, 11am •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:30-10:30pm •Mixed Boxing Competitive @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am •Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6pm •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday.



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Hazy Days by SHELBY CAIN


an you feel it? It still lingers in the less evolved hours, but it’s begun to creep from a nocturnal existence straight into your morning coffee. And it will keep coming. The chill that raises bumps on your skin and the collar on your plaid shirt. The fresh freeze that descends from up high.You may have visited it this summer on an over-ambitious hike, and when you came across it you shuddered, and thought – Oh yeah. I remember you, and I don’t miss you. Please stay here, just a while longer. But it came anyway. It always does. The hazy days of summer are on their way out. Damn, it was a good one, wasn’t it? As poetry and rock lyrics like to remind us, when the things we take for granted become out of reach, we realize how much they mean to us. After the apocalyptic winter we persevered, the arrival of our summer love was more anticipated than ever. But she kept us waiting a little, harder to get than we’re used to, until we became absolutely desperate for her. When she appeared, she was more beautiful and gentle and thrilling than we remembered. Now, we don’t want her to go. We grip tightly to our pool noodles and late bedtimes and afternoon cocktails in a cloud of denial. But we know she has to leave. Eventually. The haze that she induced was not only a physical one, in the form of thick smoke that clogged our lungs and ravaged our forests. It was a mental haze. A product of letting go. Of letting our responsibilities and rules and ambition soften, just a little, just enough to fall into a fog of splendid relaxation. I’ll do that later. I’ve got time. It’s summer! Yes, have another popsicle, just get another one for your sister, too. Keep playing. It’s summer. It feels so good, letting things slide a little, doesn’t it? But you know what they say about all good things. So here we go.


Like the flick of the 2 am lights at The Northern, this isn’t going to be pretty. Reality doesn’t tiptoe in gently. Oh no. It crashes. Landing in our laps with a thud that shocks and sobers us.You survey your surroundings, bewildered by the state of it all. Man, that escalated quickly. Your house looks like a Tasmanian devil has been living there for a month – walls coated in unidentified sticky stuff, empty dishes and ice-cream sandwich wrappers covering the tables and downstairs couch, discarded board games and Uno cards littering the floors.Your kids are dirty and feral and slightly unrecognizable. They look taller. When did that happen, and when was the last time they were groomed? But the lights are on. It’s over.You can’t stay here.

Eventually. Now it’s time to take charge. Get that ambition back. Let’s do this. Let’s cannonball into fall, flags flying and water spraying in a flurry of courage and desire. We will give our hazy heads a shake and we will put on a sweater. We will not ask – why? – in a desperate, lazy plea for stagnancy. Instead, we will boldly proclaim, why the hell not?!

And so we won’t. But rather than let those blues that can creep in with the cold at this time of year grab a hold of us, what if we looked at all the positive things change can bring. What if we gave summer a heartfelt goodbye and said, “See ya next year, sweetheart!” Because we know we will.

The air has cleared. From the haze, good things will come. Summer’s fiery heat has cracked seeds that lay dormant for years on the forest floor. Waiting. Now they will sprout and rise from the ashes. Sprout. Rise. It is time for growth. The hazy days are over. Welcome back.

Evolution is upon us, so get out there and grab it. Join a club. Cut your hair and start wearing red lipstick. Wake up early and workout.Volunteer. Stand up, clap your hands together, and let the sound ring out for all those around you to hear.You mean business. And you will inspire everyone in your path with your actions. I promise.



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f you’ve been thinking about learning how to canoe or kayak on the lake or river, but think it’s too expensive, a hassle or scary, it’s actually none of these things! September is the perfect time to jump in a boat, enjoy the mountains from the water, get some exercise and explore. You first have to decide if you want to play on the lake or river, as they are different and you shouldn’t use a lake boat on a river, duh. Your best bet is to head to the closest kayak shop (they will sell canoes, too) and start a conversation about what your plans are and let the experts do their job and get you into the best boat for you! While you’re at the shop, pick up a paddle and kayak pfd. After you’ve bought all your gear, it’s time to head down to the lakes, and start figuring out your new toys. It’s hard to mess up at the lake, just wear your pfd. Learning to kayak along the shore is a low-risk setting that can help build your skills, and when you’re a bit more confident you might venture across the lake or find a new one to explore!

We all need help eventually, and if your time at the lake is any indication of what’s to come, you might want to consider a lesson or a package of them! We have a wealth of knowledgeable and skilful people who teach paddle sports here in Fernie and within the Kootenays. Find one that you like… and keep going to your lessons. So you’re getting good.You can keep the boat in a straight line, you’re holding your paddle the right way, and you’re starting to think about paddling more. That’s good, you should. It’s time to show off your skills and join a local paddle group; check out for the next community paddle, or check out the many paddling groups of Facebook. Ok, so now your wallet is lighter and you’re trying to put this boat onto your car. Come down to the lake after you’ve figured it out, we’ll be down there enjoying the fall from our boats. Keep up the new skills and hope to see you there! Thanks for reading this summer; it has been a great opportunity writing for everyone and sharing some things I’ve found out along the way.



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Table Mountain: Where Mountains Greet the Prairies by AHMED MUMENI


f you’ve ever driven East on the Crowsnest Highway towards Alberta, you’ve driven past it. And almost certainly, you may have not given it the credit it deserves. The very eastern edge of the Canadian Cordillera meets the Prairies and puts on a spectacular geological display – mountain building. This very cordillera forms the backbone of the Americas – a continuous sequence of mountain ranges from the Alaska Range down to the very southern tip of Chile at Tierra Del Fuego. This same cordillera is also part of a volcanic arc that forms the eastern portion of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Mountains surround us. We live, work, and play amongst them. About an hour and a half ’s drive east of Fernie, you can appreciate the by-products of mountain building, which is analogous to a rug being pushed on a hardwood floor. Where you have a bunched up rug, you have a mountain. And where you have Prairies and the Canadian Shield, you have hardwood floors. Well, you get the idea. The same powerful tectonic forces formed Table Mountain. And if exposed cliffs and spectacular vistas of mountains and prairie are your cup of tea, then hiking Table Mountain should be your next hike. Starting at the Beaver Lake Campground, a well-defined trail leads through two kilometres of a poplar forest. Elevation is gently gained here. Past the forest cover, you enter into grassy and scree covered slopes where, if you are lucky, you may see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep grazing. Further on, with hearts pounding, the going gets tougher as the grade increases until eventually, you feast your eyes upon views of mountains and prairie in all directions.


To the west, Barnaby Ridge is a rug. Looking south, Castle Peak and Windsor Ridge are two other spectacular rugs. And to the northwest, the Flathead Range stands proudly between the Alberta and British Columbia border. Table Mountain is not for the faint of heart. But if you come prepared for it, the views are absolutely rewarding. Trailhead: From Beaver Mines, drive south on Alberta Highway 774 to the Beaver Mines Lake turnoff (before Castle River Ranger Station). Follow Beaver Mines Lake Road to the campground (5km). Once in the campground, stay on the main road and look for a hiking sign that leads you to a small parking lot. The trail starts here.

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Mountain Biking with Guillaume Boutet Lesperance by KAREN PEPPER


eptember has always been one of my favourite months for mountain biking in Fernie. Cooler temperatures, the start of the autumn colours and a few less folks on the trails – just perfect. But when Labour Day weekend comes, it usually also means that the lift accessed mountain biking at Fernie Alpine Resort is over for the season. This year however, downhillers will be stoked because the resort is staying open for, not one, but TWO Bonus Summer Weekends on September 9/10 and September 16/17. For these bonus weekends, the Timber Chair will be open for lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking from 10:30am to 4:30pm each day. So keep those DH bikes tuned and ready to roll. Another of our long-time staff members who shares the excitement about the September Bonus Weekends is Guillaume (Gui) Boutet Lesperance. Gui competes every year in the Dirt Diggler so is happy that these bonus weekends will give him extra opportunities to prepare for this year’s race! During the summer season, Gui works and plays hard – running Kelsey’s Restaurant and enjoying laps at the hill or riding the trails in town whenever he gets the chance. Gui gives back to the local mountain bike community in big ways – volunteering with the Fernie Mountain Bike Club, as an organizer of the popular 2Knee Races (this year he organized the Three Kings race), and with other fundraising efforts like FMBC’s Flow Trail Movie Night. Gui has also been a fixture on our Scott Thursday Night Race Series ever since I can remember – often found at the top of the race course, taking dinner orders from competitors before the race starts!


When & why did you move to Fernie? I came to Fernie in 2007 after completing the SROAM (Ski Resort Operations and Management) Program at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC. My final work placement was at Fernie Alpine Resort as the Supervisor at the Slopeside Coffee Shop. I had such a great winter, I decided to stay and make this my home.


What did you do before coming to Fernie? I worked at various jobs in hospitality and tourism at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec City. I was also a ski and snowboard instructor there. Where do you currently work in Fernie? I am the Manager at Kelsey’s Restaurant and I also work with other catering events for Fernie Alpine Resort. I’ve been working here for ten years now. When and how did you get started into downhill mountain biking? When I was younger and living in Quebec, I used to race cross-country biking. During my first summer in Fernie, I bought a bike from the resort’s old rental fleet and got hooked on downhilling. What are your favourite bike trails at Fernie Alpine Resort? On the Timber side I like to ride Bike Thief – it’s raw and natural, with good dirt and good steepness. On the Elk Side – that’s a tougher question. When I feel really good, I like Kodiak Karnage. For a more relaxed pace – Trac3 to Holobike.


How about in town? Without any question, it’s Three Kings! What’s your favourite way to spend a day off? I would start with coffee and a pedal in town, then head up to the resort for a few laps. I would finish off with a shuttle in the evening, followed by dinner in town with my family. What’s your overall impression of mountain biking in Fernie? We are so spoiled because we have such a wide variety of trails, and they are all just outside our doorstep. Easy family trails along the river, wide flowy trails, and steep, technical singletrack – we really do have it all. FERNIEFIX.COM



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South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project by JESSE BELL


he first time I ever hiked Three Sisters (11 years ago) I carried a soup pot and metal spoon, banged on it for eight hours, nearly lost my then-budding relationship with Ben, and discovered just how annoying I could be. I’ve learned a thing or two since then. For instance, talking loudly generates enough noise to keep bears away. I’ve learned to make a bear-hang and loop my food in a tree. I have also learned to respect bear country – sometimes the best decision is to pack up and leave. But there is so much I don’t know. And so, on a hot day at the end of June, I join Emma Van Tussenbroek, a wildlife

technician for the South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project (SRGBP), in learning about bears. The project began in 2006 and is run by scientists from BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations, volunteers, and other professionals. They capture and radio-collar bears, collect hair for DNA, and document population trends of grizzlies in the Southeastern region of BC. The intent is to better protect the animals, and educate the public. We meet early on a Thursday and drive to the Connor Lakes trailhead, just north of Elkford, our intention being to collect fur samples from rub trees – there are approximately 60 rub tree trails in the Elk Valley and Flathead, and almost 300 rub trees – all the way to the lake. It is a cool morning, a perfect day to be in the woods. After fording a small river with our bikes, we make our way up an old logging road and to the first rub tree – a tree, big or

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Let it rip on the descent in the rock gardens and steeper sections to follow. Watch for the Lazy Lizard Connector intersection on the left and take that back to Stove. Climb Stove and Mushroom Head then let it rip on Red Sonja. Turn left on Burma Road for your last peak!



e hope you enjoyed our Spin to Win contests and were able to participate in a few of our great events. As the summer comes to a close why not try something new to challenge yourself? Can you bag three peaks in 24 hours? Sure you can! Do the Fernie Brewery Co.’s Trail to Ale Challenge. The three peaks include Hyperventilation, Project 9 and Swine Flu. How you do it is your choice and in the order you like. Here is how I like to get it done. Start at the barn and take Montane for a nice warm up to Uprooted. Continue climbing up, cross River Rd. and stay left (the “hard way,” it is a challenge after all) to Hyperventilation. The real work begins here with a couple of punchy climbs and tons of switchbacks to keep you on your game. Enjoy the descent down Hyperextension. Take a right on River Rd. and quick left on Elk Valley Trail following it back to the barn. Continue until you



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ith the kids heading back to school and the schedules reappearing, it is also a great time for a family fitness challenge. As each task is completed, cross it off the calendar. We put ours on the fridge and everyone gets his or her own pen colour. Make sure you decide on a reward if you complete the whole challenge! (My kids have chosen a trip to Happy Cow.) KARYN AND BRONWYN CLEMENS AT THE LITTLE CRITTER RACE RICH LAURISTON PHOTO










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rooke’s challenge is not unique; I believe every parent at some point has gotten fed up with what to pack in their children’s lunches. I’ve compiled this list of tools and tricks for this exact reason – to make your life easier! 1. Pack what you know your kids will eat, not what you wish they would eat! Too often we pack healthy options we might enjoy or what we know would be healthy despite the child pushing it away for the tenth time. I like to follow the 3:1 rule when packing lunches. Keep three items in their lunch you know they’ll eat, and then introduce one new food. This prevents the child from feeling overwhelmed at all the new flavours, smells, colours and textures. 2. Utilize your freezer – make a big batch of soup, chilli, rice, pasta or even sandwiches and freeze in small containers to toss in lunchboxes in a pinch. Even better, apply this rule to the entire family so that everyone (parents included!) have a healthy on-the-go lunch option. Dinner is a great time to start putting this practice into play, it’s never a bad idea to make a double-batch and utilize the leftovers! 3. Use a bento style lunch box to cut down on waste and make clean up easier at home. A bento style lunch simply means it has separated compartments – it doesn’t need to be anything fancy. A Ziploc container from the grocery store will do perfectly.

contain some fibre and protein while being low in sugar and sodium. Kids love finger foods, so a little bit of hummus may go a long when in getting your child to try those scary new snap peas!

not only gives them responsibility, it also lessens the burden on mom and dad to constantly be packing lunches – win, win!

These are just a few tips and tricks to decrease the mayhem of school lunches 5. Get the kids involved – they can’t this year. It can be important to remember, complain about what’s in their lunches if however, that children are still learning to 4. Use dips like nut butter, hummus and they put it in there! Have healthy snacks develop their palate and eating skills. From yogurt to entice your kids to try new available from these three categories: fruit, Ellyn Satters’ Division of Responsibility, we fruits and veggies. Dips have gotten a veggies and a treat (see the info graphic must remember that parents are responsible bad rap recently, namely from the heavy for some great ideas). Keep a few from for what, when and where while child has the amounts of creamy mayonnaise style each category stocked in the fridge or choice of how much and whether. Continue dressings and dips common in our society. cupboard. The night before school, have to demonstrate healthy eating habits around The key is to choose the right dip, read your child add one snack from each of your children and they’ll grow to be the food label and look for dips that these categories into their lunch. This competent and happy adult eaters! FERNIEFIX.COM


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Domain Control by KEVIN MCISAAC


uite a while back I did a column about registering your own domain. It’s a fairly straightforward process. Perhaps a little more complicated than buying an online fishing license, but not much more. However, a lot of people choose to have someone do it for them. This can lead to challenges down the road. You know how it is. Everyone needs a website these days. So, you’re at the board table with your non-profit group talking about needing a website and someone says, “I can do that.” Next meeting they come back and the domain is registered. They’re the tech savvy person in the group so they get the website setup and everything is awesome. Then they leave. This is not when the problem happens. When the problem happens is months or even years down the road when the group wants to change. Perhaps they are expanding, joining another group, disbanding, who knows. But the website needs to change. And the person that left is the only person with the password. This is still not the big problem. It’s a problem, but solvable. No, the big problem happens when you need to move to a different web host. Websites on the Internet are registered with a domain name., for example, is a domain “FernieFix” under the top level domain (TLD) “.com”. The .com TLD is operated by a number of organizations, but it’s all organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN takes their job very seriously. For many organizations their domain name is integral to their business and losing control of it could literally mean an end to their business. For this reason the domain

dispute resolution section on ICANN is extensive. The domain name is how people find your website, but the domain registration is how computers find it.Your domain is registered with a domain registrar. One of the pieces of information that the registrar has is the domain name resolution servers (DNS). These are the servers that can provide the IP address of the server pointed to by the domain name. For example FernieFix. com lives at When you type into the browser it asks the .COM TLD for a DNS server that knows where lives. It gets back It asks for and gets back Okay, so that’s what’s happening behind the scenes. All this was setup when the domain was registered. And now you need to change it. Except that the domain was registered in the name of the person that registered the name for you, and they are unavailable. What can you do? Well, there is a long, drawn out name resolution dispute process that will take many letters and weeks of effort. And in the end you may still be unable to take control of the domain if you cannot provide sufficient evidence that you are the rightful owner. What’s the solution? Register the domain in the name of the organization. There are four registrations associated with a domain. The owner, the administrative contact, the technical contact, and the billing contact. The owner is the most important with regards to controlling the domain. The administrative contact is who any communication about changes to the domain will go to. Technical issues that the registrar has with the domain will be sent to the technical contact. These are things like improper mail exchange setup. Finally the bill for renewing the domain will be sent to the billing contact. Make sure the owner is the organization. Make sure the administrative, technical,

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September 2017 by YANN LORANGER


would call September 2017 “the serpent’s tail.” As we completed the “Jupiter square Pluto” cycle last month, September completes the “Jupiter in Libra” cycle. On top of completing this cycle, Jupiter will also form a perfect opposition with Uranus towards the end of the month. Remember that this exact opposition involving Jupiter and Uranus happened also on the first day of the year. This is why September represents the last bit of energy still attached to the “Jupiter square Pluto” that just ended. If you feel that there are a few things you did not have time to express concerning power, authority and the way things are managed, this month is your last opportunity to do it publicly and feel that you are listened to. Since Jupiter is facing Uranus, it is also a good moment to evaluate where you are at concerning your own direction in life after all that happened this year. Face to face, Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries have this discussion: Uranus: “Jupiter, you who like to lead the way and promise to all a happy future, what conclusion can you draw from the past ten months?” Jupiter: “Dear Uranus, it is good to see you again, one to one.Your question washes away the worries I had in mind during those ten months. I learnt that a ruler is a ruler.” Uranus: “Did you not know that before?” Jupiter: “Pluto made me think that a ruler was all powerful, that I could change the world in the blink of an eye. Then, I was afraid that it had no power at all, that the deep hidden interest of the people had the real power. I am a ruler by nature, I felt threatened, and my trust and selfconfidence flew away!” Uranus: “And then?”

Jupiter: “And then you helped me, by keeping all things moving, churning the energies of the cosmos, even this sad state of mine changed. I realized that the vision of the leader that had been proved powerless was the illusion Pluto generated in me at first. The original, real power of a ruler still is. A Ruler is a Ruler, nothing more, nothing less.” Uranus: “I wish all of humanity draw this conclusion and start recognizing the humble, hidden but authentic rulers it already has.” Since we all have a little bit of each sign within us, consider each of the following as addressing a specific part of yourself. Read it all for every aspect within yourself.

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Authority You feel strong in your position. At last, you are making a point and your voice is heard.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Discreet It is difficult for you to understand the shift of energy happening.You feel far away from the centre of attention.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Learning You usually like to talk quite a bit, but at this time, you prefer to listen and ponder.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Memory You are the emotional witness of this important moment where our own inner authority recalibrates itself.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Joyfulness You can express freely again! Your feelings, what you like, what you want, all this is going through your mind and you keep sharing it with your friends and surroundings!


Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Undecided You are uncertain about your next move. What you see and foresee is so impressive, you can’t make up your mind.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Summarizing You have been defending your values for a long time. The fight is over, weapons are down on the ground. It is time to draw conclusions.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Silent Enthusiasm All that happened and will happen in 2017 is connected to your realm.You don’t say it much but you are deeply happy about how things turn out.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Self-Evaluation You keep doing your good work, not asking for much reward.You begin to see where this work is leading you.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Retreat You are ready for some rest, ready to find the solitude you are used to.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Awareness The head of a revolutionary serpent went by a while ago, you avoided it and remained in peace, but now the tail comes. Don’t let it whip you into rebellion as it goes.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Exemplar You behave in a way that inspires others.



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