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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS IN THE VALLEY | 7 Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais – Your Greatest Asset

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | 16 Feature Artist – Summer Breeze Fernie Reads with Krista Turcasso – The Gift of Reading Rental Fix – Fading Gigolo by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – Get a Lift From Turboprop by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY AND EVENTS | 25 Events Calendar / December at the Arts Station Feature Resident – Jeri Mitchell and Rhoda Deluca by Krista Turcasso You’ve Got Male: Mary-Jack-Dougald by Adam K MacDonald Family Stoke – Bright Future by Shelby Cain New Faces to Fernie: Leon Verstraeten by James Peeters Transitions – Celebrate Change by Micah Morris

OUTDOOR LIFE | 38 Never Have I Ever –Wine O’Clock by Jesse Bell Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Celebrating Nordic Skiing by Terry Nelson

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 43 Fit to Challenge – January Events by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Health, Naturally - A Celebration of Self by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M Nourish Through Nature by Krissi Hyland, RHN – The Holiday Hustle Beauty and Fashion in a Fix – Naughty or Nice by Solange and Zoe

BITS AND BYTES | 51 The Answer Guy – Storing and Accessing iPhone Data by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

FERNIE FUN | 54 Fix Trivia COVER: 120 covers and 10 years of the Fernie Fix THIS PAGE: Pro Skier Nick McNutt with a tail grab while filming Island Lake’s new show Winter of our Content. Photo by Mike McPhee @mcphoto99




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The Blue Toque Diner is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with Ray and Tanya.

we want to say THANK YOU! Alex B, Alexandra B, Amanda B, Amanda W, Bronya F, Cara C, Claire N, Courtney B, Dani C, Danny S, Darcy M, Darren U, Dave M, Debra B, Dini T, Eric E, Eva B, Greg L, Guylaine C, Heather O, Kali R, Kayla R, Kristin V, Larkin J, Lindsay V, Lisa K, Michelle H, Miranda C, Nancy D, Natalie M, Natalie S, Nicole C, Pam M, Rachel A, Sarah A, Sarah 3.0, Sarah K, Shannon S, Stefan F, Stephanie C, Tanis B, Tanya M, Tessa K, Tristin Z, Tyese M you have been part of Team Toque over the last 10 years. We want to thank you for your hard work and smiling faces. We would not be here without you. g To celebrate we are offering a discount or an opportunity to pay it forward.

Use this coupon toward your bill to enjoy a $5.00 savings when you spend $15.00. Or donate the coupon and we will prepare a healthy frozen meal that will be donated to the Fernie Salvation Army. Coupon valid December 1-15, 2016.



Beginning January we will be offering dinner service Thursday thru Saturday evenings. Follow us on Facebook for hours & menu info.

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EDITOR’S FIX “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

...however you have been a part of this journey, you are the reason we do what we do and are where we are.

~ John Donne


en years ago, I met a creative genius. We had a joint dream and together we took a leap. We brainstormed and we researched and we worked really, really hard… into the wee hours of many nights. We met with a lot of individuals and even more businesses, who got behind us and gave us the boost of confidence and support we needed. We put pen to paper, mouse to InDesign and in one month’s time, the first edition of the Fernie Fix arrived at our doorsteps… well garage to be exact, which would soon become our first office. Claris Media was born. Whether you own a business and decided to put your faith in us for advertising, or you approached us with a fantastic idea, story or person to feature; whether you ANDREW VALLANCE is a cinophile nerd who currently lives on the wet coast. Girlfriendless, he spends his time going to movies, buying DVDs and flirting. CAROLYN NIKODYM congratulates Krista and Vanessa on TEN years, and is honoured to have been a part of the Fernie Fix for many of those years. 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.

wrote beautiful words or captured stunning images to grace our pages; whether you began collecting every edition from day one or enjoy perusing online or via our mailing service; however you have been a part of this journey, you are the reason we do what we do and are where we are.

“continually evolving yet still the same at its core” little mountain town we truly are. I guess what I am trying to say is thank you. Ten years has flown by, and it’s been the right path for us both, and we feel so fortunate to be able to do what we love, in a community we love, with the people we love, allowing us to raise our families where we love. This December, there is much to celebrate. But what we are celebrating is you. As we are but part of the main. Krista Turcasso Editor

You see, Fernie is such a beautiful place with so much to offer and an incredible FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM community of involved, invested residents Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for with rich stories to share. Like so many, we general inquiries: saw this and wanted to embody the spirit Box 1124, 841 7th Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 of Fernie in our pages. To represent the positive. To keep the community connected. Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome To help the newcomer, the visitor, the Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym busy dad or working mom. To showcase All content copyright Claris Media. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher. to the world what a remarkable, resilient,

JESSE BELL spends a weekend with the amazing Lisa Marie Ritchat learning about wine, drinking wine, wine is great, everyone loves wine. MICAH MORRIS is back, but this time she’s navigating her last year of high school, contemplating what’s next, and taking us along for the ride. KRISSI HYLAND is a Holistic Nutritionist, Ski and Snowboard Instructor currently spending her last few months in Fernie, BC enjoying everything summer here has to offer.

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

After ten years, SARAH INGRAM is shifting her focus to local races. Find out how to get ready for January’s events! If you need help developing a program individual to you, call 250-423-9167 or visit

JAMES PEETERS is a 28-year-old photographer from Australia, looking forward to sharing with Fix readers some of the diverse new residents living in town this season.

The FERNIE TRAILS ALLIANCE is a non-profit organization that works with outdoor recreation groups, government and private land owners to enhance and maintain the Fernie trail network.

DR. TAINA TURCASSO is a naturopathic doctor and midwife practicing in Calgary, Alberta. She spends most of her time catching gorgeous babies, and is slowly inching her way back to Fernie. Operators and sisters of No.3, SOLANGE and ZOE have a passion for fashion and beauty combining their expertise into their salon and boutique. ADAM K. MACDONALD wishes everyone a great closing month of 2016 and happy celebrations along the way. KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material. YANN LORANGER from Happy-Culture Inc. is your local resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy. Astrology courses are offered at the College of the Rockies in Fernie.



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t started as a creative outlet for founding member Drew Hampson, and his close friends soon developed job titles within the company. D.I.Y or DIE Supply Co. is a clothing line that celebrated its second year last month. In that time they have managed to nestle their way into more wardrobes around the globe than ever thought possible.  




icole Knauf is happy to announce that she is now accepting new clients with her home based bookkeeping business. Nicole has been providing bookkeeping services for over three years and has completed both her Business Bookkeeping and Quickbooks courses. She can help your business in many ways such as basic bookkeeping, payroll, remittances, and WCB, GST/PST filing. Nicole is self-motivated, organized, thorough and has a good eye for cost savings. Whether you are a new business in town or an existing business wanting help with your books, Nicole looks forward to working with you. You can contact her to set up an appointment at 250-430-1610 or

D.I.Y or DIE is a group of artists who focus on artwork, rather than what might be the most appealing to the public. It shows in their unique and bold designs. DIY started as a line made originally for friends, and they maintain this in-house and down-to-earth vibe. The people behind


production are the same people hosting the booth at fairs, markets or conventions.  Over this next year, DIY will continue to release eye-opening clothing, sponsor local events, attend craft fairs, and showcase work in local stores.Visit them on Facebook at DIYorDIESupplyCompany.

THE CITY OF FERNIE – LIGHT UP THE NIGHT 501 3rd Ave 250-423-6817


ave you ever thought it would be wonderful to have an outdoor skating rink in Fernie? This holiday season that dream could come true. The Fernie Leisure Services Department is working with the Fernie Fire Rescue Volunteers to install a skating surface at the Court House for the first time as part of a holiday event. “Light Up the Night” is a City of Fernie partnership with the Arts Station’s monthlong Sugar Plum Festival. This outdoor community party will be held on the Court House grounds from 5- 8pm on Thursday, December 8. Santa will be handing out goodies and posing for pictures. The Ghostriders are hosting a tailgate party to rally support and give back to the community. There will be hotdogs,


hot chocolate, entertainment and local holiday vendors. The ambience of this historical building will be celebrated for the first time with lights and laughter. Now let’s hope for cold temperatures so the ice elves can work their magic. FERNIEFIX.COM


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ESSENTIAL YOGA STUDIO 761 7th Ave 250-423-9672


ssential Yoga is now offering Aerial Yoga! Aerial yoga combines traditional yoga asanas with acrobatics. Using a soft hammock for support, these anti-gravity aerial yoga classes help to increase your strength and flexibility, which can help with your floor practice. Plus, they are a lot of fun! Other benefits of aerial yoga include spinal decompression, pain relief, improved alignment, and approaching asanas from a new perspective that can help to ease you into inversions and other challenging poses.


They encourage wearing a T-shirt and leaving jewelry and heavy makeup at home. Sign up online at www. or email info@ Follow Essential Yoga on Facebook and use the Mind Body connect app for up to date classes and studio events.

he IFF Committee would like to thank its fans for supporting their new screening time of the first Sunday of the month at 5pm. This new day and time has given IFF the chance to offer a new program to moviegoers, “Dinner and a Movie,” in partnership with local participating restaurants.

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Now it’s time for some changes: updating the interior to make a more comfortable dining experience, extending the list of craft beers and offering more wines and liquor. They are building on The Loaf ’s reputation as a family-friendly eatery with a focus on great food; a place for everyone to meet, eat and drink in Fernie’s downtown core.




he Loaf has been growing and evolving for seven years, from a start-up in a miner’s cottage to a favourite in Fernie’s downtown. Owners Phil and Claire Gadd have established a welcoming environment with excellent food, made from scratch on the premises daily.



“Our perfect wish for Fernie is a place with craft beers, a solid wine list by the glass, pizzas, pasta, and some other nice mains, but nothing too fancy. And that’s exactly what we’re aiming to do at The Loaf.” Open 10am-10pm daily, they invite all to enjoy this rejuvenated space.

The last IFF film of the fall season, multi award-winning Dheepan, screens at the Vogue Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 5pm. Following this, IFF attendees can visit one of the participating restaurants to receive a special promotion on offer to them there (by showing their ticket stub to their server.) Big thanks to The Bridge Bistro, The Park Place Pub and Boston Pizza for coming on board this program so far. For the latest information on IFF and its Dinner and a Movie program, be sure to visit FERNIEFIX.COM


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Come to The Good Earth to enter to win a Natural Factors Gift Basket! 601 2nd Avenue, Fernie, BC | 250-423-7121 | Mon – Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Muck Boots The ultimate fernie Boot

An Independent Book Store A unique selection of books, gifts, award-winning toys, guide books & maps, stationery and special treasures.

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check us out online at Muck Boots for the whole family are available at Elk River Guiding Co in Fernie, BC 791 - 7 th Ave. • 250-423-7239

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ickleball enthusiasts in Fernie have started their second season of playing this fun and exciting sport that is reputably the fastest growing sport in North America. A combination of badminton, tennis, squash, racquetball and table tennis skills, pickleball can be played indoors or out. The game can be easily picked up by beginners and yet be a challenge to those who have a background in racquet sports. Pickleball Fernie presently has about 30 players who come out and enjoy the game, which is played at the Fernie Community Centre. Membership this year has increased as the popularity of the game grows. Three sessions are available: Monday and Thursday


mornings 10-11:30am and Tuesday evening 6:30-8pm with a drop in fee of $5. Equipment and instruction are available for beginners. All are welcome come out and give it a try!


THE MASSAGE PLACE – CATHY MORRIS, RMT 592 3rd Ave 250-423-9677


athy Morris of The Massage Place has recently achieved the designation of Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).

With over 20 years of experience, and a therapist with Canada’s National SkiCross Team, Cathy specializes in helping clients treat muscle tension and relieve chronic pain. Every treatment is personalized and effective with solutions through Deep Tissue, Relaxation and Active Release Massage. The Massage Place is located in downtown Fernie. To book a treatment, call or text 250-423-9677 or visit for more information.

REALIGN MASSAGE THERAPY & YOGA 1561-A 10th Ave 250-946-8982


ealign Massage Therapy & Yoga would like to welcome BC registered massage therapist, Marley Meinzinger to the team. Marley is enthusiastic about assisting clients to maintain and restore their functional abilities through assessment and a variety of Swedish, myofascial release, muscle energy and joint mobilization techniques. Treatments can be focused on injury recovery, prevention, or general relaxation and stress management. After graduating from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2015, Marley has enjoyed a year in practice and has been exposed to a wide


variety of conditions. As she is passionate about snowboarding, ski touring, mountain biking and hiking, Marley thoroughly enjoys helping clients be able to continue to enjoy both their daily and favourite activities.  Marley is accepting new clients on Sundays and Mondays. To book an appointment with her, please text or call 250-558-8971, or email   FERNIEFIX.COM


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January 20 - 22

Vogue Theatre Fernie’s 9th Annual

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K Apparel is proud to be Canada’s leading leggings specialists serving women and children of all ages, shapes and sizes. JK Apparel was founded in December of 2013 by Jen Kennedy – a wife and mom of two. The business has been run out of Lethbridge, Alberta for the past three years and has recently re-located to Jen’s hometown of Fernie, BC. JK Apparel has over 175 distributors across Canada who sell out of their homes, at events, markets, and online. JK also has an online shop, with free shipping Canada wide on all orders over $100 (use coupon code FREESHIP100).


Jen invites you to come by and say hello at their new location, adjacent to the Cattle Company on Highway #3, Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm. They are open until 8pm Thursday’s. ~ Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak.


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Celebrating the best of Canadian film-making, from shorts to full length independent feature films.

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veryday life for Grace Brulotte is anything but normal. For Grace, a young adult with a physical disability, every moment of her day is filled with challenges. But not only does Grace have to face her physical challenges, she also is met with being misunderstood by the world around her, and finds that many have preconceived ideas of what she can and cannot do. With the help of Laundromat Studios, Grace will be giving an inside look into life with a disability, and also her journey in discovering skiing and breaking through the barriers that came with it.


Grace’s goals include skiing Polar Peak, tackling Catskiing with the help of Fernie Wilderness Adventures, and becoming the first woman tandem sit skier to Heliski in Canada thanks to Purcell Heliskiing, all of which will be viewable in a documentary coming in 2018. For more information and updates on Grace’s project, visit FERNIEFIX.COM




Do you lead a team to provide service to clients/guests or customers? Join Mark Colgate as he presents “The Whistler Experience: Moments of Power 1-4”.

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• Ambassador Course December 5, Monday, 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Pre-register by calling the College at 250.423.4691.

• Ambassador Course December 15, Thursday, 8:30am - 12:30pm. Pre-register by calling the College at 250.423.4691. • Ambassador Industry night December 7– a casual event open to all current and potential Fernie Ambassador participants and sponsors. Learn exciting program updates and new benefits over a pint of beer. See for more.

Resort Municipality Initiative

WHEN: January 18, 9:30-3:30 WHERE: Fernie Best Western Mountain Plus. COST: $79 for Fernie Ambassadors, $99 for Chamber Members, $129 others REGISTER: Fernie Chamber 250-423-6868

Why? You will gain understanding on: • How human psychology applies to service & sales • A deeper understanding of human interaction, professionally and personally • How to build better relationships to deliver world class service

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eter Drucker, who has been described as “the founder of modern management,” said that employees are a business’s greatest asset. Without employees, who will serve the customer, who will get the work done, who will close the sale? Your team is everything, so celebrate them (and keep them). Staff turnover is expensive. Not only do you spend time and money recruiting and hiring, you lose customers. A Canadian hotel chain has calculated that a 10% turnover can decrease your customers 1% to 3%. So, what is the best way to keep your staff happy, engaged, and most importantly, working for you? Celebrate your staff and engage them in the business. The research on employee engagement is extensive. One of my favourite books on the topic is First Break All the Rules:What the Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. Using surveys from the Gallup Organization spanning 25 years and interviewing more than one million employees, Buckingham and Coffman established 12 key questions to employee engagement. The 12 questions are: 1. Is there someone at work who encourages my development? 2. Do I have a best friend at work? 3. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person? 4. Do I know what is expected of me at work? 5. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?

6. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?


7. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work? 8. At work, do my opinions seem to count? 9. Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel my job is important? 10. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work? 11. In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress? 12. This last year, have I had opportunities at work to learn and grow? Drawing on these questions we can see a few ways to celebrate your staff. Talk to employees about professional development and ongoing education and ask where they see themselves in the future. College of the Rockies offers many great courses and programs that employees can take part in; a bookkeeping course, a first aid course, or the Ambassador Program to name a few. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which can be applied to the workplace, Belongingness follows Basic Needs and Safety. Once Basic Needs (money) and Safety Needs (job

security) are met, employees seek to meet their need for belongingness and comfort with their coworkers. Everyone will have a bad day once in a while, and having support at work is vital to avoid employee alienation. Be sure you have systems or programs that let your employees build friendships with each other. The Hawthorne studies wanted to see if lighting affected worker productivity in a factory. They turned up the lights and found people worked faster and better. Then, they decided to turn down the lights. Employees continued to work faster and better even to the point that workers could barely see. The study concluded that employees were responding to the fact that someone was paying attention to what they were doing and not to the level of light. Do your employees know you are paying attention? Coming into the busy winter season, take a moment to look at how you are engaging your team. Are your staff engaged – do they know you care about them, do they have friends at work, are you talking about their future? Use the questions above as a guide for building recruitment strategies that support your employees and support your business. FERNIEFIX.COM


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SUMMER BREEZE For as long as I can remember, creating art has been at the essence of my being. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting next to my dad as he graded exams with a stack of paper in my lap and a pile of coloured pencils in my hand, or much to my parents’ chagrin, of creating elaborate drawings on the walls of my bedroom. And though my choice of mediums and more importantly my source of inspiration have changed countless times over the years, I have never known a time where art wasn’t a part of my daily life.

My “style” came about quite naturally and early on, and though my work has changed a lot over the years, some key elements have managed to stay ever present. I’ve always had a deep love of pattern and the texture and movement it can evoke when used with purpose. There’s a universe that exists inside my mind, which is much more simple and strange then what you’re used to seeing, a universe that I try to put down for all to see with my paintings. A place where abstract meets realism and where colour is so exaggerated that it can’t be ignored.

Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, I was fortunate enough to attend an arts-driven high school where I first started honing my skills. After graduating I decided to take a year off before starting university, and craving something totally new I decided to start my adventure with family up in Kitimat, BC, a place I knew to be completely opposite from where I was from. After only a short time I fell in love with Northwestern BC, and apart from a few short trips, a year later I found myself still in Kitimat and heartsick that my time had come to leave. Over

the course of the next several years I finished University, moved around, went back to school, and eventually did move back to Kitimat. Initially unable to find work in my field, I decided to try my luck in the local craft fair with some smaller paintings that I’d been working on while transitioning from oil paints to acrylics, and that single decision has shaped every aspect of my life since. Eventually my longing to be closer to family drew me to the Elk Valley, and after living in the area for about a year I decided to take my home and studio closer to the wild up in Elkford. When I first left the Northwest I was hopeful for the future, but weary of losing what had been the source of my creativity for so long. It’s now been a few years since I made that move, and though everything

still feels very new to me, the move has acted as a rejuvenating transition and breathed new life into my work. I’ve befriended the great mountains of the East Kootenays and the forests and rivers of the Elk Valley are now my backyard. I’ve come to learn firsthand why so many artists call the Elk Valley home and why the arts community in Fernie is so special. The support for the arts here is incredible and visible even as you walk the streets of Fernie. Whether it be the ever-changing banners hanging downtown and on the highway, the most beautiful dumpsters you’ve ever seen or yarn-bombed bollards lining the street, Fernie fosters creativity.

paint, ten years of hiking through forests and climbing mountains in search of inspiration, and ten years of making my dreams come true on the daily. My life is a celebration of what it means to follow your heart and on this decade anniversary of my “art career” I celebrate with every brush stroke on the canvas. Growing up all I ever wanted to do was to draw and paint and create, and I’m fortunate enough to say that that’s never had to change. Throughout my life my muses have been many, but the muse that is the wilds of British Columbia compares to none other. Check out my work at

It’s now been ten years since that first craft fair, ten years of using acrylic FERNIEFIX.COM


BOOKED! Fernie Writers’ Series 2017 Presented by the Fernie Heritage Library

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Food Drive Fernie’s Emergency Services are proud to participate in the Annual Christmas Food Drive for the Fernie Food Bank Door-to-door collection. Non-perishable foods, spices and toiletries are appreciated.



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ne of my favourite family stories features my older sister, Taina. My parents have a vivid memory of her first Christmas, running back and forth between her room and the couch, bringing book after book to be read until the bookshelf was empty. She has an insatiable appetite for books to this day. When I had kids of my own, story time became of great importance. Recently we recognized that we spend substantially less time reading to our youngest, as she is routinely whisked off to bed before we sit down with our eldest. So, we have made an effort to not only read more to our youngest, but to also have family story time. Here are three books that regularly make an appearance.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty I loved this book from the get go, it had all of our attention. Rosie is a young girl who may seem elusive in class but spends her evenings behind closed doors letting her imagination and creativity run wild. When she sees a problem, she works on a solution until she is laughed at for one of her creations and decides to bury this side of herself. This new way of living has Rosie down, until her great-great-aunt Rose (Rose the Riveter) comes to visit and has her more excited than ever to give a new invention a go. Rosie is once again embarrassed and frustrated when she deems her newest contraption a failure, but she learns with the help of her aunt that you can only truly fail if you give up.

At first, Rosie Revere, Engineer seems like an empowering book for young girls. But it is more a book about the importance of failing and how, oftentimes, failing can bring you closer to reaching your goal and appreciating every step along the way. We should all appreciate quality books with strong female leads that relay such a great message.

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton Oh, this book makes us laugh. Every. Time. It features Princess Pinecone, who is from a Kingdom of Warriors. Her birthday is coming up and she makes sure her parents know that instead of the usual gift of a cozy sweater, she would like something powerful, to help her feel and look more like a warrior. A real warrior’s horse. What does she receive instead? A roly-poly pony, who is better at eating the curtains in her room and farting, than performing any of the training Pinecone provides. The day of a great battle arrives, and they walk into a gruelling fight and before they really get a chance to get into it, one by one the warriors are taken down by the cuteness of the pony. They are happy for the break, admitting that they aren’t often allowed to show their soft sides. Pinecone knows just what to do to help their predicament – give them all cozy sweaters, of course! I have to admit, I have shied away from most titles that include the word “princess” but The Princess and the Pony (and the Paper Bag Princess) has taught me that I should not judge a book by its cover, just as Pinecone realized that it doesn’t necessarily take physical strength, the right accessories and being larger than life to be a warrior (hero). Being a hero can mean having strength of heart. It can mean having


compassion. And those are things you can have, whether you are small and cute or large and fierce.

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek This book is so beautiful.While my youngest enjoys the illustrations, fingering the heart-shaped die-cuts, and the way the words flow as we read, my oldest is curious and asks questions or shares an experience when her heart felt a certain way. “My heart is like a house, with all these feelings living inside,” the narrator, a young girl, explains. As you turn the pages, you are confronted with the emotions of happiness, sadness, bravery, fear and anger.You recall what it’s like to have a silly, broken or heavy heart. We feel on a regular basis, and rarely do we sit back to think about what we are feeling and why. But, we at least have the capability to decipher the world of feelings. Young children feel so strongly, and have such a difficult time relaying what they are going through. In My Heart has been helpful for our family, as it has made the conversation of feelings and emotions an open and loving one. It’s interesting; looking back at these choices, I realize that my sister Taina purchased two of these titles, and was with me while purchasing the third. Her passion for reading has always inspired me and now it’s extending to my family. I hope you too are inspired to give the gift of books and reading together this Christmas and into the New Year. Happy holidays! Visit Polar Peak Books or visit the Fernie Heritage Library for your reading needs.They will also order titles in.We are lucky to have these resources, let’s keep using them! FERNIEFIX.COM


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ollywood has never been very good at portraying sex work or sex workers. They are either shown as individuals who are completely happy with their lot (Milk Money, Pretty Woman) or powerless victims who lead lives of darkness and despair (Dancing at the Blue Iguana, Leaving Los Vegas), and rarely is the sex worker in the film of the male variety. Fading Gigolo, the 2013 film written and directed by John Torturro, is an exception. It is the story of Fioravante (played by Torturro), a man who works in a flower shop and who, at the urging of his friend Murray, (played by Woody Allen) turns to prostitution, only to become romantically involved with one of his clients. Torturro is best known for his quirky roles in various Cohen brothers’ movies,

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s a word person, I am fascinated by art forms that translate stories and feelings with few to no words. Dance, visual art and instrumental music boggle the rational, wordbased mind, but through them, we realize that we know so much on a primal level, a level without labels.We know when a dancer is portraying joy or a violinist is playing sorrow.They connect with us whether or not we know the story behind the art. With that in mind, I was curious about Toronto-based jazz six-piece Turboprop’s song titles. As an instrumental band, their pieces are named with specificity. “Fear of Flying” or “TGV,” (about the bullet train between London and France) give very concrete labels to the music behind them. But what comes first? The music or the name? “I feel like for most of them, it’s the composition, but there’s definitely where it was the same time,” bandleader and drummer Ernesto Cervini says. “The first three notes of ‘TGV’ were based on the sound that was played at the train station in Paris. I had taken the TGV, the bullet train from London to Paris and there are these three pitches that they play before they make an announcement, and so I wrote them down, and I wrote the song based on those three pitches. So the name and the song were one the song from the beginning. “But then I have other stuff, where I’ll write something and I’ll say, okay, what does this sound like, what’s going on in this? And then it will be about someone or something. Like ‘Fear of Flying,’ I think, it was just my wife doesn’t like flying and it felt like this really angsty song and it made sense to me. And ‘Three Angels’ I wrote for my sister, who was pregnant with triplets and she lost them, so I wrote that song for her. But I think I wrote the song right before it happened, and then


...Whether you’re the player or the listener, music lets us cry together and it lets us celebrate together. the name … it was like, okay, now I know what this is for.” Cervini has been telling stories with music for a long time, some 20-plus years and he’s only in his mid-thirties.The multiinstrumentalist was already gigging with a big band by the time he was 12 years old, studied music in university and is now the leader of or member of a handful of bands. Turboprop (which I think we can all agree is a wonderfully evocative band name) was borne out of the Ernesto Cervini Quartet. After several albums and many gigs, Cervini wanted to expand the quartet’s ability to make music by using more voices. The nucleus of the quartet was kept, but Turboprop adds two more players, which not only adds lift, but also range.

“I love to get their input whenever I can, because as the band leader, there’s so much that goes along with that, in terms of organization and music and talking on the mic and all of that stuff, so the more that I can share the responsibilities, the better,” he explains. “I didn’t used to feel that way as much, when I was younger. I was a little more … I wanted to keep everything in my control, but now, I don’t know, it’s nice to have other people’s input, because they will think of things that I won’t. “To be honest, I invite all of the other musicians to write arrangements for the band as well,” Cervini continues, “because it just broadens the range of music we play, and that’s just going to make it a better experience for us and the listeners.” Music is such a powerful force. It lets us share our common stories and emotions. And whether you’re the player or the listener, music lets us cry together and it lets us celebrate together. Turboprop performs at the Arts Station December 7.The concert is free, but you must reserve tickets in advance. FERNIEFIX.COM


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couple of years ago, I came across a group on Facebook interested in helping people over the holiday season. Snow Valley Christmas Random Acts of Kindness is the official name, and it all started with Jeri Mitchell and Rhoda Deluca. Jeri was in Mexico, and Rhoda in Fernie when they both read a story about a girl in Lethbridge who encouraged people to bring $20 to a Walmart to donate to a family going through a tough time. “And she found that family,” recalls Jeri, who commented on the post. When Rhoda read the comment, she replied, “Let’s do this!” They created a page on Facebook, and put a call out to the community for nominations. “That’s when we realized there was a need for this,” Rhoda says. “The Salvation Army and Welfare programs help a lot of people, but there are people who fall through the cracks. There are the silent sufferers.” With 14 nominations and $4800 raised the first year, nine families nominated and $2800 the second year, this power team has really made a difference where it matters. Even with their own personal struggles, including Rhoda’s courageous battle with breast cancer last year. They are stronger than ever, and sitting with them for coffee at the Valley Social, I feel energized and inspired. We laugh, we cry, we share our stories. Their generosity of spirit and open hearts are contagious. And I feel excited for what we as a community can do through Random Acts of Kindness this year. At one point, I tell Rhoda that Rosa Deluca was my babysitter. “She sent you to us,” she says. Then, like an old friend


she reaches over and shows me the text she sent Jeri before our meeting (early in November). “We have another nomination. Oh my, that’s four nominations. To date. Jeez Louise. And have no business to be drop off locations. Hopefully this interview will help us. I’m praying, let’s give it to God. If he’s sending us nominees, he’s sending us the money too. With tears in my eyes.” In the next ten minutes, the drop-off locations get figured out. Dan at the Valley Social offers to be a location. I email Kieran and Erin at Giv’er Shirt Works, and they come on board. A friend of Rhoda and Jeri runs over to the Fernie Meat Market and Mark is instantly in. We share a little laugh, and agree that we live in the best town. “Nobody is left behind,” Jeri says. “These families are not going to go without. Our community members are too generous. Rhoda is a testament of that.” Rhoda agrees, “People lifted me up and helped me through my struggle.”

There are a few ways you can get involved and help. To nominate a family or individual you know is having a difficult time, send Rhoda and Jeri a private message on their Facebook page Snow Valley Christmas Cheer Random Acts of Kindness Committee explaining the circumstances. “One of us always know who it is, but it’s all anonymous and all about respect. We make sure that these people feel loved and respected,” they tell me. “The more dire, we give more attention to but we have been able to help everyone who has been nominated to this point.” Second, you can donate at one of the drop off locations (The Valley Social, Giv’er Shirt Works or Fernie Meat Market). Put your funds in an envelope with your name on it, (they like to keep track of donors to make sure they know that all of their money is being used) and it will be deposited into a large “Acts of Kindness” envelope, which will be collected by either Rhoda or Jeri. Feature Resident continued on next page FERNIEFIX.COM


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“You can help us make their day. At Christmas… when people feel a lot of pressure,” Rhoda says. “It’s a legitimate issue in our community. Just because you don’t see poverty, doesn’t mean it’s not there.” Just before we get up to leave, I can’t help but comment on their connection, and how loving and kind they are to one another. They laugh, “It works well, we flow well.” They sure do. Thank you, Jeri and Rhoda for inspiring us to give back this holiday season and making sure no one is left behind. 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here? J. August 11, 1985 and my husband brought me here. August 1 1993, and my husband brought me here. He was raised here and we came for a holiday and never left. 2. Where did you first live in town? J. Fernie mobile home park. R. Dueck’s apartment building. 3. What was your first impression? J. Snow! I visited a lot because my husband lived here. The difference from Eureka was huge! R. Home. Just felt homey in the mountains. 4. What keeps you in Fernie? J. My family. R. The love from my community… I love them, and they love me back. Why would I ever want to leave a town like that? 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? R. The girls all dancing at the Motor Inn. That’s old school, man. J. Motor Inn is a really good answer. That or the Derby.

1987 – because it was my due date with my first child. They made me sit with the ambulance crew. 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? J. Fall. Because that’s when my mom would visit from Arizona. Wasn’t too cold yet, and she got out of the heat. We had her service that time of year in Fernie. R. Spring into summer. Because all of the locals start coming out. Everyone comes to life, screaming across the street. 7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years? J. Only getting better. R. I would like there to be more awareness and for there to be support networks in place for people when they need them. Like Fernie Friends for Friends, keep moving forward to helping our community so our children thrive and no one is left behind. 8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? J. I take my grandkids to the bus. My day always starts with them. R. I’m a domestic engineering goddess, so if Shawn’s home it begins with Shawn and Tanner, and if he’s away it begins with Tanner. 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you. J. A lot of people don’t know that I’m an American, they think I’m from here – because this is home. R. I’m pretty much an open book? People think I am from here too, but I am of first nation’s descent from the Tahltan of Northern British Columbia, and I was born and raised in Whitehorse. 10. Quote to live by: J. Treat others the way you wish to be treated. R. Live each day like it’s your last. That’s the way I think now, and I wish I would have lived life that way more because I wouldn’t have been afraid of everything.



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THURSDAY 1.16.2016 – FRIDAY 23.12.2016 Winter Dinner @ Island Lake Lodge, enjoy dinners at Island Lake Lodge this month up until the 23rd for $89 per person. Children are 50% off and tots are free. Call 250-423-3700 for more details. THURSDAY 1.12.2016 – SUNDAY 11.12.2016 Yoga Teacher Ten Day Transitional Program @ Essential Yoga Studio. Become a qualified Yoga Teacher a the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Retreat. THURSDAY 1.12.2016 First Thursday Social @ Fernie Heritage Library, 7pm. This month’s theme is holiday. Share your holiday traditions. Beautea Night @ Infinitea, treats and treatments for just $10. FRIDAY 2.12.2016 Winter Opening Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort, visit www.skifernie. com for more details. Holiday Party @ Essential Yoga, wine, treats and special offers. Sam Weber & Luca Fogale Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Cquel Canadian Hip Hop @ The Royal The FDA @ The Northern FRIDAY 2.12.2016 – SATURDAY 3.12.2016 Hearth Holiday Sale @ 1480 McDonald Ave, 4-8pm. Annual sale featuring six local artists – Leanne Stothert, Michael Hepher, Janet McIntyre, Katherine Russel, Holly Kimola and Sarah Pike. FRIDAY 2.12.2016 – SUNDAY 4.12.2016 Tech Regional Camp @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, from 5:30pm Friday eve to noon Sunday afternoon. SATURDAY 3.12.2016 Global Fat Bike Day @ Fernie Bike Park. 2pm or 6pm rides. Advent Quiet Day @ Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. 9:30am – 2:30pm. Slow down and join in a time of silence and contemplation for the morning, afternoon or all day. Art & The Mountains Collide on the Divide @ Island Lake Lodge, in support of the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation. A three course dinner with wine pairing, including a cat ride to and from the lodge followed by a live auction showcasing Canadian Art, along with a day of catskiing for four at Island Lake with Emily. Call 250-4233700 to book! Limited seats. Festival of Trees Date Night @ Parkplace Lodge, 5:30-9pm. $80 per couple includes three course meal and glass of bubbly. Parents can drop kids off upstairs to watch a Christmas movie (no charge). Commit & Royal Bday Bash @ The Royal, private party until 11pm with an after party with local live music and DJs. Ski Hill Opening Night with Fort Knox 5 @ The Northern Jingle Jams: Sheva @ Fernie Heritage Library, 2-4pm SUNDAY 4.12.2016 FMBC Fat Bike Ride @ Island Lake Parking lot to Island Lake, TBC. Festival of Trees Grand Finale @ Park Place Lodge, 11am-6pm. Annual Park Place Lodge Santa Claus Pancake Breakfast, last day to vote for/bid on your favourite tree, pictures with Santa. Indie Films Fernie: Dheepan @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm. MONDAY 5.12.2016 Ambassador Course @ College of the Rockies, 12:30-4:30pm. Call 250-423-4691 to register. WEDNESDAY 7.12.2016 Senior Story Time for All Ages with Ms. Anie @ Tom Uphill Manor, 1:30pm with IDES Kindergarten Class. Stitch and Bitch @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10am. Toonie Race @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre 7-9pm. Ambassador Industry Night @ TBA. Casual event open to all current and potential Fernie Ambassador participants and sponsors. Visit for more details. Turboprop Live @ The Arts Station, 8pm. Jazz quartet. Free, as part of the Sugar Plum Festival. Reserve your ticket. THURSDAY 8.12.2016 Light Up the Night @ Fernie Courthouse, hosted by Fernie Leisure Services. Lighting holiday lights, pictures with Santa, Ghostrider pep rally, hotdogs and hot chocolate, food vendors, entertainment, outdoor skating rink, donations to food bank. 5-8pm. FRIDAY 9.12.2016 Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley Rockies @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm

Sideshow & Friends Birthday Bonanza @ The Northern Wildlife Party @ The Royal Felt Ornament Workshop with Jodie Parker @ The Arts Station, 1-2pm ages 4 and up SATURDAY 24.12.2016 Christmas Drinks Specials @ Infinitea, hot cider and eggnog Ski with Santa @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 9am – 4pm. Ugly Sweater Party @ The Royal Christmas Eve Party @ The Northern SUNDAY 25.12.2016 Turkey Dinner Special @ Rusty Edge, 5-10pm for $25/plate Open for Christmas @ The Northern WEDNESDAY 28.12.2016 Guided Interpretive Ski @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 2-3pm. Parob Poet & The Hip Hop Hippies @ The Northern THURSDAY 29.12.2016 Guided Interpretive Ski @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 2-3pm. Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm FRIDAY 30.12.2016 Tea and Talk Booke Club: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1:30pm. Guided Interpretive Ski @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 2-3pm. Live Music @ Infinitea, 8pm. Neon Steve @ The Northern Bonecrusher and Friends @ The Royal SATURDAY 31.12.2016 New Years @ Infinitea with drinks specials, live DJ (chilled, funky beats) and no cover! NYE with the Fernie Yacht Club @ The Northern New Years @ The Rusty Edge, $75/person includes Prime Rib Buffet, glass of Prosecco, NYE party favours, the Burn Ins live, dancing from 9pm – 1:30am FozzyFest & The Royal present Good Vibes NYE @ The Royal. DJs include Ben Fox, Syraz, Chaos Theory, Alan Flava, Kyle Cross and Guru. Free snacks and champagne at midnight. New Year’s Special 3-Course Dinner @ Max Restaurant The Pub New Year’s Eve Party @ The Pub Bar & Grill New Years Eve @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Family friendly evening followed by early fireworks. Griz Bar or Cirque after parties. Visit for more details or to reserve your tickets.

Linden Anthony Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Puckered Up Tour: Your Friend/Trip Advisor/ Skiddy Whippits @ The Royal Opera Screening: Don Pasquale @ The Arts Station, 7pm SATURDAY 10.12.2016 Shred Kelly with Ivory Hours @ The Northern. $15 at the door. Aurora and Guests @ The Royal Wreath and Ornament Making with the Green Petal @ The Arts Station, 1-3pm Jingle Jams: Mike & Annie Hepher @ Clawhammer, 2-4pm SUNDAY 11.12.2016 Ornament Making @ Clawhammer Press, 11-12:30pm TUESDAY 13.12.2016 Full Moon Ski @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 7-9pm. WEDNESDAY14.12.2016 Senior Story Time for All Ages with Ms. Anie @ Rocky Mountain Village, 1:15pm with Creative Minds Preschool. Banter, Business, and Beer @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 5:30-7pm hosted by Fire Smart (Fernie Firefighters). THURSDAY 15.12.2016 Secret Santa @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm. Make a special present for someone and surprise them! Ages 7+. Pizza League @ Fernie Heritage Library, ages 13+. Ambassador Course @ College of the Rockies, 12:30-4:30pm. Call 250-423-4691 to register. Beautea Night @ Infinitea, treats and treatments for just $10. FRIDAY 16.12.2016 Herky Cutler Live @ Infinitea, 8pm The Harvey Hut Fundraiser @ The Royal. Ski movie and music with Irie Been Jammin. Help pay for the rebuild of the Harvey Hut. SATURDAY 17.12.2016 Community Christmas Celebration @ The Fernie Heritage Library, 2-4pm. Enjoy crafts, stories, music and more at this free event. Fernie Ghostriders vs. Creston Valley Thunder Cats @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm The Runs @ The Royal, enjoy this local punk band live! Jingle Jams: Blue Tansy @ Loaf, 2-4pm SUNDAY 18.12.2016 Yoga Nidra: Profound Relaxation @ Essential Yoga Studio, 8-9pm Nine Lessons, Carols and Potluck @ Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. All are welcome to celebrate the season, 3:30 – 5:30pm. Orphan Christmas Dinner @ Infinitea, 6-9pm for $15. MONDAY 19.12.2016 Little Critter Race @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 5:30-7pm. Monday Kids Movie Night @ Infinitea, 5pm with $6 meals, Christmas drinks and free popcorn Wild Ideas: Christmas Theme @ Infinitea, hosted by Wildsight at 7pm with $12 meals. Gang Wars @ The Royal, presented by Big Shake and Commit. Wear your colours (black for downtown, green for west Fernie, blue for the Airport, yellow for Ridgemont, and red for the Annex), shred flick on the big screen, and afterparty with Cona and EWOC. Caroling with Rachel Butterworth from Hark Raving Sirens @ The Arts Station, 6pm TUESDAY 20.12.2016 Christmas Pop Up Market with DIY or DIE and Local Artisans @ Infinitea, 6pm WEDNESDAY 21.12.2016 Walkie Talkie: What Echo Heard by Gordon Sombrowski @ Fernie Heritage Library front steps, 10am. Storytime Plaid Party @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11am-12:30pm Winter Solstice Celebration @ Essential Yoga Studio, 108 sun salutations. Drop-in, donations to Wildsight. 7-9pm A Christmas Carol Reading with Lindsay Vallance @ The Arts Station, 7pm THURSDAY 22.12.2016 – TUESDAY 3.1.2017 Griz Kidz Holiday Events @ Fernie Alpine Resort, all day. Visit for the full schedule! Secret Santa @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm Make a special present for someone and surprise them! Ages 7+. FRIDAY 23.12.2016 Christmas Carols with Rachel of Hark Raving Sirens and Friends @ Infinitea

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December 3 Jingle Jams @ Fernie Heritage library with Sheva. 2-4 pm December 10 Jingle Jams @ Clawhammer with Mike and Anie Hepher. 2-4pm December 17 Jingle Jams @ Loaf with Blue Tansy. 2-4pm December 8 Light up the Night in collaboration with the City of Fernie @ The Courthouse. 5-8pm December 10 Wreath and Ornament Making with Green Petal @ The Station. 1-3pm Dec 17 Ornament making @ Clawhammer Press 11-12:30pm December 19 Caroling with Rachel Butterworth From Hark Raving Sirens @ The Station @ 6pm December 21 A Christmas Carole Reading with Lindsay Vallance @ The Station. 7pm December 23 Felt ornament workshop with Jodie Parker @ The Station. 1-2pm ages 4 and up


December 2016 WEEKLY EVENTS

DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Pair it up Appies @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel $6 Meals all Day @ Infinitea Mexican Mondays! Chicken or Beef Tacos $3 Happy Hour Corona (Bottles) $5.25 @ The Pub Bar & Grill Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 $12 Mussels and $4 Wine @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge Free Pool and $4.50 Spice Rum @ The Royal Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Local’s Burger and Beer Day, $12 @ Rusty Edge 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 Za Day @ Rusty Edge, buy one pizza and get second half price WEDNESDAYS Wings 50% Off Single Order @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Trivia Night @ The Fernie Hotel. 8pm Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge $10 Smokie, Beer and Fries @ The Pub Bar & Grill Tarot Card Readings w/ Miss Janeil @ Infinitea 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. Wing Day, Pound of Wings for $12 @ Rusty Edge THURSDAYS Large Pizza for Price of Medium @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Bar & Grill Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza 6oz Cocktail Jugs $20 @ The Northern


Espresso Martini specials @ Infinitea Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill Blitzkrieg Day @ Rusty Edge, bratwurst & Stiegl pint $14 Naturalist/Jenn Frost Jam @ The Royal, alternate weeks Winter Lunch and Spa @ Island Lake Lodge, $69/ person. Children 50% off, tots free. FRIDAYS Cactus Cut Nachos $12.50 @ Boston Pizza Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Fish & Chips plus Rib Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill $13 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Hotel. Supporting FTA. Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Winter Lunch and Spa @ Island Lake Lodge, $69/ person. Children 50% off, tots free. SATURDAYS Desserts $2 off @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Open Mix and Live Music @ The Fernie

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•Holiday Yarns and Garland Making @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30MONDAYS 4:45pm for grades 4-7pm. •Dominoes @ The Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm WEDNESDAYS •Mahjong @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Special Olympics Athletes Bowling @ Sparwood. 4pm •Gentle Exercise @ Seniors Drop In Centre 10:45am •Duplicate Bridge Game @ The Seniors Drop-in Centre, 6pm ••Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. Drop in for $5 •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre, 10-11:30am •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm ••Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church, 7pm, open to everyone •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Community Climb Night @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 7pm ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. •Ladies Night Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, •Discover Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:30-8:30pm 8:30-10:30am •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Parent Tot Funtimes @ Knox United Church, 9:30am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am ••Unplugged @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 8+, drop in •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Tai Chi @ Seniors Drop In Centre 6:30pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Free Admission Parent and Tot @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Active Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Skate & Shoot @ Memorial Arena, 11:45-1pm TUESDAYS •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Water Slide@ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Active Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Christmas Letters, Cards and Papercrafts @ Fernie Heritage Library, •Adaptive Yoga @ Senior’s Drop In Centre 2:30pm 3:30-4:45pm ages 8+. •Chess Group @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 7pm THURSDAYS •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm •Morning Yoga @ Seniors Drop In Centre 8:00am •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. •Canasta / Cards @ Seniors Drop In Centre 1pm •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre, 10-11:30am ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, •Yoga @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 11:30am 8:30-10:30am •Line Dancing @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 7pm every second week •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:30-10:30pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •Mixed Boxing Competitive @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Never Bored for Tweens @ Fernie Heritage Library, •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am 3:30-4:45pm for Grades 5-7. •Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6pm •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Free Admission Public Skate @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Open Roller Skating Evening @ Max Turyk Gym, $2 drop-in fee. 6-7pm •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Kids Boxing Boot Camp @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, ages 8-16 •Senior Lane/Tot Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 1-3pm 5pm. •Lane Swim@ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. $7 without •Gentle Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am rentals, $10 with. •Prenatal Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 6-7pm •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am


Live bands and DJs@ The Royal Songwriting Workshops and Wine Specials @ Infinitea, 5pm Coffee and Baileys Special @ The Bridge Bistro Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Winter Lunch and Spa @ Island Lake Lodge, $69/ person. Children 50% off, tots free. Talk like a Pirate Day @ Rusty Edge, Fish n Chips for $13 SUNDAYS $4.99 Kids Meals @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse All day breakfast @ The Fernie. 9am-4pm $10 Roast, 6-9pm @ Infinitea CLOSED (available for special events/private parties) @ The Royal Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Steak Sandwich & Caesar Specials @ The Pub Bar & Grill Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro Winter Lunch and Spa @ Island Lake Lodge, $69/ person. Children 50% off, tots free. Fernie Friendship Club @ The Royal, games prizes and great music. Sunday Roast @ Rusty Edge, Feature Roast Dinner for $18 after 5pm


Library Program


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



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more than losing, was ending a game with un-played tiles. But she’d always celebrate. Whether she won or lost, she’d celebrate the winner. She would go to the fridge and cupboards and arrange a delightful snack. She was competitive. Sometimes we’d go on picnics with Mamie and our Nana (Mamie’s sister). Mamie always wanted to know whose sandwiches we liked better.



GREW UP AT THE END of a halfmile driveway. The one other house on the single-lane driveway, a simple mobile home, belonged to my Dad’s aunt. We all called her Mamie or Aunt Mamie. Her actual name was Mary MacDonald, but a name like that in Nova Scotia demands a nickname. She was known to the town as Mary-Jack-Dougald. And somehow they combined those five syllables almost into one. She was the sort of older person that I want to be. Gardening and wheelbarrowing into her 90s. Still very into the things that mattered to her: doing crosswords to stay sharp, decorating her house, and learning the names of plants and birds around her home. She knew how to celebrate. Halloween prep started early and brought people from all over the county. Despite our distance from any neighbours, dozens of ghouls and goblins found our driveway. People knew that trick-or-treating was not just done at the door of Mamie’s house; it was a mandatory visit. The adults would receive snacks and a full meal and always homemade fudge (dark and light). The kids would go home with their buckets and pillow cases loaded with bars and chips and candy all packaged in black and orange baggies. She would not be outdone. The next morning, November 1, Aunt Mamie would travel to town in hopes that the stores would have their Christmas merchandise on display and the carols playing. Christmas preparation was comparable to Olympic training. The tree, the decorations, the food. Ah, the food! I remember one day, walking home from school, and Mamie invited me in. It was the last day of school before Christmas


Mamie intuitively knew that music and celebration went together. She had a record player, and she was not afraid to use it. Christmas carols all December long (and longer). Bagpipe music in the summer. That record player somehow made the music better. She knew that music and food enhance celebration.


holidays. We always slowed down in front of Mamie’s house in hopes that we’d get invited in for snacks, or a grueling game of Scrabble, or asked to fix something (which always led to snacks). Anyway, this one day she invited me in for snacks. Ends up, “snacks” meant a multi-course downhome meal culminating in a main course of lobster newburg followed by a wide range of desserts and an expectation to sample them all. And before Mamie took food out of her crammed deep freeze, she would bake something to take its place. She was perhaps the fiercest Scrabble player I have ever met. She would keep meticulous score in her old-fashioned handwriting in perfect columns. And cheat, my God she’d cheat. Make up more words as the score got tighter. Sometimes I’d try a word she’d just invented and defended the week before, only to hear her discredit it. But she’d also help me (begrudgingly) come up with my last few words. The only thing that bothered her

She didn’t just celebrate the big things like holidays. The end of a job well done, time together, a nice day, even the first signs of spring – she knew a lot of them were cause for celebration. She had a way of making small things special. Lemonade wasn’t just lemonade with Mamie. It was a recognition of the awesomeness of being able to share something small with someone she cared about. Knowing that I was one of those people made me feel pretty special. Adding food and music and fine clothes and decorations (something as simple as fancy napkins) turned everyday accomplishments into occasions. As time went on, I moved away from home and grew a life of my own. Through it all, I was always excited to have a visit with Aunt Mamie. I’m proud of my teenage self for never letting my own growing independence make me feel like I was too cool for lemonade and homebaked cookies. Mamie died a few years ago. Still, when I go back home, and I drive past her spot on our driveway, I can’t help but slow down. She is an inspiration. She lived each day for what it was, one more reason to celebrate.



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’m thinking about you.Yes, you. Sitting in the Valley Social sipping your coffee. Or maybe it’s Freshies. Maybe you picked this up somewhere while you were downtown and saved it, like a present you wanted to unwrap when you were ready. On your couch or at your kitchen table. Taking a well-deserved 20-minute break before you start making dinner. It’s December, and I hope you’re watching the snow falling outside.Your eyes drift often to the ski hill as you wonder how it is up there. Or maybe you don’t like the snow, but you’re happy to be cozy and warm in this moment. If it’s close to Christmas you might be up at the hill, enjoying a vacation with friends or family. You skipped the last run to come have a hot chocolate or a cold beer and you picked this up. Hi. I’m a voice from the past, reaching out to the future. I’m thinking about you right now because I am sitting in my kitchen writing this on November 9. It’s a sunny day. They say it might get into double digits. The peaks are frosted but nowhere near ready for us to come, bearing our sliding apparatus’s and our excitement. The theme for the magazine this month is celebration. I had a draft of my column ready to finish today. It included my regular tales from the motherhood. How much, and often, kids enjoy celebrating. How we have hosted celebrations for the time Five found Seven’s toothbrush under the shower curtain, or when Five dreamed she was a unicorn. They wanted me to bake a cake for that one. Point being, kids might have it right. Why wait for big, giant reasons to declare an official time of celebration? Why not pat yourself on the back a little more often, for the little things in life.You went to the gym? Buy yourself a cupcake! You remembered to put the load of wash in the dryer before you went


Why wait for big, giant reasons to declare an official time of celebration? Why not pat yourself on the back a little more often, for the little things in life. to bed? Run yourself a bubble bath! See, it’s not so hard.


I have had the privilege of writing a column about my life for over three years now. Usually, when I write my column, I focus on my general topic and what I want to tell you about it. I try to make you laugh. Today, for the first time, I’m thinking about you, and your effect on me. And I realized something. These words that I’m writing for “future you” to read are all the proof I need that we, as a collective whole, are going to be okay. Not just okay. We’re going to be fabulous! We’re going to celebrate our loved ones and this glorious country and planet and no one can stop us from doing that. We’re going to keep doing our part and not change our beliefs or ideals. Just like that nasty old Grinch who tried to steal Christmas with a “heart full of unwashed socks, and a soul full of gunk,” eventually, the Who’s killed him with kindness. Just take the hand of the person next to you and start singing. I’m picturing you right now, and you’re making me laugh. Thank you.

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eon Verstraeten is a 25-year-old male from Utrect, Holland. Having spent the previous winter in Haida Gwaii on the West Coast, he was very eager to venture into the mountains after friends had got into his ear about Fernie. How did you hear about Fernie?


The first time I heard of Fernie was when I met a German girl in Tofino. She just got chatting about this place called Fernie and how laid back and chilled it was. I also met a couple in Haida Gwaii and they too had lots of positive things to say. After that I was thinking about it all summer and now I’m finally here! What do you do for employment? I just accepted a job at The Rusty Edge on the hill. I’m working full time in the kitchen and very much looking forward to it. How did you find the process of finding a job in such a small town like Fernie?

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Ummm… yeah, I kind of found it difficult because I actually came here at the start of October without realizing how quiet it was going to be. I basically went to every restaurant and every lodge handing in my resume to no avail. So that was quite hard at the beginning, not knowing if I was going to get work or not. I’ve come to understand that it was between seasons and that’s just how it is in Fernie. Ski or Snowboard? Snowboard definitely. How did you find the process of finding somewhere to live? It was pretty easy actually. My girlfriend found a few places to look at on ourfernie. com and kijiji. We weren’t even members of the facebook page “moving to fernie,” which seems to be the best way to find accommodation. It was lucky because I was


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s the end of my grade 12 year nears, the rest of my life approaches. This statement seems so broad and yet so straightforward, but it’s a time in my life that is so new, a time that should be celebrated with the knowledge that change is inevitable. Questions I’m often asked this year, directly after “How are you?” are “So what are your plans for next year?” or “Have you applied to any schools yet?” I realize now that I used to envy people who had answers of complete certainty and sureness. But I have come to the conclusion that it is okay to feel uncertainty. There is a sense of excitement that comes with the unknown that over-powers the nerves and replaces them with anticipation. For me the problem is not the lack of ideas, but that I feel almost overwhelmed by the possibilities of all of the things that I could do or the places that I could go after graduating. I cannot imagine heading to university or college directly out of high school. I feel that I must learn more about who I am, the passions I have, and the ambitions I want to pursue. I have heard and read many controversial ideas about what is the correct path to follow right out of high school. However, I fear that if I go directly to university this fall, I will not have the time to do all of the things that I want to do. I have some satisfaction in writing down these things in a list. Currently the list contains items with a range in levels of difficulty and ambition. A few examples are: compete in down-hill mountain biking in the summer and big mountain freestyle in the winter, take a pottery class, learn to surf, ice climb in Canmore, learn to play the guitar, travel to India, write a journal. The list is long and unpredictable, but at the very


people that I have struck up conversations with randomly on a chair lift, that I have worked with, competed with, or waited in line with to grab a coffee. Many of these people have given me insight and perspective, friendship, and a sense of connection. least writing things down gives me a sense of direction. Many items involve not just my desire to experience these things, but the dedication, time management, and money management they require. Though these factors are important, I try not to worry about the logistics too much. After all, I am in a period of my life where trial and error, and failure and triumph play a major part in shaping my identity and how I want to be perceived. Despite all of the uncertainty I am reassured by the fact that I am not the only person that must face these choices and drastic changes in their life. Over the years I have found my greatest inspirations come from the diversity of

It is true that with independence comes great responsibility. There is so much to look forward to while still remembering to appreciate the things that I sometimes take for granted, such as not having to make my own dinner or not worrying about getting my rent in on time. These are the things to celebrate. I also want to be careful not to wish my youth away. I am so excited for what’s after high school that sometimes I forget to appreciate the limited time that I have left to spend with school sports, my childhood friends, and my parents paying for my ski pass. Change is inevitable and something to look forward to; however, we must celebrate the now as well. FERNIEFIX.COM


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oses are Red. Wine is also red. Poems are hard. Wine. I enjoy drinking it. A glass, perhaps, or a bottle. Or two bottles, really, depending on the celebration (or lack thereof). I know that red wine goes with red meat, or does it? I also know that a good label, regardless of its contents, is enough to make me buy the bottle. I know that I know very little, which is why I’m so enthusiastic to spend a weekend with local wine rep Lisa Marie Ritchat – whom I’ve deemed to be a wine goddess – at the Nelson Wine Festival. Lisa, general manager of the Northern Bar and Stage, discovered a love for wine many years ago. Working as a server in two wellreceived restaurants in Fernie, she developed a plethora of wine knowledge through self-teaching and wine seminars that she carried with her to the Northern. When wine rep Christie Cronie approached her about representing Whistler Tree Wines in the Kootenay region, she took the position. “The wine industry is tight-knit,” she says. “I’ve been buying wine from these people for so many years that I was welcomed with open arms. I’m very thankful for that.” We drink coffee and chat along our drive before arriving in Castlegar, where Lisa is scheduled to do a tasting for a new wine bar that has just opened. I sit with her and the owner as she explains the different wines, and then the fun begins. We sample. Lisa explains to me why we twirl our wine in its glass, before smelling it and then drinking. I’ve always skipped right to the drinking part. By the time we leave I’m


feeling quite delightful (I’m withholding ­ I’m a little drunk). I tell Lisa and she laughs. “Welcome to being on the road,” she says. “You’re always kind of drunk, kind of tired, kind of sober and kind of hungover.”

We sample a Chardonnay and other wines alongside the most decadent grilled ceasar salad I’ve ever tasted; creamy, crisp, crunchy prosciutto and capers atop. If I could spend every weekend preparing for a wine festival I’d die happy. Fat, and happy.

Indeed, when we arrive in Nelson we settle into our room at the Adventure Hotel before making our way around town, taking in various restaurants and bars. I have so much fun that before I know it we’ve eaten three dinners and find ourselves at The Falls Music Lounge, sipping sassy cocktails and visiting with other wine reps. We arrive back at our hotel at 3am.

Soon we set up our table at the festival, an array of wines from six different vineyards on display, and wait for the wine enthusiasts. Lisa teaches me a bit about the wines I’m pouring – Church and State’s Lost Inhibitions line. And then they come; people wielding wine glasses eager to drink as many varieties as possible.

The next day we adventure around Nelson, and then prepare for the festival. Before setting up we head across the street to Sage Tapas & Wine Bar for an early dinner. We were here last night, but the food and the people are so marvelous we’ve come back.

I realize that people love a good label. I explain the Lost Inhibitions line to guests, two wine varieties with a fresh alternative to traditional wine labels. There are 150 different labels in rainbow lettering;You stay but the clothes go and I’d shave my legs for you are a couple of personal favourites.

When people ask, I try to explain what the wine tastes like, and then I settle for the truth.


“I don’t know much about wine,” I say, my cheeks flushing. “We don’t either!” two girls yell back to me. I watch as Lisa explains her selection of wines to interested sippers. I realize what I’ve figured all along – there is an art to wine, but it isn’t just for the connoisseurs. Everyone can enjoy a glass, or several. When the festival ends we find ourselves out with friends. Indeed, this tight-knit group of wine-specialists is more welcoming than I could’ve imagined. Lisa has been a gracious host to an uneducated lover of wine and, in the process, we’ve become friends. That’s worth celebrating over a glass of wine. Lisa, you had me at Merlot. Whatever that means.

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ernie Trails Alliance member organizations and land-use agreement partners have been very active in creating trail systems for winter use. Trails have blossomed out of the imaginative, energetic efforts of a dedicated volunteer collective. Nordic skiing opportunities have grown from a scrubby track set loop on the Fernie dyke, into many well-maintained, groomed trails. The Nordic scene is taking Fernie by storm! The Fernie Nordic Society’s Elk Valley Nordic Centre (Mount Fernie Provincial Park and Cedars neighbourhood) and Golf Course loops (Fernie Golf and Country Club) now provide great places to skate ski, classic ski, and maybe just plod along with bad wax. The surroundings at these facilities are nothing short of spectacular. With the new warming hut at the EVNC, and all of the trail improvements, this season is likely to hold some magical moments for all who venture out into this special area. Note: no dogs, no bikes, no walkers, and no snowshoers permitted on these trails. The Fernie Nordic Society is a BC registered non-profit organization founded in Fernie in the fall of 2006. From a small group of dedicated Nordic ski enthusiasts, the membership of the Society grew to an impressive 744 members during the 20152016 season.


With the addition of the Montane warming hut, which has a most impressive view of the Lizard Range and a nice wood stove to boot, winter adventures day or night are always rewarded.

hikers, and snowshoers, all share these trails, so be aware of everyone’s presence, and respect other users.

Island Lake Lodge provides multi-use trails in Cedar Valley, with opportunities for a brisk outing in the magnificent forests Anyone venturing out into this area with aligning Lizard Creek. A long haul up the their canine partner is asked to not leave Snow Cat road to the lodge can be a very any brown klister. Bring your doggy do rewarding outing, with lunch, perhaps a bag and dispose of these unwanted deposits The Montane trail network has also evolved spa treatment and a ski around Island Lake properly. The Montane property is private out on the slopes of Castle Mountain, with land that provides trails for your enjoyment, being a bonus, if proper arrangements are the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club made. The trailhead is located at the Island so when utilizing their facilities, be sure to taking the kudos for its efforts. Providing Lake parking lot, just past the Provincial show respect and give thanks. easy access from town, the 10km loop is Park. track-set as needed, and encourages all trail Fernie Alpine Resort continues to track-set users to get out and enjoy this expansive As this is snow country, with real mountain their multi-use Nordic trails, which depart area. Multi-use trails are also provided for weather, always be prepared for the from the Ski Hill Parking Lot 3 trailhead, mountain bikes, walkers, and snowshoers to elements when heading out on Fernie trails and wind through the cedar / tamarack share. Disturbance of the groomed ski trails this winter. forest, with long or short loop options is discouraged, so choose your path wisely. available for your pleasure. Dogs, snobikes,

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Distance: 7km Time: 1 hour Difficulty: Blue

Here is a short loop to ease into the season. Starting at the Warming Hut head down the hill, cross the Teck Bridge and head up The Runt. This is a gradual climb allowing you to get warmed up and practice some skills. Stay right at the top and continue on Galloway Loop for some fun ups, downs and flat sections. After completing the loop, stay right and take The Grunt down for some fun corners and speed! Cross the bridge and climb back up the hill to the Warming Hut.

There is a lot to celebrate at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre with the addition of the Warming Hut and all the work that has been done over the last few years on the trail network. The Elk Valley Nordic Centre is located in Mount Fernie Provincial Park. Follow the signs to the parking area and be

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oesn’t it seem like there is always something going on in Fernie? Well, that’s because there is! This year, I am focusing my column on how to best train for specific local events to ensure you are ready… starting right now.

JANUARY 14: Kinky Rail Jam ( The low down: Skiers and snowboarders will slide with style in the RCR Rail park as they compete against their peers for top spot in their respective categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top competitors from each category. Training musts: When training for a rail jam, one must consider that the average run is no longer than 90 seconds. Getting your heart ready by doing high intensity interval training (90 second exercise bouts) at maximum intensity will allow you to bust out all of your tricks without having to worry about your muscles fatiguing. Make sure you give yourself at least three minutes rest (you can even do light cardio) before repeating a high intensity interval. Explosive exercises such as box jumps and stability exercises such as Bosu Ball squats will also help with getting onto and staying on the rails. 21: The Lizard Skinner-Ski Mountaineering (SKIMO) race The low down: Slap your skins on for a fun mountaineering race at Fernie Alpine Resort for all ages. 10am-2pm. (register at Training musts: Ski touring can be gruelling through the deep snow, but adding the element of racing makes it


Doesn’t it seem like there is always something going on in Fernie? Well, that’s because there is! even more difficult. Outside of touring, touring, touring, make sure you are balancing out the hip flexors by working out your hamstrings (ball bridge and roll in, hamstring curls).You want to do lower weight, higher rep resistance training on season and focus on glute extensions (weighted box step ups), triceps pressdowns, hip flexors (ball front bridge roll ins) and rotational abs (Russian twist). 22: 6th Annual Fernie Nordic Society XC Ski Race ( The low down: This Community Fun Race will be held at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre near the Mount Fernie Provincial Park and is open to all ages and abilities. Everyone is welcome – club members

and non-members alike. There are several categories to choose from, short ones for the young skiers and longer distances for the older kids and adults and even a “team” category with an adult pulling a chariot and a passenger! The keyword here is FUN, so wear a funny hat or costume if you dare! Training musts: This is a fun event so it is okay if you have not skied too much! When cross training for cross-country skiing, you want to make sure you are doing back extensions to counter forward posture developed by Nordic skiing. Glute stability exercises such as clamshells are also helpful to prevent any lower back issues.

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ecember is a month of celebrations, both spiritually and culturally. The Christmas season has evolved into so much more in our culture, expanding to a month of celebrating our family and friends in addition to our spiritual rituals, whatever they may be. As I have begun my internal preparations for the upcoming season, in an effort to glean the most from the days and weeks that seem to just fly by once it all starts, I keep coming back to the concept of celebrating oneself first. Self-care is a struggle for many of us. We focus so much on getting through school, achieving our career goals, and having (and then looking after) our families, only squeezing in time for ourselves to exercise, travel, socialize, etc. almost as an afterthought. We owe this work ethic to the culture around us, sacrificing ourselves for those around us as if it makes us more successful, but the reality is that we do better, and we are better, if we look after ourselves first. There are a lot of different ways to fit selfcare into your lives and more likely than not you already incorporate an element of it into your daily routine, whether it be through exercise, journaling, meditation etc. My suggestion for this holiday season is to take some time to sit down and make a plan for how to celebrate yourself; a self-care “advent” calendar, if you will. Start by dividing your plan into the four weeks leading up to Christmas (or Winter Solstice, New Year’s Eve, or some other endpoint that is meaningful to you). Think about what matters to you, what you feel like is maybe missing from your lives, and some changes you could make in how you take care of yourself that would enhance your life. Maybe you want to have more energy to play with your kids, or enjoy some of the winter outdoor activities abundant in this



My suggestion for this holiday season is to take some time to sit down and make a plan for how to celebrate yourself... part of the world. Maybe you want to create a ritual that you can do every year, and bring a little more meaning and purpose into your family. Maybe you just want to have more to celebrate! Regardless of what it is that brings you purpose and joy, it all starts with making a plan and putting it on paper. For each week of your self-care project, consider multiple elements, starting with physical activity. Try something new, or get back into something that you’ve neglected or set on the back burner. Try out Crossfit, go to a yoga class, start training for a race, or put on some snow shoes and go for a hike. Each week, challenge yourself to do a different activity, and of course invite family and friends to join you but keep the focus of this exercise on what you want and need. The next step is to search for or create some recipes that will not only healthily nourish your body, but also your spirit.

Self-care extends beyond the food you put in your body and the physical activities you do; it extends into the spaces in which you spend your time. For each week of this advent, add an element of change into your home environment. If you want to decorate for the season, start with creating garlands and wreaths and work up into decorating your tree but if decorating doesn’t hold meaning for you, then consider ways that you could create a sacred space for yourself and dedicate some time to this end each week. Consider a healthier sleeping space, a meditation/reading area, or simply removing some clutter. Once you have established these goals for yourself, create a weekly ritual around celebrating and honouring them. Find four candles to represent each of the weeks, establish an area in your house to contain this ritual, and include some family and friends to celebrate these weekly goals with you. Perhaps you want to incorporate specific music, or some reading; perhaps you want to do a meditation on the week ahead, or have a party to celebrate the completion of the process. There is no wrong way to do this, but the very act of creating a program for your own self-care will have several end results including an appreciation for the place rituals might have in your life, the value in spending time thinking about what you need or what might be missing, the establishment of a more individualized exercise program, and an ability to better connect with the people you love. We know that it is important to eat healthy and exercise to promote better health in the long term, and we work hard to that end all year. Perhaps it’s time, during this season that so many hold sacred, to take the time to not only celebrate yourself, but also to create a plan dedicated to self-care.You deserve it. Have a peaceful and healthy holiday season! FERNIEFIX.COM


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e are settled back in the town of Hakuba, Nagano, Japan for another winter season. It’s a tiny ski town nestled in what’s called the Japanese Alps on the northwest side of the main island. I am starting to master living on the road as this last year I have lived in three places with three different jobs. This month, even if you are not travelling abroad, you are most likely travelling to work parties, relatives’ and friends’ homes, eating and perhaps drinking more than usual. So I thought I would put together a survival guide for the holidays. Some little tips to keep you on track but able to enjoy the celebrations of Winter Solstice and the holidays!

HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GUIDE 1. Drink water. Simple but important. During these dry months we need to consume adequate amounts of water. Spice it up and add flavouring to your water like orange peels and a cinnamon stick. Or drink caffeine free herbal teas to keep you warm. 2. Be realistic and don’t try to lose weight during this time. Don’t put the pressure on yourself and just try to maintain your weight. 3. Listen. Do you hear what I hear? Listen to your own body. There are usually lots of buffet-style gatherings. Fill your plate with little bites of everything, go back for your favourite and stop with the first sign of feeling full. If you really get in tune with this built-in alarm you will avoid indigestion and interrupted sleep. 4. Sleep. Hibernate. Make sure you find downtime and use it wisely. 5. There will be lots of temptations this month that you may or may not give


in to. Keep the meals at home healthy and indulge when you are out. 6. Build up your immune system. Take the right precautions with foods, vitamins and supplements to keep your immune system strong during times of travel and celebrations. 7. If you find you eat too much, here are some things that can help:

a. Have some peppermint or ginger tea (or mix both together).

b. Mix ½ tsp apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup of water and drink.

c. Chew on a ¼ tsp of fennel seeds.

d. Before meals take a digestive enzyme found at your health food store. This can help your digestive system break down foods you don’t eat

too often. There are some chewable digestive enzymes you can take after meals if you have accidentally over eaten. 8. If you are drinking, find ways to lower the alcohol percentage but still keep that cheery glow. Make a holiday sangria or rose wine spritzer with floating cranberries. Drink some water in-between drinks. 9. Give a gift of health for the holidays. Buy or make your own. This large-batch Gingerbread Granola fills your home with a wonderful aroma of warming winter spices. It is versatile, you can substitute a lot of the ingredients, switch up the nuts, omit the chocolate chips, and add Christmas coloured treats like crushed candy canes. It’s so delicious, I’ll be surprised if it makes it out of the house.

GINGERBREAD GRANOLA Makes 11 cups (fills 11x250ml mason jars) Dry Ingredients: 6 cups rolled oats 2 cups nuts (I used pecans and slivered almonds) ½ cup seeds (I used pumpkin seeds) 1 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries and goji berries) ¼ cup candied ginger, diced ¼ cup white chocolate chips – for a pop of white Wet Ingredients: ¾ cup coconut oil, melted ¼ cup molasses 6 Tbsp Canadian maple syrup Spices: 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp ground cloves 1/8 tsp ground allspice 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp sea salt


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine wet ingredients and spices in a bowl and whisk together until it’s a syruplike consistency. In a separate large bowl combine only the rolled oats, nuts and seeds. Using a spatula, combine the wet ingredients to the oat mixture and combine until evenly coated. Spread evenly onto baking sheet and place into oven. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven when golden brown and let cool completely. Stir in dried fruit, white chocolate chips and candied ginger. Tips: To help cool faster lay out another sheet of parchment on your counter and spread half of the granola. You can also cook this on two separate baking sheets but be sure to watch the last 10 minutes as it tends to burn quickly!

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, why not look your best while you’re at it? Sparkle, sequins, rich jewel tones, fur, velvet. There’s just too much! Dress and feel your best and you will be impressed with your natural glow. December is a busy month for Christmas parties, family and gatherings and we want to give you some of our favourite go-to outfits, hair and makeup tips to get through the holiday season.


This look is for the parties. As we’ve mentioned, a hot trend this fall/winter is the lingerie look. What better time to find a classy slip style dress than Christmas? Look for something with a lace overlay, fitted with a touch of flair. It shapes the body making it curvy and sexy. If this look is too bold, try going for something in a deep, rich red. Men scientifically can’t help but be attracted to a lady in red. Something festive, and preferably silk!  Bring these looks together with a sexy heel. Keep it simple as the dresses will be statements enough. Put on a piece of jewelry, either a bracelet or some earrings with a bit of sparkle. Keep your hair long with loose curls, or pull it back into a loose up-do. As for makeup, focus on a sexy smoky eye; be bold and add a lengthening mascara and finish with a subtle shimmery lip.

When naughty meets nice

Pair a leather skirt with a cream, lace or silk blouse. This classy look will make you feel sexy and confident. To spice this up add a cute short boot or a fun red heel for the holiday. Try a skinny scarf tie or a chunky bracelet for accessories. A messy low updo, intertwined with braids and falling hair pieces is the perfect middle for the ultimate naughty but nice look.


For makeup, line your upper eyelid with a black liner. For the extra “pow” get eyelash extensions. If this isn’t in your budget or time you can try individual glue on lashes or Amaterasu just came out with Massive Length Mascara; waterproof, smudgeproof, flake proof. The ultimate dream for long thick lashes with zero hassle has come true! That’s the nice part of the look, to meet naughty, put on that perfect tone of red lipstick. 

You can never go wrong with the “little black dress.” We all have one, and if you don’t, get one! It is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. A LBD can be sexy, but classic, sophisticated and fun. It’s perfect for any event, whether it’s a Christmas party, or your child’s Christmas concert. You can change the look, from a thick black tight and boots accompanied by pearls, soft and subtle makeup (nude eyes with a bit of shimmer, some mascara and peachy pink blush with a light pink gloss) to a sheer pantyhose and heels, some diamond jewelry and a bit bolder makeup. Straighten your hair and keep it down with this look or have a soft clean curl.   *As the weather outside is frightful, and usually freezing you will need something to keep you warm. Our favourite, whether naughty or nice is a thick, long and luxurious fur coat! We hope we have helped, have a Merry Christmas.




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hat do you have on your phone? I have all my text message conversations, including photos. My photos. My videos. My application data. Maps of where I’ve been. Contact information for everyone. Emails. In other words, I have the encyclopedia of me for the last few years. I back it up. I regularly plug it into my Mac, sync it, and save all that information. And on top of that, my Mac gets backed to a file server. So, that data is protected. There is still one problem though: without my phone there’s almost no way to access any of that data. Should I decide that I’m not going to buy the - certain to be cooler than a Yeti - iPhone 8 and instead buy the – hotter than a malfunctioning lithium battery – Samsung, then I can’t access that data. It’s all in a proprietary Apple format stored in an encrypted file that apparently even the FBI can’t get into. My phone’s data is safe, but it’s not accessible. I spent some time last week looking at options to remedy this. The best I’ve come up with is an application called iMazing. It has a free version for both the Mac and PC. There are limitations in the free version such as the number of items that you can export at a time, but it satisfies the basic requirement of letting me see my data. The pro version removes all restrictions. It goes for $39.99 USD. Try the free version first. If you need to do something that only the pro version will do, it’s almost certain that you’re in a situation that you won’t care about the $40. That’s cheap for disaster recovery.



Every text message you’ve ever had with anyone can be accessed under Messages. The time and date of each message are shown. Messages are displayed in much the same format as on your phone. Images and videos are included. The entire conversation can be exported to a text file if you like.

You can download the free version of iMazing at Once you do, install it. During the installation on my PC it detected that I didn’t have the Apple drivers installed for talking to my phone and installed them.

Browsing the Phone area shows you every single phone call you’ve ever made. Calls that can be associated with a contact are shown with that contact include date, time, and duration. Incoming calls are listed as well.

Once the application is installed it asks you to connect your iPhone or iPad. It will ask you to unlock it. And then it will perform a full backup to your computer. The first time I did this it took about five minutes. That’s with about 30GB of data on my phone, so it’s pretty swift. Subsequent backups are much faster as it only backs up any changes.

Finally, if you really need to you can add files to the backup to restore on your iPhone, but there are better applications, such as FileApp to do this.


Once a backup has been performed iMazing lets you browse your backup. Each time you select a new section there will be a slight pause for parsing. For applications you can browse any data associated with the app, but you may need other applications to view the files. For example, many applications store their data in SQLite format.You’ll need something like DB Browser to delve into SQL files. You can browse your camera, photos, videos, and music. Camera browsing just gives you all photos. Browsing Photos shows your photos in folders such as Panoramas, Screenshots, Instagram, etc. Note that Videos shows movies you put on your phone. To see videos you’ve shot with your phone, look for them in the Photos folder under Videos. That makes sense now, but at first I found it confusing.

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seed for 2017 has been sowed in the fertile ground of November 2016. As we celebrate the end of this rich year, December uses this pause in time that happens when we all cheerfully rejoice in the spirit of Christmas, to work on our consciousness. Before 2017 tensions really start showing up, we have one last chance to train our consciousness. Why should we “train” our consciousness? Let’s face it, when it comes to being aware, conscious of many things at the same time, we are not that skilful. When we think of caring for our kids, we soon forget to care for our elders, or our brothers, sisters, neighbours, work partners, or people in difficulties in other countries, or ourselves, or... you got the idea. Same goes for our inner life. Are we able to develop all qualities at the same time? No, of course not. This is why we need to “train” our consciousness before facing multiple challenges. Saturn, in all its wisdom, will be the teacher, infusing its qualities to our Sun, our consciousness. If you are ready to learn, you will discover where to put your focus at any given time during a period of tension, or, at least, you will listen to the lesson... On another note, be a bit careful while you are partying this December. There is a strong conjunction involving Mars, Neptune and the South Lunar Node that evokes the possibility of a bad reaction to alcohol or some excessive partying habit, bringing to the surface all sorts of fiery, revolutionary, angry, violent emotions from the past. The good old “Don’t Drink and Drive” is even more important this December. A way to use this energy beneficially is to use our creative force to sing, to write and share poetry, to participate in all inspired arts that take place during this time of celebration. Art is a very powerful way to convey a message, an inspiration, an ambiance that touches the subtle spheres of Neptune. When Mars

and Neptune are connected, art is a safe and strong way to channel this challenging combination of energies. Since we all have a little bit of each sign within us, consider each of the following interpretations as addressing a specific part of yourself. Read it all for every aspect within yourself.

...we need to “train” our consciousness before facing multiple challenges. Aries (March 21 - April 29) Reminder You want to make sure that no one forgets about the energy shift and challenges that are coming soon. The thought that this shift includes everyone strikes you.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Preparation You gently absorb all that the stars are proposing this month.You take it in and start your slow adaptation process.


Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Supportive You feel like preaching in the desert. Be patient, others will soon understand your vision. Simply encourage your surroundings each time a new piece of the puzzle is assembled.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Vigilance Warning! Jupiter in Libra is very unstable this month. He is dictating Saturn all that needs to be learned. The impact you have on others may be excessive in a few different ways.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Veil Light is finally shed upon things you were feeling, unable to put them into words. Don’t become too proud. Instead, stay open as even more can be discovered this month.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Work You like philosophy? It is time for you to study and put it to use.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Movement

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Creator

Your taste for speed serves you well this month as you are called everywhere.You will see many things and relate them to all that you will meet.

You stirred up so many things this year! Those things can finally generate their own movement!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Co-creation If you offer your sensitivity to the consciousness training proposed this month, your feminine energies will support the process and results will be optimal.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Yoga This month will feel like a flexibility exercise session for you. Be humble and stretch, you will develop new qualities that will be much needed soon.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Pacification You change your point of view from a dynamic and active one to a more quiet and contented one.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Sublimation Your emotions will be strong and unpredictable. Dive into elevating and uplifting arts!



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TEN YEAR FIX TRIVIA How well do you know the Fernie Fix? See if you can answer these questions! 1. Which current columnist has been writing with us since our first edition? 2. Our first cover shot was taken by which photographer? 3. We’ve had doctors write columns and columnists write about parenting. But which doctor wrote about parenting? 4. Name one of the two columns that has stood the test of ten years. 5. April and May have always had the same theme, year after year. What are these themes? 6. Which fun column used to grace the second to last page before “Fix Trivia” was started? 7. December 2006 was the first issue, why is December 2016 issue 120 and not issue 121? 8. The Fernie Fix has had two associate editors over the years. Who are they? 9. Which Fernie retail shop owner had a column in the Fix for many years? 10. There have been three people from the first issue to present who have written the horoscopes. Who are they? 11. Easy one: Which local sports celebrity was featured on one of our covers? 12. Harder one: There are three covers featuring fundraising events, which events are they?

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