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JULY 2017 | ISSUE 127



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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 SPECIAL FEATURE | 7 Taking the High Road by Abi Moore

BUSINESS IN THE VALLEY | 9 Business News/New Business Money Matters - Planning on Selling Your Business by Gerald Price, CPA, CGA Business Advice with Patty Vadnais – The Rush of Success

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | 18 Feature Artist – Beulah Limber by Kathleen Stead Rental Fix – Gilmore Girls by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes - Let’s Get Sociable by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY AND EVENTS | 24 Feature Resident – Ross Roseingrave by Krista Turcasso You’ve Got Male: Bravery by Adam K MacDonald Events Calendar / July at the Arts Station Family Stoke – And the Crowd Goes Wild by Shelby Cain Exchanging Ideas – Rush by Erik Ahlfaenger

OUTDOOR LIFE | 35 Between the Shores – Game On by Gord Bunston FAR Adventures: The Aerial Park by Karen Pepper Going Places by Ahmed Mumeni – Montane Never Have I Ever – Crowsnest Mountain by Jesse Bell Spin to Win: Elk Valley Ultra by Julie Kelly, FTA

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 45 Fit to Challenge – Getting “Ultra” Ready by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Food Intelligence: Morgan’s Metabolism Mayhem by Tiffany Schebesch, RD, BASc Family Wellness - Managing Your Family’s Stress by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M. COVER: Lindsey Kelly dropping into the Dirt Diggler. Photo by Raven Eye Photography, THIS PAGE: Dylan Siggers playing down the old Brad’s trail and making it look easy. Photo by Photo by Matt Kuhn,

BITS AND BYTES | 54 The Answer Guy – Machine Learning by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

FERNIE FUN | 50 Fix Trivia



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remember sitting at my first World Cup Downhill race at Lake Louise. Emily Brydon was about to start, and I turned to her mom Rosemary who was already wearing a moose hat and was pulling on a pair of extremely large sunglasses. It was a decoy. Rosemary could not watch as her daughter raced as fast as possible down a steep and challenging piece of sheer ice. And it was the sweetest thing, almost as sweet as the pair of them after Em’s successful run, looking into one another’s eyes and silently acknowledging the hard work, dedication and job well done. I have never really considered myself an “adrenaline junky.” For the first thirty years of my life, I played it pretty safe. I wasn’t averse to change, but definitely avoided anything that made me uncomfortable. Emily was actually the first person to take me mountain biking, and I don’t think either of us knew how deeply I would fall in love with it. Every time I hit the trails,

ABI MOORE is co-owner and operator of Stag Leap Running Co., and a huge fan of trails, mountains, type two fun, craft beer and naps. ADAM K. MACDONALD encourages parents of girls to watch Caroline Paul’s TED talk on raising brave girls. AHMED MUMENI is an engineer by day, and an avid traveler, photographer, and motorcyclist at other times. A recent transplant to Fernie, he enjoys capturing sounds and sights by camera, and preferably on two wheels. ANDREW VALLANCE is a cinophile nerd who currently lives on the west coast. Girlfriendless, he spends his time going to movies, buying DVDs and flirting. CAROLYN NIKODYM is extremely stoked for another summer of Wednesday Night Socials! ERIK AHLFAENGER is a 17-year-old adrenaline junky from a small town in Germany, who experienced maximum adrenaline while in Fernie on exchange. GORD BUNSTON has yet bought a bike, and keeps finding his feet in the water. He can be found around the Kootenays teaching Swiftwater Rescue Courses to recreational paddlers, industry workers and to river professionals. Reach him at gordb@

I was faced with the uncomfortable and terrifying. And coming out the other side was exhilarating to say the least. After seeing the TransRockies finish in downtown Fernie, I thought… I am going to do that. I had only been riding a couple of months. After racing a few years, I didn’t think anything could make me as nervous as the day and morning leading up to a start or give me as much of a rush as completing something I often doubted I could. I was so wrong. This June, we took our four-year old daughter to the first of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club’s Little Critter races. I tried to call it an event to give it less weight, but was quickly corrected. “Actually Mom, it’s a race.” I was nervous and excited and happy that she wanted to participate. As the group of forty or more kids took off, I could barely watch as she sped down hills, ricocheted off bushes and rocks and even took a spill with another rider who was trying to overtake her. With each obstacle, my stomach lurched. But her smile only grew. And when her name was called to GERALD PRICE of GPI Chartered Profesional Accountants has experience in preparing audit, review and notice to reader financial statements and corporate, personal, estates and trust income tax returns. Gerald enjoys skiing, water skiing, trapshooting and riding motorcycles. JESSE BELL climbs a mountain, feels infinite, and then climbs down the mountain. If you are looking for an adrenaline-inducing ascent this summer, Crowsnest Mountain is a great place to start. JULIE KELLY is the Manager for the Fernie Trails Alliance and loves spending time on the Fernie trails. KAREN PEPPER has worked at Fernie Alpine Resort for almost 15 years. She looks forward to sharing tidbits about the mountain with readers this summer. KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material.

PATTY VADNAIS is the Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, a wintertime wanna-be ski bum, and summer-time golf slice professional.

collect her prize, the look of pride on her face filled me with so much joy I was glad of the sunglasses on my face. Man, was I proud. Afterwards, I wondered how I will handle my girls pushing themselves and loving the adrenaline the mountains here can provide. And I immediately thought back to Rosemary at that World Cup race. Let’s just say I’m looking into a bigger pair of shades… Welcome to Summer in Fernie, we hope you enjoy a healthy dose of adrenaline this July! Krista Turcasso Editor FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: Box 1124, 361A 1st Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym All content copyright Claris Media. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher.

SARAH INGRAM has been a trainer for 18 years and is ultra excited for the runners out there ready to conquer the Elk Valley Ultra 50km injury free! If you need help with developing a program individual to you, call 250-423-9167 or visit Sarahsactiverehab. com. 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 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. TIFFANY SCHEBESCH is a registered dietitian and owner of Peak Nutrition Consulting located in Fernie, BC. With a basis in mindful and intuitive eating, she helps clients create lasting changes towards their nutrition goals. YANN LORANGER from Happy-Culture Inc. is your local resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy. Astrology courses are offered at the College of the Rockies in Fernie.



Out of the Box:

Dumpster Art Project

Live dumpster painting, DJs, art activities & more!

July 9, 2017 • noon -4pm Station Square

Wednesday 2017 LINEUP

Concert Series

July 5 July 12 July 19 July 26

Los Morenos (sponsored by FAR) Ellika, Solo & Rafael Easy Ruckus Ben Rogers

(sponsored by United Steel Workers)

Aug 2

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (sponsored by Wapiti) Aug 9 Tiger Moon Aug 16 Martin Harley Aug 23 Cecile Doo Kingue Aug 30 The Primes

Join us this summer every Wednesday evening for FREE, family-friendly outdoor live concerts at the Fernie Arts Station!


Author Presentation and Potluck Award winning nature writer (For the Love of Rivers: A Scientists Journey) and professor Kurt Fausch presents why rivers are essential for fish and people.

FOOD TRUCKS starting at 5:30pm


LIVE MUSIC 6:30-8:30pm

Monday July 24, 7:30pm Annex Park 12th Ave & 10th St. Fernie By donation. Win a copy of Kurt’s book! For anglers, scientists, naturalists, educators, conservationists. Join the ERA for a riverside potluck 6 - 7:15pm with a summer dish to share. Bring a lawn chair.

Resort Municipality Initiative Investing in B.C. Resort Communities


Taking the High Road by ABI MOORE


ive hours in and the sun is out in full force.Your mind is whirling, your muscles are firing and your fingers are like cocktail sausages. But for some reason it feels just right.You feel strangely free. Free from everyday life, reality, decisions and time. Which is wholeheartedly ironic really, considering you’re spending the day unquestioningly following brightly coloured flags, at the mercy of some masochist with a microphone. Oh, and there is a time cut off too. Regardless, you and your lifeline pack of snacks, gels, pills, and liquid sloshing on your back, feels more comforting and safe than the couch. So, you keep on climbing, up, up, up, breathing loudly, treading lightly. Winding onwards and upwards some more. Admiring the view, but mainly the elevation you’ve gained. Checking your watch for time, but also for your heart rate – should it feel like it’s about to bust out of your ears? Pumping your arms for a final surge, before placing your hands on your quads, as you reluctantly break into a hike. You look back to check everyone else is doing the same. Surely no one is running up this, are they? The top. What, for real? Not the top. The fake top. The elusive, ever-shifting skyline keeps on moving away from you, faster than your swelling quads can get you there. Head down, don’t look. Just keep on going and think about what you’re going to unashamedly devour at the Aid Station. Coke, this is certainly an excusable time for rotting your teeth. Just as you’re dreaming about how much Coke, chips and Twizzlers you plan on consuming, the top appears. The actual top. No time for admiring the view. Although it’s spectacular, eating dirt never


feels so good, so you remind yourself to pick up your feet, as you change gears for the downhill. Quick steps, fast legs, taking chances whilst trying not to take it all out on your quads. There are a few more climbs to go before the Finish Line. But don’t get ahead of yourself, just focus on the now. It’s an ultra-marathon, not a sprint. The type two, adrenaline-fueled sport of Ultra Running. A sport that has an abundance of history, charm, stories and legends. Whilst not a new sport, it’s fast gaining ground, and exposure, through the number of races and extensive media coverage. Whilst some races are bare bones and you have trouble locating the start line, others have made their way to Netflix. Some podiums give you a pot of jam, others a cheque. Regardless of the race, there is always a vast and diverse array of talent, experience, goals, sponsorship deals, fitness levels and body types. It’s a sport for everyone, and an increasing number of people are realizing it.

The Kootenays are no different, with an action-packed summer race schedule, multiplying as fast as runners’ mileage. Fernie is jumping on the bandwagon this coming July, with the inaugural Elk Valley Ultra 50km and Relay taking place on Saturday July 29, amongst a collection of popular and challenging races – July 15: Broken Goat 50km, Rossland BC; July 29: Elk Valley Ultra 50km, Fernie BC; August 19: Black Spur 100km, Kimberley BC; and on September 22-24: Golden Ultra, Golden BC. Whether it’s the lure of something new, a personal challenge or a bet, the realization of a drive you didn’t know you possessed, or the cold craft beer at the finish line (yep, all the above races are supported by their local craft brewery), the best part is that everyone’s mountainous Ultra Running journey is their own. And all it takes is a pair of trail runners to take the first step…




Sunday Funday Summer Socials

Come check out pedestrian friendly 2nd Ave., Downtown Fernie for sidewalk shopping, entertainment, activities, games and more!

Fernie’s Childrens Festival



dancebble party

Thursday, July 27 3 to 5pm at the Fernie Aquatic Centre Splash Park

CHECK OUT THE SUMMER SOCIALS! July 9 July 16 July 30 August 13

1pm-4pm - Arts 1pm-4 pm - Sports 1pm-4pm - Wapiti pre-party! 11am-4pm - 6th Annual Show ‘n Shine

Fernie’s Childrens Festival Circus Arts Face Painting

Bubble Dance Party

its free!


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tastes even better in the rockies.

Photo Booth

Sunday, August 13, 2017 Rotary Park, 10am-2pm

Resort Municipality Initiative

Business in the Valley


Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe 592 8th Ave 250-423-0007


lk Valley Pizza Shoppe has been a staple in Fernie for pizza takeout and delivery for over 18 years. They have now released a new menu, which includes not only their award winning pizza, but also a big selection of food SUBMITTED PHOTO items to share – salads, Greek souvlaki wraps, Greek dinners, as well as some amazing desserts to satisfy all your cravings. The addition of a new patio in front of the Shoppe allows customers that don’t feel like eating at home or in the car, to enjoy their lunch or dinner outside for as much of the year as possible. Pizza by the slice is now also offered for lunch Wednesdays through Saturdays! Whether you decide to enjoy the new patio, order for takeout or delivery, you will be delighted in the great food this special little pizzeria has to offer. Stop by, give them a call or order online at

Fernie Mountain Bike Club


n Saturday June 3, 2017 trail users converged on the Fernie Community Centre (FCC) to raise funds for the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA). Fernie Mountain Bike Club (FMBC) directors Heather Lavers and Troy Nixon were instrumental in raising over $21,000 for Fernie’s extensive and ever growing trail network. “The nice thing about this sort of event is that it builds community and puts the ‘fun’ into fundraiser,” stated Nixon. Over 213 trail users filled the FCC to enjoy a feast supplied by The Himalayan Spice Bistro and bid on live and silent auction items generously donated by the Fernie community.   


Freyja Lifestyle Fashion 602 2nd Ave 250-423-0713


reyja Lifestyle Fashion celebrates its tenth year anniversary on July long weekend. Freyja hit the scene ten years ago and has positioned itself in the East Kootenays as a fashion force with paramount customer service. It is a great boutique that adds charm to Downtown Fernie. Always community minded, Freyja has hosted many charity fundraising events over the years such as galas, bachelor auctions and fashion shows. Keeping on trend – just last year they produced the first ever Drag Queen Show with proceeds going towards the Fernie Arts Station.


The FTA is the umbrella group for all trail groups including the FMBC, Fernie Nordic Society, The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club and Island Lake Lodge. FTA President Terry Nelson was pleased as punch with the results and said that all monies raised will be specifically directed towards hiring two full-time trail maintenance contractors this summer. 

Voted #1 Fashion Hotspot year after year and year in the Best of Fernie Survey, owner Chantel would like to thank you, Fernie! New for 2017, Freyja has a revamped online store. New arrivals and restocked items are added weekly. Freyja is home to the hottest brands and is always shopping in mind for all those Kootenay babes out there! FERNIEFIX.COM


Emily Brydon Youth Foundation Summer Social Celebrating the EBYF and its support of the youth in the Elk Valley

July 28 - 7pm to late Live Music with The Frontiers Refreshments & Appetizers BBQ available with proceeds going towards EBYF Silent and live auctions items Tickets are $30. Available at Scotia Bank, who is matching all sales.

3A Alpine Trails Lane, Fernie B.C ½ Duplex | 1700 + sq ft. 4 bdrm & 3 & 1/2 bathrooms $679,000.00

TWO LOCATIONS Fernie: 561B, Hwy 3 Cranbrook: 307-535 Victoria Ave N.

Open 11-10pm The Happy Truck is at the Info Centre in Sparwood Thursday-Monday!

Sharon Taylor | 250.423.8903 Located in Fernie at 1241 7th Ave.

Elk Valley Realty

Business in the Valley


The I.D.E.A.L Society


his August 7-12, 2017, take a spiritual journey through astrology, arts, singing, role-play and yoga at the I.D.E.A.L Society in Jaffray, BC. This is a new opportunity in the Kootenays, and the first time that theatre director Gabriel Hoffman, opera singer Sophia Hoffman and astrologer Yann Loranger combine their talents to offer six days of self-development and personal growth through arts and astrology.


Astrology helps us to find and deepen our understanding of who we are and who we could become, while the arts help us to experiment consciously who we are, to face, work and enlighten our personality. All of this to connect with our own treasures and to get to “know thyself ” as ancient traditions say. This life-changing experience in pristine natural settings is $300 per person, and runs from 10am to 4pm. Great for all, from beginners to experts, call 250-919-7619 to register or for more details.


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 581A 2nd Ave 250-423-2680

The Loaf


t the recent Rocky Mountain Chocolate convention in Vancouver, BC, the Fernie franchise location was chosen as Franchisee of the Year. This prestigious award is given to the franchisee that demonstrates outstanding customer service, increasing sales and overall franchise operation. Martin and Marilyn Brock have owned and operated the Fernie location for the past 14 years and were humbled by the recognition.

641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702


ou can now order online from the first ‘Uber’ bakery! Real, honest bread is back and it’s super-easy to order online and pick up from The Loaf in Fernie.They are now baking seven of your favourite breads including sourdough, grainary and the everyday loaves. Simply choose your bread, pay with your credit card then select the day you want to pick up. Loaf is baking twice a week for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays. Collect your bread (conveniently sliced and bagged) between 10am and 8pm at their store on 2nd Ave. It’s as easy as that!

“We were caught totally by surprise, it’s quite an honour to be singled out amongst the 65 stores across Canada!” Brock stated. The Fernie store is located on 2nd Ave and is open daily. Be sure to drop by for a treat and say hi.

Check out their new online store to order your Loaf bread today.








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Sat. July 1st: Canada Day Events Parade (6:45pm) & Fireworks (at dusk)

Public Sandy Beach with Swimming Docks. Full-service Store: groceries, fishing licenses, general supplies plus boat and vehicle gas. Kitchen serving delicious All Day Breakfast Sandwiches, Burgers, Veggie Burgers & more! 12 Flavours of Hard Ice Cream and a large selection of novelties.

Open 9am - 9pm every day, all summer long! A whole other world to explore just a half hour drive from Fernie.

2354 Kikomun Road ~

Serving the animals and clients of Fernie and area. Tanglefoot services equine clients in the Fernie area from its Cranbrook location 250-489-1655 A great, young addition to our Fernie staff!

Dr. Tim Ritson-Bennett

Dr. Meryam Shillingford

1161 7th Avenue, Fernie BC 250-423-2620 Tanglefoot Veterinary Services

Dr. Uli Helvoigt

Dr. Joanna Kouwenberg

Business in the Valley


Soar Studios 461 1st Ave 250-423-0718


n the heart of Fernie’s Historic Downtown, Soar Cycle Studio and The Castle on First have created a movement that goes beyond the physical.




• featuring a 100% BC only wine list and beer on tap • lunch and dinner menu with homemade burgers • open 7 days a week, 11:30am to close • live music • thursday jam night

401 2nd avenue 250.423.0009

Both following philosophies celebrating wellness, personal growth and community engagement,Vanessa and Marlene have run these two successful fitness studios under one roof for the past two years. They are pleased to announce that the positive change will keep rollin’ as they unite their companies into one integrated operation. Vanessa will be the driving force behind Soar Studios, while Marlene continues as an instructor and the caretaker of the building.Vanessa is excited to have the


support of the existing team of instructors, and to offer all types of classes currently available. Members will have access to all classes with one pass. The studios will be closed for the month of August, reopening in September. Keep moving, keep connected, and they’ll keep you posted.

Precision Bodies 250-531-0223


ndi Ennis is a Mobile Body Composition Specialist with her company Precision Bodies. After gaining Canadian Permanent Residency, she recently brought this technology from Australia. The Evolt 360 uses a scientifically validated test Bio-Electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), considered the most reliable and easily manageable method of screening total body composition. The Evolt 360 provides measurable data to track progress in a non-intrusive, easy to report way that provides over 40 measuring parameters such as Body Fat Mass, Skeletal Muscle Mass,Visceral Fat Mass, Subcutaneous Fat Mass and Muscle Mass segmentally, Total Body Water, Basal Metabolic Rate, Fitness Age


and Total Fitness Score and much more. This information gives a quantitative and definitive starting point to exercise regimes, and can be a good “kick in the pants” in making the necessary changes in improving health. Precision Bodies is on Facebook and Instagram, call or email info@ to book your scan. FERNIEFIX.COM


Real Mountain Living Inc.

Nancy J McNay, PREC

Broker/Owner 250.423.8650

Where do you kick back? Selling or Buying We know homes!

Watch for our new office coming soon 362B 2nd Ave.

Marilyn Brock Toll Free: 877.423.8650

Manager/Owner 250.423.8882

Toll Free: 877.423.8882

Rocky Mountain Chocolate For Sale Solid Family Business You set your own hours to meet your Families needs. Located in the Heart of Maintown 581A 2nd Ave Fernie, BC Call me I’ll be happy to introduce you to the world of Chocolate.

Nancy J McNay, PREC Manager/Owner 250.423.8882

Toll Free: 877.423.8882

Real Mountain Living Inc.

Business in the Valley


Planning on Selling Your Business by GERALD PRICE, CPA, CGA


he decision to sell your business can be a difficult one. Business owners may have many questions such as: When should I sell? How much can I sell my business for? How much tax will be due on the sale? When should I tell my staff and customers that I am selling? The process involved takes time and proper planning. You need at least a year to properly plan your business sale. Depending on the business it can take months or years to find a buyer and close the sale. Prior to looking for the buyer, efforts should be made to make your business as efficient and profitable as possible. Any assets that are no longer needed in the business should be disposed of. Any assets that are not going to go with the business sale should be moved out of the business.You should ensure that your business is in compliance with labour laws and environmental laws, is current with Canada Revenue Agency filings and payments, and is compliant with customer and vendor contracts and any other agency that has oversight on your business. If you have documents that detail the procedures for the operations of your business, take time to review and update them so they are accurate and current. If the documents do not exist, create them. They should be prepared on the basis that you can hand them to an employee or a new owner and they will be able to run the business. Franchises have developed operating procedures that, if followed, will give the operator a formula for success. Follow the guidelines and you should make money.Your documents are intended to give the purchaser the assistance required to operate your business successfully.


You should also consult with your accountant and lawyer for assistance in preparing for the sale. These professionals will provide the income tax planning information and contracts needed for a successful transaction. They can also provide insight on how to proceed and protect you from purchasers that may not be qualified to buy your business. They will be your sounding board for ideas and your confidential guides through the process.

the past five years. It can also include projections for the next two to five years with a business plan on how the business will meet the projections. This document will demonstrate how you determined the value of the business and why the purchaser will pay you the money you are requesting. Including a cash-flow projection that indicates how the business will pay for itself within a reasonable time period will assist in the sales process.

Prepare a marketing document that presents your business well and demonstrates to a potential buyer why they would want to own it. This document will provide details of what the business is and does, including a brief history of how the business got to where it is now, a description of the goods and services being provided and information on current equipment and staff. Information regarding the market area and future prospects of the business should be included. Pictures, maps and graphs can make this document more appealing and easier to read. This document should leave the potential purchaser wanting to know more about how they can obtain the success you have.

Deciding on a sale price is difficult. The price must allow the purchaser to earn a living and provide a return on their invested capital. If the price does not allow this, the business likely will not sell. It is important to remember that a successful business will generate more money for the owner if they continue to operate it than if they sell it.You should sell your business when you are ready to allow someone else to take over your success. The purchaser needs to be able to buy your business and make money.

Prepare a second document that contains the financial history of the business for

This article is intended to initiate consideration of those factors involved in selling your business.You should consult with professionals for assistance in implementing your plan. FERNIEFIX.COM


Relaunching September 9, 2017

3 studios | 2 doors | 1 movement

FOLK /sĂ´rfĹ?k/ Lovers of Life, movement, community. We love to GLOW to GROW daily, always in ALL ways. We believe in creating friendships & life stories through

Laughter, Sweat, Strength & Soul. We celebrate our connections with high fives & high vibes all around! We are A.K.A. Goaldiggers! We can't wait to meet you! SOARSTUDIOS.CA

461 1st Ave, Fernie

Business in the Valley


The Rush of Success by PATTY VADNAIS


he Chamber Board of Directors has set a clear mandate – strengthen commerce in Fernie. How does this tie into an adrenaline issue? Well, championing the needs of business is exciting and our projects and activities are driven by bursts of energy found by pulling groups of businesses together to tackle issues. It is exciting and amazing to see the strength found in businesses coming together to work for common goals. Our connected business community becomes very alert to its surroundings and allows us to quickly react. Our business adrenaline is creating change that is the catalyst for long-term sustainability. A thriving business community means a thriving Fernie. It comes in quality jobs, event sponsorships, volunteerism and philanthropy. A strong business community attracts more businesses and services to the area. Over the past three years, Fernie has seen an average of 65 new businesses per year and last year the Fernie Chamber welcomed 42 new members. Our work, life and play are intricately connected in this community and the valley. As we strengthen one, the opportunities and qualities of the others are improved. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all directly.” The health of our business community affects us all. The Chamber champions the needs of business on many fronts. We work on advocacy, economic development, and education opportunities for business. Perhaps the biggest adrenaline rush comes from our advocacy work. The Chamber has worked with the City to update the mobile food-vending bylaw, started the discussion on short-term rentals, and supported the


inter-community mobile business licence. The Chamber represents business on City of Fernie committees, including the Resort Development Strategy Advisory Working Group, Beautification Committee, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Committee. We are a catalyst to progressing the Station Square upgrades – creating an inviting space in the downtown square near the new public washrooms. Studies show the longer people spend in a downtown, the more money they will spend. And, final pieces are being put in place for highway to downtown signs that tell travellers about the many shops not visible from the highway. The Chamber takes on Economic Development through participation in larger collaborative projects like the Elk Valley Economic Initiative (EVEI) and Imagine Kootenay. EVEI promotes the valley as a smart choice to investors and hosted the AdVenture Capital Conference last year. The Chamber is the first point of contact for Imagine Kootenay, which is an investment portal to the Kootenays. We have created an investor ready document in partnership with Imagine Kootenay to attract investment to the area. The Chamber secured the support of Selkirk College and funding from Columbia Basin Trust to complete the first local Business Retention and Expansion Survey, giving us a quantitative understanding of our

businesses needs and challenges. The survey results now guide work being done by the Chamber. The Chamber supports business with education programming. Save the Taxes, Social Media Tips and Tools, Communication Tools of the Trade, and Moments of Power, are a few of the education courses we have offered in the past six months to strengthen business. Eighteen months ago, we launched the Fernie Ambassador Program, which is a customer service and Fernie training course. The goal is to give Fernie businesses the tools and skills to offer an exceptional customer service experience. The Chamber is always scanning the environment and working on programs and projects to build commerce in Fernie. A constant challenge we hear from businesses is that finding people to work is hard. The Chamber is putting together a Human Resource Attraction and Recruitment program to assist businesses with their search. We are also nearing completion of our Co-Working and Accelerator Space feasibility project. It is through Chamber membership fees and project grant funding that the Chamber is able to do this work and champion the needs of business. #WhenBusinessNeedsAChampion FERNIEFIX.COM


Arts and Entertainment


Beulah Limber by Kathleen Stead


eulah is an amazingly creative woman who combines a love of quilting, carving and painting in her vast array of talents. She was born in 1934 – the tenth of 13 children in Township 43 – west of the second meridian near Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Her roots in this large farming family forever impacted her life – especially her love of gardening, preserving, painting, music and family. At a very early age she began drawing in her storybooks pictures of life on the farm especially drawing clouds and

animals. This love of drawing continued throughout high school until, at 16, she moved from the farm to Saskatoon and enrolled in the Lutheran College, where she took secretarial work and began working in a bank. Upon her marriage to Ken in 1960, she moved to Montreal and began raising her family, all the while taking art classes in painting and sculpture and enjoying big city life. From there, and now with her three children she moved again to Seattle, Vancouver, Grand Forks and Calgary before settling in Fernie in 1978.

Her journey with art continued and flourished in Fernie, where she has amassed an enormous amount of work – in quilting, soapstone carving and painting using watercolours, acrylics and oils. During her 30-plus years in this mountain town, she has been very active in the Quilting Guild, Visual Arts Guild and the music scene. She finds living in a smaller community inspiring, especially with all the creative people in her various guilds, and has made many lasting friendships throughout the years.

There have always been three constants in Beulah – her first constant was her family. Two of her children live in Calgary and her third lives in Salmon Arm with her two grandsons. All of her children and grandchildren have a love of music and creativity and are often seen in Fernie playing music and visiting. Her second constant has always been music. During her 30-plus years living in Fernie, she has been heavily involved in the music scene as a performer – both solo and in groups. She has played various instruments, including the banjo and has sung in many of the local

choirs. Her love of music is found in her art work – many of her paintings depict local musicians and even her quilts have a musical backdrop to them. Her third constant has been her artwork. Whether one of her carvings, her quilts or many paintings, they all represent her amazing creativity and extraordinary talent. The Quilt Guild has a prominent place in Beulah’s life – she is an active member and has shown many of her colourful quilts as part of their exhibits. As well, she has been a member of the Visual Arts Guild for 30 years. Her many paintings show a love

of landscape, figures, movement and especially life. Beulah continues to demonstrate an amazing talent that she has pursued actively her whole life and now, even more, shows a spirit of creativity that is an inspiration to us all. An exhibit at the Fernie Art Station entitled -Beulah Limber-A Retrospective opened Thursday, June 29. Her paintings, quilts and soapstone carvings will be on view for the month of July. Please drop by the Station and view this incredible woman’s life work.



Going Further Together Tour one of Teck’s five open pit steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley: Saturday July 1: Celebrate Elkford Wildcat Days with a Tour Fording River Operations Tour bus departs from Elkford Visitor Centre at 1 p.m. Call 250.865.4015 to reserve a seat. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in July and August Elkview Operations Tour bus departs from Sparwood Chamber of Commerce at 1 p.m. Call 250.425.2423 to reserve a seat. Adults: $10; Seniors/Students: $8; Children under five are free. All proceeds go to Sparwood Chamber of Commerce. Every Saturday in July (excluding July 1) Greenhills Operations Every Saturday in August Fording River Operations Tour bus departs Elkford Visitor Centre at 10:30 a.m. Call 250.865.4015 to reserve a seat. Tours are free of charge. Minimum five people for tour to operate Tour length approximately two hours.

Arts and Entertainment

Gilmore Girls

Unfortunately there are some aspects of the show that are problematic. Stars Hollow is depicted as a strikingly white community, with only one main character being black and one Asian. This doesn’t seem typical of most communities on the east coast of the US, so close to New York City.


Gilmore Girls debuted in October 2000. It is a dramatic television comedy created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who is best known as the creator of this series and Bunheads, but also worked as a staff writer for the series Roseanne. Gilmore Girls ran for seven seasons and ended in May 2007. It tells the story of Lorelai Gilmore, a single mother, and her daughter Rory who live in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, and centres around the difficulties Lorelai suffers as she tries to distance herself from her wealthy, controlling parents, and Rory’s teenage angst as she adjusts to a new school. Like the works of the great Joss Whedon, who made such television series as Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls has a cult following; and like the television


shows of the Jossverse, Gilmore Girls is shot through with themes of feminism and female empowerment. Its dialogue is fast paced and whip smart. The vast majority of characters are dynamic and entertaining, and the main players give impressive performances. The setting for the show is beautiful, so much so that many viewers, including yours truly, find themselves wishing they could move to Stars Hollow.

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Sadly, watching the show 17 years after it originally aired, one cannot help but find the aspects of the show that are supposed to be rebellious and empowering to be rather staid and conventional. The plots involving feminist themes tend to focus mainly on difficulties faced by middle and upper class white women. And the main sources of conflict seem, even more so than other shows that deal with the same themes, to be rather contrived rather than naturally occurring. Many of the story lines revolve around Lorelai trying to separate herself from her family, and a great deal is made of her efforts to raise her daughter on her own, but they ignore the fact that her family is paying for Rory to attend an expensive private school and, later in the series, to attend Yale. Lorelai’s angst over single parenthood isn’t taken seriously when the show makes it quite clear that she has good hearted and wealthy parents willing to help her out at a moment’s notice. The show stars Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) and Alexis Bledel (Rory). Graham’s film credits include It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Bad Santa, Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life (2016), and the NBC series Parenthood (2010). Bledel has appeared in Tuck Everlasting (2002), Sin City (2005), Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005) and is currently in a TV adaptation of the Handmaid’s Tale. Although their filmographies are not terribly impressive, they do a fine job in Gilmore Girls, an excellent if somewhat dated series.

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Arts and Entertainment

Let’s Get Sociable by CAROLYN NIKODYM


t’s that glorious time of year when we have weekly block parties for two months, block parties with great live music (free!) and great craft brew (not free! But buy it, because it helps pay for the bands!). If you haven’t made the downtown jaunt on a Wednesday evening over the last handful of summers, DO IT! The Wednesday Concert Series is a perfect way to end hump day. You can dance or you can chill with a few hundred of your Fernie neighbours. Bands start at 6:30pm, but drinks and food are available earlier. July 5 Los Morenos are the perfect band to kick this summer-long party off. The Calgary-based band provides highly danceable Latin beats, from rumba to flamenco, and blends in some funk and jazz. And Los Morenos aren’t just danceable, they are incredible musicians, having garnered praise from the likes of Oscar Lopez and the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Bandleader Mauricio Moreno is a virtuoso on guitar and a his fret-board hand becomes a blur.You can’t miss these guys! July 12 Ellika, Solo & Rafael bring more world music to town with their unique blend of musical influences. There’s a Swedish violinist, a Senegalese kora player and singer, and a Mexican percussionist who make beautiful music out of their mélange of influences. It is at turns soulful, danceable and intricate. The Stockholmbased trio is a multiple-award winning band and a complete treat to listen to. Don’t miss this one! July 19 Easy Ruckus is a great complement to a warm summer evening. Hailing from Golden, this band’s bluesy folk rock draws its inspiration from John Butler Trio, Current Swell and Xavier Rudd. Lead singer Landon Bushell’s voice is a cozy blanket on a cold evening – it’ll warm you to the core. Be sure to check this band out!

July 26 Country outlaw Ben Rogers seems like he should be drinking whiskey while sitting on the tailgate of a beat up truck, strumming his guitar and singing about the girl who took his trailer and his dog, but his lyrics are so much more than that cliché. He is a true storyteller, writing songs about the darker side of life, from banishment from the Garden of Eden to the Highway of Tears. His songs of strife and salvation are cradled in some swarthy country guitar and toe-tapping rhythm. Tip a beer to this band! August 2 A little bit folk, a little bit Gypsy, the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra bring fun and soulful sounds. The Victoria band is no stranger to Fernie-ites, but for the uninitiated, TMO are at turns reel-influencing and tearsin-your-beers, foot-stomping and whoozy-swaying.You can’t stay home for this one! August 9 Tiger Moon’s catchy folk tunes are a salve to a hot summer day. Kasey Graff ’s voice is bold, while Dan Tait’s is earnest. The duo’s mandolin-guitar-bigboot sound has seen the band travel across Canada from their Kelowna home on VIA Rail’s Artists on Board program, and they’ll be in Fernie with a brand new record, Caribou & Whiskey. Don’t miss this band! August 16 Hailing from the UK, Martin Harley is a slide guitarist to most definitely check out. His blues sounds like they emerged straight out of the Mississippi Delta, and yet are tinged with his wanderlust. Before ever recording and becoming a professional musician, he’d idly strum his guitar, singing songs about his travels. Fast forward over a decade later and he’s got seven albums to his name. This show will be a treat!




August 23 Cécile Doo-Kingué will bring her own version of worldy blues, incorporating old-time soul, hard rock and hip-hop elements. Mixing traditional blues topics of lost love with the political in her lyrics, Doo-Kingué will leave jaws on the floor.You must, must, must see this woman perform! August 30 Calgary based rock band The Primes are set to close out this incredible summer line up, with its grunge and alternative rock that has a hint of blues and a smattering of funk for a high energy show. Band member Will Ripley was born and raised in Fernie, so the homecoming will bring this summer-long Wednesdaynight party to a sweet close.You won’t be the same if you miss this one!



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Ross Roseingrave by KRISTA TURCASSO


he first time I met Ross Roseingrave was across a table at a Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) board meeting. Full of great ideas and passion for the trails, I was super curious as to how someone from Ireland got into mountain biking… particularly downhill, and also how he ended up in Fernie. Growing up in Ireland, Ross rode his bike a lot. “My dad was always into motorbikes, and I always liked bikes. We lived next to a ‘mountain’ which was more like a hill, but it just made sense to ride my bike up there,” Ross says. “We built trails there too, which still exist today.” Ross noticed that most bike movies were filmed in BC. “Everything was pointing here, the movies were all shot between California, Oregon and BC. Some friends suggested Whistler,” he recalls, so he made the move to Vancouver. He rode all over BC during his time there, “everywhere within a 500km radius” and met his partner Michelle on a bike trip in Kamloops. Ross and Michelle were intrigued with living in the mountains. “In Vancouver, you’re close but we wanted to be immersed,” he recalls. “We just didn’t know if we could stay off the bike for a full winter.” But they made the move in 2012 to Fernie and haven’t looked back. As a Geotechnical Engineer, Ross worked as a contractor at first but soon took a position with Fording where he continues to work today. He immediately became involved in the downhill scene in town, building a trail with Michelle in Ridgemont called Face Shots and working on the Morrissey trails whenever he has the chance. “The downhill scene has always been out on its own. Conrad (Spring) was the first guy to bring the downhill side to the FTA. When he had to step back, one of



us needed to represent so I stepped up,” Ross tells me. “I’ve been on the FTA for three years, and a flow trail was always on the back of my mind but I had too much going on. Mike Kelly brought it up in a trail committee meeting, and it was really well received. The two of us alongside Danny McCormack took the bull by the horns.”

Ross had been scouting a south-facing area with the perfect grade, but didn’t have a project.When the flow trail became a possibility, they all sat down with Pat Gilmar and the contour map and narrowed it down to two, but of the two the area Ross had suggested off the Rifle Range Road worked best. From there, they pitched it to the Trails and Maintenance Committee to get them on board. “The

support was insane,” Ross says. They then recommended the project to the FTA, who have a priority list at the start of each year. The Epic Trail and the Flow Trail were both coming up, but the Flow Trail (named Stove Pipe) was ready to go and thus was selected for this year. “It’s really expensive to build, and really easy to mess up,” Ross says. “We hand picked our crew, supporting local work and people with the same vision of a really nice, aesthetically finished product.” This June, the group consisting of Rich from Nelson, BC (who built Turnstyles), Henry Barrett of Backcountry Trail Experts, and Matt Dennis (Aussie) who is dedicated to the dirt jump park, began preparation. “Weather is a big deal, we need to rough it in and get most of it done before it gets too dry and come back in the fall to get it finished,” Ross says, adding that at the beginning of next season they’ll have it riding prime. Because they want Stove Pipe to “flow” for the beginner and also the best rider in the world, it’s a complicated process but with this group of people comes a lot of expertise and we’re guessing Stove Pipe will quickly become one of Fernie’s ‘must rides.’ While many might shy away from the adrenaline rush of a serious downhill trail I’m sure we’ll all be thanking Ross and the rest of his crew for exposing us to trails like Stove Pipe. A big thanks to Ross, Danny and Mike for getting this project off the ground, and to the many organizations for helping raise and donate funds, including the Columbia Basin Trust, RCR, MEC, RMI Funding, FTA, FBC, the Northern, Nevados, Ski Base, Geotech Services, Enviro Services and CanWel for use of the land. 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here?

2. Where did you first live in town?

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

Well, stayed with Conrad for a couple of months, and then bought a place at Fourth Ave and Fourth.

I think still progressing as an outdoors mecca. And I’d like to see all user groups come to the table to be represented. The FTA does a great job of working with land owners, it would be great if others did the same to develop their areas of interest. I think this would reduce a lot of conflicts between groups.

3. What was your first impression? Loved it, was a cool vibe. Everyone is pretty laid back and you can’t beat the proximity to rad shit. 4. What keeps you in Fernie?

8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals?

It’s a good mix of work and play. Good thriving economy and at five o’clock after you finish work it’s a playground.

Unfortunately I get up super early, get ready for work and get a coffee. On the weekends, go for a bike ride.

5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? I think probably Dirt Diggler sessions with friends is definitely up there. Dropping in, everyone having a time, and beers at the end. 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why?

9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you. I’m a pretty loud mouthed person, I don’t think I’m slow to give my opinion. 10. Quote to live by: Life’s too short not to shred.

All the time. Spring stoke is amazing, fall is amazing.

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ow do I raise a brave daughter? My daughter is two years old. She is already brave. She is confident in her own abilities, and fear of failure does not prevent her from trying risky activities. How do I feed that part of her? How do I teach her to respect fear, but to chase a gutsy amount of exhilaration? Society seems quite willing to teach her that boys should be brave, while girls should be timid. We, society, seem ready to teach her that if she wants to be liked, she should defer to men. We teach her that acts of strength and bravery are more often masculine feats. “Your brother will take care of you,” “Daddy will catch you if you fall,” “Couches are for sitting, not for jumping.” These are the kind of statements I hear myself saying too often. I wish society and media were the only ones to blame, but I am guilty too. I heard about a study in which researchers observed a playground fire-pole. Parents were way more likely to encourage young boys to try the apparatus, and way more likely to teach them how to use it on their own. Girls were way more often told to be careful. When girls chose to use the fire pole, guardians were much more likely to act as a safety net, ready to catch them, to greatly reduce the risk. I am that dad. I try to encourage her to do things, but I am way more likely to watch and to help and to intervene, than I was for her older brother when he was two. I nurture my daughter’s bravery. I am starting with small steps. To start, I am more mindful, at the playground, of letting her explore. I try to be on the outside, there in case she gets hurt, rather than to jump in to avoid her getting hurt. I will not always be able to be beside her in her life. I want her to know she can handle tough situations independent of me or my brave wife.


The other step I am implementing is to drastically reduce the number of times I tell her to be careful. I don’t want her to live her whole life being careful. I want her to be comfortable with failure and with adrenaline and with risk. They are just as important as caution. The less often I say, “Be careful…” the more she will notice when I do. When she gets her driver’s license, if I tell her to be careful every time she drives the car, what invisible message will that send about my trust in her? The other day, as I watched my daughter go down the metal slide out at Kikomun Provincial Park, feet first but on her belly, my Dad instincts wanted to jump in and warn her. I held myself back. I resisted my instinct to jump in and protect her. I could feel my heart beat in my face. My muscles were clenched. As she started down the slide, in that instant, I pictured her face banging off the bottom of the slide where it would spit her out onto the ground. I ran, chastising myself for my hands-off philosophy. What the hell was I thinking? Experimenting and risking my daughter’s safety. Sure enough, the slide spit her out. Her face narrowly missed the metal slide, but did smack into the dirt. I froze. She

froze. Then she looked up. It took every gram of self-control, but I tried not to show a reaction. I tried to look neutral, though my mind was already planning the run to the car… that’s when she laughed. Not chuckled, but laughed, hard. Then, because she has not yet learned to say again, she pointed to the top of the slide. At some point my daughter will get hurt. I will gamble on risk and lose; she will get cut or bruised. And I will feel guilty. If the accident happens because I’m being lazy and inattentive, I’m not sure I will be able to forgive myself. But if it happens because I’m helping her to learn that she can handle the world, whether I’m there or not, then I will think of that slide, and I hope self-forgiveness will come a little faster. Resilience and confidence are not learned in a textbook. They are found in scraped knees from skateboards. They are found in the bungee cord attached to a person’s ankle. They are found in the bruises from jumping of couches and missing the pillow-mountains. And, they are found at the bottom of slides, with no Dads to catch you.





SATURDAY 1.7.2017 Canada Day Market @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 12pm Cardboard Boat Race @ Madien Lake, 11am-12pm. Build and paddle your own craft or come and watch the fun. Canada Day Celebrations @ The Aquatic Centre. Celebrate Canada’s 150th with music, cake, fun activities, fireworks, the mountain market and more. Eureka Summertime Festival @ Riverside Park, Downtown Eureka. The 6th Annual event held by Montana Shipping Outlet starts off with a pancake feed from 8-11am and live music until 6pm and food vendors and refreshments by HA Brewery. Fernie 3on3 Canada Day Basketball Tournament @ Local Courts and alongside the Canada Celebrations at the Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10am-2pm. 150th Annual All Canadian Dance Party @ The Northern, with the Yacht Club. Playing nothing but choice Canadian tracks to celebrate 150 years of partying. Vibespredah @ The Royal, Local DJ 14th Annual PDGA Disc Golf Tournament @ Lizard Range Disc Course, James White Park followed by a pub party and prizes. SUNDAY 2.7.2017 Mountain Market Opening Day @ Rotary Park, 10am-2pm Guided Hikes: Big White Peak @ Island Lake Lodge, 9am Specialty Hike: Fossils @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 11am-2pm Sunday Social @ Downtown Fernie, 12-3pm 2nd Annual King of the Castle and Trails in Motion Film Festival @ River Road Extension/Coal Creek for bib and waiver signing before 10am race start and Arts Station at 7pm for the festival. Presented by Stag Leap Running Co and Elevation Showcase. Piper Hayes Duo Live @ Infinitea Café, 6pm MONDAY 3.7.2017 Elk and Timber Chairs Open @ Fernie Alpine Resort for Canada Day Holiday Essential Oils 101 in the Sun @ Infinitea, 6pm Piper Hayes Duo Live @ Kodiak Lounge, 9pm MONDAY 3.7.2017 – WEDNESDAY 5.2.2017 Kids Freeride Bike Camp #1 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, skifernie. com TUESDAY 4.7.2017 Chali 2Na and the House of Vibe with Special Guest Links @ The Northern, $20 advance and $25 at the door. 9pm WEDNESDAY 5.7.2017 Paint’n’Play @ The Play Room 1230-430pm Wednesday Concert Series: Los Morenos @ Station Square, Fernie Arts Station from 5:30-9pm THURSDAY 6.7.2017 Paint Night @ Veronica’s Visions, 7-9:30pm. $30/person covers everything. FRIDAY 7.7.2017 Rogers Rookie Tour @ James White Park Tennis Courts, 11am3pm. For ages 6-16, $25 per junior. All levels welcome. Blackberry Wood @ The Royal, with full Circus Sideshow – fire breathing and eating, sword swallowing, dangerous juggling, snake charming and more. SATURDAY 8.7.2017 Exploring Ruins Bus Tour: Coal Creek Townsite @ Fernie Museum, 1-5pm Syraz @ The Royal, local DJ SUNDAY 9.7.2017 Out of the Box Dumpster Project @ Station Square, noon-4pm. Live painting, kids’ activities, DJ’s, people’s choice award. Sunday Social @ Downtown Fernie, 12-3pm Community Appreciation Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort Red Haven Live @ Infinitea, 6pm MONDAY 10.7.2017 – WEDNESDAY 12.7.2017 Kids Outdoor Adventure Camp #1 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, MONDAY 10.7.2017 – THURSDAY 13.7.2017 Future Links Western Canadian Championship @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, 9:30am-3:30pm. Fernie welcomes Western Canada’s Junior golfers.

SATURDAY 22.7.2017 – Sunday 23.7.2017 Ladies Downhill Weekend @ Fernie Alpine Resort, SATURDAY 22.7.2017 Exploring the Ruins Bus Tour: Michel Natal @ Fernie Museum, 1pm Griz Kidz Summer Carnival @ Fernie Alpine Resort Plaza The Runs @ The Royal, local Punk mayhem SUNDAY 23.7.2017 Essential Oils for the Gardener @ Community Ecogarden, 11am MONDAY 24.7.2017 For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist Journey @ Annex Pond, 6pm. Join the Elk River Alliance and award winning nature writer and professor Kurt Fausch for this potluck and presentation. Everyone welcome, bring a dish to share and lawn chair. Donations appreciated. WEDNESDAY 26.7.2017 Men’s Special @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, 5pm Wednesday Concert Series: Ben Rogers and the Bloodred Yonder @ Station Square, Fernie Arts Station. 5:30-9pm THURSDAY 27.7.2017 Second Annual Splish Splash Sploosh @ Fernie Aquatic Centre Splash Park, 3-5pm with DJ Jay Ray & the Big Blue Bus, bubble dance party and more. Everyone welcome. Gallery Opening: Colleen Routley @ The Arts Station, 7pm FRIDAY 28.7.2017 EBYF Summer Social with the Frontiers @ The Clubhouse at the Fernie Golf and Country Club. 7pm to late, enjoy a live and silent auction, refreshments and appies and a BBQ all raising funds for this charity that supports the youth of the Elk Valley. Major Funk and the Employment @ The Royal, six piece funksoul from Whitehorse SATURDAY 29.7.2017 St. Margaret’s Cemetery Tour @ Fernie Museum, 1-2:20pm Elk Valley Ultra 50km @ Fernie Trails, hosted by Stag Leap this sell-out event will be fun to watch or get in touch to volunteer. Santa Cruz Bicycles Demo @ Straight Line Bicycle and Ski, bring you helmet, pedals and ID an be ready to ride. Nemkae @ The Royal, local DJ SUNDAY 30.7.2017 Downtown Social @ Downtown Fernie, 12-3pm Specialty Hike: Birds and Wildlife @ Fernie Alpine Resort, Guided Hike: Lizard Lake @ Island Lake, 9am. Adult/Junio Tournament @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, 3:30pm Emily Rockarts Live @ Infinitea, 6pm MONDAY 31.7.2017 – WEDNESDAY 2.7.2017 Weekday Trail Warrior Camp #4 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, Kids Outdoor Adventure Camp #3 @ Fernie Alpine Resort,

MONDAY 10.7.2017 – FRIDAY 14.7.2017 Kids Eco Camp @ Community Eco Garden, 9a-4pm. For ages 5-10. MONDAY 10.7.2017 Little Critter Criterium Ride #2 @ James White Park, 6pm TransBC Enduro Mountain Bike Race – Day 1 @ Fernie Alpine Resort and Fernie Trails, WEDNESDAY 12.7.2017 Wednesday Concert Series: Ellika, Solo and Rafael @ Station Square, Fernie Arts Station 5:30pm Essential Oils for the Gardener @ Community Ecogarden, 6:30pm THURSDAY 13.7.2017 Beer & Queers @ The Valley Social, 7:30pm FRIDAY 14.7.2017 Lisa Anderson Live @ Infinitea, 8pm EWOC @ The Royal, local DJ FRIDAY 14.7.2017 – SATURDAY 15.7.2017 Teaching Advanced Flow @ Essential Yoga Studio SATURDAY 15.7.2017 Disco’n’Play @ The Play Room 3-5:30pm Intermediate Mountain Bike Camp @ Gear Hub with Fernie Bike Guides, 9am-1pm. St. Margaret’s Cemetery Tour @ Fernie Museum, 1-2:30pm Dahly Llama @ The Royal SATURDAY 15.7.2017 – SUNDAY 16.7.2017 Kids Freeride Bike Camp #2 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, Skifernie. com Kids Howl at the Moon Campout @ Lost Boys Café, Fernie Alpine Resort. Maximize Yields, Optimize Efforts @ Spruce Spring Stream Farms, 10am. Learn strategies, tips and techniques to help you get the most out of your garden. Kenny Hess Stomp for Charity @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm with dance at 9pm. Tickets are by donation, call Sharon at 250-423-3356. Group tables of 16 available, proceeds go towards the Tom Uphill Memorial Home and Elk Valley Hospital Foundation. SUNDAY 16.7.2017 Specialty Hike: Wildflowers @ Fernie Alpine Resort, Skifernie. com Downtown Sunday Social @ Downtown Fernie, 12-3pm SUNDAY 16.7.2017 – MONDAY 17.7.2017 Aerial Yoga Teacher Training II @ Essential Yoga Studio MONDAY 17.7.2017 – WEDNESDAY 19.7.2017 Kids Outdoor Adventure Camp #2 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, MONDAY 17.7.2017 – FRIDAY 21.7.2017 Elk River Watershed Discovery Camps @ Elk River, BC. Hosted by the Elk River Alliance for ages 10-14. MONDAY 17.7.2017 Toddler Yoga @ The Playroom, 10am Essential Oils 101 in the Sun @ Infinitea, 6pm TUESDAY 18.7.2017 Aerial Restorative Yoga Teacher Training @ Essential Yoga Studio TUESDAY 18.7.2017 – WEDNESDAY 19.7.2017 Kids Bug-o-logy Eco Camp @ The Eco Garden, 9:30-11:30am for ages 4-6 WEDNESDAY 19.7.2017 Wild About Flowers @ Wild Nature Tours, learn to identify wildflowers, flower families and their characteristics with naturalist Lee-Anne Walker. 250-423-3322 Aromastone DIY Mala Bracelet Workshop @ Infinitea, 6:30pm. Call/text Essentially Abundant at 778-584-5683 to register. Wednesday Concert Series: Easy Ruckus @ Station Square, 5:30-9pm THURSDAY 20.7.2017 Tony Servello Senior Open @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, 10am FRIDAY 21.7.2017 Paint’n’Play @The Play Room 12:30-4:30pm Aurora @ The Royal, local DJ

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Club Cre8 returns this summer with Rachel and Heather! The workshops are suitable for kids aged K-G6. They run every Monday, beginning July 3 until August 28. Full and Half day options available. To book your child a place, visit or contact The Arts Station.


July 5 Los Morenos July 12 Ellika, Solo, Rafael July 19 Easy Ruckus July 26 Ben Rogers + the Bloodred Yonder


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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 Free Movie and Popcorn and $6 meals @ Infinitea, 7pm Mexican Mondays! Chicken or Beef Tacos $3 Happy Hour Corona (Bottles) $5.25 @ The Pub Bar & Grill Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 $12 Mussels and $4 Wine @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge Free Pool and $4.50 Spice Rum @ The Royal Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm $10 house-smoked wings and a draft beer @ The Loaf Margarita Night @ Frida, $7 2 for 1 Burgers @ Clubhouse Restaurant Happy Hour @ Cirque Restaurant, 4-6pm 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

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 2oz Espresso martinis $8 (1st & 3rd Thur @ Infinitea Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing WEDNESDAYS Company, 10am – 6pm Wings 50% Off Single Order @ Boston Pizza Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Taco Thursday @ Frida, any three tacos for $12 Trivia Night @ The Fernie Hotel. 8pm Happy Hour 3-6pm @ Rusty Edge Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Naturalist/Aurora DJs @ The Royal, alternating Build Your Own Poutine @ The Pub Bar & Grill weeks Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam Happy Hour @ Cirque Restaurant, 4-6pm wax with any other hair removal FRIDAYS $15 Jugs and $8 Wings @ The Northern Cactus Cut Nachos $12.50 @ Boston Pizza Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa, 30% off waxing Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm services. TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Fish & Chips @ The Pub Bar & Grill Company, 10am – 6pm Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal, with PBR and Old Mill $13 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Hotel. Supporting FTA. specials. Margherita pizza and two glasses of wine for $20 Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 @ The Loaf Live music from 6-9pm @ The Loaf Wednesdays 1/2 Price Ice Bar 4-9pm @ Lizard Fish & Chip Night @ The Pub Creek Lodge Ice Bar Happy Hour 3-6pm @ Rusty Edge Happy Hour @ Cirque Restaurant, 4-6pm Happy Hour $15 Jugs and $3 Highballs @ Club-

Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Jameson Shotgon Karaoke @ The Royal Half Price Appy’s @ The Fernie Hotel. 5pm Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Closed @ Infinitea, available for private functions Tasting Night @ The Loaf. A four course tasting menu paired with wines for $40 Industry Bingo @ The Northern, 9pm $20 Pasta and Wine Night @ Cirque Restaurant

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


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•Ladies Ride with Jenny and Ashley @ Gear Hub, 6pm •Drop In Play @ The Play Room, 9:30-130pm WEDNESDAYS •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Gentle Exercise @ Seniors Drop In Centre 10:45am ••Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. Drop in for $5 •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym ••Unplugged @ Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 8+, drop in •Tai Chi @ Seniors Drop In Centre 6:30pm •Read it First Book/Movie Club @ Library, 3:45-4:45pm for ages 10+. •Men’s Night @ Fernie Golf and Country Club •Fernie Women on Wheels @ Bike Park Gazebo, Fernie Aquatic Centre at 6:30pm. All levels welcome. •English Conversation Cafe @ CBAL office 9:30am-11:30am, Free •Summer Reading Camp @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-3pm for ages 7+. •Wednesday Concert Series @ Station Square, 5:30-9pm THURSDAYS •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Morning Yoga @ Seniors Drop In Centre 8:00am •Canasta / Cards @ Seniors Drop In Centre 1pm •Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre, 10-11:30am •Yoga @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 11:30am •Seniors Drop in Library Club @ Rocky Mountain Village, 11am •Reading with Seniors @ Rocky Mountain Village, 11am •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:30-10:30pm •Mixed Boxing Competitive @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am •Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6pm •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Open Roller Skating Evening @ Max Turyk Gym, $2 drop-in fee. 6-7pm •Kids Boxing Boot Camp @ Old School Boxing Club, ages 8-16 5pm.


house Restaurant, 3-6pm Happy Hour @ Cirque Restaurant, 4-6pm SATURDAYS Desserts $2 off @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Open Mix and Live Music @ The Fernie Live bands and DJs@ The Royal Coffee and Baileys Special @ The Bridge Bistro Taco and Marg Night @ Fridas, enjoy three tacos and a margarita for $20 Vinyl Appreciation Night @ Infinitea, bring your records and enjoy $6 glasses of wine Happy Hour 3-6pm @ Rusty Edge Happy Hour $2 off Cocktails @ Clubhouse Restaurant, 3-6pm Happy Hour @ Cirque Restaurant, 4-6pm SUNDAYS $4.99 Kids Meals @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse All day breakfast @ The Fernie. 9am-4pm $10 BBQ & Beats, 6-9pm @ Infinitea Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Steak Sandwich & Caesar Specials @ The Pub Bar & Grill Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro Roast dinner, family-style from 3-10pm @ The Loaf. $15 adults, $7.50 for kids Happy Hour 3-6pm @ Rusty Edge Happy Hour @ Cirque Restaurant, 4-6pm


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••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •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 •Junior’s Night @ Fernie Golf and Country Club •Fernie Mountain Bike Club Work Party Night @ Bike Park, 6:30pm. Come out and support the trails. •Public Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm, $7 •Mountain Kids @ Rotary Park, 9:30-11:30am by Fernie Early Years. A fun summer program for kids under six and their parents. •Summer Reading Camp @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-3pm for ages 7+. •Fernie Book Bike @ Rocky Mountain Village (11am), Tom Uphill (11:45am) and Trinity Lodge (12:15pm) •Thursday Night Race Series @ Fernie Alpine Resort •Twilight Sessions: Adult MTB Camp @ Fernie Alpine Resort •Drop In Play @ The Play Room, 9:30-130pm 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 •Breastfeeding Mammas @ Library, first Friday of the month. •AFRoS @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10-11am. Sing and play in French. •Senior’s Day @ Fernie Golf and Country Club •Summer Reading Camp @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-3pm for ages 7+. •Peak to Park to Pint Bike Tour @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 1:30-4:30pm SATURDAYS •Karma Meditation Class @ Essential Yoga Studio 8:00am-8:45am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Prenatal Yoga @ Essential Yoga, 11:30am-12:30pm •Peak to Park to Pint Bike Tour @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 1:30-4:30pm •Morning Yoga @ Lizard Creek Lodge, 8-9am •Kids Nature Hike & BBQ @ Lizard Creek Lodge, 5-7:30pm •Heritage Walking Tour @ Fernie Museum, 11-12:30pm SUNDAYS •Fernie Pets Society Group Walk @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9am. •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Birding and Breakfast @ Lizard Creek Lodge, 8-10am •Dirt Devils Bike Camp #1 @ Fernie Alpine Resort, •Heritage Walking Tour @ Fernie Museum, 11-12:30pm




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And the Crowd Goes Wild by SHELBY CAIN


reathe. Again. Okay, now look around you and gain some perspective.There you go.You’re fine.You’re not stepping onto the battlefield or into a pit of snakes.You’re going to be fine, and everyone here wants you to succeed, so you’ll be fine. No matter what might happen. Okay. Ready? Go! Have you ever given yourself a version of this little pep talk? I hope so. Because if you have, it means you’ve tried something that scared the shit out of you. While people looked on. Adrenaline gushing through your veins.You took control over that little voice that in psychology circles goes by the name of Super-Ego – a very mighty name for such a cowardly voice – and you went for it. Performing for a crowd, in any capacity, is high-risk behaviour.Your body knows this. Luckily, the rewards are well worth the overworking sweat glands, exhausted neurotransmitters, and the constant sensation to pee or vomit. It’s worth it because when you push out of your stifling safety zone and allow the world to witness your potential failure, you grow. You improve.You learn some valuable life lessons. Feeling vulnerable teaches us not to judge others so harshly, and that the best way to learn something is by failing at it first. In childhood, this type of behaviour occurs on a daily basis. Kids are constantly trying new things and pushing themselves to get better. While we cheer from the sidelines. They are growing all the time. Shouldn’t we be doing the same thing? My girls recently had their track and field day. Remember track and field day? No school work and the teachers are wearing sunglasses and it usually ends at 7-11 for a slush. Good times. Anyway, during this particular track meet, I took notice of the


internal struggle happening with many of the kids there. Some were just picking grass, but you have to have people like that in this world, to balance out all the competitiveness the rest of us bring. Thank God for the grass pickers. So, the non-grass pickers would put on their serious face as their turn to compete became closer. I’m not sure if their peptalk went anything like mine. Who knows? That’s the thing about personal pep-talks. Totally secret. Until you print yours for the whole town to read. But whatever they were saying quietly in their awesome brains, you could see they were getting fired up. When their name was called, a flash of fire would colour their cheeks. Everyone was listening and looking at them. BIG deal. They’d take their position and when the shrill whistle blew, they were off. At first with a bit of trepidation, but then, all in. No need for nerves and worries. Even the kids that tripped got up and kept going, serenaded by a chorus of encouragement, determination creasing their little foreheads.

last and feeling embarrassed. Apparently, when it was her turn, she got the look of a charging bull in her eye. The teacher yelled go. She was a blur of orange T-shirt and pigtails as she barrelled to the end of the runway. She did a two-foot stop that rattled Mt. Hosmer, and jumped into the sand. Well, barely. I think her toe may have touched a few grains of sand. So, when she came sprinting across the field to hug me I said, “Six, how did the long jump go? Was it fun?” I was ready to give a very enthusiastic, you can’t win ‘em all! speech. Not necessary. She replied, “Mom, I won! I tried hard and everyone cheered for me. I won!” And she was right. She did win. Because it’s not the winning, it’s the trying, that gets the love. Nothing gets a crowd fired up more than the evidence of a great effort. It’s okay to be scared, and nervous, and almost pee your pants. But get your butt out there and DO it. And you know what? That gushing adrenaline can actually be addictive. So be careful. There’s no telling where all this trying might take you.

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drenaline, the moment air is filling your lungs and you feel alive. My name is Erik Ahlfaenger. I’m a 17-yearold adrenaline junky from a small town in Germany right on the border of Switzerland. And I got to experience that Fernie offers maximum adrenaline in every season while here on exchange. I brought my hockey goalie gear, my snowboard, and a head full of crazy ideas about what I wanted to do during the best year of my life. I snowboarded 46 days at the four ski resorts I visited, but nothing competes with Fernie’s champagne powder on a sunny day. I had a great time training with the FSS Ski and Snowboard team. Getting 2nd at the Provincials in Snowboarding allowed me to compete in Whistler, a lifetime experience! My nights where filled with playing hockey for the old timers, which was always fun, and I learned a lot about life. Even though I always came home after 12, my host mom found a way to motivate me to get up for school the next morning. The winter doesn’t last forever and it turned into summer very quickly after the first warm days. One of the most fun summer experiences was my first mountain bike experience in Fernie. The Rocky Mountain International Student Program (RMISP) was very lucky to get a great deal with Gear Hub, so we had great experiences on very good bikes. There is nothing like going down the hill fast, with mud and stones flying up. Racing down Eric’s Trail and Broken Hip with your friends is the perfect way to end a long school day. And another great thing to do in the summer is wake boarding! Standing up on my first try, feeling the speed and the wind was one of the best feelings I experienced here, but it came along with one of my most spectacular falls that day.


...I got to experience that Fernie offers maximum adrenaline in every season while here on exchange.

stoked for the next snowboard season… but it would have been more interesting if we would have seen a bear and I finally could use my bear-spray and my knowledge from Bear Aware. There is nothing like having a grizzly standing in your garden, five metres away, staring at you.

The last sport that I really wanted to try in Canada was boxing, I was surprised by the adrenaline kicking in when I stepped into the ring, feeling every single part of my body. Even hiking in Fernie is a little adrenaline rush, when you hike up Mt. Fernie and see the snow still on the shaded side of the mountain in the middle of June. Feeling the cold wind really made me

Now, my year here is almost over and I’m looking back on the best months of my life. I’m very exited for what will happen in the future, like my graduation from school and which way I’ll go after that. But I really hope that I’ll one day return to Fernie to see old friends and enjoy once more these great mountains! FERNIEFIX.COM


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ummer is finally here! High water has passed, the snow is pretty much gone, and the river is returning to its amazing glacial green colour. Let’s start thinking of getting our feet wet! July brings us fast and full rivers. Though not as big as we saw in June, they can still be alarming. Most of the activities that we enjoy in the Elk Valley bring us close to creeks and rivers, during a bike ride to cross the creek, or to soak your feet during a legendary hike. It’s important to understand water safety when you’re in and around these majestic flows. Here are a few steps to be aware of before you start playing in the river and getting your adrenaline going. It’s no different than dropping into Lizard Headwall, a bit of prep work goes a long way! 1. Before entering the river and during your trip, Scout, Assess and Decide.

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Scout. Look up river and down for any logs, boats, or possible things that might be floating towards you.

4. Paddle with a friend, or at the very least, let someone know where you went and when you plan on returning.

Assess. What is the water going to be like? How warm is the water? How long are you in the river for? How fast is the river moving? What’s the visibility of the water?

July is an amazing time to enjoy the rivers and creeks. Get out in the river and dust off that roll; it’s time to go play and enjoy why we live here in Fernie! Just remember that rivers can present some hazards to the unsuspecting.

Decide. Is it “good to go?” Should you adjust your day’s goals, choose a different section to run, or is it time to get out because something just changed?

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2. Always wear a PFD or lifejacket. It’s no good to you if you’re not wearing it. A PFD can keep you floating when you swim, protects you if you hit a rock and will keep you warmer.

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ernie is world renowned for its easy access to the great outdoors. One only has to stand anywhere in town to look towards the mountains and imagine a variety of outdoorsy pursuits. Be it skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or fly-fishing – we’ve got it all. It could be as simple as setting your mind to it, heading out the door, and almost instantly, you can find yourself in the middle of an adventure. Or is it? Being new to Fernie, I hear all about people’s weekend adventures: “We skied Harvey Pass – it was awesome!” or “We hiked Mt. Fernie – a good solid climb.” I am often envious when I hear the stories. But I also hear the jokes about the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear – “black bear poop contains lots of berries and squirrel fur, whereas grizzly bear poop contains bells and smells like pepper.” And while a weekend adventure could be as simple as picking up and heading out the door, a bout of common sense is necessary. But where does one start for a Fernie hike? And what is common sense to me could be something completely different for another. For starters, the Tourism Fernie website provides descriptions and trail maps to no less than a dozen hikes. They range from the walking and biking trails in town, to the picturesque and iconic Three Sisters hike. There are easy trails, and there are difficult multi-hour hikes. With the late end to winter this year, some of the moderate and difficult trails are still snow covered. And so the focus of this month’s column is the more accessible trails in town. Where does one start with the trails in town? A friend pointed me to a smartphone app called Trailforks. I loaded the map of Fernie after work one day, and was amazed with how many trails there were. And to try the app, I headed towards the Montane trails to see what I could find for a quick


hike. A short hike off Cokato Road led me to the Montane warming hut, which is a part of the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club network of trails. With the hard work of volunteers and trail users, the hut opened in the fall of 2016, and is open to the public during the day in the winter. Complete with a bench, a fire pit, and a beautiful view of the Fernie Alpine Resort ski area, it is the perfect spot to stop for a quick break while exploring the Montane trail network.

adventure. However, it is best to hike as a pair or more for safety. And as a minimum, carry bear spray (and know how to use it if you have to), and leave a note with a friend or family to let them know of your whereabouts. Being in nature is scientifically proven to provide reliable boosts to mental and physical wellbeing. Perhaps that is why Fernie “stoke” is a thing, and why so many people in Fernie are stoked.

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The Aerial Park by KAREN PEPPER


am a recreational thrill seeker – I love skiing and biking but tend to keep my skis and tires firmly planted on the snow or dirt. Getting air is never in my plan, and if I do end up there, it’s generally not on purpose and a crash is likely coming. So the Aerial Park was a bit of a stretch for me – balancing and climbing around way up in the trees and jumping off elevated platforms is not usually my thing. But with family visiting from out of town wanting to experience it, I went for it. I went in thinking I would (proudly) bail after the beginner section, and ended up loving the challenges, completing the full course, and wanting to go back for more. In a nutshell, the Aerial Park is an elevated playground. It uses 15 trees to support the 23 challenges / features and three zip-lines. These features are positioned between the trees and increase in challenge and height from the ground as you progress from the first tree through to Tree 15. All participants wear a helmet and harness, and guides give full instructions on how to use the gear. The course is divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced sections. The beginner course has features like the Klatter Bridge, Indy Walk and Jacob’s Ladder. Progressing into the intermediate section, you’ll zig zag over large beams, balance your way across the Shrinking Islands, and zip along the Tree to Tree Zip. For those looking for more adrenaline filled challenges, head to the advanced section where you can climb the Picket Fence and cross the tippy but fun Log Drivers Waltz. And to descend from your time in the trees, you can take one of two ziplines. Or try the Step of Faith – where you literally step off a platform (which is very high in the trees) – and the auto belay system gently floats you to the ground.


The resort has amazing guides that teach, coach and encourage you while you’re in the Aerial Park. Here’s Heather Watson – one of the experienced Aerial Park Guides at the resort: When and why did you come to Fernie? I originally came to Fernie with my family in 1995, and spent the majority of my weekends and holidays here. I moved to Fernie in the winter of 2012 to take a break from university, expecting to go back in a year. Instead I rekindled my love of the mountains, and for the sense of community that exists in Fernie, and haven’t left since.

What jobs have you had since you’ve been in Fernie? Besides being an Aerial Park guide, I will also be working in the Adventure Centre this summer. In the winter I work at Fernie Alpine Resort in Guest Services and Winter Sports School Sales. When was the Aerial Park installed? The Aerial Park was installed in the spring of 2012, and opened to the public in July 2012. This will be its sixth year of operation. What kind of training do you need to work as a guide in the Aerial Park?

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All staff undergo 40 hours of intensive training that culminates in a pass/fail practical and written exam. The course and equipment are inspected daily and rescue simulations are a weekly occurrence. What’s your favourite feature? Why? My favourite feature in the Aerial Park is called Step To It. It’s a simple feature, as all you have to do is step from one platform to the other, but it never fails to get the heart pumping. What’s the best thing about working at the Aerial Park in the summer? The best thing about working in the Aerial Park is being outdoors, and the opportunity to meet new people.

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Crowsnest Mountain by JESSE BELL


cling to a rusty chain sling in the heat of mid-July at 2,500 metres above sea level. Below me is a gully where, just a few minutes before, the cracking and rumbling of falling rock echoed off the cliff walls. The prairies of Alberta are on the other side of the ridge, the Rockies are behind me. This is the only approach to the summit of Crowsnest Mountain. I ignore my nerves, though they manifest in the form of an uncontrollable leg shake. Arm over arm, leg over leg, I climb the vertical rock with the chain as leverage on otherwise impassable route. Once at the top, a sigh of relief escapes me. Good hikes are rarely easy. Great hikes scare you. The best hikes combine sore legs, crippling fear, along with moments of despair and capability, and leave you feeling infinite. For years I have driven past the stand-alone mountain that is Crowsnest. From the window of a car on the highway, it would appear nearly impossible to climb – steep scree slopes of shale and limestone blend with 90-degree cliffs, followed by more scree, and more cliffs, like a three-tiered wedding cake at the centre of a plainly decorated table.


8km round trip on the trail that sits at the backside of the mountain. We walk along an old logging road, deeply wooded and lush despite the scorching summer sun, and before long find ourselves in a rock fall zone, the first cliff-band hovering above. I can’t visualize our route, though an online explanation hints at first trending right, and then once on the cliffband, walking left through to a gully. A sign, faded from years of high-alpine neglect, reads “difficult” with an arrow pointing up.

The mountain, known as a klippe, is the result of an ancient thrust fault. It is 2,785 metres tall with a 925-metre prominence and, in contrast to the otherwise grassy prairies, seems out of place. I have always wanted to hike it, but it has always scared me.

“Let’s take the easy way,” I say to Helena. “Oh wait, there isn’t one.”

My friend Helena and I meet others along Alison Creek Rd. mid-morning. A good group of hikers, all eager for their first-ascents of Crowsnest, we begin the

Once atop the first cliff-band, we hike left beside a hidden waterfall that splashes into rock in the shade. When gusts of wind pass by, the water mists us gently.

We meander scree slope. Each step involves great stability, and mild frustration. Larch trees fall way to large boulders, the sound of the bubbling creek replaced with the high-pitched chirps of pikas.

We clamber up the narrowing gully, its walls growing higher with each step. A climbing helmet would have been wise, though I shrugged off the suggestion a few days earlier. Each crack of a rock has me on edge, and I constantly look up for signs of instability. Our group takes the gully in stride until we reach the chain sling where – following some knee problems and old injuries – half of our group turns around. It is a difficult call to make, especially when the summit is close by, but recognizing limits when mountaineering is a life-saving ability. Agreeing to continue on together, our half of the group navigates the chain and, one by one, beats the crux. Above the chain is a narrow chute, and then it is a gradual scree-filled climb to the top. Helena and I arrive at the summit together. My nervous leg-shake has been replaced with summit fever – that “oh-so-good” feeling you get when you can see the end of a hike in sight – a burst of energy, a fluttering of the heart.

At the top it is a 360-degree view of B.C. and Alberta, smooth grassland colliding with saw-toothed pinnacles, evidence of plate tectonic collision more plain than day. We sign our names in the summit book tucked in a ziplock bag hidden beneath rocks, the only evidence of our moment on Crowsnest. Helena and I fight with the relentless wind, and take a picture overlooking the Rockies. We are but two small blips of yellow and blue coats amongst layers and layers of mountains, friends who have just shared in our own first-ascents. And then I feel it, that moment of infiniteness. To reach the trailhead of Crowsnest Mountain, drive 11 km north off Hwy. 3 on Alison Creek Rd., keeping right at the fork.The trail begins along an old dirt road.Wear proper gear (a helmet is recommended) and prepare for fastchanging weather.

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his month’s Spin to Win contest is for the third leg of the Elk Valley Ultra. To win some Stag Leap swag post your Strava route or images out on the course on social media, tagging Fernie Fix, Fernie Trails Alliance and the Elk Valley Ultra. Let’s take you through the course. Start at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre (EVNC), heading into the park on the Bridge View Connector Trail, bearing left onto Sherwoody. Take first right and head (up) Happy (angry) Gilmar, being careful not to miss the sharp right back on yourself onto Old Goat! From there keep going onto and down Gorby. Once you cross the Gorby bridge across Lizard Creek, take a right onto the Park Connector Trail, back to the EVNC. Now you’re warmed up, it’s time to cross the Park Road and head up Stove. With 186m gain and average grade of 8.5%, it’s a deceptive slog when on bike or foot (at

this point in the ultra, runners will be at the 42km mark!). Cross over boardwalks, navigate a few switchbacks and before you know it you’ll be at the power line taking a left up Mushroom Head. Mushroom Head is a great trail with a number of roots to navigate and a couple of punchy sections to get up and over. Enjoy the view of the city once you hit Pete’s Bench. There is only a short climb to go before you descend Mushroom Head and start the real fun on Red Sonja. Red Sonja has a bit of everything – rock features, berms and roots. Enjoy the flow and descent on one of the best trails Fernie has to offer. Finish in the Annex Park, where you can enjoy a restful and relaxing soak in the Elk River. Distance: 12.8 km Elevation Gain: 593 meters Time: Approx. 1.5hrs Difficulty: Blue/Black



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he Elk Valley Ultra 50km race takes place Saturday July 29, 2017, with runners competing solo or on a threeperson team. By the time this comes out, those signed up should be deep in training with their bodies fairly prepared to maintain the distance. Here are some tips as race day approaches to prevent overuse injuries: 1. Achilles tendonopathy: Discomfort in the Achilles tendon is very common for distance runners. The first rule to rehabbing this injury is to listen to your body. Do not try to run through pain, instead stop and walk to avoid further aggravation. Rest is essential in your recovery so a few days off running is recommended. Cycling or swimming are good alternatives as you are healing. Ice following your run by submerging your effected Achilles in the river or ice bath for ten minutes. Be mindful of over stretching calves – minimal gentle stretching is recommended. Eccentric calf strengthening can help heal this type of injury quickly. Using a stair, raise your heel on your good leg, transfer to your affected side and slowly lower down until your ankle is as far down as possible then repeat 15x, do three sets twice daily. Try to keep your knee bent as you lower your ankle down in order to stretch your soleus (deep calf) muscle. 2. IT band friction syndrome: This can present itself as pain down the outer thigh or near the patella (kneecap) and can shut you down quickly if not addressed. Myofascial release using a foam roller, rolling pin or even a soup can down the outseam of your pants from your hip to your knee five to ten times per side helps. If you find a particularly tender spot, stop there and breathe until the discomfort



lessons as you have found a trigger point. Massage around the patella (kneecap) again using the foam roller or rolling pin to make sure your patella is slack (has movement). Single leg ¼ squats watching for knee over toe alignment and straight hips 15 times per leg, three sets daily will help stabilize your knee as will the above mentioned glute/ abdominal exercise.

3. Hip pain: Because you lift your leg every time you run, hips are commonly a sore spot for distance runners. Stretching your hip flexors by staggering your legs, squeezing your glutes and lunging forwards for five slow breaths per side will help. Strengthening your glutes and abdominals using a knee side plank clamshell, 15x per side for three sets, twice daily will also help keep your body aligned.You can add a theraband around your knees for extra resistance. Congratulations to all of the racers on all of their hard work leading up to the race. Here’s to arriving at the startline injury free – good luck and have fun!



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Morgan’s Metabolism Mayhem by TIFFANY SCHEBESCH, RD, BASC


organ thought she was invincible. All through college and her early twenties, Morgan ate all the fast food burgers, fries and beer she wanted; while laughing at her friends who told her it would “catch up with her one day.” She had always been naturally thin and active, enjoying adrenaline-packed outdoor activities like mountain biking and backcountry touring. Weight had never been an issue for Morgan, and neither was what she put into his body – until her 33rd birthday. Morgan noticed a round belly starting to form and that her pants were fitting a bit tighter than usual. Morgan was experiencing the natural phenomenon of progressive metabolism decline with age. Not to fear however, her friend recommended she try a guaranteed metabolism-boosting drink recipe from the Internet. It involved apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and honey – taken three times every day. After a month of trying this, Morgan was the same weight, felt more tired than ever and above all – frustrated.


Your Dietitian’s Advice The term “metabolism” is often thrown around when discussing weight loss, sports nutrition and the key to how we can maintain a healthy weight. So what exactly is our metabolism? This general term describes all chemical reactions in our bodies to keep us alive and functioning. However, metabolism and metabolic rate (or calorie burn) are often used interchangeably – we’ll be discussing metabolic rate specifically here. Making changes to increase your metabolic rate can leave you feeling like an energized, calorieburning machine. Here are some simple tips Morgan could benefit from instead of


her apple cider-cayenne concoction. Just remember, check with your health care professional before starting any new diet or exercise plan.

The Power of Protein Did you know that the food you eat actually increases your metabolism for a few hours following ingestion? This is known as the thermic effect of food (TEF) and is caused by the extra calories it takes to process, digest, and absorbs the nutrients from our diet. Protein causes the highest TEF of 10-15%; compared to 5-10% for

carbs and 0 – 3% for fats. Plus, protein has been shown to keep you feeling full and satisfied to prevent overeating at your next meal. Protein needs are individualized based on your age, gender and personal goals – check with your nutrition professional if you’re not sure what’s right for you.

Listen to Your Hunger Many folks associate eating often throughout the day with weight gain, and conversely, a slower metabolism. Well, I’m here to tell you that listening to your body and eating regular, small meals throughout

the day actually helps increase your metabolism. The key point here is to only eat when you’re feeling hungry to prevent munching on mindless snack binges. Having your body fuelled with the energy it requires can help keep that fire burning all day long.

Drink Green or Oolong Tea Various studies have shown that drinking these teas can boost metabolism by 4-5% by converting fat in your body to free fatty acids used for energy. While the effect is minimal, it can help combat the weight loss plateau that often occurs during weight loss. Tea is also naturally low in calories – so sip away!

Try a HIIT Workout Work smarter, not harder. I’m sure we’ve all heard this before – but have you considered the efficiency of the way you exercise? High intensity interval training, or HIIT, involves short, intense bursts of exercise broken up with rest periods. HIIT training both burns fat, and keeps the calories burning long after your workout is finished. Want to try this out yourself? Switch up your next steady state jog or bike ride with 30-second “sprints” or maximal effort outputs and then 1 minute of rest, or easy effort.

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Managing Your Family’s Stress

life for whom ongoing stress is an even bigger issue. There are many tools to help you get started including great apps like “Headspace,” which has a version for kids.


Communication - Talk to each other. The more open you are with your friends and family, including your kids, the better. Kids will learn that it is ok to talk about what is bothering them which will lighten their load.


ife is incredibly busy, particularly when you are balancing the needs of a whole family, and the busier you are, the more stress can seem to pile up on your shoulders. This stress can manifest itself in a lot of different obvious ways, such as tight muscles, headaches, weight gain, and insomnia, but it can also impact your body on a cellular level, causing many other health concerns both in the short and long term. In addition, the stress that you are experiencing is likely impacting other members of the family, namely your children, and their little bodies are even more susceptible to its effects. Most people are familiar with the hormone adrenaline and automatically link it to stress, but adrenaline is more typically associated with the “fight or flight” response and is released in extremely high stress and emergency situations. Cortisol is the hormone that the adrenal glands produce in response to everyday stressors, which for most people means that it is being secreted in small amounts throughout most of the day. Though cortisol will help us to respond to stress by predominantly increasing blood glucose, enhancing the brain’s use of glucose (promoting short-term memory), reduces inflammation, excessive cortisol will result in some obvious as well as more invisible side effects. The buildup of cortisol that occurs over time can lead to insulin resistance, visceral weight gain (fat buildup around the abdominal organs), high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, bone mineral loss (resulting in osteopenia and osteoporosis), decreased gut lining (impacting immunity and increases risk of IBS and ulcers) and inhibits thyroid function. These are significant concerns for most of us as aging adults, but there are



also serious concerns for young children, whose brains are developing rapidly. High levels of cortisol impairs learning and memory, which is very important for these developing minds. The challenge with stress is that it is not always possible to eliminate or modify external stressors, and some of them are impossible to avoid. The onus is thus on us to build safeguards into our lives to allow us to better handle the daily stresses that are more predictable (work, relationships, children, finances) as well as be better prepared when the unpredictable ones pop up, both to protect the adults and the children in your families. Here are six basic ways to arm your family against the effects of cortisol: Exercise - Regular exercise helps people stave off many of the effects of stress and overactive adrenal glands. Many people tend to abandon exercise in periods of extreme stress because it feels like one extra thing to fit in, but it can help so much to moderate stress. It is important to be aware, however, that overexercise can result in an excessive production of cortisol and actually predispose you to feeling the impact of a stressful life. Meditation - It can be difficult to fit meditation into your daily life, but the payoff is better sleep, improved response to stress, and longevity. The benefits are even greater for the young people in your

Sleep - Sleep hygiene is critical for stress management. The term “hygiene” simply refers to your practices around sleep and improving your sleep hygiene can involve anything from reducing screen time an hour before bed to placing a diffuser in your room with a calming essential oil blend. Take a good look at your family’s sleeping spaces and consider what changes you can make to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. Diet - If goes without saying, but having a healthy diet full of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables and quality protein, and low in sugar and caffeine can help your body to manage episodes of stress. Caffeine actually promotes cortisol production, which augments the effects of stress, and having blood sugar imbalances can be taxing on your adrenal glands. Boost - Even if you do everything right and manage the daily stresses with finesse and ease, life will throw a few curveballs at you so it might be helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Find a good herbal adaptogenic formula and keep it in your cupboard for those curveballs. Some of my favourite adaptogenic herbs include ashwaganda and schisandra, which can be good tools to help your adrenal glands cope with life’s big challenges. Stress is a part of everyday life and learning to deal with it is an ongoing process. Teaching your kids the tools to manage stress when they are young will better enable them to manage it as adults and result in them having better health overall both physically and emotionally. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Machine Learning by KEVIN MCISAAC


nless you’re one of those people that still thinks a “Facebook” is a book with the pictures of everyone that goes to your college, you’ve probably heard of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). If you have heard about ML, but you don’t understand it and are worried that one day your self-driving car will be taking you to the unemployment office, then this column is for you. Let’s start with intelligence. What is it? Don’t worry I’m not going to suggest that I can answer a question that pretty much all psychologists and philosophers will tell you is still up for debate. Instead, to keep it simple, I’m going to define intelligence as the ability to acquire knowledge and derive some new ability from that knowledge. Note the “new” ability part. When you learn a new language, you acquire the new ability to communicate in that language. If you re-read a book that you’ve previously read, but written in that new language, you haven’t acquired a new ability. Now, using that as a basis for intelligence, do machines learn? Yes, but not like you and I. All the abilities that a computer may use to learn were put there by programmers. When a computer learns to drive, it’s because the abilities needed to drive are known and programmers can give computers the ability to acquire the knowledge needed and exercises their built in abilities to drive. Computers do not think like you and me. They do however have the ability to acquire many of the skills you and I have. They acquire these skills differently. Let me give you an example. Suppose I present you with a garden maze.You wander up and down the paths looking for the exit. Perhaps you try some different techniques: always turning right,

The programmable portions of your job will be done by computers, freeing you up to spend more time on the stuff that requires human judgment, touch, and empathy as opposed to number crunching. always turning left when you see roses, etc. Eventually you find the exit.You’ve learned a path through that maze. The next day I take you to a new maze. Perhaps you try the same techniques that you used on the previous maze and they don’t work. So, you set about trying new ways to solve the problem. If we kept doing this for weeks, months, years, eventually you would learn several extremely effective techniques for navigating garden mazes. This is essentially how computers learn. Presented with complicated inputs they attempt a wide variety of strategies to solve the problem. They are told when their answer is correct or incorrect. They are presented with many variations on the problem. They eventually narrow the strategies down to several that are effective. Where computers win is the ability to try a million mazes in a minute. You, however, if you knew that we were going to undergo this exercise, might choose to research garden mazes, learn about how they are designed and grown, what kinds of people grow garden mazes, what kinds of plants are used and why.You can increase the knowledge you have of the entire area of garden mazes and as such eliminate many poor strategies before you even start.


Where humans make mistakes about AI and ML is when we overestimate the complexity of knowledge needed to master an ability. Self-driving cars are a good example. Most people today are aware that self-driving cars mostly exist. Most people, at least up until a few years ago, would have bet that computers couldn’t ever drive a car. It’s too complicated. Too many variables. Too many things you have to know about written and unwritten rules of the road. This is absolutely not true. Driving rules are relatively straightforward. But more importantly, if we stop thinking that computers need to drive cars perfectly before we call it success, but instead have them drive as well as we do – far from perfect – then the task become dramatically simpler. And it’s only slightly harder to get them to drive better than we do. Computers can learn and are getting better at it every day. If you’re wondering if you are going to be replaced by a computer, then the answer is almost certainly no. If, however, you’re wondering if a computer can do your job as well as you, then the answer is almost certainly yes – eventually. Vast swathes of jobs have already been replaced by computers and the variety and number of jobs computer can do increases dramatically every year. Computers are coming for your job, but it likely means a change in your job, as opposed to elimination. The programmable portions of your job will be done by computers, freeing you up to spend more time on the stuff that requires human judgment, touch, and empathy as opposed to number crunching. p.s. If you have any specific questions for the Answer Guy send them to info@clarismedia. com. Chances are good that if you want to know others do too.

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July 2017 by YANN LORANGER


f you’ve been reading this column since the beginning of the year, you’re becoming more and more familiar with the Jupiter square Pluto, the most powerful aspect this year. July will be very influenced by this aspect. The Moon visits Jupiter, strengthening this square both at the beginning and at the end of the month. Also, in early July, Jupiter will form another square with both Mars and the Sun being themselves together, in conjunction in Cancer. So, if we add up all this information, we see massive squares involving a conjunction between Mars and the Sun, one with Jupiter and the Moon and finally, Pluto. The progression of the planets during this month leads towards the last part of the nine months of Jupiter square Pluto that will reach its end in August. All of this takes place during the warmest month of the year in the northern part of the world, and we can expect the hot weather to warm up our blood. It is important to protect our head from the sun, both symbolically and literally. When our head is too hot, it’s difficult to think properly and we become too preoccupied with our personal will! This is Mars, controlling our head and our mind. If we transpose this symbolically, the head of countries, organizations, families and all forms of collectiveness will be under this influence. The plain Mars and Sun conjunction wouldn’t be that much to deal with if it wasn’t directly connected to the Jupiter and Pluto square, at its climax after eight months of moving back and forth! Again, this square talks about our difficulty in taking ownership of our own power. It underlines the fact that we have given much of our power to our leaders that can only do so much without our participation and are doomed to look bad despite their

attempts to serve. That shows us the bright side of all the tension that might arise. It is indeed the perfect time to start supporting our leaders to allow them to take good decisions, helping them with our real gifts, with our creativity, and with good use of our own power. Since we all have a little bit of each sign within us, consider each of the following as addressing a specific part of yourself. Read it all for every aspect within yourself.

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Fire Be careful, Aries representing the head and being a fire sign, you are at the highest risk of being affected by the insolation mentioned above.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Vigilance You are not as inclined to let your head get hot, but be careful – if it happens you might find yourself caught in heavy materialistic or sensual thinking.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Linkages You might be the one who will do best in this particular atmosphere.Your natural inclination towards connecting everyone, rich and poor, will be very useful!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Turmoil


Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Solitude It will be difficult to find someone that will resonate with your energy. You might feel a bit lost deep inside.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Courage You will have important choices to make, involving your own power and the will and thoughts of others. Despite this tension, you still act as a leader.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Transparency What is usually hidden now shows.Your hidden world has no secrets anymore and people are actually talking about it, slowly uncovering it one veil at a time.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Wisdom You are a witness. From each decision taken, you can foresee the consequences.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Challenge Will you be able to stand your ground? Despite the noise around you, will you be able to keep others interested in your subtle cause?

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Opportunist

Lots of emotions will be arising! Your family values will be shaken.

The agitation in your surroundings allows you to seed a good idea in others’ ploughed minds.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Strength

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Marine

You are the one that can dive into this warmth and stay in great shape and mood. If you have a point to make, it might be the right time.

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