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MAY 2017 | ISSUE 125



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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS IN THE VALLEY | 7 Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais – A Place Everyone Wants to Call Home


You’ve Got Male: Raspberries and Cheese Trays by Adam K MacDonald FernieFix.com Events Calendar / May at the Arts Station Family Stoke – It’s Working by Shelby Cain Transitions – Sense of Belonging by Micah Morris


Feature Artist – Kyle Hamilton Fernie Reads with Mary Giuliano – Water by Marq de Villiers and Blue Gold by Tony Clarke and Maude Barlow Rental Fix – The Wrestler by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes - 123, it’s FKB! by Carolyn Nikodym

EA Sports – Tennis Anyone? by Erin Summers Never Have I Ever – Australia, Fair Dinkum! by Jesse Bell Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Spin to Win by Tom Gibson Destination of the Month – Mushroom Head Figure 8 by Tom Gibson



Feature Resident – Fred Gietz and Bernie Pulsifer by Krista Turcasso

Fit to Challenge – Becoming Part of the Race Community by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist

Food Intelligence: Ruby’s Road Trip Adventure by Tiffany Schebesch, RD, BASc Family Wellness A Community of Healthcare by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M.

BITS AND BYTES | 44 The Answer Guy – My Backup Story by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

FERNIE FUN | 46 Fix Trivia COVER: We are Fernie. Photo by Kyle Hamilton, Kylehamiltonphotography.com THIS PAGE: Urban Bear Photo by Matt Kuhn, Mkuhnphoto.com

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You’ll come for the winter, stay for the summer and then you’ll never leave.” I must have heard this at least a half dozen times during my four weeks here in Fernie. I’ll be honest, I did come for the winter, at least the tail end of it anyway. (I actually came to do an internship here at the Fernie Fix, but for all intents and purposes - I came for winter.) Skiing has and always will be an incredibly huge part of my life. It has given me the opportunity (and excuse) to travel around this amazing country as well as endless enjoyment, frustration, and fond memories. However, arguably the most important aspect that skiing has brought to my life, is a community. Whether it be the ski shops I have worked in, the gondolas I’ve shared, or the hitchhikers I’ve met along the way, skiing has brought me closer to nature, but more importantly, it has brought me closer to a community. This community.

ANTHONY BEWCYK is currently an intern at the Fernie Fix, and enjoys spending his free time on the ski hill getting the entirety of the “working in Fernie” experience. 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 wants to thank everyone who goes out to see live acts for building a mighty music community in our town. PATTY VADNAIS is the Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, a winter-time wanna-be ski bum, and summer-time golf slice professional. MARY GIULIANO is a long time resident of Fernie, serving a fifth term on council and sixth year as Mayor. She loves everything and everyone that is Fernie and truly appreciates and values what a tremendous community this is. 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

I wouldn’t dare label myself as a local, I haven’t earned that right just yet. Until now my community involvement has been limited to enjoying the incredible ski hill and spending as much time in the snow as I can before taking my place in the line of red license plates headed back home to Alberta. But as I said before, skiing has brought me here time and time again, and now it has played a huge part in my good fortune in being able to spend a month at the Fernie Fix as an Intern. Through reading countless articles and experiencing this town through a new lens, it is very clear just how important and how valued the sense of community is here in Fernie. From the hundreds of volunteers who selflessly devote their time to being active community members, to the dozens of locally owned and locally supported businesses; everyone shares a deep-rooted appreciation for this town. Community is defined as “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together,” and maybe in the beginning the interest that brought you here was skiing, or biking, or hiking, or

maybe even a good cup of coffee. But, for myself (and I’m sure plenty of others) it was never the skiing that kept bringing me back, it was the way this place makes you feel. It’s the people that wave and smile at you whether they know your name or not. It’s the people that invite you into their homes for dinners. It’s the people that regardless of how long you have been here make you feel at home in this town. The more time I spend here and the more people I talk to, the more that phrase seems to ring true. It may have been the skiing that got me here, but as spring and summer fast approach I’m looking forward to my chance at finding out why so many stay. Anthony Bewcyk Guest Editor FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: info@clarismedia.com Box 1124, 361A 1st Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 www.clarismedia.com Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym Guest Editor | Anthony Bewcyk All content copyright Claris Media. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher.

ERIN SUMMERS loves skiing, good times, watching sports (especially October baseball), t-shirts and to Giv’ Er! She has a slight obsession with trips, and is heading to Panama in February for some yoga, surf and her favourite - good times!

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.

JESSE BELL visits Australia for a friend’s wedding, sleeps in the back of her car in a rainstorm and holds a fuzzy koala. Then she discovers that it’s not about the places you go, but the people you meet, that make travelling magical.

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.

MICAH MORRIS is back, but this time she’s navigating her last year of high school, contemplating what’s next, and taking us along for the ride.

ADAM K. MACDONALD hopes we all manage to get out there and enjoy some of Fernie’s awesome community events.

SARAH INGRAM is hoping you will join our avid racing community. Whether you are just little and ready for your first bike race or going to tackle the Lucky 7’s, there are some training musts for you. If you need help with developing a program individual to you, call 250-423-9167 or visit sarahsactiverehab.com. The FERNIE TRAILS ALLIANCE is a non-profit organization that works with outdoor recreation groups, government and private land owners to enhance and maintain the Fernie trail network.


KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material. YANN LORANGER from Happy-Culture Inc. is your local resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy. Astrology courses are offered at the College of the Rockies in Fernie. happycultureinc@gmail.com


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fter a busy winter and with summer fast approaching, there are some expansion plans scheduled for Fernie Brewing Co., to both the Tasting Room and Warehouse. Work is scheduled to start Monday April 17, for approximately eight weeks.

FBC offers beer tastings, growler fills, packaged product and merchandise; however, there is limited space. There are no changes to what’s on offer, other than additional seating and circulation space. FBC also needs more warehouse space, for increased storage and tank space. Packaging and production will not be impacted and it will be business as usual throughout. While the store will be closed during the renovation, customers can visit local liquor stores to purchase packaged products and for scheduled FBC tastings, or enjoy an FBC beverage on tap at any of the local restaurants and bars. Giv’Er Shirt Works will be selling FBC merchandise during the closure. 

Fernie Golf & Country Club Golffernie.com 250-423-7773


olf Pro Max Sherwood is excited to be back at the Fernie Golf & Country Club as General Manager/Head Professional and is adding new pricing and initiatives this season in order to make the club more enticing for young players, families, women and seniors. Offering reduced early morning and twilight green fees, including the very affordable new one-hour short loop! Also available this season are Book of Ten Rounds and the ever-popular 360 Golf Card priced at $100 where you get 15% off every round and one free 18-hole round. Group instructional courses like Swing Into Spring, Introduction to Golf, Refresher, Junior and Ladies Camps are offered this spring. As an incentive to get more young players out, adult club members can sponsor any junior to a free full membership and driving range pass. For more information please stop by the pro shop, call 250-423-7773 or visit Golffernie.com



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Giv’Er Shirt Works Givershirts.com 250-423-6615


n the past Giv’Er Shirt Works has proudly donated 100 shirts per year to the Fernie Mountain Bike Club for the club to sell as a fundraising effort. This year, Giv’Er has decided to spread this love to other organizations in the Elk Valley.

Shirt Away Competition

Giv’Er is pleased to announce their first bi-annual Giv’Er-ShirtAway Competition.This competition will give away 50 shirts, twice a year, to a nonprofit/charity organization in the Elk Valley. These shirts could be used for a fundraising effort, for an internal giveaway, staff shirts or some other awesome idea. This is how it works: in 25 words or less tell Giv’Er why your organization should

win. It’s that simple! Entry forms can be picked up at Giv’Er’s retail store on 2nd Ave in Fernie, and entries are due by May 31. The winner will be chosen by the Giv’Er staff and announced on June 1, 2017. Giv’Er is excited to be helping those who help our fantastic community. Let’s get those entries in!

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ebecca Vaughan, RMT co-owner of Thunder Meadows Massage Therapy is pleased to announce she is coming back from maternity leave starting May 1. She is excited to SUBMITTED PHOTO start massaging again and see familiar and new faces. Rebecca Vaughan has a special interest in Pre and Post Natal Massage and deep tissue release. Thunder Meadows Massage is open seven days a week with online booking. Always personable and always professional.


Wildsight Elk Valley Community Yard Sale 891 2nd Ave. 250-423- 3322


he Community Yard Sale is back and this year the event will be organized by Wildsight Elk Valley with support from previous organizers Outdoor Connections. The Community Yard Sale is set to take place Saturday June 3 from 9am to 1pm. Community members can register to be a part of the Wildsight Community Yard Sale by visiting wildsight.ca/yardsale. As a fundraiser for the organization, the twenty dollar yard sale registration fee offers several benefits to participants including signage, extensive event promotion and your yard sale location on Wildsight’s exclusive Community Yard Sale map which will be published in the Fernie Free Press on June 1. To learn more or register visit Wildsight.ca/yardsale. Questions? elkvalley@wildsight.ca, drop by the Wildsight office at 891 2nd Ave. Fernie or call for inquiries 250423- 3322. FERNIEFIX.COM



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eginning this Spring, Hourglass Window Cleaning will be offering full window cleaning services to Fernie and the Elk Valley. Whether it be residential, commercial or post construction cleaning, seasonal or monthly touch-up services, Hourglass will meet your needs at competitive prices. Hourglass Window Cleaning provides quality, friendly service and thrives to exceed each of their client’s expectations. Matt Lewis and Georgina Ewing have worked as residential and high rise window cleaners in both Calgary and Vancouver, tackling some of the tallest buildings each city had to offer. Both certified rope access technicians, the duo are no strangers


to working at heights to ensure their customer’s satisfaction. Although Fernie doesn’t have the tallest buildings in the world, they understand that the view is equally as important. You can check out their website at Hourglasswindowcleaning.com or give them a call today for your free quote at 250-430-7598.

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onia Roy is a trained professional singer who’s been living in Fernie for over 15 years. She has directed various projects in the community including community choirs and theatre productions and has performed in different venues around town. Sonia Roy’s love of music extends from public teaching to private coaching of various instruments; still her passion shines brightest when teaching singing.   Evolving from extensive life experience and musical endeavours, Sonia has created Singing Therapy. Singing Therapy offers students the opportunity to heal themselves, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually while finding their authentic voice. Sonia Roy’s unique method, “Embodying the Singer,” takes students deeper into themselves, encompassing singing as an integral part of the human


experience. By inviting students to collaborate on their own training program “Embodying the Singer” offers custom programs and personal empowerment. This spring Sonia will be leading an introductory workshop series at Castle on First and offering private Singing Therapy programs.

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ometimes called helical piles, because of their helix shape, screw piles are installed deep beneath the ground freezing level, and provide solid support for the structure built on top. They have been used in construction since the mid 19th century, but only recently has the industry fully embraced this technology for use in landscape and building projects. Screw piles have revolutionized how builders, contractors and landscapers are constructing foundations for commercial and residential structures. From large buildings to house additions, decks, fences, sheds, and anywhere traditional concrete piles would have been used to support the structure. Screw piles are a stronger, more economical and durable choice, are installed easily and quickly using a lightweight hydraulic driving tool, and can be built upon immediately. Made in Canada with galvanized 60ksi Canadian steel and filled with polyurethane, Goliath Tech is proud to offer the best screw piles on the market. Email info@kootenaypiles. com for further information.

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A Place Everyone Wants to Call Home by PATTY VADNAIS


eople want to live in Fernie because of the lifestyle. Business respondents in the Chamber’s business retention and expansion survey most frequently cited the lifestyle (29%) as why they started a business in Fernie. It is a town people want to live in where entrepreneurs will create work so they can enjoy the lifestyle and the great sense of community here. Thinking about what it is that builds such a great community, I recall a conversation I had with library director Emma Dressler. We spoke about the number of events and activities happening that draw people out of their homes and provide a social opportunity to chat with neighbours and enjoy life here. And that it is the strong community that makes these events great – the strong support from businesses and residents. This past winter another great example came to my attention while promoting Griz Days. Two weekends before Griz Days there was Fernie Stoke Fest, the next weekend was The Fernie Mountain Film Festival, and then Griz Days. Three great events put on by local organizations, sponsored by local businesses, and attended by residents and visitors. Similar things happen in the summer with the Wednesday Concert Series, Bibbity Boppity Boo, Wapiti, and races like Tears and Gears and the Fernie Half Marathon. While all these events are open to tourists and visitors, the core of the audience is local. The sponsors are local, the volunteers are local, and the events make the community something to enjoy. Organized and supported by residents and small business owners who chose to make Fernie their home. Visitors experiencing the Fernie vibe are drawn to the area. It shows in our increasing population and increasing


second home ownership (reported by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute). The question should be asked, what does this mean for the future of our mountain home? As tourism in Fernie and BC grows, we can look at communities who have experienced similar growth to learn what works, and what challenges can come with Fernie’s increased popularity. Powder Magazine recently published an article about the challenges of living in a ski town. It reports places like Tahoe,Vail, and Whitefish are experiencing a shortage of beds and houses for people to live in. The article best sums up the situation in these ski towns as “not only is housing overpriced but it’s practically impossible to find” (March 17, 2017). The good news is our community is being proactive on this subject. The City of Fernie is working on two projects to understand the needs of our community: 1) an affordable housing study, and 2) shortterm rental regulations. The goals of these projects are to understand our current situation and develop policy and plans to support Fernie’s growing community. Without access to housing, our businesses will find it harder to find employees. In

the past two years, we have seen businesses reduce their hours of operation because they cannot find employees. The housing affordability study will help us understand if the grocery and convenience store workers, servers, teachers, health-care workers, and entry-level employees can afford and/or find a place to live. The housing study will complement the shortterm rental discussion and help answer the question of how many rental units have been removed from our long-term rental pool. Are short-term rentals exaggerating the housing situation? Fernie is a great community full of people ready to get things done. We see this in the number of clubs, organizations, and events that happen here. People want to live here. Businesses want their employees to live here. The Chamber has heard from many businesses that they cannot find enough people to fill the jobs they have open. The Chamber is invested in working with the City of Fernie to find solutions for our community; to take a proactive look at developing housing solutions, to supporting business with minimal but effective regulations, and to supporting our business community in being their best. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Kyle Hamilton I don’t know if my journey to becoming an artist could be more filled with clichés... After graduating from university, I set off to travel the world; my dad gave me his old Canon a-1 and I learned how to shoot film. When I got back from my travels, some friends liked the photos I took, and offered to buy me a case of beer in exchange for shooting some family photos... which lead to more family sessions, and more beer, until I realized I could probably charge people actual money to do what I was doing. Soon afterwards, my sister got married and asked if I’d be interested in shooting her wedding photos as my gift to them. I said, “Yeah, sure, why not?” At about the same time, I had found out that I had been accepted to a couple law schools in the UK. I decided I would move out to Fernie for one last summer of fun before “joining the real world.” I found a job as a housekeeper up at Island Lake Lodge, and shortly after starting there, realized that law school was going to have to wait. I had grand visions of becoming an action sports photographer, following in the footsteps of guys like Mark Gallup and Henry Georgi. (Whom, at the time, I had no idea lived in Fernie!) I kept shooting portraits and stuff in Fernie and slowly started to build a client base doing family portraits and wedding photography as my business grew and evolved, and I kept working in hospitality as “my real job.” Finally, in October of 2012, I had my busiest wedding season yet, and was spending more time (and earning more money) as an artist than I was doing “real work.” After a lengthy discussion with my girlfriend (who’s now my wife), it was time to resign from my hotel manager position to pursue my art full time.

As I grew as a photographer, and learned everything I could from other photographers, I kept hearing them talk about pursuing “Passion Projects.” These are projects you decide to shoot because you a) want a challenge, b) love the subject matter, and c) just want to shoot it. I had been chatting with an employee from Tourism Fernie about a project trying to shoot portraits of various tourism industry personnel, to create some content for their social media channels. That project never really went anywhere but it got this idea in my head: could I shoot a portrait of every man, woman and child who lived in Fernie – in a year? I felt like I was at a place in my career where a) I needed a challenge, b) I really wanted to do something that would give back to the community that had given me so much, and c) It seemed like a really cool idea. The logistics of a one-year timeframe quickly reigned in that notion, but I thought I would pursue the project regardless. One of the questions I’ve been asked frequently since starting the project is, “Why?!?” My answer is, Fernie is such an amazing place to live. One of the main reasons why I decided to stay was because of all the cool people I met after arriving in town. There is just something about this place. Ask anyone who has lived here for longer than four months what they love most about this place, and everyone will at some point mention the community and the people. I can’t explain what exactly it is about the people, but, there is just such a sense of pride of place, and support for your neighbours that it kind of makes me think about what it must be like to be in the Mob: Once you’re in, you’re in it for life. My goal for my project was to try to capture this “je ne sais quoi” that exists in Fernie, as well as to provide an artistic historical artifact for future generations to look back on. With the I AM Fernie exhibit up in the museum until the end of May, I am busy working on putting together a book of the first 1000 portraits I’ve captured, and will be starting on “Volume 2” in late April/early May to capture another 1000 portraits. I don’t know if I’ll ever capture a portrait of every single person who lives in Fernie, but I am going to try! FERNIEFIX.COM




Celebrate Canada Day Celebrate our 150 year heritage on Canada Day 2017 in Fernie. We invite you to be part of the celebration again this year: • Run an Event • Support Through Sponsorship • Volunteer Contact us: 250-423-2245 or email: sharon.switzer@fernie.ca


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Water by Marq de Villiers and Blue Gold by Tony Clarke and Maude Barlow by MARY GIULIANO


s a four-year-old, I accompanied Mom to the communal fountain to watch as she filled the cistern with water for the day’s needs. My maternal aunt would often take me for picnics to the “bivio,” a fresh water creek at the bottom of a ravine where she would take a large leaf off a nearby bush to form into a cup to scoop water for me to drink. Sometimes hot Italian summers would turn the creek to dust. When dad came to Fernie in 1951, he recognized the value of our spring water, settled here and instilled in his family an appreciation for this resource. Years later, books titled Water and Blue Gold changed the trajectory of my life, though I didn’t recognize it then. Water by Marq de Villiers asks, where is it, who owns it, how much do we need, and how do we make sure we’ll have it for the future? The response is important ecologically as well as life-necessitating for every community. Published in 1999, it won a Governor General’s Award for its study of the condition of water affecting the world. The author explains that water is influenced and used as a political bargaining chip and put at risk by ignorance and lack of care, and that action needs to be taken now. He adds, “It’s not that the world is running out of water,” but that it’s running out in places where it’s needed most. “A child dies every eight seconds from drinking contaminated water. More than half of the world’s rivers are now so

polluted that they pose serious health risks. One-third of Africa’s people already endure conditions of water scarcity, and water supplies are in jeopardy in China, India, Japan, Spain, southern France, Australia, the south western US and many other parts of Asia and Europe.” Regarding water issues he finds the US, “Both profligate and caring, rapacious and thrifty,” and he cites studies that warn that the Ogallala Aquifer lying beneath six Great Plains states will run dry before 2020, imperilling US agriculture as well as grain exports and pose the risk of a global food crisis. He calls for a blend of “conservation, technological innovation, desalination of sea water, demand-reducing devices like low-flow faucets and toilets, public policy to reduce water wastefulness and international cooperation to resolve transnational disputes over water.” De Villiers’ concerns are that water wars could start in dry regions of the world, and states that because the reduction of drinkable water is not necessarily due to greed and corruptive politicians but just a normal result of humans living on the planet, it will require cooperation across all societies to fix the problem. He believes it’s the “average person, unaware of the fragility of our water system, that is doing the most damage, not the corporations or megafarms; and that for the price of one military ship or equipped unit ($100 million), one can desalinate 100 million cubic meters of water.” Tony Clarke and Maude Barlow’s book Blue Gold provides an in-depth account of the growing shortage of fresh water and of privatization and corporate control.


This book is easy to read and gives information on what is happening in regard to how transnational corporations are turning water into an industry for this century by placing “mandatory privatization of water services as a condition of debt rescheduling and proposed international trade agreements that will negatively impact public ownership of water, public-sector water services, and governmental authority to regulate.” The research is similar to that in Water, but the authors’ commercial analysis of water as a scarce commodity is different. It sets values for protecting water security and proposes strategies to legislation, lobbying, and citizen environmental action to stop control of this life sustaining resource by a few private companies. What I remembered most from reading this book is the claim made by the authors that under the NAFTA, “once a government opens a door to privatization of any of the water related services, such as water delivery or waste management, it abandons its right to take back control at any stage even if water user groups complain about bad or no service or the company does not live up to the contract.” And if one is allowed others cannot be refused with the water source drained dry and no legal recourse. In 2001, a bottling plant was allowed to hook up directly to the town’s water source. My father asked that I do something about this. A friend, Sherry Earl and I took out a petition asking residents if this is what they wanted. With 1200 NO signatures we approached city council. This is what catapulted me into politics and changed my life. Today, the city is spending millions on a secondary water source as an alternative to the spring currently in use. Water, the most valuable resource on earth and a requirement to sustain life is recognized by city staff and council as a most valued and intrinsic part of this community.



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iven the amount of drama and commercial success surrounding the sport of professional wrestling, it makes sense that it would eventually become the focus of a Hollywood feature film. The Wrestler tells the tale of Randy the Ram Robinson, an aging, down-and-out professional wrestler and the trials and tribulations that feature so prominently in his life. From his heart problems to his efforts to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter, the movie takes a hard, unflinching look at the life of someone who has basically hit rock bottom after a life of self-abuse. Mickey Rourke stars as Randy and gives an excellent performance. He quit acting in 1991 to pursue a career in the boxing ring where he became intimately familiar with the concept of violence in close quarters. In 1994 he returned to acting and in The Wrestler he uses his experience as a professional fighter to accurately portray the crass commercial selling of violence as entertainment. Rourke is also the right person to play the film’s disgraced central character because of the course his own career has taken in the film business. After a very successful stint as a heartthrob in the 1980s, when he appeared in the very successful 9 1/2 Weeks, he disappeared from Hollywood, only to reappear briefly in minor roles in Domino and The Rainmaker. Since 2001 he has made about two films a year, but he has been almost unrecognizable after the abuse to which he subjected his body in the interim. The Wrestler is his big comeback. This film was made in 2008, and Rourke has had a busy film career since then. He appeared in Ironman 2 (2010), The Expendables (2010), Sin City: A Dame to Kill for (2014), Ashby (2015), Weaponized (2015) and in two movies yet to be released, Tiger and Unhinged.


Also starring in The Wrestler is Evan Rachel Wood who plays Robinson’s daughter. She gives a sympathetic portrayal of someone who is fragile, angry and lost. She has appeared recently in Ides of March (2011), Westworld (2016), and she played the character of Eva in the indie film Into the Forest (2015),

this film she plays a stripper with a heart of gold, a minor character who is kind and supportive to Robinson in his time of need.

Robinson’s love interest is played by Marisa Tomei. Who can forget her wonderful turn as the talented girlfriend to Joe Pesci’s character in the film My Cousin Vinny. In

Two thumbs up.

Darren Aronofsky, who has directed such excellent films as Black Swan,The Fighter, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, has in this instance successfully taken a minor story and produced a powerful movie. It should be understood that this is an incredibly sad movie. Randy is portrayed as a good, if somewhat flawed, man so to see him suffer in this film is not pleasant. The Wrestler is an example of quality film making, and you probably won’t want to watch it more than once, but it is a film that everyone, cinephile or not, should probably see.

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hen it comes to human evolution, there’s a school of thought that eschews the idea of Survival of the Fittest. Social scientists have written much about how working together is actually how we succeeded as a species. It’s one of those ideas that seems so obvious – but maybe so obvious that we don’t even see it anymore. But examples, large and small, of this are everywhere. (Just read this month’s magazine!) Having a community behind our various endeavours helps things succeed. When FKB formed in 2009, the band performed anywhere it could. It’s a familiar trajectory for many young bands – play fundraisers, chili cook-offs, basement parties and tiny venues – and with some hard work and good luck, a community of fans and mentors begins to form around the band. For its part, FKB started out by finding common ground with its listeners, rounding out sets with songs that you could say are part of our collective consciousness – like songs by Elvis and the Beatles. Eventually, in 2012, the quartet ended up performing at the Gear Grabbers Show & Shine in Bonnyville, Alberta. That’s when they impressed country singer Clayton Bellamy (the Road Hammers) – who told them to call if they ever wanted to do a record. With his help, a couple of years later 123 FKB was released, and a second record is on its way, with a single released late last month. Through Bellamy’s mentorship, FKB tightened its ship, focusing the band musically and aesthetically. In 2015, FKB was asked to open for the Trews at Bonnyville’s Extreme Mudfest. At over 1000 folks, it’s still one of the band’s biggest audience and it was nerve wracking. “That one was pretty tough. We just tried to put together the best show we could


Having a community behind our various endeavours helps things succeed. and we knew there was no room for error,” lead singer and bassist Drew Shalka says. “We had to make it so that the Trews weren’t in our heads. The crowd was in our head, but not really. We just tried to make it geared for everybody there and then just kind of live in the moment once we’re up there. It was kind of a weird thing to do. We were conscious of the fact of what we were doing, but we had to tune it out at the same time and be as entertaining as possible and be as well rehearsed as we could.” The band – rounded out by Derek Chalut, Alex Fedorouk and Travis Topylki – recorded four more songs with Bellamy, and released the first new single, “Bright Lights,” just before embarking on a string of spring and summer dates that will see

the band travel from Bonnyville to Buffalo. Shalka says that the new songs are more keyboard and synth driven than the ones on their first EP. “I was living in an apartment and I couldn’t really play my electric guitar or any big instruments to do a lot of the writing for this, so I have a ten-key little keyboard that plugs into my computer, and that’s kind of the only thing I had to mess around with,” he explains, “especially at night when people were sleeping and I couldn’t make too much noise.” In 123 FKB, the older influences are very much apparent – there are tinges of ‘60s surfer rock and ‘70s power ballads – but the songs are set very firmly in this millennium, with each member bringing his own band of contemporary influences. FKB is a band to have fun to, to tip a glass to, to dance to. But most importantly, FKB is a band to see with your community. FKB performs at the Northern on May 19. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Fred Gietz and Bernie Pulsifer by KRISTA TURCASSO


attended my first Fernie Mountain Bike Club (FMBC) meeting over ten years ago. Just getting into the sport, I was a little insecure entering a packed Freshies (where the meeting was held) but immediately was engaged as Bernie Pulsifer discussed things I had never really considered, such as land use agreements, legitimizing trails and trail maintenance. At that meeting I saw Fred Gietz, whom I’ve known since Chemistry classes at Fernie Secondary School. I had no idea that one of my favourite teachers was so passionate about mountain biking! On a day not long after, I was painfully climbing Hyper Extension (there was no Hyper Ventilation at the time) and voilà, there’s Mr. Gietz in all of his hard-core mountain bike glory. For some reason, it shocked me. Perhaps it was the lack of a lab coat. Mountain biking immediately became a summer-time passion for me, so it was easy for me to understand why these two, alongside Gerry George, were so involved with the sport and decided to form the Fernie Mountain Bike Club in 1990, which then became incorporated in 1998. “It was all about getting together, and cleaning things up. The original Sidewinder was logged over, so we had to fix that. Gerry suggested we have a meeting to become a society under the Government Society Act, and to make the group official,” Bernie tells me over a cold beer at the Fernie Brewing Co. tasting room. (“If we’re having a meeting, there needs to be beer,” they had said when they apprehensively agreed to being featured.) One of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve ever given became one of the hardest features I’ve had to piece together.You see, these two are not only great friends; they have had many, many great adventures!


The routes they’ve ridden have my mouth watering. (“Yes, I’ll have another Honey Kolsch, Mr. Gietz!”) By far the best story involves Mr.Vallance (Jimmy), another one of my FSS teachers. Supposedly, Jimmy wanted to be among the first to ride Heiko’s Trail. Bernie was on board, and Fred reluctantly. They set the date a few weeks later to prepare for the challenge. “I heard some young guys talking about riding it, and called Jimmy and Fred and said… we need to go now,” says Bernie. And they did, biking from town to Hartley Lake to Island Lake and back. I can hardly respond, as I had rode this route for the first time last summer and experienced many moments of terror… and can only imagine 1. The bikes they were riding at the time and 2. The condition of the trail in comparison to now. Legends. “You just put your head down and just go and go and you get there. What occurs to me, as we chat here, when we did Iron Pass etc., there weren’t many trails…

roots, deadfall… a lot of the older guys would start at Cameron Lake in Waterton and come back. Or Bernie gave me the challenge to go over the Highway to the Sun… Fernie to Waterton,” says Fred. My jaw is basically on the table at this point, and I’m mentally adding routes to my bucket-rides list. Outside the long-time involvement and love for the sport, mountain biking has a special significance to Bernie. “I realized after riding the trails with Fred and Don (Vinge) that I needed a better bike. How do I let Sandy know I want to spend $2500 on a mountain bike? I’ll put 1000 km into this bike and then I’ll buy a new one. I bought an odometer and bought my first real mountain bike from Troy Maclachlan at the Guide’s Hut,” says Bernie. “What he’s not telling you,” Fred proudly adds “is that it was a big part of him fighting cancer. The ‘New Bike’ was

basically his road to recovery.” Bernie smiles and says that he used a quote from Lance Armstrong as a personal motivator. If I’m moving I’m alive. These two have been dedicated to the advancement of Fernie’s trail network for over 25 years, and not surprisingly are being honoured by the Fernie Mountain Bike Club this May. While Fred “retired” from his position with the FMBC last year (although is still involved), Bernie remains a board member and also sits on the Fernie Trails Alliance Board. They have seen the trails go from a few to a few hundred. While it used to take a few days to remove a tree from a trail, now it is removed seemingly minutes after being reported. And from a handful of members, FMBC is 800 and growing. “We’ve stuck with our mandate. Events and having fun, and that’s why there is a good membership. We officially had 25-30 members in the beginning, probably not even that,” Bernie recalls. He also adds that a big change has been the addition of the Fernie Trails Alliance as an umbrella organization, taking on the administration portion of trail management and use. “The community has gotten behind the sport,” they say. “We predicted years ago that it would be bigger than skiing. And it is happening.” When asked why they feel it’s important to be involved as citizens, they say “If everyone sat on their ass every night of the week, it wouldn’t be the same town. Fernie has to be one of the most active towns in this country.” From the bottom of our mountain bikeloving hearts, thank you! Your involvement is inspiring and has allowed us all the opportunity to get off our butts and onto the trails! 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here? B. 1986 and I came here working for Nohels on a construction job. Was going to be here in six months. We didn’t have kids

“The community has gotten behind [biking],” they say. “We predicted years ago that it would be bigger than skiing. And it is happening.”

Games and I think the stats were that there was not a single family in Fernie that didn’t have one person involved as a volunteer. It gives you an idea of the potential this town had. B. We’re living in a town in southern BC, with unlimited access to the outdoors… and Calgary is 2.5 hours away. 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why?

yet, so thought we’ll travel the world… then one of the foremen said there’s a house in West Fernie for sale and we bought it for $13,000. It sold last year for $360,000. And we’ve been here ever since. F. I think in 1982. We left up north. Kim had a job as a teacher and I had already been down here working for the mines. We figured two years… 30 odd years later still looking for adventures.

B. When we moved here, it was definitely winter. But I have to say fall now. I love the change of seasons, biking on the larch needles and being outdoors. F. I can’t answer that one. We have such special times throughout the year. There’s always something to discover.

2. Where did you first live in town?

B. Pretty much the same I think. I mean it’s going to grow somewhat. We’ll have a few more restaurants. F. I’d like to see the city’s fathers and mothers take a breather. So many things have changed so fast, the city needs to get itself together again. And then we can see what the new possibilities are. It applies to bike trails, the city, expansion…

B. West Fernie. F. When we came, the house prices were inflated and mortgages had 21.3/4 per cent interest… there were no houses available. But we found a place to live in Ridgemont. 3. What was your first impression? B. Well, when we moved here we were in Sparwood, and I was working seven days a week. Sandy bought a mountain bike and biked into Fernie. We loved the valley, and ate supper at the Old Elevator for our first anniversary and we thought Fernie was a pretty neat place. F. I was living here before Kim came down and at the time, everybody thought that town was the highway. So many people still think the highway is Fernie. 4. What keeps you in Fernie? B. Friends. It’s a big part of it. And it’s grown into a nice town. It’s home, I’ve lived here longer than any place else. F. I can’t argue with that. Even if I do have to put up with him. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory?

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

8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? F. Since retiring, now I can have that second cup of coffee in the morning. B. Ditto ditto. I am addicted to coffee. I need it before anything. 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you. B. I’m a proud grandfather to two grandchildren. Ever and Ira. F. Even though all of my buddies tease me about being a German, I’m a proud French Canadian. 10. Quote to live by: B. Never ever ever ever give up. ~ Winston Churchill. F. 1. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting change is the definition of insanity. ~ Albert Einstein. 2. Challenging authority to see changes. ~ Frank Zappa

B. Oh God.You go first. F. Fernie was the smallest town to host the BC Winter FERNIEFIX.COM




MONDAY 1.5.2017 – 15.5.2017 Maple Leaf Tulips @ The Eco Garden. A special mountain-themed display of 1400 Maple Leaf Tulips to honour Canada’s 150th. MONDAY 1.5.2017 Nutrition Workshop @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm hosted by Elk Valley Family Chiropractic. TUESDAY 2.5.2017 Fernie Ambassador Program @ College of the Rockies, 12:30-4:30pm WEDNESDAY 3.5.2017 Stich and Bitch @ Heritage Library, 10am. Seniors Reading @ Tom Uphill Manor, 1:30pm with IDES Kindergarten Class THURSDAY 4.5.2017 – TUESDAY 9.5.2017 Yin Yoga Teacher Training @ Essential Yoga Studio. Learn how to develop your Yin teaching in a holistic, restorative way. Essentialyoastudio.com THURSDAY 4.5.2017 IDES Spring Tea @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School. IDES is excited to announce that this year the Spring Tea will be serving a Dessert Tea only due to their growing school. They will serve cake with whipped cream and strawberries with your tea/coffee & juices. There will be an AM seating time and a PM seating time, 11am–12:30pm and 1pm–2:30 pm. First Thursday Social: Beyond Monoploy @ Fernie Heritage Library, 7pm. Discuss money matters and financial tips post-tax season! FRIDAY 5.5.2017 Discover Aerial Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:309:30pm. A workshop covering basic locks for hands and feet. Cinco De Mayo Party @ Nevados Cinco De Mayo Trivia Night @ The Pub Bar and Grill, followed by a DJ Dance Party. Cinco De Mayo @ The Royal with Aurora and Nemkae FRIDAY 5.5.2017 – SUNDAY 7.5.2017 Skill Building for Painters Workshop @ The Arts Station. Join Mirja Vahala to build your painting skills to the next level, focusing on pattern, tone, colour and more. Theartsstation.com SATURDAY 6.5.2017 Luisa Marshall as Tina Turner @ Fernie Legion, 7-10pm. A multi-diva performance, Luisa sings songs from various musical favourites. SUNDAY 7.5.2017 Elk Valley Ultra Group Run & Social @ Wigwam, Elko BC. Open to soloists and teams, leave Fernie at 10am for a 10-20km run. BBQ, beer and social to follow at 2pm. Stagleaprunning.com MONDAY 8.5.2017 Tentative Course Opening Day @ Fernie Golf and Coutry Club, Golffernie.com Kakagi Live @ Infinitea, 8pm TUESDAY 9.5.2017 Ladies Opening @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, Golffernie.com WEDNESDAY 10.5.2017 Seniors Reading @ Rocky Mountain Village, 1:15pm with Creative Minds preschool in the Serenity Room

FRIDAY 26.5.2017 Tea and Talk Book Club: Lost and Found by Brooke Davis @ Heritage Library, 1:30pm Micah Erenberg @ The Northern, 10pm. Canadian Indie from the Prairies. SATURDAY 27.5.2017 - SUNDAY 28.5.2017 Crowsnest Pass Ladies Weekend @ Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill WEDNESDAY 31.5.2017 Walkie Talkie: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert @ Heritage Library, 10am Wild Nature Tours: Birding for Beginners @ Wildsight Office. Part of the monthly Wednesday evening workshop and hike series, learn techniques for bird watching and become part of this growing activity. Wildsight.ca Ride with Librarians @ Heritage Library, 4-5:30pm. Meet at the Library with bikes, bells and balloons, cruise a leisurely route through town and finish with a potluck picnic and story time at a public park. All welcome.

THURSDAY 11.5.2017 Beers & Queers @ The Valley Social, 7:30-10:30pm. A monthly social event for LGBTQ locals and visitors. All welcome, free coffee and cash bar. FRIDAY 12.5.2017 - SUNDAY 14.5.2017 Yoga Retreat @ Lizard Creek Lodge, includes four yoga sessions, nature walks, meals and accommodation. Hosted by Yogi Gordanan Gigovic. Skircr.com FRIDAY 12.5.2017 Tenise Marie Live @ Infinitea, 8pm. Eamon McGrath @ The Northern, 10pm. Punk rock that’s as gritty as the road. Dawson Rutledge Live @ The Loaf Artix & Benana’s @ The Royal, 9pm SATURDAY 13.5.2017 Elk Valley’s Got Talent @ Fernie Hotel and Pub. Put your skills on stage and compete against some of the valley’s best musicians. Woodhawk & Dead Quiet @ The Northern, 10pm. Riffrock wizardry. The Get Down Party with Naturalist @ The Royal SUNDAY 14.5.2017 Mother’s Day Brunch @ The Bridge Bistro, 10am – 1pm. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Best Western, 10am – 2pm. WEDNESDAY 17.5.2017 Men’s Opening @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, 5pm. Golffernie.com Banner, Business and Beers @ Cinch Homes, hosted by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce at 5:30pm THURSDAY 18.5.2017 Pizza League @ Heritage Library, 6-7pm. Drop in for pizza and discussion, ages 13+. FRIDAY 19.5.2017 FKB @ The Northing, 10pm. Rock and Roll just like your mama liked it. SATURDAY 20.5.2017 Spring Bike Blitz & Mud Muncher Kid’s Race @ The Elks Hall and Bike Park. Includes the bike and gear swap, BBQ Social, the FMBC AGM, and the Road Raiser MTB Movie Night. The Mud Muncher challenge is a great way to get kids ready for the Little Critter Race Series this summer! More details will be posted at Bikefernie.ca. The Denim Daddies @ The Northern. A modern twist on country music. 10pm TUESDAY 23.5.2017 Reading and Riding @ Community Centre/Rotary Park, 11am-12:30pm. Special story time to celebrate books and bikes! Meet at the Fernie Community Centre for an active story time with your preschooler and their 2-4 wheeler and helmet! Snack and Picnic to follow at Rotary Park. THURSDAY 25.5.2017 Little Warriors Prevent It Workshop @ Isabella Dickens Elementary School, 6-9pm. Register at Littlewarriors.ca Bike Adventure Slide Show @ Heritage Library, 7-8pm. Share your biking adventure, email 5-10 photos from a recent bike adventure and join in for a night of stories, slideshow and popcorn. fhlprogrammer@gmail.com Gallery Opening: Visual Arts Guild @ The Arts Station, 7pm. A collection of new works from local artists. Theartsstation.com Lindsay Walker Live @ Infinitea, 8pm

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Special Event I Am Fernie Intimate and Interactive Chat May 24 7pm WORKSHOPS Skill Building for Painters with Mirja Vahala May 5-7. Do you want to get to that next level with your painting ability? Learn to better see underlying pattern, tone, colour, massing, interesting edges and more? During the workshop Mirja will help you identify the skills that will best propel you towards more confident and appealing work. A Taste of Clay: Fridays May 5, 12, 19 – 6-9pm. This 3 week session is perfect for beginner potters (no experience required!). In each class, you will have the opportunity to learn a different hand building technique while also improving in your wheel throwing skills. Feel free to bring any inspirational photos or ideas you may have to class! $150, includes clay. Minimum 4 people, maximum 8. Pottery Glazing for Beginners. Wednesday May 3 6-8pm & Monday May 15 6-8pm. Have you always wondered how the glazing process works? Or do you need a little refresher? This introductory class covers the basic techniques you’ll need to dip glaze pottery on your own. No experience required. Highly recommended if you’re interested in joining the Fernie Potter’s Guild. Min 4, max 8. $20 Wine and Wheel. May 24. Join Andrea for a fun evening in the pottery studio. Explore various techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. Unwind and get creative with clay! $30 includes clay. BYO wine IN THE GALLERY Gallery Opening: The Canadian Youth Identity Project. In the gallery until May 23 Gallery Opening Thursday May 25: Visual Arts Guild



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

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

WEDNESDAYS Wings 50% Off Single Order @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Trivia Night @ The Fernie Hotel. 8pm Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Build Your Own Poutine @ The Pub Bar & Grill Essential Oils Workshop 6pm & Tarot readings @ Infinitea. 8pm Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal TUESDAYS $15 Jugs and $8 Wings @ The Northern Gourmet Pasta $11.99 @ Boston Pizza Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa, 30% off waxing Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse services. Wing Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Company, 10am – 6pm Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedicures Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal, with PBR and Old for $100, 2 manicures for $70, 2 facials for $130, all Mill specials. three for $275 Margherita pizza and two glasses of wine for $10 Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Northern $20 @ The Loaf

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 •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Parent Tot Funtimes @ Knox United Church, 9:30am-12pm TUESDAYS •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Adaptive Yoga @ Senior’s Drop In Centre 2:30pm •Chess Group @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 7pm •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am ••Never Bored for Tweens @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for Grades 5-7. •Knits, Knots & Yarns @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm, ages 8+. •Kids Coding Club @ Library, 3:45-4:45pm, 8+. Registration required.

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 Beautea Night with Spa 901 6-9pm $10 massages/manicures @ Infinitea Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill Naturalist/Jenn Frost Jam @ The Royal, alternate weeks Pop Up Art Expo @ The Royal, 9-11pm. Featuring a different artist FRIDAYS Cactus Cut Nachos $12.50 @ Boston Pizza Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Fish & Chips @ The Pub Bar & Grill $13 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Hotel. Supporting FTA. Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901

Seniors Programming

Kids Programming

•Ladies Day @ Fernie Golf and Country Club WEDNESDAYS •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Gentle Exercise @ Seniors Drop In Centre 10:45am ••Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. Drop in for $5 •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am ••Unplugged @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 8+, drop in •Tai Chi @ Seniors Drop In Centre 6:30pm •Read it First Book/Movie Club @ Library, 3:45-4:45pm for ages 10+. •Men’s Night @ Fernie Golf and Country Club 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 Upstairs Lounge, 11am •Reading with Seniors @ Rocky Mountain Village, Upstairs Lounge. 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


Live music from 6-9pm @ The Loaf 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 $6 Glasses of Wine@ Infinitea Coffee and Baileys Special @ The Bridge Bistro Talk like a Pirate Day @ Rusty Edge, Fish n Chips for $13 SUNDAYS $4.99 Kids Meals @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse All day breakfast @ The Fernie. 9am-4pm $10 Roast, 6-9pm @ Infinitea Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Steak Sandwich & Caesar Specials @ The Pub Bar & Grill Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro Fernie Friendship Club @ The Royal, games prizes and great music. Roast dinner, family-style from 3-10pm @ The Loaf. $15 adults, $7.50 for kids


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Raspberries and Cheese Trays by ADAM K MACDONALD


ommunity building isn’t just about the big things, like getting into municipal politics, or starting a new business, or accomplishing huge feats. Community building is also about every day choices: supporting local shops, hosting potlucks, saying hello to neighbours, resisting gossip, attending local events, reaching out to people who seem uncomfortable, introducing yourself to strangers, extending and accepting invitations. I want to share my gratitude for some of the things people in Fernie have done for me, small acts of kindness that had big impacts on me. One of my best Fernie friends introduced himself to me in town almost ten years ago. He didn’t know me, and we had never met before. We ended up doing dinner at the Brickhouse, and we have been friends ever since. That’s just who he is. He is still a great friend and I still see him going out of his way to make new-to-town people feel welcome. Shortly after arriving in Fernie my grandmother passed away (the second grandparent in two weeks). I still didn’t know many people here. The one person who I did know before moving to town (we actually originally came just to visit her for a day) arrived at my doorstep with a cheese tray and with her condolences. Suddenly, I felt less alone. I felt community. When we first arrived in Fernie to do a season as ski bums, so many people helped us in our accommodation search, and our hunt for jobs. Fernie is full of people who want things to work out well for others, friends or strangers. The snow kept us here for a season, but the people make Fernie our home. Several times, I have arrived home to find my driveway shovelled out by anonymous


Samaritans; this happened twice this winter alone. Once, when we returned from a weekend trip away during which Fernie got its biggest snowfall in years, and we got storm-stayed in Alberta for an extra night. Another time when I arrived home, with two cranky kids in the van and dreading shovelling, a neighbour’s friend swung in with his snowplough and saved me hours of shovelling. Community relies on volunteers. I cannot even come close to guessing the number of events I’ve participated in that relied on volunteers – Wapiti, Tears & Gears, Fernie Half Marathon, Arts Station concerts, and Griz Day events are just a few that come to mind. The amount of stuff (furniture, kids’ used clothing, et cetera) that we have been given for free or very close to free is incredible. When people pass on their things to others, putting giving ahead of getting, that’s community building. We have some very special people in our lives who help us with looking after our

kids and cooking us delicious meals at just the right times. When we moved into our current house, one of our neighbours gave us a dish of fresh-picked raspberries. That is community building. When another neighbour invited us to dinner, and when all our friends helped us move, that is community building. And our friend who couldn’t make it, but offered the use of his truck, and came the day before to help prepare… more community building. Community building comes down to putting yourself out there, and to being kind to others, and Fernie is full of community builders. I have a lot of respect for people who enter local politics; it is a challenging endeavour. And my hat goes off to people willing to take the leap and start their own businesses. And I am always impressed with some of the feats accomplished by Fernie residents. Those types of large commitments certainly go a long way to building community. And so do raspberries and cheese trays. FERNIEFIX.COM


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It’s Working by SHELBY CAIN


ey, parents. Guess what? If you’ve made a leap of faith, and a few major sacrifices to raise your family in the Elk Valley, it may have been the best decision you’ve ever made. If your intentions were to give your children an appreciation for nature, a passion for outdoor activities and adventures, and a feeling of security that’s tough to come by these days, I have very good news for you. It’s working!! When my second daughter was just a few months old, we packed up our family and got out of the city. We saw a better future for them here, and hoped that raising our kids in a community like this would enrich and enhance their lives. But I can’t lie. I’m not going to tell you that my kids were the sole reason we moved to Fernie. I had a lot of reasons. Most of them were completely selfish. I’m a Kootenay girl, and I wanted to come home. I wanted to have the option of driving to the ski hill wearing my ski boots and goggles. Turns out that’s dangerous. I wanted to walk down the street and know everybody I passed. (It’s happened twice. So far.) If I lost my cat, I wanted to post on Facebook that I lost it and have people comment back that they saw it. If I had a cat.You know what I mean? Basically, I wanted to live the smalltown fantasy we see on TV. A little bit of Corner Gas meets South Park meets Hot Tub Time Machine. So far, so good. But enough about me. Let’s get back to the kids. I was recently asked to come to the “living room of the community,” our very own Fernie Heritage Library, to talk to seven, eight, and nine-year-old kids about writing. I was curious what subjects would inspire the creativity of these young minds. What were they interested in writing about? After a twenty-minute debate that spanned a variety of topics, from what exactly is gluten, to the difference between the court house and city hall, to who lives


closer to the dirt jumps, we agreed to agree on some things. There were several consensus items. Dogs are cool. The pool is a happy place. Nobody is sure why the airport is called the airport. But the number one thing we could wholeheartedly agree on? We all love Fernie. We began working as a team to produce a giant map of our town. We drew our homes and favourite places. Scale, direction, major landmarks, and eventually even the correct spelling of Fernie were thrown out the window. We decided to draw, and then write, from the heart. As we worked, I asked the kids why the community of Fernie was so special to them. To be honest, I expected the answers to be quite nuclear. I love my family. I love my room. I love my toys. Instead, I heard what we were all hoping for when we chose to raise our children here. A deep love of nature and a passion for outdoor pursuits. An appreciation and recognition of the kinship and security we treasure in a small town. It was a heart-warming validation to every parent who sacrificed something to be here. So, give yourselves a pat on the back, parents.You did good. What I love most about my community: “Beautiful forests and wonderful animals. Nature fascinates me very much.” Gwen Cannon


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Sense of Belonging by MICAH MORRIS


started writing this article last month on my 18th birthday, the day I became a “real” adult. I reflected back over the years and was reminded of all the experiences and people that have shaped me into the person I am today. Fernie has shown me a community of people that share many of the same values, motives, and attitudes. I have been enlightened by the variety of activities that manifest and how they unite people in all walks of life. A sense of belonging in your community is incredibly important. Community is a complex web of interchanging mutuality that is supportive and inclusive. Fernie has and will forever hold these positive attributes; it is what creates meaningful relationships and lasting friendships. I feel honoured that I am surrounded by a community of people that measure richness by the time spent on top of mountains, on rivers, and surrounded by people that love all these things just as much. Not only are these experiences memorable and personal, we become better connected through an authentic experience as opposed to a synthetic, technological experience. Fernie nurtures face-to-face time because it’s easy to meet people on the trails right outside our house for a bike ride, at the ski hill for a few runs, or at one of the many local coffee shops. Personal experiences have led me to a community where I have felt like I am a part of a greater family. This family is the ski and bike community that is forever encouraging and inspiring each other. A community where I am constantly reminded of this connection wherever I have travelled and met new people. We instantly have a tie; I know that when I go to their home mountain they will make it feel as if it is mine too.


It’s an incredible feeling to know that only after meeting a person once (and with the probability of not seeing them again for months or even years) that we will eventually cross paths and pick up right where we left off. Community contributes to the growth of a person. When I was younger I went to various schools and sometimes found it difficult to make connections. It wasn’t until I participated in community soccer and other sports that I was able to create stronger connections. For myself, sports have always been a form of communication, even when there are few other commonalities. A prime example is when I travelled to Peru and stayed at CIMA, a boy’s home

specific for young boys who have grown up in poverty or have been neglected by their families. Because of language barriers and entirely different pasts, our communication consisted primarily through soccer and basketball.Years later, reflecting on this experience I am still in contact with many of these boys. Without these powerful interactions these relationships may not have lasted. Community has a beautiful way of giving back. It has proven time and time again that coming together through a common interest like music, art, travel, or sport, new friends can be made, respect earned, and a sense of belonging established. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Tennis Anyone? by ERIN SUMMERS


have always been in awe watching the sport of tennis. Superior fitness, hand-eye coordination, power, speed and finesse are all required to play this sport dating back to the 12th century. Racket sports have never been my forte, as I did not play them when I was young. Tennis always seemed to be an elitist sport, one where queens and princes ate strawberries and cream and drank tea whilst watching. Then I met with Charlotte Willis of Fernie Tennis Coaching, with her proper British accent. I learned that, while steeped in tradition, tennis is a very affordable and accessible sport. The skills learned in tennis can assist in many other sports and it is great fun for all ages. Charlotte competed in tennis as a junior in the UK but soon found her love for the sport stemmed more from helping others than competing herself. She now resides in Fernie with her husband Ian and two sons and has 21 years of coaching experience. In partnership with the Fernie Tennis Community Association, she offers tennis programs and courses to the Elk Valley youth. Using progressive equipment, smaller courts and mini nets, Charlotte sets the kids up for success. Courses run throughout the spring and summer and offer great flexibility for youth of all ages. Sign up for the entire week or just two afternoons, or a morning if that is what works for you. These camps are affordable and focus on skill development but also on fun and the social aspect of this great sport. Parents can set their kids up with a racket and balls for just $35, and Charlotte also offers a buyback program. Further program and camp fee information can be found on Tennisfernie.com. Participants in Charlotte’s courses pay nominal fees, which include a membership to the association. The association funds back the junior programs mainly in the form of school programing. Thanks to this funding IDES receives a week-long program where over 400 kids get to try tennis with

professional coaching. They also fund the junior social or “try and play” on Tuesdays at 5pm, here the juniors get to dominate the courts, all equipment provided. Additionally, they support the Junior Tennis Tournament – one of three tournaments held in Fernie. The James White park courts also host a Rogers Rookie Tour Tournament and a Community Team Tennis Tournament. All three are focused on the fun and social aspects of tennis. Speaking with Charlotte you can fully sense her enthusiasm and love for this sport. One of her favourite moments this last year was having her (then) three-year-old playing tennis with her and his grandparents in the sun. She says it wasn’t the prettiest tennis, but it was fun and time very well spent as everyone was laughing and smiling. It shows how you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy it; it truly can be a sport for the whole family. For more information on Fernie Tennis Coaching contact Charlotte at charlottecwillis@me.com or check out Tennisfernie.com


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Australia, Fair Dinkum! by JESSE BELL


his morning I popped my tire while pulling into a campsite. I got a sunburn through the clouds and broke my camera lens on the beach. Now, I watch as 160mm of rain makes short work of my tent. I curl up in the back of my rental car and try to fall asleep. Indeed, travelling is not always pretty. At its worst, it challenges everything you thought you knew about yourself. At its best, it does the same. In the morning I emerge a dishevelled woman, pack up, and hit the left side of the road. After all, I’m in Australia, mate! I fly into Brisbane early March, greeted by

my best friend Laura. We met at Freshies Coffee in Fernie three years ago. Though life has brought her back to the land of beaches, our friendship knows not the distance between us. She’s getting married – I’ve come to celebrate. We spend that first Sunday listening to didgeridoos near the beach with the FamBam (their group of friends). Then, with a few days for a solo adventure, I drive to Springbrook National Park.

have been married for 59 years. They love to travel and, until recently, ran a bed and breakfast in Springbrook. Patricia asks if I want to stay the night, a big storm is coming. I tell her I’ll be fine. Once at camp, the dark clouds rumbling above the eucalyptus trees change my mind. Shortly after I find myself back outside the yellow house. “Can I stay?” I ask.

The road weaves through old gum trees. I pitch a tent and in the morning hike to Purling Brook Falls. Leeches suck at my ankles, rain drops steadily. At a local café I take a selfie with a kookaburra who steals my chips. Then I meet Patricia and Graham.

Graham lights a fire and Patricia makes beans on toast. An episode about travelling in Morocco comes on the television.

They invite me to their house – a brightyellow, cozy cottage surrounded by ferns – for tea. I learn that Patricia and Graham

When the storm wakes me, I’m glad for Patricia and Graham, who have saved me from guaranteed unpleasantries. We eat

“This is incredible,” says Patricia, to no one in particular. “I think I’ll go there.” I smile. Kindred spirits.

toast and marmalade for breakfast before I hug them both goodbye. When I arrive in Byron Bay it rains, and my tent floods, but I am proud to be flying solo. Even if it means sleeping in the back of my car. I make it back to Laura’s in time to go to Rainbow Beach for her hen’s party. It is amazing what a backyard pool, vodkainfused punch, and retro ‘80s dresses can do for new friendships. By night’s end I have achieved my first bush-jump (leaping into a shrub), a rite of passage among the girls. We explore an enormous sand dune overlooking the ocean, and swim in freshwater pools. On Saturday night we walk to the beach and skinny dip. When Laura and I return home, we head to her parent’s for a family BBQ. The Stokies have arrived from Fernie. Liz and I joke that we flew halfway around the world just to see each other. We eat kangaroo steaks, surprisingly delicious.

Laura and I spend a day at Noosa, sip mango daiquiris and eat meat pies on the beach. We visit Eumundi Markets, watch the Australian film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and indulge in fish and chips. And at the end of the week beneath an old fig tree, Laura and Adam get married. My heart is so full it nearly bursts, except for the green ant bite that jolts me from my love-drunk stupor. We dance all night, and in the morning my neck aches from head banging to “Teenage Dirtbag.” A successful wedding, indeed. Before Laura and Adam leave for their honeymoon, we gather with the FamBam at the wall overlooking the beach. There are eskies, frothies, and chicken-salted chips on blankets in the grass. For the first time I understand Aussie slang. Fair dinkum! When I hop a plane back to Canada I realize something; that you can measure your love for a country the moment you have to leave it. Oh, how I have left my heart in so many places.

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Spin to Win by TOM GIBSON


t’s no hidden secret that we have some very talented cyclists here in Fernie. With our extensive trail network, healthy living vibes and a town full of “go getters” it’s a breeding ground for cyclists of all disciplines; whether they’re racing up, racing down or racing around! Last summer, while I was out on a ride with fellow cyclist Mike Bragg, a conversation came up about how great it would be if we could bring the town’s talented riders together, in one place, with one jersey. Shortly after, a crew of Fernie racers headed down to Cranbrook for the

Six in the Stix endurance race. While at the race, Fernie saw several of its riders step onto podiums. At this point all these riders were racing as independents. While other teams and towns were receiving recognition, Fernie was not. This further cemented our vision on the drive back; Fernie needed a team. Since then the FMBC Race Team was established with around 40 riders signing up to be a part of this project. Local businesses have come on board to help out with the team’s success including The Guides Hut, Super8, Teck, SOAR, Fernie Physiotherapy, Play it Forward Therapy, RoofTop Coffee Roasters and Fernie Property Care. I’d like to take this moment to thank each and every one of these

sponsors for offering their services and helping the FMBC Race Team take shape! The team has a few objectives. Obviously we want to put Fernie riders onto podiums in several disciplines. Be that XC or Enduro, DH or Cyclo-cross; as long as someone is riding a bike, we will support that ambition. Our fundamental objective, however, is to create an environment in which riders can develop their skills, fitness, and training with other like-minded riders and share their knowledge and experience with one another. It’s often very daunting to go to your first race, but with the support of the team, that won’t be the case. We are striving to promote a strong youth section by creating a fun, athletic environment in which our younger riders

can have the ability to learn, push their skills and develop into talented, wellrounded bike riders. As the snow starts to slowly melt, the efforts of a couple of enthusiastic Fernie riders will start to become more prominent. With several group rides going out through the week at various ability levels – right from the “nobody gets left behind” to the “hang on for as long as you can” rides. Each group or training ride will be led by a senior member of the team, giving every ride a purpose and providing an opportunity for people to learn from every single pedal stroke they make.

This is our key objective – for people to continually develop as bike riders. The race season will start in early May with the first Alberta Cup race then after that it seems there is a race with an FMBC jersey on the start line every weekend; Kooteney Krusher, Salty Dog, Rundle’s Revenge, Lucky 7’s, and Pierre’s Hole to name a few. We are very confident about having a successful first season and look forward to seeing where this project will go. But for now, it’s time to tune up your bikes and get out riding! Here is one of my favourite training loops.

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he running shoes, bikes and hiking boots are out! It’s hard not to get caught up in Fernie’s racing community. I hope you have signed up to compete in at least one of the many events taking place this summer. Here are a few to get on top of so you will be ready for next month’s events:

June 12: Little Critter Criterium #1 Bikefernie.ca The low down: Races take place at 6pm on the second Monday of every month until September. Start locations vary so check the website the week before. Criterium style rides, competitors complete as many laps of a short course as possible in the allotted time. For every lap of the course completed the rider puts his/her name in for draw prizes. Geared to riders 12 and under. (Training wheels are not appropriate, run bikes and tag-along bikes are okay.) Training musts: A great attitude, good pre-race snack, water and the all-important pre-race pee. Teach your kids to love racing by starting them in this fun race. No experience necessary – the race is the training!

June 24: Lucky 7’s Fernie.com/ transrockies The low down: The Fernie Lucky 7’s is a cross-country mountain bike event that caters to those looking for a fun experience. Competitive endurance and XC racers will be challenged in the seven-hour solo and team category events. Families, youth and company teams will love the team options and approachable course. The Fernie Lucky 7’s course features moderate climbs with lots of passing options and fun rolling downhills. The selected course is a 15km loop with only 350 metres of vertical climbing. Training musts: The category you enter will dictate the amount of training required prior to the event, but whether you’re doing one 15km loop or seven hours of biking, it is important to cross train in

addition to training on your bike to avoid overuse injuries. Because you are bent forward when biking, you need to work the opposite “extension” muscles to keep your muscles balanced. Twice weekly be sure to work on: lunges (10/leg), back extensions on the floor or ball (20x), side plank (30-60 sec/side), bridging (60-120 sec) and y-fly’s (on your stomach on the ground, arms at 10 and 2, lift only arms off ground)(15x). Slowly do two to three sets of this list making sure all exercises are pain free. June 24 : Fernie Alpine Resort opening day Skifernie.com The low down: Day one of the downhill biking and lift-access hiking season. Training musts: Get your downhill “DH” bikes dusted off and start ripping! There are DH races coming soon, but be sure to remember it is still early in the season. Start slow, and let your muscle strength build throughout the season.


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Ruby’s Road Trip Adventure by TIFFANY SCHEBESCH, RD, BASC


uby is a busy mom excited for the upcoming season of hiking, biking and camping with her family. May long weekend is Ruby’s family’s long standing tradition to drive a few hours to Ruby’s mom’s cottage on the lake. Her three children of 8, 12 and 16 on the other hand, are a bit more of a challenge to entertain for their long mountain drives. On top of trying to entertain them through games, colouring and the occasional movie – they seem to be bottomless pits as soon as they’re all packed up in the car. Ruby always plans to have breakfast right before they leave, but somehow everyone is hungry less than an hour into the drive. This leads to their inevitable first stop at Tim Horton’s for donuts and juice. Only an hour later and they’re stopping at the gas station for treats like chips and candy. By the time they finally reach the cottage, her children are in a cranky sugar coma and Ruby is frustrated and exhausted.

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work here; however, mason jars never leak and come in a variety of sizes! Here are some great ideas to start: a layer of hummus 2. Mason jars are your friend. on the bottom with fresh carrot and celery Mason jars can be one of the simplest and sticks stuck facing up or mini mason most versatile ways to pack road trip snacks. jars filled with a trail mix of air popped Any type of Tupperware container can popcorn, mixed nuts and dried fruit. Filling


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3. Invest in a cooler If you don’t already have one, a cooler can be a great asset to your next road trip. It gives you the opportunity to bring more fresh foods without the worry of them spoiling along the way.Your fruit, veggies and dairy will thank you! Try clementines, grapes, apples, baby carrots and snap peas. Additionally, don’t forget to bring a garbage bag, they’re often forgotten. Keeping all the waste in one place will make clean up at your destination much easier. 4. Pack protein To avoid feeling like a short-order snack dealer – make sure you’re including protein. This will also help to keep the snacks satisfying and can easily convert into a “car picnic.” Some great options include Greek yogurt cups, canned tuna on crackers and hard-boiled eggs. 5. Don’t forget about hydration! Pop, juice, double-double coffees… does this sound like anyone else’s road trip

beverages of choice? It seems we drink more “specialty” drinks on road trips since they’re so readily available at gas stations and fast food joints. These drinks, however, can quickly add up in sugar, fat and calories. The concept of being bored in a car actually presents a great opportunity to make sure you’re staying hydrated. Pack a re-useable bottle for every member of your family to cut down on waste and keep a gallon bottle of water to re-fill when anyone gets thirsty. Sparkling with lemon slices or Kombucha are other great options to stay hydrated. If you need some caffeine to keep you going, opt for black coffee or coffee with milk. Ruby’s road trip fears are fixed with a few quick solutions you can easily integrate into your next journey. Just remember: plan ahead, utilize mason jars, invest in a cooler for fresh foods, include protein with each snack and choose water as your beverage. You’ll arrive full of nutrients and feeling ready to tackle whatever adventure lies ahead!

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The next step to establishing your community of care would be to organize a folder for every member of your family, and include in it each individual’s pertinent health history, medications, treatments plans, lab results etc. from each provider you see. When you see a new provider, bring this folder with you so they have all the information and can add to it as needed.



he landscape of healthcare has been shifting in recent years as people are taking more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and as a result, have been seeking out different options for their healthcare needs. Gone are the days where you see one doctor who meets all your needs. Now, there are family doctors, specialists, nurse practitioners, naturopathic doctors, midwives, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, and chiropractors, and that is by no means a complete list. People are seeking out these allied health care providers because they all have different roles, and excel at different things. Another trend that I have been noticing is the zeal with which people will access health care for their children. We may not take so much care and attention in accessing comprehensive health care for ourselves, but our kids get the best. The best food, the best supplements, and the best health care. This means that as we have kids, availability of options and increased motivation both result in our seeking out alternative providers to address our family’s healthcare needs more than ever. The challenge with finding a community of health care providers is that it can potentially lead to cracks in your or your family’s care. We all try to do our best to cover our bases when it comes to history taking, performing physical examinations as needed, ordering lab testing, etc., but it is much more challenging (and potentially dangerous) when we don’t have all of the information we need. Navigating these waters can be both time consuming and difficult, but once you lay the groundwork, hopefully your team will work in cooperation to give you the care that is best for you. I would start with having a good family doctor that knows you, your family, and your history well



...ensure that all of your providers are open to collaborating with one another... and appreciates that you will complement their care with other providers. Maybe you have decided that you would rather see an ND as your family doctor, and have them do your family’s physicals, or be the first line if you have a concern. That is great, but I still believe that you need to have a family doctor as an integral part of your team. Maybe you are pregnant and you have found a midwife to manage your pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period. Again, I would still recommend that you have a family doctor on board to address concerns that are not related to pregnancy, or to see your baby should there be concerns once you are out of your midwife’s care. The reason that I believe so strongly that a family doctor should be included in your community of health care is that eventually, regardless of how healthy you are or how effective your other providers are, you will need your family doctor for something, and they will do their job a lot better if they know you and your history.

You also need to ensure that all of your providers are open to collaborating with one another because if they are not, it may lead to conflicting treatment plans and thus have a negative impact on your care and leave you unsure of who to trust. Each provider has their role, but should respect and acknowledge the others as having valuable skills to provide. This open and collaborative relationship is vital to your wellbeing as their patients/ clients and it goes beyond their openness, extending your willingness to be open and honest with them as well. More than once I’ve had a client seeing both me and either a family doctor or an obstetrician for their pregnancy care, which is neither recommended nor allowed by our insurers (except in rare circumstances which may dictate a shared care model or a late transfer of care where the initial provider stays involved). When this occurs, neither care provider is able to provide adequate care, which can directly impact the outcome of the pregnancy and the wellbeing of both mom and baby, as well as creating a strain on the relationship that exists between providers. Ultimately, all of us who are in the health profession care about our patients’ being well. We all have the same end goal, and none of us are capable of providing all the care any one person needs. Most people will utilize a group of people to provide care to their family, but creating a “community” of providers that is respectful, open, and consistent will result in those providers being able to provide the best care possible. FERNIEFIX.COM


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A Backup Story by KEVIN MCISAAC


y hard drive crashed and I lost everything. I got up, let the dog out, made a coffee, wandered upstairs to the office, turned on the computer, and barely noticed that the boot screen was a little different. Windows booted, but some of my applications were missing and some of my on-screen shortcuts were gone. Hmm, that’s odd. I opened Windows Explorer and noticed my E: drive was gone. Uh oh! This is where I’ll note that this didn’t come without warning. Over the last few months I had received a couple of warnings regarding files that were corrupted. Now, I mess around with my computer more than the average user so, I was willing to accept that I was at fault. Most data faults on computers are user error, not hardware faults. This is a good time to mention a wonderful free application called CrystalDiskInfo (Crystalmark.info) that will examine your hard drive’s Selfmonitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) info. This is selfexamination technology built into almost all modern hard drives. The drive keeps track of read errors, throughput, hours of use, etc. All hard drives have read errors. Hard drives that are going to die soon have many read errors. An application like CrystalDiskInfo can help you check and see if your hard drive is operating normally. My coffee was growing cold as I rebooted my computer a few times to see if the drive could be resurrected. It was booting fine as I have two hard drives in my computer: a small SSD drive, where Windows and applications are stored; and a second drive for all my data. The data drive was the dead one. I pulled the hard drive and put it in the freezer. This is an old school trick that every once in a while works. Freezing the hard drive shrinks everything a little

All hard drives have read errors. Hard drives that are going to die soon have many read errors. An application like CrystalDiskInfo can help you check and see if your hard drive is operating normally. bit. The gap between the read head and a hard drive platter is about two nanometres. That’s 4000 times smaller than a red blood cell. So, shrinking things “a bit” can make a big difference. But again, no dice. I needed a new hard drive. Fortunately Isosceles in Fernie carries hard drives. Isosceles had a Western Digital Black 4TB drive. Perfect! With the new drive installed I’m up and running. Well, except for the lost data. I backup. Religiously. I’ve been in the computer industry for 30 years. I know that data losses are inevitable. I have a network attached storage (NAS) device with a RAID array. All the computers in the house are backed up to it daily. I fire up my backup software to do a recovery, and there’s no NAS. Uh oh. Turns out that the Telus WiFi extender that the NAS is plugged into is dead. I check my backup software SyncBack SE. Sure enough the log file says the last completed backup was five days ago, and I had turned off the email notifications from the backup software. Five years of daily success emails about successful backup had made me complacent. Well, I had everything up to five days ago. After restoring all my data to the new drive, I went searching to see what was missing. Turns out not much. So much of my day-to-day computing is now online. Between email, Dropbox, Google Docs, etc. I don’t think I lost a thing. I was lucky.

Luck favours the prepared, however. Having solid backup software and separate storage meant I could lose my entire hard drive and be back up and running in a couple of hours with no loss of data. Ask yourself what’s on your computer that you could lose: your family photos, letters, videos of kids, music, etc. What’s it worth to not have to worry? The two programs I use for backup are SyncBackSE (2brightsparks.com) and EaseUs ToDo Backup (Easeus.com). They’re both excellent. SyncBack has a free version and is easier to use. EaseUs is more comprehensive, with unique abilities like being able to transfer Windows to a new hard drive etc., but it costs more. It doesn’t matter which you use, as long as you use one. Happy Computing. 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. 2016•2017



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he first third of the year has already passed and as the rhythm of things goes back to normal after last month, a meaningful change occurs. Uranus has played a major role so far this year through its square to Pluto and its opposition to Jupiter, keeping the direction of the year “Jupiter Square Pluto” (look at the January 2017 column for more details) forced to stay tuned with its ever changing, sometimes shocking and upsetting, but always evolving energy. While this will be in the back of our minds for the rest of the year, it is fading away allowing the square between Jupiter and Pluto to take the floor in their own way for the second and third portion of this intense year. Pluto is in Capricorn, the Earth sign that allows a powerful mind to bring an idea from the pure air found at the top of a mountain where there are so few material life-forms, down to “reality,” in the valleys, where all forms of life spread abundantly. It is about government, how an elected minority can establish laws and have them accepted and applied by a vast population. Jupiter is in Libra, the air sign that pushes us to create relationships that deepen our understanding of who we are. Jupiter is a ruler by nature, the ruler that is seen by all as trustful and good. Its square to Pluto in Capricorn will motivate Jupiter to include Pluto into its kingdom, giving Jupiter either the illusion or the power to rule over Pluto for a while. Pluto is the most private energy we have, from our personal vital force to our own identity. Nowadays, it is something that, in North America at least, no one other than ourselves rule. Either we increase our own capacity to manage our personal Pluto energy or some external ruler will impose his management upon us. Saturn is also playing his role. He connects with Uranus strongly (trine), reducing

Uranus’ free movement that encourages change at all levels in the name of evolution to a more strategic structural reform. 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) Discipline


Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Inspector You have a tendency to be overwhelming and to intrude into the private life of others. Do your best to channel this force into your own personal life. Dive in your own world to get to know it better.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Wisdom

As much as you felt free last month, you will appreciate following clear instructions this month.

Try to sense the quality of the energies given for the whole planet in this particular month. They will be strong and helpful!

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Wealth

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Focus

Your taste for comfort and abundance provides discernment criteria. If things don’t sound good for everyone, don’t support them.

You are determined and ready to follow your intuition regardless of others advice. Make sure to be positive in regards to your emotions and thoughts and stay connected to all around you.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) St-Christopher You still have a lot of energy and are ready to accomplish a lot! The question is, who are you serving?

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Truth People are talking about you, noticing you more then usual. Stay connected to who you really are, deep within, otherwise they will see only the surface and won’t truly respect you.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Climbing Pressure is building up. Use the momentum to reach a higher point of view.You need enlightenment.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Meditation You fought for a long time, defending your values.You contemplate the results of the fight lying before you and draw conclusions.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Initiation

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Patience

Don’t take any decision in haste. Look behind appearances to gain more perspective.

You try to inspire your surroundings but it seems to be in vain. Don’t despair, because in fact they are busy getting ready to need you.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Counsellor Don’t hide, stay alert. Remind others about the details they can’t see, be their eyes for a month if need be. FERNIEFIX.COM


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