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JANUARY 2016 | ISSUE 109




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COVER: Trevor enjoying the powder at Fernie Wilderness Adventures! Photo by Olivier Gosselin THIS PAGE: Julian Carr and Tim Durchti hiking up one of the chutes at Island Lake Catskiing. Julian triggered a slide on the way down and went for a bit of a ride, but was okay in the end. Photo by Mike McPhee

EDITOR’S FIX | 5 Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais Marketing Fantasy, Feelings, and Fun

You’ve Got Male: Thanks, Coach by Adam K MacDonald Family Stoke – Be Anything You Want by Shelby Cain Events Calendar / January at the Arts Station



Feature Artist – Marla deBoon Fernie Reads with Nicolas Milligan – Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis Rental Fix – Steve Jobs by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – Triumphant Laughter by Carolyn Nikodym

Swim, Bike and Jog by Brendan Morgan: Let’s Get Our Feet Wet Never Have I Ever – Little Triumphs and Adventures by Jesse Bell In The Tracks – Adversity to Triumph by Jeff Williams Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – How Far to the Top by Terry Nelson


COMMUNITY & EVENTS | 20 Feature Resident by Krista Turcasso – Katie Anderson Walking in My Shoes – It’s All In the Process by Micah Morris

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 41 Fit to Play – Five Tips to Creating a Triumphant Fitness Year by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist

Health Naturally - Triumph Over Your New Year’s Resolutions by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M. Nourish Through Nature by Krissi Hyland, RHN – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Happy New Year) Around the World with Rebecca Hall – Coast to Coast on Two Wheels Beauty and Fashion in a Fix – New Year, New You by Solange and Zoe

BITS AND BYTES | 51 The Answer Guy – Online Shopping by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

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Contributors ANDREW VALLANCE is a cinophile nerd who currently lives on the wet coast. Girlfriendless, he spends his time going to movies, buying DVDs and flirting. CAROLYN NIKODYM hopes that the new year brings you triumph in all that you strive to do. 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. NICOLAS MILLIGAN lives, works and writes in the Elk Valley. 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, comes out with Oolichan Press in the spring of 2016. Tweet her @ShelbyCainWrote It is a new year and with it comes new triumphs, new adventures and maybe even some new scars. JESSE BELL hopes you find a little adventure within yourself, or she might drag you with her on her next one.

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MICAH MORRIS is a Fernie teen that is living life to the fullest in this incredible mountain town. Depending on the season you will find her shredding the ski hill, mountain biking on the trails, at the soccer pitch, or swimming at the creek. She invites you to walk in a teenager’s shoes. KRISSI HYLAND is a holistic nutritionist and whole food chef stoked to be writing for the Fix and inspiring the community to eat not only healthy but tasty foods. NourishThroughNature. com BRENDAN MORGAN would like to encourage people who would like to get fit in the new year to try the great cross training sport of triathlon. JEFF WILLIAMS has been a coach for the Fernie Nordic Society Track Attack program for four years and is head coach for the race team. This winter his column focuses on technique and training to help you enjoy the sport of Nordic skiing.

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.This winter, their column shares information to help us enjoy and explore these trails. SARAH INGRAM, practicing kinesiologist is hoping to help you conquer your procrastination and have a triumphant fitness year. If you need help with your exercise program, call 250-423-9167 or visit www. 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. REBECCA HALL loves to hear and write about the places that Fernieites travel to. If you’d like to share your travel story, write to her at hall. Operators and sisters of No.3, SOLANGE and ZOE have a passion for fashion and beauty combining their expertise into their salon and boutique. ADAM K. MACDONALD thinks you should hug a volunteer today.

KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material.

YANN LORANGER from HappyCulture Inc. is your local resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy. Astrology courses are offered at the College of the Rockies in Fernie from January 7 to February 5.

Editor’s Fix Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat. Theodore Roosevelt I LOVE THIS QUOTE. So much so, that it regularly claims the byline position on my work email. And, it inspired the theme of our first edition of 2016. Triumph. I think the reason I love it so much, is that I need to hear it. It reminds me to push myself. To take those chances and set those goals that seem a bit out of reach. It reminds me that, yes, it’s going to be hard. And, I might not get there or it might not be pretty trying to, but in the end it will all be worth it. Regardless of the outcome, I will be triumphant. I will experience personal growth and pride and self worth, and the value of these experiences is immeasurable as they immediately play out in other aspects of my life and the people around me. I also think of my Nana when faced with challenges. She regularly told me the story of her journey to Canada. How my Nonno came to Fernie to work in coal mining, and after three years sent money to the south of Italy for her and their three children to follow. After three weeks on “the boat,” they arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax. They then boarded a train, which took them across Canada, and arrived at Medicine Hat. There, my Nonno greeted them and they travelled by car to Fernie. This is where the story became more dramatic, getting further and further from her idea of civilization. Passing through

small towns, covered in coal and finally arriving in Fernie. Her exact words at this point in the story were always, “I thought to myself, I will die here. Now, it’s not so bad.” My grandparents had two more children, and settled into Fernie life. Unfortunately, my Nonno passed away at a young age and my Nana was on her own with two kids still at home. She took on a job for the first time in her life, and she pushed through what I can only imagine was significant grief and worry. In my eyes, she was always such a success. And it became even more apparent at the end of her life. What a legacy to leave behind: five beautiful children, ten loving grandchildren, and five little great grandchildren. All who surrounded her as she made her last journey on this Earth. Reminders like this quote, and the stories of our ancestors, so quickly put things into perspective and help us to stop sweating the small stuff. We get so caught up in the day to day: What can we do to break the cycle? To become a better version of yourself ? How will you triumph in 2016? Let this edition of the Fernie Fix be a catalyst. Filled with inspiring stories and opportunities, it will surely have you optimistic and ready to challenge yourself with the coming of a new year. Krista Turcasso, Editor

FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: Box 1124, 841 7th Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym All content copyright Claris Media. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher.




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ALMOST 30 YEARS AGO, the Shoesmith family moved to the land straddling Burma Road along the base of Mt. Fernie. Their children grew up in this natural playground. Mountain bike trails tie into the Fernie Trails Alliance network. Hiking trails lead to the summit of Mt. Fernie and into Fairy Creek.

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With their children grown, the Shoesmiths decided to share this experience of mountain living to a few select families. The lots lie nestled in the mature forests and meadows of Mt. Fernie, yet the City of Fernie lies only a couple of minutes away. On the river bench directly above

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Fernie Winter Sports School The Fernie Potter’s Guild 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842  THE FERNIE POTTER’S GUILD presents Potter’s Bowl, a social night out providing each ticket holder with a handmade bowl of your choice filled with homemade soup/chili, artisan bread from the Loaf Bakery & Restaurant, and decadent desserts. Sip drinks served by Kettle Black Bartending while you sit back, relax, and listen to music. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a muchneeded new kiln for the studio. 


Doors open at 6:30pm, February 4 at The Arts Station. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at The Arts Station and Fernie Arts Co-op. Don’t miss this exciting event, as tickets are limited! Check out www. for more information or contact Chris Stockey (250946-6389) or Helena de Jong (250-2780465). If you can’t make it but would like to support the pottery studio, you can make a donation by contacting The Arts Station (250-423-4842). 

250-423-2406 LEFT. RIGHT. GO. This winter, the Fernie Winter Sports School teamed up with local ski shops to send skiers and boarders to the hill in style. Every purchaser of new technical gear—skis, board, boots—will receive a coupon good for 30% off a session with the Winter Sports School. New gear opens new territory. Left Right Go gets you there faster. For more information visit any ski shop in town or call the Winter Sports School.

Wild Nature Tours WILD NATURE TOURS IS A NON-PROFIT run by the ElK Valley Wildsight branch. The branch is pleased to announce another season for its winter snowshoe tours. Choices include a magical snowshoe through the ancient cedars at Island Lake Lodge or a shorter jaunt around the provincial park. Tours are also available form Fernie Alpine Resort. This is a great way to explore the wilderness and connect with the winter environment. The naturalist guides will make each tour unique and fill the hours with educational and entertaining stories. For those looking for a unique adventure, a snowshoe and fondue under the full moon is a perfect choice. Visit to book your tour today.





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Marketing Fantasy, Feelings, and Fun PATTY VADNAIS

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ARTICLES IN GRAD SCHOOL was Theodore Levitt’s Marketing Myopia. The article explains that businesses often focus on selling and the needs of the seller; in other words we must move this product. Levitt notes that this misses the point of marketing which is to concentrate on the needs of the buyer. Switching focus from selling product to meeting buyers’ needs changes the way we approach products and services. The often cited example from Levitt’s article talks about railroads and the decline of train travel. Due to a limited market view we moved people by train and businesses failed to adapt to the changing needs of the buyer or traveller. Those behind the railroads were in trouble not because the need for passenger transportation had declined or even because that need had been filled by car, airplanes, and other modes of transport. Rather, the industry was failing because those behind it assumed they were in the railroad business rather than the transportation business. They were railroad-oriented instead of transportation-oriented, product-oriented instead of customer-oriented. In our community, we can see businesses taking a customer-oriented approach to their business. I spoke with Beth Gallup from The Guide’s Hut on the products they sell. The Guide’s Hut, founded in 1997, provides a variety of goods such as bikes, skis and backcountry gear, clothing, water bottles and more. In asking about their approach to product mix, Beth explained that The Guide’s Hut reason d’etre is to ‘Help People Play Outside.’ Drawing parallels to Levitt’s strategy, The


Guide’s Hut sees its purpose as solving a person’s need/desire to play outside and provides them the tools and product to get there. This focus led The Guide’s Hut to create Fernie Bike Guides, a company that offers guided rides, skill-building workshops and private coaching experiences. Experience marketing has had its own vein of research in the marketing literature since the mid-1980s as buying became less about products and more about service. We have now become consumers who are active and pleasure seeking; looking for ‘fantasy, feelings, and fun.’ We are seeking personalized experiences created through active participation. Fernie Bike Guides gives the consumer that experience while also capturing Levitt’s instruction of focusing on the consumer rather than selling a specific product. Marketing is shifting and businesses that embrace the shift will win over customers. Selling has transformed from a goods-based product focus, moving to offerings, and finally evolving to experiences. Looking at a product based example we have seen the focus change

from selling a feature or attribute, to selling a benefit, to selling a solution. The social media interaction has also shifted our marketing focus. Marketers used to develop promotions to speak at the consumer whereas they are now having dialogues with the consumer through various mediums like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and SnapChat (just to name a few). Thus good marketers are getting the consumer to be active participants by creating marketing content using hashtags and starting discussions. Have you checked out #ferniestoke lately? It is a great promotion piece for Fernie and a way for everyone to share their Fernie experience. It is the beginning of a new year, a time to build plans, look out over the year, and set goals to succeed. I encourage you to think about your focus. Are you thinking about the products you sell or the experience of your customer? Are you railroad oriented or meeting transportation needs? With a little practice, you can achieve your long-term goals and avoid the marketing myopia.

Arts and Entertainment


Marla deBoon “Be brave!”

My art was for me. My joy.

I believe I am one of those people born to create. The feeling has always been there and whenever life got too busy and I put it aside for a while, I felt like I was leaving behind something very basic to my being. My heart hurt.

Be brave! Not yet.

Raised in Southern Alberta in a family that was into sports and adrenaline, I was quite athletic and could keep up with the best, but still felt like the stork delivered me to the wrong house. No one understood why I would spend so much time alone, drawing. “Art is a hobby, not something that will ever make money or become a real career!” I was told. So, I literally went underground, made a little studio space in the furnace room, tried to get free paper and scrounged art supplies. This was the refuge of a sensitive, shy child. It was safe there.

It is amazing how a few unsupportive comments from adults, could cause my creative dreams to derail. When my children were young, I started playing with watercolours. Living in a ranching community, I helped train horses, roped, learned to doctor animals and other skills required for that lifestyle. And this was expressed in my art. Few would see it though. Showing my art put me in a vulnerable place, as it is very personal. Exposing your ideas and creations in any type of art form, is like wearing a trench coat and opening it up for someone and saying, “Well, what do you think?” It has only been in the last few years that I have been able to get my head around the idea of how subjective art is and to not take things so personally.

The first course I ever took was with Angela Morgan when she was new to town. I was with people of the Fernie art community. Who did I think I was? Be Brave! I made it through and it tweaked a few old beliefs I’d been carrying about being an artist. Angela became an instant hero in my eyes. I was using acrylics by this time. A few people were learning decorative painting. So I gave it a try. It helped me develop new skills and become more comfortable painting with other people around. Eventually, I felt brave enough to join the visual arts guild. I watched and learned and they helped me overcome more of my fears. But, I feel it has been the last two years that have me moving in the right direction. I took a class with Flora Bowley (another brave act for me). She didn’t paint anything remotely similar to anything I had ever done. My personal growth was huge. I became aware of my triggers and how things were affecting me. I was able to

look at my process and work from different perspectives. I could trust myself and found people responded to my work when it came from that place inside me. From joy. So interesting, I could play! Now I am allowing myself to play and create what comes to me from within. If I need reference images I find them, but for the most part I’m painting and drawing from my mind’s eye. And it’s okay. I’m being brave and showing my art and selling “my babies.” I recently taught an art course on Intuitive Painting basing some of it on what I learned from Flora. The students gave me positive feedback and had fun. It was inspiring. Another deep breath and I am writing this article. One foot in front of the other. I can do it. Be brave! Be brave! Be brave! I think I’ve found my path. You can find Marla’s work at the Arts Co-op. IMAGES Opposite Page: Hare Splitting This page, top left clockwise: She came in a Dream, Grizzly Business, Gotcha FERNIEFIX.COM



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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis

glimpses of a complex man. He is at once profound and profane, courageous and insecure. In many ways he is an everyman of his time who, like his fellows on the merciless slopes of Everest, remarkably lived through the First War. Through diary entries we see his internal struggles, his fears and jealousies and his hopes for the summit. Despite the broad array of characters, like the players in a Shakespeare tragedy, Mallory provides the finest metaphor for a Nation trying to right itself after emerging, shaken into the modern age.


THIS BOOK IS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT both in the writing and the reading. Into the Silence is a singular work of scholarship, a devastating portrayal of war, and a riveting adventure story. The events it contains are significant each on their own, but when taken together, create a captivating portrait of men as products of Empire and the heights to which that system in the end will drive them. The narrative is not a mystery, though it is a story not immediately familiar to many. It follows the course of various teams of climbers who would, in 1921, 1922 and 1924, each including George Mallory, attempt the world’s highest peak. But the substance of the narrative is not only the monumental efforts and intrigues involved in choosing, equipping and mobilizing their attempts, it is more profoundly an examination of the men, as products of the culture that shaped them, the war that bruised but hardened them and the adventure many of them could not refuse even if they wanted to. Readers familiar with Canadian author Wade Davis’ work will know he is very thorough and he weaves a compelling tale of scholarship and adventure like no other. He can both move the heart and prick the conscience. Here he interlaces, by looking forward and back into the lives and times of the dramatis personae, a deep and absorbing tale: their privileged


boyhoods at school that engendered a love of art, poetry and the seemingly incongruous pursuit of mountaineering adventure. They emerged with a desire to grapple with both the artistic and philosophical ideas of the world and to grapple with the world itself. And then, from this idyll, The Great War. Few descriptions of the First World War are as disturbing in their matter-offactness as the depictions here, taken as they are from the diaries of the men who lived it. From the war in the trenches to medical officers like Howard Somerfeld and Arthur Wakefield cataloguing the litany of horrors behind the lines at casualty clearing stations, where they are only able to snatch moments for food and drink, as trainloads of bodies roll in from the Somme. Wandering, in the ensuing silence, onto the battered landscape to watch for birds, read poetry and write in their journals, in an effort to reclaim a hold on the sane. Admittedly, the time of Empire was not necessarily to be admired, great horrors and subjugations were visited upon nations and peoples around the world. Here, George Mallory, provides a useful surrogate for the culture in which he exists. Deemed the most essential mountaineer to each expedition, we get

As an aside, I must confess to a surge of patriotic pride, something Davis I think feels and his narrative supports, in the exploits on Everest of Oliver Wheeler, the indomitable, uncomplaining Canadian surveyor who, despite the assertions of other expedition members, reveals the doorway to Everest, a heretofore unknown landscape to western eyes. Finally, both remarkable and tragic, is the scene of discovery in recent years of the ultimate fate of the final expedition. Tragic not because the outcome is a revelation after all this time but more the distance we have come from the better parts of an age of reverence, manners and decorum. When things, including the mountain itself, were treated with a sense of awe. When ideas and things greater than ourselves could not be reduced to pithy social media posts. A time, despite the depredations of the war, when men yearned to preserve a sense of wonder. In that scene we realize: this is the trajectory wrought by a collective loss of innocence. I have a busy friend who took a year to read this book. As you craft resolutions for the year, resolve to do this one that will improve you, read Into the Silence and reclaim your sense of wonder.




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STEVE JOBS (1955 - 2011) was an American technology entrepreneur and the cofounder, chairman and chief executive officer of Apple, Inc. He has been portrayed four times on film, once by Ashton Kutcher in Jobs, a 2013 independent film, which was by all accounts terrible. In the same year Jobs was portrayed by Justin Long in a satirical film called I, Steve, and in 1999 there was a TNT television movie called Pirates of Silicon Valley, which was directed by Martin Burke and starred Noah Wyle. There was also a stage play called The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, which was produced in 2012. The most recent attempt to depict Jobs’ life is Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender. The film revolves around three major product launches that the company and/or Jobs were involved with, the Apple MacIntosh in 1984, the NeXT computer in 1988 and the launch of the iMAC in 1998. The Apple MacIntosh was not a commercial success and resulted in Jobs being fired. His attempt to create the NeXT computer without the assistance of Apple was also a failure. Meanwhile Apple Inc. was floundering and the Board brought Jobs back into the fold to see if he could revitalize the company. The upshot was the development of the iMAC, which saved the company and acted as a springboard for its future successes. The film is written by Aaron Sorkin, perhaps most famous for writing the first few seasons of The West Wing, and it is perhaps the least reverential of the various portrayals of Jobs, a man who doesn’t seem to have been a very admirable person, being rather egomaniacal and nasty. The movie suggests that Jobs’


failures were due to the fact that he didn’t listen to those around him, especially to those with greater programming skills who were actually doing the technical work on the computers. He patronized, threatened and humiliated coworkers, creating a terrible working environment in an industry that depends upon co-operation, sharing, dedication and creativity. No wonder they waited until Jobs’ untimely death before releasing this film. The film has a distinguished cast. Fassbender has previously appeared in 12 Years a Slave, Shame and X-Men: First Class. His portrayal of Jobs is marvellous. Even though he doesn’t look anything like Steve Jobs the audience is instantly able to accept him in the role. He portrays Jobs as egocentric, but with a charming side to his personality. Kate Winslet is cast as Jobs’ long suffering personal assistant, Joanna Hoffman. Winslet has had a long and distinguished career in film, appearing most recently in the Australian film The Dressmaker, while her most memorable role was as Rose in Titanic. Seth Rogan (Neighbours, This is the End, Knock Knock, 50/50) gives a surprisingly good performance as Steve Wozniak, considering that most of Rogan’s previous roles were comedic. He is wonderful as Wozniak, portraying him as sympathetic, decent and talented. Wozniak was the co-founder of Apple computers, and was principally responsible for the Apple II, which was for the longest time Apple’s most successful product. He lacked Jobs’ charisma but was probably much more talented than the man who took credit for his work. It’s a good movie and worth seeing, even if those lacking knowledge of the technology and history of computers may be somewhat confused at times. Two thumbs up. FERNIEFIX.COM



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Triumphant Laughter CAROLYN NIKODYM

AS WE KNOW FROM FACEBOOK, Instagram and the ilk, triumph comes in many sizes. There’s the small triumph of catching your cat climbing into a box on camera, or the big triumph of eating food at a restaurant. For comedian Paul Myrehaug, triumph is a bit larger. He has proven worried, straight-laced parents everywhere wrong: it is possible to have gainful employment as a sought-after comedian from small-town Canada. Hailing from Camrose, Alberta, Myrehaug cut his standup teeth in Edmonton. And then he worked it hard, first doing the Northern Alberta grind, then branching out to grind out the whole country. In 2007, at the tender age of 24, Myrehaug won Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off, beating out 63 other comedians. You may have heard him on CBC Radio’s The Debaters or seen him on Just for Laughs … at this point, Myrehaug has landed on festival and comedy club stages across Canada and the world. One of his most memorable gigs was a Christmas show in 2011 for Canadian troops in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was part of a contingent that included Ottawa singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume, then-defense minister Peter MacKay, thenchief of defense staff General Natynczyk, Governor General David Johnston. It wasn’t intimidating at all! “You’re coming on stage to close the event after the Governor General had just addressed the troops and if you talk about gravity … that situation was … he’s our queen, basically,” Myrehaug says on the phone from Edmonton. “And here I am going on after him to tell him my silly little skits, you know. So I just kept on shaking my head, thinking, how the hell did this happen?!


“You know, your parents worry about you picking entertainment as a career path. I remember when I got that phone call to go to Afghanistan with the Governor General and all of those other great political guys, I remember my mom being, like, ‘okay, I think you’re going to be all right,’” he laughs. “So it was that gravity that convinced my mother that standup was not a bad idea … I’ll always remember that for sure.” Myrehaug has performed his zingy but accessible act for Canadian, US and coalition troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Kuwait. He says what struck him the most about the bigger bases is how they are mini-communities, where you can grab Subway, catch a bus, buy the latest video game or do laps at a swimming pool. “The majority of the time, you might as well be walking around a one-star resort … a military one-star,” Myrehaug

laughs. “The pressure is enormous, but the crowd there – all of the comics say the same things, and the musicians – the crowds there are just way too good. You really don’t even have to be funny, because they are so excited that you’re actually in Afghanistan, and you say hi, and they are just pounding the tables and laughing.” While this says something about the troops being hungry for live entertainment, it also says a thing or two about Myrehaug himself. His joke delivery is unassuming and laid back. He tells the kinds of stories you’d hear being told around a campfire or at a kitchen party. He just seems so normal. And that’s his triumph. Paul Myrehaug performs with Craig Campbell, Dan Quinn and Pete Zedlacher on the Snowed In Comedy Tour at the Northern Bar & Stage January 31.




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BORN IN FERNIE, Katie Anderson and her family moved to Jaffray soon after, which is where she spent her childhood. She was introduced to winter sports at the age of two with downhill skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort. On a school trip with Jaffray Elementary school at the age of six, she tried snowboarding for the first time. “I fell in love with it right away,” she admits. “My dad would take my sister and I up to the hill every weekend.” Throughout Katie’s younger years, snowboarding continued to be a passion but it wasn’t until she attended school at the Fernie Academy that she first tried racing. The school held races regularly, and Katie began winning nearly every one she entered. “This led me to trying snowboard cross,” she says. “And I decided to try out for the BC development team in 2011.” That year, she competed in a couple of provincial races, and in 2012 she made the BC Boardercross Team and had the opportunity to race on the Nor-Am circuit. With hard work and dedication, Katie continued to succeed, which only made her want to work harder. For the past two years, she has been racing with the Provincial Team and National Development Team, primarily racing Nor-Ams. Spending as much time training and on the snow as possible, while also working numerous jobs to help support her passion, Katie was named to the Canadian National Team this spring and recently competed in her first World Cup start, where she finished 18th. “It gave me a glimpse of what is to come,” she says. Last season, Katie finished 3rd at Junior Worlds in China, 1st in Junior and Senior Nationals, and 3rd overall on the Nor-Am tour, which is how she earned her spot on the World Cup circuit this season.


Katie recognizes the benefits this journey has provided her, and feels the desire to share this passion and opportunity with others. “One day, I would like to start a snowboard program for kids in the community to get them more involved in snowboarding as there are a lot of clubs for skiers, but not so much for snowboarders.” She feels fortunate to have had the opportunities living in the Valley provided, from easy access to outdoor recreation to playing music with the Ideal Society to the community feel.

“I challenge myself everyday to achieve personal growth, nothing feels better than working towards a goal and feeling yourself improving as you go along,” she says. “I used to spend too much time focusing on the outcome rather than the progression, but I am learning to focus more on personal progression rather than results.” She also tries to set goals that are difficult for her and outside of her comfort zone. “They require a lot of dedication, but in return I become more capable and comfortable doing something previously I didn’t believe I could do!”

“My favourite thing about the community is how close everyone is. It has been very rewarding growing up here and having endless support from my friends, family and local businesses. My goal is to progress on the World Cup circuit and I have my sights set on the Olympics.” 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here? I was born in Fernie, but my family moved to Jaffray when I was six. 2. Where did you first live in town? My family had a house on 2nd Ave, beside the United Church.

3. What was your first impression? I was born here, but if I were new to Fernie my first impression would be how beautiful it is, and that it is somewhere I would immediately feel at home. 4. What keeps you in Fernie?

I think Fernie is growing for sure, but I think in ten years it will still have the same great community feel! 8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals?

I always come back to Fernie for family and friends, and the mountains.

Every day starts a little bit differently for me, but I always make sure to get out to the gym or to doing something active for the day.

5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory?

9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you.

I can’t think of a specific favourite memory, but probably all of the countless days skiing with friends growing up.

I can ski as well (usually about one day a year).  

6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? My favourite season is winter for sure, but I love the fall as well and how colourful everything gets! 7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years?

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10. Quote to live by: Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss Katie would like to thank The Choice in Cranbrook, Salomon Snowboards and Doing Business, The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation, FAR Summit Fund, and her parents for their support. If you are interested in helping Katie reach her goal of representing Canada in the Olympics, visit her Facebook page or consider donating at 391 - 1st Avenue Fernie BC 250.423.4314 • 1.800.860.3136

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The Little Things MICAH MORRIS

THE NEW YEAR UPON US we typically ask ourselves what our resolutions are going to be and what we can picture, change, or want our year to look like. Along with this foresight we should have some insight of what our past year looked like. What did you achieve that made a difference, made you proud, that you worked hard at, or put effort into? I think that the meaning of accomplishment is different for everyone, something big for you might be small for someone else, but if you feel proud or happy about it then it is an accomplishment to you. Achievements can be almost addictive if we focus too much on where we want to be and not enough on where we currently are. When we get a good result on a test, in a race, or competition we strive for better, and it pushes us harder and makes us want that result that much more. However, if we let this want for achievement get in the way of passion it can bring us down and take the fun out of what we love to do. There is a difference between passion and success, if we focus solely on results and expect those same results every time, then the focal point starts to change and the thing that you loved so much might become more of a task than a passion. When I am competing and I don’t do as well as I had expected and I find myself frustrated or upset, I think about what my mom always says to me, “Focus on the process, not the result.” Learning from failures and making yourself coachable or teachable is what helps you to achieve more and stand out from other people. In December, I went ski touring up to Thunder Meadows cabin with my parents, my sister, and a friend. We started early to pack our heavy packs for the


three day trip, drove to the trail head and then of course we had to immediately turn around because I forgot my gloves (oops!). Finally sorted, we skinned up and started our journey stopping every hundred metres to change layers and take off boots to deal with shin bang and blisters. Settling with buckles loosened and feet patched with mole skin, we continued up the seemingly never ending climb. Hours later we arrived at the cabin tired, hungry and happy. When we made the ascent, and looked down to where we came from, I felt the biggest sense of accomplishment. We could see way down in the valley where we started our slow rhythmical steps. During our journey, I sometimes found myself only able to think about when we would be finished touring or when our next break would be, a thought process that makes each step feel a little heavier and a little more tiring.

Touring is a lot more fun when you can treat it as a meditative practice, because those hours of hiking provide a lot of time to think. Not only that, but to look around and realize how lucky you are to be in such a beautiful yet dangerous place is a pretty incredible feeling. “Successful completion” is one of the phrases used to define achievement. And that trip was made successful by the turns we were rewarded with in the twenty centimetres of fresh snow the days following, the heavy packs were worth it for the pancakes for breakfast with blueberry sauce, spaghetti for dinner, and more chocolate and brownies than I can count. Though the effort required is more than some might think necessary, those turns, those views, those meals, those mountains are ten times more memorable, and I can gladly call that an accomplishment. FERNIEFIX.COM





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Volleyball practice helped to get him through. In my senior year, we had a Grade 9 student who made the team. He was a good person with good marks, but he lacked confidence. He had lots to offer (on and off the court). He knew what needed to be said and done, but always waited for the leaders to step in and do and say them. He reminded me a lot of myself in Grade 9. And, much like myself, volleyball helped to teach him that sometimes he needed to be the one to step up.


BEING A TEENAGER IS full of triumphs and failures. Being a teen can be tough. As a teen, I had great parents, I did well in school, and I had good friends. I had a lot of things going well for me. Even so, like all teenagers, I had my days when I struggled with who I was and who I wanted to be. One of the things that helped me navigate my way through those years was high school volleyball. I am still figuring out all the influences that volleyball had in my life. There is the usual: it gave me something healthy to do, it gave me a sense of belonging, and it gave me a sense of identity. But there were other things I learned from volleyball and from my high school coach too. Find their unique gift. In Grade 9, I made the high school team. The other players were taller, stronger, and more skilled than I was. But I could serve. Coach put me in to serve at crucial times. My job was to get the ball in. I worked on serving every chance I got. I did not have the hardest serve on the team, but I had the most dependable one. That year, I would often get subbed off onto the bench after serving, but that did not bother me. I was useful. I belonged. My coach found something I was good at and he trusted me when it mattered. He didn’t just put me in when the score was lopsided or the game didn’t matter. His confidence in me made me feel like I deserved to be on the team, and over the rest of my high school years, my other volleyball skills grew alongside my confidence. Everything you do as a coach is a life lesson. Getting into shape is more effective than telling your athletes to get in shape. Learning to win and lose with grace is way harder than telling your players to do so. My coach was always trying to



improve. He would read about volleyball and plan strong practices that related to weaknesses in our recent games. He was always looking at two things: #1 how to be a better coach and #2, how to make us a better team. I trusted his advice on #2 way more because I believed #1 so much. Winning is a peculiar thing. You have to play like winning is essential, but it is insignificant. You have to fight for every point, but you have to understand that which side of the net the ball lands on is, in the big picture, meaningless. You have to try your hardest to triumph over your opponent, but really you are just improving yourself. Playing to win is more important than winning. Winning is more fun than losing. But in many ways, losing (when you push your hardest to win) is more beneficial. Winning is everything and nothing all at once. Participation and belonging are life-changers. My coach and my participation helped to shape me as a teenager. But I think of some of my teammates for whom the coach and the belonging were even more important. I remember one player who, without volleyball, would have quit school and gotten into serious legal and substance abuse trouble. I remember another teammate who, now looking back, I would guess was suffering from depression.

I want to thank all of the volunteers (especially coaches) who help to make school and community sports happen in our area. You cannot understand the difference you make in the lives of our teenagers. Win or lose, the athletes on your team are growing; physically, mentally, and socially they are maturing. Thank you for teaching them that hard work leads to triumph, and that failure can lead to growth.

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Be Anything You Want SHELBY CAIN

THE OTHER DAY SIX asked me a great question. “Mom, can I really be anything I want when I grow up? What a question. Ten years ago, before she existed, I was knee-deep in a career I fell into after the vocation I had dreamed of since I was her age, a veterinarian, fell through. If someone had asked me then I would’ve said – honestly – no. You can’t. It is yet another fictitious tale we tell children. You can work hard and study and put yourself in a position where you might be able to achieve your goal. But the rest isn’t necessarily up to you. There’s luck involved. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. You may have to adjust your goals a little. As an adult, reality comes into play in the form of rent, overdue student loans, and the desperate desire to never eat Ramen noodles again. Ever. You take a job that pays you actual money and you move on with your life. If you’re lucky enough to become what you wanted to be, good for you. You did it! So let’s get back to this question being posed to me today. Ten years later. Can Six be whatever she wants to be? Believe it or not, my answer is yes! And more. So much more. Let me explain. I discovered that when things don’t work out you have to examine why. Was it really meant for you? In hindsight I now know I was never meant to be a veterinarian. I put my fallback career on hold, happily, to stay home with my kids. But a few years in I found myself home with a newborn, a one-year-old, and a paralyzing fear that my life was officially out of my control. After spending most of my life studying and planning to plot my own course, control now belonged to two small people who needed every ounce of time and energy I could possibly muster. Sometimes more. It scared the shit out of me. I lived


like this for a year. Feeling unimportant to the world as a whole and like I really didn’t have that much to offer, even if anyone cared. As a year passed and I began to patch together crumbs of sleep I started thinking. About myself. About my life. Strangely enough, the question I kept asking myself was, what was I going to be when I grew up? And even though I was burned before, the words I’d been told and re-told as a child came right back. Anything. I can be anything I want. But what was my passion? I made lists of things I liked to do. I asked my friends what they liked doing. I then brought in the reality of what I could do while being home with my kids, something I was learning I truly loved. Eventually I found some hidden desires that in my analytical approach to success I’d discarded. When I listed them on a scrap of paper I came to the conclusion there was one common denominator holding me back from doing any of them. Embarrassment. I was embarrassed to

try. Embarrassed to fail. But then, like a touch of divine intervention, two little words popped into my mind and changed everything. Who cares? Who cares? Who cares if I fail at everything I want to try? Compared to hiding under a rock, which I’d been doing for the last year, wouldn’t trying and failing be better than not trying at all? So here’s what I did. I threw myself at the wall of life like a handful of wet noodles, and waited to see what stuck. I tried out for a play, even though I’d never acted a day in my life. I made an appointment at the newspaper and pitched them an idea to write a weekly column about my “life.” I picked up a dusty old guitar and started a band. I wrote a book. I did a triathlon. I embarrassed myself more than I could possibly tell you. So Six, to answer your question – yes. You can be anything you want when you grow up. And every single day is a new day to re-invent yourself.




January 2016 Monthly Events


FRIDAY 1.1.2016

SATURDAY 16.1.2016

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Avalanche Awareness Days @ Fernie Alpine Resort. A day full of interactive and educational activities with experts on hand for questions and information. Old Type Music Society Fundraiser @ The Arts Station, 7:30pm. Raising funds for the sake of keeping an Old Time Acoustic Music Series alive and well in Fernie. Silent Auction, cash bar, door prizes, nibblies and a night of music including RedGirl. Wildlife and Mad Scientist Party @ The Royal Fernie Yacht Club @ The Northern

SUNDAY 31.1.2016

SATURDAY 2.1.2016 Fernie Ghostriders Vs. Creston @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Jenn Frost and Cona @ The Royal DJ Cona @ The Nothern

FRIDAY 8.1.2016 Fernie Ghostriders Vs. Columbia Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Fernie Friends of Opera: Jenufa by Janecek @ Fernie Arts Station, 7pm Rob Boland and Friends Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Local DJs @ The Royal The Lost Boys, Flatspin and Straus @ The Nothern

SATURDAY 9.1.2016 Stress & Tension Relief Day Retreat @ Relaxation practice, presentation and workshop, 901 Spa treatement and dinner at Loaf Restaurant. Kinky Rail Jam @ Fernie Alpine Resort, The Lost Boys – Cover Band @ The Northern Brickhaus and Mr. Precise @ The Royal

TUESDAY 12.1.2016 Fernie Wine Club Event @ Infinitea, 6pm. Tickets $35

WEDNESDAY 13.1.2016 Rotary Club: Presentation on the Library’s Writers’ Series @ Parkplace Lodge, 12-3pm Marcus Steiner Live @ Kodiak Lounge, 9pm

THURSDAY 14.1.2014 Beautea Night @ Infinitea, 6pm with 90 Fernie. A lineup of treatments each night for just $10 plus martinis for $8 and a full menu.

FRIDAY 15.1.2015 Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series: Raziel Reid @ Fernie Heritage Library, doors open at 7pm with author reading and Q&A at 8pm. A free event with refreshments, cash bar and live entertainment. Fernie Ghostriders Vs. Nelson @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Linden Gigliotti Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Good Ol Goats @ The Northern, foot stomping music The Runs @ The Royal, Fernie’s punk band

FRIDAY 15.1.2015 – SUNDAY 17.1.2015 No School Friday Winter Sports School Kids Program @ Fernie Alpine Resort Yin Yoga Weekend @ Essential Yoga Studio. Experience the slow, calm tranquility of Yin Yoga and improve your flexibility. www. Eighth Annual Reel Canadian Film Festival @ The Vogue Theatre. Enjoy five feature films, shorts from filmmakers in Fernie and around Canada, special guests and an opening night gala and closing reception.

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Gallery Gallery Opening Lindsay Vallance. Thursday January 7 Gallery Opening Pamm Cuipa. Thursday January 28

Concerts Concert - Florian Hoefner (Jazz). Wednesday January 20

Snowed in Comedy Tour @ The Northern, 8pm. Featuring Dan Quinn, Pet Zedlacher, Craig Campbell and Paul Myrehaug. Don’t miss this popular event!

MONDAY 18.1.2016 PD Day Winter Sports School Kids Program @ Fernie Alpine Resort


TUESDAY 19.1.2016

Storytime (Ages 3-5 years) Tuesdays 11:15am-noon . Stories, singing and activities for preschoolers and their caregivers. Toddlertime (Ages 0-2 years). Wednesdays 11:15am Fridays 11:15 am. Singing, simple stories and fingerplays for babies and their caregivers.  Children’s Activities for Grades 1-6 Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:45pm Knits and Knots, join in some yarny fun for ages 8+, Drop In Wednesdays 3:30-4:45pm Charadians: for those who love all things drama. Ages 8+, Drop In Thursdays Lego Club 3:30pm-4:45pm: New challenge every week, for ages 7+ MUST REGISTER to attend Red Cedar Book Club: January 8, 3:45-4:30pm Grades 4-6. New members always welcomed FUN Friday, January 15th, 1:00-2:30pm (age 7+) Drop-In Teenspace: Thursday January 7 and 21st 6:30-8:00pm Rather than a program for teens, TeenSpace is simply a venue for teens to come and be together in an environment that is non-judgemental and available. Teens are encouraged to set up activities for themselves can then be supported by staff, as needed. Contact Anie at for further details. Tea and Talk Book Club: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, Friday, January 29th at 1:30pm. Senior Storytime for all ages with Ms Anie. Tom Uphill Manor: January 6 at 1:30pm. Rocky Mountain Village Serenity Room January 13th at 1:00pm Booked! Fernie Writers Series Presents Raziel Reid “When Everything Feels like the Movies”. January 15th, 7:00pm. Live music by “The Burn-ins” and cash bar. Everyone welcome Special Programming: Local Author event-January 28th, 6:30pm Join Pepper Couëlle-Sterling for the launch of her children’s book by Oolichan Books. This event will include readings, a craft and refreshments. All are welcome. Storyfeast: : January 27, 2016 Celebrate Family Literacy Day with us. See Facebook and our website for more details.

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WEDNESDAY 20.1.2016 Moontricks and Ash/Flatspin @ The Royal

FRIDAY 22.1.2016 Q-Bik @ The Northern, Australia drum and bass Dublin and Guests @ The Royal

SATURDAY 23.1.2016 The Lizard Skinner Ski Mountaineering Race @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Fernie’s first ski mountaineering race, why not give it a go? Categories include: Men and Women’s Competitive; Recreational; Masters; Juniors; Splitboard. This one-day event will be a great spectator sport. Cap it off with food and drinks at the new Cirque restaurant in Lizard Creek Lodge. Registration on Kokanee Snow Dreams Festival @ Fernie Alpine Resort, after a snowy day on the slopes enjoy après at the Griz Bar into the night. Voted Best Deck Party in Canada by Ski Canada. Female DJ Showcase @ The Nothern Das Booty and Organic Mechanic @ The Royal

MONDAY 25.1.2016 Tripple J Hottest 100 Countdown @ The Royal – Aussie Day Celebrations

THURSDAY 28.1.2016 Beautea Night @ Infinitea, 6pm with 90 Fernie. A lineup of treatments each night for just $10 plus martinis for $8 and a full menu.

FRIDAY29.1.2016 Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Nick Morris and Zak Barrett Live @ Infinitea, 8pm The Decoys @ The Royal, live Rock n Roll Wet Secrets Live @ The Northern

SATURDAY 30.1.2016 Stoke Folk the Party @ Fernie Community Centre, 5-7pm All Ages Show, 8pm-2am Late Show with Shred Kelly, Kytami and special guests. Tickets available at and Freyja. Big Shake presents Electro Swing Night @ The Royal 403 DNB Massive with Bigworm, Wigginz, Mitz and Jams @

Film Indie Film Fernie: ​Second Mother. Monday January 11. 7pm at The Vogue Theatre. The Second Mother is a rich, complex and delightful comic drama centered on Val, a live-in housekeeper working for a wealthy family in Sao Paulo. She has lovingly raised the family’s son while sending money back home to relatives raising her estranged daughter Jessica, whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years. When Jessica comes to Sao Paulo to write her college entrance exams Val arranges for Jessica to stay with her in the maid quarters. However, Jessica takes the owners up on their offer to stay in the guest room and proceeds to break through the unspoken class barriers in the household. After being initially mortified that her daughter does not seem

to know her place, Val soon comes around to reconsider her own. Reel Canadian Film Festival @ The Vogue. Friday January 15-17. Visit for full details!


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January 2016 Weekly Events

DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Burger and Bud $14.99 @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel Movie Night from 7pm and $6 Meals @ Infinitea $15 Steak Sandwich Night @ Parkplace Pub Mani Monday Special @ Spa 901 Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 Pints of Cider, $10 Appies @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge Monday Beats @ The Royal, 10pm Locals Day: Burger and Fernie Beer $10 @ Rusty Edge Buck a Shuck: $1 Oysters and $5 Prosecco @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge TUESDAYS Pasta Specials @ Boston Pizza Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Wing Night @ Parkplace Pub $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedicures for $100, 2 manicures for $70, 2 facials for $130, all three for $275 $10 Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Northern Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Tuesday: Shot gun Karaoke with TOpo @ The Royal Pizza Day: $5 off All Pizzas @ Rusty Edge Buck a Shuck: $1 Oysters and $5 Prosecco @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge

3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf Chicken and Beer for $15 @ The Bridge Bistro WEDNESDAYS $7 Single or $14 Double Wings @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Karaoke Night @ The Fernie Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Zack’s Jam Night @ The Royal $10 Smokie, Beer and Fries @ Parkplace Pub Tarot Card Readings w/ Miss Janeil @ Infinitea Crochet Collective & Sweater Club Knitting @ Infinitea, 7-9pm Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal $8 Wings, Beat the Clock Draft & Highballs and Karaoke @ The Northern $10 Vietnamese Sub and Beer @ Pho Locoal Buck a Shuck: $1 Oysters and $5 Prosecco @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge Wing Day: $0.50/wing with beverage order @ Rusty Edge 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf Chicken and Beer for $15 @ The Bridge Bistro THURSDAYS Tacos for $12.95 @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe RileyJ+Ash / Flatspin+Friends @ The Royal

House Gun Doubles $7, $5 Fernie Pints, $3 Sliders @ The Northern $8 Martini Night @ Infinitea $15 Feature Burger and Team Trivia for $100 Tab @ Parkplace Pub Ladies Day: Buy On Starter, Second One Half Off/$5 off Bottles of Wine @ Rusty Edge Buck a Shuck: $1 Oysters and $5 Prosecco @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf FRIDAYS Full Rack of Ribs $19.95 @ Boston Pizza Tastings at The Tipple @ The Tipple. 1st Friday of the month only. Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge $12 Fish and Chips or Baby Back Ribs @ Parkplace Pub $11 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Live Music @ The Central Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Domestic Bottles $5 and $12 Fish and Chips @ The Northern Oyster Day: $5 Prosecco and Oyster Specials @ Rusty Edge 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf SATURDAYS Any Large Pizza for Medium Charge @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion

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 •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •ActiveFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Swimming Lessons @ Aquatic Centre, kids under 3 from 10:30-11am •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 •Parent Tot Fun Times @ Knox United Church, 9:30-noon •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-noon •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Public Swim and Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am – 1pm and 3pm – 8pm. Waterslide 4-6pm TUESDAYS •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7:30pm •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Gentle Fit @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •Born to Sing and Dance @ Fernie Arts Station •Drop-in Climbing @ College of the Rockies Climbing Wall, 7-9pm •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-noon •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •Public Swim and Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am – 1pm and 3pm – 8pm. Waterslide 4-6pm •Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Free Public Skate @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Old School Board Games @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm ages 7 + drop in

Skate WEDNESDAYS •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Drop in Workshop @ Clawhammer Press. 6-9pm, $30 •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. Drop in for $5 •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •ActiveFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-noon •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •Charadians Drama Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45 ages 9+. •Public Swim and Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am – 1pm and 3pm – 8pm. Waterslide 4-6pm •Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45-10:15am •Free Parent & Tot Skate @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Skate & Shoot @ Memorial Arena, 11:45am-1pm THURSDAYS •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. Flying and practice •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 •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Gentle Fit @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •MOMs Group @ Fernie Heritage Library, 9:30-11:30am •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Open Roller Skating Evening @ Max Turyk Gym, $2 drop-in fee. 6-7pm •Kids Boxing Boot Camp @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, ages 8-16 5pm. •Beautea Night @ Infinitea with Trillium 6-8pm $10 manicure/massage/ reiki (2nd & 4th Thursdays)

Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub $5 Glass of House Wine, $5 Off Bottles of Wine @ The Fernie Live Music @ The Central Live bands and DJs@ The Royal Domestic Bottles $5, Jager Bombs $6, Steak Sandwich $12 @ The Northern Rib Night: $19 Half/$24 Full @ Parkplace Pub Wine by the Glass Specials @ Infinitea Lagers and Jagers for $5 @ Rusty Edge 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf $10 Eggs Benny, $5 Baileys and Coffee @ The Bridge Bistro until 1pm SUNDAYS Kids Sunday $4.99 @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse Brunch @ Nevados, 10am – 2pm All day brunch starting at $10 @ The Fernie Orphan Night: $3.50 highballs and draft, warm dinner and ski/snow boarding videos @ The Northern $10 Roast @ Infinitea Sunday Roast Dinners and Happy Hour All Day @ Rusty Edge Party Tunes with GOFFles waffles @ The Royal Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort $18 Sausage and Mash @ Parkplace Pub 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf $10 Eggs Benny and $5 Caesars @ The Bridge Bistro until 1pm


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Let’s Get Our Feet Wet BRENDAN MORGAN

“I WOULD LOVE TO TRY A TRIATHLON, but am way too scared of the swim,” is the most common statement I hear when friends express their desire to challenge themselves with such a race. Many people’s exposure to triathlon occurs on Sunday afternoons while watching the Hawaii Ironman World Championship. This race combines a 3.8 km swim and 180km bike with a full 42.2 km marathon. Understandably, the spectacle of an Ironman makes a lasting impression on many people. Some are inspired while others concede defeat immediately. But, competing in a triathlon doesn’t have to be Hawaii Ironman extreme. Luckily, for us mere mortals, there are other options. Anyone can enjoy a similar experience and earn the title of triathlete by competing in a much shorter version of this challenge. Consider, for example, one of the following: Sprint (750m swim, 20km bike, 5 km run) Xterra (1500m swim, 30km mountain bike on mountainous trail, 11km trail run) Olympic (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run) Half ironman (1900m swim, 90km bike, 21 km run) I entered my first triathlon on my 40th birthday when some friends got together and bought my entrance fee for the Wasa Triathlon. That first race, which by the way was very hard and slow, started my love and obsession for this great crosstraining sport. Over the next few months, I will be providing tips, techniques, and

guidance for beginners who plan to complete a sprint triathlon. For those of you who are already veteran triathletes, I am also offering advice for improving speed and becoming more efficient during the transitions. Lastly, I will be providing ideas for training options available within the Elk Valley. The best way to get started is to make the commitment to enter a race, so I encourage you to consider entering and participating in one of the following two triathlons offered in our area: Elkford Triathlon ( This is a great beginner friendly first time triathlon with a pool swim, a safe, undulating road ride complete with beautiful scenery, and a flat gravel road run, which is a lot easier on the legs than undulating pavement. Wasa Triathlon ( My family has done this triathlon for the last seven years and it is always the highlight of our spring, as we combine it with a camping weekend at Wasa Provincial Park. A family friendly

atmosphere, welcoming everyone from children to senior citizens. To complete a sprint triathlon comfortably, racers should dedicate 12 weeks of specific swim, bike, and run training, which I will discuss in depth throughout the next few issues. In the meantime, commit to basic overall cardio fitness. Join a twice-a-week spin class at Soar Cycle Studio, Vitality or Evolution. Inform the spin instructors that you are training for a triathlon and would like to concentrate on correct technique and high cadence (80-90 rpm). This will get your legs and muscles adapted to the cycling motion. Become a member of the Masters Swim Club, or sign up for adult swimming lessons at the Aquatic Centre. Swimming throughout the winter with a gradual weekly increase of distance will build endurance, confidence and prepare you for triathlon specific open swim training. The truth is, if you can bike to the grocery store and swim two lengths of the Fernie pool, you can complete a sprint triathlon. Sprint triathlons are beginner friendly and there is no need to have fancy equipment to get your feet wet. The basic equipment


requirements are a bathing suit, swim goggles, either a road bike or a mountain bike complete with slick tires, and a pair of running shoes. Clipless pedals and a wetsuit are optional items that provide a little extra edge. Finally, remind yourself that we are fortunate to live in a community with many winter fitness activities, and you are already enjoying pastimes that can build a foundation for triathlon training. Whether you prefer cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, or snow-shoeing, or you find yourself regularly practicing Crossfit or yoga, you

are already on your way! So until next month, get outside and have some fun. Enjoy Fernie and its many winter sport options. Brendan will be sponsoring four first time athletes achieve their goal of completing the Elkford or Wasa Sprint Triathlon this spring by paying the entry fee. For consideration, submit your triathlon goal and story to The first four received will be chosen and notified directly. Good luck!




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Little Triumphs and Adventures JESSE BELL

IT IS TRUE, I HAVE DONE MANY THINGS. I have had abundant adventures since moving back to Fernie – back home – four years ago. Some of the things have been modest, others have been mad and bonkers. But as Dr. Seuss says, all of the best things are. Every year I look back at all of those mad adventures and every year I find myself amazed at how many elaborate activities there are to do. This past August I joined a show pilot in his vintage Chinese warplane. We did flips and spins mid-air and I thought I might die of fear, or at the

very least that I would pass out in the glass cockpit. Instead I was overcome with adrenaline. It was the most spectacular experience of my life, a great personal triumph. I feel thankful that the opportunity presented itself to me and even more thankful that the Fernie Fix has made it possible for me to write about these types of experiences.

me, by people who push me to push myself. These people deserve a lot of credit; they contribute to my own personal triumph. They make it easier for me to live on the West Coast Trail for a week because I’m not doing it alone. I am with friends. And as often as not I am afraid to do those things.

I often run into people who say, “I could never do that,” or “I wish I was adventurous as you.” It humbles me. It also makes me feel funny. I respond with a “you could totally do that,” or “come with me next time,” but in truth I can’t always take full credit for the things I do. There is a whole network of adventurous people that make many of these triumphs possible.

I am afraid to join Avalanche City Roller Derby. I ran into a roller derby gal last year at the grocery store who had just broken her foot and I B-lined for the bulk aisle. Yes, I am Canadian and I cannot skate. I would likely embarrass myself beyond redemption.

I am surrounded by people who inspire

I am afraid to go ice climbing. My partner

I am afraid to go hunting. I rescue spiders in my kitchen for goodness sake.

Ben and his ambitious friends asked me to ice climb last year and I created an imaginary obligation so I didn’t have to. The thought of climbing on ice that could break and fall does not carry with it a strong appeal. However, I was also afraid of mountain biking, body painting, spelunking, rock climbing and ski touring, and some of these activities now play a vital part in my everyday life. Maybe not spelunking; crawling on my belly in rat poo in a dark cave is not, nor will it ever be, my choice adventure. However, many have become a part of who I am and how I identify myself. I have gone from feeble and scared semidoer to someone who feels antsy and incomplete when she hasn’t been lost in the woods for a couple of weeks. Even if it is just a quick trip to Silver Springs for an ice skate in the late afternoon, it is one of the reasons I love to live here.

I think it is important to push yourself. You may end up crying on a hillside in the snow, or in the hospital with five stitches in your knee (because you aren’t as great at rock climbing as you thought you were) but it feels good to try something new. Plus, scars are totally cool, right? So, no matter how terrified I am I hope to roller derby, ice climb, hunt, wake surf, paintball and heli ski. I will probably be awful at most of them, but I’d rather experience each of these things wholly than not at all. In a way, Never Have I Ever has become a monthly collection of little triumphs. Sometimes it leaves me feeling exhausted, but most times I’m quite simply happy. It is a new year. I hope you make the time to do something that is mad, bonkers, off your head. All of the best things, all of the best people, are.


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the outside ski slightly ahead of the inside ski. • Lean to the inside of the corner - this may mean that you will be on the inside edge of your skis.


• Be confident in your abilities!

RECENTLY I HAD THE PLEASURE OF LISTENING to a former British National Biathlon Champion talk to young Nordic race athletes about her first world cup race. She told the athletes how she fell on a downhill, missed all the targets and came in last place. Her story was very similar to Canadian cross-country skier Becky Scott’s first Olympic experience where she came in 60th out of 65 athletes. Both women faced adversity head on and came back strong at later events. At the next winter Olympics, Becky won a gold medal and had 4th and 5th place finishes in two other events. Triumph.

Staying in a classic track has advantages as it allows you to rest, catch your breath and not have to worry about catching an edge. If you need to abandon the classic tracks to turn around a corner you have three techniques to choose from: snowplowing, skidding or step turning around the corner. The step turn is the fastest technique to negotiate a turn as it allows you to maintain momentum while staying in control. The key is to take quick little steps rather than big steps. This keeps your skis under you and helps to maintain your balance. Step into the direction of the turn and transfer your weight from ski to ski and remember to keep flex in your knees and ankles so you are ready for any bumps.

A fundamental component to enjoy Nordic skiing in Fernie is being comfortable skiing down hills, especially if there is a turn at the bottom of the hill. This can intimidate even the most advanced skiers as your brain has to process many variables while you are travelling at speed. When going downhill you have the option of staying in the classic track or venturing out of the tracks onto the groomed trail. Whether you stay in the classic track or not, here are some important points to remember when going downhill: • Maintain flex in your knees and ankles. • Have your hands in front of you. • Look where you want to go and don’t look into the trees. • Keep your weight evenly spread between your heels and the balls of your feet for maximum stability. In most cases classic tracks will only be groomed in sections where your skis can stay in the tracks. However, if there is a sharp turn on the downhill you may feel like your skis are going to jump out of the tracks as you ski around the turn. To stay



in the track, and hopefully in control as well, here are a few tips to help: • Use your hands, poles and shoulders like a steering wheel and point them in the direction you would like to go. • Keep weight on both skis but apply more pressure to the outside ski to assist in “carving” the turn and move

To gain confidence with downhills and turns you can practice figure eights on flat ground to get the feel of turning in a controlled environment. Next, find a downhill corner to climb and descend over and over again. Start in the middle of the hill and try going higher up each time. Practice in the classic track and also out. You want to get through the turn safely, and leave it with as much speed as possible.

Mastering downhills with turns will decrease your stress levels when skiing on Fernie trails and increase your enjoyment. Don’t forget to sign up for the Teck Kootenay Cup Race in Fernie on February 13. You can put the downhill tips into action and be triumphant.




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“Hey Arnold, is that the new Triumph Super Fat Tire Electric Bike?” “Yeah, I just got it delivered to my door from China. Pretty cool, eh? I heard these new bikes would be taking the world by storm, but didn’t expect to see them in Fernie so soon.” “What makes it so special?” “Well, first of all it was only $800, so that was almost irresistible. Secondly, it is painted my favourite colour – Chevy Red.” “Do you have to pedal it to make those big tires turn?” “Man, this bike has a 1000 watt electrogyromagneto generator that will propel even the laziest rider up the mountain. You can pedal to make it look like you are working out, but the lack of effort saves on your post ride beer consumption, so the savings are enormous.”

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THIS WILL BE MY 17TH YEAR working as a kinesiologist and I have had the pleasure of helping many clients achieve their fitness goals. There does seem to be a few secrets that the very successful have in common and I am going to share them with you to help you have your most successful fitness year yet… if you want it. 1. Want it. There does seem to be a difference in those clients that have been sent to me versus someone who seeks me out. When I get a new client in my office who starts by saying ‘I want to get fit and healthy. I am ready to change my life.’ I know that this person will likely be successful. They are open to hard work and ready for lifestyle change. 2. Goal setting. Find positive achievable goals and set some timelines. Just so you know, my least favourite goal is, “I want to lose weight.” I am pretty sure anyone who says. “I want to lose weight” gains a pound just for saying it. “I want to get healthy.” “I want to be someone who exercises regularly.” “I want to get pain free.” “I want to be a better eater.” “I want to feel strong.” These are positive, achievable and much more motivating statements. Journalling is a great way to monitor these statements. Compare the first week in each month and watch as your habits change and goals become a reality. 3. Plan. This is the crux of any fitness or nutrition goals. Figure out when you are going to exercise each week, what you are going to eat and then execute your plan.


4. Focus and refocus. As Yoda said, “Do or do not, there is no try.” Keep yourself switched onto your goals. You may need to adopt a daily mantra (Today I will eat healthy and be active.) or make yourself accountable to a trainer or class. It is not always easy at first and may seem like a huge effort, but trust me, the more you stick to it, the easier it gets. Momentum has already been proven by science.


5. Reward yourself. Many of my clients give themselves gifts of massage or shopping sprees (especially as their bodies change) after reaching benchmarks. (ie. Three months of exercising three times weekly, no fast food for a month, 15lb weight loss, etc.). It is okay to use ‘losing weight’ as a reward, just as long as it is a by-product of your real goal- to be healthy and fit. To triumph over procrastination and to change your life is truly a victory worth going for. I hope to hear of your healthy, strong and triumphant 2016 next Christmas…As Nike says “Just do it!”

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one (and believe me, you will). Anticipate the obstacles that will come up so you can meet them head on. Another strategy that can work wonders is planning rewards or perks for yourself throughout the year, culminating with a big celebration of your success at the end of the year.


JANUARY IS SUDDENLY LOOMING AHEAD OF US again, and with it comes the usual barrage of promises, intentions, and resolutions. We will put together our annual wishlist of improvements for ourselves and our lives, and then set about to first make these changes, and then second, to make these changes stick. Why? Because more often than not, we find ourselves, 12 short months later, making a similar list of resolutions. What happens? Why can’t we just make our list of things we would like to do better, do them, and then be done with resolutions from here on out? There are a lot of reasons why resolutions are difficult to maintain, starting with the fact that many of our resolutions involve major life changes. More exercise, less food, healthier food, quitting smoking, etc., etc., etc. These major changes are really, really difficult to initiate and even more difficult to maintain in the long term. But they are often really valuable changes that will ultimately have a positive impact on your health and your life. Here are five ways to triumph over your resolutions in 2016: Start Small - You can’t change everything all at once; it’s just not possible. Pick one or two changes that you would like to make, like doing yoga three times a week, training to run a 10K, or eating a leafy green vegetable everyday. You need to sneak these changes into your life, without changing the structure of your whole life.


Be Prepared to Fail - You will fail. Or more importantly, you will have a setback and feel like you have failed. Maybe you strayed from your eating plan, or you skipped a week of runs, or you threw it all out the window while on your vacation to Hawaii. It happens to all of us. Big lasting changes don’t happen overnight, and the ones that stick tend to have a “two steps forward, one step back” pattern to them. It will be tough, but pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back at it. The next time you falter, it will be even easier to pick it back up and the time after that, even easier still. V. CROOME PHOTO


Remember the “Why?” - Why are you doing this? What is motivating you? Maybe it will help to keep a reminder beside your bed or on your bathroom mirror. Remember that these changes are for you, first, and then for those around you. Leading a healthier life will result in the people around you being inspired to be healthier themselves. With the ever-developing field of epigenetics, it is becoming clear that changes that we make in our health today can have an impact at a cellular level for generations to come. Even if you are successful at carrying on with your resolutions throughout the year, you will still likely find yourself making new ones at this time next year. We don’t get it right all in one shot, and we are constantly evolving, so our perspective on the changes we need to make is constantly evolving too. Embrace this time of year as an opportunity to reflect both on how far you have come this past year, and where you would like to see yourself headed in this next year, both in health and in life.

Strategize - Prepare for your lifestyle changes by shopping for your healthier Think Long-Term - Don’t consider these foods, buying that gym membership or those new runners, making a playlist, and changes temporary ones, not even for a second. The goal is to make lasting changes ideally, finding other people with the same goal, so you can support one another. Have that will become habits that have weaved everything you need ready so there are no themselves into your life. The whole point excuses available when you are grasping for Good Luck and Happy New Year! of making resolutions is to improve upon




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Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Happy New Year) KRISSI HYLAND

WE ARE SETTLED DOWN IN HAKUBA, a small town in the Nagano prefecture on the Western side of Japan. I wasn’t expecting the alpine to be similar to the Canadian Rockies, but there are times I swear I’m in Fernie. Happo-One, pronounced hap-po o-nay (means eight ridges) is the closest ski resort to us and is known as the competition venue for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games Nagano. I can’t believe it was 18 years ago! Along with history and beautiful mountains there is the amazing culture and food of Japan. A typical grocery store experience can be so interesting or completely overwhelming for a gaijin (foreigner). Once you get past the jingles playing throughout the store, shouting the specials in repetitive catchy songs, the layout is similar but everything is different. For example, there are 15 different types of mushrooms, bamboo, lotus root and tons of leafy greens that you have never seen before in the produce section. The meat section is full of amazing sushi grade fish, and the animal meat is cut in all different ways for different dishes. The interior isles are for packaged goods and that is where the real trouble comes, as it’s all in Japanese lettering called kanji, hiragana or katacana… all of them being very hard for a foreigner to read. It’s easier to go by the photos on the package, and if there are no photos, you’re out of luck. ) is a very popular single Bento ( portion take-out or packed meal. I am in love with the widely accessible onigiri which is a stuffed rice ball shaped into a triangle and wrapped in nori (seaweed


paper) - a fancy way of saying a Japanese rice sandwich. While the Japanese typically fills the onigiri with a salty ingredient like pickled vegetables, salty/ sour plums, sea vegetables or salty fish, I prefer a more western spin of sustainable salmon with mayonnaise or avocado, almond butter and jam or even leftovers like chicken, curry or slated edamame. The trick to these little rice balls when you buy them from the store is opening them! It’s quite ingenious actually – the nori

doesn’t touch the rice in the packaging until you open it, so it doesn’t get soggy. It takes a few times to finally get it. These onigiri bento snacks are sold in every corner store and grocery store! So in the spirit of trying new things I decided to make my own.

Onigiri – Japanese Rice Sandwiches 1 cup brown or white sushi rice 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (containing mother) or rice vinegar ½ Tbsp organic cane sugar or coconut sugar ½ tsp sea salt Nori sheets (seaweed paper), cut into long rectangular pieces. Your choice of fillings: Salmon and avocado/mayo Almond butter and jam Salted edamame beans Any sandwich fillings Prepare sushi rice by following manufacturer’s instructions. (If you want to use short grain brown rice in a rice cooker use three parts water to one part rice.) Whisk the vinegar, sugar and salt in a bowl. Once rice is prepared drizzle vinegar mixture over rice while hot and stir with a wooden or plastic spatula (important: do not use metal, it will react with the rice).

Prepare your fillings. Fill another small bowl with water. Dip your hands into the water, coating them so they don’t stick to the rice. Take a handful of rice and form into a bowl like shape. Take 2 Tbsp of your filling and place into the rice bowl. Dip your hands again in the water bowl and place another small bit of rice on top of the filling to seal it shut. Shape rice into a triangle or whatever shape you would like. You can sprinkle the outside with sesame seeds or hemp seeds. If you are going to eat them right away, wrap the outside with a long rectangle piece of nori. If you are packing these for lunch, wrap the rice triangle with plastic wrap and then wrap with nori when you are ready to eat them. These also freeze very well! Enjoy! FERNIEFIX.COM



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Coast to Coast on Two Wheels REBECCA HALL

IT IS AROUND 7500KM FROM COAST TO COAST in Canada, and you could expect that to take over 80 hours in a car if you drove non-stop. Liz Billiam chose to ride the entire distance on the immigration adventure of a lifetime; mile 0 on distant Vancouver Island was her goal from a starting point in windy St John’s, Newfoundland. Rolling across the provinces, Liz ticked off the iconic Canadian sights as she racked up the miles. Canada’s ubiquitous wildlife and giant roadside sculptures feature highly. Liz deviated from the most direct route, eventually clocking up a total of 9561km in just over 4 months. She quickly made her way from Newfoundland – described as a big rock covered by a beautiful bog – to Prince Edward Island via the spectacular, and hilly, Cabot Trail, then by ferry from Antigonish, and back across Confederation Bridge and through the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. Liz used throughout her trip to find a warm (and free!) welcome at homes of fellow cycle-tourers, now welcoming people into her own home here in Fernie in return. Following a series of challenges with blackflies, thunderstorms and busy roads, the cycling heaven of Quebec and the beautiful Route Verte were a welcome change. Arriving in Quebec City just in time for St Jean Baptiste Day sounds like a traveller’s dream! Liz found a couchsurfing host to stay with for a few days and celebrated with the city as the street-party atmosphere took over. Onwards through Montreal, along the St Lawrence River and into Ontario, Liz enjoyed meeting other cyclists, discovering friendly campsites and getting used to the heat. A detour to take in Niagara Falls

was worth the effort, but trying to get out of Toronto proved to be a challenge and only worked out thanks to the advice of a drunken ex-taxi driver. Close to the midway point in the middle of July, a stop was made at the iconic Velorution Bike Shop, a favourite destination for cross-country cyclists. A day of kayaking

on Lake Superior and lots of beautiful views were highlights here, and then it was on to the flatter prairies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Avoiding the Trans Canada Highway kept her on smaller, quieter roads and she cites the Manitoba drivers as some of the best in the country (despite one incident that left her bloodied,


but thankfully not broken). While the flat prairies might sound like a chore for a cyclist; for a British Islander the expansive skies, grain silos and roads to infinity are quite a treat. Liz clearly loved this section. Arriving in Alberta, a free night in the Mayor’s RV in Delia and the badlands around Drumheller were new highlights. From here it was on through Banff and into British Columbia to start a zig-zagging tour of potential new hometowns. I would think after over 6000km, the lure of the end-point would be strong, but it seems the more you cycle in Canada, the more you just want to keep going. I’ve run out of room to do Liz’s BC adventures justice, although I will say she was welcomed to Victoria with a champagne toast. If you’d like to hear more about the trip, check out Liz’s blog at cyclingcanadacoast2coast. or track her down this winter and buy her a beer. I’m sure she’ll be happy to tell you all about her amazing travels and inspire you to make a cross country trip of your own- there’s five months until the perfect time to start in May. Happy travels!


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With the New Year here, setting goals and personal achievements are at a high. Fashion included. This year come out on top with the hottest looks.

NEW YEAR: How to create a successful wardrobe for 2016 1. Clean Out Your Closet • Doesn’t fit, get rid of it. • Won’t wear it, don’t keep it. 2. “Go To” Outfit Have a basic outfit that you can change up. Maybe a pair of skinny jeans and a basic top that you can switch up the look with accessories. 3. Add Some Colour We all love black, and that’s not a bad thing but this year add some colour. Scarves, blazers, shoes and jackets are a great way to do this. 4. Conscious Shopping When buying new clothes be conscious of where you are going to wear them and what you have in your wardrobe to go with the new piece to get maximum use.

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WELL, IT’S A NEW YEAR, which means resolutions. Another arbitrary date conveniently positioned to hang plans on. Of course goals and plans are very dependent on one’s ability to keep track of progress. Here are some of the tools that I use to keep track of things, be they resolution, work, or interest related. Last spring I started a new workout regime. Thanks to a very dedicated gym buddy I’m at the gym about three times a week and keeping better track of my health. So, one of the first tracking apps of my day is MyFitnessPal. Found at www. it’s available on almost any device you can imagine. It has an extremely complete food tracking setup. Including allowing the ability to create your own meals and recipes. It also tracks workouts. And if you’re working on a special diet such as: low sodium, low carb, etc., it will let you setup and track your food goals accordingly. After the gym I’m usually sitting down to get some work down. Work for me often consists of researching various technical topics on the web. Because that involves visiting dozens of websites I need a way to keep track of the ones that I’ve found useful. is my go to tool for keeping track of useful websites. It has plugins for Chrome and FireFox and apps for iPhone and Android devices. Delicious lets you save a web page URL with tags. The tags are the most helpful part for me. While researching a subject I may find related pages which, days later, I won’t remember why I thought they’d be useful. Being able to ‘tag’ pages with keywords that are meaningful to me, means that I can easily find them again. On a related note, every once in awhile I’ll come across a longish article that I really want to read, but later. For that I use www.

...GOALS AND PLANS ARE VERY DEPENDENT ON ONE’S ABILITY TO KEEP TRACK OF PROGRESS. HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOOLS THAT I USE TO KEEP TRACK OF THINGS, BE THEY RESOLUTION, WORK, OR INTEREST RELATED. InstaPaper takes a web page and strips everything from it except the main article. It reformats it and picks a nice readable font and stores it for later reading. I use it regularly to store pieces for when I have some sit down time with my iPad. Later in the morning is when I’m most likely to be attending meetings. For meeting notes I use Evernote is basically an electronic shoe box. You create notebooks for various subjects and then create notes of almost anything: photos, voice recordings, typed notes, clips of web pages, you name it. The nice thing about this shoe box though, unlike its analog in the real world, is that you can instantly search it for anything you want. You can tag the notes with keywords for extra searchability. I use Evernote a lot when I’m planning projects. Every detail that I want to remember goes into a notebook. I use Evernote for keeping track of more than just project stuff. I have tons of recipes clipped from various web pages, lists of books I’d like to read, song lyrics, computer setup notes, you name it. One thing I don’t use it for is shopping lists. has wish lists which are perfect for keeping track of things I’d like to get for myself one day and things I’d like to get for others. Amazon wish lists can be shared, so they’re great for creating gift lists for baby


showers, wedding and birthdays. They cost nothing. They’re easily searched with for price checking. They even tell you how the price has changed over time since being added. One of these days I’m going to get around to buying all of next Christmas’s gifts on Boxing Day of the year before, and I’m going to be able to do it because I’ve got a gift list. I didn’t do it this year, but there’s always next year... Got a goal that you can’t find a tracker for? Check out Joe’s Goals lets you create arbitrary goals and then track your progress on a daily basis. Thinking of doing the 36,500 pushup goal this year? Joe’s goals will let you set it up. It’s simple, but effective. That’s it. I hope you had a great 2015 and have an even better 2016. And now you have some ways to keep track of how awesome it will be.

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THE 2010 – 2020 DECADE IS A SEQUENCE OF TEN YEARS, each beginning with a Pluto/Sun conjunction. Entering 2016, we are in the middle of an entire decade cycle dedicated to truth, forcing us to reveal our real interest, our deepest desire and goal to ourselves and to our surrounding. The simple fact that astronomers have been willing to rule out Pluto as a planet during the first half of this decade shows how our first reaction to this test, as humanity, is to keep our true interest hidden. This matter concerns all: governments, corporations, any organization, affiliation, family and every person. This year, we are given a chance to choose and redefine our position towards those interests and desires. Although we can still choose, let’s take this choice seriously, since we will be held responsible for our aim till the end of this decade at least. It’s time to assume our goal, to manage and live our life according to what we hope for. If you wish for a greener planet, a happier community, a healthy family, a fulfilling relationship, worldwide gender equity, make sure you live along that line. The challenges that keep arising around us are simply there to question our choice and help us find a desire that is of more importance then the one that usually occupies our mental and emotional spaces. Are you ready for a triumphant year? Note that the following monthly horoscope reading gives an actual glimpse of each zodiacal sign. A personal chart reading should be done to learn more about one’s own astrological influences.

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Integrity Your enthusiasm is loud during those New Year celebrations! So loud that it might

get on your close ones’ nerves. Whatever it triggers is of importance and something good will come out of it towards the end of the month.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Richness Your appreciation for stable and down to earth thinking is surprisingly valued. You feel that you live a full life and are even ready to restrain your needs and share your fullness for the greater good.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Reason You try to get your head around so many things, often things too vast for your brain. Don’t worry, behave, show some good will and, as time goes by, you’ll see those complex issues unfold positively.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Compassion As you see all your close ones get involved into so many events, arguments and projects, you feel that your heart is the most precious gem because through all the agitation, it keeps a sense of family.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Discernment You usually like to shine during celebrations and public events but this time, a cloud of introspection dims your brightness a bit. It actually serves you well.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Courage You find yourself under the spotlight. You feel those around you looking to you with great expectations. You put aside your discreet nature, stand and deliver brilliantly.


realm of thinking, you hesitate between justice and beauty and you are looking for a path that integrates both harmoniously.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Revelation Those who surround you want to know your points of views. They are looking for advices that go straight to the essential. You feel particularly empowered and you can finally express yourself freely.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Security People will rely on your wisdom. They might even feel that you are their only source of stability. They try many avenues, but they always keep you in mind, as their anchor to the life they want to preserve.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Intuition You are used to following a good plan and you know how efficient that is. This month, you are asked to see beyond appearances and refresh your plan with this insightful vision.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Boldness You keep fighting for what you want, even not knowing what it is. You know that there is a worthy reason behind your efforts. Sparing nothing at all, you are eager to discover the fruit of it all.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Unity Within you lies the memory of a united humanity. You keep reminding everyone that peace on earth is possible, not a mere utopia. You long for a better world.

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